EMQ’s with COLDBOUND

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EMQ’s with COLDBOUND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based, Melodic Death/Doom Metal band, Coldbound. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist, composer & producer, Pauli Souka, 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 Pauli and I am a composer/producer in Coldbound.

How did you come up with your band name?

It sounded cool at the time so why not? 🙂

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

Coldbound was established in Vantaa, Finland but I am living in Hudiksvall , Sweden. The scene here is small as we are still a countryside. There are some metal bands and it is notable to say that Vildhjarta comes from here. Hudiksvall has a great amount of very skilled virtuosos and there is always some cool music coming out from around these places.

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

We released “The Gale” in 2018 but now we have a single ‘Slumber Of Decay’ coming out on 5th of February and a full album coming later this year. 😊

My Solace (Official Video) – Taken from “The Gale”

‘Slumber Of Decay (Official Trailer) – Due 5th February 2021

Who have been your greatest influences?

They are way too many to mention. The main influences however have been my best friends. Niko Salmi from Solitaire is someone to blame big time for the progress of Coldbound’s sound (he participates as well on the upcoming album ) and of course my beloved partners in cryme, Liv Kristine and Meiju Enho, who both are super experienced and it feels so intimate to do music with them.

Other influences could be early Genesis, Wishbone Ash, Kansas, Kingston Wall, Pink Floyd, Piirpauke, Yes, Aphrodite’s Child, Ayreon (or better to say, Arjen Lucassen) and many many others who were involved in shaping my musical universe.

What first got you into music?

The energy that is unleashing. Is truly magical.

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

It is safe to say that in this aspect I feel fulfilled, as some of my favourite musicians are already part of this upcoming full-length album. 😊

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

Any would do. Good music and nice people in beautiful places can’t go wrong.

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

Certainly, this would be pictures of a guy getting tattooed with an early Coldbound logo. Johan you are crazy. 😊

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

Stay true to yourselves and don’t forget to listen to your beloved people. ♥️

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

Petri Walli! RIP.

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

I love the production process. What I hate is the processing and mixing.

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

Less people who are entitled to have a crucial voice but at the same time they don’t know what they are talking about. Media has a big role into all this and unfortunately, upon reading critiques or reviews sometimes I feel like I am correcting an essay that a 7-year-old kid has submitted.

It is important to express our opinion, no doubt, but some people just make a fool out of themselves while submitting a critique. For the bands, this has no impact nevertheless, as anything that is published, positive or negative, is automatically an exposure and exposures are good.

It would be the ideal to put more energy and attention into new music and new artistic endeavours instead of opinions, politics & hate speech that divides us all.

We have to face it, right now music is facing a crisis with all the latest events.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

They are too many to mention and one won’t grant justification. However, I would pick the debut of Kansas. 😊

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

Analogue sound will forever overpower digital. So, vinyl it is!

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

Heavy Metal Heart festival 2017 Helsinki, Finland, at Virgin Oil Co.

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

Well, I have a main source of income, out of decision, as I don’t want to be fully depended on music. It is not fun if music can’t pay rent and bills. 😊

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It would be more than 5… 😊

What’s next for the band?

We are going to release a single the 5th of February and an album later on. Probably more singles will follow after this one. 😊

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

www.facebook.com/coldboundofficial
www.instagram.com/coldbound_official/
www.youtube.com/coldboundofficial
www.coldbound.net

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits or cookies is what they are!

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

Thank you for your opportunity. 😊

Stay safe!

The Band:
Liv Kristine : Vocals
Pauli Souka: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Orchestration, Keyboards, Drums
Meiju Enho: Keyboards, Orchestrations

Session musicians:
Markus Riihimäki – Kantele
Lotta Sofia Kyrönaho – Woodwinds
Pasi Sipilä – Lead Guitar

Coldbound

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EMQ’s with CYROX

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EMQ’s with CYROX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leoben, Austria based Melodic Death/Thrash metal band, Cyrox. Huge thanks to bassist Gernot 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 Cyrox from Leoben, Austria and we play Melodic Death/Thrash Metal. Our drummer Markus Antoniol and our Bassist (Former Guitarist) Gernot formed the band in April 2016 under the name Black Void. Christian Gallmayer and Andreas Fahrleitner came next. They are both guitarists so Gernot switched to bass. The last one to join the band was our frontman Manuel Kirchleitner. First, we jammed just a little bit, but as soon as we had the first songs, we changed the name of the band to Cyrox and started to take things more seriously. That was around the end of 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

Every band member had 5 suggestions for our name. Cyrox got the most votes. There is no meaning behind the band name. Gernot just looked for some moon names in our solar system, if there is any good name. But there was nothing fitting. Suddenly the name Cyrox popped up in his head and that’s the story.

