EMQ’s With TRUMBITEN

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EMQ’s With TRUMBITEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Luleå, Sweden based Metal band, Trumbiten. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

My name is Tommy and I play the drums and write lyrics. My son Adam plays the bass and together we form the metal duo “Trumbiten” from the northern part of Sweden, in the city of Luleå.

We started to play together, 5 years ago, just for fun and without any further plans. We are both into the metal genre and we started to play and experiment with parts of classic heavy metal songs with cool drumbeats and cool guitar riffs, e.g., Metallica, Ghost etc.

In the beginning, I played the drums and mixed/mastered our tracks and my son took care of the guitar and bass tracks. Soon, we started to experiment and record instrumental covers and wanted to share our music with family and friends. The idea of starting a YouTube-channel came up in 2018 and at the same time we agreed on the name “Trumbiten”. We started the YouTube-channel early 2019 and uploaded different instrumental covers followed by our first cover on streaming media early 2020.

It was fun to play instrumental covers, but we wanted to develop our music further and decided to find someone that could add vocals. So, one idea was to add female vocals to cool covers such as Ghost-He is etc. So, I turned to SoundBetter and connected to different session musicians, which resulted in our first original song, with own lyrics, that was released September 2020, ‘Fear Me’.

And now we have released our first original EP with three songs…This is really awesome and was never on our minds only 2 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is actually a play with words and a tribute to all the great drummers and drum beats out there.

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

Trumbiten is from the city of Luleå (population 77,000), Norrbotten County (population 250,000+) in Sweden. The City of Luleå is not far from the Arctic Circle (approx. 75 miles or 120 km).

There are many examples of Swedish Metal bands such as Meshuggah, Ghost, Amon Amarth, Sabaton etc. Meshuggah is a band from northern part of Sweden (300 km south of Luleå) and from Luleå we have Raised Fist, Fireside, The Duskfall…

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

We released our first original single ‘Fear Me’ in September 2020 and have just released our first original EP “Emotions”!

‘Beast Of Fire’ (Lyric Video)

‘Fear Me’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My interest for the Metal genre got a real kick when I heard Metallica’s track ‘Whiplash’ on the radio for the first time, I think mid-1984…after that I was fully into heavy metal.

Bands like Ghost, Dissection, Metallica (Lars Ulrich, since he is a great inspiration for me as a drummer).

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been interested in music (like most people) and one day I decided to invest in a drum set 😊 and then my life got a real boost. See story above!

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

A difficult question, there are so many great musicians, but it would be cool to develop lyrics with Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) or Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy).

Also, it would be awesome to try out cool drumbeats with Lars Ulrich or heavy bass riffs with Robert Trujillo!

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

Actually, we haven’t thought about this as we have just started to release our own music. But give us a few more years and then we can answer this question.

Maybe, on a virtual scene?

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

Not yet!

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

Follow your dreams and keep rockin’.

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

I would choose John Bonham and maybe get a chance to learn more about his techniques, his sound and feel for the groove.

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

The creative process from idea to a product and to follow how a song grows and develops over time. That is something that gives energy and inspiration in many aspects.

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One album that has played an important role for the metal duo Trumbiten is Metallica’s Black Album as it has been one album that we had as inspiration when we started to play together.

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

Streaming services like Spotify etc

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

Not played live yet.

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

I am currently working with tech innovation and have now also added musician to my CV 😊.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

We released our first EP on May 14th and we have three more songs in the pipeline that we plan to release during the fall.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCFBjXZc9N1tbq9zxKmwUxWA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1Ywe7vHy7LcpmciF6ALREr
www.instagram.com/trumbiten/

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?

Thank you!

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Ironbourne – Ironbourne

Ironbourne Cover Art

Ironbourne – Ironbourne
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Running Time: 51:03
Review by Simon Black
6/10

Not to be confused with the very similarly spelt Northern Irish outfit, this act hails from Sweden and is a very NWOBHM influenced, but equally quite Modern Metal sounding act, with more than a few Stoner tropes, adding an ear-ringingly heavy layer to their sound. The constituent members have all been round the block a while, but this act is fairly recent in its incorporation however and, as a debut, makes an impressive opening salvo. I can’t find too much about them as beyond a Facebook page they don’t have too much of a web presence, which realistically is something you chaps need to fix if you ever get around to reading this.

