Captain Obvious – Let It Burn EP Self-Released Release Date: 01/03/2019 Running Time: 15:10 Review by Tsarina Wilson 6/10
Captain Obvious are two brothers from Paris. They are 19 and 21 years old and are called Joseph and Angus. They spent all of 2018 writing and recording this EP, it was finally recorded in Nashville (USA) in the Sputnik Sound Studios (The Raconteurs, Black Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Royal Blood, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys) for a more professional and polished sound.
The young brothers have been playing music for almost 10 years, which is dedication in itself, and this EP proves their dedication to their music. Self-belief goes a long way in today’s music, and once you hear the tracks you will be surprised to realise there are only the two of them; Joseph is the guitarist, bassist and vocalist and Angus is the drummer.
The EP may only be five tracks long but I’m sure the amount of work that went into them will prove popular to many. With almost a psychedelic rock feel and an anarchist outlook, it has a real rebel vibe and I think the younger generation will find their appeal more so than I did.
Saying that, the tracks are edgy and punchy if a little short but with some great guitar riffs and with the energy that comes across you can tell the lads put their heart and soul into every note.
01. Let It Burn
04. Pop Songs
05. Psycho Dance
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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French Heavy Metal band Black Horizon. Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi. I’m Dom and I play bass guitar in BLACK HORIZON. We play heavy metal!!! The band was born in the south of Paris in 1991 with my brother Seb and a great friend of us on the guitars. After many changes, Fifi (drums) arrived in 2002 and Alex (lead vocals) in 2017. We’ve played with many other bands like Blaze Bayley, Paul di Anno, Satan Joker, Killers, Tank… in France, Belgium, Russia… and recorded many EP and one LP “The Choice” before “Dark Light”.
How did you come up with your band name?
We choose our name using the initials “B” and “H” in memory of our friend Hervé Boucher who died in sad circumstances when he was very young. We would like to pay homage to him and to keep thinking about him when we play music. His disappearance is probably a source of inspiration for the dark side of some of our lyrics…!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We come from France. Metal scene is not very well considered in this country! In fact, there are many very good bands but Heavy Metal stays an underground scene (most of the part, of course…)! Most of people here are attracted by big festivals where they can see all their favourite bands at one time, but it’s more difficult with smaller concerts.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
In the past, we took part in one French Heavy Metal compilation and one tribute album to a French speed metal band called “Killers” and we have released 3 EP’s: Our first one was “Did You Hear It? After, we put out “The 1st Door” and “T.I.M.E.”! Then we released our 1st album “The Choice”. This is the first part of the story told in “Dark Light “, our new album. It’s a story about a guy, schizophrenic, who’s watching for his past, looking for the reason why he is killing insane people! Listen to the new album, you’ll discover why…! 😉 “Dark Light” will be released on May 17th around the world via German label “Pure Steel Publishing”. We were lucky to have with us Blaze Bayley the ex-singer of Iron Maiden. He participates in a duet with Alex on one of our songs ‘Walking Close To Me’. We also have a second special guest, Andy Kuntz, the singer of Vanden Plas, who was kind enough to sing on an acoustic version of a love song ‘Miles Away’! We worked very hard to propose to our fans a product of quality concerning the sound as well as the inside artwork. We are very proud of what we are going to propose and can’t wait to share it with you.
Who have been your greatest influences?
For me, it’s Iron Maiden. I love Harry’s bass playing, all their compositions, their shows and the way they are. We are all fans of Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Saxon, Dio…! For some of us, Pantera and many more…!
What first got you into music?
My parents love music, especially my father who is a fan of classic music and they gave me the taste for it. When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was listening to heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc. And I loved it as soon as I heard the first notes!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We have already played with Blaze Bayley who is one of our very special guests on the new album and Paul Di’Anno. It should be logical now for us to work with Bruce Dickinson, don’t you think? 😉 If we could work with Iron Maiden, I would be the happiest bass player in the world… Who knows? And personally, I would love to collaborate with Accept to!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Perhaps Wacken Open Air Festival, because for me it’s one of the most important Metal Festivals. It’s like a symbol of this kind of music!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A pair of socks! 😉
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you very much for your support and for believing in the BLACK HORIZON music. Be a little patient, our album release is on May 17th with “Pure Steel Publishing” and you will be able to find it everywhere, to listen to us on all the musical platforms. But the main thing is that you stay all faithful as usual. We love you and stay in touch.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I think Bon Scott because he died young and I really think that he could have done great things with AC/DC!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
What I like most is when I feel that I share emotions with the audience and the band during concerts. What is annoying me the most is to have lots of ideas for new songs at night and not to remember them when I wake up! ;-(
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
You ask me to think like a business man… that I’m not!! I really don’t know what to do to make it work better but I’m sure that the music industry is following a bad way to encourage creativity by always promoting main stream productions and not simply good musical taste… Which is not objective, I admit but I think you know what I mean, you always hear the same kind of music on radio (at least, this is it in France). So, perhaps establishing parity on funds allocated on different kinds of music… When it’s not private funds… but it’s nearly always private funds designed to make money…Mmmm! Ok, next question! 😉
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
It’s a very difficult question… I love albums like “Piece Of Mind” from Iron Maiden, or “Dark Ride” from Helloween, or “Resurrection” from Rob Halford!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or downloads?
