EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Melodic Metalcore band Agonize The Serpent. Huge thanks to Guitarist Daniel Rybeck 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, I’m Daniel and I play guitar.
We’re a Metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden formed 2015.
Teddie and I met through a mutual friend, he sent me a couple of demos and I was hooked. It didn’t take long before we became a 5 piece band and recorded our first single ‘Cloak & Dagger’
Since then we’ve released an EP, an album and a bunch of music videos, had e few line-up changes and played live around Sweden.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a list of names and voted.

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

Sweden. The scene used to be amazing here and I can really see a big difference when I go to concerts now compared to when I grew up. The metal scene is definitely better in Germany and Eastern Europe for example, so that’s where we want to go next.

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

Our debut album “Pray For A Plague”

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say my greatest influences have been Sonic Syndicate and the other bands around our hometown that made me love going to live shows and start playing myself.

What first got you into music?

I remember that I went to a market with my family when i was around 6 years old and I bought my first CD, “Alive!” with Kiss. Not because i liked their music, i just thought they looked cool, haha!

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

Sam Carter of Architects

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

I would choose Rock am Ring in Germany. I went there last year and had an amazing time, the festival books a lot of other Metalcore bands and has around 90,000 visitors so it would definitely be a good place for us to get our name and music out there.

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

At our very first gig I got a pair of dirty underwear thrown at me. I am not supposed to say this but… it was men’s underwear, used by a friend of mine!

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

Thank you very much for listening and supporting our music! Keep your eyes open for new releases; they’re just around the corner.

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

Tom Searle!

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

The time and interest we share within the band and of course the live shows we play.
I don’t like how complicated things can get when everyone doesn’t share the same vision or wants different things. But it’s a relationship with five people, of course it’s complicated.

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

I’d like to take away the possibilities we have to listen to all music in the world, wherever we are, all the time. Even though I use all digital platforms myself I think we’d appreciate music even more if we had some kind of limitation. I still listen to albums but a lot of people don’t seem interested in that anymore, they just listen to the singles and move on to the next band/artist. This would make local live shows more interesting and appreciated as well.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “Come Clarity”

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

Vinyl

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

When we shared stage with The Unguided and Corroded!

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

I would move to different places around the world, try new things and hopefully find something I’d love to do, some extreme sport maybe?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oliver Sykes, Zach Johnson (The Ghost Inside), Jim Carrey, Ian McKellen (As Gandalf) and Rihanna

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing a new single and video in June and after that we’re going back to the studio to record three more songs.

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

https://www.facebook.com/agonizetheserpent
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNhZZ7zrolXNT752pxpIzA
https://www.instagram.com/agonizetheserpent
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Xao7aRx9g8QyL3jEOrYYR?si=pHEmtaF4RI2uhW4giu94iw
https://agonizetheserpent.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit-sized cakes!

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

The pleasure is mine. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for new releases and updates. Thank you

 

Agonize The Serpent - Photo by Evelina Mattson

 

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL

Dreams In Peril

EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, US based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril. Huge thanks to 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?

Demetri – Vocals
Joshua – Guitar
Dalton – Bass
Jeffrey – Drums
And we are Dreams In Peril

Josh (Guitar): “My name Is Josh, Last name is Crocker! Though not related to Betty Crocker the cake mix! “haha” I am the guitarist. We started with Jeff, Dalton, and myself. Dalton hit me up one day over Facebook because he found me on a music forum in the local scene. So I took all my gear to a storage unit. I had a try out and it worked out really well. About a few months later we found Demetri and we were able to write an album fairly fast because we had some material written before the band fully became a thing!”

Dalton (Bass): As far as the history goes, We all knew each other from being in different bands and playing shows with each other throughout the years. All of those bands have gone and past and one day we all decided to try and build something new. Our first show was with The Acacia Strain which for us was like coming out swinging followed by winning the Headbang for the highway Summer Slaughter Showcase where we won the right to give a performance on The Summer Slaughter Tour. Afterwards we went on to play many more shows with other big Names. We then released our Debut Album “Mephobia”.

