EMQ’s With REMISSION

EMQ’s With REMISSION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Melodic Death/Thrash band Remission. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/vocalist, Jacson Robb, 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 Jacson, I play lead guitars and am lead vocalist of my band Remission. The concept for the band began around February of 2014, and we started playing our first shows around the middle of 2015. Original members comprise of drummer Lewis Oliver and me with new members Josh Vaile and Curt Everett joining the fold last year. I truly believe that THIS is the line-up Remission was always meant to have, so we’ll just gloss over previous endeavours for now 😉

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was originally suggested by Lewis at the end of 2014, and we thought it was good to have a name that stood out from the usual cliché of a “metal” band.

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

We are from Perth in Western Australia. We have a few really great bands out of our city including Earth Rot, Xenobiotic, Voyager and Daybreak, to name a few. Australia in itself has an amazingly diverse metal scene, and right now bands such as Polaris, Alphawolf, Justice for the Damned and many others are seeing that the fan base of heavy music here is very much alive, well, and growing by the minute!

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

We released our debut album “The Tether’s End” on November 15th last year (2019), and the response so far has been utterly astounding in its positivity!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) and David Davidson (Revocation). I have been lucky enough to meet both of these guys, most recently having the opportunity to tour with Revocation in Japan.

What first got you into music?

My Dad was the first one to get me into music. He has played guitar for most of his life, so growing up there was always a guitar around. He used to have a white Stratocaster that I found particularly enthralling as a young kid!

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

Alexi Laiho and Dave Davidson together on one massively sick guitar shred track. That’s the stuff of dreams!

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

I would choose Metaldays in Slovenia. The festival looks like it’s in such a beautiful setting, with forests and rivers that you can swim in, as well as insane crowds! Although I believe Wacken is the holiest of holy grails in terms of festivals for any band who is into metal.

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

To be honest, I can’t think of any really weird gifts I’ve received from fans. If someone wants to be the first to kick off the list, do feel free! Hahaha!

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

Thank you for supporting us on our short yet fledgling journey thus far. We have new music in the works, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy creating it. Keep an eye out for new merchandise and items from us, your support goes way further than you could think!

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

Dimebag. No question.

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

I enjoy everything about being a musician. Sure, it would be nice to have a career where one makes the kind of money similar to working any other job – however I can easily look past this as touring and writing music have given me a wealth of experiences and feelings that I now consider invaluable. I will die doing this!

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

I believe that as musicians, we would be best to adapt to the climate we find ourselves in no matter the situation. Times now are different to the times past of those we consider our influences, and there is nobody to blame but the historical development of technology and the internet!

Spotify should definitely stop being such a greedy little bag of f**ks though. Their gross annual profit compared to what they repay their artists. Absolute robbery. Sort your s**t out!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are way too many to speak of! One that I have been revisiting a lot recently though is Pantera’s “Vulgar Display of Power”.

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

I personally love collecting Vinyl records, the variants of albums available nowadays is purely staggering! I also find that listening to records on Vinyl produces a much warmer, richer sound than found on CD’s and Downloads.

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

We recently played a sold-out show in Tokyo, Japan, with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation. That was pretty goddamn wild. Japanese fans sure like to go hard on the head banging!

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

Probably a visual artist or graphic designer of some sorts, maybe even a writer. Anything to be creative as I find everything else can wear off on me pretty quickly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Grohl, Joe Rogan, Gary Holt, Kyle Rasmussen and my good mate Tom Waterhouse from Earth Rot! Sounds like it’d be an absolute jive.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the planning stages for an East-Coast Australia tour in June. After that, we are going to focus on finishing our new album and getting over to tour in Europe before the end of the year!

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

Usually we will post music streaming links to Facebook from places like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. We also like posting videos to Instagram along with these links, just to garner a little more engagement.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Chocolate and Orange together as a flavour concept should just be banned altogether. However, I will concede that I do believe they should be labelled as biscuits.

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

Thanks for having me! Keep an eye out for Remission on your favourite streaming services and coming to a town near you SOON! PEACE!

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Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia

Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia
Scarlet Records
Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 24:16
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

Maybe it is not a surprise to hear Italian bands exploring their traditional music, like Opera, to play along with Heavy Metal or work on subjects from this beautiful culture. Some bands do it in an epic way while others go deeper into the heaviness or obscure sound. In all cases, they sound unique. In the case of Deathless Legacy, the theatrical side where all interpretations are so strong and are hugely different. So, why not explore the rich Italian history, from ancient Rome to be more specific, in a 24-minutes-long single. If you love songs like ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (Iron Maiden) or ‘Stargazer’ (Rainbow), you should stop everything you are doing now and join the band on this journey.

Saturnalia was a celebration in ancient Rome that happened between December 17th and 23rd. It was a short period of rebirth when the slaves could enjoy and party as free people. This song tells a specific history, in the year of 86 AD. During a long war, Helius hears that his father Flaccus (the Pater Familia of the Adepphius family) is dying and he should return to be the new Pater Familia as he is the first-born. In the Cimini hills, near Rome, he decides to rest during the night before returning home. There, he rests forever after a criminal sets his tent on fire while he is sleeping. This is done by Tullius Murena’s servant. Tullius’ plan is to kill the first-born son and leave the Adepphius Family weak to own and run their land. What he cannot imagine is how things would change. It is within this scenario that the main character appears. His name is Lucius, a slave of Tullius who was whipped almost until death after he let Tullius’ wine fall on the floor due to a trick from a young child. Lucius recovers himself in time to celebrate Saturnalia with his best friend, and slave, Hecatia.

