Video Interview with AKKADIAN

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys!

Sheri here, I hope everyone is keeping safe!

I bring another Interview for your eyes and ears – this time I got to chat to the lovely lads of Akkadian. Cambridge, UK based Akkadian are one of my very favourite newcomers in the underground world of Metal. By chance, I happened to see them play in Norwich, where I had gone to see a friend’s band play who were on the same line up. I was immediately blown away by Akkadian. The raw energy and ambience these guys present to their audience is pretty breathtaking and I don’t believe they can be put into a box when it comes to labelling their genre. If you’re a fan of Gojira, Deftones and Slipknot then chances are that you are gonna get what these guys are about.

Ambient but heavy.

Akkadian formed in 2018 with their debut show booked at the beginning of 2019. Their first releases ‘Black Sand’ and ‘Emanation’ were released in 2019 amidst a surge of positive reviews! During the first lockdown in 2020, Akkadian released their own take on Lamb of God’s ‘Memento Mori’ and unleashed this with a lockdown video. Again, it was well received and gave Akkadian fans something to chew on whilst in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions.

Akkadian’s new single ‘Agenda’ was released in February 2021 and I feel this offers further depth to what the band can do.

I hope you all enjoy the interview…

AKKADIAN Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Akkadian are:
Danny Thurston – Vocals
Harry Newberry – Drums
Chris Kontos – Bass
Aaron Wright – Drums
Florian Fize – Guitar

LINKS:

‘Agenda’ (Official Video)

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Video Interview with Johnny Ray of THE MOURNING

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Video Interview with Johnny Ray of THE MOURNING
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello Everyone! Sheri here…

I am back with another new 2021 interview – and this time I had the wonderful opportunity to have a chat with vocalist/keyboardist Johnny Ray of Florida based Progressive Rockers The Mourning.

Johnny Ray will also be recognised by fans of the band 3 Headed Snake.

As for The Mourning well, I feel, these guys are wonderfully different. They blend Progressive Rock with elements of Jazz, Metal and, what I would call, a Spooky Alternative sound. I find this interesting as there are not too many Prog Rock bands that would enter the realm of mixing Jazz with their music and creating something so soothingly melodic whilst taking you down a Tim Burton style staircase at the same time.

The Mourning formed in 2017 with Johnny Ray recruiting Drummer Jason Berlin, Bassist Spence Howard and Guitarist Thomas Griggs, and together they released the 2018 EP “Theosis”. They then added Keyboardist John Richardson and Guitarist Andrew Stout during live sessions and are now creating their first full length album, due to be released for the Summer of 2021!

Have a watch and see what’s in store…

THE MOURNING Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

The Mourning are:
Johnny Ray – Vocals/Keyboards
Jason Berlin – Drums
Spence Howard – Bass
Thomas Griggs – Guitars
John Richardson – Keyboards
Andrew Stout – Guitars

LINKS:

‘Hush’ (Audio)

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Video Interview with RAPHAEL OLMOS

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Video Interview with RAPHAEL OLMOS
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Raphael Olmos!

Raphael, the founder/guitarist of Brazilian Thrash Metal band Kamala, is about to release his first solo EP “Make Riff, Not War”. I talked to him about this new EP and how the constant tours by Kamala, in Europe, are helping him and the band reach new heights outside of Brazil.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Raphael very much for his time!

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

RAPHAEL OLMOS Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Background songs by Kamala and Raphael Olmos. All Rights Reserved.

Kamala – Eyes of Creation
Kamala – My Religion
Kamala – Wake Up
Kamala – Believe
Raphael Olmos – Dealing With Pain
Raphael Olmos – Jacaré
Raphael Olmos – A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos
Raphael Olmos – Riffle
Raphael Olmos – Hope

RAPHAEL OLMOS LINKS:

KAMALA LINKS:

Raphael Olmos – ‘Riffle’ (Official Video)

Kamala – ‘Internal Peace’ (Official Video)

Original Review of Kamala – “Live In France”

Previous Text Interview with Kamala’s Raphael Olmos and Isabela Moraes.

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Kamala

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Video Interview with EMPYRE

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Video Interview with EMPYRE
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all! Miss Bicheno here! I am back with another interview…and this time I had a really insightful and lengthy video chat with Did Coles (Lead Guitar) and Henrik Steenholdt (Vocals) of Northampton, UK based Rock band Empyre.

After playing in a successful cover band and wanting to expand on creating their own music, Empyre formed in 2016, catapulting into creating a range of ballads with atmospheric and hard rock layers. Due to play Planet Rock’s Rockstock this year and with more gigs being announced all the time (including a support slot on Mason Hill’s upcoming 2021 UK Tour in September) and all subject to Covid restrictions being lifted, Empyre have a string of stages they have frequented around the UK over the years and if you listen to their stunning offerings with added Acoustic versions, you will see why!

After my Skype cut out our introductions (doh!), have a watch of the interview below with these brilliant guys!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

EMPYRE Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Empyre are:
Did Coles – Lead Guitar
Henrik Steenholdt – Vocals
Elliot Bale – Drums
Grant Hockley – Bass

LINKS:

‘Only Way Out’ (Official Video)


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Interview with Paul March of Zebadiah Crowe

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Interview with Paul March of Zebadiah Crowe
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi guys! I return with another chat from a further killer artist. This time I present a great chat with the lovely Paul March of Zebadiah Crowe – a duo of chaotic Industrial Black Metal from Hertfordshire.

Having known Paul since he played at Mammothfest, some years back, in his Electronic Metal project, Shyly Virus, I’ve followed his work with Zebadiah Crowe closely. The band started in 2006 and went on to release 2008 demo “Lo’Grosh”, a 2009 Split with Orion and then in 2010 they released their first full-length album “Grawl! The Many Deaths of the Great Beast”. Second full-length album “Omak K’aah” was then released in 2013, followed by a long break until 2020, where Zebadiah Crowe returned with the beastly new album “Host Rider”.

Take a look below for my chat with Paul and some insight into the return of this monster!

Sheri: Now obviously, I know you best from your days in Shyly Virus – give our readers an insight to Zebadiah Crowe and where you started…I know you started around 2006?

Paul: Yeah, let’s not dwell on that hahaha. It makes me feel even older haha. But yes, we did! We started way, way back in 2006. I’d already been knocking around and seen a little bit before that with another band. I’m gonna be honest with you, it just started off as me and four other guitarists just jamming stuff out. And yeah, it just became ZEBADIAH CROWE. It went up on Myspace and people didn’t hate it hahaha. So…here we are! People didn’t hate it as much as the other stuff, so we just ran with it.

Sheri: Best way to start!

Paul: It didn’t completely suck haha.

Sheri: I know that you have quite extensive experience in other bands so are there other things that you were working on before?

Paul: We were originally a doom/sludge band and we got some Radio 1 air play out of that. The most bizarre thing you’ve ever heard in your entire life is that, you know, you hear yourself coming out of the radio especially with that sort of thing. And, as I say, we just started to wing it, but the weird thing is that Jim’s family know my family and two of our family members were working together – and I said that I was looking for a guitarist and this person said “Ah! My son is a guitarist!” and that’s how we kinda ended up working together. So, it was complete nepotism to be honest with you haha. And here we are almost 20 years later! It’s…you know, I would be out for good behaviour by now hahaha.

Sheri: Hahaha. I’m sure it feels like it sometimes.

Paul: Yeah, but I think I try his patience on an almost daily basis too so…hahaha!

Sheri: Yeah, but that’s what makes good partners! Haha.

Paul: Definitely. It wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t throwing things at me all the time so…haha.

Sheri: Remember to duck! What I find interesting about Zebadiah Crowe is that you combine flavours of Black Metal and Industrial Grind. As you’ve got a wealth of experience in other bands…Phlefonyaar, Shyly Virus, Skrugg…How did you come to find that this was your preferred direction?

Paul: Well, there is so much interesting and fun good music out there. Let’s be fair, what would the world be without it? One of the joys in life for me has been trying to A) Find it and thinking what would happen if I put this together? And B) I’m a massive Pig Destroyer fan. So, I can remember sitting there and basically sort of thinking “What would a Black Metal version of Pig Destroyer sound like?” So, I went round the web and no one – well, it just wasn’t there! Especially not back in 2006. So, like a lot of people, I went “If no one else is going to do it, I’m gonna have to!” Then the telephone call was made, the rehearsal room was booked and here we are…and that’s just how it goes. Hahaha. It was done sheerly and purely because I wanted to hear that sort of stuff and I wanted to apply my meager talents to it…and, hopefully, I’ve done it justice. I’d also like to say that you know, some bands have now since materialised that are very much in that vein thank goodness…and they’re all really, really good! So, I think it’s fantastic that people are actually stepping outside the box to do things, especially as extreme music very much works on genres so it’s nice to see people just trying stuff.

Sheri: Yeah, outside the box and not conformity.

Paul: Yeah, people trying new things and not relying on in the in-built audiences you get with say, “I’m going to be in a doom band.” if you get my drift, obviously you get the Doom audience and the Doom audience like you and then Presto! Whereas you probably have to work a little bit harder on who you are if you’re trying something new. But I’m extremely glad that people are trying something new and are still doing it.

Sheri: Absolutely. I think it’s also about diversity as well. Because as you say, if people are into Doom then it also opens up other avenues on sub-genres you know. That’s what I find interesting about you guys. You’re not in a box so to speak.

Let’s talk a bit about your previous releases…Your last release before “Host Rider” was in 2013 with “Omak K’aah” which was just pure face melting evil – Take our readers through some of the dynamics of that album?

