Interview with Adam Biggs, of Rivers Of Nihil

Rivers Of Nihil The Work Album Cover Art

Interview with Adam Biggs, of Rivers Of Nihil
Interviewed and Recorded by Sheri Bicheno

As soon as I heard that Rivers of Nihil were about to unleash their new album, “The Work”, via Metal Blade Records, I rushed to submerge myself in this absolute journey of an album… and I was not disappointed. 

Philadelphia based Rivers Of Nihil are certainly no strangers to the abundance of growth around Progessive Death Metal, with their years spanning since 2009, and 4 stunning studio albums, 2 LP’s, and an impressive itinerary of shows under their belts. 

It needs to be noted that the album artwork featured for Rivers of Nihil is none other than that of the renowned Dan Seagrave (Memoriam, Entombed, Lawnmower Deth) and the links to the fantastic artwork on the new album connects to those of the elder… my advice – go and find out!

This has got to be one of my favourite releases of 2021 by far – paired with the anticipation after their success with “Where Owls Know My Name”, Rivers of Nihil offer a new palette with “The Work”. I was lucky enough to be joined by bassist Adam Biggs to have a chat about the concepts and deeper exploration behind their new offering. Have a watch below:

Interview with Adam Biggs, of Rivers Of Nihil

Rivers Of Nihil are:
Jake Dieffenbach – lead vocals
Brody Uttley – lead guitar, keyboards
Adam Biggs – bass, vocals
Jon Topore – rhythm guitar, keyboards
Jared Klein – drums, backing vocals

LINKS:

YouTube video for “The Void of Which No Sound Escapes”

Rivers Of Nihil Promo Pic

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Video Interview with PRESSURE

Video Interview with PRESSURE
Interviewed and recorded by Sheri Bicheno

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Pressure are an eclectic flavour of Rock that combines the concepts of dealing with everyday pressures and hurdles that go hand in hand with uplifting and positive messages to keep pushing forward!

They are a breath of fresh air and fantastic to talk to. I caught up with them ahead of the release of their new single, ‘Pressure’, to talk about what drives their visions and passions for this new offering and beyond. They give me an insight into the heart of Pressure, and talk about their story that keeps us in constant anticipation to where the next chapter may lead…

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LINE-UP:
Guitars, drums, backing vocals–Simon Forsell
Lead vocals–Olof Jönsson
Guitar–Emil Salling
Vocals – Olli Violet
Bass – Ignacio Arrúa

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Badgerfest 2021: Day 3 – The Bread Shed, Manchester – Sunday 17th October 2021

Badgerfest 2021: Day 3
The Bread Shed, Manchester
Sunday 17th October 2021
Review By Rob Sutton
Photography by Sheri Bicheno

Day 3 was upon us and, again, I was filled up on Maccies and ready for another day of metal! Somehow, I had no hangover, but I was sure this will change come Monday morning. Sunday’s line up had many bands I was looking forward to so let’s get on with it.

First up, and with a big reputation building behind them, was Manchester based thrash metal trio, Tortured Demon. The first thing I will say is, yes, they are very young. Now that’s out of the way let’s get onto their performance! Things started with an intro which for me was way too similar to that of Trivium’s Ascendency. I noticed this at Bloodstock, too, and I feel they could come up with something a bit different as it did make me cringe a little. Aside from that they hit the stage full of confidence and energy which was quickly picked up by the large crowd that stood before them. Already we had pits and it was only 12:15! While they do a lot of crowd interaction between songs and keep the hype going, for me there is a little bit too much swearing. Now you may call me a prude, and I know every band swears on stage and it does show passion. But it seems like every second word was the f-word… Having said this though these guys really feel like the future of thrash. Its ballsy, heavy, and has plenty to bang your head to. They have a bright future ahead of them!

https://www.facebook.com/t0rtureddem0n

The heavy, in-your-face theme continued over on the second stage next, as Edinburgh based bruisers Iron Altar hit it, guns blazing. They picked up where Tortured Demon left off, and gave the crowd a good old pummelling again! These guys are the very definition of heavy! So many thumping beats to bang your head to or even start a pit, yes pits were still a thing, even this early on. As previously mentioned, the second stage is not the biggest, and Iron Altar’s vocalist came up with an ingenious solution to create more space… don’t be on the stage! This worked as it gave a much more intimate feel to their show, and him fully interacting with the crowd while performing was really a pleasure to watch. These guys were definitely another one of my finds of the weekend!

https://www.facebook.com/IronAltarBand

The Manchester Metalcore scene is booming these days, and each of the bands within it brings their own take on the genre. Clashmute have gone down the Parkway Drive style, and while this isn’t my favourite style of Metalcore, Clashmute came out with yet more energy to add to an already hyperactive early afternoon. I have seen these guys a few times, but they never really hit the spot for me, however today, they did! They are tight and bouncy; all of this led to yet more pits, and a crowd well and truly on their feet. Their whole sound just felt so much more together than I have previously heard and I loved every moment of it. Sometimes the pauses within the songs are a little too long but they were normally followed by a fantastic breakdown. Clashmute have a good name and following behind them and this was the performance I felt like I needed to see to get on board.

