Hydra Vein – Unlamented

Unlamented Album Cover Art

Hydra Vein – Unlamented
Back on Black Records
Release Date: 21/10/22
Running Time: 39:00
Review by Paul Hutchings
7/10

Turn the clock back to 1987 and Brighton saw the arrival of Hydra Vein on the Thrash scene. “Rather Death Than False of Faith” in 1988 and its follow up “After the Dream” the following year. They split the year after, and it wasn’t until 2019 that Hydra Vein re-emerged. Today they have a much-changed line-up, with guitarist Danny Ranger the sole survivor. The band have relocated to the Netherlands, joined forces with new members and now are set to release Unlamented on the Thrash world. 

With a range of diverse subjects in their cross hairs, the band bring a sharp on their subject matter, including the title track which covers missing children who are preyed upon across the world. Yes, Hydra Vein don’t shy away from the big topics, and they rightly don’t give a fuck who knows it. 

“Unlamented” is a very solid Thrash album. It sits very much in the Solitary, Virus, Helgrind and Xentrix style of UK thrash, retaining the old school style but adding bits of sludge into a couple of the tracks. It’s fiery stuff, opening track ‘Does the End Justify the Means?’ rages violently, snarling vocals, intense guitar work and pummelling drumming combine to provide a visceral beast of an opener (ignoring the intro of course). 

The title track, with its chilling social message is another driving beast, Damon Maddison’s throbbing bass lines and more razor-sharp guitar work stands out as one of the best tracks here. ‘Age of the Plague’ is no doubt a reflection of the past couple of years, and it moves at a rampaging pace, ironic given its subject matter but I like the lyrical theme of man’s hubris towards nature and the arrogance that consumes us all as a so-called superior being. 

Manley-Bird’s vocals are impressive throughout. A deep-soaked gravelled roar that fits in with the onslaught that the triple guitar attack brings. The music is tight, ferocious, and fast. Tracks like ‘Blood Eagle Dawn’ and ‘Blue Lamp’ are muscular, powerful songs and the whole album knit together well. The only challenge which faces Hydra Vein, as is the case with many bands of the new Thrash genre, is to bring something to the table that is a little bit special. For whilst it is solid, “Unlamented” doesn’t really present anything that hundreds of bands are already doing. If you like listening to the same style of thrash repeatedly, then this album will slot in nicely. If you fancy something a little more challenging and progressive, then you may not find it here. 

‘Age Of Plaque’ Official Lyric Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Khuylo
02 Does the End Justify the Means?
03. Unlamented
04. Eradication Zone
05. Age of Plague
06. Blood Eagle Dawn
07. Blue lamp
08. Mano a Mano
09. Twighlight

LINE-UP:
Danny Ranger – Guitar
James Manley-Bird – Vocals
Damon Maddison – Bass
Jonas Voorspoels – Guitar
Henry Pol – Guitar
John den Buitelaar – Drums

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Elimination – Icon of Despair

Elimination Logo

Elimination – Icon of Despair
Roasted by Rob Sutton

Ugh! Thrash, my least favourite of the Metal genres and here I am presented with Ipswich based Elimination. I suppose being from Ipswich means there should be some interesting riffs, what with the extra digits on their hands, but alas we have riffs that sound like they have been used in every Thrash song since the dawn of time.

First up, as always, let’s begin with the vocals and who has resurrected Lemmy?! Man, this facial hair is poorly kept, if this is an imitation of the late great, then I would seriously recommend getting some Gillette on it and save yourself the embarrassment. Anyway, I digress, the actual style seems to be a cross between a shout and a scream much like that of Kreator, but with added constipation. This first scream sounds faker than Katie Prices tits. I think there is an effort to change things up at the beginning of the song with a clean intro, again this is just a vague attempt to be different and stand out from the ever-growing pile of shit this genre throws up. Does this work? Kind of, but it’s more of an after thought… like having a second child. This is continued by a few more melodies throughout the song which do give it a more European feel to it, so I’m guessing these guys were gutted when Brexit happened, as plagiarising the Germans will be a lot harder now. Still, drums are pretty solid and actually sound fat, shame the drummer looks like your Dad when he decides to go to his first Metal gig with you (yep that backwards hat is about as cool as MySpace). 

Lyrically, wow! We have the ability to rhyme and it’s used in almost every line. I didn’t realise the education system in Ipswich actually worked, although this is done to the standard of year 6 SATS and not that of a grown educated man. Guitar solos in songs tend to be a highlight for me and while these cut through the mix nicely, it does feel like a bit of a showoff. Well, I guess they have to try and impress women somehow (or men, I don’t judge). Speaking of which there is a lovely woman in the video, if this is one of their girlfriends then wow they are punching… or have money.

Shit! Bassist again, well its Thrash, no one cares about a bassist.

Disclaimer: 

None of the above represents my true feelings towards Elimination as they really are one of the best Thrash bands on the UK circuit! Ahhh what the hell, constipated, six fingered Trash metal!

