Blame Zeus – Seethe

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Blame Zeus – Seethe
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Running Time: 45:37
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Good afternoon, my children of the nether face of God. I am Dark Juan, and I bring you this epistle from the dark satanic mills of West Yorkshire, rather than the Brittany countryside. There were no more church altars to defile or virgins left. I’d worked through them all… Yes, I have returned to our sceptred isle of Great Britain permanently because rural France is boring. All those people in Blighty who thought they were safe from my tender ministrations should now be quietly crapping themselves because I have returned with vengeance on my mind, murder in my heart and a total lack of beer to mitigate any bad temper. In other news, there are probably a whole lot of other people fearing my return for other reasons – like workmates who will soon be being subjected to my rapid, unintelligible and insane gabbling due to acute caffeine sensitivity and a requirement for a LOT of coffee when working 48 hour shifts. I am also writing my memoirs. Ex-girlfriends and shitbags who have done me wrong – quake in your metaphorical boots, you set of twats!

Ah, the blessed relief of a good and satisfying rant.

I’ll be honest here, I chose to review this Portuguese prog metal band named Blame Zeus simply because “Blame Zeus!” is a familiar and tediously repetitive refrain in Dark Juan Towers (excuse me, it’s Dark Juan Terrace now!) when looking at a severely depleted bank balance. Normally when Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre, MM, KCVG has cost us another £80 to get medicine to get him to shit out whatever inedible object he has ingested this time. This is something that happens frequently. Which leads us clumsily into a segue deciding whether Blame Zeus are shit or not. I’m good at this writing lark, me.

This album is named “Seethe”. Opening song “How To Successfully Implode” was not what I was expecting when reading the blurb I got with the album. I was expecting sub-grade Lacuna Coil copyism with added twiddly bits. What I actually got was a fucking kick-ass heavy metal track from an instantly likeable band. I’m always suspicious of a band that labels themselves progressive, because prog done right is absolutely magical. Prog done wrong is a bunch of musicians disappearing rapidly up their own arses playing freeform jazz solos on eight string guitars WHILE SOME PIXIE WAILS ABOUT FUCKING FAIRIES AND TROLLS AND OTHER FANTASY SHIT AND THE DRUMMER IS PLAYING 5/4 TIME! Pardon me and my shouting, I am writing this review sober. This is a rare occurrence.

Vocalist Sandra Oliveira is excellent throughout the record. She is a barrel lunged chanteuse who is best described as a combination of Cristina Scabbia with more vocal control and the much loved (in Dark Juan’s twisted black gutter of a soul, anyway) Helen Vogt of the late and lamented Flowing Tears, and the band’s command of English is actually superb. It is relevant to note this because I now know at first hand just how difficult it is to communicate in another language, let alone compose and create in one. Bonus marks for intelligence…

Blame Zeus’ music is difficult to describe accurately. I wouldn’t say its progressive metal. I’d say its heavy metal with progressive elements. The riffs are meaty and satisfying, the production quality very good (if bass heavy, my poor headphones were buzzing like a swarm of seriously perturbed hornets on more than one occasion – I think the producer of the record is possibly a devotee of Phil Spector’s wall of sound) with generally excellent clarity apart from the previously mentioned overwhelming of my cans, and the musical arrangements inventive – and this is where the progressive elements part of my description comes in – in the middle eight of the song, or in the intro and start of a song is where you’ll find the most progressive sounds. Apart from ‘The Warden’. This song could be off any Tool album in the “Aenemia, Lateralus” and “10,000 Days” era. Luckily, these are splendid benchmarks to be judged against, so please do not count this as a demerit. ‘The Crown And The Gun’ has an extremely unusual start where it sounds like a bizarre three way musical coupling of Muse, Tool and Alice In Chains before the guitars kick in and lay you out with a hobnailed boot to the solar plexus. The solo on this tune is extremely prog though – all Eastern sounding before Sandra launches into ethereal wailing with lashings of reverb, chorus and echo before the song is dragged kicking and screaming back into the glorious light of metal and reminded what it actually is, which is a fucking heavy metal song and its only reason for existence is to be spectacularly violent and to cause ears to bleed. Which it did!

