QUOTE FROM THOMAS THYSSEN (SCHUBERT MUSIC)

“I have a confession to make: I still do love Gothic Rock. A lot.

This love has somewhat been tainted, strained and fatigued in the past few years, though, due to mostly uninspired, unmotivated and really, really boring releases.

The first love child of James Tramel (The Wake), Lars Kappeler (Sweet Ermengarde), Ger Egan (This Burning Effigy), Tommy Olsson (The Morendoes) and Simon Rippin (The Eden House) a.k.a. October Burns Black…..is, without the shadow of the tiniest doubt, one of the best outputs this genre has had to offer in what seems like aeons.

…..I’m extremely happy that I pitched my old pal Lars for this role as his work on their debut “fault line” EP is basically flawless. The same goes for James’ sinister bass lines, Tommy’s guitar work, and Ger’s vocal performance.

If you add Peer Lebrecht’s (Phøniques Arts) creativity and design skills as well as the undeniable passion and drive that Ed Shorrock (Outland Media) brings to the table on the management side of things, this particular 4 track gem is a must listen for each and every fan of the genre.

Nothing fancy. No gimmicks. Pure Gothic Rock.

Play loud!”

14/06/19 REVIEW OF WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN PERFORMANCE BY REFLECTIONS OF DARKNESS

“The second band in Täubchenthal was OCTOBER BURNS BLACK. The band was founded in 2015. The band was absolutely convincing with their refreshing Wave and Gothic Rock sound. From start to finish the club was very well filled during their performance – the fans were totally excited. The upper area, from which one had a wonderful view of the stage, was really full. Throughout the concert, the stage was wrapped in cool lights and the sound, which was really very familiar to most fans, contributed to the good mood. There was a lot of applause from the WGT crowd for this great, sweaty show by OCTOBER BURNS BLACK. It was very warm in the club – after the gig, the club almost completely emptied, as people rushed outside to get some fresh air.” [LINK]

21/06/19 REVIEW OF WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN PERFORMANCE BY GOTHIC EMPIRE [LINK]

12/05/19 REVIEW OF GOTHAM SOUNDS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE BY DARK LIFE EXPERIENCE

“The second band on Saturday night in Hilden was October Burns Black and a delight for those who love rich, powerful goth rock. You cannot beat James Tramel (on bass) and his no-less talented bandmates of Ger Egan, Lars Kappeler, Tommy Olsson and Simon Rippin. What comprises this band of international experience in the dark music scene on the stage is almost impossible to put into words. No wonder, then, that the show that the Famous Five put on was very special and we had all been looking forward to it for a long time before. We were not disappointed and the brilliant sound was very much at one with the wonderfully with the dark, mysterious stage show as you can see in the photos. An experience that we cannot recommend highly enough and hope you can experience in the future.” [LINK]

 

26/03/19 – INTERVIEW WITH BAND MANAGEMENT IN GLOBAL MUSIC CLUB BY CROW XP 

“What do you do when you want to form a band, but each member lives in a different country? You just think outside the box and get the project going against all odds…..”

Read the full interview here

OCTOBER 2018 – REVIEW OF FAULT LINE IN ASCENSION MAGAZINE

21/09/18 UNEDITED ENGLISH VERSION OF JAMES’ AND LARS’ INTERVIEW WITH ORKUS![Link]

21/09/18 INTERVIEW WITH JAMES AND LARS IN ORKUS!

08/08/18 REVIEW OF FAULT LINE FROM AMBIENT LIGHT

We are fortunate to have been able to borrow some valuable time and webspace from the fine individuals at Ambient Light. They have put one of their finest on to the job to deliver thoughts on fault line, musically and strategically.

A dissection of the background, approach and tracks, this review provides yet another angle on the project, for which we are indebted.

Read and enjoy!

22/07/18 REVIEW OF FAULT LINE IN CZECH FROM SANCTUARY.CZ

Read the write up here.

20/07/18 REVIEW OF FAULT LINE ON ITALIAN DARK ZINE ERBA DELLA STREGA

Read it here. 

20/07/18 REVIEW OF FAULT LINE ON WWW.POST-PUNK.COM.

Time to dust off your crimping iron! A while back, our editor Thomas Thyssen, upon hearing that James Tramel of The Wake was looking for musicians to start a new project, suggested he recruit Lars Kappeler of Sweet Ermengarde be recruited as a guitarist.

Now, joining James in addition to Lars, is Ger Egan of This Burning EffigyTommy Olsson of The Morendoes and Simon Rippin of The Eden House, all together forming the new Gothic Rock supergroup October Burns Black.

This collection of four songs is second wave Gothic Rock at it’s finest; timeless and dark, evoking the smell of patchouli, clove cigarettes, and an overzealous use of fog machine

04/07/18 SM SHOUTOUT FROM ASCENSION MAGAZINE AND PROMOTIONS

10/03/17 INTERVIEW BY THE GREEN WIDOW ON NECROMANCY RADIO

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview

In our first radio interview James is interviewed by The Green Widow on Necromancy Radio, a station created during the winter of 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  In this piece James talks about OBB’s origins and objectives, its primary intention to play live as much as possible and how it works given the international footprint of its members.

A few personal insights into James’ past with The Wake also pop up along the way.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the upcoming tour to the UK in April (check out the GIGS page) with our fellow road travelling friends gets a heads up.

See you on the road…….