Ryan Kirby from Dallas metalcore outfit Fit For A King stopped by a for a chat this week. You can take a listen to the full interview below. The band’s new album The Path is out now through Solid State Records.
Frailmind are the freshest name in hardcore coming out of Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Born out of several Brisbane bands in the hardcore/metalcore scene, Frailmind’s members shared a mutual love of modern hardcore – and a collective desire to explore new musical avenues! Today they are bringing their latest effort since their debut EP dropped in February this year – new single ‘I, Expire’.
The single (mixed and mastered by Tim Wheaton) will see its release into all good digital stores and streaming platforms on Friday September 18 – and all options for purchase/streaming will be available at http://ffm.to/frailmind_ie.
The single comes with an aggressive and hard-hitting clip, shot and edited by Andrew Vaughan (FANG).
Vocalist Keenan Kuz says that I, Expire was written “…with the idea of mental health and illness in mind. Lyrically this song puts into words the emotions, experiences, and journey of mental illness, that myself and many others have experienced in life. Specifically, putting trust into people that aren’t worth your time, and fighting through hardships growing up.”
“Mental health is a really important topic to discuss and tackle, as it often goes unnoticed and needs to be addressed. Now more than ever people experiencing mental illnesses need support, considering the global pandemic is causing mass isolation.”
Mixing the rawness and aggression of hardcore with the groove of nu metal, Frailmind proudly wear their influences on their sleeves. This collective creative vision allowed the band to produce their debut EP ‘Mortal’ in a natural and organic way, playing to each members strengths to create a cohesive and aggressive piece of music.
Frailmind are: Keenan Kuz on Vocals, Cameron Yates on Bass, Sam Ballinger on Guitar and Jesse Dobbyn on Drums – collectively as musicians, their previous bands have shared the stage alongside Norma Jean, Kublai Khan TX, Chelsea Grin, Atilla, Deez Nuts, Make Them Suffer, The Plot In You, Aversions Crown, Polaris, Fit For A King and more.
Frailmind’s new single ‘I, Expire’ will see its release on Friday September 18 in all digital stores and outlets at http://ffm.to/frailmind_ie.
Artist: Marilyn Manson
Album: We Are Chaos
Date Of Release: 12th September 2020
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
1. Red Black And Blue
2. We Are Chaos
3. Don’t Chase The Dead
4. Paint You With My Love
5. Half-Way One Step Forward
6. Infinite Darkness
8. Keep My Head Together
9. Solve Coagula
10. Broken Needle
I still remember the first time I ever heard Marilyn Manson. While at High School a friend slipped me a mixed tape that contained a couple of Manson’s tracks. One was “Irresponsible Hate Anthem” and suddenly I had discovered another artist that seemed to be turning my diary entries into music.
Of course like all Manson fans I weathered the storm of the whole ‘he’s not really heavy… you shouldn’t be listening to him’ crap and to this day I still believe that Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) is one of the greatest alternative albums ever made and I even have a soft spot for his more commercial The Golden Age of Grotesque.
Now comes Manson’s new album We Are Chaos and yes it seems even twenty-five years down the track Manson is still an artist that knows how to capture the mood of the world in an album. This isn’t just an album to listen to in 2020 this is the freakin’ soundtrack of 2020.
The album overcomes a fairly strange pre-amble (it is Manson so what do you expect) to fall straight into “Red Black And Blue” which captures the traditional Manson sound so well. From there Manson goes into “We Are Chaos” – a track that captures the mood and emotions of 2020 in a way that no other track has. He repeats that formula with “Broken Needle” which also serves to be the perfect closer for a deeply emotional and moody album.
As an album We Are Chaos makes a lot of twists and turns. “Don’t Chase The Dead” is pure old school Manson while “Perfume” is a creative despite its catchiness. “Keep My Head Together” captures more of an alternative rock vibe while the thought provoking “Infinite Darkness” has you seriously thinking about the line ‘you are dead longer than you are alive.’
There are some truly amazing tracks on the album as well though. “Paint You With My Love” sees Manson push his vocal boundaries and reach some amazing new heights and the beautiful instrumental sounds on “Half-Way One Step Forward” conjure up sounds normally only heard on folk metal albums. Then there is “Solve Coagula” which is clearly the best track on the album. Moody, blues like guitar mixed with Manson doing what he does best and capturing the inner thoughts of the disenchanted. ‘I’m not special, I’m just broken and don’t want to be fixed’ may well be some of the best written lyrics of this year.