One thing about this album, it’s wonderfully heavy without feeling overtly down tuned or depressive, which means despite most of the songs being fairly slow in pace, you are left with a largely up-beat feeling. It’s quite disconcertingly effective. The challenge is that too many of the tracks are equally paced in their delivery, so after the half way point in the album, you are craving for a change of pace. We get this with the highly impressive ballad ‘Too Late’, which gives the guitarists a chance to play acoustically, to the point that it almost feels like a completely different band. When another and much faster pace change comes quite late with the very positively speedy ‘Runaway’, you are left with the feeling that more variety would have made this a more interesting record. All the constituent parts work well though – these are musicians with a strong sense of mood and they know how to get a rich sound in the recording process and Torbjörn Andersson’s voice is loud, powerful and hypnotic. The epic closer ‘Year of Judgement’ probably encapsulates all the best elements and also dares to be a bit more experimental and trippy with the sound, adding a much-needed layer of reverb to add to that epic and haunting feeling.

The challenge I have with this album is not that there is absolutely nothing bad about it, but it just fails to deliver anything eyebrow-raisingly exceptional for a big chunk of its length and that’s down to too many of the songs feeling the same in pace and tone. All the tracks are absolutely competent enough, the musicians play well, the sound is rich and mature, but the song-writing sometimes lacks the punchy, dangerous edge that this sort of music thrives upon, although the three tracks I have called out absolutely do, making this an album that feels slightly unfinished. Perhaps this is just a symptom of a band that really need to be in the same physical space for the chemistry to fire up, so I would be curious to see what a live show looks like. When they vary the pace and become more experimental, this band soars and hopefully they can take those elements and run with them. Nonetheless, an impressive start.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Dreamer
02. Elusive Reality
03. Varsel
04. Twilight Of Gods
05. Too Late
06. Covenant
07. Hit The Wall
08. Runaway
09. Year Of Judgement

LINE-UP:
Torbjörn Andersson – Vocals
Olof Geijer – Guitars
Lars Andersson – Bass
Jonas Windle – Guitars
Stefan Viktorsson – Drums

LINKS:

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Persuader – Necromancy

Persuader – Necromancy
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 04/12/2020
Running Time: 44:04
Review by Simon Black
8/10

The Power Metal genre has its fair share of problems. Firstly, it’s a very fluid sub-genre. Traditionally it was a direct descendant of traditional Heavy Metal at the great point of divergence and diaspora in the 1980’s – taking the more upbeat, melodic and lighter route, whilst pinching the speed elements from Thrash. Secondly it is very much a European phenomenon – so much so that I can usually tell within a few bars of the opening track whether a band hails from Germany, Italy or Sweden (which let’s face it, the vast majority of them do). Thirdly it can be a frustratingly formulaic format, with repetitive structures and an unhealthy obsession with mythical concept story arcs. All this can be helpful when you fancy a singalong in a festival field somewhere in Slovenia with a band whose material you’ve not encountered up to that point, but far more challenging when trying to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace, or find yourself reviewing the fifth concept album that month about some obscure pre-Christian mythical hero. So when something like this comes along that doesn’t quite play by these three rules whilst still most definitely being Power Metal, it’s a refreshing change from all the cookie cutter efforts flying around out there (even though Persuader are in fact Swedish!).

Despite being around for twenty-three years, the band have been far from prolific, as this – their fifth album in that quite lengthy period, illustrates. But then it’s far, far better to produce one really good album every five years than three forgettable ones in the same period, and this one is very, very good. This is a very dark offering for a start and also has a very Blind Guardian feel to it, not least because Jens Carlsson is a vocal dead ringer for Hansi Kürsch, with his slightly folky / nasal timbre and powerful presence. In all other respects this album is nothing like them at all – being a far more brutal affair than the German kings of the Power genre have so far mustered.

So, this album: it’s dark, it’s heavy and it’s doesn’t drag at all (which is an affliction too many concept laden Power Metal albums struggle with as they try and retain your interest in an idea that might have made a punchy EP, but becomes somewhat strained by the half way point of a full-blown album). Like all the best Power Metal it plays around with the sound and dips its toes into the waters of other sounds, whilst staying firmly in the genre. Where this works well is that there is just enough speed and brutal aggression to fire energy into the belly of the beast, without branching too far into Speed / Thrash territory.