Paul: The idea was to make the most heinously evil music I could possibly think of. That was the top of the list on the drawing board. Then it was taking apart what other people consider to be heinously evil music and think “Can I do better than this? Is it possible? Can I at least approach it?” So, the first thing that became apparent to me is that we needed an atmosphere. And that’s where I think the industrial side comes in. So, there’s me at the side of the road with my tape deck recording ambient sounds and all that sort of stuff. So that came into it. And then I had to flex my drum programming skill…if you can call it that. It’s like killing an ant with a hammer haha. So, I had programmed drums before, but I think that’s the first album where I actually sat down and really got into it. It’s probably quite primitive by other people’s standards now. It was getting it to also sound real and not too much like a drum machine, so to a certain extent, you had to build in errors. Which I know sounds completely ridiculous, but it’s actually true haha.

And lastly, I had the guitarist I needed in ‘Forrrr’. I had my tape recorder full of riffs, I played them to him and he recorded them and he just crammed it all together in one big heap and what you hear is what we had at the end of it. I’m actually still quite proud of that, a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into that album. I think it still stands, even though it’s a hard listen, I like to think it’s still a good listen. I know lots of people may find elements that they don’t like, you can’t please everyone. For me, I still go “yeah, that’s one of my better pieces of work, I’m very pleased with it.”

Sheri: Amazing. It’s interesting to see how you evolve as a musician, from your early releases and finding a piece that you’re proud of.

Paul: You’ve got to try and see the best in things, I think. I chalked that one up as a success.

Sheri: I think it is, because when people talk about Zebadiah Crowe, that is one of the pieces that crops up most. For me as well… a few friends or acquaintances, particularly another Ever Metal reviewer Rick Eaglestone, who also is with Moshville Times! When I said I’m gonna be doing this interview, he highly recommended I check the album out LOUD… and I did! Hahaha.

Paul: They said some really nice things about us, we are very thankful to them. They are really good people, big thank you to them!

Sheri: You released “Host Rider” in June 2020 – after a long break of seven years. What do you think has developed in “Host Rider” and the band during that break?

Paul: The band members are probably in a better place, I would say. Towards the end of that particular period of Zebadiah Crowe, I was living in my car. I’m conducting this interview from my car – it’s a different car. Hahaha. But yeah, it got to the point where we just couldn’t function as people, so we had to take some time off from doing Zeb. So off we went…and I think that in the in-between years, we’ve learnt a lot of things, we’ve done other bands with and without each other. The upshot has been that when we came to release “Host Rider”, we were a lot more focused. We knew what we were doing and an awful lot more, I think. There was an end game to it. Again, if you have the big list next to it, it had bullet points on it rather than just written at the top in biro. “This, this and this needs to happen.” This is the end game here and this has to happen. Circle at the bottom, this. So, I think this is probably the difference that you’re seeing.

Sheri: I do see the changes; I can see that there’s a bit more of an industrial vibe.

Paul: Yeah, it’s funny that you say that. We speak to people and what we get back was that the split album we did, our 3 tracks on that, were probably the most industrial tracks we’ve done. We don’t want to go too industrial though. There’s that whole thing about industrial that I’m not going to go into right now haha but yes, I think that’s well observed, there is more industrial on it. I don’t call it “Industrial” myself, I call it “atmosphere”.

Sheri: Ambience haha!

Paul: Yes, to get our message across, that’s probably the icing on the cake.

Sheri: I do detect some tones that actually reminds me a little bit of Ministry. I’m not sure if you have any influences in your music but that’s what I connect it to.

Paul: Oh yes, I am a massive Ministry fan. In my top three bands, they’re probably one of those three. I absolutely love Ministry, I always have. I know that they died off a bit, but “Psalm 69” was a turning point for me when that came out. I’d never heard anything like that before. I think that it’s been a benchmark to a certain extent. In our own way, we’ve tried to recreate some of that and hopefully we have done!

Sheri: I think it shines through definitely. Your vocals are a bit rawer and sharper in this album, straight from the get-go. ‘Knucklebones’ is a really fun track to me, It’s just pure energy and fight through the whole thing. Just dirty haha! It touches on a lot of destructive and primitive scenes – creatures rising from depths to massacre – Give our readers an insight into the theme going on “Host Rider”, from your perspective.

Paul: Well, let’s take the title to start with. I’ve always been a comic book fan; I was always into Ghost Rider. I thought well, you know, it’s like this stuff rides us through life so that’s where the title came from. I’m very lyrically influenced by Poe, Lovecraft, I like to paint pictures with it. I want to give people the image. I’m very glad that you said that you could see things as you heard it because that says a lot to me. That’s what I’m after haha. And to bring this stuff to people, hopefully in a way they enjoy rather than a terrifying way that they won’t enjoy. One of the things that we learnt from the older albums is that people don’t like to be scared. Hahaha. That’s not what people want in an evening hahaha. So, we had to dial it back a little bit because for some people it was like “I can’t listen to this, this is terrifying.” Hahaha.

Sheri: I think it depends on people’s perception and what they’re looking for. That’s the beauty of music. Scary can be good.

Paul: Well, that’s brilliant, I suppose it’s kinda like a horror film. People do like to be scared every now and then but, then again, you don’t want to scare people to the point where they lose control of their faculties. Hahaha. We don’t blame people though haha.

Sheri: I think you’ve got a good grasp on what you’re doing and putting out there. There’s more ambience on “Host Rider”.

Paul: It’s a lot more punk to me, than the last album. Certainly, more than The Split. I think that comes from the writing process a little bit. Me and Jim (Forrrr) listen to a lot of punk music, his favourite band is Black Flag, for example. There’s a touch of when writing the riffs, what would Forrrr like to hear? I try to push those towards him and get him to put his spin on it and rock it back and forth until we get what we’re after.

Sheri: One of our readers has described “Host Rider” as a theme in Mortal Combat, they’re fighting in Hell. There’s background music and they’ve said “Host Rider” is like the Hell Scene fight haha.

Paul: I will take that, I love Mortal Kombat. So, thank you. That’s going on the résumé haha.

Sheri: What pushes you to bring these to the surface? Do you draw inspiration from a source?

Paul: Well, if I was in a Hardcore band, I would probably write about living on the streets, if you get my drift. If I were to put that in Zeb, it wouldn’t work and it would probably sound a little bit fake. There’s a certain authenticity that you need to have with this stuff in order to commit to it. If there’s no authenticity, then you can’t commit to it. So, we all have our problems in life, we all struggle with certain things. Sometimes the monsters you’re hearing about are real monsters that I have given a name to and put down and given them their own tory and let them out into the world. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know but it certainly makes for good listening.

Sheri: My favourite tracks from “Host Rider” are ‘The Neon Goat of Crimson Grief’, ‘Godblind And Destitute’…and ‘A Horror To The Eyes Of Saintly Men’ – the riffs and frenzied drums combined with some pretty atmospheric effects is right up my street. When you come to creating your tracks, what is the best method for you both?

Paul: I would say it’s 99% me, I don’t think he would be upset with me saying that. I just bully him hahaha.

Sheri: Someone has to be the boss hahaha.

Paul: He basically comes in and I have these ideas and he goes “no that can’t be done.” And my response is usually “Well, that’s unfortunate because we’re doing them.” Hahaha.

I’ve got all of these noises and I’ve done this; I want the beats per minute to be this, I’ve got these basic drum tracks worked out and the bass line…so yeah, it’s basically probably 99% me standing there going “now do this, now do this.” Hahaha. And he sits there with a long suffering look on his face going “Yeah, I can’t do that.” Hahaha. “That’s not humanely possible.” haha. And then unfortunately I make a complete noose for my own neck because then I have to play Bass under everything I’ve got him to do and then that’s when I discover that actually no it’s not possible haha.

Sheri: Do you have anyone in the band for live purposes at all?

Paul: Actually, yeah, we do! We have a couple of people – we got one guy who does drums for us, he’s stateside – a guy called Marshall. We were hoping to get out on the road to go places but obviously things have had a stopper put on that. We should have been on tour now, to be honest with you. It’s a bit of a shame. We do have another guy on drums for touring Europe and the UK. We’ve done a few shows with the drum machine and there’s something about the simplicity about just plugging it in and playing along. It never stopped Godflesh, it will never stop us. I think it’s good to have variation in things. It makes you a better musician, I think. It means you’ve got to play catch up to yourself. It keeps you on your feet and on your toes. It makes you better…and with the way things are going, there’s a chance we are gonna have to think fast and think on our feet. So, more options are better. It’s much easier to get a drum machine through customs than a drummer hahaha. One fits in the box…so does the other, but one is bigger hahaha.

Sheri: Hahaha. Your vocals are STURDY as f**k! How do you settle on your vocal range for Zebadiah Crowe?

Paul: Normally, in other bands I’ve been in, my vocals aren’t quite that scathing, they’re normally a bit deeper, so I have to go up the range ever so slightly when I’m doing the main vocals. It’s more of a shriek, so you have to warm up before you do those, I reckon hahaha. So, there’s usually 10 minutes before going on stage where I’m out behind the venue in an alleyway screaming my head off, trying to warm my vocals up and you know, people look at me like I’m insane. Hahaha. It happens you know! There’s nothing you can do about it. People come down and are like “are you alright?” and I’m like “Yeah, I’m fine, honestly, I’m not hurt, I promise!” And you have to loosen your vocal chords off and obviously we do a lot of twin – which is really big screams that are done low and high. I’m quite lucky that I can split my voice off so I can do both at the same time. I don’t know how or why I can do it; I just seem to be able to – but not all the time, not gonna lie. On that front, we’re quite lucky and there’s a way of doing them. It’s almost like shrinking and it’s almost like barking if that makes sense. It’s very much doing vocals to the melody of the drums instead of the guitar. So, I will go with the drum patterns on the vocals normally. The incredibly talented Florian from Dark Fortress also taught me some good tricks. He’s a talented man so when he tells you something, you should listen haha. I like to push myself; it’s been an adventure with the vocals.

Sheri: For people like yourself, who can do Black Metal, or most Metal vocals, and have different techniques, it’s a good insight to see where yours come from. What advice can you give other Black Metal artists?

