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Friday, January 20, 2017

Interview: Acidiun


On February 1st, Swedish metallers Acidiun will premiere a double single with one of the two songs being the first released song of their debut album. DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen spoke with them, read it below.

Hey guys, everything ok in Sweden?

Everything is okay with us! It’s a warm winter here in Sweden, only about minus 17 degrees Celsius.

Acidiun, what’s the story behind the bandname?

There is actually no “cool” story behind the name Acidiun. When the band started Axel and Oli were 15-17 years old. Therefore a name that sounded badass at the time was chosen.

Acidiun exists since 2008, can you tell us something about what happened with Acidiun since then?

Well, the sound of our music is now more mature and versatile. Through a couple of line-up changes we feel that the best time is ahead of us. Nowadays we’re also much more socially capable regarding promotion, social networking and making new friends and good contacts. Sum of it all, we have matured both as professional musicians and as individuals over the years.

Your music can be described as a mixture between deathcore and metalcore. Since there are many deathcore/metalcore bands nowadays, what makes Acidiun unique?

For starters, what makes us unique is that we neither use clean vocals nor choruses in our songs, compared with the modern metalcore scene where that is the standard. In our case, every Acidiun song is based on riffs evolving into new segments that proceed into another. At the same time we manage to make the transitions and the new segments compatible with the theme of the song. Apart from that, we feel that the blend between Deathcore/Metalcore with a touch of hardcore and thrash makes our music unique. In addition we always give the listeners some grooves and breakdowns that you can dig.

What are Acidiun lyrics about?

Up until now our lyrics have been about things that we’ve been interested in. This includes games, movies, literature, tv-series and comics. For example our song Bob is about the tv series Twin Peaks and Strolling Downwards is a play on Divina Commedia and Orpheus and Eurydice.

You’re working on new material for your debut album, can you already give us some more info about what it will be like?

It is going to be a concept album about a story we’ve written ourselves. It will be fast, diverse and heavy. Lyrically it will have a dark theme.

On February 1st you’ll premiere a double single (Urges from the upcoming album, and Moshnado), can you tell us something about those songs?

Let’s start with “Moshnado”. The song is everything our liveshows represent: Raw energy, singing your heart out, groovin and moshing your ass off. It’s about releasing all your energy at once and escape everyday life.
“If you lost who you are, and you don’t know what to do you can always come to us and fuck this shit up too”.

Moving onto “Urges”, the first single off our debut album. We can’t tell you a lot about it because we don’t want to spoil the concept of it just yet. What we can tell you is that this song narrates a very important part of the story.

Can we expect some touring in 2017?

We cannot disclose that information at the moment unfortunately; this is however something we really want to do but only time will tell.

Thanks for doing this interview! Is there something you want to say to our readers?

We hope that you will enjoy our single and that we hopefully can come to a venue in your area soon. Thank you for making this interview and bringing light upon Acidiun.

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Interview: Cowards


Early December, French hardcore sludge black metallers Cowards released Still. Now, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviews them. You can read it below.

Hey guys, how are you?

Fine, thanks.

For people who don’t know you yet, how do you describe Cowards’ music?

It's bleak, exhausting, catchy and above all, exhausted.

Early December you released Still, how is the response so far?

Response seems fine, a couple party poopers here and there, mostly insane comments on how we might be misogynists or fake black metal.

Everything is just as expected.

Who are your influences in music?

It ranges from Celtic Frost to Sade, take your pick.

Where do you get inspiration from for the lyrics?

We keep our eyes opened when it would be so much nicer to not see how ugly this place is.

On the track Like Us Matthias Jungbluth is featured. He is also from Throatruiner Records (your recordlabel), how is working with him?

It's a breeze. He is as dedicated as he is reliable.

He's backed us up since day 1, we'll always back him up.

Loyalty is key.

On Still you also did two covers, in your own style. You Belong To Me is a cover of The Police’s Every Breath You Take and One Night In Any City is a cover of The Horrorist’s One Night In NYC. Why did you choose these two songs?

