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

LINKS:

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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

LINKS:

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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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Lasting Maze – Thunder EP

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Lasting Maze – Thunder EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 26:12
Review by Simon Black
8/10

This Brazilian Melodic Metal four piece have been hammering the boards since 2014 and this EP follows their first, “Silent Spring” back in 2016. There’s been a couple of singles in between, which are included on here, but it definitely feels like a full album is the next key step. The musical style doesn’t stay still, which is nice and tells me that this is a band that has depth of writing skills, but is probably struggling with the finances needed to get a full album off the ground.

Musically though, these songs are beautifully written and arranged, with some incredibly nifty and technical instrumental performances to go alongside Grazy Mesquita’s soaring vocals. What’s letting them down are the budget limitations of the recording itself, which desperately needs a bit more consistency in the recording quality. It’s clear that these songs have not all been recorded at the same time. The two singles feel like they’ve been in the can a while, as by the third track the musical tone changes significantly, becoming richer and slightly more expansive sounding. There’s no mention of a keyboard player in the blurb, but whoever it is from ‘To The Wolves’ onwards adds a nice Prog/Power dimension to the music, which is a bit punchier and brutal in its delivery and has a noticeably better recording quality. I’m not going to give them a hard time about this, as when you are just getting off the ground, have no access to the money you need for a decent studio, engineer or mixer you have to make do and hope the songs hold up well enough to move you forward. Which they do – and brilliantly so.

By the time I got to the epic final track ‘Destiny (Carry On)’ the band had me in the palm of their hand. This stands up on two firm feet because of robust song-writing, talented musicianship and sheer belief in what they are doing and they pull it off despite the recording quality. Please get an album deal, and soon, because it’s a win-win for everyone.

‘To The Wolves’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Thunder
02. Greatest Sin
03. To the Wolves
04. Kosmos
05. Destiny (Carry On)

LINE-UP:
Grazy Mesquita – Vocals
Pedro Anselmo – Guitars
Isaac Barros – Bass
Mick Souza – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with EVERMORE

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EMQ’s with EVERMORE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Power Metal band Evermore. Huge thanks to guitarist, Johan Karlsson, 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 Johan Karlsson and I play lead guitar in Evermore.

Evermore are Johan Karlsson and Andreas Viklands (music and words) and Johan Haraldsson lead vocals.

Me (Johan K) and Andreas started playing music together in the late nineties. We played together in a band called Euphoria. After the band disrupted, we had a break from music for quite a while. But since we still wrote music, every now and then on our own, we decided, around 2016, to record an album. So, some of the songs are made out of really old ideas that have taken different shapes along the way and eventually turned out as they are today. ‘Call Of The Wild’, the opening track on the album is actually made out of the very first song we ever wrote.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted to have a name that was easy to remember and that gave association to metal. We thought that Evermore was a perfect name.

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

We are based in the southern part of Sweden. Right now, the metal scene here is quite small.

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

Our latest release is “Court Of The Tyrant King”. It´s an eight track album that is built around the hero´s journey concept.

‘Court Of The Tyrant King’ (Lyric Video)

‘By Death Reborn’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Me and Andreas are very much influenced by Avantasia, Edguy, Helloween, Stratovarius and many more melodic power metal bands. But bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica have been a great influence as well. Johan Haraldsson comes from a more traditional background with bands like Saxon and Judas Priest

What first got you into music?

I have always been listening to music since I was a kid but never played it myself. When I started to play myself in my mid-teens, I quickly realised that I wanted to deliver that special feeling that some bands brought to me while listening to their songs. Today when you get THAT positive feedback I can feel like “ yes, we did it”.

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

Avantasia/Tobias Sammet definitely. He has such a great creativity and he´s a great musician/songwriter. He also seems like a very humble person with a great sense of humour.

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

Rock in Rio. Awesome festival with so many people that love metal.

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

Haha it wasn’t a gift, more like a request. If I could play accordion on a very very big birthday party. And do you know something…I did!

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

Thank you for all your support. We will keep doing awesome melodic metal just for you.

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

Dimebag Darrell.

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

I enjoy almost everything. It´s just so ridiculously fun to play and write songs.

I hate those time when I lack out of ideas when I´m writing songs.

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

It would be great if the streaming era hadn’t come with that impact as it did. Even if I use it myself, I can feel that it is very hard for bands, especially new ones to make a fair profit of their work, by selling CD´s, Vinyls etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one, that’s like impossible. But then I have to say Avantasia – “Ghostlights”.

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

I´m not that picky with different kind of sounds. I listen exclusively on the stream format. The main reason is that it´s always available for me.

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

Don´t really know. But one gig that I remember and that was awesome was at Head Bangers Ballroom in Hamburg.

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

Food reviewer. I love to eat.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tobias Sammet, Dimebag Darrell, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Ola Englund

What’s next for the band?

Right now, it´s like a full time job promoting the album. But we are writing songs for the next album. And I tell you, it will be awesome.

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

www.facebook.com/evermoremetal
www.instagram.com/evermore_metal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4t1wkI6J9caWGtnlIxW5Zk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOZfHmq9GH9RuU_wRgS5vOw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscake.

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

Thanks a lot for having me and a very special thanks to every fan of Evermore.

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Arachnes – A New Day (10th Anniversary Edition)

A New Day Album Cover Art

Arachnes – A New Day (10th Anniversary Edition)
Music For The Masses Records
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 52:41
Review by Simon Black
6/10

This record was originally only available as a digital release back in 2011, when the concept was quite new and bands naively thought that not having all that pesky plastic to ship around the world was going to cut costs before realising that that’s the only real source of revenue for the actual recorded music. Cut to ten years later and a re-release with a physical version is long overdue, especially as for some, writing, recording and touring are well and truly out of the window for the time being. This Italian four piece originally started life as a Hard Rock outfit under a different moniker and the Arachnes project is more about fusing those Hard Rock melodic sentiments with some rabble rousing Power Metal delivery and some classically influenced Progressive interplay.

The Progressive elements rarely dominate – which is no bad thing, so what you get are songs that average around the four minute mark, occasionally dipping their toes into something more overtly technical and showy when the middle eight or the solo appear and even then they don’t over-indulge. The keyboard and guitar are equal contenders for your ear, and although there is a bit of the kind of solo interplay that you might get elsewhere, it’s not allowed to dominate – although the playing is top notch from both. I suspect in part this is driven from the fact that lead vocals and keyboards all originate from founder Enzo Caruso which might be different if he wasn’t wearing two hats. That means a record that flows well and retains a broadly commercial Power edge to it. Refreshingly as well, this is nowhere near the Neo-Classical / Operatic domain that the Rhapsody group of bands have set as the house sound for many of this wonderful country’s sound. The record starts well, but for me struggles to maintain pace and may have benefitted from a shorter and more focussed selection of tracks, to give the energy a chance to come to the fore.

This is solid Melodic Power Metal, with enough touches of the Progressive to earn interest but without kicking down any doors. It hints more about possibilities rather than actual delivery. I suspect this may be down to that fourth album lethargy that hits many bands after they’ve been at this a while. It’s solid, it’s well delivered, but it’s not got any outstanding songs on there that are going to garner wider appeal.

‘”A New Day” (Album Promo)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Psychedelic Trip (Intro)
02. I Know The Darkness
03. Big Hearth
04. I’m Sorry
05. Into The Fog
06. Magic World
07. My Face Is Hard
08. Running In An Old Town
09. Take Your Life
10. Parallel Worlds (Orchestral Version)
11. The Reason Of The Things
12. Your Death
13. Fireball (Deep Purple Cover)
14. First Of All (Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Gabry Baroni – Bass, Backing Vocals
Stefano Caironi – Drums, Timpani
Frank Caruso – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Enzo Caruso – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Hammond, Piano

LINKS:

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Dark The Suns – Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä

Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä Album Cover Art

Dark The Suns – Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä
Inverse Records
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 44:17
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

Finland has always looked like a fascinating place to me. Situated in the frozen north, on the Baltic Sea, with rugged countryside full of forests and lakes, steeped in folklore, myth, and legend. Given its powerful natural beauty, it’s not surprising that so much great music emanates form it’s shores, and Melodic genres are a firm favourite. Dark The Suns, the subject of my musings here today, are a Finnish duo, who like to dabble in the Melodic Metal genre, but with a very blackened, gothic edge, and their 4th studio album, “Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä,” has recently been released.

Musically, this melancholy duo fuse sweeping strings and synth with heavy guitars, haunting piano melodies, and more death/black vocals that you may expect from the opening few bars of the album. It’s a very expansive sound, that encapsulates that feeling of lore and legend I associate with their geography.

The opening track, ‘Spirit In The Dark,’ is pacey and begins with a cacophony of discordant melodies and harmonies, giving it a real sense of frantic movement. It makes me visualise a witch’s coven, deep within a forest, preparing for their next ritual. The dark vocals, which have a lot of effects piled on them, add to this vision. It’s certainly a fiery start to an album, and it does make you sit up and listen.

The album continues in this vein, with intricate piano melodies and accompaniments woven throughout. Being a pianist, this pleases me, as keys often play second fiddle to the guitars. However here, they sit nicely forward in the mix and play a huge part in the overall sound.

These two are obviously very talented musicians and they make a great sound. But it’s at this point that I kind of run out of things to say about the album. It might just be me, but I’m finding the whole thing a little bit ‘samey’ throughout. Every song has pretty much the same rhythm, regardless of pace, and they don’t really explore outside of the minor key. There’s some choral accompaniment to a few choruses, but that’s really where the exploration stops. It’s left me feeling a little flat. Annoyingly. My other irk is the snare drum sound. For me, it’s too ringy, has too much reverb, and is way too far forward in the mix, which makes it stick out like a sore thumb.

Apart from that, I can’t really knock this album, so if you can get past those things, and love a bit of dark melodic metal, then this is for you.

‘The Secrets Of Time’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Spirit In The Dark
02. Everywhere
03. Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä
04. Hope in Our Hands
05. The Secrets Of Time
06. Seeker
07. Storm Of Fire
08. Taivas Itki Tulta
09. Shadows In The Void
10. Enkelsiipi

LINE-UP:
Mikko Ojala – Vocals, Guitars, Drums
Inka Ojala – Bass, Keyboards

LINKS:

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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

LINKS:

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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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