EMQ’s with DARKEST HORIZON

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EMQ’s with DARKEST HORIZON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Epic-Melodic Death Metal band, Darkest Horizon. Huge thanks to guitarist, Daniel, 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 Daniel, guitarist of DARKEST HORIZON. We have experienced quite a lot. We released two EP´s, two Albums and our third single in a row last month. We played many festivals around the globe. To name some of them, we have been second headliner at Maelstrom Festival in Sri Lanka, Metaldays: Slovenia, Metal Gates Festival Romania, Dong Open Air Germany and many more. We have toured with Cradle of Filth, Septicflesh and Wintersun. Ok, to be honest, now that I read this, it’s quite a lot.

How did you come up with your band name?

This name exists longer than I do in this band. I only know that Olli, our former lead guitarist and the second founding member, came up with this name.

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

I am from Germany. The metal scene here is nice, but I have to admit, that I´m the wrong one to ask about the metal scene here in Germany. I like visiting festivals with my friends, and I do know some people around, but I rarely go to bars and meet people there.

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

Our latest release is single “Conquer And Command”. You can find it everywhere as long as you are online 😊.

‘Conquer And Command’ (Visualiser)

‘Ad Nauseam’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh, that is a difficult one. Me personally, I love Nuno Bettencourt and Angus Young but there are many more styles and guitarists like Pat Metheny and John Scofield I look up to. For Darkest Horizon I think there are much more different genres and styles from which we mix and build our own style.

What first got you into music?

At the age of 12 I got my first CD from my mother. It was at the Airport. She just let me choose one CD from my likes. My choice was AC/DC´s “Highway To Hell”. This is how I became infected with music. Later on, I fell in love quite fast with bands like Dimmu Borgir, Norther, Imperanon and Ensiferum.

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

Oh, maybe Hans Zimmer and Two Steps from Hell. For metal it could be interesting to work with bands like Nightwish, Amorphis and of course the big ones like Iron Maiden etc.

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

I would like to play Wacken very much, I´ve been there several times and the people are just amazing. The audience is so nice and friendly, of course it´s overcrowded by now but still I could imagine that it would be amazing to play there.

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

Hmm, so far nothing special, some mobile numbers but that´s it for now. But Jonas had a weird experience: A fan asked him, if he can give them his wet and dirty stage outfit after a show. This was a new one for all of us.

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

Thank you that you support us with all our ideas and that you have been with us all the time. Without you we would not be here (anymore).

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

For me personally it would be Lemmy, his attitude with his fans and his way to never give up his passion is a true inspiration for me.

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

Of course, the most enjoyable thing is to make music. That´s why we are here, and this is what we love. Furthermore, it is the fact to continue learning more over time. You learn how to make videos, photos, how to run a company and do different things and witness if your ideas work or not. I don´t like the fact that you have to wait a lot, sitting around and waiting for your time to soundcheck etc. Therefore, you need something that you can do with your spare time. Another no go in my opinion is the music business itself. So many companies are trying to trick you, some on purpose, others don’t know any better; that young bands are pushed to decisions they can´t overview, because they think “a company always helps and maybe we sign here so we can be bigger”, but young bands can´t see what really happens. So, this is a point I hate, because so many wonderful and talented bands get caught early in their careers and they aren´t able to reach their full potential because of the trap they are stuck in.

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

If a band is able to reach a certain level of “fame”, give them a chance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Fiction” by Dark Tranquillity.

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

I am an internet addict. So, I love streaming and downloads. For Darkest Horizon, the online way is a great way to knock ourselves out. Currently we don´t release CD’s but singles. We can develop our sound from song to song and take our fans with us on this journey.

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

For me there is no best gig. We have played a lot of amazing shows but some of them are standing out. One is the Maelstrom Festival we played. We flew to Sri Lanka, played there and the day after we flew back to Germany. It was hard, never slept less but the experience was outstanding. The two tours with Wintersun were amazing as well. We played a European tour together, we got to know each other, and a good relationship has developed between the two bands and the touring team. So, we went to Finland and played a tour there and the bond between us became even stronger.

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

I am currently still studying to become a teacher for special needs, so if it fits with the music, I will do that on top, but I would prefer to do music only.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Yes, that´s an easy one, my girlfriend and the rest of the band.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on some new stuff but for sure, the next single just awaits being released soon.

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

We love the idea behind Bandcamp, so we use it a lot.
www.darkesthorizon.bandcamp.com

To tell our stories we use Instagram.
www.instagram.com/darkesthorizon

But you can find us almost anywhere.
www.youtube.com/darkesthorizonband
www.facebook.com/darkesthorizon

Spotify (but we are on almost every other streaming platform, too) www.open.spotify.com/artist/69pjvzdL4JuBCcRyyYFpGn

Our homepage
www.darkesthorizon.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

😉

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes (That’s cheating – Rick 😊)

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

Thank you for these amazing questions. Really enjoyed to go through this. If the gentle reader wishes to support us, we can only recommend visiting the online shop on our homepage.