Clashmute live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/clashmute

Many years ago, I entered Metal 2 The Masses in Liverpool, and played with some unbelievably good bands. So much so, that I have been following one of them since that day, and even got them on a festival in my hometown. I’m talking about Scare Tactics (or Scary Tic-Tacs as people were calling them). While it seems since that first show they have mellowed out over time, they’re music is so much better now. We heard fantastic dual guitar solos, stunning vocal harmonies, and a humble front man keeping us all entertained. What was fantastic to see was the number of people singing along to these guys, and not only that, but joining in with their chants, too. They felt like the audience’s band of the weekend, fully engaging and everyone participating, I mean who doesn’t want to sing along to ‘Drunk Fuck’? If you want to see musicians show off their brilliant skills, have a sing along, and get a massive smile on your face, Scare Tactics are the band for you.

https://www.facebook.com/scaretacticsuk

Today had already been relentless, in terms of top quality bands, and taking to the main stage next was Tech/Death heavyweights, Beyond Grace. These guys are a band I have never heard or seen before, so this was a complete unknown, but boy was I in for a treat! We were blessed with some beautifully crafted Tech/Death which reminded me of the likes of Virvum and Beyond Creation. Beyond Grace are stunningly tight, and it’s just mesmerising to watch their talent on stage, especially the bass player. It was simply incredible to watch the riffs and styles he was doing. So often the bassist is the forgotten member of a band, but this guy stood out. I’ll be honest, I loved this. While they didn’t have the biggest crowd, reaction, or pits, I walked away with a smile on my face over to their merch table, and to me that’s all that matters.

Beyond Grace live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/wearebeyondgrace

So after Beyond Grace I got collared by Moshville Times to do an interview, thanks to Anthony Timmis. This meant I missed all of Vice. Luckily Anthony did see them and was kind enough to send me his thoughts on them:

For years I had known Vice as a 4 piece, and this was the first time I seen them as a 3 piece, which they have stuck to going forwards. They started off their set with the ‘Wrath’, the first track off their debut album “First Chapter”. This involved plenty of heading banging and hair swirling from guitarist and lead vocalist, Tom Atkinson, and Bassist and backing vocals, Aiden Lord. Even drummer, Conner Summers, gave it some hair swirling like the little mad drummer boy he is. Being a 3 piece really has made no difference to their sound. The vocals where spot on and brutal during the new, and old songs, especially from the Bassist. I Really enjoyed this set and I have really missed this band. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to see them again soon.

Vice live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/Vicemetaluk

There was one more band before the interval, and after a frankly incredible afternoon so far, we were treated to what is possibly going to be one of the big bands to come out of the UK in the next few years; Norfolk based Symphonic Metallers, Ghost of Atlantis. I was lucky enough to catch them at Bloodstock after they were bumped up to the second stage, and really enjoyed them. This time we had the full line up and their sound is massive! The addition of synth in the music was a welcome change to what has been on before, and with the addition of some almost Black Metal style vocals, mixed with some incredible nearly operatic clean singing, it all created a cold atmosphere, which was not a bad thing. While many members were in Devilment before this, and felt like their fame was down to Dani Filth being in the band, Ghost of Atlantis have their own sound, and it’s a unique one at that. I can’t think of any band that sounds like these. There is a hole in the market, and these guys fill it perfectly.

Ghosts Of Atlantis live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/GhostsOfAtlantisofficial

After a well-earned rest, it was time for some Proggy/Alt Metal weirdness from Zebedy. Zebedy are another band I have been gigging with and watching for many years, so I knew what to expect here. We were met with some Dream Theatre style riffs, with Biffy Clyro style voices, which may sound like an odd combination, but it actually works. Zebedy utilise the fact that all 4 members can sing, and thus leave us with some fantastic 4-way vocal harmonies, almost like a mini choir in places. Again, like the first half of the day, Zebedy were packed full of energy and humour. They know how to get the crowd involved, and it paid off. Everyone was singing/shouting along and that, for me, is what Zebedy are about. Fun! One thing though, please get some new cymbals, they look very second hand.

https://www.facebook.com/zebedymusic

If Zebedy were the ‘ease back into the day’ band, then Harbinger were the sledgehammer! More Techy Metal on the mainstage, and it was tighter than a knot on a yacht. Vocally they are very impressive, utilising a number of growls, screams and even a personal favourite of mine, rap screaming. It’s basically quick screaming but it sounded brutally effective with these guys. We were also treated to another one of my favourite things to watched, yet more synchronised headbanging! I am pretty sure Harbinger read the book on ‘what Rob likes in a live show’ and then did it. Harbinger are heavy, tight and look all out professional, this was a fantastic performance!   

Harbinger live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/harbingerriffs

Another band I knew next to nothing about before the festival was Dygora, but I was told they were very heavy. This was true! They were insanely heavy, and pulled influences from many extreme genres, such as Death Metal, Deathcore, and even a bit of Slam. They played with absolute ferocity, and bludgeoned the crowd into submission, with some properly brutal breakdowns, and an insane vocal range. The whole set was an assault, and was absolutely fantastic to watch, my neck, by this point was in pieces!

https://www.facebook.com/DygoraBand

3 bands to go and I wasn’t sure how much more my neck could take after the day so far. My neck needed a rest, and I though I may get it with the next band, Borders… but nope, they brought my neck yet more pain! Borders stood out from this line up, not only with their bright yellow merch, but the fact they drag influences from outside of Metal, in the shape of Rap. It works brilliantly alongside their Techy Metalcore sound, and adds a layer that I’ve only really seen from Hacktivist. I will be honest I prefer Borders. To me it seems unique, while Hacktivist offer dual rapping, Borders offer singing, screaming, growling, and rapping. It’s quite a variety. This performance screamed ‘top tier’ UK bands, as they performed with passion, adrenaline, and enthusiasm. With the crowd bouncing, pitting, and headbanging, Borders had them in the palm of their hands. This truly was one of the best performances of the weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/BordersBandUK