Demetri (Vocals): “My name is Demetri “durrs”. I do vocals. Josh, Dalton and Jeff had been writing and jamming together and I came across their post needing a vocalist. Being that I knew them all from playing shows with some of our previous acts, I went and auditioned to the song which is known as ‘Seldom Solace’ and we all connected and I was in. We wrote our set list, recorded a 2 song demo then made our social media sites, made our first shirt as well as our back drop banner. It was a full approach that we wanted to have was both professional and business oriented. We wanted to come out of the blue as if we were already known or perhaps regional before our first show… which thanks to Cory Omeara and Stratgazer Entertainment for the show with The Acacia Strain… since then we have won Headbang for the highway and played for a mass list of national acts we all admired.”

How did you come up with your band name?

Dalton: “I ended up coming up with the name at work one day. Our Name is us being a little sarcastic but true. When all of our past bands failed and we were down and out. We kind of felt like our Dreams Were in Peril. Thus, that’s how our name came about!”

Demetri: “Our bassist Dalton had come up with the band name… A basic reminder of our past failures or attempts at achieving our overall dream. Now being we had come into this band, we felt no more would our dreams be in peril so to speak.”

Jeffrey: “After writing a few songs and getting a nice feel for what our sound is, we all started brainstorming ideas for the band name. “Dreams In Peril” was the first name

Dalton (bassist) came up with. Even though there’s much more meaning behind it, when I heard the name I immediately knew it would be the name just because it fit our sound so well.“

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

Josh: “The metal scene in the United States is really diverse! Depending on where you are at in the United States. Different genres kind of take place. Some areas might like hardcore more than deathcore. Some other places might like Beatdown and Djent. Some other places might like the Rockabilly sound. It just depends! But we are also a melting pot of cultures because of our history.”

Dalton: “We are smack down in the middle of the United States of America, in the state of Missouri. And if you are talking locally to us then it’s different to the rest of the country. In some areas, it is more booming than the rest of the Country. In our Area, it has its ups and downs. It has its phases where we have a good group of bands and other times it feels like there isn’t enough.

Right now it’s doing okay and things are starting to pick up in our scene, at least that’s how I feel. But I have noticed that our metal scene can be really competitive where It used to be more united. But we have some amazing talent here that is often overlooked.”

Demetri: “We are from the United States where metal has come and gone in a sense as far as demand and popularity. Yet lately I feel some old school nu-metal acts are making comebacks whereas djent fades and other sub genres that to me pigeon hole a lot of bands are fading. I see this new wave being the return of just metal.”

Jeffrey: “Born and raised in the USA and very proud of the metal scene here. Not discrediting metal in other countries at all. American metal was a huge part of my adolescent years and it’s growing everywhere.”

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

Dalton: “We have just released our Debut Album “Mephobia” with our single “Neckties and Nostalgia” You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Napster, Tidal, Google Play, Deezer and more!

For those of you who don’t know what “Mephobia” Means, its “The Fear of becoming so awesome, that the human race cannot handle it and everyone dies”

Demetri: “Our latest release is our debut album “Mephobia” of which we released globally through digital download as well as hard copies March 15th when opening for The Browning on their most recent tour.”

Jeffrey: “The album is titled “Mephobia” and it’s well worth a listen. It sounds vain but I am a fan of our music. Now that I quit just listening to my drum parts and started listening to the band as a whole, I fucking dig what we came up with and I can’t stop listening to it. ‘Neckties’ is considered our single. There’s a lyric video for it on YouTube but we plan on shooting music videos for other songs.”

Who have been your greatest influences?

Joshua: “I have a variety of influences! The main two are Hans Zimmer and Rob Dougan! If you have seen The Matrix or seen any movie like The Dark Night Rises then the music in the movies were from them! But for the metal side, a lot of 90’s metal! Deftones, Coal Chamber, Slipknot! For the modern side of metal from the last 10 years then Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain. I could go on!”

Demetri: “For me I’d have to say Marilyn Manson, Mitch Lucker, Maynard James Keenan, Randall D Blythe and Chino Moreno. Both vocally and performance wise I’d have to say these frontmen are truly innovative.”

Jeffrey: “My school band teachers for sure. They assigned me to the rhythm section and I’m very thankful for it because I originally wanted to play the trumpet. I’ve always had a jazz and Latin influence. In high school Danny Carry had a huge impact on my drumming. More recently I’ve been influenced by just really brutal drummer’s from bands like Born of Osiris, Oceano, Infant Annihilator etc. “

Dalton: “Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Deftones, Fieldy From Korn, Fear Factory.”

What first got you into music?

