Odd Dimension – The Blue Dawn

The Blue Dawn Album Cover Art

Odd Dimension – The Blue Dawn
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 61:00
Review by Simon Black
8.5/10

This Italian five-piece Progressive Metal outfit have been quiet for some time, with 2013’s ‘The Last Embrace To Humanity’ being the last we heard from them and, as always, the inevitable line-up fluctuations that plague most bands have been a significant part of that. With a stable line-up and the passage of time comes a more mature sound and a rich and complex release to emphasise that. This record is a Science Fiction concept piece about a couple of space travellers forging a new race in a musical take on the old Adam and Eve from space concept that has long been a staple of pulp paperback SF fiction.

As often when reviewing these records, having the time to unpick the minutia of the plot is a luxury this reviewer does not have, but needless to say it’s clear from the three spins I’ve given this record that this is a well-constructed and crafted story, with musical themes and flourishes woven into its tapestry. Musically this is somewhat impressive however, and that alone justifies taking it out for a spin. This is rich, mature and well-crafted Progressive tunage of the highest order, not particularly heavy in its sound and therefore likely to appeal to those who like their Prog to sound commercially accessible. Equally it avoids sounding Neo-Classical or Operatic, which let’s face it happens a lot on Italian acts in the genre, and has a more North American feel to it (think early Dream Theater or Fates Warning) with an undeniably radio-friendly vibe despite the technical proficiency on display. Also, unusually the vocals are very high and loud in the front of the mix, and given the power and timbre of new lungsman Jan Manenti’s excellent voice this is perhaps for the best.

As with the most successful Prog records, the musical brilliance is definitely there but it’s subtle and understated, so it doesn’t alienate less technically toned ears with overtly complex melodies, but allowing you to tune into the complexity if you choose. Working on two levels like that is really, really hard to achieve and to my ears, far more clever than an album full of overt fret-work and fragmented time changes ever can be. It’s really only on the title track itself when there is a bit more showiness on display, but then if you’ve managed to get erstwhile Dream Theater ivory-tickler Derek Sherinian as a guest, then be my guest, you deserve a moment of indulgence.

Overall this is an album that flows well, is easy on the ear, but with plenty of depth to dip your toes into should you wish and like all the best Prog, rewards the patient re-listener with more to appreciate despite being more than accessible enough on first listen. Thoroughly recommended.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mission N°773
02. Landing On Axtradel
03. The Invasion
04. Escape To Blue Planet
05. Solar Wind
06. Life Creators
07. The Blue Dawn
08. Sands Of Yazukia
09. Flags Of Victory
10. The Supreme Being

LINE-UP:
Jan Manenti – Vocals
Gianmaria Saddi – Guitar
Gabriele Ciaccia – Keyboards
Gigi Andreone – Bass
Marco Lazzarini – Drums

LINKS:

Odd Dimension Promo Pic

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Blue Hour Ghosts – Due

Due Album Cover Art

Blue Hour Ghosts – Due
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 38:59
Review by Dark Juan
8/10

Salut! I trust you are all having the most splendid day imaginable? Yes? Excellent. You find I, Dark Juan, in a most agreeable humour considering I have work tomorrow and I am in fact sober even though Argos (a particular shop in the UK, fans from other climes) were having what could only be described as a twat of a day considering their IT systems were down and no fucker could buy anything. This was annoying because I need to buy a hairdryer. Not for me, you understand, as I am somewhat follically challenged (but this just makes me a more streamlined and sleeker killing machine), but because I am SICK TO DEATH of Mrs Dark Juan’s hair trying to kill me while I sleep by infiltrating my throat. Honestly, her hair leads a semi-independent life all of its own and it is frequently homicidal. One wonders whether it would rank among the more unusual deaths ever recorded by West Yorkshire Police when it finally succeeds in its quest to off me and it will probably have half consumed my corpse by the time the plod get here. It once spat out an entire tortilla chip at me once. I shit you not. Also, I have been subject to some mockery from the leek and dragon enthusiast part of Team Ever Metal and other Welsh friends (MANY, many Welsh friends), due to a load of blokes named variously Jones, Davies or Griffiths chasing a funny shaped ball around a field better than us Saesnegs whilst wearing worryingly tight shorts. But the English do that too.

