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King Abyss EP Cover


Last summer, Staffordshire metal quintet King Abyss burst onto the scene with a much positively-received debut EP, ‘Reborn’.

Recently, the band brought out its follow-up, ‘The Destroyer Of Worlds’, which is, overall, a better reflection of their statement of intent.

I caught up with some of the guys prior to them playing a gig to mark the new offering’s release, where they went into it in further detail.

How did the initial idea for the new EP come about?

GEORGE HEATHCOTE (drums): Well, Sam Millard, our lead guitarist, had a backlog of strong songs that he had been working on, even before this band formed, so we all decided that with our debut EP, ‘Reborn’, we would get out the tracks that we all thought would get people interested in us, and then comprise the new release of songs that were more mature.

SAM BRYAN (bass): A bit more like our own sound, I suppose.

How did you come up with ‘The Destroyer Of Worlds’ as the EP’s title?

DOM BOULD (lead vocals): One of the tracks on the EP is about nuclear war, and in keeping with that theme, we used a quote from Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who invented the nuclear bomb, which was, “I have become the the destroyer of worlds, I have become death“, so we used one half of that for the title, and the other half as the title for one of the songs.

When I interviewed the two other members of the band, Sam Millard and rhythm guitarist Jay Fellows, just after ‘Reborn’ had come out, they told me that there had been a few problems recording that. How did the recording process for the new release compare?

SAM: It was pretty much problem-free. The only thing that did go wrong was that one day, me and Jay turned up at the wrong recording studio!

(All laugh)

SAM: Apart from that, it was an awesome experience. Myroslav Borys, who produced us, was fantastic. I can’t praise him enough, because he knows exactly what it is that he’s doing. He’s such a good producer, and we would definitely go to him again.

DOM: At the end of the day, us and Myroslav are very much like-minded, he had the same sort of ideas that we had, and if he had a decent idea that we hadn’t thought of, we’d take it immediately on board.We put together the songs, but when you take them into the studio, you have to be open to making a few changes.

The recording process this time was so much more relaxed. Sam Millard is the band’s main songwriter, so he would send us what he had written, and we took it from there.

SAM: It was a million times easier with this EP. Everything just worked brilliantly.

DOM: All bands out there, go and check out Myroslav Borys.

(Sam and George laugh)

How would you describe the EP, both musically and lyrically?

GEORGE: This EP is a lot heavier, apart from the last song, and a lot more technical as well.

SAM: Yeah, this is rather cliched, but the melodic parts are more melodic, and the heavy parts are heavier.

DOM: Lyrically, well, it’s quite difficult to describe. It was a long process, and some of it had to be changed during recording, but we got there in the end. It was worth it, though.

GEORGE: In my opinion, the new EP is much better than our first. I’m not knocking ‘Reborn’, because it was good for a debut, but ‘The Destroyer Of Worlds’ is on another level. I’m just so proud, and I think we all are, of putting it out there.

SAM: Yeah, totally.

What can your fan base expect from the EP?

SAM: Lots and lots of riffs.

DOM: Just so many riffs!

(Sam and George laugh)

GEORGE: I’d say it’s more complete than the first EP was, because that, for us, was much more of a test, but with the new release, our fans can expect a sound like what’s on there more often from now on.

SAM: Yeah, definitely.

DOM: It’s like what George has said, it’s more structured, and we didn’t just want, this time, to get out songs that would get people listening, we wanted it to be a foundation on which to build upon in future. A template, I suppose.

GEORGE: At the end of the day, we still want to have people listening to us, but we also want our sound to differentiate, have a variety of styles and that, really push the boat out, so we can draw in more people who are into different sorts of genres, but at the same time, keep hold of the following that have been with us from day one.

DOM: Yeah, we’re trying to revive something that we felt has been lost in the last 30 years, but with more modern aspects. I know that’s been done to a degree by such bands as Trivium, but we’re trying to keep that melodic, thrashy style alive.

GEORGE: I think we’re unique in thrash metal in that we do breakdowns, but we don’t want to find ourselves on the same page over and over again. We want to keep being new and fresh.

SAM: Totally.

