Ilium – Quantum Evolution Event EP

Quantum Evolution Event EP Cover Art

Ilium – Quantum Evolution Event EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 14/01/22
Running Time: 23:27
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Although I had not come across them until this point, Ilium have spent the last twenty years being quite prolific little beavers. Since 2002, there have been no less than eight full length albums (or seven if you don’t count completely re-recording your debut with a different line up) and half as many EP’s. This is the sort of Melodic Power Metal that’s found all over Northern Europe, but seems much more scarce in their native Australia, which may go part of the way to explaining why I had not come across them before. Add to that the endless line-up changes that make it hard to keep momentum and what you end up with is an act that have all the right elements in play, but are not as far out of the blocks as you might expect after twenty years of hard work. This needs to change, as they have all the right elements in play to be a way bigger contender. 

This current incarnation still centres around the lynch pin of guitarists Jason Hodges and Adam Smith, but although credited only as a guest, still retains the vocal services of Lord Tim, and Tim Yatras on the drum and producer stools, as seems to have been the case since 2017. First off, that experience and maturity are loud and clear from the opening bars. This is really solidly crafted and well-written stuff. Power Metal fans lap this sort of thing up, but although it’s got all the standard tropes you expect from the genre it doesn’t sound like it’s been factory produced like so many albums from the genre do. 

The Antipodean perspective means that, although all the usual influences are loud and clear, the overall sound is subtly different, and different again from the American branch of the genre. What this means is that although you’ve got strongly technical flourishes in there, it’s not overtly Progressive and completely avoids the Neo-Classical, which to be honest is no bad things as it’s completely been done to death in my humble opinion (take note Italy). It’s also song-writing with a clearly Traditional stamp too, so if the song is  intended as a high tempo belter, it doesn’t outstay its welcome, slamming its message home in under three and a half minutes. When they slow down, take their time, and craft something more complex such as the really strong ‘Hostile Sky’, the run time subtly grows, but again shows restraint, so no twenty minute epic concept pieces here (at least this time).

Overall this has given me a thirst to find out more about these guys as I’m left curious, interested and hungry for more.

Quantum Evolution Event’ Official Lyric Video

TRACKLISTING:
1.  Quantum Evolution Event
2. Tsetse
3. Undergods
4. Hostile Sky
5. Mothcaste

LINE-UP:
Jason Hodges – Guitar
Adam Smith – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Lord Tim – Vocals
Tim Yatras – Drums

LINKS:

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Scars Of Solitude – If These Walls Could Talk EP

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Scars Of Solitude – If These Walls Could Talk EP
Inverse Records 
Release Date: 26/11/21
Running Time: 21:56
Review by Simon Black
7/10

This Finnish Melodic Metal four piece have been quiet for a while. Having been around since 2015, and with 2017’s “Deformation” album being quite a long way in the past, the band have clearly been impacted by all things COVID, with this six track EP only now seeing light of day. I’ve not come across them before, and at first thought they might be British, given that they’ve got a lot in common with the more Emo sounding Bullet For My Valentine, but there’s some positively shredding guitar work hidden in there, which bizarrely sits alongside all the melancholy melodies and moody keyboards quite well. What this ends up meaning is that you have a band that, whilst clearly having one foot in the Alternative camp, also has enough touches of more Modern Metal to be interesting.

It takes a little bit of listening to, but once your ear starts to get caught by the subtle complexity and time changes going on here, you realise the depth and ingenuity that has gone into the songwriting – none more clearly than on the title track itself. At first it came across as cacophonous, but on repeated listens it becomes quite the earworm. Even when things speed up a bit, such as the Metalcore verging on Thrash ‘Lullaby Of The Ill-Fated’, the bizarre contradictions continue to work in a disconcerting but highly effective way.

Prolific output is not a trademark of these guys, given that over the years we’ve only had one album (and that’s quite a short affair), plus various singles, and as run times go, this twenty-two minute six track is a little on the short side even for an EP. But the material on here is interesting, clever and complex and leaves me hoping that a full length album with the space and depth to explore this experimental side in a meaningful way is going to be something worth waiting for.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dark Matter
02. Left on Read
03. No Riddance
04. If These Walls Could Talk
05. Lullaby of the Ill-Fated
06. Burden

LINE-UP:
Tuomo Laulainen – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jasper Ranta-Nilkku – Lead Guitar
Lassi Pollari – Bass Guitar
Niki Kuivakangas – Drums & Percussions

LINKS:

