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

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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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‘Killing Season’ (Official Video)

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INTERVIEW WITH DEAD ORIGINAL

Dead Original Bought And Sold Album Art

INTERVIEW WITH DEAD ORIGINAL
A chat with Paul Wandtke!
By Stephanie Stevens

Dead Original is from Chicago, IL featuring singer/songwriter Paul Wandtke (ex-Trivium, Rock of Ages) drummer Sean McCole, and bassist Mike Petrasek (Bedlem). Fusing together groove, grunge rock vibes in a straight ahead ‘less is more’ rock destination. Dead Original are on the verge of releasing their debut album on February 26th which contains melodic hooks with lyrics for the tortured soul. The guys are promoting the release of“Bought And Sold” with FREE WORLDWIDE shipping and the album features over 13 tracks written and produced by Dead Original.

https://deadoriginal.com/merch/boughtandsold

The guys have given fans and the music world a sneak peek of some of the tracks on the album with ‘Restrained’, ‘Let It Burn’ and the most recent single ‘Blasted’.

I had a chance to speak with Paul Wandtke about the new record, leaving Trivium and working with fresh musicians in McCole and Petrasek, what they miss about touring and the most fulfilling part of being a musician.

Q: How long did it take you guys to write and record “BOUGHT AND SOLD” and how would you define the overall sound of this new band to fans and the music world just hearing about you?

A: It took about 6 months. It’s pretty straight ahead, you’ll know what Dead Original is about after a verse and chorus of one song. I engineered it at our music studio at The Music Garage in Chicago, IL, using Logic Pro and an Apollo interface. It was literally 3 months after I had left Trivium. I simply didn’t know what else to do, either find another gig or make new music on my own. To be honest I didn’t even know if it was going to work having been a drummer my whole life. But as Dave Grohl says, do it, even if you suck.

Q: You had drummed for Trivium and bassist Mike Petrasek is currently from Bedlem. To fans who don’t know the process of a band member leaving one band to start another, what kind of emotional toll if any goes through you as you start to build and begin with a new foundation of a band?

A: Being in a band is frustrating because one person that isn’t on board 110% can negatively impact a band. You’re literally only as strong as your weakest link.

Q: The album comes out Feb 26th, 2021 and you guys have released a few singles. Did you have certain reasoning why you put out each single when you did and do you feel that the songs build on each other?

A: The release was simply delayed due to the pandemic, so we just kept releasing singles!

Q: I love the harmonies vocally in the newest single ‘BLASTED’. When you guys sit down to write do you find it easier to write lyrics once you have a melody or vice versa and what do you believe is the most important thing about songwriting?

A: As of now, Dead Original was not a collaborative effort for the first album “Bought And Sold”, I literally tracked and wrote it all before finding Mike and Sean. Bedlem however is a collaborative effort, Mike and I exchange vocal melodies and lyrical ideas with Bedlem. That’s more of Mike’s vision lyrically and I support his ideas in Bedlem. Sean is a solo artist he’s a great songwriter on his own too.

Q: ‘LET IT BURN’ was probably the song that made me a fan of the band, I love the grungy gritty aspects with a ton of melody. What for you is the proudest moment of that song and if you could define the meaning of the song in 3 words what would it be?

A: I’m proudest of the fact that it is a slow riff but it’s still kind of energetic. I think we are on the cusp of being a generic band by being so simple, but we somehow pull it off, especially live.

Q: If you could pick the brain of any musician that has left us who would you want to sit down with and just be blessed with their knowledge of the music world?

A: Ray Manzarek from the DOORS because the guy was a genius.

Q: What is the most fulfilling thing for you on a personal level to be able to do this kind of job for a living?

A: Music is freedom whether you’re a fan or an artist of music or both. So, for us, it’s the freedom that we feel we are sharing with people and we love that.

Q: I thought it was sweet your fans were concerned about your video making for some of the singles you did for this album. How did you ease the worries and how did knowing people care that much mean to you?

A: It’s pretty cool. We like being connected like that!

Q: recently a lot of bands and artists are talking about cancel culture and being banned or taken off some media platforms! How do you guys view the likes of some of them taking their career on themselves and your view of the cancelling of some people’s freedom of speech?

A: It’s all just freedom of speech, if you believe in yourself keep on the good fight in whatever you are fighting for.

Q: What is the biggest part of touring that you miss and what do you think is going to be the biggest thing to shake the rust off once you start doing it again?

A: We miss the free vodka backstage, we never realized how expensive alcohol is until this pandemic hit. On a more serious note, we love playing shows and we miss that!

Q Empower other artists and give them a piece of advice?

A: We are living in interesting times. There’s so much knowledge out there! Go study/become a musician!

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Interview with Marc Hood of Cadaver Soirée

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Interview with Marc Hood of Cadaver Soirée
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello all, It’s Sheri!

I return from the other side of 2020 (Happy New Year) and boy oh boy, I’ve had a few insightful chats leading up to Christmas… Here I sat down with Marc Hood (vocalist) of one of Leeds’ dark gems, Cadaver Soirée.

Formed in 2016, Cadaver Soirée play a mixture of Death, Black and Doom Metal. Taking influence from various sources and placing emphasis on heaviness and memorable riffing, the guys aim has always been to provide a brutal and diverse listening experience.

Give them a listen!

Sheri: What got you into making music and where you are now?

Marc: I’ve been into being a musician, that sort of thing for about 15 years, I’ve done everything really, in terms of being in a band. I’ve been a guitarist, I’ve pretended to be a bassist haha, I’ve played synth in a band as well. I’ve done near enough everything. I’ve even drummed many years ago. I was in a band with Andy from Cadaver, I was the bassist, it was called Hammer X – I’d pretty much left Hammer X at that point because it was a different style to what I’m doing now so Andy had heard my vocals and had suggested I try out. So, I joined on a whim and it turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me, musically.

Sheri: I love that! You mention you’ve done different things before – have you been in a similar type of band or has it always been different?

