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Monday, 30 June 2014

MammothFest Warm Up Shows/Sponsored Tours!






With one of the heaviest line-ups announced for Mammothfest’s return to Brighton for 2014 to tide you over until the main epic event there are a series of awesome live warm up shows in the run up the main festival taking place on August 30th and 31st!

This weekend (Sunday 6th July - see above) sees possibly the biggest and mightiest of the warm up shows as it includes a partnership with friends UK Tech Fest, who are working with Mammothfest to bring No Consequence, Felix Martin, Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavours, DispersE, Friend For A Foe, Aeolist, Core of iO, Stone Circle and Valis Ablaze to an epic all day event at Mammothfest’s venue, The Green Door Store, on Sunday 6th July, so this really is a true taste of what lies ahead for the big event!

Head down to this big event! Tickets £5 in advance, more on the door and available from

http://vanitasdirect.com/home/713--mammothfest-warm-up.html

Also check out Tech-Fest 2014 here: www.uktechfest.com

The rampage of warm up shows continues after the 6th July show also, as well as a set of sponsored tours in the UK consisting of 4 Mammothfest bands The aforementioned Core of iO head out, as do epic progressive death outfit Stone Circle. Taken by the tide are soon to roll out across the UK while
the final tour sees Exist Immortal and Cambion join forces to spread the gospel according to MAMMOTHFEST.

See below list of Mammothfest Warm Up Shows:

06th July, Brighton, Green Door Store - No Consequence, Felix Martin
PLUS loads more – UK Tech Fest Partnered

https://www.facebook.com/#!/uktechfest

25th July, Bristol, The Gryphon - Meta-stasis, Valisblaze, Core of iO,
Fall Of The Archetype

28th July, Eastbourne, Busker Bar - Mask of Judas, No Sin Evades His
Gaze, Everest, Invius, Core of iO, Oaths

29th July, Dartford, Bull n Vic - Core of io

9th Aug, Worthing, Bar 42 - Mask Of Judas, Stone circle, Left Arm
Pregnant, Bleed Again

For more information on Mammothfest sponsored tours, see:

1) Core of iO: http://www.coreofio.com/
2) Stone Circle: http://www.stonecirclemetal.com/
3) Taken By the Tide: https://www.facebook.com/TakenByTheTide
4) Exist Immortal and Cambion: https://www.facebook.com/existimmortal
and                          http://www.cambionofficial.co.uk/

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Collapse Interview June 2014



Collapse hailing from London are set to go down a storm following the success of their debut album, ‘Arms and The Covenant’ and having performed at many big festivals and supporting heavyweights such as Devildriver and Anthrax, the crowd at upcoming Brighton metal festival, MammothFest are in for a hell of a show! I caught up with lead guitarist, Andrew Ongley to speak about the festival as well as their album and more..

So you released your debut album, 'Arms and The Covenant' last year, how happy have you been with the reaction to the release and what have you been up to since?

The reaction was absolutely astounding. There was such a long delay between recording and releasing that we got used to the tracks, so it was almost like re-discovering the album when everyone else heard it. Since we released it, we've been grinding it out around the UK, at Les-Fest, Headbangers Balls, Rock & Metal Circus festival as well as shows with the cream of the current UK metal crop, Bull-Riff Stampede, Dishonour the Crown & Monument among others.

How did it feel to have the backing from the likes of Metal Hammer and Terrorizer with the album?

We couldn't have asked for more from both of them. The Metal Hammer Spotlight campaign in particular was the most successful one they had ever run, behind Iron Maiden. Both of them do a fantastic job of shining a light on what's out there,

What was it like working with engineers ’Ginge‘ Ford (Trivium), Mark Lewis (Chimaira/Whitechapel), and DevilDriver's Mike Spreitzer on your latest album?

All three of them bought so much experience & enthusiasm to the table, it was truly inspiring. One of my favourite memories from the sessions was hanging out with Ginge and talking about when he was In Dub War touring the US with Snot, and what it's like working with Colin Richardson (Ginge is his assistant). Mike is a long time friend, we had to work remotely via e-mail & Skype which had its own challenges but he was very focussed on delivering our exact vision for the project. Unfortunately, we didn't have too much contact with Mark as he was in the middle of the last God Forbid album but I couldn't be more pleased with the guitar tone on the album, he truly is one of the leaders in his field.

Following your success so far with your album, what have been some particular highlights of your career?

Without a doubt Donington, that was one of those shows that you go to for so long and say 'One day, I'm going to be on that stage' and to have that finally come true was the best feeling. Hardrock Hell in Ibiza was a lot of fun too, probably as much for hanging out with the guys from Revoker, Monument & Diaries of a Hero as playing, although I'm not sure the hotel staff saw it that way!!!

You are currently on tour and have a few festivals slots coming up, such as Out Of The Ashes Festival, AltFest and MammothFest, how excited are you for these shows?

Absolutely thrilled. Alt-Fest is such an exciting development for the UK, you see festivals of this breadth in Europe but it's the first time it's crossed over into the UK. We're especially pleased about Out of the Ashes, we've been discussing recently that we need to play in the North more, I think this is going to be that start of that change.

With MammothFest 2014 marking the return of the festival's rebirth, how do you feel to be part of this?

Mammothfest should be legendary, we almost made the last one as part of a tour package at the time but it didn't quite work out, so it's going to feel like vindication to come back and wreak havoc on Brighton this time. It's such a strong line-up, it's insane. Expect long waiting times at Brighton General by the time we're done.

What can attending fans expect from your live shows?

We like to get on and give people what they want, no messing about especially at festivals when time is short. We're actually discussing some new ideas at the moment but those are firmly under wraps, you'll to come along and see what we've got planned next.

