Diaboł Boruta – Żywioły

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Diaboł Boruta – Żywioły
Self-Released
Release date: 17/01/22
Running Time: 49:00
Reviewed by Paul Hutchings
5/10

I have no idea why I selected this album to review. I don’t particularly like Folk Metal. It’s a genre which is too twee for my liking, giving opportunity for seriously fast passages to be played on instruments that should either be in museums or in some farmer’s hut in the Scandinavian countryside. It does however, appeal to me when I’ve had a few beers for then you are much more likely to jump around in typical drinking song style. 

Diabol Boruta are Polish and have been playing for well over a decade. This album is a curious combination of genres, with Folk mixed with Thrash, Death and even Black Metal in some horrific cauldron which has thrown up a concoction which probably spawned two heads and many more digits than necessary. It’s a nightmare combination which is confusing and at times utterly bewildering. 

The music careers all over the place, a runaway tram with no brake option. Dive into the opening song ‘Pielgrzym’, which is pleasing enough with a central keyboard riff adding to the intricate guitar work. The gang style singing isn’t anything special but it’s not offensive in any way. Then there is the craziness of the track called ‘Of Black Fairies’. It’s a slammer of a song to start, full of energy and bounce, before it drifts off into an ethereal segment which confuses and changes direction; then it rips off again with all kinds of instruments dipping in and out. We then get some tribal drumming on the short track ‘Pył’ which throws yet another curved ball into the mix.

If you think that was crazy enough then ‘… z popiołów’ will surely blow the mind. It’s a rampant Death Metal explosion complete with gruff vocals, battering drums and high intensity riffing which is utterly chaotic. It hurts the ears, fries the brain and is another confusing strand in an album I can best describe as schizophrenic. 

From what I understand from the blurb, the lyrics cover Slavic mythology’s descriptions of the four elements, as well as a few other bits and pieces. It’s all very disjointed and having the lyrics in their native tongue, whilst to be applauded, makes one’s interpretation of the songs at least semi-redundant and certainly impossible to follow. 

As the album continues, I did find it hard to maintain concentration despite the jagged interplay and variation in songs. The thrashing fire of ‘Ogień’ was reasonably entertaining although the strained vocals were less impressive. By the time I got the seven-minute scramble of ‘Ziemia (Dreamtime)’, I was bemused, confused and a little bored. The songs don’t linger long in the memory, they are abstract and disjointed and whilst there are flashes of brilliance, most notably in the crafted guitar work and solid drumming, overall this is an album I am never likely to play again. 

TRACKLISTING:
01. W drodze
02. Pielgrzym
03. Prawdziwa historya o Wiedzmaku
04. Of Black Fairies
05. Pył
06. … z popiołów
07. Woda
08. Ogień
09. Powietrze
10. …i znów gęstnieje mgła…
11. Ziemia (Dreamtime)
12. Auha

LINE-UP:
Paweł Leniart – vocal, bass
Konrad Peszek – guitar
Krystian Szamburski – guitar
Lubor Vanek – drums

LINKS:

Darkwoods My Betrothed – Angel Of Carnage Unleashed

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Darkwoods My Betrothed – Angel Of Carnage Unleashed
Napalm Records
Release Date: 12/11/21
Running Time: 50:33
Review by Rick Eaglestone
8.5/10

After a two-decade silence Finland’s Darkwoods my Betrothed find their voice with new album “Angel of Carnage Unleashed”.

There were two things I did when I heard about this new album; firstly get very excited as not only is it a brand-new release but it’s also the original line-up, and secondly go back and revisit gems such as “Autumn Roars Thunder” and “Witch-Hunts”, and once I had done that I was fully invested and ready to dive in.

Opener ‘Name the Dead’ immediately brings in a cacophony of brutality which weaves into orchestral elements and back to storming drums and desperately raw vocals, a strong opening track which firmly announces the bands intention and direction. ‘In Evil, Sickness and in Grief’ follows and is also unrelenting for the most part, but has some wonderful atmospheric sections with added layers of haunting backing vocals, and at over eight minutes, manages to hold the listeners attention throughout. 

A change of pace entirely for ‘Murktide and Midnight Sun’, which has a really strong Folk/Viking feel to it. And that leads into my highlight track of the album, ‘You Bitter Source of Sorrow’, which at its very core is everything that first appealed to me as a listener all those years back. It has the frostbitten feel to it, and I just kept going back to it over and over. ‘Where We Dwell’ has a great riff and wonderful piano melodies – these 2 songs paired together make the album for me in all honesty.