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

We are from Leoben, Austria. It’s the second biggest City in Styria. We have pretty good scene here. The bands know and help each other. So, there is no shortage of gigs to play. But, of course, it could always be more.

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

Our latest and also first release is our debut album “Beyond Control” which came out on March 20th2020.

‘Blackened Mind’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have many different influences and listen to every genre of Rock and Metal and we try to form most of these influences into good metal songs. But, of course, there are some obvious influences like Machine Head, Pantera, Lamb Of God or some twin leads like Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

Like for many others, it was bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden or Pantera.

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

This would be definitely be Lamb Of God. That’s the band everyone loves in Cyrox.

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

We have many good Metal Festivals in Europe. Small ones and big ones. But for the bigger ones it would be of course the Wacken Open Air in Germany. Every band would love to play there. Summer Breeze or Party.San in Germany would also be nice. And, of course, Novarock in Austria.

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

There were no weird gifts yet, but let’s hope they are coming soon 😉

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

Don’t be an asshole, we have way too many here on our planet. Listen to the music you love and have a good time. And fuck racism!

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

Hm that’s a hard choice between Cliff Burton and Dimebag Darrel. They were both outstanding musicians and left us way too soon. It would be interesting what they would come up with musically these days.

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

The best thing is playing live for the metal fans out there. It’s always a ton of fun and a great feeling when you see people moshing and singing along to your songs.

There is not really anything to hate about it, maybe if you have a gig and you have to work hungover the next day.

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

Nowadays it would be the low payments of the streaming platforms and people should discover more new music. There is so much of it out there. If you look at the big festivals its always the same headliners, which are great bands no doubt about that, but they will be gone some-day, people seem to forget about that, we need more big bands out there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For me (Gernot) one of them is Machine Heads “The Blackening” album. It’s the perfect metal album for me. It has everything, ass kicking riffs, a heavy groove, stunning solos and wonderful melodies. And, of course, great lyrics.

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

I still collect vinyl. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to music. Recently, I sold all my CD’s which were about 2500. In my car I use Apple music, it’s just comfortable

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

The most fun gig to play was a little gig called “Böller Den Bauer” in upper Austria. It’s hosted by a club called “Metal Heads Austria”. Great guys and hardcore Metal fans who really care about the scene here in Austria. We recently got our membership in this club too.

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

Our band is still not a full-time job, so we have to still work in our “normal” day jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keanu Reeves, Ricky Gervais, The Rock, Dave Grohl and Tom Hanks. All down to earth guys. I think this dinner party would be a hell of a night and straight out funny.

What’s next for the band?

For the rest of 2020 we used the Covid pause for writing new songs and hopefully we can return to stages in 2021 to present them.

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

www.facebook.com/CyroxBand/
www.instagram.com/cyroxband/
www.cyroxmetal.bandcamp.com/releases

And, of course, all streaming platforms out there. A homepage is in the making.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit of course!

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

Be excellent to each other and rock on!

Cyrox

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EMQ’s with CURSE OF EIBON

EMQ’s with CURSE OF EIBON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Occult Melodic Death Metal band, Curse Of Eibon. Huge thanks to vocalist, Fredrik Croona, 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?

Fredrik, vocalist.

Curse of Eibon was founded in late March/early April of 2020 with members from different metal bands in Sweden. We all wanted to create something interesting and dark together.

To tell stories of the occult and things beyond human comprehension.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was inspired by a character from a Lovecraft novel called “Eibon”. He was a wizard who wrote the tome called “Book of Eibon”

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

We are from Sweden-Gothenburg/Uppsala/Borlänge and right now the metal scene is kind of dead, due to corona virus naturally. Otherwise, we have a pretty decent scene with a lot of bands.

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

Our latest release is called “Book of Eibon” which is our debut EP.

‘Dagon’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Ahtu’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have our different influences and we all like different styles of music and metal. Thrash/Gothenburg/death metal etc.

What first got you into music?

I joined my first band in 2002 and I just wanted to try to be a vocalist. Philip Anselmo is an old hero of mine and got me inspired to become one.

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

Personally, I’d love to work with a couple of other vocalists like Mikael Stanne or Björn Stridh, mainly because they are amazing vocalists.

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

Wacken would be amazing to play, I think most metal bands would love to be standing on one of their stages.

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

Haven’t really received any weird gifts…

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

Keep supporting the things you love.

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

Chuck Schuldiner from the band Death.

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

I enjoy creating new music and I hate being stuck on repeat and not being able to move forward.

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

For bands to support and help each other and not just compete. And for labels to support their bands and not release album after album to just earn money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”.

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

Everything has its charm, depending on a person’s taste. I like downloads because its easy.