Demetri: “My grandmother had bought me my first CD with explicit content which was Korn’s “Life Is Peachy” and the second ‘Twist’ played I was hooked..! From there I fell into the nu-metal scene hard with bands like Coal Chamber, Mushroomhead, System Of A Down, and Mudvayne. I had no musical ability but I wrote and just had a feeling I’d do it one day whether it was serious or not. When I did my first show I was 19 and I never felt like I did much good for anyone nor of anything. This was a divine intervention of overcoming my social anxiety & stage fright, IDK…it was my chance to be me… be admired or respected and not because of my mistakes in life and so on .My Passion”

Dalton: “This is a big question. I would have to say my Sister got me into it. My family was always into music. My Cousins played guitar in rock bands, My uncle was a country musician, my mom sang in bars when she was younger, My grandmother played Drums and the Piano.

One day for my 14th birthday, my Sister bought my first bass and we ended up playing in a band for a while and which, eventually, landed me in this band several years down the road. I remember always walking into my sister room and I would always hear some band always playing on her stereo. We always bonded over music. This is how I fell in love with music.”

Joshua: “That is a complex thing in itself. It would take a video interview to explain it all! But to put it simply, I was always into music. But one day, I got tired of being bullied in school. I was in football practice one day just reflecting on what I was good at and what I wasn’t good at. I Went home and picked up a guitar and just started playing. I got hooked! That’s when I realized I wanted this to be my career! It hasn’t been easy. It does have its ups and downs. But anybody that is making their passion or trying to make their passion into a career knows it’s never easy! It’s a lot of hard work and there are a lot of failures along the way! And there will be a lot of people doubting you! And with musicians, we kind of have a negative stigma from the public eyes when it comes to the workforce!”

Jeffrey: “I’ve pretty much been into music since childhood. I started out on guitar when I was 6, I remember my Dad lying in bed with his acoustic playing “House Of The Rising Sun” over and over again. He never learned much more than that but it was enough to get me interested. “

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

Dalton: “Oooooh… I would have to say Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain or The Deftones.”

Joshua: “JinJer from Ukraine! I LOVE THAT BAND! They are unique! I would love to work a song with them or two! If you have not seen or heard of them! CHECK THEM OUT!”

Jeffrey: “Tenacious D!”

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

Dalton: “BUT THERE ARE SO MANY!!! Haha I would have to say… Download Festival.”

Joshua: “I would love to play any European festival! I heard they are big and insane! And I have always wanted to play and tour in Europe! That’s also a personal goal too!”

Jeffrey: “”Mayhem Fest” because It’s the biggest metal festival around Missouri to the best of my knowledge and, well, we play metal! “

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

Dalton: “The honest truth..? Naked Photos..! Not while I was in this band though. Haha”

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

Dalton: “Never give up on things you are passionate about. Keep pushing for your dreams.”

Joshua: “Don’t give up on your dreams or career path of whatever you choose! If you’re passionate for it, fucking go for it! Don’t let other people’s doubts make you rethink what you want to do! You have one life! Make it count! Keep swinging that bat! If you fail the first, second or third time! Someone will recognize the work you put in! In the long run it pays out!”

Jeffrey: “Thank you for listening. You give meaning to my life and make all the hard work worthwhile.”

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

Dalton: “Easy! Dimebag or his brother Vinnie Paul from Pantera.”

Joshua: “Quite honestly I can’t even answer that question. Too many to count!”

Jeffrey: “Wayne Static “

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

Dalton: “I love the high of playing in front of people, seeing other people enjoy what I have created and I love seeing my music come to life and take on form into albums and shirts and everything. And…. What do I hate? The Struggle of becoming something and the constant tear down and set up of the gear.”

Joshua: “Well it does expose you to all walks of life! I love meeting people! What do I hate about it? It is really hard to get your feet off the ground! It can be very frustrating at times! “

Jeffrey: “Playing in front of an audience I surely enjoy. Playing music is truly therapeutic when dealing with life’s daily stress. I hate that I can’t bring my 4.5 yr. old son to the shows.”

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

Dalton: “Again, it’s the struggle. I feel as if it is too hard for a band to be recognized and everyone is so money hungry when the musicians should be well taken care of. The person who makes the product should always be well taken care of. Sadly, this isn’t always the case.”

Jeffrey: “The fact that I’m not in it full time.”

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dalton: “Oh! That is a tough one. Of all time? “Around The Fur” by The Deftones.”

Joshua: “I don’t really have a favourite album.”

