Heart Through Sacrifice - Born From Sin / The Beast

Heart Through Sacrifice

 

 Heart Through Sacrifice - Born From Sin / The Beast

Heart Through Sacrifice – Born From Sin / The Beast

 

ARTIST NAME: Heart Through Sacrifice

 

SONG TITLE:  Born From Sin / The Beast

 

ALBUM TITLE: Born From Sin / The Beast

 

RELEASE DATE: June 20th, 2019

 

GENRE: Melodic Metal

 

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Progressive metal newcomers, Heart Through Sacrifice, will release their second single from their forthcoming concept album on June 20th, entitled, ‘Born From Sin / The Beast.’

 

This heavier, darker track introduces the next major character from their fantasy story, a half human, half wraith beast, suiting of the battering double bass drums and guitars and the eerie nursery rhyme embedded to unsettle the listener…

 

Heart Through Sacrifice is the project of NZ born, London based musician, producer and creative, Doug Rimington (ex-Voodoo Diamond, Hold The Dawn, The Superhelix), who manages to combine his musicianship with his love for storytelling and burgeoning flair for production.

 

Musically the album (out August 2019 via all digital retailers) showcases Doug’s playing of heavy guitars, frantic drums, and electronic synths – which underpin soaring vocals, courtesy of Corinne Cooper. Her approach helps drive the cinematic narrative of the album and her credits include The Voice, The Chattering Nuns and a number of live performances in the UK and her home of Gibraltar.

 

The story weaved into the music, is about an orphan boy, a heroic warrior woman and an evil monster hunting them down.

 

It revolves around the themes of retribution and revenge, love and redemption, as the warrior fights for vengeance, the boy fights for survival and both seek to regain their humanity while being chased by the beast and her army.

 

The lead track from the album entitled ‘Blood Stained Stone / The Boy’ was released on April 26th and acts as the perfect introduction to the Heart Through Sacrifice sound of melodic progressive metal, boasting an arrangement that ebbs and flows – full of half time break downs, anthemic choruses, and magical storytelling.

 

A full graphic novel is also in the works, to be released at a later date with the artwork by Bec Dennison of Bullet on a String who is also doing the cover and album art.

 

All music on the album has been composed, performed and produced by Doug Rimington with final mixing and mastering duties being carried out by Matt Bew (Whitehouse Studios, Reading, UK).

 

Expect the 3rd single, ‘Eyes of Gold / The Warrior’ to drop in July before the release of the full album in August.

 

Speaking on the album and project as a whole, Doug explains, ‘I finally have something I am truly proud of, something that represents my creative career so far, that I feel is really special and that I cannot wait to share with everyone!’

 

‘Heart Through Sacrifice’ self-titled album will be available in August 2019.

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Tell us your opinion on creativity and originality.

It can be hard to be creative and original in this day in age, we all have our influences. I think for music, it’s best not to think ‘for this genre it must sound this way’, instead just flow with the song and write what feels right.

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Tell us the beginning of your passion for music.

My parents always had the radio on, for long road trips, late nights at home, and so music has embedded in me a sense of ‘home.’

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Elaborate on how you make sure the quality of your sound is high.

I have quite a lot of recording experience and so my ear has been trained to listen out for the smallest problems; however I do not want the music to sound programmed or robotic, so parts are still played to the best of my ability without editing or ‘tweaking.’

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Tell us how you get ideas to develop your songs.

The tone of the guitar, riffs, and a sound… any of these things can trigger the beginnings of a song theme.

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Discuss your music background.

From age 8 I learned piano for 4 years, from there I taught myself guitars, bass, drums, production. From my experience of recording with many other bands, I picked up lots of little tips from other engineers and producers and brought these things into my own recording.

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Discuss your music process.

An idea forms, begin riffing out that idea, flow with it. Leave it for a day and go back to it later with fresh airs, flesh it out with drums and bass, leave it for a day… move on and come back to it later. Flesh it out some more and tighten instrument… add padding and production.

 

The lyrics and vocals all come last in my process as they’re used as another part of the music and not the center piece.

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State five hit songs and name the artists.

I have to be honest; I don’t really listen to pop music so I don’t know many hit songs. But my influences are Killswitch Engage, Tremonti, Devin Townsend, Stone Temple Pilots, Anneke van Giersbergen.

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Tell us how you entertain the audience during a live performance.

This album is a concept album so we do not tend to talk during the set, instead, we let people become absorbed into the music and story…

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List the name of artists that have a similar sound to yours.

No one really sounds similar to us, although we have been compared to Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence.

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Discuss how you think your music is impacting your fans.

I hope people will get involved in the story and really enjoy it for the epic tale that it is becoming.

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Tell us what inspires you to sing.

Passionate, honest moments in a song.

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Discuss this song.

‘Born From Sin/The Beast’ is the second song off the album, it is essentially ‘chapter two’ and introduces the evil monster that is hunting the heroes of the tale and destroying the world.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

I listen carefully to the music and find the melody that fits, I then send my vocal ideas to the singer and she perfects them.