Can you tell us a bit about the recording and song writing process behing 'Arms and The Covenant'?

Arms was written in quite a short timeframe, I think at the time that we started working on it we were still trying to figure out what we were all about. There was quite a shift between the first CD and 'Scar the Silent Sky', I would say Arms is probably us stretching our wings further and seeing where else we could go with the scope that a full length album provides. Certainly for me, I re-visited some older influences that I'd never really incorporated into my own music before, I think there will certainly be more of that on the next album. The recording process was pretty quick but varied, the drums were done with Ginge in Newport, Wales, then bought back to my studio in London where we did guitars, bass & vocals. Once it was all recorded & assembled, we shipped it over to Mark to engineer the guitars, then on to Mike to handle the mix. The whole thing took about three months beginning to end.

Since the release of your debut, have you started any work on new material and if so can you give us a bit of insight into how it sounds so far?

Yes, we're about halfway through our next album already. The new material is the first to include Christian in the writing process and I would say there's a marked difference, the songs have much more melodic control and tons of groove. It took us a little while to figure out how to combine our writing styles, but we've definitely found the way forward now. The next one is going to be definitive Collapse.

Have you got anything you want to say to your fans coming out to MammothFest 2014?

Just a big thank you for all the support, thank you for choosing to support grass roots music events and showing all the bands on the bill that their hard work means something. We hope that you have a blinding weekend and we look forward to sharing it with you.

What else does Collapse have in store for 2014?

We're due to hit the studio again in September, we'll be shooting a video or two in October/November, you can expect a new single from us sometime around December and a new album in January. In the meantime, come and find us at:

27.06 The Penny Theatre – Canterbury w/Bullrif Stampede & Wretched Soul
28.06 The Forum – Tunbridge Wells w/Bullriff Stampede & All the above
11.07 Out of the Ashes Festival – Ellesmere Port
14.08 Facebar – Reading w/Bullriff Stampede
15.08 The Gryphon – Bristol w/Bullriff Stampede
16.08 Alt-Fest – Kettering
29/31.08 Mammothfest – Brighton
05.09 Fibber Magees – Dublin
06.09 Limelight – Belfast


http://www.Collapse.co

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.376641555699218.96733.108383189191724&type=3#!/CollapseEngland?fref=ts

Mammothfest takes place Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 2014 at
The Green Door Store, Brighton! To see Collapse smash it at the Festival get your tickets here!
http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk


Monday, 23 June 2014

Abhorrent Decimation Interview
























London based, Abhorrent Decimation are fairly new to UK metal scene only forming back in 2013, but already they are creating quite an impact with their debut EP, 'Infected Celestial Utopia' and have been added to the line up of the rebirth of Brighton's metal Festival, MammothFest, with this coming up I caught up with vocalist, Ashley Scott in advance to talk about it, amongst other things..

As you only formed last year you have currently only released your debut EP, 'Infected Celestial Utopia', but what has the reaction been like so far for this release?

GREAT! We are really pleased with the response to our debut release. Our intention was always to grow from home outwards, work hard on the spreading the name and get the product out into the hands of fans and the UK has certainly received it well. We consistently deliver a brutal performance live and people have seemed to really catch onto what we are aiming for and trying to achieve here.



What was the recording and writing process like for the EP?


Stress free and easy. When this band started it was just McKinney (Lead Guitar) and I. Dave has a really great studio set up, which makes writing decent quality demo material quick and easy to edit. We was firing over ideas to each other using dropbox and we essentially had all the material for the record down in under a week. He was pulling riffs out of his arse quicker than I could write vocals for them. We spent a few nights at his place stripping them out and structuring it all, then over a couple of evenings I created the all the vocal parts. We then took our demo recordings to David Archer at Tidal Force Studios in Brighton and tracked the whole thing over a long weekend. He put in some decent shifts to get it done and we walked away with “Infected Celestial Utopia”.
 

How did you arrive at the wonderful title of “Infected CelestialUtopia”?

To me, the religious earth is one huge infection, I am repulsed that in this day and age a substantial portion of the earth continue flogging doctrines. So without going all arty and bizarre it’s a paradox based around what I see for these fuckers when the time comes for them to leave this earth. Anticipating afterlife, praying for eternal existence in a world beyond. I hope its everything they hoped for…

Earlier this year you supported Italian Death Metallers, Hour Of Penance on their UK tour, how did it go?


It was a great experience and something we wanted under our belts before the close of our first year as a band. It was great to meet the fans and see the reactions of a fresh room of people every night. Allthe bands on the package made it a fun time, cool guys and it was truly a pleasure. Everything ran smoothly thanks to our TM and Manager Josh @ Chaotic. We will be committing to a lot more tours in 2015 for sure.


You are playing on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock, how does it feel to be playing such as prestigious festival so early in your career?

 
Ah, we can’t even compute it. It still doesn’t feel like we are playing it to be honest. The experience can only strengthen us. It puts us on a great platform to play to a huge volume of people and for the day, rub shoulders with some of our all time inspirations. In other bands some of the us have done some really cool festivals before, but this is one of the big ones for the UK market. So we are thrilled!
 


You are also playing at the mighty return of a fairly new festival in
Brighton, MammothFest, how excited are you for this and what do you
think of the line up?


This is another great booking for the season, we know a lot of the guys playing this fest and the team laying it on, it’s a killer line up. So its going to be a great weekend and we are delighted to be a part of this fest as it puts itself on the map.

How does it feel to be invited to be part of what could be a major milestone for Brighton and South East of England Metal scene with MammothFest?


Great, we really have a lot of time for Steve and the team so we wish them all the luck in making something spectacular for the South East and beyond! It just needs the support of every person who moans about there being no shows to COME DOWN. You have a killer show on your doorstep. Tickets are cheap and it’s a great area.
 

