Thursday, August 21, 2014
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a Dubai based metal band, the project came to life around April 2013 and was the result of different people coming together from different musical backgrounds.
2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It is really hard to define our style or categorise it into one musical genre, "Unscathed" is a mix of few different genres, hardcore and industrial being some of those sounds.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The EP had a lyrical theme that revolved around a positive outlook on life and generally an uplifting message.
That's not necessarily the theme of the band but rather the state of mind that we were in at the time of the writing process of "Unscathed"
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Svengali'?
Svengali by definition means someone who hypnotises people for evil intent. it was something we picked up from a novel and a stage show that got us really interested in the name, however seeing the state that the world is currently in, we'd say it's pretty much hypnotised.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
"Metal Eastern Night" in Dubai, UAE was by far our favourite show. Very well organised with an insane crowd who sang every single word to our lyrics!
Our performance has been described as energetic and very interactive. we try to connect with the audience as much as possible, make them part of our show as much as we are, it's like having one huge band in the venue.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
we have few one off's around the Middle East till the end of the year and will start looking into touring and performing outside the region starting early next year.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
yes, we are looking for the right label, however we haven't yet received interest that we believe could be the best fit for us.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and hardcore?
it has been great so far, we're receiving messages from all over the place, the reaction has been nothing but overwhelming and as far as reviews go , we've been getting really good reviews from all over the world through magazines and webzines.
9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
This is the first time we mention this but we are actually in the middle of the writing process of a full length !
it's a lot more technical and musically diverse than the EP and lyrically exploring a plethora of subjects that somewhat darker than the positive theme in "Unscathed"
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Everyone of us comes from a completely different musical background which we think is adding more diversity into our sound. the common ground we're settling with is incorporating a lot of different mixtures.
Right now we're listening to some Middle Eastern based bands like Benevolent, Aramaic and Coat of Arms.
11.How would you describe the metal scene in your home country of United Arab Emirates?
it is a small scene but on the rise. The scene here had its ups and downs but it's picking itself back up.
more jam spaces are being available, new studios and venues hosting metal, so hopefully it'll keep rising.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We each have foot in different segments of the industry, from production to graphics to sound engineering and lighting... other than that it is mainly our love for food !
13.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?
we would like to thank you for taking the time and interest in us, there's a lot of people supporting Svengali behind the curtains working as hard as we are and are big part of this band, we truly thank them and appreciate all the effort they're putting in and last but not least we would like to thank the fans and their dedication to this band, we have seen some crazy stuff so far and hopefully more to come.
Volunteer are a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that plays a very old school form of noise rock and this is a review of their 2014 10 Inch "Goner" which will be released in October as a joint effort between Forge Again Records and Triple Eye industries.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album a long with some powerful sounding bass and guitars and vocals that are both aggressive yet melodic at the same time and the music has more of a mid 80's to early 90's vibe to it as well as remaining in a slow to mid paced musical direction.
There is a great amount of reverb and distortion in the bands musical sound and you can also very a decent amount of darkness and melody in some of the tracks that are present on this ep along with an early indie and alternative rock vibe before both styles got mainstream enough for the radio and the y also bring in a cover of Jawbreaker's "I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both" and the also track also sees the band bringing in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Volunteer play noise rock so well on this recording that this could of easily been release d on the early 90's and they ignore all modern day trends with their musical style, the production has a very dark, heavy and old school sound to it while the lyrics cover dark and real life themes.
In my opinion Volunteer are a very great sounding noise rock band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this 10 Inch. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nein" and "Goner". 8 out of 10.
Bask are a band from North Carolina that plays a mixture of doom, stoner metal, americana and post rock and this is a review of their 2014 album "American Hollow" which will be released in September by the Path Less Traveled Records.
Drum beats start off the album before going into a more retro rock/metal musical direction along with some melodic vocals and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in their guitar riffing and after awhile the music starts bringing in the heaviness of doom metal along with all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
The leads and solos the band uses are very dark and melodic sounding and you can hear clean playing, acoustic/slide guitars and psychedelic sounds in certain sections of the recording along with some elements of americana and post rock and during some of the heavier parts the vocals start bringing in some aggressive screams leaning more towards sludge and a few of the tracks are long and epic in length and one of the tracks also sees the band adding in a brief use of blast beats.
