Moonlight Haze – Lunaris

Moonlight Haze – Lunaris
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Running Time: 51:46
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Moonlight Haze consists of Chiara Tricarico (ex-Temperance) on vocals, Giulio Capone on vocals/drums/keyboards, Alessandro Jacobi (also of Elvenking) on bass, Alberto Melinato and Marco Falanga on guitars. This is the second album from the Italian band in quite quick time, as far as albums go anyway, their first release which was “De Rerum Natura” in 2019, certainly put them on the map of great quality music, so I had high hopes for this release. This new album, “Lunaris”, was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at the Domination Studio (San Marino). The artwork and graphics (which are immense) are by Beatrice Damori.

Their music is not only symphonic, it’s up-beat, catchy, enthusiastic, and has vocals that make the hairs on the back of your arms stand on end. It has power and passion which shines through in abundance, and is an amazing blend of metal, folk, electronics, with one track, ‘Birth And Death’, even featuring Elvenking’s violinist, Fabio Lethien Polo.

The opening track, ‘Till The End’ bursts in with a, “hello! I’m here” feeling! It has a great tempo, is catchy, full of energy and doesn’t let up all the way through. Chiara’s vocals are so strong and powerful, and her range is epic. Added to that are great harmonies, and guitar riffs that go so fast it makes my fingers hurt just thinking about them! The ending of the song proves already what a great set of lungs Chiara has, the power in her voice is incredible!

Each track is a mini story within itself, and although some of the tracks are fast pace and can leave you breathless, you do get small lulls in between. But don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be able to sit and relax, as you wont be left with time to do that! This album will have you sat up and listening, waiting to see where it’s off to next. ‘Under your Spell’, is another stand out track for me. It starts off melodic and is gentle but very powerful, and again the range of Chiara’s voice is out of this world! Add to that brilliant guitar riffs, and you have a very powerful rock ballad.

I was a little taken back by ‘Enigma’, as rather than being sung in English, it is in Italian, but the power and passion shines out in bucket loads. Even though I couldn’t understand the lyrics, it still gives you such a vibe. I am one of those who listen to the album without looking at the track running order, so I was pleased to discover that the last track on the album is the English version of the same song. This wouldn’t be out of place in a rock opera and the immense drumming leave you breathless, thinking ‘seriously how the heck do you play drums that quick?’. Just wow!

I must admit I listen to my music a tad loud, and on a good set of speakers, but, my word, some of the drumming had my chest hurting! You can feel it inside. That and the guitar riffs almost blew the speakers! And I can’t say enough how fabulous the vocals are, going from gritty to operatic in a heartbeat. This is so apparent in ‘The Dangerous Art of Overthinking’ which I have to say is my favourite track. You start off with operatic background and crazy drumming. Calm down to almost ‘monkish’ undertones, then BAM! Back into it! Who needed to catch their breath anyway?! This would make an epic horror film score, the vocals leaping from powerful, to growls, to operatic, and back to ‘monkish’ in seconds, which leave you wandering what the hell is going on! You get chance for a quick gasp of air then off it goes again. It also has some crazy synthesiser twists which really add the icing on the metal cake. I like to call this track the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ of the album.

There are calmer tracks, like ‘Of Birth and Death’, that gives you a folkish interlude, which you’ll be grateful for as track 10 ‘Nameless City’ is 7 minutes and 34 seconds long, and once again leads you on a twisted journey! It starts off all nice and calm before throwing you into the deep end with a sudden change of pace. Operatic vocals switch to normal, and the whole track sounds like they have an orchestra and a team of backing vocals all joining in. And, once again, it’s littered with brilliant drumming, guitars and harmonies, and the synthesizer in the background.

