EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Slovakian Symphonic Metal band Symfobia! 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?

Our band name is Symfobia and as the name reveals, we play symphonic metal. The band was founded in 2007 by our keyboardist Feri Molnár but the band is really active from 2013 when singer Erika Strečková and drummer Vandy Prokop joined the band. It took three years to record our first album “Way Of The Queen”. Since 2015 the band has been actively performing on stage.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Symfobia was created by our keyboardist Feri and there isn’t a big story to it. It’s a pure satirical antagonism!

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

We come from Slovakia, which is located in Central Europe. Since Slovakia is a small country (about 5 mil.) and rock/metal music is definitely not a mainstream, it’s not very easy for rock and metal bands to get in front of the proper audience. Still, there are some good bands that don’t give up, play and bring great music to their fans. We travel to the neighboring Czech Republic quite often where there is a bigger rock and metal music scene.

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

We released new album Smog Of Tomorrow on 2nd of March this year. It includes 11 songs and a bonus track – a song in the Slovak language. The new album is all about majestic orchestral arrangements, prominent guitar solos, choir parts and of course two main female vocals in the foreground. SOT brings a strong message of igniting a change in the minds of each and every person to become conscious beings in the real, offline world and reminds us to always stay vigilant and fight off lures of media stealing our attention from what is really important in life. We have released four video clips from this album, most recently this summer, to our song ‘Bury It’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Certainly Nightwish, Within Temptation, Therion, and Epica! But basically all the good old bands from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Queen to AC/DC and we could go on and on. Every music genre can be inspiring; each decade has brought something new. What is interesting about Symfobia is that the age range of the members is from 20 to 61 years. So we all grew up on something else. I have to mention that besides rock music many of us are interested in classical or film music. One of the big influences for our keyboardist Feri is Hans Zimmer.

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

Our biggest dream is to tour at least for once with a symphonic orchestra.

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

We have already played at all big festivals in Slovakia and Czechia. This year, we were the only Slovak band on the main stage at Masters of Rock but we would definitely love to play at some festivals in Scandinavia where there is the biggest audience for symphonic metal.

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

There were actually several “special” gifts we have received. Unsuccessful drawings, underwear, postcards, lighters, “magic” stone, photos, etc. But, of course, every gift will always please us or at least cheer us up.

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

Live in love for yourself, for others, and for good music.

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

With all due respect, I don’t think we should pull the dead back to earth. Everything has its meaning and death too. If someone is no longer on this planet, it is useless to think about what it would be if he/she were alive.

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

We love traveling to concerts, meeting new people, seeing new places. We love the feeling when we stand on the stage and fans enjoy the concert with us. We love it when someone tells us that he found something in our lyrics that touched him and changed his mind or behaviour. We love to be together as a band, create, record, work on Symfobia. I don’t think any of us don´t like being a musician. It’s just hard to be a musician and make a living from music. But we can´t do anything about it, except that we will try and work more and more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For our Keyboardist – Stormwitch – “Beauty And The Beast”!
For our Guitarist – Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”!
For our Bass Guitarist – Deep Purple – “Burn”!
For Simona and our Drummer – Dream Theater – “Octavarium”!

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

Every era has brought something new and all four are great in something. Vinyl has a great sound but you can’t put it in your car. On the one hand, downloading is great because you have music fast on your computer from the comfort of home, but there’s something missing. Something that you can touch, look at, smell, put on your shelf. And this is how we could continue. It is great that we live in time when we can choose what suits us the best with so many options of listening to music.

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

We´ve played some really amazing gigs and I can’t pick the best. I can mention some and say something more about them. One of the strongest moments we have is from 2015 when we were the opening band for Nightwish. This concert was officially our second concert in the history of the band so we didn’t even know what to do on such a big stage. I remember there were about 9,000 people and I thought I’d fall away from fear.  A year later we played another gig with Nightwish but we had a whole year of performing behind us, so we really enjoyed the gig. The other gigs to remember are joint concerts with bands such as Therion, Arch Enemy, Powerwolf and major festivals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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

Neither of us is just a musician. We all have a job outside the band besides our drummer William who is still studying at the college. Our singer Simona is a deputy at high school, our keyboardist Feri does business in agriculture; other boys work in engineering and construction. Our guitarist Peter used to have a great rock bar for many years, from where all Slovak musicians know him. I used to teach at art school for 3 years but in the end I decided not to teach anymore. Besides playing in the theater, I´ve started my new career as a photographer last year.

What’s next for the band?

