WEEK 137 – WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM

My HeadBangers welcome from Olympia, Washington the “Atmospheric Dark Ambient Black Metal” Band:

Wolves In The Throne Room

“Born From The Serpent’s Eye”

Listen to that!  This is the first time in all my years of listening and blogging about Metal, that when I listened to this song, not knowing anything about the band, I assumed this was a black metal band from the Nordic part of the planet.  There is no way anyone could have told me different. They have that sound and my EAR was totally surprised, not to mention happy to have found them right here in the USA.  

“Mountain Magick”

AND the sound just gets better and better.  These guys have got me going 120 in the 45 zone.  Let’s take a look at some bio on this band that has just floored me…..

The band was formed in 2003 in Olympia, Washington, by brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver. They have released six full-length albums, two live albums, and one EP to date. They have stated one of the founding concepts of the band to be channeling the “energies of the Pacific Northwest’s landscape” into musical form.

Their videos put me right in the middle of a primordial forest when druids ruled and everything was kissed by magic.

Aaron and Nathan Weaver formed the band in 2003.  Their first practice took place in a falling-down cabin located on the then-abandoned and overgrown Calliope Farm, which they had recently moved to. Nathan met Nick Paul at a local party and the three began to write material for their first demo. At the time, Nick was heavily influenced by thrash, speed, and death metal, citing bands like Death and Bolt Thrower, as well as post-punk and  gothic rock influences such as Swans, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Fields of the Nephilim. Aaron and Nathan’s musical style was more informed by crust, doom, Norwegian black metal and American black metal.

I knew my Nordic black metal was in there!

The band’s first release was their 2004 demo, a black CD-R wrapped in fur with moss inside the lyric sheet.  Nick Paul left the band soon after the first demo was recorded.

That my HeadBangers is one CD I would love to have gotten!

Richard Dalahn joined the band in early 2005. They then began working on material for a second demo, which would end up including 2 tracks off of their first studio album “Diadem of 12 Stars”.

“Diadem of 12 Stars” was their debut full-length album and was released in 2006 it was recorded with a budget of $1100 by Tim Green at Louder Studios in San Francisco.

The band played shows on the way down to San Francisco from Olympia to raise money for the project and borrowed equipment from local band Ludicra.  The album attracted the attention of Southern Lord Records, who signed the band, reissuing it on vinyl.

The band released their second full-length album Two Hunters in 2007, the first part of a trilogy of albums that was concluded with Celestial Lineage. Two Hunters would be the first time the band would with producer Randall Dunn, who produced later releases Black Cascade and Celestial Lineage. During the Two Hunters sessions, the band began to work with analog synthesizers such as the Korg Polysix and the Minimoog, which has become a crucial feature in the band’s sound. Persian classical singer Jessika Kenney performed vocals on the songs “Cleansing” and “I Will Lay Down my Bones Among The Rocks And Roots.”

“I Will Lay Down My Bones Among The Rocks And Roots”

Wolves in the Throne Room has not incorporated most of the traditional traits of black metal such as corpse paint, the use of pseudonyms and Satanic imagery.  Member Aaron Weaver has said, “Wolves in the Throne Room is not black metal, or, more accurately, we play black metal on our own terms, for our own reasons.” And unlike most modern metal bands, Wolves in the Throne Room always use vintage amplifiers and recording equipment.

And this my HeadBangers is why I have fallen for this band.  They do it on their own terms.  Much respect guys, and keep doing it that way.  Stand out and above the crowd.

Wolves in the Throne Room prefer their live concerts to be firelit, whether it be performing outdoors or in an indoor venue.

OK guys you have to come to Kansas City!!

Seriously let’s meet this band:

Nathan Weaver – guitar, lead vocals (2003 – present)

Aaron Weaver – drums, bass, synthesizers (2003 – present)

Kody Keyworth – guitar, vocals (2017 – present)

Wolves in the Throne Room has often cited American band Neurosis as a key inspiration because their music “operates on a deep and intense mythic level”.

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers there are times when I don’t have a lot to say and then there are times when I have so much to say about a band.  Wolves in the Throne Room is one of those bands.  Everything they believe in comes across to me in their music.  Their videos are just so well done, I feel like I’m watching the story they are singing about.  As a lover of all things magical and dark, it can all be found in this band.  Like a story unfolding before my eyes I keep wanting more.  My spirit animal is the wolf, maybe that’s why I am drawn into their mystical world.  The forest, deep and dark but yet it offers peace at the same time.  

