EMQ’s with ARYA

EMQ’s with ARYA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rimini, Italy based Experimental/Progressive Metal/Rock band ARYA. Huge thanks to guitarist/backing vocalist Luca Pasini 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 Luca Pasini, I play guitar and do backing vocals for the prog/noise/post/gaze/whatever band Arya. Arya was born from an EP that I had composed recorded on my own, that later became our debut album “In Distant Oceans”. The history of the band has been really troubled, with many line-up changes and really tragic turns of events, but despite that (but probably even thanks to that) we’ve managed to release four albums and an EP since 2015, touching many different genres of music. We’ve played shows in many regions of Italy, as well as Switzerland, Austria and the San Marino Republic.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we formed for the first time as a full band and were looking for a name, I was studying for an Asian Philosophies exam at the university. I came across the Sanskrit word Arya, which is adjective that means “noble”, “aristocratic”, but is also a short and good sounding word that doesn’t imply any specific genre for our music, and didn’t seem to be already taken by someone else.

However, because of many businesses in any field being named Arya, as well as a character from Game Of Thrones, we quickly added “Italy” to most of our social media pages to make us easier to find.

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

We’re from Rimini, a city on the East coast of Italy that’s quite famous internationally as a seaside resort. There is a handful of good bands in our area, most of which we know personally, like Solaris, Built-In Obsolescence, Outer, Invasion Inc.

Nonetheless it’s not really an ideal place to grow a fan-base for a band like us, as there aren’t many people interested in live music in general, even less care about heavy music, and even less about the less codified and more experimental kind of music that we make. We often try to set up concerts and to promote them, but there’s just not a big audience interested in watching rock and metal bands playing live. Most of the fans of the genre are also older than we are, so it’s difficult for us to reach them by, for example, hanging out together.

The only times we’ve been to other countries we felt like we were in heaven: there were people paying money to see bands they didn’t know, venues providing rooms for bands to sleep after the concert, everyone was much more professional and really cared about our music even if we had never met before.

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

We’ve just released a music video for a song called ‘Flares’. It’s the first single of our fourth album, “For Ever”, that will be released on October 20th. We plan to release most of its tracks as singles with videos beforehand, so I suggest you keeping an eye on our Youtube channel, if you like our music, so you don’t miss them.

Arya – Flares [Official Video]

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically speaking, there have been really a lot, from mathcore to jazz, and each of the present and past members of the band could add more of them: that’s why each of our albums sounds different from the others.

But if we consider me trying to manage the band and to make artistic decisions, I’ve really learnt a lot from Periphery: they were among the first bands that recorded and managed themselves, and they’ve always worked hard to find new ways to get to fans without the need for a record label. In this regard, the Italian scene still feels bound to the past: even now, if you present yourself as a self-publishing band who records its own music, you look suspicious, an amateur, you’re not taken seriously.

What first got you into music?

My mother forced me to take piano lessons from her when I was five, I think. But I got really into music much later, when I gradually allowed myself to listen to rock music: first it was Queen’s greatest hits, then came Stairway To Heaven and The Beatles, then I got into classic prog rock and, by then, at 16, while many people at my age were listening to house or pop punk, I was already dreaming about having a band and creating my own experimental music.

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

Maybe the American band Bent Knee, they’re incredibly talented musicians, they’ve made me approach music composition in a new and better way and they seem to have a lot of fun while creating new music and experimenting.

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

Since I know about it, I’ve always dreamed about playing at the UK Tech Metal Festival: I’ve always drawn much inspiration from bands I found out on their bill, and the people that attend seem really nice. Euroblast in Germany and Arctangent in the UK would be close second.

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

Once one of us received a vinyl with a penis drawn on it, but the guy who gave it wasn’t really a fan, and it was the beginning of a really terrible turn of events for all of us (the whole new album is about what happened later).

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

Well, thank you so much for being interested in us and our music. Ours has been a long ride with many difficult and painful moments and a few accomplishments. Arya will probably always be a losing game, our music has never been for everyone, but it has been everything for us: if you’re still interested in us it’s not because you expect us to get big in the near future. The story that the discography of Arya is telling mirrors the story of our own lives and maybe, if you’ve followed us for a long time, you can find a bit of yours there as well.

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

Kurt Cobain, obviously! But wait, would he be really happy and grateful to be alive again? Maybe he’s alright wherever he is now…

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

I love finding out new ways of saying something with my instruments, and the rare feeling you have when you think you’ve created some really good music, and you’ve managed to express your current  feelings through it. I also like being surprised by music made by someone else, to see it awake an emotion inside me, and being inspired by it.

I don’t like the frustrating process of begging people to listen to your music, for example by writing hundreds of e-mails to promoters, blogs, playlist curators and so on, most of which won’t be answered or will be followed by a reject for whatever reason. Being part of an independent band, it’s something we have to do to survive and I try to do it in the best way I can, but most of the time it’s not really amusing at all.

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

I don’t really like how streaming platforms work. Of course they pay you almost nothing unless you’re already a pop-star, but my main issue with them is that their focus on playlists ends up killing the personality and uniqueness of each artist: a playlist gathers similar tracks that share a mood, a tempo, a style, and if you want to be chosen to be part of a popular playlist, so that more people can learn about you, you’re requested to make music that can be easily categorized into the criteria of a specific genre, that reminds people of something they’ve already heard. Music that isn’t easily categorizable is doomed not to become popular. Meanwhile, the result of your hard work, a track that may have been conceived with a specific role inside an album, becomes just another generic element inside a set of similar items, your own personality as an artist hasn’t any relevance anymore.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’d say “Unholy” by Martin Grech, a singer-songwriter from Aylesbury that almost no one knows about, but who’s a true artist. He provided guest vocals on a track with Tesseract recently. It’s a very dark, depressing, even dramatic album, but I think it captures really well my personality, and has been really important for me during a terrible part of my life. More people should know about him.

