Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell

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Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 13/07/2017
Running Time: 56:45
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Every time when I try to express what I think about Dark Avenger it is always hard for me. Maybe it is because their music helped me to stay strong in difficult periods of my life or maybe because I have a friendship with them. The fact of the matter is the band are legends in Brazil which makes it even more difficult but let me try to do it again.

The band was created in the early nineties and fast reached strong success with their Traditional Heavy Metal. Albums like “Dark Avenger” (1995) and “Tales of Avalon – The Terror” (2001) are considered the classic ones. After a short hiatus they returned in this decade and released the incredible final part of “Tales of Avalon-The Lament” in 2013, but in 2017 things changed. A reformulated band showed to the world a new ambitious saga and all tales and epical stories were left behind. Now the main subject was human inner conflicts and the music became much more aggressive.

All lyrics are a soliloquy that consists as a mental dialogue between REASON and EMOTION. Those two are the main characters here. REASON strongly attacks EMOTION and complains about a non-reaction from him to leave some specific suffering or problem. In the first instance, EMOTION flees and denies it. There is not a specific issue mentioned in the lyrics, considering that “hell” could be any kind of martyr of a normal life. Each song is a different mental stage. It goes from “unconscious” until REASON and EMOTION stop to verbally hurt themselves and start to fight together against all the problems to finally reach “freedom”.

Musically, this album shows an aggressive Dark Avenger. The guitar works from Glauber Oliveira and Hugo Santiago are amazing. They created plenty of complex riffs and solos with many progressive parts. Gustavo Magalhães has some great bass lines to complement the rhythmic parts as in ‘Nihil Mind’. There is an orchestral addition alongside the songs with a dense atmosphere. Everything sounds heavy in this album. Mario Linhares voice is famous for his high range notes, but this time he perfectly chose a more emotional interpretation of it, in a perfect DIO style and he even uses few guttural screams.

Just the three first songs ‘The Beloved Bones’, ‘Smile Back to Me’ and ‘King for A Moment’ are enough to feel how incredible this album is, but ‘Parasite’ deserves a special mention. It is the most aggressive and brutal song I’ve heard from Dark Avenger so far. The final part of the album has the amazing ‘Purple Letter’ as a farewell meaning. ‘Sola Mors Liberat’ finishes the battle and leaves the space opened for the beautiful and acoustic ballad ‘When Shadow Falls’.

“The Beloved Bones-Hell” shows an unknown Dark Avenger. It reveals a more brutal and obscure side from them and created expectation for the second part, supposed to be the “Divine” part. The band was preparing a European tour and this record was elected the best album in many Brazilian metal magazines and websites in 2017. Sadly, the singer Mario Linhares, the only original member, suddenly died in December of this same year.

Despite all the pain of loss, he left a legacy called Dark Avenger and he will always be remembered by his fans and friends. My first review for Ever Metal couldn’t be different. It is not the first time I have written about this album and it is still as hard as it was two years ago. The difference now is all the tears are dry. This review is dedicated to Mario Linhares and all people who love him.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Beloved Bones
02. Smile Back to Me
03. King for a Moment
04. This Loathsome Carcass
05. Parasite
06. Breaking Up, Again
07. Empowerment
08. Nihil Mind
09. Purple Letter
10. Sola Mors Liberat
11. When Darkness Fall

LINE-UP:
Mario Linhares (R.I.P.) – Vocals
Glauber Oliveira – Guitars
Hugo Santiago – Guitars
Gustavo Magalhães – Bass
Anderson Soares – Drums

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

 

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/09/2018
Running Time: 19:55
Review by Dawn King
8/10

Ok, so I have been out of the loop where the actual reviewing of things is concerned for a while and, technically, this review should have been written months ago. So, I apologise to the band Scrollkeeper for the delay with this. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait though.

Scrollkeeper are a band from Houston in Texas, formed in 2016, who specialise in high-energy, anthemic, original material that is “reminiscent of metal’s halcyon days!” – TRADITIONAL heavy metal to you and me!

The band consists of Simon Marfleet on drums, Justin McKittrick on vocals, Alexander K on lead/rhythm guitars, John Morris also on lead/rhythm guitars and Will Sullivan on the bass and “Path To Glory” is their latest four track EP.

With influences cited as (deep breath here!) Les Warner, Ken Owen, Bruce Dickinson, Leather Leone, Geddy Lee, Andy Laroque, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Geezer Butler, the band’s debut show was as support for Delain and Hammerfall in 2017 and they have since shared the stage with the likes of Manilla Road, Dirkschneider, Angra and Cloven Hoof. They have also kept a busy show schedule in the Houston area with some out of town festivals as well as being scheduled to open for British heavy metal veterans, Saxon, in 2019.

The self-released EP “Path To Glory” was recorded at Sound Arts Studio and Nocturnal Sound Studios in Houston, Texas and was engineered by Brian Baker and the band’s guitarist, Alexander K. It was mixed and mastered by Ricardo Camargo at Tidalwar Studios in Queens, New York and the artwork was done by German illustrator, Helge C Balzer.

So, now you know a bit of the history of the band and some background to the music, what of the EP?

