EMQ’s with DAUTHUZ

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EMQ’s with DAUTHUZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Zaanstad, Netherlands based Death Metal band, Dauthuz. Huge thanks to guitarist, Dennis Jak, 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 Dennis and I play (lead) guitar. Dauthuz was founded about 6 years ago after I stopped with my other bands (Nembrionic, Unlord, Consolation, Cardinal, FuckFace). I asked my pal Hans Bijland to start an old school Death Metal band. At first Marcel from Putrefied would be our vocalist, but he decided he didn’t want to enter the music scene again. We asked Robbe from Disavowed and he did our first release (self-titled EP). That was received pretty good. After that, we parted ways with Robbe and Melle (drums). Due to personal circumstances, they couldn’t stay in the band.

We asked Nick de Vet and Manoloxx to enter the band and they did. We made a new record, “Destined For Death” (with Melle on drums) and started gigging a lot. Till Corona…During Corona we changed line-up again, and again due to personal circumstances (work, distance etc.). Emiel Selderbeek and Bas Polder entered the band and together with the new material and mix/master from Kohlekeller Studio in Germany we were able to produce a killer new album called “Cold”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We are an old school Death Metal band and we needed something with that vibe. I found out that Dauthuz was the old English name for death. And Chuck being my main hero, it was a no brainer. Gerrit Rijcken made the logo and used Old English as the basis. If all were meant to be!

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

We are from the Netherlands. We have a strong metal scene with bands like Pestilence, Sinister, Asphyx at the top and bands like Putrefied Corpse, Menschwalsch, Abrupt Demise and Infantry in the underground. I even think we have some sort of Dutch sound.

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

We released our new album “Cold” on the 5th of March. We really made a big step with this one.

‘The Apocalypse’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That would be Chuck from Death and Jeff and Kerry from Slayer. But ,also, Patrick from Pestilence, Trey from Morbid Angel and Possessed have been of great influence.

It all started with Van Halen, Maiden and Sabbath. Then Megadeth, Agent Steel, Overkill, Anthrax etc…

What first got you into music?

I borrowed an old fake Strat from my friend Marco (Nembrionic) and I think a DS1 from Boss. Plugged it into an old ghetto blaster and I was sold! Within a week I put together a band and formed the predecessor of Consolation (Gore Flix).

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

Probably a band like Metallica. I always wished that they would make an album with only faster tracks. Like ‘Battery’, ‘Fight Fire With Fire’, ‘Hardwired’ etc…

That album I would make with them. The last record is so fucking awesome and James sings better than ever. They get a lot of shit from people, and I agree to some point. But for me they have rehabilitated themselves.

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

Hellfest. It looks so fucking awesome and I see so many great bands playing there. And Obscene Extreme, it’s just THE festival of the extreme.

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

Lots of lovin’. I will leave it at that!

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

A band and its fans are a whole. We need each other to flourish. We need fans for motivation and a purpose. And together we create great memories live. Good times, together.

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

Chuck (Death), off course and Jeff (Slayer).

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

Writing new songs and hearing them when they are ready. That first time together as a band that we heard “Cold”, fucking awesome!

What I don’t really like is the re-recording from my demo’s. That’s why these days, when I write the song, that’s the Album take. Almost all my guitars you hear on “Cold” is the moment I wrote it.

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

Transparency of contracts, more freedom in contracts with labels.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Death – “Leprosy”. The production, the riffing, the vocals. ‘Left To Die’ is my all-time favourite song. Goosebumps in the middle (break) every single time!

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

For me all! I don’t discriminate!

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

Probably some small venue with 30 or so visitors. I love the rawness of underground venues. Blood, sweat and beers. I played in front of 80.000 people and that was freaking awesome, but to see, smell and participate up close in smaller venues is killer.

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

I would be a gamer, Hi-Fi freak, video editor or builder of things.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Family first, so always family. Then friends.

What’s next for the band?

Next up is an MCD/split record or something like that. Also, an album from 20 years back from an old band of mine was released in April. FuckFace will finally be released through Brutal Insanity Records (on cassette!). With Dauthuz we already have some tracks for the new mini and will also be writing new stuff.

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

www.facebook.com/dauthuzdeathmetal
www.instagram.com/dauthuz_deathmetal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4ltVxaJMAqFpteOCW3XU34
www.youtube.com/channel/UCWADG4JExMduBZjEIHwUC2A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wiki says Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes. Wiki is good so I will follow Wiki.😊

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

Support your metal scene. We need you harder than ever!

Try to stay open-minded to other opinions. None of us have the truth at our disposal. And don’t forget, we will all eventually burn or rot. So, try as long as you live, to live a good life.

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Moral Collapse – Moral Collapse

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Moral Collapse – Moral Collapse
Subcontinental Records
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 34:48
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Alright, me old muck spreaders? Jolly good…I trust you all have (in the UK at least) given your livers the kind of pummelling that only a sunny afternoon and evening in a beer garden can provide? I myself am avoiding it until such time as all the yahoos have got bored of being outside and have returned to their homes and I can sit in a corner nursing a pint and glowering fiercely at the rest of the patrons at my local hostelry, unless it’s the Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge, where you might in fact be just as likely to find me glowering or playing a glorious kazoo solo along with The Devil’s Jukebox when they play live. Hopefully Dr. Ezekiel Bordello has packed in his wont to strip out of his magnificent 1920s zoot suit down to posing pouch, sock suspenders and nipple pasties…

This indent on my word processor is doing my fucking swede in because I didn’t tell it to do it and it has just decided all by itself that my writing will be enhanced by bollocking it up (NB: fixed in the edit. Fucking computers). Also, my new computer won’t tell me the runtime of records anymore and Admiral Sir Richard “Enough Of Your Fucking Excuses, Do It On A Calculator Like Everyone Else, You Fucking Muppet” Tilley requires that runtime be provided for you lovely people (You add it up or go to Spotify – Rick 😊). Anyway, time to stop moaning and talking about roots jazz bands who like playing dress up (and subsequently removing their clothes in the name of entertainment) and instead tell you about Moral Collapse, who are from India, with a very famous German contingent as well. That German contingent is one of my very favourite drummers, being the mighty, multi-armed and clearly insane Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist, Obscura, Blotted Science). This is a man who has obviously sold his soul to as many devil analogues as he possibly could (probably leading to the first ever set of lawsuits between demonic entities when it comes to soul ownership upon his death) because he is a fucking prodigiously talented man. It will not surprise you to learn that I fucking hate him for precisely this reason, as well as loving his skills at the same time.

