EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile/Boston, USA based Thrash/Groove/Death Metal band Overtoun! Huge thanks to guitarist Matias 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 Rick and friends of Ever Metal, thanks a lot for having us here. This is Matias, guitarist from Overtoun.

We are a Death/Thrash Metal band formed in 2014. The group started in high school as a cover band, when Agustin (drummer) and I met. Both of us wanted to play songs from the 80’s thrash metal era, signing up in a lot of ‘battle of the bands’ competitions and stuff like that. We didn’t have a full time vocalist at the time but a couple of friends that could sing helped us out. I would say that the first official line-up was Agustin, me and Cristobal (bass), a friend of ours that we met from another school. The three of us started to write our first songs and original music.

After high school all of us went to college, and I went to study to Berklee in Boston in 2017. That’s when I met the missing ingredient, Yoav, who is a bass player that was in my same Metal ensemble. Yoav knows a bunch of people in the metal scene, so I asked him to recommend me a death metal singer for the band, and he told me that he could do the job. That’s when we started to record our debut album “Centuries Of Lies”, that was released in 2018.

Early this year we parted ways with Cristobal, and then our new bass player Guillermo joined the band. With him we did our first tour and right now we are in the middle of the recordings of our second album. It has been quite a ride ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s kind of funny how we came up with the name. One day we were hanging out in my house, it was one of the first rehearsals we had. Obviously we needed a name, something creepy and catchy that had a concept we could work on. We started looking online for the weirdest places in the world, and that’s when the Overtoun Bridge came out. It is a bridge from Scotland where dogs commit suicide. We liked the mystery of the place and how the name sounded, so we took it from there.

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

The three of us (Agustin, Guillermo and me) are from Santiago, capital city of Chile. Although Yoav lives in Boston, he is from Mexico City. I would say that the Chilean Metal scene is complicated, right now there are a lot of new and interesting groups that try to do things professionally, however the audience is not really that supportive of local bands. It is quite hard to get noticed and make people come to the shows. There are not big record labels or promoters that get interested in smaller bands. Nevertheless, we know that we have to work harder and harder to get our name out there, and keep improving our art and music, building a fan base and so on. We hope that Chilean Metal also gets recognized abroad, so everyone from the scene gets better opportunities to develop their careers.

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

Our latest release is the video of ‘Aftermath’, a song from our first album “Centuries Of Lies”, that came up in December last year.

‘Centuries’ was a hard album to make, we had a lot of differences in the creative process that extended the production time, however we moved forward and I think we ended up with a good product, obviously there are a lot of things to improve, but we learned a lot from the process.

I’m glad that people liked the album, we’ve had nothing but great comments and support from international media and local press.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that our greatest influence will always be Metallica, Agustin and I have been Metallica fans since middle school and every time they come to Chile we try and go see them live. Also Pantera is a big influence for us, it was very painful to say goodbye to Dime and Vinnie. Death is another influence for the band, and now Guillermo got us into the music of Mudvayne, Jinjer, Arch Enemy, Epica and stuff like that. Yoav also showed us music of Power Trip, Blotted Science, Atheist, etc. I’m really happy for him that he got to be the new bassist for Atheist, he really deserves that gig.

What first got you into music?

For me personally what got me into music was my dad’s CD collection. He had a couple of records from Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam and such, and watching their videos online made me pick up the guitar. They all looked so cool and I could feel the connection that the artist had with the audience.

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

We’d be down to collaborate with Jinjer or Gojira, those two are the bands that are kind of spreading Metal all over the world, it would be really nice to do something with them.

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

It would be great to play Wacken Open Air. I think that ever since I started getting into Metal, Wacken was one of those festivals that always came to the picture as the biggest reunion of metalheads. That would be great for us, to share our music for fans from all over the world.

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

Once when we were on tour, a strange looking man gave us an unpacked bar of chocolate that was melted. It was gross, but we laughed so hard and made up a lot of funny stories from that situation.

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

Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving us; without them nothing would be possible, at the end of the day all the music we create belongs to them! See you on the mosh pit!

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

I would bring back Dimebag or Cliff Burton. Both of them made a huge influence in my music, and to see them perform only once would be priceless.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is playing live, there is nothing better than going up to the stage and headbang over the songs. What I hate is the feeling of self doubt that a lot of us have to deal with, it is a hard business so we have to keep our minds clear and do our best.

