You have just played at Hammerfest in Wales. How did it go for you guys? I believe you had to stop your set for a bit due to an incident.
Yes, it went well…in the end. A guy in the crowd hit his head. We heard he was epileptic and he might have been fitting after that, so there was a fair bit of concern for him. We decided to break off while he was tended to, as his welfare was obviously the primary concern and we wanted to clear the way for the medical people etc.
That aside, I might be wrong, but It seemed like most people were there for the more traditional metal stuff. So the raucous reaction for us was definitely a pleasant surprise. We were also playing with a fill-in bass player, Jesper Liverod (ex-Nasum) while Shane was unavoidably busy with another band, so you’re hoping that it’ll all come together well. And it did all go swimmingly in the end.
You are a band that are known for breaking records or being the first band to do something. You are also known for the shortest ever song recorded, and the first band to perform in South Africa. Have you got any more record breaking plans for the future?
These don’t tend to be pre-calculated things. They just kind of happen. Apart from ‘ethical’ objections, when you’re a band who is very open to stuff, you tend to find the unlikeliest things land in your lap sometimes. We like to be adventurous – we find just doing the same things all the time to be a bit pedestrian and the offbeat things help to keep up the enthusiasm. Similarly with making the actual music, we have little desire to be just a cut and paste band.
Napalm Death were first formed in the 1980’s, however, none of you are original members. Even so, although there has been quite a few changes over the years, this present line up has been together for quite sometime. What is the secret to your success at sustaining the same line up?
We are realists and know that we need to tough it out together when needed. And after all these years of managing to keep ourselves together as a unit, we know to respect each other’s differing traits and ways of doing things. This is essential when you are going to be living in assorted steel boxes on wheels for weeks on end with the same people. Napalm Death is an incredibly important part of all our lives. None of us, I don’t think, would be prepared to give up on it easily at this point.
You must have played in some amazing venue’s over the years. What has been your favourite?
Hard to recall overall, but I do remember playing in a small hill fort in France where the back of the stage gave way to a fifty-foot cliff dropping into the sea. One overzealous stage move in the wrong direction and you’d be in the drink! We were also the first band to (independently) play in the Soviet Union and headlining two nights at a national ice hockey stadium was quite bizarre and surreal – especially back in 1991 and in the largely undiscovered Soviet Union.
Is there a country that is your favourite to perform in?
In terms of approaching gigs, we go to it 100% – every gig like it’s the last – no matter where we are. I do love Japan though. It’s kind of a second home for me as my girlfriend lives there and also Napalm has a big network of friends there in the music scene. Korea, a very short hop away, is also quite an interesting place to play given the depressingly tense situation north and south. Both Japan and Korea also have wonderful natural environments outside the big cities.
When you’re in a band travelling around, you may as well try to get out and about where you can – not many people have the privilege to do so in life, so I certainly don’t take it for granted.
What has been your hardest time in the band, and how did it come out on the right side?
The nineties was a testing period, as this kind of music lost its appeal a little bit. Touring was pretty challenging in terms of getting people out to gigs and inevitably it maybe rubbed off on the band a bit. I was actually ejected from the band for a little while over a few things, but it all got sorted in the end. Generally, you just have to plough through things and if you’ve tried your utmost to make the music forthright and the gigs intense, then you can’t say you didn’t give it your best shot. We’re pretty resilient as bands go and, as I said previously, we don’t give up easily.
Even though I’m 12 years of age, I have already experienced how cut throat the music business can be. Have you ever been a victim of this or witnessed anything?
We always tried our best to move outside of the accepted big music industry. Consequently, we didn’t really end up in any situations where we were knocked down by it, as we always decided what we wanted to do first and foremost. At the end of the day, when you’re told by some big mover that a situation might be good for you when you feel deeply uncomfortable about it, well, that’s not particularly inspiring. The only times we really got caught out was on stupidly signing bad contracts, or being sold into situations where we had no control because the person we put our trust in decided to cash in without paying us that much heed.
Barney, had you always wanted to be a singer in a band or did you have any other careers in mind? Maybe Politics?
I never planned to be singing in any band. At all. Ever. It really just kind of happened after a series of circumstances. I never viewed it as a career either because when you start to think of your band like that I believe you start to make pedestrian choices. My opinion.
Back in the real world, I was actually an engineer in the car industry beforehand. In future, I’d quite like to be a Soviet era historian – that’s a period of history that fascinates me. Or an evolutionary biologist because that area of science is just…everything. I’m asked pretty frequently about getting into mainstream politics, but the system as it is would probably not let me achieve my goals of pure social justice or equality. So for now I’ll jostle for change around the edges. Ha!
You’re last album was in 2015. Any plans for a new one in the near future?
We have ideas for music and lyrics, but no fully formed music as yet. We’ll start to work a lot more seriously on it in a couple of months or so.
Could you come to my school and play there? They could do with some more windows !!
