EMQ’s with MNRVA

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EMQ’s with MNRVA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Columbia, SC based Doom/Stoner/Sludge Metal band MNRVA! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Byron Hawk 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?

Byron Hawk, I play guitar and sing. We started in the summer of 2018. We wanted to do something sludgy and mid-slow tempo so started out with a few covers of Melvins, Witchthroat Serpent, and Bereft (WI) and then jumped right into working on our own songs. They started coming out with a little 80’s prog, a little 90’s sludge, and a little 2000’s metal, so we just ran with it. Not as bluesy as a lot of stoner rock today, but definitely heavy.

How did you come up with your band name?

Gina, our drummer, wanted to use Owl of Minerva, but there is already a band with that name, and there are a number of bands called Minerva too, so we just stripped it down to MNRVA. Something about the goddess of both wisdom and war fits our vibe I think. The stripped down version is pretty identifiable too so it works well. We’ve had it long enough already that it feels right.

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

We’re a US band, so the scene overall in the country is good, but differs a lot with region and city. We live in the South-eastern part of the country, so most big tours come through the region either in major cities like Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC, or smaller cities like Charleston, SC and Asheville, NC. We live in Columbia, SC, which is the state capital. There is a really good small scene here and it’s close to many other mid-large sized cities to play gigs. The music scene in Columbia is a network of smaller genre-specific scenes across 4-5 venues and we tend to stay connected to those both in terms of playing and attending shows.

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

We are preparing to release an EP called “Black Sky” on October 4th from a recording session earlier in the year. We’ll be releasing it through Bandcamp and then preparing to release a full record in early 2020. We’ve also got a video in the planning stages, but waiting to put out any specifics about it other than it will be a song from the EP called ‘Not The One’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a tough one. I’ve listened to a lot of music for a long time. As far as more classic 80’s doom goes, I’d have to say Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, and even Fates Warning. Too many artists from the 90’s influenced how I write and play, but I’d say Melvins for sludgy guitar tone and just general attack of the instrument. In the 00’s I listened to a lot of Deftones and A Perfect Circle, both have really influenced my songwriting. In this decade I might say Mastodon—great sound, playing, and songwriting. Their vocal approach influences MNRVA a lot I think. Kevin, our bassist, and I share vocal duties and we try to play off of each other like they do. But even all of this seems like a limited list. I listen to a lot of stuff across a number of genres from blackened doom to experimental noise.

What first got you into music?

Seeing friends play and thinking I could do it too. I grew up in Texas and historically there has been a great music scene there. Getting into that and having a community around music was a huge draw as well.

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

Chino Moreno of Deftones seems pretty successful with all of his collaborations, so I might put him at the top of the list. Would love to write riffs with him and hear his voice over them. Guitar-wise it would be super cool to play with Jim Matheos of Fates Warning. I think his musical sensibility would be great to write with and learn from. Who would I want to get on stage with and bang out some songs? Refused would be fun.

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

Another tough question, since there are so many great ones. We’re definitely interested in playing the Maryland Doomfest at some point, but I’d also really like to play Keep It True or Hammer of Doom over in Germany. Was always a fan of many German bands and they of course have a great scene and tradition there.

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

I did a lot of music trading back in the day so lots of tapes, CDs, stickers, zines, and shirts, but nothing particularly weird.

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

Come see us live if you get the chance!

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

If it is only one, I’d have to say Hendrix. Everything fuzz or distortion-related today goes back to him both in terms of playing and tone. There is no way we’d have the sounds we do today without him. Would love to see what else he could have done with a longer career.

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

I love the creativity. Writing songs and developing the music I hear in my head is tops for me. Also just expressing myself through music and performing those songs live. I’d probably say I hate carrying equipment the most.