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

To be honest I can’t really remember, I’ve enjoyed most of my gigs.

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

Haha, I am just a musician as a hobby. I do have another job, a full-time job as a chef.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Zack Wylde, George Fisher, Till Lindemann , Al Jourgensen.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on a new concept EP which will be very interesting. That’s all I can say for now.

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

www.curseofeibon.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXQQPmfar-wid_lQFJ9koDQ
www.facebook.com/curseofeibon

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank you for having me. Not really , just check out the new EP and horns up!

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EMQ’s with THE HARVEST TRAIL

EMQ’s with THE HARVEST TRAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Melodic Death Metal band, The Harvest Trail. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Brendon Capriotti, 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?

Brendon here, I do vocals and guitars with The Harvest Trail. The band started in 2020 as a side project of members from Claim The Throne and Red Descending.

How did you come up with your band name?

The lyrical themes are based on Australian true crime tales. When backpackers visit Australia and wish to work in the farms and fruit picking jobs, they often follow the available work around the country, which is sometimes known as the harvest trail. There have been many missing persons on the trail, feared kidnapped and murdered.

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

Perth, Western Australia. There are plenty of underground local bands here. At the moment it is very healthy during the Covid pandemic because Perth is quite isolated and we have avoided much spread of the virus. So, there are heaps of live shows happening, and without tours then the local gigs are very popular.

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

Our debut album is called ‘Instinct’, and it comes out on 5th March 2021.

‘Hunter’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Early Scandinavian melodic death/thrash bands like At The Gates, Dimension Zero, Carnal Forge, plus early stuff from The Haunted & Soilwork.

What first got you into music?

Hearing the unlimited amount of unique sounds and styles that can come out of instruments.

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

Would have to say the Bjorler dudes from At The Gates & The Haunted.

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

Metal Days in Slovenia. Playing in front of a big crowd, but also a great excuse to holiday in a great area by the river for a week!

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

With another band, I have been gifted Maple Syrup from a Canadian, and chopsticks in Japan.

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

I would be impressed that we had fans so early on, so would just say thanks and lets have a beer!

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

Jon Nodtveidt for another Dissection album.

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

Love being able to create expression through music, and spend time with bandmates. Hate that I have to juggle music with a day job.

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

More revenue streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Haunted – “Made Me Do It”

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

CD’s for me. Good for the car, and dig the booklets.

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

70000 Tons of Metal with Claim The Throne

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

Working boring office jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All 5 members of my other band Claim The Throne. Would party hard.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully borders open up soon so we can have a crack at touring. But apart from that we’ll be writing the next album.

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

https://theharvesttrailmetal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theharvesttrailmetal
https://theharvesttrail.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Slice!

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

Thanks for the chat and thanks for reading!

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The Last Reign – Evolution

The Last Reign – Evolution
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/09/2020
Running Time: 54:25
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Here it is! 2021! And finally, we can leave the last insane year behind. As always, I use this time to stop for a while and think about everything that’s happened throughout the year, not only in my personal life, but also in all my work on reviews and interviews. Probably you will hear me saying that I need to improve in many areas, because I will never feel like I am doing it properly! Even though I’ve revised a few plans, there are still some simple things that I wish to stay the same. One of them is the desire to be surprised with something exciting in an album, that I find on the first listen, when writing a review. However, when I first got this album, I didn’t find it ‘different’ to start with, and I have to confess that it took some weeks until I finally got that ‘surprise’, and I will explain why. So, here we go!

First, when I talk about not be impressed straight away, it is nothing related to the quality of the band. That is unquestionable. And I loved their music right from the first song. Focusing on the album as a whole, “Evolution” has the sound of the best kind of Swedish Melodic Death Metal, which appeared during the nineties. I could hear a mix of the dark atmosphere from bands like Dark Tranquility, for example. When it comes to the arrangements, this album reminded me a bit of Entombed, and another Swedish influence that I could feel was At The Gates and The Crown, in regard to the aggressiveness and punch, over all the sonority. With these incredible bands that I’ve mentioned, you’ll probably already have an idea how great this album is.

The instrumental intro on ‘Genesis’ is very dense with the sound growing until it explodes into the song ‘Evolution Of A Dying Race’ that is pretty brutal. Actually, the entire album is extremely aggressive, mainly because of the work of the drummer, Vince Mayer. This guy is a relentless machine! He plays fast the entire album. When the rest of the band seems to slow down, he increases his parts. An example of this is in ‘The Hourglass’, where he keeps destroying his drum kit while the rest of the band slows!

The guitar sound in this album is another highlight. Brian Platter does an amazing job with the wall of heaviness, and he fits in interesting melodies, and short solos, to give a new perspective to the music.

