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/

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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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EMQ’s with THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN

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?

N/A

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?

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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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile/Boston, USA based Thrash/Groove/Death Metal band Overtoun! Huge thanks to guitarist Matias 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 Rick and friends of Ever Metal, thanks a lot for having us here. This is Matias, guitarist from Overtoun.

We are a Death/Thrash Metal band formed in 2014. The group started in high school as a cover band, when Agustin (drummer) and I met. Both of us wanted to play songs from the 80’s thrash metal era, signing up in a lot of ‘battle of the bands’ competitions and stuff like that. We didn’t have a full time vocalist at the time but a couple of friends that could sing helped us out. I would say that the first official line-up was Agustin, me and Cristobal (bass), a friend of ours that we met from another school. The three of us started to write our first songs and original music.

After high school all of us went to college, and I went to study to Berklee in Boston in 2017. That’s when I met the missing ingredient, Yoav, who is a bass player that was in my same Metal ensemble. Yoav knows a bunch of people in the metal scene, so I asked him to recommend me a death metal singer for the band, and he told me that he could do the job. That’s when we started to record our debut album “Centuries Of Lies”, that was released in 2018.

Early this year we parted ways with Cristobal, and then our new bass player Guillermo joined the band. With him we did our first tour and right now we are in the middle of the recordings of our second album. It has been quite a ride ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s kind of funny how we came up with the name. One day we were hanging out in my house, it was one of the first rehearsals we had. Obviously we needed a name, something creepy and catchy that had a concept we could work on. We started looking online for the weirdest places in the world, and that’s when the Overtoun Bridge came out. It is a bridge from Scotland where dogs commit suicide. We liked the mystery of the place and how the name sounded, so we took it from there.

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

The three of us (Agustin, Guillermo and me) are from Santiago, capital city of Chile. Although Yoav lives in Boston, he is from Mexico City. I would say that the Chilean Metal scene is complicated, right now there are a lot of new and interesting groups that try to do things professionally, however the audience is not really that supportive of local bands. It is quite hard to get noticed and make people come to the shows. There are not big record labels or promoters that get interested in smaller bands. Nevertheless, we know that we have to work harder and harder to get our name out there, and keep improving our art and music, building a fan base and so on. We hope that Chilean Metal also gets recognized abroad, so everyone from the scene gets better opportunities to develop their careers.

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

Our latest release is the video of ‘Aftermath’, a song from our first album “Centuries Of Lies”, that came up in December last year.

‘Centuries’ was a hard album to make, we had a lot of differences in the creative process that extended the production time, however we moved forward and I think we ended up with a good product, obviously there are a lot of things to improve, but we learned a lot from the process.

I’m glad that people liked the album, we’ve had nothing but great comments and support from international media and local press.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that our greatest influence will always be Metallica, Agustin and I have been Metallica fans since middle school and every time they come to Chile we try and go see them live. Also Pantera is a big influence for us, it was very painful to say goodbye to Dime and Vinnie. Death is another influence for the band, and now Guillermo got us into the music of Mudvayne, Jinjer, Arch Enemy, Epica and stuff like that. Yoav also showed us music of Power Trip, Blotted Science, Atheist, etc. I’m really happy for him that he got to be the new bassist for Atheist, he really deserves that gig.

What first got you into music?

For me personally what got me into music was my dad’s CD collection. He had a couple of records from Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam and such, and watching their videos online made me pick up the guitar. They all looked so cool and I could feel the connection that the artist had with the audience.

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

We’d be down to collaborate with Jinjer or Gojira, those two are the bands that are kind of spreading Metal all over the world, it would be really nice to do something with them.

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

It would be great to play Wacken Open Air. I think that ever since I started getting into Metal, Wacken was one of those festivals that always came to the picture as the biggest reunion of metalheads. That would be great for us, to share our music for fans from all over the world.

