EMQ’s with ODYRMOS

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EMQ’s with ODYRMOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greek Black/Synth/Ambient Metal project, Odyrmos. Huge thanks to main man, Andrew Tsekrekos, 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 Andrew Tsekrekos and I am the man behind the project Odyrmos. Everything started back in 2020 as a one man band, dungeon synth/dark ambient project with our EP “Eternal Sleep”. After that I decided to try a new approach with a more black metal feeling. I am responsible for all recordings and with the help of Alan Brucke, with the vocals, we managed to release our debut full length album “For The Brightest Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Odyrmos mean something like great lament in the Greek language. I wanted a word able to describe the feelings our music emits to the listener and I believe this is a very strong word!

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

We come from Greece and the metal scene here is stronger than ever with some great releases from bands of every metal style. Our past as a scene helps a lot and nowadays many Greek metal bands have albums worth checking out.

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

Our album “For The Brightest Light” will be released on June 22nd by BMC Productions in digipack cd and tape formats. Until then, we released a lyric video for the song ‘Ode To The Forgotten’ and we invite everyone to check it out.

‘For Her Grave’ (Visualiser)

‘Ode To The Forgotten’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Old Greek black metal scene and bands like Rotting Christ, Thou Art Lord, Elysian Fields etc and all kind of melancholic music, from My Dying Bride and Saturnus to Dead Can Dance and Diary of Dreams.

What first got you into music?

If you mean playing music then it’s the need to express my feelings through it. If you mean listening to music then it’s Metallica, hehehe!

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

Savatage and Jon Oliva. They have nothing to do with our style of music but Jon is a mastermind and i believe it would be a great experience collaborating with him.

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

To be honest i prefer live shows in small venues rather than festivals. Smaller crowd but more passionate.

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

$1 donation through our Bandcamp page.

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

Enjoy the music you like and don’t put labels to bands.

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

Criss Oliva, the most sensational guitarist ever in my opinion.

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

It’s a great pleasure and honour when you records do something that expresses you as a person and in the process, you see other people feel the same way about it. What I hate is I can’t play as loud as I want in my home, two baby girls here seem not to like my music hehehe!!

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

Keep the underground spirit alive!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Savatage – “Streets: A Rock Opera”

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

My vote goes on CD.

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

We haven’t played any live shows yet and i don’t think this will change in the future.

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

I am also a cafe bar owner. This is my main job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jon Oliva, Ronaldinho, Shakira, Michael Jordan and Fenriz. Sounds interesting right?

What’s next for the band?

After the release of “For The Brightest Light” we will start looking for a new singer as Alan will no longer be able to sing for Odyrmos. Some songs for a new album have already been recorded and we will move into finishing that.

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

www.facebook.com/odyrmos
www.odyrmos.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are, hehehe.

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

I would like to thank you for your interest in Odyrmos and invite everyone to give a listen to our album and share their opinion with us. Greetings from Greece!

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EMQ’s with KARTOSOEWIRJO?

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EMQ’s with KARTOSOEWIRJO?

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Jakarta, Indonesia based, Mathcore project Kartosoewirjo?. Huge thanks to main man, Fatur, 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 Fatur, I play guitar, this is not a band, but a one-man project organized with other session musicians, that includes bass, drummers, and some guest vocalists that participate with me. This project was formed in 2017. Initially, my desire was to form a band with a formal line-up, nevertheless it was difficult to find a player and I decided to do a one-man project. By the end of a period of four (4) years, from 2017 to 2021, this project finally released its first mini album.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was inspired by foreign bands who named their bands after figures such as The Dillinger Escape Plan after the villain John Dillinger; then Ed Gein, as the grindcore band, and others. While thinking about the name of the project, I decided to use the name of the Indonesian independence fighter and figure, whose full name was Sekarmadji Marijan Kartosoewirjo, who initiated the formation of the Indonesian Islamic State or Darul Islam on August 7, 1949.

According to historical records, Kartosoewirjo’s decision led the Indonesian government to carry out an arrest operation. Through a long hunt, Kartosoewirjo was arrested on Mount Rakutak, West Java region and sentenced to death on Ubi Island, Kepulauan Seribu (also known as “The Thousand Islands”, based on the chain of islands at the north of Jakarta’s coast) on September 5, 1962. From this incident I call him a hero who was killed by his own people.

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

I come from Jakarta, Indonesia. The metal/rock scene in my country is quite big. Many bands from Indonesia are well known abroad and have toured several countries.

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

KARTOSOEWIRJO? has just released their first EP entitled “Mandi Darah Saudara Sendiri” (Indonesian for “Bathing in Your Own Blood”) on January 26, 2021. Recently, we released a lyric video on Youtube, with the lyrics in Indonesian.

