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Calligram

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Calligram are a blackened hardcore band  from London. They put out their second release, Askesis via Basick records in November last year. The EP is a dark and bleak listen.

I spoke to guitarist Tim Desbos about their latest release Askesis, the origins of the band and also their plans for the year.

Read my interview with Tim on Moshpitnation.

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March 19, 2018 at 11:54 pm

Introducing: Allfather

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Who: Allfather The band consists of Alan (guitar), Andrew (bass), Joe (guitar), Kieron (drums) and Tom (vocals).

“Andrew (bass but at the time guitar) and I were talking over twitter about bands and stuff. Our kids went to the same small school here in Medway and one day he asked if I wanted to play bass in a band he wanted to get together.” said vocalist Tom about how the band got together. “I said I couldn’t play bass but used to shout into microphones about ten years before and would love to have a go again. That was summer 2013, we finally got to play something in December 2013 (we tried a cover of Raging Speedhorn – Fuck the Voodoo Man) and basically took it from there. Our current line up came together earlier this year when Joe joined on 2nd guitar and now it feels like we are really onto something.”

Where: Rochester, UK

What: The band released their 2nd EP, ‘Bless the Earth with Fire’ last month. “It started off as five tracks but we thought we would add Blood Red Sunset on at the end as a bonus track. We thought it was as strong as the rest of the material but it was recorded in a different studio and has different production on it so it wouldn’t really fit in.” said Tom about the release. “Our approach has always just to try and write aggressive as fuck songs that are full of hooks and catches without sounding too contrived. Overall our tone and sound is sludgey but we try not to limit ourselves to worrying about genres. We try and write what sounds good. Hopefully you’ll hear elements of hardcore, doom, straight up heavy fucking metal, bits of stoner and even a bit of bounce.”

“Lyrically there is probably an overall theme of death, I mean come on, we are a metal band. Andrew and I share lyric writing duties. For us they need to mean something but also sound fucking cool if you’re singing along.” said Tom explaining the lyrical themes.

How: “The songs were written in 2014/15 and we recorded it at the end of last summer with Jason Frye at Son of Sun studio in Margate. In terms of songwriting our general approach is that Al (lead guitar) or Andrew come up with some guitar demos, we out them up on Soundcloud for the band to listen to, we pick what we like, take it into a studio and work it through” said Tom describing their songwriting process. “We keep reviewing and tweaking it until we think it is good to go. We are now working on new material and it’s the first time Joe has done it with us so we are looking forward to seeing what he can bring.”

“I think about 5 days. A day of drums, a day of vocals and then about 2 and half days of guitar and bass. Those were hard days but well worth it. Doing vocals I drunk a whole bottle of honey and still came away with no voice” said Tom about how they recorded the EP.

“Keep playing shows where and when we can. We all have jobs/families etc. so touring is going to be hard” said Tom about their plans for the rest of the year. “Also writing new material. Not sure how/when we’re going to try and release it but it would be nice to have a couple of new songs coming out by the end of the year but we will see how it goes.”

Stream/Download ‘Bless the Earth with Fire’ below

 

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May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

Imperium Interview

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Imperium is a popular name for a metal band. According to Metal Archives, there are 15 bands with the name, from Chile to Slovakia. There are 2 from the UK. Imperium is a death metal band started by guitarist Mike Alexander. Earlier this month, the band released their second album ‘Titanomachy’ featuring Doug Anderson (Unfathomable Ruination) on vocals. Inspired by Greek mythology, the band have released a solid slab of modern death metal.

I spoke to vocalist Doug Anderson about the album, the current state of death metal and also the possibility of them performing live.

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Tell us about the origins of the band. How did you’ll get together?

The bands formation in 2010 consisted of Trigger the Bloodshed and The Bridal Procession members Robert Purnell and Steve Garnier and founding guitarist Mike Alexander. The debut album ’Sacramentum’ dropped in 2012.

With line up changes and injuries, Mike had to take his time preparing the new material. The songs have been a long time coming, and now with myself on vocals, we are finally ready to unleash a new chapter from Imperium.

How did you become a part of the band? Did it have an impact on the writing process for the album?

I was put in contact by our mutual friend Mike Barber, who I played in Prostitute Disfigurement with for a spell. I recorded a demo for Mike (Alexander) and the rest just fell into place.

Music wise the album was more or less finished, I just came in for vocals. I wrote all the lyrics and patterns of course, and there the themes began to develop.

Imperium - Titanomachy

Your latest Titanomachy is about Greek mythology. Tell us a bit more about it.

The first album was heavily rooted in the history of the ancient Romans. ‘Titanomachy’ goes back even further, to the source of the Roman gods, whose origins were lifted from Greek mythology.

