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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Latest Issue of Stencil Magazine!


Check out the latest issue of Stencil Magazine featuring my interviews with Gallows & While She Sleeps, as well as my reviews of Billy Talent, While She Sleeps and main cover band, Circa Survive! Also check out all the other great reviews, interviews and more all for free!


Be sure to check out the new issue which is live on 25th November!

Cheers!

Carina

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Big Smuz - One For The Hooligans (Free Pussy Riot!) Protest Song

Check out this Protest song presented by The Big Smuz and KC Sound about the imprisonment of three members of the Russian Punk band Pussy Riot. Proceeds from the ad support for the video of the song will be donated to the Pussy Riot Legal Defence Fund!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k25XeCoTfEA&feature=youtube_gdata_player


http://www.freepussyriot.org
https://www.facebook.com/mikesmuz
https://www.facebook.com/KieganChristieSound

Carina

WEESP - "Our Own Gale" Single Review





Experimentalist Rock band from Minsk, Belarus latest single, "Our Own Gale" opens with spacey synth sounds, and throughout has a great mix of relaxing ambience and electricity through their energy and electronic effects, creating a strong and powerful single!..like that of a storm slowly and beautifully building up strength! You will find it hard not to get swept away by their interesting and infectious sound! Vocalist, Alexei (Lex) Falco has an unusual and expressive range that compliments their out of this world sound perfectly! I predict big things for Weesp!

Check them out and visit their website!
http://www.weespband.com/

Carina

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Samurai - The Truth, The Trust, The Love review





This is the debut release from the quartet who only formed back in November 2011, as they haven't been together too long you might think can their sound 'cut' it?!...


Opening track "Laying Here Waiting For The Lights To Take Me" has lots of interesting riffs and melodies, which make for a different and inventive sound. The effective dual vocals and varied combination of powerful clean and aggressive vocals are a definite highlight!

"I Get My Strength By Fighting For The Right Reasons" has strong stand out riffs and rhythms that are coherent and fast, that dance around with the elegance of two samurai warriors dueling! Great vocals again; there's alot going on without deducting from the overall sound. This song certainly has many 'strengths' and 'for the right reasons' to quote them!

"All I Know Is The Extent Of Everything I Don't Know" opens aggressively, in what is the heaviest offering so far. Again as seen in other tracks great use of different vocals all blending in together, making for an strong sound. The catchy hard hitting drums and riffs, makes this possibly the best track.

Lastly the interestingly titled, "Now All We Need  Is A Deck Of Cards" has a strong start with aggressive vocals and a catchy riff to back it, as well as nice clean emotive vocals. Got to 'hand' it to them they know how to 'play'!

This band will get through to the crowds like a samurai sword would cut through bone! This is a good strong debut with unique qualities shining through, imagine how their sound could progress further, as they have achieved this in such a short period!

Check out the band here: http://samurai.bandcamp.com/

Carina


Stencil Mag latest issue

Check out the latest issue of Stencil Magazine out now here: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue14


Featuring my interview with front man of Billy Talent, Random Hand & all my reviews, including Download Festival 2012, and CD reviews of Serj Tankian, Chad Gilbert, The Word Alive, Reel Big Fish, JOIA & The Afterparty! As well as all the other awesome interviews and reviews in there!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Stencil Magazine Issue 14 - Billy Talent



I interviewed frontman of Billy Talent, Ben Kowalewicz for Stencil Magazine, check it out along with my reviews of Download Festival 2012, Serj Tankian's new album, "Harakiri", Reel Big Fish's new album, "Candy Coated Fury", The Word Alive - "Life Cycles", Chad Gilberts solo project, What's Eating Gilbert - "Cheap Shots", Joia - "Match Light" and finally The Afterparty - "Restless"! New issue is out 22nd of July! Also check out the other brilliant band reviews and interviews featured!  http://issuu.com/stencilmag