‘Mandi Darah Saudara Sendiri’ feat. Lilik Maruki (Official Lyric Video)

‘Light, & He Who Holds It’ feat. Matt Blockley (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My biggest influences are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Ed Gein, Botch, Into The Moat, Fantômas, Naked City, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many more related to mathcore or jazz fusion, because I think they do bring the most unexpected and interesting riffs to the ear.

What first got you into music?

I first became interested in music due to my brother, I usually used to see him constantly playing the guitar, making me interested in learning to play music, specifically for the guitar and its theory.

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

With no doubt, John Zorn and/or Jim Hall.

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

I would like to play in Arctangent Festival and Hammersonic Festival. First, Arctangent Festival invites many chaotic-genre bands around the world; while the Hammersonic Festival is the biggest underground music event in Southeast Asia, as well as being a local festival, in Indonesia.

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

So far, I haven’t had a fan gift.

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

Support the artist and buy the music. DIY Culture forever!

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

Kevin Michael “GG” Allin.

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

Being a musician is very fun because you can make new friends from various countries. The thing I hate the most is when I get musical inspiration for a riff and then the next day it gets forgotten.

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

So far, I haven’t contributed much to the music industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Calculating Infinity” (1999)

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

Everything is the best, but for a period like this, a digital platform is better.

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

So far none.

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

Become a music lover. Collecting all tapes, CDs, Vinyls, etc.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Parents, friends.

What’s next for the band?

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

Bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

www.facebook.com/Krtswrj
www.kartosoewirjo.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/krtswrj
www.instagram.com/karto.soewirjo/
www.soundcloud.com/kartosoewirjoband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0AASDMfuH19eAp1LhdntQt
www.youtube.com/channel/UCiyhyBr-gzoJV8ts5Uo76hg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

I want to thank very much for helping to release my first EP album to: Junier Escartin, because, even though he’s in Panama, he has been in constant contact with me and the plans; Matt Blockley, from the UK, for his initial support on the very first song; Lilik Maruki, from one of the best hardcore punk bands here, in Indonesia; Arya Gilang Laksana Sani, a great drummer from one of the best grindcore bands in Indonesia, Dead Vertical; Franky Sadikin, a really superior bassist in the jazz scene; Tesla ”Kuntari” Manaf, for his synth support in the record; and Kandar, from the ThreeSixty Studio, who helped me out into the mixing and mastering of the record, making it really superb!

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EMQ’s with 1/2 SOUTHERN NORTH

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EMQ’s with 1/2 SOUTHERN NORTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kalamata, Greece based Multi-Genre, one-person band, 1/2 Southern North. Huge thanks to IDVex 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 IDVex from the one-person band “1/2 Southern North” (read: Half Southern North).

My compositions are influenced from several music fields such as Black Metal, Doom Metal, Experimental and Avant-Garde music. Also, the themes of the lyrics are inspired by Mythology and Left-Hand Path Philosophy.

I describe my music as black noise of doom.

During the years 2008-2009 I had created my first music project under the name “Lothron” and with the co-operation of other musicians we had recorded only two tracks. Under the lack of finding a standard line-up the project was disbanded. After this, in 2013 I decided to create “1/2 Southern North” as a one-person band.

How did you come up with your band name?

I used to spend my life in the Northern and in the Southern region of Greece, so this is one explanation that fits to the band’s name. The other explanation is a big story.

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

I am from Kalamata, a small town in Greece.

Greece, as you know, has always had a long tradition in metal and rock music, and not only in a specific genre. My opinion is that Greece has one of the best Black Metal scenes in the world. Kalamata used to have a big underground scene almost from the mid 90’s to the early 00’s. After that period there was a decline in metal and rock music here, but in the last years the scene has begun to thrive again.

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

My last release is “Cantabile of Hades (Rivers of the Underworld)” demo.

It was released in 2017 by CVLMINIS Records (Russia) and it was recorded by me at my home studio, so the sound is a little bit rough.

You can listen to it here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have a lot of bands in my mind which are a big influence for me such as Bathory, Windir, Dissection, David Bowie, Ulver, Sunn O))) and many more. But I think that the different music genres that I used to listen to (except Black Metal and Doom Metal) make the biggest influence on me, for example Experimental, Minimal Electronic, Soundscapes, Ambient, Classic Music and many more.

I think that is very important to have an “open ear taste” into different music genres or styles, whatever the right term is.

It is very important to love the sound, to feel and understand the sound, and not only the music sound. Also, it is very important to understand the noise, not only as a physical result which is in the environment in which we live, but also as an artistic material.

