Infinite & Divine – Silver Lining

Silver Lining Album Cover Art

Infinite & Divine – Silver Lining
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 47:11
Review by Simon Black
7.5/10

Another day, another debut album. The core of the band is two established Swedish song-writers; Tezzi (Terese Persson ) on vocals, and Jan Åkesson on guitar, bass, and pretty much anything else other than the drums. Åkesson has declared publicly that he has taken a back seat from live work and this definitely has the feel of a studio only project. It is pitched firmly in the Melodic Metal camp that is occasional known to dabble its nose into the Synth-tinged Symphonic instrumentally. I say that because despite having some blisteringly good lead work in there, the majority of the riffage takes a slightly further back seat in the mix to the epically expansive keyboards.

As debut’s go, it’s got a lavishly rich sound and production values, but then these are not new hands (with Åkesson  producing) and by all accounts the project has been baking in the oven for a few years before getting released. Tezzi’s vocal performance is quite something however and quite rightly is there front and centre in the mix for most of the songs. Her voice is gutsy and soulful and clearly full of heart and presence, but if I have a criticism it’s that she chooses to follow the main song melody lines a little too closely and a little more experimentation or some subtle Symphonic vocal touches here would have gone a long way.

Notwithstanding, there are some belters on here, ‘Keep Moving On’ is particularly memorable, along with the almost folky intro to ‘Burn No More’ which then takes a gutsy rockier road, but the fact that the album dips its toes into a number of different styles whilst staying close to the melodic core is quite refreshing. Although some of the tracks can be a little average, there is nothing bad here and the production values are so strong that even the weaker song structures pass by the ear unless you’re being deliberately critical (which is sort of my job). Time will tell if this is a one-off studio project or a full blown band, but it’s definitely a promising start and with a bit of confidence to be more experimental, then things could get very interesting indeed.

‘Infinite & Divine’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. II Feel Alive
02. Infinite And Divine
03. Keep Moving On
04. Not Too Late
05. Wasteland
06. Burn No More
07. We Are One
08. Off The End Of The World
09. You And I
10. While You’re Looking For Love
11. Perplexed Perfection

LINE-UP:
Tezzi – Lead and Backing Vocals
Jan Åkesson – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Programming
Jens Westberg – Drums

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EMQ’s with MALACODA

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EMQ’s with MALACODA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto, Canada based Dark Melodic Metal band, Malacoda. Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Lucas Di Mascio, 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 Lucas Di Mascio and I’m the lead vocalist of Malacoda. The band originally was a solo recording project I launched in 2013-2014ish and over the years I slowly evolved it into a “real” band. We’ve released 2 full-lengths and 1 EP in the past, were signed to Rockshots Records for a few years. Now we’re independent and we’ve got another EP coming out on April 2nd.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’m a huge literature and religion buff. I went to University to study religion from a historical standpoint, I was always fascinated with how belief had formed so much of society and culture. My favourite book is Dante’s Inferno- which is kind of the perfect blend of religion, history and literature, and there’s a character in there named Malacoda. I liked the name, it was something that I respected, and it lent itself to that kind of grandiosity I think we try to put into our music.

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

We’re from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada. The rock and metal scene is interesting. We get all the big bands coming through Toronto, so we get some great shows. Locally there are a few good bands and there’s a bit of a scene. There are some people really passionate about local artists here which is nice.

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

Our latest releases are two singles called ‘Crawling Chaos’, the video for that came out on February 15th and ‘Deadlights’, a visualizer video for that will be out soon. We’ve got an EP coming out on April 2nd called “Crawling Chaos”!

‘Crawling Chaos’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, I play a lot of instruments…guitar, vocal, bass, keys. So, I kind of have a different one for each instrument. I think the ones that have been mainstays with me for a very long time though have been the guys in Kamelot – Oliver, Thomas, Tommy – even their old singer Roy. From a production level and songwriting level they are masters of creating the closest thing to a musical theatre experience in metal and it being this thing transcends the genre in my opinion. Other big influences for other reasons would be Anders Nystrom of Katatonia because his guitar playing is quite unique, and Peter Steele from Type O Negative because that guy’s bass playing and approach to bass production was just so recognizable.

What first got you into music?

Musical theatre – I actually didn’t really like “music” as a kid! I think it was because I was only shown stuff that was popular on the radio or whatever, whatever pop stuff was in the 90’s. But going to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, whatever. It was a show and the story behind the songs were displayed not just in the performance but in the structure of the song. I got into metal when I was in high school, but it was because I found that metal had that kind of musical theatre attention to making the imagery and artistry – and the message, synonymous.

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

That’s a tough one, there’s too many that come to mind! Maybe some of the guys in Katatonia on a production level, or maybe Oliver from Kamelot to play keyboards? I’d love to get Kenny Hickey from Type O Negative to do a solo – there’s another influence I probably forgot to mention. I have his signature baritone guitar, it’s probably my most used writing tool.

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

Honestly, I’d play anywhere haha! At this point I’m so bored of being stuck inside I’ll play whatever festival they throw at me. I’d love to do a goth festival, just because I like that scene and I find there’s a pretty broad range of what’s considered “goth”. I’ve seen symphonic metal bands, black metal bands, industrial, techno acts, rock groups, and more be put under that umbrella and play the same set. So, something like that would just be fun to be a part of. We don’t have many festival opportunities in Canada. There’s a ton of small ones in the States and Europe. I’d love to do Wacken of course, but there’s other festivals I’ve seen in Europe that were a bit more intimate that looked like fun too.

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

I’m trying to think if I’ve ever received a gift from a fan. Usually, it’s band merch from other bands we play with or musicians that come to see us play and want to do a merch swap or something. I think a musician once tried to give me a weed grinder with their band logo on it – and I don’t smoke or really drink if I’m being honest, so it was kinda awkward because I had to be like oh…it’s okay, don’t worry, just give me a shirt or something instead!

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

Please, buy our product. Haha but, no in all seriousness…I think the message behind the band. Behind why I’m doing it at least, and what I want listeners to get out of this boils down to just the love of the art and the making. I hope people who do hear our music are inspired to create something the same way I was inspired to create from being influenced by other artists.

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

Peter Steele. This is mainly because I found him to be such an interesting character and would really be curious to see what his music would sound like today. The last Type O Negative release was a bit different from their usual stuff in many ways. It was a little bit more serious, there weren’t really any joke songs on it from what I could remember, and the production was really raw sounding. I also found his commentary to be interesting – he had interesting things to say and opinions for sure, and I’m curious what he’d think of the world as it is today.

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

I enjoy the creativity of it, and I’m probably a bit lucky because I own a recording studio and have worked in studios for over a decade. So, the ability to create ad nauseum helps my creative process. It’s not like I have to pay a studio to mix my music or record my ideas. I can generally flesh everything out on my own. The thing I hate about being a musician is the amount of work and money that has to go into making it happen and how everybody out there who isn’t a musician is trying to make a buck off musicians who just want to create and release stuff. All this “how to get 1000 followers on Instagram in a day” clickbait bullshit and “buy my course to learn how to use Spotify” – like holy crap, it’s like the slick used car salesman is everywhere in this industry at every level. Social media is soul crushing sometimes and draining. I think I hate how dependent an artist has to be with social media – maybe that’s just because I’m a bit more introverted than most people.

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

I would change how labels work honestly. I think that to get signed you need to really have a lot on the table. Your songs have to not only be good, but produced well. You’ve gotta have a following, you’ve gotta play a bunch of gigs, get your social media up, know a thing or two about merch and have a business model that’s working. It’s like, by the time you’ve done all of that…. What is a label going to do for you? I’m talking more on the indie and mid-tier level than the heavy hitters. They have all the marketing power in the world, but like…we pay for our own marketing. We treat it as much of a business as we can, so if a label wants to work with us and they’re basically taking away all the control we have on the things that we’ve already proven we can do and have done well…and then they’re gonna give us less of a financial cut and no guarantees on moving our musical career beyond what it is…I have to ask what’s the point? What’s really in it for me? The label model has to be changed on that smaller indie scale and labels need to be more honest with their artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is “Blackwater Park” by Opeth. I can never get sick of listening to that release. I’ve listened to it more than twice in a single day. It’s just genius.

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

I used to be a huge CD collector – I still have a massive CD collection. I also have a good amount of Vinyl. I never got the whole cassette thing, I just thought that was some weird out of date format. Downloads are whatever, I don’t like filling up my computer or phone with too much stuff. But streaming, I mean…I can’t argue how easy it is. I just wish they paid more. What’s best for me as a consumer is probably streaming, but as a producer of music I would say it’s always best if a person buys a physical item from us or a download from Bandcamp.

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

I think my favourite gig would be the release party we had for “Restless Dreams” in 2018. It was just really cool. Wasn’t a huge venue, it was a small club in downtown Toronto called Duffy’s Tavern. But we packed the place – like it was full. Just, all the way to the back of the venue. It was such a cool show because it was fairly intimate but there were so many people that came out to support us. I’d choose an intimate show with a good amount of people any day.

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

I’d probably still be producing or engineering other bands if I ever decided to hang up the guitar and microphone. I think I’d probably be doing more writing – like words-wise. Might take a stab at being an author, but copywriting is something I’ve done on and off for a while. I’m currently preparing for my Masters, and hopefully if that goes well my PhD. I’d like to be a university professor. I’d probably be doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My mom, my girlfriend, and the other guys in my band.

What’s next for the band?

Our EP “Crawling Chaos” comes out on April 2nd. We’ve got more announcements about more music coming up soon – the plan is this year will be filled with music from us. So, beyond this EP we’ve got a few more releases planned. We’re probably going to start writing again soon, just trying to find the best way to do that remotely.

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

www.malacodametal.com – please make sure to sign up to our mailing list because anything and everything that comes out gets sent right to your email if you sign up here. Not to mention merch discounts and coupons. All our albums are purchasable in a physical and digital format here as well.

Facebook – www.facebook.com/MalacodaBand for all up to date news and video content.

Instagram – www.instagram.com/malacodametal is good for anyone who wants to see what we’re up to behind the scenes, see some goofy stories and some studio stuff. I try to make as much studio themed content as I can, so it’s there for all those gear nerds.

Bandcamp – www.malacoda.bandcamp.com is where you can find digital versions of most of our releases. All the new material will be released through here. I highly recommend creating a Bandcamp account if you haven’t as a listener.

Youtube – www.youtube.com/Malacoda is where you can see all our music videos. We’ve gotten over 20K views on our ‘I Got A Letter’ music video, so it would be nice to get some love on some other music videos! The ‘Penny Dreadful’ video started it all for us, and it’s probably the craziest production I’ve ever done. It’s like movie level music video haha.

Spotify – www.open.spotify.com/artist/0uSMLxN5CQhtsuekp5sGqe is our Spotify, and I think this is the streaming platform we’re pushing the most…simply because it seems to be the most widely used and we all use it in the band.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re cakes. They’re just the size of a cookie, but I’m pretty sure they’re cakes.

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

Please make sure to follow us on Spotify, on Social Media and Youtube. Sign up to the mailing list to stay in the loop for all the new stuff we are coming out with. We’ve got a lot more music coming out this year, so if you like what you hear then sign up to our mailing list at http://www.malacodametal.com to get everything new right in your inbox. Stay safe!

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Hard Rock/Metal band, Northern Redemption. Huge thanks to guitarist Thomas Furustig 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 Thomas Furustig and I play the guitar in Northern Redemption.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I left my former band, I had some anger in side of me and I thought now I’m going to show them hahaha. Redemption was the first name that came up. Then someone said, “hey there is another band in the US with that name”, ok, so now what…Northern Redemption it is!

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

Sweden!

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

‘Spiritwalker’, our debut single.

Watch/Listen Here

Who have been your greatest influences?

KK Downing of Judas Priest.

What first got you into music?

Judas Priest – “British Steel”

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

For me, it would be great to collaborate Dynazty from Sweden or Black & Damned From Germany!

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

Sweden Rock because it’s on Swedish soil 😊.

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

Well, nothing yet…

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

Stay strong ,stay safe and soon we will come to a stage near you.

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

Gary Moore!

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

When you get appreciation for what you write and people actually like what you do. On the other hand, I do not like it when they do not dare to tell the truth about what they think of the music we create. It is apparently easier to come up with a false opinion! Tell the truth to me and we will be friends, lie and we remain enemies!

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

To give back to the bands the opportunity to be involved in determining their music and income, so musicians can live on the whole product and not just on merchandise at concerts etc. Because you cannot make money on record sales!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Screaming For Vengeance” – Judas Priest.

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

CD’s or music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music etc.

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

It was with my previous band when we supported Blaze Bayley in Strängnäs 2018.

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

Truckdriver for sure!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmm, I must say my band hahaha.

What’s next for the band?

We will enter the studio at the beginning of March and record the next single ‘Pandemic’ to be released at the end of March 2021.

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

www.linktr.ee/northern.redemption
www.facebook.com/Northern.Redemption
www.instagram.com/northernredemptionofficial/
www.twitter.com/NorthernRedemp1
www.soundcloud.com/northern-redemption
www.music.apple.com/se/artist/northern-redemption/1547572744
www.deezer.com/en/track/1198085992
www.music.amazon.com/albums/B08S76D2ZQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6UFMF5DYpLH3BFkfcXGe3D
www.youtube.com/channel/UC64W5F4IY7FFdKB7eZxtvzg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa cake  hahahaha hmm biscuit?

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

Well, I hope the world will be free from COVID and that you all out there are going to follow us 😊.

Northern Redemption Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with FATHER BEFORE ME

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EMQ’s with FATHER BEFORE ME

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with NYC, USA based Progressive Melodic Punk Project, Father Before Me. Huge thanks to master of everything , Elijah Catrone, 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 Elijah and I currently play everything in the band lol. I’ve been playing guitar, drums, and bass for 15 years and after the falling out of my previous band I didn’t want to give up making music. I decided to take unreleased songs from my past, write a few new songs, and start a brand-new project. Finding it difficult to find other musicians, I decided to record everything on my own and look for members later. The band is only a year old. The first release was Oct of 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

I always used to say, “ I am a musician like my father before me.” My father passed when I was young and he was a huge influence on my musical endeavours. Seeing as how I’m also a huge Star Wars fan, it just clicked one day that this was a perfect band name.

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

I’m from NYC, which is famous for its history surrounding the roots of hardcore and punk rock. Going to shows here really helped shape what I wanted to do in music. There are a lot of options for venues for playing shows, from big venues like The Gramercy to loft shows and local dive bars.

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

‘Until Lambs Become Lions’ is the first single off my sophomore EP “RUBY” which is due out on 12th February.

‘Until Lambs Become Lions’ (Official Teaser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Genres from all over. Van Halen, Queen, Iron Maiden, Cacophony, Children of Bodom, Maximum The Hormone, Four Get Me A Nots, Skateboarding, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Lagwagon, AFI, Charlie Brown Jr., Mute, Silverstein, Bayside, Last Emperor, Django Reinhardt, Paganini, Bach, John Williams, Mario Lanza, Tolkien, Legend of Zelda, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Final Fantasy, TMNT, Pokemon, My Cat, My brother, my mother and father.

What first got you into music?

While my father was an opera singer and my mother a guitarist, I didn’t actually gain much of an interest in music ‘til I got into skateboarding. A lot of the skate videos and video games would feature bands that influenced me to start a band of my own. I was always drawn to guitar. My brother and I fought a lot growing up, but guitar was something we eventually bonded over in my teenage years. He showed me my first few metal records and got me into the art of the shred.

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

I would love to write an album with John Williams or Maximum The Hormone.

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

Warped Tour or Fest. Anything in Canada , Europe or Japan too.

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

I don’t find many things weird, but a fan and I have exchanged gamer tags and play online from time to time.

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

Be kind to one another and never give up on your dreams.

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

Freddie Mercury.

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

The best part of being a musician is the unbeatable feeling of creating something you love. What I dislike about being a musician is that the music scene can get competitive and also ageist.

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

Cheaper ticket prices and more opportunities for up-and-coming bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Van Halen – “1984”
Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”
The Offspring – “Ixnay On The Hombre”
Jason Becker – “Perpetual Burn”
Maximum The Hormone – “Rokkinpo Goroshi”

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

Anything as long as people are still listening to music.

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

Father Before Me has yet to play a live show but my old band used to play some of the craziest loft parties which were always a blast. That, or playing Gramercy Theater in NYC.

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

Chef – I have a real passion for cooking.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bands members, tour manager, and George Lucas.

What’s next for the project?

Release the follow up single and continue writing for the next EP.

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

Facebook, CD Baby, Youtube, IG and Twitter.
www.facebook.com/fatherbeforeme
www.instagram.com/fatherbeforeme/
www.twitter.com/fatherbeforeme
www.youtube.com/channel/UCATfYKbCqCocgM2lYQTQKcA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are Jaffa cakes!

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

Thank you for this opportunity and for speaking with me! Please check out the new single ‘Until Lambs Become Lions’ and thank you to the fans for your constant love and support. Cannot wait to get out there and play shows!

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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
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/forsakingfate/forsaking-fate

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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