Carina

Stencil Mag Issue 13




Check out the latest issue of the awesome Stencil Magazine featuring Lostprophets interview with guitarist Mike Lewis who I done the phone interview with, as well as my reviews of Architects new album, "Daybreaker", Summerlin - "You Can't Burn Out If You're Not On Fire" and The King Blues last ever album, "Long Live The Struggle"! Also be sure to check out all the other great interviews and reviews in there! Here is the link: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue13

Carina

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Under Blackened Skies - "Faceless Devastation" EP Review



Under Blackened Skies are a five piece metal band that hail from Birmingham, UK. The band have an impressive array of accolades behind them, including playing at Bloodstock 2010, headlining BasementFest 2011 (which they are playing again this year supporting big headlining acts!), featuring in an international magazine,  and playing the 02 Academy in Birmingham supporting Road Runner band, Baptized In Blood.  They will also be supporting Beholder on the 1st of March 2012, and lastly vocalist Manu Patel provided lead vocals for Daniel Lioneye (HIM's side project) on their 2011 tour of America, Canada and Finland, where they supported Cradle Of Filth (all I must say I'm a big fan of!). So I think it's fair to say this band means businesss and have alot to be proud of!!..You must be intrigued by now as to what the fuss is all about, so I think its time we get down to unveiling their new EP, "Faceless Devastation"...

There are only four tracks on the EP, but fear not as they will satisfy your appetite for destruction..

Opening track, "Bludgeon" has a nice build up that instantly grabs you! With good effects that work well,  fast effective riffs and pounding drums, this song has lots of depth and is well produced. Vocalist Manu, has a powerful and brutal voice, it's no wonder he was asked to sing on Daniel Lioneye's (Finnish band HIM's side project) tour! This is a good choice for opening the EP!

"All Sense Of Reason" starts with a melodic riff opening. This is a very fast impressive track that shows they are a powerful force of metal!..With great dual guitars, and talented guitar work throughout! They sure can produce infectiously catchy and extremely heavy sounds!

“Burden Of Truth” has lots of varied vocals, which I always enjoy!..Manu has such a great metal voice!! Again another superb offering of extremely heavy music, which 'truth' be told can't be slated in anyway!

And lastly, “Faceless Devastation” starts with a lovely serene and atmospheric opening, then into superb fast and ferocious riffs. This song will leave you feeling confounded..in a good sense! I think this is my favourite track on the EP, although it is hard to pick!

All songs would be great to witness live..it's not hard to see why they have so much success within the live scene! They are so good live that the crowd simply can't resist going mad and moshing with the band (even going as far to get on stage to mosh with them..true story!!) I suggest you go and experience this masterpiece of metal madness and get your mosh on!!
Even though this isn't a full length release, the band has to impress and sum up their sound in less tracks..they certainly do all they can to prove they are the real deal and can produce professional songs! The EP may be named 'Facless Devastion' but the EP itself is certainly not 'faceless' in the sense that it has heaps of character and the band have a strong identity!..and well in terms of devastation, it would be devastating to not give this band a listen!

I can't say a bad thing about Under Blackened Skies, however they may be the envy of other metal bands as they may lay them to waste with their impressive hard as nails metal!

"Faceless Devastation" is due to be released in mid march!


Darkest Era Interview


Darkest Era are a celtic metal band from Northern Ireland, although not just strictly celtic metal as they have other genres mixed in to create their epic sound. The band signed with the mighty Metal Blade Records back in 2010 and released their first full length debut through the label, the brilliant, "The Last Caress Of Light".

This band is one to look out for! They have recently just finished a 14 date tour with 'pirate metal' band, Alestorm and Australian folk metal band, Claim The Throne on the "Useless Drunken Bastards" UK and Ireland tour in February 2012.

I was lucky enough to witness all 3 bands in action on the 14th of February in Brighton at The Haunt. If you haven't seen Darkest Era or heard their music, you best do it now!

I asked guitarist, Ade Mulgrew about touring with Alestorm, live shows, signing with Metal Blade Records and what the future holds...

