Attila & Guests – Live @ Marble Factory, Bristol (5/4/17)

The crowd was coming in fierce to the Marble Factory as they were getting ready for an onslaught of metal riffs and a party attitude. With Attila on a pretty extensive UK and Europe tour, they have made a stop in Bristol and they’re looking to show off a lot of the positive party vibes that only they can with the army of metalcore behind them.

Up first to showcase their talent are UK’s own Carter City (7) who were ready to throw everything they had at the crowd. With them highlighting a lot of their new release ‘Infinite // Unknown’ during the momentum of their set, the colours helped accentuate the songs and provide a really solid addition to the bands presence. The band’s vocalist knew where to provide elements of enjoyment with him sounding just as aggressive as he does on the record with the band weaving its metallic web with the technicality of the guitar patterns and drum accenting. Overall, the band made their mark solidly and it will be exciting to see where they go from here.

Taking the stage next were another crowd favourite next to the headliners, The Word Alive (9) were just as excited to be there as anyone else with the band throwing themselves around like rag dolls making the stage their new playground. With a big back catalogue it was interesting to see how they would fair with 45 minutes only, but they spanned their career ranging from tracks ‘2012’ to newer songs ‘Overdose’ with the fans responding to the set in kind with moshpits starting to rumble the venue. Telle Smith’s cleans have seem to be pushed through so much more, with him sounding incredible through the speakers and the bands instrumentation sounds as crisp as ever with them putting all their heart and soul into the live performance as well as being lighthearted at times. They’re pushing more walls down for metalcore and are a band to keep on your radar.

Finally, Attila (9) rose from the ashes with their heads held high and middle fingers raised as they came out swinging with all their bouncy rhythms and flavourful stage presence. Fronz’s mantra definitely applies during this set as ‘giving no fucks’ about how everything goes was a key component to making this band put a smile on your face and the kids in the pit. With ‘Hellraiser’ leading the opening charge of the audiences mosh participation, ‘Payback’ is when it all came to fruition as the band brought two people on stage to join them for another onslaught of the senses with more pounding guitars and bass. The electronics came through heavily with ‘Moshpit’ which showed a nice variation, but a more mature way of thinking that the band has been able to push through and truly find their sound, mixing heavy with a more dubstep/electronic twinge. You may hate them, but they put on such a fantastic live show that its hard not to laugh and smile.

Chris ‘Fronz’ Fronzak, Attila – 5/4/17

Just as Carcer City finished warming up the Bristol venue, we got the chance to go talk to the well known Chris Fronzak, who is probably more known as Fronz or Fronzilla. We got to talk about their life as a touring band, the new record ‘Chaos‘ and what he would do for $1,000,000.

For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Attila?

I would say Attila is a fun, super heavy band, like party rap metal.

You are currently on the beginning of your headline tour, how is the experience going so far?

It’s been amazing. Every time we come out here, it gets better. We really enjoy being in the UK, all the shows are huge with some being sold out so I can’t complain.

Is there a show on this tour that you are looking forward to play?

I’m looking forward to London. Big city, big show.

Your latest album ‘Chaos’ has been out for a few months now, how has the reception been as a whole?

It’s been amazing. I definitely think the reception for our album worldwide has been great but I think that if anything, the UK likes it a little bit more.

How was the whole recording/production process of the record as a whole, having moved to a different label and different producer?

It was mostly the same really. We showed up to the studio with tons of material, like way more material than we need and then we just comb through it and figure out what we like the best and kind of change it around and make it flow, that’s pretty much what we do in the studio. Our label Sharptone has been amazing, we love our label

With this being your seventh full length, how do you push your bands boundaries when it comes to writing so it feels like its own beast?

I think that we, at this point, know what our sound is and every album we kind of have a new goal, so our goal with ‘Chaos‘ was to incorporate our sound in the most diverse way possible and have an album that’s all over the place with different styles of songs that are all within the Attila style.

Out of all the tracks in your discography, which songs is your favourite and why?

I love all Attila songs honestly, I think everything we write is fucking brilliant. If I had to pick a few.. I have a new favourite Attila song every week, so right now I really like ‘Horsepig‘, ‘Unbelievable‘.. I mean ‘Unforgivable‘. I think we have a song called ‘Unbelievable‘, we have so many songs its hard to remember. I really like ‘Moshpit‘ off the new record.

Is there ever an early show in your bands career that sticks out to you or has there ever a show that you have played where you feel like your band had made it/you felt like this band had legs to do really well?

Early in our career we played all kinds of crazy places. We played in mexican restaurants and ice cream parlours and garages, so that was pretty humbling to look back at. I think a turning point, or when I realised this band was going to become huge, was when we were a local band in Georgia but we were pulling 600 people to a show. I think that was the moment where we were like ‘This is pretty big’ you know?

