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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Night Viper - Exterminator


Night Viper, the metallers coming from Gothenburg, Sweden, only exists for three years. However, Night Viper, who plays another kind of metal than the style Gothenburg is known for, already have their second album released today. It is called Exterminator and is released through Listenable Records.

In 2016, Emil Ridderstolpe left Night Viper and since then he has been replaced by Johan Frick. On Exterminator Johan will, together with Tom Sutton, take care of the guitar-sound. Furthermore, Night Viper's lineup consists of vocalist Sofie-Lee Johansson, drummer Jonna Karlsson and bassist Ruben Ahlander Persson.

The first thing I noticed about Exterminator is of course the beautiful cover. What a very nice, detailed work of art is this. Hopefully it promises something about the music.

After the short build-up of Night Viper's first track, No Escape, it immediately can be heard that Night Viper brings a fresh sound. Night Viper's music has a vibe somewhere between doom, stoner and old school heavy metal, but it surely doesn't sound dated. Sofie-Lee Johansson's beautiful, doom-like voice perfectly fits the catchy but heavy music, in which guitarists Tom Sutton and Johan Frick really shine. For example, the solo's in Never Win and Revenge are really worth listening to. However, thrashy riffs aren't unknown to Tom and Johan, as can be heard in Ashes and Exterminator for example. Drummer Jonna and bassist Ruben take care of the solid rhythm section here. After the first nine tracks (35 minutes) Night Viper give all they have one more time in the 7-minute during All That Remains. When the last seconds of this beautiful final piece pass, you will realize how fast the past 42 minutes have gone by.

What a beautiful album Night Viper released with Exterminator! This album is highly recommended for everyone who digs doom, stoner and/or old school heavy metal.

Written by Tim van Velthuysen

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interview: Nesseria


On October 6th, French metallers Nesseria released Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes, their new album. DutchMetalManiac's Tim van Velthuysen spoke with them about it and their hometown metal scene, among other things.

Hey, congratulations with your new album, Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes!

Thanks a lot!

Your lyrics are in French, which is your mother tongue. What made you decide to sing in your mother tongue instead of English?

The decision was quite easy to take. We are French so it's easier for us to write and express ourselves in our mother tongue. Furthermore, we're thinking it's kind of easy for bands to express themselves in English. Too many French bands are inclined to write in English because they want to hide their laziness in writing and singing. On the other hand, we agree with the fact that English sonority is sweeter than French. Diction and rhythm are also more fluid in English.

What's the story behind the cover and the lyrics of Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes?

The central character is a projection and a representation of an idea we had for a long time: every day, you're always wearing different masks according to every situations and according to our lives too. This is the idea you can find in the title Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes and this is the idea expressed with the lyrics and music in À L'usure.

We are working with Alex Eckman-Lawn from the beginning. Our previous covers were dark and urban. But Alex and us wanted to get out of that. He worked on the cover by using the Diorama technique. So the artwork has the virtue to be different from the genre's classics and presents a new artistic blooming for all of us.

When you compare Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes with your previous full-length, Fractures (2014), what is it you notice?

More complexity in the composition and the structures but, paradoxically, the all of it is more fluid than before. We also included a lot of melodic and mind-blowing elements. We didn't assumed these aspects very much before but now, we want to put them forward. To be honest with you, we wanted to stand out from the scene we are confined to because we have many influences and it's frustrating to confine to only style.

The fourth track on the album, À L'usure, starts with acoustic guitar alongside heavy vocals. How did you come up with this idea?

This idea was brought after the line up changed. Very soon, our singer Désiré proposed this idea. We all subscribed to the project even if creating a track like this was quite difficult at the first sight! Finally, it was the faster and easier track to be composed!

Your music is very intense and heavy, how do you bring that at a liveshow?

Your question is not that easy... First, we try to be as sincere as possible. It all depends on the mood, the audience, our tiredness after some shows. It's a liveshow, with all its qualities and failings.

On November 9th you'll have the release party in your hometown, Orléans. Looking forward to it? Anything special planned for this evening?

Yes we're looking forward to it, it's always great to play in our hometown! We meet up a lot of friends and people who are supporting us for long. We are all getting old together! Nothing special is planned but playing the new full-length (as planned for all the shows to come for the release tour).

How is the Orléans metal scene?

In fact, it's very small. Orléans scene was very active few years ago, especially into the punk and indie rock scene. Now there is not much. But the fact remains that Burning Heads are still a very important reference, always very active into the punk rock scene and one of the best punk rock band in France.

You already announced some other tourdates in France. Any chance of Nesseria shows outside France? Maybe in The Netherlands?

