EMQ’s with GENTIHAA

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EMQ’s with GENTIHAA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Athens, Greece based Fantasy Themed Symphonic Black Metal band Gentihaa. Huge thanks to guitarist/composer Valgran, 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 Valgran and I am the guitarist and the composer of the GENTIHAA. GENTIHAA was formed back in 2018 by me and after a short period we entered in Sound Symmetry Studio in Athens and started the recordings of our first album which is called “Reverse Entropy”.

How did you come up with your band name?

This was a very odd circumstance cause I was goofing around on the net, reading some historic religious stuff and my eyes stuck in a demon ‘s name called Haagenti and I just read it backwards!

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

We are from Greece. The Metal/Rock Scene down here is quiet upcoming with lots of hardcore fans as well.

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

Our latest release is “Reverse Entropy” which is our debut album. And you can find it in Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube etc.

‘Alpha’ (Official HQ Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We really like Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, Meshuggah and many more.

What first got you into music?

I started playing the guitar when I was in minor age and the first time I realised that this is what I want to do in my life. Music completes me and makes me a happy man!

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

Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir.

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

I would choose Wacken open air or Hellfest cause I think these fests are the biggest with lots of people from all over the world. So, It might be awesome!

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

A Voodoo dummy!

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

Thank you for all your support and Horns Up!!

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

Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom

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

I really enjoy the freedom that music provides me and hate nothing about being a musician!

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

I would give more opportunities to new bands to show what they got!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are plenty of them but I will go with Behemoth – “Demigod”!

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

Being a child of the 90’s I’ll go for CD’s! I remember that CD’s were a big revolution back then.

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

Our biggest gigs so far were a mini Greek tour with Dimmu Borgir last year.

Gentihaa Live Photo

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

Can’t imagine doing anything else!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would definitely invite Nergal, Shagrath, Michael Amott, Fredrik Thordendal and Roy Khan.

What’s next for the band?

We are in the middle of recordings of our second album and we are working really hard to deliver very aggressive and exceptional stuff to our fans!

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

You can find us here.
www.gentihaa.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/gentihaa
www.instagram.com/gentihaaofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6jSyE6VGazBf2znTixhVUD
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIaUAcnyTmSNdnHNVcVu9TQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake of course!!!

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

Thank you for your support and Stay Heavy!!!

03 Gentihaa Promo Pic (Credit Aggeliki.Hristoff.Photography)
Photo credit: Aggeliki.Hristoff.Photography

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Dominus Dominantium – Chained: Epiphany Of The Soulless

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Dominus Dominantium – Chained: Epiphany Of The Soulless
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/05/2020
Running Time: 45:28
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

I’m used to hearing, at least, two or three new bands each month for review so it is, probably, not a surprise for me when I discover insanely good bands from different parts from the world. I guess that it is the most interesting thing that happens in this line of work, allied with all the great new friends we make when writing about a specific band. Sometimes we make a few enemies as well, but I still love them too 😊. I still consider myself a novice writing about and reviewing music and after four years I am still impressed each time I discover a good scene and bands from a specific country. So, here I am again with another band from the Dominican Republic, a country that has really surprised me with its quality music.

My contact with Dominus Dominantium came about after I had written a review of one of the best bands I had ever heard in my life, Ophion. Guess what? They are also from the same country. Of course, I was immediately impressed by the quality and dedication of these bands to offer their best for the listener. Both bands have released only one album so far and in the case of “Chained: Epiphany Of The Soulless”, we can hear an album that enchants on the very first listen, even if you are not a fan of Symphonic Black Metal. So let us embark on this journey of apocalypse!

Yes, this album is about the apocalypse and even though the genre that labels the band is Symphonic Black Metal, you mustn’t expect anything satanic here, in fact, It is quite the opposite. It is similar to Dimmu Borgir’s sonority, from the early years, around 2000, but with a concept about the Apocalypse from the Bible. If you’ve read the band’s EMQ’s (linked below), you will know that the band name Dominus Dominantium is taken from the inscription called “Rex Regum et Dominus Dominantium” that means “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. It is located on the facade, above the door of the historic palace Palazzo Vecchio, where there is a medallion with the monogram of Jesus Christ between two lions in a blue field, surmounted by a gable.

