We were lucky enough to get an interview with No Consequence but unfortunately we forgot to snap a picture of the group while interviewing them. We talked to Kaan (vocals), Dan (guitar) and Colin (drums) but hopefully you'll enjoy the picture above enough to forgive us for only having a photo of Kaan. Fun fact: If you zoom into his sunglasses you can see me taking the picture. That's some CSI shit right there.
No mini-interviews here but coming shortly after this are live reviews and interviews with two of Friday's headliners, Vildhjarta and No Consequence. Before getting there we've got to work our way through the rest of what we saw on Friday starting off with Red Seas Fire.
If you're just joining us you may have missed part 1 of our coverage of Tech Fest's first day, go check it out, this will (probably*) still be here when you get back.
*Won't promise that the world won't end in the meantime, you never know...people are always caught off guard by apocalyptic scenarios in movies.
If there is one fact that speaks to the overall quality of music featured at Tech Fest it's probably how absolutely killer the early bird line-up was.
So Tech Fest was pretty much the best four days of my life. I got a press pass to cover the festival on the blog and I decided to write a quick list of things to come, though some things may be forgotten here due to jetlag.
Today I'm writing about an album I heard for the first time last night. I actually heard it for the second and third time last night as well and a fourth time today while driving. "What's going on? Is your iPod stuck on repeat?" I hear you, concerned readers, asking but the answer is a reassuring no, although if it were I can think of a lot of albums I'd be worse off being stuck with. This fantastic piece of art is STEM, a solo album by current Friend For A Foe vocalist Maxi Curnow. I heard/read his name for the first time when FFOF released their song Kona and despite being a massive fan of Chris Barretto I can confidently say that Maxi is a perfect replacement. So with that in mind I was quite interested when I saw an announcement that Maxi's solo project STEM was to fill one of the many vacant spots at the UK Tech Metal Fest after yesterday's cancellations. I ventured to Bandcamp where the beautiful cover art welcomed me and the idea of the asking price going to an orphanage in India made the purchase so much sweeter.
Just a few minutes ago I published a crowdfunding project that had yet to reach its goal, here is one that's already been funded but I imagine a lot of people want what this band is offering. Ne Obliviscaris is an Australian progressive/black metal band featuring harsh vocals, clean vocals, technical bass playing and a violin player. They are apparently pulling a "Horse the Band"* and want the worlds help to tour pretty much everywhere. Some of the crazier rewards have already been claimed (I would have loved the stage banner) but I found out about this a bit too late.
Here is a song from their full length Portal of I if you haven't heard them before:
Down I Go are this fantastic band who broke up because they live in different countries. Don't believe me? Here's proof:
As I said in my last blog I'm going to the UK Tech Metal Fest next weekend and I have never been as excited for a show. I wanted to outline some of the reasons I'm excited and then, after the festival, I'll write a few blogs covering the experience.