The band revisit the Folk/Viking side with ‘In Thrall to ‘Ironskull’s Heart’, another 8 plus minute track that again has enough varied elements, and the only thing that’s missing is a horn full of mead. ‘Massacre’ brings it back to the atmospheric, bleak, and heavy with easily the most urgently savage track of the entire album – it’s a full-on assault of the senses, as too is ‘Black Fog and Poison Wind’ but it’s laden with all the atmosphere of the Carpathian Mountains.

The album finishes with an outro and, although enjoyable, I feel this would’ve served better as an intro track.

‘You Bitter Source Of Sorrow’ Official Audio

TRACKLISTING:
01. Name the Dead
02. In Evil, Sickness and in Grief
03. Murktide and Midnight Sun
04. You Bitter Source of Sorrow
05. Where We Dwell
06. In Thrall to Ironskull’s Heart
07. Massacre
08. Black Fog and Poison Wind
09. Outro

LINE-UP:
Pasi Kankkunen – lead vocals, guitar
Jouni Mikkonen – guitar
Teemu Kautonen – bass, backing vocals
Tuomas Holopainen – keyboards
Kai Hahto – drums (session)

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Samael – Ceremony of Opposites & Passage Reissues

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Samael – Ceremony of Opposites & Passage Reissues
MDD Records
Release Date: 23/07/2021
Ceremony of Opposites (originally released in 1994)
Running Time: 35:58
Passage (originally released in 1996)
Running Time: 42:17
Review by Wallace Magri
9.5/10  – 10/10

Samael have reissued two of their classic albums that have been hard to find in stores recently, which is a great opportunity for late fans of this seminal Swiss Black Metal band to complete their CD collections. 

I discovered Samael in the 90’s and I always thought that they were one of the most interesting bands that arose from the second wave of Black Metal. So, why not take the chance to listen to those albums once again and give my impressions on them, especially for those from the unlight?

The first reissued album, “Ceremony of Opposites” boasts one of the best songs ever written by Samael, ‘Baphomet’s Throne’, where we can listen to keyboards emulating orchestral arrangements, while raw and aggressive Black Metal riffs sustain the black Mass, supported by an austere drum and bass background, with amazing conduction breaks and, above all of that, Vorph laying his screaming vocal lines filled with pure desolation. 

Samael had released two albums previously but on “Ceremony of Opposites”, for the first time, the band introduced keyboards and samples on their songs, which might have displeased a lot of traditional Black Metal fans in 1992, because back then Black Metalheads were either listening to the early BM bands (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Mayhem) or they were into the dirty, raw and repulsive blast-beat led Black Metal from the likes of Mayhem and Burzum. 

Samael were the kind of band with no music boundaries at that time and I think that is why “Ceremony of Opposites” is considered a ground-breaking album. I’ve always thought that Black Metal is the perfect metal style to be mixed with other sonorities (Classical/ Folk and Electro/ Ambient music). Afterwards, a lot of bands took influence from Samael’s early experiments, and nowadays Ambient/Symphonic Black Metal has become acceptable for a wider audience, thanks to the successes of such bands as Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and Septicflesh. 

“Passage”, released in 1994, was the first time that the band adopted a drum machine, after the departure of the keyboardist and programmer, Rudolph. The album follows basically what is heard on the previous one, above mentioned, with dragged conduction on most of the songs, high lightning the symphonic element on songs like ‘Angel’s Decay’. “Passage” is an epical album, that sometimes sounds very progressive in the structure of such songs as ‘My Saviour’ and ‘Jupiterian Vibe’, which has a sinister percussion intro and insertion of samples and keyboards –  very unusual in the Black Metal songs, at that time. 

Listening again to songs like ‘Liquid Soul Dimension’, I remembered that when “Passage” was released, I used to listen to it all the time on my Discman! That album was released in a time when we could only listen to that kind of Extreme Metal music by buying and listening to CDS (no Spotify or YouTube! Back then we had Discman ü). By the way, from 1994 until 2005 I purchased CDs from Electropunk, Industrial Metal and Black Metal bands only, and Samael were always a constant soundtrack of my life, during my 10 darkest years living on this planet!