Marc: To be honest, I’ve done near enough everything. The band I drummed in was a sort of Amon Amarth/Viking type so that was fun! I was in a groove metal band; I was lead guitar in that. I played bass in a Classic Rock band – I did full spectrum on the bass. The band I play Synth for is a Black Metal band, obviously Cadaver is death metal.

Sheri: Wow, that’s cool! Education wise, did you pick up all of this through education?

Marc: No, I’m entirely self-taught, I wanted to do music in high school, but the teacher didn’t think metal was a viable sort of music, so… (we could do an article on how narrow minded a point of view, by some, so-called teachers this is!! – Rick)

Sheri: Yeah, tell me about it! Haha.

Marc: Haha, so I just thought I’d go my own way, so I’ve had no formal education and everything I’ve done I’ve done myself or by form of imitation.

Sheri: Understood. There’s a lot of musician’s like yourself that are self-taught but to have such a range is awesome. Your debut album “To Betray The Creator”was brought out in 2017…

Marc: The original “Cordyceps” demo was recorded in 2017 with the previous line up and then songs from that were taken for “To Betray The Creator” and that was in 2019.

Sheri: And it was on Morning Star Heathens (MSH Records) – a big shout out to Shane (label boss Shane Giess), I’ve got a lot of time for that guy!

Marc: Absolutely! The original single, ‘Limbless’, that was with Morning Star – the actual album itself was self-released. The original single ‘Cordyceps’, the actual tape was with Morning Star as well.

Sheri: I think that’s probably where I first heard it. This album shows elements of Doom and Black Metal blended into your Death Metal vibe. Is this something that naturally came with making the album? How did you find your fitting?

Marc: It’s kind of a mix of our influences, particularly Andy, our guitarist. He’s big into Extreme metal and all its forms, he loves Black metal, big fan of Grindcore, that sort of thing. So, for the most part of the songs that he’s written – he writes the majority of our music and then me and Neil sort of add our flavour to it and more recently our new drummer he adds as well but the sort of bare bones of the songs are pretty much Andy. It’s more of a reflection of his influence, especially that first album. Some of the songs he’d written many years ago and he’d never really had an outlet to release them and play them live because the other band he was in was nowhere near that heavy.

Sheri: Understood. So basically, it was down to influences for all of you, especially Andy – so my next question is do you put your music together collectively or do you have a certain method that you make work together in your songwriting?

Marc: It used to be entirely that Andy would send us a riff idea, send us a song idea where he would do everything on it except the vocals, he would program the drums and suggest bass lines and then me, Neil and Nate (our previous vocalist) would just add vocals and bass because Neil isn’t like most bassists, he plays something completely different and it just works, he comes up with a lot of very, very interesting things. There’s only two or three times on the entire album he’s actually following the guitar. We all make small suggestions, so on the new album for example, there’s a couple of riffs that have come in and I’ve suggested “that bit needs a blast beat” or “that’s fine” – you know, we’re very diplomatic as a band, almost too nice, I think.

Sheri: Haha, I think as other Artists have said though, you do have to get on as a band.

Marc: Yeah, it helps haha! More recently the dynamics changed a little bit where me being in the band and able to play instruments, I’ve been contributing riffs as well so that takes the form of either me showing Andy a riff in the practise room and then he makes something of it there and then, which he can do…or he records it and sorta takes it away and works on it for the week or we just jam things out as well.

Sheri: So, he has a bit of a play around with it. Cool. Can you tell our readers what inspires your songwriting?

Marc: Well in terms of my part as the vocalist, I come up with the themes of the songs obviously. I have a bit of a broad spectrum of influences, I’m quite a political person as well as historically political. We have a new song written called ‘Napalm Light’ which is about the more horrible side of the Vietnam War. As well as a more satirical song that we’ve got in the works – we’ve got the classic Death Metal splatters and Gore and that sort of thing and then I tend to write about people that I don’t like!

Sheri: Cool! Haha. What better way than to get that out of your system, really? Very resourceful way. Haha. On “To Betray The Creator”vocally, you have some different ranges that reach the listener – For example, on ‘Cordyceps’ and ‘Entombed In Dirt’we see what I would perceive as a more Black Metal range and then on later tracks such as ‘Aeons Of Lies’and ‘Augmented’, more Death growls are present. What are your thoughts on that perception?

Marc: To be honest, that’s a good perception, it’s not one that I’ve heard someone say to me before as well, which is nice. It depends on the song really and certainly on ‘Cordyceps’ it’s certainly rawer. It’s much higher in the mix, not sort of as deep and grunty, again that’s more of a reflection on the song, I kind of listen to the song and see what’s needed and adjust my performance. In the particular case of ‘Cordyceps’, that was written by Nate, the previous vocalist, I’ve just changed it up a bit to suit my vocal style a little bit more and my sort of phrasing, but it really depends on the song. It’s good to hear that there is that noticeable difference because I do think it’s nice to have that kind of range when you’re doing vocals. To me there’s nothing worse than a monotonous sounding vocalist so…if someone’s a one trick pony it’s kind of like “Okay, what else can you do?”

Sheri: Some vocalists, that work on the Black Metal range, have to put work into it but it seems to come naturally to you.

Marc: It very much does yeah because in the previous band I was in, I had to sing clean vocals and I’m not very good at that. I can sing but I prefer not to and when I came to Cadaver, in the first rehearsal, it was really the first time I’d ever done proper Extreme Metal vocals. So, I kinda went in with the view on seeing what happens and it turns out I was quite good at it. Then I sort of developed that over time and became more proficient in techniques and that. To be honest with me, it’s more to do with the raw emotion that’s in it, there’s very little technique involved. People have asked me in the past “How do you make that sound” and it’s like…how do you explain talking? Haha. It’s exactly the same for me, I can’t explain it.

Sheri: As you’ve been hinting, you’re writing new material at the moment! Ease my anticipation – what’s been happening behind the scenes for Cadaver Soiree through the last year?