They range so far out our usual genre and we absolutely love these songs. It seemed like much better cover ideas than covering Integrity or Eyehategod.

Still isn’t released that long ago, but are you already working on new music?

Not yet. Give it a month or two and we'll be back at it.

Can we expect some touring in support of Still?

Touring might be a bit thin this year also, lots of stuff going on for all of us, but we definitely are going to take it out on the road.

At last, is there something you want to say to the readers of DutchMetalManiac?

Thanks for reading this.

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Review: +MROME+ - Noetic Collision On The Roof Of Hell


While scouring these guys up on the ‘Net, I didn’t expect to find a duo from Andrychow, Poland doing such cool work. It’s hard to tell anymore who’s a band or just a bunch of 0’s and 1’s, but whatever gets the sales or fuels your artistic needs, I suppose.

From my quick searches, Key V on guitar, vox and programming and P on drums seem to make it work. Perhaps this is a start of a new genre of ‘Techno-Metal?’ Nah! This is ok for a one-off but it won’t have a 40 album collection like Deep Purple. Check out the interesting liner on their bandcamp page about…the world. The title of your next album should be “Rebels, Dandy Bums and Filth Lovers.” Love it! There is good lyrical content here and the writing needs to be commended on its own merits.

Nicely balanced production and articulate sounds! ‘Colors’ is excellent even though I was hoping for a cover tune of Ice-T’s. Talking of covers, I was pleasantly surprised to see a cover of Danzig’s ‘How the Gods Kill”. This is a superb rendition, coarse and throaty and a great homage to the original. Well done and a 9/10 on that tune alone!

The opening salvo of ‘Locust Follows Word’ is refreshingly speed metal with a wall of slow grinding power metal afterwards. A very good tune that leaves me satisfied. Pssht! Next cold beer please!

This is a great album and fares better than some that have a full band. I’m mixed about it as I prefer and want to see a full band (as I’m sure all aspiring musicians want to see also) but the musical composition can’t be denied. It’s powerful, dark and really, who will think about whether this is created electronically or done by a band? I would like to see it done by a live band, but not willing to go see a Chemical Brothers setup for metal.

7.5/10

Written by Alessandro

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Interview: Carach Angren


On January 16th, Carach Angren was playing a show in Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands together with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Nightland. Before the show, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen spoke with Clemens ‘Ardek’ Weijers, Carach Angren’s keyboard-player. Read it below.

Hey, can you tell your name?

Clemens Weijers, Ardek, from Carach Angren.

Today (in Nijmegen) and tomorrow (in Eindhoven) are the two Dutch shows between a lot of shows in other countries. Since you are a Dutch band, is it good to be here for the moment?

It’s very good, because today is a sold out show apparently and that’s amazing. We just played Amstelveen and that was also for a lot of people. So, for us, The Netherlands has been very good lately, thanks to a certain party. Not only that, but it’s nice to get all the recognition, because we are Dutch and we tend to be proud of that. It’s really cool to see that so many people come out to a metalshow. I was just downstairs a little bit and it was awesome.

You also mentioned it, you played in P60 in Amstelveen on Christmas Eve and it also came in a lot of mainstream media, because an Christian political party wasn’t happy with it. How do you look back at that show and the time before?

It was really unexpected, because I was with my girlfriend in Mexico for a month after our US tour and then I landed here. Literally one day later all this started. So, I was like wow, we have been touring the whole world basically, also places where you would expect complains. Then we return to the most liberal country in the world and then it was like that they wanted to forbid us. They wanted to stop the funding for P60. Then all the reporters started calling, from all the mainstream media. Those people also said that it was ridiculous and we would make a story out of this, so for us it was only good promotion. With that I’m very happy and we were able to make a point out of the fact that we can say whatever we want. People can come or stay away and I think the guys from the party made a little bit of a fool out of themselves, to be honest. The show was amazing, a lot of people, it was a great night, so it was win-win-win in the end for us.