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the band and personally?

I think, as Fronz from Attila, the biggest thing I see growing in myself is wanting to explore new realms with my voice. On ‘Chaos‘, it was the first time I ever sang in my life and the general reception from the public was that it was really good and that it was fitting with my style because I didn’t go outside of my limits, I kept it within what my voice does and I think people liked that, so I think for me in Attila, the biggest thing I learned as I get older is to stay true to myself but also grow as a human.

As an individual, I think the biggest thing I learned.. Every day I learn something new, but just as a businessman and an entrepreneur I learned so much about business every year because I have so many failures and so many successes at the same time that its just interesting.

Within the band, your solo rap material, your label and your journalism site, how do you find time to yourself?

I definitely stay extremely busy, but I have a team of very very good people that help me with everything I do. My partner with the label is always very active and helps a lot, my partners with the journalism website are very active, with the band we all work together as a whole, with my clothing line it’s mainly me doing everything. I think that everything just keeps me busy so I don’t have much downtime for myself.

Can you remember the first time you/your band got hit with backlash/controversy and how did you overcome it?

Shit, we’ve been dealing with backlash since we’ve started! I think at this point in our career, we’ve been a band for 13 years and I think that in your first year of being in a band and getting backlash from everyone around you, I think you learn to not give a fuck by now. If it really affected me in any way possible, I would have broken down about 10 years ago you know? It wouldn’t just now be hitting me. We’ve been getting shit our whole lives, so I just learn to turn it into positive stuff, when I see negative stuff, I smile. It makes me happy.

With your monthly subscription service, how do you deal with the claims that what you do is extorting your younger fanbase for money?

I think that is their opinion because most of the people who are on my website are genuinely aspiring entrepreneurs that are benefiting from the service. I don’t think in any way it’s a way to extort fans. I think that people that say that are obvious haters. I think that anyone who is actually a part of the site knows that it is a very legit service aimed to help young entrepreneurs learn from all the experiences i’ve had in my life. I think its very beneficial and I can’t honestly see any negativity behind it whatsoever.

As your band has now been around for over 10 years, is there anything you would like to be able to achieve in the next 10 that you haven’t already?

Yeah, I would definitely like to do an arena tour. I want to have an Attila plane, like how Iron Maiden has a plane I would like that for Attila. I don’t know, theres not really much we haven’t accomplished, were doing pretty well. I would say that we would make shit ten times crazier.

What bands are on your radar that you feel people should check out?

I think people should check out Vesta Collide, they’re really badass. I think people should check out Spite, they’re really badass. I think people should check out AfterLife, they’re like nu metal, they’re badass. There’s a shitload of really good bands out there who are young and really hungry. If you’re into rap metal/rap rock, Backwordz are really sick too. Theres a load of bands out there who are crushing it!

Your band has a mantra of ‘giving no fucks’, but has there, or will there, ever be a moment in your life where you felt like you should give an amount of fucks about?

If I do give a fuck about anything, it’s about my friends and my family, but I think anything outside of that there is no fucks to be given. Friends, family, fans and then outside out that circle, why the fuck do I care? If you’re not within my circle, you’re not within my world. Chances are you’re just trying to bring me down.

If you could create your own cocktail, what ingredients would be involved and what would be the name of it?

I think a Fronz cocktail would just be a big ass cup filled with liquor and nothing else, like a giant cup of Jack Daniels and nothing else, just to get the job done quick and fuck off.

Would you take $1,000,000 in cash, but every time you spent that money you had to lick both sides of the notes?

Shit, like all one dollar bills?

Let’s say $10 bills, so 100,000 notes, but that counts into change as well, so if you get change band from that $1,000,000 and you spend that you have to slosh that around in your mouth as well.

That’s fucking hilarious. Honestly, I have a really strong immune system so if anything it will just make me stronger so I would probably do it. Fuck it, I’ll lick a shitload of money, might as well, who cares?

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

So after this UK/Europe tour, we go home and play a lot of the massive rock festivals in the US such as Welcome to Rockville and Northern Invasion and places like that. After that, we will be doing Warped Tour again which will be our fourth year and Warped Tour is always massive and we’re really excited to be on that again. After that, our book is kinda open. We definitely want to stay active and create more music.

Any final words to your fans?

Thank you so much to anyone that has picked up our new album ‘Chaos‘. I think that front to back its a very solid album that you will be happy with. If you haven’t listened to it already, just download it off the internet or get it up on Spotify or whatever the fuck you do and just listen to it.

Fueled Hate – March Of The Pigs – Review

Based in Corby Fueled Hate found their beginnings in 2012 and after going under a few personnel changes the band have now settled upon on their final line up. Now Fueled Hate are set to release their next record March Of The Pigs on February 27th. For an album which is pipped to be the next generation of rap metal it is a record that hold a lot of potential. But without further ado let’s break down March Of The Pigs.