Jeffrey: “Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child” by Norma Jean”

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

Dalton: “In my opinion. CD’s. Vinyl is just too big and clunky though they sound good!
Cassettes are a pain in the butt and always need to be rewound, not to mention they lack appeal. Downloads have no style to them if you ask me. Nothing you can actually hold.
I like CD’s because they aren’t huge, you don’t rewind them, and they come with all the awesome album art and if you want to put it on an MP3 player or something, you still can!”

Joshua: “What’s best? I also happen to be an electronic tech that works on and fixes guitar amplifiers alongside playing music! This is going to be a long answer! “Anybody that hates technical reading then skip over this question!” Vinyl can sound cool, but depending on how the record is cut can change the performance on how it plays. Vinyl is a series of bumps and groves that the needle follows. That needle makes the physical movement into electrical signals that reproduce the sound. Cassettes are cool but they degrade over time! CD’s are great! In fact if you recorded vinyl into a CD format you’d not be able to tell the difference in quality of sound because all frequency and information is reproduced! But the CD uses lasers to extract the info by using reflective and non-reflective surfaces in the CD, instead of the bumps and groves of Vinyl, although audiophiles will argue that. But the needle on the vinyl can skip over some bumps and grooves that cause some sound quality issues, but that does not mean the info that was cut in the vinyl is not there, it’s just because the needle can’t physically get to it. Downloads are cool but depending what you are downloading on, not all information is processed. It depends on the quality of the electronics inside your device be it phone, computer etc. plus you could download it off of a site that might have done some compression to fit their format.”

Jeffrey: “CD’s because my record player is broken.”

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

Dalton: “Hands down when we got to play on The Summer Slaughter Tour. Although we have had many awesome shows that could contest it. But I feel as if it was the highlight of where we wanted to be as a band.”

Jeffrey: “In Dream’s in Peril I’d say when we opened for The Browning, considering we got to play almost our entire set.“

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

Dalton: “Art. I would be drawing or doing graphic Design.”

Joshua: “I honestly do not know! I would be very lost I can tell you that much.”

Jeffrey: “Working for the railroad, going to school, and going to concerts.”

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dalton: “Anyone in the world? Snoop Dogg, Ryan Reynolds, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kate Beckinsale, and George Lucas. Lol.”

Jeffrey: “My Mom, Dad, Sister, significant other and my son.”

What’s next for the band?

Dalton: “As of right now we are working toward getting a tour together and spreading out. We are finally getting our road legs and this is our next step.”

Jeffrey: “Only time will tell.”

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

Dalton: “We use as many of them as we can. The number one site is of course Facebook. But we also use Youtube, Twitter, Reverbnation, and Instagram.”
https://www.facebook.com/DreamsInPeril/
https://twitter.com/DreamsInPeril
https://www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Dalton: “To be honest with you. Not sure I have had one… haha I assume it’s a Cake if it has Cake in the name. Haha.”

Joshua: “Yeaa!! First off what are Jaffa cakes? Enlighten me! I am a major foodie though! They sound good!”

Jeffrey: “Neither…more like Cookie’s on Crack. Lol.”

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

Dalton: “We are an up and coming band, with just a short amount of time in being a band; we have done so much from playing with large names in metal to releasing our first album and being written about. We are pushing ahead and we are intensely rising as a band. It will not be long before people see us on the big festivals and tours. As long as we keep climbing like we have been doing.”

Joshua: “Well, I love answering questions! Rather it’s helping someone with their gear! Or they just want to get to know me more! Or talking to fans! I love talking to people! I love to experience new things and travel! I love music, it is my passion. Without it, I don’t know where I would be in life. Picking up a guitar 10 years ago was one of the best decisions I have made! I also am really happy to be with D.I.P! “

Jeffrey: “I appreciate your interest. The questions were fun to answer. Thanks for helping keep metal alive! “

 

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Nebula State – Take Us To Your Leader EP

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Nebula State – Take Us To Your Leader EP
Self-Released
Release Date 21/03/2019
Running Time: 23:32
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On the 11th February this year I received a message asking if I would be interested in doing an EP review and I said of course I would be happy to. The EP name is “Take Us To Your Leader” and it is by Midlands based Metalcore/Electronicore band “Nebula State”!

Even though it has taken me a while to review I have been listening to this ever since I received it. I had heard of Nebula State before, not much in all fairness, but some and I thought they were alright, but listening to this has made my opinion of them increase.

There is something I really like about listening to this selection of songs and that is it’s not all just in your face screaming, it balances the amount of both screaming and singing which is awesome and a great pick-me-up. The songs are great to listen to because, in a few, the instruments are really fast and heavy whereas the singing is so calm. This makes me feel really happy because it shows that even though they are an amazing Metalcore band, the word Metalcore doesn’t mean that they are just about screaming or grunting but sing as well with such finesse.

I will be straight up and say I really have enjoyed “Take Us To Your Leader”. It has been over a month since I received it and I can’t stop listening to it. I have listened to other albums but I have always been dragged back to this one because it’s ‘feel good; listening and as someone who has had writers block and has also been struggling with depression, listening to this cheers me up while going through the pain and I couldn’t ask much more from an EP. I, like many others enjoy listening to heavy metal, it’s what keeps me moving forward and Nebula State are the type of band which I need as part of my music listening to stay upbeat!

Now comes the toughest part which is the rating of the EP. Even though it is tough it is a key part to any review and so, with that said, the rating couldn’t be anything short of a 9/10, I love it so much but that isn’t the end of it. Within this storming collection of songs I have a favourite and that track is ‘Catch Me’. Vocally it is amazing and the song is beyond words so I couldn’t rate it any lower than a10/10. It’s one of those songs that you keep going back to even if you have the whole thing on repeat. I know that in my dark times I can turn to that song and I’ll start feeling better.

I would like to thank the members of the band Joey Grey – Vocals, Ethan Cottier – Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Sheriff – Drums and Kyle Jones – Bass Guitar. You guys have put so much work into “Take Us To Your Leader” and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to review it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. This Poison
02. Your Monster
03. Catch Me
04. Black Aura
05. Darkness Descends
06. Broken Bones

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/NebulaState/
https://www.instagram.com/nebulastate/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1MB7BMydg0GpBENMy7EVRQ

 

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Naberus – Hollow

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NABERUS – HOLLOW
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 29/06/2018
Running Time: 59:45
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7.5/10

Naberus are a five-piece metal band from Melbourne in Australia, heavily influenced by melodic death and thrash metal, and Hollow is their new album, released on 29th June 2018 by Eclipse Records.

Formed in 2009, they released their demo “Ruins of Society” in 2010, and, with it, showcased their ability to combine aggression, melody and groove. The demo captivated audiences worldwide and reached number four in the mp3.com metal charts.

They soon caught the attention of Ermin Hamidovic (Architects, Periphery and Devin Townsend) and he recorded their next EP “The Fallen” in 2011 at his studio Systematic Productions. They spent the next few years playing shows throughout Australia, including festivals such as Sonic Forge in 2011 and 2012 and Atmoshphere, and played alongside Soilwork in 2015.

Their first full length album “The Lost Reveries” was released in 2016, displaying their heavy, intricate riffs, and received critical acclaim and positive reviews from both press and meta radio alike, with Australia’s “Heavy Mag” calling them ‘Australia’s next best thing.’

The latest album “Hollow”, mixed this time by Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Architects, A Breach of Silence) and features fourteen brand new tracks that show a significant progression in the song writing abilities of James Ash and Dan Ralph. There is a strong focus on groove in this album, while at the same time being a combination of death metal mixed with some thrash and modern groove metal. These guys wouldn’t be out of place on a bill with the likes of Bring Me the Horizon and Enter Shikari.

There is a wide variety of subject matter in the lyrics, from the intensely personal “My Favourite Memory” which was written about James’ father’s battle with dementia, to the title track “Hollow” which criticises the hypocrisy of hate-filled religious leaders during the fight to legalise gay marriage in Australia.

The band perform energetic and captivating live shows and the power and aggression of these is captured into their recorded material.

This is a solid, straightforward heavy metal album with extended range / djent riffing, solid drumming and awesome vocals, blending clean with aggressive easily, and the whole album is a serious kick up the jacksie.

The title track “Hollow” is also the first single from the album and the bands newest video that was uploaded to YouTube on 17th April 2018.

The only thing I would say against this album is that it is possibly a little on the long side. At just over 59 minutes, with a sound that could, to some people, sound repetitive, this album could be a bit too much for some people. There is certainly a lull during the middle of the album in quality of the tracks, which although still good, may not be missed if they were to be omitted completely.

Having said all that, this is a great album. I can’t compare it to their previous releases as this is the first of their material that I have listened to, but I did like this one and I will certainly be checking out their stuff from before this.

