REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” BY INTRAVENOUS MAGAZINE

Despite starting life as a side project, Freakangel has coalesced into a monster of a band in its own right. Over the course of seven years the band has developed from a dark ebm project into an industrial metal powerhouse. The band’s fourth full-length studio effort, ‘How The Ghost Became’, is their heaviest offering to date, like punch through a brick wall heavy. Sounding more like NDH guitars meets Nothing Records grooves, with a sprinkle of modern aggrotech electronics, the band have have become a bludgeon of raw and frantic emotion.

Songs such as ‘Witness The Fall’, ‘Insight’, ‘Make Me Disappear’, ‘In The Witch House’, ‘Death walks With Us’, ‘Kingdom Of Fire’, and ‘Devotion’ exemplify this sonic formula best with their heavy guitars, throat-shredding vocals and strangely enticing electronics hinting at their club-friendly past, but pushing harder than ever before into that metal scene. The development, no matter how this may disappoint anyone who prefers their early incarnation, feels totally organic and right, much in the same way that the recent releases from Cyanotic, Combichrist, and Dawn Of Ashes have.

There are the odd songs that retain an almost dance feel such as ‘Giving Up The Ghost’, and ‘Hell And Back’, but even these are firmly punctured by heavy guitars rooting them in the metal end of the band’s sound. But that’s not a bad thing. There is still that strong electronic presence that while not be 100% dance-friendly isn’t a total about turn from their roots.

Being a metal album the production is geared towards balancing the guitars with the aggressive vocals and making sure the electronics aren’t swamped by either. The band, know their stuff, and despite this significantly heavier approach achieve this balance with relative ease with no one element dominating another to its detriment.

This is perhaps the strongest and most well-rounded Freakangel outing to date. In fact it really sounds as though they have found themselves on this album. Everything seems to have come together to create a confident, heavy album that perfectly balances their aggression with their electronic prowess. It has been a well-paced evolution to this point, but this album feels like year zero, from which they can launch a wider assault on the metal scene. Time will tell how they attempt to evolve the sound further, but ‘How The Ghost Became’ will certainly be looked on as a pivotal moment.

Review by Intravenous Magazine

INTERVIEW: TALKING WITH FERRUM.LT

With less than a week left until “Freakangel“ and “Preternatural“ show in Vilnius, Lithuania the event organizers “Vilko Promotions“ have reached the vocalist of Estonian band “Freakangel“ Dmitry and asked him a few questions. Enjoy reading it.

Hi! How are you doing? Are you excited for the Vilnius show on 24th of February?

Good evening. I’m fine, thank you. Siting in my room, listening to Scott Matthew and drinking Franziskaner. Yes, I’m very excited for this show because it will be our first show with our just released 4th album “How The Ghost Became”. I literally can’t wait to share our new songs with all of you! Hope we will have some great mosh’n’roll time all together!

Many remember that you have visited Vilnius before, and played a gig in “Metro“ club almost exactly one year ago. How was it from your point of view? What was the most memorable thing from that night, and from Lithuania overall?

That’s right. It was in February too. 13.02.16, if I remember correctly. “Metro“ is a nice place and it suited our sound pretty well. We were performing a bit different set from what we are going to play on 24.02, lets say it was more electronic and easier to perform. It was a good show. I really enjoy doing small venues more than playing huge festivals. Being in front of people and sharing my life with them is the best feeling ever. The most memorable thing? After-party in a huge apartment with moshing to grindcore tunes… moshing with fucking toasters in our hands.

You have traveled quite a lot up until now; do you notice any differences among industrial music fans from different countries? E.g., is it any different to play a gig in Tallinn and a gig in Vilnius?

It’s never the same. Even if we come back to the same city after some time and doing the same venue. It’s always different… and this is the best part about being able to perform and about being able to tour. Of course there are countries that are more advanced in one style or another, but we are always trying to give our best so people would be able to enjoy our show no matter the musical background that they are coming from.

“How The Ghost Became” is your 4th full length album, along with some other releases such as digital EPs. Can you tell those who have not heard it yet, more about it? How is it different, or how does it stand out from what you have released so far?

