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Cyranoi

Interview with CYRANOI

Finnish melodic metalcore duo Cyranoi put out their new EP “Exist” in February. Tomi Pohja, who handles guitars and programming, answered our questions about the recording and more.

How is the weather up there these days?

Well it’s getting warmer every day now so if we’re lucky, we might even get to enjoy the summer!

What does the band name mean?

It comes from a english word ”cyrano” which means someone who speaks someone else’s thoughts via radio and mic for example. With this I want to remind everyone to think for themselves and not to believe everything they are told. I also wanted to bend the word little while maintaining a meaning behind it, hence ”Cyranoi”.

What can you tell us about your EP “Exist”?

It was truly a pleasure to wok on. Almost all of the guitar compositions were done on our summer cottage last summer. I wanted to come up with the name for the EP first and when I did, it was an avalanche of ideas from there. Having a clear vision of the EPs name, album art and number of songs was a huge help to find the right place for every idea.

I told Joona about my ideas and what kind of theme ”Exist” and each song would have so that he could come up with lyrics giving the meaning to it all. He had actually written lyrics of ”Abiogenesis” before I even told him about the themes of ”Exist” and we decided to use them with slight changes. All lyrics can be found on our Bandcamp and YouTube pages, so if you’re interested, give them a look!

You have a very interesting approach to the metalcore genre by putting tons of melodies in it. Can you elaborate on your creative process?

This might be, and it is, a matter of taste but for me those melodies are the soul of the song and something to easily remember. I think with harsh vocals it’s even more important to bring those melodies into songs and I have noticed that not too many other metalcore bands uses the same style of lead melodies that I do with Cyranoi so it’s also a great way to try and find our own trademark.

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You say making music was always what you dreamt. Are you satisfied with how your EP’s turned out?

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t satisfied with them but there’s always something that you can do better. It’s also good to look back and think how I could make this better next time in order to actually progress. And yes, five years ago I could only have dreamed of this!

When you compare your debut EP “Challenger Deep” with “Exist,” do you hear a progress in your sound?

Both EPs were composed and released in so short time that there probably isn’t any major changes audible in our sound but of course our goal with ”Exist” was to take it to the next level. Wheter or not we succeeded, I leave it up to you to decide! However, we want to take our time with the next release so I think that whenever it’s going to happen, I hope that there’s progress that you can definately hear.

You say that “music has given me a new purpose in life”. I would love you open up about this a little bit, so we would get to know you more.

As cliche as it sounds, I think it’s true. Music has been maybe the most important thing in my life since junior high school and being able to compose and release my own music is really something that gives me a purpose as I don’t have much going on besides the studies at the university. Listening to these two EPs is one thing but seeing that other people enjoy them as well is the best reward we can get.

Drums on your EP are programmed. Was it planned like that since the beginning or you couldn’t find a drummer that would answer your challenge?

It was the plan since the beginning and still is. I had learnt the basics before founding Cyranoi so I didn’t have to start from a scratch. It’s also a thing that I want to get better at and even though it doesn’t require actual skills, it’s still a new area from a viewpoint of guitarist. However, I’m not excluding the idea of finding a permanent drummer or someone to record real drums at studio.

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Which bands or musicians influence you at the most?

I have always adored the songwriting and playing of JB Brubaker from August Burns Red. Also Jesse Cash from Erra has made a great impact on my musical taste. There’s so many other bands and musicians I’d love to mention but I think these two summarizes pretty well my musical influences.

Thank you for the interview!

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Review: Henriette B – Tales of Reality

Swiss progressive metalcore outfit Henriette B just released their second EP, Tales of Reality, on February 20. The band is a technically proficient, inventive unit that adeptly  mixes progressive metalcore, deathcore, djent and mainstream metal into a heavy, catchy and dynamic album.

Classical influence in modern metal always intrigues me, and “Utopia,” Tales of Reality’s opening number, captured my attention immediately with a haunting, heavy introduction featuring polyrhythmic chug patterns akin to Born of Osiris. Though such elements could be a foundation for an entire EP, part of the charm of Henriette B  is their willingness to diversify and adapt. Songs like “Face Or Flee” are not afraid to delve into mid-2000’s metalcore territory.