What first got you into music?

Ι think the music itself.

I have loved music and sounds since I was a child, but I got into the Rock ’N’ Roll addiction with The Beatles when I was 13 years old.

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

Sunn O))).

I love their improvisations in sound and music. Their sonic result is a remarkable massive blast!

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

As a one-person band it is impossible to support a live concert, but If this was possible, then anywhere! I don’t have any special place in my mind.

I think that the most important think at music festivals is to have an audience who likes the band! Doesn’t matter how big that audience would be! Is also important to have some beers and just enjoy the live!

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

I have never received anything weird!

The only gift I ever had from a person who listens to my music, was an amazing book “The Saviors of God (Salvatores Dei)” by the writer Nikos Kazantzakis and I recommend it to you!

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

Grab an instrument and start to play music! Don’t care about how it sounds at first, it will improve over the time.

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

I will say Terje Bakken, most known as ‘Valfar’ from the band Windir.

I think he would still have a lot more to offer in music if that terrible accident never happened.

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

The time I spend during the composition of a track is what I enjoy the most, after the rehearsals and of course the final time of the recordings!

I hate when I am empty of inspiration!

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

I don’t know, as an unknown one-person band, I never was part of the music industry.

But I would like if the music industry gave a boost again to the “analog sound releases” like vinyl and cassettes/tapes. I am not a “digital release” supporter, I do not prefer only a “digital release”. I am old school to the bone!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reinkaos” by Dissection.

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

I prefer first of all Vinyl, then Cassettes and CD. I never download anything, except if a “digital release” album was the only released format of a band who I would like to support.

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

I have never played any concert with 1/2SN. As a one-person band, this is impossible.

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

I would have been a painter.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Well, I will say you, because you gave the idea, Jon Nödtveidt, Carl Jung, David Bowie and Stephen Hawking.

What’s next for the band?

Now, I am in the studio, mixing and mastering my first full-length album with 1/2 Southern North under the name “Narrations of a Fallen Soul”.

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

www.halfsouthernnorth.blogspot.com/
www.12southernnorth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/halfsouthernnorth/
www.soundcloud.com/idvex
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDPKayqOIPj6i5lDczL4rBA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have this sweet in Greece, I don’t even know if we have something close to that! I think it is something that combines both of them.

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

Thanks a lot for your support ! I really appreciate it!
Hails from Greece!
IDVex

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Baron Carta – Step Into The Plague EP

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Baron Carta – Step Into The Plague EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/01/2021
Running Time: 22:00
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Please indulge me as for a four track EP this is going to be quite a lengthy piece, because for a variety of reasons this unobtrusive little recording may prove to be representative of a significant turning point in the music industry (albeit one that’s been looming for a while). Two factors are at play here – Coronavirus and the deplorable state of affairs for musicians before that.

Pandemic driven lockdown has fundamentally altered the way music is created and consumed, perhaps forever. Whilst the vast majority of workers in the live entertainment industry are waiting in desperate hope that the live side of things will restart soon so they can eat something other than rice, feed their children something nice or move out of cardboard city, musicians have fundamentally recognised that a change of approach was needed. If you are an established band, it’s perhaps been easier – take an unplanned break, dust off a few live recordings to keep the labels off your back contractually, crank out a live stream to remind people you exist and flog the old stock of T-shirts at a discount. New(er) bands though have a completely different challenge, especially those who have released debut recordings during this period that they cannot get out on the road to promote, which is absolutely the only way to shift your number of regular listeners on (insert streaming platform of choice here) from a few hundred hard won locals, to a wider audience who is going to allow you to eat occasionally. Or is it?

Enter Baron Carta, which is a new project from some old hands who with time on their hands and who have nothing to lose from challenging the industry status quo. If you have come across Severed Fifth, you will be aware that its progenitor Jono Bacon is no stranger to taking a solo project and bringing in top tier names to extend the project and the same methodology has been employed here. Supporting him on vocals are the great Ralf Scheepers from Primal Fear and drummer Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze and Anubis Gate).

Another fact about Bacon – if you Google him, you quickly discover that his day job is working as a strategy consultant with an interest in the power of communities to change the world (both dimensions are on his web site and make interesting reading). He will be acutely aware that technology enabled disruption was turning the world upside down long before Covid-19, which has thrown an incendiary accelerant over an already fast pace of change, and that the brands of the future are the ones that can identify a gap, create a cause (rather than a product), mobilise a movement to support it and build a community to embrace it.

