Morphine Killer was founded in 2007. After two bands had not worked out (Reckoning Day & Honor The Fallen), Eski combined with efforts with Belle Roko (Xob) as she was trying to pursue a solo career. As a way to write new songs, Eski started what...
Morphine Killer was founded in 2007. After two bands had not worked out (Reckoning Day & Honor The Fallen), Eski combined with efforts with Belle Roko (Xob) as she was trying to pursue a solo career. As a way to write new songs, Eski started what would eventually become the musical entity Morphine Killer.
Nightmares Review on Absolute Zero Media by AZM Staff So this is a duo from Calif of Belle and Eski. Can you use the term Thrash Industrial metal??? As this band vocals mixes The male vocals of Obituary and DRI and the Female vocals remind of...
Nightmares: Latest release from local band Morphine Killer by Courtney Galschiodt, Anaheim Metal Music Examiner In May, 2009, amazing gothic metal duo Morphine Killer released their first EP called Unapologetic. The EP was released on Morphine Killer's own label, Final Breath Records. It featured two...
Nightmares Review on Absolute Zero Media by AZM Staff So this is a duo from Calif of Belle and Eski. Can you use the term Thrash Industrial metal??? As this band vocals mixes The male vocals of Obituary and DRI and the Female vocals remind of something you would hear in a Gothic metal force of maybe The Gathering ... Music is very rooting in the 90's thrash movement with a help of Industrial synths and drummer as its clearly programed drums but this doesn't make it sound cheap or lo fi at all. The Production on this what is clearly self released is still very strong and the songs while they could use a bit of polishing are better then 85% of the DEMOS I GET!!!. As Morphine Killers grow as a band I think they will be come even more creative and inventive. This is a very well done self release for sure.
Nightmares: Latest release from local band Morphine Killer by Courtney Galschiodt, Anaheim Metal Music Examiner In May, 2009, amazing gothic metal duo Morphine Killer released their first EP called Unapologetic. The EP was released on Morphine Killer's own label, Final Breath Records. It featured two musicians, Belle Roko with her female vocals and keyboards, and Eski as the male vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.
In October, 2009, Morphine Killer released their second EP titled Nightmares, and this new EP is nothing short of musical genius. The highly addictive new EP features five new songs from Morphine Killer including "Pride Comes Before A Fall," "Clutching Defeat," "Home," "She's Slipping Away," and "In Silent Agony." Every song is pure and prevalent masterpiece. It is almost impossible to believe that just two musicians created such a full, powerful sound.
The entire EP is forceful, driving, and energetic. Belle Roko's vocals are entrancing and immensely haunting. Eski adds grit and strength with thundering guitar lines and heavy, grungy vocals that pound out the duo's thoughts and drive them deep within your soul. This EP is something you will never forget.
Pride Comes Before A Fall" starts off with a catchy guitar intro and leads into a very intense song. Belle Roko and Eski alternate their contrasting vocals. The female parts are fiery, dynamic, soulful, and feisty while the male parts are vigorous, raging, and commanding.
Clutching Defeat" starts off very quickly and features Eski as the vocalist, drummer, bassist, and guitarist. The song is a pulsation within the mind that is demanding and forceful. The song leaves listeners pumped up and ready for action, working up a frenzy from the start.
Home" once again features Eski and Belle Roko's alternating vocals. Whispers, growls, and screams rain down throughout the song with Belle Roko's evocative vocals intertwined. The song echoes as it flows over and under thoughts and emotion, creating a weight within the heart that lingers long after the song has ended.
She's Slipping Away" is a personal favorite. To say Belle Roko's vocal intro is magnificent is a severe understatement. The lyrics sink in and the amazing gothic vocals leave behind a sense of angsty emptiness and torment. This song really proves that other gothic metal bands have nothing on Morphine Killer. They are truly ahead of their kind.
In Silent Agony" features Eski and Belle Roko's vocals layered over each other in beautifully stark contrast. The song features both heavy guitar parts and more subdued gentle guitar parts. It successfully layers the most vivid contrast of black and white over each other to create something completely new and almost too intense to comprehend.
