EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic based Symphonic Black Metal band, Dominus Dominantium. Huge thanks to keyboardist, backing vocalist & narrator, Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae), 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 Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae). I am the Keyboard player, Backing Vocals and Narrated Voices, as well as the band leader. I began to form the band in 2016 with the same concept of Symphonic Black Metal and keeping in mind the creation of music that is very similar to the cinema, but in a kind of Black Metal way and well symphonic at the same time. Therefore, there is the result of our first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dominus Dominantium is the name taken from the inscription called “Rex Regum et Dominus Dominantium” and means “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. It is located on the facade, above the door of the historic palace Palazzo Vecchio, where there is a medallion with the monogram of Jesus Christ between two lions in a blue field, surmounted by a gable. The inscription was placed there in 1551 by order of Cosimo I, to replace the previous inscription, set there thirty years before.

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

We are from the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican metal scene is solid with its ups and downs, but we have been affected by the pandemic that has weakened growth and live shows.

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

Dominus Dominantium presents the first studio album called “Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless”, which was released on May 25, 2020 through Distrokid for all digital platforms.

The album is composed by nine songs whose style is Symphonic Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal, which takes you on an apocalyptic journey based on the same book of the bible (apocalypse) through the narration of the events that mark the end of the world.

It is characterized by an imperial composition with minor tones and wind instruments, a dramatic lyric soprano voice that embellishes epic moments accompanied by a narrative voice walking us in the different contexts within the voice of God and Lucifer during the development of the album.

The album was created thematically to be listened to from Act 1 to Act 9 to experience with each song how the end of time begins until that breath of peace and God’s victory on earth.

The Album was produced within the studio of the virtuoso Dominican guitarist Joel Solano.

“Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless” (Complete Album Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences include Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Old Man’s Child, Crimson Moonlight, Antestor etc.

What first got you into music?

I started listening to Heavy Metal in 1992-93, at the age of 12. I was listening to Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, among others. Some friends from school, who were already 14, were rockers and I always wanted to be like them. We became friends and I asked them what are the black t-shirts that they used hahahaha. They told me that I was not ready for metal and I said that I wanted to belong to the guild.

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

I would not have any problem with collaborating, as long as it is in the same musical line as us or us with them, we are open.

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

Wacken.

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

Some time ago, a fan wrote to us telling that our music helped her to reflect and that she felt peace and tranquillity. She also told that the message in the lyrics helped her a lot. I think this is the best gift received from a fan.

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

That they continue to support good music, and their local bands. We, bands, need all the support of metalheads to continue. We need that they share the music with others, so we can reach more people and more places in the world.

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

Andre Matos (Angra /Shaman/Viper).

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

I love making music and I love music. It is difficult to hate something that is born from within your feelings. It is the best gift that God has given to us. Without music, life would have no meaning.

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

Well, that they are a little more opened to emerging bands. Also, give the chance to be able to prove that, if there is a lot of quality in countries like ours.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Fourth Dimension” by Hypocrisy.

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

Vinyl.

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

DeathHammer, 02/10/2019.

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

A Doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peter Tagtgren, Ishan, Nicolas Baker, Hansi Kürsch and Shagrath

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the preparation of our 2nd album; we already have the concept and some songs. Despite this pandemic, we have a good rhythm, trying to take on the challenge and overcome what was our first album.

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

www.facebook.com/DominantiumBand
www.instagram.com/dominusdominantium/
www.dominusdominantium.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/6JuFhSRdgdCX9Y1eFyDnr5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRyI5La9t4JvYlmLFmdqA-A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahahahaha. I think the name says Cake, so I guess it is a cake.

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

Thanks to you for this wonderful interview. You are the maximum. To all whom follow your page, a big hug and to continue supporting good music and emerging bands.

Dominus Dominantium Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada, based Epic Black/Death Metal band, Valfreya. Huge thanks to violinist and backing vocalist, Maude Theberge, 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 Maude Theberge, I’m the violinist and backing vocalist for the band.

In 2009, vocalist Corinne Cardinal wanted to create a band that mixes the symphonic and orchestral parts of classical music, the festive and authentic parts of folk and Celtic music with the aggressive and energic parts of death / black metal, and that’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from two of Norse mythology’s iconic things mashed together: Valhalla and Freya, the goddess

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

We’re from Canada, more specifically Montreal. The music scene is huge in Montreal, there’s a lot of variety! It’s great to have such an amazing scene locally.

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

Our latest release is the music video for our song ‘Warlords’ from our last metal album “Promised Land”.

‘Warlords’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re influenced by various styles like metal, but also classical music or folkloric music. We like bands like Wintersun, Septic Flesh, Ne Obliviscaris, etc.

What first got you into music?

The thing that really got me into music was metal! It’s the one style that made me want to start learning an instrument.

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

There are so many bands that we would like to collaborate with, but being able to tour with a band like Septic Flesh or Dimmu Borgir would be amazing!

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

Wacken is probably one of the biggest European metal festivals out there, so that’s the one I would choose. We think our music would be more popular in Europe than here because of the style we play, so a European Festival would make more sense.

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

It’s not that weird, but I remember an overenthusiastic fan buying a round of drinks for the band while we were on stage, but it was pastis and no one liked it, so we pretty much all choked on it on stage haha!

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

Thank you so much for keeping up with us, we can’t wait to play shows for you again! Meanwhile we’re writing our third metal album and we can’t wait to release it already.

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

So many great rock stars left us recently, but my personal favourite would be Dio. He was an amazing vocalist and an amazing human!

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

What I like the most is being able to play the songs that I love and being able to write my own music. What I hate the most is how much time is needed to do all of this and how little there is time in a day.

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

Unfortunately, I think that a lot of things about the music industry are wrong, but if I have to choose only one, I will choose to handpick every single toxic/abusive person and remove them completely from the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my many all-time favourite albums is “Midian” from Cradle of Filth.

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

With a high quality analog recording, I’d pick the Vinyl, but for anything digital, I really love CDs (and still buy them).

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

Personally, my best gig was opening for the amazing Carach Angren in Quebec City.

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

My whole life revolves around music so it’s a hard question, but I recently discovered I like modelling so I think that’s what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My amazing band mates would be the five people I would invite!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working hard on our next metal album, so considering the pandemic, that’s our main focus at the moment.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/Valfreya.Metal
www.valfreyaofficial.com/
www.valfreya.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google it to find out what this is haha! From the pictures, I would say it’s a biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for this interview, and please follow us on our social medias for our latest news!

Valfreya Promo Pic credit Dani Rod Photography
Dani Rod Photography

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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.

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The Impaler – AFWTD (A Fate Worse Than Death)

AFWTD Album Cover Art

The Impaler – AFWTD (A Fate Worse Than Death)
Self-Released
Release Date: 19/02/2021
Running Time: 29:31
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

I’m starting to think the raging sun and the multitude of insects and animals that want to kill them is starting to really get to Australians.

A hive of various iterations of hardcore over the years, the light and frilly post-hardcore of The Amity Affliction and Hands Like Houses slowly evolved into the stomp and aggression of Parkway Drive and I Killed the Prom Queen, which then in turn crept into the realms of deathcore with Thy Art is Murder and Make Them Suffer, before a quick foray into the emergence of djent with Polaris and Northlane, lead to New Zealand’s bigger brother becoming the international hotspot for the new age of nu-metalcore with the likes of Ocean Grove and Alpha Wolf. It’s almost like they were bored of being known as ‘that country with the band that’s played the same song for 50 years and whose guitarist dresses like he’s still in secondary school’.

