Interview with BRING TO BEAR

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Interview with BRING TO BEAR
By Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone, it’s Rick…

There is nothing I love more than introducing people to brand new bands especially ones that, not only know how to write great music, but also embrace the ‘business’ side of things with an excellent online presence and striking visuals.

One such band is UK Symphonic Folk Metal Quintet BRING TO BEAR, who recently chatted to us about their debut single and video ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’ which is being released tomorrow, Friday 16th July.

I’d like to send huge thanks to them for the interview.

Enjoy!

Q: For a new band, this is truly a wonderful debut, how long have you been playing together and how did you get together?

BtB: Thanks very much, that’s very kind of you to say. Hristo and I (Ian) met through being in a gypsy punk band together and played in that band for a few years now. We realised that we both love metal and during May of the first UK lockdown we decided to start a metal band together. We wrote a few short demos to show the style we wanted to play and posted these on the website Bandmix. We then contacted people through Bandmix and Facebook to see if they were interested in joining us. We managed to get the current line-up (excluding bass) by January this year, so I suppose you could say we have been playing together as a band for about 7 months now.

Q: Can you tell us a little more about each of the members in BRING TO BEAR?

BtB: Hristo plays electric guitar and is also a good bassist, so he did the bass recordings. He is strongly influenced by grunge music, and he is originally from Bulgaria. I (Ian) play accordion and keys, and do the growling, and I am originally from South Africa. I’m very much into symphonic metal and folk metal, gypsy punk, film scores, Viking music. Izabela is lead vocalist and she’s from Poland. She’s a big fan of Nightwish and Frank Sinatra. Simon is the token UK local; he plays drums (and a range of traditional Thai instruments) and loves folk metal and death metal. Nik is our other guitarist and he’s originally from Russia and the UAE. He is really into melodic metal and melodic death metal, particularly bands like Dream Theater.

Q: You have a very rich textured sound (inclusive of instruments like the Accordion), accompanied by fascinating complementary visuals. Please can you share some of the inspirations that went into crafting your sound and visual style?

BtB: The sound of BRING TO BEAR is a balance we are learning to find because we basically have 3 lead instruments (both guitarists and the accordion), as well as 2 vocal styles. When we started the band the phrase, we had in mind, was “Amon Amarth with an accordion” and the idea was to have heavy driving riffs as the foundation of the sound, with powerful tremolo sections, and then add the flavour of accordion to that (because what else would I play??), interspersed with strings and brass (keyboard) to give it some more depth and variety. And on top of that we wanted strong and powerful drumming. A lot of the guitar riffs are also influenced by bands like Pantera, Mushroomhead, and Rammstein. And the folk and symphonic elements are influenced by bands like Nightwish, Korpiklaani, traditional folk music, and film score melodies. The visuals are based on creating a scene of adventure because we believe our music is adventurous. Due to the double meaning of the band name, the bear animal seemed like an obvious inclusion in some visuals and also works as a representation of the growling, and it sets the context of the forest too. Then the lady in the hood represents the clean female vocals. And some beams of light breaking through the shade of the canopy and some mist, and it gives it a strong sense of mystery and intrigue.

Q: Your debut single ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’ will be available tomorrow. Can you share some insight on this debut track, as well as why and how you chose it as your debut offering to introduce the world to BRING TO BEAR?

BtB: ‘The Shadow Ruse’ is a song about the balance between light and dark. It’s easy to look at a situation from one point of view and label it “good” or “bad”, but the same situation seen from another point of view can be the opposite. All that changed is the perception, so the situation is effectively neither good nor bad but just in balance. So, our perceptions make us judge things and this affects how we react to them, even if the perception is not real. It’s like a game of shadows in the mind and it can be hard to make sense of it. The song also represents how we often end up leaning into some aspects of ourselves too much that we neglect their opposites, so it’s also about finding the balance of the light and dark parts of our own character. It was chosen by vote really, but the criteria used for the voting was that it needed to be a song that had a strong, in-your-face start and be a balanced combination of the various textures we use in our music. Incidentally, it was the very first song that Hristo and Ian worked on together for Bring to Bear, and it was used to convince the other members to join the band. So, if it was convincing enough for people to join the band, maybe it will be convincing enough for others to join our journey.

Q: Given you are a new band we have no prior insight into the meaning of your name. However, we are dying to know the origin and meaning of BRING TO BEAR?

BtB: The name primarily comes from the phrase “bring [something] to bear”, meaning to bring into effector to make something happen that you really want to have happen. But the dual meaning comes in with the bear animal which is an obvious link in the name, and the bear animal often represents courage and strength, so the courage to go for what you love and the strength to make it happen.

Q: Your Social Media presence and content are especially striking for a band fresh out the blocks. Can you share some insight on your strategic drive and fantastic efforts to invite fans to join your journey and follow your musical adventure?

BtB: We are looking to create a strong online presence first, partly due to the pandemic and partly because that’s where most potential fans will ever see and hear us. We want to use this to tell our story of trying to go after what we love doing, and hopefully we can inspire others to do the same. We’re not looking to rush things, but we want to make sure that each thing we create, whether music, video or art, is high quality and a true reflection of the band, and we’d rather release things in smaller amounts to not keep people waiting too long between releases. Within the band we have a variety of other skillsets and things that we each love doing so we are trying to use these as well. For example, Nik loves photography and videography, so he has been filming all our videos, and I (Ian) love creating visual art, so I am happy to spend time working on that for the band. And then our PR manager, Devo, has done a great job with helping us to craft how we tell the story and with editing the videos.

Q: Where did you record ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’, and please share some more about the BRING TO BEAR writing and recording process?

BtB: The song was originally written as a punk song for the gypsy punk band that Hristo and I met through, but it didn’t really fit with the rest of that band’s songs. So, when we decided to start Bring To Bear, we took that song and made it heavier. First Hristo wrote the guitar riffs and structure of the song and emailed a recording to me, then I added accordion and emailed it back to him (this was during the first UK lockdown). So, the writing process was a back-and-forth process with Hristo guiding this song’s outcome. Once we had all the other band members, we did two rounds of home recordings where each person recording their parts of the song and we combined them into a mix. This worked well to get us ready for the studio recordings, and we then recorded ‘The Shadow Ruse’ at Audiohaus Studios in Wembley.

Q: Starting a band in lockdown with fresh material is incredibly determined, and you must be eager to also get yourselves out there for live shows (as soon as conditions allow). What is on the cards in that respect for BRING TO BEAR, and what can we look forward to next?

BtB: Yeah, we are quite determined to see where the music takes us. Our very next step is to find a bassist so that we can get gigging as soon as possible. We will then look to play some local shows first and apply to various venues and festivals. We’ll have to see how that goes but we do hope to be able to play our music in many different places. We are releasing a 3 track EP in September which will include a cover song and 2 originals. And then we will look to release some follow up singles later this year once they are ready.

Q: Thank you for your time and the opportunity to chat to you. We wish you every success for your debut single ‘The Shadow Ruse’ and very much look forward to the upcoming EP.

BtB: Thanks very much! We really appreciate being able to chat to you, and we really hope people will love listening to our music as much as we love making it.

BRING TO BEAR ARE:
Izabela Smyt – Lead Vocals
Ian Tarboton – Accordion, Keyboards & Growls
Hristo Nikolov – Guitars
Nikiforos Rotas – Guitars
Simon Jones – Drums

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

Bring to Bear - The Shadow Ruse Cover

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Interview with Peter Toussaint of FOURTH SON SOUTH

Fourth Son South Feature Image ( Credit Alouise Jamneck )
Photo by Alouise Jamneck

Interview with Peter Toussaint of FOURTH SON SOUTH
By Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone, It’s Rick.

One of the many things I love about this wonderful job/hobby is finding out about bands and scenes in different parts of the world. One of the countries where there seems to be a large and burgeoning number of great bands is South Africa. One of those bands is new Overdrive Indie Hard Rockers, Fourth Son South, who have just released their latest, standalone, single ‘Hold On’. Ever Metal recently got the chance to have a quick chat with founding member/vocalist/guitarist Peter Toussaint about the track and future plans.

