Ignea & Ersedu – Bestia (Split EP)

Bestia EP Cover Art

Ignea & Ersedu – Bestia (Split EP)
Self-Released
Release Date: 21/10/21
Running Time: 38:33
Review by Simon Black
9/10

I had come across Ukraine’s Ignea with their “The Realms of Fire and Death” album last year – an album that melded Power and Symphonic, with a Middle Eastern vibe at their heart, and I was quite blown away at their rather unique sound. This piece sees them sharing the release with their old friends Ersedu – a way more Death and Symphonic orientated act, who haven’t so made the same level of impact globally yet – something this record is clearly designed to redress. Although to be fair, Ersedu are something of an enigma, with a minimal internet presence, and no clue on any of their web pages as to who is in their line up.

To be honest, it’s more like an album than an EP, as it’s a concept piece exploring the mythological bestiary of their home nation. And, despite there only being six tracks on there, the run time is the best part of forty minutes. Interestingly, although the two bands have each contributed tracks individually, the recording mix, and cross-fertilisation between the two acts means it’s sometimes not clear who contributed which tracks to a casual listener. Both utilise very powerful female frontwomen who can deliver roaring guttural shred and clean brilliance in equal measure, and the more I listen, the more I realise that this is a country with a very unique take on Extreme music, that I need to dig into more deeply. Ignea take the first two tracks with Melodic brutality, Ersedu the next three showing a more subtle and Symphonic, although no less brutal edge. The epic closer ‘The Symphony of Bestia’ however is a joint affair, which really rams home by point about cross-fertilisation, and is very much on its own as an instrumental piece, far more classical in nature, and really not in the slightest bit Metal at all.

I love the way that the more established act has opened proceedings, but then stepped back to show the world what their contemporaries and friends can do – that’s not a behaviour you see often in the brutally competitive music industry, and for that alone this release deserves credit. But the fact is it’s a fabulous record in its own right. This was a fascinating project, and it’s at moments like this when my frustration with this reviewing lark, and the relentless pile of material I have to cover each month, peaks.

Releases like this have taken a huge amount of thought and I feel like I am barely doing justice to it. Three listens in, and I know that I’m barely scratching the surface of one of the most fascinating pieces of work to cross my desk all year. No, fascinating is not strong enough a word ‘fantastic’ is better…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bosorkun
02. Magura’s Last Kiss
03. Mermaids
04. Black Garden
05. The Eaters of the Sun

LINE-UP:
Ignea:
Helle Bogdanova – Vocals
Dmitry Vinnichenko – Guitars
Xander Kamyshin – Bass
Ivan Kholmohorov – Drums
Evgeny Zhytnyuk – Keyboards

Ersedu:
Good question. Good luck finding that out!

LINKS:
Ignea:

Ignea Promo Pic

Ersedu:

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EMQ’s with ADARRAK

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EMQ’s with ADARRAK

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, with Singapore based Death Metal band, Adarrak. Huge thanks to them all 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?

Zigor: I play the bass and very much enjoy hate memes about bassists.

George: I cover the guitars in Adarrak, and I do most of the diddly solos. It all started through an online music forum, to forming a casual death metal band, and out of the five, three of us came out to do some heavy duty album writing.

Gustavo: Growls, screams and a little bit of singing.

How did you come up with your band name?

Zigor: We had a few ideas, and George and I really sort of liked the sound and feel of Adarrak, which means “horns” in Basque.

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

Zigor: I am originally from the Basque Country in Spain, and we have a good metal tradition. Originally a ton of power metal, punk, and hardcore, but in the last decade or so there’s been more and more death metal and the like.

George: I’m from Singapore, a small country in South-East Asia. Although a small community, our metal scene here is very supportive and vibrant, with a nice mix of bands within many types of subgenres, like black, thrash, and death metal.

Gustavo: I’m from Colombia, South America. There are lots of metal bands in South America. There are lots of metalheads who enjoy all metal genres.

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

George: Our latest release is our album “Ex Oriente Lux”, featuring 8 songs that had involvements from Dan Swano and Marty Friedman, and a nice little tick at the top of my bucket list.

Gus: “Ex Oriente Lux” is available everywhere now.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Zigor: A ton of bands really, from Queen to Brutal Truth – too many to mention.