You said you were planning on playing some new material at MammothFest, what can fans expect from the new songs?

Way more blasts beats in the new stuff, solos remain and its just taken a step up in the “solid as fuck” department.
 


Speaking of new songs, how far are you into the process of putting
together a full length release?


We are about half way now. We have a lot more influence this time round, we have bedded in with the complete line up now to make this record exactly what we wanted it to be from the start. We are being meticulous about this record. Our debut album is a really big deal for us. It needs to fulfil the wishes of 5 individuals and be strong enough to put Abhorrent Decimation well and truly on the map. We have already begun the process of organising the tours for the record and can not wait to reveal more.
 

Have you got any message for fans attending MammothFest to see you
guys?


If your coming to this South East metal mecca, come and watch us, we are the latest Death Metal export the area has. Come and tire our wears.

What other plans have Abhorrent Decimation got for 2014?

We are keeping the diary open for album/studio time to be honest. We have a few shows lined up for later in the year and we will be doing some UK dates around Christmas time just to maintain our presence in the scene until the album explodes in your lap in 2015.

www.abhorrentdecimation.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/#!/AbhorrentDecimation/info
http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1447538778813134/?fref=ts


 


Come and check out the band at MammothFest on 30-31st August at The Green Door Store, Brighton! See poster below!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Channel Zero Interview with Franky De Smet-Van Damme




Belgium heavy metal band, Channel Zero have had many difficulties in their career, most notable disbanding in their prime in 1997, reforming again and tragically losing a member, but through all that the band are back and stronger than ever, with their new album to be released via Metal Blade Records on the 24th June 2014 and helping to embark them on a new journey as a band. I had a lot to ask lead singer Franky De Smet-Van Damme following all that has happened, discussing the past, present and the future of Channel Zero...


You have quite a history, forming back in 1990 and then disbanding at the height of your career in 1997, what were you reasons for this and reflecting back on this how do you feel about it now?

Well at that time we had it … the differences musically were so intense that there was no other way then stopping back then … we didn't come along anymore … so at a certain moment its better to stop … I still believe that was the best thing we did then … now since we are back on track we have a good vibe rolling in the band and that at least a important factor in making something work in the long run … so we are happy and I think you feel that we have a good vibe hanging … it results is a nice album;-)

During the time that you were disbanded, what were you working on musically?

I had a project called Skitsoy but I stopped that band in 2006 … I didn't have the finances to keep taking risks at a certain moment so I stopped and started working in Sales for PA companies.

In 2010 you announced a series of reunion gigs and a new single, what made you decide to reform and why then?

Well a face book group was made and in 3 weeks they had like 15000 fans wanting us to do a show … so we prepared 1 show which turned out to be 6 sold out shows in 1 day .. so that was pretty intense as a come back but to be honest … I was not aware it was going to explode like it did.

Now in 2014 you have a anticipated new album, 'Kill All Kings' out 24th June via Metal Blade Records, how excited are you for this release?

We feel very honored … Metal Blade is a good strong label and is perfect for giving us a International chance … I think its great they believe in our new album … we feel at the right place here … they do a great job promoting us … so lets make things happen.

What is the meaning behind the title, 'Kill All Kings' and how did you come up with this?

Well its about the financial system … the kings refer to the Central Eu bank en Fed Reserve … both company's from the same family … I think it about time people start to know what the real impact is for all our taxes to be taken by these super banks … all countries pay a lot of money to use a bill called the Euro or the Dollar .. i don’t believe in revolution .. but I think there should be a less extreme balance between what we have to collect for using a bill instead of being slaves to a system that suffocates us … less taxes and a better way of life would make everyone happy … instead of a couple of families that are already filthy rich even making them more rich.

Condolences about the passing of former member, Phil Baheux last year, how would you say this tragic event influenced the new album and as a tribute how happy are you with how it turned out?

Well we still feel sad about Phil passing away … he was truly a great person and loving father …. and a brother to all of us … his death really hit us hard … we were 2 days before we about to record that new album when he passed …
Roy asked Mikey if he could help us out for making this album as a dedication to Phil … which was so humble and we really appreciated this so much .. Roy is truly one of the nicest guys I've ever met … respect for reaching out to us in this difficult situation .. something we never forget.



How hard was it to find a new drummer for the recording of the album and how did you arrive at Roy Mayorga?

Roy is a good friend off Mikey since they played 5 years in Soulfly together … and after some time he heard that we didn't really know how we were going to go from there … then he proposed to help us if we wanted too …

Can you tell us a bit more about the song writing and recording process for the album?

We did 2 years of songs writing … I think Mikey made about 40 of them … and at the end we kinda cut it down to 20 of them and so on we got to the 12 ones we had left and that were chosen to be on the album …
we were about to record the album with Logan Mader in Belgium but that was 2 day later when Phil passed away so we had an opportunity to record in LA with Roy which we did in dec 2013, we did Guitars and Vocals in LA at Logans Studio … so we recorded everything in LA and the Bass was recorded in Belgium but with new technology we could work really consistent back and forth while recording everything in LA …


How does this new release compare to your previous albums?

I think Kill All Kings is stronger because we took more time to work on it … and Mikey and I knew each other way better … musically we were having more impact on each other in this writing process … so that worked even better than with Feed them with a brick … in 2011.

Since first forming and due to the changes in the band, how would you say musically and dynamically the band has changed?

I think we are moving fore ward … its important to stay focused … and everybody had his own vibe going and talent added to the full impact … for me its important to work for music that lasts in time … and I’m maybe the guy that always will try to make the music sound like now .. its important to know from where you come and not forget the past but taking some risks and going for new impact is always more risky … but I like taking risks … and Mikey is so talented … I’m really fortunate that he felt at ease in Channel Zero … we form a good writing team he is a great guy … love him for making things happen.

