EMQ’s with SULLEN GUEST

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EMQ’s with SULLEN GUEST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lithuania based, Death/Doom Metal band, Sullen Guest. Huge thanks to composer/guitarist, Justas G, 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 stage name is Tenebra (darkness in Latin), but formally known as Justas. G.

I am the main composer and guitarist of Sullen Guest. The band started in 2013 as a female-fronted melodic doom band. After 10 line-up changes, we are releasing our third album called “Chapter III”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We owned a studio in the street whose name begins with SG letters. So, we stuck with the idea that the band name should begin with these letters. After brainstorming, we have found a name that perfectly suits our mood.

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

Lithuania – Baltic states. There are no big metal names in our region. There are around 50 active bands, and most of them – black metal. In Lithuania, there are two big open-air metal festivals, and every weekend you can find a few metal gigs in Vilnius or Kaunas, mentioning the cities that do have a regularity regarding the metal scene.

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

It’s a music video called ‘Samsara’ from the upcoming album “Chapter III”.

‘Samsara’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The main influences were made by Novembers Doom, Katatonia, Opeth, Death. But all these influences were taken into account from the period when the bands had more raw power (albums 1992-1995). Furthermore, October Tide, Deinonychus, Forgotten Tomb…

What first got you into music?

Whenever I listened to metal music. I empathized with it, and I had a feeling if the music were created by myself, this experience would be even deeper. Eventually, I decided to start my emotional journey by creating music.

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

October Tide!

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

It would be “70000 Tons of Metal”. The atmosphere there is not doomish at all, but it would be an unforgettable experience.

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

A huge wall calendar with a large picture of our recent artwork which was a total surprise.

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

We walk forward with hopes of meeting our audience during live shows, otherwise, we thank you for the support, any kind there is or could be. It’s still a long and difficult journey, but we will not give up, regardless we are glad that you have been visited by Sullen Guest!

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

Being on the stage, of course. There I can feel some kind of nirvana, regardless of the quantity of an audience. On the other hand, organizing gigs is the most frustrating part of the game.

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

Bands would gain their fame for their accomplishments, and not because of a producer with a big name.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”. One of the biggest artefacts of early metal with massive impact for generations of musicians.

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

For myself, there’s no time to spare for Vinyl or CD’s personally. Currently, I listen mostly to digital formats.

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

Gig in Königsberg. It was a crazy crowd and a great afterparty after the gig, we did not anticipate such support before then.

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

I’m a machine programmer and a musician simultaneously.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It would be previous Sullen Guest members to remember the great times we have spent together.

What’s next for the band?

Survive till the end of Covid-19 and make a presence on the scene eventually after the disturbances we are facing right now and begin composing new material.

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

Three main platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Bandcamp.
www.facebook.com/SullenGuest
www.sullenguest.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCv0xbKnDWrgJDFkgyqgwa6w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The answer depends on the amount of beer before the question is presented 😊.

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

It is a great pleasure to spread the news. I put my hopes in our new line-up and album with a desire for the listeners to experience the emotions we are portraying until you are visited again.

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Interview with Marc Hood of Cadaver Soirée

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Interview with Marc Hood of Cadaver Soirée
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello all, It’s Sheri!

I return from the other side of 2020 (Happy New Year) and boy oh boy, I’ve had a few insightful chats leading up to Christmas… Here I sat down with Marc Hood (vocalist) of one of Leeds’ dark gems, Cadaver Soirée.

Formed in 2016, Cadaver Soirée play a mixture of Death, Black and Doom Metal. Taking influence from various sources and placing emphasis on heaviness and memorable riffing, the guys aim has always been to provide a brutal and diverse listening experience.

Give them a listen!

Sheri: What got you into making music and where you are now?

Marc: I’ve been into being a musician, that sort of thing for about 15 years, I’ve done everything really, in terms of being in a band. I’ve been a guitarist, I’ve pretended to be a bassist haha, I’ve played synth in a band as well. I’ve done near enough everything. I’ve even drummed many years ago. I was in a band with Andy from Cadaver, I was the bassist, it was called Hammer X – I’d pretty much left Hammer X at that point because it was a different style to what I’m doing now so Andy had heard my vocals and had suggested I try out. So, I joined on a whim and it turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me, musically.

Sheri: I love that! You mention you’ve done different things before – have you been in a similar type of band or has it always been different?

Marc: To be honest, I’ve done near enough everything. The band I drummed in was a sort of Amon Amarth/Viking type so that was fun! I was in a groove metal band; I was lead guitar in that. I played bass in a Classic Rock band – I did full spectrum on the bass. The band I play Synth for is a Black Metal band, obviously Cadaver is death metal.

Sheri: Wow, that’s cool! Education wise, did you pick up all of this through education?

Marc: No, I’m entirely self-taught, I wanted to do music in high school, but the teacher didn’t think metal was a viable sort of music, so… (we could do an article on how narrow minded a point of view, by some, so-called teachers this is!! – Rick)

Sheri: Yeah, tell me about it! Haha.

Marc: Haha, so I just thought I’d go my own way, so I’ve had no formal education and everything I’ve done I’ve done myself or by form of imitation.

Sheri: Understood. There’s a lot of musician’s like yourself that are self-taught but to have such a range is awesome. Your debut album “To Betray The Creator”was brought out in 2017…

Marc: The original “Cordyceps” demo was recorded in 2017 with the previous line up and then songs from that were taken for “To Betray The Creator” and that was in 2019.

Sheri: And it was on Morning Star Heathens (MSH Records) – a big shout out to Shane (label boss Shane Giess), I’ve got a lot of time for that guy!