As you can see, there is a great concept in this album that is amazingly interpreted by these people. Musically, you can expect brutal Black Metal with swathes of orchestration and beautiful interpretations with the guttural voice of Ivan Escarfullery (Dominus Vobiscum), alongside the beautiful lyrical voice of Century Khoury (Dominus Century) and the narrations from Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae). They all show an incredible understanding of the subjects they write about and for sure, Century is the main surprise because she brings a specific kind of vocals that will not bore you due to her incredibly versatile style. The guitar work shown by Gerard Alexander (Dominus Armengol) and Jose Alfredo Ferreras (Dominus Gabriel) is very well arranged in a Black Metal style, but with great melody, especially on their solos. Bassist Junior Carrasco (Dominus Argimir) has a hard job to follow them but does amazing work.

Another highlight is the insane drum work of Giancarlo Ravelo (Dominus Efren). He brings the complete package, everything you could possibly want from an extreme drummer is present. Fast double bass, blast beats, long drum fills and dramatic, rhythmical changes. Everything is perfectly executed by Giancarlo. If you are a fan of good drumming and also want to really understand the power of this band, just take 8 minutes of your time to listen to the beautiful ‘Act III: The Repent (One Last Cry Ov Regret)’. It is one of the most beautiful and heavy songs I have ever heard in my life. From the cadence and beautiful vocals to the insanely fast parts, it is a track that really demands hard work from all of the musicians.

‘Act V: The Fall Ov Babylon (Tore The Veil Ov The Eyes)’ is another aggressive song that explores the best of all the musicians. Maybe, ‘Act VI – The Seven Seals Ov The Apocalypse (The Arrival Ov The Endtimes)’ showcases the vocals of Century more and a melodic side to the band that appears inside all the density of their sonority. The final part of the album is completed using more narration from Rafael but we still have great heavy parts. I must also highlight closing track ‘Act IX – The Apocalyptic Overture (Holocaust Ov Greediness)’. What a beautiful way to finish the album.

The entire album is full of dense keyboards and orchestrations, but the aggressive guitars and drums are always present. Personally, what makes me most happy, is when I see any conceptual album that flees from a boring and repetitive sonority. As already mentioned, this is only Dominus Dominantium’s debut album but they have really put an incredible amount of effort into creating it. No matter what kind of subject you like, the art of being able to effortlessly convey what you want to say in music is what will make you a good artist and Dominus Dominantium have created a wonderful odyssey about the theme they are exploring. ‘Masterpiece’ is the word that defines it!

Act V: The Fall Ov Babylon (Tore The Veil Ov The Eyes) [Audio]

TRACKLISTING:
01. Act I: Prologue (The End Is Just The Beginning)
02. Act II: The Apocalypse (The Revealed Antichrist)
03. Act III: The Repent (One Last Cry Ov Regret)
04. Act IV: The Rise Ov Babylon (A Requiem Ov The Deceased Pedophiles)
05. Act V: The Fall Ov Babylon (Tore The Veil Ov The Eyes)
06. Act VI: The Seven Seals Ov The Apocalypse (The Arrival Ov The Endtimes)
07. Act VII: Chained (The Epiphany Ov The Soulless)
08. Act VIII: Fall Ov Lucifer (Corrupted Wisdom Ov Thy Splendor)
09. Act IX: The Apocalyptic Overture (Holocaust Ov Greediness)

LINE-UP:
Century Khoury (Dominus Century) Vocals
Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae) Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Narrated Voices
Junior Carrasco (Dominus Argimir) Bass
Giancarlo Ravelo (Dominus Efren) Drums
Gerard Alexander (Dominus Armengol) Lead Guitars
Jose Alfredo Ferreras (Dominus Gabriel) Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Ivan Escarfullery (Dominus Vobiscum) Vocals and Clean Voices

LINKS:

