Khymera – Master Of Illusions

Khymera – Master Of Illusions
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 45:25
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Rarely is it that an album comes along that I start listening to and I think “ooo this is my favourite track!” then listen to next track and think, “No wait! This one is!”, until I end up running out of tracks! But it sure happened with this album, “Master Of Illusions”. From the first track to the last I was hooked and soaked up every note, drum beat, guitar riff and lyric (anyone who hasn’t guessed – I so liked this album)!

For those not in the know, Khymera is a musical collaboration project, originally started by Italian producer/musician Daniele Liverani and Steve Walsh, who at the time was the Kansas vocalist. Then Bassist Dennis Ward (Magnum and Pink Cream 69), known more for backing vocals, bass work and production duties joined and stepped up to lead vocals, adding another string to his bow of skills! It’s been over four years since the last album, “The Grand Design” (guys, please don’t leave it another four years for the next one, thanks!), and for this release, the line-up consists of Dennis Ward on vocals and bass, Michael Klein on guitars, Eric Ragno on keyboards and Pete Newdeck on drums.

“Master Of Illusion” has quite an 80’s rock vibe, but with a modern twist to it. Whilst having a hint of Def Leopard/ Europe, they certainly make this their own. The melodic vocals, which are so easy on the ear, combined with such feel good songs mean you can easily sit and listen to this and drift away, but just as easily put it on the car stereo and crank it up loud and sing along. Think summer trips out, windows down, music loud – yes that much of a feelgood factor just pours from these tracks.

There is also some properly great drumming that seriously starts you table drumming! On track ‘The First Time’, this quickly leads to air drumming! Again, on this track, the harmonising vocals blend so well, and the addition of the keyboards, then epic guitar riffs, make it superb. The album title track follows this, and once again the hint of the keyboards just makes such a great change from the norm. These guys prove great song writing is still alive and very much kicking, in fact kicking ass, big time!

Track 4, ‘The Sun Goes Down’, has such a good summertime rock vibe – the statement ‘sing loud, sing proud’, certainly comes into its own here! From the first drum beat it’s uplifting, with guitar riffs that explode from nowhere, it leaves you wanting more!

Every great album has to have a badass ballad, and of course the guys don’t fail us on this, with ‘Father To Son’ being such a touching song, with lyrics from the heart. Get your lighters out and be prepared to raise them at any gig this is played at, and sing it damn loud! It actually gave me goose bumps whist listening to it, and I had to keep it on repeat a few times, as I was just blown away by it.

Packed full of excellent vocals, beautiful harmonies, on point drumming, and epic guitar riffs, “Masters Of Illusions” is an uplifting album and proves there is so much great music out there.

Khymera, please promise me you won’t take four years for the next instalment of material! I think anyone who hasn’t heard them yet is missing out, and everyone I’ve told about the album has come back to me with the same reaction – “wow they are brilliant”!! Seriously, get listening to this album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Walk Away
02. The First Time
03. Master Of Illusion
04. The Sun Goes Down
05. Paradise
06. The Rhythm Of My Life
07. Follow The Sun
08. Father To Son
09. After All This Time
10. Victim Of Your Love
11. Just Let It Happen

LINE-UP:
Dennis Ward – Vocals and Bass
Michael Klein – Guitars
Eric Ragno – Keyboards
Pete Newdeck – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/KhymeraTheGrandDesign/ (FAN PAGE)
www.spotify.com/artist/2cauhM67gAJ8ilHvkNNZa4
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAP7bFhhpU6fhnccffaNtCA
www.frontiers.it/album/5584
www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl/

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EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA

EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gothenburg, Sweden based Symphonic/Melodic/Progressive Metal project Fading Azalea. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist Olivia Bing 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 Olivia. I am guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter for the symphonic metal band Fading Azalea. I play drums too, not on the album though. The band was created in 2013, finding musicians was a hard time. When Johan (bass, guitar tracks 5&6) and Alexander (drums) joined the band later we played a couple of gigs but mostly worked on writing material. Then Johan left the band and I had a session musician from Italy, Gianluca Di Francisca to record the rest of the bass. He recorded the guitar solo for track 3 too. Kristoffer Jonassen (ex- Irrbloss drummer) replaced Alexander on drums in 2017. Joachim Van Zoelen (bass) joined the project after the release. The band only writes music for the time being.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was thinking about Azalea, the flower… Tried to think of something a bit different, as the name was already taken. Fading Azalea is a withered flower. All our music is melancholic, so a fading flower is quite symbolic for our sound.

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

I am originally from France but got mostly influenced by the Swedish Metal scene where I live now. Melodic Death Metal is the main sound here. That’s also what got me to play the guitar.

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

“Maze Of Melancholy”, full album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In Flames, Epica, Nightwish. I don’t know if my black metal influences are noticeable in the CD, but maybe they will be in the future: Dimmu Borgir, UADA and Mgla.