George: The 3 that got me into guitar were Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, and Randy Rhoads, so I would put them as that.

Gustavo: too many. As I have said before the list goes from Chuck Berry to Cannibal Corpse.

What first got you into music?

Zigor: I grew up on classical music, courtesy of my old man. I wanted to play the drums, but that was a no go given $$$ and space/noise. I also always wanted to sing, but I am terrible at it, so the next coolest thing in my view was a bass guitar. I started out at 12, and joined a few bands here and there, playing local gigs and what not. The whole picking up an instrument thing for me was “hey, there’s great music out there, let’s learn this so I can also speak that language” so to speak.

George: Originally, I was enrolled into guitar classes during my teens, because my mom wanted me to pick up an interest in music, to play some Christian and old music for her. I’m glad I found an interest away from that, and got to appreciate the instrument properly.

Gustavo: My brother’s tapes.

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

Zigor: Right about now I am keen to get Michal Lapaj from Riverside to do some work on the other band Gus and I are recording for at the moment.

George: Anybody who’s interested or has similar views on metal.

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

Zigor: ha! I always get a kick out of this – Wacken of course!

George: Same sentiment as Zigor, and of course any festival would be a dream (Bloodstock, Ozzfest etc.)

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

George: Decent air circulation.

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

George: Passion is as important as building stability on finance.

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

Zigor: Sean Malone… no wait, Dio – why only one, man?

George: One is such a difficult limitation! I’ll have no choice but to pick Father Chuck Schuldiner.

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

George: I enjoy being able to express myself and have an outlet to exhaust all my emotions. I hate not being able to express myself and not having an outlet to exhaust all my emotions.

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

Zigor: maybe take a DeFi / crypto approach to ownership and distribution.

George: NFT tokens for music so artists will always get royalties for their art.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Zigor: Hypocrisy- “Abducted”. Again, why one?! haha

George: Dissection- “Storm of the Light’s Bane”.

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

Zigor: CDs all the way, followed by streaming/downloads

George: For convenience, online downloads and streaming. For memory and pride, CDs, cassettes, and vinyls.

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

Zigor: none, really. COVID and the Singapore scene haven’t really helped.

George: We got the album out during COVID, and the Singapore government couldn’t make up their mind on playing hokey pokey with social measures… So, no Adarrak gigs under our belt at the moment.

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

Zigor: ha ha ha, what I already do – my day job. We all have day jobs, it’s the only way to pull this off, man… but probably cooking for people as well.

George: I’d probably be a corporate lapdog for the rest of my life, dreading the fact that I didn’t have the capability to live my passion, and be filled with regret and agony. Thankfully that’s not the case now and I enjoy juggling my corporate job and writing music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Zigor: 5 strangers likely – keep the network expanding

George: Marty Friedman, Dio, Chuck Schuldiner, Alexi Laiho and Randy Rhoads.

What’s next for the band?

Zigor: We’re already working on our follow up album dubbed “Momentum” – Covid is not really helping, given restrictions and what not, but we continue to plod along.

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

George: The usual outlets like Facebook and Instagram are the easy go-to ones, maybe TikTok but who knows for now? We even found some promotion on Reddit, perhaps an area we might try to get our hands dirty in!

www.facebook.com/adarrakbandwww.instagram.com/adarrakband

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Zigor: Biscuit, or like the Yanks say, “cookies”, but that’s not the question. Question is why are they called Jaffa Cakes when they are not from Jaffa, Israel? Ha ha ha

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

Zigor: Stay metal. Keep listening to music, and if you’re able to, come out to gigs – do!

George: Keep the metal alive and never stop headbanging.

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EMQ’s with DAIMONOS

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EMQ’s with DAIMONOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Natal, Brazil based Death Metal band, Daimonos. Huge thanks to vocalist, Mirella Jambo, 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 Mirella Jambo and I am extreme metal vocalist. DAIMONOS is a death metal band influenced by slamming and groove metal, created in 2013. We are from Natal – RN, in North Eastern Brazil. The band was initially a quartet but since 2017 we have become a duo. We have three officially released full albums and two EP’s. We are Mirella Jambo, vocals and lyrics and Lucas Daniel, guitars, bass, drum programming and samples.

How did you come up with your band name?