Disclaimer: I don’t hate him. It’s self-hatred because I am such a benightedly awful musician. I’m sure Herr Grossmann is a lovely man.

Upon first listen, Moral Collapse have a major super tech death vibe not unlike Necrophagist with a dirtier production (Necrophagist were always arctically pure in production value) but then repeated listens reveal hidden depths, and unfamiliar instruments (Indian instruments featuring in more than a couple of places to absolutely spectacular effect) and timings lifting a record I was afraid of being a Necrophagist clone up to heights that easily enable Moral Collapse to stand alone and proud. This is something like the third or fourth death metal record I have listened to recently that has cheerfully chucked out all the preconceptions of what had become a very moribund style of metal and replaced them with a childlike glee in exploring new sounds and textures and showing the purists a massive middle finger. ‘Suspension Of Disbelief’ especially shows this off with traditional death metal drumming overlaying mental percussion, jazz fuelled madness, droning keyboards, the boingingest bass I have ever heard and howling guitar insanity. There are so many timing changes I can’t keep up and frankly I’m struggling to type fast enough to keep up with what the mad bastards are going to do next. It’s fair to say that Messrs. Grossmann, Natarajan and Mankad are utterly batshit, judging by this record and the fact that it stomps happily over all known preconceptions and still manages to melt off your face with considerable aplomb.

Yeah, this record is indeed a Very Good Thing. The production is solid as fuck, giving the music added punch simply because it is a thicker and dirtier sound than most tech death bands would employ – Moral Collapse have a warm and muscular sound compared to the metronomic, robotic sound bands like Protosequence and Fractal Generator use. However, everything is clearly legible (even the mad bits) and it gives you a good kick in the guts with hobnailed boots. The drums are perfectly produced (even if I don’t like the curiously lifeless snare sound) and cut through the guitar and vocals cleanly. The vocals are standard gut rumblers but delivered with purpose and power and the guitar work of Arun Natarajan and Sudarshan Mankad is just sublime. Controlled, yet aggressive, but bursting out of the confines of death metal every single fucking chance they get, they are sharp, original, breathtaking in complexity and speed and just fill this tired old Hellpriest with something approximating joy. ‘Trapped Without Recourse (Rumination)’ is another song that proves that the band requires serious medication to stop them killing anyone, starting as it does with an eerily plucked violin which is an unusual counterpoint to some demented and actually quite disturbing nonsensical babbling bubbling over Whitehouse-esque electronic soundscapes. What makes this band even more incredible is that significant passages on the record are spontaneously improvised. IMPROVISED!!!!

So, ladies, gentlemen and gentlepersons, we have on our hands a bit of a banger. If you like exploratory music that still pays homage to its roots, you’ll fucking love this. If you like technical death metal, you’ll fucking love this. If you are a drumming geek, you’ll fucking LOVE this. In short, Moral Collapse are intense, powerful, absolutely original and heavier than my fat arse after the two quarter pound chilli burgers I just ate. In underpants made of plutonium. Technical mastery meets absolute savagery. I love it.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (पेटेंटेड डार्क जुआन ब्लड स्प्लटर रेटिंग सिस्टम for Hindi readers and ਪੇਟੈਂਟਡ ਡਾਰਕ ਜੁਆਨ ਬਲੱਡ ਸਪਲੈਟਰ ਰੇਟਿੰਗ ਸਿਸਟਮ for our Punjabi friends. I do so love Google Translate) awards Moral Collapse the full beans 10/10. I fucking love where death metal is going these days. Apart from Six Feet Under.

‘Suspension Of Belief’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Anechoic
02. Abandoned Rooms Of Misspelled Agony
03. Your Stillborn Be Praised
04. Suspension Of Belief
05. Vermicularis (Interruption)
06. Sculpting The Womb Of Misery
07. To The Blind, All Things Sudden
08. Denier Of Light
09. Trapped Without Recourse (Rumination)

LINE-UP:
Arun Natarajan – Guitars, Bass and Vocals
Sudarshan Mankad – Guitars
Hannes Grossmann – Drums

LINKS:

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – Enjoy The Silence VIDEO PREMIERE

Chaos Doctrine Video Premiere - Enjoy The Silence

CHAOS DOCTRINE Unleash New Lyric Video, A Sweltering, Industrial Metal Cover Version Of Depeche Mode’s ‘ENJOY THE SILENCE

Ever Metal is very proud to premiere ‘Enjoy The Silence’ the new lyric video from South African Industrial Thrash/Death machine Chaos Doctrine. This is their version of the Depeche Mode classic from 1990!

Spawned in their renowned domain (Gemini AD Studios), Chaos Doctrine has taken this epic track and solidly stamped their unique brand of Industrial Thrash onto this classic, duly delivering an intense interpretation exclusively available for free on Bandcamp (From Friday7th May). The Lyric Video pays supplementary homage to the iconic imagery that saw ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and ‘Violator’ propel the band into international stardom in 1990.

Note: Best played on full blast, with a high likelihood of singing along!

EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE

CREDITS:
Written by Martin L Gore
Original Produced by Flood & Depeche Mode
Original Performed by Depeche Mode
Cover Performed by Chaos Doctrine
Cover Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Alec Surridge at Gemini AD Studios

LYRICS
Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Can’t you understand?
Oh, my little girl

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

Vows are spoken
To be broken
Feelings are intense
Words are trivial
Pleasures remain
So does the pain
Words are meaningless
And forgettable

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

UPCOMING ALBUM
Chaos Doctrine came down on the metal world like the hammer of Thor in February this year with a shredding track called ‘Black Friday Bedlam’ featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström on vocals (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate). If you watched the Lyric Video, you would have caught a peek at the title and artwork of the band’s much anticipated second album ‘And In The Beginning… They Lied’, set for release on 25 June 2021. More information on this upcoming release will be made available on the Chaos Doctrine Socials in coming weeks!

And In The Beginning... They Lied Album Cover Art

ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE
Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).

For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band: it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this – the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)
Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger “Dr D” (Vocals)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Alec Surridge (Guitar)

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The Crown – Royal Destroyer

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The Crown – Royal Destroyer
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 45:45
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

Ok, before I start my smooth talk, let me travel back in time. The year was 2002 and my older brother appeared at home with two albums from a Swedish Death Metal band. If you have already read my EMQ’s as an Ever Metal team member (if not, you can read it after this review, https://ever-metal.com/2020/07/14/emqs-with-victor-augusto/), you will understand how my brother has a peculiar way of insisting you listen to music. I clearly remember, to this day, when The Crown albums “Hell is Here” (1999) and “Deathrace King” (2000) started to play on our old stereo. After that, I understood how amazing the music from Sweden was. What a brilliant memory.

I really struggled to follow the band’s career, after the year of 2000, because I was living in a very poor neighbourhood, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), without access to the internet or a computer; even though those two things were becoming popular at that time. Heavy Metal was a very strange kind of music for people who lived in that place too. I had no money to buy magazines either, but the years have passed and after almost two decades, here I am. I could not believe that someday I would be able to review The Crown and it is even better considering “Royal Destroyer” is one of the band’s best albums, maybe ‘the best’, who knows? So, let’s get to the review itself.

“What is happening, Victor?”. Those were my wife’s, scared, words after I screamed a concise and loud “Holy Shit!”. Yes, it happened while I was listening to the pure destruction of the opening track ‘Baptized In Violence‘. What a killer way to open an album with its extreme Hardcore mixed with Death Metal that is The Crown’s trademark. The best thing is that ‘Let the Hammering Begin!’ and ‘Motordeath’ maintain the violence that keeps your level of adrenaline extremely high. This last one has fast guitar picks on the initial riff. Again, I could not believe that I was listening to so many insane tracks. Moreover, it doesn’t stop there.

For sure, I thought that the upcoming songs would be not as strong as the first four. Even classic albums usually have one or two tracks that are just filler to complete the set list, but with “Royal Destoyer”…bloody hell no! The only change here is the speed which becomes more cadenced, but all the tracks are pretty insane. ‘Glorious Hades’ shows the more melodic side of The Crown, without losing the heaviness. ‘Full Metal Justice’ explores their thrash metal elements more and has beautiful double kicks and fast drum fills. I loved how ‘Devoid Of Light’ brings a Morbid Angel spirit to The Crown’s identity. Everything ends with a good atmosphere on ‘Beyond The Frail’ and I could not believe what I had just heard. If my brother were with me, we would probably react like teenagers, exactly how we did 20 years ago.

Founder member Marko Tervonen is an absolute riff machine and his (not so) new partner in crime Robin Sörqvist’s guitar work makes everything more remarkable with all his solos. There is also a great chemistry between drummer Henrik Axelsson and bassist Magnus Olsfelt, another founding member. The versatility of Henrik to play fast styles, that change from Hardcore to the most brutal Death Metal, is very well complemented by the powerful bass of Magnus, as you can hear on ‘Ultra Faust’. Of course, vocalist Johan Lindstrand is also a fundamental member of the band, having been there since the beginning, when they were still called Crown of Thorns, during the nineties.

The Crown are masters of mixing their Death Metal with a lot of Thrash Metal and also a little Punk therefore their fans will know what to expect, however, this time they have utterly stamped their identity and made their music even stronger. I couldn’t imagine being able to review an album so strong that it surpasses their two masterpiece albums “Deathrace King” and “Crowned In Terror”. My first thought after hearing “Royal Destroyer” for the first time was “There is not one, single song that is bad on this album”.

If you are a fan of The Crown, you will probably know that they are one of the biggest names to have made the Swedish Metal scene famous around the world. You will also know all the ups and the few downs that the band have overcome. This line-up has basically stayed the same since “Death Is Not Dead” (2015) and their last album “Cobra Speed Venom” (2018) received a response that a legendary band deserves. As a result of all the touring from the previous album and a stable line-up, we now have “Royal Destroyer”.

It is an album made up of 100% amazing songs! It shows the experienced band we already know, but with an intense energy as if they are young and ready to conquer the world! As a reviewer, it is a pleasure to review such an amazing piece of work. As a fan, I have the same feeling listening to “Royal Destroyer” that I had when I was a young boy, back in 2002, adding in a mix of feelings from everything that I have learnt from that period until today. I am also proud to see such an important band continuing to thrive in the Worldwide Metal scene.

Grattis till Sveriges bästa band!

