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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Stormtide Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



We (STORMTIDE) are a symphonic fantasy/death metal band from a little country known to some as Australia. To others, “Down Under”. Having been hard at work these past three and a bit years on our debut album “Wrath of an Empire” we are finally ready to release through the awesome Metal Hell Records.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



A fusion. We’ve worked tirelessly to blend together our favourite genres combining black, death, symphonic and folk metals to create something entirely new. Or at least we hope that’s what we’ve done!



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of High Fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?



Sure. Everyone in the band is a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons, video games and fantasy literature. In fact, the song “The Green Duck” is based on the tavern in our Dungeons and Dragons campaign.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stormtide'?



That’s a good question! It came to us after a few failed (and hilarious) attempts at creating a name. It seemed to just fit.



5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



We try and make each show as important and as exciting as the last. We’ve had the opportunity to play packed capacity venues supporting our favourite bands as well as playing to a few angry football fans at our local. Our stage performance is the same regardless – Cloaked, furious and fun.



6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



Can’t say too much to that just yet, let’s just say some things are in the works!



7.The new album is coming out on 'Metal Hell Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Metal Hell have been really great to work with. They gave us a really great opportunity to promote the kind of music that most mainstream labels wouldn’t take a chance on.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?



Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive these past few years. We have fans all over the world who regularly message us asking for updates, merch and when we’ll be touring to their country!



9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

It’s becoming a bit of a cliché to say “heavier and darker” about future music these days. We’re just aiming for “Better”!



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?



Our influences range from old school black metal to epic symphonic metal. Our favourite bands are along the lines of Insomnium, Equilibrium and Wintersun.



11.Does Paganism play any role in your music?



Not so much! We try and avoid any religious overtones in our music.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Video games, reading, live performance theatre.



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We look forward to seeing what people say regarding this new album!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stormtide/Wrath Of An Empire/Metal Hell Productions/2016 CD Review


  Stormtide  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  folk,  death  and black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Wrath  Of  An  Empire"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Metal  Hell  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  choir  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  while the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  folk  music  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  synths  bring  in  elements  of  prog  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  later  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting.

  Stormtide  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  symphonic  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  folk  and  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stormtide  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  mixture  of  folk,  black  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wrath  Of  An  Empire"  "Conquer  the  Straits"  "Ride  To  Ruin"  and  "The  Green  Duck".  8  out  of  10. 

Official Website:
http://stormtidemetal.com

Official Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/Stormtideaustralia