Royal Hunt – Dystopia

Royal Hunt – Dystopia
NorthPoint Productions
Release Date:18/12/2020
Running Time: 55:49
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

“Dystopia” is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451”, a story about a dystopian world where books are illegal and censorship has society in a tight grip. Intellectual enlightenment is a struggle that is still relevant today. This is not the first time that Royal Hunt has put the author’s novel into music – in 2001 the band recorded a concept based on Bradbury’s epic “Martian Chronicles”. The “Fahrenheit 451” concept in part accounts for a multi-textured album, with moods ranging from the melancholic (such as ‘Snake Eyes’) to the cathartic (as is ‘Burn’).

Musically “Dystopia” encapsulates all that I love about this band with majestic riffs, ubiquitous choir vocals, great lead vocals (more about that in a moment), staccato keyboard tunes and a neo-classical slant infused with Prog songwriting. As is typical with this band, “Dystopia” contains several instrumental passages, all of which give the music opportunities to breathe.

In every one of the 15 albums to its name this band has been blessed with first-rate singers, but I have always regarded DC Cooper as the ideal fit for Royal Hunt’s music. And his distinct voice is in good shape in “Dystopia”…as manifested, for example, in ‘The Eye of Oblivion’. One of the album’s attractions, however, is the participation of some ex-vocalists of Royal Hunt, including Henrik Brockmann who sang lead vocals on Royal Hunt’s first two albums. Also providing lead vocals in a couple of songs are Mats Levén, (Krux, Abstrakt Algebra, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Marc Boals (ex-Royal Hunt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire). It seems to be common practice for Royal Hunt to recruit band members with Epic Doom or Neo-Classical curricula.

Of course, the sound of Royal Hunt places significant emphasis on the keyboards of founding member André Andersen. Despite the band members’ individual skills, the music’s compositional qualities never get neglected. In particular I loved how the guitars and keyboards merge in and out of each other in ‘Burn’.

Speaking of guitars, Jonas Larsen displays several moments of brilliance throughout the album. In fact, in future, I’d love to hear more of the stuff he comes up with in ‘Snake Eyes’.

All in all, “Dystopia” is a solid album that never falters. One of the best albums I’ve heard in 2020.

‘The Art Of Dying’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Inception F451 (Intro)
02. Burn
03. The Art Of Dying
04. I Used To Walk Alone
05. The Eye Of Oblivion
06. Hound Of The Damned
07. The Missing Page (Intermission I)
08. Black Butterflies
09. Snake Eyes
10. Midway (Intermission II)

LINE-UP:
DC Cooper – Vocals
Jonas Larsen – Guitars
André Andersen – Keyboards
Andreas Passmark – Bass
Andreas Johansson – Drums

GUESTS:
Mats Leven – Vocals on ‘The Art Of Dying’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Mark Boals – Vocals on ‘I Used To Walk Alone’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Henrik Brockman – Vocals on ‘Hound Of The Damned’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Kenny Lübcke – Vocals on ‘Hound Of The Damned’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Alexandra Andersen – Vocals on ‘I Used To Walk Alone’

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Forsaking Fate – ‘Souls of Demolition’ EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere

SOUTH AFRICAN MELODIC DEATH GROOVE THRASHERS FORSAKING FATE
RELEASE LYRIC VISUALISER FOR ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’
EVER METAL PREMIERE
03/12/2020

The South African Melodic Death Groove Thrash Trio, FORSAKING FATE, are back with a bang, concluding their self-titled debut EP cycle with a brutal Lyric Visualiser for their blistering track, ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’, and it’s exclusively, and proudly, premiered on Ever Metal today!

The lads are hard at work preparing their next EP, and were recently nominated for several South African Metal Music Awards.

Forsaking Fate are from East London (South Africa), co-founded in 2016 by Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar), and Rory Townes (Drums). Alec Larsen subsequently joined full-time on Bass in 2020. Forsaking Fate are a passionate band who live for the jam, the fans and the wild times on stage! Forsaking Fate is a passionate call, to resonate within all who have been dealt a harsh or unfair hand in life…to refuse and forsake that fate, whatever it may be, and rise up against it to forge a new path!