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Life Of A Hero – Letting Go

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Life Of A Hero – Letting Go
Battlegod Productions
Release Date: 12/11/21
Running Time: 42:28
Review by Simon Black
7/10

The UK has seen a number of interesting new faces emerge from the Melodic Metal and Hard Rock scenes of late. This is an interesting project, formed to give vocalist Russ Grimmett (son of Lionsheart vocalist Steve Grimmett) a platform, with the rest of the band made up of members from Midnite City and Vega. The presence of experienced musos gives the project and robust and workmanlike solidity, even if it’s not really breaking any new ground instrumentally. That extends to the production as well, which is beautifully crisp and well-delivered, so a big thumbs up there. Russ’s voice is clean and strong, with plenty of presence and range, if perhaps needing a little more charisma and subtlety to vary the melodies from the obvious from time to time.

The title track does a good rollicking job of reeling you in, and might actually have made a better choice of first single than ‘3D’, but it sets the tone well. Most of the songs are lively little belters and have a good strong song-writing structure and plenty of energy, if perhaps a little short on some of the Melodic hooks and catchiness you need to make a splash in this rather crowded marketplace. To be distinctive here you need something unique in your sound, or exceptional in your delivery, so by the numbers writing simply doesn’t cut the mustard. When they vary the tone a little, with the slightly more moody ‘Stay For A while’ for example, then things step up a notch or two in that regard. Grimmett’s voice stops being one of the players on this one and becomes the full focus of your attention, at which point the potential of this outfit becomes clear. When he’s on form and flying, it’s when he’s not following the rhythm melody lines to the letter, and this track works because he’s a bit more front and centre, rather than being an equal presence in the mix, but that’s the difference between being a vocalist and a true front man, although to be fair experience and having to work your material in front of a live crowd who are there to see the headliner gets you there eventually.

The album does struggle a bit in the middle, but the anthemic fist-puncher ‘Shine A Light’ brings things back from the brink and again the divergence of melody lines in the verse helps, although anthemic choruses need, nay demand, that you align the melodies in this case. When ‘Letting Go’ was good, it was great, but a bit of confidence to push beyond the obvious song structures would have made this a more consistent hit, and if the calibre of ‘Stay For A While’ and ‘Shine A Light’ had been maintained throughout then this would have scored much higher. Nevertheless, a really promising start.

TRACKLISTING:
01. 3D
02. Letting Go
03. In My Dreams
04. Caught In A Lie
05. Don’t Waste My Time
06. Stay For A While
07. Down And Out
08. Risk It All
09. Shine A Light
10. Falling Apart At The Seams
11. When We Let Go

LINE-UP:
Russ Grimmett – Vocals
Miles Meakin – Guitar
Alex Nash – Guitar
Josh “Tabbie” Williams – Bass
Pete Newdeck – Drums

LINKS:

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Thirty Fates – Circus Black

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Thirty Fates – Circus Black
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 12/10/21
Running Time: 37:52
Review by Simon Black
7/10

This Greek three piece are an unusual find. Although they’ve been around, on and off, for decades, their footprint outside of their native land is not a huge one. But, as I’ve got a little bit more exposed to the Hellenic Metal scene over the last two years, the more I realise that there’s an awful lot of great bands tucked away there, that the rest of the world knows nothing about. Then there’s the impressive guest stars they’ve managed to get involved on this one…

The album title and the cover hint that this might be a concept piece, but the only circus related content comes and goes fairly early, with lead track ‘Indifferent People’ (which also features a guest turn from Angel Wolf-Black, whose backing vocals manage to sound like a full choir was present), with most of the rest of the material being standard Melodic Metal fare. The first thing that strikes you is that this is a very rich and fat sound for a three piece, so one assumes that guitarist, Elias Tzintzilonis, is laying bass down in studio to boot, but I would be curious to see how they might approach a live performance, given the multiple guitar parts and some quite progressive keyboard pieces, that crop up from time to time. 

The latest single, ‘Be Free’, opens with the distinctive screamed introduction from Ripper Owens, a man who, let’s face it, takes the standard of anything he touches up a couple of notches, but actually is in the background here. All the guests are singing largely in harmony to Papakostas, who is more than capable of leading the vocal delivery anyway, but a couple of extra octaves of vocal range from Ripper never harms a Metal song. When they do change pace with the ballad closer, ‘Because We Fly’, it takes you somewhat by surprise, given that it steps sideways stylistically, reflecting perhaps Papakostas’s Pop orientated activities in the intervening years. It shows a level of depth and maturity that make me wish they had stayed a little longer in this groove, as musically it’s also one of the more interesting arrangements, wheeling around a little stylistically, before settling into familiar Power ballad territory. Either way, it’s the strongest song on the album.

