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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Soul Dragger – Soul Dragger

Soul Dragger – Soul Dragger
Time To Kill Records
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Running Time: 47:18
Review By Tammy Lomax
9/10

There has been a tremendous amount of negativity floating around social media recently and it’s a shame considering all the good that goes unrecognized! So, allow me to distract you for a moment and inject something good into your lives.

Italian Modern Metallers Soul Dragger are clouting us with their debut, self-titled, album which was released back in February via Time To Kill Records and It follows their EP “Before Chaos”, released in 2018. It was produced by Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse) and their sound has been compared to such heavyweights as Machine Head, Trivium and Testament!

“Soul Dragger” is a fantastically agile album that will kick your teeth right in.

‘Rise’ opens the album and because I am a Soul Dragger virgin, I have no idea what awaits. However, it is well balanced and opens the album soundly. There is technical guitar playing with a fast thrash feel and I already feel assured that these guys will bring all the cream. ‘Damnati Memoriae’ swings in next and it’s incredibly good. It’s a bulkier and chunkier track. Vocalist ‘Alex’ is diverse, he executes some really decent metal growls, and throws some lighter noted vocals into the mix too. They are a fitting match to the rest of the music being played.

‘Angel’ enters, and it is so fast. I’m keeping up though and I have started to mould myself into the Soul Dragger vibe, I’m beginning to understand their message. Every instrument is being played impeccably. Intensity starts to build up about halfway in and when a slower riff hits my ears, I start to headbang to the vegetables that I’m preparing for dinner; they also approve! ‘Maid And The Beast’ breaks the album up, however I feel it’s a little too soon to place a ballad in the album. You’ll need to get your lighters out for this one though, because it’s still emotional. The lyrics make sense to me in a personal way and it pulls at my heart strings.

If you are listening along whilst reading this then I hope you are well recovered because from here, everything is going to mess you all up, a lot more! Carrying over the feelings from ‘Maid And The Beast’ the album reaches another stage of awesomeness. ‘Everyday’ gears you up ready for when instrumental track ‘Before Chaos’ plays. With the vocals out of the equation you can hear hefty amounts of talent on display. I love drummer Flavio’s double kick footwork; he is very good. What a great opportunity for Soul Dragger’s musicians to express their talents. They are alert, energetic and more particularly, on point.

‘Alone’ is a great addition to the album. The more it plays, the more it grows on me. Firing in an angelic chorus which battle the ripping roars of the verse, adding the best guitar solo and… I feel all fluffy. It’s a shame there wasn’t more clean singing because, wow, what a voice! By this point I literally want to kick the air, my emotions are flying all over the place. ‘War Nightmare’ is next and it is relentless. I feel totally armed and ready for war, Souls Dragger just keep pounding and pounding… breathe Tammy… Jesus!

‘Soul Dragger’, the track, keeps the pace of the album going. There are some awesome screamed vocals, it is a buoyant track, bouncing you about all over the place. I love how quickly it’s projected straight at my throat and just wants to cause straight up carnage. ‘Death ‘n’ Destruction’ highlights exactly how versatile Soul Dragger are, it’s emotional again but in a different way, it brings out all the inner demons. hammering, breaking you up bit by bit and it is dark. ‘Collapse’ closes the album, and wow, what a journey. It’s just as ripping and consistent as the rest of the tracks, I am finally full, right to the brim. Absolutely fantastic work.

This has literally blown my everything off and I am now a new fan of Soul Dragger. They smash through the album with sheer energy. It’s fresh, experimental, combining the old and new, and has some brutal components.

Let’s recognize positivity and what better way to do it than through music ❤.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rise
02. Damnati Memoriae
03. Angel
04. Maid And The Beast
05. Everyday
06. Before Chaos
07. Alone
08. War Nightmare
09. Soul Dragger
10. Death ‘n’ Destruction
11. Collapse

LINE-UP:
Alessio ‘Alex’ Pompedda – Vocals, Guitar
Davide ‘Spol’ Spoletini – Guitar
Jacopo ‘Jake’ Gennaro – Bass, Backing Vocals
Flavio ‘Imperatore” Leone – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/soul.dragger/
www.instagram.com/souldragger_official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3QCoVWbFMlZ6JAghXxXj1r
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDI_sP3390u5ECzOgDoy4A

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EMQ’s with JUMPSCARE

EMQ’s with JUMPSCARE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Naples, Italy based Modern Metal band Jumpscare. Huge thanks to drummer Graziano Ciccarelli 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 to the guys of Ever Metal! I’m Graziano Ciccarelli, drummer of Jumpscare, a modern metal band from Naples, Italy.

The founder members were me, my brother Salvatore Andrea on the bass, and Vic Mussolino on guitars.

We started to play in late 2015 as a four-piece alternative metal band combining metalcore and a bit of Nu-metal, but with the joining in the band of Andrea Di Martino (lead guitar) and Ciro “Kirion” Silvano (new frontman) we moved to a five-piece band influenced by North European Melodic Death and Modern Metalcore with the addiction of synths, pianos and the symphonic and melodic orchestrated music in addition to the “normal” instruments as drums, guitars, bass and vocals

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with it in a rehearsal session, we did a real-life “Jumpscare” to our old frontman who was always late. We came up with the idea of Jumpscare by the double meaning of it. The horror film technique has an impact on who is watching, and since someone in the past said that our music was “horrific” (even if we are not a brutal/gore band or a Misfits like horror band) we caught the irony and we said literally: let’s call us Jumpscare.

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

We are from Naples, South Of Italy …our city was called by Greeks both as Parthenope or Neapolis and it is a beautiful place and it has the best culture of the Earth, the birthplace of the pizza too aha

In Italy, our scene is full of different acts from mainstream rock to the most extreme genres, but it’s not so considered by media so it is kept in the underground but bands like Goblin, PFM, Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody and Fleshgod Apocalypse are what keeps are flag high around the world so even if we have a lot of difficulties we have strong support from fans and scene.

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

We released our first album in October 2019 called “Don’t Close Your Eyes” , we had a lot of positive feedbacks both form industry insiders and fans around the world ranking it as best death metal album in US, America Latina and Europe!

Who have been your greatest influences?

In those years Jumpscare carved their own style combining the North European Melodic Death Metal sound (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork, At The Gates), the U.S. Modern Metal scene (Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Darkest Hour, As I Lay Dying, Winds Of Plague) without denying influences from symphonic/power metal, dark orchestras and also from the metal gods of heavy metal (mostly NWOBHM and Metal).

What first got you into music?

My brother, the films “School Of Rock” and “The Rocker” and the anime “BECK Mongolian Chop Squad”.

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

Tough Question ! Maybe Anders Of In Flames or Mikael from Dark Tranquillity…but for an interesting combination I’d like to collaborate with Fabio Lione of Rhapsody, Tarja Turunen as guest vocals on the next album would be awesome!

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

I would choose as international festivals Wacken and 7000tons Of Metal , Wacken obviously because of their vibe and popularity while 7000tons because play metal on a ship is really epic!

One of my dreams is to play also at Aggluntination Metal Festival, a great festival of South Of Italy. During those years they hosted bands as Stratovarius, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Tranquillity, Venom and many big acts… I was every year in the front row of the crowd enjoying great concerts and having good time with my friends… because the organizers have never had any help of any kind, for lack of funds there is the risk of skipping a tradition of half a century, and this is not right because we know the organizer Gerardo Cafaro, one of the best people in the world who has allowed things of the highest level and has allowed us in recent years to be able to attend great concerts near home. Although I know that the times we are experiencing are difficult, I invite you to donate to the link below to allow us to continue this tradition.

Please support at this link:

http://www.produzionidalbasso.com/project/xxvi-agglutination-metal-festivalsalviamo-il-festival/

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

Our fan base is great, and he is loyal, and we appreciate that! Two of them are so funny since they usually make memes on our band members, and we really enjoy them, and we have a lot of fun! Those guys are Rudi and Vlash from the Melodic death metal fans forever group.

But since today we have never had a weird gift!

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

My message would be :”Keep supporting music, without any of you bands, labels, zines, and anything about the music industry will never exist! You are our world and we are grateful day by day of all of you, if we can turn our dreams into reality is because of you

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

Lemmy, because he is the metal god!

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

As a musician, I love playing concerts, spending time with my brothers, having fun, writing music that conveys a positive message for all who listen to us.

I don’t hate anything about being a musician, I just wish there was more unity in the local music scene. The negative and positive sides are part of the game and as long as we can express ourselves freely, there will never be something I hate so much to mention it …maybe the fact that making rebellious music can attract the anger of conservatives? But we don’t need fools in this environment, our message is pure, positive, and sincere, people appreciate artists and art for what they are able to do: excite!

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

I just want the mainstream media in Italy to give the right space to this music as other countries like Finland or Sweden do. We have many very good artists who should be enhanced. Also, I hate censorship and extreme politics in music!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Roots” (Sepultura), “October Rust” (Type O Negative), “Symphony of Enchanted Lands” (Rhapsody), “Reign in Blood” (Slayer),”Slipknot” (Slipknot), “Comalies” (Lacuna Coil), “Famous Monsters” (Misfits), “Motorizer” (Motorhead), “High Voltage” (AC/DC), “Come Clarity” (In Flames), “Atoma” (Dark Tranquillity) and many more.

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

Every legal fruition of the music is good, but I personally prefer the CD… I love reading the booklets!

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

The one in support to Dreamshade…what a fantastic night!

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

Probably being more focused on my other career as an engineer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five People? Hum… Tony Demolition Man from Venom Inc, Gabriel Pignata of Embryo, Anders of In Flames, Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Jerry Only of Misfits.

What’s next for the band?

We have a tour postponed in support of Venom Inc, and a mini Est-European tour that is to be confirmed… this outbreak was really a pain, since an entire year of concerts is wasted…but we have to stay safe, so we wait in our houses that this madness ends.

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

www.tinyurl.com/jumpscareband

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know if they can be considered as a big biscuit or a little cake… I don’t know hahaha. If something is edible, I eat it without asking myself of any problem aha. It must be delicious!

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

Thank you very much for the space you have given us and for the wonderful questions. For any other info on our project visit our website (http://tinyurl.com/jumpscareband) inside you can find a lot of stuff like the links to our social networks! We are present on the major distribution and streaming platforms.

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