Words That Burn (IRL) and Atropas (CH) will be touring togheter over Europe in September. Check out the dates:
As are also new bands signed into the italian label WormHoleDeath, check the link below and listen to sampler songs of each band: Norhod, Know Your Nemesis, Dark Oath, Excruciation, Stielas Storhett, The Way Of Purity, Mechanical God Creation, Mycelia, Cretura, Asa Noir, Right To The Void, Levania, Agharti, Other Eyes Wise, Rainover, Tearless, Atropas, Guardians Of Time, Ashes To Ashes, Tornado, Curse Of The Forgotten, Elegy Of Madness, Purple Nail, Eosphorus, Selfmachine, Crysalys.
By Carla Morton
What is WormHoleDeath? – WHD is an Italian record label, founded in 2007. It is not just a label, is same a film and publishing production.
Focusing on genres like: Hardcore, Modern, Death,Thrash, Heavy and Alternative you can find great bands that have signed with WHD from Europe and worldwide.
To start saying my opinion about this record label, maybe would take a lot but I’ll try make a summary. First I found out about this label from the Thrash/Sleaze band Tornado, one of my favorite bands, that they would sign with this label. In short time I got in touch with the manager, Carlo Bellotti, we talked, and since then I’ve seen what is for real WHD and what is he doing. I think that WHD is one of the best record labels seen until now, not saying this just because the manager helped me kind of, to interview at the begining some bands signed to WHD and for this I have to thanks him a lot , but he really works so hard for the bands, support them so much, he shows interest and he dedicates to his label and the bands that have signed with WHD, so it is just simply amazing, he is a great man in many ways.
A few months ago, I interviewed the Swiss Melodic metal band, Atropas, about general things. In this second interview about them, the frontman and guitar player, Mahmoud, and Kevin, the bass player, had time to answer a few questions about their new album released via WormHoleDeath records.
By Carla Morton
Hello to you guys and nice talking to you again, how have you been?
Mahmoud: Hi Carla, thank you very much for asking! This has been a stressful time for me, we’ve been working very hard towards the release of the album and that has taken quite the effort, but I couldn’t be happier about it. It’s been well worth it and people seem to be looking forward to hearing the whole record and those who’ve already heard it, are very excited about it. I’m well and happy!
Kevin: I’m feeling great, thank you for asking, finally done with all the work, the album is out soon, also I just finished my last exam at the university, so I am looking forward to a great time in general. Lots of shows incoming.
Finally, the new album, ”Episodes Of Solitude” is done and released via WormHoleDeath records. Tell me about it.
Mahmoud: I wanted this to be an album that a music fan, not just a metal fan, could listen to and enjoy. Episodes of Solitude has something for everyone, even my sister is enjoying it to some extent, and she hates screaming, so I’m going to say that we definitely succeeded in making this enjoyable for people outside of the metal world.
Kevin: Yes, finally! We have been working on this piece for so long now, and we are very happy and relieved that it is finally done and all went well in the end. The album itself sounds killer, its actually far better than everything than I ever imagined I could do and sound like with the band, so we are also very happy about the album, quality wise.
Atropas is a Swiss Melodic Thrash metal band and here is an interview with the band’s vocalist and guitarist who spoke about the upcoming album and other things.
By: Carla Morton
Hi Mahmoud, how are you?
Hey Carla, I’m doing very well, thank you.
Tell me when Atropas was founded.
Atropas, in the way it is now, was founded almost three years ago. We’ve had different members on and off, but this line up has been sticking it out for roughly three years. Sandro, our drummer, was the last one to join after he had split up with his former band.
”Azrael” is the band’s debut album out in 2013. How the recordings went so far?
We did everything ourselves except for the mixing. It took way too long for us to get this the way we wanted and I think it was a good lesson on how to not do things, recording wise. There are many things I am not very happy about with that first record, sound wise. I think the record has some really strong songs, but sound wise, it could have been much much better. We are thinking of re-recording some of our favourite tracks off that record, just to give those tracks the scoundscape that they deserve.
What about the new album?
The new album was a whole different experience. I did the whole preproduction myself and it took me a long time to get the songs the way I wanted them. Our producer, Jonny Mazzeo of MathLab Studios in Italy, gave us some feedback and helped us get closer to the result we wanted, and that’s just during preproduction. Once all the songs were in place, we got ourselves to Pistoia, Italy (close to Florence) and recorded the album in about 3 weeks. It was a huge learning experience for everyone involved and I personally have never struggled with my guitar playing as much as I did during that tracking process, but Jonny made sure he got the very best results and performances out of every one of us. Sandro nailed his drum parts in something like two and a half days, Kevin did the bass parts in something like three or four days. Everything else was guitars and vocals. I was present in the studio for all of the tracking process and I recorded all of the guitars and vocals. While the guitars were a struggle for me, the vocal parts were much easier in comparison, albeit physically very demanding. Lorenzo Guddemi, who works very closely with Jonny, took care of the vocal tracking. We did all of the clean vocals and harmonies first. Once that was done, we tracked all of the screaming and growling parts. On the very last day of recording, we tracked all of the screamed backing vocals in something like an hour, we went through everything very very quickly.