Marc: Well, we have been affected a lot by what’s been going on, as everyone is. We got a message mid-way through the year from Wiktor, our new drummer. We sorta played together previously when he was in his previous band, so he asked if we wanted to try him out.

Of course, if you’re offered a drummer, you try and snatch him…because there are no drummers anywhere haha. He’s a relay good fit, a really nice guy, great drummer, he picked up our material really quickly. We had been writing some stuff anyway, so it’s been more of a case of teaching him the songs and we’ve been writing new stuff at the same time.

He puts his own flavour to it and it’s great. Really, really natural feel to his drumming so…We are planning on recording some of the songs we’ve got and writing new material as well and we’re gonna be recording that probably early this year. Releasing the same way that we released “To Betray The Creator” – looking at CD and Digital. Potentially a tape release if there’s a call for it, as I know there is a kind of underground tape collecting scene for it as well. If it’s wanted, we’ll do it! We’re gonna look to release it Springtime and tour when gigs can come back.

Sheri: So, your next plans will be promoting the new material and getting back to gigging when you can?

Marc: That’s right! One or two of the new songs we have already played live actually, with the gigs we had in early 2020 and things like that because it’s quite easy just to chop it out if you’re using a drum machine so you can copy and paste it and whatnot – now that we’ve got Victor, it’s great, it’s gonna improve the live show as well because now I’ve come along a lot more with that kind of energy so let’s hope it will pick up and we can get out there a lot more.

Sheri: Yeah, I’m looking forward to it! As your debut album was out in 2017 and you have new material coming to us soon, what do you feel is different or evolved in your songwriting now?

Marc: In terms of the overall sound, it’s gone a lot more aggressive – a LOT more. That’s partially down to me because the way I like to deliver the vocals is a really bludgeoning, belligerent kind of way. The same with the guitar as well, it’s a much more technical direction as well and a lot faster. It’s heading for almost Tech Death in some places whilst keeping it as catchy as we can keep it and again with the live drums as well, that’s making a lot of difference. What we have been doing with the original album as well, we have been doing a lot of synth and orchestral sounds in there, certainly in songs like ‘Evil Breeds Evil’ and ‘Entombed’. There were a lot of sort of orchestral sounds in there and piano and things like that. We are gonna be stripping that back because, first of all, it’s difficult to do that live if you haven’t got a keys player and we don’t really have the intention of doing that. With the addition of the live drums as well, it sort of adds what the synths added. A lot of energy and oomph to the sound so…we’re gonna be heading more towards a traditional Death Metal direction and kinda moving away from the Swedish Death Metal – but keeping elements of it because that’s what we are…but sort of adding the more American style of Death Metal…Cannibal Corpse, that kind of thing. Really heavy and just…like being punched in the face haha.

Sheri: That’s what we’re looking for! Hahaha. In regard to what is happening right now, what are your thoughts on supporting the music scene at the moment?

Marc: It’s absolutely crucial. There are not words enough to say how crucial it is to support the music industry at the moment – because the government are sure as hell ain’t doing it. Whilst I am in favour of supporting musicians at the moment I am also a little bit wary about putting gigs on and the dangers involved, I know of a few promoters at the moment that are doing it, so long as it’s kept safe and distanced as possible – but in terms of local bands, we’re not out there, we’re not playing gigs and we haven’t got the opportunity to come and see people like we would do. Bandcamp are really helpful at the moment where on Friday’s they take away their cut of what they take so it’s really helpful for bands. Social media has really stepped up too – it’s a big platform for bands to engage with people and we like to do that as much as possible, so if someone comments on one of our videos or posts, we make sure to engage with that because really, it’s the only engagement at the moment that we can get. We don’t get to share it with people anymore.

Sheri: I think that it’s important for Artists to engage with their fans anyway because the better it will be for them, ultimately. How do you see things adapting once the worst of the Pandemic is over? Or what would you like to see in way of change?

Marc: In the way of change, there’s always the preference on mobile attended gigs, I mean, we know as much as anyone what it’s like to play to two people and things. So hopefully that will be a thing – that gigs will be more well attended because you see a lot of people out there that just want gigs back. So hopefully that means that interest will still be there in live music. So, I’d like to see sort of more appreciation for Artists. Not to sound too big headed or anything but it’s vital to my own Mental Health – if it wasn’t for music, I think I’d go loco.

Sheri: Absolutely, I agree with you. I think it’s really important, especially in times like this when you’re limited, music is everyone’s outlet isn’t it?

Marc: It’s an escape. I always feel like I’ve had a massage after a gig, sometimes I just drop to my knees and enjoy it for a moment. It’s brilliant. I’ve been more on edge about the lack of gigs than the actual virus in some ways.

Sheri: It’s part of your life so it’s frustrating at having to put your life on hold. But hopefully it’s not going to be too much longer until the world can be safe and get back to normal. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen happen whilst you’ve been in music?

Marc: Hmmm…I was referred to once as an accident waiting to happen because I move around a lot. I was given a wireless unit to stop the wires knocking things over – so there’s been a few times where I’ve just gone and sat down with people in places that we’ve played – it turned into a bit of a ritual actually – the strangest thing was actually when I think about it, there was a lady who came in part way through, sat down and started sobbing…and I mean tears streaming down her face. She was absolutely intoxicated beyond all belief and then she asked me to sign her chest. I said no because I’m a happily taken man – but I did sign her arm and I signed it “Rob Dukes” (Exodus vocalist). Hahaha.

Sheri: Did you!? Hahaha. Is there a story behind that?

Marc: It’s literally the first name that came to mind haha – I didn’t want to sign mine haha!

Sheri: Any advice for other bands at the moment?

Marc: Don’t give up. I know how difficult it is at the moment and how it was to begin with, sort of reaching your audience, finding yourself musically, getting the right line-up together…everything about it is a challenge but it is really the best reward I can think of. That moment when you are looking back at a crowd and they get it – AH, I genuinely can’t describe it, it is pure euphoria.