This is an album that doesn’t immediately grab you, but it’s worth taking a little longer to invest, as it’s definitely a grower.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Circus of Fate (intro)
02. Indifferent People
03. The Pretender
04. Just For A Little
05. Sign of Rebellion
06. The Edge of Destiny
07. Be Free
08. Depression
09. Because We Fly

LINE-UP:
Elias Tzintzilonis – Guitars
Nick Tzintzilonis – Drums
Stelios Papakostas – Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQs with OVERSENSE

EMQs with OVERSENSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Modern Melodic Metal band, Oversense. Huge thanks to lead guitarist, Jasmin ‘Jassy J.’ Pabst, 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 everyone! My name is Jassy. I am the lead guitarist of OVERSENSE. The band itself started as a studio project of Danny, our singer and rhythm guitarist, and our drummer Paddl, back in 2012.

They both wanted to get the songs live on stage so that they searched for fellow musicians. Bassist Vau joined very soon, he played guitar before though. In 2014 the first EP “Dreamcatcher” was released, followed by the debut album “The Storyteller” in 2017. In the end of 2017 I joined the band (small fun fact: the guys searched for ‘metal girl’ on YouTube, found me, and wrote to me to ask if I wanted to join) and after some lineup changes OVERSENSE consists now of Danny (vocals, guitars), Paddl (drums, backing vocals), Vau (bass, backing vocals) and me, Jassy (lead guitar).

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s rather funny. Danny lives in a village called ‘Obersinn’. If you translate this name roughly into English you get: ‘ober’ = ‘over’ ‘sinn’ = sense. OVERSENSE.

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

We are from Germany. The Metal / Rock scene here has been getting smaller over the years, but we still got some very big festivals like Wacken (W:O:A), Rock am Ring , Summer Breeze and many more. You might have heard of them! Especially club shows are very popular for underground acts and music enthusiasts!

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

Our latest release is “EGOMANIA”, the second OVERSENSE album in total. It came out on September 17th 2021, via Dr. Music Records. With Love being our most recent single, featuring a horror-ish music video, directed by Mirko Witzki. We already plan to write more heavy stuff for you people!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can just speak for myself. Including also my bandmates’ story would totally take a full page, haha. My interest in music is very vast. Sum 41 got me into playing guitar! I count Michael Paget, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho, Guthrie Govan, Jen Majura, Yasi Hofer, Django Reinhardt, Jim Root and indeed Kirk Hammet as my biggest influences. When it comes to bands, I listen to Equilibrium, Children Of Bodom, Slipknot, System Of A Down, Disturbed, The Birthday Massacre, Amorphis, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Nothgard, Trivium etc. concerning the heavier genres and to The Beatles, Cage The Elephant, movie / game scores and Neo Classical stuff.

What first got you into music?

Actually it was my father! He is a huge 60s, 70s music enthusiast. I got my first cassette from him with songs from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, The Kinks, The Honeycomes, Slade, Sweet and many many more! I was about 2 years old.

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

That is a tough question as there are so many amazing artists out there! I recently collaborated with one of my favorite bands – Equilibrium. I guess I would choose Slipknot this time. Even if some people might roll with their eyes, haha.

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

WACKEN! It has a great atmosphere with great people – it’s a legendary festival! Also you get to meet many of your own idols there to exchange ideas, or just to say hi.

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

If we stick to gifts you enjoy – (I had ‘special gift pictures’ from male people… yikes) – it’s a Texas shaped guitar pick and a PAC-Man mini-amp! Thank you Rebecca again! =)

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

Music connects people and shouldn’t be a playground for hate and jealousy. We are all one big family, so treat everyone with respect.

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

Actually I don’t like this question whenever it’s asked. No one should be preferred to be back from the dead as every loss was tragic.

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

Playing for people and seeing the joy in their eyes, inspiring people to pick up the guitar might be the most amazing aspects. I do dislike stalker fans who claim all your attention, being creepy and disrespectful. Also receiving dick-pics and sexist comments is a burden you need to carry. It sucks. Additionally, as a female guitarist, it feels like you get a lot more criticism for the same skill level compared to a male guitarist. Because your looks and your seductive movements give you the success! Your boobs and you ass. Sure! Just leave me alone with this shit… Yep, I hate that! Hahahaha!