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

Once when we were on tour, a strange looking man gave us an unpacked bar of chocolate that was melted. It was gross, but we laughed so hard and made up a lot of funny stories from that situation.

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

Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving us; without them nothing would be possible, at the end of the day all the music we create belongs to them! See you on the mosh pit!

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

I would bring back Dimebag or Cliff Burton. Both of them made a huge influence in my music, and to see them perform only once would be priceless.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is playing live, there is nothing better than going up to the stage and headbang over the songs. What I hate is the feeling of self doubt that a lot of us have to deal with, it is a hard business so we have to keep our minds clear and do our best.

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

Negativity and bringing down the work of other musicians; if we are collaborative and support the work of our colleagues the scene will grow, and that will benefit us all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”

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

I’m a vinyl and CD lover, I think there is nothing better than the physical format. I’m a vinyl collector too, at home I have lots of albums from my favourite bands.

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

I guess it was the last gig of our first tour, we were performing really good and the sound was badass, every now and then we watch videos from that performance, we hope to do that again in the future.

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

Maybe astrophysics or geology, I like science a lot. Also I love cooking, maybe something like that would be cool. By the way Agustin cooks really good American-style burgers, haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite the guys in the band and our producer Pancho. We always have fun together and every time we hang out there is good food on the table.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment we are planning live shows for 2020 and the release of our second album titled “This Darkness Feels Alive”. This new album is great, we all loved the process and how the songs turned out. We were recording in Estudio del Sur, the best studio in the country, it was really beautiful and inspiring. I hope you guys can have the new music soon!

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

www.overtoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/OvertounOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/overtounofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLi-joj2KFw
https://open.spotify.com/album/5jS0LFRA9jSubanKjZ4EZZ?si=HCqPHhK9Q9Wad8qWB6Yx9g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not from the UK so I had to look it up online, haha. It looks like a biscuit but they say it’s a cake so I’ll go for cake.

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

Thanks a lot for the interview! We are really glad to be here and thank you for sharing our music!!

 

 

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EMQ’s with BLOODMORES

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EMQ’s with BLOODMORES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with North West England based Metal band Bloodmores! Huge thanks to Alex Cunliffe for taking part!

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

Hey, I’m Alex, and I’m the guitarist/vocalist with Bloodmores, and we play a sort of mixture of thrash and death metal. We got together after I was introduced to Richard, by a mutual friend, who then introduced me to Connor. The 3 of us then wrote the tracks for our debut album “The Seeds Of Seasons” together, and then met Chris at a later date, who joined us on drums. We released our debut album about 8 months ago, and started performing live soon after that.

How did you come up with the band name?

It took us forever to settle on a name, and in the end we decided it was best to sort of come up with our own word, so that there’d be less chance of us coming across another band with the same name, in the future, and then have to start thinking about changing it. So the word ‘Mores’ is used to describe like a trait, or characteristic, of a society, and so Bloodmores is like our way of describing self-destructive, or self-sabotaging, traits of society, but as it turns out though, nobody pronounces this correctly. Mores is supposed to pronounced like ‘mor-ays’ but absolutely no-one we’ve met through the band has ever pronounced our name Blood-Mor-ays, so everybody, ourselves included, just pronounces our name as you might imagine, like Blood-Mores.

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

We’re based in the North-West of England, and the metal scene here is pretty great. There’s a bunch of venues nearby, in places like Bolton, Burnley, and Preston ETC, where we’ve played, but the main local metal scene for us is definitely in Manchester, there’s a huge metal scene there, with plenty of venues that accommodate our type of music.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release was our debut album “The Seeds Of Seasons” which we released on February 1st, this year, and it can be streamed/downloaded from all the usual services, like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon ETC, with physical copies available for purchase via our Bandcamp page.

What first got you into music?