I like Blame Zeus. They were a fortuitous choice to review. Highlights are the opening song, which is an absolute heavy fucking metal triumph, ‘Down To Our Bones’ which has some excellent interplay between male and female vocals and ‘The Crown And The Gun’ which I believe represents EXACTLY what Blame Zeus are aiming for. I want to hear a lot more. I love Sandra’s voice, which is operatic without being overpowering, the music because it is after all heavy metal with added intelligence and the band sounding like they are enjoying themselves. There is far too much totally po-faced prog metal that causes this hellpriest to imagine the band spending hours discussing how to synocapte the drums in the most obscure time signature possible whilst sipping green tea and complaining that seven notes are simply not enough, before crapping out some 22 minute “song” about the siege of the Elven Kingdom of Walpurgia by the Orken Hordes of Shitbaggium. Anyway, Blame Zeus are good. If you like bands like Tool, Visions Of Atlantis, Flowing Tears and the like, then you will like them too. That was a deliberate attempt to see how many grammatically correct “likes” I could fit into a single sentence. You should buy their records. Do it. Do it NOW.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System would have done this bit in Portuguese, but doesn’t have Google Translate as we are currently sans internet (maybe the mighty beast of metal that is Victor Augusto of Ever Metal fame will be able to assist!) awards Blame Zeus a thoroughly disreputable 8/10 for an hell of an enjoyable record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. How To Successfully Implode
02. Déjà Vu
03. Down To Our Bones
04. White
05. Bloodstained Hands
06. The Obsession Lullaby
07. Into The Womb
08. No
09. The Warden
10. The Crown And The Gun

LINE-UP:
Sandra Oliveira – Voice
Ricardo Silveira – Drums
Paulo Silva – Guitar
Tiago Lascasas – Guitar
Celso Oliveira – Bass

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/BlameZeus/

https://www.instagram.com/blamezeus/
https://blamezeus.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/BlameZeusband

 

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Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)

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Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)
Mutilation Productions
Release Date: 31/08/2019
Running time: 30:32
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

One thing that I do admire in some bands is when they constantly keep evolving even after two decades of existence. If they can still impress their fans after so much time, they probably deserve all the attention they get. Firstly, I do have to describe Miasthenia’s music to make it clear. Miasthenia are a Pagan Metal band who bring the creepy sonority from Black Metal, but they play it incredibly with the harmonies, melodies and techniques of a great Heavy Metal band. The Portuguese lyrics are far from the silly Satanism or Antichrist themes you often get. Vocalist Susane Hécate delves deep into old civilization histories and describes how the Christians enforced their dogmas and culture, sometimes with bloodshed, during the 16th Century colonization. She has a Doctor’s degree in history and teaches at a local university and both of these things help her to create romances based on the theme.

Her keyboard parts are very noticeable on the compositions and have a great contrast with all the riffs. Marcos Thormianak is a killer guitar player too and his riffs and guitar work, together with Hécate’s keyboards, create a dense atmosphere. It is not superbly overblown like the symphonic parts from bands like Dimmu Borgir, however, it is as well composed, and Miasthenia just play it in a simpler manner. Basically the band have extreme and aggressive songs, that talk about Maya or Indians. All of this is strongly highlighted with an awesome record production, but don’t forget that I am talking about a band that was born from Black Metal influences in Brazil. Can you believe that this is possible? Yes, it is!

“Sinfonia Ritual”, specifically, consists of songs from Miasthenia’s last three albums, Antípodas (2017), “Legados do Inframundo” (2014) and “Supremacia Ancestral” (2008) that have been rearranged into totally symphonic versions. If the original tracks are amazing by their arrangements and heaviness these versions, created in collaboration with producer ‘Ifall’, create a vastly more epic atmosphere. Orchestration has reproduced all the riffs, vocals and keyboards. Just the drums and solos have been left behind.

The extract from the five songs that you can read on the CD booklet says: “In the ritualistic disease of the singing and dancing of Taqui Ongo’s preachers, Andean priests lamented the forgetfulness of ancestral rites and they announced the rebellion of the Huacas (Andean spirits) against the Christian religion. In Yucatán, the Mayan priest Chilam Balam predicted the “13 Ahau Katún”, that is an age marked by the arrival of Christians colonizers and it corresponds to the end of an ancient era, when agony evokes the force of blood sacrifices in the revival of death-rebirth-life rites to Xibalbá. In North America, the great tribal alliance of the Iroquois gave rise to the “Kayanerehn Kowa” or “The Great Law of Peace” which celebrated the end of wars and conflicts, in rituals that ensure the balance and harmony among native nations that fight for your rights. In 1542, in the South America forests, the powerful female Indian warriors Coniupuyaras confronted the Orellana conquering troops on the huge Amazonas River, disturbing the Christian and patriarchal order imposed by colonialism. “Deuses da Aurora Ancestral” celebrates the ancient tribal resistances that inspire us and connect us with the infinite ways of be, ways of being and ways of resist; in the past or in the present”.

Listening to “Sinfonia Ritual”, I felt like I had entered inside the soul of Miasthenia and discovered thorough details from them. It is like I can see their skeleton and ‘spinal tap’ from them their melodies, music structures and harmonies; all of it without the “Skin” of heaviness of the original songs. You just have to open your mind and embark on this saga to feel how glorious Miasthenia are.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Taqui Ongo
02. 13 Ahau Katún
03. Kayanerehn Kowa
04. Coniupuyaras
05. Deuses Da Aurora Ancestral

LINE-UP:
Susane Hécate – Vocals, Keyboards
Thormianak – Guitars
Prometheus – Drums
Ifall – Arrangements, Synths, Vocals and Percussion

LINKS:
https://www.miasthenia.com/
https://web.facebook.com/miasthenia/
https://www.instagram.com/miasthenia_band/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Miastheniaband

 

 

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise
Pride & Joy Music
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Running Time: 50:08
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Female-fronted Symphonic Metal bands are a dime a dozen and so it’s easy for Portuguese band Glasya to get overlooked. It happened to me…I had been postponing this review since July. But let me tell you, once I got a taste of this album I was immediately hooked.

It might sound dismissive to refer to Glasya as Nightwish clones (they doubtlessly are) but the band exudes passion and you can’t help be enamoured by these songs. Their songwriting quality is great and soprano Eduarda Soeiro is so jaw-droppingly good.

With the anthemic ‘Eternal Winter’, the addictively catchy ‘No Exit From Myself’ and the stirring ‘Coronation of a Beggar’…amongst other gems…”Heaven’s Demise” was a welcome discovery for this reviewer.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Heaven’s Demise
2. Ignis Sanctus
3. Coronation Of A Beggar
4. Glasya
5. Eternal Winter
6. Birth Of An Angel
7. The Last Dying Sun
8. Neverland
9. No Exit From Myself
10. A Thought Of You

LINE-UP:
Eduarda Soeiro – Vocals
Bruno Prates – Guitar
Hugo Esteves – Guitar
Davon Van Dave – Keyboards
Manuel Pinto – Bass
Bruno Ramos – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/GlasyaOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/glasya.band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdYZ1M0rdT6jI6GhYsdXrw

 

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EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW

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EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Alternative Metal band The Mariana Hollow! 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?

Richie – My name is Richie and I play guitar in The Mariana Hollow. We’ve been in existence for around 10 years now and have released 3 albums – “Coma Hear”’, “Velvet Black Sky” and ‘”The Abandoned Parade”, as well as an EP called “Scars, Not Wounds”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Richie – We really struggled to find a name that would suit our music when we first started, but as we started to play people our demos, a lot of them remarked that it made them think of the ocean. The Mariana Hollow was the original name given to the Marianas Trench (which is the deepest part of the sea) and it fitted perfectly.