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Xentrix – For Whose Advantage / Kin (Re-Issues)

Xentrix – For Whose Advantage / Kin (Re-Issues)
Cherry Red Records
Release Date: 22/04/22
Running Time: 01:16:00 (FWA) 01:02:00 (Kin)
Review by Paul Hutchings 
8/10

Having released their debut Shattered Existence in 1989, Xentrix wasted little time in getting sophomore album “For Whose Advantage” out, which cemented their position in the UK Thrash big 4 alongside Acid Reign, Onslaught and Sabbat. A UK tour support slot with Bay Area behemoths Testament had focused attention and “For Whose Advantage” demonstrated the progression the band were making. 

To promote “For Whose Advantage”, the band toured with Skyclad as well as picking up slots with Slayer and Sepultura. It’s an album that shows a maturity in song-writing and technical playing, whilst still retaining that American feel. There is still plenty of links to the style of Metallica – listen to the title track and then ‘The Shortest Straw’ for an example, but there was enough separation to allow Xentrix to form their own sound. 

It kicks off in fine style, with ‘Questions’ and the title track bringing the first two slabs of thrash to the fore. Lyrically the band asked questions about society in general. ‘The Human Condition’ is a prime candidate. It’s organic, assured and flows nicely whilst retaining an edge that Thrash at the time was just starting to lose. 

The tracks are well-paced, solidly delivered with Astley’s vocals carrying a slightly raspy manner, which still works well when listening today. Although there was a definite formula in the band’s writing, they were able to vary things a bit with ‘The Bitter End’ a slower, thicker riffed track that moved the band away from the relentless Thrash attack and into a more melancholic, yet no less angry outfit. Xentrix also had the confidence to throw in a gentle acoustic interlude in ‘New Beginnings’ which helped break up the album. The second half shows no sign of slowing, with fan favourite ‘Kept in the Dark’ probably the standout track although the frantic cover of Gillan’s ‘Running White Face City Boy’ can’t compete with the real thing.  

Whilst the original release contained ten songs, this reissue gets the bonus treatment, with the inclusion of 1991’s “Dilute To Taste” EP bulking this package to a whooping 76 minutes and 16 tracks in total. As well as a couple of studio recordings, the inclusion of four live tracks shows the power of the band at their peak, albeit with the inevitable cover of ‘Ghostbusters’ in the mix as well. “For Whose Advantage” stands tall and proud today, and for me is one of the strongest UK Thrash albums of the time. 

It was perhaps inevitable that as the fashions and tastes changed in the world of metal in the early 90’s that Xentrix would tweak their sound a little. 1992’s “Kin”, the band’s third release retained some of the band’s Thrash roots, but moved to a more Progressive sound with slower, more commercial sounding tracks. Given that Metallica (yes, back to them again) had not long released the massive “Black” album, it’s understandable. One listen to the likes of ‘Release’ and ‘See Through You’ you’ll see why the comparisons were made at the time. Brooding, atmospheric and with a much more Power Metal approach in part, the band themselves in retrospect consider the album’s change in direction to be their biggest mistake. 

Listening to it again today, there is still plenty to enjoy. It’s not as aggressive as the first two records, but the musicianship remains tight, album opener ‘Order of Chaos’ remains a tune and if you can step away from the unavoidable Metallica comparisons, in particular Astley’s Hetfield lite vocals, then there are some gems hidden away. You just need to work a bit harder to find them. 

The repackaged version includes four bonus tracks including a cover of Teardrop Explodes ‘Reward’, which doesn’t add much to the original alongside three demos which were planned for the fourth album with Roadrunner which of course, never materialised. “Kin” isn’t a bad album, but it pales against its predecessors. However, with new packaging and liner notes as well as some solid remastering, these two releases are perfect for both the avid fan and those who may not have them in their collection. 

TRACKLISTING:

For Whose Advantage
01. Questions 
02. For Whose Advantage?
03. The Human Condition 
04. False Ideals 
05. The Bitter End 
06. New Beginnings 
07. Desperate Remedies 
08. Kept In The Dark 
09. Black Embrace 
10. Running White Faced City Boy 
11. Pure Thought 
12. Shadows Of Doubt 
13. Balance Of Power (live) 
14. Kept In The Dark (live) 
15. Crimes (live) 
16. Ghostbusters (live)

Kin
01. The Order Of Chaos
02. A Friend To You 
03. All Bleed Red
04. No More Time 
05. Waiting 
06. Come Tomorrow 
07. Release 
08. See Through You 
09. Another Day 
10. Reward 
11. Never Be (Demo) 
12. The Hand That Feeds Itself (Demo) 
13. Silence (Demo

LINE-UP:
Kristian Havard – Lead Guitar
Dennis Gasser – Drums
Chris Astley – Vocals, rhythm Guitar
Paul McKenzie – Bass

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Video Interview with EVILE

Evile Tour Poster

Video Interview with EVILE
Filmed at Boston Music Room, London – 24/02/22
Interviewed and Edited by Chris Galea

One of the UK’s most loved Thrash bands, Evile, finally managed to take to the road again in February 2022, to tour their most recent album. Chris Galea went along to their show at the Boston Music Room, London, and managed to catch a quick interview with drummer, Ben Carter. And here it is!

