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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EMQ’s with THE WORLD WITHOUT US

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EMQ’s with THE WORLD WITHOUT US

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Chester, PA Progressive Heavy Metal band The World Without Us! Huge thanks to drummer Stephen Campbell 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 Stephen Campbell, and I play drums in The World Without Us. Mario (vocals) and Chris (lead guitar) started forming the band in 2016, later acquiring James on rhythm guitar and Pete on bass. They played their first show in May 2018 with a drummer who left the band (for personal reasons) last September. I joined them the following month and we hit the ground running.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead guitarist, Chris, came upon the name while reading In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy by Eugene Thacker. There is a passage that discusses the concept of “the-world-without-us,” and what it represents through different thought processes. The passage goes on to say science fiction and supernatural horror are a means to explore hypothetical situations in a world without us. It’s a really fitting name for the band because we’ve been writing around a singular science fiction/horror concept aimed at the destruction of humanity.

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

We’re from the United States.

I hate saying this, but the metal scene has gotten smaller over the years, especially on the local/unsigned level. But it is definitely a community of talented musicians and all around good people that fight for the scene to thrive.

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

We will be releasing out debut EP “Incarnate” on October 25th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Abe Cunningham and Danny Carey have been huge influences. More recently, I find myself studying Matt Garstka, Benny Greb, and Steve Judd.

What first got you into music?

I grew up surrounded by music. My mother played the piano any chance she got. And when she couldn’t play, she would have on a CD or the radio.

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

That’s tough! Right now, I think I would love to team up with Josh Scogin. I love the evolution of his music from Norma Jean to what he’s currently doing with ’68.

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

I’d have to go with Aftershock. The line-up is usually pretty well rounded with something for just about everyone. It seems like it would be really fun to play.

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

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever received something weird from a fan.

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

Be you and be true to yourself.

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

Keith Moon. He’s played such a huge role in modern music, and it’s a shame he couldn’t be here to see his influence.

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

I love the connections made through music. I hate house gear.

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

Ticket “handling” fees! They’re really starting to get out of hand.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Shape Of Punk To Come” by Refused

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

The only way you’ll get the music as it was intended is CD or Vinyl.

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

My former band, Slave Dog, organized a show this past February. At the time, we were all in multiple bands, so we put on a show that featured each member’s other project. I opened the show with The World Without Us and closed the night with Slave Dog. It was a really great show!

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

I would still be doing something with music (probably recording and mixing). I’ve been watching people for years, and it’s interesting to see the different techniques used; it’s an artform in its own right.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Henry Rollins, Rainn Wilson, Dominic Monighan, Christina Scabia, and Greta Thunberg

What’s next for the band?

We’ve already started writing more. We had a lot of fun and learned so much recording “Incarnate”, so we’re excited to get back in the studio for a full-length in the not-so-distant future.

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

“Incarnate” will be available on all the major streaming platforms. We currently have two live videos on our YouTube channel.
https://www.facebook.com/theworldwithoutus/
https://www.instagram.com/theworldwithoutus_official/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MfKkLgD1i8cMWnI5wjBk9

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had one, but from what I’ve read they’re cakes.

 

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running Time: 67:44
Review by Cliff Scowen
10/10

First of all, I’m not going get drawn into the which Opeth is better the old or new, guttural growls or clean vocals, as Opeth fans are intelligent enough to figure it out themselves.

Secondly, having been a massive fan since the “Orchid” album people may think I am a bit biased in my review. Well I’m not. I don’t have to be when an album is this good. In nearly 30 years, I’ve seen Opeth evolve from a full-on death metal band to the prog metal legends they are today.

So, to album number four of clean vocals. The title means ‘Poison In The Tail’, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recorded two versions one in English and another in Swedish and we get 10 tracks covering 70 minutes of majestic music.

Opener ‘Garden of Earthly Delight’ is a delightful, atmospheric piece with its choral chanting and voice overs, setting the tone of what’s about to follow. With the opening track seamlessly slotting into ‘Dignity’ with some seriously cool percussion and heavy riffs, it’s good finding Akerfeldt in great voice early into the album.