I think this is a must for any metalcore fan! But don’t take my word for it, go out, buy it and see for yourself!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • Slaves
  • Space to Breathe
  • Split in Two
  • Shadows
  • Webs
  • Hollow
  • I Disappear
  • The End
  • Seas of Red
  • The Maze
  • My Favorite Memory
  • Fading
  • Burrow
  • The Depths

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/naberusband/
  • https://twitter.com/naberusofficial?lang=en
  • https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/4876567?autoplay=true
  • https://www.eclipserecords.com/band/naberus/

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Interview with Dead Label

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Interview with Dead Label – Hammerfest X 17.03.2018

One band that Rick and I were looking forward to talking to at Hammerfest were Dead Label, a riff laden Metalcore band from Celbridge, Ireland. Many things interest us about this band, including the fact that they are only a three piece, the fact that they have a female drummer, and the fact that they did a spectacular video last year for their single release. We were intrigued to find out their views on gigging, writing, and that video, so we sat down with Claire (Drums), Danny (Guitar) and Dan (Bass / Vocals) for a chat.

So, who are Dead Label? How did you get together? Where did you start from, and when did it all come together?

Danny: Well me and Claire have been playing together forever – since we were about 14, but we chopped and changed a lot of members. The first time we were actually a proper metal band, we were a band called VX. We had five members, then we split, and we couldn’t really find anybody else with the same kind of commitment, so it was just me, Dan, and Claire and we said, ‘fuck it, we’ll try it as a three piece and see how we go!’ That was about 10 years ago!

Claire: When we were in band previously, we were looking for a bass player and Dan applied. When we went to pick him up for his try outs, he was outside waiting with all his bass gear ready to go and it was like, ‘ok, that’s the guy!’, and he’s been here ever since! And then we found out he could do vocals to and that was it!

Do you like playing as a three piece then?

Dan: Yeah – we have a very, very…… strange relationship, where the three of us know what is going on the whole time! It’s a rare thing to get in a band. We all know exactly what’s going on and how each other’s doing without a single word being spoken. I think if we were to add another person into that mix, they wouldn’t get it. We did try out a second guitarist a couple of years ago and it just didn’t work. The void in the room was just off. Yeah ok the sound was bigger, but it just wasn’t the same, so we just stuck with the three of us, and we’re all fully committed, so that’s the way it is.

Is that how you approach writing songs as well then?

Danny: Yeah, well I think we are kind of old school by today’s standards, but we just get in a room and jam. We don’t really do this sending each other riffs, or work over laptops or anything. We just plug in and jam.

Dan: We kind of judge it off the reaction, you know, we jam a riff and your like ‘yeah that works’. We practice two or three times a week, either just running through the set, or writing, and it comes together.

Claire: Yeah if there is a week where one of us is away or something it’s just bad – we are texting all the time like ‘eeeek’.

Dan: Yeah sometimes it is not so much that we want to, it’s that we need to do it three times a week to keep it tight.

I suppose as well when there is only three of you, there is nowhere to hide really.

Dan: Yeah exactly, and we are old school in that sense too. We don’t like to use backing tracks or stems or anything like that – it is literally just the three of us kind of turning up to play at the venue with nothing but our guitars… and drums! We Just play, we don’t need a laptop. We’re not relying on anyone.

Danny: That actually happened to us before. We were playing at Made In Metal, and we were supposed to be borrowing our friends’ gear, but they got held up in traffic or something, so we literally only had our guitars and stage backline, and we were just like ‘Right I’ll plug in to that Marshall amp, you plug in to that one’ and we had a great fucking show!!

Dan: So yeah, we are very traditional in that sense, you know, we play together as a band, we write songs as a band and that’s the way that we do it!

Is it your first time playing Hammerfest, and your first time playing in Wales?

Claire: First time playing in Hammerfest – err, have we played in Wales before… No, I don’t think we have – we spend a lot of time driving through Wales!! But I think this is our very first time playing in Wales.

Dan: No, we did a music video here!

Claire: Yes, thank you, yes, we did the video for Salvation In Sacrifice here – in Cardiff.

Cool! So, what is in the pipeline at the moment – are you working on an album or anything?

Dan: We’re writing at the moment, and we are quite deep into that. We currently have about eight songs that we are very, very happy with. Right now, it is just about manipulating them a bit and putting the finishing touches on them.

Danny: Yeah, the salt and pepper!

Dan: So, once we get home after this we are going to bury our heads in the sand and get back to it and we are hoping to have the album out by probably the end of this year, maybe early next year.

Are you having a break from gigs while you are doing that?

Claire: Kind of. If the right gig comes up then obviously we would say yes, but we’re not actively chasing gigs, because we want to get it finished. With gigs like Hammerfest, you have to be prepared, and you can’t really get lost in writing a song, then practice a set, because it’s two different things. So, if an opportunity comes up like this, we’ll take it, but we’re concentrating more on the writing. We are playing Bloodstock though! And Amplified as well.

Yeah, we are going to be at Amplified so we will get to see you properly then! So, Bloodstock – great festival – how excited are you about playing there? Is it your first time there?

Claire: It’s actually our second time! We played there in 2015, and we are dying to get back! They do a kind of rotation, which is fair, but we’ve got really lucky because we are playing the same day as Gojira, which is one of our favourite bands, so we are going to play hopefully an awesome set and then watch Gojira! You don’t really get much better than that!

That leads us on nicely to the next question – who are your main influences and what inspired you to start making music?

Dan: I think for me and Danny, the routes of it all is Thin Lizzy. That’s were my love of music really started – you know the Renegade album, the Jailbreak album and it was like ‘this is awesome – oh Jesus they’re Irish!’ Then someone gave me the Black album and it was just a slippery slope from there! You know in a few years’ time you find yourself listening to Behemoth!

Danny: Thin Lizzy to Behemoth you know! Yeah, I think in the early days, for me, and Dead Label, the band that really tied it together was Machine Head. I was just fascinated with the heaviness and it’s really what we have been after since – to try and get that heavy sound, without it sounding chaotic. So, Machine Head was at the core of it, but then yeah, Behemoth, Gojira, all sorts – we like everything! I think those big, fat, heavy riffs are the core.

Rick: Yeah, I think your music is really groove laden – you’ve got the harsh vocal, but there’s some real power behind those riffs and I like that – when you can move to the riffs behind the vocals, and I think that’s what you’ve got.

Claire: Yeah that’s it. Machine Head are a humongous influence on me – Dave McClain is just the best drummer in the whole world. But my first drumming influence, way back, besides Animal, was Travis Barker. He was so cool, and I was just fascinated by drums because of him, then I actually got in to heavy metal!

How old where you when you started playing?

Claire: Thirteen or Fourteen I think. I got drums and got into a band two or three days later, but I couldn’t really play! I’ve been in a band ever since!

Dan: Yeah that really makes you up your game, because before I met these guys, I was playing in indie rock bands, you know I was there, into heavy metal with tattoos and stuff, but the only bands I could find were Indie bands and I had to play with them, so your playing little bass licks here and there, but when you get into a metal band, you really have to up your game! And these guys pushed me to be a better musician.

One thing I wanted to ask you is what is the metal scene like in Ireland? Is it difficult to get gigs? We interviewed Baleful Creed recently and they said it was really tough – people go to the bigger bands, but people don’t want to come out for the small gigs. Do you find this?

Dan: Yeah that is true to a certain point, but you can get lucky as well – you know when the stars align, and people want rock bands – when we first started, on a Friday and Saturday night in Belfast, you always played to two or three hundred people and they were there for the music. It kind of fell by the wayside a bit when everybody lost their jobs, but it is starting to come back now. You do find maybe local bands, the room is half full, but bands like Architects will come and they’ll play in the bigger venues and they’ll sell it out. It’s a little disheartening but it’s kind of just the way it is.

Claire: Yeah, you kind of just have to fight through it. There are bands playing gigs, and there are good bands playing gigs and its getting more and more people starting bands and taking it seriously. I think it will get better, it’s just people don’t have the money to go to gigs all the time.

Dan: In fairness to the promoters in Dublin who are bringing all these bigger bands in, unless it is a package tour, they will always make a spot for a local band, which is great. And once you get in there, if you do a good job, you’ll get another one, so it’s kind of up to the band at that point. And that leads to other things – you know you could be playing one place, and someone will come up to you and say, ‘Oh yeah! I saw you playing with Architects last week’, so it does have that effect as well.

Danny: Yeah – the quality of bands is really, really good. There’s no shortage of talent. There are those odd nights where a bar might only be half full, but it’s not all the time. Overall, it’s pretty good.