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Elimination – Echoes Of The Abyss

Echoes Of The Abyss Album Cover Art

Elimination – Echoes Of The Abyss
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/10/2021
Running Time:
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

This may make me go down in people’s estimation, but Thrash is a genre that, in the past, I have blanket ignored. Classic Thrash just isn’t my thing. I find it, dare I say, a little samey and boring (We can’t all like everything). But recently I’ve been listening to a fair number of more modern Thrash bands, and I have to say that they really appeal to my eclectic proggy brain. They’re angry and violent enough to be Thrash, but they have more about them, and the ability to explore. And the subject of today’s review definitely fall into this category.

UK Thrashers, Elimination, are on their 3rd album, after originally forming in 2007, then taking a bit of a hiatus between 2013 and 2017. Their press release says that they are “pushing themselves musically and thematically into a new era” with “Echoes Of The Abyss”, so what does it actually sound like?

There’s a simple answer to that really – bloody good!  

Opening with ‘Disciples Of The Beast’, we are instantly introduced to something a little different. Droning chords and twin guitars tracking each other build the atmosphere to lead into the track. This gives way to some raw and punishing vocals and rhythms, hinting at Classic Thrash, just with some extra oomph!

The use of two guitarists, who are both equally skilled in the way of noodling twiddly diddly solos, as well as punchy speed riffage, works really well with their sound, too. The sound, incidentally, is explorative and intense from the get go, and this never lets up throughout the album. 

‘This Is War’ features a guest appearance from Shrapnel’s Aarran Tucker, which adds another layer to the sound, but also makes this track into the most standard Thrash number on the album. It is hellishly catchy, and I’ve been singing along with it, and even discovering it as an earworm at ridiculous times of the day and night (I must give myself a serious talking to. I appear to be enjoying a genre that I always said I didn’t, and this will do nothing for my credibility as someone who knows what they like, and can talk with a broad scope of knowledge on the subject – damn you imposter syndrome)!!! 

There’s some super guitar work in ‘Price of Insanity’, and ‘Victim By Design’ features some machine gun drumming, and schizophrenic guitars, which give it a real urgency, and the intensity of a battering ram to ones…erm… crown jewels (I’m surmising the pain this causes, but all told, it’s a lot)! 

‘The Nameless City’ enters the realms of the more exploratory again, with varying sections, changes of rhythm and tempo, and some great displays of technical ability. ‘Blind’ leads us towards the final movement of the album. This is a track that moves from the laboured slowness of the chorus to groove laden riffing sections that make you move. It’s interesting. I like it.

The final track on the album, ‘Infernal’ almost has the essence of 90s Grunge hanging around it in parts, as well as some classic Heavy Metal. It’s an epic track too, at over 10 minutes. But we do get back to the familiar punishing Thrash that makes me want to crank it up to stupid levels and lose my shit to it.

All in all, this is a very pleasing album, from a band who have decided to give this whole music business shit another go. I like it a lot. I think I actually might like thrash now, too. Nicely done Elimination!   

TRACKLISTING:
01. Disciples Of The Beast 
02. Black Wings 
03. This Is War (feat. Aarran Tucker of Shrapnel)
04. Price Of Insanity
05. Victim By Design
06. The Nameless City
07. Blind
08. Infernal

LINE-UP:
Neil Stevens – Bass & Lead Vocals, 
Leigh Rumsby – Guitar & Backing Vocals
David Hill – Guitar & Backing Vocals

LINKS:

Elimination Promo Pic



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Sun Of The Endless Night – Life… A Tragedy Tainted By Malevolence

Life… A Tragedy Tainted By Malevolence Album Cover Art

Sun Of The Endless Night – Life… A Tragedy Tainted By Malevolence
Punishment 18
Release Date: 26/11/2021
Running Time: 49:24
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

Sun Of The Endless Night, or SOTEN as I shall now refer to them, are a UK-based Progressive Thrash band who were originally meant to be just a studio project. However, demand was so great for them to perform live, that band mastermind, Ade Stokes (Stampin’ Ground/ Suicide Watch) decided to recruit enough people to make live shows possible, and take the band out to the loving crowds. Their first performance was at 2021’s Beermageddon festival, which I was lucky enough to witness. It was by far one of the performances of the weekend, and instantly got me hooked on their brand of Old-School Thrash with added oomph! So, when I discovered they were releasing an album, I jumped in the queue to get a chance to review it.

Now I say added oomph, but what I mean is a whole new breed of Thrash that’s just a hell of a lot more exciting than the run of the mill Old-School sounds that, once you’ve heard them once, you’ve heard them a thousand times. I’m going to label SOTEN’s Thrash as Kitchen Sink Thrash – it has the classic thundering rhythms and riffs, and the gruff and punishing vocals, provided by Si Cobb. But it’s also got technicality and progressive elements that take it way out of the realms of run of the mill. And it explores things like classically orchestrated introductions that wouldn’t be out of place on a banging Symphonic Death album, alongside acoustic sections, spoken word samples, and some monstrous soloing, which almost push the boundaries of Classic Heavy Metal/ Power Metal! It really is a mixed bag – a bit like Liquorice Allsorts, but without the disappointment of liquorice! 

