Interview with Ferium

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Israeli Metal band Ferium’s second album Behind the Black Eyes is chock full of professional brutality and streamlined aggression. Guitarist/vocalist Elram Boxer brought me up to speed with all things Ferium…

Give us a bit of background to Ferium

Ferium is a 5 piece Metal band from Israel, we have had the dream to be musicians ever since we were teenagers growing up watching the biggest bands on earth go around the world.

Ferium are:
Tiran Ezra – Vocals
Elram Boxer – Guitars/Vocals
Guy Goldenberg – Guitars
Yoni Biton – Bass
Ron Amar – Drums

We come from a very demanding place when it comes to being a Metal band, although Israel has it’s amazing sides of community and brotherhood and a faithful following, living in a political & financial cesspool, distracts the people from the art that this place produces, we all have our day jobs to pay for getting out on at least 2 tours a year, our own recording studio & rehearsal room, and the motivation to create music, and lots of it, to put it in a definition, we are an Independent band.

What are your influences?

Mostly our day to day lives, our past experience and, basically, everything aggressive.

What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?

The Fading – ‘Til Live Do Us Part! A Swedish death metal from Israel! This band is RAD!

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How do you feel that you fit into the wider Metal scene these days?

Lost… hehehe. We feel that Ferium will always be somewhat old school oriented… it seems that the metal music is going to a more technicality and skilled based music, (and Jesus there are some skilled players out there!). We write the music we write from the bottom of our souls, the creative minds behind Ferium have experienced deceit, unfaithfulness, heartbreak, betrayal, pain, loss, and all of these things create a sonic & lyrical portrayal of aggressiveness & frustration in an effort to solve all of life’s struggles, and to turn them into positive and empowering experiences.

Give us a bit of background to Behind the Black Eyes – any particular concepts or ideas you want to discuss?

“Behind The Black Eyes” conceptually picks up where “Reflections” left off. It brings the story of a man’s relationship – its ups and downs, the good and the bad, and the image being portrayed by gut-wrenching and goosebump-inducing lyrical work. This album is certainly an evolution to the band’s sound, where other bands today hold back on their aggression, we do the exact opposite and back up the album’s real approach to relationships with honest brutality.

How do you go about writing your songs?

We write a lot! mostly in our own studio. There is no specific way we write…sometimes it’s jamming in the studio while recording, sometimes its writing a song as a band, sometimes its just grabbing the guitar and groove it to oblivion! We do have a solid vision of what Ferium is and where Ferium is going (musically).

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There seems to have been a cutting of fat and focusing of songs between your début and Between the Black Eyes. Was this a conscious effort?

We have sculpted ‘Behind The Black Eyes’ to be 110% to the point, which is the atmospheric aggression throughout the storyline from the good to the bad. The riffs are heavier, the groove is heavier, the bassline is heavier! So no FAT has been cut off from our point of view.

How did the recording process go?

Fortunately, we have our own studio so we can basically do whatever we want to and take the time with everything. The recording of the instrumentation on ‘Behind The Black Eyes’ was pretty flawless and quick! When we got to the recording of the vocals, we immediately knew that the attitude of the vocals needed to be changed so Tiran and I took about 2-3 months of
refining and rehearsing the vocals into shape.

Tell us about the album artwork

The artwork was done by the one and only, Mr. Eliran Kantor (Hatebreed, Testament, Iced Earth to name a few). The album cover shows a man pierced by a Rhino, where in ‘Reflections’ the man was trying to tame the Rhino…so again, there’s a clear view of the relation between the two albums.

What’s your favourite song on the album and why?

This album, for me, is one continuous song… so it is kind of hard to point out one…

What does the future hold for Ferium?


Ferium – Behind the Black Eyes (Review)

FeriumThis is the second album from Israeli Death/Groove Metal band Ferium.

Ferium’s début album Reflections was a lively and enjoyable album that mixed Death and Groove Metal in just the right amounts.

The first thing about Behind the Black Eyes that strikes me is that it’s a far more focused effort than their début; the total playing time, total number of songs and individual track lengths have all been pruned, showing a band who have gained experience in the last few years and have trimmed away the fat to leave a lean, aggressive Metal machine.

The band essentially employ the same format as they did previously – heavy riffs and groovy beats interspersed with elements of modern Metalcore and underscored by a Death Metal base – but this time it’s tighter and more direct. That’s not to say there’s no depth of songwriting here, rather, the band are now closer to the style they clearly want to play and are playing it as they know how best to do; with angry brutality and poised aggression.

The singer growls and barks his way through the tracks. He seems to have improved on his already very satisfactory earlier performance and on this latest release appears to have settled into his role even more comfortably than previously. His voice is quite versatile, with his many different vocalisations all intent on maximising aggression.

