Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Munich, Germany based Melodic Death Metal band, Empyreal Sorrow. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Sebastian Moser 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?

My name is Sebastian Moser, I play bass and do the vocals for EMPYREAL SORROW, a Melodic Death Metal band from Germany, mainly situated in the area around Munich, Bavaria. The roots of Empyreal Sorrow go back to 2014 when our guitar player Martin Hofbauer recorded the first song ideas at my studio. But, as both of us were involved in other projects at that time, there was never a real plan to do more than just playing around with some cool riffs. After Martin’s band project came to an end and he still had a massive pile of really cool song ideas, the two of us sat together again in my own Grotesque Studios, just plain recording guitars and getting the arrangements in shape. At that time, I was also doing lots of studio recordings with our drummer Julian, and as Julian is an incredibly talented metal drummer it was just a natural thing to ask him to do the drums on the Empyreal Sorrow tracks that were already laid out at that point. So, in the first half of 2019 we also had the first half of instrumental tracks ready. Joining as a second guitarist at that time was Markus Winter, who already played together with Julian in another band. As with Julian before it just clicked and for the rest of the year we concentrated on finishing and recording the instruments for the rest of the song material that we had prepared. With 2020 starting we also began with giving the songs a ‘face’ – as I was working out the vocal arrangements, we decided for another refreshing approach on our songs; we integrated more than just one vocalist to give everything more dynamics and to serve the diversity of the songs. That’s where our singer Martin Szeike came on board. While I am serving more of the Black Metal like singing style, Martin is bombarding you with his utterly deep Death Metal grunts.

How did you come up with your band name?

Most people believe in love as the strongest emotion and bond between one another. But we think that sorrow and pain unite us even more and can push you to grow beyond your own limits. We believe in this out of own personal experiences. Sorrow is more honest than treacherous love, stronger than fragile valour and more divine than hypocritical forgiveness. But with the acceptance of pain as one of the most important parts of life, you can really reflect on your own self and see through other people’s actions. Sorrow is our leader through life and our band is deeply inspired by this emotion.

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

We are from Bavaria in Germany, mainly from the Munich region. We have a very vital and big Metal scene there with a lot of bands from all sort of genres. Bands like Obscura for example emerged from the Munich scene.

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

Our upcoming debut album is called “PRAEY”, containing 10 tracks of Melodic Death Metal. Release is set for November 20, 2020. We already have released two singles upfront to promote the album, one called ‘Quiet Depression’ and a second one named ‘Source Of (In)Humanity’.

‘Quiet Depression’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Source Of (In)Humanity’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The most obvious influence is the Swedish Death Metal tradition with bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Edge Of Sanity. But also, modern bands like Heaven Shall Burn left their mark in our music.

What first got you into music?

The energy that Metal provides was the key factor in also wanting to be a musician. And as we are all from musical households, our parents supported us wherever they could. Nowadays music is one of the main things we are doing, be it as a musician with Empyreal Sorrow and other bands or in the studio, producing bands.

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

It need not be a well-known band – it just has to be a band or musicians we feel a connection to. As within the band, the most important part in creating something that feels good and fulfilling is a strong connection between the musicians, I think. Creativity can be born out of so many emotions, but when being in a band, the most creative time is when everyone is feeling in good company.

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

Definitely the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany – everyone in the band has a strong connection to this festival. Be it, because it was the first festival attended or just because he is visiting the festival every year again. And as I already played there with another band in the past, I can say that they have an amazing crew, and you feel really comfortable even as a small artist.

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

That was a cake with the band name on it. Very cool, but also very weird as we didn’t know what was in the cake!

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

Get naked, drink beer and listen to Metal at full volume! Enjoy music, enjoy the company of your beloved ones and defeat egoism wherever you can.

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

I think, Pete Steele from Type O Negative would have created so much more awesome music if he would still be alive. Melancholic, sarcastic and powerful. This guy definitely should not have died so soon.

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

The creative part when I get totally lost in finding the right sound, arrangement or intensity – that’s what drives me most. But I totally hate writing lyrics…

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

At the moment the music industry as it grew for decades is already changing massively. With streaming and all the possibilities you have as a small band to create music and get it out to your audience – you just need the guts to invest time and money. It’s no good anymore for lazy musicians that just focus on “music” and are not interested in the business part. You have to do it yourself and it will pay off. There’s a good partner for everything that a big company could provide you.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Paradise Lost – “Draconian Times”

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

I would go with CD’s as my collection is growing and growing. They are handy and last long. Sorry for that pragmatic answer, but as I already accidentally crushed some vinyl with my clumsy hands, I rather would invest my money in new CD’s. The streaming is a good possibility to keep an eye on new music as there are so many new bands emerging every day. The normal media (magazines, webzines) is not able to handle this huge amount of new releases every day anymore, I think.

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

That was a gig at the Summer Breeze Festival in 2011 with one of my past bands ARSIRIUS (Death Metal). We played the first gig of the day, but there were already a thousand metalheads in front of the stage, cheering and partying, headbanging, creating a circle pit … it was so gripping and intense.

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

I don’t even want to think about this…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’ll reduce them to 4 and invite my Empyreal Sorrow-dudes – fun-time guaranteed.

What’s next for the band?

While recording our debut album we already prepared a set of songs for a future EP release that has the goal to widen our own musical horizon. On this EP we will experiment with some new influences and let other musicians be part of our Cult Of Sorrow.

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

You can mainly join the #cultofsorrow on these Social Media channels:


Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Depends on the amount of Jaffas you eat at once 😉

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

Thank you for the chance to introduce EMPYREAL SORROW. We invite all of you to join our Cult Of Sorrow and receive salvation through music. Keep an eye on our online appearances to get the latest news regarding the release of our upcoming album “PRÆY“. And always stay Metal!

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Melodic/Blackened Death Metal band, Escarion. 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?

We are Escarion, we play melodic-progressive-post-apocalyptic-experimental-blackened-death-jazz and we’re here to make you dance like it’s the 1920’s. The 30’s were too dark of a time, man.

No, but actually we do play Death Metal with melodic, progressive and black metal elements. The four members of this band have unique musical interests, which combined gives us our sound.

Originally, we started out as a three-piece and we had a different drummer. He left on mutual terms for personal reasons but we’re still great friends with him, he continues to support the band.

We released an EP together, “Pinnacle of Neglect” after the three of us had broken away from our original thrash metal band, Vintage Ruin. It was a messy break, and the EP reflects this notion with anger fuelled songs recorded and produced at a home studio.

After we rode the wave of this EP, we decided we wanted to tackle bigger and more ambitious projects, which is how the idea for the album was conjured.

Seven deadly sins, seven songs to explore them, as well as an opening song and a finale.

At this time we recruited Tommy Lewko (formerly of Omegacron and Tyrant’s Blood) as the second guitarist and Tim Bottams (of Wulfenite) as a drummer. After writing was completed, Escarion set for the studio with Monolith Studios in the Mixing/Engineering/Producer & Support chair. Although the recording was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Escarion managed to complete recording by mid-2020.

The singles ‘Envy’ and ‘Greed’ are out now, and will be followed by the release of the album, “Pillars of the Faith”.

How did you come up with your band name?

An Escarion, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a love child of a Bear from Space and a Hydra from the depths of the Yarra River with a fatal scream…

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

Melbourne, Australia. There are heaps of fantastic bands here, however our government doesn’t support our scene very much. They’re more interested in destroying the environment and feeding the rich than to associate with heavy metal artists (the real legends of Melbourne). Sigh.

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Greed’, off our upcoming album “Pillars of the Faith” which is out 29th January 2021.

‘Greed’ (Audio)

‘Envy’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Death, Behemoth, Trivium, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Mgla, Revocation, Rivers of Nihil, Rush, Black Sabbath, Opeth, Judas Priest.

What first got you into music?

The Wiggles.

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

I would say Behemoth, but that’s wishful thinking, maybe a more realistic or even artistic collaboration would be someone from a different genre. Kendrick Lamar would be fantastic, or even someone more low-key like Boogie.

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

Wacken, is it even a question? (You would be surprised at some of the answers we get!! – Rick)

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

Someone gave us an old shoe that they drew our logo on it, it was, ah… flattering…  and smelly.

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

Thank you! You awesome & patient beasts!

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

Just one? Probably either Eddie Van Halen or Neil Peart, maybe both at once, maybe we’re just that powerful…

Or maybe Euronymous. Just so we can watch Varg Vikernes have an aneurysm.