If you are already a Samael fan and don’t have the band’s complete catalogue, that is a great chance to fill in those gaps, especially if you are the kind who likes to collect CDs. It’s old fashioned, I know, but I must confess that I keep the habit of buying musical works from my favourite bands. And, as I said before, Samael are worth the effort, because they are one of the most authentic and bold bands around until today!

TRACKLISTINGS:
Ceremony Of Opposites
01. Black Trip
02. Celebration Of The Fourth
03. Son Of Earth
04. ‘Till We Meet Again
05. Mask Of The Red Death
06. Baphomet’s Throne
07. Flagellation
08. To Our Martyrs
09. Ceremony Of Opposites

Passage
01. Rain
02. Shining Kingdom
03. Angel’s Decay
04. My Saviour
05. Jupiterian Vibe
06. The Ones Who Came Before
07. Liquid Soul Dimension
08. Moonskin
09. Born Under Saturn
10. Chosen Race
11. A Man In Your Head

LINE-UP:
Vorph – vocal/guitars  
Xytras – keyboards/drums/percussion 
Makro – guitars 
Drop – bass 

LINKS:

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1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet

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1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet
Napalm Records
Release Date: 22/10/2021
Running Time: 01:03:27

Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

In November of 2018, about 100 years after the end of WWI, I was inside an aircraft, crossing the ocean, travelling from Brazil to work for 5 days in Sweden, in something related to military training. During this long flight, I had a new album (at that time) from a band who had released it on exactly the same day as the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Of course, I had absolutely no idea of all these details when I heard that album. The only thing I was assured of is that I had one of the best albums ever to review. 

1914! For me, they’re the best band to have appeared in the last 10 years. I dare myself to affirm another thing about them, but I will save my words for the end of this review. My special connection with the band was not only caused by my love for their music. My review of this 2018 release, “The Blind Leading the Blind”, was the review I showed to Ever Metal when I wished to be part of this team, and it worked! And now I am very happy that I get to review this latest album. So, let’s enter this journey of mass killing to understand (or try) this next masterpiece from these Ukrainian musicians.

First, it is historical. If you enjoy history full of details, here is your place. Calibers, hill codifications, and everything from this war are perfectly explained by 1914’s music. After ‘War In’* I could notice something symphonically on ‘FN .380 ACP#19074’ and again, if you like to know details, you will understand what I am talking about. The band commented about this track; “This track marks the beginning of the entire conflict – the assassination of Franz Ferdinand – the event that triggered the conflict that had been brewing for the last 10 years. The royal houses of Europe wanted this war, it was inevitable – technical progress, territorial claims and dissatisfaction of people led to this. And so, the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired the shots that launched the process. Two shots from a .380 ACP FN Model 1910 pistol numbered 19074, which changed the world forever, collapsed large empires and killed tens of millions of people.” (Information taken from the band’s official video of FN .380 ACP#19074).

Secondly, this is a narrative of suffering. If you realize that every song is a piece of history, you will also realize that these histories are being told from the perspective of those who lived there. As a consequence, the feeling passed on by the band’s music is pure suffering. The music offers a depressive and aggressive atmosphere whilst the vocalist Ditmar Kumarberg interprets all this pain. There are samples of military chatting and sounds of explosions or people screaming alongside the tracks, which increases this feeling. I believe ‘Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)’** highlights what I just said, especially when Ditmar sounds like he’s gasping for air or suffocating when he is singing. It is like he is holding back tears after seeing all the mass killings described in this track.

Thirdly, it feels like there are biblical references. This third aspect maybe just my impression. Lyrically, there is nothing exactly biblical, just the telling history of many battles, killings, and pain. The previous album “The Blind Leading the Blind” has already had a huge biblical reference in its cover art. There, Death (The horseman) was leading the soldiers to the war, and consequently to their graves. If you’ve ever heard about a painting called The Blind Leading the Blind you will know that it is a parable to the Gospel of Matthew. For this album, the band said that the focus is not only death but the soldiers who survived, too. The cover art here has Death again, but like he is giving back the chance of living to a military man. The Symphonic elements in a few tracks also enforce my impression of the biblical nature here. I guess it could be related to the Seven Trumpets from the Book of Revelation. If we analyze a war with this dimension, maybe it is the Apocalypse from a different perspective.