Nightmares is available now. You can purchase a physical copy on Morphine Killer's website and the EP is also available on iTunes. The full version of "Pride Comes Before A Fall" as well as preview versions of "Clutching Defeat," "Home," "She's Slipping Away," and "In Silent Agony" are available on their MySpace to get a small taste of the melodic hypnosis known as Morphine Killer.
CD review: Nightmares by Morphine Killer by Wes Cambron, Tampa Metal Music Examiner Some have considered calling Tampa the East Coast California, based the the beaches, palm trees and superficial reputation. However, Tampa does share qualities with San Francisco. The similarities I'm referring to is the metal, of course. San Fran had thrash, Tampa had death metal. Now it has switched and Thrash is the new big wave of Tampa. So does that mean California is a swarm of death metal? Like this band, that's only half of it. Gothic metal duo Morphine Killer has made a splash on the West Coast by being two girls mixing modern Gothic elements with the extreme metal of yesteryear. Prime example is their 5-song debut EP, Nightmares. Let's take a look, shall we?
The first song is "Pride Comes Before A Fall". Nice reference to the biblical fall of Lucifer. A slow start with a low riff on the guitar. That escapes into something larger when the humble beat on the drums kick in. Morphine Killer has only two members, so they use both ends for vocals. A sweet, clean style vocals sing most of the song. The low screech of classic death metal erupts into the chorus and in random parts of the song. The same riff and beat continues in the whole song, escalating only when the gutturals hit. 3:27 of a warning of too much pride. A lesson to be learned to the egomaniacs.
Wish for victory? "Clutching Defeat" is second. The opening riffs and beat reminds me of classic Slayer, possible homage to those before them? The sick death vocals return as the dominate vocal style. 3:58 of classic Bay Area Thrash with a hint of '80s extreme. Openly raw, subliminally brutal. Ending with a piano-like keyboard.
Third is "Home", Morphine Killer's biggest hit so far. The crash cymbals and a smooth riff are at the start. Then the riffs progress and the cymbals come with the bass drums. Enter the low, classic extreme vocals. A witches scream makes the song go faster. The chorus brings back the sweet, clean vocals, telling the listener they are being called back home. With the dark vocals, it's easy to imagine a Hansel and Gretel type of story to the song. 3:27 of a Kittie meets Arch Enemy sequence.
My personal favorite is next. "She's Slipping Away" enters with another cymbal clash. However, this comes immediately with a groove of metal guitar, Gothic keyboards in the back and a simple beat of the drums. The clean vocals sing out for help about watching a death of a woman. Everything has a groove, even the angry and crunchy guitar. Dark growls run faded in the background. 3:29 of watching her slipping away. Beautiful song about the hideous truth of life- death comes for all.
Lastly is the in your face dark vocals attack of "In Silent Agony". Going with a different extreme element, epic black metal guitars, the vocals keep the classic extreme style voice, with the clean vocals tagging along a few lines. Not as much as a groove, but still pretty killer riffs. 3:55 of a song about agony with a scary voice.
After listening to Nightmares by Morphine Killer I've came to the conclusion that death metal is not dead. Some bands can still make it work, even after years of imitations. Songs about life, death and everything in between, with guitars and vocals ruling the sound. Morphine Killer has killed the buzz that radio California has been giving to us. Metal still packs a punch out in the West. Now it's time for real metalheads to feel that punch. Dual vocals and styles, these girls are something that is hard to duplicate- originality, real grit and an attitude. I give this EP Two Devil Horns. They could have done more work with the drums, but other than that I want Morphine Killer in higher dosage!
A Killer Interview with Morphine Killer by Stereop Magazine - Natalie Perez Morphine Killer is a killing machine that has entered the music domain and will not go away anytime soon. Their debut efforts has been streaming non-stop on their MySpace page getting all the music goodness rotating as much as possible. The band recently spoke to me about how they got together and the debut album along with anything and everything else that can be contained within a band!
1. How, when, and why did you form?
We formed in July 2007, because we were tired of not writing music anymore. It’s just two of us, so Eski started writing instrumentals and Belle Roko joined in after some songs were ready to put vocals over.
2. Who do you consider your major influences?
Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Undead, and anyone that has a sound they can call their own.
3. How would you describe your sound?
A mix of gothic, heavy metal, with some progressive parts mixed in.
