If you identify as a metalhead, well, we’ve got a nice little treat for you today. Thanks to our friend Roman Filatov, the mastermind behind one-man-band Moanhand, we are offering you a free high-quality MP3 download of the scorching new single “Endless Embrace,” as well as an exclusive look into the making of Moanhand’s latest record Present Serpent, due for release on June 18th on Burning Shine.
This never-before-seen video offers you an inside look at Filatov recording and jamming in the studio, along with some commentary from the man himself on the making of the album. He provides some valuable insight into his creative process and explains why he brought in some collaborators to help him make this six-song effort sound truly memorable. Although he may be speaking in Russian, it’s not hard to notice Filatov’s incredible ambition to make this record sound as huge and memorable as possible.
Explaining the influences behind “Endless Embrace,” and how it fits on the album, Filatov told us, “‘Endless Embrace’ is the second single from my upcoming debut full-length, Present Serpent. I think it’s the most unusual and exotic track on the album and this is my personal interpretation of sludge, stoner, and doom metal. Inspired by Arabic melodies and rhythms, from the main theme to the solo I played darbuka and maracas. Moanhand has been around since 2016 and sometimes it was a band, sometimes a one-man-band like it is now. But I’ve always written the music and lyrics in this project, and now I’ve also recorded the whole album myself. You can hear a lot of influences from non-metal genres, and this is my view on how diverse and varied slow fuzz metal can be.”
It’s been an eventful and productive five years since Filatov began writing and recording as Moanhand. It was started as an outlet for him to apply himself creatively, which he has done so superbly on releases such as Plague Sessions, an EP he recorded live at Pentagram House Studio in Moscow in 2019. Present Serpent is undoubtedly his largest musical endeavour yet, an album that’s a metal masterpiece, joining together the subgenres of black, death, doom, sludge, and post-metal all under one roof. It’s both brutal and melodic, all written, arranged, performed, and programmed by Filatov himself.
This is the culmination of his talents and a springboard to what promises to be a new level of notoriety for this truly dynamic singer and songwriter.
Present Serpent Track Listing:
1. Serpent Soul (A Tale of Angels’ Slaughter)
2. The Charmthrower
4. Endless Embrace
5. Raw Blessings
6. The Boomerang of Serpents
Blind Channel Discuss Longevity, Rising to Fame Through Eurovision and Crazy German Fans
Finnish modern metallers Blind Channel spoke to us about how Eurovision helped their profile, crazy German fans and much more.
Modern metallers Blind Channel has had reasonable success in their native land of Finland, however, it was their participation in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest which gained them fans beyond those borders. Now through touring Europe, they are building up their fan base more in preparation for when they release now music upon the world in 2024.
Recently the band came to the UK to perform at Download 20 so Damian grabbed vocalists Joel Hokka and Niko Moilanen from the band to discover more about the Finnish band.
Thanks for speaking to us. Now you guys have actually been going for 10 years. And I’m gonna be I’ll be 100% honest, I hadn’t heard of you until quite recently and it was something to do with The Eurovision Song Contest? I want to know about that because, I know you’ve probably spoken about it a lot, but that’s where I first heard about you guys.
Joel Hokka & Niko Moilanen: “Like, that’s where we blew up. It’s not a surprise. It’s the reality.”
So, how did that all come about?
“Well, COVID was obviously going on, we had just finished an album but then we couldn’t promote the album with shows because you couldn’t do any shows. So then we needed a platform to get our music to the people and then like there was only one platform that was big enough for our plans, and that was Eurovision. So we kind of took a leap of faith and we’re super glad it worked out. We used that platform kind of to enter the rock scene, the rock scene of Europe and it’s been going really well since then.”
Now you are doing a bit of a European tour but it’s mainly festivals you’re doing is that correct?
“Yeah, right now we’re doing festivals. I think the next headline European tour is gonna happen next spring.”
Now is there any particular festivals that you you dig more than others that you’ve played or anything particularly great ones? I mean, don’t say Download don’t suck up to this crowd. You’ve played your show now, it doesn’t matter. What has been probably one of the best festivals in your experience?
