Circle Of Reason – “A Favour For A Stranger”

Circle Of Reason – “A Favour For A Stranger” EP (www.facebook.com/circleofreason)

For a modest 3 tracker EP, England’s Circle Of Reason certainly generate quite a stir with their flashy brand of alt grunge rock that combines Alter Bridge, The Smashing Pumpkins and Muse. Mellow, laid back Cobain-esque vocals mix with dirty grunge riffing and powerful melodies on atmospherically charged songs like ‘Sea Of Voices’, ‘Chasing The Sun’ and ‘Silver Scene’ – all of which are video singles that have graced the likes of Kerrang! TV, Scuzz and Lava TV! Equally so, the band have toured with a range of bands from Girlschool to Fighting With Wire to Idiom, attesting to both the diversity in their music and thus corresponding appeal to a wide range of fans, although I would say it’s the quality and depth of songwriting which is the measure of this poignant band.

ABSTRACTER

ABSTRACTER is an interesting band from San Francisco. I got so caught up in their music hat I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

What is the local scene like for a band like Abstracter? How are you treated by the metalheads?
Jose: They dig us.
Robin: The local scene in the Bay Area is good. There’s always a lot of shows happening and its not too hard to get on a show if we feel like playing. People seem to like what they hear.

I often wonder what the point is to release your stuff in small editions. Mostly because I’m too late in finding out about it. What can you benefit from these smaller editions?
Jose: Honestly, I Don’t give a fuck.
Robin: I just love to make noise which some people might interpret as music. We did a small run of tapes as an experiment to see if people would actually buy physical copies of our stuff. If we sell a bunch we can benefit from some extra cash.

Do you see a contradiction in promoting your band and people not being able to get hold of your stuff in physical formats?
Jose: No, most sheep, I mean people, are all about digital.
Robin: We have tapes you can buy right now. Next year our label The Path Less Traveled will release cd and vinyl of the album.

What are your thoughts on digital v/s physical? Do we see the end of the physical format?
Jose: I like records, so I think we would be in a world of shit without them.
Robin: Digital is nice because its harder to lose and you can’t break a or scratch up a digital record. CDs are totally lame but vinyl will always be cool and they aren’t going away anytime soon.

You latest (or is it) release only have three tracks on it yet they last for a long time. How do you go about writing songs and when do you know to end them? How long can a song be before you put an end to it?
Jose: I think we just know.
Robin: We start out with a cool riff or rhythm and put some more riffs and rhythms on it until it sounds like a song. We end a song when it gets too damn long.

When you write long songs how do you fit the lyrics into it? What kind of topics does fit the music you play?
Jose: Mattia writes all the lyrics. He’s amazing at what he does.

How do you play the songs live? Do they end up just one long jam session or what?
Jose: A “jam session” to me suggests to me a band just winging shit for a while!
Robin: We know exactly what we are going to play and what emotion’s we are trying to convey.

To me there seems to be a whole aura of mystery about Abstracter, or if you like an abstract feeling of not really knowing where you are. How much do you think about the way you present the band?
Robin: We just let the music speak for itself and try to put it in a package that looks cool. Those are the only presentations that really matter.

What is it that you want to say with the band, the music and the lyrics?
Jose: See answer to question #2
Robin: We don’t have a message or anything to say. We’re just tired of the same old doom/sludge/whatever and want to do something that sounds more interesting.

Will we see a future for the band?
Jose: See the answer to question #9
Robin: As individuals we will be around until we get tired of making music. If Abstracter will see a future that’s anyone’s guess.

ADRENECHROME

ADRENECHROME seemed like a nice enough band to get to know a bit better so what better way to so than an interview. Answered by guitarist CHRIS FRIESEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I am totally new to the world of Adremechrome. Could you please give me a short introduction to the band?
-We’re 4 regular dudes who are completely and totally obsessed with music, if we’re not crackin jokes and bein smart asses we’re playin, teachin and preachin music all day every day.

How important is it to have a fully developed band story to get noticed today?
-Well show buissiness is a lot of smoke and mirrors but we’re pretty regular guys, so building “the legend” and adding a little mystery is a big part of what u do as a band to get noticed.

How much humour do you infuse in your music? Can it be too humorous and too silly?
-Content wise we’re pretty serious musically and lyrically, but there’s always room for humour in art, that being said too much humour can sometmes take away from the “mystery” of your band.

