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?


JON HOWARD AND STEVE HAINES (WOODWARD AVENUE STUDIOS)
SHATTERED REMAINS, A SIN FOR A PRAYER, RYAN MAN (MASSIVE TANK STUDIOS), MARIE CRESSWELL, MIKE REID, ERIC CAMILLERI (CHAOS PROMOTIONS), OUR FANS, PIG SQUEALS AND BREAKDOWNS!
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Interview with The Opportunist!

Band: The Opportunist
Facebook / Merch
Genre: Melodic Hardcore / Beatdown
Q: Where did you get the band name “The Opportunist” from?

Myself (Danny) and our ex-guitarist Jacob are huge wrestling fans. Jim Ross would always call heels(bad guys for you non wrestling fans) Opportunists, especially two of our favorites Edge and Chris Jericho, so that’s generally where we got the name from.

Q: You’re working on a new EP, Drifter, that is set to release this year. When can we expect this EP?

Yes, we are currently working on the EP, Drifter, with our good friend Dustin “Huss” Miller, couldn’t be happier to be working with such an awesome dude, as well as someone who is really good at what he does! He has done work with some amazing bands on their records and live stuff for Animals as Leaders, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, It Prevails, The HAARP Machine, and a ton of others.  So excited to have a sweet engineer, that’s for sure!

Otherwise it is turning out amazing. We have roughly three or four sessions left all together.  Really excited to have new songs out. We recently had a few line up changes, which is why the record was delayed a bit but with the new guys on board, we think we have the strongest line up in T.O. to date. We are really stoked on getting this EP out. Look for a release date in May when we kick off our tour with our good friends Ballet and Senseless Beauty May 24 – June 12!
Q: What are some of the bands that grew you listening to, and does any of those bands influence your music now?

Oh yes for sure, everyone in the band has a huge variety when it comes to taste in music, so we listen to a large amount of different styles of music, but bands we are really influenced by that we still like to listen to would be like, Shai Hulud (can’t wait for there new album!), Pantera, Hatebreed, Poison The Well, With Dead Hands Rising, At The Throne of Judgment, Modern Life is War, Too Pure To Die, Bury Your Dead, and Comeback Kid.  Then newer bands like The Ghost Inside, Hundredth, Counterparts, Structures, Liferuiner and rock bands like Foo Fighters, and Alice in Chains. We are all HUGE Deftones fans as well. We get down on country all kinds of shit, man hahaha!

Q: How is the underground metal scene in Des Moines, Iowa?

Well, some of our members have been in multiple bands that were partly based out of Des Moines or just played there a lot.  Our new drummer, Miles McClintock, and guitar player, Nick Kelly, live in Des Moines.  Espy and Danny live in Waterloo, which is where the band started and is pretty much based at. Flynn, our other guitarist, lives in Cedar Rapids. So we pretty spread out among Iowa, but the underground metal scene in Des Moines is great. 

They have some amazing bands coming out of there right now.  We are somewhat the different band of the area.  A lot of bands in Des Moines are doing the deathcore or djent-ish stuff, but we are more like a metal infused hardcore band. That’s what we get told a lot so we get looked at a little differently I think, but not in a bad way.  It’s just different for the area, but Des Moines and all the other cities in Iowa that host most of the local shows are all about the same where ever you go.  It’s pretty awesome that we all try to support each other all over the state!

Q: What are your plans between now and when your EP, Drifter, releases?

We were supposed to be on tour in February but we had a few member changes and didn’t want to go out without our ep, and we had a ton of shows fall through which is the unfortunate part of booking your own shows.  It gets hard out there sometimes trying to do it all on your own. But we have shows throughout February and March all over the Midwest, taking April off to get ready for our tour in May/June with Ballet and Senseless Beauty. The EP should be available by our May tour kick-off show!
Q: What band has been your favorite to play with live thus far?