Thematically, the clue to the contents of this album is in the title – “Life… A Tragedy Tainted By Malevolence”. An angry and bitter picture of the twisted times we live in, on a planet populated with species seemingly intent on pushing the self-destruct button. Again this gives it a very current feel.  

I’m finding it very difficult to see anything to criticise about this album to be honest. It’s got everything. Raw fucking crunchiness that you can bang you head to, some superb musicianship, and technical twists that make you smile, delicate and intricate sections that are completely unexpected, but wholly intriguing and charming, and well thought out and structured songs that don’t overstay their welcome. My only criticism is there are a couple of times that the drums sounded slightly out of whack with the guitars. But it’s only ever so slightly, and can be forgiven because it gives it a more authentic and real quality, which is often lost with perfect production… And I am the last person I thought I would hear saying that, because I’m super fussy about production. Oh, and the last track fades out… Tut, tut.

These guys really are a band to watch – exciting times are afoot, my friends, exciting times I tell you – the world might be going to shit, but at least we have damn fine music to go down to!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Open skies, closed minds
02. Who let the night in?
03. Where there is god there is nothing
04. Once upon a death
05. Sun of the endless night – 536ce
06. Darkness is falling (for the human race)
07. The Holocene has ended
08. Beyond the reason of man
09. Take comfort in war
10. Full disclosure
11. Forest of dreams
12. Sun of the endless night (Lord of the Frost mix)

LINE-UP:
Si Cobb – Vocals
Ade Stokes – Guitar
Jim Saunders – Guitar
Ian Glasper – Bass
Colin Baker – Drums

LINKS:

SOTEN Promo Pic

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Thrashatouille @ Central Live Music Venue, Wrexham, 11/09/2021

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – Sun Of The Endless Night

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Interview with Chris Kenny and David Jordan (Deej) of Incinery

Interview with Chris Kenny and David Jordan (Deej) of Incinery
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi Everyone, Sheri Here!

Born from the Midlands Thrash and Metal scene in 2009, Incinery have ploughed festival stages such as Bloodstock, Download, MetalDays to name a few! They brought out their first album “Dead, Bound and Buried” in 2014 and released their second album “Hollow Earth Theory” on 30th October 2020! I recently got a chance to have a sneaky listen to the album (many thanks to Dan at FatAngel Management) and have a chat with Chris Kenny (guitars) and Deej (David Jordan – Bass) about the new album, sci fi, alien abduction and working through lockdown…

Sheri: You formed back in 2009 and since have done some – pretty spectacular stuff! Bloodstock, MetalDays, Download…Damnation! Going back for a moment, take us through the roots of Incinery and what gave you the push to get into music?

Chris: So…it really started as a covers band for our old guitarists’ 21st birthday! So, me and him played in some bands beforehand and he had the idea of “I wanna do something for my 21st, let’s do a little band thing and play some music”. So, we did that and started out doing covers and then we sorta carried on doing covers…and then after a while we were like “Let’s not do covers anymore” haha. At that point we had a different line up and then once we started going into our own stuff and that, we then switched and that’s when we got David on board and everyone else so…

Sheri: Were you doing Thrash covers before or a bit of everything?

Chris: It was mainly thrash that we were doing – Metallica covers, Megadeth, that sort of thing.

Sheri: And you mentioned that there was a different line up, so since forming the foundation of Incinery have you been the same line up?

David: It’s been pretty stable since the first EP has been out. To be honest, where we are now, we’ve been the same line up we started with, we’ve just had a few comings and goings since we’ve gone along and those have been sort of dictated by external pressures and the financial stuff around balancing being in a band against everything else you’ve got to do. I had to leave after the EP’s were released, a bit under a year I think, it was a while back, about 2011 or something and then our other guitarist had to leave the band after the first album was released, for similar reasons. Other things just sort of getting in the way, but it was sort of why the gap is so big between the first album and this one, we’ve gone through trying to sort that out and getting it back to how it can work better. It sort of clicks better with all the original guys in so…

Sheri: Your first release was E.P “Dawn Of War”, which for our readers, was released in 2011 and then that was followed by your 2013 E.P “Nothing Left”. For me, these early releases sound like you had elements of Death Metal and even a bit of Black Metal in places, under your signature Thrash sound. I can detect this in songs like ‘Rise’, ‘Nihilum’ and ‘Behind The Lies’. What are your thoughts on that perception?

Chris: Hahaha I think that as we’ve gone on, we’ve put more of it in to be honest… hahaha. So that’s a great perception!

David: Yeah it’s like obviously Incinery is a Thrash band but we all listen to quite a lot of Death Metal and some of us, Black Metal so I think it’s sort of natural that it bleeds in a little bit even though it’s not what we’re aiming to do specifically but it’s hard not to play what you like isn’t it?

Chris: I think, as well, it helps us sort of stand out from being a regular Thrash band because it gives us a bit of uniqueness, I think.

Sheri: Absolutely, so you have some diversity in there as well.

David: Yeah, I think that some of the stuff that people like about us is that it’s not just – cuz you can go to a Thrash all-dayer festival and there’ll be some really good bands but it can be a bit samey I guess so I think the thing that has helped us get on is probably that there’s a little bit of variety in it and we try a few different things out and you’ll probably hear a little bit of that coming out on this album as well.

