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  COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS: UK TECH-METAL FEST 2013 TRIPLE THREAT REVIEW

Xander

Xander


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The Interview:

X: Hi guys, you're from Denmark! Welcome, is this your first time here?

No. This is our third trip. We were here last summer and the winter before that. And third time coming back we still enjoy it very much.

X: Well you were certainly enjoying it on stage, ow do the crowds receive you at home?

It's not the same. People enjoy the tech/djent niche a lot more here in the UK than back home in Denmark, so the crowd response is always a lot better here.

X: Yeah there is not much tech metal in Denmark really, it's more the heavy stuff.

Yeah precisely it's more the classic, heavy and thrash Metal.

X: Or viking Metal! (laughs)

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X: So who's you're influences? Because you've got a varied sound so it's a little difficult to pigeon hole you...

Well we all agree that some sort of metal we enjoy, such as Sumerian artists, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Meshuggah. Then we have our individual music tastes, electronic, jazz, samba, and we mix it all up.

X: So you're taking the best parts of what you like and mashing it together, with a disco party at the end! :D (laughs)

Yeah its our way of saying "keep the party going", lets have some fun!"

X: Yeah you were having a lot of fun on stage, and one thing I learnt about the Danish is that you love to party - and you don't even need a reason! (laughs)

Yeah and it's also possible to play aggressive Metal with a smile on your face, that is what we are all about.

X: Describe your music in three words?

Mathematical
Experimental
Beautiful - but that's more of a word to describe the members of the band ;) (laughs)

X: Actually you're not dressed like a typical kind of Metal band, there's no black, long hair or anything like that, you're actually quite vibrant!

Yeah that's the same going with the music and the attitude, we're just ourselves. We try to be honest with our music and who we are off stage. So we don't change to have black leather and big boots just because we play Metal. We've heard it before and people say "are you sure you don't play pop music?"! We played a festival and our sound guy introduced us and the promoter said "Are you sure? you look like a pop band!"

X: So do you have any themes for your lyrics then?

I try to write positively. The EP we just put out, 'Singular Patterns' has a theme about two people in a relationship, the good and bad and progress of those. The singer before wrote the lyrics to the first track so I went from there.

X: Do have a follow up release?

We're working on it now, we've released two singles from the record, 'Transitions' and 'Young Catalyst'. WE're really proud of them and they show that we have progressed as musicians and song writers. And we have a lot of news tracks that we're looking forward to recording. Once we get home we are going to concentrate on that instead of gigs.

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X: Great! Well now it's time for the poop quiz!

If you could be a superhero, what would your power be?

I've always wanted to be invisible, so I would be the invisible poke man!

I would want unlimited stamina so I could run 1,000 miles without getting tired.

I think being able to fly would come in quite handy.

I would like some more speed, in my feet, and wrists, and fingers. Being able to do a blast beat with one finger.

X: If you could be a woman for the day, who would you be?

I'd like to be Rhianna, to know what it feels like to have a big ass!

I'm in limbo between Charlize Theron and Michelle Obama, just because it would be quite interesting living in the White House.

X: Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

Laptop, you can restart everything in my house but too much work for a laptop.

I just got an expresso machine, I really love it!

I think I would save my copper pans for cooking. tThey're so shinny and really good for cooking.

My phone, quite boring, but so I can call the fire brigade and they can save the rest of my things!

X: Who has the smelliest feet in the band?

The Pope!

X: Who snores the loudest?

Roar! No one comes close! We always want to put him far away because he snores, but on the other hand someone has to sleep close so they can punch him when he starts. So we always have a battle of who has to sleep closest.

X: Normally I would ask Jager or JD, but being Danish you also have bitters! So it's the choice of three now, Jager, JD or Underberg!?

Can the answer be gin and tonic?

X: NO!

Underberg

Underberg

JD

Underberg!

X: Whats your favourite pizza?

There's one in Denmark called the Viking!

Anything with chicken I'll eat it.