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Tell us how you master your songs after production. 

All songs are mixed and mastered at Whitehouse Studios in Reading using Pro Tools.

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Discuss how you get your songs to digital stores.

Currently, we use Distrokid as they’re superfast, affordable and actually do what they say they do without any dodgy fine print.

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Discuss how to generate income through music.

Income from this music is not really something I’ve considered, it’s not pop music and I do not have a budget for marketing or advertising. If people come to the shows and enjoy what we do, that is all I could ask for.

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Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.

Write what feels right, don’t listen to others, be true and honest, the chances of your music succeeding are so slim, if nothing comes of it, at least you will keep your pride and honour.

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State your favourite radio station.

Radio Active (New Zealand).

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Go into details on this song.

Written originally as a heavy song, it uses mainly 8 string guitars and a lot of double bass. The nursery rhyme style verse was put in to add a bit of an eerie atmosphere to the track.

 

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Voice Of Addiction - Rustbelt

Voice of Addiction – Rustbelt

 

Voice Of Addiction - Rustbelt

Voice Of Addiction – Rustbelt

 

ARTIST NAME: Voice Of Addiction

 

SONG TITLE: Rustbelt

 

ALBUM TITLE: The Lost Art of Empathy

 

GENRE: Politically-Charged Punk Rock

 

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Voice Of Addiction are politically charged and socially conscious Chicago based punk-rockers.

 

Voice Of Addiction has been around since 2004 doing over 1,300 shows across North America.

 

Having seven official releases and independently selling over 8,000 physical copies (as well as being involved in countless compilations, and digital sales); these boys have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.

 

V.O.A. has been featured in the video games: Skateboard Party 1, 2, and 3 as well as Snowboard Party 1 and 2.

 

A feature-length documentary on Voice of Addiction entitled “Punk Band” is out now in all major outlets.

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

I had done the previous five Voice Of Addiction recordings with the same producer and we went in a different direction on “The Lost Art of Empathy.”

 

We went with Dan Precision (of 88 Fingers Louie fame) at Bombshelter Recording Studio.

 

I had previously known Dan which helps but this was the first time we had worked together.

 

The album came together over two weeks, 12 hour days. And it was basically Dan and me throughout the process.

 

We put a lot of work into this album and I am very proud of what we created together.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

Inspiration hits whenever it damn well feels like. I have always carried a small notebook and pen just for this reason. You never know when a melody, progression, lyric, thematic idea will hit…

 

I usually flush out the skeleton of a song on an acoustic guitar and come up with the lyrics. Sometimes bass or even piano, but usually these days it is on guitar. So even though I play bass it is literally the last thing I write.

 

It is only after I show them the song, and we get the drums down that I start creating the bass line.

 

Then add backing vocals and any other ideas we may have. At this stage I always say there is no such thing as a bad idea, we will try anything once…

 

Sometimes everything hits you at once and you go from conception to completion on a song in fifteen minutes.

 

Other times ideas and parts get put on the back burner until another idea or part brings it back to life.

 

Sometimes this is even over the years.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Don’t do it. Now is not the time to pursue a career in music.

 

The odds and cards have never been stacked more against musicians.

 

Schools are drastically cutting all music and art programs.

 

And there is a complete over-saturation of the marketplace.

 

No one will ever understand the blood, sweat, and tears you put into making music and getting yourself out there.

 

And you will spend most of your life working for little or no money for the chance of something that will probably never happen.

 

You can’t get onto this path unless your heart and head are completely in it – Because even the most determined will constantly want to quit.

 

With that being said I do not know what I would do without playing music. It literally keeps me alive.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

The key word here is ‘business.” There are a lot of shady people out there trying to make a buck off artist’s hard work.

 

Pay-to-play and battle of the bands prey on young and inexperienced musicians.

 

I have dealt with so many shady people on the business side of things over the years.

 

The worst though personally on the business side of things was a manager we had about ten years ago. No big story here except a ton of talk and no follow-through – Just a ton of wasted time and money.

 

I will never forget this expensive ass photo shoot he made us do. It was eight straight hours at three locations and many costume changes. The whole time the crew is yelling at us “straight face! Don’t smile!”

 

At the end of the day, we only got to pick one of each individual band member and one group photo. Ever since then I have managed us.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

I have been doing this a long time and at this point, it doesn’t bother me at all.

 

I don’t make this music for them I make it for myself. And every day I see the positive effects on my music.

 

Music is subjective not everyone will like the same thing. They are entitled to their opinion. I choose to focus on the positive.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact people around you.

We have always helped whenever we can and have played countless benefits and charities.

 

I have also personally put on a bunch of these as well. Including an anti-NATO & G8 demonstration and concert I put on when they were in Chicago at the same time.

 

I also do the punks-giving show every year where we not only raise a bunch of money for the hungry but a canned food drive.

