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Sevenday Curse Lineup announcement plus my interview with Scott and Steph \m/

I had the chance to catch up with Scott from Sevenday Curse, as well as their newest member Steph Robinson who brings a wealth of experience, and drive to the band with her keyboard talents.

So I am here with Scott from Sevenday curse.

Badger- The last time I saw you guys it was September 3rd in providence Rhode island at Dusk, where you guys opened up for Revocation. So what have you guys been doing since then, a lot of writing perhaps?

Well most of the new stuff has already been written. We have been doing a lot of refining. working on getting new songs recorded and kind of just working on the extra stuff that gets added on to the songs like lyrics, keyboards guitars. for the most part the song structures have been written and done for at least a month now.

Badger- From the last time I talked to you guys you were working on an EP, how is that been coming along?

So we’re still kind of unsure how we’re going to release this. at first we were talking about an EP, and then we kinda of naturally writing more songs, we got to the point where we felt we had enough for a full length you know. So that’s still up in the air  but we are leaning towards it being a full length. its very likely that its going to be entirely self produced, because that gives us the most freedom to do it the way we want. Also because we have also been doing writing as we record them so nowadays with being able to own your own Pro tools rig it makes life a lot easier and gives you flexibility to do that.

Badger- So I had seen on Facebook a few weeks back that you guys were looking to include one of the songs from After the Storm on the new release.  Have you guys come to a conclusion on which song will be with the new stuff?

We did,

Badger- Ahh and which one will you be doing?

That’s going to be a surprise, were going to play that one close to the chest. Its going to be fun, we feel like we picked the song that is a fan favorite, but also represents the sound of our newer stuff. that kind of direction we are going in now.

Badger-  The last time we talked you were looking for a keyboardist, have you been able to lock down another member to the band.

So yeah that’s the big announcement, we after a long search we feel as though we have found the right person. her name is Steph Robinson, she has played in a lot of bands. she is a really experienced musician.who comes with amazing credentials, she is extremely talented and she can also sing. We are really excited to bring her into the fold, and start playing with her live soon as well. Its a perfect time to bring her in, because there is still plenty of room to have her bring in her own ideas, and influence to how these new songs are going to sound. We haven’t gotten to the stage where we have been able to figure out all the keyboards yet,  but its a perfect time,  because we can hand her what we have so far and let her take the reigns on the orchestration and piano.

Badger- So I see you guys are starting to book a few more shows, are there any big shows you are excited about coming up?

Hothfest would be the biggest/ best one, its in January, on the 9th.  its also very likely going to be the first show we play with live with Steph.

I also heard that they just moved to a larger venue because of all the bands that are on the bill. they ended up moving it to Maximum Capacity in Chicopee, Mass.

After talking with Scott I got the chance to talk to Steph about her joining Sevenday Curse.


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Badger- I understand you have (to the best of my knowledge) toured with two bands across North America. tell me a little about your background and how you got into playing the keyboard for metal?

Until two years ago when I switched over to tattooing full-time (I co-own a tattoo shop now in Webster, MA), I was a self-employed, full-time working musician.  I’m classically trained, hold a Ph.D. in music composition, and have played keyboards since I was a child.  I’m also a vocalist, and have an operatic background.  I’ve done pretty much any type of musical gig you can imagine – that’s what a working musician has to do to keep food on the table!  In addition, I have a background with music production, and spent a number of years working as a recording engineer; I still do quite a bit of freelance work in this respect. I’ve been a metalhead my entire life – I grew up obsessed with Dio, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Sabbath and all the classics.  However, I never really thought about PLAYING metal until about 9 or 10 years ago, when I was in my late 20s and had gotten a “good job” as a community college professor.  I was unhappy with my job and bored with classical music culture in general, and it was like a switch just flipped and I said to myself, “This is not my life.  Let’s finally do this.”  Many of my classical music friends thought I was having an early midlife crisis when I suddenly decided I was done playing church organ and switched over to playing in a few metal “tribute bands.”  (Tribute bands are huge in Southern California, where I was living at the time.)  I decidedly had the working musician mentality at first – a gig had to pay reasonably well for me to be able to consider it, and hence why I ended up in a Dio tribute, along with other acts.  Through those gigs, I started meeting people more involved with the underground SoCal metal scene, made some connections, and shortly one thing led to another with me starting to work with original bands.