“Well, we really enjoyed Wacken Open Air, we played it two times, actually and there’s the metalhead audience, people seriously like to party. So we really enjoyed that. Like we played. We played on the main stage, we opened that last year and, you know, German audience, fuck, there’s nothing like that. I mean, Germans, they’re crazy, like there are super crazy inside there, and that’s why it’s so awesome. Like the party is on the next level.”
I have been to Wacken myself and one of the things apart from what you’ve mentioned about how crazy they are. I also noticed they were insanely efficient. You go into the campsite here, it’s absolute chaos. Over there, there’s perfect circles, squares, lines. I’ve looked at that. I was like, we need some efficiency experts. So yeah, the Germans. I’ll give you that. Wacken is the number one best one. Now your last album was released pretty much. Last month, I believe. Is that correct?
“Actually, it was released 2022, so one year ago.”
Now I’ve got egg on my face big time, actually more like sweat. So can we expect another full length record anytime soon? Or what’s the what’s the plan next?
“This summer is going to be very busy, we’re playing festivals in Europe and when we get back home, we immediately go back to the studio. We want to have a new album on our hands by the end of the summer and we’re gonna release it sometime next year, but new music is always coming. Even this year, we’re gonna release some new songs.”
Now, one of the things that has actually fascinated me throughout my research and I’ve got this correct this time, rather than like messing up on when the release of your album was, but you guys have actually had a pretty consistent line-up from start to finish. I can’t think of any other bands that have done that. I’m sure there are, but what is what is your secret to actually maintaining the solid line-up?
“I mean, we’re friends, we met in high school, we’re childhood friends, and we kind of share the same goal, we like the same things. Of course it’s rough at times when you spend a better part of the year with the same people but I think the chemistry we have formed when we will still like kids and the chemistry has lasted through adulthood if you know what I mean, that’s that’s probably the only secret there is.”
I think there was one member that joined sort of late is that correct?
“Aleksi joined a couple years ago. It felt like a natural add because we needed a guy that organises more stuff with the music production, is also great live. Now we’re gonna look like the original rock band like drums in the middle and guitarist and then the singers then there’s now there’s the DJ booth so it looks like it’s like mini Slipknot. Also it’s a Linkin Park lineup copy, but it doesn’t bother us because we love Linkin Park and they’re are Gods forever we look them up really high.”
So obviously Linkin Park, they are definitely an influence for you guys, who was was a big influence on your life and your career?
“Well, we really like modern rock bands as well like Bring Me the Horizon is one of our favorites. Boy bands like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and then like, obviously, I come from like this pop music and rap music world. I’ve been listening to Eminem and Ed Sheeran lately. So we really have influences in the pop world as well. So a lot of lot of stuff. We drew out from this from a lot of different places.”
So you consider yourselves quite eclectic as a group then. Now, after you’ve done press, you’ve already played Download, technically, the works over, are you going to be hanging around for a bit? Are you going to catch any bands?
“We’re going to stay here for a couple hours. See I Prevail and Electric Callboy because they’re are brothers and we’ve been touring with them. After that we unfortunately have to leave because we have to go back to Helsinki to finish up the record, but we’d love to be here longer.”
When can we expect to see you guys back in the UK, are you able to give me anything about that?
“2024 we’re gonna play at some time when we released a new album, we’re going to do a big tour in Europe and in the UK. So that’s when it’s gonna happen.
Find out more about Blind Channel by checking out the Official Blind Channel Website
Monuments John Browne Talks New Music, His Love of Metallica and their Recent Line-Up Change
John Browne vocalist with progressive metal band Monuments talks about new music, the recent line-up change, and his love of Metallica.
Monuments has seen many changes during their life, but the one consistent is is guitarist John Browne. With the recent release of their stand along single “Nefarious”, Browne hints that he now has the bug to start writing again.
This, however, will come after the end of outing in support of their 2022 album, In Stasis. Backstage at Download 20, Browne also talks us through the reasons for the departure of bassist Adam Swan, new music and much more.
Hi John, first of all, how are you doing?
John Browne: “I’m doing very well. It’s too hot, though, but how are you?”
Boiling, boiling boiling. My photographer the poor lady is just caked in sweat. So I don’t envy her, but it is the way it is. As Brits were never happy really are we?
“No, no. It’s either too hot or to cold or to rainy, to windy. It’s never right.”