Adam Svensson does a good job on vocals with his interpretation, although there are not so many variations in his voice, but it does fit pretty well in the band’s idea of sonority. The only negative point (maybe not so positive) is the bass of Joe Maggio being a little hidden among the dense heaviness of the band. Considering he plays very well, and the band has just one guitar, I wish it could be loud, and have more independent parts, like I heard in a few parts of ‘Ironclad Torment’. It could offer a good dynamic, different from the guitar lines, and maybe the atmosphere that the band creates asks for this kind of sound. However, that is just a matter of taste and it is still an amazing work by Mr. Maggio.

Now let’s get to what really surprised me. The Last Reign is an American band. Yes, this simple detail shocked me. Most American Death Metal bands I’ve heard are extremely brutal. I guess the fact I am a huge fan of the great scene that came from Tampa in the early nineties made me relate Death with those bands, but I could feel this kind of brutality pretty sublimely in The Last Reign’s music. They really brought all the elements from the mentioned melodic Death Metal, but there are a few aggressive lines diluted over it, and that is what I think is cool, the mix of two very different worlds in the same album. Sometimes they even add a versatility from Thrash Metal, as you can hear on the drums during ‘Terminal Threshold’, and I think versatility is the best word to define Vince’s work in this album.

Another detail that pleased me is how all the songs are very well worked. There is not a single weak song. There is no song composed just to complete the album. All tracks are amazing, and you will have fun until the last song ‘Architects of Genocide’ which is an absolute killer! By the way, if you start listening to this album from the last track, going back to the first song, you will have fun in the same way. All these details, together with amazing production, is what makes “Evolution” an incredible album, and I hope it surprises you as much as it surprised me.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Genesis
02. Evolution Of A Dying Race
03. Annihilation Of The Ancients
04. Ironclad Torment
05. The Hourglass
06. Fallen Dark
07. No Horizon
08. Terminal Threshold
09. The Storm
10. Devoid
11. Luminosity
12. Architects Of Genocide

LINE-UP:
Adam Svensson – Vocals
Brian Platter – Guitars
Joe Maggio – Bass
Vince Mayer – Drums

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Swarmageddon – Inhuman

Swarmageddon – Inhuman
Self-Released
Release Date: 03/10/2020
Running Time: 35:31
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Hailing from a picturesque corner of France, Swarmageddon was pulled into life by frontwoman and vocal juggernaut Marion Volle, whose Angela Gossow-meets-Charlotte Wessels vocals lead the charge in this gothic metal-tinged melodic death metal affair. With an intro track seemingly written to beat the living piss out of the listener, “Inhuman”is an all-too increasingly rare foray in melodeath, evolving the genre to be more 70% riffs and 30% fika.

Tipples of piano and swells of orchestral arrangements add volume to the mountain of riffs on display, used to add a sense of doom and mystery to first proper track ‘Of A Billion Screams’ and ranging itself to being power metal’s punky younger sibling on parts of ‘The Fall’. The War of the Worlds-ian pulses at the start of ‘Brave New World’ further the album’s influences as well as its cyberpunk narrative, before you settle into ‘Blood Stained Origami’ – lead single, album highlight and overall absolute banger. Tempo changes, brutality without being ridiculous, melody without being soft, and interjections of clean vocals without feeling forced, it is a titan of a song and sure to go down as one of Swarmageddon’s live staples (when we’re allowed live music again).

Also coming through the whole ensemble are some weighty riffs and more than ample amounts of chug from Guillaume Schappacher and Morgan Koch, who marry classic Gothenburg metal tropes with at times, tech death and black metal. ‘Blood Stained Origami’ again being a gluttony of ideas and thunderous guitar work. As all this is taking place, those waves of orchestration and symphony ripped straight from a gothic opera bolster the darkened realm that Swarmageddon have created, similar to the stylings of Cradle of Filth who are the masters of using said techniques to create some of the heaviest parts of their sound.

One final shoutout needs to be made for drummer Thibaud Szadel who is a force to be reckoned with on “Inhuman”. Sometimes feeling he’s playing to his own agenda, Szadel is an absolute brute on the kit and often feels like he’s in control of the song, above the vocals or guitars, thanks to some prime production work. Making full use of the range of extreme metal to create an expansive and dangerous musical output, and optimising my own personal favourite styling in heavy music in acknowledging melodic moments does not mean turning into a pop rock band (I’m looking at you metalcore/most melodeath bands formed after 2010). Just look at the choruses to ‘Death Traps’ or ‘Reanimation’, or even the cleanly-sung final quarter of ‘Blood Stained Origami’, soaring melodies but a high measure of the heaviness is still there thanks to the performance of Szadel.

