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Thread Of Omen To Tour Europe in 2017

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South Africa’s Melodic Death Metal band Thread of Omen, are set to tour Europe in 2017, a stint that will also include them playing at Romania’s Rockstadt festival. Could it be that the African scene is slowly starting to get the recognition it deserves? A few years ago, ParkingLotGrass (Kenya) and Before Crush (Angola) played at a show in Germany. Not long after Wrust (Botswana) played at a show in Italy. Recently Overthrust (Botswana) were also invited to play in Germany and they killed every show in every stage. Zombies Ate My Girlfriend (South Africa) played at Wacken 2016, the world’s biggest annual metal festival this year in which they won! Now how cool is that?

Thread of Omen had this to say about their first ever European Tour:

We are proud to announce that in August 2017 we will be embarking on our first ever European tour which will feature a performance at Rockstadt Extreme Fest along Opeth, Napalm Death, August Burns Red, Alestorm, Nile and more incredible bands to be announced soon.

Details will be released shortly along with the official tracklisting and release date and details for our second album.

Thank you all for the support thus far- it means the world to us.

We at the AudioInferno towers had the opportunity to catch up with Victor van den Heever (Vocalist) and Matthew Cox (Bassist) of Thread of Omen to ask them a few questions.

Audioinferno: I understand you’re heading up north for a European tour next year, and are on the bill for the Rockstadt Festival in Romania as well. Is this your first time playing in Europe?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

That is correct, it all happened so suddenly and we are extremely overwhelmed that such an opportunity presented itself. This has always been a goal for us and when we received the news it felt surreal that this goal is becoming a reality. This will be our first time performing abroad so it will be a whole new adventure for Thread of Omen.

Audioinferno: Is it your first performance outside of South Africa?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

Yes

Audioinferno: Your 2015 début ‘Palace of the Fathers’ seems to be very popular among African metalheads and those who follow the African scene. How has it been received elsewhere?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

Thankfully the modern world provides us with instant connection to people from all over and just after we dropped our first album through bandcamp, we noticed a much interest in spots all over the globe. The album was featured on radio stations and podcast from countries all over and the feedback was very positive. We never expected it would reach places so quickly but once again it stands testament to the power of the internet and other media platforms. The band is just thankful we can be part of the global metal community and represent South Africa in our own creative way.

Matthew Cox (Bassist):

Yes, the Internet has assisted us in sharing our music with people who don’t usually hear South African metal. We are extremely grateful that our scene is getting international coverage thanks to the bands and promoters that have impressed the international metal community.

Thread Of Omen

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist)

Audioinferno: The fact that you’re doing a European tour would seem to show that you are growing your fan base globally. How do you feel about this?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

We feel rather overwhelmed seeing as the global market for metal meets very high standards. There is such a plethora of unique and highly talented artists out there and our aim was to constantly push ourselves to meet those standards in our own unique way. To get feedback from people all over the globe has kept us very inspired to improve. Our second album is a result of this evolution and we support strongly that for any band to stand out of the rest an adaptation of a unique sound, style, and theme is of the utmost importance. Although we draw elements from many genres we feel our second album is the next step forward in finding our ‘sound’ so to speak.

Audioinferno: For those of you who haven’t yet heard your music, how would you describe it, and where can they find your album?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

Our music has evolved from a very tested and tried formula of melodic death metal into something that adopts a more groove orientated feel. We still incorporate technical elements and plenty of melodic parts but the overall theme of the album is way more refined into a unique sound. We feel strongly that experimentation is the key to progression and we like pushing each other and evaluating the results. There is a theme of existential precursors in our lyrical construction and it is something we personally explore in your daily lives. Our aim is to present these thoughts and ideas into a palatable product for people to enjoy with their own interpretations. We are all about unifying the scene and about the multitude of artist expressions that are substance orientated.

Matthew Cox (Bassist):

The roots of our music are in melodic and progressive death metal, with strong characteristics of technical death, deathcore and groove metal. The Palace of the Fathers album reminds me of neoclassical-inspire­d melodic death metal. It’s a concept album and so not only the lyrics but the songs, riffing, soloing modes/textures, structures and song order contributes to the overall story. The new album sounds slightly more like traditional melodic death metal but with a lot more experimentation with groove and progressive and less focus on technicality of riffs but making it groovy and catchy, while still however maintaining that technical element.

