Swarmageddon – Inhuman

Swarmageddon – Inhuman
Self-Released
Release Date: 03/10/2020
Running Time: 35:31
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Hailing from a picturesque corner of France, Swarmageddon was pulled into life by frontwoman and vocal juggernaut Marion Volle, whose Angela Gossow-meets-Charlotte Wessels vocals lead the charge in this gothic metal-tinged melodic death metal affair. With an intro track seemingly written to beat the living piss out of the listener, “Inhuman”is an all-too increasingly rare foray in melodeath, evolving the genre to be more 70% riffs and 30% fika.

Tipples of piano and swells of orchestral arrangements add volume to the mountain of riffs on display, used to add a sense of doom and mystery to first proper track ‘Of A Billion Screams’ and ranging itself to being power metal’s punky younger sibling on parts of ‘The Fall’. The War of the Worlds-ian pulses at the start of ‘Brave New World’ further the album’s influences as well as its cyberpunk narrative, before you settle into ‘Blood Stained Origami’ – lead single, album highlight and overall absolute banger. Tempo changes, brutality without being ridiculous, melody without being soft, and interjections of clean vocals without feeling forced, it is a titan of a song and sure to go down as one of Swarmageddon’s live staples (when we’re allowed live music again).

Also coming through the whole ensemble are some weighty riffs and more than ample amounts of chug from Guillaume Schappacher and Morgan Koch, who marry classic Gothenburg metal tropes with at times, tech death and black metal. ‘Blood Stained Origami’ again being a gluttony of ideas and thunderous guitar work. As all this is taking place, those waves of orchestration and symphony ripped straight from a gothic opera bolster the darkened realm that Swarmageddon have created, similar to the stylings of Cradle of Filth who are the masters of using said techniques to create some of the heaviest parts of their sound.

One final shoutout needs to be made for drummer Thibaud Szadel who is a force to be reckoned with on “Inhuman”. Sometimes feeling he’s playing to his own agenda, Szadel is an absolute brute on the kit and often feels like he’s in control of the song, above the vocals or guitars, thanks to some prime production work. Making full use of the range of extreme metal to create an expansive and dangerous musical output, and optimising my own personal favourite styling in heavy music in acknowledging melodic moments does not mean turning into a pop rock band (I’m looking at you metalcore/most melodeath bands formed after 2010). Just look at the choruses to ‘Death Traps’ or ‘Reanimation’, or even the cleanly-sung final quarter of ‘Blood Stained Origami’, soaring melodies but a high measure of the heaviness is still there thanks to the performance of Szadel.

For an album operating in two musical realms that have come under a lot of flack in recent years, Swarmageddon do an incredible job at delivering more quality and technique than most stalwarts of the genres have in the last 10 years, all in their debut. Sure enough symphonic extreme metal is not a new concept and Swarmageddon aren’t writing new musical history, but so few in the last few years have *got it* in the same way this group has. Whilst there’s an argument for the album’s length – take away the intro/outro tracks and it comes in at around 30 minutes across 6 songs – in which case beefing up the run time must be consistent with their ideas and their willingness to borrow from other genres. Otherwise, it is a success in beautiful brutality for Swarmageddon on their debut, an absolute gem in the underbelly of heavy music.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Silence
02. Of a Billion Screams [ft. Trivette (Antropofago)]
03. Death Traps
04. Brave New World
05. Blood Stained Origami
06. The Fall
07. Reanimation
08. Die and Retry

LINE-UP:
Marion Volle – Vocals
Guillaume Schappacher – Guitars
Morgan Koch – Guitars
Ludovic Boiteux – Bass
Thibaud Szadel – Drums

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EMQ’s with ADDER’S FORK

EMQ’s with ADDER’S FORK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austrian based Gothic Metal project Adder’s Fork. Huge thanks to main man Marko 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, my name is Marko and I’m the man behind ADDER’S FORK. Everything within this project is made by me, all instruments, vocals and production. Sometimes I collaborate with friends, but basically AF is my baby and it was born a few years after the demise of my older (less professional) extreme metal attempts. I’m looking for the finest mixture of classic metal heaviness and profound 80’s music, like The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and especially early The Cure.

How did you come up with your band name?

Adder’s Fork originates from Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, It’s an ingredient for a special brew that three witches are cooking up in their cauldron. I actually kind of stumbled upon it and thought it would fit the imagery well.

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

I’m from Austria, a little country in the centre of Europe. Our scene is pretty small, it’s rather hard to find well known international bands. Some of our more famous heavy artists include Belphegor, Pungent Stench and of course Summoning. I’ve actually gained more fans from foreign scenes, to be honest, but I’m working on that.

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

“The Fatalist” is my new 4-track-EP, you will be able to download it for free very soon (Bandcamp, Website) and pre-order your (also free) CD, if you are still into physical releases. An accompanying music video was released on 4th December! This EP might be the finest thing I’ve ever done in terms of songwriting and performance, but be sure to check out its predecessor as well, “The Individualist” (+ music video) was released in 2018 and I’m still holding it in high regard:

‘The Fatalist (A Coming Dark)’ (Official Video 2020)

‘The Individualist’ (Official Video 2018)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Cure, (early) Rotting Christ, The Sisters of Mercy, Megadeth, The Sound, Woods of Ypres.

Basically, Heavy Metal and Dark Wave/Post-Punk/Goth music from the 80’s. I’ve never been too much into idolizing certain musicians, but Dave Mustaine’s guitar playing has taught me a lot in my early days and Robert Smith has shown me how many different emotions can be transported through unique singing styles. The late David Gold’s multi-instrumental abilities and the resulting approach to songwriting/recording and his hard-hitting lyrics are an inspiration to this day.

What first got you into music?

It was the moment I realized that the commercial radio sounds would rarely resonate with my kid-self. I started searching for music outside the box of the usual easy listening fluff one is constantly being battered with and the excitement, that fresh, different soundscapes provided, keeps me going to this day.

