Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)

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Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/09/2019
Running Time: 26:00
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Since I became an album reviewer I have been lucky to discover many incredible bands. Some bands don’t care about my reviews, but other bands care a lot. In some cases, they not only care a lot, but create a good connection and friendship when we feel that we have the same spirit and love for Heavy Metal. What the hell am I talking about? What I mean is when both sides really want to do the best to promote Heavy Metal; you will probably have an awesome connection, as I have with Casket Robbery.

When I first heard Casket Robbery, I was an inexperienced writer trying to find the words to define them and today I still think how impressive and different they are from the typical Death Metal bands. Their music consists of a strong Metal that will rapidly explode your head. Riffs and catchy short solos create a different sonority. Cory Scheider adds some distorted melodies to increase the horror spirit from the lyrics and Megan Orvold has an insane vocal. I bet you cannot hear her screams without imagining her big eyes staring into you at a concert. The drum parts are incredibly fast, but have many different variations which mean it is not repetitive.

This EP was originally released in 2017 and this extended version has added the newest single ‘From Hell’ (2019) that has an interesting history. The members had a contest called “Evil Laugh” and their fans sent a recorded laugh to be part of this track. A few days ago I discovered that MY LAUGH is on it too. Yes, my friends! I sent my evil laugh as a fan and it is there with many other crazy people’s laugh!

The other three bonus tracks are just Megan and Cory talking about the compositions and recording process while the songs play in a background. ‘Pockets Lined With Flowers’ is still my favourite song with a killer scream from Megan opening the musical destruction. The rhythmical changes across the EP are awesome. There is a morbid atmosphere created by backing vocals or short guitar melodies similar to the keyboard and synths from Fear Factory.

“The Ascension” shows how powerful a band Casket Robbery is. It is a mix of heaviness from good Death Metal, Groove and horror stories played with huge anger, by experienced musicians.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Pockets Lined With Flowers
02. From Hell (BONUS TRACK)
03. The Ascension
04. Lilith
05. Pockets Lined With Flowers – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
06. From Hell – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
07. The Ascension – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
08. Lilith – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)

LINE-UP:
Megan Orvold – Vocals
Cory Scheider – Guitars
Jeremy Kohnmann- Guitars
Alex Simpson – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/casketrobbery/

https://www.instagram.com/casketrobbery/

https://www.youtube.com/user/casketrobbery

 

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EMQ’s with TARGET

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EMQ’s with TARGET

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based Experimental/Death Metal band Target! Huge thanks to Vocalist Andrés Piña 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 Andrés, but everyone who knows me in my family, work or the music industry, calls me Andy.

I’ve been singing at Target since the band was formed in 2004 in Santiago, Chile. Over time the band has been mutating in search of its own style. This year 2019, we have just released the “Deep Water Flames” album that has opened us many doors in the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

Very naively, many years ago we looked for something short, effective and easy to be remembered, and I think we got it. Now, in recent years we have deciphered a concept based on our desire to show our music to the world in a professional way. Basically that is our Target.

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

We are from Chile, South America. Our scene is a diamond in the rough. There are many good bands but only some have plans to go international. It is a scene that lives to be validated internally, without causing a side effect of border expansion. It is something in which as a Chilean musical culture we have to work, since there is a lot of potential.

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

Our Latest release is “Deep Water Flames” LP 2019 available in our Social Media platforms and via Australis Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly the music of the world, but with the unconscious tendency to be sad and melancholic! Happy music definitely doesn’t go with me. Metal, Trip hop, doom jazz, experimental music, OST are my favourites. In these moments of my life strongly influenced by bands like Bohren & der club of gore, The Killimanjaro Jazz Ensemble, Radiohead, Black Chamber, Deaf Center, Ulver, Ion Dissonance, Daylight Dies, DSO, Subheim, Klone and obviously the classic pillars of metal world.

What first got you into music?

I remember when I was a child I listened a lot of rock with my dad; Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Ten Years After, Credence, also abounded a lot of classical music in my house. But what really marked me was without a doubt; Soda Stereo (Argentinian Iconic Rock Band) and later thanks to a friend from the school, Sepultura; the band that changed my life forever.