Now that the EP is out, what are your plans for the near future?

SAM: We’re going to try and ramp things up. We’re all individuals, we all want this, I was in a band before, so was Dom, so was Sam, it didn’t work out for any of us, and now that we’ve grown up, our hunger has intensified.

We’re just going to go for it, and just keep going until we do get it. We’ve got to the final of Bloodstock Metal To The Masses, so we want to play Bloodstock, and take it further from there.

DOM: We’re going to be releasing an album, we don’t know when that will be, but we’re just going to keep on playing music, and release the odd single, for the time being.

GEORGE: I think a full album will be something that we’ll be looking at in the long term, maybe in a year or so.

SAM: We’ve already got a festival on the cards.

GEORGE: Yeah, we’ll be playing this year’s Hop Fest, near Northampton.

SAM: With Oceans Ate Alaska…

DOM: Crazy Town.

SAM: Crazy Town! Oh my god, yes!

(Dom and George laugh)

SAM: I suppose we’ll be planning a few tours as well, and there’s a few music videos on the cards, so keep your eyes out for them.

At the moment, we’re talking with various media companies, getting quotes from them. Dom knows a guy, so yeah, we’re going to be pushing ourselves even more, try and really get our sound out there.

DOM: We’re going to keep at this for as long as we can.

GEORGE: Until everyone’s sick of us!

(All laugh)

SAM: Basically, what we’re saying is that we’re definitely not going to stop.



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Enemo-J band photo

ENEMO-J (from l-r): Craig Hartwell (vocals), Haydn Edwards (guitar), Mike Wyke (bass), Jake Withers (drums), Josh Hatfield (guitar)


West Midlands outfit Enemo-J have had 33 line-up changes since forming back in 2000, but all that upheaval has not stopped them from perfectly executing a sound that, whilst predominantly metal, can fit easily into a multitude of genres, most notably hip-hop.

The quintet were in Uttoxeter recently, supporting local collective King Abyss, and there, they spoke to me about such things as their origins, highly-energetic, boundary-pushing live sets, experiences of playing at Bloodstock and Download, as well as what can be expected from the band’s seventh album, ‘Decorum’, coming out later next month.

How did the band form?

HAYDN EDWARDS (guitar): Craig, take it away.

CRAIG HARTWELL (vocals): Back in the last century…

JOSH HATFIELD (guitar): Literally.

CRAIG: …I really wanted to be on stage, and at the time, I was a huge hip-hop fan, but then, I also saw Deftones, Korn, rock bands that had a hip-hop vibe to them. I decided I wanted to form a band with a similar style, so I offered production and recording facilities to a band I saw locally, and we went from there.

How did the name Enemo-J come about?

MIKE WYKE (bass): We made a video about that, didn’t we? (laughs)

CRAIG: Yeah. The name came from a snuff film we watched by a South African terrorist group that had a similar name, where they were bayoneting someone in the face.

MIKE: And you thought, “Hey, that would make a great band name!” (laughs)

CRAIG: So we took their name, and changed it to Enemo-J to make it more unique.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

HAYDN: We’re very organic as a band, and one of us will come into our lock-up with an idea for a riff, and we’ll take it from there.

We try to blend all of our inspirations into one, because every one of us is influenced by a different style of metal, Josh is more into the heavier stuff, for example, bands like Thy Art Is Murder, I was brought up on prog-rock and thrash metal, Craig with his hip-hop…

MIKE: I’m “Vanilla Joe”!

HADYN: “Vanilla Joe”, yeah.

JAKE WITHERS (drums): And I listen to a bit of everything, from classical to blues, ZZ Top to Alexisonfire.

HAYDN: When it comes to our sound, we’ll always try to include as many elements as possible.

What inspires the band lyrically?

HAYDN: Our last album, ‘Miley Virus’, was very political, as we wrote songs about police brutality in America, as well as past experiences. We like to think we write songs about what’s currently going on in the world, things that should be resolved, but at the same time, we don’t try to limit ourselves, we’ll write about anything.

MIKE: The new album that’s coming out, ‘Decorum’, there will be very personal songs on there.