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Video Interview with Tuomas Saukkonen of WOLFHEART

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Video Interview with Tuomas Saukkonen of WOLFHEART
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all! Sheri here…

I’m back, with an interview that I actually thought I was going to be so nervous about – but instead, Tuomas made it so easy and calming to chat to him.

Wolfheart…one of my very favourites in the Melodic Death Metal genre…are not to be underestimated.

Combining themes; Winter, Apocalypse, Nature, Battle – Wolfheart paint a beautiful vision with their themes and different depths of sound and emotion. A touch upon Pagan Metal at its finest, from Finland!

Tuomas Saukkonen created Wolfheart in 2013 and was the sole musician and creator of the project – he released Wolfheart’s first full-length album, “Winterborn”, in 2014 and this has increasingly become as popular over the years as it was when it was first released. This saw Wolfheart playing stages at the likes of 70000 Tons of Metal, Brutal Assault, Hellfest and Summer Breeze OA, amongst others.

With some added members now in Wolfheart, as a full band, their fifth studio album “Wolves of Karelia” was released in 2020, followed by their most recent EP release; “Skull Soldiers”.

You’ll find that “Skull Soldiers” and “Wolves of Karelia” are linked…have a watch below to find out why…

WOLFHEART Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Wolfheart are:
Tuomas Saukkonen – Vocals, Guitars
Lauri Silvonen – Bass, Backing Vocals
Joonas Krauppinen – Drums
Vagelis Karzis – Lead Guitar

Label: Napalm Records

LINKS:

‘Aeon Of Cold’ (Acoustic) (Official Video)

‘Hereditary’ (Official Band Playthrough)

Wolfheart Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with OVERLORD

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EMQ’s with OVERLORD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dhaka, Bangladesh, based Melodic Death Metal band, Overlord. Huge thanks to guitarist, Priyotosh, 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 Priyotosh, I play Lead Guitars in the band, and am the composer/founder of the band too. Once I was playing an Arch Enemy song in my university days, there was another guitarist named Zarif who was there, who I barely knew at that point. He started to play the other guitar part of the same song. We both were surprised, and eventually became best friends. Later on, we jammed and formed the band because we came up with original compositions, and then we recruited the other promising members for the band. That’s how Overlord was formed in 2010.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had scribbled down some names in a notebook, and shortlisted to 10 names. Out of these 10, we eventually chose ‘Overlord’, because we wanted the name to always express our stance, which is Anti-system, Anti-oppression, and against social injustice and global megalomania. ‘Overlord’ usually represents corporate conglomerate entities who remain in power and control things around us. But we refuse to accept that and hence we consider the mass people like ourselves as ‘Overlord’.

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

We are from Bangladesh, from the South Asia region of the world. The Metal/Rock scene here is fantastic! We got hundreds of bands who are doing very good music in both of these genres and its sub-genres. After the pandemic induced restrictions were eased, concerts are happening, new albums and fresh new compositions are getting published by the bands. So, it is a great and happening underground music scenario now.

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

We released our debut album “Resurgence of the Obstinate Kind” in Nov 2020. We have also released a music video with the last track of the album named ‘Prophecy’. Our full album is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, and major tracks are available on SoundCloud and Reverbnation. We are also active on Facebook and Instagram.

‘Prophecy’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To name one, Arch Enemy comes first and foremost. Other influences include Septicflesh, Insomnium, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Kalmah, At The Gates, Carcass, etc are notable ones.

What first got you into music?

I was a natural drummer, I used to hit any object like percussive instrument with my pen and any stick like thing during my school and college years. Later, I sat on a drumkit while visiting a friend’s band jamming. Then I realized music is in me and which later turned to learning the guitar and eventually forming Overlord.

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

Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth. He is genuinely a genius and there is a lot to learn from him when it comes to composing a song and bringing variety.

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

70,000 Tons of Metal which happens on a Cruise Ship. We could enjoy other bands performances as well as playing for the awesome crowd while cruising in a ship for days. Absolutely wonderful experience to get.

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

Not weird per se; fans have made digital album arts for our songs, which was a sweet gesture.

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

Respect all music genres and musician’s efforts and support them.

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

Tough question, but I guess it would be Dimebag Darrell, because we all knew he left us too early and we still had a lot of mind-blowing compositions to get from him. Wouldn’t want to miss that!

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

The ability to translate my thoughts and express them through music and lyrics is a privilege which I’m blessed with as a musician. The part I hate is that musicians are not valued as much, their dedication to the profession and the passion is often overlooked, and the future does not seem to be much promising because of the lower income/revenue. No one realizes that musicians have to pay bills too. This is the part I hate.