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

Good question since here I appeal directly to utopia! Haha! There are many people that I admire for their artistic ability to convey ideas, thoughts, feelings; Maynard from Tool, Yorke from Radiohead, Reznor from NIN. But realistically, the dream would be to do something with Cult of Luna, the people of Converge, Carl Michael of Ved Buens Ende, Garm & Ulver or definitely talk with people from Bohren & der club of Gore, my greatest influence these days.

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

I think the obvious answer would be great metal festivals like; Wacken, Hellfest, etc …, but multi stylistic festivals have always attracted my attention. Massive events where many styles, cultures converge! Places where respect is the fundamental thing.

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

Mmm, nothing fancy, beers, weed and a lot of alcohol which is always a good gift. Haha!

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

Now I sound like my dad haha. Daring to do different things, trying to innovate, abandoning comfort zones is part of self-knowledge as human beings. Be very professional, responsible and punctual. Always with your feet on the ground, keep things good, eliminate what hurts. Do not stay in the past, evolve. Never give up! Only hard work will lead you to fulfil your dreams.

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

Steve Hurdle from Gorguts/Negativa without a doubt! We talked several times, and in addition to his enormous musical influence, as a person he gave me some advice that I will keep in a very special place in my heart.

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

What I love; the creativity definitely. To create something from nothing and transform it into sounds, music, a concept. Share with friends, camaraderie and respect. Meet people, talk to them. Listen to what they feel when they discover your music, many times on the other side of the world, and How you affect their lives, that is priceless. What I hate; Envy and ignorance.

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

I know it’s impossible, but clearly the business itself. Money and profits are above creativity in many cases. That’s sad. In Chile, closed circles are a way in which you can access to be visible. Be a cocksucker to get benefits over the work. It is very common these days!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is difficult! Just one! I have many! Mmm, not in the exact order and maybe I forget some, but here I go;

Sepultura – “Arise”

Opeth – “My Arms Your Hearse”

Radiohead – “Amnesiac”

Ulver – “Perdition City” & “Shadows Of The Sun”.

Death – “Symbolic”

Soda Stereo – “Sueño Stereo” & “Confort y música para volar”.

Bohren & der club of Gore – “Sunset Mission”

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

It depends a lot on the context, but I am definitely a CD and vinyl collector. I see it as a way to transfer culture to my children. A legacy! Downloads are for times when quality is not something important.

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

I remember several. Outside Santiago de Chile, it’s always the best. People approach without ego to hear from you. They buy your merch and connect with a show you prepared for them. They give it the value it deserves.

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

I would probably be training UFC, or dedicating all the time I dedicate to Target, to my family.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Maynard James Keenan, David Fincher, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Viggo Mortensen, Carl Michael Eide. A Chilean barbecue would be great!

What’s next for the band?

We continue working to bring our music to the world, because with “Deep Water Flames” and its results we are convinced that it can be done. Compose new music and why not; Take an international tour in 2020.

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

https://targetchile.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/targetfromchile/

www.instagram.com/target_chile/

“Deep Water Flames” – Streaming Platforms;

https://www.deezer.com/sv/album/85574852

https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Btcdk2w6sebxvn6wobrnohl32oy

https://music.apple.com/mx/album/deep-water-flames/1450614259

Contact; targetblast@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are not sold in Chile. I recommend the “negritas”, the best chocolate cookie in Chile, by far.

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

Thank you very much for this great interview! And we invite you to discover Target and our new album “Deep Water Flames”, where we fuse death metal with the atmospheric and cinematic climate of a trip without return.

 

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EMQ’s with CRS

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EMQ’s with CRS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Mexican Death Metal band CRS (Cirrosis)! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

We are CRS a Death Metal band from Sonora, Mexico, formed in 1991 under the name Cirrosis by Francisco “Chucky” Oroz and Sir OZ, being the only original members in the current line-up. Due to its technical capacity in which early incorporated progressive elements and melodic alone, they quickly won notoriety in the local and national underground scene. CRS live performances were characterized by their intensity and fury, becoming soon a cult band. In this early days, songs such as ‘Masacre Infinita’ and ‘Tu última blasfemia’ emerged. In 1996, “Joseph Lev” joined the band and recorded their first demo “The Land of Addiction”, which was distributed in a very limited way. In 1999, CRS recorded their first studio album “Reciclando Desesperación” in Spanish language, which compiled themes composed since the beginning, offering an extensive range of Death Metal styles with good quality mix and production. Song like ‘Fariseos’, ‘Dame tu muerte’ y ‘Negando lo no negado’ stood out. In 2001, CRS decided to stop because its members wished continue with their personal and professional projects. In 2014, Concreto Records reissued the album “Reciclando Desesperación” which is described as “The misfit sound that disturbed a style in Mexico that can currently teach lessons to actual modern “bands. 20 years later, CRS is recording its second album under study, “The Collector of Truths” which will also be edited by Concreto Records. To date, five singles have been released: ‘A Better Place To Hate’ and ‘Tan Lejos de Dios’, where international artist Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira), plays drums, also the songs ‘Asfixia’ ‘Kill My Name’ and ‘The Daydreamer’s Nightmare’ are available.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name that we adopted from fans who were seeing us play at different gigs. We were binge beer drinkers so people started calling us “Cirrosis” (CRS is an abbreviation of that) to identify us. So we took that name.