Enjoy!

Greetings Peter and thank you for taking the time to chat to us.

Your new single ‘Hold On’ follows in hot pursuit of your album “The Sounds Around Your Head” (released in November 2020). This album has done remarkably well for Fourth Son South with 3 singles in close succession to each other (‘They Run, We Hide’, ‘Positive’ and ‘Reflections’). These all had great reach and also chart coverage. We look forward to this brand-new single with another motivational theme (especially at a time we all need it most).

Q: You have evidently been very busy; what has been driving you to release such a salvo of sensational music?

PT: I forever have music dancing around in my head. After I got my home studio up to a decent level last year, I finally found myself in the position to be independent of others so I could record whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And then the lockdown gave me the time to do so.

Q: Your single ‘Positive’ inspired us at the height of the second Covid wave, and now ‘Hold On’ aims to encourage and motivate us again to stay strong, as better times will come again. As an artist sternly affected by Covid, how have you been able to remain so optimistic and motivated; enough to even create this aspirational track?

PT: I must admit that last year I also went down the negative spiral. It’s so easy to fall into the negative abyss. For me, the only way out, was to kick myself and start creating. That was when I started writing and recording the tracks that became “The Sounds Around Your Head”. When that album was released and we got such great feedback, I knew that I should use that positive energy and feeling to write songs that would carry that energy.

Q: ‘Hold On’ is musically an evolution from the tracks on “The Sounds Around Your Head”, taking your song writing, vocal style, performance as well as instrumentation to the next level. Share some insight with us on this progressed bearing and what motivated this?

PT: Hahaha, I never know where a song is going when I start. I often have certain concepts that I’d like to try out (in this case it was a quite aggressive riff and a twin solo). I guess there’s an evolution going on but it’s not something I’m aware of whilst I’m busy writing new material.

Q: As a new single ‘Hold On’ is presently a standalone track. Will there be an album coming soon? Please shed some light on what is in the works for Fourth Son South for us to look forward to?

PT: I have got quite a few demos that still need to be elevated to proper songs. Then I must get the guys in to record their parts (and track the drums in a different studio). So yes, there’s still quite a bit of work to do but I would like to still release an album or EP this year. All also depends on the quality of the songs when they are finished. Some songs never make it to an album Hahaha!

Q: As the ‘fourth son’ deciding to travel ‘south’ from your native Dutch homeland, have you been able to take Fourth Son South there for a tour yet, or will this be high on your agenda post Covid? Where else are you planning to go once the pandemic finally allows?

PT: Fourth Son South only became a band during the pandemic, so it has not been possible to go anywhere properly. I do know that there are lots of people in the Netherlands who can’t wait to see us live but we will all have to wait. When all is cleared, we’d love to do a tour in the Netherlands and surrounding countries.

Q: With a lot of coverage and exposure globally, what territory would you say has been your most devout supporter to date?

PT: I think the most airplay has been in the UK and the US. Especially the singles ‘Positive’ and ‘Reflections’ are being played a lot there. And of course, here in South Africa!

Thank you for your time and energy Peter and good luck with the release of ‘Hold On’ this Friday 9 July!

Thank you so much! We’re looking forward to playing live again!

FOURTH SON SOUTH ARE:
Peter Toussaint – Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Franco Jamneck – Bass Guitar & Vocal Harmonies
Dale McHardy – Rhythm Guitar
Carel Viljoen – Drums & Vocal Harmonies

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Hold On’ (Audio)

‘Hold On’ is available on Bandcamp and all good streaming services!

Hold On Cover Art

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Chaos Doctrine – And In The Beginning…They Lied

Chaos Doctrine – And In The Beginning…They Lied
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/06/2021
Running Time: 40:46
Review by Wallace Magri
9.5/10

Chaos Doctrine is a South African based band, that brings to us, in their sophomore album “And in the Beginning, They Lied”, a chaotic mixture of Extreme Metal music, guided by old school bay-area Thrash Metal, elements of Black Metal, technical sections similar to Death Metal and Industrial Metal programming fuelled with noise layers, to give the proper ambience to their partially conceptual album, with lyrics addressing themes of religion, corrupt politicians, mass media control within a very dystopian scenario.