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

Unity – this is a thing that much of the industry people do not do and do not take truly in their hearts. Metal music and underground music is already a niche community, why compartmentalize it with genre and sub-genre things? There is no need for grouping as we are already low in numbers. Let’s just enjoy and promote each other’s music in solidarity and brotherhood. We can keep our own preferences to ourselves, but we should do music and spread it in a united way.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Anthems of Rebellion” and “Wages of Sin” by Arch Enemy, “Blackwater Park” by Opeth, “Killing the Dragon” by Dio, “Winter’s Gate” by Insomnium, “Atoma” by Dark Tranquillity, “At War With Reality” by At The Gates, “Communion” by Septicflesh, and many more.

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

Personally, I’m kinda old school, so I prefer vinyl and CD’s for their physical appeal. However, downloads have become more convenient, as long as it can generate some revenue for the artists.

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

An Open Air gig where we performed in Khulna University in Jan 2020 called ‘Noize Fest’. It was an amazing gig with a great sound and tremendous support from the crowd. Open Air gigs are a completely mesmerizing experience.

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

I honestly don’t know. Probably would prefer to work in a non-profit organization, or something related to band music, event management, tour crew, sound guy, or maybe guitar/drum tech.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity, Angela Gossow who used to be Arch Enemy’s vocalist, Michael Amott from Arch Enemy, Tom Englund from Evergrey, and Ville Friman the guitarist from Insomnium.

What’s next for the band?

Our 2nd album is in the making. We are actively looking for record labels. Hoping to get a good deal and then promote our 2nd album through the label, unlike our 1st release which was independent.

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

www.facebook.com/overlord.bd
www.reverbnation.com/overlord9
www.overlordbd.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/overlord.bd/
www.soundcloud.com/overlord-bangladesh
www.open.spotify.com/album/185coX73ozUD0ZErApOYoW
www.youtube.com/Overlordbd

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, I would go with Cake.

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

Most welcome! I would just like to add that, there should be more affordable PR and promotional services made available for bands like us who are struggling to make their mark in the metal world.

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EMQ’s With AKIAVEL

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EMQ’s With AKIAVEL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aix-en-Provence, South of France based Melodic Death Metal band, Akiavel. Huge thanks to vocalist, Auré, 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 Auré, vocalist with the Death Metal band Akiavel. Akiavel was created in 2018, between Chris (guitar), Jay (bass) and Butch (drums), with the idea of creating a band that would play the music we like, say a mix between Thrash, Death Metal and Hardcore. We wanted to remove the boundaries that exist too often between these different styles of metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Akiavel comes from the famous humanist and political Italian thinker Nicolas Machiavelli, mainly known for what certain might call cynical or amoral political theories… and the name was modified so that it sounds more “metal”, plus keeping the “EL” sound at the end of the word, which means “She” in French.

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

We are from the South of France, next to Aix-en-Provence. The metal scene is pretty active here in France, with a lot of good bands, the main one being Gojira (laugh).

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

We released our first full-length album “V” in February 2020. We then had 4 different music videos taken from this album, you should definitely check them out if you want to discover Akiavel’s unique world. More recently, we also recorded 2 live songs for the February edition of the Slay at Home Festival, by Metal Injection, you should also check them out (laugh)!

Our second album, “Vae Victis”, was released on the 23rd of April this year. With this album, we dug further and deeper into Akiavel’s style. The fact of knowing each other way better has helped the writing process. There are 2 videos which have been shot for this album, and a third one is to be shot within the next weeks.

‘Frozen Beauties’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences are very different, all 4 have different tastes and musical backgrounds, it encompasses metal music at large. It ranges from classical Heavy Metal like the great Iron Maiden to pure violence like Benighted or Aborted, but also Thrash like Slayer or Testament or even Hatebreed. Our music is deeply rooted into every and all metal styles!

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a family of musicians. Later, I went to a lot of concerts and the opportunity presented itself to me.

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

There are many of them, I would say Gojira, they are at the top of the metal world. I know Jay (bass) would add Hatebreed, and that Butch (drums) would answer Testament (laugh).

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

Probably the Wacken Open Air, because it is probably one of the biggest and all big bands have played there, that would be a dream to us to play on such a stage.

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

A portrait of me drawn. A very nice surprise!

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

Thank you for your support, it means a lot for a fairly young band like us to receive support from so many countries, and especially from the US.

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

Without hesitation, Peter Steele…

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

Playing live and sharing our passion for good music with the public. I do not hate anything about being a musician!

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

The Covid crisis so that we can go back on stage!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Heartwork” from Carcass!

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

For the sake of the music industry’s survival, I’d say CD’s (and Vinyl)! In terms of modernity and efficiency, I’d say streaming platforms.

