Venomous – Tribus EP

Tribus EP Cover Art

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:

Venomous Promo Pic

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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

Coldbound Logo

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

Cyrox Logo

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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