So I saw you at The Haunt in Brighton on the February 14th , and thought you were brilliant! How was the gig for you? I thought you went down really well with the crowd!
It was a lot of fun actually, one of the best of the tour. Sold out shows always bring an extra buzz and the crowd responded really well to us. We had some friends down at that show too which made it a bit more special. Brighton seems like a really lovely place so I wouldn't mind going back for another visit. But yeah, the crowd really got into it and we sold plenty of merch so can't really ask for more than that!

What was the best show you played on tour with Alestorm?

It's a tough call, the tour was full of fantastic shows. Brighton, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Wolverhampton were all amazing, but I think London was probably a personal highlight. It was a great achievement for Alestorm to sell out such a high profile venue but being our first London show since the album came out, it was special for us and our label had brought down a lot of press and so on to the show. We played really well I thought and again the crowd reaction was fantastic. We got acquainted with some of the label guys and we all got horribly drunk together afterwards so I'm going to have fond memories of that show for quite a while! Having a pint with Bill Steer of Carcass afterwards was also another highlight. 

I bet the tour was full of drunken tales and funny stories..have you got any particular funny highlights you can think of?

There were indeed, though one of the things I discovered was that after a handful of shows, you start to sort of operate in your own little world with the touring party so a lot of the fun stories wouldn't make sense out of the context of the tour. Stoke was particularly memorable for drunken debauchery but I really can't describe why...lest to say 'ice penis gigantic trunter ugly naked tits vomit brawl..' 

I read that you don't like to be branded just as a Folk Metal band, which I think is quite right, as you don't strictly sound like one! You have a bit of a mix of celtic, folk, and even a hint of prog metal..how would you best describe you sound?

When asked to describe it, I guess you can be convoluted and say something like epic, stormy heavy metal with celtic folk melancholy woven throughout with traces of influence from black and doom metal. In terms of a genre, it's heavy metal..pure and simple. The music has the raw spirit of heavy metal in it's truest form, or at least we think so. 

For those who haven't witnessed you live, how would you sum up your performance?

Energetic, engaging, powerful I guess. When we stand on stage we really try to connect with the audience and convey the emotion in our songs on some sort of level; and also just generally put on an interesting and entertaining heavy metal show. 

So you used to be called Nemesis, what made you decide to change your name?

There were 17,000 bands already called Nemesis. We needed something original, something more reflective of the music we had begun to write. Darkest Era is that.

How does it feel to be signed with such a prestigious label (Metal Blade Records)?

It feels great, we certainly count ourselves lucky and they have been nothing but positive and supportive so far. We've built a solid relationship with them in our short time on their roster and we're looking forward to our future with them. I don't think we could hope for a better label to be signed to, to be honest. They have enough faith in us to give us free reign to what we like creatively and that means a lot. 

I imagine the deal with the record company, as-well as touring with the mighty Alestorm must be highlights of your career..What other goals would you like to achieve as a band?

I suppose releasing our first EP on Eyes Like Snow, a small German label, was one of our first big milestones. They signed us up exclusively for that EP and to get some sort of label support that early on in our career meant a lot to us. Our first European festival shows in Germany and Greece were other big highlights, especially considering the reaction we got. And I guess also playing to a sold out crowd in Dublin for Primordial's DVD recording was a big moment for us; not just because Primordial are such a great band but because it was a milestone in the Irish metal scene, to have 800 people at a prestigious venue for a bill made up solely of Irish bands. It was a great moment. 

You have already started of 2012 on a high note, what's in store for the rest of the year and the future?

We have a few more shows lined up and we're hoping to announce a few dates over the summer. We're also just about to announce a vinyl release for our album, which is fantastic. Apart from that, we are into writing for our second album which is the main thing we are excited about at the minute. We've already done demos of a few songs and we're really looking forward to developing our sound and writing more songs, so hopefully we can make announcement about when we will be recording etc in the next month or two. 


Thank you very much for your time! I really appreciate it!

No worries, any time!