The fourth aspect of this album is blind faith being as equal as blind nationalism/patriotism. If we are talking about biblical references, blind faith is present in many wars started because of religion, and it still happens. Is blind patriotism similar to blind faith? The lyric of the acoustic song ‘Coward’ starts with “My father said – son, your country needs you”. There are many references in 1914’s music to people who support the war caused by their love for their countries. This track has Sasha Boole singing with no heavy guitars or drums. It is like a Jethro Tull song, but narrating all those who died from a squad. At the end of this beautiful (musically) song, he repeats “My father said – son, your country needs you”.

So far, I mentioned four aspects I noticed about 1914. Musically, they still play brutal Death Metal or Blackened Death Metal. For this album, the mix has the punch of the guitars from Liam Fessen and Walter Wyhovsky a bit lower than before. Probably to open space for the new elements like the symphonic addition, but the heaviness is still extremely high. Rostislaw Potoplacht keeps playing very strong and fast on his drum. He also has Armin d’Harcourt complementing his work with an astonishing bass work. 

The essence of what they created on the past albums are still here even with these minor changes on their sonority. This time, the space was opened to many guests like Nick Holmes on ‘…And a Cross Now Marks His Place’. I feel that they are fitting their brutality to something accessible to Heavy Metal listeners. “Where Fear And Weapons Meet” is not completely Death Metal, nor Black Metal. Instead of being so extreme in only one genre, I get the impression that the band looked for a balance between Death, Black, and Symphonic/Melodic elements. The theme of real things also helps to create something more interesting, instead of just repeating all that dated stuff that most bands talk about.

It is almost impossible to describe all the details and history in this album without transforming this review into something as extended as the Old Testament from the bible. So, I do recommend you take the time to listen to the album and check the lyrics (available on streaming services). To make my “War out” of this review, I dare to affirm that 1914 are the most likely band to make a big break into the mainstream in the next 10 years. They are offering something brilliant and new. If they keep surprising their listeners and if they work with good professionals and labels, I know they will reach it. 

Вітаємо з виходом найкращого альбому 2021 року!

*’War In’ is the original of the most famous Serbian song of the Great War period, “Tamo Daleko”. Like World War I, the album begins in Serbia and continues on the first track from the perspective of Gavrilo Prinzip, who assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28th, 1914 in Sarajevo and caused the outbreak of World War I.

** Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines) “This song describes the terrible events of the Battle of the Messines Ridge during June 7-14, 1917 in Belgium, one of the most insane episodes of the Great War. Subjects of the British crown and ANZACS dug huge tunnels under the German positions, packed them with hundreds of tons of explosives and blew them up. In one second, in just one moment about 10,000 people have died. They were simply torn to pieces. The human brain is always subject to non-trivial approaches to killing each other. The title of the track is a direct reference to the wonderful book by Jan Passingham – ‘Pillars of Fire: The Battle of the Messines Ridge’, also the movie ‘Beneath Hill 60’, and memories of the participants of this event. Some eyewitnesses described the scene as “pillars of fire”, although many also acknowledged this was indescribable.”

‘Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. War In
02. FN .380 ACP#19074
03. Vimy Ridge (In Memory of Filip Konowal)
04. Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)
05. Don’t Tread on Me (Harlem Hellfighters)
06. Coward (feat. Sasha Boole)
07. …And a Cross Now Marks His Place (feat. Nick Holmes)
08. Corps d’autos-canons-mitrailleuses (A.C.M)
09. Mit Gott für König und Vaterland
10. The Green Fields of France
11. War Out

LINE-UP:
9. Westpreußisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 176, Hptm. Ditmar Kumarberg – Vocals
The 51st Highland Division, 1/9th Bn. 2Lt. Liam Fessen – Guitars
307th Infantry Regiment, Capt. Walter Wyhovsky – Guitars
Le 151e regiment d’infanterie, Cne. Armin d’Harcourt – Bass
K.K. Landwehr-Infanterieregiment Lemberg Nr.19, Obltn. Rostislaw Potoplacht – Drums

LINKS:

1914 Promo Pic (Credit May Lee)
Credit: May Lee

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EMQ’s with NECROSOPHIK ABYSS

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EMQ’s with NECROSOPHIK ABYSS

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Colorado USA based Black Metal Band, Necrosophik Abyss. Huge thanks to rhythm Guitarist, Gianni and Vocalist, Josh (Heirophant), 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 Gianni, I play rhythm guitar in the band.