 

I also have worked with Refuse Fascism on recent events.

 

We are very active in our community.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

Music is an international language that goes beyond borders…

 

We all can feel the music. I have a saying “you have to sing it like you mean it.”

 

If I don’t feel your emotion when I am listening to your song you need to try harder.

 

I listen to all kinds of music as long as it doesn’t put anybody down.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

For the album; my old school buddy of mine Dennis Tynan came in on drums for the session. He only had a month to woodshed the songs. We only had one practice which just him and I for three and a half hours.

 

Two days later we went into the studio and laid down the drum tracks. I am still amazed at what he pulled off for us and am super proud to have him on the record and to call him a friend.

 

Next, we lay down the bass tracks. We layered two different 3 mic setups and mixed in the direct out.

 

Quite pleased with how my bass turned out – Then onto guitars and vocals. Everything starts with the rhythmic foundation.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

I don’t have any kids so this is the proudest and most humbling thing.

 

We don’t play a lot of places we haven’t played before these days.

 

But for instance on tour last month in Corpus Christi seeing all the Latino punks singing along who haven’t seen us before unless they drove up to San Antonio or just listen to our albums.

 

The same thing happened in Boise, never been there before and everyone knew the words.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

I want the widest audience possible to be able to identify with the song.

 

While the song is extremely personal to me, in particular, I also want it to be inclusive. So people feel like they are part of the story and included on the journey. We may not have had the same experiences but through the song, they realize our journeys have never been that different. We are all in this fight together.

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State your approach to writing.

You know the old saying, “a writer writes, always.” Just keep doing it. It doesn’t all have to be your best work. The process is a big part of it too – And keeping those creative juices flowing.

 

I am constantly worried about forgetting a good idea, so I write everything down.

 

Sometimes I will go through old writings and it will influence something I am currently working on.

 

I have to also put out there I have never experienced writer’s block so my outlook on this may vary from others.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

I describe my writing style as a hybrid of my classical training and my ADHD.

 

I am always trying to attain accessibility while also being very tricky and progressive musically.

 

We are known for being very high energy, technical and being political.

 

A long time ago I decided that I wasn’t going to sing about girls, cars or bubble gum.

 

If people were going to listen to me I should have something to actually say.

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Tell us how to record a song.

Technically all you need is a microphone and tape or digital recorder.

 

I am a firm believer in that if you can’t play your part within three takes you should not be recording it.

 

It’s too easy and cheap to use digital as a crutch. I personally am an analog fan but you can’t deny the advantages of digital recording (and how much cheaper on the bottom line).

 

For economic reasons, I tend to do a hybrid of both recently.

 

My biggest advice is to know exactly what you are going to do before you step foot in the studio.

 

Too many bands waste too much time because they weren’t prepared. And time is money.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

For the most part, I am the sole writer for Voice Of Addiction. It was never really intended this way it just kinda ended up being my songs.

 

I always invite and embrace as much as the others want to contribute to writing. I love collaborations and am always down!

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Discuss your experience with fans.

This is what it is all about connecting with the fans! I love recording but for me playing live is my life fuel. It is also one of the best ways a musician can still make any money these days.

 

We are definitely a touring band and hit almost every city in the U.S. and Eastern Canada every year.

 

We also finally played Mexico last year and are planning to return on our west coast tour this fall.

 

I will never understand bands that hang out in the green room or in the tour vehicle and just come out to play the show.

 

I want to be out there talking to everybody before and after the set.

 

I want to be out there catching all the other bands sets.

 

I want to be a part of the scene and not the commodity.

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State your experience with booking gigs and shows.

I also run a booking company “Wrecking Ball Production.” Booking shows is for sure not easy, and most people I know despise doing it.

 

Then when you are booking a tour and need every date to make sense and be back-to-back. You are going through the flyover states on weeknights.

 

Most people forget that there a five other days in the week other than the weekend.

 

I don’t completely mind doing bookings but my biggest problem is flaky people. A lot of the people, venues, bookers, etc. are working in late night establishments and are drunks and/or drug addicts.

 

People forget, don’t write things down, double book. That is the thing I hate about booking shows, is having to redo everything because somebody dropped the ball…Do what you say, and say what you do.

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Tell us if you consider song placement in TV or Film.

There is a documentary out right now entitled “Punk Band” where they followed us around on a four and a half week west coast tour (no days off!).

 

It is available in all major media outlets including Amazon and Vimeo you can find out more at Punk Band The Movie.

 

Check out Voice Of Addiction in the indie film Billboard which just came out in theaters April 5th!

Billboard Movie

 

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Official selection for the 21st San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

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Elaborate on the song.

I have lived in Chicago a long time but I wasn’t born and raised here.

 

My first twenty-one years were spent back in Cleveland Ohio.

 

My experience growing up in those years was watching the deterioration of the middle class. All our factories closed and things went from bad to worse.

