The Damnnation – Parasite EP

The Damnnation – Parasite EP
Xaninho Discos
Release Date: 10/11/2020
Running Time: 16:06
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Do you know what makes me happy in the early hours of the morning? The answer is waking up with a song glued in my mind and ideas being whispered into my ear (hello schizophrenia), ready to write a review of a debut release! Yes, I love to write about debut albums/EP’s and follow the evolution of a band after that, but today we have a slightly different situation. As I have already said, in previous reviews, I give my entire support for a band, no matter if it is a young one or a famous one. If I realise that I am investing my time in a professional group, then it is all ok for me. Amateurs can go away! Therefore, I hope you are all well, safe and also ready to understand my ideas! This is another fail, on my part, to try and write a good intro, sorry boss! (It’s a perfectly good intro Victor – Rick)

The Damnnation (yes, it does have a double ‘N’, because it is a mix of Damn and Nation, as Vocalist/Guitarist Renata Petrelli already explained in the band’s EMQ’s interview) was created last year with three musicians that have good experience with other bands, including tours in Europe. This experience has helped them to compose mature songs, with well thought out arrangements and a good production. Good balance! Yes, there is a good balance between all the instruments and the sound which is crystal clear but dirty!

The song ‘World’s Curse’ was not randomly chosen to open the EP. It was the first single released and it showed to the world the face of this young, new-born band. Even with a different line-up at that time, it is perfect to understand their musicality. Firstly, simple but catchy riffs. You get all the heaviness and speed that a good heavy Metal bands should deliver, thanks to Cynthia Tsai who smashes her drum kit without mercy and the independent bass lines of Camis Brandão which bring an extra punch to this track. The melodies from Renata ’s guitar, also her solo, are a great highlight on the band’s sonority. I really loved it.

The current line-up hasn’t changed the band’s spirit, in actual fact, bassist Aline Dutchi and drummer Leonora Mölka have helped the band’s evolution and it is notorious for what you hear from ‘Apocalypse’, the second track, until the end of the EP. Again, the melodies and all guitar work from Renata, together with the excellent bass work from Aline, is brilliant. They perfectly complement each other. As for Leonora, the word that came to my mind most while I was listening to this was versatility. Of course, she also hits hard and doesn’t let the speed diminish, but her work with the hi hat, crash, ride, and china cymbals brings a kind of simplicity in the midst of all the blast beats and fast stuff, that is very well thought out.

The title track has clean guitar and also acoustic guitar, in a perfect ‘Fade to Black’ (Metallica) style, but don’t be fooled, this is an extremely heavy song. The rhythmical cadences along with good double kicks and strong bass brings a good and dark atmosphere. The main difference here is that this song makes you feel like Amon Amarth members are banging their heads while playing ‘The Pursuit of Vikings’. Is this enough for you to enjoy this track? I hope so! The closing song ‘Unholy Soldiers’ is a mix of all elements that I’ve mentioned so far, with a good and slow distorted bass intro that progressively gains speed and heaviness. This time I felt that the song leaves more space for Renata’s vocals, with a good interpretation of what happens inside the mind of a profane soldier.

As mentioned before, The Damnnation’s members have brought good experience from all their years on the road. If you ask me about the highlight, I will answer that there is a positive aspect that goes further than just talking about the musicality. For me, freedom is what I believe is the most important definition of this EP. Freedom to explore vocal lines, work on melodies and mix different styles into the same song. As a consequence of this freedom, you can hear an incredible EP from a band with just one year of existence. Can you imagine what these three women are going to achieve on a complete album? While we wait for that, listen to “Parasite” without fear.

TRACKLISTING:
01. World’s Curse
02. Apocalypse
03. Parasite
04. Unholy Soldiers

LINE-UP:
Renata Petrelli – Vocals and Guitars
Aline Dutchi – Bass and Vocals
Leonora Mölka – Drums

LINKS:

Photo by Jessica Mar

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Interview with Chris Kenny and David Jordan (Deej) of Incinery

Interview with Chris Kenny and David Jordan (Deej) of Incinery
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi Everyone, Sheri Here!

Born from the Midlands Thrash and Metal scene in 2009, Incinery have ploughed festival stages such as Bloodstock, Download, MetalDays to name a few! They brought out their first album “Dead, Bound and Buried” in 2014 and released their second album “Hollow Earth Theory” on 30th October 2020! I recently got a chance to have a sneaky listen to the album (many thanks to Dan at FatAngel Management) and have a chat with Chris Kenny (guitars) and Deej (David Jordan – Bass) about the new album, sci fi, alien abduction and working through lockdown…

Sheri: You formed back in 2009 and since have done some – pretty spectacular stuff! Bloodstock, MetalDays, Download…Damnation! Going back for a moment, take us through the roots of Incinery and what gave you the push to get into music?

Chris: So…it really started as a covers band for our old guitarists’ 21st birthday! So, me and him played in some bands beforehand and he had the idea of “I wanna do something for my 21st, let’s do a little band thing and play some music”. So, we did that and started out doing covers and then we sorta carried on doing covers…and then after a while we were like “Let’s not do covers anymore” haha. At that point we had a different line up and then once we started going into our own stuff and that, we then switched and that’s when we got David on board and everyone else so…

Sheri: Were you doing Thrash covers before or a bit of everything?

Chris: It was mainly thrash that we were doing – Metallica covers, Megadeth, that sort of thing.

Sheri: And you mentioned that there was a different line up, so since forming the foundation of Incinery have you been the same line up?

David: It’s been pretty stable since the first EP has been out. To be honest, where we are now, we’ve been the same line up we started with, we’ve just had a few comings and goings since we’ve gone along and those have been sort of dictated by external pressures and the financial stuff around balancing being in a band against everything else you’ve got to do. I had to leave after the EP’s were released, a bit under a year I think, it was a while back, about 2011 or something and then our other guitarist had to leave the band after the first album was released, for similar reasons. Other things just sort of getting in the way, but it was sort of why the gap is so big between the first album and this one, we’ve gone through trying to sort that out and getting it back to how it can work better. It sort of clicks better with all the original guys in so…

Sheri: Your first release was E.P “Dawn Of War”, which for our readers, was released in 2011 and then that was followed by your 2013 E.P “Nothing Left”. For me, these early releases sound like you had elements of Death Metal and even a bit of Black Metal in places, under your signature Thrash sound. I can detect this in songs like ‘Rise’, ‘Nihilum’ and ‘Behind The Lies’. What are your thoughts on that perception?

Chris: Hahaha I think that as we’ve gone on, we’ve put more of it in to be honest… hahaha. So that’s a great perception!

David: Yeah it’s like obviously Incinery is a Thrash band but we all listen to quite a lot of Death Metal and some of us, Black Metal so I think it’s sort of natural that it bleeds in a little bit even though it’s not what we’re aiming to do specifically but it’s hard not to play what you like isn’t it?

Chris: I think, as well, it helps us sort of stand out from being a regular Thrash band because it gives us a bit of uniqueness, I think.