One band I’ve toured with is Helsott, a pagan metal band from Southern California.  I met them when they opened for one of the tribute bands I was fronting, back in San Diego.  When I moved to Massachusetts in 2011, they asked me to produce some orchestral arrangements and sing operatic style vocals for their first EP.  I ended up doing the arrangements for that, the first full-length, and did the Paganfest America tour with them in 2013 playing keys and singing live as part of the band.  While today I really can’t tour as much as they need to, I still do session work for them and remain heavily involved with the band

Badger-How did you and Sevenday Curse come together?

Scott and I connected through a mutual friend, Chris Farmerie – he books the Metal Thursday series at Ralph’s in Worcester.  Chris is a very close friend, and we recently played together in an Enslaved tribute for the Halloween Covers Weekend at Ralph’s.  We were spending a lot of time together commuting to Boston for rehearsals, and one day he said that he had a friend who was looking for a keyboard player for a band.  I said I was interested, since I haven’t played much with any New England bands and I was looking to jump back in after a bit of a layoff (I had to take a break from metal due to two other projects the past two years – one was the production in Europe of a musical that I wrote, and the other was an attempted transcontinental run for charity).

I did a Skype session with Scott last summer and we hit it off; I met the other guys a couple of months ago and we all felt like it was a good connection.  So, now, I’m learning the live set and working hard on recording material for the new album.  It’s been a blast so far.

Badger-Were you familiar with Sevenday Curse before joining the band? Maybe heard them before or saw them?

No, honestly, I hadn’t known their music beforehand.  I hate admitting that publicly!  The reasons?  One, I lived in Southern California for fifteen years, and only moved here in 2011 – the scene out west is very different than it is here in New England, so I’m definitely more familiar with Los Angeles and San Diego bands.  Two, during the time when After the Storm was released, I was working on my Ph.D., and I wasn’t doing much other than working four jobs while trying to go to school full-time, so I wasn’t hitting shows or anything…that was a really crazy time, so I’ve got a few years of a hole in my metal knowledge that coincides with when the band was active back then.  I’m glad I know their music now!

Badger- Do you have a plan on when we will be able to see you perform live with Sevenday Curse for the first time?

I believe the plan is to have my first show with them at Hothfest in January.  I’m looking forward to it!

Badger- How does it feel to be a part of a band that for many believe (including myself)  were one of the band’s who created a unique sound/ sub genre of metal?

It’s an honor – I feel extremely fortunate to be involved.  So far, the guys have welcomed me both as a band member and collaborator, and that has been very much appreciated!  It feels great to be in a creative space with production on the new album…I think it’s going to be epic.

So there you have it, Sevenday is not only working on a full length now, but they have a killer classically trained keyboardist  to add some more dimension to their music.  Badgers Metal Breakdown  is really hoping they do Revelations as that is our favorite track from After The Storm.

I am  very pumped to see them play live with Steph in January at Hothfest-2016

Make sure to check like the Sevenday Curse Facebook Page

You can also follow them on TWITTER

Get your digital copy of their last full length AFTER THE STORM

You can also check out Witch Doctor Tattoo Studio for some of Steph’s visual art.

 

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

 

 

 

Photo credit to Stellavor Images ( Copyright 2013)

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Interviewing Vehemence from Arizona. Pre order their new album! @vehemenceAZ

Back when I was in college I went to a metal festival near where I live. Bands , promoters, labels they were handing out cd samplers left and right. I came across a 25 song sampler CD with a song by a band that would blow my mind. The Band was Vehemence and the song was ” I Must Not Live”. After listening to that song, I immediately bought their album ” God Was Created”, and it forever will be in my top ten best metal albums of all time. After that album they put out another titled “Helping The World To See” which was also a solid album. Then the unexpected happened, they split up. That was devastating news, one of my favorite metal bands breaking up.