Marc: Absolutely! The original single, ‘Limbless’, that was with Morning Star – the actual album itself was self-released. The original single ‘Cordyceps’, the actual tape was with Morning Star as well.

Sheri: I think that’s probably where I first heard it. This album shows elements of Doom and Black Metal blended into your Death Metal vibe. Is this something that naturally came with making the album? How did you find your fitting?

Marc: It’s kind of a mix of our influences, particularly Andy, our guitarist. He’s big into Extreme metal and all its forms, he loves Black metal, big fan of Grindcore, that sort of thing. So, for the most part of the songs that he’s written – he writes the majority of our music and then me and Neil sort of add our flavour to it and more recently our new drummer he adds as well but the sort of bare bones of the songs are pretty much Andy. It’s more of a reflection of his influence, especially that first album. Some of the songs he’d written many years ago and he’d never really had an outlet to release them and play them live because the other band he was in was nowhere near that heavy.

Sheri: Understood. So basically, it was down to influences for all of you, especially Andy – so my next question is do you put your music together collectively or do you have a certain method that you make work together in your songwriting?

Marc: It used to be entirely that Andy would send us a riff idea, send us a song idea where he would do everything on it except the vocals, he would program the drums and suggest bass lines and then me, Neil and Nate (our previous vocalist) would just add vocals and bass because Neil isn’t like most bassists, he plays something completely different and it just works, he comes up with a lot of very, very interesting things. There’s only two or three times on the entire album he’s actually following the guitar. We all make small suggestions, so on the new album for example, there’s a couple of riffs that have come in and I’ve suggested “that bit needs a blast beat” or “that’s fine” – you know, we’re very diplomatic as a band, almost too nice, I think.

Sheri: Haha, I think as other Artists have said though, you do have to get on as a band.

Marc: Yeah, it helps haha! More recently the dynamics changed a little bit where me being in the band and able to play instruments, I’ve been contributing riffs as well so that takes the form of either me showing Andy a riff in the practise room and then he makes something of it there and then, which he can do…or he records it and sorta takes it away and works on it for the week or we just jam things out as well.

Sheri: So, he has a bit of a play around with it. Cool. Can you tell our readers what inspires your songwriting?

Marc: Well in terms of my part as the vocalist, I come up with the themes of the songs obviously. I have a bit of a broad spectrum of influences, I’m quite a political person as well as historically political. We have a new song written called ‘Napalm Light’ which is about the more horrible side of the Vietnam War. As well as a more satirical song that we’ve got in the works – we’ve got the classic Death Metal splatters and Gore and that sort of thing and then I tend to write about people that I don’t like!

Sheri: Cool! Haha. What better way than to get that out of your system, really? Very resourceful way. Haha. On “To Betray The Creator”vocally, you have some different ranges that reach the listener – For example, on ‘Cordyceps’ and ‘Entombed In Dirt’we see what I would perceive as a more Black Metal range and then on later tracks such as ‘Aeons Of Lies’and ‘Augmented’, more Death growls are present. What are your thoughts on that perception?

Marc: To be honest, that’s a good perception, it’s not one that I’ve heard someone say to me before as well, which is nice. It depends on the song really and certainly on ‘Cordyceps’ it’s certainly rawer. It’s much higher in the mix, not sort of as deep and grunty, again that’s more of a reflection on the song, I kind of listen to the song and see what’s needed and adjust my performance. In the particular case of ‘Cordyceps’, that was written by Nate, the previous vocalist, I’ve just changed it up a bit to suit my vocal style a little bit more and my sort of phrasing, but it really depends on the song. It’s good to hear that there is that noticeable difference because I do think it’s nice to have that kind of range when you’re doing vocals. To me there’s nothing worse than a monotonous sounding vocalist so…if someone’s a one trick pony it’s kind of like “Okay, what else can you do?”

Sheri: Some vocalists, that work on the Black Metal range, have to put work into it but it seems to come naturally to you.

Marc: It very much does yeah because in the previous band I was in, I had to sing clean vocals and I’m not very good at that. I can sing but I prefer not to and when I came to Cadaver, in the first rehearsal, it was really the first time I’d ever done proper Extreme Metal vocals. So, I kinda went in with the view on seeing what happens and it turns out I was quite good at it. Then I sort of developed that over time and became more proficient in techniques and that. To be honest with me, it’s more to do with the raw emotion that’s in it, there’s very little technique involved. People have asked me in the past “How do you make that sound” and it’s like…how do you explain talking? Haha. It’s exactly the same for me, I can’t explain it.

Sheri: As you’ve been hinting, you’re writing new material at the moment! Ease my anticipation – what’s been happening behind the scenes for Cadaver Soiree through the last year?

Marc: Well, we have been affected a lot by what’s been going on, as everyone is. We got a message mid-way through the year from Wiktor, our new drummer. We sorta played together previously when he was in his previous band, so he asked if we wanted to try him out.

Of course, if you’re offered a drummer, you try and snatch him…because there are no drummers anywhere haha. He’s a relay good fit, a really nice guy, great drummer, he picked up our material really quickly. We had been writing some stuff anyway, so it’s been more of a case of teaching him the songs and we’ve been writing new stuff at the same time.

He puts his own flavour to it and it’s great. Really, really natural feel to his drumming so…We are planning on recording some of the songs we’ve got and writing new material as well and we’re gonna be recording that probably early this year. Releasing the same way that we released “To Betray The Creator” – looking at CD and Digital. Potentially a tape release if there’s a call for it, as I know there is a kind of underground tape collecting scene for it as well. If it’s wanted, we’ll do it! We’re gonna look to release it Springtime and tour when gigs can come back.

