Phobetor – When Life Falls Silent

Phobetor – When Life Falls Silent
Black Jasper Records
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Running Time: 40:10
Review by Steven Hooke
6/10

For as long as time has been a follow-able construct in the eyes of man, there has been a constant battle between generations. From music to money, business, politics, how to properly cut the grass and everything in between, the old guard stands firm in their belief in that back in their day, peace and tranquility roamed the land, whilst the new kids on the block offered up new ideas and alternatives. Following into this extremely prolonged metaphor is London-based trio Phobetor and their seeming attempts to blend the duelling generations together through the medium of death metal. A genre definitely not drenched in creative misalignment.

The debut album features vocalist Debora Conserva and guitarist Mitch Revy, flanked by new drummer Marc Dyos from the symphonic power metal band Pythia. Together, the trio forge their own path into the world of death metal, combining the songwriting tropes of today with delivery and presence of classic DM. The modern-day elements unsurprisingly hold up pretty well, Revy’s guitar work and the constant churning of riff after riff after riff is amongst the highlights of the album, with particular mentions going to ‘Blind Widow’ and ‘Bury My Name’, and their respective incorporations of groove metal and the Gothenburg metal scene in at the highest tier. However, these riffs are difficult to spot in the first few listens due to the old school death metal durge-sounding production style.

Now, far be it for me – a self-confessed production snob – to criticize the production of a debut death metal album. But this goes beyond me wanting every album to sound as crisp as a Devin Townsend-directed Pringles advert. There is a strong argument that a strong debut is trapped behind questionable production choices. It takes decent headphones and a little concentration to truly hear the ideas Revy has conjured up, and they simply just don’t crunch in the way they’re meant to.

The album, as a whole, is drenched in modern creative ideas. From the dark orchestral opening of ‘Merging Infinity’, to Conserva’s albeit rare dabbles with clean vocals, Dyos’ more progressive rolls and fills, and the frequent tempo changes, it’s all so far removed from the old school days of “play fast, be heavy”.

Whether it was a stylistic decision, a financial wall, or if Conserva and Revy had a particular idea for the album before the introduction and experience of Dyos (as well as session bassist Richard Hunter from Maelstrom) came into play, remains to be seen. But something that they definitely should be holding on to for the follow-up is the range of their frontwoman. Conserva combines the low-end, bassy gruff of Angela Gossow, with the strong, unwavering screams of Dani Filth, resulting in a dynamic warcry performance that greatly succeeds, in spite of the noted turn-offs. Focus on any of her screams throughout the album and they are pristine, razor-sharp, and often the most commanding part of a song.

While we have been spoiled over the past few years with near-perfect debuts (Conjurer, Fvneral Fvkk, Møl) it’s often missed that it’s possibly the hardest album to get right, being the starting block for a band’s image and their presence in their respective musical community. Will “When Life Falls Silentset the death metal world on fire? In its current state, my guess would be no. But, that is not to say there’s nothing here. Individual components of this outfit are there itching to break out, but some serious consistency needs to be established to really define what kind of band Phobetor wants to be.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Merging Infinity
02. A Toxic Lie
03. Whispers of Dissonance
04. Blind Widow
05. Psychopathy
06. Bury My Name
07. Harmony of Solitude
08. Dysmorphia
09. When Life Falls Silent

LINE-UP:
Debora Conserva – Vocals
Mitch Revy – Guitar
Marc Dyos – Drums
Richard Hunter – Bass (Session)

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EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazilian Death Metal/Metalcore band Estamira. Huge thanks to guitarist Clarissa Carvalho 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 Clarissa Carvalho, I’m one of the guitar players in Estamira. Our band arose from the encounter of five women who had just got out from mixed (composed by women and men) metal/hardcore bands in 2007 in the Federal District (the capital of Brazil). We weren’t looking for creating a female metal band, but surprisingly, three friends met other two women. We all wanted to play heavy music and after a year we played our first concert and it was the thing we most did until 2012. We recorded only four songs at two different moments. The first demo (2009) was uploaded at myspace at that time and then we recorded two more songs in 2012 that generated both of our video clips (still available on YT). So, we decided to take a break and wait for Ludmila (vocalist) to finish her PHD in Mexico.

The “break” took 6 years because when Ludmila came back, Maiara (drummer) was pregnant; Sara (guitar player) had formed a new band; I wasn’t so excited to play the guitar anymore and I was more into drums; and Camila (bass player) was then focused on her Art PHD and living in São Paulo. We weren’t willing to end the band, but it wasn’t a good time to get back, so we waited. Our “return” was the concert we played at IV Bruxaria’s Festival in November 2019. Our plans for 2020 were to finally record our first full album and play in concerts out of our state and country. As we all know COVID-19 is making us wait again, we are taking this time apart to update our social media, producing some merchandising stuff and composing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s inspired by an actual woman called Estamira Gomes de Souza. She worked as a garbage collector in Rio de Janeiro, therefore, a poor black woman who had suffered many kinds of abuse. She became notorious for her philosophic wisdom, and critical view about the unequal society of Brazil. She was considered schizophrenic because of these views. She was a strong woman and her notoriety was shot in a documentary movie. So, we were shaken about the “symbolic status” in which she was placed: labelled as mad because of her untold wisdom. This is the same label all women are given here when they speak for themselves and against oppression. We feel like all women are “Estamiras” because of the madness label & status we are symbolically placed in every day when society does not treat us like citizens.

