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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

 


CHALK PORTRAITS RELEASES "MEMORY IV"

 

 

Chalk Portraits, the ambient solo project of Metal Injection's Greg Kennelty, has released "Memory IV", from his upcoming album "Memory" via Next Mosh.

Greg commented "'Memory IV' was the track that took the longest to write for Memory. I couldn't really figure out where I wanted to go with it, but then once I heard the 3-against-4 interplay between the bass synth and the arpeggiator, it came together pretty quick! I really love this song, that constant push and pull with a very ghostly-sounding melody in the background."

Listen: https://nextmosh.com/chalk-portraits-memory-iv/

Pre-order: https://chalkportraits.bandcamp.com/album/memory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHALK PORTRAITS RELEASES "MEMORY IV"

 

 

Chalk Portraits, the ambient solo project of Metal Injection's Greg Kennelty, has released "Memory IV", from his upcoming album "Memory" via Next Mosh.

Greg commented "'Memory IV' was the track that took the longest to write for Memory. I couldn't really figure out where I wanted to go with it, but then once I heard the 3-against-4 interplay between the bass synth and the arpeggiator, it came together pretty quick! I really love this song, that constant push and pull with a very ghostly-sounding melody in the background."

Listen: https://nextmosh.com/chalk-portraits-memory-iv/

Pre-order: https://chalkportraits.bandcamp.com/album/memory

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Interview with Dalton Collins from Dreams In Peril










Dreams in Peril are a five-piece deathcore band from Kansas City Missouri.

Having formed in 2018, they found positive reception straight away, having won the Headbang for the Highway Summer Slaughter Showcase, the band went in to play the Summer Slaughter tour, ahead of the release of their 2019 debut album Mephobia.

I asked bassist, Dalton Collins, a few questions about this album and the next one in the works. Here’s what he had to say.

 

1.Which three influences can be most easily identified in your sound? 

Answer: Deftones, Suicidal Silence, The Acacia Strain

 

2. Recently, the band has welcomed two new members, a singer and a second guitarist, tell me about those guys and what they bring to the table.

 

Answer: Lucas, formerly of the band Torn Asunder and is also a member of a band called Moosebite.

 

We initially tried him out on vocals, but after a few weeks of having him at practice, we soon noticed that his talents were best suited for the guitar position in the band. We needed another guitar player to help give strength, definition, and thickness to the sound, along with giving the possibility of layers of guitars in a live setting. And he does and gives us just that!

 

Dakota soon came after Lucas, we asked our friend, Dotty, a local scene photographer if she would be willing to help us look for a new vocalist and she came through perfectly for us! Sending us links to videos and sound bytes to different vocalists wanting to try out.

 

We came across Dakota who did a video of him doing parodies of other songs that are NOT metal songs but in a metal vocal style. Not only did this show personality right away, but his vocals were spot on for what we needed!! As soon as we had him out. We knew he was the guy!

 All in all, both guys have been solid addition to the band and have helped us to ascend to the next level.

 

3. Which emotions motivate you to write? Where do you find inspiration?

   Answer: we find inspiration from several different emotions, such as anger, depression, and faithfulness as well. We use all the emotions, though most of them come from a negative place, we usually turn them into positive outcomes.

 4. You had explained in an earlier interview that the name of the band comes from the way you all felt about your careers when the band was formed in 2018. That was an uncertain time for all of you. Do you still feel a little hungry? A little like it could all go tomorrow? What kept you all from quitting?

 Answer: Quitting was never really an option because we all love music so much!

 But to answer the question, we all knew each other in the scene, since we all played shows together when we were all in different bands, one day we found that we were all out of bands, and so we decided to make this one. We named the band Dreams In Peril, due to our past failures in our past bands, as a way to mock those failures and bring forth new light and success to this one. We all felt like our dreams were in peril, and the name stuck! And yes, we are as hungry as ever, we continue to press the envelop every time we step into the practice space and when we step on stage. We are always pushing for more!

 5. When there’s a difference of opinion at practice, how is the final decision made?

 Answer: Democracy! It's simple, we take a vote! Whichever the vote lands are the final decision. Because whichever way the majority decision lands must be the better outcome. We don’t really fight, and if we do, it isn’t hard to talk it out.

