FUNERAL BAPTISM sign with Loud Rage Music

Funeral Baptism, the Bucharest Black Metal duo that recently took the Romanian Extreme Metal scene by storm with the release of their excellent second EP, Gate, have just reached an agreement with Loud Rage Music regarding the upcoming release of the band’s debut album, scheduled for the second part of this year.

Gate, the band’s second EP and first in a duo line-up, is now available for free streaming and downloading here: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/funeral-baptism-gate, a preview of what the full-length album will have to offer.

Funeral Baptism was formed back in 2014 in Villa Gessel, Argentina by guitarist Damian Batista. The same year, the “Blasphemous Desires” EP is released, showing a straightforward black metal style with an atmospheric twist.

In 2016 the band is relocated to Bucharest, Romania and with the inclusion of new vocalist, Liviu UstinescuFuneral Baptism releases their second EP named “Gate” in March 2017.

This new EP introduces a more aggressive style adding a death metal influence yet retaining the atmospheric overtones of the first release.

At the moment the band’s line-up is made of 2 members

Damian (ex-Akral Necrosis) – guitar/bass
Liviu (Din Umbra) – vocals/lyrics

Contacts:

Funeral Baptism:
www.facebook.com/FuneralBaptismBM
funeralbaptism.bandcamp.com
funeralbaptism@gmail.com

Prog-Sphere Premiere Guitar Shredder Matt Chanway Playthrough Video ‘271114’; Debut Album Out Now!

Guitar virtuoso Matt Chanway has made a name for himself with well-regarded Canadian death/thrash metal band Assimilation.

Last December, Chanway unleashed his self-titled solo debut album: a sonic masterpiece that merges the old and new school. Razor sharp riffs meld with soaring solos; progression with power! Inspired by the likes of George Lynch and Jeff Loomis, Chanway (who has a diploma in guitar performance from the University of West London) is the ideal guitar hero for the 21st century!

Describing his sound as “melodic, relentless, energetic progressive metal” and influenced by the likes of Nevermore, Circus Maximus, Tony Macalpine, Aghora and Revocation, Chanway explains that “initially this music was written for a progressive metal project called Chancellor in 2011. After leaving that band, I gradually morphed the tracks into instrumental tunes.”

Chanway reveals his writing process is always honest and organic. “I write all of the guitar parts, generally starting from one theme or motif and just continually building upon it, to create a flowing cohesive piece. Never forcing or rushing anything for the sake of releasing new music. The guitar themes are authentic; the riffs are catchy and addictive.”

Teaming up with Prog-Sphere.com, Chanway demonstrates his shredding skills with his new playthrough for his track ‘271114′ at the following link: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/matt-chanway-271114-playthrough-premiere/

Chanway also states that this is also no studio project and is looking forward to playing his album live, promising “a very authentic recreation of some very challenging music, of course instrumental music is always a different ballgame in a live context. People tend to hone in on the guitar a lot more, and the unique voice it can bring as the band leader!

As well as his own solo album, his band Assimilation will unleash their eagerly-awaited debut album ‘The Laws of Power’ on March 17, 2017, Chanway’s new album is the perfect instrument precursor to that! Not content to rest on his laurels, Chanway is also planning a further instrumental album for 2018.

Track Listing:
1. Evidence of the Arcane (6:22) (instrumental)
2. The Receiver of Wisdom (6:58) (instrumental)
3. Harbinger 2.1 (8:24) (instrumental)
4. 271114 (6:48) (instrumental)
5. Eyes In The Sky (5:48) (instrumental)
6. Lucidity (6:26) (instrumental)
Album Length: 40:49
For More Info:

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“Burstfire solos, frantic time signatures, complicated riffing and the like are all signposts of an artist who wants to see how far he can go. Unsurprisingly, this ambition pays off. The release could stand on its own as proof that Matt could play alongside the world’s greatest in shred guitar.” – Prog Sphere Magazine

“The progressive metal genre never ceases to provide scores of insanely skilled guitar-slingers, and Vancouver’s Matt Chanway can now be recognized as another mind-blowing practitioner of the style.” – Guitar.com

