Interview with The Crown

Royal Destroyer Album Cover Art

Interview with The Crown
by Victor Augusto

Ok, before I start my smooth talking, let me travel back in time. The year was 2002 and my older brother appeared at home with two albums from a Swedish Death Metal band. I clearly remember, to this day, when The Crown albums “Hell is Here” (1999) and “Deathrace King” (2000) started to play on our old stereo. After that, I understood how amazing the music from Sweden was. We became fans and we never stopped looking for the band’s new releases, even though it was not an easy task at that time in South America. 

I was living in a very poor neighbourhood, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), without access to the internet or a computer, even though those two things were becoming popular at that time. Heavy Metal was a very strange kind of music for people who lived in that place too. I had no money to buy magazines either, but the years have passed and after almost two decades, here I am, without words to describe how happy I am to have the opportunity to talk with The Crown. 

Thanks to the vocalist Johan Lindstrand for taking part in this interview. I do hope you have fun reading about the long career of this amazing band! We have many things to talk about, including their newest release, the killer album “Royal Destroyer”.

Victor Augusto: Since the first time that I heard The Crown, my impression was that the band prioritises creating music that brings energy and could thrill the listeners enough to bang their heads. No matter if you are playing in more of a Thrash or Death Metal style, this is the sensation that the band offers. For this new album that approach hasn’t changed. At the band’s very beginnings, was it your intention to sound so brutal or did it happen naturally?

Johan Lindstrand: The intensity was there from the beginning. We were very inspired by Morbid Angel and Deicide amongst others and we loved the fast brutal stuff. Back then we didn’t have so much of our own identity, but we grew into our own sound more and more as the years passed, but the energy kind of stuck with us. So that’s a very important thing for us for sure, but the cool thing in this band is that we have so much creativity going and we mix a lot of different elements to make the sound more diverse. That’s very important, I think. When you have many songwriters, like we do, you can create that rollercoaster album which puts the listener on high alert because he doesn’t know what will come next. 

Victor Augusto: The crown has released three albums over the last 6 years and you have kept the same line up as well. Do you think that the stable line-up and the sequence of tours helped you to reach the musical result on Royal Destroyer?

Johan Lindstrand: It’s always good to have a steady line up with people you enjoy hanging out with and who are pretty much in sync with you musically. It makes everything easier. We rehearsed really hard for “Royal Destroyer” and we also had to postpone the recording due to Covid-19, which in the end gave us more time to rehearse and make the songs better. So, it’s all about hard work mixed with great band chemistry. 

Victor Augusto: Talking about the long-time partners in crime Marko Tervonen (guitar) and Magnus Olsfelt (bass) have been together since the beginning of the band. You also stayed with them most of the time during the intervening decades. Even though you have had a few break ups and hiatus, you’ve still conquered and urged a huge respect worldwide. How is the relationship amongst you three after so many years?

Johan Lindstrand: The relationship has always been good. We have been friends for a long time now. We were only kids when we first started and we have grown up together playing Death Metal in a kickass band. Like brothers in arms. More than half our lives have been dedicated to this and it’s kinda crazy when you think about it. 

Victor Augusto: Of course Robin Sörqvist (lead guitar) and Henrik Axelsson (drums) are amazing musicians who joined the band for the 3 previous albums (Henrik just for the last 2). What could they offer to the band’s sonority of the band’s sound, considering you already had a strong identity when they joined?

Johan Lindstrand: They have been amazing from day one. They have brought in a new boost of energy into the sound and also into the band chemistry as well. Great guys that fit perfectly. I hope they stick around till the end. 

Victor Augusto: Returning to the past, I remember after discovering the band, I spent many years without knowing anything about the releases available because I was so broken that I hadn’t access to either the internet or the money to buy heavy metal magazines. When I finally had money to find and buy a new album from The Crown, I discovered “Crowned in Terror” with Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates) replacing you on vocals. It is curious that I didn’t know anything about Tomas or At the Gates, but I loved that album even knowing that you are the best man to be THE band’s front man. How was that experience to have him on the band at that period, if you don’t mind talking about it?

Johan Lindstrand: Tomas was in the band for a very short period. They did that album and went on tour in the States. It simply didn’t work out. I believe it’s hard to come into an already established band and try to fit in. But I think that “Crowned in Terror” is a great album and Tomas did a great job. Many people love it, including me. Respect!! 

Victor Augusto: On 2021, the band showed old videos from when you were called Crown of Thorns. My impression after I saw it was that you’ve always had that classic Swedish sonority, that brings a really dark atmosphere, but The Crown seems to flee from it towards a more aggressive style of music. Was it your intention to focus on this aggressive sound to be different from the other Swedish bands at that time?

Johan Lindstrand: As I mentioned before we were very inspired by classic old school US Death Metal and there wasn’t that much melodic stuff happening. I guess we just wanted speed and aggression, but pretty early on we started to mess around with more melody and made our sound wider. We have never felt like we belong anywhere in the Swedish scene. We have always drawn our own path. 

Victor Augusto: “What is happening, Victor?”. Those were my wife’s scared words after I screamed a concise and loud “Holy Shit!” when I was reviewing the newest album “Royal Destroyer” (2021). The reason for this reaction was because all the tracks from the album sound like you just wanted to create the best set of songs ever. There is not one song which sounds like it was a case of “more of the same’, just to complete an album. How hard was it to achieve this result when you were composing for this album?

Johan Lindstrand: We had a lot of songs to choose from. In the end we threw I think 2 or 3 songs away which didn’t feel as good as the others. I think we knew pretty early that we had good material in our hands and when you get that positive vibe; it’s all about rehearsing to make it even better. And we nailed the whole album in 7 days in the studio. We didn’t want to overwork it. We wanted a fresh, live feeling and those songs ended up perfectly on the album. 

Victor Augusto: Still talking about “Royal Destroyer”, it is a mix of everything you’ve done along the decades, but even more brutal. Just the fast and killer opening song ‘Baptized In Violence’ feels ready to destroy everything. I felt even a bit of diluted Hardcore in the mix on this track, amongst the Death Metal. How did you work together to compose this album?