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

Richie – We are an English/Portuguese band, but as one of the English chaps in the band I can confirm that the UK scene is absolutely bursting with incredible bands, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum. I think we’re quite unusual within the UK scene as although we have our more aggressive moments, there are no screamed vocals or breakdowns in our music! We try and keep our songs at the forefront of what we do and we’re not really influenced by any one genre or sound.

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

Richie – Our latest release is the video for ‘Swear to God’, from our new album “The Abandoned Parade”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU9ZwI2cI5M

Who have been your greatest influences?

Richie – We all have pretty diverse and different tastes, but some of the bands we all love are: Alice in Chains, A Perfect Circle, Katatonia, Faith No More, Deftones and Pantera.
Personally, I am a huge fan of The Haunted, Days of the New, Type O Negative and loads of obscure UK 90’s bands like Send No Flowers and Headswim.

What first got you into music?

Gabriel – My dad is also a guitar player, so since a very young age I felt compelled to play an instrument even though it was never imposed upon me.

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

Gabriel – Mike Patton, I think the musical outcome could be very difficult to predict.

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

Gabriel – Hellfest, it has such a diverse crowd and cool vibe, I’d really enjoy playing there.

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

Spinky – I have never received any ‘weird’ gifts, but I have received some really lovely things – flowers, chocolates, and one time an amazing picture book of live photos of the band which was really awesome.

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

Spinky – I think it would be to firstly thank them for sticking with us on our long (and sometimes stop-start) journey as a band! But also to thank them for being so supportive of our new album. It’s been really amazing to see the responses to the album, and to know that all our hard work has paid off and that people are really enjoying listening to it. It’s been more than we’d dreamed of.

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

Spinky – I think it would have to be Dimebag Darrell. He was such an extraordinary talent, and was taken from us in such shocking circumstances.

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

Spinky – The thing I love the most is having been able to create such strong bonds with my bandmates, through our emotional connection to the music we make and play together. Being able to write songs and share your creative outlets with your closest friends is a very unique and special experience. It can take you to all sorts of places emotionally, and on journeys that you may have never thought possible, but the outcome is always totally worth it – and often an unexpected surprise.

I think the worst thing is the difficulty that bands face in getting decent shows, working with decent promoters and getting their music out to the right people. Although the internet has helped in a way, it has also hindered the experience – as the internet is saturated with music (not all of it good), and less folk are inclined to support live music, especially on the smaller scales. It’s so sad seeing great small venues die out.

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

Richie – That everyone would pay for music that they love.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gabriel – Alice In Chains – Facelift

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

Spinky – I love my CD collection and always will!

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

Spinky – I would actually say the acoustic show we played for the launch of “The Abandoned Parade” was my favourite. It was such a genuine and warm atmosphere with many friends and loved ones there to support us. The set list was great, and I think we transferred the songs from heavy to acoustic versions really well. Everyone was on form, and it felt great performing the songs in such an intimate place – and to finally be able to share the album with everyone.

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

Gabriel – I’m a part-time musician and even though I take it very seriously, it’s a passion project. I’d be doing what I do for a living, which is graphic design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Richie – If living or dead, it would be:
Peter Steele (Type O Negative)/ Carrie Fisher/ Bill Hicks/ Peter Dolving (The Haunted)/ Phoebe Waller-Bridge

What’s next for the band?

Gabriel – At the moment we’re trying to promote the record as much as we can, and we’re looking to release at least one more video as a single. We also have an EP’s worth of material which we’re planning to release, hopefully within a year’s time.

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

Gabriel – Facebook & Youtube mostly. To stream the new album we’re mostly directing people to our Bandcamp page, however, the album is also available on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Google Play.
https://www.facebook.com/themarianahollow/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMarianaHollow
https://themarianahollow.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Spinky – I’m going to say biscuit – as they’d live in my biscuit tin if I had any 😉

 

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