This is the first time in 3 years that a band has affected me in a way that is more than fire, it is the oneness with the wolf and the magic.  This band is SAVAGE…..

 

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WEEK 136 – DEATHBALE

My HeadBangers welcome from Bavaria, Germany the Post-Apocalyptic Viking Death Metal Band:

DEATHBALE

“As The Fog Is Gone”

PASKA HeadBangers listen to those growl vocals!!!!!!!

“Waves Of Numbness”

Let’s look at some bio (provided by the band) on these Viking Barbarians from the Forest of Bavaria:

DEATHBALE – Between Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy and Mad Max!

The world lies in ruins, dust blows across scorched earth while in the distance the ruins of a better time can be glimpsed. Through its ignorance and its hunger for power, mankind has conjured up its own Ragnarok and turned its once flourishing homeland into a desert. Deathbale scream out their rage.

Sometimes with the destructive brutality that made the earth tremble, sometimes melodic and engaging, like the world used to be. Between aggressiveness and melancholy, but always with the force of the old Norse gods going to war, Deathbale combine the old with the new.  With idols like Amon Amarth and Arch Enemy, they create something completely new:   Post-Apocalyptic Viking Metal!

The first EP of the quintet spread all over Europe “Guard yourself“ offers both fans as well as genre newcomers what modern death metal should offer: Brutality, aggressiveness, melodicism and technical skill at the highest level. Come with us to a lost world, where people have found their way back to the old gods, but something completely new emerges as soon as the fog is gone.

“Mimir”

Let’s meet these German Vikings:

“Behemoth Of Hate”

“My Thoughts”

First to fill my HeadBangers in on the band, they started in early 2019.  Also you know I did have to ask about the name, it always intrigues me when a band choses a name and takes time to be different.  Here is what the name means to the band:

“Deathbale is a fictional word.  For us it stands for the point in time where mankind finally messed up so bad that there is no turning back.  Bales means something like misery in an older english tongue.”

I don’t know what it is about German Bands but the minute I heard that guitar, I knew it was something I had to find out about.  Listen to “As The Fog Is Gone”, just a fantastic mix of instruments and that voice, kill me now!!  Hannes is in my top 5 voices for growl vocals.  You all know growl vocals are my thing.  He has a raw, deep sound that never changes through the song.  Do you know how hard it is to keep that going without missing one note through a song??   I  have found another band to add to my list.  A big thanks to a follower who sent me the link to Deathbale.  I want to say to all my followers THANK YOU, without you guys I would have never found some of the best bands, keep sending them my way.  I always listen to you guys, metal is family.  Check Deathbale out on Instagram and FB.  They are so worth the listen, and I look forward to more from them in the future.

That’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

 

WEEK 135 – REPAID IN BLOOD – REVISITED

My HeadBangers, revisited from Week 28, some of the best guys I have met, please welcome back:

REPAID IN BLOOD

Before we get started, I have to give you all some information on the Viper Room:

The Viper Room opened in 1993 and was once owned by Johnny Depp, the world-famous Viper Room  has hosted the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Queens of The Stone Age, Courtney Love, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Pete Yorn, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl ..

“Rebel Scum”

Those who know me know I love a band with a message and if this isn’t a message you will never get it.

“Wake Up, Time To Die”

Just a little background on my Geeks:

Repaid In Blood is a metal band that started in 2006 in San Jose, CA. The name was taken from a lyric off The Black Dahlia Murder’s first full-length album, Unhallowed. The name is an expression of violence in its purest form, vengeance. Victor Hernandez and Jake Burrman formed the band in high school. Jake Burrmann and Juan Galvez are the last founding members of the band, and yet, with the powerful vocals and live performances of Darrell Durham, along with the blistering leads of Patrick Small, Repaid In Blood is a strong and cohesive family.

Repaid In Blood mixes the best of Death Metal and Metalcore genres creating their own unique genre: Geek Metal. Which blends crushing riffs, searing solos, and ball-shattering breakdowns with a variety of pop culture, movies, games, and geekdom samples into their performances that always gets the crowd going and shouting the lines and samples during the show!