‘Motordeath’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Baptized In Violence
02. Let The Hammering Begin!
03. Motordeath
04. Ultra Faust
05. Glorious Hades
06. Full Metal Justice
07. Scandinavian Satan
08. Devoid Of Light
09. We Drift On
10. Beyond The Frail

LINE-UP:
Johan Lindstrand – Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt – Bass
Marko Tervonen – Guitar
Robin Sörqvist – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Henrik Axelsson – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with TENSIION

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EMQ’s with TENSIION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Death Groove duo, Tensiion. Huge thanks to guitarist, Phill Corpe, 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?

Phill Corpe, I play guitar, write & produce.

Myself and Travis hooked up in 2014, with nothing more than an idea to knock out a song or two, and just see if it works…turns out it did.

And we really haven’t stopped since then.

How did you come up with your band name?

Throwing ideas around between us…till something sounded not as shitty and cliché as other options. We started out with the name KILL[UR]SELF…which looked pretty cool aesthetically, but the name grated on me after a few years.

So, we changed it to TENSIION…sounds ok, looks ok….hasn’t annoyed me too much yet.

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

Brisbane, Australia…We have an insane amount of talent, in many genres, not just rock/metal…it’s a great music scene.

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

“Subterfuge”. It’s a five track E.P…the single off it is ‘Dead Weight’.

‘Dead Weight’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s probably more of an era thing, more than specific bands, stuff that was happening mid 80’s to mid-90’s from varied genre’s, was a golden age that was a pretty big influence. Friends, experiences, travelling, collaborating…all plays a part.

What first got you into music?

Parents, then radio, tape trading with school friends.

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

The best collabs are with people you can connect too, learn shit from, and have a good time with…so whoever covers those bases and is up for it, then im down.

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

I have no major aspirations of playing huge festivals…happy to roll as a punter…but, hey, I wouldn’t say no to Graspop. Great beer selection, and chilled as fuck.

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

Well, that question just highlighted the fact we dont get enough gifts.

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

I’d happily tell each one personally, it won’t take long.

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

We could do with seeing Lemmy again.

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

I love the creative part, and being able to take it wherever I want…you can get too close to the mix though doing everything yourself, which can make it hard to know if its shit or really good sometimes.

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

Fuck off Spotify…music has no value with streaming.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My first record was “Mickey Mouse Disco”, so that’s pretty special.

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

I buy vinyl, always will…but they should all come with a download card now. I listen to music most in the car, so can’t live without digital.

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

Studio project only at this stage…but who knows, never say never!

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

Sheesh, ummm, other stuff I enjoy doing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Friends…friends are the best.

What’s next for the band?

We usually take a break for a bit, recharge, do other stuff…then see if we’re up for it again after some time off.

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

www.facebook.com/tensiionband
www.tensiion.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIaCHtbcbYFLV4pvotf9YGA/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So glad you asked that question, I think they are!

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

Cheers for checking out our stuff.

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EMQ’s with RAVENOIR

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EMQ’s with RAVENOIR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Czech Republic based Atmospheric Black/Death Metal band, Ravenoir. 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?

On behalf of Ravenoir, let me extend my cordial greetings and sincere thanks to all Ever Metal Zine readers. The idea of embarking on a new project had been bouncing around in my head for quite some time. As I’ve mentioned in previous interviews, I’d like to make it clear that I started RAVENOIR not because I was unhappy or dissatisfied in ROOT in any way. I breathed life into this new outfit because new musical ideas keep coming and I need to channel my creative energy into something new. Also, the lockdown at the beginning of 2020 had a great impact on me at the time and hastened the creation of RAVENOIR. Just like ROOT, I consider RAVENOIR a full-fledged band I am fully committed to, holding the reins as a vocalist, guitar player and the driving force behind the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

The person who coined the word RAVENOIR was our bassist Igor Hubík. The first lyrics he wrote for me was titled Ravenoir and, the second I saw it, I knew that RAVENOIR was the right name for my new musical vision. People who know me well know that I love ravens and find the symbolism behind them fascinating. In mythology, the raven symbolizes the mind, knowledge and intelligence. In addition, the raven is portrayed as a portent of death, a messenger from the other side. So, the play on words truly resonates with me – the English “raven” and “noir”, the French for black – a majestic, evocative blend of words and a perfect name for a metal band.

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

RAVENOIR hail from the Czech Republic, in Central Europe. Heavy metal took root in former Czechoslovakia in the early 80’s.

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

Our debut, “The Darkest Flame of Eternal Blasphemy”, was released on February 21, 2021 as a beautiful six-panel digipak as well as a jewel case CD. The album is also available on USB, fashioned as a credit card, complete with the album cover art, all the album tracks both in wav and mp3 formats, translations of the lyrics in Czech, the booklet in the pdf format, as well as RAVENOIR photos and logos. The latest I’ve heard from our label was that the album would be released on vinyl some-time this year.

‘In The Sign Of The Horns (Lyric Video)

‘Alter Ego’ (Lyric Video)

‘From The Dead Shadows Of The Void To Eternity’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s been a long time since I was first exposed to metal music back in the late 1980’s and I started to live and breathe metal. A few years later, in the early 90’s, I had been a member of TERROR, my first metal band. We were three thirteen-year old boys, all classmates from the same town, crazy about heavy metal and driven by the desire to emulate our idols from the pages of Metal Hammer magazine. I was introduced to heavy metal through the first albums of IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND, two of my beloved bands and all-time favourites to this day.

What first got you into music?

My parents, who fostered my love of music ever since I was a kid.

