Monday, November 30, 2020
1.Why bass? I always heard bass instruments first when I listened to music.
2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit? I haven't really thought of it much. Maybe it's because bass isn't "flashy".
3.What kind of bass do you use? Model , color , year , And why. Kiesel VDB-5 satin black with a maple fretboard. 2017 maybe. I like the tuning stability and compactness of headless instruments.
4.Tell us about your amplification. Ampeg SVT 7 pro with a Peavey Tube Sweetener pre-amp (sugar down, spice all the way up), SVT 810 cab.
5. With all of that being said do you feel tone is an important thing for bass? Of course.
6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string? It depends on application really.
7.Who is your favorite bassist? John Paul Jones
8. Who is your least favorite bassist? I don't have one.
9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass? I think a better question would be "Why in the world would a woman be attracted to a bass player?"
10. What bassist dead or alive would you like a private lesson with? Victor Wooten
ATTACK OF THE RISING
Friday, November 27, 2020
Before it hits the world in the mouth you can order the brand new Brackish Tide single "Shallow Grave" in a special MP3 / WAV and album art pre order for $2 through paypal
Friday Nov 27th 2020
Incipio Records first release as a label Brackish Tide return after a long absence with a vengeance and drop “Shallow Grave” on an unexpecting scene with no mercy!
Brackish Tide is an all original heavy metal/hard rock band born on the banks of the dark murky Pocomoke river in Somerset County Maryland in the spring of 2014. The debut album, "The View from Below", was released on September 2015. After personnel change, they released a single, "Carpe Noctum" in 2017. Our illustrious front man/vocalist 'Goat' returns!! Shallow Grave is the first single as the band is currently working on their next full-length CD!!
The label is releasing the single as a limited download including the song in MP3 and WAV format and will be available on global digital services including Apple Music , Spotify , Deezer just to name a few
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Thursday, November 26, 2020
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Hi there. Thanks for taking your time for answering this questions. Could you introduce yourself and why the name’s choice?
Hi and thank you! My name is Christina Earlymorn and I play for Being “alive” is beautiful. The name came through a massive depression I´ve felt back in 2017. Being “alive” means sarcasm towards life, because sometimes I´ve just felt like only existing and not really to be alive. I think you know what ya mean.
Let’s talk about your logo. It was you, who designed it? What ideas did you have for it?
Yes. I was the designer of the logo. Well. I hadn´t a special idea for it. I just swinged it with a pencil on a piece of paper and scanned it later with my scanner to finish it up digitally.
Your style is Doom/DSBM. When did you realize these genres fit together so well?
Tbh. I was in a very great depression as I recorded the first album. Originally I wanted to jump in front of a train before, but I thought to myself: “Before I do that I will scream out my frustrations BIG TIME!” - Due to that I was very lazy and skipped recording any rhythm guitars. So there is no Guitars. Only at one song I sneaked in a lil guitar solo, which I hate today lol I figured out, that the mood is (In my music with Being “alive”) transproted the best if the sound is heavy, slow and doomy sounding. The depressive black metal bit on the other side of the coin just goes hand in hand, because myself listen to DSBM alot if I am down. I love the expression of artists such as THY LIGHT, I AM IN A COFFIN or HAPPY DAYS.
Do you only listen to Doom and Black Metal? Or do listen to other band? Which are they?
No. I don´t. I listen to Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Rock, Metal, some Country and Classical music. I love bands/artists like ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society, Pantera, Megadeth, Type O Negative, BB King, Mozart, Bach, Paganini, Richard Wagner, Testament, Tsjuder, Sargeist, A Pale Horse Named Death, Graveyard, Gorgoroth, Watain, Motörhead, Thy Light, Advent Sorrow, Slayer, The Dead South, Ghostemane and Sleep.
Your journey started in June 2017, with an EP “Schutt und Asche”. Two years after, “Unfrieden” was released. What was more difficult for you? Playing all the instruments or writing the lyrics?
What were your inspirations in those years? Both albums have been driven by depression. So I didn´t felt it hard. One thing just came to another. If I am depressed alot of lyrics pop into my head like a machine gun. Same as with riffs. Its strange, because it seems that depression always has boosted my creativity lol
Congrats on signing with Talheim Records / Talheim Records Germany.
How long have you been searching for a label that could understand and fulfil your needs? Thank you! I wasn´t pretty active searching for a label. I just gave it a shot and wrote to him. I just wanted to have a partner who can help me produce some physical stuff of my music. So I am glad that I´ve found a very good partner with the Talheim Records family! “Frieden” means Peace in German and will be released on November 28th.
Is that the reason you decided to let go the black and white cover this time?