Audioinferno: How and when was the band formed and who are your influences?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

The formation of Thread of Omen stems from both our guitarist relationship as school friends jamming together and later developing their interest by forming a band. This continued with members coming and going until our current vocalist Victor van den Heever and ex drummer Steyn Lotter and ex bassist Jean Hamman joined the band. Each member brought a fresh element due to the diversity in musical taste. Thus thread of Omen was born and the evolution continued with the replacement of our former bassist and drummer. 

Audioinferno: Which bands influences your music?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

Musical influences would need a list of its own due to each member’s musical taste. To sum it up we draw a lot of inspiration from the extreme forms of metal such as Death, Melodic death and technical death. We are also drawn to very unique bands and one of our collective favourites would definitely be Gojira because of their unique sound and profound messages in the form of lyrical creativity. We don’t really like categorizing ourselves to a specific genre as we feel it puts a restriction to the creative process. Therefore we would rather want the public to experience our music and perceive it to be whatever they feel meets their requirements. We just want to create original and well-constructed music.

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Matthew Cox (Bassist)

Audioinferno: What are your thoughts on the South African metal scene?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

The African metal scene is a very much overlooked industry and the metal community is tightly knitted through support from one another. We can see a gradual growth and there are definitely bands here that have international standards. It’s merely a case of semantics and trends in the metal evolution that present bands with an opportunity to stand out from the rest and this is something that is happening at a rapid rate in our country. The band is excited to see other bands reach this international recognition and it is only a matter of time before South Africa gets properly noticed. Thread of Omen is just glad that we can be a small part of it by doing what we enjoy the most, creating music.

Audioinferno: Zombies Ate My Girlfriend and Overthrust played in Wacken this year, and now you are doing a European tour. Do you think that people around the world, or at least in Europe are starting to notice the African metal scene? It is a scene that up until now has been largely overlooked?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

Thread of Omen is pleased that Zombies ate my girlfriend took the Wacken Open Air to victory. They definitely played a big role in putting South Africa on the map and there are many more bands in the same calibre that will possibly be noticed because of this. We definitely think people are starting to notice the passion in our metal scene.

Audioinferno: What are your plans beyond the tour next year?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

We hope to play as many big gigs as possible to spread notice of our second album. It is very dear to us and we worked really hard to refine our style into something unique and Africa is our platform to which we can extent our horizons to a bigger scene and represent our country with pride and honour.

Matthew Cox (Bassist):

In order to raise funds and promote the tour (and our upcoming second album) we’ll be gigging extensively over the next few months. I expect the new material to be as well-received (if not better) than the first album.

Audioinferno: Will you be playing at any of the major African fests in 2017?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

Hopefully

Audioinferno: Do you think the tour will perhaps open the door for you to tour Europe more often in the future and perhaps even play at some of the biggest festivals like Bloodstock, Wacken, Hellfest, etc?

Victor van den Heever (Vocalist):

We sincerely hope this tour will help us get noticed for the ultimate of festivals and it would be an exhilarating realization to us if we could share stages with our influences and give people the performance and energy they want. The reason we push so hard is due to the universal brotherhood that metal enthusiast all share. No matter what preferred styles there are we all can agree that metal is a very passionate art form. We are very excited for the future of metal in South Africa and abroad and its an absolute pleasure to be part of this growing entity.

Matthew Cox (Bassist):

Hopefully this experience will lead to other opportunities and we keep on progressing from here. Regardless of where this takes us, we’re all excited for the experience and will definitely make use of the extensive networking opportunities we will find on this tour- making friends with other bands from across the globe is an exciting experience.

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Seyi Obe

Seyi Obe is a Project Engineer working with an Engineering firm in Lagos, Nigeria. He received a B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. He loves rock music, and as a critic, he listens to all the sub-genres. His favourite sub-genre is Metalcore. He is head-honcho-in-charge of reviews on AudioInferno.com. When he is not managing any engineering project at the engineering firm where he works, he is here writing reviews for different categories of things, ranging from singles, EPs, albums, concerts and shows. He also writes articles on Rock Music and its development in Africa. He loves taking photographs, and is mostly responsible for supplying the quality high definition pictures that you see around the website.

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