Interview with INFANTERIA

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Interview with INFANTERIA
Interviewed by Beth Jones

Hi Everyone, welcome to a slightly tweaked EMQs interview with Progressive Thrash Metal band, Infanteria, whose new album, “Patriarch” is out today. Check out our review of it here:

Please introduce yourselves, tell us what you play, and tell us all about Infanteria.

Chris – I’m Chris, Guitarist and Vocalist for Progressive Thrash Metal band Infanteria. Tim plays bass guitar with Adrian rounding things off on drums. We formed back in 2005 with 3 albums under our belt thus far. Our new album, Patriarch, is out everywhere on 17 June 2022.

Please tell us about where you are from, and what the Metal Scene is like there?

Chris – We’re all originally from Cape Town, South Africa, however I moved over to the UK a few years back. Compared to the scene in places like the UK, South Africa’s metal scene is tiny, but it’s a really passionate crowd with an awesome sense of community. Living in South Africa is certainly turbulent and getting your angst and anxiety out at a metal show is the perfect release – I truly feel that’s a massive factor to the energy of the shows in SA compared to other countries.

Please tell us about your new single ‘Embrace The Trauma’ and album ‘Patriarch’

Chris – It’s the fastest and most straight-to-the-point song on the album with a great gang vocal chorus hook and it made sense to put it out as the first single. Our fans haven’t heard from us in ages, and we wanted to give them an energetic, no-frills introduction to the album before they hear the twist and turns on the rest of the tracks.

How did you come up with the album name ‘Patriarch’?

Chris – The theme of the album is control and what people can manifest when they feel they’ve lost control or in full control. This is put across through family traditions/expectations; cancel culture; broken relationships; tribal vs individual identity and other scenarios in the lyrics. At the end of the day, we are the rulers of our own destiny and our very own patriarch. It’s a strong, thought-provoking title and every metal album needs one of those.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Tim: From a bass perspective, Cliff Burton, Troy Sanders, Steve Harris and, on this album, I tried to channel a bit of Martín Méndez.

Adrian: Definitely all the power drummers of the 80’s & 90’s. Ulrich, Lombardo/Bostaph, Benante, Hoglan, Menza, Nicko McBrain & Vinnie Paul stand out among many. 2000’s and beyond favourites are Per Møller Jensen, Aquiles Priester, Eloy Casagrande, Mike Portnoy & Dirk Verveuren to name a few.

Chris: Hetfield, Mustaine & Chuck Billy will always be the forefathers of influencers for me. Add a little Sylosis, Mastodon, Opeth, Iron Maiden & Pantera for good measure.

What first got you into music?       

Tim: My dad’s Led Zeppelin boxset, Danny Elfman’s 1989 Batman score, and the Command & Conquer: Red Alert soundtrack.

Adrian: I’m from a musical family, so jamming with my parents since I was 6 years old on piano really developed my love for music in general. Discovering amazing rock n roll artists in my older brother’s music collection definitely helped too.

Chris: I come from quite a musical family – my great-grandmother was a professional opera singer, and my mom sang in the Cape Town Choir. My Uncle and older cousin used to play guitar and sing old Beatles and 70s classics at all the big family events, and I remember music always being a constant throughout my childhood.

My dad got me into Queen and Elvis when I was about 8 and I really dug the power, musicality, and speed of the music. When I was 12/13, my oldest friend, Giorgio, played Metallica and Guns N Roses for me and handed me his older brother’s new electric guitar to chug on and the rest is history.

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

Tim: Rammstein.

Adrian: Beast In Black

Chris: Josh Middleton (Sylosis, Architects)

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

Tim: Hellfest. Can you imagine having an artist pass with the 2022 lineup?? Good lord.

Adrian: Hellfest (with the condition that I get to play and attend the entire fest). I’d be dead by day 4 just from the pure excitement. Close 2nd would be 70,000 Tons of Metal. Who doesn’t like a nice Caribbean cruise ship holiday while getting to play to a great audience?

Chris: I’ve always been keen on Bloodstock Open Air in the UK. They always have amazing line-ups and I’ve been meaning to go there as a fan for ages – would be perfect to play there too!

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

Tim: Accidentally getting us banned from streaming platforms for a while. But we still love the guy.

Adrian: Nothing yet to my dismay. I hope to receive several strange offerings soon \m/

Chris: I honestly can’t think of anything in particular!

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

Tim: Eat your greens.

