Helmar Weiß – drums
Sebastian Beer – bass
Martin Mies – guitar
In 2013 Atlas Cube formed in Regensburg, Germany. Helmar and Sebastian had met during the formation of a short-lived hard rock project. Martin, Helmar’s partner from a juvenile instrumental progressive effort, had just returned to the area, looking to get a new creative outlet going. The principal concept of „anything goes“-proggy, while still groovy, sounded interesting to everybody. In the first jam session, Martin plugged in and mentioned, “This thing’s in 5/4 – 6/4“, and went off on the arpeggio which later formed into the song “2.0“. Right then, it was clear that everybody’s on the same track; Atlas Cube was born.
The next months led to the concepts for further compositions, eventually forming the songs for the EP. Ideas were drawn out, twisted and intertwined, revised, and sometimes tossed. The dominant concepts eventually distilled out: How can ideas and images, such as the hometown of Regensburg or the course of a relationship over the four seasons of a year, be described in instrumental music? How can odd-metered motives be made to groove and feel smooth? How can different sections and motives be coupled over the course of a song? How can the extended ranges of seven string guitar and six string bass be applied? What happens if you fuse influences of different musical genres? By releasing themselves from the confines of optimized vocal rock, or even allocation to specific musical genres, Atlas Cube have cleared out a framework in which these questions can be explored.
At the end of 2014, the band was ready to head to Stefan Lang’s K-Langwerkstatt studio in Mitterfels, leading to the release in October 2015. The effort war expanded upon with the single “A Change in Time” in 2016, featuring two brand new songs. Currently, Atlas Cube are in the composition phase for the next batch of stylistic exploration – stay tune for more material in 2017!
Atlas Cube describe their featured songs “Asia Moments”, “Zakko Droozer”, and “A Change in Time below”.
“Zakko Droozer” and “A Change in Time” are from our second “batch”, released as a single last year. We were trying to expand on the first set from the EP, extending our sound range into even heavier as well as even more mellow and Floating vibes. So Zakko ended up being our heaviest effort so far, while “Change” is more relaxed. Listening to the single by itself may be a bit confusing; you need the complete set to connect the two songs.
“Zakko” was mostly written by myself, based on messing around with the hungarian minor scale which is often used in death metal. The main heavy riff is really focused on backbeat 16ths (it’s like a rhythm exercise to play it along to a click!), with some tricky licks in between. The funk sections are inspired by some fusion jazz stuff – in retrospect, it reminds me of Primus, but that was not intentional. The song is meant to describe a Wolperdinger, which is a ficticious hideous Bavarian animal. Try to find the sharp teeth and fish eyes 😉
“A Change in Time” originated in one of Martin’s demos using a looper. He played various leads over the main arpeggio. We just went from there and kept on expanding. The phrasing of the 5/4 turned out nicely for my taste, and the switch to 6/4 in the middle of the song is meant to form a chorus-like element. Unlike our other songs, this one does not have a set story to it – it is meant primarily as a change-up to the rest of our material.”
Solorun is a one-man-band project created by Raphael Simagio (pseudonym) in 2012. Born and raised in Russia, he now lives in China. While the tracks of Solorun might sound different from one another they are all bound by strong melodies. Raphael says, ” Every time I create a new track, two inner forces fight each other: the first one wants hardcore and djent and the second one wants post – rock. I prefer not to stand on either side but rather mix them using various proportions. My music is always progressive and atmospheric.”
Thirty-three year old guitarist, singer-songwriter Luka Biljak from Croatia has been playing guitar for the last fifteen years. His project is Luka Biljak & Vicious Ambitious (instrumental and melodic rock which contains some ambiental moments). He says, “Also in this project a few other Vicious Ambitious members helped me really a lot, so my credit goes to Ante Katinac and Ivan Jurić for arranging, production, keyboards and bass guitar, drums etc.”