In that bracket of ‘it’s like deathcore, except it actually sounds like someone wants to kill me’ is The Impaler, a five-piece banquet from Melbourne. Following up from their debut “Death Cult” from last year, “A Fate Worse Than Death” actually opens with a similar idea to the debut, with the intro track – in this case ‘Voices’ – keen to set the mood and the atmosphere for the album. Whereas ‘The Leper’ from “Death Cult” goes from ‘spooky spooks’ to ‘murder’ in about 30 seconds, ‘Voices’ lets the aura build, creating a darker, encroaching presence before getting to the aforementioned ‘murder’ parts. Straight away from the two openers, The Impaler’s ‘AFWTD’ has whiffs that the band has been hard at work to create a bigger feeling to their music, with the switch into ‘Failure’ showing off the wall of noise they now have in their repertoire.

A large part of it comes from an improved production job, adding in the rumbling bass tone that’s all the rage at the moment, which affects the bass drum kicks and general low-end notes. That, in turn, gives you a satisfying little rattle in your head whilst not sounding like a blown speaker. It’s particularly prominent on ‘Mourn’, which features a guest appearance from Thy Art is Murder’s CJ McMahon who trades vocal lines with The Impaler frontman Jordan Scott, ending up sounding like the pair are gargling cement.

The black metal elements are far more pronounced on this album too. Echoing tremolos dominate ‘Release’ before they melt into veering bends that feels like you’re taking a peak outside after the first bomb has been dropped, but no song adds blackened kvlt-ness as prominent – or as good – as ‘Immortal’. An almost beautiful song that feels inspired by the blackened folk qualities of ‘The Wild Hunt’ by Watain and one that is bathed in melodies, with everyone playing their part so well throughout the song. The heaven breaching swells of guitars that seamlessly transition into black metal chord progressions, drummer Jammie Hubbard leading the charge from one key change to another, before working with bassist Ben Van Looy in imploding the world on the breakdown, all the while Jordan is performing with an incredible range that almost poetically feels like a cross between Alpha Wolf’s Lochie Keogh and former Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker.

I feel almost cruel giving this a 7/10, mostly because it doesn’t feel like it tells the full story – although for what it’s worth, it is a high 7. Like a 7.999*/10.

It feels like the best parts of ‘A Fate Worse Than Death’ almost hinder the album, the heights of ‘Immortal’, ‘Mourn’ and ‘Release’ are so high that they leave the rest of the album feeling quite normal (although the “…destroy the fucking world!” breakdown in ‘Hatred’ is pure filth). The world building and sadistic opera-like swells brought in from black metal work wonders for the band’s sound and should, along with this production style, be things The Impaler lean into heavily for album number three, which given their turnaround so far should be here March next year, so chop chop lads.

‘Mourn’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Voices
02. Failure
03. Immortal
04. Mourn (ft. CJ McMahon of Thy Art is Murder)
05. Fear
06. Hatred (ft. Josh Hill of Cerement)
07. Release

LINE-UP:
Jordan Scott – Vocals
Shaun Van Looy – Lead Guitar
Lewis Ranford – Rhythm Guitar
Ben Van Looy – Bass
Jammie Hubbard – Drums

LINKS:

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mvsic2mvrder2 – BlakGoD EP

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mvsic2mvrder2 – BlakGoD EP
Self-Released
Released On 22/02/2021
Running Time: 14:40
Review By Dark Juan
9/10

Hello, ladies, gentlemen, gentlepersons of all other genders and germ-free adolescents! It is I, Dark Juan and I have returned from my bed of pain and suffering to bring you this freshly minted piece of absolute nonsense masquerading as knowledgeable writing! Age appears to be catching up with your favourite pseudo-Satanic metal hack and I have been laid up with a spasming back. Now, it’s fun when you have applied a bullwhip to the back of some whimpering Neophyte for a considerable and tiring length of time and you watch their blood soaked back twitching and spasming in anticipation of another lick or two, but not so much when your old assed back cries enough when you have mainly been sat down swilling gallons of Yorkshire tea and barking orders at your “pack” (I use the term loosely as far as my bunch of misshapen misfits goes) of dogs. Except in the case of the Dread Lord Sir Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, who appears to be trans-species, seeing as he variously barks, meows, moos and on one memorable occasion chirped. He is one confused creature. Anyhow, I have mainly been mainlining diazepam and reclining on my chaise longue in my Fourth Incantation Robes (Spring Weight) and being fed vegetarian burgers by the estimable and formidable Mrs. Dark Juan, who has finally insisted in the strongest possible terms (by means of threatening me with a number of weapons including the Dread Lord Sir Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover and the towel rail that I HAVE STILL NOT REPAIRED after the last Ever-Metal online group shenanigans. If you are a regular reader of my bullshit, you will be aware that I got so profoundly drunk that my memory is one long blank after half past eleven. Apparently, according to the gentlemanly and erudite Simon “I Take No Perverse Glee In Telling You This WHATSOEVER” Black, the picture of me went sideways and then faded to black and stayed that way. Our erstwhile and surprisingly large mentor and leader General Sir Richard “I Run A Tight Ship But Frankly I’m That Sick Of Telling Dark Juan Off Because It Happens So Often That My Mouth Does It On Automatic Nowadays” Tilley commented thus, “It’s just like his personality.” Fuck you very much, gentlemen!) that I finally register with the local doctor. Which I have duly done on pain of a savage and meaningless death at the hands of Mrs. Dark Juan. If she says she can murder you with just a spoon, you may rest assured there is a trail of corpses and unsolved murders somewhere where the weapon was a simple teaspoon.

Where were we and what am I actually supposed to be doing?

For my delectation today I have been provided with an EP from a Bulgarian madman who is resident in Belgium called mvsic2mvrder2. As a grammar Nazi of the highest possible calibre, (if you don’t know what third person indicative is, then we are going to have problems) you cannot even BEGIN to imagine the amount of pain it has caused me to type that. Therefore, for the remainder of this increasingly wordy and long winded review, he shall be referred to as m2m2. The lowercase M in place of the correct capital hurts my eyes and my soul grievously yet I shall push on for you, dear friends and readers of twaddle. I am listening to “BlakGoD” (This being a reference to Chernobog, a Slavic black god) and it is a five track EP (although the last song is a remix of the previous song, so technically it’s a four track EP with a bonus tune.)

As this is an EP, I am going to follow my usual format and talk about each song in turn. First up is ‘KvltLeader’ and if you are expecting some pure heavy metal you are going to be very much mistaken, considering the ravening howling mad bastard who has recorded this. Instead, we have a particularly vicious mélange of black metal lo-fi guitar, terror EBM vocals in the vein of God Module and Grendel and gabba techno and electronic industrial. Think Mayhem fucking Combichrist and Suicide Commando until The Berzerker, Throbbing Gristle and Unter Null burst in and throw themselves into the meat triangle and turn it into a meat sexagon (sic) with viscera and bodily fluids being flung everywhere during this most uncongenial congeniality. Yes, it is a particularly savage coupling, this one. This is to be applauded.

