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  NEPHELIUM
'Coils Of Entropy'
(Self Released)
Release Date: 7th February 2012


Rachael Mattice

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On February 7th 2012, a Death Metal band has risen from the chronicles of numerous changes, and centered their expertise with congruent goals and vision to release their first album. Although it has taken them years to master their debut, Nephelium's ten-year history has taken them on a rugged path that finally produced the independent, self-released album titled 'Coils Of Entropy'.

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After multiple lineup changes, the original two members Alan Madhavan on drums, and guitarist Alex Zubair, started Nephelium in Dubai. As life tends to take us different places in the world, it also brought Nephelium to Toronto where they formed the roots for the basis of the band's future. However many continent changes and personal detriments to our well-being a human can endure, Metal in all its beauty brought these men together with perseverance in common. What better time in musicians' lives than to create music to change the world, an album that was introduced with a mutually symbolic theme of Entropy.

   


"Our lives as individuals at the time were a whirlwind of chaos, in different aspects," said bassist Florian Ravet. "We all had personal events and eras in our lives that were significant to us in conjuring up this title. Understand that in that void there is still energy, energy that can be ignited and used to build upon."

The energy that they used to produce 'Coils' can be tasted and seized when blaring the tracks. Whether one uses it for fuel to run a Marine Corps physical fitness test and keep the puke down after the third mile; long distance driving music for hours at end in your pile of garbage car; your meditation de-stressor while you count sheep before bed time; your muscle relaxant to control yourself from punching your boss; your pre- and post-party juice mixer, 'Coils Of Entropy' will kindle even the smallest burning flame in anyone.

Last in line as the final track on the album, the self-titled song 'Coils Of Entropy' was the first song Nephelium wrote in Canada with several musical elements in mind to incorporate ten years of turmoil.

"Our journey from when we started through all the times we had back home and the relief of finally being here is something that I definitely feel the song depicts," said Ravet. "Emotions of chaos and confusion open the song and take the listener down a road of happiness, rage, sadness, more confusion, culture and tradition."

The thundering double bass by Madhavan has amazing perpetuity, and the traditional Arabian background is sexy in the guitars of James Sawyer and Zubair. This is included again in 'Halls Of Judgment'. The Death Metal vocals tend to be spot on behemoth-deep performed by Devlin Anderson, but lacked strength when entering the high range. The rhythm changes seven minutes in demonstrated clarity and discipline to achieve perfect break silences multiple times.

'Malediction' takes away some of the speed and conjures an image of giants trudging through pits of weak souls. It is slow, massive, and monstrously evil. The tempo change allows the listener to hear every single instrumental additive and characteristic of the musicians and composition.

Another song labeled 'Merciless Annihilation' is the first single for Nephelium with much more signature old school metal hints taken from days past and bands of influence. A little less aesthetically pleasing, the technicality was evident, but was harder to connect with and place in the family with the other songs.



The album as a whole will favor well with the heavy-hearted because the dedication it took to write the riffs and lyrics comes through. Putting the work in to produce a final product that the band was pleased with was parallel to what the target audience would be yearning for.

"We had a clear idea of what we wanted, and since we are very picky and perfectionists, we would not settle for 'just okay', said Ravet. The recording, production and mastering of the album was given to the best people we could find.

"After the album was in the can, we faced some other lineup changes, which led us to once again look for new members, this time making sure that whoever would join the Nephelium ranks will be as committed as the founding members were, and ready to properly promote the album and the band live."

"Also finding the right artist for the cover art, and another one for the logo design was a quest in itself, following the same pattern of 'working with the best'. With Nephelium's current members, we're ready to conquer the world for good."

In the upcoming year, Nephelium plans to start touring in Canada and the United States, and plans to terrorize Europe as well.

To read the rest of Rachael Mattice's interview with Nephelium bassist Florian Ravet, see below. Stay tuned for tour dates at Nephelium's website by clicking here.

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What was going on in your lives that made you mutually decide on the symbolic album title 'Coils Of Entropy?'

"Our lives as individuals at the time were a whirlwind of chaos, in different aspects obviously. We all had personal events and/or eras in our lives that were significant to us in conjuring up this title in that everything will have an end but even that end will have energy."

Since this has taken you a decade to bring together (i.e. line up changes, moving, etc.) what life lessons and themes have you incorporated into this album?

"In writing and recording this album and thinking back to all the good times and bad that we went through back home and here, in the wise words of Rob Flynn; "The blood, the sweat, the bee... for real though... the tears!", is what will bring you to realize that hard work pays off. In the lyrical content to the layman, the biggest life lesson is that when you feel that everything is 'done' for the lack of a better word, understand that in that void there is still energy... energy that can be ignited and used to build upon.

What differences in scene, style, and audience do you notice in North America than in other areas of the world?

"There is one major attribute that everything related to Metal has around the world: DEDICATION. It doesn't matter where you are, Metal fans, bands and scene in general are represented by a horde of die hard Metalheads, what varies is the scope.

"As far as specifics to the North American scene, the main difference in scope are that availability of content is greater, support from local promoters and media, combined with a relative bigger Metal crowd makes networking easier. All in all the exposure of the scene in general has a bigger impact, especially compared with the way we used to struggle to get our Metal growing up in Dubai.

"But this can be shaped like a double edged sword : overabundance of content makes it harder for a band to get to the right audience, and Metal fans who have too much to choose from might be missing out on what they really want.

"It's all relative of course, and the scene is always evolving in other parts of the world. Nephelium is eager to tour the world and experience more of the global scene to be able to answer this question with more insight in the near future!"

Where do you find yourselves or what do you seem to be doing when you get an idea for a song/riff/lyric?

"Ideas can pop up anytime, literally, and this is not limited to the jam time where we get together. We could be humming a riff or idea at work and put it down, coming home to either video record it or tab it to send it to our band mates. Same with lyrics or theme ideas: it could happen while driving, in the middle of night and we would connect via email to start brainstorming before the next practice session comes up where we can start piecing it all together.

"Come to think of it, we are spoiled with technology these days; things can be really easy to share ideas together."

For someone whom has never heard or seen you live, what is a signature characteristic of your set style?

"It is very, very tight. We have worked and practiced hard to have a live sound similar to the album, with the added energy and power of stage performance. We're no sissies either when it comes to headbanding (our bass player especially goes totally nuts on stage).

"At least that's what we heard from feedback from our shows, but hey: don't take our word for it and judge for yourself when Nephelium comes to rip the stage in a town near you ;)

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saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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