Interview: Trey Williams – Dying Fetus

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James Weaver with Trey Williams from Dying Fetus

James Weaver with Trey Williams from Dying Fetus

Dying Fetus are arguably one of the heavy weights in the modern death metal scene. Before the band take to laying waste to Manchester’s Sound Control I spoke to drummer Trey Williams to chat about the band’s upcoming studio record, touring in general and their performance at this year’s Download Festival.

Okay I’m with Trey from Dying Fetus, it’s James from One Media Group, how are you doing?

Trey: Good, so far so good!

You’re a fair few dates into this headlining tour now, is everything going well?

Trey: The shows have been great, we’ve been dodging a sickness within the tour, Malevolence’s drummer has got it now, hopefully it is out of our bus!

Has the sickness affected the tour at all?

Trey: No shows have been stopped but it definitely affects people’s ability to play.

Has there been any particular highlights so far on this tour?

Trey: Nothing yet, just hanging out with my friends really. My friends are all in these bands yknow, and I’m making new friends and stuff like that and that’s pretty much what’s been going on so far.

You’re on tour with Malevolence, a rising British band, have they been alright on the road as well?

Trey: Oh they’re great, great dudes! They are super nice guys and they play great music. Actually there was a cool moment, our tour and Cannibal Corpse’s tour merged for one day in Prague and that was fun to see our friends in Cannibal and play a sick show there.

You’ve played the UK several times in the past few years. Do you find that the UK crowd is a bit better than say compared to back home?

Trey: Ummmmm, a little bit more vocal at times, it really depends on what city you are in. Like last night we played Cardiff and there were some pretty vocal guys like in between songs shouting like “LOUDER, FASTER” yknow stuff like that? I find typically most shows are fans are basically all the same. I mean roughly, you get three crowds. You get war-zones where it’s just a madhouse, you get people that just like head banging and then you get the third one which is more prevalent in Germany, the very polite watchers. Sometimes if like you’re the first band of the tour package you might get the polite watchers as everyone is just waiting to get a little drunk before they get rowdy.

Yeah, this tour is still in support of ‘Reign Supreme’, is the album cycle drawing to a close?

Trey: Yeah. We’re already starting some production on our newest album that we are going to record sometime hopefully in the spring.

That really leads into my next question, are there any plans in the works for a new record?

Trey: Yep, we’re building like a little recording set up down in our rehearsal room and we’re going to start doing the pre-production ourselves as opposed to what we’ve done in the past where we have had friends that know pro tools and stuff that helped us out with it.

The band has really had it’s fair share of members since you guys really started. Do you find that with all the different members that it’s difficult to build a concise sound?

Trey: Nope. I think that Dying Fetus has really come down to what influence John puts on the band. I think that of course our sound has evolved a little bit over time, I think that Dying Fetus when they started were more of a grind band and very influenced by Napalm Death. And now has become more of a death metal band over the years but always maintaining the elements of grind and hardcore and stuff like that. That’s what we do.

Of course this year you played Download Festival that happened with all the hashtag stuff. How was playing that festival?

Trey: That was killer! It was really cool and a real honour, I’m very thrilled that we were able to do that and it was very surprising. We didn’t know it was happening until it was already set and done, like our management just goes “Hey, uh you’re playing Download and you’re mainstage” and it’s like okay.

So did the Download guys come to you first or go all through management?

Trey: They approached our management and booking agents. And when they started to see that “wow people want Dying Fetus, okay lets get them!”

I was working that festival and it was an incredible set. Since performing at that festival, do you think the band has gained a lot of new fans?

Trey: I don’t know about that, I mean we played pretty early in the morning and everybody’s still waking up. I think our fans made sure they were there and maybe a couple of the early morning stragglers. Whether we made new fans off that I don’t know, I would like to hope so!

And really as the whole thing started through social media, how important is social media to you guys?

Trey: Well yknow we have Twitter and all of the ones you have to have in order to be relevant these days and we always use Facebook to promote the shows and stuff like that. We were in Dublin the other night and me and John and our tech Steve took a walk to the Phil Lynott statue, bass player and singer of Thin Lizzy, and got our pictures there. And then I sent that over to Facebook to make a post to tell everybody in Dublin to come out, we’re here, Phil’s rocking, we’re rocking. So yeah, we take advantage of it a bit.

