Montag, 20. März 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #12: Witness The Fall

 

Melodic 90's Style Metalcore from the Netherlands.
Been around for quite a while now (read for yourself a bit further down)
and also were the first Band on this label, my good friends and probably my
favorite Metalcore Band around - Witness The Fall. Check them out, now!
FFO: Skycamefalling, Poison The Well, Morning Again, ...

 Who are you, what are you doing in the band?

Hey Tim, I'm Aron From Witness the fall, doing vocals in the band.

How has the band evolved since the beginning?

In the early days (before 2000) Witness the fall was called Tresore,
the only remaining member in the band from that era is Rik, our drummer.
If i remember well Tresore became Witness the fall in 2000, the first MCD was released 2001.
I wasn’t in the band back then. Bjorn, their singer, a good friend of me back then,
dropped a copy of the MCD in my mailbox. i was instantly hooked. Bjorn quit the band a few
years later, where i filled in on vocals. Not much later Chiel (First fight down) joined the band,
and bassist Lesley (who plays in A Giant A Genius now), got replaced by Wouter.
The sound stayed much the same until in 2014 Tommy left the band, Witness the fall went on
with just one guitar player. This had such an impact on the sound, but it gave a twist
the band really needed. The sound turned out much more hardcore now.
Tthe emotion is still in the music, but les whiny. Witness the falls has balls now!

What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future?

 If you'd ask me this 3 or 4 years ago, then i did a lot of these things by now.
I’ve released my own music on vinyl, We met a lot of new friends and people, Heartfelt, Titan,
UYC, BBMA, Realm of torment & Patrick Mark My words. It gives so much strength to meet likeminded people. The best is playing shitholes with these people, travels endless roads in too
small vans. Every time anybody from the other side of the world orders a record through the internet
  Iget such an awesome feeling. I really would like to play Asia once, that's still on my list. 

Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about?

 We are working on 2 or 3 new songs now, i think we are going to release them on a split 7" again.
If any bands are interested, don't hesitate to let our label bosses know haha! 

How do you feel about bbma as a label?
In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future?

 I could never hope somebody would invest in our music. since we are a DIY band
I know how much this costs, not only the energy, but also the finances.
Having a (DIY) label back you up helps so much in developing your music and band itself.
I feel humble to work with those people. Really nothing I can think of that labels as BBMA
(and others like Rage or MMW) could to better, I love every single thing of them. 

Thanks a lot! Feel free to add some shoutouts! 

Check out the new record (out on BBMA) from First Fight Down (with Chiel on guitars,
Aron on bass), fierce 90s metalcore in veins of Arkangel & reprisal. Fix us some show in
Germany later this year please, need to play with Castigator and get my fahrrad zurück!
[godverdomme fietsers...]


 Ps: For this Week, all products Witness The Fall related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
20/Mar/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 26/Mar/2017

Dienstag, 14. März 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #11: Castigator



Oldschool Death/Thrash Metal from Hamburg, Germany.
Originally formed in '08 with one Demo out in '11 and then virtually went on hiatus.
Now back (with some line-up changes) and a new EP out on BBMA Records.
FFO: Death, Slayer, Exodus, The Love of Metal & The Hate of Fascism, ...

Who are you, what are you doing in the band?

My name is Matze, and i am the drummer of Castigator.

How has the band evolved since the beginning? 

There have been a lot of line-up changes, which finally resulted in the actual,
ambitious and serious working band composition.

What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future?
Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about?

We've just released our EP "The Recommencement",
and are now working on new songs, and trying to get gigs.
[If you read this and you think you can put up a show in your hometown,
feel free to drop us a message - we're keen to play wherever/whenever!]

How do you feel about bbma as a label?

The work you have put in it since your young age is very impressive.

In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future?