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

We’re from México! Our country has a somewhat complicated stage, but the important thing is that we have very good bands in all metal genres, too talented. However, better platforms are needed to transcend and offer something of higher quality. We have a bunch of metalheads and many international concerts but Mexicans should support more the national scene.

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

It’s a song called ‘TAN LEJOS DE DIOS’ (Nowhere But Here).
Lyric video:
https://youtu.be/NEi1A85Gex4

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fear Factory, Carcass, Cynic, Pestilence, Morbid Angel, Kreator, Sepultura.

What first got you into music?

Music itself, it’s simply something I feel deeply and its brutal expression is important and urgent for us.

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

Actually, we had a collaboration with Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira) who plays Drums on the songs ‘A Better Place To Hate’ and ‘Tan Lejos de Dios’ and also, with Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid) who plays bass on ‘The Art Of Breathing’.
We’d love to work with some members of Meshuggah.

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

We’d love to play in the HELL AND HEAVEN FEST, because is a great one but the most important is here, in Mexico, we wish people all around the world could learn about Mexico, we can compete with any international fest.

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

I can’t remember anything really weird, but we feel very fortunate that our fans make their own shirts and merch. It feels great when they use the ones we design but when they make their own we feel really honoured.

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

Never stop expressing what you feel, release everything, even the negative and enjoy the music. STAY BRUTAL!

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

PANTERA

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

We enjoy the composition and the recording process of an album. We enjoy seeing the final result of what we have done. We don’t hate anything about music, although we disagree with piracy and abuse in the industry.

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

The unfair way songwriters are treated under current laws.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Destroy, Erase, Improve” by Meshuggah.

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

Difficult question! Sir OZ (vocalist) has a really big collection of Vinyl and CD´s. There is something special in the ritual of putting a record on the turntable, not only a nostalgia thing but a way to listen music in a sacred audio room. However, we´re not against digital formats particularly FLAC or WAV files.

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

There are a lot, we have great memories, but we really loved remembering local gigs in a place called PRD.

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

Actually, all of us have different jobs. We have a multi Grammy nominated producer (not in metal music) and also a lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hahaha great question: Dimebag Darrell, Nikki Sixx, Fredrik Thordendal, Mattias ‘IA’ Eklundh and Devin Townsend.

What’s next for the band?

Finish the album and promote it. Once that is over, we will analyze the possibility of playing live and even recording a show.

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

https://music.apple.com/hn/artist/cirrosis/895619047
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvTfCrbF0rl4KzgoTU2WRQ
https://www.facebook.com/CirrosisBand and https://www.facebook.com/crsmetalband/
https://twitter.com/cirrosisband
https://www.reverbnation.com/crsband
https://soundcloud.com/crs-metal

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha a Cake!!

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

We are very grateful for your interview and congratulations for supporting metal.

 

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EMQ’s with CASKET ROBBERY

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EMQ’s with CASKET ROBBERY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview Madison, WI. Death Metal band Casket Robbery! Huge thanks to guitarist Cory Scheider 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?

Hey, I’m Cory. I play guitar in Casket Robbery. We started this thing as a recording project around 2012 and it just grew from there on its own. Kind of an unplanned thing at the time but it kept showing potential. So we kept grinding away at it and it’s been a fun and crazy ride since!

How did you come up with your band name?

In the early days we had a couple names kicking around. Casket Robbery was mentioned and it was like, “that HAS to be the name”, luckily it wasn’t taken by any bands.