CRAIG: There’s a song on it called ‘Five Regrets Before Goodbye’, and it’s about somebody having five regrets while they are on their deathbed, it’s quite emotional.

Speaking of ‘Decorum’, out later next month, how has the recording process been for that?

MIKE: We recorded it all two years ago.

(All laugh)

CRAIG: Since then, we’ve swapped the drums around, Jake has re-joined us, and Josh has moved to guitar. In that time we had, we reinvented ourselves. The reason why the new album has been sitting on the shelf for two years was that we’ve only just got the funds together, because in our industry, everything is about money.

After ‘Decorum’, we’re actually going to be recording another album, with some of the guys from SikTh.

And what can your fan base expect from the upcoming album?

CRAIG: Well, I always find it strange when a band or artist say that they’re going to be bringing out a new album that doesn’t sound anything like their old stuff, because we like them having the same sort of style, so we’ve got elements…we always have heavy songs, strictly metal songs, hip-hop metal, groove metal, everything like that. We don’t try to run away from a genre, we embrace it.

On ‘Decorum’, we have some brilliant guest appearances, some of them are friends of ours, but we also have some like (hed) p.e., who didn’t just guest with us for a track, they also helped with the album’s soundtrack.

(hed) p.e. are a band you’ve played with, and you’ve also supported the likes of Sylosis and Korn, as well as playing Bloodstock and Download. How were they as experiences?

CRAIG: Download used to be really good. When I played there for the first time, it was the best day of my life, then I met my partner, then my son was born. When we played Bloodstock, we actually got ourselves banned from playing there again.

How did you get banned from Bloodstock?

CRAIG: It’s a long story, but basically, there was a power cut, and we had signed a contract beforehand with the organisers, saying that if something went wrong, such as a power cut, then they were held responsible.

They were responsible, and they told us to come back and play again the following year, but they never fulfilled that promise. We protested against it, and they banned us. When we had played Bloodstock, I tried shouting into the microphone during our set, “What’s up, Bloodstock?“, but it wasn’t working.

We then played Download, which was a much better organised festival, and when we went on stage, the first thing I said to the crowd was, “Download this fucking noise!“, and the noise they gave back, it made me fucking shiver.

There was, like, so many people in the tent we were playing in. It was fucking phenomenal!

And how is the overall experience, for the band, of playing live?

CRAIG: I’ll let Jake answer that.

JAKE: The way I’d describe playing live is that it’s a whirlwind of melody and brutality, that’s what I think, and that’s about it.

CRAIG: If I could put our live experiences in a nutshell, if you love us or hate us, you will damn well remember us.

What tips would you all give to any emerging bands/artists out there?

CRAIG: Like I said earlier, everything in this game is about money.

MIKE: Don’t ever give up, just keep going, really work at it, and have a good time. If you do fail, take that as a positive rather than as a negative.

HADYN: If I could give out any tips, a few years back, I met one of my idols, Steve Hackett, who used to be in Genesis, and he told me to just keep enjoying myself, and when you find yourself not enjoying it anymore, then the time is right to quit.

Personally, I would say try your absolute hardest, but at the same time, don’t stress yourself out, and also, prove any doubters wrong.

CRAIG: Don’t stick to this week’s genre, be as diverse as you can. Tonight, we’re playing here, supporting King Abyss, and from what I can see, it’s fucking awesome. Those lads really are amazing at what they do.

If you’re playing a small venue and expect Rick Rubin to just walk in, it ain’t going to happen. Just get out there as much as you can. Don’t let your mates record you, and make sure you know your fucking skill, and work with someone who truly knows their stuff.



Enemo-J gig poster


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Enemy Of Atlas band photo

ENEMY OF ATLAS (from l-r): Zak Rathbone (drums), Dom Shaw (guitar), Matt O’Hara (vocals), George Buttery (guitar), Scott Bissell-Palmer (bass)


Formed from the remains of a previous band in 2016, Wolverhampton five-piece Enemy Of Atlas have spent the past two years working hard on creatively perfecting a metal sound that reflects a diverse array of musical influences, and delivering highly-charged live shows.