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Dominus Dominantium

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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic based Symphonic Black Metal band, Dominus Dominantium. Huge thanks to keyboardist, backing vocalist & narrator, Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae), 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 Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae). I am the Keyboard player, Backing Vocals and Narrated Voices, as well as the band leader. I began to form the band in 2016 with the same concept of Symphonic Black Metal and keeping in mind the creation of music that is very similar to the cinema, but in a kind of Black Metal way and well symphonic at the same time. Therefore, there is the result of our first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dominus Dominantium is the name taken from the inscription called “Rex Regum et Dominus Dominantium” and means “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. It is located on the facade, above the door of the historic palace Palazzo Vecchio, where there is a medallion with the monogram of Jesus Christ between two lions in a blue field, surmounted by a gable. The inscription was placed there in 1551 by order of Cosimo I, to replace the previous inscription, set there thirty years before.

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

We are from the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican metal scene is solid with its ups and downs, but we have been affected by the pandemic that has weakened growth and live shows.

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

Dominus Dominantium presents the first studio album called “Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless”, which was released on May 25, 2020 through Distrokid for all digital platforms.

The album is composed by nine songs whose style is Symphonic Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal, which takes you on an apocalyptic journey based on the same book of the bible (apocalypse) through the narration of the events that mark the end of the world.

It is characterized by an imperial composition with minor tones and wind instruments, a dramatic lyric soprano voice that embellishes epic moments accompanied by a narrative voice walking us in the different contexts within the voice of God and Lucifer during the development of the album.

The album was created thematically to be listened to from Act 1 to Act 9 to experience with each song how the end of time begins until that breath of peace and God’s victory on earth.

The Album was produced within the studio of the virtuoso Dominican guitarist Joel Solano.

“Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless” (Complete Album Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences include Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Old Man’s Child, Crimson Moonlight, Antestor etc.

What first got you into music?

I started listening to Heavy Metal in 1992-93, at the age of 12. I was listening to Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, among others. Some friends from school, who were already 14, were rockers and I always wanted to be like them. We became friends and I asked them what are the black t-shirts that they used hahahaha. They told me that I was not ready for metal and I said that I wanted to belong to the guild.

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

I would not have any problem with collaborating, as long as it is in the same musical line as us or us with them, we are open.

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

Wacken.

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

Some time ago, a fan wrote to us telling that our music helped her to reflect and that she felt peace and tranquillity. She also told that the message in the lyrics helped her a lot. I think this is the best gift received from a fan.

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

That they continue to support good music, and their local bands. We, bands, need all the support of metalheads to continue. We need that they share the music with others, so we can reach more people and more places in the world.

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

Andre Matos (Angra /Shaman/Viper).

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

I love making music and I love music. It is difficult to hate something that is born from within your feelings. It is the best gift that God has given to us. Without music, life would have no meaning.

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

Well, that they are a little more opened to emerging bands. Also, give the chance to be able to prove that, if there is a lot of quality in countries like ours.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Fourth Dimension” by Hypocrisy.

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

Vinyl.

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

DeathHammer, 02/10/2019.

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

A Doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peter Tagtgren, Ishan, Nicolas Baker, Hansi Kürsch and Shagrath

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the preparation of our 2nd album; we already have the concept and some songs. Despite this pandemic, we have a good rhythm, trying to take on the challenge and overcome what was our first album.

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

www.facebook.com/DominantiumBand
www.instagram.com/dominusdominantium/
www.dominusdominantium.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/6JuFhSRdgdCX9Y1eFyDnr5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRyI5La9t4JvYlmLFmdqA-A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahahahaha. I think the name says Cake, so I guess it is a cake.

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

Thanks to you for this wonderful interview. You are the maximum. To all whom follow your page, a big hug and to continue supporting good music and emerging bands.

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BlackEternal – Darkness Embrace II: The Oakenford Chronicles

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BlackEternal – Darkness Embrace II: The Oakenford Chronicles
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/01/2021
Running Time: 145:19
Review by Chris Galea
7/10

It’s hard to compare this album to anything else. I’m almost tempted to say Ayreon meets Dimmu Borgir but that doesn’t half give the picture.

