Behemoth – A Forest EP

Behemoth – A Forest EP
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 19:15
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

Hello again you lovely lot, I hope you are all doing well during the mayhem, it’s all a bit surreal! On the other hand, the weather has been stunning! I cannot explain in actual words how honoured I am right now, All the squeaks! Please, let me tell you why. I have the opportunity to share my opinion on Behemoth’s EP “A Forest” which was released by Metal Blade Records, on the 29th May 2020.

Arggghhhhh! The excitement is literally bursting out of me. I have been a huge, HUGE fan of Behemoth since I began my little journey in the metal world. I was introduced to them through a close friend, who honestly, in my opinion was the master of all things Black Metal. He knew his music and then some! His enthusiasm just hooked me, sitting in the passenger seat, he popped it on through the car stereo, and boom! The more I listened the more I fell in love with them.

Coming from Poland in 1991, Behemoth are considered to have birthed the Polish Metal underground scene. A colossal amount of metal band’s inspirations actually come from Behemoth, hardly surprising as they are the bee’s knees.

As soon as my fingers touched play, I was straight into the Behemoth vibe. There’s a great aura poking you promptly. ‘A Forest’ opens up this 4 tracked EP, elegantly and fearlessly. The drums made me solidify, then when the vocals hit my ears, I became a goopy mess. Grasping my morning coffee, I instantly thought to myself, what a perfect way to start my day! The faster rhythm slides in like butter and It is so risqué! A very basic track if you don’t mind me saying, but it’s just wonderfully emotional.

The second track is a repeat of ‘A Forest’, but performed live in Warsaw, Poland in 2018 at the Merry Christless show. I appreciate the creativity of putting the mastered version of ‘A Forest’ alongside a live version of the track; it’s something I feel Behemoth can get away with. Now, in this day and age, from a band with such high eminence, we surely expect perfection, both live and in the studio? Well you won’t be left disappointed. Here, Behemoth sound sharp, and more importantly, on point. For this live performance they called ‘Niklas Kvarforth’ from Shining to join the stage, and the atmosphere is so bewildering! These emotions of mine are flying around and I ought to get a grip! It felt as though I was amongst the crowd, growing more and more passionate! This was actually the last day of the Behemoth tour and you can definitely feel their energy and performance on stage.

I found myself questioning ‘Is it normal to be this excited about the next track?’ as I sat, literally looking like a big numpty, during my commute on the train! I was masked up though, so hopefully no-one noticed my odd expression! Wearing a mask indubitably has its perks!

‘Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgother’ is the 3rd track on the E.P, and I decided to ramp it up on my earphones. It’s fast, and the vocals are hard and rustic, they really know how to build you up. They get a little faster with each section, and you’re on the edge, waiting. If you know Behemoth, then you will understand me when I say, “it’s coming”! And my oh my indeed it was. As they work the bass into the drums, the insane speeds on the guitars come out of nowhere, the smile on my face was HUGE! I felt so stimulated. I love the messy instrumental section before it ends, it’s effulgent. 👌

‘Evoe’ ends the E.P, and with it, Behemoth are instantly throwing their divine magic at you. I sense it’s even possible they are teasing us slightly with a hint of a new sound. It’s more industrial in certain parts throughout the track, but it’s not totally clear. They are just hitting you with their carnage, their beautifully executed carnage, #myfacemelted!

So, all in, I would say I don’t care if I just burst into a million pieces after such a short E.P. These Polish monsters of metal just keep giving us a little bit more. I really ought to point out the artwork too. It is very cultivated, and I confidently feel it captures Behemoth’s new chapter, maybe a slight glimpse and small offering before they emotionally smash us to smithereens with album 12? Who knows, all I know is I can’t bloody wait.

I have to thank Mr Editor for letting me dig my teeth into this one, it means the absolute world.

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Forest (feat. Niklas Kvarforth).
02. A Forest (live from Merry Christless, Warsaw, Poland, December 2018).
03. Shadows ov Ea Cast Upon Golgother.
04. Evoe.

LINE – UP:
NERGAL – Rhythm, Lead and Acoustic Guitars, Throat, New Aeon Propaganda and War Strategy
INFERNO – Drums ov Annihilation and Artillery
ORION – Low End Frequencies and Fornication
SETH – Rhythm and Lead Guitars

LINKS:
www.behemoth.pl/
www.facebook.com/behemoth
www.twitter.com/behemothband
www.instagram.com/behemothofficial
www.behemoth.lnk.to/youtube

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EMQ’s with CULT BURIAL

EMQ’s with CULT BURIAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Death/Black/Doom Metal project Cult Burial. Huge thanks to Simon for taking part.

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

I’m Simon, I write the music and play guitars, bass and drums. I produce and mix the tracks too. The band started in March 2020, when I drunkenly bought a baritone guitar. I made of couple of tracks and released a 2-track EP called “Sorrow”. Four months later there was a full album, which is out in November 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

It just sounded heavy. I wanted a name that when you hear it, you immediately have a good idea what the music sounds like.

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

I’m from London. I’m not part of any metal scene, but every band on the planet comes here pretty regularly, so it’s a damn good place to be to watch music and check out bands.

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

Cult Burial’s self-titled debut album is out on 6 November 2020. It’s 9-tracks of crushing heaviness and vicious vocals.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Sepultura got me listening to heavier stuff. I loved the “Roots” album when I was a kid and Max’s vocals in particular. After that I started seeking out heavier bands. I go through phases of listening to death metal and black metal (I’m currently in a black metal phase), but listen to lots of other stuff, I’m a huge Massive Attack and Portishead fan too….so influences come from plenty of places.

What first got you into music?

Some guys in my school could play instruments and I walked in on them playing a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Aneurysm’. I knew I wanted to do the same, so I bought a cheap guitar and locked myself in a room until I could play a chord, which took far longer than it should have.

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

There’s so many bands that I really enjoy and appreciate their work and I’m constantly looking for new albums and new sounds from heavy artists…but I wouldn’t want to collaborate with any of them, I just like to do my thing. I get to self-conscious too collaborate.