Yes, absolutely. For the moment, we focuses on the dates in our country. But by 2018, we'll be touring abroad. And The Netherlands is one of the countries we always receive a great welcoming. Maybe is there a chance to meet you up if we come?

That would be nice! Any other Nesseria future plans you can already tell us a bit about?

The next plan is to make a new clip. We already made a clip for Les Ruines this summer and the second one is in process. Of course touring as much as possible and composing new songs for the shows to come. We'd like to put some electronics elements too, keyboards in particular.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to our readers?

Thanks to take interest in us. And if there are readers to be at our next shows in The Netherlands, make us discover your local craft beers! We can chat about everything over a drink!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Exit Eden - Rhapsodies In Black


Okay, first let me be perfectly clear, I hate cover songs and what I hate even more are crappy pop songs. And let that exactly be what Rhapsodies In Black is, covers of crappy pop songs. Still I am very happy to write this review. Why you might think? Well because it’s absolutely phenomenal what these ladies are doing, which is making a powerful metal song of a well-known pop song without changing it unrecognizably. Yeah sure, that’s fun and all, just put some heavy guitars and a double bass drum under it and you got some metal. If that was all that these ladies are doing then it wouldn’t be very exciting, but this supergroup consisting of Clementine Delauney, Amanda Somerville, Maria La Torraca and Anna Brunner packs some punch. It’s clear that this group of top vocalists aren’t meant to be questioned by me as a reviewer or anyone else regarding their vocal capabilities, because damn, these women can sing. Take for instance Rihanna’s Unfaithful, it is absolutely unbelievable what happens to this song when it’s being sung by people who can actually sing. The Backstreet Boys’ Incomplete suddenly becomes a very good song with some simple changes and some folk influences, this is mainly due to the variable vocal styles of the leading ladies.

But is it really metal? Well, these songs are written as pop songs, even when they are sung by Exit Eden. The band did show me the potential of a great and well thought of pop song. When you give the song just little bit more care, it becomes a song that you wanna put on over and over again. For example, Frozen by Madonna, I myself never thought it was a bad song but wow, what a song it became! Very cool!

So, can I say that I like covers now? Sadly no. Because it on itself beautiful enough Heaven by Bryan Adams loses all of its emotional baggage and warmth due to Exit Eden’s treatment. No, the ladies don’t sing the song in a bad way, but saying it kindly, it’s a very weird choice to put on the album and it should’ve been left alone! Thankfully the rest of the choices are really good. Especially Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi and Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart. These two songs have been turned into full-blown metal songs!

Rhapsodies In Black if you ask me, is for anybody who knows in their heart that pop songs aren’t bad but can be a whole lot better. And of course, it’s also for people who just love good music.

Thanks Exit Eden!

Written by Glenn van der Heijden

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Interview: Brian Vollmer of Helix


On Friday September 6 2017, DutchMetalManiac's Alessandro got an opportunity of a lifetime!

After seeing them many times, taking some personal pics and creating a Helix shrine of cool signed memorabilia and personalized, rare items, he got the chance to do a live phone interview with the leading man of Helix – Brian Vollmer himself! It wasn’t long but it was intense and a wealth of information for those starting a band and those who are veterans of the music wars!

Helix is still a metal force to be reckoned with; still performing live across Canada and overseas and with several of their newer releases. 2014’s fully new track listed Bastard of the Blues and 2016’s Rock It Science, a compilation of hits with one new song, (Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead, it brings their total, including solo and compilation and live albums, to at least 25!

Read on! – There’s a surprise at the end!


Brian, I am so honoured to be invited to talk with you live at Planet Helix, your home. Thank you so much!

Hey, thank you for the interview, this is great!

Wow. Can’t believe I’m talking to the lead singer of the “Hardest Working Band in Canada” as is said in your book Gimme an R. You’re still working harder than ever; solo albums, a cool, festive green vinyl single, All I Want for Christmas (Is the Leafs to Win the Cup) (side note: good luck with that one, Brian…lol!) newest record Rock It Science… can you tell us of your upcoming tour?

Well, we have shows in St. John’s Newfoundland October 21st then in Brampton October 26th with Lee Aaron and then October 28th in Oshawa.

Lee Aaron The Metal Queen! No way! I saw and met you all at Metal On Ice, organized so well by Sean Kelly, of Nelly Furtado and Crash Kelly fame. It was amazing. Lee signed my shirt…with me in it, right on my chest!

(Vollmer laughs)

What’s your best, favorite heaviest, Helix album?

Well they all are, really. Albums are a labour of love, they’re like my children. You produce them and then you see them grow and then you have to let them go. But if I had to choose it would be No Rest For the Wicked (1983). The single Heavy Metal Love from that album did really well.

I’m lovin’ the new single and video (Gene Simmons says) Rock is Dead – hilarious! So IS rock dead? Has Gene contacted you about this?

