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Friday, 29 August 2014

Headface Interview - Pointy Guitars & Disneyland!




Thrash metal band, Headface from Brighton combine elements of doom and progressive death to their sound, making them not your average thrash band! In this interview they discuss their hiatus and what they have been upto, their formation and what to expect from their set at MammothFest in Brighton tomorrow!..Expect 'cool trainers' and 'pointy guitars'!...


Firstly you have been on a hiatus, how is it to be back and what have
you all been upto?


We decided to work on some new stuff for a bit cos we hadn't really done that in around a year. We're hoping to have even more new material sorted for Mammothfest, and we're really enjoying playing some gigs again with some fresh additions to the repertoire as well as hammering out the "greatest hits".

As some of the members are from technical death metal band, Hole In The Sky, how hard is it to work round this and do other projects?

Occasionally both bands want to take on commitments like recording or
playing shows that would clash, but then again it's just like anything else like people having to go to work or other stuff that comes up.


There just aren't enough hours in the day, and it really doesn't help how slack we can be sometimes. For example, last time Sam and I met up intending to work on some new songs, we just sat around smoking, drinking beer, and ordered some pizza instead of playing music. So I guess being easily distracted is slightly more of an issue.

How did the two bands come to form?

A few years ago, when the Hobgoblin still had metal and punk being played the whole time, our vocalist Aidan and I went to a gig there where we saw a couple of bands that came across as all style and no
substance and we figured we could do better. Monty came on board to play bass and we had a couple of drummers before Sam, who I had known for a few years for reasons I can't really go into.

Sam and Oliver in Hole In The Sky had been working on ideas for their band since they were teenagers, and gradually picked up enough other dudes to start doing some gigs. In 2012 Rik, who was the original
vocalist, fell ill to cancer, which would eventually take him from us.
By this time, Monty had been doing lead vocals in Sea Bastard for a while and Funeral Hag for a while before that, and seeing as how close he was with Rik and also how well he got on with the rest of Hole In The Sky, it just made sense for Monty to step in.

Both Hole In The Sky and Headface are on the line-up of Brighton's metal festival, MammothFest 2014, how excited are you for this and how does it feel to have both bands on the bill?

We used to play on the same bill a bit more regularly than we do these days (even though we actually both played at the same gig a couple of days ago) it's always a fun thing to do. Having seen both bands change over time and refine our respective approaches has been a bit strange at times when I think of how far we've both come along, but it's also been really enjoyable.

Mammothfest is obviously going to be pretty heavy. I'm really looking forward to seeing Abhorrent Decimation again, they were probably the most brutal band I saw at Bloodstock.



As you have been working on new material, will you be airing this at
MammothFest?


Yeah, we're hoping that we might have enough new stuff that it'll take up the majority of our set. That depends on how productive we are between now and then though, so we'll have to try to be less useless
than we usually are.


 What do you think of the comeback of the festival and what it represents for the music scene in Brighton?

It's really cool when we get events down here that seem to consolidate the local metal scene. I  emember the run up to the previous Mammothfest
was like that. It was great because Steve ran an on-going battle of the bands, and because there were so many people at most of those shows I'd constantly be running into loads of friends who I'd not seen for a
while, everyone was going to those gigs.

The local scene's probably healthier than I've ever previously known it to be. I think that's in no small part to do with the quality of some of the local bands, you've got dudes like King Goat, Fifteen Litre,
Wyrdforge, Abhorrent Decimation, we're kind of a bit spoilt really. We also get some great touring bands stopping by, Jackhammer Promotions have really been holding the fort down on that front.
 


Can you give us some information on the new material and how do you think it differs to your previous releases?

Well one of the new songs was composed entirely by Monty, and it's the first song in our repertoire that I didn't so it's quite different right off the bat in that respect. The stuff that I've put on the table
recently, I've been trying not to come up with stuff that's as conventionally thrash as some of our previous tunes are. That being said, one of the new ones I've done is completely, indisputably old
school thrash so I guess that didn't really go according to plan.
 

What would you say inspires you most as a band?

I'm not sure if you'd call it inspiration, but it's really just feels instinctive for us to meet up, have a beer or two and hang out while kicking up an awful racket. We've a lot of collective experience from
previous and other current projects (a short while ago Monty found himself simultaneously in four bands), so playing metal kind of just comes naturally to us at this point. That and Exodus.
 