Sheri: So, your next plans will be promoting the new material and getting back to gigging when you can?

Marc: That’s right! One or two of the new songs we have already played live actually, with the gigs we had in early 2020 and things like that because it’s quite easy just to chop it out if you’re using a drum machine so you can copy and paste it and whatnot – now that we’ve got Victor, it’s great, it’s gonna improve the live show as well because now I’ve come along a lot more with that kind of energy so let’s hope it will pick up and we can get out there a lot more.

Sheri: Yeah, I’m looking forward to it! As your debut album was out in 2017 and you have new material coming to us soon, what do you feel is different or evolved in your songwriting now?

Marc: In terms of the overall sound, it’s gone a lot more aggressive – a LOT more. That’s partially down to me because the way I like to deliver the vocals is a really bludgeoning, belligerent kind of way. The same with the guitar as well, it’s a much more technical direction as well and a lot faster. It’s heading for almost Tech Death in some places whilst keeping it as catchy as we can keep it and again with the live drums as well, that’s making a lot of difference. What we have been doing with the original album as well, we have been doing a lot of synth and orchestral sounds in there, certainly in songs like ‘Evil Breeds Evil’ and ‘Entombed’. There were a lot of sort of orchestral sounds in there and piano and things like that. We are gonna be stripping that back because, first of all, it’s difficult to do that live if you haven’t got a keys player and we don’t really have the intention of doing that. With the addition of the live drums as well, it sort of adds what the synths added. A lot of energy and oomph to the sound so…we’re gonna be heading more towards a traditional Death Metal direction and kinda moving away from the Swedish Death Metal – but keeping elements of it because that’s what we are…but sort of adding the more American style of Death Metal…Cannibal Corpse, that kind of thing. Really heavy and just…like being punched in the face haha.

Sheri: That’s what we’re looking for! Hahaha. In regard to what is happening right now, what are your thoughts on supporting the music scene at the moment?

Marc: It’s absolutely crucial. There are not words enough to say how crucial it is to support the music industry at the moment – because the government are sure as hell ain’t doing it. Whilst I am in favour of supporting musicians at the moment I am also a little bit wary about putting gigs on and the dangers involved, I know of a few promoters at the moment that are doing it, so long as it’s kept safe and distanced as possible – but in terms of local bands, we’re not out there, we’re not playing gigs and we haven’t got the opportunity to come and see people like we would do. Bandcamp are really helpful at the moment where on Friday’s they take away their cut of what they take so it’s really helpful for bands. Social media has really stepped up too – it’s a big platform for bands to engage with people and we like to do that as much as possible, so if someone comments on one of our videos or posts, we make sure to engage with that because really, it’s the only engagement at the moment that we can get. We don’t get to share it with people anymore.

Sheri: I think that it’s important for Artists to engage with their fans anyway because the better it will be for them, ultimately. How do you see things adapting once the worst of the Pandemic is over? Or what would you like to see in way of change?

Marc: In the way of change, there’s always the preference on mobile attended gigs, I mean, we know as much as anyone what it’s like to play to two people and things. So hopefully that will be a thing – that gigs will be more well attended because you see a lot of people out there that just want gigs back. So hopefully that means that interest will still be there in live music. So, I’d like to see sort of more appreciation for Artists. Not to sound too big headed or anything but it’s vital to my own Mental Health – if it wasn’t for music, I think I’d go loco.

Sheri: Absolutely, I agree with you. I think it’s really important, especially in times like this when you’re limited, music is everyone’s outlet isn’t it?

Marc: It’s an escape. I always feel like I’ve had a massage after a gig, sometimes I just drop to my knees and enjoy it for a moment. It’s brilliant. I’ve been more on edge about the lack of gigs than the actual virus in some ways.

Sheri: It’s part of your life so it’s frustrating at having to put your life on hold. But hopefully it’s not going to be too much longer until the world can be safe and get back to normal. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen happen whilst you’ve been in music?

Marc: Hmmm…I was referred to once as an accident waiting to happen because I move around a lot. I was given a wireless unit to stop the wires knocking things over – so there’s been a few times where I’ve just gone and sat down with people in places that we’ve played – it turned into a bit of a ritual actually – the strangest thing was actually when I think about it, there was a lady who came in part way through, sat down and started sobbing…and I mean tears streaming down her face. She was absolutely intoxicated beyond all belief and then she asked me to sign her chest. I said no because I’m a happily taken man – but I did sign her arm and I signed it “Rob Dukes” (Exodus vocalist). Hahaha.

Sheri: Did you!? Hahaha. Is there a story behind that?

Marc: It’s literally the first name that came to mind haha – I didn’t want to sign mine haha!

Sheri: Any advice for other bands at the moment?

Marc: Don’t give up. I know how difficult it is at the moment and how it was to begin with, sort of reaching your audience, finding yourself musically, getting the right line-up together…everything about it is a challenge but it is really the best reward I can think of. That moment when you are looking back at a crowd and they get it – AH, I genuinely can’t describe it, it is pure euphoria.

Sheri: It’s part of you, part of your life and what makes you up isn’t it? It’s sad to see that a few bands have had to throw the towel in at the moment and are not able to do anything – but equally there are a lot of bands trying to push forward and making new material. The music scene does also club together and support people as much as possible.

Marc: There’s a really, really good scene at the moment in the Death Metal community – we have good friends across the country like Pemphigoid, great guys – they’re really nice people, you wouldn’t think listening to the music, but Death Metal musicians are always lovely. Ashen Crown are absolutely wonderful.

Sheri: Ah, we love both those guys at Ever Metal haha.