4. What are a majority of your songs about? Is there an underlying theme?
We tend to write songs about people or situations that make us angry or frustrated. It’s easy to just write a song about one topic, but we try to make our songs almost like little stories.
5. What are your immediate music career goals?
To get our name and our music out to as many people as we can.
6. What are your long-term music goals?
Eventually to play shows and hopefully to play with some of our favorite bands!
7. What kinds of instrumentals do you guys prefer?
The kind where one of the instruments can take a lead and substitute for the vocals. Dream Theater is amazing at that.
8. Explain your ideas of an ideal show?
It would be really amazing to have a nice dark theme, and a really eerie vibe on stage. Sort of Alice Cooper-ish, if you will.
9. Out of all the shows you have played, is there one that stands out as a favorite? Is so, please explain.
We haven’t played any shows yet.
10. Who are some of your favorite bands to share the stage with? Can you name some of the bigger bands that you've played with if any?
Sorry! No shows under our belt… yet.
11. Briefly describe your music making process.
Eski will usually start with a guitar, riff, bass riff, drum beat… anything to start off the song. After that, we take the songs in sections, and slowly build from there. Almost like trying to build your dream home, except with guitar riffs :-).
12. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Were you able to overcome it?
Our biggest challenge so far is not having a live band. At the moment, we have no overcome it, but we soon will.
13. What advice do you have for fans who want to start their own bands?
Always follow through with your own vision, because that is what you will be happiest with. And also, keep in contact, or find people who you can play music with.
14. Why should people know about you? What sets you apart?
We’ve been in several bands already, played a decent amount of shows, but this new project is our real vision. We’re doing the songs how we want to do them, and we are our own harshest critics!
15. Whats next for you guys? Any upcoming tours, releases, anything of that nature?
We are working on a follow up to our Unapologetic EP, and hopefully will assemble a live band to be able to bring this music to life. Check our site, www.morphinekiller.com for updates!
Nightmares Review on Subexistance.com by Diva Satanica Morphine Killer it´s a band from California, formed by Eski (growls, guitars, bass and drums) and Belle Roko (vocals and keyboards) in 2007. Their two EP´s were released with their own record label called “Final Breath Records”. But how just a duo can compose songs that remind us to such bands as Evanescence, Meldrum or even the great Pantera or Slayer at times? C´mon and feel the addiction!The “Nightmares” EP is their second project. Songs of hope and rage at the same time confronts Belle with Eski in an eternal fight to infect you with their disease. Some title tracks could be talking about the tremendous fight of the Belle´s mom against her addiction to drugs “Pride comes before a fall” or “She´s Slipping Away”, could reflect the essence of this band: why not a gothic band could claim for a better world for everyone? That´s the main message that we can receive if take a listen to their fantastic songs: the seductive, attractive and bittersweet side of the most representative gothic scene with some elements of the new metal scene as in the last song called “In Silent Agony”.“Clutching Defeat” it´s another example of the versatility that we can find in this EP: faster, heavier and rough, reminding us that the days of Eski with his previous band “Reckoning Day” are not completely forgotten. If we go deep into the darkest side of this EP, it´s time to talk about “Home”, a song that bring us a sensation of devotion to the past, exposing to view that they can play with melancholy too in order to combine sounds of grunge or trash with softer voices. Definitively, a drug that you must taste!
Morphine Killer: A local band and new addiction by Examiner.com - Courtney Galschiodt Orange County is known for its beaches, Disneyland, Knott's, and more, but is soon to be famous for being home to amazing gothic metal band Morphine Killer. Morphine Killer consists of just two members but boasts a fantastically full sound that few full bands, much less duos, can successfully accomplish. This very independent duo is also signed to their own record label, Final Breath Records, that they have used to release their two great EPs.
Morphine Killer was founded in 2007 by awesome musicians Eski and Belle Roko. After two bands, Reckoning Day and Honor the Fallen, had not worked out, Eski decided to combine his efforts with Belle Roko, previously of Xob, while she was pursuing a solo career. As a way to write new songs together, Eski began what would eventually transform into the stunning musical entity known as Morphine Killer.
