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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.

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Perception

Interview with PERCEPTION

Over the last couple of years, since I’ve been writing about albums, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to listen some really great records. One such record, precisely an EP titled “Collapse” by UK metallers Perception was recently given to me, and I’ve been listening it from front to back quite a lot.

In the interview below, the band members tell us about this stunning piece of music, so make sure to press the play button below and indulge yourself.

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

Life’s pretty good right now, Collapse has had a great reaction and we’re super appreciative for that. We’re currently having some beers and talking over plans for the next 6 months.

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

Some songs are more melodic, whilst some songs are straight up heavy, the EP really varies across the board and it shows our writing process evolving over a space of 2 years.

Perception - Collapse

What was it like working on the EP?

It was quite a long process. We finished writing the EP about December 2014 but we had to postpone its recording & release because of line-up changes. But in hindsight I think it worked out for the better.

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

Yes. I hate to be boring but we can’t reveal anything just yet but we’re in talks with some really cool up and coming UK bands.

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

Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan and maybe the USA, so long as Trump doesn’t become president.

Who and what inspires you the most?

Tom Searle. RIP.

Perception

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

Al – Aside from metal, I’m a massive hip-hop fan, artists like Kendrick Lamar, J-Cole and Dr Dre are some of my go to artists in the genre. Some of my favourite releases metal wise over the last year includes bands like Silent Planet, they’re killing it currently. My everyday listening can vary massively though, from Kendrick all the way to Justin Bieber (sorry not sorry).

As far as influence on my playing, allot of funk bassist push me to make my playing as groovy as possible. But still keep it appropriate for the music we play. Also Dirty Loops bass player is fucking sick. If you don’t know who they are, go check them out right now.
My musical taste is a bit of mess if I’m honest.

Will – enjoying a bit of Mars Volta and Porcupine Tree at the moment. Also loving a bit of Creeper too and Normandie (check both of them out). In the past I’ve been a big fan of alt-rock and indie i.e. Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Foo Fighters.

Paddy – Massive Ellie Goulding fan (Pre-Delirium, wasn’t a fan), so a lot of her. There’s also this weird indie (ish) band called Agent Fresco who Simon (UK-Tech Fest organiser) showed me and I’m still rocking their latest album ‘Destrier’. Pink Floyd’s Animals and Oh Wonder’s self-titled. All these things definitely effect my playing, perhaps not in the way you might expect, but it does.

Ben – My music music taste varies massively. Im currently well into The King Blues after seeing them at Reading, big on those chilled vibes. As a vocalist I appreciate good singer/songwriters but it varies from Michael Buble to Genesis, to soundtrack music, to nails! Listening to all these different styles has a massive effect on my writing and performance as it opens my mind up so much!

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?

Shove our EP in your ears ‘cause it’s so bad it’s good.

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Vitruvius

Review: Vitruvius – Above The Silvered Sky

There are symphonic metal bands, power metal bands, progressive metal bands, classically influenced and trained metal musicians. Then there are bands that know how to take all those elements and disciplines and perfectly balance them into their own unique sound. This is what Mexico City’s own Vitruvius have done on their second full-length Above The Silvered Sky.  Founded in 2007, Vitruvius have gone through several line-up changes over the course of almost ten years, but the current and the most steady line-up features Dulce Robles on vocals, Oskar Villarreal on guitars and bass, and Ronnie Rodriguez on drums.

Above the Silvered Sky

It was sharing stages and hours of rehearsals that gave the band that unique quality to forge their own sound that would manifest itself into one of the strongest albums I have heard in 2016 so far. It was if they have taken a concerto orchestra and transcribed it on to heavy guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Not like an opera but like a supporting multi piece instrumental orchestra in the supporting act of a musical.

Although the tracks seem short in length at times, the listener still has a epic listening experience through various time signatures and change progressions. There is always a hook or unpredictable harmony or melody around the corner of every track on the album. The harmonies are executed with clarity and the instrumental melodies compliment those harmonies with grace and poise. The rhythm sections are insane and tight in some places. Vitruvius is definitely a band for fans of symphonic, melodic, progressive metal with influences of jazz fusion.

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Tribal

Review: Tribal – Tribal EP

Tribal is a new band on the international metal scene which combines modern metal sound with traditional Brazilian music. Massive riffs accompanied with djent and influences of metalcore add to the variety.

Their debut self-titled EP was released this past February. It includes six songs and it is a little longer than 30 minutes. The EP starts with “The Age of Frustration.” The song has an epic intro, which directly parts the album from a “classic” djent work. Well thought piece that gives variety. What ultimately grabs listener’s attentions in all songs are guitar solos which often change direction towards more traditional heavy metal sound.

Tribal EP

The thirrd song “Unconditional” also has a different atmosphere that makes the band’s sound separated from the other acts. Additionally there are clean vocals in this one; we could describe this piece as ‘slow’ and maybe we could keep with the word epic a little bit more. This song changes your mind completely about where Tribal are headed to. In the end, everybody loves new, different and well made things.

Tribal is a metal release that didn’t forget its heavy metal roots and with tons of different influences it makes for sure that this band has a lot of potential for something greater.

Soulhenge

Interview with SOULHENGE

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

It’s great, thanks! Enjoying it as much as we can.

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

Right. Well you can expect a dense mixture of heavy but also beautiful elements, creating ambiences that we want to hit you right in the feels. The overall sound is heavy low and tight, yet pretty warm. You will hear proper screams and shouts but also clean vocals, our vocalist has a pretty impressive range. We put a lot of effort in those 4 songs, so I think you can look forward to structured and detailed music, which is interesting to analyse but on the other hand easy to listen to.

What was it like working on the EP?

The songs were actually written instrumentally in 2014 and 2015 already. A new vocalist joined about a year ago so we had to integrate him first into our workflow. So the EP did not pop out suddenly, but was formed over several months and took final shape in January this year. We had to deal with members studying in different countries, it may slowed down the process slightly, but it worked anyway and it was a lot of fun!

Anachronism EP

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

Unfortunately not. We will play local shows for now and use the opportunities that the internet provides us to spread our music across the borders.

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

As a first tour, the Benelux area or Germany pops into our heads! Maybe some day, we could tour across countries like Japan or so, that would be mindblowing.

Who and what inspires you the most?

Of course we got our favorite bands that influence us the most, Monuments, Tesseract, Erra, Veil Of Maya… you name them. But what is also very inspiring are concerts. Being backstage, having a great time on stage with a cool crowd and receiving kind feedback is something that keeps us going and inspires us a lot!

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

I am personally diving a lot into stuff like Plini, Snarky Puppy and similar stuff recently, and I think it has a fairly big impact on my writing. The other members also listen to a lot if different genres, be it 80s rock, electro or even classical. This keeps your mind fresh.

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 very much for having us, it was a pleasure! Well, what can I say… enjoy whatever music you like, it should be able to colour your grey days!