My name is Josh (Heirophant) and I’m the vocalist / lyricist

How did you come up with your band name?

Gianni: We wanted a name that spoke to the misery of mourning, and how death is a constant presence. After many discussions we found the name Necrosophik Abyss, in true occult, we will not disclose its meaning, and hope those invested will find it on their own.

Heirophant: I joined after the band was created.

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

Gianni: Denver Colorado. The metal scene out here is really great! Lots of bands have made it to a national or even international status, so there’s lots of buzz in the air and lots of great supporters.

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

Gianni: We released a split with our label mates Cyffrous Indignus, called “HVHY”, on Halloween this year. Our song ‘Left Handed Reaper’ is on there, and it crushes. Find it on all streaming platforms.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gianni: I myself am a huge rock n roll fan, and pull influences from lots of genres, but to be specific to Black Metal, Galder from OMC, Dissection, Naglfar and Emperor are my biggest influences.

Heirophant: As far as metal influences I would have to say Emperor, DarkThrone, Dragged into Sunlight, Per Yngve Ohlin(Dead) and Behemoth in my younger days. They helped spark my interest and shape my identity as a metal musician. In a larger scope Tom Waits, HeavyHeavyLowLow, John Zorn, Hanatarash, Nation of Ulysses, the fluxus movement, and Micheal Paton, off the top of my head.  

What first got you into music?

Gianni: My older brother had some Anthrax and Soundgarden tapes, and my parents had Zeppelin, The Beatles and Lynard Skynard. Once I got a hold of those, I really became obsessed with rock ‘n’ roll, and really never looked back.

Heirophant: When I was little kid my parents and I were in Mexico and I was mesmerized by a finger style, flamenco-esque guitarist busking on the corner.

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

Gianni: The Hellacopters, Galder, Olga, Gary Holt, Gus G, Marty Friedman, I could go on for days.

Heirophant: Drudkh, Wormlvst, Mispyrming, Dragged into Sunlight, Gnaw Their Tongues to name a few.

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

Gianni: I wanna say Waken, just because it was the first open space festival I remember seeing as a kid. But, to be honest, I love so many of them. Bloodstock, Hellfest, even 10,000 tons of metal. They all look amazing. It would be a dream to play any of the great euro fests of the day.

Heirophant: So many… Top would have to be Maryland Death Fest, Roadburn, and Inferno fest.

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

Heirophant: With necro? nothing. Ever as a musician? A woman cut my initials in her arm.

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

Heirophant: Read more, spend more time in nature, be the change you want to see in the world.

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

Gianni: Phill Lynott

Heirophant: I wouldn’t give the curse of life to anyone. That being said, it would be pretty funny to bring back Jon Nödtveidt, after his ritualistic suicide.

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

Gianni: For me it’s a complete release and meditative process to perform music. The music we play is so powerful. At times I’m completely engulfed by it, I’m absorbed into a trance, and everything disappears. I tell my bandmates all the time, this is literally self-care. Black Metal Meditation. I don’t hate anything about music, aside from maybe technical issues, amps being weird, pedals cutting out in a performance etc.  

Heirophant: The silence before your first ever set, when no one knows who you are. That silence is them giving you the air in the room. Sacrificing the very aether surrounding them so you may do with it as you please. A classical musician I knew once described an audience’s silence to me in that way. That always stuck with me.

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

Gianni: I would change the everything is free aspect of the music industry. We pay less money to have all the access in the world than we do for pretty much any other luxury. When I was in college for music, there was a concept that was being spoken of. It was called Music as Water. Like we had a monthly bill for how much music we consumed. Now it’s a simple Spotify account or YouTube videos. People don’t buy records as much, and it’s unfortunate to hear of really great bands that put out amazing records, still having to do another job for additional income and survival.

Heirophant: We need more new types of music/experimenting, and artists deserve a living wage.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gianni: I could never pick, but recently I’ve been listening to Dark Tranquility’s new album “Moment”, Carcass “Torn Arteries”, and the New Spectral Wound, “A Diabolic Thirst” has really grabbed me.

Heirophant: That’s a tough one… I listen to a lot of different genres and musicians. I guess it depends on my mood, but odds are it would be a black metal album.

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

Gianni: For physical properties, Vinyl. It’s the best package, really big piece of art, the biggest support to the band outside of concert tickets or meet and greets. I won’t claim to be a purist though, 98% of my music listening is digital. It’s too convenient.