I love vinyl because of the artwork. Pictures are very important for most metal bands!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
For me, one of our best gigs was during the race of the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps (Belgium). It was one of our biggest ever and we played one hour and a half in front of bikers. I’m fond of motorbikes since ever, so to associate two of my passions at the same time was really amazing!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would be a race motorcycle pilot…!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Dan Simmons (The writer of “Hyperion”), The Dalai Lama, Steve Harris, Rob Halford and Tobias Sammet 🙂
What’s next for the band?
We release our album “Dark Light” on May 17th via Pure Steel Publishing. We prepare our tour. Most of the dates will be programmed from September. We are working on 2 videos and on new songs also… Keep in touch!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Most of the time, we use Facebook to communicate. You can find us on all classic platforms, Spotify, Deezer, Youtube and our new website www.blackhorizon.fr is currently under construction! https://www.facebook.com/BLACK-HORIZON-OFFICIEL-FRANCE-242782372398831/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/0K4EsbpZuG2IW0janEXBAD
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
A biscuit made of cake 😉
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for your questions, long live “Ever Metal Questions” and heavy metal Music, can’t wait to share our new Album “Dark Light” on stage with all our fans all over the world. Keep on Rockin’
Dom Crispino Bass on BLACK HORIZON
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Obszön Geschöpf – Master Of Giallo Dark Star Records in association with Sony Music/Universal Music Release Date: 31/10/2018 Running Time: 46:30 Review by ‘Dark Juan’ 9/10
Obszön Geschöpf is:
Remzi Kelleci – Fucking everything. The annoyingly talented bastard!
Good afternoon, sinners and friends of the Nether Face of God. Dark Juan is here to force his unwanted opinions on you and to make or break the career of yet another musician. Why do they do it to themselves? Enquiring minds want to know. It’s chance you take when a record lands on my table as to whether I’m drunk enough to not give a fuck and take it apart, or whether I’m drunk enough to enthuse like a 12 year old girl at a concert of her favourite manufactured pop bollocks. Complete with girlish screaming and wild gyrating that can only be loosely classed as dancing…
Obszön Geschöpf are from Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France. This took me somewhat by surprise, as their name implied possible German extraction or even British or American influence (KMFDM, anyone? Kein Mehrheit Fur Die Mitleid? Or Kill Motherfucking Depeche Mode, depending on whether you ask Sascha or the Lord Of Lard, The Mighty Swine Raymond Watts. I’m not being rude. That is honestly what he calls himself…) and they first came to my dubious attention as a straight aggrotech/ EBM band way back when, but like Psyclon Nine they have started to incorporate metal into their primarily industrial stylings. This makes Master of Giallo sound like a more visceral La Sexorcisto era White Zombie, with the more industrial parts of Rob Zombie’s solo output… think Thunder Kiss ’65 and Black Sunshine having violent, unpleasant, bloody sadomasochistic sex involving blades, marsupials, lube made from the fat of dead babies and that neighbour up the road who you have always thought was pretty dodgy with pretty much any song from The Sinister Urge to a soundtrack of Grendel and Detroit Diesel and you have the measure of the sound of this record. It also has the benefit of the input of 46 international artists, from such legendary bands as Annihilator, Cradle Of Filth, Ratt (fucking Ratt? Hairspray and glam? Astounding), Accept, Pro-Pain and obviously White Zombie.
I’m stopping the review here for a brief moment because this is doing my fucking head in, I’ve had a bottle of red and it needs to be vented now, before this bizarre stream of consciousness babbling that passes for review writing turns into an appalling exploration of swearing in a number of different languages… Obszön Geschöpf IS NOT CORRECT GERMAN!!! It means Obscene Creature (which is ENTIRELY descriptive of the musical output here) but it should be Obszönes Geschöpf! Yes, I know I’m a pedant, but it gets right on my tits! Anyway, thank you for your patience…
This record has bass guitar on it that could reduce mountains to their component atoms. It is more thunderous than Thor and Zeus chucking lightning bolts at each other in a mad fit of cosmic God dick measuring. Standing next to a bass speaker with this record playing is going to be an exciting new form of suicide by liquefying your internal organs, literally turning you into a bag of human soup as you sink to the floor, venting fluid from orifices…
This is music for the deranged, yet there is still groove and melody in abundance, which I am enjoying as too much industrial relies on beeps and squelches or just slow chugging. It’s a heavier sort of KMFDM at their most metallic, but where KMFDM is a shiny, sleek silver fighter jet, Obszön Geschöpf is a battle scarred, rusty matt black bomber, rumbling its way over a distant target before discharging industrial death from its bomb bays. The weakest song on the record is the opener, The New York Ripper. The quasi Lemmy (there’s no more virgins in heaven now our Lord and Master is there) vocal jars awkwardly with the industrial metal vibe of the track, but then M. Kelleci hits his stride in a rather magnificent fucking fashion and turns in the sort of dirty grooves you just want to have filthy sex to. Or is that just me? Dammit, must stop thinking aloud…
I like this record. I like it more because it is French, and France has proved to be something of a revelation in the world of Dark Juan’s musical tastes of late, what with P.H.O.B.O.S. putting out what I considered to be the record of the year last year (Phlogiston Catharsis) and also Rostres releasing the superb Les Corps Flottants. Obszön Geschöpf stand worthy of joining these estimable bastions of excellence. EVEN IF THEIR NAME IS NOT PROPER GERMAN! It’s well known to the people I haven’t yet murdered savagely that I love industrial music and aggrotech, and to have the two combined to such terrifying effect on Master of Giallo has caused me to have a sex wee and ruin my trousers. Again.