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

Party.San always looks like it has a fine line up.

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

Honestly, bar a couple of odd emails, nobody has ever sent me shit. Send me weird stuff, people.

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

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. I didn’t come up with that, though.

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

Kurt Cobain.

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

Writing and mixing music. I like everything about it: the process, experimenting, the joy of getting it right and the frustration of constantly fucking it up. What do I hate? I’ve never enjoyed playing live, sadly.

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

What can you change? It’s a product of the demand for music that exists at any one time. I have nothing I would want to or have the ability to change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deftones’ “White Pony”. Not very heavy but the atmosphere in that record is insane.

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

Vinyl for the feel and the artwork. CD’s because I can put them in alpha-chronological order and that makes me very happy. Downloads for convenience.

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

Cult Burial doesn’t play live, and has no plans to currently.

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

I’d be looking ponderously out of a window, contemplating the meaning of life, day after day after day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bill Murray, Jurgen Klopp, Morgan Freeman, Bill Bailey, Frankie Boyle.

What’s next for the band?

The album is out 6 November, and a single from the album called ‘Dethroner’ will be out in October.

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

www.facebook.com/cultburial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s a tax question. I’m not the taxman. However, I will say this: a Jaffa Cake should be eaten in one whole mouthful.

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Black Pestilence – Hail The Flesh

Black Pestilence – Hail The Flesh
Self-Released
Release Date: 01/05/2020
Running Time: 34:09
Review by Tammy Lomax
8/10

Tissues at the ready guys, we’re definitely going to need them!

Rolling in from Calgary, Canada, Black Pestilence started out as a solo studio project for bass player Valax, back in 2008. Pretty soon, one became three, and since then, there’s been over 12 years of hard work, releasing vast amounts of material, with motivation from huge bands like Municipal Waste and Midnight. Their latest release, “Hail The Flesh” has just been released, and is my subject here today. It’s Black Metal, mixed with punk, and some serious tapping into experimental sound and noise.

The moment album opener, ‘Hail The Flesh’, kicks in, all cards are on the table. I do like to indulge and ramp the volume up, and I most definitely needed to hear this a little bit louder! As the album continued, I was really drawn in by the lashing riffs winding into the intoxicating bass, the sound leaking through the speakers is fantastic, and I’m dribbling! It has some absolutely destroying vocals. They are colossal and literally slashing throughout the entire album. There is a lot of pain and misery in the lyrics, it’s a fantastic outlet, especially given recent events going on in the world. Stick that middle finger up!

Guitarist Daniel, and drummer Davey, complement Valax’s sound, and each other, superbly. For example, in the tracks ‘True To The Dark’ and ‘Cloven Decision’ the clunky bass sucks onto you like a Vacuum, and while you’re firmly stuck in place, you’re slapped with some fast guitars and even faster, harder drums. Amaze balls!! While we’re on the subject of drums, Davey Hellfire is actually jaw dropping. He is undoubtedly fast and certainly efficient. There’s nowhere that he isn’t consistently delivering it all.

‘Hellfire’ is ultimately the best track for me. It has many angles happening, whilst also being insanely swift. The strumming on the guitar follows a really deep bass and the riffs just melt me. I feel like my insides have been imploded! It’s hard and compacted, and I love it!

‘Ephemeral’ ends the album beautifully and most importantly, powerfully. I previously mentioned, Black Pestilence could be tapping into the experimental? Well, this is a perfect example. These fellas are more than capable of pulling on the heartstrings. This is a very well balanced and emotional track. It’s actually really beautiful. Hand me the tissues, will you?! I think next time I may need to review something a little less emotional! Give myself a little break so I can repair what is left off my brain!

Black Pestilence have a great concoction of sounds going on, they are fast paced, with dissolving slapping bass, diverse guitar skills, excellent footwork on the drums and vocals that can rip you apart in seconds! Every single track is done really well too, and there’s an aggressive atmosphere throughout! Your ears feel like they are bleeding!

However, in my personal opinion, Black Pestilence do play it safe with this album. Let me explain. Although the music itself is punchy and solid, it’s not overly technical, or mechanical. It’s robust and destructive, but there’s a certain ‘stability line’ to it and I just don’t feel these guys have pushed themselves to their potential. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not slating, quite the opposite. I love their sound, but I feel they could have tapped into being a bit more experimental. There’s some extreme talent within the band and it is paramount they explore that.

Aside from that small gripe, I love it. The whole album hammers at you like a pneumatic drill, at 100 mph. The album artwork is also bloody awesome and a well fitted representation of Black Pestilence.! It’s a robust design and offers some real rawness! It reminds me of artwork for bands like Bolt Thrower. And similarly, if you like Bolt Thrower, you’ll like Black Pestilence. In fact, if you enjoy any gut ripping black metal, then you’ll definitely appreciate these fellas. Pop over to their page and give them a like.

Look after each other everyone!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Hail The Flesh
02. Spurn All Gods
03. Hellfire
04. True To The Dark.
05. Cloven Division
06. Godless
07. Frauds To The Throne
08. My Will To Power
09. Ephemeral

LINE – UP:
Valax – Bass, Vocals, Samples
Daniel Toews – Guitar
Davey Hellfire – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/blackpestilenceband/
www.instagram.com/blackpestilence/
www.blackpestilence.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1p0tK4ckGfA6YOEUIAaOcO
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5QS0AEYmWtwpZWwg6-CQfA

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Black Vatican – Arcana Lament

Black Vatican – Arcana Lament
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/01/2020
Running Time: 47:01
Review by Dark Juan
7/10

…As I continue to whip the poor wretch in front of me, the bands of pain across my back increase, iron hot and tightening across my shoulders, although the pain I am suffering must be nothing compared to the glistening red stripes of agony across her slim, trembling back. Her blood runs in rivulets down her back and stains her skirts a deep scarlet. Yet, still she does not cry out. This wretch, this WITCH, this doer of evil! Thankfully, the Most Holy Inquisition came across her in the commission of her crimes and all that remains is confession before we pass sentence and she goes to meet her dread maker in the bowels of the most awful hell, far from the eyes of the Lord my God, her saviour and saviour of all mankind. How I love him as I do his august work on this evildoer, this hellion! With renewed vigour from my faith in the Lord I swing my bullwhip and open up another vicious wound upon her soft flesh. The red of open slashes now has flecks of white bone showing through. Rib cage and spine are becoming gradually exposed. My Cardinal motions for me to cease my Holy ministrations upon the person of this servant of the Devil. He places his hand under the chin of the witch and raises her face to gaze into his. He speaks kindly to her.

“My child, repent of your sins and confess them and I promise you a quick and clean death and you can go forth to the forgiveness of the Lord our God and live eternally in Heaven. I beg you to confess and end your pain. Only the cleansed can go to the Lord.”

The witch spits blood flecked defiance straight into his face. Her dark, liquid eyes narrow and flash hatred and she whispers, hoarsely because of injury and pain as she replies, voice choked thick with agony and disgust.

“Never. I never acknowledged your God. Your prayers were never for the likes of me and my kin. You seek only domination and dominion over all. You crave new demesnes. Look at your wealth in the silks you wear, how well fed you are, how your skin is unmarked by pox. Yet you want more. You will not hear me scream even as I burn and I WILL NEVER DO YOUR BIDDING! I follow the Left Hand Path and I am a member of the congregation of the Black Vatican!”

Four hundred and thirty six words just to make a tenuous link to Black Vatican, an American two-piece hailing from Kansas City, whose latest offering I am currently listening to, entitled “Arcana Lament”. And a strange, ill-proportioned beast it is too. An arabesque with unsuited limbs. Beauty and perfection subtly distorted in ways that render you uneasy and afraid. Like an elegant, beautiful hand whose fingers are just that tiniest bit too long and thin, and the nails look rather sharper than normal. Black Vatican have taken Paradise Lost, Rotting Christ, Cradle Of Filth and KMFDM and early Ministry and performed gross, disgusting medical experiments upon them and fused them together in some horrific kind of gothic black metal industrial chimaera. This, as you might imagine, makes for an interesting listening experience as these are all fairly disparate influences at work. The song structures and lyrical content lean very much into the dark gothic wonderland that Dani Filth appears to inhabit but then suddenly a song will go cold and industrial and bleak. It’s surprising how well that sort of segue works even if Black Vatican relies on it a little too heavily. Equally so with the short, sharp, choral single note chants that appear on at least three songs. Still, everyone knows that Dark Juan is a sad old goff and this sort of thing is enough to worry West Yorkshire County Council because of the possibility of sex wee flooding. Again. I have to say I am really enjoying the album despite the fact that Black Vatican appear to have used a fucking Bontempi drum machine with the most appalling cymbal sounds and shitty drum tones ever. It sounds like a fucking toy monkey bashing cymbals together over a fat man hitting an upturned bucket with a drumstick composed of rats with rigor mortis. Painfully obviously sequenced does not even begin to describe how shit the drum machine is. Get an Alesis SR-16, chaps, and do it properly, please.

Vocalist Erik Ramos boasts a broad range of tones, from guttural belly rumbling through to a very engaging Dani Filth-esque howl which is regretfully sparsely employed considering this is what Erik excels at. Production wise, it’s ok – everything is clearly heard although everything can be somewhat smothered by keyboards and drums at times. There is a distinct lack of production finesse, however, and there are some unusual breaks in the arrangement of the music and the record clearly sounds like it has been recorded on a budget of 37p and a packet of fags. The guitar sound used by Cole Roberts varies wildly from Akercocke like lo-fi razorwire single string work through to full bore metal riffing with a sound not unlike the guitars on “Cruelty And The Beast” which fits the kind of cold atmosphere the record projects rather well.

I love anything gothic or industrial and to have something that is both is a real treat for me. Fans of gothic metal might find this a challenging listen because of the industrial sounds BV use – most goth metal is a warm and intimate experience closely in touch with the darker parts of your soul whereas BV operate out on the fringes. They are occupied with the darkness and the cold outside of you. The terror without rather than the horror within. Industrial fans will appreciate the cold and dispassionate feel of the record and might also enjoy the slower numbers. Stand out tracks on the record are ‘Morrigan’s Forest’ and ‘Vampiric Combat’. Special mention for unexpected comedy gold goes to ‘Witch Of Scarborough Fair’ which is a gothic rewrite of the notable Simon and Garfunkel classic. Listen, lads, if gothic doom metal gods My Dying Bride can fuck it up royally (their cover of Scarborough Fair is execrable) then you don’t stand a chance with it! Leave Simon and Garfunkel alone!

In conclusion – I totally get what Black Vatican are trying to achieve and applaud them mightily for it. I feel that they might have a problem by having a foot in the camp of both gothic metal and industrial. A judicious lean in one direction or the other may well pay dividends, because the middle ground they inhabit is a sparsely populated one indeed. Also, for the love of god buy a decent drum machine because the one you’ve got is shite! Niggles aside, I’m a fan and I’d love to see what Black Vatican could achieve with a decent recording budget.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has regrettably only ruined one pair of trousers with a modest amount of sex wee and awards Black Vatican 7/10 for a record that impresses with the scale of its thinking, but is let down by execution.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Loss, Greed and Necromancy
02. The Alchemist
03. The Vistas
04. Witch Of Scarborough Fair
05. Dreams Of Hecate
06. Morrigan’s Forest
07. Vampiric Combat
08. Again, The Vistas Again
09. Reincarnations Of Dreams

LINE-UP:
Erick Ramos – Vocals, Bass
Cole Roberts – Guitars

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/blackvatican6/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4kpB2ccJ7queKwRZfc2qOm
www.instagram.com/vatican.black676/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_g8qpFwPhU

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EMQ’s with BRYAN ECKERMANN

EMQ’s with BRYAN ECKERMANN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with San Antonio, Texas based Melodic Blackened Death Metal solo project Bryan Eckermann. Huge thanks to Bryan 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 Bryan Eckermann, I play all instruments in this project, as well as producing, mixing, and as of late artwork, videos also. The history of my solo music goes back pretty far, dating back to 2002 in its initial origin under the name Winters Plague, although I specify more in my bio that it was created in 2011 and the first actual official release came out in 2014 with my debut CD “Ghosts of Earth” under my own name.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well this was a debate back I had back in 2011, before that I was writing music under the name Winters Plague, but I had yet to officially release an album, I only had demos at that point. So back in 2011 I had what would inevitably be a full first album ready for release (“Love and Hate” which subsequently never came out) and I made the decision that it might be best to put it out under my own name. That idea obviously did not come to fruition until 2014, but the seeds were sown then and moving forward I knew I would push forward using my own name for the project.