The first single from the album ‘Heart In Hand’ sees us in refreshingly classic Opeth territory, Axenrot’s drum fills alongside Akesson’s riff made it nigh on impossible for me not to nod my head.

’Next of Kin’ has a much darker feel, haunting choirs set around a crystal clear acoustic guitar and I guess you could call ‘Lovelorn Crime’ the albums ballad, hearing those piano chords entwining with Axenrot’s drums and Martin’s bass and a deeply felt solo is a joyous thing to hear, a true masterpiece.

The surreal sound of ‘Charlatan’ seamless musical interludes is backed by operatic monks and ‘Universal Truth’, a huge melody with faultless piano work is so full of angst and emotion. We see ‘The Garrotter’ next with its alluring intro and it’s almost jazzy feel certainly keeps Svalberg busy on keyboards.

We, then, hit more familiar ground with ‘Continuum’, Akerfeldt pushing his band and musical boundaries as only Opeth can. Akessons use of the wah-wah pedal is outstanding and so to closer ‘All Things Will Pass’ which has an almost anthemic feel to it, has enough musical hooks to catch the ear of the listener. I have heard that Akerfeldt’s voice sounds rawer on the Swedish version but I’m putting that down to him singing in his native tongue, just as “Ghost Reveries” was back in 2005.

“In Cauda Venenum” is another watershed moment in their distinguished career, an album combining all the mesmerising qualities of its predecessors “Heritage”, “Pale Communion” and “Sorceress “and taking it to another level.

A very easy……10/10

Standout Tracks: ‘Continuum’, ‘Universal Truth’, ‘Lovelorn Crime’

In Cauda Venenum Track listing (English/Swedish):
1. Garden Of Earthly Delights / Livet’s Trädgård
2. Dignity / Svekets Prins
3. Heart In Hand / Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör
4. Next Of Kin / De Närmast Sörjande
5. Lovelorn Crime / Minnets Yta
6. Charlatan
7. Universal Truth / Ingen Sanning Är Allas
8. The Garroter / Banemannen
9. Continuum / Kontinuerlig Drift
10.All Things Will Pass / Allting Tar Slut

Band members
Mikael Akerfeldt – Guitar/vocals,
Fredrick Akesson – Guitars,
Carlos Martin – Bass,
Martin Axenrot – Drums,
Joakim Svalberg – Keyboards.

Links:
http://www.opeth.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Opeth/
https://www.youtube.com/user/OpethOfficial
https://myspace.com/opeth

 

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Interview with Red Method – Rabidfest 2019 – 17/08/2019

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Interview with Red Method
Rabidfest 2019, 17/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi again everyone, it’s Rick. Here is another Rabidfest interview that the awesome Sheri did for us and it is with Tech/Death/Progressive Metallers Red Method, a band that really hasn’t been around very long but is made up of ex-members of Meta-Statis and The Defiled so they know their chops. They were the Ever Metal band of the weekend at the Festival putting on a scintillating performance that got the whole venue moving like a swarm of angry bees and we cannot wait to see them again, oh and they were lovely as well!

So back to the interview, it’s safe to say that Sheri knows the guys pretty well so it’s really more of a chat and a laugh. Just think of yourself as an insect ambling passed and stumbling upon a brief moment of fun and madness!

Thanks to both the band and Sheri!

Sheri: HELLO GUYS!

Alex: WHAT’S UP!

Jeremy: We love yoooou Sheri!

Sheri: I love you!

Alex: We love you more actually.

Sheri: NOPE, That’s impossible.

Here I am, with Red Method! So you guys have been around – what not even 7 months!?

Jeremy: We unleashed this monstrosity.

Sheri: And you’ve already played most of the major UK festivals and you’ve gone bang!?

Alex: It’s gone really fast I guess we’ve learnt from our past mistakes and we’re doing it now the right way. It’s like a second chance in life.