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

Idle Hands/Unto Others – this could be an amazing synergy, but I tried and Gabe told me there was not enough time in their hands (pre-Covid) and I believe him 😉

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

I’d prefer the more intimate feel of smaller clubs, pubs and generally indoor arenas, it makes the music breathe a lot stronger, meaning that the festival experience has less to do with the actual material presented, as the social activity (and heavy drinking!) matter more.

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

Nothing weird yet, the best things I got were CD reviews by people who didn’t actually work for magazines, but did this as a favour and I also got Adder’s Fork band-shirts printed for me!

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

Thank you for actually taking the time to listen to my music. It’s hard enough to be recognized these days and TIME is the greatest value.

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

Ronnie James Dio. If I could choose one or two more, it would be Peter Steele and David Gold. So much talent lost way too soon.

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

Good – being creative; playing with words, playing with moods. The element of surprise.

Bad – Expectations. I also hate that money talks, like it does everywhere in the world.

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

The “all for the money”-mentality of many label monstrosities. Creativity and artistic expression are being held hostage by those who have control over the distribution and visibility of bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rotting Christ – “Triarchy of the Lost Lovers”; it has the best mixture between grimness and soothingly beautiful melody, extremely strong, varied songwriting and it’s one of the most memorable extreme metal records I have ever heard. Simple and complex at the same time. Intense, gritty, mystical, powerful and catchy as hell. A masterpiece for all eternity!

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

Vinyl – just for their appearance alone, digital releases for the ease of use.

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

Waldstock Open Air 2006 – the tiny version of the original Woodstock here in Austria. We were just a bunch of young dudes having our first festival gig. It did work out rather well, considering how inexperienced we were.

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

Since being a solo musician doesn’t quite pay your bills, I also have a day job + various other interests in Via Ferratas (and everything involving mountains) and I’m also writing reviews for a metal webzine.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sakis Tolis, Robert Smith, Nergal Adam Darski, Stefan Necroabyssious and Brittney Slayes. Quite the conversations would arise, don’t you think?

What’s next for the band?

CD pressing for The Fatalist EP and a website overhaul.

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

www.addersfork.wordpress.com/
www.facebook.com/addersforkofficial/
www.addersfork.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit, right? I actually have no idea!

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

I thank you for asking me all these questions and actually shedding some light onto my project! If any of you readers enjoy Gothic Metal with heavy riffs, lots of melodies and a hefty dose of 80’s dark elements – be it New Wave, Post-Punk or even the gloomier side of Synth Pop – listen to Adder’s Fork, you will not regret it!

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Aeternitas – Haunted Minds

Aeternitas – Haunted Minds
Wormholedeath Records/The Orchard/Aural Music
Release Date: 20/11/2020
Running Time: 48.08
Review by Dark Juan
5/10

Cordial greetings, dear friends and fellow followers of the Left-Hand Path! It is I, Dark Juan, and I trust I find you full of that Friday feeling and you are rapidly filling yourselves with alcohol and other party treats and that you are indulging in a lengthy and debauched weekend planned with your significant others. As long as there is love in the world then I am content. That, and worship of our Lord and Master of mankind, Shaitan. May the Horned One drink in your debauches like the finest wines and reap a fearful tally of souls from children who can’t spell Santa correctly… The little bastards will wish they had not asked for puppies for Christmas when the hellhounds are delivered, and they find the bloody, ravaged and half-eaten corpses of their parents being tossed around like ragdolls by Fido. Have you noticed that I am not amused by the imminent festivities yet? Bah, and indeed humbug…

This evening, I have gone down a different musical path than I normally do, and I will make a valiant and probably unsuccessful attempt to be factual about German gothic symphonic metal band Aeternitas and their latest offering, entitled “Haunted Minds”. Now, if you know me and considering the amount of crap I write for Ever-Metal, you really should by now, and you will no doubt be aware that I am a sad old goff and love anything pompous and overblown. Now, considering that, you would think that I would be a rabid fan of anything that involves metal and fucking orchestras, would you not? Well, normally you’d be correct, but gothic symphonic metal has to be done RIGHT, otherwise it just sounds like a colossal shitshow that some fucker has thrown some violins at.

Well…

It appears Aeternitas have listened to a metric fuckton of “Once” era Nightwish and taken ‘Dark Chest Of Wonders’ as a starting point and have stretched that particular sound as far as they can physically take it without descending into some keyboard led white noise explosion. However, Aeternitas are by no means as talented as that merry bunch of Finnish (and Dutch) orchestra enthusiasts, and it shows. Both the male and female vocalists are strictly average, bordering on poor in Aeternitas, and for this style of music to work you have to be an exceptional vocal talent, able to soar above the music. Neither Julia Marou or Alex Hunzinger are exceptional, and Alex in particular is not acceptable, as he doesn’t have an interesting voice, and nor can he growl properly, so you end up with some kind of bizarre halfway house vocal which is barely tolerable. He is a much better conductor of an orchestra, though. The symphonic parts of the record are fucking brilliant and the choir excellent and his arrangements good. The songs, however, are derivative and uninteresting. Julia’s voice is too low in the mix of the record and frequently sounds a half-tone flat while singing, and she also has a weak vibrato and range. For this style of metal to work, you need a coruscating skyrocket of a voice and Julia’s alto just doesn’t cut it.

The songs on the album are also uninspiring. Every song on the record sounds like a variation on ‘Dark Chest Of Wonders’ apart from album closer ‘My Haunted Mind’ which is an execrable piano ballad which ends the whole distinctly average shebang on the dampest of damp squibs. I fucking hate ballads and this one’s a stinker, ladies, gentlemen and people of other genders, being mournful without being interesting and overlong by about a minute, thereby prolonging the agony longer than you need it to be. Ironically, though, it shows exactly what Julia is capable of, switching from alto to contralto in parts and showing some interesting variation in her vocal style.

There’s so much I didn’t enjoy on this record. The songs all sound the same, Alex’s vocal is poor, the mix is fucking shocking and produces an experience not unlike listening to Nightwish whilst immersing your head in a bath of scalding hot treacle, none of the instruments are sharply produced and the bass overpowers everything. The drums are flat and lifeless, you can barely hear the guitar work and the keyboards disappear in and out of the overall sound. The vocals also sound muffled, as if they were recorded by a microphone located in a different room to the singer. It’s all so…mechanical. There is no passion, no soul.