Heirophant: Again, it depends, they each help with different sounds. Though I tend to find myself listening to a lot of vinyl and FLAC files.

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

Gianni: Our first show! We get to share the stage with some other great Denver bands, Glacial Tomb and Noctambulist, at one of my all-time favourite Denver small venues, the Hi Dive.

Heirophant: Our first show as Necro was on November 12th. Outside of Necro it would have to be the first ever house party I played. I was 15 or so, everyone was fucked up, the party was overcrowded, and I was hooked on performing after that.

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

Gianni: I would have chased illustration or some other creative outlet.

Heirophant: I’m very lucky that my main job is my other passion. I would just focus more on that if I didn’t have music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Heirophant: Depends if it’s for conversation, or if it would progress into an orgy.

What’s next for the band?

Heirophant: More shows, touring, and we have a full length we’re working hard on.

Gianni: We’ll be hard at work on a full length! We’re excited to write more songs.

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

Gianni: Instagram, facebook, youtube, bandcamp. We have presence where we can and will continue.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gianni: I wanna say a cake, solely due to the name-

Heirophant: I’ve had this fight with many of my British friends, they’re cakes.

“But the key turning point was when McVitie’s QC highlighted how cakes harden when they go stale, biscuits go soggy. A Jaffa goes hard. The case was proven. During the court battle between Mcvitie’s and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, Mcvitie’s baked a giant Jaffa Cake to prove that Jaffa cakes were really cakes and not biscuits.”

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EMQ’s with SNAUM

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EMQ’s with SNAUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, with Polish Experimental Black Metal duo, Snaum. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

We’re Snaum, we play Post-Black/Noise/Industrial stuff. It’s hard to categorize really but I like that name. I started it myself, trying to finally play the music I have always wanted, but never could find the right people to play with. After perhaps a year I met Hewan, who was really enthusiastic about my ideas, and we started to work together. Now we’re here.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a long, frustrating, and tedious process, because we wanted a name that both of us would like, and we had a lot of contradicting ideas :)! We wanted something that wasn’t already taken, which is much harder than you might think, that would fit the music, and be easy to pronounce anywhere in the world. SNAUM is essentially a made-up word, we were just twisting and butchering the names we got until we were satisfied.

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

We’re from Warsaw, Poland. We don’t really follow the scene, so I couldn’t say what it’s like exactly. There’s some really interesting acts in extreme music here like Thaw, Mord’A’Stigmata, Dola or Batushka, but they’re usually musicians who live in different cities all over the country and collaborate remotely.

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

We are about to release a 5-song EP with a video to one of the songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lots of stuff over the years, the foundations are obviously the giants like Metallica or Motorhead, then the Nordic Black/Death Metal scene, then the path gets more windy, and you have tons of stuff from early Godflesh, to Massive Attack. And of course, two Polish cornerstones of alternative music, Kobong and Samo, not really widely known outside of Poland, but these guys were actual geniuses who did crazy stuff long before the rest of the world thought of them.

What first got you into music?

James Hetfield’s sideburns. He was so cool with his drawl and explorer guitars, I wanted to be exactly like him 🙂

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

I suck at collaborating! I think the only person I can work with is Hewan because he loves my ideas haha 🙂 Other than that Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu). I even messaged him once but obviously got no answer 😀

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

I wouldn’t want to play festivals, perhaps with another band? Festivals are for bands who play music that just makes you want to bang your head. I love such music as well, and bang my head to it, but it’s not Snaum.

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

Ask me again in a year 🙂

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

Listen to our music. And don’t be assholes to each other, there’s enough of that in the world already 🙂

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

A no-brainer – Lemmy Kilmister. He should be alive forever, simple as that.

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

I love the act of creating stuff, those moments when your ideas click together, and you know that you have something special. I hate the long and depressing periods of uninspired guitar doodling in between those moments 🙂

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

Ditch the cassettes. They were gone for a reason.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kobong’s “Chmury nie było”. I heard it first over 20 years ago, and it was a tectonic shift in my musical landscape. Nothing was the same afterwards. It’s on Spotify so go listen to it folks!

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

Downloads when you just want to listen to music casually, vinyl for collecting. I haven’t bought an actual CD in a long time, and I remember times when you actually HAD to listen to music from cassettes. They suck.