Declared the prince with horns by the slaves and under command of Laverna, Lucius  gives an order for Tulius to serve him wine during the Saturnalia celebrations and Hecatia uses the same trick of the young child to make him fall on the floor, looking a fool in front all of the slaves. Of course, this joke has terrible consequence and Tullius, feeling humiliated by his slaves, creates an ambush for Lucius and Hecatia. He gives them a secret mission to deliver a gold medallion for his bastard son’s mother. Suddenly, on the way to deliver it, some of Tullius’ servants emerge to rape and kill Hecatia in front of Lucius. After witnessing that murder, he is stabbed by Tullius’ sword. For a moment, he can meet his parents in heaven, but it isn’t his time, yet.

He awakes under the care of Laverna Priestess, the goddess who protects the Underworld from thieves and cheaters. The goddess of what lies in the shadows as no murder or punishment is allowed by what happens in Saturnalia. Tullius calls for him the wrath of Saturn. She heals Lucius with a potion, so he can find himself deep inside and begins his metamorphosis with all his grief and pain!

Spiritually dead, but physically alive, Lucius finds the mortal remains of Helius in the burnt-out tent. He also finds a rope of one of Tullius’ servants and he was still carrying the same gold medallion he carried during the ambush he suffered. He realises that the person who murdered Helius is the same who murdered Hecatia. It is the spark for his revenge. Lucius burns his face and wears Helius’ armour to pretend he is the Adepphius first born. With a disfigured face and using the same armour that Helius used, nobody can recognize him. He returns to his old home and a great feast is made to celebrate it because everyone thinks that Helius is dead. Tulius is shocked and whips the servant that hasn’t killed Helius. Now, Lucius is using a gold mask to hide his pain and fake his existence, as if he is the new Pater Familia. During the feast he shows to everyone, including Tullius, the gold medallion and the servant’s robe. The betrayer is finally discovered and Tullius is taken to die in Rupes Tarpeia. Therefore, the revenge is complete, and it finishes the tale of Saturnalia!

Musically, “Saturnalia” has strong guitar riffs and bass lines from Sgt. Bones and Deadwood Nick. They create many intense moments, from acoustic and melodic pieces to fast and heavy ones, mirroring the tempo of the story. Frater Orion’s drum parts are amazing, he doesn’t let the music become massive and tiring. He plays in many different tempos and variations. Another interesting thing is how the song has a symphonic approach, but pianos, keyboards and orchestrations are not always present. The instruments are very well mixed, bringing the spirit of classic Heavy Metal. Steva’s vocals are brilliant. She has a unique identity to interpret the drama and the history. The interesting thing in her voice is how she uses a melodic side, sometimes a bit angelical, together with a lot of evil power, reminding me of the way that Ronnie James Dio sings.

There is an accompanying short movie/official video of the track and it has the band members acting as characters, with the black and white scenes bringing an epical and dense atmosphere. The more I watch the film; the more this genial creation enchants me. Unique! Majestic! Maybe these words could describe this Italian masterpiece called “Saturnalia”.

Here is a link to the film/video

TRACKLISTING:
1. Saturnalia

LINE-UP:
Steva – Vocals
Frater Orion – Drums
Alex Van Eden – Keyboards
Sgt. Bones – Guitar
Deadwood Nick- Bass

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Deathlessmetal/
www.facebook.com/scarletrecords/
www.youtube.com/user/DeathlessLegacy
www.instagram.com/deathless_legacy
open.spotify.com/album/3WIl8GeGQusozWJXzEHvap

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EMQ’s with ENDSEEKER

EMQ’s with ENDSEEKER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Old-School Death Metal band, Endseeker. Huge thanks to vocalist Lenny and drummer André 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, my name is Lenny and I am the vocalist of Endseeker. Today I got a reminder from Facebook regarding our first photo session back in July 2015. But for me it feels like yesterday. The band was completed in March 2015 after a few months of searching for band members. Jury (Guitars) had the idea to start the band for many years and wrote the first Endseeker songs in 2014. I added the lyrics. This is on our “Corrosive Revelation” EP from 2015. For the release of this EP we got a label-deal with FDA Records just before our first ever live show! That was pretty cool! Two years, and a whole bunch of great and crazy shows later, we released our first full-length – “Flesh Hammer Prophecy”, again via FDA Records. And now, just over two years later again, we signed to Metal Blade Records (yeah!) and released our second album, “The Harvest” on September 13th 2019 worldwide.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we started the band, there were a few possible band names. Finally, Endseeker won, because of its strong symbolism. We have a lot of experience playing in different bands, and different genres so we were already old and tired when we started playing together! This band will probably be our end! Another way to see the name is in the context of transience. In the nature of humanity, the end of things disappears from people’s consciousness, but in death metal there is another philosophy; We celebrate the end.