Best tune on here? ‘Castles In The Air’ by a country fucking mile. Starts with bombastic pomposity and builds to a pretty groovy chorus that gets you singing along handily and stands head and shoulders above the rest of the album.

Disappointed doesn’t even cover the emotion I am feeling right now. Average. Painfully average.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Das Patentierte Dunkle Juan Blood Splat Bewertungssystem) awards Aeternitas 5/10 for an uninspired Nightwish-lite album. Meh. It got 5/10 because of the strength of the classical arrangements and because of the fucking slamming chorus on ‘Castles In The Air’.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Destiny
02. Fountain Of Youth
03. The Unforgivable Sin
04. The Birthmark
05. Castles In The Air
06. Fallen Innocence
07. The Ring
08. Another Day
09. The Beautiful
10. The Final Path
11. My Haunted Mind

LINE-UP:
Julia Marou – Vocals
Alex Hunzinger – Guitar, vocals
Anja Hunzinger – Keyboards
Daniel T. Lentz – Guitar
Rick Corbett – Bass (This man does not sound German!)
Frank Molk – Drums (There is an umlaut over the O but I am too disappointed to sort it out.)

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EMQ’s with THE INFERNO DOLL

EMQ’s with THE INFERNO DOLL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, AB, Canada based Gothic Metal artist The Inferno Doll. Huge thanks to Laura ‘Inferno’ Vargas 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 there! My name is Laura, I’m a Chilean singer and songwriter living in Canada and The Inferno Doll is my solo project. I write and perform Gothic Metal with some elements of Black and Industrial and my music is inspired by Dark Romance, Gothic Literature and personal experiences. I’ve been a solo artist since 2015 and before The Inferno Doll, I fronted the Chilean Metal band Sacramento. Today I live in Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada.

How did you come up with your band name?

It all started with nicknames my friends were giving me: Laura Doll, Broken Doll, Inferno Doll, Laura Inferno, etc because I was collecting some of the Living Dead Dolls and there was this song I love ‘The Broken Doll’ by Autumn Tears and well when I started the idea of this project the name of The Inferno Doll came to me naturally.

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

I am originally from Chile and the metal scene over there is crazy and intense. Chilean metalheads are the best! Now I live in Calgary, Canada and the metal scene here is pretty amazing!

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

I am releasing a new EP on October 30th called “Sacrifice” that will have its first music video by mid-November.

‘Sacrifice’ Fest. Dawn Howard (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Devil Doll and a bunch of vampire literature I read. Also, life itself and different events that had occurred and that marked me in some way or another.

What first got you into music?

My Dad: he taught me to play the guitar when I was very very young. And a music teacher in school when I was also very young that was always supporting my singing. And The Phantom of the Opera.

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

It would be Mario Panciera, also known as Mr. Doctor. The man behind Devil Doll. This would be amazing because he’s no longer active and is a mystery of a man.

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

Mera Luna Festival. Is my favourite festival. This and Wacken.

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

I haven’t received it yet.

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

Don’t let anyone talking you out of your dreams. If you want to make your dreams come true, work hard, focus and don’t give up.I love you.

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

That would be Freddie Mercury.

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

Everything. To be able to create the music and artistry with no limits. To sing my heart out and finding people identifying themselves with my words. The art of being a musician is what I love.

I can’t think of anything right now that I hate about being a musician.

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

That they stop making money out of the artist.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Girl Who Was…Death” by Devil Doll.

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

I like CD’s and Vinyl.

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

In 2016 when The Inferno Doll performed live for the first time. This was in Santiago, Chile.

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

I would be a writer. Of poems or short stories.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Just my closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

Writing a new album which I plan to release in 2021.

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

www.theinfernodoll.com/
www.theinfernodoll.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/theinfernodoll/
www.instagram.com/theinfernodoll
www.twitter.com/theinfernodoll
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7FS1ja2qO6MTtBFUwb8a0J
www.youtube.com/theinfernodoll

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea. I’ve never had one.

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

Thank you for this interview. And stay tuned for “Sacrifice” that will be out on streaming platforms October 30th!

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Lindsay Schoolcraft – Worlds Away

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Worlds Away
Cyber Proxy Records
Release Date: 09/10/2020
Running Time: 45:25
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Hello, you bunch of beautiful but frequently dangerous and unpredictable people. It is I, Dark Juan, and I have been beset by travails these past few days that would test kings, let alone mere mortals. It’s a good job I’m speshul, really, otherwise I might have become REALLY cross and let’s face it, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. People rarely like me when I am drunk and cheerful so if I’m pissed off you have no chance. Sir Zeusington Zeus, VC, KCVG, MM, DFC and Bar, took it upon himself to eat the ONLY important piece of mail we have received at Dark Juan Terrace in WEEKS… Bear in mind this document is absolutely necessary for me to continue my work of wrangling recalcitrant young gentlemen and you can imagine the rage and recrimination poured upon his unfortunate canine head. Yes, I am ashamed to say I gave him a good telling off. However, he appears to have forgiven me as he has adopted his usual position of lying next to me upon my jewelled chaise-longue and forcing my left arm into a most disadvantageous position causing me significant discomfort as I type this nonsense. And farting most unappealingly.

Shall we get on with writing something about Canadian gothic metal goddess Lindsay Schoolcraft’s “Worlds Away” album, then? The first thing you should know is that this release is by no means a heavy metal record, as Lindsay has reinvented some of her music for strings and electric harp as well as recorded two new songs written for the harp. A notable feat for Ms. Schoolcraft is that if you were listening to this album in isolation, that is to say if you were not aware of these songs before playing this, then you would not be aware that they are harp and string-based re-imaginings of existing songs. This is a plus and showcases the basic high quality of the songwriting. Lindsay has a very appealing voice, her mezzo-soprano (bordering on contralto in parts) lilting and soothing and flowing with the glissandos on her harp. This is a record best listened to in a dark room, through headphones, in silence. Then, and only then, will you understand the bewitching quality of the music. And it’s also gothic as fuck. Songs of darkness, broken hearts and shattered love abound, most noticeably on ‘Dangerous Game’ where Lindsay manages to convey the deep sorrow, crushing sadness and barely contained rage that accompanies a cheating lover and their shenanigans being uncovered.