For an album operating in two musical realms that have come under a lot of flack in recent years, Swarmageddon do an incredible job at delivering more quality and technique than most stalwarts of the genres have in the last 10 years, all in their debut. Sure enough symphonic extreme metal is not a new concept and Swarmageddon aren’t writing new musical history, but so few in the last few years have *got it* in the same way this group has. Whilst there’s an argument for the album’s length – take away the intro/outro tracks and it comes in at around 30 minutes across 6 songs – in which case beefing up the run time must be consistent with their ideas and their willingness to borrow from other genres. Otherwise, it is a success in beautiful brutality for Swarmageddon on their debut, an absolute gem in the underbelly of heavy music.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Silence
02. Of a Billion Screams [ft. Trivette (Antropofago)]
03. Death Traps
04. Brave New World
05. Blood Stained Origami
06. The Fall
07. Reanimation
08. Die and Retry

LINE-UP:
Marion Volle – Vocals
Guillaume Schappacher – Guitars
Morgan Koch – Guitars
Ludovic Boiteux – Bass
Thibaud Szadel – Drums

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EMQ’s with FORSAKING FATE

EMQ’s with FORSAKING FATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East London, South Africa based Melodic Death / Groove / Thrash band Forsaking Fate. Huge thanks to Grant, Rory and Alec for taking part. We are also incredibly proud to be premiering their brand-new lyric visualiser ‘Souls Of Demolition’ on Ever Metal today, 3rd December

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

Grant: My Name is Grant Hensburg, I handle the guitars and the vocal duties. The band was formed by myself and our drummer (Rory Townes). We have been jamming together and have had various projects over the years that never came to light for numerous reasons. Forsaking Fate originally started as a four piece, but evolved to move forward as a three piece (I moved to handle the vocal duties). We met up with our current bassist (Alec Larsen) while on tour playing at one of his events. We needed a bassist for a future show and asked him to fill in, which he gladly did. It’s been history ever since!

Rory: Hey there! I’m Rory Townes and I play drums. I’m also one of the original founding members.

Alec: My name is Alec Larsen. In Forsaking Fate, I play bass and do some of the backing vocals live. Our future releases will have some of my vox. I joined Forsaking Fate as a session bassist when they parted ways with their previous bassist. I played a few shows for them before they asked me to become a permanent member. Rory and Grant have always played metal together and have been in a few bands, the final product of their years of experimentation is Forsaking Fate.

How did you come up with your band name?

Grant: I’ve always enjoyed the notion of being in control of one’s destiny or Fate so to speak and not letting anyone dictate to anyone what they should be doing with their life. Forsaking Fate was a fitting name that holds true to those values.

Rory: Well it sounds really cool and it’s a mantra for us – to take the chance before it’s too late – Forsaking Fate, the right to choose one’s own destiny.

Alec: Forsaking the Fate that you’ve been dealt and rising above your circumstances.

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

Grant: The band originated from the small town of East London of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As mentioned, we met our bassist whilst on tour. The show was in the larger city of Johannesburg where Alec resides. As East London is very small, there is not much of a metal scene, so all of our shows require travel. However, the metal scene in Johannesburg is great. Prior to lockdown, there were major shows almost every weekend.

Rory: We’re from South Africa and our region is the Eastern Cape. When we play shows, the turnout is generally decent. I must say though the Eastern Cape crowds are wild, and the greater scene is in the bigger cities being Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban (aka KwaZulu-Natal). Those scenes are very awesome (albeit I can only speak for Johannesburg, as we are yet to jam Cape Town and Durban).

Alec: We are from South Africa. Grant and Rory live in East London and the metal scene there is quite small. I live in Johannesburg (opposite end of the country), which is a bigger city and has a much bigger metal scene.

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

Grant: We recently released a playthrough video of our song ‘Retribution’ off of our debut self-titled EP and stoked to now be releasing the Lyric Visualiser for our track ‘Souls Of Demolition’ with Ever Metal!

Rory: Well, our first video was the lyric video for the ‘End of Existence’. To date we’ve released our debut EP and several supporting playthrough videos. We are currently working on some new material.

Alec: Our self-titled EP. We’ve released playthrough videos promoting the album.

‘Souls Of Demolition’ was exclusively premiered on Ever Metal 3rd December. Check it out at the following link!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Grant: Growing up, I would have to say James Hetfield and Dimebag Darrel.

Rory: For me, I’ve got to say Slipknot was huge, as well as Slayer and Metallica. In terms of drummers, Gene Hoglan, Nicholas Barker and Lars Ulrich.

Alec: Trivium, Mors Principium Est, Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir and Septicflesh.

What first got you into music?

Grant: I started playing the piano in school and quickly got drawn to the sounds of guitars. When I discovered distortion and overdrive, there was no turning back!