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

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. And still to this day reside here, the metal scene has had its ups and downs over the course of my 20 years in this scene. When I first started out, it was pretty horrible actually, early 2000’s you would be playing in a bar with 10 people watching and each other band was pretty awful. I would say though, at least from my perspective around 2005 and still to this day, the metal scene locally has thrived and always had some outstanding bands and fans, I have had the privilege to play lots of shows around the surrounding areas with my other bands over the years, (Wings of Abaddon, Blessed Agony, and more recently Scars of the Flesh, and a fill in stint with Cerebral Desecration).

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

My newest solo album “The 7th Sin” which happens to be my 7th album, was released on July 10th, 2020. For this release I decided to release each song as a single ahead of the full album coming out, with a custom artwork and video designed for each track. The last and final single ‘Succubus’ came out on June 19th, and it happens to be the opening track for the CD. Also once the artwork for ‘Succubus’ was released, I held a fan vote for which song artwork would grace the front cover of the album, inevitably the “Succubus” artwork won the vote and the full CD title was altered to be The 7th Sin to not take away from the song itself and to give a better full album title. Each of these artworks are featured in the physical disc booklet, a 16-page design with lyrics for each track as well.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My biggest influences…hmmmm. A tough question to answer because there are probably too many to name. But I’ll shoot out  a few of the main ones that perhaps shine through most in my writing style. Hypocrisy, Arch Enemy, Old Man’s Child, Amon Amarth, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Death, King Diamond, Iced Earth, and many many more. Those I guess are just some of the biggest ones, bands I have followed their entire careers.

What first got you into music?

I’ll take you back to around 1996 ish, I was in high school, I already had a love from growing up for the typical, you know, Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensrÿche etc, just stuff I heard on the radio and my older brother was big into a lot of the 80’s metal. So, what I had at hand was very limited, but that opened the door for later. I had a friend who played guitar, I went to hang out with him one day after school and saw him playing some Metallica stuff like ‘Disposable Heroes’, ‘One’, ‘…And Justice for All’. I was just blown away, I told him, “how do I do that? teach me?” lol. He gave me the simplest short tutorial, and I went out and started learning on my own, teaching myself over the next few years as best I could, from the very beginning I wanted to write my own stuff, I tried and tried but everything pretty much sucked for those first few years. Around 2000 I wrote the first songs that would become Blessed Agony, my first band that lasted until 2009. There is a lot more story to tell of the in between of then and now but that meeting with my friend was a definite catalyst that projected me into this life, and I have just never looked back, always pushing forward.

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

A dream collaboration for me would be Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy/Pain/Lindemann, since he is pretty much my musical idol in every way, a close second would have to be Galder of Dimmu/Old Man’s Child, I just love the way he writes so much. Those are big dreams lol, but never say never. Until then I always love featuring my favourite vocalist who I have worked with for years and years, Kobey Lange, we have played in Blessed Agony, Wings of Abaddon, Scars of the Flesh, and Cerebral Desecration together, and written countless songs together. So, featuring him on my solo stuff is always a definite. We just work so well together, so for this new album I featured him on the track ‘Morbid Beauty’, he actually wrote the lyrics to that song and we trade off vocals back and forth. My good buddy Jon Santiago (The Jon Santiago Project) also slayed a killer guitar solo in that song.

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

I guess the dream festival for me and probably a ton of other metal bands, would be the Wacken festival. To me it has always been the top of the chain when it comes to those big European festivals, I can’t say positively as I have never been able to attend one, but from afar, that just seems like the place to be. And if you get to play on that stage, you in a sense have “made it” in this metal world. Fingers crossed for that to happen in my lifetime also lol.

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

Hmmm I don’t think I can really recall receiving a gift from a fan, or at least a strange enough one for me to remember fully. My fans are pretty awesome people nonetheless and I actually have many of them who I keep in touch with through social media etc. I always make myself available to respond to messages etc, or give insight when asked any questions. I can say I am a fan first, and musician second. So, I know what it’s like to want to talk to someone you admire and have them actually be cool with you, and not just blow you off so to speak.

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

THANK YOU, I tell this to my fans all the time, on email responses, comments, shares of my posts, shares of my videos. I will always be the first to thank the people who support me endlessly. I feel it is necessary to show your appreciation, cause nowadays how often does that actually happen with bands you like. I can name a few that I am a big fan of that have done that for me and I know it makes you feel good as a fan to be acknowledged. I’m still what I consider a small time artist, or underground, but I like to think that even if I somehow got bigger and kind of famous, that I would still treat my fans the same way, I understand it would be way more difficult to interact with that many people though.

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

For me it would be Chuck Schuldiner, a man that influenced so many within this genre in the years of his life, and probably 100 times more since his passing. He was definitely taken too soon, and almost in the prime of his writing. Death – “The Sounds of Perseverance” is an album that changed my life, it was the first album with growl/heavy vocals that I ever got into, and it was the slippery slope that led me into so many more great bands.