What are the most important differences between playing in your home country and playing somewhere else in the world?

Well, it always feels as home and sometimes that’s difficult, because we started here. Twelve years ago, we were playing a lot in Holland, so people also know us as ‘that little band’. Like playing for ten people, because that’s how we started. That also keeps us normal, we never tend to be like rockstars or something. For us, it’s a challenge, because we want to prove and show that we have grown, that we bring a better show every time. It’s really nice that people are recognizing that. Home country is always special in a way to prove ourselves once more.

For the differences, for example if you play in Japan, that’s really crazy. We play songs, people know the songs. Those are songs that I made in my little attic or something and that people on the other side of the world know is really special. That is something I will forever take for granted.

To come home here and play a sold out show, it can’t be better, it’s awesome.

You saw a lot of the world, what was the most special place?

It’s really hard to say, because every country is so different.

For example, the US is very good for us, cause the people in the US love us, people are crazy and really outgoing. They come to me and start hugging. Euro people are a little more distant, they enjoy it probably as much, but they show it in different ways. Mexico, for example, is completely crazy, they go out of their minds, even before you played one note. That gives you a good vibe. Some audiences are more like watching, they are more distant, but they love it as much and they come afterwards and say that it was amazing.

Every country is a bit different, for us the US is amazing right now.

This tour is with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Nightland. How is it so far?

Very good. We know the guys from Fleshgod Apocalypse a long time, we toured with them in America, in Europe with Septicflesh. We go along very well, we know each other. We know what to expect and it clicks very well.

The Nightland guys are great too, so it’s an amazing package and I am very happy to be on the road all together.

You are also back in the studio, right?

Yeah, we’re done, but you’re right, we just finished!

Can you already give us a sneak peek of info?

Yes, we went a bit silent in the studio, because we were very busy and usually it’s a long time until release. We went to Peter Tägtgren’s studio to record drums, we recorded guitars at Tidal Wave Studio in Germany and I recorded vocals and orchestra at my place, my studio. Then we went to the mixing process at the end of December and literally when you heard the fireworks of New Year, I was sitting behind my computer mixing the orchestra. It has been crazy, but that’s what we love. It’s done now and we are super proud of it, it’s amazing.

It’s another horror story again, it will have different substories, a bit like Where The Corpses Sink Forever again. The last one was really dark and in the face, now we are a bit more melodic again. It also have a lot of clues, there are a lot of things in there that people can discover, but if you don’t want that, there is still a lot of metal, a bit for everyone. Can’t wait to release it.

So, you hope to get a lot of new fans?

I hope so, that’s what it’s all about of course. To spread the music and built everything.

You already mentioned it, you are also working with Peter Tägtgren. How is working with him?

Super cool, he is a great guy, great musician and producer. He did some awesome work, but at the same time he is just a very hardworking guy, we get along very well. I know how he works, he knows how we work. When I was in his studio with my brother Namtar, it was all really cool, it went really fast. So it sounds a bit boring but it’s awesome. It’s all super hard work and passion about the end product. I worked with him, I had the privilege to work with him on Lindemann and Pain, that was awesome. The songs he writes, to be able to work on that, it’s amazing. Every time we work together it goes more smooth. Also this time, when he was mixing the guitars, drums and bass I was already listening to it and tweaking my orchestra to it, that’s why I think the end product is the best we have ever done. Sometimes you go into the studio and it’s a total chaos and it’s done before you know it. Afterwards you wish you could have done another detail or something. To me it’s like 100 % now. It was always 100 %, but you know what I mean.

You and Namtar are brothers, how is it to have some family in your own band?