Three hundred words and I haven’t told you a damned thing about the music. Well, if you insist… Today’s offering comes from the land of Ferraris, Birra Moretti, and Cristina Scabbia (sigh…). Yes, Blue Hour Ghosts are from Modena in Italy, and I am listening to their sophomore offering “Due”, which is “Two” for all you dastardly souls who have never bothered to learn another language. Pay attention, you at the back, there will be a test later.

The record kicks off with ‘Walking Backwards’ and I am immediately smacked in the face with shimmering, very 80’s sounding keyboards and a clean (as in doesn’t sound like the vocalist is straining to have a colossal chilli fuelled shit, or more worryingly sounding like he’s on a very gruff vinegar stroke) singer over a meaty riff. I have returned to the righteous path of metal after a sojourn into the realms of industrial and the frankly whacked out bonkers barmy. However, rather than return to the world of the extreme, I have chosen the more melodic and grandiose path that Blue Hour Ghosts tread. Employing a sound that is a melange of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree, more than a little Coheed And Cambria (in the arrangement of the songs) and a soupcon of Paradise Lost, BHG are never going to be a particularly violent band. What they do have are pretty good songwriting chops and a fine grasp of English compared to my woeful knowledge of Italian. I always find it mightily impressive when non-native English speakers create songs in English when I could just about ask for two beers in their language (and can’t even do that in Afrikaans).

Further on into the record there is ‘Lower The Wires’ which marries an epic vocal from Ricky DC and a massive fucking chorus over keyboards inspired by Rammstein in parts, what with the way they swirl and prowl below the dual guitar attack of Diego Angeli and Francesco Poggi. This is actually a record that is somewhat greater than the sum of its parts – When I read the blurb and it said it was melodic metal, I was prepared to be unimpressed, because quite a lot of melodic metal is frankly a bag of shite and needs actual proper talent to make it work. Thankfully, BHG have the talent to make it work and work well. A lot of credit goes to keyboard batterer Simome Pedrazzi for this because his keyboards are never less than stunning, forming Rammstein-esque stabbings and eerie atmosphere before morphing into huge, skyrocketing, coruscating walls of sound that counterpoint the chunky riffing of the guitars superbly, but never overwhelm the band entirely. The vocal harmonies are also fucking brilliant, reminding me of Coheed And Cambria when they are sung in higher registers. ‘Damn Wrong’ is also a good, slowly rocking, melancholy tune that really reminds me of “One Second” era Paradise Lost, having the black misery and nihilism that the Yorkshire miserabilists made famous. I could really picture Nick Holmes singing this song and being as I am a BIT of a fan of Paradise Lost, this is not really a demerit.

Production wise this record is actually pretty damned good. Production and engineering has been ably handled by Giuseppe Bassi, of Fear Factory notability. His handling of the bass guitar of Matteo Malmusi is especially noteworthy as it is easily audible but doesn’t overpower the rest of the band and is a writhing, sinuous underpoint to the music rather than just something there to give the music a bit of a fat arse. However, the drums sound lifeless and artificial (although very competently played) and the china cymbal really can grate somewhat as it appears to have developed a superiority complex over the rest of the percussion and decided that it should be the ONLY cymbal that is heard. Some of the song arrangements can also be a little…choppy on key changes and middle eights but these are really minor gripes compared to the expansive songs and sound that the band enjoy on this record.

So, Italy proves once again to us that the metal scene there is vibrant and wide-ranging. There’s clearly more to the Italian scene than just Lacuna Coil and Corpsefucking Art and I’m looking forward to dipping my toes in further. Forza Italia!!!

Yes, it is fair to say that I am actually more than a little impressed by Blue Hour Ghosts. Solid, experimental, heavy and melodic as well, they cover most bases that excite this perennial enfant terrible and the sex wee quotient is fairly high. While we aren’t going to experience flooding, as Calderdale Council have invested heavily in sex wee flood defences since the last time (that was The Machinist’s fault) the quantity is sufficient to call town planners’ decisions into question about whether they can build houses on the flood plain at the bottom of the hill. This is music that you would play on an epic roadtrip around the warmer climes of Europe with the top down at dusk. I like it.