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

I enjoy more than anything the creation of a song, the process from beginning until hearing that final finished product. It’s comparable to a drug in my eyes because that feeling you get hearing your creation come to life is…well there is just nothing to me that comes close. Maybe it’s why I have so many albums and songs written over the years with not only this solo project but my other bands too. I think I’m somewhere around 15 albums released, and probably another 10 albums worth of unreleased stuff hiding on my computer at home lol. When it comes to what I hate about being a musician it is probably the business side of things. It’s something that I’ve grown into doing since my first album, trying to be self-sufficient, and I have much more success now then in those early years, so it’s a learning process still to this day, and one that no matter how many times I do it, I just hate it. But it is a part of the process, to get your music out to fans, so I must accept it and with anything I do, I try to give it my all and do to the best of my abilities.

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

I feel like with how easy it is for your music to be heard these days by fans, it is almost a million times harder to get your music heard by the “industry” especially since there are endless bands out there, and the funny thing is so many of them are killer, but just get no recognition. I personally have submitted stuff to labels, media, etc. etc. to about an average of 0-1% response, it’s very frustrating. But it’s a who you know kinda world, not a are you talented world. I’m not sure how it could all be changed for the better, all we can do is adapt and try our best with how the world changes.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’m going to throw a random one out at you for this as there are easily 20+ albums I could have a list of, but here goes…W.A.S.P. – “The Crimson Idol”, an album I have heard thousands of times, and in my eyes one of the greatest concept albums of all time. I guess I’m throwing it out there partly because here, just a few years back, they re-released it, re-recorded completely. Which for a band, it is completely unheard of for you to go and redo your greatest album. It’s the equivalent of Metallica redoing “Master of Puppets” or the ‘Black’ Album? Like how in the hell or why in the hell would you try to do that? lmao. Anyways, I heard they were going to do it, and obviously I didn’t have a lot of faith that it could be up to par with the original, nevertheless better… But low and behold, I remember I pre-ordered it and couldn’t wait ‘til it arrived so I streamed it on Youtube. My jaw hit the floor and probably has since still retracted lol. Everything about the album was done better, with only one exception, the took the cussing out of the words on Chainsaw Charlie. Which a lot of fans complained about, but I for one, it doesn’t bother me much. I give the re-release a 10/10 especially since it contained a two-disc version of the concept with extra songs and the original was only one disc.

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

That is a highly debated and personalized question to any one person’s taste for sure. But for me it was always CD’s. I started out with tapes back in the day, but they all ended up ruined from overplaying, so I started buying CD’s around the time I started being a musician. I am and have always been a big supporter of band’s I like. To this day I believe I have somewhere around 1500 CD’s wasting space in my apartment. I do tend to like to keep them in good condition now versus the ones I first bought, nowadays, I’ll buy them and rip them on the computer right away or lately I finally caved and have been using Spotify which I do enjoy it. I definitely see why physical media is becoming a thing of the past, but I myself will always love to hold that physical copy in my hand, to see the full booklet with the lyrics and artwork. (Partly why I went a bit extravagant on my new album booklet)!

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

That’s a tough question to answer, I have played a lot of gigs opening for national bands I love, here in Texas… too many to spout off…, but I’m gonna have to go with the last show I played, which happened to be our first live show as Scars of the Flesh this past January, it was a local show, but featuring quite a lot of killer bands, and headlining was Vesperian Sorrow. The turnout was great for a club that size, we went through months of preparation for that night, as we had two fill in members, drummer/bassist, to make us a full band for the first time. And when the night was over, I believe we got the best response of anyone, we played great. It was a night that will stick with me for a while. It was also the first time I shared the stage with my best friend Derek (Scars other guitarist, and original Blessed Agony member) since 2004, so it was a long time coming for us.

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

I have already started building my other side of things, which would be artwork. I have spent a few years now getting better at doing album arts, shirt designs, flyers etc. I just recently launched new Facebook/Instagram pages “The Art of Bryan Eckermann”. I still right now don’t have as much time to invest in it as I want to but it’s something I am going to slowly do to fill the gaps when I need a break from music, and perhaps my artworks will start to be featuring on bands other than my own things soon enough. We will see…On another note though, I have spent many years in the producer side of recording as well, that is another thing that I plan to do more of in the future outside of my own projects, but for that end of things, there are a lot of tools I still need to purchase, and me and my wife need to get a house before I can make some noise seriously lol.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The five people that will pay for my dinner for me lol, jk jk!

What’s next for the band?

I have some other musical endeavours up next after this, a few surprises I can’t say just yet. And we also are going to start on our next Scars of the Flesh album writing process soon. But I can say, I already have most of my next Bryan Eckermann album written, it is going to be a BIGGGG endeavour. I’m thinking a 2-disc concept album right now, I have about 109 minutes of music, just no lyrics. I had a lot of it done even before The 7th Sin came about, I just know my vision for that album is going to take some years to put together how I want it. We will see what happens, but for now, my fans should know well that I don’t waste time, whatever comes next, they won’t need to be waiting too long for.

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

Right now, I would say my Facebook is where I am most active, but I also do Instagram, just not as often. I have an official Youtube Channel for my content people can subscribe to and always be kept up to date on what’s new. Here are some links below, and I have a new merch site to add onto my already existing Big Cartel, Bandcamp ones. This new site is for shirts etc, it gives fans more options and me an option to have way more designs available, since they print as ordered and ship for me.

www.facebook.com/bryaneckermannofficial/
www.instagram.com/bryaneckermann/
www.bryaneckermann.bigcartel.com/
www.bryaneckermann.bandcamp.com/
www.storefrontier.com/bryaneckermann

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hmmmm, I have no clue! I’ll go with biscuit lol

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

I hope everyone who reads this will take the time to check out my new album “The 7th Sin” on July 10th or after, or perhaps you can find it before lol. Anyways, thank all of you guys who support me. More tunes coming soon!!! always!!! Cheers!

And thanks for having me btw

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Helsinki, Finland based Symphonic Black Metal band, Bofo Kwo. This is actually our second interview with them but they have their debut album out so meh. Huge thanks to Kimmo (Wamufo) for taking part.