Sheri: Your 2014 debut album “Dead, Bound And Buried” saw some slight changes from your earlier works in terms of guitaring style and rhythm. I would say, a bit more sticking to your brutal Thrash sound than anything else…vocals, strings and drums are really tight! I can definitely note some subtle nods of Exodus from this album. Particularly in ‘Death May Die’ and ‘Destroy The Gods’. I absolutely love that track! From building Incinery from scratch and getting to that quality in not a long time at all, what works for you in order to produce that strong energy of Incinery?

Chris: I think the first thing is that it sounds really simple really, but we all get on with it & each other haha – that’s a big thing haha. But you know, especially where there are some bands that don’t, some bigger bands and that but… it’s something that definitely helps you start out building stuff.

David: I think that as (Chris) Kenny says, it sounds sort of funny in a way but it does really help if you can get on in that way because when you’re writing songs, sometimes you need to be critical in a constructive way of stuff that you hear and if there’s animosity or people don’t get on, I mean I know other bands where they just have ended up not playing anymore because they just can’t be in a room, or if you’re too protective over what you come to the table with and you’re not willing to hear what everyone else has to say then you might end up getting your own way musically like in the creative process, but you’re not gonna – what you come out with is crap or not as good as it could have been because you didn’t take other stuff on board… so that is worth it, if you’re in a band, make sure you get on haha.

Sheri: It definitely has to be a group effort. In terms of your songwriting, how is it put together? What works for you? Does someone come up with lyrics and another person come up with riff…

Chris: What tends to happen is that one of us will come up with two or three riffs and maybe stick them together to start putting a structure together. What could be say, an intro verse chorus as we’re in a modern age where we can sort of quickly record things down, ideas…do that and send them to each other to say “Here, have a listen to this, what do you think? Do you like it?” Then we then take that structure and take it to band practise and start to develop it from there. Sometimes, someone maybe comes in with a complete song because we’re sometimes just happy to write the whole song or maybe half a song and then from that point we get things structured down and then everyone starts thinking about what they want to do with it. So, I would never dictate Deej’s bass lines or anything like that, he’ll come and go “Ok, this makes me want to play this particular motif here.” Or do a bass solo type thing here and he will go away and start adding that. From that foundation, we start building it up and that’s where you start getting those other styles coming in. I think with the lyrics, it’s mainly James and Deej also chips in with a lot of ideas for that as well.

David: Yeah, the lyrics always end up being the last thing that happen because a lot of James’ lyrics are quite rhythmic or the rhythm is what he ties what he’s doing to and in the past James has been known to start writing out the lyrics to the song and we’ll show up to the next band practise and we’ve totally changed the structure of the song just because that’s what’s happened whilst we’re writing it. James then has to throw everything out and start again so he tends to wait until we’ve got what we think is gonna be the final structure down and then he can get on with that, so like on this album there are some songs we didn’t really know the lyrics for until we were listening to them being recorded haha.

Sheri: That’s an interesting way to do that! Totally cool. Let’s talk about the message in “Dead, Bound And Buried” – I’m picking up that there is a pretty dark story but without being so much as a concept album?

David: Yeah, it’s hard to speak on James’ behalf I guess but we don’t really do a concept album in terms of it being a narrative but I know that he likes to read a lot and there’s a lot of horror and science fiction that he reads and he likes to get that into the lyrics.

Chris: There’s a lot of Lovecraft type things in there…

David: There’s a lot of Lovecraft in “Dead, Bound And Buried” hahaha.

Sheri: You have a new album due to release! For our readers, “Hollow Earth Theory” is due out on 30th October and I had Dan (FatAngel) send me a sneaky peek. It is BRUTAL. There are some absolutely killer solos and riffs tearing through this album. The on-point drumming provides the backbone and I think that James’ vocals are cleaner and rawer. How do you think you have evolved leading up to “Hollow Earth Theory”?

Chris: I think…there’s been a long gap between the last one and this one so…a lot of it has just been experience and growth through…just getting old haha! A lot of it is experience and we’ve written stuff before. Even though “Dead, Bound And Buried” was released in 2014, a lot of it was written a couple of years prior to that so there is actually a more extended gap for us. To bring in some of that knowledge and the things we’ve done before and try to do better with it and gain – make everything a little deeper and a bit bigger and add more to what we can do. I think from a writing point, it’s a big aim.

David: I think one of the differences for me is that on the first three releases, there’s a lot of really good riffs and a lot of really good moments and what I think we’ve gotten better at is looking at songs as a total package and one thing that made a difference was that with “Dead, Bound And Buried”, we recorded that in the studio in about two weeks. So, we went down to the studio and we all lived in each other’s pockets for 14 days and just had to get it down. But what that also meant was that we were writing to a deadline so we were trying to get to that date when we knew we were gonna have to go in and so there are songs that turned out fine but they probably didn’t turn out how they could. This time Kenny recorded for the most part…we did it in Kenny’s back bedroom, In some ways that’s given us a lot more time because we had most of the album drafted, with probably 6 months to go from the music side of things and it just meant we could sit down with it and refine it and actually play through the songs and not have to settle for the first draft and go “Ok let’s change that.” The songs are more cohesive.