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

We are from the United States, in the Midwest region. It is really awesome out here. There are so many killer bands around that are very actively touring or playing killer shows. We love what’s happening here and being a part of it.

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

We have an upcoming music video/single coming out in July that we are so stoked for! We’ve had it done for a while and now we’ve got everything set to release it. It’s a song we ran a contest for with our fans. Everyone was able to send in their best “evil laugh” and we actually ended up including every person and mixing them all together in various parts of the song! It’s super cool to be able to include our fans in this one. It’s really special to us.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Horror movies! Sick, twisted, and gore filled movies. They kind of set the tone for this band.

What first got you into music?

I actually saw an acoustic guitar player in grade school. He was playing a bunch of songs for our class and I thought, hey that would be cool to do.

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

I’d love to with Dave Mustaine or David Ellefson! I’m a huge Megadeth fan and that would be amazing. Actually, just being able to watch them create something would be life changing haha. I’ve been lucky to be able to meet David Ellefson and he’s such a cool guy!

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

I think I would have to go with Maryland Deathfest, Vegas Death fest and of course Full Terror Assault Fest would be fun to play again. There are so many awesome festivals that I can’t just choose one!

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

My favourite was walking around in the dark behind a venue in South Dakota someone walked up with a big cow skull and asked if I wanted it. My biggest regret was getting rid of it because our van had this nasty smell a couple days later and we thought it was the skull haha!

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

Thank you! That’s it. I can’t ever thank them enough. We are super close and connected with our fans.

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

Dimebag! I never got to see him live.

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

I enjoy being onstage. I think that’s what fuels me and the whole band. There are small moments I hate here and there but I wouldn’t change anything. Those moments are the ones that define who you are.

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

I just wish music, to the general public, was a more sought after thing. I always hear older people talk about how they’d go out every weekend to the local bar and check out music or go dancing, etc. It was THE thing to do. It seems it was a big deal, a main source of entertainment. Now, it’s less like that generally speaking.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”. This was a game changer for me in my guitar playing and stuck with me as an influence all these years later. Those riffs!

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

Streaming! I can have all the music I want at a split second and create playlists instantly. And for bands you can have your music at ANYONE’s fingertips instantly. It’s absolutely amazing!

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

There are so many memorable ones… I’ll name a few. Opening for Cannibal Corpse in our hometown, Full Terror Assault Festival, and our hometown spots are always a blast.

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

I’d be running a business of some kind. I have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nergal, Randy Blythe, Blasko, Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine.

What’s next for the band?

We have a new single and music video to release in July and a bunch of Midwest shows this summer! Lots coming up! And we’re in deep into writing our second album.

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

Check us out on Spotify;
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1hk8xvYSntYuamzhIlPoj8
Facebook;
https://www.facebook.com/casketrobbery/
Or you can find everything else you need here;
www.casketrobbery.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what a Jaffa cake is! It looks like a biscuit. But I bet it feels like a cake in the ole yapper.

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

Just want to say thanks for this interview! Really appreciate it.

 

Casket Robbery

 

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Entombed – Live Clandestine

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Entombed – Live Clandestine
Threeman Records
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 54:00
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Live albums, as I’ve stated before, are something of an issue for me. They should be devoured ravenously, but sometimes, like vegetable pizza, they just don’t live up to expectations.

Too often, live albums suffer with poor sound, ruining the immersive experience. Other times, they’re just a cynical cash-in to milk fans of more money, when there’s no new product to flog.

Occasionally, a live recording will deliver the goods – and even I have to admit that this album from Entombed is pretty damn impressive.

What we have here is Entombed celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic “Clandestine” album with a performance of the work in full, from start to finish. Original members Nicke Andersson (drums), Uffe Cederlund (guitar) and Alex Hellid (guitar) are joined by Robert Andersson (vocals) and Edvin Aftonfalk (bass) – both from Morbus Chron. These five musicians recreate a mighty masterpiece which is both exciting and vital.

“Clandestine” was Entombed’s second album, and followed in the footsteps of its predecessor to help breathe life into Death Metal. With this concert performance, the sound is great – those buzzsaw guitars really attack the senses – showing the band are on top form. Audience noise is present, but not intrusive, actually helping put the record in context nicely.

The songs are still just as savage, just as brutal – serving as a fine reminder of just how great “Clandestine” was. Or is! All of the tracks are meticulously recreated, but it sounds as intended – as a tribute and celebration, not a cash in. “Left Hand Path” (from the debut album), tagged on at the end, makes the listener crave more.