Sheri: It’s part of you, part of your life and what makes you up isn’t it? It’s sad to see that a few bands have had to throw the towel in at the moment and are not able to do anything – but equally there are a lot of bands trying to push forward and making new material. The music scene does also club together and support people as much as possible.

Marc: There’s a really, really good scene at the moment in the Death Metal community – we have good friends across the country like Pemphigoid, great guys – they’re really nice people, you wouldn’t think listening to the music, but Death Metal musicians are always lovely. Ashen Crown are absolutely wonderful.

Sheri: Ah, we love both those guys at Ever Metal haha.

Marc: The whole scene – I haven’t come across anyone I don’t like yet, which is unusual for me as I’m a cantankerous sod…

Sheri: Hahaha. There’s always gonna be one though somewhere but not naming names, I’ll stay professional or something along those lines haha. Is there anything you’d like to add?

Marc: Hahaha I know! Just a huge, huge thank you to everyone that supports us and listens to our music, that puts us on at gigs and buys our merchandise and things like that – it’s so unbelievably humbling – I sound like a dick, I know but we thank you. That’s all I can say really.

Sheri: Thank you for your time!

Marc: Thank you, have a good one!

Cadaver Soirée Are:
Marc Hood – Vocalist
Neil Hannaford – Bass
Andy Firth – Guitars
Wiktor Wrona – Drums

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Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist

Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist
By William Ribas

Hello everyone. It is Victor here. I hope you are safe and ready to have a good 2021, considering all the issues from the last year. Well, as you can imagine, the Ever Metal team works to spread Heavy Metal and Rock Music around the world and we share the passion that is music. Along this path, I make new friends that I can even call them as brothers and sisters. During my previous work with Brazilian websites and magazines, I made friends and we still work together, no matter if we are in different places.

My brother William Ribas (Master William as I like to call him), is one of these people and he is very well known for his incredible interviews with great bands from all around the world. He has already interviewed bands from the Brazilian underground up to names like Accept and Saxon. During his short hiatus off work as reviewer/interviewer, he was open to collaborate with Ever Metal and he had the idea to interview the Brazilian Thrash Metal band Deathgeist, who he has been a fan for a long time.

We have already done an EMQ’s with them, if you want to know more of their history, but, for this interview, William asked questions more related to their albums and composition.

Thanks a lot William for your amazing work and Victor Regep for his time answering. Enjoy…

William Ribas: Deathgeist was formed in 2016, and immediately caught the attention of the most nostalgic fans, especially from the audience that loves a crazy mosh pit. Have you ever imagined you would have such a good reception around the world?

Victor Regep: I honestly did not imagine. But it was very gratifying for Deathgeist’s first album, to be considered one of the best albums released in 2017. This gave extra motivation for us to give continuity and inspiration to develop new works.

William Ribas: In 2017, the band released their self-titled album. It is a raw and direct album, with a drier production, that hits our faces straight ahead. For many fans, this album is a protest from the underground against all the “robotic” music that increasingly takes over the heavy metal scene. In your perception, how do you analyze this debut? Is there anything that you would change in it?

Victor Regep: We were immensely proud and satisfied with the result of our first album. I think the moment was the same, and we were just getting started. When I joined Adriano Perfetto to set up the band, we wanted to do something direct and “raw”, without many frills. We wanted Just a heavy album that could reach Thrash Metal fans. And I think we did it.

William Ribas: Still talking about the first record. Several tracks deserve to be highlighted such as ‘Day Of No Tomorrow’, ‘Thrash Metal Fire’, ‘Ghost Of Torture’ and ‘Mass Holocaust’, for example. All these songs bring a set of factors that are the great riffs, a very well worked instrumental and finally are “chewing gum” in the choruses, that is, a banquet for the shows. When you are composing, is there a concern about how the music will sound live in front of fans?

Victor Regep: Oh yeahhh, thanks for the compliments. In a way, we really thought about leaving a certain riff or some chorus more striking, always thinking about how it would sound live at shows. It is a very interesting way and, not escaping the purpose, to compose the songs.

William Ribas: The second album “666” came out in 2019. It was a necessary evolution for the band to keep growing. Before we talk about the songs, it is inevitable not to ask. The album’s title is simple and impactful, but I am curious about what the message was behind this title?

Victor Regep: “666” basically talks about, the moment when the church occupies a nation and puts fear in people. In fact, they are the antichrists. They use religion to oppress, to implant a culture of fear in people, and to say that all that they preach is “in the name of God”. Many things in the world have been delayed because of religion. And as if that were not enough, they still implant a religious fascism without respecting an opposite opinion.

‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)

William Ribas: “666” is a continuation of what was showed in “Deathgeist”. The sound follows 80’s thrash metal, but I could feel that you risked more, adding more melodies with a record sounding not so old school. How was the composition process for this album?

Victor Regep: Yes, this album made it possible for us to explore as much as possible with rhythmic varieties and more worked melodies. It generated a fascinating result at the end of that album. We are very proud of that.

William Ribas: Another positive aspect in “666” is the instigating cover art, which rescues that thing from you to just go to a store, look at the design of the art and you immediately want to buy to check how the sound is. Can I say that the band definitely created their own “Eddie” to stamp the t-shirts and future albums?

Victor Regep: Yes of course!! All of us in the band are big fans of established bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Kreator and they all have a mascot that. In the past, we used to go to record stores and we were fascinated just to see the album covers of these bands. It also made us create our own mascot.

William Ribas: When you created Deathgeist, your main idea was rescuing a most direct thrash metal, something that Bywar did too. I believe that all the steps so far in these two releases have been very well thought out. How is the dynamic behind the scenes with promotion and all the work the band has to do when it is not playing or recording?