Bask creates a very dark and original sound with their music taking the heaviness of doom and stoner metal and mixing it with psychedelic, post rock, psychedelic and americana which makes the music have a southeastern and Appalachian feeling, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes that result from a person living in the middle of nowhere.
In my opinion Bask are a very great sounding mixture of doom, stoner rock, post rock, psychedelia and americana and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "American Hollow" and "Endless Summer". 8 out of 10.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Lucifer's Fall are a band from Australia that plays a very traditional and occult form of doom metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album which will be released in September by Rotedoom Records.
A very dark and melodic 70's doom metal sound starts off the album along with some powerful bass and melodic guitar solos which leads up to some vocals as well as the music getting more heavy and on the second track early Mercyful Fate style vocals are added into the bands musical style while they are only used briefly.
All of the bands music sticks to a slow style of doom metal that sounds like it could of easily been released in the 70's or 80's even with the production being very retro and while the vocals are mostly melodic they do have their aggressive moments at times bringing in a touch of early Hellhammer and Celtic Frost and the band also brings a few long and epic tracks to the album as well as adding a touch of early 70's occult rock to their musical style and on the last track clean playing is added into the music along with the track being all instrumental.
Lucifer's Fall goes back to the early 70's style of doom metal and creates a very dark, retro and heavy sounding album while also adding a touch of 80's metal to create their own sound, the production sounds very old school yet professional at the same time while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Darkness.
In my opinion Lucifer's Fall are a very great sounding occult doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lucifer's Fall" "A Sinners Fate" and "Death March". 8/5 out of 10
Earth are a band from Seattle, Washington and one of the creators of drone metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Primitive And Deadly" which will be released in September by Southern Lord Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album leaning towards doom metal along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and all 6 of the tracks are very long and epic in length and there are a great amount of drones present throughout the recording.
When solos and leads are utilized they are in a melodic progressive rock musical direction and after awhile clean singing vocals are added into the music and at time s the music has a 70's classic rock feeling to it along with some elements of blues and at times the music also brings in a proto metal atmosphere along with a few instrumental tracks.
Earth continue their drone metal sound while also adding in more elements of proto metal, blues, psychedelia and classic rock which takes their musical style in a different direction, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Earth and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "There is A Serpent Coming" and "Rooks Across The Gates". 8 out of 10.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We've been trying to do as much PR as we can to get the word out on our new album because feel we have a great product and want it to land on as many ears as possible. We're doing a small Maritime tour and hitting all the major cities in our area over the next couple of weeks and hoping to expand our audiences over the summer.
2.You released a new album in May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released a few years back?
The music and production has definitely taken a mature step forward. It's been four years since our last release so we've been taking our time honing our craft so that we can ensure we deliver the best possible product.
3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
We've played quite regularly over the years building our audience and we're hoping the leg work we've done will pay off. It's easy for any band to be forgotten if they fly off the radar so I think it's important to stay out there and play regardless of whether you are promoting an album or in the process of writing one.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
While the album isn't a "concept" album, it certainly has a theme. The title track, The Mirror's Face, deals with being aware of yourself and ensuring that when your time comes, you can look back on your life and be satisfied with who you are and that you made a difference. Whether it's going against the grain for the greater good, questioning authority you don't agree with or simply being a good person, it's about knowing you lived a life that your proud of. While this is what the title track is about, many of the songs touch upon this theme as well.
4.4 of the 5 members use to be in Obsidian Reign' do you see this band as a continuation of your older band?
Yes, only because the majority of the members were in Obsidian Reign. Musically, Hero's Last Rite is much different than OR was simply because we're older and more mature as individuals and musicians and it shows in our songwriting compared to the albums we released as Obsidian Reign.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hero's Last Rite'?
