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EMERGING METAL QUINTET ARKDOWN UNVEIL SINGLE AHEAD OF NEW EP RELEASE

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Arkdown are a formidable modern metal quintet hailing from Sheffield. Formed in late 2015, the emerging metallers draw from contemporary metalcore and deathcore influences, framed by their own melodic but heavy riff-based style.

The Steel City riff beasts have just revealed a new track, ‘Mirrors’, which is taken from their sophomore EP, ‘The Calling’, out Friday 2nd November.

To date, Arkdown have toured the length and breadth of the UK, self-releasing their debut EP, ‘Paths’, and dropping a stand-alone single. Their debut offering picked up rousing approval from the UK underground, with Gig Radar citing that the band are “A force to be reckoned with on the British metal scene“.

The five-piece have also supported a glut of established artists, ranging from Fit for an Autopsy, Oceans Ate Alaska and Martyr Defiled, to Kingdom of Giants, A Night in Texas, and Shields.

Arkdown’s new EP is a colossal step up for the band. Bursting with five cuts of heavily-driven metalcore, hard-hitting drums, and layered melodic leads, all offset by aggressive and dynamic vocals, the South Yorkshire outfit have crafted a record that will stand the test of time.

Vocalist Kyle Dawson comments about the EP: “‘The Calling’ is a nod to the French term ‘L’appel du vide’ (‘Call of the void’), which is the urge to throw yourself into danger. The record takes a hard look at the lure of self-destruction and trying times.

With further touring currently in the works, along with European shows next year, the future is a very bright one for Kyle and his band mates.

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‘THE CALLING’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM ARKDOWN, WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 2.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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TENEMENTS

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

How did the band get together?

I initially came up with the idea of doing something a bit more experimental after the demise of a pop-punk band I was in. Once I came up with our first song, ‘Silhouettes’, I took from there to try and come up with more tunes that were fresh yet familiar.

From where did the name Tenements originate?

I wish there was some incredible, unique, profound reason for the name Tenements, but in reality I thought the word was cool after looking at the tenement flats outside my flat window. Tenement buildings are most common in Scotland and New York, so it’s pretty cool to have a Scottish word for your band name. Patriotic af!

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Lyrically, it started out as writing about a different mental health issue and basing a concept around it, but now, we’ve also branched into the political side of things. I make us sound far more serious than we actually are.

Musically, we take the aspects of every genre that we enjoy most and see if we can jigsaw it together. Whatever sounds cool to us, we hope sounds cool to the listener.

We love what we play, and I feel if the honesty shines through in your writing, it makes for stronger material. If you don’t believe in your own music, why should others?

What inspires the band lyrically?

We mostly like to highlight topics surrounding mental health. Given that it’s now become a focal point of conversation in media as more and more celebrities are coming out with their experiences, it’s showing that we are all not alone in the things we have to cope with.

I like to take one subject of mental health per song and relate it to a tale. We have so far covered topics such as paranoia, sleep paralysis, stress, anxiety, depression and phobia, and I also read a lot of sociology essays and listen to philosophy podcasts.

I try as much to keep it different lyrically, and hope to open up minds and conversation.

Recently, you brought out a single, ‘The Fear’, which has been very well-received so far, most notably by Kerrang! Radio DJ Alex Baker. How have you all found the response personally?

None of us have ever been in a band that has yet to reach this height, so it’s been really cool, and we’ve been extremely thankful for the exposure and opportunity that has been offered to us this past year.

It isn’t something that we take for granted, and it pushes us to continue to pursue what we do at a high standard.

The track was taken from the band’s debut EP, entitled ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Is Only Getting Stronger’. How was the recording process for that?

Arduous, not in a sense that it was a difficult experience, but as we wanted to give this release our absolute all, it came with a bit of stress and anxiety. During the recording time, we found ourselves between bass players, which caused other members to learn parts in minutes.

Our producer, Bruce, brought out the absolute best in us, and continuously pushed us to be the best we could, and you can hear the devotion and passion poured into every note of the EP.

It was an incredibly fun two weeks, and as we are always writing, we’re looking forward to working again with Bruce in the future with a full line-up.

And what can be expected from the upcoming release?

Lots of melody, lots of breakdowns, and us instilling the notion that “everybody is lying to you“.

Also, three songs from the EP are to be featured in a soon-to-be-released horror film. How did that come about?

We had a friend who was in contact with the film’s producers, Matt Shaw and Michael Bray, who were looking for a band to provide music for their film ‘Monster’, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

As far as we know, it has premiered and been picked up by an international distributor, so when we know more details of a release, you all will know. From what we’ve gathered so far, it’s very spooky!

Over the past year, the band have supported the likes of InVisions and Bertraying The Martyr. How were they as experiences?

We’ve been very fortunate that in the short time this band has been together, we are yet to have that gig where we only play to the sound guy. With every gig, our fan base grows, and we’ve already got to the point where strangers are grabbing the mic and screaming out our words.

And how is it overall, for you all, performing live?

Live is where our songs come out most. We all have a big part to play, and do everything that we can in the time we’re given to make sure we have a lasting positive effect. Come see for yourselves!

EP aside, what’s planned for the next couple of months?

More writing, and touring, which we are soon to announce.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

To keep our passion, and to always push ourselves to be the best we can. We want to take our music anywhere that will have us, so hopefully, you will see a lot more of us.

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‘WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU IS ONLY GETTING STRONGER’, THE DEBUT EP FROM TENEMENTS, WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 31.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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FLOOD PEAK

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FLOOD PEAK (from l-r): Peter Layman (vocals/guitar), Pierre Carbuccia (bass), Dylan Stuntebeck (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From Oregon, Flood Peak are a trio who are certainly not your generic metal outfit.

Blending anarchic riffs, creatively maniacal drumming and monstrous bass lines with a raw vocal delivery, the band specialise in a sound that is powerful, heavy, and emotionally intense.

Armed with this, the Portland three-piece are ready to take on whatever is thrown at them, coming out as a musical force to be truly reckoned with.

Having recently released their debut EP, ‘Plagued By Sufferers’, which is currently getting an overwhelmingly positive reception, I spoke to Flood Peak’s bassist, Pierre Carbuccia, and the following is what he had to say:

How did the band get together?

We met while playing for a previous band, Sól, actually, Dylan still plays drums with them. Flood Peak was an older project that Peter had worked on, he mentioned it to me one day, and I became interested. He also mentioned it to Dylan, who became interested as well, and that’s pretty much how we started.

From where did the name Flood Peak originate?

The name comes from the natural disaster, and how it impacted Peter as he grew up.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

There’s a lot of influences to cover, considering we have very different musical backgrounds, but bands like Amenra and Mare come to mind. There are so many different genres and bands that sneak into our songwriting, though.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Peter has the skeletons for these songs written, and we work as a group to jam, discuss, change, and finalise structure. 

What inspires the band lyrically?

Peter mainly writes the songs, and he mentioned to me that these songs are inspired by personal experience – a loss of a friend.

His friend was young, and he was diagnosed with something that may have been curable with treatment, but his friend’s parents (mostly their religious beliefs) were an obstacle, because instead of treatment, they decided to wait for a miracle, which unfortunately didn’t end well.

Peter is usually not comfortable talking about this, so I wouldn’t recommend asking him directly. However, I think it is important to let people know where these lyrics come from – roots of pain, hopelessness, and loss.

Recently, you brought out your debut EP, ‘Plagued By Sufferers’. How was the recording process for that?

It was very fun. We hit up our friend Derek Leisy from Audiosiege, booked two days, and recorded two takes of our songs in a live setting. Dylan and I do a lot of improvising, and that didn’t change during the recording process.

The next day, we sat behind Derek to watch him mix and propose ideas, and a month later, we were ready to send those files to Brad Boatright (also from Audiosiege) for mastering.

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

We messed up when we first released it by not promoting it or sharing it with people.

As soon as we did, however, reviews have been mostly favorable (I’d say 90% or 95% has been positive), but I think negative reviews have their nuggets of truth in them as well, so I read all reviews and research about the reviewer/writer, in order to understand their perspective and background.

Most people say it’s exactly what we believe it is, which makes me feel, on a personal level, very good, as it shows the message, intention, and energy that we put across, therefore, it means that we communicated what we wanted through our music, which isn’t always easy.

The band are from Portland in Oregon. What is the current state of the city’s music scene?

There’s so much new music all around the world, and Portland is no exception, as there are so many good bands from here and also from Seattle. Portland is a growing city with a lot of talented artists from so many genres and paths.

