Areis – Areis

Areis Album Cover Art

Areis – Areis
Wormholedeath
Release Date: 10/09/2021
Running Time: 39:12
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

The region of Occitania in Southwestern Europe that acts almost as a centre point to the Venn diagram of France, Spain, Monaco, and Italy, drawing in cultures, dialects and history from a multitude of sources. Hailing from today’s geography lesson is Areis, a four-piece from the French Occitanie region who – much like their homeland – pull in inspirations from a variety of styles, creating a mood board of punk, post-hardcore, sludge and black metal.

On this, their debut self-titled album, Areis offer a fluid amalgamation of genres that share a kinship with the likes of Giver, Pariso and Morokh. A duality of low-end grooves and higher-end melodies dominate the album, traversing the realms of blackened hardcore (‘Born Again’, ‘Le Pain Maudit’, ‘Of Gold And Blood’), melodic hardcore (‘Eternal Curse’, ‘The Wanderer’, ‘Recall’) and post-rock (‘Under The Sun’, ‘Vacillate’). The album’s wonderful production job allows both layers to be heard crisply, revealing a strong library of riffs from axemen Paul Gonzalvez and Pablo Malbec, and bringing forth an extraordinary wall of sound on the final third of the release, with a rich, full climax in ‘Recall’ through to ‘Vacillate’.

Another dual-attack on “Areis” is the tandem vocals of Gonzalvez and bassist/vocalist Michaël Jarrié. A similar attack as their instrumentals, the pair trade low growls and a gritty, hardcore bark to add an extra layer of assault to their sound. Both vocal styles share the limelight in fair and naturally-feeling transitions that do not take away from the momentum a song has built, and even add to the energy of a song when layered, creating a vicious gang-vocal-esque effect, heard from the off on opener ‘A Wretched Vow’.

It’s a fair outing for the quartet on their debut. What could’ve been a muddied sound is in fact a new worthwhile entry into the modern hardcore spectrum, with dynamic vocal and tonal pairings, a cracking production job, and a bounty of jaw-clenching riffs. But while there are a lot of interesting ideas and arrangements, it’s hard to think that Areis have lent on this potential creativity enough. Looking at bands such as Respire, Svalbard and Birds in Row – 3 bands who also craft a sound made from hardcore, black metal, and aggression-tinged melodies, albeit in a much different way to Areis – they push the boundaries of their already-very loose parameters, and experiment from the first note to the last. In Areis, the furthest they leave the core sound of the debut is ‘You Are The Best At Your Worst’, which ironically feels like it takes more away from the broader sound, stepping closer to a more straight-forward groove metal sound when there are so many different avenues at their disposal.

The good news from this is the aforementioned bands are all at least two albums in with a plethora of EP’s and comps surrounding them. The fact that Areis can sniff at their heels, and draw comparisons to Giver, et al. paints the Occitans in a strong and hopeful light for the future, and a group to put stock into now.

‘Under The Sun (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Wretched Vow
02. Born Again
03. The Wanderer
04. Of Gold And Blood
05. Eternal Curse
06. You Are The Best At Your Worst
07. Escur
08. Le Pain Maudit
09. Recall
10. Under The Sun
11. Vacillate

LINE-UP:
Paul Gonzalvez – Vocals, Guitars
Michaël Jarrié – Vocals, Bass
Pablo Malbec – Guitar
Antoine Dineur – Drums

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EMQ’s with ASHES FOR THE MUTE

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EMQ’s with ASHES FOR THE MUTE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Black Metal band, Ashes For The Mute. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Jacob St. Amand, 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?

Jacob St. Amand here. I am the guitarist and vocalist for Ashes for the Mute. I started the band as a solo project in Athens, Georgia but was joined by Dave (bass), Spy (drums) and Donovan (guitar) shortly after relocating to Denver, Colorado in 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ashes for the Mute is meant to be interpreted differently based on the listener’s perception. Insight into the mind state that influenced the band name can be found in the opening chapter of the book Infinite Jest.

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

We are located in Denver, CO, USA, a city with a thriving underground metal scene. While people often associate Denver with a stoner metal aesthetic, the scene here is incredibly supportive of death and black metal as well. Expect great things soon from our brothers in bands such as NightWraith, Necrosophik Abyss and Cyffrous Indignus, with whom we share a rehearsal space dubbed the Shadow Temple.

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

Our first full length album “Celestial Revelations” was released in July. Available on streaming platforms, Bandcamp download, cassette and CDs. We also have a video on YouTube for the title track ‘Celestial Revelations’.

‘Celestial Revelations’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking personally, my biggest influences are bands such as Dissection, Hypocrisy, At the Gates, Watain and many more. I have always had an affinity towards the Swedish style of black and death metal, and while we are not trying to emulate any of these bands, their presence/influence can likely be felt through the music. I am also a huge fan of the band Death so those influences can be heard on the album as well.

What first got you into music?

I began playing piano when I was 6 years old but fell in love with the guitar around the age of 12 after picking up a Metallica tab book. I spent countless hours trying to perfect my downpicking by playing along to the song ‘Blackened’ (very poorly). Strumming along to campfire songs never felt right, but learning a good chunky riff always brought me a feeling of power and accomplishment.

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

Plans are in the works already for a split with another Denver band, but we will save those details for a later date.

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

Fire in the Mountains has to be the top choice. It would be an honour to share the stage with the bands that play that festival, and I cannot think of a more fitting and beautiful place to play. The festival is located in the beautiful Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming.

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

Nothing strange so far but we’ll see if that changes once shows pick up again.

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

Listen to the music you enjoy and support underground bands. Also, there is nothing political about this band.

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

Without a doubt Chuck Schuldiner. The man was a legendary musician and definitely someone who I would want to sit down and have a conversation with.

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

I love just about everything being a musician. I enjoy songwriting, recording, mixing and playing live all equally. Having to be tuned into social media is not something I enjoy but it is necessary.