 

Ade Mulgrew


 

 



 












Check out their new video for, 'An Ancient Fire Burns':http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnr8KQ5eCzQ&feature=player_embedded
 


















Sunday, 26 February 2012

Left For Red Interview



Left For Red are a four piece metal band from Dudley, UK. Their sound is a mix of punk, metal and rock. They have played many gigs with some of the best bands in West Midlands..and now they will be playing alongside the mighty Chimaira and Revoker on the 17th of March at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

I put some questions to bassist, Daniel Carter about opening for Chimaira, lives shows and the new EP due to be released this year..

Firstly thanks for your time. You must be pretty hectic right now, promoting and rehearsing, especially with the impending massive gig coming up?!

Yeah we have a really busy year coming up, we are working mainly on festival dates during the summer, so far we have been confirmed for Basement Fest 2012 which is going to be amazing with Blaze Bayley and Beholder headlining. We are also busy booking gigs hopefully for a UK tour during or at the end of the year.

I hear your working on a new set for the Chimaira show. How much are you going to change it up compared to your usual performance? Are you looking to pull off something special on the night to mark the momentous occasion?

We have moved the set around a lot and trimmed the fat; we now have a much faster, much heavier set which will hopefully get fans of Chimaira warmed up. We haven’t got anything planned as such but there will be a lot of energy drinks, coffee for before to get us pumped up and pain killers and beer for afterwards.
So how did you come to land this great opening slot?

We played the Slade Rooms last year with some of our friends Incendia, Disarm Goliath and She Screams Murder and we really got the whole room involved, it was one of our favourite gigs as a band so far.
How does it feel to know you’ll be playing with some massive bands? This must be a proud moment for you as a band?

It is incredible, personally I almost fainted when I heard as I have been listening to Chimaira since their first EP Present Darkness, they were also the first Metal band I went to see live and they are one of my favourite bands. As a band we are going through all the emotions we are excited one minute and then really nervous the next, it really is a proud moment for us as it just shows that our hard work over the last 2-3 years was worth it.

What is your favourite Chimaira song and why? What are you hoping to see on the set-list?

My favourite Chimaira song, it is hard to pick just one. It would have to be off Impossibility Of Reason as there isn’t a song I skip off of that album. I would say either Dehumanizing Process or Power Trip just for the pure brutality of Power Trip and the fact that I hear that song being played in a pub or club and I have to get up and head bang to it and The Dehumanizing Process, the first time I saw Chimaira live they did
a wall of death in the Wulfrun, I was only 16, I ran into this huge bloke and broke my nose, later on I went up to Jim LaMarca with blood pouring down my nose and I was hugging him saying “DUDE!!!! I love you!!!!! I BROKE MY NOSE IN YOU PIT!!!!!” As you can imagine he didn’t really know what to say to me HaHa!

Same goes for Revoker, what is your favourite song?

I have only really heard bits and bobs from Revoker which are mainly their singles. I really like The Great Pretender as it is a very catchy song and the riff really sticks in your head also ‘Stay Down’ kicks ass.

What is the best gig you have played so far and why? (I think I can predict the answer for this after the 17th March!)

We have 3 gigs that really stand out too us firstly Basementfest 2011 was awesome considering we were first on at 14:30 we had a great crowd and everybody got into it. Secondly our first Slade Rooms gig with (Incendia, She Screams Murder, Disarm Goliath and Exodus Calling) We sold loads of tickets and the room was heaving we had pits and everything lol! And Finally we played an All Dayer at The Flapper in Birmingham with our friends in Under Blackened Skies, Morgue Orgy , Viable Truth, Valous and Hostile which we really enjoyed as the weather was beautiful and there was all our friends and so much talent under one roof.


Any other exciting plans in store for the rest of 2012?..Hows the new EP coming along?

The new EP is coming along great so far we have 4 or 5 new songs and about another 4 or 5 coming along. We actually played our new song ‘Mercy Flight’ for the first time at the last gig and everyone loved it as it’s a mixture of a really heavy guitar riff and melodic vocals. The rest of 2012 hopefully Left for Red will be playing bigger gigs and making more friends from around the country and the world.






Wish I could make it to the show! Goodluck and kick some ass! Also I look forward to hearing the new EP when its completed!