I actually wasn’t too interested in music until midway through high school. Nightwish were the first band that really caught my attention, and they’re still my favourite band now, but from there my taste gradually got heavier, which started with Children Of Bodom’s first album “Something Wild”. I remember being amazed by how intense and fast everything was, especially the drums, and I’d hate to think how many times I listened to the opening track ‘Deadnight Warrior’ throughout high school.

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

Honestly too close to call for me, so I’m going to break the rules a little, and say either Peter Tägtgren, from Hypocrisy, or Seth, from Septicflesh.

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

I would absolutely love to play Thursday night at Bloodstock one year. I’ve been to Bloodstock every year for the past few years, and the first night, in the Sophie Tent, is always awesome.

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

Funny you should ask. We played in Manchester literally last night (at the time of writing this) and some guy just set up shop at the front of the crowd, midway through our set, and just pulls out paints and brushes et; and just paints a picture of us, as we’re playing our set. He sent us a picture of his artwork later on, which I’ll send in with this interview for you to check out, and I genuinely love it. It was so random, I’ve never seen this happen at a show before, but I’m glad he went for it, cause like I said, I do really like the painting he did of us.

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

Thanks for the support. We’re starting to see some familiar faces at numerous shows, and it really does mean the world to us that people are enjoying what we’re doing, and keep coming back for more.

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

Probably Warrel Dane! I never got see Nevermore while they were active, as I didn’t really get into them until I met Richard, as they’re his favourite band, and so I would love for there to have been the chance for some reunion shows, cause I’m really into them now, and would have absolutely loved to have seen them live.

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

I just love to play live, and to be on stage, I really thrive off it.

As for hate, it’d probably just be drama over small things that don’t call for it. Like, we’ve seen sound engineers kick up a huge fuss when they find out we use in-ear monitors live, for example, and it’s like a 5 minute set up to get them going, it’s really not a big deal.

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

Getting paid something worthwhile from streaming services would be nice, cause right now we’re practically giving our album away on sites like Spotify.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For me personally, one that’s especially influential for my work with Bloodmores, I’d have to say “Virus”, by Hypocrisy. For the other members of the band, I’d say either “This Godless Endeavour”, or “The Obsidian Conspiracy”, by Nevermore, for Richard. Connor would likely pick “Nocturnal”, or pretty much any other album, from The Black Dahlia Murder, and as for Chris, probably “As The Palaces Burn” by Lamb Of God.

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

I’d say CDs for everyday use, cause everyone has something that’ll play them, so if you want to show your mate a cool album, they can play it in the car, or just put it in their PS4, or whatever, so it’s nice and easy. However, I actually really like vinyl if the album has some cool artwork, and I feel like you can appreciate the artwork that bit more when you’ve got a bigger print of it. Albums like “Once More Round The Sun” by Mastodon, or pretty much any album by Baroness, where there’s a lot happening on the cover, and it’s really eye catching, and intricate, look great on vinyl.

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

As previously mentioned, we played in Manchester very recently, and it was definitely up there with the best that we’ve done. There was so much audience interaction, and I even clocked a few people near the front singing along when we played ‘The Gauntlet & The Guillotine’. It was great to see so many people enjoying what we’re doing, and really getting into it.

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

I could focus more on art, I suppose. I’ve done a few bits of concept art for designs and stuff for the band, which I can then use to show a designer the kind of ideas I have in mind, but my rough artwork is nowhere near high enough quality to use as a final design. If I weren’t into playing and performing so much, then maybe I could spend more time focusing on art and design stuff.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne would definitely be a laugh.

I think Ola Englund would be awesome to hang out with too, I watch a lot of his videos online, and he seems super knowledgeable on guitar gear, but also a lot of fun too.

Joe Duplantier would be cool too, obviously a lot of his lyrics are centred around the environment, and preservation ETC, which I have some similar themes going on in my own lyrics, so it’d be cool to chat with him about it all.

I already mentioned him earlier, but Peter Tägtgren would be on my list too, again, to talk about lyrical content. I’m a huge Hypocrisy fan, and it’d be great to just chat about the various influences for his lyrics.