As a three piece band, the sound is incredibly heavy. How do you achieve that with three members in the band?

Trey: You have good gear, you have good players, you have good guys playing yknow? I’m not speaking for myself but I’m more speaking for John and Sean. Those guys are always really really keen on their tones and stuff like that. John is always trying to improve on his sound and Sean has just found an amazing bass tone on his own. I think that helps being tight, if you’ve rehearsed and you’re good out there then everybody hits the note at the same time it’s going to sound heavy.

And really my final question, what’s next for Dying Fetus after you finish this headlining tour?

Trey: Writing the new album!

Do you have any festival plans as well?

Trey: We do, we’re playing Hellfest and there is another one we just announced which I can’t recall it, I think Slipknot is the headliner on that one. In the summer we will be back hopefully in the UK but we will be in Europe doing some shows and stuff like that!

Interview: Ben Falgoust – Goatwhore

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James Weaver with Ben Falgoust from Goatwhore

American blackened death metal act Goatwhore are deep in their run with Dying Fetus, laying waste to venues across Europe. I sat down with frontman, Ben Falgoust to talk about touring, Goatwhore’s writing practices and the financial situation of buying music.

I’m with Ben from Goatwhore, it’s James from One Media Group, how are you doing?

Ben: I’m doing really good. How are you doing today?

Yeah I’m alright, a bit wet outside!

Ben: Ah that’s alright, we’re from New Orleans it gets wet down there

You are well into the tour now with three pretty big bands, hows the tour going so far?

Ben: The tour is going really really good man! I can’t say anything bad about it at all, it’s been kind of overwhelming in a way. It’s been really intense, all the bands involved and the crowds that have been coming out have been pretty f***ing crazy.

And has there been any particular highlights, any shows in particular?

Ben: All of the shows have been really good as far as like the amount of people that come out, I mean even yknow Monday through to Sunday they have all been really good and really packed. If anything the one show that was really intense, but only because it was two tours colliding in Prague where we collided with the Cannibal Corpse tour and they made it all one show. So it was Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Aeon, us, Malevolence and Fallujah so it was a pretty intense night!

It must have been pretty good to be with Cannibal Corpse and Revocation?

Ben: Yeah yeah, plus like a lot of those guys are our friends. Us and Dying Fetus and Fallujah know the Cannibal guys and the Revocation guys and the Aeon guys so a night of complete debauchery. After each band played it just got worse and worse haha, not worse but more and more crazy as the night went on! It was a rough morning lets say.

Lots of alcohol then?

Ben: Yes!

Your sixth record, ‘Constricting Rage of the Merciless’, has been out for a fair few months now. Are you happy with the reception that record has got?

Ben: Oh definitely man! I think that record has been doing really well and the feedback from it has been really good and even like the feedback at the shows where we are playing a lot of material off that record has been really awesome. A lot of people have been getting into the stuff or familiar with the stuff, and if they aren’t familiar with the stuff then they are interested after the show, I mean we are sold out of CDs right now for the next few days until we get a new shipment!

So when it comes to balancing the setlist, do you mainly focus on new material?

Ben: Yeah, I mean we try to look at our releases and see where things sit. Definitely if there’s a new release then we are going to focus on the newer material and kinda try to get the new release going more as well. And we put in some songs from older releases here and there depending on what our times are and the restrictions are.

And with it being your sixth record, do you find it a lot easier now when it comes to writing to when you first started back in 1997?

Ben: Ummm, it’s kind of like a cache 22, there’s easier aspects but there is harder aspects. After you are at this point when you’re at your sixth record you have to dig deep for stuff, you definitely have to dig deep. Luckily enough, we don’t throw away things we don’t use. So if we tear things apart and we have riffs and elements there we don’t just ditch them. Whenever we write a record it could have a riff from when we were writing the first record we ever did because we keep everything because you never know when that riff can step into place in a song and make a song. So it’s like a puzzle piece thing with the riffs when we lay it out like that so everything has to fit a certain way so we never ditch anything. Originally we had tapes and we used to record on little jam-boxes and then we got into modern technology and dropping it into a computer and lay them out and see how things sit like that. But we keep them all man!