How excited are you for your upcoming tour in Europe starting in July?

We mainly play Belgian shows but we hope we can join a tour after the summer … so we can finally start playing that new album in Europe … and hopefully out side of EU ;-)

What else does Channel Zero have planned for 2014?

We hope to make more world promo and hope we get picked up to play live.

Thank you for your time


Franky



Franky


www.channel-zero.be
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New Album, 'Kill All Kings' is out 24th June 2014 via Metal Blade Records! Check out my review of the album here: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/channel-zero-kill-all-kings-album.html



Carina

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Darkest Era Interview June 2014




I interviewed guitarist, Ade Mulgrew of Northern Ireland's Darkest Era back in 2012 and since then they have been busy and released a new album, 'Severance' which was released on the 13th June 2014. I done a follow up interview with Ade to see what the band have been up to since and to find out all about the new album...


Its been three years since the release of your debut album, 'The Last Caress Of Light', what have you all been up to?

We spent the subsequent year doing a couple of UK tours, a European tour and some festivals and one off shows. After this we had some lineup changes and we wrote and recorded Severance at the end of this period. So the last year or so has basically been spend rebuilding the band and finding the right label to release Severance. Now it's out and we're beginning a new and exciting chapter in the bands existence.


In this time you have acquired some new members, how do you think this changed the dynamics or sound of new album, 'Severance' if any?

The album was recorded with our old drummer Lisa so Cameron kind of came into the fray after the album was done. Daniel, our new bass player, arrived halfway during the writing process to a band in turmoil. He put some fantastic bass playing on the album but in terms of affecting the dynamic or sound, the next album will show more of that really. This record was mostly myself, Sarah and Krum collaborating on the tracks.


What can fans expect from your new album, 'Severance'?

Epic, heavy and dark metal - an emotional ride that has traditional heavy metal at it's heart but infused with a folk melancholy and other metallic sub genres that give it it's own voice and something pretty unique among the deluge of muck doing the rounds these days.


What is the meaning behind the title and context of the album?

The title is quite enigmatic but purposely so considering the themes. One of the main themes of the album is decay; the breaking apart of our frames of reality, decay of the natural world and all of the things we use to make sense of existence. I became interested in the philosophical idea of solipsism, and the idea of what would happen if our frames of reality were broken apart to reveal a new and terrible truth. There is a lot of Cormac McCarthy-esque post apocalyptic imagery on the album and the title and cover art basically represent all of this, and more.


There are different genres of metal that can be heard within the album, where do you draw inspiration from both musically and creatively?


Our range of influence is quite broad to be honest, each of us listens to and is influenced by a wide range of material. Musically there are some bands that we all are inspired by, for example Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, some folk music.. Sometimes what inspires us doesn't manifest itself in obvious ways, so for example take bands like Dead Can Dance, Destroyer 666, Nobuo Uematsu, Saxon, Enya, Emiliana Torrini.. you might not detect some of those but they push their effect on you in one way or another when you are writing songs. The creative process is an interesting thing though, it's a difficult beast and it works in really strange ways. I learned quite a bit about it during the writing of this album.


How do you think this album compares to your debut, 'The Last Caress Of Light'?
I think it's a good step forward for us, there is much more of our own identity and own intentions on this album which is key for us. We feel we are moving into our own little place that we've carved for ourselves with what we're doing. Speaking musically, I guess the songs are tighter, more focussed sounding a perhaps a little more heavy metal! There is more of a darkness over this album but I just think the songs are more mature sounding in general. It's a perfect document of a place and time, which is what I feel an album should be.

Can you tell us a bit about the recording and song writing process for the album?


It was written under pretty difficult circumstances, basically. We had no permanent bassist and there was a lot of internal tension in the band - it became obvious to me at least that Lisa was ending her time in the band and this made this very volatile in the rehearsal room. Amidst all of this we had committed to studio time and were determined to stick to it, so I shouldered a lot of the pressure in terms of writing the songs; getting as many of our ideas together as possible and writing a lot of new stuff. Sarah wrote more on this record too and we strengthened our songwriting partnership a lot during the process. I was a very intense 10 weeks, I was living and breathing the songs during this time and went off the radar a bit I suppose. We were still writing bits and pieces in the studio, working 15hours a day, or more, and that's no exaggeration. But I think it all contributed in the end to what became the album. I was quite an experience.


You signed with, Cruz Del Sur music, how did this feel and how has it been working with them so far?

Cruz Del Sur are generally regarded as being, although a small label, one of the best and most consistent heavy metal labels in the world. I was a fan of them for many years and I own a lot of their releases. They have a fantastic roster of bands who we are proud to be among. Things are very volatile in the music industry in general but we're very happy with how things are going so far.

In September your heading out on your first UK headline tour, how excited are you about this?

Very excited indeed. We've played in each of the cities before, they are all placed with great crowds. It'll be rough and tumble but that's what touring is about at this level. We love touring and have been itching to get out on the road with this album. We'll be working hard over the summer to get a killer headline set together.


What are your favourite songs from, 'Severance'? And which are you looking forward to performing most on tour?

We've played 'Songs of Gods and Men', 'Sorrows Boundless Realm' and 'The Serpent and the Shadow' live already and they work really well, so I think we'll be keeping those in the set. Other than that 'Beyond the Grey Veil' is one of my favourite tracks and I'm looking forward to hopefully playing that one, just because I think it'll be quite powerful live.


What other upcoming tour plans do you have?

