Drudkh – All Belong to the Night

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Drudkh – All Belong to the Night
Season of Mist
Release Date: 11/11/2022
Running Time: 46:00
Review by Rory Bentley
8.5/10

Ukrainian Atmospheric Black Metal outfit Drudkh have established a career founded on being both prolific and incredibly consistent in quality. Incorporating a strong cultural identity rich in Slavic history in their work, each release feels like a true labour of painstaking love and attention to detail. On their eleventh (yes eleventh!) studio album “All Belongs To The Night”, the band’s national pride feels particularly befitting considering the unimaginable hardships their home country is currently going through. Despite doing their best to put me off in a staggeringly pretentious set of press notes which begins with a bizarre attack on ‘Stranger Things’ and ends with the writer granting permission to enjoy the album. Like I fucking need it; this record is a triumph!

The moment the urgent tremolo picking and blast beats of ‘The Nocturnal One’ come racing in it is clear the band are not afraid of going for a more direct approach rather than the ponderous build-up this genre is so often guilty of. Elegant and savage in equal measure, this conjures the sensation of being pulled into a shadowy realm between dream and reality. Somehow it feels sinister yet oddly tranquil, particularly around the four-minute mark where everything simmers down to a backdrop of lush chords, intricate bass work and sparse drums. It is a hypnotic other worldly experience that only serves to heighten the impact of the song’s crescendo where layer upon layer of guitars and keys provide an overwhelmingly emotional build that leaves you drained and cleansed before even getting to the second track.

Luckily, ‘Windmills’ provides the perfect tonic for the visceral anguish of its predecessor. The Pagan chanting and guttural throat-singing of the intro feels like taking part in some shamanic ritual in a forest clearing, warmed by a roaring fire as the icy winds whistle through the surrounding trees. Where the previous track began as an inferno before flickering down to embers and exploding once more, this one is more of a slow, linear build. When the widescreen Black Metal majesty does finally kick in, it feels like the smoothest of transitions, emerging from such a humble beginning like an act of sleight of hand. The drums are particularly impactful here, feeling like they’ve been let off the leash after being forced into patient restraint for such a long time as they erupt into expressive flurries and fills under the swelling, almost orchestral waves of distorted grandeur.

The highest compliment that I can personally pay the album is that when I’m listening to it, even at its most dense and sprawling moments, my attention never wanders. My threshold for meandering Black Metal is notoriously low and there’s plenty of releases that the aficionados at Ever Metal have bigged up that have lost me after two gruellingly long tracks, usually through the monotony of the composition. After wincing at the fifteen-and-a-half-minute runtime of closing track, ‘Till We Become The Haze’, I found it was over before I knew it. The band possesses the remarkable skill that so many Atmospheric / Post-Metal outfits attempt but so few pull off – the ability to truly absorb the listener and put them firmly in the moment. Hypnotic would be one way to describe Drudkh’s music, but it doesn’t do justice to the visceral thrill one feels when caught up in the icy blast of the band at their most feral. This record feels dangerous, wounded and bleak yet somehow incredibly listenable and accessible considering the band’s uncompromising approach.

As the winter months set in there will be few albums that can provide such a gloriously melancholic and cathartic experience to fit the days getting darker and the nights growing longer. As defiant and fearless as their home nation, Drudkh are the perfect soundtrack and tonic to these troubled times.

‘November’ Offical Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Nocturnal One/Нічний
02. Windmills/Нічний
03. November/Листопад
04. Til We Become the Haze/Поки Зникнем у Млі

LINE-UP:
Roman Saenko – Pretty much everything
Some Other Lads Who Weren’t Named In The Press Notes – Everything Else

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And Now The Owls Are Smiling – Epitaph

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And Now The Owls Are Smiling – Epitaph
Clobber Records
Release Date: 02/09/22
Running Time: 50:53
Review by Rick Eaglestone
9/10

This one has already got me, firstly I am excited that there is something new but at the same time a little sad knowing that this is in fact the final release from And Now The Owls Are Smiling with the aptly named “Epitaph”.

