Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Premortal Breath Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

There are still people that never have heard of us before? Impossible!
We are Premortal Breath an unknown and unsigned underground band from Germany formed in 2010. We play classical but also modern Heavy Metal with some Hard Rock elements. After we finally found our perfect line up, and yeah there were some challenges to find it, we decided to record our hard work from the past years to share it with the people around the world. We achieved this also with the help of our very best fans and friends who supported our crowd funding project. Thanks again so much!!!


2. Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Yeah, the album is called “THEY” and contains 8 really great songs.
Well we were in contact with some recording studios in Germany to check the price level against the quality. At Logischdenker Recording Studios we had the chance to record a sample song to get an overview about the work of Logischdenker´s Bastian Knochel. He immediately convinced with the results and the work with him was very busy but funny and productive. So finally we could reach a sound that is typically for old school Heavy Metal but still modern. Put the CD in your stereo, turn up the volume and enjoy it.


3. The band has been around since 2010 but waited until 2014 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

The first 4 years were really challenging in finding the right musicians. It´s not only enough for us if a candidate can play his/her instrument really well but he/she has also to fit in the band on a personal level. Some personal reasons also made former band members leaving the band. So it took 3 years to find our perfect and solid line up and after 4 years the album was realized.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Like you can read in our booklet all of our lyrics were written or supported by our lyricist and trusted friend of the band Oliver Matthes who also played the guitars at the very beginning. So the lyrics contain whatever comes in Oli´s mind after a weekend of watching horror or sex movies.
Bloodshed, murder, zombies, drugs and sex but also assisted suicide.


5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Premortal Breath'?

It means the last breath before you die.
We had a few name changes and with Premortal Breath we had our first gigs so we decided to keep it and never change the name again. It is unique and it sounds funny how Germans are pronouncing it.


6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The smallest gigs were the best for us to be honest. We had a gig in a very small location in Ludwigshafen with 2 other bands. Only a hand full of people was standing in front of the stage but made party as hell. It was really great to interact with them and be part of them.
Regarding our stage performance we still have to learn and get more experienced.
It is getting, at least from our point of view, better and better. We have our very special live outfit which you can see on the pictures of the booklet. Nothing with chains and leather as well as we all have short hair or no hair at all (Potti).
So more untypically for Heavy Metal but who cares? And we don´t care about those who do!

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes of course! End of 2014 was a bit exciting. End of August I became father. Just a few days ago at the beginning of December our guitar hero Tobias became father for the second time as well. So live shows had to wait as our private life is still the most important thing for us.
In 2015 we´ll be back on stage. In March we will open the Ground Force One Festival in Leonberg and some other gigs will follow for sure. We´ll keep you updated on our Homepage and Facebook site.

8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Not yet. For sure the wish of nearly every musician is to sign a contract of a major label and get rich and famous. We all do have a real life and responsibility. We have a job and families and really great friends.
Will we sign a contract? Hard to say but we guess not.


9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?

That´s easy. They like us or they hate us. There´s nothing in between.  We received some low rated reviews from the UK and Germany but some high rated as well from around the world. So we concentrate to the people who likes us and our style.


10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We´ll keep our style. That´s what our true fans wants to listen to and they´ll get it.
Further plans are to enter the stages in Germany and hopefully internationally.
It would be really great to get the chance to play abroad someday.
Moreover we are planning another album to be released within the next 2 years.

11. 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?

Of course we all grew up with legends like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Manowar, Judas Priest, Dio, Iron Maiden and the last few years we are listening to and were influenced by bands like Disturbed, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, In Flames and many more.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Family comes first for every one of us.
Also some of us have pets at home as we have a big heart for animals.
But also classic US cars and old motorcycles get our interest.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We want to welcome everyone to join the Premortal Breath army. We also support Oxfam America and PETA with our sales so if you will buy our album you will do something good as well. See our videos on youtube.com for more information.

You can find us in the web as well as on all known digital online stores.

www.premortalbreath.com
www.facebook.com/premortalbreath
www.twitter.com/premortalbreath
www.reverbnation.com/premortalbreath


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Midnight Bullet/Lose My Face/Inverse Records/2015 Full Length Review



  Midnight  Bullet  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  heavy  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "lose  My  Face"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  punk/metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  both  aggressive  and  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  music  and  the solos  and  leads  bring  in  even  more  of  an  old  school  hard  rock/heavy  metal  sound  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on.