Johan Lindstrand: ‘Baptized in Violence’ was actually my contribution to this album. Me and Magnus wrote the riffs, but I had the idea in my head before I wrote anything. I wanted something really intense that was around one minute and it was more for fun in the beginning, but the band loved this so much it ended up as the first track. I was sceptic at first because it was a more playful vibe compared to the more serious stuff but, in the end, I feel it really deserves a spot. Cool intro to the album. 

All the other songs are composed the way we have always worked. People write stuff at home, then we mess around with it in the rehearsal room to make it even better as a unit. When we have enough songs, we start to think about making an album. We have so much influence coming into this band from all five people which makes the sound more interesting. We have no boundaries in this band. If it feels right, then we record it no matter if it’s a ballad or a one-minute grind song. 

Victor Augusto: Which is the song that each of you most like from “Royal Destroyer” and why? 

Johan Lindstrand: My personal favourite is “Let the hammering begin”. It has a classic vibe to it, but it still feels fresh. Great arrangements. 

Marko Tervonen – Guitar: I think ‘Let The Hammering Begin’ is one bad mo-fo that contains all the elements a good song requires!!

Henrik Axelsson – Drums: ‘Scandinavian Satan’ 

Robin Sörqvist – Lead Guitar: Best on the album is the solo in ‘Full Metal Justice’. Energy, Thrash, shrimpsallad and a hard on!

Magnus Olsfelt – Bass: First riff of ‘Baptized In Violence’ is a highlight for me. Vintage Quorthon-style!

Victor Augusto: Despite Ever Metal being based in the UK, I am from Brazil and I know few people here who also like The Crown. How is the reaction of South American metalheads to The Crown? Do you think that one day you could tour here? 

Johan Lindstrand: We really hope to get over to South America in the future. That would have been awesome. But I really don’t know how the status of The Crown is over there. Hopefully it’s good. 

Victor Augusto: You have a DVD “14 Years of No Tomorrows” that has many good live performances from festivals and concerts you’ve played between 2000 and 2003, as well as bootlegs from the nineties. Do you have plans for new material from a live concert, perhaps with a documentary to discuss your long history?

Johan Lindstrand: We actually released a live show in 2015 on our YouTube channel. Pro-filmed and 90 minutes long. Other than that, we don’t have any plans to release more physical stuff like live DVD’s and documentaries. But who knows? It might happen in the future. 

Victor Augusto: I can’t describe how happy I am to have talked to you. I really hope to see the band live someday, no matter where in the world. Please let us know your final words for the fans and the band’s plan for the future. 

Johan Lindstrand: At the moment we are writing hard for our next album which probably will be out in 2023 and I hope that the world will go back to normal soon so we can go out and play for you all. Thanks for the support and thanks for the interview, Victor. 

Cheers / Johan 

The Crown – ‘Motordeath’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Johan Lindstrand – Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt – Bass
Marko Tervonen – Guitar
Robin Sörqvist – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Henrik Axelsson – Drums


The Crown – Royal Destroyer review

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Interview with INFRARED

From The Black Swamp Album Cover Art

Interview with INFRARED
By Victor Augusto

I don’t know how long I will be able to keep myself interviewing or reviewing bands from all around the world. I just do my job of writing gibberish about music and seeing what the bands will think of my strange thoughts. Sometimes they like it and we become friends….

Infrared are one of the most notorious bands from Canada that I have had the pleasure to discover. After reviewing their last two releases, I felt that it was a good time to do this interview. Considering they are a band that appeared in the eighties and returned after a few decades of hiatus with a very intense frequency of releases, we had a lot to talk about.

Thanks to the Vocalist/ Guitarist Armin Kamal, Guitarist Kirk Gidley, and Bassist Mike Forbes for taking part.

Victor Augusto: Starting with the early days of Infrared, you appeared in 1985 and recorded a demo tape in 1986 called “R.I.P. (Recognition in Power)”. I’ve listened to this demo tape on YouTube and I was surprised, because you’ve already had some very mature compositions and even a reasonable record production for that time and for a first release. What do you remember from this period and from the recording process?

Armin Kamal: I remember we felt very green going in to record. We had never recorded anything beyond recording our jams on a ghetto blaster. So, recording instruments separately or trying to play together and hearing ourselves with a good mix in headphones was very foreign to us. And then doing the vocals separately without playing guitar at the same time was weird. 

We recorded the demo not far from where Shawn Thompson, our original bass player, lived. I also remember the recording engineer was a minister or priest and so we were really concerned about using an F-Bomb in the track ‘T.O.C.’, so instead of saying “Get fucked”, we said “Get back”. We never bowed to pressure again after that. Ha ha!

Victor Augusto: You had quite a short existence during these early years, but after seeing the video of ‘Thoughts Caught (In Between)’, from this first demo tape, I had the impression you were a very focused professional offering. What could you tell us about the shows and how much of a part of Thrash Metal scene at that time you felt you were and how famous you became?

Armin Kamal: That track was the only track we re-recorded after Kirk (Kirk Gidley – Guitars) was no longer in the band. It was done at a more professional studio in downtown Ottawa called Ambience Studios, I think. We then re-released the RIP demo in ’88 with that new version of the song on it and we shot a video with Kirk’s sister’s boyfriend at the time. That video managed to get on the nation’s music station called Much Music and from that we gained a short-lived notoriety across the country. I remember receiving all kinds of fan mail from that time which was interesting and surprising. It was Ian Myers who was on that recording and in the video. He left shortly after and the band did not last long beyond that departure.

Before he left and as even part of the video, we played at one of the city’s biggest clubs called Barrymore’s. It was a good time and lots of fun, but the band could not survive too many band member changes. The band had started as a group of friends first, then musicians second. Once that dynamic changed, it was the beginning of the end. Until, of course, the original friend group decided to fire back up the Infrared engine!

 ‘Thoughts Caught (In Between)’ video

Victor Augusto: You stopped in approximately 1990 and returned more than 20 years later. What have you done with your lives during this time? Were you involved with anything related to music along the way?