A lot.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Il sistema brevettato di valutazione degli schizzi di sangue Dark Juan – fuck it. Close enough. I’m sure the gentlemen will correct my Italian if they read what I have written about them) has been pleasantly shocked and awards Blue Hour Ghosts 8/10 for a damned fine melodic metal record with melancholy overtones. Surprising and excellent.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Walking Backwards
02. On Black Clouds
03. Dead In August
04. Damn Wrong
05. Shine
06. Fearless
07. Lower The Wires
08. Disheartened
09. Involved/Bored

LINE-UP:
Ricky DC – Vocals
Diego Angeli – Guitars
Francesco Poggi – Guitars
Simome Pedrazzi – Keyboards
Matteo Malmusi – Bass
Andrew Gunner – Drums

LINKS:

Blue Hour Ghosts Promo Pic

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AnthenorA – Mirrors And Screens

AnthenorA – Mirrors And Screens
Punishment18 Records
Release Date: 27/11/20
Running Time: 57:27
Review by Simon Black
6/10

We’ve not heard much from this Italian five piece for a while, with a decade passing since 2010’s “The Ghosts Of Iwo Jima”. For a band that originally started life as an Iron Maiden tribute act it will come as no surprise to those of you that have not yet come across them that this is straight up NWOBHM influenced Metal (but with a modern twist in places). And quite right too – discovering the greats after all is the reason how old hacks like me got into this game in the first place.

That said, this is also a refreshing and crisp sounding album, with some nice down and dirty bass and rhythm guitar sounds playing alongside some much more crisp and technically proficient drum and lead guitar work. The opening ‘Intro’ starts with some almost progressive acoustic guitar work before opening up in the full-on Metal tradition, but again there are more than 80’s Trad metal influences in here and I find motes of the more early 90’s deep heavy sound in that rhythm section’s mix that for some reason almost made me think of flannel shirts.

’30th’is a great example of this – again the down and dirty rhythm work is thrown in with technically Modern metal sounding drums, and classic 80’s melodic licks in a bizarre 20th Century Metal pot pourri. It shouldn’t work, but it does and this song is a great example of the melting pot going on here. Vocally Gigi Bonansea’s voice pitches it just right, with a sonorous, low and rich rock’n’roll timbre and more Di’Anno era Maiden in tone. ‘Bully Lover’ takes a more balladic tone, starting with a single acoustic guitar and vocals, before gently adding the instruments and power back. It shows Bonansea’s range, and I find myself wishing they had a few more moments like this as it dives into a melodic solo that would have had 20,000 zippo lighters going back in the day when carrying one didn’t get you ejected from an arena. This flows into ‘Low Hero’, which is a bullish straight-ahead rocker, with some nifty time changes and progressive licks, although I can’t help feeling that it’s very reminiscent of early 90’s Maiden.

Variety is the watch word with this album, however the challenge is that this comes alongside the absence of consistency and I’m left unsure of what direction these guys were actually heading in, as the influences come to bear a bit too blatantly from time to time. The other challenge I have with this record, is that after a very promising start it runs out of steam half way through and I can’t help feeling that this would have made a much more successful forty minutes or so rather than the full hour. That said, the album finale ‘War & Peace’ is worth holding out for, as it’s one of the tightest tracks on the record in terms of song writing and playing the full hand of the stylistic tricks and changes that work when this album is firing on all cylinders.

To be honest this feels like a competent warm up after a long break, rather than the end destination and a band that need to focus a little more on what their unique selling point for this decade is, and tighten the material to fit the belt. However, definitely a band to watch and I get the feeling that their experience would deliver the goods in a live environment.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. Tiresias
03. Alive
04. 30th
05. Digital Feelings
06. Funny Fricky Killer
07. Bully Lover
08. Low Hero
09. No Easy Way Out
10. Like
11. Peter Pan
12. No…So What!?!
13. War & Peace

LINE-UP:
Luigi “Gigi” Bonansea – Vocals
Stefano “Pooma” Pomero – Guitars
Samuele “Peyo” Peirano – Bass
Gabriele “Gabri” Bruni – Guitars
Fabio “Smaro” Smareglia – Drums

LINKS:

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Volturian – Crimson

Volturian – Crimson
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 24/04/2020
Running Time: 35:53
Review By Mark Pritchard
8/10

On what was a bright and sunny day with a nice cool breeze, I decided I would pop to the local shops to get a few bits and bobs. My soundtrack for this expedition was “Crimson” by Volturian. As I headed to the shop listening to the music, I found out why, when you’re walking, it’s a good idea to look where you’re going! In my right hand was my stick (as I have nerve damage in my right leg) and in my left was my phone. I was quite happily looking at track titles on my phone and then SMACK, I walked straight into a streetlight! Thankfully, I didn’t drop my phone and it didn’t interrupt my listening pleasure! Now you would have thought I would have learnt my lesson, but that wasn’t the case, as when I was walking back from the shops I did the same thing! It’s safe to say that I have learnt the hard way. Definitely not the kind of headbanging I was expecting! Anyway, enough about me, let’s get on to the cause of my slightly sore head!