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

The best thing about being a musician? Getting to play in front of an audience, playing the music you love and have a genuinely fun time playing. Moreover, if you’re lucky enough, to collaborate with the best musicians, producers to create the best music you’re capable of. The worst? When you’re stuck in a lockdown and you really can’t do much, not even see the people that make life easier (the band).

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

Spotify and other music streaming services to pay artists properly.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Exercises in Futility” by Mgla. I could say others, but this album is flying way under the radar for how impressive and inspiring it truly is.

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

Vinyl! However, we’re currently getting CD’s made so I think we’re required to say CD’s so you can buy ours (do it, we dare you).

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

The best gig that we have ever played was our last one. It was at The Tote in Collingwood, Victoria. We played downstairs and we had a massive bill of great Melbourne death/ progressive metal bands which included Shredder, Werewolf, Wulfenite & Headless. We had a larger audience that night than ever before, we premiered three new songs live and then we saw our biggest mosh pit ever. Couldn’t have felt better seeing people mosh this good and enjoying our music.

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

Lying on my bed and slowly slipping into madness.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gordon Ramsay, Nergal, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Page and Matt Heafy. Could you imagine? We’d change the world.

What’s next for the band?

We’re getting ready for our release of the album on January 29th. We’re just a local band but we are determined to make a huge statement with this album. We have put our blood into these songs and we’re ready to share it with the world.

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

We have our Linktree here!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Doesn’t the name imply the answer? And who likes Jaffa?

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

Septem Peccatis Mortis, Septem Virtutibus Vitae. Memento Mori.

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Interview with Democratus

Interview with Democratus
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi Everyone, Sheri here

Democratus, hailing from South Wales, have smashed their way through the music scene since 2014, playing Bloodstock, supporting Light The Torch, and sharing the stage with some amazing bands such as Agrona, Kilonova and Suffocation. I have been following them for the last two years or so and recently got the chance to catch up with these hilarious and lovely chaps!

Read on for more including strategizing as a band around the Pandemic, serial killers, their thoughts on supporting the music scene, turning a chaotic show into a memorable one…and a hint of a new album!!!

Sheri: For our readers, You formed around late 2014 after Steve’s band Counterhold ended?

Steve Jenkins (Vocals): Yep, Counterhold!

Sheri: After our chat last year, I know Rich had not long joined the band…can you give us a bit of a history lesson on Democratus and your roots…

Steve: Shall I take this one?

*Zak joins the conversation*

Rich Rees (Guitar): Omg! Zak has appeared!

Steve: A wild Zak has appeared!

Rich: Yeah, it’s like the last peanut at the bottom of the bag haha!

Joey Watkins (Guitar): He looks purple! What is going on with him? Haha.

Steve: It’s looking ominous, mate.

Joey: Willy Wonka told you not to eat the gum in the factory mate, or else this would happen.

Zak Skane (Drums): Hahaha I’m not in the mental space for this interview, I don’t think I am!

*all laugh*

Steve: Right, I’ll take this one then. History of the band; we started the nucleus of Democratus around late 2014 just after Bloodstock, the plans were set up with a vastly different line up to what it is now. We started gigging around 2015 and that was my push to kinda get too the magic 5 song mark and then we just chucked ourselves out there to kind of own our craft on the live circuit. Members came, members went until we got Joe and Kerrin in on guitar around the same time. I basically ended up losing both guitarists on the same day. Around the 2016 mark, then got Joey and Kerrin in cuz myself and Spoon, we were virtually on the verge of saying “alright shall we go our separate ways?” And we thought no, we will crack on. Between myself and Spoon, we had written the majority of the music we had at the time so we thought we would get another line up sorted and crack on. Then in 2017 Zak Came In.

Zak: *waves* Hi!

Steve: And things started to come together in terms of our live performance. We ended up getting through to the finals of the Metal 2 The Masses in South Wales and whilst we lost out on that, rather than mope about it, we thought “right…” the stuff we were playing at that point was written under old line-ups. So we decided that we would hit the restart button and start working on new music, create a sound that was five of us at the time and basically kind of work on our stage show, cover both bases because we were on the verge of getting our first EP out, “Starting Again”.So, we did that and then started immediately working on new stuff. “Starting Again”was the line in the sand. This was the old stuff and then we moved forward from it. 2018 then happened and we were fortunate enough to win the South Wales Metal 2 The Masses that time round and it all kicked off from there…

Sheri: So, you basically started from scratch?

Steve: Yeah basically. Kerrin then decided, and we kinda saw it coming, that the band stuff kind of wasn’t for him. It was getting a bit too busy with the life he had and what he was doing at home and stuff, so he decided to step back. We’d already had a couple of occasions then were Richard filled in for us on a couple of gigs prior, so there was only one option once Kerrin said he was gonna step down. We ONLY approached Rich and THANK GOD he said yes haha.

Rich: I got in by default! Haha.

*all laugh*

Sheri: You weren’t dragged in kicking and screaming then? Haha!

A lot of your songs are very humanity based and politically driven. They highlight a lot of the problems that humanity is facing – homelessness, poverty, recession, the greed of the government, sin and faith. You have a message to put out there as opposed to making music that just sounds great. I can pick this up in the songs like‘Damnation’, ‘Creator of Poverty’ and ‘Is This Fear’? Tell us more about this and what it means to you.

Steve: I suppose I’ll have to take this one again won’t I? Haha!

Yeah, I miss being oblivious to the political situation as we have it. As a carer to my wife, I’ve had my hand forced into keeping an eye on current situations and it’s not in a good place. So, for me lyrically, it just makes sense that Democratus has become my catharsis, my chance to vent at what’s wrong in the world in a more constructive way than trying to get banned on Facebook. Hahaha!

Sheri: You? Never! Hahaha.

Steve: Hahaha. But yeah, I’ve never been one of those that can write much in the way of fantasy lyrics. I can kind of write personal stuff you know; with any issues I have going on in my own head. But it’s all quite realistic, quite relatable stuff rather than things about Dungeons and Dragons and fantasy stuff… which, you know, has its place! I love that kind of stuff but for me, I’m not that kind of lyricist so thankfully the boys then come up with music that is as suitably angry as I am, and it fits. The boys kind of know my stances on things like that and are happy for me to rant about it, which I’m grateful for.

Joey: Sometimes we don’t always agree though Steve.

Steve: We don’t always.

Rich: That’s the thing, from a political point, we’re actually quite a diverse group. But when it comes to writing the music and stuff like that, I think the new stuff that we are working on now, is gonna be completely different, not in terms of the message or anything like that because we’ve got so many more lyrics and different music and then there’s my influence on it where I’ve not really written anything for Democratus before, so I’m hoping the new record is gonna be amazing to be fair.

Steve: Yeah, see it kind of ties in with the name itself anyways. How Democratus came to be in terms of its name was, we were chatting in the early incarnation, we were chatting about what we should call ourselves and I turned around and said “We’re a Democracy, not a Dictatorship” we all have to decide on something that we think sounds good. Our guitarist at the time then came up with Democratus and we all went “ooooh!” so you know, it’s all been a joint collaborative effort. I kind of handle the management side of things, but musically, we all chip in, we’ve all chucked in riffs here and there and you know, even if it’s just me humming something, but we all collaborate.

Joey: I think all of us having such a diverse range of opinions and actually, you know, seeing the world from different angles is really helpful towards the lyric writing as well, so it doesn’t kind of alienate an entire group of people. We need to kind of keep it focused as well going down that route. I think our aim is to say “Look, there’s problems with everything and it needs sorting.”

Steve: That’s it. I try not to be as linear as someone like Rage Against the Machine for example, I do try and leave a fair chunk of the lyrics open to interpretation so if people can take a personal feeling out of the lyrics I’ve written then great!

Sheri: Absolutely, yeah. So, in terms of your songwriting, as you say, everyone chips in, it’s not so that you have say a guitarist that only writes the riffs, how do you put it together?

Rich: Zak just turns up at my house and goes “I’ve written a song now learn it.” Hahaha!

*all laugh*

Rich: And then I tell him why the song is bad and then we fix it haha.

Zak: Song. Bad. Fix. Haha.

Joey: I tell everyone that I’m currently working on something and that it will blow them away but it’s yet to appear haha!

Rich: Due to release in 2025 haha.