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

As Akiavel, we played the off festival of the Hellfest, in 2019. That was really cool, and one of the only live concerts we did as a band. A few months later, we released our first album, and then came the first lockdown…

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

Wow! Probably a hermit… I will live in a shack and adopt animals… (laugh)

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jeff Walker, Bill Steer, Devin Townsend, Einar Selvik, Chris Barnes.

What’s next for the band?

Now that our album is out, we will be getting ready for the coming back of concerts, onstage or on a livestream!

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

Facebook is a very efficient way to get in touch with our fans. Then we use YouTube for our music videos (we have already six of them available right now!) and, of course, all the legal platforms for streaming.

www.facebook.com/Akiavel
www.open.spotify.com/artist/14M2CyExjuwWrJlJGYvg6T
www.youtube.com/channel/UCY52nn6ZxtfjlxYTPDWjSvA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, of course. (laugh)

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

Thank you for your interest in our band! We hope we can meet you all and play live once all this crazy situation is behind us!

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Venomous – Tribus EP

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Venomous – Tribus EP
Brutal Records
Release Date: 19/02/2021
Running Time: 21:38
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Is this a review of a Melodic Death Metal band?!? No, no, no, my friends. It would be so unfair to call this Brazilian band just by that genre, at least for us, the ever-amazing readers of Ever Metal. I hope you are all good and safe today as we have a paradoxical EP to talk about. Paradoxical due to the complexity of the compositions whilst being catchy at the same time. I can say that in front of us are an intriguing band musically and thematically. Of course, the melody and Death Metal are very present in their music, but Venomous are a blend of many things that are hard to explain.

First, it is obvious that Venomous are honouring the old days of Brazilian Power Metal band Angra, from the “Holy Land” album, released in 1996. Sometimes we can hear structures that sounds like Angra being played by a Death Metal band. There is also the Piano! Those who are fans of the master conductor Andre Matos, know how he put incredible classical piano in Angra’s music (also in Shaman and his solo band). Even the solos reminded me of the structures and beautiful work between Kiko Loureiro (yes, Kiko from Megadeth) and Rafael Bittencourt, from the 90’s. This is just one, very important, element apparent from Venomous. So let me summarize and talk about the songs to enlighten the readers who, like myself, have never heard of this amazing Brazilian group before (…bad Victor).

“And the hope only dies if we stop believing”. This lyric is from the opening track ‘Eerie Land’ and it carries a positive message amongst all the chaos illustrated. The piano intro that appears is typical of the regional music played in the northeast of Brazil, similar to Baião*, but arranged into Heavy Metal. It brings the sensation of those whose lives are surrounded by beautiful nature, but also cursed by the corruption and killing that has occurred due to political desires to exploit these lands. A Brazilian picture of suffering, but with a message to stay strong.

When I looked at the name of the others three songs; ‘Trinity’, ‘Duality’ and ‘Unity’; I thought that there must be some theory about the numbers three, two and one. I used all of my efforts to try and understand it and here is what I suspect could be the mystery surrounding it or what it could, maybe, be related to.

‘Trinity’ – “No Religion, nor politics. Cause races and cultures are all the same”. Universe, Sun and our planet are the three things that I saw as trinity, within the lyrics. All the energy that comes from them reflect on us because we are supposed to have no fight or division amongst ourselves, as politics and religion used to, and still, do. Our source of power and faith are out there on these three elements!

‘Duality’ – “We walk around oblivious and tamed”. Titans and Satan’s, in the lyrics, could be connected to what make people oblivious and tamed. The duality that, mentally or physically, enslaves all of us. The lovely dancing percussion right after the independent guitar riffs at the beginning of this song, alongside the melodies, are so beautiful and taken from Brazilian musicality.

‘Unity’ – “And together we’ll see better days”. In the end, we must all act and stay united to become a powerful unity. The two previous songs navigate throughout issues of humanity to show how we can overcome them and it ends with this song. The darkest atmosphere of the EP is present here. It is, probably, the most Death Metal track and what a delightful way to finish, with all the heaviness fading out, resting on just beautiful sequences of notes from the piano.

If you are thinking that I am mad with this analysis (by the way, I agree with you), you must look to the EP cover. Maybe it is just art, but maybe it has some subliminal messages too. Broken chains, a snake swallowing itself and three (Tribus) different stages of our planet. The beginning (birth), the world as we know nowadays and then the breaking of it in two parts, after so many disgraces. Have a look and tell us what you think?

Among all these ups and downs of the thematic, the band has used elements of typical Melodic Death Metal with Metalcore breakdowns. The already mentioned “Angra and Baião elements” just increase the complexity of the band. The sonority is heavy and dense, also very remarkable and catchy. If I could mention any highlight, it would probably be the way that Venomous have united so many different elements to create superb music.

This is the first time I have heard Venomous and I have immediately become a fan of them. “Tribus” perpetuates the legends that started the Heavy Metal Scene in Brazil, but also shows unique identity for the band.

