Manticora – To Live To Kill To Live

Manticora – To Live To Kill To Live
ViciSolum Productions
Release Date: 28/08/2020
Running Time: 63:23
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

(Here at Ever Metal, albums sometimes slip through our net but then our radar picks them up a couple of months after their release. This is one such case…)

Soon you’ll need more than two hands to count Manticora’s albums and yet this is my first foray into the band’s music. For the sake of those who share my inadvertence, the band is a quintet from Denmark who describes their music as Power Prog Metal and have quite recently reshuffled their line-up. Right, that’s the pleasantries taken care of. Now onto the nitty-gritty of the matter…

The album is confusingly called “To Live To Kill To Live” – a title doubly-confusing when considering that the previous album, released 2 years ago, was called “To Kill to Live to Kill”. In fact, both albums are part of the same concept and the band has even published a book recounting the tale within these 2 albums. Despite being an avid reader, I haven’t yet read the book but from what I’ve gathered it’s a dark and violent tale involving a hitman and a deranged mind.

I must confess I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I mean it’s easy to name-drop the music…Kamelot and Blind Guardian immediately spring to mind. But Manticora infuse a wide variety of musical elements to create a powerful and utterly convincing blend of Metal.

“To Live To Kill To Live” is epic, dramatic and vivid and within it Manticora has created music that flows in tandem with the concept. For example… even if you ignore its lyrics, the music of the last track – ‘Katana – Beheaded’ – really coveys the feeling that this is a showdown, the climax of the story arc.

The first track is also quite epic. ‘Katana – The Moths And The Dragonflies/Katana – Mud ‘ is over 14 minutes long and encompasses some furious blastbeats, a wide range of singing styles, atmosphere, aggression, power, guitar solos…and it all flows so beautifully.

I mentioned the drumming….before recording this album, Manticora recruited Lawrence Dinamarca and boy can he play! His drumming gives the album’s intensity a life of its own and is one of the reasons why songs such as ‘Through The Eyes Of The Killer – Filing Teeth’ or ‘Slaughter In The Desert Room’ sometimes set foot in Black Metal territory.

But it’s not just Dinamarca because in reality all the band members are on the ball. Vocalist Lars F. Larsen, for example, soars, screams and whispers with ease. In the last track ‘Katana – Beheaded ‘ his singing reminded me of Russell Allen and in fact there are a number of riffs in the album that reminded me of Symphony X. One minor gripe concerns ‘The Farmer’s Tale Pt. 3 – Eaten By The Beasts’ which has so many vocal harmonisations that you can’t discern the actual voice but as I’ve argued earlier, that factor is offset by a wide variety of singing techniques that really enrich the album.

At over 60 minutes duration “To Live To Kill To Live” is quite long but I didn’t feel that that was a huge problem. This is the first Manticora album I’ve delved into but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ve just stumbled upon a goldmine.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Katana – The Moths And the Dragonflies/Katana – Mud
02. To Nanjing (Instrumental)
03. The Farmer’s Tale Pt. 3 – Eaten By The Beasts
04. Slaughter In The Desert Room
05. Through The Eyes Of The Killer – Filing Teeth
06. Katana – Death Of The Meaning Of Life
07. Tasered/Ice Cage
08. Goodbye Tina
09. Tasered/Removal
10. Stalin Strikes (Instrumental)
11. Ten Thousand Cold Nights
12. Katana – Beheaded

LINE-UP:
Kristian Larsen – Guitars
Lars F. Larsen – Vocals
Stefan Johansson – Guitars
Kasper Gram – Bass
Lawrence Dinamarca – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with NACARBIDE

EMQ’s with NACARBIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bangkok, Thailand based Power/NWOTHM Metal band, Nacarbide. Huge thanks to bassist Hassy 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?

Hassy; I play bass guitar in NACARBIDE. This project was formed in the summer of 2016 in Bangkok Thailand. This first era, we had 4 Japanese players and 1 Thai guitarist. We tried to compose our original songs but not many ideas at that time, so we played songs by Loudness, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio (including RAINBOW) at the show.

How did you come up with your band name?

NACARBIDE is a kind of coined word. NAC means “Heavy” in the Thai language หนัก.

CARBIDE is a kind of hard metal in English. We named it with the hope that our work could compete in the world. Regarding Japaneseness, we thought that I could express it with music itself and visuals, so I dared not put Japanese in the name.

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

All of us are from Japan. Between Osaka to Nagoya, the West-mid area of Japan. I probably don’t need to explain about the Japanese metal scene, but they are pretty mature listeners, audiences. So, our music is familiar than the latest mainstream of metal. This means average age is higher than other Asian countries.

On the other hand, In southeast Asia, we are a complete minority and an endangered species. Listeners are young and they like more extreme sounds.

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

Lyric Video ‘UNDISCLOSED’ taken from our second full album “IRON LOTUS” which was released in April 2020.

Official Lyric Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a composer, ANTHEM and LOUDNESS from Japan.

What first got you into music?

Beatles, Stones, The Who and Eagles. Because my mom listened every day.

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

Firewind!

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

Anywhere if we can go there by LCC lol but if open air, warm weather is preferable!

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

Handmade dolls in the shape of band members!