Joey: Yeah haha! I’ve come up with a couple of riffs and sent them off to Zak and he’s kind of built a song around that so like ‘The Unworthy’was something that me and Zak worked on and again the lyrics of that kind of came like…we were all at practice, we were all really pissed off cuz someone had trolled the band page saying that we didn’t deserve any of the bigger shows we’ve had or you know, how we didn’t deserve Bloodstock or anything like that and they said “Yeah, you’re not worthy” and we’re like

“Yeah, you’re right, we’re not. But we still did it.”

Sheri: Wow…just wow!

Joey: So yeah, like some of the lyrics kinda come from there. And the ironic thing is that their band is now broken up…

Sheri: WELL WELL!!

Joey: So yeah, it’s kinda like… haha.

Sheri: That goes to show then eh! Steve, your vocals are remarkably diverse, and you can do all sorts of ranges. From heavy to something a bit more melodic and cleaner…Listening to tracks like ‘Dead Without Dying’ and ‘BTK’, then to a slight contrast in ‘Starting Again’ and ‘The Furious Horde’. How do you find vocally what fits with the direction of the songwriting and harmonies of Democratus?

Steve: Ahh there’s no set way of thinking with it. Whilst I kind of chuck us in the Melodic Death Metal group, that’s more for like chucking ourselves to promotors who like to label things and stuff. It’s basically a case of, if we all think it’s good, it’s in. So vocally, it continues to be a work in progress. If you’d have asked me to do these kinds of vocals 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to do them. It’s been a gradual process from being a very rough, motley clean singer to working in the occasional screams and growls that I used to do with Counterhold through to then thinking “OK, maybe I can try and see if I can do the more aggressive stuff”. Cuz all my favourite bands are Melodic Death Metal anyway and as soon as Counterhold called it quits, that was the route that I kind of wanted to aim for. So vocally, it was kind of, “Alright, I’ll test it out. If doesn’t work, I’ll go back to mostly staying on clean vocals.” But thankfully, I’m told it seems to be working!

I do what I do, and I love what I do, but obviously, I’m my own worst critic as well so if I don’t think something works, I will take it back. The boys can come to me and say, “This doesn’t quite fit, we think you can do something a bit better with it.” I try not to be a Diva so you know, they can come to me and I’m not gonna throw a hissy fit over it, I’ll take it on board. Might not always listen to them, but… haha.

Joey: It’s like when Mike, the guy who produced and helped do the mixing and mastering and recording of the “Damnation”E.P helped. We had 3, maybe even 4 versions ofBTK’ and the recorded version is different to the live version. Mike was basically like “Look, the song just needs cutting here and there because it’s too long for a record. Whereas where you’re playing it live, that’s fine as people can’t see you over a CD” so we then went through various cuts of it where vocal phrasing was and everything like that and it took us a couple of weeks really to suss that out. So, I think that’s also been really important for us when we’re looking at recording, so you’ll notice a big difference in production value between “Starting Again”and “Damnation”, hopefully between whatever the album is gonna be as well. I think we’re really gonna be taking our time with it and doing something really good and so what you might see in the live version probably may not be on the recorded version, but the reason for that is to try and get a bigger sound and to try and encapsulate that energy and that feel of being in the room with it not just being onto a CD.

Sheri: Understood. Amazing. Now, you’re mentioning a writing of a new album!!! (Getting excited)

Steve: Yes!

Sheri: I’m picking this vibe up guys!

Steve: Hahaha! Certainly, dropping hints.

Rich: I’m sorry…was there a plug? Hahaha.

*All laugh*

Sheri: What are your plans for that? Are you looking to release that in the New Year…What can you tell us?

Rich: Personally, I’m enjoying not working to a schedule at the moment, obviously have to try and get everything together eventually, but right now it’s nice just to go “Hey, I’ve got some riffs, let’s work on these,” So we’ll go to practice and we’ll work out a few things or we’ll send each other recordings of what we’ve done. I mean, even Steve has been writing some riffs that we want to potentially work on, but as a newcomer, we’ll figure it out haha.

Joey: There’s some bones of a good song there.

Steve: I’m about 3 weeks away from being a better guitarist than Joey hahaha.

Joey: Yeaaaah…haha

Sheri: Oh noooooooo! Hahaha.

Joey: That’s true hahaha

Rich: Joey tries, don’t say that hahaha!

Joey: The thing is we’re not really working to any schedule, we’re currently in the process of writing as many song as we can really and what we’re gonna do is once we’ve written a load of songs, we’re gonna record rough demos of them and then we’re gonna take a hat trick to them and curtail anything we think won’t work, maybe come back to them later but we’re gonna have an album’s worth of really good songs, not three or four good ones and seven songs of filler kind of thing.

Steve: That’s it Sheri, we take pride in the tracks we already play live anyway. We may drop one or two of them in the run up to getting the album sorted but yeah…5 of them are already in the set list as it is.

Sheri: Oooooh, all the excitement!

Joey: Unfortunately, all that sort of stuff has kinda halted cuz, currently, me and Zak are the only ones not in a Lockdown area in Wales.

Zak: Yeah pretty much!

Steve: You’re aware there’s a Lockdown by literally half a mile, aren’t you, Joe?

Joey: Yeah, I’ve gotta drive like 30 miles to go to the Supermarket now.

Sheri: Loooord!

Joey: Yeah basically I live on the Monmouthshire side so I’m in the same county as Zak so I’ll plan on meeting up with Zak one evening or couple of evening’s in the week now and we’ll just try and get stuff recorded so we’re not at a complete loss. But we can’t practise and learn the songs together at the moment unfortunately, which sucks. There we are.

Sheri: That’s a bit sucky but gotta make the best of what we have.

Joey: Exactly.

Sheri: The composing is absolutely marvellous, with the strings and drums, you have a lot of twists and unexpected turns in your style of melodic death metal and your methods. I detect some other elements, even some Thrash! An example of this I think, is in the track ‘Deity’on your EP “Starting Again”. Last year, I remember Joey telling me he started out as a not very good guitarist amongst his injuries haha – surely you gotta feel differently as time has passed?

Joey: Yeah haha. I don’t think I’m on that first EP. We were that pushed for time and trying to record. I’m on the new EP and I’ll be on the album but that first EP, I saw the red light and my playing just went totally out of time, I couldn’t play a triplet.

Rich: Seems to be a curse for Democratus guitarists because I’m not on the new EP much either haha! But I’ll be on the album…

Joey: Haha yeah so Kerrin had to record my parts of that because we tried one four or five hour session and I just couldn’t get anything down and it got to the point where I was just like “Look, Kerrin, I don’t mind not being on it, we need to get this done.” Because…Like, it had been written in a time where I had been in the band but those songs had been written prior to my joining, I don’t really have any connection to them, I enjoy them as songs but they’re nothing I had anything to do with the writing process of, so I was like “You know what, Kerrin, you take it.”

Zak: The thing is with the EP; we were just replicating what the previous line up did. Just putting our own twists on it to make it original.

Joey: Yeah, so there were solos and everything that we had re-written and a couple of things that we added but the for the most part it’s old Democratus and that’s one of the reasons it’s even called “Starting Again”cuz you know…that’s was just like the end of that.

Steve: For me, “Starting Again”was tied in simply with my re-start after Counterhold. It’s as simple as that. It’s not a subtle nod, but yeah… like I said, “Starting Again”by the time we got round to recording it with the boys that we had in the band, it was simply a case of “Right, let’s just get this out there so we’ve got something to plug.”

Joey: Yeah, in all honesty, it was a very difficult recording process, it took a lot longer than we thought it would in terms of before Zak joined, our drummer – nothing against him, again just a similar problem to me in terms of recording, he just really struggled to be tight and to be able to play on the record so that really slowed things down. But then we got Zak in and things kind of all came together. I mean, Spoon, he’s not on the interview on the moment, but he’s probably the tightest player out of all of us when it comes to recording, you know.

Sheri: In light of that, you’ve had some pretty huge highlights with Democratus – playing Bloodstock, supporting…YOU SUPPORTED LIGHT THE TORCH!

Zak: I KNOW haha

Joey: Yeah!!

Rich: …did I!?

*all laughs*

Zak: You saw the poster, Rich? haha.

Joey: Yeah Rich, just photoshop yourself in there really badly hahaha

Rich: Yeah, the only picture I’ve got of Democratus at all, doesn’t have me in it haha but it’s the tour poster that I’m on haha!

Joey: Yeah, that really was like a highlight for all of us because me, Zak and Steve…Howard Jones has been a huge influence on us and then to share the line-up was just a Holy Shit moment basically.

