Interview with Cadaveria

Interview with Cadaveria
By Chris Galea

Throughout the 1990’s Cadaveria (real name Raffaella Rivarolo) fronted the Italian Dark Metal band Opera IX but then decided to forge ahead with a band directly suited to her musical ideas. Thus, under the Cadaveria moniker, she released a number of albums that tended, in varying degrees, to fuse dark gothic moods with aggressive Metal sonorities. The band’s music style is quite peculiar and has certainly pioneered the use of harsh vocals from female Metal singers.

About 3 years ago, Cadaveria was diagnosed with breast cancer and the operation that she had to submit to might have left some fans concerned about the future of the band. But wonder no more because now she’s back.

In this candid interview, Cadaveria shares her experiences of combating cancer and talks about the musical path she intends to take from this juncture onwards.

A few days before she replied to my questions, the band had released a brand new single and related video: ‘Matryoshcada’. So I start off by enquiring about this…

Congratulations for the new video. Could you please describe the thematic aspect of the song ‘Matryoshcada’?

The treatments I received to recover from cancer threw me into a surreal and even mystical dimension. My body was falling apart: hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. The skin was thinning and part of me was taken away by the surgery. Emotionally it was like being on a roller coaster for a year and more and never getting off. In this delirium I found a new me, which was probably hidden inside the “previous me”. I really felt like a Matryoshka doll that can be opened many times until she reaches the indivisible core, my soul.

When I no longer recognized myself in the mirror, I looked straight into my eyes, the only thing that hadn’t changed about me, and there I found myself again, and the pulsing energy of life. The song is about all this and the video visually tells these concepts. I wore my old and new clothes to show this transformation and had two Matryoshka dolls created, representing the past and the present. The song title plays with the fact that in the metal scene friends call me Cada (diminutive of Cadaveria), so it’s entitled MatryoshCADA instead of Matryoshka.

Shortly before ‘Matryoshcada’, you released two other videos, ‘Return’ and ‘100.000 Faces’. What were the challenges of writing and recording those two songs?

‘100.000 Faces’ comes from the album “In Your Blood” (2007) and the video for this song we released in May 2020 was a quarantine version [quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic], to show we were back to music. A way to break the silence.

On October the 2nd 2020 we officially came back to the scene with the digital release of the 1st new single ‘Return’, followed by the music video. In 2015 we had played at a dark metal festival in Germany and knew this song by Deine Lakaien for the first time. We’ve been wanting to cover it for a while. When I recovered and we decided to go back to making music, given the title, it seemed like the right song to record.

CADAVERIA ‘Return’ (Official Video):

Where was the video of ‘Return’ filmed? Was this location chosen for a particular reason?

It was filmed in Luguria, a maritime region of northern Italy. We have chosen it as a location ’cause we like it and for logistical tasks. We wanted the video to contain the water element like the first video we ever made, that is ‘Spell’ which dates back to 2002. There are a number of self-references in Return that refer to Spell, for example the dress worn by the actress entering the sea is the same one I wore in Spell when I’m in the pond.

On ‘Return’ Pier Gonella [Labyrinth, Mastercastle, Necrodeath] played some guitar parts…how did that come about? What is the likelihood of him recording again with the band?

Pier is helping us as a producer for this series of singles we are gonna to release, and since he is an excellent guitarist, he sometimes also records parts, mostly solos or harmonizations. It works and will probably happen again in the future.

What were your feelings when you first started singing after the operation and therapy?

Do you want the truth? I thought I was no longer able to sing in growl. Actually, it was just a psychological block that I had at home and when I went to the studio everything was fine. It’s like riding a bicycle: you can’t forget it…it’s part of me. Our body has unexpected resources. The feeling I have now is of great freedom and joy. In the clean parts I am reaching higher levels than in the past.

In 2019 you had shared your recovery’s progress through posts on your Facebook page. How did you feel about the reaction of fans and friends to those posts?