With „How The Ghost Became“ we wanted to provide something different from our old releases. You see… we are still looking for our own sound and we really like to perform live. That’s why we have decided to produce an album that will be similar to our live sound. Just because of this in 2015 we have released “The Show Of Violence” DVD, so listeners who were missing our live shows would be able to get themselves more comfortable with our sound. Lets just say that our 4th album is pretty different, but if you are not new to our music then you will hear our “signature” for sure.

What can people expect from your show in “nArauti” club on 24th of February?

We are going to play some new songs, but we are not abandoning our old tracks, never. So yeah, be there… get a drink, smoke some weed and be ready to have fun. Because only together we will be able to make it a night to remember!

Do you want to say a final word? Pass some wisdom onto us?

These are hard times for musicians, music lover and dreamers… Сheers to the ones who dream! Support the underground and see you on 24th of February!

Thank You!

In Lithuanian: FREAKANGEL naują albumą pristatys koncertuose Vilniuje ir Kaune

NEW ALBUM “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” OUT NOW!

After 3 full albums, 3 EPs and the live DVD “The Show Of Violence” on Belgian label Alfa-Matrix, we are pleased to welcome Estonian outfit FREAKANGEL to the DWA fold for the release of their new album “How The Ghost Became” – a move that also marks somewhat of a musical departure for FREAKANGEL, taking them further into industrial metal than ever before.

Over the past several years, FREAKANGEL have toured relentlessly around Europe – mutating in the process into a full four-piece live rock act, and acquiring an ever-increasing number of fans. Aside from numerous headline performances, they have also appeared at a huge number of industrial and metal festivals like Resistanz (UK), Wave-Gotik-Treffen and Dark Munich (DE), Hard Rock Laager (EE), Summer Darkness (NL), Castle Party (PL), Lumous and Findustry (FI) alongside acts like COMBICHRIST, LORD OF THE LOST and most recently RAVE THE REQVIEM.

How The Ghost Became” seems almost light years removed from the dark electro sounds of FREAKANGEL’s 2010 debut “The Faults Of Humanity” – finally taking what has now become a full band firmly into metal territory, and quite definitively so. Dmitry’s singing, now freed from distortion, has never sounded so powerful nor his vocal range so wide – and the no album has ever come this close to capturing the full ferocity of FREAKANGEL’s live performance.

With “How The Ghost Became”, FREAKANGEL have fashioned an album of rare beauty where raw and emotional rock sits smoothly alongside electronic elements to form an entirely organic-sounding whole – and one which adds up to so much more than the sum of its parts. Setting a formidable new standard in industrial metal, this is an album that even FREAKANGEL themselves may find hard to follow!

RED HOT IRON

Friends, we have been working on something else beside “How The Ghost Became“… In co-op with Limestone Games we give you “Red Hot Iron“! This is just a small tease of things to come…

Red Hot Iron is a fresh take on melee based action games set in a distant sci-fi world where space-faring technology does not necessarily equal blasters and computers. You play as Saiph, a native blacksmith who ends up sharing an armor-like shell with a symbiotic Void overlord Aeon who was betrayed by his generals.” (c) http://www.redhotiron.net

Music: “Arrival” written by D. Darling and Art / Performed by Freakangel

INTERVIEW: ARTISTS AND THEIR TATTOOS

Reflections Of Darkness are happy to present their interview number eleven. Today we have a guest from Estonia – Dmitry Darling who is the man behind FREAKANGEL and SUICIDAL ROMANCE. He is not only a talented musician, but also owner of many beautiful and different tattoos.

Reflections of Darkness [RoD]: When did you get your first tattoo and what was it? Did it take much time until you decided to get it done?

Dmitry: My first tattoo was made when I was still in high-school… sweet 16. I had a friend who was five years older than me, but already worked in a tattoo studio and was known for doing some wicked tattoos. He also made me lots of piercings before I came up with an ”idea” of my tattoo. I wanted to have something “tribal-ish“ on my shoulder and in an hour it was ready. Many people become puzzled when they start thinking about their first tattoo. In my case, I have skipped all this shit about thinking and went stupid without any hesitations. Good for me. Because if you want to start somewhere… just go and start. If you won’t do it when you want it… well… you will never do it.

RoD: How many tattoos do you have? Could you please tell us their story?