Sheri: Absolutely, so you have some diversity in there as well.

David: Yeah, I think that some of the stuff that people like about us is that it’s not just – cuz you can go to a Thrash all-dayer festival and there’ll be some really good bands but it can be a bit samey I guess so I think the thing that has helped us get on is probably that there’s a little bit of variety in it and we try a few different things out and you’ll probably hear a little bit of that coming out on this album as well.

Sheri: Your 2014 debut album “Dead, Bound And Buried” saw some slight changes from your earlier works in terms of guitaring style and rhythm. I would say, a bit more sticking to your brutal Thrash sound than anything else…vocals, strings and drums are really tight! I can definitely note some subtle nods of Exodus from this album. Particularly in ‘Death May Die’ and ‘Destroy The Gods’. I absolutely love that track! From building Incinery from scratch and getting to that quality in not a long time at all, what works for you in order to produce that strong energy of Incinery?

Chris: I think the first thing is that it sounds really simple really, but we all get on with it & each other haha – that’s a big thing haha. But you know, especially where there are some bands that don’t, some bigger bands and that but… it’s something that definitely helps you start out building stuff.

David: I think that as (Chris) Kenny says, it sounds sort of funny in a way but it does really help if you can get on in that way because when you’re writing songs, sometimes you need to be critical in a constructive way of stuff that you hear and if there’s animosity or people don’t get on, I mean I know other bands where they just have ended up not playing anymore because they just can’t be in a room, or if you’re too protective over what you come to the table with and you’re not willing to hear what everyone else has to say then you might end up getting your own way musically like in the creative process, but you’re not gonna – what you come out with is crap or not as good as it could have been because you didn’t take other stuff on board… so that is worth it, if you’re in a band, make sure you get on haha.

Sheri: It definitely has to be a group effort. In terms of your songwriting, how is it put together? What works for you? Does someone come up with lyrics and another person come up with riff…

Chris: What tends to happen is that one of us will come up with two or three riffs and maybe stick them together to start putting a structure together. What could be say, an intro verse chorus as we’re in a modern age where we can sort of quickly record things down, ideas…do that and send them to each other to say “Here, have a listen to this, what do you think? Do you like it?” Then we then take that structure and take it to band practise and start to develop it from there. Sometimes, someone maybe comes in with a complete song because we’re sometimes just happy to write the whole song or maybe half a song and then from that point we get things structured down and then everyone starts thinking about what they want to do with it. So, I would never dictate Deej’s bass lines or anything like that, he’ll come and go “Ok, this makes me want to play this particular motif here.” Or do a bass solo type thing here and he will go away and start adding that. From that foundation, we start building it up and that’s where you start getting those other styles coming in. I think with the lyrics, it’s mainly James and Deej also chips in with a lot of ideas for that as well.

David: Yeah, the lyrics always end up being the last thing that happen because a lot of James’ lyrics are quite rhythmic or the rhythm is what he ties what he’s doing to and in the past James has been known to start writing out the lyrics to the song and we’ll show up to the next band practise and we’ve totally changed the structure of the song just because that’s what’s happened whilst we’re writing it. James then has to throw everything out and start again so he tends to wait until we’ve got what we think is gonna be the final structure down and then he can get on with that, so like on this album there are some songs we didn’t really know the lyrics for until we were listening to them being recorded haha.

Sheri: That’s an interesting way to do that! Totally cool. Let’s talk about the message in “Dead, Bound And Buried” – I’m picking up that there is a pretty dark story but without being so much as a concept album?

David: Yeah, it’s hard to speak on James’ behalf I guess but we don’t really do a concept album in terms of it being a narrative but I know that he likes to read a lot and there’s a lot of horror and science fiction that he reads and he likes to get that into the lyrics.

Chris: There’s a lot of Lovecraft type things in there…

David: There’s a lot of Lovecraft in “Dead, Bound And Buried” hahaha.

Sheri: You have a new album due to release! For our readers, “Hollow Earth Theory” is due out on 30th October and I had Dan (FatAngel) send me a sneaky peek. It is BRUTAL. There are some absolutely killer solos and riffs tearing through this album. The on-point drumming provides the backbone and I think that James’ vocals are cleaner and rawer. How do you think you have evolved leading up to “Hollow Earth Theory”?

Chris: I think…there’s been a long gap between the last one and this one so…a lot of it has just been experience and growth through…just getting old haha! A lot of it is experience and we’ve written stuff before. Even though “Dead, Bound And Buried” was released in 2014, a lot of it was written a couple of years prior to that so there is actually a more extended gap for us. To bring in some of that knowledge and the things we’ve done before and try to do better with it and gain – make everything a little deeper and a bit bigger and add more to what we can do. I think from a writing point, it’s a big aim.

David: I think one of the differences for me is that on the first three releases, there’s a lot of really good riffs and a lot of really good moments and what I think we’ve gotten better at is looking at songs as a total package and one thing that made a difference was that with “Dead, Bound And Buried”, we recorded that in the studio in about two weeks. So, we went down to the studio and we all lived in each other’s pockets for 14 days and just had to get it down. But what that also meant was that we were writing to a deadline so we were trying to get to that date when we knew we were gonna have to go in and so there are songs that turned out fine but they probably didn’t turn out how they could. This time Kenny recorded for the most part…we did it in Kenny’s back bedroom, In some ways that’s given us a lot more time because we had most of the album drafted, with probably 6 months to go from the music side of things and it just meant we could sit down with it and refine it and actually play through the songs and not have to settle for the first draft and go “Ok let’s change that.” The songs are more cohesive.

Chris: It’s a different perspective when you’re writing a song, you’re writing the bits and then you play the song and then when you are actually able to sit down and listen to the song that you’ve just made, it’s a completely different perspective to how you hear it and I think because we’ve had the chance to do that as well that’s also enhanced it for us.

Sheri: So, you’ve actually had the opportunity to digest it as you?

Chris: Definitely.

Sheri: Understood. You’ve not long released “Hollow Earth Theory’s” first single, ‘Falling Into The Sky’ – can we explore the message of this? I feel this is a track that suggests a glimpse of foreign life…sci-fi based…

David: It’s about getting abducted by Aliens…hahaha

*all laugh*

David: When we were writing it, the riffs and stuff, it was one of the last songs that got written for the album. It was almost a bit of an accidental single really because we didn’t think that far ahead and then sort of went “What are we gonna put out? What do we think would be a good track?” It’s the shortest song on the album which means from a single point of view, that was a bit of a go-er and it’s quite bouncy and fun and I think when we wrote it before we knew the lyrics, we knew it was going to be a fun one to play live, which we haven’t done yet for obvious reasons but the lyrics sort of suit it. So, it’s turned out well, it’s good!

Sheri: It is a bloody good track, it is! How do you think it’s done? has it been well received?

David: Yeah there’s been a few people who have done the single reviews for it and it’s been quite positive from the guys that have commented and got back to us, it’s landed alright, I think!