No. If you look closely it is the same tree that is appearing on the previous album UNFRIEDEN. At Unfrieden the tree is dead naked. On FRIEDEN the tree somehow managed to get alive again. I saw a kinda phoenix in it which basically discribes my path with overcoming and dealing with depression. - I know it looks strange for a Doom/Dsbm cover, but to me it is very fitting to have (even in this dark music) a little ray of light shining upon your head. In the song “Frieden” (Peace) there is the eternal search for peace themed. Just take a look at this world right now. Everyone talks about equality and freedom. It´s all bullshit IMHO, because there is no Frieden! There is no peace! We all search for it, but we rarely can find it. Thats the theme of the song and basically the complete album. - The album cover with all the sunshine and the nice landscape compared to the music shall be a total scam, because the music is dark, slow and very aggressive. I imagine (With a smiling face) some elderly women or men buying that CD in a store just because it looks nice and then getting blasted away by hearing its first song after the opening! Hahahahahaha!
What guitars and other instruments did you use this time to achieve the perfect sound? And the inspirations to write the songs? What were they?
As I mentioned before there are no guitars to hear. It is all Bass, Drums and Vocals. But for the intro I composed a little track on the Keyboard. Some kind of piano. - I have a guest singer on the track REGEN (Engl. Rain) Stevie Steel is more of a 80´s metal singer and adds a cool sick twist to my black metal raspy screams! I love when he sings his part! Also I sung some falsetto/opera style background vocals in one of the tracks of the new album and there is a slight dip of black ´n roll in one of the songs, too! But overall the rest is classic Being “alive” is beautiful with primitive riffs, heavy bass sounds, pounding drums and high black metal vocals.
I know from your Facebook page that you are shooting a video. Can you give us more details, please? The name of the music? The director? The idea for it?
Sure I can! I shot a video for the song REGEN (In which also my guest singer is appearing in the video) In the song “Regen” (Engl. Rain) I themed the current corona situation. Lockdowns, ppl getting crazy, businesses dying and all the negative shit going on with it. - In germany there is a saying: “Im Regen stehen gelassen” - Which means: “Left standing in the rain” without anyone helping you in your present situation or with your current problems. You simply get neglected while you suffer. I directed the video for it as I did for all other videos in Being “alive”. My boyfriend and my mom sometimes help me out by filming. Also I have a little standee to clip my smartphone to it. The idea for the REGEN video came spontaneous as I drove in heavy rain to my boyfriend's place in the middle of the night. The rain seemed endless and it was so chaotic as the current time seems to be. So I parked my car and took a walk without an umbrella and filming me getting soaking wet. That was the fundament that started the complete idea for the music video of the song.
If you could sing with someone or write a song, who would it be and why?
Zakk Wylde. I am a very big fan of his music and he inspires me every day. Thanks so much for answering. Any final words you’d like to share? Thank you very very much for this great interview! I really dug the questions! I wish you, my fans, and all the readers here the MAXIMUM of health, that their businesses stay alive and keep on growing bigger! We are all in this together! I am nothing bigger or better than you guys! Please stay safe y´all!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
BEYOND THE GREY
THE NEW MUTINY
My main influences, while I grew up, were bands from the 80’s, such as Sisters of Mercy, The Cure and so on. What I miss the most about that decade (I was born in 1984 but in my teenager years, I listened to those bands), is the visuals, the aesthetics and everything you can probably think of.
This trio combines goth and punk very well and you’re a baby bat like myself, you will enjoy “End Of The Bloodline”. I like the introduction on this tune. It’s pure early Goth and talk about life, love, death, and the end of the world.
Their sound is a combination of heavy doom riffs, gothic melodies, and upbeat punk-rock tempos interspersed with harsh metal growls and mesmerizing vocals.
And that synthesizer they use on their songs, is pure genius.
Give this band a chance!
- Drae the Dead - Lead Vocals
- Shawn the Dead - Guitar/Vocals,
- Jason Skulls - Bass/Vocals
- Axile - Drums.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Metal Times
! You have a new album out, Tell us
The new album is Project Alcazar : Lost in Centralia released on 9/30/2020 through Guitar One
Records here in the USA. The album has ex Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder on it. An
amazing keyboard player Caleb Hutslar – myself of guitars and bass. A few other guest
musicians most notably guitarist Jon Faber who did some great guitar work on one track for me,
2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new? It was recorded at Sonic Lounge studios in
Columbus Ohio – engineered and co produced by Joe Viers who I have worked with from over
20 years now. Most all of the material is brand new except for the re release of “Stranger
Avenue – which was on Chasin Voodoo and “Water Music” which was originally released on
Lion Music classical tribute to GF Handel by Lion Music out of Finland. Both those songs
already have music video shot by Bob Holobaugh with CrewDawg Productions.
3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one? I believe the
songs are stronger – I co wrote everything with Caleb and we worked very well together
exchanging ideas back n forth quickly. Mark Zonders drumming also added a fresh ingredient to
the songs as he is very good about approaching songs from a different angle with his fills and
4.Are you signed to a label? ,If so which one and how did they help or support the process?