Enter the ‘Souls Of Demolition’ Here:

LINE-UP:
Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar)
Alec Larsen (Bass)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen

FORSAKING FATE DEBUT EP
Listen to the self-titled debut EP by Forsaking Fate, available on all Streaming Platforms
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TRACKLISTING:
01. Prologue
02. Illusions
03 The End of Existence
04 Retribution
05 Souls of Demolition

FORSAKING FATE ONLINE

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EMQ’s with DEATH & LEGACY

EMQ’s with DEATH & LEGACY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Zamora, Spain based Melodic Metal band, Death & Legacy. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Jesús for taking part!

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

I am Jesús and I play rhythm guitar. I founded the band with Charly (drummer) in 2013, in Zamora, Spain. We are five friends, we played in other bands, other music, but we wanted to play together, it is very funny between us and we love the same music.

How did you come up with your band name?

In the first album, the lyrics tell a story about death, and about something very important for us. And we sing in English, so “Death & Legacy”.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We come from Spain, and the scene is very rich in bands, artists, styles, languages, tours… but, it is a very hard music for popular TV and radio… there is no help for anybody… and now, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the scene is death.

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

We released our third album, “INF3RNO”. It was recorded at FINNVOX studios and the artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes.

‘Dead Soul’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Classics bands, I learned to love the music and to play music too, like Metallica or Slayer

What first got you into music?

A new way of life, to express everything that happens in your heart, mind and soul. It completes me.

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

Metallica, of course.

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

Wacken, I think…the heaven on the earth.

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

The weirdest thing would be to receive a gift, in fact.

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

Fight for the culture, the music and live music… don´t let it die.

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

Not a Rock star, a Pop star, The King, Michael Jackson.

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

I hate every time in the office, with the computer, making tour-books, everything to management…But I love everything that it means to be on tour, the van, venues, hotels, playing, friendship…

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

More support to underground bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “…And Justice For All”.

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

Every format has a nice view or point against the rest, but I learned to love this music from the cassettes.

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

At a Festival, in a bullring with many thousand people. Amazing.

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

I think a worker in a milk factory, it is my work when I am not playing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band, for sure.

What’s next for the band?

To promote our recent album “INF3RNO” and to make a worldwide tour with it.

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

www.deathandlegacy.com/
www.facebook.com/deathandlegacy
www.instagram.com/death_and_legacy/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s01AyoV7qQ
www.ffm.to/inf3rno

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don´t know, it is the first time that I hear about them.

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

Thank you very much for all your work with the underground bands and all your fans for supporting them.

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Velvet Ocean – Purposes And Promises

Velvet Ocean – Purposes And Promises
Helsinki Records
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Running Time: 40:16
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

And so here we are. October again!! The nights are starting to draw in, the weather’s taken a turn for the worst, and I’ve had to start wearing a jumper again. I actually love winter, so it’s not that bad. And this weekend’s soundtrack takes a fitting route in turn with the changing season, in the shape of Finnish alternative melodic metal band Velvet Ocean. Their debut album, “Purposes And Promises” was actually released a good few months back, but I’ve only just got round to putting pen to paper about it.

Having started originally as a project between Riitu and Jake Ronkainen, it soon evolved into a full band, with no less than 7 members, including Oulu symphony orchestra Cellists Arto Alikoski and Harri Österman, along with Keyboard player Marco Sneck. The title of the album tells their story, as its creation became their main purpose, and they promised that they would see it through to its conclusion. Their variety of melodic metal melds contemporary style with influences from classical, through to pop, grunge and even dance. They say that their style is “basically derived from all the music we have ever heard and draws influences also from other genres than metal music”.