Closing out the second stage was Scottish Prog Metallers, Ramage Inc. They are another band I have seen on numerous occasions, and they never disappoint. Vocally, the lead singer’s voice is exquisite, and today was no exception, I would compare his voice to that of Devin Townsend, it is seriously that good. With them being progressive some of the songs are lengthy, and it can feel like the riffs go on for a little bit too long, but that’s the genre, and these guys play it beautifully. Ramage Inc. felt like the perfect closure for the second stage. Their melodies bring tears to your eyes and make you wish that they would keep playing, much like we wished the festival was continuing on.

https://www.facebook.com/RamageInc

The last band of the weekend need no introduction. It was of course Raging Speedhorn, and it appeared they had come on stage with one mission, to drain what remained of everyone’s energy before normality resumed. Raging Speedhorn have grown such a huge following, which was clear to see by the number of people watching them. That and the number of people throwing themselves at each other for the entire set. Again, both vocalists, and the whole band, had the crowd completely in their hands; what they asked, they got. This set also had the most crowdsurfers of any band at Badgerfest, and that in itself shows how good this performance was. Raging Speedhorn annihilated The Bread Shed, and closed of what had been a truly fantastic weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/ragingspeedhorn

There isn’t much more to say about the festival as a whole. The line up was incredible, and will take some serious beating next year. The bar was suitably stocked, security were on point, there were only a few points where someone was making a fool out of themselves (always expected at a festival), and everything ran smoothly. John Badger and the team behind him have shown just how good a small festival can be, and dare I say it, I enjoyed this weekend more than I did Bloodstock. I will wander home and tell the stories of this insane weekend, and will definitely be returning next year.

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Badgerfest 2021: Day 2 – The Bread Shed, Manchester – Saturday 16th October 2021

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Badgerfest 2021: Day 2
The Bread Shed, Manchester
Saturday 16th October 2021
Review By Rob Sutton
Photography by Sheri Bicheno

Day 2 was here and it was time to head back to the Bread Shed, filled up with Maccies, to try and relieve the fuzzy head from the night before! Day 2, was the first day proper, where things really kicked off – 14 bands over 2 stages, and I decided that today would definitely require stamina!

Aside from a Maccies, a great way to get rid of a hangover is Telford based Metalcore heavyweights, Recall the Remains. These guys kicked the day off in perfect fashion with some old school metalcore. They use a fantastic blend of brutality and melody, not only in the guitars, but also vocally. The clean vocals provided by the guitarist are beautiful and look effortless as he sings and riffs simultaneously, backed by the familiar growls and screams from the lead vocalist. These guys have the genre covered to a tee, adding breakdowns which aren’t just chugs, and are refreshing from the majority of metalcore out these days. They had energy in abundance and a fantastic chemistry between the members on stage, this all led to them being marked as one of the bands of the festival and setting the benchmark for everyone else exceptionally high!

https://www.facebook.com/recalltheremains

Over to the second stage, and I will point out that it isn’t the biggest of stages and has a massive pillar in the middle, so probably isn’t the easiest stage to perform on. Opening this stage were Manchester based Metal/Rock band, Ashen Reach. These guys I have heard of before, but never actually had the chance to watch them. They don’t disappoint, as again they’re full of energy, and cleared up what was left of the hangover. Ashen Reach also utilise multiple vocalists, but using a singing style, as opposed to growls (although there were a couple of cheeky screams here and there). The harmonies were impressive and make your hairs stand on end, there was a lot of the rock influenced ‘oos’ which I think were perhaps a little overused within the set, but don’t let that take away from their phenomenal performance. Not only are they musically very engaging, but they really pump the crowd up and get them all singing along. A great way to open the second stage but I was left confused as to why the vocalist disappeared off stage for a whole section of a song?

https://www.facebook.com/ashenreach

From the upbeat of the second stage, to the eerie and horror themed antics of The Injester. These guys certainly brought something different to the festival, all wearing masks, covered in blood and with some creepy sounding keys in the background. Sadly this didn’t work for me, there was a lot less punch compared to the previous 2 bands, and it felt a little bit cobbled together and all over the place. This maybe the style they are going for, but it didn’t do anything for me, although it was an interesting watch.

The Injester live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/TheInjester

Callus is another band that I have heard a lot about but never actually seen. They brought their Stoner Metal to the second stage, with some absolutely belting riffs which got not only mine, but many heads in the crowd nodding. It’s much slower pace than the previous bands, but this is a welcomed change to the day. They performed a tight solid set, and I would certainly recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.

https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band

Today seemed to be a lot slower pace than Friday’s brutality. And to this end, back on the main stage were Netherhall. They brought a much calmer performance to the day, and while the crowd look to struggle to fully engage with their take on Progressive Metal, I personally enjoyed it. I loved the weird beats and the tone these guys have, not to mention the almost Tesseract style voice that overlays. While metal is mainly headbanging and mosh pits, I found myself closing my eyes and losing myself completely in the music. There was minimal crowd interaction here which is possibly why they didn’t seem to get much engagement back, I think the set is just about the music and it is simply gorgeous to listen to!

https://www.facebook.com/NetherhallUK

Sadly, with only 5 minutes between bands, there was always going to be the odd band I missed. From what I very briefly heard from Everest Queen, they sounded solid, but I can’t say much more, as I missed a lot of their set.

https://www.facebook.com/everestqueenband

A few weeks ago, I travelled up to Wolverhampton to watch Black Tongue, and supporting them was our next band, Ashen Crown. At that gig they didn’t quite fit the theme of the night, so didn’t end up with the reaction they deserved. No such problems for them this afternoon, as they drew the biggest crowd of the whole weekend, honestly you could barely move or even get in! This is what Ashen Crown is about, fast music, lots of pits, and heads banging! This set was crushing and even with some sound issues at the beginning, they pressed on with absolute precision and professionalism. They may have played the Sophie stage at Bloodstock this year, but after such domination of a stage, they are well on track to be headlining festivals like this, and easily becoming top of their genre! This was simply incredible and by far the best I’ve seen them play!