Lindsay is accompanied on several tracks by original Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray, who adds some interesting flavours of electronic percussion, particularly appealingly on album closer ‘Warn Me’ as he adds a powerful cadence to the sensuous gentleness of Lindsay’s voice and harp. It is also a very worthy album closer as it brings the haunting, darkly romantic quality of the rest of the record to a rushing, thunderous climax (fnarr fnarr). ‘Masquerade’ has a carnival-like sound to it, underpinning a cinematic-quality lyric that instantly transports you to the inside of Lindsay’s head and is one of the finer songs on the record, resonant and thrilling. ‘Dance On The Strings’ benefits from a particularly mournful viola line played by the mysteriously named Dagda and sends this reviewer into mental realms of gothic splendour where all the ladies are gorgeously attired in flowing lace gowns, and the gentlemen in brocade frock coats and breeches, facing each other across a lushly appointed salon before engaging in a mirror dance of unnatural movements and disturbing tempos as black candles illuminate a splendid but unearthly scene, while monsters with venomous jaws and misshapen, unsuited limbs prowl the night outside, ready to strike down the unready and the vulnerable…

So, as we haul ourselves back from the demesne of tortured metaphor that I frequently inhabit we come to the point where I have to draw some conclusions about what I have just listened to. I fucking loved this record. I loved the Sharon Den Adel quality of Lindsay’s voice (both are mezzos, although Den Adel is more soprano in range, whereas Lindsay is more contralto) and the lushness of harp and strings. The cinematic quality of the lyrics are also superb and as I said previously, this is a record best listened to in the dark, in headphones and in seclusion. Then, and only then, will you be able to appreciate the gothic splendour of the music Lindsay Schoolcraft has created. Only then will you be able to appreciate its lustre. Also, it helps if you are actually a sad old goff like what I am.

Lush, staggeringly beautiful, emotional, challenging and frankly gorgeous. It is proof that quality songwriting is key to great music, regardless of genre because the sparse instrumentation and reliance on Lindsay’s voice solely should have been a demerit, but it isn’t in this case as instead it provides a very intimate listening experience. No, I’m not going there about intimacy. Dark Juan is perfectly able to behave himself, thank you very much. Most of the time.

The Patented Dark  Juan Blood Splat Rating System(Le système breveté d’évaluation des éclaboussures de sang Dark Juan, pour les Canadiens françaises. De rien) awards Lindsey Schoolcraft 9/10 for a small piece of Gothic splendour. I’m all overcome. Waft my fevered brow.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Worlds Away
02. Saviour
03. Darkness Falls
04. Fading Star
05. Stranger
06. Where I Fall
07. Dance On The Strings
08. Dangerous Game
09. Your Mind
10. Masquerade
11. Warn Me

LINE-UP:
Lindsay Schoolcraft – Vocals, Lyrics, Electric Harp, String Direction, and Co-Production
Spencer Creaghan – Additional String Programming on ‘Worlds Away’, ‘Darkness Falls’, and ‘Warn Me’
Dagda – Viola on ‘Darkness Falls’, ‘Stranger’, ‘Dance on the Strings’, ‘Your Mind’, and ‘Where I Fall’
Rocky Gray – Electronic beats on ‘Worlds Away’, ‘Stranger’, and ‘Warn Me’

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EMQ’s with BEHOLDER’S CULT

EMQ’s with BEHOLDER’S CULT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Doom/Gothic Metal band Beholder’s Cult. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Felipe Stock for taking part.

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

Hello everyone at Ever Metal, my name is Felipe Stock and I’m the vocalist/guitar player in the Brasília based Doom Metal band Beholder’s Cult. The band has been around since the end of 2016 but not until a reasonable time after that, we were able to start playing live and recording material the way we intended in the beginning.

How did you come up with your band name?

That is a tricky question…guess a little bit of nerdy, stoner and doom references together.

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

I’m from Brasília, the capital of Brazil, a very young city age wise but not so much in its preferences. Even so, we have a blooming metal scene around here with many great bands in various subgenres of metal.

As for the past, Brasília is nationally known for a punk rock scene in the 80’s and some big metal acts that came out of the concrete here.

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

Our first and only release so far is our EP “Cult of Solitude” with only four songs. We are in the middle of recording our first full length with 9 new songs that will be out in 2020!

The EP is available here (among other music streaming platforms):

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band it would be (and know my fellow band mates will agree) My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Anathema among many others. Personally, I would need to say a lot of names from Camel to Agalloch.

What first got you into music?

Hard to say what gave the first spark; but it is safe to say Black Sabbath was involved in it. As for playing, since I remember myself being a person I was planning some band with friends.

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

It would be Daniel Brennare from Lake of Tears.

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

There are lots of cool metal festivals around the world, but I guess I’d choose Metaldays because of the beautiful scenario. Of course, there is also Wacken…

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

It was a mysterious booze a guy really wished me to drink with him after a show. I spent the next day puking my insides out while we were going to another gig in a neighbouring city. Also, one time, a guy received a patch as a gift from one band and immediately after, and in front of the one that gave him the patch, gave it to me “as a gift”. It was awkward…

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

Stay true to yourself as long as it respects the boundaries of other people being themselves.

Always have a glass of water when drinking wine.

Middle age crisis is real.

(These are all very wise words – Rick 😊)

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

Dio, Peter Steele or Layne Staley

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

Enjoy: Composing songs and concepts for the album and playing for people who like our style of music.

Hate: The bureaucracy to be able to do the above and carrying big Speakers.