Steve: The weirdest thing about that was just how straight forward it was from making my initial pester to the promoter – I had a heads up after going to see them open for In Flames like a couple of days before it was announced, so I basically messaged the promoter and then noticed the promoter had their phone number on their page… so I thought “bugger it!” and called them up and I just went “look… if I’m pestering too much, please let me know but I’m chasing up the message that I’ve sent regarding the Light The Torch show, if there’s any chance of a local slot, please can you let us know.” Because my worship of Howard Jones is rather well known.

Zak: I’m pretty sure Howard knows that as well haha.

Steve: Damn right he does haha!

Zak: When we were at Bloodstock, they had the meet and greet because he did the Jasta show and Jamie was the first person there and then there was Kirk and then it went to Howard to shake hands and Howard just went “I know you!”

Steve: … “I’ve seen you before!” hahaha.

Zak: Nervously sweating as well hahaha

Joey: So, it was great that we got on that show and didn’t get a restraining order hahaha.

Steve: The promoter told me “I’ll see what I can do, I’ll get back to you.” So, a week and a half later, I chased up with one more message basically saying “Can you let me know what’s going on because I need to know if I’m selling my ticket or not.” Then the following morning I woke up to the email saying, “You’re in, send us your logo.” How I didn’t wake up my Amy FIST PUMPING THE F*KING AIR, I will never know!

Sheri: Hahaha that’s brilliant!!

Joey: And just a couple of words on that promotor – a couple of months later they put Insomnium on and we asked them for the slot and unfortunately we didn’t get it but they were really good enough to put us on the Guest List for that. So massive Kudos to them, that was really good of them.

Steve: Yeah, they were a great bunch.

Sheri: Wicked! That’s so cool. You see, I love stuff like that. So, like I say, you’ve had some huge highlights and obviously you have your two EP’s out at the moment and you’re working on an album… How do you feel you have evolved over time?

Rich: I mean I’ll put it this way, I’ve played guitar since I was 15, so that’s 15 years now and I feel I’ve progressed more in my time with Democratus than I have in the other 12 odd years haha. I remember the first time you asked me to do lead guitar and I was like “excuse me!?”. There was that practice where there was the first solo going up and I remember just doing the bend and then Joey just turning around and laughing at Steve, so I either did something very wrong or very right just now haha. So, I just nervously carried on haha.

Sheri: You obviously did do right haha!

Rich: Yeah, apparently! Haha.

Joey: I think that our song writing is always evolving, as you said earlier, our lyrics are very politically charged, and the landscape is always changing with that. You know, a hell of a lot has changed in the last 4 years since I joined the band and the lyric writing has reflected that. In terms of guitar work, new members make things…everyone has their own spin on things. Zak is just churning out riffs like a madman, which is great!

Sheri: Like a boss!

Zak: Yeah, I haven’t got a life so…haha

Joey: Yeah…Oh no! I didn’t mean…yeah, you haven’t got a life hahaha. Also, I think our understanding of recording has come on leaps and bounds since the first EP. So, you know, we’re paying more attention to things like dynamics, things like guitar tone and everything like that just to try and make the songs sound bigger and better. We’re always looking to try and improve. Yeah, just make things interesting.

Steve: Which is why we work. This is why we work. We’re always looking to improve, we’re never just settling for, you know, the words “That will do”. They are banned in the studio when we are recording. You’re always looking to improve in whatever way, be it a better vocal line, a better guitar solo, a better riff being played, better drum fill. You know, we don’t box ourselves into how we should sound because we’re always looking to progress. If we decided that this is how we are gonna start sounding for the next 4 or 5 albums, we would all get bored to buggery anyway!

Joey: There’s only been a couple of times where I’ve had to ask Steve about lyrics and whether he thinks that’s a good line. I was terrified because you’ve got the song ‘Preach To The Hate;and its original title was Hints of Hate and I said “It’s a bit too in your face to be called Hints of Hate” and it was a nervous moment for me because Steve was like “You’ve never questioned my lyrics before.” And I was like “Oh no! What have I done?” haha.

Steve: Hahaha! And you will never do so again!! Haha

Joey: The whole album has been more like a group contribution whereas the previous 2 have always been like “here’s a riff” and one person has written the whole song, whereas now it’s like everything is just stemming to contribute to it. Even recently, the lyrics have been quite group contributed as well, haven’t they Steve?

Steve: Yeah, even if it’s just you guys giving me a subject to go off, yeah – I mean, I’ve always been open to lyrical contribution. One of the latest thing’s that we’ve written has had Zak’s full input on the lyrics! I looked ‘em over the other day and they look fantastic. I am more than happy to put my vocals over what he’s given me. So yeah, it’s a case of – there’s no ego’s in the band. Our overall outlook on it is just to see where it goes.

Joey: Yeah, pretty much.

Steve: We’re not expecting anything, we’re not demanding anything – we’re just kind of putting ourselves out there, asking if the possibilities are there and if they are, brilliant! If not, we crack on doing what we’re doing anyway.

Sheri: Educate me! My favourite song of yours is ‘BTK’, but… what does that stand for?

Zak: Steve, that’s all you mate!

Steve: That’s me, OK! This one stands for ‘Bind, Torture, Kill’.

Joey: I thought that was a sandwich! Hahaha

Rich: Bacon, Tomato, Kale hahaha.

Steve: Hahaha! It’s basically a set of lyrics I was sat on around the Counterhold days that just weren’t doing anything, but it’s based around the Bind, Torture, Kill killer. So, I was reading an article in one of those daytime magazines about him. What was in there was some of the letters that he would write to the Police before he was caught. It was all very simplistic stuff, so the lyrical approach is very simplistic for that reason. It’s based around the letters that he would send, the way that he would speak about how he tortured his victims, how much pleasure he found in building up to the kill and stuff like that. So yeah, it’s all based around Dennis Rader.

Rich: I’ll tell you something interesting if you want to know, especially about the video. I got to do the lyric video essentially, I was the only one with video editing experience but unfortunately, I was on horribly outdated software and the fact that it came to light in the first place was interesting. But what I realised half-way through and it’s still there to this day – is there is now a folder on my computer called Murder Photos full of pictures of Dennis Rader and actual pictures of his crimes! Hahaha so…

Steve: There’ll be new pictures incoming with one of my censored lyrics, mate, you know that!

Rich: Yeah but eventually, GCHQ are gonna find out, mate! Hahaha.

Sheri: So, there’s a lot of extensive research that goes into that sort of thing as well. In light of the album you’re working on, what are your plans for 2021, all being well?

Rich: To gig again one day!

Joey: Yeah, hopefully!

Steve: Oh God, I miss it. It’s been 84 years…

*all laugh*

Steve: Basically, under current circumstances, all we can do is song write. So, all we can do is send over song ideas to each other and so that when the lockdown is lifted, we can get the pre-production on the go and get the Demo’s on the go. After that, once everything is up, we’re gonna try and get gigging as quickly as we possibly can. We’ve got a few dates, no more for this year…that’s bust.

Zak: We’ve got a few in the pipeline though haven’t we, that we secured.

Steve: Yeah, we’ve got a mini tour that we’ve scheduled for March that we’re hoping to keep hold of. I think that is probably the realistic target now, is March dates that we’ve got booked in. We’ve not gone public with it yet so we can’t say who we will be touring with but there’s some very good, very established bands.

Sheri: Amazing! We will keep our ear out for that as well then!

Joey: We just wanna get back to Oxford again. I love that place!

Steve: Ahh yeah Oxford!

Rich: Oxford was the best gig I’ve played by far apart from maybe Newcastle and that was more just a miracle that happened in the night sort of thing haha.

Joey: Everything that could have gone wrong… went wrong haha. Spoon broke Bass string, Rich kept knocking guitar cables out hahaha

Steve: I must have gone through a pack of Vocalzone in the run up to that day…

Joey: The batteries died on my wireless kit halfway through a song whilst I was playing haha

Rich: 4am in Newcastle in the snow…

Joey: Yep we went from Oxford to Workington, played a gig and then from that gig, drove to Newcastle…it was long.

Rich: All in one day…

Zak: It was snowing as well!

Rich: That was Zak’s favourite bit haha

Sheri: That sounds absolutely brutal! Sounds like you had a bit of a nightmare gig there, no?

Joey: It should have been, but it really wasn’t, it was amazing! The atmosphere was there, it didn’t really matter, the crowd were amazing, Zak did a drum solo which I’ve never seen him do before, it was beautiful!

Rich: Yeah, it was actually really good!

Zak: You put me on the spot for that, ya f**kers! Hahahaha.