Streaming disrupted physical media sales in the last decade, but the labels quickly got into bed with the platforms to keep the cash flowing, whilst the poor musicians’ incomes got cut further to the bone. No wonder then that Bacon and his music projects ignore the industry and focus on the musicians in a changing world. Live streams have been a part of this recently, but this feels like the next logical step as no label is involved in this band, but the content and platform have been very professionally crafted and assembled. Also don’t expect a full album any time soon – the intention is to release a number of more frequent shorter content packages in the future, with a nice sweetener to get you interested.

For a start you, the reader can right now head over to the band’s web site and claim your own free copy of this recording, independent of any streaming platform by signing up for their club. It also entitles you to some bonus content and at some point access to the next phase of Bacon’s disruptor plan. If nothing else this looks like an opportunity to claw back revenue from an entire industry that makes an enormous amount of money from music, whilst seeming to give very little of that to the actual musicians upon whom the whole thing depends.

And then there’s the tunes, which are an eclectic bag musically, but when you have a singer of Scheeper’s calibre and experience to carry it through with confidence and panache that’s perhaps less of an issue. There’s Heavy and Power Metal high in the mix here and whilst you can’t escape the Primal Fear comparisons, particularly for opener ‘Out of Time’ or second track ‘Devil To Send’, which is a much darker and heavier beast. ‘Truth To Power’ is much more up tempo and easily the strongest song in this batch, but I also like the lengthier closer ‘Act 1: Duty’ which lulls you into thinking it’s going to be a more experimental ballad, before speeding things up again to hold the attention.

All four tracks lean in slightly different directions and it very much feels like an experimental taster of what might come rather than a full formed statement of musical intent. I would not be at all surprised to find that this is all part of Bacon’s plan – throw four different styles out there and see which works best in a flexible experimental way, without having to deal with the pressure of a label on your back. The music is strong enough, and if we can get more material of the calibre of ‘Truth To Power’ then a fan base will follow. Let’s see how this story and experiment unfolds.

‘Truth To Power’ (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Out Of Time
02. Devil To Send
03. Truth To Power
04. Act 1: Duty

LINE-UP:
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Jono Bacon – Guitar
Morten Gade Sørensen: Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ORCUMENTARY

EMQ’s with ORCUMENTARY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Connecticut, USA based Comedic Orc Metal project ORCumentary. Huge thanks to Orc Adams for taking part.

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

 I’m Orc Adams, keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter for ORCumentary. It’s an immersive fantasy-driven comedic metal solo project that lyrically follows the adventures of a heroic orc as he attempts to overthrow the Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins of The Five Lands and subject them to the rule of Orc Supremacy.

I started it back in 2006 and have since released 3 albums, an EP, and played over 150 shows all over New England and beyond. Some of my live performances went viral online due to their odd locations/timing, including a show I performed at a nearly empty Hot Topic and my (now) annual Super Bowl Alternative Halftime Show Livestreams.

How did you come up with your band name?

ORCumentary literally is supposed to mean “a documentary about orcs”. Most of the albums follow a continuous and linear story, but in the early days, the lyrical content was more general when it came to orcs.

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

 Connecticut (New England, USA). When I first started playing shows, there were lots of emo/deathcore bands. Over the years, the quality of local bands has definitely improved, with many more influenced by European melodic metal bands. The people are generally very supportive of each other and don’t view music as a competition

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

ORCumentary will be releasing a new album, titled “Fully ORChestrated”, on February 5, 2021. The first single, ‘The Time of the Orc Has Come’, is available on all digital platforms, including Bandcamp, YouTube, and Spotify.

‘The Time of the Orc Has Come’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who has been your greatest influences?

On ORCumentary, the Lord of the Rings films were my biggest influence, as strange as it sounds. I was a big fan of the fantasy genre of books and films, but seeing the first LOTR film as a 13-year-old kid was transformative. I didn’t start writing music until a few years later, but initially it was all LOTR-based. After a couple demos, I realized I wanted to write my own stories not set in Middle-Earth and tell them through music (incorporating a bit of my then-interest in being an author). It’s definitely strange for a musician to not be inspired to take his/her first steps, per se, by a band/musician, but I don’t know what I’d be doing right now if I never saw those films.

What first got you into music?

I took piano lessons for 11 years, from when I was 6 to when I graduated high school at 17. I started ORCumentary in my last year of high school. Around that time, I was “over” my piano lessons, but I wanted to keep going until I graduated high school. Like I said before, my inspiration to start making music wasn’t sparked by a band or anything. I was getting bored of my lessons, so I just screwed around. I had no idea ORCumentary would turn into a “thing”.

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

I would die happy if Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater Keyboardist did a guest solo on an ORCumentary song.