Armin Kamal: I played in several different bands after Infrared disbanded. Many of those involved Alain Grouxl (drummer), which was nice because we work so well together. There were other projects, like a couple of cover bands which I used to improve my vocal capabilities and one long standing original project called Dirty Beloved. Kirk did not really pursue music and instead focused on career and family. Mike (Mike Forbes – Bass) only started playing guitar and bass later in life, which surprised even me given how good he is. He plays like he started in his teens and yet only started in his mid to late 20’s! He played in several local bands as well including a project or two with Alain.

Victor Augusto: After this long hiatus, you returned in 2014. In 2016, the first full album “No Peace” had all the old tracks, from your demo tape, re-recorded together with some new songs. How hard was it to continue work which started over 30 years ago and what was the biggest challenge with that? 

Kirk Gidley: We had to dig up old cassettes and listen to them and figure them out as it had been such a long time. Armin extracted the songs from a cassette and sent them to me. It was challenging for me as I still played guitar, but I hadn’t played with a drummer since the 80’s. I just thought about that recently and Al (Alain Grouxl) is the only drummer I’ve played with and Infrared the only band I’ve played with.

Armin Kamal: All the songs on that album were all old songs from the 80’s. Some we had never recorded beyond on a Ghetto Blaster. So, figuring out what we played and the lyrics was challenging. We also ended up slowing some of the songs down to make sure the picking was articulate and truth be told, we were not in fine speed picking form at the time we recorded. Now we play them faster live!!!

Victor Augusto: You are keeping up a good frequency of releases since you’ve returned (“No Peace” – 2016, “Saviours” – 2018, “Back to the Warehouse” EP – 2019 and “From the Black Swamp” – 2021), averaging no more than 2 years of waiting between releases. How is the composition process for you and how do you get inspired to create so much material in such a short time?

Kirk Gidley: We kind of feel we are trying to make up for lost time in a way. We have a lot of song ideas and we enjoy writing music. I am finding with each release that we are improving, and I think we will keep releasing music at this pace. If you look back at the 1970’s and 80’s, bands released albums every year. I feel if Infrared was a full-time band, we would probably release albums more frequently.

Armin Kamal: Even as we record and produce an album, we still noodle on our guitars and come up with and capture new ideas for future songs. So, by the time an album is released and we are promoting it, we go back and start sifting through our riffs and figuring out what makes a good song and the process starts all over again.

Victor Augusto: After listening to “No Peace” and “Saviours”, I could hear a bit of Traditional Heavy Metal mixed in with your Thrash Metal style. I guess it was introduced with the cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘Wrathchild’ on the “Back to the Warehouse” EP. For the new album, this element feels less present. Could you tell us about your influences currently?

Kirk Gidley: We can’t help not sounding like our heroes growing up; it just comes out in our writing styles. Our influence nowadays is pretty much the same as it was years ago. I know we all listen to the same bands and the funny thing is all the bands we grew up with are still around which is so amazing to me. The bands that are still around today really proves the longevity of great music and great bands. It’s not like pop music, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Look at all the metal bands that are still together and successful. It’s incredible. We do listen to newer bands like Gojira and Mastodon etc. and we tend to listen to a lot of local bands as well, bands we have met playing shows.

Victor Augusto: The newest album “From the Black Swamp” came when we finally had a breather from the Covid-19 situation and it is a brutal album. It looks like you had a lot of anger and many feelings to get off your chest for this album. What changed in your lives during these two years of lockdown and what came from it that could have inspired the new compositions?

Kirk Gidley: Well, we had more time on our hands being locked up in a house especially in a Canadian winter. Lockdowns are frustrating and I guess that came out in the songs. I think the album is also strong as I mentioned earlier. We are gaining more experience in song writing and working as a team. I think our next album will be strong as well. I believe if you don’t strive to improve every album what’s the use? Time will tell.

Armin Kamal: Not only did the pandemic piss us off, but I also went through a separation / divorce of a long marriage shortly after the pandemic started. Speaking with the guys in the band, we found we had similar experiences and the theme of hardships in relationships seemed to be common and we had never really written about it to this extent. Whether it was with a partner, girlfriend, boss, co-worker, friend, etc., it is something every human can relate to. Write what you know. 

‘From the Black Swamp’ video 

Victor Augusto: Summarizing what you talk about in the lyrics the subject matter goes from religious mind control, or bad relationships, to the energy of bands on stage. From what I could see, all the subjects are very personal for all members and you’ve found a way to scream it all out on a record. Do you create the music inspired on the lyric concept, or do you fit the lyric over the songs?

Armin Kamal: For us, it almost always starts with a riff or group of riffs that seem to fit together well. Then this gives us a vibe, and then a topic we may have on the mind might fit one of those songs and then the lyrics are written. 

Victor Augusto: Musically, I could hear many amazing references from good Thrash bands in this album. ‘Tribal Junction’ opens the album, in the best ‘Criminally Insane’ way (Slayer), the style of ‘Among The Living’ (Anthrax) in the intro to ‘Evil Ascent’, or ‘Practice What You Preach’ bass (Testament) in ‘Eternal Exile’. Even Metallica’s ‘Orion’ on the closing song ‘Semita Domum’. Nevertheless, it is all a matter of references, because this album showed us a band with a much stronger identity than before. If you could do a self-analysis of it, what could you tell us about the band’s musical evolution for this record?

Mike Forbes: We took more time to refine the songs for this album. If anything, the pandemic gave us reason to take our time finishing the album as the music scene had really taken a hit. The songs were originally done early into the pandemic, but we felt that releasing an album when we couldn’t get out and play live to promote it didn’t make sense. We chose to take the time to really listen to the songs and refine them. I’m glad we did because some great ideas came up during this time. 

I suppose you could say that there may have been a little more emotion put into the album to make up for not being able to express ourselves in a live setting. An emotional “all in” effect, if you like.

Armin Kamal: Not only that, but with 2.5 albums recorded (2 albums and one EP before the new full), a lot of lessons were learned and we gained some more maturity in song writing and trimmed a lot of fat. We became more efficient at delivering a vibe, even though there are still some longer songs on the album, most are not. That alone takes some skill. As Kirk mentioned, if you are not improving, learning and growing, why continue?