Lastly, I’d pick Vicky Psarakis, from The Agonist. I was already a big fan of The Agonist for their first three albums, and was initially apprehensive when Alissa left for Arch Enemy, cause she’s clearly a very talented vocalist, and I wasn’t sure how they were going to go about replacing her, but Vicky just exceeded any and all expectations I had. For me, I’d say she’s the best female vocalist, that I know of, in metal right now, and the footage that appeared online recently, of her performing the ending low vocals to In Vertigo, off their latest album, Orphans, is unbelievable. I’m going to see them with Jinjer later this year, and while Jinjer obviously have an amazing female metal vocalist too, for me, Vicky is just crushing it. I think she’s incredible.

What’s next for the band?

We’re heading up to Scotland for the first time soon, as well as spending some time working on some new material, which we’re looking to finish recording, and get something new released as soon as possible.

What social media/website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I post on our Facebook page, and answer all the messages there, as well as the ones that come in to our email address, and Richard handles our Instagram page. None of us are particularity into social media, and don’t really post much on our personal pages, or accounts, but we do our best to utilize it for the band, cause it feels like everyone around us is constantly using it.

https://www.facebook.com/bloodmores/
https://www.instagram.com/bloodmores_official/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5GB3P7ONShfLLYL6mzRchZ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtl_7OTFnMxjcJQTd0n4Ufw

Jaffa Cakes: are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha It actually kind of bugs me that this is even an argument that people have. It literally has the word ‘cake’ in its name, what more do you need?

Thank you for your time, is there anything else that you would like to add?

Just thanks for having us. We’re still very much an up-and-coming type band, so we really appreciate your support. Cheers! 🙂

 

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LVCIFYRE – Sacrament EP

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LVCIFYRE – Sacrament EP
Dark Descent Records
Release Date: 24/05/2019
Running Time: 22:53
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

A couple weeks back I asked Ever Metal about the possibility of reviewing London based Death Metal band ‘LVCIFYRE’ purely, and I will admit this, because I really like the band name. I hadn’t heard of them before, something I regret now that I have heard what they can do. But as with all bands that are new to me, I haven’t looked back, and with heavy guitar playing and hard drumming with intense vocals these guys don’t mess around.

I have been listening to this EP called ‘Sacrament’ for the last few weeks continuously with a few breaks here and there and need I say that I really like it. This EP contains a bit of a lead up to songs, something that I really like. There is a slow start before it leaps into the song really intensively and everything comes at you at 100 mph. There is no time to breathe, just complete and unstoppable headbanging and all I have to say is that thank god I had paracetamol on hand!

I can honestly say that, with Cultus on bass, Menthor on drums and T. Kaos on guitars and vocals, this band aren’t a glass half full band. They are the full glass with water still being poured in and overflowing. One thing I noticed throughout the EP is that there is an intensity in all the songs which really transmits the immense passion they have for what they do and, anyone who listens to them play, either live or via CD, can absolutely see, hear and feel that passion and dedication.

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this awesome EP which is reflected in the score I have given it. It is such an awesome EP, with high intensity and an ‘in your face’ presence’ and I can’t get enough of it.

I do have a favourite song, ‘Shadowy Wing’ and its nice slow start before hitting into the main song really drew me in.

I want to say a huge thank you to Ever Metal for giving me the chance to review LVCIFYRE and this awesome EP, and I also want to say a huge thank you to the band, itself, for putting so much work and passion into this EP.

It really has been one hell of a listening experience.

Track Listing:
The Greater Curse
Deaths Head In Crown
Shadowy Wing
Sacrament
Morderca

Links:
www.facebook.com/Lvcifyre
www.Darkdescentrecords.com
www.Darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com
www.Facebook.com/darkdescentrecords

 

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running Time: 67:44
Review by Cliff Scowen
10/10

First of all, I’m not going get drawn into the which Opeth is better the old or new, guttural growls or clean vocals, as Opeth fans are intelligent enough to figure it out themselves.