Opening this album is Random Thoughts. The track starts out with some powerful instrumentation which is welcomed as the record starts and shows the potential this record has even in the small amount of time that has passed. This continues until we get the first taste of Raymond Lindsay’s vocals which cut through clearly but feel a little all over the place up until he finds his flow almost when things start to come together more cohesively in this opener. However the juxtaposing vocal styles i.e. the shouts/screams and rap seem to clash with the instrumentation in comparison to when Lindsay simply scream atop the track.

Coming next on this record are the songs Over Again and Hide and Seek. The former of these tracks has a great introduction but soon is cut through almost abruptly by more of these rapped screams/shouts which seem to completely clash with the instrumentation which is actually quite strong. However, with a track which is only just over 3 minutes it isn’t a great sign when the instrumentation feels repetitive so when there is an instrumental change it is welcomed, as it allows the band to show off more of their ability instrumentally. Following is the latter of these tracks Hide and Seek which at this point in the album is the most interesting instrumentally and truly shows the ability of all the members in the band, as the track goes on it is the well orchestrated instrumentation that not only carries this track but the majority of the album.

A trio of tracks follow on from this. Starting with This Life (RADIO), which is by far the best track on this release, with a great instinctive bop that goes in to the instrumentation, this is the first time that the rapped shouts/screams perfectly combine with the instrumentation to make a completely cohesive track. Overall this is one of a handful of highlights of this album as it does give a lot of hope for the latter half of this album. Soon however the ball is dropped as the record moves swiftly in to Bomb which is truly the weakest track and that fact is only exacerbated by it being situated after This Life (RADIO). This track is a truly hard listen not only through a deafening wall of guitars but also bland drums which attempt to carry the track through to it’s near 5 minute run time.

The final number in this trio is Dogs, which starts off with this strong instrumentation yet again is interesting during the first spin, accompanying this is a set of clean vocals which are a little surprising and are little odd during the first spin yet again. However, soon enough the shouted/screamed rap comes back in to the forefront and allow for another track which shows the potential this band has through not only the instrumentation but the cohesiveness this track has.

As the album starts to then draw towards it’s close the tracks Plagued and Calling come in to frame. Plagued starts off with this gritty riff which brings the track in with a lot of power and after a great introductory scream the track kicks in to full swing and you can’t help but move a little as you listen, the strength in this track is something that is missing on a lot of this record however, it is definitely present in this track. Alongside this, the end of the track brings something new in to play and that is the infectious bop that is present in the instrumentation as it had been in The Life (RADIO). Following on is Calling which unfortunately sees Fueled Hate dropping the ball again, despite some amazingly well composed instrumentation and some brilliant vocal flourishes it lacks something present in the stronger tracks on the album. One moment in particular in this number that truly sticks out is around the 1:56 mark in which the drumming truly progresses the track and creates a great end to the song.

Closing off this album is the track Begging Me is a somewhat good closer, with some of the most interesting vocal melodies being present in this track, with some overlaying vocals that during the first listen can seem cluttered truly bring something else to the track and allow for a great and strong ending to an album which hasn’t been strong on all fronts. But with more strong instrumentation in the backing of this track it does allow the record to finish on a somewhat high note.

Overall this album by Fueled Hate is a shambles, the cluttering of influences make it a difficult listen as there doesn’t feel to be one apparent direction the band are aiming to go in. Despite there being moments in to which the instrumentation is interesting and truly shows some potential for this record, the ball is soon dropped again and isn’t the next generation of rap metal as once promised. One thing is evident through March Of The Pigs and that is the band despite having potential and a clear understanding of the basis of each genre they are implementing, they not only need some work but also need a clear direction in which they aim to take their music.

Hacktivist announce departure of co-vocalist Ben Marvin

It’s a sad day to hear, but Hacktivist co-vocalist and founding member Ben Marvin has announced his departure from the band. Citing family commitments and a desire to be at home more, the band still plan on doing their commitments and are looking forward to their future.

You can check out their status explaining the reasonings below.

We are sad to announce the departure of founding member and vocalist Ben Marvin. Due to family commitments and a desire…

Publicado por Hacktivist em Sexta, 20 de janeiro de 2017

Attila releases new song/video ‘Let’s Get Abducted’

It’s time to get your party metal back on track, but with an extra-terrestrial twist! Attila are adding more and more fuel to their fire leading up to their new album release and this next single is no exception. You can check out ‘Let’s Get Abducted‘ below and be whisked away!

Their new record ‘Chaos‘ will be released on November 4th via SharpTone Records.

Fire From The Gods Prepare to ‘End Transmission’

Texan Metallers Fire From The Gods show a more introspective side in the video for track End Transmission. Following on from heavily played first single Excuse Me,  the second release from the Austin quintet’s debut album Narrative displays an epic but no less driving quality.