Recently just signed with Guitar One Records. Currently they have done pretty well promoting
the project for me and they are very easy to work with and open to suggestions from their artists
5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour? No touring
obviously with the Pandemic going on and it has never been easy to find committed talented
players to go out and perform the material live. Its like herding cats so to speak – once you get
things almost in place someone decides they don’t have time to do it or its too much work
6.Do you have any new members? First time working with Mark Zonder and also first time
with Caleb as well.
7.Who produced the new album and how did they effect the album? Pretty much myself but
Joe Viers also contributes ideas and suggestions all the time – Mark also would let me know if
he felt strongly about something being a certain way or feel
8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles , Did you have any strange studio
practices? Was that Venom or Celtic Frost? Hahahaha Nothing special for me other than just
like to be alone and do my thing
9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you. You
can find the new CD @ www.projectalcazar.com – the album will eventually be available on
most of the main digital media websites like Amazon, Itunes, Spotify etc but right now its directly
through the bands website
10.What is your plans now that the new album is out? We will be shooting videos for most
all of the songs on the new album pretty much up through the summer. I have worked with
videographer Bob Holobaugh with CrewDawg productions for the last 12 music videos and I
have always been happy with them. Possibly write a few songs and recruit a vocalist next time
around as well as bringing in some more name players to help promote it
1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Metal Times! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!
It’s a 4 song EP called “Between Everything Else.” Our song “Threw it All Away” is playing on local LA radio and was featured on the Heidi and Frank show, “Stay or Go” on 95.5 KLOS.
2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?
It’s all new material. We have been releasing EPs that past few years so that we can get new music out as frequently as we can. It was recorded at Ninefinger HQ in North Hollywood, CA as well as D Squared Studios in Winnetka.
3.What is the biggest difference between your
last release and the new one?
I feel like we stayed true to our Ninefinger sound but challenged ourselves with new melodies, sounds and tempos.
4.Are you signed to a label? , If so which one
and how did they help or support the process?
We have our own label called 656 Records. We found that it was easier and less red tape. That being said, if Capital, Sony etc want in, come on down.
5.What has been
going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?
We have a bunch of stuff lined up. We
are waiting for the pandemic to end so we can get to it. We are scheduled to play the Bring Back the
Rock Festival in South Africa as well as other shows in and around South
Africa. We also have shows lined up in
the UK. Things are in the works but on
hold until the pandemic is over. So we
are just writing a bunch of new material and recording.
6.Do you have any new members?
Not really. The three core members are always there and then we use different bass players for shows and tours.
7.Who produced the new album and how did they
effect the album?
Our producer is DD Erhlich. He has worked with Slipknot and Metallica. We call him the fifth member of Ninefinger. He is an amazing musician in his own right. He just gets our songs and our sound. He always has great input to make the songs bigger and better. He also challenges us and our performances and isn’t afraid to check you to get a better sound, take, etc
8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles , Did you have any strange studio practices?
Caffeine and candy. We like to have fun and don’t take ourselves too serious so the mood is lighter and we like to joke. When it is time to lay it down though, its TIME! Maybe we should try the naked thing too. I will talk to the guys.
9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.
It is on all digital platforms out there. Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, etc. You can even get an actualy CD if that is your thing. We are working on doing some album releases too. Record sales are booming and are cool for your fans.
10.What is your plans now that the new album is out?
Wait out this pandemic and gear up to play LIVE.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Battery Drummer Interview
1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
Kenneth Galloway and I play for Septarian
2.Who made you want to play drums and why?
Alex Van Halen, Gene Hoagland Those guys are bad ass and the life of the band and the party.
3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…
When I was 10 years old CB percussion Single kick, floor Tom snare and 1 cymbal. I made it work tho! I had to set up in the basement on dirt floor because my mother was working two jobs to support 4 boys and I didn’t want to wake her up.
4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud/expensive new habit?
Yes as long as I didn’t wake Mom up she was all about it.
5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?
That’s a hard one! Probably The Motion of Mayham
6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.
Rama star classic B/B double bass kit, Gibraltar cage & hardware, Meinl cymbals, George kollias Axis pedal.
7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL
The Tama I have is my dream kit. about the only thing I would say that would make it even more of a dream kit is if Tama would have given it to me.
8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy
Gene Hoglan, Raymond Herrera, Sean Reinert, Dave Lombardo, George Kollias
9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?
Both! Both are so different from each other but so fun to play
10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?
Drummers get all the girls...! What? I’m in the wrong Genre. Maybe animal like!?!? Fast hands and feet!? Fuck the guitarist they get plenty
The album will feature 8 extreme death metal tracks,
Music by Realms Of Chaos
Recorded in SPK Audio
Mastering by SPK Audio
Cover art by Ondrej "Rohan".
1. Depths (Intro)
2. Pain Eternal
3. To Consume
4. Forces Of Opression
5. World Of Worms
6. Submerged In The Perilous Decay
7. The Seed
8. Another Day, Another Skin
9. Magma Chamber