You mentioned about new technology, with today and social media do you find it a lot easier to promote the band and build new fans?

Ben: I think it helps. I think there is two variations to it, yknow it can hurt a band and it can help a band. But most of all I definitely think that it can help a band because when I was growing up you didn’t have all that stuff so you had to buy something to know what it was. Where as now people can go and listen and see if it’s something they are into or not.

Yeah, like with the suggestions on Youtube videos…

Ben: Yeah yeah. I mean there is a lot of variations to that now which is really good. I mean I’m definitely not one of those bands that complains about, I mean me personally, I don’t really mind the Spotify thing and the download thing. It is what it is, but only in the same sense in a statistical level you can only expect people to buy so much a month. I mean you! Can you buy £400 worth of records a month?

No haha, definitely not!

Ben: So you know that’s pretty much the majority of the population in buying records. And if labels are putting out so many records each week throughout a year yknow, it’s insane! Do you have four grand a year to drop on records? All these records keep coming out, so those type of means help people because of the financial basis to find bands and then when they are into it, they come to the shows and they come and buy shirts and the CD at show and things like that. So I know as me, as an older adult I don’t have the money to spend $400 a month beside all the other bills I have to pay.

So really, what’s next for Goatwhore after you finish this tour with Dying Fetus?

Ben: Let’s see, we’ll finish this up and then in March we will go to Australia for a couple of weeks. And then we’re supposed to come back out here in April, and at the end of May we’re doing Temples Festival.

Oh brilliant! So with Temples Festival, have you got any other festival plans?

Ben: On the tour in April we start off at Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway. And then from there everything is kind of open, we’re hoping that this tour and coming over in April will open the gate to more festivals for the future. You know, something like Hellfest or Wacken, anything! As I know those festivals help a lot like getting you in front of a lot of new eyes and ears and push the band and everything!

‘Constricting Rage of the Merciless’ is out now via Metal Blade Records

Dying Fetus @ Manchester Sound Control Review

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Dying Fetus @ Sound Control Manchester

Dying Fetus @ Sound Control Manchester

A cold night in Manchester saw host to a death metal extravaganza set to lay waste to the legions of fans who had braced the Manchester rain to witness the carnage. American technical death metal act Fallujah have steadily been building a loyal fanbase and that was clearly evident with their performance. With only two records under their belt the majority of Fallujah’s setlist was devoted to tracks from this year’s ‘The Flesh Prevails’ and the technical and musical quality of the band was crystal clear. Guitarist Scott Carstairs was absolutely sensational with every nook and intricate note played to perfection, Andrew Baird’s drumming replicated machine gun fire and Alex Hofmann’s vocals roared above it. It was atmospheric and beautifully destructive. (8)

Malevolence’s combination of hardcore and thrash created diversity amongst the crowd showcasing a unique and refreshing edge to their performance. The band’s setlist was based all around 2013’s ‘Reign of Suffering’ it gave the audience a true indication of the band’s full force musical assault. With a sound that comprises of of beatdowns and riffs played in breakneck speed, there was something for every single member of the audience to enjoy. Musically, the band were on top form with every member of the band doing their job to the utmost professionalism, for a band that have only been active for four years it was sensational to see such a fantastic reaction from a crowd that appreciated a range of genres within the metal spectrum. (9)

Blending musical styles that fall under several sub-genres of heavy metal can sometimes fall flat in a live performance but American metallers Goatwhore made their mark on the Mancunian crowd by showcasing their excellence at blending different styles of metal in one full frottle live performance. With their sixth full length record, ‘Constricting Rage of the Merciless’, released earlier this year it came as no surprise that Goatwhore’s setlist was comprised mostly of new material, however the audience still raged on which ultimately proved the loyalty of the band’s fans. Fan favourites, like ‘Apocalyptic Havoc’ and ‘In Deathless Tradition’ for example, were still included and it led to a roaringly positive response from the crowd which showcased Goatwhore’s popularity in the extreme metal scene. Musically, the band were excellent which all built up to a fantastic spectacle to witness. (8)

