Tag Archives: melodic death metal

The Seathmaw Project

Interview with THE SEATHMAW PROJECT

The Seathmaw Project is Geovanni Munoz, an one-man melodic death metal band from Dallas. In December, he released his third studio album “Inexistence,” and he spoke for Progstravaganza about it, his influences, and other genres.

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

Life is good, it can always be better but it’s good.

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

For the longtime listeners it’s more of the same just more refined, balanced, and sharp.  For the new listeners they can expect a bit of an unorthodox approach to metal.  Typically you get a band that gives you one genre or sub-genre and that’s it, there’s a handful of bands that blend a couple of styles every now and then. Then there’s The Seathmaw Project,  you get a lot of different sub-genres thrown at you and there’s no telling what’s coming next.  The song can start like a thrash metal song and you think it’s going to remain that way but it can merge into a break-beat style, then slap you in the face with some black metal and before you know it you’re leaving the song with a stoner rock style.  It’s bananas!

The Seathmaw Project - Inexistence

What was it like working on the album?

It’s pretty chill, this album kinda just wrote itself.  Since I have full control of everything the only person I have to argue with is myself,  and that leads nowhere so its a simple process.

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

That’s the dream, unfortunately not the reality at the moment, the drawback to being the sole creator of the music is there’s no one around to take the music from the studio to the stage.  The live band would ideally be a five piece, maybe one day.

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

With my previous band Inbryo we toured across the US, and that was fun but that was our backyard. I would love to tour Norway just cause of the amazing metal that has come from there.  Italy would be cool too, and a lot of the sales from my albums seem to come from France, so I’m thinking that be a cool experience to play to my fans in France.

Who and what inspires you the most?

James Hetfield inspires me and lets me know that metal never dies, dude is still cranking out the riffs like a mofo, that’s the coolest most inspiring person in metal today in my opinion.  What keeps me going is the future, what songs I will create, will I learn to sing? the unknown is a great inspiration.

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

Oh man, great question.  I listen to a wide range of music: Indie Rock, Pop, Pop Rock, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Death metal, Black Metal, Symphonic Metal, Goth Metal, Industrial, NuMetal, Melodic Death Metal, Hardcore, Hip-Hop, Traditional Mexican… I could go on for days, I think it’s important to listen to as many genres as you can handle, I’m a music head, I love music.  I think I draw from all of them for sure, a little bit of everything in the stew. My starting band was Metallica so Thrash Metal runs through my veins, I love speed more than anything in all of music, a good fast song regardless of style of music just gets me going.

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 guys for giving me a platform to speak on. To all new and old school fans that have been there from the beginning, thank you, good things are coming, these 3 albums are just the beginning.

“Inexistence” is available from Bandcamp.

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.

Civortep - The Return

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.

As A Conceit

Review: As A Conceit – Frown Upon Us

There are many ways of creating music. Following the rules, being bound of genre limitations, or letting your wheels go off road to wherever you want your sound to reach out. This change in the direction only brings rich melodies, “new” tunes, tasty sound.

As a Conceit, a hardcore band from Italy, is one of those off-roadsters. They don’t follow the rules but create their own way. Their album “Frown Upon Us” is a great example which walks around melodic death metal, with additions of nice progressive clean vocals. There is a mystic side of the album in the way of narrative and female vocals.

frown-upon-us

“Frown Upon Us” may remind you of some In Flames works, some Korn, Slipknot and most prominently Architects. From the first moment until the last, the record is full of tasty, energetic melodies. “Frown Upon Us” stays true to hardcore with great passages through melodic death metal.

“Frown Upon Us” is one of those great records from 2016 that might be overlooked. With its rich sound it will make your ears satisfied no matter what kind of genre takes your attention.

Follow As A Conceit on Facebook.

Astral Path

Review: Astral Path – Ashes Dancer

Astral Path is an Italian melodic death metal band with elements borrowed from Swedish death metal and progressive metal. They released their debut album this past summer titled “Ashes Dancer.” As the band members are together since 2011, it is reflected on their sound that they have been working hardly on their debut effort. Both musically, and lyrically “Ashes Dancer” has its dark side but never forgets to be melodic from the beginning to the end.

Ashes Dancer

Eugene Yu, lead vocalist has a great voice especially when it comes to clean vocals. A thick voice, ready to sing any kind of high pitched parts in a song. Which brings the album its power. Passages between growl and clean vocals are very well designed and executed. And more importantly they sound very tasty.

There are eight tracks on Ashes Dancer. Another highlight here are great and imaginative guitar solos. They are carrying the songs on a closer level to progressive metal and display the band’s influences, which range from old Opeth, Between The Buried And Me and Dark Tranquility.

It is hard to say that Astral Path bring something new to the scene, but without hesitation it can be said they brought a tasteful album, very well composed and executed. It highly satisfies the expectations from a listener.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/astralpathmusic

https://astralpathmilan.bandcamp.com/releases

Xeno

Review: Xeno – Atlas Construct

Xeno is a melodic death metal band from the Netherlands. The band came together in 2012, and they released their debut album this past summer titled “Atlas Construct.” A promising piece, with various different elements blended together. It could be easily said that “Atlas Construct” forces the limits of the melodic death metal genre. Different nuances all around give the record its uniqueness.

No matter of it being classified as melodic death metal, “Atlas Construct” collects lots of elements that are coming from other genres such as symphonic and progressive metal. Because of that, the record gives almost a theatrical vibe. All that is wrapped up with prog metal riffs and structure.

Xeno - Atlas Construct

“Atlas Construct” has eight songs in total. The first track is a symphonic intro which actually hints on what awaits ahead. Until the sixth track, each song comes as quite steady melodic death metal piece with many visits to the prog metal camp. With “Construct Part II: Columns Of Creation” the sound eases a little bit, branching out towards more down-to-the-ground vibes. Well-thought melodic lines on “Atlas” definitely single out this piece as one of the highlights.

Melodic, progressive, heavy and cinematic — that is how I would described this debut effort by Xeno. Highly recommended.

Links:

xenometal.com

Bandcamp