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

Less sexism please and more chances for smaller bands. There are close to none post 2015 big bands out there rocking stadiums and festivals. Make it possible these people can actually live from their art.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Equilibrium – “Sagas”

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

CDs!

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

Also a tough one. Maybe it was during our 2018 tour as support act for DORO in Memmingen. But Wiesthal Open Air and Darmstadt – Goldene Krone this year featured amazing crowds that totally tore up the ground!

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

I studied maths and physics and up to now I am still a teacher as dayjob! On a more, less boring side, I might have become a gamer, hahahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

With or without family? If I don’t include family because that might be the intention of the question: My boyfriend, my best friends. Yeah. Friends! Why should I invite people I never met or talked to?

What’s next for the band?

Playing some shows and recording new music of course!

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

www.oversense.de
www.facebook.com/oversensemusic
www.instagram.com/oversensemusic
www.twitter.com/oversenseband
www.youtube.com/oversensemusic
www.tiktok.com/@oversense.music
www.twitch.tv/oversense
http://bit.ly/oversense_spotify

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are disgusting hahahaha, sorry xD Biscuit otherwise.

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

Thank you for having me / us ! Guys, don’t let metal and rock die! Support your local bands, go to shows when it’s possible again, have a great time, get inspired by everyone and everything that brings you joy! =)

Stay safe and healthy!

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Between Worlds (Featuring Ronny Munroe) – Between Worlds

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Between Worlds (Featuring Ronny Munroe) – Between Worlds
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 09/10/21
Running Time: 52:14
Review by Simon Black
6/10

It does seem a few months since I last tackled any of the output of the crazily prolific Frontiers label. For those not aware of them, this is an Italian label that specialises in supergroup projects (usually featuring a key figure from either a defunct much bigger act, or an act they are now no longer a part of), assembles a mostly Italian musical and Production team, and cranks the handle. A lot… It can be a bit hit and miss – sometimes careers are spectacularly revived, and decades old rusty hatchets are well and truly buried, even if Frontiers don’t always directly benefit from that (although to be fair they also break a few new faces that deserve a wider audience, more often than not from South America). And sometimes not…

I’m generally a hugely positive supporter of the approach, but can be quite critical of the sometimes repetitive nature of the almost factory-like part of their process, relying as it does on a large, but shared group of in-house session players, and producers, working back to back on projects to keep up with the insane releases schedule. All of which means that unless the guest artist at the centre doesn’t take an active role here, and put their own stamp firmly on it, a lot of the material can sound a bit samey. And that is precisely my frustration with this one.

Perhaps this is a side effect of the lock down influenced recording process, but the piece despite being very workmanlike, and full of robust performances, does not quite have the song writing welly that a vocalist of Munroe’s calibre deserves. That said, his performance is full on, energetic, and displays a range worthy of his reputation as a front man. I was expecting, nay hoping, that this project would be in the Progressive / Power mould of the material from his time in Metal Church or Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but song wise the material is much more in the Melodic Hard Rock vein (although there are nice flourishes in that more challenging direction from time to time). This is despite the presence of two of TSO’s musical team in the mix, and is no doubt down to the size twelve boot print of Producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, but fortunately this is saved from banality, because you can feel the tension between the mixing chair and Jack Frost’s guitar work and Munroe’s vocal lines.

I am hoping this leads to more work, but musically a slightly less Melo-Metal direction, and a bit more drive and variety on the song style would have made this a more diverse, and therefore interesting piece. But enjoyable nonetheless.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Between Worlds
02. These Walls
03. Life Enough For Me
04. Times Of Change
05. No Escare
06. Soul Chaser
07. Scent Of An Angel
08. Beautiful Disaster
09. Flip The Script
10. Beneath The Surface
11. Calm Before The Storm

LINE-UP:
Ronny Munroe – Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Pete Alpenborg – Rhythm Guitars
Jack Frost – Lead Guitars
Alex Jansen – Bass
Michele Sanna – Drums
John Lee Middleton –  Bass On “No Escape”
Joel Hoekstra – Lead Guitar On “Soul Chaser”
Chris Caffery – Lead Guitars On “Angel” And “No Escape”

LINKS:

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Interview with Control The Storm Beermageddon, 27/08/2021

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Interview with Control The Storm
Beermageddon, 27/08/2021
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys! Miss Bicheno here and I have returned to bring you a little chat with Control The Storm that took place at this year’s Beermageddon.