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

I’m Kimmo, with a stage name Wamufo. I play guitar and synths live. We started Bofo Kwo about 5 years ago, or Ted started it to accompany his novel about three cannibals and their shenanigans. Since then I’ve been busy with the music part and everything connected to that. composing, practice, etc. 2 years ago we signed with Sliptrick Records and started writing the new album.

How did you come up with your band name?

If I remember correctly Ted picked it up from a documentary about cannibals.

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

We’re from another planet. No scene to talk about… in reality I’m Finnish and the scene is big and active. Metal is very mainstream here. Janne’s from Norway, I’ve no first-hand experience how the scene’s nowadays but I’m guessing it’s just like Finland. Ted lives in The Netherlands and I’m guessing the scene is small but active.

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

The second single from our upcoming album “Space/Time Carnivorium” called ‘The Massacre’ was just released on Spotify and accompanying lyric video was uploaded to YouTube. The album’s gonna be out on the 30th of June.

Lyric Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re all huge fans of 70’s Disco music, Cindy Lauper and Philip Glass’s minimalist approach. The emptiness that brings out emotion and silence of the woods during winters bring us peace and the lonely cries of whales remind us that loneliness is not just a human trait.

What first got you into music?

I was already hypnotized in kindergarten by Charlie Strapp songs. Couldn’t stop playing those. I guess I’ve always been moved by sound and how that can bring out emotions that only you can feel. I think Ted smelled this on me and during his EMO phase really connected somehow.

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

It would be nice to get a nice throat singing ensemble and a tribal collective to perform with. Linking these with a nice dub producer would be sweet. He could inflict those weird delays and echoes to the choir and ensemble while we play. Damn that would be great.

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

Something in the South America. Opening for Iron Maiden there would be awesome.

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

We’ve never received anything, But we’ll accept anything.

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

Be you, be kind.

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

Dimebag. No one deserves to be shot on stage.

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

I enjoy the creativity most. Coming up with new shit and then materializing something in to a song. For example, Ted’s cat is doing backing vocals for us and twisting and mutilating those and turning them in to something that resembles music was a lot of fun.

I don’t really hate anything about it.  Somethings are a bit boring and not that rewarding, like trying to hunt for reviews or press, but that’s why we have Wes.

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

Refuse to answer!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Live At The Counter Eurovision” by Misty In Roots

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

I’ll go with vinyl. I like them for the looks and it takes effort to listen. Which makes me listen more carefully. I admit using Spotify for 90% of my listenings though…

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

We played one in Amsterdam but that was plagued by PA problems. It was good though and the after party was, if not legendary, very chill.

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

Probably pushing daisies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That seems like an awful lot of social interaction.

What’s next for the band?

Promotion of the new album. We’re preparing for fall and hope to be able to tour in support of it.

Pre order it here:

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

We’ve Facebook and Bandcamp. We’ve been planning on Twitter (I do use my personal twitter to inform people about our shenanigans) and maybe Instagram. We should hire someone to take care of those.
www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
www.bofokwo.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits. At least in Finland. Jaffa Keksi.

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

Thanks for having us, it was a pleasure!! Stay hydrated and eat your veggies kids!

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EMQ’s with DEATH PLAGUE

EMQ’s with DEATH PLAGUE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Queensland, Australian based Extreme Black/Death Metal band, Death Plague. Huge thanks to vocalist, Dam Kel 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?

Dam Kel, I’m the vocalist of extreme metal band Death Plague, from the Sunshine coast of Australia. The band formed in 2017 and we’re a 5-piece act. In these early years we have already done a demo/EP called “Smear Your Blood”, we have a new album coming out this year, and we have played many shows and mini fests , as well as organising and running our own shows and mini fest.

How did you come up with your band name?

At the time we wrote our first lot of songs, we felt plagued by our own creation. And for myself personally, the band had become my reason to die, so if this is the last project I do then I’m taking it to the end. Death Plague is who we are, it’s our way of life and we are in it until the end.

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

We are Australian based band and Brisbane is the main city near us. The scene is ok but can be fairly hard to judge as to how gigs will plan out. There is a solid following, but with the way the restrictions are with licenced venues it makes it very hard to get people motivated to come out and make a night of it.

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

So, the last release we did, the ‘Parasitic Homicide’ music video, was a while ago, however, stay tuned for our upcoming tracks. It’s heavier then before and really showcases us as a full-on machine.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences have been Wednesday 13 (not just the music but the amount of work he puts in, the guys a freak) Satyricon, Soulfly, Psyclon Nine, basically anything that’s creative and catchy.

What first got you into music?

Oh man, just the feeling of being able to express yourself on that kind of a platform! It’s absolutely awesome being able to make a connection with people live or even through recording.

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

Locally (Australia underground wise) I’m currently collaborating with members of both Awful Noise and Terra Mortem. I think international it’s a massive playing field and hopefully we can collaborate with many different bands out there.

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

Definitely would have to say Wacken. I know, reach for the sky’s, but that place is just a freak of the best talent the world has to offer in metal, it’s my Graceland.

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

A hug (laugh) ok back story… At a show, some member of the crowd went to knuckles me, I did and said into the mic “is that how humans connect?” then another member from down the back ran up and said “no this is how we connect!” and gave me a hug. Very weird moment but hey, if that’s not metal…. I don’t know what is!!

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

Album is almost finished, not too much longer! We will be seeing you all very soon and the party will be massive!

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

I don’t think I’d bring one back to be honest… they would be cranky, pissed off and smell really fucking bad. I think we should let their legacy live on. They were who they were and that’s what makes them special in almost every way.

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

I love being creative and connecting with people and crowds. I don’t think I hate anything… oh… I stand corrected, I hate having to wait for our own stuff to be ready to showcase. I just wanna get it out there and have some fun.

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

Downloads. All the way, they should not be allowed. Yes, it’s convenience but it’s worth nothing to the eyes on the computer screen. The physical copy always has cool designs and a booklet and is just… so much more worth it. Can’t sign a computer screen for someone. Think about it…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Soulfly “Dark Ages”. So many great tracks, never gets boring.