Unusually for a Power act, there’s no full-time keyboard player. Presumably one of the four of them is doubling up when needed given some of the technically tight, Progressive flourishes that occasionally add colour to an instrumental section, but the net effect of this is a much heavier dynamic, which allows the proficiency of Emil Norberg and newcomer Fredrik Mannberg’s guitar work to stand out hard, loud and clear. From opener ‘The Curse Unbound’, this album crashes in with some brutally fast rhythms, effortlessly switching pace and tempo to play with your emotions and taking you on a roller coaster of technical musical proficiency.

For those of you that, like me, can appreciate a technically proficient bunch of musicians, then you will be in for a treat, and one that holds the attention throughout as Persuader wrap this technical skill up in well-crafted song-writing that does not sound overtly showy. It’s got the melodic hooks to suck you in, but enough brutality, intensity and epic heaviness to perhaps keep even the more extreme fans interested. Like all well-crafted works, it reveals more of itself with every listen, and I can tell that this is a gift that’s going to keep on giving.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Curse Unbound
02. Scars
03. Raise The Dead
04. Reign Of Darkness
05. Hells Command
06. Gateways
07. The Infernal Fires

LINE-UP:
Jens Carlsson – Vocals
Emil Norberg – Guitars
Fredrik Mannberg – Guitars
Efraim Juntunen – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hudiksvall, Sweden based Metal band Corrosive Sweden. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Corrosive Sweden was formed in 1997 and have since then released a number of recordings and performed on a number of clubs and festivals mainly in Sweden. We have had the opportunity to play with bands such as The Hellacopters, Amaranthe, Engel, Dead By April, Corroded, Freedom Call, The Kristet Utseende, Smash Into Pieces, Art Nation, Eyes Wide Open among others The band was also invited, as special guests, for a gig with the Backyard Babies.

We are currently working on the new album. The first single ‘Devil of Mine’ was released in October. As many other colleagues in the music industry, we had to cancel the tour planned for 2020. “We are really looking forward for Covid to cease. Meanwhile, we are spending time with our families and creating music” The recording of this album, is as the previous album, made in our own studio Dark City Sounds. The vocals are recorded by P-O at POL Studio.

We have been described as a hybrid between old school Trash and Melodic metal. The five band members all have different backgrounds when it comes to personal musical influences. It is a wide range from Classic Hard Rock, Trash Metal, Punk, Power Metal and Modern Metal. This makes the sound of Corrosive Sweden unique, but with recognizable fragments.

How did you come up with your band name?

There were several bands called Corrosive, so we added Sweden.

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

Hudiksvall, Sweden. The Metal and Rock scene is pretty bad actually.

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

It´s called ‘Devil of Mine’. The song was released 2.October 2020

Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of bands. Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Helloween, Slayer, Meshuggah, Deftones, among others. We have an influence playlist on our Spotify page. Follow that one

www.open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1E4F3hUzJjwlZj

What first got you into music?

Johan: My cousin showed me Accept and Twisted Sister. Then I bought my first electric guitar.

Christer: I heard Kiss – “Dynasty” when I was six years old. Then I was sold for life.

Peter: I grew up in a home with a dad who plays guitar and a big brother who plays drums, so the music has always been there. I started my first band with some friends.

Daniel: My brother.

Alex: I originally started out singing just for fun, but eventually took the opportunity to perform on stage during my pre-teen years. In my teenage years me and some of my classmates decided to start a band and that’s when I discovered my love for playing the bass.

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

A big band with the ambition to help us move forward in our careers would be very fun.

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

Rock in Rio – Because it’s a huge festival.

Wacken Open Air – Because Germany is a dream we’ve had for a long time.

Sweden Rock festival – Because it is the world’s nicest festival to be at, as a visitor.

Graspop Metal Meeting – We just love it.

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

Foam plots. It is a Swedish Christmas candy. Taste like rubber!!

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

Help us in these difficult times. Stream and spread our music. Buy our merch. Come to our concerts when the pandemic subsides. It´s a tough time for bands like us these days.