Jeremy: It’s like having a girlfriend that you’ve messed up too many times and then you just know what to do with them, what drinks to buy them, what food to cook them..!

Sheri: Hahahaha so Red Method is like a constant date?

Alex: Taking the music industry on a constant date haha.

Quin: The way we see it, we’ve got nothing to lose, we are just going for it all in.

Sheri: This is the way to do this! And for people that don’t know about the dandy… let’s elaborate on the Chicken Dandy.

Alex: I’m glad you asked that hahaha.

Jeremy: Chicken Dandy was invented in 2006 on the road with Ted Maul. There we were all hanging out and a girl came out from the crowd and she looked…literally looked like a chicken. Then I came out and said “She looks like a Chicken Dandy!” and since then… everything revolves around Chicken Dandy; music, chicken, restaurants… we are in search of Chicken Dandy always.

Sheri: Always!

Quin: I just had my Chicken Dandy from over the road.

Alex: Best Chicken in town.

Jeremy: Nobody knows really…what’s that song we been listening to?

Alex and Jeremy rap along to ‘Star 69’ lyrics by Fatboy Slim:
“They know what is what but they don’t know what is what, they just strut, what the fuck?”

Jeremy: We been following something but we don’t really know what it is.
Alex: Like the meaning of life! What’s chicken dandy, it’s the same question!

Sheri: No one knows.

Quin: We should maybe replace our lyrics with a piece of some Chicken Dandy.

Alex: Yes!

Sheri: Beautiful! So what are you up to next that you can tell us?

Quin: Oh everyone’s looking at me! I guess we’re not really active on the live front until October. But we are working on a few more visuals that will be coming out, new things that we are gonna be shooting and filming and preparing for the release of the album. It’s more about building momentum after that point and then just see where we can go once we release the album.

Jeremy: Think we also have something being released in September. We arealso shooting something in September for the Album Launch. We’re going to Spain on Holiday to eat some Tapas haha. Go get some Press in Madrid. We already have festivals booked for next year and we’re just getting ready for some big things.

Alex: Our album is coming out, man!

Quin: Yeah, the album will be just in the run up to Christmas.

Sheri: Long awaited, we are looking forward to it!

Quin: It’s been an interesting time, that’s the way I look at it.

Alex: We have laughed a lot and we’ve had an amazing time so far

Jeremy: Yeah it’s been a hell of a journey. A hell of a journey!

Sheri: And this is the last date for this tour?

Jeremy: Yeah it’s the last one and it’s been brutal since Bloodstock!

Sheri: Which was absolutely amazing. That Sophie tent was absolutely rammed!
So lastly… give some of your best advice?

Quin: Don’t do it.

Alex: Get online, go to the Red Method bigcartel site and buy a few t-shirts and support the bands that you’re into. Plant the seeds so the weeds can grow mo’fo’s.
<3

On 21st September 2019 at 10am Red Method will release their version of ‘Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana via Metal Hammer so make sure you tune in!

 

LINKS:
https://redmethod.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RedMethodBand/

https://www.instagram.com/redmethod_/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2qhpR9Fcqguv_l7C_7HqIQ

 

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EMQ’s with FAR FROM REFUGE

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EMQ’s with FAR FROM REFUGE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cambridge, UK based Metal band Far From Refuge! 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?

We are Far From Refuge and we play a mix of progressive, technical and melodic metalcore!

Joél: I conceptualised the project many years ago, and after going through a few iterations found a group of talented people with the same drive and ambition, who also turned out to be pretty alright people to boot – which is a bonus!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name comes from a record by a band called “God is an Astronaut”. We felt it invoked a sense of helplessness and vastness. Imagine just existing, alone in the void of space. We love that.

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

We’re based in the UK. The country has produced some incredible modern metal bands (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Tesseract – to name a few). There is some insane talent on the underground circuit as well. But our band members hail from all over originally, including Germany, Hungary, & Sri Lanka.

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

Our debut, self-titled, EP, which was released in February this year!

Who have been your greatest influences?

InMe, Periphery, Trivium, Architects, Rosetta, God is an Astronaut and so many more!