We took it from a song by the band Behemoth that at the time of DAIMONOS’ formation, we used to cover songs to get closer musically, when we still didn’t have our own songs.

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

We are from Natal – RN – Brazil. The scene here is very difficult for us, due to the fact that there were few venues that, due to the pandemic, ended up closing. We also never had a financial return on the rare times we were asked to play, when we were a quartet. After we became a duo, it got even worse for us to be able to play live, due to the fact that there aren’t enough musicians around here who are able to play with us. Furthermore, very few people buy physical material and support us around here. It is another city that has many bands of different styles and almost no audience or support. Generally, people from other cities tend to value it a little more.

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

‘No(Body)’ Feat Renan Bezan of Sacramentia (Official Video)

‘O.C.D’ (Official Video)

‘Dementia’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

In life, I’m influenced by musicians from different styles that range from New Metal, Grunge, Hard Rock, to Death Metal, Black Metal etc. But as a vocalist in extreme metal, I admire Paul Kuhr, Angela Gossow, Simone Pluijmers, Onielar, Fernando Ribeiro, Cadaveria etc.

What first got you into music?

I always listened to a lot of classic rock and roll because of my parents. So, since I was a child I’ve been influenced by heavy metal even without knowing what it was really about. In my teens, when I started to understand the genres and what it really was, I started to listen to heavier things, alone, and I got to know the metal world more widely.

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

I would love to partner with Angela Gossow or Simone Pluijmers. They are women who have voices that really inspire me. We would also like to partner with Sepultura who are fans and who knows Kublai Khan or Cannibal Corpse if we can dream big.

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

Still about dreaming big? hahaha! It would be amazing to play on Wacken Open Air or Rock am Ring… there are so many! but these two are the ones I know most. Those festivals we grew up watching our idols play.

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

I don’t remember receiving a fan gift…Actually I don’t even know if we really have fans. I would find it weird to have a fan who would give me any gifts! Lol

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

Thank you so much for supporting us and believing in us. If you listen to us, it’s because you understand what we’re doing and that means we have something in common. It’s really cool when you know that you’re accepted by someone and that maybe you’re not thinking differently by yourself in the world. More content will come soon and I’m happy if you keep listening to us. This revolt unites us in a special way and only we can understand what it is about. It’s like a power, a sixth sense.

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

Kurt Cobain. I have a weird feeling for him. Sometimes it feels like I knew him and I’m sorry for his death. Your compositions make a lot of sense to me.

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

What I like the most is the final result of the recordings and seeing how with each work we evolve more and are proud of what we did. What I hate most is the lack of opportunities and imagining that we won’t even make it halfway to where we might deserve.

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

The sexualization of women. I know that many seek this and have as a goal, whether expressing themselves or simply being noticed. But I think this kind of thing gets in the way of people who don’t want to be seen like that. Mainly because we live in a totally sexist world and even in extreme metal, we are seen by many as figures and not as talent.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favourite three albums of all time may not be that heavy for some people but for me they mean a lot. “Fallen” – Evanescence, “Destroyer” – Kiss and “In Utero” – Nirvana.

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

All these have their importance but I prefer CD’s. I don’t usually buy vinyl although I find the way that cover art becomes more valued totally magnificent, I don’t like cassettes but I understand the minds of collectors who value the most old-school climax. And the download is what we go after as soon as it is leaked on the internet or they put the sale on the digital platforms, however, I like having the CD in my hands and feeling that good feeling when I take mine

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

I have a degree in gastronomy and marketing. Sometimes I work as a cook but now I see it’s not something I like to do out of obligation. I would like to work with animals or maybe children.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I could invite some rock stars but I’ve heard that it’s better not to meet our idols so we won’t be disappointed. So, I would invite my husband and my four cats. Hahaha!

What’s next for the band?

A new album is scheduled for 2022. We’ve already announced it and if everything works out, it will be released next year. In fact, we already have the compositions recorded and finished, we just need to write the lyrics and fit the instrumental, so from there we can record the voice and mix.

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

Instagram, Facebook, Bandcamp (and we are on all digital platforms)
www.instagram.com/daimonosbr/
www.facebook.com/daimonosbr
www.daimonos.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/60RptMQOwbqZH9n0ZUwl1d
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIY7a9AscFoASd5RhlVXmSA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

From what I researched; they are cakes the size of a biscuit…

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

Yeah, I appreciate the space and dissemination. Any form of interaction with our work is of great importance to us. It is a pleasure to be participating in this interview. I wish you success!

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Video Interview with PANDEMMY

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Video Interview with PANDEMMY
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Pedro Valença and Guilherme Silva, from the Brazilian Death Metal band Pandemmy!

We discussed, in depth, their last album “Subversive Need” which explores subjects like Racism, Politics and Xenophobia. Of course, we also talked about their musical evolution.

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

PANDEMMY Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Video Edit by Victor Augusto
Live videos of ‘Webchaos’ and ‘Deforestation’ by Pandemmy

LINKS:

“Subversive Need” (Full Album)

Original Review of “Subversive Need”

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Pandemmy

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EMQ’s with VOID COLLAPSE

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EMQ’s with VOID COLLAPSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan/Texas US based Death Metal project, Void Collapse. Huge thanks to Terry Oberson, 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 Terry Oberson, I do everything but play the drums. I’ve been putting everything together for the past ten years or so, I worked with a different drummer early on, but it wasn’t really a fit. I met Shane through a message board, and we work together really well. He is one of my favourite drummers I’ve ever heard, and I’m really glad I found him.

How did you come up with the band name?

It’s from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Lol.

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

We are from the United States. I imagine it’s like anyplace else. I’m from Michigan where Black Dahlia Murder is from, and they play here pretty regularly. I go to about one show a year. I’m older now, and have been to a lot of them in my life. So, I just go when a there is someone I want to see.

What is your latest release?

We just released our second album “Gwenda”. It’s the first in four. We’re doing an album for each queen of the tarot. Gwenda is the Queen of Wands.

‘Glass Furnace’ (Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Bjork, The Beach Boys, countless others in all types of music.

What first got you into music?

The radio, Motown, or The Beatles.

If you could collaborate with any current band or musician who’s would it be?

Kurt Ballou, or Erik Rutan.

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

We’re not a live band unfortunately. We live in separate states, and our lives don’t really allow us to. I just watched Nasty at Wacken and that was pretty crazy, so I’ll pick Wacken.

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

I haven’t yet, and don’t really want to. Lol.

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

Thanks to everyone who has checked us out. Past, present, and future.

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

MCA from the Beastie Boys.

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

I enjoy creating, and making what’s in my head take a physical form. There isn’t much I dislike.

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

It’s sort of like life, it’s just the way it is. Everyone is on the same playing field, and you have to figure out how to navigate it. Everything seems to happen the way it should good or bad.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

Blink 182 – “Enema of the State”.

What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?

Downloads, or Vinyl. Streaming is best in real life, and Vinyl for collecting, and playing video games to.

What’s the best gig you’ve played to date?

I’ve never played out.

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

Playing music is my extra-curricular activity. I work for a chemical plant, raise two girls, and spend time with my girlfriend. That’s my life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Queen, so my 10 year old daughter can talk their ears off with questions about “Hot Space”!

What’s next for the band?

We have a split with Before the Storm We Flourished coming soon, a Guns ‘N Roses cover, and I’m starting the next full length right now.

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

Our main thing is Instagram, and Facebook. We’re on all the streaming services, and Bandcamp.
www.voidcollapse.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/voidxco11apse/
www.facebook.com/void_collapse-102538454571134
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2PYEbK6nDf0x0jO4egg1mK
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0r6MSGya8Nn8Q0yqWZT2sw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they cake or a biscuits?

I had to look this one up. They’re exactly what I thought they would be. I would say biscuits. I would like to try them though.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything you’d like to add?

We really appreciate the opportunity to do this, and a big thanks to anyone who has checked us out, and a big thanks to you.

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EMQ’s with REAWACAN

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EMQ’s with REAWACAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Death Metal band, Reawacan. Huge thanks to guitarist/growler, Dan Krieger, 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 Dan Krieger, and am responsible for all the guitar work and growling.

REAWACAN was founded in 2017 by me and Marco Gebert. Before we both had a musical break for about a decade since we played together in our former band called Lacrima Christi.

With our self-titled debut album in 2019 we had been resurrected with all our passion for extreme music…

How did you come up with your band name?