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

Stay Safe, Stay Metal \m/

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

Ronnie James Dio, Gary Moore, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Entwistle, Munetaka Higuchi, Randy Rhodes and KING Edward Van Helen.

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

Response on new release from supporters. We don’t like to see on SNS posts in discussions about which metal to categorize our music into. Streaming services suck.

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

It is unavoidable that the industrial structure would change due to the evolution of technology, and if we can do something, it is requesting that the streaming service providers increase the return rate to performers.

Otherwise, there is no cost for high-quality recordings, and I think that only computer music that can be created at low cost can survive.

Therefore, we are always thinking about whether we can create works that do not deteriorate the quality while keeping costs down as much as possible.

Our heroes gave Rock a dream, but unfortunately, I don’t think we can do it…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Saints of Los Angeles” by Mötley Crüe

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

If I have enough space to stock and listen loud then Vinyl but current status is possible to download (not stream)!

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

14th Dec 2019 at Bangkok Metal Festival.

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

Backpacker. Anyway, I want to do a world tour Haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Scarlett Johansson, Nikki Sixx, Tilda Swinton, Carla Harvey, Hugh Jackman

What’s next for the band?

New album release tour in Asia but it has been postponed by COVID-19 So we will join 2 of Metal Fest in Thailand in 2020. Also, of course, composing for 3rd album too.

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

www.gumroad.com/dfjrecords
www.twitter.com/nacarbide
www.instagram.com/nacarbide/
www.facebook.com/NACARBIDE/
www.nacarbide2016.blogspot.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Trash. Don’t eat.

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

Everyone in the world, metal heads, let’s listen to metal and boost your immunity!

After this pandemic, we are constantly gathering information so that we can meet you in person and deliver the Physical goods to your city. I’m looking forward to seeing you all!

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Unleash the Archers – Abyss

Unleash the Archers – Abyss
Napalm Records
Release Date: 21/08/20
Running Time: 55:56
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Look deep inside yourself and you’ll know, no matter how much you try to deny it and pretend you’re better than it, you bloody love some power metal. Whether it’s the searing melodies, ludicrous bombasticities, or you just have a thing for loin cloths, power metal is the delicious camembert accoutrement to your otherwise super, well-metal normality.

Sadly, it is not a genre that has aged well. Relying way too much on the attributes that made it such a success in the 80’s and 90’s, modern power metal flag-bearers either rehash the ideas of their predecessors, carry an outrageous gimmick, or are literal carbon copies of themselves (looking at you here Helloween and Rhapsody of Fire / Turilli/Leone Rhapsody). It is then refreshing to see the rise of an ambitious, hard-working troupe such as Unleash the Archers grinding their way to album five, being driven by their own unwavering vision of modern power metal.

The Vancouver band formed in 2007 operating on the heavier end of the power metal spectrum, blending the genre with lashings of melodic death metal. In the years since, Unleash the Archers have found their sweet spot in style, keeping the harsh melodeath growled vocals in reserve, but keeping the pace and riffs, and allowing frontwoman Brittney Slayes to prosper as a vocalist. Unlike her contemporaries, Slayes does not possess the high-pitched wails of Power Quest or Kiske-fronted Helloween, she does have the gravelly tones of Rage and she does not sound like a knock-off Tarja Turunen.

Brittney Slayes sounds like Brittney fucking Slayes.

In a sea of some of the most impressive vocalists in all of heavy metal, Slayes is able to stand out from the pack with her immense range and pure power in her delivery. She sounds like a confident performer throughout the album, and when she is backed by those fleeting growls of guitarists Andrew Kingsley and Grant Truesdell, it only seems to amalgamate together to create a hugely dramatic soundscape, and add some much-missed bite back into power metal.

“Abyss” opens with the immensely powerful and mood-setting ‘Waking Dream’, and whilst it does get you in the right mindset for the album, it then takes nearly a minute and a half for the album to get going proper, with the intro partially overlapping into the title-track. Intro tracks may be all the rage these days, but nearly 5 minutes of table-setting before the banquet makes for a slightly unnerving feeling about Abyss’ pacing.

The album did not take too long to redeem itself. The song ‘Abyss’ slowly turns into a strong outing for all involved, with Slayes’ vocal flexes underlined by Scott Buchanon’s brutal drum patterns and guitar work that feels somewhere between ravaging the streets of Gothenburg and lashings of glitter. The follow-up ‘Through Stars’ is the album’s first truly great song, opting to change out the pace of the opening sequence, with a bounty of beautiful melodies, alongside riffs and vocal harmonies blending together so effortlessly to create a shimmering masterwork of a song.

This collaboration between harmony and aggression is what really sets Unleash the Archers apart, feeling so comfortable on either side of the coin and not needing to go all the way into an orchestral-acoustic ballad to invoke melody and emotion from the listener. Equally, while there are windows into their melodic death metal past, the album never reaches overt levels of aggression. The growls on tracks like ‘Return to Me’, ‘The Wind That Shapes The Land’ and ‘Afterlife’ never feel like they’re outstaying their welcome, and on the whole add to the album’s narrative.