By the end of the year we have a few concerts in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Next week we are shooting a new video clip and hopefully we will make another one by December. From the new year we will start a new tour with the Slovak band NoControl in the Czech Republic and from March another tour with the Czech legend Citron, also in the Czech Republic.

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

Like every band we use YouTube for our music videos, you can also find us on Spotify, Amazon music, Facebook or Instagram. On social networks we really try to be in touch with our fans, announce news, ask for opinions, ideas, sometimes we prepare some competition where we give away free concert tickets or our merchandise. As a majority of our fan base comes from outside of Slovakia, we are really grateful for living times when internet exists.
https://symfobia.sk/
https://www.facebook.com/Symfobia/
https://www.instagram.com/symfobiaofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtl56TgM8nsrZSNz_0S5P5A/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care, I don’t eat it 

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

Thank you very much for the interview and we wish all readers all the best and lots of good music.

 

 

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Beyond Forgiveness – Live To Tell The Story

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Beyond Forgiveness – Live To Tell The Story
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 23/09/2019
Running Time: 54:00
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10.0

Maybe I am getting old and forgetting things I’ve said before, but probably I’ve already told what I am thinking now. After many years listening to extreme Heavy Metal, I have started to appreciate all kinds of work, no matter what the genre is. Symphonic Metal was never something that I listened to often, but with the small amount of experience I have since starting to hear all kinds of Metal, I have begun to give more value to compositions where musicians put their soul into the music.

Beyond Forgiveness has just released their second full length album and don’t expect music full of happiness as most symphonic bands used to play. First of all, the 10 tracks of this record are full of feeling with lyrics that are very well expressed alongside the heaviness from the rest of the band. The angelical voice of Talia Hoit is always calm and very well complemented by the guttural and clean vocals of Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer (also guitar players). It is extremely interesting how the album is very dynamic, like the soundtrack of a multi-chapter epical history.

Musically, the band offers a heavy riff structure. The fact is everything on guitar is played in a good cadence which helps to increase the immersion of the dense atmosphere along with the keyboards and symphonic arrangements. Following the same idea, the double kick drums are not as fast as is usual with this kind of style. The opening song ‘Echoes’ shows the calm side of the band as the track ‘Live To Tell The Story’ shows the fast side of them. The lyrics navigate from mythological themes, like the famous story of Icarus in ‘If I fall’, to human experiences lived by man.

I enjoyed the opening riffs of ‘One Last Time’ and also the clean depressive notes of ‘Consolation’ that was able to change the course of the music a small amount. The album ends with Talia singing with a symphonic background, without drum or guitars, in ‘Forever Dream’.

I really felt the spirit of all band members in every single part of this album. Maybe you will prefer faster songs, or a more aggressive vocal. Myself, I wished it too had some faster riffs and a mix that could give the instrumental passages the same volume as the vocals sound here; however, it is undeniable that the band have put their spirit into the concept. In a world where we hear plenty of soulless groups release an album just to have one, it is very impressive to hear an album like “Live To Tell The Story”.

Congratulations to the entire band.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Echoes
2. Live to Tell the Story
3. If I Fall
4. One Last Time
5. Reverie
6. Leaves of Lothlorien
7. Labyrinth
8. When Rivers Turn Red
9. Consolation
10. Forever Dream

LINE-UP:
Talia Hoit – Vocals
Richard Marcus – Guitars\Backing Vocals
Greg Witwer – Guitars\Backing Vocals
Sean Rogers – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.beyondforgiveness.net/
https://www.facebook.com/beyondforgivenessmetal/

https://www.instagram.com/beyond_forgiveness/
https://beyondforgiveness.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd9DqDHneo1MTewgmQZj_AA

 

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise
Pride & Joy Music
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Running Time: 50:08
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Female-fronted Symphonic Metal bands are a dime a dozen and so it’s easy for Portuguese band Glasya to get overlooked. It happened to me…I had been postponing this review since July. But let me tell you, once I got a taste of this album I was immediately hooked.

It might sound dismissive to refer to Glasya as Nightwish clones (they doubtlessly are) but the band exudes passion and you can’t help be enamoured by these songs. Their songwriting quality is great and soprano Eduarda Soeiro is so jaw-droppingly good.