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

Years ago, the answer would likely be the standard of 360 record deals that were terrible for the artists and great for the executives, but thankfully we are starting to see a shift to more independent artists gaining success. Currently I would love to see all of the politics surrounding the music industry disappear. With the exception of some classic protest songs, bands that treat a political message as more important than the music do not interest me in the slightest. Sadly, there is a lot of this in the black metal scene right now, but the good music will always rise to the top.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It would be impossible to pick one favourite, but “Storm of the Light’s Bane” by Dissection is way up there.

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

I’m a sucker for all of them. Vinyl and Cassettes are the most fun to collect, but as a producer I find great value in the pristine quality of CD’s and digital downloads.

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

We played one gig before the pandemic shut the world down. It was great for our first show and we received a lot of support, but we are excited to get back out there soon to show how much we have improved.

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

That is impossible for me to imagine. I guess I would still have my same day job, without anything to look forward to afterwards and would likely be a miserable person to be around. Music will always be a driving force in my life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The bandmates of course and then maybe a random person off the street to freak out with our antics and choices of background music.

What’s next for the band?

We are perfecting our set for live shows and writing songs for an upcoming split.

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

Our music can be found on our Bandcamp page. We also have Facebook and Instagram pages.
www.ashesforthemute.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ashesforthemute
www.instagram.com/ashesforthemute/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1tmSpbsVWbxpe1U0T8XR5H
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNf1Mti2Y_XI4l7jY3Mngsw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Those things are delicious and I will always call them cookies no matter what anyone says.

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

Thank you for taking the time to interview us. Cheers!

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE BY THE SEA

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE BY THE SEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based One man Atmospheric Black Metal project, Sepulchre By The Sea. Huge thanks to main man Ash, 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 Ash and I play all the instruments in the band. I formed the project back in 2019 as a way to contribute to the atmospheric and post black metal scene.

How did you come up with your band name?

The project is all themed around Edgar Allen Poe, and the name of the band comes from his famous poem ‘Annabel Lee’.

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

I’m from the UK and have moved around a bit, when I formed the band I lived in Bristol which has a great alternative and heavy rock scene.

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

My latest release is an EP called “Ratiocinations”, which is coming out on 01/10/2021. I also just released a single and video for a song called ‘Ghost of the Departed’.

‘Ghost Of The Departed’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, Edgar Allen Poe of course. Musically, I’ve been influenced by Mizmor, Panopticon, Deafheaven, Saor, Ihsahn as well as a lot of post hardcore bands.

What first got you into music?

I used to sneak into my Brother’s room when I was a teenager to try and play his guitar. It was the mid-90’s so Nirvana were still pretty big and he had a guitar tab book which I used, to teach myself guitar. There are a ton of grunge bands better than Nirvana I should say!

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

Well, I saw that ALN from Mizmor has just started producing, which is very interesting. Otherwise, any kick ass drummer or vocalist would be exciting.

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

Arctangent, just outside of Bristol is my favourite festival because it’s so eclectic. They don’t often have post black metal bands, but when they do it’s some of the best in the world.

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

I’m afraid I’ve never received a gift from a fan.

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

Send me some gifts!

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

Does Christopher Lee count? Haha, okay maybe Dimebag Darrell.

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

I love learning new things about how to create and produce music, and have the freedom to do it my own way. And I hate it when my equipment struggles and I can’t just play.

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

I think sometimes we have too many sub genres, but then again, if we didn’t have lots of genres, bands wouldn’t be able to mash them together.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For Black Metal either Mizmor – “Cairn” or Deafheaven – “New Bermuda”. For music in general, The Cure – “Disintegration”.

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

I collect vinyl here and there, but it’s a bit of an effort to sit down and put a record on so downloads are the best because you can listen to music wherever you go.

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

Sepulchre by the Sea hasn’t played any gigs…yet.

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

The other stuff that I do like podcasting, writing and voice overs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume this is dead or alive. Probably all writers, like Edgar Allen Poe, Hunter S. Thompson, Philip K. Dick, H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft (if he behaves himself).

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I’m just focusing on the EP release, then hopefully some new merch and then it’s time to start thinking about LP number 2!

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

www.sepulchrebythesea.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/sepulchrebytheseamusic/
www.instagram.com/sepulchrebytheseamusic
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2CD17Ab5FPNiCdCv0XFUVD
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXagjs_On2wrMR-01FsWumw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Clearly a cake. They’re made principally of sponge cake!

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

Thanks for the interview and I hope everyone enjoys the new record!

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EMQ’s with KULL

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EMQ’s with KULL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sheffield, England based Epic Symphonic Black Metal band, Kull. Huge thanks to all of 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?

[C]: Chris Maudling – Guitars.

[W]: Wak – Drums

[J]: Jonny Maudling – Composer/keyboard player. Kull basically picked up from where Bal-Sagoth left off.

[M]: Alistair MacLatchy – bassist for Kull. Kull formed from the remains of Bal-Sagoth, after Tarkan stepped up to sing for us in Liverpool in 2011, when the previous guy decided to be absent.

[T]: Tarkan – vocalist and lyricist. I was a Bal-Sagoth fan for many years before getting to know everyone personally following my move to Sheffield to pursue a History & Philosophy degree back in 2000. Around the same time, I formed the band Extreme Maggot Infestation (later renamed Dyscaphia) with me on guitar, Wak on drums and a couple of other friends. Some years later Wak was poached by Sagoth after having a few changes to who took the throne for them. It wasn’t until much later that I stood in for Byron at the last minute to play Liverpool back in 2011. It wasn’t my finest moment but I couldn’t give up the opportunity to share the stage with some of my favourite musicians and help out friends at the same time.

Following this, I started attending the weekly Sagoth rehearsals and gradually Kull came into existence from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

[M]: Don’t really know, I wasn’t at that meeting!

[C]: It fitted with the tone and narrative of the material.

