EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Lyric Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be you, be kind.

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

Dimebag. No one deserves to be shot on stage.

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

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

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

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

Refuse to answer!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Live At The Counter Eurovision” by Misty In Roots

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

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

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

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

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

Probably pushing daisies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That seems like an awful lot of social interaction.

What’s next for the band?

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

Pre order it here:

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits. At least in Finland. Jaffa Keksi.

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

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

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EMQ’s with DEATH PLAGUE

EMQ’s with DEATH PLAGUE

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

www.facebook.com/pg/deathplagueww

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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Al-Namrood – Wala’at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Alqaum

Line-up:
Mephisto
Ostron
Humbaba

Links:
www.facebook.com/alnamroodofficial/

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EMQ’s with BANE

EMQ’s with BANE

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

Probably Bjork or Jonas Renkse.

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t do drugs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

Bandcamp, Facebook and Youtube.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

HAIL CHAOS!

Branislav / BANE

BANE

(Black/Death Metal)

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www.twitter.com/baneband
www.youtube.com/baneband
www.facebook.com/baneband
www.soundcloud.com/baneband
www.reverbnation.com/baneband
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EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop. Being. So. Fucking. Offended.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Probably making videos full time, or graphic stuff!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

Well, check us out! See you on tour!

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DarkTower – Obedientia

Obedientia Cover

DarkTower – Obedientia
Electric Funeral Records
Release Date: 06/11/2019
Running time: 41:38
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

I often ask myself if it is possible that a band will offer anything new nowadays, after everything we know, and have heard, in Heavy Metal. Maybe I am being skeptical, but I don’t think we will ever hear innovation or something revolutionary inside music again. Despite that, I do believe it is possible to find ways to flee from “more of the same”. Following this path, I can mention Brazilian Melodic Black/Death Metal band DarkTower who have been conquering South America for more than 10 years touring regularly and releasing two great albums “…of Chaos and Ascension” (2013) and “Eight Spears” (2016). If these two albums showed to fans their huge technical ability, “Obedientia” comes with a new purpose.

Always inspired in chaos that rules the world, this time DarkTower have got their specific scenario from where they live in Brazil. An unstable country in terms of economy, governments and now, a nation split by political worship that makes them ready to kill each other, blinded by angry and foolish attitudes. No, you won’t hear any political statements like you do with Thrash Metal bands or the antichrist screams associated with Black Metal bands but you will hear all the darkness from their daily anger and suffering, which is very well elucidated by complex and heavy compositions. It is like you are hearing a soundtrack of the apocalypse. A non-fictional apocalypse; A real apocalypse!

The acoustic intro of ‘Punishment’ becomes heavier and epical until ‘Downfall’ devastates all of us with killer riffs, blast beats and screams about the mental maze of a lunatic who cannot think or act for himself due to religious dogma. Next track ‘God Above Nothing’ is the most aggressive song and it represents the church leaders, allied with politics, using the people’s faith to control and manipulate them. This religious theme actually represents exactly what is happening in the band’s country, where the slogan “God Above Everything” was used massively during the most recent political campaign. As I said before, do not expect specific names to be mentioned here, as the idea of “Obedientia” is to make clear how dangerous a nation that worships snakes and lunatics can be, no matter which side they represent.

The instrumental prelude of ‘Highland Ceremony’ explains the story behind ‘Winged Snake’s Communion’. It is about an old South American tribe called Cañari, who, in the mountains of South Ecuador, still keep their old traditions alive even after all the wars and changes in civilization. This song reflects an idea of the traditions Brazil has lost throughout the years. More songs make clear what the band wants to warn you about, like the chorus “I Won’t Kneel For You” in the title track ‘Obedientia’ and the metaphoric references of sculpted leaders when they say “Man of Clay” in the lyrics of ‘Praxis Against Ignorance’.

The main theme is brilliant and very well interpreted by vocalist Flávio Gonçalves with a Black Metal vocal inspiration but also with Death Metal power and the band follow him with the fabulous guitar work of Raphael Casotto and Rafael Morais who alternate insane riffs and solos and create a dense atmosphere. This is highlighted by the great and, sometimes, independent bass lines of Rodolfo Ferreira and drummer Rômulo Grilo increases the heaviness with numerous tempo changes, from slow cadences and percussion to extreme blast beats.