Victor Regep: Yes, at first, Adriano and I were trying to get back to the “magic” that we had in the days of Bywar. Of course, with the new members that are Fernando Oster and Mauricio Bertoni, it opened up many paths for us not to be just a band that plays at shows and records in the studio. Today, we think like a company, there is a great need for innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

William Ribas: You were working on shows to spread “666” when Covid-19 appeared and stopped everything. Things so far are moving slowly in the music industry. Few shows are happening, and everything is uncertain. For the band, how are you dealing with these new logistics to keep the name of Deathgeist growing?

Victor Regep: It was like I said earlier. There is always a need for new ideas that can be added to the band in some way. This world pandemic took us by surprise. We were motivated and excited about 3 tours that were going to happen to us in 2020. But unfortunately, we had to cancel everything. On the good side of all this, due to the social isolation that occurred, we managed to compose our third album that we are already recording. And the forecast is that by mid-May or June 2021, it will be launched. And I can say that it is simply fabulous.

William Ribas: The band has just released a new single ‘Curse Of The Mandrake” and it is the band’s first single featuring Fernando Oster, drummer for Woslom, who joined recently. I noticed a more organic sound on the drums and more melodies in this song. How was the creation process and what changes did you feel in the sound with this new line-up?

Victor Regep: Fernando is a truly kind guy and an excellent drummer. When Adriano and I presented ‘Curse Of The Mandrake’, he managed to give a new look to the rhythm part. He’s a meticulous guy and he wanted me to look like him, without breaking Deathgeist’s songwriting standards. Everything went very well and the result was better than expected.

‘Curse Of The Mandrake’ (Official Video)

William Ribas: To finish, “Deathgeist”, was a kick in the ass of who is accommodated and “666” is the evolution of it. It is common to say that the third disc is always the most important because it shows what the band really came for. Therefore, what can we expect from the next act?

Victor Regep: Really “666” was an album that we thought to “wake up” the headbangers (laughs). What I can say is that this will be one of the best jobs that we have developed. There will be surprising things, but without running away from our Thrash Metal theme. The fans will be very happy with this album, I promise.

William Ribas: Thanks for the interview; the final space is all yours.

Victor Regep: I would like to thank the entire Ever Metal team, Victor Augusto and William Ribas, for the great opportunity that you are giving us to show our work. We hope that this year 2021 will be different, and that we can return to our normal activities. Take care and take care of the people you like. Stay at home!! Soon we will be together again at the concerts. Peace! ✌ 🤘

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Interview with Madeleine Liljestam of ELEINE

Interview with Madeleine Liljestam of ELEINE
By Dark Juan

Hello, dear friends. It is I, Dark Juan. I trust I find you well and all preparing yourself for the festival of the birth of the False God’s equally false son? Anyway, I have been a good little soldier and behaved myself in my past few reviews, so our Lord and Master, mighty smiter, metal king and surprisingly tolerant editor (when faced with my rantings he is never less than gracious and understanding, notwithstanding just how many times I use the word fuck. Which is a lot) Sir Richard Tilley has taken off my leash and allowed me to emerge, blinking and shellshocked from his basement into the drab and reedy light of a gloomy British winter day. After several fortifying cups of Yorkshire’s finest brew, I immediately have cast about for devilry to commit, preferably indoors because this Hellpriest doesn’t like the cold, and I have been permitted to (in flagrant disregard of the panic and fear I caused myself the last time I spoke to somebody famous and popular – I am famously misanthropic and awkward around people. Clearly Rick and I have learned NOTHING from the previous experience) interview Swedish symphonic metal stalwarts Eleine, who have recently released an absolute STONKER of an album in “Dancing In Hell”. Add the fact it appears that I am suffering from puppy paralysis as the Dread Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover (no, there WON’T be more of that later) has settled happily next to me and is snoring gently and emitting the kind of smells that should be banned under the Geneva Convention and you will understand that this has made me utterly unable to move and has led to a period of lightheaded, bonehead confidence due to oxygen starvation (but pleasingly NOT paradoxical undressing)  which has led in turn to this collection of questions, of which the fabulous Madeleine Liljestam from the Scandinavian symphonic superstars is now obliged to answer.

Shall we dive in? After you…

Dark Juan: Greetings and salutations. I am Dark Juan, incumbent enfant terrible of Ever-Metal.com. Please do tell whom I have the pleasure of addressing today?

Madeleine: You are talking to Madeleine, the vocalist and one of the founders of ELEINE.

DJ: Thank you for consenting to be part of the nonsense I write and congratulations on a spectacular and wide-ranging record. Could you please tell me about the process of writing and recording the album? Who writes the lyrics and does the music come fully formed from the mind of one person or is it all a group effort? Also, even though it is a bit clichéd and overdone, who are your influences and musical heroes?

M: Thank you, and thank you for reaching out, it’s a pleasure. I’m glad to hear you enjoy our new album. I am very proud of its early success. You can never really know what to expect when releasing something new. But what you can do is create what feels true to you, and that’s the important part We write what we know, what we see and what we feel. There’s a huge piece of ourselves in this album, so it really warms our hearts hearing how appreciated it is.

Rikard and I write all the music/lyrics and we’re influenced by many various things. Games, movies, life. We get this question a lot and never seem to be able to give something short like naming a band or two. There are many bands that inspire us. I feel that good music is good music….and we listen to good music.

DJ: When I listen to Eleine’s music, although it is in keeping with the gothic/symphonic metal genre, I find it much more exciting because it appears to have a much harder edge (Rikard’s guitar work and vocals especially) than Nightwish, Within Temptation, After Forever and the like. Is this a conscious decision of the band or are there members who harbour a (possibly not so) secret love of extreme music?

M: Who said that symphonic metal can’t be heavy or even extreme sometimes? As I mentioned before, we only write and create what feels true to us. We’re going with the vibe we have during the time of writing, you know? I’m glad you like it, thank you very much. Yes, there is a heavier sound on “Dancing In Hell”, and it’s really not a surprise since we like heavier music. I mean, it’s certainly no secret that I myself enjoy listening to black and death metal. I would also like to add that although many seem to believe so, we don’t listen to other bands in our genre and try to write like them. That would be redundant and pointless since they have their sound and we have our own sound.