[T]: We knew the kind of connotations we wanted with the name; something direct, to the point – a short, sharp shock ,if you will. But also, we wanted something that spoke of the Bal-Sagoth legacy. For those who aren’t aware, the name Bal-Sagoth is taken from the writings of Robert E. Howard – most commonly known as the creator of the character Conan. He was also the creator of another hero – almost a prototype of Conan – a little darker in some ways, a little more introspective – Kull seemed to fit both with the lyrics I was beginning to write at the time, it was short, direct and for the uninitiated kind of continues the great metal tradition of misspelling band names…Maybe we should add some umlauts.

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

[J]: UK Sheffield. It used to have a bit of a scene, and there are some notable bands from yesteryear which hail from here. It’s the North that gives the music its metal edge.

[C]: England/South Yorkshire. The metal/rock scene has declined over the last 10 years but we are fighting to keep it alive.

[T]: London born but have lived all over the place. Nowadays I consider Sheffield as my adopted hometown – although currently not living there. I must admit that I had already drifted from being part of any real scene and am pretty unfamiliar with the individual local happenings. Having said that, there are interesting bands coming up all over the country. We’re not a very big island and seemingly growing smaller all the time. I don’t see subdividing the UK metal scene into regions as necessarily helpful. We’re in this together after all and there are plenty in all sub genres of metal pushing the envelope and doing some really interesting things.

[M]: Sheffield, and the metal scene is probably best described as “Underground”. There’s Terminal Sun, and Eoten who are very good though.

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

[T]: Our debut album “Exile” (out on Black Lion Records) – hopefully, we’ll have the follow up completed in the not too distant future.

‘Vow Of The Exiled’ (Official Visualiser)

‘Set Nakt Heh’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

[J]: Everyone I ever got into, Geoff Love, Holst, Thrash/Death, 80’s contemporary, Classical, Tangerine Dream, Queen, The Police, John Peel, to name but a very few.

[C]: Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Emperor, Deicide and many soundtrack albums.

[W]: Greatest influences on me and my playing style were probably Deicide, Fear Factory, Machine Head and Metallica.

[M]: Any of the musicians I have played alongside over the years (too many to list). You learn more from playing with other people than practicing alone.

[T]: I always find this difficult – In terms of lighting the fire of music and making me want to pursue that it’d have to be everything from Michael Jackson to Max Cavalera – those people that at some point made me look up to them. When it comes to lyrics/vocals etc, again it’s a melting pot. Robert E. Howard of course features prominently and has influenced what I’ve done with Kull as well as some solo tracks here and there. Michael Moorcock, Iain M Banks and a history of reading various historical text and esotericism also play a significant part. Coming to performing with what were certainly childhood idols at one stage, obviously Byron influenced my approach to the style I heard when presented with the Maudlings’ music. Added to that, however, and as someone who never really tried to be a vocalist, I try to learn new things from wherever I can – amazing metal vocalists abound these days; Psycroptic’s “Sceptre Of The Ancients” is a masterpiece, for example, and vocalists like CJ McCreery & Travis Ryan (off the top of my head) are phenomenal, although I’m unsure how much of an influence any of that has really been on my own style.

What first got you into music?

[J]: My Parents record collection, probably a Geoff Love soundtrack thing.

[C]: My parents all made us (myself, brother and sister) have piano lessons at an early age. There was always a classical guitar lying about and many albums.

[W]: Essentially, it was hearing “Appetite For Destruction” and watching Heavy Metal Heaven on VHS, it was a live G’n’R concert hosted by Elvira.

[M]: My Dad was a guitarist in a band, and there were guitars all over the house – it was inevitable that I would follow the same way! The first band I ever really got into was Status Quo, which sealed my fate as a rocker and led me into metal some years later

[T]: In my earliest years it was all about Michael Jackson. As I grew it was discovering bands like G’n’R and then Sepultura and going on from there.

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

[T]: It’d be interesting to do something with Voices – I can’t imagine how that would turn out!

[C]: Hans Zimmer probably.

[J]: It’s not really a desire of mine so I can’t really say. Maybe Tony MacAlpine?

[M]: I’m with Chris on this one – Hans Zimmer. His music is inspiring and varied, and lifts any film that he scores. I saw him live a few years ago, and it was probably the best concert I’ve ever seen.

[D]: Dino, right up to the moment he decides he wants to change the patterns.

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

[W]: I’d love to have been around to play one of the old Monster of Rock festivals back in the day, things were different back then, somewhat less sanitized. Now I couldn’t decide between Download, Hellfest or Wacken.

[J]: Like the rest of the guys probably Download but any metal fest is always good.

[C]: Download would be great and it is in England.

[M]: The old Monsters of Rock at Donington (pre-Download). Back when there were only six bands and one stage – sometimes less is more!

[T]: It would have to be Wacken for me – I’d love to return there as not just a fan but an artist. With that or 70,000 Tons of Metal.

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

[J]: None have been weird. Maybe a box of postcards from a country in the East.

[C]: A crate of Belgium beer. Not very interesting I know.

[T]: Other than maybe drinks after a set, I don’t think I can recall any. That doesn’t mean I didn’t get them, mind…just that I can’t actually recall.

[M]: Never really had one. I recall a case of Trappist beer in Antwerpen though.

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

[J]: Keep open musical minds.

[M]: Never vote Tory

[C]: For all those loyal Bal-Sagoth fans and the newcomers to Kull, thanks for the support over the years. We have loads more to do for all you guys and hope to see you in the live arena very soon. We appreciate every one of you.

[T]: Thank you for sticking by us and showing us so much support over the last few tumultuous years. Your loyalty and fervour speak volumes!

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

[W]: Neil Peart.

[T]: This is such a tough one. So many talented people seem to have gone in recent years. For sheer personality, though, it would have to be Lemmy. He was the link between old time rock and roll and the current metal scene and a symbol of everything metal. Absolute legend that seemed he would outlive us all. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

[J]: There are a few, Cliff Burton, John Lennon, Sid Vicious, Jimmy Hendrix, Bon Scott.

[C]: Freddie Mercury.