Ashen Crown live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/ashencrown.uk

Throughout the last few months, we have gotten used to band members having to miss gigs, but what has been fantastic to see is they way bands have adapted to the unusual circumstances. Ascaris were a drummer down, and using, as they described, the most expensive drummer – a laptop. I will say their drummer was beautifully in time! In fairness the remaining 2 were also both extremely tight. They bring a brutal mix of Black and Death Metal, without using the cheesy corpse paint or hail Satan phrase. These guys play fast, and their hands are blurs on the fret boards. It was a solid performance. If you like your Blackened Death Metal fast, relentless and incredibly polite, Ascaris have you covered!

Askaris live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/AscarisOfficial

Back for some more Stoner Metal next. As I’ve said, it isn’t my genre of choice, but King Goat brought another brilliant performance, all while allowing the smell of incense to fill the room. It was slow, great riffs, all performed fantastically. Again, I would recommend checking them out if this is your style.

https://www.facebook.com/kinggoatbri

Next, and from across the border, was Godeater! I first heard about these guys when I saw them announced for Bloodstock. They were heavy then, and they were even heavier here! These Glaswegians have so much energy I’m not sure how they got through the set. Not one of them stopped moving for the full half hour, apart from the drummer because well… drummer! There is so much weight to their take on Deathcore, and they were by far the heaviest band of the day so far, and the pits show that! They were in full swing and mighty at that. 

Their tasteful use of samples adds just a little bit more to their overall sound and made them sound huge! It’s always a risk as a vocalist to go into a pit, more so if the mic is wired, but here he did (someone give this guy a wireless mic, as I’m pretty sure a few people tripped up). What impressed me about this was even though he was in the pit, he continued to deliver flawless vocals and this is all while being bashed from pillar to post! The only thing that let them down was the slightly flat cleans, but they did again add another layer, and along with the samples, really stand these guys out in the Deathcore scene. Honestly, these guys are a band to watch in the future, they’re brutally heavy, full of energy and perform to an exceptionally high standard. Godeater are the full package!

https://www.facebook.com/godeateruk

Continuing the theme of heavy were Blood Oath, and with their blood-soaked attire, I was expecting a strong Black Metal influence here. But I was wrong. What we were met with was a concoction of many extreme genres, predominantly Death Metal, and yes there was plenty to headbang to here. I don’t think there was a single head still in the crowd for these guys, as they drew one of the bigger crowds for the second stage. We were also blessed with some new material and boy does it sound HUGE. I really am excited to go and watch this when it’s released. Blood Oath are insanely tight, have some soaring riffs and solos, with some machine gun-esque drums, all with vocal styles from a catalogue of genres, did I hear a bree? These guys were fantastic, and for me my favourite of the second stage, and my find of the day!

Blood Oath live at Badgergest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/BloodOathUK

For many years my friends have been banging on about Red Method and how I really need to see them, well, now I have! All dressed in red, rather appropriately, they bring a mix of Nu-Metal and Djent, with a sound resembling that of old school Slipknot, albeit on ironing boards (8 string guitars). They performed with sheer aggression and passion; they are in your face heavy! I loved the addition of the keys and samples all played live, and not on backing tracks, though I was amazed the keyboard remained in one piece after seeing what AVD (keys) did to them when he was in The Defiled. One thing I love about watching heavy bands do breakdowns is all the members headbanging in sync, Red Method pulled this off fantastically and got the whole room bowing! While the cleans aren’t the best in the world, they were clear enough to get half the crowd singing along, and this was the first time I’d properly seen this crowd sing. Red Method sound so heavy that no amount of gym time would be able to pick them up, they have a new fan, and I can’t wait to see them again.

Red Method live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/RedMethodBand

More Sludgy music from the second stage was next, with King Witch. This Stoner band is fronted by a lady, and her voice is beautiful, almost like a Siren soaring over the down tuned heaviness provided by the guitars and bass. Again, it’s not my genre of choice, and does mean I can’t say too much on them, but they felt a bit different and they were enjoyable.

https://www.facebook.com/kingwitch

So, onto our headliners and they come with a serious reputation behind them. They have opened the main stage at Bloodstock a few years ago where a very, very hungover Rob attempted to stand and watch them but instead fell into a heap on the floor. Luckily, no such issues today though I am kicking myself for not watching them fully at Bloodstock… Krysthla destroyed it here! They are filled with incredible riffs that had me windmilling away, and pretending I had the faintest idea how to play guitar. Added to that were some incredibly consistent growls, and some nice cleans in the mix, too! They remind me of Divine Heresy, a band I used to absolutely love! There were blast beats, rapid guitars; just everything about this set was on point and tight. I’m not normally a person who ends up raving about a headliner but in this case they are by far one of the best headliners I have seen at a festival. I was left in awe, is there anything these guys don’t have? Massive pits? Check. Crowd surfing? Check. Taking Rob’s money as he heads to the merch table? Check. What a band, what a show and what a way to end day 2!