This sound (or wall thereof) continues on the second song, ‘Coffinwhispers’, which has an especially virulent sound composed of chopped up guitars, re-sequenced into something possibly illegal and the kind of industrial beat that causes sex wee to erupt in colossal quantities from the fucked up specimen writing this. The flood sirens are blaring and my neighbours are looking balefully at me as they are forced to evacuate AGAIN. This is a Very Good Thing and the sex wee tanks off the coast of Alaska are rapidly filling, due to the well-built and capacious nature of the Dark Juan Sex Wee Extraction System that has been built on to the end of Dark Juan Terrace.

Track three is ‘Fällsilent (EP Version)’ which is slightly less demented and takes a (very slightly) more relaxed form reminiscent of Ministry around their “Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” era with more modern electronics overlaying an 80’s beat and some less savage guitar work, being rather more slow burning than the mental maelstrom that the first two songs were. Still, it is a very uncompromising slab of…whatever the fuck it is, and I commend it to your august attention.

‘BlöD (EP Version)’ (no, it is not a typo) is the final track, and this is where the savagery of hardcore techno comes to the fore, being the mutant love child of “Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix)” Aphex Twin and Johnny Violent and Ultraviolence’s insanely pounding beats overlaying the kind of demented riffing you would find on a Misery Loves Company record. Squeals, squelches and machine gun percussion combine to just stave your fucking crust in whilst the vocals roar and coruscate around your head and the guitars approximate the sound of an approaching main battle tank that will pass mere inches from your helpless head…

Then it’s the bonus track ‘BlöD (Video Edit)’ which is a much more relaxed and a lot more electronic state of affairs. Sheer, unutterable sonic murder is traded in for something approaching musicality as the beats approximate early Nine Inch Nails and Die Krupps instead of the sound of high revving diesel engines and it makes for a far more sedate listening experience. All in all, I prefer the manic one although as far as remixes go, this is perfectly enjoyable.

So, there you have it. Four songs and one remix version of sheer sonic horror. Purists of heavy metal will be fucking appalled at the (as they will see it) desecration of metal with extensive electronics and a wilful disregard for convention that would test even the most sainted of temperaments. However, if you’re into extreme music like what I am (extreme is not just metal, boys, girls and all other genders) then you’ll fucking love the single minded desire displayed by m2m2 to just remove your fucking head and dance all over your blood-soaked and battered corpse as he grins like a loon and paints his face with your arterial splatter. Assuming it’s a him. Yes, I have just assumed someone’s gender. You can shoot me once I have cleared my review backlog. Rick will be most relieved.

Savage doesn’t even begin to cover it.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Le système breveté d’évaluation des éclaboussures de sang Dark Juan – Sorry, other Belgians. Google Translate doesn’t do Flemish and I can only speak French. Патентованата система за оценка на пръски от тъмно Хуан – Google Translate does happily do Bulgarian though!) awards mvsic2mvrder2 (sigh… I’m going to have to read a lot of Colin Dexter to get over this mangling of the English language and rules of grammar) 9/10 for an absolutely uncompromising bit of sheer ravening madness. I deducted a mark because I wanted more and there were not enough songs to satisfy my craving and this is entirely unacceptable. An album of this music would have garnered a score of several trillion out of ten and a right bollocking for me, as, “We have a scoring system out of ten for a reason, you absolute twonk.”

I may have paraphrased.

TRACKLISTING:
01. KvltLeader
02. Coffinwhispers
03. Fällsilent (EP Version)
04. BlöD (EP Version)
05. BlöD (Video Edit)

LINE-UP:
mvsic2mvrder2 – Does fucking everything. What a bastard. I hate talented people because I’m not. Also, a significant amount of internet trawling has not enabled me to find out m2m2’s identity, so he shall forevermore be known as Dave, as is my wont.

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EMQ’s with MEPHISTO

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EMQ’s with MEPHISTO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Holguín, Cuba based Black Metal band, Mephisto. Huge thanks to bassist/songwriter, Alex Jorge, 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 Alex Jorge, alias “La Mole”.
I am a bassist and songwriter for the band.

I can tell you that the group emerged in September 1997 and at that time we were only four members. We were ahead of our time and thus we became the pioneer band of Black metal in Cuba. The success was resounding and we were invited to all of the island’s metal events, television programs, radio shows, etc.

We won awards on TV and in 2013 we starred in a concert with the Symphony Orchestra of our city; the show then became a DVD that was published under the Bis Music label of our country. Until now, this label had only released records of salsa, traditional music, hard rock, pop rock, but nothing like what we do, so it was a novelty and a bestseller.

There are only two founding members left. Many musicians have passed through this group. The current line-up is already 4 years old.

How did you come up with your band name?

A friend who now lives in London gave me the book Faust, by J. W. Goethe. The book is a play that consists of two parts, and it narrates the relationship between a doctor who wants total knowledge and for this he makes a pact with the devil, which in the play is called Mephistopheles (to add a name more to the devil). Mephisto is an abbreviation of that name.

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

We are from Cuba, from the city of Holguín, which is located in the eastern region of the island. When the scene arose in this city it already existed in other regions such as Santa Clara and Havana, but it soon developed to the level of these. Bands have emerged in this city that are an important part of the island’s metal history.

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

In January, the single ‘Pentafixion’ was released, in February the “Pentafixion” album was released on digital platforms and in March it was launched in physical format. This album consists of an intro and 12 songs that are: ‘Storming War Anthems’, ‘Pentafixion’, ‘The Birth’, ‘Rebellion’, ‘The Falling’, ‘Curse Of The Pharaoh’, ‘The Mighty Ring’, ‘From Hobbiton Toward The Mountains Of Gorgoroth’, ‘The Last Battle’, ‘The Undivine Blessing’, ‘Yavhe Sabbaoth (King Of Nobody)’ and ‘Burning Fantoft’.

‘Pentafixion’ (Official video)

‘The Mighty Ring’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a composer of Black Metal: Cradle of filth, Dimmu Borgir, Septic flesh, Emperor, and I always use some influence from Death Metal like Morbid Angel and Death.

What first got you into music?

My brother played the guitar and I was never interested in it, I was more immersed in painting. In fact, everyone thought he was going to be a painter. I still meet people on the street who studied with me in primary and secondary school who call me “painter”. Then metal came into my life and it wasn’t enough for me to listen to it, to be just another fan. I wanted to play it too, get on stage, and that’s how I started to learn the guitar. At present I am playing bass in the band because of a need that existed at a certain time and I stayed on bass, although I was about 10 years playing guitar at Mephisto. In fact, on the DVD together with the Holguín Symphony Orchestra I am the one with the rhythmic guitar.

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

From the national scene: Ancestor. Although they are currently residing in the United States. If we limit ourselves to the musicians who are currently in the country, I can mention: Rosario (Nergal), Ernesto Riol (Helgrind) and Juan Carlos Torrente (Combat Noise).

Regarding the international scene: Francesco Paoli and Francesco Ferrini (Fleshgod Apocalypse), Mustis (Ex -Dimmu Borgir), Ihsahn (Emperor), Christos Antoniou (Septic Flesh) and Nergal (Behemoth)

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

In any of these five: Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Bloodstock, Ozzfest and Rock in Rio. It’s my goal, which would put the band on the map globally. There are others, but these are the best known and most popular. You can’t deny that we would become a well-known group overnight.