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

Wacken Winter Nights. It seems like such a cool experience; an intimate event that’s part metal fest, part renfaire. Seems like the kind of crowd that would really eat up ORCumentary.

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

I’d like to remind my fans that the time of the orc is near, like a barkeep sliding thee a foaming beer.

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

Lurtz. He was the rockstar of the orc world before Aragorn beheaded him. #justiceforlurtz

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

I enjoy performing live and writing music. I hate that I can’t devote more time to this (and to music in general) yet. Life gets hard sometimes and even soul-crushing, and it’ll drag you down if you’re not careful. Fighting through all that to express myself creatively feels like an uphill battle more often than not. It does make the wins sweeter when they happen, though.

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

I would change how the average person perceives music so that they place more value on it. I know most of the changes that have happened in the industry over the past couple decades have been as a result of people’s view of music changing (and Napster lol). It’s harder to put value on something you can get for free the moment you want it. There are some positives to this, but generally it’s a lot harder for an artist to make a living. The average person doesn’t realize (or care about) how much time, money, and energy goes into making an album (or even a song). Sure, who doesn’t like free stuff, but if you want your favourite artists to continue putting out great music, you have to support them in meaningful ways.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

 My all-time favourite is “Vheissu” by Thrice. This album was released a year before I even started writing music (or listening to metal), but it really opened my mind to what music could be and it’s still the standard I hold all the music I write to. Up to that point in my life, I had never heard a band that could write great fast songs, slow songs, heavy songs, light songs, and everything in between and have all those styles “work”. That’s why when I started writing music, I was driven to learn how to write music in all the aforementioned styles.

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

CD’s are still my go-to, even though I just rip them to my computer and put them on a shelf. If it’s an artist I’m crazy about, I’ll either get the vinyl in addition to, or in lieu of, a CD or (especially if it’s a coloured vinyl/picture disc).

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

Back in 2012, ORCumentary played this 3-day folk and black metal festival. It wasn’t like Wacken or anything (it was at a small venue), but it was my first time playing in front of a “non-local” audience (there were some national bands on the bill, including the headliner, Agalloch). Despite being the oddball on the line-up, I got a great response and made some friends I still keep in touch with to this day.

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

Perhaps still aspiring to be an author or artist. I was always a very creative kid, but in college, I realized I didn’t have the creative energy to split my attention so many ways. I decided it would be best to focus on what I was best at and what I found most fulfilling, so I chose music. The “author” in me comes out sometimes; as I said before, most ORCumentary songs follow a linear, continuous story.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ugluk, Grishnakh, Lurtz, Gothmog, and Snaga

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the forthcoming album, “Fully ORChestrated”(which will be out on February 5th) some livestream shows, and demoing new songs for the next album.

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

www.facebook.com/orcumentaryofficial
www.twitter.com/ORCumentary
www.instagram.com/orcumentary/
www.orcumentary.bigcartel.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never heard of them before this moment. As they have “cake” in the name, I’m going to go with that.

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

My pleasure. I’d just like to be extra obnoxious and shout-out my forthcoming album one more time: “Fully ORChestrated” will be available everywhere on February 5th, 2021. The CD version (with a ton of extras) and merch is available at the following link: www.orcumentary.bigcartel.com

Keep orc rock alive!

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EMQ’s with ADDER’S FORK

EMQ’s with ADDER’S FORK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austrian based Gothic Metal project Adder’s Fork. Huge thanks to main man Marko 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?

Hi, my name is Marko and I’m the man behind ADDER’S FORK. Everything within this project is made by me, all instruments, vocals and production. Sometimes I collaborate with friends, but basically AF is my baby and it was born a few years after the demise of my older (less professional) extreme metal attempts. I’m looking for the finest mixture of classic metal heaviness and profound 80’s music, like The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and especially early The Cure.

How did you come up with your band name?

Adder’s Fork originates from Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, It’s an ingredient for a special brew that three witches are cooking up in their cauldron. I actually kind of stumbled upon it and thought it would fit the imagery well.

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

I’m from Austria, a little country in the centre of Europe. Our scene is pretty small, it’s rather hard to find well known international bands. Some of our more famous heavy artists include Belphegor, Pungent Stench and of course Summoning. I’ve actually gained more fans from foreign scenes, to be honest, but I’m working on that.

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

“The Fatalist” is my new 4-track-EP, you will be able to download it for free very soon (Bandcamp, Website) and pre-order your (also free) CD, if you are still into physical releases. An accompanying music video was released on 4th December! This EP might be the finest thing I’ve ever done in terms of songwriting and performance, but be sure to check out its predecessor as well, “The Individualist” (+ music video) was released in 2018 and I’m still holding it in high regard:

‘The Fatalist (A Coming Dark)’ (Official Video 2020)

‘The Individualist’ (Official Video 2018)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Cure, (early) Rotting Christ, The Sisters of Mercy, Megadeth, The Sound, Woods of Ypres.

