So, I had my first ‘Elysion Fields’ session this evening. I sat down in a comfy seat with a coffee and just played through their EP. I had just a feeling that these guys would create some great music, but to my surprise, it sounded better than I thought! Each song has its own individual sound and none of them sound remotely the same.
The first track entitled ‘The Forerunner’ starts off the EP very nicely. Its catchy sound which involves a not too deep but continuously great scream with the added heavy and very effective beats go really well with the guitarists, who also add a few tricky solos into the mix to make this EP have the best possible start!
Just after enjoying the first track (after playing it several times), I set some very high standards for track two. A cracking second for the guys in ‘ELYSION FIELDS’! Kicks in very nicely with some very catchy guitar riffs and a chorus to make your ears want more! This track made me think about all the metal bands I’ve seen and how much fun they have been on stage. Just by hearing two tracks, I have my ears and eyes open for ‘Elysion Fields’ tour dates, hoping they will one day come to the UK.
After ‘Legends’ came ‘Retribution’. Paced and clever beats with a mix of the normal screamy vocals and some softer backing vocals that stamp down a mark on this band, ”quite extraordinary”. To say that this is the bands first year together, I think they have done terrifically well to get such great songs together for this EP.
The next track, ‘Breathe in Solace’, didn’t let off as many sparks as the previous three tracks, at first.. I got almost a minute and half into the track and again, felt that great feeling that this band obviously have. Again, softer vocals occasionally came into the mix, making this track quite beautiful in the end.
‘Edge of Reason’ was the fifth track. I had the feeling that this sounded a tad like a Parkway Drive song. The strong continuous screams, again with a high paced tune and a nice little break-down added to the mix certainly makes you wonder how great their live shows would be – I’d certainly like to find out!
So the sixth and final track ‘The End in Sight’ was a real shocker to listen to at first. A different sound again to the rest, and a certain great ending to their EP, which I’ve really enjoyed hearing. You listen to all these big bands such as ‘Parkway Drive’ and ‘I Killed the Prom Queen’ and just know that these guys are only half a step behind them. They have the talent and sound to make it big, I feel. Their tracks have such great break-downs and guitar riffs to keep you on your feet and enjoy yourself. ‘Elysion Fields’ have certainly opened my eyes tonight, kept me awake at such a silly hour with the class they produce. A great EP, great band, and hopefully one day I’ll be able to say how great the show they put on was!
I’ve found it hard to explain how great this band is, to explain their music and the feelings that come with it. I guess you will have to make your own mind up on this one.
This is the third album release from the Welsh metalers, and lead vocalist Matthew Tuck feels this is the bands very best work yet! With albums such as ‘The Poison’, and’ Scream Aim Fire’ behind them, this wonderfully acomplished album from the four piece from Bridgend is nothing short of stunning! With new songs such as ‘The Last Fight’, and ‘Your Betrayal’, you can just tell that this is going to be a big selling album.
Here is the tracklist:
1. Your Betrayal
3. The Last Fight
4. A Place Where You Belong
5. Pleasure And Pain
7. Breaking Out, Breaking Down
8. Bittersweet Memories
10. Begging For Mercy
11. Pretty On The Outside
The songs have some outstanding guitar solos, which you would expect from Bullet for my Valentine. ‘Scream, Aim, Fire’ missed something that the new album ’The Poison’ has, and that was a lot of good Matt-Tuck style screaming. This was due to Matt having throat surgery. On this new record, you can tell that his voice is amazing again after the surgery.
This album is sure to be a hit and so I recommend that you buy it as soon as you can. The release date was the 26th of April, so grab your coat and buy yourself an album that you will be thrilled with!
So, here is screamo.co.uk’s second interview from last Tuesday nights show in Leeds. Hope you enjoyed our first interview with Joey Wilson of A Skylit Drive. Today we have Shawn Milke of Alesana. We hope you enjoy! Keep your eyes out for our third and final interview with the hot drummer from A Skylit Drive, Cory La Quay .
Check back at screamo.co.uk for our third interview with Cory La Quay and photo’s of The Emptiness Tour at the Cockpit in Leeds. Hope you enjoy the interviews.
Rock City in Nottingham is a really great venue. I particularly like the Basement as I feel it’s more intimate and you get to interact with the bands a lot better. The downside of this small venue is that the lighting is pretty rubbish, although I don’t think that really matters that much and occasionally the sound can be quite bad. Fortunately there happened to be a really good sound man who did an amazing job.
The first band to perform, Fenix Fire, were already playing as I arrived and I was surprised to find the place quite busy. The crowd were enjoying themselves immensely and had created several large circle pits already. Fenix Fire really knew how to get the crowd going and were giving away free t-shirts all night. They are a Nottingham based band and clearly most of the audience was made up of their followers as everyone was singing along to their songs. It was obvious they felt very comfortable in the familiar surroundings. This was their first time playing at Rock City and you could tell they were enjoying themselves. I felt that their best song of the night was ‘Run This City’ and I think the crowd agreed! I thought that the vocals were fantastic and they played a couple of really great guitar solos. The all looked so stylish and not surprisingly were popular with the teenage girls! I’m really glad I got to see them and will definitely be popping along to more of their Nottingham based performances.
Yashin was the second band to perform and I personally felt they were the best band of the evening, in fact I would say they were the best band I’ve seen in a long time! They really knew how to interact with the crowd, with everyone singing along to every song. In between songs they talked to the audience and were actually quite funny. There was a great mix of screaming and singing vocals from lead singers Harry and Kevin. The vocals were so clear and the screaming was incredible. They worked really well together on stage and just sounded amazing. Even though the stage was tiny and there are six guys in the band, they managed to make good use of the space by climbing onto the speakers and jumping into the crowd. ‘The First Rule of Fight Club’ probably got the biggest response from fans who preceded to create massive mosh pits and even a wall of death. Towards the end of the set they played a cover of Britney Spears ‘Everytime’, which went down incredibly well with the fans. I really really enjoyed their performance and it was very evident that the crowd did to. I am very excited to see how this year is for them because I think they are going to be huge.
Finally Glamour of the Kill graced the stage after an epic intro. As soon as they began playing the mosh pits started, the crowd created a huge circle pit that basically filled the whole room. It was pretty crowded as it’s a very small venue so you couldn’t help but get swept up in the enthusiasm. Just like the previous bands, they had great interaction with the crowd and stage presence was definitely there. They played a good mix of old and new songs with the crowd pleasers of the night being ‘Worlds End’ and ‘A Hope in Hell’. They sounded really great, absolutely note perfect. In fact all the bands sounded brilliant. I can imagine with the venue being so small that it’s difficult to get everyone sounding good, but the sound man did a fantastic job. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to take any photos; I was blocked by rows of teenage girls waving their camera phones about! The crowd was definitely on the younger side, which I predicted considering that the style of music is really popular among teenagers.
Overall I really enjoyed this gig and felt that all the bands were incredible. I couldn’t get over how great they all sounded. I will definitely be keeping an eye on all of these bands. If you want to check them out go to their MySpace pages:
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Writing this review is bringing back some great memories of Tuesday nights ‘The Emptiness Tour’ at the Cockpit in Leeds. The venue isn’t the biggest I’ve been to, nor the smallest. It has a nice neat merchandise part with a bar across the opposite side of the room. As I walked through the merch room into the main room, Bury Tomorrow had already taken to the stage. What I heard and saw drew me into the crowd more and more. I had to be careful not to get pushed into the mosh pit, which I don’t think ended whilst Bury Tomorrow entertained the crowd. There was atleast two dozen members of the audience stood between my camera and the band, swinging their arms and floor punching around the packed venue. This made it hard to get any good shots of the band. If you see the band on youtube performing live, the video’s I’ve seen don’t do the band justice as they were better and more energetic than I thought. The screams and clear vocals mixed together created what all the bands that night had, pure quality and extremely energetic performances. A great start to the show.
The next band to take to the stage are actually my favourite band. I had high expectations for A Skylit Drive, and they certainly fulfilled my expectations and beyond! With guitarist Nick Miller not being present for this tour due to an accident he had, the band still played the show with his replacement, who did really well and didn’t let the rest of the band down.
Chants of ”ASD, ASD, ASD” came from an excited audience. The room went dark, the band took to the stage with vocalist Michael ”Jag” Jagmin coming on last. A cheer for the guys quickly started their set off, and from then until the last chord was struck, I enjoyed it all! Such a fun band to hear and to watch. I feel that each part played could not sound any better. The band go out and give it all they have got.
The band played about 7-8 songs on their set, each sounding fantastic! Whilst the rooms atmosphere was excellent and the high pitched vocals from Jag and the screams from bassist/vocalist Brian White roared out, you could actually see how much fun the guys had on stage. The cheers certainly made ASD feel welcome which was nice to see.
The final and main band, Alesana took to the stage all dressed in black and white suits. I have seen photos with them all dressed smartly before but didn’t relise they did shows like that. I think its kind of cool, certainly different, and pretty damn warm I bet!
Their performance blew me away! By this time I wasn’t too near the front as I was whilst watching ASD. I have to say, Alesana are very good live! Each song they played sounded near to the quality as their album sounds. Again, the clear vocals mixed with pacey screams gave the fans of Alesana something to swing their arms and jump around at! Very strong and fun vocals, I’d say. Continuous moshing and air punching took place. A great band live. Really glad I got to see them.
Before the doors opened, screamo.co.uk interviewed Shawn Milke of Alesana and also got an interview and talked about tattoo’s with Joey Wilson and Cory La Quay of A Skylit Drive. You can find the video interviews on our website and Youtube page.
Screamo.co.uk’s best wishes go out to Nick of A Skylit Drive. Hope he gets to join his band again soon for the rest of the tour.
Did you go to any dates on this tour? Seen any of the bands before? Let us know what you think to them. Screamo.co.uk will keep you updated on everything Bury Tomorrow, A Skylit Drive and Alesana.
Photo’s of Tuesday night will be up on our website very soon, www.screamo.co.uk.
We have more news today, this time about Deathcore gods Stigma:
In a last minute fill-in, Stefano “Vlad” Ghersi of Stigma stepped into vocal duties for Viatrophy at their last ever London show, which is part of Viatrophy’s last tour before breaking up.
Fan-filmed live footage has been taken of this event:
Vlad commented on the experience:
“I was in London doing interviews for our new album “Concerto for the Undead” and made plans to attend Viatrophy’s last ever London show with our UK PR agent and a friend.
When meeting with the band they told me Adam (vocals) was sick, so they were thinking about cancelling the show. They asked if I knew their songs and if I was up for singing. Viatrophy is one of my favorite bands and has been an influence of ours, so of course I agreed and an hour later I was on stage!
It was definitely a great experience and huge honor! I wish Adam a quick recovery and best of luck to the rest of the band. It’s just a shame the band is splitting up, but I’m sure they’ll do just great with any project the join!”
Stigma’s ‘Concerto for the Undead’ was produced at Fear Studio by ex-Bleeding Through and current Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Jona Weinhofen and was mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (Behemoth, Cradle Of Filth, Sylosis). The record is out May 3rd in the UK via Pivotal Rockordings.
Amazing footage! Make sure you visit screamo.co.uk again for more deathcore news.
Photo credit: Enrico Caputo
HIM (His Infernal Majesty) are an alternative metal band from Helsinki, Finland. The band describes their music as ‘love metal’. The current line-up consists of: Ville Valo – lead vocals, Mikko Lindstrom – lead guitar, Mikko Paananen – bass guitar & backing vocals, Janne Puurtinen – keyboard & backing vocals, Mika Karppinen – drums & percussion.
HIM released their debut album Greatest Love Songs Vol.666 in1997 and have since gone on to produce 6 more albums, the latest being Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, based on Ville Valo’s experiences of falling in love. Recording began on 3rd August 2009 and it was released on 8th February 2010 here in the UK.
This album shows a return to the more familiar style of the earlier Razorblade Romance and Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights albums. Although delightfully melancholy it still manages to remain very catchy and slightly poppy while still being full of Ville’s trademark emotional vocals and lyrics. It’s definitely the most commercial album they have ever produced.
The lead single from Screamworks, Heartkiller, was released in December ’09 as a digital download, whetting the taste buds of fans, then released in “hard” format in February the week before the album. It really sets the tone for the whole album with its radio-friendly melodic feel.
The second single from the album, Scared to Death, is one of the more poppy songs, full of positive lyrics and an upbeat tempo. Katherine Wheel is definitely reminiscent of earlier singles such as Right Here in My Arms and In Joy and Sorrow but with a new edgy twist. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness) stands out as being a beautiful ballad with a brilliant guitar solo, and a sing along chorus that’s bound to be a hit during live shows.
February 25th 2010 was the release date for three HIM singles on Rock Band: Heartkiller and Ode to Solitude from their new album, and the old favourite Wings of a Butterfly from Dark Light. On 25th March the band asked fans to film themselves performing ‘Heartkiller’ and to upload it to HIM’s YouTube channel in an attempt to set the record for the largest global Rock Band performance.
HIM also have a side project band called Daniel Lioneye, formed in 2001. This consists of several HIM members including Lindstrom, Paananen, Puurtinen and Valo. They are due to release their second album ‘Vol II’ on 27th April and is said to be heavier than their debut and influenced a lot by black metal, a completely different style to the easy listening HIM.
HIM are currently touring the United States and Canada with a return to the UK in June for Download Festival, playing alongside bands such as Stone Sour, 30 Seconds to Mars, Bullet For My Valentine and A Day to Remember.
Overall the album has taken a very Americanised direction, with punky riffs, catchy guitar solos and upbeat vocals. With a mixture of crooning for the emo generation and heartfelt screaming this album has completely moved away from the harsher, heavier Venus Doom to something more melancholy and accessible. This album will not fail to attract new fans whilst still pleasing the established fan base.
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Our latest interview is from Sweden’s fresh and alternative post-hardcore/metal band A Hole Inside. To accompany their new EP The Face of Ignorance, they’ve given us an interview. Read on to find out all about them, and what makes them much more interesting than the average post-hardcore wannabes…
Who are you, and where are you from? Who are your band members?
We are a metal/hardcore/pop band from the deepest forest in Sweden. But we look more like some type of pop-rockers, haha. We listen to alot of pop actually, but we try to play some old school hardcore with a modern touch. We like that raw emotion in hardcore, and those catchy pop choruses. The love for the contrast of those two things was what got us all together.
We all live in a small town, Kinna, Sweden. We started because we just wanted to make music that we love to listen to. Our band right now consists of Me (Marcus Carlzon) on vocals and rhythm guitar, Simon Hassellund on lead guitar, Joachim Ragnarsson on bass and Aron Bergstrom on drums. We are planning on adding another member so I can just do vocals.
What genre(s) do you play? Which bands most inspire you?
I don’t know what to say really, I think we would fit in the post-hardcore/metal category. Our sound is pretty old school hardcore with a new touch. We don’t want to sound like any other band out there, we want to sound like us. We listen to alot of different genres and bands but I would say the bands that inspire us the most are the ones that write really great songs. If would had to pick some bands from the HUGE list of bands we like I would say bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars, Raised Fist, From Autumn To Ashes, Yellowcard, Story Of The Year and A Day To Remember… oh yeah, I can’t forget Slipknot, In Flames and Metallica.
Tell us a bit about how you formed. What attracted you to each other musically?
I (Marcus) always wanted to play music and start a band since I was a kid, but didn’t get into it until I was maybe 18 (I am 22 now). I started to take singing lessons and one of my friends hooked me up with this cool dude that played guitar. We met at his place and wrote our first song ever, “Failed”, which is on our first EP “Steps We Have To Follow”.
We were so stoked we could write a song that we loved that we started to search for other band members, and found some not-so-good dudes to play with. We tried to play covers at first but it was so boring we started to write more songs. There were two songs that we played for four hours every day for like three months before we decided that the other members had to go. So me and Simon started to write songs in his bedroom, which turned out to be the six songs that are on our first EP. We had all the songs shittily recorded in my basement, and asked various people if they could play bass since we thought we needed that.
And that was how we found our drummer Aron: we asked him if he could play bass but he said “No, I can play guitar but I’d rather play drums because I’ve been playing for 12 years!” So we sent him the songs and he was super-stoked! We drove to his place in the middle of the night to talk to him, and then started to rehearse the songs immediately. Eventually we forced a friend, Joachim, to start to play bass (he had played guitar before) to complete our lineup.
So there we were in the middle of the summer 2008 with 6 songs written, and we were super-stoked about it so we recorded them only one month after, with my friend Andreas Sjödin. He really helped us out since we didn’t know shit about recording because we’d never done it before.
As to how we were attracted to each other musically, we all had the same musical taste and what agreed on what we wanted to sound like. We wanted to be some kind of old school hardcore band with new influences: we all liked From Autumn To Ashes, Raised Fist and other similar bands. But we also liked also alot of pop/punk rock bands such as Yellowcard, Sum 41 and Saosin. We just loved what was coming out of us and wanted to do more. So we just kept writing and writing and having a good time.
Were any of you in any bands previously? Any stories about them?
Simon was in a band: they had actually really good songs and they were only fifteen at the time. The drummer in that band formed another band which is going really well (they won the Emergenza Music Festival, have had tours in Europe, etc). I was supposed to sing for them but I was too late, haha. Aron had been playing in school for like 10 years and I don’t really know if he had a “band”, but I know he played with some deathmetal band, but other than that I actually don’t know, haha. Joachim had never played an instrument except a little guitar, so this was pretty fresh for all of us. We just evolved with each other, even Aron who was actually great from the start. I would say that he is ten times better on his instrument than all of us, haha. He is fucking crazy. I think this is very important for us, since we’re so rhythm-oriented. So there aren’t many stories, this is pretty much our first real band.
What’s happening for you in the next year? Any plans to tour, or release records?
We’re planning on doing shows around Scandinavia, and are gonna look for opportunities for a European tour in 2011, but we know it’ll be hard. We have to save up alot of money for that so we can do it. We are also gonna add a band member, so I can concentrate on vocals. Joachim is gonna take my place as rhythm guitar player since he writes alot of songs on guitar. I think our sound will get so much better when I can just concentrate on singing and not playing riffs and all that stuff. It will just sound better and we will have a better show! So we are gonna find a bassplayer that can both sing and scream since I want to use more harmonies and multi vocals stuff. I love that stuff like Mayday Parade, Taking Back Sunday… so cool to have multiple vocal melodies and all that stuff.
We just released our new EP “The Face Of Ignorance”, which is really well produced. We worked our asses off on those songs! We sold everything we had to be able to record them in a real professional studio with really good sounds. We are gonna try to get some label attention maybe, see if there is any interest in our sound. We are also on Panic & Actions compilation “Burn All The Small Towns II” with bands such as Adept, Chemical Vocation, Herbrightskies. I hope that is going to give us some exposure.
What are your ambitions as a band? Where do you see yourselves in five years?
Our main goal is to be a professional touring band, making a living on the road. We know we have to sacrifice alot and work hard but we are willing to do so because we feel that this is what we want to do. In five years I really do hope that we can achieve that, but I know this stuff takes alot of time and investment, and you never know what happens but thats our main goal. Maybe we won’t reach it but then we can at least look back and be proud of what we have achieved for the rest of our lives. I would hate to have to do a job that I hate… I want to do what I love to do.
Why should people come see you live, or listen to your records? What makes you stand out from all of the other bands out there?
We don’t try to imitate anyone else. We move on stage as we want to, we don’t have any stage moves, we just rock our hearts out I would say. We look as we want to, we are not the typical emo-postrock band, we are just normal dudes that like to play music. We aren’t aiming for some type of image: even though we know that that’s important, we don’t want to conform to some bullshit stereotype. We want to be US, no-one else.
As I said earlier, we don’t want to sound like any other band. And I can honestly say that we don’t: I am very proud that we have achieved that, even though I know our music is not THAT original, but then what music is? Everything has been done 100000 times before in different ways. I mean, how easy is it to write an original metal riff in 2010? I hope you get my point. We are always trying to find influences in other music such as classical, reggae or even just brain-dead radio-pop.
I think that people would want to listen to us because we have very raw, emotional songs. We don’t overproduce our vocals, for example: I like it clean, with a raw feeling, no autotuner, no distortion pedals on screams, nothing. I want it to sound like it’s live, I don’t want to make stuff up in the studio that we can’t do live. I would say we are a much better live band than a studio band. I can’t get the same feeling in the studio on my vocals as I do live, because I don’t get that kick that you need. But, well, we sound good on record too, haha!
All the best bands have enemies. Who are your enemies? Could you beat them in a fight? We need to hear about the beef.
We don’t have any enemies, we are our own enemies. When you doubt yourself you’re the worst enemy you can have.
Anything else you’re burning to say?
I would just like to say that if you have a dream of learning something: dancing, painting, whatever… follow that dream. I dreamed of playing guitar and singing my whole life, but I didn’t start till I was 18. I have never regretted that, and even though I maybe won’t reach my goals of being a professional musician, at least I’ve learned something that I never thought I could. Four years ago I couldn’t play a chord on a guitar, I couldn’t sing in tune. Now I’ve recorded 2 EPs and one album with my other band, have lots of good reviews, have toured Scandinavia and have recorded a music video. I never thought I would do that, honestly.
I just want to engourage people to follow their dreams, I don’t like people that just talk and talk. That’s what the song “I Don’t Have My Life As a Job” on our new CD is about. I’m tired of people complaining about their situations without doing anything about it. I know there are alot of people who are burning to learn to play guitar and such but don’t because they think they can’t. All I’ll say is that I couldn’t before either; I was the worst singer and guitarist four years ago, but alot of practice and as I said PATIENCE can do so much for you. Never give up. I know I’m not a rockstar, but at least I can say that I overcame my fear of not learning what I always wanted to learn. This is not me bragging about myself, this is me saying that you’re the only thing that’s in the way of you doing what you want to do. It’s all in your head.
I will finish with a nice quote from Joan Of Arc: “All battles are first won or lost in your own mind”.
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What are you waiting for? These guys should become part of your regular playlist!
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