Carina


To get tickets to the show on the 17th March visit: www.wolvescivic.co.uk  

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Dixie Deathwish


US four piece deliver 'all metal, no bullshit'! Like your metal heavy as?!..then this is a band for you!

"A Beautiful Demise" is nice and heavy from the off! Great fierce vocals, with audible shouting is always good! Very clear and effective topped off with good lyrics, bold and strong like their music! Add in some headbang worthy riffs and beats and this track shows pure metal is still alive!

"Butterfly Effect" to sum up is fast, and fucking heavy! This is a great heart pounding, headbanging slab of metal! I always admire any metal vocalists that can scream like hell whilst still being meticulous!

This band have a solid cuthroat sound that should go down a treat with the metal masses and will make you go mental in the mosh pits! Speaking of mosh pits be sure to check out the band if your fortunate enough to be in the area supporting the very awesome Straight Line Stitch (not for the first time either!) who I'm a massive fan of!..If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing them, do it now!!..Just shows this band is about 'no bullshit' as that is some serious shit supporting a great band like them! Dixie Deathwish should keep doing what their doing..if it ain't broke, don't fix it right!


Dixie Deathwish are supporting Straight Line Stitch on the 24th February at Groundzero, 3052 Howard St. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Avalanche - Inora



















Avalanche are a four piece Post Hardcore act from the South East of England. They released their 4 track EP on the 6th October, and released it true style, launching it at a gig in Crawley at Bar Med supporting the band, Never Means Maybe who along with Fei Comodo are currently supporting Exit Ten!

The title of EP, "Inora" is named after the Goddess of Mountain Snow, which the artwork depicts. You could say its a good EP for the cold winter! Check it out now and be "snowed" under by "Avalanche", and when your barricaded in your homes by the snow (which I'm sure will soon by on its way!) take this opportunity to listen to these 4 awesome tracks!

"Problems With Talking" has quite a mainstream feel to it, so I'm sure it will be very popular! The song has great lyrics, like the other 3 tracks, and doesn't stray from this through out. The song seamlessly flows and is very coherent, something which can be hard to achieve, so bravo to them! All of this plus nice guitar tones and solo parts/riffs makes this one song that people should be "talking" about!

"The End Of The World" is the heaviest track on the EP. It's fast, melodic, with great dark lyrics. Who knew a song about the end of the world could be so good! The last track, "Enter The Dragon" could be a case of saving the best to last with its great riffs, good range of vocals, nice fast turns transitions, making it a dynamic. Overall a well rounded track that delivers on most fronts! This band will hit you hard! Like you have been crushed by a ton of snow!

The Burden We Bear - "The Roman Candle"



















This 6 piece band are from Central Valley, CA. They have a great and interesting sound which they refer to as Jivecore. They released "The Roman Candle" late 2011..is it burning bright, or looking dim?.. Opening with "Severance 2.0" which has great guitar licks, beats and melodic riffs. A good introduction to the band. Coming in at just under 2 minutes, this track keeps it short but sweet!

"The Trip" consists of synths sounds, great guitar work, with a mix of clean and scream vocals and lots of dynamic tempo changes. Nothing not to like really! I especially like the creepy piano bit at the end... Very unexpected! The strangely titled, "Pachinko" again shows some great guitar licks, as shown throughout. I'm really digging their tones and production. Quite unique in places.

"Brought To You By Cinco" - really loving the main riff in this song!.. Very memorable! Lots of twists and turns, great structure and mastering! Possibly my favourite song on the EP. The brilliantly titled "Swagger Jagger" is by far the heaviest track on the album. Another highlight for me.

Its hard to find anything to dislike about this EP. All tracks are creative and well produced. I think this band have an awesome and overall quite unique sound! Have a listen and see for yourselves! For fans of: Stray From The Path, Attila, Dance Gavin Dance, Fall Of Troy, A Day To Remember. "The Roman Candle" is available on Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-roman-candle-ep/id474333355 and Spotify.