Victor Augusto: After the album release, you’ve started a tour in Canada to promote it. How is the Heavy Metal scene for shows there, and how big are you in your own country? 

Mike Forbes: The pandemic is still affecting our ability to tour very much. We have a few shows with Exciter lined up in February that have now been postponed until the July timeframe. We played one show in Ottawa in support of the new album and get a strong sense that the scene will still be good once things open back up from the pandemic.

As far as how big we are in our country, I would say that we are known in the Canadian Metal scene by a fair amount of people. I really have no idea how to guage this.

Victor Augusto: Do you have any plans for tours out of Canada, like in Europe, USA, or even in South America?

Mike Forbes: We would love to play in Europe, the USA and especially South America. Those are the places where the best Metal communities and festivals are. Our goal is to get out and expand our audience.

Victor Augusto: About your personal lives. Infrared is an active band, but we know it is hard to keep a band running without having a side job. How do you manage your work and personal lives with the band’s schedule? 

Mike Forbes: We usually rehearse once a week as a band. When we have upcoming shows, we will usually double up on our weekly rehearsals. Each of us rehearses on our off time from our work schedules. I am fortunate enough to work from home which means my bass is always close by in case the urge arises.

Victor Augusto: Do you guys meet each other when you are not playing, like friends and put the families together for a barbecue?

Mike Forbes: Yes. We are in touch daily and hang out with each other. In fact, we are due for another camping trip. That’s one of the great things about this band, we are friends. It makes everything so much more enjoyable to experience all of this with people you like being around ha ha!

Victor Augusto: Last question before we finish. The song ‘No Masters, No Gods’ is my favourite track and last year I was out of my city working in a very complex Air Traffic Control activity. Every day, my workmates and I heard this song when we were preparing to go to work. It was like a source of adrenaline to ease our anxiety. Have you ever received any kind of feedback like that from your fans about how your music helped them or followed them through something in their lives?

Mike Forbes: I love hearing stories like this. I know there are songs that are essential to my being. Songs that give me a certain feeling every time I hear it, like a drug. I have had a few people tell me stories of how listening to one of our songs gives them inspiration. 

Not to sound selfish but, we write music for ourselves. By this, I mean that we don’t try and please people. It’s an amazing feeling to know that music that obviously connects with us, also connects with others. To know that our music can inspire good feelings inspires me to never stop making music.

Armin Kamal: I just received a text message the other day from a friend who also went through a separation and he uses our latest album as therapy. This made me happy beyond belief, because it made every ounce of effort that went into the album worth it. And then to hear your story! Wow! Please, please … do not let any planes collide or we will be blamed and hated in Brazil!

‘No Masters, No Gods’ video

Victor Augusto: Thanks for your time. I really hope to see you all in concert someday. By the way, when I shared my review of “From the Black Swamp”, I discovered that few people know the band here in Brazil. Please let us know your final thoughts for your fans and for Ever Metal readers, the band’s plans for the future.

Armin Kamal: First, it is very cool to hear that we are known in different places around the world. We do hear this quite a bit and say if we could just travel all the people who know and like us to one location, we might have a hell of a concert! Ha ha! We really hope to meet many of the people who have bought our albums and support us. It really means a lot to us. Once the pandemic subsides, I think we will be playing like hungry teenagers again and leaving a lot of aggression on the stage! Peace!


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Interview with BROWBEAT

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Interview with BROWBEAT
Interviewed by Beth Jones

Italian Hardcore band Browbeat were a new name on me when their about to be released EP dropped in my inbox. I do like a bit of Hardcore, and their bio sounded like they would be right up my street! I reviewed the EP, and decided that we all needed to know a little more about these guys. Luckily, I managed to grab a quick email interview with them, so we can all get a bit more of a flavour for what makes this band tick. Enjoy…

Hi guys, it’s nice to talk to you. Firstly, can you tell us a bit about the band? What style of music do you play, how long have you been playing together, and how did you start out as a band?

Hello to everybody! It’s nice for us too! When we formed in 1998. We had a common idea which was to create music in the most intense way possible by combining anguish, heaviness and lyrics that would highlight the problems of society. At that time, we were in the middle of the 90’s Hardcore / Crossover/New Metal scene, and it still gave us a great inspiration to play our music. In the band you can hear everything. Our sound ranges from old school Hardcore to more modern, from 80s Thrash to Death Metal and the most extreme Grindcore. Let’s say we don’t have a favourite band or genre, we like to listen to good music and take inspiration from that. We have been doing shows since 1998, then we broke up in 2007 and reformed in 2017. From the original line-up there is only our singer M.V. The current line-up has been together since 2018.

Your new EP, “The Showdown” is about to drop – tell us a little about that – what inspired the songs, and how long have you been working on it?

The Showdown was born naturally in a few months, trying not to follow trends but playing simply what we liked. After the pre-production phase, we found ourselves in the practice room testing out the songs and fixing the last details. Right from the start we had an excellent feeling about the total performance of the songs. Listening to a lot of different music, and what we feel every day in our life, are the main factors for writing songs.           

Musically, who have been your greatest influences?

Hatebreed, Merauder, Madball, Rage Against the Machine, Earth Crisis, Lionheart, The Acacia Strain, the first Machine Head and Biohazard are the bands that have influenced us most. We are very related to the 90’s scene, but we also appreciate more modern bands, such as Nasty, Knocked Loose, Antagonist AD, etc …

Obviously, the world’s been in a weird place for the last couple of years. How have you managed to keep your music going, and have you been able to get back to live shows yet?

During the pandemic, we took the opportunity to write new songs and record pre-productions.  We did a few shows but not like we used to do before Covid.

What have you got planned for 2022 (covid permitting)?

We love the stage and the contact with the fans, so we simply hope in 2022 to do all the shows that can be done in our country and abroad, also because we will have to promote our new EP.

You guys have been around for a pretty long time now, and you’re all very experienced musicians. What advice would you give to young bands just starting out on their journey?