Paul: Only what I do. For the love of God, warm up. You might be alright for a little while, but you will blow your voice and it’s not fun. A lot of vocalists might disagree with me there and don’t need to warm up, but I know some vocalists that like to drink milk and some like to drink wine before they play. I personally avoid spicy food when I warm up. Other than that, try not to hurt yourself haha. Gaahl from Gorgoroth would have wine before he went on, but it would have to be room temperature. There are all sorts of different techniques really. Protect your instrument though, would be my suggestion.

Sheri: What is happening next for you?

Paul: Well, it’s kind of with image and computer games… Our EP “Lychmilk” was released in early February with three tracks…I’m not gonna ruin anything but we’ve been very very VERY kindly allowed to use footage from a computer game that you can get on the PlayStation 4. So, that’s pretty cool. It’s in the Pipeline, I really hope you like the video because it is absolutely fantastic and it took a great deal of self-control to not put it out straight away, not gonna lie haha. Scott form Dark North Media, he’s a lovely man. He puts up with…me! Hahaha. He’s helped tremendously with it and applied his prestigious talents to it, so I am very excited for that. There’s that then will be the next full-length album in the Spring. Which is KINDA done…but I’m dragging my heels on it because I wanna get it right haha.

Sheri: I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into that!

Paul: I really hope we can tour it as soon as possible, really hoping we can all get back out there. I haven’t managed to do festivals and see what we can put on the bucket list haha.

Sheri: Finally, let us know how others can support you!

Paul: Don’t just support us, Support anyone who’s trying to do something. Providing they like it obviously, but go to BandCamp pages, go to the websites, watch the videos, tell people about us and other bands like us. Make sure that these people get heard and are not left out in the cold because people need more support. With Spotify and everything, you don’t get much from what you put out. Even if you share our video, bang, thank you, it means the world to us. Plus, when you’re standing in a builder’s yard with bags of concrete, and you go to your phone and see it, it helps, it’s really great and really pushes you forward, it’s great.

Sheri: We will look out for your new release! Thank you so much for your time, mate. Really appreciated.

Paul: Me and Forrrr really appreciate it, you guys are pretty much the life blood of what we do cuz you help us reach people. Thank you!

‘Wormhavens Dance’ (Official Video)

Zebadiah Crow are:
Paul March (The Horrid) – Vocals, Bass, Drum Programming
Jim Males (Forrrrthen) – Guitars

LINKS:

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Interview with Ego Absence

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Interview with Ego Absence
By William Ribas

Hello everyone. Victor Augusto here again with an introduction to William’s interview. First, I wish to say thanks to the master William Ribas for everything he has done to spread Heavy Metal around the world. It doesn’t matter which magazine/website/blog he was a part of or collaborated with, he has always done it with passion and love for the music. He is an example, in Brazil, of how to truly support his local scene and also an example of an incredible reviewer/interviewer. He is also a good person, without ego or competition inside this area.

William has decided to take a break away from the scene and I don’t know if he will return to work within it again someday, but even if he never returns, I wish to say thanks. Thank you for your endless support for music. The Heavy Metal scene owns a lot to you. Take care brother!

Now, you can enjoy his interview with the Brazilian Heavy/Progressive/Power Metal band Ego Absence who talk about their debut album “Serpent ́s Tongue”. Thanks Raphael Dantas, Guto Gabrelon and André Fernandes for your time.

William Ribas: The beginning of you career as Ego Absence was around 2015, with the single release ‘I Am Free’, but the debut album, “Serpent ́s Tongue” only came out in 2020. What happened during this long delay until the release of the first album?

Raphael Dantas: Well, we were only two dreamers (Guto and I) and we’ve spent a lot of time searching for some musicians to join the band and start recording the album, but it wasn’t easy, so we decided to record the album as a two-man band.

Guto did the guitars and bass recording, and I did the drums, orchestration, synths, vocals, mixing… And it worked, and after the mix sessions we finally found our drummer and bass player.

Guto Gabrelon: Yes, after some attempts to complete the team for the album, I came up with the idea of just recording and launching “Serpent’s Tongue”. I believe it was the best to be done, because now we have the album released and the full team with Augusto Bordini and André Fernandes.

André Fernandes: I wish I could have recorded the bass lines for the album, because the songs are fantastic, thanks to these two amazing songwriters, but at least, I have the honour of playing them with the whole band, which is even cooler!

William Ribas: Entering into the album’s concept, the lyrics make it clear that the character lived in paradise and hell, also sadness and redemption. A literal and real epic, which many people livein their daily lives. Firstly, how is it for the vocalist to record all the emotions that the lyrics ask for?

Raphael Dantas: It’s not so easy to turn my voice into a kind of sub machine of emotions, but I did my best, hahaha, but I think that the personal content helps me to express myself better. Some songs talk about my life, and the people feel identified about it, because many people walk the same way. We are dreamers, we feel happiness, sometimes we cry, but we always overcome the obstacles.

William Ribas: Following the previous question. The album is an opened journal; let us say even a self-help Heavy Metal work. Did you, Raphael, imagine that you would release a work-out of the clichés of Power Metal when you were composing? Did you also imagine that your life experience would be a support for those who go through the same problems you faced?

Raphael Dantas: Although I love Power Metal music from the traditional to modern bands, I never saw myself composing songs and lyrics about epic wars, dragons and witches. It’s totally out of my reality, if I tried, it would probably sound like shit LOL…

I think we need to put our truth in the front line to sound authentic, of course, I’m not saying the bands with medieval concepts are wrong. They probably read a pile of books so their lyrics sound convincing, but I really like the idea to be a kind of self-help Power Metal. We are making music to raise everyone up, helping him or her to make a self-reflection and change their everyday lives.

William Ribas: Many people say that Power Metal has become nauseous, with repetitive formulas. Listening to “Serpent ́s Tongue”, what we have is rich musicality, of a band that does not repeat itself, that knows how to use broken lines, fast and even brutal at some points. How challenging was it move away from that dated sound, but not change so much to the point of getting lost in the album?

Raphael Dantas: I think it’s a high level of ignorance, probably those guys listen to AC/DC their whole life and they never say that kind of bullshit, the problem is the lack of immersion into musicality. They never stop a while to listen to a full album, and don’t know the sub genres of power metal. Kamelot doesn’t sound like At Vance that doesn’t sound like Evergrey that doesn’t sound like Helloween. Power Metal is full of elements and those kinds of people need to become “far less shallow now” LOL.

Guto Gabrelon: We like to mix elements that also come from other styles. In some guitar riffs you can hear the influence of Metalcore that we fit into Power Metal, for example in several riffs of ‘Let It Burn’. In other songs, there is also an influence of Prog & Death Metal. Because of this we decided to call it “Modern Power Metal”.

André Fernandes: The first time that I listened to the whole album, I got many references from other styles of music, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad, just the opposite. If you are really good, as Raphael and Guto are, you can renew, and modernize astutely, forming a different style, even though the roots are still in Power Metal.

William Ribas: Normally, the analysis of an album is left to the reviewers, but today I would like to reverse that role. How would you describe each track on the disc?

‘The Fools Trap Symphony’.

Raphael Dantas: I really like the way it starts, the impact of staccatos and hits, give me the sensation of being in front of a real classical orchestra!

‘Serpent ́s Tongue’.

Raphael Dantas: It’s a special song for us because it works like a thermometer to know if the crowd are ready to rumble! This song was the opening song at our first show, and the people showed their energy!

‘Dead Inside You’.

Raphael Dantas: It is the fastest Ego Absence song, with 200 bpm! We were afraid in case we couldn’t find a drummer able to play this song, but Augusto Bordini was successful to this challenge. I really love this song because although being extremely fast, it is also emotive and tells real factual history.

‘Let It Burn’.

Raphael Dantas: Obviously, it is one more of our hits. This song makes us stronger day by day because it reminds us the purpose of our lives, fight for the art, fight for the music.

Guto Gabrelon: It basically says: Don´t waste time and get on with your master projects!

Lyric Video

‘Against The Tide’.

Raphael Dantas: Every day there’s a man working hard for a dream, to wake up and feel his goals closer and closer. The muscles hurt, the sun burns the skin, but nothing will stop him, the pain and the losses won’t be enough to give up on a dream.

Guto Gabrelon: It’s a song of extremes. Very calm in some parts and very heavy in other parts.

‘I Am Free’.

Raphael Dantas: We’ll always have close, those people who will never know how to live outside of their point of view, and you always will hear “Give up! You Never Get it! Don’t waste your time”. They never dare to live far from their comfort zone…The comfort zone is boredom’s limbo.

‘Bloodstained’.

Raphael Dantas: Sometimes it feels like you are screaming into a locked chamber, where nobody listens to you, but your voice echoes through the structure…Nobody hears you, nobody helps you, but you know where you need to go. You can’t stop dreaming. Although bleeding, don’t stop climbing the mountain.

‘Intimate Wounds’.

Raphael Dantas: Sometimes, love and tragedy are holding hands. You need to be careful and never put yourself in second place, your self-love must always be first, if not, tragedy will start to act…depression, Sleepless nights, toxic relationships…Just like Nina Simone Said, “leave the table when love is no longer served”.

‘Colibri’.

Raphael Dantas: Loneliness brings you surprises sometimes, from nowhere comes a hello and after some hours of conversation, and when you’re not expecting it, you can’t pass through the day without this contact, keeping you away from the cold, but only the time will tell what the name of this feeling is!

‘G.O.D.’.

Raphael Dantas: No matter the country, religions are always controlling people. Everywhere! For good, for evil, power, money and something else, and this song was made to alert people to always pay attention if you are really in a good place, because the main character of this song has passed through the gates of hell to find out the truth behind the curtain.

Guto Gabrelon: This song was our first music to become an official video because it transmits impact, speed and movement.

Official Video

‘Ego Absence’.

Raphael Dantas: It is an amazing song with a lot of colours and environments. Guto proves he’s not an ordinary guitarist, because his heart and musicality are bigger than his ego.

Guto Gabrelon: The lyrics are about a character’s long journey, searching for the real meaning of life and how people should act with each other.

Reached Answers’.

Raphael Dantas: This song I made at the end of this first journey, finally getting time to rest and recover the stamina for new challenges.

Guto Gabrelon: The track’s name represents the end of the previous song’s journey.

William Ribas: In March of 2020, you made your debut on stage, playing as opening band for Vision Divine in São Paulo (Brazil). How was the feeling of performing songs for the first time in front of an audience that, probably, had never heard your music before?

Raphael Dantas: It was crazy! We had never played together before, and one month before the concert, the producer of the event called me to invite us to be the opening act. Of course, we accepted and started to schedule the rehearsals. On the first day, I was sure that the guys were sharp, but I really needed to have good training, because I was a little out of shape by the years far from the stage. The crowd was amazing! ‘Serpent’s Tongue’ was the first song after the intro, and it was enough for the audience to start making the ground shake!

Guto Gabrelon: We were glad, despite being the first concert, to see that the crowd already knew the songs. It was an incredibly positive response!

André Fernandes: it was a thrilling, and exciting experience! I wasn’t able to stop in one single place on the stage because the crowd was exchanging so much energy with us and the four of us were in an unforgettable harmony! What a fantastic day!

William Ribas: The band found an interesting way to promote itself, which was releasing an acoustic version of ‘Against the Tide’ while you couldn’t play during Covid-19. This song has the message of staying strong and to wait for better days that will come. Is there a possibility of you create other material in this style and making it available on digital platforms?

Raphael Dantas: Of course, yes! We really loved this experience and there is a possibility of doing versions for other songs.

Guto Gabrelon: The acoustic version of ‘I Am Free’ will also be released now on our YouTube channel. We don’t have anything defined, but Rapha and I liked these versions, so anything is possible.

‘Against The Tide’ (Unplugged)

William Ribas: I know that you would usually be doing the cycle of releasing an album, publicizing, doing shows and then leaving for pre-production of a new album, but we are closed and without shows. Are there any plans for a second album? If you already have one, could you say that you will make a continuation of the first album?

Raphael Dantas: Well, we didn’t stop working during this “pandemonium”, because Guto and I are always working on remote lessons, maybe more than ever, and we are the main composers, so we have some songs to evolve, but it will take time. But yes, we are working on a new album, but I’m not sure if will it be a kind of “Serpent’s Tongue Part II”, only time will tell.

Guto Gabrelon: I love to compose and that is part of me. So, even in times when this is not in the foreground, some ideas are always in motion. Ego Absence doesn’t work with ready-made formulas, which keeps us free to always innovate.

William Ribas “Serpent ́s Tongue” the album was released in Brazil and Japan and it received good reviews from the specialized Heavy Metal magazines/websites. Can we expect the album to come out in the rest of the world?

Raphael Dantas: I’m really not sure about it. We’ve tried hard to make a deal with some metal labels, but it’s not so easy, that’s why we made “Serpent’s Tongue” independent, but we’ll try until we have a deal with a good label.

William Ribas: Thanks for the interview, please leave a message to our readers.

Raphael Dantas: Thanks brother, for the invitation. It’s always an honour to talk with you and spread our ideas all over the world.

Guto Gabrelon: The album “Serpent’s Tongue” is available on all digital platforms, including our YouTube channel. Follow us on social media. See you there!

André Fernandes: Thanks for the interview, and Let it Burn!!! (I hope we can also say ‘I Am Free’, when all of this pandemic situation is over hahaha)

LINE-UP:
Raphael Dantas – Vocals
Guto Gabrelon – Guitars
André Fernandes – Bass
Augusto Bordini – Drums

LINKS:

Ego Absence Live Pic

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Interview with Red Terror UK

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Interview with Red Terror UK
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi All! Sheri here. I’m back with another interview and this one is with Brighton/London based Punk band Red Terror UK!

Red Terror were formed in 2017 and as they put it, make noise about the UK government! Their self-titled EP, released in 2018, has helped them play live in some of the UK’s favourite Southern underground venues such as The Tavern, The Hope and Ruin, The Prince Albert, Bar 42 Worthing, The Pipeline, The Green Door Store and many more.

Read on to see what shenanigans they create, the concept behind their message in the EP and to never take things from strange men in large overcoats…

Sheri: So, we know Red Terror was unleashed in 2017! As with a lot of punk agendas, you have political confrontation in your music. Give our readers an insight into your background and how was Red Terror conceived?

Siri: Ahh hahaha it was initially conceived out of me, Joey and someone else wanting to have a bit of fun but it sorta just stopped. Then it came to a Uni assessment in the second year I think, and we needed to make a band as part of the assessment, so we just turned around and were like “you wanna give it another go?”. Then ended up getting J (Jed) into the band, who is not here right now haha – and then one thing led to another and we ended up with this somehow.

Ashwin: So, I filled in for a few shows and then it got into being like “look, just drum for us, already” haha which is fine!

*Jed enters the chat*

Jed: Sup?

Ashwin: J – can you give us a bit of backstory into Red Terror?

Siri: Sorry, can I just hold up a second – we’ve finally managed to get all four of us in the same place at the same time hahaha.

Jed: Absolutely beautiful haha. From what I gather, Joey, Siri and Connor who is our previous drummer, used to put on gigs and go on and play ‘Endless Nameless’ (Nirvana song) and I went to this gig in Worthing that Joey was playing and they were like “do you wanna join the band?” and I was like “Ok, I’ll give it a go”.

Joey: We made you sign a contract.

Jed: Did we actually have a contract?

Joey: Yeah, we made you sign a contract, so you are legally bound to be in Red Terror for the next 97 years hahaha.

Jed: Hahaha. Oh shit. I remember that night we went to rehearse over the bridge and we were just noisy bastards. Until eventually, it was like, about 6 months later, we started tightening up and we actually played a gig. Then after that it was basically every other week, right we’re playing this, we’re playing that and chaos and pints ensued…

Sheri: Where are you all based? Are you all in Brighton?

Joey: We were. I mean, the majority of us moved away from for one reason or another and we sort of just meet in London when we can. It’s kinda the middle for everyone.

Ashwin: Our most recordings are back in Brighton but the last few months we’ve been either in Earlsfield or East Croydon where we go up and do practises now. There was a time where we were all based in the same City and it was a lot easier haha.

Siri: Back in the day!

Ashwin: Siri is the only one who’s managed to keep their lifestyle in Brighton which is fair play because I couldn’t do that forever hahaha.

Sheri: As mentioned, your music is politically charged, for all the reasons the UK needs to hear! Give our readers your own thoughts into the message you’re putting out there?

Joey: So, I mean, I think a lot of it comes from me personally, I was at College kinda around the time when the Tory coalition with the Liberal Democrats started. I remember me and someone else at College were completely ripping into one of the College Tutors as she was Tory…and I think it comes from that frustration of no matter what anyone seems to do, we’re just stuck with the Tories through an indefinite amount of time. I think we know how to channel that through music and it turns out that a lot of people seem to agree with that. A lot of bands have a similar method. It becomes a place where people can vent their frustrations and we’re almost like…through us doing that, we’re giving others a platform to voice those opinions, I guess.

Siri: I’d say also that we come from varying different backgrounds and ways that the UK government and political spectrum has impacted us in different ways, like we all come from different backgrounds. I mean obviously being individuals of colour, so there’s multiple different reasons for our views about the government and about how it’s impacted us and such. Having that broad sort of spectrum, it helps us in our music to appeal and apply it to the rest of the UK and the rest of the world because it’s a reflection on not just us but everyone at the moment.

Joey: We have a lot of hate mail as well from right wingers for like…we haven’t even done anything for ages…we have the occasional inbox or like comment on our posts that try to “Cancel us” I guess… what was that one from that guy the other day?

Siri: That was madness. What was he on about?

Jed: He was clearly in the middle of having some kind of normal one haha. Just wanting to express that hahaha.

Sheri: So, these are the motives behind creating what Red Terror are essentially about. It’s like putting personal things into music.

Jed: Oh, spite! A lot of acts, compared to them, I think we are a lot more violent in terms of performance. Because, as Siri has got on his Bass headstock, “You gotta mind out for the flying bass” because he’s just throwing it everywhere! I mean, how many people have you actually maimed?

Siri: Hahaha. I’ve not actually maimed anyone! I nearly killed Joey…

Joey: Things can happen where we include Hannah, the ceiling at the Tavern in Exeter, me, J…

Siri: The bass itself.

Joey: Who was the person you smashed in the face? Who got like a massive lump? I think it was Meg…or was that from the ceiling?

Jed: Oh no that was the bar at The Tavern, I think.

Siri: That wasn’t me, that was the metal bit in front of the stage that fell down so that was not me hahaha. There was this metal bar in front of the stage and they were just rocking it back and forward until they just ripped it out of its socket. It just collapsed on top of Meg and everyone else.

Sheri: Death to everyone!

Joey: Almost simulating a revolution…

Jed: I think a lot of post punk bands are missing that kind of level of stupid edgy spite that the original run of punks kind of had before they all turned Tories haha. The aim is to keep it in the left camp.

Ashwin: I think what’s different about being in this band compared to other stuff I’ve been involved with, is that it’s guaranteed to be fun and have this unbridled chaos that ensues and it seems to feed off quite well no matter who we’re playing with. I think there’s a level of accessibility with the left-wing messages in there but it’s not to a point of being like “haha Orange Man bad.” “Haha, Tories bad.” Especially since recently, there’s stuff we’ve sung about that we’ve drawn more from personal experience as opposed to just being like “Uh, government bad.” or that we are Communist punk rock – it’s expanded a bit more since then which is really nice and it’s just a good outlet to have that more politically driven side of things rather than being someone who talks the talk on their social media but doesn’t actually do anything actively.