After ‘The Carnal Splendour’ which is the last act of musical violence, the calm and beautiful ‘…As the Obedient Marches to the Abyss’ closes the album! Epic, Powerful, Dark and, at the same time, realistic about the human living chaos!

Maybe “Obedientia” doesn’t bring anything new to listeners, but it is undeniable we are in front of a masterpiece. All the darkness and emotion in the music make the listener enter into this experience angrily. It feels like every detail, every single note and lyric has been studied to create a perfect match between all band members. Listen and appreciate while the obedient march to the abyss.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Punishment
02. Downfall
03. God Above Nothing
04. Highland Ceremony
05. Winged Snake’s Communion
06. Praxis Against Ignorance
07. Obedientia
08. Rites of Conscience
09. The Carnal Splendour
10. …As The Obedient Marches to the Abyss…

LINE-UP:
Flávio Gonçalves – Vocals
Raphael Casotto – Guitars
Rafael Morais – Guitars
Rodolfo Ferreira – Bass and Vocals
Rômulo Grilo – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.darktowerofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/darktowermetal/
https://www.youtube.com/user/darktowertv
https://www.instagram.com/darktowerofficial/

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EMQ’s with FORMICARIUS

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EMQ’s with FORMICARIUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Black Metal band Formicarius! 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?

Hægtesse – Bass, Vocals: We are Formicarius and we play a pretty unique blend of black and death metal. The band is a melting pot of our various influences – we borrow electrifying lead guitars and insane shredding from old school heavy metal and classic 80’s thrash, counterpoints and harmonies influenced by Baroque/Classical music and symphonic, atmospheric elements from bands like Emperor and Dimmu Borgir, who were initially reviled for introducing these elements to black metal. As it turned out, history ended up looking kindly on these pioneers of the second wave of black metal despite them being sneered at by black metal elitists and confusing the hell out of genre purists. We’re no strangers to this ourselves and hopefully we’ll have a similar legacy of genre-defying innovation, a pretty bold statement!

The majority of us have been playing together for over ten years and we’re veterans of the current wave of UK extreme metal, having lent our unholy talents to bands such as De Profundis, Domitorem and Aeternum. When our old band dissolved, instead of looking for other musicians to join us, we formed a new band with the same members, but a much darker, more focused sound. Valdr joined us recently after a number of different drummers had to move on for various reasons and he’s really stepped up to the plate to be the final missing ingredient in the devilish concoction that is Formicarius!

How did you come up with your band name?

Nazarkardeh – Guitars: The Formicarius is the earliest European text to discuss the subject of Witchcraft. Written by the 15th century theologian Nider, his transcription of a Swiss Inquisitor’s dealings with a coven of Witches who practiced transformation, child sacrifice and Satanic worship predates even it’s more famous counterpart, the Malleus Maleficarum.

Put it this way – if the Malleus Maleficarum is the Reign In Blood of the Witch hunter, then the Formicarius is it’s Show No Mercy.

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

Nazarkardeh: We are from the UK. Unfortunately! One of the few good things about living here is our metal scene! Despite the fact that any status Britain had as a cultural powerhouse is long gone, UK Extreme metal is incredibly diverse and has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. To list just a couple of my favourites we have Deadwood Lake, Live Burial and Repulsive Vision who are all making a serious impact both in and out of the UK, but there are many, many more!

I wish them all the success that this country makes so difficult to attain.

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

Hægtesse: Our latest release is our sophomore album, “Rending The Veil Of Flesh”. It’s a real step up from our first album in terms of production, songwriting and even the packaging of the album. We’re always learning from our mistakes and I feel that this album really cements what we want the Formicarius sound to be – epic and technically proficient but with engaging melodies and a strong sense of narrative running through each track. The first single off the new album, which we released a lyric video for, is ‘Early Will I Seek Thee’, featuring Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ on guest vocals and Nicholas Millar of Aklash on violin! The track is a pretty good showcase of what we’re all about these days, which is why we chose it as our lead single.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hægtesse: The music is written by Morath, Lord Saunders and Nazarkardeh, so I’m probably not the best qualified to answer this question! Having said that, the influences are evident to the careful listener! We absolutely adore the complex interplay of melodies and harmonies employed by bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, so this is a huge part of our sound. This harmonic sensibility is a big part of Baroque and later Classical music, another huge influence of ours – check out the counterpoints in O, Dread Impaler, for example. Visually and vocally, we’re in thrall to second wave black metal bands like Immortal and Dimmu Borgir and to some extent Cradle of Filth, who lend us their gothic atmosphere and uniquely British take on black metal.