Standout tracks are April Fool’s Massacre and the final track, Giallo Forever. The former because it is just visceral, and the last one because it grooves like a mescaline fuelled zombie gogo dancer with unsuited limbs. It’s sexy but it’ll kill you and you’ll feel weird about liking it. The whole record is dirty, groovy, sexy, unhinged and most of all fun to listen to. It’s no good being perverse unless you enjoy it. You’re talking to an expert here…
Tell you what, I like my job reviewing records. Obszön Geschöpf have made it that little bit better. I hope I get a bad record to review soon. I’m being far too nice nowadays.
The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System gives Obszön Geschöpf a splendidly gory 9/10. Mrs. Dark Juan is away in jolly old Blighty so I’ll have the blood and entrails cleaned up well before she gets home. Although I am knee deep and now I need a new bonesaw…
01. The New York Ripper
02. April Fool’s Massacre
03. Body Pieces
05. The Moon Watches Me When I Kill
06. The Black Gloves Of Terror
07. My Scalpel Dances At Midnight
08. The Death Kiss
09. Shadow Of The Hat Killer’s Knife
10. Giallo Forever
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Elyose – Reconnexion Elyose Records Running Time: 46:18 Release Date: 27/09/2018 Review by Paul Monkhouse 9/10
Female fronted rock has been a real mainstay of the European metal scene with Scandinavian countries seemingly having the monopoly on the symphonic and epic sound. French band Elyose have decided to go their own path and mix all the best elements of Lacuna Coil along with elements of both Rammstein and (whisper it) the heavier moments of Baby Metal but with their very own Gallic twist (most of the vocals are in French). Their new album “Reconnexion” is truly one of the best albums I have heard this year and puts them in the same league as their more widely known neighbours.
Opening with a driving drum and bass attack ‘Un Autre E’Te’ kicks off the album in fine style, Justine Daaé’s desperate and aching vocals leading into an epic chorus. With the industrial heaviness of the aforementioned Rammstein and the melody of Ghost, the music really motors along and the guitar break hits like a punch hard in the face. This song would be absolutely massive live.
In a switch, ‘Psychosis’ is sung in English and is the first to feature a guest vocalist, in the case Mark Jansen (Epica) whose growls add a truly brutal edge and a brilliant contrast. Okay, this mix of sweeter female vocals matched against the rough, hewn caveman like tones of a male has been done many times before but rarely this well and shows a real growth of the band into heavier territory than previous releases. More furious fretwork accompanied by washing synths into a punchy and powerful chorus lift ‘De Tout La-Haut’ past the normal third track slump that some albums suffer from and a gentle piano and vocal breakdown comes as a welcome left field move in the song.
More guest vocals come during later tracks in the album and there are so many nice touches and twists that makes this album an utter joy to sit and PROPERLY listen to. Any potential language barrier is totally forgotten as the music crushes and excites whilst the synths and vocals sweep you along over the top of the adrenaline-soaked riffing and pounding rhythm. ‘Mes 100 Ciels’ mixes industrial metal with an almost nursery rhyme pop chorus that Tobias Forge would be happy with, showing how they have been listening and taking in other influences whilst percolating their own unique brew.
‘La Veuve Noire’ is all dirty rock ‘n’ roll and would have been the most straightforward rocker of the album if it hadn’t been for the rampaging fury lithely evolving into what could be easily imagined as the soundtrack for a sci-fi film trailer whilst losing none of its excitement or heaviness. Closing the album with ‘Contretemps’, an acoustic gem that features just guitar and vocals lets the latter shine and is a typically brave move that brings another brilliant colour to their sound palette.
Far from your straight-ahead metal album, this one will grow and grow on you. If you are willing to take a chance on something just a little different “Reconnexion” will repay your investment many times over. Utterly magnifique!
01. Un autre été
03. De tout là-haut
05. Folle alliée
06. Mes 100 ciels
07. À coeur perdant
08. La veuve noire
09. Les mots qui me viennent
10. Contretemps (Acoustic)
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