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

They may not be fashionable nowadays, but I like CD’s because I can listen to an album many times while I’m driving, paying much attention to it. I also like downloads, they’re useful if I’m listening to music from my laptop or phone and there’s no internet connection, like when I’m on a train.

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

Near Santarcangelo, a small town a few minutes away from where I live, there’s a commune founded by a group of artists, the Mutoid Waste Company, formed in London in the 1980’s, who later chose to settle there. It’s a crazy place, full of sculptures made out of rusty car parts, many old trucks and some great people. In 2017 we had a chance to perform at a huge birthday party held there, together with some great hardcore bands. There were people with flame throwers, a fire-breathing frontman dressed as the pope and a huge crowd of punk fans from many parts of Italy and the UK. For me it was a really mind-blowing event, and I became way more interested in hardcore music after that. There’s a vlog I’ve filmed during that party, you can find it here:

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

I am a musician, but like many of us I have to also do something else to earn some money. As of now, after getting a master’s degree in Philosophy, I’m studying at the National Film School in Rome to work as a sound engineer or editor in the film industry. It’s a beautiful environment full of talented and dedicated people, and studying there has been really good for Arya, as I’ve learnt to produce better music and better music videos as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keeping it music-related I can think of David Maxim Micic (Serbian musician), Ben Levin (guitarist of the American band Bent Knee and youtuber), Adam Neely (American musician and youtuber), Arnor Dan (vocalist of the Icelandic band Agent Fresco) and Devin Townsend (Canadian musician). I would be by far the worst and least successful musician among them, but I’m Italian, so at least I could cook something tasty.

What’s next for the band?

Until October, we’ll be working hard promoting our upcoming album “For Ever”. What will happen next will depend on how the album will be received: we still have a few unreleased full songs with a totally different and more “pop” vibe than those on the album, as well as dozens of demos to develop. I don’t know if, when and how we’ll be able to perform live again, it’s always been really hard for us to find a stable and reliable line-up willing to commit to such an uncategorizable and unpopular project.

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

We have our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/werearya,

Our Instagram:
www.instagram.com/werearya/

And our Youtube channel:
www.youtube.com/c/aryaitaly

If someone was interested in downloading our music or buying some merch, the best place is Bandcamp:
www.werearya.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had no idea about what they are, so I checked on Wikipedia, that describes them as “biscuit-sized cakes”. It also says that, despite being usually eaten in place of biscuits, they are considered as cakes by the UK and Ireland taxation system, thus being exempted from VAT. I think I’ve just learnt something new about how absurdly things in the UK work!

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

Thank you for reading all this, I hope you found it interesting! Our new album “For Ever” will come out on October 30, if you like our music be sure to pre-save it here, it really helps us: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/aryaitaly/for-ever

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Alizarin – The Last Semblance

Alizarin – The Last Semblance
Self-Released
Release Date: 10/07/2020
Running Time: 58:46
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

Salutations once again music fans. It’s a glorious sunny day again here in our little corner of Wales, and I almost spent the day in the garden being productive, but, owing to the untimely death of my pressure washer, I’m now writing instead! I didn’t really want to be outside anyway… it’s overrated… damn.

Anyway, the subject of my musings today is Los Angeles based cinematic prog rockers, Alizarin, and their upcoming new release “The Last Semblance”. Formed in 2017, this will be the bands second album. Their first, “Cast Zenith”, was released in 2018 and was a strictly instrumental album, however Guitarist and band founder Josh Kay has now stepped up to vocal duties, providing another element to their sound.

The band’s press release says that this album ‘covers a wide spectrum of sonic landscapes and emphasizes the melodic journey over deliberate technique.’ My first impression of the sound was that it indeed explores many sonic landscapes, however I think the journey that it takes is both melodic and technical in equal measures. If you like true prog with many deep routed jazz rhythm changes, close harmonies, and unexpected cadences, this is certainly the album for you. It has a classic sound, which reminds me very much of bands like The Enid and Rush, but also is heavily influenced by more recent developments like Opeth.

The album starts off in true prog style, with ‘Elegy Simularca’, a near 8-minute song that is heavily routed in exploring instruments, with the addition of vocals. I’m a massive fan of instrumental exploration that this genre affords, so this for me was a good start. Leading in with synth strings, and then synth arpeggiator, the song progresses into sections that suggest urgency, with staccato guitar riffs and bass lines and offbeat accents in the drum line, juxtaposed with flowing synth and long vocal lines; interspersed with calmer section with all instruments given more chance to flow. There is also a superb guitar solo in this track.

The whole album continues along the same vein, with complex riffs and solos on the guitar, more rhythm changes than I’ve had hot dinners, attention to detail in terms of dynamics and tempos, and deep rooted layers of synth, emphasising the classic ‘prog originator’ sound that underpins what this band do.

There is a very clever bit of attention to detail at the end of the final track ‘The Ivory Silo’, as it finishes with the same chord on synth strings that the album starts with, bringing it full circle. I liked that very much.

All in all, this is a very accomplished album. But I do have a few issues with it. Firstly, they commit, for me, the cardinal sin of music. The fade out. Track 2, ‘Fathom’ rolls along beautifully for the entire track, but then is ruined by the fade out. If you can’t work out how to end a track, shelve it until you can. The fade out is the single worst thing to ever happen to music in my opinion, and no-one will ever change my mind on that!