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

Negativity and bringing down the work of other musicians; if we are collaborative and support the work of our colleagues the scene will grow, and that will benefit us all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”

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

I’m a vinyl and CD lover, I think there is nothing better than the physical format. I’m a vinyl collector too, at home I have lots of albums from my favourite bands.

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

I guess it was the last gig of our first tour, we were performing really good and the sound was badass, every now and then we watch videos from that performance, we hope to do that again in the future.

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

Maybe astrophysics or geology, I like science a lot. Also I love cooking, maybe something like that would be cool. By the way Agustin cooks really good American-style burgers, haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite the guys in the band and our producer Pancho. We always have fun together and every time we hang out there is good food on the table.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment we are planning live shows for 2020 and the release of our second album titled “This Darkness Feels Alive”. This new album is great, we all loved the process and how the songs turned out. We were recording in Estudio del Sur, the best studio in the country, it was really beautiful and inspiring. I hope you guys can have the new music soon!

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

www.overtoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/OvertounOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/overtounofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLi-joj2KFw
https://open.spotify.com/album/5jS0LFRA9jSubanKjZ4EZZ?si=HCqPHhK9Q9Wad8qWB6Yx9g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not from the UK so I had to look it up online, haha. It looks like a biscuit but they say it’s a cake so I’ll go for cake.

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

Thanks a lot for the interview! We are really glad to be here and thank you for sharing our music!!

 

 

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God Shaped Devil – Dark Fields

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God Shaped Devil – Dark Fields
Self Released
Release Date: 10/07/2019
Running Time: 42:07
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Being a Northerner, one thing that really pleases me is the amount of quality bands from around these parts that are popping up at the moment, and in particular, that of the Manchester scene. This couldn’t be truer of the subject of this review – Manchester based, God Shaped Devil, with their debut album “Dark Fields”.

I first discovered these guys at Badgerfest last year, where they were my band of the weekend, without question. I have been really looking forward to the release of this album since then, and was honoured when they asked us to be the first to give it a listen.

Fronted by Vocalist and Lead Guitarist Bécy Füzéri (Bex), with Matt Morris on Rhythm Guitar, Lajos Borsi on Bass/Vocals, and Luke Ellwood on Drums, they describe their sound as an explosive combination of thrash and groove metal with their own artistic flair. They self-recorded and released their initial EP in 2015, which was very well received, and featured in Terrorizer Magazine. The Manchester underground scene took to them straight away and since then, they have been gigging and working on material for this forthcoming release, which has helped their sound to evolve, and become what it is today, with the addition of Matt on Rhythm Guitar in 2017, making the original three piece into a four piece.

I love it when a band manages to catch me straight away, and I can safely say that God Shaped Devil have done that, both live, and now with this release. From the first chord on the first track, I knew that this was going to be good. Chunky, meaty and down-tuned, it grabs you by the guts and doesn’t let go. The whole album is an up-tempo, thrashy groovefest that you cannot help but bang your head to. It is full on and in your face, with Bex’s solid screams, and the deep growling backing vocals of Lajos, and it is peppered with atmospheric guitar sounds, as well as some beautiful solo work and electrifying rhythms from the bass and drums, which combine to give the whole thing an excitingly terrifying feel – it would not be out of place as the soundtrack to an apocalyptic, end of days, movie. Judging by the track titles, this (I’m hoping) is the feel that they have gone for – ‘Drowning Gravity’, ‘Deadly Sign’ and ‘Becoming Evil’, being just a few examples.

I like to try and write a bit about my favourite track from an album in a review, but I can’t with this album, because I can’t pick which is my favourite – they are all absolute bangers! I do love the first track, ‘Guiding Light’, because it grabs you straight away, and sets the tone for the whole thing. The guitar solo in the middle of ‘Drowning Gravity’ also deserves a special mention, because it is a real face melter!

