EMQ’s with WEIGHT OF EMPTINESS

EMQ’s with WEIGHT OF EMPTINESS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buin, Chile based Progressive Death/Doom Metal band, Weight of Emptiness. Huge thanks to bassist Mario Urra 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 friends, my name is Mario Urra, bassist of Weight of Emptiness.

We formed as a band in 2015, managing to release our first album in 2017 entitled “Anfractuous Moment for Redemption”, and in 2019 we released the album “Conquering the Deep Cycle”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band is related to the human feeling of pain in its lower circle. It is at that moment that you feel that you have nothing, but the weight on your shoulders is the greatest meaning in your life.

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

We are from Chile, Metropolitan Region, south of the capital. And in this region, as in all of our country, the metal scene is still concentrated in the underground. We have export bands; however, there is no market that exists in other regions of the world.

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

Our latest video is ‘Invisible Mind Workers’; part of the promo singles for our second full length “Conquering The Deep Cycle”. Additionally, we released a lyric video, “Weight of Emptiness”, celebrating the 5 years of the band.

‘Invisible Mind Workers’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘The Flame’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my biggest influences are in bands and bassists…. On bass I think there is no one like Geddy Lee (Rush), Chris Squire (Yes), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) or Snake (Voivod). But as for bands I listen to everything from The Beatles to Cannibal Corpse. Metal is a great pyramid and each one puts his brick.

What first got you into music?

My first experience was when I heard the song ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by Maiden, but on May 13, 1993 it was seeing Sepultura at the Caupolicán Theater in Santiago…. When I came out of that experience, I knew what I wanted in life.

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

Although it is something impossible, I would like to play one day in Dorso, a Chilean band…. But its leader is the bassist and vocalist, so as I told you…. It is impossible.

If I could play in a band, outside of my country. I would love to play in Voivod or Kreator.

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

I think Wacken is the dream of every metal band. Hopefully, we can go one day. I would very much like to bring the art of my friends and myself to such an important stage for metal fans.

However, if we are going to play in a bar with ten people, believe me we do the same show, with the same intensity.

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

Most of the time they give me some mugs of beer, with that I am more than happy. But once in Vigo, Galicia, a couple of women (who were girlfriends) invited me to spend their honeymoon with them. Unfortunately, I was in charge of merchandising that day.

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

First, an infinite thank you to them, from all sides of the planet. Second, I would tell you that we are already working hard on more material for you.

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

Uffff what a difficult question. But I choose Chuck Schuldiner from Death. I think he could have shown us a million more things. Special mention to John Lennon.

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

What I enjoy the most is making music, getting together with my band friends, that connection of the five is priceless. And on the other hand, I don’t hate anything, because if there is something uncomfortable in this, one talks about it and it is solved.

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

Personally, and referring to my country Chile, I would expand the music market which is actively towards foreign music or to a handful of ballads or tasty bands from Chile. The rest is underground. The few fans keep it. However, we are the vast minority.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

A Farewell To Kings” (1977), by Rush. It is the power trio par excellence. As a child my head exploded with ‘Xanadu’ and ‘Cygnus’. I think that if I die, I want that same goodbye to the gods.

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

I grew up with cassettes, then I had a giant CD collection. But I keep sticking with vinyl. Listening to great classics and listening to new material in that format is very nice.

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

The best was in Barcelona, Spain, at the “Sala Monasterio” on September 7, 2019. Where we played one of the longest and most complete Setlists. The audience was phenomenal, as were the bands that accompanied us. A special greeting to Don Mota.

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

The truth is that I have a career, I am an Industrial Civil Engineer, and I am dedicated to being a Contract Administrator, especially in the area of project planning and control. Maybe I would get together more to play soccer or have a good barbecue on the weekends.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What a difficult question. First of all, I would invite my band friends Jano, Juanzer, Nidia, Alejo and Weo. Now if the guests really did arrive, I would invite Mille Petrozza, Jayden James, Alex Lifeson, Scarlett Johansson and Rodrigo Pera Cuadra.

What’s next for the band?

Due to the social outbreak in my country, and the pandemic, many events were postponed to us, which was the current “Conquering Tour”. However, that left us time to compose, and at this moment we are walking to release our third album, however it has no definite release date.

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

You can follow us on our official page www.weightofemptiness.com as well as follow us on all our social networks such as on our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. To listen to our music via streaming you can find it on digital platforms such as Spotify or Deezer. If you want to see our audio-visual material, enter our YouTube channel, and finally if you want to get any album or merchandising of the band write us to weightofemptiness@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/Weightofemptiness/
www.instagram.com/weightofemptiness/
www.twitter.com/Weight_of_E
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7n8FVerG2QVstroA507x0M
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjZBSkHqfSQDaBlG92P-qw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know Jaffa cakes, but we are biscuits when we are alone, but we are cake when we are together.

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

I would like to thank the guys in the band, both those who play and those who always accompany us like Pizzi and Torito, Nelson Vicencio and Marcelo Vásquez for their collaboration, to all the friends, fans and family in Chile, and to all the friends who during these years we have known throughout the world.

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EMQ’s with APOKRISIS

EMQ’s with APOKRISIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Progressive Death/Thrash Metal band Apokrisis. Huge thanks to guitarist Evandro Bezerra 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 Evandro, guitar player from Apokrisis.

The band started its activities at the end of 2007, where me and Rodrigo made some rehearsals with covers from the bands we like to listen to. The main idea was make the music that we love, since we’re always heavy metal fans. In time, some ideas came to the light and we started with our own songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

Rodrigo brought the idea. We were searching for an uncommon name what could translate the thematic of the lyrics, so APOKRISIS, which is an ancient Greek word that means Revelation, carries the synthesis from this concept.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brazil and there are so many good heavy metal bands here.

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

We are promoting our brand-new single ‘Absinthe From The Gods’, taken as the first single from our four album “Misanthropy”, which will be released at the end of this year 2020.

‘Absinthe From The Gods’ (Promo Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like a lot of bands: Iced Earth, Pantera, In Flames, Slayer, Death, Arch Enemy, Testament, Dream Theater, Metallica, Kreator, Helloween, and so many more. So, for sure, we have a large mix of influences in our music.

What first got you into music?

At 11 years old I was starting my interest for heavy music, so, as almost every kid, I started to play some notes on an acoustic guitar, and to jump to electric guitar was in a blink of an eye…so, this is the story.

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

Iced Earth, definitely Iced Earth (lol).

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

WACKEN OPEN AIR and BLOODSTOCK, for sure!

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

I never get any gifts; I think our fans don’t like me…(lol).

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

I’m really honoured to have each one of you, following and supporting what we do, you are amazing!!!

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

Dimebag Darrell…this guy was awesome, but his music will remain forever!

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

I love to transmit my feelings through my music, really love it!

I hate to play in some places that do not offer support for the bands…this is really bad.

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

Heavy Metal could have more popularity as other music styles.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Alive In Athens” from Iced Earth.

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

I like CD, I really do prefer it.

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

FORCAOS, it’s a great music festival which happens every year in Brazil.

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

Working with “I.T”, I work with this actually.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My daughter, my wife and my three band mates…

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing all the stuff for the release of “Misanthropy” at the end of this year, so be prepared to smash your ears with some heavy stuff out there…

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/2XNf6yCvTS6bBIBanHU7Bk
www.music.apple.com/br/artist/apokrisis/1203151993
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11883607
www.youtube.com/channel/UCzzff61BANckPF1wgIfytZw
www.play.google.com/music/preview/Aarvbk365ip4d6jrissjuboy2jq
www.music.amazon.com/artists/B01N6Y0QL2/apokrisis
www.br.napster.com/artist/apokrisis
www.facebook.com/apokrisisofficial/
www.instagram.com/apokrisis_official/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I never tasted it before, in Brazil we don’t have Jaffa’s cake…sorry.

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

We appreciate the opportunity and support, and we hope to get back to the Gigging as soon as this pandemic ends, but stay tuned on our social media to get all the new stuff from Apokrisis.

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Descend – The Deviant

Descend – The Deviant
Aftermath Music
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Running Time:55:53
Review by Beth Jones
6/10

I’ve been pretty spoilt recently, as far as music is concerned! The sheer volume of excellent new releases is staggering, especially in the current climate, and getting the chance to pen some thoughts about them has been great. Next up for me is Swedish Progressive Death Metal quintet, Descend.

These guys have been around a good few years now, originally starting out as a Thrash band in 2003. However, through line-up changes and new musical influences creeping in, their style has morphed into what they now offer. Their first album, “Through The Eyes Of The Burdened” was released in 2011, and in 2014 they released a second album, “Wither”. Since then, the line-up has changed somewhat again, with the addition of Raul Vicente (bass) and Emil Nissilä (drums).

Recorded at Wing Studios, Stockholm, with Sverker Widgren (Diabolical) as producer, their third studio album, and latest release, “The Deviant” is being billed as their ‘milestone’ album. So, what does it sound like?

Well, the first thing that strikes you is power. The opening track, ‘Avalin’ hits you with a catchy riff and melody from the beginning. This is less of a track, and more of an intro/walk on piece, and at only 1 minute 40 in length, would be just about enough time to get the band on stage, let the crowd go wild, and do a quick line check.

This progresses swiftly into track 2, ‘Blood Moon’, which starts with a riff that is pure classic Thrash. It quickly drops off into a quiet mid-section, with clean vocals and acoustic sounds being the driver, then pumps back up for the chorus to guttural screams and growls, skilful wandering bass, and a hint of a blast beat, as well as some dark and overdriven down tuned guitar riffage.

The album continues on in this way, through four more tracks which all appear to be going for some sort of record in length. ‘Standard for prog!’ I hear you cry. Well, yes, but I do have an issue with this. Musically, this album is definitely Death, Melodic Death in places, with a good few nods to classic Thrash sounds. However, in my opinion it is lacking a little in the prog department. Don’t get me wrong, it has elements, but sometimes they feel a little forced, almost like afterthoughts to make it ‘fit in’ with the genre. The inclusion of a tenor sax solo in the penultimate track, “Wallow”, is interesting, but again feels like it’s been done purely ‘to prog it up’. And, dare I say, the extended length of the tracks has a tendency to be a little boring, as they’re not extended in order to introduce new variations around a theme, or explore different elements in instrumentation, they are just there to make the songs longer.

The only exception to this comes halfway through the album in the form of track 4, ‘Lily’. This track does do what it says on the tin, it’s Melodic Death in the heavy sections, and does successfully bring it down to indulge in some exploration in the middle. If the rest of the album was the same calibre as this song, it would be much more pleasing.

These guys are, without question, very talented technical musicians. The album is peppered with some extremely good guitar solos, precision drumming at impressive tempos, and bass lines that explore a decent range. And the ability of singer Nima Farhadian Langroundi to go from clean vocals to guttural roars and tortured scream is very impressive. But I’m not getting the important connection, that comes from the soul, when I listen to this album. I think this is a band who have the potential to do great things, but I think they really need to focus on what they actually want to be, and let themselves really feel the music rather than getting hung up on the technical detail.

Production wise, it’s pretty good, although I do find that sometimes the vocals are a little further back in the mix than I would like. It’s a very guitar driven sound though, so this is probably intentional. And if I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand time. STOP BLOODY FADING TRACKS OUT BECAUSE YOU CAN’T WORK OUT HOW TO FINISH THEM!!! As a musician, and a huge fan of live music, it infuriates me! You can’t achieve that level of fade live, so why do it on a recording? Yet again, we see it here, with the final track on the album. It’s disappointing.

So, to sum up; Has it got some interesting elements? Yes. Is it technically very good? Yes. Did I like it?… it’s ok. It’s not terrible, but nor is it ground-breaking.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Avalin
02. Blood Moon
03. The Purest One
04. Lily
05. Wallow
06. The Deviant

LINE-UP:
Andreas Lindström – guitars
Alexander Wijkman – guitars
Nima Farhadian Langroudi – vocals
Raul Vicente – bass
Emil Nissilä – drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/DescendOfficial/
www.instagram.com/descendofficial/
www.descend.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWjdGm10-b7E4Y51eYnCMA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/33EUSEyZ6PyFhsFrXIfsjb

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