 

Desperate people do desperate things. That is what this song is about as the opening lines suggest “Born in the rustbelt, raised in these steel towns, and nothing seems to go our way.”

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

Everyone is addicted and it isn’t always the usual suspects such as drugs, sex, and rock n roll. It could be caffeine, television, church, money, sugar, I could go on forever.

 

We feel like our job is it to take the things that we don’t see people talking about and putting them on the table of discussion.

 

This album is prophetic in a lot of ways and it kind of freaks me out.

I wrote all these songs pre-trump yet it seems immediate.

 

The album title “The Lost Art of Empathy” describes how I feel about everything right now.

 

We need to start caring for each other. We need to focus on the overwhelming majority of things we all have in common and not focus on the few things we don’t. We need to start putting people before profits.

 

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Angelical Tears – Once Upon A Time

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Angelical Tears – Once Upon A Time

Angelical Tears – Once Upon A Time

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Name – Angelical Tears

 

Song Title – Once Upon A Time

 

Genre – Metal

 

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After a long hiatus, Oklahoma based female-fronted symphonic metal rockers Angelical Tears released the single titled “Once Upon a Time.”

 

 

Angelical Tears started in 2007 with a desire to bring symphonic metal to the wild frontiers of Oklahoma.

 

They have shared the stage with the likes of Bang Tango, The Misfits, Loudness, and others.

 

They released their first EP in 2010 and a follow-up LP, “The Eleventh Hour”, released in 2012.

 

The metal rockers have won several awards.

 

VMD-Award – 2014 for Best Metal Song – “Pool of Sorrow”

 

Grand Prize – 2017  – South-Central Broadcasting Society for Music Video “Once Upon a Time”

 

Grand Prize – 2018 – National Broadcast Society for Music Video “Once Upon a Time”

 

Third Place – 2018 – Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association for Music Video “Once Upon a Time.”

 

 

Julia Flansburg (Vocals)

Glenn Flansburg (Bass)

Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

Julia: Metallica, Evanescence, Nightwish, Kamelot

Glenn: Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Kamelot, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Lacuna Coil.  The list goes on forever.

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Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time.”

Julia: Metallica

Glenn: Paul McCartney

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Tell us what you know about composition and how you normally go about it.

We have all had lessons at different points in our lives, as well as university-level music theory classes.  That being said, we still don’t go about it the normal way.  The preferred method is to start with a vocal melody and create the song around it.  We typically build the song first, usually with keys first, and write vocal melody and lyrics last.

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Tell us about your management team.

We don’t have a management team.  We are self-managed which is probably the number one reason why, after two albums, we are still relatively unknown.  However, we recently signed with Skateboard Marketing to do a-four-week marketing run with the new single.

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Tell us what you think about this song.

I love this song.  It has a nice upbeat groove to it.  The orchestration of it is really big and the bridge is epic.  It is easily the best song that we have ever done.

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Rate social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music.

Facebook is probably the most active social media platform that we participate in.  We have Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, etc., but they are really all linked together.  That being said, I’m not sure how effective social media is in converting promotion into actual record sales.  We have over 20,000 “likes” on Facebook but we haven’t sold close to that amount in CDs. Promoting on a page that only has 10 “likes” isn’t going to reach a very large audience, even if some of the 10 share the post.  I haven’t seen a lot of sharing of posts.  Most of the shares come from members of the band to their personal pages.

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State the areas that need to be improved more in the music industry.

The biggest problem right now is people who claim to be promoters that don’t actually promote.  What promotion they do is simply posting something that goes out on their personal Facebook page, which only goes out to the few followers that they have.  They expect the bands, themselves, to promote the shows.  This becomes especially problematic for touring bands playing in areas where they don’t currently have a following.  In essence, these “promoters” are nothing more than glorified booking agents.

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Tell us about how you are getting your songs to stores as well as getting it to fans.

Our main platform for music distribution is online.  We use CD Baby to handle the digital distribution to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and others.  They also have a physical CD store that we can send CDs to.  Often they will ship CDs to Amazon for physical sales.   We have had limited CD pressings for this reason as well as for selling at shows.

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Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.

Julia:  I do little vocal warm-ups that sound like police sirens.  The rest of the guys prefer to get a little “lubricated” with alcohol.  Though, sometimes, that has backfired.

Glenn: Yeah, one time, I got too “lubricated” and played half a song with my guitar unplugged.

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Tell us your opinion on releasing singles frequently or just an album in a while.

This is a really good question and one that has haunted me.  Recently “Weird Al” Yankovic released a full album.  I read that he claims this would be his last album and that he would be releasing only singles from now on.  The Internet has really changed the landscape of music distribution.  Digital retailers allow you to buy music a la carte, making the need for albums unnecessary.  In the early days, record labels would often have an artist release a single, to see if it sells, before bankrolling an entire album.   We’ve been toying with the idea for quite a long time.  From a cost standpoint, it doesn’t really cost that much more to release a batch of singles versus an entire album.  It also doesn’t pressure the artist to fill out an album with filler songs.  Music is pretty disposable.  In order to stay relevant, an artist has to continue to release new music.  Not everybody; an artist can go about it the “Boston” way.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.