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

We are from Germany. The metal scene is strong here. Big acts are supported as well as the underground. However, the amount of underground metal shows seems to increase, so not every concert is sold out. But if you want, you can visit metal shows every single day. Also, the festival scene shows how strong metal in Germany is. Healthy environment!

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

We released the first single of our album as video and a limited 7 inch vinyl of only 333 pcs. You can watch “Spiritual Euphoria” on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxbDKvkRkiI

The album “The Harvest” was released September 13th via Metal Blade Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band our greatest influences come from Sweden. Just to mention a few: Entombed, Grave, Dismember. My personal influences are Bands like Rammstein, Cannibal Corpse and Krisiun. But for sure, there are a lot more influences.

What first got you into music?

I started playing violin at the age of 7. So, I’ve been an active musician for a long time. Metal came later, when I was about 14 or 15. I remember my dad gave me “Herzeleid” and “Sehnsucht” from Rammstein as a gift with the words ‘this will be good for you, son’. And he was right! When I was 17, I started my first metal band, Prophet, playing heavy metal, then shortly after I started Devastator, to run free in brutal death metal!

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

We already collaborated with mighty Marc Grewe who was the vocalist of Morgoth, and kind of a hero for us. We do a duet on “Flesh Hammer Prophecy” on the song ‘Black Star Rising’. There is also a video on YouTube where we performed the song live together. It was really cool! On “The Harvest” Mika Lagrén from Grave plays the solo on our cover version of ‘Symphony of Destruction’. At the end of the year we played some shows together with our goat-brothers, Milking the Goatmachine! This could’ve been called tour-collaboration, because we love the same food. I’d like to see us release a split with a befriended band in the future, but there’s nothing planned yet.

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

I am a huge fan of the American Kitchen and have had many road-trips there. A dream would be to play the Maryland Death Fest or the Las Vegas Death Fest. But it’s not so easy for European bands to play in the U.S. In Europe we have several festivals I want to play, too. Wacken, Hellfest, Rockhard, Rockharz, Obscene Extreme, just to mention a few!

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

Haha! Unfortunately, nobody sends us gifts, but to receive a bra on the stage (happened Summer Breeze Open Air 2017) is always a nice souvenir! I am happy that nobody gives us body parts, or dead animals! But someone once gave us a vintage looking usb telephone receiver – we never found out why…!

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

Be yourself. Stay true to yourself. Don’t believe everything someone tells you. For example, what I write here! And of course, don’t behave like an asshole! Life’s too short. And thank you so much for your support! We highly appreciate it! You rule!

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

Jill Janus.

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

I enjoy that I have a reason to travel the world doing what I love. When there are people in the audience in a bad mood, I enjoy the transformation into a positive mood while we are playing. Hate is exaggerated. But it would be cool, when playing in a metal band could become more than just a hobby. This is so difficult these days.

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

More appreciation for everyone! Creating music should not be like chicken breeding. And the fans should not only be consumers. Band and fans should grow as a family.

Endseeker’s drummer, André then answered the rest of the interivew.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Of course, there are several albums I could mention. I would spontaneously say “Burn My Eyes” by Machine Head.

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

I’m still one of the dying breed that buys physical records. Mostly CD’s.

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

For me personally, this was our gig at Summer Breeze Open Air 2019. We’ve never played in front of so many people before and the atmosphere was fantastic!

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

As a teenager I was a pretty good athlete. But then the metal came along and that was the end of my sports career, haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good question. Definitely not my band mates; They drink all the beer away!

What’s next for the band?

First and foremost, we want to play as many gigs as possible in 2020. Some shows are already fixed and several more are in the planning. We also want to work on new songs in the near future.

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

www.facebook.com/endseekermusic/
www.instagram.com/endseeker_official
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgQIMAtwCuceeSRTcyA2Hw
www.twitter.comEndseeker666

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither. I consider them a crime of taste!

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

Thank you for your support! We hope to see as many of you as possible somewhere at our merch stand and have a beer together! See you on the road!

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EMQ’s with ARTWORK FOR THE BLIND

EMQ’s with ARTWORK FOR THE BLIND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Louisville, KY based Death Metal Groove band Artwork For The Blind. Huge thanks to Guitarist Sol. E. Williams 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?

Sol. E. Williams, Guitarist for Artwork For The Blind.

Artwork started in 2012 when members Sean Coy Curry (vocals) Mike Hoehn (bass) Chris Brackett (previous guitarist) and Larry Myers (drums) got together and decided to start a Death n Roll/Death Metal Groove type band. I started with Artwork in 2015 after Brackett stepped away for health reasons. We’ve been gigging, writing, and recording non-stop ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Sean came up with the name. It’s one of his plays on words. Being as music is artwork for the blind.

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

America. And it’s very over saturated. But I guess that’s a good thing, because it shows there’s still and interest in metal.

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

Latest thing we put out is the single ‘Donny Brook’. You can find it thru streaming serves and later this year we’ll have it on a vinyl.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Where do I start! I might catch flak for this, but early on James Hatfield and Kirk Hammett. Later on stuff like Obituary, Napalm Death, Converge, All Pigs Must Die played a big role on me musically!