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

I wish there were a better, more sustainable way to make a living as an artist, just across the board. This isn’t a knock on labels or downloading or anything in particular. It’s always been difficult, especially in the US, to survive as an artist. The world would have a lot more great music with more support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Going out on a limb I’d say Fear Factory’s “Digimortal”. Probably not even their favourite record of theirs, but I think that one slays top to bottom. Great songwriting, great sound, super heavy and intense! Metal all the way. I used to listen to that one on a loop, and did so for a long time.

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

Might be out of fashion for the moment, but I’m still a fan of CD’s. I like vinyl, but don’t collect it. Gina, our drummer, is a huge vinyl collector. I’m still not sure what the draw is to go back to cassettes, but there is room in music for all of the above. Bring ‘em on.

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

For me personally that’s a tough one. Back in the day I was in a band called Arcane and we played shows with Watchtower, Solitude Aeturnus, Fates Warning, Sanctuary, and one with Death Angel and Forbidden. Those were good times and great shows. For MNRVA, I’d say our last local show in Columbia. Our sound is really coming together and getting dialled in and feels good when all of that happens live.

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

Trying to figure out how to be a musician!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Outside of music, I’d love to get five modern artists together and just talk about making art and creativity in general. People like Pollock and Jasper Johns from the US, and maybe Duchamp, Dali, and Matisse. Creativity cuts across mode and genre and it would be super interesting to hear this diverse group of artists talk about their methods of production and theories of creativity, figure out what might be common across them, and then maybe also common to making music.

What’s next for the band?

Working on a video with a local filmmaker here in Columbia, preparing for the EP release and show, and then shopping the full record around for a record label. We are hoping to get the record a wider circulation and then turning that into some festival shows.

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

Right now we primarily use Facebook, but will be releasing our EP via Bandcamp. That seems to be the best site at this point. It’s a great network and easily allows fans to buy and download directly.
https://www.facebook.com/mnrvasc/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea. Had to look it up! I’m gonna go out on a limb and say biscuit. But in the US we call them cookies. Definitely looks like a cookie to me.

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

Come check out MNRVA on Bandcamp after October 4th 2019 and give our new EP a listen!
https://mnrva.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with Glasghote

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EMQ’s with Glasghote

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Portland, Oregon Doom Metal band Glasghote! Huge thanks to bassist Chad Johnson 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?

Chad Johnson, bass. Glasghote started with Jake Shaffer (guitar and vocals) and Jordan Huston (drums) playing in the basement of the house they rented. I worked with Jordan at a restaurant in Portland, OR. After a Labor Day company party with plenty of Black Sabbath, Graveyard, and beer we decided I should go to their house and play bass. We started writing together and haven’t looked back since.

How did you come up with your band name?

One of my closest friends Jon Frias came up with it. Sounded gross and heavy just like the music we were creating.

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

Portland, OR USA. The metal scene in Portland and the states is absolutely amazing. It’s a closet knit community where everyone has each other’s backs.

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

Our latest release is the “Rite of the Siren” full length out on Doom Stew Records. We are getting ready to release our split with Hound the Wolves on August 2nd. (Out Now)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Thou, Sleep, The Clash, and everyone we meet at shows. Sabbath worship!

What first got you into music?

The joy of playing instruments! Even as children we’ve all been music lovers, I can’t speak for the other guys, but I know my parents have a home video somewhere of me singing along to KISS while playing air guitar on a tennis racket.

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

Matt Pike

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

Roadburn or Psycho!

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

…still waiting for the weird gift!

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

We love you all so much.

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

Hendrix!

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

We love all of the amazing people we’ve met while playing music. We’ve met some lifelong friends. We hate unloading and loading gear. Especially in Portland when it’s pissing rain on you.

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

Egos, the damn egos that you encounter! Be humble.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jordan: Jimi Hendrix – “Band Of Gypsys”
Jake: The Clash – “London Calling”
Chad: Metallica – “Kill ‘em All”

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

Vinyl!

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

Our best has by far been our record release show last October at Tonic Lounge (we will miss you!) A close second was Ceremony of Sludge (thank you Justin).

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

Wishing I was playing music. I’d probably be much better at gardening.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt Pike, Tony Iommi, Cliff Burton (can we bring him back too???), Joan Jett and Michael Bay so we can all make fun of him for his terrible movies!

What’s next for the band?

Skies the limit! Tour, tour, tour! Jump on as many festivals as possible. Keep recording with Billy Anderson.

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

Bandcamp! We need to be better at social media.
https://glasghote.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Glasghote/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!

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

Thank you to everyone who has ever downloaded, bought, listened to, or had any type of interaction with Glasghote. We truly appreciate every single person we’ve encountered. You make this so much fun for us.

 

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Thronehammer – Usurper Of The Oaken Throne

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Thronehammer – Usurper Of The Oaken Throne
Church Within Records
Release Date: 03/05/2019
Playing Time: 78:00 mins
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

A couple of weeks ago Ever Metal gave me a list of bands to possibly review and one of the first that took my interest was Thronehammer, described on their Facebook page as a ‘CAVEMAN ULTRADOOM’ band. Since receiving the album ‘Usurper Of The Oaken Throne’, I have been listening to it on and off to help keep it fresh in my mind.

This album is the first I have reviewed with fewer songs but a longer playtime which I am really liking. With the longer songs there are less pauses as the songs change and this has allowed me to sit back, relax and listen, and with a nice slow head-bang, it is really soothing to listen to.

When I visited the bands Facebook page, of which I shall leave a link below, and saw that the band is actually a 3-piece, I was really taken aback because when I first started listening to the album, I really thought it sounded more like a 4 or 5 member band. This, I think, is awesome as it shows that they have an amazing dedication to their cause and with the addition that each member is based in a different place makes it even more mind blowing. Kat on Vocals is based in Durham, UK, Stuart on Guitars/Synth/FX is based in Fürth, Germany and Tim on Guitars/Bass/Drums is based in Würzburg, Germany. I know all bands put a lot of hard work and dedication into their music but to be able to do it with members all over the place is going above and beyond.

The album has a nice slow tempo but can be in your face at the same time, which I don’t think I have come across much as a reviewer and it has been a wonderful surprise! These guys have done such an awesome job that, for me, all the songs are amazing, and none are better than the others. This makes picking a favourite track impossible, but I think one song stands out a little more to me than the others. This is because the start of the song is nice and slow, sounding as if there is a breeze. It also sets the tone for what is to come for the rest of the album. That song, as everyone can probably guess is Track 1 ‘Behind The Wall Of Frost’, and for the first track on an album, this is a hell of an opener.

Now comes the hard part which is, of course, rating the album. After listening to the album as much and as intently as I have, I am going to rate the album a strong 9 out of 10. I love the concept of ‘CAVEMAN ULTRADOOM’ and it’s a very relaxing album whilst still being heavy.

I would suggest everyone checks out Thronehammer, and I want to say a huge thank you to the members of the band, Kat, Stuart and Tim for the chance to review this amazing album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Behind The Wall Of Frost
02. Conquered And Erased
03. Warhorn
04. Svarte Skyer
05. Thronehammer
06. Usurper Of The Oaken Throne

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

https://www.instagram.com/thronehammer.official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiyyH-3tQrLddCgJw28AgRg

 

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Forged In Black – Descent Of The Serpent

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Forged In Black – Descent Of The Serpent
Fighter Records
Release Date: 05/03/2019
Running Time: 48:00
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Having been lucky enough to review Forged In Black before, I was really looking forward to the new album and they didn’t disappoint.

This awesome new album with nine banging tracks is full on metal, led by the vocals of Chris “Stoz” Storozynski, who has one of the most versatile voices, ranging from pure growl to hypnotic power, alternating from the depths of hell to crazy high.

Chris fronts a brilliant band which also includes Andy Songhurst on guitars, Kieron Rochester on bass and vocals, Chris Bone on guitars and, last but definitely not least, Kev Rochester on drums, and together they are going from strength to strength.

The amazing artwork on the album cover is by Dan Goldsworthy (Alestorm, Hell, Accept etc) and once you get past that, what can you expect? Let me see…banging drums, crazy guitar riffs, powerful vocals and just pure pleasure!

The opening song ‘Seek No Evil’ is a metal anthem in its own right, but this is just a gentle introduction of what’s ahead. The track ‘Descent Of The Serpent’ has the most immense drumming and guitar and it could surely give even Medusa a headache. These guys know how to rock, and the duelling guitars of Andy Songhurst and Chris Bone are awesome.

Forged In Black started in 2013 and the band released their eponymous debut album the same year, followed by the EP “The Tide” and a single ‘Exodus’, which was produced by Romesh Dodangoda, famed for his work with Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine. At this point in their career, the band struck up a great working relationship with the legendary, much missed producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath etc) and this really raised the bands profile. Chris and Forged In Black, together, created two excellent EP’s “Fear Reflection Fear” and 2017’s “Sinner Sanctorum”. After Chris’s sad passing at the beginning of 2018, Forged in Black sought, once again, the help of Romesh Dodangoda and the producer guided the band through the recording of this brilliant album.

Ok, let’s be honest there is only one way to listen to this album and that’s with the volume turned to high and to just let the power flow out. The passion in Chris’s voice is such that you almost get moments of false security. ‘Palm of Silver’ starts with drums and an evil laugh and then, BOOM off we go with heart thumping drumming and the non-stop energy is breathtaking. And we can’t forget to mention the growling vocals of Kieron Rochester who adds so much to the already great vocals of Chris.

Yes, this album “Descent of the Serpent” is a definite mix of old school metal with a twist of doom metal, but without a doubt, it is just pure enjoyable metal. There are brilliant vocals delivered in such a way you can still understand the lyrics but with power and passion, the additional vocals are the twist that adds to the bands diversity, and as the band grows with every release, I think these guys are set for bigger and better things to come. I certainly think they are a band we are going to hear more and more about in the future. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Very few bands put this much power and passion into an album but wow lads you blow the roof off!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Seek No Evil
2. One in The Chamber
3. Shadowcaster
4. Descent Of The Serpent
5. One Last Sign
6. Palm Of Silver
7. Aphelion Tormentor
8. Vendetta
9. When Hell Is Done

LINKS:
http://www.forgedinblack.com
http://www.facebook.comforgedinblack

http://www.instagram.com/forgedinblack

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKOXiyg2jLOlnE1PHvQ02A
http://www.fighter-records.com

 

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Wolf Counsel – Destination Void

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Wolf Counsel – Destination Void
Endless Winter
Release Date: 22/02/2019
Running Time: 48:00
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

If you want an album that packs a punch from track one, here you go.

The band, consisting of Ralf W. Garcia on Bass/vocals, Reto Crola on drums, Andreas Reinhart on guitars and Ralf Huber on guitars, certainly know how to give you the full package. From great guitar riffs to intense vocals, they have a style of their own and don’t follow the crowd.

Originally a brainchild of the 1990’s, Wolf Counsel finally came to be in 2014 when two veteran musicians merged their enthusiasm and low tuned music and great appreciation of heavy riffs into a new band.

Wolf Counsel have released three full length albums so far; “Vol 1 – Wolf Counsel” (2015), “Ironclad” (2016) and “Age Of Madness / Reign Of Chaos” (2017). All these albums were recorded at Little Creek Studio and produced, mixed and mastered by V. O. Pulver (Poltergeist, GurD, Panzer) and all feature seven songs each that cover the whole scope of classic Doom Metal, showing how this band is developing with each album they release.

The band wrote their fourth album in four months, and this album “Destination Void” again consists of seven tracks, my favourite being ‘Nova’. This may have something to do with the fact that is my mum’s name but, on the other side; I just love the depth to the whole track.

These four guys from Switzerland really have a unique sound. Yes, it’s Doom Metal but it’s much more. It has a sharp edge to it and with such slow and gruff vocals; it has its own unique appeal which is very refreshing. With many Doom bands, you spend a lot of time thinking “what are they saying” but not with Wolf Counsel. They break away from the traditional but in a good way. They have a doom vibe which they can call their own.

‘Destination Void’ the title track is haunting and if there is a horror film director out there who needs a band for their next film credits then it’s these guys. I think it would be a perfect combination, the haunting lyrics followed by some brilliant guitar riffs then back to slow haunting, drunken vocals.

The brilliant artwork on the album cover is just as haunting as the music and sums up the band so well.

On the whole “Destination Void” was a great listen and I look forward to future things from these guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Nazarene
02. Nova
03. Mother Of All Plagues
04. Men Of Iron Men OF Smoke
05. Destination Void
06. Tomorrow Never Knows
07. Staring Into Oblivious

LINKS:
https://www.wolfcounsel.net/
https://www.facebook.com/thewolfcounsel
https://wolfcounsel.bandcamp.com/


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EMQ’s with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL!

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EMQ’s with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL!

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German, Black/Doom Metal band Being “alive” Is Beautiful. Huge thanks to Christina Earlymorn 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 folks! My name is Christina Earlymorn and I play the bass and sing. I started the band in 2017 as a solo project.

How did you come up with your band name?

Back in 2017, I wanted to end my life. I wanted to jump in front of a train. I said to myself: Being “alive” is soooo damn beautiful… Let’s end this existence! Well. Then I was thinking that BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL might sound like a good band name for a depressive metal project. So, I began to write the music instead of killing myself.

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

I am from Germany/Bavaria (Munich region). Our scene is a mix between the South German metal scene and the North Austrian metal scene. It’s a small family like scene. Everybody kinda knows everyone and bands are helping out each other. I like it. We have thrash, death and extreme metal down here.

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

Our latest release is a long-player which is called “UNFRIEDEN” (un-peace). It was released on April 4th. We also released a music video to it called SELBSTFINDUNG (self-finding) and is ready to watch on YouTube!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prox60fhJQc

Who have been your greatest influences?

I am mainly a guitar playing girl. I started out 19 years ago on guitar. In BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL I only play bass, because we are a two piece band. Only drums, bass and vocals. No guitars.
But to answer your question, I have to say: Gorgoroth, Immortal, Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Bonamassa and Yngwie Malmsteen.

What first got you into music?

I was bullied over a very long time in school, plus abused by a Catholic Nun in elementary school for two years. My parents were always fighting at home and I had no one who cared/listened to me. After I listened to some Metallica, I knew what kinda sound was fitting to my soul and I wanted to play guitar. So, bullying brought me to Metallica, Metallica brought me to playing guitar and playing guitar brought me deeper into Metal music and different styles of music over the years also.

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

Too tough a question! I really don´t know. I always love to perform in front of people. IDGAF if it’s on the streets of nowhere, or if it’s at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood or at Wacken.

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

I have not received any gift or weird gift from a fan. But fans are writing how I helped them through rough times with my music via Email and Facebook. That´s GIFT enough for me!

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

Life SUCKS, but with our music it pretty much gets acceptable :-). (Wait until we drop our new Single 😉 The title begins with “Life Sucks, but our….” …you will see!) We want to be a shoulder for you to lean on with our music, when nobody seems to care, see or understands you with your depression, problems, frustrations, fears, transsexualism, loss of a loved one or cancer diagnosis, ETC!

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

Dimebag Darrell!

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

Playing my instruments, recording music and getting creative!
I hate the hole grid steps that are often installed to get up to the stage, because I fall through the holes with my heels. I’ve got to have two pairs of shoes with me. That SUX!

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

That talent would matter over the “if it sells, we support it” thing going on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Motörhead – “Bastards”

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

Vinyl!

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

Well, with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL we haven’t had a gig yet, because it wasn´t planned to create a band and to play our songs live. So we rehearse a lot, to get to the right level!
With the other band, in which I play guitar (SUCKING LEECH) we play a lot of gigs. I can remember playing with SUCKING LEECH at Kaltenbach Open Air Festival. This is in the Austrian mountains. It was a good gig and a cool location! Otherwise I enjoyed playing the Obscene Extreme Festival with SUCKING LEECH back in 2017! The crowd was so intense!

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

I would probably kill somebody.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My man, a GWAR band member, Donald Trump, a Clown and Evel Knievel to jump over us!

What’s next for the band?

We will finish our Single that we wanna put out. We also want to get a music video done for it. And in between we will rehearse the shit out of us!

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

https://www.facebook.com/beingaliveisbeautiful/
https://beingaliveisbeautiful.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=being+alive+is+beautiful
https://www.facebook.com/earlyrocks/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

“Jaffa Cake” always remembers me of Teal´c. My man is a huge Stargate SG1 fan! There is a Jaffar warrior named Teal´c and I think he may dig this biscuit cake, because it says “Jaffa”!

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

Thank you so much for the Interview! Keep on rockin´ – rulin´!
Greetings from Munich!
Christina Earlymorn // Being “alive” is beautiful

 

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Alphastate – The Grind

 

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Alphastate – The Grind
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 03/04/2018
Running Time: 37:28
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7/10

Alphastate are a Greek metal band, formed in 2013 as a personal project of Pete Breaker (guitars). Vocalist Manos Xanthakis joined in in 2015 and the line up was complete in 2016 with the additions of Dimitris Tsounakis on bass and Fivos Andriopoulos on the drums. They released their first album “Out of the Black” in 2015 and received excellent and positive press globally.

Says the band: “we wanted to combine modern metal with 80’s and 90’s influences such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera and Nevermore to create a very personal and extreme style with no boundaries.”

So, what genre of metal are Alphastate? To pigeonhole them into one category would be wrong and do them a severe injustice. They play heavy metal that is heavier than normal, but they have thrown in a bit of power too, with just a hint of doom (think Sabbath, Candlemass and Trouble), and this gives them an almost unique sound.

I always think the vocals make any band and am always on the lookout for bands that have distinctive and different singers. If I am totally honest, on the first run through of the album, I didn’t actually like Manos’s vocals but after listening a few times, I realised I really didn’t give him much credit. His vocals are deep, and unmistakably Greek, which is by no means a bad thing. He could quite easily fit into a band such as Firewind if they were ever on the lookout.

I must admit that I hadn’t listened to the band’s first album before listening to this one, but the promo notes that came with the album stated that they wanted to take a more modern and aggressive approach musically with this new album. They wanted “very loud and distinctive guitars, a more modern production that had the vocals pushed up front and drums that punched through the sound.”

I think they were successful on all three counts. Take the guitars out of this album and they would slot straight into a Pantera album, the drums are strong and tight, and I have already mentioned the vocals above.

This album includes a lot more of the band’s own thoughts and experiences making it the most personal release so far, and sonically it is their best. They have made an album that is “pure aggression with the best songs they have ever written.”

One thing that I wasn’t overly keen on with this album, was the lack of variation. Each song seemed to sound much like the last, and I am not sure if this is due to unfamiliarity with the tracks. Maybe with a few more listens through, the songs may start to separate a bit.

But this doesn’t take away from the fact, that this is a solid album, and for a band that has only really been together properly since 2016, it’s a good sign of things to come.
Give these guys a go……and they may just surprise you!

 

TRACK LIST
01. Trapped
02. Phantom Desires
03. Speak Your Mind
04. Theater Of Lies
05. The Grind
06. Forevermore
07. Behind The Dark
08. Heaven’s World
09. Man Made God

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/AlphastateMetal/
https://www.instagram.com/alphastate_official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngyPMt1FVY2fdGJ0pbmc4g
https://sliptrickrecords.com/alphastate/

 

Alphastate

 

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