Tales Of Reality

Vocalist Ian Girod and guitarists Vincent Simonin and Thierry Grundbacher are diverse in their delivery, maintaining my interest throughout the album with diverse screams, growls, black metal shrieks and singing sections that do not conform to any one genre. Guitarists in particular bring versatile, technical and melodic guitar work to the album, and Fabio Duro makes dynamic use of his drums as a part of Henriette B’s sound. Though there are distinct bass sections throughout the album, I would love to hear more from Fabien Voumard.

Overall, Henriette B’s Tales of Reality is a release that holds its own with most of its competitors in the genre, shining in its diversity. In a scene where many albums often have songs that are nearly indistinguishable from each other, it is refreshing and impressive to hear a full-length where each song has a unique place in the album, incorporating different approaches from a number of genres and influences. Though, at times, Henriette B seemed close to spiraling out of control with their eclectic approach, they manage to reign in their ambitions for a focused, diverse release that I have continued to enjoy after several listens.

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Review: For Millennia – Where The Ocean Ends

Adelaide metallers For Millennia unleash their debut EP Where The Ocean Ends with a show of sheer ferocity and a knack for infectious melodic passages.

Straight from the get-go, For Millennia go for the jugular with the title track from the EP, which kicks things off with a brilliantly acoustic passage that complement singer Henk Plaggemars clean vocals perfectly. The ease that Plaggemars can go from low-to-high register is impressive and this is evident throughout the EP as is the guitar work from the crushing riffs to the epic solos courtesy of Oliver Green. This is the perfect opening to introduce you to the For Millennia brand of metal with a sound that comes on like a cross between TesseracT and Porcupine Tree.

Where The Ocean Ends

The anthemic Together follows and starts off more melodically inclined before a pummeling rhythm courtesy of bassist Dominic Ventra and keyboardist Lachlan Odell elevates the track to a much heavier level. Plaggemars’ vocals are once again impressively switched between the two differing styles with his singing voice given more freedom on the songs chorus and the harsher vocals let loose to devastating effect while the rhythm section and guitars end the track on a high with a ferocious crescendo.

The EP concludes with the pounding metal of Solace In Silence complete with snaking prog metal style riffs, featuring a brutal groove, some epic solos and a mesmerising vocal performance.

The EP also showcases the production courtesy, which is slick and adds dimension to the bands sound allowing them to display their brand of modern heaviness to its full effect.

For Millennia have made an impressive start with this EP,  with the band demonstrating their skill at executing great metal songs and on this evidence, their debut album will definitely be one to look forward to.

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Kardashev

Review: Kardashev – Peripety

A somewhat lukewarm discovery on my part, Kardashev is one of those bands that is obviously filled to the brim with playing talent, but never lacking enough confidence to find their own ground. My first experience with this American progressive death metal band, “Peripety” is certainly the work of talented instrumentalists, and while there are some incredible moments to delve into here for a progressive metal fan, what makes the album stand out is creative cohesion of the three-piece and consistency. “Peripety” is rife with promise in parts, and the guys answer the challenge flawlessly.

With an opening segment that instantly recalls the introductory ambience of extreme metal, Kardashev solidify their place as one of the new prog metal bands attempting to relive the glory of the old giants. While this may give only the more negative connotations imaginable, it should be noted that for what they do, Kardashev do it extremely well. Dark and heavy guitar riffs are coupled with the atmospherics of guitar work and some very good drum. This may sound endearing for a fan of progressive metal, and the way it is all put together is a work of art.

Tenebris” is a fine example of the sort of interesting things Kardashev manage to hide in the album, a short but effective interlude that segues seamlessly into “Sopor.” Most of the time however, the great parts of the music are hidden within songs, be it a promising voicing, post-rock section or exciting prog riff.

Kardashev shows themselves off as being full of potential here, but it will be really interesting to hear what they come up with next, and what they will do to reach above “Peripety.”

Read my interview with Kardashev here.

The Vision Ablaze

Interview with The Vision Ablaze

Progressive metallers from Copenhagen, The Vision Ablaze will remember 2015 for the release of their debut full-length “Youtopia” via Mighty Music. About the band’s beginnings, the album, and future plans, I talked with the band.

Where and how did The Vision Ablaze take its form?

The Vision Ablaze sprang from a black metal project – believe it or not! We had begun to write more melodic and progressive elements into the black metal, and simply ended up not fiting in with that scene. We wanted to do more of that – good melodies, clean singing, solos and progressive elements. So we changed it up and began building what became The Vision Ablaze a few years later. This was in Copenhagen somewhere around 2010 or 2011.

Let’s talk a little about your album Youtopia. How would you describe your music?

There are 10 songs on our debut album. They range from slow, clean and very melodic to gritty death-metal. Our music is not necessarily true to any particular genre, but contains several subgenres – what identifies our music is great melodies. You can expect a strong chorus and emotions ranging from anger to extreme melancholy. In more standard terms we’re most akin to melodic metal (or melo-death) with metalcore and progressive elements.

Youtopia

When you compare Youtopia with your previous works, could we say there are certain changes or progress in your sound? In which measure this album satisfies your standards currently?

Youtopia is our debut album – but we recorded two EP’s before that. The development is towards a heavier sound and feel. The time span is obvious from the technical aspect – we use more intricate structures and leads and the vocals are stronger and contains greater depth. In comparison to our previous works – Youtopia stands out as a great end result of years of work; it defines a sound and a way of writing music that we’re very satisfied with. There are many details on the album, that will keep a keen listener exploring the music on Youtopia – and we like to have both a very straight-forward soundscape, with an underlying finesse that adds richness to the songs.

And are you satisfied with where Youtopia landed?


We’re very pleased with the album. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Aborted, Pretty Maids etc) has made it sound both extremely heavy and fragile too – a perfect balance of clean passages that conveys deep emotion and a wall of metal guitars and drums that sounds brutal as fuck… We wrote 15 songs for the album and picked the best ones to record. We recorded them at home before entering the studio so we could go through all the songs and change what we felt was necessary to make the songs great. We definitely feel we succeeded. It’s been receiving great reviews, so it appears our fans and the critics are really stoked about it too.

What are the themes you explore in your lyrics?

The main theme on Youtopia is a critique of power and authority. But also about a population that takes so much at face value, ensuring they’ll stay trampled beneath suffocating religion, politics and power structures. It’s about allowing illusions to remain truth and about trying to dismantle the fears that keep us from reaching a better state of being. The cover is a symbol of that – that we’re taught to choose blindly with dire consequences.

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The Vision Ablaze released lyric videos. Do The Vision Ablaze lyrics reflect any of you guys’ personalities? Or do they hide stories behind?

We’ve got two lyrics videos out, and motion video too. The lyric videos vary greatly in their design, but tie in very well with our themes. Subversion shows clips from human history – both horrendous and sweet. The video actually features the first ever recorded kiss on footage – simply to contrast the evil of dictatorship and manipulating authorities. Peter made the lyric video and it reflects well on his view on the world.

Fear is a live action lyric video – we recorded it in one take with a cell phone camera in some buildings that were marked for demolition. It’s an homage to old horror movies and this gripping fear that cripples us. It actually features Christian sitting at a poker-table facing a dead man’s hand and Lars is hidden beneath the plastic wraps about 1/3 into the video. It also features Peters girlfriend, so we packed it with small Easter eggs which we’re obviously now spoiling…

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

There are several cool bands we can relate too – but our inspiration is more in broader terms: the world and our own emotions. We think a lot of metal is really about refusing to accept everything at face value and about conveying an abundance of emotion. It’s like poetry that isn’t afraid to be hard and abrasive.

Is there any band that has a real huge impact on The Vision Ablaze’s music?

There are several bands that mean a lot to us in The Vision Ablaze – but if we were to point out one band that has had a huge impact – it would be Killswitch Engage. Great songs with strong melodies and they’ve never been afraid to just be happy about playing metal – in a live setting KsE are all smiles and, it seems, gratitude. We care a lot about musicians that love what they do – that pour their heart and soul into their songs and relish being on stage. And KsE is a great example of a band who writes music that is both inviting, very heavy, intricate and simple at the same time – and a great mix of clean singing and screaming.

Where do you see yourselves in the future?

On the road! That’s the short answer. We’re working hard to promote this album – and we want to meet new people and play shows. We’re based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a small country and we want to be part of the world. We’re working on a small tour of Denmark and later in 2016 a European tour. In late 2016 or early 2017 we’ll write our follow up and continue to work to play and share our music with as many people as we can!

Wolfram

Interview with Wolfram

Experimentalists from Serbia, Wolfram released their debut album “Music Of The Heathen” in 2015–an excellent released that everybody must hear. 

I talked with the band about it and more, so head over the band’s Bandcamp page, press play and dive into the world of Wolfram.

Alright, first things first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

You know when you are in your twenties and you’re not entirely sure how your life is going to work out? Well, that feeling is constantly following us nowadays. I think it will continue to linger until we reach our thirties, I guess… That’s when things usually start to sort themselves out. Still, don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot going on, we made sure that this year is going to be packed with all manner of tasks and obligations which will bring us closer to fulfilling our private and professional ambitions. The only thing that is sustaining us right now is that gut feeling that everything is going in the right direction and that it is only a matter of time before everything explodes.

Speaking of new music, you have a new album. What can people expect from “Music of the Heathen”?

It’s quite open for interpretation because it deals with those abstract thoughts we all occasionally indulge ourselves with. However, we do not want to induce certain expectations from potential listeners. It will ruin its charm. We may know which emotions gave birth to these nine songs on MOTH, but what will become of them when the audience reacts to it is beyond our control.

Music Of The Heathen

Bear in mind that this album is definitely much more than just a collage of our regular mind-numbing perplexities of life. It is our sanctuary, our therapy, our “haven of sounds”. It is about the raw sensation we get when we play that music live, how it truly makes us feel powerful, defiant – godly, even – and out of place with reality. It is one beautiful form of escapism, a drug like no other with rather pleasing side effects; and we want to share it with everyone else.

What was it like working on the album?

It’s like going into labour and expecting a healthy child. All of the preparations, arrangements, contacts, and previous efforts have let to this point where we were finally going to record some of our songs. However, we didn’t record the tracks in just one studio, but we had to visit many, because our financial situation didn’t allow us to bide our time and wait for the magic to happen. I won’t bore you with the details, however, just know that learned so much from this experience, which will definitely help us become better producers and musicians in the future.

Are there any touring plans in support to “MOTH”?

Of course there are, it’s just that we are in the middle of negotiations with a few booking agencies which have offered to help us, so we have to choose wisely. We’ll start with the Balkan region (Novi Sad, Belgrade, Zagreb, Rijeka, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Maribor, Ljubljana, etc.), but we what we really desire is to present ourselves to the crowd of Western Europe. We feel that this is where our opportunities lie and we are convinced that the people there won’t even presume that we actually hail from Serbia. We just need that chance and right now we’re tirelessly elbowing our way to get it.

While we’re on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

Definitely the four major markets – Germany, UK, USA and Japan. However, we are definitely suited for the Scandinavians, Brazil seems awesome, Australia, too, and Iceland is simply a must. Still, let’s not dwell on wishful thinking, there is much to be done until we get anywhere.

Who and what inspires you the most?

This is a tough one, because we are all influenced by a rather wide range of artists… There are tons of small homages in our entire work, some of them are beautifully hidden, while some are blatantly placed in front of your face. Every song naturally has parts which were influenced by some other artist’s or band’s approach to making music, but all of them have our distinctive mark, nevertheless. As film director Jim Jarmusch said, you cannot invent something out of nothing, so you might as well “steal” whatever resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination and make your own version of that experience.

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What other genres of music do you listen to?