Krysthla live at Badgerfest 2021

https://www.facebook.com/krysthla

I learnt a few things today, I can smoke a cigarette in less than 5 minutes, the quality of the bands at this festival is insane, and that I either needed to have taken someone who knows about Stoner bands, or learn more about the genre myself! Nevertheless day 2 was insane! 

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Interview With Grief Ritual At Badgerfest 2021

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Interview With Grief Ritual
At Badgerfest 2021
Interviewed By Sheri Bicheno

I hadn’t had the pleasure of seeing Grief Ritual perform before… and I’m always a complete pushover for new music. So, after I had done a little digging and discovered that these Gloucestershire lads combine some of my favourite flavours of metal, I gave them a listen, and immediately had my face blown off… So, naturally, when I saw that Badgerfest had them on the line up, I set myself up for a live experience of said face blasting… I was not disappointed.

I went, I got, I loved!! I cannot recommend these guys enough.

Playing the likes of Bloodstock’s Hobgoblin Stage, 2000 Trees Festival, and numerous gigs up and down the UK (with Raging Speedhorn, Heart of A Coward, and Black Tongue), Grief Ritual have astounding feedback, and I’m a bit hyped to have discovered this little alchemic balanced gem of Blackened, Extreme, and Metalcore.

I caught up with them at Badgerfest for a quick chat…

Sheri: Killer set! That was wicked!! Beforehand I wasn’t too familiar with who you are so it’s really nice to come across something new and really get into it!

Silas: That’s great to hear, thank you so much!

Sheri: Where are you guys based at the moment?

Silas: In Gloucestershire, but Chris is from Birmingham…

Chris: Yes… We’ve met before!

Sheri: Yes we have! I was like, “I know this face” haha.

Chris: It’s normally bad news when I hear that haha.

Sheri: Haha well if it is, I can’t remember!

*Fits of giggles from all*

Silas: If we can have that on record, that would be great! Haha.

Sheri: I’m quite interested in your style… I don’t like putting everyone in a box. When you come to writing, what comes from you guys? What do you envision when you sit down and collectively song-write?

Silas: It’s like an ongoing thing for us, because we’ve kinda got our foot in each genre. We’ve got a very like… black metal influence. And on the other side we’ve got into the hardcore scene, as well and then everything in between – so it’s like we wanna sort of tick off both sides of that, and of course not ostracize anyone so…

Chris: We’re all pure metalheads at heart really, so we’ll been in bands in the punk scene, the hardcore scene, and the metal scene, and thrash… we’ve all had our hand in stuff… so it’s culminated into this really, hasn’t it?

Sheri: So when you do your song writing, do you have a particular person that it falls to?

Chris: So I joined these guys fairly recently. Which has helped in a way because we had a sound already and we just thought how can we adapt that and work on that.

Silas: It’s relatively collaborative, but these two are the people you really need to talk to about that haha (*points at Chris and James*).

James: It’s normally like we’ll jam an idea out and go “that works and that doesn’t” based on if it’s too similar to before, or too far out to where we want to go, so we can find that middle ground really.

Silas: What’s been really good this time is that, with our previous guitarist, it was all written in the room. There was nothing brought to us before, it was all just in the jam – the good thing about Chris is that he writes a lot of it on his laptop beforehand, and then when we get in the live room, we sort of have a rough idea of what we’re gonna do. So we chop and change it, change the tempos and have a bit of a feel of new stuff around, and then start again because it’s all rubbish hahaha!

James: Honestly though talking about that, Chris has really brought the most out of all of us I think, as musicians, as songwriters, all that sort of stuff. I mean, he’s brought a hell of a lot to the table and it’s really influenced a lot of the new stuff that we will be bringing out early next year.

Sheri: That’s my next question hahaha. You’re a step ahead of me, mate haha. I have seen that you are in the studio so you’re writing at the moment…

Silas: We have just finished recording actually, with Joe Clayton in Manchester. See the trouble we have on the motorway on the way, we probably should have got a hotel and stayed the weekend but there you go haha. But we’ve recorded two (we think) fantastic singles with Joe, and we’re looking to drop them early next year, and everything we’ve got behind them, and run with those.

Sheri: We will be looking out for that! What are you guys up to after Badgerfest and next year after the release?

James: So we’ve got a weekender, and a few gigs lined up before the end of the year… but I think it’s mainly gonna be based on the single being released next year now, and sort of re-branding and going from that point onwards.

Silas: We’ve got some festivals lined up next year that we can talk about soon. About 5 or 6 gigs before the end of the year – this was our first show back after about 18 months really! So, I mean actually to come and have the reception that we had and playing in front of 100 people or so, the amount of people that are here and having such a professional setup – it’s been amazing. It was like a trial by fire haha – walking to the stage and thinking “fucking hell, I haven’t done this in like a year and a half!” And it was such a pro set up.

Chris: It was like a 20 minute window between getting here and then playing hahaha. And then after 20 minutes that’s when we had the first time to just step back and be like “Oh yeah! We CAN do that.”

Sheri: It went well! Thank you so much for your time guys. We will catch up with you again!

Grief Ritual: Thank you! We look forward to it!

Grief Ritual are:
Silas Miller – Bass
Jamie Waggett – Vocals
Chris Ward – Guitar
James Broady – Drums

LINKS:

Grief Ritual Live at Badger Fest
Photo: Sheri Bicheno

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Badgerfest 2021: Day 1 – The Bread Shed, Manchester – Friday 15th October 2021

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Badgerfest 2021: Day 1
The Bread Shed, Manchester
Friday 15th October 2021
Review By Rob Sutton
Photography by Sheri Bicheno

This was a weekend I’d been looking forward to for a long time! Good friends, good bands, and beer. Day one was the shortest of the 3 and only had the main stage open, but this worked nicely as a warm-up into the rest of the weekend.