Marc: The whole scene – I haven’t come across anyone I don’t like yet, which is unusual for me as I’m a cantankerous sod…

Sheri: Hahaha. There’s always gonna be one though somewhere but not naming names, I’ll stay professional or something along those lines haha. Is there anything you’d like to add?

Marc: Hahaha I know! Just a huge, huge thank you to everyone that supports us and listens to our music, that puts us on at gigs and buys our merchandise and things like that – it’s so unbelievably humbling – I sound like a dick, I know but we thank you. That’s all I can say really.

Sheri: Thank you for your time!

Marc: Thank you, have a good one!

Cadaver Soirée Are:
Marc Hood – Vocalist
Neil Hannaford – Bass
Andy Firth – Guitars
Wiktor Wrona – Drums

LINKS:

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Cult Burial – Cult Burial

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Cult Burial – Cult Burial
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Running Time: 43:53
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

I’ve been pondering an intro for the debut Cult Burial album for the last 30 minutes now, including multiple rewrites and restructurings, but I’ve settled on taking inspiration from the London three-piece and getting straight into it in the same vein as opener ‘Dethroner’, which explodes in, complete with a guttural war scream, pounding blast beats, and just a general feeling of apocalyptic disaster. For a complete experience, read that first paragraph again, only now imagine a West Country bumpkin screaming at you as you read. Similar vibes.

Cult Burial’s sound can best be described as an amalgam of death, doom and black metal, one of the few times an umbrella term like “extreme metal” can be used generously due to the nature of how the band effortlessly meander from one end of their sound to another. As mentioned, ‘Dethroner’ is an impactful opener that delves into the world of blackened death metal as Simon Langford’s leering tremolo picking sets as the backdrop to César Moreira’s grotesque vocal delivery. For the chorus-y parts, the multi-layered growls give those sections so much more weight and impact in what is shaping up early to be an absolute corker of an album.

As you progress through the album, there is rarely a time where it lets up. Again, the effortless transitions from slow, riff-heavy doom metal into raging old school death metal into shrilling black metal is astounding. It is in the death/doom moments when Simon can show off his chops as a guitarist, etching in Pantera-esque riffs during walking stomps to add texture to songs like ‘Moribund’, ‘Chaos’ and ‘Forever’, or discordant high-range licks in the likes of ‘Abyss’ and ‘Kill’ to add to the enjoyable uncomfortability as well as a bit of NWOBHM flair.

In this venn diagram that the band have cultivated for themselves, where common genre overlaps of death/doom and blackened death are already spoken for, even a blackened doom hybrid can be found, as the dirged stomps are often met by the classic high-pitched tremolo of black metal, add to that the lingering, high-end delays and bends that act as air raid sirens to the warzone riffs below.

Cult Burial’s debut self-titled album is a thunderous opening gambit for the trio, a scintillatingly evil display of crushing extreme metal that makes such great use of classic tropes and bending them to fit a modern songwriting structure. Never settling to just have one identity, being dark and depraved whilst still sounding sharp and crisp, it’s an insanely hot start for the lads.

TRACKLISTING:
01.Dethroner
02. Moribund
03. Chaos
04. Abyss
05. Plague
06. Kill
07. End
08. Forever
09. Sorrow

LINE-UP:
César Moreira – Lead Vocals
Simon Langford – Guitars, Drums
Rick – Bass

LINKS:

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This Is Turin – T.U.R.I.N. EP

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This Is Turin – T.U.R.I.N. EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 15/02/2021
Running Time: 13:23
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Now, I have been known, on occasion, to really rather like a bit of technical blackened death metal! I know what you’re thinking – “Good lord, Beth, the prog/power/symphonic metal fan, stepping over to the dark side?!” Yes, it does occasionally happen. And one band that are high up on my ‘I need to listen to something aggressive’ list, are Cheshire, UK based Technical Death Metal band, This Is Turin. So, when their imminent EP release dropped in our inbox, I snaffled it away before anyone else could get their hands on it!

Now, this is only a very short EP, at a little over 13 minutes. But in that time, it explores total inner misery, failed absolution, darkness reigning over the light, losing faith, letting go to save your soul, and then the freedom of Excommunication, finding the light in the darkness. So…erm… yeah, I’ll just let that sink in for a minute!

‘Misery’ begins the EP, with guest vocals from CJ McMahon, vocalist of Thy Art Is Murder. It starts off with some eerie samples, and then launches in to a chunky, crunchy, riff-laden cacophony of torturous despair. The guttural screams and growls of CJ sit on top of the tumult, displaying the terrifying feeling of internal despair. Towards the end of the track, the mixing goes all fuzzy. For me this, is the effect of that deafening to the world that total misery can invoke. I have to say, while CJ’s vocals are good, I much prefer Darryl’s vocal style.

Track 2, ‘Absolution’ is an absolute banger, that not only melts your face, but gets to work on melting your internal organs, too. This is anger meeting hopelessness. Sections with incredibly fast paced drumming, and technical guitar work, give way to sections designed for pure filthy head banging! Darryl’s vocals are superb here, too. He has a very versatile voice, that fit so well with the overall band sound. The whole thing makes for a beautifully terrifying listen!

Bringing things to a close in ‘Excommunicate’. This starts with a quick dual guitar riff, then launches into a bit of blast beating and a scream that would chill even the coldest soul. Then it settles into a more comfortable, but no less tortured rhythm. Again, it’s an extreme wall of sound that rips out your still beating heart and uses it as a glove. And the screams!!! The screams are just epic!! There’s so much going on in this track! The technicality is brilliant, and we even get a frenetic guitar solo in the later part of the track. This signals the start of the build-up to the end! And then, as quickly as it started, it stops. “And there it was, gone” as they say here in the Wales!

All in all, I love this EP. And, if you’re a fan of technical, death, blackened death, or deathcore, then you will too! The cover art it also pretty insanely dark, as well, and it really fits with the themes explored here. My biggest criticism is I just wanted more of it. I need a new album now! Get cracking on it lads!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Misery (Ft. CJ McMahon)
02. Absolution
03. Excommunicate

LINE-UP:
Darryl “Daz” Jones – Vocals
Anthony Hayden – Guitar
Davey Langford – Guitar
James Kinnear – Bass
Ben Adcroft – Drums

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Harkane – Fallen King Simulacrum

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Harkane – Fallen King Simulacrum
Dusktone
Release Date: 20/11/2020
Running Time: 47:27
Review by Tammy Lomax
6/10

Harkane formed in 2014 and come from Italy, ‘Fallen King Simulacrum’ was finally released in November 2020, five years on from their previous EP “Extensus”.

Harkane play Black/Death metal, but over the years together they have progressed adding layers of orchestration and “Fallen King Simulacrum” is successfully more advanced and symphonic overall!

‘Requiem For A Heretic’ is the first track on the album and it is a powerful way to get your attention. There are definitely some similarities to this and the band Rotting Christ, a haunting aspiration with plenty of variations between the orchestration and the rest of the instruments, slightly death metal on occasions but typically black metal.

I’m going to be totally honest though, the more I listened I got a little bored. At first, I was extremely impressed with tracks ‘Caligula’ and ‘Dajjal’ which follow ‘Requiem For A Heretic’ but then I realised that the tracks were a bit ‘samey’.

Harkane have used similar patterns in every single one of their songs, their build ups are done in the same way, over and over again. I hoped that there would have been some advancement as the album developed but this didn’t really happen, not even with title track ‘Fallen King Simulacrum’.

Now I am not going to be a complete negative head, there is a clean, highly polished production which respects the overall sound as a whole especially with the, aforementioned, title track. The vocals throughout are also worthy of mention…deep and intense, decidedly death metal on occasion, a grand job indeed. There are also some real good slow grooves and great tones.

About half-way through the album, after the track ‘La Fraude Des Siècles’, the album does go off in a slightly different direction. There’s definitely a moodier and eerie feel and chunkier bass sounds that slot beautifully together with the overall doomy atmosphere.

Overall, Harkane have done an ok job, it may not be anything to really worry the bigger black metal band’s, but it’s a good effort and there is, and will always be, an audience for this genre of music.

However, what I would like to see with the next album is for some girth in the writing? Push the boundaries and excel to create something that’s original and not predictable.

‘Fallen King Simulacrum’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Requiem For A Heretic
02. Caligula
03. Dajjal
04. Hidden Amongst The Ruins Of Ur
05. La Fraude Des Siècles
06. Fallen King Simulacrum
07. Dakhma
08. Nemontemi
09. Howler In Darkness

LINE-UP:
Palmon – Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards
Kvarn – Guitars/Vocals
Ayssela – Bass/Piano/Vocals
Damned – Drums

LINKS:

Harkane Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with PESTILENT AGE

Pestilent Age Logo

EMQ’s with PESTILENT AGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lapeer, Michigan based Death Metal band, Pestilent Age. Huge thanks to guitarist, Lee Roach, 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 Lee Roach, I Play guitar in Pestilent Age and actually, I used to sing in the band. We started out in 2016 with a release for an album called “Medieval Holocaust”. We were four guys that kind of experimented with what kind of death metal we were trying to play and when you listen to our 2nd release an EP called “Novgorod” you can hear the shift towards a more melodic sound. While experimenting with this music we lost our first guitarist Nick Chaney-Ruiz and for a long while Pestilent Age was just a 3 piece. With Lee Roach (Guitarist and vocalist), Brandon Lesley (aka Spud) (Bass), and Steve Worley (drums) continuing to write music we released a string of singles over the past 2 years that steadily drifted towards a more traditional Old School Death / Blackened Death Metal vibe. While trying to nail down our writing style we, by pure luck, picked up a singer named Taylor Sharpe who had crossed our path via a common workplace. We finished up a string of singles with Taylor behind the microphone and on those recordings, you can start to hear our signature tone and writing styles taking shape. With Taylor stepping into the role of front man we wrote our last string of singles and amongst those singles were the 3 songs on our newest EP “Unwavering Futility”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We really wanted a name that represented darker side of humanity, so we initially went with Pestilent. However, it turns out that a small gym in Chicago was branding clothing with the name Pestilent and had the trademark. Because we sell clothing with the name Pestilent on it, we had to change our name. This happened maybe a month into us announcing that we were a band so we added Age to the end of Pestilent so we could keep our merch and, in the end, adding the Age gives the band a bit more meaning and context when it comes to our lyrical content we were already writing.

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

Pestilent Age is from Lapeer, Michigan about 20 or 25 miles east of Flint, Michigan. I would say our metal scene is pretty good actually. It has fluctuated over the years a bit but before the pandemic show turn outs were really picking up. Our merch sales have been pretty good as well. Any area in Michigan that used to have a good manufacturing industry but has since declined seems to be the places that people seem to dig us at.

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

We have a 3 song EP out called “Unwavering Futility”.

‘Transgressions’ (Official video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, Slash from Guns n Roses and Zakk Wylde from Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society. They shaped my early guitar playing a lot. When I got into heavier music it was stuff like Trivium that really blew me away with their lead playing. Later I started delving into heavier and heavier music. Necrophagist, Deicide, Dying Fetus, and Nile had music that caught my ear and inspired me to write heavier music.

What first got you into music?

My dad was a sound man for a big production company in the Detroit area and both of my parents really enjoyed music. My dad (although he had stopped playing) had played Saxophone and Bass guitar among other various instruments for most of his life and always encouraged my sister and I to play music.

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

A musical collaboration interest of mine would have to be maybe working with Jeff Loomis. I’m nowhere near as good as he is but I feel like getting to work with him one on one would really be a great learning experience.

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

Wacken of course.

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

Copies of Twilight when I was in my old band Execrate. Our singer looked like Robert Pattinson and people used to throw books at us on stage. Haha!

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

I wish we could tour overseas.

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

Dimebag!

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

I like being a musician because it’s what I do. When I began learning to play guitar I fell in love with the instrument. Then as time passed, I fell in love with writing music and then with the production side of things like recording, mixing, and mastering.

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

In some utopian society I wish people had to pay something for music. When music became divided from a physical medium (becoming really one of the first in the entertainment industry to do so) the record industry didn’t grapple with that problem well enough and record companies are just now finding alternative ways to profit. Are those alternative ways to profit good? Idk but I wish music could be sold to people purely for the sake of music and not part of some larger brand building scheme.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dying Fetus – “Destroy The Opposition”, this album has so much groove, yet is technical, and just brutal.

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

It doesn’t matter to me honestly; I listen to wav files or stream music.

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

Probably our last show we played before the Covid-19 lockdowns in Michigan. We released some singles and played a release party with another Michigan band named Asylence at the Diesel Lounge in basically the far north metro Detroit area. We had also played a Goatwhore / Battlecross show that was pretty wild.

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

The same thing I’m doing now probably, working. I would probably fill my spare time with drinking, video games, or TV luckily, I don’t have time for that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Fredrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, and Adam Smith.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got a full Album in the works and we have almost an entire 6 song Symphonic Black Metal EP recorded currently. It just needs vocals. When we can gig again, we’re looking forward to it.

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

Pestilent Age is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, Metal Amino, we have a website, Spotify, Apple Music.

www.pestilent666.com/
www.facebook.com/PestilentAge
www.twitter.com/Pestilent666
www.instagram.com/pestilent_age/
www.pestilent666.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1mzwNzPpw1PAg6Weka31gr
www.youtube.com/channel/UCx6lXuwnOhfs1FUsMXNGrqA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

IDK what that is. lol

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

Our new EP “Unwavering Futility” is out now. You can buy it anywhere that music is sold and stream it anywhere music can be streamed.

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EMQ’s with DELIBERATE MISCARRIAGE

Deliberate Miscarriage Logo

EMQ’s with DELIBERATE MISCARRIAGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South Wales based Death Metal band, Deliberate Miscarriage. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist, Charlie Rogers, 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?

Charlie, I’m the bassist and vocalist. Deliberate Miscarriage is a new death metal band based in South Wales. Currently a two-piece with Adam on guitar,  we’re looking for a drummer to complete the line-up, and hope to find someone in time for when live music returns.

How did you come up with your band name?

A result of my partner and I spitballing ideas. The tracks that we’ve released so far were already written by that point, so it was just a case of trying to match an equally grim name to the subject matter.

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

South Wales! There’s a ton of great bands from the area, and a fair level of support for them.

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

“Ghost Of Christmas Blast” is a 3 track EP we released on Boxing Day, following a demo we released in the summer of 2020. We have plans for a full-length release, and have begun the initial planning process for that.

https://deliberatemiscarriage.bandcamp.com/album/ghost-of-christmas-blast

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a bassist, definitely Alex Webster. I play fingerstyle, and his book is a must read for all aspiring low enders. Vocally, I’m a big fan of Corpsegrinder, and Glen Benton – I especially like the split highs/lows that Deicide feature across some of their songs.

What first got you into music?

My family are all musical to some degree, and I grew up playing the trombone both classically and in jazz groups. I picked up the bass guitar before going to university, and it was downhill from there!

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

There’s a ton of great bands I’d love to work with in some form or another, but I guess the dream would be to collab with my favourite band “Demilich”, or have frontman Antti Boman guest on a track.

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

70,000 tons looks like an absolute blast.

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

We’re not quite there yet!

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

Thanks for checking out our music so far, and brush your teeth tonight.

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

Chuck Schuldiner for sure – too young to have caught Death live, would love to have the opportunity to see that.

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

Music is like a language, and you can communicate with people from all over the world with blastbeats. Writers block is probably the only thing there is to hate about music, apart from shitty music of course.

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

Get more people to go to more gigs, especially local gigs. There’s a trove of gems out there on the local scene, and they don’t get the attention they deserve. I’d also want to fix the insane copyright system.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Demilich – “Nespithe”
Death – “Symbolic”
Pestilence – “Consuming Impulse”
Necrophagist – “Epitaph”
Cannibal Corpse – “Skeletal Domain”
Blotted Science – “The Machinations of Dementia”
Nile “Those Whom The Gods Detest”
Dream Theater – “Images and Words”
Herbie Hancock – “Headhunters”
Primus “Frizzle Fry”

(Okay, you can choose 10!!! 😊 – Rick)

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

CD’s – physical without being cumbersome or delicate, and a good backup for my iTunes library. I still use a 5th gen iPod, and a stack of CD’s at home keeps my sanity in case there’s a problem with my computer and digital library.

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

Either opening for Demilich while I was with a previous band, or playing at the Leipzig film festival with an orchestra performing music from movies.

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

Hard to say as it’s been such a large part of my life. Probably would’ve tried harder to be a roller coaster designer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alex Webster, Antti Boman, Erik “Big Money” Salvia, Bill Bailey, and my friend Olivier Pinard

What’s next for the band?

