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Civortep

Interview with CIVORTEP

Stefan Petrovic aka Civortep is a musician hailing from Pittsburgh, who recently put out a debıt EP “The Return,” which is 7 songs of melodic death metal with various different influences.

In the interview below, Petrovic tells us about his work, inspiration, and more.

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

Life is great, currently going to school for mechanical engineering while working and making music. Creating a vision and going about making it a reality has always been my favorite endeavor, and pushing the limits of my capabilities is fun for me.

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Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “The Return”?

To sum it up, I’d say they can expect variety, both musically and emotionally.

What was it like working on the album?

It wasn’t easy, but anything worthwhile in life never is. I had to really push myself through the process of writing and recording the material to a point that I had no objections upon playback, and I’d like to think that I succeeded in doing just that.

Are there any touring plans in support to “The Return”?

Seeing that this was a solo project, there is definitely no touring in mind for the album.

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

If I were to ever tour I’d definitely like to go to Japan and South Korea over anywhere else at first, and then countries like Norway and Sweden would be great 3rd and 4th stops!

Who and what inspires you the most?

Seeing innovative and strong willed individuals making their dreams a reality inspire me to do just that, and even though results may not be present in the moment, hard work and persistence can definitely pay off in creating the dream or vision one holds dear. Nothing happens overnight.

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

It may be cliché, but I’m a fan of music in general. I love hip hop and I love death metal, but I also love classical music and I’d go as far as to say some electronic and pop music. To me it all really is the same, despite minor differences in composition and instrumental tones. WHen you break it down to its core element, all it is is pure emotional resonance that carries and imprints the vision of the composer to the listener.

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

Head over to my YouTube page and check out my other productions especially for fans of hip hop and expect a full length out by the end of the summer of 2018! Thank you for your time!

Grab a copy of “The Return” from Bandcamp here, and like Civortep on Facebook.

Hyaena

Interview with HYAENA

Hyaena from Orleans in France is set to release their debut album entitled Existence on April 5th.  The 12-track record offers quite a lot for fans of progressive death metal; it was produced by renown producer Jamie King who is best known for his work with Between The Buried And Me and Scale The Summit.

Hyaena was very kind to answer my questions about their new release, but also gear, scene, and more.

Hey folks. How are you doing?

Bam: Great! Thanks of asking.

Alex: Fine too!

Chris: Pretty good!

Virgile: Cool cool!

You are about to release a full-length debut album entitled “Existence.” How do you feel about the release?

Bam: It’s a great feeling! We have worked so much on this, we hope you guys will dig it!

Alex: It’s a real achievement for all of us, a true satisfaction!

Chris: I’m so proud of it, and quite excited to see what people think.

Virgile: Excited, we’ve been working on this for a long time.

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

Bam: It was a very long process due to a change of our lineup. At the start, I was the only guitarist so most of the album was written with one guitar part. Then Alex join us in the process, so we started to add new riffs, that was lots of work!

Chris: I came from a grindcore/death metal band (Necrofist) wich worked in a very different way, we used to compose together during rehearsals. Bam and Nathan used computers and softwares but I didn’t. That was the biggest challenge for me! It was worth it though.

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from France are you friends with?

Bam: We are not friends but I think Hypno5e is the band that sounds the most similar to us. I’d love to tour with them one day!

Alex: The Dali Thundering Concept is a great French band I like. These guys are nice!

Virgile: I have so much respect for Klone and Psykup!

What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?

Bam: This scene is very special, because there is so many genres in it. I personally think that it’s the best period for the progressive metal scene. Some of the best albums I’ve listened where released couples of years ago.

Virgile: I think it’s a scene that crosses the ages, it’s not the easiest music in the world, but the most colorful one!

Can you tell me something about your influences?

Bam: I grow up listening to bands like Dir En Grey (and lots of visual kei), so the Japanese sounds are really a part of my influences.