We knew it must somehow symbolize our rebirth. So, we stumbled upon this old English word – which simply means reawaken. Because of its untypical spelling it is unique and a perfect match!

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

We are from Germany. As far as I know we have quite a big scene of all kinds in our relatively small country. You know the WACKEN OPEN AIR for sure – it has developed itself to be the biggest in the world!

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

In fall this year our new EP “Pandemic Coverage & Old Schooling” will be released (October 23rd). It will be accompanied by one or more video productions. So, we pretty much used all the given extra time during the pandemic for being freely creative!

‘Into Proliferation’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metal-wise all the famous old school masters like Metallica, Slayer, Death, Paradise Lost, Celtic Frost etc.

We are children of the 80’s and therefore also much influenced by all kinds of classic rock and pop of these days, including many of the prog rock projects back in the 70’s…Regarding the reviews for our debut, some people mention even a certain jazz taste in it…?

What first got you into music?

When. I was a small boy, my handball trainer listened to some music wearing head phones. I asked him, what he was listening to. He replied, it is the fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Bad Wolf’. This made me very curious because I knew he was kidding. – I immediately fell in love with what he presented to me: Motörhead, Metallica, Twisted Sister, Saxon and Iron Maiden! Those sounds never left me. So as a teenager I founded my first band ABSZESS…

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

I would like to experiment with some gangster rappers. – Really! I admired all that stuff with heavy riffs back in the 80’s…

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

WACKEN Open Air of course! Just to be a part of history.

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

I can’t remember to have got any…

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

‘Metal heads unite!’ A saying by Chuck Schuldiner to remind us all that all the sub genres of (metal) music doesn’t matter at all. Just be true to your own individual taste!

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

Again: Chuck Schuldiner. I would like to hear what he would be producing nowadays…

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

The most precious gift of making music is the ability to deeply express yourself. There are no limits, no laws, absolutely no holding-back! It makes me sad when people try to define and control everything just to prove something/someone wrong.

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

Please do not only support the ‘rich’ musicians that already hyped themselves and listen carefully to those many talented freaks out there, whose abilities to spread their ideas are ‘traditionally’ more limited.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Stay Hungry” by Twisted Sister.

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

Of course, vinyl! None can compete with it as a whole piece of artwork! But I also like the vast sound power of the digital capacities. It is exciting to listen to the differences between analog and digital mixings.

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

Interestingly it was not the biggest one. It was the CD Release Party with my old band Lacrima Christi nearly 20 years ago. The album is called “Maskenball” and the tiny club transforms into exactly that!

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

I am a passionate programmer and martial artist. Also, strong forms for expressing myself. Another thing would be working as a movie actor – especially for the weird and mad characters! HAHAHA!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The best parties have been with my fellow neighbours! REALLY!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing and promoting the EP, of course. In the meanwhile, we have already written some songs for the next album…!

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

Besides Facebook, it is mainly Bandcamp, and all of the streaming platforms of course.

www.reawacan.de/
www.reawacan.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ReawacanDeath
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7hgmZ5A02kz3E98qNEvkE1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A would say it’s a biscuit. Remember it since being a very small child…!

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

I would like to say thank YOU for all those interesting questions and your support! Cheers!!

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EMQ’s with NERVOCHAOS

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EMQ’s with NERVOCHAOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Death Metal band, Nervochaos. Huge thanks to drummer Edu Lane, 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 Edu and I play drums. NervoChaos was born in September 1996 with the idea of creating extreme, chaotic and aggressive music. Since then, we have released eight studio albums, one live album, four DVD’s, four demo-tapes, two EP’s and did many shows/tours all over the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted to have a strong and different name, which portrayed our musical style, our city of origin and that was a blend of Portuguese and English. So, we did a brainstorm and we started putting words together until we got to NervoChaos.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brasil. The rock/metal scene in Brazil is very strong, very passionate, it has been better structured in recent decades, even though it has never been part of the mainstream, and unfortunately, it has always been quite marginalized. Brazil has always revealed several amazing bands over the years and it has always been a cradle of a very strong musical movement, in the various genres of rock/metal, always with a unique, innovative style and sound.

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

We have a new album, “Dug Up…Diabolical Reincarnations”, coming out on November 19th thru Xenokorp Records (in Europe). For this album we have three singles and two of them (‘Pazuzu is Here’ & ‘Putrid Pleasures’) are already available on all streaming platforms.