We’re more likely to break windows with the violent noise than give you more of them. But yeah, maybe I’ll at least drop in for a friendly chat sometime.
This is the first time I’ve listened to anything by this band. I must say that I found most of the tracks very catchy and the vocals reminded me very much of Motley Crue. This album has 11 tracks and most are of similar tempo where some lyrics are repetitive and will stick in your head. This is true for tracks such as Trailblazer, which has a very good intro. What I really liked about this track was the softer part which I think worked very well. Mainstream is very much on the same lines as the first and same with Train Wreck.
Out West, is much slower in pace and is the ballad of the album. All throughout the track, the drums beat out a rhythm that I found to be really catchy and enjoyed a lot. The vocals are very soft throughout the song. Up next is title track Mass Vendetta. This track along with the next one called 13 Days, continues in the same vein as most of the album; very 80’s Glam Rock, catchy tunes with simple lyrics that fans would find easy to remember and can sing along to.
Avalanche starts with a soft intro then breaks into a little heavier drumbeat and vocals. The next track, Pretty Tricky is again a catchy tune with easy repetitive lyrics. Wedlock Horns is much slower in pace than the rest of the album. Red Shield has an acoustic guitar intro with soft vocals, which then start to get louder throughout the song. To me this is the most different sounding track on the album and has political lyrics.
The last track on the album is called Apex. This starts with a good drumbeat and the instrumental part is very good, again with repetitive lyrics and a catchy tune.
I did enjoy this album. I found it very lively and one you can sing along to. I think I appreciated it more because I’ve been brought up listening to the likes of Motley Crue. That’s my dad’s fault!!!!!!
I rate the album 8/10
Track 1. Reprisal
What I really liked about this track is the introduction and the change in tone by the lead singer Michelle as her range is amazing. She goes from clean vocals to growly and you would think it was two different people singing. It was quite a long track though. Apart from that there was nothing I disliked about it.
Track 2. Lies
The lead singer is very good at changing from clean to growly vocals, which she does throughout this track. There are also good backing vocals with very quick paced music and drum beats. I loved this track and found it very exciting.
Track 3. Void.
The vocals again are excellent and you would never know it was a female singer unless you had heard of the band before. You would expect the vocals to be smooth but the vocalist wows people with her growling. What I really liked about this track is the crashing drum beats towards the end and I just wasn’t expecting the track to finish. Amazing!!!
Track 4. XII
The introduction is very spooky sounding until the vocals break into a growl. Michelle again shows her vocal talents in this track with softer vocals breaking into louder ones further into the track. I loved it. It makes you wonder what is going to happen next. Is it going to be soft or hit us with loudness.
Overall I loved this E.P. You kind of expect it to be short but sharp, but it shows that it can be longer and keep the sharpness. I just wanted to hear more tracks!!!!!!!!!!
I rate this E.P. 9.5/10
- KOVAX – BREATHE
- PAPA ROACH – HELP
- IN MY DISGUISE – HOUR GLASS
- TWISTED ILLUSION – DIFFERENT LIGHT
- BELOW – SUFFER IN SILENCE
- ABSOLVA – ALL ALONE
- ATTICA RAGE – HAUNTED
- NATHRAAL – DEATH OF THE UNDYING
- MUNICIPAL WASTE – AMATEUR SKETCH
- IRON MAIDEN – THE BOOK OF SOULS
- Rise of the Phoenix: MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD (Kylie Minogue cover)
- KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – SPECIMEN X (MORTAL CHAMBER)
- JUDAS PRIEST – STARBREAKER
- HUMANGOD – REAL ME
- ANTHRAX – BLOOD EAGLE WINGS
- ALESTORM – ALESTORM
- IMPAVIDUS – XII
- PERPETUAL RAGE – MESMERIC SILENCE
- SEVEN KINGDOMS – STARGAZER
- PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – SPIDERS (live in Solothurn)
Krysthla new album breaks into Amazon UK Top Ten
Guitarist Neil Hudson says of the track: “The Minor Mystery Of Death is about embracing the end. Death is an absolute certainty and we’re living lives that seem like they’re going to last forever until it’s too late and your mortality is thrust into your hands. “We’re very precious towards our lives but don’t actually live them.”
Peace In Our Time was influenced by Krysthla’s 2016 European tour with Decapitated – with Hudson revealing that one experience on the road will live with him forever:
“On the Greek border, I saw a refugee girl stood on the other side of the motorway while we were parked up getting fuel. She saw us looking over at the thousands of grubby tents cooking the inhabitants in the scorching heat and fixed her eyes on me for a few seconds. “I gave her a nod. She jumped over the barrier and ran over the motorway to the garage, dodging traffic on her way. She walked over, looked me straight in the eye, said something in Syrian and gave me a highfive and hugged my leg. “I left a bit of me behind that day. We sobbed in the van as we left. It was utterly heart breaking to hear the hum of bodies murmuring in the boiling sun.” Hudson adds: “The album is influenced heavily, and almost solely by the fact I am a father. With so much unrest and violence in the world, it’s easy to turn your back and pretend none of it has an impact on your life. “Or somehow because it’s a long way from home it’s someone else’s problem. War does not sleep. War does not stop. It doesn’t choose who dies and who lives. But the people who light the fire and fan the flames do.”