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

The strangest thing was in the 90’s at a metal event in the city of Camagüey. After the concert, when we were coming down from the stage, a girl with a gothic look was waiting for us who wanted a kiss from each of us with a tongue and everything. You know, we made a line…

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

That we will never disappoint them…at least not while I live. We are a band that defends our music without mediating fashions and trends. Firm.

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

Only one? Chuck Schuldiner.

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

I enjoy the writing and recording process, the trips, the concerts. I hate red tape, haters, sound checks, dealing with indiscipline and internal problems, and I have a mixture of enjoyment and aversion to radio and television interviews.

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

Having to share expenses with record companies. Many talented bands cannot get access to the big labels due to this and have to sign with underground labels.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mystic Places Of Dawn” by Septic Flesh.

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

Vinyl is the format that has the highest sound fidelity, so now it is gaining strength again. The cassette for me is crap, the worst invention in history, I have never liked it. I think the releases should be on vinyl, CD and download.

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

In Contramaestre, a city belonging to the province of Santiago de Cuba. The sound was excellent, perfect. We have never had a sound like this again. I don’t remember the date. As for the audience…Camagüey, I think it was in 2002.

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

It would be either a painter or a writer. Well, in fact literary creation is another of my hobbies, although it does not cause me as much satisfaction as music, because it has long-term results.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sasha Gray, Alexis Texas, Abella Anderson and Sheena Shaw…or the Kardashians. Ha, no, seriously. To urban music producers, call yourself reggaetón, at a long table, and with poisoned food (minus mine)

Not seriously! To the members of my group and our manager.

What’s next for the band?

We are busy on another album, this time conceptual, about the myth of Dracula. In fact, we have material for three more albums that we will release little by little. For the rest, start touring when the world situation normalizes with Covid and promote our albums.

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

www.mephistoband.com
www.facebook.com/MephistoCubanMetalBand
www.facebook.com/groups/400206567176071
www.youtube.com/channel/UCR-gbytXK0GqmDgdfpE-0mA
www.twitter.com/Mephist49840300
www.instagram.com/mephistoband
www.soundcloud.com/Mephistocubanmetalband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/487Vf8CZplEQDl1kg3ooxE

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what Jaffa Cakes are. That does not exist in our country.

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

To the readers: don’t miss the opportunity to hear our latest full length album release “Pentafixion”, I assure you of an exciting experience and the irrefutable proof that metal is also made in the Caribbean.

Get ready for the “PENTAFIXION”

‘Pentafixion’
Single is available on all digital stores HERE.
www.orcd.co/bw6rop

Stream the single HERE.
www.promo.theorchard.com/mjgLnNf1Fka6kFpSuzcQ

Mp3 available HERE.
www.music.apple.com/au/album/pentafixion-single/1543058834

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EMQ’s with ELECTROMANCY

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EMQ’s with ELECTROMANCY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oakland, California based Experimental Robot Black Metal Project, Electromancy. Huge thanks to, Satyra, 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 Satyra, and I build robots when my chronic illness lets me.

About 2 years ago I started having strange and intense health issues that, among other things, caused me to lose a lot of function in my hands. Honestly, I didn’t know if I was dying or not (and sometimes I still don’t know). It is a huge kick in the butt to stop putting my dreams aside, I made one, which was releasing a metal album. But with my hand issues I couldn’t play instruments anymore. So, what did I do? I built robot guitars, drums, and manikin bandmates to play my music for me!

How did you come up with your band name?

Electromancy means Electricity Magic. Since the band is a suite of my DIY hacked up electronics, & the music is deeply connected to me spiritually, once this name came up it was hard to choose anything else.

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

I’m from Oakland California USA. The existence of major tech companies here really pushed a lot of the go to your aspects of San Francisco away which definitely affects the metal scene, but people in Oakland are still holding it down where they can.

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

We are about to release our first EP titled “Robot Black Metal”. It will have one of the original compositions from our upcoming album paired with a cover of ‘Transilvanian Hunger’. Of Course, robots play the whole thing.

‘Transilvanian Hunger’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would count my biggest musical influences as Portal and Liturgy on the metal side, and Dan Deacon on the compositional side. Moritz Simon Geist was also a big influence on the robotics side of things as well.

What first got you into music?

Honestly for a long time I just thought I didn’t like music. And then I heard Metal for the first time and realized, oh I actually love music, I just don’t like any of the music I had heard before!

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

I’d love to collaborate with The Body. The way they are really exploring some crevices in the extreme music world, I really respect anything quit in a great while with what I am doing.

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

I mean, who doesn’t wanna play Wacken!? That would sure be awesome. I would really love to play Maryland Deathfest in the United States. I went there for many years in a row when I lived on the East Coast and got a lot of love for it.

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

This project is too new to have received any crazy stuff yet. Before, a previous project of mine once received clay miniatures as a gift from the fan. That was pretty nuts.

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

You can find peace and gratitude in even the darkest places. Disability, illness, and other tragedies may dramatically change your life, but as long as you are alive – you are alive. And there is beauty in that.

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

Chuck Schuldiner. Not necessarily because I want more Death (though of course I wouldn’t be against it at all!), but more because I would love to see what his late career music would sound like. Some musicians lose it over time, but musicians like Devin Townsend and Ihsahn have been producing some of the best music of their careers in my opinion recently, pushing a lot of boundaries and making some wonderful creative work. I’d imagine Chuck would have gone in this direction, and I would have loved to hear where he would have explored.

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

Building a world, musical and physical, around myself and getting lost in it. That’s my favourite. My least favourite is having to leave that world to do all of the marketing and other crap necessary these days to share that word with others.

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

I wish music was less centrally aggregated on the Internet. On one hand we live in a digital age where it helps small bands get out more which is awesome, but it takes so much work to cut through the noise and when anyone can Stream anyone any time it pushes the big players higher while making more competition for the underground stuff. The Internet has increased the barrier to entry, which is awesome, but with that has also increased competition. If only there was a way to do the first without the latter.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I LOVE Ihsahn’s “After”. It’s got such an excellent mix of classic brutality, some really heavy Dreamy bits, while pushing a lot of boundaries especially with the inclusion of saxophone throughout the album. Some of those saxophone parts add such a sheer chaos to the mix. I love albums that are filled with so much chaos yet still manage to stay grounded.

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

Vinyl 1000%. The sound of a vinyl just captures so much atmosphere, it’s such a beautiful listening experience. Plus, you get the biggest art, which definitely rules.

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

None yet, Thanks to Covid. I can’t wait to take the robots into the world once this pandemic finally ends.

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

Actually, this is real, I have my own adult toy company where I design and manufacture sex toys. It’s called cute little fuckers! I don’t like what if‘s, I prefer to try to do everything!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably my five best friends. Other people are cool and all, but we know how to have the most fun.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing our first album this year! And getting the drum mechanics more robust to take out into the world once the pandemic ends!

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

www.electromancy.band/home
www.facebook.com/RobotMetalBand
www.twitter.com/RobotMetalBand
www.instagram.com/robotmetalband/
www.electromancy.bandcamp.com/
www.patreon.com/robotmetalband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/35z3NAqjlymF9wUPREF92J
www.youtube.com/channel/UCf5ibaDYgdr4DMw6m7Kg-Rg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jafar is a bird right, right? It’s been a while since I’ve seen Aladdin.