Joey: It wasn’t us! It was Kilonova hahaha

Rich: Yeah, Kilonova put you on the spot for that hahaha

Joey: I highly recommend checking out Kilonova, their live shows, they bring a ridiculous amount of energy, like…first time we were on that tour, we just went “Ah sh*t, we gotta follow that…Um…” hahaha

Steve: Yeah Ellen and the boys are sweethearts, they’re brilliant.

Joey: Yeah, they’re good people.

Sheri: I know of Kilonova, they’re fantastic! Please tell our readers in your own words why it is so important to support the scene at the moment…

Steve: Given the current circumstances, we’ve all been saying for years that you have to use it or lose it. Right now, that is amplified a thousand times over. Given the current situations within venues and performing arts, are getting zero in the way of support. I’m not gonna go down a political rant on that, I’m just saying as it is, we have no support. So, we basically cannot do any of this if people aren’t gonna come out and support the scene. It doesn’t have to be for us. It has to be for the venues, it has to be for the workers.

Joey: Yeah, for the people who actually have it as a career you know, like, being a performer – because there’s just no funding for them. Even the big companies are struggling at the moment in terms of what is happening with events. There’s a lot of investment gone into trying to put these events on and it’s all up in the air as to everything that’s gonna be happening across Europe. So, it’s not just the grassroots that are suffering, it’s everyone in the industry right from the bottom to the very top. So, imagine lockdown if you couldn’t listen to music because at the end of the day if bands don’t have a platform, artists don’t have a platform, if they can play in venues and won’t have a way to get people through the door and it’s gonna be gone and it won’t come back… and it will be a real shame to see that go. For a lot of people, it’s the only outlet they really have. There’s a lot of talented musicians who absolutely love doing what they’re doing, it helps them to deal with the sh*t they’ve had at work or you know, it helps people unwind and get their feelings out…and if that isn’t there, it’s gonna really mess up a lot of people.

Steve: I mentioned it on my Facebook the other day that it’s not even just the financial implications that places and people are gonna struggle with, it’s the mental health side of it as well. You know, not having that security is gonna play Holy Hell with people’s mental well-being. So, it’s a case of, we have to look after each other. You don’t have to like the genres of music; you just have to support it because it all needs help.

Sheri: Absolutely you’re right, at the moment I feel like that even though things are the way they are, people do, especially in the underground scene, have to help each other out mentally.

Joey: It will all come back, I just think there’s gonna be a lot people who won’t come back from it in terms of their businesses, which is gonna be a real shame. Like you see on Facebook almost every week that the iconic venues are closing because the landlords are like “Well, we need the money” and a part of me is really really pissed off with the owners of these venues but at the same time, that’s their revenue stream as well, they still need their money and yeah…

Sheri: It’s a vicious circle.

Joey: Yeah, and it’s gonna be tough times for a lot of people and I think that when times are really shit, people are gonna need good music to listen to.

Sheri: Absolutely… and that’s why you’re getting an album out haha!

Rich: Full circle back to the flood, YAY! Hahaha.

Joey: And if it doesn’t work, we will just sell it to America to Guantanamo Bay as a form of torture, there’s lots of avenues open to us! Hahaha.

*all laugh*

Steve: I mean one thing I would add about the scene supporting and stuff like that is in South Wales in particular, I’ve noticed, seems to have a core nucleus of bands. From the likes of Agrona, Sodomized Cadaver, In Which It Burns, Blind Divide etc. The list continues, there’s a core nucleus of a good 20 to 30 bands that genuinely look out for each other, you know, we’re all offering each other shows. Bands like Agrona and Sepulchre are putting on their own band nights alongside Gavin from Sodomized running his promotions company that’s going from strength to strength. We’re all looking out for each other, we’re all plugging each other, we’re all kind of chucking in our support where we can get it. Agrona for example have just been confirmed for the SOPHIE slot at Bloodstock next year. There’s no jealousy, there’s no pissing and moaning about it, we couldn’t be any prouder of them. It’s the same when Sodomized played the SOPHIE stage when we were doing Bloodstock, you know, there’s no animosity, there’s no one upmanship, the scene is just genuinely supportive.

Joey: The bands that do have a bad attitude, we’re just like “well, we’re not playing with you and no one’s gonna want to play with you.” Or they fall by the wayside pretty quickly because that attitude doesn’t get you far at all.

Sheri: That’s what it’s about at the end of the day. I’ve always been a believer in…If you’re gonna do this then do it together.

Steve: Otherwise you can crack on and form a tribute band hahaha

Joey: And that’s where the real money is hahaha.

Sheri: Finally, tell us a joke! And don’t say our music hahaha.

Rich: I’m not allowed to tell the jokes anymore. Hahaha.

Sheri: Has Rich been banned?

Rich: I’ve been banned from a few comedy venues when I did stand up so…hahaha

Sheri: That sounds like that’s got a story behind it haha

Rich: I’m not about to give you a rendition here haha.

Sheri: Fair enough. Hahaha. Anyone?

Joey: What’s brown and sticky…? A stick.

Rich: Here’s a fun fact about flavoured water…it’s actually healthier than crack hahaha

Joey: Yeah but crack is pretty moorish…

*all laugh*

Sheri: Thank you so much for your time guys! It’s been really insightful. I really appreciate it.

Joey: Happy birthday for the other day! Best people are born in September, fact. Just putting that out there…

Sheri: Thank you! I sat by the beach and got drunk hahaha.

Democratus: Best way to spend it. Hahaha. Thanks for having us!

Rick Here. I’d like to send huge thanks to Sheri and Democratus for this great interview.

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Thirteenth Sign – The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence

Thirteenth Sign – The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence
Release Date: 02/10/2020
Running Time: 70:54
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax

By nature, I am a positive person, full of beans 90% of the time. But lately, I’ve been feeling quite flat in myself, the pressures of modern life can sometimes take us away from the beautiful thing that is life!

I did have a chat with Mr. Editor (she did indeed – Rick), as I didn’t feel as confident in my writing that day, unusual as I normally bring all the bubbles, but the last thing I wanted was for this to reflect in my writing, so I decided to sit on this album for a bit.

Kick-starting my fitness and religiously meditating my brain, I now feel ready to swallow “The Ashes Of Treacherous Silence” the new album by Thirteenth Sign.

The band actually started off under the name ‘Skeletal Embrace’ back in 1998/99 in Norfolk. They managed to record 3 demos, then decided to change their name. After releasing their debut album “Oracles Of Armageddon” in 2008, they went and played Hammerfest, supporting Napalm Death and Anaal Nathrakh. They then released two more albums, “Rise Of The Black Angel” (2012) and “Evolutions End” (2016). Originally Norfolk based, band members left and were replaced with new members from Nottingham, thus they now consider themselves Nottingham based.

Now to the album itself. Go Forth Tammy, I tell myself “I got this”.

Let me start with the meaning behind the lyrics. They are based upon the true story of some of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, but the album does not focus on the actual killings themselves but delivers insight to what made those killers commit such evil crimes. Therefore, we get songs about neglect, domestic violence, depression, suicide, and betrayal and the spoken pieces in between tracks give the album a definite “Operation: Mindcrime” feel, which is to be expected as that concept album was their initial inspiration for this!

I can’t see a happy dance happening any time soon.

‘WN-3617’ opens the album which is just over a minute-long introduction and It’s actually really creepy.

‘The Bond Of Wicked Blood’ opens the album, in suitably gruesome fashion but, personally, I feel the album really kicks off with next track ‘Impulse Control’. We are marched forward into the album, there is a really good repetitive riff and the tempo meets this making it feel completely thrash.

The first thing I noticed was drummer Lloyd. His accelerated beats rip and slay hard. His blazingly fast double kick drums turn me into a trembling mess! They are hard to keep up with but not misplaced at all. Drummers like this are rare gold dust.

Throughout the entire album you also have some befitting vocals. The only slight niggle for me is on final track ‘The Scars Of Betrayal” where they are a no-no from me. They are not terrible, but they are not great either. It’s difficult to understand what is going on and they seem to be out of place in comparison to the rest of the album. The musicianship is still remorseless though, and severely intense.

As a whole, the album is way beyond being quiet. There are so many moments that illustrate this. For example, ‘Electric Hammer’. This is the first video released from the album with their new line-up and was recorded during the lockdown by Loki Films! Thirteenth Sign transport all the chaos in this track. The production is clear, projecting a real clean and relentless sound. I actually resembled a hippo at this point as my jaw hit the ground. You can hear every string and strum on those guitars, and I have to bow my head with respect. They nail it totally.