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

I’m not a dreamer. I stand with both feet on the ground, so I don’t concern myself with hypotheticals. That said, however, I really wanted to have Andy La Rocque (of KING DIAMOND fame) as a guest on our debut. In my book, Andy is a brilliant guitar player and a true metal legend. Ever since I picked up my first guitar some thirty years ago, I’ve looked up to him as my guitar hero with a unique sound and amazing, memorable solos that come close to perfection so, it goes without saying, his guest appearance on our album is a musical dream come true for me. Andy and I had been in touch for some time before we started recording. I brought up the idea of him appearing on our debut, but I was just testing the waters at the time. Then in 2019, I had a chance to meet Andy in person backstage at a metal festival in the Czech Republic, where KING DIAMOND was headlining. I gotta say for a metal legend, Andy came across as a nice, friendly and down-to-earth guy. We stayed in touch, exchanged a few more emails and worked out all the details. Eventually, Andy La Rocque recorded a solo in his home studio in Sweden, which is featured on the title track The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy. Working with him was a great honour and joy and I am extremely thankful for that.

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

There’s a number of great festivals around the world. That said, it is all the less likely for us to get invited and play at these festivals, so I don’t really have an answer to that question.

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

Fortunately, I don’t receive weird gifts.

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

I focus on promoting my new band and reaching out to as many metal fans around the world as possible. What would I say to our fans? Support RAVENOIR because we are here for You.

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

That would be Thomas Börje Forsberg a.k.a. Quorthon from Bathory.

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

It’s all a great adventure that I still find making music gratifying and fulfilling. What I hate with a passion though is all the bland, superficial, overhyped and overproduced music fluff and the people who are completely devoid of any taste who blindly consume it.

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

Well, you can guess from my previous answer what I would love to do. I’d call for a strict ban on all would-be artists from the mainstream cesspool!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s next to impossible to pick just one album. The list of my favourites is pretty long…but if you insist, I’m gonna say IRON MAIDEN’s “Piece Of Mind” from 1983.

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

If there’s quality content, any format will do. Recently though, I’d go for vinyl because it just has its charm.

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

All gigs I’ve played in my life have been great without exception.

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

I would listen to music and I wouldn’t run around the stage. I’d be in the crowd.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would definitely invite Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, King Diamond, Andy La Rocque and Wolf Hoffmann.

What’s next for the band?

Our second album, of course. I’ve slowly started to work on it. And when the situation allows, we’ll definitely start doing gigs.

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

Anyone interested in RAVENOIR updates should check out our Facebook page and the official website of our label, Gothoom Productions.
www.facebook.com/RavenoirOfficial
www.gothoomproductions.com/ravenoir/

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

Thank you and stay safe in this difficult and strange time.

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EMQ’s With DEEP HATRED

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EMQ’s With DEEP HATRED

Hi everyone! Welcome to a new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with São Luís, Brazil based Brutal Death Metal band, Deep Hatred. 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?

Débora Selv Lopes: I do the vocals.
Alexandre Costa: I play the guitar.
Rogers Rocha: I also play the guitar.
Priscilla Santos: I play the bass.
Lucas Amorim: I play the drums.

Alexandre: It all started in 2018, when my bandmate Will, from a local Grindcore band called Unblooded, and I decided to start a death metal project. Will saw Débora singing on Instagram, we invited her. Shortly after, Lucas joined the band, and we began rehearsing. It did not take long for us to start doing some gigs.

In 2021, Will left the band, so we decided to not only replace him with a new bassist, but also add a second guitar. That is when Priscilla and Rogers joined us.

How did you come up with your band name?

Alexandre: I was going through a moment of extreme hate, so I decided to channel all the hatred to something productive, hence the band. Adriano (bandmate from Unblooded) helped me choose it.

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

Rogers: We are from Brazil, more specifically from the northeast area, São Luís in the state of Maranhão. We are far from the big musical circuits and economic centres of the country. In spite of that, the quality of the bands here is incredible, we have great musicians, producers etc.

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

Selv: we have just released a music video of ‘Frenesi’, which is a song that will be on our upcoming EP, “Virus Hominum”.

‘Frenesi’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lucas: Deicide, Sinister, Malevolent Creation, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Rebaelliun amongst others.

What first got you into music?

Selv: A classmate introduced me to classic rock bands back in the school days. Later on, I started reading magazines and researching about other genres. When I turned 19, I started following local bands, attending their rehearsals. One day, a vocalist did not show up on a rehearsal, so I stepped in to sing. That is when I began researching and learning about techniques to becoming an extreme music singer.

Lucas: it was pretty much accidental. When I moved to São Luís, my father did not bring everything due to transportation costs. Therefore, when my uncle from São Paulo sent the rest of the things, he accidentally sent a Judas Priest bootleg. I immediately dug it. Started playing imaginary drums and everything.

Rogers: My brother is 10 years older than I am. He got me into rock as a teenager, and rapidly became a Metalhead. So, that’s why I got into it so early since we shared a bedroom for years and years.

Priscilla: When I got a Tarja DVD as a gift, I fell in love with metal, especially this genre. I started playing the bass, and shortly after I received an invitation to play at Vangloria Arcanus (a local symphonic metal band), at which I still play today.

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

Selv: I’d choose either Cannibal Corpse or Abnormality, since they’re massive influences on what I do at Deep Hatred. It’s kind of hard to choose though, I’d also be flattered if I did something with the likes of Morbid Angel or Dying Fetus, their vocal lines inspire me a lot.

Lucas: I’d collaborate with Flagrvm (a local death metal band), they’re a massive influence for me.

Priscilla: I’d collab with Epica, playing ‘Consign To Oblivion’.

Alexandre: Slayer, playing whatever they want me to play.

Rogers: I’d do a collab with Paul Masvidal or Erik Rutan.

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

Priscilla: Obscene Extreme Festival.

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

Selv: Nothing worth mentioning.

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

Lucas: check us out.

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

Rogers: The mighty Chuck Schuldiner.

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

Alexandre: What I love the most is playing, what I hate the most is not being able to play, due to the restrictions the pandemic caused.

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

Alexandre: We would go back to vinyl era.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Selv: “Spiritual Apocalypse” by Monstrosity.

Alexandre: “Spiritual Healing” by Death.