Chris: I have to say that, like most drummers, Thomas Haake influences a lot my drumming.

Virgile: The voice of Maynard James Keenan stuck in me. It’s like he can sing in every band in the world and do something different, but you’ll always know that it was him. I love the personality of his voice.

What are you listening to these days?

Bam: It depends of my mood [haha]. But these days I listen to Within The Ruins.

Alex: These days I listen to Polaris, Architects, Northlane!

Chris: Vidhjarta and AAL.

Virgile: Statea by Vanessa Wagner & Murcof, and The Night God Slept by Silent Planet.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

Bam: Dir En GreyUroboros & Dum Spiro Spero / Tool10,000 Days / The ContortionistLanguage.

Alex: ArchitectsLost Forever / Lost Together, Periphery II, The ContortionistExoplanet, DayseekerOrigin.

Chris: MeshuggahNothing / The dillinger escape planMiss Machine / Origin – Antithesis / Les musclésMerguez party / BotchWe are the romans.

Virgile: Tool10,000 Days / The ContortionistLanguage / NINYear Zero / DeftonesAdrenaline / Coal ChamberCoal Chamber.

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

Bam: Guitars and bass were recorded with an AxeFx II – not sure about the patch but I think it was the Das Metall amp with a TS808mod drive for the tone!

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

Bam: We plan to make as much as possible shows and maybe a tour for the end of the year!

Chris: And save the world. But we want to tour first.

Virgile: Haha.

Any words for the potential new fans?

Bam: Thank you! Spread the word and we hope to play close to you and share a beer!

Alex: Thank you for your support, I can’t wait to play this album live for you guys!

Chris: Sounds good.

Virgile: Music is life!

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althea

Interview with ALTHEA

Althea is a progressive metal quintet from Milan in Italy. The band defines their mission as “developing a free-of-schemes progressive metal rock,” and fans of the genre will have an opportunity to hear that on their upcoming release titled “Memories Have No Name.” I talked with the band about the album and more, and here is what they had to say.

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

Great… we getting closer to another year end and closer and closer to the release of MHNN. We are really excited about it!

Speaking of new music, you have an album coming out in January. What can people expect from “Memories Have No Name”?

A journey into the inner self, an entertainment experience. MHNN is an album made of 1 song divided in 16 chapters, with a lot of introspective sections and a lot of different sounds.

From the musical perspective, it is of course a progressive rock/metal with dark atmosphere, tons of sonic layers but still with a lot of melody.

What was it like working on the album?

It was awesome! We had amazing times and a lot of fun. It was also a lot stressful. For this album we followed a new approach to our music and we recorded the album by ourselves in our home studio. We then moved to MoonHouse studios in Milan with Danilo Di Lorenzo for mixing and mastering phases. Given this, we had a lot of additional work to be done on our own but the result is very satisfying.

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Are there any touring plans in support to “Memories Have No Name”?

We are in the middle of the organization of the promotional activities, including trying to book as many live shows as possible. You know, the album is quite complex from a sonic point of view and it’s not the easiest album to bring live – we are working on it and we would like also to bring some visual accompanying to the music. Let’s see you far we can go!

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

We would really like to bring our music as far as possible, without geographical limits. We would probably be very curious to see the reaction of fans in countries like India, China, etc, where it’s not very common to see progressive acts. But we really love playing everywhere!

Who and what inspires you the most?

Our inspiration comes from a huge variety of sources and in the past years we’ve been listening to a lot of different stuff. Currently we are exploring more experimental and industrial sounds. To say a name, we can easily go for Nine Inch Nails now, or some solo work from Richard Barbieri as well.

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

Yes, of course. As said before we’ve grown up with different influences and with different favorite artists. Each one of us have different musical taste from avant-garde metal to alternative/indie rock passing through more extreme metal acts and traditional prog rock and all of our musical background in some way influences our songwriting and style. A very big common point in all our listening is for sure melody, and you can easily hear how this is reflected in our work as well.