Dying Fetus have been no strangers to the UK, following a surprising performance at Download Festival this year, the band are well and truly into a headlining tour in support of 2012’s ‘Reign Supreme’. The band have built a solid reputation of being excellent in a live performance and this reputation was upheld, as over the course of a thirteen song setlist Dying Fetus brought the brutality and carnage. From start to finish the band provided slamming riffs, consistent blasts from the drums and a vocal performance that replicated the sound of a beast; all of which was lapped up in delight by the frenzied crowd. Opener ‘In The Trenches’ set the tone of the night from the first growl of John Gallagher’s vocal chords and ‘Subjected to a Beating’ saw host to heads banging from start to finish. All of the characteristics that fall under the death metal sub-genre were met from Dying Fetus’ performance, and whilst it did get a little repetitive, it showcased the brutality, aggression and sheer power this sub-genre of heavy metal contains. (9)

Eluveitie @ Manchester Sound Control Review

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Source: Katie Louise Photography

Source: Katie Louise Photography

Folk metal truly is a bizarre concept, as people never would expect death metal to be combined with Celtic and traditional folk music. However, it is and Eluveitie are one of the titans of the genre and their performance tonight showcased musical quality at the highest level.

With Origins being released back in August it came to no surprise that the band would focus large portions of their stage time to performing songs from the new record; it’s a bold move and the crowd backed them to the helm. Opener King sent the crowd into a frenzy and every track that was played from Origins was met by thunderous applause, it showcases Eluveitie’s popularity in the metal scene and truly highlights their musicianship. Fan favourites were still present, with at least one song from every record making an appearance and this was was the band’s best moments on stage. Whilst the new material was well received, older material was lapped up with great satisfaction. For example, Inis Mona sent the packed venue into a frenzy, with combinations of headbanging and folk dancing making it an incredible sight to witness. It’s bizarre yet brilliant!

With the band featuring eight performers on stage all combining to build their unique sound it wouldn’t be a surprise if the end product came out a little flat. Folk metal is complicated enough on record, but performing live is an even greater task. It was therefore incredibly satisfying to see that Eluveitie were on absolutely top form with every member of the band performing to the highest level of musical quality, the combination of the folk and metal elements to their sound blended perfectly providing an incredible live music experience. Frontman Chrigel’s vocal performance was incredible with every growl and snarl replicating their studio sound and Anna Murphy played the hurdy gurdy to what we expect to be a fine musical performance.

Folk metal truly is a unique and odd sub-genre of heavy metal. However Eluveitie showcased that the combination truly can be an incredible thing to witness live. With every element of their unique sound hit to absolute perfection, the packed venue experienced one of the most refreshingly unique bands in heavy metal. It was bizarre and a little baffling but it was bloody brilliant! (9)

Interview: Chrigel Glanzmann – Eluveitie

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Source: Katie Louise Photography

Source: Katie Louise Photography

Eluveitie are set to perform on the second UK date in support of their latest record, Origins. I sat down with frontman Chrigel Glanzmann to talk about folk metal, musical preferences and life in a touring band.

I’m with Chrigel from Eluveitie, it’s James from One Media Group. How are you doing?

Chrigel: I’m alright thank you

It’s the second date of the tour now, how has it been so far?

Chrigel: It’s not, we actually started the tour two or three weeks ago.

My apologies, so it’s the second UK date?

Chrigel: Yeah, the tour has been really good yeah. I mean like yesterday was sold out completely and all the French shows have been sold out, so that’s a good sign!

And how has it been in the UK so far?

Chrigel: Good! It’s always good to play here.

These shows are the first chance for fans to hear songs from Origins. When it comes to balancing the setlist, is it mainly new material?

Chrigel: Honestly, I haven’t checked the setlist we are going to play today. But usually on this tour we actually do play a lot of new songs from Origins. But at the same time we always try to create an interesting mix which covers all of our discography.

With you guys being a few weeks into the tour now, have there been any highlights?