EVERYTHING! No, seriously, everything that feels good to our ears is welcome. We don’t necessarily differentiate music by its genre, only by its appeal to the senses. If it is good – it’s good, end of story. For instance, Marilyn Manson’s ‘Pale Emperor’ is the shock rocker’s road back to the blues and it is raw and awesome; New Zealand’s post-rock band Kerretta was a beautiful discovery; Denmark’s deep electronica duo Lulu Rouge is a revelation; Velar, our native music brothers are a thing to behold and they are finishing their debut album soon enough; Stonebride from Croatia are the baddest, meanest stoner rock you can hear live; Smallman from Bulgaria will jolt your entire body with its tasteful blend of metal and ethno music; Meshuggah is an undisputed demonstration of power and you can grease up your barbecue wire just by holding it in front of the speaker when these Swedes play; FKA Twigs is how modern pop music should look and sound like; Zebra Katz is the master of combining queer hip hop music with fashion; UK’s Lamb is just breathtakingly beautiful to listen to; Dopethrone oozes doom like no other; Type 0 Negative is what life sounds like to a depressive yet sexy vampire of a giant; Gesaffelstein makes one of the nastiest, most addictive techno music you can jump to; David Bowie is simply king; and the list can go on forever!

Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

As previously mentioned, definitely yes. You’d even be surprised just how much. For instance, I believe that every song has to have something catchy in it, something “pop”. Since we have drop-tuned guitars, heavy distortions, unconventional drums, electronics, and a lot of bass, the only thing that could remain in the pop realm are the harmonized vocals. It makes the whole thing even more listenable. It’s like cream on the cake. Any musical genre can teach you something, the key is to be adaptable and open-minded about it.

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

Trust us, there is more to “second and third world bands” than meets the eye or ear.

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Ste van Holm

Review: Ste Van Holm – Tesla

Being open-minded when it comes to art always brings new and cool things. Danish musician Ste Van Holm is a great example for that. The experienced artist released six albums so far, and this past November he came up with the release of a progressive rock record. Each of Van Holm’s albums has a different concept, different style (ranging from pop to rock), and different personalities. That is what makes Ste Van Holm and his art special. He doesn’t follow any paths except his feelings.

Tesla” is the latest release from Van Holm, and as mentioned above it is a progressive rock album crowned with jazzy melodies and partly some electronic/ambient touches. The album is all around Serbian-Croatian scientist Nikola Tesla, his life and work. Conceptually and lyrically you feel the dedication of his works. From the first track until the closing piece, the concept of “Tesla” is very well thought.

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The thunderstorm in the intro “St. Elmo’s Fire” announces the story in a right way. “Electrical Storm” and “Macak the Cat” attract attention with its jazzy vocals built on a progressive rock structure. “Transatlantic” turns a bit to electronic while keeping the same prog rock structure, especially in the rhythmic segment.

The album keeps on with a 20-minute epic “Oscillations,” which for the better part shows amazing craftsmanship and performance by the band. It is a piece that musically summarise what “Tesla” represents. The album triumphantly comes to an end with an 11-odd minutes “A Piece of Empty Sky,” which closes this brilliant biopic about the man who changed the world for better.

Ste Van Holm has crafted the most demanding record in his musical opus with “Tesla”, and having chosen progressive rock as a foundation contributed further in how well the story of the album is submitted to a listener.

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Kardashev

Interview with Kardashev

Progressive death metallers from Tempe in Arizona, Kardashev released their new album titled “Peripety” in 2015. The release received strong feedback from fans. I asked couple of questions about the album, scene, influences, gear, and more.

Hey guys. How are you doing?

We’re doing great! We actually got some rain in Arizona today, so we’re feeling pretty lively.

You released “Peripety” back in October. How do you feel about the release?

We feel pretty positively about the release, and the album itself. While we were writing it we were fairly certain it would be well received, and so far It has exceeded our expectations. Our fans have sent us some of the nicest messages and pieces of feedback. It’s really motivating! We’ve been shipping it out to more countries, chatting with people in places we’ve never been, and even found a few new friends to play games with online. The album release has really opened up some doors for us, as far as connecting with our fans. It’s been awesome, to say the least.

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How much of a challenge was it to work on the album?

It was hard. The writing process is always so wonderful, and for us it flowed really well. We all really connected in that regard. The tough parts came with all the parts of creating an album that don’t involve writing. There was so much planning for marketing the album, getting it to the right people for previews and reviews, setting a release date that wouldn’t conflict with other bands on Subliminal Groove Records, it was insane. These are all great opportunities and we’re thankful for them of course, it just gets very taxing. It’s true though, nothing worth doing is easy. We’ve really grown as a band and in our understanding of what it means to write music for an album, and so in the end it has been a positive experience.

How is the metal scene these days in Tempe, AZ?

The metal scene here is odd, to say the least. Its full of great bands and great people, but we’re a little short on venues. The venues that we have a great, don’t misunderstand us – but a lot have shut down over the years and as a result metal is a little less accessible. Our Bassist was out of the country from the time we played at UK Tech Metal Fest in July, all the way through The end of November – and so admittedly we’re a bit removed since we haven’t played a show in quite some time. We’re excited to get back into the scene because we’ve made some solid friends here. But AZ could definitely use some additional venues.

What is your opinion about the new wave of metal bands?

That’s quite a large group! The best answer is that there are some bands that we really enjoy, and others that don’t strike our fancy as much. We aren’t very good at keeping up with the newest bands just because there are so many. Music is a Beautiful thing and we’re glad that so many people want to make it. As long as most of these bands are writing honestly, and from their hearts, they have our support.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

We take a lot of influence from very simple things, such as landscapes and art that is done in a more minimalist style. Peripety is all about the ideas of letting go, accepting the beauty around you, and the idea that all of this is temporary. Those concepts took us back to nature, in that it is such a simple pleasure which is completely free. We tried to convey landscapes in the album art, the music videos, and even in the composition. Songs like Sopor and Lucido were written with the idea of clouds and large, empty spaces in mind.

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What are you listening to these days?

There has been a lot of Atmospheric Black Metal playing. Bands like Mesarthim, Enisum, Selvans, and Lantlos all get a lot of playtime with us. There are the classics, which for us are The Contortionist, Aegaeon, and some Fallujah. We also listen to a lot of movie soundtracks, such as Interstellar and The Fountain. The score for Phantom of the Opera is breathtaking, and there are some very heart-wrenching songs in Les Miserables that we love. We really enjoy the more meditative side of electronic music, such as Shpongle, Emancipator, and Bvdub. We throw some Alt-J on from time to time, along with S. Carey and Jose Gonzalez.

Your five favourite records of all time?

Only five? There are three of us! we’ll have to do a few extra. In no particular order,

1. Melting Sun – Lantlos
2. Brother, Sister – mewithoutYou
3. Exoplanet – The Contortionist
4. Retold – Nest
5. Opus at the end of everything – The Flashbulb
6. Lateralus – Tool
7. L.D. 50 – Mudvayne

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record “Peripety”?

We’ve been recording our own music since we started. Lots of musicians do these days, and it has always worked out well for us. All of the guitars are recorded using the Axe FX Ultra for guitar tones. We made the most use of it this time around after updating the tones for more bark or “djenty” sounds when needed. All of the songs were recorded using custom RC pickups, which helped us get the overall feel we were going for. Bass guitar was tracked on a Warwick Thumb BO 5 as line signal and then re-amped at Sound Lair with an Ampeg SVT-3 Pro and Ampeg 4×10 HLF cabinet. We try to record the best quality we can, incur as little cost as possible, and aim for simplicity. Here’s an overall gear list for the nerds among us.

Recording/Composition:
Reaper DAW
Reason DAW
EZ Drummer
Interface:
M-Audio Fast Track Pro
Guitars:
Fractal Axe Fx Ultra
Ibanez RG7321 with RC Intruder Pickups
Dunlop Jazz III Picks
Elixir Nanoweb strings
Monster Cables
Bass:
Warwick Thumb BO 5
Monster cables
Ampeg SVT-3 Pro and Ampeg 4×10 HLF cabinet
Vocals:
Shure SM7b for vocal tracking

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

We are already writing new material that build on the single we released before “Peripety”, called “IOTA”. We want to put out a couple of music videos, and maybe re-release our demo, “Progession”. We haven’t decided on that last idea, yet.

Any words for the potential new fans?

If you like our music, show it to your friends! We’re very honored to have your support!

“Peripety” by Kardashev is out now and you can get it from Bandcamp.  For more news from Kardashev follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

Fake Heroes

Interview with Fake Heroes

Italian prog metallers Fake Heroes released their second album “Clouds” in September 2015. The band has huge plans for 2016, and about them but also “pizza or pasta” dilemma they are telling below.