Sheri: Fab! It’s essentially a look into the new album that’s coming out so that’s brilliant! You released the second single ‘Ellison’ on Friday 16th October. This track, I am presuming, refers to the works of the writer Harlan Ellison – what inspired this?

David: Yeah that’s right! Haha. I’m trying to remember how it came about…I know me and James both read the story, it’s based on a thing called I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, which was one of the titles we were playing around with and we thought it was a bit wordy for the song which is why we ended up going with ‘Ellison’. But it’s a really amazing story, I’m not sure if it’s that widely read but it’s about a future where we’ve built Artificial Intelligence and then that has wiped out humanity basically and the song is about that, when you look on the face of it.

Sheri: Wow! I know some of Ellison’s work, one of the most popular is A Boy And His Dog. I wish I could go into more detail as the album isn’t released yet hahaha, but I feel you’ve got a theme going on in Hollow Earth Theory. What can you tell our readers to expect from this album?

Chris: I can’t speak lyrically because I don’t get involved in that but…I let the people who know words do that hahaha. I think they can expect something that is very much a core in its inner experience… but a new inner experience at the same time. I think it’s a good balance of that… I think it’s a good balance of the familiar and the new. I think they can expect 55 minutes of their ears being ripped off basically hahaha.

*all laugh*

Sheri: I agree, I think it’s brilliant… as you say, it’s about an hours’ worth of face melt haha. Your Album Cover Art is always really good as well. Do you use the same Artists?

David: There’s a few Artists we go back to for generally different projects we work on so it’s not always the Album Art, it’s a different Artist to the previous one because ‘Dead, Bound and Buried’ artwork is really like… I don’t know how to say it… it’s you know, a METAL album where on the cover it’s got you know, Demons and portal to Hell and a tomb and sarcophagus and zombies hahaha it’s just like everything crammed in there. Hollow Earth Theory has got a much more minimalist design, we went with a guy called Dan Leyton who I think does some Graphic Novel design – but because it’s sort of a science fiction theme thread that runs through the album, we kind of went with that and liked the way it looked and we’re really happy with the way it turned out.

Sheri: I’ll be sure to check out his other work, I feel this of all your album artwork, it is quite dark. Just to look at things from another point of view – What are your thoughts on the support for the music scene at the moment?

David: It’s quite a difficult time for everyone obviously at the moment. It’s difficult obviously for the venues primarily and we hope that as many of those as possible can come out of this intact. I know a grant has just gone out so some of the guys like Bloodstock have received a government grant to help them continue to function. As musicians, it’s really difficult and for fans as everyone wants to get out and go to gigs and no one can see when that is gonna be a reality at least for the short term. So, in a way for us, you see a lot of bigger Artists releasing E.P’s and stuff at the moment and I’m sure it’s because all they can do is get in the studio and write because it’s harder for them trying to make their living off this. For us, it’s an inconvenience but we all have day jobs that are paying the bills that aren’t this. So that for us is obviously good but if you’re in say Mastodon, I was reading the other day that they’re flippin’ picking up welfare cheques and you just think “Bloody Hell, if Mastodon can’t make a living at the moment, there’s not a lot of hope for anyone else.” If you’re a fan, it’s going to buy merch and support the Acts and try to sort of preserve the scene until we can come out the other end and start getting out. As long as the venues are there and the bands are there once we can get back out, you’ll hope it will pick back up.

Sheri: It will do, I think it will do, I just think it’s going to be a case of support as much as possible, as there are some bands that have been a casualty of what’s going on at the moment.

How have you found putting together a new album, working together and releasing the new album, during the madness we are going through? We need more of this haha!

Chris: A lot of it was done pre lockdown and stuff and then…some of it kinda got put on hold, we had some vocals that we still needed to do. We couldn’t meet up and that. In the interim, with being at home, there was still a lot I could do myself that I needed to do in that time so there wasn’t time wasted and then as soon as we got back out and got James round to finish off the vocals and finish off any extra little bits and then staying safe, staying at home I could just mix the whole album and get it done and keep firing it out to these guys til they gave it the OK and then send it off for master really.

David: We’ve often worked, as Kenny was saying earlier, with Demos and things, we’re used to working remotely as I live in Birmingham and the rest of the guys live in Nottingham so if we have ideas, we have to work in that way anyway and send things over so to some extent that’s not been a huge challenge and as it’s all done now and we’re getting it out, even halfway through the year, we’ve been able to work remotely on it. It’s been OK for us at this point, it’s a shame we can’t do a traditional album launch which we would have liked to have done and get out and play it… that will come in the New Year hopefully and also just finding new ways to work. I know a lot of bands are doing live studio type performances. For the new single ‘Ellison’ we’ve done a lockdown video which we’ve had to perform in our respective houses and then edit it after haha. That wouldn’t have been part of the game plan a year ago but it’s something we’ve done now and quite happy with the way it’s turned out. It’s just partly adapting isn’t it? And just hoping we’re back on stage soon.

Sheri: As soon as I hope! So, you’ve had to compromise quite a bit?

David: Yeah but it’s been in some ways a creative task set in there, and you look at someone like Devin Townsend for instance, some people seem like they’re thriving on it, just bashing out music and it’s great! Haha.

Sheri: It’s needed. What’s next for Incinery?

Chris: Think just for now we’re gonna try and push things in any way we can, just get some noise going about the releases and that and then next year, permitting everything opens up, with gigs, get out there and get it played to people properly, how it should be done live. I think that’s gonna be the next focus for a while, maybe look at writing something…

David: We’re booked onto Hammerfest for the New Year and that was again one of these gigs that was originally gonna be this year and they’ve pushed it all back but we’re hoping, touch wood, that all goes ahead and we’ll be playing that in Birmingham in February and like Kenny says, a few ideas kicking around for album number 3 and hopefully it won’t be another however long it’s been, like 6 years before it comes out haha.

Sheri: I’m sure it won’t! I hope it will be better next year where you can get out and do what you can normally do. Finally, have you got any advice for other Artists at the moment?

David: I think we need some advice haha. I guess just use the time that you’ve got, it depends where you’re at in your career. If it’s bands that are starting out, use the time that you’ve got now where you’re not gigging to work on your songs and try and get material written and put stuff together and then get ready to go back out again.

Chris: I’d say use this time as well to start getting used to building yourself up on things like social media when you’ve got the time to do it, you know, it’s a powerful tool. You can learn earlier on and get good at it; I think that helps a lot.

Sheri: So, time for self-promotion.

Chris: Yeah, it’s not always something you can just do, you have to build up, especially when you’re doing a lot of it yourself which a lot of bands are. You have to build up how you do it, ideas, marketing plans and things like that. It all comes with practise and experience so if you can get that in whilst you’ve got a chance to, use the technology that you can use to get out there while you can.

Sheri: Thank you guys! I appreciate your time!

Incinery: Cheers! Bye!