That is not to say “Abyss” doesn’t come without its experimental moments. Penultimate song ‘Carry The Flame’, a self-contained duet between Slayes and Kingsley, could easily out-class most pop rock acts filling up the charts today. Summery riffs leading into a classic power metal chorus, as the two singers trade-off their stoic voices; on paper it sounds like a nightmare but darn it all if it doesn’t come out sounding like an absolute bop. It’s a similar story with the song ‘Legacy’. Probably the closest thing the album has to a ballad, it’s an emotional and searing piece of music that is sometimes interjected with a barrage of blast beats and guitar widdling wankery. Again, sounds like an absolute fustercluck when analysed, but it somehow comes out sounding absolutely sensational.

For the long-term power metal fans who have been desperate for a refreshing new look to the genre, Unleash the Archers’ new album needs to be part of your essential listening. Whilst the pacing does take some getting used to, it doesn’t just copy what was good from years gone by, it identifies what made those things good in the first place and turns it into ideas that work for today, finished off with a Herculean production job by that man again Andrew Kingsley.

Assemble your chainmail and battle axes lads, we reconvene at dawn.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Waking Dream
02. Abyss
03. Through Stars
04. Legacy
05. Return To Me
06. Soulbound
07. Faster Than Light
08. The Wind That Shapes The Land
09. Carry The Flame
10. Afterlife (ft. Francesco Ferrini of Fleshgod Apocalypse)

LINE-UP:
Brittney Slayes – Lead Vocals
Andrew Kingsley – Guitars, Synthesizer, Vocals
Grant Truesdell – Guitars, Vocals
Scott Buchanan – Drums
Benjamin Arscott – Bass (session)

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Ancient Curse – The New Prophecy

Ancient Curse – The New Prophecy
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 57:48
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Ancient Curse formed in 1985. Since then, they’ve always had the same line up of singer/guitarist Pepe Pierez (ex-Sons of Seasons), guitarist Gunnar Eixleben (ex-Riot Instinct). Bassist Thorsten Penz (G.L.A.S.S.) and drummer Matthias Schroder, and they’re still making great music today. They’re kind of Power Metal, kind of Proggy, and even though they formed way back when, they’re definitely not your typical 80’s band in any shape or form. Their ‘storm and stress’ phase emerged in the mid-1990’s, with one mini and two full-length albums. And now the guys from Bremen are making a return with 9 new heart thumping tracks in the shape of their new release, “The New Prophecy”, which I’m sure you will agree are unique and just amazingly good.

The album starts off with an interesting guitar section, before you get hit with full on powerful, rapid drumming, and just brilliant guitar riffs. I would describe their metal as speed metal meets Nordic, it has so much power behind it and the guitar execution is immense.

The seamless shift between tracks means the enjoyment of the album is continuous throughout with no let up. And their storytelling is superb. Track three ‘The Shadow’ could easily be used in a horror film – think nightmare scene and you’re there. I will add that this album is definitely not one if you’re suffering a hangover (no I wasn’t, before anyone asks!). The constant thundering drumming makes your head bang all the way through.

One thing that stands out, aside from the brilliant drums and guitar work, is Pepe’s incredible voice, which is not only crisp and powerful, but has variations which are enough to set the spine tingling. The backing vocals are also so complimentary to Pepe; they blend seamlessly together, and it just proves that, even after two decades, these guys have what it takes.

Track six, ‘One Moment Of Fortune’, starts off all nice and gentle, then there’s that head splitting drumming again, epic guitar riffs and, just when you think your head might explode, you suddenly go into slow, deep vocals. This is when you can perfectly hear Pepe’s vocal skills, it’s almost haunting. It’s like he’s the embodiment of the monster under your bed! This track is over 7 mins of pure enjoyment, it takes your through every emotion possible, starting gently, building up, going manic, and slipping back to dark and creepy! And the harmonising is brilliant!

Another track which will leave you in no doubt of Pepe’s skills is ‘Mind Chaos’. At 6 minutes plus, the guys certainly give you value for money! And here, Pepe’s voice shifts to almost whisper singing (if Phantom of the Opera ever gets a sequel, they need this track, it will give you goose bumps).

One thing that is evident across the whole album is the effortless way the guys blend together. The guitar riffs have you either playing air guitar or drift into your thoughts, usually just before you’re brutally awoken again by the drumming that could probably wake the devil!

Overall, I love the album and hope they guys don’t make us wait as long for their next album. They break the mould of the way metal should sound and are unique. So many bands just play what everyone else does, but here we have something different, something fresh, but powerful. It’s been a pleasure to review.

TRACKLISTING:
01. We Follow The Signs02. Fire And Ice03. The Shadow
04. Man Of The Storm
05. Hypnotize
06. One Moment Of Fortune
07. Forever Young
08. Mind Chaos
09. Prophecy

LINE-UP:
Pepe Pierez – Vocals/Guitars
Gunnar Eixleben – Guitars
Thorsten Penz – Bass
Matthias Schroder – Drums

Special Guests
Henning Basse – (Metalium/Sons of Seasons)Oliver Palotai – (Kamelot)

LINKS:
www.ancientcurse.de/
www.facebook.com/Ancient-Curse-417582438351759
www.twitter.com/ancientcursehb
www.instagram.com/ancientcursehb/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYAYn3kl25GlzJw0iQLXzg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6FsoxZ7ETwkzjAeRzs0On0

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EMQ’s with NIGHTWÖLF

EMQ’s with NIGHTWÖLF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Heavy Metal band, Nightwölf. Huge thanks to bassist Guilherme de Almeida 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?