Before we start: pizza or pasta?

Mmmmm, can we choose both? tongue emoticon Pizza topped with pasta!

Now we can start. Fake Heroes is a very young band. And for such a young band, your current position is pretty good. What do you guys think about it?

We think that the right ideas have made this possible. Our project started in 2012 and since then we have produced 2 EP and 2 full album. In short, it is not easy unless you have a clear direction and a composer as Draft that is always looking for new ideas.

Are you satisfied with where you landed?

Definitely. We know we still have to grow a lot but ” Clouds ” for us is a real starting point , an authentic work.

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How would you describe the sound of Clouds to the people who have not heard it yet?

I have previously described ” Clouds ” as traveling to places that you never get tired of seeing. It’s an album hard to place in a specific music genre and this make it very personal .

Question for Manuel: who influences your vocal style at the most?

Manuel says: My style is mostly influenced by some very important singers of metal scene, but I can’t deny that I took my inspiration from Myles Kennedy and James LaBrie for the melodies and from vocal lines of Spencer Sotelo in Periphery’s album “Clear”.

Where do you draw your inspiration, what influences your song writing?

Draft says: I often listen to new music. The rest comes out automatically. It’s all the result of moods that I feel at times when I write a new song.

Who in the band handles most of songwriting?

Draft is the composer of all the songs signed Fake Heroes. The greatest contribution to the drafting of texts and vocal lines comes from Manuel.

What are your five all times favourite albums?

Draft says: I think each of us has his own ranking. For me it is very difficult to choose only 5 albums but I try:

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
Tears For Fears – Elemental
Steve Vai – Alien Love Secrets
Symphony X – The Odyssey
Periphery – Periphery II

But if you do me the same question in two hours I could give a different answer.

Speaking of music you listen to, how much of it influences your songwriting?

It is virtually impossible not to be influenced by the music that you listen. The musical progress is tied to this process in which music has been handed down by entering new ideas and new sounds. Our ” little secret ” is that we have not closed in a specific genre but we have tried to convey everything we love in the name Fake Heroes.

Are there any new materials you guys already working on?

Yes, sure. There are the new ideas for a concept album. It will be a long process but we are already on the way.

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Below A Silent Sky

Interview with Below A Silent Sky

Below A Silent Sky from Ilmenau in Germany released their debut album “Corrosion” in September 2015, and here is what they told us about it, and more.

Alright, first things first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

Great. It was christmas and we spent some good time with our families. Now we are ready to write new stuff and go back to everyday life.

Speaking of new music, you have an album “Corrosion” which was released in September. What can people expect from it?

An atmospheric Post-Metal album where you can loose yourself and discover more and more details every time you listen to it.

What was it like working on the album?

It was a lot of work but retrospective very funny. First of all we had to write all the material. Therefore the two guitarists gather some riffs at home. Afterwards these ideas are brought to the rehearsals where they are discussed and processed with the whole band. The results of these rehearsals are recorded and get improved at home again. This process continues until we are satisfied with the song.
In the end we went to the studio where we worked up to 14hours a day to record and produce the final songs. But after this hard work we were very proud and happy about the results.

Corrosion

Are there any touring plans in support to “Corrosion”?


We started to promote „Corrosion“ during the „Beyond The Sphere Tour“ in fall 2015 where we played several venues in Germany. The next gigs are planned for early 2016 also in Germany.

While we’re on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

First of all in Europe but it would be great to visit and play in the USA, Japan or other Asian countries too.

Who and what inspires you the most?

Every single bandmember has it’s own influences in different music genres. The range of bands we are into embraces The Ocean, AHAB, O’Brother, YOB, Sojus3000. Aside from these musical aspects daily experiences also have an impact on our creative process.

What other genres of music do you listen to?

Jazz, Blues, Progressive Rock, Alternative, Hip Hop, Sludge, Doom, Stoner Rock

Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

Of course. I think every kind of music you are listening to has an influence to the music you`re playing.

Below A Silent Sky live

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

Don`t be shy to get in contact with the bands you are fascinated in. If you have the chance to talk with them after a gig give your feedback to the musicians. I can`t believe that any artist would not be happy about it. Positive feedback is finally the biggest profit.

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