DJ: It appears to be becoming more and more difficult for bands to draw attention to themselves, especially during this current COVID unpleasantness, and to make a living from their music. What does Eleine do differently, in your opinion, which makes you stand out from the crowd?

M: I don’t think we’re the ones to answer that question, the fans and you should, right? We continue to work the way we’ve always done and I take it as a compliment that you actually ask that!

DJ: As I write this, I am watching Eleine videos, which are richly filmed and produced in a very lush fashion. How important is the visual aesthetic to Eleine, and who comes up with the concepts for videos, and does this transcribe easily to your live shows?

M: Very nice, thank you! We produce, direct, film and edit all of our music videos on our own. Rikard does most of the camera work and when he needs to be in frame it’s often I who film him. In editing it’s all Rikard with cutting things together and creating that extra depth with his mad editing skills. I of course also help out when he gets stuck and needs a second pair of eyes. The visual aspects are very important for ELEINE. I, myself, visualize so much in both stills and moving pictures when creating music. This extends into live performance and also music videos. Everything you see with ELEINE, is an extension of ELEINE and what we do. Choosing to have the sunset behind us in ‘Ava Of Death’ wasn’t a coincidence. Choosing to have the fire and some subtle facial expressions in ”Dancing In Hell” wasn’t either. there’s so much thought behind it all and I’m glad you like them.

DJ: Madeleine, obviously, you are a woman fronting a heavy metal band and the visual focal point of Eleine. You may not be aware that there has been something of a scandal involving a British produced heavy metal magazine recently displaying outrageous levels of misogyny regarding female musicians and using language and terms which a lot of others, myself and the ENTIRE staff of Ever-Metal.com included, found totally unacceptable. What are your experiences of reading or hearing about yourself in the wider press and have you found anything unacceptable or outright sexist? Have there been occasions where you have not been treated with the same respect as a male musician? How did you deal with them and what can us writers, reviewers and interviewers do to improve our coverage of women in metal?

M: That’s terrible! I am aware that idiots rage the earth, but I haven’t heard of that specific idiot. Well, since you bring it up – I do not appreciate reading that ELEINE is a ”female fronted metal” band. What the hell is that? It’s not like every band with men as fronts are called “male fronted metal” bands, right? “female fronted” isn’t a genre. I FULLY get the idea why you’d want to empower women. There is a lot of shit going on. But we are all humans. Sure, we can’t claim other than it’s a mainly man dominated world of metal, but at the same time it is so incredibly wrong to hear that some festivals book 5 bands with female front figures just because they need to hit their quota of equality. Bands should be booked because of their music and delivery when performing, not because of what’s between their legs.

A band is a band. Metal is metal. No matter sex, skin colour or whatever. Don’t judge a band before you’ve actually listened to their music. I can’t count the times I’ve recently heard: ”I usually don’t listen to bands with a female vocalist but hey, I was recommended to listen to ELEINE and now you have a new fan”. It’s GREAT that people go out of their comfort zone and listen to new music. It’s like I’ve said before…good music is good music, and crap music is crap music.

I stand up for humans and animal rights. Regardless of gender. We need to be equals in this. It really pisses me off to be put in a box that says ”Female fronted metal” and not even being given a chance to show what we got. Don’t get me wrong, you can of course call a man a man and a woman a woman etc. But instead of “outing” it with labels such as “female fronted”, just call them metal bands and add the actual genre.

But, as always, I know what we have, I know what we do and I am proud of it. Instead of seeing myself as a victim I’ve always chosen to switch it up a gear instead and make sure I make myself and our fans happy.

DJ: What news are you receiving about the reception of your latest album? I personally rated it as 9/10 and “Sumptuous, richly produced, expansively written and an essential purchase if you enjoy the beauty of female vocals offsetting metal power.” Are you getting many positive reviews?

M: What a great rating, thank you very much. The reception has been absolutely fantastic. I am deeply grateful for this. As I mentioned earlier, this album is a huge part of ourselves. I can’t thank everyone enough for buying it, appreciating it and sharing it <3

DJ: What do we have to look forward to from Eleine in 2021, assuming all the COVID restrictions are done with? This year has truly, truly sucked for live music and surely it has affected Eleine as well as everyone else involved with live music. Are you going to tour sooner rather than later or are you going to wait a bit longer for the sake of increased safety?

M: TOURING! My unholy Satan, I’m starving here. 2020 was rough for everyone and we need to work together to get through it. Even though the year was dark, there were shimmers of light. One very good thing was the release of “Dancing In Hell”, both for us and for our fans. It has been an absolutely devastating year in so many ways, but we will make it. From everything there’s something to learn. I’ve learned to have way more patience than I’ve ever had.

We will tour when it’s safe and allowed, of course. We care about our fans

DJ: Do you have anything to say to your fans and people just discovering Eleine? This is your chance to say whatever you wish about whatever you like!

M: We are aware that we wouldn’t be anything without the beautiful fans we have. We are grateful for each and every one. We have a really close contact with our patrons and our Patreon has also helped us out tremendously. Thank you all so very much, keep on buying music from your favourite artists and we’ll see you soon.

DJ: Please allow me to thank you very much for agreeing to spend your time answering these questions, and may I wish you every success for the future. I truly hope your new record brings you an outrageous amount of success. The only reason this wasn’t done through Zoom was because I am far too much of a coward, having scared myself rigid the last time I did that! Tack så mycket för din tid, jag hoppas att vi snart ses på en brittisk turné och lycka till och framgång för er alla. God Jul!

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INTERVIEW WITH FACED

INTERVIEW WITH FACED
Coming in strong with II COMING
By Stephanie Stevens

A Solid and strong band coming out of NY has just graced my earholes, FACED is turning up the volume with their newest album entitled “II COMING”.

The band is made up of founding members Jordan Simpson on guitar, Paul Burk on bass, Jay Matthews on drums who came together in 2017 and then quickly made Phil Loupin the energy induced singer of the band.