Don’t get me wrong, the fact that Chaos Doctrine allow interactions among musical styles to create their sonority doesn’t mean that they are a band without musical direction or trying to appeal to a too wide audience. On this album the band has been able to move forward from their self-titled debut record, released in 2018, developing a very peculiar sonority, that possesses unique identity.

I’ll make things easier for the Ever Metal readers: You know a band called Slayer, right? So, put Slayer in the epicentre of the musical chaos delivered by Chaos Doctrine and we have the basis to start to describe the metal assault that awaits you here! As a matter of fact, they play a cover version of ‘South Of Heaven’ on the album  and, at the same time that they pay tribute to their main influence, they also had the ability to reactivate the rage of that seminal song, with an approach which is much rawer and more disturbing.

Disturbed is a good word to help to describe how I felt when I started closely listening to the nine original tracks (the Slayer’s cover is a bonus track) on the album. I noticed some slips in the mixing, but nothing that spoilt my enjoyment of “And In The Beginning…They Lied”.

This is because they have reached the skill to keep the listener well fed during the listening experience – a hard thing to do these days when people have plenty of songs (and other things) to distract them and they see no point on wasting time listening to a whole album.

What we have here is 36 minutes of very well arranged, original, heavy music and it sounds clear that the band took their time in the composition of each one of these songs, making it tough for me to find some highlights to talk about in more detail. I will say that the opening intro, ‘And In The Beginning…’, followed by ‘Blood Serpent God’ are a superb way to kick off the album: Industrial Metal elements to help with the gloomy ambience, Fear Factory style, but, when the guitar/bass/drum assault kicks in it, personally, relates to old school Extreme Metal, in a time when bands weren’t quite aware of the distinguishing elements amongst Thrash/Death/Black Metal. In the 80’s bands like Possessed, Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, Destruction etc were creating a new musical genre based on the things they were used to listening to, and giving their best efforts to turn it more brutal and unpalatable – by their own means.

That is the same sensation I had listening to ‘Blood Serpent God’, because Chaos Doctrine pick various heavy metal element that are needed for their own music benefit – in this case, old school paced Thrash/Black Metal with a brutal chorus (reminiscent of Sepultura’s “Arise”-era) and Industrial Metal interventions.

Now, welcome to the Slayer side of the story, delivered expertly in ‘Black Friday Bedlam’ – a kick ass old-school Thrash Metal track guided by strong guitar riffs and ferocious drum and bass. I also enjoyed the duel between the screamed vocals, that are guttural as fuck, and the other vocal line, that evokes Tom Araya at his best!

Even though the songs are built around the talent of all the musicians, I think that what gives them the old-school flavour is the guitar work, because it is not full of ultra-technical playing, as many shredders use these days. The solos have more feeling, helping in the transition of the songs, like in ‘Father Grigori’.

I think that with these tips, you can proceed on your own to the rest of the songs on “In the Beginning…They Lied”, whose quality speaks for itself. Now, you may ask me why I rated the album 9.5, if it is that good. Well, the answer is because I am sure that they will come back with new releases that are going to beat this one. They are a young band, very focused on their musical creation. So, I’ll save my 10 for the next one!

‘Blood Serpent God’ feat. Anna Hel (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. And In The Beginning…
02. Blood Serpent God (Feat. Anna Hel)
03. Black Friday Bedlam (Feat. Jörgen Sandström)
04. Harlot
05. Nocturna Mors
06. Father Grigori
07. The Rite
08. Christ Church Horizon
09. They Lied
10. South Of Heaven (Bonus Slayer Cover)

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger “Dr D” – Vocals
Alec Surridge – Guitar
Rory Townes – Drums
Phil Carstens – Bass, Backing Vocals

LINKS:

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Chaos Doctrine:

Chaos Doctrine ‘Harlot’ Visualiser Video – Ever Metal Premiere:

Chaos Doctrine ‘Enjoy The Silence’ Video – Ever Metal Premiere:

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – ‘HARLOT’ Visualiser Video Premiere

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CHAOS DOCTRINE Unleash Visualiser Video For New Track ‘HARLOT’, Taken From Upcoming New Album “AND IN THE BEGINNING…THEY LIED”, Releasing on Friday 25th June!