[M]: Chris Cornell – the best vocalist ever.

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

[J]: When it comes together & when it doesn’t.

[W]: Playing live shows for me nothing feels better, and the worst…waiting.

[M]: Playing live with my friends is the best feeling. Tinnitus is the worst feeling – wear your earplugs people!

[C]: Beginning as a rag tag unit and improving our live skills over the many rehearsals. It’s like levelling up and nothing feels like a good practice. The bad points are just playing way below par and bad stage sound. You have to be well rehearsed and 100% committed all of the time or there really is no point.

[T]: I love almost everything about actually being a musician form the initial composition to seeing how a song morphs and develops with others’ input to playing a show and connecting with fans.

What I hate isn’t really about being a musician as such but rather how its value is reduced to nothing by the society in which we find ourselves. Save for the upper echelons of controlled, corporate product, everyone kind of expects it for nothing. The value of a cd, a song, a gig – it’s nothing. We used to steal our music by tape trading etc. Now we expect it for free from the source itself. We used to save up for weeks to buy an album that we had ordered in and cherish every moment of that record – the cover art, the liner notes, the lyrics and the music itself. Now we begrudge paying 99p for a download.

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

[J]: I’d make the popular radio stations play more diverse music instead of the banal mediocrity that they currently do.

[M]: Manufactured music – I wish that they would stop programming backing tracks and auto-tuning vocalists, and get proper musicians playing actual instruments again.

[C]: Give more radio play to all types of music. Corporations are sacrificing art for a quick buck.

[T]: See above! I don’t know what the solution is, really. Technology has moved faster than the industry could ever have hoped for. I would like to see a greater diversity of music, especially here in the UK. With the internet people are continuously discovering more music that they love and may never have heard otherwise. Yet this fails to be reciprocated in our culture as the conglomerates and the media have a stranglehold on what actually reaches the people – for the most part churning out lowest possible common denominator detritus to make a few quid.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

[W]: Machine Head – “Burn My Eyes”.

[M]: That’s tough to narrow it down to one, but I would say Pink Floyd – “Animals”.

[J]: Queen – “Greatest Hits”

[C]: Slayer – “Reign In Blood”

[T]: I don’t know how I can possibly reduce it to one but…*flips a coin*…Deicide – “Serpents Of The Light”!

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

[M]: I miss vinyl – there was a sense of occasion when you bought an album back then. I stream most of my music these days though – it’s more convenient.

[W]: I only really listen to music when I’m travelling, so, downloads all the way for me.

[J]: Vinyl for collecting, Download/Streaming for convenience, CD’s for the car, tape-no.

[C]: Not cassettes, they were not robust enough and the fast forwarding/rewinding was a hassle. CD’s are basically a hard copy of a download, but I prefer not having to store a mile of CD’s. I do miss vinyl and the whole size of the purchase; I could look at the album artwork and inlay notes for ages.

[T]: I will always have a soft spot for cassettes – despite the fact that they were shit – there’s nothing better than listening to something you recorded only to be graced by something totally incongruous that you forgot you had recorded over.

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

[T]: For me this probably goes back to one night in Derby. I can’t remember where. I can’t remember when. But I was there. Alcohol might have been involved.

[M]: London Astoria 2 in ‘97, when Bal-Sagoth supported Emperor.

[W]: Close one, Brutal Assault was one of the biggest for me personally, but I don’t think anywhere I’ve played was better than Finland, both Helsinki & Turku, amazing fans there and possibly the most welcoming places I’ve ever been.

[J]: London LA2 with Emperor, Bloodstock 2002 wasn’t too bad either.

[C]: Bradford Rios for Bal-Sagoth back in 2002. I will get back to you with Kull as we only have played twice.

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

[C]: Something to do with motorbikes, either teaching new riders or road racing.

[J]: Some kind of education thing.

[M]: Gaming or building model tanks.

[W]: I have no idea, I’m terrible at everything else *jokingly.

[T]: Being a dad and running a business takes up pretty much all my remaining time. What would I like to be? Either an author or an artist of some kind.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

[C]: James Hetfield, Glen Benton, Valentino Rossi, Sylvester Stallone and Bob Lazar

[J]: Bill Hicks, Vangelis, Stanley Kubrick, Oliver Hardy and Roland Rat.

[M]: Iain M Banks, Hans Zimmer, Mike Patton, Bill Bailey, Scarlett Johannsen

[T]: Brian Blessed, Stephen Fry, Lemmy, Aron Ra and Victoria Coren Mitchell.

What’s next for the band?

HRH Vikings and writing the follow up to Exile!

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

All the usual fare – you can find us on the usual streaming sites, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, now that I’ve set up a new one after being hacked.
www.facebook.com/Kullmetal
www.instagram.com/kullmetal/
www.twitter.com/Kull_band
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2UNSiZhk1eDLyrDYBDH08G
www.youtube.com/user/KullmetalUK

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

[T]: They are a cake but only in the same way that a tomato is a fruit.

[M]: The clue is in the title.

[J]: A small wet cushion that tastes of chocolate. Probably a cake?

[W]: Which option gets taxed the least?

[C]: Toast

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

[J]: Cheers to all the believers that are with us, more good stuff to come!

[C]: Thanks for the interview and to the fans again who totally get what we are about.

[M]: It’s a privilege to still be able to make music with the guys in Kull, after all the years we have been together, and even more of a privilege to have the chance to share it with you lot!

[T]: Thanks to everyone who supports us and have stuck it out for the last few years. Rest assured the follow up is coming! Alea Iacta Est!