If you wanted dull and boring then stay away from “Lunaris”, as that’s one thing this album definitely isn’t! But if you want powerful, intense, complex, and outside of the box, then hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Till The End
02. The Rabbit Of The Moon
03. Lunaris
04. Under Your Spell
05. Enigma
06. Wish Upon A Scar
07. The Dangerous Art of Overthinking
08. Without You
09. Of Birth and Death
10. Nameless City
11. Enigma (English Version)

LINE-UP:
Chiara Tricarico: vocals
Giulio Capone: drums, keyboards
Marco Falanga: guitars
Alberto Melinato: guitars
Alessandro Jacobi: bass

LINKS:
www.moonlighthaze.com/
www.facebook.com/Moonlighthazeband/
www.instagram.com/moonlighthazeband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1J9Jg6CEtjR3C4SFXz1elX
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xfX4XQB0cIO7KsBUf6gng
www.linktr.ee/moonlighthaze

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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 LOST SACRAMENT

EMQ’s with LOST SACRAMENT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with McAllen, Texas based Symphonic Power Metal band Lost Sacrament. Huge thanks to vocalist Ena Estrella 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 Ena Estrella. I sing for the symphonic metal outfit Lost Sacrament out of the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas.

How did you come up with your band name?

Lost Sacrament is the brainchild of our drummer, Vicente VC Fernandez (no relation to the mariachi singer). The idea of the name came about after disbanding our previous project Doom Desire. We felt that something very holy and dear to us had been “lost”, and wanted to continue making music, so we reformed as a new band with a new dark symphonic sound.

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

We are from the Rio Grande Valley, in the South Texas area (way more south than San Antonio). We are minutes from Reynosa and/or Matamoros (in Mexico). The rock/metal music scene here caters to specific death and hardcore metal genres as well as mostly country and indie music. We are the oddball in our scene. Luckily, we have people who are really into us here. We offer something very different.

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

Our new album “Praesidio in Animo” is almost complete! It is a 7-song album that will be released sometime late this summer. We are very excited about it, as it will be the first release of hopefully many more to come.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This project was definitely inspired by bands such as Evergrey, Nightwish, Symphony X, King Diamond, Dream Theater and bands in those genres.

What first got you into music?

I was born into a musical family. A life without music is unfamiliar.

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

Tom Englund of Evergrey! Devin Townsend too.

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

Wacken and/or ProgPower. Those are the biggest festivals for Symphonic Metal to us.

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

A $20 tip from an older gentleman! It was a very nice gesture.

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

We hope you will join us on this new musical journey and we look forward to sharing it with you all very soon.

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

Dio!

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

Making music, playing, is the best feeling. Sometimes, the business side of things can be complicated. But nothing is impossible with a little know-how.

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

It should be about what you know, and not what you look like. And the way pop music sounds now. There’s no innovation in it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Images And Words” by Dream Theater.

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

Definitely CD’s, and for older albums, vinyl.

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

The day after Christmas, Metal Monthly at Cine el Rey, Mcallen, TX. 12/26/2019.

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

Teaching or working with Computers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Evergrey! Woo!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing this first album and possibly a music video in an undisclosed location.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/LostSacrament/
www.instagram.com/lostsacrament_band/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If its got chocolate, I’m eating it.

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

We hope you will be intrigued to check us out. Thanks for reading!

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Osyron – Foundations

Osyron – Foundations
SAOL/The Orchard
Release Date: 10/07/2020
Running Time: 28:41
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

After a pretty productive bank holiday weekend, Rick decided to hit me up with something new that he thought I would like, as part of my quest to write more reviews. The first of these is our subject here, Canadian Symphonic Metal band, Osyron. Based in Calgary, Alberta, the group see themselves as ‘bridging the gap between traditional European metal and the music of their homegrown contemporaries’.

Starting out in Ontario, they originally went by the name Morbid Theory, releasing two demos (Chaos Breed in 2006 and Harbinger in 2010). The band saw some changes in line-up, scenery, and identity, and, after moving to Alberta in 2012, Osyron was born.