Sheri: Let’s talk about your releases – you released EP Red Terror in 2018 – Apart from your iconic 44 second ‘Jeremy Corbyn Ate My Homework’, my favourite track is ‘Parasite’, which focuses on the Theresa May governance. Take us through the back roads of the lyrical meaning to this EP.

Siri: I forgot the lyrics. Hahaha. Joey just makes the lyrics up on the spot haha.

Joey: It was around the time that Windrush and a lot of racist attacks were empowered by Brexit. Their society is about refugees basically and people sort of attacking them and newspapers demonizing people for leaving more poorer countries. I mean, ‘Whitehawk’ is just a silly and fun song basically about… just don’t be a c*nt and don’t hate other people for no reason. ‘Pop Music’ was the first song we ever wrote, actually. That was kind of when me, Siri and Connor used to practise, we used to cover some Greenday songs. Haha.

Siri: And Feeder wasn’t it?

Joey: Yeah, haha I think that’s where the influence for that came from and it almost turned into a piss take out of itself. Obviously, we wrote the song and I was like “How do we make this more cheesy?” So, I added a key change to the last chorus.

Ashwin: That one’s my favourite to play live because I always like adding the tempo to ridiculous speeds to the point where it’s three times as fast as it’s meant to be but during the recording, I’m like “but it needs to be faster, I’m going to make this faster because I started this god damn tempo off and I want some control in this part.” haha.

I think that’s the only one that has a relationship theme, the rest of them are very blatant with the theme!

Joey: Yeah, we have our obligatory pop-punk break up song for certain.

Sheri: When coming together to write Red Terror, in terms of songwriting, how did you find fitting the rawness and energy to amalgamate your message and your music?

Siri: I would say in terms of the music, it was never really like we got into the studio and there were plans to be a punk band. It just sort of a case of we got in there and was like “let’s just play something” and it ended up as Red Terror. All of us come from fairly different musical backgrounds. Like. Shwin, you’re more sort of noisy and shit. J, from my understanding you’re more sort of old wave, Talking Heads and stuff like that. The weird shit.

Jed: Power pop and stuff like that. I’ve been part of the writing process, I just thought I enjoy that a part of the energy in a song can be the chords and they can go to stupid places. Siri came up the riff for ‘Why Should I?’ Which is our next single. I came up with the chorus, so I just slapped some chords together – it sounds a little bit weird.

Siri: Hahaha. That’s the Red Terror style – just “slap some stuff together”.

Sheri: Just get stuck in haha.

Joey: Some of the earliest recordings, I have them, it sounds almost kinda like a lost Nirvana session where we’re just dicking around and that’s sorta how it started and it became more and more refined because we took bits out of it and kept those bits and sort of got rid of the bits where I was screaming into the microphone and where J was scratching at the guitar against the amp and stuff like that. We still kept some of those bits in, but they have their place now instead of being spontaneous.

Sheri: That’s part of the personality of it. If Red Terror were a drink, what would you be and why? Give our readers a comparison taste…

Jed: DON’T SAY BUCKFAST!

Hahahaha. I’m gonna say Buckfast! Absolute unadulterated fucking chaos and you never know what’s gonna happen with it hahaha. Sometimes chaos and sometimes WTF is happening haha.

Ashwin: I’m gonna go with Black Sambuca – Siri can explain this story as it’s very relevant to when headlined our last gig. Hahaha.

Joey: Wasn’t that Buckfast as well?

Jed: But would that mean that we are about to admit that we committed a crime? Hahaha. We don’t need to include that part hahaha.

Ashwin: So basically, we partied in this playground and there was a man who offered us Black Sambuca and £10 crack from his very large overcoats – think that is one of the weirdest experiences, we haven’t had anything as surreal as that. We didn’t drink it obviously but… hahaha.

Siri: That could be something to do with the next song haha.

Sheri: Try anything once I guess haha. There’s a picture that’s one of my favourites and it’s featuring Siri in a chair and a pile of chunder…So whatever drink has that effect, I agree hahaha.

*everyone bursts into laughter*

Siri: I think that was a dodgy burger!

Joey: Siri’s dad bought us all burgers from Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Siri ungratefully decided to throw it up. Hahaha.

*all laugh*.

Siri: I think I’d only had like two drinks and then when we played, I went absolutely H.A.M when we played and my body was just like “no, you have done too much”.

Joey: Were you screaming “I hate Gourmet Burger Kitchen” before you threw up, or did I make that up?

Siri: No hahaha.

Joey: How do I remember it? Hahaha.

Jed: After that gig we all had to go straight back home because we had to go to work the next day. I had to be in by 10am and I think I was still drunk.

Siri: And I was quite drunk, sitting in my dad’s car for about 2 hours all the way from Exeter. Clearly my Dad was just there like “WTF has my son become?” hahaha.

Sheri: As the live music scene has been majorly trampled on over the last year, I can imagine it’s been a pain to be as productive as you’d like. Have you been making any plans for when live gigs return to some normality?

Joey: It’s been discussed. We’ve a few ideas.

Siri: I think we’ve bounced around a couple of ideas but for the most part it’s been more that we don’t know when this is gonna end. Also, we would rather not be in a situation where we book something and then BANG, you’re in another lockdown.

Ashwin: I think the most frustrating thing last year was that it was very obvious gigs were getting rescheduled for September that it just wasn’t happening…and promoters were being really optimistic about that and it was pissing me off because there was no vaccine in sight, there’s no funding for these venues, most of these venues are having to do crowd funders to keep afloat and there was just no normality. I find that its weirder when we did practise and record stuff, as soon as lockdown was lifted the first time, people were going fresh into the practise phases and it kinda seems pointless because it’s like… the live shows that you want in that capacity are just not possible and if you are going to, you’re gonna have these shit sit down equivalents, which I get why people are doing, but for punk bands it’s just not the same.

If you’re an indie band or a solo Artist, I mean I don’t want to shit on people who are doing these socially distance gigs, I just feel like it’s better to wait until everything settles and you don’t feel guilty for playing these things because you’re not putting people at risk. Above all, if there’s something that’s gone away rather than “well, we can squeeze this in before another lockdown” I just don’t think that’s great.

Siri: What if we played gigs in Hazmat suits?

Sheri: Are you working on any new material that you can tell us about?

All: Yes!

Joey: Yeah, we’ve got a couple of songs and I’ve got a few ideas that we first started writing since the last full lockdown. Song called ‘Tram Man’. Which, is once again about a bad experience that Siri had…

Sheri: Why is it always you? Hahaha.

Siri: It was traumatising hahaha.

Ashwin: ‘Tram Man’ was made because of a practise that we had in East Croydon, where we got on the tram to get to the practise room and because in London, they don’t accept cash on public transport, Siri couldn’t just buy a ticket on the tram, so he got slapped with a £100 fine or something ridiculous like that and we just decided to write a song about it.

Jed: I’ve started writing lyrics in a way. The way it kinda turned out is just kinda like more anxiety about where technology is actually going and that it might actually leave us all behind. If you’re homeless and you wanna get about, what do you do? If you don’t have a credit card and where banks are going cashless, you’re kind of fucked.

Ashwin: Exactly…and that’s definitely increased over COVID and fuck knows what it will be like after this period where people are afraid – and I understand why because it’s handing things over. But also, I feel like it’s already hard enough for people in marginalised positions to you know, even have a fixed address for a bank account or even access to medication and so the idea, I guess in a larger way, is ‘The Tram Man’ is this unbeatable figure of aggression, essentially. Hahaha. No one really likes going on a train and figuring out that you don’t have the right ticket and then being charged extra for that so…it’s like an extended metaphor of that…

Sheri: Tell our readers how we can support you at the moment.

Joey: Ah, listening to us on Spotify and YouTube and sharing our stuff around. We haven’t really got any monetized revenue, really. I mean we’re a punk band so we’re not really doing this for money.

Ashwin: Even if we did anyway there’s no money to be had because that’s what life is like hahaha.

Joey: We’ve got merch; CD’s, T-shirts and stuff. So, if anyone wants to send us a message with their address, they can always buy a T-Shirt…or buy me a beer.

Siri: If you really wanna help us out, you can leave food out for the Racoons that make up the 4 people sat before you haha.

*all laugh*

Sheri: Send out food and beer hahaha. Do you have any other platforms apart from Facebook?

Jed: We’re on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Joey: And Instagram, Apple Music, Twitter page…

Jed: What we would like to encourage people to do is make a playlist and put it on loop and basically take as much money from Daniel Ek as possible…because he’s being a bastard hahaha.

Ashwin: To be honest, playlists are the best way of supporting people because not only are you helping your mates but you’re expanding music that people might not be familiar with. The thing with Spotify is that most of the similar sounding things are not to do with the sound itself, it’s to do with the sort of people that listen to your music. So, in my other bands, there’s loads of unrelated Artists that will come up as suggestions, but they happen to be what people are listening to at the time, so if you have a playlist of similar sounding things or different bands that have the same members as each other or something, that’s usually the best way of supporting. It also means that you don’t have to slog through you know, loads of other stuff if you just want to listen to one track etc. I think it’s really easy to be really cynical about Spotify and there’s this evil overlord’s thing…but I guess that platform is there, it’s convenient, it’s not going away so you might as well make good use of it.

Siri: The only reason your playlist is set up like that is because we all know that “Shoegaze” isn’t a real genre. Hahaha.

Jed: Playlist culture now is just a bit of bollocks…

Ashwin: Prove it. It increases your overall streams and I think there’s a way of doing it where it isn’t this contrived thing and I think that also having collaborative playlists where people can add their own – as long as it’s within reason and people aren’t silly with it and add like, I dunno, Gary Glitter or something stupid like that. Then you can make it a fun, collaborative thing to have so…

Siri: Now who’s talking about problematic Artists haha.

Jed: I’ve been working on my other project as well and part of that is that I’ve been doing a lot of the promotion for it, for the first time and I’ve been watching those little music videos about how you increase your reach; you go onto to submit your email to blogs, you do all this and that. I got added to one playlist out of all that and it’s got like 500 songs on it. So, I think it gets to the point sometimes where you just, a lot of the time, the desperation to be added to it gets to you. But I don’t see a better way of doing it.

Sheri: Not until some things get back to normality and you can physically promote yourselves. Finally, give some advice!

Ashwin: It’s about getting the balance right, don’t be afraid to self-promote because at the end of the day, unless you have all of these connections that you know, no one is gonna do it but yourself…on the other hand, I really object to people who add you on Facebook and then immediately be like “Hey, man. Come like my metal core band or…add you to an Instagram group with all of their friends that you’ve never met before and they’re like “Come watch our new music video!” So those things, bad. Sponsors, links or whatever – they might be a bit annoying, but they do work. Thing is getting over that anxiety of like “I’m in a band and I’m doing that.” or whatever and your friends might find it a bit annoying but…who fucking cares? They might be quite pleasantly surprised by it but just…self-promote but just be smart about it.

Joey: Yeah, dont; force your music upon people because they’re probably more likely to reject it straight away – even if you think it’s great, people don’t like adverts, generally. And I guess people don’t like being told what to do so any information out there for your music. I’m not even on Facebook anymore because I think it’s a load of shit but like…I share stuff to Instagram stories and stuff because people respond to it like “oh sick!”

Ashwin: Yeah, it’s more organic than just bombarding people with a load of shit. There’s a lot of stereotypes around DIY musicians where it’s easy to take the piss out of them because it is pretty cringe, but it is also the only way to promote…so…if all 4 of you are promoting at the same time, you share the embarrassment but if you’re doing it on your own, you’re sorta fucked hahaha.

Siri: It’s difficult when, if you do make a post and it will get lost in the sea of other posts going around from different bands or memes or whatever, it’s so easy for your stuff to get lost in that. So, it is really difficult unless you’re willing to fork out money to pay Zuckerberg to give you more reach.

Jed: I got banned from Facebook Ad’s recently. I don’t know how – I think what happened was that it came up with PayPal for two different things and I wasn’t getting an invoice for some of it, so I ended up blocking it and then I got banned from it cuz it’s just fucked how they operate it. I guess my advice is exist out of spite! If no one is listening, keep making it and you know, pay to like one person in a tiny basement with your trousers off cuz one day…

Ashwin: Hahaha. Why do they have to have their trousers off!?!

Jed: Cuz I mean, we’re not big. But there are still people who will come out to see us and I still get messages from people who are like “I recognise you through this thing” or Facebook groups and things like that. It’s a small world.

Joey: Yeah, me and Siri got recognised by someone and neither of us had any idea who they were.

Siri: I think that was after our first gig, we walked into an offie’ and some guy was like “You’re the guys from Red Terror!” and we were like YAAAAA!

Joey: Yeah? What’s it to ya haha!

Ashwin: And it wasn’t a threat, it was like OH MY GOD someone recognises us hahaha. WHY DO YOU KNOW US? Hahaha.

Joey: As long as you’re not a cop haha.

Ashwin: Yeah “You’re from Red Terror, you’re the ones that broke the mirrors last night.” hahaha. I just did that in a West Country accent and I have no idea why.

Sheri: Why not hahaha. Thanks so much guys, it’s been brilliant!

Red Terror: Thank you so much!

Red Terror are:
Siri Crawford – Bass
Joey Reeves – Vocals
Ashwin Bhandari – Drums
Jed – Guitar

LINKS:

Red Terror UK Promo Pic

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Video Interview with GRANADA

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Video Interview with GRANADA
By Victor Augusto

Hello all, It’s Victor!

If someone asks me why South American bands, perhaps, have a kind of unique aggressiveness in their way of playing or in how they express themselves with their music, I would say it is the consequence of all the crap we have to live with in a continent full of cultural richness, but that, at the same time, is also full of misfortune. Despite the good things, all South American countries are “cursed” by poverty, corruption and violence. Obviously, all of this suffering reflects in our society and, consequently, in the music that emerges from here.

Recently, I took some time out with Guille Estévez and Marcos Edward, of Argentine Metal band GRANADA, to talk about their last release “Amarre”, that is composed of five tracks, and which reports a view of who witnesses and experiences the suffering of living in a dysfunctional family. All the tracks have videos on the band’s YouTube Channel, illustrating the themes in the lyrics, along with the laws that criminalize the particular abuse that is the subject of each song, as well as the phone numbers to report those crimes in Argentina.

I would like to thank Guille and Marcos very much for their time and for talking about these issues!

GRANADA Video Interview by Victor Augusto

I also send thanks to DJ Joker (James Jones) from Metal Messiah Radio and Raphael Olmos, singer/guitarist of Brazilian Thrash Metal band Kamala for joining us as special guests.

I hope you all enjoy it.

GRANADA LINKS:

“Amarre” (Full EP)

Original Review of “Amarre” on Ever Metal

Stream “Amarre” EP
www.open.spotify.com/album/7HunWHeaJRJ1ThycQD5Ea5
www.deezer.com/br/album/125136772

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Interview with Nathan Hammond of Spyder Byte

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Interview with Nathan Hammond of Spyder Byte
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello all! I return with another great band that I interviewed leading up towards the end of the dreaded year of 2020…

Spyder Byte are a 5-piece hailing from Kent and formed back in late 2011, starting as no more than a group of 13-to-16-year-old mates from school. With a common goal in mind and signing to Enso Music Management, Spyder Byte was born, with the intention of adding to the revival of 80’s-style-metal.

I had a lengthy chat with one Nathan Hammond, a compadre I knew from the Mammothfest days and who plays Bass for this rockin’ bunch. They recently also introduced new Guitarist Robbie Weller into their ranks! Check them and the interview out…

Sheri: You formed in 2011 and went on to kick ass on stage at Bloodstock, Mammothfest and Hard Rock Hell. Take us through a bit of the history of Spyder Byte, how did you come to be?

Nathan: Ok, so most of us went to school together down in Kent – that was Connor (drummer), C.C (guitarist) and myself. We were in a band before, we were in a small-time band just doing covers and stuff. We kinda just wanted to do more original music and at the time it just so happened that us three, us three little 12-and-13-year-old-kids, weren’t really into stuff like Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White and that kind of shit – we were all into old school heavy metal and rock you know, everything basically our parents liked. It just got us into it. So, we decided to set something up to start getting into and start writing it in a Motley Crüe style, more of an 80’s sound, basically, we started writing the music that we wanted to and gradually I think things just started falling into place. After the first couple of months, we were desperately looking for a singer. We’ve found it is quite hard to find a proper good solid rock voice. We were going for someone like Bon Scott mixed with a little bit of Lemmy, you know basically someone who has the flare and who has the sound.

Ages and ages ago, we are talking nearly ten years ago, Connor met Dan (vocalist) at another gig they were doing and he invited him along just for a jam to see what he was like. I think Dan was a little bit kind of “Ooooh, maybe not so much” at first, because he’s kinda heavy into thrash metal and death metal. But you know, he softened up, he softened up with age haha!

Sheri: I remember he cut all of his hair off! But he’s still got beautiful hair anyway haha.

Nathan: He is a beautiful human haha.

Sheri: Your style is described as sleaze metal/glam rock – I know that some of you have different influences and preferred styles of metal; thrash, death, power etc… What made you come together and create something between you that was essentially a bit different to those styles of metal?

Nathan: Honestly, I don’t think you know getting into the music scene, it started to get over saturated with similar sounding bands with similar sounding structures and chords and things like that – not that I’m knocking them! Cuz they can all play and it was just a case of us wanting to do something a bit different. So, you know, it started off with an amalgamation of all of our influences and tastes and so you had me, that was at the time massively into Crüe and Crash Diet, all the Scandinavian sleaze bands. Connor, I think just started to edge into listening to a bit more power metal and then obviously we had Dan come in with Thrash… I mean, he loves his Status Quo but we won’t go there hahaha! It was just kind of a mix of wanting to create something a bit different. I mean, I’m thinking back to some of the albums we’ve got now. We can go from doing sleazy hard rock, kind of like Backyard Babies kind of style and then you know, we can throw it all up in the air with an Iron Maiden sounding track, it’s really just a case of us being happy with whatever we are playing. If one day we are kind of feeling writing a bit of you know, a bit more of a speed metal type track then that’s what we will do but at the same time, we love getting a bit sleazy, getting a bit punky you know? You’ve got to inject a little bit of positivity. You got to listen to something and be like “LETS GO!” you know? It’s gotta hit you in the face haha.

Sheri: Your first album, “Addictive”, was released in 2015. This album is such fun! Drunkenness, sexy, rock and roll… My favourite tracks are ‘Strip Club Blues’ and ‘Moonshine’. I feel ‘Strip Club Blues’ has that classic rock and roll; biker blues feel to it. I feel like I should be at a biker rally with a pint of JD and Coke, getting off my trolley throwing myself about to this album haha. What did “Addictive” do for you as a band?