Secondly, having been a massive fan since the “Orchid” album people may think I am a bit biased in my review. Well I’m not. I don’t have to be when an album is this good. In nearly 30 years, I’ve seen Opeth evolve from a full-on death metal band to the prog metal legends they are today.

So, to album number four of clean vocals. The title means ‘Poison In The Tail’, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recorded two versions one in English and another in Swedish and we get 10 tracks covering 70 minutes of majestic music.

Opener ‘Garden of Earthly Delight’ is a delightful, atmospheric piece with its choral chanting and voice overs, setting the tone of what’s about to follow. With the opening track seamlessly slotting into ‘Dignity’ with some seriously cool percussion and heavy riffs, it’s good finding Akerfeldt in great voice early into the album.

The first single from the album ‘Heart In Hand’ sees us in refreshingly classic Opeth territory, Axenrot’s drum fills alongside Akesson’s riff made it nigh on impossible for me not to nod my head.

’Next of Kin’ has a much darker feel, haunting choirs set around a crystal clear acoustic guitar and I guess you could call ‘Lovelorn Crime’ the albums ballad, hearing those piano chords entwining with Axenrot’s drums and Martin’s bass and a deeply felt solo is a joyous thing to hear, a true masterpiece.

The surreal sound of ‘Charlatan’ seamless musical interludes is backed by operatic monks and ‘Universal Truth’, a huge melody with faultless piano work is so full of angst and emotion. We see ‘The Garrotter’ next with its alluring intro and it’s almost jazzy feel certainly keeps Svalberg busy on keyboards.

We, then, hit more familiar ground with ‘Continuum’, Akerfeldt pushing his band and musical boundaries as only Opeth can. Akessons use of the wah-wah pedal is outstanding and so to closer ‘All Things Will Pass’ which has an almost anthemic feel to it, has enough musical hooks to catch the ear of the listener. I have heard that Akerfeldt’s voice sounds rawer on the Swedish version but I’m putting that down to him singing in his native tongue, just as “Ghost Reveries” was back in 2005.

“In Cauda Venenum” is another watershed moment in their distinguished career, an album combining all the mesmerising qualities of its predecessors “Heritage”, “Pale Communion” and “Sorceress “and taking it to another level.

A very easy……10/10

Standout Tracks: ‘Continuum’, ‘Universal Truth’, ‘Lovelorn Crime’

In Cauda Venenum Track listing (English/Swedish):
1. Garden Of Earthly Delights / Livet’s Trädgård
2. Dignity / Svekets Prins
3. Heart In Hand / Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör
4. Next Of Kin / De Närmast Sörjande
5. Lovelorn Crime / Minnets Yta
6. Charlatan
7. Universal Truth / Ingen Sanning Är Allas
8. The Garroter / Banemannen
9. Continuum / Kontinuerlig Drift
10.All Things Will Pass / Allting Tar Slut

Band members
Mikael Akerfeldt – Guitar/vocals,
Fredrick Akesson – Guitars,
Carlos Martin – Bass,
Martin Axenrot – Drums,
Joakim Svalberg – Keyboards.

Links:
http://www.opeth.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Opeth/
https://www.youtube.com/user/OpethOfficial
https://myspace.com/opeth

 

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Interview with Red Method – Rabidfest 2019 – 17/08/2019

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Interview with Red Method
Rabidfest 2019, 17/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi again everyone, it’s Rick. Here is another Rabidfest interview that the awesome Sheri did for us and it is with Tech/Death/Progressive Metallers Red Method, a band that really hasn’t been around very long but is made up of ex-members of Meta-Statis and The Defiled so they know their chops. They were the Ever Metal band of the weekend at the Festival putting on a scintillating performance that got the whole venue moving like a swarm of angry bees and we cannot wait to see them again, oh and they were lovely as well!

