Interview with From Heavens Expelled!

Band: From Heavens Expelled
Genre: Technical Deathcore
Q: Where did you get the band name “From Heaven’s Expelled” from? 
Alcohol, medieval poet Dante Alighieri and a bit Hermione Granger.

Q: Your music video for your single “To Die A Second Time” debuted on BlankTV. How was the feedback?

Divided, as usual. But much more positive than we expected. All thanks to BananaMan and WheelchairHero, of course.

Q: You’re currently working on a new EP. When will this EP drop, and what can we expect from it?

I guess somewhere near Fall. Tunes that shake your seat so hard you instantly cum.

Q: How is the underground metal scene in Gouda?  

Alright, until we showed up.

Q: Does your family and/or friends support your decision to play the style of music that you do?

Yes, they all do.

Q: You’ll be playing Metalfest 2013 in Schoonhoven, The Netherlands. Are you excited to play that fest, and what are your expectations? 

Yes, that’s the one gig we’re all very stoked about since it was announced. We never have any expectations, so things can only work out well. Shit’s always going down! Doesn’t matter if it’s Holland’s Got Talent in front of two-thousand people or a gig at the smallest and dirtiest bar ever in the cellars of Amsterdam.

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?  

Our producer Stijn Donders! Big daddy John Radesma! Stephan van Rijn (!) and all our mates who supported and helped us out over the past one and a half year!
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Interview with Fate Worse Than Death!

Band: Fate Worse Than Death
Genre: Deathcore / Hardcore / Hatecore
Q: Where did you get the band name “Fate Worse Than Death” from?
Ray: Honestly, one night we were racking our brains to think of a decent name for the band and were randomly flipping through a dictionary for idea/inspiration. We came upon the word “fate” and the rest is history. Over the course of time I believe the name has taken on a more deeper meaning of it’s own given the message of the band. I feel as most all of our music deals with the pain, heartache, and suffering that other people cause you in your life; in a way our music deals with a fate that is “worse than death.” That being anger, depression, and suffering. We have a line at the end of the song “Exile” that says “Is it better to die, or to suffer,” and I think that single line sort of encompasses this whole message in a way.
Q: Your band is an outlet for negative emotions, what was your reasoning for choosing that route?
This band is really our let lose. Our dump-valve if you will. All the pent up frustration, aggression, grievances, and negativity we build up over the days/weeks/months/years we pour into this band. Think of it as our expression of misplaced rage. I feel that negative emotion is conveyed most passionately and emphatically through music; more so than any other emotion. In a way, this has almost become therapy, and myself and the rest of the guys would like to think that listeners and show-goers can find some sort of catharsis and release through our music as well.
Q: Your band is self-managed, why did you choose this instead of having a manager?

A few reasons – 1.) This is really just our passionate hobby and don’t have the money to be pissing away on management, or the desire to have a “boss” so to speak. 2.) We really don’t have a need for it. The only person I think I’d like to have working for/with us at this point, besides us 5, would be a booking agent.
Q: How is your local metal scene in Haverfill, MA?
Haverhill is good and bad. We have had some of our favorite shows at home, but have also had some of the lamest, honestly. The only real venue to speak of in Haverhill is Anchors Up, which is known far and wide in the hardcore community. Problem is that the Anchors Up crowd is not a metal crowd; they are a hardcore crowd. This is an important distinction. That place can be filled wall to wall when a bunch of well known local hardcore bands play, but when local metal bands hit he stage, they basically are playing in front of the other bands. 
As a whole, the scene in this region is dodgy… there are a LOT of bands and a LOT of venues. Between the Merrimack Valley and Southern NH area you can have half a dozen local shows on a given weekend. This makes kids pretty jaded (both fans and bands alike), and we think it sort of kills some of the passion and heart for local music.There aren’t enough people that just go to local shows to go; a lot of people go because their friends’ band is playing, and they will show up for their friends’ band, watch that one band and sit outside the venue for he rest of the night, or just go home. Can be very discouraging for up and coming bands trying to get noticed. Our favorite place to play in Haverhill, MA is RG’s Pub on Winter Street. Everytime we play there it’s a party.
Q: What one band plays the largest influence in your music?
This is really not answerable because between the 5 of us, we all draw inspiration and influences from different bands. If there was one single band we were influenced by the most, then we might as well just do cover songs haha! All 5 of us have a very different “favorite band of all time” so it’s hard to say. People who listen to us and see us at shows say we sound a lot like old Bury Your Dead, Emmure, or Acacia Strain.

Q: Does your family and/or friends support your music endeavors?

For the most part: yes, very much so. We have had siblings, parents, and even grand parents come to our shows and buy shirts and CD’s to support us. We are lucky our families approve of our nasty noise. Our friends DEFINITELY support us. If it weren’t for support from our friends we would be nowhere. We have a wonderful community of support from them.
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers?
Bands to listen to and support: Panic Candy, The Summoned, Conflagration, Monarch, Here After, and Pathogenic.

Recording Studios, Agencies, and Promoters to check out: Rigerous Recording (Bryce Kariger), Project 2 Studios (Connor Hayes), The Siren Agency (MA/NH), Steadfast Booking (NY), Revive Booking (MI), DuckCoreBlog, and Metal Local (Facebook page).

Thanks for checking us out! Feel free to bother us any time 😛
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Interview with Party Cannon!

