EMQ’s with TELMA

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EMQ’s with TELMA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Larisa, Greece based Metal band, Telma. 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?

Our name is Telma and we play metal! Descriptively, we would say that we are playing a combination of modern groove metal with old school elements. Sharp and fast riffs lined with old-fashioned vocals and guitar leads and solos, making the end result both heavy and emotional.

The band began its formation when the two brothers Markos (guitar) and Filip (bass) met Mike (drums) and started jamming. After three or four-months Mike introduced Anthony(vocals) to the other two, whom he knew from a previous band they had. After that we jammed a little harder and the result of that is our first album. We started the recording process in September 2020 with the help from George Margaritopoulos, who is a very close friend and also the producer of “Eternal”, our upcoming album. The album was finished somewhere around April 2021 and in May 2021 the last member was added to our group, Kostas(guitar)! From May until now we have been rehearsing and promoting our work via social media. We can’t wait to start playing some shows and we hope things with the pandemic get better soon for everybody’s sake! And that’s the story of Telma so far!

How did you come up with your band name?

Telma comes from a Greek word which means something like a dead end and it was an idea of our guitarist Markos. It sounded cool and went well with the topics of our upcoming album, as well as our style of music.

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

We are from Larisa, Greece. The scene in our city is not particularly big but all bands know each other and there is mutual support between us. As for our country, there are awesome metal bands that are showing the way to everyone such as Septicflesh, Rotting Christ and lately some more heavy rock bands like 1000Mods, Planet of Zeus and others that were able to get past Greece’s border and are touring all around the world. Also, there is a big underground scene that many are not aware of but Greece produces a lot of good music. There are many bands that have all the potential to go viral but unfortunately the economic situation in the country has been a real struggle for everyone the last few years and that is not very helpful.

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

We have released two single video clips, Perfect Storm and Bipolar Distress from our upcoming full-length album which was released on the 20th of August.

‘Bipolar Distress’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Perfect Storm’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of our greatest influences from the older to the more recent ones are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Nevermore, Alice in Chains, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Lamb of God, Gojira and Tesseract. We all have different tastes in music but these are the most common between all of us and have clearly impacted our music.

What first got you into music?

The specific reason for our members differs but mostly we think it was the era we grew up with where there was a lot of rock and metal music coming out and many bands were forming everywhere.

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

Corey Taylor, hands down! (Sorry Anthony).

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

We really like Wacken Festival, Download and Resurrection. But, of course, we wouldn’t say no to any festival anywhere in the world.

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

3kg of lamb chops by a local tavern

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

Be kind to each other, we aren’t here for long, so better make life easier and peaceful for everyone. And support your local scene!

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

Dimebag Darrell, because he had a lot more to offer and also because of the way he passed away.

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

Writing new songs and creating music and of course playing live in front of people. We hate cables that don’t work and drumsticks that break.

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

Marketing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nevermore – “Dead Heart In A Dead World”.

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

We grew up with cassettes and CD’s but now you can’t ignore the convenience of downloads and the quality of the vinyl. We basically love everything!

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

Unfortunately, we were formed during the pandemic and the scene right now is pretty dead in Greece. We have a secret show coming up and we hope to start playing from September.

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

The truth is that we are not musicians, not professionally at least. Four of us are engineers and Kostas is an agriculturist. We like what we do but people need some escape, and the band is perfect for that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Carl Sagan, Karl Marx, Jesus Christ and Dwight Schrute.

What’s next for the band?

Next for the band is to start playing shows and showing people our work, same as all the bands that are on pause due to the corona situation.

What social media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We mostly use Facebook and Instagram for updates to our work, news and shows coming up. Our music will be available on all major platforms such as Youtube, Spotify, Bandcamp, Tidal etc.
www.telma.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/TelmaBand
www.instagram.com/telma_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/06NS2fnkXepEdHlJtQB9Jn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQuuE3E1r2hpEM8S7vCCvow

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank YOU for the interview! We hope you enjoy our music, and we hope to come and play a show near you sometime! Peace!

Telma

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EMQ’s with THE SULLEN

EMQ’s with THE SULLEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greek Metal project The Sullen. Huge thanks to Petros Petalas 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?

I am Petros, I write, play and record all the instruments and vocals for The Sullen. The band was formed in 2018, right after we split up Final Words of Sorrow, my previous band, for a variety of reasons, mostly of a personal nature.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a description of the faces I’d come across outside on a daily basis. It resembles that aspect of the big city: millions of people going about their lives, bottling up their emotions behind an emotionless and kinda melancholic face.

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

I am from Athens, Greece, currently residing in Trikala. The Metal and Rock scene here has a lot to offer, both in terms of quantity as well as quality, but it’s really rare for a band to “stick to it” and break through. There’s a lot of reasons for that though, and it’s not entirely the fault of one single factor. Corruption, poverty, the problematic mindset around the distribution of music, the fact that music has to, more often than not, take the back seat in a person’s priorities -since it’s unlikely it will pay the bills- are all factors that hinder a band’s ability to put in the effort needed to “make it”.

That said, there are these few bands that make it despite all of that, and it’s something that fills me and most musicians with hope.

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

It’s the “Rituals of Death” EP, which came out on May 25th, 2020. It consists of 3 tracks: ‘Crimson’, ‘Earthen Sky’ and ‘Rituals of Death’. You can watch our lyric video for “Crimson” here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly Melodic Black Metal and Doom/Gothic bands like Tribulation, Dissection, Primordial, Paradise Lost, Opeth, but I’d also like to explore adding elements of pop-punk and metalcore into the mix, like sum41, A Day to Remember and others.

What first got you into music?

Well, listening to it, haha. I’ve always been keen on music, since 5th grade or so, be it videogame soundtracks, music videos on TV or Radio songs. And it was always the “darker”, or rather “sadder” stuff that got my attention, even at that age.

How I got into metal though is funnier: when I first got my internet connection, I’d heard about “Limewire”, where I could find any song (and virus) out there! So, I was browsing the genre tags at some point and the label “Death Metal” caught my eye. Subsequently we can say that my transition into Metal was pretty unorthodox, with bands like Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom.

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

You know, collaborations are a weird thing, you never know beforehand if it’s going to go good or sour, so I wouldn’t like to prejudge anything. If the question refers to any collaboration that would be sort of a dream-come-true though, then that would be Tobias Forge, Ghost.

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

In terms of “Oh my God, we played there!!” then Wacken, because it’s the oldest (and biggest?) European festival that hosts extreme metal music.

In practical terms, any festival that’s held in a good closed venue, with similar-vibe bands. I am not well aware of such fests though.

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

Can’t think of any really weird ones, it’s been mostly drinks, CD’s and books. What a boring answer, haha.

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

Be true to yourselves and what you want. Not to what your peers want of you.

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

That would be Freddie Mercury. Even though I am not the biggest Queen fan out there, I think the world of music lost a lot with his death.

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

I enjoy being able to express abstractions in sound, to manifest physically that melody that’s been stuck in my head. I enjoy the process of writing music, start to finish. It’s a really unique kind of fulfilment.

I hate the industry part of it. Especially the marketing. I’m not saying that it’s bad that it is there, it’s more of a necessary evil, but I really hate that I have to do it. Maybe because I’m bad at it? Sure. But I thoroughly dislike it.

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

The “pay to play” deals. Be it for concerts, “record labels” or magazine reviews. I find it unethical; I find that it puts musician in the place of the customer rather than that of the creator. I’m all for a scene that’s harder to get into rather than that. We have the tools to change these things, it’s time we put them in good use.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Funeral Album” by Sentenced. It’s kept me company countless times.

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

Cassettes I find to be good exclusively for nostalgia purposes, so they’re a no-go.

Vinyl gives the best medium to enjoy the art of an album, and it’s also the most show-off-ish medium. I don’t own Vinyl records, but I get the appeal and I do enjoy looking at them. Sound-wise they are not the more accurate in the era of digital recording. Maybe it was back in day where music was recorded in analog gear. Vinyl adds its own “colour” to the sound which might be preferable to some, but not to others.

CD’s are kind of a baby Vinyl: smaller, more convenient but they don’t decorate the walls as good as Vinyl.

Digital mediums are by far the most convenient. I’d like to see anyone make a Vinyl playlist. Or even skip 7 songs on an album. Or better yet listen to them on the road. Sound-wise it can be 100% accurate, but it can also be of the absolute worst quality.

So, verdict: Downloads/Streaming for listening to the music, Vinyl for showing off your collection.

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

As “The Sullen”, we haven’t played any. We aren’t even “we” as of yet.

As Petros, it has to be supporting Septic Flesh with W.E.B., in 2016.

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

I mean, I have a vast variety of interests, ranging from arts like photography and cinematography, to philosophy and politics, to programming and “hardcore science”… So probably something out of these.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Till Lindemann, Kim Kardashian, Gary Holt and Her Majesty the Queen of England.

What’s next for the band?

Full length album and becoming a band. Both are currently in the process.

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

You can find us on:
www.facebook.com/thesullenband/
www.instagram.com/thesullenband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQPzWr6-1_OvgI3WzKTJiw (subscribe guys, this URL is ugly)
thesullenband.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve always considered them a biscuit, but then why are they called Cakes? Really makes you think.

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

Well thank you for hosting us and supporting musicians! Stay safe, stay strong!

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Behind The Smokescreen – Scars Within EP

Scars Within Cover

Behind The Smokescreen – Scars Within EP
Unsigned
Release Date: 01/06/2018
Running Time: 23:01
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

One thing we are proud of at Ever Metal is the diversity and range of music that we review. My last three reviews couldn’t have been any more different if I tried. I have gone from a progressive rock band to a 60’s/70’s influenced psychedelic band and now to this new EP from Greek band Behind The Smokescreen, an Aggressive / Groove metal outfit.

Formed in Ioannina, Greece, in 2013, the band is made up of Nikonas Tsolakos on vocals, Nasos Drougas on rhythm guitars and backing vocals, Kyriakos Magdalis on drums, Evaggelos Roukos on bass and Dimitris Lucas on lead guitars. The EP was mixed and mastered at Crown Audio Conspiracies by Achilleas Kalantzis and the cover artwork was designed by Giannis Tagmatarchis.

This is a band who wear their influences on their sleeve and have maintained a great respect and admiration for bands such as Pantera, Machinehead, Lamb of God and Black Label Society. I’m sure they would be the first to admit they are not trying to break any new ground with this EP, but it is still a stonking recording none the less.

The EP kicks off with ‘Too Ambitious’ and I absolutely loved the opening intro with its galloping guitars and heavy riffs that rumble in your belly. I was expecting really growling vocals to kick in (probably because experience has shown me that if I really love the music, I am going to hate the vocals!) but was pleasantly surprised when they didn’t. The vocals are aggressive and in your face, but at least you can still hear what the singer is singing and is even quite melodic in places.

The guitar work is fantastic throughout the EP and the solos are out of this world. The rhythm section is solid, and everybody seems to fit together perfectly. I do think a lot of the heavier bands are accused of “just making a noise” but it takes a lot of talent to be able to make a noise and it be as good as this EP!

My head was banging, and my foot was tapping the whole way through this and I just wished it lasted longer! I think these guys would be immense in a live setting so if I hear they are visiting London town at any point I will be there, with bells on! (well ok studs and buckles but you get my drift!)

I hope these guys are going to put out a full-length album soon but, in the meantime, I will go and check out their previously released album “Age of Corruption.” I suggest you all go and do the same!

As the famous Oliver once said…. please sir, can I have some more?!

TRACKLISTING:
1 Too Ambitious
2 Broken Is The Word
3 Future Re-Set
4 Shelter In I (Bonus)

LINKS:
http://www.facebook.com/behindthesmokescreengr
http://www.youtube.com/behindthesmokescreenvault
http://www.instagram.com/behind_the_smokescreenband
https://behindthesmokescreengr.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6xh34hCCkDQsMAAyWWy9mg

 

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Alphastate – The Grind

The Grind Cover Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LINKS:

Alphastate Promo Pic

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