Let me tell you, what an amazing weekend this was, Jim and his team really pulled out the stops to deliver such a safe, friendly and killer event. After the hype and buzz of Bloodstock, this was such a wonderful & chilled environment.

As some of you know, Control The Storm (hailing from the land of Bristol) are currently one of the UK’s most spoken about, up and coming Melodic Rock/Metal bands on the Underground scene. They are popping up absolutely everywhere! And I. AM. HERE FOR IT!

These guys are always so friendly and humble and hugely talented in their genre – the usual “You should go check them out if you haven’t” applies here…but TENFOLD.

In an impromptu moment, I was swiftly taken to their tour van for a catch up chat… To be honest with you, being kidnapped by Firouzeh (Vocalist) and Raedon (Keys and Vocals) – well, I could think of a lot worse situations to be in…

Sheri: I am sat here with Control The Storm! How are you?

Control The Storm: Hiiiii! How are you??

Sheri: I’m good, I’m good! So, so pleased to see you guys after so long.

Raedon: It’s always nice to see you.

Sheri: I think the last time I saw you guys was in Manchester!

Raedon: At The Rebellion!! A long time ago now… Like March 2019 or something like that…

Sheri: That was it!

Firouzeh: Before the Pandemic I think…

Raedon: It was the first gig wasn’t it, with Matt wasn’t it?

Sheri: That was a good gig as well…So how have you guys been? I guess you’re gonna get asked a lot but how have you been through the whole pause?

Raedon: …I got fat. Hahahaha.

Sheri: Me too!

*Everyone starts laughing*

Raedon: We made it…hahaha

Firouzeh: Yeah, we made it through! Thankfully haha. We’re out the other side of it now.

Sheri: I’m guessing you have many plans coming up now that things have been given the green light a bit more? I’m guessing you’re planning plans?

Raedon: Yeah, everything got postponed again so we had a European and UK tour set up for Autumn this year and that’s now been put back to March 2022 so it’s definitely been a thing that happened…

Firouzeh: Download for the third time…

Raedon: Yeah, third time’s the charm for Download haha. It’s weird, when you’re in a band and you find out that you’re gonna play a big festival and then you’re not allowed to say anything until they say…so you have to sit on it…and it’s the worst thing in the world!! Hahaha. Cuz YOU know that you’re playing…and they know that you’re playing…

Firouzeh: We were sat on it for like a year!

Raedon: Yeah it was months wasn’t it, cuz we found out in 2019 and then we had to sit on it until we had to make an announcement.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it was meant to be announced in March but instead, there was a cancellation announcement haha!

Raedon: We didn’t even make it onto the poster and we were like “Argggghhh!” Then when they announced for 2021, we were added to the poster.

Firouzeh: Yeah, so we didn’t have to wait haha.

Sheri: Dammit! So that’s prolonging so much excitement…

Control The Storm: Yeah!

Firouzeh: But that’s gonna be one hell of a gig though! The energy you know…

Raedon: Just think if it’s anything like the Bloodstock show, we’ll be fine.

Sheri: It’s gonna be awesome! Are you doing anything studio wise at the moment?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we’re writing our next album at the moment…which should be out before Download.

Raedon: I think we’re aiming for just before Download.

Firouzeh: There’ll be singles coming out anyways beforehand.

Sheri: We need a bit of injection of you guys because its been so long! You now have Aaron from Akkadian in the line-up, which I’m really excited about as I’ve a little history there with Akkadian. I saw their second ever gig by chance and I was so blown away, I was like “I need you guys to play for me ASAP!” So, they played my gig at the Giffard in Wolverhampton and IT. WAS. AMAZING.

Raedon: Oh wow!! They’re great aren’t they? It’s like Meshuggah and Gojira have had a baby hahaha.

Sheri: Absolutely haha! So, I’m really excited that you guys have got him because he is such an incredibly talented drummer.

Raedon: So are we, I mean it’s a shame that our previous drummer went back to Bulgaria as we love him to bits and we haven’t really said anything online about his plans as he was a bit unsure about what he was doing but as things started going again, he just said that he wasn’t gonna be available so we ended up scouring the internet for people that we knew – cuz that was the thing, I didn’t wanna just put an advert out and be like…do it cold. So, Aaron had come to see us at Bloodstock and he came up after the show and was like “Wow, this is really cool!” and I added him on Facebook, he said he was a drummer and I was like “Well we should give that guy a little shout and see if he’s available and sure enough, he was and he learnt the set in about a week.