(laughs) No, rock isn’t dead. Of course, that’s not what the song was about. As long as someone picks up a guitar, someone will play metal for a variety of reasons, not just money. And no, he hasn’t contacted me but… (slight pause).. he’s seen it, I’m sure he’s seen it (chuckles).


So, tell me of some of the metal influences you’ve had.

Pretty much what everyone was listening to at the time. Lemmy of Motorhead said you’re influenced by the first bands you listen to. He was also always a gentleman and did it purely for the love of the music. Also, Danko Jones for sure and Danko will be singing on my new solo album Get Yer Hands Dirty!

Whoa! A new album. What the… I have not heard of this!

Yea! My new solo project, Get Yer Hands Dirty, available by pre-sale. It’ll be on CD as well as vinyl.

THAT is so cool! Well I hope to see you with Lee Aaron on the 26th! I want to thank you so much for speaking with us and….

(SURPRISE HERE!)

Hey, .listen…(slight pause)…why don’t you come to the pre-release party here in London next week?

(stunned silence). Umm, you’re inviting me to Planet Helix?

(laughs) Yea, it’ll be a great time. Just email me and I’ll send details.

Oh, wow thank you so much, that’s an honour. Thanks so much for your precious creative time and we’ll see you at the show!

Thank you!

Is there anything else you’d like to say to our DutchMetalManiac readers?

Yea, Buy the records, keep buying the records and support your bands!

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As of this writing, Alessandro has quit his job and will be going for a week of rock n roll mayhem. An exclusive invite for DutchMetalManiac to the home of the legendary Brian Vollmer, frontman of Helix! He will be reporting on this tour as it happens...stay tuned!

You need to grab once in a lifetime opportunities; there are other jobs!



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Enzo And The Glory Ensemble - In The Name Of The Son


Enzo Donnarumma from Italy recorded together with his Glory Ensemble the longplayer In The Name Of The Son. Sounds biblical to you? Well, there’s a reason…

… Enzo plays Christian gospel-metal! And knowing that you’re not astonished to find tracks named after bible passages, such as Psalm 8 or Isaiah 53. It starts with a super-melodic instrumental intro composed of flutes and violins. The Tower Of Babel kicks off quite fast with some guitar riffs, before again imploding into an atmospheric sound à la Avantasia. Singing is scarce on that one as well, only sometimes a choir can be heard. More Avantasia and Symphony X feeling comes up with the first biblical track, Luke 128, with clear chants from Enzo, accompanied by a female choir in the back. Female chants are quite predominant on the record, as for example we only hear the choir in Psalm 8. And while these first tracks are still somewhat fast, the fifth one, Gory To God, can perfectly pass as a track on a meditation playlist. It’s very calm and soothing – but as far from metal as you can get. Psalm 133 then picks up the speed and throws in some folkloric elements into the mix. Magnificat is another slow one before the most metal of them all, Isiah 53, comes up. This one’s definitely recommended for any power metal fans! And, wait a minute, there are even some growls on The Trial! And then there are a couple more power metal songs before the whole thing closes off with the bombastic If Not You.

In conclusion: Enzo’s longplayer is very well produced and you can tell that he’s a great musician. The diversity of the songs, combined with the aforementioned points, then even convinced me, not-such-a-fan-of-powermetal and atheist, to like this record. Sometimes it’s still a bit over the top for me, but hey, that comes with the genre! Still, I would warmly recommend this to any powermetal fan or to someone who’s on the lookout for some softer tunes. 9/10.

Written by Julia Obenauer

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: Chrysilia - Et In Arcadia Ego


Chrysilia is an Athens, Greece based symphonic folk metal band, with a line-up consisting of six musicians. The eye catcher is no doubt the multi-talented front woman, vocalist and co-founder Chryso Stamatopoulou, who is a classically schooled singer with an operatic touch. Along her side she finds guitarist Teo Ross, Jim Ramses on bass, Simon Kay on drums, John Matzakos on keyboards and Odysseas on violin. Co-founder Elias Pero and producer Bob Katsionis also play important roles, though not in the spotlights. Chrysilia, named after Chryso’s daughter, was founded as a band early in 2016 by Chryso and Elias, but started as a concept quite a bit earlier. Based on the evolvement of Elias’ compositions from his 90’s epic power metal band Sovereign, the concept project slowly but surely steered towards being a band, culminating (for now) in the release of their first full-length. Et In Arcadia Ego is a concept symphonic folk metal album with a romantic edge, a description to which the band would like to add the term ‘soundtrack’, due to it sounding like a metal-based motion picture soundtrack, according to the band.

