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ANA KEFR – Parts Ways With Two Band Members

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme metal bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on December 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

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Frontman of American extreme prog outfit ANA KEFR (Arabic, “I am Infidel“), Rhiis Lopez, has issued the following statement regarding the recent parting ways with lead guitarist Brendan Moore and drummer Shane Dawson:

“After 3 years of working together, recording the digi-single “Tonight We Watch the Children Fucking Burn” and our critically acclaimed second full-length album “The Burial Tree (II),” we have decided that it would be in the best interests of all involved to let Brendan and Shane pursue their own different musical paths. The reasons all boil down to a conflict of personal interests, but the parting has been on amicable terms and we genuinely wish them the absolute best in their future endeavors. It has been a good ride these past 3 years!

At the moment, ANA KEFR is focused on the future and writing, for a strong return in 2013. We are extremely excited about the new material and can’t wait to share it with everyone!”

ANA KEFR released their second full-length album in 2011, The Burial Tree (II) (Muse Sick), which climbed to #3 best-selling death metal album on Amazon for 2 consecutive weeks – the only independently released album in the top 50. Shortly after the album’s release and a brief American West-coast tour with NEKROGOBLIKON, the band organized and financed their first 32-date nationwide tour, The Zephyr US Tour 2011.

Bringing their unique brand of extreme metal to over half of the continental United States, ANA KEFR subsequently supported SABATON‘s North American release of “Carolus Rex,” and vocalist Rhiis Lopez appeared on “Blessed He With Boils,” the upcoming debut full-length record (December 21, 2012) from cinematic black metal outfit XANTHOCHROID. ANA KEFR completed the cycle of The Burial Tree (II) with a finale performance at the California Metalfest VII festival, alongside KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and others.

ANA KEFR- official website: www.anakefr.com

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(Source: Sundisc PR)

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LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

KOSHER METAL’S ‘KOSHER KONCERT SERIES’ – Door Prizes Revealed!

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles, California-based online Metal radio station Kosher Metal have revealed door prizes to be given away at  their first Kosher Koncert Series event, which will take place on Saturday, August 4th 2012 at The Vibe in Riverside, Ca – located at 1805 University Ave.  The event will be all ages featuring eight bands, with doors opening at 3pm and prize giveaways in between sets. Tickets for the event are on sale now via TicketLeap at www.koshermetal.ticketleap.com for $10 ($12 day of show). Those who purchase tickets in advance will get two free door prize entries.

The following is a list of door prizes (provided in part by Sam Ash, Nuclear Blast Records, RH Merch& Rock Science).

  • Ibanez electric guitar signed by all the bands
  • Nuclear Blast CD prize packs
  • Tickets to the Summer Slaughter tour in Anaheim
  • A copy of the Rock Science music trivia board game (www.rockscience.tv)
  • Sam Ash gift certificates
  • Amazon gift cards and more!

An official promo video for the event can be seen at http://youtu.be/TPEfNQSDRGk. There is also a compilation available for free download that contains one track from each band performing. Performers include: Ana Kefr, Sangre, Nekrogoblikon, Dyer, Awaiting the Apocalypse, Portrait of Gray, Xanthochroid & Head Transfer Process. The compilation can be downloaded via www.koshermetal.bandcamp.com.

Kosher Metal is an online radio station that can be heard via the web and most smartphones. It started as a weekly radio program in June 2010 and became a 24 hour operation in April of 2011. Kosher Metal founder and on-air personality, ManJewky, is a graduate of the Music Business Program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

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(Source: Sundisc PR)

LONG LIVE KOSHER METAL.

Stone.

THE KOSHER KONCERT SERIES – Is Coming To The Inland Empire This Summer; Free Kosher Koncert Series Comp Available

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles, California-based online metal radio station Kosher Metal have crossed over into the realm of concert promotion. The first Kosher Koncert Series event will take place on Saturday, August 4th 2012 at The Vibe in Riverside, CA – located at 1805 University Ave. This event will be all ages with raffle prizes provided in part by Sam Ash Music, Nuclear Blast Records and RH Merch.

Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday, May 12th at 10am PST via TicketLeap at www.koshermetal.ticketleap.com.