So I want to start off first, in May you had a new single out? Is this gonna lead up to an album or anything? Because I’ve been trying to find out? I can’t see anything yet.
“No we haven’t got a full album yet. So this song was a sort of standalone track to go with the anime Godslap. So we wrote this one fairly quickly, honestly, and released that and we’re going to start working on the full album very soon.”
Can you tell me when we might hear some more about it? Maybe not the release time, but more music?
“We’re hoping to finish the album at the end of this year. So it’ll probably be hopefully before summer next year, hopefully. I mean, we wrote In Stasis in three months. I’m sure we can do it.”
That was only last year as well. So like you’re you’re sort of churning them out at the moment.
“Yeah, I mean, churning is kind of one of those words that is like, makes it sound like you don’t care but I’d say we actually cared more about the last album, we just had hyper focus, which is something that we’ve not had on the previous album. So that’s why we managed to get it done so quickly. You know.”
I do hear from a lot of bands that you have, that they have, you know, songs that they’ve written that are on the cutting room floor. Does that mean there might be something that can be used from that?
“We’ve definitely got a bunch of ideas and songs that we haven’t used. So we might delve more into that for the next record, we’ll see but generally, what tends to happen is I’ll get inspired by one thing, and then it will all just shit out of me. Excuse my language.”
It’s alright. It’s fine.
“I’ll just go on a writing spree and that’s what I’m waiting for to happen, basically.”
So it is Download, and you’re on the Dogtooth stage later. Are you pumped for it? Are you ready for this?
“I am. Actually it’s gonna be fun. We’ve not played it Download since 2014. So we’ve actually had two albums out since the last time we played it. So I’m stoked.”
Yeah, it’s gonna be fun. And yeah, have you moved up the bill now since 2014?
“Funnily enough, it’s the same position on the same stage, but that’s always a good thing. Haven’t gone down and we’re playing above Gwar.”
They are kind of legendary that band, to be fair. Who are you hoping to see if you actually have time while you’re here?
“Okay, I’m definitely going to see Metallica obviously, one of my favourite bands. Yeah. Ice Nine Kills I’m gonna check out very shortly because I believe they’re on the main stage in a minute. I saw a little bit Polaris earlier, that was great. Bit of Coheed and Cambria if I get time, you know, I was really excited to see Greg Puciato as well, but they had to pull out last minute because of an emergency. So I’m a bit gutted as I’m a massive fan of Dillinger Escape Plan, so yeah there’s a lot of bands I do you actually want to see today.”
Did you see Metallica’s first set?
“I haven’t seen it yet. No. So obviously, we’ve been rehearsing for the last few days, so we decided not to come early and I’m not going to be here tomorrow. It’s obviously thunderstorms and I don’t want to be at Download in the rain. I’m a bit of a wimp.”
Do you know what, this is something that no one quite seems to be able to confirm. Some are saying thunderstorms, some saying it’s gonna be pure sun. You’re going with the the worst case scenario then?
“Oh, yeah. Always be prepared, as they say, right.”
Well, I’ve not brought any wellie’s so I’m hoping that’s not going to be the case.
“Shoes are gonna be destroyed in five minutes.”
I have got my Doc Martins in the car. Now, obviously, as a Metallica fan, some people have seen it as a bit controversial that they’ve actually taken two of the headliner slots and as you mentioned you’re a massive fan. Where do you stand on it? Do you think it’s a good thing that they’ve got two sets? Or could it have gone to someone else? Where do you stand on it? I’ll be honest, I’m actually kind of on the fence.
“They’re playing two completely different sets, I believe, Master of Puppets in its entirety tonight, right? That’s what I heard. I mean, they’ve got a massive discography and if they’re happy to play two nights and Download wanted them for two nights, let them play two nights. I mean, it’s Metallica, it’s going to be sick.”
I’ve not heard that, so if they’re playing Master of Puppets in its entirety, that will be an insane show, yeah, that’ll be good.
“I just want to hear “Master of Puppets”, and “Battery” and “Sanitarian”. If they play those. I’m happy.”
Now, last thing I wanted to ask you about, I mean, you’ve got no tour dates planned. Is this because your album is currently being written?