My second issue is, whilst musically and technically the album is beautifully and very adeptly played and mixed, it lacks a bit of soul. It almost feels like there is an invisible wall of technique between the band and the audience, and they haven’t quite figured out how to get over it to connect with their listeners ‘right in the feels’.

My final issue is that I’m not convinced that the vocals add anything to the experience. They’re ok, they’re nothing ground-breaking, and they have a tendency to feel like a bit of an afterthought.

That said, as a work in its entirety, it does do what it says on the tin. Is it cinematic? Yes. Does it deliver proggy elements? Yes, by the bucket load. Is it accomplished melodically and technically? Yes, it most certainly is. Is it a beautifully balanced instrumentally? Yes. Everything sits in the right place when it comes to instruments.

This is an album that is going to be an acquired taste for many, but if you do like technical instrumental prog, and don’t mind some vocals, you will enjoy it.

Track Listing:
01. Elegy Simulacra
02. Fathom
03. A Wreath of Temperance
04. Velvet Margin
05. Heirloom
06. Zero Sum
07. Attenuation
08. The Ivory Silo

Line Up:
Josh Kay – Guitars and vocals
Jon Damon – Drums
Terran Fernandez – Bass and backing vocals
Avelino Ramirez – Keyboards

Links:
www.alizarinmusic.com/
www.facebook.com/alizaringroup/
www.instagram.com/alizarinband/
www.alizarinband.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5cy7LBoVpwCBcVHfxCZQdA

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EMQ’s with ATLAS : EMPIRE

EMQ’s with ATLAS : EMPIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Glasgow, Scotland based Progressive/Alt Rock band Atlas : Empire. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Steven Gillies for taking part.

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

Hi, my name’s Steven – I sing & play guitar in Atlas : Empire. The band formed in 2011 and has gone through a few evolutions/line-up changes since then. We’ve toured extensively throughout the UK, EU & Canada, played with loads of awesome bands and released three EP’s and one album thus far.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name originated from a song title in a previous band. To us, it signifies a lack of boundaries and the desire to keep exploring new territory, both sonically and geographically.

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

The band is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Two of us are Scottish, both from opposite coasts, but met in Glasgow about 12 years ago, Rob, our bassist, is from Toronto, Canada. I met Rob in 2016 at a music festival in Toronto, he moved to Glasgow in 2017 and joined the band immediately.

The Rock/Metal scene in Glasgow has always been pretty strong. There’s still a dedicated Hardcore fanbase and a handful of Math/Progressive bands doing some cool things.

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

Our most recent musical release was the re-issue of “The Stratosphere Beneath Our Feet”, our debut full length. In the last few weeks, we’ve put out a couple of live videos from our set at Snov Summer Fest in Ukraine, filmed during our tour there last August. You can watch them on our Facebook or Instagram pages, or our label’s YouTube channel.

www.youtube.com/user/WormHoleDeathLabel

Who have been your greatest influences?

Everyone in the band comes from very different musical backgrounds – speaking personally, my biggest musical influences include Oceansize, At The Drive-In, Soundgarden, Thrice, Bjork & Circa Survive.

What first got you into music?

I was exposed to music from an early age, artists like The Police, The Clash, U2 & Michael Jackson were on constant rotation on my Mum’s stereo. At age 11, I heard Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nirvana & Soundgarden for the first time and I never looked back.

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

I’d love to collaborate with Bjork. She’s constantly evolved throughout her career and it’d be amazing to be involved in her creative process.

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

That’s a tough one, there’s so many amazing festivals! Either Lollapalooza in the USA or Primavera Sound in Barcelona. They’re both massive and always have interesting & pretty diverse line-ups.

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

We got to plant a tree in the town square of Smila, Ukraine. That was an awesome experience! Not a weird one, but the coolest gift we’ve ever received has to be a trio of custom-made leather guitar straps. A friend of ours in Hamilton, Canada runs a custom amp company – New Way Amps – and in 2018 he surprised us at a show with them! Thanks Rodrigo!

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

Right now – wash your hands!

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

I’d have to pick Jeff Buckley. Although Chris Cornell is my favourite singer of all time, Jeff was taken too soon.

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

I love playing live, more than anything. I hate when the gig/tour is over and I have to go back to my day job.

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

Trap just wouldn’t exist. That’d be excellent.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Relationship Of Command” by At The Drive-In. It fuses together so many different styles & moods, it’s a truly unique record.

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

I’ve got really into vinyl over the last few years. Although, downloads have totally changed the music industry and services like Spotify & Bandcamp are undoubtedly a great way to discover new artists.

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

It’s a tie between our April 2019 Toronto show at The Bovine Sex Club and our headline set at Snov Summer Fest in Ukraine.

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

Feeling a massive emptiness in my life because I’m NOT a musician! I studied martial arts for over 10 years, so I’d probably be competing/teaching Karate.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d get Sean Evans to host an episode of Hot Ones in my kitchen. Guests would be my girlfriend, Joe Rogan, Justin Timberlake & Eddie Murphy.

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently writing our 2nd album, which is going really well. We have 16 songs written at the moment and are working on lyrics & vocals just now. It’d be awesome to tour again before the end of 2020, but who knows when that’ll be possible.

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

We’re on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Twitter. We also have a website…
www.atlasempire.co.uk
www.facebook.com/atlasempire/
www.twitter.com/atlasempireUK
www.youtube.com/atlasempiremusic
www.instagram.com/atlas_empire

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A snack that defies convention. Technically, it is a cake. It gets hard when it goes stale – biscuits soften, cakes harden.