An official trailer for the event can be seen at http://youtu.be/TPEfNQSDRGk.

There is also a compilation available for FREE download that contains one track from each band performing. Performers include: Ana Kefr, Sangre, Nekrogoblikon, Dyer, Awaiting the Apocalypse, Portrait of Gray, Xanthochroid & Head Transfer Process. The compilation can be downloaded via www.koshermetal.bandcamp.com.

Kosher Metal founder, and on-air personality, Max ‘ManJewky’ Wallis had this to say about the new venture: “It feels good to get back in the promoting game. I worked for a major promoter in the Hollywood area for a couple of years and they were some of the most fun years of my life. It’s all part of the all-encompassing passion that is helping local bands get to the next level, the more I can do the happier I am. Of course, it can be very stressful at times… but there’s nothing like seeing a bunch of people having a good time at an event that you created. ”

Kosher Metal is an online radio station that can be heard via the web and most smartphones. It started as a weekly radio program in June 2010 and became a 24 hour operation in April of 2011. Kosher Metal founder and on-air personality, ManJewky, is a graduate of the Music Business Program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

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(Source: Sundisc PR)

For more info on KOSHER METAL, click the links below!

www.koshermetal.com

www.facebook.com/KosherMetalOfficial

LONG LIVE KOSHER METAL.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – Featured In ATMOSFEAR Extreme Music Magazine Issue #8

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, magazines, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ANA KEFR – The California based Extreme Metal band ANA KEFR have a featured interview in the latest issue (#8) of ATMOSFEAR Extreme Music Magazine. What sets ANA KEFR apart from their Extreme Metal peers, is their progressive leanings musically and philosophical lyrics. Make no Metal mistake, ANA KEFR is an Extreme Metal band, 100% from top to bottom and side to side. ANA KEFR is an Extreme Metal band that is on the rise and a must to check out and hear, if you haven’t already.

* ANA KEFR was voted #9 in Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Metal Albums of 2011, with their critically applauded album: The Burial Tree (II). (Posted on Metal Odyssey December 17th, 2011).

(Source: Sundisc PR)

* For more info on ANA KEFR, click on the link below:

www.anakefr.com

* For more info on ATMOSFEAR, click on the link below:

www.atmosfearzine.com

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – Extreme Metal Band: Banned In Tupelo, Mississippi Due To Discrimination

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles, California-based extreme Progressive Metal band ANA KEFR (Arabic, meaning “I am Infidel”) have been forced to replace their Tupelo, Mississippi date on their upcoming Zephyr US National Tour due to discriminationANA KEFR, whose music is complimented by lyrical themes of militant atheism and humanist philosophy, have been deemed unwelcome by venues local to Tupelo, one of the band’s handful of scheduled dates in the Bible Belt.

Commented ANA KEFR frontman Rhiis D. Lopez: “We’re seriously disappointed that we’ve been forced to re-schedule our October 11 date in Tupelo, and apologize to fans who were planning to attend. This was to be a benefit show, organized by a local non-profit organization to raise relief funds for victims of natural disasters in Mississippi. There were 3 other bands scheduled to support us on the show and now all 4 bands have found themselves shut out from the opportunity. Apparently, to the owner of Good Time Charlie’s and numerous others who flooded the promoter with hate and intolerance on our account, aiding victims of natural disasters is trumped by whether or not one believes in their merciful and benevolent religion. Their vicious stupidity only further strengthens and reinforces the truth of ANA KEFR, and it is a shame that faith must come before charity and philanthropy.”

The October 11th date has been replaced with a scheduled performance at Churchill’s in Miami, Florida on the same date. The official Zephyr US Tour 2011 schedule, in support of ANA KEFR‘s recently released second full-length album The Burial Tree (II), is as follows:

October 5 – Phoenix, AZ – Chaser’s

October 6 – Austin, TX – Headhunter’s

October 7 – Jackson, MS – Sam’s Lounge

October 8 – New Orleans, LA – Checkpoint Charlie

October 9 – Metairie, LA – Babylon

October 11 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s

October 12 – Panama City, FL – C-Level

October 13 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick

October 14 – Atlanta, GA – The Little Tree

October 15 – Columbia, SC – Outt Saloon

October 16 – Charlotte, NC – The Bonu5 Room

October 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Pounder’s

October 21 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt

October 22 – Ithaca, NY – WVBR radio show

October 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

October 25 – St. Joseph, MO – Rock n Metal Room

October 26 – Wichita, KS – Kirby’s Beer Room

October 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – 5 Monkeys

October 28 – Seattle, WA – The Backstage Bar

October 29 – Portland, OR – Black Forest

October 30 – Seattle, WA – The Fun-house

November 1 – Portland, OR – Saratoga

November 2 – Fresno, CA – Babylon

November 4 – San Diego, CA – Kensington Club

November 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go

Of the tour, Lopez had the following remarks: “We are looking forward to our first U.S. national tour, and can’t wait to meet and make new fans and friends. To our fans in Tupelo – one way or another, we can and will overcome this. See you all on the road!”

(Source: Sundisc PR)

* For more info on ANA KEFR, click on the link below:

www.anakefr.com

www.facebook.com/rhmerch

* Stone Says: ANA KEFR is always welcomed here at Metal Odyssey.

FELLOW METALHEADS UNITE AND RALLY AROUND ANA KEFR.

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

LONG LIVE INDEPENDENT THOUGHT.

METAL MUST STAY UNITED.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – Announce U.S. National Tour For October – November 2011!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

California-based extreme Prog-Metal band ANA KEFR have released the tour dates for their upcoming month-long U.S. tour in October-November, all in support of their recently released, critically acclaimed second full-length album “The Burial Tree (II)” (Muse Sick Records), the follow-up to 2009’s debut “Volume 1” (Muse Sick).

Regarding the tour, ANA KEFR frontman and keyboardist Rhiis D. Lopez commented: “Ana Kefr is a D.I.Y. band to the core, and this tour is an in-house job down to the smallest of details. There are plenty of bands constantly on the road, but the majority of the longer tours are backed by labels and booking agents. Our tour was organized by myself and Fonzie (Alphonso Jimenez, bass), and as such you’ll see we’re playing everything from larger stages to sweaty underground Metal bars. We’ve even organized the line-up on half of these shows and are seriously impressed by the enthusiasm and generosity of Metal-loving strangers. We can’t wait to meet everyone, share some beers and bang some heads!”

CHECK OUT THE TOUR DATES ON THE POSTER BELOW!

The tour is sponsored by Kosher Metal and RH Merch.

* For more info on ANA KEFR & their sponsors, click on the links below:

www.anakefr.com

www.koshermetal.com

www.facebook.com/rhmerch

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

HEMOPTYSIS – To Share The Stage With ANA KEFR: October 5th, 2011, At Chasers In Scottsdale, Arizona!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal concerts, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Just announced: Hemoptysis will share the stage with Ana Kefr (Riverside Ca.), Death Perception, and Cthulhu on Wednesday, October 5th @ Chasers in Scottsdale, AZ. All ages, $8 pre sale $10 at the door.

Tickets available at www.misanthropicproductions.com

(Source: Hemoptysis)

Hemoptysis Vocalist/Guitarist, Masaki Murashita, has joined the debate on the somewhat controversial new music streaming service Spotify. You can read Murashita’s thoughts on what this service will mean for labels, bands, and fans alike at this link http://thatdevilmusic.net/2011/08/15/spotify-evolution-music-industry-time-change/

* For more info on Hemoptysis, click the links below:

HEMOPTYSIS – Official Website

HEMOPTYSIS – Facebook

HEMOPTYSIS – myspace music

Masaki Murashita – Official facebook

* For more info on Ana Kefr, click the link below:

www.anakefr.com

* For more current Hemoptysis tour dates, click on the big header link below:

Hemoptysis – Tour Details + Promotional Video Streaming Now!

LONG LIVE HEMOPTYSIS.