What first got you into music?

I always wanted to play the piano since I was a kid. I never got one, but at the age of 18  I got a guitar from a friend, and then In Flames got me to switch to the electric type, and then Pain Of Salvation’s “Pluvius Aestivus” got me to play piano. And Amon Amarth got me to play drums. And someday I want to learn to play cello…

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

I have some collaboration plans with UADAs talented lead guitarist for a coming track. I am very happy for that! I would quite like a collaboration, like a gig or a duo with Epica’s vocalist too.

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

I liked being in Wacken but in the public! I have good memories from that one. If I were to play there as a musician, I’d rather hide behind the drums…

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

I have never received a gift from a fan, but I received a gift as a fan from UADA. I got a ride-cymbal which I am making a good use of!

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

I thank my fans so much for their support! That means a lot to me!

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

Kurt Cobain. But I’m not sure, it’s dangerous, bringing people back from the dead…

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

I enjoy the feel of the adrenaline pulse trying to play drums to 200 BPM! That is… a true challenge.

I hate all the administrative work, so many files have to be sent throughout the world to make a CD but me, I only want to be playing…

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

I wish the free downloads music sites that illegally put our music online were all to close down. If we musicians were to make enough money to cover our expenses, we could be making more music for our fans. The ones who truly support us by buying our stuff.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “The Jester Race”

Mgla – “Exercises In Futility”

UADA – “Cult Of A Dying Sun”

Epica – “The Phantom Agony”

Amon Amarth – “Fate Of Norns”

Dimmu Borgir – “Godless Savage Garden”

Evolvent – “Delusion”

(I will let Olivia off for choosing seven albums as there are some crackers in this list!! – Rick 😊)

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

I have mostly CD’s.

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

Emergenza!

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

I would be a farmer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Darkside (Mgla), James Sloan (UADA), Josiah Babcock (ex-UADA) and Fredrik Andersson (ex- Amon Amarth, now Netherbird & A Quinorous QUintet). I think those five people reunited would make the best metal track in the world. Only problem, we have three drummers here! Haha.

I have had the honour to spend time with the last three and they have all been very kind to me. They have helped me on my music way. And even Darkside did, though I haven’t met him in person. I am very thankful for that. That keeps the motivation going!

What’s next for the project?

Keep writing on material. Release a single. Then, we’ll see!

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

Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube…
www.facebook.com/FadingAzalea/
www.fadingazalea.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2MIEfx3gRoH4Fwe1r2HvVB
www.youtube.com/channel/UCC3AJUqgL6OhAg07_EYbPxg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re not to be found in Sweden… Please give me a box and I’ll tell you!

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

Original and amusing questions! I’m thankful I had the honour of answering this interview for you. Be safe in these Corona times.

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Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary

Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 47:49
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

After listening to the AWESOME album “Dead Man’s Diary” by German Melodic Progressive Metal band Black Lilium, a new band to my ears, I can easily say that it is a hell of a breath of fresh air. Heavy instrumentals with such calm, soft and relaxing vocals as well as having beautiful guitar solos it has taken my hearing by storm, especially during the tough situation that we are all going through at this moment in time. It is calming my worries and calming my soul.

Magnificent!

Biography

Black Lilium was founded in 2014, and the participants worked on the compositions, both diligently and with a focus on quality. They wanted it to be completely melodic and timelessly beautiful, with ear-friendly refrains and really grippy structures – together with a singer who was perfect for the exquisite PROGRESSIVE MELODIC METAL style of the formation.

With the signing of golden throated Felix, a direct hit was achieved. This top talent covers the entire emotional range of the songs with his changeable and harmonious voice. Broad and iridescent floating keyboard scores of captivating beauty round off what is on offer with brilliant guitar work. The high musicality is simply impressive.

Black Lilium present veritable catchy tunes with deeply inspired hymns such as the big hit ‘My Purpose’ or the equally empathetically accentuated power pack ‘Everything I Am’. It is a matter of enjoying excellent gems that you shouldn’t hear every day despite the continued flood of bands – as if Muse with Mando Diao had made an unwavering decision with all their talents and skills to win the all-melodic Metal mastery in the field of aesthetics!

If one does the effort and studies the realistic lyrics of the tracks line by line while listening, you can increase the goosebump factor even more.