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

Thanks for your interest and stay safe.

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EMQ’s with INME

EMQ’s with INME

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with British Progressive Heavy Rock band, InMe. Huge thanks to bassist Greg McPherson 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 Greg McPherson, bass guitarist for InMe. I joined the band in 2006 just before we recorded the 3rd album Daydream Anonymous. John O’Keeffe has recently joined us on guitar and Tom Dalton on drums. The dynamic of the band is completely new, and how we write songs has changed so much, that this feels like a new band! Jumpstart Hope is InMe’s 7th studio album, but it feels like the start of a new chapter, very fresh and we are proud of it.

How did you come up with your band name?

Joe Morgan, the bassist for the first two albums, came up with the name – the band was called ‘Drowned’ at the time, and I think there was another band with the same name, so they wanted to change it before the first album “Overgrown Eden”. The name really works, we all love it, so credit to Joe for that one!

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

We are all British, the metal scene here is strong with legends like Sikth reforming and making the best music they have made, Tesseract are another good example of metal pioneers making some outstanding music right now. For rock, my go to at the moment is Black Peaks – it’s very gritty and very British.

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

“Jumpstart Hope”, our brand new, full length album, was released on January 17th 2020, with Killing Moon records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up with Queen and Pink Floyd, especially Gilmour’s Floyd. Maiden are a big part of our musical background too. I am influenced musically by everything I like, and that’s a lot, so to say biggest influences would be doing a dis-service, since I could name a hundred artists that have shaped how I write music without taking too much time to pause. I’ll list 10 why not, Vision of Disorder, Bjork, Reuben, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Philip Glass, Glassjaw, Silverchair, Korn, Nirvana, Deftones.

What first got you into music?

Growing up, there was always Queen and Floyd on our traditional vinyl player. I was taught to play the piano from a young age and performed to some crazy large crowds as a choir singer before I was even a teenager. That’s when I started learning guitar and bass – I had a few bands here and there back then and we all thought we were the best band there had ever been. In hindsight we were terrible!

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

Black Peaks. I’m a big fan of their music so that would be an honour.

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

Sonisphere at Knebworth! Only problem is it doesn’t exist anymore! Some of my best gigs have been there. We aren’t the coolest band so it’s nice when a festival backs you like that, and you get to play to thousands year after year. It was very disappointing for everyone InMe when the UK leg stopped.

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

Knickers! Bit weird and they don’t fit!

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

Thank you.

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

Freddie Mercury.

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

Playing to live audiences, it’s the buzz. I Hate the financial side and the ‘scene’.

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

This is a loaded question. I would encourage the press to lift up more young bands and keep them there. For me, too much column space is focussed on established bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Periphery: “Juggernaut”. Probably cheating since it’s a double album 😉 Some amazing musicianship and the songwriting is massive with running themes throughout both albums.

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

Vinyl for nostalgia, it feels like an experience listening to an album that way plus you are likely to listen to an album through.

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

Scarborough Beach Fest in 2007 was special – the front of house rig was in the sea! So were half the audience, at dusk, it was darkening by the time we finished. That was special.

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

We all have careers outside of music. Music is our passion but we most certainly don’t earn a living from it, in fact it often costs money to be part of a band like InMe. I couldn’t imagine a life without music, if I wasn’t in InMe I would be in another band for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox, Michael Stevens, Freddie Mercury, Jamie Oliver as chef 😉

What’s next for the band?

We are on tour promoting the release of “Jumpstart Hope” – it’s a dark and honest album and we can’t wait for people to listen to it in its entirety.

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

Patreon is the main platform we use to help pay for things like music videos and studio time. It lets the fans know they are directly contributing to the longevity and sustainability of the band. Then Facebook and Instagram for the rest – and our website!

https://www.patreon.com/inmeofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/inmeofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/inmeofficial/
www.inmeofficial.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

Vote green, save the planet, be kind. Thank you.

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EMQ’s with WARMRAIN

EMQ’s with WARMRAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Art-Rock / Melodic Prog band, Warmrain. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Leon Joel Russell 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 Leon Joel Russell and I am the vocalist and rhythm guitar player of Warmrain. We are a UK Art-Rock / Melodic Prog band who have released two EP’s and one double concept album (so far). We came back on the radar in 2019 and have been receiving rave reviews and radio plays all over the world for our new material.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our original Drummer saw a song title I had for a track called ‘Warm Rain’ and he said, ‘That’s the name of the band!’I renamed the track and we made warm rain into one word!

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

We are from and based in England, our scene is very healthy – especially since festivals became such an integral part of the calendar year.

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

A lyric video of ‘Running Out Of Time’ which is a track off our debut album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically, probably the Waters/Gilmour era of Pink Floyd! In terms of composition, The Who!

What first got you into music?

Living with my parents got me into music. Neither of them are musical, my dad was (by his own admission) ‘Tone deaf’, but I saw first-hand/ up close and personal how they both interacted with music. I could see how knowing the words and melodies to songs got them involved, and heightened the immersion within the music they experienced as they both sung along. Yes, my dad would attract most of the female cats on heat in the neighbourhood with his wailing, but they were clearly both transported to another spacetime by music! This became the norm for me too, and I always learn the words and melodies to songs I like and sing along too.

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

Pete Townshend

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

Something at ‘Red Rocks Amphitheatre’ so I could see the stars after all the lights went out.