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a musical home, so it was just kind of a given to be into music.

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

Armed for Apocalypse! Those guys are awesome, both personally and musically.

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

Download Festival. All true metal bands and true metal fans in one big spot.

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

I don’t think we get a lot of “gifts”. Smoke a lot of weed with them. We mostly give to our fans more than we receive.

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

Stay tuned, because we’re always working on the next thing.

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

Lemmy! That dude was awesome! I think he deserved a few more years.

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

I enjoy the creativity of making something from nothing. I enjoy the energy of live performances. Only thing I can say I hate is when I don’t get enough time in the day to make music.

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

For the industry to stop putting so much money and effort into cookie cutter music/musicians!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

All Pigs Must Die – “God Is War”

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

Everything but downloads. I’m kinda old fashioned. My entire music collection is on Tapes, Vinyl, or CD’s. I still have Tapes I bought like when I was 11 years old that I still listen to. I have a huge pile of Vinyl and like two drawers full of CD’s.

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

Best! I can say probably the most fun was the house show we did at my place to raise money for the area homeless. Good times and good friends at that one.

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

That’s horrible to even think about. Probably taking sports seriously!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Monica Bellucci, Tom Araya, Willie Nelson, Cecily Strong, Barney Greenway!

What’s next for the band?

We’re writing/recording for our next full length. Got a new video in production! Probably do a video for Donny Brook later this year. Just constantly moving forward!

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

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
https://www.facebook.com/ArtworkForTheBlind/
https://twitter.com/AftBII
https://www.instagram.com/artworkfortheblind/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. Probably donuts!

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

We’re booking show thru the Summer and have a few festival dates we’ll be dropping soon. Keep an eye on our social media pages for those dates.

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Godless Agenda – Death Awaits You All

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Godless Agenda – Death Awaits You All
Self-Released
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Running Time: 38:58
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

When you hear a great album that’s considerably better than the regular ones, what do you think about the band? Do you think about the musicians themselves, the band’s experience as a whole, or the producer’s work? I often analyze many possible reasons, like a stable line-up or long tours between each album, to explain it. If I have the physical CD, I look through the booklet to find the main lyric writer and song writer. When you follow a band for years, or you are friends with the members, it’s possible to work out who came up with a riff or arrangement, just by listening to the music. But what about a one-man band? How does it differ? My guess is it’s the freedom to express all creativity and build whatever that musician wants.

The Norwegian band Godless Agenda has just one member – Øystein Bjerkan, which made me realise he recorded all instruments and vocals! His style is Death/Thrash Metal, inspired by bands like the German and Bay Area Thrash Metal bands from the eighties and bands like Sepultura and Satyricon. At first, I thought that the diversity of influences for a one-man band could be dangerous, or sound confused, but it was just the opposite. Everything was very well explored and it’s possible to hear how deep each track went into those influences.

I could hear Black Metal and a little bit of Doom Metal inspiration in ‘The Legacy of Man’, but it doesn’t flee from the Thrash/Death Metal where Godless Agenda is based. I also could hear a lot of Sodom influences right from the opening song ‘Death Awaits You All’. ‘Kill The Cockroaches’ comes in a similar way. The lyrics in this one though, could have many meanings. “Cockroach – We’re better when you’re gone” in the chorus sometimes sounds like a killer who just kills for fun, but it maybe also has a political meaning, with ‘cockroaches’ being a political view of foreign people who live in your country.

Another interesting track is ‘Let The Children Come to Me’. It has a more aggressive sound and talks about child abuse within the church that has hit the news globally, many times throughout the years. The Christian church is not the only religion explored in this album, as you will hear in ‘Fear Me (Inch Allah)’, that relates a man’s view of using a suicide belt in a terror attack. This track shows the melodic side of Godless Agenda, with clean guitars and beautiful harmonies in some parts.

Despite all the great songs and compositions, this album is let down by its production. The recording’s not bad and the raw sonority helped to increase the spirit of the thematic subjects, but the mixing doesn’t bring a proper equalization of the instruments. Sometimes it sounds like a Demo-record, a very good Demo by the way, but for a debut album with so many good tracks, it deserves a better production.

The 39 second song ‘The Ballad of Donald Trump’, a political song describing the view of the songwriter, finishes the album in a more Hardcore vibe. “Death Awaits You All” is a debut album that shows what a talented musician can do with the freedom to explore their own ideas alone. It is an easy album to enjoy and you will have fun listening to it.

 

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Death Awaits You All
  2. Kill The Cockroaches
  3. Let The Children Come To Me
  4. Fear Me (Inch Allah)
  5. Rise From Ohe Pits
  6. The Legacy Of Man
  7. Devoured From Within
  8. The Ballad Of Donald Trump

LINE-UP:

Øystein Bjerkan

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/godlessagenda

https://godlessagenda.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbBmI5RMUg-4skRX9heQV8g

 

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EMQs with Aspherium

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EMQs with Aspherium

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQs interview with Aspherium. Huge thanks to guitarist, Marius 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! My name is Marius, I play guitar and sing in the progressive death metal band Aspherium. We started out in 2007, and have released three albums. The latest one The Embers of Eternity which just recently was released!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name just appeared when trying to figure out a band name. I was trying to combine different words and finding something cool, and somehow I ended up with Aspherium. We thought it sounded nice, and it wasn’t taken by anybody else since we just made it up!

