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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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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

Sunday, 5 February 2012

My Review of Metal Hammer Awards 2011



This is said to be the most prestigious award ceremony of Metal! And this is not the first time I have been lucky enough to attend the Metal Hammer Awards, as I won also back in 2004 (you can only attend if you win tickets), with Finnish band, HIM headlining, with support from Killswitch Engage and Akercoke. So 7 years later here I am again...


I arrived at the O2 arena around an hour before the doors were due to open. In amongst the queue were the odd few zombies (as that was this year’s metal hammer awards theme!) So that certainly made the waiting a lot more interesting spotting all the gory and weird costumes!

A little after 6pm the doors open and I enter the IndigO part of the 02 where the awards are taking place. A nice little section of the venue, that feels quite intimate without being too small, and is probably the most organised and tidy venue I have been to and for tonight’s occasion the lights set around the room were green, giving everyone a green tinge perhaps in keeping with the zombie theme! On the stage is a motor bike, a strange centre piece, but we later find some lucky metal hammer magazine reader has won!

So the first band to perform came all the way from LA..hard rockers, Buckcherry, who admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of, not that I dislike them, but I must say they put on a great show and lead singer, Josh Todd showed off his impressive array of chest tattoos, making for some great photography and live shots! Their song, “Crazy Bitch” was the highlight of their set, and got the crowd singing and dancing along!

There were two hosts for the evening; the first to appear was comedian and MC, Andrew O’neill. This guy was a good choice, and appeared to be liked by the audience and the second, was none other than the legendary, Alice Cooper! Who for the theme tonight was splashed with blood.

The next band differed dramatically from Buckcherry, as they were a young modern metal act from Reading, UK named, Sylosis. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform last year at MammothFest in Brighton, so I was particularly looking forward to seeing them again, as I instantly loved their sound and they stole the show for me back then and I knew they were going to make a name for themselves, and here they are playing alongside all these massive acts! They certainly lived up to my expectations and beyond, the sound was flawless, note perfect with blazing tapping and shred riffs! This band will keep rising to the top!

Devin Townsend Project were on next, Devin Townsend is a very talented individual and an interesting one also. The performance was accompanied by short little funny intro videos, telling you to, “Eat Shit” amongst other things..Very bizarre! It was a great and wacky performance; he has really created a very unusual sound! It’s just a shame he couldn’t have played longer, as with the other acts, but they had to cram a lot in and Devin Townsend used his time wisely to impress the crowd! Very memorable!

The next band up are one I have been highly anticipating, especially as they earlier were presented with the award for, “Best Live Band”, so it seemed very appropriate that they should be performing tonight, and they proved they were worthy of such an accolade with their high energy and engaging set! This band is unique in every form, I mean take for example lead singer, Benji Webbe’s, attire for this evening, a red hat and a shiny silver jacket, making them stand out even more, not that they need it! They made the audience participate in the old, ‘helicopter’ move in the mosh pit, which made for a great live moment with things spinning round in the room! Out of all the bands, I think Skindred definitely got the crowd going the most with their infectious Reggae Metal sound!

As ‘insane’ as it may sound, I unfortunately had to miss the headlining act, Twisted Sister, as well I had to catch the tube and the train home. That’s just the way it is! But fear not, if you want to know about their performance you can look on Youtube, watch out for the Metal Hammer Magazine feature, or even better watch the show for yourself on Scuzz TV, as it will be airing on the 7th of July!!

Some particular highlights of the awards ceremony were Judas Priest being there to accept the ‘Icon’ award from Alice Cooper! Rob Zombie taking away the main award of the night, the ‘Golden God’ award, in front of a crowd dressed as Zombies, to honour him. The very influential Diamond Head winning ‘Spirit Of Hammer’. The Big Four winning ‘Event of the year’ and Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke, speech for winning, ‘Best Album’, as it went on for quite some time, you began to wonder whether it was a ‘joke’, but his long winded acceptance prompted someone to shout out, “Kill him, Alice!” which was rather amusing moment! Best international winners, Avenged Sevenfold were not there in person to accept the award and neither were, Iron Maiden who won, ‘Best Band’.