The name Morphine Killer comes from one of their songs about Belle Roko's mom, who had a lifelong battle with drugs. Belle Roko is the groups female vocalist and keyboardist while Eski is the male vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer. Their influences include Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, and Marilyn Manson, all of which shine through in their music.
Both Eski and Belle Roko write the songs. Major reoccurring themes include overcoming personal adversities and demons as well as showing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel during dark times. Their sound is also incredibly interesting, combining Belle Roko's beautiful and flowing gothic female voice and echoing keyboard lines in contrast with Eski's heavy and strong guitar parts and metal growls. No two songs sound alike, and the lyrics are so profound. It all makes for some of the most passionate and powerful music you'll ever hear.
Morphine Killer has some very serious and honorable goals they are working to achieve all on their own. As they said themselves, "It's going to be up to the individuals to keep the industry going without the support of corporate entanglements. People will have to form their own path, which is what we hope to show others how to achieve." Their biggest challenge is promoting their music by themselves without a live band, but they've proven they have the passion and dedication to find their own way to make their visions come to life.
Their new October release EP, Nightmares, is available now to order on their website or to buy online on iTunes. Their older EP released in May, Unapologetic, is available online on Morphine Killer's last.fm page or for purchase on Amazon or iTunes. Visit www.morphinekiller.com or their MySpace at www.myspace.com/morphinekiller to get a taste of their music, and I personally guarantee you will be addicted.
"Nightmares" by Morphine Killer by Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team Nightmares" is a haunting and dark metal album from Morphine Killer. Belle Roko leads this heavy metal music with sweet, melodic vocals and right behind her are the guttural growls you would expect from a Goth metal outfit like this. The song, "Pride Comes Before A Fall" shows off both Roko's exceptional singing abilities and the intense screams of Eski. Check out "Clutching Defeat" for a particularly fast-moving and energetic track complemented by the strong guitars and solid drum beats. Adding to the vocal talents, the guitars thrash with a fury of power chord mayhem that is loaded with vengeful hooks and riffs. Morphine Killer may have settled into something with a unique style on their album, "Nightmares" that could gather a large audience, so keep your eyes open and get your copy soon.
The Painful truth of Morphine Killer: Interview with Eski by The Great Unknown Presents - Michael J Morphine Killer is a duo band from Stanton, California sung by the angelic voice of Belle Roko with her gloomy and dark toned lyrics combined with the growling vocals of Eski. Together with crushing guitar cords, thundering bass, and surging beats of Eski and the keyboard mastery of Belle Roko, they created their metal core music using simple technology from their home, but with big studio results. Listen to a compilation of tracks from their newest EP, Nightmares including a song from thier first release, Unpologetic on The Great Unknowns Presents.
Originally founded in 2007, Eski played in two previous bands, Reckoning Day and Honor the Fallen. While those two band projects failed to take off, Eski and solo artist and close friend, Belle Roko decided to take a leap and create a band of their own. Within two short years of writing lyrics and creating music together, Eski and Belle became Morphine Killer.
While playing live band with only two members it is a near impossible challenge, the duo plans on expanding their live line up in order to tour locally and beyond.
Before you and Belle worked on the music together, were you close friends before?
We didn't know each other, but knew of each other before we met. We've been going out for the past 5 years, and pretty much after meeting each other, we knew we had music as a common background.
How long did it take to create Unpologetic and Nightmares?
They always say you have your whole life to make your first album, and a year to make your second. From start (demos and such) until the release, we had been working on and off writing Unapologetic from July 2007 (when I consider forming) until about April 2009. We worked on the tracks for Nightmares from July 2009-October 2009.
Did you and Belle play all the instruments on the EP?
Yes, we did. Belle did the keyboards in a couple of the songs, and I did the bulk of instruments. What I would do is maybe write a guitar riff first, and record it with a basic click. Then I'll program a drum part that is very similar to the riff I'm playing (I never use pre-made beats, you can't get a real feel of a part if you're following something pre-made) and build off of that. It's been a lot more liberating to know every part that's going on because you recorded it.
I know there is a personal meaning behind the name of your band.
Where did the name Morphine Killer come from?
It's about Belle's mom, who was on a morphine drip near the end of her life, which is also what the song "Morphine Killer" is about.