Adrian: Peoples’ time is such a precious commodity these days, so thank you for choosing to spend some of that valuable time listening to our music ^_^

Chris: Thank you so much for sticking by us and helping us fly the flag! Enjoy the new album and hope to see you soon! Keep supporting metal bands as best you can.

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

Tim: It must be Cliff Burton for me. Or Chris Cornell.

Adrian: Dimebag. Or Lemmy.

Chris: Dimebag. One more Pantera album with the guys at their mature prime would be perfection. RIP to an absolute legend.

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

Tim: Playing live is the absolute best part, when everything is flowing and you’re locked-in with your bandmates and the audience, the experience is transcendental. I hate playing by myself at home.

Adrian: That special moment jamming (studio or live) where something just “clicks” and you look at each other and feel that electricity. Pet hate is 10-minute changeovers with no opportunity for a decent soundcheck >_<

Chris: Playing live to a full crowd who are fully into what they are hearing is hard to beat. The writing process is so rewarding though, there is no better high than writing a riff/beat/vocal line/piece that gives you butterflies and goosebumps when you listen to it back. Priceless.

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

Tim: Streaming royalties.

Adrian: Having more support and relief avenues globally for artists and musicians which are smaller or mid-range to weather storms like the last 2 and a half years have been. I’ve seen the devastation of the pandemic on friends who are professional entertainers, and we can’t have that happen again.

Chris: It’s insatiable appetite for overly promoting bad “commercial” music rather than giving hard working talent the resources and exposure everyone deserves.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tim: Mastodon- “Blood Mountain”

Adrian: Megadeth – “Youthanasia”

Chris: Metallica – “… And Justice For All”

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

Tim: It depends on the context, all of them have their place and things that they do better than the others (except maybe cassette ha ha ha!). As a physical object, vinyl for sure. For general listening, it’s hard to beat the convenience of streaming/downloads. But there’s nothing like trawling through an old box of records/CDs or perusing the shelves of music stores for hidden treasures.

Adrian: Suppose it depends on the situation. Downloads are most convenient, especially with the space saving it provides. I’d still have to say my preference is CD. My physical music collection exists pretty much 99% in CD format.

Chris: I’m all about the recent vinyl resurgence and have a turntable and an ever-expanding vinyl collection. They sound excellent and album artwork always looks 100 times better on an LP than a small CD or cassette. I still have all my CDs but wouldn’t choose to buy one nowadays with vinyl back on the shelves.

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

Tim: Ramfest when we opened for Killswitch Engage and Trivium, and Corey Beaulieu scampered to the side of the stage to watch us jam Holy Wars. The Gandalfs Farewell gig holds a special place in my heart too, partially because of the strong emotions at that show (saying goodbye to a legendary Cape Town venue), and because it felt like we absolutely ripped that night.

Adrian: The one that sticks in my mind the most was the album release show for Where Serpents Conquer. Energy was off the charts and just felt unstoppable.

Chris: Ramfest 2014 is hard to beat. Opening for both Trivium and KSE on the same night in front of an amazing crowd was a dream come true. I’d choose that show over Wacken 2013 just because our performance was better. Playing in front of over 8000 people in Germany was life changing.

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

Tim: Being a musician exclusively is a rare thing these days, but if I wasn’t thinking about music at all, I’d devote more time to filmmaking and naps.

Adrian: I’d love to sell musical instruments if I wasn’t actively making music. That or run a guesthouse or Airbnb business.

Chris: Life would be exceedingly boring without music in my life but becoming an expert pizza maker would be close second.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tim: Adrian has spent a lot of time pondering this over the years, and probably has a super profound answer. I’ll keep my bad answer at living people: Bruce Campbell, David Lynch, Kirk Hammett, Donald Glover, and Carol Kaye.

Adrian: Only 5??? I have a massive list of living people (constantly updating) who I’d love to have over for dinner. Impossible to narrow it down, so taking a random sample. They include David Attenborough, Shigeru Miyamoto, Terry Crews, Roger Federer, Alice Cooper.

Dead list is probably a little shorter. They would be Neal Peart, Desmond Tutu, JRR Tolkien, Dr Christiaan Barnard, Stan Lee

Chris: James Hetfield, Ricky Gervais, Joe Rogan, Eric Cantona and Liam Gallagher. Biblical.

What’s next for Infanteria?

Chris – Our new album, Patriarch, comes out on 17 June and we’re buzzing for everyone to hear it. Things are still in-the-air with plans after we release as I live in the UK and the rest of the guys are in South Africa, so we’ll see what comes our way. We’ll definitely continue to write music though.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Chris: You don’t get Jaffa Cakes in South Africa! I’ve had them in the UK though and I’d say they’re more a cake than a biscuit … surely not crumbly enough!

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

Chris: Thanks so much for having us and we hope you all enjoy our new single ‘Embrace the Trauma’, which comes out on 3 June and the new album ‘Patriarch’ on 17 June. Follow all our socials for more info https://linktr.ee/infanteria

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Infanteria is a three-piece Progressive Thrash Metal Band from Cape Town, South Africa and Manchester, UK. Currently independent, the band released two studio albums with Burning Tone Records, with their third album, ‘Patriarch’, due for release Friday 17 June 2022. Formed in 2005 by Vocalist & Guitarist Chris Hall, and his brother Rob, Infanteria managed to thrash through the high school party years to release their 2013 debut ‘Isolated Existence’. The release saw Bassist Tim Leibbrandt join the fold, propelling the band to win the Wacken Metal Battle South Africa Competition that year, affording them the opportunity to play at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany alongside Rammstein, Motörhead, Meshuggah, and many more!

Upon their return to South Africa, the band was direct support for Killswitch Engage and Trivium at Ramfest SA 2014. The following year, their critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Where Serpents Conquer’ was released with Adrian Langeveld taking over behind the Drums. The group subsequently enjoyed extensive touring of South Africa. With Chris emigrating to the UK in early 2020, and the arrival of the pandemic, sessions for the band’s next album were put on hold. Two years later, the Thrash Metal Trio is now set to return, revitalised and ready to unleash ‘Patriarch’, their long-awaited third album. A mature expansion on their previous releases, ‘Patriarch’ shows the full development of Infanteria’s progressive metal sound from hardcore crossover runaways like ‘Embrace the Trauma’ to rich sonic opuses such as ‘Swansong’.

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Truth Decayed – Faded Visions I

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Truth Decayed – Faded Visions I
Self-Released
Release Date: 08/04/22
Running Time: 21:29
Review by Simon Black
7/10

The advantage of this job is I get to find out all about the Metal scene in a whole bunch of far-flung parts of the world without ever having to leave South Wales. Today it’s South Africa’s turn, with Truth Decayed originating in Durban. As well as being the first South African Metal band to cross my desk, they are also bucking the trend of many acts through lockdown who have either slowed down or halted their activities completely whilst waiting for the world to recover. Truth Decayed however, actually formed during lockdown as a project by long-term friends Warren Jones and Ryno Theron, who form the guitar backbone of the band, with Theron also picking up vocal duties.

A lot of acts really struggled to adapt to this time, having got used to writing and recording in a room together previously then finding themselves segregated, but these boys started from nothing and built out from there. It’s not clear whether this record was done face to face or remotely, but either way the band sounds confident, cohesive and organically whole. I guess if you start remotely, which is possibly the hardest situation to record in (‘cos let’s face it recording an the family airing cupboard surrounded by duvets and towels is not a natural place to cut a Metal disk).

Following on from their 2020 “Modern Day Illusion EP”, “Faded Visions I” is the first of a two-part EP process. A quick back check on this first step revealed a very raw act with a lot potential and it’s clear that the boys have learned much since they cut that first disk. “Faded Visions I” is a lot stronger than it’s predecessor, with a much meatier and joined up feel to the playing. The guitar work is probably the first point of serious note, with some incredibly technically eloquent bits of shredding hidden away amongst all the brutal Thrash riffage. There are moments when this is positively Melodic, and wouldn’t sound out of place on something more Progressive and the fine balancing act the band walk between these two slightly contradictory styles is impressive.

The opening bars of the title track bounce out fast and furious, with pile-driving energy, a catchy, melodic opening riff and some pile driving drum work. This is technically influenced Thrash, full of time changes, complexity and catchy arrangements. Theron’s vocals are a little high in the mix though, with a style that borders on the Extreme whilst still remaining legible – always a bonus. He also manages to separate his vocal phrasing and timing from the guitar melodies well, something many Thrash 4 pieces struggle to do with the vocalist traditionally chugging his syllables in time to the rhythm riff.

For a self-produced piece the Production is not bad, although it does feel that not all tracks were mixed and mastered consistently, but to be honest that’s a minor niggle. They also are not afraid to be a little more experimental, as let’s face it closing a five track EP with a five minutes long instrumental piece that sounds more NWOBHM / Classic Rock than Thrash is a brave move. It’s called ‘The Witches’ Watch’ and it’s an absolutely beautifully crafted piece, showcasing the considerable guitar talents at play here without being overtly showy, shreddy and pretentious. It works because it’s totally unexpected, which is pretty much how I will sum up this whole release. Part 2 looks worth waiting for…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Faded Visions
02. Absolute War
03. The World I Know
04. PTSD
05. The Witches’ Watch

LINE-UP:
Ryno Theron – Guitar & Vocals
Warren Jones – Guitar
Johan Maree – Bass & Vocals
Daniel Philogene – Drums

LINKS:

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Fourth Son South – Machine EP

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Fourth Son South – Machine EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 21/01/22
Running Time: 16:55
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Fourth Son South is the brainchild of Dutch singer/guitarist Peter Toussaint, although the band themselves hail from Pretoria in South Africa. Musically this is firmly coming from a solid Rock with a hint of the old Blues tradition, but with plenty of mood and attitude, plus a subtle but effective tinge of heaviness. All of the players are experienced older hands though, despite this project being relatively nascent and this really shows in the song writing quality, highlighting an intuitive fluidity in their interplay. That’s really important, as this feels like a really down, dirty and honest rocking band, not a project for an established front man. 

‘Hold On’ is the only song on here that’s had a previous outing, having been released as a single mid-2021, and getting a remix and deep polish for this package. The remix is notably different in sound and tone than the newer material, sounding much more studio burnished in contrast to the much rougher and ready newer songs. Both production styles work well, but to be honest I’m much preferring the slightly looser and rougher round the edges sound of the later songs than the honed and polished single remix, as they work much better with Toussaint’s gruff vocal style. 

Nothing throws this more into contrast than when he’s dueting with Melissa Osbourne on the closer ‘Tomorrow’s Better’. In terms of song-writing this is one of the best phrased pieces on here, but when they are harmonising it doesn’t quite pull it off because the contrast in their ranges and styles is so vast, but at the same time the slightly dangerous edginess that this brings also makes the song stand out for sheer authenticity. It’s this kind of contradiction that flows throughout the EP, making it feel fresh and real, so I’m all for them sticking to the warts and all approach, rather than try and add inauthentic gloss through over production. 

It’s raw, it’s edgy and it’s a very promising start.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Not A Machine
02. Power To The People
03. Hold On
04. Sea of Life
05. Tomorrows Better

LINE-UP:
Franco Jamneck – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Dale McHardy – Rhythm Guitar
Peter Toussaint – Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Carel Viljoen – Drums & Backing Vocals

LINKS:

Fourth Son South Promo Photo by Alouise Jamneck
Fourth Son South Promo Photo by Alouise Jamneck

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point
Self – Released
Release Date: 03/12/2021
Running Time: 35:44
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

A few months ago, I had the chance to review a great EP from South African Hard Rock/ Alternative band, Fear Of Falling. I really enjoyed it for it’s catchiness, and was very pleased to discover that they were going to be releasing an album later in the year! Well, that time has now arrived, and here I am reviewing said album, “Turning Point”. There’s a nice little link there, considering the EP was called “Breaking Point”, and was an exploration of mental health problems. “Turning point” now suggests that from within the despair, a new chapter has arisen, be it in music, or life. 

Pleasingly, because I really rather like their sound, musically this album is more of the same from Fear Of Falling. That unmistakably modern sound of Alt Rock, that combines elements of the 90s, with modern samples and technology, and employs everything genre from Grunge to Pop-Punk. One of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let Go’ (which incidentally appeared on the EP too) illustrates this perfectly. I could see it performed by the likes of Greenday back in the 90s, or Neck Deep now. It’s hellishly catchy and upbeat, and I can’t stop myself singing along to it. 

But these guys have much more crunch about them than the teenyboppers of the last three decades, and they know how to turn on the heavy. ‘Hate’ is a track that shows this off. It’s down tuned and scuzzy, and the vocals raw and punchy. Actually, from ‘Sunrise’ onwards, this really sums up the album. It’s a kind of mixture of The Foo Fighters, and The Chilli Peppers, just a little more pissed off and jaded than both, with an added dusting of Evergrey. 

The album closes with somewhat of a curve ball, in the shape of the stripped back, mostly acoustic track, ‘Home’. This is actually my favourite track on the album. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and features some wonderful vocal harmonies, and a depth of feeling that you only really get with acoustic numbers. 

“Turning Point” is the perfect soundtrack for anyone who’s having a bit of a tough time. Lyrically, it’s really relatable. Musically it’s heavy enough to get a groove on to, and echo and express feelings, but it’s not overly fussy or complex. It’s also mixed and mastered exceptionally. I really hope these guys become a big name globally, because they’re quietly exciting. They’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re just doing what they do, and doing it well. A great album.   

Fear Of Falling – End Of Days (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Drive 
02. Faded 
03. Falling 
04. Won’t Let Go 
05. Sunrise 
06. Breaking Me Down 
07. Hate 
08. Fake It 
09. End Of Days 
10. Home 

LINE-UP:
Brendon McCaig – Bass 
Dale Schnettler – Drums 
Jack Atlantic – Vocals 
Lloyd Timke – Guitar 

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Fear Of Falling Promo Pic - Photo by Jerome van Zyl
Photo by Jerome van Zyl

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ VIDEO PREMIERE

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CHAOS DOCTRINE Release Visualiser Video For Their Unique Cover Version Of ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ By MIDNIGHT OIL.

Hello Everyone,

Ever Metal are Incredibly proud to exclusively premiere the brand new visualiser video by South African Industrial Thrash Machines CHAOS DOCTRINE!

In their tradition of covering great classics between major releases, CHAOS DOCTRINE is paying tribute to iconic Australian Rock Band MIDNIGHT OIL with a unique rendition of their classic 1987 cult classic ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ from the “DIESEL AND DUST” album!

Huge thanks to Chaos Doctrine for, once again, having faith in us and to Devographic Music Media for the opportunity!

Burn Those Beds and Bang Your Heads!

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ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE:

Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Hannes Matthysen (Chromium & The Drift).

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For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band…it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this; from the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic (Credit Amanda Kuhrau)
Photo by Amanda Kuhrau

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger ‘Dr D’ – Vocals
Alec Surridge – Guitar
Hannes Matthysen – Drums
Phil Carstens – Bass & Backing Vocals

CHAOS DOCTRINE ONLINE:

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BRING TO BEAR Video Premiere – ‘No One Knows’

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BRING TO BEAR Release Official Video For ‘NO ONE KNOWS’(Accordion Metal Version), A Superb Cover Of The QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Track!

Hi Everyone,

Ever Metal is incredibly proud to exclusively premiere the brand new and debut official music video ‘No One Knows’ from new UK based Symphonic Folk Metal Clan, BRING TO BEAR! This is their Accordion Metal cover version of the Queens Of The Stone Age track!

It is taken from Bring To Bear’s debut EP “LIGHT AND SHADOW” which is released on Friday 8th October 2021

We send Huge Thanks to Bring To Bear and Devographic Music Media for the opportunity.

Get those Accordion’s out and Bang Your Head!

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ABOUT THE ‘NO ONE KNOWS’:

Ian Tarboton (Accordion, Keyboard & Growls) shares his thoughts!

“We wanted to do a cover of a song that is well known so that the familiarity will catch the attention of a wider audience, and our unique take would introduce them to our sound. It was chosen through a gameshow style discussion where we had created a list of originals that we thought would be good to cover, and then proceeded to cull them through debating their merits and suitability. The end result surprised us all. The music was then arranged by Hristo, considering which aspects of the original track would work best on our collection of instruments, and how we could make the song heavier and more aligned with our style.”

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ABOUT BRING TO BEAR:

UK Symphonic Folk Metallers BRING TO BEAR are on an adventure, playing their favourite styles of Folk Melodeath infused with Symphonic influences. Formed in May 2020 by long-time friends and bandmates Ian Tarboton and Hristo Nikolov, the determined duo wasted no time in preparing their first material and expanding the BRING TO BEAR Clan. By January 2021, the line-up was expanded adding Simon Jones on Drums, Nikiforos Rotas on Guitar & Izabela Smyt on Lead Vocals. In May 2021, the indomitable quintet entered the studio to record their Debut EP “LIGHT AND SHADOW”, with the Debut Single and Lyric Video ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’ released on 16 July 2021. Shortly thereafter the current line-up was clinched, adding Richard Knight on Bass in preparation for unleashing their Debut EP “LIGHT AND SHADOW” and Debut Official Music Video for NO ONE KNOWS (Queens Of The Stone Age Accordion Metal Version) on Friday 8 October 2021…

Bring To Bear Promo Pic Photo by Nikiforos Rotas
Photo by Nikiforos Rotas

LINE-UP:
Izabela Smyt – Lead Vocals
Ian Tarboton – Accordion, Keyboard & Growls
Hristo Nikolov – Guitar
Nikiforos Rotas – Guitar
Richard Knight – Bass
Simon Jones – Drums

BRING TO BEAR ONLINE:

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‘Light And Shadow’ EP Review:

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Bring To Bear – Light And Shadow EP

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Bring To Bear – Light And Shadow EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 08/10/2021
Running Time: 11:58
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

Good evening my fellow humans, how the hell are you? I hope this review finds you well, in good spirits, and in the mood for some more METALLLLLL! If the answer is yes, and you happen to like a bit of Symphonic Folk Metal, then you’re in the right place, as tonight’s review subject are a fledgling band, in that genre, from right here in the UK. When I say fledgling, I mean that they are very, very new. Having formed with, nearly their full line-up in January this year, only adding final member, bassist Richard Knight in July and this is their debut release. And, in fairness, it’s a pretty accomplished three track EP.

Opening with ‘The Shadow Ruse’, we’re launched straight away into a tempestuous Viking jaunt. Powerful rhythms and rumbling bass lines are topped by pacey guitar riffs, synth strings, and interspersed with clean and growl vocals, which cement the idea of the contrast and relationship between light and dark. It’s got a really catchy hook to it as well. A good opening track, although I think there is more to give. It’s a little tentative. But it is the debut song on the debut release from a band who’ve only been working together for 10 months, so I’ll let them off.

“What better way is there to infinitely improve a Queens Of The Stone Age track than to Accordion Metal it up?” is a question I ‘ve often asked, but until now have never had answered. As if by some telepathic masterstroke, that is exactly what Bring To Bear have done with ‘No One Knows’. Now, I’m not usually a fan of cover versions, but this one’s flipping mega! Again, thunderous, symphonic, and pacey, but with added accordion! They have completely made it their own.

…But, my favourite track by far, is the final one, ‘From The Abyss’. The other two are good, but this steps it up a level. It’s fuller and more powerful than its predecessors, and full of great riffing, and tribal battle cries. Bring on the war, release the ships, and drive forward to command and conquer! This is proper meaty, folky, symphonicy stuff. More of this please!

Aside from the actual sound, this is a well-constructed brief introduction to a band who I think could make a big name for themselves. It’s recorded, mixed, and produced well, and makes you sit up and listen. I look forward to more of this from Bring To Bear in the future!

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Shadow Ruse
02. No One Knows (Queens Of The Stone Age Cover)
03. From the Abyss

LINE-UP:
Izabela Smyt – Lead Vocals
Ian Tarboton – Accordion, Keyboard & Growls
Hristo Nikolov – Guitar
Nikiforos Rotas – Guitar
Richard Knight – Bass
Simon Jones – Drums

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Bring To Bear Promo Pic Photo by Nikiforos Rotas
Photo by Nikiforos Rotas

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Deadglow – Machine Skin/Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles

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Deadglow – Machine Skin/Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles
Self-Released
Release Date: 01/10/2021
Running Time: 17:02
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Hello, my lovelies, I’m here voicing my opinion again. Now, we don’t usually review singles, but today’s subject is slightly different. It’s a dual single release – what would have been a double A side in the good old days – and it’s prog, so is just over 17 minutes long. In my book, that counts as an EP, and I co-own this site and make the rules, so there!

Disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk music! Deadglow are a Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio from Oulu in Finland, an area of the world that has a habit of producing some pretty epic musicians. This dual single release is a precursor to the release of their debut album, “Machine Skin”, on 29th October. I have to say, that listening to these two tracks has whet my appetite for the upcoming release, which I will be gladly snaffling off our review pile! So, what are Deadglow all about?

Well, instantly, I’m getting Pink Floyd vibes – the soaring guitar solos, steeped in echo and sumptuousness. But that’s melded with a darker, and more modern tone on percussion, and a more gothic element in the vocals.

‘Machine Skin’ begins with some very 80’s prog synth, with a pulsing rhythm. Then, without warning, it drops into a complete rhythm change, melding 80’s anthemic rock ballad with Floyd-esque guitars. It’s straightforward from this point, and a nice listen. Great vocals, and vocal harmonies, bags of echo, but a strong rhythm holding everything together. There is some impressive guitar work here too, from soring solos to dual harmonised sections.

‘Your Blood (Parts 1-3)’ is much darker. Beginning with a single, Hammond style, synth chord, joined by guitar (this really couldn’t get any more Pink Floyd influenced if it tried). But then along comes the heavier toned drums, giving it a modern twist. And when the vocals hit, it’s very 90’s gothic. Think Nick Cave doing a guest spot with Pink Floyd, and you’re somewhere in the right area. Personally, I think that would be spectacular!

I like this a lot. It’s different, yet familiar, all in the same breath.

We are very much looking forward to the videos that accompany these tracks and to reviewing the album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Machine Skin
02. Your Blood (Parts 1-3)

LINE-UP:
Simo Lukkari – Lead, Rhythm & Bass Guitar
Juho Mikkonen – Drums, Percussion
Jukka Ruottinen – Vocals

With Guests:
Sami Perttunen – Co-Lead guitar on ‘Machine Skin’
Mika Pohjola – Keyboards

LINKS:

LINK TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH DEADGLOW:

Deadglow Promo Pic (Credit Sami Perttunen)
Photo by Sami Perttunen

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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.

THANK YOU

BIO:

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)’!

DEADGLOW ONLINE:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE:

Devographic Music Agency

LINK TO OUR REVIEW OF ‘MACHINE SKIN’/‘YOUR BLOOD (Parts 1-3)’

Deadglow Promo Pic (Credit Sami Perttunen)
Photo by Sami Perttunen

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Interview with BRING TO BEAR

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Interview with BRING TO BEAR
By Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone, it’s Rick…

There is nothing I love more than introducing people to brand new bands especially ones that, not only know how to write great music, but also embrace the ‘business’ side of things with an excellent online presence and striking visuals.

One such band is UK Symphonic Folk Metal Quintet BRING TO BEAR, who recently chatted to us about their debut single and video ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’ which is being released tomorrow, Friday 16th July.

I’d like to send huge thanks to them for the interview.

Enjoy!

Q: For a new band, this is truly a wonderful debut, how long have you been playing together and how did you get together?

BtB: Thanks very much, that’s very kind of you to say. Hristo and I (Ian) met through being in a gypsy punk band together and played in that band for a few years now. We realised that we both love metal and during May of the first UK lockdown we decided to start a metal band together. We wrote a few short demos to show the style we wanted to play and posted these on the website Bandmix. We then contacted people through Bandmix and Facebook to see if they were interested in joining us. We managed to get the current line-up (excluding bass) by January this year, so I suppose you could say we have been playing together as a band for about 7 months now.

Q: Can you tell us a little more about each of the members in BRING TO BEAR?

BtB: Hristo plays electric guitar and is also a good bassist, so he did the bass recordings. He is strongly influenced by grunge music, and he is originally from Bulgaria. I (Ian) play accordion and keys, and do the growling, and I am originally from South Africa. I’m very much into symphonic metal and folk metal, gypsy punk, film scores, Viking music. Izabela is lead vocalist and she’s from Poland. She’s a big fan of Nightwish and Frank Sinatra. Simon is the token UK local; he plays drums (and a range of traditional Thai instruments) and loves folk metal and death metal. Nik is our other guitarist and he’s originally from Russia and the UAE. He is really into melodic metal and melodic death metal, particularly bands like Dream Theater.

Q: You have a very rich textured sound (inclusive of instruments like the Accordion), accompanied by fascinating complementary visuals. Please can you share some of the inspirations that went into crafting your sound and visual style?

BtB: The sound of BRING TO BEAR is a balance we are learning to find because we basically have 3 lead instruments (both guitarists and the accordion), as well as 2 vocal styles. When we started the band the phrase, we had in mind, was “Amon Amarth with an accordion” and the idea was to have heavy driving riffs as the foundation of the sound, with powerful tremolo sections, and then add the flavour of accordion to that (because what else would I play??), interspersed with strings and brass (keyboard) to give it some more depth and variety. And on top of that we wanted strong and powerful drumming. A lot of the guitar riffs are also influenced by bands like Pantera, Mushroomhead, and Rammstein. And the folk and symphonic elements are influenced by bands like Nightwish, Korpiklaani, traditional folk music, and film score melodies. The visuals are based on creating a scene of adventure because we believe our music is adventurous. Due to the double meaning of the band name, the bear animal seemed like an obvious inclusion in some visuals and also works as a representation of the growling, and it sets the context of the forest too. Then the lady in the hood represents the clean female vocals. And some beams of light breaking through the shade of the canopy and some mist, and it gives it a strong sense of mystery and intrigue.

Q: Your debut single ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’ will be available tomorrow. Can you share some insight on this debut track, as well as why and how you chose it as your debut offering to introduce the world to BRING TO BEAR?

BtB: ‘The Shadow Ruse’ is a song about the balance between light and dark. It’s easy to look at a situation from one point of view and label it “good” or “bad”, but the same situation seen from another point of view can be the opposite. All that changed is the perception, so the situation is effectively neither good nor bad but just in balance. So, our perceptions make us judge things and this affects how we react to them, even if the perception is not real. It’s like a game of shadows in the mind and it can be hard to make sense of it. The song also represents how we often end up leaning into some aspects of ourselves too much that we neglect their opposites, so it’s also about finding the balance of the light and dark parts of our own character. It was chosen by vote really, but the criteria used for the voting was that it needed to be a song that had a strong, in-your-face start and be a balanced combination of the various textures we use in our music. Incidentally, it was the very first song that Hristo and Ian worked on together for Bring to Bear, and it was used to convince the other members to join the band. So, if it was convincing enough for people to join the band, maybe it will be convincing enough for others to join our journey.

Q: Given you are a new band we have no prior insight into the meaning of your name. However, we are dying to know the origin and meaning of BRING TO BEAR?

BtB: The name primarily comes from the phrase “bring [something] to bear”, meaning to bring into effector to make something happen that you really want to have happen. But the dual meaning comes in with the bear animal which is an obvious link in the name, and the bear animal often represents courage and strength, so the courage to go for what you love and the strength to make it happen.

Q: Your Social Media presence and content are especially striking for a band fresh out the blocks. Can you share some insight on your strategic drive and fantastic efforts to invite fans to join your journey and follow your musical adventure?

BtB: We are looking to create a strong online presence first, partly due to the pandemic and partly because that’s where most potential fans will ever see and hear us. We want to use this to tell our story of trying to go after what we love doing, and hopefully we can inspire others to do the same. We’re not looking to rush things, but we want to make sure that each thing we create, whether music, video or art, is high quality and a true reflection of the band, and we’d rather release things in smaller amounts to not keep people waiting too long between releases. Within the band we have a variety of other skillsets and things that we each love doing so we are trying to use these as well. For example, Nik loves photography and videography, so he has been filming all our videos, and I (Ian) love creating visual art, so I am happy to spend time working on that for the band. And then our PR manager, Devo, has done a great job with helping us to craft how we tell the story and with editing the videos.

Q: Where did you record ‘THE SHADOW RUSE’, and please share some more about the BRING TO BEAR writing and recording process?

BtB: The song was originally written as a punk song for the gypsy punk band that Hristo and I met through, but it didn’t really fit with the rest of that band’s songs. So, when we decided to start Bring To Bear, we took that song and made it heavier. First Hristo wrote the guitar riffs and structure of the song and emailed a recording to me, then I added accordion and emailed it back to him (this was during the first UK lockdown). So, the writing process was a back-and-forth process with Hristo guiding this song’s outcome. Once we had all the other band members, we did two rounds of home recordings where each person recording their parts of the song and we combined them into a mix. This worked well to get us ready for the studio recordings, and we then recorded ‘The Shadow Ruse’ at Audiohaus Studios in Wembley.

Q: Starting a band in lockdown with fresh material is incredibly determined, and you must be eager to also get yourselves out there for live shows (as soon as conditions allow). What is on the cards in that respect for BRING TO BEAR, and what can we look forward to next?

BtB: Yeah, we are quite determined to see where the music takes us. Our very next step is to find a bassist so that we can get gigging as soon as possible. We will then look to play some local shows first and apply to various venues and festivals. We’ll have to see how that goes but we do hope to be able to play our music in many different places. We are releasing a 3 track EP in September which will include a cover song and 2 originals. And then we will look to release some follow up singles later this year once they are ready.

Q: Thank you for your time and the opportunity to chat to you. We wish you every success for your debut single ‘The Shadow Ruse’ and very much look forward to the upcoming EP.

BtB: Thanks very much! We really appreciate being able to chat to you, and we really hope people will love listening to our music as much as we love making it.

BRING TO BEAR ARE:
Izabela Smyt – Lead Vocals
Ian Tarboton – Accordion, Keyboards & Growls
Hristo Nikolov – Guitars
Nikiforos Rotas – Guitars
Simon Jones – Drums

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

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