Firouzeh: Yeah, he’s very eager and great!

Raedon: Yeah, he’s very very good. Lovely guy.

Firouzeh: So yeah, we are so happy that he’s on board with us at the moment.

Sheri: He’s definitely an amazing addition. In terms of when everything was going on, did you have to wait long for the writing process for your new material?

Raedon: Initially, it was all online as I was still challenged in the housing department. I was living in my van for the lockdown so when I finally managed to get my gear set up again, I finally was able to get the ideas out of my head and we quite quickly got some material together the first time we got together as a band but we were doing that kinda back and forth online for a while. But there’s something about that kinda takes the warmth and makes it feel quite disjointed, we definitely write better when we are in a room together. So yeah, we’ve made a really good start on the next record and hopefully it’s all gonna be finished by January.

Sheri: In terms of songwriting, do you collectively come together or…?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we have individual ideas and they we bring it together and to the table and we write collectively, it just depends…

Raedon: Then we delete it all and start again hahaha.

Sheri: Always the way haha

Raedon: I’ve got a file on my computer of about 300 revisions of songs where we want to change this bit…then change this bit…so they dont come to life until we start playing them live. So, things can change. Hopefully, you know, The Power of Desire will come out tonight haha.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it feels good to be playing it because we wrote that song before lockdown…

Raedon: Yeah, we had it ready for January 2020 and were gonna release it before Download 2020…

Firouzeh: Yeah and then everything happened and didn’t end up releasing it because we wanted to find the right time to release it.

Raedon: Yeah, I think we did. We needed a bit of a boost coming into this year as it was all so crap and we thought “Well we have to do SOMETHING as we’re not playing live, we’re not really putting content out, let’s just release Desire and get it ready to go.” We did a video and we put it out on 8th January…and it’s been the most successful thing we’ve done!

Firouzeh: Yeah!

Sheri: Yeah it really took off!

Raedon: Yeah, to get like 100,000 views on the video on YouTube was pretty cool. So, Spotify took off as well because of it. So yeah, it’s just been kinda nice. So maybe, in a way, lockdown in that respect has been really good for us.

Sheri: You’re in high demand at the moment, you guys…

Firouzeh: Awww! It feels that way haha.

Sheri: Well, you’re playing Beermageddon tonight, which after the hype of Bloodstock, is really nice. What are you guys doing after? Are you heading home or you gonna stay the weekend?

Raedon: I’m gonna get rickety rickety wrecked! Hahaha.

Sheri: Thank you so much for having a little humble chat with me, really looking forward to seeing you guys play!

Control The Storm: Thank you so much Sheri.

Raedon: Love ya!

‘Desire’ (Official Video)

CONTROL THE STORM ARE:
Firouzeh Razavi – Vocals
Raedon Mac – Keyboard/Vocals
Paul O’Shea – Bass
Rich Shillitoe – Guitar
Matt Smith – Guitar
Aaron Wright – Drums

LINKS:

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Ophelia’s Eye – Fight For Us EP

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Ophelia’s Eye – Fight For Us EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 07/08/2021
Running Time: 11:08
Review By Beth Jones
7/10

Switzerland is my favourite country in the world. I used to go out there every summer to visit my uncle and cousins, and we had many fun times. It’s also the place where I went to my first festival – the Paleo Festival in Nyon, in 1999. So, I get a particular warm, fuzzy, nice memory type feeling when anything Swiss pops onto my radar. And when that Swiss thing is a metal band, that adds an extra layer to my joy. Today’s subject are Swiss Melodic Death Metallers, Ophelia’s Eye, with their new EP “Fight For Us” – Yay! Swiss things!! Ahhhhh!

Ophelia’s Eye are pretty much a brand-new band to pop onto the scene, having only appeared in this guise in 2020, with a line-up, name, and sound that they were happy with. Interesting back story with the name. They were originally called Project Penny, then Red Fire Dragon, but didn’t think either of those suited their style, so changed their name to Ophelia’s Eye after taking inspiration from a novel called “The Sandman” by E. T. A. Hoffmann.

They have made a name for themselves on the underground scene, but this little three track EP serves as an introduction from them to the wider metal world. And what a good little listen it is.

The title track comes first, starting with what sounds like a classic heavy metal riff. But then we’re hit with the brutal vocals of Michel, which take it firmly into the realms of Melodic Death. Influences like Killswitch Engage and Arch Enemy are at the forefront of their sound, but there is much classic riffing, and less technical fiddling, which to be honest isn’t a bad thing. It makes the sound unique. And blimey can Michel growl!! Chilling.

‘Speak Words Of Destruction’ follows much the same path, but there are some really catchy hooks in this too, along with a great instrumental middle section and nice guitar work, which is followed by a growl of potential world record length! Impressive.

The final track, ‘Ophelia’s Eye’ starts off in a slower and more lilting fashion – lovely clean guitar sounds, in a minor key. But soon the epic screaming vocals kick in and everything gets that little punchier and dark! Again, superb riffing is the driver in this song, which has a real groove. It’s certainly an intriguing mix of styles, which I find very satisfying.

My only qualm is there’s not enough here to get a real feel for the true extent of this band. The three songs are rhythmically pretty similar, and I think another couple of songs would have added a little more flavour to the EP.

That said, this is clearly a very tidy accomplishment from an exciting band who I think have a lot more to show us. And they’re Swiss! Happy days. I look forward to hearing more by them.

‘Speak Words Of Destruction’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01.Fight For Us
02. Speak Words Of Destruction
03. Ophelia’s Eye

LINE-UP:
Michel Egloff-Sieber – Vocals
Remo Lemp – Lead Guitar
Corinne Ryter – Rhythm Guitar
Marco Schweizer – Drums
Sandro Suter – Bass

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Brother Against Brother – Brother Against Brother

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Brother Against Brother – Brother Against Brother
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Running Time: 48:33
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Brother Against Brother is another of Frontier’s potpourri projects, centering around two Brazilian vocalists you may not have heard of – Renan Zonta (Electric Mob) and Nando Fernandes (Sinistra) with a backing band. This is a fairly quality consistent slab of Melodic Metal, very much in the same spirit as the Allen/Lande releases. I would go one stage further and say it is almost a complete clone of that approach, with songs of a style that could have been used interchangeably on one of those projects.

The key difference between, say Allen/Lande and Brother Against Brother though, is that with the former you have two very clear and distinct singing voices. Although Russell Allen’s broad range means he can cover pretty much any style, he stays clean for A/L releases in order to complement Jørn Lande’s gutsy and gruff screamer delivery – meaning the contrast between the two is clear and distinct. Fernandes and Zonta, whilst both really great singers, have a very similar range and tone, so there is unfortunately very little to differentiate between them, stripping the record of any variety or balance. If you are going to do multi-singer songs that variety is absolutely key and most projects in this vein, get that. The reborn Helloween for example, understands that completely – using the three very distinct voices from its history together intermittently and only sometimes all together to create the shades of tonal light and dark where needed. Even Avantasia, the undisputed master of this operatic ensemble approach, knows that when you have two singers who sound very tonally similar, then putting one against the other means a loss of structure and direction.

Although both lungsmen here can actually provide that range, on most tracks they instead choose to mirror each other’s style. If one had taken a gruff role and the other a high clean tone, even if they alternated that approach on different songs, then this would have sounded much more interesting and diverse. The songs themselves are actually incredibly well-crafted, if a little by the numbers and the record does achieve what it set out to do, which is to showcase two quite exceptionally good singers to a potentially wider audience. The two front men are loud and clear in the front of the mix, perhaps at the expense of the instruments. Overall ‘frustration’ is the key word with this album. The song-writing, production and playing are all absolutely fine, but that lack of variation vocally places a limit on the point of this sort of project. Perhaps ‘Twin Against Twin’ would perhaps have been a more appropriate title…That said I cannot, and will not fault the actual performances delivered by Fernandes and Zonta. These boys really have fantastic voices, great delivery and completely hold your attention. I hope this project does move them forward, as with the confidence to play about with the style a little more, this could be a double act of potentially epic proportions.

‘Deadly Sins’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Two Brothers
02. What If
03. City Of Gold
04. Heaven Sent
05. Haunted Heart
06. Deadly Sins
07. In The Name Of Life
08. Demons In My Head
09. Whispers In Darkness
10. Valley Of The Kings
11. Lost Son

LINE-UP:
Renan Zonta – Vocals
Nando Fernandes – Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Jonas Hornqvist – Guitars
Michele Sanna – Drums

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EMQ’s with STORM THE EMPIRE

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EMQ’s with STORM THE EMPIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kelowna, BC, Canada based Melodic Metalcore band, Storm The Empire. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

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

We are Storm the Empire from Kelowna, BC, Canada. We play a unique form of Metalcore mixed with many influences. The band has been officially together for just over a year and we managed to work our way to being signed with Artillery Music Group out of Florida.

How did you come up with your band name?

It started off as just something that we called ourselves not really thinking too much of it, but the longer we’ve been a band the more the concept of Unity worldwide becomes our main vision. Storm the Empire is a name we’ve grown into like a big pair of shoes, It’s become our Identity.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We’re from the sunny ass Okanagan in the South Central part of BC, Canada. Our music scene has given birth to bands like Spiritbox, Stutterfly, The Wild, Yukon Blonde, Living Machines and so much more. Our scene in BC is incredibly tight, but lacks the support from venues for our genres.

What is your latest release?

Our single ‘Leap Of Faith” dropped on May 14th on all major platforms. This song has a bit of everything in it so people will love it. Punk rock baselines, wailing guitars, throbbing double kick, and the perfect blend of clean and dirty vocals.

‘Leap Of Faith’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Norm: Lamb of God
Dale: Dorje
Robb: While She Sleeps
Jake: Black Sabbath
Andy: Mars Volta

What first got you into music?

Norm: My next door neighbour ran a summer rock school. Asked if I wanted to join, and I looked up to my brother and father. Who were both musicians. I decided I would be a musician as well and the rest is history.

Dale: I started playing guitar when I was 11; Unfortunately, 4 weeks after my first lesson, I had a life altering accident that left my arm severed in two. Guitar then became not so much a hobby, but became my Physiotherapy to rebuild the severed nerves in my left arm. 14 years later, here I am, awaiting the borders to open, so I can return to Canada.

Robb: My whole life has been based around music. My mother sang in Blues bands and I would go to her jams. I started playing guitar seriously at 11. By 12 I was performing at open mics. 20 years later, I’m fronting (in my eyes) the greatest band on the planet, I wouldn’t trade these guys for anything. Except for Dale.

Andy: I just don’t know how to answer that question. I didn’t just decide one day that I wanted to play drums. I just always knew I did. An involuntary need in my DNA, like air or water.

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

While She Sleeps

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

Glastonbury, Bloodstock or Download 100% . Those line-ups are too die for.

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

Norm: A guy asked if I wanted a BJ after a show…it was the most uncomfortable 10 seconds of my life…

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

Just to love one another for who they are, not what you want them to be. Be respectful to everyone and try to give back to your community as much as you can, lord knows we need all the help we can get in this world.

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

Dimebag Darrel hands down.

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

Being on stage, the feeling you get when all five of the members close eyes and just sync up telepathically, is mind-blowing. No one other than musicians will understand this concept, that is the most beautiful part of being in a band; That almost Euphoric connection you get, and that energy wears off on the crowd.

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

The fact that no one appeals to the younger crowd. Everyone is to focus on booking bars and or getting on festivals, and overlook the youth and what power they hold. They youth are the future of our world, our music and the ones who we need to spread our message to. To sum it up, BRING BACK ALL AGES EVENTS!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Slipknot’s Self-Titled album.

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

Live performance. Anyone nowadays can record and make it sound good but not everyone can perform and sound good. (Great Answer – Rick)

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

We had the privilege of opening up for the legendary Bison BC in January of 2020, before the world ended.

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

Norm: Yuck. A sheet metal worker.

Dale: An Engineer or work with troubled youths.

Robb: I quite literally don’t even know. This has been my whole life, it’s all I’ve ever known.

Jake: I would probably be involved in the performing arts somehow. Before I came to Kelowna to study Audio Engineering, I considered going to school to be a backstage hand/tech for theatre performances.

Andy: If not a musician I’d be a recording engineer…wait a sec…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Norm: Randy Blythe
Dale: Jim Root
Robb: The worm from The Labyrinth, he seems super polite.
Jake: Dracula and/or Darth Vader
Andy: Will Ferrell

What’s next for the band?

The sky’s the limit. We want to get Dale back to Canada and start touring and finish off our first official full length album.

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

www.stormtheempire.com/
www.facebook.com/StormTheEmpire
www.instagram.com/stormtheempire
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7lHJgfF2M6fh0LxXNPfaOm
www.youtube.com/channel/UCklmIM3bnmPaHoi1t7v70FQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes! Problem solved.

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

We want to throw a huge thank you to Artillery Music Group, San PR, Heavy Metal – A way of life Facebook group, Our fans and family. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us this far; This is just the beginning so hold on to your seats… the storm is coming.

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