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

Thank you for you time, it’s always a pleasure. We would like to take to opportunity to invite the fans to listen to MHNN as a single song, all in a raw. It’s something we really care of, and we would like the listener to have a journey experience, rather than skipping from one song to the other. Also, please always buy original music and support emerging acts!

We hope to see you soon!

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elarcos

Review: Elarcos – Tecnocracia

Introducing Elarcos, a progressive metal group from Montevideo, Uruguay, boasting some truly unique fusion influences.

The band was brought to life in 2009, and although they have been around for quite a few years now, they recently debuted with their full-length album, Tecnocracia, released on October 1st, 2016.

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What can I say? Well, it was definitely worth the wait. Throughout the years, the band didn’t sit around rolling their thumbs. Instead, they refined their sound and came up with a truly unique concept, putting lots of thoughts into their arrangements and more importantly, creating music that transcend genre definitions, while being united by a common thread. The artwork of the sleeve and the title the band chose for the album, “Tecnocracia” is a very poignat commentary to the way the world is headed with technology, but the concept is not just about the aesthetics and the idea. The music is also affected by it, with an industrial overtone acting like a glue that brings verything together. While some of the tracks pack a lot of punch in a fairly standard song format (the first few songs are all under the 5 minute mark), songs such as the title tracks add to the truly unique spirit of this release making for a formidable sonic journey that serves as the true heart of this record.

Elarcos set out to debut with a truly masterful record, where they set out to showcase their writing skills, as well as their musical mastery in full display.

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Shepherds of Cassini

Review: Shepherds of Cassini – Helios Forsaken

Generally our ears are accustomed to hear music that mostly originates from European countries or North America, especially when it comes to artists that play progressive rock/metal. Shepherds of Cassini are breaking that “rule” and reach out from very far New Zealand. The quartet is making music that could be described as post-progressive rock/metal with addition of space rock. The biggest trademark of this young group is usage of violin in their music. Although they certainly are not the first band with this instrument in the mix, Shepherds’ violin player Felix Lun makes the band’s sound incredibly rich and delicious.

 

The band released two albums so far. Their self-tiled album was released in 2013, and the other one is actually this year’s release titled “Helios Forsaken.” This recording is a must-hear album of 2015, as it comes with a strong structure and plenty of untried elements. Their songs are pretty lengthy, but no matter of that the band is capable of taking you into their world by spellbounding sound which doesn’t make you feel bored in any moment.

 

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With “Helios Forsake” Shepherds of Cassini show that they pay a lot of attention to instrumentation. However, they also succeed in creating outstanding great vocal segments, courtesy of Brendan Zwan, wrapping up the predominant instrumental soundscapes. Usage of unconventional instruments is a big plus, and helps “Helios Forsaken” to stand out.

 

As an absolute favourite of this six-track release, I would single out the title track. It deserves to be named after the album (or the opposite). This piece is a bit darker than the other songs on the album, and it features a good unison of clean and growl vocals that I mentioned earlier.

 

Something fresh and innovative comes together with something we already love. And its name is Shepherds of Cassini.

 

 

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Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side

Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side is a Swedish Progressive rock/AOR project started in Stockholm 2012 by bassplayer, songwriter and producer Jonas Lindberg.

The band is now actual with a new CD called “The Other Side”, released thru Jonas’s own label ModeMusic in 2013. The music is all new material written and produced by Jonas himself and has been influenced by many bands in the progressive genre like “The Flower Kings”, ”Spock’s Beard” and “Toto”. Some people has described the band’s sound as being “a crossing between Pink
Floyd, Sting and Genesis”.

It all started back in 2008 when a first EP “In Secret Pace” was recorded by Jonas as an exam-project at the School of Music in Piteå, Sweden. The first EP featured a large lineup of musicians, and when it was released in 2012 time came to record a new one. This time Jonas felt the need to do it with a 5 piece band and the bandname ”Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side” didn’t surface until 2013 when the new CD was released. The Other Side features a group of friends and very talented musicians, all of them having a proffessional career and playing alongside some of the biggest musical acts in Sweden.