Kicking things off were Badger and the Mushrooms. By the name of them, I wasn’t expecting anything too serious, and this became immediately apparent, as Danny (Prognosis/Bass) was wearing possibly the darkest sunglasses known to humankind! The whole band has been put together by the main man himself, John Badger, who was in his usual place, behind the kit. Joining him onstage were a selection of the most talented musicians in the Manchester scene, Arun (Beyond Salvation/Guitars), Johnny (Zebedy/Archetype/Guitars). and Nathan (40,000 Leagues/Vocals). All of these guys were there for one purpose only, to kick the festival off in style. There were no original tracks, just a selection of covers, ranging from Rage Against The Machine to Disturbed, all performed flawlessly, really giving the crowd a chance to get a few beers down them while singing along to rock and metal classics. One thing that caught my eye in particular was Nathan’s voice. While I have seen him in his band many times before, this performance really showcases just how good his voice is – he was on point! Great way to kick things off!

Badger And The Mushrooms at Bagder Fest

Next up, and the beginning of the originals, were Manchester based BruteAllies. I have seen these guys before and what stuck in my head was the awesome light up coat worn by the singer, it’s quite something! These guys are loud, and they provided us with some cracking riffs backed with heavy beats, and brute-al Randy Blythe style vocals. The crowd seemed to love it and so did I. The swap between the bassist and guitarist highlighted their ability to play anything on anything, too. This was their first gig back after the global hiatus, and it did feel like there were some nerves on stage (also the joy of being the first band on), so I feel like there is still more energy to come from them,  once they get back into the swing of things. If you like fast, heavy music, these are a band I would recommend!

BruteAllies at Badger Fest

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From the lights of a coat, to the darkness of blackened hardcore next, from the insanely heavy Grief Ritual, who hail from the South West UK. This performance was in your face and relentless! From intense breakdowns to pained screams these guys had all basses covered. Speaking of bass, the bassist was bouncing around like Tigger on Red Bull! His feet were barely on the ground! To contrast this, the vocalist genuinely looked like he was ready for a cage fight – truly invested and passionate in the music. This was a tight set from a band I honestly had never heard of before, and I found myself headbanging for the entire set, and lapping up every blastbeat and every riff these guys could throw at me. The set flew by and I was left wanting more. One of my finds of the year!

Grief Ritual at Badgerfest

https://www.facebook.com/griefritual

Basement Torture Killings are a band I have listened to for a while now. A punishing grindcore band who leave no teddy bear ungutted in their quest for raw speed and precision. This performance surprised me; I was not expecting the voice I heard to come out of the tiny lady on stage. She has an incredible voice and probably one of the best death metal voices in the underground scene. The music is brutal, and the stage show matches, although in a slightly more comedic way. We witnessed the beheading of a beloved teddy, who’s head made its way onto an audience member’s head, and from what I heard, caught the attention of the Manchester police, too (probably confused). This was a very enjoyable set and continued the heavy theme of the night fantastically.

Basement Torture Killings at Badger Fest

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With the penultimate act of the night, Agvirre, we saw the return of John Badger behind the kit. This was the second time in as many months that I had seen them, and while last time I didn’t quite get into the music, this time was a bit different. I think the bigger stage suited them. I felt the angst in the voice and the pain in the music. While they’re different from the previous 2 bands, being more on the Post-Black Metal side, it still strangely fitted tonight’s theme. Musically, they are very different and grab influences from many genres. They were an interesting and (this time) enjoyable watch, though I’m not sure why the keyboard faces away from the crowd. From the audience comments I heard, they made a lot of new fans, and rightly so. This was a solid, dark, and almost depressing (in a good way) 35 minutes that I would happily watch again.

https://www.facebook.com/agvirrewrath

Tonight’s atmosphere had been building up for one thing, and I’m not talking about a hangover on Saturday morning! I’m talking about UK grindcore legends, Foetal Juice. Somehow, this was actually the first time I have seen them, and I was not disappointed! The speed and technicality these guys displayed tonight was the very reason why they played on the Bloodstock main stage. Pits were in full swing to just about every song, and heads were furiously banging away! These guys provide no rest, just a constant assault on your ear drums. Remaining professional during technical issues is something a lot of bands struggle with, but while there were some issues here,  Foetal Juice powered through, so the energy of their performance didn’t waver in any way. Ending day one with a band like this ensured the audience won’t be able to headbang for the rest of the weekend… Oh well, it was worth it! Perfect headliner to round out day one!

Foetal Juice at Badger Fest

https://www.facebook.com/FoetalJuice

This may have only been the first day, but my neck hurt, I felt an impending hangover looming! Judging by the rest of the audience, I wasn’t going to be the only one feeling a little worse for wear on Saturday morning. Fantastic first day and every band smashed it, bring on day 2!

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Interview with Control The Storm Beermageddon, 27/08/2021

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Interview with Control The Storm
Beermageddon, 27/08/2021
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys! Miss Bicheno here and I have returned to bring you a little chat with Control The Storm that took place at this year’s Beermageddon.

Let me tell you, what an amazing weekend this was, Jim and his team really pulled out the stops to deliver such a safe, friendly and killer event. After the hype and buzz of Bloodstock, this was such a wonderful & chilled environment.

As some of you know, Control The Storm (hailing from the land of Bristol) are currently one of the UK’s most spoken about, up and coming Melodic Rock/Metal bands on the Underground scene. They are popping up absolutely everywhere! And I. AM. HERE FOR IT!