Beast In The Backseat

TRACKLISTING:

01 Beast In The Backseat
02 Paragon Of Imperfection
03 Demon In Disguise
04 Start All Over
05 Never
06 Walls Around My Soul
07 Everything I Am
08 The Ones You Made Us
09 My Purpose
10 Dead Man’s Diary
11 Ghosts Without A Voice

LINE-UP:

Felix Hochkeppel – Vocals, Keys
Marcel Wroblewski – Guitar
Maurice Scholz – Guitar
Lasse Lammert – Bass
Jan Knoop – Drums

LINKS:

www.blacklilium.de
www.facebook.com/blackliliumband
www.instagram.com/blackliliumband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0bxrImrxU8B6KyihKhtZq2

Photo by Andy Gruenitz

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Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia

Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia
Scarlet Records
Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 24:16
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

Maybe it is not a surprise to hear Italian bands exploring their traditional music, like Opera, to play along with Heavy Metal or work on subjects from this beautiful culture. Some bands do it in an epic way while others go deeper into the heaviness or obscure sound. In all cases, they sound unique. In the case of Deathless Legacy, the theatrical side where all interpretations are so strong and are hugely different. So, why not explore the rich Italian history, from ancient Rome to be more specific, in a 24-minutes-long single. If you love songs like ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (Iron Maiden) or ‘Stargazer’ (Rainbow), you should stop everything you are doing now and join the band on this journey.

Saturnalia was a celebration in ancient Rome that happened between December 17th and 23rd. It was a short period of rebirth when the slaves could enjoy and party as free people. This song tells a specific history, in the year of 86 AD. During a long war, Helius hears that his father Flaccus (the Pater Familia of the Adepphius family) is dying and he should return to be the new Pater Familia as he is the first-born. In the Cimini hills, near Rome, he decides to rest during the night before returning home. There, he rests forever after a criminal sets his tent on fire while he is sleeping. This is done by Tullius Murena’s servant. Tullius’ plan is to kill the first-born son and leave the Adepphius Family weak to own and run their land. What he cannot imagine is how things would change. It is within this scenario that the main character appears. His name is Lucius, a slave of Tullius who was whipped almost until death after he let Tullius’ wine fall on the floor due to a trick from a young child. Lucius recovers himself in time to celebrate Saturnalia with his best friend, and slave, Hecatia.

Declared the prince with horns by the slaves and under command of Laverna, Lucius  gives an order for Tulius to serve him wine during the Saturnalia celebrations and Hecatia uses the same trick of the young child to make him fall on the floor, looking a fool in front all of the slaves. Of course, this joke has terrible consequence and Tullius, feeling humiliated by his slaves, creates an ambush for Lucius and Hecatia. He gives them a secret mission to deliver a gold medallion for his bastard son’s mother. Suddenly, on the way to deliver it, some of Tullius’ servants emerge to rape and kill Hecatia in front of Lucius. After witnessing that murder, he is stabbed by Tullius’ sword. For a moment, he can meet his parents in heaven, but it isn’t his time, yet.

He awakes under the care of Laverna Priestess, the goddess who protects the Underworld from thieves and cheaters. The goddess of what lies in the shadows as no murder or punishment is allowed by what happens in Saturnalia. Tullius calls for him the wrath of Saturn. She heals Lucius with a potion, so he can find himself deep inside and begins his metamorphosis with all his grief and pain!

Spiritually dead, but physically alive, Lucius finds the mortal remains of Helius in the burnt-out tent. He also finds a rope of one of Tullius’ servants and he was still carrying the same gold medallion he carried during the ambush he suffered. He realises that the person who murdered Helius is the same who murdered Hecatia. It is the spark for his revenge. Lucius burns his face and wears Helius’ armour to pretend he is the Adepphius first born. With a disfigured face and using the same armour that Helius used, nobody can recognize him. He returns to his old home and a great feast is made to celebrate it because everyone thinks that Helius is dead. Tulius is shocked and whips the servant that hasn’t killed Helius. Now, Lucius is using a gold mask to hide his pain and fake his existence, as if he is the new Pater Familia. During the feast he shows to everyone, including Tullius, the gold medallion and the servant’s robe. The betrayer is finally discovered and Tullius is taken to die in Rupes Tarpeia. Therefore, the revenge is complete, and it finishes the tale of Saturnalia!

Musically, “Saturnalia” has strong guitar riffs and bass lines from Sgt. Bones and Deadwood Nick. They create many intense moments, from acoustic and melodic pieces to fast and heavy ones, mirroring the tempo of the story. Frater Orion’s drum parts are amazing, he doesn’t let the music become massive and tiring. He plays in many different tempos and variations. Another interesting thing is how the song has a symphonic approach, but pianos, keyboards and orchestrations are not always present. The instruments are very well mixed, bringing the spirit of classic Heavy Metal. Steva’s vocals are brilliant. She has a unique identity to interpret the drama and the history. The interesting thing in her voice is how she uses a melodic side, sometimes a bit angelical, together with a lot of evil power, reminding me of the way that Ronnie James Dio sings.

There is an accompanying short movie/official video of the track and it has the band members acting as characters, with the black and white scenes bringing an epical and dense atmosphere. The more I watch the film; the more this genial creation enchants me. Unique! Majestic! Maybe these words could describe this Italian masterpiece called “Saturnalia”.

Here is a link to the film/video

TRACKLISTING:
1. Saturnalia

LINE-UP:
Steva – Vocals
Frater Orion – Drums
Alex Van Eden – Keyboards
Sgt. Bones – Guitar
Deadwood Nick- Bass

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Deathlessmetal/
www.facebook.com/scarletrecords/
www.youtube.com/user/DeathlessLegacy
www.instagram.com/deathless_legacy
open.spotify.com/album/3WIl8GeGQusozWJXzEHvap

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EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Melodic Black Metal band Wormwood. Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘Nine’ 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 go by the name ‘Nine’ and I am the main lyricist and vocalist in Wormwood.

Not to go too in-depth about the history, I can tell you that we started out in 2014 with a different line-up and a different musical genre, but after a year we had found a pretty solid line-up and started to refine our sound. After our debut EP, “The Void – Stories From The Whispering” well, we started right away to write our full-length album “Ghostlands – Wounds From A Bleeding Earth” which was a pretty huge success. That’s was when we had found a sound we were happy with, for the time being. And as many other bands, we started to write the album “Nattarvet” shortly after which even more refined our sound, and here we are. I think we now have found a solid ground on our genre. People label us as Melodic Black Metal, and we won’t argue with that, but we are too many layers to be really encapsulated into one genre.

How did you come up with your band name?

Wormwood comes from the bible and goes by the Apsinthos. It was a star which fell from the heavens and made the rivers sour so man became sick. Wormwood for us is both the biblical meaning and our own personal meaning. It’s a force which lurks deep within the nature here in Scandinavia and us.

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

We are from Sweden and you could say that Sweden is the epicentre of many metal genres.

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

“Nattarvet” which got released via Black Lodge Records on 2019-07-26! We also released two music videos from the album, ‘The Isolationist’ and ‘Av Lie och Börda’ (Of Scythe And Burden).

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can’t talk too much what the composers of the band got their influences from except what you can easily hear, but for me as a vocalist and lyricist there are a few. Warrel Dane from Nevermore has been immensely influential for me, not only with his very different voice but for the pure poetry he writes in his lyrics. I wholeheartedly recommend, both from a lyrical and musically viewpoint to listen to “Dead Heart in a Dead World” and “This Godless Endeavour” with Nevermore.

Also the deep and profound lyrics of Patrick Walker from Warning, the amazing musical compositions of Christofer Johnsson from Therion and the roaring vocals from Ihsahn!

What first got you into music?

I guess that would be my older brother when he showed me Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden in the early 90’s. But what formed me as an extreme music listener was “Beauty in Darkness Vol1” (Nuclear Blast) from ‘96 where I first heard Dissection, Therion, Crematory, In Flames, Sentenced, Cradle of Filth, Theatre of Tragedy, and so on and so forth.

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

My highest privilege would be to do a collaboration with Akira Yamaoka, the man who did most of the Silent Hill soundtracks. His way of finding a soundscape devoid of hope and a happy ending is just perfect. Dark ambient sounds, melancholic acoustic strings and deep foreboding bass! Yeah, that’s my dream.

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

[Insert the biggest metal festival in the world here]. That one!

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

This one isn’t that weird, well depending on who you are, but when I did a tour in 2009 with my old band Withershin, we were somewhere in Russia and a fan made a pentagram neckless to me which he had performed a ritual in the forest to enchant it somehow. I still have it and wear it occasionally till this day.

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

Always except the unexpected when it comes to Wormwood’s new releases.

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

Warrel Dane from Nevermore! Beyond a shadow of a doubt! His untimely death was a hard blow to the metal scene and for me personally, it was devastating.

Nevermore is the biggest underground band people don’t know about. If you haven’t heard about Nevermore, as I wrote on a previous question, go and listen to those albums or any by them for that matter. Lest we forget…!

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

Expressing your art to people who loved it is a very humbling and great feeling. I am pretty sure that there are people who work who do things which others enjoy, but there is something magical about doing it when it comes to music. You put down your brittle soul and tainted blood into it, and then many people understand it, love it and even want to support you. That is really something else.

The struggles of being an up-and-coming musician are real.

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

Stop. Being. So. Fucking. Offended.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, without competition.

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

Vinyl is the best buy, streaming is the easiest way to find new music.

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

That´s hard to say! Is the biggest the best? I don´t know, every gig is special in some kind of way.

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

Probably making videos full time, or graphic stuff!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five people that are easy going and they will come with a big bag of beer to share. I guess it would be the band.

What’s next for the band?

We´re attending to one of the biggest music awards here in Sweden which we are nominated for in the Best Rock/Metal Category.

We are going out playing at festivals this spring/summer and we are writing on new material at the moment.

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

http://www.wormwood-official.com
http://wormwood-official.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/wormwoodofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/WormwoodSWE
https://twitter.com/WormwoodSWE
https://www.youtube.com/c/officialwormwood

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard about them, but after some googling it looks lite biscuits to me.

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

Well, check us out! See you on tour!

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands based Melodic Metal band Winter Storm! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Hannah Fieldhouse and Keyboardist John Bradley 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?
Hannah: Hello! My name is Hannah and I okay lead guitar and sing for Winter Storm. We (Hannah and Wayne) formed the band in 2008 originally, and have grown with our sound ever since.
John: My name’s John and I play keyboards for Winter Storm and have also played the drums for them in the past. The band was started in 2008 in Stourbridge by Hannah and Wayne. Over the course of the last 11 years, we’ve had a few member changes, released three albums, a few music videos, and played gigs all over the country and a few in Europe.
How did you come up with your band name?
Hannah: It was just something Wayne and I liked and honestly there’s not much more to it haha!
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Hannah: We are based in the West Midlands of the UK. The rock and metal scene is strong here, with lots of sub-genres and interesting venues. There are a wide range of sub-genres and some phenomenal underground bands.
John: I am from England, UK and the rock/metal scene here is awesome; we’re the home of heavy metal after all! The underground scene is full of amazing acts who deserve so much more exposure and success than they have.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
John: We are releasing our third album “Relapse in Time” next month on 11th October. We’re also holding a launch show the following evening at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Hannah: That’s a tough one. Some of my biggest influences would be Rush, Iron Maiden, Eva Cassidy, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Tesseract, Opeth, Nightwish. The list goes on. With songwriting I’m often influenced by films, or books as well.
John: If we’re talking only music here, then I have many for different reasons. I put that down to being a multi-instrumentalist. If I had to limit it to one person per instrument, I would pick: Joey Jordison (Drums), Les Claypool (Bass), Nuno Bettencourt (Guitar), Janne Wirman (Keys), Freddie Mercury (Vocals).
What first got you into music?
Hannah: I originally started by playing the Lyre, which is a smaller version of a harp. I basically begged my mom to let me learn acoustic guitar and she eventually gave in. I hated practicing that too, but one day I had a chat with myself and decided to work harder.
John: I honestly can’t pinpoint anything specific as I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been into music or trying to play an instrument. It sounds very cliché but it’s always been a part of who I am.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Hannah: Wow that is a tough one. I’d of loved to have done a collaboration with Prince, in a fantasy world haha.
John: I would love to do something with Devin Townsend or Nightwish, whether that was live or in the studio.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Hannah: I would love the opportunity to return to Bloodstock, Wacken or another European Metal festival such as Metal Female Voices Fest, or FemME Belgium would be insane.
John: Winter Storm played Bloodstock several years ago at a time when I wasn’t in the band. I know the band would love to have that opportunity again so I would happily oblige!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hannah: I’ve not had many that I can remember, but there’s probably been some and I’ve forgotten…
John: I don’t know if this counts as a gift, but I was once playing drums at a gig (not with Winter Storm) and the guitarist accidentally kicked a cymbal stand straight into my face across the bridge of my nose. This caused me to have a horrifically heavy nosebleed. A very kind lady in the audience handed me a tampon from her clutch bag, and so I finished the gig with half a tampon up each nostril.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Hannah: Thank you for sticking with us, believing in us, and I told you this third album did exist hahaha!
John: Thank you for sticking with us, please buy our new album, and always support your local music scene.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Hannah: So many… Phil Lynott, Pete Steele, Prince, Randy Rhoads…
John: Freddie Mercury; or possibly Giacomo Puccini if that’s allowed.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Hannah: I love being able to collaborate/create music with others, and release it. To have fantastic social circles of friends and musicians who all work together so well. I hate; constant admin and things of that nature. Late nights haha.
John: I most enjoy the catharsis of being able to play, create, and record music; to perform and collaborate with other people and the sense of community within it. I most hate about music travelling (I get very travel sick) and the expense of the equipment.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Hannah: I wish more of us went to local unsigned shows.
John: The bureaucracy and monetisation aspects of it. Whilst it would be great to be able to earn a genuine living from playing and making music, it’s often the sheer cost of certain aspects of it that make it hard to fully pursue as both a performer and a fan.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Hannah: There’s so many… Type O Negative – “October Rust”.
John: Nightwish – “Once”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Hannah: CD’s for me. Love cassettes too.
John: It varies depending on what I’m doing or the routine I have at the time. There’s no denying that digital is the best in terms of portability and availability, but I love nothing more than listening to old opera recordings and recitals on vinyl whilst quaffing pints of tea.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Hannah: Bloodstock Open Air, Wizzfest Belgium, HRH Metal.
John: HRH Metal festival with Winter Storm earlier this year.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Hannah: Teaching, as I do most days 🙂
John: I’m presently studying my Master’s degree in Forensic Science, so I would focus solely upon that and a career in criminal evidence, or specialising in bloodstain pattern analysis.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Hannah: Good grief! I have no idea haha. If we are talking living, maybe Jason Momoa, Tina Guo, Nita Strauss, Hans Zimmer, Stephen King.
John: Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Williams, Vincent Price
What’s next for the band?
Hannah: To release “Relapse In Time”, play some great shows, including our launch show and promote the new record.
John: As mentioned earlier, we have our album “Relapse In Time” coming out in October, and we have a handful of gigs to promote that as well as several gigs and festival slots lined up throughout next year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
John: The band has a very active Facebook profile and we announce all of our news and updates on there. At present, we’re releasing a teaser video of each of the album’s tracks once a week during the lead up to the release date. We’re on Week 6 now and all of the teasers and our music videos are available on our YouTube Channel.
https://www.facebook.com/winterstormuk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/WinterStormUK/videos
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Hannah: biscake?!
John: They’re most definitely cakes. Biscuits turn soft when they go stale, whereas cakes turn hard. Jaffa Cakes turn hard; not that they have that opportunity if they’re within my arm’s reach!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the interview!
Only to labour the point that our third album “Relapse in Time” will be released on 11th October, and thanks again for having me 🙂
 
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Kalidia – The Frozen Throne

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Kalidia – The Frozen Throne
Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: 23/11/2018
Running Time: 46:17
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Around two weeks ago I asked Italian Melodic Power Metal band Kalidia about the possibility of doing a review of their new album “The Frozen Throne” and was given the go ahead which was an amazing reaction and so here I go. Most might not know, but I have been a big fan of this band since I first heard them and to have the opportunity to review them is an honour, however, being a fan and friend of the band will have no effect on this review.
I have been listening to “The Frozen Throne” since I had my copy delivered a few weeks back and I will say that with the title track ‘Frozen Throne’ being first it really opens up for what the rest of the album can be. I know that with many albums some people, not all, tend to pass over songs to listen to the title track if it’s further down the track list. I, admittedly, have done this myself but this album starts with it and the song is an amazing opening to the album. “The Frozen Throne” is fast paced, has good intensity and added with the beautiful vocals this is a head-banger of an album and gives fans of both Melodic Metal and Power Metal an awesome aural experience for their ears! Whilst listening you can hear the passion Kalidia put into their music!
There are a good mix of tempos on display, some fast paced and intense tracks but also some slower and less intense which gives “The Frozen Throne” such a good balance as a whole! Having said that my favourite song on this album is in fact one of those slower songs and that song is ‘Midnight’s Chant’. It is very soothing to listen to and the lyrics really put my mind at rest even when I am upset and feeling down. I would definitely put this song as one of my top 10 favourite songs to listen to when I am down.
Now comes the rating and I shall be scoring the album as a whole as well as rating my favourite song separately. “The Frozen Throne” album gets 9 out of 10. It contains 11 awesome songs with mixture of fast and slower tracks and is an absolute top album to listen to! As for my favourite song, the aforementioned ‘Midnight’s Chant’, well, I can’t rate it anything but a 10 out of 10, such an amazing song which really lifts me up, not something that is always easy to do!
I would like to thank each member of Kalidia, Dario Gozzi (Drums), Roberto Donati (Bass), Federico Paolini (Guitars) and Nicoletta Rosellini (Vocals) for giving me the opportunity to review this amazing album and I can’t wait for any new releases they have planned, they make one hell of a band to listen to!
TRACKLISTING:
01. Frozen Throne
02. Circe’s Spell
03. Black Sails
04. Orpheus
05. To The Darkness I Belong
06. Myth Of Masada
07. Midnight’s Chant
08. Go Beyond
09. Amethyst
10. Lotus
11. Queen Of The Forsaken
LINKS:
https://www.kalidia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KalidiaOfficial/

https://www.instagram.com/kalidia_official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/KalidiaBandOfficial
 
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Left For Red – Human Complex

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Left For Red – Human Complex
FATangel Records
Release Date: 06/04/2019
Running Time: 56:35
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Greetings and salutations, my fiendish hordes! Hopefully you have all been following my true word and way and destroying effigies of Christ and defiling His house in unspeakable and indecent ways. If you haven’t, then I hope you have enjoyed a sumptuous Sunday lunch and are now struggling to stay awake because of the rigours of digestion… I myself have opted to cock a snook at the so called day of rest and have been busy painting stuff, inventing a quite astonishing breakfast food involving lashings of chipotle chillies and vegetarian bacon and am now drinking beer and experiencing the stylings of Black Country metallers Left For Red. This bunch of remarkably hirsute and impeccably coiffed gentlemen have been playing together for 10 years and I am casting a slightly drunken eye over their latest offering, “Human Complex”.
“For fans of Tool, Deftones, Iron Maiden, Pantera and Rage Against The Machine.” This is how the band describe themselves. I disagree somewhat. But this is not a bad thing. I don’t hear too much RATM in their sound. Instead I hear quite a lot of Mastodon in some of their musical arrangements, especially in the twin guitar lines and the backing vocals. Opening track ‘Dancing With Misery’ opens with some perfectly apt miserable, minor guitar chords before opening out into the kind of melodic metal I was not expecting, which I must admit is a welcome and refreshing change from the roaring speed of much modern metal. There’s a lot to be said for melody and allowing the music you play to breathe and become an organic thing. It is a fine tune. Also, and this is another thing to LFR’s credit, there is a concept behind “Human Complex” and its songs. The record focuses on different emotions and also on how negative metal health can change your decision making ability. Now, believe it or not, but Dark Juan struggles with issues of brain chemistry and other disorders of personality (difficult to believe, I know, what with my jocularity and general sunny demeanour when defiling virgins and their mothers, daubing atheistic/ Satanic slogans on church altars, or repeatedly making Mrs. Dark Juan’s life a misery by variously ruining furniture/ underwear/ curtains or all of the above with excitement when I review a new record) and to have a band tackle the issue head on is a GREAT fucking thing and earns them some bonus points for being dudes and understanding about it all, man.
The music on offer is intriguing. It is a kind of cross between Maiden, Deftones and Mastodon and makes for a most interesting listen although in my opinion the lead vocal is too high in the mix. The guitar and bass work is very groovy indeed and has occasioned me to have a response that has caused my underpants elastic to snap and catapult them across the room to land on Hodgson The Incredible Canine Fart Machine’s head, to his chagrin and probable disgust, considering the look I’m currently getting off him. The drums are difficult to hear at times as they are buried at the back of the production and the general balance of the sound is just a bit off, which is a shame as the music is fucking well written, exciting and interesting. LC’s voice is also of interest as it is a mix of various Mastodon singers (I know I keep coming back to them but it’s true, I hear a lot of them in Left For Red) and Klaus Meine of German trad metallers Scorpions. I SOOOOOOOOOOO want to hear Left For Red cover Rock You Like A Hurricane! That would cause me to instantly suffer trouser area explosions of joy and increase my laundry bill exponentially. As far as this album and the music goes though, my favourite tracks are ‘Switchblade Romance’ with very Deftonesy, almost hip hop vibes at points, ‘The Circus’, which is a hairy fucking beast of a track going straight for your throat (it’s about the horrors of social media and how life is distorted through it) with fangs dripping venom and your imminent murder on its mind. I really like ‘Leech’ as well, which has a more muscular sound than my other favourites. ‘Leech’ makes me want to go and do animal, shocking things to attractive ladies so I hope it doesn’t come on at any clubs I’m at. That could make my evening not go quite the way I planned.
So, then, I like Left For Red. “Human Complex” is a very good album that’s going to take many listening to get the full measure of, but I have problems with the production on it, the occasional dodgy note and the fact I feel that there is a LOT more to come from LFR and this record is just a stepping stone to what they are truly capable of. If they reach their full potential, they could be a gigantic, heavily armed metal colossus with a very uncertain temper. We should all support them by buying their shit, boys and girls. This is top class British metal and I want more of it.
The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is feeling all patriotic and shit and flying a union jack from the garden shed. Next to the skull and crossbones. I award Left For Red 8/10 for a damned good record that has caused distress to one of my dogs and given me underwear trauma. Fine work, gentlemen. Fine work. And I managed to get through the entire review without calling you yam yams once! Oh, wait… Fuck.
TRACKLISTING:
01. Dancing With Misery
02. Switchblade Romance
03. Slaves To Causality
04. Leech
05. The Circus
06. Hand Of God
07. The Storm
08. Journey Within
09. Tame The Tides
10. Sunrise, Bring Serenity
LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/leftforreduk/

https://www.instagram.com/leftforredband/


https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLeftforred/videos
 
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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Melodic Metal band In Silence! Huge thanks to them 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?
We are In Silence, We play Modern Melodic Metal. Long story short, the band was created from the remains of another band that split up and searched for new members, found our new guitarist Daniel and became In Silence!
How did you come up with your band name?
Like a genie in a bottle, Sebastian and Mikael rubbed a few cans of beer and came up with the name.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Sweden and the metal scene is great. We are mostly known for the infamous “Gothenburg Sound”. The most successful bands are from Gothenburg and have a distinct sound.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is our new EP “One for All” and our next single Will be released later in May so stay tuned! (The single is ‘The Worst Liar’ and is out now)!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Oh that’s a tough question because we have so many different individual influences for example:
Erika: If I have to choose one influence I choose Kobra Paige vocalist in “Kobra And The Lotus” mostly because she is so humble. She, also like me, is trying to spread love and metal to the world.
Daniel: My biggest influence is probably Trivium. Mostly because they seem like a genuine and kind bunch of guys and their music is amazing and so inspirational.
Rasmus: In Flames! Because it’s simple and earfuckable.
Mikael: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Cuz he fucking rules!!
Sebastian: Sami from Kreator because he plays with so much soul and playfulness.
What first got you into music?
Different answers yet again:
Erika, Sebastian and Rasmus all have fathers who have played drums during the years, Mikael’s music interest started during his first music lessons in school and Daniel’s journey into music started with playing Guitar Hero and an uncle who played a lot of guitar.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Still differences in opinion but we can all agree on Lena Scissorhands from Infected Rain!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Finally an easy question: Wacken Open Air! It’s a big ass Festival with lots of people and bands and the crowd in Germany is crazy!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We never receive any gifts from our fans 🙁
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Love and Metal!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
We need these two back right now, Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio!!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
What we love the most is to play live. It’s like therapy for all of us and all the great response we get from our fans. The worst thing about it is the time between the gigs.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That it’s harder for the musicians to get cred and money for their work. We like it better how it was “back in the day”!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Erika: I rarely listen to a whole album but if I need to pick I’ll say “Time Stands Still” by Unleash The Archers. I listen to almost every song
Sebastian: Favourite album ever… probably “Phantom Antichrist” by Kreator!
Mikael: “We Are One” by The Bloodline!
Rasmus: “Clayman” by In Flames of course!
Daniel: My all-time favourite album? “The Sin and the Sentence” by Trivium!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
If you want the authentic sound we think Vinyl is better but streaming has made it easier to find and listen to new music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Last year at a small Festival in Forshaga in Sweden called “Raise Your Fist For Metal 2018” Amazing gig and fantastic atmosphere!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
We would be lying in the gutter drinking a lot of whisky after trying and failing to get careers as Pornstars!!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Freddy Krueger, The ‘Grudge’ girl, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump and Håkan Hellström. May the best man win!
What’s next for the band?
A music video in the making and a gig at Sweden’s biggest Festival, Sweden Rock Festival!!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
https://www.facebook.com/Insilencesweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WNpduvpWAAH8rGu8UK5Ov
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We don’t know but it sounds like a biscuit!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for YOUR time and of course:
Love and Metal!
 
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Seventh Wonder – Tiara

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Seventh Wonder – Tiara
Frontiers Records
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Running Time: 01:09:56
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

It’s no secret that Sweden is a vast breeding ground for rock and metal giants. Most notable names include Sabaton, Amon Amarth and In Flames. Could Seventh Wonder be joining this list of legends? Judging from the strength of their album “Tiara”, it’s more than safe to say that there is a place on this list awaiting them. Imagine if Avantasia and Kamelot jammed together, that would be Seventh Wonder.
Seventh Wonder are familiar to me as their lead vocalist Tommy Karevik also fronts Kamelot and they are personal favourites of mine. So naturally I was curious to get to know Seventh Wonder and find out what their sound is all about.
The album is a portfolio of epic, bombastic melodies that sit with you the moment you press play. The tracks are memorable and once you listen to this record, just looking at the name will bring excerpts of these songs to the mind instantly.
The opening tracks ‘Arrival’ and ‘The Everones’ entice you in instantly. I found that the songs have a strong ambience and contain strong sounding melodies. Scar Symmetry and Kamelot come to mind when listening to the songs.
‘Against The Grain’ is a soaring track that sat very well with me. The backing vocals accompanying Tommy Karevik remind me of Eden’s Curse and Avantasia, particularly because these choral vocals provide concrete backing. I also found that the song had a strong eighties vibe to it. This track is just one of the highlights of the album.
‘Victorious’ is the ear worm of the album. The powerful verses and infectious chorus will ensure you remember the song hours after hearing it. I only have to read the title and the song gets stuck in my head. The title alone is an empowering word and the bold musical arrangements match this perfectly. The song gives you strength and hope, even in times riddled with uncertainty.
I like the acoustic tribal tones from ‘The Truth’. It shows a different side to the band and gives us a break from the heaviness for the majority of the song. It then gives us their iconic, bombastic sounds that familiar across the album. I also like the empowering and uplifting tones throughout the song.
With albums you tend to come across a short opening track that leads to the first main track. With “Tiara” you also get that at the end. The song ‘Procession’ is a beautiful short track with a stunning vocal melody from Tommy Karevik. This is the lead up to the mind-blowing closer ‘Exhale’.
When you have experienced something that is so intense it leaves you breathless, you let out a huge breath. So, this track is appropriately named. “Tiara” leaves you breathless and ‘Exhale’ is the final chapter of this fantastic record.
From the exhilarating ride that “Tiara” gave me, I think it is more than safe to say Seventh Wonder will be added to my music collection. Fans of Kamelot and strong melodic metal, I recommend you do the same.
TRACKLISTING:
01. Arrival
02. The Everones
03. Dream Machines
04. Against the Grain
05. Victorious
06. Farewell (Part 1: Tiara’s Song)
07. Farewell (Part 2: Goodnight)
08. Farewell (Part 3: Beyond Today)
09. The Truth
10. By the Light of the Funeral Pyres
11. Damnation Below
12. Procession
13. Exhale
LINKS:
http://www.seventhwonder.se/
https://www.facebook.com/seventhwonderofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/user/officialSW
 
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