Great live recordings should enable the listener to feel like they were actually there. The performance and sound must be both representative of the studio material, yet also have the power to immerse the listener in the experience. Entombed have succeeded in capturing a great performance and atmosphere with “Live Clandestine”. Fans will be rabid for this; for the uninitiated it’s well worth investigating.

Still, I can only award 8 out of 10 – because as good as this is, I can’t help wishing we had new material from Entombed to gorge on.

Fun live album fact: if you play Iron Maiden’s “Live After Death” backwards, you’ll hear Bruce Dickinson rehearsing voice-overs for Lucozade adverts. FACT!

TRACKLISTING:
01. INTRO
02. LIVING DEAD
03. SINNERS BLEED
04. EVILYN
05. BLESSED BE
06. STRANGER AEONS
07. CHAOS BREED
08. CRAWL
09. SEVERE BURNS
10. THROUGH THE COLONNADES
11. LEFT HAND PATH

LINKS:
http://entombed.org
https://www.facebook.com/entombedclandestine/

http://www.youtube.com/theentombed

 

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EMQ’s with FULCI

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EMQ’s with FULCI

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Death Metal band FULCI! Huge thanks to band member ‘Dome’ 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 everyone my name is Dome and I play guitar, synth and drum programming in the band called Fulci. The band was born in 2013 with me, Fiore on vocals and Klem on bass guitar. We know each other since 20 years or more and we just decided to put together two things we love: horror movies and death metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our favourite director is Lucio Fulci and we think that his gore movies influenced a lot the themes and the esthetic of many extreme metal bands. Our idea since the beginning was to make music inspired by Lucio’s movies so we simply decided to call the band with his name.

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

We are called Fulci because he was Italian like us. We were born and raised in Caserta a small town near Naples in the South of Italy. South Italy has never been on the metal/rock map so there is not a real scene, that’s why we created a crew called CBC (Caserta Beatdown Commando) made up of local bands, tattoo artists, writers and producers that help each other out.

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

Our last release is “Tropical Sun” a full length concept album based on the movie ‘Zombi 2’. The previous album was based on the movie “City of the Living Dead” and our idea is to go on making albums based on the Lucio Fulci movies. Guess which will be the next? The artwork was made by Misanthropic art and we love it. Inside the booklet you can find another ‘Zombi 2’ inspired artwork by our talented friend Danny Bellone.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We listen to a lot of music, from electronic to hardcore, from punk to stoner but the main influences in Fulci is death metal and movie soundtracks. We are influenced by the NY death metal scene (Suffocation, Mortician, Necrophagia) by the Morrisound era of Cannibal Corpse, Gorguts, Obituary or Morbid Angel. We have also some slam influences coming from Internal Bleeding, Disgorge, early Dying Fetus and Devourment and some epic influences coming from early Nile or Bolt Thrower. We are influenced also by the soundtrack composers such as Fabio Frizzi, Goblin or Carpenter.

What first got you into music?

My family is very big and full of amateur musicians so I grew up listening to music and seeing people playing but my cousin Rocco was the first one to introduce me to the metal world! He did for me a mixtape with Sepultura, Obituary, Life of Agony and Machine Head! Thanks to him and to my family.

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

Fabio Frizzi or Mortician!

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

Sundance Film Festival to bring Lucio where he deserves to be or Burning Man because it has an incredible scenario!

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

Strange drugs maybe?

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

Life is awesome so don’t take for granted any of your days on this planet earth and of course listen to death fucking metal!

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

Chuck Schuldiner of Death!

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

The energy that you can feel between the band and the people during the show is something I really like, it is powerful. I hate to clean up the stage and load the van!

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

I’d like to change the word “industry” with the word “factory” like the Andy Warhol one.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Cannibal Corpse – “Tomb of the Mutilated”

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

Vinyl and Spotify!

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

We just came back from a tour on the US West Coast! All the gigs were wicked! Especially Las Vegas Death Fest where Roger from Mortician saw us playing!

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

The actor, the photographer or the skater!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I will cook a very good Italian pasta, I’ll open up a good red wine bottle and invite for dinner: Lucio Fulci, Chris Barnes, Uma Thurman, Killjoy (Necrophagia Vocalist R.I.P.) and Danny Trejo.

What’s next for the band?

We will make some gigs in Italy and hopefully in Europe to promote the new album. Time to Kill Records is helping us so much and in September they will drop “Tropical Sun” in vinyl format. Then we will start to work on our third album.

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

I’m an Instagram addict so you can find the band under the name FULCICULT . Our personal Instagram pages are PIZZASTYLE, MATUL TRIBAL CULT and KLEM DIGLIO. We are also on Facebook as Fulciband. We have also a CBC store at www.cbcunited.com.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

You can call it “biscake” or “cakesquit”.

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

Thank you so much for the interview and hello and grazie to all the readers! Support death metal. Fulci lives!

 

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, Canada Death Metal solo project Haiduk! Huge thanks to Luka Milojica 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 the solo project Haiduk and I play rhythm guitar. I also handle vocals, bass and drum programming. I was disillusioned with the metal scene and wanted to do something different while staying true to fast, dark metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

In Balkan and East European history and folklore, a ‘hajduk’ is a lone warrior who lives in the forest and fights against outsiders. It’s a reflection of my personality and background.

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

Canada has a good metal scene. I don’t focus too much on any scene and it doesn’t affect me. I focus on Haiduk and not on what anyone else is doing.

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

My latest offering is “Exomancer”. On this album I tried to create a dark atmosphere by combining fast riffs with layers of evil melodies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, etc., in the beginning. After that, it was black metal. The first two solo projects I heard about were Burzum and Vintersorg, and they kind of showed that it can be done alone. There’s also some influence from later Swedish thrash/death bands like Carnal Forge and Vomitory.

What first got you into music?

I was fortunate to have an older brother and a cousin who both listened to metal.

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

Haiduk!

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

Preferably some underground death fest that hasn’t been commercialized yet. These major fests that have once respectable black metal bands opening for nu metal and rock are a shame.

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

A wooden block, with the Haiduk logo perfectly cut and carved into it.

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

Thank you for the support.

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

Fuck bringing them back? The scene is crowded with these 50 and 60-year-olds bands. More of them should die. Or at least stop making music.

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

The best part is writing the songs. In composing, you hold all the power, and there are an infinite number of decisions.

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

I don’t think that way. The industry is out of my control. I just look at how it is and the best ways to infiltrate it as much as possible, while staying true to myself and true to metal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Arise”

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

CD.

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

The best gigs are usually the album release shows. For the “Spellbook” show I played the whole album front to back. For “Demonicon” in 2016 and for “Exomancer” this year it was total chaos, with huge turnout, fights breaking out and support from the best local black metal bands.

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

Something else creative. Writing books, maybe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

No idea. Maybe a few influential guitarists. I had a chance to meet Kerry King and Dave Mustaine and they were both cool and down to earth, so maybe them and some others.

What’s next for the band?

More promotion for “Exomancer” through shows and online media.

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

My homepage, Bandcamp, and Youtube!
https://www.haiduk.ca/
https://haiduk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HAIDUKplague

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They need their own subgenre.

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

Order ‘Exomancer’ at www.haiduk.ca or http://haiduk.bandcamp.com.

Haiduk

 

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Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

 

Hi everyone, Rick Here.
I would like to send a huge thank you to Daniel Stapleton of Overtone Music for sending us this wonderful album of photos!
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Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

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Morbidfest
Coventry Empire
01/05/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
Photos by Daniel Stapleton

Contrary to what the name suggests, this wasn’t a festival, but a date on the EU and UK tour of four death metal stalwarts; Sadist, Atrocity, Vital Remains, and I Am Morbid. All four bands had prepared special sets for the show, and I was really looking forward to seeing what they could do!

My first impression of the venue was that the stage was a really good size. It meant that all the bands would have plenty of space to perform and it wouldn’t look too cramped, which is an issue with some venues.

There was a small, but excited audience gathered, and the atmosphere was already electric, and when the bands were playing, it notched up to awesome!

Sadist
Italian progressive death metallers, Sadist, were first on the bill, presenting their recently released album, “Spellbound”. Straight away they set the tone for the evening firmly to ‘brutal’, with lead singer Trevor Sadist coming out on to the stage brandishing a chainsaw menacingly in the air! The set was heavy and intense from start to finish, and considering they were the opening act, they really set the place on fire! Stunning guitar solos where backed up by a combination of solid rhythms, chunky bass, haunting keyboards and powerful screaming and growling vocals. I really enjoyed their set – what a great way to start!