What can attending festival goers expect from your performances at
MammothFest 2014?


Monty and I both have really pointy guitars, Aidan normally has pretty cool trainers, and Sam might not wear a shirt if it's a bit warm.

What other plans do Headface have for the rest of 2014?

We've got loose plans to record. And Disneyland.



Be sure to check out Headface's performance at Mammothfest tomorrow, 30th August at 1.35-2:00pm! You can still get tickets on the door! (See details below)

http://www.myspace.com/headfacethrash

 http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/

 


 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

MammothFest Stage Times & Extra Surprises!



New and final line-up poster


The highly anticipated return of the mighty MammothFest in Brighton just keeps on delivering with the added bonuses and features of the festival, shaping it up to be a seriously crushing line-up and one heavy as hell event! The festival first stated there would be 22 smashing acts on the bill, but it kept creeping up and now they have just released that it is in fact 28 bands! The latest additions being Furyborn who replaced Aeolist and two brand new bands, Brighton rockers, Death Ape Disco and heavy metal, King Leviathan who also hail from Brighton rather fittingly, adding to the local talent!

Okay so are we all ready and prepared to witness the massive event which will have a high impact on the Brighton Music scene and further?!..The only thing that remains is to be armed with the stage times of all the incredible bands, and you're in luck!..

MAMMOTHFEST 2014 FINAL LINE UP And stage running times:

Performance time Saturday 30th August
9.20 - 10.30 Savage Messiah

9.00 - 9.20 *Tom and Ash (Acoustic due)
8.15 - 9.00 Meta-stasis
7.30 - 8.00 Mask of Judas
6.45 - 7.15 Abhorrent decimation
6.00 - 6.30 Exist immortal
5.15 - 5.45 Cambion
4.30 - 5.00 Collisions

3.45 - 4.15 Mordecai
3.00 - 3.30 Core of iO
2.15 - 2.45 Porshyne
1.35 - 2.00 Headface
1.00 - 1.25 Stone circle
12.25 - 12.50 Exile the titan

Sunday 31st August
9.20 - 10.30 Martyr defiled

9.00 - 9.20 *Sean De Burca (Solo acoustic performance)
8.15 - 9.00 Ingested
7.30 - 8.00 Collapse
6.45 - 7.15 NEXILVA
6.00 - 6.30 Basement torture killings
5.15 - 5.45 Deal was for the Diamond
4.30 - 5.00 No sin Evades his gaze
3.45 - 4.15 Furyborn
3.00 - 3.30 Premature birth
2.15 - 2.45 Hole in the sky
1.35 - 2.00 Taken by the tide
1.00 - 1.25 Death Ape disco
12.25 - 12.50 King Leviathan


*In addition, Tom & Ash (Sat) and Sean De Burca (Sun) who will both be performing their own brands of metal styled acoustic as outside performances, due to perform as a final act before headliners Savage Messiah and Martyr Defiled take the stage on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Also just announced - ever fancied yourself a DJ or want to have a go?! Well don't worry, as now you can give it a go, but hurry as first come, first served basis! As MammothFest are holding a Metal "Stick it on" day where you could get to play a 15 min set (if you want)

They have 12 slots available so the first 12 people to post their names below on their Facebook page post relating to this and you will be confirmed for one of the slots! So head here:
https://www.facebook.com/mammothmetalfestival?hc_location=timeline


UPDATE 28/8/14 Only 24 hours left to get your advanced tickets! http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest

Tickets will cost more on the door!!
 


http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/


Check out the latest acts announced here:
https://www.facebook.com/DeathApeDisco
https://www.facebook.com/KingLeviathanMetal

The Deal Was For The Diamond Interview



Instrumental quartet from Brighton are back on the scene after taking some time out to focus on their sophomore album and they have landed a brilliant comeback show marking the bands first gig in a while, at MammothFest 2014 which as it happens is the return of the festival since its debut back in 2010! The band were lucky enough to be added to the line-up at the last minute, following Divine Chaos pulling out of the rebirth of the festival, so I asked them about their upcoming performance and what is in store with their new album and future plans..


So firstly how was it to be added to the MammothFest line-up at the last minute, especially seeing as this will be your first live comeback show in some time?!

It fantastic to be asked to play especially after over a year off playing. We are so excited about joining the bands on the line up and feel privileged to be asked to step in .Last minute or not we want to come out fighting and try and compete with the bands around us, we have a year of pent up energy all ready to go!