With the anthemic ‘Eternal Winter’, the addictively catchy ‘No Exit From Myself’ and the stirring ‘Coronation of a Beggar’…amongst other gems…”Heaven’s Demise” was a welcome discovery for this reviewer.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Heaven’s Demise
2. Ignis Sanctus
3. Coronation Of A Beggar
4. Glasya
5. Eternal Winter
6. Birth Of An Angel
7. The Last Dying Sun
8. Neverland
9. No Exit From Myself
10. A Thought Of You

LINE-UP:
Eduarda Soeiro – Vocals
Bruno Prates – Guitar
Hugo Esteves – Guitar
Davon Van Dave – Keyboards
Manuel Pinto – Bass
Bruno Ramos – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/GlasyaOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/glasya.band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdYZ1M0rdT6jI6GhYsdXrw

 

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EMQ’s with DIALITH

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EMQ’s with DIALITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Danbury, CT. Epic Symphonic/Power Metal band Dialith! 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?

Krista: Our name is Dialith, and we play symphonic/power metal. In 2015, I (Krista) posted an ad on Craigslist: “singer looking to start symphonic metal band”, and Alasdair answered! We happened to like all the same bands and lived in neighbouring towns, so it made sense to immediately start working together. We found Cullen through mutual friends and asked him to join. Then Mark and Charles found us through another Craigslist ad we had posted, and they completed our line-up.

How did you come up with your band name?

Krista: We really wanted a single word name, but all the good ones were taken! Dialith is a made-up word consisting of Greek roots that means “Through Stone.” We like to think that it evokes the image of nature’s triumph over human constructs.

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

Krista: We’re from the United States, specifically New York and Connecticut. Metal is definitely not mainstream in the US, but it does have a dedicated following. In the northeast, there is a vibrant local scene that spans all subgenres, the most popular being Death Metal and Metalcore, but as a Symphonic/Power metal band we were definitely welcomed and we found our own niche.

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

Alasdair: Our debut album, “Extinction Six” will be out on August 16th 2019. We’ve already released a music video for the first single ‘The Sound Of Your Voice’, which you can check out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoLfXEpPAo

Who have been your greatest influences?

Krista: As a singer specifically and as someone who is a natural soprano, Sharon den Adel and Simone Simmons were vocalists that I tried to emulate, and I also wanted to add in the dramatic flair that singers like Tarja Turunen and Vibeke Stene had brought to their respective bands. Of course, I’ve also always admired the power that Floor Jansen possesses.

Alasdair: I’ve considered my two pillars of songwriting to be a combination of Nightwish and Arch Enemy. Tuomas from Nightwish has a really good “big picture” approach to composition, with each song being greater than the sum of its parts. With Arch Enemy, I was obsessed with their earlier albums when the Amott brothers were writing together in full force, and learning their songs gave me an entirely new approach to my own songwriting. Apart from that, I like to pick bits and pieces off of other artists whenever I hear something I like.

Cullen: Rather than list bands I like to credit some of the drummers that inspire me. Gene Hoglan, Frost, and Mike Portnoy are some of my favourites in modern metal. John Bonham, Neil Peart, and Bill Ward are drummers I have been listening to since I was introduced to heavy music when I was younger and taught me the building blocks to becoming a drummer.

What first got you into music?

Krista: While they weren’t the catalyst for wanting to be in a band, my first experience with really loving an album was Evanescence’s “Fallen”, however uncool that may make me! I was ten or eleven when I first heard them on the radio and really loved that sound.

Alasdair: When I was in middle school, I didn’t listen to much music. I thought everything that was on the radio was the only option out there. One day when I was 14, a friend showed me Nightwish’s masterpiece track “Ghost Love Score” and it completely changed my life. I had no idea that kind of music existed and that started me on the path of discovery!

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

Krista: I personally would love to collaborate with Eluveitie, I think they have one of those most unique sounds in metal and I love the inclusion of folk instruments.

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

Krista: 70,000 Tons of Metal! Who wouldn’t want to play a giant heavy metal cruise?

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

Krista: So far we haven’t received any gifts from fans, weird or otherwise!

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

Krista: We enjoy making and performing music, so come out and see a show and let us know what kind of merch you would be interested in!

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

Cullen: Chuck Schuldiner of the band Death.

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

Cullen: I enjoy playing shows and seeing the crowd interact with the band and meeting many new friends. I dislike that I can’t be a musician full time yet.

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

Cullen: If I could change one thing about the music industry I would make it so bands see more proceeds from the recorded music they worked hard on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Krista: “Mother Earth” by Within Temptation.

Alasdair: “Once” by Nightwish.

Cullen: “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth.

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

Krista: I love collecting CD’s, but I like the ease of downloading or streaming music.

Alasdair: For physical media, I much prefer CD’s for the relative durability, but I’ll admit I’m lazy and have slowly gravitated towards downloads and streaming.

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

Cullen: The Shamrock Cafe in Suffield, CT when we opened for Archaic Decapitator.

Alasdair: I agree with Cullen. When we played at the Shamrock, the bar was totally packed and there was great energy from the crowd. Even though from where I was standing I could only hear the drum set and white noise, I still had an awesome time haha.

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

Krista: All the members of this band have full time jobs in addition to music, but personally I think I would probably be trying to work in the non-profit sector.

Alasdair: If I wasn’t a musician, all I can say is I wouldn’t be doing much at all!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Krista: Oh man… Honestly I just enjoy dinner parties with my friends, no famous people needed!

Alasdair I spend a lot of time with musicians, don’t need that many egos all concentrated in one place hahaha.

What’s next for the band?

Alasdair: We already have new music written for beyond this first album. After its release, we plan for a more internet based approach, with an emphasis on releasing music videos.

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

Follow us on all our links here!
www.dialith.band
www.dialith.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/dialithband
https://www.instagram.com/dialithband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5wywW2UrEeMkGlUc-AlyBw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Krista: I honestly have no idea what a Jaffa Cake is…

Alasdair: Don’t worry Krista! I’m from the UK, I’ll handle this. If I had to choose, I’d say they’re small cakes. Do you have some? 😀

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

Thank you so much for the questions! We really look forward to our first ever big release and can’t wait to hear people’s reactions once they listen to the final song on the album. Be sure to check out our music video if you haven’t already!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoLfXEpPAo

 

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Edenveil, Melodic Metal Night – The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK – 30/04/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

Edenveil, Melodic Metal Night – The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK – 30/04/2019

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Pythia – The Solace Of Ancient Earth

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Pythia – The Solace Of Ancient Earth
Golden Axe Records
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 54:23
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

As a fan of Symphonic Metal, I have come across the name Pythia several times. It’s a band I am familiar with, I have caught them live with their previous line-up. Their latest album “The Solace Of Ancient Earth” provided the perfect opportunity to start listening to them again. It’s been four years since the release of their last album “Shadows Of A Broken Past” and given the strong content on “The Solace Of Ancient Earth”, it’s easy to see why it has been an anticipated release.

For those who don’t know Pythia, they are a Symphonic Metal act from the UK and they formed in 2007. Since their debut live show supporting Tarja, their fan base has grown significantly and continues to do so. “The Solace Of Ancient Earth” will ensure fans stay in Camp Pythia and will draw in new listeners.

From the opening track ‘An Earthen Lament’ you can already hear the strength within the enchanting melody. Throughout the album, Pythia take you on a journey of soaring melodies with grand symphonic keyboards, flawless soprano vocals and that much needed escapism that’s needed in today’s fast paced world.

This is the first album with new vocalist Sophie Dorman who has taken over from long time vocalist Emily Ovenden. When this happens, the pressure is high to live up to the previous singer. Given that Sophie’s impeccable vocal work was one the first things I noticed when I started to listen to the album, it’s more than safe to say she is a great fit to the band.

The album contains a beautiful portfolio of stunning and passionate melodies that provide an escape from whatever stressful reality you are living in. Below are just some of the examples of what this brilliant album has to offer.

‘Ancient Soul’ was the song I included on my own blog’s Spotify playlist. The reason? I felt this track was a great example of what Pythia offer up as a band. The song has a stunning melody that consists of angelic vocal work, soaring symphonic keyboards and great guitar work. The mix of tempos in the track work very well too. The faster arrangements suit the verses well and soaring beats suit the chorus nicely.

‘Dawn Will Come’ starts off strong. The swaying rhythms and smooth guitar solo get the track off to a great start. It also shows the versatility of Sophie’s vocal range. She can hit the low notes as well as those high notes. Both of these work for the dynamics in the song. The hint of bagpipes is also a brilliant touch.

‘Soul To The Sea’ ends the album on a truly mesmerising note. The beginning of the track reminds me of Delain and Evergrey, the melody on the keyboard and the guitar riff echoing are the elements that remind me of these bands. The chorus of this song has got to be a new favourite of mine, it’s very hypnotic and reminds me of the sirens drawing the sailors to their deaths.

The album is a wonderful work of art. This is a Symphonic Metal gem; one that should be treasured and valued for a long time. Not to mention it requires extra care and attention. Highly recommended for fans of Nightwish, Delain and Evergrey.

TRACKLISTING:
01. An Earthen Lament
02. Spirits Of The Trees
03. Ancient Soul
04. Black Wings
05. Your Dark Reign
06. Dawn Will Come
07. Hold Of Winter
08. Ghost In The Woods
09. Crumble To Dust
10. Soul To The Sea

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/PythiaBand/


https://www.youtube.com/user/PYTHIATV

 

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