What The Night Brings Interview

Just released is one of the most explosive and destructive yet impressively creative with deep     melodies and thoughtful craft. The new EP from UK metalers What The Night Brings is an ever evolving mix of hardcore, deathcore, groove and melodic metal, each song within Bound By Apathy is an abusive treat that leaves one breathless and fully satisfied. We had the pleasure to ask the band about the release, their music and themselves in general.

Welcome and many thanks for taking time to answer our questions.

Firstly could you introduce the members of What The Night Brings?

Hi! we are:

Adrian Noone – Vocals

Pete Bright– Drums

Scott Rand– Guitar

Tom Brooks- Bass

Darren Tunaley – Guitar

How and when did What The Night Brings begin?

The Band as WTNB formed officially in early 2008, from an amalgamation of bands that used to be from around the Buckinghamshire area. The majority of that was our current guitarists Scott and Darren and our original bass player Luke. Pete joined in Oct 2008 and Adrian joined January 2010. More recently we are very happy to welcome our new bass player Tom to the fold (Feb 2012).

Do you have musical histories before the band?

Adrian and Pete both played in other bands prior to joining the band – Ade being in hardcore bands and Pete playing punk and metal bands.  Scott and Darren have played together since they both started playing Guitar. Our latest edition on bass, Tom used to guitar for another bands but switched to bass prior to joining WTNB.

What were your initial intentions sound wise when starting the band and how has that changed or evolved up to this point?

When we first started out we knew we wanted a hardcore and metal sound as well as having melodic influences, but had no real intentions on sound, just that we wanted to draw on our musical influences.  But as we have evolved, we have developed and refined our sound a bit more, and we have more of an idea of the sound we are going for. Even with the writing of the album we are still pushing for a better sound, and looking to challenge ourselves even more.

What are the influences that made the biggest impression on your music and the band?

I think bands like Parkway Drive, Sepultura, Johnny Truant, Norma Jean, and Architects all definitely had a major influence as well as bands like Crawlspace, Pantera, August Burns Red, The Chariot, Cro-Mags and Darkest Hour etc.

You have just released your excellent new EP Bound By Apathy, what can people expect within its muscular walls?

You can expect to hear some heavy songs infused with some indirect melody and touch of tech, some brutal breakdowns and Pissed off lyrics.

How does it differ to your debut release Tides in sound and songwriting?

To begin with, the line up when we wrote Tides was different, and I think we were still discovering and honing our sound, where as with Bound by Apathy, we worked really hard to develop and capture the sound we were looking for. Adrian joining the band prior to us starting to writing had a significant effect on this also. Bound by apathy is much heavier sound, the songs are constructed better and overall I think there is a much better sound.

Bound by Apathy contains a quartet of tracks that take aggression and intensity to lofty heights but still offer well crafted impressive melodic strokes and grooves, how hard is it to keep both aspects as open and distinct, something many other bands try but do not find the balance you do.

We tried especially hard on this record to aim for that sound, we all draw on different influences and it was important to maintain that throughout the writing process. We never wanted to follow the trend and we worked really hard to make a heavy collection of songs with a sense of melody that didn’t sound clichéd in the modern heavy music environment. That can be challenging.

Which part of Bound by Apathy are you most proud of?

Overall we are really happy with the outcome and each of us has parts of the record that they are proud of.  Collectively I think are all really especially proud of the construction of the songs – especially in “Front Towards Enemy”.

The EP also brings forth the intensity one imagines is a feature of your live shows, how did you achieve that to such good effect?

When began writing the EP, we knew we wanted to bring some devastating songs and originally we wrote 5 tracks for it, but dropped a track as we thought it didn’t fit in with how heavy the EP was, or that it fit in with the overall feel of the record. We were very particular about the song tracking order, as we wanted to keep the intensity throughout the EP.

How does the songwriting process work within the band?

For us, it can happen a number of ways, sometimes it can be very organic, when we want to jam out some ideas in the rehearsal room, however, for the most part it starts off with a riff idea- Darren and Scott usually get together and collate ideas and work out the riffs and bring them to the rehearsal space where as a band we start refining them down, seeing what works best etc. It’s an important aspect to the writing process that we work as a band to achieve the sound we want.