Their upcoming release, “Foundations”, although only 5 tracks in duration, is just about scraping album length, owing to the progressive nature of their compositions and the story that it takes you through. It is a view on Canadian history, spanning topics from the country’s colonization, to the mistreatment and recognition of indigenous tribes, and the country’s participation in global warfare. This hard hitting and melancholy theme is stark from the off.

Starting with dark symphonic chords and the pounding of drums, Osyron take us through colonisation in the first track ‘The Cross’. It’s pounding beats and droning root chords suggest the regimented power of an oppressor, and the helplessness of the indigenous people; ‘They would learn to live like us, Or they would learn to die by the cross.’

The second track ‘Ignite’, tells the story of Canada’s roll in WWI, explored from a Canadian and UK perspective. Again, lyrically, it’s hard hitting. Musically it explores differentiation in rhythm, emulating the chaotic nature of battle, as well as pulsing beats and chanting war cries that suggest the regimented and indoctrinated nature of war. The use of drums here also cleverly suggests the sounds of a battlefield.

A contrast in pace and instrumentation to the first two tracks, ‘Battle of The Thames’, starts acoustically, with just voice and guitar, at a much slower pace, but in keeping with the melancholy that drifts beautifully throughout this record. It has almost a folk, lilting feel, and would not be out of place performed atop a craggy cliff on a Celtic shoreline. Halfway through, we are treated to a far away guitar solo, which almost sounds like a distant violin, adding more to the feeling of a ‘folk’ route. I may be wrong, but I think I can hear a mandolin in there too at some points. This track gathers layered momentum as it progresses, and reaches a climax with an excellent guitar solo, pulling things back from folk, to symphonic metal.

The penultimate track, ‘The Ones Below’, marks a sudden change in pace, starting with a fully loaded groove riff, the sort you would expect from a well-oiled groove metal band. However, this is intertwined with the ethereal sounds of strings. The reason for the more upbeat nature of this track – it is a celebration of the generations past and how their sacrifice is now being recognised. The raising of a glass to the ones below ‘We drink not in our sorrow… For our sisters and brothers’.

However, you still feel that this isn’t enough… That more can be done… A theme that is explored in the final, and title track, on this record. An epic composition and by far my favourite, it’s musically full, symphonic, and heavy in its minor key. For me, lyrically it is the most tortured track on the album. The chorus lines ‘Wild lies, of white crimes, I, can no longer bear…And hear them cry, throughout the night, Why? Have our wrongs taken their rights?’ are very stark, powerful, and thought provoking. And the change up in rhythm towards the end spark thoughts of final painful realisation and desperation to put right wrongs. Very deep and pretty moving.

Musically, this record is symphonic and proggy in all the right places, and if you like bands such as Nightwish, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Kamelot, and Wintersun, you’re going to like this. But in my opinion, the ace card here is the lyrics, and the way that every member of the band has explored and interpreted the subject matter. They all had a hand in writing the tracks, for the first time in their history, and I think that it has really worked very well. I might not have known Osyron before hearing this record, but I definitely intend to get to know them more now.

TRACKLISTING:
1. The Cross
2. Ignite
3. Battle of The Thames
4. The Ones Below
5. Foundations

LINE-UP:
Krzysztof Stalmach (Guitar)
Cody Anstey (Drums)
Bobby Harley (Guitar)
Reed (Vocals)
Tyler Corbett (Bass)

LINKS:
www.osyron.com
www.facebook.com/osyron/
www.twitter.com/osyron
www.instagram.com/osyronband/
www.youtube.com/user/osyron/videos

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Victoria K- Essentia

Victoria K- Essentia
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 24/04/2020
Running Time: 36:17
Review by Tsarina Wilson
10/10

Wow, well this is what I call a good start to my day by listening and being able to review the album “Essentia” by Australian band Victoria K. I then decided to check out some of their videos on YouTube and no wonder they have such a great reputation…