‘Pazuzu Is Here’ (25th Anniversary Version)

‘Putrid Pleasures’ (25th Anniversary Re-recording)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have several influences, but the first drummers who had a huge impact on me were Philthy “Animal” Taylor, Tony “Abaddon” Bray, Dave Lombardo and Igor Cavalera.

What first got you into music?

In 1982, when I was 10 years old, my uncle gave me a box full of vinyl (LP’s) from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Focus, Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, and so on. I was hallucinated listening to all these records. So, I started seeking for newer and heavier bands, and on the following year (in 1983), is when I discovered Heavy Metal with bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Venom, Saxon and so many more to list.

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

I personally would love to be able to do something together with John McEntee (Incantation).

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

Playing at festivals is always very special for us. Every festival we’ve had the opportunity to play has been fantastic and we’re really looking forward to returning. We would also love to be able to play at a festival like Hellfest, Wacken or Sweden Rock, because they’re the biggest ones for extreme music there is.

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

We’ve received some pretty unique things during all those years, gifts like letters written in menstrual blood, a human skull, a statue handcrafted by a fan and a few paintings too.

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

Stay safe and keep it fuckin’ METAL!

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

Lemmy Kilmister.

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

What I like most is being able to travel around the world, playing my music, meeting new people, learning about new cultures and living life to the fullest. And I hate it when we can’t play/perform live.

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

I’d like music to return to being pure. I mean that I am really interested in people singing and playing their instruments because they are passionate about it. I don’t like auto-tune or big over-produced music. Every generation has its pretenders/big egos/stupid crap that sells because it’s easy. I want more of a challenge in my music. I’d like radio to come back, free of syndication, to the old formats with real DJs choosing the music, so that the regional aspect of music would reappear.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s extremely hard to name just one album, but one of my favourites is “No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith” from Motörhead.

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

For my taste, I prefer Vinyls and CD’s. I also do like cassettes and I only use digital media to check if I like it and if it’s worth buying the physical material. In my opinion, the only way to support the artists I like is to buy their physical material, so I’m not a fan of downloading.

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

For me, all shows are special and unique in their own way, but some end up standing out more than others. Our first show was unforgettable, as well as when we had the opportunity to play in unusual places, such as Japan or Australia or South Africa. But as I said, all shows are very important and special for us and we always try to offer 120% and play like it’s the last show of our lives.

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

I would probably be working with something related to music, like tour manager, roadie/tech, booking agent, merchandiser, FOH…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would love to be able to invite Jimi Hendrix, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Lynott, Cliff Burton and Eddie Van Halen.

What’s next for the band?

On November 19th, “Dug Up…Diabolical Reincarnations” will be released by Xenokorp. In February 2022, another new album will be released, this time through Emanzipation Productions and in mid-April we will go on a world tour.

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

We have our own website and we’re also on Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon Music, Reverbnation, N1M, Bandsintown, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.
www.nervochaos.net
www.nervochaos.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/NervoChaos
www.instagram.com/nervochaos/
www.tumblr.com/blog/view/nervochaos666
www.open.spotify.com/artist/79Zxs7jzzD0sCwnYOUCKGx
www.youtube.com/c/NervoChaos
www.tumbaproductions.com.br
www.facebook.com/tumbaproductions
www.facebook.com/SetembroNegroFestival

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I would say they are biscuit-sized cakes.

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

Thank you very much for the opportunity and for the interview. If you want to know more about us don’t forget to like and follow us on our social media or simply go to www.nervochaos.net

See you on the road!

Edu Lane

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Macabre Decay – Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion Album Cover Art

Macabre Decay – Into Oblivion
Grind To Death Records
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 37:24
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

Again, I have to remind you how I like, where possible, to follow new bands from the beginning and for their entire career. The opportunity to watch them evolve musically and professionally is something that I really admire on this path as a reviewer. However, for the band in this review, I have not been a dedicated follower of everything that they have done for 7 years and this is the first time that I written about them since I started my journey as a reviewer.