There is a defiance and aggression to your lyrics on the EP what inspires you the most that flavours your lyrics?

Adrian (vox):  I attempt to not be entirely self-obsessed when writing lyrics. I grew up listening to a lot of socially aware music and that’s pretty much embedded itself on how I think and express myself. That’s not to say I’m solely political in my lyrics, or that I don’t sing anything personal, I just tend to think there’s a lot more to be concerned/angry with than just my corner of the world.

You have shared stages with the likes of Protest The Hero, Your Demise and Lower Than Atlantis. What has been the highlight so far and what have you gained as a band from appearing alongside these more established bands?

I would say definitely playing with the bands mentioned above as highlight, absolutely incredible shows, and an honour to share the stage with them.  More recently also playing with H2O – a band that Adrian has been going to see since he was 15! You gain a lot of experience in terms of stage presence when you play with bands of that calibre and it certainly gets you fired up to keep doing what you’re doing.

Is there a different feel or buzz for you from headlining your own intimate shows to opening up and supporting in bigger arenas with these kind of bands?

There is definitely a different feel – when opening up for bands like Protest the Hero, not only are you playing to usually a much bigger crowd but also you have to work that much harder to win over the crowd as a opener band, so there is a lot more pressure. For intimate headline shows though there is more a relaxed party feel, and you know that you can go and out there and have a great time as they are there to see you.

What are your hopes or aims for the rest of 2012?

So we are currently in the middle of writing our debut album, so we will be looking to start pre-production soon with an aim to start recording towards the later part of this year. On the touring front, we are looking to head over to Europe for the first time and tour out there, before coming back and doing another UK tour. We are also starting to book up some weekenders up and down the country. We are aiming to play as much as possible this year.

With the impressive quality within Bound By Apathy and what must be great acclaim coming its way over the weeks ahead are you relishing the pressure and expectations for even more from your future releases from media and fans alike?

Absolutely! It will certainly be a challenge and we are pushing ourselves to write even better songs for the album, hopefully it will gain even bigger success than this EP.

Again a great thanks for talking with us and good luck with Bound By Apathy.

No worries, thank you.

Would you like to leave with some words for your existing and future fans?

Thank you for your continued support for the band, without you guys it wouldn’t really mean much.  Keep up the support, and expect to see a new music video very soon and then the debut album! Come party at a show with us!

And finally give us some personal sounds that have inspired you as your EP will so many others.

Check out bands like August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Protest the Hero, Cold Hard Truth, Integrity,  Minus the bear –there are a lot of great bands out there, and some really good up and coming UK bands as well .

Read the review of Bound By Apathy @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/what-the-night-brings-bound-by-apathy/

The Ringmaster Review 18/04/2012

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Interview with Adam McKee of Dead ‘Til Friday

The moment the video for The Longest Year from Belfast band Dead ‘Til Friday grabbed our attention with its unbridled fun and enthused aggression further investigation of the band was a no brainer. Their current EP Water further impressed and set the band as one to watch closely over the year ahead with their stirring blend of rap metal and inventive rock sounds igniting a strong anticipation for future sounds from the quintet. Wanting to know more about Dead ‘Til Friday we had the pleasure of getting vocalist Adam McKee to answer our questions about the band and their music.

Hello and welcome to The RingMaster Review

Firstly would you introduce the band and members?

I’m Adam I sing, we’ve also got Conhuir and Steve who play guitar, Jonny on bass and Colin on Drums.

How and when did the band begin?

The band began in around 2007/2008 but there’s been a few line-up changes since then and the band has only really been this formation for the past year or so.

Is Dead ‘Til Friday the first band for you all?

Not at all, we’ve all been in previous bands before, myself and Conhuir we’re in a band called Acidtone, Steve played alongside us in other local bands for a few years, also Colin and Jonny have been in a few local bands before too.

What was the influence for the band name?

The band name came from a random conversation on a night out between Colin and our previous vocalist/guitarist, they joked a bit about it and said it would make a great band name, and hey, it stuck!