Full list of winners below:

Golden God – Rob ZombieIcons – Judas PriestBest International Band – Avenged SevenfoldBest UK Band – Iron MaidenBest Live Band – SkindredBest New Band – The Damned ThingsBest Underground – PrimordialBreakthrough Artist – SabatonBest Album – “Absolute Dissent” by Killing JokeInspiration Award – Twisted SisterSpirit of Hammer – Diamond HeadMetal As F*ck – Nergal (Behemoth)Dimebag Darrell Shredder(s) – Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne)Riff Lord(s) – Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein (Down)Event of the Year – “Big 4″ coming together for first time ever in the U.K.
The Metal Hammer Awards 2011 will be airing on the 7th of July on SCUZZ TV.



Here There Be Monsters Interview




Here There Be Monsters are a Brighton based Groove Metal/Hardcore band that formed in 2007. I had the pleasure of seeing the band live myself last year, and they put on a great and energetic show, so I’m looking forward to seeing them again at the Hydrant in Brighton on the 4th of August 2011, supporting a band I have been a big fan of for a few years now..Exit Ten who are playing at Sonisphere! I asked frontman, Anthony Giles about this exciting upcoming gig, live shows and future plans…


How does it feel to be supporting a band like Exit Ten? Are you a big fan of the band yourself?
I am stoked to be doing this gig. Its a bit of a departure from the scene we are normally thrown in with, which tends to be of the more death metal and thrash/hardcore style, but we are really happy to be branching out and playing with some new bands. Personally, I love the melody that Exit Ten bring to a heavy backdrop of rhythms and guitars, it reminds me of some class bands I grew up listening to alongside the Slayers of this world!
2)What has been the best gig you have played and why?
After our Hulk Smash tour last year we packed out the Hydrant in Brighton as a final gig. On the night we showcased tour footage we had filmed, and there was just a really great atmosphere. Other then that, there have been a couple of gigs at Hectors House in Brighton that have gone mental, and a recent gig at Tunbridge Wells Unfest was ace – really small dingy basement gig, loved it! I know that’s more then one, but that’s a tough question...
3)What is the biggest audience you have played too?
About 500 people
4)How would you describe your live performance? What can people expect?
Energy! Basically, we really love playing music as a band, and I think that this really comes across in gigs. People dig it because we mix up tempos from fast beats to groove beat downs - lots of movement and loud, savage music.
5)I read that you have new songs coming in July?..What can we expect to hear and would you say they are in keeping with your current material or going in a new direction?
Our current set is definitely the sound I think we have been aiming for over the years – and the new material reflects this. We have one song called ‘EN.D.U.R.E’ that is being introduced to the set – which I think has one of the best beat down end sections we have written – a real homage to some of our favourite bands but in our own style. To be honest, because of the recent addition a few months ago of Andy (Parker, 2nd Guitar) and Tim (Herring, Bass), even the old tunes sound new because of the extra parts and complexity we have added
6)Any other big plans for the year? (Other than supporting Exit Ten!)
We have a gig supporting Black Breath from the states (who are awesome), as well as putting on our own all day shows, trying to bring some out of town bands in to Brighton to play some gigs with the local acts. We are also currently planning a video, we just need to decide which tune to use!
7)Are you attending any festivals this summer? If yes, who are you most looking forward to seeing?
Sonisphere! Too many bands to name all of them, its  great line up, but I mainly want to see Mastodon, The Black Dahlia Murder and Bill Bailey. Oh, and Exit Ten and Black Breath who are both on the bill also.
Thank you for your time! I look forward to seeing you guys again!

www.myspace.com/htbm
www.facebook.com/htbmuk


Carina

Angel Heart - "The Time, The Voice" Review




This band/project is fronted by our very own Alan Sutheran (presenter of 20 Minutes Of Arc show on Basement Sound Radio). Alan sings, plays guitar and just about every other instrument heard on the album, with the occasional exception..he also wrote and produced practically everything too..a man of many talents is our Alan!..Of course he had some help in the form members, Aaron Foy (Lead Guitar), Doug Sutheran (Drums), and Lee Potts features on some tracks also, helping with production and synth/drums in parts!
This album contains 9 varied and interesting tracks, including a superb cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", which is a must hear! The other songs are all originals.."Time goes by" starts with a strange, spacey futuristic intro, which quickly goes into a clean optomistic sound and has a classic rock feel to it with a hint of blues..the guitar solo is great and has a really nice tone to it, nicely produced! "Times Extreme" opens with chiming clocks mixed with weird sounds and a great guitar riff..has a great contrast of old and new..old school rock and futuristic vibes..makes for a good result and I think its easily accessible to all ages and anyone can appreciate it, especially as it in parts has some mainstream qualities (this is meant as a compliment!).
"When Darkness Falls" is one of the instrumental tracks which is one of my personal favourites in fact!..It is the 'darkest' track featured on the album, as it has a sinister feel with a choir and weird synth sounds..very intrigueing and exciting..the screams in the song (by Chloe Sutheran) add to the suspense and sinister sound of the song which also leads to the build up of instruments ..this is a very modern track that shows versatility! This is brilliantly constructed!
Another particular highlight of the album is, "Behind The Eyes" its well constructed, ambient and atmospheric. The song, "Hear My Voice" picks up the pace a bit compared to some slower tracks, with fast drums and a nice progression..it has a indie rock/classic rock sound entwined with some blues influences also, again making it appealing to a wide audience, it almost has a kaiser chiefs/the rancounteers feel to it in parts! This is another clear stand out track which must be heard!!
Another instrumental track..well not quite as it has 'voices' in it rather than singing, is the interesting and quite eerie, "Voices in time" it has a great beat making it powerful and with a spooky sound that sort of reminds me of the exorcist theme music a little or some old horror film soundtrack,with a modern twist.. its a great thought provoking, tense track and again shows how the band is versatile and I'm personally loving this new and interesting direction in their sound!
I think this album will be a 'timeless' one!..It has a bit of everything, making it a great listen for all audiences..a mix of old classic rock, indie and blues as well as strange futuristic synth sounds, making it overall a great and inspiring album with a great concept behind it! I guarantee listening to this album will not be a waste of 'time' but time very well spent!! Hopefully this will be heard by many and your be pleased to know it will be released through Basement Sound Records in early 2011!
Remember to tune into Alan's show, 20 Minutes Of Arc every Wednesday night on Basement Sound Radio! As well as all the other shows to hear the best underground rock/metal around! http://www.basementsound.co.uk/

Carina

Frozen Theory Review




Melodic Metalcore 6 piece from Birmingham, comprised of, Jay Smith (Vocals), Dave Plimmer (Bass), Tom Knight (Growls), Rob Bonnell (Guitar), Sam Nathaniel (Guitar) and Josh Hill (Drums) with an age range of 17-23..you wouldn't know that they were so young judging by their creative mature sound..it just proves how talented these guys are!
The band are planning to record full album in January 2011 and to tour in March/April with planned dates in Nottingham, Stoke, Brighton, London, Manchester and Edinburgh. And are also looking to get on the bill of as many festivals as they can..this band is very determined and ambitious which will most definitely pay off, as they are a mighty metal act and have all the key ingredients to succeed and I for one can't wait to see them live!

Their 6 Track EP, titled, "Our Enemies Leave Roses". which is also the name of the title track, has a great balance of menacing screams and melodic singing, and a nice breakdown, which shows great musicianship!..Such maturity and talent from this youthful band!

"Down Among The Deadmen" is a damn good track!..melodic, clean in parts with a mellow/soothing/beautiful intro..then a brilliant switch into fast heavy guitars! This is best track in my opinion..I can imagine this song gracing the likes of Kerrang, Scuzz and Lava TV, as they sound so professional. This track has all the elements of a mighty metal anthem!!..Will be hard to get this song out of your head! It displays excellent guitar work, and is another fine example of the talent of the 2 guitarists, Rob and Sam..as with the 2 vocalists, Jay and Tom, both pairs compliment each other extremely well,proving just how good their musical abilities are..and this will only improve as the band go on!..2 strong powerful vocalists, 2 exceptional guitarists..equals one heavy as hell and talented solid metalcore band with a lot of depth!..Not too mention the the equally talented Bassist, Dave and drummer, Josh!..A very tight unit!

"Tested On Humans" is very heavy indeed!..In parts sounds like slipknot or perhaps more early/heavy stone sour..which is a great compliment in my book!

"Euthanasia" shows a more sensitive, different side to the band,in this beautiful ballad-esque song with soothing clean vocals, which towards the end erupts into some serious shredding accompanied with some serious screams then back into the ballad..this shows they can be diverse also and is very well composed..This is a Must!!

I'm very excited about this band and what their future holds..They are definitely in my list of favourite new bands and one to watch out for in 2011!!

In 'theory' this band has proved they have what it takes to make it..so with that said there is no doubt that this bands future is set to be as solid as unbreakable ice and things are going to be heating up for the band!

For fans of: Atreyu, Bullet for my valentine, Stone Sour, As I lay Dying


Carina

Calatrilloz review


Calatrilloz is a theatrical operatic gothic rock band from London.

They have a very unusual and interesting name, which comes with a bizarre ‘story’.. it is a name of a circus family, protagonist of a tale created by Brazilian, Mr Z, who after singing classical opera for many years decided to create a new musical project, but instead of starting with the conventional method of song writing, he created a story that would inspire his music..This idea had brilliant results and led to a mix of different genres, including Gothic, Rock, Jazz, Theatrical Opera and Circus vibes...with his strange musical concoction he headed to London where luckily he found the rest of Calatrilloz..
Arthur (Bass), Dan (Guitar), Luca (Drums) and Maya (Violin).

I personally was thrilled to come across this band as I love the whole concept, image and unique twist on their music and that fact that they incorporate theatrical drama. It is a weird and wonderful combination, that works perfectly and gives the band a distinctive stamp, which frankly is what bands crave..So hats off to them!

At times it reminds me of something you would hear in a Tim Burton film and their imagery also conveys this, their whole sound/image is perfect for gothic movie soundtracks! Their new video for, “Z The Psychopath” produced by Thomas Stimson, is captivating and crazy whilst the song is catchy, it sounds like a mixture between System Of A Down and Breed 77 but overall its their own unique sound! And their appearance and menacing make-up adds to the drama of the song, and lead singer, Mr Z himself especially looks absolutely insane..They do say that every genius is insane!..I adore this band, I’m hooked..Their video for the brilliant, “Origins” is quite simply a work of art..Which pretty much sums up the band, visually and musically...they deliver on all fronts! This is a band everyone should be talking about!..This is one story you will want to watch unfold!..I can’t wait to see what the next chapter entails for the band!


The band has played a number of events and festivals, ranging from London to Madrid and they are currently on tour with Blooding Mask (a classical opera electronica goth band from Wiltshire, Midlands) and tonight on the 20th of November are playing at the Pretty Goth Theatre Festival in London which is free so don’t miss it! Its at the Fiddler Elbow, Kentish Town at 17:00 then the next day on the 21st they are playing another festival, Spider Web Festival in Bristol...If you can try your best to see this band live, sounds like they put on one hell of a show like no other band!

Their new EP, “The Rise Of The Leviatan” is out now.




http://www.myspace.com/calatrilloz