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

Johan: Freddie Mercury

Christer: Hard question. Probably Eric Carr.

Peter: Cliff Burton.

Daniel: The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold.

Alex: Chi Cheng from Deftones.

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

Love writing, recording and playing new music.

Hate is a strong word, but we dislike that many people want our money but do not want to work so much for it. We also dislike many people who don´t think that writing music is a real job.

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

Hard question. But getting paid fairly for what you do would definitely make it easier for us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Christer: Kiss – “Lick It Up” or Helloween – “Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2”

Johan: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”

Peter: Therapy – “Troublegum”

Daniel: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”

Alex: I Don´t know!

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

All of them but vinyl is the coolest.

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

A small festival in Sweden called Metalpark. Great response and a fantastic crew.

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

Johan: Lighthouse Keeper.

Christer: Probably a Tennis Pro with 22 Grand Slam Trophies.

Peter: Industrial worker.

Daniel: Soccer Pro with Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Alex: Perhaps a photographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Christer: Paul Stanley but he probably would not come because of the corona so then it must be Michael Kiske or John Petrucci.

Johan: Dave Mustaine.

Peter: Kerry King.

Daniel: James Hetfield.

Alex: Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

We have just recorded two new singles that will be released soon. At this moment, we are recording two more that will be released in the spring of 2021.

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

Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our one website, and of cause many other digital platforms, Apple music etc.
www.corrosivesweden.se/
www.facebook.com/CorrosiveSweden/
www.instagram.com/corrosivesweden/
www.twitter.com/CorrosiveSweden

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit. Very good with Swedish coffee. But it´s better with a chocolate ball, cinnamon bun or a Swedish Kladdkaka. Try it if you get the chance 😊

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

Thanks for the support and may the force be with you.

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EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Melodic Black Metal band Wormwood. Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘Nine’ for taking part.

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

I go by the name ‘Nine’ and I am the main lyricist and vocalist in Wormwood.

Not to go too in-depth about the history, I can tell you that we started out in 2014 with a different line-up and a different musical genre, but after a year we had found a pretty solid line-up and started to refine our sound. After our debut EP, “The Void – Stories From The Whispering” well, we started right away to write our full-length album “Ghostlands – Wounds From A Bleeding Earth” which was a pretty huge success. That’s was when we had found a sound we were happy with, for the time being. And as many other bands, we started to write the album “Nattarvet” shortly after which even more refined our sound, and here we are. I think we now have found a solid ground on our genre. People label us as Melodic Black Metal, and we won’t argue with that, but we are too many layers to be really encapsulated into one genre.

How did you come up with your band name?

Wormwood comes from the bible and goes by the Apsinthos. It was a star which fell from the heavens and made the rivers sour so man became sick. Wormwood for us is both the biblical meaning and our own personal meaning. It’s a force which lurks deep within the nature here in Scandinavia and us.

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

We are from Sweden and you could say that Sweden is the epicentre of many metal genres.

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

“Nattarvet” which got released via Black Lodge Records on 2019-07-26! We also released two music videos from the album, ‘The Isolationist’ and ‘Av Lie och Börda’ (Of Scythe And Burden).

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can’t talk too much what the composers of the band got their influences from except what you can easily hear, but for me as a vocalist and lyricist there are a few. Warrel Dane from Nevermore has been immensely influential for me, not only with his very different voice but for the pure poetry he writes in his lyrics. I wholeheartedly recommend, both from a lyrical and musically viewpoint to listen to “Dead Heart in a Dead World” and “This Godless Endeavour” with Nevermore.

Also the deep and profound lyrics of Patrick Walker from Warning, the amazing musical compositions of Christofer Johnsson from Therion and the roaring vocals from Ihsahn!

What first got you into music?

I guess that would be my older brother when he showed me Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden in the early 90’s. But what formed me as an extreme music listener was “Beauty in Darkness Vol1” (Nuclear Blast) from ‘96 where I first heard Dissection, Therion, Crematory, In Flames, Sentenced, Cradle of Filth, Theatre of Tragedy, and so on and so forth.