Both of these has resulted in the band earning an abundance of positive reviews, and they took time to discuss with me their journey so far, and future plans, prior to their recent set supporting King Abyss in the rural Staffordshire market town of Uttoxeter.

How did the band get together?

DOM SHAW (guitar): Me, Matt and Zak had been in a band before. We had a bit of a line-up change, and then decided to form a new band with a new name, so it was a fresh start actually. Scott joined soon afterwards, and George came in late last year.

GEORGE BUTTERY (guitar): I’m the new guy.

How did the name Enemy Of Atlas come about?

DOM: That was from a project we had done before, but it never really got much further than us demoing one song. However, we liked the name, and decided to use it for this. The name doesn’t really have any meaning to it, we just thought it sounded cool.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

GEORGE: The rest of the band tell me and Dom to start something off with a riff or something like that, which we then take to everyone else. Scott will add his bass parts, Zak will add his drum parts, and Matt will then write some lyrics over the top of all that.

They then come back to me and Dom with the basic structures, and then, it goes through a process of evolution, and that’s it, really.

DOM: We make beautiful music together!

(George laughs)

What inspires the band lyrically?

MATT O’HARA (vocals): Multiple things, just stuff that I’m feeling at the time. I like to pick a feeling and just move towards that. First love, current events, just whatever.

SCOTT BISSELL-PALMER (bass): There are a lot of problems in the world at the moment, and I think our new stuff reflects that more.

MATT: We’re just a news broadcasting team, really, with George as the weather girl.

(George laughs)

Towards the end of last year, you brought out your latest single, ‘Blind’. How was the reaction to that?

DOM: The reaction was mostly positive.

GEORGE: I wasn’t around when the other stuff had come out, but with ‘Blind’, there were a lot of comments on it, people saying that it was our best song to date. That showed how much the band has progressed, with the sound becoming more coherent.

DOM: I just think the single was better put together. We seem to have more of a chemistry now, and we’re creating a sound that we can now truly call our own.

We’ve raised the platform, and I think ‘Blind’ was the first single that really captured the essence of our live sound.

GEORGE: It was a taster of what’s to come.

How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

DOM: More recently, more enjoyable.

MATT: We’ve gotten a lot better over time.

DOM: Now that the line-up has settled, we all seem to be gelling with each other really well, and I think that has made us much more comfortable on stage, and it’s just going to get better from now on.

MATT: We just fucking love playing live.

DOM: It’s the best part of being in a band, in my opinion.

You have also supported the likes of Sworn Amongst, Lotus Eater, and Skies In Motion. How were they as experiences?

GEORGE: Great, especially when we played with Skies In Motion, because they were so, so good. They’re really nice guys as well, they were able to give us some pointers on what they did when they released their debut album and stuff, so yeah, it was just a case of taking on board what they said, and using that to improve what we do.

What are the band’s plans for the near future?

DOM: We’re just going to crack on and get our debut album done. Most of the songs for that have already been written, so we’re just going to be working on developing them.

GEORGE: We’re currently about 60%, 70% of the way there.

When do you plan to have the album out by?

DOM: Later this year, probably around November, December time. That’s the plan.

MATT: It hasn’t really been set in stone yet.

GEORGE: We have been kind of hibernating.

DOM: Yeah, we’ve been mainly focusing so far this year on the album, so now that’s almost done, we’re easing our way back in.



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Sworn Amongst band photo

SWORN AMONGST (from l-r): Ashley Currie (guitar/vocals), Jonny Harper (drums), Darryl Jones (vocals), Kieran Agnew (bass), James Cooper (guitar)


Despite numerous setbacks and multiple personnel changes since forming back in 2002, Sworn Amongst have risen above all this to become one of the stalwarts of the contemporary British metal scene.

In addition to this, the band, currently comprised of five members, with drummer Jonny Harper the sole survivor of the original line-up, have also become well-renowned across Europe, through relentless touring, including sets with such outfits as Napalm Death, Anthrax, Asking Alexandria, and Canadian speed metal legends Annihilator, as well as a sound that has gradually evolved into today’s mix of colossal riffs and grooves, towering vocals, and oppressive bass lines.