Amazing EP! Parabéns!

‘Eerie Land’ (Official Video)

*Baião is a very popular and famous genre of music from the northeast side of Brazil. This area has a unique culture, not only in music, but also with their way of life and how the population handle all the issues in those states.

Here is a video entitled “Luiz Gonzaga – Baião” so that you can understand and learn about this music.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eerie Land
02. Trinity
03. Duality
04. Unity

LINE-UP:
Thiago Pereira – Vocals
Gui Calegari – Guitars
Ivan Landgraf – Guitars
Renato Castro – Bass
Lucas Prado – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ANCIENT SETTLERS

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EMQ’s with ANCIENT SETTLERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Multinational based Modern Melodic Death Metal band, Ancient Settlers. Huge thanks to keyboardist, Rene Gonzalez, 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, I am Rene Gonzalez; I am the band’s keyboardist!

Well, the band started as a little idea made by Carlos Chiesa (Rex), during the pandemic, he started contacting the drummer, as Herman(drums) is a long-time friend of Carlos’s, then he recruited me, and i just couldn’t say no, their ideas were exactly what i was looking for!

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea abstractly related to the heavy diaspora that’s currently happening in our origin country; We decided to leave our homes, to have a better chance at a good future.

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

We’re originally from Venezuela, most of us, our singer is originally from Finland, but we migrated to Europe (Spain, France, and Portugal).

European Rock/Metal scene is pretty solid, as it’s always been.

South American Rock/Metal Scene, well, not that much, but the good thing of it is the DIE HARD fans over there!

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

Our brand new EP, it’s called “Autumnus”, in the meantime, wait for our debut full-length album.

‘Diamond Eyes’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

If you ask me, and only me; it’s a tricky question, it’s heavily panned, it can go from Bach to Jens Johansson, Hans Zimmer, Skrillex, DeadMau5, Armin Van Buuren, and so on and so forth…

Let’s not forget Nobuo Uematsu!

About the bands, I think… Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Dark Tranquility, Lamb Of God, Amorphis, etc.

What first got you into music?

Since I was very little, I started playing piano (family, peer pressure, pianist grandpa), going to music schools, and having in-house teachers.

Later in my really early teen years, a friend of mine introduced me to STRATOVARIUS, I remember clearly saying the same thing every 90’s kid that got into synths said “how does this keyboard sound like a guitar? I wanna do that, it’s so cool”!

Yeah, before that, my father taught me some rock n roll bands, and mostly 70’s prog/rock bands… as usual, I guess!

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

You guessed it right, Jens Johansson!

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

Well, there’s Wacken, but the dream would be the Knotfest! Because of the atmosphere there. Metalheads coming from different part of the world to enjoy the music.

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

A 1 year subscription to Netflix, and a bottle of snake rum *laughs*

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

It’s always darkest before bright, we’ll see you soon, hopefully!

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

Easy, BACH! He’s the first rockstar, contrary to popular belief.

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

Love: Creative brainstorm process, studio time, ideas exchange, when something sounds beautiful!

Hate: when HDD crashes, writer’s block, HDD crashes, again… oh, that’s so not cool *laughs*!

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

I would bring GIGGING BACK; oh, we miss those!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite; Throne of Chaos – “Menace & Prayer”.

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

Well, I was born in ‘87, and my youth was the 90’s, so I will have to go for CD’s!

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

In words of our dear Hideo Kojima, the best is yet to come!

We’re looking forward to ending the current situation and headline the POST-PANDEMIC FEST, yeah, it would be a great name for a rock/metal fest, c’mon, it is! *laughs*

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

Database Analyst, Big Data Splunker, Database Architect…oh yeah, it’s my current job, tends to be boring, but it’s fun, sometimes!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This depends, do you want it to be a fun dinner party? or a highly formal dinner party?

If party mode is on; Ricky Gervais, Mozart, Salieri (just for the fun of the disputes), Alexi Laiho (RIP), Genghis Khan!

If formal mode; BACH, Charles de Gaulle, my Mom, Ivan the Terrible, and Sejong the Great.

What’s next for the band?

A ton of work, we’re recording what would be our first LP, and we’re very hyped about it, it’s gonna be kick-ass, that i can promise!

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

www.ancientsettlers.es/
www.facebook.com/AncientSettlers
www.instagram.com/ancientsettlers/
www.tiktok.com/@ancientsettlers
www.soundcloud.com/ancient-settlers
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2tnmS1TH4J9mA3UzCcPcpm
www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFjLIVTh4IBRFbnNzbuTdg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Google told me they’re biscuit-sized cakes! so they’re a mutation of biscuits, and cakes too! You have the best of both worlds! Taste of cakes, portability of biscuits! IT’S A DARWINIAN MIRACLE!