Flash forward ten years later and they have gotten back together. They recently announced they are putting out a new album. With incredible news like that I made it a priority to get in touch with them and set up this interview.

Welcome back guys I first heard God was Created in college and it absolutely blew me away. That is one hell of a brutal metal album. And will always be in my top ten best metal albums. Every element about it, Andy on drums , the guitars were sick. I mean just the song writing for the guitars was incredible.  I would say textbook in the sense that wish other bands had taken notes. Mark doing backing vocals while playing bass. And of course Nathan’s sinister brutal vocals.  So, I am just pumped for the band to be back making new music.

  1. Since you guys split, years back it looks like now that you are back together you have a newer member to the group. Does he bring an element to the mix that was not there before?

Bjorn – Definitely! Kyle originally joined the band when we first regrouped, back in 2007. He left in 2009 but came back in 2012. He adds a new dimension for sure with his lead playing. He also wrote a track on the album called “It’s All My Fault”. He brings a more technical lead style to the fold. He is really a great player. Also was a major contributor the the recording process of this album.

  1.     What brought you guys back together in the first place?

Bjorn – Well, basically we are all really good friends. We all live in the same city, and enjoy just hanging out and jammin songs. Why not you know? It was difficult carrying on when Nathan originally quit to focus on family. We tried to continue on, but just weren’t feeling it. For a while, we started focusing our energy on different projects, but eventually we got that itch again to continue.

  1.   God was created always felt like (for lack of better words) a concept album, and it was just amazing. Is the new album going to have that same vibe/feel to it?

Bjorn – The new album is not a concept album, however it definitely has the Vehemence “vibe”, but I feel it just comes across as more refined this time. It has elements of all our albums I believe, with some new things brought to the table as well. It does not sound out of place in our catalog. Most of the material was written between 2007 and 2011, with the exception of 1 song, which was written during the Helping The World To See touring cycle.

  1.   Mark had been doing backing vocals before I mean  you can see that in the video for “ By your bedside”  will Mark still be doing backing vocals?

Bjorn – Mark doesn’t do vocals on this album. His voice has changed over the years, and it was decided that Nathan would handle all the vocal duties on this album.

  1.     I have to say his delivery and sound is just a perfect contrast between Nathans vocals, and his. It really adds another layer to the songs in my opinion.

Bjorn – I agree! But it wasn’t going to sound the same this time around. Age happens, and hitting those high screams aren’t easy!

  1.     You guys were on Metal blade records before, now you guys are on Battleground Records. In the ten years that has passed, do you feel that Battleground has really gotten you guys where you want to be as a band coming back?

Bjorn – Absolutely! We are really happy with what Battleground has shown us so far. They really are like a 6th member of the band. This is such a simpler deal, less middle-man, if that makes sense. And we still own the rights to our music, which was very important to us in signing a new deal.

  1.     What has the general (public/ fans) reaction been regarding the return of Vehemence?

Bjorn – So far, so good! We will see what they think of the new material! But overall, its amazing that we even still have fans after this much time off hah!

  1.     Will we see Vehemence do any touring in the near future?

Bjorn – Hard to say. Lengthy touring, no. We all have families and jobs to keep. I’d like to think we can do a short run of dates, and some one-off shows for festivals and things like that. Time will tell!

  1. What’s the metal scene like out in Arizona, are you guys getting some good shows in?

Bjorn – Metal scene is great out here! Lots of great bands, and super talented musicians. Bands like Lago, Through The Earth, Sorrower all of which are playing our album release show. Its been a couple years since we have last played a show. We took time off from shows so we could focus on this record. It was hard to focus on getting this album finished when we were always playing shows and concentrating on practicing a set list. But we’re excited to get back out there, and finally have a new product to share!

  1. Will you be playing any of the new material  at shows leading up to the release, or are you saving that until the album drops?