It is different than otherwise in a way, because we are brothers, but it is the same with Seregor, the three of us have this kind of pact, because it’s hard. We are in a band, we have to work a lot, to sit in a tourbus together. It’s not just sitting on a chair and enjoying the rockstar life, it maybe looks like that on the outside, but it is actually super hard work. So, we are all like family, we talk a lot, discuss a lot. Everyone has a specialty in the band and you have to recognize that from each other, respect each other. For me and Namtar, we have two younger brothers, they help out sometimes. It’s awesome, we are the same in some way, but we also have our differences. For example, my brother Namtar is very good at technical stuff, that’s his thing and it’s really amazing. He build this new thing I have on stage, my new toy, which you can see later.

Your lyrics are all about stories, what made you decide to do it that way?

Well, when we first started I was talking a lot to Seregor. We are both dedicated horror fans, he came up with all those little stories he had read, Limburgian saga’s and stuff. Then I said, okay let’s do a quick demo, I want to get something out there to say that we are alive. So we did The Chase Vault Tragedy because we found some links on the internet. I thought it was easy to use one story to build the music upon that. I thought like yeah, but probably everyone is doing that, but it turned out that not many people would do that. We also do it in an different way, we took that and developed it and we always try to be better at it. Now we can’t do without it, it has to be a story all the time. I think we became very good at it, people like it. For example, when I start composing, I need a story in Carach Angren to feel what it is about. I can’t just write a song about the weather or something. Maybe I could but it is not what I want.

Also, like Seregor, he is a storyteller. If you see him on stage you’ll see that. It is all fitting together like that.

What is your favorite Carach Angren track ever?

Haha, difficult question, it’s hard to say. I mean, now I am of course completely into the new tracks, that’s always the newest baby, but people don’t know it yet. Every track is a bit different, for example live I like songs like Departure Towards A Nautical Curse and Sir John, but to listen or compose The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist is cool, The Sighting Is A Portent Of Doom is nice as a keyboard-player with a lot of layers in there. Every song is a bit different, that’s because it is a story. It is hard for me to pick one.

You are already in a band for a while. What advice would you give to young and starting bands?

Don’t give up too soon. What I’ve seen a lot, is that they start a band, they buy all the right equipment. They start and after two years they think like ‘We don’t have any success, maybe we should quit.’ That’s really sad, because I think you should never quit, only when you think that you don’t want to do it anymore. In this day and age, even more than before, you need many years to establish something. For us, it took maybe already 5 or 6 years to our first album, now we have been together almost 14 years until things are really moving. I always say you need at least ten years to establish a band and you should never forget that you should have fun. We started playing, the three of us, in a caravan in our mother’s backyard. She thought like what the fuck is happening there, but we had fun, drinking beer and jamming. There was no audience, no one and we had fun. We still try to remember that every day and it’s really amazing that so many people enjoy it. If you go in like you need success within two years, you are doomed. So I would like to advice, be passionate, be patient and work hard, then eventually it will work, I am sure.

What does success in a band mean for you?

To me, to write songs that we like and that other people enjoy. When I write something, people come to me after a show and say that it is really helping them, that gives me goosebumps, because people are struggling out there, have a hard life, have to work hard and if that somehow gives them joy, that’s amazing. For me, that’s success.

And of course, that we are able to do this every day, that’s also amazing.

Because it is just 2017, what was the band that surprised you most last year?

That’s difficult to say, because I don’t listen to a lot of bands these days, it’s really hard to say, to be honest.

Can you say what band you are looking forward to the most, in 2017?

Also really difficult, because we do this every day, we sit a lot in the tourbus. Sometimes people think that it’s all about metal and in the tourbus it goes on. Because we do this all day, sometimes we listen to classical music or whatever, something else. There are cool bands, for example a band like Ghost, I respect that a lot, the whole imagery and how they exploded, I respect that. To be honest, there’s not really a band I am really into right now or looking forward to. Maybe it’s really bad, but I always look forward to soundtracks and stuff, that’s what I am into. Sometimes I even listen to old soundtracks from games of the ‘90’s, like Doom soundtracks. I am really an old school guy, right now I am playing this game, The 7th Guest on my phone, it’s from ’93.