The whole album covers many of my favourite myths and monsters from Greek mythos. The title track itself covers the Titanomachy, the war between the titans and the gods.

What was the recording process for the album? How long did it take?

The album had already been written and recorded for some time before I joined, over a year infact. When I stepped in, it took around 6 months to have everything finalised, and the actual vocal tracking process took a weekend. A few months later we had the mixed and mastere

The album is being released by Ultimate Massacre Productions. How did you get signed to the label?

I heard of the label through Mallika and Serge, and approached them myself. Both of them play in successful bands in their own right (Abnormality and Epicardiectomy) and trusted what they had to offer. It’s been a mutually beneficial deal through and through.

What are your thoughts on the current state of Death metal?

It’s quite an amazing time for death metal in some ways. Imperium itself is a great example of the internet age getting a chance to shine.

I have met Mike twice. Ever. I met Chuck Creese our producer, once. Since signing to our label, I have never met a member of the Ultimate Massacre productions team. Yet together we have managed to bring what was needed to produce a really great piece of music for the whole world to hear.

it’s a very modern way of doing things, but can saturate the scene with an over abundance of content. More bands means more good bands, but also more boring bands. But If the listener is savvy and knows what they want to hear, they can track down a nearly endless supply of high quality death metal.

The band is currently a studio project, do you foresee a possibility of play live in the future?

It’s something we’ve touched on, but there’s nothing to report there yet. Who knows what the future holds though!

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

To push the album to as many people as possible, and begin work on the third Imperium LP!

Thanks for answering all the questions. Do you have anything else to add?

Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, and please check out the album on May the 7th!

Stream/Download Titanomachy’ below

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May 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

Hacktivist

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UK rap metallers Hacktivist performed for the first time in India at the BIG69 festival. They were headliners of the Red Bull Tour Bus on 18th January.

Me with 4/5th of the band

Me with 4/5th of the band

After performing at festivals like Sonisphere, Download, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, UK rap metallers Hacktivist will be performing for the first time in India. They will headline the Red Bull Tour Bus on 18th January.

“It feels amazing,” said vocalist Ben Marvin about their first gig in India at the BIG69. “It’s crazy we have a fan base already in India! None of us have been there before so we’re really looking forward to embracing the culture. Even if we are only there for a few days!”

The band got together in 2011. “J [Hurley, rapper] was recording his solo stuff at Tim’s [James, guitarist/vocalist/producer] studio and while he was there he spat some bars over a metal project Tim had been working on,” said Ben about how the band started out. “I then jumped on the tune as well and we put it online. The rest is history!”

The band also has Josh Gurner on bass and Rich Hawking on drums. Last month they toured UK with Dead Harts and The One Hundred. Ben said, “The tour went really well. It was very intense and there was hardly any days off. It was very full on. Both support bands were sick and good to be on the road with.”

Hacktivist’s self-titled EP was critically acclaimed across the world. “It started as just me, Tim & J,” said Ben about the release. “After releasing ‘Hacktivist’ & ‘Cold Shoulders’ we then got Josh & Rich on board and wrote the rest of the EP. It all came together and we were extremely happy with every track. We got a big reaction to the release, worldwide, like you said. We never thought it would be so well received. It started as an experiment, just us fucking around with different genres and now we’re in a serious touring band.”

One of the most popular tracks by the band is a cover of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘N***as In Paris’. “Tim originally did the cover himself aside from Hacktivist,” said Ben. “It went down really well with fans so we then decided to cover it properly as a band and play out live. I’m happy we did this as it’s brought us to the attention of many people who may not have heard us otherwise. Our fans go crazy to this tune at our shows!”

The band is working on their first album. They have released 2 singles from the album so far, ‘False Idols’ and ‘Deceive and Defy’.

“The album still has the Hacktivist sound but is different from the EP,” said Ben describing the album. “Our sound has evolved. I think existing fans will dig it but it will also bring in new fans. We’ve experimented more. There’s heavier shit and also softer shit. There’s both technical and simple aspects.”

There is have no release date as yet but they plan on releasing the album as early as possible this year. Currently the band are touring with Enter Shikari around Europe and will then head to India to perform at BIG69. “We’ll then finish off the recording for the album.” said Ben about their plan for the rest of the year. “Other than that we have no plans set in stone but hopefully will be touring as much as possible and starting to write album number 2!”

“We look forward to coming to your country and showing you what Hacktivist is about!” said Ben signing off.

