Here is the third and final part of my interview with The Enid.
Here is the second part of my three-part interview with British progressive rock band, The Enid.
Nearly 40 years ago The Enid came into existence as Robert John Godfrey joined guitarists Stephen Stewart and Francis Lickerish and drummer Dave Storey in a new project, following his exit from Barclay James Harvest. He embarked on what has become a wonderful musical journey. Four decades on and with three generations in the band, The Enid lives as a truly remarkable musical entity today, comprised of Godfrey, long-time drummer Dave Storey, bassist Nick Willes, guitarist Jason Ducker, keyboardist/vocalist Max Read and newest addition to the band, keyboardist/lead singer Joe Payne. Since reforming in 2007, The Enid have released two studio albums – the second of which, ‘Invicta’, features Payne’s stunning vocal debut for the band and marks yet another progressive shift into new musical territory. As they come off the back of an outstanding UK tour earlier in the year, they look towards their next release (working title ‘Reset’). In a three-part interview, Calum Robson travels to the band’s base at The Lodge Studios in Northampton, to find out more from Robert John Godfrey, Max Read and Joe Payne.
For Orphaned Land singer Kobi Farhi, the band is his life. The five-piece act from Israel are the country’s biggest heavy metal band now and that’s quite simply down to 22 years of hard work. Like the true greats of metal, they play with passion and move to new heights with each new release – the latest being fifth album, ‘All Is One’.
Certainly, Orphaned Land are now Israel’s biggest heavy metal band. When the five-piece released last album ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’ in 2010, it seemed like the band were entering an even bigger phase of their careers. If anything, the quintet’s fifth studio album gives us a sense that their popularity could inflate even more in the coming years. Orphaned Land maintain their important message of peace in ‘All Is One’ and convey it with a charismatic multicultural mash-up of beautiful folk instrumentation, concise melodic metal and a grandiose orchestral backing.
Enochian Theory embarked on a number of UK tour dates with The Enid and TesseracT this month. The talented trio are set to release ‘This Aching Isolation’ as a single on May 8th– from last year’s impeccable second album ‘Life…And All It Entails’. The Portsmouth band have been steadily gaining fanbase after the album widely impressed anyone with a penchant for prog, alt rock, metal and ambience in equal share. I interviewed the three-piece before the opening show of their tour with The Enid at The Cluny, Newcastle to find out more on the album’s impact, the band’s influential themes and their diverse demographic.
Not many people could complain about the lack of music events across the UK on the last weekend of April. While hordes of metalheads descended on Camden for the three-day Desertfest and others gathered at ‘Kin Hell Festival in Leeds, Newcastle was offering its own little slice of metal chaos in the form of Leave Me Here’s All-Dayer of pulverising metal…