Estonian rap metal is a phrase that we’re 99.9% certain you’ll never have heard/read about before. But it’s alive and kicking with exciting quintet Everfall, who fuse elements of rock and metal with trap, hip-hop and trumpet solos.
The Tallinn band started out as a metalcore act but increasingly introduced electronic elements that they describe as “a bad case of bipolarity.” Deepening the intrigue further is that their sound is concocted with the assistance of pop music producers, which poses a conundrum of being “usually too heavy for average pop fans and too soft for metal fans.”
However, that’s not to say it’s not heavy. For example, the appropriately entitled Berserk features big screamed vocals over heavy guitars and a mass of synth sounds that feed into a more melodic chorus.
But the band sent us latest release Glass, which was released on Friday. It opens up with a creeping, plodding synth sound that drops into rapped vocals over synthy bass sounds. The vocals intensify and feed into a big catchy chorus supported by building guitars.
After a second chorus, more intense shouty vocals come in over chugging guitars and the continuation of the plodding synth. Then a big scream drops into repeating synth sounds over big doomy drums and cymbal crashes, which feed into a final chorus. Give it a listen below:
Slightly more anthemic is Superhero, with light verses contrasted by big singalong choruses. Check it out in this cool, unsubtley Monster energy drink sponsored video below:
While debut single Six Feet Under is undoutedly heavier. Big screamed vocals give way to synthy elements and their trademark powerful choruses, as well as several huge metal breakdowns and… a trumpet solo, obviously. Check it out in the video here:
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them and their intriguing musical style. Read on below…
GR: Who are Everfall?
EF: “As a collective of heavy music enthusiasts we started our journey in Estonia in 2013 and, like most others, in a dim-lit room filled with just the right equipment to make the loudest noise possible. Armed with loud instruments and a bad attitude we were ready to put our mark on the local music scene. We released our debut EP back in 2014 together with our long-term collaborator and producer Sander Sadam and have several standalone singles in the following years, leading up to our newest banger.”
GR: You just released Glass. What should people be expecting from the song?
EF: “Instrumentally, this song is what some people call rap metal in 2020. It has the modern trap feel to it, but still has that original Everfall touch to it. 90% of this song was written in 48 hours, almost non-stop. I didn’t sleep, I didn’t do pretty much anything besides this, because I thought I was going to lose something if I didn’t finish it all in one set.
“Lyrically, the song is an internal rumination, the prototypical good vs evil dialogue between the intrusive overly negative thought and the conscious realistic thought, something so individual yet so universally relatable, inspired pretty much word for word by what goes on in my head.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
EF: “I’d say that it’s basically heavy pop music, because of the melodies, the structure and also the influence from the pop music producers we work together with. Also, we don’t like to overcomplicate things, so we want to make sure that the listener gets what we are saying and feeling.
“We intend to keep drawing inspirations from all genres of music, incorporating and integrating the vast variety that the sonic landscape has to offer and keep developing our own signature sound. Our intention to maintain the honesty and integrity of our creation is the fundamental point on which we intend to build our legacy as we wish to take our listeners along on the journey.
“I’d say we have pretty distinguishable handwriting for both music and the lyrics. Our sound is definitely a challenge for us, because it’s usually too heavy for average pop fans and too soft for metal fans, but this is what we love.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
EF: “We believe music should be made for the sake of music so life itself usually deals the majority of the inspiration for us. Our intention is to keep our music and everything we do honest in its purest form. That’s why our music is very diverse. Life isn’t just about one topic or one feeling.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
EF: “Many of the members have influences in a plethora of genres and artists but to name a few – Max Martin, Hans Zimmer, Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park.”
GR: We’ve not featured too many Estonian bands, and you may be the first Estonian metal band. What can you tell us about the Estonian metal/rock scene?
EF: “The Estonian metal/rock scene is pretty much like any other. People love to go out and have a good time, but the bands have to be constantly figuring out what to do next so that the scene won’t lose interest.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
EF: “We intend to keep working on our material and release fresh music as soon as possible.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
EF: “We would like to thank all the fans and also our sponsors Monster Energy, Fast Iron Clothing and Mia Moore Drumstyx for supporting us on our journey.”