Rogers: “Individual Thought Patterns” by Death.

Priscilla: “Once” by Nightwish

Lucas: “Morningrise” by Opeth.

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

Rogers: Vinyl all day.

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

Selv: Opening for Funeratus in our hometown.

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

Selv: We all have, let’s say, regular jobs. We do not make a living through music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Selv: My bandmates, that’d be 5 including me lol.

What’s next for the band?

Priscilla: We are currently recording our EP “Virus Hominum”, which will probably be released later this year.

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

Lucas: We use whatever is available to us, but mostly, Instagram and Youtube for now.

www.facebook.com/deep_hatred_band-105459544236296
www.instagram.com/deep_hatred_band/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMTkH27uF484GL5nVBscFhA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Rogers: What the f*ck is that?

Selv: biscuits.

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

Lucas: We appreciate the interview, the opportunity to show a bit more of band. We would also like to thank everyone that supported us since the very beginning in the gigs, social media, buying our merch etc.

We are striving to finish recording our EP, which has been a very slow process, due to the pandemic, but we’ll let you all know about it, when it finally comes out.

Check us out on YouTube, where we released out first music video, Frenesi, also on Instagram where we upload a lot of stuff and keep you informed.

Metal till death!

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EMQ’s with ANCIENT SETTLERS

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EMQ’s with ANCIENT SETTLERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Multinational based Modern Melodic Death Metal band, Ancient Settlers. Huge thanks to keyboardist, Rene Gonzalez, 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, I am Rene Gonzalez; I am the band’s keyboardist!

Well, the band started as a little idea made by Carlos Chiesa (Rex), during the pandemic, he started contacting the drummer, as Herman(drums) is a long-time friend of Carlos’s, then he recruited me, and i just couldn’t say no, their ideas were exactly what i was looking for!

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea abstractly related to the heavy diaspora that’s currently happening in our origin country; We decided to leave our homes, to have a better chance at a good future.

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

We’re originally from Venezuela, most of us, our singer is originally from Finland, but we migrated to Europe (Spain, France, and Portugal).

European Rock/Metal scene is pretty solid, as it’s always been.

South American Rock/Metal Scene, well, not that much, but the good thing of it is the DIE HARD fans over there!

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

Our brand new EP, it’s called “Autumnus”, in the meantime, wait for our debut full-length album.

‘Diamond Eyes’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

If you ask me, and only me; it’s a tricky question, it’s heavily panned, it can go from Bach to Jens Johansson, Hans Zimmer, Skrillex, DeadMau5, Armin Van Buuren, and so on and so forth…

Let’s not forget Nobuo Uematsu!

About the bands, I think… Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Dark Tranquility, Lamb Of God, Amorphis, etc.

What first got you into music?

Since I was very little, I started playing piano (family, peer pressure, pianist grandpa), going to music schools, and having in-house teachers.

Later in my really early teen years, a friend of mine introduced me to STRATOVARIUS, I remember clearly saying the same thing every 90’s kid that got into synths said “how does this keyboard sound like a guitar? I wanna do that, it’s so cool”!

Yeah, before that, my father taught me some rock n roll bands, and mostly 70’s prog/rock bands… as usual, I guess!

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

You guessed it right, Jens Johansson!

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

Well, there’s Wacken, but the dream would be the Knotfest! Because of the atmosphere there. Metalheads coming from different part of the world to enjoy the music.

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

A 1 year subscription to Netflix, and a bottle of snake rum *laughs*

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

It’s always darkest before bright, we’ll see you soon, hopefully!

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

Easy, BACH! He’s the first rockstar, contrary to popular belief.

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

Love: Creative brainstorm process, studio time, ideas exchange, when something sounds beautiful!

Hate: when HDD crashes, writer’s block, HDD crashes, again… oh, that’s so not cool *laughs*!

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

I would bring GIGGING BACK; oh, we miss those!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite; Throne of Chaos – “Menace & Prayer”.

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

Well, I was born in ‘87, and my youth was the 90’s, so I will have to go for CD’s!

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

In words of our dear Hideo Kojima, the best is yet to come!

We’re looking forward to ending the current situation and headline the POST-PANDEMIC FEST, yeah, it would be a great name for a rock/metal fest, c’mon, it is! *laughs*

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

Database Analyst, Big Data Splunker, Database Architect…oh yeah, it’s my current job, tends to be boring, but it’s fun, sometimes!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This depends, do you want it to be a fun dinner party? or a highly formal dinner party?

If party mode is on; Ricky Gervais, Mozart, Salieri (just for the fun of the disputes), Alexi Laiho (RIP), Genghis Khan!

If formal mode; BACH, Charles de Gaulle, my Mom, Ivan the Terrible, and Sejong the Great.

What’s next for the band?

A ton of work, we’re recording what would be our first LP, and we’re very hyped about it, it’s gonna be kick-ass, that i can promise!

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

www.ancientsettlers.es/
www.facebook.com/AncientSettlers
www.instagram.com/ancientsettlers/
www.tiktok.com/@ancientsettlers
www.soundcloud.com/ancient-settlers
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2tnmS1TH4J9mA3UzCcPcpm
www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFjLIVTh4IBRFbnNzbuTdg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Google told me they’re biscuit-sized cakes! so they’re a mutation of biscuits, and cakes too! You have the best of both worlds! Taste of cakes, portability of biscuits! IT’S A DARWINIAN MIRACLE!

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

Thanks a lot for your time, this was great!
To all people out there, we’ll see you soon, don’t worry!
Don’t forget, biscuit-sized cakes are awesome!

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EMQ’s with BETRAYAL

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EMQ’s with BETRAYAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bavaria, Germany based Progressive Death Metal band, Betrayal. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Alex, 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?