FACED is creating intense and driving elements with “II COMING” and were able to work with masterminds Howie Weinberg (mastering) and Sterling Winfield (mixing) who brought the vision of the band alive and that not only know their craft but have worked with many heavy hitters like Metallica, Pantera. Damage Plan and King Diamond.

‘POWER AND STRENGTH’ is the platform single off the disc and the guys just did a live performance video to display the hard-hitting synergy and fire the track has.

I had a chance to chat with Jordan about the band’s formation, working with people who have worked with his inspirations and much more.

Q: Tell me how FACED came together back in 2017 and how would you define your sound?

A: Me and Jason the drummer was writing and jamming and recording for years. We needed a front man to hold down vocal duties and that’s when we came across Phil. We met him years ago but at that time he was in another band. We crossed paths again and I showed him some stuff we worked on and he put some vocal tracks on some demo and instantly we knew he was the dude. He recruited his friend Steve to play bass on our first CD. On the 2nd one we recruited Paul for bass duties.

Q: From looking at your influences, it ranges from hardcore and punk to hard rock and metal. Two different lifestyles that also fit together. What have you learnt from each other musically when you have a broad sense of music influences in one band?

A: I learned having a frontman allows you to do more. Not just musically but live as well. Stage presence is huge. With Phil he just commands the audience. He entertains the audience which is amazing. We all have so many different types of music that influence us, so we just create this melting pot of metal. As long as we all like it we go for it. We don’t follow trends or what’s popular. We just play music that makes us feel good.

Q: “II COMING” is your newest release and I see you have posted it in entirety to youtube. Was there a reasoning for this and have you guys made actual discs for purchase or are you sticking with the digital age?

A: We just wanted to get it out there. In the middle of the pandemic people are broke and hurting financially wise. Including us. It’s a tough time because usually we play out a lot and sell merch. We truly miss it. But if it was about the money, we would have hung it up a long time ago. Faced is totally about the love of the music. We just want the music to be heard and fly the flag of metal. Carry the torch so to speak. But if someone wants to help out funding the next album, they can buy the album on any major streaming services.

Q: How do you feel your band has grown from your first release to this one and what surprised you about the growth when you all began writing?

A: I feel we have some more groove hardcore elements to the band. Also, there is a ballad on there as well which is new for us The 2nd album was pretty much already writing by me and Jason. Just as the first record. So, coming into the 3rd album we are getting all the guys to throw it into the mix and really get all 4 cylinders moving and we can already see the results and we are very excited about that.

Q: A cool thing with this album is for mixing and mastering you worked with people who have worked with your metal role models. Was that something that was focused on when looking for people or did it just happen by chance?

A: Well, I record all our band’s music at our studio. I tried to mix and master it but me being the perfectionist I am was never happy with my own mixes. The other guys were like yeah it sounds great but sometimes you have to be the bigger man and admit someone can do better. So, I reached out to Sterling Winfield who we have been friends with for a few years and he decided to take us on because I knew he was the dude who could make it come to life. He’s one of the best in the business. He’s worked with everyone from Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah to King Diamond. I tried not to fan boy too hard about it and just keep it real, ya know. Cause I’m sure everyone out there drives him nuts with that stuff. So, when we got the final mixes in, we needed to find someone to master it. I decided to call Howie Weinberg and I thought he would just blow me off because he has worked with some of the greatest artists in the world. But to my surprise he was very down to earth and so cool to me. We had some great conversation and decided to make it happen. Yes, this whole experience was a dream come true. But I try to stay humble and not let it get to my head. We are very lucky to have the right people at the right time making us sound the best we can be.

Q: Each studio time are you the type of band that really looks at it as another way to learn something to increase growth? If so, this time around, what do you feel you walked away from after “II COMING” was done?

A: Every day we try to grow in the studio and in the jam room. Always trying to push further ahead. This time when II coming mixed and mastered we felt very proud of this album.

Q: I loved the tracks ‘POWER AND STRENGTH’ and ‘CITIZEN ZERO’. Can you give us a small insight on how these songs came to life and what they mean to you?

A: ‘Power And Strength’ is like the anthem song. Kinda like our version of ‘Eye Of The Tiger’. I could see a boxer or even a wrestler using that song as an entry into the ring. LOL!

As for ‘Citizen Zero’ that was a total experimental song that just grew and grew. Me and Jay just jammed the riffs in the studio and Phil slapped some lyrics on it and Paul added bottom sick low end and boom it was alive.

Q: I heard you guys are dropping a new video. For which song and what kind of video can we look for conceptually with live shots etc and who shot the video for you?

A: The new video, being our first one, is for the song ‘Power And Strength’. It’s a live action shot video of us throwing down on the stage. It’s a mirror of what you would see at a live show, is the best description. It will be on our YouTube channel and our band Facebook page on Dec 1st. It was created by our awesome friend and supporter Nick Dicocco. He reached out to us to do a video and we were all onboard. He is very talented and a great guy.

Q: Back in summer you guys did a really cool livestream for CHROME tell us what that is and why it was important to raise money for it?

A: The Chrome is a great venue here in upstate New York that have treated us like family. So, when we heard they were being put up for sale we asked if there was anything we could do to help. So, a few bands started live-streaming there to help raise money to save the venue.

Q: Being from NY and seeing what kind of chaos has ensued in 2020 especially with the music industry and the community, where do you see this crucial piece of life, that is music, headed in your opinion and if fans can do anything, what would you tell them to do for the community?

A: The music industry is hurting so bad here right now. If people dont start donating to these venues to keep them open it will head to less places for everyone to play out. I know it’s a tough time but please donate to your favourite venues. The Government isn’t doing anything to help them.

Q: What made you decide a life of being a musician was what you wanted to do and has your decision on this changed through the years?

A: We all do this for the Love of the music. No regrets at all. We all eat, breathe and sleep music.