I am seriously blown away by this album. The creativity is superb, and there are nods to so many styles in it, there is literally something for everyone. Musically, it is top quality, and displays their natural talent, and a professionalism that reaches far beyond their relatively new status. It is also brilliantly recorded and produced, considering it is all their own work. They have such a clear direction, and vision of what they are trying to do both within this album, and as a band, that it is truly enlivening. I really couldn’t give this album less than a perfect score, because I am struggling to find anything that I don’t like about it, and as a debut it is capable of blowing a great many other albums from longer standing bands completely out of the water! On our first listen, I felt like some parts may have been a little too low in the mix, but it turns out that was just our speaker being a bit pants! Listening again on a different system has cleared up that beef, so I literally have no constructive criticism to give. It’s just so bloody good! Damn! Short of something mind blowing, this is definitely going to feature very highly in my top ten albums of the year. I really hope they can sustain this level of superbness for a long time, and if they do, they are going to be one hell of a force to be reckoned with!

Well done chaps!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Guiding Light
02. Drowning Gravity
03. Deadly Sign
04. Barbed Wire
05. Becoming Evil
06. Delusion
07. Bloodstain
08. Dark Fields

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

https://www.instagram.com/godshapeddevil/
https://godshapeddevil.bigcartel.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFuplcVPg4jeuQsdCUtWK6g

 

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EMQ’s with REAR NAKED CHOKE

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EMQ’s with REAR NAKED CHOKE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Abilene, Texas Groove Metal band Rear Naked Choke! 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?

I’m Chris from the band Rear Naked Choke. I play rhythm guitar and do backing vocals. The other members of the band are Mick Taylor – Vocals, Josh Finch – Lead Guitar, Paul Kidd – Drums, Don Bruton – Bass.

We formed around 2009. It started out just jamming for fun at my cousins’ house. It didn’t take long to decide that this was something we wanted to really form into a band. Early on there were a few member changes but after a few months the line-up solidified and we’ve been going strong since then. Mike “Mookie” Morgan, our original lead guitarist one of the founding members and my cousin, passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer. His spirit is still a huge driving force for RNC!

How did you come up with your band name?

We get asked that a lot, especially with some raised eyebrows because it sounds like it could be a lot of things. But the truth is we’re all big MMA (mixed martial arts) fans and in the early days of the band we would get together at Mike’s, our original lead guitarist who passed away, house and watch the UFC fights. In between fights we’d go back and jam in the room he had set up. So we were sitting there watching a fight and Joe Rogan was commentating the fight and said “Oh he’s going for a Uma Plata (which is a submission in MMA)” and Mike and Mick were like “Oh that’s kinda of a cool name” and the Joe Rogan said “Oh he’s transitioning to a Rear Naked Choke, that’s the number one submission move in MMA” and they looked at each other and said “That’s it, Rear Naked Choke!!” and so that’s where the name came from. Once we had it set we haven’t changed it at all. So really Joe Rogan is the reason we’re named Rear Naked Choke, lol.

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

We’re from Abilene, TX USA. These still a good metal scene in Texas and the US. I think like anywhere there are ebbs and surges, but overall it’s still good.

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

In October of 2018 we released our debut, self-titled album, “Rear Naked Choke”, through Sliptrick Records. We’re really proud of this album. We’ve put 2 years of our lives into it and we’re happy we finally have it and can share it with everyone else. In March we released the second single from the album, I Will Rise along with a video for the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OurBkN5i7sM

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have lots of influences between all the members. Metallica, Godsmack, Clutch, All That Remains, Trivium, Lamb of God, Corrosion of Conformity, Pantera, Scorpions, Kiss, Iron Maiden and the list could go on and on. Me personally I would say Metallica is my biggest influence and the band that really ignited my desire to play music.

What first got you into music?

For me personally it was Metallica that really got me into music. Before them I listened to music and I was aware of rock and metal and I listened to some of it, but from the first notes off of the Ride the Lightning album I was hooked.

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

There’s a ton out there that it would be awesome to work with. Metallica, obviously, but also Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity/Pepper Keenen, any of the guys from Lamb of God, I mean the list could go on forever really.

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

I would pick Wacken Open Air Festival. I’ve watched lots of video from different years and it always just seems absolutely amazing. The band line ups, the crowds, it is just one of those that it looks like I would want to get to play at least once in my musical career.