Hello, Headbangers! I’m Guilherme de Almeida, bass player of Nightwölf. Well, the band was created in 2017, it was our guitarist Adan Hessen who came up with the idea of a Traditional Heavy Metal band. He invited me and we started planning how it would happen, and after that we gathered the other guys. But it was at the moment we got together as a band that all the ideas really got consolidated. Since then we have been creating music we love and playing as loud as we can.

How did you come up with your band name?

You know, we thought about a good name for a long period. The idea was that it sounded good, something easy to remember, and also that we didn’t know any bands with a similar name. Someday Adan came with Nightwölf and we thought it was Metal enough. Also, it fit really well in the lyric themes we like to write about (myths, horror and literature, basically), which ended up creating a kind of mythology that can be seen in our first release, the EP “Unleash the Beast”.

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

We are from Brasília, in Distrito Federal, the capital of Brazil. Our country has always been known for great metal bands, but I guess we can say our city has one of the best Metal scenes of the whole country. I mean, everybody is, in general, always creating good bands, good music, good events, and we are really proud of being part of such a great scene. Also, our region is the place of legendary Brazilian bands such as Violator, Dark Avenger, Flashover, Miasthenia, Embalmed Souls, Valhalla, Blazing Dog, and many others. So, yeah, we do have a very good scene.

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

Well, our latest release is the EP “Unleash the Beast”! It was released independently in February and is now re-released by the legendary Kill Again Records, with whom we have just signed! The EP is making us really proud, it is going way further then we thought it would go. Before that we had only released a digital single for ‘Halls of Hell’, a song that can be found in the EP in a newer and better version.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can say that, in general, our biggest influences are the 80’s and 90’s Heavy Metal bands, you know, Judas Priest, Dio, Saxon, Accept, Manowar, Iron Maiden and many others. You can find lots of elements of all of these bands in our songs.

What first got you into music?

I think I can say that I grew up in a very musical environment; my mom always listened to good bands and musicians, so I think it was likely to happen anyways. But what really got me into music was certainly passion for Rock n’ Roll, which was awoken during my teenage years by classic bands like KISS, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. There isn’t anything that moves Heavy Metal more than the passion it creates within us.

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

That’s a really tough one hahaha. It’s hard to pick just one; there are many bands I would die for collaboration. Speaking for the band, I think it would be really awesome if we got to collaborate with names such as Iced Earth, Grave Digger or Doro. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Zakk Wylde, so if I could do anything with him someday that would be great.

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

I’d say any of the European summer festivals. But, well, it’s every headbanger’s dream to go to Wacken Open Air, Keep It True or Hellfest, and if we could play in any of these someday it would be a dream come true. Also, those are the festivals with the biggest visibility, with people from all around the world, so it would be awesome to have so many crazy bangers listening to Nightwölf’s music.

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

Drugs hahaha. I don’t even know what the hell that was, but we are not really into it. So, we had to refuse. Sorry, bro, bring us some alcohol next time hahaha.

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

I can only thank you all for the great support we have been receiving. You know, we have few fans, but all of them are true Heavy Metal lovers, and from everywhere in the world, which is something we didn’t expect at first. So, thanks for being real Metal worshippers!

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

Another really tough one, hahaha. If I could choose two of them, they would surely be Ronnie James Dio and Lemmy Kilmister, but, please, don’t make me choose between them hahaha. I really loved both.

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

Being on the stage and feeling the energy of the crowd is, for sure, what I enjoy the most, no doubt about that. Nightwölf really loves playing live. Now, what I hate… I wouldn’t say I hate it, but I’m just not really fond of recording processes haha you know, too boring and repetitive.

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

It is a cliché, but also so real: music should be done for passion, not for fashion. Writing songs is putting yourself in what you create, whatever it sounds like. So, if I could change anything about music industry it would be the “industry” part. Leave us only with music, that’s enough.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Vol. 4”. If I gotta choose just one, it has to be one of the All-Fathers of Heavy Metal, of course haha.

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

As a collector I would choose Vinyl. You know, there is a very pleasant ritual of listening around them. But as a means of spreading the word of the gods of Heavy Metal around the world, downloads are obviously the best option. I mean, each of them has had their importance through the years of music, so why not to choose them all?

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

Oh, we have played in many great gigs so far. Last year we opened for Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), which was huge. We also played at Kill Again Metal Fest with Air Raid (Sweden) and two great Brazilian bands called Murdeath and Breakout; and at Ritual Metal Show Festival Camping, with many bands of the Brazilian scene. Those were three of the best ones. But, to be fair, we always feel like our latest gig was the best one and that the next one will be even better, you know?

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

Actually, I’m not just a musician haha. When I’m not making music I’m a teacher. Everybody in the band has their own professions besides being a musician ‘cause it’s really hard to make a living with Heavy Metal nowadays, and we gotta pay the bills, right? Haha. But I can speak for all of the band members when I say there’s no possibility for any of us of not being a musician. It’s something we need.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates, for sure haha we love hanging out together. But if you’re asking about famous people, then they would be Ozzy, Rob Halford, Steve Harris, Glenn Hughes and Zakk Wylde. If I could bring someone back from the dead for this dinner party, then you can include Lemmy on the list. I think we would have a blast with these guys!

What’s next for the band?

As soon as everything goes back to normal we’ll go back to the stages to promote our EP “Unleash the Beast” that has been released just before quarantine and re-released by our label Kill Again Records (www.killagainrec.com) during quarantine, so the next gigs will be focused on that.

Also, we are already working on our next release which will be a full-length. We are using all of our free time during isolation to write new songs and set things up. I can only tell you that if you enjoyed our EP, you will enjoy even better the next record.

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

You can find us everywhere! Nightwölf is on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Bandcamp, Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, you can listen to “Unleash the Beast” at any digital platform you prefer. Also, if you want to contact us to buy our physical copies and all our merchandising stuff, or if you simply want to have a good conversation, send us a message through our Facebook or Instagram pages, it will be a pleasure!

www.facebook.com/nightwolfmetal/
www.instagram.com/nightwolfmetal/
www.nightwolfmetal.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2BwhU2iVUJfSYKRZI0d5b3
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4hGyWnQ5HHQ33U6NGut2UQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never really ate them, but something tells me not to trust the “Cakes” part hahaha. Biscuit, then.

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

On behalf of Nightwölf, I would like to thank Ever Metal team for the amazing interview; it is always a pleasure to have such a great time talking about our band. Thanks, once again, for everyone from everywhere in the world that has been supporting us be it buying our record, listening to us in any possible way, sharing our music with friends or spreading Nightwölf wherever you are. Also, I’d like to thank all the guys who are always sending their feedback through our social media. We hope to be able to play for all of you very soon! Stay safe, stay true and stay metal!

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EMQ’s with GRIMGOTTS

EMQ’s with GRIMGOTTS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Symphonic Power Metal band Grimgotts. Huge thanks to vocalist Andy Barton for taking part.

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

We’re called Grimgotts: The band was formed by myself (Andy Barton) and my mate called Fraser Watt – We started as a joke internet project back in 2015, and we ended up releasing an EP called “Here be Dragonlords” that year. We recruited random people online to play on the EP’s up until 2018 – By then, David Hills, a friend from University joined, along with Fabio Garau, Nelson Moreira & Mo Abdelgadir. Since then, we released “Dragons of the Ages” (2019) and have played several shows. In 2020, we’re releasing our 3rd album, “Tales, Sagas & Legends” – We’re releasing the album in 3 instalments, with ‘Tales’ having been released already back in May.

How did you come up with your band name?

As we started off as a joke Harry Potter themed band, we decided to reference the Wizarding bank of ‘Gringotts’ – we swapped the ‘n’ for an ‘m’ and the name was born!

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

The band originally formed in the West Sussex town of Horsham – there were some local bands, but the gigs were small. Eventually, the band members were all based in London which as you can guess has an AMAZING scene.

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

Our latest release is ‘Tales’ – the first instalment of our 2020 album “Tales, Sagas & Legends”.

Grimgotts – Tales (Full EP)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Much of our inspiration comes from the Power Metal giant bands: Helloween, Rhapsody, Dragonforce & Nightwish. We also take influence from the likes of Hans Zimmer & Two Steps From Hell.

What first got you into music?

Iron Maiden – For me (Andy), it was Iron Maiden – I found “The Number Of The Beast” album in my dad’s CD collection when I was 6 years old and I loved it. 

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

I think a collaboration with a group such as Two Steps From Hell would be amazing – we use big orchestration for our music, so working with those guys would be amazing. Having said that, a drinking song with Alestorm would be epic!

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

Wacken – no debate. It’s an amazing festival and would be our dream to be able to step out on that stage

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

We had a fan inform us that he had a cartoon and that we were included in the cartoon – apparently, we rise and play a song to give courage before a battle or something. Pretty cool, but pretty weird!

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

We’d just like to thank them for their support, it means the world to us and we wouldn’t be able to continue doing what we do without them!

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

Dio – I got too drunk at Wacken one year and missed him play. I didn’t mind as I was seeing him at Bloodstock a few weeks later, but then he went and died! Gutted.

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

Writing is by far the best part of being a musician – it’s allows you to be creative and expressive. Recording is horrible and knackering.

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

I think the over-saturation could be an issue – there’s probably hundreds of amazing artists that don’t get the recognition they deserve. Having said that, you can make music in your room these days, meaning that creating music is accessible for many who before wouldn’t have been able to. It’s a tough one.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reckoning Night” by Sonata Arctica – WHAT AN ALBUM!

(Totally have to agree with this answer – Rick)

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

Hard to say, all are great for different reasons – probably CD.

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

Our first gig in 2018 was special – it was such an amazing experience being on the stage. I myself hadn’t performed live for almost 10 years! I loved it.

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

Well I currently work in Digital Marketing, so I would probably be focussed on that…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The lads in the band, we’re all good mates – the extra would be anyone who can bear being in our company for a few hours.