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

We are from Norway, and as is well known around the world, black metal is a pretty major thing here. But Norway has a lot of great bands in most genres. We have played with so many great Norwegian bands, and we have made really good friends in the Norwegian metal scene.

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

We recently released out third album The Embers of Eternity! It’s a concept album where our planet has ended up in a pretty dystopian future. The whole albums flows as a cohesive piece, and we are super proud of this album. It has everything from death and black metal sections to acoustic guitars and even a synth solo. We blend a lot of different elements together, but we work really hard on the arrangements and how well everything flows together naturally.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say band like Metallica, Opeth, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Pantera, Nile and Meshuggah. I don’t think we sound a lot like those bands, but those bands helped shape us as musicians, and have definitely influenced how we write and play.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always loved music ever since I was a kid, and that love just kept growing as I got older. I got a keyboard for Christmas when I was 9, and tried that for a while, but it didn’t really stick. But when I got into Metallica at age 11, I knew I needed a guitar, and from that point it has been a major part of my life.

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

It would be amazing to do something with Devin Townsend, if we could get him to something really brutal and epic that would be awesome. Also it would be fantastic to do something with Marty O’Donnell who used to work for Bungie and who did the Halo soundtracks. He and Halo in general has been huge inspirations for us, so that would be perfect.

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

It would be really cool to do something huge like Rock in Rio, Download festival or Wacken. We have played a few festivals in Norway, but never at the big stage and at a good time slot, so to have the opportunity to play for such a huge crowd would really get our music in front of so many new potential fans, it would be amazing.

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

We haven’t really received anything weird. I think alcohol is the one we get, and that’s just appreciated!

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

I just want to let them know how much we appreciate that they take the time to listen to our music and help spread the word a out the band. And the people who buy music and merch, we can’t thank you enough!

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

I think it would have to be Dimebag. That’s the one that affected me the most. Dimebag and Pantera were huge inspirations when I was getting into metal and learning to play guitar. If Dime never died, I think Pantera definitely would have gotten back together and made more great music.

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

The most enjoyable is the journey that you take with the music. From creating it, to recording it and then finally playing it live. It’s so cool to create something from nothing and then end up playing it live for people who love it.

What I hate is working really hard and spending countless hours working, only to end up with nothing. Not in regards to writing music, this is more the business and industry side of things.

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

The most obvious thing would be that bands would actually get paid decently on streaming services.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Opeth – Still Life. Pretty close to a perfect album! The songs are amazing, very intricate, but also brutal and beautiful. I really dig the concept, and everything on the album works so well together to create this amazing musical journey.

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

Vinyl for the experience! I feel like you appreciate it more when you have a physical part to relate to. You put the album on and look at the artwork when you listen. And you can’t just skip to another song, or any other artist in the world for that matter… You have to get up and flip to the b side. I really love the whole experience. That said, I love the convenience of streaming. I stream music every day when I’m out walking and doing stuff. It’s a great way to check out, and find new artists. And extremely easy access to pretty much all the music you can think of.

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

The one that comes to mind first is Paris a few years ago in a fairly small club. We won the crowd over and they went crazy with crowd surfing and stuff. It was very cool to see how they went from “Who the f are these guys? ” to “This is amazing!” in just a few minutes.

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

When I was a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist, so maybe that? More likely I would probably make video games, music videos or maybe photography.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gordon Ramsay can make the food, Mikael Åkerfeldt can play acoustic guitar to set the mood and then James Hetfield, Robb Flynn and Devin Townsend can tell stories from the road.

What’s next for the band?

Right now we are waiting for our drummer to get done with some surgeries on his hands. So we will be back on the road next year. We are working on promoting the new album, so since we can’t play live right now we are trying to more online stuff, like interviews like this one 😉 We will also try to make more video content to promote the music. So tell your local promoters that you want Aspherium to come to your town next year!

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

We are on most social media platforms, but Facebook and Instagram are probably the main ones. And Spotify for the music streaming.
http://www.facebook.com/aspherium
http://www.aspherium.com
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1f9vK1LjJ4YPpThBEiiI25?si=c2_pNeu5RMK1UAmvKBW6kg
https://www.instagram.com/aspherium/
https://twitter.com/aspherium
https://www.youtube.com/aspherium

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are clearly biscuits designed to infiltrate the cake community, and try to convert them to biscuiteers. It worked for a while, but growth has stagnated somewhat the last few years.

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

Thanks to everyone for reading, and I hope you take the time to listen to our new album The Embers of Eternity! Be sure to let us know what you think on social media!