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

Thanks a lot for your time, this was great!
To all people out there, we’ll see you soon, don’t worry!
Don’t forget, biscuit-sized cakes are awesome!

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EMQ’s with AFTER EARTH

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EMQ’s with AFTER EARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Skövde, Sweden based Melodic Death Metal band, After Earth. Huge thanks to vocalist, Marcus Rydstedt, 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 Marcus Rydstedt, the frontman and vocalist.

In 2017 I responded to a public message on social media from Anton Vehkaperä (who I did not know at the time). He was looking for individuals willing to start up some metal project with, and since I moved to the town of Skövde two years prior I was hungry to take up music once more.

I brought Victor Lundblad with me, and the three of us founded what would later become After Earth.

Shortly thereafter in 2018 we recruited Oscar Lindberg (bass) and Rob Olsson (guitar) for a full line-up.

During 2018 we started playing together, and during 2019 we wrote our material, in preparation to start with live gigs in 2020.

2020 started as planned for us, we played a couple of local gigs, but then as we all know Covid hit and there was a stop to live music.

Of course, this was a setback, but we took this time to shift gear and instead went into the studio to record our debut EP “Before It Awakes” that was released in September of 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We went by quite long without actually settling for a name. It became a bit annoying as time went on though, because every time you talked to someone about our musical ‘project’ the first question was of course always “what are you called?”.

At first, we settled on the temporary name ‘Conquer All’. I was never a fan of that name personally, I just thought it sounded too much like more classic heavy metal, or like a Manowar cover band, so it never really sat right with me.

Before our first actual gig we instead changed it to After Earth, which to me has much greater meaning behind it and fits our kind of music much better.

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

We’re from Skövde, Sweden. Skövde is located almost in the middle of Stockholm and Gothenburg, so I think you could guess what it’s like over here!

Skövde is a small town though, so there’s not a lot of big venues or such, instead there is more of a DIY-movement from the many great bands around here. And if we’re looking for great venues both Gothenburg and Stockholm are but a short train ride away.

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

Our latest release is actually our debut EP “Before It Awakes” which we released September 9th 2020.

‘Into Demise’ (Audio)

‘The Storm’ (Official Guitar Playthrough)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To me the melodic death metal scene here in Sweden has made a great impact. In Flames, Amon Amarth, Soilwork and so on.

In the more recent years, I’ve gotten more into Deathcore with bands like Thy Art Is Murder and Whitechapel, but also bands like After The Burial. I’m a bit all over the place, but I think that’s a good thing.

What first got you into music?

I grew up with a mother that loved AC/DC and Iron Maiden, so to me that kind of music has always been around.

Before I was ten an older childhood friend told me he had something to show me, so I went over, was placed on his bunk bed, he turned off the lights, left the room and put on the entire Black Album by Metallica. I had never heard anything like it and was completely taken! I spent many hours at night on YouTube on our shitty internet trying to listen to other songs.

About only a week later he showed me Dead End by In Flames, but that was too big of a shock to my young mind at the time! Over a couple of weeks, it grew on me though and soon I started to discover the world of melodic death metal in the late nights and early mornings.

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

I would love to collaborate with any of my childhood inspirations, Soilwork or Amon Amarth. I just think that would blow my mind.

Otherwise, I’d like to collaborate with Whitechapel, I think it would be a great experience to work alongside Phil on some tracks.

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

Some choices are just too obvious here, like Wacken, because, well, it’s Wacken!

But I’m actually gonna say Sweden Rock Festival. I’ve been hearing from all over the place that it’s the best metal festival in the world, but I have never been, so would it not be a great first time participating than from the stage?

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

A very short semi-sharpened regular pencil.

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

No matter what, you are never as alone as you may think. I hope that our music can do for you what others music did for me.

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

If I had that power I’d have to choose Bon Scott, otherwise my mother would surely kill me instead!

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

I enjoy the freedom of expression. I can take my thoughts, my experiences, my life and write about it in ways that are not obvious to others, but that they can connect with. That’s very therapeutic to me.

What I hate is the way most people look at musicians like it’s not a ‘real’ job or important, like some kind of hobby that does not matter. There’s nothing at all wrong with being a hobby musician, and I’m not saying that they’re wrong in thinking that it’s not a regular job like any other.

This applies to many creative fields though, if you’re a painter there’s a lot of people asking, “so when are you gonna get a real job?”, and that bugs me. If it’s real to them then it’s real.

This seems to be changing though, it seems like more and more people understand that there are ways to work in creative fields with stability.

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

I think I have to say stability of life, like in my previous answer. The music industry today is focused on royalties and such as payment for musicians, and that’s great if you release a GOAT-level album, but for a lot of musicians it’s really hard to get going and actually live off music.

