The hardships of being a band are all too familiar a story in the world of Metal. Almost expected to bare the brunt of it, young bands find it incredibly hard not only to to tour but to actually be able to make a living in the modern day. Making the idea of “breaking through” an ideal that can sometimes not even be a possibility. Thinking laterally, one Tim Charles of Ne Obliviscaris may have the answer all bands are searching for. Hailing from Australia and on the indie label Season of Mist the band were suffering the financial woes of being a band in 2016 / 2017. Launching the idea of Patreon, Charles thought up the idea of a true engagement with fans. Understanding their needs and the band’s both parties work together in ensuring both coexist peacefully. However before that the band have returned from their most recent of travels.
Releasing their brand new album Atonement back in February, Immolation have taken even more steps to becoming one of the most volatile Death Metal forces in the world.
Community has long been one of the mainstays of Hardcore. Known for their fierce sense of loyalty, Hardcore is no doubt one of the biggest brotherhoods out there. Rooted in the art of the traditional, bands go through what you could almost compare to initiation. Not known for its experimentation, the want for change can be an unwelcome thing. Though on the surface antagonistic, once through these hurdles you’ll be shown loyalty like no other. So what if you want to rewrite the rules? What then?
Releasing their absolutely astounding new record Heartless in February, Pallbearer have run the gamut for album of the year. Expanding on their already wonderous horizons, the soundscapes of Heartless recall a nod to the classic era of the seventies but why do people forever associate Pallbearer with Doom and not Prog?
A mainstay in the ever evolving world of Metal, Thrash has very much, belligerently stuck to its roots. Inspired by the atrocities committed by the common man, war is a central theme to the genre. With time being it’s ally War adapts to the use of technology often to devastating effect. Releasing their brand new album Woe To The Vanquished, Warbringer explore these themes and more but when I sat down with John Kevill I certainly got more than just a history lesson!
Bred on collaborations, the sheer musical dexterity demanded in Prog often brings those with a diverse musical ability together. Ranging from the classics of Yes to the more modern day wailing of Dream Theater, the genre is as Potentiall one of the most expansive in music. Mainstays in the Prog scene Between The Buried and Me unveiled their latest coup de grace which follow with an extensive tour all over Europe and the US. Flying the flag for the British, Proggers Haken were brought along for the ride. Thus a partnership would be forming to create the first steps towards initiating the Nova Collective.
Having released their controversial self titled record, Suicide Silence have begun a bold new chapter in their story. After a short run of American shows for the album’s release the band headed over to the U.K. for their first tour featuring new material.
Always going to be mainstays in the Metal world, the likes of Slayer, Metallica et al will forever be immortalised but as we move further into the future, with more and more bands emerging there seems to be a new wave of influence sweeping the nation. Fixing themselves on Metalcore deities both Trivium and Killswitch Engage, two lads from London started a band in 2009. Hard to believe that they would then be opening for Anthrax for a solid month European tour and releasing their debut album on BMG some eight years later! Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce to you The Raven Age.
London born the quintet, perform in their words Melodic Metal. Referencing all manner of elements from life and all it’s tribulations.
Conversation, the metaphorical rally between two players, what ideas stem from be they good or bad. Enabling the flow of thinking it is an invaluable tool and one which is quickly becoming an afterthought. Walking around in the modern day, the ability to have a conversation is somewhat of a novelty. So engrossed in their own portrayal in this cyberworld we call the Internet, they are beginning to miss the world itself around them. Ranging from pictures and videos, people would rather isolate themselves, together in proximity yet entirely separate on their phones. Inflating the idea of nonexistence and non consequential remarks online, there has been more evidence of cyber bullying being on the rise. Giving rise to the faceless and ultimately giving bullies the perfect tool to use at their whim. Statistics show :
The archers have been unleashed. And it’s about damn time. The heavy metal Canadian quintet have had to wait some time to bring their presence to European shores despite their very fitting sound to the continent. It’s now almost mutually agreed they belong in this part of the world, and we catch up with the band to see just how they are going to expand their influence.
Pioneering in their sound Akercocke are a band like no other. Combining elements from all of the dark arts of the extreme music world, the band made their comeback last year in August at the heralded Bloodstock Festival. Join us as we return to the Catton Park to speak to both drummer David Gray and guitarist come vocalist Jason Mendoca about what their performance was like returning and what we can expect from their new album Renaissance In Extremis later this year, we hope! The monkey has well and truly been let out of the cage.
Doing the double shift at this year’s Bloodstock, following an appearance earlier in the day with Vallenfyre, new Paradise Lost drummer Waltteri Väyrynen treated fans of the festival to the premier Doom grooves that the band are known for. Hardly performing in Europe this year, the band make the most of their performance at this years Bloodstock. Speaking to the drummer we pondered how the man fit in with the band dynamic. Being friends and bandmates with Greg Mackintosh, there lies and understanding present but how does this translate in one of the biggest doom bands in the world?
The lifestyle of touring can often be somewhat of a misnomer. Similar to that of a military private, returning to civilian style life can surely be an adjustment. Mainstayers in the Metalcore arena, Killswitch Engage are one of the defining Metal bands of the mid 00’s. Singlehandedly carrying the genre under its crippling weight, the band refuse to crumble under the pressure. Having released their latest blueprint for bands to follow, Incarnate, the band were jettisoned out to a huge world tour, culminating in a final performance with Bullet For My Valentine at London’s Brixton Academy. As we wound down the year in 2016 we spoke to resident mad man and Metalcore mascot, Adam D about the hardships of touring and their brand new album Incarnate.
The king of gothic metal returns to speak to us again under the vise of a brand new Sirenia album. It seems like a quick turnover between the last one, but there is a significant difference to the new ‘Dim Days of Dolor‘, a difference that long time fans of the band would be all to familiar with – a new vocalist. We speak to Morten Veland about the new album, and the changes in the band.
A lot can happen in ten years. Celebrating their decennium this year, Whitechapel commemorate the moment with their brand new ripper Mark Of The Blade. With subject matter ranging from personal issues to the more inclusive fierce fan base the band have developed. Regardless of whatever genre you might be in, to be carrying on for ten years deserves a pat on the back. However Whitechapel are special kind of entity, one that has since grown with each release. Pushing their sound forward, whilst remaining the same. Getting flack for the incorporation of (shock horror) clean vocals on their latest album, it seems that these are just minor issues that fans will of course get their heads around. Catching the band on their Never Say Die headline run of shows we were able to speak to guitarist Ben Savage about just what Mark of The Blade means to the band and of course their fans.
Death Metal, a life force in the musical spectrum whose fans aren’t quite like any other. Led by devotion Metal is by and far the most loyal of genres, formed of various different subcultures and genres the Metal ideology has been cultivated far and wide. Moving over not only cities but continents themselves to become a worldwide phenomenon. Known for their addition of Sepultura and Angra to name a few, Brazil has also quietly been keeping the Death Metal fire alive with Krisiun. Celebrating their twenty five years together last year the band released their return Forged In Fury. Meant as a testament to the everlasting spirit of Death Metal and its ideologies we caught up with Moyses Kolesne on their UK stint of their tour with Dark Funeral to find out a little more about the band and their ethos.