What first got you into music?

Joél: I can’t remember not being into music! I have very early memories of jamming to Michael Jackson tunes…

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

Joél: After hearing the new Marshmello/ A Day To Remember tune, I’d love to do a genre mashup like that! Maybe Infected Mushroom, Deadmau5 or Scooter (!) are free…?

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

Rock am Ring!

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

Nothing weird yet, luckily!

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

Let us know what you want to hear more of!

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

Joél: Dimebag!
Suran: Chuck Shuldiner

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

Joél: I love the creative process. I’m happiest when I’m writing songs and bringing ideas to life. I dislike that there are so many people who try to make money by exploiting aspiring musicians.

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

Joél: No more singer/songwriters.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Joél: Fenix TX – “Lechuza”
Suran: Wintersun – “Wintersun”

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

Joél: Streaming or CD.

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

Every time we have played the Portland Arms in Cambridge it has been insane!

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

Joél: Playing Video games..!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joél: Let’s get some great songwriters and producers together and make weird music. Lindsey Buckingham, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Imogen Heap and Timbaland.

What’s next for the band?

Joél: We’re releasing a few standalone singles in 2019, and plan to start recording our first album early next year.

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

www.farfromrefuge.com
www.facebook.com/farfromrefuge
www.youtube.com/farfromrefuge

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Joél: Biscuit. Pro tip, get the cheap Sainsbury’s version, they are literally the same.

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

Thanks for having us! Feel free to hit us up any time on our social media platforms, we love talking to fans!

 

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Last Union – Twelve

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Last Union – Twelve
ROAR Rock Of Angels Records
Release Date:21/12/2018
Running time: 53:58
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

We’re all different and unique one way or the other but one thing we all crave is that morale boost when things aren’t going so well. How would we go about that? Comfort from a loved one, time to yourself or listening to something uplifting. An uplifting album that comes to mind is the debut album from Progressive Metal outfit Last Union.

“Twelve” is a portfolio of empowering and positive sounding tracks that will have you smiling within minutes.

Spurred on by positive reactions to their music, vocalist Elisa Scarpeccio and guitarist Cristiano Tiberi took some bold steps. First they invited Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, ex-Masterplan) to join the ranks. He had expressed interest in becoming a full-time member after hearing the music. That similar story is behind Symphony X bassist Mike LePond, not to mention that Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie sings on a few of the tracks of this stellar debut.

As previously mentioned, the album provides uplifting and empowering tones. This comes immediately with the opening track ‘Most Beautiful Day’. This soaring melody contains beautiful vocals from Elisa Scarpeccio. She has a fabulous voice that is the icing on the cake of the powerful riffs, sweeping rhythms and a key bass line. This track will place smiles across faces.

“Twelve” is an eclectic portfolio of tracks. For a first album that’s often quite a hard thing to achieve but in the case of Last Union, “Twelve” achieves this with flying colours. The one thing all the tracks have in common is that each has a way of providing empowerment in a straightforward way. They know which notes help people feel positive and they hit them immediately!

‘Hardest Way’ is somewhat the ballad of the album, it has a slower rhythm than the others. It gives the listener that uplifting feeling yet gets them to think at the same time. This is one of the tracks where you can hear all the musical arrangements working so well together. The on-point drum rolls, guitar solos that are bound to become timeless, beautiful vocal work and keyboard melodies that provide the ideal accompaniment. It’s one of the most well-rounded tracks on the album.

From the moment ‘Taken’ starts to play, you can tell instantly from the dirty riff that it’s a punchy song. This is one of the songs that features James LaBrie as a guest vocalist and his voice is perfect alongside Elisa’s. The harmony between these two is on point and the instrumental aspects provide the perfect accompaniment. It’s another example of a song where the elements fit together so well.

The melody of ‘Limousine’ starts off with a brilliant riff that will be swimming around in your head for hours, even days. What follows is a soaring melody that reminds you of living life in the fast lane. The beautiful vocals, excellent riffs, energetic rhythm and pounding bass line work together well to produce this song.