So, are a lot of the lyrics part of Belle's dark and real past then? Can you give examples, if it isn't too personal?
It's about 50/50 with her vocals/songs being about her dark stories, and mine being about my own dark tales. There's a lot of darkness that sometimes people don't like to hear about, like a movie with a really dark storyline. But sometimes it takes real experiences to get a real performances.
The song "Unapologetic" to us is definitely aimed towards the type of people in our lives (and there are many) who just try to use "sorry" as an excuse to keep on making people miserable.
Morphine Killer" being about Belle's mom, and "She's Slipping Away" is also about her mother, but more of the dealing with the end of her life actually happening, and the emotions she went through.
So, what is in store of Morphine Killer?
Right now we are working on about 10-11 more songs for a new CD, which we hope to have done in the coming months!
Do you plan on expanding the band for live performances?
We would love nothing more than to bring our music to a live setting! We currently don't have any live musicians yet though, so we need to start looking!
Morphine Killer @ Rock Symphony Radio by RockSymphonyRadio (Spanish) Morphine Killer" es una banda de California, US formada por Belle Rocko en la voz y el teclado y por Eski en la voz, bajo guitarra y batería que tocan un emocionante Metal Gótico. El dúo formo "Morphine Killer" en el año 2007 y cuentan con su propio sello musical Final Breath Records, con el cual han lanzado sus dos discos EP.
El inicio de la banda se dio luego de dos fallidos proyectos de Eski, las bandas Reckoning Day y Honor The Fallen, donde Eski combino sus esfuerzos con Belle Roko (Xob) cuando ella trataba de conseguir una carrera como solista. La forma de escribir canciones de Eski ha logrado crear lo que sería la identidad musical de "Morphine Killer". El nombre de la banda Morphine Killer proviene de una de las canciones acerca de la madre de Belle quien durante su vida tuvo una batalla contra la adicción a las drogas.
La banda tiene en su haber 2 discos EP, en Mayo del 2009 la banda lanza su primer EP llamado "Unapologetic". El EP fue lanzado bajo el sello propio de Morphine Killer, Final Breath Records.
Luego lanzarían su segundo EP, en Octubre del 2009 llamado "Nightmares", que incluye 5 muy buenas canciones llamadas "Pride Comes Before A Fall", "Clutching Defeat", "Home", "She's Slipping Away" y "In Silent Agony". Pueden leer la reseña del disco haciendo clic aquí.
Nightmares Review on AllAccessMusic.com by Natalie Perez What can be better than having a pair of new comers unleashing not one but two EP's within the same year? Well Morphine Killer that's who. "Unapologetic", was the first round of killing that the almighty duo of Belle Roko and Eski presented us with. But now that some time has passed another killing spree is upon us, this time revolving around our worse fears, and the ones that lay within our “Nightmares”.
This time around, the Morphine Killer's style remains the same capturing that "dark" and "gloomy" affect just as before, but the music kicks it up a notch by expressing a more vocal approach having the growling effects be more present and the crisp clean vocals be less affective - but still remain surrounding the music making it more eerie.
Music wise the instruments tend to clash into one another formatting a rough and progressive sound that brings out this intense effect that brings to mind, the gothic rock styling's of Evanescence mixed together easily with sounding a lot like H.I.M. with growling tactics similar to those of Bleeding Through. “Nightmares,” draws the listener in to the music a lot more affectively this time around, exposing a more “darker” and edger side that we may not have ever expected to exist.
MORPHINE KILLER “NIGHTMARES” EP – UNLEASHES UNREAL METAL EXTREMITY! by Stone of MetalOdyssey MORPHINE KILLER – released their Nightmares EP back in October of 2009, on Final Breath Records. What makes this duo of Belle Roka, ( Vocals, Keyboards) and Eski, (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums) stand out is their undying Extreme Metal delivery… which is all structured and written quite well on the five songs heard on this Nightmares EP. Morphine Killer has incorporated all the dark ambiance within their heavy riffs and cyclone guitar leads… just one listen to Clutching Defeat should make the non-believers fall to their weakened knees. Eski exhalts his no compromise Extreme vocals to a prolific level of Metal Grind purity.