Chris: It’s a different perspective when you’re writing a song, you’re writing the bits and then you play the song and then when you are actually able to sit down and listen to the song that you’ve just made, it’s a completely different perspective to how you hear it and I think because we’ve had the chance to do that as well that’s also enhanced it for us.

Sheri: So, you’ve actually had the opportunity to digest it as you?

Chris: Definitely.

Sheri: Understood. You’ve not long released “Hollow Earth Theory’s” first single, ‘Falling Into The Sky’ – can we explore the message of this? I feel this is a track that suggests a glimpse of foreign life…sci-fi based…

David: It’s about getting abducted by Aliens…hahaha

*all laugh*

David: When we were writing it, the riffs and stuff, it was one of the last songs that got written for the album. It was almost a bit of an accidental single really because we didn’t think that far ahead and then sort of went “What are we gonna put out? What do we think would be a good track?” It’s the shortest song on the album which means from a single point of view, that was a bit of a go-er and it’s quite bouncy and fun and I think when we wrote it before we knew the lyrics, we knew it was going to be a fun one to play live, which we haven’t done yet for obvious reasons but the lyrics sort of suit it. So, it’s turned out well, it’s good!

Sheri: It is a bloody good track, it is! How do you think it’s done? has it been well received?

David: Yeah there’s been a few people who have done the single reviews for it and it’s been quite positive from the guys that have commented and got back to us, it’s landed alright, I think!

Sheri: Fab! It’s essentially a look into the new album that’s coming out so that’s brilliant! You released the second single ‘Ellison’ on Friday 16th October. This track, I am presuming, refers to the works of the writer Harlan Ellison – what inspired this?

David: Yeah that’s right! Haha. I’m trying to remember how it came about…I know me and James both read the story, it’s based on a thing called I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, which was one of the titles we were playing around with and we thought it was a bit wordy for the song which is why we ended up going with ‘Ellison’. But it’s a really amazing story, I’m not sure if it’s that widely read but it’s about a future where we’ve built Artificial Intelligence and then that has wiped out humanity basically and the song is about that, when you look on the face of it.

Sheri: Wow! I know some of Ellison’s work, one of the most popular is A Boy And His Dog. I wish I could go into more detail as the album isn’t released yet hahaha, but I feel you’ve got a theme going on in Hollow Earth Theory. What can you tell our readers to expect from this album?

Chris: I can’t speak lyrically because I don’t get involved in that but…I let the people who know words do that hahaha. I think they can expect something that is very much a core in its inner experience… but a new inner experience at the same time. I think it’s a good balance of that… I think it’s a good balance of the familiar and the new. I think they can expect 55 minutes of their ears being ripped off basically hahaha.

*all laugh*

Sheri: I agree, I think it’s brilliant… as you say, it’s about an hours’ worth of face melt haha. Your Album Cover Art is always really good as well. Do you use the same Artists?

David: There’s a few Artists we go back to for generally different projects we work on so it’s not always the Album Art, it’s a different Artist to the previous one because ‘Dead, Bound and Buried’ artwork is really like… I don’t know how to say it… it’s you know, a METAL album where on the cover it’s got you know, Demons and portal to Hell and a tomb and sarcophagus and zombies hahaha it’s just like everything crammed in there. Hollow Earth Theory has got a much more minimalist design, we went with a guy called Dan Leyton who I think does some Graphic Novel design – but because it’s sort of a science fiction theme thread that runs through the album, we kind of went with that and liked the way it looked and we’re really happy with the way it turned out.

Sheri: I’ll be sure to check out his other work, I feel this of all your album artwork, it is quite dark. Just to look at things from another point of view – What are your thoughts on the support for the music scene at the moment?

David: It’s quite a difficult time for everyone obviously at the moment. It’s difficult obviously for the venues primarily and we hope that as many of those as possible can come out of this intact. I know a grant has just gone out so some of the guys like Bloodstock have received a government grant to help them continue to function. As musicians, it’s really difficult and for fans as everyone wants to get out and go to gigs and no one can see when that is gonna be a reality at least for the short term. So, in a way for us, you see a lot of bigger Artists releasing E.P’s and stuff at the moment and I’m sure it’s because all they can do is get in the studio and write because it’s harder for them trying to make their living off this. For us, it’s an inconvenience but we all have day jobs that are paying the bills that aren’t this. So that for us is obviously good but if you’re in say Mastodon, I was reading the other day that they’re flippin’ picking up welfare cheques and you just think “Bloody Hell, if Mastodon can’t make a living at the moment, there’s not a lot of hope for anyone else.” If you’re a fan, it’s going to buy merch and support the Acts and try to sort of preserve the scene until we can come out the other end and start getting out. As long as the venues are there and the bands are there once we can get back out, you’ll hope it will pick back up.

Sheri: It will do, I think it will do, I just think it’s going to be a case of support as much as possible, as there are some bands that have been a casualty of what’s going on at the moment.

How have you found putting together a new album, working together and releasing the new album, during the madness we are going through? We need more of this haha!