It ends on a rapid note with the song ‘Back In The Shadow’. It gives you one last glimpse of the band’s well put together material in a style they know best. The teamwork in the band’s work can be heard clearly in the songs. Each element of the record works alongside the other in a valiant fashion.

A great debut album all around.

TRACKLIST:
01. Most Beautiful Day
02. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie)
03. Hardest Way
04. Purple Angels
05. The Best Of Magic
06. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie) – Radio Edit
07. 18 Euphoria
08. A Place In Heaven (Feat. James LaBrie)
09. Ghostwriter
10. Limousine
11. Back In The Shadow
12. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie)
13. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie) – Video Version

LINKS:
http://www.lastunion.it/
https://www.facebook.com/lastunion/

https://www.instagram.com/lastunion

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcQ_OpRsicJ3HF4j_v5rULw

 

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Evergrey – The Atlantic

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Evergrey – The Atlantic
AFM Records
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Running Time: 54:07
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

There are certain bands, that when they pop up on the “reviews to do” list, I always try to get my name against first and Evergrey are one of those bands! Having been a fan since I purchased a copy of their 2008 album “Torn” on a whim, and also having reviewed their 2016 album “The Storm Within” I thought it was only right that I reviewed their latest offering “The Atlantic.”

Evergrey are a Swedish Progressive Metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1995, and led by frontman and songwriter, Tom S Englund, they have always been synonymous with “technically and compositionally outstanding standards, combined with lyrics and messages which go way beyond rock ‘n’ roll prose.”

Progressive Metal is not one of my preferred genres, but there are a few bands that stand out in the field, and, for me, Evergrey have always been one of the best. With this new album, the band have manifested their reputation as one of the most unusual and innovative progressive metal acts….worldwide!

This album also sees them complete their “Hymns For The Broken” trilogy, which began life with the launch of Part 1 back in 2014, and is all about the adventure of ‘life’.
As on Hymns For The Broken and it’s 2016 successor The Storm Within, the new album is about events and experiences in our lives,” explains Englund, “it’s about relationships, beauty and darkness, about fortune and grief, about love, hate, despair, joy and everything connected with it. Life is like a journey across the ocean, on the way to distant shores.

So, it was rather apt then, to call the album “The Atlantic”, the second largest ocean on the planet, and with it, they take their listeners on a tempestuous voyage across the rough seas, something that only prog metal can really do!

The expressive cover art work was designed by Greek artist Giannis Nakos, who is renowned for his work for Oceans of Slumber and Hades Rising, among others. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen and was produced by Tom, himself, along with drummer Jonas Ekdahl.

The lyrics of Everygrey songs have always been of the darker side, as has the band’s imagery, and this album is no different, with the words being delivered with deep feeling and emotion from the talented voice of Tom. I have always been a fan of Tom’s voice and he did not disappoint on this album. He just seems to get better and better.

There are ten tracks in total and, although together they make for a superb album, each one can stand alone with “amazing power, depth and exciting detail.” There are no bad songs here and I don’t think Mr Englund could write an awful track even if he tried.

The first track on the album is ‘A Silent Arc’ and is probably one of the fiercest and toughest tracks Evergrey have ever recorded. Says their publicity notes, it’s “brutal in a certain kind of Evergrey way!” But, this is not the only function of this track. While it also sets the whole lyrical and musical content of the album, it is also the first single release. Quite a cute move to place it number one in the track list!

There will also be videos to accompany the atmospherically heavy ‘Weightless’, my favourite track on the album, and the anthemic and melancholic ‘All I Have’, two highlights from the thoroughly diverse and haunting album. Also, check out track number two ‘A Secret Atlantis’. Those opening riffs are just magnificent.

The band’s Facebook page cites their influences as Kiss, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn and The Deftones, and to be honest I can’t hear any of those bands in Evergrey’s music. For me, these guys produce music that is totally unique to them. They have the riffs and the guitars, the drums and the vocals that bands of all genres of metal possess, but the way it is all put together just sets them miles apart from the rest. This is music you could break up and make up to. It’s music that makes you feel emotions that you might not necessarily want to feel. It’s music that gets you right in the stomach and tears at your heartstrings! And there are not many bands out there who can do that!