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

Nazarkardeh: As Hægtesse mentioned, we were fortunate enough to have Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ feature on one track, which was a huge honour. Rotting Christ’s unashamedly catchy, refined and well written take on Black Metal was a big inspiration for Formicarius. The Fourth Horsemen is directly influenced by King of a Stellar War for example!

As for others in the future, there are a few that come to mind. Rob Halford was talking about making some black metal with Ihsahn and Nergal recently… I wonder how we could convince him to ditch them and make some Blackened British Steel with us instead?

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

Nazarkardeh: I can’t really think of any but we don’t need gifts from our fans. The fact that there are people out there supporting our music is a gift enough!

One of the stranger things I’ve seen someone do at a show is Sieg Heil us. Not sure what that guy was thinking in assuming we were that way inclined, but fortunately he was dealt with. The less our scene tolerates those cretins the better.

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

Hægtesse: We’re not an overly political or ideological band, but impossible to exist in a public sphere and not project some message simply by acting in the way that you do. Even if you have no explicit message, some people will still draw lessons from your behaviour. Our unconscious message seems to be something along the lines of “don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, do what you want to do”.

For years (stretching back to when we first started making music together in our previous incarnation) we’ve been accused of being confused about our genre, been called derivative and even boring. That doesn’t matter to us, because we’re not really making music for anyone else. We make the music we like making for the simple fact that we like making it. So our ethos, the message we deliver just by existing and being visible is a pretty corny one – just be yourself!

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

Nazarkardeh: Does Nicolo Paganini count? The guy was refused a Christian burial because his supernatural violin skill convinced people he was possessed by Demons. That’s more metal than the edgiest faces in Black Metal can attest to. Perhaps we could swap him for Varg Vikernes?

If not then I think I’d choose someone who died before their time. Randy Rhoads comes to mind – it’s a shame that we’ll never see what incredible things he could have achieved… Or maybe Chuck Schuldiner! Could have carved out a legacy for Control Denied just as he did for Death?

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

Hægtesse: The best thing about being a musician is those moments when you nail a piece of music and you’re just completely absorbed in it, whether than be on stage, in the rehearsal room or in your bedroom. The only way to achieve those moments is the answer to the second question: hours and hours of repetitive, focused, tedious practice! So like most things in life, you have to suffer just a little bit to get something worthwhile or fulfilling in the end.

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

Nazarkardeh: This is a difficult question – so many complaints about the music industry come with an image of the past seen through rose-tinted glasses. Just look at all the dinosaurs from the era of guitar shaped swimming pools whining about the Internet on Blabbermouth!

I could complain about Spotify’s weak payouts to bands despite their own gargantuan profits, but those are injustices that aren’t limited to the music business, and aren’t symptoms of this industry but another system that needs to be destroyed…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nazarkardeh: if I had to choose one metal album it would be “Abigail” by King Diamond. I won’t explain why, just listen to it! However it holds a particular significance for me because, well… what the hell is it? It would be short sighted just to call it heavy metal with it’s heaviness and atmosphere. It’s far too dark to be power metal. It clearly isn’t black metal despite the influence of King on the genre. But does any of that matter? The ability of a record to break through the barriers of subgenres to create something truly unique is something that really strikes a chord with me.

Honourable mention goes to Death’s “Individual Thought Patterns”, Morbid Angel’s “Covenant” and Windir’s “Arntor” which are among the close contenders for similar reasons.

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

Hægtesse: This is a strange debate in terms of the dogmatic and evangelical attitudes people take to transmitting information in some physical vector into sound waves that hit their ears and their brains interpret as “music”. It’s not even one I think is particularly relevant. There are hundreds of factors that can enhance or hinder our enjoyment of music beyond the objective physical qualities of the sound. So the medium I’m playing music on isn’t as important for me as the mood I’m in or whether I’m hungry, for instance, in determining how much I enjoy it.