So, what does it sound like? Well the mix of influences are clearly visible from the start. Track 1, ‘It’s So Hard’ starts with classic ethereal vocals, but then they’re joined by overdriven guitar riffs, and an electro/dance style beat. Don’t judge me for this, but it kind of reminds me of Mel C’s solo stuff, when she chucked in The Spice Girls and tried to get a little more gritty, way back in the late 90s! Just with a little more edge, and some lovely Cello deep in the mix. Vocally, Riitu Ronkainen has a beautiful rich tone to her voice, and she soars above the instrumental accompaniment.

The album then loses the pop/dance feel for the next few tracks, coming back to a more recognizable melodic metal feel. However, the other influences are still apparent; ‘Requiem’ starts out with guitar, bass, and drums, that sound like something Sting would have done. ‘Butterfly’ begins with some sombre Piano chords, and a lone Cello echoing the root notes, creating a haunting classical feel. Again, the vocals in this track in particular, are so effortlessly haunting. I love it a lot.

Track 5, ‘Truth Or Illusion’ hits you with a very classic grunge sound. A bit of a wake-up after the slow and delicate track I’d just been lost in! The vocals here are much punchier, and Riitu explores her massive range throughout, which is very impressive.

Track 7, ‘Broken’ again starts off with Piano and Cello. This opening screams Eurovision at me! And that is not a bad thing in my book. This track would be perfect as the Finnish entry, and would do incredibly well, I think. It’s not overly heavy, but it’s got a good edge, and it’s dramatic! I could just imagine it on the stage with a lone Cellist on one side and the Pianist the other, lit with spotlights, then the rest of the band in the middle, fronted by Rittu with an intricate outfit, and lots of dark blue floaty fabric all over the place!

My favourite track on the album is the penultimate track. ‘Lullaby’. An acoustic track, it focuses, to start with, on fingerpicked guitar and vocals. It’s very tender and calming, as it’s title would suggest. Then halfway through, Riitu’s floating vocals are joined by the male vocals of Jake Ronkainen, creating a beautiful harmony line, and complimenting Rittu’s vocals perfectly. This piece is so delicately done. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and is the mark of clever musicians. They knew when to stop, and haven’t tried to frill it out at all. That’s commendable.

The final track on the album ‘Salvation’, has some middle eastern influences in its chord progressions, and is quite progressive in its structure – another influence that they’ve managed to explore really well! It finishes with the sound effect of a heart monitor flatlining, which was pretty creepy, but worked with the feel of the song. The whole album is steeped in the exploration of emotions, and this effect also displays that, too. It leaves you trying to unpick a lot of symbolism.

Production wise, they have done a superb job on this album, especially considering it’s a debut. It was mixed and mastered by Johan Örnborg and Jens Bogren at the well-known Fascination Street Studios. You can really hear the experience and care that has been put into producing this record, and that always pleases me. It’s not a record for the sake of releasing something, it’s a record meant to display the power and versatility of the language of music.

If you just like one style of music, this album won’t be for you. But, if you approach your listening with an open mind, you will definitely find something in “Purposes And Promises” that pleases you. A brilliant debut, well worth investing in.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s So Hard
02. Tonight
03. Requiem
04. Butterfly
05. Truth Or Illusion
06. Elysian Fields
07. Broken
08. Innocent Eyes
09. Lullaby
10. Salvation

LINE-UP:
Riitu Ronkainen – Vocals, Additional Synths
Jake Ronkainen – Guitars, Vocals
Jani Lehtinen – Guitars
Bastian Schallschmidt – Drums
Arto Alikoski – Cello
Jami Alaverronen – Keyboards
Tuomas Vesa – Bass

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EMQ’s with LILIUM VITAE

EMQ’s with LILIUM VITAE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pernambuco, Brazil based Symphonic/Melodic Metal band, Lilium Vitae. Huge thanks to Gleyce Viera & Leandro Silva 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?

Gleyce: Hello, my name is Gleyce Vieira I am the front singer of Lilium Vitae. I play a little piano, but in the band I just sing. The band was born as a project in 2012.