Band: Party Cannon
Genre: Party Slam / Death Metal
Q: What was your reasons for using the name “Party Cannon” for your band?
Chris: We wanted a name that suitably captured what we’re about really. We’re all really into brutal music, but never found the whole image of “being brutal” appealing. We just wanted to have fun playing music and feel natural doing it, not have to conform to other people’s expectations of musical aesthetics. To sum it up, it’s kind of an anti-image grind thing, brutal music without the pressure of being grimly serious.
Q: How is the local metal scene in Dunfermline, Scotland?
Chris: The worst. We are literally the only Death Metal band in Dunfermline. There’s a cool crust band called Burt Ward, but that’s it, it’s all either Alter Bridge-sounding stuff or beatdown brocore.
Q: What bands have played an influence on your music?
Chris: We all listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but the main influences that come through in our own would be bands like Gorgasm, Dying Fetus, Vomit The Soul, Exhumed, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Blasphemer (Italy), Devourment, Vomitous etc. You get the picture, bands with chuns and meedlies.
Q: Are there any record labels you would like to be signed to, if you had the chance?
We’re not too concerned with labels, we’re quite happy with the freedom being a DIY brings us. However, if we were given the right offer from a label like Permeated or Brutal Bands (before the guy did a runner) we’d consider it. I’d hate to be in the position of a label trying to push us as a gimmick because they don’t understand our ethos.
Q: When can we expect a new album/EP?
Chris: We’re releasing a three track EP called “Partied In Half” around August time. Planning on having it mixed/mastered at 16th Cellar Studio in Italy. There’s a preview of the artwork on our Facebook just now.
Q: What are your plans for 2013?
Play gigs, drop slams.
We’re always trying to get to new places. We have a bunch of really cool shows up lined up all over the UK and Ireland as well as Rape The Escape Festival in Austria this December. Looks like fests in Italy and Holland are on the cards, but we can’t reveal anything yet.
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?
Cheers to Pig Squeals And Breakdowns for taking the time to send us questions! Check out Laceration, Agonised Deformity, Diseased Maggotectomy, Foetal Juice, Horsebastard and Horrific Sexual Atrocity!
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Ovid’s Withering – The Cloud Gatherer [REVIEW]

Purchase: Physical / Digital
Genre: Technical Symphonic Deathcore
 Ovid’s Withering new EP, The Cloud Gatherer, is a four track album combining symphonic overtones, technical guitar work, and the heaviness that the deathcore sound brings. The album is over 25 minutes long, with each song roughly six minutes long. The introduction, “Panikon Deima” sets the mood for the rest of album very well, with a barrage of guitar work by Aaron Rodriguez and Mark Gonzalaz, with drums in the background. The combination of black metal-like symphonic sounds, death metal styled vocals from JJ Polachek, and the heavy deathcore sound everyone loves really makes this song my favorite from the album.
Another song that really stands out is the third song, “The Omen of Lycaon,” because it continues with the black metal-like symphonic sounds, but adds more black metal styled vocals by JJ with the already prevalent death metal styled vocals he already does. This song has a breakdown, that stands out from the rest of the breakdowns in the album, with a symphonic background of violins and other electronic sounds. However, before this breakdown, there are parts solely for technical guitar work and death metal styled growls and low screams. This track, and the introduction track gives you enough reason to listen to this album, and purchase it.
Album Score: 4.8 / 5
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Interview with When Fall Breaks!

Band: When Fall Breaks
Genre: Metalcore / Deathcore
Q: Where does the band name “When Fall Breaks” come from?

When Fall Breaks doesn’t really have any significant meaning, it was just a name that our singer Cole had come up with. For us the name wasn’t really a huge deal, we thought it was memorable and sounded cool and that’s all we care about 🙂

Q: Your debut EP, The Key To Serenity, released in 2012. How was the feedback?

So far the EP has gotten awesome feedback! We are very pleased, copies are selling at every show we play! We also recently got it on iTunes and we have already sold quite a few copies online! The album was produced by Jon Howard (Threat Signal) and Steve Haines (Ex. It Lies in Ruin) They are honestly some of the best metal producers that Canada has to offer and it was a pleasure working with them!

Right now for us all we care about is the exposure, we aren’t greedy or looking for money, so we have the album streaming for free on YouTube and available for free download on other sites as well! So overall based on YouTube views, downloads, hard copies sold and digital copies sold, we are extremely happy with it and we have heard nothing but good things from the local scene!

Q: How is the local metal scene in Burlington, Ontario?

The scene is unbelievable here! For a long time it completely died out, it just seemed like hardcore music was a thing of the past, mainstream shit started becoming popular and the amount of all ages shows were decreasing, so a lot of metal band fans couldn’t even go out to see their favorite bands play! But as of the last few years the scene here is exploding, particularly in Hamilton, and Burlington!

Bands like Shattered Remains, Prophets, Skynet, Threat Signal, Abide, A Sin For A Prayer, I could go on for days about all the bands exploding out of this area! Shows have become fun again! Even though the all ages shows are still a little on the shy side, the scene has still in my opinion risen from the grave!

Q: What are your plans for 2013 so far?

As of now we have a few shows coming up in our hometown this month. Next month we will be playing shows in both Toronto and the Niagara region. In the summer we plan on possibly recording a few songs with Jon Howard, playing some local shows, and going on a Southern Ontario tour with our friends in Shattered Remains and A Sin For A Prayer.

Q: You’re not signed to any record label currently, which label would you like to be signed to if you had the chance?

We have had a few offers by smaller independent labels but they were not what we were looking for. Ideally we would love to be signed to a label like Artery, Sumerian, We Are Triumphant or Rise. Somewhere our music would completely fit in with the other bands but at the same time we would be able to bring something new to the table.

Q: If you could play a show with one band, broken up or not, which band would that be?

Me, personally would have to say Blind Witness. But if us as a band had to agree on one band, it would probably be August Burns Red.

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

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