I do a lot of travelling on the London underground and the convenience of having every single song I own (I think a more pertinent debate is streaming vs. purchasing music and I opt for the latter every time I appreciate and want to support an artist) on my phone to drown out sniffling bankers or howling school children is a godsend. I don’t miss the days of carting around multiple CDs and carefully cradling my Walkman so it didn’t skip every 30 seconds!

Having said that, there is nothing that compares to minutely examining a badass vinyl cover for every single cool little detail while you’re jamming out to an album for the first time! Our artwork, designed by Moonroot Art and our own multi-talented Morath is an amazing example of the intricate style influenced by artists like Necrolord, whose cover for Emperor’s “In the Nightside Eclipse” is an absolute masterpiece.

So there really is no point debating the absolute best way to consume music, people have their preferences for whatever reasons and I’m fine with that!

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

Nazarkardeh: They say you’re only as good as your last show. Good, because our last show was our best! Our last show in London supporting Asagraum was us playing our strongest material with our strongest line-up. After our first few shows getting used to playing “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” material live and getting comfortable with the new presence in the band – our supernaturally skilled drummer Valdr – this show felt like the culmination of that process. If I’m right, then next time someone asks me this question it’ll be about the next show!

What’s next for the band?

Nazarkardeh: We have one final show of the year on December 14th in Zebbug, Malta! It feels good to finally take Formicarius beyond Great Britain to further pastures. We are already in talks about further shows in support of “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” both at home and abroad.

Writing for album number 3 has begun. I can’t say much bar that it takes everything we find special about “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” and intensifies it. But more on that later…

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

http://www.formicarius.co.uk/
https://formicariusuk.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/formicariusband/

Nazarkardeh: Formicarius can be heard on whichever platforms you consume music, and can be found on whichever social media platform you prefer.

 

 

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EMQ’s with AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING

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EMQ’s with AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Norfolk, UK based Atmospheric Black Metal project And Now The Owls Are Smiling! Huge thanks to Nre 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 Nre. I play all instruments in And Now The Owls Are Smiling, other than drums which are programmed. The project came from trying to find a way to channel feelings of misery and isolation into something useful.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from the rural area where I live. I see many Owls and thought that if they ever smiled at humans and were no longer afraid of us as a species, then the human race is doomed. There is a reference to this in the song ‘An Indictment’ on the new album, which incidentally are the first lyrics I ever wrote for the band.

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

I live in rural England. North Norfolk to be precise! The scene around here is pretty non-existent. But in England as a whole, it’s great. The amount of really good black metal in the UK at the minute is exciting. There’s so much diversity. It’s thriving.

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

The latest release is an album, which was released on 1 November 2019 called “The Comforting Grip Of Misery”. It’s a study of depression, but also one of hope. How nature and tranquillity can play a huge part in lifting desolate spirits.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Too numerous to really nail down! But if you listen to And Now The Owls Are Smiling, you can hear a lot of Hermodr, Lustre, and Drudkh to name a few. Autumn Aurora by Drudkh held a massive part of shaping the sound at the beginning. I love traditional folk music too, so you can find a lot of that influence in And Now The Owls Are Smiling.

What first got you into music?

Hard to say! I started to learn guitar aged around 8 / 9. Ever since, I’ve always found great peace in playing and trying to learn as many instruments as possible. I wanted to have something useful to do in my spare time as a child. Art and music were huge passions of mine.

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

That’s a really hard question as I like to work alone. It would depend on what the project was, but I don’t think it would be another metal musician. If I were to work with someone else, I would like to draw influence from a totally different musical sphere to what I currently do. Possibly someone like Steve Knightley! His songs are basically acoustic folk versions of And Now The Owls Are Smiling. Haunting, melancholy etc! That would be an interesting project to work on for sure.

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

Bloodstock! I don’t really like travelling too much, so Bloodstock would work for me. It’s a great festival and it’s 3 hours from where I live.

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

I have never received any gifts from fans. I could make something up that sounds really wild and interesting, but I’m not about bullshitting anyone. So nothing!

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

Thank you so much for all your support. I hope you like what I’m trying to do and will continue to support all my future work. And also, send me some weird gifts so I have an interesting answer next time to the previous question.

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

Quorthon or Peter Steele! Too hard to decide!

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

Just picking up a guitar and playing it with no idea of what you’re trying to write. Just strumming and eventually finding a melody or riff that works. That’s pretty much how I write. I’ll sit and have no ideas but eventually something comes out and once you have that initial idea, everything flows from it. That’s absolutely the best thing about playing an instrument. What do I hate? Praise, and I don’t mean that to come across as ungrateful or dickhead-like, but I’m quite a shy person. When people tell me they really like what I do or ask for a picture or signature, I get really quite bashful and uncomfortable, as nice as it is.

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

I know virtually nothing about the industry. I just play and make music. Everything else is left up to other people and I like it that way. The least amount of people I have to deal with, the better.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hermodr – “The Howling Mountains”

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

Vinyl and CD’s!

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

Probably London Deathfest around 2004 /5 can’t remember exactly when. It was with an old band at The Underworld in Camden. That was great fun. Either that or at the Dynamo in Eindhoven! Same band and again, was great fun.

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

An artist possibly! Who can say? Musician is not a full time job for me at the minute so who’s to say what I would be doing. Definitely not a nurse or surgeon though as I’m terrified of needles!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

People that would argue a lot so I could just sit in the background drinking and laughing. Dinner parties are not my thing so I’d like to disappear in the shadows and watch drama unfold. Anyone who would dislike each other’s company enough that they would fight and ignore me! That would be perfect.

What’s next for the band?

I’ve already started writing album 3 and have a very close friend coming up with all the artwork and design. It’s going to feel like much more of a ‘bigger project’ than anything I’ve done before. I’m also in contact with a drummer to session on the album for me as the ideas I have are just not going to work with programming drums. Plus, I detest programming drums so that works for me.

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

I use Facebook and Bandcamp. I’m not really very technologically savvy, but it’s possible I may end up using Instagram if someone can show me how the hell it works and what you have to do.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly couldn’t care less. I’m neither a cake or a biscuit person. But if I had to answer on pain of death, I’d probably say cake.

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

Nothing really! Just again to say thank you to everyone who has supported me so far and please keep doing so. I’m so proud of “The Comforting Grip Of Misery”. The easiest next step would be to make that album again, but the new direction my writing is taking is hopefully going to blow people away.
And stay miserable.
Nre!

 

 

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Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)

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Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)
Mutilation Productions
Release Date: 31/08/2019
Running time: 30:32
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

One thing that I do admire in some bands is when they constantly keep evolving even after two decades of existence. If they can still impress their fans after so much time, they probably deserve all the attention they get. Firstly, I do have to describe Miasthenia’s music to make it clear. Miasthenia are a Pagan Metal band who bring the creepy sonority from Black Metal, but they play it incredibly with the harmonies, melodies and techniques of a great Heavy Metal band. The Portuguese lyrics are far from the silly Satanism or Antichrist themes you often get. Vocalist Susane Hécate delves deep into old civilization histories and describes how the Christians enforced their dogmas and culture, sometimes with bloodshed, during the 16th Century colonization. She has a Doctor’s degree in history and teaches at a local university and both of these things help her to create romances based on the theme.

Her keyboard parts are very noticeable on the compositions and have a great contrast with all the riffs. Marcos Thormianak is a killer guitar player too and his riffs and guitar work, together with Hécate’s keyboards, create a dense atmosphere. It is not superbly overblown like the symphonic parts from bands like Dimmu Borgir, however, it is as well composed, and Miasthenia just play it in a simpler manner. Basically the band have extreme and aggressive songs, that talk about Maya or Indians. All of this is strongly highlighted with an awesome record production, but don’t forget that I am talking about a band that was born from Black Metal influences in Brazil. Can you believe that this is possible? Yes, it is!

“Sinfonia Ritual”, specifically, consists of songs from Miasthenia’s last three albums, Antípodas (2017), “Legados do Inframundo” (2014) and “Supremacia Ancestral” (2008) that have been rearranged into totally symphonic versions. If the original tracks are amazing by their arrangements and heaviness these versions, created in collaboration with producer ‘Ifall’, create a vastly more epic atmosphere. Orchestration has reproduced all the riffs, vocals and keyboards. Just the drums and solos have been left behind.

The extract from the five songs that you can read on the CD booklet says: “In the ritualistic disease of the singing and dancing of Taqui Ongo’s preachers, Andean priests lamented the forgetfulness of ancestral rites and they announced the rebellion of the Huacas (Andean spirits) against the Christian religion. In Yucatán, the Mayan priest Chilam Balam predicted the “13 Ahau Katún”, that is an age marked by the arrival of Christians colonizers and it corresponds to the end of an ancient era, when agony evokes the force of blood sacrifices in the revival of death-rebirth-life rites to Xibalbá. In North America, the great tribal alliance of the Iroquois gave rise to the “Kayanerehn Kowa” or “The Great Law of Peace” which celebrated the end of wars and conflicts, in rituals that ensure the balance and harmony among native nations that fight for your rights. In 1542, in the South America forests, the powerful female Indian warriors Coniupuyaras confronted the Orellana conquering troops on the huge Amazonas River, disturbing the Christian and patriarchal order imposed by colonialism. “Deuses da Aurora Ancestral” celebrates the ancient tribal resistances that inspire us and connect us with the infinite ways of be, ways of being and ways of resist; in the past or in the present”.

Listening to “Sinfonia Ritual”, I felt like I had entered inside the soul of Miasthenia and discovered thorough details from them. It is like I can see their skeleton and ‘spinal tap’ from them their melodies, music structures and harmonies; all of it without the “Skin” of heaviness of the original songs. You just have to open your mind and embark on this saga to feel how glorious Miasthenia are.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Taqui Ongo
02. 13 Ahau Katún
03. Kayanerehn Kowa
04. Coniupuyaras
05. Deuses Da Aurora Ancestral

LINE-UP:
Susane Hécate – Vocals, Keyboards
Thormianak – Guitars
Prometheus – Drums
Ifall – Arrangements, Synths, Vocals and Percussion

LINKS:
https://www.miasthenia.com/
https://web.facebook.com/miasthenia/
https://www.instagram.com/miasthenia_band/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Miastheniaband

 

 

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Damim – A Fine Game Of Nil

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Damim – A Fine Game Of Nil
Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings
Release Date: 28/06/2019
Running Time: 42:40
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

It is Saturday night in rural France. The local gossips have returned to their homes after disseminating all possible information to the entire village, and probably have been strapped back into their scold’s bridles by the husbands who are STILL covering up twenty year old affairs of the heart with the lady on the Rue de Ty Lidec. I, Dark Juan, The Gothfather, Love Commando and Sex Fuhrer to toffs and gentry, am sitting, beer in hand and having my face torn clean off by this piece of SAVAGERY masquerading as music entitled “A Fine Game Of Nil” by British neo-blackened metallers Damim – Damim being Arabic/Aramaic for bloodshed, I believe. That’s about the only useful fact you’ll get out of this stream of consciousness bollocks you’re about to read, so treasure it, ok?

First of all, I have to say the production work on this record is extremely satisfying, almost to the point of orgasm. Everything is so crystal fucking clear the band might as well be sat in my head battering the inside of my cranium with high powered amplification and pneumatic drills. However this is ultra-precise savagery, because Damim as musicians are tighter than a duck’s arse, and probably considerably more waterproof because they write huge, coruscating songs of complexity, power and depth and play them at a speed that Formula One drivers would struggle to comprehend. There are many key changes and time changes but nothing of the music, even when it’s flitting from one tempo to another, is extraneous. The musical progressions are logical and impressive and it all fits together like a particularly complex heavy fucking metal jigsaw puzzle. Special mention must also go to Nathanael Underwood for his vocals – a primeval, visceral roar that appears to have come from the bowels of some previously undiscovered hell found underneath the foundations of Satan’s bit of it, yet retaining clarity and having words that are actually discernible as they are being sung! This is a momentous feat in death and blackened metal so bonus points to you, old chap!

Normally it just sounds like bears vomiting. Not that all this talk of intelligence, complicated musicianship and socially conscious lyrics should distract you from the fact that this is the dog’s testicles from a sheer metal point of view. There’s blastbeats and brutality in spades. It’s not a battlewagon of a record, it’s a sleek and shiny supersonic jet fighter of one. It’s blindingly fast and sharp and operates precision guided weaponry, and YOU are the target. Damim are out to kill you all with laser-guided accuracy.

So, compositionally exquisite, vocally exemplary and velocity unmatched! There has to be a downside, right? Well, fucking good luck finding one, mate. Damim are a phenomenally intelligent band. The lyrics are pertinent and relevant to events in the world today and even the album title alludes to zero sum game theory. Look it up, it’s actually genuinely fascinating. I love this record so much I have ruined yet more underwear and had to pause in my libertine pursuits of alcohol, laudanum and abusing young ladies to reflect on the sheer majesty and magnificence of what I have just heard. In fact, I have finished the record and literally just pressed play again to start over. It appears I want my face to look like burger meat, considering Damim are flaying it off bit by bit. Favourite tracks on here are ‘Beyond The Call Of Emptiness’, and the hilariously named ‘Something For The Weekend’. It’s hilarious because the song title seems so out of keeping with the rest of the record, OK? I also really like ‘NecroKino’, a tune that the intro reminds me greatly of the synthwave stylings of groups like Gunship offer before pulling out hidden weapons and proceeding to skin you alive with diamond sharp guitars and drums that can cause tectonic misery. The other titles skirt perilously close to one of my favourite sources of comedy – heavy metal word salad song titles. As we shall shortly see!

In short then – if you love extreme metal you’ll fucking love this. If, on the other hand, you think metal begins and ends with Avenged Sevenfold you’ll hate it so much you’ll savagely murder your own parents. “A Fine Game Of Nil” is PROOF that metal is one of the most phenomenally complex styles of music to play and also one of the most difficult to master. Damim have fucking mastered it, made it their collective bitch and are currently beating it into further compliance with flails and chains and all manner of unspeakable other things. The thing is, I am of the opinion that this record is that good that it might win a few converts from the less extreme fans, because although it is brutal deluxe, faster than a trip to the lavatory after a dodgy curry and heavier than a neutronium sex toy, it somehow STILL remains accessible and approachable. Damim have done something remarkable. They have made music bordering on black metal interesting again (which is not easily done as there hasn’t been a proper good black metal record since “Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk”) and also made it something even a new convert could enjoy instead of just the hardened heavy metal warrior. There’s much to enjoy as parts of the music touch on other styles like djent, the odd riff progression has a whiff of nu-metal about it and there is a thrash element running throughout the whole thing. I also think having an excellent production job will also win fans considering most extreme metal sounds like it has been recording using candy floss and asbestos as filters and recorded through the wall next door.

Anyway. A splendid effort from these gentlemen! I’m serious when I say that I consider this to be the album of the year so far. I fucking love it.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System offers Damim a blood soaked and thoroughly gore coated 10/10. Extraordinarily good! I have run out of words.

TRACKLISTING:
01. In A Language They Understand
02. Descendant Of Amalek (If you don’t know, Amalek is described in the Hebrew Bible as a country that is an enemy of the Israelites It can also be referring to the nation’s founder, the grandson of Esau. You’re welcome. Just because I despise religion as social control doesn’t mean I haven’t studied the scriptures.)
03. Beyond The Call Of Emptiness (Surely emptiness can’t call? Because it’s like… empty?)
04. Something For The Weekend
05. NecroKino
06. Body Is Broken
07. Rising Of The Lights
08. Existential Epiphany Within A Waking Dream (The only existential things I get during waking dreams are crises…)
09. All I Want To Know Is (what the rest of this title is because my computer is refusing to tell me. Sorry, chaps.) – (RICK HERE, the full title is ‘All I Want To Know Is How It Ends’)

LINE-UP:
Nathanael Underwood – Vocals and guitars
Flow Toulman – Drums
Faust Perez – Bass
Edd Amos – Guitars

LINKS:
https://www.damim.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/dam.nation.uk/

https://www.instagram.com/damim_uk/

https://www.youtube.com/user/vacuusanimum

 

Damim Photo - Credit Tina Korhonen

 

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