That does not mean that this is the first time I have heard of the Swedish Death metallers, Macabre Decay, as I have a CD from of their first demo that travelled from the US to this creepy huge land called Brazil. At that time, I won it on the Metal Meltdown radio show from DJ David Softee (yes, the same DJ that I mentioned in my Motorhammer review) after I answered a question about a line-up change that they talked about in an interview. At that time, I wasn’t a reviewer, so the impression you get of a band is a little different when you are just a listener and not writing about them!

Considering I am now hearing “Into Oblivion”, their second full album, and not the demo of a new band, the perception is even deeper. This time I noticed more elements and details that I hadn’t realised before. My first impression is that Macabre Decay flee from the typical Swedish Death Metal sound!

“What do you want to say, Victor?” (This is my schizophrenic inner mental voice talking to me). Well, when the words Death Metal and Sweden are used together, it is hard not to picture crystal clear sonorities with a dense and dark atmosphere created by a wall of melodies, riffs and heaviness. “Are you saying that Macabre Decay don’t have these?” (Hello again, Mr. Schizo!). No, I am not saying that at all!

I can feel all of those elements on this album, but they are more diluted within the 37 minutes of brutality. What caught my attention is how they are more oriented to bands like Bolt Thrower or Entombed. Nevertheless, they don’t forget about what has made Swedish heavy music famous around the world.

The vocals of Henka Andersson are pretty guttural, inspired, or similar to, the early Cannibal Corpse albums. Fredrik Gunnarsson offers brutal riffs complemented by Sami Mäki on lead guitars. The bass of Henrik Edlund Ljung walks in a more aggressive line to follow the linear structures of drummer Martin Knutar. None of them try to sound exuberant, but they work excellently as a team to create a good synergy.

I can mention songs like ‘Utterly Helpless’ that offers melodies akin the best Swedish Melodic Death Metal. What about technique? Maybe the beautiful acoustic ‘The Becoming of Art’ could answer that. This song is like an intro for the remarkable ‘Altered Flesh’ that, for me, is the best track on the album. This song has a mixture of everything I have mentioned so far although, maybe, the killer track ‘Wall of Bones’ can beat it with its hellish melodies, but I prefer to let to you decide which song is the best.

“No bullshit, just Death Metal”. These words are from the band on the Press Release and it defines perfectly what “Into Oblivion” is. I can assure you that this statement is true, but Macabre Decay is a very technical band as well. The achievement in their music is how they’ve found an amazing balance between aggressiveness and technique. The result is a very straight sound that can make you bang your head whilst enjoying technical, well-structured, compositions.

‘Kräks, Förruttnelse och Våld’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Icon
02. Impenitent Homicide
03. Into Oblivion
04. Utterly Helpless
05. The Becoming Of Art
06. Altered Flesh
07. Wall Of Bones
08. Last Breath
09. Beauty In Carnage
10. Kräks, Förruttnelse och Våld

LINE-UP:
Fredrik Gunnarsson – Guitars
Henka Andersson – Vocals
Henrik Edlund Ljung – Bass
Sami Mäki – Lead Guitars
Martin Knutar – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with BARBARIAN PROPHECIES

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EMQ’s with BARBARIAN PROPHECIES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lugo, Spain based Death/Black Metal band, Barbarian Prophecies. 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?

Hi there! Thanks so much for this interview!

We are Barbarian Prophecies from Spain (Lugo, Galicia) and we play melodic death metal with black and progressive influences. In short we usually say that we play death metal because it’s our base influence, but Barbarian Prophecies does not sound like classic death metal at all.

The band was formed in the year 2000, so it has a pretty long baggage. We have released two demos, two EP’s and 5 LP’s.
– Conquerors Of The Wolfthrone (Demo 2002)
– The War Is Imminent (EP 2004)
– War Promo (Demo 2007)
– Condemned land…The War Begins (LP 2009)
– Remember The Fallen (LP 2012)
– XIII (LP 2013)
– Remains Of Existence (EP 2015)
– Origin (LP 2018)
– Horizon (LP 2021)

How did you come up with your band name?

The name came from the union of two bands: Venomous Prophecies and Barbarianth. From there came Barbarian Prophecies, the result of the combination of the names and members of both bands.

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

We are from Lugo, Spain. There are quite a few extreme metal bands here, but it has always been a minority genre and the main problem is the lack of support. We are a little known band despite having been in this scene for 21 years, but we survived because our philosophy is to help other bands that are in the same situation and who want to collaborate with us by exchanging concerts, material, contacts…Here the music is sustained by a base of small supporters, there really is no band in our country of an extreme genre that has had a great international repercussion and it is a shame because there are very good bands.