As you are from Brighton, how excited are you to be a part of the highly anticipated return of Mammothfest, and what do you think it means for the Brighton and South East England music scene?

We are humbled to be a part of it really. The south coast music scene has a lot of things going for it but one of those things is an oversaturation of a certain type of band. There is nothing wrong with that, its just diversity is the thing that keeps scenes alive and Mammothfest is providing a platform for bands and fans to come together and create a community. We are so excited to be part of that.

So you guys have been working on your follow up to your first self titled album, how is the process going, and have you finished recording it?

We are still currently writing the bulk of the material so recording is distant dream and not something we have considered yet. The writing is going well  and its amazing to be back in the practice room but as with everything we do its a lengthy process, lots of fine tuning and reworking until we are all happy. That can take a long time.

How do you think it compares to your debut album?

So far its to early to tell i think. The riffs are flying and chord progressions are getting more and more complex but at the same time we are much more focused. We feel we have a much more defined sound and that helps when trialling sections out. The sound is definitely go blow peoples socks off.

I'm guessing we will be lucky enough to be treated to some new tunes at your big comeback show at MammothFest?!

You will indeed! We have one new tune that we think is ready as well as the majority of a new one that we may air. Also have a little treat to open the set but our lips are sealed on that one.
Deftones and of course Pink Floyd.

Have you got any final comments or anything you would like to say to the attending MammothFest fans?

Just that we are hoping that we can put on a good show for them. We want to leave them wanting us back!

As an instrumental band, what can people expect from your live shows?
When we play we put everything we have into it and we hope our energy and passion makes up for any lack of vocalist. We don't really see ourselves as an instrumental band because of the effort and thought that goes into our melodies and rhythms. Not having a vocalist allows more space for us to fill, we can be louder and there ain't no downside to that!

Do you feel there is more pressure on you as musicians as solely relying on the instruments to portray emotions and act as a voice?

I'd say the opposite is true. We find that it gives us more room to push ourselves in our parts and the complexity of the song. Sometimes melody and tonal movements are better at portraying emotion than words and allows the listener to put their own meaning and experiences to the music.

What would you say your biggest influences are musically and creatively to create your experimental instrumental sound?
Our influences range from far and wide. The obvious ones are Tool and King Crimson who have had a massive effect for all of us. We are big fans of soundtracks and classical movements and i think that has influenced us when it come to how we lay songs out. Others include Radiohead, Metallica, Beatles,
What other plans are ahead for thedealwasforthediamond?

At the moment we are just continuing to write and do what we love. We are planning on bringing in some more instrumentation and have been considering  using strings live in the future.Maybe also adding another dimension by utilising live video mixing. Its really exciting.


 
Check out the bands performance at MammothFest 2014 playing on Sunday 31st August at 5.15 - 5.45.


 
http://www.myspace.com/thedealwasforthediamond

http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/

Get your tickets and merchandise for MammothFest here: http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest



Monday, 18 August 2014

Red Monday - Self Titled Debut Album Review





Chicago's, Red Monday are a indie rock band who embrace Classic Rock vibes with British and of course American influences. They released their self titled debut album on the 9th August 2014, after forming under wonderful coincidences, such as being in the right place at the right time, as singer/songwriter Jim Miller and singer Rick Harris happened to be at the same club, standing next to each other after a band break up of 25 years or more, and later that week Jim and drummer Michael McCarron talk on the phone after being in a band 20 years ago, these are just some of the makings of how Red Monday formed..so was this meant to be?!... 

First song, 'She's On Fire' is highly melodic with nice vocals and tones, which are apparent immediately from Rick Harris, who possesses a beautiful and pleasing voice, which is delivered in a upbeat and serene manner, but with a Classic Rock vibe evident also.

The first single, 'Time' (It's About Time) has superb catchy rhythms and riffs which are fairly slow tempo and have a blues influence; this sweet romantic song will make you swoon!

'You Move Me' opens on soaring vocals and has all the right beats and melodies through the clever and well thought out structure, this one will stay with you and may be a contender for one of the strongest songs featured!

Closing song, the soft 'Somebody Else' is a beautiful stripped back acoustic one, which shows off Rick's wonderful emotive and impressive vocals. Half way through more instruments come in to add more ambience and depth, which works well and is structured brilliantly, making for a pleasant and memorable ending.