Recording began in Feb 2020 and Covid-19 could have derailed everything, but the band were able to continue recording the remainder of the album at their home studios during lockdown. Thank goodness for that as this cruel and destroying album can now be heard by everyone!

Ok, so my overall thoughts are:

Thirteenth Sign have undoubtedly proved to themselves and demonstrated that if you want to do it, whatever it may be, then get UP and do it. They have bonded well together and their creativity and talent is completely apparent. There is enough variation in track tempos and there is a crisp production. They have delivered and it certainly stands out from their previous albums. From what I can gather, they bring a bloody good party, and they know EXACTLY what they want. “The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence” deserves a huge slap on the back.

Cheers guys.

01. WN-3617
02. The Bond Of Wicked Blood
03. Impulse Control
04. Electric Hammer
05. Demons Within
06. Locked In A Deadly Embrace
07. The Spider’s Web
08. Walls Of Jericho
09. The Bone Collector
10. Leach
11. The Perpetual Darkness
12. Ashes For Eternity
13. Silent Witness
14. The Scars Of Betrayal

Chris Hubbard – Rhythm Guitar
Reno Ramos – Vocals
Dale Stringer – Lead Guitar
Lloyd Stringer – Drums
Dave Thomas – Bass


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Unleash the Archers – Abyss

Unleash the Archers – Abyss
Napalm Records
Release Date: 21/08/20
Running Time: 55:56
Review by Steven Hooke

Look deep inside yourself and you’ll know, no matter how much you try to deny it and pretend you’re better than it, you bloody love some power metal. Whether it’s the searing melodies, ludicrous bombasticities, or you just have a thing for loin cloths, power metal is the delicious camembert accoutrement to your otherwise super, well-metal normality.

Sadly, it is not a genre that has aged well. Relying way too much on the attributes that made it such a success in the 80’s and 90’s, modern power metal flag-bearers either rehash the ideas of their predecessors, carry an outrageous gimmick, or are literal carbon copies of themselves (looking at you here Helloween and Rhapsody of Fire / Turilli/Leone Rhapsody). It is then refreshing to see the rise of an ambitious, hard-working troupe such as Unleash the Archers grinding their way to album five, being driven by their own unwavering vision of modern power metal.

The Vancouver band formed in 2007 operating on the heavier end of the power metal spectrum, blending the genre with lashings of melodic death metal. In the years since, Unleash the Archers have found their sweet spot in style, keeping the harsh melodeath growled vocals in reserve, but keeping the pace and riffs, and allowing frontwoman Brittney Slayes to prosper as a vocalist. Unlike her contemporaries, Slayes does not possess the high-pitched wails of Power Quest or Kiske-fronted Helloween, she does have the gravelly tones of Rage and she does not sound like a knock-off Tarja Turunen.

Brittney Slayes sounds like Brittney fucking Slayes.

In a sea of some of the most impressive vocalists in all of heavy metal, Slayes is able to stand out from the pack with her immense range and pure power in her delivery. She sounds like a confident performer throughout the album, and when she is backed by those fleeting growls of guitarists Andrew Kingsley and Grant Truesdell, it only seems to amalgamate together to create a hugely dramatic soundscape, and add some much-missed bite back into power metal.

“Abyss” opens with the immensely powerful and mood-setting ‘Waking Dream’, and whilst it does get you in the right mindset for the album, it then takes nearly a minute and a half for the album to get going proper, with the intro partially overlapping into the title-track. Intro tracks may be all the rage these days, but nearly 5 minutes of table-setting before the banquet makes for a slightly unnerving feeling about Abyss’ pacing.

The album did not take too long to redeem itself. The song ‘Abyss’ slowly turns into a strong outing for all involved, with Slayes’ vocal flexes underlined by Scott Buchanon’s brutal drum patterns and guitar work that feels somewhere between ravaging the streets of Gothenburg and lashings of glitter. The follow-up ‘Through Stars’ is the album’s first truly great song, opting to change out the pace of the opening sequence, with a bounty of beautiful melodies, alongside riffs and vocal harmonies blending together so effortlessly to create a shimmering masterwork of a song.

This collaboration between harmony and aggression is what really sets Unleash the Archers apart, feeling so comfortable on either side of the coin and not needing to go all the way into an orchestral-acoustic ballad to invoke melody and emotion from the listener. Equally, while there are windows into their melodic death metal past, the album never reaches overt levels of aggression. The growls on tracks like ‘Return to Me’, ‘The Wind That Shapes The Land’ and ‘Afterlife’ never feel like they’re outstaying their welcome, and on the whole add to the album’s narrative.

That is not to say “Abyss” doesn’t come without its experimental moments. Penultimate song ‘Carry The Flame’, a self-contained duet between Slayes and Kingsley, could easily out-class most pop rock acts filling up the charts today. Summery riffs leading into a classic power metal chorus, as the two singers trade-off their stoic voices; on paper it sounds like a nightmare but darn it all if it doesn’t come out sounding like an absolute bop. It’s a similar story with the song ‘Legacy’. Probably the closest thing the album has to a ballad, it’s an emotional and searing piece of music that is sometimes interjected with a barrage of blast beats and guitar widdling wankery. Again, sounds like an absolute fustercluck when analysed, but it somehow comes out sounding absolutely sensational.

For the long-term power metal fans who have been desperate for a refreshing new look to the genre, Unleash the Archers’ new album needs to be part of your essential listening. Whilst the pacing does take some getting used to, it doesn’t just copy what was good from years gone by, it identifies what made those things good in the first place and turns it into ideas that work for today, finished off with a Herculean production job by that man again Andrew Kingsley.

Assemble your chainmail and battle axes lads, we reconvene at dawn.

01. Waking Dream
02. Abyss
03. Through Stars
04. Legacy
05. Return To Me
06. Soulbound
07. Faster Than Light
08. The Wind That Shapes The Land
09. Carry The Flame
10. Afterlife (ft. Francesco Ferrini of Fleshgod Apocalypse)

Brittney Slayes – Lead Vocals
Andrew Kingsley – Guitars, Synthesizer, Vocals
Grant Truesdell – Guitars, Vocals
Scott Buchanan – Drums
Benjamin Arscott – Bass (session)


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Drops of Heart – Stargazers

Drops of Heart – Stargazers
Release Date: 22/07/20
Running Time: 59:21
Review by Steven Hooke

On paper, Russian outfit Drops of Heart seems to exist almost in spite of itself. Formed in 2008, the band continued for a little over two years before instability ravaged the band, forcing their demise. A few years later, vocalist Denis Fakhrislamov and the multi-faceted Vadim Nizamov breathed new life into the band, before finally self-releasing their debut album in 2014. In the years since, DoH have begun broadening their melodic death metal scope, incorporating electronica, metalcore, and even tinges of black metal, all in the lead up to their sophomore release, “Stargazers”.

“Stargazers”appears to live in a similar bubble to In Flames’ transitional period during the 2000’s, with the blending of dyed-in-the-wool Gothenburg melodeath and the more American and experimental alt metal scene. Thankfully though, Drops of Heart have opted for much more modern influences, immediately apparent in opener ‘Echoes’ which starts off with mood-setting harmonics, before erupting into an onslaught from drummer Artem Gabbasov. There are the first examples of the eerie electronic tinges added for an atmospheric edge to the album, as well as the choruses drenched in melody to blur that line between melodic death metal and modern metalcore.

‘Frost Grip’ is the first of the album’s guest appearances with The Unguided and former Sonic Syndicate frontman Richard Sjunnesson adding a more vicious kind of scream in the song’s pre-choruses before Soilwork’s Björn Strid enters the fray on ‘Starlight’, giving the already powerful song an added kick up the arse for good measure.

The album largely stays in its comfortable bubble of fast-paced, riff-heavy melodeath with added electronic flairs in an attempt to call it their own. This would otherwise be fine were it a 30-40 minute long affair, but clocking in just shy of an hour (exceeding an hour should you find the version with the ‘Starlight’ bonus track) makes this a bit of a slog towards the end in one sitting. Songs like ‘Escapist’, ‘Lull’, and the title track do their best to slow the pace down and incorporate more rock and groove elements, along with album highlight ‘Discoverers’ at the opposite end – with its twinkling tremolo lead riff, black metal tempo and atmosphere – but ultimately, “Stargazers” does bang a very familiar drum for far too long.

The ideas are there for the troupe to enhance their sound and offer something a little bit different to a genre that is experiencing something of a resurgence over the last few years with praised releases from Sylosis, Bleed From Within (both of whom etching further away from their deathcore roots) and The Black Dahlia Murder. DoH can offer an underground alternative alongside the likes of Torchia and Aphyxion as well as bring some much-deserved notoriety to a burgeoning Russian alternative scene, consisting of Supruga, Somn, WLVS and many more.

01. Echoes
02. Frost Grip
03. Knot
04. Escapist
05. Lull
06. Starlight
07. Modern Madness
08. Coffin
09. Exodus
10. Death Lover
11. Discoverers
12. Stargazers

Denis Fakhrislamov – Vocals
Vadim Nizamov – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
Pavel Klimov – Guitars
Artem Gabbasov – Drums


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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cardiff, South Wales based Melodic Death Metal band, Democratus. Huge thanks to Vocalist, Steve Jenkins for taking part.

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

I’m Steve! I’m the vocalist for melodic death metal band, Democratus. We were formed in the back end of 2014 after my old band, Counterhold, ended. We started gigging in February 2015 and have self-released 2 EP’s, called “Starting Again” and “Damnation”. We have earned notable supports alongside bands like Light The Torch, Suffocation, Vader, Skiltron, Lagerstein and Psychostick. We won the South Wales Metal 2 The Masses in 2018 to play Bloodstock!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were discussing what our band name should be. I pointed out we all needed to agree, we’re a democracy not dictatorship. Our guitarist at the time said, “What about Democratus?” and we all went “oooh”! We then found out Democratis was a Greek philosopher who paved the way to our modern ways of government.

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

We’re based in Cardiff, South Wales, but are dotted around the valleys! Like most areas, we’ve been hit hard with venues closing compared to how it was, say 10 years ago, but there is a strong core of bands who genuinely have each other’s backs. Gig swaps, promoting and plugging each other’s work across the genres has created a tight knit group of friends who respect and push each other on.

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

We released our second EP, “Damnation”, in January 2020, and the lockdown has given us chance to song write for our debut album.

Bind Torture Kill (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, we obviously love the likes of Insomnium, Soilwork, In Flames, and Amon Amarth. But we also bring our individual influences too. For me personally, Killswitch Engage, Devin Townsend, Maiden, Priest, and Lamb Of God all get their nods!

What first got you into music?

My Nanna bought me my first little 1 finger keyboard aged 4. I was always singing everywhere, and people kept telling me I was alright at it! I was quite late to finding rock and metal, I was 19 going on 20 before it started resonating with me, but I like to think I’ve made up for it since!

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

Oooh, locally I’ve already guest vocalled for my black metal siblings, Agrona. I’d love to find a way to return the favour. Dream wise, Killswitch, Devin, Gojira, Fleshgod Apocalypse. Anyone considered masters of their craft!

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

I’d love to return to Bloodstock above everything. That place has been my second home since my first in 2008. Outside of the UK, maybe Wacken, or Loud Park in Japan.

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

This one’s easy. My buddy Callum, in the run up to our New Blood appearance, had our logo tattooed on him! That blew me away, even more so as he hadn’t seen us live prior to Bloodstock!

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

Thank you. We wouldn’t have had the opportunities without your support, and we can’t wait to throw the horns with you soon!

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

Dio. I never had a chance to see him being skint when he toured with Heaven and Hell, and I was ill when they were meant to play Bloodstock.

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

I try and embrace it all. Even the travelling and between set waiting! Music is my release. It keeps my mental health in check. I hate those people that feel the need to shit on other’s efforts. If you don’t like something, move on.

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

That’s a tough question, away from the lockdown, I want an industry that stops exploiting bands. Pay them for appearances, pay fairly for streaming, and give local bands a chance to regularly open for bigger tours in the area.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The End Of Heartache” – Killswitch Engage. That was my gateway album

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

I’ve actually become a digital guy, cos it means I have more music, but zero space needed! I don’t stream though.

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

Bloodstock, and Light The Torch. To be 9 hours and 200 yards from Judas Priest was emotional, the same thing to open for my vocal idol in Bristol last year was just mind blowing!

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

I’m just about to finish up getting my teaching assistant qualification. So, we’ll go with that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Howard Jones, Dio, Lemmy, Clement Attlee, and Jeremy Corbyn

What’s next for the band?

Continue working on our album. And hopefully get back on the road as soon as Covid allows!

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


Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! It’s in the name! Layer of chocolate, orange then sponge!

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

Thanks for the opportunity!

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band DarkRazor. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Matheus Damásio for taking part.

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

I am Matheus Damásio, lead singer and guitarist for DarkRazor.

Well, in early 2016 I had a few compositions in mind and wanted to start something new, that would not be limited to a specific genre of metal, as inspired by my idol Chuck Schuldiner. I truly believe that by calling a band as being only a “death metal” or “black metal” band would, in the end, limit the view of the public about its music and of the members themselves. So, in early 2016 I called Rafael, whom I knew from other bands we had together, and he became interested in the concept I wanted for the band and the songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

For real, it was inspired by another band whose member and singer was the lead guitarist for DarkRazor, and it was DeathRazer

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

I was born in Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil. The Scene here is something very peculiar. We have very old and important bands maintaining the scene, such as P.U.S and Death Slam, who are still kicking till this day and great and promising bands popping right now, even in quarantine, like Nightwölf, Subterranea and Evil Corpse. In normal days, there are a good number of shows happening in a few houses that still support Metal. Also, there is an optimistic mood that the scene will always be here. But I really want to address that we, as a community, need to get more professional in order to reach higher objectives. I lost count of how many times I heard some musicians complaining about needing to buy a better amp, a better guitar or something that would make their sound better, and in the next minute they are spending all of their money on beer. At the end of the day, it is a great and supportive scene, but with little issues.

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

Our last release is the 2018 Conceptual Album “The River of Souls”, a story of an intergalactic dictator that in the end, dies alone while being destroyed

‘The Time Device’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, I would of course say Death, Testament, Revocation, Vektor, Megadeth, Evile, Sepultura, Rivers of Nihil, Trivium

What first got you into music?

My father would play some Queen, The Doors, Scorpions and especially Dire Straits, which is one of my all-time favourites.

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

If I could, it would be a pleasure to play some tunes with the guys from Trivium. I am really a big fan of theirs and there are some songs I would be thrilled to play with them.

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

Wacken Open Air would be the realization of a Life. It is the greatest metal festival in the world, and it would be a dream coming to life.

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

I would not say weird, but something I did not imagine was when a fan told me he actually wrote a song inspired by one of ours. It was a blast and I personally was very happy with it.

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

Thank you all for everything, all that we have accomplished is because of you and there is nothing more important than the metal fans of the world.

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

Chuck Schuldiner for sure. One of the greatest Metal Geniuses of all time.

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

I love composing and especially that moment when you first record a song and you can hear all of that work coming to life in the form of sound. And I really hate when the metronome keeps going after a mistake in the recording sessions.

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

Probably the making of talentless people, that cannot write songs by themselves, into gods walking among mortals. Most notably coming from Pop music. I mean, even in pop we used to have great musicians, but now is just sampled garbage pulled at our faces over and over.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“…And Justice For All”, “Symbolic”, “Rust In Peace”, “Brothers In Arms”, “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”

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

I am a digital era kid, so it would be normal for me to say Downloads, but nothing got me thrilled more than listening to a Dire Straits Vinyl in my grandmother’s house. The sound was so good, and it got me hooked for life.

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

For now, it was a show with my old band “Primal Wrath” with Rafael, I believe it was for 1500 people and it was a really good day to be a musician.

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

I would like to be a TV host for some sports show.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emperor Dom Pedro II, Aristoteles, Jesus, my grandmother Maria and George Lucas.

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing a special release that will feature some of the songs from our first two records with Orchestra and we are already in pre-production for our third official release.

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

Our Instagram especially, to inform our fans of the music we release on YouTube and Spotify, but we also use Facebook.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely cakes HAHAHA.

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

I would like to thank Ever Metal for this wonderful space for me and everyone from DarkRazor. It is a real blast for us to have such an amazing opportunity. And for those that want to start their own bands or even start composing new records, just do it HAHAHA. Don’t think too much about if it will be a success or a failure, just start working and give everything you have. Go for it.

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band Kryour. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Gustavo Iandoli for taking part.