How did you come up with your band name?

Gleyce: The name I chose is inspired by the Bible story in which God talks about the lilies of the field and that he takes care of all nature and humans, that is, the creator semore is taking care of us.

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

Gleyce: I am from Pernambuco, which is in the northeast of Brazil. Here, the metal scene is alive but not as much as in São Paulo, but there are a variety of styles ranging from Black Metal to symphonic metal.

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

Leandro: In 2019, we released the EP “Libertação” which contains 3 tracks.

‘Libertação’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gleyce: First Nightwish, and then Epica, After Forever, Tristania, Shaman, Kamelot, Within Temptation, Therion, Angra etc.

What first got you into music?

Gleyce: The study of opera at the same time as heavy metal with female and male voices.

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

Gleyce: Definitely Nightwish.

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

Gleyce: Wacken Open Air. Besides being a very important festival and for the honour of being able to play for sure with great bands from the world stage.

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

Gleyce and Leandro: (Laughs) We haven’t received gifts from fans yet.

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

Leandro and Gleyce: We don’t want to pass repeated messages, but we want to send a true message. That we really cannot abandon faith, hope and love. Let us love one another, let us have faith and hope, so that things can go smoothly in our lives!

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

Leandro and Gleyce: Maybe Freddie Mercury…but for us Brazilians, it would be great to see André Matos alive again. He is the greatest Brazilian heavy metal singer, and had great worldwide prestige.

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

Leandro and Gleyce: What we really like most is the contact and interaction with the public! What we don’t like are destructive criticisms from people who were unaware of our effort to compose, record and publicize many times for free!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Leandro and Gleyce: As we really like symphonic metal, I think Nightwish’s “Wishmaster” is a great album for us!

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

Leandro and Gleyce: Vinyl and CD’s

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

Leandro: We didn’t play on many shows because we were always writing and recording songs, and at that time there were some components coming out, and new members coming in. But, there was an event called Underblood Fest in Recife, it was a great event where everyone really liked our sound.

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

Leandro: I like archaeology! I think it would be an archeologist.

Gleyce: I would be a lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Leandro and Gleyce: In the case of people still alive, they would be Bruce Dickinson, Tarja Turunen, Tuomas Holopainen, Michael Sweet and Christian Liljegren.

What’s next for the band?

Leandro and Gleyce: We are preparing a very good album called “Guided By Light”. The album has 10 tracks, and is currently in the recording phase of keyboards, and orchestral arrangements. Pandemia delayed the process, as it should have been ready since July.

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

www.instagram.com/bandaliliumvitae/
www.facebook.com/liliumvitae/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3aQzHJsAK6PgquwGBTQyFJ
www.deezer.com/artist/92549302
www.music.apple.com/br/artist/lilium-vitae/1508437860
www.music.amazon.com.br/artists/B0878XJP1R
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjCNoxreurEaD3MromR8UEA
www.play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=A3hn2cfiukyzkn63q2n5rwf5hbi

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Leandro: Biscuit!

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

Leandro and Gleyce: We thank you! We want to say that it was an honour and joy to participate in this interview, and that the upcoming CD is something very special, which is being done with a lot of effort and affection!!!

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EMQ’s with CALIGO

EMQ’s with CALIGO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazil based Melodic Doom Metal band, Caligo. Huge thanks to vocalist, Fellipe CDC 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?

Fellipe CDC is how people most know about me. I am vocalist and lyricist of Caligo, a band that first appeared in February 2012 at the initiative of bassist Sandro Santos. Sandro brought the first drummer, who after so many others, gave way to Julius Caesar. Our guitarist is Walison. We all play in other bands in our city.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name was one of the suggestions of bassist Sandro Santos. It was supposed to be Chaos Et Caligo, but we abbreviated only to Caligo.

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

The drummer Julio, the guitarist Walison and I live in the city of Taguatinga, nearby Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The bassist Sandro lives in Gama, which is another city near to ours. Caligo is a Brazilian Doom Metal band.