“Darkness Embrace II: The Oakenford Chronicles” is a Self-Release that’s over 2 hours long (so I don’t suppose it exists in CD or LP formats). It’s a concept that continues directly from Black Eternal’s previous album. ‘Nightmare Eternal’, based in the U.S.A., is the solitary guy behind the ‘band’ Black Eternal but he relies on the services of voice-actors to help shape the album. In fact, the actors’ dialogues and narrations represent a significant part of the album’s unique selling points.

The intriguing story centres around one Tiffany J. Morgan who ends up in a horrific mental asylum after she is considered responsible for the brutal murder of a team of paranormal investigators, which also included her own boyfriend. As psychiatrists and police try to uncover what really happened, an unspeakable evil risks being unleashed. The events are depicted within a distinctly noire-ish ambience where the asylum of Oakwood Isle almost develops a life of its own…this is a salient characteristic of classic Gothic literature.

As the story unfolds through voice-acting and Symphonic Black Metal music, the cinematic quality of the album becomes quite striking. Black Eternal is very adept in using sound effects to enhance the realism of a scene and the orchestral melodies are excellently composed. Symphonic music, Black Metal and acting all work together to create some impressively dark and dramatic moments. Besides, the story is well written, the dialogue feels genuine and the level of acting is quite high.

Sapping some of those positive qualities are pitfalls that are commonly associated with one-man-bands. For example, the drum sounds sound like bubble-wrap popping, there are no discernible guitar solos, very little bass and the mixing sometimes makes listening uncomfortable. I realise this music is meant to feel raw but when you have something as ambitious as this, the rawness should be more contained. At least in my opinion.

This is a very niche album but as far as one-man-bands go, it’s certainly a cut above most.

Album Trailer

‘Halls Of Madness’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Oakenford Chronicles (Prologue)
02. Pavor Nocturnus
03. Chronicles I
04. Voices From The Crypt
05. Halls of Madness
06. Chronicles II
07. Nocturnem Infernalis
08. The Haunting of Oakwood Isle (Intermission)
09. Thorne’s Domain
10. Chronicles III
11. Demonic Spirits II
12. Darkness Embrace II
13. Capta Est (Chronicles IV)

LINE-UP

‘Nightmare Eternal’ – Vocals and all Instruments.

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE OF MAN

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE OF MAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Johannesburg, South Africa based Symphonic Death/Black Metal band, Sepulchre Of Man. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist, Alec Larsen, 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 Alec Larsen. I’m a multi-instrumentalist but in Sepulchre Of Man I’m the lead vocalists as well as the bassist.

How did you come up with your band name?

We knew that we wanted to create epic, theatrical music with concept albums about humanity’s demise. Played around with some names before settling on Sepulchre Of Man. It’s because we’re killing off mankind with every album, so we figured that it makes sense to call ourselves something that literally means the grave of mankind.

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

We’re from Johannesburg, South Africa. The metal scene here is usually thriving but COVID-19 has put a damper on everything.

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

We’ve just released our debut single/video ‘Curtain Call’, via MMD Records, from our first album “The Reckoning”, coming later in 2021.

‘Curtain Call’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Septicflesh comes straight to mind. Also, bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse, Dimmu Borgir and Carach Angren.

What first got you into music?

I played piano when I was in primary school but back then music felt like a chore. In high school I heard System Of A Down and that made me want to pick up a guitar and since then my taste in music has gotten heavier and more epic.

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

I’d love to be able to have Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est record a guitar solo.

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

70000 Tons Of Metal. Metal + Cruise Ship = Awesome.

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

Nothing hey. South African’s don’t really give gifts to bands.

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

Thanks for the support. It’s really the fans that make this possible.

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

Probably Chuck from Death. He’s one of the progenitors of extreme metal.

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

I love the creativity and the fact that I can create something unique.

I hate politics that unfortunately influences every industry.

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

How pop music has saturated listeners with garbage.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Death Came Through A Phantom Ship” by Carach Angren.