Is there a difference coming from a smaller city when it comes to being able to shape your sound?
-Maybe in the fact that we’re not as influenced by the mainstream cuz we’re a little farther from it, we don’t really follow trends.

How did you find your way to the sound that is Adrenechrome?
-Condencing our influences and tracing our musical roots, I find a lot of bands these days model a sound after their favorite band, who most likley came out in the last 5 years and end up sounding like a watered down copy of that band. One needs to draw from a large pool of influence and trace the roots of the sounds you enjoy. Finding out your favorite bands, favorite band, and seeing where they got that sound from and why.

What is up with the band name? It is kinda hard to pronounce and remember.
-It was one of the only ones we could find that wasn’t taken already [in that spelling] and its an homage to one of our favorite movie “fear and loathing in las vegas”. It also contained the urban legend of obtaining a drug by means of extraction from a living human being, the idea of commiting murder for a fix had a morbid appeal.

What kind of plan do you have for conquering the world? Do you start slow with Canada or are you going for the throat straight away?
-Tour, tour and more tour…..we wanna crush Canada this year and anywhere else we can given the opportunity. Touring Europe would be a dream come true

What are the benefits of releasing an EP instead of a full length album? Why not go for the full length from the beginning?
-We spent quite a bit on the EP, we would have love to do more songs but budget restraints we’re in effect. The next one we want to be nice and healthy.

Where do you feel that you fit in on the Canadian metal scene?
-We’re a little bit old school and a little bit new school, we haven’t played to many show where we didn’t fit in that well. I think we’re somewhere in the middle between death metal and pop rock.

What would you like the future to bring to the band?
-Bigger shows, bigger tours, another record or 12, and a chance for the world to hear our music.

ANWYNN

I’m not be the biggest fan of Facebook but every now and then I do find a band or two that tickles my fancy. ANWYNN certainly did. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I know so very little about you guys that I need you to introduce yourself to me. How would you like to describe Anwynn to someone who has never heard you before?
-Well, we’re a symphonic death metal band coming from this very small country called Belgium. There’s some kind of duality in our music : basically there’s a soft part with Amandine’s mezzo-soprano voice, orchestras, melodies.. And a heavier part with Bouc’s growls, blast-beats and even some breakdowns. Oh, and of course our lyrics are mainly inspired by ancient Celtic and Welsh mythology, with sometimes a bit of history and psychology in them.

Can a national scene become too tight for a band? How do you notice that you need to broaden your perspective?
-We’ve played in lots of places and venues in Belgium, from Brussels in the center of our country to Antwerp in the North and it has always been a real pleasure. People are always excited and very cool with us! Our national scene isn’t the biggest but we’re still far from the point of being bored with playing at the same venues over and over again and not being able to get new fans. But here’s the thing : if you ride like 250km to the North you’re in the Netherlands, 100km to the South you’re in France and 100km to the East you’re in Germany. Three big countries with big metal scenes and many more venues, and more opportunities to make a name for Anwynn in those countries. So we’re logically looking forward to playing in those countries where new fans of our band follow our activities on our website, becoming “friends” on Facebook Anwynn’s page and are reacting by question like : “when are you coming to our country”?

I remember a time when an underground band in order to promote itself had to resort to tape trading and fanzine interviews/reviews. How do you promote a band the best these days?
-It hasn’t changed so much for that part actually, we’re just sending cds instead of tapes to fanzines/webzines in order to get some reviews. We’re definitely looking to improve ourselves over the years so any thought or opinion is always welcome!
But yeah, nowadays there’s all that big social media promotion. Facebook and Twitter are becoming quite the standard to promote your band, it’s a good way to reach many people and get them to listen to your stuff. Myspace was good in its time but now it’s nearly forgotten, now you have to promote your Myspace on Facebook or Twitter if you want people to visit it !

How much are Anwynn a part of the DIY scene? How much do you rely on yourself to get things done and how much do you delegate to others?
-Sometimes friends are helping as roadies, lending us a van for the tour or selling our merch at gigs when we’re playing (thanks to you guys if you’re reading this!). Our label M&O Music does some part of the promo and sometimes finds new tour dates for us. But basically that’s about it, we’re doing the biggest part of the job simply because we prefer to keep complete control over our stuff, so we aren’t tied by anything. We have our own management and for the booking we sometimes ask for the help of Metalurgica Bookings which is an important booking agency in oue country.