Incinery’s new album “Hollow Earth Theory” was released on October 30th and is already receiving great reviews! You can purchase it, all other Incinery releases and merch at the following link:

https://incinery.bandcamp.com/merch

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Thrasherwolf – We Are Revolution

Thrasherwolf – We Are Revolution
Self-Released
Release Date: 19/09/2020
Running Time: 52:11
Review by Dark Juan
8 /10

Good evening, all you sources of joy and delight! May your days bring you endless happiness and considerable opportunities for drinking, defiling the lady or gentleman of your choice in horrible, filthy, non-Christian ways that would make a porn star blush and of course for worshipping the Devil. Never forget the Devil worship for he is a right bastard and will do unspeakable things to your delicate little bottom if you forget about him.

Now, there was, at one point, a five hundred word political rant here in the first draft, that our estimable Editor and all round good egg Rick gently and sensitively told me was not acceptable. Having read it back, it was SLIGHTLY partisan, probably actionable and definitely libellous. Now, I would normally react in a spectacularly violent and noisy manner when being told to do something I don’t want to do, but Rick is my friend as well as my boss and I really didn’t want to lose this job so I decided to behave. And, it has to be said, he was right. Dark Juan is suitably chastised and will attempt to write a factual review and not get sidetracked this time.

My frothing rage and sense of political justice has been fuelled by British revolutionary thrashers Thrasherwolf, whose album opens with the sounds of a meeting to organise resistance to an autocratic government being machine gunned to silence. This has got my fighting blood up, but thanks to the wise and sage intervention of Admiral Sir Richard of Tilley you have not had to just skip the first five hundred words of this nonsense to get to the good bit. Thrasherwolf are vicious and vituperative, angry and clearly of the mind to be the soundtrack to the storming of Parliament, about which Dark Juan can only approve.

Sounding like an engaging mix of Nuclear Assault, Xentrix, Sodom and “Natural Order” era Hellbastard, Thrasherwolf serve us up a thrash sound that is pure 80’s heyday – scratchy, slicing guitar, bass playing that is as intricate as the rhythm guitar work, and the kind of drumming that sounds like a diesel engine at high revs. Their riffs are complex, living things designed as high grade weapons of war and the songs short, sharp punches to the solar plexus, delivered with speed, withering hatred and considerable elan, combined with the kind of socially conscious lyric that got this (one time) teenage hellpriest politically engaged in my youth.

‘Blood Moon’ is a cracking example of what I am trying somewhat ineptly to describe. A choppy, coruscating riff underpins drumming that could only be performed if you had four arms and several more legs than you were originally issued with at birth and solos that absolutely ache of “Kin” era Xentrix, and a vocal that is more to do with spitting venomous fury, rather than any technical merit. This is what thrash is supposed to sound like – the political fury of punk mixed with the sonic fury of heavy metal. Other highlights are ‘Ruin’ – a quasi-ballad with a socially conscious lyric that also has some absolute razor-sharp guitar work and ‘War’, where the influence of Nuclear Assault on the guitar work of Dan Lucas and Jack Saunders is clear to hear. At least to me.

This is not to say there aren’t problems. The production of the record could charitably be described as rudimentary. The guitars sound very strange and the drums equally so, almost as if they have been sequenced rather than played, and the cymbals also. It detracts from the listening experience, somewhat, although Thrasherwolf get a bit of a pass because thrash is meant to sound brash and visceral. The vocal is too far down in the mix, which is a shame because Dan Lucas has a pleasing, no frills thrash growl that sits somewhere in the middle of the impassioned shriek of John Connelly and the more measured, throaty tones of Kristian Havard, but tellingly without the rage fuelled lack of control that the mighty Scruff of Hellbastard employed. I’ve no issues with the bass sound though. Pleasingly meaty and thick and supportive of the songs as bass guitar should be employed.

In conclusion then – Thrasherwolf have delivered an album that melds the finest of fury-spitting Eurothrash with the more polished lyric writing of American thrash metal. Comfortably sitting astride both camps, Thrasherwolf are full of swaggering, rage-fuelled, apoplectic promise. There are moments where artistic vision and technical ability overwhelm budgetary constraints and production talent, but it should be remembered that this album is their debut long player and there is plenty of time for these notable young musos to tidy up their sound. An impressive and vibrant debut. I cannot wait to hear more.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System will be joining Thrasherwolf on the front rank of the revolution and awards them an anarchistic 8/10 whilst we storm the Houses of Parliament. Bloody good rage music.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Words Of Revolution
02. War
03. Vortex
04. The Pack
05. Good Old Fashioned Violence
06. Vermillion Steel
07. Vanity
08. Ruin
09. Blood Moon

LINE-UP:
Daniel Lucas – Guitar/ Vocals
Billy Lucas – Drums
Jack Saunders – Guitar
Alex Mitsis – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with FIRING SQUAD

EMQ’s with FIRING SQUAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Woodstock, New York based Thrash Metal band, Firing Squad. Huge thanks to guitarist Jack Weiss 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 Jack Weiss. I play rhythm guitar in Firing Squad. I met Will Lange at a heavy metal workshop hosted by Scott Ian of Anthrax in 2015. We’re still tight with Scott to this day. Will and I were in a band together from 2015 to 2019. After that band broke up, we started Firing Squad with Alan Rosenbaum on drums and Elliot Mangione on bass.

How did you come up with your band name?

We named the band after the song ‘Firing Squad’ by Power Trip. Riley Gale Forever.

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

We’re from Woodstock, New York. A great place to live if you want to be a washed-up hippie who plays the blues. There’s not much going on in terms of punk or metal.

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

We released the “American Carnage” EP in February, and our new single, ‘Police State of Mind’ comes out November 10th.

‘American Carnage’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Anthrax, Megadeth, Power Trip, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

My parents introduced me to a lot of the music I love. Growing up, I watched The Yellow Submarine religiously. From there, my dad put me on to The Ramones and a bunch of other classic punk.

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

Jello Biafra, without a doubt. He’s a total genius and a big inspiration.

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

Gizzfest in Australia. I’m a huge fan of all the bands on Flightless Records.

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

The clap!

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

Don’t trust anyone over 30.

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

Vince Neil.

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

The most rewarding aspect for me is songwriting. I’ve got nothing to hate. I just want to make good music.

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

Higher emphasis on artistry as opposed to profits.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“New Clear Days” by The Vapors. Great band, great album. Couldn’t tell you how many hundreds of times I’ve listened to it. Their other two records are amazing too. “Magnets” and “Together”. Check them out!

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

Vinyl for sure.

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

We played a crazy show at Dad Shack in Oneonta, New York. Don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore.

Great energy, tons of kids. Our gigs in Oney always went the hardest.

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

Dedicating myself to a life of crime.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phoebe Bridgers, Arik Ancelin, Noam Chomsky, Joan Jett, and Ty Segall.

What’s next for the band?

Our new single ‘Police State of Mind’ comes out November 10th. So we’re hyping that up as well as writing new material and getting ready to record again.