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

We’re from some cities in the Federal District. We have a strong underground scene here considering the great bands we launch every year, but not so much by the support of festivals, concert halls, size of the public etc. Some of the Federal District’s 80’s punk rock bands gained national notoriety from this scene. At this time, a lot of metal bands were releasing great material too, but almost no band can make a living from heavy music in the Federal District. Regarding the music styles, I guess we live with “waves”. For instance, in the 00’s the hardcore and metalcore scene was very strong, and now it isn’t so much. Punk and heavy metal are always current, but I would risk saying that today we have a great doom stoner post rock and black metal “wave” increasing in the Federal District.

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

We released two videos in 2012: ‘Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim?’ and ‘Raimunda Honório’. They’re available at YT. Our profile on Spotify will be available soon with 2 EP’s.

Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim? (Official Video)

Raimunda Honório (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I was a child I listened to a lot of classic rock with my family. So, my first influences were Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, and some Brazilian rock bands such as Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso. I still listen to it, but when I was a teenager I started to listen to grunge bands, and they became one of my great influences for the guitar. Later I started to listen to metal bands like Sepultura, Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and then metalcore, hardcore and crust bands. I was very influenced by Lamb of God, Walls of Jericho, Meshuggah, and other bands. As I play the drums as well, I think I have a lot of influence from Type O’ Negative, Carcass and Soundgarden. Nowadays I’m more focused to know better Brazilian underground bands and, trust me, we have a lot of great bands and musicians here.

What first got you into music?

I guess Rock ’n Roll was the first symbolic place that I fitted as a personality. I started playing the guitar at 14 years old. I like the rebel feeling that rock gives us, and even the sadness feeling that comes from it sometimes. I like music because it makes me feel a lot of things that are taken from us when we spend most of our days just working. I like to express my anger, my sadness and my joy into brutal music instead of just existing, working for others and hating people.

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

Chelsea Wolfe.

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

In Brazil I would love to play at “Abril pro Rock” that takes place in Recife and at “Facada’s Fest” in Belém, because there’s a great underground scene in the North and Northeast coasts nowadays. Abroad it would be maybe Hellfest or Obscene Extreme Fest. I Know there’s a great one in Mexico too.

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

A tattoo with Estamira’s name on her back. Actually, it was not a gift for me, but I think it was the biggest thing a fan did for us.

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

I wish our songs made you feel anything. I hope they  make you feel like putting out your anger, your joy, your sadness, if you want that. I hope they make you feel connected with some ideas you believe in.

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

Can’t I bring two? Yes, I can: David Bowie and Chris Cornell.

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

I enjoy creating songs that express what I’m feeling. I love the vibration of our concerts. I hate the sexist way that a lot of people treat women in the scene, such as when they get surprised with women making brutal music. Really?? Still? Or when they support us, hoping to focus on female bodies on the stage and not our music.

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

The price of instruments. They can’t be bought by everyone and it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Meshuggah – “Nothing”

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

They’re different. Downloading is easier but I love the way vinyl sounds.

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

I‘ve just remembered that I’ve experienced an ecstasy feeling playing Estamira’s concert at Verme’s Fest last December. A tiny but great gig produced by our friends from the band Device.

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

Actually, being a professional musician is what I would be doing if I could live from it. Hahahah. I would enjoy being a Cultural Producer, too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The prudent answer is my family. I would not be silly and make the missing friends sad. hahaha

What’s next for the band?

To FINALLY launch our Spotify profile, and then record our first full album.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCtteHtKuMJtKBMFAlERiz1A

As I said earlier: our Spotify profile will be available soon!

www.instagram.com/bandaestamira/
www.facebook.com/Banda-Estamira-274926079274272/
bandaestamira@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are.

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

It’s usual to be questioned about why we sing our songs in Portuguese. Well, it’s our mother language. Our lyrics talk about oppression and one of the greatest forms of oppression is to fit to hegemonic languages to be heard. Besides, we might not express our real feeling in a language different from ours. Sometimes there is no translation for a feeling. ALSO: buy bands’ merch, people!

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EMQ’s with THORN

EMQ’s with THORN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Phoenix, Arizona based Ominous Death Metal project Thorn. Huge thanks to main man Brennen 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 Brennen. My main instrument is guitar, and I formed Thorn as an outlet for wanting to form a death metal project. I wanted to originally start with a full line-up, but it ended up being a lot easier to go at my own pace of writing, and recording material.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s not inspired by anything in particular. Just thought it sounded ominous and forlorn, which is what I was going for. Other band names I considered ended up just being song names.

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

Currently non-existent, due to The Black Plague 2.0, but the Arizona live-music scene is plentiful in both quantity and quality of performances.

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

A seven song EP, “The Encompassing Nothing”.

‘Fields of Blight’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cattle Decapitation for the heavy riffs. Cloudkicker for the melodic riffs.

What first got you into music?

Having ears. I’ve always liked music. There was never a defining moment or a particular catalyst.

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

Michael Keene, purely to see how fast I’d get kicked out of The Faceless.

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

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest. Metal? Beer? AND? It’s got everything a guy like me needs.

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

Someday I hope to be well-known and revered enough to receive strange gifts.

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

Thanks for being a fan and choosing to listen to music created by a giant dipshit like me.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so I can ask what his obsession with shit was all about? Look into it.

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

People head banging to riffs I most likely wrote in my underwear at 1am in the morning is very rewarding for me. As for hate, I hate collaborating with most other guitarists. It’s my way or the highway, bitch.