I’ve never been in a band so I have no idea what it is like but how hard is it to let other people take control of what you’ve created in terms of promotion etc.?
-As mentioned before, we like to keep control over our things so nobody really takes control over something we’ve done. For example, we’ve made our album Forbidden Songs fully available for streaming on Youtube for free. One day or another it would have landed on Youtube so we’ve just made the first move. Apparently we’ve done well ’cause more and more people are listening to our songs that way and we receive cool comments on them!

Today metal is so many different sub-genres. How easy is it to get stuck in one of these and how hard is it to get out of it?
-I’ve always seen the metal scene like some kind of big library (just a bit noisier..), with so many shelves and so many genres that you can easily get lost if you don’t really know what you’re looking for. It’s not really difficult to be classified as [insert random genre here], you just have to follow the main characteristics of that genre and you’re in. Getting out of a genre is another story, ’cause that always implies fans that used to love you being frustrated about your newer stuff. Some bands care about that and slowly evolve into something new in order not to get their fans frustrated, some other bands don’t care and just release a brutal death metal album after two prog albums.

Why do you think it is so important to compartmentalize metal into all these sub-genres? When does it become too silly with all these different tags, how far can you take it before it ends up a comedy?
-The funny part about that is that you can write songs and think you’re playing death metal, but you’re not ’cause there will always be somebody coming to you and telling you that you’re actually playing “technical speed symphonic melodic brutal blackened death math-metal with grindcore influences”. People LOVE to have silly arguments about musical genres. It even goes further when it comes to new musical genres, like djent. Basically it was just a guitar sound, then people listed bands in which you can hear that particular sound, and now it’s slowly becoming a musical genre.
I think this uber-classification just helps people find new bands that they could eventually like based on their musical tastes. And some of them have very very picky tastes, so…

Is there a difference in how you promote a band on-line compared to with a physical CD? Is one audience harder to tease than the other?
-Promoting a band online is mainly about posting your songs and having people listen to them and hopefully like them. It just takes up their time but at least it’s free. It’s quite a bit different with a physical cd ’cause logically people have paid for it (or they’ve stolen it, which is bad ’cause we’re poor, hungry and defenseless musicians). So they may be more demanding, our cd becomes a product they’ve purchased and they can be satisfied with it or just get totally frustrated for having paid for something they don’t like. However we haven’t received an e-mail saying “gimme my money back, this record is pure donkey shit!” yet.

Do you have to work the promotion differently depending on what media you deal with?
-It depends on the media but there’s always a way to drop some http://www.facebook.com/Anwynn.Official in an interview, written or spoken..
Usually we prepare what we’re going to say in order to not tell silly stuff (which fails every time apparently), we choose the songs to be played on air if it’s a radio interview, that kind of thing… There aren’t really big issues, it’s just about taking the good format of sound files and pictures for each medium.

What future would you like to see for Anwynn?
-A future full of big summer festivals, new albums sounding heavier over the years, sushis and whiskey ’cause a tour in Japan or Ireland would be amazing!
Also, many thanks for giving us the opportunity to answer these few questions on your website, we wish you all the best!

DIVAHAR

Can you name one single metal (not counting System Of A Down) band from Armenia. I couldn’t until I heard of DivahaR. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I can’t seem to remember having heard a single metal band from Armenia. Are you guys the first to make it out of there?
-It’s normal that you haven’t heard of Armenian metal bands, cause Armenia is faraway and isolated from the biggest “metal-heart” countries, as well as the metal scene is quite small here.
However, I must say that this fact doesn’t prevent several people from creating metal bands, and Divahar isn’t the only one (it’s unique and first only as female band). There are other Armenian metal bands too, but they are really few.

What kind of hardrock/metal history/culture is there in your country?
-Indeed, formerly Armenia was considered to be one of the cultural centers of hardrock/metal in ex Soviet Union and our metal scene was influenced and developed via such notable bands as Asparez, Ayas, Vostan Hayoc, etc.

What is it about black metal that attracted you to it in the first place?
-It’s the philosophical concept that evokes new contradistinctions, which I think is one of the ways in prospects of truth.

What is black metal to you? How would you describe the meaning of it to you?
-I would have to put in a poor definition a bouquet of feelings and ideological, philosophical concepts to give a precise answer to this question, which I think is not right.

I’ve seen live footage of you. What kind of live scene are we talking about in Armenia?
-The metal scene is very compact and slight in Armenia, thus even in the most notable metalfests very few metalheads are participating. But in fact, there are still some devoted fans of metal music and due to their efforts the metal scene is still alive and metal fests are organized.