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

Yea… I’d say CDs, unless it’s great vinyl. Cassette tape was never really a great idea. I think it was good for the time but yet it was never timeless.

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

By far it would be an interstate show in a place called Newcastle! Best crowd, shot them beers (like a whole fucking keg), it was incredible just how much love we got from that place.

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

I think Marketing. I’m creative and always trying to do some weird stuff with posters and designs and how to reach people. It’s all really fun to me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band members, they are the best mates and the strongest team I’ve ever had in my life.

What’s next for the band?

Studio time, upcoming shows, and focusing on where we go next and how we achieve that. It’s always good to have goals and accomplish them.

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

www.facebook.com/pg/deathplagueww

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are clearly biscuits, although, maybe we are wrong about that as well. Maybe the are not either cake or biscuits, one of those questions that will keep you up at night that’s for sure.

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

Stay tuned, some awesome stuff coming, support your local scene and help the bands make your life a little bit less sucky It’s ok to escape and shut off the world while listening to music. Stay safe.

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Al-Namrood – Wala’at

Al-Namrood – Wala’at
Shaytan Productions
Release Date: 22/06/2020
Running Time: 36:27
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Good evening earthlings, it is I, Beth of the Words, come to interrupt your evening with my musings again! Today has been a serious kind of day. The sort that makes you question your species, and not come up with any answer of satisfaction. Fitting really, for the album that I’m about to review. A serious mood calls for some serious subject matter.

Tonight’s tunes are being brought to me by a band that have astounded me for many reasons. Firstly, it’s black metal that I actually quite like. Secondly, for the genre, it’s pretty exploratory, and has some interesting use of instruments that you wouldn’t usually expect. But thirdly, and most importantly, it’s an album that, if the laws of this band’s origins were able to find the source, would see its makers being tried and sentenced to death.

Under Saudi Islamic law, this sort of music is strictly prohibited. Seen, as the work of the devil against the powers of righteousness, purveyors of metal are outcasts at best, which makes the fact that this is Al-Namrood’s 8th full length release all the more astonishing.

The album is recorded in lo-fi, but given the circumstances, that’s understandable. The band, who remain anonymous and have never performed live in order to protect their identity, are doing this under the cloak of darkness, with minimal equipment, in unsuitable spaces that would not be found or investigated. If they were found, that would be the end, no matter how much pleading forgiveness they did. There are no words to describe the sheer admiration that you have to have for that. How many musicians are prepared to say they would die for their art, and actually mean it?

Wala’at is an intense soundscape, full of middle eastern themes and ethnic instruments. This is both very interesting musically, and also mildly disturbing, as its discordant nature adds something eerie to the overbearing emotion that this album inspires… Fear. It feels out of control, like it could all collapse at any moment. The pace of the drums, the insane tortured vocals, and the repetitive melody motifs conjure up an image of the woeful madness of the oppressed. It’s both painful and beautiful to listen to, all at the same time. I have heard many a black metal band from leafy middle England try to create the same atmosphere that Al-Namrood do with this release, but somehow it just doesn’t have the same effect when you know they can go home and cuddle up under their snoopy blanket with a cup of cocoa that their mum made for them.

This release is raw, passionate, real, tortured and indescribably brave. I don’t usually dig black metal, but I salute these guys for believing in their art so passionately that they are fully prepared to die for it. And I have nothing more to say than that. If you’re feeling emotional, it’s probably best left until you’re feeling more balanced, to be able to fully appreciate what this band have achieved, and the lengths to which they have gone to achieve it. But if you like raw black metal, dive right into this, you’re going to love it.

Tracklisting:
1. Al Hirah
2. Sahra Yaesa
3. Tabqia
4. Kail Be Mekialain
5. Al Shareef Al Muhan
6. Fasique
7. Aar Al Estibad
8. Alhallaj
9. Wahum Alhaat

10. Alqaum

Line-up:
Mephisto
Ostron
Humbaba

Links:
www.facebook.com/alnamroodofficial/

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EMQ’s with BANE

EMQ’s with BANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Black/Death Metal band Bane, originally from Serbia. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Branislav 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?

Hello! My name is Branislav, I am the vocalist/guitarist of Blackened Death Metal band BANE. Pretty standard as far as band history goes – I started this band as a teenager based on my love for blast beats and Extreme Metal. Here we are, almost 15 years later…well, nothing’s changed!

How did you come up with your band name?

BANE, by definition is a source of harm, ruin or death. It somewhat defines the music we play, at least to a certain extent.

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

Originally the band was formed in Serbia, a Slavic country in the Balkans (Europe). The scene is rather small, but there are a few hidden gems that make up for it. It’s a shame Serbian bands do not get any spotlight on the scene, as it’s impossible to compete with bigger markets such as the USA, or Germany for example.

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

We released our third full-length album called “Esoteric Formulae” on CD/Digital in November of 2018. The following year, Vinyl and Tape versions of the album were released, and just recently we re-released the CD version since the first press was sold out. You can stream the album at this location:

https://baneband.bandcamp.com/album/esoteric-formulae

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dissection, Rotting Christ, Dark Funeral and just about any other Metal band that does not suck.

What first got you into music?

From an early age I’ve developed an interest for guitar-driven music. It’s tough to remember exactly what band or song did so more specifically, but anything that had a ”Rock & Roll” attitude would intrigue me, regardless if it was Rock, Heavy Metal or Hardcore/Punk.

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

Probably Bjork or Jonas Renkse.

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

I’ll go with Exit Fest, which is located in my hometown – Novi Sad, Serbia. We’ve actually already played that Festival twice but would definitely go at it again! It’s just a fun Festival to be at.

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

Hmmm…I don’t remember at the moment if I’ve ever received something weird enough worth mentioning.

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

Don’t do drugs.

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

Wow, that’s a tough one. A five-way tie between Dimebag Darrell, Jon Nodtveidt, Chuck Schuldiner, Peter Steele and Ronnie James Dio.

