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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Issue 30 of Stencil Mag - Main Feature Atreyu - Exclusive From The Studio Interview!








So for the new Stencil Mag I got to interview guitarist, Dan Jacobs of Atreyu whilst in the studio in an exclusive! Read the awesome interview to find out about the upcoming album!

I also review Sleeping With Sirens, We Are Harlot, Palm Reader, Ionia & Mindead!

Check this all out plus all the other great content here: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue30

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Matthew Heller - 'Tragedy Town' EP Review



Singer-songwriter, Matthew Heller from Oregon captures his many talents and influences wonderfully on new EP, ‘Tragedy Town, which considering it only consists of four songs is quite impressive...

Opener, ‘Ray Gun’ hits quickly and hard with its catchy old school sound tinged with elements of indie rock, with gritty angsty vocals and rebellious instruments, all presented and arranged in an effective and memorable flash!

Title song, ‘Tragedy Town’ opens on muddy guitars with a bleak feel, aided by the slow and clean vocals presented using interesting rhythms, melodies and chord structures - ‘tragedy’ will stick with you even with its short presence!

‘No Army’ has a brilliant country acoustic intro and shows off the most diversity with folk inspired instruments mixing acoustic and electric guitars to create a wonderful fast paced folk concoction, with its use of string instruments adding more depth and layers to the many explorations of Matthew’s sounds! He may not have an ‘army’ but with highly melodic unusual songs like this he sure will gain a following!

Closing song, ‘Fault Line’ is a piano driven tune and shows off one more of Matthew’s many talents in the slowest and most delicate song featured, exhibiting more passion and soul than previously. Ending the EP on a slower number rounds things up nicely and makes you reflect on the different styles we have been graced with and demonstrates even when toned down he can create very catchy melodies.


Matthew does what many singer-songwriter’s fail to do, by giving us so many different sounds and showing what he is really made of by exploring and being innovative, making his sound very unique to him which is something that is extremely hard to pull off, and for that reason you should definitely give this EP a listen to discover something different and appreciate strong musicianship! 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Palm Reader announcement: 5 shows 1 Day





 
5 Shows/ 1 Day

Whether it be with the music they write or the way they perform live, Palm Reader have always pushed themselves to their physical limits. This morning's announcement follows in that very way, with the band celebrating the launch of their second album, Beside The Ones We Love, by setting themselves the unfathomable task of playing 5 shows in one day ... 

... A host of special guests complete a thrilling line-up, showcasing some of the most pioneering and exciting bands in UK Hardcore.

Here are the details:

Monday May 4th (Bank holiday)
 
Show 1 - The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch
14.00 - *Secret Headliner*

13.15 - Let's Talk Daggers
12.30 - Palm Reader
12pm - Doors
 
Show 2 - The Black Heart, Camden
14.30 - Palm Reader
13.45 - Exes
13.00 - Ohhms
12.30 - Doors


Show 3 - The Windmill, Brixton
16.30 - Palm Reader
15.45 - TBA
15.00 - We Never Learned To Live
14.30 - Doors


Show 4 - The Cricketers, Kingston
21.30 - Headliner TBA
20.45 - Artemis
20.00 - Palm Reader
19.30 - Doors


Show 5 - The Star, Guildford
22.00 - Palm Reader
21.15 - Employed To Serve
20.30 - Stallone
20.00 - Doors

Quote from Palm Reader frontman Josh McKeown:
 
"Everything about this band revolves around us pushing ourselves and this insane day will encapsulate our approach. It is by far the most ambitious challenge we've ever set ourselves and is undoubtedly one of the hardest things we'll ever try to pull off as a band. That said, it's going to so much fun, so get your Oyster cards topped up and we'll see you there."
 
 
 
 
 
 

ATREYU REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR "SO OTHERS MAY LIVE"‏





ATREYU REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR "SO OTHERS MAY LIVE"
SONG TO BE FEATURED ON RECORD STORE DAY SEVEN INCH
Atreyu, one of the most prominent bands of the '00s American metal scene, exited a period of self-imposed dormancy in 2014 to the delight of fans. They played several shows. They released a brand new song, "So Others May Live," which became an instant social media trending topic. The song touched on an important topical issue—what veterans who serve their country feel and experience upon returning home from duty. The song's heartfelt subject was matched by its musical heft.