This is a enjoyable and radio friendly love focused classic rock influenced self titled debut, which has no shortage of prominent hooks, soulful vocals, and dynamic songs! As a package all songs work coherently together, and not to mention the production which is very professional and clean sounding - it's almost hard to believe this is their debut, but the bands past and experience aids this and with that in mind just think what else is to come from Red Monday following their high impact debut! This is a great success and formation story for a band which worked extremely well and I imagine will for a long time to come! Why not brighten up the first day of the week, instead of dreaded Monday, make it a 'Red Monday'!






Check out the new single and video for 'Time' (It's About Time) -



Red Monday Links:
Website: http://redmondaymusic.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-monday/id893445639?uo=4
YouTube Video Single: http://youtu.be/1qHB3B7MStA

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

MammothFest final line-up change & Day Splits announced!



 
 
 
With just three weeks to go now until the return of MammothFest in 2014 a final line-up change has been announced, as Aeolist had to pull out due to their drummer sustaining a broken hand, so Furyborn, a melodic death metal band from Dorset step up to to take their place and to tie in with this latest addition, the important matter of the day spilts have finally been unleashed also! (See poster above!)
 
Check out the latest band, Furyborn here: https://www.facebook.com/furyborn & http://www.furyborn.com/
 
To mark and celebrate the rebirth of the festival  and the awesome line-up it has in store, MammothFest are releasing a epic LTD Ed. Tee (pictured below). Available from this week, only 30 will be printed, so make sure you keep an eye on the facebook to see when they are available: https://www.facebook.com/mammothmetalfestival
 
The tee also has a back print, featuring the line up - with which we are pleased to now announce with the day split!





Here the all important details for everything you need to know about the festival!

LINE UP:

SAT 30TH AUG:
Savage Messiah, Meta-stasis, Mask Of Judas, Abhorrent Decimation, Exist Immortal, Cambion, Collisions, Mordecai, Core Of iO, Porshyne, Headface, Exile The Titan, Tom & Ash

SUN 31ST AUG: Martyr Defiled, Ingested, Collapse, Nexilva, Basement Torture Killings, The Deal Was For The Diamond, No Sin Evades His Gaze, Furyborn, Premature Birth, Stone Circle, Taken By The Tide, Hole In The Sky, Sean De Burca

VENUE: The Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Train Station, Brighton, BN1 4FQ

TICKETS:
DAY TICKETS: £13
WEEKEND TICKET: £20

Tickets available from
http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest

Contact:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mammothmetalfestival
Twitter: @Mammothfest14
Email:
info@mammothmetalfestival.co.uk


Also check out my interviews with bands on the MammothFest line-up, including Meta-stasis, Abhorrent Decimation, Collaspe & more on my blog & more to come - so check back to get the latest from all that is MammothFest in the final run up!

Interview with Man behind MammothFest - Steve Dickson! http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/mammothfest-interview-organiser-steve.html

Meta-stasis Interview: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/meta-stasis-interview-with-patient-5.html

Collaspse: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/collapse-interview-june-2014.html

Abhorrent Decimation: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/abhorrent-decimation-interview.html

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Meta-stasis Interview with Patient 5 Solomon.J.Lucifier.Christ - "they were so freaked out by our disgusting costumes, make up and the twisted masked guy.."




META-STASIS formed in 2012 through the union of two bands Sikth & Ted Maul which originally was meant to just be a musical project but due to their success and ever growing insanity the band have decided to make this a permanent project thankfully to their crazy patients (fans!). Currently they have only released their debut, 'When The Mind Departs The Flesh' in 2012 and have just finished recording their terrifying follow up. The band are known for their extreme and intense live shows performing their unique psycho-extreme-tech-death metal and they are being unleashed to play as main support to Savage Messiah on the Saturday 30th August at the epic return of MammothFest 2014 in Brighton..I dared to ask Patient 05: Solomon.J.Lucifier.Christ: Throat Disorder & Psychiatric S-scapes (also known as the vocalist of the band!) about what to expect at the festival and their new album..

Meta-Stasis originally formed in 2012 through the union of Sikth andTed Maul members initially as a studio project, how did this project come about and how did the two bands meet?