I am a sincere person and I have never hidden myself. I don’t think there is anything to be ashamed of in the disease, although cancer is still a taboo for many. Sincerity has repaid me for so much affection. I got a lot of love from my fans. This has given even more sense to all the commitment I have put in music all these years. ‘Matryoshcada’ is dedicated to all the metalheads who have shown me love during the illness. At the end of the video there is an explicit thanks to all of them.

Following your recent health issues how has your relationship with music changed (if at all)?

I can tell you that during my illness I have listened to nothing but silence. I devoted myself to meditation, walking and yoga. It was an introspective journey, because I am convinced that if I got sick there is a cause that I had to correct, so I worked hard to improve myself. Now my approach to music and life has changed. I live in the here and now. And I live more lightly, marvelling every day at how beautiful life is. I am grateful for all that I have.

When ‘Return’ was released, your website stated that: “All CADAVERIA’s new songs will be released, on a quite regular basis, in the form of singles, as they are recorded and mixed.” Does this mean fans will have to wait a long time for a new album?

Yes, exactly. I’m not sure we’ll make an album. We have some songs ready and they will all come out as digital singles and then the music videos will follow. The rest will be seen gradually.

What are your plans for the immediate future? Especially considering the ongoing pandemic it’s probably too early to speak about touring but do you look forward to hitting the stage again at some point?

Actually, at the moment I’m not particularly eager to get back on stage because I have a lot of fun making these singles, recording, editing the covers, helping with the video production and doing the promotion. It is already a huge job that we do independently and in complete autonomy. I don’t want to get too tired. We’ll play live when we get an offer we can’t refuse. With all due respect I have no desire to set up the whole live stuff to go and play in the same small clubs where I have already been many times. It must be worth it.

Drawing from your own experience, is there anything you’d like to say to musicians and fans whose careers are affected by illness?

I would like to say that statistics exist, it is true, but it is also true that we are variance. There is no case of illness […that is…] the same as another so even if you are given up for dead, don’t believe it, just believe in yourself and in the strength of your fragility.

CADAVERIA ‘‘Matryoshcada’ (Official Video):

LINE-UP:
Cadaveria – Vocals
Peter Dayton – Bass
Marçelo Santos – Drums

ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY:
Silence (2014)
Horror Metal (2012)
In Your Blood (2007)
Far Away from Conformity (2004)
The Shadows’ Madame (2002)

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with CHASING GHOSTS

EMQ’s with CHASING GHOSTS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milton Keynes, UK based Dark Rock/Metal band Chasing Ghosts. Huge thanks to guitarist Ashley Clark 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 am Ashley and I play Guitar (mainly rhythm) in Chasing Ghosts. The band formed in 2015 and I joined in April 2016. Over the past 4 years we have released our debut album “These Hollow Gods”, released 3 videos and played various prestigious venues and festivals including, headlining at 02 Academy 2 in Liverpool and Nocturnefest in Denmark and we now have our just released EP that has already had incredible feedback!

How did you come up with your band name?

It was taken from a song, which Lee (Bass and songwriter) in Chasing Ghosts wrote back in 2005 in one of his previous bands. At the time it was quite a unique name, but today everyone seems to be using this for books, songs and album titles. We have invested heavily in this name over the years, so too late to change it now, I guess.

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

I am from Luton, North of London, it has a fairly strong rock/metal scene, with Castlefest , Luton/Live Promotions, and various other venues in the area putting on live music every weekend.

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

Bring Me Suffering EP – Three tracks totalling 17 some minutes, released on 12th June 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitarist it would be Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains, Adam Jones from Tool, Andy Cairns from Therapy? And Billy Duffy from The Cult. All the previous bands plus A Perfect Circle, Anathema and Metallica.

What first got you into music?

My parents always had music on in the house, either radio or their own collection. I remember many journeys in the car where we had on Status Quo as my dad loved them, we would also see them live every year at Wembley Arena, which made me want to play guitar.

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

I think for us to collaborate with Nick from Paradise Lost would be incredible, or Lee Douglas from Anathema. Our current sound would suit their vocal styles perfectly and would be amazing to hear.