Somebody had to step up and capture 2020 on an album and turns out that person was Marilyn Manson. Twenty-five years into his career and Manson once again shows why he deserves to be mentioned alongside artists like David Bowie and Iggy Pop for his creativity and the ability to capture the mood of his fans.
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When I spoke to Mark Morton a few months ago about their brand new album he was excited and couldn’t wait to get out onto the road and tour it. 2020 had other ideas though and live gigs as we knew them are now a pipe dream. Don’t think that is going to stop Lamb Of God from delivering their new works of art to the world though because the band have decided to return back to their home town and stream the performances out to the world.
One show will see the band play their new self-titled album in full while the other will see them play through their Ashes Of The Wake album from start to finish. It is a format that has Morton excited. “It is really exciting, man,” he says with a laugh. “It is just great to be able have a way for our fans to access us and for us to reach our fanbase. There are people out there who want to check out the new album in a new exciting way… I guess you can call it a new way.”
“They will also have the chance to revisit the Ashes album as well,” he continues. “That is exciting as well because that album is kind of revered by fans of the band. They see that as a classic from us. So it is just cool to be able to engage and have something to deliver during a time like this. It’s a pandemic and everybody feels challenged by that so this is a chance for the industry… not even just the band… to rebound and respond in anyway that gives the fans a chance to respond, it is a little bit empowering.”
You can listen to the full audio interview above.
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Out of Adelaide comes something brutal and something different. In a time when so many bands sound alike death metal outfit Descend To Acheron turn everything upside down with their killer new EP The Transience Of Flesh. To find out a little more about the band I sat down and had a chat with Descent To Acheron’s lead singer Andy Kite.
“Pete the lead guitarist and myself were in a previous band together called In The Burial and we decided it was heading in a different direction to us,” explains Kite. “So we left and started to write music for Descent To Acheron – that was back in 2013 and 2014. So Pete and I wrote the entire EP and then started to get people together by thinking about who we really wanted to work with.”
What eventuated was the band bringing together a virtual supergroup. “We thought Dave Haley from Psycroptic would be perfect so we enlisted his services. He flew out to Adelaide and just spent a week laying out drums. Then we asked a mate of ours who is an amazing bass player a guy called Matty P and then once the EP was recorded we decided to start thinking about who we could get involved to help us out when we played live… which isn’t always easy in Adelaide. There are only one or two guys who can play our stuff live in Adelaide and you have pretty big shoes to fill when you are following Dave Haley.”
As we talk more about the how the band’s sound has evolved over the years I ask Kite what were the lyrical inspirations to the EP. “I get inspired by the great sceptics and atheist minds of today,” says Kite. “There is a lot of stuff based on that kind of thing on there – there is science based stuff. It is not your typical gore and horror kind of thing. There are certainly some anti-religious sentiments on there but they are not general anti-religion things they are more specific based on specific people.”
The Transience Of Flesh EP is out now.
Who said nothing good can come out of the Covid-19 lockdown? While you may be bored out of your mind that boredom will be eased a little this weekend as the almighty Behemoth live stream themselves playing in a Polish Church.
While the irony of such a thing makes this a spectacle that nobody should miss the fact that the band themselves seem bored to the back teeth having been lockdown themselves and are looking to unleash their fury means that this has the making of a gig that is going to go down in history.
With all that in the back of our minds though it came as a bit of a surprise when we spoke to frontman Nergal that he originally was not a fan of the concept.
“First of all I didn’t really want to do it,” he says after thinking for a second. “I mean I’m not really a fan of online shows. It is normally like drinking fucking tea and pretending you are in a band room. But somehow you are just not buying it.”
“In the terms of Behemoth and what we try to deliver I thought it would be something that was out of the question… that it would be something that we wouldn’t want to be part of. There’s a stream of bands who have tried it… and I understand that bands need to try and make a living and I am not disputing that and I am not saying it is wrong I am saying find your ways to make a living and pay your bills and taxes. It is part of the big business, it has to move on regardless but considering the character of who and what we are it wouldn’t work. So I was very negative about it from the start.”
With that kind of philosophy it seems even more surprising that the band ever said yes to the gig. But all that changed with one conversation. “But then our manager rand me up and he explained to me all about how this wrestler called The Undertaker had this match in a cemetery and when he just went off into the black on his bike and that kind of peaked my imagination.”
“I thought that maybe this was the occasion,” he says continuing “This is a very rough and difficult situation that we are having to all endure and it might actually be a reason to step out of the game and try to out do ourselves. That was when we started to think if we are going to do this it needs to be absolutely fucking spectacular, epic and something like you have never seen before. And fuck me that is exactly what you should expect. “
Expect it because that is what is going to be delivered!!!