The Sixth boys have been really close to us as our bros, Ted maul and sixth toured together and partied like apes on crack. The concept behind Meta-stasis was formed around 2010 when myself and Dan lord Foord Sixth drummer shared a house of madness for a couple of years. We turned the house into a studio where we wrote and recorded When the mind departs the flesh along side guitarist Jason Pincho old school mate from Gibraltar. Our aim was to write an album with Sixth technical grooves and Ted Mauls madness and aggression, and so Meta-stasis was born.

Now you are a full time musical project, what made you decide to make this a permanent affair?

Meta-stasis started as a studio project influenced by the negative aspects of life, anti life, the the down wrong human conditions. After the release of our debut album the band were getting festival and gig offers and along being branded the best extreme new metal band to come out of UK by the likes of Steve Ashim from Deicide I decided to make it a full time project. Working along with band mates such as the ones I have now beside me, made this project an unstoppable killing machine.
 

Your music is quite an extreme form of metal, dare I ask what inspires and influences you musically and creatively?


Strapping young lad, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Hate Eternal, Origin, Slipknot, Prodigy, early Korn/Slipknot, FX twins, Alice in Chain, Messhuga, Gojiria, Serial killers, Insects, Magic, Art, life & Death, Space and the Ocean.

Currently you have only released your debut album, 'When The Mind Departs The Flesh', how happy are you with how this turned out and the reception of it?

When we released when the mind departs the flesh we where only a studio project, so we where quite limited in what we could do playing live Ect. The response was amazing, we had killer reviews and big interest was shown to hear the new project Sixth and Ted Maul had created.

You have just finished recording your follow up to your debut at Grindstone Studios with producer Scott Adkins ( Cradle of Filth,Sylosis, Amon Amarth), what was it like working with him?

Recording the second album with Scott Adkins, Grindstone studios has made me improve and control my vocals a great deal. It has been the most intense and challenging work I've done up to now as the vocal dynamics and style range is much more diverse than the first album. It was extremely hard graft !!! as Scott would say, the days and the hours would never end but we battled through it like salmons up a brutal river stream. Scott pushed me to the limits, and searched for the magic in my soul, he is the best producer and a close friend after recording such an album. Captain Scott is like part of the band for us. I can't wait to record the third album with him sometime next year.


 

How does the new album compare to your debut?

When the mind departs the flesh is a killer first album and has breathtaking riffs and hooks, although the concept was a bit different as it was a studio project and at the time we just wanted to create the heaviest album mixing our styles.  The new album is very different as when we started to write it we where a full live band, this made the music process more natural bringing out all emotions. The new album is a journey through the worst years of my life, so deep I can't even comment, although it made me who I am now. Writing the album was an escape of reality it kept me sane. All 12 tracks are very personal and have deep profound hidden subliminal messages in them, this shit is dark as f//k but dripping with passion and emotion. The new album is much more diverse, emotional, darker, heavier, faster,more Jungle/Dnb with bigger grooves. The new album broke me mentally and physically, but I would not change anything from it; I will take it to my grave, it was like a disease I just had to eliminate from my system.


So will we be treated to some new twisted and menacing songs from the upcoming album at the mighty return of MammothFest 2014?
 

Well Ted Maul had a blast at Mamothfest first time round, we loved it and the reaction the crowd had especially when I got the massive dildo out and threw it to the crowd. Killer time. I can't wait to play Mamothfest again August 2014. It's  an honour to play a true festival that has come from blood sweat, tears and truly support the underground rise. Chicken dandy for the insane !!!


How does it feel to be returning back to Mammothfest as main support to Savage Messiah as Meta-Stasis instead, as Ted Maul played at the first MammothFest in 2010?

It's a real shame Ted Maul had to end but things just weren't flowing so it seemed the natural progression for me, so to return under Meta-stasis to be honest feels amazing because with hind sight the music that comes from our twisted souls with our different but incredible line up of musicians is perfect. To support Savage Messiah is of course great too, the guys have done very well over the past year but its also our intention to give such an incredible performance that those guys will need to deliver their best because our live shows have been known to get very intense!
 

What do you think of the rest of the intense line-up of the festival?

The line up is incredible for a first year back. I know Steve (Mammothfest director) has worked tirelessly to being the event back and to be honest I don't think anybody was expecting a show quite like this. You compare it to other smaller UK festivals and this really stands out in terms of the way its professionally been run, right down to thier merch, branding and more. Its a pleasure to perform at Mammothfest and with the excitement in Brighton growing day by day we know the event, its amazing line up and such an awesome venue will mean Mammothfest should be (in my view) contender for small festival of the year award next year! Its pure filth!