Recruiting a drummer hopefully! Album plans for the summer though, either way.

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

www.deliberatemiscarriage.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/DeliberateMiscarriage
www.instagram.com/deliberatemiscarriage/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCFoowMZw5-jAXYSTtEcosUQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They feel like a cake, but are the size of a biscuit, and usually would enjoy two or three with a cuppa so I think we’ve gotta go biscuit. The Pineapple edition are incredible either way.

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

Thanks for checking us out, we’re keen to get out there and hope to see you in the pit!

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EMQ’s with CURSE OF EIBON

EMQ’s with CURSE OF EIBON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Occult Melodic Death Metal band, Curse Of Eibon. Huge thanks to vocalist, Fredrik Croona, 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?

Fredrik, vocalist.

Curse of Eibon was founded in late March/early April of 2020 with members from different metal bands in Sweden. We all wanted to create something interesting and dark together.

To tell stories of the occult and things beyond human comprehension.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was inspired by a character from a Lovecraft novel called “Eibon”. He was a wizard who wrote the tome called “Book of Eibon”

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

We are from Sweden-Gothenburg/Uppsala/Borlänge and right now the metal scene is kind of dead, due to corona virus naturally. Otherwise, we have a pretty decent scene with a lot of bands.

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

Our latest release is called “Book of Eibon” which is our debut EP.

‘Dagon’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Ahtu’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have our different influences and we all like different styles of music and metal. Thrash/Gothenburg/death metal etc.

What first got you into music?

I joined my first band in 2002 and I just wanted to try to be a vocalist. Philip Anselmo is an old hero of mine and got me inspired to become one.

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

Personally, I’d love to work with a couple of other vocalists like Mikael Stanne or Björn Stridh, mainly because they are amazing vocalists.

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

Wacken would be amazing to play, I think most metal bands would love to be standing on one of their stages.

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

Haven’t really received any weird gifts…

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

Keep supporting the things you love.

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

Chuck Schuldiner from the band Death.

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

I enjoy creating new music and I hate being stuck on repeat and not being able to move forward.

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

For bands to support and help each other and not just compete. And for labels to support their bands and not release album after album to just earn money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”.

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

Everything has its charm, depending on a person’s taste. I like downloads because its easy.

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

To be honest I can’t really remember, I’ve enjoyed most of my gigs.

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

Haha, I am just a musician as a hobby. I do have another job, a full-time job as a chef.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Zack Wylde, George Fisher, Till Lindemann , Al Jourgensen.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on a new concept EP which will be very interesting. That’s all I can say for now.

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

www.curseofeibon.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXQQPmfar-wid_lQFJ9koDQ
www.facebook.com/curseofeibon

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank you for having me. Not really , just check out the new EP and horns up!

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Pandemmy – Subversive Need

Pandemmy – Subversive Need
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 35:37
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Being part of what people call the Heavy Metal scene may seem like just being a member of a band or a reviewer in any magazine, as if they are all independent and not connected. No, we are all working in synchronism to make a huge machine (music) reach around the globe. The best part of this machine is the many incredible bands I have met so far. Not only that, but also all the friends that I made after one review. Here it was the same. My friend Raphael Olmos from Kamala introduced me to Pedro Valença (guitars) and I discovered one more good and professional band. Once again, the good music has connected people from different places and I was lucky to receive this incredible work to review, so let us start our journey about the Brazilian Death/Thrash Metal band Pandemmy.

The band has a good maturity after several releases over the last decade. On a first audition, you will be sure of good Death Metal played brutally, but after listening carefully; you will realize that their music contains more than just one genre. It is a perfect match of Death Metal and Thrash Metal. Maybe in its essence, Death Metal comes first, but the versatility and all the tempo changes throughout are amazing. Overall, we have a dark atmosphere, sometimes even a small Black or Doom influence, which is a good soundtrack of the albums subject. The lyrics are about human beings lack of morality that we all have to face in our daily lives. Pandemmy decided to be a bit more specific and stick the finger in the scars that are old problems in Brazil and other new issues that we are suffering in this country.

Straight away, the first song shows it. ‘Deforestation’ is perfect Death Metal with a strong and doomy cadence, showing the power of the guitar work on riffs with a dramatic atmosphere and the sound of a burning forest. It is inspired by an old problem of the Amazônia forest devastation in Brazil. We have been facing this problem for decades, but just this year it was brought to worldwide attention. ‘Webchaos’ is about the war of information that occurs on the internet, mainly when a nation suffers with distorted information by the news, sometimes just to create panic or to hide a more critical problem. ‘Neo Hate’ and ‘Xenophobia’ go the same way. Each track has an important message about and against all the chaos we live in.

Musically, there is a strong work on intense atmosphere. Pandemmy bring a sad vibe with the reality they mention, but they also bring a kind of hope with certain melodies. Melodies that come after all the destruction are uplifting and make you feel strong to stand up and fight. Brazilians will probably feel and understand better what the band exposes with small details, such as the short Maracatu percussion section (local music typical of the northeast, where the band live) at the end of ‘Xenophobia’. Why? Because people from the northeast suffer with a kind of Xenophobia inside Brazil. Moreover, this short percussion sounds like the last breath of hope for a people who have been struggling with poverty for so long, and who now despair after being forgotten by politics.

I love how Pandemmy mix many genres in their music. There is the amazing guitar work of Guilherme Silva and Pedro Valença. Good riffs and the solos are very catchy, not so exacerbated in speed or aggressiveness, but can hear a good balance of melody and heaviness. Marcelo Santa Fé has the hard job to follow them and his bass is not hidden. The drums of Vitor Alves are the soul of everything. What a killer and unrelenting work. He uses cadences that come from dancing percussion through to furious blast beats. In addition, the Thrash Metal beats are all incredible. You won’t get tired of this album mainly because of the creativity of different tempos used.