Starting off this perilous journey of heartache is longest track of the album. ‘Everyday Another Piece of Me is Removed’ is undeniably mournful and in places it does slightly remind me of Sopor Aeternus. Continuing is my favourite track of the release ‘Monochrome Visions of What Life Used to Be’, which burns through like a nearly expired candle – the atmospherics entwined in this track are also immensely difficult to tear yourself away from.

‘In Darkness, Light Candles So the Demons Can Find Me’ has my favourite vocals. I love the dual vocal approach and if anything, it adds to the aesthetic of this final release – a great follow up track. There is a slight change in pace with ‘Winter’s Elegy Part II’ which feature guest vocals from Linds Bestwicke, that add a very pagan feel into the mix.

Although lyrically sorrowful and urgent ‘The Miserable Grip of Comfort’ has a slightly early Amorphis feel to it which drifts into ‘There is No Laughter Here’ effortlessly. There is a short instrumental break with ‘L’appel Du Vide’ before final track and cover of Radiohead’s ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ which is a beautiful track in the first instance and Nre manages to execute it very well whilst adding his style to it – never did I imagine hearing this track in this way, but within the context of “Epitaph” it’s absolute perfection. 

Cherish this one dear reader as the owls will not smile again.

‘Monochrome Visions Of What Life Used to Be’ Official Audio

TRACKLISTING:
01. Everyday Another Piece of Me is Removed
02. Monochrome Visions of What Life Used to Be
03. In Darkness, Light Candles So the Demons Can Find Me
04. Winter’s Elegy Part II
05. The Miserable Grip of Comfort 
06. There is No Laughter Here
07. L’appel Du Vide
08. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

LINE-UP:

Nre – All Vocals And Instruments

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Grima – Frostbitten

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Grima – Frostbitten
Naturmacht Productions
Release Date: 29/07/22
Running Time: 48:55 
Review by Rick Eaglestone
10/10

The bleak and nightmarish duo return with new album “Frostbitten”.

I will be 100% transparent immediately, Grima’s last release “Rotten Garden” was phenomenal. And when it comes to this album, I have seen the cover, watched the first released video, and pre ordered the album, along with the repress of the previous album. So already I am expecting big things from this, so let’s go… 

The first track ‘Gloomy Heart of the Coldest Land’ is an ambitious nine and half minutes, and I have to say it has already justified top marks – it is just a plethora of bleak, foreboding black metal and still carries the air of mystery that surrounds the Russian duo. 

‘Giant’s Eternal Sleep’, the first released track from the album,  starts off with sweeping melodies which engulf into absolute fury, the accompanying video is wonderfully cinematic and worth more than one viewing. 

My highlight track of the album comes in the form ‘Into the Twilight’. The start has clean vocals and is full of atmospheric parts, and for me it just slots in so well with the overall aesthetic of the album. The heavier parts later effortlessly mould themselves in between swirling guitar parts. Heavy and rampart ‘Hunger God’ grips the listener for the entirety of the track, the melodic parts weave throughout only making the heavier parts feel even more unrelenting.

The howling winds of ‘Moonspell and Grief’ captivate and honestly, I would not have minded if this track has been completely instrumental, as it has some very well-structured elements, again the torment returns but this time it is slightly less harsh and does not entirely take over the track.

I am absolutely obsessed with the opening part of ‘Winter Morning Tower’ this maybe largely due to the introduction of the Bayan – I am a complete sucker for its inclusion, especially with black metal, and the gentler guitar laden throughout only justify why I cannot stop playing this track over and over, even at 10 minutes long.

Lastly, the album concludes with the short instrumental ‘Mana’ which is so well placed with the previous track that I had not realised it was a separate track after the first listen, but it is just a perfect way to end such a wonderfully prefect album.

A conceptual nightmare of human detachment.