Marius
Aspherium

 

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DarkTower – Obedientia

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DarkTower – Obedientia
Electric Funeral Records
Release Date: 06/11/2019
Running time: 41:38
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

I often ask myself if it is possible that a band will offer anything new nowadays, after everything we know, and have heard, in Heavy Metal. Maybe I am being skeptical, but I don’t think we will ever hear innovation or something revolutionary inside music again. Despite that, I do believe it is possible to find ways to flee from “more of the same”. Following this path, I can mention Brazilian Melodic Black/Death Metal band DarkTower who have been conquering South America for more than 10 years touring regularly and releasing two great albums “…of Chaos and Ascension” (2013) and “Eight Spears” (2016). If these two albums showed to fans their huge technical ability, “Obedientia” comes with a new purpose.

Always inspired in chaos that rules the world, this time DarkTower have got their specific scenario from where they live in Brazil. An unstable country in terms of economy, governments and now, a nation split by political worship that makes them ready to kill each other, blinded by angry and foolish attitudes. No, you won’t hear any political statements like you do with Thrash Metal bands or the antichrist screams associated with Black Metal bands but you will hear all the darkness from their daily anger and suffering, which is very well elucidated by complex and heavy compositions. It is like you are hearing a soundtrack of the apocalypse. A non-fictional apocalypse; A real apocalypse!

The acoustic intro of ‘Punishment’ becomes heavier and epical until ‘Downfall’ devastates all of us with killer riffs, blast beats and screams about the mental maze of a lunatic who cannot think or act for himself due to religious dogma. Next track ‘God Above Nothing’ is the most aggressive song and it represents the church leaders, allied with politics, using the people’s faith to control and manipulate them. This religious theme actually represents exactly what is happening in the band’s country, where the slogan “God Above Everything” was used massively during the most recent political campaign. As I said before, do not expect specific names to be mentioned here, as the idea of “Obedientia” is to make clear how dangerous a nation that worships snakes and lunatics can be, no matter which side they represent.

The instrumental prelude of ‘Highland Ceremony’ explains the story behind ‘Winged Snake’s Communion’. It is about an old South American tribe called Cañari, who, in the mountains of South Ecuador, still keep their old traditions alive even after all the wars and changes in civilization. This song reflects an idea of the traditions Brazil has lost throughout the years. More songs make clear what the band wants to warn you about, like the chorus “I Won’t Kneel For You” in the title track ‘Obedientia’ and the metaphoric references of sculpted leaders when they say “Man of Clay” in the lyrics of ‘Praxis Against Ignorance’.

The main theme is brilliant and very well interpreted by vocalist Flávio Gonçalves with a Black Metal vocal inspiration but also with Death Metal power and the band follow him with the fabulous guitar work of Raphael Casotto and Rafael Morais who alternate insane riffs and solos and create a dense atmosphere. This is highlighted by the great and, sometimes, independent bass lines of Rodolfo Ferreira and drummer Rômulo Grilo increases the heaviness with numerous tempo changes, from slow cadences and percussion to extreme blast beats.

After ‘The Carnal Splendour’ which is the last act of musical violence, the calm and beautiful ‘…As the Obedient Marches to the Abyss’ closes the album! Epic, Powerful, Dark and, at the same time, realistic about the human living chaos!

Maybe “Obedientia” doesn’t bring anything new to listeners, but it is undeniable we are in front of a masterpiece. All the darkness and emotion in the music make the listener enter into this experience angrily. It feels like every detail, every single note and lyric has been studied to create a perfect match between all band members. Listen and appreciate while the obedient march to the abyss.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Punishment
02. Downfall
03. God Above Nothing
04. Highland Ceremony
05. Winged Snake’s Communion
06. Praxis Against Ignorance
07. Obedientia
08. Rites of Conscience
09. The Carnal Splendour
10. …As The Obedient Marches to the Abyss…

LINE-UP:
Flávio Gonçalves – Vocals
Raphael Casotto – Guitars
Rafael Morais – Guitars
Rodolfo Ferreira – Bass and Vocals
Rômulo Grilo – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.darktowerofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/darktowermetal/
https://www.youtube.com/user/darktowertv
https://www.instagram.com/darktowerofficial/

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

 

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Sorcery – Necessary Excess Of Violence

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Sorcery – Necessary Excess Of Violence
Xtreem Music
Release Date: 20/08/2019
Running Time: 44:33
Review by Mark Pritchard
10/10

A couple of weeks ago the awesome team at Ever Metal, of which I am a part of, put a list up of bands for possible reviewing. I looked at all the bands and among 3 or 4 other bands that caught my interest was Sorcery. I really like the name ‘Sorcery’ and I was very happy that I got the go ahead for these guys as well as the other bands, I have been listening to their recent album “Necessary Excess Of Violence” for the past week two weeks straight and I tell you what, this Old School Swedish Death Metal band don’t half blow your mind with their pure intensity from start to finish, I sit here writing this review drinking a cold can of Monster trying not to headbang otherwise I would forget what I want to write but one thing I can definitely say is that I am utterly enjoying “Necessary Excess Of Violence”.

Each day, while I have been listening to this, the words ‘let up’ are not in my vocabulary. ‘Sorcery’ come at you hard and fast with no chill at all on this album. With the history the band have, even though there have been a few line-up changes since their origin in 1986, they still have two original members and you can feel all their experience being there in all of the tracks. That experience, passion and dedication to their cause for the past 33 years and counting is right within all of the vocals, the drumming and in the guitar/bass playing, I don’t just hear the music they have made for this album but also their history and I tell you what it makes me feel honoured to be able to listen to them and to be able to review them!

When you have Tommy on Drums, Johan & original member Paul on Guitars, John on Bass and the other original member Ola on Vocals you have a line-up that, in a way, grabs your head and forces you to headbang and that is something that listeners won’t be able to help but do due to the intensity these guys play at! If there was such a thing as an intensity scale then Sorcery would smash it to pieces. This album might as well have the quote ‘Welcome to Headbanging Central’ stamped on the album booklet.

Now for the rating part of the review, during the time I have had to be able to listen to “Necessary Excess Of Violence” it has been a hugely enjoyable experience and, as a result, the only rating I could give this album is 10/10, I can’t see any fault at all with this and the album has become one of my favourite death metal albums and one of the albums I am honoured to have reviewed, I want to say a huge thank you to the band as well as Ever Metal for the opportunity to do this review.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Stellar Circle
02. Where We Were Born We Will Demise
03. The Darkest Part Of You
04. Of Blood And Ash
05. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark
06. Death Is Near
07. Illuminate
08. King Of Nothing
09. Year Of The Plague
10. Language Of The Conqueror

LINKS:
http://sorcery.se/
https://www.facebook.com/sorcerydeathmetal/

 

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EMQ’s with THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Belgian based Death Metal band The Curse Of Millhaven! Huge thanks to guitarist Jeroen Debruyne 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?

Our biography:
THE BEGINNING – 2012-2014
2012 was the year THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN was formed in the trenches around Ypres (Belgium).
THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN played its first ever gig, by joining ABORTED on the Belgian date of the ‘GOREMAGEDDON – 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY’-tour.

VESTIBULE OF HELL – 2014
In early 2014 the band entered CCR STUDIO in Zulte (BE) to record a total of 10 songs, containing different stories about the 9 layers of hell by Dante Alighieri. The full length was mixed and mastered by Kris Belaen at CCR studios as well. In July 2014, a videoclip was released for the song ‘SIMONY’.
A bunch of shows and festivals were played for the release of “Vestibule of Hell”, containing the sold out CD-Release show, Ieperfest 2014, support for Vital Remains and Evil or Die fest 2016.

PLAGUES – 2017
In early 2017, THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN entered HEARSE STUDIO in Heule (BE), to start recording “Plagues”. Mastering was done by Wojtek Wieslawski at HERTZ STUDIO in Poland. During the promotion of this new EP new videoclips were released for the songs ’BLACK DEATH’ and the title track ‘PLAGUES’. “Plagues” was the culmination of everything the Ypres quintet have worked towards since their inception, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

THRESHOLDS – 2019
Nearly two years later the band completed the writing and recording process of 9 brand new songs. This new album, entitled “THRESHOLDS” contains a much darker and more aggressive sound, ready to reach a new audience and bring THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN to another level.

TCOM is Jasper Lobelle (Lead vocals) – Bram Dewilde (Bass / Backing vocals) – Kurt Mylle & Jeroen Debruyne (Guitars) – Bart Rambour (Drums).

How did you come up with your band name?

It is a song from Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads album where a young girl Loretta, but she prefers Lottie, terrorises a small town called Millhaven. The contrast of the joyful tunes with the murderous, psychopathic lyrics fits perfectly well with our band.

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

We are from Ieper, in Belgium. Ieper was once known as the birthplace of hardcore with bands like Congress, Liar, etc. The scene was very large in these days (90’s – early 2000’s), but has diminished. A lot of smaller shows are planned, however there more likely to be hardcore. For death metal there aren’t a lot of shows 😊.

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

A full album called “Thresholds”. It contains 8 songs and an acoustic interlude.
We made a videoclip of the second song of the album ‘Shelter’:
https://youtu.be/o6E5QukktZU

Who have been your greatest influences?

Aborted, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Dethroned, Misery Index, etc!

What first got you into music?

Some of us are playing long time instruments, others started because of friends and others just needed another hobby rather than going to bars 😉.

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

I think it would be one of our greatest influences: Aborted, God Dethroned, The Black Dahlia Murder 😊.

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

Wacken Open Air as it is the largest festival in our neighbourhood. It is known for having a great audience looking to have a great time!

If we look a little closer, you may say Graspop Metal Festival or Alcatraz, these are a little smaller than Wacken, but certainly not lesser!!

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

A black thong… which Jasper (lead vocals) wore in our video of “Plagues”:
https://youtu.be/CMgFevvTlGM

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

Come and watch us, enjoy, we are here to entertain you 😊.

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

Definitely Chuck Schuldiner or Dimebag Darrel!!!

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

Love – Playing live shows, seeing the faces of people enjoying your music.
Hate – Getting low response from some bookers. We put a lot of effort in calling/contacting/mailing/marketing packages. However no response is demotivating. But hey, we won’t give up; we keep contacting bookers and venues!!