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

We have only one demo CD called “Templo da Descrença” and some videos on the internet.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Caligo’s greatest musical influence, without a doubt, is Black Sabbath. However, several other Doom and Stoner bands are also on our main menu of references: Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Candlemass, among many others. As for the lyrics, the greatest influence is the Brazilian poet Augusto dos Anjos.

What first got you into music?

I edited fanzines! And since 2016 I’m presenting a web radio program called ZINE-SE, on Radio 4 Times (www.radio4tempos.com.br), where we play (me and my friend Frajola) a lot of metal, punk and hardcore bands.

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

Tony Iommi is always current! If I could make a song with him, it would be great!

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

There is a festival in Brazil called Setembro Negro (produced by Edu Lane, drummer of Nervochaos) that would fit like a glove for Caligo!

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

I hope someday I would have a fan to receive some gift.

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

If I had a fan, I’d say, “Make a fanzine and interview Caligo!”

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

Dio, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, Chuck, Hendrix, Bon Scott, Malcom Young and so many others. Now you pick one there, please. Take this responsibility far from me, please!

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

I hate it when I have an idea for a song and I can’t play it. And I like it when people like the music I make. But it’s okay if you don’t like our music.

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

I’d try to make more space for new bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vol. 4” by Black Sabbath. It was the third album I bought in my life and, without a doubt, what I heard the most!

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

The big sweet black huge cookie called Vinyl, without any doubts!

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

Caligo have done some very remarkable shows, but the concert we played at the Quaresmada Festival was memorable!

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

I would continue editing fanzines and doing the radio program ZINE-SE.

What five people would you invite to dinner party?

Mr. Iommi, Ozzy, Bill Ward, Geezer and Vinny Appice.

What’s next for the band?

We recorded a single before the pandemic Covid situation and we are waiting for the studio to give us the music. After the pandemic, Caligo intends to record new songs, make our video and return to the stage. We miss you so much!

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

www.facebook.com/caligommxii
www.caligodoom.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/caligommxii/

We use many fanzines for the dissemination of Caligo. A Fanzine is the backbone of underground music!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Depending on the drug, it could be a cake or a cookie.

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

I thank you, in the name of members of Caligo, for the space given. When all this madness passes and science gives us free pass, we’re going to go back to the shows and support our bands and our music scene. Take care and stay health everyone!

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DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP

DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP
Fastball Music
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Running Time: 26:55
Review By Mark Pritchard
8/10

On what was a really nice and sunny Sunday afternoon I found myself contemplating what to do to pass the time, and of course, avoid boredom! Should I play on consoles, watch a tv series or have a movie day? And then it hit me like a fly hitting my glasses (pesky things)! Listen to DevilsBridges’ newest EP, “Endless Restless”, and get on with reviewing it! Not a hard decision to make really! So, I positioned myself in my writing chair, the window open next to me offering a nice cold breeze.

DevilsBridge, a relatively young Heavy Metal band formed in 2012, are based in St. Gallen in Switzerland. However, they have only just started releasing material, with two singles and two official music videos on their YouTube channel released last year, and recently their first ever EP – “Endless Restless”.

I have been listening to the EP religiously each day in order to write this review, as it gives out a lot more than just the 6 songs on it would suggest! Heavy drums from JC Daisy, amazing fast paced guitars from both lead guitarist Tom White & Simon Black, as well as bass from Steve D.R.T, which helps keep the instrumentals altogether. Along with the pace of each song, and with a backline like that, are the vocals of Dani Nell of which, though intense, are quite clean as well. The combination of these delivers all the elements for one damn awesome band.

I have listened over and over to this EP, and come to realise that it doesn’t matter how many times I listen, I cannot pick a standout song! From start to finish, all 6 songs are really good in their own ways, which allow the EP, as a whole, to be a symphony of metal for the ears. It’s melodic enough to hear every part clearly, but heavy enough to get a real groove going, too!