Ever Metal is immensely proud to Premiere ‘Harlot’, the new visualiser video from South African Industrial Thrash/Death machine Chaos Doctrine.

It is taken from their blistering new album “And In The Beginning…They Lied”, which is being released on Friday 25th June 2021.

‘Harlot’ kicks off a fantastic week of online activity and premieres for Chaos Doctrine leading up to the album release on Friday so keep your eyes peeled!

Huge Thanks to the band and Devographic Music Media for the opportunity.

Turn up the volume and play it loud!

EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE

UPCOMING ALBUM:
Chaos Doctrine came down on the metal world like the hammer of Thor in February this year with a shredding track called ‘Black Friday Bedlam’, featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate) on vocals. If you watched the lyric video, you would have caught a peek at the title and artwork of the band’s much anticipated second album, set for release on 25 June 2021. It is called ‘And in the Beginning… They Lied’, and the cover looks like this:

Chaos Doctrine  Album Cover

ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE:
Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).

For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band: it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this – the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic - Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)
Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger “Dr D” (Vocals)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Alec Surridge (Guitar)

CHAOS DOCTRINE ONLINE:

DEVOGRAPHIC MUSIC MEDIA, PR, EVENTS & AR AGENCY SOUTH AFRICA ONLINE:

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – Enjoy The Silence VIDEO PREMIERE

Chaos Doctrine Video Premiere - Enjoy The Silence

CHAOS DOCTRINE Unleash New Lyric Video, A Sweltering, Industrial Metal Cover Version Of Depeche Mode’s ‘ENJOY THE SILENCE

Ever Metal is very proud to premiere ‘Enjoy The Silence’ the new lyric video from South African Industrial Thrash/Death machine Chaos Doctrine. This is their version of the Depeche Mode classic from 1990!

Spawned in their renowned domain (Gemini AD Studios), Chaos Doctrine has taken this epic track and solidly stamped their unique brand of Industrial Thrash onto this classic, duly delivering an intense interpretation exclusively available for free on Bandcamp (From Friday7th May). The Lyric Video pays supplementary homage to the iconic imagery that saw ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and ‘Violator’ propel the band into international stardom in 1990.

Note: Best played on full blast, with a high likelihood of singing along!

EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE

CREDITS:
Written by Martin L Gore
Original Produced by Flood & Depeche Mode
Original Performed by Depeche Mode
Cover Performed by Chaos Doctrine
Cover Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Alec Surridge at Gemini AD Studios

LYRICS
Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Can’t you understand?
Oh, my little girl

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

Vows are spoken
To be broken
Feelings are intense
Words are trivial
Pleasures remain
So does the pain
Words are meaningless
And forgettable

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

UPCOMING ALBUM
Chaos Doctrine came down on the metal world like the hammer of Thor in February this year with a shredding track called ‘Black Friday Bedlam’ featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström on vocals (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate). If you watched the Lyric Video, you would have caught a peek at the title and artwork of the band’s much anticipated second album ‘And In The Beginning… They Lied’, set for release on 25 June 2021. More information on this upcoming release will be made available on the Chaos Doctrine Socials in coming weeks!

And In The Beginning... They Lied Album Cover Art

ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE
Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).