‘Giant’s Eternal Sleep’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Gloomy Heart of the Coldest Land
02. Giant’s Eternal Sleep
03. Into the Twilight
04. Hunger God
05. Moonspell and Grief
06. Winter Morning Tower
07. Mana

LINE-UP:
Vilhelm – Vocals, Guitar
Morbius – Guitar

Studio:
Serpentum – Bass
Vlad – Drums
Valentina Astashova – Keys
Sergey Pastukh – Bayan

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Gates To The Morning – Walk Between Worlds

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Gates To The Morning – Walk Between Worlds
Self-Released
Release Date: 22/07/2022
Running Time: 42:57
Review By Alex Swift
8/10 

New Jersey-based trio Gates To The Morning, the project of multi-instrumentalist Sean Meyers, plays an atmospheric form of progressive black metal, and their most recent release, “Walk Between Worlds” is the subject here today. 

Opener ‘King Obscure’ is comprised of clear guitars and tense background ambience. The light background parts fade away as the piano enters, leaving us with an endearing and melancholic tone. Next, ‘Piscean Daydream’, begins with more clean guitars and soothing background tones. Tom’s drums maintain a constant presence as the song progresses. Clean vocals and upbeat, optimistic guitar chords open ‘Moon in the Mid-Day Sky’,  the layered  lead guitar work wonderfully complementing the songs cerebral nature. 

‘Paradigms Fall’ begins in a quiet, peaceful manner. The vocal harmonies are seductive,   transporting you to far-off realms that you can only imagine, the soothing music, helping you put your troubles out of your mind. ‘Sacrament’ has a poignant presentation with a number of components that eloquently complement one another. A gloomy tune with vocals that sound ritualistic, ‘Chapel Perilous’ gives you the impression that you are being punished for the faults you have done in life. 

This is followed by ‘Chasing Shadows’, which moves like a dancer who has memorized their routine. Nothing goes wrong, nothing is made wrong, and everything seems planned. This transitions into ‘Terra Incognita’, which features beautiful vocal harmonies. The piano led ‘Return to Earth’ is quite charming with the beautiful  poetics and skilful ebb and flow. Finally, we come to the last song, ‘Fortress’, which begins with a funk-laden groove. As the song progresses, layers grow and swing to the music, slowly enveloping and swallowing you in the serene tones.

Great music should provoke thought and challenge your preconceptions. The album’s ability to walk the tightrope between hope and despair was one of the things that challenged me. The majority of the tones were atmospheric, but there were murky parts in the background that occasionally reared their head. Through this combination, “Walk Between Worlds” delivers a diverse and intriguing listening experience.

‘Paradigms Fall’ Official Video 

TRACKLISTING:
01. King Obscure
02. Piscean Daydream 
03. Moon In the Mid-Day Sky
04. Paradigms Fall
05. Sacrament
06. Chapel Perilous
07. Chasing Shadows
08. Terra Incognita
09. Return To Earth
10. Fortress

LINE-UP:
Sean Meyers – All instruments and vocals
MPMD – All instruments and Engineering/Mixing
Jon Salluce – All instruments

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Indren – Of Time And Autumn Leaves

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Indren – Of Time And Autumn Leaves
Naturmacht Productions
Release Date: 20/05/22
Running Time: 36:27 
Review by Rick Eaglestone
7/10

Italy’s Indren, who take their name from a glacier on the Monte Rosa (mountain of ice in an ancient dialect) aim to take the listener on an emotional transition from autumnal nature into winter times with new release “Of Time And Autumn Leaves”.

The opening to this album, ‘Winds of Desolation’, sounds like it should be a full-on swirling Black Metal assault. But it’s quite the opposite – A short instrumental piece that flows very well into the type of track I described earlier. ‘Of Time’ – the bass tones in this track are prominent, which let’s be honest is never a bad thing, is it?

Following on is the only track to be put out ahead of the release, ‘Autumn Leaves’, which has a great, Doom-laden riff at the start, that momentarily takes you by surprise, but then the atmospheric Black Metal parts once again take hold and engulfed the listener. My highlight track from “Of Time And Autumn Leaves” has to be ‘Nightsoul’, which blends delicate whispers with harsh bleakness, and the twists and turns between the two are just an utter delight.

‘Nebbie’ tries to continue where the previous track leaves off and, although the guitar parts are great, with some wonderful solos, unfortunately some of cleaner vocals didn’t quite connect for me. But then the mighty eight and a half minute ‘La Luna Del Lupo’ swoops in to steady the ship. This would’ve made for a great final track, but that honour is given to ‘Outro’, which unlike the atmospheric start to the release, feels it would’ve been better used elsewhere.