Definitely study music and practice every day. Believe in what you do, have patience and perseverance, and try not to throw money to incompetent and unreliable managers. But especially, always try to have fun.

How do you approach songwriting – is it a collaborative thing between you, and what comes first, the lyrics or the riffs?

Luca Cocconi is the main composer of the band.  He takes care of the music, by writing the guitar, bass, and drums sessions. After the pre-production phase, we meet in the rehearsal room to rehearse the songs and fix the final details. Later when the musical part is complete, MV, the singer, writes the lyrics.

You’ve already played gigs with some of the greats of the genre, but if you could organise a dream gig, which bands would you want alongside you on the line-up?

The list would be very long but if I were to organize the concert of my dreams, personally I would call the Rollins Band as headliner, then Biohazard, Downset, Inside Out, Gorilla Biscuits, Public Enemy, House of Pain, Earth Crisis, Hatebreed and Browbeat as openers of course … ha … ha …!!!

The EP contains a cover of ‘Slave New World’ by Sepultura – why did you choose that song to cover?

Because for us, Sepultura represent one of the best bands of the 90s Metal scene, in their powerful and innovative sound, and for the lyrical concepts.

“CHAOS AD” and “ARISE” are two absolute masterpieces. Even though almost 30 years have passed, the lyrics of ‘SLAVE NEW WORLD’ are still very relevant, especially for the period we are living.

Thanks for your time guys, it’s been great to talk to you. To finish off, can you give us one sentence to describe what Browbeat, and this new EP, will bring to the listener.

Thanks Ever Metal for giving us this opportunity. 22nd January 2022 our new EP “THE SHOWDOWN” will be out, and will surely bring to the listener so much brutality, impact, power and energy! Stay tuned!! Stay angry!! Stay HC!!


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Interview with Adam Biggs, of Rivers Of Nihil

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Interview with Adam Biggs, of Rivers Of Nihil
Interviewed and Recorded by Sheri Bicheno

As soon as I heard that Rivers of Nihil were about to unleash their new album, “The Work”, via Metal Blade Records, I rushed to submerge myself in this absolute journey of an album… and I was not disappointed. 

Philadelphia based Rivers Of Nihil are certainly no strangers to the abundance of growth around Progessive Death Metal, with their years spanning since 2009, and 4 stunning studio albums, 2 LP’s, and an impressive itinerary of shows under their belts. 

It needs to be noted that the album artwork featured for Rivers of Nihil is none other than that of the renowned Dan Seagrave (Memoriam, Entombed, Lawnmower Deth) and the links to the fantastic artwork on the new album connects to those of the elder… my advice – go and find out!

This has got to be one of my favourite releases of 2021 by far – paired with the anticipation after their success with “Where Owls Know My Name”, Rivers of Nihil offer a new palette with “The Work”. I was lucky enough to be joined by bassist Adam Biggs to have a chat about the concepts and deeper exploration behind their new offering. Have a watch below:

Interview with Adam Biggs, of Rivers Of Nihil

Rivers Of Nihil are:
Jake Dieffenbach – lead vocals
Brody Uttley – lead guitar, keyboards
Adam Biggs – bass, vocals
Jon Topore – rhythm guitar, keyboards
Jared Klein – drums, backing vocals


YouTube video for “The Void of Which No Sound Escapes”

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Video Interview with PRESSURE

Video Interview with PRESSURE
Interviewed and recorded by Sheri Bicheno

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Pressure are an eclectic flavour of Rock that combines the concepts of dealing with everyday pressures and hurdles that go hand in hand with uplifting and positive messages to keep pushing forward!

They are a breath of fresh air and fantastic to talk to. I caught up with them ahead of the release of their new single, ‘Pressure’, to talk about what drives their visions and passions for this new offering and beyond. They give me an insight into the heart of Pressure, and talk about their story that keeps us in constant anticipation to where the next chapter may lead…

Exclusive Video Interview:

Guitars, drums, backing vocals–Simon Forsell
Lead vocals–Olof Jönsson
Guitar–Emil Salling
Vocals – Olli Violet
Bass – Ignacio Arrúa


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Interview With Grief Ritual At Badgerfest 2021

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Interview With Grief Ritual
At Badgerfest 2021
Interviewed By Sheri Bicheno

I hadn’t had the pleasure of seeing Grief Ritual perform before… and I’m always a complete pushover for new music. So, after I had done a little digging and discovered that these Gloucestershire lads combine some of my favourite flavours of metal, I gave them a listen, and immediately had my face blown off… So, naturally, when I saw that Badgerfest had them on the line up, I set myself up for a live experience of said face blasting… I was not disappointed.

I went, I got, I loved!! I cannot recommend these guys enough.

Playing the likes of Bloodstock’s Hobgoblin Stage, 2000 Trees Festival, and numerous gigs up and down the UK (with Raging Speedhorn, Heart of A Coward, and Black Tongue), Grief Ritual have astounding feedback, and I’m a bit hyped to have discovered this little alchemic balanced gem of Blackened, Extreme, and Metalcore.

I caught up with them at Badgerfest for a quick chat…

Sheri: Killer set! That was wicked!! Beforehand I wasn’t too familiar with who you are so it’s really nice to come across something new and really get into it!

Silas: That’s great to hear, thank you so much!

Sheri: Where are you guys based at the moment?

Silas: In Gloucestershire, but Chris is from Birmingham…

Chris: Yes… We’ve met before!

Sheri: Yes we have! I was like, “I know this face” haha.

Chris: It’s normally bad news when I hear that haha.

Sheri: Haha well if it is, I can’t remember!

*Fits of giggles from all*

Silas: If we can have that on record, that would be great! Haha.

Sheri: I’m quite interested in your style… I don’t like putting everyone in a box. When you come to writing, what comes from you guys? What do you envision when you sit down and collectively song-write?