Now, the So Cal band has revealed the video for the song. Watch it here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/GBUV71500218

In addition to this adrenalized live video, which proves that Atreyu have not lost a step since returning to action and that they are as vital and vibrant as they ever were, the band will participate in Record Store Day, which is Saturday, April 18.

They will release a 7" featuring both "So Others May Live" and the brand new track "When the Day Is Done." These are the first new Atreyu songs to surface since 2009.

This live footage, which captures the band in its most natural state, was filmed at The Observatory in Ateryu's native California in December of 2014.

The clip truly captures the electrifying essence and vibe that is always present at an Atreyu concert, due to the exchange of energy between the band and its dedicated fans.  It also puts the viewer front and center, as though you were pressed up against the barrier after taking a whirl in the pit.



A brand new Atreyu album will be released later this year via the joint venture partnership between Raw Power Management’s Search&Destroy label and Spinefarm Records.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Upcoming Talent! - A Higher Demise Interview







As we are still early in to the new year, every one is on the look at for hot new bands to discover, and A Higher Demise, a young Metalcore/Post Hardcore five piece from South East should definitely be on your list of bands to get in too. I asked the band about their success so far, being early in to their career and what they have planned for the future!


Your latest EP, ‘The Doctor Will See You Now’ has been well received by press and fans alike, how does this make you feel?

Fantastic, of course! It’s great to see people showing an interest and responding positively to it. Mostly I think people have begun to believe in us off the back of the EP and that’s probably the best part. We’ve been so busy since its release we sometimes forget that it’s only been out six months, and prior to that we had no press, radio plays or activity to speak of.

How did you come up with the title for your current EP, what is the story behind it?

While we were writing the EP we had no properly formulated ideas for the title, album artwork or theme. We’d barely even discussed it properly. We were writing a song that reminded me of how some girls make you need some goddam therapy! So the track was named ‘My Therapist Knows You By Name’ and from there ‘The Doctor Will See You Now’ was spawned. It quickly led us to a dead nurse and asylum type theme, which we thought worked well for the whole of the artwork.

You have an intense stand out sound; what would you say are your main influences musically and creatively that helped you develop this?

Well firstly, thank you for saying! It’s actually a harder question to answer that you would think. We’ve all been punk and metal music fans since 2002, so bands like Hoobastank, Finch and Funeral for a Friend are big influences for some of us, the others were into the heavier side of things back then like Shadows Fall and In Flames. Then carrying along the punk and metal timeline we grew into bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Atreyu, Suicide Silence and Killswitch Engage. So I suppose a love of punk and metal over the years has led us to write the kind of sound we aim for.


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

The writing process was great and highly enjoyable. We had written a fair few songs in the early days of the band and that allowed us to gain a better understanding of what did and didn’t work for us. We write our songs separately and then bring them to the table, by the time the idea of writing this EP came around we had the main chunk already demoed up so it was more about tweaking to something we could be proud of. It certainly helped the recording process as our producer Jason Wilson (You Me at Six/ We Are the Ocean) stripped everything down in the studio. Nothing big needed to be changed, a lot of little things were tweaked and some songs did seem to noticeably change. Putting our songwriting under a microscope like he did has definitely helped shape how the next wave of songs are being written.

Your latest video and release, ‘All The Reasons’ is gaining in popularity, especially with its anthemic sound, can you tell us a bit about the song and the making of the video for it?

‘All These Reasons’ was actually the first song that was sent out to all the radio shows. It was part of the promo for the release of the EP. It had such a great response that we felt we had to accompany this with a video and make it a legitimate single. It was this track that landed us a spot at last years Attitude Festival supporting Dani Filth’s Devilment thanks to Rock Bandom Radio so we felt it would be a great idea to film the gig and use the footage as the video. So without knowing what the venue or event would really be like we brought along ‘Versatile Film Productions’ and thankfully they managed to capture awesome footage from what was an awesome event.

Check out the video in question below which is also currently my 'featured music video'!



You are signed with Ambicon Records, what made you decide to join them and how are they treating you? 