Well, this really has everything that all great traditional heavy metal albums should have. The drums are galloping, and the riffs are crunching. Justin’s voice is well suited to this type of metal, being powerful and strong and the guitar solos are fantastic.
There is such a high energy throughout the EP that if you are not headbanging with your sword held high by the end of track one then something is wrong with you! I had this on repeat for more than half a dozen runs through and I was banging my head whilst cooking my chili con carne!

The pace throughout the EP hardly seems to let up (slowing down slightly for the track ‘Surrender’) and the choruses are anthemic (just as the band promised!) Scrollkeeper, as a whole, are tight and concise and although I find the vocals a little ‘flat’ at times, there really isn’t anything to dislike about this EP. The only drawback I could find is that it just wasn’t long enough. I would love to have seen what these guys could do for a whole album, and I wait with bated breath until one is released!

Did I like this EP? Hell, yes! Do I recommend you go and give it a listen? Again, hell, yes!
I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next, and if this is anything to go by, it’s bound to go down a storm!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Not Of This Earth
02. Path To Glory
03. Surrender
04. Fortune Favors The Bold

LINKS:
https://facebook.com/scrollkeeper

https://www.instagram.com/scrollkeeperhm/
https://scrollkeeper.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZ6aSK0QOAqGEgxNO_Xhmw

 

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide based Traditional Heavy Metal band Plague 9! Huge thanks to bassist John Hopf 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 John; I play bass in the band. We’re a relatively new band. Devon and I used to play in a Metallica tribute show in Adelaide. He’d been writing for a while before that though, so had quite a bit of material that he wanted to get out there. He asked if I wanted to join him so I did sometime in 2017. He’d been auditioning drummers already and found one so by the time I came on board they had already been jamming for a bit and we managed to pull in a lead guitarist to record our first track, ‘Stuck In Hell’, that was featured on the Metalroos compilation CD last year. The lead guitarist at the time left, and so did the drummer. So we were on the lookout for another lead guitarist and drummer. We put an advert up and found the proverbial needle in the haystack in Dave who is an awesome lead guitarist. We ended up laying down some drum tracks with the help of some sophisticated software and went into the recording studio to track the “Mr. Ass” EP. We played a show with a session drummer supporting Temtris from Adelaide before securing Kon who played the 2019 Heavy SA festival with us. After finishing up the artwork and mastering for the “Mr. Ass” EP, we have now had it duplicated and it’s now good to go for the release in July.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name originated from the bible, The Book of Exodus. There were ten plagues of Egypt. The name came from the ninth plague, which was darkness.

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

I’m from Australia. There have been some good metal exports out of here that I really dig. Karnivool play some really awesome alternative progressive stuff. Of course there’s Parkway Drive who are getting a bit heavier and I Killed The Prom Queen who are from Adelaide, where Plague9 are based. I think the scene at the moment is flooded with cover/tribute bands as the big names rarely come Down Under it seems. But there is a good original metal scene as well with some venues dedicated to supporting local bands. It’s always good to go to these venues and see a good turnout of young and old metal heads head banging and going crazy in the pit.

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

“Mr. Ass”, our debut EP. It’s not quite released yet, but is ready to go for July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything that’s heavy and chunky. The band all love the classics like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Iron Maiden. I think our lead guitarist is into some gay shit like Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a guitarist and started playing in a band when I was about 14. I wanted to jam along and was too clumsy for guitar so the bass seemed to fit nicely for me. Have been playing ever since that age.

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

I think if Metallica wanted to jam, we’d all be in that for sure. Probably spend most of the time talking about sound and technique before making some serious noise.

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

The Download Festival. It has been gaining momentum worldwide and some really big, cool bands have been playing it.

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

A gift? I don’t know. The crowd like to buy drinks for the band, which can be a nice gesture. I got a stubby cooler once, which didn’t have a drink in it. That was pretty sucky!

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

I think fans like bands that produce good music, but aren’t a bunch of dicks. Stick with that. Oh and buy the EP from our Bandcamp page. It’s well worth it.

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

Fucken Lemmy. He’s got such attitude, such a unique voice and a crazy awesome bass tone.

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

I love knowing that you can always play better and sound better. I hate knowing that you can always play better and sound better.

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

I think all bands should get an equal opportunity and a fair go. It should be about the music and not who’s your mate/enemy that determines who gets on the bill and who doesn’t.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Any one of the Metallica albums Cliff Burton played on. But I always enjoy listening to “Toxicity” by System of a Down

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

Mix tapes. Man it’s a shame the current and future generations will never experience that

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

I really enjoyed that show at the Crown and Anchor supporting Temtris. The crowd was really cool. There was a good atmosphere there all night.

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

Would still be in the music industry somehow. Being a roadie, sound guy or something like that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cliff Burton, Lemmy Kilmister, Les Claypool, Robert Trujillo, Steve Harris

What’s next for the band?

Get the EP released and play more shows

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

https://www.facebook.com/Plague9band/
https://plague92.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them. Maybe Google can help me out?

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

Chugging beers is nearly as awesome as chugging guitars.

 

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