So back to the interview, it’s safe to say that Sheri knows the guys pretty well so it’s really more of a chat and a laugh. Just think of yourself as an insect ambling passed and stumbling upon a brief moment of fun and madness!

Thanks to both the band and Sheri!

Sheri: HELLO GUYS!

Alex: WHAT’S UP!

Jeremy: We love yoooou Sheri!

Sheri: I love you!

Alex: We love you more actually.

Sheri: NOPE, That’s impossible.

Here I am, with Red Method! So you guys have been around – what not even 7 months!?

Jeremy: We unleashed this monstrosity.

Sheri: And you’ve already played most of the major UK festivals and you’ve gone bang!?

Alex: It’s gone really fast I guess we’ve learnt from our past mistakes and we’re doing it now the right way. It’s like a second chance in life.

Jeremy: It’s like having a girlfriend that you’ve messed up too many times and then you just know what to do with them, what drinks to buy them, what food to cook them..!

Sheri: Hahahaha so Red Method is like a constant date?

Alex: Taking the music industry on a constant date haha.

Quin: The way we see it, we’ve got nothing to lose, we are just going for it all in.

Sheri: This is the way to do this! And for people that don’t know about the dandy… let’s elaborate on the Chicken Dandy.

Alex: I’m glad you asked that hahaha.

Jeremy: Chicken Dandy was invented in 2006 on the road with Ted Maul. There we were all hanging out and a girl came out from the crowd and she looked…literally looked like a chicken. Then I came out and said “She looks like a Chicken Dandy!” and since then… everything revolves around Chicken Dandy; music, chicken, restaurants… we are in search of Chicken Dandy always.

Sheri: Always!

Quin: I just had my Chicken Dandy from over the road.

Alex: Best Chicken in town.

Jeremy: Nobody knows really…what’s that song we been listening to?

Alex and Jeremy rap along to ‘Star 69’ lyrics by Fatboy Slim:
“They know what is what but they don’t know what is what, they just strut, what the fuck?”

Jeremy: We been following something but we don’t really know what it is.
Alex: Like the meaning of life! What’s chicken dandy, it’s the same question!

Sheri: No one knows.

Quin: We should maybe replace our lyrics with a piece of some Chicken Dandy.

Alex: Yes!

Sheri: Beautiful! So what are you up to next that you can tell us?

Quin: Oh everyone’s looking at me! I guess we’re not really active on the live front until October. But we are working on a few more visuals that will be coming out, new things that we are gonna be shooting and filming and preparing for the release of the album. It’s more about building momentum after that point and then just see where we can go once we release the album.

Jeremy: Think we also have something being released in September. We arealso shooting something in September for the Album Launch. We’re going to Spain on Holiday to eat some Tapas haha. Go get some Press in Madrid. We already have festivals booked for next year and we’re just getting ready for some big things.

Alex: Our album is coming out, man!

Quin: Yeah, the album will be just in the run up to Christmas.

Sheri: Long awaited, we are looking forward to it!

Quin: It’s been an interesting time, that’s the way I look at it.

Alex: We have laughed a lot and we’ve had an amazing time so far

Jeremy: Yeah it’s been a hell of a journey. A hell of a journey!

Sheri: And this is the last date for this tour?

Jeremy: Yeah it’s the last one and it’s been brutal since Bloodstock!

Sheri: Which was absolutely amazing. That Sophie tent was absolutely rammed!
So lastly… give some of your best advice?

Quin: Don’t do it.

Alex: Get online, go to the Red Method bigcartel site and buy a few t-shirts and support the bands that you’re into. Plant the seeds so the weeds can grow mo’fo’s.
<3

On 21st September 2019 at 10am Red Method will release their version of ‘Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana via Metal Hammer so make sure you tune in!

 

LINKS:
https://redmethod.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RedMethodBand/

https://www.instagram.com/redmethod_/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2qhpR9Fcqguv_l7C_7HqIQ

 

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Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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