I'll go with the potato pizza! You boil it slice it then and dress with olive oil and lemon juice.

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X: And what is your favourite cheesecake?

We don't really eat a lot of that in Denmark.

Original with raspberry on top.

I love chocoalate cake so I'd choose chocolate cheesecake.

I'm all about the white chocoalte.

We went to Morrisons today to get some cookies and I was so happy! We stayed with a guy and he got us some of these cookies and they were so great. At our gig in London last week at the Unicorn, we walked half an hour to Morrisons to get some but it was 7pm and they closed at 4pm. I cried.

I would like to know what is your favourite Danish band?!

X: Woah, well that is a toughy because I did see some really good acts over there!

Do you know The Interbeing? They've got some electronic in it, they're my favourite Metal band at the moment.

X: I quite like Mnemic - how is that pronounced cuz everyone says it different over here!

It's not actually a Danish word, so you can say it how you like! They're very good, their first two albums were epic!

X: I think it would be a toss up between The Kandidate and The Burning. There's a good viking band from Roskilde, Vanir, and also Alabama Black Snakes!

The Live Review:

So first off I wasn't really sure about these guys, the name intrigued me but at first glance they didn't really reach out to me. Initially the vocals came across a bit screamo so I didn't pay attention. They looked a bit odd on stage too, light coloured shirts, big smiles, and a pink polo! They looked far too happy to be there! The crowd were loving it though. I took a step back for a couple of songs to kinda soak in the atmosphere and it was just happiness!

The music was pretty erratic, not in a sense of tempo, but that you can't pin a single sound or two to them, its very diverse being poppy and bouncy one section to choppy tech another etc. I think I got stuck on this too much and didn't fully allow myself to enjoy the music, I felt maybe they just need to refine a little bit more.

That said the set was actually pretty enjoyable, seeing these guys being so happy playing their music was so inspiring and the audience were really into the band -they seemed to know what was going on a lot better than I did, receiving the band with loud cheers after every song and it was almost a little sad when the band had to finish almost like a party - to which the band finished with some dance music and jumped around the stage and floor, how they still had that much energy left in that heat I don't know! But it certainly left me wanting to know more!


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The EP Review: 'Singular Patterns':

coldnightforalligators

And so now listening to the music recorded; A heavy chuggy intro leaves us wondering what direction will come and the post intro still kinda leaves us wondering. Now an electronic ambient breakdown is in place - ah it's an introductional track! Caught me out there!

'Aspects' is where it kicks off. Tech beats and some high pitch harmonics and growly vocals pounding along, I don't remember them sounding this heavy! Good stuff with a nice twiddly riff. 'You Had That Look In Your Eye - Fight Or Fight' Is almost like the heavy side of Chimp Spanner, with a vocalist! And a light touch of electronics glides over the heavy guitars, a nice balance blended together. As is the intro for 'Clarity', a musical interlude leading to the epic 'You Never Cease To Amaze Me'

Beginning smoothly with light guitars, clean vocals and an early guitar solo. But now it's gone all BTBAM! A slightly less crazy approach more in keeping with the emotion of the track, almost sounds like you should be on a Hawaiian beach! Some louder shouting ensues and after four minutes we're now listening to electronic ambience, well this sure is different and really displays how diverse this band is, not afraid to experiment with sounds that work. A crescendo introduces the full band back and at eight minutes the djent is back in full swing for the last two minutes, abruptly ended bang on ten!

I like the diversity of the band, the electrical elements are subtle so it's not as in your face as it can be such as in industrial metal. You can feel the band want to push boundaries. In fact, boundaries don't exist to them, if it feels good they will do it. They don't shy away from being light and bouncy and getting gritty and heavy is a natural part of the process. The musical isn't being experimental and intelligent just for the sake of it, there's a time and place for everything and the band have got it just right.


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This is a promising band, much potential can be seen in this release and I look forward to the new material. You can get a glimpse of that and buy this EP here: http://coldnightforalligators.bandcamp.com/

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"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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