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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Calarook Interview

Ahoy! Thanks for your interest for an Interview. We responded as a band together. Calarook is
Philipp Wyssen: Vocals
Nico Wiget: Guitar
Lukas Mischler: Violin
Yves Locher: Drums
Flavio Pompeo: Bass
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a Pirate Metal band from Winterthur in Switzerland. We started in 2014 and began to complete the lineup and write first Songs. We are all silly but still serious. Silly about the lyrics, serious about the songwriting itself. We are of the sort who want to make music, which we would listen ourselves, with a theme that we like. We love beer and party, but we know that we have to deliver good shows. We know when it is ok to party and when we have to be serious.

2.You got your first full length coming out in September, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?
All three songs of the EP are also on the full length. But we re-recorded them because we had more experience and the possibility to record it in a much higher quality. Our goal was to deliver a good product as possible for the audience. If you compare those songs from the EP with the new ones you can clearly hear the difference.

3. A lot of your lyrics cover pirate themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Pirates were very free, did not allow themselves to be oppressed and wanted their lives to be independent of a king thousands of miles away. They lived their lives and did what they enjoyed. They loved rum, we love rum. So one more thing in common.

4.Originally the band was called  'Calico' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Calarook'?
When they searched for our old name on the Internet, all the cats came up with pictures, some guns and some company in California. Someone gave us a good tip. Our band is too hard to find, we should change our name to something that stands out in the online search. So early in the band's history this is still unproblematic. To not deviate too much from the old name to our current one, we came up with the idea to call our band Calarook. The name is fictitious.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Patrick Wittstock has done the artwork. He already made some other great Artworks. It was a good decision to work with him. The idea was to make it fit with the title track of the album: Surrender Or Die. Therefore the pirate ship which attacks a ship of the crown. They didn’t wanted to surrender, so they have to die. And we then plunder their ship.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of the best shows was clearly the one at the Ragnarök Festival in Germany. It was our first show at a festival. After we had a huge party on the stage, the party went on in the backstage with all the other great bands who played there.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are looking forward to try to get in contact with some labels after the release of the album. Or yeah, maybe a label will contact us in advance. Who knows?

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of folk and death metal?
Until yet very good. Most people like the music very much. The comments to our first music video are all positive. So it seems we are on the right way.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
In addition to the three videos we want to present our album live. However, it is currently not so easy to plan shows because of the known reasons. A tour abroad is already in the agenda for 2021. But we hope for a soon normalization of the situation. So that everything is feasible again as usual.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Every one of us listens to different kinds of metal music and even punk or other related genres. This leads to the diversity in our songs and its own style. It’s difficult to say which bands had the most influence.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
All of us like to make party and get shitfaced with friends. Some of us have motorcycles or are studying at the moment. Outside of the metal world we are normal people like everyone else.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stay healthy and support the entire event industry next year. This is the only way to keep the music alive. Because difficult years will surely come to the entire industry.



Thursday, August 20, 2020

Calarook/Surrender Or Die/2020 Full Length Review


  Calarook  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  pirate  theme  form  of  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Surrender  Or  Die".

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  violins  a  few  seconds  later  while  epic  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Folk  music  elements  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  ship  and  water  sounds  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording,  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  into  the  music  and  touches  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  at   times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pirates  and  alcohol  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Calarook  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Cursed  Ship's  Tale"  "Surrender  Or  Die" "Davy  Jones  Locker"  and  "The  Undying  Sailor".  8  out  of  10.

 https://youtu.be/RZjnHD6QOqE