“Ferocious, fast, and fucking awesome, Matt Chanway indeed has a scintillating skill that surely many would aspire to. His compositions are interesting, invigorating, intense, and inspiring: everything instrumental prog metal should be.” – Swept Media

ARMSTRONG METAL FEST Reveal Set Times For 2017 Line Up w/ REVOCATION, NINJASPY, AGGRESSION

Promo Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9zHeA2pKWs
2016 AMF Free Digital Sampler – https://armstrongmetalfest.bandcamp.com/album/armstrong-metalfest-2016-mountain-moshpit-vol-1
(over 90 minutes of headbanging tracks from bands on the 2016 line up)

 
ARMSTRONG METALFEST reveals the set times for their 2017 line up being held on July 14th and 15th at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, BC. This year’s headliners include Boston’s tech death / thrash titans REVOCATION, Vancouver’s reggae-metal fusion NINJASPY, Canadian 80’s thrash legends AGGRESSION and the Broken Neck Radio people’s choice winner GOLERS among many more from across the country. (Full list of bands and set times below.)

Situated in the Okanagan Valley with the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, ARMSTRONG METALFEST, now in its ninth year, is British Columbia’s largest gathering of metalheads from across Western Canada and beyond.

Festival co-founder Jesse Valstar comments:

“The team members of West Metal Entertainment poured their sweat and blood into making this year’s line up for Armstrong Metalfest the best year yet! A large portion of this year’s line up consists of bands who will be releasing albums in 2017. The fact that so many bands in Canada are able to write and record quality material is a real testament to the thriving metal scene we have. The band submission process is a grueling gauntlet of awesomeness, but personally I love every second I dedicate to the brilliant artists of Canadian Metal! 

I am especially excited to have Revocation on this year’s edition of Armstrong Metalfest. Their style is hella fitting for the festival and I know they will be well received! Also, their album “Great Is Our Sin” is fantastic front to back. I’ll be front row center screaming my heart out for sure!

I am very proud of the work our team has put into year nine of Armstrong Metalfest. Our work is paying off, so far this year we have broken every record for ticket sales we have ever had. As a community we built this festival from the ground up. As the festival grows, so does our community. We are all proud of this big beautiful beast!”

Weekend pass available for $120 CAD regular pre-sale with camping included in ticket price. Weekend of festival, the weekend pass will be $160 CAD at the festival gate. Day pass will be available at the festival gate only for $70 CAD. Camping is an additional $20 CAD for day pass per night. Please visit the following link for details and purchase: https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/ 

 

ARMSTRONG METALFEST 2017 Line-Up & Set Times:

Friday, July 14
SET TIMES – BAND
11:00am – 11:25am – DALMERS REALM
11:35am – 12:00pm – SPORE
12:10pm – 12:35pm – THE AVULSION
12:45pm – 1:10pm – SEREPHIC NHILIST
1:20pm – 1:45pm – ARKENFIRE
1:55pm – 2:20pm – ATROUS LEVIATIAN
2:30pm – 2:55pm – OSSIFIC
3:05pm – 3:30pm – NOMAD
3:40pm – 4:05pm – ZUCKUSS
4:15pm – 4:40pm – APPOLYON
4:50pm – 5:15pm – EXPAIN
5:25pm – 5:50pm – DROP DEAD FRED
6:00pm – 6:30pm – WMD
6:40pm – 7:10pm – ANGELMAKER
7:20pm – 7:50pm – EXIT STRATEGY
8:00pm                 100 MAN SHOTGUN (Beer Event)
8:15pm – 8:50pm – ODINFIST
9:10pm – 9:55pm – XUL
10:15pm – 11:00pm – NINJASPY
11:20pm – 12:20am – GOLERS