I know it’s a dream scenario, but a way in which you could work as a musician, keep a steady salary and not worry constantly if this or that would be better. Instead, you could then focus on creating exactly the music you want to make.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is a really tough question! I’ll go with Lamb of God – “Ashes Of The Wake” as an all-time great.

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

For me personally, I actually have to go with Downloads/streaming. I mostly listen to music when I’m on the move, so for ease of access it’s hard to beat being able to just whip out your phone and have all music in the world at your fingertips.

Of course, I feel bad because I know that musicians see very little income from those streams, but you can’t argue that it is much easier than physical media.

When it comes to downloads it is also something that helps spread bands, even if it’s done illegally! For both After Earth and my previous band ShrednekK I’ve found our albums on weird Russian torrent sites (with some pleasant comments I’ve translated through Google) and to me that is publicity that actually helps us, even if we’re losing out on the sales.

When it comes to the physical medias, I vastly prefer Vinyl, because they can also be used as works of art.

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

The first gig we in After Earth played here in Skövde was amazing. We did not expect such an audience turnout for us here, since we had not released anything yet and it was a great surprise that put smiles on our faces.

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

I don’t think much would change. If I’m not on the stage I want to be watching others on the stage. At work I’d probably be in the vast IT-related fields.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a really private person, so I’d invite my family that, because of the pandemic, I don’t get to see and a couple of close friends.

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently in the recording process of a new single called ‘From Age To Aeon’, and we’re working towards releasing our first full-length album by the end of the year.

One of our guitarist recently left the band so we’re also currently working with new guitarists to find a permanent replacement for Victor.

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

We’re mostly active on Facebook and Instagram, while we also have a Bandcamp. All links below:
www.facebook.com/AfterEarthSWE
www.instagram.com/afterearth_swe/
www.afterearth-swe.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never heard of them! Must not be a thing here in Sweden. From my extensive 2 minutes Google-investigation I’d have to say that they are clearly a biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for the opportunity for this interview! Thank you who is reading this, if you want to see and hear more from us then make sure to head on over to our socials.

We can’t wait to be able to connect with you again during gigs when this thing is over.

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EMQ’s with CHRISTOFFEAR

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EMQ’s with CHRISTOFFEAR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Argos, Greece based Melodic Death Metal band, Christoffear. Huge thanks to guitarist, Christopher Boufas, 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 Christopher Boufas , and I am the guitarist and main songwriter of the band. The band was founded by me in 2020 and is, in a way, the continuation of my previous band, Hedon Cries, with whom I released two albums during the ’00s.

How did you come up with your band name?

Christoffear and Christopher are the same person. The goal was to have a name that derives from my name, since I am behind every decision.

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

I come from Argos, a small historic town in Peloponnese, Greece. There aren’t many metal fans here, but those who do listen to metal music have come together over the years and created a series of music events, like the “Super Jam Festival”. Participants were musicians both amateurs and professionals, between the ages of 14 and 60.

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

We just released our debut album, in February of 2021 under the title “We All Have Our Daemons”.

‘We’re Descending’ (Lyric Video)

‘They Are In Your Mind’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Death, At The Gates, Slayer, Dark Tranquillity, Paradise Lost.

What first got you into music?

As long as I can remember myself, I was into metal music. At the age of 15 I bought my first electric guitar and started experimenting. By the age of 17 I begun composing my first complete songs as a self-taught musician.

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

I would love to collaborate with Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates singer) for his incredible vocals and with Joe Satriani because he is one of the best guitarists of all times.

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

I have to go with Wacken, not only because of the majority of the people attending the festival but also because of all the great bands participating.

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

No gifts so far. 😊

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

Thank you for the love and support. And keep in touch because we are here to stay.

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

I enjoy being on stage, interacting with the audience, making them feel the freedom I feel when compositing my songs. Music is my passion, but living in Greece means you have to have a regular job to feed your passion.

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

I wish people involved in the music industry were more interested in the music as a form of art rather than the money that comes from it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Death – “Symbolic”

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

Vinyl.

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

Supporting Saturnus in Athens, Greece in 2005, with my previous band.

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

Basketball coach.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury, Cliff Burton, Randy Rhoads, Chuck Schuldiner, Dimebag Darrell. Unfortunately, they are all dead.

What’s next for the band?

The band is already recording tracks for the next album and also rehearsing for live concerts.

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

www.christoffear.com/
www.christoffear.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Christoffear/
www.instagram.com/christoffear.official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7lmhXWEEijZraxqa1l1OoM
www.youtube.com/channel/UCtK5-yT8H7sAhAboQiF0j_Q

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?

Nothing to add. Thank you!

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EMQ’s with BEYOND YOUR DESIGN

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EMQ’s with BEYOND YOUR DESIGN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East Midlands, UK based Melodic Death Metal band, Beyond Your Design. Huge thanks to guitarist, Harry, 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 Harry, I play guitar and attempt to do some backing vocals in Beyond Your Design! We formed in 2016, initially just as a uni project, as us original members were all in the same class, but we enjoyed it so much that we decided to carry it on outside of uni. A few years, a few line-up changes and one name change later, here we are!