Chrigel: Ummmm it’s hard to say haha! I mean we started in like late August/early September over in the states. So far, it’s just been a good tour yknow? There have been a lot of sold out shows and the ones that weren’t sold out were still packed. It’s been good and it’s been running smoothly.

Because Origins has been out for a few months now, how has the reception been for that record?

Chrigel: Absolutely amazing! Of course there are always things you hope for, but usually when we release an album we don’t have much expectations for it as there isn’t much of a point in it. You never know what’s going to happen. What actually happened when Origins came out just blew our minds, it entered the charts and back in Switzerland it entered at rank one which blew our minds. What blew our minds even more is that it actually stood in rank one for like a month and then top five for another three months. We couldn’t believe it.

Does it amaze you, even now, when you come to the UK and the states that there are fans that know all your tracks compared to back home?

Chrigel: Yeah, well that really changed during the last three years. I think the Swiss mentality is a bit weird when it comes to that, culturally we don’t have much of a self esteem. Usually it doesn’t matter if it’s music or any other kind of art, if something is actually from Switzerland usually people are like “oh it’s from Switzerland, how good can it be?” It actually started a couple of years back when we got really successful in the states, we started to get some attention at least. It was like “Oh they are a Swiss band, they are successful in America. That’s interesting”. So over the last three years it really changed and now today we are are almost like mainstream in Switzerland. But yeah, it’s actually quite a new development.

When it comes to writing your material, which is folk metal, is it difficult to balance the two styles?

Chrigel: No.

I’ve always seen it as a weird and wonderful mix, I can’t really comprehend how it’s written. Is it easy for you guys to write?

Chrigel: Yeah, basically it’s me who writes the music. When I formed the band 12 years ago now, it was never like I sat down and thought I want to form a folk metal band because back then there was no folk metal scene. But I’m just playing death metal, I formed my first death metal band in 1991, but I’m also playing traditional Celtic folk music for many years now. Those two types of music are just my kind of music. I always wanted to combine them, that’s why I formed Eluveitie and that’s what we are still doing today. But when I’m writing the songs it feels natural yknow and just all falls in place, usually I write songs in my head and I don’t write things down. I always write all together, it’s not like I first write the metal music and then put some folk stuff in.

So it’s very much combining the music you love?

Chrigel: Exactly!

Since you guys have started, the folk metal scene has exploded with a lot of bands around now. Do you pay attention to the folk metal scene?

Chrigel: Honestly not that much. And honestly I never thought we had that much of an impact, I don’t think it was because of us or anything like that. In a way we do have a lot to do with the folk metal scene since we tour a lot and usually we are put together with other folk metal bands, so that makes sense. But really none of us really listen to folk metal, we don’t really have much of a clue about it. There are a few bands around that I really personally appreciate, like Arkona for example they are an amazing band in my opinion. But yeah, usually I don’t have much of a clue about the folk metal scene.

And really my last question for you is what’s next for Eluveitie after this tour?

Chrigel: I don’t know. Because that’s a long time away. This is only the second leg of the tour and we’ve just started in September, but the tour will go for like two and a half years. So we’ll go around the globe two times, usually that takes like two years. This tour will be over in 2016 and then we’ll record another album then. But that’s in two years, we don’t need to think about that now.

Have you thought of playing any festivals?

Chrigel: Yeah sure! Every summer we have a bit of a touring break just to play all the summer festivals over Europe and I’m sure already there are a couple of festivals confirmed for next year but honestly I wouldn’t know right now.

Well thank you for your time, you’ve been lovely to interview!

Chrigel: Thanks!

Static – X Frontman Wayne Static Dies at Age 48

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It is with a heavy heart that we report that Static – X frontman Wayne Static has passed away aged 48.

The platinum selling musician was confirmed deceased on November 1 via the Static – X Facebook page. But no information regarding the cause of death was revealed. He was set to tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next coming months.

We here at Sounds From The Underground send all of our condolences to the family and friends of Wayne Static, may he rest in peace.

Bring Me The Horizon Drop New Single ‘Drown’

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Sheffield metalcore giants Bring Me The Horizon have dropped their new single entitled Drown.