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

I have little knowledge of the music industry outside underground metal to say something properly, so I guess it will be for small labels and new bands to get more chances to show their work.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Saturnus – “Veronika Decides To Die” (This one is unanimous in the band)

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

Downloads for practical reasons.

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

The best is yet to come! Hahaha

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

No one in the band is a professional musician even though we have a full-time artist who is also a voice actor! As for myself, I work in environmental conservation projects currently in the Atlantic Forest.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a hard one…keeping it music related I guess Bruce Dickinson, Tony Iommi, Andrew Latimer, Nergal and Paul McCartney. I guess it would make a nice party…each one can bring their own drinks…

What’s next for the band?

New album, promo videos and live performances when the pandemic allows.

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

All the music streaming platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Deezer etc…) and the following:
www.facebook.com/beholderscult/
www.instagram.com/beholderscult/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCUzD-Jm8nZp8Ro15QXaz-Uw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google it because I didn’t know the name of these biscuits…so yeah, biscuit.

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

Just to thank you all from Ever Metal, specially Victor Augusto, and anyone reading this! Hope you get the time to check our sound and maybe tell us some impressions on some of our social media.

Thanks!

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Black Vatican – Arcana Lament

Black Vatican – Arcana Lament
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/01/2020
Running Time: 47:01
Review by Dark Juan
7/10

…As I continue to whip the poor wretch in front of me, the bands of pain across my back increase, iron hot and tightening across my shoulders, although the pain I am suffering must be nothing compared to the glistening red stripes of agony across her slim, trembling back. Her blood runs in rivulets down her back and stains her skirts a deep scarlet. Yet, still she does not cry out. This wretch, this WITCH, this doer of evil! Thankfully, the Most Holy Inquisition came across her in the commission of her crimes and all that remains is confession before we pass sentence and she goes to meet her dread maker in the bowels of the most awful hell, far from the eyes of the Lord my God, her saviour and saviour of all mankind. How I love him as I do his august work on this evildoer, this hellion! With renewed vigour from my faith in the Lord I swing my bullwhip and open up another vicious wound upon her soft flesh. The red of open slashes now has flecks of white bone showing through. Rib cage and spine are becoming gradually exposed. My Cardinal motions for me to cease my Holy ministrations upon the person of this servant of the Devil. He places his hand under the chin of the witch and raises her face to gaze into his. He speaks kindly to her.

“My child, repent of your sins and confess them and I promise you a quick and clean death and you can go forth to the forgiveness of the Lord our God and live eternally in Heaven. I beg you to confess and end your pain. Only the cleansed can go to the Lord.”

The witch spits blood flecked defiance straight into his face. Her dark, liquid eyes narrow and flash hatred and she whispers, hoarsely because of injury and pain as she replies, voice choked thick with agony and disgust.

“Never. I never acknowledged your God. Your prayers were never for the likes of me and my kin. You seek only domination and dominion over all. You crave new demesnes. Look at your wealth in the silks you wear, how well fed you are, how your skin is unmarked by pox. Yet you want more. You will not hear me scream even as I burn and I WILL NEVER DO YOUR BIDDING! I follow the Left Hand Path and I am a member of the congregation of the Black Vatican!”

Four hundred and thirty six words just to make a tenuous link to Black Vatican, an American two-piece hailing from Kansas City, whose latest offering I am currently listening to, entitled “Arcana Lament”. And a strange, ill-proportioned beast it is too. An arabesque with unsuited limbs. Beauty and perfection subtly distorted in ways that render you uneasy and afraid. Like an elegant, beautiful hand whose fingers are just that tiniest bit too long and thin, and the nails look rather sharper than normal. Black Vatican have taken Paradise Lost, Rotting Christ, Cradle Of Filth and KMFDM and early Ministry and performed gross, disgusting medical experiments upon them and fused them together in some horrific kind of gothic black metal industrial chimaera. This, as you might imagine, makes for an interesting listening experience as these are all fairly disparate influences at work. The song structures and lyrical content lean very much into the dark gothic wonderland that Dani Filth appears to inhabit but then suddenly a song will go cold and industrial and bleak. It’s surprising how well that sort of segue works even if Black Vatican relies on it a little too heavily. Equally so with the short, sharp, choral single note chants that appear on at least three songs. Still, everyone knows that Dark Juan is a sad old goff and this sort of thing is enough to worry West Yorkshire County Council because of the possibility of sex wee flooding. Again. I have to say I am really enjoying the album despite the fact that Black Vatican appear to have used a fucking Bontempi drum machine with the most appalling cymbal sounds and shitty drum tones ever. It sounds like a fucking toy monkey bashing cymbals together over a fat man hitting an upturned bucket with a drumstick composed of rats with rigor mortis. Painfully obviously sequenced does not even begin to describe how shit the drum machine is. Get an Alesis SR-16, chaps, and do it properly, please.

Vocalist Erik Ramos boasts a broad range of tones, from guttural belly rumbling through to a very engaging Dani Filth-esque howl which is regretfully sparsely employed considering this is what Erik excels at. Production wise, it’s ok – everything is clearly heard although everything can be somewhat smothered by keyboards and drums at times. There is a distinct lack of production finesse, however, and there are some unusual breaks in the arrangement of the music and the record clearly sounds like it has been recorded on a budget of 37p and a packet of fags. The guitar sound used by Cole Roberts varies wildly from Akercocke like lo-fi razorwire single string work through to full bore metal riffing with a sound not unlike the guitars on “Cruelty And The Beast” which fits the kind of cold atmosphere the record projects rather well.

I love anything gothic or industrial and to have something that is both is a real treat for me. Fans of gothic metal might find this a challenging listen because of the industrial sounds BV use – most goth metal is a warm and intimate experience closely in touch with the darker parts of your soul whereas BV operate out on the fringes. They are occupied with the darkness and the cold outside of you. The terror without rather than the horror within. Industrial fans will appreciate the cold and dispassionate feel of the record and might also enjoy the slower numbers. Stand out tracks on the record are ‘Morrigan’s Forest’ and ‘Vampiric Combat’. Special mention for unexpected comedy gold goes to ‘Witch Of Scarborough Fair’ which is a gothic rewrite of the notable Simon and Garfunkel classic. Listen, lads, if gothic doom metal gods My Dying Bride can fuck it up royally (their cover of Scarborough Fair is execrable) then you don’t stand a chance with it! Leave Simon and Garfunkel alone!