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

I don’t think we’ve ever gotten anything really weird from anyone yet. We’ve had people bring us other bands albums, watches, hats and even their own artwork they have done for us, but that’s about it. Although this question has me worried about what we might see in the future, lol!!!

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

Really that we appreciate each and every one of them more than we can adequately express. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. You know, we would still be playing and making music just because it’s in us, and something that we’re driven to do. But it’s the fans that allow us to do more than just sit in our house or a studio and write and play. The shows are really all because of them. If they weren’t out there then there wouldn’t be a need for shows. And really we love playing shows and getting to perform our music for others. It’s totally selfish but there’s just about no greater feeling than being up there on stage giving out all the energy you can and having the fans return all that energy and more.

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

Without a doubt it would be Mike Morgan. I know that sounds selfish and not many had ever heard of him before this, but Mike was a real Rock Star throughout his whole live, even when he wasn’t up on stage playing. There are a lot of musicians that it would be great to have back, but none deserve to be back more than Mike.

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

The process of making music and playing shows are all awesome. The travel and the business side of things can make it less fun and take a lot of the enjoyment out of it sometimes.

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

Find a way for artists to make real money again. The advent of streaming and the digital age has really hit things hard and the music industry was not even close to prepared for what happened.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”

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

Depends on what you mean by best. Best sounding, I’d say Vinyl. Best for bands, CD’s and Downloads.

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

There have been some really good ones so it’s hard to pick just one. We’ve played with several large touring bands so all of those were great. We got to play a fair once, after they hadn’t allowed rock to be played for years, and that was awesome because there was a huge turnout and we had people singing along to our songs and it was awesome. But we accidently dropped a bad word and they decided no more Rock or Heavy music again at the fair, lol. So that was definitely one of the most memorable, if not the best.

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

I’m also a working Professional Comic Book Artist and Graphic Designer, so if I wasn’t doing music I would still be doing art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other 4 guys in the band and a fan of course :-).

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently working on booking shows for the 2nd half of the year and we are writing music for the next album that we are hoping to release in the first half of 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use the usual suspects, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as well as Spotify and all other major streaming outlets. You can go to (https://www.rnctheband.com/) and find most info as well as links to all our social media, album, merch and more.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t have any idea what those are…hopefully I can try some at some point and then I can give you an answer.

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

Thank you!! We just want to let everyone know that we are grateful for all the support we’ve been getting and, as I’ve said before, we truly appreciate everyone who has bought the album, streamed the music, attended a show or supported us in any way. We are continuing to book shows and expand our touring areas. Soon we’re hoping to get over to Europe as well and we can’t wait to get to meet many more amazing people from all over!!

 

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EMQ’s with I AM THE LAW.

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EMQ’s with I AM THE LAW.

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee, Groove Metal band I Am The Law. 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?

I’m Brandon, I’m the guitarist and second vocalist, I Am The Law is a southern/groove metal band out of Nashville, TN We’ve been a band for about 4ish years.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name came from the movie Judge Dredd, I thought it sounded pretty badass plus Anthrax had a song about it. We played around with other names but this was the one we all agreed on and liked.

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

From Nashville, TN In the Ole US of A, the metal scene is thriving, can be a bit much at times but great there’s so many bands to check out and play shows with.

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

“Dance Of The Southern Witch”, it’s a two song Micro EP coming out on Digital and Cassette May 31st

Who have been your greatest influences?

MATSOD, He Is Legend, The Showdown, Every Time I Die

What first got you into music?

My mom took me to see Def Leppard at our fair and I got a Metallica Black album cassette, that was the start then she had a boyfriend named Steve Austin (no joke) who played guitar and he was the shit, so I strived to surpass him and did lol.

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

Probably The Showdown, I’ve have been a fan of theirs since I got a burned disc at a music festival of them before they got signed.

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

All of them festivals are the best I would love to spend my summers just playing festivals, plus you get to see all the other rad bands on the bill.

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

Not sure on that one! We have some stories but they would have to be censored lol.

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

Have a good time, come hang out with us, let’s rage and kick back.

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

Elvis man, think about Elvis in a metal band eh eh eh? Come on lol

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

I enjoy playing shows, I hate stairs in venues especially if it’s three flights of stairs.