We got in contact with Ambicon Records as well as a few other small independent labels with the idea of releasing the EP under a record label. It was Pete Baldwin (Owner of Ambicon Records) that showed the most enthusiasm towards us. He seemed to instantly know our songs inside out and have a plan in his head for how to move forward. We couldn’t ignore this, and it proved to be a great decision. Through Ambicon we have managed to gain attention from a lot of press and radio, nearly all of which is a product of Pete’s tenacious hard work. So we can definitely say we are being treated really well. We aim to repay the time invested by Ambicon to the fullest.

How excited are you to head out on tour this month (March)?

We are definitely looking forward to it! We’ve been playing up and down the country all year and will be hitting it hard from March. We are probably looking forward to our home show, as it will be the first of 2015 and possibly the only one until the last half of the year.

What can attending fans expect from your live shows?

Hopefully everything that makes metal shows great, mixed with some highlights of punk rock shows too! Certainly the chance to sing along and go hard in the pit.

Have you got any particular stand out moments as a band, whether it be a live show experience or otherwise?

There was a moment a couple of years back that always sticks out in our minds. One of our songs had a section that was purely accapella. As we started playing it we could hear the crowd singing it to us louder than we could hear ourselves. It was only a tiny venue, with maybe thirty to forty people maximum, but it was definitely immense! That and of course the moment we saw Dani Filth watching our set at Attitude Festival back in November!

I understand you are currently writing EP number two, how is it progressing so far?

Well we knew we had to get some new songs ready for when we plan to back into the studio at the end of the year. So we’ve been writing songs as they’ve come to us and all of sudden we noticed the other day we already have five quite cohesive tracks all finished. So I guess the answer is very well! 

How would you say it is shaping up in comparison to your current EP, or is it too early to say?

In comparison to the first one, it has more of a consistent sound. The song writing feels more mature and I think it shows how we are progressing as a band. The choruses are catchier and the drops are heavier.

Is there anything else you would like to add or mention?

We just want people to listen to our music, so we would just like to add that it still makes everything seem worthwhile to us when we know people are checking us out. So please go visit our Facebook and have a listen! www.facebook.com/ahigherdemiseband

What else do A Higher Demise have planned for the rest of 2015?

It’s our biggest year to date! We have loads of more gigs all over the UK, a video release in the next coming months, a new single for the summertime and then it’s back in the studio at the end of year for EP number two!

Thank you for your time! Good luck with the future! I look forward to seeing more of you throughout 2015!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

MAMMOTHFEST METAL TV SHOW LAUNCHED!


MAMMOTHFEST TV - The Mammothfest team have been working round the clock to deliver new ways of promoting the metal bands that come through their doors, and you know what, there is no better way than in a monthly 30 minute TV show!

With music and video reviews, interviews, ONSLAUGHTS , "THIS IS THE SOUND OF VIOLENCE VIDEO" and live performance from Brighton thrash legends KING LEVIATHAN and more, there is no doubt about the potential of this project and for a very first ever TV show the results are simply staggering!

The Mammothfest team urge every one to watch this and share the link to spread the word.

Watch the Carnage here: 


Stephen Dickson, the Mammothfest director commented: “We are having to be so creative about how we promote our brand, events and bands and with the demise of the young ones and a lack of any regular decent metal performances on Jools holland or any other TV shows we thought we would step up and make it happen. Not just that, we are having a shit load of fun which is what we are about. 



Also, teaming up with Concert-Tech has enabled us to make this happen in a cost effective but extremely professional manner and as you can see from the first show opening credits alone, we mean business. www.concert-tech.co.uk

There is no better way to promote a band than in a live performance that captures the band in full flight, baring witness to the flawless technical abilities, jaw dropping stage performances and HD quality recording to set bands above the rest.

So, if any bands want to film their own live performance or be considered for the possible chance to be on the show email - info@mammothmetalfestival.co.uk with "MFTV and BAND NAME" in the subject heading for more information.



TICKETS are now on sale at £60 for the weekend, with £15 venue day tickets and more also available here - http://mammothfest.bigcartel.com/

NEW MAMMOTHFEST MERCH deals are now on offer with limited sale stock including the “BAD ASS” range here - http://www.pkmerch.com/artists/mammothfest/