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

These robots are crazy! And we are constantly sharing pictures and videos of them gearing up for our upcoming releases. Follow along on Social Media and anywhere else, I would super appreciate it! @robotmetalband

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EMQ’s with ARYOCH

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EMQ’s with ARYOCH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Parisian Region, France based Symphonic Black/Death Metal band, Aryoch. 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?

Louis: My name is Louis Borel Pasmanian, I am the guitarist and the creator of the group.

I have been wanting to create a symphonic extreme metal project for a very long time. This project had been in progress for a very long time and there was a first attempt when I was 18 (In 2007).

It’s in 2019 that things suddenly clicked: The first idea was to create an ‘web only’ project then the idea grew towards a serious project with a strong line-up to perform on stage. So, today the group includes Lucas Henry as lead singer, Tom Larboni and I as the guitarists and Nathan Coelho as the drummer.

How did you come up with your band name?

Louis: The group is named ‘Aryoch’ after the demon ‘Ariok’ or ‘Aryok’.

According to an article found online, this demon could be summoned by wizards to carry personal revenge.

The thing that won my heart over for the choice of this name was the significance in Hebrew, meaning ‘Ferocious Lion’.

Then, we changed the ‘I’ for and ‘Y’ while keeping the ‘CH’ at the end in order to allow the logo to have a better graph dynamic.

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

Louis: We all come from the Parisian Region in France (92, 93, 77).

Aryoch is a Black/Death Metal Symphonic group.

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

Louis: For the moment, we have released 5 singles that will be part of an album that is to be released in April and it will include 12 tracks!

‘La Valse des Limbes’ (Official Video)

‘Malefika’ (Guitar Playthrough)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Louis: As for the influences, they are numerous but if I may quote some of them, I would say that some groups as Dimmu Borgir, Septic Flesh, Cradle of Filth and Cannibal Corpse are our main inspirations when it comes to metal bands.

Then, there is classical music and movie soundtracks (science-fiction, horror, fantastic, and fantastic horror).

What first got you into music?

Louis: As for me, I have always been attracted by music since I am a child, I was rocked in (as in rocking chair)/exposed to classical music then came the blues and at 7 years old I discovered metal.

I started to play the piano at 5 and at 12 but I had always wanted to play the guitar and at 17 I got back to music and this time as a guitar player and not to play reggae!

Tom: I started to listen to metal at 16 which among other groups such as Alestorm, Eluveitie then I discovered Gojira and this group led me to death metal and made me want to play the guitar. Then I came across the group First Fragment which initiated me into technical death which is now my preferred style.

Lucas: I have been listening to music since I was 13, at the time, I listened to a lot of Rock’n’Roll and Heavy Metal, I started to play the guitar at the same time. Then I discovered a lot of power metal groups such as Alestorm and Powerwolf. Death metal was introduced to me by Gojira and Children of Bodom, that opened me to extreme metal then technical death metal later on.

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

Louis: As far as I am concerned, there are a lot of artists that I really like and who influenced the group a lot but if I could collaborate with other musicians it would be with a symphonic orchestra.

Tom: While staying in France, I would love to work with Promethean which is a symphonic death metal band.

Lucas: I would love to work with the group Toter Fisch, who are a small French Folklore group which has a pirate aesthetic.

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

Louis: As for me it would be the Hellfest because it is one of the biggest metal festivals in the world and a French pride.

Lucas & Tom: The Motocultor is a festival that we had the opportunity to attend to so It would be nice to perform there.

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

Louis: Unfortunately for me, it never happened.

Tom, Nathan & Lucas: So, we look forward to receiving those gifts.

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

Louis: If I could send them out a message it would be: ”Thank you so much for supporting us, to share and like our music”.

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

Louis: Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom. I think everyone agrees on this point.

Lucas: I agree with Louis on this point.

Tom: I think it would be Chuck Schuldiner, I am curious to know what Death would have become.

Nathan: Vitek, the first drummer of Decapitated that founded the band with his brother Vogg. I have a lot of admiration for him and his playing.

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

Louis: What I like the most about music, it’s the sensation on stage, the publics and the fan’s recognition on the web medias. What I like the least it’s all the costs of the promotion and visual creation (clip, pictures, etc…)

Tom: This moment when you work on a riff for a long time and you finally succeed. I hate the fact that my guitar (with a Floyd Rose) keeps on deregulating.

Lucas: What I like the most with the group rehearsals is that we have a lot of fun except when you have to set up the battery for the next 45 minutes. But otherwise, I hate to fail to play something either on the vocals or the guitar.

Nathan: I love playing drums alone or with my friends, playing rehearsal, playing live shows is an awesome feeling, practicing and making progress, being able to play new songs that I love. The things that I like the least is to set up the drums and carry it, because drums, especially in metal are huge and heavy, it takes time, and it is not easy to make the same set up as the one in the practice room because it’s a lot of elements to put together and little differences at different spots can make the set up uncomfortable to play.

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

Louis: Well, I don’t know all the ins and outs of the music industry in the world but, within my country that is France, metal music is commonly ignored by French media (I am not talking about web radios and all the independent webzines that do an excellent job. but I am talking about official media). I like the underground side of metal but when we try to arise to become known it’s an uphill battle and without any contacts, it’s impossible. Of course, it’s self-training because you have to become your own web manager, but if we could choose, we would go without it. The ideal would be to grant more visibility for this extreme music genre that is metal through big events on bigger stages and through official media.

Nathan: Agree with Louis.

Tom: As for me, I don’t see the interest of changing the music industry, I prefer adapting myself.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Louis: “Iowa” by Slipknot.

Nathan: “Carnival Is Forever” by Decapitated.

Tom: “Dasein” by First Fragment.

Lucas: Wintersun’s eponymous album.

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

Louis: I am not used to Vinyl for the time, I prefer good old CD’s.

Tom & Lucas: The Vinyl, for the object.

Nathan: CD’s

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

Louis: Unfortunately, because of our young age and with the COVID-19 crisis going on, the group has not made its debut on stage yet. Fortunately, as far as I am concerned, I had great pleasure while I performed at the Motocultor Festival in 2018 with another group.

Tom & Lucas: We are still waiting for the Fleshgod Apocalypse and Septic Flesh headline.

Nathan: Napalm Fest, a metal festival in my hometown.

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

Louis: If I wasn’t a musician, I would go back to all the sports I did before: Snowboarding, skating, boxing and tricks.

Tom: I think that I would play to video games for it was my passion before metal music.

Lucas: I think that I would grant more time to my second passion that is cinema.

Nathan: I think my work would relate to nature, and I would explore more this passion. Also, I would do more sports, video games, read more manga, watch more animated manga, movies, series, and spend more time with friends and family.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tom: A dinner with Sardoche, AlphaCast, Freeze Corleone, Kaaris, and Phil Tougas would be a real pleasure.

Lucas: I would replace Phil Tougas by MisterMV.

Nathan: I think it would be my Girlfriend, Krimh, Ragnar Lothbrok, Pink Guy, 66Samus.

What’s next for the band?

The release of our first album is upcoming and subsequently, we plan on releasing a single, another album and an EP. The goal is to be scheduled in a good concert venue, the video clip’s realisation, to find a label and to increase the group’s recognition as much as possible.

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

We are currently using YouTube, Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Deezer, etc…
www.facebook.com/AryochOfficial
www.aryoch.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/aryochofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3MGW0Z6eXYV3DUNjAx4dQg
www.youtube.com/channel/UC21M66wHiwK-BaM1TAYqBtw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Louis: I have no idea.

Tom & Lucas:  Due to the fact that we are French, we don’t know what it is, but it sounds delicious!

Nathan: Never heard of it!

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

Louis: My pleasure, as for me I have nothing to add.

Nathan: Thank you very much!

Lucas & Tom: Thank you very much, don’t forget that the release of our album is planned on the 9th of April 2021.

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Tribulation – Where The Gloom Becomes Sound

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Tribulation – Where The Gloom Becomes Sound
Century Media Records
Release Date: 29/01/2021
Running Time: 48:17
Review by Steven Hooke
9/10

Sweden’s Tribulation sent metal’s corner of the internet world ablaze following the release of their 2018 album “Down Below”. To the uninitiated, it was an explosion of something new, something different, as the band delivered a hyper-ethereal, psychedelia-laced brand of black metal. To long-time fans of the band though, it was seen as a continued evolution of a sound crafted over nearly a decade, across their three previous albums.

Beginning life as a death metal outfit for debut “The Horror”, Tribulation soon began incorporating hazier and more atmospheric harmonies for the sophomore release “The Formula Of Death”, which looked like the band were edging towards a blackened death metal sound, á la a rawer Behemoth. However, 2015’s “The Children Of The Night” sought to sidestep any assumptions made of the band’s direction, blending black metal with 70’s/80’s hard rock, resulting in more melody and at-times – dare I say – “jaunty” guitar riffs, yet still drenched in the dark evil of Tribulation’s macabre songwriting abilities.

So, after years of slowly building up extreme metal with classic rock and gothic miasma, what does a Tribulation album sound like in 2021?

The answer is: breathtaking.

The manipulation of dooming melodies with heavy extremity, should be spoken about in the same realms of Ghost and Type O Negative. The way in which vocalist Johannes Andersson can clearly convey his stories of horror, death, and mysticism, with a snarling, venomous growl, rivals that of fellow Swede, Erik Danielsson of Watain. And whilst comparisons and possible inspirations can be drawn from other bands, none of them quite sound like Tribulation, and equally, Tribulation doesn’t sound quite like any of them. Tribulation manages to do that one golden, sought-after skill in the world of music in bringing together a whole host of ideas, and producing an original sound.

A big contributor to that accomplishment is guitarist Jonathan Hultén, who has slowly emerged as something of a modern guitar icon in metal (made all the more bittersweet due to his departure from the band shortly before the album’s release). As the band has grown in style and sound, perhaps no-one has evolved quite like Hultén, regularly cascading floating, atmospheric licks with a crushing underbelly of 80’s-inspired riffs. His guitar playing dips into the worlds of gothic metal, hard rock, doom, psychedelia, and almost most dramatically, NWOBHM. ‘Funeral Pyre’ especially feels like he’s conjuring up the energies of Maiden’s Adrian Smith, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and whoever was playing the strings for Ghost on their “Popestar” EP, and that’s not discounting the shred-banging of ‘The Wilderness’, ‘Daughter Of The Djinn’, and ‘Elementals’.

There’s not an aspect of rock, goth or metal that this album doesn’t excel at. From the menacing stomps of ‘Dirge Of A Dying Soul’ and ‘The Wilderness’, the Willy Wonka river rides through hell of ‘Leviathans’ and ‘Elementals’, and I hope, one day, to create anything that leaves a lasting impression on someone, in the same way the final 90 seconds of ‘Inanna’ leaves on me.

This is a remarkable collection of music. The kind that makes you sit back and think “fuck, music is actually really bloody good isn’t it?” A crossroads of Joy Division and Watain, resulting in a sorrowful hellscape that’d bring a tear to your eye and turn circle pits into black holes. The evolution of Tribulation seemingly has no bounds at this point, and while new man Joseph Tholl may have big shoes to fill, he brings with him previous history with the band and a fresh perspective in terms of songwriting.

Only the darkest corners of Hell know what’s coming next, and I for one, can’t wait.

TRACKLISTING:
01. In Remembrance
02. Hour Of The Wolf
03. Leviathans
04. Dirge Of A Dying Soul
05. Lethe
06. Daughter Of The Djinn
07. Elementals
08. Inanna
09. Funeral Pyre
10. The Wilderness

LINE-UP:
Johannes Andersson – Lead Vocals, Bass
Jonathan Hultén – Guitars
Adam Zaars – Guitars
Oscar Leander – Drums

LINKS:

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Interview with Paul March of Zebadiah Crowe

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Interview with Paul March of Zebadiah Crowe
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi guys! I return with another chat from a further killer artist. This time I present a great chat with the lovely Paul March of Zebadiah Crowe – a duo of chaotic Industrial Black Metal from Hertfordshire.

Having known Paul since he played at Mammothfest, some years back, in his Electronic Metal project, Shyly Virus, I’ve followed his work with Zebadiah Crowe closely. The band started in 2006 and went on to release 2008 demo “Lo’Grosh”, a 2009 Split with Orion and then in 2010 they released their first full-length album “Grawl! The Many Deaths of the Great Beast”. Second full-length album “Omak K’aah” was then released in 2013, followed by a long break until 2020, where Zebadiah Crowe returned with the beastly new album “Host Rider”.

Take a look below for my chat with Paul and some insight into the return of this monster!

Sheri: Now obviously, I know you best from your days in Shyly Virus – give our readers an insight to Zebadiah Crowe and where you started…I know you started around 2006?

Paul: Yeah, let’s not dwell on that hahaha. It makes me feel even older haha. But yes, we did! We started way, way back in 2006. I’d already been knocking around and seen a little bit before that with another band. I’m gonna be honest with you, it just started off as me and four other guitarists just jamming stuff out. And yeah, it just became ZEBADIAH CROWE. It went up on Myspace and people didn’t hate it hahaha. So…here we are! People didn’t hate it as much as the other stuff, so we just ran with it.

Sheri: Best way to start!

Paul: It didn’t completely suck haha.

Sheri: I know that you have quite extensive experience in other bands so are there other things that you were working on before?

Paul: We were originally a doom/sludge band and we got some Radio 1 air play out of that. The most bizarre thing you’ve ever heard in your entire life is that, you know, you hear yourself coming out of the radio especially with that sort of thing. And, as I say, we just started to wing it, but the weird thing is that Jim’s family know my family and two of our family members were working together – and I said that I was looking for a guitarist and this person said “Ah! My son is a guitarist!” and that’s how we kinda ended up working together. So, it was complete nepotism to be honest with you haha. And here we are almost 20 years later! It’s…you know, I would be out for good behaviour by now hahaha.

Sheri: Hahaha. I’m sure it feels like it sometimes.

Paul: Yeah, but I think I try his patience on an almost daily basis too so…hahaha!

Sheri: Yeah, but that’s what makes good partners! Haha.

Paul: Definitely. It wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t throwing things at me all the time so…haha.