Bjorn – Nope, our next show is the album release on Oct 24th!

  1. What are the  musical influences you guys have ( does not need to be just metal)?

Bjorn – Hmm. Well that can go from Black Sabbath, to Propagandhi, to Carcass, to Sunny Day Real Estate hah. We all love a variety of different music. Not strictly just death metal 24/7 ha.

  1. What are you listening to these days?

Bjorn – Honestly, its been a while since I’ve been totally captivated by a record. It bums me out! I need some goddamn new music! The next 2 albums I’m getting though are the new Cattle Decapitation and the new Faith No More.

  1. How did it feel to be back in the studio again as a band?

Bjorn – It was really good to be productive again. This time we approached the recording process in a completely different way. Home recording has come a long way since the last album we put out. We did the drums in a real recording studio, but everything else we did in our homes. We took our time getting it done, and spent countless hours tweaking it. Its one of the great things about home recording, however having all this unlimited time makes it hard to finally stop fucking with it and call it a day ha.

  1. In the past it seemed like Bjorn did the majority of the writing and Nathan Did the lyrics. Has the formula changed or is it still that winning combination of Bjorn’s musical talents, and Nathans brutal vocals and grizzly vocabulary?

Bjorn – For the most part, that formula hasn’t changed. There is a song on the album called, “It’s All My Fault” that Kyle wrote, but his influences are heard throughout the album. There is also a song written by our old guitarist Jake, who was in the band from 2010 – 2012 called “In The Shadows We Dwell”

  1. Going from huge label like Metalblade to a more independent label like Battleground records. DO you feel like with the small roster, that Battlegrounds is a more involved with you guys?

Bjorn – Bigtime. Metalblade obviously is a huge name, and has great distribution. But at this point in our lives, the expectations a label like that would have would not fit with our needs, or theirs. Battleground has been such a pleasure to work with, and David and Ryan (the guys who run the label) are so up front, and honest. Its very refreshing. They want the best for you. Its not about money. They have passion behind their bands. And another thing going into this, we wanted to own the rights to our music. That was very important to us. We don’t have goals of being a huge band. We just want to get this record out to the people that appreciate what we do. And we are so grateful that Battleground believes in us and this album.

  1. It looks like you guys are putting out a video later on this month, are we going to see other videos for this album in the future?

Bjorn – Not sure. Its not impossible. I’d like to do another one, but we will see!

  1. The new album is a long awaited album, would you compare it to God was Created, or Helping the world to see? Or both?

Bjorn – Definitely both. It seems like the natural progression, having elements of both albums along with something new. Some parts and some melodies will definitely stand out and sound like GWC era, or HTWTS era for sure.

  1. With the time that has passed since Helping The World To See was released. Would you say the music for the new album is a more mature in how it will sound?

Bjorn – Yes it is definitely a more mature effort. We scrutinized the fuck out of these songs ha. This is really the best that we could do. Of our entire catalog, this is the album I am most proud of. It is us firing on all cylinders, delivering the best performance and the best songs that we possibly could.

  1.   something I like to ask all the bands I interview, especially with new music coming out. In five words ( if all members contribute I will take the top 5 used) describe the new album?

Bjorn – passionate, dark, diverse, evolved, melodic.

  1. And lastly is there anything you want to tell the fans, about the band, the album the future of Vehemence?

Bjorn – I just hope its well received by people that enjoy our previous efforts! We put a lot of hard work into getting this done. And it’s still hard to believe that we actually did it, because we talked about it forever hah. Hope you dig it! Out October 24th on Battleground Records!

It was great to talk to the Bjorn, I personally will be getting on that pre ordering asap. I can’t wait to hear the new album. It will be brutal.

