"Why support Bloodstock? Well the festival itself is based on the mantra of “by the fans for the fans” so why wouldn’t you?"
With Bloodstock Open Air 2016 only four months away, GMA decided it was time to find out what runs in the veins of the personnel behind the scenes. With bands being announced over the last 5-6 months like rapid-fire, it's only a matter of time before the whole festival is locked in with the M2TM winners potentially being the last to be locked in. This year M2TM has venues not only across the UK, but over in Norway and Poland. It seems that every year Bloodstock successfully knocks on the door of a countries metal scene and receives a warm welcome as a result.
One individual who not only pulls the strings of the whole Metal 2 The Masses (M2TM) venture, nor just plays in a brutally savage metal band by the name of Beholder, but without any argument has helped foster numerous careers of up-and-coming bands and help them flourish into what could be considered 'coming-of-age' bands. Such bands include The Furious Horde (who went on to play Metalcamp) and Evile (who signed onto Earache Records), other bands include (but not limited to): Bloodshot Dawn, Eibon La Furies, Splintered Soul, The Infernal Sea, Skreamer, etc.
Whilst heading the New Blood Stage (of which M2TM winners feed into), Simon also looks after the Sophie Lancaster Stage (named after a goth of the same name who was murdered nearly 10 years ago in Lancashire) and has in the past (and future) booked some of the world's most exciting and emerging metal talents. Referring back to the New Blood Stage, M2TM has visited (those in italic are being visited this year) England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Romania, Norway, Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, The Channel Islands, Poland and India (although we're not sure what happened there).
But like most things, everything has a beginning and a story to tell, Simon's story is one of respected work ethic and dedication to the metal scene. Not only in 2007 did his band Beholder play the what-was-then known as the "Lava" stage, but also simultaneously started feeding his input into the festival. Even though it seems that the Gregory family (proprietors) knew about what Simon does, his worth ethic in and around the time of Beholders performance meant that Simon was asked post-performance if he "could supply PA/Lights etc., for the following year", thereby clearly thinking ahead for the future and what Simon could offer, safe to say they made the right choice with Simon adding that "not long after that, I got to have a full sit down with Paul to put the pieces into place for the M2TM. I guess form that point on I’ve been heading that and building it year on year." As indicated earlier, Simon has placed his finger on 11 countries, with one island group and country (which didn't seem to happen) making up the 13 different areas.
Some might think this is process is slow and that it should pick up the pace, but like most things if it's rushed it could easily crumble, some then might argue Simon is prudent, perhaps he is, but he has straightforward logic supporting that decision:-
"To be honest I’ve took the approach that if we build the M2TM slowly and with focus of purpose, i.e. not developing too quickly and taking our eye off the ball, then the platform can continue to build slowly year on year. The fact is the M2TM has become something more than simply a competition and has done a great deal to help strengthen the bond in the underground scene, again in part down to its honest nature and the fact it won't welcome P2P, text voting etc., and encourages judging for musicality / performance against any “battle of the fans” scenario."
Like cheese, you need to let it mature in order to get the full-bodied flavour, otherwise the pasteurising process if disturbed, can leave a rotten mess. Naturally if cheese was entered into a country fair where awards are won for the best to the fourth or so best tasting cheese, then of course those who won will be ecstatic and those who lost will be heartbroken. The same goes for bands who enter the M2TM, though some who have not won the finals might be awarded another slot at BOA if it allows. Of course telling someone you have won or lost is never easy, especially when you have that band's fellow musicians in their respective scenes present. Even for Simon, who is a charismatic person to know and watch perform at BOA with Beholder, he admits he can feel the anxiety, terror, happiness and sadness wrap up inside of him and as he explains, it's not always plain-sailing :-
"Honestly it’s terrifying and at times can hurt like hell. Why? Cos I care and being a musician myself I can only empathize with bands that don’t make it that year, or on the flip-side, I can celebrate when I see what it means to the winning bands. But my first port of call is always to the bands that don’t make Bloodstock at this time of trying and I’m quick to ensure them that they have been noticed, that with hard work they will eventually get to where they want to be and definitely not let this be a reason to stop striving – in fact the exact opposite."
Of course playing Bloodstock and indeed the M2TM means you're going to be noticed, but with more and more bands being noticed, invited to play BOA and leave with memories, is there just enough room to allow for the festival to expand indefinitely? Having grown organically from an indoors to an outdoors festival, it would seem that the best is yet to come as each edition passes. Yet Simon hopes to some extent that BOA does not leave Catton Hall as in his words "it feels like a home away from home", after adding that he is:-
"Certainly not worried as the emphasis again is on slow organic growth and keeping the core identity and unique selling point of the festival, which is the community atmosphere. From my perspective I think if we were to chase huge corporate sponsorship in order to build a bigger festival, it would come at a cost and wouldn’t necessarily sit with our core demographic. That said I’m not aware of a definitive set figure on where the festival would reach it’s peak.. I guess only time will tell on that one and whether Catton Hall will remain the home of BOA".
Speaking of home from home, BOA prides itself in bringing metal bands to the grounds from all over the world, so far the countries that have been tapped include (but not limited to): Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Taiwan, India and Australia. So what does the future hold? Well surely with the growth of the festival, more and more international acts will be invited. Of course Africa has only seen one band in the form of Egyptian Death Metal horde Scarab perform at BOA. Africa may be the last frontier for metal music emergence, this however has not deterred Simon from expanding invitations far and wide, and not just to Africa either. Fans will just have to wait and see who is coming to Catton Hall this year as he explains:-
"Still yet to announce (who is coming), but this year we have bands from Austria, Tunisia and beyond and it’s part of the plan to bring otherwise unknown bands to the UK that have huge support in their respective countries. When you consider we’re the first and only festival to bring over acts such as Jasad (Indonesia), Orphaned Land (Israel), Scarab (Egypt), Burgerkill (Indonesia), Ne Obliviscaris (Australia) & Demonic Resurrection (India) – to name but a few ….. then it’s something we’re hugely proud of. "
Global Metal Apocalypse prides itself in giving bands from all over the world attention and to hear this news makes us smile. But let's see who else from the further regions of planet metal have graced BOA with their wonderful music (without repeating countries):- Breed 77 (Gibraltar), Sight of Emptiness (Costa Rica), Týr (Faroe Islands), ChthoniC (Taiwan), Infernal Tenebra (Croatia), Brezno (Slovenia), Krepuskul (Romania), Obsidian Kingdom (Spain), Dead Label (Ireland) and Scarred (Luxembourg) among others.
So what about the future of metal festivals? The outlook seems to be positive, so why should fans support Bloodstock? (Aside from supporting bands making history by being firsts to play in the UK / a major UK festival)? Simon has this to say:-
"For me at least the future is strong so long as you can stay true to the core focus of the festival yet be aware of the rapidly changing landscape of musical tastes and music delivery. Since I first stepped out on a M2TM tour I’ve seen numerous sea changes in the flavours of the underground – at first it was breakdowns and Djent styles, swiftly followed by more traditional melodic bands and certainly now the emphasis is on stripped down Stoner / Doom acts – so being aware of this and not being blinkered to what’s actually selling is essential. But like I say, so long as you blend this with those acts that are box office favourites with the core audience then the future should be fine. As for why support Bloodstock? Well the festival itself is based on the mantra of “by the fans for the fans” so why wouldn’t you?"
No doubt about it, Simon knows what he is on about as anyone who has been to Bloodstock would testify that the atmosphere is one with the fans, those who make the annual pilgrimage to the leader of British Metal festivals. For those who have never been, don't panic, it's a friendly and family-orientated festival that has garnered a rather special following since it's inception over a decade ago. It certainly feels that BOA is a huge family gathering, one that invites all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers and those in between to four days of metal music, drinking and unforgettable moments (bin jousting anyone?), but more importantly spending time with like-minded people. This is probably where Bloodstock trumps Download time and time again:-
"The aesthetics are definitely a prime focus for Bloodstock, although Download is a completely different festival and in their defence I’ve seen plenty of families over the years, but they are a much bigger entity I guess. But yep we certainly focus on things such as smaller stages, real ales, non musical entertainment alongside such necessities as seating, quiet camping etc etc. The fact is for many Bloodstock is the one time of the year when they get chance to meet like-minded people and celebrate metal.. so we want to make sure that this is done in relative comfort and make it a festival experience they’ll take away with them."
But could festivals be secretly upstaging local shows? The question is, 'is there a slight buckle in the trend whereby fans tend to go to festivals more than they do gigs? What could Simon tell us from your experiences?' Simon certainly has been watching and paying close attention to the trend, the trend of local shows becoming more and more appreciated to a certain extent, in short festivals aren't outdoing local shows but instead indirectly influencing them - prime example? Metal 2 The Masses:-
"If honest this has been the case in recent years, but I do see a slow, gradual change away from the more sedentary and apathetic music fans. I think much of the change has been due to events and promoters doing more to drag people out and make them feel part of the event and in turn making them want to support live music. For years the Xbox and the TV has been responsible, along with things such as the recession, smoking bans, licensing laws, noise abatement etc, for culling numbers…. But these things are now no longer relevant and numbers are starting to build again. Again I would hold the hand up and say that the M2TM is in some part responsible for bucking the trend and I’ve often used the events to speak openly and encourage people to do the same."
It's essential that metal music fans support their local scene as much as possible by attending shows, supporting the performing bands from the start to the end of every single gig. Not heckling a band, showing some respect, not leaving just because your mates bands have played (unless of course you have to e.g. transport, not because you are apparently an arrogant individual). How did bands like Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth all start out? As local bands, they gained support and are now arguably beacons of light in their respective metal scenes and act as idols for young bands to aspire to. Speaking of young bands, those destined to rock their socks off at BOA for their first time (both NS and SL stages), Simon has this to say (and remember it always):-
"Enjoy it! Make as many friends and contacts as possible and don’t go into the press tent drunk... ever!"
Regarding a documentary about Bloodstocks rise to acclaim, Simon acknowledged that he believes that "there was something in the pipeline but unsure as yet", logically it would seem just for them to make one due to their long-standing history but also look at Wacken Open Air, they did one for their 25th anniversary. As Bloodstock prepares to celebrate another year of metal once again, Simon leaves us with this sentimental thanking statement:-
"Quite simply although I work with a great team, both in the inner circle and throughout the extended crew, it’s the fans that make this all happen so all I can say on behalf of Bloodstock is thank you so much and keep supporting the most pure and honest"
Bloodstock takes place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire from the 11th-14th August and promises to be an absolute blast. With Thrash legends Slay headlining the Saturday, 'Whale Metal' horde Mastodon headlining Friday and the festival closing with a bid-farewell performance from Twisted Sister on the Sunday, this is an edition you would not want to miss.
With the M2TM finals approaching very fast, more bands due to announce, and of course the preparations for hopefully a breezy, warm summer ahead, the next batch of websites you should visit on your next daily internet browsing are listed below (tickets available on site, Rock Soc completely sold out, follow updates as they happen via their FB page):-
Forged In Black have been knocking around the Southend, Essex Metal scene for a fair number of years under their previous moniker Merciless Fail. Having won the Essex heats of Metal 2 The Masses and inevitably heading up to Bloodstock to showcase their wares on the New Blood Stage, the band felt that a name change was the best way to carry on their musical direction. So they adopted the name of their debut album.
Members came and went during the Forged In Black - Merciless Fail crossover period with Josh Moreton and Gabriel Valentine making the cut, Kevin Rochester did leave only to make a welcomed return. The latest member to leave this band of merry men was Tim, and as Kieron stated an announcement is on the table, ready for unveiling in due course.
But as Kieron entered our interrogation chamber, we wondered how Forged In Black he really is. Let's hope the band take our pun in jest, we love them really...
It's been sometime since your Bloodstock appearance, what significant events have taken place in the Forged In Black camp since then?
"Since Bloodstock we've played a whole host of great London venues including: Camden Underworld, Camden Barfly and the Relentless Garage. We've also worked with two acclaimed producers: Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Sylosis) and Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Yngwie Malmsteen) which has resulted in the respective releases of 'The Exodus' single and the new 'Fear Reflecting Fear' EP. We also underwent a name change which we feel was much more reflective of the music we play; we have been gigging as Forged in Black for three and a half years now."
Having played at Bloodstock, what advice could you perhaps offer to those performing at a major festival for the first time? Especially the unsigned / M2TM bands?
"The best piece of advice we could give is to enjoy every moment of the experience and take advantage of all the great opportunities that come with playing a huge festival."
"You're due to release your latest EP 'Fear Reflecting Fear' at the end of April, how does this differ from your previous EP 'The Tide'?"
"We feel that 'Fear Reflecting Fear' is a definite progression in terms of song writing. We've tried to keep all the elements that comprise our sound (operatic vocals, guitar harmonies, breakdowns) but we've tried to add a progressive tinge to some of the tracks. This is especially true of the title track and 'Shadows Still Remain' which have a variety of feel and time changes."
How was it working with Chris Tsangarides? With this EP, do you reckon it will catapult you onto the European Metal circuit sharply?
"Chris was an absolute joy to work with; a true professional who made us feel extremely comfortable throughout the process. His attitude and ideas were fantastic. It was a privilege to work with such a legendary producer. We really hope this release will extend our reach across Europe. We feel this release caters for a variety of metalheads, including: fans of NWOBHM, Doom metal and Thrash. There's something for everyone! We really hope Europe can embrace this EP."
Kevin left the band but returned, did he miss performing or what was the reason on his delightful return? On the other hand Tim left, what was the reason for his departure?
"Kev was glad to have a break from the sometimes chaotic atmosphere of playing in a band but as you say he missed performing. He tried a few other projects but realised that Forged was where he wanted to be. It's been great working with him again.
Tim left as he wanted to spend more time focusing on his career. Unfortunately it's not always possible to reconcile this focus with the demands of a band and we fully understood his decision to leave. We wish him all the best. Since then we recorded the EP with guitarist Rowan Beverluis. Unfortunately this didn't quite work out and we have since been performing as a four piece. We have recently auditioned a few guitarists and hope to make an announcement soon regarding the new line up."
What challenges would you say unsigned bands face these days, what challenges have you had and how did you overcome these?
"The real challenge for an unsigned band these days is setting yourself apart from other aspiring artists. Social media allows everyone to showcase their music so you have to think of strategies to stand out from the crowd. We feel the new EP, with all its strengths, is our vehicle for getting more notice."
What is the current state of the Essex Metal scene? Is it vibrant, fluctuating? What do you feel (if anything) is lacking?
"Essex definitely has a strong metal scene. Venues such as Chinnerys (Southend) and the Asylum (Chelmsford) are always showcasing some of the best local talent and these venues are attracting some of the most established metal acts. Chinnerys recently put on a show with legendary thrash band, Exodus as part of their European tour. I think this shows just how reputable the Essex metal scene is becoming."
What plans have you got for the rest of the year?
"For the rest of the year we will continue to promote the EP and we hope to record another set of tracks with Chris Tsangarides. Once these tracks are recorded we will combine them with the 'Fear Reflecting Fear' EP to release our second album."
Finally have you got any hello's, thank you's etc you wish to send out?
"Special thanks go to Chris Tsangarides as well as Bogdan Ciovica (email@example.com) for his work on our EP art".
"Fear Reflecting Fear" is out 29th April via an Independent Release.
There will be an EP release show at Chinnerys in Southend, Essex - entry is £3 otd.
Bloodstock "is the best independent metal festival, and we hope to play again soon".
Following the latest album release by East Anglian Black Metal horde The Infernal Sea, it was about time we gave them a grilling as we interrogated them about their latest album, what the future of Black Metal in the UK holds, thoughts about Phil Anselmo's recent outburst and once again the fabled Eurovision question.
Buy "The Great Mortality" from their Bandcamp page:- https://theinfernalsea.bandcamp.com/
Jonathan Egmore sat in the interrogation room with us on this one.
So Jonathan, what's new in The Infernal Sea camp aside from the new release? What makes this release distinguishable from your previous releases?
"Hails! We are currently writing for our next release. I can’t really say too much, but we have some music and theme ideas, and it’s quite an exciting time for the band in general. On the whole, ‘The Great Mortality’ is the band at its most dangerous. Previous releases merely touched upon the sound we have aimed to achieve over the last 5 years or so, with this album the bar has been raised musically, and aesthetically. Also working alongside Cacophonous Records has helped us reach a wider market, and we are very proud releasing the album on a label with such a rich heritage."
Would you agree that British Black Metal is not only celebrating a resurgence but also a newfound renaissance?
"I would say so, yes. Especially the fact that ‘The Great Mortality’ is being released on Cacophonous Records, which for the many that don’t know, opened up the UK Black Metal scene by releasing the first Cradle Of Filth release ‘The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh’ in 1994. There is a lot of younger talent being recognised now with the help of good promotion, festivals, zines etc. The 90’s resurgence has been helped heavily with the influx of reissues over the last few years, making material from the Scandinavian scene easily accessible to newer fans that wouldn’t have gone out of their way to buy it before. You can clearly hear that influence in a lot of bands within UKBM, it’s an exciting time for the underground scene."
Do you feel Black Metal is more of an art rather than a music genre? Is it still seen as Satanic?
"I think in essence, especially nowadays, it is seen as a style of Heavy Metal. I think to the uneducated, it is seen as Satanic. I think I have more Death Metal albums in my collection that are seen as Satanic, than Black Metal records. For me, it is an art. It is a means to forget, it is a style of music to express misanthropy, extremity, to reflect on past demons, to appreciate the wild and to praise the older masters. It is for me, the most underground style of music, and should be kept for our own satisfaction."
2016 is in full swing, so what plans have you got for the entire year?
"Writing a lot of new music for the new album, playing more shows, festivals and touring across the UK/EU!"
Speaking of new music, check out the band's new music video 'Entombed In Darkness' below:-
In spite of recent comments made by Phil Anselmo r.e. 'white power', do you think racism is still an issue in metal let alone generally? Would you be surprised to know that metal exists in Sub-Sahara Africa? (e.g. Botswana)
"I don’t think so, only to a small minority that maybe go out to seek that kind of scene. I have been a metal fan for over 20 years, and I have never witnessed any racism at any point at any shows or festivals (and yes, I have seen Pantera!) I think the media is a huge culprit for blowing up things as soon as the word ‘racism’ is involved. I’m not surprised at all, we frequently receive messages from all over the world from different fans from different cultures, and its fantastic. Metal has always been about unity, so lets keep it that way."
You played at Bloodstock back in 2013, how would you sum up the festival and please tell us who you saw at the festival?
"It was fantastic. Playing Bloodstock is still a huge highlight for the band. Especially for me, seeing Slayer & Anthrax the same weekend was a dream come true. I personally love Bloodstock and will continue to attend every year, it is the best independent metal festival, and we hope to play again soon. There is actually a campaign on Facebook started by one of our followers to get us on this years Bloodstock, you can go show your support here." https://www.facebook.com/TheInfernalSeaforBloodstock/?notif_t=page_invite_accepted
What song from 'The Great Mortality' is your favourite and why? Would you submit any for Eurovision contention?