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http://www.myspace.com/theburdenwebear/music

Carina

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

WEAK13 - Live Ammo Review

Nick J Townsend is the "lunatic" behind WEAK13 he composed all the instruments (with some exceptions on all his tracks) however he wouldn't be able to perform them all on his own, so he is joined on stage by Neel Parmar (Drums) and Wesley Smith (Bass) so WEAK13 had a makeover and became a three piece live act.

"LIVE AMMO is a live experimental album and a music experience, a test of a musician" - This is a very brave a bold move for any musicians! Did this experiment work?...

There is nothing "weak" about this strong raw sound! Except maybe the emotions and vunerability displayed in songs such as, "Wakedown"! There's no tricks or fancy effects but that doesn't mean your not in for a treat! Its the sheer talent, individuality, effort and simplicity that makes it so appealing... WEAK13 has such as raw underground yet catchy sound!

First track, "Lunatic" is a great raw, emotional, grunge song. Its very liberating which I think we can all relate to. Its crazy how infectiously catchy this song is! Want to be free?!.. Listen to this inspiring and eye opening song!

"Nothing To Lose" was made by the use of household items to give a natural industrial drum kit/percussion sound. Its very effective and unique – very stripped down to the bare bones, this just shows that sometimes its better to use "nothing" rather than throw in everything!

"Wake Down" is a pure experimentation with lots of crazy sounds and blend of genres, a hint of thrash, 90s techno and industrial. The strange effects used to simulate the sounds of war and gunfire really work and create suspense and atmosphere. The clean breakdown towards the end of the song is filled with such emotion. Alot of creative thought went into creating a guitar sound that sounded like soldiers screaming! And the pure heartfelt emotion from Nick will tug your heartstrings! Also In 2010 the bands music video "Wake Down" won the award for "Best music video" in the London Limelight Film & Arts awards, the music video had an estimated budget of £400’000. This became the most expensive music video for WEAK13 to date.

"My Last Partner" unlike most of the other songs it has quite upbeat chords, but with a dark and sinister edge and negative context. The song seems almost effortless which strangely makes it more appealing!

"Prouder Than U2" this is a great rebellious and inspiring track that encourages you to be yourself. The great rap beats and rhythms really work and create a great metal underground noise!

This is one EP that should get you fired up with angst, energy and passion! There is so much emotion, honesty and meaning behind these 8 tracks which can sometimes be hard to find – this album is a real eye opener! It shows the "weak" side of Nick J Townsend. I'd take advantage of this great free EP while its up for grabs! Download it free from http://weak13.bandcamp.com/


Carina

Monday, 6 February 2012

Reign Of Fear Interview



Our very own thrash Metallers, Reign Of Fear are hard at work..they have a new record which they are recording in September and will be headlining the first ever BasementFest on August 20 th. I asked them about their upcoming new release and their headlining show....
So your new record which your recording on September 10th, is to be named, "Blinded By Progression", how did you come up with this title?
The initial idea came from pete (drums) whos thinking was he doesn't want himself or the band to forget why we started out to be what we are today and to not become jaded or self absorbed and focus on the music and our personal relationships within the band instead of losing touch and becoming blinded by progression.
 
Is it to be a full length record? And how does the new material compare to that of your previous tracks?
B.B.P is to be a full length record which is a new experience for us but at the same time we have been writing for this release for quite some time now, we are now a four piece band as a apposed to a 3 piece as we have been for the last 6 years so it's a more sonically enhanced record and there are defiantly more solos, and lead breaks aswell as a wall of guitars which we have wanted for many years, so in that regard it's a more defintive representation of R.O.F.
 
Are there any noticeable differences in sound on the new record?
Yes Absolutely, this time around we have been recording demo's which has allowed us major pre production time and therefore before entering the studio we can analyze and scrutinise our material and ensure we have everything firmly in place. Whilst at our HQ we try out so many different ideas for each song which is great as we can experiment and try all the guys ideas which is satisfying.