The Melbourne singer/songwriter first released her debut single ‘Monster’ in 2016 featuring guitar work by John Farnham band member Brett Garsed along with her 2019 follow up track ‘Lacuna’, this was distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Warner Music Group (Australia) and was the lead single off this album. This track gained a great amount of interest and media praise creating an opportunity for Victoria K to support Swiss folk metal giants Eluveitie for their May 2019 date in Melbourne. This was received so well the crowd were chanting for an encore. (That one I totally understand)

The idea was for a solo project, but this has developed into the current band structure with each member bringing their own energy, presence and skills to the project

Victoria K added; “I really hope that when our fans and new listeners hear the album, they can all find something they can connect with on a deeper level (Oh yes, I have definitely found that). Whether that connection is found from within the music itself or from specific lyrics, I really hope they find something familiar, which can connect them to some experience they have had, invoking memories and feelings, eliciting an emotional response”

Whilst Victoria K’s talented songwriting and compositional influences include Evanescence, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Kamelot amongst others, they have also racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube with their own creations. They have also covered such songs as ‘The Trooper’ (Iron Maiden) and ‘Nothing Else Matters’ (Metallica) and after checking these out the word ‘wow’ just doesn’t seem enough of a description for this band

Okay, back to “Essentia” (which is Latin for ‘essence’)! I could say it starts of gently then builds into a great album, but I can’t lie…it starts off in epic fashion and keeps going all the way through with no let up. With, what seem like, effortless and crystal-clear vocals, but with an immense amount of power Victoria K shines. Yes, you can kind of hear the influences of Nightwish and Kamelot etc, but Victoria K definitely, and collectively, makes this style their own. Apart from Victoria K the band (on the album) consists of Extreme Vocals from Sheri Vengeance (Black Like Vengeance, ex Ne Obliviscaris), who can be heard on three tracks, the aforementioned guitarist Brett Garsed, bassist Rich Panaia (except on the track ‘Lacuna’ where bass is provided by Chris Rourke), drummer Gerry Pantazis and keyboard, piano and synth man Lee Bradshaw. The Budapest Scoring Orchestra also make an appearance conducted by Zoltán Pad.

For those who have not seen any of the videos released for “Essentia” and were expecting the stereotypical band of a female lead singer, some metal looking guys in the background and a tattooed and grizzled looking bloke singing the extreme vocals, well, take a look and be as shocked as I was as theses vocals are sung by female Sheri Vengeance and ‘oh my god’ she is utterly amazing, it’s like Evanescence meeting Slipknot in a dark alley and it blows your mind, and eardrums, when listening to it through earphones…ouch. Memo to self, next time turn the volume down slightly!

‘Freedom Uncharted’ kicks the album off and it immediately makes you sit up and take notice, it’s hypnotic and then ‘Surreal’ hits you into next weekend. It has a Middle Eastern twist at its finale, and I was thinking ‘mmm, okay, what can they throw at me next’, only to be greeted by breath-taking track after breath-taking track, there seriously is no let up here. ‘Shroud Of Solitude’, which features Michalina Malisz from Eluveitie on Hurdy Gurdy, gives you a few minutes to catch your breath but it’s still outstanding! My favourite track has to be ‘Freaks’. It starts with keyboards that sound almost like a musical box then…boom, another track that hits you, once again, with a vocal range that is just so clear and powerful.

At no time do the guitars, bass or drums take anything away from the vocals but they are still so clear and blend seamlessly. There is so much emotion in all of the performances, things I can relate to and, hopefully, many others can as well, which is exactly what Victoria K wanted. The track ‘Humanity’ so needs to be used as an end film credit sequence. This song is so powerful and haunting and when you listen to it, you can feel/see the orchestra with the band standing out front (any film directors out there please listen and take note)! Another standout performance on the album is the drumming. Gerry Pantazis must have had smoke coming out of his kit in some places, man can that guy drum!