Volturian are a modern metal band who hail from Italy and are only recently founded, in 2019, by singer Federica Lanna of the band Sleeping Romance, and songwriter Federico Mondelli of the band Frozen Crown. “Crimson” is their first album release and displays their mixture of styles amazingly well. They bring calming, dreamy female vocals alongside heavy, down-tuned guitar riffs, and a big hit of electronic sounds to boot.

The press release for this album says: “Lanna’s pristine and ethereal vocals move fluently between slow paced groovy songs and rigid, industrial inspired hymns, held together by Mondelli’s Swedish death metal-oriented guitar riffs (early 2000 In Flames and Soilwork) and by a powerful and precise drumming. Keyboards add a fundamental layer to Volturian’s music, ranging from New Wave to 90’s Europop to obscure gothic atmospheres. The album concept relies on dark, obscure and romantic themes, infusing the band’s lyrical imagery with gloomy Victorian vibes.” I couldn’t have said it better myself and can definitely say that these influences and variations are very much what you will hear, and they create a very pleasurable sound.

It is full of fast paced playing and amazing vocals, and the added electronic sounds give it a huge and eclectic range of genres. It’s heavy, dark and powerful, but I’ve also found “Crimson” quite calming. On more than one occasion it has been so relaxing to listen to that I’ve actually fallen asleep! Volturian have done an amazing job here, especially as they’re so new to the scene as a band. It’s an album you can listen to many times without it getting old, and I find something interesting and new in it with each listen. Definitely an album I will be adding to my collection.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Crimson Dust
2. New Life
3. Haunting Symphony
4. Broken
5. The Killing Joke
6. In A Heartbeat
7. Between The Sleepers
8. Days Before You Die
9. Forevermore
10. Fading Like A Flower

LINE-UP:
Federica Lanna – Vocals
Federico Mondelli – Guitars and Keyboards
Massimiliano Rossi – Bass
Alberto Mezzanotte – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/volturian/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKNg0fDQs5eN_SSLmAYqHRA
www.twitter.com/VolturianBand
www.scarletrecords.bandcamp.com/album/crimson

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Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia

Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia
Scarlet Records
Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 24:16
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

Maybe it is not a surprise to hear Italian bands exploring their traditional music, like Opera, to play along with Heavy Metal or work on subjects from this beautiful culture. Some bands do it in an epic way while others go deeper into the heaviness or obscure sound. In all cases, they sound unique. In the case of Deathless Legacy, the theatrical side where all interpretations are so strong and are hugely different. So, why not explore the rich Italian history, from ancient Rome to be more specific, in a 24-minutes-long single. If you love songs like ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (Iron Maiden) or ‘Stargazer’ (Rainbow), you should stop everything you are doing now and join the band on this journey.

Saturnalia was a celebration in ancient Rome that happened between December 17th and 23rd. It was a short period of rebirth when the slaves could enjoy and party as free people. This song tells a specific history, in the year of 86 AD. During a long war, Helius hears that his father Flaccus (the Pater Familia of the Adepphius family) is dying and he should return to be the new Pater Familia as he is the first-born. In the Cimini hills, near Rome, he decides to rest during the night before returning home. There, he rests forever after a criminal sets his tent on fire while he is sleeping. This is done by Tullius Murena’s servant. Tullius’ plan is to kill the first-born son and leave the Adepphius Family weak to own and run their land. What he cannot imagine is how things would change. It is within this scenario that the main character appears. His name is Lucius, a slave of Tullius who was whipped almost until death after he let Tullius’ wine fall on the floor due to a trick from a young child. Lucius recovers himself in time to celebrate Saturnalia with his best friend, and slave, Hecatia.

Declared the prince with horns by the slaves and under command of Laverna, Lucius  gives an order for Tulius to serve him wine during the Saturnalia celebrations and Hecatia uses the same trick of the young child to make him fall on the floor, looking a fool in front all of the slaves. Of course, this joke has terrible consequence and Tullius, feeling humiliated by his slaves, creates an ambush for Lucius and Hecatia. He gives them a secret mission to deliver a gold medallion for his bastard son’s mother. Suddenly, on the way to deliver it, some of Tullius’ servants emerge to rape and kill Hecatia in front of Lucius. After witnessing that murder, he is stabbed by Tullius’ sword. For a moment, he can meet his parents in heaven, but it isn’t his time, yet.