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

For social media, we use Instagram and Facebook. For streaming we prefer Spotify.

www.instagram.com/firingsquadofficial/
www.facebook.com/firingsquadofficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/47lDAPYSirKNnYAPOnC1P1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ll have to try one and find out.

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

Make sure to check out our EP “American Carnage” available everywhere! Keep your eyes out for ‘Police State of Mind’. It’s our best track yet. Thanks!

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Death Angel – A Thrashumentary

Death Angel – A Thrashumentary
Directed by Tommy Jones
Nuclear Blast
2015
Review by Chris Galea
7/10

As Metal evolved beyond the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) into something rawer and more visceral, several young bands on Los Angeles’ Pacific coast embraced this embryonic sub-genre dubbed ‘Speed Metal’ or ‘Thrash Metal’. Testament, Metallica, Exodus and Forbidden were a few of the emerging crowd-pullers. Death Angel was another…notable for having within its line-up a family of cousins and brothers of Filipino descent. The members of Death Angel were young (their drummer was just 11 years old when the band recorded their seminal debut album) but they were bursting with energy and determination.

“Death Angel – A Thrashumentary” is a documentary chronicling the band’s history via interviews with its members and acquaintances, numerous live excerpts and candid footage. It takes a look into the very beginnings of Death Angel, the band’s first live performance (supporting Megadeth), their first demos (produced by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett) right up to the writing and recordings of their recent albums. And it revisits all the joys, tragedies and notable live shows in between all that.

By 2001 Death Angel had already been laid to rest for about a decade when a benefit show was put together for Chuck Billy (Testament) and Chuck Schuldiner (Death), who had both been struck by cancer. Death Angel were invited to play and the crowd reaction to their performance convinced the band to reunite. Chuck Billy later recalled: “I had to go and get cancer to get Death Angel back together. See how much I love you guys.” Of course, he said that jokingly, but it illustrates the bond and respect that Death Angel enjoyed amongst its peers…something that emerges from this documentary.

“Death Angel – A Thrashumentary” is at once hilarious, sad, intriguing and exciting. The regret of Death Angel’s band members when recounting the departure of previous members highlights their internal bond. But they’re not always so staid…the same guys prove to have a wry sense of humour, such as when their two guitarists ‘complain’ (tongue in cheek, of course) about being harassed by fans.

At over 2 hours’ duration the documentary is quite long. Sometimes it meanders….it becomes a little repetitive. Fans of the music genre and of the band, however, are bound to enjoy it. I know I did. Doubtlessly it provides quite a comprehensive insight into the life of Death Angel.

“…Thrashumentary” ends with Death Angel performing the song ‘Thrown To The Wolves’ in the Philippines and shows the band’s willingness to interact with fans. An appropriate conclusion to this very interesting documentary.

Watch the trailer here:

Death Angel’s latest Acoustic EP “Under Pressure” has just been released digitally via Nuclear Blast!

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EMQ’s with TRUTH DECAYED

EMQ’s with TRUTH DECAYED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Durban, South Africa based Thrash Metal band, Truth Decayed. Huge thanks to all of 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?

We are Truth Decayed, a Thrash Metal band from South Africa made up of Ryno Theron (Guitar & Vocals), Warren Jones (Guitar) Brandon Carey (Drums) and Johan Maree (Bass & Vocals).

Truth Decayed was founded by long-time friends, Warren Jones and Ryno Theron. Warren Jones played for the promising Durban Metal band “Mystical Element” early in his music career.

More ventures include the successful “Metallica, Kill Em All Tribute” in Durban. Ryno Theron has played in numerous Durban Metal bands, most notably “Throne”. He has also, for the last few years, built up a solid solo career which has seen him release his critically acclaimed “Howling Rush” album, and perform at Smoking Dragon festival, Splashy Fen and more.

To make up the four-piece, Warren brought in Johan Maree (bass) and Brandon Carey (drums). Johan is a newbie to the music scene but packed with talent and passion. Brandon was part of the popular Stigmata Dawn. In his time in Stigmata Dawn, he performed at numerous festivals including Thornfest, Mutherfudd, Season’s Wither and Witchfest (When Carcass headlined) to name a few.

With this complete line-up we are a new band, with big goals. Developing as a “lockdown band” we have brought out first single ‘Modern Day Illusion’ which won us a top 5 spot on ‘France The Planet’s Southern African Metal Madness Week’ on BurgStudio and was closely followed by taking the Battle of the Bands Title with ‘The Metal Lab’ in the UK.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ryno: Truth Decayed is basically a social commentary on the various and distorted truths in the world today, through social media and the internet in general.

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

Warren: Durban, South Africa. In general, the scene is looking pretty good, but Durban could be better, mostly through a lack of venues. But Durban bands are looking good and promising at the moment.

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

Johan: Our two track EP “Modern Day Illusion” which we brought out to build interest and traction for the band.

‘Modern Day Illusion’ (Playthrough Video)

‘Opposing Direction’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Brandon: Amon Amarth and Arch Enemy!

Warren: Slayer!

Johan: Iron Maiden!

What first got you into music?

Brandon: Listening to old Sepultura from a friend.

Johan: My neighbour introduced me to Judas Priest.

Warren: Watching friends play guitar, and I think it was Ryno’s cousin that got us into Metal.

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

Ryno: I would love to work with Jinjer.

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

Johan: Wacken! Personally, I think it’s the biggest Metal festival in the world.

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

Ryno: No interesting stories there yet haha!

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

Ryno: Thank you for all the amazing early support. It’s been awesome engaging with you, and we can’t wait to share what we have in the works.

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

Ryno: Jimi Hendrix.

Johan: Pete Way.

Warren: Jim Morrison.

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

Warren: Playing music with friends and zoning out from the world.

Brandon: Getting sweaty from playing drums (Durban is crazy hot)!

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

Ryno: I would love to see people investing in vinyl and cassette tapes again. It’s picking up again but still very niche. Also, I would like to see labels/people pushing platforms like Bandcamp that are really a much better financial platform for bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Warren: “Master Of Reality” – Black Sabbath.

Johan: “Painkiller” – Judas Priest.

Brandon: “Fate Of Norns” – Amon Amarth.

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

Johan: Vinyl.

Warren: Definitely vinyl.

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

Brandon: Season Wither festival with my previous Stigmata Dawn.

Ryno: Smoking Dragon festival with my solo stuff. We had a five-piece band which was great.

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

Ryno: We all have day jobs at present so probably what we are doing now. On the hobbies side, Brandon, Johan and Warren do Downhill Mountain Biking, and I do Powerlifting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Warren: My wife, France The Planet, David Devo Oosthuizen, Brandon (my drummer), and Ryno.

Ryno: What about Johan? Haha!

What’s next for the band?

Warren: Touring and a full-length album.

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

Ryno: Pretty much everything out there. But Instagram has been a great platform where we have built a loyal fanbase, and a steadily growing one.

www.instagram.com/truth_decayed/
www.devographic.com/truth-decayed
www.facebook.com/truthdecayed/
www.tinyurl.com/truth-decayed-youtube

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Warren: A biscuit sized cake.

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

Ryno: Just again a huge thank you to our fans, and especially our wives (for two of us) and everyone that has shown an interest in what we are doing.

Ryno Theron is endorsed by A.S. Guitars

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen

Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa
devo@devographic.com

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EMQ’s with IN MALICE’S WAKE

EMQ’s with IN MALICE’S WAKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Thrash Metal band, In Malice’s Wake. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Shaun Farrugia 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?

Shaun Farrugia – I am the vocalist & guitarist for In Malice’s Wake. We have a 15+ year history now so I will keep it brief, essentially, we are Australia’s heaviest thrash metal band – we now have 4 releases under our belts and are lucky to enjoy incredible support from people in our hometown of Melbourne and increasingly around the world.  The band started by my brother Mark (drums) and I quite a long way back and we have grown this band over time through a focus on killer releases, a crushing live show and 100% sincerity with everything we do in this band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our songs primarily focus on the dark side of human nature – and the name is a reference to what is left behind after humanity’s evil has run its course.

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

Melbourne is the thrash metal capital in Australia. We have intense and intimate shows, incredible world class bands who are all in healthy competition with each other and there are many great friendships across the band and music fan community here. There are huge distances to cover playing state to state which can be challenging, and of course there is great cost to touring internationally – however we have been lucky to enjoy great support from people who value music and shows both locally and globally via internet reach.

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

We have a new album releasing Friday the 13th of November, titled “The Blindness of Faith” – the title track and video has been released and can be found here.

Presales and bundles are available at,

http://www.inmaliceswake.com/store.html

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would count Testament (especially vocally), Sodom, Slayer & early Sepultura as being the greatest influencers of our sound in general. In our later material I would also site elements of Vital Remains, Deicide, Celtic Frost & Behemoth as having an influence in some way.

What first got you into music?

Tried and true answer of Metallica – then Fear Factory – then Pantera, Sepultura etc. etc. etc. Then guitar and by then it really had hold over me.

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

Probably Tom. G Warrior – the man is a fascinating true artist who I find to have incredible vision and exciting releases.

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

Since experiencing Wacken in 2010 as a punter, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had and it has always been a dream to return there with my band and play to those crowds.

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

Not too many, I have seen school kids do a school project on us before which is pretty strange and cool.

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

Just to thank them for their incredible support over the years. We have always been lucky in this regard and are just highly appreciative of everyone who has ever come to a show, checked out our music etc. so thank you.

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

Probably Lemmy, mostly because I missed the chance to see him play live and it is one of my biggest regrets in my concert going history.

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

Live shows and the experience of playing to a crowd is incredible. The satisfaction that comes from writing songs and albums that you are proud of. Seeing people connect with your music.

I don’t enjoy all of the management end hassles sometimes, negotiating show terms, dealing with contracts etc. however it is a necessary evil and I treat this very seriously and handle what we do with a high level of professionalism.

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

I would love to see a resurgence in people buying physical music – CD’s etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I played Testament’s “The Gathering” to death. Some other personal favourites are “Icons of Evil” by Vital Remains, Bloodbath’s “The Fathomless Mastery”, Morbid Angel’s “Covenant”, Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” of course, and … oh yeah just one? – too hard to choose!

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

I’m a huge fan of CD’s, have a great collection and love listening to music loud in the car. Enjoy having a download too for listening via phone on the motorbike or doing other things. Never got into vinyl cos my wallet can’t take another addiction, but Karl our bass player is a vinyl fiend.

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

Hard to top the Bloodbath support shows in 2019 and the insane gig we filmed for 2014’s Vision of Live Destruction DVD. Most insane our local crowd has ever been – that is a very special memory for me.

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

I love painting, have run a small business airbrushing motorcycles over the years and am currently a school art teacher by trade – but yeah if not for music, then illustration and art would become!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tough one… Huge fan of comedian’s Ricky Gervais and Bill Burr, love scientist Neil Degrassi Tyson, and am just a huge personal fan of Chuck Billy & Corpsegrinder – be a weird mix but those are the first names that came to mind…

What’s next for the band?

Well just hanging to get the release campaign done and send out the huge number of CD’s and shirts that everyone has ordered and hear back from them regarding what they think. I’m planning to hopefully put a “making of” video together regarding this latest album. Then of course, hopefully – state of the world allowing – tour this new album extensively. Beyond that, writing album #5 – which Mark and I have already begun doing in small parts.

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

www.facebook.com/inmaliceswake
www.inmaliceswake.com
www.inmaliceswake.com/store.htm
www.youtube.com/InMalicesWakeOfficial
www.instagram.com/inmaliceswake
www.twitter.com/IMWthrash
www.open.spotify.com/artist/757BT0gJyEKrWQtBDYhD0A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, don’t think we have them here – and I wouldn’t want to guess and get such an important question wrong…so no comment!

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

Just again a massive thanks and please check out our new album “The Blindness of Faith”we really have put everything into it, and I reckon its killer. Cheers!

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Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague

Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague
Extreme Sound Records/Old Shadows Records
Release Date: 06/06/2020
Running Time: 39:18
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Since I’ve joined forces with this incredible team called Ever Metal, I have seriously put into my mind that I should keep my focus on professional bands for reviews and promotion, no matter if it’s a new or famous band. I also believe, that all people are like radio frequencies and we have a connection with people that are on the same wavelength, and who have the same spirit and passion for the cause. Within this scenario, I had the great opportunity to meet the young people from Sacramentia, a band from a small city called São João da Boa Vista, in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). After our first contact, we worked a lot to spread the word of their debut album and a good friendship has appeared from all of it.

With all I have explained, you are probably asking why I took so long to write a review about them (I know you are not really asking, hahaha), but my honest answer is that I didn’t know if I could write good words about them. “So, Victor, Are you telling us that Sacramentia’s music is not good?” (Again, I am imagining some of you asking it). No, my friends, it is just the opposite. It is so good, and also so complex, that I took a long time to understand their sonority. I was first confused when vocalist Renan showed me the single ‘Crucifiction’ before the album’s release. The title is a fiction about the crucifixion of Christ. Firstly, I thought they were a Black Metal band, but the lyric video of this song shows the exact history of the crucifixion that you read in the Holy Bible. Right after that, I got very confused, if they are a Black Metal Band or a band that worship God or Christ, as many bands do in Brazil (then they are called a White Metal band).

Sacramentia are, actually, not Black or White Metal. The band just play a dark and heavy music that navigates in a Death Metal and Thrash Metal sonority. They talk about lunatics that are involved with religion but from the corruption side…men that use this institution for their own good and the people who are blinded by faith. Actually, the band’s name is a combination of ‘Sacra’ and ‘Dementia’ which explains perfectly what they want to tell us. Most of Renan’s vocal interpretations sound like a priest vociferating religious dogma or trying to corrupt his followers. The most interesting interpretation is on ‘Silent Sinner‘, where he really looks like a devilish priest whispering to his believers.