  At  times  you  can  hear  some  of  the  more  modern  commercialized  metal  sound  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  one  of  the  later  tracks  being    power  ballad  and  some  of  the  songs  on  the  album  bring  in  a  heavy  influence  of  thrash  metal  which  adds  more  aggression  into  the  melodic  sound  of  the  recording as  well  as  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.  

  Midnight  Bullet  plays  a  very  modern  style  of  melodic  metal  that  takes  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  the  heaviness  of  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  theme  that  is  based  on  a  fear  of  making  yourself  a  total  fool.

  In  my  opinion  Midnight  Bullet  are  a  very  great sounding  melodic metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Memories  Are  Gone"  "Six  Feet  Under"  "Lose  My  Face"  and  "Hope".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thermate/November/2014 Demo Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  demo  from  Thermate  that  continues  the stoner  rock  sound  of  the  previous  recording  and  the  recording  was  self  released  in  2014  and  called  "November".

  Drum  beats  and  a  70's  inspired  stoner  metal  rock/metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  time s you  can  hear  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  being  utilized  in  the  music  while  the  cleaner  sections  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  continue  the  70's  rock  tradition  of  their  musical  style  and  at  times  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  of t he  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Thermate  remains  true  to  the  stoner  rock  sound  of  their  previous  demo  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  good  amount  of  doom  metal  into  their  musical style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  demo  while  the  lyrics  cover  drug  induced  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  soundign  recording  from  Thermate  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cloud  Of  Green".  8  out  of  10.    

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sata Kaskelottia/Self Titled/Inverse Music/2015 Full Length Review



  Sata  Kaskelottia  are  a  band  from  Finland  tha t plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  album  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Inverse  Music.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  which  also  add  in  elements  of  hardcore  and  groove  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  which  are  in  more  of  a  stoner/desert  rock  direction  in  the bands  musical  style  and  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  a  good  dose  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  influences  

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  90's  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  used  in  the  music  they  add  in  more  of  a  stoner  metal  feeling  to  the  tracks  they  are  utilized  on  while  on  other  tracks  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  progressive  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Sata  kaskelottia  takes  the  stoner  and  sludge  genres  and  mix  them  in  with  progressive  metal  to  create  their  own  musical  style,  the  production  sound s very  professional while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sata  Kaskelottia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Huuto"  ""Kynto"  "Jumalan  aani"  and  "Merimies".  8  out  of  10.     

One Last Shot Interview

INTERVIEW
Review: http://undergroundmusickzine.blogspot.fr/2014/12/one-last-shotfirst-gearjust-for-fun.html

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sky: We are a young French band, from Paris, and we play some kind of Rock n’ roll Metal, cradled by the Southern Rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the aggressiveness of Motörhead and the adoration for Gun’s and Roses guitar solo style.

2.In March you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Sky: More than new, it was our “first” EP, so it contains a little blend of several of our musical influences and tastes. As you well described it, I think we took from thrash, hardcore,  stoner,  and southern  rock to create our sound, and there’s some kind of good old rock n’ roll with a modern metal approach and sound.

3.The band refers to itself as 'dust metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this tag?
Sky: It’s a way to describe our spirit, and our love for westerns, and Rodriguez or Tarantino universes. A music for bikers, which smells oil and dust. Maybe we could use “garage metal”  ;-)

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Sky: we talk mainly about our everyday life - booze, bike, girls, music (whatever is the order) – but we feel free to explore philosophical or society-based subjects, like the loss of childhood or the indoctrination.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'One Last Shot'?
Sky: we wanted a cool name, easy to remember and visually strong. Behind that you can find the last shot in a Sergio Leone’s movie, the last drink you take by the end of the night, or the last bang with a girl. It’s about pleasure: enjoy it before it ends.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Sky: One of our best show was in Paris, at “La Fleche d’Or”. The equipment of the venue was really good, the crowd was on fire and we played for them a god damned show! We love being on stage and play for our public. A lot. And we are really good at that, because our music is dedicated to that, and we work hard for it. We don’t write our songs to put them on a disk, but to play them live. Loudly.  J