Rory: I just really enjoyed the band vibe, clanning up with your buddies and going off the charts and jamming for hours, especially here there’s not much else to do.

Alec: I wasn’t interested in music until I heard System Of A Down for the first time. And since then, metal has been my music of choice.

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

Grant: Lamb of God!

Rory: Well, I’d love to jam with Jeff Loomis, James Hetfield and Ghostmane.

Alec: I’d love to collab with Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est.

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

Grant: Wacken Open Air. It’s probably the most diverse and well attended show in the world when it comes to metal.

Rory: Probably Knotfest in Germany, as I feel our particular style of music is more prominent in Europe…or Rockfest in Barcelona!

Alec: 70 000 Tons Of Metal. Metal on a cruise ship…need I say more!

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

Rory: Hmmm…I can’t say that on an interview, haha, let’s just say its personal…

Alec: Haven’t received any gifts from a fan yet.

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

Grant: Never give up!

Rory: Go forth and live my friend, go take the chance, and if you see me come on over and have a drink and a chat.

Alec: Thanks so much for the support. You are awesome!

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

Grant: Dimebag Darrel for sure!

Rory: It would be a duo I’d bring back, being Dime and Vinnie. Why, because you can’t have one without the other!

Alec: Chuck from Death!

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

Grant: The live performance is what I enjoy the most. Not performing is what I hate.

Rory: What I like is being able to express myself through other means than just talking. Playing live shows! What I enjoy least is people being mean in the scene.

Alec: The creative outlet is awesome. I hate the dreaded “E” word (Exposure). There’s often a misconception that because it is fun, that it should be done for free.

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

Grant: Everything!

Rory: That there would be more metal radio stations around the world, and that all bands that tour, get to tour in those huge busses (with everything catered haha)!

Alec: Make metal music more popular than the awful modern pop music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Grant: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

Rory: Black Dahlia’s “Miasma” – I really dig that album. And it was my first taste of that style of metal!

Alec: “Death Came Through a Phantom Ship” by Carach Angren.

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

Grant: It depends what perspective you’re looking from. I think they all have their place, but I think Vinyl tops it in my books.

Rory: Oh, I’m all for downloads hey, as it’s super cool to be able to scratch that music itch wherever you are.

Alec: CD’s.

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

Grant: The Wacken Metal Battle South Africa Finals (2019)

Rory: Geez, we’ve played so many. I rate the last show we played was really good. We jammed at Pool City in Port Elizabeth. The turnout was awesome!!

Alec: EP launch show in Port Elizabeth. The crowd was crazy!

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

Grant: Enjoying the finer things in life.

Rory: I’m involved in the electrical contractor trade. I’m definitely not an office guy!

Alec: Being a musician doesn’t pay the bills, so I’m a software developer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Grant: Our top five fans, because they deserve it.

Rory: This is an interesting one…I’d invite Cory Taylor, Marilyn Manson, Shawn “Clown” Cranhan, Rob Zombie and Johnathan Davis.

Alec: I’d want all my deceased family to come back to life and to have a dinner party with them.

What’s next for the band?

Grant: New music and more shows, coming soon!

Rory: We’re currently getting over this Covid19 crisis, but we’re busy with some stuff and can’t say too much now.

Alec: A new EP in on the way…

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

FORSAKING FATE LINKS

www.forsakingfate.com
www.facebook.com/forsakingfate
www.instagram.com/forsaking_fate_official
www.tinyurl.com/forsaking-fate-youtube
www.tinyurl.com/forsaking-fate-spotify

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Grant: A little bit of the best of both worlds.

Rory: First of all, what is a “Jaffa Cake”…sounds like a trick question, so I’m going with cake!

Alec: Haven’t tried them, so I’ll guess…biscuit?

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

Rory: Yes, let me swing a thank you right back at you for the opportunity to have an interview with you guys and premiere our new Lyric Visualiser with you! It’s really good work that you guys are doing – horns up to Ever Metal for sure!

Alec: Thanks so much for the interview – we appreciate the support.

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EMQ’s with ARGOROK

EMQ’s with ARGOROK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dresden, Germany based Melodic Death/Folk/Groove Metal project Argorok. Huge thanks to Bill 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?

Our band name is Argorok. It’s a project that was in the making for quite a few years, initially starting out as some kind of Folk Metal project, but it died at some point. As I started recording and mixing a few years ago, I took the chance and turned it into a more Death Metal like studio project. You are still able to hear its roots, however.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was the name of a boss from The Legend of Zelda. I thought it was catchy and doesn’t give away too much about what music you actually play and hopefully gets people’s attention and curiosity.

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

I’m from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. We have a few established places, which are also known beyond borders in the scene, like the Skullcrusher Club. The Wave Gothic meeting in Leipzig and the Eastclub are also known places in the scene in Saxony.