If you want to listen to intense headbanging music, that has clean vocals which allow the listener to sing along, then DevilsBridge, and this EP, are for you! Even though I was full of cold, and not 100% well when this EP played, I moved my desk chair back and headbanged from start to finish! Although I am gutted that this EP only has 6 songs, I’m already looking forward with excitement to their next release, whether it be another EP, an album, or a music video.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Captain Devil
02. Centrifuge Of Life
03. Endless Restless Heart
04. Fire Free
05. 2Souls
06. 555

LINE-UP:
JC Daisy – Drums
Tom White – Lead Guitar
Simon Black – Guitar
Steve D.R.T – Bass Guitar
Dani Nell – Vocals

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EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR

EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘The Time Device’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

Our Instagram especially, to inform our fans of the music we release on YouTube and Spotify, but we also use Facebook.
www.facebook.com/DarkRazorBand/
www.instagram.com/darkrazorband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vc55JGyX3SKqhZLSm4OZU
www.youtube.com/channel/UC9csks1iqbDtV4XNdsikQcA/videos

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely cakes HAHAHA.

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

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

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EMQ’s with KRYOUR

EMQ’s with KRYOUR

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

My Conjugué (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think a guitar pick that glows in the dark.

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

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

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

Freddie Mercury without thinking twice!

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Magma” from Gojira.

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

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

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

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

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

Probably studying psychology and philosophy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

YouTube, Spotify and all streaming sources.
www.kryour.com/
www.facebook.com/kryour/
www.twitter.com/KryourOfficial
www.instagram.com/kryour/
www.kryour.bandcamp.com/releases
www.soundcloud.com/kryour
www.youtube.com/Kryour

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think I will go for biscuit.

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

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

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EMQ’s with IMMERSE

EMQ’s with IMMERSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bristol, UK based Melodic Hardcore band Immerse. Huge thanks to guitarist Tim 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?

Hey it’s Tim here! I play guitar in the band. We’ve previously played together in other projects with different line-ups but decided to start fresh as IMMERSE. We formed in late 2018!

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that reflected our passion and wouldn’t limit us to a specific genre. IMMERSE was the perfect choice.

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

Bristol UK! It’s got a great scene, and everyone knows each other. The city is full of amazing venues and the shows are always wild! I love how diverse Bristol is and how people support all genres.

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

‘Southbound’ is our latest single. Give it a spin in the sunshine! Pre-Save it here

www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/immerse/southbound

Here’s Hoping (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, it has to be Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Northlane and The Story So Far

What first got you into music?

I started writing music at about 10/11 years old and I knew straight away that I would love to do it as a career. I listened to bands like Good Charlotte and Blink 182, so my songs were very similar to that style. As I got older, I discovered bands like Slipknot/Parkway Drive/Architects and I instantly fell in love with their energy and heavy breakdowns.

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

It would be a dream to work with Mark Hoppus. His melodies are the best and he’s a rock legend!

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

Download Festival! I’ve been going there for years and always dreamt of playing the main stage.

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

Tom Searle. I would have loved to meet him and chat about music/life. He inspired so many people and I’m proud that I got to see him play.

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

I love being creative and having complete freedom with writing music. Also touring different countries in a van with your best mates is unbeatable. The worst thing is playing a poorly ran show (I think every musician will agree with me)

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Story So Far – “Proper Dose”. Love every song on it.

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

CD’s all the way!

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

Playing Macmillan cancer festival in Nottingham! We played to a packed room and the crowd were really energetic! Can’t wait to be back playing shows again.

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

I would have loved to pursue a career in golf but started too late!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mark Corrigan, Johnson, Super Hans, Gerrard and Professor MacLeish.

What’s next for the band?

We are always working on our live show to make it as entertaining as possible. We have an intimate headline tour early next year so make sure you grab a ticket before it sells out!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/3S3vmLBBxnscJGPLeqVKQN
www.facebook.com/IMMERSEofficialUK/
www.instagram.com/immerse_officialuk/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Yes!

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