Chris: A lot of it was done pre lockdown and stuff and then…some of it kinda got put on hold, we had some vocals that we still needed to do. We couldn’t meet up and that. In the interim, with being at home, there was still a lot I could do myself that I needed to do in that time so there wasn’t time wasted and then as soon as we got back out and got James round to finish off the vocals and finish off any extra little bits and then staying safe, staying at home I could just mix the whole album and get it done and keep firing it out to these guys til they gave it the OK and then send it off for master really.

David: We’ve often worked, as Kenny was saying earlier, with Demos and things, we’re used to working remotely as I live in Birmingham and the rest of the guys live in Nottingham so if we have ideas, we have to work in that way anyway and send things over so to some extent that’s not been a huge challenge and as it’s all done now and we’re getting it out, even halfway through the year, we’ve been able to work remotely on it. It’s been OK for us at this point, it’s a shame we can’t do a traditional album launch which we would have liked to have done and get out and play it… that will come in the New Year hopefully and also just finding new ways to work. I know a lot of bands are doing live studio type performances. For the new single ‘Ellison’ we’ve done a lockdown video which we’ve had to perform in our respective houses and then edit it after haha. That wouldn’t have been part of the game plan a year ago but it’s something we’ve done now and quite happy with the way it’s turned out. It’s just partly adapting isn’t it? And just hoping we’re back on stage soon.

Sheri: As soon as I hope! So, you’ve had to compromise quite a bit?

David: Yeah but it’s been in some ways a creative task set in there, and you look at someone like Devin Townsend for instance, some people seem like they’re thriving on it, just bashing out music and it’s great! Haha.

Sheri: It’s needed. What’s next for Incinery?

Chris: Think just for now we’re gonna try and push things in any way we can, just get some noise going about the releases and that and then next year, permitting everything opens up, with gigs, get out there and get it played to people properly, how it should be done live. I think that’s gonna be the next focus for a while, maybe look at writing something…

David: We’re booked onto Hammerfest for the New Year and that was again one of these gigs that was originally gonna be this year and they’ve pushed it all back but we’re hoping, touch wood, that all goes ahead and we’ll be playing that in Birmingham in February and like Kenny says, a few ideas kicking around for album number 3 and hopefully it won’t be another however long it’s been, like 6 years before it comes out haha.

Sheri: I’m sure it won’t! I hope it will be better next year where you can get out and do what you can normally do. Finally, have you got any advice for other Artists at the moment?

David: I think we need some advice haha. I guess just use the time that you’ve got, it depends where you’re at in your career. If it’s bands that are starting out, use the time that you’ve got now where you’re not gigging to work on your songs and try and get material written and put stuff together and then get ready to go back out again.

Chris: I’d say use this time as well to start getting used to building yourself up on things like social media when you’ve got the time to do it, you know, it’s a powerful tool. You can learn earlier on and get good at it; I think that helps a lot.

Sheri: So, time for self-promotion.

Chris: Yeah, it’s not always something you can just do, you have to build up, especially when you’re doing a lot of it yourself which a lot of bands are. You have to build up how you do it, ideas, marketing plans and things like that. It all comes with practise and experience so if you can get that in whilst you’ve got a chance to, use the technology that you can use to get out there while you can.

Sheri: Thank you guys! I appreciate your time!

Incinery: Cheers! Bye!

Incinery’s new album “Hollow Earth Theory” was released on October 30th and is already receiving great reviews! You can purchase it, all other Incinery releases and merch at the following link:

https://incinery.bandcamp.com/merch

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EMQ’s with INCINERY

EMQ’s with INCINERY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottingham, UK based Thrash Metal band, Incinery. Huge thanks to all of 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?

INCINERY, we’re a thrash / post-thrash band from Nottingham UK. We’ve been around since 2009, touring pretty widely across the UK and Europe in that time.

Chris Kenny: I’m Chris Kenny, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of the band.

David Jordan: I’m Deej, I’ve been playing bass with the band since shortly after they formed.

Ste Dudley: I joined when Chak and Kenny decided to take the band from a covers band to an original band back in 2008/09.

James Rawlings: I knew Ste from one of his previous bands and was looking for a new project, so he invited me over to a practice. Basically, I just kept turning up.

Jason Chaikeawrung: After me and Kenny left a groove metal band called Gift Wrapped Fist, we decided to form Incinery, initially playing metal covers from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Testament before writing our own material.

How did you come up with your band name?

JC: I originally had Incendiary as an idea as its to do with fire and intense burning, but it was already taken! So I came up with Incinery as no one at the time was called it.

CK: We were sat at the pub and Jason said why not call it Incinery. We were like yeah ok that will do, and the rest is history

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

CK: Nottingham in the East Midlands. The Midlands in general is a great place to play metal, there are lots of cities in relatively close proximity, with venues accommodating bands at all levels. If you’re just starting you can find a show to get on and start growing your fan base, and there is a fantastic network of promotors who help keep the scene going.

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

SD: “Hollow Earth Theory”, our second album which is out 30th October 2020.

‘Falling Into The Sky’ (First single from the album)

Who have been your greatest influences?

JC: It won’t be a surprise to hear that our most direct influences are the bay area thrash bands, particularly Exodus and Testament, but we’re also big death and black metal fans and some of that definitely comes through.

What first got you into music?