"Personally, my favourite song on the album is ‘Plague Herald’. It shows a different side to the band for the first time, in that we don’t have to play at a thousand beats per minute all the time to sound heavy. That’s an interesting question, I don’t think we would’ve ever thought about doing that to be honest!"
Speaking of Eurovision, if there was to be a metal version of said contest, do you think it would take off? Would you participate? What would your thoughts be of a metal-based Eurovision song contest?
"I’m not sure if it would take off. The Eurovision song contest is so very politically fuelled and very tongue in cheek. I’m not sure if it would really suit our style to be honest. That being said, it would probably make for some interesting viewing depending on what bands were to attend."
Finally are there any hello's, greetings etc you wish to send out?
"Infernal hails to all our dedicated followers who have supported us on this dark journey. Hail Satan! Hail the darkness!"
GMA caught up with Devilment's Colin Parks (pictured back row next to Dani Filth) and spoke to him about latest activities with the band, their line-up changes, forthcoming festival appearances and many other things.
This is an audio only post - for those using PC/Mac click the audio player above, if you're on a mobile device you can listen to the interview here: http://kiwi6.com/file/i21j3rnl32
Every day GMA has been posting on our Facebook page a band from around the world and a band from the UK; covering all counties within our home nation. One band by the name of Gymir stood out for us, this quintet is a Folk Metal band from the South-Western county of Dorset.
Gymir were happy to take the time out, put down their swords and sip a beer or two with us, this is what they had to say:
"We found ourselves in the middle of nowhere in the depths of Wales' countryside to film our first ever video... was a lot of fun, though being surrounded by sheep was slightly off putting when coming into the shot."
First off hi guys, how are you all and what has Gymir been up to within the last year?
Hey Rhys, we're all well thank you! Well the past year has been a busy one for us as a band... we underwent some major changes, one of which was changing our name to Gymir. We were formerly know as Shallow Intentions. The reason for the name change was two things really. The first was with a name like 'Shallow Intentions' it doesn’t really sound like a Folk Metal band name, and we were getting a lot of concerned comments about it and we also found it was hindering us reaching out to a bigger audience.
The second reason was that with the name change we felt like we needed to step it up a gear and take the band a little bit more seriously, obviously still have a great time and a lot of fun with doing it but just start putting in a few more hours here and there with the networking side of things and with more hours practicing etc. even to go as far as making sure we have a great live show, not just the music side of it... but visually too. So we all decided to get ourselves some outfits along with props etc to put on the stage with us.
We also released our début 2 track single last summer 'The Return Of The Raven' which we recorded at the Junkyard studios down in Newport with Jeff Rose leading and recording / producing the whole operation. And its gone down a storm, we really didn’t expect such a response from it. We just want to give ole Jeffers a shout out to say thank you for all his hard work and extra hours he put in, and we'll hopefully see him again in the near future for the full length album and a free downloadable track within the next few months.
Also, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere in the depths of Wales' countryside to film our first ever video for the track 'The Return of The Raven' which is off our CD. Was a lot of fun, though being surrounded by sheep was slightly off putting when coming into the shot. Alongside all of that, we've been trying to gig up and down the country as much as possible, We did Warhorns festival up in York last September which was an honor to play alongside fellow Folk Metallers, made a pleasant change to play with bands in the same genre to us, and we have a few more dates yet to play up and around the country.
We also entered the BOA Metal to the Masses and got to the final which we never expected, maybe next year is our year? So yeah... been busy bees the past year, and have loads more in the pipeline but don’t want to give too much away ;)
Now could you explain to us how Gymir formed, what enticed you to play Folk Metal and who are your influences?
Gymir formed many years ago, but under the name 'Shallow Intentions' think it must have been about 8 or 9 years ago now, back when we were all fresh faced and still at college. At first it was just a covers band covering bands such as Children Of Bodom, Metallica and Pantera just as a bit of fun really. Then one day we decided to write an original... so we did... and for some unknown reason it had a rather Folk Metal feel to it, and so did our next few songs.. so we went with it.. so for the next 8 years we went under the name Shallow Intentions up until the re-birth last year... which was Gymir. I'd say our main influences are most probably Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, Moonsorrow, Finntroll, although we try not to fall too close to any of their sounds and try to make our own unique style sound.
Do you feel that Folk Metal is not well represented within the British metal scene?
Folk metal is most defiantly the outcast genre in the UK in our opinion. Everywhere you look nowadays there are Death Metal events, Thrash Metal events and Nu Metal events etc.. yet very rarely you will come across a Folk Metal event here in the UK. It's a shame really... people are missing out! If you want to go somewhere that appreciates Folk Metal then your going to have to go over to either Finland, Sweden, Norway and the likes. Perhaps its down to the simple fact that there really isn't that many folk metal bands out there, or there are and they are struggling with getting shows..? Although saying all this.. we have noticed a gradual increase in interest over the past couple of years which is encouraging, but its still very much an overlooked genre.
You released your debut single 'The Return of the Raven' last year, could you give us the background behind this release?
The background for the CD release.. hmm, well 'The Return of the Raven' is a follow up track of an older one we had called 'The Hammer and the Raven', it's basically about two clans that went to war with each other and the clan of the hammer were victorious.. and the track 'Return of the Raven' is where the clan of the raven return bigger and stronger to go looking to settle the score and succeed. In a way its kind of a representation of the band, changing our name and conquering everything we couldn't under the old one.. sort of a phoenix rising from the ashes kind of thing... that's if you want to look into it that deeply... The other track on the CD 'Valkyrie of Sorrow' was just a cool song that had been written just before the studio and we had to put it on there. We're so glad we did! it most definitely seems to be the most popular track out of the two, with YouTube views rocketing each day! crazy really..
It seems that you guys are dispersed all over, with Ryan from Chelmsford to Ian in Reading, so how do you meet to rehearse?
Well Ryan is now currently living in Weymouth, which is where Martyn and Pete are based.. Ian now lives in North Dorset about 40 miles out of Weymouth and John lives in Bridport which about 15 to 20 miles away. It can most definitely be a challenge to get everyone together to rehearse, not because of the distance, as Ian and John drive, but more due to 'life' we all work full time Jobs and Martyn is the family man with the commitments that come along with having 3 young children and a wife. But when we do get together its usually twice a month.. so we try to make the most of it and either get sets for shows sorted or if we have nothing for a few weeks then what we're doing now is working on the upcoming album.
What plans does Gymir have for the rest of the year and what can fans expect?
For the rest of the year we're planning on continuing our run of shows around the country, we're playing the QQQQ festival in October which is in Manchester, the Almost fatal fest in July which is in Cumbria, a show in Sheffield with the pirate legends that are Red Rum and Gryphfest in Bristol in September. Plus a few local dates coming up, which are yet to be advertised. Also alongside the shows as we've mentioned we shall be working hard to get the full length album ready as soon as possible, but whilst we're doing that we're going to be finishing off a track that will end up on our album to then put up for free download for everyone to download and listen to, as a massive thank you for all the amazing support we've had off of everyone the past year, since the birth of the band and to get them to stop harassing us for a period of time about the album... lol we are working as hard as we can on it, and we're telling ya.. it'll be well worth the wait! Patience is a virtue folks! Also! We are looking to get some t-shirts printed very soon, within the next couple of weeks hopefully we shall have them!
If you could be any mythological god from any following e.g. Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, etc, who would you be and why?
Martyn jumped right in on this.. he wants to be Jesus..? he didn't elaborate on that though haha, Ian would like to be Loki, causing havoc and mischief everywhere... Ryan would like to be Heimdall as he's essentially all seeing, all hearing, is bad-ass enough to be named guardian of the gods, has a cool horse, doesn't need to sleep (would be very handy) and was said to be one of the last to die when him and Loki kill each other at the events of Ragnarok.... sorry Ian.... Pete answered 'Lemme' explanation: Lemme is God... and John would like to be the Ancient Egyptian Jackal-headed god Anubis.. the ruler of the dead. Actually Martyn said instead he would want be Balder as he too is handsome and gentle.... Hah!
Where do you see yourselves within the next 5 years? Stage headliners perhaps?
5 years is a looong way off! But at the very least we'd all still love to be going as a band, as we love doing what we do and we're all excellent friends and it gives us an excuse to hang out and escape from reality for a time which is always welcomed! But what we would all love to be doing in 5 years time would of course be playing at the major festivals, not only in the UK but all over the world, what band wouldn't! Along with a couple more full length albums under our belts and maybe even a record deal to help us out... ahh we can all dream cant we!
What is the Dorset metal scene like, how big is it and what venues are there?
To be honest, the Dorset metal scene has seen better days.. there was a time where it was probably one of the best places to go to watch great bands. But with venues turning into tight asses bands cant afford to travel anymore and so they don't come. For example.. we played a headline show (wont name where) we played for about 80 minutes, and the place was packed out! Was an awesome show, one we wont forget in a long time! Anyway, after the gig we approached the venues owner about our money, and we were offered 43 odd pence or something?!
So we gracefully said to keep such a huge and generous amount and don't worry about it.. but it seems to be the same story in a lot of places these days. Sad state of affairs. There are still some great bands here in Dorset though, and we'd highly recommend everyone to come down to the south coast and witness it first hand and help out the underground metal scene! The best place to play local to us is 'Finns' its a bikers pub that plays metal all day every day! if you get a chance, go down and check out the bands that play down there.
Finally are there any greetings you wish to send out to fans, friends, etc?
Yes! But there are so many people that we have to thank for all their loyal and overwhelming support over the past year it'll be impossible to thank them all. But in all, we'd just like to thank all of our fans for showing us some love and supporting us with what we are doing. We know we haven't been the quickest on the draw with releasing songs etc. But we're trying our hardest and its coming! So make sure you're all ready! so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates! Peace out folkers!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIxYx3lc_bU (Gymir - The Return Of The Raven)
BAND: Descent From Aten
LOCATION: Clacton-On-Sea, Essex (England)
GENRE: Technical Progressive / Deathcore
During the night of brutality, GMA's Rhys Stevenson slipped outside to have a natter with fellow county-men Descent From Aten. A five-piece Progressive Technical / Deathcore group who are progressing currently with the re-mastering of their EP and are also cementing the foundations for their new album. So this is what happened (you can hear the whole interview above, below are 6 questions we hand picked that we liked most):
Hey guys, so how long has the band been going and what does the band name mean?
Artis and I were researching conspiracy theories about Ancient Egypt and aliens, things like that and so we had written down a few names to do with the conspiracies and (another member takes over), the main meaning behind the band name is basically aliens ruling over Egypt at the time of
Akhenaten, when head binding began and all of that paraphernalia. The songs we do are about aliens ruling over Egypt so we try to get Egyptology in there as much as possible, I would say 'The Apostasy' kind of follows this because this means to lose faith in something. But basically the alien god Akhenaten told everyone to stop worshiping the other gods, so basically they are apostatizing because they are losing faith in all of the other gods.
Would you consider yourselves the harder or softer version of Nile?
(all moan), well they're Death Metal and we're more Technical Metal I'd say, (like Born of Osiris?), yeah that sort of Born of Osiris style really, we're more drifting towards that area of music, even Veil of Maya. Theme wise, well Nile for sure as the lyrics are near enough the same topic.
What non-music influences do you take on-board into your music and general life?
Perry King: I take a lot of influences from philosophers, I like philosophy a lot and like the Dalai Lama has a lot of things you can learn from.
Member 2: I'm sort of an agnostic at the moment, I don't really care to be honest, I don't have any religious views apart from the band and games (laughs), I'm a bit of a nerd and guitar is my life so I don't really, I guess I'm just a guitar nerd and I don't differ out so I just play guitar, that's all I do basically. I play a lot of war games so I would liken myself to a chaotic guy, I just like to kill everyone... kill everyone... (laughs), as a guy I'm just a f**king joker, life is a big joke, that's me
Member 3: Well for me I'm not into much religious stuff either, I don't take many public figures really (another member interjects with 'Justin Bieber, another quips afterwards 'who doesn't?').
Patrick Barker: I agree with Perry and the whole philosophy thing because well I sort of appreciate people who can say things that mean something, that's just outside metal but with me I'm mostly just into music and stuff, playing bass and gaming as well, we're all nerds basically (all agree), I actually game quite a lot surprisingly, too much. (So you would have your own avatar in Skyrim if you could?): pretty much haha. (another member quips 'That's where I wish I was Trevor Phillips from GTA, he just gets away with everything, he probably wants to kill you just doesn't want to!'). Yeah again I'm not really religious, I can appreciate why people believe in religion but it won't make me believe in it, but honestly if someone said to me 'I believe in God because this random thing happened to me and since then my life has been great', I'd be like well fair enough, other things could have caused that (all laughs) but yeah I play a lot of games still, I'm just like a massive gamer like I'd also say slightly political at mind, sometimes maybe, but especially if it's to do with UK politics and American, so like what's going on in America, the whole Government shut down thing I thought that was ridiculous, that's given me an idea for a song (bus screeches). but yeah with the whole NSA case (libel remark made), they are going to know what you are looking at on the internet. (Perry interjects with: 'this is what happens every time Pat and I sit down, we'll always talk about one thing and then he'll divert and go onto something else like the surveillance, Xbox one, camera spying, etc, he's like this all the time').
Member 5: As for religion I don't really believe in anything, I was born as a Christian and was baptized and everything, but as I grew up I don't really follow it by heart, I'd definitely stay with the gaming as I play Skyrim, Battlefield and GTA quite a lot, (another member interjects with 'I'm not a gamer and that's because I can't afford a console', another replies with 'you're missing out white herbert, oh and if anyone's listening into this audio Perry looks a lot like Wade from GTA 5 (see below), if anyone plays GTA 5 and sees Wade he does look like him a lot, he just needs the clown paint and that's it, he'll be Wade').
^ Perry vs Wade, yup we see a resemblance
So as a group does it matter where a band comes from, so you have bands coming out from Africa, Asia, etc people say 'yeah its music that's all that matters', does it really matter where they come from?
I wouldn't say so, if you make music you make music man. Music is for everyone, I wouldn't say it was for someone who was from a specific country or area, do what you want to do, music makes you feel good about life so f**king crack on with it. (Even when you got countries with political regimes who state if you play metal you're dead?). Really? Oh, I wasn't actually aware of that, but my view on that personally is that's ridiculous, (members interject: 'to be honest if that's the case I would want to do it more', 'I think the whole point is it's about people rising up against the Government', 'I think music is everyone's right, it brings everyone together but yeah there's not many people in our home town, but when you play at a metal gig loads of metal people come from all over, you know it should be everyone's right', 'its like we've just summoned them', 'If you enjoy music in any form, then just do it, I don't understand why people are like 'urgh metal, going to kill that person now' (laughs); 'well no because everytime you walk down the street, you hear someone playing rap on their phone loudly, you know you don't just get the urge to stab them' (laughs).
So you know 2014 is practically upon us, what plans have you got next year?
New album. In the start of December (the 6th) we're going to be sorting out the drums for the album so yeah we're going into the studio to record our full length album, which should be out around Spring-Summer time really, but that's sort of a rough estimate of when it's coming out. I mean we've written it all out, but the thing is we have to line it all and perfect it basically, it's all written out theoretically and so we have to practise and learn it, some of the stuff we end up writing it takes time and so it could end up taking longer because of how technical the album might be. Compared to the EP the album is a lot more different, it blows it out the water and so we feel people will rate us more than they did with the EP.
Finally have you got any hello's, thank you's, greetings you wish to issue to your friends, fans, family, maybe your boss at work?
I just want to thank the metal community in general, I've had a lot of random metalheads add me on Facebook because they've heard our music and thought that we were good.
I'd like to thank people like Lewis cause he 'naked Lewis', because he knows who he is, all the fans who come to our local gigs, the main ones that got us going really so I would like to say thank you to them.
I want to say thank you to some of my band-members as well because they never really like my music but they're there to support the band the whole way through, I'd also like to thank my mum as well for giving me the courage to go on.
I'd thank my family, my nan and my grandad for just being supportive and I know they think the music is a load of s**t but there's no way to sugercoat that, I know they're always supportive and I'd probably thank my mum whose probably looking down at me like 'learn to sing normally', but also the guys in Acrania for putting a word in about us to get us on Night of Brutality, the fans for sure, all our supportive friends and basically the general metal community for being such awesome people.
I'd like to thank my friends for supporting me, with the band and everything and also the bands we gig with because all of the guys we meet are cool to get along with and we enjoy their music as well.
Cheers guys and stay metal \m/
The Defiled "just happened naturally, we didn't have any other talents in life so we just had to take our band seriously and make this who were are"
So prior to Motionless In White's show at the Kentish Town Forum on Saturday 21st September, Global Metal Apocalypse sat down with The Defiled's keyboardist The AvD and interrogated him about how the band is feeling about the tour so far, their history and future planning and how he got into metal music and playing it, slightly tired and hungover this interview was going places...
[AvD shouting to Stitch... no reply...]
You're touring with Motionless In White and this is the first time you've toured with the band, how is the tour going so far?
It's amazing, it's our first UK tour since 'Daggers' come out and it's great to be on the road with a band that has the same look and ethos as us and also this is like.. uh, we respect them as a band and the kids coming out care about what we're doing and it's just a really fun tour actually to be honest and there's a really good mutual respect, so yeah it's quite cool.
And of course now that you're signed to Nuclear Blast, you know you released 'Daggers' through Nuclear Blast, how did the label signing come about?
We were speaking to Roadrunner before and Mark Coleman at the UK section and basically Roadrunner UK shut down and the people who worked at Roadrunner UK went to work for Nuclear Blast and we continued talking, we recorded the album ourselves funded by the fans through the PledgeMusic campaign, so then we just put it out and let people buy into it instead of getting the label first and then people take it from the reverse which I advise every band to do because then we start from a mutual respect kind-of grounding with your label and yeah then we spoke to Mark again it was kinda like 'yeah of course you know we've always grown up listening to Roadrunner bands', and we respect his work a lot and we want to work with him so we jumped at the opportunity to be honest.
And you said that your fans ploughed money into the record, so do you think that these sort of opportunities for fans to support the bands that way, they feel more personal with the release than just having a release?
Well, lets say The Defiled wouldn't be around if it wasn't for them so it is personal, we have their names in the album, we know them, we have a very hardcore group of fans that we know them by their first names and we hang out and we're very lucky to have that on a personal level.
Now as you guys are predominantly from North London, how did the band start?
Well we met each other through mutual friends and started a band really, like I think we all have the same build, there has been many different changes like the line-up has changed loads of times, we weren't a real band for ages, but we've known each other for a really, really long time. It just happened naturally, we didn't have any other talents in life so we just had to take our band seriously and make this who were are so yeah man that's how it happened.
Personally how did you get into metal music and what enticed you to play the keyboards?
(laughs), what got me into metal music? I don't know, I think I bought an Obituary album. I used to go with my father, he used to have his hair cut twice a year, once year, once a year and I was allowed two records every time he got his hair cut (laughs) and so he would lead me into the record store and I just picked out two albums I liked the cover of, so I picked up an Obituary album and it was called "Cause Of Death" and I thought it was Satan's picking, I don't know anything about Satan but it scared me in a good way and I think that's what got me into metal, I mean I was 8 and listened to other stuff like rock, but that was the first proper heavy, growling thing I ever heard, I just couldn't believe that was on the record, yeah I loved it.
As for the keyboards, I wouldn't call myself a keyboard player as such, my first instrument was the drums, I used to be the drummer in The Defiled, I went to study music technology and that was like what I wanted to study for some reason (laughs) and I studied music technology and I'm very into production and you know making weird sounds, one of my favorite bands is Nine Inch Nails and that's what they do and are all about, I find it really interesting making textures and moods with just using a cue and atmospheres and, I don't know i just like it and I think that it makes the music more interesting, that's why I looked to do that, just I could sit there for days and my girlfriend would come to the studio to get me out to eat, I would just go days without eating, malnutrition and stuff, I just like sitting there and doing it and I guess that just translates into keyboards on the stage and buttons (laughs), so yeah that's it.
So you put your music as number one in daily life?
Oh yeah yeah definitely, music is my life, and I don't think I'd be, I mean i couldn't even start to think you know what i mean, what else there could be. I remember when I was at school I'd ask kinds 'so what kinds of music are you in to?' and I remember one kid that I remember to this day, he was like 'I don't even really listen to music' and I just couldn't understand what he meant, I just could not understand that so music to me is a fact of life.
Going back to the first gig you did with The Defiled, when you came off stage did you think to yourself 'This is what I want to do in the future, this is my chosen path'?
Yeah I think music was always my personal chosen path, I used to talk about The Defiled after the first gig, yeah I think we were very serious about it after we started gigging and stuff, we believed in ourselves when no one did, so and that's what you can do. We pushed throughout for a long time and we are just I think we're just weird people, we just don't take no for an answer and in the end everyone buckled (laughs), so yeah haha it is my chosen path. Definitely.
[Chris from Glamour of the Kill drops in and says a quick hello]
Are there any thank you's to fans, friends, family, band-members, management, PR you want to thank?
(laughs) yeah hehe, no I'd like to thank everyone that's supported our music and for making our dreams come true! That's all :)
"Daggers" is out now via Nuclear Blast, major stores and through all major online retailers
Bloodstock "must be supported because if we haven't got that then there's going to be no more metal bands in 5 to 10 years time, we're just going to be watching Megadeth coming out on Zimmer Frames! That's going to be no fun is it?"
On Thursday 8th 2013, GMA managed to get a few words with London thrashers Kremated, well we say a few, probably more than that but enough to get the answers we wanted LOL. This was done prior to their set on Sunday 11th August on the New Blood Stage and so let's hear what the lads have to say about Bloodstock and their plans.
Listen to the audio version for the in between bits, banter and more as well as some questions we left out of the text form. We have chosen 5 of the questions for text form, the rest are on audio.
Duration: 30 minutes
Rhys Stevenson here for Global Metal Apocalypse and I'm with... KREMATED
So guys introduce yourselves, what do you play and who are your main influences?
Phil: Right Ok, I'm Phil I'm the lead guitarist of the band and basically influences are bands like Kreator, Slayer, Lamb Of God, loads of other stuff, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, right across the board.
Marcus: I'm Marcus, I play bass and my main influence comes from Black Metal basically bands like Aura Noir, bit of Immortal.
Pete: I'm Pete, I sing and play guitar and my influences are from everything, it's mostly Crust, Punk, Punky stuff, Old School Thrash and I suppose if you want bands Sodom, Varukers, Discharge and Terror; it's a new band, ish, (laughs) it's probably the only modern influence I have got I think.
Because you are from London and you play Thrash Metal, what is the Thrash Metal scene like in London?
Phil: It's ok, it's just quite laid back, it's a bit touch and go, isn't it (looks at Marcus)
Marcus: It's a bit clicky (Phil agrees)
Pete: Yeah, it's a really good scene but if your not part of that I suppose if your not part of a little sub-scene people tend to enter into divisions like genre's, yeah I suppose so and it's like the Death, Black and Thrash scene is huge in London especially around North London, but yeah I mean everything is accepted but yeah I suppose pure Thrash, not so hot, there are bigger markets elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
I take it that this is your first major appearance at a metal festival, are you nervous, are you stoked or are you waiting to get absolutely pissed?
Pete: Oooh, I was nervous till a couple of days ago and then I just had a think about it and thought well it's at the end of the day no offense it's just another gig and we are going to go on stage and do the best we can, it doesn't matter if we're playing in front of 20 people or 20,000 we're the same people doing the same job and we can't see past the first five rows anyway, so yeah just treat it as another gig and do the best we can.
Marcus: Yeah I'm really looking forward to it, I was really shocked when I first got the news from Pete and now it's getting crazier by the time I just cannot wait, really excited.
Phil: Over-excited, just seen the size of the New Blood stage for Bloodstock it's an absolutely enormous tent and looking forward to smashing the living hell out of Bloodstock for Sunday.
(Pete remarks "It's grown", all three members chuckle, Pete continues "Ten years of Bloodstock has made it fat")
Of course it's your first appearance at Bloodstock, do you feel that Bloodstock gives more attention to British bands than other metal festivals in the UK?
Phil: Oh most definitely, I mean you got these big festivals like Sonisphere, you got Download and everything else, but this one is sort of catering for the middle of the range kind of people and I mean like I just been out of a tent (Sophie Lancaster Stage) to see a band we've actually played with Bull-Riff Stampede, absolutely amazing set tonight, I'm absolutely... it was absolutely gob-smacking and so it makes me feel proud to be a part of that and to be part of this festival is definitely a part from a childhood dream. It's just absolutely smashed it for me, I mean I'm like a little kid playing with big toys tonight and so I'm speechless, I can't say anything better than that, you know it's a dream come true.
Marcus: Yeah I mean absolutely, I think that the atmosphere of this festival is just unparalleled compared to any other festivals in the UK, I mean it's just a really nice community like tight-knit and what that do for unsigned bands is just incredible, I mean there is no other festival sort of doing anything like this, it's just so good to see that a major festival really likes pushing unsigned metal.
Pete: I think what Bloodstock scores over all the other festivals is that because it's a bit smaller it's a bit more based on being inclusive rather than being exclusive, everyone gets a chance, it's the only festival that's got a decent stage for up and coming bands, unsigned bands, I can't think of any other festivals in the UK that does this sort of thing, whether it's attached to something like Metal To The Masses or not, and Bloodstock is doing more for up and coming metal than anyone else. It must be supported because if we haven't got that then there's going to be no more metal bands in 5 to 10 years time, we're just going to be watching Megadeth coming out on Zimmer Frames (laughs occur), that's going, that's going to be no fun is it? You know? I mean bands like Gama Bomb, Evile you know 5, 6, 10 whatever few years back they were just playing little pubs and trying to get a following, but look at them now and people supported them and pushed them forward and we've got you know a new breed of major interest Thrash coming out of the UK and it proved positive that this works so people must support this because it's the only way we are going to keep the scene from dying on it's arse!
So you're playing at Bloodstock, what plans have you got for the rest of the year?
Pete: We've got Beermageddon in two weeks after that, the biggest most drunken metal barbeque in world history, i don't know unless 2014 gets any bigger, we got some shows, erm what have we got?... carried on by Phil talking about another festival
Phil: Playing with lots of goth bands, different alternative bands, I mean it's being sponsored by so many different (interjected by a punter asking about the Slayer signing sessions, which didn't happen for a few days...), ANYWAY where was I? Pete takes control.
Pete: Alt fest they've announced all the goth and industrial bands, but haven't started building the metal menu yet, but I am assured it's going to be incredible, what else we got? Oh, OH Full Thrash Assault next year, that's going to be insane! Phil takes control... again
Phil: It's not been announced properly yet because they're still going through it, erm Rad fest, there's also, what else is there? Pete interjects
Pete: We got a big charity thing in November for a friend of ours, Colin Tyler. Who had to have his arm amputated when he was a kid and this is the 30th anniversary of him losing his arm, so he's putting on a great big metal festival and donating proceeds to the charities so we're doing that one, erm whose on that... NeonHalo, Wretched Soul, Inner Fire, Unforeseen Prophecy, that's going to be good, erm... i don't know, anyone got any offers? (Laughs ensue) " facebook.com/Kremated ", put the songs somewhere, please we'd like to play outside London more, we have fans in the Midlands, we have fans all over the Midlands who are dying to see us which is going to make Beermageddon interesting, but we are looking for shows so hit us up on Facebook and get in touch, we'd love to come up and play, see what happens. You know we just enjoy doing this and that's it if we get an opportunity to do it then brilliant, you know we're not after world domination, you know we don't want to be doing that all jumbo jet s**t of course it would be nice but that's not the point of us, we play Thrash Metal because we love playing Thrash Metal, if we don't love doing that we wouldn't be going out and lose money on gigs, you know what's the point we love doing this and that's why we do it, you know if we break even then great but you know we love Thrash Metal, this is why we do it. Might even get a second album out if we're lucky! We've half written it, "I ask them: so is that going to be different from the first album?", response? Yeah it's going to have a different title and a different cover.
Are there any hello's, thank you's, greetings you wish to issue to friends, family, fans, bands playing today, bands you know, etc?
Phil: Yeah I want to say thank you to my daughter for being so supportive, she's only 12 years old and she's let me go off on tour, it's been difficult for her but I love her lots. Friends wise I'd like to say thank you to The Pandemonium club, all the Kent scene, the Kremated army, I'd like to say thank you to Simon Hall and Adam Fillary (who is on Darkstore during the festival) for actually giving us that chance and also so much support from the whole team. It's been appreciated, but also thank you to the bands that have actually welcomed us into the scene and had us play with them, no it's been absolutely amazing so far and we're looking forward to many more seasons of this.
Marcus: Yeah I'd just like to thank my friends and family for all the continued support they offer me, yeah all the people at Bloodstock that have made this happen every year, Phil comments 'I think the DJ's as well, multitude of DJ's, including Mr. Alan Hicks, he's the man!', Jim Beerman, there's so many.
Pete: John 'Beastie' Beeson our partner in crime, we done Adam Fillary, Jim Beerman, err COLIN TYLER, Stubb brothers... both of them. Ash Nash, Ben Richardson, the Original Kremated army, Annika Burgess with incredible feats of determined hard work, Andrew O'Neill comedian and guitarist of The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing great guy, good friend of mine, he's helped us out a lot, he booked us for probably one of the best shows we probably have done, we supported the men at Kings Cross which was a full house and we went on stage to a full house of Steampunks thinking this is either going to be brilliant or this is going to be excruciating and we won them over and the place went mad, I cant thank him enough for that. Anybody that has taken the time to come to talk to us, you know bought CD's, merchandise, thank you and booked us for gigs, anything. Anybody who has done something with us or for us, everybody, too many to mention.
Phil: I mean yeah that's also promoters, there's magazines, everything else there's MetalMouth, Metalnet, there's so many out there, er TotalRock Radio, there's just so many people out there erm we cannot thank enough for actually putting the name out so, we couldn't do it without you so you've been amazing. Yeah a very big thank you... Pete yells out "and you!" All of them together "Rhys Stevenson!", Pete says 'oh I forgot your sitting right in front of me', yeah sterling work!
Pete: Thank you!
You can listen to the other questions through the audio player at the very top of the page, some questions are already in text so you can read along to it as well. N.b. make a note of where you pause because 30 minutes is sometime.
Global Metal Apocalypse is piloting a new form of interview which we think no other webzine, ezine, magazine (yeah um...) or video-enhanced sit as done, which is interviewing a band with themselves recording the answers as a video response as you'll see above.
Thames Burial, a Metalcore/Deathcore quintet from Colchester, Essex was confirmed to play The Perfect Storm All Day Metal Festival at the renowned Camden Underworld venue, we interviewed the band outside in one of the streets which to our dismay lead to some hilarious issues, from traffic to problems auto-cuing to shameless titty promotions.
As said, it's a pilot, any feedback will be welcome.
Global Metal Apocalypse caught up with Berkshire Metal mob Malefice at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 2nd June, we interviewed Dale and Ben from the band and the interview can be heard below.
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