Influenced by different 80’s guitar players, Luka’s goal is to show some history through instrumental music to the audience. He says, “We are in the process of recording an album Shallow Deepness about the ancient roman city of Salona. We put out two singles Dream From Salona and Rise of Diocletian from an eight track album Shallow Deepness which is in the making!!! Hopefully, very soon would be a great time to put the third single out…”
Matt Powell enjoys a wide range of genres of guitar and music in general, however he tries to write and play metal which can hopefully be described as progressive shred with melody, blues, and feeling. His latest track Chaos is featured below.
Self-taught guitarist, drummer and composer Jurgen Krimp writes and records songs in the melodic heavy metal genre, influenced by Buckethead, Trivium, Iron Maiden and Mark Tremonti. Based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, he writes, records and engineers his tracks at his home studio, working together with Branco van der Werf who is a bass and rhythm guitar player. Their music is characterized by melodic leads and high-paced rhythm guitars. Featured below is his recent release “Axes of War”.
Musician Frank Steel is currently working on soundtrack music in addition to some of his personal projects. He says, “I have been a music producer for about five years now, and in that time I have had the privilege of working with many talented individuals, that have helped with and inspired my songs. I work in my home studio on many different genres, but in particular Metal, Blues, and Classical, but I dabble in electronic music from time to time.”
Featured below are his tracks “Can’t Work It Out” and “Prison”.
Melanchall is the one-man project from Max of Novosibirsk, Russia. Although Melanchall’s tracks sound dark and depressive at times, the message of its music is “Stop nothing, start anything”. Each track tries to show how dark life is when people do nothing to make their dreams come true or when people have no dreams at all. So, Melanchall is an attempt to push people beyond their comfort zone and make them start to change the world. I believe that music can be a cure for idleness and passivity. He says, ” I want to thank bands and musical projects like X-Fusion, Neurotech, Abyssphere, Deathstars and Cold in May for an inexhaustible source of inspiration and new ideas. The dark atmosphere of their music that makes me dive into it, many times led me to sudden and spontaneous creation of a great composition (great for me, of course).”
Featured below is his 2016 EP House of No Action available from Bandcamp
Official Website: http://melanchall.com/
Furios Lars is an Italian guitarist who has always been into metal. He says, “The day I picked up the guitar changed my entire life and person. I usually play really aggressive stuff but sometimes I like to chill out and be softer.” Falling Leaves, his first solo track, was written to express his feelings of determination and newfound joy for life. He says, “I wanted to create something that would spread those feelings, because even thought there may be some really hard times throughout our existence, there’s always a reason to rise again and change you life and your future, as well as help others around us do the same thing. There will always be many stories to tell and many reasons to smile!”
Hear his recent track Falling Leaves (A New Dawn)
Self-taught guitarist, drummer and composer Jurgen Krimp writes and records songs in the melodic heavy metal genre, influenced by Buckethead, Trivium, Iron Maiden and Mark Tremonti. Based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, he writes, records and engineers his tracks at his home studio, working together with Branco van der Werf who is a bass and rhythm guitar player. Their music is characterized by melodic leads and high-paced rhythm guitars.
Damiano Biasutto is a rock/heavy metal guitarist, musician and composer from the North-East of Italy, Friuli. Born in 1996, he has always harbored a desire to compose music and to create a world in its own image. This world is characterized by the logo “Dark Spiritualis”, a symbol which represents the point of reference that encloses the ideas and it describes the psychological characteristics of the author. He describes himself a”dark, strange and solitary” artist who likes evocative music.
Featured below are his tracks Evoke, Arpreggios of Farewell, and Spark.
Nerve Cluster is an amateur producer and sound engineering student who discovered his love of making metal music whilst studying. Inspired by bands like Mechina and Tyrant of Death he has been able to experiment and create the sounds heard in his head. He says, “Also I wanted to prove that a bass guitar when produced right can be way heavier than regular guitar.”
Joseph Norment, from Jackson, Michigan, has been playing guitar and drums since the age of seven. Heavily influenced by rock and metal he says, “I come from a very musical family and to me music is a great way of releasing any negative energy from inside me.” His favorite bands include Seether, Slipknot, Dorje, and Five Finger Death Punch.”
Featured below are his tracks Lucid and Significant Weakness