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

Not sure I’d describe it as ‘weird’ but certainly ‘Unique’ – the blueprints for a roller-skating routine that a Warmrain track is being used for!

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

Don’t feel alone.

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

Chris Cornell.

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

Being able to express thoughts and feelings – I don’t hate.

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

Bringing back the importance of fans interacting with physical copies of releases!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Who – “Quadrophenia”.

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

Vinyl beyond question or debate!

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

High Voltage Festival – Victoria Park, London, England!

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

Circumnavigating metaphysical musings!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bill Hicks, Bruce Lee, Keith Moon, Albert Einstein, and Frank Zappa!

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, concerts, concerts, concerts…

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

www.warmrainband.com
www.plastichead.com
www.amazon.co.uk/Warmrain-Digital-Music/s?k=Warmrain&rh=n%3A77197031
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0jBQGYwEQtPzb1QZWEVdXE
www.facebook.com/warmrainofficial/
www.instagram.com/warmrainband/
www.twitter.com/leonjrussell
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0GQPCDJQC1SKcbsFRpMyuw
www.deezer.com/en/artist/1450518/radio
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/warmrain/473790643
www.play.google.com/music/preview/A7igxnccol35aioo4j4drj3s3dy

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A Cakescuit!!!

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

I would like to add a big thank you to Ever Metal for the interview and a big thank you to everyone who is on board with Warmrain.

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EMQs with Flying Circus

EMQ’s with FLYING CIRCUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Progressive Psychedelic Hard Rock band, Flying Circus. Huge thanks to Michael Dorp 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 called “Flying Circus”, I’m Michael Dorp and I am the singer of the band. I founded the group 30 years ago with our guitarist Michael Rick – at first as a quite straightforward hard rock band in the Led Zeppelin/Deep Purple vein. Over the years, more and more progressive rock elements crept in, and since our debut album “Seasons” in 1997, most critics have described us a mixture between Led Zeppelin and Yes, and we have often been compared to another crossbreed of these two sides, Rush. We released a string of albums and had major line-up changes in 2011/2012. Since then, the band members have been me and Michael Rick, Rüdiger Blömer (keys and violin), Roger Weitz (bass guitar), and Ande Roderigo (drums), and the music has become even more open. The hard rock influences are still there, but the progressive influences have become more varied. Sometimes, we get compared to King Crimson now, but I guess we draw our inspirations from all the late 60s and 70s rock world and make our own mixture of styles out of that.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we founded the band, I studied English at the University of Cologne, and as I was a big fan of the Monty Python movies! I was very glad to find out that you could rent the complete Monty Python TV series on video cassettes at the British Council in Cologne. I binge-watched the whole lot, and always thought that “Flying Circus” was a great name for a band as well, as it has so much energy. So, when we formed the band, it was clear that we would call it that.

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

We are still based around Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany. As you know, this area is in the western part of Germany, and in the music world, the two cities are best known for Can (Cologne) and Kraftwerk (Düsseldorf) – who are both quite arty, of course. Maybe that’s why we picked up that half of our influences. On the other hand, we recorded our latest album in the Cologne hinterland at “Dierks Studios”, which has always had strong hard rock and metal links. The classic Scorpions albums were all recorded there and many works by Accept and U.D.O. The studio has always been host to great recordings from all kinds of genres (Rory Gallagher, Ike and Tina Turner, Eric Burdon…). So, the music scene in general in our area has always been, and is still quite vibrant, but for bands playing their own material, it’s sometimes hard to get gigs among all the tribute and cover bands around. But I guess that has become a worldwide phenomenon.

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

Our latest release is a concept album called “1968”, which will come out on 27th March. All the album’s songs share a unique historic event of this momentous year and are set in different places all around the world. Thus, incidents that happened in Paris, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Derry, My Lai (Vietnam), Memphis/Tennessee and New York in 1968, get set to music in tracks named after the respective cities they are set in. Currently, we have released two singles with videos accompanying the album which you can have a look at on our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/circuscrow

Who have been your greatest influences?

Besides the bands we have already mentioned, our strongest influences probably comprise Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Uriah Heep on the metal/hard rock side, and early Genesis and Pink Floyd on the prog rock side. But really, we listen to everything that falls between these two corner stones of ours: Jethro Tull, Pavlov’s Dog, Wishbone Ash, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Nektar… folk, metal, psychedelic, blues rock, krautrock, jazz rock – you name it! Bert Jansch, Iron Maiden, Hawkwind, Free, Mahavishnu Orchestra – ANYTHING fitting in with our concept.

What first got you into music?

I was a keen listener from my teenage years onwards, and I really liked Queen at the time, but I guess my interest got much more serious when Deep Purple reformed in 1984, which was a huge event in Germany. In addition to their then new “Perfect Strangers” album, I bought a greatest hits LP set that was advertised on TV at the time. I really got into that, and similar “old” stuff, and asked myself why there weren’t more bands like that around, still. And with Michael Rick, I soon found another guy who wanted to recreate that magic of the 70s.

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

Oh, as far as current bands and musicians are concerned, an obvious choice would certainly be Opeth and Steven Wilson – simply because I think we share the same ethos.

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

That’s quite easy to say as well: Simply because there are not that many festivals for our type of music around, we would love to play the “Night of the Prog” festival over here in Germany. Our albums have all been very well received, especially by the critics, but we certainly need some live exposure on a bigger scale. Plus, that festival takes places at the Loreley arena directly overlooking the Rhine, and it has seen many great concerts in its history.