Saturday, July 15
SET TIMES – BAND
11:00am – 11:25am – TRAIN BIGGER MONKEYS
11:35am – 12:00pm – DRAGSTRIP DEVILS
12:10pm – 12:35pm – GATEKEEPER
12:45pm – 1:10pm – GARDENER
1:20pm – 1:45pm – TALES OF THE TOMB
1:55pm – 2:20pm – CELL
2:30pm – 3:00pm – CITIZEN RAGE
3:10pm – 3:40pm – GLADIUS SKY
3:50pm – 4:20pm – SLAGDUSTER
4:30pm – 5:00pm – GALACTIC PEGASUS
5:10pm – 5:40pm – EYE OF HORUS
5:50pm – 6:25pm – DEAD QUIET
6:25pm – 6:50pm – TRASH WRESTLING
6:50pm – 7:30pm – TERRIFIER
7:30pm – 7:55pm – TRASH WRESTLING
7:55pm – 8:35pm – COCAINE MOUSTACHE
8:35pm – 9:00pm – TRASH WRESTLING EVENT
9:00pm – 9:45pm – PLANET EATER
10:10pm – 10:55pm – AGGRESSION
11:15pm – 12:15am – REVOCATION

About:

Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but eleven local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul and Odinfist to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 was the eighth year of the festival and was its largest year for music and attendance. Previous years of the festival have seen line ups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Beyond Creation, Dayglo Abortions, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Anciients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, Gomorrah among many others.

For more info, please visit www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca

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WCMFA:

Armstrong MetalFest – http://www.armstrongmetalfest.ca
Calgary Metalfest – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com
Days of The Dead – https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfTheDeadRD
Farmageddon Open Air – http://www.farmageddon.ca
Loud As Hell – http://www.loudashell.com
Metalocalypstick – http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks
Metallion – http://www.facebook.com/metallionfestival

Sponsors:

The Green – http://www.thegreen.ca

Absolute Underground Mag – https://www.facebook.com/AbsoluteUndergroundTV

Asher Media Relations – http://www.ashermediarelations.com

Askew’s Foods – http://www.askewsfoods.com/index.php

Broken Neck Radio – http://www.brokenneckradio.com

Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio​ – http://www.cemr.ca

Metal Master Kingdom – http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com

Metal Nation Radio – http://www.metalnationradio.com

PureGrainAudio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com

Rancho Vignola – http://www.ranchovignola.com

X.Kernel – Face The Truth [Ukrainian Melodic Death Metal] on Cimmerian Shade Recordings

X.KERNEL – FACE THE TRUTH
LABEL: CIMMERIAN SHADE RECORDINGS
RELEASE DATE: 07.04.17
The members of X.Kernel first came together in the city of Kiev, in the Ukraine. Initially they were inspired by the sounds of the Gothenburg metal scene – the hard hitting but overtly melodic music of bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork – but as their individual talents blossomed and their song writing skills flourished, so did their unique musical identity. While melodic death metal remained the bedrock of their sound, X.Kernel began to expand and develop in new and exciting directions.
The first hints of just what a potent force X.Kernel were to become could be heard on their 2013 EP, Kingdom Of Pain, a digital self release. Now, after some line-up changes and four years of hard work, all X.Kernel’s potential has been realised in the incredible sounds of their debut album, Face The Truth. The vocal style has expanded to embrace soaring, emotive singing alongside the savage snarls and roars, the keyboard work of Alina Borodkina has come into its own, taking on a defining role in the songs and the music has embraced an exciting, adventurous spirit. The guitars still fire out superb riffs and spiral up into breathtaking solos and the rhythm section can still deliver a hammer blow of heaviness, but X.Kernel are carving out something more. Face The Truth is the sound of a band who are determined to stand out from the crowd, to lead the pack not just run with it.
The quality of Face The Truth was recognised by US label Cimmerian Shade Recordings who were quick to welcome X.Kernel to their roster. Now, on April 7th, the rest of the world will be able to hear the results of this metallic alliance. X.Kernel have combined a mastery of established forms with a fresh and expansive outlook, married depth and emotion to technical skill and forged an album that will capture hearts, minds and souls with its arrival on the field of battle.
Line-up:
Max Sklyar – Vocals
Nikita Larionov – Guitar, Vocals
Alina Borodkina – Keyboards
Oles Malezhyk – Bass

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
For fans of: Dark Tranquillity | Soilwork | In Flames | Evergrey
Further Information: www.facebook.com/xkernelband

LAVA INVOCATOR – Mörk – Out Now!

LAVA INVOCATOR is a mystical black metal formation from Ukraine, the idea of which originated in the small Swedish town of Lund, near Malmö… Dark storm clouds over the Öresund strait, black rocks, high forests and whispers of mysticism mixed in an infernal whirlwind of emotions – so originated the concept of the band.

The band was founded in 2015 by members of another Ukrainian black metal band DEF / LIGHT, after which the team immediately began partaking in concert activities. Infrequent, but with powerful and atmospheric performances, the band quickly won the minds of the circle of audiences, the red-hot lava was deeply ingested and filled among the souls of metalheads. The sound of LAVA INVOCATOR is a dense and verified alloy of iron and steel – tough and uncompromising, and at the same time melodic and atmospheric.

“Mörk” (from Swedish – “Dark”) is the debut work of the band. With the 07 nefarious tracks, the generated music of this album walk the pathway of the traditional black metal, inspired by such icons of the genre such as Dissection, Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Ulver, Darkthrone, etc.  The presence of both malicious ferocity and dismal aura of black metal can be descried.

The Band Stated

“The album is conceptual in essence and puts the listeners in the picture of the story of an intangible essence, which is dark and gloomy in nature”

Label: Satanath Records (Rus) & More Hate Productions  (Rus)

Format: CD

Track – List:
01. Awaken
02. Empyrium Et Nihil
03. Gestapofallos
04. Black Dawn
05. Dark Thunder Sky
06. Totenkampf
07. Mörk


TOTAL RUNNING TIME:37:08

Members:

Guitars & Vocals – Ingvaar
Bass – Silent
Drums –  Yggr

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lava_invocator
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lavainvocator

Ottawa Doom LONGHOUSE Stream ‘No Name, No Marker’; New Album ‘II: Vanishing’ Out April 14th

For Fans of Cult of Luna, High on Fire, Neurosis, Khemmis, Unearthly Trance

Ottawa, ON’s LONGHOUSE came into being in 2013 when guitarist Marc Casey and bassist/vocalist Joshua Cayer turned their long-standing song-writing partnership into a full band with drummer Mike Hache to complete their circle of dark, riffy, heavy textured doom metal. They released their debut album ‘Earth from Water’ in 2015, a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world.

In November 2016, LONGHOUSE returned to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) once again as producer and engineer for the outcome to be their sophomore album entitled “II: Vanishing”. The album continues the pleasing progression of their debut while retaining the band’s core sound of heavy, intricate riffs, splashed with a touch of post-metal to guide you on a dark and visceral journey spanning nearly 40 minutes over five tracks.

“II: Vanishing has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album.” says vocalist / bassist Joshua Cayer. “The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our Elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.”

Those influences can be heard in LONGHOUSE‘s first single “No Name, No Marker”, a song written for the voiceless Indigenous children who were abused and died while forced to attend residential schools in Canada and were buried in unmarked graves.

“No Name, No Marker” streaming at https://longhouse1.bandcamp.com/track/no-name-no-marker-2

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0tVcMo2YoY&feature=youtu.be

“II: Vanishing” will be unleashed digitally on April 14th via their Bandcamp with physical cassette release June 2017 (date to be determined) via Sunmask Records.

Track Listing:
1. Hunter’s Moon (8:38)
2. Vanishing (6:13)
3. Blood And Stone (5:57)
4. No Name, No Marker (7:59)
5. The Vigil (10:06)
EP Length: 38:55

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“The one song from the album released for public listening so far is “No Name, No Marker“, and if you guess that refers to graves, you would be correct. It’s a riveting mix of doom and post-metal with blackened shrieking in the vocal department. After a haunting, grief-stricken opening, the track becomes heavier and more intense by orders of magnitude, eventually becoming a big juggernaut of earthquaking chugs and groaning chords, with guitar leads that shimmer, flicker, and spiral around the powerful rhythms like ghost lights. The wrenching vocals add to the music’s intensity, and the grinding bass solo is a nice touch as well.” – No Clean Singing

“Longhouse plays a musical style that takes sludge and doom metal and mixes them with with a very heavy vocal approach to create a very dark sounding recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover various spiritual and occult concepts.”  – Doomed to Darkness

Maxdmyz – Alchemical Metal – Dystopian Metal on Renegade Records – April 2017

MAXDMYZ – ALCHEMICAL METAL
LABEL: RENEGADE RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2017
The sound of Maxdmyz has always been built upon the principle of absolute freedom. They follow no orders, defy all expectations and respect no rules but their own. Armed with their palette of endless colours these sonic rebels have produced music as eclectic as it is explosive. They have poured emotion into a heart of steel, crafting a music machine driven by love, hate, rage and joy, sadness, regret and hope. This band can deliver a hammer blow with an iron fist, bewitch your body into a pulsing dance or simply obliterate you in a wall of cyber noise. All of this and more can be found on their latest release, the beguiling, untameable, impossible to cage Alchemical Metal.
Alchemical Metal takes every element of the Maxdmyz live show that has enthralled crowds from London to New York and blends them into a quicksilver potion of magical intensity. The voice of front man Twister leads you into a labyrinth of sound, a maze of spine shattering blast beats, convulsing bass, shimmering synths and riffs like a war machine. You’ll be enchanted and broken, raised up to dizzying heights of euphoria and crushed into the dirt of bitter, black despair. From a reason to live to down in the dirt, via hell…
How do you categorise a band like Maxdmyz? What genre tag do you tie to them? The truth is, that they simply will not be put in anyone else’s box and the only name that fits is one of their own making – Alchemical Metal; the collision of science and sorcery, the transformation of the mundane to the magical, base metal into gold. It’s time to try a new drug, take the path less travelled, leap into the dark and watch an array of colours explode around you. Live hard, live fast and feel every moment to the max. Alchemical Metal is here to take you on a new ride. Take a deep breath and hold on tight…

Line-up:
Twister – Vocals/FX
A’Zedd – Bass
Roger – Guitar/FX/Programming
Jamie – Drums/FX/Programming
Vortex – Keys/Programming

Genre: Alchemical Metal
For fans of: Rammstein | White Zombie | Ministry | Sisters Of Mercy
Further Information: www.maxdmyz.uk
“Maxdmyz effortlessly traverse the genres” – INSIDE SHOCK

Netherbird — Hymns From Realms Yonder – Out April 2017

NETHERBIRD sprung into existence October 30th 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden when Nephente, Bizmark and Grim decided to start collaborating. The was goal was to create harsh metal with influences from both black and death metal without any regard or limitation when it comes to style or even line up. Since their journey began, the band has released four well-received albums featuring guest appearances from members of At the Gates, Katatonia, Lord Belial, Dissection, among others.

A broad retrospective of all rarities, covers and non-album tracks throughout Netherbird history, Hymns from Realms Yonder is a must-have for every collector. Tunes that were once available as digital releases only have now been gathered into one CD summarizing the band’s creative journey through the first decade of its existence. Written and recorded during different session and lineups, these songs present a staggering sonic rollercoaster when it comes to their sound, tone and atmosphere, at the same time remaining recognizable and keeping all the distinctive elements that made Netherbird who they are today.

Original tunes (single b-sides as well as limited EP’s material) are neighboured by several cover versions of renowned classics of metal and obscure alternative, including Annihilator, Paradise Lost, and Sentenced. Vika Yermolyeva’s masterpiece piano rendition of Pillars of the Sky is definitely a rare gem to crown the album. The release is scheduled for the 7th of April, 2017, via Black Lodge Records.

Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Release Date: 7 April, 2017

Label: Black Lodge Records

Format: CD & Digital

 
Track – List:

1. Brazen Splendor
2. Scuptors and Specres
3. Myosotis Scorpioides
4. Abysmal Allure
5. Swedish Sadness (Sorrow’s My Vessel)
6. Born Defiant
7. Shadows and Snow
8. Twilight Gushes Forth….
9. Nightwards
10. Ode to the False (esse non Videri)
11. As I Die
12. Nepenthe
13. Alison Hell
14. Firmanent Vacation
15. Conquest, Love & Self Perseverance. The Gospel Of Aptitude
16. Pillars (Reprise)
Members:

Vocals: Nephente
Guitars, Keyboards: Bizmark
Guitars, Vocals: Nord

(Along with several guest appearances)

Fist Of Satan 666 – Episode 010 – Death ‘n’ Roll

Every now and then I come across a sub-genre of metal that just kicks my ass! This week it was Death ‘n’ Roll that kicked my ass and got my toes tapping!

0:00 – Kemerov – Plague Of Nations

From the album ‘FMKD’ released on Vault Relics in 2017.
Country of Origin: Greece

http://kemerov.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kemerovgr/

4:05 – The Generals – Consulting With The Sinner

From the album ‘Stand Up Straight’ released by Metal Central in 2009
Country of Origin: Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Generals/132744973464758
http://www.thegenerals.se/

8:00 – Chrome Division – Serial Killer

From the album ‘Doomsday Rock ‘n’ Roll’ release by Nuclear Blast in 2006.
Country of Origin: Norway

http://www.facebook.com/chromedivision

11:42 – Convulse – The Green Is Grey

From the album ‘Reflections’ released in 1994 by Relapse Records
Country of Origin: Finland

http://convulseband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Convulse

15:01 – Motorjesus – Motor Discipline

From the album ‘Wheels of Purgatory’ release by Drakkar Records in 2010.
Country of Origin: Germany

http://www.facebook.com/motorjesus
http://www.motorjesus.com/

18:30 – Sinatras – Something To Hate

From the album ‘Drowned’ released by logic(il)logic Records in 2017.
Country of Origin: Italy

http://sinatras.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.sinatras-band.com/

23:27 – The Carburetors – Allright, Allright

From the album ‘Pain Is Temporary, Glory Is Forever’ released by FaceFront in 2004.
Country of Origin: Norway

http://www.thecarburetors.com/

26:53 – Sanctimony – Human Grudge

From the album ‘Unholy Five’ released by Thunderforge Records in 2016
Country of Origin: Latvia

http://www.sanctimony.lv/
https://twitter.com/sanctimony

32:37 – Blackshine – Born A Denier

From the album ‘Lifeblood’ released by Dockyard 1 Records in 2006.
Country of Origin: Sweden

36:34 – Phazm – The Soothsayer

From the album ‘Scornful of Icons’ released by Osmose Productions in 2006
Country of Origin: France

http://thetruephazm.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thetruephazm?fref=ts

40:51 – Chief Rebel Angel – Mean Machine

From the album ‘Death Rock City’ released by Edge Records in 2007
Country of Origin: Hungary

https://www.facebook.com/chiefrebelangelbudapest/

43:30 – Feral – Reborn In The Morgue

From the album ‘From The Mortuary’ released by Cyclone Empire in 2016
Country Of Origin: Swden

http://www.feral.se/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Feral/102289189809609?ref=ts

48:44 – Horrific – Dead At Midnight

From the album ‘Your Worst Nightmare’ released by Razorback Recordings in 2009.
Country of Origin: USA

53:32 – Demoniah – A Wolf Wanting Fresh Meat

From the album ‘Uncontrolled’ released independently in 2015.
Country of Origin: Brazil

http://demoniah.bandcamp.com/

58:20 – Jesus Chrüsler Supercar – I Gotta Go

From the album ’35 Supersonic’ released by Rodeostar Records in 2016
Country of Origin: Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/jesuschruslersupercar
http://jesuschruslersupercar.com/

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Interview With Frowning (Germany)

Fist Of Satan: As with all reviews I try to do my homework on the band. While there were several reviews of your debut and latest release I didn’t find much on the band (or Val Atra Niteris) specifically. Was this a conscious attempt to let the music speak for itself? Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and the band?

Frowning: Well there have been just a few interviews yet, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk that much.
I got into Funeral Doom in 2010 when I was 16 – listening to Evoken. So I tried to create my own funeral doom song which is named Day In Black it’s on the debut. But my first official record came out in 2014 cause I wasn’t sure about my musical style before that.

FOS: Frowning’s first releases appeared as singles over several months in 2011 via, surprisingly,  YouTube. Funeral doom is well known for paying tribute to traditions but you took a very non-tractional path when you first started out. Why digitally and YouTube specifically?

F: I guess it was the best opportunity to get attention and responds. It’s not easy to sell a record from a band no one knows.

I just wanted to know if my music is accepted or not. Also it’s really hard to find a good Label.