 6. The album cover art for Mephobia features a bunch of zombified men in business suits and ties. The sixth track of the album is called Neckties and Nostalgia, what’s the statement being made here? Who did the artwork?

 Answer: out of all the interviews I have done, you are possibly the only one to ask this question, and by far it is probably the best one!

 The word Mephobia means,  "The fear of becoming so Awesome that the human race can not handle it and everyone dies!" ~urban dictionary

 The album art is a visual of who we call "Mr. Mephobia" who is a businessman who is so awesome, that he is melting everyone at his office that he works with. Hence, everyone dies! Lmao

 It’s something we researched and came up with at the practice space, and figured it worked perfectly with our scheme of redemption within our music scene.

 The song Neckties and Nostalgia is an extension of that. The song is about our music scene, talking about our failures and how our music scene has been slowly dying here in Kansas City, however, we are vague in explaining that in the song, if you look at the lyrics, you can put two and two together, "ascend, survey the land, it crumbles in my hand" and "so, try and outlast me, so try!"

 This just explains that we keep going on pushing forward. Making the statement. So try and outlast me, while our scene crumbles.

 The artwork for Mephobia was done by Rifki Haq, an Indonesian artist.

 7. The song before that Porcelain is an ethereal instrumental and not quite two minutes long. Why was this included? How do you decide which order you should put the songs in on the record? Is there a cohesive storyline from first to last?

 Answer: The way in which they were put on the album is just due to how they flow into each other. Porcelain was a song that was just an intermission song for the listener. A pretty, yet emotional interlude to the rest of the album.

 8. Searching google for the etymology of the word Mephobia didn’t yield anything helpful.  Why did you call the album that? What does it mean?

 Answer: as stated in a previous question. The meaning is "The fear of becoming so awesome, that the human race can not handle it and everyone dies"

Its symbolism to our personal uprise within our musical careers and within our local scene.

 9. The third track, Seldom Solace sounds like it’s about a person walking away from a relationship where they aren’t getting their emotional needs met. What is it about?

 Answer: we left it wide open for the interpretation of the listener. But… you are very correct. And on a level for us, we are essentially walking away from everyone who had doubted us.

 10. When is the new album coming out? What is it called? Can you tell me a little about it?

 Answer: we had just finished tracking the second album and will soon be working with setting things up for the release, though, we are looking at possibly releasing it at the end of this summer or early Fall.

 I can't give the name of the album, but.. recently within our posts, we give small hints 😉.

 11. You’ve been very busy with the return of live shows. What are the pros and cons of performing for an audience compared to recording?

 Answer: Well, the recording process is tedious and meticulous. Trying to make an album that will be taken seriously and will make headway and be received well and marketed well.

 While playing live is so much fun and we get to interact with people! Playing live brings the album to life!

 They are very much different for sure. I don’t personally enjoy recording because it's a huge process and it can at times be frustrating. But I enjoy the end result when I get to hear it back!

 12. Where can we find you on the web?

 Answer: We are everywhere on the web, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube... anywhere you can find music. Most likely, we are there!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7osPUxIGcZ0DnoBIcn5Kuu?si=QOUW7feYRt-i6O5ojT34ZQ&utm_source=copy-link

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dreamsinperil

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dreamsinperil

YouTube: www.youtube.com/dreamsinperil

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil

 13. Is there anyone you would like to shout out to, plug or thank?

 Answer: we would like to give a shout-out to Dotty Turner, Stacy Dawn, and our Manager Greg Shaw Aka Mum! Love you, Mum!!! HaHahaha hahaha!

Thank you, Dalton, for hanging out with me answering my questions.

Dreams In Peril are:

Dakota Otte - Vocals

Joshua Crocker - Guitars

Lucas Munoz - Guitars

Dalton Collins - Bass

Jeffrey Adkins - Drums


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

 "Season of the Witch Chapter Two" is the new album from Chilean act Arteaga and is set to be released on May 4th via Interstellar Smoke Records (double LP on heavyweight vinyl 180 gram, 45 RPM pressing to get the highest sound quality).

 
6 new tracks with lysergic and seventies vibes, with dark passages that seek to provoke a direct trip to the psyche of the listener.
 
The pandemic situation led them to reduce all costs and find a new way to record the album. The band recorded the new material in the rehearsal room, which they modified to achieve a rustic studio effect.
 