This definitely does what it sets out to though, providing an atmospheric Black Metal journey through nature & melancholy. 

‘Autumn Leaves’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Winds of Desolation
02. Of Time
03. Autumn Leaves
04. Nightsoul
05. Nebbie
06. La Luna Del Lupo
07. Outro

LINE-UP:
L. Skarn – Vocals 
C. Nordlandson: music, lyrics, concept

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Helleruin/ De Gevreesde Ziekte – Invincible / Ω

Helleruin/ De Gevreesde Ziekte – Invincible / Ω
Babylon Doom Cult Records
Release Date: 07/01/2022

Running Time: 45:00
Review by Wallace Magri
9/10

Hey, you all! It’s been a while since I wrote my last review for Ever Metal. No big deal, I just couldn’t find the right time and vibe to sit my ass down, to listen to an album and talk about my impressions on that. The funny thing is, when people ask me what I am, I get a little confused answering that question: because I can’t define myself by telling you about what I do for a living (I am a lawyer and I teach philosophy of law, when I get paid for it). What I do know is that I write a lot, most of the time. So, basically, I guess I am a writer. 

The point here is: when I am not able to write, I know that something is going wrong in my mind. Because, If I define myself as a writer, I must write the goddamn texts, right? That is why, in order to reactivate my writing ability, instead of starting over posting on FaceBook, complaining about this and that on my wall, I decided to fight against my procrastinating tendencies by finding inspiration on what brings colour to my life: listening to Heavy Metal music – Black Metal, actually… not really colourful, I know… but black, white and grey seem like a full rainbow, in my blue sky world, at least.

While I had the writer’s block, I was listening to, from time to time, the split album from Helleruin and De Gevreesde Ziekte, “Invincible/ Ω”: 3 songs from each band, inspired by lots of second wave of Black Metal, which sounded heavy, fast and dirty enough for my old school metalhead ears. 

Helleruin is the typical one-man-band project experience – performed by Carchost, who is in charge of everything here: composing, arrangements and he also plays all the instruments – that is what I call a man who is taking on enough for himself! It seems like closing himself into a shell makes things easier for the musician to give birth to his own ideas, with nobody bothering him with details that would perhaps make the songs richer and more accessible. And, at the same time, if you are the only one who is able to understand your own composing process, it is possible that fewer people would get connected to the songs. 

Possibly, Carchost doesn’t mind about any of the arguments above and neither do I, because I loved his 3 songs, ‘Invincible’, ‘Mijn ziel aan de duivel’ and ‘We Rush Ahead’. That is it, my friends: raw producion, rough mixing, painful blast beats, tremolo-lead guitar fingering riffs and somebody screaming throughout this wall of noisy Black Metal atmosphere. There are some calm rhythm sections here and there, which helps to increase the sense of heaviness of the songs as a whole. Pretty simple, it is true, and that can’t get any better than this, I tell you! 

The 3 songs delivered by Eindhoven based De Gevreesde Ziekte are also related to the second wave of Black Metal, but with a more post-Black Metal approach on the composition process. Just listen to the 8 minute self-titled ‘De Gevreesde Ziekte’ and you are going to understand exactly what I mean. 

Fun fact: on the contrast to Helleruin, De Gevreesde Ziekte have 5 musicians giving life to the band, but they are named only by a single letter each, instead of using their actual names: L, M, T, R, K … 

Yeah, definitely “Invincible/ Ω” is a split album that either is going to blow your mind away, or make you realise that something went wrong in the history of civilization… So, if you are into bizarre Black Metal performed by anonymous / nameless individuals, just go for it and rejoice yourself with mayhem and emptiness’ momentum consuming your life!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Helleruin – Invincible
02. Helleruin – Mijn Ziel Aan De Duivel
03. Helleruin – We Rush Ahead
04. De Gevreesde Ziekte – Zwartgallig
05. De Gevreesde Ziekte – Zelfhaat
06. De Gevreesde Ziekte – De Gevreesde Ziekte
 