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

My highest privilege would be to do a collaboration with Akira Yamaoka, the man who did most of the Silent Hill soundtracks. His way of finding a soundscape devoid of hope and a happy ending is just perfect. Dark ambient sounds, melancholic acoustic strings and deep foreboding bass! Yeah, that’s my dream.

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

[Insert the biggest metal festival in the world here]. That one!

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

This one isn’t that weird, well depending on who you are, but when I did a tour in 2009 with my old band Withershin, we were somewhere in Russia and a fan made a pentagram neckless to me which he had performed a ritual in the forest to enchant it somehow. I still have it and wear it occasionally till this day.

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

Always except the unexpected when it comes to Wormwood’s new releases.

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

Warrel Dane from Nevermore! Beyond a shadow of a doubt! His untimely death was a hard blow to the metal scene and for me personally, it was devastating.

Nevermore is the biggest underground band people don’t know about. If you haven’t heard about Nevermore, as I wrote on a previous question, go and listen to those albums or any by them for that matter. Lest we forget…!

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

Expressing your art to people who loved it is a very humbling and great feeling. I am pretty sure that there are people who work who do things which others enjoy, but there is something magical about doing it when it comes to music. You put down your brittle soul and tainted blood into it, and then many people understand it, love it and even want to support you. That is really something else.

The struggles of being an up-and-coming musician are real.

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

Stop. Being. So. Fucking. Offended.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, without competition.

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

Vinyl is the best buy, streaming is the easiest way to find new music.

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

That´s hard to say! Is the biggest the best? I don´t know, every gig is special in some kind of way.

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

Probably making videos full time, or graphic stuff!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five people that are easy going and they will come with a big bag of beer to share. I guess it would be the band.

What’s next for the band?

We´re attending to one of the biggest music awards here in Sweden which we are nominated for in the Best Rock/Metal Category.

We are going out playing at festivals this spring/summer and we are writing on new material at the moment.

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

http://www.wormwood-official.com
http://wormwood-official.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/wormwoodofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/WormwoodSWE
https://twitter.com/WormwoodSWE
https://www.youtube.com/c/officialwormwood

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard about them, but after some googling it looks lite biscuits to me.

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

Well, check us out! See you on tour!

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EMQs with Desoluna

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EMQ’s with DESOLUNA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Gothic Doom Metal band Desoluna. Huge thanks to vocalist Nadia Montes for taking part.

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

I am Nadia and I sing in the band. The others are Patrick, guitar and backing vocals and Olle on drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was Patrick’s idea from early days when it was his own creation at home. The name of his first band was Desolate, but since there are so many bands with that name already, he had to change it into something similar. The word “Lun” is a direct reference to his last name, Lundberg.

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

We come from Sweden, a country that has been famous for its strong metal scene for 25-30 years at least. I guess you are familiar with the term “Swedish death metal”?

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

Rejection of Rejoice, released in July 2019.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Paradise Lost for starters. Black Sabbath, Sisters of Mercy, LOK, Linda Perry, Bonnie Tyler to name a few.

What first got you into music?

For me personally, I sang in a children’s choir when I was around 7-8 years old. My interest really began when I first learned to play guitar at thirteen.

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

Any musician that has new and interesting ideas would be fun to work with and help me evolve. Perhaps in the future I might dive into it a bit more.

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

Sweden Rock, Wacken, Graspop or any large venue that exists. We have played smaller festivals, which was fun, so of course any big one would be really awesome.

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

Imagine that. You can actually receive gifts from fans!

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

Listen to yourselves and not to big shot ‘know-it-alls’ who are under the illusion that they stand on higher ground.

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

Kurt Cobain. He simply was not finished with creating whatever he carried within that he could have transformed into something new and interesting music or art.

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

I enjoy singing and being surrounded with my friends in the band. I hate working with people who only create problems.

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

To somehow make it easier to earn a living!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

ONE album?? The one I can think of is “Abby Road” by The Beatles. Always loved that album and always will.

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

To be honest, I like them all except for cassettes. Cassettes don´t belong in a stereo, they belong in a museum!

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

My favourite gig is the one we did in Halmstad in May 2018 with Lamashtu, a band from Gothenburg. We had an intense energy that night.