Silas: It’s like an ongoing thing for us, because we’ve kinda got our foot in each genre. We’ve got a very like… black metal influence. And on the other side we’ve got into the hardcore scene, as well and then everything in between – so it’s like we wanna sort of tick off both sides of that, and of course not ostracize anyone so…

Chris: We’re all pure metalheads at heart really, so we’ll been in bands in the punk scene, the hardcore scene, and the metal scene, and thrash… we’ve all had our hand in stuff… so it’s culminated into this really, hasn’t it?

Sheri: So when you do your song writing, do you have a particular person that it falls to?

Chris: So I joined these guys fairly recently. Which has helped in a way because we had a sound already and we just thought how can we adapt that and work on that.

Silas: It’s relatively collaborative, but these two are the people you really need to talk to about that haha (*points at Chris and James*).

James: It’s normally like we’ll jam an idea out and go “that works and that doesn’t” based on if it’s too similar to before, or too far out to where we want to go, so we can find that middle ground really.

Silas: What’s been really good this time is that, with our previous guitarist, it was all written in the room. There was nothing brought to us before, it was all just in the jam – the good thing about Chris is that he writes a lot of it on his laptop beforehand, and then when we get in the live room, we sort of have a rough idea of what we’re gonna do. So we chop and change it, change the tempos and have a bit of a feel of new stuff around, and then start again because it’s all rubbish hahaha!

James: Honestly though talking about that, Chris has really brought the most out of all of us I think, as musicians, as songwriters, all that sort of stuff. I mean, he’s brought a hell of a lot to the table and it’s really influenced a lot of the new stuff that we will be bringing out early next year.

Sheri: That’s my next question hahaha. You’re a step ahead of me, mate haha. I have seen that you are in the studio so you’re writing at the moment…

Silas: We have just finished recording actually, with Joe Clayton in Manchester. See the trouble we have on the motorway on the way, we probably should have got a hotel and stayed the weekend but there you go haha. But we’ve recorded two (we think) fantastic singles with Joe, and we’re looking to drop them early next year, and everything we’ve got behind them, and run with those.

Sheri: We will be looking out for that! What are you guys up to after Badgerfest and next year after the release?

James: So we’ve got a weekender, and a few gigs lined up before the end of the year… but I think it’s mainly gonna be based on the single being released next year now, and sort of re-branding and going from that point onwards.

Silas: We’ve got some festivals lined up next year that we can talk about soon. About 5 or 6 gigs before the end of the year – this was our first show back after about 18 months really! So, I mean actually to come and have the reception that we had and playing in front of 100 people or so, the amount of people that are here and having such a professional setup – it’s been amazing. It was like a trial by fire haha – walking to the stage and thinking “fucking hell, I haven’t done this in like a year and a half!” And it was such a pro set up.

Chris: It was like a 20 minute window between getting here and then playing hahaha. And then after 20 minutes that’s when we had the first time to just step back and be like “Oh yeah! We CAN do that.”

Sheri: It went well! Thank you so much for your time guys. We will catch up with you again!

Grief Ritual: Thank you! We look forward to it!

Grief Ritual are:
Silas Miller – Bass
Jamie Waggett – Vocals
Chris Ward – Guitar
James Broady – Drums


Grief Ritual Live at Badger Fest
Photo: Sheri Bicheno

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Video Interview with PANDEMMY

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Video Interview with PANDEMMY
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Pedro Valença and Guilherme Silva, from the Brazilian Death Metal band Pandemmy!

We discussed, in depth, their last album “Subversive Need” which explores subjects like Racism, Politics and Xenophobia. Of course, we also talked about their musical evolution.

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

PANDEMMY Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Video Edit by Victor Augusto
Live videos of ‘Webchaos’ and ‘Deforestation’ by Pandemmy


“Subversive Need” (Full Album)

Original Review of “Subversive Need”

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Pandemmy

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Interview with Control The Storm Beermageddon, 27/08/2021

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Interview with Control The Storm
Beermageddon, 27/08/2021
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys! Miss Bicheno here and I have returned to bring you a little chat with Control The Storm that took place at this year’s Beermageddon.

Let me tell you, what an amazing weekend this was, Jim and his team really pulled out the stops to deliver such a safe, friendly and killer event. After the hype and buzz of Bloodstock, this was such a wonderful & chilled environment.

As some of you know, Control The Storm (hailing from the land of Bristol) are currently one of the UK’s most spoken about, up and coming Melodic Rock/Metal bands on the Underground scene. They are popping up absolutely everywhere! And I. AM. HERE FOR IT!

These guys are always so friendly and humble and hugely talented in their genre – the usual “You should go check them out if you haven’t” applies here…but TENFOLD.

In an impromptu moment, I was swiftly taken to their tour van for a catch up chat… To be honest with you, being kidnapped by Firouzeh (Vocalist) and Raedon (Keys and Vocals) – well, I could think of a lot worse situations to be in…

Sheri: I am sat here with Control The Storm! How are you?

Control The Storm: Hiiiii! How are you??

Sheri: I’m good, I’m good! So, so pleased to see you guys after so long.

Raedon: It’s always nice to see you.

Sheri: I think the last time I saw you guys was in Manchester!

Raedon: At The Rebellion!! A long time ago now… Like March 2019 or something like that…

Sheri: That was it!

Firouzeh: Before the Pandemic I think…

Raedon: It was the first gig wasn’t it, with Matt wasn’t it?

Sheri: That was a good gig as well…So how have you guys been? I guess you’re gonna get asked a lot but how have you been through the whole pause?

Raedon: …I got fat. Hahahaha.

Sheri: Me too!

*Everyone starts laughing*

Raedon: We made it…hahaha

Firouzeh: Yeah, we made it through! Thankfully haha. We’re out the other side of it now.

Sheri: I’m guessing you have many plans coming up now that things have been given the green light a bit more? I’m guessing you’re planning plans?

Raedon: Yeah, everything got postponed again so we had a European and UK tour set up for Autumn this year and that’s now been put back to March 2022 so it’s definitely been a thing that happened…

Firouzeh: Download for the third time…

Raedon: Yeah, third time’s the charm for Download haha. It’s weird, when you’re in a band and you find out that you’re gonna play a big festival and then you’re not allowed to say anything until they say…so you have to sit on it…and it’s the worst thing in the world!! Hahaha. Cuz YOU know that you’re playing…and they know that you’re playing…

Firouzeh: We were sat on it for like a year!