For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band: it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this – the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)
Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger “Dr D” (Vocals)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Alec Surridge (Guitar)

CHAOS DOCTRINE ONLINE:

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EMQ’s With MARENE

Marene Special Ever Metal Art

EMQ’s With MARENE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cape Town, South Africa based Flash Rock band, Marene. Huge thanks to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tyler Duggan, for taking part…

After spending much of the tormenting 2020 stagnant with no gigs, South African Flash Rockers MARENE decided to postpone their full album release and work on an intermediary EP (as a means to keep busy and stay sane, as well as channel their range of ineffectual emotions from living in perpetual survival mode into something constructive)! “Something’s Out There” is metaphorical and written with the notion of something ominous looming over you (symbolic for anything you’re afraid of that might stop you from dreaming and keeping you up at night … much like the menacing Covid-19 is keeping us all out of our dreams).

Flash Rock you ask… yup, MARENE is not just another tidal-wave band that comes and goes… they are pioneers in a new genre that is mixing some fresh and new with the best of the old, all rolled in one potent package that will bring joy to your ears, and a broad smile to your day! Heck, it’s so good even the epic Acle Kahney from TesseracT & 4D Sounds worked his magic on the catchy Radio Mix of the title-track!

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

I’m Tyler Duggan, the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and toastmaster general of the immoral majority. MARENE is a larger-than-life rock band who specialize in spectacle. We bring artillery to a knife fight and give you one helluva bang for your buck.

How did you come up with MARENE?

I started MARENE in 2017 with the dream to be the band I always wanted to see live. I was tired of paying good money to watch people get up on stage like they just got out of bed and act like I was privileged enough to see them. I was tired of watching uninspired musicians stand in one place and yawn into a microphone and expect the crowd to be wowed by their flip flops and ¾ shorts. I wanted something more. Something larger than life. So, I decided to be larger than life and create the band I wanted to see. I’ve always believed that if you fulfil a need in yourself, you’ll fulfil that same need in others too. Since 2017, MARENE has won the attention of many fans and industry folk. They are wowed at the lengths we go to put on a stadium worthy rockshow. $10 ticket, $100 show; that’s how it goes. When I get up on the stage and you pay to see me, I work for you, I’m up here to entertain you and give you your money’s worth.

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

We’re based in Cape Town, South Africa. The scene used to be alive and well before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Because of Covid-19, many venues have closed so the variety of live music venues are getting smaller and smaller. More accessible media, such as Netflix, is also competing in the way people consume entertainment. The consumption of entertainment has shifted towards quick and easy access.

What is your latest release?

“Something’s Out There”. It’s an EP consisting of 4 completely new songs, all composed and recorded under Lockdown in South Africa. it is the first EP I’ve mixed with Acle Kahney from TesseracT taking my mixes and mastering them to perfection. Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing. At least that’s the way I see it. If you’re looking for fist pounding, hard hitting, meat and potatoes rock n’ roll, look no further than our latest release. As always, MARENE strives to give our fans the ultimate experience and this EP is just that. So, plug in some headphones and get ready to meet your maker.

Something’s Out There – Radio Mix

https://open.spotify.com/album/0Et0pHujr7Tjrc7RqlCNjM

Who have been your greatest influences?

KISS, especially Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Their overall drive, work ethic and ethos have kept me going since the beginning. I’ve always found myself following their guidance and as far as role models go, I don’t think you can get any better than Paul Stanley. They inspired me to take it all the way ever since the first time I heard ‘Strutter’ and ‘Shout it Out Loud’.

What first got you into music?

I was introduced to Elvis Presley sliding down a pole in Jailhouse Rock when I was around 6 years old by my Grandmother. I was in awe of his being, his style and his appeal. He was all I listened to until I was introduced to ABBA and Jethro Tull by my parents when I was around 8. One night when I was up late watching TV, I witnessed the most amazing sound: it was louder than anything else, both visually and sonically. It was ‘Shout it Out Loud’ by KISS and I was instantly hooked. The theatrics and sound blew me away, almost like the Olympic  torch was being handed to me. Ever since, I’ve been drawn to music and the same goal of spectacle, I wanted to insight the same feeling in other people. I wanted people to leave the show saying “WTF?!” but in a good way.

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

Ghost is an amazing band who have really brought a retro feeling back to audiences with a modern twist. That’s why I feel we’d collaborate quite well. We both have the same idea of vintage meets modern.

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

If I could go back in time it would be to play the US Festival of 1983, but right now I’d have to say either Wacken, Rock am Ring or the Download Festival. All 3 of these have the same thing in common: raw, energetic, electric atmosphere and full of larger-than-life line-ups competing in one helluva pissing contest.

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

While performing at a venue/club, I had a t-shirt thrown up on stage with an image of a tiger on it with “Eye of the Tyler” written beneath it. Probably more awesome than weird, but I like it.

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

Covid-19 has put some challenges in the way, but MARENE has faced challenges before. When you put a wall between us and our goals, we like to go straight through it; head first. So, the Covid-19 pandemic regulations is a wall, and our new EP is the bulldozer. The pandemic has blocked live shows and we have learnt how to work around that. Life finds a way, and so does MARENE. So, plug in in some headphones and turn it up cause MARENE is alive and ready to bulldoze a mountain.

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

Peter Steele. He was the most creative song writer and I always felt there wasn’t enough Type O Negative. His life was short lived and what he could offer the world sonically was incomplete.

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

I never see myself as just a musician, but rather as a performer. I’ve always approached music as a live experience rather than just audio. Otherwise, I could just arrive with my MP3 player and it would give me the same experience. I think a lot of musicians fall into the trap of musicianship which is lost on the concert viewer. Sure, your shreds are an amazing flex of your skills, but the concert viewer doesn’t care if you hit every note in the scale within a demi-semi quaver of a beat if you’re just gonna’ stand there and look entitled. This is why I believe live music is an art, it’s called a rockshow because there’s something to see. It’s a balance between great music and an amazing show. A crappy band with a smoke machine is still a crappy band.

I think what I enjoy about being a performer, is seeing the smiles on the faces of the audience when they realise MARENE is up here giving our everything to entertain them, from shooting sparks off the lead guitar, to the elaborate choreographed movements. When they leave, I want them to be just as tired as I am. They should have given me as much as I was giving them. That push and pull of the performer and audience is what I enjoy the most. When you get off stage and you say to the bassist, ‘wow that was an amazing show’, because you felt the audience was up there with you the whole time. We always film our shows on a crappy video camera at the back so we can watch them over at the next practice from the audience’s perspective to make sure we really are entertaining.

I don’t dislike anything about being a musician, if you hate being a musician, I think you’re in the wrong industry.

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

The shift in the way people perceive value in the music industry is a challenge. There is a growing notion of “Why must I pay?”. I think that because of streaming and pirating, people believe your hard work is nothing more than a commodity that they own because music is a part of life. As a result, its harder than ever for new artists to reach global levels without other investments and many revenue streams, in addition to playing live shows and selling merch, which is why MARENE are so focused on the concert experience.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Without a doubt “Destroyer” by KISS! What an album – such epic legacy…and then there is this new EP called “Something’s Out There” by MARENE that I think it’s pretty OK (ha ha ha)!

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

Vinyl is classic. I think if you have to indicate music playing in a silent film it’ll always be someone putting on a vinyl LP. Zeros and ones might be perfect, but vinyl is analogue, and analogue can be unique and have defects much like humans, musicians as well as mixes and so I’d argue that it’s more personalized and living.

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

I think Metal 4 Africa Winterfest 2019 and RAMfest 2020 with Black Dahlia Murder. Both had their reasons for being the best. At Winterfest we brought about $1400 worth of LED screens, smoke machines, extra lighting as well as our own sound engineer and lighting engineer. This allowed us to put on one helluva show. Of course, everything was dead until we hit the stage, then the screens came on, the extra lights turned on and the smoke machines went off. We hit the stage running and never looked back. I think the best part about these shows were watching the audience sing back out songs, especially our anthem ‘Turn It Up And Rise’ where we get the audience to sing along on the top of their lungs to a song they only just heard while standing there in the crowd.

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

Astrophysics, I’ve always loved the universe and the science behind how it works. One of my favourite podcasts is StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley and Rob Halford to see who could sing the highest with Robert Smith and Peter Steele to judge the contest.

What’s next for the band?

The goal will always be Madison Square Garden, but right now we’re planning on recording a 2nd EP for 2021, with the full album on hold until we can release it and tour it properly.

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

www.facebook.com/MARENEBAND
www.instagram.com/marene_live/
www.marene.bandcamp.com/
www.tinyurl.com/marene-youtube
www.tinyurl.com/marene-spotify
www.tinyurl.com/marene-apple
www.tinyurl.com/marene-deezer
www.tinyurl.com/marene-amazon

Donations (PayPal)
tylersduggan@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit sized cake.

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

If you really wanna’ challenge the system and see what you want to see, you gotta’ be willing to put in the time, get up there yourself and make it happen. If you sit around and wait for someone else to do it, you’ll be waiting for a long time. To make it happen, you have to be the person you want to be and do the things you want to do. You need to be the person you would want to see. Greatness is inside all of us. Life is not the cards you’re dealt with, but what you can make out of the cards you receive. Grab all opportunities with both hands, and if you can, with your legs too.

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MARENE LINE-UP
Tyler Duggan: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar & EP Producer
Ozzey Padayachee: Vocals & Bass
Maronay Todkill: Keyboard
Arian Helm: Lead Guitar
Skye Nagel: Drums

MARENE BIO

Old trends are returning and MARENE is in front of the line to bring back the best of the best: good ol’ classic Rock N’ Roll baby! Heavily influenced by bands like KISS and Van Halen, MARENE is bringing back what was once the best of an era (with a MARENE spin on it)! This vibrant band runs around on stage with signature colours, lightshows and choreography; all while still playing an instrument and singing.

With a razor-sharp voice and an intricate rhythm at hand, front man, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tyler Duggan takes the front of the stage by storm with high energy and cheeky dance moves. To his right, with a thundering voice and jazz-rooted bass playing is Ozzey Padayachee, the bassist that growls. When the front man isn’t taking front stage, the lead guitarist Arian Helm steps up to the spotlight, running shreds and dinosaur bends. Don’t let his height fool you, he can shoot sparks from the headstock of his guitar into great heights. Steadily behind the band is Skye Nagel, but his shy soul doesn’t hide there, he thrives there. He makes sure he is heard with fist pumping strikes. Filling up the gaps with synths, is Maronay Todkill, making sure everyone’s eyeliner is on point before they step out on stage.

MARENE isn’t another tidal-wave band that will come and go … they’re innovators of a new genre that’ll shake the world. Flash Rock!

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Forsaking Fate – ‘Souls of Demolition’ EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere

SOUTH AFRICAN MELODIC DEATH GROOVE THRASHERS FORSAKING FATE
RELEASE LYRIC VISUALISER FOR ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’
EVER METAL PREMIERE
03/12/2020

The South African Melodic Death Groove Thrash Trio, FORSAKING FATE, are back with a bang, concluding their self-titled debut EP cycle with a brutal Lyric Visualiser for their blistering track, ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’, and it’s exclusively, and proudly, premiered on Ever Metal today!

The lads are hard at work preparing their next EP, and were recently nominated for several South African Metal Music Awards.

Forsaking Fate are from East London (South Africa), co-founded in 2016 by Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar), and Rory Townes (Drums). Alec Larsen subsequently joined full-time on Bass in 2020. Forsaking Fate are a passionate band who live for the jam, the fans and the wild times on stage! Forsaking Fate is a passionate call, to resonate within all who have been dealt a harsh or unfair hand in life…to refuse and forsake that fate, whatever it may be, and rise up against it to forge a new path!

Enter the ‘Souls Of Demolition’ Here:

LINE-UP:
Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar)
Alec Larsen (Bass)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen

FORSAKING FATE DEBUT EP
Listen to the self-titled debut EP by Forsaking Fate, available on all Streaming Platforms
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/forsakingfate/forsaking-fate

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prologue
02. Illusions
03 The End of Existence
04 Retribution
05 Souls of Demolition

FORSAKING FATE ONLINE

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