In conclusion – I totally get what Black Vatican are trying to achieve and applaud them mightily for it. I feel that they might have a problem by having a foot in the camp of both gothic metal and industrial. A judicious lean in one direction or the other may well pay dividends, because the middle ground they inhabit is a sparsely populated one indeed. Also, for the love of god buy a decent drum machine because the one you’ve got is shite! Niggles aside, I’m a fan and I’d love to see what Black Vatican could achieve with a decent recording budget.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has regrettably only ruined one pair of trousers with a modest amount of sex wee and awards Black Vatican 7/10 for a record that impresses with the scale of its thinking, but is let down by execution.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Loss, Greed and Necromancy
02. The Alchemist
03. The Vistas
04. Witch Of Scarborough Fair
05. Dreams Of Hecate
06. Morrigan’s Forest
07. Vampiric Combat
08. Again, The Vistas Again
09. Reincarnations Of Dreams

LINE-UP:
Erick Ramos – Vocals, Bass
Cole Roberts – Guitars

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/blackvatican6/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4kpB2ccJ7queKwRZfc2qOm
www.instagram.com/vatican.black676/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_g8qpFwPhU

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Antipope – Apostle Of Infinite Joy

Antipope – Apostle Of Infinite Joy
Fertile Crescent Productions
Release Date: 21/02/2020
Running Time: 44:46
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Once again, I have decided to navigate through unknown seas, this time going deeper into the world of Gothic music. As I used to say before writing something about a genre that I don’t listen to often, my apologies to the band and fans if I’ve written something wrong, but I’ll do my best to express how amazing I have found the Finnish band, Antipope.

My first impression on hearing this album for the first time was that it was like travelling back in time to 1995 and listen to “The Gallery” by Dark Tranquillity. I could feel some influences from them, especially on a few of the guitar harmonies of Antti J. Karjalainen. However, Antipope’s music goes further than Melodic Death Metal sonority, making it just an (good) Influence, not a carbon copy. The atmosphere created by the band along the melodies is really paradoxical, because the music is a mix of dark and depressive sounds, but the melodies bring happiness to it. Maybe it’s got me confused, but it is what I felt.

The opening track, ‘Harbinger Of Dawn’, demonstrates what I am saying – with clean notes before all the heaviness appears. The great drum lines of Tuska E. help to give a good cadence. At this point, it was simply Melodic Death Metal that came to my mind. But then, ‘Natural Born Heretic’ appears, exploring speed and fast tempos, but you’d be mistaken for thinking that all the melodies and technique would be left behind because of this. They weren’t. And what a great solo from Antti J. Karjalainen in this song, too.

My second impression of Antipope appeared in ‘Intoxicating Darkness’. After a great bass intro from Joni Tauriainen, I felt some Doom influence in the way Mikko Myllykangas sings. This Doom Influence increases with the title track, throughout its seven-minute track time, displaying many variations. Maybe some Blackened Death influences are present in this song too. What I can assure is that even though it’s 7 minutes long, this song is so amazing that you won’t realize the time flying.

The violent side of Antipope returns in ‘Red Goddess’ and ‘Venereal Ritual For Dispersion And Reintegration Of The Soul’ even though the last one has a few slow parts. ‘Serpent Of Old’ is not as fast, but it’s definitely heavy with a good focus on riffing. The closing song ‘0=2’ is a kind of mix of everything you’ve heard so far from Antipope’s music.

As I said before, I am not the most knowledgeable person to talk about the genres I mentioned, but my impression was that Antipope don’t get stuck in only one style. “Apostle Of Infinite Joy” is a lesson in technique and has brilliant compositions. Antipope put in the best of all the styles that have influenced them, and offer a good balance between heaviness and dense atmosphere. The final result is nothing less than an amazing record. For sure, it is one of the best releases of 2020.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Harbinger of Dawn
02. Natural Born Heretic
03. Intoxicating Darkness
04. Apostle Of Infinite Joy
05. Red Goddess
06. Venereal Ritual for Dispersion and Reintegration of the Soul
07. Serpent of Old
08. 0=2

LINE-UP:
Mikko Myllykangas – Vocals
Joni Tauriainen – Bass
Antti J. Karjalainen – Guitars
Tuska E. – Drums

LINKS:
www.antipope.info
www.facebook.com/Antipope/
www.twitter.com/antipope_band
www.instagram.com/antipope_band/
www.spotify.com/album/45X0a6O6ELJNZl0aAt0WJI
www.youtube.com/channel/UCwjQceSCS0gQJZrHeDVBmkQ

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EMQ’s with OCTOBER CHANGES

EMQ’s with OCTOBER CHANGES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Belgian Gothic/Fusion Metal band October Changes. 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?

October Changes hails from Heist o/d Berg, Belgium and was founded in October 2018 by Luk Michels (rhythm guitars) and a former band member. The initial plan was to start up a metalcore/rapcore project. But in October 2018, they changed their focus to something completely different. They decided to form a project with a female lead singer and to bring more melodic songs.

Today our music can best be described as “an eclectic blend of symphonic, industrial and gothic metal, fused together with some electronic influences.” The female vocalist delivers vocals that go from clean, more classic inspired to more powerful dark vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luk is a huge fan of the bands August Burns Red and Texas In July (and loves talking about them – hahaha, they are just REALLY good bands!). Both band names have months in them. Since a lot of changes took place in October 2018, they initially introduced “October Changes” (basically) as a joke. But the name ended up catchy so… here we are today.