A few weeks back, the collective headlined the St Paddy’s Revenge festival in Derby, and I managed to chat with some of the guys on board their tour van.

Here’s what they had to say:

How did the band form?

JONNY HARPER (drums): Well, we’re going back beyond a decade here.

2002, wasn’t it?

JONNY: Yeah, pretty much. We were all in high school then, and the band was initially just a few lads messing about, and that’s what it pretty much was for the first three years, but then, we decided to come up with a name, and we submitted something to a production company.

They replied back and said that the material we had sent was really strong, and would it be possible to embellish on that, so then we proceeded to go down to London to record with the production company.

We then began to farm stuff out to people, and Kerrang!, at the time, was hosting this thing called Snickers Unsigned, so we sent over to them an EP and a live shot, we were later told about 200 bands had applied to it, but anyway, we got a reply back from them, saying we were in their top ten, which was cool as fuck.

After that, it went down to a public vote on the Kerrang! website, this was before internet streaming had really started to take off, I’m showing my age now.

JAMES COOPER (guitar): Everything was in black-and-white.

JONNY (laughs): Yeah, including the televisions. Essentially, it went down to a public vote online, and we actually got into the top three, which then led to us doing a high-profile battle of the bands thing, in front of all these people from music magazines, the editor of Kerrang!, and what have you, and that kind of catapulted us into a sort of higher fucking echelon, so to speak, and from there on, we started to kind of…We didn’t win by the way, we came second.

JONNY: No, they were just this band who signed to a record label, which would have happened to us had we won, even though at the time, there was some suspicion that the label had actually been interested in signing us instead, which would have been nuts, and I probably wouldn’t have been working two jobs, I probably would have done more with it.

After that, things kind of swelled up for a while, we were playing shows in, like, packed-out venues and that, and it kind of went from there really, but then we had a couple of line-up changes, and things kind of petered out.

In around 2007, we signed to our first record label, and the following year, I think, we released our debut album.

That did really well, and off the back of that, we did a six-week European tour, which consisted of about 40 dates, something ridiculous like that. Then after that, we did another bunch of tours, and that followed up to our second album, ‘Severance’, and that was kind of more new wave thrash.

After that came out, we went on a two-month European tour with Canadian speed metal legends Annihilator, and then after that, I had some fucking weird psychotic breakdown, and I ended up leaving the band for about a month.

When I came back, the band went through a massive line-up change and a seismic change in our sound, which took us on a completely different path altogether, so I’ve literally just given you our entire history.

(Darryl and James laugh)

DARRYL JONES (vocals): Jon, that was one question, not 15!

JONNY: I got carried away.

DARRYL: You got too emotionally attached.

JONNY: Yeah, I could have encapsulated all of that in about 30 seconds.

JAMES: You could have, really. You need to learn your interview technique.

JONNY: Yeah.

From where did the name Sworn Amongst originate?

JONNY: To be honest with you, I don’t know.

DARRYL: It sounds good, doesn’t it, though?

JONNY: Yeah. It doesn’t really tie you down to a genre.

JAMES: I can’t really see any fucking indie bands calling themselves Sworn Amongst.

JONNY: Also, you can’t imagine a death metal or black metal band calling themselves that. I suppose the name is kind of neutral, so you can take what you want from it, in essence. That’s really that, on that one. (laughs)

What are the band’s main musical influences?

DARRYL: I suppose over time, they have changed quite a bit. In the early days, we were mainly influenced by old-school metal such as Pantera, At The Gates, anything thrashy, we’re still influenced by them, but we’ve also always tried to progress our music, and you can see that with our releases over the years.

The last album we did was very much influenced by tech-metal, with a thrash undertone, but now, we’re moving into new territories, with new influences from new music, but keeping the main parts of the sound that we have become known for, and it seems to be working well, as we feel it’s actually connecting with the audience.

JONNY: Darryl, you should do all of our interviews from now on.

(Darryl and James laugh)

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

JONNY: Now, we do all of the songwriting in the studio. We take, you know, like a foundation, and just basically embellish on that. We kind of build up layers upon layers, and then decide the vibe we want to go for, with each track.