After an error of communication with their record label, the band have released the single early via YouTube. The track showcases a new musical direction for the band and has already created a buzz of polarised opinions.

What do you think of Drown? Be sure to comment your thoughts.

‘Drown’ is released on December 7th.

While She Sleeps & Wovenwar @ The Ritz, Manchester Review

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While She Sleeps live @ The Ritz, Manchester

While She Sleeps live @ The Ritz, Manchester

Two of metal metalcore’s hottest new wave of talent have been touring extensively over Europe supporting In Flames these last few weeks and finally, they bring their flavour of chaos to UK shores. Despite the October chills, legions of fans await to what hopes to be a thrilling night of adrenaline-fuelled carnage. But did both While She Sleeps and Wovenwar live up to the great expectations?

From the ashes of As I Lay Dying arise Wovenwar, with all former members of AILD enlisting frontman Shane Blay from Oh, Sleeper to create a new band delivering a new style of metalcore. With one full length record under their belt and performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals earlier this year the band have been creating quite a name for themselves and that was certainly evident throughout their performance as each song’s closure was met with thunderous applause. Musically, Wovenwar were on absolute top form; with every riff and solo executed at pin-point perfection accompanied by consistent rhythm of Jordan Mancino’s drumming. For example, the rapid riff and rising drum beat leading to the breakdown in Death To Rights was absolutely sensational, showcasing the band’s sheer talent.

The real stand-out element to Wovenwar’s performance however, was the vocal performance from both Shane Blay and Josh Gilbert. Singing cleans in metalcore in a live performance often do not match the standards witnessed on studio recordings, but the combined efforts of both vocalists was incredible to witness. The dual vocal combination in Tempest was absolutely breathtaking, and yet despite the band not utilising any growls or harsh vocals of any kind, it still maintained one whirlwind of a performance. (8)

British metalcore act While She Sleeps have sky-rocketed in popularity over the last few years. The five piece act from Sheffield have built a solid reputation of menacing and energetic live performances, and that was crystal clear in their performance. Frontman Lawrence Taylor possess’s ridiculous amounts of energy; by simply diving into the crowd and around the stage he ensured the crowd was whipped into a frenzy from start to finish.

Despite a few technical difficulties involving microphones, While She Sleeps were absolutely phenomenal. Riffs came in strong, breakdowns were enormous and roars sailed above it all. Whilst it was disappointing that one of the verses to False Freedom was lost due to the technical issues, the crowd ensured the band raged on. When everything was in order, there was simply no stopping While She Sleeps. This is the Six and Death Toll saw host to enormous pits and legions of crowd surfers crashing over the barricades; all of which is responsible for the monstrous riffs and roaring vocals. Fan favourite, Crows, sent the crowd absolutely ballistic which the band lapped up with sheer delight. While She Sleeps are on course to becoming of Britain’s strongest and biggest metal bands and that was absolutely clear from tonight’s performance. (9)

Interview: Shane Blay – Wovenwar

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Wovenwar live @ The Ritz, Manchester

Wovenwar live @ The Ritz, Manchester

Thoroughly into their first European tour, American metalcore group Wovenwar are set to make an immediate impression on the UK crowd in Manchester. I sat down with frontman Shane Blay to discuss touring, musical influences and the bonds you make with people on tour.

I’m James with One Media Group and I’m here with Shane from Wovenwar, how are you doing?

Shane: I’m good man. Tired from the ferry though!

You’re well into the tour now, how’s it been?

Shane: It’s been frickin’ amazing. The In Flames crew have been the most accommodating people and just friendly dudes, like we go out for beers all the time on tour. Obviously the shows have been huge so that aspect of it has been awesome!

And you’re touring with While She Sleeps as well, a rising British band. What are they like on the road?

Shane: They’re like our brothers now. We’re sharing a bus with them so yeah erm we’re very intimate with them haha. But yeah, they are like some of our best friends now.

Has there been any stand out dates? Any performances that have been a favourite of yours?