01 Sadisthttps://www.facebook.com/Sadist-466835156803523/

Atrocity
Next up were German outfit, Atrocity. They were going to have to put on one hell of a performance to follow what we had just seen though! They were also performing their most recent release, “Okkult”, which is the first album in a trilogy that they will be releasing. They started off their set at a fast pace, with some really good solos early on, which got the crowd going. Again, they were heavy as hell! The vocals were dark and growling, but for me they were far too low in the mix and you weren’t able to hear much of them, which was a shame. They were still really good, but, like I said, we had all been spoilt by the brilliant Sadist set, and they didn’t quite reach that height for me.

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Vital Remains
Our penultimate act of the night were American death metal veterans, Vital Remains, who were performing a special 30th Anniversary set for this tour. They were awesome, from start to finish. Musically so tight, showing their experience brilliantly, and the huge screams of Brian Werner sent the audience wild. They interacted so well with the crowd too and Brian Werner even did a bit of crowd surfing which was epic and not something I have seen before, so it was great fun! This has to be one of the best live sets I have had the pleasure of witnessing, and I really hope I get the chance to see them again soon.

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I Am Morbid
Started by front man David Vincent, and Guitarist Tim Yeung, both former members of Death Metal legends Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid played a set of classic material from Morbid Angel’s “Altars Of Madness”, “Blessed Are The Sick”, “Covenant”, and “Domination” albums. David Vincent is regarded as one of the godfathers of Death Metal, so it was guaranteed to go down well. It was intense from the first note, with guaranteed headbanging all round! The crowd lapped it up, and chanted MORBID, MORBID, MORBID, and the band interacted well with the crowd, which made for a great atmosphere. However, their set was marred with technical issues. They had to restart one song after a problem with the mic, and then in another they had an issue with one of the guitars, meaning that the guitarist had to switch to the back up. However, we did get treated to a pretty fine guitar solo from the other guitarist whilst this was happening – it went on for about 5 minutes! It is a shame that they had the technical issues really, because the rest of the set was spot on.

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All in all, I had a really great night, with the highlights being Vital Remains, and the blistering opening set from Sadist. I really hope I get the chance to see these bands again soon, as they were all top quality, and I recommend anyone who likes their metal firmly on the Death Metal side of things to go and check them all out.

 

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EMQ’s with Misanthropik Torment

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EMQ’s with Misanthropik Torment

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lexington, Kentucky Metal band Misanthropik Torment. Huge thanks to Erick for taking part! He answered the questions differently from most so rather than change everything to fit, I have just left his answers here. His story is an extremely interesting one and deserves to be heard!

My name is Erick Leviathan Scarlet. I am vocalist, lyricist and founder of MISANTHROPIK TORMENT.

Coming up with the name MISANTHROPIK TORMENT was quite easy. I mean, I just spent the past 16 years of my life in prison for stabbing a pedophile and mutilating his genitals! So needless to say I have a lot of built-up rage due to the Injustices that I have seen in my 37 years of existence. By my nature I am not a hateful person, however I have a lot of hatred for most of humanity, because of what we are doing to this planet, because of the Injustices that go on in this world not to mention the abuse that children suffer from, so I am tormented by my own hatred, by my own misanthropy, thus the name Misanthropik Torment.

Misanthropik Torment has a simple message. Stand against all that is wrong in this world! If you’re not part of the solution you are part of the problem. The sole purpose of Misanthropik Torment is to stand against tyranny, as an advocate for the execution of all domestic terrorists alongside of pedophiles, rapists and those who would prey upon the weak, WE MUST KILL THEM! I for one will no longer sit back in the shadows quietly observing the sickness of humanity!

Misanthropik Torment is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. The underground metal scene is pretty badass out here and there are a lot of good underground metal bands who don’t get enough exposure and don’t get the recognition that they deserve. It is also my goal to help other underground bands get that recognition and exposure because, I myself, know how hard it is to kick this fucking door open.

I have to say that I am influenced by old school black/death metal bands like DEATH, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KING DIAMOND & MORBID ANGEL etc. I mean the list goes on I could sit here and list off so many bands but what’s the point I think you all get the point. But my goal is to bring back the sound of old school black/death metal with my own unique twist to it.