While we are on the subject of powerful and beautiful things, I have to talk about the album artwork. There has to be merchandise with this image on…please, and if/when there is, I will be getting some, wow just wow! It’s not every day you are blown away by such a great band. They have picked up everything conventional about this genre, thrown it out of the window and made it their own! Stereotypical? Hell no…talented? Hell yes…leaving you wanting more? Without a doubt!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Freedom Uncharted (Feat Sheri Vengeance)
02. Surreal
03. Forsaken (Feat Sheri Vengeance)
04. Matrix (Feat Sheri Vengeance)
05. Shroud of Solitude (feat Michalina Malisz from Eluveitie)
06. The Haunting
07. Freaks
08. Mist Filled
09. Humanity
10. Lacuna

LINKS:
www.victoriakmusicofficial.com/
www.facebook.com/victoriakofficial/
www.twitter.com/VictoriaK2004
www.instagram.com/victoria_k_official/
www.victoriak1.bandcamp.com/releases
www.spotify.com/artist/39zoIuFDfHJOQnqAFudiRI
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4hQDGDErqcmakKo-wVjWoA

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EMQ’s with AETERNITAS

EMQ’s with AETERNITAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lübeck, Northern Germany based Symphonic Metal band Aeternitas. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Alex Hunzinger 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 Alex, founder, guitarist, singer and producer of AETERNITAS. In 1999 I started the band as a studio project with my future wife Anja, with the main goal to write and produce a metal version of a Requiem based on the original Latin lyrics. After the success of our debut album we decided to find other musicians to build up a band and play the songs live. Currently we are working on our sixth studio album “Haunted Minds” which will be released later this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is very closely related to our debut album “requiem” and came into our mind after we’ve finished some songs from it using the original Medieval Latin death mess lyrics. Herein the word “aeternitas”, the Latin word for eternity, plays an important role, which was the reason why we chose it as band name. At that time, the name was meant to link the band’s name to our first album.

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

We are located in Lübeck – a Northern German city close to the Baltic Sea. But this is only the city where we have our rehearsal room and my studio. Our band members live all across Northern Germany. One of the biggest Metal festivals – Wacken Open Air – is located just an hour from us. But that does not mean that we have a very big metal scene here. There are of course a variety of different bands in our region, but I wouldn’t say that we are a hotspot of the metal scene.

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

Our latest release was the music video ‘Child Of The Darkness’ which we released in April 2019. This song comes originally from our last album “Tales Of The Grotesque” from 2018. But for the video we used a special version in which I re-recorded my male vocals after our former male singer Oliver left the band end of 2018. Our intention was to release a new video introducing myself as new front singer.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically the inspiration came from different sources, classical or movie works and also different bands. Great bands of our genre like Nightwish, Within Temptation or Epica have paved the way of course, but these influences to our music changed over the time, so there is no overall inspiration or any band which we could name as greatest influence.

What first got you into music?

In general, it was the love to music in particular to metal and here especially melodic metal. Personally, Paradise Lost was an important inspiration to start making music in my beginning, although they have no more influence on my current productions.

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

In our upcoming album we made a song with our long-time friend Henning Basse (Ex-Firewind, Ex-Metalium) and we are very happy that it worked finally. Such a collaboration is always very inspiring, and I think we will go on with other collaborations in the future without dropping names here.

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

This would be Wacken Open Air. Although this festival is close to our hometown as mentioned above, we never had the chance to play there for several reasons. I was in Wacken as a fan and I worked there as audio engineer but never played there as a musician, that’s definitely a missing link.

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

To be honest, we didn’t receive any spectacular gifts from our fans so far.

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

Enjoy our music and every other good music and give the music the value it deserves.

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

I wonder what great songs Freddie Mercury would have done if he’d lived longer.

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

Being creative is the best thing about being a musician, although I guess this is also true for other artists like writers or painters. It is very fulfilling to finish a new song. On the other hand, it can be frustrating to work for hours or days on a song and yet the result is very bad.