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

Oh, at one of our concerts in the 1990s we had a dozen or so cuddly toys being thrown at us. That was really odd, especially considering our type of music…

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

Always give new music a try. Don’t just listen to types of music you already know and like. I think that’s very rewarding. And go to small live shows where you can look the musicians in the eye. That’s what it’s all about.

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

That would probably be Jimi Hendrix – I think he would have been the most interesting guy of those who are already gone to see develop further. I am certain he would have given the world so much more incredible music we cannot even imagine.

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

The best thing is being able to express yourself. To turn your innermost feelings into something tangible. What I hate is the administrative side of it. People have no idea of how time consuming all the booking and promotion work is. I like interviews, though… 🙂 It’s the social media stuff nowadays that ties you to some kind of screen or another for hours and hours…

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

I guess that would be rewinding the clock, but I would love to see labels go back to the practice of really LISTENING, and then getting behind a band – sometimes maybe even simply for artistic reasons. Nowadays, they let all the bands do the work themselves up to a certain degree, and then they just pick what’s got the most popular already in order to cash in on that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin – it’s so varied and open that I still consider it a template worth striving for.

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

Vinyl, of course! The wonderful sleeves alone would be enough, but it just feels different to put a needle on a turntable in order to sit down and have a listen. That’s how it’s meant to be!

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

As far as reputations go, that would be playing the Burg Herzberg-Open Air here in Germany alongside some bona fide 70s-stars like Man, Colosseum, Wishbone Ash, Caravan & John Mayall, but musically I think it was our first promotional show we did for our current album “1968”. We really nailed live what we’ve recorded there!

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

Oh, I AM doing something else in addition to being a musician: I am a freelance publicist and editor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Jon Paul Jones, so they can reunite Led Zeppelin and David Gilmour, and Roger Waters in order for them to bury the hatchet as well…

What’s next for the band?

The current album is our first in years that has been published by a label, so we are very curious what difference that will make for us. But we are already thinking of various concepts for a follow-up album and will probably start writing for that very soon.

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

http://flying-circus.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/circuscrow https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ax4rGbXiW2HqYamidXrju
https://www.facebook.com/FLYING-CIRCUS-117944154951115/
https://www.instagram.com/flyingcircus_rockband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have them in Germany, but I have always considered them to be a biscuit when I have come across them in Britain.

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

Yes, you British are so lucky with your incredible rock heritage – cherish it!

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EMQs with Halogram

EMQ’s with HALOGRAM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Instrumental Progressive Rock band Halogram. Huge thanks to guitarist Javier Iglesias 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 Javier Iglesias I’m the guitarist of HALOGRAM. The band is formed by Daniel (the Bass player) and myself. We met playing at a festival back in 1997 in Galicia/Spain. We were playing in different bands at that time and coincidentally 3 years later we ended up working together, as professional musicians in the same band, touring all around Spain for 2 years.  We had similar music taste and we were sharing albums and discovering new bands during that time. We always talked about creating our own project but due our work commitments we couldn’t find the time to do it so. After that period Daniel decided to move to London but we always maintained contact and kept sharing music ideas between us and it was in 2017 when we both had some free time to dedicate to the project.

How did you come up with your band name?

We came out with different options, two of them were HALO and HOLOGRAM, as they were already taken we decided to mix them out and we liked the sound of it.

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

We are from Spain, and the metal scene here is not very wide, there are very good metal bands but we don’t know many doing a similar style like ours.

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

We just released our latest single ‘Obsolete Future’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences are classic bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Metallica, Iron Maiden, In Flames, Helloween, Angra, Dream Theater, and also more “actual” bands such as Gojira, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Plini and Intervals.

What first got you into music?

My love for music comes from my family. My father’s grandfather was already a musician and my father too. Since childhood I was always very interested in music, and thanks to my friends in the neighbourhood I started listening to bands such as AC / DC, Queen, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Metallica, etc. Something inside me automatically woke up and I think my passion for the guitar was inevitable.

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

We would love to collaborate with any of the bands I’ve mentioned before and about musicians; a project including Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan and Halogram would be epic!

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

There is a festival in Galicia/Spain called RESURRECTION FEST, and every year is getting bigger. Would be awesome to play there as we wouldn’t need to travel much to get there and we could invite all our friends and relatives to enjoy that experience with us. J

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

To be honest we never got anything weird from fans, we would like to mention something really special; a fan sent us a picture of a Tattoo of the cover of ‘The Falling Man’, our first single. That was amazing!

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

We will continue working hard to give the best of us and reflect it into our future songs. Also thanking them for their support during these years.

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

What I enjoy most is perhaps the sensation I get every time I play the guitar and, above all, how much it helps me in life to overcome problems. The worst thing about being a musician is the time you lose from enjoying family and close friends as, here in Spain, we work completely different hours than a regular 9-5 job.

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

The music industry changed drastically in the last 10-15 years. The technology helped new bands to reach more people without depending on the big labels and other intermediaries, but unfortunately with Spotify, internet radio etc a new way of intermediaries appear and that complicates things, especially for small bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory”

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

CD definitely, even If I don’t use them anymore! I like to have the physical copy and enjoy the artworks and booklets that you can’t get with the streaming services.

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

I’ve played huge gigs with other bands but one that really got stuck in my mind was one I did, along with Daniel, at a festival in Galicia, called “A fraga” in front of thousands. It was our first big gig for both of us and that made it really special.

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

If I did not dedicate myself to music I do not know what I would do today, but probably it would be something creative.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Guthrie Govan, Mike Portnoy, Angus Young and Batman!

What’s next for the band?