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

The large investments you need to make as an unknown (or lesser known) band. While it used to be about a hardworking band performing great music, it is the band which has the most money and connections who gets the most airtime/visibility.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

I personally would say downloads as everything is in the cloud these days. However some of our band members and a lot of friends really like the Vinyl part!

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

For me personally Antwerp Metal Fest and a very small show in Bruges in the very beginning! We didn’t expect anything from this gig, but we gave it all and got all in return. The people went completely crazy and we had lots of fun 😉.

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

Having boring lives probably, although Bram would have probably excelled in Pony dressage!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other 4 bandmembers and a great chef to cook for us!

What’s next for the band?

We have some great shows coming up next year and also a tour.
There’s a new video coming out soon as well.
In any case we want to spread the Thresholds vibe everywhere we can!

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

http://www.facebook.com/thecurseofmillhaven
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxQHTCpc3tNgIevPgx8msw
https://www.instagram.com/the_curse_of_millhaven/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4dEspvH4VdeB7mydiXLqVJ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Absolutely no idea, have never eaten, nor seen them 😊

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

Thank you very much for the opportunity!!
Kind regards,
Jeroen TCOM

 

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EMQ’s with DRIFT INTO BLACK

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EMQ’s with DRIFT INTO BLACK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sayreville, New Jersey Doom/Death Metal act Drift Into Black! Huge thanks to Craig Rossi for taking part!

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

Hello my name is Craig and I am the vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist of Drift Into Black.

Drift Into Black is a Doom/Death Metal solo act from Sayreville New Jersey originated by myself in 2017. Paul LaPlaca plays bass and Klemen Markelj plays drums, both are session musicians.

In 2017 I wrote and recorded a five song EP entitled “Shadow People” then in October of 2017 I released my first full length “Dead Suns Under The Forever Moon” which is a concept album. Now in less than a month I’ll be releasing the next full length entitled “Anthems From The Darkest Winter”!

How did you come up with your band name?

This is a good question. Well for one it sounds cool, it definitely flows nicely. I also think because the lyrical theme of Drift Into Black is dark I thought it would be a fitting name. Plus it is so difficult coming up with a decent band name. They’ve all been taken!

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

I am from the US. I grew up in NY and now I currently live in Sayreville New Jersey.
There was a time that the metal scene years ago was dead around the NY/NJ area but now it’s picked up immensely. The local scene here has really gotten better with some awesome bands. I think after L’amour in Brooklyn and CBGB’s in New York City closed their doors there was sort of like an empty gap and no desire to go see bands play. Now you have places like Brooklyn’s St.Vitus bar, Starland Ballroom in New Jersey and other bars/clubs scattered around Staten Island, Queens as well.

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

My latest release is ‘The Darkest Winter’ which is a single from the upcoming album “Anthems From The Darkest Winter” which will release on November 15th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Pink Floyd, Amorphis, The Doors, Paradise Lost, and anything Dan Swanö puts out!

What first got you into music?

Well I’m the youngest of my two older brothers and they listened to a lot of Judas Priest, The Doors, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, and Metallica back in the 80’s.

As far as what first got me into playing music I can tell you right away it was Amorphis – “Tales From The Thousand Lakes”. Imagine bopping to Metallica, Judas Priest, and The Doors which was like the only form of metal that was being instilled in me at a very young age and then you hear that album. I said to myself “This shit is like the Doors and Sabbath but really fucking heavy!” The keyboards with those folk like riffs really knocked me on my ass.

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

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Dan Swanö for sure!

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

Man too many to choose. I’d need a band first right? I am a solo artist haha. The rest of my guys are studio guys. I think any Doom/Death fest. Back in the 90’s I played a few Milwaukee Metalfests with my former band Grey Skies Fallen

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

I’m still trying to build my fan base but I have received some pins and CDs. Nothing weird or out of the ordinary yet

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

You’re gonna love the new album and thank you for being loyal!

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

Peter Steele

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

I love the creative process. I love writing the riffs, putting together song structures and layering cool sounds

What I hate is writing lyrics. If my lyrics are coming together quick and easy it only means I’m going through a dark spell in my life which is kind of bittersweet! But most of the time things are going well for me and it makes it that much more difficult to go to a dark place.

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

I think there is some real talent in our local scenes that the industry needs to pay attention to instead of repeatedly shoving over produced garbage down our throats.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pink Floyd – “Dark Side Of The Moon”

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

Vinyl of course! Not only has it come back and just recently outsold CD’s but they display the artwork the best!

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

NJ March Metal Meltdown in 1999! I was in Grey Skies Fallen at the time and we went on (if my memory serves me correct) right after Arch Enemy, and before Amorphis and Hypocrisy.

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

Well I am currently an IT guy in New York City haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m not really a star struck person. Perhaps some dead relatives and pets?!

What’s next for the band?

Well I’m basically going to promote the upcoming album as much as possible and then take some time off. I may upgrade my gear as well.

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

The Bandcamp page
https://driftintoblack.bandcamp.com
Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/32ibOuXUiXrYYX5MDTaepY?si=tvExy_rNSXGKzXzsgjHOhA
Facebook
https://m.facebook.com/driftintoblack

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are Biscakes!

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

Nothing at all other than that this has been fun and thank you!

 

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