By far, our dudes in Reaping Asmodeia. Those guys are ridiculous! We toured with them in November and it was probably one of the best times we have ever had in our lives. Those guys are so good!  They are like a machine every night, just perfect. Probably the best unsigned band out there right now! And just generally some of the best people you will ever meet. A lot of us have known Dan and Alex for a long time, so it is always a good time when the Reapers are around. Check them out if you haven’t!

Q: Any shout outs to give?

Oh yeah plenty, we have had so many bands in the Midwest be nothing but awesome to us since we started! So bare with us.

Shout out to our Iowa homies: They Will Repent, Amass The Grave, The Curse of Hail, Crusader, Buster Casey, The Impact of Reason, Eddie Buzzard, Black Ice, Dividing The Masses, Greg The Hero, Senseless Beauty, Orson Welles, Kings, A Past Unknown, A Casual Affair, Undisclosed, Dustin Miller and Audio Aggregate Studios, Zombie Burger, Pablo’s Mexican Grill, and our other friends you should all check out: Reaping Asmodeia, Ballet, Our Judgment, Conveyer, Clocks, Colossus, Superior, Of Glaciers, and all of our other friends and family! There are too many to list but most of all shout out to you guys at Pig Squeals And Breakdowns! What you guys do for bands is awesome and really hard to come by. Thanks so much!
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Interview with Galenus!

Band: Galenus
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Q: Why did you choose to use “Galenus” as your band name?

The name Galenus is derived from the Greek name/word galen which in English translates to the word calm. We figured that going with an ironic name was ideal considering that we classify our style of music as hyper/tech metal. Galenus is also the name of an ancient Greek physician/philosopher who wasn’t afraid to stray from the norm in order to obtain knowledge and ideas and we’d like to think that is the path our music is on…a path that strays away from the norm.

Q: You’ve only been around since 2011, why so late and not earlier?

My guitarist and I have known each other for nearly ten years now and we have always jammed together, even had a couple of projects back in the day where we were both on guitar. None of the projects worked so we went on our separate ways where we played in countless projects scattered across Illinois. As you can tell…none of those worked either.

We decided one day that we wanted to start jamming again only this time I (Justin) would jump on the mic and see where it goes. Javi (guitarist) started slinging out all these different tracks and the ideas and lyrics just started spewing out. We recorded some tracks with some generic programmed drums, mixed it, and threw it up on SoundCloud and YouTube and it got somewhat of a surprising response so we continued to roll with it which lead to our EP Ideology. So to sum it all up, we simply waited to long to get the project we always wanted going.

Q: Your most recent EP, Ideology, was released in 2012. How was the feedback from the fans?

The feedback for Ideology is unbelievable. I (Justin) remember when we first released the EP back in early July 2012 thinking that we might get 50 downloads and to be honest, we were pretty happy with that. All of a sudden the EP blew up overnight and the Facebook likes came pouring in along with a ton more downloads than we could have imagined. It was strange typing in Galenus Ideology on Google and seeing 30-50 pages with sites where the EP has been featured. It’s great feeling unlike anything Javi and I have experienced in the past with music.

Q: You’re currently working on new music now, in 2013, when can we expect it to release?

We are looking at another Summer release with the possibility of a one song release as a teaser/gift to our fans sometime in the next month or two. The new stuff…I tell ya…its intense and we will leave it at that.

Q: Are there any bands that play a large influence on your music?

Well we have many influences that range from Tiny Tim to Justin Bieber, but if we really had to narrow it down we would say bands such as The Red Chord, Origin, Danza, Beneath The Massacre, Anomalous, etc.

Q: Who would you like to be signed to the most?

We are a D.I.Y. project. Labels these days honestly just aren’t the way to go. We would rather not be broke for the rest of our lives you know?

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

We would like to give a shout out to our girls in Violet Kill, our main dogs in Roman Ring, and we can’t forget those crazy guys in Wasted Fortune!

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