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Intervals – A Voice Within

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A Voice Within

01. Ephemeral
02. Moment Marauder
03. Automaton
04. The Self Surrendered
05. Breathe
06. The Escape
07. Atlas Hour
08. Siren Sound
09. A Voice Within

[03/04/14]
[Self-released]

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about musical metamorphoses. Alcest completed their predictable evolution as a dream-rock act and dropped all shades of their former blackened shell. Tides of Man recently went from progressive rock-influenced post-hardcore group to instrumental post-rock maestros following the departure of vocalist Tilian Pearson. The most jarring and polarizing transformation we’ve seen recently though is the one taken by Toronto-based act Intervals; after making a name for themselves as an instrumental guitar-oriented project, touring bassist and former The HAARP Machine vocalist Mike Semesky graduated to full-time singer for their full-length debut, alienating many fans along the way.

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Current Intervals and former The HAARP Machine frontman Mike Semesky has made no secret of his love of pop music. When he’s not making internet metal nerds mad for turning instrumental metal groups into non-instrumental groups, he can be seen on YouTube covering artists such as Lana Del Rey and Imogen Heap. The latest pop artist to get the Semsexy treatment is New Zealand’s Lorde in an on-point cover of ‘Tennis Court,’ below.

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Toronto’s Intervals have garnered a growing buzz since their first EP, 2011′s The Space Between, which was recorded as a solo project from guitarist Aaron Marshall, formerly of Speak Of The Devil. Since then, the group has turned into a full touring band. Not content with just writing instrumental music, the group have angered a bunch of djent nerds by promoting bassist Mike Semesky (ex-Vestascension, ex-The HAARP Machine) to full-time vocalist. Yes, good.

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An interesting turn of events this one. As you’ll probably know, The HAARP Machine recently underwent huge line-up changes leaving three particularly great musicians without a proper place to call home. Drummer Alex Rudinger was quickly snapped up into The Faceless and bassist Ollie Rooney decided to go it alone, just leaving vocalist Mike Semesky left as a free agent.

However, with the recent announcement that long-time vocalist Kasper Thomsen has left the band, Raunchy have quickly announced Semesky as his replacement. You can read the statement from the band after the jump.

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By now you’re all probably aware of the fate of The HAARP Machine in recent weeks: 3/4 of the band (so basically everyone except Mu’min) left, right before a huge European tour with Born Of Osiris, After The Burial and Monuments, leaving the band, or Mu’min I should say, in quite the predicament. How could he possibly find 3 new band member in time or the tour, which is in a few weeks? Would he get people good enough to play his music? Well, we now have the answer.

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A lot has been happening over the last few days in The Faceless camp. So here’s the round up in the style of a news sandwich (good, bad, good):

After the recent departure of long time drummer Lyle Cooper (above, right of center), absolutely no one was left wondering about who would fill the drum stool. So in a move that will surprise no one, Alex Rudinger of the recently shaken up The HAARP Machine has been drafted to fill the space — the official announcement is as follows:

“To clear the air on a few details, The Faceless has decided to part ways with drummer Lyle Cooper due to a growing difference in the level of commitment to the project. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we’re sure he’ll continue to be successful with music. Having said that, we are very excited to announce that Alex Rudinger is our new full time drummer. We just played our first 3 shows with him in Mexico and what he brings to the band both musically and personally, is simply astounding. We are looking forward to a great future with Alex.”

Needless to say, Rudinger is an absolute beast behind the kit and is clearly more than talented enough to cope with the all the twists and turns Keene can throw at him, so here’s to hoping this is a long lasting tenure (for once).

For those of us in these grand ol’ isles of Britania, the news was tainted a little as it came with the announcement that the band’s upcoming UK tour alongside The Safety Fire has been cancelled due to visa issues:

Due to Visa issues with The Faceless, our forthcoming tour has unfortunately been cancelled. Refunds for tickets are available from your place of purchase.

Thank you to all of our fans who bought tickets for these shows. We will try to make it up to you as soon as possible – TSF

This statement was later echoed on The Faceless‘s page, also suggesting that the tour will be rescheduled at some point.

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We’ve tried to avoid persistent rumors surrounding The HAARP Machine guitarist Al Mu’min in the past. Ex-members of the band and people generally in the know came out about how not only was Al Mu’min hard to get along with (it was said that he threatened to burn someone’s house down), but he could barely even play his guitar parts, relying on studio magic and live backing tracks to get by. While the rumors seemed highly likely to be true, we’ve generally shied against this sort of thing, just as we did with the whole Rings of Saturn fiasco from last year. Again, these are rumors that should be taken with a grain of salt, and we do not claim to either confirm nor deny them.

However, these rumors have a little more weight, as everyone in the band who isn’t Al Mu’min has left. Vocalist Mike Semesky sent out the following press release early this morning and made it pretty clear that it was all because of Mu’min (below emphasis mine):

Vocalist, Mike Semesky; drummer, Alex Rudinger; and bassist, Ollie Rooney have parted ways with Sumerian Records’ progressive metal act, The|HAARP|Machine.

Mike Semesky comments

Due to irreconcilable personal differences with our guitarist Al Mu’min, the three of us (Alex, Ollie, and I) have decided to part ways with The|HAARP|Machine  This was in no way an easy decision to make but the three of us feel that it is in our best interest to pursue other musical endeavors at this time. We would like to thank all of our fans, our friends and families, Sumerian Records, and everyone else who supported our band along the way. Rest assured that the three of us are in no way giving up on our music careers and we’d encourage you all to follow our individual YouTube channels to keep up with our tunes while we are in pursuit of our new musical homes.

Take care and thank you for reading,

Mike, Alex, and Ollie
Mike Semesky’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/mikesemesky
Alex Rudinger’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/mdterps1042
Ollie Rooney’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/theollierooney

Now it’s hard telling where The HAARP Machine will end up. Al Mu’min may say “fuck it” after this blow and just dissolve The HAARP Machine; after all, why go through the trouble of finding a whole new band? It’s also worth mentioning that Sumerian Records got pissed and dropped an even more successful band that did this sort of thing, so The HAARP Machine may just be done. If Mu’min is persistent, we could see him sticking to it as a DIY solo project. At any rate, this is a major blow to him, surely.

This also frees up drummer Alex Rudinger in joining The Faceless, as he’s already the fill-in for the vacant drummer spot. As far as I’m concerned, he traded up.

As of drafting this post, there’s been no statement or reaction from Mu’min or Sumerian Records. We’ll have more word on this as it comes in.

UPDATE: Al Mu’min appears to have commented below:

My qualms with my former bandmates are very little to do with my alleged dangerous nature and more to do with musical direction. Yes, whilst I concede to my ardent detractors that I’m not tightest of all players live I should add the songs on the album are quite difficult to pull off in a live context and I would honestly prefer a little support and positivity amongst my ‘metal’ brethren. I wish you all a good day. Evidently my day has been ruined by this loss but I wish not for myself not to wallow in self-doubt and sorrow.

- JR

lyle cooper

After rumors spread online that The Faceless drummer Lyle Cooper had left the band — he was absent at a recent live show in Mexico — speculations have now been cleared up, and it is now known that Lyle Cooper has officially parted ways with The Faceless. Taking to his official Facebook page, Lyle had this to say:

“I figured I’d clear up the air about my status with The Faceless.

After almost five years with the band I’ve decided to part ways. Over the last couple of years it seemed that the interests, goals and musical approach of the band was not that of my own. Also, managerial issues became too frequent with no resolution.

These issues, I felt, made it hard for me as an individual to produce as a creative and enthusiastic member. I’m sure that proceeding my departure, the band will have no trouble finding someone with the right mindset and talents to step in and keep the band moving forward.

Thank you to the fans and everyone who supported The Faceless throughout the years. I wish the band and its members nothing but continued success and make sure you catch them on their upcoming tours.

I will still be pursuing my other musical projects so look out for new Absvrdist and Abhorrent this year. -Lyle Cooper

Amid a slurry of recent band losses, this news is a little less shocking then it would have been a few weeks ago, but it is still a sad development. While I was never the biggest fan of The Faceless, it is clear that Lyle is a talented man, and his contribution to the band was always what entertained me the most. Best of luck to Lyle and all his future endeavors. I’ve not spent time iwth Absvrdist or the Abhorrent, but now I know where to go if I ever want to hear more from him.

The Faceless have yet to comment on these developments, so it is currently unknown if they have found a replacement for Cooper. The HAARP Machine‘s Alex Rudinger was behind the kit at the band’s aforementioned show in Mexico, but it’s likely that he was just a last minute stand in. However, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he was picked up to be Cooper’s permanent replacement.

We’ll keep you updated as news on these matters become available. Cheers.

- EC

This past Saturday, Revocation head honcho Dave Davidson (on the far right above) and new bassist Brett Bamberger (far left) got together with The Blaze 1330 for an interview, in which they talk about tons of cool stuff, such as the lyrical themes behind their new EP Teratogenesis (which we gave a 4.5/5) or Relapse’s rationale for letting the band record said EP with Scion A/V and release it for free. However, what is the most intriguing bit comes around the 5:10 mark, where Dave mentions that he is in a “pseudo-band” with The HAARP Machine/Ordinance drummer Alex Rudinger, and that they are demoing material. As the frontman and main songwriter of my favorite band ever, I am beyond excited at the prospect of hearing new material from Dave. And Alex is a beast of a drummer, always in command of his craft and able to play so many different styles. At the very least, you can rest assured that they’re both in good company.

Will it be anything similar to their existing projects? Will it be something totally new and crazy? Will it even happen? It’s probably best not to jump to conclusions here, but for now we at least have Dave’s word on it, so why not hope? Hear the full interview for yourself, and you be the judge of it.

-DA

The HAARP Machine – Disclosure

The HAARP Machine

Disclosure

01. Esoteric Agenda
02. Lower The Populace
03. Pleiadian Keys
04. From Vanity To Utility
05. Disclosure
06. The Escapist Notion
07. Extension to One
08. Machine Over

[10/16/12]
[Sumerian Records]

After much hype, delay, and a bit of controversy, the latest band to capture the hearts of many tech metal fans — The HAARP Machine — have laid their first offering Disclosure on the table. Taking up influence from an array of bands one would expect to be cited — The Faceless and Necrophagist, for instance — The HAARP Machine’s initial signing to Sumerian Records last year came with the inferred promise of a new group of rising stars in the prog world. The slight mystery surrounding the band and their music until the album’s release helped to fuel this interest and curiosity as well, but after all is said and done, The HAARP Machine’s debut album Disclosure won’t exactly propel them to new heights for the genre.

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