Sheri: Remember to duck! What I find interesting about Zebadiah Crowe is that you combine flavours of Black Metal and Industrial Grind. As you’ve got a wealth of experience in other bands…Phlefonyaar, Shyly Virus, Skrugg…How did you come to find that this was your preferred direction?

Paul: Well, there is so much interesting and fun good music out there. Let’s be fair, what would the world be without it? One of the joys in life for me has been trying to A) Find it and thinking what would happen if I put this together? And B) I’m a massive Pig Destroyer fan. So, I can remember sitting there and basically sort of thinking “What would a Black Metal version of Pig Destroyer sound like?” So, I went round the web and no one – well, it just wasn’t there! Especially not back in 2006. So, like a lot of people, I went “If no one else is going to do it, I’m gonna have to!” Then the telephone call was made, the rehearsal room was booked and here we are…and that’s just how it goes. Hahaha. It was done sheerly and purely because I wanted to hear that sort of stuff and I wanted to apply my meager talents to it…and, hopefully, I’ve done it justice. I’d also like to say that you know, some bands have now since materialised that are very much in that vein thank goodness…and they’re all really, really good! So, I think it’s fantastic that people are actually stepping outside the box to do things, especially as extreme music very much works on genres so it’s nice to see people just trying stuff.

Sheri: Yeah, outside the box and not conformity.

Paul: Yeah, people trying new things and not relying on in the in-built audiences you get with say, “I’m going to be in a doom band.” if you get my drift, obviously you get the Doom audience and the Doom audience like you and then Presto! Whereas you probably have to work a little bit harder on who you are if you’re trying something new. But I’m extremely glad that people are trying something new and are still doing it.

Sheri: Absolutely. I think it’s also about diversity as well. Because as you say, if people are into Doom then it also opens up other avenues on sub-genres you know. That’s what I find interesting about you guys. You’re not in a box so to speak.

Let’s talk a bit about your previous releases…Your last release before “Host Rider” was in 2013 with “Omak K’aah” which was just pure face melting evil – Take our readers through some of the dynamics of that album?

Paul: The idea was to make the most heinously evil music I could possibly think of. That was the top of the list on the drawing board. Then it was taking apart what other people consider to be heinously evil music and think “Can I do better than this? Is it possible? Can I at least approach it?” So, the first thing that became apparent to me is that we needed an atmosphere. And that’s where I think the industrial side comes in. So, there’s me at the side of the road with my tape deck recording ambient sounds and all that sort of stuff. So that came into it. And then I had to flex my drum programming skill…if you can call it that. It’s like killing an ant with a hammer haha. So, I had programmed drums before, but I think that’s the first album where I actually sat down and really got into it. It’s probably quite primitive by other people’s standards now. It was getting it to also sound real and not too much like a drum machine, so to a certain extent, you had to build in errors. Which I know sounds completely ridiculous, but it’s actually true haha.

And lastly, I had the guitarist I needed in ‘Forrrr’. I had my tape recorder full of riffs, I played them to him and he recorded them and he just crammed it all together in one big heap and what you hear is what we had at the end of it. I’m actually still quite proud of that, a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into that album. I think it still stands, even though it’s a hard listen, I like to think it’s still a good listen. I know lots of people may find elements that they don’t like, you can’t please everyone. For me, I still go “yeah, that’s one of my better pieces of work, I’m very pleased with it.”

Sheri: Amazing. It’s interesting to see how you evolve as a musician, from your early releases and finding a piece that you’re proud of.

Paul: You’ve got to try and see the best in things, I think. I chalked that one up as a success.

Sheri: I think it is, because when people talk about Zebadiah Crowe, that is one of the pieces that crops up most. For me as well… a few friends or acquaintances, particularly another Ever Metal reviewer Rick Eaglestone, who also is with Moshville Times! When I said I’m gonna be doing this interview, he highly recommended I check the album out LOUD… and I did! Hahaha.

Paul: They said some really nice things about us, we are very thankful to them. They are really good people, big thank you to them!

Sheri: You released “Host Rider” in June 2020 – after a long break of seven years. What do you think has developed in “Host Rider” and the band during that break?

Paul: The band members are probably in a better place, I would say. Towards the end of that particular period of Zebadiah Crowe, I was living in my car. I’m conducting this interview from my car – it’s a different car. Hahaha. But yeah, it got to the point where we just couldn’t function as people, so we had to take some time off from doing Zeb. So off we went…and I think that in the in-between years, we’ve learnt a lot of things, we’ve done other bands with and without each other. The upshot has been that when we came to release “Host Rider”, we were a lot more focused. We knew what we were doing and an awful lot more, I think. There was an end game to it. Again, if you have the big list next to it, it had bullet points on it rather than just written at the top in biro. “This, this and this needs to happen.” This is the end game here and this has to happen. Circle at the bottom, this. So, I think this is probably the difference that you’re seeing.

Sheri: I do see the changes; I can see that there’s a bit more of an industrial vibe.

Paul: Yeah, it’s funny that you say that. We speak to people and what we get back was that the split album we did, our 3 tracks on that, were probably the most industrial tracks we’ve done. We don’t want to go too industrial though. There’s that whole thing about industrial that I’m not going to go into right now haha but yes, I think that’s well observed, there is more industrial on it. I don’t call it “Industrial” myself, I call it “atmosphere”.

Sheri: Ambience haha!

Paul: Yes, to get our message across, that’s probably the icing on the cake.

Sheri: I do detect some tones that actually reminds me a little bit of Ministry. I’m not sure if you have any influences in your music but that’s what I connect it to.

Paul: Oh yes, I am a massive Ministry fan. In my top three bands, they’re probably one of those three. I absolutely love Ministry, I always have. I know that they died off a bit, but “Psalm 69” was a turning point for me when that came out. I’d never heard anything like that before. I think that it’s been a benchmark to a certain extent. In our own way, we’ve tried to recreate some of that and hopefully we have done!

Sheri: I think it shines through definitely. Your vocals are a bit rawer and sharper in this album, straight from the get-go. ‘Knucklebones’ is a really fun track to me, It’s just pure energy and fight through the whole thing. Just dirty haha! It touches on a lot of destructive and primitive scenes – creatures rising from depths to massacre – Give our readers an insight into the theme going on “Host Rider”, from your perspective.

Paul: Well, let’s take the title to start with. I’ve always been a comic book fan; I was always into Ghost Rider. I thought well, you know, it’s like this stuff rides us through life so that’s where the title came from. I’m very lyrically influenced by Poe, Lovecraft, I like to paint pictures with it. I want to give people the image. I’m very glad that you said that you could see things as you heard it because that says a lot to me. That’s what I’m after haha. And to bring this stuff to people, hopefully in a way they enjoy rather than a terrifying way that they won’t enjoy. One of the things that we learnt from the older albums is that people don’t like to be scared. Hahaha. That’s not what people want in an evening hahaha. So, we had to dial it back a little bit because for some people it was like “I can’t listen to this, this is terrifying.” Hahaha.

Sheri: I think it depends on people’s perception and what they’re looking for. That’s the beauty of music. Scary can be good.

Paul: Well, that’s brilliant, I suppose it’s kinda like a horror film. People do like to be scared every now and then but, then again, you don’t want to scare people to the point where they lose control of their faculties. Hahaha. We don’t blame people though haha.

Sheri: I think you’ve got a good grasp on what you’re doing and putting out there. There’s more ambience on “Host Rider”.