Glenn:  I have had the privilege of seeing almost every band I’ve ever wanted to.  That being said I have still yet to see Judas Priest.  I also missed out on seeing Theatre of Tragedy before they disbanded.

Julia: Dutch band Within Temptation, though I would love to see Sonata Arctica again.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Heartache, grief, and personal pain.

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Tell us about your recording process.

Glenn: I have a degree in Audio Engineering so I typically handle all of the pre-production before taking the project files to our engineer.  Personally, I like to have a different set of hands and ears during the recording process other than my own.  A song can be like a child and I get too attached to it and may need a different perspective.  Like most bands, we start with scratching guitars and vocals and then lay down the drums.  After that, we go back in and add bass and rhythm guitar.  Depending on the engineer we may do vocals or leads next.  Keys are always added last.  Which is way different from how we write a song and start demoing it out.

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Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be.

Being in a band is really no different than being a family.  There are lots of highs and lots of lows.  Like a family, no one ever gets along all the time.  But as a family, we always make amends and come together as one.  It can be difficult for sure, but the rewards are well worth it.  Nothing is more exciting than being on stage and seeing the crowd feeding off of the music, even so much as creating a mosh pit, and we’re not a mosh pit style of the band.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Angelical Tears.  When we first got together a friend called us “angelic voices” with “demonic guitars”.  We liked the sound of it.  We knew we wanted to keep “angel” in the band name.  However, we knew there was sadness in our lyrical themes.  Eventually the name “Angelical Tears” was proposed.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The first single off the upcoming album is “Once Upon a Time”.  Like most of our songs, the theme is about the tragic ending of a relationship.  Our heroine once believed in love but was tragically hurt.

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State the title of the album and the reason for selecting the title.

The as to be released album is called “Season of Sorrow”.

“Once Upon a Time” is the first single off the album, as a teaser.  We went through a rather difficult period during the recording of the last album, “The Eleventh Hour” and the title and tracks from the album reflect that turbulent period.  The music is also a slightly new direction in our sound.

 

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Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

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Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

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Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

 

ARTIST NAME: Arcane Ritual

 

SONG TITLE: The Last Saviour

 

ALBUM TITLE: Witch-Heart

 

RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2019

 

GENRE: Gothic Metal

 

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“Are you ready for a world of magick, mystery and metal? Join us as we explore the sights, sounds and stories that drive the human experience and connect us all. Through melody, passion and ritual we seek higher truth and self-mastery.”

– Teresa Camp

 

Founded in 2015 in the SF Bay Area, Arcane Ritual is an alien and a witch partnered to create a unique heavy music experience combining gothic metal with elements of prog, occult, symphonic and thrash.

 

Current releases include full length album ‘Witch-Heart’, EP ‘Enemy of the State’ and the single ‘Angel’, a cover of the epic gothic masterpiece by Tears of Passion.

 

In addition, music videos for ‘Witch-Heart’, ‘Angel’ and ‘Entwined in Starlight’ can be viewed all over social media and the bands website.

 

At this moment the band consists of core members Jarek Tatarek ‘The Alien’ (guitars, bass, keyboards, programming and guitarviol) and Teresa Camp ‘The Witch’ (Vocals, lyrics, ritual magic.) A live lineup is in the works and shows are expected to begin summer of 2019.

 

Jarek’s extensive resume includes fronting legendary Polish thrash band Astharoth and guesting on the debut album for prog metal band In the Silence, and performing with them at ProgPower 2013.

 

Teresa has been writing poetry and lyrics since childhood and started playing guitar as a teenager. Previous bands / projects include Halcyon Days and the award winning belly dance / metal / world music group Arcane Dimension.

 

Musically influences range from the dreamy, moody style of Tiamat and Type O Negative to the roots of Bay Area thrash reminiscent of Exodus and Testament. Experimentation is the name of the game with Arcane Ritual and nothing is off limits!

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

There is nothing else for us to do! It’s our only real calling in life. Passion for music started at a very young age for us and it gives us solace and sanity in a world that is insane.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your songs.

When I hear Jareks music tracks I usually see images in my mind and I hear the melody lines in my head. When it comes time to write lyrics I try to clear my head and just listen to the song, and sing what comes out. Mostly it’s gibberish but there will be a few words or lines that are clear and resonate with the story I know the song is telling.

 

From there I keep replaying and let the ideas come to me. It’s very meditative, if I think too hard I won’t get anything, it really is like I’m a vessel for the ideas to manifest from the aether.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

We love to travel! Been to Bali, Mexico, Poland, 70,000 Tons of Metal and more! Teresa likes to Belly Dance and Fire Dance when she’s not producing music videos for the band or working on the album.

