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Interview: Ashen Horde

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

Tintregen is an EP that explores the theme of torment. While not connected by a story (as has been the case on previous Ashen Horde releases), each song examines the subject in a different way. From nightmares and invasive parasites to imprisonment and the loss of a loved one, Tintregen focuses on how we react when thrust into agonizing situations.

Musically, the EP continues Ashen Horde’s blending of various extreme metal genres, incorporating elements of death, black, thrash and grind, among others. The band aims to challenge listeners, but not ostracize them.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

I’ve always loved bands that don’t feel bound by a specific genre or sound. The ultimate musical freedom is to play what feels right, regardless of whether it fits into a specific box. Ashen Horde was my attempt at doing just that: writing the music I wanted to hear and play, but not forcing it into a specific label. I do think the band has evolved, but the core intent has not changed.

How does your writing process normally work out?

I almost always write the music first. There’s nothing quite like the rush of being creative (or at least trying to be). Sometimes I’ll sit down with my guitar and see what happens, and other times I’ll think of melodies when I’m doing random things. I’ll mix and match, change and revise until I have a song that makes me happy. Lyrically, I tend to just throw a bunch of ideas on paper (usually around a theme) and see what happens. I can’t speak to Stevie’s writing process, but I love that we have very different styles when it comes to lyrics, as it really adds another dimension to the band.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

Honestly, I just want to continue pushing Ashen Horde as long as I’m enjoying it. I realize that extreme metal is unlikely to make me a rock star, and I don’t expect we’ll ever headline Hellfest. But being able to make music that I love, and that other people surprising seem to be into, is what I find satisfying. I’m certainly not opposed to becoming wildly popular, of course, if that’s an option on the table, haha.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

So many bands could be blamed for the Ashen Horde sound! I am an absolute music-obsessed lunatic, and love so many bands and styles. Clearly, my love of black and death metal cuts through most obviously, but I like to think that everything I love influences what I write in one way or another. So while it’s the proggy weirdness of Enslaved and Ihsahn, the chaos of Brutal Truth, the endless riffiness of the Wildhearts, the cold grimness of Tulus and Darkthrone, or the relentless melodies of Helloween and Stratovarius, it all shapes what we play.

What’s next for you?

We’re already knee-deep in work on our fourth album, which we’d like to release next year. We’re hoping to partner with a great label that will help us build our profile and get our music to the right ears.


Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

Raw, intense, melodic atmospheric black metal. To the point, short songs, dark and atmospheric but most of all: really intense!

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

The band was started with a specific sound in mind: black metal, to-the-point songwriting and intense, high energy but also catchy! not difficult dissonant sound.

How does your writing process normally work out?

We create riffs at home and finish them in the rehearsal room.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

We want to records great records and play live alot!

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

nineties black metal, raw black metal, atmospheric black metal.

What’s next for you?

Play gigs, work on new material.

Interview: Morgengrau

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

While our debut demo “Schattenzeiten” tends to a rather raw and primordial sound, in “Staub zu Staub” we emphasize more the atmospherical aspects of Black Metal without neglecting its powerful and energetic spirit. Also the lyrical concept evolved, since we now focus more on topics related to the driving emotions of human beings, live, death and nature rather than pure anti-Christian content. “Staub zu Staub” consists of 11 tracks with a total playtime of over 63 minutes.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Basically all signs pointed towards black metal. Back in the days around our founding years, our music was rather primitive. Nevertheless this does not mean that it was not demanding for us. However, as our lineup was completed around the time during and after the release of our demo, today we can make the most of it. Ultimately, it is a continuous process of self-discovery that is not less dependent on different life situations.

How does your writing process normally work out?

We always start out with writing the guitar riffs. This defines the overall structure of the song and provides the appropriate framework for the drum and bass parts. After the sometimes necessary fine tuning process we last add the vocal line and start to rehearse the song.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

It’s been 10 years now. Somehow this long time seemed to be way too short. Everything has an end, but we do not think about that yet. There are many interesting individuals out there in the metal scene that we would like to get to know.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

Each of us has his passion and his own favorites. We can say that they influence us to make music, but they do not influence our musical content directly.

What’s next for you?

To put it in a nutshell: the next 10 years have already begun! In the near future, we will head over to finish the songwriting process and prepare the production of our next album so that we can provide our fans with new matieral in the first half of 2020.

Instorm announces new single details

Instorm will release the new single called “Slipping Edge” on February 7th, 2020 via Metal Carnival Records.