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – “THE BURIAL TREE (II)” ALBUM OFFICIALLY RELEASED!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Today, May 3, 2011, California-based Extreme Progressive Metal outfit ANA KEFR have released their second full-length effort, titled “The Burial Tree (II)”. Hailed by critics as “an instant classic,” “a landmark LP in the Metal community” months before its official release, this album has the Metal community buzzing. “The Burial Tree (II)” was recorded at Lunch-Box Studios in Perris, California, engineered by David Franklin and produced by Ana Kefr and David Franklin. The cover art (“The Watcher”) was created by Dutch artist Bianca van der Werf (www.biancavanderwerf.com).

“The Burial Tree (II)” – Track Listing:

Ash-Shahid

Emago

Monody

In the House of Distorted Mirrors

Thaumatrope

Bathos and the Iconoclast

The Zephirus Circus

Jeremiad

Apoptosis

Parasites

Paedophilanthrope

Fragment

The Blackening

The Collector

Runtime: An hour and two minutes

Line-up:

Rhiis D. Lopez (founding member): lead vocals, keys, clarinet, rattlesnake rattle

Kyle Coughran (founding member): rhythm guitar & vocals

Brendan Moore: lead guitar, saxophone & vocals

Alphonso Jimenez: bass guitar

Shane Dawson: drums & djembe

* For more info on ANA KEFR & where to purchase “The Burial Tree (II)”:

ANA KEFR official website:–
www.anakefr.com

“THE BURIAL TREE (II)” on CD Baby–
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anakefr2

“THE BURIAL TREE (II)” on iTunes–
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-burial-tree-ii/id433807490

* To read the Metal Odyssey album review for The Burial Tree (II), (posted on February 9, 2011), click the link below:

ANA KEFR – “The Burial Tree (II)” Progressively Extreme and Resists Metal Boundaries

* To read the Metal Odyssey interview with ANA KEFR, (posted on February 18, 2011), click on the link below:

ANA KEFR – A Metal Odyssey Interview!

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – A Metal Odyssey Interview!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, interviews, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Upon my first complete listen through of Ana Kefr’s The Burial Tree (II), I realized many things. Firstly, there can’t possibly be any ego’s happening within a band such as this? Musical parts cannot “connect together” in such an uncommon way of effectiveness for there to be any indecisiveness amongst Ana Kefr. Secondly, this bands music changes like the seasons throughout The Burial Tree (II), while never lessening their firm grip on an all-embracing Metal sound, while threading in an Extreme Metal style. Thirdly, it is not advisable to pigeonhole Ana Kefr into any one exclusive Metal genre. From Progressive instrumentation with woodwinds to Black and Death Metal vocals, Ana Kefr provides the listener with a vast landscape of Metal and musical styles.

Lastly, this is a smart band. Why? Ana Kefr obviously does not hang out with status quo and their philosophical lyrics are written to not just make you ponder, their lyrics make you think. Yes, there are many up and coming Metal bands of all genres being heard around the globe, only Ana Kefr isn’t cookie cutting their way to the top. When an interview opportunity with Ana Kefr arose for Stone, the obvious choice was to accept it.

Ana Kefr is a band that avoids what I find annoying in Progressive Metal. This band does not play with bothersome excessiveness, nor is there ever a chance they will ever cater to the plastic side of the music industry. Ana Kefr is a band that plays together and a band that does interviews together. Let me introduce you to their names, then indulge in what Ana Kefr had to say:

ANA KEFR:

Rhiis D. Lopez – lead vocals, keyboards & clarinet

Kyle Coughran – rhythm guitar & vocals

Brendan Moore – lead guitar, saxophone & vocals

Alphonso Jiminez – bass

Shane Dawson – drums & percussion

* Ana Kefr originate from Riverside, California. A May 3rd, 2011 release date is scheduled for The Burial Tree (II), on Ana Kefr’s own imprint label: Muse Sick.

Stone: Which took longer to write, the lyrics or the music for “The Burial Tree (II)”?

Rhiis: The Burial Tree’s writing and rehearsals began around the beginning of November 2009, shortly after the departure of our former lead guitarist and drummer. Kyle and I basically laid to rest about 13 songs that had been written then, what we had originally thought was going to be the material for Volume 2. Instead of holding onto these songs, we basically started from scratch. “In the House of Distorted Mirrors” was the first song we wrote when the band had been stripped down to just the two of us, “Ash-Shahid,” “Paedophilanthrope” and “Monody” were written around then, but they were a bit different – the material we write tends to undergo multiple revisions. The only song that is on The Burial Tree that was an idea already written is “Thaumatrope,” but that song also underwent some changes when we secured new musicians who were able to do more with their instruments. When Brendan, Alphonso and Shane became a part of the band, we brought the material we’d written to them and they added their own touch to the songs, and then as a full writing team we cranked out the rest of the material over the span of about one year. It probably would have taken a shorter amount of time, but Kyle and I had to first catch up the new guys on how to perform our older material before we could focus on writing for a new album. Once they were caught up, we also needed to get back into a routine of playing shows, and that also takes time, energy and resources away from concentrating on writing an album of new material. The last song written was “Bathos and the Iconoclast,” which was completed probably a month or two before we entered the studio. I have a feeling the writing process will move faster next time, mostly because everyone is caught up now and we’ve gotten used to the way we all operate.

ANA KEFR – The Burial Tree (II) album cover, which was created by the Dutch artist Bianca Van Der Werf and is aptly titled: The Watcher.

Rhiis: Lyrically, it all began with a ton of notes, and it remained as pages and pages of notes and ideas until about 2 months before we entered the studio. I wanted the music to be complete before I invested time and thought into what the vocals would do, so I just kept organizing and adding to this pile of notes. I went through a lot of ideas, many of which never made it onto the album, the whole writing process took probably 6 months. I knew that I wanted this album to be ridiculously layered with ideas and meaning, so that you could keep going back and re-discovering new things if you really paid attention. I’m really happy with the album, I feel like all the hard work put into every note and word has really paid off.

Stone: When you sit down to write the skeleton of a song, which instrument is it initially played on?

Kyle: Well, there are many ways we go about writing a song. I usually start by using the instrument of the mind to create an idea or feeling in particular, then from there I transfer it to my guitar. There have been many incidents where this process accrued on The Burial Tree. I also just like sitting down with another band member to create a song, either way it never falls short of Ana Kefr.

Stone: Which is that “one song” on “The Burial Tree (II)” that you feel the strongest emotional attachment to?

Alphonso: If I had to pick one song, it would have to be “In the House of Distorted Mirrors.” It was the first challenging song I had to go through. I remember going home and being worried about my skills. I had just joined the band and I didn’t want to make them feel like they made a wrong choice. So I had to practice more than usual. After having that song on lock…I knew it was going to get a little easier. I was wrong.

Stone: What non-Metal music influences and/or inspirations do you have to share? Be it bands, musicians, albums or songs? What band or musician is your greatest Metal influence?

Shane: Well, I have many influences. but if I had to pick one it would be Mike Portnoy. His drumming style is what got me into metal. Without his style of playing, I dont know what kind of music I would be playing.

Shane: The main musical influence that is not metal would be Frank Zappa. In my opinion he is one of the greatest musicians ever. “Joe’s Garage” and “Apostrophe” are two of my favorite albums of all time, along with “Dark side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd and “Colors” by Between the Buried and Me. But if you asked me to refer one artist for you to check out, it would be Zappa. Anything from his work is a musical adventure.

Stone: Woodwinds add another element of sound to “The Burial Tree (II)”, which only enhances an already progressive style your band exhibits. Are there other non-conventional Metal Music instruments you are considering to use, on future Ana Kefr albums?

Brendan: I was thinking about adding a slide whistle, kazoo, and a triangle in the next album. Actually that’s not true, I’ll probably stick to what I know how to play since triangle and kazoo lessons are so expensive. However I’m sure there will be some other obscure instrumentation on the next album, as well as a little more saxophone and clarinet than what’s on The Burial Tree (II). But, for now, I am simply focused on promoting this album in the meantime. When it comes to writing, the guitar parts and arrangements will be in place before anything else is brought into the mix.

Stone: If you could travel through time, what band or musician would you go to see performing live and why?

Kyle: I would travel back in time and examine the work and performance of Johann Sebastian Bach because of the wonderful music he has created. He is one of my big I’s.

Stone: What does the future hold for Ana Kefr touring?

Alphonso: We can not wait to get out there and tour for months, but we must start slow and build our tour in time. We will do the weekend shows, move up to a small northern California week tour, then travel a little farther from home. We will do our best to get out as much as we can. If we do this right, we could land a spot on a bigger tour.

Stone: How do you take care of your voice? Do you have any superstitions when it comes to vocal preparation?

Rhiis: I actually don’t take care of my voice by doing anything out of the ordinary. I’ve been making weird noises since I was a little kid, so I think my throat is used to the abuse. If I do get hoarse, I’ll stop talking for a day to let my vocal chords heal, but I usually don’t have any problems. I’ve had some ginger root, coffee and tea in the vocal booth when I’m screaming my brains out, but nothing seems to make a difference. I don’t have any superstitions regarding vocal preparation, but screaming along to Bloodbath on the way to a show or the studio seems to get me warmed up.

Stone: With so much chaos happening in the world around us, what would a soundtrack for mankind sound like in 2011, as performed by Ana Kefr?

Brendan: Honestly, that’s what I believe The Burial Tree sounds like. People often ask me to describe our sound, in which case I will reply with “if a brutal metal band wrote an epic movie soundtrack to humanity as we know it.” Our album encompasses our world and humanity as a whole in terms of the absolute feeling you get. It is organized chaos that stretches from the darkest tragedy and aggression to some of the most beautiful moments you can imagine; I feel it is similar to real life. Mankind is capable of absolute evil but also absolute good and plenty of gray. It is not often that there is a sharp contrast between the two. Tragic events, as well as noble ones, often contain a series of scenarios that lead to them. But that is not always the case. Sometimes it can take an unexpected turn for the best or for the worst. The music of The Burial Tree is similar in terms of how it leads into some of these starkly different moments. Often there is a flow from our heaviest and darkest moments that build into a beautiful moment. But just when you think you have it figured out, you are hit with the unexpected. The album (much like real life) can seem very chaotic and unpredictable yet, when it is all said and done, you are left reflecting on what you just experienced. It’s hard to imagine anything else that makes as much sense.

Stone: Thank you Ana Kefr for sharing your thoughts and insights collectively, as a band.

To read my complete album review of Ana Kefr’s The Burial Tree (II), (posted on February 9, 2011), just click the large header link below:

ANA KEFR – “The Burial Tree (II)” Progressively Extreme and Resists Metal Boundaries

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – “The Burial Tree (II)” Progressively Extreme and Resists Metal Boundaries

Posted in avant-garde music, Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ANA KEFRThe Burial Tree (II) is the follow up to Volume 1, Ana Kefr’s critically acclaimed full-length debut released back in 2009. Both of these albums have been handed off to the Metal world via their own imprint label: Muse Sick. With a May 3rd, 2011 release date solidified, Ana Kefr’s new album is already making more noise than a sold out Arena of Detroit Red Wings fans. Originating from Riverside, California, Ana Kefr combines Extreme Metal with with progressive elements aplenty.

With smart and philosophical lyrics, Ana Kefr may have very well created their own Metal genre, which I’ll call – Thinking Man’s Extreme Metal. Maybe an easier label to blanket Ana Kefr with is Progressive Extreme Metal, only that would be too academic. Making things easier for us all, I’ll take a line from Hard Rock warriors Tesla: Call it what you want. I’m calling Ana Kefr an open book Extreme Metal Band… Metal be thy name.

It’s very easy to get caught up in Metal genre labels, with that said, Ana Kefr is not going to punch out at the Extreme Metal time clock anytime soon. Time is on this band’s side. What Ana Kefr brings with their extremity is layers of sounds that are so intriguing, my captivation level had reached an all new high while listening to The Burial Tree (II)… and that was during my initial listen through. What Ana Kefr has convincingly conveyed to my ears, is musical influences do not have to stand out as a bulls-eye within the structures of their songs. Ana Kefr has a keen ability to make their musical mood evolve into a potpourri of tonal originality, regardless if they are not pioneers of Metal experimentalism. Musical influences I or anyone else hears within an album of songs, is undeniably subjective. Still, the fun begins once my perception of sound takes that daringly brave leap. I’ll continue onward…

Between the Metal linings of Ana Kefr’s music, I sense influences ranging from Queensryche to Savatage, with a possible yet legitimately subtle nod to Cradle Of Filth. Do I dare state that quite logically, a reference point may have once been The Electric Light Orchestra when it comes to the atmospheric elements to The Burial Tree (II)? Maybe and maybe not. The Trans Siberian Orchestra epic-like canvas of sound hurls itself straight upon my ears from the sensory presence of The Burial Tree (II). Only this band bestows a much darker, outwardly aggresivemainstream shattering and stormier presentation of music and this album’s non-conforming bark is as muscular as it’s Extreme laden bite. The Burial Tree (II) is a box of puzzle pieces that unloads in my brain, then gets put together fluidly as each song spills forth it’s uniqueness of musical character.

Rhiis D. Lopez creates the feelings and sounds that drive Ana Kefr’s music to such elegantly Extreme profoundness with his wizardry on the keys, not to mention his emotionally Extreme vocals, resulting in that open air journey of the mind I’ve signed on to, before I can even refuse. Around each bend, through the maniacal twists and turns, are those sounds and vibrations that may just go unnoticed after the first six or maybe seven listens of The Burial Tree (II), Ana Kefr is that enterprising of a band. Can Ana Kefr be too complex for their own good? In my Metal opinion, not in this post-Millennium decade.

A thinking man’s Metal will stop me in my tracks, making me realize that there is much more to know and explore about music and it’s infinite possibilities. With a clarinet and saxophone being introduced to the musical repertoire of The Burial Tree (II), Ana Kefr is careful enough to not overstep and become overly creative. Not to dissect apart a need for woodwinds in an already progressively driven atmosphere of Metal, the level of their use substantiates Ana Kefr’s belief in less is more when it comes to not over exploiting these ageless instruments. Devouring an album such as The Burial Tree (II) overnight or over the course of a two week period is absurd. This is an album and a band that just might become your Metal companion for your mind… the big and thick book you can’t push aside.

Expect Blackened Death vocals, searing guitar parts that boils over and gives way to melody, unexpected episodes of calm, with a bounty of synthetic fullness that engulfs the top and background of these 14 songs heard on The Burial Tree (II). All the while, the Extreme Metal direction that Ana Kefr travels never goes astray from it’s determined path of being the equalizer. To put it best, mainstream would walk on the other side of the street upon seeing Ana Kefr emerging from the darkened alley.

Ana Kefr does not present a cut and dry approach, nor do they administer a cut and dry sound to sum up in a tidy album review for Metal aficionado’s on the go. What I will say, is Ana Kefr remarkably joins the highs with the lows, impeccably balancing each song’s tempo and personality to eye popping approval. Those eyes popping are mine by the way. When a band can take me aboard their musical journey, regardless of how Extreme or mellow it may be and bring me to a place I’ve never been before, then that band deserves my Metal commendation. The Burial Tree (II) is a Metal album that encompasses musical elements of various Metal genres. These are intelligent musicians that have given thought to their music and lyric’s complexity and made a fearless album of songs along the way. Ana Kefr shook up my Metal soul with The Burial Tree (II), I’m quite certain they will try to eventually seize it altogether. Metal be thy name, I can’t let it go just yet.

* Album cover art for The Burial Tree (II) was created by the Dutch artist Bianca Van Der Werf and is aptly titled: The Watcher.

ANA KEFR:

Rhiis D. Lopez – lead vocals, keyboards & clarinet

Kyle Coughran – rhythm guitar & vocals

Brendan Moore – lead guitar, saxophone & vocals

Alphonso Jimenez – bass

Shane Dawson – drums & percussion

Track Listing For The Burial Tree (II):

Ash-Shahid

Emago

Monody

In The House Of Distorted Mirrors

Thaumatrope

Bathos And The Iconoclast

The Zephirus Circus

Jeremiad

Apoptosis

Parasites

Paedophilanthrope

Fragment

The Blackening

The Collector

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

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