With Eski and Belle sharing vocal duties, it’s soft harmony and a swift, crushing extreme blow to my Metal ears that keeps me coming back for more. Morphine Killer has incorporated a mix of Metal genres into their one-two Extreme thunder strike… with convincing and serious results. I have posted the song Pride Comes Before A Fall, on April 15, 2010, realizing that Belle’s luringly tender vocals sucks me into the Extreme Metal explosiveness that their music brandishes. Listening to this Morphine Killer – Nightmares EP is like entering valley of the Extreme Metal grooves, not one song replicates the other, each Metal corner turned seems to be better than the last.
One listen to Home and I can envision Morphine Killer opening for Kittie… and that would be a killer show of Metal proportions. Can I make a fair comparison of Belle Roka to Morgan Lander of Kittie? I certainly can, despite each being unique vocalists… this comparison is a compliment to both of these Metal divas. The influence nod to Classic Rock icon Heart is posted on Morphine Killer’s myspace music page… and I can understand why, each time I hear Belle sing. What is refreshing about Morphine Killer is that they apparently are climbing the Metal ladder the old school way, with their obvious musical talent guiding them each Extreme step of the way.
She’s Slipping Away opens up with a Traditional Metal approach, doom ridden riffs and thunderous drum beats are sewn with a quaking bass that only becomes more deliriously addicting once Belle begins to vocalize the lyrics. Oh, yes, you better watch your Metal back however, the semi-growling and sneering backing vocals are evident courtesy of Eski… dark, creepy and a necessary Metal musical additive. I’m a sucker for the emotions that a keyboard can bring to music. Belle adds just this to She’s Slipping Away, with melancholy atmospherics in the background.
In Silent Agony concludes this Nightmares EP and does so with an Extreme Metal exclamation point. Eski is showcased on vocals throughout In Silent Agony, jumping out from the onset like a catastrophic furnace blast… no warning… and I’m not running, just consumed with Extreme satisfaction, Metal be thy name.
We live on a planet where there are quite a few Metal bands doing their thing and going with the flow… Morphine Killer is doing their thing alright, only their sound and diversity pushes them out in front of the up and coming Metal pack. Anytime a young Metal band creates quality songs through musical talent, while embedding slivers of Old School, I’m going to Metal endorse them to the fullest. It should not take the Metal world too long to grasp with their ears what Morphine Killer is creating here, a Metal sound that encompasses the dark and the light… which makes this Metal fanatic Extremely pleased with their discovery.
* You can purchase Morphine Killer – Nightmares EP directly on the Morphine Killer website or at Amazon.com.
Nightmares Review on RockSymphonyRadio.com by RockSymphonyRadio (Spanish) La banda de Gothic metal originaria de Orange County (USA) que en realidad es un dúo, “MORPHINE KILLER” lanzo su segundo EP NIGHTMARES el cual es la continuación de su primer lanzamiento también un EP con el nombre de “Unapologetic” de 2008.
Este nuevo EP fue lanzado octubre del 2009, las canciones que se incluyen en este EP van así:
· "Pride Comes Before A Fall,
· "Clutching Defeat,
· "She's Slipping Away,
· "In Silent Agony.
“Morphine Killer“ fue fundada en el año 2007. Después del fallido intento de dos bandas Reckoning Day & Honor The Fallen, “Eski” (voz, guitarra, bacteria y bajo) combino esfuerzos con “Belle Roko” (voz y teclados) mientas ella estaba intentando tener una carrera solista.
Cada canción está muy bien construida, y en si es difícil imaginar que solo dos personas crearon estas canciones. Algo para resaltar esta sobre todo en el dúo vocal que mezcla vos masculinas y femeninas, el cual es muy bueno!! La canción "She's Slipping Away,", es muy al estilo de Evanescence quizás pero de alguna forma más rustico si se puede decir así, Belle posee una voz muy melodiosa y que no tiene ese fastidioso “Vibratto” de muchas cantantes femeninas.
Las canciones de dúo muestran una buena combinación de capas vocales de ambos cantantes, y la combinación de la melodiosa voz de la cantante con la de Eski y sus grunts bien logrados es muy interesante y dignos de ser escuchados. Las canciones recomendadas del disco son “She is slipping away” y “Home” así que a adquirir el disco en la pagina web de la banda!!