Rick: So, I wanted to bring up this video you did, with the Jonestown connection. I was ten when that actually happened and there is a lot of similarities to the actual events in the video, and I wondered who came up with the concept and everything?

Dan: It was the directors of the video. We wrote the song and originally it was just meant to be a demo, and we were listening to it one day and we were like ‘with a little bit more work this could be a fucking good single’, just because it had been a while since people had had any new music. And that then escalated and we decided that if we were going to do it, we may as well do it properly and do a music video for it! We found the guys at Crooked Gentlemen and we gave them the song and they came up with the idea for the video to the music – so it was kind of like art inspiring art in a way.

What did you think when they came up with it?

Dan: We kind of just like rolled with it!

Danny: Yeah, we saw the other stuff they were doing, and it was class, so we just said go for it, and just went all in.

Claire: we didn’t even realise how much detail they were going to go in to! All we were told was there was going to be a performance day – a day where we needed to get some family into a room, so we just said, ‘come for a few hours and sit in this room’. Then we get there, and they had this unbelievable actor, and we were there for the whole day and they had them doing exorcisms and all this mad stuff, but everyone enjoyed it!

Dan: There were parts of it when they were doing stuff and we were standing back, like the bit where they drink the poison, and we were like ‘What the Fuck?!!!’ We had no idea that was happening! It was awesome!!!

Rick: Yeah it is an awesome video!

Claire: The guys that did it, they are actually becoming so big now – like in a couple of months’ time I don’t think you will be able to get them cos they are in such high demand. So, they deserve all the credit really, we just wrote the song.

Rick: Yeah but if they hadn’t had the song, they wouldn’t have come up with the idea!

Danny: Yeah in fairness they were really stoked when they heard the song and they put all their effort into it.

And that was were we had to leave it, as the band had to be whisked away to do another interview. It was great chatting with them and hearing their ideas on things. We could quite happily have carried on for ages. We would really like to thank Claire, Dan and Danny for taking time out of their schedule, on a very cold day, to sit and chat with us for so long. Make sure you check them out and have a watch if you are at Amplified Festival in July, or Bloodstock in August. We will, as ever, keep you posted when they announce the release of their new album, which we will be very much looking forward to. In the meantime, for more info, or to watch the awesome video for their single, ‘Pure Chaos’, check out the links below:

LINKS:

  • https://www.facebook.com/DeadLabel/
  • https://www.instagram.com/deadlabelband/
  • https://deadlabel.bandcamp.com/
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/DeadLabelBand

OTHER LINKS:

  • http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2018/bands/dead-label
  • http://www.amplifiedrocks.com/lineup

 

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Spreading The Disease – Insurrection

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Spreading The Disease – Insurrection
Running Time 47:29
Release – September 2017
Independent/Motivated Music Management
Album Review by Lee Preston
8/10

This has been an album I’ve been looking forward to hearing after hearing the debut EP “Viral” by Kent based metallers Spreading the Disease late in 2016, who continuously tour the length and breadth of the country. And I’m pleased to say it surpasses everything the debut promised.

The album starts quite subdued on opening track ‘Find My Path’ before hitting some huge riffs acting as an extended intro before the rest of the albums tracks bludgeon you with razor sharp riffs, varied songwriting and cleverly laid out pacing. This is an album in the true sense, its varied without sounding like a band unsure where to go, quite the opposite, sounding more like a gig with peaks and troughs to give it some pacing, air and a sense of purpose.

Songs vary between groovy metal with an early 90’s vibe bringing Pantera and Prong riffs to a modern abrasive guitar as the basis of song structure, and then going into alt metal in later songs such as ‘Can’t Let Go’ which is an acoustic driven number that has a Tool vibe about it. The vocals are another strong point on this album, the main vocals being an aggressive but clear modern bark with a clear delivery of the lyrical content, which is very direct about modern life. Then there’s the backing vocals which are melodic in a 90s alt rock style, clear but edgy.

All in all, this is a rip roaring album from start to finish. Anyone who likes mid 90s metal, alt rock and modern metalcore will find a lot to enjoy here. Highly recommended!

 

TRACKLIST

  • 01 Find My Path
  • 02 Words Unspoken
  • 03 Dischord
  • 04 Spreading The Disease
  • 05 Greed
  • 06 Save Me
  • 07 Whores Of War
  • 08 Method To My Madness
  • 09 Can’t Let Go
  • 10 Brexit Wounds
  • 11 Last Goodbye

 

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