Dmitry: I can not say how many tattoos I do have because they are all tied together… well… most of them. I have some separate tattoos on my legs… Mr Johnny Cash and my tribute to John Woo’s “Hard-boiled” with Chow Yun-Fat are located there. Talking about other tattoos… well… they all got connected and I really do not remember what is where and why. Fuck… I just enjoy what I have. You know, sometimes it’s like reading a book that you have already read. Standing in front of the mirror and thinking… damn… I totally forgot that I have you here. Sweet.

RoD: Have you already got all the tattoos that you wanted or will you get some new ones in the future?

Dmitry: I’m getting older and “smarter”… or whatever… and yeah, I’m getting new ideas pretty often… we are working on my back and on my neck at the moment, so yeah, I still have some time before doing something new, but I will definitely get something new as soon as we will be ready with what we are doing at the moment… as long as I have some spare places there and there I’m sure that I won’t stop doing tattoos.

RoD: Have all your tattoos been done by one tattoo artist or by different ones? How do you choose the tattoo artist? In addition, who draws your sketches?

Dmitry: No, there are three persons in my life who were able to “draw” on me. Jan, who made me my first tattoo and who lives in Norway now. Then there is Konstantin from Auriga Tattoo – the one who left most significant marks on me. He is a great guy and I’m very happy that we’ve found a common language with him and that we’ve established good friendly relations. I do not think I ever go to another tattoo artist, and not because of the fact that for regular customers there is a good offer, but only because I appreciate our friendship and constancy… oh and there is my wife who used me as her “guinea pig” in the times of learning how to make tattoos.

RoD: Getting tattooed hurts, how do you cope with the pain during the sessions?

Dmitry: When I was younger I was less sensitive to pain… at least it’s what I used to think because now, yeah, it hurts as hell. Maybe it’s because all my “painless” places are already covered up… that’s the reason why my back is not completed yet… So my idea was to switch to the neck, and this place is less painful than my back. Normally two hours of nonstop tattooing is my limit.

RoD: Do you regret getting tattooed sometimes?

Dmitry: No, why should I regret what I did? There is no such thing as a regret… but there is experience. A couple of times you will do something that not fit, then paint it over, then think again and paint it all over again. In fact, I only have covered two tattoos and not because of the regret. I just needed to connected few things there and there and some bitches were in between.

RoD: What is your taboo in terms of tattoos? What kind of tattoo would you never get done and don’t like to see on other people?

Dmitry: I am a very open-minded person and I do not climb into the affairs of others, I do not care what people are doing in their bedrooms or what tattoos they have. I am totally Ok with every tattoo as long as this tattoo is not shoved up my ass. I mean… you have it… I can see it… now chill the fuck out. I would never do anything that is somehow connected to politics. Fuck this shit.

RoD: Some people say that the drive to acquire body art is addictive while others say it fails to meet the true definition of an addiction, simply calling it a passion. Is it really impossible to stop?

Dmitry: In my case it might be true… the problem here is that I’m a collector. I collect video games, movies, music, figures from the comics and etc. So receiving tattoos is another addiction of mine… and yeah, one more thing, I feel completely naked, if I imagine myself without tattoos. But shhhh, it’s a secret.

RoD: Last Year’s tattoos are a new trend; many people do not care about the meaning, they just want to have something coloured on the skin, to be in trend. Those people often just go into a tattoo salon and ask which drafts they have. Tattoo artists are not artists any more, they produce consumer goods. Not all of them, of course. How do you feel about this situation?

Dmitry: As I said before, I do not care. Let them do what they want. They are pleased to be “trendy”, and tattoo artists like to get paid. Everyone is happy.

RoD: I would like to talk about the social aspect of tattoos, too. Previously, many people believed that if you have a tattoo, you will be never be successful and will not find a “good” job. Have this state of mind and people’s perceptions changed or are these prejudices still alive?

Dmitry: It’s pretty hard to say… in Estonia I have not seen such problems, but again, it all depends on with whom you are communicating and how are communicating. I love music, but I was never ashamed of the fact that I am working on a normal, so-called “day job”, but even there I have not seen any problems.

RoD: Which advice would you give to people who are going to get their first tattoo? How to choose a tattoo artist? Colour or black and white? Any practical advice?
Dmitry: Everything is simple. Either you do this or you do not. Do not fuck around… make a decision once and forever.

Project by Daria Tessa and Daniela Vorndran, Interview by Daria Tessa.