The single will be available on all popular digital platforms. (iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, etc).
Pre-Save “Slipping Edge” on Spotify – https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/instorm/slipping-edge

Band: Instrom
Release Title: “Slipping Edge” [Single]
Genre: Melodic Death Metal / Neoclassical Metal
Country: Russia
Record Label: Metal Carnival Records
Release Date: February 7th, 2020
Recorded at Tremors Sound Studio, vocals recorded at SoundMark Studio
Mixed and Mastered by Roman Nemtsev at Tremors Sound Studio
Arranged by Roman Nemtsev and Marina Nemtseva
Music: Marina Nemtseva, Roman Nemtsev
Lyrics: Roman Nemtsev
Cover Artwork by Marina Nemtseva
Released via Metal Carnival Records
Instorm on the Internet:
Official website – http://www.instormed.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/instormband
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/Instormband
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kT8J7zff2NB9eIGgCIZSv
Bandcamp – https://instorm.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/instormband
VK – https://vk.com/instormband
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/instormband

Hallowed Fire releases lyric video for “Pillars of Lies”

Dutch thrash metallers Hallowed Fire have released a lyric video for the title-track of their upcoming second EP “Pillars of Lies”, set to be released on January 24th 2020. This follow-up from their debut EP “Decade of Darkness” features four brand new tracks and a bonus live track for “Hatchet”, recorded live in Amsterdam.

Watch here “Pillars of Lies”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38UXhPSPsZc

The EP has a modern “in your face” sound without losing the old school thrash bite. This sound was possible thanks to the incredible mix by Mendel bij de Leij (ex-Aborted guitarist).
Every instrument has the opportunity to shine with the guitars delivering fast riffs and melodic solos, while tight drums drive the songs. The bass cuts nicely through the mix and last but not least diversed vocals ranging from low growls to high pitched screams including some cleaner vocals too.

A release show is planned at P3 in Purmerend (The Netherlands) on the EP’s release date (January 24th 2020) together with Distillator and Degenerate.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HallowedFireOfficial/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hallowedfireofficial/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3O627nuQvaF67Fn2j6pDQ
Bandcamp: https://hallowedfire.bandcamp.com

Blood and Brutality – “Fatal”

Blood and Brutality – “Fatal”
Blood and Brutality Records
17 January 2020

Blood and Brutality, as the name suggests, spits violence and attacks the listener with a raw energy, blast beats, powerful riffs and primal growls that will crush your lungs with acid air!

The way a death metal album should sound like!

Arant: Drums, Guitars, Bass, Vocals

Country: USA
Genre: Death Metal


Brazil’s Human Act releases video for “The Devil You Can See”

Brazilian metallers Human Act have just released their brand new video for the single “The Devil You Can See”. The song is inspired by the famous novel “The Devil to Pay in the Backlands”, by Brazilian author Guimarães Rosa.
The novel tells the story about a backlands outlaw who makes a pact with the devil to get revenge, but through that he loses the love of his life. The band tried to put all the themes of the novel through metaphors in the actor’s scenes in the video.
“To make the video in the way we really wanted, with war, blood, and death, would require way more money which we didn’t have”, laughs vocalist Ricardo. “That’s why we tried to keep everything as simple as possible, but also having a meaning that related to the story of the book. Our original idea was to do an animated video, but that didn’t work out the way we wanted. Then, we got lucky to find someone who could write a very good script that could transmit in metaphorical ways what the story is all about”, he adds.

If you don’t know the story you will probably not understand what’s all about at first, but the lyrics of the song will definitely help, so don’t forget to check it out. The video is available on Human Act’s YouTube channel and the song is available in all streaming platforms.

Watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgoBlsFuAJg

Website: https://www.humanactband.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/human.act/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanactband/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgIlJPkZXPxXbxPlYubz6AA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/68qL0nIeM5eBiW84Aga1Zf?si=uRsVVn17RBWV_O0LnU0ghg
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/br/artist/human-act/1363780955?l=en

SDI – “80s Metal Band”

SDI – “80s Metal Band”
31 January 2020

The Return of 80s Metal!

31 years after their last full-length “Mistreated”, German Speed Metal veterans SDI return with a new album! After reactivating their activity back in 2013, SDI went to perform on several shows and festivals such as “True Thrash Fest” in Japan, as well as the Czech “Obscene Extreme” and several other shows and tours across Europe since 2017.

In the year 2019 ,the trio finally made it back to the studio, where they recorded 12 new tracks, reflecting the band’s range from speed metal grenades to metal anthems in ways of the old school. To get rid of the expectation to have reinvented the wheel somehow, the title of the album makes it clear on what’s going on – and so this album is all about the 80s, the period of time where the band left their mark!

“80s Metal Band” is therefore not only a description in which SDI feel represented in 2020, but also the motto and title of the new full-length which takes the listener 30 years back in time. The mix of Føni Goedereis and the mastering of Peter “Pluto” Neuber (Primordial, Blood Red Throne, Manos) makes sure that the sound of SDI fits into the new millennium!

Reinhard Kruse: Bass, Gesang
Christoph Olbrich: Drums
Daniel Haverkamp: Guitar

Country: Germany
Genre: Speed Metal