Your sound is a feisty blend of rap metal, muscular riffs and infectious melodic choruses what are the influences that have added shape to your music?

Feisty? Haha, cool! Yea, I myself have been singing and rapping like this for years now. We listen to a VERY large spectrum of music between us all. The metal side of things isn’t normally what I would listen to myself in my free time. All in all it’s a great thing because when it comes to writing we’re never stuck for ideas, melodies or riffs.

You and another great metal band Gacy’s Thread come from Belfast so what is the metal and rock scene like there for bands and fans?

The metal scene at the moment is great! We’ve also recently proved it by heading a short distance outside of Belfast and the amount of bands looking to play Belfast is exciting. The bands and band members look out for each other, which is awesome; we definitely all help each other and do our best for the scene.

Is there a bond between the bands in Belfast that bands in other cities especially in the rest of the UK do not have with each other?

Yes and no, haha, we would definitely be more tight knit being on an island with other bands compared to the likes of America or Europe where everyone is so much further apart. We can also relate to the same struggles you go through trying to get touring and travelling overseas as much as possible. If we don’t all help each other out then we all kind of lose out at the end of the day.

As you mentioned you formed around 2008, how has the band evolved over the subsequent four years or so?

Our sound is one of the big things that has definitely evolved, especially through the line-up changes I mentioned earlier. A different vocalist and song writer definitely changed things up a lot, but this line-up and sound is very solid now, it takes any band a little time to find this and we’re excited! 🙂

The last two years appear to have been the biggest to date for the band, touring alongside bands Your Demise and Lower Than Atlantis, sharing the stage with the likes of Skindred, And So I Watch You From Afar and Forever Never, plus a prestigious slot at the Tennent’s Vital Festival to name a few notable moments. Has this time felt like a sudden intense elevation for you as a band in the same way that it appears to us on the outside?

Definitely, it’s a whole world of emotions all at once, fear, excitement, joy etc… but the key thing it has given us all is the hunger for it, every one of the opportunities and shows you mentioned gave great clarity to why we’re doing what we’re doing.

Tell us more about the Tennent’s Vital Festival; I believe you played to 50,000 with a slot between Jimmy Eat World and The Kaiser Chiefs?

Yea, we were nervous, but I think we certainly held our own. It was both surreal and exciting all at once, it’s a little hard to put into words almost! We got an amazing response to our heavier sound we have was great! We’d do it all again in heart beat! Haha!

Last year saw the release of your excellent EP Water, but I am led to believe there was an earlier release before that?

Thank you! Yeah there was a few EPs previous, but they were from a previous line-up or formation of the band, it certainly doesn’t represent us now.

Water grabs the attention with its great hard hitting insatiable sounds; did it exceed your expectations response wise?

Every time new ears hear it with touring we’re overwhelmed by the response! We love all our fans and it’s amazing to see it mean so much to people we don’t even know. Even simple things like people taking off work to come to one of our shows just blows our minds.

The Longest Year is the song from the EP which really grabs the listener by the throat and wonderfully demands attention; it must be a big crowd favourite at your live shows?

It definitely gets a sing along that’s for sure. We found the video release helped immensely for people to identify with it live.

Can you tell us about that video of the same song?

Sure. We shot the video with the very talented Darren Lee of Maverick Renegade Productions in an old abandoned warehouse in Downpatrick. We spent a day of filming close up, slow-motion and all the band shots, then to top it all off we even brought down some of our mates for the crowd shots and made them go mental.  We must have heard the same song 200 times, haha, but it was a lot of fun.

Turning back to the Water EP, you usually seem tagged as a rap metal band but the release shows a much more diversity to your sound. Do you feel frustrated at the more limiting tag you seem to be generally given?

Not at all, we find people need to give a name or tag to something these days so we just tend to go along, we’ve seen it called many different things, which is great cause it shows us people are taking an interest at least.

How does the songwriting process work within Dead ‘Til Friday?

Our guitarist Conhuir usually starts the ball rolling with a good riff and initial structure then ideas flow from there. We all then help out with structure, lyrics and other wee ideas usually.