DARRYL: I think it’s a lot different for us now writing than it was about ten years ago. I think for most bands out there now, not many of them are based locally, and we’re one of those bands that have members based across the UK, and the use of the internet and social media has enabled people to write from different parts of the country.

What we tend to do is use that technology to its maximum to come up with and share ideas, which we’ll then work on in the studio. A lot of our work does go into pre-production. It’s a lot different from what it used to be.

JONNY: Yeah, now, we don’t necessarily find all being in a rehearsal room, jamming all that productive, because it can be quite time-consuming.

DARRYL: Yeah. I think you will get a better final song, there’s still nothing better than jamming out some riffs that you’ve been working on to the rest of the band, seeing what works and what doesn’t, but ultimately, you want to make sure that as much studio time as possible can be used productively, so we’ll work on stuff separately, and then get together and present them.

What inspires the band lyrically?

DARRYL: Humanity, being human, everything that comes from the highs and lows of general life, and when I write lyrics, I like to write them so that they can be relatable to whoever may be listening.

There will be a firm basis for the lyrics, like there was for ‘The Cleansing’, our last release, and for our upcoming release as well. It’s all about the trials and tribulations of being human, and that forms the foundation of our lyrics.

You’re playing in Derby tonight, and I can imagine it’s a city close to the band’s heart, since it’s home to some of the members, and it’s also where you got your first real live exposure in 2006 at Bloodstock, when it was at the Assembly Rooms.

JONNY: Looking back, I think we weren’t ready to make that jump. It was still a great experience, but as you’ve just said, Derby has provided a firm foundation for the band, because basically, my whole family are from these parts, I personally don’t like here, but there is a good solid connection.

DARRYL: There’s a really good rock scene in Derby, as well. There is a lot of incredible talent that comes from around here, and even if you look at it from the wider range of metal, some of the world’s biggest festivals, Bloodstock, Download, are held every year not far from here.

We’ve rehearsed many times in this city, and we’ve made a lot of friends, therefore, we have a lot of respect for the Derby rock and metal scene, and places like The Venue and The Hairy Dog are testament to that.

You mentioned earlier that you’ve played across the UK and Europe, and you’ve also played with such bands as Napalm Death, Anthrax and Asking Alexandria. How were they as experiences?

JONNY: Brilliant, absolutely phenomenal. I mean, when we played alongside Napalm Death, we were playing to about 5,000 people, and in those kinds of terrorities like Ukraine and other countries, we just loved it.

DARRYL: And those are experiences that we’ll be able to recount to our families and friends for the rest of our lives.

When you start playing in a band, one of your dreams is to one day play alongside the bands that you looked up to, growing up, and there’s also an element of them passing their wisdom and knowledge on to you, and that’s really important moving forward.

What advice would you give to any aspiring bands/artists out there?

JAMES: Don’t do it!

(All laugh)

DARRYL: Prepare, put the work in, don’t rush things. At the end of the day, the band is your product, and there aren’t many businesses out there that can launch a product before they’ve perfected everything.

Don’t start gigging until you feel you are truly ready, and remember, don’t take everything too seriously, don’t get lost going so far forward, because you have to enjoy the present, but don’t just everything for granted.


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Electus band photo

Electus, a hard rock quartet from Wolverhampton, have revealed the video for their new single, ‘Slip Away’, taken from last summer’s sophomore album, ‘Rock & Roll Incarnate Part One’.

The single was released on March 1, and it will be the third and final track from the album, as they gear up to unleash its eagerly-awaited follow-up later this year.

Describing ‘Slip Away’ is the band’s lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Russell Peake:

The song, in a nutshell, is about never giving up on your dreams. It’s never too late, so don’t let life slip away…it is a short story from a third person perspective about limitations, or putting them aside, Whatever your dreams, follow your heart! Never give up, do everything YOU want to do!

Since its release last month, the single has been played on numerous radio stations worldwide, including Kerrang! Radio, Hard Rock Hell Radio, local stations such as WRC Radio, and has even secured the number one slot on some stations like 365 Radio Network, which is a testament to the band’s musicianship.