The Other Side is available at the band’s website and as download at all the online music stores as iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp!

http://www.lindbergmusic.com/

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Humble Grumble

Crazed jazzy and avant-proggy Belgian ensemble Humble Grumble seem “Zappa-esque” in their meld of anything-goes music and sometimes outrageous, sometimes incongruously dark lyrics, but the roots of the band are on the somewhat folkier side. Hungarian singer/guitarist Gabor “Humble” Vörös wandered around Europe before settling in the Ghent, Belgium area in 1993. He participated in a number of musical projects, including a somewhat oddball folk-rock outfit named Dearest Companion, also featuring multi-instrumentalist Tom Theuns. Vörös (on guitar and vocals) and Theuns (on bass) formed Humble Grumble in 1996, and a quintet version of the group toured Switzerland and Germany and recorded a pair of demos that year, The Golden Pile and The Tom and Gabor Special. (Singer/guitarist David Bovée was another member of Dearest Companion, and Bovée later went on to form Think of One, whose debut disc, 1998′s Juggernaut, featured appearances by Humble Grumble‘s musicians.) Theuns would soon depart the group, however, to form Ambrozijn with violinist Wouter Van Den Abeele, and Humble Grumble largely became a vehicle for realizing whatever ideas might spring from Vörös‘ imagination.

After the privately released Dreamwavepatterns in 2000 and Rockstar in 2004, Humble Grumble issued 30 Years Kolinda on the Pan Records label in 2005. Vörös had become enamored of the music of Hungarian folk outfit Kolinda, and embarked on the 30 Years Kolinda project and album after meeting group mainstay Peter Dabasi in Budapest. To mark Kolinda‘s 30th anniversary, Vörös invited Dabasi to perform live with Humble Grumble, and, aside from one track, the associated 30 Years Kolinda album featured Dabasi compositions exclusively. The album also marked the arrival of several musicians who would remain key members of Humble Grumble in the future: saxophonist Pol Mareen, clarinetist Pedro Guridi, and bassist Jouni Isoherranen.

Several years would pass between the release of 2005′s 30 Years Kolinda and Humble Grumble‘s next album, The Face of Humble Grumble, which arrived in 2008 on the Cocktail Soul Productions label and featured re-recordings of material from Dreamwavepatterns and Rockstar. In addition to Vörös, Mareen, Guridi, and Isoherranen, the musicians on The Face of Humble Grumble also included Pieter Claus on marimba, Jonathan Callens on drums, and a pair of singers, Megan Quill and Franciska Roose, who good-naturedly harmonized with decidedly quirky frontman Vörös. From that point forward, Humble Grumble would settle into a lineup of guitar/vocals, saxophone, clarinet, marimba/vibraphone, bass, and drums, plus female vocal chorus and other guests.

Meanwhile, to the south in Milan, Italy, producer Marcello Marinone and friends at the AltrOck label were taking notice of Humble Grumble, and ultimately concluded that the group would fit in well with the imprint’s avant-prog artist roster. Providing the group with its widest distribution yet, AltrOck released the ambitious yet crazily offbeat Flanders Fields CD in 2011; the album featured Vörös, Mareen, Guridi, Isoherranen, Claus, and Callens, plus Quill and Lisa Jordens (replacing Roose) among a slew of 11 guest musicians, most of them vocalists. Two years later, Humble Grumble returned with their second AltrOck release, Guzzle It Up!, featuring the same basic core lineup plus guests; singer Quill was now deemed a full bandmember but Jordens had departed, with Liesbeth Verlaet joining Quill in the band’s female vocal duo (with matching nautical motif miniskirts and over-the-knee socks), and Joren Cautaers was the group’s new vibraphonist, although Pieter Claus took a “guest” marimba solo on one track.

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