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

Venues need to work better for bands and promoters need to actually promote.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

He Is legend – “I Am Hollywood”

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

I can go anyway on that, digital is easier so I’d say that but I feel like I’ve earned it, from the days of having CD cases full of burned CD’s that you carried around.

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

The one with Super Joint it was a great line up and a good turnout.

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

I try not to think about that hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Myself and five pizzas

What’s next for the band?

We’re releasing 2 micro EP’s and considering doing a full length for next year.

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

BandCamp: http://iamthelawtn.bandcamp.com/
iTunes: https://goo.gl/hTYPhL
Spotify: https://goo.gl/rpb3gV
Google Play: https://goo.gl/WqH8wS
Amazon MP3: http://a.co/j8Ivy1Z
Youtube: https://goo.gl/dRqr20

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly had to look those up, so there is a biscuit form that I’d imagine is good with coffee, but then there’s an actual cake version, but in the USA we would consider it a pie, so my answer is Piebiscake???

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

“Dance Of The Southern Witch” out May 31st on Digital and Cassette

 

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EMQ’s with TORQUED

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EMQ’s with TORQUED

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South West, UK Groove Metal band & Ever Metal favourites Torqued. Huge thanks to Marc Cleave 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?

We are ‘Torqued’
We are a Groove laden Heavy Metal Band based in the South West of UK.
We have been together since 2017.

How did you come up with your band name?

Torqued has several meanings, Sexual, Industrial… We are Fully Torqued!

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

UK. The underground scene is healthy, but as with anywhere, it needs support.

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

Our new EP Coup de Grace, OUT NOW.
www.torqued.co.uk

Who have been your greatest influences?

Life influences everything we do, so life I suppose…!

What first got you into music?

The need to create.

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

Difficult one. Unknown at the moment. Um, Rimmy and Kurt?

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

Wacken!

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

A sports cup…!

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

Thank you for the support.

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

Bon Scott!

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

Love performing and creating. Hate admin and answering questions lol

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

Cockwomble wannabees with Facebook pages, claiming to be something they clearly are not!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Ride The Lightening”.

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

They all have their worth.

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

As Torqued, Amplified Open Air Festival 2018.

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

Ha, It’s all I know!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury, Bon Scott, Jimi Hendrix, Chester Bennington, Morph.

What’s next for the band?

New EP release, short film and lots of gigs.

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

www.torqued.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares! Just eat them

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

#WeareTorqued

 

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Behind The Smokescreen – Scars Within EP

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

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

 

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Torqued – Resurgence EP

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Torqued – Resurgence EP
Self released
Release date: July 2018
Running Time: 34 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
7/10

AAARRRGGH!! Run for your lives! The machines have risen, they’ll destroy us all! Humanity can never survive the relentless, cruel onslaught of metal machinery in revolt!
Wait, no – it’s OK. It’s just the start of the first track, ‘Forgotten Soul’, on Torqued’s brutal “Resurgence” EP. Phew, thank goodness for that…

Bursting out of the gates, this “groove laden heavy metal” trio call the southern UK their home. This is their debut EP, one I was keen to review having caught them live at last year’s Pentre Fest.

Both the opening song and the follow up, ‘Follow Me’, rage with a Machine Head like power. It’s full on, crunching metal – like Robocop driving a Mustang full-pelt into a tin can factory. Lead vocals are barked by Marc, who also handles the bass duties in satisfyingly chunky fashion.

Third track, ‘Overload, I Die Inside’ changes gears with a spellbinding instrumental opening section. I really loved the slow build up, starting with Kurt’s tribal pounding as Rimmy’s melodic guitar begins to chime. It builds to an Eastern sounding riff, before settling into a huge groove that would make classic Pantera jealous.

‘Hollow Core’ then shifts the pace up a bit, with another fierce yet catchy riff. Great spooky breakdown in the middle, too!

The final two tracks are live versions of tracks 3 and 4. Usually I’m sceptical about live tracks as just filler, but here they do serve to demonstrate that Torqued can dish this stuff up in a live setting.