 

She actually got to do a Belly Dance performance with Orphaned Land on 70,000 Tons of Metal in 2017.

 

Jarek loves long hikes, exotic travels and hanging out at the beach.

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Discuss your music career.

Jarek’s extensive resume includes fronting legendary Polish thrash band Astharoth and guesting on the debut album for prog metal band In the Silence, and performing with them at ProgPower 2013.

 

Teresa has been writing poetry and lyrics since childhood and started playing guitar as a teenager. Previous bands/projects include Halcyon Days and the award winning belly dance / metal / world music group Arcane Dimension.

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Elaborate on your band name.

Arcane Ritual is a combination of two things that make up our main inspiration and focus with the music. Arcane means mysterious or secret (like occult ideas and magick). Ritual is something that is a big part of our lives and our live shows.

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List your five favorite music videos with reasons.

Type O Negative – Black No. 1: Firstly because it’s Type O Negative and secondly that the video and album had a huge influence on us and many other musicians who’s taste always straddled the line between gothic and metal. It’s fucking perfect!

 

Moonspell – Scorpion Flower: Firstly the song is flawless! One of our favorites by a band we love. The epic nature of the music is well matched by the visuals, it really tells the whole story. And having Anneke in it was the icing on the cake!

 

Metallica – One: This is just a classic! The pairing of footage and sound clips from ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ was so perfect; especially considering the book inspired the lyrics. This is music video storytelling at its finest!

 

Pantera – Cemetery Gates: This was our introduction to Pantera and it made a HUGE impact. The combination of raw power, emotion and really meaningful lyrics make the song instantly memorable. The choice to have the cemetery scenes in black and white vs the band performance in color created an interesting contrast that echoed the dynamics of the song, one minute a gorgeous ballad then it’s suddenly thrashy and Dimebags insane guitar tone really amps up. Still a favorite Pantera song! So good!!!

 

NIN – Closer: Creepy and dark with that gritty celluloid feel. It’s not something you can forget – And the bloody heart beating in time with the song, eerie in the best possible way. It was very interesting how the video changes the feel of the song too, makes it even darker and goes from being desperate to ominous.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Spending time in nature always helps ground and allows ideas and creativity to bubble. Also practicing our own sort of freeform witchcraft, rituals and syncing up with the changes in nature and the world around us vs trying to fight it all.

 

We love to go to shows and check out art; try to see new things regularly. There is a great book called ‘The Artist’s Way’ that introduced us to the concept of artist dates. It’s where you as an artist (of any kind) set aside time to do something, anything that is out of the ordinary for you that might inspire. Could be going to a museum, taking a painting class, whatever, just try new things and let your mind and spirit get caught up in new experiences!

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

We see our fans as a tribe of likeminded people. We are very specific with our music and our visuals. We don’t look at trends or stats on what’s popular; we do what we want when we want it.

 

The result is when we put out our music and videos it attracts people that really get what we are doing. We love sharing inspiration and interacting with people on social media.

 

We’ve had a lot of fun talking to people via IM, or little exchanges on inspirational posts we share. We all have a similar sense of humor and aesthetic so it’s been very fun!

 

We are excited to start booking live shows so we can interact in person.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

We are lucky enough to be able to record in our own home studio so the process is really pretty painless. Jarek lays down most of the instruments first, and then Teresa writes her parts and records.

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Tell us your future projects.

We just release our album ‘Witch-Heart’ along with a music video for the title track (produced, directed and edited by Teresa!).

 

Next we are working on getting an online merchandise store off the ground and putting together a live lineup so we can book shows.

 

We have a very strong aesthetic and love to integrate ritual into our live shows; fans can look forward to very dynamic and different performances from us!

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

Wow, so many! Hopefully we don’t miss anybody. Here goes…Coren McLeod, she’s been playing us on her radio show since our EP and works hard to support independent bands.

 

David Rivera of Tenebrarum in Columbia, guest violins on Sea of Darkness and Angel, we met him on 70K metal cruise and hes just the best!

 

Antarktica from Darkend in Italy, he did the keyboards and orchestration on Angel, such a crazy talented guy.

 

Axel of Tears of Passion – because he was so supportive of us covering his song and turned out to be the coolest, nicest dude.

 

Kristen Chaddock of KC Imagery, she did our videography for the Witch-Heart music video and you’ve never seen someone so 100% committed to the task at hand, it would not have been the same without her.

 

Martin Stacey for being such a great guy, incredible musician and epic helicopters on the music video.

 

Josef Zifcak, a longtime friend, original drummer for Astharoth in the US, guest drummer on the video and helped build the set.

 

Daryl Adolph the ‘Wheeled Headbanger’ for being there since pretty much the beginning, he’s watched us grow and done some great reviews, cheered us on every step of the way.

 

Marcus Miller of AudioVien Entertainment, such a sweet guy and supporter of independent music, he works hard to bring reviews and news to people on his website.