For more background pull up Week 28, that’s right 107 weeks ago, 749 days ago, Repaid in Blood was the feature on the blog.   As I said then “these guys are the real deal”.  I hadn’t run into a band that was so fan driven.  By that I mean they actually sent out lil care packages to their fans with hand written notes.  How many bands do that??  Not many my HeadBangers.  This is mine:

I have kept these items with other things sent to me from some other bands, but this is my special one.  You get CD’s that are autographed by the bands, and that’s great, but a hand written note, come on who does that, my geeks that’s who.    I’m working on putting everything in a big frame instead of locked up.  Seriously these items have been to Finland twice and back to the USA with me.  I want these guys to know how special it is to me.  Some days I may need that extra lil something to make me smile and here it is.  Thank you guys, it means a lot.

I wanted to catch up with the guys and see how everything is going and what they did while we were all in the Covid lock up, let’s take a look…..

Darrell Durham – Vox

When the pandemic hit and we went into lock down I was able to work from home as an IT engineer. From home I worked with Jake to record footage for videos for the new album. Was able to conduct interviews about the release from home via Skype. In the meantime I have really taken up vinyl collecting again. I have my dad’s old collection and started building on that. I am a huge fan of the Melvins and now own all their albums on vinyl. I am looking forward to writing new material with the guys and hopefully soon we can play some of the Reflective Duality material live. I think it will sound massive live! Lot’s of energy and emotion. I’m very animated on stage. I miss being on the stage a lot.

Juan Galvez – Drums

When the pandemic hit I knew the music industry was going to take a big hit. So I knew it was going to put things on pause. Luckily I had already recorded my drum parts for the latest album early. In October 2020 I teamed up with my buddy Mark at Weapon Rex media and shot a drum play through for the new album. I’m also in another band, Infinite Sleep, and now learning drum parts for a upcoming release. Other than that I played a lot of video games and picked up the guitar again. Been learning a lot of Deftones, easy stuff but fun to play.

Jake Burrmann – Guitars

With the pandemic shutting everything down, the band was stuck in a bit of limbo whilst almost being done with the latest record, Reflective Duality. Several things were pushed back which ultimately led to the album coming out in January 2021. Our manager and I handled all the behind the scenes shenanigans for getting the album ready, and dealing with all the usual things that happen before a release lol. I also put together 3 music videos for the album. Personally I’ve taken up a few new hobbies. I started playing the drums, yoga, meditating as well as reading a lot more. Specifically the Dresden Files and Star Wars novels. I’ve spent a good portion of this past year or so reflecting inward and spending time with my wife at home, being safe.

Patrick  “White Light’nin” – Lead Guitarist

Patrick has been super busy at this time doing what all Metal Geeks do.  Let your imagination run with it lmao.

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers what can I say.  LMAO you all know that I am never at a loss for words.  I’m a Metal Blogger FFS, oh and I cuss but I’m a Navy Brat in my defense, you know how Sailors are…   Doing this blog has made me unexpectly emotional.  Oh shit…  See what those little personal notes do…  and after all this time they haven’t changed they are still my Geek Metal Brothers and Metal Family.  It doesn’t matter how long it’s been, and it has been 749 days, over 2 years, and I listen to the music, look at those smiling faces and know that through all the madness of the last 2 years they are still here.  If I text them they answer and vice versa, that is what family is, metal family always.  Like the sign says and Jim Morrison  NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE….  Love you guys always.

That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song, in the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

WEEK 134 – WARDRUNA

My HeadBangers welcome from Bergen, Norway:

WARDRUNA

“Lyfjaberg”

 

“Skugge”

How about some Nordic Dark Folk Metal?  I love it!  Before you judge it, let’s find out about these guys.

Wardruna is a Norwegian band formed in 2003 by Einar Selvik along with Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella. They are dedicated to creating musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions, and make significant use of Nordic historical and traditional instruments including deer-hide frame drums, flutes, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur.  Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water, and torches are also used.

They have released five full-length albums, the first three based on Norse runes, the fourth based on the sayings of Odin from the Völuspá and other old Norse sources. The name Wardruna means “the guardian of secrets” or “she who whispers”.