Alex (Vocals/Guitar). Betrayal was originally formed in 2005 by Manuel (Drums) and a couple of fellow musicians. An EP was released in 2007 and a lot of live performances followed in the next two years including supporting act for bands like Deadlock, Eisregen, Fear My Thoughts, Equilibrium and many more. In 2009, part of the line-up decided to leave the band, which led to missing spots for rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. Alex joined the band on rhythm guitar end of 2009. After that, a long search for vocals and bass began. Finally, end of 2014, Philipp joined the band on bass and Alex took over the vocals. With this line-up, Betrayal recorded their first full length album “Infinite Circles” in 2015 which received very good reviews in the underground scene worldwide. In 2019 Basti took over the lead guitar position and joined Betrayal in their reinvention. With this line-up Betrayal returns with a new full-length album in 2021. Be prepared!

How did you come up with your band name?

We hear this question a lot and are always disappointed for giving a lame answer! The band’s name has no deeper meaning. It somehow came up and had a good sound to our ears 😉.

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

We’re from Bavaria, Germany. Our scene here has been slowly shrinking in the last couple of years, but we have a strong base on which we rely and build on.

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

Better talk of our upcoming full album release on April 16th 2021 – “Disorder Remains”.

‘War’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are definitely a Death Metal band with a strong favour for the technical side as well as the blackened/dark side of this music genre. A big influence, of course, is Death. The combination of Technical Metal, which has that unique groove to it, definitely inspired every one of the band members. We like to keep up the atmosphere and underline the concept of the record. The godfathers of this “atmospheric” metal are Behemoth for us. Their whole concept from music to stage appearance is just amazing. Another great influence is Swedish Melodic Death Metal, especially the guys from At The Gates. I think, we have some progressive approaches on the new album as well. At the same time, we try to give our music the required brutality and rhythm, which in combination builds an atmosphere that leads you to keep listening to the music and make it fun to perform live.

What first got you into music?

Since all of us come from more or less musical families, music has always been a part of our lives and we started learning instruments early on. For example, our drummer was taken to Jazz and Rock concerts very early in his life by his father, who himself is a musician. He played the sax at the end of our song ‘The Shell’.

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

Due to our latest experiences – Belphegor.

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

Hard question. We played some so far and the best ones are typically the smaller ones (e.g., Protzen Open Air). But…who doesn’t want to play Wacken?

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

Can’t think of any weird stuff.

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

Bring some beer.

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

Lemmy.

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

Hanging around with friends and to work on stuff we all have a focus on. As in every good relationship sometimes there are some arguments in the family. That happens…

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

Oh boy…there is so much to say. But we can’t change the whole industry so we have decided to deal with it the best we can.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Sound Of Perseverance” – Death.

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

Depends on who you are talking to. For me: Downloads because I am on the road pretty much. For our drummer it’s cassettes/vinyl, for our Tech its vinyl. In the end it comes down to supporting the bands, where you probably should prefer the Hard-Copies over the downloads.

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

For me that’s probably the last gig of our tour with Belphegor and Suffocation at the Futurum Club in Prague just before the Corona lockdown. Incredible intense crowd. A great way of ending this journey for us.

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

We all have full-time jobs and doing this in our free time.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

Promoting our new record, recording some videos etc… Get some stuff ready for the fans to enjoy. Hopefully, get back on stage soon to do what we do best.

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

www.shop.betrayal.eu/
www.facebook.com/BetrayalGER/
www.instagram.com/betrayal_ger/
www.soundcloud.com/betrayal-ger
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6pZ32hZEL726Nz5iWkjwqX
www.youtube.com/channel/UCHt31DIR4UcEHI1JW5bo7CA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Yes, absolutely.

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

Thanks for having us! Big greetings to everyone out there who keeps on supporting art in general! Keep the cultures alive and don’t forget the small bars, clubs and artists in this weird time.

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EMQ’s with ARYOCH

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EMQ’s with ARYOCH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Parisian Region, France based Symphonic Black/Death Metal band, Aryoch. 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?

Louis: My name is Louis Borel Pasmanian, I am the guitarist and the creator of the group.

I have been wanting to create a symphonic extreme metal project for a very long time. This project had been in progress for a very long time and there was a first attempt when I was 18 (In 2007).

It’s in 2019 that things suddenly clicked: The first idea was to create an ‘web only’ project then the idea grew towards a serious project with a strong line-up to perform on stage. So, today the group includes Lucas Henry as lead singer, Tom Larboni and I as the guitarists and Nathan Coelho as the drummer.

How did you come up with your band name?

Louis: The group is named ‘Aryoch’ after the demon ‘Ariok’ or ‘Aryok’.

According to an article found online, this demon could be summoned by wizards to carry personal revenge.

The thing that won my heart over for the choice of this name was the significance in Hebrew, meaning ‘Ferocious Lion’.

Then, we changed the ‘I’ for and ‘Y’ while keeping the ‘CH’ at the end in order to allow the logo to have a better graph dynamic.

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

Louis: We all come from the Parisian Region in France (92, 93, 77).

Aryoch is a Black/Death Metal Symphonic group.

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

Louis: For the moment, we have released 5 singles that will be part of an album that is to be released in April and it will include 12 tracks!

‘La Valse des Limbes’ (Official Video)

‘Malefika’ (Guitar Playthrough)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Louis: As for the influences, they are numerous but if I may quote some of them, I would say that some groups as Dimmu Borgir, Septic Flesh, Cradle of Filth and Cannibal Corpse are our main inspirations when it comes to metal bands.

Then, there is classical music and movie soundtracks (science-fiction, horror, fantastic, and fantastic horror).

What first got you into music?

Louis: As for me, I have always been attracted by music since I am a child, I was rocked in (as in rocking chair)/exposed to classical music then came the blues and at 7 years old I discovered metal.