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Leiþa – Sisyphus

Sisyphus Album Cover Art

Leiþa – Sisyphus
Noisebringer Records
Release Date: 25/06/2021
Running Time: 37:12
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good afternoon, my nihilistic horde of bitches, bastards and buggers! It is I, Dark Juan, once more obliging you to read a whole load of fucking nonsense masquerading as a) a record review, and b) wisdom, with shit that only I find amusing thrown in for good measure. I trust you are all grafting merrily away at whatever coalface that represents your career now we are finally out of COVID prison, with joy and carefree abandon bursting out of your grateful, hardworking and God-fearing hearts? Excellent. All is not well at Dark Juan Terrace. The Mighty Gothikpanzer has decided that it should reduce the wiper mechanism down to its component parts. In the rain, at 70mph on the M62 just near the Little House On The Prairie. This, as you can imagine, caused me to utterly ruin my trousers with an entirely different substance than sex wee, and an imprecation or two MAY have been uttered while I was busily shitting myself. The upshot is I have borrowed the car of my daughter in law, which has been christened the Leichtes Gothikpanzer because it is small and black, until I can fit a new wiper mechanism to the Mighty Gothikpanzer. This has put me in a somewhat dark frame of mind…

Which is a bonus for you lot out there as it puts me in just the right mode to appreciate the album entitled “Sisyphus”, by German band Leiþa. Leiþa is apparently the old Germanic word that equates to suffering, and the album is about, in the words of Leiþa mastermind Noise,

“This album came to life as a result of doubt and self-loathing. That pale face that stares right back at you morning after morning from the reflection of your mirror as it displays the miserable outcome of your own existence onto yourself. The bitter taste of bile and cigarette ash you inherit following yet another day trapped in the eternal vicious circle of a worthless existence.

It is those moments of certainty that spit at you in the face with a blend of disgust and resistance.

In moments exactly like that, be sure of just one thing: You are not the only one.”

Truly a man after my own heart, then. He makes depressive, jazz and prog influenced black metal; I write banal shite that I fool myself is popular. Kindred fucking spirits then! Both of us feel the need to perform to exorcise demons…

The record is a very strange beast indeed. The sound is unusual insofar as it sounds like a black metal record yet it doesn’t have the usual homegrown, recorded three miles away from a microphone made out of a fucking cucumber and baling twine sound that BM usually employs. The sound is clear, the instruments all distinct and easy to hear and the drumming speedy and precise (ably provided by session drummer Noderra, according to the blurb I have in front of me). The band appear to have taken Emperor’s “IX Equilibrium” as a starting point for their sound and to be honest, it’s all a bit samey. The record starts with a few black metal insane speed songs but then settles down into a kind of mid-tempo plod where Noise can show off his admittedly supreme guitar skills, but imagine “The Loss And Curse Of Reverence” slowed down by a third and given a proper production, and with vocals by Shagrath instead of Ihsahn and you have ably grasped the sound of Leiþa. It does have a strong emotional component, though, this record, that drips throughout the music, and it is primarily ultra-misanthropic hatred. It oozes from the pores of the album and it is bitter and foul-tasting and stinks of loneliness and sorrow and endless, black misery, punctuated by bouts of either naked, atavistic savagery or hysterical, tear-streaked, screaming emotional agony. The opening song (and title track) ‘Sisyphus’ sets the store for the record by offering some choppy, chiming riffing before the song explodes into a full-bore assault upon the senses. Second track ‘Endlos’ has a brief intro which actually had me giggling because it quite remarkably resembles the start of ‘Turning Japanese’ by The Vapors, no doubt unintentionally. Actually, I kind of do hope that it was on purpose, because it would accurately resemble that stage of sorrow and pain where something insignificant just starts you laughing hysterically and you have no idea why and can’t stop and you know that it’s stupid but the laughing just keeps on coming and you’re making an arse of yourself and you can feel the SHAME AND RAGE GROWING YET STILL YOU LAUGH LIKE A DEMENTED FREAK UNTIL YOUR NERVE SNAPS, and you run from the room hiding your shame-filled and tear streaked face and seek solace in the darkest room in your home away from all of the jeering, judgmental bastards out there…

Do you know what? First impressions don’t count for shit with this record. Remember up there when I said it was all a bit samey? It appears I may have been wrong. Leiþa have provoked a very strong emotional reaction in me. This is an album of many shades of black, from the washed out black of old t-shirts and worn, sun-bleached drapery, to the luxuriousness and opulence of black velvet hangings and gorgeous goth gowns on equally gorgeous goth ladies, eventually to the pure black, absolute-zero waste that is space, the one place in the universe where all hope is gone. This record is musical entropy in action, and it is also far more brilliant than I thought it was on the first listen. I just wish I could understand what Noise is howling about, as it is a German language release and the black metal banshee vocal style makes it difficult to hear any discernible syllabification. It doesn’t really help that all the German I know has been taught to me by Rammstein and Laibach.

Alrighty then – The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Das patentierte Dark Juan Blutspritzer-Bewertungssystem) can’t help itself and awards Leiþa the full cream, full fat 10/10 for a record that really, truly rewards repeated listens, such is the delicacy of some of the songwriting and music. There are some staggering moments of bleak beauty on this record.

TRACKLISTING:

(With helpful translations courtesy of Google Translate, so they are probably wrong)
01. Sisyphus
02. Endlos (Endless)
03. Sterben um zu sterben (To Die, To Die)
04. Gib mir Heimat (Give Me Home)
05. Mühsal (Hardship)
06. Prometheus
07. Der Feind lebt in mir (The Enemy Lives In Me)
08. Töte dich (Kill You)

LINE-UP:
Noise – Everything apart from the drums
Noderra – Session drums

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EMQ’s with BARBARIAN PROPHECIES

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EMQ’s with BARBARIAN PROPHECIES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lugo, Spain based Death/Black Metal band, Barbarian Prophecies. 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?

Hi there! Thanks so much for this interview!

We are Barbarian Prophecies from Spain (Lugo, Galicia) and we play melodic death metal with black and progressive influences. In short we usually say that we play death metal because it’s our base influence, but Barbarian Prophecies does not sound like classic death metal at all.