I am more of a maker, I started with the piano. Also with the album, I had an old organ that I have since I was 10 years old, I plugged it in, that’s what gets me crazy.

Where would you be without music?

Like dead. I can’t do without it, I would probably do some other art then, because I have to get it out somehow. I always have this vision about what I want to do, right now we are developing in this horror metal band, I am a creator, it’s not only about the music, but always thinking like what can we do. Even with Instagram, some bands post them sitting on a table, but for us it’s always like, fans are looking there, and almost everything has to be a piece of art. So, I am always creative, without music, I would maybe make paintings, photographs or something. Music is my thing, I can’t think otherwise.

Besides new music, which is upcoming, and this tour, are there already other plans for the future of Carach Angren?

Yeah, of course the new album and we want to be more around in Europe, because it’s been like 4 years that we did this. Sometimes it’s difficult, because there are so many bands. It’s really hard to get the attention, because bands are touring everywhere. Although you have fans everywhere, not every promoter knows you. This is now very successful for us, and for us it is important to return again soon and tour more.

Anything else you want to share with the readers of DutchMetalManiac?

Thanks for the questions, thanks for all the support and looking forward to the show and the other shows in Holland.

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Review: Tytus - Rises


Another great album to hit my review box, as Tytus, which name I could not pronounce, does have a complicated name, the music is great.

The opening of the album is great, with some odious music with some chanting that gives the track a great feel to it, and a nice prelude to the next track. The next track and the subsequent track are great, all of them do show dedication of the band towards the songs and the album as a whole. The best way to describe the genre of metal that Tytus plays is a classic heavy metal that most people love with high vocals and masterful melodies of the riffs.

The thing I disliked most about the album is the levels of the guitars, as they are a bit too high for my taste and killed the vibe on a few songs for me, I do not know if the band wanted a sound like this or the engineer mixed it like it is but I do hope they improve that one on the next album. Overall, the rest of the mixing process turned out great, as the vocals are just in the right spot and not overarching everything else and for that I give the engineer full props.

In general, this is a great album, I loved it and would definitely recommend it to others, I give it a 8/10.

Written by Nikola Milošević

Also, be sure to read our interview Tim van Velthuysen did with Tytus' guitarist Mark Simon Hell here.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Interview: Tytus


In October Italian metallers Tytus released their debut full-length, called Rises. DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen now interviews guitarist Mark Simon Hell, read it below.

Hey, how’s life in Italy?

Yo guys! Uh… Hard to answer this one in few words and /or without sounding too depressive … let’s just say that in this country pizza and coffee are still top rate!!!

Where does your bandname, Tytus, come from? Is there a story behind it, and if so, what is it?

This name came out during rehearsals. There is no special story… we just wanted a short name that sounded powerful and in line with the atmosphere of our music. Somebody said :”what about Tytus?” and everybody liked it. We then checked the internet to see if any other band had already used it and we found out it actually was a character of 80s toys and ‘toons series Masters of the Universe: “TYTUS the giant fights for peace”… PERFECT!!!

In October you released your debut full-length, Rises, how is that feeling?

“Rises” is something very special to us… We personally put a lot of efforts and work in every aspect of it, from the composition and arrangements of every song to sound productions, lyrics, graphics… Everything, really! It was finally out in October (for Sliptrick Records) and we are very satisfied with the final result.

I think it’s a great heavy metal album, what is the response so far?

Thank you, it’s great you said that, we really appreciate! The response so far is actually very good. The feedback we have from people who became new fans after listening to the record is very rewarding: they basically say that “Rises” is a very honest piece of work, with good, inspired songs and very well played. To get so many new followers and such good reactions make us very proud of our creature… and willing to hit the road to play it for everybody!!!

On the album you have a few guests, Conny Ochs, Will Wallner and Tilen Durden, how was working with them?