We're hopefully heading out around Europe, or at least to Germany, in the spring but we have no details yet. We're eager to go across Europe again as we had a very successful tour with Arkona before a year back or so. Hopefully we'll be on the road a lot with this record.


Hailing from Ireland, what is the metal music scene like there and how do you think your music measures with this?

It depends where you go, but Ireland is a pretty small place so in general there aren't a ton of bands doing the rounds who have broken internationally. There are a couple of really cool straight up heavy metal bands from the North, Terminus for example, and down south you tend to find a lot of pretty cool black and death metal bands doing the rounds; Zom and Malthusian in Dublin for example. The scene is certainly healthy, gig turnouts have been a lot worse and a lot of tours come here now but.. it is certainly a small place compared to other scenes.

Finally what else is in store for Darkest Era in 2014?

Hopefully a lot of touring! Towards the end of the year we'll start the wheels rolling again and begin putting together our next album.. but for now we're just looking to play to as many people as possible!



Ade Mulgrew
You can also check out my review of 'Severance' here: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/darkest-era-severance-album-review.html
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New album, 'Severance' out now! Listen to it here: http://darkestera.bandcamp.com/album/severance




Sunday, 15 June 2014

Channel Zero - Kill All Kings Album Review (Metal Blade Records)

 
 
'Kill All Kings' is the sixth studio album from Belgian Heavy Metal band, Channel Zero. Regarded as one of the biggest Metal bands in Belgium the band have had many trials and tribulations leading up to this new release; disbanding at the height of their career back in 1997, then embarking on reunion tours in 2010, and more recently in 2013 they tragically lost their former drummer Phil Baheux, who died aged 45. Later that year they announced they were working on a new album with Roy Mayorga playing drums. With all that the band have been through now they are back to honour Phil with their new album and start a new chapter in their career....
 
Opening track, 'Dark Passenger' comprises of heavy thrashing groovy riffs, raw energy and impressive and varied vocals from Franky, ranging from vicious to highly melodic and all resulting a seriously catchy metal offering that sets the bar high for this release!..
 
The interesting and intriguing titled, 'Electronic Cocaine' powers on with a big memorable chorus, soaring vocals and ambient instruments. This is set to be a fan favourite which you will fast become 'addicted' too!
 
'Burn The Nation' is much faster and aggressive than previously keeping things different and diverse. Sporting solid riffs, belligerent vocals and menacing guitars and solo adding more ferocity, this has the makings of a anthemic mosh track!
  
'Ego' slows things down opening with a soft mellow effects before bursting to life with good rhythms and tempo changes keeping things dynamic, with the vocals perfectly reflecting the changes in the instruments for coherency.
 
'Crimson Collidor' displays some of the best vocal abilities from Franky, as well as use of dual vocals for emphasis which is used well. This has a huge sound which will translate wonderfully live, as well as some impressive fast paced guitar work once again from riff master, Mikey Doling!
 
Title track, 'Kill All Kings' gets straight to the point and in a brutal yet melodic fashion, being one of the heaviest ones so far with some dark slick shredding to aid the relentless throttle of the song!
 
'Brother's Keeper' in contrast is a slow ballad type song. The main focus on vocals which are highly emotive and executed flawlessly. Half way through the track takes a different path with all instruments kicking in and turning up the volume which is great for depth, passion and power!

'Mind Over Mechanics' has a sense of urgency and has some mental pounding drums with Roy doing the band proud as through out. 'Duisternis' meaning 'darkness' sees Franky using his own dialect which is a nice surprise and works wonderfully and in this technical rampage!

An appropriate ending, 'Heart Stop' is an emotional and passionate affair with brilliant clean vocals and sees the appearance of different instruments such as piano to create a beautiful and haunting sound, paired with soaring and ambient guitars and bursts of more aggressive vocals that portray the anger and sadness behind the lyrics. A very powerful one to end on!

Kill All Kings comprises of twelve modern metal tracks all of which offer something a bit different whilst remaining cohesive. This new chapter they have embarked on is off to a flying start with their brand of technical melodic groove metal and with Roy Mayorga proving his worth and doing Phil's memory proud; Phil would have been proud of this record and as will the fans be!

'Kill All Kings' is out on the 24th June 2014 via Metal Blade Records.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

WEAK13 Frontman Heading To LA To Promote Latest Controversial Video 'Joke'!



WEAK13 frontman Nick J Townsend is heading off to LA in September to promote the bands latest single, 'Joke' in which the video to accompany it sees the three-piece grunge rock outfit create a replica of the White House press room for the video, starring frontman Nick as president of the USA, which was filmed at Wolverhampton's Lighthouse Centre and Stourbridge recording studio Base Studios in Rufford Road by indie production company 57 Studio.

The band are known for their strange thought provoking videos, which in the past have featured frontman Nick Townsend dressed entirely in newspaper in 'Prouder Than U 2' and even a massive budget mini movie style video inspired by World War 1 trench raid with 'Wakedown' which won the award for ‘Best music video’ in the London Limelight Film & Arts awards (2010).

And despite 'Wakedown' being their biggest budget video, their new video, 'Joke' may well be their most impressive and eye catching video to date due to the controversial nature of it ,as well as the low budget, hopefully inspiring and empowering unsigned bands that you don't need major label backing and loads of money to create a powerful attention grabbing video and to be more creative.


Nick, who also directed the piece, said not only has the latest video "warranted us a lot of respect from dedicated supporters in the UK" - it has also attracted interest from music sites and critics across the Pond. So due to the this interest Nick is now planning a promotional trip to Los Angeles, California, in September to showcase the single and video to music contacts and unleash their raw, honest and wonderfully mad creativy further afield!