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Sky: We have few shows for the future, but we are just beginning the promotion of our EP (we signed a contract with Dooweet), and we hope a lot of people will love it, because that would help us to convince live organizations! :D

8.The ep was released on Just For Fun Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Sky: it’s a small label with passionate people. They signed an album of our previous band, but the fact is they convinced us to keep going with them by giving us free beers!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both metal and rock?
Sky: you’re the first one on a worldwide level, for now our fans are in France J

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other band or musical project these days?
Sky: 3 of us were in a band together during 8 years, but for now Norge (bassist) is the only one to have another band (Sin And Death)

11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Sky: We’ll try to record a full length album on summer 2015, and we’ll follow the musical path created by our EP.

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?
Sky: Well, it depends on who is answering you… We’re still listening classic rock and metal (AC/DC, Led Zep, Lynyrd, Metallica, Machine Head, old Sepultura, Pantera, etc...), and nowadays Shelby is more on Bluegrass and country, Scarsid loves Djent and progressive Metal, Kmy is fond of a lot of punk-rock band, Norge listens Extreme Metal, and for my part I’ve soften my tastes with rock-metal bands.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Sky: it’s not an exhaustive list, but I would say beers, motorbikes and tattoos.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sky: Thanks a lot for this interview, and your review. I hope we’ll play in your city and share a beer in a close future.

Amken Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

Well pretty much, since we waited for an 8-month period before we release our debut, “Adrenaline Shot”, which took place on November 30th! After the recordings finished we filmed our first official videoclip for “Zombie Pets” that has really helped on spreading the word, and played many live shows, almost once a week, in Athens and other Greek cities. In the meantime, we became the first winners of Top Of The Rocks, a contest held by the biggest rock / metal internet radio in Greece, and made sure we were preparing a killer EP release, that was celebrated just a few days ago in an almost packed club on a night of heavy rain! We are really stoked about it! We are in Germany at the moment, preparing for our first big show abroad, opening for SIX FEET UNDER on December 18th in Ingolstadt and we can’t wait! In the meantime, we are composing and almost ready to announce some big news about the band itself. Stay tuned!

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We tried to keep that old-school thrash feeling, but with means of today and I think we pretty much succeeded in it! There is even a review that describes how we managed to make it sound contemporary and fresh again through our individuality! “Adrenaline Shot” EP was recorded at Made In Hell Studio in Athens, with the awesome help of David Prudent, our adorable French engineer, who really helped us make the sound we had in our heads reality. Toxic vocals, loud twin guitar riffing, gnarly bass and steady-grandiose drum lines! Epic!

3.The band has been around since 2011 but has only put out one release so far, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 3 years?

We played some live shows with our first line up and composed a lot of material, but we sadly realized that we couldn't do what we dreamed of like that. So we were searching for different members and changing line-ups many times, other than the two guitarists, Vanias and myself, who formed the band. All that 'till we finally found the right people: Sokratis on drums and Kostas on the bass guitar, like one year ago. Almost right away we entered the studio for recordings and the rest is history. The truth is that we had a slow start, but we managed to make a solid debut, and be sure that you will be hearing from us a lot from now on.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We don’t have any specific theme for our songs. If we find something that interests us we will talk about it in our music. On the “Adrenaline Shot” EP we have like, from playful lyrics about zombies to describing the global pandemic of “black death”, combining them well with each other I believe.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Amken'?

Pretty weird but none! We were just searching for a name that stood for us and AMKEN did it. Just not one more “classic” band name... Funny fact is that in some languages Amken means something like “happiness” or “wisdom”, friends of the band around the world have informed us about it in the process...!

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We try to give our 110% in every show we play! It’s full of energy, mosh and sweat. We also try to bring on some stage interest during our set, by laying chains on the drums or putting our brand new banner as a background! Thrash vests, long dirty hair and all that good stuff...! Our best live shows so far would have to be the one in Patras during the Face the Heat Festival this summer, and “A Thrash Metal Holocaust” in Athens, all with amazing local bands. You can take a look through our “Summer Invasion Greece 2014” video on our YouTube channel for some tour / live experience!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are opening for SIX FEET UNDER in Germany on December 18th, during their XMAS IN HELL Tour and we play another show back in Athens on 28th at historic An club. We are also getting down on some 2015 touring plans and we hope to be soon ready to announce more about it! One thing is for sure, we can’t wait to go on the road!