Conny Ochs is a friend and a real creative talent: he also realized our cover art work… with my small label and booking (Kornalcielo Records) I set up some shows for him. When he came to Trieste (our hometown) he stopped by the studio and did some vocals on 325 AD song. His contribution has been decisive, because we were a bit stuck on that song… we are enthusiastic for what he did for us, while he was recording everybody was like “Hell Yeah!!”

We knew Will Wallner for his work with the American band White Wizzard, and we thought that his heavy- ‘70s-style-rock guitar playing would have been perfect for us… He was going back home from a holiday in Croatia just while we were finishing recordings, so he came to the studio to leave a “cameo”: a great solo, again on 325 AD track. He is a very cool guy and great professional… Number One!!!

Tilen has been our first singer and in fact some lyrics, melodies and arrangements in “Rises” came out of his bag! He is a great musician and a very cool fellow! We had some artistic disagreements that made him leave the project after our Spanish tour a couple of years ago, but he still is a very good friend of us, so we really liked him to take part in something whose genesis owe it to him a lot!

Conny Ochs also took care of your cover artwork, are you happy with the result?

On top of being a great singer and composer, Conny is also a professional graphic designer. We asked him to do the artwork because we have seen works he did and we liked them a lot. He really surprised us because with very few hints from our part he was able to perfectly match what we had in mind, and he did it in a style completely different from what he usually does! And then again, we are enthusiastic for what he did: he realized a cover which is very intense and warm and at the same time has a great impact, which is exactly what we wanted!

You are announced for the lineup of Metaldays 2017, excited?

A lot! It is amazing!!! We have been chosen among so many bands just on the basis of our demo… to participate to one of the biggest Metal festivals in Europe… in times when “pay to play” and such amenities look like the only way to achieve anything… This definitely is to us a great satisfaction!

It’s going to be real cool!!

Can we expect some more touring in 2017?

Hell Yes! We have planned some gigs in Italy and nearby countries like Austria, Slovenia, Germany… you can follow us on our website or Facebook to see where we are going to play next!

Any other future plans for Tytus?

We are pretty busy in promoting “Rises” at the moment. We would like to make another video and put out a 12” vinyl version of the record… But we are also very inspired and therefore already working on new material for the next album!!!

Is there something you want to say to our readers?

Huge Thanx to you guys from DutchMetalManiac for your support and to everybody who read so far!!! Seek and Destroy!

Ciao

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Review: L'Homme Absurde - Monsters


The great thing about ‘post-black’ music is that you never quite know what to expect. L’Homme Absurde takes known and unknown paths in their debut album Monsters.
Opener Sold is just very, very nice. Melodic, dark and with a hook. The guitar riffs are simple yet accelerating and the combination with the drums is great.
Second song Villains gets to the point where the black metal is just a bit too long for my taste…and just at that thought it changes and different sound kicks in. And then another change! The screams and grunts are a red line in the whole, but different musical takes make the sound more interesting.
Apathy is a place of calm refuge in the disturbing world of L’Homme Absurde. Well.. at least the first two minutes it is. Then the darkness erupts again.
Disillusion is almost the longest track on the album, spinning over seven minutes. The interesting thing about the album is that the music can get to the point of annoyance, but always just when it gets to that point, there is a change. Where Villains started with a calm guitar melody, Disillusion ends with it, making connections again with the thematic approach on the album.
Next in line is the longest and best track on the album, Wanderer moods change, the balance is amazing and the emotions are getting under your skin.
The song Strayed has tunes that make me think of The Cure, or -a bit more recent- Nada Surf. These parts make that I believe that post-black has a great future, because it turns its back toward all ‘traditions’ in the genre and combines black with (post-)rock influences, making it interesting for a broader audience.
Basically the last two songs do not add any difference to the album besides ten minutes more of the nice spectrum of L’Homme Absurde.
Monsters is a nice debut showing that L’Homme Absurde has the guts to mix traditional black with post-rock/wave sounds. If they would dare to work this out even more in a next album they can really be an addition to the existing post-black legion.

Written by Martijn Bakker

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