Finding good Thrash is hard. Yeah, it’s freaking hard. Finding good Thrash with good leadership and vision is near freaking impossible. And having somebody that leads a good Thrash band like that contact you is an absolute miracle.
Yup, miracles happen my metal brethren. Yes they do. \m/
Let me introduce you to a great Thrash band that hails from The Netherlands. At the time of this writing they are an impressive three piece unit that actually has quite a history within their region. Having formed in 2004, they made powerful regional impact, and then around 2008 they disbanded and disappeared. But thankfully for the metalhead family the founding member Stephan Brus revived the band a few years later and lo and behold we freaking blessed with a great debut! These guys really bring it, they are melodic, heavy, and focused. The tightness and rhythm elements are fantastic, coupled with some precise guitar riffs and great leads, they bring a fantastic core of heavy thrash that will leave a strong impression. The one thing I can criticize, and of course this is all subjective, is that the vocals are a little too unnecessarily rough and growly for me, but they don’t detract at all from the music and fit it well, and fans of that style of singing will LOVE it because they are strong in that style.
This is not a review article but I personally give the album an 8/10 for bringing the whole package in terms of great metal, good production, good lyrical content, and great musicianship. These guys are the real deal. 100% Metal Mofos approved. \m/
Stephan and Kevin were generous enough to answer a few of our questions and I’ve posted them below. Do yourselves a favor, read the interview and then check out this great metal band from The Netherlands at the links provided at the bottom of the article:
Please introduce yourself and your band members. Who plays what?
My name is Kevin and I am the vocalist who carries out all the screams. Stephan: mainly focused on guitars but I also recorded drums and bass guitar on our debut album. Koen is the clean vocalist who can be heard on our first album.
How did you guys get formed? What is the history of the members and the band?
Stephan: Stephan: We are a melodic thrash metal band from the Zevenaar, a city in the eastern part of Holland. When we started out back around 2004 as a 4 piece band we played mainly covers of bands like Arch Enemy, Carcass and At The Gates. After a year we started writing songs, did quite a few shows and finally the band disbanded around 2008. A few years ago Stephan revived Soulnerve and started writing new songs which finally led to what would become the first full-length “The Dying Light” which was released in July 2014.
The “new” Soulnerve, can be seen as a project at this time and that’s a choice that was made for a reason. First of all I (Stephan) wanted to come up with a killer debut album which shows what Soulnerve is all about. Second thing is, with having a debut album, it’s much easier finding suitable and interested musicians because anyone interested knows what to expect; style-wise and also what the technical level of the band is.
Kevin: My reason to join the band was really an adventure in what I was capable of doing with my voice. Although I’m a little experienced when it comes to recording, we’ve managed to record all the vocals with a minimalistic recording setup and we delivered pretty decent recording. I joined Soulnerve, just like Koen, as a session vocalist and I’m glad to help Stephan out. It was a fun process which became more and more interesting when all songs took shape, both musically and production-wise. Looking back, it was really cool to do and I am proud what we have created! I hope Soulnerve will have a complete line-up ASAP. Of course all options are open for me doing the vocals on their next album.
Who or what inspires you and why? What bands inspire the band?
Kevin: For me it all started out with bands like Slipknot, Soulfly and Korn and after a while I started to explore more technically and melodically challenging heavy music. Nowadays, I’m really into metalcore and deathcore bands like Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain, Fit For An Authopsy, Caliban and Still Remains to name a few. Other bands worth mentioning are Demon Hunter, Killer vocalists like Devin Townsend and Cristian Älvestam, Dragonforce (I loved the last two albums), DefLeppard and dozens more which slip my mind right now. All of the bands I’ve listened to have shaped me in a way to become the singer I am today.
Stephan: When I was a teenager and started playing the guitar at the age of 15, I was really into Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Annihilator, Megadeth, Pantera and all the popular thrash and groove metal. Later I also got interested in melodic death metal like the mighty Carcass, Soilwork and Arch Enemy amongst others and nowadays I really like the new wave of American thrash with refreshing bands like Shadows Fall, All That Remains, Darkest Hour, God Forbid and more metalcore orientated bands like KsE and As I Lay Dying. I think all of those bands have influenced me as a musician in one way or another, but Metallica’s Ride The Lightning was definitely one of those albums that helped me shaping my style as a guitar player. I really like the melodic approach of that album and the way they managed to combine it with old-school thrash and even groovier parts. Megadeth’s Rust In Peace is another album I really like.
Any new releases in the works? What is the release date? Where can metalheads buy your music? How many recordings does the band have?
Stephan: July last year we released our debut album “The Dying Light” which is available everywhere online! It’s on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and Bandcamp as digital download and it’s also available as a physical CD (also via Bandcamp). On our website www.soulnerve.com you can find all info about the released and where you can get it (check the “store” section).
Currently we are working hard to complete the band so we can play live. In the meantime we are also in the writing process for the next Soulnerve album.
Are you guys going to do this completely independently, or are you looking for label support?
We haven’t sent any demo to any label to get a record deal because we wanted to get a full line-up first so we can also play live. For the next record we’ll surely approach all kind of labels and it would be a great opportunity if we can find one that’s interested and can also help us grow.
What band would you tour with (if you could pick any) and why?
Kevin: I really don’t mind what band it would be as long if it are a bunch of cool guys who are looking to have a good time as I amand share some interests I have. But if I could tour with a band like Motley Crüe in the mid 80’s.. Sign me up!
Stephan: same for me but it would be a dream come true to share the stage with Megadeth or be part of tour with bands like Killswitch Engage and Darkest Hour for example.
What gear do you guys use?
Kevin: For the vocal part we have used a few basic DIY recording attributes; A Sennheiser AKG Perception 220 condenser microphone combined with a Tascam US-112 MKII usb audio recorder. Combined with a quiet, sound-dead room, a mount and a pop-filter, I think we produced some high quality vocals while minimizing the costs. Live I don’t care that much which mic I use as long as it’s a decent dynamic microphone, but preferably a Shure SM58.
Stephan: We recorded all guitars with the awesome and free VST guitar plugins from LePou and for live shows in the past I’ve used my Framus Cobra head w/ Marshall cab and a few pedals like a Maxon TS. My guitars are a ESP LTD M1000 with EMG’s and a few Ibanez S and SZ-series guitars.
What are the plans for the future? Any tour plans? Any upcoming shows? Let us know so we can post them on our FB Page.
Stephan: nope, nothing planned ATM. As soon as we are a complete live act, we’ll surely play live as much as we can! Anyone interested: just keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.
How is your new album going to differ from your first?
Stephan: In the past year I’ve grown further as a songwriter and something that I want to focus on even more on our next record is the dynamics and song structures for example. Of course it will be another distinctive Soulnerve album but we want to improve and shape our sound further again.
What is your favorite song by the band and why?
Kevin: ‘ End Of The Line’ is one of those songs that’s really diverse in terms of riffing and composition and it’s one of my favorites.
Stephan: For me personally the title track (‘The Dying Light’) is very interesting when it comes to melodies, composition and riffing but I also like the power of the opening track and the slightly modern groovy riffing and the dynamics of Salvation. All songs have their own kind of feel which makes “The Dying Light “ an interesting debut album for fans of bands in the (new wave of) thrash and metalcore genre.
In closing is there anything you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview and your interest in the band. Anyone who hasn’t checked out our latest release; It’s available almost everywhere like on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon etc. Physical CD’s can be ordered directly through us (just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org) or on our bandcamp: www.soulnerve.bandcamp.com. We’d love to stay in touch with our fans via Facebook and other social media so give us a like and share your thoughts on the album with us!
That was a great interview. Thanks for taking the time guys, its much appreciated. Below are some links to their social media and places you can buy their great album, thanks for reading.
For the lazy, here’s some of their stuff from Reverbnation if you want to hear it directly from this site.
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