At the moment I am independent but I would love to get endorsed by Roadrunner or Metal Blade. I have worked with several social media Outlets and at the moment I am working strong with METAL COFFEE PR in the hopes that one of these record labels will hear me and come swoop me up LOL one can only dream though right.

When I first started my goal was to just get a CD made and get on the radio, get my music out there for other people to hear and all, that was my first goal. I have to say that yes I have accomplished that goal but my ultimate goal at the end of the day, after I have met all of my smaller goals in my music, is to be signed by Roadrunner Records, Metal Blade or another label that is keeping the true sound of metal alive not the mainstream crap that is all over the radio. I understand that there are a lot of mainstream metal bands signed with Roadrunner and maybe some with Metal Blade but those record labels still keep the underground alive as well.

I really don’t have an answer to this question the digital age is new to me I mean I just spent over half my life Behind Bars and all this technology came out while I was there so I’m barely learning how to use any of this. The best thing I can say is remain undeterred and keep knocking your head against that wall until the wall cracks or your head does!
I myself have a goal to sound the same on a CD as I do live. I do not allow my producer to do any weird shit with my voice if I can’t pull it off live. So yeah, I do lose some respect for those bands who are putting autotone and all kinds of other crazy shit on themselves! I mean I don’t like it but everybody’s got their own tastes!

I am metal and I tell you what I despise… being divided in different genres. I believe that metal is metal and in my music I preach about the division that the government puts upon us down to the music that we listen to, to the shoes that we wear! It’s causing the division to keep us all distracted from what’s really going on out there in the world. Everybody’s so focused on fighting over what genre & what sub-genre and what belongs where and what box they fit into and while we’re all paying attention to that crap we’re not looking at what’s happening, slowly how the government is coming in and twisting shit and creating the Panic the profit from The Cure. So I subscribe to nothing I say metal is metal and leave it be!

I believe that I am good I mean a lot of people say I am. There’s 3,000 fans on my Reverbnation that say I am and I’ve only been doing this for four or five months, I mean I’m not sure if I’m the best and I don’t want to be the best I just want to be up there with the best if that makes any sense but no I would not like to be the new in thing I want to be the original thing I want to be the sound of metal and that’s it I don’t want to be another fucking Nickelback!

What people can expect from Misanthropik Torment is pure, raw, extreme aggression and other ways of evoking that raw emotion from people that might even make you fucking cry with anger. You know I say this shit, that everybody else is thinking but they’re too scared to say. When you come to a Misanthropik Torment show you will know that you are at a Misanthropik Torment show not some fucking carbon copy of some other band that did it first!

I haven’t put anything out yet as far as releases but I do have three albums done already. My first album It’s called rebelled Against The Establishment power belongs to the people. My second album is called “Purification”. And my third is a single titled ‘E.1.L.3.S.2.10PER10’. All three of these albums will be released in the middle of March. I want to come out swinging I wanted to do something that no other band has done before and I believe that I am accomplishing that cuz I don’t believe any other band has come out with three albums as their first approach., shortly after these albums come out misanthropik torment will be going back into the studio to record a “Decade of Endurance” which is an album diving into the psyche of the convict in prison life. Also there will be a book in the near future.

Currently there is one video on YouTube titled ‘The Devil Made Me Do It .There will be future videos those are in the works at the moment.
https://youtu.be/ftYJA3jpwCE

I’m not sure how I feel about this you know I’m not doing music for the money although it would be nice to make some money for doing what I love. This is kind of a hard question to answer because Bandcamp, Reverbnation and SoundCloud etc, these help underground artists get their music out there as otherwise they wouldn’t be heard and the same thing with YouTube however nobody’s getting paid for it and we’re putting a lot of money into what we do I myself put a lot of money into this and not seen a dime back and I’m not complaining you know I’m just saying that at some point we all have to support our families or not just a bunch of crazy motherfuckers hanging from chandeliers that have loads of cash on standby.

Best moment in my career so far is being in the studio being free and out of prison and able to pursue my dream!

My message to the fans is I cherish each and every one of you. I get my music for myself, it is therapeutic and it helps me, however, I would not have a reason to continue to do it. I would get bored very quickly if I could not have you guys to enjoy what I do so thank you very much for giving me the opportunity taking the time to give me a shot and listen to what I do. With that I say eat sleep and breathe Metal!!!

 

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