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

For convenience Downloads but nothing beats owning a CD and going through the lyric booklet.

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

Sepulchre Of Man hasn’t played a show yet as we were formed during lockdown. But my best show in other bands that I play for is a tie between:

1. My other symphonic death metal band, Surdus, playing at local festival called WinterFest.

2. Playing the EP launch in PE for melodic death metal band Forsaking Fate.

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

I’m a software developer by profession so I’d probably still be doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d love to hang out with Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est), Chris Bradley (Beneath The Massacre), Seregor (Carach Angren) and Spiros Antoniou (Septicflesh).

What’s next for the band?

Finishing up the debut album for release later this year. Then hopefully being able to tour to promote it.

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

www.facebook.com/SepulchreOfMan
www.twitter.com/DIncarn8
www.instagram.com/deathincarn8/
www./teespring.com/stores/sepulchre-of-man-2

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haven’t had the pleasure or displeasure of trying Jaffa Cakes so no comment, haha.

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

Thank you for the interview.

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Bofo Kwo – Space/ Time Carnivorium

Bofo Kwo – Space/ Time Carnivorium
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 30/06/2020
Running Time: 44:36
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Good evening, my good brethren and sorority of the Church of The Poisoned Mind. I trust I find you all well, hale and hearty, or are you dying gracefully on your silken chaise-longues after a weekend of drug fuelled wanton debauchery? I myself have been sharpening my wits on the skulls of hapless former victims and putting ignorance about our Lord and Master, The One Who Walks Backwards, to the sword. Normally with a foul snicker, a gallon of aviation fuel and a match. There are some right ignorant bastards out there, boys and girls. It is your duty to educate these motherfuckers and sharp sticks just ain’t gonna cut it. You’re going to need to go full on Highlander on these arseholes and use claymores. You don’t cut with a claymore, you hew. Like Conan the barbarian did – “Sweat dripping from his bulging sinews and from beneath his square-cut mane of black, shoulder length hair, Conan hefted his impossibly large two-handed broadsword (fnarr fnarr), roared a challenge to his heinous foe before plunging his extraordinary blade to the hilt (fnarr FNARR!) into the soft groin of his enemy. Tearing upwards with a sobbing gasp (what the FUCK was it about Robert E. Howard and his obsession with Conan’s weapon and what he was doing with it?), a welter of entrails and blood coated his hands and the vile beast shuddered its last, to fall stone dead by his sandaled feet.”

Quality writing, that. I’m sure you were just as entertained and edified as I was by that little pastiche. As usual there is a point to the madness. What? What do you mean you don’t believe me? You absolute SHOWER!!! ANYWAY, to drag you all back to the point of all this, I am listening to a magnificently barmy Finnish band called Bofo Kwo, and the record is entitled ”Space/ Time Carnivorium”. This is a concept album by some Finnish mentalists from Helsinki, detailing the journey of three cannibals (Bofo Kwo, Bomari and Wamufo) among the stars and their adventures as they leave trails of devastation, murder, and probably a lot of half eaten meals behind them, before graduating to eating alien flesh (hope they had a sophisticated lab setup to test for pathogens – imagine contracting some mental new form of alien hepatitis) and then performing a last human sacrifice before hoping to attain the power of immortality via mystic teachings of the ancients and becoming the Golden God. Oh, and they appear to arbitrarily start a war against Rex Talpas, The Rodent King, because fuck you, Rex, your people are fucking delicious with a barbeque glaze and a nice Caesar salad. This is spectacularly insane stuff, not out of place on an Esoctrilihum album, and that worthy Frenchman is seriously fucked in the head… Bofo Kwo aren’t quite as demented as Esoctrilihum but they are close. I should tell you about the main characters in the band as each band member plays one and then we have this strange kind of meta-black death metal hybrid where the members of the band perform as the characters while playing the music – it’s not like Coheed and Cambria where the story was told from the point view of a narrator in Claudio Sanchez. We have Bofo Kwo , The Cannibal King and his associates. They are Wamufo and Bomari, albino twins, one male and one female and they follow/ are dragged along in the wake of Bofo Kwo and his abundantly clear cannibalistic psychopathy.