Raedon: Yeah it was months wasn’t it, cuz we found out in 2019 and then we had to sit on it until we had to make an announcement.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it was meant to be announced in March but instead, there was a cancellation announcement haha!

Raedon: We didn’t even make it onto the poster and we were like “Argggghhh!” Then when they announced for 2021, we were added to the poster.

Firouzeh: Yeah, so we didn’t have to wait haha.

Sheri: Dammit! So that’s prolonging so much excitement…

Control The Storm: Yeah!

Firouzeh: But that’s gonna be one hell of a gig though! The energy you know…

Raedon: Just think if it’s anything like the Bloodstock show, we’ll be fine.

Sheri: It’s gonna be awesome! Are you doing anything studio wise at the moment?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we’re writing our next album at the moment…which should be out before Download.

Raedon: I think we’re aiming for just before Download.

Firouzeh: There’ll be singles coming out anyways beforehand.

Sheri: We need a bit of injection of you guys because its been so long! You now have Aaron from Akkadian in the line-up, which I’m really excited about as I’ve a little history there with Akkadian. I saw their second ever gig by chance and I was so blown away, I was like “I need you guys to play for me ASAP!” So, they played my gig at the Giffard in Wolverhampton and IT. WAS. AMAZING.

Raedon: Oh wow!! They’re great aren’t they? It’s like Meshuggah and Gojira have had a baby hahaha.

Sheri: Absolutely haha! So, I’m really excited that you guys have got him because he is such an incredibly talented drummer.

Raedon: So are we, I mean it’s a shame that our previous drummer went back to Bulgaria as we love him to bits and we haven’t really said anything online about his plans as he was a bit unsure about what he was doing but as things started going again, he just said that he wasn’t gonna be available so we ended up scouring the internet for people that we knew – cuz that was the thing, I didn’t wanna just put an advert out and be like…do it cold. So, Aaron had come to see us at Bloodstock and he came up after the show and was like “Wow, this is really cool!” and I added him on Facebook, he said he was a drummer and I was like “Well we should give that guy a little shout and see if he’s available and sure enough, he was and he learnt the set in about a week.

Firouzeh: Yeah, he’s very eager and great!

Raedon: Yeah, he’s very very good. Lovely guy.

Firouzeh: So yeah, we are so happy that he’s on board with us at the moment.

Sheri: He’s definitely an amazing addition. In terms of when everything was going on, did you have to wait long for the writing process for your new material?

Raedon: Initially, it was all online as I was still challenged in the housing department. I was living in my van for the lockdown so when I finally managed to get my gear set up again, I finally was able to get the ideas out of my head and we quite quickly got some material together the first time we got together as a band but we were doing that kinda back and forth online for a while. But there’s something about that kinda takes the warmth and makes it feel quite disjointed, we definitely write better when we are in a room together. So yeah, we’ve made a really good start on the next record and hopefully it’s all gonna be finished by January.

Sheri: In terms of songwriting, do you collectively come together or…?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we have individual ideas and they we bring it together and to the table and we write collectively, it just depends…

Raedon: Then we delete it all and start again hahaha.

Sheri: Always the way haha

Raedon: I’ve got a file on my computer of about 300 revisions of songs where we want to change this bit…then change this bit…so they dont come to life until we start playing them live. So, things can change. Hopefully, you know, The Power of Desire will come out tonight haha.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it feels good to be playing it because we wrote that song before lockdown…

Raedon: Yeah, we had it ready for January 2020 and were gonna release it before Download 2020…

Firouzeh: Yeah and then everything happened and didn’t end up releasing it because we wanted to find the right time to release it.

Raedon: Yeah, I think we did. We needed a bit of a boost coming into this year as it was all so crap and we thought “Well we have to do SOMETHING as we’re not playing live, we’re not really putting content out, let’s just release Desire and get it ready to go.” We did a video and we put it out on 8th January…and it’s been the most successful thing we’ve done!

Firouzeh: Yeah!

Sheri: Yeah it really took off!

Raedon: Yeah, to get like 100,000 views on the video on YouTube was pretty cool. So, Spotify took off as well because of it. So yeah, it’s just been kinda nice. So maybe, in a way, lockdown in that respect has been really good for us.

Sheri: You’re in high demand at the moment, you guys…

Firouzeh: Awww! It feels that way haha.

Sheri: Well, you’re playing Beermageddon tonight, which after the hype of Bloodstock, is really nice. What are you guys doing after? Are you heading home or you gonna stay the weekend?

Raedon: I’m gonna get rickety rickety wrecked! Hahaha.

Sheri: Thank you so much for having a little humble chat with me, really looking forward to seeing you guys play!

Control The Storm: Thank you so much Sheri.

Raedon: Love ya!

‘Desire’ (Official Video)

Firouzeh Razavi – Vocals
Raedon Mac – Keyboard/Vocals
Paul O’Shea – Bass
Rich Shillitoe – Guitar
Matt Smith – Guitar
Aaron Wright – Drums


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Interview with DEADGLOW

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Interview with DEADGLOW
By Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone.

Finnish Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio Deadglow are gearing up to release their debut album “Machine Skin” on 29th October. As a precursor to that their first, dual, singles and videos ‘Machine Skin’/’Your Blood (Parts 1-3)’ are about to devour your senses. Their sound encompasses Pink Floyd to Death via Tesseract as well as inspiration from Sci-Fi/Horror movies, books and art.

With this in mind, we thought it would be great to have a chat with them about the band, so my thanks go to vocalist Jukka Ruottinen, guitarist/bassist Simo Lukkari and drummer Juho Mikkonen for their time.

You can find a link to our review of the singles at the end of the interview.

Q: How did Deadglow form?

Simo: I wanted to create music that I am really into, but instead of forming a band, I approached Deadglow from a different angle. I wrote some songs and booked a studio without rehearsing for recording a single. It worked out well, so I decided to continue. I had plans to record material with different musicians, but things worked out so well that I cancelled that. Deadglow is all about sound, echoes and making something that you love and like to listen to. Deadglow is only a year and a half old, but we have already twelve songs recorded and more to come.