What kind of response do you get to you being a black metal band? Do people not in the know even react to it?
-It’s really hard to be a representative of black metal in Caucasus, as most people here are not only unversed of extreme metal, but even metal music itself. And as a result the reactions are very different and contradictional; some people hail us as creative individuals, others criticize.

What kind of power does the Church have in Armenia? Are people very religious and bothering?
-I’m so aside and far from religion and religious structures that I can’t give a certain answer to this question. I would only say, that Armenians are very persistent, solid people, able to “create bread out of stones” and this qualities are definitely inherited from our pre-christian roots.

If you were to record a record would it be possible to do it in Armenia and still achieve what you want? How easy is it to find the right kind of people to work with?
-Actually we are already doing recordings. Yes, there are some difficulties, cause people aware of Black metal are very few, as well as there is a lack of equipment for appropriate sound quality. Of course it’s always desirable to record a high quality album, but the main goal isn’t to realize it in the best sound, as being a Black metal fan I never pay too much attention to that. I guess, it’s because of the fact that I’ve grown up listening to the recordings of bands with really bad sound quality, but it doesn’t prevent me from listening to those genius albums again and again.

How much of a help is the social media in getting g the name of the band out to those that might be interested?
-We don’t have a real need of this kind of help from national media, as the scene is too small, as well as it doesn’t make any sense from the point of view of social medias in a country with such small quantity of bands. In contrast to this we feel the big importance of the help of international media as we get feedback from different people from all over the world that observed us via various websites or journals.

What ideal future would you like to see?
-Artist resembles to an eruptive volcano and is self-sufficient first of all due to creating the art he bears in his soul. And if our songs get their response in hearts of even small number of people, the rest of the consequences are inessential and very small for us.

INFERNAL TENEBRA

INFERNAL TENEBRA was another totally new band to me but from what i heard I just knew that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl © 2012

You guys are totally unknown to me. Could we please have a short introduction of the band?
-Infernal Tenebra started back in 1999, constantly evolving and enduring the hard conditions of the Croatian underground metal scene with two self-released albums “Beneath the Twilight” (2001) and “The Essence of Chaos” (2007). We signed with Massacre Records in 2012 and our new album entitled “New Formed Revelations” release date is December 7th, 2012. The album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth).

How hard is it to come up with a style of metal that hasn’t been heard before?
-Actually, metal is constantly evolving through incremental touches. It’s not necessarily a bad thing building up your own style on the strong foundations already established in extreme metal music. We always liked metal bands that had great compositions and versatile and rich vocals and you can definetly hear it in our music. The music also came naturally. We incorpored some intricate elements but wanted to keep it as clean and simple as possible.

When you plan for an album how hard is it to pick the songs that are the best and leave the rest to their own destiny?
-It’s not hard at all. We work very carefully on the songs nowadays. Infernal Tenebra has a colorful background and we learnt a lot from past mistakes. The song writing depends on the song. Some of them come out easily, others need more work, but we essentially write until we’re satisfied with the result. All band members contribute to the song writing process. “New Formed Revelations” was written with the lyrics and vocal lines in mind from the start, so every song is there for a reason. We also made a decision to put on the album eight tracks, as we didn’t want any filler to be in. We’ll continue that way.

What is the difference between having the backing of a label and doing it yourself?
-We’re blessed with having such a professional label like Massacre Records. Although people tend to think you can make it without a label supporting you, it’s only partially true. A professional label pushes you constantly to give the maximum, to evolve and be better. In our case, it works. When we were on our own, we were doomed to Croatian and regional scene and struggled in the underground for a decade. Now we have a chance to expose ourselves to a wider audience, have them hear and see what we are about, and improve upon ourselves as we surely have much more to offer.

What would you say have been the highlight of band so far? How has the journey been compared to how you imagined it to be?
-Well, there are several aspects of the “highlight” thing. Being signed to Massacre Records is like a dream come true to us. We also see it as a new begining. This summer we played Bloodstock Open Air in UK and we had a great time. Having the opportunity to share stage with so many great bands you’re actually a big fan of is a priviledge of its own. We believed in ourselves, passed many obstacles, as I can’t even decribe how hard it is to make anything for a band coming from Croatia.