I myself done a feature/interview with frontman, Nick J Townsend on the video in question, so check it out:
http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/weak13-feature-new-controversial-video.html

And to watch the talked about video go here: WEAK13 - joke [Official video] http://youtu.be/eMgG-e0c9IY


To Download single - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/joke/id847612932?i=847613020
 

To keep upto date with WEAK13 visit these sites:
http://weak13.site4fans.com
https://www.facebook.com/weak13fanpage
http://www.reverbnation.com/weak13
http://www.twitter.com/weak13

Monday, 9 June 2014

New & Final MammothFest 2014 Announcement!

 

MammothFest have today unleashed the final additions to the existing line up of the festival! Having originally stated that 22 bands will be on line up, its actually 24 and in a epic surprise have added two bigger bands Basement Torture Killings and Exist Imortal along with all the other final acts, Stone Circle (returning to MammothFest once again!), Core Of iO, Hole In The Sky, Taken By The Tide, Exile The Titan and Headface.

www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk

To purchase tickets and merchandise for festival go here http://vanitasdirect.com/home/711-t-shirt-package.html  for some mighty packages & hurry as the ticket prices are going to be going up as we get nearer to the main event!

Also if you can't wait until the festival there are some MammothFest warm up gigs to get you ready! To find out details visit the MammothFest site or the facebook page for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1447538778813134/?fref=ts or https://www.facebook.com/#!/mammothmetalfestival?fref=ts


To tide you over further until the festival check out one of the bands just announced, Exist Immortal below:


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Darkest Era - Severance Album Review



Irish celtic metal act return with their much awaited Sophomore album, 'Severance' which will receive a worldwide release via Cruz Del Sur Music on June 16th in the UK and as the follow up to their 2011 debut, ‘The Last Caress Of Light’ which was released via Metal Blade Records and received positive press the stakes are high!..

Opening song, 'Sorrow's Boundless Realm' displays strong celtic instruments with an old school style sinister sound with great guitar work from Ade & Sarah throughout, pounding mental drums and huge vocals from Krum! Its not just Krum's vocals that tell the story as the instruments have so much depth and emotion. This is an epic hit the nail on the head opening track; they pour everything into this and if you haven't heard the band before, you will immediately be struck by their powerful Celtic metal...

'Songs Of Gods and Men' keeps up the momentum and has great tempos that keep you enthralled and with a mix of intricate riffs and in your face ones also! This again is one powerful track which has the makings of a battle song especially through a strong chorus; the final blow comes in the form of an slick impressive solo!

'The Serpent And The Shadow' opens on a superb badass intro featuring dual guitars and shows good gang vocals that add more emphasis and are placed methodically, not too mention a massive memorable chorus..

'Beyond The Grey Veil' is much more slower, sombre and melancholic than previously and with strong more isolated stripped back vocals to add congruence. Although very gloomy sounding there is plenty of variety to keep interest as its immersed with rich melodies and rhythms and pleasantly placed tempo changes!

'Trapped In the Hourglass' is very fast paced with brilliant low tone vocals and variation both vocally and instrumentally, all being powerful; this one is doomy and bleak but in the greatest sense!

'The Scavenger' right of the bat opens with a strong catchy riff driving it which continues throughout and sees the return of loud bellowy vocals to aid the fast paced layered instruments. This is a high energy power metal track which must be heard!

'Thousand Screaming Souls' fittingly starts on an impressive opening note from Krum which dives into quick paced catchy instruments which will have you head banging in no time!

The longest and final track 'Blood, Sand and Stone' starts off very sorrowful and
docile, but breaks this quickly with melodic celtic thrash instruments and soaring hard hitting vocals whether be it full throttle power or softer emotive ones. They display superb musicianship and arrangement, and of course as you come to expect some skilled complex guitars almost as an extension to the vocals, which all results in the album ending as brilliantly as it began and leaves you hungry for more!

Their 2011 debut album, 'The
Last Caress Of Light’ was quite a debut and showcased their celtic metal in a very positive 'light' leaving much anticipation for their next offering, and with 'Severance' they have stuck to their roots but turned more to the darker heavier side with elements of doom, thrash and power metal, all the while maintaining their celtic sound, impressively shining through in the most creative of ways; this band have a lot of talent which oozes out in every track! The vocals and complex structured instruments are exceedingly well matched and both add to the depth, drama and emotion behind the songs. I honestly can't find a bad thing to say about this album, as they have created a epic formula and all I can say is I can't wait to hear more of it!


'Severance' will receive a worldwide release via Cruz Del Sur Music on June 16th in the UK.


 
 
 
Check out the opening song, 'Sorrow's Boundless Realm' from the upcoming album in this lyric video:
 





darkestera.net | facebook.com/darkestera
http://darkestera.bandcamp.com/album/severance

Monday, 2 June 2014

Stencil Mini Fest 2014

 
 
 
Check out Stencil Mag's one day min fest with a great line up and this is all for free! This takes place on the 27th July in the heart of Chepstow at The Smirnoff Bar that supports some fantastic upcoming talent! Event start time is 2pm up to 11pm!