 Selvik and Gaahl were both previously members of Gorgoroth, appearing together on the album Twilight of the Idols and the live DVD Black Mass Krakow 2004. Selvik had also recorded with other projects including Det Hedenske Folk, Bak de Syv Fjell, Jotunspor, Sahg, Dead to this World, Skuggsjá, and Faun.   Gaahl also recorded with Trelldom, Gaahlskagg, and God Seed.

OK my HeadBangers, GORGOROTH, yeah well I’d say they got it.  You all know I LOVE folk metal, but dark folk metal, what more could you ask for.  

The group’s debut album, Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga, was released on January 19, 2009 by Indie Recordings, followed by Runaljod – Yggdrasil on March 15,  2013.

In 2014, Selvik announced on the group’s official Facebook page that they would take part in composing the score for season 2 of VIKINGS along with Trevor Morris.   He later appeared as an actor on the show.  In 2015, Gaahl left Wardruna on amicable terms.

Wardruna’s third album, Runaljod – Ragnarok, was released on October 21, 2016. Thanks in part to the success of Vikings, the album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart.

“Kvitravn (White Raven)”

In August 2017, Wardruna headlined the 20th Alternative Music, Folk Music and Experimental Music Festival Ménuo Juodaragis in Dūburys Lake, Lithuania. In early 2018, they embarked on their first tour of North America.

In October 2019, Wardruna announced they are now signed to the major labels Sony Music/Columbia Records and they will be going on a European concert tour from March to August 2020.

In February 2020, the band announced the release of their fifth studio album in June 2020. The album is named Kvitravn, which means “white raven”. The album was delayed to January 22, 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Let’s meet these Norse Gods and Goddess:

Einar Selvik – Vocals, all instruments, composer

Lindy Fay Hella – Vocals, flute

Arne Sandvoll – Backing vocals, percussion

HC Dalgaard – Backing vocals, percussion, drums

Eilif Gundersen – Horns, flutes

John Stenersen – Moraharpa

 

My Thoughts:

Another band that I can’t believe I haven’t heard before!  Vikings omfg you all know that’s me and my favorite show.  All my Tatts are viking runes, so now I will have to get another one lol.  And I have a love of folk metal, all nordic folk metal.  Listen when your mind is still and it can take you to a different time and place.  Even without knowing the words that are being sung it grabs me.  I can feel a strength in their music, and a calmness at the same time.  We all hear something different in our music but at the same time it bonds us.  The fact that they play original instruments is another plus for the listener.  I really can’t say enough about this band, I wish I had gotten to see them when they were touring here, but maybe someday when this Covid is under control, but until then we have the internet and the music will never be stopped and either will I.  As I always say I will be here till the last song plays and I mean that.  There are times I run a little late but better late than never as the saying goes.  But seriously guys listen to them, it’s magical…..

Well that’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn……

 

My HeadBangers

My HeadBangers, starting this week I will post the blog on Saturday instead of Friday.  I need the extra day cause I hate rushing my bands.  Thanks guys see you on Saturdays.  Pass the word along…..

WEEK 133 – ROTTING CHRIST

My HeadBangers, welcome from Athens, Greece, the Black Metal Band:

ROTTING CHRIST

 

OMFG HeadBangers little did I know about these guys, I’ve heard about them, but never took the time to listen.  Well guess what, yeah you know me to well guys.  What’s better than long blonde hair?   Long black hair is just fine……

Actually I was getting on here tonite to say I’m taking this week off, been soo busy, but somehow I stumbled on these guys and the blood starting moving so here I am with a black metal band and I’m loving these guys.

Let’s look at some bio on these Greek Gods:

 This Greek black metal band was formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European underground metal scene. They are also responsible for creating the signature Greek black metal sound prevalent in the early 1990s.

 In the late 1980s, the band began as grindcore and released various demos and splits with other bands from the Athens area. The group would later alter their sound with influence from proto-black metal bands like Celtic Frost and Venom, and in the process became one of the genre’s instigators. Their 5-song demo, Satanas Tedeum, would show a grindcore/black metal crossover, followed by their career-breaking EP, Passage to Arcturo, in 1991.