He awakes under the care of Laverna Priestess, the goddess who protects the Underworld from thieves and cheaters. The goddess of what lies in the shadows as no murder or punishment is allowed by what happens in Saturnalia. Tullius calls for him the wrath of Saturn. She heals Lucius with a potion, so he can find himself deep inside and begins his metamorphosis with all his grief and pain!

Spiritually dead, but physically alive, Lucius finds the mortal remains of Helius in the burnt-out tent. He also finds a rope of one of Tullius’ servants and he was still carrying the same gold medallion he carried during the ambush he suffered. He realises that the person who murdered Helius is the same who murdered Hecatia. It is the spark for his revenge. Lucius burns his face and wears Helius’ armour to pretend he is the Adepphius first born. With a disfigured face and using the same armour that Helius used, nobody can recognize him. He returns to his old home and a great feast is made to celebrate it because everyone thinks that Helius is dead. Tulius is shocked and whips the servant that hasn’t killed Helius. Now, Lucius is using a gold mask to hide his pain and fake his existence, as if he is the new Pater Familia. During the feast he shows to everyone, including Tullius, the gold medallion and the servant’s robe. The betrayer is finally discovered and Tullius is taken to die in Rupes Tarpeia. Therefore, the revenge is complete, and it finishes the tale of Saturnalia!

Musically, “Saturnalia” has strong guitar riffs and bass lines from Sgt. Bones and Deadwood Nick. They create many intense moments, from acoustic and melodic pieces to fast and heavy ones, mirroring the tempo of the story. Frater Orion’s drum parts are amazing, he doesn’t let the music become massive and tiring. He plays in many different tempos and variations. Another interesting thing is how the song has a symphonic approach, but pianos, keyboards and orchestrations are not always present. The instruments are very well mixed, bringing the spirit of classic Heavy Metal. Steva’s vocals are brilliant. She has a unique identity to interpret the drama and the history. The interesting thing in her voice is how she uses a melodic side, sometimes a bit angelical, together with a lot of evil power, reminding me of the way that Ronnie James Dio sings.

There is an accompanying short movie/official video of the track and it has the band members acting as characters, with the black and white scenes bringing an epical and dense atmosphere. The more I watch the film; the more this genial creation enchants me. Unique! Majestic! Maybe these words could describe this Italian masterpiece called “Saturnalia”.

Here is a link to the film/video

TRACKLISTING:
1. Saturnalia

LINE-UP:
Steva – Vocals
Frater Orion – Drums
Alex Van Eden – Keyboards
Sgt. Bones – Guitar
Deadwood Nick- Bass

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Deathlessmetal/
www.facebook.com/scarletrecords/
www.youtube.com/user/DeathlessLegacy
www.instagram.com/deathless_legacy
open.spotify.com/album/3WIl8GeGQusozWJXzEHvap

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EMQ’s with STENCH OF PROFIT

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EMQ’s with STENCH OF PROFIT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian Grindcore band Stench Of Profit! Huge thanks to Vocalist Maurizio for taking part!

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

Hi I am Maurizio, singer of Stench of Profit. The band was born in 2014 from my and Lorenza’s mind. The band is a side project, (we both have other bands we play with) with the intention to vent rage and insults within the music.

At the beginning it was just the two of us then Giovanni the drummer joined us. In 2015 we released a demo called “21 ways to say fuck” and a song for the “Crash Mandolino 2.0” which is an Italian grind bands compilation. In 2017 we released the split “New Doomsday Orchestration” and now the “Human Discount” EP, released under Lethal Scissor Records.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that contained our revulsion for society also because with our lyrics we attack the human being. This got crossed over with the song title of which Lorenza and I are very close to.

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

We are from Italy. I am not sure I can answer this. Here in Italy is difficult to make music that is not commercial and trendy. Lately I’ve seen a bit of movement within the death metal, black metal and doom scene.

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

The “Human Discount” EP which was released under Lethal Scissor Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally as a singer I could tell you Frank Mullen, Kevin Sharp, Matry Way. These are the voices that shaped my vocal technique although I’ve always tried to have my own imprint without copying anyone’s style and evolving in time. Talking about Stench of Profit I could probably say Terrorizer, Brutal Truth, Regurgitate and Maruta, but it’s quite limiting as I like the whole extreme metal music scene.