These guys are always so friendly and humble and hugely talented in their genre – the usual “You should go check them out if you haven’t” applies here…but TENFOLD.

In an impromptu moment, I was swiftly taken to their tour van for a catch up chat… To be honest with you, being kidnapped by Firouzeh (Vocalist) and Raedon (Keys and Vocals) – well, I could think of a lot worse situations to be in…

Sheri: I am sat here with Control The Storm! How are you?

Control The Storm: Hiiiii! How are you??

Sheri: I’m good, I’m good! So, so pleased to see you guys after so long.

Raedon: It’s always nice to see you.

Sheri: I think the last time I saw you guys was in Manchester!

Raedon: At The Rebellion!! A long time ago now… Like March 2019 or something like that…

Sheri: That was it!

Firouzeh: Before the Pandemic I think…

Raedon: It was the first gig wasn’t it, with Matt wasn’t it?

Sheri: That was a good gig as well…So how have you guys been? I guess you’re gonna get asked a lot but how have you been through the whole pause?

Raedon: …I got fat. Hahahaha.

Sheri: Me too!

*Everyone starts laughing*

Raedon: We made it…hahaha

Firouzeh: Yeah, we made it through! Thankfully haha. We’re out the other side of it now.

Sheri: I’m guessing you have many plans coming up now that things have been given the green light a bit more? I’m guessing you’re planning plans?

Raedon: Yeah, everything got postponed again so we had a European and UK tour set up for Autumn this year and that’s now been put back to March 2022 so it’s definitely been a thing that happened…

Firouzeh: Download for the third time…

Raedon: Yeah, third time’s the charm for Download haha. It’s weird, when you’re in a band and you find out that you’re gonna play a big festival and then you’re not allowed to say anything until they say…so you have to sit on it…and it’s the worst thing in the world!! Hahaha. Cuz YOU know that you’re playing…and they know that you’re playing…

Firouzeh: We were sat on it for like a year!

Raedon: Yeah it was months wasn’t it, cuz we found out in 2019 and then we had to sit on it until we had to make an announcement.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it was meant to be announced in March but instead, there was a cancellation announcement haha!

Raedon: We didn’t even make it onto the poster and we were like “Argggghhh!” Then when they announced for 2021, we were added to the poster.

Firouzeh: Yeah, so we didn’t have to wait haha.

Sheri: Dammit! So that’s prolonging so much excitement…

Control The Storm: Yeah!

Firouzeh: But that’s gonna be one hell of a gig though! The energy you know…

Raedon: Just think if it’s anything like the Bloodstock show, we’ll be fine.

Sheri: It’s gonna be awesome! Are you doing anything studio wise at the moment?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we’re writing our next album at the moment…which should be out before Download.

Raedon: I think we’re aiming for just before Download.

Firouzeh: There’ll be singles coming out anyways beforehand.

Sheri: We need a bit of injection of you guys because its been so long! You now have Aaron from Akkadian in the line-up, which I’m really excited about as I’ve a little history there with Akkadian. I saw their second ever gig by chance and I was so blown away, I was like “I need you guys to play for me ASAP!” So, they played my gig at the Giffard in Wolverhampton and IT. WAS. AMAZING.

Raedon: Oh wow!! They’re great aren’t they? It’s like Meshuggah and Gojira have had a baby hahaha.

Sheri: Absolutely haha! So, I’m really excited that you guys have got him because he is such an incredibly talented drummer.

Raedon: So are we, I mean it’s a shame that our previous drummer went back to Bulgaria as we love him to bits and we haven’t really said anything online about his plans as he was a bit unsure about what he was doing but as things started going again, he just said that he wasn’t gonna be available so we ended up scouring the internet for people that we knew – cuz that was the thing, I didn’t wanna just put an advert out and be like…do it cold. So, Aaron had come to see us at Bloodstock and he came up after the show and was like “Wow, this is really cool!” and I added him on Facebook, he said he was a drummer and I was like “Well we should give that guy a little shout and see if he’s available and sure enough, he was and he learnt the set in about a week.

Firouzeh: Yeah, he’s very eager and great!

Raedon: Yeah, he’s very very good. Lovely guy.

Firouzeh: So yeah, we are so happy that he’s on board with us at the moment.

Sheri: He’s definitely an amazing addition. In terms of when everything was going on, did you have to wait long for the writing process for your new material?

Raedon: Initially, it was all online as I was still challenged in the housing department. I was living in my van for the lockdown so when I finally managed to get my gear set up again, I finally was able to get the ideas out of my head and we quite quickly got some material together the first time we got together as a band but we were doing that kinda back and forth online for a while. But there’s something about that kinda takes the warmth and makes it feel quite disjointed, we definitely write better when we are in a room together. So yeah, we’ve made a really good start on the next record and hopefully it’s all gonna be finished by January.

Sheri: In terms of songwriting, do you collectively come together or…?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we have individual ideas and they we bring it together and to the table and we write collectively, it just depends…

Raedon: Then we delete it all and start again hahaha.

Sheri: Always the way haha

Raedon: I’ve got a file on my computer of about 300 revisions of songs where we want to change this bit…then change this bit…so they dont come to life until we start playing them live. So, things can change. Hopefully, you know, The Power of Desire will come out tonight haha.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it feels good to be playing it because we wrote that song before lockdown…

Raedon: Yeah, we had it ready for January 2020 and were gonna release it before Download 2020…

Firouzeh: Yeah and then everything happened and didn’t end up releasing it because we wanted to find the right time to release it.

Raedon: Yeah, I think we did. We needed a bit of a boost coming into this year as it was all so crap and we thought “Well we have to do SOMETHING as we’re not playing live, we’re not really putting content out, let’s just release Desire and get it ready to go.” We did a video and we put it out on 8th January…and it’s been the most successful thing we’ve done!

Firouzeh: Yeah!

Sheri: Yeah it really took off!

Raedon: Yeah, to get like 100,000 views on the video on YouTube was pretty cool. So, Spotify took off as well because of it. So yeah, it’s just been kinda nice. So maybe, in a way, lockdown in that respect has been really good for us.

Sheri: You’re in high demand at the moment, you guys…

Firouzeh: Awww! It feels that way haha.

Sheri: Well, you’re playing Beermageddon tonight, which after the hype of Bloodstock, is really nice. What are you guys doing after? Are you heading home or you gonna stay the weekend?

Raedon: I’m gonna get rickety rickety wrecked! Hahaha.

Sheri: Thank you so much for having a little humble chat with me, really looking forward to seeing you guys play!

Control The Storm: Thank you so much Sheri.

Raedon: Love ya!

‘Desire’ (Official Video)

CONTROL THE STORM ARE:
Firouzeh Razavi – Vocals
Raedon Mac – Keyboard/Vocals
Paul O’Shea – Bass
Rich Shillitoe – Guitar
Matt Smith – Guitar
Aaron Wright – Drums

LINKS:

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Video Interview with Paul Mazurkiewicz of CANNIBAL CORPSE

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Video Interview with Paul Mazurkiewicz of CANNIBAL CORPSE
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all, Sheri here…

I am back and ohhhhh man, I was so excited for this opportunity!

Cannibal Corpse need no introduction. The renowned veterans of Death Metal released their 15th studio album, “Violence Unimagined”, on 16th April and thus, a speed shifting, hard hitting and unapologetic creation has been born. You will note that this album displays all of the distinctive flavour that Cannibal Corpse have previously offered, however I feel this album has more elements of brutality and speed laced throughout the tracks.

I had a chat with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz about this album and some of the tracks that give us a taste of sheer force that drives “Violence Unimagined” and is going to rip the heads off of its listeners…

CANNIBAL CORPSE Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Cannibal Corpse are:
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – Vocals
Alex Webster – Bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz – Drums
Erik Rutan – Lead Guitaris
Rob Barrett – Rhythm Guitar

Label: Metal Blade Records

LINKS:

‘Inhumane Harvest’ (Official Video)

‘Murderous Rampage’ (Official Video)

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Video Interview with Tuomas Saukkonen of WOLFHEART

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Video Interview with Tuomas Saukkonen of WOLFHEART
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all! Sheri here…

I’m back, with an interview that I actually thought I was going to be so nervous about – but instead, Tuomas made it so easy and calming to chat to him.

Wolfheart…one of my very favourites in the Melodic Death Metal genre…are not to be underestimated.

Combining themes; Winter, Apocalypse, Nature, Battle – Wolfheart paint a beautiful vision with their themes and different depths of sound and emotion. A touch upon Pagan Metal at its finest, from Finland!

Tuomas Saukkonen created Wolfheart in 2013 and was the sole musician and creator of the project – he released Wolfheart’s first full-length album, “Winterborn”, in 2014 and this has increasingly become as popular over the years as it was when it was first released. This saw Wolfheart playing stages at the likes of 70000 Tons of Metal, Brutal Assault, Hellfest and Summer Breeze OA, amongst others.

With some added members now in Wolfheart, as a full band, their fifth studio album “Wolves of Karelia” was released in 2020, followed by their most recent EP release; “Skull Soldiers”.

You’ll find that “Skull Soldiers” and “Wolves of Karelia” are linked…have a watch below to find out why…

WOLFHEART Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Wolfheart are:
Tuomas Saukkonen – Vocals, Guitars
Lauri Silvonen – Bass, Backing Vocals
Joonas Krauppinen – Drums
Vagelis Karzis – Lead Guitar

Label: Napalm Records

LINKS:

‘Aeon Of Cold’ (Acoustic) (Official Video)

‘Hereditary’ (Official Band Playthrough)

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys!

Sheri here, I hope everyone is keeping safe!

I bring another Interview for your eyes and ears – this time I got to chat to the lovely lads of Akkadian. Cambridge, UK based Akkadian are one of my very favourite newcomers in the underground world of Metal. By chance, I happened to see them play in Norwich, where I had gone to see a friend’s band play who were on the same line up. I was immediately blown away by Akkadian. The raw energy and ambience these guys present to their audience is pretty breathtaking and I don’t believe they can be put into a box when it comes to labelling their genre. If you’re a fan of Gojira, Deftones and Slipknot then chances are that you are gonna get what these guys are about.

Ambient but heavy.

Akkadian formed in 2018 with their debut show booked at the beginning of 2019. Their first releases ‘Black Sand’ and ‘Emanation’ were released in 2019 amidst a surge of positive reviews! During the first lockdown in 2020, Akkadian released their own take on Lamb of God’s ‘Memento Mori’ and unleashed this with a lockdown video. Again, it was well received and gave Akkadian fans something to chew on whilst in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions.

Akkadian’s new single ‘Agenda’ was released in February 2021 and I feel this offers further depth to what the band can do.

I hope you all enjoy the interview…

AKKADIAN Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Akkadian are:
Danny Thurston – Vocals
Harry Newberry – Drums
Chris Kontos – Bass
Aaron Wright – Drums
Florian Fize – Guitar

LINKS:

‘Agenda’ (Official Video)

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