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

Average bands being successful just because they’re popular in the bar scene. Spend less time being the coolest kid in school, and more time writing riffs I haven’t heard before.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Space Jam soundtrack is a bop.

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

Vinyl, hands down. I used to have a 500+ collection. I still collect cassettes here and there, though.

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

House shows with an old band of mine. House shows will always be my favourite.

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

Probably something fucking lame and boring. Music is the only thing I’m halfway decent at.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Panzram, Spider-Man, Sasquatch, and my friend TJ.

What’s next for the band?

“The Encompassing Nothing” – seven song EP released on Sept 18th. After that, I’ve got about 10 songs I’m figuring out what to do with.

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

www.thornx.bandcamp.com/releases
www.instagram.com/thornxaz/

The EP will also be available on all major streaming platforms.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I am too American to know what a Jaffa cake is. But the English also refer to crackers as biscuits. The meaning of the word biscuit has been bastardized by two different cultures to mean several different things, and I am not going to lock myself into an answer over a semantic question. Nice try.

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

I hope anyone who read this was at least mildly amused enough to check out the EP. If not, then maybe you should check out my grindcore project Xeno Ooze. I talk much less in that band.

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EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR

EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band DarkRazor. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Matheus Damásio for taking part.

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

I am Matheus Damásio, lead singer and guitarist for DarkRazor.

Well, in early 2016 I had a few compositions in mind and wanted to start something new, that would not be limited to a specific genre of metal, as inspired by my idol Chuck Schuldiner. I truly believe that by calling a band as being only a “death metal” or “black metal” band would, in the end, limit the view of the public about its music and of the members themselves. So, in early 2016 I called Rafael, whom I knew from other bands we had together, and he became interested in the concept I wanted for the band and the songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

For real, it was inspired by another band whose member and singer was the lead guitarist for DarkRazor, and it was DeathRazer

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

I was born in Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil. The Scene here is something very peculiar. We have very old and important bands maintaining the scene, such as P.U.S and Death Slam, who are still kicking till this day and great and promising bands popping right now, even in quarantine, like Nightwölf, Subterranea and Evil Corpse. In normal days, there are a good number of shows happening in a few houses that still support Metal. Also, there is an optimistic mood that the scene will always be here. But I really want to address that we, as a community, need to get more professional in order to reach higher objectives. I lost count of how many times I heard some musicians complaining about needing to buy a better amp, a better guitar or something that would make their sound better, and in the next minute they are spending all of their money on beer. At the end of the day, it is a great and supportive scene, but with little issues.

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

Our last release is the 2018 Conceptual Album “The River of Souls”, a story of an intergalactic dictator that in the end, dies alone while being destroyed

‘The Time Device’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, I would of course say Death, Testament, Revocation, Vektor, Megadeth, Evile, Sepultura, Rivers of Nihil, Trivium

What first got you into music?

My father would play some Queen, The Doors, Scorpions and especially Dire Straits, which is one of my all-time favourites.

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

If I could, it would be a pleasure to play some tunes with the guys from Trivium. I am really a big fan of theirs and there are some songs I would be thrilled to play with them.

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

Wacken Open Air would be the realization of a Life. It is the greatest metal festival in the world, and it would be a dream coming to life.

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

I would not say weird, but something I did not imagine was when a fan told me he actually wrote a song inspired by one of ours. It was a blast and I personally was very happy with it.

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

Thank you all for everything, all that we have accomplished is because of you and there is nothing more important than the metal fans of the world.

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

Chuck Schuldiner for sure. One of the greatest Metal Geniuses of all time.

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

I love composing and especially that moment when you first record a song and you can hear all of that work coming to life in the form of sound. And I really hate when the metronome keeps going after a mistake in the recording sessions.

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

Probably the making of talentless people, that cannot write songs by themselves, into gods walking among mortals. Most notably coming from Pop music. I mean, even in pop we used to have great musicians, but now is just sampled garbage pulled at our faces over and over.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“…And Justice For All”, “Symbolic”, “Rust In Peace”, “Brothers In Arms”, “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”

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

I am a digital era kid, so it would be normal for me to say Downloads, but nothing got me thrilled more than listening to a Dire Straits Vinyl in my grandmother’s house. The sound was so good, and it got me hooked for life.

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

For now, it was a show with my old band “Primal Wrath” with Rafael, I believe it was for 1500 people and it was a really good day to be a musician.

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

I would like to be a TV host for some sports show.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emperor Dom Pedro II, Aristoteles, Jesus, my grandmother Maria and George Lucas.

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing a special release that will feature some of the songs from our first two records with Orchestra and we are already in pre-production for our third official release.

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

Our Instagram especially, to inform our fans of the music we release on YouTube and Spotify, but we also use Facebook.
www.facebook.com/DarkRazorBand/
www.instagram.com/darkrazorband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vc55JGyX3SKqhZLSm4OZU
www.youtube.com/channel/UC9csks1iqbDtV4XNdsikQcA/videos

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely cakes HAHAHA.

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

I would like to thank Ever Metal for this wonderful space for me and everyone from DarkRazor. It is a real blast for us to have such an amazing opportunity. And for those that want to start their own bands or even start composing new records, just do it HAHAHA. Don’t think too much about if it will be a success or a failure, just start working and give everything you have. Go for it.