Being a metalhead is often described as being a part of something greater. Do you feel that too? What has it given you guys?
-You know, reflecting on the previous question, let me share a few lines from our past. As Croatia was a very closed country (had a war in 90-ies, crisis etc.) seeing metal bands was almost impossible. One of the first bands to visit Croatia was Napalm Death and our drummer Sandi escaped the army to see them. Can you believe it, haha. That’s the spirit and commitment you would expect from a real metalhead. Although we’re not nearly as crazy as we used to be, we enjoy being a part of the scene every moment. The metal community has given us much back. We have a band now that got recognized in the metal community and we’re a part of the scene, as a band and as individual fans of the metal music. You feel it every day when you turn on your favourite music, got to a concert or enjoy a cool festival. I remember waiting for hours to get a CD from my favourite band signed. Now I share stage with that same band. Isn’t that awesome? And you know what, that’s the way it should be. As long as one supports the metal community, it will give back something.

When you play metal of the harder kind you are supposed to be harder than steel. How annoying is it that people has pre-conceived ideas what you’ll be like?
-I never liked the “contest-style” music. It’s not about BPMs, or being more than human. I think it’s exactly the opposite. It’s about being human, expressing what you feel, getting your thoughts out, your fears, your dreams. It not about pretending being something you’re not.

How pleasing is it that you have an album out now? What kind of feelings is involved with releasing an album?
-We’re glad the album is finally being released as we went to hell and back to make this happen the right way. Can’t wait to get out and play it for the fans. But it never stops. There are ideas and songs already being cooked for our next release.

What does the art work say about the title of the album?
-The artwork is an adapted version of our idea made possible by the brilliant Gustavo Sazes (Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Firewind…). It is about humanity left with itself to reflect upon its decisions, directions and paths taken. It’s about fallen leaders and regimes, about humans struggling to find its place in a society where there’s no place for them.

What would the ideal future bring to you?
-It would be great if we could get fired from our everyday jobs and do Infernal Tenebra music for the rest of our lives. Not much we’re asking for, right? Hahaha.

THE STOMPCRASH

I could see the THE STOMPCRASH having a crossover potential. Especially in this day and age where boundaries seem to be more lose than ever. For that reason alone I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

How do you take literature into music? What is it that you focus on in the literature that you can transform into music?
Chris: I read a lot of books, I love every kind of books that give me emotions, no matter of the author, the historic period or genre but I have to say that books written in the late XIX century and in the first part of the XX, have something more for me, authors like Wilde, Poe and Lovecraft remain my favorite but also an author like Dick can excite me and bring me to write lyrics. The focus is more on the atmosphere than on the story, we always try to reproduce the images, the sounds, the scents that come from book’s pages.

How different is the first album to the second one? What kind of progress have you gone through?
Chris: I think the new album “Directions” has a more conscious sound, we changed our writing and we have moved on new unexplored, for us, territories.
Musically speaking Dani has the main parts of the songs, it?s more melodic and based on keyboards parts, I wrote the lyrics and sing almost all the songs.
A characteristic is that the sound vary from song to song, you can find different genres and different stylistic undertones
but overall you can always recognize The Stompcrash style.This new album is more emotional than the first, maybe because there are our personal changes inside in the four years passed from “Requiem Rosa”. It?s a romantic album, full of stories and atmospheres coming from literature, history and personal experiences.Another thing is about the recording quality, the first album was mainly recorded in our home studio and then mixed in a professional studio, this new album was totally recorded and mixed in a professional studio so the sound is more clear and more adapt to be played in a club.

Do you feel that you have a crossover potential to get a following both in the metal scene as well as the dark wave/electro scene?
Chris: We don’t have the typical metal sound, we don’t have muscle guitars and a thunderous drums so I don’t know if we can be potentially liked by a metal fan. We are more oriented to an eighties sound, we are still inspired by bands of that period from The Cure and Bauhaus to Depeche Mode and Simple Minds but we are also listener of many metal bands. I think there are many points of contacts between darkwave/gothic and metal so probably we have many fans that love both genre.

Do you feel that you fit in in different genres of music? Where do you fit in in the global music scene?
Chris: As you can hear on our new album “Directions” you can find that every song have a different approach and could be part of another genre. We like to try to not repeat ourselves, we always try to explore new sounds and we don’t want to be labelled only as a darkwave band. We have a very heterogeneous fans and we like that.

We’ve heard of Italo disco. We know of Italian progressive metal. What kind of darkwave/electro is there in Italy?
Chris: There are many darkwave and gothic bands in Italy, the movement is alive and kicking and there are many dark and gothic events every week.
In Italy the dark bands are more oriented on postpunk and ebm mainly but I think we are far away compared to Germany and Uk.

What kind of following do you have in Italy? Where have you had the greatest response so far?
Chris: We experienced that our kind of music is better received abroad instead in Italy, it’s not simple to do a good gig in Italy. Consideration and support for the band is frequently better outside Italy, it’s a fact. The majority of our fans are based in the north and east of Europe so our wish is to play there in the next months.

What was the intention of forming the band in the first place?
Chris: The band born by a casuality, a chance encounter, just following the love for a kind of music and for great band like The Cure and Depeche Mode and we decided to give real expression to our creativity through the music.
In these 10 years we made 2 albums, some compilations around Europe and many many live gigs, I think we are grown but we have more to do ad to say.

When you write songs do you go through some sort of process? How hard is it to come up with new stuff that is better than the old one?
Chris: Dani and I usually write songs together, in this album I was more focused in writing lyrics and Dani concentrated herself in creating melodies, after that we dedicate other time to complete the construction of whole song and then Diego and Grace put their personal touch.This new records contains songs written in four year and chosen between 20 songs. For this record we have have recorded all the 20 songs in our home studio producing a demo records from what we have selected 12 song that we have re-recorded in the studio. Sometimes it’s not hard to come up with a song but some songs could be very difficult to complete and take some time before to come up in their final version. We never know if the new stuff is better than the old one we discover that only playing the new songs live.

Is there a dress code to the band The Stompcrash? How important is image to the band?
Chris: The image is very important for every band, we are still working on it and trying every time to find something that are comfortable with what we play and with what we are in that specific moment. There just one dress code: black!

What future do you see for The Stompcrash?
Chris: In these 4 years from the last record “Requiem Rosa” we have written a lot and now we have many new songs. Soon will be a new professional videoclip and maybe a new EP or album. Next spring we will play at two international festivals one in Munich one in Austria. I wish there will be the chance to play live for every people wants to ear us. Step by step the band is grown, until now was a walk I hope the band will start to run! We will not wait four years anymore for our third album!

ACRIMONIOUS “Sunyata”

ACRIMONIOUS
“Sunyata”
(Agonia)
Let’s hope that this album don’t leave me bitter and resentful. I have no idea what to expect from Acrimonious despite the fact that the band name seems awfully familiar. But then again perhaps it’s more the word than the name that lights tiny sparks in my head. At least it started the way I imagined that it would. This is promising to be some very hazy music. I get a strong Jimi Hendrix/early 70s British vibes just from looking at the cover. Mix that with a sound that is more death/thrash metal of yesterday and you get a pretty strange idea of what this is all about. If you like your metal a bit on the adventurous side then Acrimonious might not be for you. This is pretty much very old school in sound. I like it. Anders Ekdahl

ASHES YOU LEAVE “The Cure For Happiness”

ASHES YOU LEAVE
“The Cure For Happiness”
(Rock’N’Growl)
Here we have another of those bands that I’ve known of for ages but haven’t bothered checking out. And it’s not because they are Croatian. I have no prejudice against Croatian bands. I just haven’t gotten round to checking them out. With this being their 6th album you could hope that the time is now for the band. They seem to have struggled enough by now. I love My Dying Bride and have done so since that very first demo I got by them. Subsequently I’ve fallen in love with all bands that have followed in the footsteps of them since that day. Ashes You Leave have that same melancholic touch that make this kind of metal so bloody great. Not having any prior history with this band is not a disadvantage. This is another great melancholic metal album. Anders Ekdahl

DAVID CARON “Thru Never Ending Black”

DAVID J CARON
“Thru Never Ending Black”
(GMG)
I don’t know how bright it is to release a double CD with close to 30 tracks but red has to be given where it is deserved. You can’t complain that you haven’t gotten enough songs to enjoy with this album. That I have no prior knowledge of David Caron just makes this so much more worthy of my attention. Now I really get to make his acquaintance. And the first thing that hits me is how British this sounds. It made me think of old bands like Rio or Shy. Bands that have both the melodic and the bluesy side. It also brought about memories of a time that was simpler. This is like being back in a time when movies like Back to The Future was the latest craze. A time when the future looked bright and not like now a dystopia. This turned out a jolly good album. Anders Ekdahl