Basically, Heavy Metal and Dark Wave/Post-Punk/Goth music from the 80’s. I’ve never been too much into idolizing certain musicians, but Dave Mustaine’s guitar playing has taught me a lot in my early days and Robert Smith has shown me how many different emotions can be transported through unique singing styles. The late David Gold’s multi-instrumental abilities and the resulting approach to songwriting/recording and his hard-hitting lyrics are an inspiration to this day.

What first got you into music?

It was the moment I realized that the commercial radio sounds would rarely resonate with my kid-self. I started searching for music outside the box of the usual easy listening fluff one is constantly being battered with and the excitement, that fresh, different soundscapes provided, keeps me going to this day.

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

Idle Hands/Unto Others – this could be an amazing synergy, but I tried and Gabe told me there was not enough time in their hands (pre-Covid) and I believe him 😉

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

I’d prefer the more intimate feel of smaller clubs, pubs and generally indoor arenas, it makes the music breathe a lot stronger, meaning that the festival experience has less to do with the actual material presented, as the social activity (and heavy drinking!) matter more.

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

Nothing weird yet, the best things I got were CD reviews by people who didn’t actually work for magazines, but did this as a favour and I also got Adder’s Fork band-shirts printed for me!

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

Thank you for actually taking the time to listen to my music. It’s hard enough to be recognized these days and TIME is the greatest value.

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

Ronnie James Dio. If I could choose one or two more, it would be Peter Steele and David Gold. So much talent lost way too soon.

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

Good – being creative; playing with words, playing with moods. The element of surprise.

Bad – Expectations. I also hate that money talks, like it does everywhere in the world.

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

The “all for the money”-mentality of many label monstrosities. Creativity and artistic expression are being held hostage by those who have control over the distribution and visibility of bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rotting Christ – “Triarchy of the Lost Lovers”; it has the best mixture between grimness and soothingly beautiful melody, extremely strong, varied songwriting and it’s one of the most memorable extreme metal records I have ever heard. Simple and complex at the same time. Intense, gritty, mystical, powerful and catchy as hell. A masterpiece for all eternity!

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

Vinyl – just for their appearance alone, digital releases for the ease of use.

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

Waldstock Open Air 2006 – the tiny version of the original Woodstock here in Austria. We were just a bunch of young dudes having our first festival gig. It did work out rather well, considering how inexperienced we were.

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

Since being a solo musician doesn’t quite pay your bills, I also have a day job + various other interests in Via Ferratas (and everything involving mountains) and I’m also writing reviews for a metal webzine.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sakis Tolis, Robert Smith, Nergal Adam Darski, Stefan Necroabyssious and Brittney Slayes. Quite the conversations would arise, don’t you think?

What’s next for the band?

CD pressing for The Fatalist EP and a website overhaul.

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

www.addersfork.wordpress.com/
www.facebook.com/addersforkofficial/
www.addersfork.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit, right? I actually have no idea!

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

I thank you for asking me all these questions and actually shedding some light onto my project! If any of you readers enjoy Gothic Metal with heavy riffs, lots of melodies and a hefty dose of 80’s dark elements – be it New Wave, Post-Punk or even the gloomier side of Synth Pop – listen to Adder’s Fork, you will not regret it!

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EMQ’s with ARGOROK

EMQ’s with ARGOROK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dresden, Germany based Melodic Death/Folk/Groove Metal project Argorok. Huge thanks to Bill 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?

Our band name is Argorok. It’s a project that was in the making for quite a few years, initially starting out as some kind of Folk Metal project, but it died at some point. As I started recording and mixing a few years ago, I took the chance and turned it into a more Death Metal like studio project. You are still able to hear its roots, however.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was the name of a boss from The Legend of Zelda. I thought it was catchy and doesn’t give away too much about what music you actually play and hopefully gets people’s attention and curiosity.

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

I’m from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. We have a few established places, which are also known beyond borders in the scene, like the Skullcrusher Club. The Wave Gothic meeting in Leipzig and the Eastclub are also known places in the scene in Saxony.

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

“Usurpator” is our first release.

‘Aus der Tiefe’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Katharsis’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bands from different Genres I liked, like Soulfly, Amon Amarth, Orbit Culture, Subway to Sally or Equilibrium, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I guess I liked the bands I heard and wanted to do that too, so I started playing Guitar and Bass.