FOS: You cite pioneering bands such as Mournful Congregation, Evoken and Pantheist as  your inspiration to create moving funeral doom. Everybody talks about being inspired but very few take action on that inspiration. What was the catalyst that brought Frowning into reality?

F: There wasn’t that one moment, there were a couple of things and time after time things started to get real. First I realized I wanna do Funeral Doom only, next one was to get a good name for the genre, after that I tried to do a couple of songs which fit together to one record and the final step was the first record – the split with Aphonic Threnody.

FOS: Still on the subject of inspirations you are obviously inspired by the Romantic Era of music from 200 years ago. On your latest release you cover Frédéric Chopin’s Marche Funèbre (Funeral March).

Romantic Era music has been described as:

“more expressive and emotional, expanding to encompass literary, artistic, and philosophical themes.”

“composers including Dvořák, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Puccini, and Sibelius built on the work of middle Romantic composers to create even more complex – and often much longer – musical works.”

Traits of Romantic Era music include:

“a focus on the nocturnal, the ghostly, the frightful, and terrifying”

“fantastic seeing and spiritual experiences”

That sounds like funeral doom to me. Is funeral doom music just a modern version of Romantic Era music?

F: Well for me it is. If you take a look at the lyrics it’s pure poetry, not when I write lyrics cause I suck on writing, which was the reason I let  write some lyrics for this new album. But you can also take a look to other bands like Evoken, it’s pure poetry. And on the musical side I guess you can here a lot of classical elements taken from the romantic era…

FOS: A frequent comment I hear about Frowning, which I completely agree with, is that both Funeral Impressions and Extinct are very well written and well recorded/produced. This is not something you tend to hear when discussing one man bands. The sole member usually excels in one or two places but is lacking in other areas. 

Are you just the total package or were there others involved? 

F: Usually I do all the musical stuff alone but I had some features on ‘Extinct’. Which includes my close friend Hekjal from my other band Ad Cinerem who sings the first lines of “Encumbered By Vermin”. Also S.G. from Suffer Yourself who did a duet together with me on “Nocturnal Void”. The organ on Marché Funebre is played by my father.

But besides that I did all stuff by myself  so I played the drums, bass, guitars and synths and of course did the rest of the vocals. As mentioned earlier I suck at writing lyrics, on the last album I had some good ideas but this time I decided to let people write for me, there’s only one lyrics written by me. I guess I’m a musician only but not a writer.

FOS: Funeral doom has a very distinct sound which you have nailed perfectly. Can you talk about the gear you used to achieve your sound? Both instruments and recording. I know some gear heads frequent our site so please geek out as much as you want.

F: My equipment on “extinct”:

B.C. Rich Warlock
Fernandes Ravelle Elite
Gibson Les Paul Studio
ESP LTD F-105 Bass
Tama Starclassic B/B Drums with a Starclassic Bubinga Snare
Sabian Cymbals
Logic 9 pro for recording

FOS: Extinct and Funeral Impressions are great examples of “classic” funeral doom. You draw the listener in with ethereal and almost ghostly sections only to hit them with thundering doom riffs.

I know Extinct was only just released but do you plan to continue down this path in the future or are there plans to introduce new elements into your sound?

F: Always, but what I plan is a secret yet.

FOS: Regarding the songwriting and composition specifically it’s clear you know what you’re doing. Are you a classically trained musician?

F: No, I learned drums for years and when I was a child I was teached a little bit piano, but the rest is autodidactic.

FOS It’s clear you’re inspired musically by your funeral doom predecessors and as far back as the Romantic Era. Are you inspired by more contemporary elements? Musical or otherwise?

F: Of course, there is gregorianik chamber stuff for example, the toccata’s of Bach and a lot more.

FOS: Now that Extinct is released what does 2017 hold for Frowning? Do you plan to assemble a live band and perform shows?

F: I already did perform on my release party and I will continue with that.

FOS: Stanislav Govorukha of Suffer Yourself and Hekjal of Ad Cinerem contributed to two tracks on Extinct. Can you talk about how this collaboration came about and what you feel they brought to the overall Frowning sound?

F: Already answered I guess^^

FOS: Thanks very much for doing this interview. The final words are yours.

F: Thanks for having me. Keep on spreading darkness and decease.