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EMQ’s with REPULSIVE VISION

EMQ’s with REPULSIVE VISION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cumbria, UK based Old School Death Metal band Repulsive Vision. Huge thanks to guitarist Matt Davidson 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 Matt Davidson and I play guitar and do backing vocals in Repulsive Vision. Feeling disillusioned by the bands I was in at the time, I started it as a project in late 2010 to delve into more of my own specific influences. After writing a set’s worth of new material, I branched out to bring in some musicians to play local shows. Over the next few years, the project evolved, the line-up changed several times and in around 2015, we finally collaborated as our current band members (myself on guitar, Gary Young on drums, Mark Kirby on bass and Dan McEwan on vocals). With our wide array of influences and backgrounds, we worked together to progress the material I’d previously written further, and we eventually released our debut album “Look Past The Gore And See The Art” in 2017 on Mighty Music Records. Since then, we’ve been focusing on being active on the underground extreme metal circuit performing all over Mainland Europe and the United States (including notable performances at the following festivals: Hammerfest, Vagos Metal Fest, The Siege of Limerick, Las Vegas Death Fest, Goathell Metal Festival, etc. Now in 2020, we are ready to release our second album entitled “Necrovictology”

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name came from a documentary I watched about Video Nasties around the time when I started writing for the project. I’d picked up the “Box of the Banned” DVD boxset and became fascinated by the history of censorship, leading to me finding as many articles, books and films about the subject as I could. One of which had a section where Mary Whitehouse (one of the leading forces against the video nasties) referred to horror as “Repulsive Vision”.

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

We’re from Barrow in Furness in the North West of England. As its quite a small town in the middle of the countryside, we’ve got a relatively small scene, particularly for extreme metal. That being said, the area has some great dedicated metalheads and a couple of cool metal bands (ie Thy Dying Light, Red Shift). For bigger gigs, we tend to go further afield to cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, etc.

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

Our latest release is our second album, entitled “Necrovictology”. It was released on LP, CD and digital formats on the 21st August via Emanzipation Productions.

‘Other Than Divine’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all come from very different musical backgrounds but the main inspiration behind RV is Classic Old School Death Metal and Punk. On the extreme side, some of our major influences include Carcass, Napalm Death, Death, Morbid Angel, Edge of Sanity, Entombed, At The Gates, Obituary, Mercyless, first album Gorguts, and plenty more. On the punk side, we’ve taken inspiration from bands like Bad Religion, Subhumans, NOFX, Nausea, Driller Killer, Minor Threat, etc. We also have hints of thrash metal (particularly Slayer, Sacred Reich, Kreator, etc) and other styles in our sound (Candlemass, Darkthrone).

Beyond the musical influences, I tend to take a lot of my subject matter from true life documentaries and articles. For example, the work of psychic debunker James Randi inspired several tracks (particularly our new single ‘Other Than Divine’).

What first got you into music?

As did many people in my generation, I spent my formative years living through the Nu-metal era of the early 2000’s, beginning with bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and Papa Roach. From there, I started to discover the classic rock and metal bands (Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater) and eventually getting into thrash metal and punk in my mid-teens.

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

I’d love to work with Bill Steer someday. A stellar musician and songwriter with a great attitude and an unbelievably consistent history.

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

One of my ultimate goals is to play at Hellfest in France. I went there from 2011 to 2016, watching it rise and become the huge festival that it is today. It’s such a nostalgic place for me and I’d absolutely love to make it a reality.

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

I’ve got to admit that we’ve never really received any gifts from fans.

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

Thanks so much for the support and we massively appreciate you being there for us, whether you’ve been there since the beginning or just last week.

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

Perhaps a bit of a cliché answer but I’d love to know what Cliff Burton would have done had he not died back in 86.

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

Personally, my favourite part of being a musician is the connection between likeminded music fans. Being able to work together with others and create niche material that somehow makes sense to people all over the world. Being able to travel and meet people from a city or country I’ve never been to. Seeing people from all over the world enjoying what we’re doing. Getting to work with some of my personal idols

Hate may be a strong word, but I find that my least favourite part of being in a band is the uncertainty of creativity. We’ve just spent 3 years perfecting what we consider to be our best album yet…but there’s no guarantee that our fans will agree. This mindset gives us more motivation to improve and stay true to ourselves in future writing sessions.

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

Without wanting to go into too many details, I’d love it if we went back to physical media again. I love the convenience of things like Spotify and MP3’s but their massive effect on the industry has been devastating in the long run for niche music in terms of their financial longevity. It’s definitely better for promotion but difficult to make a career out of.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have so many favourite albums but the first one that comes to mind is Dream Theater’s third album, “Awake”. Although most tend to favour “Scenes From A Memory” or “Images And Words”, I gravitate towards “Awake” as it’s a heavier, angrier and more pessimistic album than those previously mentioned. Following the unexpected success of Images, the band were expected by their label to replicate their formula leading to a darker atmosphere within the band. Although unknown to the rest of the band, keyboardist and main lyricist Kevin Moore had decided to leave directly after recording, reflecting the distaste and disinterest he was feeling at the time in his subject matter (the lyrics for opener 6:00 are indicative of this). Musically, “Awake” steps up the game for instrumental prowess, while also stepping into a heavier metal sound, using 7 string guitars for the first time. This also showcased James Labrie’s amazing range for the last time as he ended up irreparably damaging it after recording. It’s an incredibly diverse album that effortlessly moves from haunting ballads like ‘The Silent Man’ and ‘Lifting Shadows Off A Dream’ to the guttural metal of ‘The Mirror and Lie’. An overlooked Prog Metal masterpiece from the masters.