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

Mick Gordon. He is more of a Soundtrack composer, but I absolutely love his work, especially on the new Doom games. (Alternatively, Alestorm, for shits and giggles).

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

The With Full Force festival is one I would like to play at, as it has good variety and brings a bit more attention to the metal scene in the region.

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

Fans?

Argorok is a new project, which just started, so fingers crossed there will be lot of weird gifts to come.

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

Don’t let anyone dictate your music taste. If you like something that’s fine and only your business.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

The whole creative process, from writing to producing, is awesome.

What I really hate are cheap people, who don’t see the actual effort behind what you do, as it is “just music”.

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

Actually requiring talent and not only looks. At least for mainstream genres, that’s not that big of a deal in the metal scene luckily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

I love collecting CD’s. But I can also see the appeal of vinyl. Nothing beats physical media (and yet here I am, releasing digital only…but some CDs are planned for the future)

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

It was one with my previous band and years ago. We were basically just a school band and not very good, but we got the chance to play at a really huge stage. Too bad it was the middle of the day and nobody was listening. But we had fun and beer was free!

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

Definitely some other form of creative work. Already doing that and took care about things like album cover and video production as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Either friends and family, or some German personalities you probably wouldn’t know 😊

What’s next for the band?

Getting our music out to people and hopefully some exposure and positive feedback. We are also thinking about a handful of shows for next year.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify…the usual ones.
www.facebook.com/argorokmusic/
www.instagram.com/argorok_music/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6llFWW6qYUSIiCuamqTFjk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCfiKQBiXmc-VcaHyQ-nVQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Guess I’m not British enough to answer that.

(As previous #EMQs have shown, you don’t need to be British to experience the wonders of Jaffa Cakes – Rick)

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Unto the Wolves- Year Three

Unto the Wolves- Year Three
Self-Released
Release Date 24/08/2020
Running Time: 64.03
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Ok for anyone who hasn’t heard of Unto the Wolves (where have you been?), I’ll give you a brief run down. Unto the Wolves is a one-man metal project. John “Gage” Sifuentes doesn’t just write the tracks, he plays all the instruments, and records it all as well! When someone says, “oh they’re the complete package”, believe me this guy is that. His influences come from bands such as Trivium, In Flames, Megadeth, Demon Hunter and many more. Gage’s vision with the Unto the Wolves project is to inspire tolerance of race, religious beliefs and cultures. He truly believes that people need to be accepted no matter their backgrounds.

I was lucky enough to review “Year Two”, Unto the Wolves’ last album, and so hope I get to do “Year Four”! After “Year Two” I thought, ‘wow this guy seriously can’t get any better’, then along comes “Year Three” to prove me wrong. You truly know that Gage puts his heart and soul into his music, you can feel the passion coming through your speakers. He has no plans to tour as far as I know, but I would love to be able to see him perform his music, even if it was on videos on YouTube, maybe something he may consider for the future? We can but hope.

The album title refers to his third year of content on his Patreon page, on which his work is released monthly to his followers. Then, at the end of the year, it’s all put together to make one album to be released. As a bonus on Patreon, you also get other things like daily thoughts etc. Gage is very much for his followers and fans and this is such a refreshing change. When you have loyal fans, being in touch with them and getting feedback is so important, and no one is more in touch with their followers than this brilliant man.

Because of the way he does things, the album took just over a year to make, and no doubt as soon as this is released, Gage will be starting on “Year Four”. There is nothing typical about the album. Each track is like a mini story within itself. There is so much emotion and energy on every track, but they all vary in composition. Some are non-stop, others are build-up, boom, slow down and repeat. One thing they are not is boring, or the same as a lot of other music out there. We are talking a complete metal breath of fresh air. On track three, ‘The Pacifist’, we have the addition of Kiara Laetitia, which was a pleasant surprise as it added just a little twist when you weren’t expecting it. Some tracks are pretty long – up and over 8 mins – but don’t be put off by that, as this is talent through and through.

His music is gritty, has hard hitting drumming with heavy metal vocals, but you will often hear a completely different musical instrument added in his songs. This is the inspiration for where the song comes from, be that culture, religious text, or similar that he has chosen to inspire him. Gage doesn’t want you to listen to a song from his point of view or his thinking. He wants you to have your own thoughts on it, and your own interpretation of what you think or feel, as everyone is different, and a song can mean something different to each person. Every one of Unto the Wolves albums are unique, there is no stereotypical song, each one makes you think about what you get out of the track. I think my favourite has to be track 7, ‘The Scars Alignment’. This track was so deep for me and made me think about my life and occurrences.