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

“Adrenaline Shot” EP is an independent release, but there is definitely rising interest in the band from the industry and there is already some treat we are working on for the coming months.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?

Pretty awesome!!! We really believe in our music and we are glad to see that we get even better feedback from fans all over the world! People love the music, they check our pages, share our videos and artwork, even make their own AMKEN fan-art and buy our CDs always coming back saying how great it is, so we are really excited and thankful.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Although the recording of our first full length is not in our immediate future plans, we hope for it to be ready and kickin' in late 2015! We see the band growing and maturing but heading into the same direction musically as the EP, which means...? Thrashy as fuck!

11.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?

I will listen to everything, from old-school Kreator to the latest Pink Floyd album! Besides the obvious influences that we have, that are old-Metallica, Sepultura, Havok, Slayer -wouldn’t say eh? (laughs), I personally adore musicians such as Chuck Schuldiner from mighty Death! Of course we check all the new bands that are now “the next big thing”, such as Crisix, Lost Society, Dust Bolt etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

For now it is really difficult to say anything else, 'cause AMKEN absorbs pretty much all of my focus! I used to train for swimming championships, does that count?

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I would like to thank you for this opportunity to come closer to the people through this interview. If we had the chance, we would like to tour extensively around the world just to meet with all you guys out there! Our debut CD “Adrenaline Shot” is out, and if you are interested, you can purchase it on both physical and digital form, just check our pages and you will instantly find out how! Thank you very much for your support, hopefully, to a club near you soon!


http://www.youtube.com/amkenthrash
https://twitter.com/Amkenthrash
http://www.facebook.com/amkenthrash
http://amkenthrash.blogspot.gr/

The Marigold Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hi guys, we're are very busy to planning live gigs for the next season and we are making shipment (of cds) for every label who helped us to realise this album (hyphen records, riff records, icore prod.)

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We play "free-rock". We feel free for every song that we record.  I can tell you that the last album is heavy than "tajga" (DeAmbula Rec, 2009), where we used  more synths and ethereal sounds.


3.What are some of the themes and images the band brings out with their musical sound?

Yes, for Kanaval album, we worked on tribal imaginary, the 'roots' of human race, the rage of this historical period. Usually we work with image in our heads and we try to explain in music. Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) made a great work mixing this record, he played also great parts of synth and mandolin..the sound is fantastic.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The marigold'?
We formed the band in 1998, I was 16 years old...I remember a sense of solitude (typical of teenagers . . . :) )... we were young and call a band with a name of a flower, I thought that it were strange, cool, intellectual... I think hehe.


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?

We played great gigs in France (Paris and Nancy), but also in Italy.
On stage we are wild (a bit) and at the same time we create intense moments. I feel these sensations on stage.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yep, we're working on live gigs in Italy, Belgium & Germany. I hope to realise it.


7.The new album was released on DeAmbula Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


DeAmbula Records (www.dembularecords.com) is our small label, based in Italy.
Usually we work on projects that excite us, with original sounds and forms for our taste. We work with experimental/avantgarde music (Oslo Tapes, Ulan Bator) or experimental folk (Herself, Was, Before Cars). We are a family-label, and the passion is important to realise our productions.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of underground music?
In every corner of this world there are niches of people interested to underground music of every genre, thats the force of the underground music. It's like a faith. With this so I want tell you the also us have persons (not thousand... :) ) in every country that do their part to sustain our band.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't know, we're a boat without a route.

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?

Oh too much, from Melvins to Swans, from My Bloody Valentine to Nirvana, or the french band Ulan Bator - his leader Amaury Cambuzat produced the first two albums of the band (erotomania, 2007 and tajga, 2009).
Now I'm listening a lot of avantgarde music, like the norwegian jazz scene.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Read with the red italian wine beside the fire.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Marigold/129516783786310
and on www.deambularecords.com

Thanks for interview, a big hug. the Marigolds.