What other tour plans do you have? And what other evil and mind depriving plans will Meta-Stasis be embarking on in 2014?

We are planning a headline UK tour later in the year and we have already started writing the third album so we are ready to go into the studio early next year. We are planning a European tour next year too and with some very exciting business developments arising internally there is a lot going on within the "torture office" that we need to wrap up before our next steps. We re not going to say anything more at this stage other than to recommend people go over to our facebook page, LIKE to follow and find out for yourselves in the near future!



Can you give us an insight into what it is like to witness your mind boggling 'psycho-extreme-tech-death metal' live?


Put it this way our psycho masked lunatic (we don't even know his name so we call him "anon") was talking to another band recently (Aeolist no less) and without knowing he was the masked nut-bar they proceeded to explain their experience of our show to him. They explained "they were so freaked out by our disgusting costumes, make up and the twisted masked guy running about the crowd staring at people and generally being a psycho, that they became only aware of themselves and him to the point they got so uncomfortable they had to leave! Now our intention is to create a unique energy and vibe in the room but we want everyone to have a good time too so be prepared to experience something quite refreshing and unique! Our shows are not for the faint hearted BUT we strongly feel you will experience the best hour from a live band ever.
 

Do you have any survival tips for attending fans at MammothFest during your set?
 

Yes, get involved. We wont bite but we will get up in your faces and make you feel different to how you may feel at most gigs. That's what people want right? A show!?!? Passion! Something that takes you to a place where you forget about the fucking cat and whether you remembered to feed the little shite; you forget about your problems and for an hour don't just stand there, let go. Thats when things get interesting!


To witness their extreme live show get your tickets now for MammothFest 2014, its fast approaching! http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest

Also check out Meta-stasis awesome new animation video for 'Fathomless' taken from their upcoming album:


 


https://www.facebook.com/metastasis666/
www.metastasis.bigcartel.com
www.twitter.com/METASTASIS666
www.reverbnation.com/metastasis

http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Grave Digger - Interview with Guitarist Axel Ritt




After reviewing German heavy metal bands new album, 'Return Of The Reaper' I wanted to find out more about the new album, as well as how the German metal scene has changed since the 1980s and more, as Grave Digger were and still are a big part of this. I put my questions to the guitar virtuoso, Axel Ritt.. 

After releasing an incredible sixteen studio albums since your formation in 1980, you are back with your seventeenth album, 'Return Of The Reaper' which was released on 11th July 2014, how happy are you with this new release and the response so far?
 

We are very, very happy with the result, especially because it was a lot of hard work to put the album where it is now. Fortunately, the fans are of the same opinion, because we got the highest chart entries ever worldwide in the whole band history! It’s awesome!
 

The new album pays homage to your earlier classic albums, such as 'Heavy Metal Breakdown' (1984), 'Witch Hunter' (1985) and 'The Reaper' (1993), what made you decide to do this and with that in mind, how do you think this release compares to your earlier material?

 

We thought it would be the right time to quit the concept album style and produce an album like we did decades ago. Raw, straight, heavy and pure, more belly, less brain. But in the most perfect performance ever, because the actual line up got a lot more skills than the earlier line ups had. We brought the best in all of us together.

 
As you have been together a long time and had so many releases, what would you say inspires you most musically and creatively to write new material after all this time?

 
It’s the permanent aim to get better and better. There’s always something left you can optimize in the next record. We get the inspiration in every second, looking what’s happening around us. It never stops …
 

You were part of the German heavy metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s, how you do feel the metal scene has changed and developed since you first started out?

 
To be honest, it's not harder to break through these days, it's IMPOSSIBLE! Music is stronger than ever related to our lives, but as a newcomer, you can't earn money in business anymore, most of the bands are even loosing money with the band. The distribution of music via Spotify and Deezer for example is great for the customer, but legal burglary to the artist. When you are a young guy, you can live this life as a single person for a few years, but you will never be able to feed a family by performing your own songs in a band. Very sad, but true, we are the last mohawks who are able to live on their music ..

 

What was the recording and song writing process like for the new album? 


It’s the same procedure for 5 years now. First of all Jens and I will collect riffs. I myself for example composed about 70 riffs for the actual album. Then we’ll send them over to Chris, who’s putting lyrics and vocal line ideas to the riffs. Then we’re gonna meet in my studio to do the pre-production with some guide-instruments and a drum-programming, done by me. After the final arrangements, the drum-programmings will be replaced by real drums, I record the final guitars in my Meadow Studios and the rest will be recorded in the Principal Studios / Germany.

