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!

Desoluna (1)

 

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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

 

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EMQ’s with MY DARK RIFT

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EMQ’s with MY DARK RIFT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band My Dark Rift! Huge thanks to bassist Mattias Lekborn 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?

The band My Dark Rift The band consists of vocalist David Sundbom (ex-Skiller), guitarists Kristoffer Folin (Plan Three) and David Szücs (Degradead), bassist Mattias Lekborn (Furiam) and drummer Kenneth Holborn (ex-Degradead). With all members sharing a common love of hard rock and metal, there is room for both a nostalgic nod towards the thrash era of the 80’s as well as the melodic death scene of more modern times.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name is taken from the space phenomenon (The Dark Rift) as it seemed fitting to the music we wanted to make. (And we also needed a cool band name.)

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

We are a band based out of Stockholm, Sweden and the Metal scene here is great. We have A lot of really great Metal acts in Sweden like In Flames, At The Gates and Entombed just to name a few. Even the local talent in Stockholm is crazy good so we are very fortunate!

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

Well we are very new to the scene and so far we have only released two songs ‘Make Me
Stronger’ and ‘Devils Thunder’. With ‘Make Me Stronger we got a huge welcome from the metal audience and it made its way to number 1 on the Swedish iTunes chart!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our main influences are too many to even mention .We all just have a huge love for metal music in all forms. From Death to NWOBHM to just about everything in-between. There is so much great music out there.

What first got you into music?

Well I can’t speak for everyone in the band but for me it was hearing Metallica for the first time at the age of 5 maybe. Somewhere around that time and I haven’t looked back since.

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

Off the top of my head Ghost would be really interesting or why not Foo Fighters or
something unexpected.

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

Just one!? We want to play ALL of them.

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

I haven´t gotten so much weird stuff yet maybe because we are a pretty new band but I
have received clothes, pictures and one time a stone.

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

Well I think the one message I would like to send is thank you. Without anyone listening to what we do we would not be able to do it to the extent that we do so thank you and we hope to meet every single one of you somewhere on the road.

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

Freddie Mercury I think he had a lot more in him or the brothers Dimebag and Vinnie of
course.

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

What I enjoy most is making new music and playing it in front of people. What I hate most is all the waiting you need to do before you can take the stage!

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

Well I would definitely give us a better tour budget for starters. Nah, but I don’t really know. The industry keeps changing all the time so it’s hard to even keep up as it is!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”.

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

Vinyl of course!

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

The next one!

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

Well for me I would be doing a lot more of my other passion in life, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Why only 5 let’s make it 75 and then we could have a real party.

What’s next for the band?

In August/Sept we are aiming for the next release and after that we are going to start booking some shows.

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

https://Purple-Skull-Music.lnk.to/va3TB
https://purple-skull-music.lnk.to/DevilsThunder
https://www.facebook.com/MyDarkRift/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha I don’t even know what a Jaffa cake is. But for the sake of it… of course it is a biscuit!

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

Make sure to follow us on social media if you want to know what we are up to and where
the next show will be and so on. Other than that I wish you all a great day
Mattias/MDR

 

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EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA

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EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band Zephyra! Huge thanks to guitarist Tony Netterbrant 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 Tony Netterbrant. I play guitar and I’m the main songwriter in Zephyra.

The band started 2009 but we often say that we started for real in 2011 when I switched from drums to guitar in the band.

We have released three full length albums and one stand-alone single since 2014.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was Åsa (vocalist) that came up with the idea to rearrange our dog’s name. Her name is Zaphira and Åsa changed it to Zephyra.

It was never really meant be the final band name. We needed a name in the beginning and it eventually stuck. It’s too late to change now, ha ha!

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from Sweden and it has its good sides and bad sides. In the global perspective Sweden has delivered some really good metal acts such as in Flames, HammerFall, Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Sabaton and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of good metal bands here for sure!

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

Our latest album “Fall. Rise. Conquer.” was released on April 17, 2019 and we have released three singles off that album, the latest being a cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

If we are talking musical influences, Metallica is one of the biggest for me. But bands such as Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Megadeth have also played a big role.

Other influences is life in general. The lyrics I write are inspired of real life events, mainly my own experiences but also others.

What first got you into music?

I was never really good at sports growing up, like my brothers were. I think music spoke to me and I have always been a very creative and deep person. The music came naturally in a way.

My oldest brother introduced me to hard rock and metal and it grew on me. A few years down the road when I discovered Metallica, something inside me woke.

I wanted to play drums and I wanted to compose music. I never had a plan to be a musician, it just happened and it just felt right.

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

Oh, wow! Hard question! There are so many so I really can’t say. I’m afraid I will forget someone, ha ha!

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

Wacken! I mean, it’s the biggest and most metal festival there is! Of course Sweden Rock Festival does not sound bad either 😉

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

Maybe not weird but in a way it is. We have, as far as we know, two different people who have a tattoo of our logo on their body. It’s a big honour of course, but also weird in a way because it’s so hard to grasp. Amazing!

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

I would like to say THANK YOU to all you Zephyra soldiers out there who are fighting for us and supporting us through everything!

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

Criss Oliva. Such an underrated guitarist who died too soon!

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

Creating music! It makes my blood flow and when I am performing with my family (the band) on stage in front of our lovely fans, that’s worth all the hard times.

I hate all of the business side. I didn’t start with music to being able to run a business, you know. It’s a necessary part though to being able reach out to more people and to grow as a band.

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

Take away the industry part and make it only about the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Gutter Ballet” – Savatage

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

I don’t have an opinion about that, they all serve a purpose. But I’m quite nostalgic about CD’s though.

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

Hard one, but I think I must say that the last two shows on our last UK tour were special in so many ways. We played in Birmingham and Norwich and Åsa’s voice was severely affected by pollen so she couldn’t growl at all in Birmingham and then she couldn’t sing at all (!) in Norwich. But, we soldiered on and played the shows anyway with the amazing support from our lovely fans. I am very proud of the band that we didn’t give up and pushed through. The show must go on.

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

I don’t know, maybe something with animals. I am a big dog lover.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band! Wait, that’s only three, ha ha. Well, that’s enough. I like small gatherings.

What’s next for the band?

Next shows are in Norway and the Netherlands in July and August at Totsås Rock and Tattoofest. Other than that we are brewing on some things we can’t talk about yet.

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

https://www.facebook.com/zephyraofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ZephyraVideos
https://www.instagram.com/zephyraofficial/
http://www.zephyra.se/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have actually never heard of them so I can’t say.

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

Thanks for this interview and stay metal out there!

 

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Amon Amarth – Berserker

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Amon Amarth – Berserker
Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)
Release Date: 03/05/2019
Running Time: 56:35
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Amon Amarth’s eleventh full-length “Berserker” is a non-stop beast of an album with killer riffs, growling vocals and more energy than ten well known energy drinks and if you’re not headbanging by the end, I think you need to look into your choice of musical taste!

The band, which consists of Johan Hegg on vocals, Ted Lundstrom on bass, Johan Soderberg on guitar, Olavi Mikkonen also on guitar and Jocke Wallgren on Drums definitely knows how to pack a punch into an album.

Each track is its own mini story with awesome drumming and guitar riffs. Hegg’s gravel voice is epic, yet, unlike a lot of bands of this genre, you can still understand him which is a blessing as the power that goes into all the tracks would be lost and that would be a shame. These fast and heavy songs have brutal melodies whilst not missing a beat and go into some of the craziest riffs I have heard in a while.

The Swedish band recorded the album in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls and it was after recording several rounds for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tagtgren and later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make the final recording in LA.

The track “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge” is a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and with epic lyrics such as “Englishmen, I am waiting here, in my heart I know not one ounce of fear”, it conjures images in your head of a Viking stood tall and strong, wielding a axe not scared of death one bit.

Johan Hegg says that this is Amon Amarth 2.0 and I must agree. This album is so intense and powerful. Why would a band want to just keep going over and over the same things? Fans would soon wander off, so the fact they plan to explore themselves musically is only going to benefit us fans and they certainly are a band who wants to please the fans as well as themselves.

Hegg admits he has (and I quote) “the best fucking job in the word” and you can tell this by the album. They are not a band who just put lyrics to music and bang out album after album. There is a definite vibe in the album, a passion, a dynamic which has the hairs on the back of your neck on edge. It’s like listening to a metal story book and you need to keep listening to find out the next chapter.

Amon Amarth give it 100% and it shows, even the album cover is epic.

What can I say? Impressed? Yes! Love it? Hell yes! These guys give it hell.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fafner’s Gold
02. Crack The Sky
03. Mjolner, Hammer Of Thor
04. Shield Wall
05. Valkyria
06. Ravens Flight
07. Ironside
08. The Berserker At Stamford Bridge
09. When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails
10. Skoll ans Hati
11. Wings Of Eagles
12. Into The Darkness

LINKS:
https://www.amonamarth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarth

https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth/
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOffical

 

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Melodic Metalcore band Agonize The Serpent. Huge thanks to Guitarist Daniel Rybeck for taking part!

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

Hi, I’m Daniel and I play guitar.
We’re a Metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden formed 2015.
Teddie and I met through a mutual friend, he sent me a couple of demos and I was hooked. It didn’t take long before we became a 5 piece band and recorded our first single ‘Cloak & Dagger’
Since then we’ve released an EP, an album and a bunch of music videos, had e few line-up changes and played live around Sweden.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a list of names and voted.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

Sweden. The scene used to be amazing here and I can really see a big difference when I go to concerts now compared to when I grew up. The metal scene is definitely better in Germany and Eastern Europe for example, so that’s where we want to go next.

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

Our debut album “Pray For A Plague”

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say my greatest influences have been Sonic Syndicate and the other bands around our hometown that made me love going to live shows and start playing myself.

What first got you into music?

I remember that I went to a market with my family when i was around 6 years old and I bought my first CD, “Alive!” with Kiss. Not because i liked their music, i just thought they looked cool, haha!

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

Sam Carter of Architects

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

I would choose Rock am Ring in Germany. I went there last year and had an amazing time, the festival books a lot of other Metalcore bands and has around 90,000 visitors so it would definitely be a good place for us to get our name and music out there.

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

At our very first gig I got a pair of dirty underwear thrown at me. I am not supposed to say this but… it was men’s underwear, used by a friend of mine!

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

Thank you very much for listening and supporting our music! Keep your eyes open for new releases; they’re just around the corner.

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

Tom Searle!

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

The time and interest we share within the band and of course the live shows we play.
I don’t like how complicated things can get when everyone doesn’t share the same vision or wants different things. But it’s a relationship with five people, of course it’s complicated.

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

I’d like to take away the possibilities we have to listen to all music in the world, wherever we are, all the time. Even though I use all digital platforms myself I think we’d appreciate music even more if we had some kind of limitation. I still listen to albums but a lot of people don’t seem interested in that anymore, they just listen to the singles and move on to the next band/artist. This would make local live shows more interesting and appreciated as well.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “Come Clarity”

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

Vinyl

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

When we shared stage with The Unguided and Corroded!

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

I would move to different places around the world, try new things and hopefully find something I’d love to do, some extreme sport maybe?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oliver Sykes, Zach Johnson (The Ghost Inside), Jim Carrey, Ian McKellen (As Gandalf) and Rihanna

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing a new single and video in June and after that we’re going back to the studio to record three more songs.

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

https://www.facebook.com/agonizetheserpent
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNhZZ7zrolXNT752pxpIzA
https://www.instagram.com/agonizetheserpent
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Xao7aRx9g8QyL3jEOrYYR?si=pHEmtaF4RI2uhW4giu94iw
https://agonizetheserpent.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit-sized cakes!

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

The pleasure is mine. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for new releases and updates. Thank you

 

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