Electus Single Cover




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Fall Flavored band photo


Having formed in 2014, Fall Flavored, a four-piece from northern France, were rejuvenated last year by the arrival of vocalist/guitarist Yasmine and her powerful but smooth vocal delivery, a perfect compliment to the band’s simple yet effective mix of melodic punk and alternative metal.

Recently, the Lille quartet unleashed a debut album, ‘180’, and they spoke to me about that, as well as their origins, inspirations, songwriting approach, and much more.

How did the band form?

BENJI (guitar/vocals): Fall Flavored started with just me and a friend playing in a band near Lille, in northern France. That band stopped, but we still wanted to play some punk rock, so we started a new band, and then recruited a drummer, Phil, and a bassist, Pierre.

Two years after we formed, our original singer chose to leave, so last year, we brought in Yasmine as a frontwoman.

From where did the name Fall Flavored originate?

BENJI: In October 2014, we were scheduling the release of a debut demo, but at that time, the band didn’t have a name, so we started brainstorming, and as it was autumn, there was the smell of fallen leaves outside. Also, the demo was a bit melancholic, perfect for rainy days.

Therefore, because of this, and also because it sounded good and poetic, we came up with the name Fall Flavored.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

PIERRE (bass/backing vocals): We try not to put musical frontiers or barriers to our compositions. We want to explore multiple registers of music, but at the same time, without denying our punk rock legacy.

Our sound is definitely a melodic punk rock sound with influences such as Anti-Flag and Sum 41, but there’s also some Muse-ish, Cobain-ish in there, along with post-rock sounds that are very recognisable.

For the recent album, we mixed all of this together, putting all of our energy and inspirations into it.

PHIL (drums): Yes, Pierre is right. You don’t have to be a punk rocker to love it, even my mum listens to our music, and she loves it!

What inspires the band lyrically?

YASMINE (vocals/guitar): For the lyrics…I write everything. I’m inspired by common life scenes, as I think there is so much to say about people.

I want to communicate with those who might recognise themselves in my lyrics, and welcome them into the Full Flavored community, so they can find support or anything. I want to discuss with them about themselves.

Recently, you brought out your debut album, ‘180’. How well did the recording process for that go?

YASMINE: Very fast. We had prepared the studio beforehand, so when the time came to start recording the album, everything was ready, and we only had to play our songs.

PHIL: It took me two days to record my drum parts in the studio. It was intense but necessary, because we wanted to have a sound that was honest and dynamic. From the beginning to the end of the recording process, we worked with a truly amazing sound engineer named Romtomcat.

And how has the reaction been to the album so far?

BENJI: ‘180’ has had a really good reception. A lot of people have been very impressed by how powerful Yasmine’s vocals are, and some of them even think that it’s a man singing! (laughs)

If you haven’t had the chance to listen to it yet, go on and do so. It’s energetic punk rock with various ambiences, and there’s something on it for everyone!

PHIL: When some people have listened to our album, they have said, “Wow! Is that really you? It sounds like an American super-production!“, but it’s just a production by a band from northern France.

The band have a few live dates coming up, both in France and Belgium. How, for you all, is the experience of playing live?

BENJI: We share good vibrations, because when we play, it’s not just us, but it’s the audience as well.

What are your plans for after the upcoming live shows?

BENJI: We have a secret project for this autumn. Stay tuned to find out more! (laughs)

PIERRE: We want to play everywhere again and again, so we can promote the recent album.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

BENJI: We want to become a band that tour all over the world, take lots of drugs, and have lots of sex! (laughs)

On a more serious note, our plan is just to keep making our music better and better for our fan base, and enjoy ourselves whilst doing that.

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With an intense, eclectic blend of metal and electronic-influenced music, backed up by synthesisers and turntables, and live performances abundant in high energy, East Midlands five-piece Infirm Of Purpose have already amassed much acclaim and a devout following across the UK.