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

Although I think they’ve all got their merits, I’ll always prefer CD’s. They’re compact, convenient and massively nostalgic to me. I have several thousand CD’s but only a few of the other physical formats.

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

There’s been several great ones for us but three that specifically come to mind are Las Vegas Deathfest in 2017, Hammerfest in 2018 and Vagos Metal Fest in 2019. Each of them signalled big progressions in our career and gave us opportunities to play alongside great bands like Vader, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Candlemass, Death Angel, Mortician, etc. Las Vegas Deathfest was our first major show outside of the UK (we played an intimate show in Ventura, California earlier that week), Hammerfest was our first major UK metal festival appearance and Vagos Metal Fest stepped us up to an Open air performance at a major festival in Portugal.

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

I’d probably have money haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d probably be boring and just invite my band members. They’re great guys and I reckon it’d be a good laugh.

What’s next for the band?

Unfortunately, Covid has cut out a lot of our plans for 2020 but we are focused on getting more opportunities for 2021 and beyond. We are focused on the promotion of “Necrovictology” and the writing sessions for album number 3.

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

The usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Reverbnation, etc.
www.facebook.com/RepulsiveVision/
www.mobile.twitter.com/rvdeathmetal
www.instagram.com/repulsive_vision/
www.repulsivevision.bigcartel.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0ZRKL1Uk1qrfhnfjRtSVRC
www.youtube.com/channel/UCkylB7Wdr0vcthxcxA3kCZA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. It’s right there in the title!

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

Thanks for the support and I hope you all enjoy “Necrovictology” which was released on the 21st August!

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EMQ’s with KRYOUR

EMQ’s with KRYOUR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band Kryour. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Gustavo Iandoli 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 Gustavo Iandoli, vocalist and guitarist that formed the band in early 2014. We played covers until we had our own material. We entered the studio for the first time in 2015 to record our first single ‘Chaos Of My Dream’, and in 2016 our second single ‘Falling In Oblivion’, then we started recording our debut album “Where Treasures Are Nothing”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted to make a name for myself, then I mixed the words “cry” and “our”, crying is the culmination of an emotion, so here would be the safe place of all of our expression, which is what I have always sought for the band.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brazil. Here in São Paulo we have incredible bands that are always looking to improve themselves, sadly the music scene here in Brazil doesn’t help the extreme music.

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

Our first album was “Where Treasures Are Nothing” that came out after our official video ‘Restless Silence’. Our last video was ‘My Conjugué’ that we released in this pandemic.

My Conjugué (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a lot of influences like Children Of Bodom, Gojira, Kreator but at the same time some artists that don’t belong to metal.

What first got you into music?

I started to play guitar at 10 years old, always doing my own riffs and music, after playing a jam with Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) my love with the stage began.

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

I would love having Aurora featuring a song with us, I really appreciate her music.

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

We grew up watching the Wacken Open Air, so with no doubt it would be a dream play there some day.

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

I think a guitar pick that glows in the dark.

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

Thank you for all support and stay tuned for the next year, we are planning really cool stuff to release.

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

Freddie Mercury without thinking twice!

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

The freedom to create and say whatever I want, I would like in some situations if our profession was taken more seriously, especially here in Brazil.

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

I would change the way that most people see the success, cause you know, music became a capitalist product, and that has changed a lot the way we see things.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Magma” from Gojira.

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

I would choose the streaming because we have variety to hear.

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

Our best gig was here in Brazil with Symphony X. That was awesome.

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

Probably studying psychology and philosophy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ola Englund, Joe Duplatier, Jens Bogren, Misha Mansoor for talking about some metal guitar tones.

What’s next for the band?

We are composing our next album, and for sure that will be the biggest thing that we ever did in the band.

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

YouTube, Spotify and all streaming sources.
www.kryour.com/
www.facebook.com/kryour/
www.twitter.com/KryourOfficial
www.instagram.com/kryour/
www.kryour.bandcamp.com/releases
www.soundcloud.com/kryour
www.youtube.com/Kryour

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think I will go for biscuit.

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

I would like to thank you for enjoying our music and also for the opportunity to present our sound on British site. In the current situation of our country and the planet, hearing good news is fantastic, especially with our music. We are preparing a new album. We hope it will be even better than our first album. Thanks again for the opportunity.

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Conflict – Decision Code

Conflict – Decision Code
Self-Released
Release Date: 01/04/2020
Running Time: 63:54
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

I’m on holiday this week! I had planned a week full of doing those niggly little jobs in the house that have been put off for months, however today’s activity, putting up shelf units in the garage, has been cut short by the nemesis of the missing piece! Damn you flatpack! But, it has given me a chance to get stuck into some reviewing! First up on my list, Russia Industrial Death metallers, Conflict, and their 4th studio album, “Decision Code”. This was released back in April, but I’ve only just got round to it! Sorry, my bad!

I’m known to be rather partial to a bit of industrial metal, so my ears pricked up when Rick offered me this one, and it also has two of my favourite industrial artists, Jayce Lewis and Burton C. Bell, guesting! With this latest album, Conflict have delved into the exploration of a concept. Set in a dystopian future, Decision Code explores the conflict between man and machine – a concept that is becoming less unimaginable by the day.