One of band’s first major appearances was on the 1993 “Fuck Christ Tour” consisting of Immortal and Blasphemy. During this concert, some audience members had engaged in cutting and self-mutilation that resulted in hospitalization.  Before signing to Unisound Records (a now-defunct Athens-based independent record label founded in 1992), Mayhem’s Øystein Aarseth  had expressed interest in distributing the band through his Deathlike Silence Productions label, but due to Aarseth’s murder the same year, nothing materialized. The band would sign to Century Media in 1996 and remain on their roster for 10 years before joining Season of Mist.

Rotting Christ has played in many countries outside their native Greece, including both Americas, Greater Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom, Malta and the Middle East. Several heavy metal festivals around the world have hosted the band, including the 2003 Wacken Open Air in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Past tourmates have included  Behemoth, Vader, Melechesh, Finntroll and Nile, among many others.

“King Of A Stellar War”

I’ve seen a lot of Hair Moshing but these guys, FIRE…………………..

Rotting Christ was one of the initial bands to be announced to perform the Barge to Hell festival, which is a metal-themed cruise organized by Ultimate Metal Cruises and take place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas.. Barge to Hell set sail from Port of Miami on December 3, 2012.

As of 2012, Rotting Christ has been around for 25 years and is one of the longest running bands within the black metal genre. In celebration of the band’s longevity, the 2-DVD + 2-CD compilation Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story, shot in Athens on December 8, 2007, was released worldwide February 23, 2009.

They made their first appearance in south Asia on September 13, 2014 in India (Bangalore Open Air 2014 Edition)  and September 14, 2014 in Sri Lanka.   These guys have been everywhere and sometimes more than once.

To coincide with their 30th anniversary, the band also released an official biography entitled “Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ” in late November 2018, written by Sakis Tolis and British author Dayal Patterson (author of ‘Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult’, ‘The Cult Never Dies Vol. One’ and ‘Into The Abyss’) and published by British publishing house Cult Never Dies. The book features extensive interviews with Sakis Tolis, Themis Tolis, Jim Mutilator, Morbid, George Emmanuel and members of the bands Watain, Mayhem, Enslaved, Moonspell, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Septicflesh, Behemoth, Macabre Omen, Cradle Of Filth and Immolation.  The book has since been released in Greek, Russian and Czech languages.  English please I have to read this one.

In 2020, Rotting Christ announced a collaboration with the video game developer Cold Symmetry on their action role-playing video game, Mortal Shell.  The game’s launch trailer, released in August 2020, featured the song “χξς (666)” as its soundtrack. In addition, a downloadable content pack, titled “Rotten Autumn”, was released for the game in October 2020 and includes, among other content, an alternative soundtrack composed by Rotting Christ.  Seriously is there anything these guys don’t do??

The permanent line-up consists of brothers Sakis Tolis (vocals and guitar) and Themis Tolis (drums). Third founding member Jim Patsouris played bass until 1996. Andreas Lagios was the bassist since 1997, taking the stead of Patsouris until the end of 2011. Nightfall’s Giorgos Bokos joined as a guitarist in 2005, replacing Costas Vasilakopoulos. In February 2012, Bokos announced his departure from the band for personal reasons. In December 2012, the new members of the band were announced: guitarist George Emmanuel and bassist Vagelis Karzis. George Emmanuel and Vagelis Karzis amicably left the band in February and May 2019 respectively to pursue other projects.

With that being said, let’s meet the band:

Sakis Tolis – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Bass (Studio Only) 1987 – Present

Themis Tolis – Drums 1987 – Present

Kostas “Spades” Heliotis – Bass, Backing Vocals – 2019 – Present

Kostis Foukarakis – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals – 2019 – Present

My Thoughts:

Seriously do these guys ever take a bad picture, my answer is a big HELL NO.  I never thought I would listen to these guys, but they got me 100 per cent.  They started in 1987, and are stronger than ever.  I have a lot of respect for bands that stick to it no matter who comes and goes and Rotting Christ has seen and been through it all.  I have to include this, I like a strong man that tells it how it is and sticks to his beliefs:

Over the years, the group has faced controversy due to their name and gained international media attention in November 1999 during the 2000 United States Presidential Primaries for Republican Nomination  when Candidate/Christian conservative Gary Bauer accused the band of being “anti-Catholic”, among other things. In response to Bauer’s criticism, Sakis Tolis wrote:

Living in (so called) democratic societies, I think everyone should have the right to call religions as he/she wants. We in fact simply believe they are “rotting”! We are not a “satanic-crusader” type of band but rather one of the many bands that represent the dark side in nowadays Metal music.