Lyrically based on the concept of Arcadia, an variously interpreted mythological dreamland, the story of Et In Arcadia Ego is a metaphorically translated version, telling about a journey in time and fantasy, myths and reality, fairytales and politics, life and death itself, through the eyes of a girl growing up. Of course her name is Chrysilia. The setting is of course the Peloponnese, which is said to be where Arcadia is located. Concept-wise this is an exceptionally well-thought-out album, also expressed in the title, which is an often quoted, never fully fathomed phrase. Hopefully the band managed to translate all this into the music itself as well.

Opener By The Gates Of Ypsus is the first sign they indeed might have done just that. If you ever wondered what you could expect from soundtrack metal, this is the perfect song to be tutored. Like in a motion picture soundtrack there’s an abundance of soundscapes and intermezzos depicting either emotions, atmosphere or changes in the story line. Bombastic, but with the right amount of power and heaviness to classify as metal, this song definitely sets the tone for what promises to be a great album. The music provides a perfect frame for Chryso’s vocals, augmenting rather than supporting them. More than once a strong opener spells disaster for the rest of an album, simply because its quality cannot be matched, let alone surpassed. In this case, however, things are very different. The great prologue finds its equal in its successor called The Menalon Trail, another cleverly composed, powerful song in which the music augments the vocals in a similar way.

Up next is the mandatory power ballad, Desperate Wings, in which Chryso’s romantic side takes over, a role that fits her like the proverbial glove just as much as the role of power vocalist fits her. Most striking in this one is Odysseas’ violin work though, leading the song from the depths of its composition. As a bonus the album ends with an orchestral version of this song, in which the combination of Chryso’s voice and Odysseas’ swirling violin is even more convincing. That one, however, is to be found only at the end of the album. Before you get there, there’s much more to enjoy on Et In Arcadia Ego. Whether you pick the sweet Chrysilia that grows from a sweet lullaby into a full-blown folk song, the beautifully tensive and emotional The Fifth Season, with, once again, great violin work or the slow, relatively heavy King Of A Stellar War, all songs as well as the performing musicians’ contributions breathe the same high quality. In all honesty, I could have picked any song in this summary, I really cannot find a mediocre song on this album, which I consider an impressive achievement.

Having thoroughly heard and enjoyed this, it’s obvious the band’s addition of the term ‘soundtrack’ to the description of Chrysilia’s musical genre is spot on. Parts of this release could indeed very well be taken from a motion picture soundtrack, but when compared to an actual soundtrack there’s an essential difference. Unlike in real soundtracks the music on Et In Arcadia Ego is coherent at all times, with logical variations in speed, heaviness and rhythm without losing the required variety and atmospheric impressions a concept album needs. When you look at this from a strictly metal-oriented point of view you might not be fully satisfied, simply because it’s not a pure metal album. Not even close I’d say, but that doesn’t change the fact I consider this one of the best releases of the year, if not the best. Music, rhythm and vocals are tuned and in sync to near-perfection and there’s a definite emphasis on atmosphere over power, although it in no way can be called a powerless release. This album has a little bit of everything without losing track or coherence. The compositions are works of art that have been thoroughly thought through to ensure music and vocals complement instead of co-exist. Sweet release, this one will rank high in my year list for sure. Highly recommended.

Written by Henric van Essen

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Into The Arcane - Het Verlangen Der Geest


Dutch atmospheric doom metal band Into The Arcane formed back in 2016 and are teasing their first full-length, which can be expected around the end of the year, with a four-track EP called Het Verlangen Der Geest.

First up is The Glass King. Into the Arcane entitle their sound as “atmospheric doom rock”, but with their first track they’re far from any slow, dragging melodies that you might expect now. Rather, it’s actual mid-tempo rock intermingled with death metal and doom influences, and the lengthy songs switch between vocal and instrumental parts. The Innocent Hunter then rather fulfills the doom part with its slower pace at the beginning and the black metal influences you can perceive, but then switches to a more fast-paced sound quite alike the first track. Nicely enough though, for variation, the track’s second part is nice, slow and atmospheric and cut out for the autumn moods we’re in now. In general, variety plays a big part in Into The Arcane’s sound, and it’s fun discerning all the different influences that went into the EP – all that while the guys still maintain a certain trademark sound, as can also be perceived on tracks number three and four, What Lies Beneath The Shroud and The Slumber Of Man.

In conclusion: Into The Arcane have laid out a great EP, wetting the appetite for what’s yet to come with the longplayer. What impressed me most is the diversity of their sound, which makes Het Verlangen Der Geest very fun to listen to – so this one comes highly recommended! 9.5/10.

Written by Julia Obenauer

Read part 8 of Promoting Bands, in which we also mentioned Into The Arcane, here.

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