With the band having a strong reputation and following across both sides of the border in Ireland it seems, is the UK the next centre of attention for you or are you looking further afield for 2012?

Definitely! We travelled to the UK last year and done a few days and met some new friends on the way, we could only hope we can keep going back and making strong connections and see some interest grow.

You are known for a firm DIY approach as with the EP release, is this something you always intended or simply the only option available to you right now?

A whole lot more of the first, we are lucky to have such a talented producer (Conhuir) in the band already we didn’t really feel the need to splash out on studio time etc.

I believe you are working on your debut album? How is that going and when are we likely to feel its pleasures?

We are indeed! It’s going great and we’re spending a lot of focused time on it at the moment. You can feel some of its pleasures now in our live show, but for the actual release we’ll be aiming for sometime mid to late 2012 after our over the top quality control gets a look at it, haha!

What is next for Dead ‘Til Friday as we move further into 2012 apart from the album?

The album is our main focus at the moment, but we have a few other things planned for around that time too.

Have you given yourselves any aims or objectives as a band for the coming year?

Haha, other than knuckling down and keeping doing what we’re doing not really. We’re going all out on the new album and focusing all our attention to it to try and make it the best it can possibly be!

Thanks so much for talking to us.

Would you like to finish by telling people who find you in a venue near them why they MUST come watch you?

It’s a no brainer! We’ll wreck the place and let them join in on the action! 😉

The Ringmaster Review 29/02/2012

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Burn The Sunset – Home

With the force of a wind tunnel cranked up to the top, Home from Scottish metalcore band Burn The Sunset is a punishing assault on ear, senses and self security. The debut album from the Stirling based metalers saps the energy and breath from its listener whilst leaving the shattered shell a smiling wreck from its infernal intensity. It is not an easy listen and many will run for cover the instant it places its sonic claws into their psyche but stand tall in the face of its tumultuous aggressive sounds and the reward is deep and satisfying.

Formed in 2008, Burn The Sunset has steadily and effectively worked towards its brutal sound and this debut release. The years leading up to Home has seen the quintet crafting their musical thoughts and sound through countless impressive live shows including shared stages with and tours alongside the likes of Never Cry Wolf, Your Demise, While She Sleeps, Bleed From Within, and It Prevails, and concentrated songwriting, the band garnering strong respect and acclaim along the way. The album is proof that the time taken honing and finding their sound has been well worth the wait. To be honest Home suggests there is still much more to come from the band and that they still have not found that really defining element that will make them stand heads above the rest but they are well on the way and the promise this release offers is frightening and very exciting for future releases and years.

Opening pulsating instrumental ‘Home Pt 1’ proves to be reasonably subdued against the rest of the release, its striking and intrusive riffs a mere hint to the devastation to be unleashed upon the ear. The track leads straight into the excellent ‘Moving On’ and the awakening of the beast that is Home. The track rifles the listener with treacherous riffs and incisive melodic guitars from  Jonathon Almond and Duncan Fyfe that sear rather than groom the ear. It hits hard but still the band is not at full intense capacity, the song bullying rather than crushing its victim. The vocals of Andy Bruce are caustic, his venomous growls dragged from a swamp of bile, and a perfect fit to the blistering sound.

Lonely and Defeated’ throws full force upon the listener, obliterating with destructive riffs, rhythms that numb, and pissy basslines from Jack Sullivan. From here on in the intensity is all consuming and impervious to resistance. ‘The Changing Times’ pummels the senses with towering riffs and power which never diminishes even through the smooth and distinct pace changes. From a rampant animal to a lumbering brute and back the track is relentless and demanding. As throughout the release Home gives no time for a gulp of air between tracks as ‘Insincere’ slams into view belligerent and full of animosity. Its winding groove twists and teases the senses until they are ready to snap whilst scorched guitar play taunts behind. The gang shouts are a good contrast to the harsh delivery of Bruce and maybe if a criticism there were not enough.