What first got you into music?

Bloody hell, I am 40 years old, who could remember? 😀

Probably listening to records from Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC and Sepultura when I was a kid!

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

Talking about Stench of Profit, a split or a live with Maruta would be fucking cool.

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

The Neurotic festival, but sadly it doesn’t exist anymore. It was a great festival according to my taste, I used to run from one stage to the other not to miss a band. Now I would probably say the Death Feast.

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

Why? Have I got fans???

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

Again, have I got fans?

I would probably tell them to be themselves and to stay away from those virtual characters hiding behind PC keyboards that the modern society has created.

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

Layne Stanley!!!! Fucking hell I love his voice. But I’d be curious to hear what Cuck Schuldiner would have written

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

Music for me is emotivity and this is why I said being able to express my true self, the hidden one that doesn’t come out during everyday life.

And on the technical side constantly challenging myself.

I am allowing myself to tell you two things I hate. The first one is being conscious that one day I’ll have to stop doing this, the other one are fake made up things, and there are a lot of those even if it doesn’t look like.

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

Copy and paste music formulas? This could be a very big topic

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Very difficult question, I listen and have listened to a huge amount of records.
Continuing with the Stench of Profit point of view, “Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses” from Brutal Truth, one of the best Grind records of all time!

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

Vinyl

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

With SoP we played at the Death Over Venice festival, we performed all our set list without breaks, it has been a no rest set for us and audience.

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

Another very difficult question! I’ve got many passions, I wonder in which one I would have got caught. In the end everything takes is own time I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Only famous people? Because in this moment I would love to have dinner with my in laws! With them good food and good laughs are always guaranteed.

What’s next for the band?

Our main goal now is to finish the full length which is due to be recorded soon and then we’ll see.

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

YouTube and Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/stenchofprofit/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3hE5XTHcID2IOjsDyR9UQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes!

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

Thank you very much to you, thanks also to Lethal Scissor Records and everyone who helps and supports us.

Follow us on Facebook.

Stay Brutal.

 

Stench Of Profit

 

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EMQ’s with ENIO NICOLINI AND THE OTRON

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EMQ’s with ENIO NICOLINI AND THE OTRON

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian Metal band Enio Nicolini And The Otron! Huge thanks to Enio Nicolini for taking part!

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

We are “Enio Nicolini And The Otron”; this is Enio Nicolini’s project, who is also bass player in The Black and Unreal Terror. The project is done with bass, drums, vocals and electronic treatments (Cybermetal) and deals with a sci-fi theme in a futuristic world.

How did you come up with your band name?

OTRON is a name that means “multiple thinking minds” ready to defend space for the domination of algorithms.

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

We are from Italy; the Metal scene is very active

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

My latest Album from “Enio Nicolini And The Otron” is “CYBERSTORM” released on 5th April 2019 via Buil2Kill Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The hard and Heavy music of the 70’s and 80’s years has influenced me strongly, and when I was young Jimi Hendrix was my favourite, his music has positively amazed me!

What first got you into music?

In the 70’s I played with a cover band manipulating the songs of Grand Funk Railroad.

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

It would be my honour if I could collaborate with the great Dave Lombardo.

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

Hellfest and Wacken! They are very important festivals that give musicians the opportunity to play in presence of some 40000 fans and more.

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

It was my portrait hand drawn with a pencil by a fan who visited me at home.

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

“I love you and I always need your support”.

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

It would be Jimi Hendrix.

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

Music gives me the possibility to express my emotions; I hate the business that is around doing music.

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

If I could I get the music industry give more attention and more chance to be creative in music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album is: “DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH” by Judas Priest.

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

Best is Vinyl because it gives a realistic sound.

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

Metal Magic Festival in Denmark in 2013!

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

I would be an actor or writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Geezer Butler, Geddy Lee, Dave Lombardo, Nicko McBrain and Brian May.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on another album and many live concerts.

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

The band Facebook page and all digital supports!
https://www.facebook.com/enionicoliniandtheotron.official/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4kc6RychVyfJkuKaBK9DAQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sure they are a cake because is beautiful, made with passion, good tasting for a long time.

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

I thank you for your hospitality and Keep on Metal!

 

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EMQ’s with REATZIONE

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EMQ’s with REATZIONE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sardinian Groove-Core Metal band Reatzione! Huge thanks to vocalist Mex for taking part!

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

Hi, I’m Mex and I am the lead vocalist of the band.

Reatzione as a band was born in 2012 in Sassari, Sardinia. Our music is based around influences that go from progressive to grind (laugh). The current line-up is the following: Mex – Voice, A-lex – Guitar, Bobbore – Bass & Mauro – Drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the Sardinian translation for the English word ‘Reaction’. There’s no particular reasons for the choice, it’s just sounded right.

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

We are Sardinian (Italy), the scene has gone through a lot of ups and down and currently we are witnessing a timid rise of interest towards the genre, after a period of general lack of interest.

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

Our latest (first official) release is “Sopravvissuti” a studio album published by Dark Hammer Legion/Volcano Record, on 30th May 2019 anticipated by two singles “Inferru” and the title track “Sopravvissuti”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have fairly wide tastes, Seventies Rock, NWOBHM, Thrash Metal and Death Metal.

What first got you into music?

I wanted to emulate artists I used to listen to when I was a teenager, and to express myself.

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

I believe it would be Venom I have worn out their albums, otherwise Zakk Wylde because of his versatility.

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

I have always been fascinated by Wacken and Hellfest, great bands and great audiences.

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

It was not a gift, several years ago backstage I have been stopped by a fan while I was with my girlfriend of the time, she (the fan) asked me to take a picture together and at the same time she made me sexual offers, a very critical moment (laugh)

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

Widen your own musical listening and have fun with it. Music is a companion for life.

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

Only one? Too difficult, but if I had to choose one among the others it would be Lemmy, an absolute legend.

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

I love to spend time with the others members of the band, especially during the pre and the after shows, like a lot of my fellows musicians I hate when I have to pack everything up after a gig.

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

I think there is a little bit too much technology involved in the industry, I believe heavy music is more enjoyable when it is produced and played with more traditional means.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I think “Piece Of Mind” by Iron Maiden, straight for my childhood.

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

Vinyl all the way, its sounds hot, the best result in term of sound.

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

I’m afraid I’m not able to choose which one is the best so far, as we always say the best will be the next one.

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

I don’t know, maybe I would be a brewer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil Anselmo, Trevor Peres, Chris Barnes, Glen Benton, Tatiana Shamailyuk and Cristina Scabbia

What’s next for the band?

We hope to be able to record an EP with the new stuff by the end of 2019

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

To get our music to people we use, Facebook Reatzione, Spotify, Youtube, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, and my Instagram Mex Reatzione.
https://www.facebook.com/Reatzione/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2SaYqRGY9GZt5U88WTA1U9
https://reatzione.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s not easy available in Italy, if I have to guess would bet all my money on biscuit (laugh).

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

Thanks to you, check out our social media and give us a listen… Cheers and Beers!!
Mex

 

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EMQ’s with FULCI

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EMQ’s with FULCI

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Death Metal band FULCI! Huge thanks to band member ‘Dome’ for taking part!

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

Hi everyone my name is Dome and I play guitar, synth and drum programming in the band called Fulci. The band was born in 2013 with me, Fiore on vocals and Klem on bass guitar. We know each other since 20 years or more and we just decided to put together two things we love: horror movies and death metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our favourite director is Lucio Fulci and we think that his gore movies influenced a lot the themes and the esthetic of many extreme metal bands. Our idea since the beginning was to make music inspired by Lucio’s movies so we simply decided to call the band with his name.

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

We are called Fulci because he was Italian like us. We were born and raised in Caserta a small town near Naples in the South of Italy. South Italy has never been on the metal/rock map so there is not a real scene, that’s why we created a crew called CBC (Caserta Beatdown Commando) made up of local bands, tattoo artists, writers and producers that help each other out.

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

Our last release is “Tropical Sun” a full length concept album based on the movie ‘Zombi 2’. The previous album was based on the movie “City of the Living Dead” and our idea is to go on making albums based on the Lucio Fulci movies. Guess which will be the next? The artwork was made by Misanthropic art and we love it. Inside the booklet you can find another ‘Zombi 2’ inspired artwork by our talented friend Danny Bellone.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We listen to a lot of music, from electronic to hardcore, from punk to stoner but the main influences in Fulci is death metal and movie soundtracks. We are influenced by the NY death metal scene (Suffocation, Mortician, Necrophagia) by the Morrisound era of Cannibal Corpse, Gorguts, Obituary or Morbid Angel. We have also some slam influences coming from Internal Bleeding, Disgorge, early Dying Fetus and Devourment and some epic influences coming from early Nile or Bolt Thrower. We are influenced also by the soundtrack composers such as Fabio Frizzi, Goblin or Carpenter.