I started to play the piano at 5 and at 12 but I had always wanted to play the guitar and at 17 I got back to music and this time as a guitar player and not to play reggae!

Tom: I started to listen to metal at 16 which among other groups such as Alestorm, Eluveitie then I discovered Gojira and this group led me to death metal and made me want to play the guitar. Then I came across the group First Fragment which initiated me into technical death which is now my preferred style.

Lucas: I have been listening to music since I was 13, at the time, I listened to a lot of Rock’n’Roll and Heavy Metal, I started to play the guitar at the same time. Then I discovered a lot of power metal groups such as Alestorm and Powerwolf. Death metal was introduced to me by Gojira and Children of Bodom, that opened me to extreme metal then technical death metal later on.

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

Louis: As far as I am concerned, there are a lot of artists that I really like and who influenced the group a lot but if I could collaborate with other musicians it would be with a symphonic orchestra.

Tom: While staying in France, I would love to work with Promethean which is a symphonic death metal band.

Lucas: I would love to work with the group Toter Fisch, who are a small French Folklore group which has a pirate aesthetic.

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

Louis: As for me it would be the Hellfest because it is one of the biggest metal festivals in the world and a French pride.

Lucas & Tom: The Motocultor is a festival that we had the opportunity to attend to so It would be nice to perform there.

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

Louis: Unfortunately for me, it never happened.

Tom, Nathan & Lucas: So, we look forward to receiving those gifts.

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

Louis: If I could send them out a message it would be: ”Thank you so much for supporting us, to share and like our music”.

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

Louis: Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom. I think everyone agrees on this point.

Lucas: I agree with Louis on this point.

Tom: I think it would be Chuck Schuldiner, I am curious to know what Death would have become.

Nathan: Vitek, the first drummer of Decapitated that founded the band with his brother Vogg. I have a lot of admiration for him and his playing.

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

Louis: What I like the most about music, it’s the sensation on stage, the publics and the fan’s recognition on the web medias. What I like the least it’s all the costs of the promotion and visual creation (clip, pictures, etc…)

Tom: This moment when you work on a riff for a long time and you finally succeed. I hate the fact that my guitar (with a Floyd Rose) keeps on deregulating.

Lucas: What I like the most with the group rehearsals is that we have a lot of fun except when you have to set up the battery for the next 45 minutes. But otherwise, I hate to fail to play something either on the vocals or the guitar.

Nathan: I love playing drums alone or with my friends, playing rehearsal, playing live shows is an awesome feeling, practicing and making progress, being able to play new songs that I love. The things that I like the least is to set up the drums and carry it, because drums, especially in metal are huge and heavy, it takes time, and it is not easy to make the same set up as the one in the practice room because it’s a lot of elements to put together and little differences at different spots can make the set up uncomfortable to play.

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

Louis: Well, I don’t know all the ins and outs of the music industry in the world but, within my country that is France, metal music is commonly ignored by French media (I am not talking about web radios and all the independent webzines that do an excellent job. but I am talking about official media). I like the underground side of metal but when we try to arise to become known it’s an uphill battle and without any contacts, it’s impossible. Of course, it’s self-training because you have to become your own web manager, but if we could choose, we would go without it. The ideal would be to grant more visibility for this extreme music genre that is metal through big events on bigger stages and through official media.

Nathan: Agree with Louis.

Tom: As for me, I don’t see the interest of changing the music industry, I prefer adapting myself.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Louis: “Iowa” by Slipknot.

Nathan: “Carnival Is Forever” by Decapitated.

Tom: “Dasein” by First Fragment.

Lucas: Wintersun’s eponymous album.

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

Louis: I am not used to Vinyl for the time, I prefer good old CD’s.

Tom & Lucas: The Vinyl, for the object.

Nathan: CD’s

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

Louis: Unfortunately, because of our young age and with the COVID-19 crisis going on, the group has not made its debut on stage yet. Fortunately, as far as I am concerned, I had great pleasure while I performed at the Motocultor Festival in 2018 with another group.

Tom & Lucas: We are still waiting for the Fleshgod Apocalypse and Septic Flesh headline.

Nathan: Napalm Fest, a metal festival in my hometown.

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

Louis: If I wasn’t a musician, I would go back to all the sports I did before: Snowboarding, skating, boxing and tricks.

Tom: I think that I would play to video games for it was my passion before metal music.

Lucas: I think that I would grant more time to my second passion that is cinema.

Nathan: I think my work would relate to nature, and I would explore more this passion. Also, I would do more sports, video games, read more manga, watch more animated manga, movies, series, and spend more time with friends and family.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tom: A dinner with Sardoche, AlphaCast, Freeze Corleone, Kaaris, and Phil Tougas would be a real pleasure.

Lucas: I would replace Phil Tougas by MisterMV.

Nathan: I think it would be my Girlfriend, Krimh, Ragnar Lothbrok, Pink Guy, 66Samus.

What’s next for the band?

The release of our first album is upcoming and subsequently, we plan on releasing a single, another album and an EP. The goal is to be scheduled in a good concert venue, the video clip’s realisation, to find a label and to increase the group’s recognition as much as possible.

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

We are currently using YouTube, Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Deezer, etc…
www.facebook.com/AryochOfficial
www.aryoch.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/aryochofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3MGW0Z6eXYV3DUNjAx4dQg
www.youtube.com/channel/UC21M66wHiwK-BaM1TAYqBtw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Louis: I have no idea.

Tom & Lucas:  Due to the fact that we are French, we don’t know what it is, but it sounds delicious!

Nathan: Never heard of it!

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

Louis: My pleasure, as for me I have nothing to add.

Nathan: Thank you very much!

Lucas & Tom: Thank you very much, don’t forget that the release of our album is planned on the 9th of April 2021.

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