Shane: Ermm Cenon, France was amazing. That was probably my favourite of the tour as I got to speak only in French to the crowd and that was fun, it was something I always wanted to do. Paris was great for me as well, like seeing the city. But best show so far would have to be Cenon, France I think, it was insane!

Because this is really the first European tour for Wovenwar, as you did tour with Black Label Society in the US. Is it easy touring? Or is it new experiences for the band?

Shane: Well everyone in the band are super veterans of touring. I mean As I Lay Dying toured for ten years, Oh Sleeper toured for eight years and me and Nick’s band before all that toured forever too haha, so shows aren’t really a scary thing anymore. Well accumulating to being a full time singer has been a huge thing for me personally, I have to pay attention to what I eat and how much I drink.

Haha bit unforunate there!

Shane: Well I drink like a fish anyway, but I have to not go to the bars and scream and whatever.

The first record, your début, it’s been out for a few months now. How’s the reception been?

Shane: Everything I’ve seen people are stoked on it. There’s a lot of “oh it’s not heavy enough” and I get a lot of flack for not growling and doing goblins and ghouls sounds, but I don’t really care haha. They got me because that’s what I do, I sing.

When it came to the writing, did you guys take influence from your old bands or did you want to strive for a unique sound for Wovenwar?

Shane: When it began they didn’t really know who was going to be the singer. So they just wrote like a wide spectrum of stuff and I was on Warped tour last year and then they asked me to do it. So they sent me like a buttload of songs and I picked the ones that I thought I sounded good on, so that’s sort of how the sound got moulded. And then after Warped I flew out and got to start writing guitar stuff. But I don’t think we catered or got influenced by our past stuff, we definitely wanted to have those fans that carried over to the new band. So we kept some of our elements alive!

Your first UK dates was Reading & Leeds Festivals in the summer. How was that? As they aren’t really like an indie festival isn’t it? I mean, they aren’t a metal festival.

Shane: Exactly and I think we went down well. Our booking agent came out and loved the show and I talked to a bunch of fans that night, so it seemed to be awesome! The funny thing is that we played in Barfly, Camden a couple of days later and it was just insane. It was one of my favourite shows of my life. It was tiny obviously, but it was so much fun!

And after Reading & Leeds, do you have any other UK festival plans for next year?

Shane: Not yet, it’s too early to tell.

And really my final question is what’s next for you guys after this tour?

Shane: We’ve got two months off and then early next year we have stuff that I can’t talk about who it’s with and everything, we’ve got some US stuff planned. My plan is after these two months off to start writing new stuff and get ready for record two. Now that we’ve established it, I want to get the ball rolling and get a discography going.

Brilliant! Thanks a lot mate

Shane: No problem!

Wovenwar’s self titled studio record is available now via Metal Blade Records.

Desolate Horizon ‘Rise From The Ashes’ EP Review

 

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Describing themselves as a fusion of Slayer, Evile and Metallica Desolate Horizon are the latest band to emerge under the resurgence of thrash metal. Their 2013 release of their debut EP, Rise From The Ashes, promises to pack an almighty punch. But for a genre that has steadily become stagnated with countless bands that all strive to keep the thrash metal sound, will Desolate Horizon stand out from the crowd and fly the thrash metal flag high?

For a band that have only just have emerged on the Manchester metal scene the level of musical quality from the four-piece is absolutely superb. Instrumental opener Dehumanizer sets the tone for the rest of the EP; fast and ferocious thrash metal. The guitar work is rapid and played to pin-point precision whilst the drumming feels equivalent to machine gun fire. It’s heavy and stupidly brilliant. For example, the riff fused with consistent drum kicks in A New Beginning just encourages a serious case of whiplash.

The characteristics of thrash metal aren’t particularly difficult to grasp but Desolate Horizon have strived not only to meet these characteristics but to surpass them. Typically, thrash metal demands vocal performances that deliver sheer power and the combination of Ryan Marshall and Josh Bellos’ vocals creates a truly impressive sound.

For a genre that is so over-populated it is incredibly difficult for emerging bands to deliver a fresh sound. Desolate Horizon have created a truly magical EP that breathes fresh air into a stale genre of heavy metal. It is testament to the view that heavy metal is more alive than ever.

 

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