The following bands have been announced so far (see above also) with more to be announced, so check out the bands and get yourself down there:

Stencil Stage:
Darko
http://darko.bandcamp.com/
Forever Can Wait
https://soundcloud.com/forevercanwait
Trails
http://trailsofficial.bandcamp.com/
Nathan Detroit
http://nathandetroit1.bandcamp.com/
Alaska Alaska
http://alaska-alaska1.bandcamp.com/
Holy Pinto
http://holypinto.bandcamp.com/
Clean Young Mess
+More TBA

Monster Press Stage:
Lay It On The Line
http://layitontheline.bandcamp.com/
CAMBION
https://www.facebook.com/CAMBIONOFFICIAL/app_2405167945
Murder Circuit
http://murdercircuituk.bandcamp.com/
Depth
https://soundcloud.com/depththeband
Cryostorm
http://cryostorm.bandcamp.com/album/version
MediK
http://medikofficial.bandcamp.com/
+more tba

Trusty Chords Stage:
Jon Lilygreen
https://soundcloud.com/lilygandmaguire
Harker
http://harker.bandcamp.com/
Emma Hallows
http://emmahallows.bandcamp.com/
Joe Robert Lewis
http://joerobertlewis.bandcamp.com/
Ieuan Williams
http://underthebridgerecords.bandcamp.com/album/love-the-minor-key-2
Andy Lyons
Paul Divers
https://soundcloud.com/paul-divers
Joe Kelly
Jack Simmonds
https://soundcloud.com/jack-simmonds
+MORE!

**THIS EVENT IS AN 18+**

To find out more about the Festival and future annoucements go to the Facebook Event page for Stencil Mini Fest: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/624415577629477/?fref=ts

Also to keep you going until then check out the new issue of Stencil Mag out now: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue25

MammothFest Interview - Organiser Steve Dickson

 
 

So back in 2010 Brighton in the South East of England saw the arrival of a much needed and appreciated new metal festival which featured bands such as Entombed, Sylosis, Orange Goblin, Malefice and more! The festival was a hit but it failed to return the year after, and the next year and so on..but now it is making a mighty return! The man behind Mammothfest, organiser/promoter, Steve Dickson discusses his journey as a promoter including the difficulties he faced, his plans to rebuild and the future of the festival!...


So reflecting back on Mammothfest 2010, how do you think it went both personally as a promoter and from a festival attendees point of view?

Ah, haha straight in with the silver bullet! To be honest this is THE question I have asked myself most. As a promoter and a business man I lost some money so you could say it did not go as well as I would have liked. However, most festivals are expected to lose money in the first year and considering I went up against Ozzfest (and their incredible line up) and delivered a £35k event with all the bands I had; I can now reflect very positively on the overall experience. Naturally I still have a lot to learn however, from a feedback perspective I repeatedly hear that it was and remains still one of the best metal event they have ever been too!? It was so radical for Brighton, Entombed, Orange Goblin, Sylosis, Malefice and 24 other amazing bands from as far as Denmark and Sweden in one day in a civic hall; it had all the hall marks (I am told) of being an epic event! Its those comments I try to remember when looking back now. I am very humble about it all.

What made you decide to start your own festival in the first place?

Umm, Gap in the market and a high demand for a metal festival in the south, being sick of going so far north to attend metal festivals, seeing a buzzing metal scene in Brighton yet with nothing substantial we can call our own in our beautiful city? Also my own personal desire to be my own boss in something I am so passionate about such as in the metal industry with my experience in promoting meant this was something I simply had to do, and why not, we need something like this down south and I know I can do it!

What have you learnt as a promoter/festival organiser from last time and how do you think this will affect your approach for MammothFest 2014?

I have learnt so much but if there was one thing more important than anything else it is that just doing one event then folding is not good for the scene. The hype followed by the disappointment there may not be another one was not positive for the future of our local bands and venues and the scene as a whole. Building the business and ensuring we can continue to build with momentum is key. It plays a part in inspiring new musicians and creates hope and a realisation that local bands ARE good enough to play festivals. Overall, for me this is where tough financial decisions need to be made to ensure the long term future of Mammothfest is considered but I do so in the interest of growth and sustainability.



What made you decide to come back now for round two of the festival?

Honestly? The passing of my best friend to cancer in Dec 2013. Ricky was my bro, a man who spent many an hour listening to me banging on about this idea, a metal festival in Brighton. He was my main inspiration and voice of confidence behind the original event so when he passed I realised just how short life could be and therefore how important it is that I step up and make things happen, for him as much as for anyone else here, because we just don't know when it may be too late. Fuck it, its only money and there is nothing better than bringing some kick ass bands to Brighton, helping local bands, creating a healthy buzz and also to prove to myself that I have got what it takes to deliver again despite the financial loss I experienced in 2010.

What do you think were the biggest impacts on the festival in terms of what could have gone better or what went wrong? You must have a lot of passion and drive to come back again despite financial knocks you must have taken?

The worst thing was going up against Ozzfest (sponsored by Metal Hammer mag. no less! when not knowing they were even competition until they announced their event in June 2010 (3 months before Mammothfest) at the Metal hammer golden globe awards. I spent ages checking my event date to ensure I did not clash with another event so to learn of this with so little time was catastrophic news. If i pulled out I stood to lose a significant amount anyway, not to mention my reputation and letting so many people down, but then I had great support and a great line up so giving it great consideration I thought it would be a reasonable risk to take the event forward. Had it not been for the Ozzfest then I am confident we would have been on year four by now but that's life. We must dust ourselves off and move forward using the knowledge we gained in our experiences or it all becomes for nothing.

Following on from that what would you say were the biggest highlights and successes?

The biggest highlight for me was simply achieving putting the event on but there are so many positives that came from it all. It took a year and half nearly to plan. It was so tough sometimes. Getting so many incredible bands together in an event at this capacity, all playing a Brighton metal festival is undoubtedly one of my most proud achievements but also something Brighton metallers and Brighton can be proud of. Seeing so many people at Hove town hall losing their marbles to such wicked metal bands, it was all a very unreal and special day. Life for me is about setting a dream and making it happen.

How hard was the process of organizing and promoting the the last festival and how prepared are you for the work ahead?

