Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment

Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 02/10/20
Running Time: 41:04
Review by Steven Hooke
9/10

There may not be a band that completely and totally summarises the state of planet Earth in 2020 quite like Brummie extreme metal titans Anaal Nathrakh. There’s been plenty of punk albums this year that rag on US and UK politics, social commentaries and global injustices, and there exists a near-limitless supply of blood-curdling grindcore, black metal, death metal, etc. albums to really amplify the feelings of internal frustration, Mick Kenney and Dave Hunt though bring together both sides of the turgid, decaying coin and leave you constantly coming back for more.

And it’s been pretty much the case since their inception over 20 years ago. Although Anaal Nathrakh have offered a rare glimpse into their lyrics for the latest album, they have traditionally remained reserved and protective of them, with tr00 necro experts piecing together unofficial lyric sheets, depicting the inner-monologue of Hunt’s mind as he lambasts religion, modern society and political leaders all in the name of a false freedom. The title track – which both opens the album and was used as the lead single prior to the album’s release – shows no shred of backing down, admonishing people for their callous mindset of “I side with whomever gives me a better reward” instead of looking at the bigger picture of how any particular declaration, political or otherwise, helps a broader audience.

It’s a real, organic response to the world. Hunt even states “personally, I feel more cynical, more bitter, with a greater sense that the world is fucked, and is continually re-fucked by people who have no idea what they are doing.” It’s all stuff that’s happening today too, ‘Punish Them’ acts as a short but scathing commentary to the situation involving a British woman in Malaysia being sentenced to death for allegedly smuggling drugs into the country (reportedly against her will). As barbaric as it seems to condemn someone to death for a crime even in 2020, the infamous comment sections of newspaper pages showing people to have no compassion or empathy when dealing with a person’s life. ‘Singularity’ deals with the human race’s innate ability to destroy itself, and that we’re losing our own identities to artificial intelligence, social media culture, all the while allowing a small room full of people dictate the behaviour of entire countries just to please a small fraction.

As previously stated, it’s not just lyrically where A.N. excel at bringing forth clouds of despondency; always expanding the realms and limitations of black metal to create images of horror in their sound, “Endarkenment” continues the trend of “let’s make something really bastard heavy, add a melodic bit that people can sing along to, but sing in a King Diamond-falsetto and sound like a ravenous harpy”.

Again, the title track is an early example of this as well as a prime example of Mick Kenney’s ability to tell a story through music and structure. Pitched as the complete antithesis of ‘enlightenment’, the high-pitched shrill vocal echoes Hunt’s clean delivery of “endarkenment”, the encroaching evil in an already chaotic and unstable environment. ‘The Age of Starlight Ends’ is another great example of this, with the pitch of the chord progressions steadily increasing, only to drop on the bellow of the chorus.

The deeper into the album you go, the more experiences you are sure to find. ‘Thus, Always, To Tyrants’ is a song that sounds like it’s collapsing in on itself, with some exceptional guitar work from Kenney for good measure, ‘Libidinous (A Pig With Cocks In Its Eyes)’ and ‘Create Art, Though The World May Perish’ sound plucked from an alternative universe where Niklas Kvarforth pursued a career in power metal and ‘Beyond Words’ is dissonant noise that make Author & Punisher blush.

“Endarkenment” is a triumphant onslaught of aggression. An ever-elaborate world of discordance and melody, knee-jerk reactions and patience, fear and, well, more fear. But if nothing else, it is a testament to a band 20+ years and 11 albums in that can remain concise and relevant to the world around them, but to also maintain such a profound level of quality in their delivery.

Anaal. Fucking. Nathrakh.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Endarkenment
02. Thus, Always, To Tyrants
03. The Age Of Starlight Ends
04. Libidinous (A Pig With Cocks In Its Eyes)
05. Beyond Words
06. Feeding The Death Machine
07. Create Art, Though The World May Perish
08. Singularity
09. Punish Them
10. Requiem

LINE-UP:
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – Vocals
Mick Kenney – All instruments

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ESCARION

EMQ’s with ESCARION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Melodic/Blackened Death Metal band, Escarion. 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 are Escarion, we play melodic-progressive-post-apocalyptic-experimental-blackened-death-jazz and we’re here to make you dance like it’s the 1920’s. The 30’s were too dark of a time, man.