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

We’re a Belgium based metal band. In Belgium we have a great tradition with small metal bars that offer support to local bands. But these bars also provide a great place for international bands that are making their first introduction in our country. We also have plenty of small metal-festivals that support local and Belgian bands. But also the bigger festivals start to notice that Belgium has some great talent. Alcatraz metal festival, for example, has a dedicated stage for Belgian metal bands. And there’s also plenty of local and national radio stations that support the Belgian metal scene with airtime or by creating a playlist on streaming services like Spotify. For example, Studio Brussel has “De Zwaarste Lijst”, but recently a more local initiative started “De Zwaarste lijst – 100% Belgisch”.

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

On April 24th we released our first studio single ‘Decay of Sleeping Beauty’.

Our previous releases were all home-recorded demos. So, this is a big step forward for us. It was in all aspects an enjoyable process. Domingo Smets (Elusion, Ancient Rites) from “The Rock Studio” is a pleasure to work with and knows what he’s doing.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s just too many to name! But we’ve already been compared to Evanescence, Within Temptation, Eluveitie, Draconian and they definitely have had some influence on our music, mostly vocally then. Other bands on our inspiration list are Amaranthe, Lacuna Coil and eighties music but there are also some bands that you maybe didn’t expect like In Flames, Jinjer and Infected Rain. We also get inspired with the crazy sounds in our sound library. It happens that we hear a small sound sample and we end up with a song.

What first got you into music?

Wendy: Music has always had an important part in my life, and I have loved singing ever since I was a child. When Belgium won the “Eurovision Song Festival” in 1986, I got really mesmerized with singing and music. From that day on I just knew that I wanted to be a singer.

Luk: I picked up the guitar after hearing Nirvana, Guns And Roses and Bon Jovi (yeah, sorry for the last one) Later on the heavier stuff caught my ears on Headbangers Ball (MTV in the good years) like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel… But my first real music addiction came when I heard stuff via my dad, being The Sweet, Black Sabbath, Guitar King, Queen and Michael Jackson!

Bert: I’ve been going to festivals and concerts for as long as I can remember. I picked up the guitar when I was around the age of 18 but never really got through the first year of playing. After a while it started collecting dust in some corner. A couple of years ago I picked it up again, took some lessons and started looking for a band to play some awesome music.

Wesley: My brother – also a drummer – bought a drum-kit when I was 12 years old. When he wasn’t around, I started playing the drums. I had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t, but I learned to hide this very well in the meantime). But as time went by, I started to get better, and now, many years later, I am still playing drums on the same drum-kit he bought so many years ago.

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

There are so many talented bands out there. We would be open to collaborate with any band or musician. But we’re sure that a collaboration with Amaranthe or Lacuna Coil would be fantastic.

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

Our current goal is Graspop Metal Meeting. It’s such a fantastic festival. There are so many bands performing in only 4 days! And we love our country, so what’s not to like about this festival. We would definitely stick around a bit longer to get acquainted with some other bands. And if that doesn’t work out, we’re still guaranteed to have some of the best beers available.

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

Haha! What defines weird? We haven’t had any gigs yet, but we’re all open for weird gifts. That one wins a picture on Instagram for sure.

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

We are so grateful for our fans. Thanks to them we can do what we love the most, make music.

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

Wendy: I think we all have our favourites, since we all come from a different (metal) background. For me it would be David Bowie. I just love his personas and the creativity he put in his character and performance. Being on stage as a singer/band is also like playing in the theatre. You have to decide who you want to be on that stage and act like it 100%. David Bowie had mastered that completely!

Sven: Cliff Burton… He was a beast and god at the same time… He was a real inspiration to me.

Luk : Kurt Cobain…I don’t need any motivation for this.😊

Wesley: Peter Steele (Type O Negative). Fantastic voice, great music, it was a shame he passed away so soon.

Bert: Definitely Dio. He is the godfather to all metal music. I remember being so shocked when he passed away. He was supposed to do a tour in Europe, so I made plans with my dad to go and see Dio. We were so bummed we never got to see him perform.

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

Wendy: I love to tell stories. Writing lyrics is a fun process. It starts with searching for the story in the music. I really have to feel it and once I got hold of that feeling…the story just flows out of my pen.

Luk: The possibility to express yourself in a musical way. You always hear in a track/song how the band or individual was feeling at that point. A good example is a rather depressive song I wrote, and Wesley turned it into something completely different.

Bert: What’s also great is that you get to meet a lot of amazing people who are all in love with the same thing; metal music. And there’s still so much to discover. Ironically, that is also the thing I hate… I wish I could spend all day long playing the guitar, but regular day-to-day life gets in the way.

Sven: I enjoy the friendship and respect musicians have for each other. But I don’t like to be put into a certain category. Talent can sometimes be hidden in the strangest places, so I like to keep an open mind at all times.

Wesley: I enjoy creating new music. Start to put little pieces together that doesn’t seem to fit at all, and suddenly, they connect.

And I think what we all dislike is the fact that there are a lot of great musicians out there, who are talented, write great music, but don’t always get the chance to play their music for the audience it deserves.

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

Sven: I would make it easier for young talented bands to get noticed. Because today it’s very difficult to get your music out there and to reach your fans if you don’t know the right people.

Wesley: October Changes t-shirts for everyone!

Wendy: I would change the way artists are being refunded for their art. Today it’s almost impossible to live from the fees you get out of being an artist, even if you’re song is doing quite well. One of the main reasons for this, is the way the industry is organised. I would search for a way to fix this. So, more musicians can make it their full-time job and more talented bands would be able to reach their goals and dreams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sven: Ayreon – “The Human Equation”.

Luk: GnR – Both The Use Your Illusions. (to name only one)!

Wesley: Nirvana – “In Utero”.

Bert: Death – “The Sound Of Perseverance”.

Wendy: Kylie Minogue – “Kylie”…Wait! I can explain! It was the first record ever that I bought, and I was so damn proud of it. Besides, I’m sure some of the songs on there would make really nice metal covers.

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

Wendy: Downloads for sure! You can take your favourite music everywhere. It makes music available to everybody from anywhere and on any time of the day. And that’s how music should be! Nobody should ever be deprived from music.

But I think this is also something very personal. Some people love to have something real in their hands, they love the booklet, the lyrics in it. They consider an album as an artwork and thus want to have it at hand.