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

The journey and the people involved in it is what makes it all worth it. Be it in Oklahoma or Macedonia, Metal heads are really some of the most amazing people one can ever meet. What I hate about it – the financial instability. The ‘gambling’ and risks you have to take in order to make all of this happen can be very stressful.

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

I’d cut out all that streaming bullshit and bring back record sales. It used to be so cool to read stories about Heavy Metal artists being able to afford buying houses after they’ve had a successful album and touring cycle. Unfortunately, that ain’t coming back.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh man, can’t decide between Whitesnake’s “1987” album and Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind”.

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

I actually like and collect all of them, each for their own reasons. From a more objective point of view, I’d say Vinyl is the best (both for audio quality and visually). Personally, I’ll typically opt for a CD because it’s more compact and affordable, although Tapes will always have a special place in my heart. However, Digital downloads are perhaps the most convenient now days.

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

One of my favourites was opening for Malevolent Creation in Bulgaria back in 2011, with Brett Hoffmann on vocals. So many good memories from that entire trip!

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

Not entirely sure, but definitely something that would involve helping animals on a more pro-active level. Either dogs or sloths. Or both.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The band members of Metallica and Dave Mustaine, to witness the pinnacle of awkwardness. Would probably get a nice laugh out of that one.

What’s next for the band?

A 4th full-length album, at some point.

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

Bandcamp, Facebook and Youtube.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Man, I love Jaffa Cakes. Definitely a biscuit though if you ask me.

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

Thanks for the support! Feel free to follow our Facebook page for semi-regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/baneband/

HAIL CHAOS!

Branislav / BANE

BANE

(Black/Death Metal)

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EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Melodic Black Metal band Wormwood. Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘Nine’ for taking part.

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

I go by the name ‘Nine’ and I am the main lyricist and vocalist in Wormwood.

Not to go too in-depth about the history, I can tell you that we started out in 2014 with a different line-up and a different musical genre, but after a year we had found a pretty solid line-up and started to refine our sound. After our debut EP, “The Void – Stories From The Whispering” well, we started right away to write our full-length album “Ghostlands – Wounds From A Bleeding Earth” which was a pretty huge success. That’s was when we had found a sound we were happy with, for the time being. And as many other bands, we started to write the album “Nattarvet” shortly after which even more refined our sound, and here we are. I think we now have found a solid ground on our genre. People label us as Melodic Black Metal, and we won’t argue with that, but we are too many layers to be really encapsulated into one genre.

How did you come up with your band name?

Wormwood comes from the bible and goes by the Apsinthos. It was a star which fell from the heavens and made the rivers sour so man became sick. Wormwood for us is both the biblical meaning and our own personal meaning. It’s a force which lurks deep within the nature here in Scandinavia and us.

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

We are from Sweden and you could say that Sweden is the epicentre of many metal genres.

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

“Nattarvet” which got released via Black Lodge Records on 2019-07-26! We also released two music videos from the album, ‘The Isolationist’ and ‘Av Lie och Börda’ (Of Scythe And Burden).

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can’t talk too much what the composers of the band got their influences from except what you can easily hear, but for me as a vocalist and lyricist there are a few. Warrel Dane from Nevermore has been immensely influential for me, not only with his very different voice but for the pure poetry he writes in his lyrics. I wholeheartedly recommend, both from a lyrical and musically viewpoint to listen to “Dead Heart in a Dead World” and “This Godless Endeavour” with Nevermore.

Also the deep and profound lyrics of Patrick Walker from Warning, the amazing musical compositions of Christofer Johnsson from Therion and the roaring vocals from Ihsahn!

What first got you into music?

I guess that would be my older brother when he showed me Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden in the early 90’s. But what formed me as an extreme music listener was “Beauty in Darkness Vol1” (Nuclear Blast) from ‘96 where I first heard Dissection, Therion, Crematory, In Flames, Sentenced, Cradle of Filth, Theatre of Tragedy, and so on and so forth.

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

My highest privilege would be to do a collaboration with Akira Yamaoka, the man who did most of the Silent Hill soundtracks. His way of finding a soundscape devoid of hope and a happy ending is just perfect. Dark ambient sounds, melancholic acoustic strings and deep foreboding bass! Yeah, that’s my dream.

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

[Insert the biggest metal festival in the world here]. That one!

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

This one isn’t that weird, well depending on who you are, but when I did a tour in 2009 with my old band Withershin, we were somewhere in Russia and a fan made a pentagram neckless to me which he had performed a ritual in the forest to enchant it somehow. I still have it and wear it occasionally till this day.

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

Always except the unexpected when it comes to Wormwood’s new releases.

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

Warrel Dane from Nevermore! Beyond a shadow of a doubt! His untimely death was a hard blow to the metal scene and for me personally, it was devastating.

Nevermore is the biggest underground band people don’t know about. If you haven’t heard about Nevermore, as I wrote on a previous question, go and listen to those albums or any by them for that matter. Lest we forget…!

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

Expressing your art to people who loved it is a very humbling and great feeling. I am pretty sure that there are people who work who do things which others enjoy, but there is something magical about doing it when it comes to music. You put down your brittle soul and tainted blood into it, and then many people understand it, love it and even want to support you. That is really something else.

The struggles of being an up-and-coming musician are real.

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

Stop. Being. So. Fucking. Offended.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, without competition.

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

Vinyl is the best buy, streaming is the easiest way to find new music.

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

That´s hard to say! Is the biggest the best? I don´t know, every gig is special in some kind of way.

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

Probably making videos full time, or graphic stuff!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five people that are easy going and they will come with a big bag of beer to share. I guess it would be the band.

What’s next for the band?

We´re attending to one of the biggest music awards here in Sweden which we are nominated for in the Best Rock/Metal Category.

We are going out playing at festivals this spring/summer and we are writing on new material at the moment.

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

http://www.wormwood-official.com
http://wormwood-official.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/wormwoodofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/WormwoodSWE
https://twitter.com/WormwoodSWE
https://www.youtube.com/c/officialwormwood

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard about them, but after some googling it looks lite biscuits to me.

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

Well, check us out! See you on tour!

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