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

“Usurpator” is our first release.

‘Aus der Tiefe’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Katharsis’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bands from different Genres I liked, like Soulfly, Amon Amarth, Orbit Culture, Subway to Sally or Equilibrium, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I guess I liked the bands I heard and wanted to do that too, so I started playing Guitar and Bass.

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

Mick Gordon. He is more of a Soundtrack composer, but I absolutely love his work, especially on the new Doom games. (Alternatively, Alestorm, for shits and giggles).

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

The With Full Force festival is one I would like to play at, as it has good variety and brings a bit more attention to the metal scene in the region.

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

Fans?

Argorok is a new project, which just started, so fingers crossed there will be lot of weird gifts to come.

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

Don’t let anyone dictate your music taste. If you like something that’s fine and only your business.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

The whole creative process, from writing to producing, is awesome.

What I really hate are cheap people, who don’t see the actual effort behind what you do, as it is “just music”.

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

Actually requiring talent and not only looks. At least for mainstream genres, that’s not that big of a deal in the metal scene luckily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

I love collecting CD’s. But I can also see the appeal of vinyl. Nothing beats physical media (and yet here I am, releasing digital only…but some CDs are planned for the future)

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

It was one with my previous band and years ago. We were basically just a school band and not very good, but we got the chance to play at a really huge stage. Too bad it was the middle of the day and nobody was listening. But we had fun and beer was free!

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

Definitely some other form of creative work. Already doing that and took care about things like album cover and video production as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Either friends and family, or some German personalities you probably wouldn’t know 😊

What’s next for the band?

Getting our music out to people and hopefully some exposure and positive feedback. We are also thinking about a handful of shows for next year.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify…the usual ones.
www.facebook.com/argorokmusic/
www.instagram.com/argorok_music/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6llFWW6qYUSIiCuamqTFjk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCfiKQBiXmc-VcaHyQ-nVQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Guess I’m not British enough to answer that.

(As previous #EMQs have shown, you don’t need to be British to experience the wonders of Jaffa Cakes – Rick)

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EMQ’s with ESHTADUR

EMQ’s with ESHTADUR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pereira, Colombia based Melodic Death/Black Metal band Eshtadur. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Jorg August 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 all the followers of Ever Metal, my name is Jorg, leader of the band Eshtadur.

This band has been active since 2005, we passed thru different variations, I did it myself for a long time as a solo project, following styles like Ihsahn, Galder of Dimmu Borgir, the band has 2 EP’s and 4 albums, the latest one, is my favourite.

How did you come up with your band name?

Back in the earliest 90’s there was an author who mentioned the seven kind of rebellion, giving it a name in Greek, Eshtadur, means The rebellion of angels.

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

I am from Pereira, it is a tropical city, and land of many coffee plantations, many brutal bands around, we like extreme metal over here, Thrash metal, I am not very much of a fan, but that´s what people listen to here.

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

Our latest release is “From The Abyss”, which I consider my favourite one, it´s our new album.

‘The Fall’ (Official Lyric & Concept Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would have to talk about Heavy metal, Metallica, Rainbow and there was a band in my country named Kraken, then I would have to mention also, Dimmu Borgir and bands like Graveworm, Hypocrisy.

What first got you into music?

I was a kid when I wanted to play the drums, because I saw several videos of bands playing, Drums got my full attention, then at the age of 12 I started some lessons, but I think, heavy metal, got me into music.

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

I would die If I can record something together with Ihsahn. That would be amazing.

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

Well, I would have to say “Wacken”, I saw pictures of that fest when I was young, then I saw some videos, but then, when we toured Europe in 2018 we landed in Hamburg, and we spent several days in there, their culture, and everything, for all ages, what Wacken brings to there, is incredible.

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

I don´t receive many things actually haha, normally fans are asking for something and not backwards, but I remember once, we were drinking in some place, one of the guys gave me a tiny cup, a shot cup for drinking, very cool.

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

Hey guys, I am still trying to do the same things that I did with the first album, just trying it better, with more progress, so maybe if it sounds different than before, please don´t be mad, it is still me, Eshtadur.

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

I will bring Ronnie James Dio, no discussion.

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

I enjoy a lot of changes in music, textures, and different proposals from the world around, folk, sounds, cultures, I love that unique aspect in each genre of music, and I don´t like to say this, but, I hate those who do music with no compromise, they are a very uncomfortable obstacle sometimes,

I take music too seriously, maybe, however, I can´t help being mad with taking this for fun (but pretending is serious).

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

We should be linked directly with all Schools, Theatres, Universities, supporting culture development, and giving music its own place, not as an entertainment, but as a need, as an absolute requirement for human education.