This album is not a conceptual album like a history divided into chapters, but it could easily be considered one. It sounds like a paradox to what I have just said, but if you stop to analyze the world we are living in today, you can see that it is pure chaos, but with hidden traps to slaughter you slowly. New and different traps that we’ve been facing for a long time. Considering the way that Pandemmy expose everything could be seen as chapters of this book of hate.

“Subversive Need” has many important chapters, with a killer soundtrack behind, to bring consciousness to all people who live in society. It is rich musically and lyrically and you don’t need to put the chapters in a correct or particular order. If you hear any song, no matter the sequence, you will feel what Pandemmy is showing you through their music. Is it a complex album? Absolutely! However, it is also very easy to digest and to enjoy. Amazing work!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Deforestation
02. Neohate
03. Free Mumia (A Panther In The Cage)
04. Webchaos
05. Xenophobia
06. I Choose My Blood
07. Terror Paranoia
08. The Illusion of Suffering
09. Charlottesville

LINE-UP:
Guilherme Silva – Vocals/Guitars
Pedro Valença – Guitars
Marcelo Santa Fé – Bass
Vitor Alves – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with DARK ZODIAK

EMQ’s with DARK ZODIAK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Eggingen, Germany based Death/Thrash Metal band, Dark Zodiak. Huge thanks to vocalist, Simone, for taking part.

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

I’m Simone and the front woman of the band Dark Zodiak.

The band was founded in 2011 by Dieter (drums) and Charly (guitar), and I joined in 2014.The

current line-up is quite young, Benni still plays the guitar and our new addition is Steffi on bass. She

has been with us since the beginning of the year.

How did you come up with your band name?

Actually, we don’t have that astrological touch, but when we came up with a name, “Zodiak”

somehow sounded good. The “Dark” should make the band name a bit more genre typical.

Incidentally, the spelling with K is intended to mark a distinction from the Zodiac murders and other

bands with similar names.

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

We come from the deepest south-west of Germany. We have a pretty active Metal family here in

this rural area. We also live right on the Swiss border and Switzerland has a thriving scene. But we

like to play concerts all over Europe!

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

Our singles we released this year are ‘Do More Say Less’, ‘Ophiuchus’ with official video since

November and ‘2020 A.D.’ with official video released now in December. The complete album

“OPHIUCHUS” will be released on January 30th, 2021.

‘Do More Say Less’ (Audio)

‘Ophiuchus’ (Official/Lyric Video)

‘2020 A.D.’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dieter and I have been metal maniacs since we were young. We grew up with bands like Metallica,

Slayer, Kreator, Sepultura, Obituary and Death. Charly comes from the blues and Steffi and Benni

more from the Gothic scene. And from that our own style developed.

What first got you into music?

Dieter was already a guitarist in a metal band at the age of 16, and much later he got behind the

drums. Charly also plucked the strings early and was the singer of a power metal band in between.

Steffi trained in the classical direction and Benni played the guitar in rock bands for a long time.

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

I would like to be on stage with Britta Görtz from Critical Mess and formerly Cripper. Dieter would

love to meet John Petrucci from Dream Theater. And rocking a concert with Vader would be cool

too.

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

We actually love the small festivals with a great metal community. But rocking the Summer Breeze

would be great, we’ve been going to this festival for decades. We were there when it started with a

day and a few hundred people.

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

When our bassist Sigi left us because he had moved from the area, at his last concert a fan from

Switzerland gave him a “Berner Böllemannli” (a specialty from Bern, a small sculpture made of

onions) from the Bern onion market. He was moved to tears!

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

Be authentic and true to yourself, take care of yourself and your loved ones, live your dreams and

longings and celebrate with us until you drop!

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

The drummer from Dieter’s first metal band, he was his best friend and died at the age of 24.

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

I love to sing out loud, to release all energies in me. And after a concert with partying fans and a

successful aftershow party, I feel happy. And I hate it when the technology doesn’t work. Sometimes

I make up my mind that in my next life I’ll start an unplugged band…but metal wouldn’t be fun that

way.

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

I would give small, motivated underground bands better opportunities.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Arise” by Sepultura

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

That is hard to say! Vinyl is cult and cool, CD’s have been my number 1 for years and now I find it

really practical when I can listen to my favourite music from my mobile through headphones.

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

We played many incredibly great concerts and celebrated Parys! But the Bergisch Metal Festival was

a really successful party when the fans hooked up and formed head-banging rows all over the

concert hall. That was really delicious.

Or the From Thrash Till Death Festival, fans grabbed our bass player to surf the crowd and carried

him into the men’s room…

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

We are only hobby musicians, that means we do other things most of the day. But professional

tourist and vacationer would be nice!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My four band mates and Dalai Lama or the Suicidal Angels…and our neighbour, because it could get

loud!

What’s next for the band?

We will release our album “Ophiuchus” in January 2021 and after that we wanted to play concerts all over Europe. But we have to wait and see what Corona allows us…

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

www.facebook.com/darkzodiakmusik
www.darkzodiak.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/dark_zodiak_band
www.twitter.com/darkzodiakband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/517UPwjKY1URx8zAtXD7fS
www.deezer.com/de/artist/7620714
www.backstagepro.de/darkzodiak
www.youtube.com/channel/UCqdR8i8D_MuXKbPxUoyw6UA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

These are Dieter’s favourite cookies, especially the ones with orange!

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

Withstand metal freaks!! As soon as it is possible again, we will have the ultimate metal parties. We are already looking forward to it!!

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