Paul: It’s a lot more punk to me, than the last album. Certainly, more than The Split. I think that comes from the writing process a little bit. Me and Jim (Forrrr) listen to a lot of punk music, his favourite band is Black Flag, for example. There’s a touch of when writing the riffs, what would Forrrr like to hear? I try to push those towards him and get him to put his spin on it and rock it back and forth until we get what we’re after.

Sheri: One of our readers has described “Host Rider” as a theme in Mortal Combat, they’re fighting in Hell. There’s background music and they’ve said “Host Rider” is like the Hell Scene fight haha.

Paul: I will take that, I love Mortal Kombat. So, thank you. That’s going on the résumé haha.

Sheri: What pushes you to bring these to the surface? Do you draw inspiration from a source?

Paul: Well, if I was in a Hardcore band, I would probably write about living on the streets, if you get my drift. If I were to put that in Zeb, it wouldn’t work and it would probably sound a little bit fake. There’s a certain authenticity that you need to have with this stuff in order to commit to it. If there’s no authenticity, then you can’t commit to it. So, we all have our problems in life, we all struggle with certain things. Sometimes the monsters you’re hearing about are real monsters that I have given a name to and put down and given them their own tory and let them out into the world. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know but it certainly makes for good listening.

Sheri: My favourite tracks from “Host Rider” are ‘The Neon Goat of Crimson Grief’, ‘Godblind And Destitute’…and ‘A Horror To The Eyes Of Saintly Men’ – the riffs and frenzied drums combined with some pretty atmospheric effects is right up my street. When you come to creating your tracks, what is the best method for you both?

Paul: I would say it’s 99% me, I don’t think he would be upset with me saying that. I just bully him hahaha.

Sheri: Someone has to be the boss hahaha.

Paul: He basically comes in and I have these ideas and he goes “no that can’t be done.” And my response is usually “Well, that’s unfortunate because we’re doing them.” Hahaha.

I’ve got all of these noises and I’ve done this; I want the beats per minute to be this, I’ve got these basic drum tracks worked out and the bass line…so yeah, it’s basically probably 99% me standing there going “now do this, now do this.” Hahaha. And he sits there with a long suffering look on his face going “Yeah, I can’t do that.” Hahaha. “That’s not humanely possible.” haha. And then unfortunately I make a complete noose for my own neck because then I have to play Bass under everything I’ve got him to do and then that’s when I discover that actually no it’s not possible haha.

Sheri: Do you have anyone in the band for live purposes at all?

Paul: Actually, yeah, we do! We have a couple of people – we got one guy who does drums for us, he’s stateside – a guy called Marshall. We were hoping to get out on the road to go places but obviously things have had a stopper put on that. We should have been on tour now, to be honest with you. It’s a bit of a shame. We do have another guy on drums for touring Europe and the UK. We’ve done a few shows with the drum machine and there’s something about the simplicity about just plugging it in and playing along. It never stopped Godflesh, it will never stop us. I think it’s good to have variation in things. It makes you a better musician, I think. It means you’ve got to play catch up to yourself. It keeps you on your feet and on your toes. It makes you better…and with the way things are going, there’s a chance we are gonna have to think fast and think on our feet. So, more options are better. It’s much easier to get a drum machine through customs than a drummer hahaha. One fits in the box…so does the other, but one is bigger hahaha.

Sheri: Hahaha. Your vocals are STURDY as f**k! How do you settle on your vocal range for Zebadiah Crowe?

Paul: Normally, in other bands I’ve been in, my vocals aren’t quite that scathing, they’re normally a bit deeper, so I have to go up the range ever so slightly when I’m doing the main vocals. It’s more of a shriek, so you have to warm up before you do those, I reckon hahaha. So, there’s usually 10 minutes before going on stage where I’m out behind the venue in an alleyway screaming my head off, trying to warm my vocals up and you know, people look at me like I’m insane. Hahaha. It happens you know! There’s nothing you can do about it. People come down and are like “are you alright?” and I’m like “Yeah, I’m fine, honestly, I’m not hurt, I promise!” And you have to loosen your vocal chords off and obviously we do a lot of twin – which is really big screams that are done low and high. I’m quite lucky that I can split my voice off so I can do both at the same time. I don’t know how or why I can do it; I just seem to be able to – but not all the time, not gonna lie. On that front, we’re quite lucky and there’s a way of doing them. It’s almost like shrinking and it’s almost like barking if that makes sense. It’s very much doing vocals to the melody of the drums instead of the guitar. So, I will go with the drum patterns on the vocals normally. The incredibly talented Florian from Dark Fortress also taught me some good tricks. He’s a talented man so when he tells you something, you should listen haha. I like to push myself; it’s been an adventure with the vocals.

Sheri: For people like yourself, who can do Black Metal, or most Metal vocals, and have different techniques, it’s a good insight to see where yours come from. What advice can you give other Black Metal artists?

Paul: Only what I do. For the love of God, warm up. You might be alright for a little while, but you will blow your voice and it’s not fun. A lot of vocalists might disagree with me there and don’t need to warm up, but I know some vocalists that like to drink milk and some like to drink wine before they play. I personally avoid spicy food when I warm up. Other than that, try not to hurt yourself haha. Gaahl from Gorgoroth would have wine before he went on, but it would have to be room temperature. There are all sorts of different techniques really. Protect your instrument though, would be my suggestion.

Sheri: What is happening next for you?

Paul: Well, it’s kind of with image and computer games… Our EP “Lychmilk” was released in early February with three tracks…I’m not gonna ruin anything but we’ve been very very VERY kindly allowed to use footage from a computer game that you can get on the PlayStation 4. So, that’s pretty cool. It’s in the Pipeline, I really hope you like the video because it is absolutely fantastic and it took a great deal of self-control to not put it out straight away, not gonna lie haha. Scott form Dark North Media, he’s a lovely man. He puts up with…me! Hahaha. He’s helped tremendously with it and applied his prestigious talents to it, so I am very excited for that. There’s that then will be the next full-length album in the Spring. Which is KINDA done…but I’m dragging my heels on it because I wanna get it right haha.

Sheri: I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into that!

Paul: I really hope we can tour it as soon as possible, really hoping we can all get back out there. I haven’t managed to do festivals and see what we can put on the bucket list haha.

Sheri: Finally, let us know how others can support you!

Paul: Don’t just support us, Support anyone who’s trying to do something. Providing they like it obviously, but go to BandCamp pages, go to the websites, watch the videos, tell people about us and other bands like us. Make sure that these people get heard and are not left out in the cold because people need more support. With Spotify and everything, you don’t get much from what you put out. Even if you share our video, bang, thank you, it means the world to us. Plus, when you’re standing in a builder’s yard with bags of concrete, and you go to your phone and see it, it helps, it’s really great and really pushes you forward, it’s great.

Sheri: We will look out for your new release! Thank you so much for your time, mate. Really appreciated.

Paul: Me and Forrrr really appreciate it, you guys are pretty much the life blood of what we do cuz you help us reach people. Thank you!

‘Wormhavens Dance’ (Official Video)

Zebadiah Crow are:
Paul March (The Horrid) – Vocals, Bass, Drum Programming
Jim Males (Forrrrthen) – Guitars

LINKS:

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Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Sheri Bicheno and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.