What first got you into music?

My family is very big and full of amateur musicians so I grew up listening to music and seeing people playing but my cousin Rocco was the first one to introduce me to the metal world! He did for me a mixtape with Sepultura, Obituary, Life of Agony and Machine Head! Thanks to him and to my family.

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

Fabio Frizzi or Mortician!

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

Sundance Film Festival to bring Lucio where he deserves to be or Burning Man because it has an incredible scenario!

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

Strange drugs maybe?

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

Life is awesome so don’t take for granted any of your days on this planet earth and of course listen to death fucking metal!

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

Chuck Schuldiner of Death!

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

The energy that you can feel between the band and the people during the show is something I really like, it is powerful. I hate to clean up the stage and load the van!

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

I’d like to change the word “industry” with the word “factory” like the Andy Warhol one.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Cannibal Corpse – “Tomb of the Mutilated”

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

Vinyl and Spotify!

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

We just came back from a tour on the US West Coast! All the gigs were wicked! Especially Las Vegas Death Fest where Roger from Mortician saw us playing!

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

The actor, the photographer or the skater!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I will cook a very good Italian pasta, I’ll open up a good red wine bottle and invite for dinner: Lucio Fulci, Chris Barnes, Uma Thurman, Killjoy (Necrophagia Vocalist R.I.P.) and Danny Trejo.

What’s next for the band?

We will make some gigs in Italy and hopefully in Europe to promote the new album. Time to Kill Records is helping us so much and in September they will drop “Tropical Sun” in vinyl format. Then we will start to work on our third album.

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

I’m an Instagram addict so you can find the band under the name FULCICULT . Our personal Instagram pages are PIZZASTYLE, MATUL TRIBAL CULT and KLEM DIGLIO. We are also on Facebook as Fulciband. We have also a CBC store at http://www.cbcunited.com.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

You can call it “biscake” or “cakesquit”.

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

Thank you so much for the interview and hello and grazie to all the readers! Support death metal. Fulci lives!

 

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EMQ’s with Heretic’s Dream

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EMQ’s with Heretic’s Dream

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rome, Italy based Alternative Metal band Heretic’s Dream. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Hello there, my name is Francesca and I am Heretic’s Dream vocalist. The band was formed in 2010, while my husband (the guitarist Andrej Surace) and I were living in the UK.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was trying to find a name for this project my husband and I had in mind, and eventually came up with this idea, to stress dichotomy between my music world (mainly pop and dark electronic) and Andrej’s (mainly metal/thrash). Actually, putting the two of us in the same music project sounded like a heresy, and at the same time a beautiful dream.

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

Though Andrej and I gave life to the band while we were based in the UK, after 4 years we had to go back to Italy, our origin Country. Underground metal scene here is quite vivid, though competition among bands ruins everything.

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

“Resilience”, full length album released in November, 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are 5 different people with very different music background, thanks God. This allows us to be influenced by practically all genres.

What first got you into music?

My Mother’s death. If it wasn’t for this tragic event, I would have probably never met my husband and never started singing.

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

If I had to choose a metal band, I would say Hacken.

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

Maybe Rock in Rio, it would be great to be in South America.

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

Russians are the best: the came to us with Vodka bottles, boxes of chocolate, and Lego toys looking like us.

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

Listen to any kind of music, free your mind.

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

Frank Zappa. A real genius.

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

Best part is being on stage. Worst art is social activity: I hate all kind of social networks.

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

Today it’s all about the money. Even signing with big labels. So sad!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

10000 days by Tool.

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

I like listening to music when I’m in the car, so actually CD is the best mean for me.

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

That at the Izvestia HALL in Moscow.

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

What I am, an electronic engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Madonna, Dave Gahan, Sharon den Adel, my son and my husband.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to shoot a video for a single.

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

I am pretty sure we had a Facebook page and an Instagram page too, as well as YouTube and all the rest. As said, I do not take care of this aspect.
https://www.facebook.com/Heretics-Dream-229362950413489/
https://www.instagram.com/hereticsdreamofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx8wnBbkIsO3jUxLk1I-dBg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits?

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

Thank you for this interview, I enjoyed it a lot.

 

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