LINE-UP:
Helleruin:
 
Carchost – All instruments & vocals
S. – Photography
Carchost – Recording, mixing & mastering

De Gevreesde Ziekte:
 L – Guitar
M – Guitar
T – Vocals
R – Bass
K – Drums

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EMQ’s With CONTEMPLATION

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EMQ’s With CONTEMPLATION

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, this time with French Atmospheric Doom Death solo project, Contemplation. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist, Matthieu, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I am Matthieu from Contemplation. This is my new musical project, after having released a demo album of Symphonic Black Metal 20 years ago under the name of OBSCURA SYMPHONIA, then 6 albums of Ethno Dub Electro under the alias of chrono.fixion. Contemplation is a one-man band, again, and I started this new journey nearly 2 years ago. I play guitar, bass, drums, and violin, and do the vocals too, even if it that was not planned. I would describe it as a mix of Atmospheric Doom Death, with Pagan, Black Metal and Dub elements.

How did you come up with your band name?

It has not been hard to find, I was looking for something reflecting my music and its concept, and it became quickly evident to me that it was contemplation.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m French and I live in the country. The French metal scene is still quite active and rather qualitative in my opinion.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

This is my first album and it’s simply named contemplation, there is no album name.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hard to make it short, music is so important in my life since I was 6…and I have no frontier but I would say Tchaikowsky and Bach for classical music, the French live dub scene (Brain Damage, Lab°, Zenzile, High Tone), the greatest band on earth HINT (French ethno/industrial noise/ ambiant) and so many metal bands (Aeternus, Devin Townsend, Bolt Thrower, Katatonia, My Dying Bride, to name only those who could be detected in my music!)

What first got you into music?

My father, a violin player himself.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

HINT or BRAIN DAMAGE

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I don’t play live so it’s hard to imagine… We had a good Pagan Metal festival a few years ago in France, but it’s over now. The RAGNARD ROCK FESTIVAL was not too big, not too small, with a good overall atmosphere.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I have no fans offering me things yet!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Listen to my album with quality headphones! It’s more immersive…

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Hendrix or Dio, I would love to see them live.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Music is so important in my life, and playing music is so joyful. I just want more time to practice as I am not a professional musician obviously.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Speaking about the metal industry, I wonder why record label produce so many shitty albums, whereas there is a lot of great bands without a decent promotion in every style.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

SACRAMENTUM “Far away from the sun”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD generally speaking, but vinyl can be better for Vintage Rock, Stoner or too much compressed modern albums (technically it can’t be as loud as a cd, so you can get more dynamic)

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I have only performed in an orchestra when I was young, playing violin. Good memories though.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would have loved to own a record shop back in the 80’s and 90’s.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sylvain TESSON, a French writer and adventurer, Michel Audiard, he was a dialog writer. It would be fun already!

What’s next for the band?

I’m now working on a split ep where my two entities will meet (dub vs metal)

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://metalcontemplation.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efew_rwvzYQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What’s that shit?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Better to listen to one track carefully than to skip quickly on the whole album.
Thank you for your support!

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE BY THE SEA

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE BY THE SEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based One man Atmospheric Black Metal project, Sepulchre By The Sea. Huge thanks to main man Ash, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Ash and I play all the instruments in the band. I formed the project back in 2019 as a way to contribute to the atmospheric and post black metal scene.

How did you come up with your band name?

The project is all themed around Edgar Allen Poe, and the name of the band comes from his famous poem ‘Annabel Lee’.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from the UK and have moved around a bit, when I formed the band I lived in Bristol which has a great alternative and heavy rock scene.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

My latest release is an EP called “Ratiocinations”, which is coming out on 01/10/2021. I also just released a single and video for a song called ‘Ghost of the Departed’.

‘Ghost Of The Departed’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, Edgar Allen Poe of course. Musically, I’ve been influenced by Mizmor, Panopticon, Deafheaven, Saor, Ihsahn as well as a lot of post hardcore bands.

What first got you into music?