Q: When and if live shows come back to play where is the first place you wanna play and what three bands would you want to play with?

A: At this point anywhere. Just to get back out there and do our thing. We really miss it.

Q: What do you hope people walk away with after getting to know your band and your music?

A: We hope that people will enjoy the music and know we work our ass off to bring you fresh new tunes and albums. We hope they will come out and party with us when we come to town and bring their friends to check us out.

Q: Empower another artist and tell us why they inspire you?

A: To many to count. There are so many artists out there that inspire the whole band. The spectrum of music we all listen to is so wide and varies so many genres. I can speak- for myself (JORDAN) My greatest inspiration on guitar was DIMEBAG!!!! He will inspire me forever. (HAIL THE KING).

The End

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Video Interview with SCARS

Video Interview with SCARS
Interview, Recording, and Editing by Victor Augusto

Hi Everyone

In September 2020, Victor travelled to São Paulo to meet and interview Legendary Brazilian Thrash Metal band, SCARS. Ever Metal are beyond proud to Premiere that interview.

They talk about their history and incredible 2020 comeback album, “Predatory”, as well as depression, suicide, faith, and their loyal fanbase. They also allow us a glimpse into a SCARS rehearsal.

I would like to send my sincerest gratitude to the band for their time/passion, and to Victor, who has spent MANY hours and days, over the past few weeks, putting this video together.

SCARS Video interview by Victor Augusto

I would also like to thank DJ Jet (Gimme Metal/Sick Drummer Magazine) and
DJ Joker (Metal Messiah Radio) for their contributions.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rick
Owner/Editor

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Interview with Ryuko

Interview with Ryuko
By: Alun Jones

“Grandpa, what’s a gig?”

“Well son, a gig was what we used to call a band playing live music, in front of an audience.”

“What, people watching musicians play their instruments? Crazy!”

“I know it seems like a strange idea to you youngsters, but it used to be a fantastic experience. Actually being able to gather with friends and strangers to enjoy hearing music. It was another world.”

That’s what the situation seems like right now: no gigs, no gatherings for entertainment – the old days sometimes feel like a lifetime ago. At least it seemed a whole different world back in February 2020, before the pandemic, when I caught up with Chester based band Ryuko at Pentre Fest.

The three piece – comprising The Bobfather (guitars/vocals), Captain Andy (bass) and MattMan (drums) were something of an anomaly at the metal-centric Pentre Fest.  Not that Ryuko don’t rock out, but their brand of punky, alternative rock was a little different from the other bands on show. I found their style of honest, yet far from pretentious rock’n’roll refreshing and it added a vital tone to the proceedings.

Post gig, I caught up with the band to pose some questions and contemplate the meaning of life.

Alun: First off, the cliched yet crucial discussion on influences:

Bob: It’s weird, ‘cos we’ve got influences from all over. If you listen to one of our sets, it has stages: it starts off punky, then it goes alternative rock. Then it goes a little metal/grungy, then back to punk at the end.

Matt: Drop D then back to punk! I’m a huge fan of Motorhead and Metallica, the list goes on, so me being the drummer, I was always doing these thrash beats. To go from that to stepping into this, this was more fun to me. I really enjoy myself when I’m behind the kit with these guys.

Bob: When I write the songs, I listen to quite a broad variety of music, so I think that becomes apparent in my songs. I don’t like to write the same song twice. As far as when I started out, I would say when I was a teenager, I first started listening to Nirvana, Carter USM. I also drew influences from a lot of electro – The Prodigy and stuff like that – so sometimes I’d try and work out how to play dance songs on a guitar. And then that would give me the influence to write more interesting songs. I like to try and fuse a bunch of different genres together, make it more interesting.

Andy: I listen to a lot of Neil Young; I think he’s a very diverse artist. He’s done folk, he’s also done electric stuff.

Alun: How do you promote yourselves?

Matt: I’m more into social media than these guys are. We’re promoting ourselves on Facebook, we’re gonna make a new YouTube account. That’s kind of going up and down at the moment…

Bob: We don’t know how to work it!

Alun: Where does the name Ryuko come from?

Bob: I’m really into anime and all things Japanese, Japanese music…At the time I was watching an anime called Kill la Kill. The main character is called Ryuko Matoi and I just thought it was a really cool name. Some really fun facts: Ryuko is one of the least popular names in Japan. It basically means “rebirth”, start over. So, I thought, we’re starting again, it’s a really cool name.

Andy: Well, it’s not a cool name in Japan, is it?

Bob: It’s cool to me! I think it’s cool!

Andy: I do wish we’d chosen a name that’s easier to spell and pronounce.

Bob: People can never say it.

Alun: Your cover of the Madness classic ‘Baggy Trousers’ tonight was a surprising choice, but great!

Matt: We decided to spruce that up to make it ours. The original is completely different to how I play it, I add extra little bits just to make it more funky.

Alun: Do you feel you’ve got the right band dynamic between the three of you?

Bob: We’re pretty good as we are. More people add more complications cos you’ve got to think – are they free; do they drive, are they going to be available…

Matt: I’ve got a son, he’s 9, we discuss upcoming gigs before we agree to it. If I’ve got my son and he comes along with us, if he’s allowed in the venue we play – he’s got his little ear defenders, he just sits in the corner and watches us or plays his game.

Bob: I’ve got three jobs…

Alun: Sounds like a positive environment to work in.

All: It’s got to be positive, if it’s not it just doesn’t work. If no-one’s happy, nothing gets done.

Alun: So, what’s next? What are your plans?

Bob: World domination!  One step at a time…

Andy: We’ve been working on re-doing our EP, we’ve been recording on and off. Recording, playing as many gigs as we can.

And there you have it: an enjoyable chat with the gentlemen of Ryuko. Make sure you check them out live, as and when we can return to the experience of live music. If grungy, punky alt rock with some metallic crunch is your thing, then Ryuko will be just the antidote you need in these dreary times.

With apologies to Ryuko, who have waited months for this interview to see the light of day.

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