All of the songs are well written and demonstrate a band coming into their own. Interesting and nuanced riffs rub shoulders with simpler bruisers, resulting in satisfying songs that may take a direct approach but provide enough content so as to be worth returning to over time.

Well, Reflections was good, but this is better. Well done Ferium.

Highly recommended for fans of Whitechapel, Gojira, Lamb of God, Job for a Cowboy, Thy Art Is Murder, Meshuggah, etc.

Interview with Ferium

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Israeli Death Metallers Ferium have released their début album Reflections recently and have been receiving a warm reception. They’re clearly passionate about what they do and it was good to catch up with their frontman Tiran to get him to spill the beans on the entire thing…

For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!

Tiran: We are Ferium, a 5-piece Death Metal Band from Israel.

Tiran Ezra – Vocals
Guy Goldenberg – Guitar
Elram Boxer – Guitar
Yoni Biton – Bass
Ron Amar – Drums

Give us a bit of background to Ferium

After a release of an E.P & a performance at the 09′ Wacken Metal battle we’ve went through a couple of line-up changes that consists the band today, 2013 saw us open for Gojira and go on our first European tour with The Agonist & Threat Signal, on the 7th of April our début album of 4 years full of hard work, sweat & blood has been released and has been receiving some attention including you guys! Hehe

Ferium Band 2What are your influences?

We take inspiration from the mundane actions of human beings as friends, spouses or just focusing on the scum that people close to you can be.

When it comes to the musical influence, we try not to input too much of it into our music, we just let the muse roll.

What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?

TesseracT – Altered State, if anybody doesn’t know them yet, then shame on you!

Where do you think you fit in with the wider Metal scene?

I would like to think that people who just like good Metal will like us, but if you mean to say with bands, then I think that the best scene to get along musically would be Whitechapel and/or Gojira.

What did you want to achieve with your new album?

The main goal was to get our music out to the people, it’s an image that we’ve worked on a lot in the last 4 years, and it’s important for us to get that across, because this album is just a part of a saga that will reveal itself when the next albums come.
Are you happy with how it turned out?

Everything, couldn’t be better.

The sound has that Oomph that we wanted to get across with the concept of the album, and the songs are well thought out, and the album can be considered as a concept album, which is the epitome of an ‘album’ in my eyes.

Ferium BandGive us a bit of information on the songwriting process.

The writing for Reflections has been partially with the band in full, but most of it was written by Elram, Tiran & Guy at Elram’s studio and then brought to Ron & Yoni for their take on the specific riffs.

Talk to us about the vocals – did these come naturally or are they more considered?

Lyrically, the concept was chosen beforehand so we could actually plan out the sequence of events in the story told.

From there we started touching specific subjects that bother us on a daily basis.
How do you see your songs/direction developing in the future?

We have a plan for the next couple of albums, it will be a slow rise to build the concept behind the music, but it is an epic journey inside the minds of us as writers, there are a lot of ideas flying around.

What’s next for Ferium?

We are planning a European tour in autumn, we would love to go out earlier!

But the plan is basically – TOURS!

Thank you for taking interest in our band!

Ferium – Reflections (Review)

FeriumThis is the début album from Ferium who come from Israel and play Death/Groove Metal with a slight Metalcore-style influence.

This is rabble-rousing groove Metal with a firm Death Metal basis and only a little bit of -core influence added in. A case could be made for calling them Deathcore I suppose, but they don’t share a lot of common ground with most Deathcore bands, (more emphasis on melody and less on breakdowns, etc.), and thus I feel this would be doing them somewhat of a disservice. Genre label quibbles aside, the emphasis is on the Metal, as it should be.

I suppose if you take a cross of, say Lamb of God and Arch Enemy and add more of classic Death Metal influence you’d be in the right area. Or conversely if you take some older bands such as Lipid and Konkhra and add a modern influence you’d end up in similar territory.

The songs are growers; they have an initial impact certainly, but require time to fully appreciate as they are the kind of songs that are unhurried, secure in the knowledge that they’re capable and worthy of repeat visitations.

This is at least partly to do with the fact that a lot of the riffs used here are midway between melodic and brutal, making them stand out and peak the curiosity. The band flirt with Melodic Death Metal but always pull back to heavier climes before fully embracing this destination. It’s an interesting listen.

The vocalist has quite the range, whether it’s deep growls or terror-inducing screams. He has the rhythmic patterns of a modern Metal shouter and the lungs of a Behemoth.

Ferium have produced a quality listen with enough longevity to keep things lively. Let’s see where this band end up as they have a lot to offer the discerning metal fan.