Starting a new business of this nature/size is incredibly challenging. I completely under estimated just how "Mammoth" a task this would be first time round. It literally nearly killed me and put a huge strain on my family and closest friends for easily over four years, all things considered. Now I know what to do and have very particular systems in place to manage the business better so I feel at much greater ease this time round. It is always hardest first time round but like anything it gets easier as you do it more.

What can attending festival goers expect this time round?

This year I have opted for a 2 day event in the mighty Green door store in Brighton, right underneath Brighton train station so it is easy for all to access whether coming by train or bus. My plan is to provide a savage and diverse line up of 22 bands at a very reasonable price so it is affordable to all. I will be showcasing a few of the best unsigned bands from the south along with some very well established UK acts that are destroying stages all over the world at the moment. Needless to say the people have spoken and I have managed to get a lot of the bands they requested so I am extremely excited about the announcements I will be making this year.

Do you have a scheduled plan of events leading up to the festival? Such as line-up announcements and if so can you give us any dates or hints?

Indeed I can confirm Martyr Defiled, Savage Messiah, Meta-stasis and Ingested are my top four bands and the event will be held on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 2014. But I still have another incredible 18 bands to announce, 2 every Monday afternoon leading right up to the event so I recommend everyone goes to our website
www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk and adds themselves on our Mammothfest facebook page for further details and regular updates. Doors will be open at 2pm until 10.30pm both days so people can get the last trains home while still filling their metal studded boots.

What do you think the return of Mammothfest will do for the music scene in Brighton, as well as the presence within the South East of England, considering there isn't a lot of festivals (particularly within the rock/metal genre) down this way?

The interest in Mammothfest was significant from the moment I announced this years event. I have had so many messages of support and appreciation that the event is back that I cant help but feel this event is exactly what we need in the south. Why travel all the way to the few festivals we have up north when we can have our own? Now is the time to make this happen. With over 100 bands from all over the UK and a few from Europe show their interest in playing the event I have a great opportunity to hand select am incredible line up that can deliver an outstanding weekend of metal. I am hoping the 2 day event will bring together our UK wide rock and metal community and hope it will reignite passions and give the south another chance at re-establishing our very own metal festival

How are you hoping to shape the festival overtime and how big do you expect it to get?

I want to again shine a light on the amazing local bands while bringing the best bands in the world to Brighton.This year is all about reestablishing the Mammothfest brand again with a limited budget. If all goes to plan then I will be reinvesting the small amount of profit (yep I will not be taking any of the profits for myself for a few years at least) and already have 2 very closely located venues penciled in for 2015 over 2 days so i can expand to around 40 bands on 2 stages per day. My intention is to keep steadily growing the business/capacity while reinvesting all the profits until Mammothfest becomes I hope, one day, a huge outdoor metal festival one day near to Brighton. Bloodstock started off as an indoor venue and within about 10 years has grown to be one of the biggest metal festivals in the country hosting the biggest bands from around the world. I am ambitious whilst realistic so while it would be a dream come true to build Mammothfest up to such a size I am humbled by the support already in place and will simply enjoy each year with a sensible "one step at a time approach" and see what happens. All I hope is that whether people are in a band or not, if you want to one day play at Mammothfest then come support us now. The more the scene comes together the more i can do for the scene.

Have you got any advice for anyone who is thinking of starting their own festival?

Yes, don't do it unless you are literally bonkers...

Nah, in all seriousness it is an incredibly challenging thing to run such big events, it takes so many hours of commitment, but it can be very rewarding so start small, grow the business up and never exposure yourself to too much financial risk. The drop on a £35,000 event if it all goes wrong is far greater than a safer smaller event so play it safe. Get a feel for the market and always put on events you feel you can sell out.Check competition to ensure there is no clashes on dates! If you do profit then you can reinvest while growing a little and be happy with this rather than greedy. Stability is key. If anyone is genuinely interested in building up larger events then I am happy to help so get in touch with me because I want to see people succeed and will do all i can. I certainly know what can go wrong now and therefore what to do to succeed. Just don't drop your event on the same day as mine (no offence Ozzy!)


Lastly have you got anything you want to add about the mighty return of MammothFest 2014?

Mammothfest may not be "download or Sonisphere" this year but one day it could be. This is up to you, the reader, yes you. hi. If the support is there and you show your demand for our very own metal festival in Brighton in the south then not only are you supporting incredible bands you are investing in the future of our metal scene and if you are in a rock/metal band then maybe it will be you playing one day? I find it so frustrating when everyone relies on everyone else to make the effort and so no one does anything. It is time for everyone to get off their lazy asses and unite in support for our own southern metal festival.

Band members, you may not be playing this year but come along to the event, bring me your demos, EPs, Albums etc, meet me, support the bands and it could be you playing next year.

Also, there will be a wicked club night on Saturday night too so the party will go on late so what better way to make a weekend of it in Brighton!? Sleep on the beach and come back Sunday for round two!
 
You can follow the event by simply looking up "Mammothfest 2014" on Facebook and adding the event to your calendar. This is where all the announcements will be made first so drop in and say hi!
Very limited early bird weekend tickets will be available for £15 early in May otherwise weekend tickets will be £18 and Day tickets are £10 each MOTD and with an expect capacity crowd it is recommended you get in early to avoid disappointment!


I am so appreciative of all the support and look forward to hosting this years event with absolute pride.
Get all the latest here: www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk

Interview by me originally published in Stencil Mag Issue 25 Pages 151-154 - http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue25/151



More bands have been announced since interview took place see current full line up below!



Get tickets and merchandise here: http://vanitasdirect.com/home/711-t-shirt-package.html Get tickets soon before they go and before the price goes up!

And look out for final annoucement coming soon and all latest updates as well as information on MammothFest warm up shows in the run up to the main event all on the event's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/mammothmetalfestival?fref=ts