“No, we’ve actually just confirmed the tour for later this year. I can’t say who it’s with, but the news will probably be out in a few weeks. I’ll tell you when the mics turned off. So a very good tour.”
No problem. I will have it sneakily on.
No, I wont.
“The end of this year will be the last date on In Stasis, and then we’ll go into the next album cycle.”
Now the last thing I wanted to ask you about is your long term bass player has recently left the band. Can you tell me why he left and bring me up to speed?
“So obviously, are old bass player, Adam Swan was really into regenerative farming, which is a very specific part of agriculture where you don’t use fertilizers and, you know, not organic materials to grow crops. He’s been into that for the longest period of time, and then obviously lockdown happened, and he got really into it and then we were like, yeah, we can’t take you away from something that you love.
I mean, obviously, he’s loved being in the band, still, you know, we still love him, but if you find something that’s calling your name that you’ve been working on so long, then, you know, that’s the way it is. You can’t expect someone to love doing the same thing for 20 years. You know what, I’m just crazy and do for some reason.”
I mean, they say if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life, and I’m assuming you love what you do?
“I love what I do, yeah. So to me, this is the fun part of writing music. I love writing music. I love being in the studio, but playing live and seeing people scream what you’ve written back at you can’t really replace it with anything else can you.”
Now how’s the new guy settling in? I believe he was touring with you in 2022 and actually became a full member recently?
“His first show with us was at Hellfest last year. So so we did Hellfest and we did it with out a rehearsal. We couldn’t get rehearsal, then it was too short notice, and he killed it and we get along with him super well, so we just invited him in. It was only meant to be a filling gig and then we got him full time. He’s great, awesome, dude.”
So essentially he gelled with the band?
“We toured with him back in 2020, just before lock down, actually, he was playing bass for I Built the Sky on our tour, they were opening and we just got to know him over 30 days. By the end of 30 days you know if you like someone or not, because you know all the mannerisms, you know what they’re like, etiquette wise in the bus, you know what they’re like as a person, you can’t hide from it, especially when you’re sharing such a confined space. I think that’s more important than having someone that rules at their instrument. If you get along with them, they can get better at their instrument, but you can’t change someone’s personality.”
Now, I do want to thank you so much for chatting to us today. I hope the gig goes well later. Hopefully I’ll actually be able to catch it. I always try to see the bands I interview but when you’re supposed to be here, and things are going on out there. It’s very rare. I’ll hopefully catch you soon and thank you for talking to us.
“Thank you so much, Damian.”
braveweather – “rosecolored” [Free Song Download]
We invite you to check out the upbeat yet lyrically-downtrodden single “rosecolored” from indie rockers braveweather.
If you’re sad, you’re restless, and you miss someone… well, you’ve come to the right place! We invite you to wallow and flounder along with indie rockers braveweather and their latest single “rosecolored” – which we’re now also offering as a free MP3 download. It’s a little ironic that the song is rather upbeat because it’s anything but cheerful from a lyrical point of view.
Lead singer Christian Perez is at his most expressive, as he sings about that realization when you know it’s time to let go of someone close to you, even if you really don’t want to and it’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to do. “rosecolored” is indicative of the evocative approach that braveweather bring to their music, a band that is not afraid to bare all, even if it’s their innermost feelings.
Discussing “rosecolored,” Perez explains the band’s approach to the song, stating:
“We put a lot of ourselves into this song, emotionally and creatively. With everything from the lyrics to the beat and the chords we chose, we wanted to be sure that we were creating that feeling you get when you desperately miss someone. We hope that our listeners take this away from the song.”
Based in Orlando, braveweather is rounded out by guitarist Maria Jazel, drummer Tony Alicea, and bassist Anndria Noel. They were founded in 2019 as an indie rock collective interested in writing fast-paced songs about love, loss, mental health, and other personal issues that affect the human psyche. They predominantly grew up on late 1990s and early 2000s indie rock, influences you can detect in their music. Thanks to the online success of previous singles like “white claw,” “play pretend,” and “black&white,” the band now has an audience of over 30,000 on TikTok.
braveweather’s goal isn’t so much to make you feel a particular way; it’s more about just making you feel something. If you did, then braveweather has successfully accomplished its mission with flying colours.
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