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

The fact that we call it an industry, as if we are producing cars or smartphones, shows the core mismatch to me. Music is a very important value to the society and thus should not be treated like a shareholder industry. But it would take more than one thing to change this, it would mean to change the whole attitude in the society about music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In fact, I don’t have a favourite album, at least not in the context you mentioned in your questions, like an album from the childhood or youth which you’d love to hear every time. My preferences change from time to time and I don’t keep hold too much of things from the past.

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

In terms of sound quality this is vinyl and CD. Vinyl or CD are for music lovers who what to own physical copies and celebrate listening to music. Downloads and any kind of digital copies are more convenient for the daily use. From the business part it is a different story. I think it’s well known that digital formats are too cheap to recoup the costs of an album production if we aren’t talking about hundreds of million streams.

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

Without any doubt this was our exclusive support show for the Scorpions on the biggest open-air stage in Europe and it was absolutely amazing. The crowd welcomed us so warmly even though we were almost a surprise act that day. And for us it was more than an honour to open a show for such legends of rock. We’ll never forget this fantastic day. Luckily, we had a camera guy with us that day, otherwise I could not believe that this was real and not only a dream.

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

Maybe I would work only as an audio engineer, but that is a very theoretical question and hard to tell.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I think I would rather invite some of my best friends to a dinner party and have a nice evening. Some famous persons won’t necessarily make a nice party and in the daily business there is only few times left for meetings with close friends. So better use time for our friends.

What’s next for the band?

We are close to releasing our sixth studio album “Haunted Minds” later this year. Our new label partner Wormholedeath will inform about the release date soon. With a new album there are also music videos in the pipeline and we will prepare the new songs for a live performance although – in the middle of the Corona pandemic – we don’t know when and how we will be able to perform live again.

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

Besides our own website we mainly use Facebook and Instagram and rarely Twitter. But we follow the market and have an eye on new technologies to find out what the fans like. For the digital distribution, our label and their distribution partners take care to bring our music to all relevant platforms.

www.aeternitas-online.de/
www.facebook.com/AETERNITAS.official/
www.instagram.com/AETERNITAS_official/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Thank you that you drew my attention to one of the biggest questions of mankind… To me Jaffa Cakes are biscuits, which I don’t like very much by the way. But I have to mention that this discussion is not taking place here in Germany 😉

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EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA

EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gothenburg, Sweden based Symphonic/Melodic/Progressive Metal project Fading Azalea. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist Olivia Bing 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 Olivia. I am guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter for the symphonic metal band Fading Azalea. I play drums too, not on the album though. The band was created in 2013, finding musicians was a hard time. When Johan (bass, guitar tracks 5&6) and Alexander (drums) joined the band later we played a couple of gigs but mostly worked on writing material. Then Johan left the band and I had a session musician from Italy, Gianluca Di Francisca to record the rest of the bass. He recorded the guitar solo for track 3 too. Kristoffer Jonassen (ex- Irrbloss drummer) replaced Alexander on drums in 2017. Joachim Van Zoelen (bass) joined the project after the release. The band only writes music for the time being.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was thinking about Azalea, the flower… Tried to think of something a bit different, as the name was already taken. Fading Azalea is a withered flower. All our music is melancholic, so a fading flower is quite symbolic for our sound.

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

I am originally from France but got mostly influenced by the Swedish Metal scene where I live now. Melodic Death Metal is the main sound here. That’s also what got me to play the guitar.

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

“Maze Of Melancholy”, full album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In Flames, Epica, Nightwish. I don’t know if my black metal influences are noticeable in the CD, but maybe they will be in the future: Dimmu Borgir, UADA and Mgla.

What first got you into music?