Once you start to listen to the album “Year Three”, it’s very difficult to stop. It’s addictive (in a good way), you think, ‘oh just one more track’, then ‘no, ok one more’! You find yourself submerged in a rollercoaster ride of emotions and thoughts. You would never be able to air drum to this (yes, I tried), I got to the end of track 12 and felt like I’d been on a fast spin cycle! So much energy, time and emotion, all in one album! Totally awesome!

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Resonance (Speaking Stones)
02. Steadfast (Church of all Worlds)
03. The Pacifist (Feat. Kiara Laetitia) (Italy)
04. Eye Of The Beholder (Iceland)
05. Fracture (Korea)
06. Validity Incarnate (Sweden)
07. The Scars Alignment (Cuba)
08. Calming Of The Neurosis (Medieval Europe)
09. The Catalyst Horizon (Janism)
10. Adaptive Nature (Russia)
11. A Culture Of Machines (Neo-Luddism)
12. Villain And Fiend (Scottish Folklore)

LINKS:
www.patreon.com/Untothewolves
www.facebook.com/untothewolves
www.twitter.com/Gage_Sifuentes
www.instagram.com/untothewolves

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Khymera – Master Of Illusions

Khymera – Master Of Illusions
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 45:25
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Rarely is it that an album comes along that I start listening to and I think “ooo this is my favourite track!” then listen to next track and think, “No wait! This one is!”, until I end up running out of tracks! But it sure happened with this album, “Master Of Illusions”. From the first track to the last I was hooked and soaked up every note, drum beat, guitar riff and lyric (anyone who hasn’t guessed – I so liked this album)!

For those not in the know, Khymera is a musical collaboration project, originally started by Italian producer/musician Daniele Liverani and Steve Walsh, who at the time was the Kansas vocalist. Then Bassist Dennis Ward (Magnum and Pink Cream 69), known more for backing vocals, bass work and production duties joined and stepped up to lead vocals, adding another string to his bow of skills! It’s been over four years since the last album, “The Grand Design” (guys, please don’t leave it another four years for the next one, thanks!), and for this release, the line-up consists of Dennis Ward on vocals and bass, Michael Klein on guitars, Eric Ragno on keyboards and Pete Newdeck on drums.

“Master Of Illusion” has quite an 80’s rock vibe, but with a modern twist to it. Whilst having a hint of Def Leopard/ Europe, they certainly make this their own. The melodic vocals, which are so easy on the ear, combined with such feel good songs mean you can easily sit and listen to this and drift away, but just as easily put it on the car stereo and crank it up loud and sing along. Think summer trips out, windows down, music loud – yes that much of a feelgood factor just pours from these tracks.

There is also some properly great drumming that seriously starts you table drumming! On track ‘The First Time’, this quickly leads to air drumming! Again, on this track, the harmonising vocals blend so well, and the addition of the keyboards, then epic guitar riffs, make it superb. The album title track follows this, and once again the hint of the keyboards just makes such a great change from the norm. These guys prove great song writing is still alive and very much kicking, in fact kicking ass, big time!

Track 4, ‘The Sun Goes Down’, has such a good summertime rock vibe – the statement ‘sing loud, sing proud’, certainly comes into its own here! From the first drum beat it’s uplifting, with guitar riffs that explode from nowhere, it leaves you wanting more!

Every great album has to have a badass ballad, and of course the guys don’t fail us on this, with ‘Father To Son’ being such a touching song, with lyrics from the heart. Get your lighters out and be prepared to raise them at any gig this is played at, and sing it damn loud! It actually gave me goose bumps whist listening to it, and I had to keep it on repeat a few times, as I was just blown away by it.

Packed full of excellent vocals, beautiful harmonies, on point drumming, and epic guitar riffs, “Masters Of Illusions” is an uplifting album and proves there is so much great music out there.

Khymera, please promise me you won’t take four years for the next instalment of material! I think anyone who hasn’t heard them yet is missing out, and everyone I’ve told about the album has come back to me with the same reaction – “wow they are brilliant”!! Seriously, get listening to this album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Walk Away
02. The First Time
03. Master Of Illusion
04. The Sun Goes Down
05. Paradise
06. The Rhythm Of My Life
07. Follow The Sun
08. Father To Son
09. After All This Time
10. Victim Of Your Love
11. Just Let It Happen

LINE-UP:
Dennis Ward – Vocals and Bass
Michael Klein – Guitars
Eric Ragno – Keyboards
Pete Newdeck – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/KhymeraTheGrandDesign/ (FAN PAGE)
www.spotify.com/artist/2cauhM67gAJ8ilHvkNNZa4
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAP7bFhhpU6fhnccffaNtCA
www.frontiers.it/album/5584
www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl/

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