Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
The Metal Times
Christian Wilson, Obsidian Rose Entertainment
Band Review #5
Band: Self Imposed Exile
Track(s): Mountainside EP
Self imposed exile is a 5 piece prog. blackened death metal band Hailing from Streator Illinois. This review will be covering their debut EP titled "Mountainside", which features tracks: Anchor, Calling of the Haunted, Mountainside, Breaking of the Circle, Fire Cleansed, Necessary Regression. Being a prog blackened death metal band, i went into this EP expecting a full frontal assault, just raw energy being hurled my war in an intense barrage of blast beats and shreds. However, what I got was very different, instead it was an elegant and melodic sound that still carried the weight of power I was expecting and it was wonderfully surprising. It's not all the time that you can listen to a band like this and still find the beauty in how well the sounds are put together. 'This all truly came to light in the second and third track on the EP, "Calling of the Haunted" and title track "Mountainside". Both are very strong melodic pieces that i personally find as the standouts of this EP, as they do everything extremely well. The vocals hold that raw rougher sound that makes this genre special, which is easy to mess up and if done wrong would deter someone away from listening to blackened death metal, however these guys absolutely nail it on the head and they remain true to form, while also being very easy to listen to, and would make a good starting point for anyone interested in the genre for the first time. Jumping over to the guitars, they are timed exceptionally well and you can tell how well they click together, notably in title track "Mountainside" as everything is timed to precision that compliments other aspects of the songs very well. Moving over to drums, we're going to point out and bring up "Breaking of the circle". This one didn't stand out enough for me personally to name it as a favourite, however it is important to note due to the technical prowess on the drums. Although it isn't a constant barrage of blast beats or anything similar, you still feel every bit of power behind each hit and it just goes to show that you don't have to play lightning quick to show your stuff. In this track, we got a more paced out, melodic sound that holds well and really accents the transitions on guitar.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Grinder! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!
That’s right! Our new album “Inhuman” is out since October 3rd.
This is an 8 tracks album of Progressive/Melodic Death Metal but this is more different from what you can expect from this label. There is no barrier in our writing process. You can find Death, Slam, Electro, Clean singing and black influence mixed in a way that is still coherent. That makes us sound different.
2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?
It was recorded at the Psyrus Studio, in the east of France by Damien Dausch. We have worked with him for our previous EP and we liked his work.
All the songs are new and have been written after the EP was recorded in 2018.
3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?
Our previous release was in a Spacial SF universe, with aliens et co. The new one takes place in a post-apocalyptic background and is about the consequences of what humans are doing right now.
Musically, the main difference is the presence of clean vocals and the solos of our new guitarist Morgan that are awesome. Globally, the writing is more wild and intuitive than previously. We wanted those songs to be more live friendly.
4.Are you signed to a label? , If so which one and how did they help or support the process?
No, at this time we are not. We would like it if one came with a good deal.
5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?
We performed some concerts to promote the EP, writing the news song for the album. We have also been searching for a new bassist and a new guitarist. And this is something hard to find in France in this style of music.
6.Do you have any new members?
Yes, that’s right.
Ludovic the bass player joined the band a few times after the release of the EP, and Morgan joined the band a few days before the studio record of the Album. They are both very talented musicians, and we love the way they are implicated in the band right now.
7.Who produced the new album and how did they affect the album?
This album is an auto production so.. nobody is telling us what to do, and at this time, it’s a good thing. We want to be able to do what we want unless there is someone very talented in it to help us make our tracks better.
8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles, Did you have any strange studio practices?
Absolutely no strange practice for us! Sorry! No weird story to tell!
9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.
We made our own website to be able to sell our album and our merch.
The social network we are the more active are :
You can also find us on every streaming platform and BandCamp
10.What are your plans now that the new album is out?
As touring and performing concerts will be hard with the COVID-19, we are aiming to produce content for the web. The writing of the next album has already started too. We have to find different things to promote our music.
1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you.
My name is Evan Mitchell and my band is called Machines on Blast. Our latest album, Black Market Happiness, is a diverse blend of metal stylings all wrapped within an industrial metal package that remains completely authentic from concept to delivery. This is album is aggressive. this album is emotional. This album is loud. Check it out.”