No, but actually we do play Death Metal with melodic, progressive and black metal elements. The four members of this band have unique musical interests, which combined gives us our sound.

Originally, we started out as a three-piece and we had a different drummer. He left on mutual terms for personal reasons but we’re still great friends with him, he continues to support the band.

We released an EP together, “Pinnacle of Neglect” after the three of us had broken away from our original thrash metal band, Vintage Ruin. It was a messy break, and the EP reflects this notion with anger fuelled songs recorded and produced at a home studio.

After we rode the wave of this EP, we decided we wanted to tackle bigger and more ambitious projects, which is how the idea for the album was conjured.

Seven deadly sins, seven songs to explore them, as well as an opening song and a finale.

At this time we recruited Tommy Lewko (formerly of Omegacron and Tyrant’s Blood) as the second guitarist and Tim Bottams (of Wulfenite) as a drummer. After writing was completed, Escarion set for the studio with Monolith Studios in the Mixing/Engineering/Producer & Support chair. Although the recording was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Escarion managed to complete recording by mid-2020.

The singles ‘Envy’ and ‘Greed’ are out now, and will be followed by the release of the album, “Pillars of the Faith”.

How did you come up with your band name?

An Escarion, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a love child of a Bear from Space and a Hydra from the depths of the Yarra River with a fatal scream…

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

Melbourne, Australia. There are heaps of fantastic bands here, however our government doesn’t support our scene very much. They’re more interested in destroying the environment and feeding the rich than to associate with heavy metal artists (the real legends of Melbourne). Sigh.

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Greed’, off our upcoming album “Pillars of the Faith” which is out 29th January 2021.

‘Greed’ (Audio)

‘Envy’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Death, Behemoth, Trivium, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Mgla, Revocation, Rivers of Nihil, Rush, Black Sabbath, Opeth, Judas Priest.

What first got you into music?

The Wiggles.

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

I would say Behemoth, but that’s wishful thinking, maybe a more realistic or even artistic collaboration would be someone from a different genre. Kendrick Lamar would be fantastic, or even someone more low-key like Boogie.

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

Wacken, is it even a question? (You would be surprised at some of the answers we get!! – Rick)

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

Someone gave us an old shoe that they drew our logo on it, it was, ah… flattering…  and smelly.

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

Thank you! You awesome & patient beasts!

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

Just one? Probably either Eddie Van Halen or Neil Peart, maybe both at once, maybe we’re just that powerful…

Or maybe Euronymous. Just so we can watch Varg Vikernes have an aneurysm.

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

The best thing about being a musician? Getting to play in front of an audience, playing the music you love and have a genuinely fun time playing. Moreover, if you’re lucky enough, to collaborate with the best musicians, producers to create the best music you’re capable of. The worst? When you’re stuck in a lockdown and you really can’t do much, not even see the people that make life easier (the band).

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

Spotify and other music streaming services to pay artists properly.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Exercises in Futility” by Mgla. I could say others, but this album is flying way under the radar for how impressive and inspiring it truly is.

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

Vinyl! However, we’re currently getting CD’s made so I think we’re required to say CD’s so you can buy ours (do it, we dare you).

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

The best gig that we have ever played was our last one. It was at The Tote in Collingwood, Victoria. We played downstairs and we had a massive bill of great Melbourne death/ progressive metal bands which included Shredder, Werewolf, Wulfenite & Headless. We had a larger audience that night than ever before, we premiered three new songs live and then we saw our biggest mosh pit ever. Couldn’t have felt better seeing people mosh this good and enjoying our music.

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

Lying on my bed and slowly slipping into madness.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gordon Ramsay, Nergal, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Page and Matt Heafy. Could you imagine? We’d change the world.

What’s next for the band?

We’re getting ready for our release of the album on January 29th. We’re just a local band but we are determined to make a huge statement with this album. We have put our blood into these songs and we’re ready to share it with the world.

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

We have our Linktree here!
https://linktr.ee/escarion

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Doesn’t the name imply the answer? And who likes Jaffa?

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

Septem Peccatis Mortis, Septem Virtutibus Vitae. Memento Mori.

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EMQ’s with BRYAN ECKERMANN

EMQ’s with BRYAN ECKERMANN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with San Antonio, Texas based Melodic Blackened Death Metal solo project Bryan Eckermann. Huge thanks to Bryan for taking part.