The boss obviously has a bad taste in music ;-)


Ps: For this Week, all products Castigator related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
13/Mar/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 19/Mar/2017

Sonntag, 5. März 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #10: Realm Of Torment



Early 00's Style Metalcore/Beatdown Hardcore Band from the UK (UYC Crew).
I had the honour of co-releasing their LP (and a promo tape before that) on vinyl.
FFO: Slavearc, Martyr AD, Killswitch Engage, ...

Who are you, what are you doing in the band?
My name is Jonny & I play guitar.

How has the band evolved since the beginning?
When we started we had a more 90's sound I think. It is still there in doses,
but we have naturally moulded into a more early 00's metalcore sound along
the lines of Parkway Drive / It Dies Today etc. I think this has come about due to
simply getting better at our instruments & being able to write closer to exactly what it is
we want, as well improving our actual sound live & on recording.

What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future?
 We have been a band about 3 & a half years. So far we have put out a 4 track demo,
an 11 track album & we are to begin recording for a 3 track EP this weekend.
We are already looking to the future & discussing how we would like a follow up album to sound.
We have toured the UK a few times / played tons of one-off shows & visited Europe for a couple
short weekends so far, however we are currently in the middle of booking an 8 day European tour
for summer. Our next aim is to head to Spain for some shows following that seperatley.

Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about?

I guess I just answered this mostly above, but I can talk about the new release. It sounds not
dissimilar to the album, but song & riff writing has vastly improved, the songs flow a lot better than
before. We also have a few softer parts on this, as it's only a short release we thought we would
experiment & try some newer things out. I say it's short, but even though it's 3 songs it will be around
12 minutes in length. The best song we have wrote so far / will ever write is on this too.

How do you feel about bbma as a label?

BBMA is a great label & always put 100% effort into everything you do, you always know
if you're working together on something you guys will do it with the up-most attention.

In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future?

The best thing about the label for me is the small details that go into the releases.
Like a lot of the releases have a ton of information about the bands which is cool to learn
things about them & see maybe why they are how they are. I'd say it could improve at
merch designs for my personal taste, I want a balaclava for when it's snowing but I also
don't want peopel to think i'm going to burn down a church.

Thanks a lot! Feel free to add some shoutouts! 

Shoutouts to The UYC, metalcore is the air that i breathe.



Ps: For this Week, all products Realm Of Torment related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
06/Mar/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 12/Mar/2017

Montag, 27. Februar 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #9: No Restraint



Metallic Vegan Straight Edge 90's Style Hardcore from Florida.
A militant stance towards veganism & animal rights ...and some serious chugg!
I had the honor of co-re-releasing their demo, which already was one of my favorites from '15
on a 7" (as BBMA21) in early '16, together with Bitter Melody Records (USA).
FFO: Green Rage, Trial, Earth Crisis, ...

Who are you, what are you doing in the band?

I'm Troy. I play guitar

How has the band evolved since the beginning?

 I'd say our influences have gotten a bit broader. When we first started I just wanted us
to sound like a mix of Indecision and Snapcase, but that's not the case anymore.
Our lives have changed a bit as well, so practicing, writing and playing shows
 doesn't happen nearly as much as we'd like.

What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future?

I never had concrete goals for the band. I wanted to play music with my friends
and use it as an outlet to talk about veganism. Hearing from multiple people that our band
was the catalyst that made them go vegan is all I could have ever hoped for.
Releasing two 7" records and having people from other countries show interest in us
is something that I still wouldn't have predicted.

Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about?

As I said earlier, we don't practice as much as we'd like.
Hopefully we'll play a show sooner rather than later.
We have a couple of songs we'd like to record, so hopefully that will happen as well.

How do you feel about bbma as a label?
In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future
?

BBMA is great. I definitely won't tell you how to do your job!


Ps: For this Week, all products No Restraint related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
27/Feb/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 05/Mar/2017

Montag, 20. Februar 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #8: Absorption



Metallic 90's style Hardcore/Metalcore from the UK.
Released their demo last year, through MMW on CD and as BBMA24 on Tape.
FFO: Pain Runs Deep, Sunrise, Arkangel, ...