We actually had a song from our last album (Inevitable is the End) called Hero's Last Rite that we wrote in the last few months of Obsidian Reign’s existance. The song is about the murder of Dimebag Darrel. I am/was a huge fan of Pantera and Dimebag and I wanted to put my thoughts and feeling surrounding the murder in song. When Obsidian Reign was done and we decided to carry on, we knew we needed a new name and we always came back to Hero's Last Rite. It just seemed like a logical choice.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We've played some pretty awesome shows over our time as a band. We've opened up for Cancer Bats, 3 Inches of Blood, Behemoth, Quo Vadis, Augury and many more amazing bands. All were very cool in their own way but there's one show we played last year that is definitely close to the top for us. It was the Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival held in Aylesford, Nova Scotia. We played last summer and were asked to play again this year. It was, hands down, the most well organized festival we've ever done and the beauty is that it's all local bands that play. Anyone wanting to check this festival out should go towww.maritimemetalfest.com
As far as our live show, I think anyone in a band has said that they'd like to see themselves live in concert. Having said that, I can only go by what people tell us which is that we are intense, brutal and extremely high energy. We pride ourselves on our live show because we put absolutely 100% of ourselves into it and we've been told we never dissapoint.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
We're in the process of doing a small Maritime tour where we hit all the major cities in the Atlantic Provinces. We are certainly not opposed to taking it to Quebec and Ontario and I'm sure eventually we will but with our personal schedules, it's difficult to plan a long touring schedule. For now, we'll play to anyone that will have us on the east coast and see what the future holds.
9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We're not really looking, but if someone shows interest and it works for us, it's certainly not something we'd turn our backs on. Currently, we're just focusing on making as much noise on the East Coast as possible and we hope with our new release in hand, we get the attention of some new Metalheads..
10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?
Everyone that has heard the album has had nothing but positive feedback. We've had some amazing reviews on everything from song structure, lyrics and production and it's all been amazing! We've gotten some perfect scores which blow our minds.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It's too early to tell since our album has only been out for a couple of weeks but we've toyed with the idea of doing something different. Maybe something a little more mellow in the vein of Opeth just to keep things fresh. We love the heavy stuff so much I'm not sure if it will happen. When we start writing again, we'll just go with whatever comes out.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We're all pretty big fans of Gojira,Opeth and old school Thrash like Testament and Exodus but we all have our own musicical tastes that influence our individual
musicianship. Personally, as the vocalist, I have a lot of love for Phil Anselmo, Mikael Akerfeldt, Phil Bozeman, Chuck Schuldiner and about a million others.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Honestly what I enjoy most is simply hanging out with my wife and son. I love and cherish their company so much that any time I get to just sit and talk with my wife or wrestle with my boy, it’s the best possible thing I could do.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just want to say thank you to people like yourself for taking the time to conduct this interview. As well, all the support everyone has given us over the years. We have so many great friends that help and support us and it doesn't go unnoticed.
Under The Sun are a band from France that plays a very dark and apocalyptic mixture of metal, hardcore and post rock and this is a review of their self titled 2014 album which was released by Lost Pilgrim Records.
Clean playing starts off the album along with some drum beats a few seconds later and you can also hear a great amount of dark sounding melodies in t heir musical sound which also takes the recording in a heavier musical direction and the leads and solos bring elements of post rock into the bands musical style.
All 4 of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the y utilize a good mixture of clean and heavy parts and when vocals are added into the music they are very aggressive sounding screams while also using a small amount of clean singing in certain sections of the recording and the music also has a doom metal feeling to it at times and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album and some of the cleaner sections have a very experimental and psychedelic vibe to them at times.
Under the Sun creates a very dark and melancholic sound with their approach to post hardcore and while this genre mostly bores me this band is an exception since they demonstrate the ability to create a very dark and heavy atmosphere, the production sound s very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark, apocalyptic and Egyptian Mythology themes.
In my opinion Under The Sun are a very great sounding mixture of hardcore, doom metal and post rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Burst In Dawn" and "Anubis Path". 8 out of 10.