 

Big thanks to everyone in the bellydance troupe Joweh (Teresa used to dance with them) they have always been such supportive friends let us borrow stuff from the studio when we need it.

 

Janet Molinari, for being such a great friend and always has encouraging words no matter what we are up to, the world needs more people like her!

 

Rachel Bush who has been a superb friend and supporter since our last band, she is literally an angel!

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

We don’t do it because we don’t feel it works for our music. It works in certain types of electronic music and pop but it’s problematic when it’s too obvious and can’t be pulled off live.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

We feel 8-9 songs are good for an album these days. Most people consume their music piecemeal anyway, on playlists and YouTube videos.

 

The album is for hardcore fans but most will pick out their few favorite songs and move on.

 

We’ve heard of bands doing 6 songs but I would think the true fans will be disappointed, especially if they order the CD and pay $15!

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

It’s very different doing what you love for a living vs just making a living. It can really be a grind when you just want to be making music, but these days even relatively big names in the metal scene are having a hard time making a living with music.

 

Streaming has taken a big chuck on of music sales and so bands have to tour and sell merch. But now music venues want a cut of the merch, so what’s left for the band?

 

It’s definitely a transitional period for the industry and musicians are going to have to get creative to make a living. If you have to have a day job, best to have one that allows you as much time as possible to do music. 😉

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres:

I think it’s very helpful, especially for people looking to find new music specific to their tastes. It’s fun to see what bands come up with to set themselves apart.

 

That said, it’s very hard to be subjective with your own music and some people struggle to hit the mark in their labeling.

 

This is where fans come in! Getting reviews, feedback and yes, even criticism helps a band better define their sound to the outside world.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Despise is a strong word but we don’t really get gangster rap or pop country. No appeal for us but if it makes others happy, that’s great, and they can have it! LOL!

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

The Princess Bride: It’s one of the most quotable movies ever!

 

Nightmare Before Christmas: Required for every goth, even the goth metal heads. It will always evoke that magical and joy for us!

 

LOTR: Because it’s the best fantasy series ever, hands down.

 

The Labyrinth: Jim Henson meets Brian Froud, it’s literally a dream come true. Dance magic dance.

 

Young Frankenstein: All the favorite elements of classic cult horror told in Mel Brooks tawdry, tongue in cheek humor are a match made in heaven! All the visuals we love with the seriously sick and twisted humor we live by. 😀

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Last Saviour in particular is one inspired by the saviour ideology that can be witnessed throughout history. It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting for someone or something to save us.

 

In reality, it’s up to us to save ourselves! By hanging onto the idea of a saviour outside ourselves we give our power away.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Witch-Heart is name of the album and the title track. The song is about self-discovery through magick and ritual.

 

It’s a much layered process when one first starts doing this sort of practice and while it’s very healing a lot of stuff comes up that you have to work through. But you come out the other side a more whole, grounded, well rounded person. One side effect of this is the feeling of connection to the world around you and the sense that you must play your part, and that this goes beyond just this life.

 

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Tell us everything will need to know about you.

We’re friends since a long time but we never song-wrote or played together…now time has come (since 2013)!!!

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

We do appreciate a lot of bands like Motorhead; Anthrax; earlier Metallica… and so our songs they do reflect this but you know, we also appreciate bands as Voivod, Killing Joke and of course also some punk hardcore acts… everything that tried to be original or simply themselves without be sold to a trend!!!

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

It’s the greatest thing we can do, the best way to spend our time even if we do other jobs to live… and it’s the most beautiful feeling we’re sharing with our friends and families in person!

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Tell us the theme of your song.

You know, since playing live it’s so funny and recreational for us, we tried to give lyrics a deepest meaning, because when you’re into a room (alone or not) listening to our CDs we do care that you get a message and the message is: whoever you want to be, whenever you want to get, Break Your Chains and keep your mind and heart open!  Playing metal is so cool, you can get louder and louder, but if you use all this rage to transmit some thoughts, all your music can reach an upper level.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

 

Oh well, success it’s a big word… let’s say that you’re reading about us also because of Time to Kill Records (our label that believes in us!), Daniele Gordiani (that recorded and mixed us on More Broken Chains latest album) and Emanuele “Tobie” that mix us on stage, Fabio Listrani for having illustrate our album cover understanding our target but with his unique style… And of course all the people and followers that support us in Rome (and not) buying our CDs and T-shirts  and coming to our gigs …without leaving out all the places, clubs and pubs that give us the chance to play live!!!

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Tell us about your future goals.

Keep on writing some more “kickin’ass songs”: songs that we really enjoy to play … and we really enjoy listening!!!

The greatest goal could be to make our music arrive all over the world, through our albums, and why not, touring live!!!