How did you come up with your band name?

When we first formed, we were originally called By Design. At the time I was watching the TV show Hannibal, great show by the way! The main character has this recuring monologue that he always ends with the phrase “This is my design”. We used that name for a few years but when we signed with our record label, Dreamscope Media Group, they told us that there were actually 16 other artists with that name! It took us a few weeks to come up with the new name Beyond Your Design. It’s like an evolution on what we were before.

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

We’re from the East Midlands, UK. The scene around here does go under the radar a bit, which is surprising cos we’ve got big cities like Leicester, Sheffield, Nottingham and our hometown of Derby. I do think more bands should be looking to stop by here on their tours cos the show are always great!

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

Our new release, ‘Gods And Men’, is the lead single for our upcoming debut EP, “Together We Rise” which’ll be out 4th March. This single is available on all platforms and the music video is up on the Beheading The Traitor YouTube channel. Trust me what I say that this video is absolute fire!

‘Gods And Men’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

At this point we’re basically just ripping off Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine! They’re the obvious two, but there’s others such as Machine Head, Amon Amarth, As I Lay Dying and, surprisingly to a lot of people, a bit of Mallory Knox, I used to love them!

What first got you into music?

I can’t speak for the others, but for me it would be my Dad. He used to play guitar and I remember being mesmerised by it as a kid. Then listening to his favourite music in the car, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, I had to get in on the action!

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

I think Rob would crucify me if I didn’t say Matt Heafy! But seriously, he is an extraordinarily talented, beautiful, hard-working, god-like man… Please call us, Matt!

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

Bloodstock Open Air. Easy choice.

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

Not so much a gift, but it certainly feels like one…before lockdown there was one guy that came to nearly all our gigs, we call him The Knighthawk. At every show, he insisted on doing a one-man circle pit! He’d just start running laps around the room, and he wouldn’t care if people joined him or not, he just kept running!

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

I think at this time the only thing we can say is to keep safe and stay strong. This winter lockdown is definitely much harder than before, it’s cold and miserable and we can’t see our friends and family. But we all have to keep our heads up and think positively, the vaccine is rolling out now so it won’t be long until we can get out and hug our loved ones, grab a beer and go to a gig! But for now, just keep safe and stay strong, we’re with you all the way.

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

We’ve lost a lot of good people far too soon recently! I don’t think picking one is fair on all the others! But I hear Lemmy had some good stories…I went to his old local pub not long after he passed as it’s not far from my parents’ house. It was like he was still sat at his favourite stool there the way people spoke about him.

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

Wait, people enjoy being a musician…? I thought it was just a constant cycle of feeling inferior to every other musician you see and buying expensive equipment!

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

This whole notion of gatekeeping or ‘superiority’. Like, what’s the point? Let people listen to, play, enjoy whatever they want!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

You’re really gonna make me choose…? If I absolutely HAD to pick one, I’d say “The Silver Scream” from Ice Nine Kills. It’s got the perfect blend of fast riffs, catchy hooks and brutal breakdowns!

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

Everyone’s gonna like their own thing, personally I prefer the convenience of downloading music onto my phone and having my entire music library in my pocket and being able to choose what I want with no fuss! And I know some people are going to slate me for saying that, and to them I say see my previous answer about gatekeeping and superiority, that still applies here.

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

Ooh, it’s a toss up between going up to Edinburgh last March or one of our Leicester shows the year before… Leicester was as part of Metal 2 The Masses, so the people there got to see us a few times, but we got that same reaction from our very first time playing in Scotland so for that reason I’d have to choose Edinburgh.

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

Well at the moment just sitting around do nothing all day! But out of lockdown my fulltime job is as a manger in a bar, which I do enjoy so I’d just stick with that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The only way I can answer this currently would be with my mum, dad, brother, sister and grandad!

What’s next for the band?

We have our EP “Together We Rise” coming out on March 4th. You can listen to the lead single ‘Gods & Men’ on all platforms, and you can also get your hands on another exclusive song from the EP by signing up to our mailing list through our website.

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

You can find everything on our website www.beyondyourdesign.co.uk and we’re on all social media under @bydbanduk but you can get quick access to any social or streaming platform at https://found.ee/BYDLinks

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gross, is what they are!

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

Thank you for having me! Follow us on all our socials and streaming platforms and subscribe to our YouTube as well. And don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for early access, exclusive content and premium offers. You can also pre-save our EP ‘Together We Rise’ at https://found.ee/twr and find our new single ‘Gods & Men’ at https://found.ee/gam

We are Beyond Your Design. And Together, We Rise.

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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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