What’s next for the band?

Once all the EPs are out this year, we’ll be focussed on gigs – we’ve got 2 festivals in 2021 already and we hope for many more!

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

We like to direct people from our Social Media to our Bandcamp page – it’s a great platform; you can either listen to our music for free or download it. We also direct users to Spotify as much as possible!
www.grimgotts.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0TrAygcWyGMmI6J40tiG6L
www.facebook.com/grimgottsband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake – the clue is in the name! But I’d dunk a Jaffa cake in my cup of tea, whereas dunking a Victoria sponge in my tea would be barbaric.

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

Check out “Tales” on any streaming site and stay tuned for “Sagas” in August and “Legends” this winter!

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From The Depth – Moments

From The Depth – Moments
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 28/08/2020
Running Time: 48:44
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Many things in life give me pleasure – I’m a cheerful soul like that – but music is top of the list every time. So, the volume of awesomeness that is popping up in the various scenes around the world currently makes Beth a happy girl indeed! And if there’s one thing that makes me exceedingly happy, it’s a good dose of Power Metal. It’s impossible to be angry when listening to it, I find! Pacey rhythms, face-melting guitar solos, and powerful harmonies are a match made in heaven/hell/nirvana/eutopia/the pub/other (delete as appropriate to indicate ‘happy place’ preference).

So, as you can imagine, I’m rather enjoying “Moments”, the upcoming release from Italian Power Metallers, From The Depth. The path, since forming in 2008 as a Power Metal covers band, has been turbulent for these guys, and it has been 6 years since they released their last EP, “Perseverance”. This new full-length album explores some of those ‘moments’ in their lives and in the history of the band.

Musically, this has got everything you would expect from Power Metal. It’s punchy and thunderous from the get-go. It melds string sections and ethereal synth and keys, with thumping crunchy riffs and plenty of bass, and sits clean vocals and harmonies nicely on top of everything else. Structurally, the songs explore rhythm and key change sections in a very pleasing way, exploring major and minor cadences and creating unexpected chord progressions and resolutions. It’s musically clever, and I like that. These guys have spent a lot of time thinking about how these songs all fit together, and how each component of every song sits within the sound.

They’re also very technically skilled with their instruments – the guitar solo in ‘Missed’ shows this off perfectly. Production wise, it’s pretty hot too. It’s not as diverse with the placing of instruments as some of the recent stuff I’ve been listening to, but then, it’s Power Metal – it’s supposed to hit you straight in the face, right?!

My favourite track on the album is the final track, ‘Somewhere’. It has a real change in pace from the rest, being a ballad. But it soars, and Raffo’s vocals are incredible on it. His tone is beautifully rich, and his range is ridiculous. His journey from lower, exquisite tenor tones, to off the scale falsetto is insane! As a vocalist, it fills me with joy and envy in equal measures. It’s an incredibly powerful and cinematic song, and brings the album to a very tidy close.

While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and is very much rooted in standard Power Metal boots, “Moments” is heartfelt and refined, and well worth a listen.

TRACKLISTING
01. Immortal
02. Spread Your Wings
03. Ten Years
04. Streets of Memory
05. Hypnos
06. Forget And Survive
07. Just Ice
08. Missed
09. A Matter of Time
10. Somewhere

LINE-UP
Raffo – Vocals
Santo – Bass
Jump – Guitar
Simone – Guitar
Cristiano – Drums

LINKS
www.fromthedepth.it/
www.facebook.com/fromthedepthband
www.twitter.com/officialftd
www.instagram.com/fromthedepthband
www.youtube.com/user/FromTheDepthOfficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6JfcvrXjV5ED87KSbGELqc
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/from-the-depth/467056211

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Greyhawk- Keepers Of The Flame

Greyhawk- Keepers Of The Flame
Fighter Records
Release Date: 16/06/2020
Running Time: 44:05
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Monday mornings. They’re not great, are they?! They need cheering up. So, for a change, I decided to start a Monday morning with a review of the new release by American metallers, Greyhawk. I have to say, this album had me totally confused at first. I always listen to any album 2 or 3 times before I write anything down, but this one had me truly stumped! Was it a metal opera? Was it metal storytelling, with vocals as varied as the amount of beer on sale these days?! So, this review is the product of a good few re-starts! Man, these guys know how to throw a spanner in the works with their music! Incidentally, Greyhawk are so metal they even have their own beer, and let’s be honest not many can say that!

Greyhawk’s quest started in 2018, when five metal guys (featuring alumni from bands like Skelator, Aggression, Prelude to a Pistol and Prophets of Addiction) met up and brought their unique style to life. This is their debut full length album on Fighter Records, and it brings something new to the table. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but then who is these days! Adding a bit more variety into music is what its all about, and these guys certainly stand out in a crowd, and I get the feeling that was their aim.

‘Gates Of Time’ starts the album. It’s very laid back, very calm, with a hint of Manowar, and short and sweet. This was where I thought I’d got the measure of their sound, but I was wrong! So, what’s next? Well that would be crazy drumming, epic guitar riffs and ear-piercing screams, followed by a voice I just wasn’t expecting! This fast-moving track has vocal variations all over it, and makes you giddy! In some places you think the vocals don’t actually match the content, but that’s what makes this album so different, and we like to be different don’t we?