The band was formed in the year 2000, so it has a pretty long baggage. We have released two demos, two EP’s and 5 LP’s.
– Conquerors Of The Wolfthrone (Demo 2002)
– The War Is Imminent (EP 2004)
– War Promo (Demo 2007)
– Condemned land…The War Begins (LP 2009)
– Remember The Fallen (LP 2012)
– XIII (LP 2013)
– Remains Of Existence (EP 2015)
– Origin (LP 2018)
– Horizon (LP 2021)

How did you come up with your band name?

The name came from the union of two bands: Venomous Prophecies and Barbarianth. From there came Barbarian Prophecies, the result of the combination of the names and members of both bands.

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

We are from Lugo, Spain. There are quite a few extreme metal bands here, but it has always been a minority genre and the main problem is the lack of support. We are a little known band despite having been in this scene for 21 years, but we survived because our philosophy is to help other bands that are in the same situation and who want to collaborate with us by exchanging concerts, material, contacts…Here the music is sustained by a base of small supporters, there really is no band in our country of an extreme genre that has had a great international repercussion and it is a shame because there are very good bands.

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

Our latest released was our album “Horizon” this year 2021. It was released on digital platforms in August and the physical edition will be available in November (CD and Vinyl format) with the support of the labels Base Records Production, Hecatombe Records, Iron Matron Records and Violence In The Veins.

Also, we recently released a lyric video made by YOD Multimedia of the song ‘Among Us’ from the album “Horizon”, and at the end of this year we also plan to release a videoclip made by 60ráfagas of the song that starts the album; ‘Alpha’.

‘Among Us’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each member of the band has their own influences, so we can mention, for example: Deep Purple, Testament, Unleashed, Necrophobic, Enthroned, Annihilator, Megadeth, J. S. Bach, Leo Brower, Black Sabbath, Carach Angren, Sabaton, Rhapsody, Judas Priest, Wolfheart, Deicide, Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Dissection, Septic Flesh, Tool, Gojira, Pink Floyd, Rush, Between The Buried And Me…and artists from other genres like Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangelis…etc!

What first got you into music?

Thanks to being close to influences who introduced us into it.

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

It doesn’t matter, someone who fits with us. Each one has different tastes and influences within extreme metal, but some with whom we would like to share the stage could be: Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Enthroned, Necrophobic, Slayer, Carach Angren…and many more bands that we like.

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

It would be cool to play at big festivals like Resurrection Fest (we played two times and the experience was so great that we always want to repeat), Wacken…or in any other place outside our country to be able to know other places and other bands.

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

A bottle of a very strong liquor.

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

Thank you very much for your support and for joining us for so many years. The effort is worth it as long as there is someone who wants to hear or share our music.

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

Chuck Schuldiner. He passed away very young, like so many rock stars, and we think that someone so promising would have continued to contribute a lot to death metal.

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

The best about this is experiences with your band, travel and seeing new places and meeting new people…many positive things!

The worst thing is that it is a hobby and we don’t earn any money…but all we spend in the band is well invested because we can do what we really want, that is making music.

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

Let the talent prevail over the money, because there are a lot of great bands that are never known for not having enough resources and support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.

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

They all have advantages depending on what you are looking for. For the quality of the sound, we would choose the CD, for the artwork and its special sound then vinyl, for nostalgia, cassettes and for a better spread of music, digital download platforms.

The best option is to combine all the musical supports, since the physical ones can be sold at concerts and distribution over the Internet is optimal to publicize your band and reach more places. This is mainly due to the fact that physically there will always be a limited number of copies, while on the Internet you can have infinite copies and listeners.

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

Resurrection Fest 2018. We had played in that festival before, but that last time was amazing. They treated us like we were rock stars and it’s awesome to share the stage with so many bands and even meet in person members of bands we listened when we were teenagers. A great experience in every way.

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

None of us make a living from music, so outside of it, we each have our jobs and family occupations like anyone else, but we are fortunate that our professions allow us to have the time and money necessary to invest in our hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy Kilmister, Dimebag Darrell, Peter Steele, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix.

Unfortunately, they won’t be able to attend the dinner party, but we guess it’s okay because it would be dangerous to get them together haha.

What’s next for the band?

Our last gig was on 29th February 2020. It was our last gig before the pandemic situation arrived and now it’s difficult to recover the live activity because most of the concert halls are closed due to the sanitary restrictions caused by the covid-19. Our future plans will be to resume our live activity. We really want to present “Horizon” and we hope to be able to return to the stage this year 2021…but no guarantees.

Before the end of the year, we will release the album in physical format and a videoclip. And for the year 2022 we are planning a mini tour of Germany and Hungary.

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

www.barbarianprophecies.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/barbarianprophecies
www.instagram.com/barbarian_prophecies/
www.twitter.com/BPband_official
www.youtube.com/channel/UChMIiNtcsqmrC2t7UCRbp8Q

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Here in Spain, we don’t have an idea of what Jaffa Cakes are…but they seem like a cookie!

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

Thank you very much for this interview and for giving visibility to underground bands like ours. Many thanks also to all the people who have read it till the end and to those who decide to share it. It’s a great help. Greetings from Spain!

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EMQ’s with VISERION

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EMQ’s with VISERION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with New York City, NY based Black Metal band, Viserion. Huge thanks to Ben, John and Matt, for taking part.

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

We have the full band, Ben, John and Matt, here today. Ben plays bass and does vocals, Matt plays drums, and John plays guitar. Viserion formed in 2019 when John saw our death metal band Moniasin play a show in NY. We got to talking about our mutual love for black metal and decided to jam together. After seeing we worked well together and got along, we decided to form Viserion.

How did you come up with your band name?

Viserion is the name of the undead dragon from Game of Thrones. We felt this name fit perfectly due to the bleakness of our music.

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

We are from New York City. The metal scene here is amazing. With places such as St. Vitus Bar, Duffs, Lucky 13s, and The Kingsland to name a few, the community is very strong and tightknit.

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

Our single and lyric video ‘The Wraith’ (Feat. Trevor Strnad) was just released June 18th and our debut full length album “Natural Selection” will be released August 13th, 2021.

‘The Wraith’ feat. Trevor Strnad (Lyric Video)

‘Vaporized’ (New Single Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are very influence by the legendary black metal bands such as Mayhem, Darkthrone and Behemoth along with some more Modern Black Metal bands like Dead Space, Woe, and Ellende.

What first got you into music?

Matt: I got into metal through the thrash legends especially Metallica and Slayer and was always focusing on the drums and wanted to learn as a result.

Ben: Once I heard Cliff Burton playing on ‘Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)’ I knew I had to buy a bass and start making music

John: I started listening to extreme metal at a young age and instead of playing sports, or anything like that, I was drawn to the guitar and expressing myself through it.

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

Matt: Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails is my favourite band and Reznor’s talent, creativity and growth as a musician has always been a source of inspiration for me.

Ben: I would want to collab with Opeth. The way that they structure songs and go from harsh heavy parts to slow atmospheric and melancholic parts is something that would be awesome to be a part of.

John: I’d collaborate with Darkthrone as they are one of my oldest influences and inspire me and my style of writing.

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

Matt: Maryland Death Fest. I would love to be part of such a massive and intense festival with so many awesome metal bands, especially considering it is one of the biggest metal festivals on the East Coast.

Ben: I would love to play Hellfest as it just seems like and amazing time where the metal community as a whole is celebrated and everyone comes together to have fun.

John: I would also wanna play Hellfest because it is one of the sickest festivals ever created.

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

We haven’t received any weird ones…yet anyway.

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

Thank you all so much for the support and we can’t wait to release “Natural Selection” for you all to enjoy!

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

Matt: Neil Peart. He was a huge influence on me as a drummer and is one of the reasons I decided to play drums myself.

Ben: I would bring back David Gold. Woods of Ypres was ahead of their time and his musical talent and uniqueness is missed in this world.

John: I would bring back Dead. His vocal style was pioneering and he never got to reach his potential which is a shame.

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

Matt: The creative process is my favourite part. I love the feeling of a song getting gradually more complex and fleshed out and the experience of when it all comes together as a cohesive piece of music. I hate the hassle of taking apart all my drum hardware after I play a show and am exhausted.

Ben: I enjoy being able to express my emotions and pain through my music. You can express yourself in music with any instrument and that’s the best part about writing and creating songs. I hate the times when you have writer’s block and feel like you can’t write anything else new.

John: I enjoy the fact that being a musician allows me to express myself in ways I normally could not. I don’t hate anything about being a musician as it’s my great passion.

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

The music industry is constantly evolving mostly for the better. We wouldn’t necessarily change anything because it is already changing consistently.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: “From Mars To Sirius” by Gojira. The sheer onslaught of heaviness blended with melodic and progressive elements is brilliantly balanced. I will never get tired of listening to that album.

Ben: Mgla – “Exercises In Futility”. This album never lets up and is what I consider a perfect black metal album.

John: Mayhem – “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”.

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

We believe that Vinyl is the best, as far as sound quality, although downloads are more convenient.

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

We haven’t played a live show with Viserion yet.

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

Matt: I’m also a writer and have an MFA in Creative Writing. If I wasn’t a musician, I would devote even more time to my writing.

Ben: I would want to open my own record shop.

John: I would continue being an automotive mechanic.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: Wilt Chamberlain, William Shakespeare, Babe Ruth, Trent Reznor and Bryan Cranston.

Ben: Mikael Åkerfeldt, Chuck Schuldiner, Cliff Burton, Mickey Mantle, and Alex Webster.

John: I would invite my bandmates, Dead and Euronymous.

What’s next for the band?

“Natural Selection” comes out August 13th, 2021 and we’re playing our debut show at The Kingsland August 22nd.

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

We use Spotify, our Bandcamp, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
www.viserion.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ViserionOfficial
www.instagram.com/viserion_official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/29M6a18wuS8GmtArmff2P4
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkhlAV64edw1b7Ktb3ePxw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We honestly have no idea what this is but cake is in the name so were going with cake!

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

Thanks for having us! Check out our single “The Wraith” on Bandcamp or all streaming platforms if you haven’t and stay tuned for “Natural Selection” August 13th.

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Alchemia – Inception

Inception Album Cover Art

Alchemia – Inception
Wormholedeath
Release Date: 30/04/2021
Running Time: 39:28
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

For the last 2-3 weeks, the UK has been having an unexpected heatwave, which has made focusing a problem! We weren’t built for heat here! But, while I’ve been trapped in the depths of sweating and moaning about the weather (as is the custom for us Brits, regardless of the weather) I’ve been listening to “Inception”, the newest album by Brazilian Horror Metal band Alchemia. And that has helped me to come back to normality a bit. Well as close to normality as I can get! However, as is the way with the British climate, I’m now sitting here writing this review on the first rainy day in around 3 weeks (bloody weather)! So, if you would, please allow me to take a little of your time to tell you about the band as well as their newest album.

Alchemia was founded back in 2018 in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. “Inception” is actually the band’s debut album, and even though they have essences of Heavy, Black and Death metal in their sound, they combine those elements into something different and unique. There are obvious influences from Heavy, Black and Death Metal, but running alongside are also influences from film scores and classical orchestration. The amount of work they have put in to make this debut become a reality is obvious, and I think the future looks bright for the band.

When your mental state is as changeable as the weather, it’s great to be able to be totally absorbed by music. “Inception” is definitely one of those albums that grabs hold of you and reels you in. Some might think that, with the genre influences mentioned, it might not be the best thing to listen to when you’re in a bad place. But, in fact, “Inception” gave me a sense of there being a light at the end of the tunnel to bring me out of my rut, and that is exactly what has happened. It has intensity which hits you like a freight train, amazing vocals and is great to bang your head to. If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know I like a good headbang! Recently I have had to use a hairband when headbanging, so my hair doesn’t poke my eyes. Luckily, I was prepared, with my hairband at the ready!