Will you be performing any of your new tracks at BasementFest on the 20th of August?
Well as we are headlining the day slots we thought we would air a couple of the new songs for the crowd that night and they are 'Awakened' and 'march to war' its gonna be an awesome show that night and to be one of the headline acts at our labels event is an honour for sure

What can people expect from the new record?
The new record is essentially us cranked to 11 in the sense that its tighter more focused writing and thrashier than ever as well as being more brutal and a HUGE step up in technicality though we have simplified some aspects to make them a lot more melodic and musically tighter! We truly hope that the fans enjoy the new record and bang there heads!
 
Is there any particular lyrical theme? Or is each song to be treated as separate from the others, whist remaining coherent?
We have chosen to for the first have each member contribute lines here and there whilst Dougy remains the main lyricist which is refreshing as it allows a different outlook and input which is awesome! In regards to the lyrical theme it's a mix bag in some ways but there is a trend that runs through it such as the defiance, morality, loyalty as well aslong the airing of some truly painful memories and experiences, so in a lot of ways it the most personal and emotionally explicit we have ever been.
 
And lastly what are your own personal thoughts on your upcoming new record?
We are very proud to have been a band for 8 years and to have seen so many fall by the wayside and conform so this our statement of intent, so we are ultimately satisfied and believe in what we are doing more now than ever and its shows on this record, we are all playing above our best and by having more twin guitar action makes it all just so much more musical, so really we couldn't have a better record and we cannot wait to unleash this chaos on the masses,
a huge thankyou to you Carina and to all at BSR for the support and loyalty but mostly to our fierce supporters and anyone who has got behind us in any way without you we are nothing….RESPECT DUE!
 
 
Carina

Quarterblind Interview



This 5 piece outfit from Southern England combine elements of Death Metal, Thrash and Melodic Metal, giving them a unique and truly great sound!
They have released two albums, their debut, "Bleeding The Guility" (2007) and "The Root Of Affliction" (2010).

They have done extremely well in particular with their latest release, featuring on a Terrorizer CD with the song, "For Freedon For Treason", as well as receiving great reviews from Kerrang and Rocksound! They also made a video for, "When The Dead Walk The Streets" which is taken from, "The Root Of Affliction". Which is a great video and is an fantastically addictive song..Its so catchy it may ressurect the 'dead' from their graves!
They have also played nation-wide shows with big bands such as, Sylosis, Trigger The Bloodshed, The Defiled, Seven Year Kismet, OutCryFire and Speed Theory amongst others! And now they have landed another great slot..supporting Sylosis, Malefice and I Defy at the M.E.C.A on the 12th of November 2011. Not only that but the original and talented vocalist, Daryl Self has returned, making them stronger than ever again!
I asked them about their upcoming massive support slot, their live shows and the future..




Quarterblind - "When The Dead Walk The Streets" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr2FtOvD544


Carina
How does it feel to be playing a gig with the likes of Sylosis and Malefice? Both bands that could easily be said to be two of the best new modern metal bands around.
 
LEE : Sylosis and Malefice are both great British bands we have always had respect for and love their sounds, so playing on the same bill with them is something we are really looking forward to.
 
We have played with Sylosis before and they are awesome!

ANDY : Yeah it's definitely a great opportunity for us to play on such a strong bill.
Would you say this is a highlight of your career? And what else would you say is?

LEE : It's certainly up there and the direction we want to go in. We want to get our music out there so people hear what we're about. The other highlight would have to be signing an endorsement with Strictly 7 guitars and getting our own QB custom guitars made.
ANDY : Playing with the bigger band's is always a good indicator that you're making progress, "Trigger the Bloodshed" was another good one for us. 
I have actually seen Sylosis and Malefice live myself, and boy they didn't disappoint! Will you be pulling out all the stops for this show?

LEE : We feel we offer something different on the bill as does every other band on there so it makes for an awesome night where there is much variety in one show.
 
I think it makes a change from a lot of shows now a days where most of the bands on a bill are playing the same thing.
 
We always go out to put on a good show for our fans and want to show everyone what we're about so we will be pulling all the stops out as usual.
 