The “Resurgence” EP is a great introduction to a band with a hell of a lot going for them. I’d like to hear a full album rather than just an EP, but have no fear – the next EP is on its way very soon. In the meantime, enjoy this initial sampler from Torqued, before your toaster or lawnmower try to kill you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Forgotten Soul
02. Follow Me
03. Overload, I Die Inside
04. Hollow Core
05. Overload, I Die Inside (Live)
06. Hollow Core (Live)

LINKS:
https://torqued.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/Torquedband/

https://www.instagram.com/torquedbandofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnEZPEZPeom9TDhm3nXM7kg/videos

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Interview With Bearfist

 

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BEARFIST INTERVIEW

With the launch of their third EP “Smile You Son Of A Bitch” on January 18th 2019, which we have already posted a review for, I also had the chance to interview the band, who hail from just down the road from me! Here are their responses.

For those who don’t know who you are, can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We’re Bearfist – a four piece metal band hailing from Chelmsford in Essex. We’ve been together for about 4 years, simply put we’re 4 mates who make loud music!

Where did the name Bearfist come from?

To be totally honest in the search for a name we started throwing two words into a hat and Bearfist came out. It came from nothing but we feel is actually quite fitting for our style now, loud and aggressive!

Your new EP “Smile You Son Of A Bitch” is due to be released in January 2019 (It was released on 18th January 2019). Are you getting excited about that?

This is our 3rd release to date and by far the most exciting one for us yes. Getting to work alongside Justin Hill has been such a great experience and we believe we have created a great EP for people to wrap their ears around.

Where is the launch party?

Unfortunately nothing official but if anyone fancies buying us a beer at any stage that’d be great….We are however playing Ice Breaker festival in Portsmouth on the 26th January.

This is your third EP. Do you think your sound has evolved since you released your first “Bearfist” in 2015?

100% I think it took us some time to find a sound that worked but we are well and truly in the Bearfist groove now.

There are four of you in the band. What do you think makes you gel together so
successfully?

The band was formed originally over a few beers, the songs tend to be written with a few beers and the live shows consist of having a few beers…In summary the gel that sticks us together is not gel it’s beer.

You played Bloodstock Open Air in 2016. Do you think this has been the highlight of your career so far?

We have been very fortunate to play some big stages over the last few years. As well as Bloodstock we have also played main stage at both HRH Metal @ Birmingham O2 academy and Hammerfest 2018.

It would be difficult to pinpoint a highlight but I would definitely say winning the London Metal to the masses to play Bloodstock in 2016 is our proudest moment.

Who is the main songwriter or songwriters? Do you write the lyrics first or the music?

Music always comes before lyrics, our main way of writing usually consists of Dan (guitarist) bringing 4 thousand riffs to rehearsal along with a massive grin! From that point on it becomes a fairly organic process.

Do any of the lyrics come from personal experiences? I know a lot of songwriters use this as inspiration for their songs.

If you were to read Bearfist lyrics out loud and even suggest any of them were to do with life experiences I think you would have to call the police and a mental health worker instantly!

Rob (vocalist) just really enjoys writing about death, blood and more death….

You released a video for “Destroy The Magnet” from the new EP in November. What has the response to this been like, both from the press and the listeners?

We have had positive feedback from both fans and Press alike, we are so happy with the video and again working with great people (Loki films) you get great results.

Check it out on YouTube! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-SeWxBJLxI)

What goes through your minds when you are on stage? Do you just focus on the music or can you take the time to appreciate the crowd?

A lot of the time concentrating on not falling over is the main objective!

Is the band your full time job? If not, how do you all cope with having day jobs as well as the band and would you like it to be a full time job?

Obviously the ultimate dream is to be a rock star! But unfortunately we are all at an age where we need to work to live.

So, are there any other activities that you participate in when you do have some down time from the band?

As mentioned above beer always plays a strong part in and outside of the band, Rob is also a keen golfer!

Who is the driving force within the band? Is there any particular one of you that takes control?

Not really, we’re pretty good at sharing the load to be honest, we’d be quick to let each other know if they weren’t pulling weight!

A lot of “older” metalheads complain that there is nothing new coming through with regards to metal music. Do you think this is the case?

I think if you get out to local shows and support local up and coming music it is amazing what you can find. We have been fortunate enough to play with some great bands over the last few years and in turn made some great friends.

So with venues closing down all the time and people seemingly preferring to listen to covers bands and tribute acts, where do you see the future of metal lies?