Brooklyn black metal formation TOMBS are now announcing the release of a brand new album, ‘Under Sullen Skies’. The record is set for worldwide release on November 20, via Season of Mist.
Pre-orders for ‘Under Sullen Skies’ available in the Season of Mist shop HERE.
As I begin my interview with Ron Winter from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus I want to tell him how much I enjoyed listening to their latest offering The Emergency EP. But things don’t go exactly as I planned as Winter straight-away starts to tell me how much he loves Australia and how much he has missed it during this time of lockdown.
“Oh man it has been an amazing journey,” he says with complete honesty. “We have been in this band for seventeen years and the first time we were ever on the ground was at Soundwave. Since then it has been absolutely amazing… we have never had a bad show in Australia and we’ve consistently come back over and over again and that’s been sweet. We did the tenth anniversary awhile ago and I think that the Australian shows that we did were the best in the world and that wasn’t just because of the band – it was because of the vibe.”
As we talk more about his love affair of Australia we chat about their cover of “Down Under” which Winter says he loves of the lyrics of. That leads me to bring the conversation back to the lyrics on their new EP which to me felt like I was reading Winter’s diary because of how personal they were.
“Thank you,” he says laughing. “There are a lot of bands out there and everybody has a gimmick and ours has always been lyrics and I have always tried to stick to that. With this time all of these songs are directly related to me. Every song on the EP is something that I went through or it happened to somebody close to me.”
“So I have just tried to be as honest as I can and paint that picture,” he says continuing. “That is something that I dealt with because when somebody close to me goes through something I always try to be there with them and I am going through it with them… that is the way friendships are. But yes everything on there is something that I went through or going through currently and that is why I feel like there is some urgency there because it is a crazy time right now right across the board – it doesn’t matter how you look at it. It is just strange times, man.”
As we talk about that I mention the track “Please Unfriend Me” which I admit really resonated with me as I live in a lockdown and read people’s posts on social media about it. I ask Winter whether he has thought about the fact that most of the band’s fans will be listening to these important songs while they are still in lockdown. “I have thought about it,” he admits. “And that is something that I am going through as well… I am going through it with you right now. Here we are talking to each other right across the world and that is cool at least. It’s been weird and tough but I am glad that that is the one song that you have mentioned because that one is super, super fresh. That song wasn’t even mixed thirty days ago, it was written while we were in quarantine so those lyrics in that song… I am literally explaining what it felt like for me to be in quarantine and to see all this madness – that title is exactly how I reacted.”
The Emergency EP is out now through EMI.
Artist: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Album: The Emergency EP
Date Of Release: 28th August 2020
1. A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Called LA
2. Stuck On A Repeat
3. Brace Yourself
4. Don’t Buy Into It
5. Is This The Real World
6. Please, Unfriend Me
I’ll admit that I came a little bit late to the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus party. Yes, they were a band I had heard about but I never really sat down to listen to their music until I saw how many of my colleagues were excited about the fact they were touring Australia at one time. When I asked them why they felt that way the response seemed to be an over-whelming “this is one of the greatest live bands that you will ever see.”
As it turns out they are not just one of the best live bands going around but are some of the best song-writers as well. You can seriously get lost listening to the lyrics from their brand new Emergency EP. You sit there, listening and nodding as you agree to everything that Ronne Winter is singing, but you also feel like a voyeur as it feels like you are reading the guy’s diary – that is how personal the lyrics are here. Mix that with the amazing guitar work of Josh Burke and Randy Winter and the right mix of heavy music with a hint of electronica and you soon get a perfect track like “Stuck On Repeat.”
Personal lyrics are the forte of this EP though. “A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Called LA” sees Winter perfectly capture the night that he met his wife and the track is destined to become a live favourite because of its stunning melody. Then there is “Don’t Buy Into It” which is political but delivers its point well.
The thought provoking lyrics continue on “Is This The Real World” which makes you think about the world around us, while Winter’s screams take Red Jumpsuit Apparatus into some of the heaviest territory that they have been into during their careers. That aggression continues on the start of “Please, Unfriend Me” which then turns to mellow vocals as Winters sums up the Covid-19 lockdown in a way that no other song-writer has been able to so far.
The highlight of this EP though is “Brace Yourself.” Everything comes together perfectly on this track. Burke and Winter are on fire, as they throughout the EP – seriously this is some of their finest work to date – while Winters’ naked style of singing reminds us all one he is one of the finest front-men going around at the moment.
It is hard to know how the band have picked any singles off this album because truthfully every track is good enough to have a life of its own on radio. The Emergency EP is some of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ best work and is a must have for their fans.
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