I would also ask for a respectful amount at earnings on those who write great songs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my favourite albums, “Rescue You” by Joe Lynn Turner.

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

I had tapes, I liked them very much, I enjoy CD’s and I bought a lot of albums on that format! I started buying Vinyl years ago, and I have a collection, of course, I have Joe Lynn Turner and other artists.

I think downloads are poor quality, not for the sound, but for the meaning. I think a CD is well balanced, it is still good quality and you have to buy it somewhere.

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

I played a perfect performance in Mexico, it was a very big bar in Morelia, wonderful night, people having fun, it was cool.

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

I think I would be a corpse, buried already. I played soccer, but I was bad haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oh no, I don´t like parties, I’d rather be alone, maybe 2 or 3 people…I would invite Jim Carrey, Steve Vai, maybe.

What’s next for the band?

We are planning to play the new album live, no streaming, no videos, we want to tour somewhere, don´t care if we become zombies.

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the others
www.linktr.ee/Eshtadur

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Emmmm, I have never tried them, but I love chocolate, it’s a biscuit.

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

Thanks for reaching out, enjoy your things on your own and with anyone worthy, support heavy metal, and support new bands.

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EMQ’s with GAIA GUARDA

EMQ’s with GAIA GUARDA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada based Minimalist Electronic Solo Artist Gaia Guarda. Gaia is also vocalist with Melodic Death Metal band Uriel. Huge thanks to her 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 Gaia Guarda, I sing, play the harp and piano. I joined Uriel in 2012 as a guest vocalist for a few shows, I loved the band so much that when they asked me if I wanted to stay, I didn’t hesitate.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band was already picked when I joined, I think it is from a book kinda inspired by the bible. For my solo music, I just used my name, it’s simple and it is unique.

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

I am from Canada/Montreal, our metal scene is really big and alive. We have the chance of having amazing bands like The Agonist, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy etc. Normally if you want to go see a metal show, you have a lot of options!

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

With Uriel it is “Multiverse” (2019) and I also have my debut album “Anatomy Of Fear” coming out November 6th.

Uriel – ‘Insight’ (Lyric Video)

Gaia Guarda – ‘Heartbeat’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I take influences from a lot of aspects in my life, my family, my friends and all the people around me. Musically, I am really inspired by Björk, Lindsay Schoolcraft, Depeche Mode, Bach and Debussy.

What first got you into music?

I listened to classical music from an early age because my dad is a classical trained musician. I discovered punk-rock music around 12 years old, electronic music at 13 and finally metal music at 15.

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

I would love to do music with Martin Gore from Depeche Mode, he is one of my favourite composers and collaborating with him would be incredible.

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

I would love to play Graspop or Wacken with Uriel.

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

So far, nothing really weird, unfortunately!

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

I appreciate you! I feel like a lot of artists don’t say it enough, but we would be nothing without the support of our fans.

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

Kurt Cobain, I am a really big fan of Nirvana and I wish we had more songs to listen to.

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

I enjoy creating music and performing for our fans, for me, being on stage is so rewarding! I do have a love/hate relationship with meeting fans, I am extremely shy and I feel like I am really awkward when I meet them and I hope they know that it is not because I don’t love them, I’m just really introverted.

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

The myth that you need a label deal to be successful. I think that being educated and resourceful is as good as having a label, we live in a time where you can market your music directly to people that love your genre without having to pay thousands of dollars for billboards/ads. I feel like a lot of musicians don’t understand how successful they can be by themselves. I wish more people would take charge of their own career.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Violator” by Depeche Mode, it was my first contact with electronic music and I just fell in love with it.

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

I enjoy having vinyl because you get to have a bigger version of the artwork, but I do have to admit that I really enjoy using streaming services, so I will go with downloads ! I might change my mind once I buy a car where I can listen to CD’s.

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

We had an amazing show in Quebec city right before Canada was put in lockdown. We ended up being on mainstream tv and that was an amazing moment for us.

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

Probably something like a detective, I am obsessed with true crime podcasts and videos. I find them fascinating and I could totally see me doing detective work!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m going to be really boring about this, but I would love to have a dinner party with my pets and my boyfriend. It would be adorable to see them with mini party hats!

What’s next for the band?

We are working on acoustic version of our latest album and I am releasing my debut album November 6th!

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

Uriel:
www.urielmetal.com/
www.facebook.com/Uriel.Metal/
www.instagram.com/uriel.metal/
www.urielmetal.bandcamp.com/

Solo:
www.facebook.com/gaiaguardamusic/
www.instagram.com/gaiaguarda/
www.twitter.com/guardagaia
www.gaiaguarda.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m going with cake, just because it’s in the name hahaha.

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