And how is the experience, for you all, of playing live?

We love it. As I mentioned earlier, we recorded ‘Plagued by Sufferers’ live. If someone attends a live show where we play, that is exactly what they’re going to get.

There may be some improvised sections that may sound a bit different, depending on how Dylan and I are feeling, but the most different thing will be the energy and sound (how it hits your body; how the venue interacts with our gear).

Our energy and sound in a live setting has the ability to make it a different experience, especially when compared to sitting at home and listening to the album.

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

We are currently writing new material, and we’d like to keep playing shows.

We’ve talked about going on a European tour next year, and have discussed with our friends from Sól to have weekend tours and/or a short 10-day tour of the American West Coast.

At the moment, we have three shows scheduled for the rest of this year, and we’re looking forward to those.

And finally, what is your long-term aim?

Making music, recording, playing shows, and sharing those experiences with others, as those are the things we have the most fun doing.

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‘PLAGUED BY SUFFERERS’, THE SELF-RELEASED DEBUT EP FROM FLOOD PEAK, IS OUT NOW.

YOU CAN GET FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND BY VISITING THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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FEAR ME DECEMBER

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FEAR ME DECEMBER (from l-r): Tony Small (drums), Victoria Cabanellas (vocals/bass), Stuart Woolley (rhythm guitar), Valentin Macagno (lead guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Back in 2012, two Argentinian musicians, Victoria Cabanellas and Valentin Macagno, decided to form a heavy rock outfit called Fear Me December.

After releasing a debut EP to an overwhelmingly positive response, the duo relocated to Manchester.

Having initially struggled to attract personnel to bolster their ranks, Victoria and Valentin eventually brought in two talented local musicians, Stuart Woolley and Tony Small, and since then, there has been no stopping the quartet.

Now, having just completed work on what will be their sophomore EP, entitled ‘Crystallized’ and coming out this September, Victoria spoke to me about what can be expected from that, as well as a journey that has taken them from north-east Argentina to north-west England.

How did the band form initially?

We knew each other from another musical project we were part of. That project didn’t work, got dismantled, but we were really good friends and had great chemistry as musicians, so we decided to keep playing together and that’s when Fear Me December was born.

From where did the name Fear Me December originate?

It was Valentin who came up with the name. We spent three solid days trying to find a name that we would all like but couldn’t find any, so one day Valentin was listening to ‘Apocalypso’, a song by Danish band Mew, where at the end of the chorus it sings,  “Black waves come, so fear me, December“, and he thought it was a cool idea.

Funnily enough, a lot of the big things and changes in the band have all happened during December.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Musically, every song is born out of a jam, whether it’s a full band jam, or Stuart or Valentin on their own. We always try to write for the song, and we always prioritise the structure and the song as a whole. That’s why most of them don’t have a solo, even though sometimes a solo may be needed.

We are extremely lucky that we found each other, as there are no egos within the band.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Our own experiences. Every lyric we write comes from somewhere, either it’s something that has happened to us or to a loved one. Music is our catalyst, our personal shrink, and that’s why it’s always full of emotions.

After bringing out a well-received debut EP, ‘Who Cares’, yourself and Valentin decided to relocate from your native Argentina to Manchester. What were the reasons behind that decision?

You could say it was a business decision, and it was a good one, as the music scene in Argentina is quite different from the scene in the UK, especially for our genre of music.

Having played there since we were little kids, right from the start, we knew that relocating to the UK was our best option, and that was the aim from our very first rehearsal.

Looking back, we can say we made the right choice, because we love it here, and we’ve met some amazing people and bands.

Was it difficult at first adjusting to a new country and a new music scene?

Really difficult. The way of life and the music scene here is almost the complete opposite, so we had to adapt to a whole new culture, a new way of doing everything, even the accent, as we learnt English through watching American TV!

However, we spent a lot of time talking with people who were kind enough to explain us how things worked, also, we made a lot of mistakes, but we have learnt from them.

We were really lucky to find such nice people, and we still feel like that!

You’ve just completed work on ‘Crystallized’, which is coming out this September and will be the band’s second EP. How has the recording process been for that?

Really good. We worked with Matt Elliss at Axis Studios again, so it was super relaxed, but also very demanding too, as we pushed ourselves a lot harder, but the chemistry as a band and as friends is undeniable, so that made everything easier.

For some of us, it was actually the first time recording in a studio, so that was quite exciting as well!

And how different will the upcoming release be to ‘Who Cares?’ and first album ‘Between Violence And Silence’?

Well, if you compare ‘Between Violence And Silence’ to ‘Who Cares?’, you can see the band’s progress, as we found our sound with the debut album. The quality and production improved, as well as our songwriting.

With ‘Crystallized’, not only have we kept pushing in developing our sound and the production, but we have also added different influences, as Tony and Stuart brought all of their influences and magic into the band when they joined.

We all listen to different bands, but we also share some common ground, so the songs get richer in sounds and styles. We are all aware of what Fear Me December is, but we love pushing barriers, and you will be able to hear that with songs like ‘Crystallized’, ‘City Lights’, and ‘This Is Not Okay’, all of which are completely different, but a result of us working together as Fear Me December.

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

We love playing live, as it’s the thing we enjoy the most, therefore, we give it our all!

It’s really energetic, as for some magical reason, we’ve had chemistry since our very first show, and it has only improved since then. Our fans are awesome and they show it at every gig we do, so that makes thing easier for us as well.

The EP aside, what have you got lined up over the next couple of months?

We’ve got a few new videos coming up! We also have a proper tour lined up of which we cannot give any details just yet, but we do have some shows coming up where you can hear some of our upcoming material:

July 22 – RS Bar, Sheffield (Tramlines); August 11 – The Bobbin, Lancaster; August 17 – Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham; August 25 – Sanctuary, Burnley; Sep 1 – The Northern, Bradford (Lizard Fest).

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

To conquer the whole world and save every dog and cat we can!

Seriously though, we want to keep on growing. Our current line-up is still quite fresh, so there’s plenty of room to keep growing more and more as a band, and write better songs. This is a new chapter for us, and it’s really exciting.

Also this year, we started working with Reaction Management, and so far, it has been amazing, so for us, the future looks extremely promising.

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‘CRYSTALLIZED’, THE SECOND EP FROM FEAR ME DECEMBER WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 7.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

EMERGING ALT-METAL QUARTET FROM INSIDE SET LOOSE NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EP

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Emerging alternative metal quartet From Inside return with their mesmerising sophomore EP, ‘When I’m Breathing Without You’, coming out on 14th September, and the exciting Liverpool outfit have also just premiered a brand new video for one of its tracks, ‘Before I Leave’.

Expressing a sound that fuses sweeping atmospherics with driving distorted guitars, all framed by layered orchestral synths and emotional lyrics and themes, From Inside aim to challenge and ignite the listener.

Having officially formed at the beginning of 2017, the four-piece quickly burst onto the scene with their debut single, ‘Find My Way’, which was premiered by Kerrang! Radio, and was soon followed by the band’s first EP, entitled ‘The New Era’.

A sell-out show in their home city sparked early momentum and the alternative metallers proceeded to grow their fan base, playing dates with such outfits as WSTR, Loathe, and Holding Absence, as well as touring with the likes of Crazy Town and Slaves.

From Inside have gone from strength to strength, and 2018 is set up to be a critical year for them with the impending release of their new EP, and they had this to say about it: “The message is clear and simple… life can be difficult at times, but through hope and perseverance you will one day come through on the other side to find a better life. The past is in the past, the future is what is important.”

With further music videos and single releases to follow, along with a run of shows in September, the fledgling quartet are sure to become one of the major players on the UK alternative metal scene.

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‘WHEN I’M BREATHING WITHOUT YOU’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM FROM INSIDE, WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 14.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: frominsideuk.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/frominsideuk

TWITTER: twitter.com/frominsideuk

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/frominsideuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

 

 

WOLVES DON’T SLEEP

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WOLVES DON’T SLEEP (from l-r): Connor MacLean (drums), Dan Bingley (bass/vocals), Stephen “Steev” Bond (vocals), Daniel Bradley (guitar), Chayce Swain (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by EM COULTER

Since first hitting the metalcore scene three years ago, Nottingham five-piece Wolves Don’t Sleep have offered an alternative take on the genre, balancing hulking tones, colossal riffs and immense drum beats with compelling vocals, powerful lyrics, and an uncompromising stance.

Having received plaudits for live sets that are both explosive and emotional, as well as their 2016 debut EP, the band will very soon be bringing out an eagerly-anticipated new single, entitled ‘Hope Won’t Set You Free’.

To tell me about that, and other things, was the quintet’s frontman, Stephen “Steev” Bond.

How did the band form?

I had just left a hair metal band (let’s never discuss that), because I was sick of everything to do with it, also, I was going through a tough time personally, and I felt that getting back into heavier music would be the best step for me creatively and emotionally.

I got hold of Chayce and Connor, explained to them the plan I had to form a band and what I planned to achieve, and we set to work writing what would become the first EP, ‘The Monster You Are’.

How did the name Wolves Don’t Sleep come about?

The name came from the phrase “Wolves don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep“, as it basically lays out our whole attitude in regards to everything that we do as a band, and how we will not compromise who we are.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Sometimes, one of us will have a full track written, which we will then work on and tweak any bits as necessary, other times, we’ll just have a riff and build a song from there, bouncing off each other and crafting the track.

What inspires the band lyrically?

A lot of the lyrics come from my own personal experiences and feelings at the time the tracks are written, and I try to match the lyrical tone and feel to the track, also, I will constantly re-write and scrap lyrics to keep up with where I am as a person.

You first came onto the scene in 2015, however, early on, there seemed to be almost a revolving door of personnel. I can imagine that time was rather frustrating. 

Honestly, it just sucked, and sometimes, it did feel like we were never going to get anywhere, but luckily, we managed to find the right people, and massive props to our mate Arron for filling in on bass before Dan Bingley joined.

Next month, the band will be bringing out a new single, entitled ‘Hope Won’t Set You Free’. How has the recording process for that been?

It was a massive learning process for us, especially working with Steven Jones (who has also worked with bands such as Bleed From Within and From Sorrow To Serenity).

And how will the upcoming release differ from your debut EP?

It will be heavier, tighter, and a lot more technical.

How is the experience, for the band, performing live?

It’s a really intense physical experience for us all, it feels completely right, and for me personally, it is super cathartic.

New single aside, what have you got planned for the near future?

In September, we’ll be playing at Macmillan Fest in Nottingham, alongside such sick bands as Black Peaks, Asteroid Boys, and Loathe, as well as finishing off what will be our second EP.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

We would like to start playing more shows outside of Nottingham.

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‘HOPE WON’T SET YOU FREE’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM WOLVES DON’T SLEEP, WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 3.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS AND THE BAND CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

RISING METAL QUARTET FEAR ME DECEMBER TO RELEASE NEW EP THIS SEPTEMBER

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Fear Me December are an accomplished Anglo-Argentinean quartet who were originally formed in 2012 by vocalist and bassist Victoria Cabanellas and guitarist Valentin Macagno.

After receiving strong support for their debut EP, ‘Who Cares’, the band decided to relocate to England in 2014, and soon after, they delivered their debut album, ‘Between Violence and Silence’.

The record widened the heavy rock outfit’s reach and fan base, however, the band were struggling with personnel, but after a lengthy search, the band recruited Tony Small on drums and Stuart Woolley on rhythm guitar.

With a heavier sound and fresh impetus, the alternative rock crew began to reshape and craft an original set and pen tunes for their forthcoming new EP, ‘Crystallized’.

The four-piece were recently snapped up by Reaction Management (Altered Sky), and they have also just completed work on what is set to be their finest release to date, which arrives this September, and boasts four blistering slabs of melodic metal and alluring modern rock.

From the pounding burly edge of ‘Fight Me’, to the tuneful sensibilities of ‘Not Wired The Same’, the EP showcases the band’s songwriting heart and steel in equal measure.

‘This Is Not OK’ further highlights the quartet’s deft ability to create a true anthem, and the EP’s title track signs off the release in fantastic style with its urgent rhythmic passages and captivating hook.

With a string of UK shows also planned for September, and further festival appearances, Fear Me December are set for great heights.

Fear Me December EP Cover

‘CRYSTALLIZED’, THE UPCOMING EP FROM FEAR ME DECEMBER, WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 7, AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PRE-ORDER IT FROM THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.fearmedecember.net FROM JULY 7.

FURTHER INFO ON FEAR ME DECEMBER CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/fmdband

TWITTER: twitter.com/FearMeDec

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/fearmedecemberuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com