If you have not heard Evergrey’s music before….where the hell have you been for the past twenty years?? And, more importantly, GO and BUY this album! In fact go and buy them all. They are definitely a band you need to hear.

I hope these guys continue to make lots more of their fantastic music and next time they are in London (question for you there Tom??!) I will definitely be at the front!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Silent Arc
02. Weightless
03. All I Have
04. A Secret Atlantis
05. The Tidal
06. End Of Silence
07. Currents
08. Departure
09. The Beacon
10. This Ocean

LINKS:
http://www.evergrey.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Evergrey/

https://www.instagram.com/evergreyofficial/

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Zero Theorem – Ataraxis EP

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Zero Theorem – Ataraxis EP
Tunecore on ShimSham, LLC
Release Date: 04/05/2018
Running Time: 20:44
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Since I started on my reviewing journey, I have started to appreciate a few things when it comes to music. One is that you should never base your opinion of an album by the band’s name or the artwork (common sense really but it’s surprising how many bands could get discarded by a listener just because their name suggests an “alternative” genre.) The second is that, despite the music industry as a whole trying to pigeon hole bands into stereotypical genres, there are bands that just do not fall into one particular style.

Zero Theorem are a band that both statements apply to. I didn’t really know what to think when I first plugged my little USB stick into my car to listen to this album. Their name suggested to me either a very progressive band or a death metal one. Opposite ends of the spectrum I agree but Zero Theorem are neither of these.

Blending alternative hard rock with the rhythmic and uncompromising intensity of metal, these are a band that can cover a whole range of genres, having drawn early comparisons to the likes of Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch and Tool.

Initially set up as a cross country collaboration between cousins, Caesar, who was based in Chicago, and Joe Scarlotti, based in Los Angeles, they began writing songs by sending digital files to each other. Caesar eventually relocated to Los Angeles to further his musical ambitions and the first Zero Theorem demos were recorded in 2017.

Through word of mouth and tireless networking in Los Angeles, the band came together with guitarist Max Georgiev, bassist Eloy Palacios and drummer Jake Hayden, and work began on turning the demos into finished songs, all production work carried out by Kane Churko (Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment) at The Hideout Recording Studios in Las Vegas.

The band soon gained notoriety as a live act by performing with Doyle, Hed PE, Art of Dying and Motograter, to name but a few, and since late 2017, the single “Area” has steadily climbed in the Active Rock radio charts, and even jumped into the top 35, as well as being featured on various key hard rock play lists.

So, what of the EP?

“The Zero Theorem sound is groove metal with big melodies and some progressive material mixed in. Heavy metal itself is a lifestyle choice and we strive to embody that with both substance and wit,” says vocalist Caesar. And I couldn’t agree more.

The EP begins with the explosive “Euthanasia”, a strong song to let us know just what we are to expect for the next twenty minutes. Or so we think!

First single “Area” is melodic and haunting, while fourth track “Rorschach” is heavy and abrasive, probably the heaviest on the EP.

Title track “Ataraxis” is slower-paced but just as well executed as any of the faster ones, and it is with this track that their similarity with the band Tool is noticeable. Time changes all over the place, Caesar’s dark and brooding voice, which makes him such a powerful frontman, easily comparable to that of Maynard James Keenan, lead vocalist with Tool.

This is an excellent and impressive debut. Its heavy yet melodic, with stomping riffs, and driving, bombastic grooves. They make not be the next best thing but they are certainly well on the way. If they continue to produce music of this quality and calibre then they could well be one of the top metal acts of the time.

This EP is only twenty minutes long but what a twenty minutes! I listened to this over and over and over and over again and never once got bored with it.

All I can say, is go grab yourself a copy and see for yourself just what this band can do.
Keep up the good work guys and I’ll see you at a gig in London sometime hopefully!!