16th April – BRIGHTON, The Arch (w/ Vadar)
17th April – PETERBOROUGH, The Met
21st April – BOLTON, The Alma
22nd April – WARRINGTON, The Brewhouse
28th April – CARDIFF, Fuel
5th May – HIGH WYCOMBE, Phoenix
6th May – WORTHING. Bar 42
7th May – BOURNEMOUTH, The Anvil
12th May – INVERNESS, Mad Hatters
13th May – DUNDEE, Beat Generator
14th May – EDINBURGH, Bannermans
26th May – NORTHAMPTON, King Billy Rock Bar
27th May – LONDON, The Devonshire Arms
28th May – LEICESTER, Uprising Aftermath @ The Firebug
3rd June – KETTERING – The Prince
24th June – NORWICH, B2
1st July – MILTON KEYNES, Craufurd Arms
22nd July – GLOUCESTER, Amplified Festival
More dates to be announced.
Hailed by Metal Hammer Magazine (UK) as “setting 2016 on fire” (alongside Textures, Dream Theater, Anthrax, and Devin Townsend) one of the finest extreme metal acts around will release their sophomore album this April.
Titled ‘Peace In Our Time’, this new studio offering from Krysthla sees the British five-piece producing something extremely special. Part metal, part extreme, part technical, part progressive… Aurally this is a metal fan’s nirvana. There’s an abundance of aggression on offer, and yet the power of the band is amplified even more with melodic tinges and lighter musical landscapes, which never detract from the powerhouse delivery Krysthla is renowned for.
Following the announcement of their debut album ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’ in July 2015, Krysthla broke into Amazon UK’s pre-release Top 10 album chart (alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Disturbed), featured in-store nationwide at HMV as a “recommended buy” and lead music video ‘Luminosity’ was playlisted on Scuzz TV.
Krysthla’s debut album received extremely positive reviews from the music press, setting the band up for an exceptional 2016. From their extensive European tour with Decapitated to a prestigious slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air, and main support to Textures at Mammothfest, Krysthla has crafted their music and live shows to such a high standard, that they can’t be ignored.
With ‘Peace In Our Time’, this is the sound of a band that has quickly found its place in the metal market, and given the chance, Krysthla will take the scene by storm.
- IMPAVIDUS – LIES
- KRYSTHLA – THE MINOR MYSTERY OF DEATH
- RISE OF DISSENSION – MEND
- LOUD – EASY (Blast from the past, 1992)
- PANTERA – THIS LOVE (Blast from the past, 1992)
- EXODUS – SALT THE WOUND
- TESTAMENT – NATIVE BLOOD
- IMPAVIDUS – REPRISAL
- PYROXENE – HELIUM 3
- AIRBOURNE – IT’S ALL FOR ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
- WOODHAWK – BEYOND THE SUN
- CLOSER TO FOUND – A SHOT IN THE VAIN
- THIS GUN FOR HIRE – SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SINISTER
- IMPAVIDUS – VOID
- STONE BROKEN – LET ME GO
- HELLOWEEN – I WANT OUT (Blast from the past, 1988)
- QUEENSRYCHE – EYES OF A STRANGER (Blast from the past, 1988)
- MARYTREE – DUCK AND COVER
- THE ALMIGHTY – DEVIL’S TOY
- EDGUY – BEHIND THE GATES TO MIDNIGHT WORLD
- IMPAVIDUS – XII
- LIFE OF AGONY – WORLD GONE MAD
- DORJA – REACHING OUT
- FEAR ME DECEMBER – WHEN THIS IS OVER
- INTO THE FIRE – FROM THE MEDICINE
- NYCOSIA – MIND OF A HERMIT
- THIS GUN FOR HIRE – BARN BURNER
- BLIND HAZE – TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU
- PLANET OF ZEUS – WHITE SHROUD
- GRAND MAGUS – HAMMER OF THE NORTH
- HAMMERFALL – LET THE HAMMER FALL (live)
- ENRAGEMENT – BLOOD FOR THE SUN GOD
- THE OBSESSED – STRANGER THINGS
- ECLIPSE – HUNT
- WOLFPAKK – FALLING
- SABBAT – A CAUTIONARY TALE
- KREATOR – PHOBIA
- VOW WOW – HURRICANE
- MOTLEY CRUE – DR. FEELGOOD
- WARBRINGER – WHEN THE GUNS FELL SILENT
- GHOST – SQUARE HAMMER
- LONGHOUSE – NO NAME, NO MARKER
- PALLBEARER – I SAW THE END
- MARYTREE – CREEP