The album’s best track is ‘Memories’ and by a long way, it is a classic. It is hard to define what it has different or what sets it apart from the other fine songs but it simply ripples with extra exited energy and enterprising creativity. Without losing any of the urgency and intensity found elsewhere the song ignites and pleases the ear and beyond with a tremendous rhythm attack from Callum Bain, who it has to be said is outstanding throughout Home, essential riffs that trigger the primal inside, and a siren mesmeric groove that attaches itself like a leech giving rather than drawing pleasure.

Home is not without minor faults, mainly in the fact that despite his fine display and aggressive delivery Bruce’s vocals are a touch one dimensional and often veils the variation going on musically. Not a major criticism but a slight diversity would make on feels great songs even better and it is no coincidence that when the collective shouts and chants come in the songs find another dimension.  Despite that Burn The Sunset has announce their arrival with a ferocious and blistering release that will give deep satisfaction for those with an extreme metal/metal core bent.

RingMaster 26/01/2012

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Silent Screams-When It Rains

The new album When It Rains from Coventry band Silent Screams marks not only an impressive debut for the UK metalcore band but the initial release from Ghost Music, the new label founded by Ghostfest creator Toyan St Hilaire, who made the band his first signing. Immediately impressed by the band’s album St Hilaire threw himself into unleashing it on the world; commenting about the release he said “As soon as I heard the new SILENT SCREAMS record, I just knew it was gold – I just knew I had to do something with it… ‘When It Rains’ made such an impact on me that I’ve decided to finally put my money where my mouth is; hence GHOST MUSIC was born! I’m super excited to be working with this band and their record!”  Upon hearing When It Rains it is easy to understand his enthusiasm as the album is a power house of intent and creation. For a debut it is immense and though it may not be flawless it carries an edge and purpose as well as thoroughly stunning sounds that many if not most releases lack.

The band already have impressed during their rise up the UK metal ranks, tours and shared stages with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Your Demise, For The Fallen Dreams, and Emmure around not only the UK but Europe and Australia, bringing constant upward surge in their following and anticipation for their debut release. When It Rains produced by renowned producer/engineer Joey Sturgis (Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Miss May I), does not disappoint at all only pleases.  

To some extent When It Rains takes a little work when first diving into its feast of sound, there is not an immediate connection. Well not strictly true as musically it does light up the senses and offers intrigue and thrills at every twist and turn in its varied soundscape of hardcore, progressive and melodic metalcore. Where it struggled to make an impact initially was vocally though repeated listens, which all releases deserve for a true assessment, found the blend much easier to come to terms with. It is hard to work out if it is the production or James Ryan’s natural delivery but his growls and shouts at times lack definition and are too unrefined to make them easy at first to take in. To be fair it does not help when alongside him bassist Tom Craig provides clean vocals that are glorious and give a wonderful scope to the songs. Personally the hope more use will be made of his voice in the future to bring a greater even mix between them both brings eager anticipation.

That is the only issue there is with an excellent debut form the band. Musically they are tight and unafraid to infuse varied directions and ideas which provide a constant interest and invitation within their release. Opening track ‘Assume The Worst’ strikes with full aggression and intent providing a mighty wave of fierce drumming from the explosive Adam Mallabone and cutting guitars sounds and bludgeoning riffs from Sam Varney and Ozzi Osman. The first half of the track paces itself with a firm steadiness holding back its diverse moment when with a growling riff and resonating bass from Craig it starts exploring and expanding its limits, the vocals from the bassist soaring out over the gruffness of Ryan.

The consistency across the album is perfect, not one track dipping below the high level set with the opener. Songs like ‘Desperation’ with its commanding teasing groove, the strongly emotive ‘Til There’s Nothing Left’, and the album’s best track ‘Sinking’ all raise the bar with sounds and performance lined with fierce assertiveness and incisive delivery. The latter of the three unveils its kaleidoscope of inspired songwriting, intricate play, and diversity wonderfully, engaging forcibly as it permeates the senses. It is the strongest example of what the whole album achieves and which is bringing menacing and brutal sounds together with stirring harmonies and delicious melodies that enthuse as equally as the forthright and irrepressible riffs.

When It Rains is an immense debut and gives strong excitement for future releases from Silent Screams, and if they find sort out the vocals a little more the band will tower over most rivals.

RingMaster 25/10/2011

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