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Monday, May 18, 2015

Symphony X - New Album In July, Details Revealed

After four years, Symphony X finally reveal all about their new album. Today is the day! The New Jersey progressive metal masters are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called Underworld on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. This is not a concept album but it is inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri and will feature 11 new songs.

Tracklist:
01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend

"This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be" says guitarist Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology.

"Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality," stated Michael. "Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we'll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make Underworld worth listening to as a whole record. It's what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together."

Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Underworld draws on the themes from Divine Comedy most notably the part on "Inferno". As homage to Dante's use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy.

For the album's cover art, Symphony X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012), who similarly tapped into the "secret knowledge" vibe Michael and band embedded in the record. "Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record," explains Romeo. "But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That's just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning."

SOURCE: METALSTORM.NET

Friday, May 1, 2015

Interview with "Spirit Division"

New Interview with American Doom/Stoner Band.

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1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Well, I [Chris] formed the band around January 2013 after a band that I had been in previously split up. I had worked with our drummer David before in a band called Psychic Faith when we were in college and our original guitarist was a guy named Brad who had played in another band we knew in the Indianapolis scene. We started playing live later that year, released a five song demo in the spring of 2014, and had a couple different guitarists come in and out of the band that summer. Things stabilized when our current guitarist Stephen joined last August and we managed to get our debut album completely recorded by the end of the year. Now in 2015, we’ve been focusing on getting this album ready, getting on some strong shows, and generally becoming a better band.


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music?

We talk about a bunch of different things but with an ambiguity that lends to multiple interpretations. There’s stuff about our day jobs, WWI aerial combat, Greek mythology, general navel contemplating, and a couple word salads for good measure. You decide which are which.


3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

We pull from a lot of different styles. It was actually a band from Topeka, Kansas called The Midnight Ghost Train that inspired me to pursue the “stoner blues” sound we’ve had going since our formation. Other than that it’s been the predictable Sabbath, doom, grunge, sludge, classic rock, and pretty much anything involving Glenn Danzig. As for what other people think we sound like, I’ve heard everything from Queens of the Stone Age to Stevie Ray Vaughan and I wouldn’t really disagree.


4. What made you guys decide to form a band?

I’ve always had the attitude that you should be in the type of band that you would actually want to see. From there, it’s a matter of finding like-minded people and crafting material that matches your vision. I think the album has managed to do that and then some!
5. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?
I think it’s great if only for the exposure to listeners that you might not have gotten to otherwise. The album has only been out for a short time but the songs on our Bandcamp have already been played hundreds of times and several sites have started talking about us. Of course, you always hope it translates to actual sales and I really hope we can get the CDs we printed out there. But at the end of the day, I’m content with people just listening to our stuff and liking it. Or even hating it! We haven’t had anyone really tear us to shreds yet and I eagerly anticipate the day it happens.


6. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like Metalcore/ deathcore,

Well, I tend to think most core derivatives are crap but that’s just the elitist metalhead in me talking. But in terms of subgenres and all that, I actually think that there’s a time and place for them. As much as we want to believe all metal bands are “just metal” and that’s all there is to it, it’s really not the case with most of them. Subgenres help people find bands that they would like and make it a lot easier to recommend unfamiliar bands to them. I sure as hell wouldn’t recommend us as a metal band to a guy whose definition of metal is stuff like Immortal and Gorgoroth. Maybe this hypothetical person is open-minded enough to give us a chance but I don’t think he would really see us as his type of metal.


7. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

For the most part, mostly just working and lazing about in our homes because we are incredibly exciting people. Stephen and I actually have another band going that is more on the rock side of things but that is still in the formative stages.


8. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

The bands that are being formed now are great and I think there are albums that have come out in the last five to ten years that are just as good as the best stuff from the 70s and 80s. The Indianapolis music scene is full of great bands like Apostle of Solitude, Thorr-Axe, and Coffinworm that I really hope will break out even more in the near future. At this point, I think the issue is the fact that too many people just want to hear the same old shit. That’s always been a problem with mainstream fans and older listeners, but even in the underground music scene, there are certain sites that spend way more time talking about nostalgia tours, band gossip, and novelty genre covers than anything about new bands they like or dislike. We have more opportunity than ever before but some people still want to play it safe and stick with what they know. Hopefully that’ll change soon enough.


9. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Spirit Division was actually named after the album’s opening song, which was originally written in 2011 when I was still in Psychic Faith and repurposed for this project when that band split up. The lyrics are about the death of Hercules and refer to a state where the soul is in process of leaving the body. Sort of a separation of the immortal from the mortal if you will. I went with it as a band name since nothing else I came up with seemed to stick.


10) What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Our main goal is to see how the album is received for the time being. We’ll be making some changes in the band here soon and the newer songs that Stephen and I have been writing are going in a different direction than the stuff on our debut. I’m also hoping we can get on some more solid shows and venture out of state if the right opportunities come up. Day jobs make everything tricky…

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Skinless - New Video Launched

"Skinless", the new NSFW video from American death metal legion Skinless, has premiered and can now be seen below. The seven-minute clip contains torture and gore and was filmed by Jim Brassard. The song is taken from the band's fifth album, Only The Ruthless Remain, which will be released via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/Europe and May 29th in Germany, Benelux, Finland).





Source: Metalstorm.net

Monday, January 26, 2015

interview with "MISTEYES"

New interview with Italian Melodeath/Gothic band
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1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Sure! The band was born in 2012 by Daniele (guitars), Riccardo (guitars) and Federico (drums). Despite a lot of line-up changes, Daniele and Riccardo started working at the first songs, that took shape soon and , with the entry of Edoardo (growl/scream vocals) and Matteo (bass) the band could start working. With this line-up, on 31th October 2013 the band released the first single "Brains In A Vat". 2014 was a year of changes: the band officially announced the entry of Denise (clean vocals) and Gabriele (keyboards), meanwhile Matteo left the band and he was immediately replaced with the bass player Andrea. With this new line up, the band starts working to their debut album, titled "Creeping Time". A first demo track "Lady Loneliness" was released in October 2014.


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music?

Our song lyrics are deeply connected with our music and they are generally reflections and considerations about the human condition! We have lyrics about fear, solitude and philosophy! In many of our songs we deal with the theme of "time", seen from different points of view! For this reason we decided to pick "Creeping Time" as the title of our debut album!


3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

We try to make our own music, but obviously each member of the band has his own influences and our music is the result of the mix of them! We can say we try to combine the gothic and symphonic music of Epica, After Forever and Nightwish with some more extreme stuff with influences from Cradle of Filth, Septicflesh, Dimmu Borgir, Death and Dark Tranquillity and a touch of the more melancholic and doom music of Draconian and Candlemass.


4. What made you guys decide to form a band?

The idea started by the two guitarists Riccardo and Daniele! When they met, they immediately understood they had many musical tastes in common and they wanted to express it with a musical project, after that both had some delusions in their previous bands.


5. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

It's very good! We are an underground metal band and for us, as for the many other underground bands like us, every site, person or page posting our songs is a very good way to let other people know our music!


6. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like metalcore/deathcore, ...

We don't care much about it! We make the music we want and we like without thinking about classification! However, for the listeners may be both a good or a bad thing! Nowadays there are a lot of bands and classifications can be really useful for a listener to find out easily the kind of music he/she likes. On the other hand, it can create a lot of confusion, as no classification will never perfectly fit one band!


7. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

We don't live with our music, so every member has other occupations! Some of us are working and others (Edoardo, Daniele, Gabriele and Federico) are still studying!


8. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

It depends from the point of view! Globally there are lot of new bands which are really good! But in the underground scene is different and, talking about here in Italy, unfortunately the current state is not so good!


9. How did you guys come up with your band name?

The name "Misteyes" was an idea of our guitarist Riccardo that came to his mind while he was looking to a misty landscape! Everyone in the band immediately liked it, 'cause it perfectly evokes the style of our songs! It represents the human condition: we are always surrounded by a mist that hides us the truth and that can't let us go beyond the physical reality of things.


10. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

We have a lot of news for the near future! First of all, we are recording our first album "Creeping Time" and we are going to release it in the second half of 2015! Then we want to promote it with an intense live activity, maybe a videoclip and other stuff that we will announce soon! Stay tuned!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Interview with "Desolate Fields"

Interview with post black metal bands from Hengelo (Netherlands)
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1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?
Gerben (guitars): I met Mark (drums) at our school and we found out we both listened to Woods of Ypres and wanted to start a band. I had lots of material to work with and Mark set things in motion by finding other people with the same music taste. He found Alex (guitars) and together with Jonno (former vocalist) and Bas (former guitarist) we started the band. After a few months it became obvious that Mark, Alex and I were a bit more ambitious, so Bas and Jonno left the band. After a short while, Jochem (Vocals and Keys) joined.
Most of us played a bunch of different instruments so we used to switch between bass/guitars/keys and Alex did the lead vocals. After we found out it was a bit chaotic and caused to much time waste live, we wanted clear disciplines in the band. So Jochem switched to lead vocals and keys and Martijn (bass) joined the band. and that’s where we are now and this line-up seems to work great!


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music?

Gerben: I think the main parallel in the lyrics is a bleak atmosphere with an underlying meaning concerning human behavior. It’s often buried deep within a story, but we like to have lyrics that something to offer and still have some vivid imigary or atmosphere.
The song ‘Vultures’ for instance, tells a story about someone who loses his parents and gets completely obsessed with the inheritance (something I’ve heard happened in some occasions). The underlying message is about how situations can change people into savages, while you could still question if they could be held accountable for it.

3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Gerben: Most of the bands are a combination of progressive and melancholic bands like: Agalloch, Opeth, Taake, Agrypnie, Solstafir, In Mourning, Gojira, Ayreon, Anathema and so on… By the way, you can’t really ignore the Demon Burger influence on ‘Heeding the Call’

4. What made you guys decide to form a band?

Gerben: For Alex and Mark it was the desire to form a band that was not just a bunch of friends that play in a band, but start a bit more ambitious with a goal to really invest time in playing the music we like. For me it’s actually the first band (and not just jamming) i play in. I had a whole lot of material and wanted to do something that has that crossover of melancholy and structurally interesting music (prog is still a big word:p). I was mostly just waiting for the right musicians to come by and got lucky ;-).

5. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

Gerben: I really like that it’s an easy way to find specific bands. It’s a bummer that making music has become more of a very expensive hobby, but the advantages make up for it by far. Anyway, the internet is a great way to spread the music and that’s whats most important to me, personally.

6. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like Metalcore/ deathcore,

Gerben: It’s a great way to find music. I find a lot of music with last.fm and genres help me find what I’m looking for at that moment. On the other side, it also allows for endless pointless discussions…
Also, with the whole ‘core’ thing and the discussion if it’s metal or not is getting quite exhausting. ‘Metal’, in my opinion, is not some holy name that belongs to a certain group of people. As long as the genre helps people find the music they like, it’s fine. There’s a big pile of shitty bands and good bands in any genre anyway. Somehow I find the discussion exhausting but also fun to have at the same time ;-)

7. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

Gerben: Mark and I study industrial design and we are often found in the workshop doing DIY projects.
Alex: Studying to be an English teacher (which is useful for our lyrics too).
Jochem: Medieval LARP and studying commercial economics.
Martijn: social pedagogic counselor and parties.

8. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Gerben: For my taste, it’s a very good time to listen to metal, as long as you know where to find the gems between the pile of rubble.
The newer progressive stuff from Devin Townsend, David Maxim Micic and Plini really brings something new to the table, and more than just weird time signatures.
The new wave of black metal is also great. Bands like Arsaidh, Fall of Efrafa, Agrypnie and Mondstille do so much with atmosphere and melancholy.
However with the new metalcore: I like a breakdown every once in a while and the lyrics about bitches are great comedy, but it often gets in the way of the music. So I’ll mostly just stick with the stuff from Killswitch Engage and All That Remains.

9. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Gerben: We had a giant list of names we came up with, and picked the one that: sounded cool, matched our style and was specific enough in a youtube search (like the band ‘O’Brother’ only finds stuff from the film ‘o’brother where art thou?’). The meaning we have behind it is: having nothing in your future to look forward to, so it’s kind of bleak. Eventually the name wounded up as the inspiration for the lyrics to ‘Grey’.

10) What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Gerben: Well, we’re very excited to play at the Metaldays festival in Slovenia next year. We are working on a bunch of new songs that are more melancholic, a bit more progressive and sound a little more like post-metal. We also might have some proper live footage up on youtube within the next months.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Interview With INTERNAL DEVOUR


Interview with australian slammers!

BAND LINKS:
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1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

The band started in late 2012, just a few mates hanging out getting pissed and jamming. We recorded a few rough demos and realised if we work hard at it we could be one of the up and coming bands in Australia. Very few bands are doing this style in our country so we fit into a nice little niche.


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music?

Explicit gore, torture, rape and basically everything to do with violence.


3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Visceral Disgorge, Defeated Sanity, Kraanium, Cerebral Incubation


4. What made you guys decide to form a band?

We just all really love music, more then anything! We love having fun so we try keep the band fun and fresh.


5. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

We are totally fine with it however our debut album 'Aborted and Slaughtered' got leaked two weeks before release date which really fucked us off. We believe in try before you buy but if you like a band support them!


6. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like Metalcore/ deathcore,

I personally pay no attention to it, if I like the sound of it I listen to it.


7. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

Drinking, Smoking, Working like fucking slaves.


8. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

I think its in a good place, lots of good bands coming up that are killing it. Its never going to be perfect and theres always going to be fuckwit bands but thats life.


9. How did you guys come up with your band name?

We wrote a bunch of names down on a piece of paper and chose what we thought best fit our aggressive style. We want people to feel as if they have been Internally Devoured when they listen to us haha!


10) What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Punishing slams, crushing vocals, Insane riffage with disturbing lyrics.
 
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