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

My name is Bryan Eckermann, I play all instruments in this project, as well as producing, mixing, and as of late artwork, videos also. The history of my solo music goes back pretty far, dating back to 2002 in its initial origin under the name Winters Plague, although I specify more in my bio that it was created in 2011 and the first actual official release came out in 2014 with my debut CD “Ghosts of Earth” under my own name.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

And thanks for having me btw

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Blood Oath – Infernum Rex Diabolus

Blood Oath – Infernum Rex Diabolus
Self-Released
Release Date: 15/12/2019
Running Time: 41:41
Review by Sheri Bicheno
9/10

Christ, this is one fast and thumping album!! It will turn you to absolute mashed potato…

Blood Oath, from Leicester, are one of those bands that are not going to go unnoticed, they are on everyone’s lips, and if you’ve seen them rip up the stage donning (fake) blood and a killer presence, you’ll have seen why! Forming in 2015, they have been rising through the levels, reigning chaos wherever they play. In the, just over four years they have been going, they have graced the New Blood Stage of Bloodstock 2017, Uprising, Ragnarok, Unearthed Festival, HRH Metal plus many notable others. “Infernum Rex Diabolus” is an album to get your ears around if you are well into your old-school death metal and mix it with elements, which to me, are quite Slayer-esque.

We are first walloped with the track ‘Angels To Some…Demons To Others’; a slow and melodic intro riff eases us into the next five minutes which is an earthquake of thrash. It’s a powerful start and the vocals are pretty evil, however, very clear. One thing about next track ‘Obliteration Ov Mankind’, that should be noted, is Ady McGlennon’s outstanding drumming – fast paced, aggressive and top notch, keeping the momentum going, it is clearly this track’s backbone.

NOW THEN – something wicked this way comes with the track ‘Infernum Diabolus’. This has to be my favourite track on the album and it really shows what Blood Oath are fully capable of. The monster riff that introduces us to this track takes us forward into a slow but absolutely belting headbanger of a tune. It then speeds up, with twists and turns of changing pace, something I absolutely need in a good track I want to get heavy to. Mark ‘Thrax’ Johnson’s vocals here are low and growling, a pure demonic crazy train, but again very clear and well cut.

This is a track that will give you the following face of approval…

Halfway through track ‘Howling Of The Draugr’ the double-bass is UNBELIEVABLY intense and I fear if you are the headbanging sort, your head may just fall off, it’s utter whiplash. I love how this track blends that superspeed drumming with the slower riffs and bass giving it an almost doomy tone.

“Infernum Rex Diabolus” takes us through some crushing riffs from Mike Freeman and Frazer Hart and Bill Fordham’s bass blends its elements of Blackened Thrash/Death Metal and even a hint of Doom into a cocktail that just blows you away. Turn this up LOUD!

Blood Oath have achieved something pretty special, there is not one bad track and it does what it promises. No compromises. Killer album!

TRACK LISTING:

01. Angels To Some…Demons To Others
02. Obliteration Ov Mankind
03. Infernum Diabolus
04. Lycanthropic Bloodlust
05. Monuments To Our Ruin
06. Born Godless
07. Howling Of The Draugr
08. Entwined And Un-Divine
09. Solitude And The Silence

LINE-UP:

Mark Thrax Johnson – Vocals
Frazer Hart – Guitar
Mike Freeman – Guitar
Bill Fordham – Bass

Ady McGlennon – Drums

LINKS:

http://www.bloodoath666.com
https://www.facebook.com/BloodOathUK/
https://twitter.com/BLOODOATHuk
https://www.instagram.com/bloodoath_uk https://open.spotify.com/artist/6gcXkAjPfy4QoDTvOWrSa5
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCorkMmh-2BlQmzwP4pEnPIA

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

Blood Oath Logo

EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leicester based Blackened Death Metal band Blood Oath! Huge thanks to vocalist Mark ‘Thrax’ Johnson for taking part!

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

Hi guys, my name’s ‘Thrax’ (it’s a nickname I’ve had for years) and I’m the vocalist of Blood Oath. We formed near the end of 2015 after several drunken conversations about ‘getting the band back together one more time’.

How did you come up with your band name?

That was the hardest thing. We came up with loads of ideas, most of them stupid or that have already been done. For me Blood Oath encapsulates the promise we made to play at Bloodstock. Something we achieved the following year in 2017.