The album artwork is fantastic for 'Return Of The Reaper', and was created by Gyula Havancsák, who has been responsible for all of your album artworks since 2005's, 'The Last Supper', it must be great working with someone who understands your imagery as a band; how important is the artwork and representation of the band to you?
 


It’s very important, because the artwork is the first impression for the fan. It has to be the visual part of your music!
 

You are currently on your summer tour, how is it going so far and what new songs are you enjoying playing the most live? 

It’s doing very well and the actual songs of the new album are „Hell Funeral“, „Tattooed Rider“, „Season Of The Witch“ and „Grave Desecrator“. But there will be more in the future.
 

Then in November/December 2014 you are heading out on tour again in mainly Germany and Europe, how excited are you for this? And what can attending fans expect from your shows?

It’s always a great thing to promote a new album on the road, so it will be this time once again. The fans will get a complete new stage construction and some more specials. To to our show and check it out!

 
Following on from this, have you got anything you would like to say to your fans? 

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows!

 
What other plans are in store for Grave Digger for the rest of 2014?

 
That’s still a secret, wait and see … ;-)


Check out my review of Grave Digger's new album, 'Return Of The Reaper' here: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/grave-digger-return-of-reaper-album.html

http://www.grave-digger.de/

GRAVE DIGGER Tour Dates:19.06.14 DE - St. Goarshausen / Metalfest
28.06.14 DE - Burkhardtsdorf / Rock im Zwönitztal
10.07.14 DE - Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival
12.07.14 DE - Burgrieden / Riffelhof Burgrieden
17.07.14 DE - Neukirchen-Vluyn / Dong Open Air
19.07.14 DE - Kierspe / Gut Haarbecke Metal Festival
14.08.14 DE - Gardelegen / Metal Frenzy Open Air
16.08.14 CZ - Ostrava / Fest Rockova

06.11.14 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
07.11.14 DE - München / Backstage
08.11.14 DE - Andernach / JUZ
14.11.14 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
15.11.14 DE - Berlin / C-Club
16.11.14 DE - Bochum / Zeche
20.11.14 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
21.11.14 DE - Speyer / Halle 101
22.11.14 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
23.11.14 CZ - Zlin / Masters of Rock Cafe
27.11.14 CH - Pratteln / Z7
28.11.14 DE - Regensburg / Airport Straubing
29.11.14 DE - Lahstedt/Peine / Black Hand Inn
05.12.14 DE - Lichtenfels / Stadthalle
06.12.14 IT - Milan / House of Ashes
07.12.11 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rofa


Saturday, 2 August 2014

More MammothFest Line Up Changes!


Porshyne Latest Act Announced!




With less than a month to go now until the much anticipated return of Brighton's MammothFest taking place on 30-31st August, looking to make a hefty impact once again, they have had a few line up changes as Death Metal grind act, Foetal Juice have had to pull out of the Brighton Festival, as unable to make show and atmospheric rock act, Porshyne have been confirmed as replacement which ties in nicely with other recent annoucement of instrumental band, thedealwasforthediamond being added to line-up, as Divine Chaos had to pull out of the show also. This latest announcement makes the line up even more diverse and displaying a range of talent!



MammothFest have released this press statement regarding the line up changes:



Foetal Juice and Divine Chaos forced to pull out

We are sad to announce that Foetal Juice and Divine Chaos will both be
unable to perform at this years Mammothfest. Both bands expressed their
disappointment, but unfortunately elements beyond their control have
intervened.

We are, however, very, very happy to announce that they will be replaced
by two very unique bands who will add an extra dimension to the bill,
expanding it from thrash, death, metal, hardcore, tech, djent and
progressive into technical math-metal territory! Both Porshyne and The
Deal Was For The Diamond (TDWFTD) are technically amazing musicians,
with big riffs and epic sweeping soundscapes - who also know how to
punch a gut or two. This show will also be a comeback gig for TDWFTD
after over a year in hiatus, so expect awesome things!









Check out Porshyne in action: http://youtu.be/Gmmk1SR51qQ






https://soundcloud.com/porshyne









http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk



Get your tickets to MammothFest 2014 here: http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest