Ablaze My Sorrow – Among Ashes And Monoliths

Among Ashes And Monoliths Cover Art

Ablaze My Sorrow – Among Ashes And Monoliths
Black Lion Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 44:27
Review by Emma Torkington
8/10

Ablaze My Sorrow are no strangers to the death metal scene by any means! Starting in 1993 they made a huge impact right away. During the intervening years, the band has changed, but their heart has stayed the same. Now back with their fifth album, can it reach new heights for this Swedish band?

Jumping right in with the first track ‘My Sorrow’, new vocalist Jonas Udd has a great raspy voice perfectly suited for the backing of kick ass drums and guitars. I know I am only one song in, but I am liking what I am hearing here. The title track is next and it does not disappoint, kicking in with a 19 second heavy solo then a deep growl start. Personally, I love it when a song has that type of build- up. Having said that, the way the song moves from that growl into a mosh pit worthy track, means I can see this being played and going down well at festivals (when they are allowed again) and bringing in the crowds. We are onto track 3 ‘Black Waters’ and this has a totally different feel to what you have heard so far! A melodic song and deep, guttural vocals were a total shock to me but a welcome surprise. ‘Grit’ is up next…and it is gritty! This fast-paced song takes you to a whole other place and you cannot help but air guitar along to it! It’s 3 minutes and 39 seconds of heavy drums, guitars and bass…what more could you ask for? ‘Her Cold Embrace’ is next and the over a minute-long intro makes you sway to the melody of the instruments. When the vocals kick in, though, it takes on a totally different feel and guest vocalist Jonna Enckell’s voice complements Udd’s perfectly.

We are now nearly half way through, what appears to be a wonderful album and ‘At The Graves Of Giants kicks you with a bang, the fast-paced and gut punching drums do not disappear for a second! ‘Dark Chasms’ is another absolute mosh pit favourite. For me this has everything I need from a death metal song…deep vocals, shredding guitars, intense bass lines and thundering drums. This is my favourite track on “Among Ashes And Monoliths”! Onto the home stretch now and ‘The Cavernous Deep’ is something I wasn’t expecting but a very pleasant change. The intro is totally different in style with an electronic feel. There is also a slight change in tempo, but I was nodding along happily to it. Now it’s the turn of ‘Nonextence’ and wow…what an entrance. As soon as I hit play, ‘BOOM’!! Now, this is never a bad thing in my book. In fact, when it happens, I always crank up that volume and make sure my neighbours can hear it! Track 10 ‘March Of The Eldritch Spawn’ is a beautifully played near two minutes of pure instrumental music, that feels like the sort of thing you would hear in a film/play, just before the hard-hitting ending commences, and it acts as an introduction to the penultimate track ‘The Day I Die’. This song, in particular, reminds me of In Flames earlier work and I am completely hooked. ‘Frihet Framför Feghet’ is the final song of this incredible album and acts as an epic finale!

If you love everything that Swedish melodic death metal has to offer then go and buy this album! Even if you are not a huge fan of death metal, I still strongly recommend giving this a listen. I am not the biggest death metal fan in the world, but this gave me everything I needed. I was dancing, headbanging and most importantly…playing air guitar like the over 30’s do best!

‘My Sorrow (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. My Sorrow
02. Among Ashes And Monoliths
03. Black Waters
04. Grit
05. Her Cold Embrace
06. At The Graves Of Giants
07. Dark Chasms
08. The Cavernous Deep
09. Nonextence
10. March Of The Eldritch Spawn
11. The Day I Die
12. Frihet Framför Feghet

LINE-UP:
Jonas Udd – Vocals
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars
Dennie Lindén – Guitars
Anders Brorsson – Bass
Alex Kribensten – Drums

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Ablaze My Sorrow Promo Pic

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Six Foot Six – End Of All

Six Foot Six – End Of All
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 11/12/2020
Running Time: 52:36
Review by Emma Torkington
9/10

Epic Heavy Metal band Six foot Six was started by long term friends Kristoffer Göbel and Christoffer Borg back in 2018 with their debut album “The Six Foot Six Project”. Fast forward two years and we have the next instalment from them “End Of All”.

The album kicks off with ‘Welcome to Your Nightmare’. An incredible start, you are pulled in by Kristoffer’s beautiful, charming vocals, and when the guitars play you feel yourself smiling while you’re listening. We move on to the title track ‘End Of All’. It is a wonderfully catchy song that I, personally, can see being an instant classic. It has the backbones of every great heavy metal song! From great vocals, wonderful guitar solos and a drum beat you can feel in your chest. The third track off of this, so far, incredible album is ‘In God We Trust’. This song does start off completely differently to the previous tracks, with a chorus of voices and the occasional church bell in the background. Then the tempo changes and kicks in with heavy drums and guitar riffs and  mix of charismatic vocals.

As you go through “End Of All” it gets harder and harder to choose a favourite song, as each brings something slightly different to the table. Track 5 ‘Blood Will Out’ is a prime example of this! It begins with heavy guitars, drums and a great rhythm. The vocals again fill you with a light and a longing to dance with your friends. The backing singers here add a haunting feeling to this fantastic track. I have to say this is my favourite out of the whole album. It ticks every box for me.

Moving to the second half of the album, well it is just as fantastic as the first. ‘Abducted’ is a close second favourite for me. The lyrics are beautifully written and with Göbel ‘s crisp voice, it delivers a powerful message.

“End Of All” is an incredible experience to listen too and I have been listening to it non-stop for weeks! It is definitely an album that you never get bored of and I will continue to listen to it for months to come. Who would love this album? Any fans of Black Sabbath, Europe or even Judas Priest. Having said that, anyone who appreciates beautiful vocals will enjoy this!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Welcome to Your Nightmare
02. End Of All
03. In God We Trust
04. In The Eyes Of The World
05. Blood Will Out
06. Last Days Of Our Lives
07. Finale Vittoria
08. Abducted
09. I am Your King
10. Edge Of the World
11. Oblivion
12. Break The Wheel

LINE-UP:
Kristoffer Göbel – Vocals
Christoffer Borg – Guitars
Markus Gustafsson – Bass
Henrik Hedman – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With Emma Torkington

EMQ’s With Emma Torkington

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

My name is Emma Torkington, I am a reviewer/music listener person. I kinda fell into writing about music, in fairness. A good friend wanted to start a music part in his magazine. My husband put me forward as I had written stories, etc, in the past… And it has gone from there really.

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

I live in Blackpool, moved here from Manchester, but I was born in Cornwall. We have only moved here recently, and I have been told there is a great metal club here. But, due to Covid, I haven’t been able to experience it all yet 😭

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

I am currently really loving Corey Taylor ‘CMFT’ video and song. It just makes me so happy. I am also loving Cory Marks, ‘Drive’.

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

Music wise, so many bands have spoken to me. The stand outs are Linkin Park, P!nk (don’t judge me, I adore her), and Wardruna. In life, my greatest influences have been family and the friends I have. I love to learn what people listen to, and I feel that listening to their tastes gives you a deeper understanding of them as people.

What first got you into music?

Listening to my mum and dad’s music as a kid, and then watching music channels. Going “ooooh” at anything with a hard and heavy drumbeat.

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

Wardruna and Corey Taylor.

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

Knotfest in the States. It seems to have everything that I want at a festival. Though, at the moment, I would be happy with any live music!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

It’s not weird, but I have a drumstick from Shinedown. I have picks from Motley Crue, Matalica, Slipknot and Def Leppard. I also have a Foo Fighters crew T-shirt.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

Don’t let yourself stand in your own way.

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

I can’t just pick just one, but if pushed, I would go with Wayne Static or Layne Stanley.

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

That the music is for the fans, not the money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Stone Cherry – “Kentucky” or Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

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

Vinyl is a beautiful sound, but for me, ease of access is key. So streaming services.

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

One that always stands out in my mind is Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Halestorm with support from Highly Suspect. It was just an incredible line-up, and to hear the MEN Arena silent for ‘Things my father said’ made every hair stand up on end. It was a beautiful gig, and sharing that moment with my now husband, will always be a special one.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/taking photos?

When I am not writing, I am either modelling or watching Drag – from Ru Paul’s drag race to Dragula!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My five people would be Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, P!nk, Gabriel Iglesias, and Trixie Mattel.

Jaffa Cakes. Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t like Jaffa Cakes! Though I would say they are a cake more than a biscuit.

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

I’ve got a plan so cunning that you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

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Volkihar – Blood Magik Ritual

Volkihar – Blood Magik Ritual
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/10/2020
Running Time: 27:01
Review by Emma Torkington
7/10

Volkihar is a Vampiric Black Metal project that has taken influence from the popular game series Elder Scrolls.

“Blood Magik Ritual” is a 10 track, debut release, and is exactly what you expect from a second wave Black Metal band, it’s heavy, with deep growling vocals and some killer guitar. The first song, which is also the title track, sets the scene perfectly for what awaits you! It starts with hard drum beats and shredding guitar riffs then the deep vocals hit you hard and, overall, it’s a great track to start off with. ‘Struggle For Survival’, takes you on a slightly faster journey but remains very much guitar heavy and, with those growling vocals, you feel yourself nodding along without even realising it. The seamless transition between tracks has not gone unnoticed! The ease of listening to this album is really a credit to Volkihar!

Half way through ‘The Shaken Lamb Bleats’, which is an interlude, is a great melodic break between the heavier tracks and I, for one, was not expecting it. ‘Thrall’s Blood is up next and after that beautiful interlude this slams you back into the heavy, gut punching riffs you expect. As with all the tracks so far, I’m still nodding along and even as the track comes to a close, with the guitar notes fading out, you leave the end of that song with a smile. My favourite track is ‘Slay The Dawnguard’. For me, this song provides everything I love about this genre. You immediately sit up and pay attention to what you are listening to, and are present and in the moment with it!

As you reach the end of the album you think you have gotten to know this band/project and their signature sound…then Volkihar drop the last track, ‘Bathing In Moonlight’ which contains a beautiful chorus of voices and harmonies. It is an unexpected, yet somehow fitting end to the debut album.

However, there was one thing that did let this album down. I feel that the drums could have been louder and the vocals turned up a little as it can be a struggle to hear them over the guitars. This was a key factor in the rating I have given.

Overall, though, if you are a fan of Black Metal and have a love for Elder Scrolls then I do suggest you check out Volkihar! “Blood Magik Ritual” is out now and ready to download. For all their information see below.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Blood Magik Ritual
02. Struggle For Survival
03. March For Blood
04. Feast On The Herd
05. The Shaken Lamb Bleats (Interlude)
06. Thrall’s Blood
07. The Machinations Of Court
08. Slay The Dawnguard
09. Onwards To A Blackened Son
10. Bathing In Moonlight (Outro)

LINE-UP:
Lord Malice – All Instruments
Normakk – Second Guitar, Vocals and Lyrics on ‘Slay The Dawnguard’

LINKS:

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