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

With Snaum, we don’t play live. Before that – I’ve had some really amazing gigs, but who cares, that was years ago haha 🙂

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

I’m not a musician by trade so I have a ‘day job’. Creatively – I don’t know, maybe some blacksmithing stuff? I did play with it and it’s super satisfying.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a difficult one. Metallica and Arnold Schwarzenegger 🙂

What’s next for the band?

We already have some ideas starting to brew. On “selfmadeself”, we were looking for an identity, now it’s time to take it a step further. We’re thinking of perhaps adding more visual, theatrical stuff, plus definitely there will be more blast beats and more distortion on everything 🙂

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

The hub for the music is our bandcamp page: www.snaum.bandcamp.com/releases, we’ll be also present on all the major streaming platforms. For news follow our FB page: www.facebook.com/snaum.official

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, I had to google it, it turns out we have exactly the same thing in Poland, only under a different name. Legally they’re cakes from what I read, but I don’t agree with that, a cake has to be big enough to kill you if you eat it whole. They’re biscuits, deal with it.

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

Just listen to our music guys, hope you’ll like it 🙂

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Stheno – Wardance

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Stheno – Wardance
7 Degrees Records/Chaos & Hell Productions
Release Date: 08/10/2021
Running Time: 24:12
Review By Victor Augusto
8/10

I don’t know the daily mood of those who listen to Heavy Metal and read the amazing Ever Metal reviews (except my reviews because all parents are afraid to have their kids scared by what I write), but my mind is a bit complicated to understand sometimes. Some say that I am the kind of person who must have an installation CD and manual together to understand how I work. I totally agree with them. One example of how confused I am could be illustrated when I pick up albums from different genres to review just because I am in a strange mood that day. Stheno was one of those victims on a day that I really wanted to whip myself. For sure, the mood doesn’t represent the band or the album.

What made me interested in their album was the description of them being a mix of Grindcore and Black Metal. Yes, I love Grindcore, despite the fact I don’t often review bands that play it. Nevertheless, I am not a huge fan of all Black Metal bands I hear. For my miserable luck, it is something between Extreme Noise Terror being played by Marduk. Guess what? I love those two bands, so I was relieved when I heard Stheno for this review.

The kick ass way the album opens withBestial Battalion’ was enough to make me enjoy the album. This brief song finishes ad the next ‘RPG’ starts. You will see this pattern for the entire 24 minutes of listening. Fast and short songs that suddenly finish without a breath and then another insane track kicks in, just as brutal as the song before. On every track, you get strong and fast riffs shot in your face at the speed of a bullet and the blast beats provide the same sensation. However, the main achievement is how the band combined this wall of music with heavy arrangements and still managed to get a crystal-clear sound from it.

It is very hard to describe them. Stheno provide short and extremely brutal songs for the listeners. Everything is extremely fast and almost too brief. The sudden way that all the songs finish, is impressive after all the demolition from the previous 2-3 minutes. Probably, it shows what they want to give to their fans. The sensation of a band that doesn’t care about anything.

Yes, this exact sensation. A band who doesn’t care about anything, but don’t confuse that with a band who has bad songs or lame compositions. No, it is quite the opposite. The fast riffs allied with incredible breakdowns on the drums, e.g., on the intro to Dishonored Bodybag’, shows how incredible they are. Maybe the best definition is how they are not chained to the musical industry patterns and just want to offer a killer set of fast and devastating songs!

Well, they certainly achieved that. “Wardance” is incredibly brutal, fast and brief. All songs have the same structure, but everything is hugely well recorded and played, which offers a paradox about the sensation for what to expect from a dirty Grind/Black crossover. Is it Grind? Yes, It is! Is it Black? Not so Black as Grind, but it still is! Is it good? Yes, it is extremely good, as it is brutal! So, please enjoy this short piece of violence from this Greek three-piece band!

“Wardance” (Full Album Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bestial Battalion
02. RPG
03. Deadly Camouflage
04. Fire!
05. Snake Eater
06. Zulu Time
07. Snafu (This time…we die!!)
08. Dishonored Bodybag
09. Military Discharge
10. Bite the Bullet
11. Bellum Internecinum

LINE-UP:
Leonidas D. – Guitars, Bass
Christian Chaco – Vocals
Vaggelis – Drums

LINKS:

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Areis – Areis

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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

LINKS:

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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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