2.What do you classify your sound as, Who do you tell people you sound like?
We fall into the Industrial Metal & Alternative Metal category, but we also have songs that stray from that and live in the Rock world. I don't like to use other bands to describe our sound, but I have been told that we have a Fear Factory, Static X, DevilDriver vibe.
3.With digital music in today's world would you vote to keep or eliminate physical media?
100% keep. It may be on a smaller scale now, but plenty of people still buy physical media.
4.What is the reason you decided to be a musician and has that reason paid off?
It's just something that is in my blood. If I'm not working on music or art I feel completely lost. Has it paid off? Sure, keeping my sanity is super important.
5.How do you feel about females in metal getting special attention? Do you feel it is fair?
I have no issues with it, we are all just trying to get to ahead and some people will have an easier path than others, that's life!
6.In the world climate with hatred being at an all-time high and metal being “ angry” music, Do you think your music contributes to anger and hatred?
Not at all, if anything "angry" music provides an outlet of relief for its listeners.
7.Are you opposed to religious beliefs or politics being used in music?
Write and speak your mind, I'm in no position to judge.
8.We have dived into some pretty deep issues here do you think your music sends a message and if so what is it?
Every release will have its own message. Our current release, Black Market Happiness, deals with the complex world of mental health as a whole. Touching on the causes and effects that seem to surround so many, though so few are comfortable enough to talk about it themselves.
9.The market has changed and many bands believe that record labels are a thing of the past, with many labels now charging bands to “sign” how do you think a band can make it in today's scene?
It's hit or miss and it all depends on how good your negotiation skills are. If said label has the money and is willing to sink it into the development and promotion of your band that is above and beyond what you can do as an independent artist, then you might want to put some serious thought into what they are offering. Just be careful because I see countless bands signing to smaller labels (because it's exciting to say you got signed) then a few weeks or months later you never see any push from these labels. So what was gained?
10.Why with the thousands of options including Netflix , sporting events everything on-demand, Why do you think people should take the time to listen to what you have to say in your music?
I'm no one special, just an artist who sings about my life's thoughts and adventures in a realistic form. So if that interests you, I would love to have you come along for the ride!
11.How do you feel about pay to play? Do you think it is fair for a band to have to pay money to play?
It has been and will always be a garbage practice, I watched it
first hand destroy the Los Angeles music scene. All you end up getting is a bunch of opening acts that don't fit the theme of the night and got booked because they were willing to pay the cost. The community notices this trend and that is why few people take the time to come and see the opening local acts. Passing the cost on to the local bands because the promoter can't afford the cost of the headliner. That is all it is, minus a few exceptions to the rule. With what some of these people are trying to charge local bands to play one show, with just a few hundred dollars more, you could just buy on to 5 or 6 dates of the tour directly.
12.It is fact that you are the talent and the entertainment explain what you think is the most important key to success?
Persistence and knowing if what you are writing is great or it's shit. Always be totally honest with yourself and what you create, then you got a solid foundation to move up.
13.In country music and even in some cases rock music is written and performed by different people would your band perform a song written by someone else?
Sure, if it fits the vibe of what we do.
14.If you are pro-female in music are you pro using sex to sell your music?
Do whatever gimmick you think is going to work for you.
15.What is your view on the lawsuits against people saying lewd or unprofessional things to women or men and how does that affect an art described as sex drugs and rock n roll?
My answers would have to be on a case by case basis, I'm not going to give a broad answer for situations I know little about, but with that being said, Treat people with respect and kindness and don't be a douche.
16. Ok let's lighten up a bit. What is your favorite band of all time and why?
I don't have a favorite band, I dig all music for all different reasons, just depends on the mood I'm in at the time. Type O Negative's October Rust is currently playing.
17.What would you be doing if you were not in a band?
If I was not in a band, I would just be writing solo, the creativity will never end!
18. Do you have a favorite sports team? Negative
19.If you could get on stage with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
I would love to be on stage with The Marshall Tucker Band and sing "Can't you see."
20.This is your shot to let loose, Throw down your biggest complaint about the music biz.
It is what it is. It has never been a welcoming or easy business to navigate through, and never will be.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020