The album starts with ‘2048’, a track that melds futuristic electro synth with rhythmical and mechanical guitars and beats, and Anna ‘Hel’ Milyanenko’s tortured growls. It certainly sets the tone for the album, purveying an image of the torment of the soul in a world run by machines, where the sense of ‘self’ is being lost in automation. The album continues in this vein, with most tracks being in a minor key, adding to the weight of the whole sound. It’s industrial, but it juxtaposes the mechanical monotony with progressive and almost djent style rhythmical sections. It’s certainly apocalyptic. It brings to mind the dirty, oil drenched landscapes of futuristic disaster movies, where only the strongest can survive and must fight to save what is left of the planet. It would make a great soundtrack to a movie or video game of this ilk.

An interesting bit of diversity is added in track 5, ‘Megapolis’, with the use of a melancholy saxophone line, which almost serves as an echo of the past, where free will and free thinking were still a thing. Many of the tracks also use synth strings which add to this melancholic yearning of the whole album.

This isn’t really an album to have a favourite track on, as it is more of a whole concept, and so should be taken as a whole piece. But for me, there are two that stand out. Firstly, track 11, ‘Deadlock’. This is the track that Jayce Lewis guests on. Aside from the fact that his vocals always get me in the feels, the chord progressions within this track are very pleasing, and it brings the heat down a little in the middle section to explore more piano and string sounds. This leads into a section of bass and drums in an irregular time signature, which wet my progressive whistle!

The final track, ‘New Industrial Order’, is also an absolute banger! Fully instrumental, apart from a small section of spoken word towards the end, its creepy introduction brings to mind a battlefield, at the point of ‘calm before the storm’. The warring factions standing motionless to either side, their eyes narrowing, assessing their foe, preparing to engage. Only here I get the feeling the foe are machines, and regardless of who wins the battle, there will be no real victory. As the track builds, it progresses into chugging chords and powerful rhythms. This would be the perfect soundtrack to a battle sequence played out in slow motion. It’s mournful and melancholy, and a brilliant way to finish the album. It almost feels like there should be a ‘To be continued…’ caveat at the end.

My one criticism with Decision Code is, for me, the synth sounds are at times, too far forward in the mix, and the clean vocals a little too far back. However, this doesn’t detract from the overall effect of the album.

Musically, this is an album of tracks that are riff laden and full of steel-like chunkiness, with a combination of tortured growls and clean vocals, neither of which outstay their welcome. It’s also really bass driven, which gives it a grind that’s very pleasing, in a masochistic kind of way! It sticks with the concept and portrays it extremely well. It’s always pleasing when an album fulfils a brief, and this is certainly one of those occasions. If you like the industrial nature of bands such as Meshuggah, Gojira, or Fear Factory, you will really enjoy this album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. 2048
02. Autonomous
03. Art of Resistance
04. D-Evolution (feat. Dave Lowmiller)
05. Megapolis
06. Decision Code (feat. Alex Blake)
07. To Serve and Protect
08. Room 101
09. Speechless (feat. Karsten “Jagger” Jäger)
10. The Architect (feat. Burton C. Bell)
11. Deadlock (feat. Jayce Lewis)
12. New Industrial Order

LINE-UP:
Anna ‘Hel’ Milyanenko – Vocals
Aleksey Kurpyakov – Bass
Rodion Skityayev – Guitar
Mikhail Conflictov – Drums

LINKS:
www.conflict-metal.com/
www.vk.com/conflictmetal
www.facebook.com/Conflictmetal
www.instagram.com/conflictmetalband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmnwlgm9GGZHt_pWSgjaFmw
www.conflict-metal.bandcamp.com/

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EMQ’s with DEVICE

EMQ’s with DEVICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Death/Thrash Metal band Device. Huge thanks to drummer Diego Campos 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 Diego, drummer of the Band. It started 15 years ago after the vocalist and a former guitarist watched a shitty band winning a contest to see which Band would be chosen to play at that year’s Porão do Rock Festival (The biggest one in the band’s city). On the next day, they gathered and started writing Device’s first song, ‘Mind Decay’. I filled in for the Band once in a concert in 2010 and joined them definitely in 2014.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our vocalist heard the story about how AC/DC came up with their name, so one time, drunk at a barbecue, he said he would came up with the name of his band in the same way. Then he looked under a broken electronic device, saw the word device and liked it, because It sounded like Deicide, but he didn’t know the meaning of that word back then. When he realized the meaning, It was already too late and decided to keep it

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

We are from Brasília, the capital of Brazil, but the scene is strong mainly in São Paulo, where all the bands from abroad come to tour, although a Lot of other places have their relevance, even with venues significantly smaller or fewer dedicated to extreme metal.

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

The EP “Godless”, released at the beginning of 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Deicide, Slayer, Sepultura, Ratos de Porão, Krisiun,

What first got you into music?

MTV’s Fúria Metal (Brazilian version of Headbangers’ Ball)

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

Krisiun

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

Obscene Extreme Metal Fest, the name says it all!

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

Panties.

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

Stay safe, stay home, buy bands merch.

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?

Travelling, knowing other places and meeting other people. We hate the small support to extreme Heavy Metal in Brazil.

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

The exaggerated attention to more popular genres, due to exclusively money issues.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign In Blood” from Slayer.

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

Fuck! Everyone has its importance. Download is more practical. But the feeling of opening a CD or vinyl and accompanying the songs reading the lyrics is amazing.

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

Porão do Rock festival (September 30th,2018).

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

Brewing beer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Max Kolesne, Moyses Kolesne and Alex Camargo, all from Krisiun. João Gordo, from Ratos de Porão.  Andreas Kisser and Max Cavalera, from Sepultura.

What’s next for the band?

We are in pre-production of our next full album

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

www.facebook.com/DeviceOfficial/
www.instagram.com/devicebehold/
www.deviceofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/39DALKz2wutb8cQFU6XoN8
www.youtube.com/user/DeviceVIDZ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never had one, but judging by its size, It would be a bolacha.

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

Support metal regionally, buy merch, It helps a lot! Stay safe now so we can go crazy next year, hopefully!

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EMQ’s with PUNCTURE WOUND

EMQ’s with PUNCTURE WOUND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gold Coast, Queensland based Old-School Death Metal band Puncture Wound. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Travis 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 Travis and I play rhythm Guitar. I started the band on the 6/6/16 with the simple vision of creating OSDM. The band consists of Alix on drums, Gene on vocals, Beau on bass and Pedro on lead guitar. To date, we have released a 4 track EP entitled “Brutal Butchery of Bargain Basement Bodies” and more recently, our debut full length, “Complete Carnage of Coagulating Cacophonous Corpses”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name on the same day I created the band. When I decided on the name, I did some searches and could not find any death metal bands with that name, which surprised me, so I stuck with the name, had a logo designed and away we went.

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

We are from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The actual scene on the Gold Coast is very small, but the broader scene in Australia has been and is very healthy. Australia has produced some of the best death metal bands which include Abramelin, Misery, Corpse Molestation, Necrotomy, Beyond Mortal Dreams, Darklord to name but a few.

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

Our latest release will be a single from the new album called ‘Devoid Mausoleum’ which is being released through CDN Records. The single is from the debut full length “Complete Carnage of Coagulating Cacophonous Corpses”. The single will be released by the time this is done and will be a lyric video on YouTube.

Devoid Mausoleum (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

All early old school death metal like Death, Incantation, early Cannibal Corpse, Dismember, Massacre. Basically, everything between 1989 and 1993. Hahaha. Basically, all the early Earache Records and Nuclear Blast releases.

What first got you into music?

I was drawn to music and my Father always had music playing in the car, house and I found my own stuff. In 1988 I was introduced to Anthrax, Metallica and Kreator which I just couldn’t get enough of. In 1990, I was introduced to Deicide and Morbid Angel and that is where my life changed for ever.

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

There is no specific band or musician. As long as they live for OSDM, I could see myself working with them.

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

I would prefer the smaller festivals that mainly have death metal. The Maryland Deathfest would be great.

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

Never received any gifts. So, if your reading this, and like our band, send us some love. Hahaha.

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

Please support all forms of music by buying bands merchandise, be it CDs, T-shirts, concert tickets. Most death metal bands do this for the love of it as there is no money to be made, however, by supporting bands like ours and buying merch, it allows us to keep it going and putting out more music, T-shirt designs and possible tours.

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

It would have to be the Godfather of death metal, Mr Chuck Schuldiner. The first 4 Death albums are all masterpieces. The death of Brett Hoffman really hit me hard, and I had never even met the guy. However, I bought “The 10 Commandments” when it first came out followed by “Retribution”. These 2 albums had a huge impact in my life during those years and it really struck a chord with me. He is really missed.

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

I enjoy the comradery and teamwork making/creating our music. It’s extremely fun and allows us to release stress. What I hate is the politics and bullshit involved behind the scenes. I stay away from all that and if it’s not a good fit for Puncture Wound, then we stay away from it.

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

Probably that bands get more of a cut from these fucking greedy online streaming services and the like. I hate to name and shame, Bandcamp is a good tool, but fuck me they take a huge percentage of digital sales. When I say huge, I mean nearly all of it. Don’t even get me started on the other so-called services like Spotify etc…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Massacre – “From Beyond”.

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

CD’s for quality of sound. Vinyl for layouts and visualisation. Downloads for convenience by loading several thousand songs/albums on your phone.

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

I really enjoyed our support slot of Artillery when they came to Australia. They were cool guys and we played tight and fast.

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

Just keep doing what I’ve been doing for 30 years. Keep buying death metal as I am a huge fan and collector. All formats. I have tons of t-shirts, CDs, tapes and vinyl. I just can’t get enough. Lately I’ve been buying and collecting the Xtreme Music 10”vinyl series.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Murphy, Mike Smith, Kam Lee, John McEntee and Brett Hoffman (R.I.P).

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on the follow up album, which will be our DDoDDD album, and will be released through CDN Records whenever it’s complete. We always have new bits and pieces of merchandise coming out so keep up to date with us if you want anything.

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

www.facebook.com/puncturewoundosdm
www.instagram.com/puncturewounddeathmetal
www.twitter.com/puncturewoundDM
www.youtube.com/user/jesusanal
www.puncturewound.bandcamp.com/releases
www.puncturewoundosdm.tumblr.com

Email at
puncturewounddeathmetal@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t really know what they are as they are not available here is Australia. But I have to say cake, simply because they have cake in their title. After a Google search the look to be a biscuit, so fucked if I know. hahaha Can they be both??

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

Thank you for the interview and interest in the band. Thanks to Craig and CDN Records for having faith in us and releasing the CD. Everyone should like and follow all of our pages and they all have different content that gets released on them.

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EMQ’s with RIVER OF SOULS

EMQ’s with RIVER OF SOULS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based DeathDoom band, River Of Souls. Huge thanks to guitarist Paul Beltman for taking part.

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

Hi, I’m Paul, guitarist in River of Souls. River Of Souls started as a project band in 2014 consisting of Bart (vocals) , Benjamin (bass guitar), and me on guitars and drums. In 2017 we released our debut full length titled “The Well Of Urd’. Since then, we have released an EP and a digital streaming single, and recently we released our 2nd full length album titled “Usurper”. Nowadays we aren’t a project band anymore, we have played a few shows and once the Covid19 stuff is over, we will play more shows. The current line-up is Bart on vocals, Mathijs and me on guitar and Koen on drums. Sadly, Benjamin quit playing recently, but we have a temporary bass player to fill the gap.

How did you come up with your band name?

Initially we had the name Fateweaver, but then we noticed there was another band with the same name. So, Bart came up with a truckload of possible band names, River Of Souls was the name we felt fitted the lyrics of the debut album best.

What country are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?

We’re from The Netherlands, the scene here is fairly good. There are many excellent bands here, and there are also a lot of venues to play at. However, the Dutch metal scene for some reason seems to be fonder of foreign bands than Dutch bands. Which I find strange, there are many really good bands here.

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

Our latest release is the full-length album “Usurper”, which gets many really positive reviews and other feedback from all over the world. We’re currently investigating a few options for distribution in the US and Europe.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Even though I’m trying to ‘steal’ the ideas from all kinds of genres, I think the first metal bands that I listened to, and that have convinced me to pick up an instrument, have influenced me most when it comes to composition.  So, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Helloween, Annihilator, and I think Morbid Angel should also be mentioned. Not saying we sound like any of those bands though, hahaha!

What first got you into music?

Well, the bands that I just mentioned are the ones that convinced me to become a musician. Especially Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Slayer.

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

Hahaha, dreams, dreams, dreams! Well, there are many people of whom I’d be honoured if they would be willing to appear as a guest musician on a future River Of Souls album. To name a few : Aaron Stainthorpe, James Murphy, Mike Wead, Devin Townsend, Andy LaRocque, Michael Denner, Hank Shermann, Frank Mullen, Steve Vai, etcetera.

On the composing side, I think collaborating with someone like Adrian Smith or Steve Harris, Lars Ulrich, Andrew Craighan, Jeff Waters, or Anders Nyström, would be something really interesting for me.

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

Eeehhhhh…Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, I think. Why? Because I usually only see really big and well-known bands there, hahaha. But I’d also settle with Wacken Open Air, Dynamo Metal Fest, Fortarock, or any other big open-air festival…hahaha. I don’t think we ever will reach such status!

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

That was with a band I played in in the past : a bracelet, from a cook in a venue in Poland. He was immensely intrigued by our performance; he gave me his silver bracelet as a thanks for the show!

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

Eehhhh…’Peace! and respect each and every one !’ Or something like that. I’m actually some kind of modern metal-Hippie.

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

Ronnie James Dio! And in case I have resurrected his soul myself, I’d command him to make a new record with Black Sabbath (Iommi/Butler/Ward). And he has to sing a few lines on a future River Of Souls album of course, hahaha!

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

I actually enjoy playing live the most. And by that, I mean playing, meeting people and talking to fellow musicians, and usually I find travelling also cool. What I hate, aside handling much heavy equipment, as that playing in a band isn’t just making music. In my case, and just temporary, River Of Souls is currently more like 5% playing/composing. All the other work is promotion, production, management, social media, etcetera, etcetera. But it is what it is, without the additional stuff, no one will check out the music, no shows will be booked, no albums will be made.

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

The end of music through the internet…but that will piss many people off I guess…?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Master of Puppets” by Metallica.

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

All is fine by me, as long as the musician gets paid an honest fee. (not talking about myself here, I’m saying this for the musicians that try to make a living with their art). Spotify and such services are killing the indie artist, and also the need for an album. In case you want to be fruitful on the streaming market, you’d better release many singles instead of a single release of an album…Also, on streaming, people usually check a single track, instead of a complete album. In our case, chances are high that people listen to 1 or 2 of our tracks, and don’t get a proper impression of our sound. We make albums that have multiple faces, and those albums make a musical journey. If you heard only 1 single song, you cannot say you’ve heard our music.

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

With River Of Souls ? That would be Dutch Doom Days 2018.

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

The same as I’m doing now: Full time job, and a family life. But then with more time for my other hobby’s, which are all kinds of technical stuff. Wood, metal, home improvement, electronics, etcetera.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My best friends! Michael, Peter, Ingmar, Jacco, Ferry, and Benjamin.  That’s 6…. Well, all or none.

What’s next for the band?

There’s a lyric video coming up for ‘A Spirit’s Weight’, we consider to release one of the bonus tracks of the CD on the streaming services later this year, and, we’re also preparing our drummer’s rehearsal room for recording, so, we might do a live studio set for youtube, or, we’ll start around October 2020 with the recording of a new EP, or something similar.

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

www.riverofsouls.nl/
www.facebook.com/riverofsoulsband/
www.riverofsouls.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UChSwGREYDEUw9AMhk0dE_Nw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4YTY52z5Uietm2rBUhhvel

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahaha! Definitely cakes. They’re too soft to be called a biscuit, imho!

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

Thank you for this interview! And in case people check us out, please take the time to experience the complete “Usurper” album. Thanks!

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