DJ: We’ve all been in various bands since we were teenagers, I don’t think there’s really been a time any of us weren’t playing an instrument. It’s a pretty natural progression when you love the music to want to play it, start out covering the bands you like and then start writing your own stuff.

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

CK: If Gary Holt ever wants to guest solo on any of our songs, he would be very welcome.

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

DJ: We’ve been very fortunate to play a lot of the festivals we like, particularly Bloodstock. But Wacken would definitely be in our sights for future, it looks incredible and the last time we played Europe the German fans loved the thrash!

CK: I would also love to do 70000 Tons of Metal or Barge to Hell, they’re on boats and that would just be a completely different and unique experience!

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

SD: Nothing particularly weird but we did receive an amazing Incinery EP release cake once.

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

DJ: Thank you for supporting the band, we wouldn’t have got to do any of the cool shit we’ve accomplished so far without you listening to the music, coming to the shows, and telling your friends about us.

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

DJ: Ronnie James Dio, never had the opportunity to seem him live and the man had huge pipes!

SD: It would have to be John Bonham, I’ve seen Led Zeppelin with his son Jason on the drums, I’d love to have witnessed John Bonham in play live.

JR: Freddie Mercury, I would have loved to see Queen live and it would be really interesting to see how he progressed in style.

CK: Jeff Hanneman, would be interesting to see what he thought of the last few years of Slayer and if things would have been done differently

JC: Same as Deej. I would love to have seen the legend Ronnie James Dio! He seemed like he was a genuinely nice guy.

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

JR: When we’re on stage and in the middle of a big gig and people are singing the lyrics, and you look at each other and think “holy shit, all these people came here to see us, this is mental”, there’s nothing like it.

Hate 2am in the morning loading heavy gear back into the practise room knowing you have work in the morning and you’re getting to bed at like, 3am probably.

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

SD: without opening a can of worms, I’d change the amount of negative/narrow minded people around.

JR: It would also be nice for music to gain some of its value back. it’s very difficult to even think about being a band as a full-time career.

JC: I think that it would be nice if artists received more money from streaming platforms per stream then they currently do. Unfortunately, there are a lot of platforms and they are all in competition with each other and competing to make the most money meaning the artists lose out. On the flip side of this, it’s much easier to be heard and discover new artists.

CK: To bounce off the back of James’ point, also for music venues a lot of great venues have disappeared so something to help protect them more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

JC: Exodus – “The Atrocity Exhibition…Exhibit A” , it’s a really formative album for the band and has some proper bangers on it.

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

DJ: The current ubiquity of download / stream has really removed some of the barriers to entry for new and DIY bands . In the past when you went down to HMV and bought your CDs it was a real barrier to entry. Now anyone can write their music and make in available worldwide, and that’s put power into the hands of artists, and fans can find new bands on sites like Bandcamp they never would have heard of.

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

JR: Bloodstock 2014. We were booked on the Thursday night opener show on the Sophie Stage and it was phenomenal.

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

DJ: I enjoy web development and do some coding in my spare time.

SD: Sitting in my garden drinking coffee.

JR: Working in IT, which I do.

JC: Also working in IT but probably be gaming a lot more. Probably be a lot more boring haha.

CK: Photographer possibly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

DJ: The Chuckle Brothers, Tiny Tim, Bob Mortimer, and Abbath.

SD: I’m going to answer this different and say I’d throw a huge party and invite 2 bands and 3 people: Pantera, Gwar, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dwayne Johnson and David Allan Coe. It’d be one hell of a party!

JR: Freidrich Nietzche, H.P. Lovecraft, Dante Alighieri, John Milton, and Neil Gaiman – a whole bunch of my literary influences would be something different.

JC: Jim Carrey and Cannibal Corpse just so I get to see him play with them like in Ace Ventura.

CK: Dara O’Brien, Ed Gamble, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack and Richard Ayoade. A bunch of comedians at a dinner party would be hilarious.

What’s next for the band?

DJ: Our new album “Hollow Earth Theory” will be out on the 30th October, it’s been a lot of hard work from all of us and we’re very happy with how it’s turned out. Obviously, touring has taken a knock, but we’re booked for Hammerfest in Birmingham next year and as soon as we can get back on the road we’ll be touring the new songs across the UK.

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

DJ: The best way to support the band is buying directly from us at
www.incinery.bandcamp.com/merch

We’re also in all the usual places to purchase and stream (Spotify, Apple Music, etc).

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

DJ: Cake, the clue’s in the name. Also, if you leave something out and it goes hard, it’s a cake, if it goes soft, it’s a biscuit.

JR: This question hurts me, but I’m going to agree and go with cake.

JC: Exactly what Deej said. I never get this debate lol.

CK: Cake because it’s on a sponge cake base.

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

DJ: Just that during this really difficult time try and support the bands and venues you love, we need to make sure the scene is still here when we re-emerge and some people are having a really tough time.

JR: Just to echo the above, stay safe and take care of each other.

JC: stay safe and keep supporting the bands and the metal community. It’s a really tough time and we hope a lot of venues make it through this so that live music can continue and so that we can all carry on making music. Hopefully, we’ll see you on the road soon

SD: Aliens.

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