Line-up:
Francisco Gonzalez - bass/vocals
Sebastian Morales - guitar
Oriana Portus - fx
Jorge Habach - drums
 
Follow Arteaga:
 
Interstellar Smoke Records
IG: interstellar. smoke. label

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

AXEMEN INTERVIEW : Jakub Önslaughter./ Ravenoir.

 

1. Tell us your name and the band you play for?

Jakub Önslaughter. Debustrol and Ravenoir.

 


2. Who made you want to pick up the guitar?

Metal.

 

3. Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

Self taught.

 

4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?

I can read tab.

 


5. Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone?

No.

 

6. Tell us about your guitar?

My main guitar is handmade by master Roman Hanák jr. It is a sharp flying V, made in 2017. The guitar is of course two-octave with a tremolo from the Gotoh brand.

 

7. What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them?

Active - Seymour Duncan Blackouts... The only good pickups for Heavy Metal.

 


8. Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc?

Peavey 5150 + box Engl... The only good amp for Heavy Metal.

 

9. Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy?

Pedal board is for pussies... sometimes I only use the wah pedal.

 

10. Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail ... ?

I already own my dream rig.

 

11. What guitarist can you not stand?

Slash.

 


12. Is tone more important or is technique?

Both of them ... you can have a great sound, but when you play shits, it still sucks.

 

13. Name your top 5 guitarist?

Jon Nödtveidt, Fredrik Folkare, Sebastian Ramstedt, Jeff Waters and Jeff Hanneman.

 

14. Who is the most overrated guitarist?

Slash.

 

15. Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive?

Jeff Waters.

BATTERY DRUM INTERVIEW : Patrik Sas./ Ravenoir

 


1.What is your name and what band do you play for?

Patrik Sas. I play for Ravenoir, Moiety, The Leaders, Solo stuff.

 

2.Who made you want to play drums and why?

 

Drums have always been a part of my life. My dad and mom said I began playing pots in the kitchen at around two years old, but I can’t even remember. I’ve just always been passionate about them. My parents always tried to get me to take lessons. My dad is into education, so he was like, ‚‘‘You might want to try and do this the right way.‘‘ They liked the idea of me studying, but I was never behind the thought of praciticing rudiments back then. The lessons would have me playing only on the snare drum and that wasn’t what I was about. I just wanted to play along Kiss records. My mom still has this photo of me, as a little kid, sitting behind a snare and I look so angry! I was such a pissed off five-year-old.

 


3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…

My dad bought me my first drum kit at the local music store in Ostrava, Czech Republic when I was five years old. The instrument was Yamaha drums, black laquer finish which almost looked like Cozy Powel’s  Black Sabbath-Headless cross kit. I was in awe!

 

4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?

I am pretty lucky in life because I’ve got the best parents you could ever ask for. My parents are music lovers and they’ve always been very supportive.

 

 


5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?

I would pick The Darkest Flame of Eternal Blasphemy

 

 

 

6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.

 


 I’m playing a Tama Starclassic Bubinga Black in Black Clouds &

Silver linings double bass kit with 8‘‘, 10‘, 12‘‘rack toms, 14‘‘, 16, 18‘‘floor toms and two 22‘‘ kicks. My snare size has always been a 6,5x14‘‘. I’ve got nothing but good reviews about them from other artists and colleagues.

 


 

7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL

 

My current setup is my dream kit. Big thanks for support go to Tama Starclassic drums, Roland V-Drums, Paiste cymbals and Balbex drumsticks.

 

8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy

 

Martin Lopez (ex Opeth, Soen)

Phil Collins (Genesis)

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)

Cozy Powell (Rainbow)

Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta)

 

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?

In general, I prefer live music.

 

 


10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?

Drummers always get all the chicks because guitarists/vocalists are way too self centered, and bassists need to practice more J

 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

 



MICHAL GRALL (Sinister, Unblessed Divine, Trauma) Reveals Future Plans!

MICHAL GRALL – musician from Poland, known from such bands as SINISTER (legendary Netherdlands Death Metal band), UNBLESSED DIVINE (band with ex-Malevolent Creation (US) singer), TRAUMA (Polish Death Metal act) – is now scheduling tons of new music, projects seeking wordwide attention and domination.

Here is what Michal reveals of his planning in the nearest future:

UNBLESSED DIVINE (Dark as Hell Death Metal)
Full album is planned for Q4 2021 and will be released via Massacre Records
The Exalted One video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo8nMGYrnlw

THE BLACK DISORDER (Black Metal)
We have just recorded full length with my Black Metal vocals and some keys and solos, lyric video coming up, then the release, yet unsigned
Kneel! video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5pAkOlSKd8

MANSLAUGHTER (Death/Black)
3rd album (followup from 2013 „Earthborn Daemon” will feature a cold Black/Death stuff 
Earthborn Daemon video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhAsOo8d67Q

DREAMSABYSS (Ambient/Industrial/Neoclassic/Avantgarde)
One album released, three recorded, scheduled for premiere. This is like a dark soundtrack to fallen worlds like ours at the moment
Paths To Abyss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tMBFdqxd_E

Furthermore, Michal has two yet-unnamed projects, one of them including Chudy (Trauma vocalist) which is a homage to 90s Death Metal scene with rotten lyrics about what everyone loves: the dead, bodies, corpses and death. 

The other band is intended to be a total solo album located artustically in the softer tones of 90s Metal like mid-Tiamat, Moonspell (Sin/Pecado) etc. 

Photo by www.lunulaproject.com

More information at http://michalgrall.com



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

THE AXEWOMAN April Rose / Auditory Armory.

 

1.Tell us your name and the band you play for

A: My name is April Rose and I play for Auditory Armory.

 


2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar:

A: Actually, the metal band Kittie.  They were popular when I was 13 years old.  They are badass female rockers – I wanted to be like that too!

 

3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

A: I started to take guitar lessons when I was 13 years old.  I did that for about five years with my first guitar teacher Clint Stewart, who had a major influence on me.  He taught me a lot about guitar music theory, scales, improvisation, and provided a strong musical foundation for me.  After that, I studied music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  My guitar teacher in college was Bobby Koelble, an incredible and diverse guitarist who was also a member of the iconic metal band Death on the Symbolic album.  He helped me refine and develop my style and incorporate more jazz and diminished musical elements in my playing.

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4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?

A: Yes, I can do both.  I mainly use tablature now, though, because it’s a lot faster for me to transcribe. 

 

5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?

A: I don’t think I have a tone that is particularly “unique” per se, but there is a tone that I do strive for.  The tone that I have has more mids, a little less treble than mids, and very little bass.  I feel like it is a balanced blend of a thrash guitar type tone with a modern tone.  I don’t use a high amount of gain (it’s just a smidge higher than in the middle) but it’s still punchy and edgy.  I strive for bite and clarity.  I try to separate my frequencies from our other guitarist Dennis and from our bassist Justice.

 

6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )

A: The guitars I use in Auditory Armory are a 1991 Ibanez S540 with Fishman Fluence Modern pickups; an 8-string Agile Septor guitar with a Tosin Abasi DiMarzio Ionizer pickup in the bridge; a Solar Guitars S1.6PP with Duncan Solar pickups and an Evertune Bridge, and a Fender Stratocaster with Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck and Jazz humbucker pickups.

 


7.What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them.

A: When I have the option, Active.  Only my Ibanez with the Fishman Fluence pickups has the option to do both. 

 

 

8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc

A: Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister Deluxe 40 amp and a Fender MH 4x12” cabinet with Eminence Legend V12 speakers.

 

9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy.

A: I use the HeadRush FX pedalboard.  It has everything that I need in it – a tuner, looper, and a library of effects and EQ options that sound great and organic (not too digital).  All of my clean tones have an amount of Cathedral reverb and Shimmer effect.  I love airy, breathy, ambient clean tones.  I also use delay for my lead guitar parts.  The HeadRush pedal also provides me an efficient workspace where I can create custom setlists and rigs.  This is really helpful because I can assign all the rigs I use for each song and then if the order of our setlist changes for a gig, all I have to do is just move the song in the order that I want in the setlist.  Then, in a live situation, I simply press the ‘down’ button to toggle through each song that will pull up all the rigs you assigned to it.  So convenient.  When I sing and play guitar at the same time, I try to keep my “foot pedal dancing” to a minimum.

 

10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..

A: I’m not really a gear-head, and I have a lot of rig options at my disposal with using the HeadRush FX pedalboard.  I do really like what I’m working with now. 

 

11.What guitarist can you not stand?

A: Guitarists who shred just to show that they can play fast but lack musicality. 

 

12. Is tone more important or is technique?

A: While both are important to guitar, I do think guitarists tend to have this obsession on getting the right tone.  When it gets to an insane level of checking every single minute detail, your focus becomes on those particles instead of the song in general.  Then you get lost in all the minutiae and forget about the song as a whole.  I think that the average listener, though they might appreciate a certain tone, won’t notice all the minute details.   The songwriting and the melody usually is what captures them. 

 

13. Name your top 5 guitarists:

A: Devin Townsend, Steven Wilson, John Browne, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai.  Bonus!: Eric Johnson.

 


14.Who is the most overrated guitarist:

A: I think everyone has something to contribute as a guitarist.  But if I had to pick (I’m going to get so much shit for this) – Eric Clapton.

 

15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lesson with, anyone dead or alive?

A:  I had a virtual guitar lesson with Kaki King one time.  It was very refreshing to learn a very unique playing technique that included so much percussion with guitar (she’s amazing).  But I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous that I even forgot how to tune my guitar right at the beginning of the lesson!  It was a little embarrassing.  I don’t think I do well with meeting my heroes – I’m much too shy and awkward to act like a normal person around someone I really admire.

 

Band-Under A Spell Album Title- The Chosen One

 

Band-Under A Spell

Album Title- The Chosen One






 


The Chosen One is currently available on all major streaming services and physical Compact Disc formats. It is the debut release filled power, passion, melody, and high gain saturation. It is a new style you haven't heard in a longtime.

 

Influences:

Heart, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Carcass

 


There's a new brew in the cauldron of Heavy Metal. Under A Spell is an elixir of all that is Heavy Metal; past, present, and future. With an angelically powerful front woman, thunderous drums, buttery sweet bass, and a full-on guitar tonal assault. Under a Spell is claiming its position in the Dallas Metal Scene.

 

Under A Spell is eighty years of music in blender. Formed on a moon kissed October night in two thousand seventeen. All members bring together an artfully crafted ‘Vintage Modern’ sound, that combines years of Heavy Metal listening sonic power.

 

The lyrical context is saturated within the Macabe style, with spattering's of the darker side of human reality. The stories are climatic and immersing which, involves the listener into the journey of each tale told.

 

The music writing flows like a natural stream from the fingertips of Tom Rosser and Stergas Stockwell. When writing in our Den of Doom the chemistry between them expedites the creative process. They finish each other creative writing thoughts.

 

‘The Chosen One’ is the debut album from Under A Spell. Which was independently released on October thirty first two thousand nineteen. The Chosen One was re-released via Pure Steel Publishing and Sony Orchard February two thousand twenty-one. It is a collective of fresh ideas from each member. From top to bottom the album is filled with excitement and storytelling. For example, the title track tells a tale of night stalker turned victim of his prey.

Under A Spell looks to expand its footprint in the world of Heavy Metal.

 

LIneup:

Pam Rosser- lead vocals

Stergas Stockwell- rhythm guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

Tom Rosser - bass

Eric Smith- drums




 

 

 

Album track list:

1.       Padurea Neagra

2.       Voodoo Doll

3.       Forever Done

4.       Judgement

5.       The Chosen One

6.       Invitation to a Dark Sleep

7.       Into the Dark

8.       Cast a Spell

9.       Atihad

10.   Crushed by the Stones

11.   My Dead Life




 

 

 

 

 

Social Medial Links:

https://www.facebook.com/underaspellband/

http://www.underaspellband.com/

https://www.twitter.com/@underaspellband

https://www.instagram.com/underaspellband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi0RwzrzRjNHvbTJR-IG_6Q

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6rayqEgnqbiSh2L7yAF7AF

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/under-a-spell/1448003900

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

 

Eurkuh is a black metal band, hailing from 'The place of many crows' Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. Eurkuh is currently a one man project. Eurkuh plays a grim blend of dark doomy black metal which ranges from brooding clean sections to blast beats and powerful double bass guitar driven passages. The debut EP was released in January 2021.

https://www.facebook.com/Eurkuh.Official/
https://eurkuh.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/eurkuh/
Eurkuh - Not at all
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