So, a cut above the usual Satanic bollocks that BM bands normally spew out then. I imagine Bofo Kwo listened to Emperor’s “Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise” and thought that they could come up with a more insane concept after drinking a shitload of something potent. While the musicianship is by no means close to Emperor’s lofty standards, this is a mighty fine blackened death/ deathened black metal record. It’s rather less frenetic than traditional black metal, but this to your advantage as there are many little things and other genres of music that creep around the edge of your cognition. There’s little touches of industrial music, or goregrind and my personal favourite – Bofo Kwo have rediscovered power electronics. Don’t panic, metal purists, they are kept strictly as mood enhancers, although I’d personally like to hear Bofo Kwo take BM in a whole violent, new direction and meld power electronics with black metal and see what kind of carnage that bastard chimera could wreak among an unsuspecting populace…

In the spirit of this being a concept album, it is going to be impossible to choose a favourite song as it has to be listened to in sequence in order for you to follow the story effectively. The songs do stand out as individual entities though – I particularly enjoyed ‘Green Leviathan’ as a stand-alone song. But then the lyrics reference previous songs and you need to go back to understand it fully. It’s not so much a listening experience, as much as a get horrifically fucking stoned, buy some expensive headphones and sink into your mind’s eye while you get bludgeoned to death by chronically insane Finnish people experience. It is a bleak musical picture that Bofo Kwo paint. The music is cold, barren and steely and the performances excellent. Main vocalist Ted (playing Bofo Kwo himself) alternately roars and howls and shrieks in an entertainingly deranged fashion that fully meets with Dark Juan’s approval. The music is intricate and interesting and the mix passable. It’s difficult to hear cymbals and the producer appears to have not been able to make his mind up about whether he wanted to embrace the purity of the traditional lo-fi black metal sound (guitars sounding like they have been recorded in a Norwegian forest in a gale force wind by a microphone that has been fashioned from razorwire, sputum and polystyrene cement. From a submarine off the Swedish coast) to the warmer, thicker aesthetic of death metal and dare I say it, grunge (guitar and bass sounding like they have been recorded on equipment created entirely out of meat. In a slaughterhouse. In the unrefrigerated bit) and this leads to a sometimes confusing sound. However, the bass is enough to eviscerate you cleanly at twenty five yards, and the riffs are just simple and effective killing machines without embellishment.

And I think that’s where my main problem with Bofo Kwo lies. They should have gone BIGGER. With the overarching tale underpinning the songs and the aesthetic, I think Bofo Kwo have been too reserved with the music. They should have thrown the entire fucking kitchen at it. You’re telling a story about intergalactic cannibals – you simply can’t go too big. It’s not fundamentally possible. Anyway, I’m being churlish. This is that rare thing, a record that is interesting simply because of how many norms it breaks. It is musically adventurous, not afraid to delve deep for influences that might escape you on the first listen, and let’s face it, Dark Juan is a fucking sucker for concept albums. I love them. There are many things you will miss during the initial listen of this record and by jiminy it rewards repeated attempts at it. Just to hear Whitehouse-esque power electronics. Add to this that Bofo Kwo are doing this on their DEBUT album, and you have to conclude that once the rough edges are knocked off, this bunch of maniacal cannibal holocaust Finnish mad bastards are going to do great things. I think I am in love.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System(Patentoitu tumman Juanin verihiutausluokitusjärjestelmä – fuck it, close enough!) awards Bofo Kwo a splendidly bonkers 9/10 for a record that is a gnat’s wing away from greatness.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Plate Of Hate
02. Second Sun
03. Epic
04. New Destination
05. Green Leviathan
06. Bullets of Despair
07. The Massacre

LINE-UP:
Ted Egger (Bofo Kwo) – Vocals
Janne Winther (Bomari) – Backing Vocals
Kimmo Lindholm (Wamufo) – Lead Guitar
Elmo Winther (Lord Elmonioz) – Backing Vocals

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
www.bofokwo.bandcamp.com/

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Helsinki, Finland based Symphonic Black Metal band, Bofo Kwo. This is actually our second interview with them but they have their debut album out so meh. Huge thanks to Kimmo (Wamufo) for taking part.