There’s a lot of storytelling throughout this album. In ‘Drop the Hammer’, you can imagine the guys on stage telling the story with visuals on a backdrop. But that element takes nothing away from some truly amazing guitar riffs that make you sit up and listen. I can only imagine how epic it must be to be able to play like that. The guys take it down a notch for ‘The Rising Sign’, where Taylor’s voice is almost haunting, but still so powerful, and the addition of nicely timed backing vocals blend well. But don’t be fooled! This track maybe slower, but the power and feeling are still very strong here. The track builds and builds until the end, with low lamenting vocal harmonies in the background, which are quite chilling.

I Think my favourite track has to be ‘Ophidian Throne’. The tone of Taylor’s voice makes the hairs on your neck stand up and gives you chills.

This is definitely a Marmite album – you’ll either love it or hate it – there’s no in between! The variations from one track to another are a little hard to get your head around, but who wants to listen to the same thing over and over? It’s storytelling, meets Manowarish (yes, I just made that word up!), with a blend of metal, operatic vocals, crazy but intense guitar riffs, and heart thumping drumming. I found it a bit like a Chinese puzzle, it looks impossible, but you just have to take time to figure it out. With ear splitting screams that catch you off guard at times, it’s also not an album that you will fall asleep listening to! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

If this is what these guys can do for a debut album, then the future is exciting! If they grow from this, their albums will be insanely powerful and intense. With this album they have really shown what’s possible and what they’re made of. Great work guys and amazing cover artwork too!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Gates Of Time
02. Frozen Star
03. Drop The Hammer
04. Halls Of Insanity
05. The Rising Sign
06. R.X.R.O
07. Don’t Wait For The Wizard
08. Black Peak
09. Masters Of The Sky
10. Ophidian Throne
11. Keeper Of The Flames

LINE-UP:
Rev Taylor – Vocals
Darin Wall – Bass
Jesse Berlin – Guitars
Alika Madis – Guitars
Nate Butler – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Greyhawkmetal
www.greyhawkmetal.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/greyhawkmetal
www.instagram.com/greyhawkmetal/

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EMQ’s with ANUBIS

EMQ’s with ANUBIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Thrash/Power Metal band Anubis. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Devin Reiche 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 Devin and I play bass and vocals. We started up around 2018, had a few line-up changes, played about 30 shows around Hollywood, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, did one mini-tour…then Covid-19 hit, and here we all are now. These days we’re focusing on recording new material and putting out online content.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our old guitar player came up with it. I dug it because it fit my three criteria for a band name: 1) It starts with “A” so it’s at the top of any lists, 2) it’s 3 syllables, so it’s easy for a crowd to chant, and 3) it isn’t an “-ation” or “-ator” name, because those names are very generic sounding.

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

Los Angeles CA, USA. The scene here is on the smaller side, but it’s pretty tight and intimate. The talent here in LA is incredible, and bands from here who have gotten signed and gone international like Exmortus and Warbringer are among the absolute best of the new generation of metal.

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

Our self-titled EP. 3 of our earliest songs.

‘Everything Disintegrates’ Official Video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly bands from the power metal and thrash metal genres: Helloween, Blind Guardian, Sonata Arctica, Into Eternity, Testament, Megadeth, Hatchet, Havok, etc. But really, we love all genres of metal, and at some point, you’ll hear ideas from black metal, death metal, djent, punk rock, everything from heavy music.

What first got you into music?

Like most people, my gateway into metal was Metallica and Megadeth. When I was a kid it just blew my mind how much more advanced and intelligent it was than the radio rock that was big at the time. It was like, music for grownups.

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

I would love to do a duet with Noora Louhimo from Battle Beast. One of my favourite current-gen metal vocalists.

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

I had a lot of fun playing Lima Metal fest in Peru a few years ago with my other band Hatchet. I’d absolutely love to play there again with Anubis. They treated us really well, all the people we met were awesome, and there were some incredible metal merch stores all over Lima!

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

I don’t know about weird, but my good friend Lin Z gave me a beautiful neon fractal painting she made when we came through Colorado. Thanks Lin Z!!

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

Thank you so much for the support! Keep on listening to new bands, let’s all work on making the 2020s the best year for new metal! (Also, keep sharing our shit on social media).

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

I’d bring back Per “Dead” Ohlin from Mayhem. Both so that we could get a version of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas with his vocals, and so that we could maybe get him in with a group of friends who’d take his mental health more seriously than the friends he had did.

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

Enjoy the most – Having friends in virtually every state all over the country.

Hate – Driving through Arizona with no air conditioner while on tour.

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

I don’t really know how to answer that, because with the prominence of social media and the downfall of physical media, most of the changes I want to see have already taken place. Trends are always going to exist, but the industry is much less top-down; corporate record companies don’t hand-pick artists or “hits” nearly as much, the process of an artist becoming successful is much more organic and people-oriented than it was decades ago. Anyone can make a pro-sounding record in their bedroom and get big enough to live off the money they make if the music is good enough and they know enough about social media promotion.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Nightfall In Middle Earth” by Blind Guardian. Totally transcendent.