The title track of the album is my pick for the stand out song. It’s intriguing. It starts with the sounds of a music box having the key turned, and closes with the music box slowing down. In between this, we’re hit with intense instrumentals and strong lyrics.

This album is a great example of what can be done with some excellent musicianship, and a bit of vision. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and would recommend everybody check it out.

‘Grind’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Grind
02. Save Us
03. Inception
04. Haunting You
05. Ashes
06. If Nothing Is Sacred
07. Sacrifice
08. Mind Prison
09. Nightmares
10. Secret Call

LINE-UP:
Victor Hugo Piiroja – Vocals, Synths, Guitars
Rodrigo Maciel – Guitars
Felipe FIFAS – Bass
Wally D’Alessandro – Keyboard
Alex Cristopher – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ODYRMOS

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EMQ’s with ODYRMOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greek Black/Synth/Ambient Metal project, Odyrmos. Huge thanks to main man, Andrew Tsekrekos, 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 Andrew Tsekrekos and I am the man behind the project Odyrmos. Everything started back in 2020 as a one man band, dungeon synth/dark ambient project with our EP “Eternal Sleep”. After that I decided to try a new approach with a more black metal feeling. I am responsible for all recordings and with the help of Alan Brucke, with the vocals, we managed to release our debut full length album “For The Brightest Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Odyrmos mean something like great lament in the Greek language. I wanted a word able to describe the feelings our music emits to the listener and I believe this is a very strong word!

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

We come from Greece and the metal scene here is stronger than ever with some great releases from bands of every metal style. Our past as a scene helps a lot and nowadays many Greek metal bands have albums worth checking out.

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

Our album “For The Brightest Light” will be released on June 22nd by BMC Productions in digipack cd and tape formats. Until then, we released a lyric video for the song ‘Ode To The Forgotten’ and we invite everyone to check it out.

‘For Her Grave’ (Visualiser)

‘Ode To The Forgotten’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Old Greek black metal scene and bands like Rotting Christ, Thou Art Lord, Elysian Fields etc and all kind of melancholic music, from My Dying Bride and Saturnus to Dead Can Dance and Diary of Dreams.

What first got you into music?

If you mean playing music then it’s the need to express my feelings through it. If you mean listening to music then it’s Metallica, hehehe!

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

Savatage and Jon Oliva. They have nothing to do with our style of music but Jon is a mastermind and i believe it would be a great experience collaborating with him.

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

To be honest i prefer live shows in small venues rather than festivals. Smaller crowd but more passionate.

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

$1 donation through our Bandcamp page.

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

Enjoy the music you like and don’t put labels to bands.

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

Criss Oliva, the most sensational guitarist ever in my opinion.

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

It’s a great pleasure and honour when you records do something that expresses you as a person and in the process, you see other people feel the same way about it. What I hate is I can’t play as loud as I want in my home, two baby girls here seem not to like my music hehehe!!

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

Keep the underground spirit alive!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Savatage – “Streets: A Rock Opera”

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

My vote goes on CD.

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

We haven’t played any live shows yet and i don’t think this will change in the future.

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

I am also a cafe bar owner. This is my main job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jon Oliva, Ronaldinho, Shakira, Michael Jordan and Fenriz. Sounds interesting right?

What’s next for the band?

After the release of “For The Brightest Light” we will start looking for a new singer as Alan will no longer be able to sing for Odyrmos. Some songs for a new album have already been recorded and we will move into finishing that.

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

www.facebook.com/odyrmos
www.odyrmos.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are, hehehe.

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

I would like to thank you for your interest in Odyrmos and invite everyone to give a listen to our album and share their opinion with us. Greetings from Greece!

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EMQ’s with UNBLESSED

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EMQ’s with UNBLESSED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based, Death/Black Metal band, Unblessed. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist, Paul Callahan, 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 Paul Callahan, leader, composer, guitarist and vocalist from Unblessed of Chile. We’ve been on road since 1999, keeping our flame burning through 5 full length albums, an EP, 1 Compilation, 3 DVD´s and toured over 11 countries in Europe, Brazil and Argentina too.

How did you come up with your band name?

Into a brainstorming, Unblessed is perfect for our music.

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

We are from Santiago of Chile. We have a good scene, a lot of bands always producing materials and concerts too.

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

It is the “Murdering Hope” album (2020) via Australis records and we’ve made 3 videos for this album.

‘Irreverence Irreversible’ (Official Video)

‘S.E.N.A.M.E.’ (Official Video)

‘Beyond The Cramp’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think old bands as Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Kreator, Slayer, Death, Vital Remains, Dissection, Dawn and Hypocrisy to name a few.

What first got you into music?

Being banger at first, then the creativity and the artistic search.

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

Hmmm, I think Peter Tägtgren or Ihsahn.

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

Wacken, Hellfest, 70000 Tons of Metal.

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

Drugs and friendship.

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

Keep safe, stay home and make music.

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

A band with Cliff Burton, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister and Michael Jackson on vocals.

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

Composing time, no doubt!

I hate when some members are not involved in procession of music or goals of the band.

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

In my case, the waiting for upcoming albums, hahaha, but it isn´t a big deal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hypocrisy – “Hypocrisy”
Death – “Spiritual Healing”
Vital Remains – “Forever Underground”
Morbid Angel – “Blessed Are The Sick”
Dissection – “Storm Of the Light´s Bane”
God Dethroned – “Bloody Blasphemy”
Emperor – “In The Nightside Eclipse”

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

I think it is vinyl, but any format is good. The most important thing is to be heard.

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

Sinfest Metal Festival, in Malta (April of 2018).

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

Actor or writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Morgan Freeman, Eric Cartman, Charlie Sheen And Silvia Saint.

What’s next for the band?

An upcoming album and the third tour of Europe, when we can.

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

www.unblessed.cl/
www.facebook.com/Unblessed-44071969223
www.instagram.com/unblessed_soul/

Enjoy that!!!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake.

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

Just listen to Unblessed and buy some merch, that´s always a support to the band.

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