So go on pre order it today by clicking here Vehemence pre orders

you can also pre order the digital album and get bonus tracks by purchasing it from Bandcamp \m/

Check out Vehemence on Facebook

Check them out on Twitter

Head on over to Battleground records here click here \m/

-Badger \m/

http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

The Metal Syndicate

New Black Dahlia Murder track ” Receipt” Streaming!!!\m/!!! @bdmmetal @revolvermag

Today we get a chance to listen to a new track from Abysmal, the album due out September 18th from  The Black Dahlia Murder.  As if Vlad son of the dragon was not badass enough, they present us with the track ” Receipt”

The song starts out with an orchestral feel to it with stringed instruments, going into the classic TBDM blackened metal feel. The song doesn’t have any fluff to it, just straight up unfiltered badassery! Abysmal is sure to be a great album if the only two songs we have been able to hear so far are just brutally heavy and fast paced masterpieces.

TO listen to ” Receipt” click HERE \m/ \m/

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

Akurion drops their single on metalsucks.net @metalsucks @akurionofficial

Today we get the chance to hear Akurion for the first time. Think of Cryptopsy vocals from “Whisper Supremecy”  as well as ” and then you’ll beg” Mike Disalvo  who has a great voice for metal. The style he has is like a low and heavy  but rapid response  decimating everything that is in his path. I can see from the early days of Cryptopsy the style he had, and then  ten years later you can hear the newer bands trying to get those vocals.

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Add in some killer technical death metal drumming like Tommy McKinnonTom M

who I heard for the first time when listening to the Neuraxis album Trilateral Progression (killer album) I couldn’t resist to listen to that album while writing this. Tommy is a great drummer, and follows the changes well. I am excited to see what Tommy sounds like with Akurion. It definitely will not disapoint as you also have a bad ass bass player, that has played with both Neuraxis, and Cryptopsy (currently playing in Cryptopsy).  Olivier Pinard is like a cool calm guy until he gets into the music. To see this guy live is like watching a transformation take place. He is a mean machine  tearing it up on the bass. I am excited to hear Akurion ‘s single,  listening to all the different elements fused into this project. Oli

To top this project off you have Rob Milley who has been with Neuraxis since the early days,  basically pop any Neuraxis album you can find into your player, and you will be listening to Rob shredding and playing the guitars in  the most brutal, technical, yet his solo’s have a melodic feel to them as well.

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What you have here is the make up of a Candian technical metal supergroup. They are simultaneously going to obliterate our senses and educate us.  Call it “technical metal 101 ”   sit back, listen to “Yet ye see them not” and get ready to be blown away. Hit the play button and hold on to your seat, its going to get interesting in a moment.

check it out on metalsucks.net here; http://www.metalsucks.net/2015/07/20/exclusive-track-premiere-akurion-yet-yee-see-them-not-feat-members-of-cryptopsy-neuraxis/

Check out their facebook page; Akurion Official

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

HUGE VEHEMENCE NEWS!!!! @vehemenceaz

Well not yet, but tomorrow Vehemence has news to be delivered to us fans. I personally can’t wait. These guys are brutal, nope, brutal is an understatement.  The band Vehemence, is the soundtrack for the feeling you get when you watch a movie that is a psychological thriller, get cut off in traffic, and a bar fight all at the same time.  These guys put out two epic albums ” God was Created” in 2002, and ” Helping the World to see” in 2004.  I Will honestly say I bought both albums multiple times because my cd players would kill the cd’s from over use. I have bought God was created 4 times. The whole album is insane, from start to finish every song just epic brutal metal.  My top 10 albums of all time includes this album. The song ” I didn’t kill her” is killer.

I played that song for a guy who was big into metal, the guy was so pumped by the song and then around the 8:15 minute mark for the song. You have a sound clip that adds to the sound. I can’t tell you what it is or what it says. But what I can say is the guy I played it for, thought he would have nightmares for a week. It gives you a visual like no other. I literally want to play the song for you but I can only find a video on youtube with average sound quality.

What the hell, why not. I am so pumped its time for some VEHEMENCE!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned tomorrow, because a new album will be LEGENDARY!!!!

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Check out their facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/vehemenceofficial?fref=nf

check out their twitter page https://twitter.com/vehemenceaz

Make no mistakes I will be ready to report as soon as I find out what the news is!

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-Badger\m/

http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com