Friday, February 16, 2018 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 095.Jack Maniak

1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

"Maniac" is a famous song of the 80s. Jack Maniak came to me pretty quickly. Jack is the hero of my albums; a teenager who have special abilities.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

It depends, I usually start with a powerful melody; then i construct around this. Or I start with an introduction and I find riffs or melodies to go on. I try to adapt sounds for each story of my songs.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

I have metal roots, I play in 2 other bands Idensity (death metal) and Område (avant-garde); my main instrument is drumming but I play more keyboards now. My drumming experience gives me what I need to find good grooves (even for the bass which is very important in synthwave). I don't listen to metal anymore (or just a few), I am back in the 80s for the moment.

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

Queen - Greatest Hits II

5. What's the first record you've ever bought?

It was Megadeth "youthanasia", Iron Maiden "Live After Death" the same day!, great visual and powerful sound.

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?

Probably Carpenter Brut or Volkor X; I like the approach of Carpenter with live instrument (including drums), it merges the metal and electro world.

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

Yeah we need a good support to spread our name, I have the chance to have Jet Set Trash as a label but we always need more and more visibility; Jack Maniak just started few weeks ago but my other bands had reviews in Peru or Mexico for example.

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like spotify?

Well it depends, there are good and bad points on it; digital release are the future and you can discover a lot of bands with it and at a lower price; the key is to do music for passion,if you have to earn your life with music, it is definitely not the good way.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Well the only thing I know is that I will always do music. I don't know in which terms but I could do it alone in my room if I have not enough money to spread it.
10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?
Yeah it is very important, the artwork has to fit with the spirit of the project, well I should say it is better because not everyone can afford to pay professional artworks.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Mine of course, Jack Maniak - Code 403 cover done by Julian Gamella :)

I like Jeff Grimal's art too, he made impressive paintings for Område project.

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

I think vinyl replace temporally Cd's but it is a small market. Digital and "spotify(s)" are probably the future.Cd's will be dead soon, only few labels want to work with this media

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

Jack Maniak is a one man band, so it's very special because you have to manage everything (including the costs). It's a good feeling to decide but sometimes it is hard to think of everything.I try to have joy as much as i can on what i do, but being alone make the project really alive because you have to be everywhere.

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Friday, February 09, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: A Light Within - Epilogue EP

Band: A Light Within
Album: Epilogue EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018

01. Page #9 (Shells)
02. Page #54 (Chemical Drive)
03. Page #27 (Surrounded By Astronauts)
04. Page #35 (An Educated Gentleman)
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A Light Within is set to release “Epilogue”, the final conceptual installment in a three-part series containing transcribed diary entries written from the perspective of a reflective mind. Throughout the pages be prepared to hit an emotional remembrance of life experiences, love scenarios, and a metaphorical loss of it all.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 0 Engineers

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Saturday, February 03, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Far Behind The Sun - Story Of Collapsing Galaxies

Band: Far Behind The Sun
Album: Story Of Collapsing Galaxies
Label: Ghost City Recordings
Year: 2017

01. VCC1316
02. ESO128EN013
03. NGC1068
04. IC1318
05. GCG53517
06. ARP244
07. PGC12651
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Far Behind The Sun – The young, instrumental post-rock/metal band from Kempten (Germany) consists of 4 musicians. Their sound reels in the audience from their daily routine and takes them on an extraordinary listening experience. The band’s songwriting is characterized by various musical components, such as impelling and complex rhythms, harmonic and melancholy melodies, atmospheric sound surfaces, and intense metal elements. This diverse arrangement inspires the audience to dream, to meditate and to lose themselves in the “here and now”. At the same time it incites to headbang and shoegaze, as insiders of the genre would put it. The band’s light show formidably accentuates the auditory ambience, and thus makes an attendance of FTBS’s live show definitely worthwhile.

Since 2015, the band’s first album has thrilled more and more fans who have supported numerously a successful crowd-funding project and thus have made possible the second album (released 17.11.17).

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Friday, February 02, 2018 0 Engineers

Album: Morrow - Fallow

Band: Morrow
Album: Fallow
Label: Alerta Antifascista, Halo Of Flies Records
Year: 2017

01. Auguries Of Menace
02. Beyond The Cleaved Land
03. The Hunt
04. A City Of Gristle
05. Crown In Red
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Morrow are a violin and cello driven atmospheric crust band, in the vein of Ictus, Fall of Efrafa and Remains of the day. They began their post civilisation odyssey in 2016’s “Covenant of Teeth” the somber string laden D beat, seated in the forests and ice scapes of future primitive cultures. “Fallow” picks up where their debut ended; following the same protagonists as they leave the safety of the forests in search of knowledge amongst the sweltering, vibrant and violent carcass cities in the desert south. It is a far more raucous record; a pandemonium of drums and throaty cello as our characters face a chaotic, terrifying and majestic landscape, one of bared teeth amongst the sand storms and screaming voices. Fallow features guest vocals from members of Gattaca, Monachus, Autarch, Wildspeaker, Hyena, Sol and Fall of Efrafa.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 0 Engineers

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Monday, January 22, 2018 0 Engineers

Album: Locktender - Friedrich

Band: Locktender
Album: Friedrich
Label: i.Corrupt.Records, Deadwood Records, Middle Man Records, Zegema Beach Records
Year: 2018

01. The Monk By The Sea
02. View Of A Harbour
03. Wreck In The Sea Of Ice
04. Seashore With Shipwreck By Moonlight
05. The Chasseur In The Forest
06. Morning Fog In The Mountains
07. Winter Landscape
08. The Abbey In The Oakwood
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After taking a two year hiatus to pursue family/travel/school/work, the members of ‘Men As Trees’ have relocated and reformed as Locktender in Cleveland, OH. Locktender is a concept focused hardcore band concentrating on artists and their works interpreted through music, lyrics & art. Every album is an artist, every song is a different work. 

Our first three songs took quick looks at individual works by William Blake, Earl Nightingale & Raphael Gleitsmann. Our first full length LP, Kafka, was released in 2013 and focused on five short works by Franz Kafka. This was followed by another split for which a Herman Melville short story was used. Our second LP, Rodin, based on four sculptures, was released in 2014 and was supported by a second European Tour. Our third LP is based on the works of Caspar David Friedrich, was released in 2018.

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