You tell him Sakis.  Some people are self righteous assholes.  But look at the extremely intelligent response he, Gary Bauer, was given by this metal head, I just love it.  I could go on all nite talking about this band, but I’ll leave it up to my HeadBangers who haven’t listened to them, trust me I am one of their biggest fans now, ride or die to this black metal band.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

WEEK 132 – CARMILLA BAND

My HeadBangers welcome from Sverige, Sweden:

CARMILLA BAND

“Underground”

“Nevermore”

Well my HeadBangers what do you think?  

 

Ok HeadBangers let’s take a look at the bio on these guys:

The Band was founded by Hakan Alander, Daniel Karsson and Daniel Trabold in 2016.  They started to get serious about songwriting and said they would write their own music, and didn’t start recording till 2017.

In 2017, Oksana Blohm Hedlund joined the band as the female frontwoman.  The following year 2018, Felix Bjorklund (Bass) joined the band after the release of the “Devil’s Feast” album on digital platform.  Carmilla also released 2 videos. one with Felix and one with temporary bass player, Mathias Nojd.

In 2018, Daniel Trabold decided to leave the band to spend more time with his family.  Oskana’s husband, Dennis Blohm Hedlund became the new drummer and the band released the “Deflector” album.  

In October 2019, the band cut ties with Oksana and Dennis due to differences in opinion about the continued development of the band.

Felix Forsberg brought his talent as a drummer to the band and has had a huge impact on the Carmilla sound.  During this time Nathalie Astrada joined the band as the new voice of Carmilla.  Nathalie is an extremely talented vocalist that works hard every day along with the rest of the band.  We are proud to continue the journey through the next album with her.

On May 16, 2021, Nathalie and the band parted ways.  Carmilla wishes Nathalie all the best in the future, both personally and artistically.

Here’s a bit of history on the name Carmilla.  Some say that Carmilla was the name of Dracula’s mother, she was one of a king.   The band picked this name as they have Frontwomen, and they also are one of a kind.

Let’s meet the band:

Left to right:

Felix Forsberg – Drums

Hakan Alander – Guitar

Felix Bjorklund – Bass

Daniel Karlsson – Guitar

Nathalie Astrada – Vocals

Also HeadBangers, May 21, the band releases 3 new songs, Underground (above) , Angel Eye, and Burning Heart on Spotify.

My Thoughts:

My HeadBangers, if it’s one thing we all know there are many changes in a band till the right people come together.  Carmilla is set on their future, with a new frontwoman.  And in their words, they will be back faster, harder and ready for the next chapter in their journey.  This is a very talented band.  I’ve heard some songs that are just instrumental and they are really great.  How they come up with all this music in such a short amount of time amazes me.  We are all looking forward to see where life takes Carmilla, and I’ll be here to keep you updated on all the new things they have in store.  Give the band a follow, listen to the music, you won’t be disappointed trust me.

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

Immediate Press Release For Carmilla Band

My HeadBangers we have a Press Release for you on the Carmilla Band:

Date: May 16, 2021

The Carmilla Band and vocalist Nathalie Astrada are going their separate ways, effective immediately.  We are grateful for the time she spent with us and proud of the music we created together.  She has been a part of the Carmilla story.  We wish Nathalie all the best in the future, both personally and artistically.

Carmilla will return with an new voice.  Faster, harder and ready for the next chapter in our journey.

WEEK 131 – Interview with Wake Up Frankie’s Kassu Merilainen on the release of their New Single and Video – “Shotgun Prophecy”

My HeadBangers, today we have an interview with Kassu Merilainen of Wake Up Frankie.  Their new song and video are being released today “Shotgun Prophecy”.  I have heard it already and I have to say they just keep getting better and better, so please welcome Kassu.

Hi Kassu, thank you so much for coming on again to talk about your song.  Before we start, how are all of you doing with the covid?  I know you must all be going crazy not being able to do any gigs yet.  Did you spend a lot of time in the Studio?