Who are you, what are you doing in the band?

Yooo. It`s Patrick here. I’m trying to play on guitar(s) in Absorption. Alex is doing vocals 
and Don drums. We have lost some band members recently. So for now it’s only 3 of us.

How has the band evolved since the beginning? 

Ohh well. When we started with this band (me and Don) we didn’t expect that we
gonna record something so fast. Supposed to be a fun band for weekends only.
Just few friends enjoying playing in band and making some cool noise together so we are very
happy that we did release our debut EP on CD (Mark MY Words records) and Tapes
(BBMA and Coercion Cassettes ). We have learned a lot during that process and we are ready
for more now. Maybe we are not active that much (band members problems, work, family)
but we are working on new stuff and this is the main thing I think.

What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future?

Recorded demo – done. Release this – done. Write some new music – working on this.
Release something new – working on this. Few slightly further bands goals – play more shows
especially one in H8000 area, one in Japan and one in your bedroom.
After these 3 shows I think we can say it’s over for us.

Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about?

Yes. At the moment we are looking for solid band members (guitar and bass) so we can start
thinking about shows etc. We are working on few songs which we wanna release on split
r next ep. We are talking to some bands about this so we will see what future will bring.

How do you feel about bbma as a label? 
In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future?

Damn this is the moment where I have to lie again – yeah BBMA is cool, we like them,
nice people etc. It’s good to work with them ;-) But to be serious – BBMA is doing very well
I have to say. In short time people started recognizing your name. That’s good. Keep that hard work. Hope that we can work together again in the future as a band and as a label.

Thanks a lot! Feel free to add some shoutouts!

Thx for giving as a chance to say few words!! To everyone else – support DIY,
support your local scene, support small bands and labels. Fuck the hype.
Listen to Slayer, play Fifa and remember – there is no god!! Fuck!


Ps: For this Week, all products Absorption related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
20/Feb/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 26/Feb/2017

Sonntag, 12. Februar 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #7: Vatican



90's Style Metalcore/Crymosh Band from Savannah (GA).
(Ex-)Members of Coastlines playing music in the vein of Bands like:
Poison The Well, Zao, Prayer For Cleansing, ...
I had the honour of releaisng their debut EP "Drowning The Apathy Inside" as BBMA15.

Who are you, what are you doing in the band? 

I’m Jonathan Whittle and I sing for Vatican. 

How has the band evolved since the beginning?
What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future?
 

Since January 2015, we started off as a 4-piece, all from Savannah, Georgia.
We’ve written an EP called “Drowning The Apathy Inside” which was released on April 20th.
Around the time of summer was our first tour with a band called Without, also from Savannah,
and we headed out to Texas and back. We also picked up a new bassist, Jonathan Mackey,
which at the time was newly living in central Florida, originally from Long Island.
December 2015, we went on our second tour with Bind from Florida, and headed
up the east coast. January 2016, our close friend from Atlanta, Tom Lovejoy joined the band,
then went on various short runs with bands like Sanction, Jukai, Detriment, and Heavens Die.
In March, we went on a tour to California and back with Down In It (NC).
Future wise, we’d like to eventually do another US run and hopefully hit Europe and/or Japan. 

Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about? 

We’ll be doing another east coast tour from February 22nd to March 6th with Heavens Die. 
As a full 5-piece, we’ve finished writing a full length, which will temporarily be titled 
“Ache of Eternity”. We recently just put out a 4-way split with our friends in Sanction (LIHC), Funerals (Portland), and Iron Curtain (Inland Empire, CA) thanks to Bitter Melody Records. 
The split is now streaming on our bandcamp, and a preorder link is currently up on the page, 
for those wanting a physical 12”. [http://bittermelodyrecords.limitedrun.com]

How do you feel about bbma as a label?
In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future?
 