Our goals for this year are to continue writing new songs, try to get to the maximum audience as possible and to grow our fanbase.

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

https://www.youtube.com/halogram
http://www.facebook.com/halogramofficial
http://www.instagram.com/halogramofficial
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cNNyzIQeGSz7GslbV52fy

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

It’s a pleasure, thanks indeed for this opportunity and for help us out to reach more potential audience and invite everybody to listen to our new single ‘OBSOLETE FUTURE’. Also ask them to check our social media sites, listen to us in Spotify, add our songs in their playlists…follow, subscribe, comment …. We really are open to answer any questions and interact with our fanbase.

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Quantum Pig – Songs Of Industry And Sunshine

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Quantum Pig – Songs Of Industry And Sunshine
White Star Records
Release Date: 01/02/2019
Running Time: 40:36
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Well, this is not what I was expecting at all. I am confounded, astonished and surprised all at once. I was expecting some kind of insane industrial blaster. Instead, I have got a Prog Rock band who simultaneously claim they are not a Prog band. This immediately gets the antennae quivering.

Hello, I am Dark Juan and I have stopped the DIY hell I am suffering in my kitchen in order to give you the (drunken) benefit of my wisdom on “Songs Of Industry And Sunshine” by Quantum Pig, which is a fucking great name for a band. Don’t argue. You’re wrong because you don’t know what a quantum state is. I SAID DON’T ARGUE! YOU! YOU THERE, WAVING YOUR HANDS ABOUT AND EXSPOSTULATING! PACK IT IN! NO-ONE IS IMPRESSED AND THIS IS MY REVIEW, SO YOU CAN JUST SOD OFF, OK? Don’t make me unleash the Evil Ones… the Evil Ones being my excuses for dogs. There is Sir Zeusington Zeus KCMG, VC, MM, MC, DFC and Bar who WILL raid your food regardless of what security provisions you have in place, Sir Igor Egbert Cleavage-Hoover who will just shout at you until you submit to his will (don’t ever eat a sandwich in his presence if you are female. You will see why he is called what he is…), and finally Hodgson Fartpants (named for the author Willaim Hope-Hodgson, a criminally ignored and extremely innovative author who arguably wrote the first sf novel entitled The Night Land and once lived in Borth near Aberystwyth, as did I. Wales became too hot for me after I defiled a priest’s daughter on the altar in St. Michael’s in Aberystwyth. At Communion…) Hodgson has just recently returned from a dodgy regime somewhere in the world where he was seconded to their armed forces for his skills at anal chemical warfare… Ooops, sorry. Three hundred words in and I haven’t said a fucking word about the music. I know I’m new here, but you are going to have to get used to this. It will happen A LOT.

Quantum Pig, then. An extraordinary duo based in London, in good old Blighty. A pair of very irritatingly talented men whose music is currently entertaining me mightily. Imagine Pink Floyd seducing Soundgarden to a soundtrack of Rush. Now try to rid yourself of that mental image. Good luck and I’ll see you on the other side of the subsequent counselling you will have to endure. Anyway, this is what Quantum Pig sound like and I have to say although it’s only April, this album is a contender for record of the year. I fucking love it! Remember Sugar? Bob Mould of Husker Du’s other band? This is Sugar on prog steroids, baby! I love the melody of it. I love the fact that I can hear profound lyrics instead of, “WOOOOAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHH! Hurgh hurgh grrrrr waoooOOOOOO!” I like Ian Faragher’s voice and I like Mark Stevenson’s bass playing. I like the production on the record. It is crystal clear and sharp and entirely in keeping with the sound of the record. I like the guitar work and sound and how it doesn’t overpower the rest of the instruments. I like the bass sound’s clarity. I like the vocal harmonies the gentlemen employ. This is a fine record. It may not appeal to the metal purist, though. It could be considered somewhat lightweight for the person who has only ever listened to Chimaera, or who thinks metal starts and stops with Slipknot. This should not dissuade you from expending serious currency on Quantum Pig. Expand thy mind, metal pilgrim. Expand thy mind. There is more to metal than brutality. Sometimes it is composed of the most incredible magnificence and beauty. Sometimes it’s a fanged murder machine. Sometimes it pays to listen to something other than out and out metal. “Songs Of Industry And Sunshine” will reward repeated listens. I don’t want to quote lyrics, because I will ruin the wonderfulness of them, but the words are sublime. You can trust me on this.

The opening track ‘Statement Of Intent’ is just that, a song that sets the tone of the record in a rather remarkable fashion, all biting guitars and thought-provoking lyrics and things improve with the second track. In fact, it’s an upwardly trending curve of wonderfulness until we get to album closer ‘Dirty Old Engine’. Then Quantum Pig falter. You should know that I am not a fan of ballads. In fact, I fucking hate them with a venom akin to a genocidal maniac. They ruin albums. They are turgid, awful, personality-masturbating things that have no place in metal. I have a test for ballads – if it is not as good as Skid Row’s 18 And Life (being the only tolerable ballad I have ever heard) then it’s shite, mate. While ‘Dirty Old Engine’ is not quite a ballad, it does cost Quantum Pig a mark or two because their record ends on a damp squib, and not on the coruscating orgasm of magnificence it should have done. Bad Quantum Pig. Very bad Quantum Pig indeed.

However, drunken ranting aside, this is that rare thing. A prog metal album that is easy to listen to, challenging in parts, thought-provoking in lyrical content and rocks like an absolute motherfucker. Good Quantum Pig. We like it when you do that.

This record will be remaining on The Dark Juan Playlist Of Doom, Horror, Sexual Perversions And Obscure 70s TV Theme Tunes for quite some time. I suggest, no actually, I REQUEST AND REQUIRE YOU ALL BUY THIS RECORD AND CEASE YOUR POINTLESS PROTESTATIONS!

Thank you very much. I’ll be here until I’m fired.

The Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Quantum Pig a genocidally bloodsoaked 9/10. Good job Mrs. Dark Juan is in Blighty, really. I’d have some explaining to do about why the village is so quiet…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Tracklist
02. Statement Of Intent
03.Citizen And State
04. Long Letter Home
05. The Shadows We Miss
06. Things
07. Keep The Nation Warm
08. Dirty Old Engine

QUANTUM PIG IS:
Ian Faragher – Vocals, guitars, keys
Mark Stevenson – Vocals, bass, keys

LINKS:
https://www.quantumpig.net/
https://www.facebook.com/QuantumPig/

https://www.instagram.com/quantumpig/

 

Quantum Pig press photos

 

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The Paradox Twin – The Importance Of Mr Bedlam

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The Paradox Twin – The Importance Of Mr Bedlam
White Star Records
Release Date: 29/06/2018
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

Being a reviewer, I have learnt, is not just about picking the bands that you think you will like, giving them a listen and popping an 8 or 9 out of 10 at the top of a review. It’s about taking a step out of your comfort zone and listening to some bands that you may not have normally listened to and really listening to the musicianship. If you can appreciate this in something that is “not your thing” then you are halfway there.

Now, stepping out of my comfort zone would be reviewing a Black or Death Metal band or, in this case, a Progressive Rock band. In recent times, I have come to appreciate the Progressive Metal genre more than I used to but the idea of Progressive Rock (and yes there is a difference) is still a bit daunting to me.

I have never been a big fan of bands such as Pink Floyd, Yes or Rush (sacrilege some might say but that’s just the way I am!) as they were never heavy enough for me. Progressive Metal, on the other hand, features the heaviness that I like, hence why my love for the genre has grown. So, when a Prog Rock band appeared on the reviews to do list I thought why not?

So, let me give you a bit of background on The Paradox Twin. They are a quartet from Reading in Berkshire, formed sometime in 2012 and are fronted by main songwriter Danny Sorrell. “The Importance Of Mr Bedlam” is their debut album. The band were named unsigned artist of the year in 2014, under the former name of Formby, and were nominated for the best video in the Progress Music Awards in 2018.

The band consists of Danny on guitars/keyboards and vocals, Leland Freeman on guitars, Diane Fox on bass and Rob McGregor on drums.

This is an album of just 7 tracks, ranging from 6 to 10 minutes long each, and the lyrical content can be linked to various alien conspiracy theories (again, not my thing, but each to their own!) Danny explains that he is “influenced and inspired by the conspiracy theories and the idea that humans on earth are being controlled by extra-terrestrial beings.” It seems a good subject, then, to base a piece of Progressive Rock on and “other ideas on the topics of other worldly seers are gradually unveiled throughout this fine piece of progressive work.”

The album features subliminal messages and samples of speeches throughout from the likes of Lloyd Pye, who was renowned for his theories on extra-terrestrial beings, in which he claims that aliens do exist.

The album was produced by John Mitchell, who also features as a special guest along with Kim Seviour, keeping up the White Star Records cross-collaboration ethos. The artwork was created by Paul Tippett of Vitamin P, who has also done artwork for the likes of Kino, Lonely Robot, Black Star Liner, Kepler Ten, Europe and more.

Danny says he is a fan of the works of Steve Wilson, Opeth and My Dying Bride and the “poetic artistry that comes with these bands,” but he tries not to listen to other music during the song writing process, fully immersing himself, so as not to have too many obvious influences creeping into the band’s sound. Now, that’s dedication!

One of the things I could never get my head around with progressive music is the use of keyboards/piano, but I can see from this album, which features them a lot, why they are used. Combining electro synths with Rock gives the album soul and emotion throughout yet gives the band the chance and ability to “rock it up” when they want to.

Danny has a very unique voice, both gruff and melodic at the same time, adding to the atmospheric vibe to the album. Although I could hear a tinge of James Labrie to his voice, there isn’t really anyone else that he sounds like, and being one for distinctive vocals, this only added to the appeal for me.

The guitar solos are haunting yet melodic and sometimes heavy (just how I like them!) and the rhythm section holds it all together superbly. I seem to be able to pick bass lines up a lot more since my son started playing and Diane is a fantastic bassist.

This is the sort of album that I could imagine listening to in a darkened room, the volume turned up loud and really chilling out. I can hear elements of Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree but the band these guys remind me the most of is Cosmograf and their fantastic album “The Man Left In Space.”

There has obviously been a lot of hard work, tears and sweat gone into producing this album as this definitely does not sound like the work of a newly established band. These guys (and gal) sound like they have been doing this for years and have been building up to this, the greatest album they have ever written!

This is a fantastic debut from a very talented group of people (and this is from a thrash girl!) but as with all great debut’s, the question is will they be able to keep it up!? I for one, and as a non-prog fan, certainly hope so! They could undoubtedly give some of the more established Progressive Rock bands a run for their money……and probably win!!

TRACKLISTING:
1. The Mir
2. The Importance Of Mr Bedlam
3. Cycles
4. Earthbound
5. Moonblood
6. Planeta
7. Gravity Time Dilation
LINKS:
https://www.theparadoxtwin.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheParadoxTwin/

https://www.instagram.com/theparadoxtwin/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpWqlus7YIyEMMsrFFehWuQ

 

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