I guess as well as possible.  And you are goddamn right about that…..  When festivals 2021 got cancelled also this all started to feel just never ending nightmare.  Thankfully there is now bright light at the end of he tunnel 😉 !  And yes, basically at one point it started to feel like that we live at the studio or rehearsal place but in my opinion that was the right thing to do.  Give up or keep going, and we kept going.

And we are so glad you kept going!  I have listened to the song “Shotgun Prophecy”,  at least 10 times.  I absolutely love it.  The Band was flawless and your vocals, I can honestly say you have a great voice, it’s deep, raw, and I can hear every word.  My question is where did the inspiration for this song come from?

That’s awesome to hear and big thanks to you! It all started with the chorus, which is pretty usual when we compose songs. When it comes to the lyrics, it’s pretty much about affected people and unnecessary negativity. That’s something that we don’t need in our lives and the lyrics just kindly tells to “f*ck off” to those kind of people. We can have our party and they don’t need to try to ruin ’em.

How long did it take from idea to the finished product on this song?

Actually it got finished very quickly because this is traditional Wake up Frankie song and we knew immediately what to do with the song. Of course now we also have producer Nino Laurenne working with us so he brought absolutely great ideas to this song like how to rhyme smoothly, how to go to chorus etc. That’s what good producer does.  It was actually Nino who came up with the name ”Shotgun Prophecy” because he misheard one part of the chorus and I loved it! I made little bit of vocal changes to the chorus and it worked out perfectly.

Does this song have any particular meaning to you and the band?

I think every song does but I would say that the special meaning to this song and it’s release is that we have survived through the pandemic, (even tho it’s not over yet) and it’s time to celebrate it with brand new song from our upcoming release!  

Here it is my HeadBangers:

“SHOTGUN PROPHECY”

Let us know what you think my HeadBangers, we want feedback!!

Do you have any upcoming plans for this summer?

Actually we are spending basically the whole summer at the studio recording new stuff since festivals got cancelled due to covid19. So yes, we got plans for this summer 😉

That’s great because I’m looking forward to more from you guys, and of course another interview.  Is there any talk about gigs opening up soon?

Yes! Nothing can be revealed yet, but like I said earlier, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. It’s getting closer slowly but steady. When we get back to the stages we are absolutely going to blow off some rooftops baby!

I know you will and everyone is looking forward to it. What is the green hair about, I know there has to be a story there somewhere? 

Hahaha, it actually started as a joke and I wont go too much into details… But I just decided like “f*ck it” let’s try it! And especially since green has been our theme color from the very beginning of Wake up Frankie, it was definitely worth it! The outcome has actually been really great!

Well I have to say it does look good on you!

Does the band have any plans for the future of WuF?

Definitely, we have lots of stuff planned and lots of stuff that’s going to happen but I cannot go into details just yet even tho I would love to. All I can say basically is that new music will come for sure, since we are now officially entering studio and starting to work with our debut album with producer & studio engineer Nino Laurenne! So we are not going anywhere. That’s a promise!

We are also releasing digital-EP on midsummer called “Bathe in Blood”. It’s basically made for people who wants to support this band because everybody knows that covid hurt music business financially, so we took damage too. And to clarify the EP is only digital and it’s not coming to streaming services like spotify etc. but it can be bought from iTunes etc. It includes our older demos &  songs which cannot be otherwise heard after midsummer because they will get deleted from spotify (our EP obviously stays everywhere because it’s an an EP)! It also includes “Shotgun Prophecy” and another brand new song ! So that’s one way to support us and the only way to hear another new song!

There you have it my Heabangers.  Another hit from one of the nicest bunch of guys you will ever meet.  I want to thank the band for always thinking about me the when they have music to release.  I really appreciated it, and know that I’m always here when they have something to blast out.  Why do I feel this way?  Well I’ve been doing this blog for almost 3 years now and I’ve talked to alot of bands, during that time, you can tell who’s genuine and their excitement for what they do, it’s so contagious and how they are willing to share information with you, so I can bring it to my HeadBangers.  Wake Up Frankie is one of those bands.  During this time of Covid, they have stayed positive, and kept working on their music.  Like Kassu said when gigs start back up they are going to blow the roofs off, and I believe they will do exactly that.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

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