I think there is a big enough following of metal that it’ll never die. The concern about venues closing is always there but the only way to help that is by going out and having a few beers and watch some bands.

If you could bring back one metal legend who would it be and why?

Been a crap couple of years for legends leaving us hasn’t it? Was a few years ago for Dimebag but he and Vinnie Paul are the ones that stand out. We’re all of the age to have loved Pantera back in the day – so just on the off chance that a reunion could’ve happened it would have to be them.

And who have been your biggest influences, both individually and as a band?

This is always a tough question as we’re not really a band who wear our influences on our sleeve. We all have different tastes in music, and it just melds together into what you hear. We’ve used this quote a few times recently but it sums it up quite well – stick us 4 in a room and this is the noise we’ll make!

So, what’s next in 2019 for Bearfist?

We’re just looking forward to releasing this EP and getting out playing shows to support it – there’s a few shows and Festival slots in the diary so keep an eye on our social media for announcements!

Thank you for your time.

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

https://www.instagram.com/bearfistband/
https://bearfistuk.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChDY68CgeuE6zCOzC1AY78Q

 

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Naberus – Hollow

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NABERUS – HOLLOW
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 29/06/2018
Running Time: 59:45
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7.5/10

Naberus are a five-piece metal band from Melbourne in Australia, heavily influenced by melodic death and thrash metal, and Hollow is their new album, released on 29th June 2018 by Eclipse Records.

Formed in 2009, they released their demo “Ruins of Society” in 2010, and, with it, showcased their ability to combine aggression, melody and groove. The demo captivated audiences worldwide and reached number four in the mp3.com metal charts.

They soon caught the attention of Ermin Hamidovic (Architects, Periphery and Devin Townsend) and he recorded their next EP “The Fallen” in 2011 at his studio Systematic Productions. They spent the next few years playing shows throughout Australia, including festivals such as Sonic Forge in 2011 and 2012 and Atmoshphere, and played alongside Soilwork in 2015.

Their first full length album “The Lost Reveries” was released in 2016, displaying their heavy, intricate riffs, and received critical acclaim and positive reviews from both press and meta radio alike, with Australia’s “Heavy Mag” calling them ‘Australia’s next best thing.’

The latest album “Hollow”, mixed this time by Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Architects, A Breach of Silence) and features fourteen brand new tracks that show a significant progression in the song writing abilities of James Ash and Dan Ralph. There is a strong focus on groove in this album, while at the same time being a combination of death metal mixed with some thrash and modern groove metal. These guys wouldn’t be out of place on a bill with the likes of Bring Me the Horizon and Enter Shikari.

There is a wide variety of subject matter in the lyrics, from the intensely personal “My Favourite Memory” which was written about James’ father’s battle with dementia, to the title track “Hollow” which criticises the hypocrisy of hate-filled religious leaders during the fight to legalise gay marriage in Australia.

The band perform energetic and captivating live shows and the power and aggression of these is captured into their recorded material.

This is a solid, straightforward heavy metal album with extended range / djent riffing, solid drumming and awesome vocals, blending clean with aggressive easily, and the whole album is a serious kick up the jacksie.

The title track “Hollow” is also the first single from the album and the bands newest video that was uploaded to YouTube on 17th April 2018.

The only thing I would say against this album is that it is possibly a little on the long side. At just over 59 minutes, with a sound that could, to some people, sound repetitive, this album could be a bit too much for some people. There is certainly a lull during the middle of the album in quality of the tracks, which although still good, may not be missed if they were to be omitted completely.

Having said all that, this is a great album. I can’t compare it to their previous releases as this is the first of their material that I have listened to, but I did like this one and I will certainly be checking out their stuff from before this.

I think this is a must for any metalcore fan! But don’t take my word for it, go out, buy it and see for yourself!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • Slaves
  • Space to Breathe
  • Split in Two
  • Shadows
  • Webs
  • Hollow
  • I Disappear
  • The End
  • Seas of Red
  • The Maze
  • My Favorite Memory
  • Fading
  • Burrow
  • The Depths

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/naberusband/
  • https://twitter.com/naberusofficial?lang=en
  • https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/4876567?autoplay=true
  • https://www.eclipserecords.com/band/naberus/

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