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

We’re free-open minded persons and we do respect any kind of opinion or religion…  till we can put our freedom of choice (or thinking or expressing) higher …in sense that we want to learn and respect as we want to be understood and respected the same way….this world’s too small to fight each other, racism, religion hate will never find space in our lives or in our music …let’s break the chains and start  fighting bad times  together instead, we would all get better!!!  As one of our favourite band would say… we care a lot!

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Energy that helps to resolve troubles…instead of wasting it through hate or blaming the world for everything, we prefer to give “messages” of positive approach the louder possible way!!!

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

As every “Industry” passed through crisis and false reasons to do “this rather than that” but we heard too much commercials business through the ‘90sand 2000’s so then it must come back to the roots…the important thing is that a songwriter could be really free to write a song for the way it is and not for the way the sponsor paid for…maybe the sponsor is a musician too, who knows?

Vinyl is coming back, CDs are vanishing, digital platforms seem to be solid and common for futures years… but all seem to be changing and remaining the same. We live in a paradox.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

We do esteem all the bands, famous or probably not, that still play their songs with the original feelings and intention because you know, success and money they can come and go…at the end you will get what you deserved…so cheers to all the bands that are feeling good playing their songs exactly the way they want to!

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

You can find us on Facebook: ShockproofOffcial, on Instagram, Bandcamp and since April on Spotify and many other digital platforms. If you want to purchase our album, the best thing you can do is to go and visit the website of our label:

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

Usually we choose a word that will be in every lyric of the album and then we develop different arguments…this time the word is “chain”…because many chains are here, in and around us that should be broken: we always complain because our life is hard but what we  really do to get it better?…So let’s start break our own chains ,open our minds, maybe someone else will do the same and then let’s see what happens….sure it will be better than fighting each other; wasting our time and energies…

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

Sometimes we tell our friends to join us on stage to sing a song…as yet happened with Marco Del Bufalo (of Sumera’s) and Flavio Falsone ( …too many bands to remember!!!)

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

If you’re honest, when you start writing a melody or a lyric and it reminds you something , you change it.

But how could you know if your neighbour is writing a one like just like yours?

It would be right that the first to book it will be the master of it? How can we deny it…a well-paid lawyer??

There are many aspects of a song…the words, their meaning, the intentions, the title…It’s such a terrible thing to think that  people can copy a song not just because they like it so much but because they can earn money  in doing’ it…and without even mentioning the original song writers!

When the music is just a business and the bands play following a trend it happens like this….

It would be good that anyone would be acknowledged for writing good music not for what it sold or when it’s been filed…

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Sometimes it starts by a guitar or a bass riff but  it has to deal with vocal lines and lyric so it changes until we feel that it’s not only a melody but it is a song…the funny thing it is that many times the drummer tells the singer how to sing and the bass player creates guitar solos and the guitar player writes bass lines ….this is how we have fun ,sharing ideas ,feelings and releasing.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

“Ball & Chain” is one of the latest song we’ve written for the CD “More Broken Chains”…actually it’s an expression of what we would try to do in the future: in about 4 minutes the music is powerful but with melody, simple but various arrangement, a short but kicking ass guitar solo.

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Discuss your music performance.

When we go on stage we remember why we do this: It’s how we have fun (after an hard day’s job)and how we keep the chains broken …It’s an energy that would be wrong to stop… or in a word: sweat!

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State the official date of release.

MORE BROKEN CHAINS is out since February the 24th in Italy, we had a great release party in Rome, our city. In April the album will be out in Europe and on digital platforms.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

We have grown up with bands like Misfits, Fugazi, Motorhead, Anthrax, Metallica, so strong and fast with the impact of their names. So we were searching for something like that: ShockProof is fast, strong and remind you to something (we hope) you’ll not forget so easily! Ahahahah!!!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

BALL and CHAINS is about: “why can’t we respect a different point of view?.” If you don’t share it, it doesn’t mean you have to hate it…We wish to live in an open minded society because in 2018 people still need weapons to be right.

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State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.

MORE BROKEN CHAINS it’s an invitation to put our freedom higher, because without it we’re just under lock; key, life and a lot of good things pass us by.

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BlackList-9 was founded by father and son, Lonnie Silva (father/Drums) and Kyle Silva (Son/Guitar), with the addition Graham Fletcher on vocals and Josh Rodriguez on bass. BlackList-9 is heavy rock/metal band from Southern California, bringing you heavy groove metal and powerful riffs!

 

BlackList-9 has opened up for John 5 (Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie), Metalachi, Hudson and DC4. BlackList-9 shows are nothing short of high energy and raw power! They will bring 110% to every show! Check out their music and videos, see for yourself!

 

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AVOID is a group of five geniuses of metal music blended on rock music with a solid production, one can clearly hear the wordings of the song and their flow is one of a kind. They make metal more captivating and entertaining than any metal group recently. They deliver in a simple and natural way, pleasing sounds that are never noisy which will make one to fall in love with their music that is one of a kind and timeless. Their performance is engaging and highly impressive. The arrangement of the song is excellent.

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