I used to sneak into my Brother’s room when I was a teenager to try and play his guitar. It was the mid-90’s so Nirvana were still pretty big and he had a guitar tab book which I used, to teach myself guitar. There are a ton of grunge bands better than Nirvana I should say!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Well, I saw that ALN from Mizmor has just started producing, which is very interesting. Otherwise, any kick ass drummer or vocalist would be exciting.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Arctangent, just outside of Bristol is my favourite festival because it’s so eclectic. They don’t often have post black metal bands, but when they do it’s some of the best in the world.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I’m afraid I’ve never received a gift from a fan.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Send me some gifts!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Does Christopher Lee count? Haha, okay maybe Dimebag Darrell.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love learning new things about how to create and produce music, and have the freedom to do it my own way. And I hate it when my equipment struggles and I can’t just play.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I think sometimes we have too many sub genres, but then again, if we didn’t have lots of genres, bands wouldn’t be able to mash them together.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For Black Metal either Mizmor – “Cairn” or Deafheaven – “New Bermuda”. For music in general, The Cure – “Disintegration”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I collect vinyl here and there, but it’s a bit of an effort to sit down and put a record on so downloads are the best because you can listen to music wherever you go.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Sepulchre by the Sea hasn’t played any gigs…yet.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

The other stuff that I do like podcasting, writing and voice overs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume this is dead or alive. Probably all writers, like Edgar Allen Poe, Hunter S. Thompson, Philip K. Dick, H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft (if he behaves himself).

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I’m just focusing on the EP release, then hopefully some new merch and then it’s time to start thinking about LP number 2!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.sepulchrebythesea.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/sepulchrebytheseamusic/
www.instagram.com/sepulchrebytheseamusic
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2CD17Ab5FPNiCdCv0XFUVD
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXagjs_On2wrMR-01FsWumw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Clearly a cake. They’re made principally of sponge cake!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the interview and I hope everyone enjoys the new record!

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Atmospheric Black Metal Project Arx Atrata! Huge thanks to Ben for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Ben from Arx Atrata, an atmospheric black metal project from the UK, playing music inspired by acts such as Coldworld, Winterfylleth, Sojourner, Lustre, Agalloch, and many others. Currently it’s a studio project that started almost a decade ago, with the third full-length release coming out last month.
How did you come up with your band name?
That has been long forgotten sadly! Choosing names is a difficult business and inventing something in Latin was one way of finding something that hasn’t already been taken. It roughly means “blackened citadel”.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I am from the UK and as I’m sure you’re aware, it varies a lot depending on where you are and what particular music you’re into. It seems to me that festival attendances are doing well but smaller gigs are suffering and it’s tough for bands to get shows. There are so many great acts across the UK but almost all the bands I know struggle to book gigs. So, it’s a mixed bag.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
The latest album came out last month, titled “The Path Untravelled”.
https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/album/the-path-untravelled
Who have been your greatest influences?
This is a hard one to answer as I’ve always tried to weave many different aspects into the music. My background is more from the UK doom scene so the distinctive leads and harmonies of acts like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride play a large part in how I approach composition, but from the black metal side I’m inspired by how bands like Winterfylleth, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, or The Great Old Ones can create furious-sounding music without compromising on memorable riffs and motifs. And there are bands that transcend the boundaries – Agalloch, Primordial, early Woods of Ypres, Empyrium, October Falls – these acts have always motivated me to blend different styles together in a cohesive way.
What first got you into music?
When I was a child I remember being interested in pop music, like many of my peers. I was given a keyboard by my grandparents which sparked some interest in composing my own works. As I approached my teens I started to develop more discerning taste, and at some point got the foolish idea that I could learn guitar and be in a metal band. Now, it’s a couple of decades later, and I’m still learning guitar! But with a handful of albums and EPs released across various projects I can at least say the process has been productive.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I am in two other bands – Twilight’s Embrace (http://www.twilightsembrace.com) and Fjords (https://www.facebook.com/fjordsofficial/) – so it could be said that I’m already collaborating. But, while both those bands are just as important as Arx Atrata, there are things I can do with my own project that are not possible when you have to take other people into consideration. So for this, I prefer to work alone!
That said, I’d love to get to release split albums or CDs in future. I particularly like the idea of both acts writing with the other band’s music in mind to come up with a release that is a cohesive whole.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Arx Atrata is currently not a live act – but if it were to become one, I’d love to perform at some of the interesting European festivals. Prophecy Fest in Germany is held in a cave, which sounds like a unique experience. We could probably turn the reverb levels down for that show.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I have never received a gift from a fan!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Not so much our fans, but I think the one thing I’d like metal fans in general to know is that bands really need your support. Musicians of today have more reach than ever before but see a lot less reward for it. Bands can have thousands of listeners on Spotify, but can’t get shows because only 10 people show up for local gigs. Buying merchandise is better than nothing, but I don’t think we really want a world where being a musician is mostly about buying and selling artwork and t-shirts, trying to fit in gigs and songwriting on the side. So I’d say – go to the shows, buy the records. If fans don’t support musicians, nobody will.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
It would be a difficult choice between Pete Steele of Type O Negative and David Gold of Woods of Ypres. Either way, we’d get another morose album with a distinctive baritone vocal delivery and there aren’t enough of those.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best thing and the worst thing is playing live. When it goes well, it’s amazing. But there’s a lot of preparation and pressure too. And too many shows see you playing to tiny crowds for free, leaving you wondering whether it’s worthwhile.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t think the music industry needs to change too much at all. What needs to change is the internet industry being able to get away with ripping musicians off. If you go on YouTube, there are hundreds of thousands of songs uploaded without permission, each with thousands or sometimes even millions of plays. On Blogspot there are tons of pages with links to illegal album downloads hosted on ad-supported cyberlockers. So all these companies selling ads are making money, the website hosts are making money, but the musicians who make all this entertainment just have to suck it up and become t-shirt salesmen. That’s what needs to change.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden! In hindsight that was probably the midpoint between their more radio-friendly earlier material and the ever longer and more progressive work that followed, and the balance was struck perfectly. The title track is a masterpiece, one I’d like to cover some day.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
There’s a big clamour for vinyl and cassettes in the black metal world these days and I find it fascinating, especially as someone old enough to have grown up with cassettes and who was grateful to make the move to the superior-sounding CD’s! I don’t think I even have a hexagonal pencil to hand if I needed to fix a cassette’s prolapsed innards today. Vinyl is a nice format for collectors, especially given the opportunity to really showcase the artwork, but from an audio engineering point of view it’s almost impossible to get a vinyl to sound as accurate to the original material as a CD or a download would. Downloads are pretty unexciting but at least they’re not unleashing more plastic on the world, so you can support bands that way and boost your environmental credentials at the same time.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Arx Atrata hasn’t played any shows yet, but with my other bands Twilight’s Embrace had a great outing at Bloodstock many moons ago, while Fjords made a lot of new fans at the Warhorns Festival in 2018.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
As with almost all musicians these days, I am already doing other things! If I tried to pay the bills with my music I would have starved or frozen to death, depending on whether I started in summer or winter respectively! My day job is as a computer game developer, so I’m lucky in that it’s a relatively creative field, and that I can afford to cover my costs as a musician.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I hate dinner parties, so nobody!
What’s next for the band?
Not much, to be honest! The traditional thing is to release an album and then play some shows to support it, but with that not being an immediate option for Arx Atrata, the agenda is looking pretty bare. Maybe it’s time to find some live musicians to help me out!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
The music can be streamed and bought at the Bandcamp page: https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/
Important updates appear on the homepage:
http://www.arxatrata.com/
And occasionally other news will be reluctantly added to social media channels – https://www.instagram.com/arxatrata/
https://twitter.com/arxatrata/
https://www.facebook.com/ArxAtrata/ .
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Both, depending on the context!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you Ever Metal for asking the questions, and thanks to the reader for getting this far! Please check out “The Path Untravelled” at our Bandcamp link above. And if perhaps you’re into more of the melodic doom/death/prog type of metal, keep an ear out for the new Fjords video and record which are coming out this month – you won’t be disappointed.
 
 
 
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