ANDY : We'll be giving it our all, hopefully we can win over some new fans. Those bands will undoubtedly be great but I don’t really view it as competition as such because we do different things.

 What can people who have never heard you or seen you live expect?

LEE : Brutal riffs, dark melodies, and all out heavy metal!
ANDY : A pretty damn heavy set, but something a little different. I think we have a unique sound.

What is your favourite song to play live and why?

LEE : Bleeding the Guilty is always a good one, it's got a bit of everything in it and it's a crowd favourite.
 
It goes from heavy to melodic, from dirty to clean and that’s what we're about.
 
We like to add emotion to our music and make it original.

ANDY : It varies from gig to gig but yeah Bleeding The Guilty is always good, I think the new stuff we're working on will be really satisfying live too. 
How is it having your original vocalist, Daryl back? And how does he feel himself to be back with the band?

LEE : It's great to have Daryl back in the band! 
 
Dary's vocal style is really in your face and we love that!
 
He has a great style and you can tell it's him a mile off! He has a unique way of putting lyrics to tracks which keeps it original and exciting and it sounds great.
 
Daryl has always been a great friend  as well which is always a big part of QuarterBlind

ANDY : The dynamic of the band just feels right now Daryls back with us. He's defiantly an asset to our live performances too, its going to be awesome getting back on the road. 
 
And lastly, what's in store for the rest of the year and the future?
 
LEE : We're writing for our third album and want to do a tour to let people hear that,
 
Before that it will be more gigs and experimenting for the new album.
 
We always want to add something new to our next album but always like to keep the QuarterBlind sound there.
 
There’s nothing worse than buying a bands new album and it sounds exactly the same as their last and on the other hand it's not good when you buy a bands new album and it's not the band you got into originally.
We like to add something new without taking away the old.

ANDY : We really just want to get out and play to more people, i think the new material could appeal to a lot of people. Hopefully your readers will be able to catch us at a show in the near future.






Fornost Arnor - "Death Of A Rose" Review




Fornost Arnor – “The Death Of A Rose”
Progressive/Metal/Experimental
From: Peterborough/Colchester

This stunning progressive four piece is comprised of Greg Chivers (Vocals, Guiar Ebow and Acoustic Guitar), Will Hall (Lead Guitar), Sam Austen (Bass guitar and Clean Vocals) and 'lastly' quite appropriately, Drummer, James Last!

The band released their debut album, “Escaping The Abyss” back in 2009 through their own label, Witch-King, and now two years later they are back with this beautiful release...

First track, “Rogue” opens with female vocalist, Elle Tory  (The Meads of Asphodel, Worms of Sabnock, Imperial Vengeance) delivering beautiful and soothing vocals, then is soon accompanied by Sam Austen, who resembles Michael Akerfield (Opeth), and both Greg Chivers and Sam Austen too have an impressive array of capabilities in the vocal capacity!..From close to serenading to full on demonic screaming they deliver combined! Throw in some haunting and super fast, slick guitar riffs/shredding! This track has everything you would like to hear in a song!

Guitarist, Will Hall is stunning! Very talented! And the acoustic guitar pieces are wonderful also from Greg Chivers.

Any self-respecting musician or music lover will not be able to fault this masterful album! Whether you’re a fan of this genre, there is no denying the effort and talent that has gone into this album!

A ‘rose’ looks visually beautiful, but beware of the thorns. This is a good metaphor for this album, as it too has moments of beauty through soothing acoustic parts and clean vocals, but turns fearsome with its impressive growls/screams and dark instrumental pieces.

The Death Of The Rose” (part 1) goes through many twists and turns in the clever transitions! Excellently composed! The standard of all 8 tracks is fantastic! And if Part 1 of the title track wasn't enough..there is a part 2 also! This flows very well on from the first part as you would expect, with brilliant acoustic guitar accompanied by delightful clean vocals. I think the two instalments are one of the many highlights on the album! A definite must hear!

Quite rightly “The Death Of A Rose” will be available through all major stores, including Itunes, Amazon, Play.com, HMV and more! It be realeased on the 11th of July!










Carina