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

Streaming! I couldn’t live without Spotify. Getting access to literally every album ever made for only 15 dollars a month is a life-changer. There’s so much incredible music out there that I get frustrated that I can’t listen to it all at once.

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

Opening for Hammerfall at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset Strip in Hollywood! It was a sold-out show and the reception we got was way more positive than I expected it to be.

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

Selling patio furniture on route 22? (Hahaha, sorry, I just binge-watched The Sopranos).

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

1) Bernie Sanders
2) Yannis Papadapolous of Beast in Black (another one of the best metal vocalists alive)
3) Paul McCartney
4) Mary Mueller
5) Josephine Wall

Suffice it to say that it would be a really weird and awkward dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

We’re finishing up recording on our next EP, entitled “Hurricane Of Hate”. I know everyone always talks up their newest material, but I’m so happy with how this is turning out, it may be the best thing my name has ever been attached to.

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

www.facebook.com/AnubisBandOfficial/
www.instagram.com/anubismetalofficial/
www.anubis10.bandcamp.com/
www.soundcloud.com/user-715821028
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3ykbuwvjkJvbOixpb3WVj1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve actually never heard of Jaffa Cakes before! They probably just haven’t made their way to the States yet…

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

No, not really! Just check out out our new EP on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Spotify!

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EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Älmhult, Sweden based Melodic Power Metal project, Krilloan. Huge thanks to Klas Holmgren 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 Klas Holmgren and I´ve played guitar for 20+ years. I´ve mainly played rock in different bands but never been in an actual metal band, haha! However, now is the time. It started that I wanted to set up a studio in my basement in order to continue with music since the last band was laid to rest. The plan was to learn to record/mix/master myself in order to create music the way I want it, fast and melodic. To bring the metal back in my life so to say. Funny enough the fantastic band Battle Born then released a song named ‘Bring The Metal Back’ so it’s now a theme song for me. Horns up! I´ve always loved the old metal bands and have always had a soft spot for power metal so that where it all started in January this year. In order to bring it all home I realized I needed some help, so my buddy Steve lent a helping hand. Then my search led me to Alex who sings like a damn God and that’s how the first single ‘Yggdrasil’ came about. And now it’s time for song number 2.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually the name of an old book from a Swedish Role-Playing game we used to play when we were young.

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

I’m from the south of Sweden, a small town called Älmhult. Also known as the IKEA capital of the world. We have one great metal band from here called “My Dear Addiction” but I guess Älmhult is most known for “The Creeps” back in the 90’s. Otherwise, Sweden is a great country for metal and a lot of great bands are from here!

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

Latest release is a single called ‘Yggdrasil’ and was released in April. The new one, ‘Moonblade’ is released now in July It is released together with a lyric video done by the wizard Jani Stefanovic.

Yggdrasil (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitar player, Ace Frehley any day of the week! For Krilloan its Blind Guardian, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Dio, Falconer.

What first got you into music?

My big brother showed me a poster of Gene Simmons when I was like 7, then he made me a mixtape and I was hooked. Who doesn’t like ‘I Love It Loud when you’re 7 years old? I bought “Number Of The Beast” when I was 12 and knew I was to be a metalhead for life.

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

I´m lucky as hell. I already have the best collaboration! It’s my friend Steve Brockmann from the German band “Vision Of Choice”.

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

Sweden Rock Festival. It’s been a second home the last 20 years.

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

Never got one! I guess I´m not that famous, haha!

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

Continue listening to metal!

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

Ronne James Dio. He had so much left to give.

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

People in the metal community. It must be the best group of people in the whole world.

Hate? Hmm, that would be trying to learn all those damn plug-ins when recording.

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

That it should be easier for small bands to rise than it is today. The bands spending hours and hours in the rehearsal rooms are the real heroes in the world of music. If I could choose one more thing it would be that all commercial radio stations would play the first 6 Blind Guardian albums 24/7 all the time, that would be a great gift to the world!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blind Guardian – “Tales From The Twilight World”

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

Vinyl!

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

Probably one gig with our last band “24 Silver Bullets” when we run of songs and had to play almost 50% of the set again because people keep on chanting, good times.

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

I work at a bank, that’s very metal, haha! I´m a heavy metal-banker 😊 If not that I guess I would be back in the military or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ace Frehley, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske. Hansi Kursch, Michael Richards (Kramer).

What’s next for the band?

The first plan for Krilloan was to release three songs and Moonblade (No.2) is released July 10 so after the summer I will start on number three. However, I don’t think I can stop after three songs…

(Rick here – They definitely cannot stop after 3 songs. They are way too good)

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

I try to show the whole process in baby steps so its Instagram and Facebook. Then I go for Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify to spread my little contribution of metal to the world.
www.facebook.com/KrilloanOfficial/
www.instagram.com/krilloan_official/
www.krilloan.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6MfUFhthUp7MKoqNEfdwN5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCTG6DycF7kwesUS3KyzIbAg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Or is it a beer? I hope it’s a beer!

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

Thanks to everyone that has been cheering me on and to all that have a listen! Stay calm and stay metal people!

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