Nathan: So…honestly, it came at a really strange time. We recorded the album in 2014. There were complications with the engineer of the band, he was in hospital due to a lot of health reasons. So, we were just sat on all these songs and waiting for the finished article to come back – we were trying to get everyone hyped up saying there’s this kind of massive sound from this small-time band, all really young at the time – this was about 5 years ago so I’d have been about 17/18 so we were all really young. Basically, all we wanted to do initially was showcase and say, “this is us” and thankfully I think it did that. We went through two lots of pressings, selling all of them, which for a small-time band, I think is a massive deal. It came at a real weird time, I had a back operation in 2015 as well so we couldn’t really get out and promote it as effectively as we could have and, thankfully, I think that worked. Gradually it all fell into place, we still get people now come up to us and say that “Addictive” is such a brilliant album! Completely side stepping the fact that we had just released another one hahaha, but that’s good! It’s what we want! If people can prefer one album over the other, tell us the reasons why, it gives us something to work on and honestly, we value feedback. We want to know people are having a great time listening to us, that’s all we want.

Sheri: Absolutely. I think because your debut album/first release give the first impression so that’s maybe why people will pick up on that!

Your latest release,“When The Lights Go Out”, came out last year. Again, this is a lot of fun. I pick up some Guns ‘n Roses and as you said earlier, some Bon Scott era type AC/DC vibes on this album. ‘Nocturnal Beauty’ and ‘Shameless Star’ in particular. Take us through the journey of this album…


Nathan: What we focused our sights on is that we knew it was a very long time since our first album had been released. Thankfully, we were all in a really good position to start writing and recording effectively because we all went down to university together, BIMM in Brighton. Luke was our guitarist, Dan, Conner and I were all living together and it was a case of us writing like that, doing a bit of demoing and then we found our muse with a guy called Winter who did the sound engineering for that album.

He was a massive guidance for us in terms of how to get the best sound and what to do to get it to sound great. Also, in terms of writing, you take on an engineer’s point of view and their words and their wisdom to feed back into your own tracks. It came from a good place. I think we were all a little bit stressed at the time because obviously we were at Uni and had other shit going on. But it was 4 years since anyone had actually heard any new material from us, a lot of stuff had happened to us in the band, you know, personal lives and things like that – the state of the world. So that kind of all went into those songs, you know, so it was experiences and feelings that we’ve all had and stuff that we have seen. But also, it’s not bad to also throw in some songs about weird Western characters as well hahaha so you know, it’s all quite fun and real life.

Sheri: It is a fun album! The message of this album is a little bit different in places than “Addictive” – we have the tracks like ‘Spark’ which I feel is more about our inner selves and mental health.

Nathan: Yeah actually! That wasn’t initially what the song was about, but that is kind of what the meaning is now. It’s a power yourself, positive track to get yourself motivated.

Sheri: It is. I was listening to it, even though it’s a fun track, it addresses real life issues but in a positive way!

Not long ago you released a music video for your track ‘Vixen’, a track about a female masked hero. In the video, the man gets tied up by a gang for a suitcase of money – she comes to the rescue but takes away the money as a reward and leaves him tied up in the chair. Haha.

Nathan: That’s it hahaha. That’s our foxy vixen! She knows what to do haha. She’s got her sights set; she’s sorted haha.

Sheri: Have there been any changes you feel are apparent to Spyder Byte between “Addictive” and “When The Lights Go Out”? How do you feel you have evolved?

Nathan: Songwriting wise we have definitely evolved. The way that we did things for “Addictive” was that bar one song and set of lyrics, that was written by me. So, compare that to “When The Lights Go Out”, that was the kind of shift that I think we needed. I think also it helped that we lived together as well so that we could write together rather than with it just being me asking what could be done better. I’d like to say it shows a little maturity, but we’re all still sleazy little f*ckheads hahaha so…hahaha. We’ve got different kind of things going on in that album, in terms of the way that it was written. It just sounds to me far more polished and has better riffs, better songs etc. I’m not saying “Addictive” doesn’t hit you in the face, but I just feel like you get more of it with this album. It’s definitely punchier and it hooks you in a little bit more.

Sheri: In terms of your song writing, how does this come together into what makes you all happy with the end result?

Nathan: Oooh that’s a good question! Honestly, it’s just a case of throwing around ideas and seeing what sticks… You know, I will take some music to Dan, Dan will listen to it, if I’ve got lyrics with it as well, he will look over them and see what he likes or suggest to change something and then you take it to the guitarist who will work on that and filling in embellishers and then take it to Connor and he will hammer and pound it away and then just generally it gets brought together in a practise room like that. It’s something we’ve never really done before, we’ve never kind of taken a song into a practise room and done it like that – there have been the odd occasions like ‘Reach Out’ for example on “When The Lights Go Out” that was brought in from Luke and CC. I think of one practise session we had just finished writing a song – wasn’t even what we went in for, but we just ended up writing a track so it’s like “yeah cool, nice one!”

So, I think it’s better to have everyone else’s input than it rather be left to solely one person.
Ultimately, you could get half-way through playing a set and just think “Ah fuck, I don’t really want to play this track” – that’s not what we want, I want everyone in the band to be happy with what’s going on. They have to buy into the band too.

Sheri: Team effort! Do you have a favourite track to play or that you feel has been received well?

Nathan: We get a lot of pits and everyone turns into a crazy Thrasher when we play ‘In Your Face’ from “Addictive” haha. Everyone just kinda loses their inhibitions and start piling into each other. In terms of me personally, I love playing ‘On Time’, that’s a really fun one to play.

Sheri: Most of your songs are really fun and upbeat and so you must feel that your gigs are quite fun to play.

Nathan: Oh god, yeah! We always come out of a gig with a smile on our faces and if something hasn’t worked right or if someone has dropped a note, you just kinda put that shit behind you really and focus on what went right, how good it made you feel – if you fucked up, it doesn’t really matter. I’m guilty of that as well and I’m my own worst critic but it doesn’t really matter. As long as you’re enjoying what you do and see everyone’s reaction when you’re playing – that’s all that matters.

Sheri: It’s about positivity!

Nathan: ‘Black Velvet Lover’ is easily my favourite track to play. ‘New Blood’ as well. I like a bit of a riff. If I can just chuck in a riff or play alongside a riff next to a guitarist, then I’m really happy. Because then I’ve got some shit to do and I just don’t have to go errr…stay on that one note for 5 minutes haha. Also, we haven’t played it live yet but one of our tracks called ‘Hopeless’. It’s a bit of a stark difference from anything else that we’ve done. It’s a lot heavier, it’s got a proper story behind it. It’s actually about homelessness down in Brighton.

Sheri: That comes after ‘Spark’and was something I was going to ask you about – is it to do with poverty of some sort?

Nathan: I mean, you know what it’s like in Brighton. It’s awful in London but because Brighton is a much smaller city and you’re constantly going around it, you always see homelessness. You can’t not see stuff like that, as a songwriter, and not get moved by it. It’s such an epidemic. No one has to go through it really.

Sheri: I think the more that it’s covered, the more can be done about it. It is brutal in Brighton for homelessness.

Nathan: But going back to the themes of the songs, it’s kinda book-ended by two songs about positivity you know? ‘Reach Out’ is completely about mental health. It starts off with “fuck it all to Hell.” If that doesn’t scream to you how much anguish someone can be in, then it’s mad. So, you’ve got positivity in the form of ‘Spark’ and you’ve got real life issues in the forms of ‘Hopeless’ and ‘Reach Out’. It’s book-ended by ‘Black Velvet Lover’, which is kinda sexy and sultry and has the moves to seduce you. So, it’s kind of weird, how the band and the songs work. I think if you kinda break up the reality and the fiction, I guess…one is gonna cheer you up and one is gonna make you think “Oh, this shit is actually going on.” And it’s something we never really thought about doing in terms of the band. We were all just really about writing good times, partying, booze, sex and all that kind of stuff. But you know, it’s hard to escape you have got to speak about it.

Sheri: Well, this is it, you have got the power to do that if you are an Artist. Your album cover art is brilliant! You have a certain style that sort of reminds me of old-style comic book covers…Do you have an Artist that you stick to?

Nathan: Yes, so we have done for the past two releases. I’m not really sure about the future but we’ve got a new single almost ready to enter into its final stages, but we’ve had someone doing the Art for that already. The first two albums were done by a guy called Doyle. I don’t know his second name unfortunately, but his online tag is Doyle Raw-meat. He’s a fantastic Artist, really good prices and really nice guy. He was recommended to us by Sam Thredder, who was out engineer and did “Addictive” and is the guitarist for Slabdragger. So many times, you see single or Album Artwork come out and they’re bland and they’re plain and just one colour – and we’re not about that in this band. It’s about vibrancy and about hooking people in and making sure it actually catches them you know. So far over the past two albums, Doyle has been an absolute delight to work with you know? He’s created out little mascot, Boris (a monster featured on the Album Artwork). He’s on a lot of t-shirts. He’s just made everything come to life and actually with “When The Lights Go Out”, I think one of our references was the first Guardians of The Galaxy comic book covers. I don’t think it initially was going to be but when we found it, it was like “Oh shit, that looks quite cool actually!” hahaha. That’s what it turned into…It’s such a massive part of selling your music, selling your album – if you’ve got something visually appetizing then generally, I think you’re gonna do better.

Spyder Byte Album Cover Art

Sheri: Amazing! I totally agree, I think if you have a product you have to try to make it look good. You just mentioned that you’re writing again possibly, so what’s next for you guys?

Nathan: Yep! So…we have just started recording our next single due to be released soon. It’s almost in its final stages of recording, mixing and mastering. It’s not totally different to what we’ve done before – it’s quite similar but there is something different. Like a new lease of life about this kind of sound and about the way I think we’re going to go, going forward for the next EP or the next album. I shan’t give away too much of it yet just in case anything changes haha but generally, we’re looking forward to it, looking forward to bringing it out and it’s gonna again hit everyone and catch people.

Sheri: I’m looking forward to it! What are your thoughts on the importance of supporting the music scene right now?