This Friday, the band will be bringing out a highly-anticipated new single, ‘Assumptions’, and to tell me more about it, their recent set supporting Our Hollow, Our Home in Nottingham, as well as what they have planned for the rest of 2018, were the quintet’s guitarist/vocalist/synth player, Nathan Hill, and guitarist, Matt Ashley.

How did the band form?

NATHAN HILL (guitar/synth/vocals): We’ve been around as a band for a few years now. Matt and I were in an old band together before Infirm of Purpose, and went to school together so we’ve known each other for years.

I met Josh a couple of years back while we used to live in Derby, and we got talking about our bands at the time. I said I wanted to start a deathcore band, and he said that he was up for some electro-deathcore, which is what we were originally meant to be.

MATT ASHLEY (guitar): I joined after getting a message off Nathan one day, asking me to come and play guitar in his new project, as our old band was dying on its arse.

From where did the name Infirm Of Purpose originate?

MATT: It’s from a Shakespeare play. Josh chose the name.

NATHAN: The name comes from Macbeth. For some reason, Josh thought it would be make for a good deathcore name.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

MATT: Basically Enter Shikari and Attila. Our original aim was to be a crossover of the two.

NATHAN: We have loads now, though, Every track is different. We have a new one heavily influenced by Scarlxrd.

MATT: Our next track is definitely a crossover of Enter Shikari and Attila, though. (laughs)

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

NATHAN: We just fuck about on our instruments, and then see what happens.

MATT: Basically, we’ll play something on our guitars, just get it recorded straight away, and then send it to the rest of the band. It will be the same with Josh when he’s playing around with synths.

We collate all ideas and put them all together. Most tracks are written mostly by one person, with little things added on by the rest, but it changes with each song.

What inspires the band lyrically?

MATT: Ex-girlfriends.

NATHAN: (laughs) To be fair, our last single was about ex-girlfriends, and lyrically, our next one, ‘Assumptions’, despite the name, definitely did NOT come from an ex-girlfriend. Otherwise, we just write how we feel, there’s no specific inspiration.

Speaking of the new single, coming out this Friday, how has the recording process been for that?

NATHAN: I don’t even remember, because we recorded it ages ago.

MATT: Relatively simple, I guess, but yeah, instrumentals have been recorded for over two years now, and vocals for over a year.

NATHAN: We recorded the video for ‘Assumptions’ very recently with Jay Hillyer (guitarist for Leicestershire electronic/metal outfit Cabin Boy Jumps Ship). It’s come out brilliantly, and Jay has been amazing to work with. I would 100% recommend him.

And what can be expected from the upcoming single release?

NATHAN: We’re getting our 2009 on. We’ve crossed Enter Shikari with Attila.

MATT: There’s a couple of nice breakdowns chucked in there too.

The band have already become known for their intense, highly energetic live performances. How is it, for you all, playing on stage?

MATT: Nauseating. I keep having to flick my hair back. (laughs)

NATHAN: Imagine an annoying fly to the right of you getting in your way, because that’s what it’s like standing next to Josh.

Otherwise, standing on a stage and seeing people sing your lyrics back to you is one of the best feelings in the world, whether it’s 40 or 400 people we’re playing to.

And recently, you supported Our Hollow, Our Home and InVisions in Nottingham. How was that as an experience?

NATHAN: Honestly, it was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever played, I can only think of one other show we’ve done that could be on par.

MATT: We had a few technical difficulties throughout the set with our backing tracks and that, but otherwise, it was the most fun show that I’ve ever played.

NATHAN: I’ve followed Our Hollow, Our Home for a few years now, and them and InVisions are two of my favourite bands, so it was really cool to share the stage with them both.

What are the band’s plans once ‘Assumptions’ has come out?

NATHAN: We’re going to be playing a couple of one-off shows in London, Sheffield and Nottingham, then this September, going into early October, we’ll be going on tour with a band who are signed to Stay Sick Recordings, and then also in October, we’ll be going on another UK tour with a band from Eastern Europe.

Next year, we’ll be releasing our second EP, and so far, we only have one tour planned to promote that, over in Europe.

What is your long-term aim?

MATT: To have fun and get pissed.

NATHAN: That’s it, apart from Josh, he’s the designated driver.

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