Following stellar reviews and a current tour with the likes of We Came As Romans and Counterparts, Narrative is available now on iTunes and MerchNow.

A History Of Metal – Alternative Metal

Alternative Metal is a brief term that encompasses a number of sub genre’s within Metal. This is a genre which takes the core ideals of Heavy Metal and mixes it with Alt Rock, various genre’s to sprout from this includes; Rap Metal, Nu Metal and Funk Metal. For the purpose of this article however, the genre will be looked at as a whole and will be seen mainly as the main encapsulating genre people generally treat as Alternative Metal. Alternative Metal is often characterised by heavy guitar riffs, mainly melodic vocals (but can also use harsh vocals), and a sense of unconventional sounds in the song structure and experimental approaches to heavy music. This often includes borrowing elements from other genres for example; Hip-Hop, Groove Metal, Grunge or Industrial Metal.

The first wave of Alternative Metal didn’t have a distinct direction or location, instead all the bands sounded completely different. These initial groups however are now more recognised as being their own sub-genres instead but during the mid-1980’s to early 1990’s they were all considered Alternative Metal.  These include Hardcore Punk (Bad Brains, Life Of Agony), Noise Rock (Helmet, White Zombie), Grunge (Alice In Chain, Soundgarden), Stoner Rock (Clutch, Kyuss), Sludge Metal (Fudge Tunnel, Melvins), Gothic Metal (Type O Negative), Art Rock (Refused) and Industrial (Ministry, Godflesh).

It wasn’t until the 1990’s that Alternative Metal had it’s own sense of identity. Bands like; Fishbone, Primus, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Faith No More are all credited with pushing the movement with the direction of Funk to their music. Other artists such as Soundgarden and The Melvins pioneered what was to become Grunge in which point Alternative Metal became more popular and much more mainstream. No band was as famous for doing this as Nirvana however with the release of Bleach (1989) the group showed that Alternative Metal was here to stay, and that Grunge as a powerhouse was taking over the world of Rock and Metal. This album proved that Rock was in the mainstream and with it a group of bands from Jane’s Addiction, to Soundgarden were reaping the benefits that Grunge had set out for them.

Unfortunately during this period several bands felt dissociated with Metal. These include Helmet’s drummer John Stanier who stated “We fell into the whole metal thing by accident, we always hated it when people mentioned metal in conjunction with us.”. Whilst this was happening several other events were taking place within the rock and roll landscape including the creation of Rock Festival, Lollapalooza. Which inspired new bands to gain wider rock popularity from this movement, including brand new band; Tool.

Tool released their debut album Undertow (1993) to massive success. This led for a new Progressive Metal approach to take the realm from a lot of the Grunge during this period. This unfortunately also came with the slowing down and eventual end of Grunge during the 90’s with front-man Kurt Cobain’s unfortunate suicide in 1994. Various bands however grew exposure from the ending of Grunge including; Rage Against The Machine, Primus and Nine Inch Nails. All of which arguably gave Metal huge progression and created a whole new strand within the Metal Evolution.

During this period a lot of 1980’s Thrash Metal acts were becoming disassociated with the genre including; Anthrax (Sound Of White Noise (1993)), Stomp 442 (1995)), Volume 8: The Threat Is Real (1998)) and Metallica (Load (1996)), Reload (1997), St. Anger (2003)). Even Slayer who many fans thought wouldn’t “sell out to Alternative Metal” drastically changed their sound on Undisputed Attitude (1996) and Diabolus In Musica (1998). Proving that even the classic bands weren’t going to miss out on the rise of Alternative Metal. What many missed however was the speed and ferocity that they were known for which grew to retain scepticism from both Journalists and fans. Thrash Metal had bowed to the mainstream during this period and for many people it was quite a confusing time to be a fan of the genre.

From this the cries of fans for a heavier sub-genre of Alternative Metal were heard crying through, this brought about the birth of Nu Metal. The genre would rely on elements of what made Thrash Metal great, combining it with Groove Metal and Hip Hop influences. This again would change the style of what was Alternative Metal into something now commonly known as Nu Metal. This is believed to have been spearheaded by groups such as Rage Against The Machine and picked up by (what many consider the first Nu Metal band) KoRn (S/T ((1994))). Other bands would pick up the style of music that KoRn were playing including Disturbed, Slipknot, Machine Head and Mushroomhead. Sadly by around 2003 the genre had ended and in it’s wake Metalcore was born.

Though it is believed that the Alternative Metal movement ended during this period, several bands from this genre are still headlining festivals up and around the country including; Slipknot, System Of A Down, Rammstein and Deftones. If you take any Download Festival bill it will be covered with bands within this style and that is the most impressive and lasting impact Alternative Metal has left to the general landscape of Metal.