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

I’m Kimmo, with a stage name Wamufo. I play guitar and synths live. We started Bofo Kwo about 5 years ago, or Ted started it to accompany his novel about three cannibals and their shenanigans. Since then I’ve been busy with the music part and everything connected to that. composing, practice, etc. 2 years ago we signed with Sliptrick Records and started writing the new album.

How did you come up with your band name?

If I remember correctly Ted picked it up from a documentary about cannibals.

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

We’re from another planet. No scene to talk about… in reality I’m Finnish and the scene is big and active. Metal is very mainstream here. Janne’s from Norway, I’ve no first-hand experience how the scene’s nowadays but I’m guessing it’s just like Finland. Ted lives in The Netherlands and I’m guessing the scene is small but active.

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

The second single from our upcoming album “Space/Time Carnivorium” called ‘The Massacre’ was just released on Spotify and accompanying lyric video was uploaded to YouTube. The album’s gonna be out on the 30th of June.

Lyric Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re all huge fans of 70’s Disco music, Cindy Lauper and Philip Glass’s minimalist approach. The emptiness that brings out emotion and silence of the woods during winters bring us peace and the lonely cries of whales remind us that loneliness is not just a human trait.

What first got you into music?

I was already hypnotized in kindergarten by Charlie Strapp songs. Couldn’t stop playing those. I guess I’ve always been moved by sound and how that can bring out emotions that only you can feel. I think Ted smelled this on me and during his EMO phase really connected somehow.

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

It would be nice to get a nice throat singing ensemble and a tribal collective to perform with. Linking these with a nice dub producer would be sweet. He could inflict those weird delays and echoes to the choir and ensemble while we play. Damn that would be great.

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

Something in the South America. Opening for Iron Maiden there would be awesome.

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

We’ve never received anything, But we’ll accept anything.

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

Be you, be kind.

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

Dimebag. No one deserves to be shot on stage.

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

I enjoy the creativity most. Coming up with new shit and then materializing something in to a song. For example, Ted’s cat is doing backing vocals for us and twisting and mutilating those and turning them in to something that resembles music was a lot of fun.

I don’t really hate anything about it.  Somethings are a bit boring and not that rewarding, like trying to hunt for reviews or press, but that’s why we have Wes.

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

Refuse to answer!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Live At The Counter Eurovision” by Misty In Roots

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

I’ll go with vinyl. I like them for the looks and it takes effort to listen. Which makes me listen more carefully. I admit using Spotify for 90% of my listenings though…

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

We played one in Amsterdam but that was plagued by PA problems. It was good though and the after party was, if not legendary, very chill.

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

Probably pushing daisies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That seems like an awful lot of social interaction.

What’s next for the band?

Promotion of the new album. We’re preparing for fall and hope to be able to tour in support of it.

Pre order it here:

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

We’ve Facebook and Bandcamp. We’ve been planning on Twitter (I do use my personal twitter to inform people about our shenanigans) and maybe Instagram. We should hire someone to take care of those.
www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
www.bofokwo.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits. At least in Finland. Jaffa Keksi.

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

Thanks for having us, it was a pleasure!! Stay hydrated and eat your veggies kids!

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish, Symphonic Black Metal band Bofo Kwo who, by the way, are brilliant as well as being hilarious! 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?

Bofo Kwo: I am Bofo Kwo, the tribe leader and lead vocalist. The band was formed in 2014 based on a novel by Theodore Salmondi Egger, called the Legend of a Cannibal King. The Band then took it further, went to space and after several decades, hopefully, the first Metal band to ever perform in outer space.

Wamufo: I am Wamufo. I arrange and compose the chants and rituals we need for our feasts. I also play the noise machine you call guitar during our feasts.

Bomari: I am backup vocalist Bomari, I also do the makeup and costumes and general creative stuff.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bofo Kwo: It is based on the Main Character of the Legend of a Cannibal King Novel.

Wamufo:???

Bomari: Also based on a true cannibal story but with some twist and turns.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Bofo Kwo: Finland, I guess cold?

Wamufo: I’ve lost count on the numerous home worlds we’ve had.

Bomari: Norway, make a guess.

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

Bofo Kwo: Our latest single is called “Second Sun” and it is from our upcoming album to be released fall 2019, the album is called “Space/Time Carnivorium”.

Bomari: Second SUN

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bofo Kwo: Space/Time, Aliens, Cannibal Documentaries, Black Metal, ROCK, and Grunge!

Wamufo: Black metal, cheap sci-fi TV and everything I can gather from the junkyard.

Bomari: Life.

What first got you into music?

Bofo Kwo: The search for the end of the endless agony of being human and what not.

Bomari: Feeelings and stuff.

Wamufo: Refuse to answer!

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

Bofo Kwo: Rumours are that we will collaborate with a Rodent King of the Mighty “Dirty Rats” from Australia already on the upcoming album.

Bomari: Rob Zombie

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

Bofo Kwo: Download festival because I heard they don’t make you shave your bush.

Bomari: Can’t think of any

Wamufo: Roadburn, Dour, Wacken

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

Bofo Kwo: Bold of you assuming that we have fans? I am under contract to hand over any gifts I get to Wamufo so he has to answer this one.

Bomari: Anxiety

Wamufo: Bofo Kwo might be obligated to hand over the gifts, but I know he’s hoarding them somewhere. People seem to like posting us these pieces of paper with numbers on them, and after some investigation they seem to disappear in to Bofo Kwo pillow or he traded them for cat food.

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

Bofo Kwo: Be one with the Metal, and please share our content so more people discover or get offended by our music.

Bomari: Be yourself

Wamufo: The message is gone. Long live the message

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

Bofo Kwo: Dimebag

Wamufo: Nah, let the dead rest. They deserve it

Bomari: Lemmy

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

Bofo Kwo: Free food I enjoy the most, I hate the most that the food is not human flesh tho.

Waumfo: There are some super comfortable couches hidden inside the venues of feasting. Napping on those. Napping inside the trunk of our “tour vehicle” is the worst, unless I kidnap the money pillow, which is super comfy.

Bomari: Being creative, the pressure

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

Bofo Kwo: Artists gets paid first and the most instead of last and maybe nothing.

Bomari: The pressure of releasing and squeeezing the creativeness out of artist is the worst, if we could let artist work on their own time and using their creative energy when it’s there and not squeezing it. It’s the killer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bofo Kwo: Behemoth – “The Satanist”

Wamufo: Khanate – “Things Viral”

Bomari: Blank, can’t think of one spec

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

Bofo Kwo: Vinyl!

Wamufo: Claymation

Bomari: Vinyl for sure

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

Bofo Kwo: Our secret gig in Amsterdam March 2019. Weird stuff happened.
VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTwxniHLcTY

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

Bofo Kwo: Working for the Earth Space Defence.

Wamufo: Sabotaging the ESD.

Bomari: I’m actually a fisherwoman on the side…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bofo Kwo: The tastiest fattest peoples, they are the best to make stew of.

Wamufo: I’d rather not get criticized for cold canned ravioli by five people.

Bomari: *laughing* and nobody knows why.

What’s next for the band?

Bofo Kwo: New Single, new Album and Fall live shows. Album will be called “Space/Time Carnivorium”

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

https://www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
https://bofokwo.bandcamp.com/releases
https://sliptrickrecords.com/finnish-group-bofo-kwo-join-the-sliptrick-roster/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bofo Kwo: I met a dude named Jaffa on a planet far away, he tasted more like lasagne but maybe a bit Cakish?

Wamufo: You should ask that from J. Cakes.

Bomari: It doesn’t matter, they’re fucking tasty.

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

Bofo Kwo: Ever Metal is amazing. To think that they supported a rural space Black Metal band like us is just outstanding.

Bomari: Cheers, shine on.

Wamufo: Eat your greens and stay hydrated.

 

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