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

Wacken Festival would be amazing, I think because the respect for the type of music we play is very high at this festival. A real diverse mix of different types of metal/hard rock.

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

I was in a band that had a fan make us samosas once, I think food is an odd one really as you really don’t know what has gone into it!

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

We, like so many other unsigned bands, really appreciate every single review, comment, share, like, radio play and all other acts of support . It is so hard these days for an upcoming unsigned band to establish themselves without the support of new and old fans.

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

Selfishly it would have be Pete Steele as he seemed larger than life, plus it would be great to hear new Type O Negative!

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

Getting lost in the performance and letting the creative parts take over, and being loud! I hate guitar strings breaking! It’s always happening to me!

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

It would be for the industry to provide bigger platforms for those unsigned bands that are trying so hard to be original and do everything themselves and that don’t fit within the popular metal/rock genres.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

A Perfect Circle – “Mer de Noms”

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

I’m happy with all of them really, I would love to have more vinyl, but as long as I get the music in my ears, I am happy!

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

I would say the 02 Academy 2 gig in Liverpool as the sound was out of this world and it was a real privilege to play such a prestigious venue, it was incredible!

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

Eating a lot. Music is such a part of me that I don’t really know anything else. I think it would be something creative like painting or writing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The band Therapy? so I can ask all the questions about my favourite band, so that’s three, and then James Hetfield from Metallica so I can steal his technique, finally I would have to say Billy Connolly as you need a comedian!

What’s next for the band?

After COVID-19 we want to get out and play as many venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, continue to collaborate with other musicians and hopefully return to the studio and work with Jaime Gomez Arellano once again, as we are always working on new material.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/chasingghostsuk/
www.youtube.com/chasingghostsuk
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1vKRNt6i78mYclDrF3BlWo
www.chasingghostsuk.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/chasingghosts_uk/
www.twitter.com/ChasingGhosts_

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake. It’s in the name. If it is left out it goes soft. Cake.

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

Just to say a big thank you to everyone who has listened to our music and supports us, it doesn’t go unnoticed and it really makes us move forward!

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Ashen Crown – Obsolescence

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Ashen Crown – Obsolescence
Independent
Release Date: 01/11/2019
Running Time: 42:24
Review by Sheri Bicheno
9.5/10

One thing you have to be absolutely clear about when you listen to Ashen Crown… is that you are going to get a walloping!

These guys have been going for almost three years and in that short time have taking a slice of the underground music scene like their very own hot morello cherry pie. SO! GOOD!

Their first major festival was Bloodstock’s New Blood Stage in 2017 and Ashen Crown have catapulted into both headlining and line-up shows including supports for some of the best; Obituary, Memoriam and King Parrot plus storming fests such as HRH Metal, Hammerfest, Uprising, and Manor Fest. This speaks volumes. If you haven’t seen these guys perform and want some filthy riffs to mesmerise you, then you have to give them a go.

Debut album “Obsolescence” does not disappoint.

I’m detecting tones in this album’s concept that a HUGE change will be happening in life before long… to become OBSOLETE! Faith, fate, politics, life and death or destruction! Lyrically, there are several tracks that shine a light on this.

First track ‘Unbroken Faith’ introduces the craft of Ashen Crown with ringing bells and rain, almost like something you would expect from a Black Sabbath track. Then an almost doomy riff slowly sets in… sedate, seductive…and then BAM, vocalist Kieran Scott starts off deep, gnarly and fast paced while the guitars, drums and bass come in hard, matching the vocals. It’s not very often an opening track takes you on a journey of pure onslaught and sets the bar for the rest of the album…however, ‘Unbroken Faith’ gives you tingling anticipation for what’s coming next!

On next track ‘Crimson Sea’, Mike Ellis’ drums are exceptionally fast and ever changing in direction. They absolutely batter you matching the aura of this album exactly. Guitarists Ste Fowkes, Jay Rogers and bass player Phil Milman take you down a winding path with their combination of riffs and strings. Let them take you with them…this is gonna be a hell of a journey!

What I really love is at about three minutes in the polar opposite happens… compete calm and all is quiet. Black and Grey…grieving strings and whispers which say “I wipe the ash from my eyes…, these rotting bodies burning around me!” The elements here are of an expression of loss and a fire burning dim. Use that as a metaphor however you might like. The beauty of music is that you can express it in any way you hear or feel it.
Then… we are taken upwards again through flames and utter destruction until the fade out. ‘Crimson Sea’ is going to be absolutely face-melting live!

Third track ‘Ultimatum’ hammers straight into you from the outset. This is a voyage of pure evil riffs and winding strings, fast paced and aggressive… then a third of the way through, another quiet section and a slowly rising shadow, with Kieran’s whispering growls and one heck of a build-up. The guitars here really shine and give you an utterly transdimensional space goat feel. (Rick here! I’m not quite sure what a ‘transdimensional space goat feel’ is but after listening to “Obsolescence” many times myself I can say that, whatever it is, it’s damn good!). Come away from this track with your mind set on what you should now fully expect for the rest of this album!

‘Right To Rise’ is full of riffing and hammering, the drums here are again, incredibly fast and pounding. There is no break in energy on this track and it full on pelts you. I imagine live it would suit those who like to non-stop pit throughout a song. It is absolutely chaotic and Kieran’s demonic growls are in full swing, in fact this is a very good example of how Kieran’s vocals and the rest of the band sync well with the pace. Fast vocals, riffs, bass and drums throughout… and they are perfectly in unison.

Track five is ‘Guilty Of Hatred’ and I gotta say – this reminds me more of a Thrash Metal Ashen Crown. Higher pitched vocals kick in half way through…“The voices speak to me. They tell me I am not the problem”! Say no more, the message is loud and clear!
This is a track full of energy and jump and I am envisioning a full on circle pit here in my lounge to this. I LOVE how this track is set out lyrically; sending the message of a battle of inner love and peace!

Next up is ‘Blood Beneath Us’ and, if you didn’t know, Ashen Crown have released an accompanying lyric video for this one.

This track introduces us to a suspenseful but mellow opening riff. Some hard hitting riffage and drums then come along and pull the metaphorical rug from beneath your feet for a little while. Then the chorus hits and there is a playful edge to of some of the lyrics. Pure evil tones are right here and then…Kieran’s demonic growls are beautifully accompanied and opposed by the operatic and haunting vocals of Francesca Stevens which places the perfect cherry on the cake to this track. ‘Blood Beneath Us’ is completely different to Ashen Crown’s other tracks and is a welcome change. There is a very beautiful balance apparent.

Nearing the end ‘Fall Of Thine Eyes’ gives us our last journey into that fast space rushing past you with harsh vocals and face melting riffs that get you moving like there’s a twister chasing you. This bit of chaos ironically eases us into the very last track ‘Under The Leaves’ which, shows a very raw, emotional and slightly softer, more melodic side to Ashen Crown. I think this one is one of my favourite tracks. It starts slow and spacey, taking you through the aftermath of all the chaos of the previous tracks… but still retains its own aggression and fire. I tell you what, turn off all the lights, lay down or chill out and blast this track. Let it take you places to still keep your fire burning…euphoria in the dark!

Also, it is worth mentioning that “Obsolescence” was recorded and mixed by Neil Hudson of Krysthla/Initiate Audio – hence, this beast of an album’s fantastic sound quality.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Unbroken Faith
02. Crimson Sea
03. Ultimatum
04. Right To Rise
05. Guilty Of Hatred
06. Blood Beneath Us
07 Fall Of Thine Eyes
08. Under The Leaves

LINE-UP:
Kieran Scott – Vocals
Ste Fowkes – Rhythm Guitar
Jay Rogers – Guitar
Phil Milman – Bass
Mike Ellis – Drums

Links:
http://www.facebook.com/ashencrown.uk
http://www.twitter.com/AshenCrown
FATangel PR Social Media:
F: http://www.facebook.com/fatangelpr/
T: http://www.twitter.com/fatangel_family
PR: Dan Carter dan@fatangel.co.uk

 

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