TRACK LISTING:
Euthanize
Area
Becoming
Rorschach
Ataraxis
Low

SOCIAL MEDIA:
http://www.zerotheoremband.com/about/
https://en-gb.facebook.com/zerotheoremband/
https://twitter.com/ztheoremband?lang=en

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Seven Sisters – The Cauldron and The Cross

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SEVEN SISTERS – THE CAULDRON AND THE CROSS
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 13/04/2018
Running Time: 51:18
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

After having the opportunity to interview Graeme from Seven Sisters recently, I thought to myself that I really should give their new album The Cauldron and The Cross a spin, and why not give it a review at the same time.

Seven Sisters are a four-piece heavy metal band from London, who are, in their own words, forged from the same steel as the NWOBHM acts of yesteryear. Formed in 2013 by Kyle McNeil (vocals/guitars) and Graeme Farmer (guitars) in 2013, they are inspired by the likes of the Paul Di’anno era of Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Virtue.

Says the band: “we have a mix of old school heavy metal (the NWOBHM movement in particular) and elements of power metal, thrash metal and things like that. We’re pretty progressive in places, but our songs are heavily melodic and hopefully pretty catchy too.”

The band have gained a reputation over the past few years as a stellar act in the heavy metal scene, playing shows all over the UK and Europe off the back of two independent releases, “The Warden Demo” in 2014 and “Lost in Time” 7” in 2015. They have since signed to Dissonance Productions and The Cauldron and The Cross is their second album.

With its main source of inspiration being a book written by Marion Zimmer Bradley called “The Mists of Avalon”, The Cauldron and The Cross is a concept album, a story that involves the two religions of Paganism and Christianity. With its myth and magical title tracks and a cover artwork depicting what looks like a scene from a fantasy film, this album has all the hallmarks of a typical power metal release.

But, this is power metal with a twist. Although, the power elements are unmistakably there, the thrash elements the band themselves stated were an influence can also be heard, but then so can the NWOBHM traits.

But that’s not all. On top of all this are the subtle prog influences too. I have never really been a prog rock/metal fan but the time changes throughout the individual tracks are clear to hear. Time changes are one of the aspects of prog music that turned me off the genre, but in this album, they seem to flow a lot better. And this, along with the changes in key, really does make it seem as if the music and lyrics are talking to you.

This is a band that obviously has an immense talent. Despite the relatively short time they have been together, they work so well and sound like they have been doing this for years. And that is something not found very often.

I read somewhere that the band intended on being a five piece, looking to recruit a singer to fill the fifth place and that Kyle was only a stand in singer. I can honestly say, that in my opinion, NOT getting that fifth person was the best thing for the band. Kyle is an absolutely fantastic singer with a voice that can cover a whole variety of ranges. He is ideally suited to the music the band play and I think that if they were to replace him now (please don’t) the whole dynamic of the band will change.

This album has everything from the speed metal of the opening track “Premonition” to the Maiden-influenced “Once and Future King” to the slower pace of “Blood and Fire.” There is also the ‘obligatory’ power ballad in “Oathbreaker” but this is, by no means, just a track that has been thrown in because people expect a ballad. It fits perfectly into the structure of the album and is one of the best tracks on it.

Stand out tracks for me, apart from “Oathbreaker” as mentioned above, are “Blood and Fire” and the double epic tracks “The Cauldron and The Cross Parts 1 and 2” at the end of the album, but my absolute favourite must be “The Turning of The Tide.” I could have that track on repeat for hours and not get bored with it.

So, should you go out and by this great album from this fantastic young band? Yes, you sure as hell do! This is a must for power metal fans, thrash metal fans, NWOBHM fans and traditional heavy metal fans alike.

I absolutely adored this album, and, for me, this is one of the best albums that has been released this year.

TRACK LISTING
The Premonition
Blood And Fire
Once And Future King
Partings The Mists
Turning Of The Tide
Oathbreaker
A Land In Darkness
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.1
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.2

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://sevensistersuk.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sevensistersheavymetal/

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