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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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interview With "Cheerleader Concubine"

New Interview with a Super Sick Goregrind Band!

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

DEVIN: I started this thing as a joke in 2007 when some friends and I decided to make our own Myspace cybergrind projects.


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

DEVIN: I'm a huge faggot so lots of bad anime and japanese culture. Guro stuff, especially the works of Waita Uziga are super duper prominent.


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

DEVIN: When writing and programming the drums, I listen to a lot of Last Days of Humanity,  Go-Zen, and various slam shit. Vocally, I'm especially influenced by Wormed; Phlegeton's gurgles are inhuman.

RICH: For me, Last Days of Humanity, the Locust, and Ion Dissonance are huge influences in the writing process.


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

DEVIN: Well, like I said it was a joke but then I wanted to get away from the goofiness and attempted to turn it into a legit project. We're still stupid as shit.


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

DEVIN: I don't care about our stuff; publicity is publicity for us and if more people here us, that's swag. Other artists? That's entirely their thing. I say support the artists who deserve it.

RICH: That's great, we aren't trying to make money; we're just trying to get the slam out there.


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

DEVIN: I get hella specific with genres so I'm all for it. There's a limit, of course, but it makes for easier searching and whatnot.

RICH: It's good to make classifications, but some people get way too into nitpicking genres.


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

DEVIN: I do graphic design and also contribute to an internet band called xCUNTKICKERx, which is joke beatdown/grind. People can also hit me up on League of Legends, summoner name Shiina Mikado. Be warned; I suck ass.

RICH: I'm in 2 other bands; Warforged and Valley Of Hinnom. Warforged is blackened death metal and Valley Of Hinnom is my solo black metal project.


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

DEVIN: Lots of oversaturation just all around. Even slam has gotten to be a bit much so hopefully we can breathe some life back into it.

RICH: Most of it sucks shit.


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

DEVIN: CxCx was originally called Twelve Inch Clitoris but I faced a lot of opposition towards using that name so I just brainstormed and came up with Cheerleader Concubine and thought it sounded cool.


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

DEVIN: Got several splits and a full-length coming. Also some swag ass merch for the people that wanna rep the guro. 2015's gonna be a busy year.

RICH: More ignorant bullshit and slams.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Periphery - To Release Two Albums, New Tour Dates

Periphery have exciting news for their fans today. The progressive/djent group will release dual albums, namely Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega. Juggernaut will be out outside of North America, Australia/NZ and Japan via Century Media Records on January 26th, 2015. Do you like the idea? More music! The band has also announced new shows for next year. "Given the nature and complexity of the Juggernaut story, we've actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release," explains drummer Matt Halpern. "Juggernaut is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in two, in the form of two separate albums. Juggernaut: Alpha, the first part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while part two/album two, Juggernaut: Omega, focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey. Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas." "This is new ground and it's exciting," band founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor says of the band's approach to writing and recording Juggernaut, which saw all six members work collectively for the first time in Periphery's history. "It's a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn't about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album." Periphery will embark on extensive touring around the release of Juggernaut. First, it will be a five-week North American tour with support coming from Nothing More, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist. Next on their agenda are Russia, a full European tour with Devin Townsend and Shining (NOR) which leads to a Periphery headlining show in London, UK, on April 1st.

Tour dates:

January 10 - Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
January 11 - Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
January 12 - Atlanta, GA Masquerade
January 13 - Tampa, FL Orpheum
January 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
January 16 - New Orleans, LA House of Blues
January 17 - Houston, TX House of Blues
January 18 - Dallas, TX House of Blues
January 20 - Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
January 21 - Phoenix, AZ Club Red
January 22 - Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
January 23 - Anaheim, CA Yost Theater
January 26 - San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
January 27 - Portland, OR Hawthorne
January 28 - Seattle, WA El Corazon
January 30 - Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
January 31 - Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
February 2 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
February 3 - Chicago, IL House of Blues
February 4 - Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
February 6 - Toronto, ON Opera House
February 7 - Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
February 8 - Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
February 9 - Rochester, NY WaterStreet Music Hall
February 11 - Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
February 12 - New York, NY Irving Plaza
February 13 - Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
February 14 - Philadelphia, PA District N9ne

26.02.2015 (BLR) Minsk - Re:Public
27.02.2015 (RUS) St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidaniya
28.02.2015 (RUS) Moscow - Volta
02.03.2015 (RUS) Novosibirsk - Rock City
03.03.2015 (RUS) Yekaterinburg - Tele-Club

Periphery + special guests
01.04.2015 (UK) London - O2 Academy Islington

SOURCE: METALSTORM.NET

Monday, November 3, 2014

Job For A Cowboy - Debut New Track

As the release of their new opus approaches, Job For A Cowboy give us a new song to immerse ourselves in today. "The Celestial Antidote", as this new track is called, is the sixth in the sequence of nine songs taken from Sun Eater. If you have curious about what the death metallers created this time around, enjoy the new song below. What are your impressions of what you heard so far from the new record? Sun Eater hits stores through Metal Blade Records on November 11th in North America and November 7th/10th in Europe/UK.

https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/job-for-a-cowboy-the-celestial-antidote/s-7YzBu


Tracklist:
01. Eating The Visions Of God
02. Sun Of Nihility
03. The Stone Cross
04. The Synthetic Sea
05. A Global Shift
06. The Celestial Antidote
07. Encircled By Mirrors
08. Buried Monuments
09. Worming Nightfall

FROM: METALSTORM.NET

 
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