Wesley: They all have their value. I grew up with vinyl and cassettes. Then the CD came, which was great. This was all we would ever need. And then we had the DVD, and finally the digital content. Luckily, we have downloads nowadays. My house wouldn’t be big enough to store all the music otherwise.

Bert: I’ll go with Spotify. I’ve never owned a lot of CD’s, cassettes or vinyl. Spotify just allows people to discover a whole new world of artists.

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

We were planning a release weekend on 5th, 6th and 7th of June and had already booked 4 gigs! That weekend was also the start of a mini tour with a befriended Mexican band. We’re really sad that all our concerts got cancelled due to Corona. But the entire weekend would have been a real celebration for us. So, I’d say our first gig would be our best, because that’s the start of everything.

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

Wendy: We all still have a fulltime job. So probably we would spend more time developing our skills for that job and would probably also spend more time with our family.

Luk: Hah…I like to be creative, so whatever includes the term “designing” would be great… I am quite fond of painting… I do mean with real paint, on a canvas… Expression of soul and mind and it’s so relaxing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Wendy: Johnny Depp. He’s a rock artist, loves and knows Tim Burton, doesn’t shy away from crazy ideas and opened a metal bar, The Viper Room and Floor Janssen, because I would love to have a geeky chat with her about singing techniques.

Luk: And I would pick for sure one funny guy (aka comedian)…

Wesley: 5 people from the company that installed my glass doors, that I have been trying to get over for almost a year now to do some repairs. So, they can finally fix my broken door before having dinner.

Bert: I’d like to invite some famous guitar players that inspire me. Ola Englund, Keith Merrow, Matt Heafy, Dave Mustaine, Dean Lamb. That would be one epic dinner party. Jam session afterwards!

Sven: I would invite my own band. Jam session afterwards! Haha!

What’s next for the band?

We have plenty of songs that are ready for recording. So that’s definitely on our to do list. What comes next is still to be decided. We might release some extra singles or maybe release our first full album.

And of course, we are planning to do lots of concerts! Next year we will also start to focus on festivals and concerts in other countries. We’ll start with the neighbouring countries, but who knows… the sky’s the limit.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBa4d21WsreNNjOzH0vwaqw
www.facebook.com/octoberchanges
www.instagram.com/octoberchanges
www.twitter.com/ChangesOctober
www.metalfans.be/bands/october-changes
www.vi.be/platform/octoberchanges

Streaming Services: Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Play…

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wendy: They’re something entirely different of their own. Definitely. Let’s call them biscakes!

Luk: They are yummy : P I don’t care what it really is supposed to be!

Bert: Biscuits, though I had to do a google search just to know what they are, so I’m by no means an expert on the subject. But definitely biscuits.

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

Our bass player is a God (his own words) and our drummer is the king (not his own words).

Thank you for the interview!

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EMQ’s with ECHOTHEFALLEN

EMQ’s with ECHOTHEFALLEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aberdeenshire, Scotland based Gothic Metal band Echothefallen. Huge thanks to vocalist Simona Tremaroli, 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?

My name is Simona Tremaroli and I’m the singer of the gothic metal band Echothefallen.

Echothefallen was formed in 2015 in Fraserburgh by Adam Balina and Pedro Arsenio after their former death metal band Murderous Instinct split up.

With Echothefallen they wanted to create darker, melancholic but powerful music and after few months and several line-up changes Wojciech Zapotocki, Mark Cross and myself joined the band and started to work on new material.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was created by the band previous singer Stuart Leel. The name relates to the echo of the ones dying in battle for freedom.

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

We are based in the north east of Scotland, the Rock scene is quite active over this area but the Metal scene not so much. There are great metal bands in Scotland like Saor, Nassau, Rend Them Asunder to name a few, there are often great gigs to see in the greater cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh, however, Aberdeen or the Aberdeenshire tend to be forgotten unfortunately…

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

We released an EP “Sangreloca” prior to releasing our debut album “From Lust To Love And Passion” in June 2019. We also had the opportunity to shoot a video of ‘Dysfunctional’ which was a load of fun to get it done.

We are currently working on new material and we should record a new release soon.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We don’t usually like to name bands to get compared with and it really depends on the band member, some of us are fans of the 90’s Doom Metal bands; others are great fans of the more extreme Death Metal / Grind Core scene.

What first got you into music?

When I was 9yo I fell in love with Madonna, my muse and my inspiration.

That’s why I decided to be a singer even if I play heavier music, haha.

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

Personally, I’d say Alcest, on behalf of the band I’d say, very likely, Insomnium.

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

Wacken or Hellfest because they are the top metal festivals.

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

At the moment nothing in particular to be honest, our fans mainly offer us drinks haha.

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

What we always say: Stay metal, stay dark!!

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

Freddie Mercury! What a talented man he was.

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

We love creating music and expressing ourselves through our tunes. On the other hand, we hate all that stupid competition among bands, there is no need for that stuff, it only creates bad vibes between the bands. Music is art, not a battle.

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

Definitely all the Internet bullshit and how many fake likes you have, we are all numbers, all barcodes and this is really sad and frustrating. What has the world become…?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Tragic Idol” by Paradise Lost.

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

Personally, I prefer CD’s, good quality first.

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

All our gigs are great fun, but we really enjoyed playing with Alia Tempora in Inverness.

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

We’d all be pornstars for sure hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d personally invite Nick Holmes, Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh, Aaron Stainthorpe and Neige.

What’s next for the band?

These are uncertain times; we have no idea when we will be able to practice again but we are currently working on new tunes and we’d like to record our second album sooner rather than later.

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

We mainly use our Facebook page, YouTube, our own website, Spotify and Instagram.
www.echothefallen5.wixsite.com/echothefallen
www.facebook.com/echothefallen/
www.instagram.com/echothefallen/
open.spotify.com/artist/3zkKiQLZumWAHPyeSaOFJY
www.youtube.com/channel/UCL4q_a3YCVsNzUpOS9lHaJg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Call them what you want, they’re ace!

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

Thank you for giving us the chance to make this interview!

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