Nathan: Oh God, you need to! Everyone needs to. We are in such a shit situation with everything and I think out of everything that music is one thing in this world that kind of binds people together. Fair enough if you don’t like one Artist and someone else does but you can still listen to it. You can still enjoy it. Live gigs – is there a better feeling? No. There is no better feeling…apart from maybe a blow job hahahaha. But! Still! You know hahaha…it’s true. Everyone has got to support their local scene regardless of how failing it is or how tight it is or even how loose, even if you’re not a big supporter of your scene, that is still someone’s dreams and ambitions right there. Venue owners, bands, even behind the scenes, Merch companies. Everything that can be done to support Artists and Bands should be done. If that means going on Spotify, dropping them a fiver, picking up a shirt just help support in anyway shape or form. You either use it or lose it and at the moment I think, it doesn’t help with the pandemic, but we’re in that situation where it’s getting to the point where we could have lost it. I think the UK generally we’re gonna pull back from it but it’s the not knowing. I’ve got faith though; I’ve got faith in the way people will actually approach music now and approach live gigs. I think this has been a massive wake up call to just go “Fuck, I need to go out and get some entertainment in my life!” You know?

Sheri: I think that also applies to people that run venues and so on. I think a lot of people take advantage of the fact that music is so accessible but now it’s not in the physical sense. Artists are still making music but as you say, it’s a wake-up call. What would this pandemic be like without music??

Nathan: I don’t think I could have done any of this Pandemic if I hadn’t got at least AN album with me. I cannot switch off without music. Music is everything, it is to me anyway, I cannot wake up at all and not listen to some music. It’s completely taken over from video games, TV etc. It’s always gonna be there and will never let you down.

Sheri: Any advice for fellow Artists?

Nathan: Keep strong, keep together, you’re gonna get through any hard times that you’ve got. Do it for the love. Try and progress yourself further but do it for the love.

Vixen (Cinematic Music Video)

Spyder Byte are:
Dan Lawrence – Vocals
Connor Cape – Guitar
Robbie Weller – Guitar
Nathan Hammond – Bass
Connor Godfrey – Drums

LINKS:

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INTERVIEW WITH SEASONS

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INTERVIEW WITH SEASONS
Horror and Metal make a KILLER combination!
By Stephanie Stevens

Attention Horror fans, Metalcore fans and Heavy Metal music fans! As you may know, the latest instalment of the film series, Friday the 13th: Vengeance 2, will be released in the fall of 2021! What you may not be familiar with is a band who has been working their asses off, crafting the brutal and metalcore sound for the soundtrack! SEASONS is bringing to life the song ‘KILLING SEASON’ a track created by the band looking into the perspective of the fictional masked murderer Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13thfranchise. The song is loaded with references to different aspects of Jason and events that happen to the character throughout the movie franchise. The guttural roars and the screeching assaults vocally pummel you. From aggressive fiery musical verse elements to the captivating and searing melody induced chorus it makes the song an adventurous nightmare.

SEASONS formed in 2017 and are from Richmond, VA. Consisting of dedicated musicians that all have a strong passion for performing energetic shows and crafting top-notch influential songs.

I had a chance to speak with the band about working on a classic horror film soundtrack, a new singer and drummer, having a track for the wrestling community and the future of music for this killer band SEASONS.

Q: Give me a little insight on how SEASONS formed and how would you describe the philosophy of the band’s music and the personality of the band?

Nick GK (Guitar): Seasons formed in 2017 when original guitarists Matt Poe and Matt Gregory decided to form the band. Both musicians had been in and out of bands for years and they decided they wanted to give it a try again.

I think the personality of the band would surprise people.  I think we give off a really energetic and intense vibe in our shows and music videos, but behind the scenes I’d say we’re pretty laid back. That intensity is brought out when we play because we’re excited about our own music. But behind the scenes we’re pretty relaxed people.

Q: looking at the background of your band some cool shit has happened to you guys in the past, but the most recent and probably most iconic thing is you guys just released a song to be featured on the new Friday the 13th soundtrack coming out in 2021. How did that fall into place and had you already had part of the song ‘KILLING SEASON’ written?

Nick GK: The way we got the opportunity with Friday the 13th is that our bassist Matt (Poe) had been chatting with a guy named Peter Anthony, who had starred in another Friday the 13th film. Peter was the one who got us in contact with Jason Brooks, who is the director of the upcoming Friday the 13th movie. Matt reached out to Jason and basically asked if we could write a song for the movie, and Jason essentially told us to submit something and he would think about it. We didn’t have the song written ahead of time. We wrote the song with the intention of submitting in hopes that it could be included in the Friday the 13th franchise in some capacity. And we are so fortunate that it has been.

Q: What does it mean to you to be able to write a song about an iconic serial killer and where does your mindset have to be to kind of relive a character everyone knows and put your own twist to it?

Mark (Guitar): A lot of us are horror fans and Randall (Vocalist) loves Jason. I started the music with something that sounded brutal for obvious reasons into a softer, clean section to give you that calm before the storm. And then at the end my mindset was in the eye of the killer hence the guitar screeches as in a horror movie.

Q: Another new thing about the band is for KILLING SEASON, you put into place a new singer who used to be the drummer. So how did that all happen, and did you realize he had such a diverse vocal ability?

After discussing our options, we proposed to our then drummer, Randall Sykes, that he take over the duties as the front man. Randall has a great screaming voice and a lot of charisma on stage, and I think we all knew he could do it. We were so excited when he said he’d like to be the front man, and we got to work right away writing the songs that would feature Randall as the singer. We then spent a few months trying out different drummers trying to fill Randall’s old position. In the last month, Joshua Woolcott came in to try out on drums, and right away we knew it was the right fit.

Q: Going forward with the new singer how do you feel your music is going to evolve and change and what do you hope to experiment most with having this new asset to your brand and band?

Mark: Randall def has a different type of voice. His singing can get higher and his screams lower. I think our existing material and what’s to come will be more brutal but also more melodic.

Q: Have you guys been in the studio to record for an EP or full length or are you at ease just releasing singles for now since the music world is still up in the air?

Mark: We have recently been releasing singles, as they are mastered, but we are trying to work towards a more, big picture move, so to say.

Q: going back to other awesome stuff that has happened for the band you also had a 2019 track ‘VIOLENCE IS A VIRTUE’ playing in the wrestling world. How did it feel seeing that on TV and how was the song picked for that particular wrestler?

Mark: Matt had a mutual friend who hooked us up with AEW that made it happen, but it was pretty cool to see your song so pump that a wrestler wants to walk out to it. Took me back to childhood.

Q: you guys really take a solid focus on the technical side for sound when you’re playing as you can see in a lot of your songs. When you are writing for a SEASONS song what is the most important aspect the band agrees on before even getting into songwriting mode and how long does a general song take to complete for you guys?

Mark: Usually it starts with a riff and sometimes a theme. Matt’s strongest quality is being like a metalcore composer. So, we come up with the basic structure and he kinda Picassos it all together into what you hear as the finished product. As for time, we have worked on songs for months until completed cause sometimes we are like “squirrel” to another song and ‘Killing Seasons’ was basically written in a 3-hour band practice cause it just flowed.

Q: I love knowing you guys are also very diverse where everyone in the band comes to the table with the structure and writing of songs which I think would bring so much more diversity into the band to experiment. How does it impact you guys as creators and bonding with each other as a band?

Mark: We all like rock and metal but the genres, that we all like specifically, can be very different so a chord or scale progression that I would put in a song is completely different that one of the other guys would come up with. Also, it forces us all to listen to other music we otherwise wouldn’t.

Q: Where do you see the band’s biggest growth since your inception to the current day?

Mark: I came into this band right before ‘High Fives’ music video and since that was our first music video, I’ve seen a lot of numbers really go up since then.

Q: Have you guys thought about the day you can play a live show again and if so, how do you want to represent your band in a live aspect once things get back to normal vs. what you did in prior years?

Nick GK: Seasons takes a lot of pride in how we play live from both a technical standpoint as well as an entertainment standpoint. If you come to see us, we want you to hear the songs played as well as we can possibly play them, and we also want you to walk away thinking you got your money’s worth. If you come see Seasons, you will not see 5 guys looking at the floor strumming their instruments. We jump up and down, run around the stage, head bang, and jump off our amp cabs. We are excited about our music, we are excited to play it live and we want the audience to share in that excitement.

I think when we get to play live again the audience is going to get that energy but to a higher extent. We will be so excited to play live again that the audience will get the energy of Seasons from 2019 but in an even more extreme way.

Q: if you could help inspire one new musician coming into the scene what advice would you give to them and one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out?

Nick GK: The best advice I could give a new musician entering the scene is to just be curious. Learn from the other bands out there and from the other folks in the industry. Knowledge is power in the music business. If a musician comes into the scene hungry to learn and to improve themselves, everything will fall into place for them.

Q: if you could pick the brain of any musician dead or alive today who would it be and what top 3 questions would you ask them?

Mark:

EVH
– What drives you to be so creative and innovative
– What was the most important thing for you when writing the guitar structure of a song
– What was the secret to that awesome 80’s hair

Nick GK:

Sammy Hagar
– What was the craziest tour of your career from a partying standpoint?
– How many speeding tickets have you gotten out of from ‘Can’t Drive 55’?

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein
– Max bench?

Zakk Wylde
– You have an awesome beard.
– Max bench?

Q: How has music influenced and impacted your life and what is one thing you can thank music for giving you this far?

Nick GK: To me, music has always been a consistent voice in my life, and I have found comfort in that. If you’re going through a hard time, I think there are always songs out there that can bring you comfort and help a person get through what they are struggling with.  Music can be a sort of saving grace to a lot of people in that sense.

Q: Inspire other artists and tell us someone who inspires and motivates you and why?

Mark: Trust me I am far from “making it” but I was 28 when I joined this band and was like “it’s too late I’m too old I should hang it up” and this happened. So, I’d say never give up, never stop playing, and never ever get rid of your gear. And I’m inspired by Jason Richardson every day because he reminds me no matter how good I am there is someone out there who can shred circles around you so PRACTICE!

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