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March 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Interview with Aliases

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Aliases are British technical metal band that took everyone by surprise with the release of their demo track “We Never Should Have Met” last year. Their debut release, “Safer Than Reality” is out on August 15th via Basick Records. Read on to find about more about their debut album, playing at Euroblast festival and their upcoming tour.

 

Hey guys congrats on the release of your debut album “Safer than Reality”. Tell us a bit about the album

Thanks! We’re very pleased to finally be releasing it on August 15th. “Safer Than Reality” is a product of our crazy imagination and personalities. When we started writing these 8 tracks, we tried to create what we would like to hear and mix everyone ideas into it.

What was the recording process like?

The recording was great fun, we were still bonding as a band and getting to grips with the parts as everything came together, so for us it was a really organic process. We only recorded drums and vocals outside the comforts of our home studios so the majority of time spent recording was massively chilled, we then went back into the studio with Rick Powell to mix and master and the end product has definitely captured the intensity we were looking for.

Are you happy with how the album has turned out?

Yes, we definitely are. It’s the beginning of something great. Hopefully people will like it too. We set out to let the music push our capabilities and yet retain proper songs! That’s what it’s all about, not just crazy technical stuff for the sake of it. More than just the music, we were very lucky to have Seldon Hunt on board to produce some amazing artwork for us.

You recently released the video for “What’s left for us” produced by international film-maker Benjamin Cappelletti. How was experience?

We learnt never to trust an artistic French producer with crazy concepts and ideas! It was loads of fun working with Ben though; he pushed us beyond belief to achieve the best results possible. Although we had the absolutely freezing ‘glowing water’ thrown all over us at 4am in march in a sub zero barn…..we forgave him and can’t wait to work with him in the future!

For Pin: How did Aliases come together after the demise of Sikth ? How did you meet the other members of the band?

After putting together and working on various projects, constantly searching for members and often working with people in other countries I just wanted a functional band that could write next level music and actually spend time writing together to get the best of each person’s abilities.

It seemed the answer was obvious and staring us in the face. I was living with Leah and we were both trying to get bands up & running, it seemed simple to take advantage of the home studio and put together a kick arse band! After a few weeks writing we realised we had hit the nail on the head with the members we had found & went on to find Jay Berast who although living in Paris was definitely the man for the job. The band and the members just work. We write what we want to hear and the personalities just work together perfectly.

How did you get signed to with Basick Records?

Everything went really fast for us. It seemed we were hunting each other down as we contacted them only to find out we were already on their hit list! Things kicked off for us at Euroblast Festival where we caught up over many a Jagermeister! And we plied Barley with a lot of drinks … that may explain why we got signed…

What equipment did you use on your album and also live?

*insert world’s longest list of gear ever here*

Pre-dominantly Blackmachine, Parker, ENGL, Diezel, TC Electronics, Warwick, Ampeg, Pearl & Zildjian

How was it performing at the Euroblast Festival in Germany alongside bands like Monuments Chimp Spanner and Vildhjarta ?

Fantastic, what a night! Not only to play along such talent but they’re good friends of ours and the more time spent touring alongside them, the better! It was our first gig ever and we travelled from the UK to Germany in a VW Polo with all of our gear so it was an experiment. The crowd was excellent and it was maybe one of the best organised gigs we have seen so far. We are playing there again this year and I am sure it is gonna be huge!

There are many new technical metal bands coming out of the UK in the past couple of years, which are your favourite bands?

To be honest we don’t listen to a lot of technical music. I know that sounds weird with the music we’re making! We have an Ace of Base, Lady Gaga, 80’s and 90’s best songs (made by Darren) mix CD in our van. I think it’s not only the UK, all over Europe there are good metal bands whatever genres or names you want to give them. A few of our personal favourites would include Mask Of Judas, Chimp Spanner, Visions, Cyclamen, Chronographs, in Ireland you’ll find Censura or Hero in Error and in France, you’ll have Beyond the Dust or Hord.

Do you have any upcoming gigs/tours??

We will be on tour in the UK in September with our label buddies Visions then we’ll be rearing our ugly heads once more at Euroblast Festival in October and after that we will hit the UK again with Textures and The Ocean in November/December. Hopefully loads more to come….we’ll play wherever you want us! India we’re looking at you 😉

You have already started writing a new album, how will it compare to “Safer than Reality”?

It’s shaping up to be mental….early days as it is but we intend to push everything forward, more melody, more chaos, heavier, softer. It’s exciting as writing this time we have spent time playing together and really know how to push each other and get the best out of a group of extremely talented and creative musicians! Hopefully ‘Safer Than Reality’ will leave you hungry for more!!

Any final words?

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Thanks to Lisa from Hold Tight PR for hooking me up with the interview.

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August 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm