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Are you ready to feel Her Dark Embrace?

Posted in News with tags , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

We just received news from the lovely yet dark-minded Bristolian Will Brookes, that British Gothic Metal outfit Her Dark Embrace have a fully established line-up and will be ready for shows later this year.

Her Dark Embrace (HDE for short) have been a rising force on social networking site Facebook. The full statement from the band can be read here.

And don’t worry, they’ll soon be spreading the darkness at a gig near you.

Interview: Will Brookes [2011]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 3rd November 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Following their recent rise in exposure on Facebook – as well as the recently cancelled BOTM voting – Nico sits down with Her Dark Embrace frontman and co-founder Will to talk about the band, the music and the music scene in Will’s area.


Nico: How did the idea for Her Dark Embrace come about?

Will: Her Dark Embrace all started back in February of this year. I actually put an advert out online years previously, when I first moved to Bristol, looking for a band, but I had given up on waiting. I was busying myself writing lyrics when I got an email from Mike. He’d found my advert, and liked what he heard in my demos. We agreed to meet for a drink, and the chemistry was as immediate as it was obvious. We began to infuse his musical sensibilities with the music I had been writing to create what you have heard to date. With the additions of Maddox & Superhans to the line up this summer, we have now began work on an all new EP which should be making it’s way to people soon!

N: Where do you get inspiration for your song writing from?

W: All my lyrics are personal to me really. I would be lying if I said that I made up experiences to write lyrics, although sometimes I do wish that were the case. Every time I come to write a song, I tend to find myself looking back through my past, trying to pick out moments in time that hold enough emotional significance to me to draw them out into several verses and the occasional chorus! I should work on writing from a more fictional stand point, before I just become some depressed recluse!

N: How would you describe the band’s music, if someone asked you to?

W: I am actually asked this a lot, and I have to admit, I struggle! It’s not "rock", but it’s certainly not "metal" in any traditional sense. There is a pop sensibility to it, but it’s not by any means pop either. It’s a hybrid, a bastard child of genres if you will. We have some clever fans. Maybe they will be smart enough to coin a phrase to describe what it is we’re doing?

N: Tell me a bit about the music scene in your area.

W: Bristol has a pretty good music scene really. There isn’t a night where live music isn’t being played somewhere, normally in more than one place. Bristol has produced some big bands in the past, and we can only hope to follow in their footsteps. I don’t see myself as a Bristolian, but I certainly have no problem with flying the musical flag for the city.

N: Do you feel that the band’s music differ from other bands of the same style and genre? If so, why?

W: I certainly feel like we’re doing things differently. I’m very much of the mindset that if we’re sounding different, we’re doing something right. I have never wanted to be in a covers band, and for the same reasons, I wouldn’t want to be in a band people could very easily group with other bands. Obviously, I am aware of certain musical similarities between HDE and other bands out there, but we are all big fans of a diverse range of music, there are going to be certain sounds that influence our own.

N: How is the search for a full line-up going?

W: The search for a full line up is a constant ache for me. I really do feel like what we’re doing is worthwhile, but the fact that we can’t find certain musicians that feel the same is a bore. I know in my heart that there is a drummer and a bassist out there that want to play our music, they just don’t know it yet. Just as I met Mike, just as we met Maddox and Superhans, it all comes down to timing. When the time is right, we will complete the line up. Let’s just hope the time is right soon!

N: Are there any plans for an EP or an album from Her Dark Embrace? If so, when?

W: There certainly are plans, and they are in motion as we speak. I don’t want to go into to much detail about the EP yet, but you can expect to get your hands on it soon! After we get that out of the way, then the work begins on the album! Exciting to think about it all really.

N: Does the band have any plans for 2012?

W: I have always said that for me, 2012 is THE year for us. I really do hope that next year see’s the EP being received well. Obviously we want to get the line up issues resolved, and get our music out there on the stage! Then there is the afore mentioned album to think about. I just hope we have enough time for all I have planned next year!

N: In your opinion, what is the best time of the year and why?

W: For me, the best time of year is winter. I love the night, so when the nights come early, I am happier. Of course, it’s not much fun sitting in a beer garden at night when your beer is beginning to ice over, so there are parts of me that long for the summer nights to return whilst in the dark, but I am still happier there. When I was younger, I used to frequent a pub with a large glass window at the front. In the colder months, I used to sit there for hours on end, as the nights drew in, just watching the world move on the other side of the steamed up glass, and I was happy there. Winters always make me nostalgic of that moment, and it brings with it a sense of inner calm that relaxes me.

N: Last but not least, Her Dark Embrace have slowly being gaining recognition over the past several months, is there anyone who you’d like to attribute this to?

W: I can’t believe the amount of interest we have gotten in such a short amount of time. We have been together less than 10 months, yet we’ve racked up 3,000 fans on Facebook alone. I’m amazed by it really, and filled with hope for the future! I can only hope we continue to gain a following the way we have until now! I am definitely aware of several media outlets that deserve some thanks from us. Firstly, They have been amazing from the word go. They’ve featured us in many news stories, helped promote us via their Facebook page and just generally been very supportive since we started out. Then there’s the fans! Some of them have just gone out of their way to promote us, and it’s great to see people who really care about what we’re doing. This last month or so, it’s been great to see the support we have been getting from you guys at Valkyrian too. It’s awesome to feel like we have the support of people who really have a passion for music, so thanks to you as well!

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Band Of The Month [November – Voting]

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , , , on 25th October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

It’s that time of the month, where you get to vote for the next Band Of The Month!

Voting will last for one week [25th October – 31st October].

The nominees are:

Cryptic Age
Northern Oak
Her Dark Embrace
Sea Of Giants
Infernal Creation