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

I’m Gustavo Iandoli, vocalist and guitarist that formed the band in early 2014. We played covers until we had our own material. We entered the studio for the first time in 2015 to record our first single ‘Chaos Of My Dream’, and in 2016 our second single ‘Falling In Oblivion’, then we started recording our debut album “Where Treasures Are Nothing”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted to make a name for myself, then I mixed the words “cry” and “our”, crying is the culmination of an emotion, so here would be the safe place of all of our expression, which is what I have always sought for the band.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brazil. Here in São Paulo we have incredible bands that are always looking to improve themselves, sadly the music scene here in Brazil doesn’t help the extreme music.

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

Our first album was “Where Treasures Are Nothing” that came out after our official video ‘Restless Silence’. Our last video was ‘My Conjugué’ that we released in this pandemic.

My Conjugué (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a lot of influences like Children Of Bodom, Gojira, Kreator but at the same time some artists that don’t belong to metal.

What first got you into music?

I started to play guitar at 10 years old, always doing my own riffs and music, after playing a jam with Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) my love with the stage began.

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

I would love having Aurora featuring a song with us, I really appreciate her music.

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

We grew up watching the Wacken Open Air, so with no doubt it would be a dream play there some day.

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

I think a guitar pick that glows in the dark.

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

Thank you for all support and stay tuned for the next year, we are planning really cool stuff to release.

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

Freddie Mercury without thinking twice!

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

The freedom to create and say whatever I want, I would like in some situations if our profession was taken more seriously, especially here in Brazil.

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

I would change the way that most people see the success, cause you know, music became a capitalist product, and that has changed a lot the way we see things.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Magma” from Gojira.

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

I would choose the streaming because we have variety to hear.

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

Our best gig was here in Brazil with Symphony X. That was awesome.

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

Probably studying psychology and philosophy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ola Englund, Joe Duplatier, Jens Bogren, Misha Mansoor for talking about some metal guitar tones.

What’s next for the band?

We are composing our next album, and for sure that will be the biggest thing that we ever did in the band.

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

YouTube, Spotify and all streaming sources.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think I will go for biscuit.

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

I would like to thank you for enjoying our music and also for the opportunity to present our sound on British site. In the current situation of our country and the planet, hearing good news is fantastic, especially with our music. We are preparing a new album. We hope it will be even better than our first album. Thanks again for the opportunity.

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Interview with Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum

Interview with Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum
By Beth Jones

Hi Everyone,

Beth recently got the chance to have a chat with Sami Hinkka, bassist of awesome Folk Metal band Ensiferum. I’d like to thank Sami very much for his time. Enjoy!

Beth: Thanks for taking the time to do an interview with us, it’s really appreciated.

Sami: My pleasure! 😊

Beth: Firstly, for any of our readers that don’t know you, could you give us a brief history of the band?

Sami: Back in early 1990 Markus Toivonen was getting into heavier music and at some point, instead of playing cover songs he wanted to have his own band. It was Amorphis’ “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” that showed him the way: melodic metal with heroic/mythical lyrics. After few line-up changes, many albums and tons of gigs on every continent, here we are now!

Beth: You’ve just released your 8th studio album, “Thalassic” and it’s an absolute killer! It’s themed around the sea and water. Where did you get the inspiration for that theme from?

Sami: The idea popped in my head when we were promoting our previous album “Two Paths” and many journalists kept asking, ‘was it a theme album’. My default answer was that we can’t really make a theme album, because of the way we compose. This started to piss me off! Why would I as a lyric writer, and we as composers, set this kind of barrier to ourselves? So, I suggested to other members that we make a theme album next. Everyone was into it. I listed lots of rough demos we had of the new songs, while I did long walks around Helsinki. It’s a coastal city so very often I walked on a seashore, and many of the melodies took my imagination to sea battles, etc. So, there was the theme. Everyone agreed that it was a good theme, and broad enough, so I started to read about sea-related myths, legends and historical events around the world. In the end I had way too many cool topics for lyrics, but it was quite easy to find the perfect match for each song.

Beth: Personally, I think the themed nature of “Thalassic” was brilliant. Are you going to explore a theme in the future? And if so, what potential themes would you like to look at?

Sami: I really don’t know. We haven’t talked about it yet. We have bunch of raw songs for the next Ensiferum album under work. Let’s see what the future brings.

Beth: There are a lot of nods in this album to the sounds of early Ensiferum. Is this intentional, or is it just the way your sound is evolving, almost coming full circle?

Sami: We never compose stuff intentionally; I mean we don’t think “that seems to be popular song so let’s keep making more songs like it…”. We compose and arrange together as a band, and the point is to write stuff that we love, and that we love to play. We are very lucky that there seems to be many metal heads around the world that like the same thing as we do, heh!

Let’s see how the next album sounds, because we always want to go forward and push our music boundaries.

Beth: When you’re creating a work like this, how do you approach songwriting, especially with all the orchestration?

Sami: It all starts from a good melody, that’s the corner stone of every Ensiferum song. Harmonies, layering, orchestrations, folk instruments, etc. are easy to arrange once you have a good image of the song.

We have democracy in the band, so everyone can bring ideas, every idea is tried, every idea can be twisted and turned to something totally different than the original idea was, and the key thing for us is that we arrange the songs together. This way, everyone can stand behind every note of every song. It’s a slow method but that that’s the way we love to write music, as a band.

Beth: With all the recent weirdness in the world, what have you been doing to keep yourselves busy?

Sami: We have been having few sessions where we checked out new ideas, we played a stream gig and one real festival show, woohoo! I really miss touring…

In the spring, when COVID-chaos started, I recorded my very first solo release and made a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the mixing and professional artwork. I was lucky to find a day job to pay my bills, but the problem is that it slowed down all my music projects a lot. But now my solo EP is mixed, and I just found a professional person to make a world class lyric video for the first single so the EP should be out in early autumn.

Beth: I’ve just watched the ‘Festival Simulator’ video for ‘Rum, Women, Victory’ (awesome song by the way!). Was it fun getting all the crazy clips in from fans, and what do you think of the final cut?

Sami: This was an insane project! I think it’s our best video ever! It felt so awesome to see how many people sent clips and how they enjoyed the new song! I have always said it: We have the best fans in the world!

Beth: And you did a live stream on 10th July. How did it go and how did it feel playing live in a way that is still so alien to many of us? Was it more nerve wracking than usual?

Sami: It was very weird. I have always seen Ensiferum more as a live band, and the best part of playing live is the interaction with the crowd and seeing people having good time, moshing, singing along etc. So, when that element was missing, it just felt weird. It was nice to play the new songs and chat with fans during the breaks we had on the gig, but I dare to say it was once in a lifetime thing for us to do a stream gig.

Beth: The scene is flooded with emerging bands at the moment, and the current climate has allowed a lot of people to discover music, both through playing and listening, which is amazing. What would be your best piece of advice for people just starting out in a band?

Sami: Simply, have fun. Find similar-minded people and create music that you love. Don’t worry if your influences can be heard “too much” in the beginning, you will find your own style. And generally, for every musician; try to listen to, and play all kind of music, because that will broaden your musical horizon and give you tools to become a better composer.

Beth: Now we all have a different way of working, how do you think the music scene will change and adapt, and do you seen this evolution as an opportunity to grow your audience with things like virtual gigs and fan videos?

Sami: I really don’t know. I’m an old geezer who believes in hard touring to convince people with your music. Of course, modern ways give chances of “short cuts” to reach lots of people, and one can become “one hit wonder”, or whatever, and that’s totally fine for me. I think whatever you do, just do it honestly and don’t pretend to be something that you are not, because that’s gonna back fire in the long run.

Beth: This has certainly been a memorable year, for all the wrong reasons! Do you know yet if you’re going to be able to play live to any audiences this year, and if not, what’s in store for you in 2021?

Sami: We have few gigs still lined up for 2020, I really hope they will happen. For 2021 we have lots of plans and we have a new album to promote! So, I’m crossing my fingers for scientists to find the vaccine fast, so that we can get back on the road as soon as possible.

Beth: And finally, what message would you like to give to your fans right now?

Sami: In case you haven’t listened to “Thalassic” yet, please do. Stay safe and hope to see you all soon on the road!

Beth: Thanks again for your time. We absolutely love the new album here at Ever Metal HQ, and really hope that we get to see you perform it live sometime very soon!

Sami: Thank you very much for your kind words! 😊

All the best to you and hopefully we’ll see you soon somewhere! Stay safe!

Hello, it’s Rick again!

If you haven’t read Beth’s full review of Ensiferum’s latest album “Thalassic”, which was released on 10th July 2020 via Metal Blade Records, then hit the link below.

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