I’ve always thought BBMA was a very pro, great label.
There’s not much I can pick on, with a label that’s always supported us beyond what we hoped.
Just keep being consistent and pushing hard ass bands. Thanks a lot! 

Shoutout to BBMA! And also Bitter Melody and Blasphemour Records. 
Everyone should check out: Heavens Die, Vein, Separated, Sanction, Jukai, Bind,
Vamachara, Yashira, Tourniquet, Iron Curtain, Funerals, Cast In Blood, King of Summer, 
Queensway, Hangman, Detriment, Laid 2 Rest, Year Of The Knife, Invoke,
Of Feather And Bone, Dwell, Riot Stares, A Life of Torment, Invoke, Presagers, Shame,
Hands Of God, Frameworks, Basaran, and Mothmother.


Ps: For this Week, all products Vatican related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
13/Feb/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 19/Feb/2017

Sonntag, 5. Februar 2017

BBMA Band Of The Week #6: Forward To Eden



90's Style Hardline (Vegan-themed) Metalcore Band/Solo-Project from Germany.
(My own Band/Project) Demo CD (2015), Split 7" w/ Content With Dying (2016)
and Compilation Tape/CD (2016) all out on Bound By Modern Age Records.
FFO: Culture, Unborn, Statement & The Vegan Jihad!

Who are you, what are you doing in the band?

I'm Tim a.k.a. xRULEx and basically I am Forward To Eden. 
In FTE's first Incarnation (2014-2015) I did Vocals, Guitars & Bass.
In FTE's current Incarnation (2016-2017) I am doing Vocals & Guitars.
Besides that I am also singing in Castigator (Death/Thrash Metal Band)
and Through Chaos & Solitude (Melodic Black Metal Solo-Project) right now.

How has the band evolved since the beginning? 
What have you accomplished so far and what are your goals for the future? 

I kinda started this band/project (wrote the first songs for it) in late 2012/early 2013.
After I realized that I wont find people to bring it on stage with, I decided to do it as a solo project and recorded a first promo track with my good friend Rat (the man behind Statement).
Unfortunately he didn't had the time to record a whole demo with me and so it took some more time
until the first "demo" was released. This time with "The Vegan Warrior" on Drums.
Then, in late 2016 I had my first great achivement with my first Vinyl 7" release
and shortly after a CD release on another label than my own!
For this year, there is a lot more planed as well - the next Split 7" is already in the making
and there are also some possible line ups for a soon-to-be show in discussion - be prepared!

Any upcoming shows/releases/anything else you wanna tell us about? 

Shows? We'll see - I won't stand in the way of that.
Releases? Hopefully a lot! Probably some. Definitely at least 2 this year.

How do you feel about BBMA as a label? 
In what do we suck most/what could we do better in the future? 

Actually, I'd love to release on any other label(s) as well - so, feel free to get at me!
In what I do suck most? Probably in trying to do too much at once... like working a full time job,
doing the label, 2 solo-projects, a band and still managing private life (girlfriend, family, friends)
and hobbies (the gym, reading comics/mangas, watching series/movies, etc.) - I think I could be
a lot more productive if I'd cut out 2 or 3 of them... but yeah, I don't think that that will happen.
So... for now you'll have to live with that - but feel free to do your share and contribute in
listening to my output (https://boundxbyxmodernxage.bandcamp.com), spreading the word about it
and last but not least placing an order from the BBMA Webstore, so that I can continue. Thanks.


Ps: For this Week, all products Forward To Eden related are on Sale from the BBMA Webstore.
06/Feb/2017 http://bbmarecords.com/shop/ 12/Feb/2017

...and if you still want to know a little bit more about Forward To Eden and my motives,
check out this interview I was given a couple weeks ago:
http://cialkoxzieleni.blogspot.de/2017/01/en-tim-rule-forward-to-eden-castigator.html