Jukka: Simo needed a vehicle to release his music, so he asked me to work with him on some songs. I then joined to add vocals to his new project. After the first recording session, Juho Mikkonen joined as drummer. We have some friends helping us on some tracks, but the three of us is Deadglow for now.

Q: Who are the members of Deadglow and can you tell us a little more about yourselves?

Simo: I have been playing guitar from the age of 14 and I have been writing music for several years now. I played Hair Metal, Glam Rock and Grunge as well as toured for some time in Finland. When I write music, I am usually heavily inspired by something like a movie or a certain atmosphere. It is the best way to get rid of reality.

Jukka: I’ve been singing my whole life and playing guitar from my teens. Mostly my bands played slow acoustic songs, but Grunge and heavier music have always been what I love. The last 5 years I’ve been singing a lot of Rock. The music that Simo creates inspires me to write lyrics, and takes me to places, so it’s great to be part of Deadglow. Simo is one hell of a guitar player and I like Juho’s hard hitting drumming.

Juho: I’ve been playing drums for 21 years with different bands. Styles have varied from Black Metal to Thrash Metal and Rock. Last year Simo sent me a couple of demos and asked me if I was available to play drums. The demos hit me right away and reminded me somehow of the music of my youth that I love. Besides musical talents, Simo and Jukka are also nice guys, so why would I not take the opportunity! I also play in a band called The Groupie High School and have my own firm.

Q: What is the origin of the Deadglow name, and what are your primary influences?

Simo: The inspiration came from the Stephen King novel “IT”. It refers to the glow you can see in the mouth of Pennywise when he prepares to eat. I guess I can say that a lot of the Deadglow inspiration comes from 80s Horror and Sci-Fi books and movies. We all love 80’s music, sounds, echoes, synths, horror movies and art. We are influenced by Stephen King books, John Carpenter movies and H.P Lovecraft.

Q: Is it possible for you to describe the musical genre of Deadglow, and how did you decide on this style?

Simo: I think we don’t have a primary genre, but if I had to pick one, I would say it is Old School Heavy Metal meets Pink Floyd. I have always been a fan of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, but also like a lot of different genres. So, if the mood changes, then the music changes. The main thing in Deadglow is the sound…our song ‘Your Blood’ is the primary Deadglow sound, it means echoes from a different world.

Q: Are you keen to take this album out on the road, for live performances?

Simo: We have some killer tracks and hopefully we can do some shows soon. We also have some demo songs for our second album already. To do a live show with this type of band is a bit harder than with a normal Rock group. For example, in upcoming songs we need to play with two different drum sets, because there is just so much to play. If you want to play that live, basically, you must have two drummers on stage, or you must arrange that somehow. It will be the most ambitious thing any of us has ever done.

Q: When did you decide to go into the studio, and how was the recording experience?

Simo: After we recorded a single, we decided to record the whole album in the same style. No rehearsing, just straight to the studio. We recorded the whole album in four or five days, so it meant that we had to practice a lot on our own. The whole experience was good, and we recorded in a professional high-end studio with high-quality gear. We used only analogue recording and played as much naturally, as we could, to avoid fixing much afterwards.

Q: What is the driving force behind your songwriting?

Jukka: Simo creates the music first, then I try to write lyrics and vocal melodies that suits the music. Some songs sound dark, some lighter, so the lyrics also go through all kinds of emotions. I don’t really like to explain words too much, so I hope they tell something to everyone. I saw the album and single cover before all the lyrics were final, so that kind of also affected my writing. For some reason I was also reading a lot of dystopian books and watching TV series when writing.

Q: What inspire the visual elements of Deadglow?

Jukka: The primary visual inspiration comes from Simo’s love of all kinds of classic Sci-Fi and Horror. It’s all about the state of this world; humans will destroy all nature, and eventually nature will have its revenge…or the machines will get us! The look and the feel are dystopian…the end of everything is sorrowful, but the new beginning will come, and it means also hope!

Q: What does the next 12 months look like for Deadglow?

Simo: a lot of promotion and creating a new, mind-blowing concept album.



Deadglow is a Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio from Oulu in Finland consisting of Jukka Ruottinen (Vocals), Juho Mikkonen (Drums) and Simo Lukkari (Guitar & Bass).

The Deadglow sound is progressive and melodic, yet straightforward. You can hear echoes of Death, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains and Pink Floyd, whilst appealing to fans of TesseracT, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Amorphis. The talented trio is inspired by 80’s music, sounds, echoes, synths as well as Sci-fi and Horror movies and art.

Deadglow has been hard at work recording their debut album “MACHINE SKIN” (coming Friday 29th October) in a professional high-end studio in Finland using only high-quality analogue recording gear. They furthermore played as naturally as possible, to avoid fixing much afterwards. On Friday 1st October, the first dual singles and videos from this upcoming album will be unleashed called ‘MACHINE SKIN’/‘YOUR BLOOD (PARTS 1 – 3)’!



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Video Interview with JIMMY WALDO

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Video Interview with JIMMY WALDO
By Chris Galea

Keyboard player Jimmy Waldo has an impressive résumé. After finding success with New England, he went on to be a co-founding member of Alcatrazz and played with Blackthorne, Quiet Riot, The Graham Bonnet Band and many more.

For those not familiar, Blackthorne was a relatively short lived band that, thanks to the changing musical landscape arrived without much fanfare, in the early 1990’s. With a line-up that included Waldo, Bob Kulick, Graham Bonnet, Frankie Banali and Chuck Wright, they should have been huge but, unfortunately it was not to be. Now their only officially released album has been repackaged with a host of unreleased, reworked and demo material.

Chris recently had the honour to talk to Jimmy about the excellent Blackthorne 2CD reissue package, as well as the forthcoming, brand new, Alcatrazz album “V” and more!

Huge thanks to Jimmy for the interview and to Chris for putting it together


JIMMY WALDO Video Interview by Chris Galea


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