I always wanted to play the piano since I was a kid. I never got one, but at the age of 18  I got a guitar from a friend, and then In Flames got me to switch to the electric type, and then Pain Of Salvation’s “Pluvius Aestivus” got me to play piano. And Amon Amarth got me to play drums. And someday I want to learn to play cello…

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

I have some collaboration plans with UADAs talented lead guitarist for a coming track. I am very happy for that! I would quite like a collaboration, like a gig or a duo with Epica’s vocalist too.

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

I liked being in Wacken but in the public! I have good memories from that one. If I were to play there as a musician, I’d rather hide behind the drums…

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

I have never received a gift from a fan, but I received a gift as a fan from UADA. I got a ride-cymbal which I am making a good use of!

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

I thank my fans so much for their support! That means a lot to me!

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

Kurt Cobain. But I’m not sure, it’s dangerous, bringing people back from the dead…

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

I enjoy the feel of the adrenaline pulse trying to play drums to 200 BPM! That is… a true challenge.

I hate all the administrative work, so many files have to be sent throughout the world to make a CD but me, I only want to be playing…

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

I wish the free downloads music sites that illegally put our music online were all to close down. If we musicians were to make enough money to cover our expenses, we could be making more music for our fans. The ones who truly support us by buying our stuff.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “The Jester Race”

Mgla – “Exercises In Futility”

UADA – “Cult Of A Dying Sun”

Epica – “The Phantom Agony”

Amon Amarth – “Fate Of Norns”

Dimmu Borgir – “Godless Savage Garden”

Evolvent – “Delusion”

(I will let Olivia off for choosing seven albums as there are some crackers in this list!! – Rick 😊)

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

I have mostly CD’s.

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

Emergenza!

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

I would be a farmer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Darkside (Mgla), James Sloan (UADA), Josiah Babcock (ex-UADA) and Fredrik Andersson (ex- Amon Amarth, now Netherbird & A Quinorous QUintet). I think those five people reunited would make the best metal track in the world. Only problem, we have three drummers here! Haha.

I have had the honour to spend time with the last three and they have all been very kind to me. They have helped me on my music way. And even Darkside did, though I haven’t met him in person. I am very thankful for that. That keeps the motivation going!

What’s next for the project?

Keep writing on material. Release a single. Then, we’ll see!

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

Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube…
www.facebook.com/FadingAzalea/
www.fadingazalea.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2MIEfx3gRoH4Fwe1r2HvVB
www.youtube.com/channel/UCC3AJUqgL6OhAg07_EYbPxg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re not to be found in Sweden… Please give me a box and I’ll tell you!

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

Original and amusing questions! I’m thankful I had the honour of answering this interview for you. Be safe in these Corona times.

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Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia

Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia
Scarlet Records
Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 24:16
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

Maybe it is not a surprise to hear Italian bands exploring their traditional music, like Opera, to play along with Heavy Metal or work on subjects from this beautiful culture. Some bands do it in an epic way while others go deeper into the heaviness or obscure sound. In all cases, they sound unique. In the case of Deathless Legacy, the theatrical side where all interpretations are so strong and are hugely different. So, why not explore the rich Italian history, from ancient Rome to be more specific, in a 24-minutes-long single. If you love songs like ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (Iron Maiden) or ‘Stargazer’ (Rainbow), you should stop everything you are doing now and join the band on this journey.

Saturnalia was a celebration in ancient Rome that happened between December 17th and 23rd. It was a short period of rebirth when the slaves could enjoy and party as free people. This song tells a specific history, in the year of 86 AD. During a long war, Helius hears that his father Flaccus (the Pater Familia of the Adepphius family) is dying and he should return to be the new Pater Familia as he is the first-born. In the Cimini hills, near Rome, he decides to rest during the night before returning home. There, he rests forever after a criminal sets his tent on fire while he is sleeping. This is done by Tullius Murena’s servant. Tullius’ plan is to kill the first-born son and leave the Adepphius Family weak to own and run their land. What he cannot imagine is how things would change. It is within this scenario that the main character appears. His name is Lucius, a slave of Tullius who was whipped almost until death after he let Tullius’ wine fall on the floor due to a trick from a young child. Lucius recovers himself in time to celebrate Saturnalia with his best friend, and slave, Hecatia.

Declared the prince with horns by the slaves and under command of Laverna, Lucius  gives an order for Tulius to serve him wine during the Saturnalia celebrations and Hecatia uses the same trick of the young child to make him fall on the floor, looking a fool in front all of the slaves. Of course, this joke has terrible consequence and Tullius, feeling humiliated by his slaves, creates an ambush for Lucius and Hecatia. He gives them a secret mission to deliver a gold medallion for his bastard son’s mother. Suddenly, on the way to deliver it, some of Tullius’ servants emerge to rape and kill Hecatia in front of Lucius. After witnessing that murder, he is stabbed by Tullius’ sword. For a moment, he can meet his parents in heaven, but it isn’t his time, yet.

He awakes under the care of Laverna Priestess, the goddess who protects the Underworld from thieves and cheaters. The goddess of what lies in the shadows as no murder or punishment is allowed by what happens in Saturnalia. Tullius calls for him the wrath of Saturn. She heals Lucius with a potion, so he can find himself deep inside and begins his metamorphosis with all his grief and pain!

Spiritually dead, but physically alive, Lucius finds the mortal remains of Helius in the burnt-out tent. He also finds a rope of one of Tullius’ servants and he was still carrying the same gold medallion he carried during the ambush he suffered. He realises that the person who murdered Helius is the same who murdered Hecatia. It is the spark for his revenge. Lucius burns his face and wears Helius’ armour to pretend he is the Adepphius first born. With a disfigured face and using the same armour that Helius used, nobody can recognize him. He returns to his old home and a great feast is made to celebrate it because everyone thinks that Helius is dead. Tulius is shocked and whips the servant that hasn’t killed Helius. Now, Lucius is using a gold mask to hide his pain and fake his existence, as if he is the new Pater Familia. During the feast he shows to everyone, including Tullius, the gold medallion and the servant’s robe. The betrayer is finally discovered and Tullius is taken to die in Rupes Tarpeia. Therefore, the revenge is complete, and it finishes the tale of Saturnalia!

Musically, “Saturnalia” has strong guitar riffs and bass lines from Sgt. Bones and Deadwood Nick. They create many intense moments, from acoustic and melodic pieces to fast and heavy ones, mirroring the tempo of the story. Frater Orion’s drum parts are amazing, he doesn’t let the music become massive and tiring. He plays in many different tempos and variations. Another interesting thing is how the song has a symphonic approach, but pianos, keyboards and orchestrations are not always present. The instruments are very well mixed, bringing the spirit of classic Heavy Metal. Steva’s vocals are brilliant. She has a unique identity to interpret the drama and the history. The interesting thing in her voice is how she uses a melodic side, sometimes a bit angelical, together with a lot of evil power, reminding me of the way that Ronnie James Dio sings.

There is an accompanying short movie/official video of the track and it has the band members acting as characters, with the black and white scenes bringing an epical and dense atmosphere. The more I watch the film; the more this genial creation enchants me. Unique! Majestic! Maybe these words could describe this Italian masterpiece called “Saturnalia”.

Here is a link to the film/video

TRACKLISTING:
1. Saturnalia

LINE-UP:
Steva – Vocals
Frater Orion – Drums
Alex Van Eden – Keyboards
Sgt. Bones – Guitar
Deadwood Nick- Bass

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Deathlessmetal/
www.facebook.com/scarletrecords/
www.youtube.com/user/DeathlessLegacy
www.instagram.com/deathless_legacy
open.spotify.com/album/3WIl8GeGQusozWJXzEHvap

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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

Beyond Forgiveness - Live To Tell The Story

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

 

Beyond Forgiveness

 

 

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