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

We’re all from the UK. I think the scene here is doing great. Maybe 10-15 years ago things were different, I don’t know, but now I truly believe that there’s so many great little one/two day festivals, both indoor and outdoor, going on all over this country now. It’s great to see that it’s not all about massive festivals like Download. These all day events are a great way for smaller bands like ourselves to get the chance to share a stage with a larger, more established band.

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

We’ve literally just released the first single (and hopefully a video) from our forthcoming album, the song is called ‘Infernum Diabolus’ and was inspired by a time a few years ago when I visited the ruined temple of Knossos in Crete. The supposed site of the fabled labyrinth and the Minotaur! The single is the title track off our latest album “Infernum Rex Diabolus”, which will be released in November.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Woah…too many to count! If I’m honest we’re inspired by more old school death metal bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel and Obituary. That said we’re loving the current wave of newer death metal bands such as Amon Amarth and Behemoth.
Frazer, our guitarist will not forgive me though if I don’t mention our greatest influence, Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

I must have been around nine years old when I started to get into music, but the current pop stuff on the radio just didn’t do it for me. I noticed rock bands like Guns and Roses, Kiss and AC/DC. I kinda liked these bands but it was the moment I discovered Iron Maiden that it all clicked into place. The Lyrics, the riffs and the artwork…I was in love.

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

Good question. Personally I’d like to do something a little different, maybe with Wardruna or Myrkur. Maybe something fun with Korpiklaani, who knows? Hahaha!

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

My first choice would have to be Bloodstock Open Air. I’ve been going to that festival for the last eleven or twelve years. It’s always an awesome, friendly and messy weekend and I’d love to play there again (hint hint).

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

We’ve not received any weird gifts yet but we’ve been told a fan has our rune logo tattooed on them which is quite an honour. I designed that logo a couple of years ago and I’ve got it tattooed myself but to hear a fan had it too kinda blew me away.

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

Don’t do drugs and stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water…hahaha!

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

Tough question, jeez, so many inspiring musicians have left us before their time. I’d have to say Dimebag. The man was an absolute legend and I swear no one has been able to recreate his sound or attitude since. Truly one of a kind! Getcha pull.

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

Being on stage and looking out over a mental crowd, throwing the horns and ripping the place up through our music. It’s an honour and a privilege just to see people enjoying our little band. It never gets old.
What I hate? Carrying heavy equipment up flights of stairs, we seriously need roadies.
Arrogant band members or sound engineers with egos! I mean seriously! Life (and gigs) would be so much easier if we all just got on and helped each other out…it’s not hard.

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

Live venues closing! It seems to be happening more these days and it’s a shame. There’s nothing like popping to your local, having a couple of beers and watching a decent unsigned band. Where’s the next Metallica or Black Sabbath going to come from?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Chaos AD”

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

CD’s with Vinyl a close second because I’m old!

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

My favourite occasion was when we opened for Soulfly, Kataklysm and Epica at the Metalhead Meeting in Romania. It was a great weekend. The people we met were fantastic and the venue was awe inspiring. The festival was held at an old Roman Arena so the sound was incredible.
My other favourite gig was when we played the HRH Vikings festival last year in Sheffield. Again the crowd was insane. I’d love to do all that again. This time though I’ll be getting a hotel room so I can stay the whole weekend, and drink.

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

Going to bed early! Hahaha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I can’t think of a proper answer, so I’ll say all the members of ‘Footprints in the Custard’ because my guess is they’ll be really serious. Perhaps a cheese and wine party!

What’s next for the band?

Gigs! We require as much time on the road, promoting our new album as much as possible. You can catch us at The Flapper in Birmingham, 19th October. We’re part of an awesome charity event raising money for Macmillan. Selfish promotion there!

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

You can find us on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/BloodOathUK/
I’m always on there so pop by and say hello.
Our videos are on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCorkMmh-2BlQmzwP4pEnPIA
They’re mainly us drunkenly talking nonsense so they are quite amusing.
Our merchandise is available on our Big Cartel page.
http://www.bloodoath666.com.
We’re selling off our old shirts for a fiver! Bonus! (Rick Here…they are indeed, I just bought one!)
We’ve even got an Instagram page, but that’s not as amusing.
https://www.instagram.com/bloodoathuk/
As you can see, we take ourselves very seriously. Haha

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither!

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

Yep. Support your local metal band!

 

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