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

Our latest released was our album “Horizon” this year 2021. It was released on digital platforms in August and the physical edition will be available in November (CD and Vinyl format) with the support of the labels Base Records Production, Hecatombe Records, Iron Matron Records and Violence In The Veins.

Also, we recently released a lyric video made by YOD Multimedia of the song ‘Among Us’ from the album “Horizon”, and at the end of this year we also plan to release a videoclip made by 60ráfagas of the song that starts the album; ‘Alpha’.

‘Among Us’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each member of the band has their own influences, so we can mention, for example: Deep Purple, Testament, Unleashed, Necrophobic, Enthroned, Annihilator, Megadeth, J. S. Bach, Leo Brower, Black Sabbath, Carach Angren, Sabaton, Rhapsody, Judas Priest, Wolfheart, Deicide, Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Dissection, Septic Flesh, Tool, Gojira, Pink Floyd, Rush, Between The Buried And Me…and artists from other genres like Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangelis…etc!

What first got you into music?

Thanks to being close to influences who introduced us into it.

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

It doesn’t matter, someone who fits with us. Each one has different tastes and influences within extreme metal, but some with whom we would like to share the stage could be: Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Enthroned, Necrophobic, Slayer, Carach Angren…and many more bands that we like.

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

It would be cool to play at big festivals like Resurrection Fest (we played two times and the experience was so great that we always want to repeat), Wacken…or in any other place outside our country to be able to know other places and other bands.

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

A bottle of a very strong liquor.

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

Thank you very much for your support and for joining us for so many years. The effort is worth it as long as there is someone who wants to hear or share our music.

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

Chuck Schuldiner. He passed away very young, like so many rock stars, and we think that someone so promising would have continued to contribute a lot to death metal.

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

The best about this is experiences with your band, travel and seeing new places and meeting new people…many positive things!

The worst thing is that it is a hobby and we don’t earn any money…but all we spend in the band is well invested because we can do what we really want, that is making music.

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

Let the talent prevail over the money, because there are a lot of great bands that are never known for not having enough resources and support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.

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

They all have advantages depending on what you are looking for. For the quality of the sound, we would choose the CD, for the artwork and its special sound then vinyl, for nostalgia, cassettes and for a better spread of music, digital download platforms.

The best option is to combine all the musical supports, since the physical ones can be sold at concerts and distribution over the Internet is optimal to publicize your band and reach more places. This is mainly due to the fact that physically there will always be a limited number of copies, while on the Internet you can have infinite copies and listeners.

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

Resurrection Fest 2018. We had played in that festival before, but that last time was amazing. They treated us like we were rock stars and it’s awesome to share the stage with so many bands and even meet in person members of bands we listened when we were teenagers. A great experience in every way.

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

None of us make a living from music, so outside of it, we each have our jobs and family occupations like anyone else, but we are fortunate that our professions allow us to have the time and money necessary to invest in our hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy Kilmister, Dimebag Darrell, Peter Steele, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix.

Unfortunately, they won’t be able to attend the dinner party, but we guess it’s okay because it would be dangerous to get them together haha.

What’s next for the band?

Our last gig was on 29th February 2020. It was our last gig before the pandemic situation arrived and now it’s difficult to recover the live activity because most of the concert halls are closed due to the sanitary restrictions caused by the covid-19. Our future plans will be to resume our live activity. We really want to present “Horizon” and we hope to be able to return to the stage this year 2021…but no guarantees.

Before the end of the year, we will release the album in physical format and a videoclip. And for the year 2022 we are planning a mini tour of Germany and Hungary.

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

www.barbarianprophecies.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/barbarianprophecies
www.instagram.com/barbarian_prophecies/
www.twitter.com/BPband_official
www.youtube.com/channel/UChMIiNtcsqmrC2t7UCRbp8Q

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Here in Spain, we don’t have an idea of what Jaffa Cakes are…but they seem like a cookie!

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

Thank you very much for this interview and for giving visibility to underground bands like ours. Many thanks also to all the people who have read it till the end and to those who decide to share it. It’s a great help. Greetings from Spain!

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 2 – Repulsive Vision

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