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

None of us works with music professionally. I have been a personal assistant for five years and currently studying to become a dental nurse.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un, Vladimir Putin, the president of China and any member of the Kardashian clan! Let´s see how long that dinner party would last. I would leave after five minutes.

What’s next for the band?

We will write new material sooner or later, and record the ones we’ve got that we haven´t recorded yet.

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

http://www.desoluna.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Desoluna/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Ze8DbK4qd8vWu5KYdDf8e
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2j-wL0jEyI8akt0Lc5Hraw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who knows, once I get my hands on them, they will be gone!

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

Stay in school, kids!

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EMQ’s with LEADING LIGHT

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EMQ’s with LEADING LIGHT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gotland, Sweden based Metal band Leading Light! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Rasmus Weström 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 Rasmus Weström and I’m the lead singer and guitarist in the band. Leading Light was formed in 2012 due to some label issues with our old band, “Inception To Embrace”.

Basically, we had to change our name to continue to release music.

How did you come up with your band name?

My tattoo artist Stefan Börstad came up with the name while I was getting a lighthouse tattoed on my arm. He’s an old sailor and told stories about when he was out at sea and they would shout “Leading Light” whenever they would see the light from a lighthouse. I later suggested the name to the rest of the band and they liked it.

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

We’re from Sweden. Sweden have a really good reputation in the metal world with bands like In Flames, Opeth, At The Gates and many many more, so that’s great. The scene here is tricky. We have a lot of people that listens to and appreciates metal, but there aren’t that many places left for us smaller bands to play. We have always tried to reach outside of Sweden with our music. But we love to play in Sweden as well, whenever we get the chance.

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

Last year we released our second album “Shards Of Broken Reflection” and we released a music video for the song ‘Burn Me’ recently, off of that album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wXImqwGi7E

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally, System Of A Down. They made me want to play guitar and sing. We play a lot with the dynamics within or songs. Going from soft to very aggressive sections instantly and that’s very influenced by them.

What first got you into music?

My grandmother gave me an acoustic guitar for my birthday and I didn’t play it for like 1-2 years. Then I heard System Of A Down and that was it.

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

Cory Brandan from Norma Jean would be awesome!

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

Wacken! But there are a lot of awesome festivals around the world that we’d love to play!

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

Hm… We’ve had a lot of people buying us beers during and after shows. That’s pretty great!

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

You’re the best and I appreciate that you care about our music!

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

Hm… Chester Bennington, he was just awesome.

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

We’ve had some people email us, telling their story and telling us that our music helped them during though times. That’s definitely what I enjoy the most. I hate greedy people within the industry, taking advantage of bands. We have experienced that first hand.

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

That people would pay musicians for their work more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have to say “Toxicity” by System Of A Down.

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

I would love to be a vinyl guy but downloads are just so much easier so, downloads/streaming.

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

Definitely the Sweden Rock Festival! That was just unreal.

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

I drew a lot before I started to play music so probably a cartoonist or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, our drummer Simon because he can cook and… Daron Malakian!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on new music at the moment. We’ll probably release some new singles early next year and then we’ll try to play as many countries as we can!

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

Mostly Facebook, Instagram and Youtube!
https://www.facebook.com/Leadinglightband/
https://www.instagram.com/leadinglightband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCof8lOr2xwm4nVkr1jHyAvw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, I had to google that… But by the looks of it, biscuit?!

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

Thanks for the interview and to everybody that gives a shit about our band!

 

 

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RAM – The Throne Within

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RAM – The Throne Within
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 13/09/2019
Running Time: 49:06
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

Rick and I have recently come up with a system when it comes to my reviews. Whereas all the other reviewers will take a look at the album list and pick what they would like to review, Rick will just send over a few albums for me to review. He knows my taste probably better than I do, and, as I am so busy with posting stuff to the site and news to the Facebook page, it means I don’t waste precious time (Rick is the one who puts together the album list so he is already working on it.)

Anyway, enough wasting time telling you about the logistics of how we work behind the scenes, I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was when I saw he had sent me the new Ram album to review (I think I actually did a little squeal!) I have been a fan since I first heard “Forced Entry” way back in 2005 and although they had kind of fallen off my radar for a period of time, I was glad they were still making music.

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the band, an achievement the band is proud of. Says guitarist Henry Granroth – “it feels great! I would say it’s quite an effort to keep it together for such a long time, and I don’t think anyone involved would have imagined this to be a mission of that length. Hopefully, we’ll have the strength to keep going if not twenty more, at least ten. Who knows?”

And what better way to mark the anniversary than with this fantastic album.

Ok, a bit of history first though.

Ram were formed in 1999, in Gothenburg, Sweden, by guitarist Henry Granroth. He wanted to form a “real heavy metal band” as he had become sick of the misinterpretation of metal that was ruling the scene at the time. He met Daniel Johansson, a young but very experienced and talented guitarist, who had a very traditional style of playing metal guitar.

After a long search they found Oscar Carlquist, a powerful heavy metal vocalist with a mutual hatred of the current metal scene, who, in turn, brought in drummer Morgan Pettersson, who still played in the old 70’s/80’s hard and heavy drum style.
Lastly, the band recruited the legendary Leif Larsson, a former member of Frozen Eyes and their line-up was complete.

In 2003, the band released their first EP “Sudden Impact” and it was a hit on the underground scene, the first 1,000 copies selling out in just a few months. They hit the road, playing a number of festivals in Europe and went on tour as support for Sebastian Bach. They were also recognised by Germany’ Rock Hard Mag as one of the best newcomers of 2004.

They released their full-length debut, the aforementioned “Forced Entry” in 2005, an album which brought the entire old school heavy metal community to its knees, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“The Throne Within” is the Swedish quintet’s latest album, released on 13th September 2019 via Metal Blade Records and it is clear this is a band who has upped its game to deliver a record with its roots deep in classic heavy metal yet wielding an energy and freshness that places it very much ‘in the now.’

Unlike its 2017 predecessor “Rod” there is no concept that unifies the lyrics and every song speaks for itself.

Says Granroth – “it is unmistakable RAM, there are fast songs, heavy songs, mid-tempo and slower tempos as well. There’s melody and there’s grit. The arrangements are recognizable, but some may be unorthodox. We wrote songs with no particular type of record in mind. Sometimes you have a clear picture, sometimes you don’t, and this time we just got together and started writing and saw where that took us.

The album opens with the epic ‘The Shadowwork’, which explodes to life with a scything riff, making it clear that 2019 RAM are playing at full force.

Having previously released six full length albums, this one doesn’t deviate the band away from their core sound which has its roots set firmly with the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Accept with maybe a tinge of King Diamond creeping in here and there.

Instead, it has raised the bar of their founding principles and this can be placed above anything else they have done before. With a high octane, unmissable, 80’s attitude, this band has both the look and the sound that is able to transport us back to the heady days of the 1980’s when, as some people would say, ‘metal was metal!’

Long have bands like RAM been the loyal protectors of the old guard of heavy metal and this album proves they are still to this very day. People may say ‘it’s all been done before’ and ‘this isn’t bringing anything new to the scene’ but this album is a true tribute to the metal of the 1980’s and I can only say that this is a good thing. I, personally, like to listen to the new stuff being made today but I also do like to listen to the older stuff too, and if it can be done by a band such as RAM then all the better.

The production of this album is of a greater quality than their previous offerings, providing a polished sound with true grit that gives the guitars, in particular, a bit of extra oomph.

With the twin guitars giving us some awesome solos and riffs, and the rhythm section being tight and solid, the other element that sets this album apart is the vocals. Carlquist has a strong, powerful voice that is so suited to this type of metal and provides that finishing touch to already brilliant musicianship.

This is an album of 100% kick ass metal. But don’t take my word for it, go and get yourself a copy and see for yourself!!!

TRACKLISTING:
1. The Shadowwork
2. Blades Of Betrayal
3. Fang And Fur
4. Violence (Is Golden)
5. The Trap
6. No Refuge
7. Spirit Reaper
8. You All Leave
9. Ravnfell

LINKS:
http://ram-metal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RAMheavymetal
https://www.instagram.com/ramheavymetal/
https://ramheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

 

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Amon Amarth Berserker World Tour 2019 w/Arch Enemy, At The Gates & Grand Magus – Manhattan Center, New York City, USA – 12/10/2019

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Amon Amarth Berserker World Tour 2019
w/Arch Enemy, At The Gates & Grand Magus
Manhattan Center, New York City, USA
12/10/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

…And then came the day when Vikings took over New York. No, that is not a plot for a movie, but a real life event. An all Swedish line-up of Grand Magus, At The Gates, Arch Enemy and the mighty Amon Amarth rolled into NYC with the ‘Berserker World Tour’ North American leg. We all know that Amon Amarth can put on a show, but with these three metal beasts in support this was a spectacle for the ages!

The Manhattan Center was packed. While I wasn’t sure of the official count this was definitely a sold out show. First up on stage was Grand Magus, a heavy metal band from Stockholm who delivered a classic Heavy Metal sound that was melodic and often catchy. Their set received a warm reception from the audience, and while not as popular as the following bands they were watched by an already full room. Nobody was skipping the opening acts.

https://www.facebook.com/grandmagusofficial/

Next to play were Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal legends At The Gates. Supporting their latest album “To Drink From The Night Itself” (2018), they opened with the title song, followed by ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’ and ‘At War With Reality’ which were also the respective title songs from their previous two studio albums. To note; they played only tracks from these three albums and skipped all three of their earlier works!

Although the band were in a prolonged hiatus between 1996-2007 they sustained their fans and popularity and are still recognized as trailblazers of the ‘New Wave of Swedish Melodic Death Metal’ and still have three active founding members, vocalist Tomas Lindberg, drummer Adrian Erlandsson and bassist Jonas Björler.

At The Gates wrapped up their set with the closing track from “At War With Reality” entitled ‘The Night Eternal’ which was loud and with its melodic outro stamped an exclamation point on their powerful performance.

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Next came Arch Enemy who are probably enjoy the most commercial success compared with the previous two bands, thanks to more melodic choruses and of course their Canadian vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, who is widely considered as one of the most beautiful metal female artists. She does bring a whole different dimension to this musical style, making it more attractive to a larger audience. Metal elitists might not be happy, but their success speaks for itself!

While their set was only eight songs, it was packed with metal anthems one after another; ‘The World Is Yours’, ‘War Eternal’, ‘The Eagle Flies Alone’ and ‘Nemesis’ are known worldwide. Considering that the stage was quite small, to help conceal the headliners stage set, throughout the performance Alissa was aggressive in her movements around the stage and quite a few times jumped off the drum riser. She also sung mainly with unclean vocals! Whilst Arch Enemy have been writing new material, their latest album “Will To Power” dates back to 2017.

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Amon Amarth are frequent guests stateside, and every time their shows are spectacular, even if they are not headlining. This time, as the main act, they really brought there ‘A’ game. There was a giant Viking helmet positioned centre stage with drummer Jocke Wallgren above it and guitarists Olavi Mikkonen & Johan Söderberg, bassist Ted Lundström and vocalist Johan Hegg at the front trying to avoid random Vikings, serpents and other creatures appearing on stage. There was a lot of smoke and fire… a LOT of fire and random explosions mixed in for good measure. Why not? It was an Amon Amarth show after all!

The band who are currently supporting their latest studio album “Berserker”, which saw the light of day back in May of this year, opened with the first single from that album ‘Raven’s Flight’. From the start we entered into a loud and powerful Viking world, just don’t mention ‘Viking Metal’ to the band. Even though everything they do is about Vikings and Scandinavian mythology they prefer to be labelled Melodic Death Metal. So it was Melodic Death Metal about Vikings!!

The first creature came on stage during the track ‘Deceiver Of The Gods’, a fantastic demonic looking warrior with burning eyes and long horns. This was the title track from their 2013 album and, altogether, their setlist was pretty comprehensive including material from six of their eleven studio albums to date!

Amon Amarth completed their set with another bang and one of their most well-known songs from the earlier days ‘Twilight Of The Thunder God’. With that, an epic, visually and sonically, exceptional performance came to an end and their Viking ship sailed away from NYC harbour until the next time.

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FURTHER LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ManhattanCenter
https://www.facebook.com/nuclearblast.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/centurymedia/
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords/

 

 

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very easy……10/10

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

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

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

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

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

 

Review reproduced here with kind permission of Cliff Scowen and MDR

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