Musically, this is extremely interesting, utilizing a bunch of influences which mix hugely different bands and genres. The bass of Guilherme Melo is an important instrument that received good volume in the recording process and increases all the darkness and heaviness. The guitar work of André Guimarães and Guilherme Mendes is also very interesting, with the riffs and solos, and even the clean notes, like on the track ‘Scum’, giving an obscure sound. This song shows how good the band are band at creating good variation in their music. ‘In Integrum Pandemonium’ is another example of a mix of their inspirations. For me, this song is like Marduk playing Slipknot, because the initial riff reminds me of ‘Before I Forget’, but the song structure and arrangements is more akin to Black Metal. It also has good Brazilian drum percussion from Leo Michelazzo.

Another good song is ‘Black Psalm’, the longest on the album, which creates a mixed atmosphere. ‘Necrolust’ is the fast track and, again, it is about sacred sins related to sexual temptation within the Church. Brutal song by the way! To summarize what you can expect from “Prophecies Of Plague”, it is an album which combines all the energy of a Thrash/Death Metal band but with Black Metal arrangements. Sometimes, they even sound like Swedish Melodic Death Metal with obscure Norwegian musical influences.

Throw away your thoughts of silly Satanism subjects and instead, listen to a narration of the obscure histories that have happened inside the sacred temple of god and all the moral and personal conflicts that the people involved with it have suffered. For sure, “Prophecies Of Plague” is a pretty intense album, but with a good power too. Become immersed, musically, and thematically, in a subject that always messes with our minds. Maybe it looks like an old-fashioned theme, but it is still a TRULY relevant theme.

Considering all the restrictions new bands here have with affording a good production, Sacramentia have undoubtedly extracted the best from their musicians. They used a four-track soundboard to record this album, but it is not a bad record, they have just put a good level of rawness into their sound. Nice job!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scorn Fate
02. Scum
03. In Integrum Pandemonium
04. Black Psalm
05. Silent Sinner
06. Necrolust
07. Crucifiction
08. Falling State ov Mind
09. Ancient
10. Unknown Gods

LINE-UP:
Renan Bezan – Vocals
André Guimarães – Guitar
Guilherme Mendes – Guitar
Guilherme Melo – Bass
Leo Michelazzo – Drums

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EMQ’s with DEATHGEIST

EMQ’s with DEATHGEIST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Deathgeist. Huge thanks to guitarist Victor Regep and bassist Mauricio Bertoni 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?

Victor Regep: Hi guys!! I’m Victor Regep, guitarist for the Thrash Metal band called Deathgeist. I formed the band in 2017 together with guitarist and vocalist Adriano Perfetto. In the 9’0s, we had a Thrash Metal band called Bywar. It ended around 2013. After a short break, we decided to play together again, and since then, we are active with Deathgeist, with two albums recorded and a third already ready, with a release date for the end of the European winter. Next year.

Mauricio Bertoni: I’m Mauricio Bertoni and I’m the bass player. I’ve played in the band since the beginning. It started with just Victor and they were already planning the band. I joined then.

How did you come up with your band name?

Victor Regep: This is a very curious fact. Adriano and I, we were coming up with countless names, but none were pleasing us. That was when we had the idea to come up with a name uniting the two languages: English and German.

Another thing that influenced us a lot was the fact that we really like movies and books about horror history. So, we remembered a movie we watched when we were kids, which was called “Poltergeist”. Which, translating from German to English, would be more or less a “fun ghost”. So, we decided to make a pun on the name saying that “amusing ghost” was already dead (lol). But mixing the German and English languages.

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

Victor Regep: We’re from Brazil. We are from the São Paulo region. Here, we have a great scene of Rock, Heavy and Thrash Metal in general. Our audience is very loyal to the band and we have to thank all of them for the help they give us by going to our concerts and publicizing the band on social media.

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

Victor Regep: Our second and last album “666” we released it in 2019. Now, there are only a few details to complete our third album that will be released next year. In November, we will be debuting our new single and together, we will be releasing our new music video. We are very much looking forward to showing it to all of you.

‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Victor Regep: We have a great influence from European Thrash Metal. Not that the Bay Area Thrash Metal made in America didn’t influence us. On the contrary! We love bands like Slayer, Exodus and Metallica. Outside the Thrash Metal scene, we are influenced by several musical genres. Mainly, for classic bands like: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, among many others.

Mauricio Bertoni: Thrash Metal !!  I believe that our greatest influence comes from Europe. Bands like Destruction, Kreator and many of the 80’s. I also include Metallica, Sepultura from Brazil.

What first got you into music?

Victor Regep: Well, I started early. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I started studying music. I was very influenced by my parents listening to classical music such as, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Grieg and Bach. And with that, it sparked a passion for music since I was a kid.

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

Victor Regep: It would be a dream to collaborate with some project of two great guitarists who influenced me a lot on the guitar. The first would be Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden and the other Kai Hansen from Helloween / Gamma Ray.

Mauricio Bertoni: I would really like to have recorded something with Lemmy Kilmister. But unfortunately, he is no longer with us. Maybe Mille Petrozza from Kreator.

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

Victor Regep: My great desire and I believe that 99.9% of the bands are able to perform at biggest European festivals. It could be Download Festival, Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, as they are big festivals that the whole world is watching. Now, in particular, if I were to choose just one festival, I think I would choose the Download Festival in Donington, England. Because there is great magic there. It was the old Monsters of Rock, and big bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rainbow have already played.

Mauricio Bertoni: Wacken open Air. It’s a great festival and great exposure. And we would have the media from all over the world talking about us. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: In particular, I never received a strange fan gift. There are some girls who are a little more “sassy” (lol). But we often have a few drinks and a few beers with our fans and talk about many subjects and have a lot of laughs.

Mauricio Bertoni: Once time…a girl fan asked me for a pick, but I didn’t have any more. Then suddenly she said: “Can you give me your underwear?” (lol) It was hilarious!

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

Victor Regep: Thank you very much for enjoying and supporting us since the beginning of our career.

Mauricio Bertoni: Thank you all. You are fantastic!! Always!!

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

Victor Regep: Many artists I would bring back, but one in particular would be Randy Rhoads.

Mauricio Bertoni: Lemmy Kilmister.

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

Victor Regep: What I like most about being a musician is being able to meet different people and see different places. What I hate most is the bureaucracy that musicians, especially in the underground scene, suffer from not having the opportunities with major labels. I hope that one day this will end and they can see us as the new promises of world metal.

Mauricio Bertoni: Play live. Be on stage. This is a unique moment. You literally get into the energy with the fans. The boring thing is sometimes to have to wait a few hours before playing. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: Exploration with musicians. Mainly bands that are starting. It is very sad that concert hall owners do not look at you as a way for everyone to earn money. Only they want to receive. Musicians also have families, taxes to pay.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Victor Regep: The list is huge. If you were to put here all the albums I’ve ever heard, I would stay until tomorrow listing. (lol) But two albums that marked my life a lot were the Iron Maiden albums, “Piece Of Mind” and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”.

Mauricio Bertoni: “Overkill” (Motörhead) and “Kill ‘em All” (Metallica) There are many. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: I grew up listening to vinyl. So, my preference has always been vinyl. Unfortunately, this new generation will never know what it’s like to stay inside your room, open the vinyl and travel with the lyrics and the cover art of the bands. It is a pity!

Mauricio Bertoni: I prefer vinyl and cassette tapes.

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

Victor Regep: Well, we have had a lot of cool shows and also not very cool shows. But our show that was extremely amazing was when we played in an outdoor festival to 4,000 people along with Krisiun. It was fantastic!!

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

Victor Regep: I wish I had been a soccer player. But since I was not a great player, I started with music because I had more aptitude. Perhaps he would also be a cabinetmaker. I love to tinker with wood and in my hours of rest, I keep fixing and tidying things inside my house. (lol)

Mauricio Bertoni: Making art. Paintings, tattoos. Or working with old cars.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Victor Regep: Well, it’s hard to choose! I think I would invite the guys from Maiden. But unfortunately, one would have to watch us eat. HAHA

Mauricio Bertoni: The guys of my band and Victor Augusto. (lol) (Victor Augusto here: For sure we will, as soon as this COVID 19 situation finishes)

What’s next for the band?

Victor Regep: We will have much news. We finished our third album and I believe that in November or December, we will release our single and add our video clip. Between March and April next year, we will be releasing our third full album. And I can say that the album is killer!

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

Victor Regep: We are in the main social media like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You can also find us on the main streaming platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Soundcloud, among others.

www.facebook.com/deathgeist666/
www.instagram.com/deathgeist666/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJm2a9CLX57tB9YJu9b_vBA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0APBVZd6yto3EuSVgGuqt4

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Victor Regep: Well, actually, I never tried it. When I go there in England it will be a pleasure to be able to taste it. But from what I’ve seen, it’s a cake (lol)

Mauricio Bertoni: What? Are cookies. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: I would like to thank everyone at Ever Metal for the opportunity to be able to promote Deathgeist in England and also in Europe. And a special thanks to our dear friend Victor Augusto for contacting us. METAL ‘TILL DEATH !!

Mauricio Bertoni: Thank you Victor Augusto and Ever Metal for the support, dissemination of our work. Thank you very much. And I invite everyone to get to know Deathgeist on our social networks. See ‘ya!!!

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Thirteenth Sign – The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence

Thirteenth Sign – The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence
Self-Released
Release Date: 02/10/2020
Running Time: 70:54
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
8/10

By nature, I am a positive person, full of beans 90% of the time. But lately, I’ve been feeling quite flat in myself, the pressures of modern life can sometimes take us away from the beautiful thing that is life!

I did have a chat with Mr. Editor (she did indeed – Rick), as I didn’t feel as confident in my writing that day, unusual as I normally bring all the bubbles, but the last thing I wanted was for this to reflect in my writing, so I decided to sit on this album for a bit.

Kick-starting my fitness and religiously meditating my brain, I now feel ready to swallow “The Ashes Of Treacherous Silence” the new album by Thirteenth Sign.

The band actually started off under the name ‘Skeletal Embrace’ back in 1998/99 in Norfolk. They managed to record 3 demos, then decided to change their name. After releasing their debut album “Oracles Of Armageddon” in 2008, they went and played Hammerfest, supporting Napalm Death and Anaal Nathrakh. They then released two more albums, “Rise Of The Black Angel” (2012) and “Evolutions End” (2016). Originally Norfolk based, band members left and were replaced with new members from Nottingham, thus they now consider themselves Nottingham based.

Now to the album itself. Go Forth Tammy, I tell myself “I got this”.

Let me start with the meaning behind the lyrics. They are based upon the true story of some of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, but the album does not focus on the actual killings themselves but delivers insight to what made those killers commit such evil crimes. Therefore, we get songs about neglect, domestic violence, depression, suicide, and betrayal and the spoken pieces in between tracks give the album a definite “Operation: Mindcrime” feel, which is to be expected as that concept album was their initial inspiration for this!

I can’t see a happy dance happening any time soon.

‘WN-3617’ opens the album which is just over a minute-long introduction and It’s actually really creepy.

‘The Bond Of Wicked Blood’ opens the album, in suitably gruesome fashion but, personally, I feel the album really kicks off with next track ‘Impulse Control’. We are marched forward into the album, there is a really good repetitive riff and the tempo meets this making it feel completely thrash.

The first thing I noticed was drummer Lloyd. His accelerated beats rip and slay hard. His blazingly fast double kick drums turn me into a trembling mess! They are hard to keep up with but not misplaced at all. Drummers like this are rare gold dust.

Throughout the entire album you also have some befitting vocals. The only slight niggle for me is on final track ‘The Scars Of Betrayal” where they are a no-no from me. They are not terrible, but they are not great either. It’s difficult to understand what is going on and they seem to be out of place in comparison to the rest of the album. The musicianship is still remorseless though, and severely intense.

As a whole, the album is way beyond being quiet. There are so many moments that illustrate this. For example, ‘Electric Hammer’. This is the first video released from the album with their new line-up and was recorded during the lockdown by Loki Films! Thirteenth Sign transport all the chaos in this track. The production is clear, projecting a real clean and relentless sound. I actually resembled a hippo at this point as my jaw hit the ground. You can hear every string and strum on those guitars, and I have to bow my head with respect. They nail it totally.

Recording began in Feb 2020 and Covid-19 could have derailed everything, but the band were able to continue recording the remainder of the album at their home studios during lockdown. Thank goodness for that as this cruel and destroying album can now be heard by everyone!

Ok, so my overall thoughts are:

Thirteenth Sign have undoubtedly proved to themselves and demonstrated that if you want to do it, whatever it may be, then get UP and do it. They have bonded well together and their creativity and talent is completely apparent. There is enough variation in track tempos and there is a crisp production. They have delivered and it certainly stands out from their previous albums. From what I can gather, they bring a bloody good party, and they know EXACTLY what they want. “The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence” deserves a huge slap on the back.

Cheers guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. WN-3617
02. The Bond Of Wicked Blood
03. Impulse Control
04. Electric Hammer
05. Demons Within
06. Locked In A Deadly Embrace
07. The Spider’s Web
08. Walls Of Jericho
09. The Bone Collector
10. Leach
11. The Perpetual Darkness
12. Ashes For Eternity
13. Silent Witness
14. The Scars Of Betrayal

LINE-UP
Chris Hubbard – Rhythm Guitar
Reno Ramos – Vocals
Dale Stringer – Lead Guitar
Lloyd Stringer – Drums
Dave Thomas – Bass

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