The Medea Project
Gorging on filthy distortion, pulsating with the beat of a drum. Drawn from minds concocted with darkness, chaos, disillusion, anger, doom, intellect and simplicity.
Alive and uncaring. Born of necessity.
The Medea Project just is….
During the METAL4AFRICA.COM sessions we decided to record a cover of the Sol classic Kneel to the Cross. Today Kronos premiered the video of this recording.
Summer is a coming!We are pleased to announce the release of the second video single from The Medea Project’s exciting Southern Echoes extended EP. The band’s haunting cover of Sol Invictus’ ‘Kneel To The Cross’ premieres today, exclusively at Kronos Mortus News webzine. Recorded live and raw in the studio, for the METAL4AFRICA.COM on-line festival event, The Medea Project’s take on this powerful song is filled with their own character and seethes with intense emotion. Head to Kronos Mortus News now to experience this bewitching interpretation…
The Medea Project’s Brett Minnie and Pauline Silver shared their thoughts about their new video release…
“We had covered ‘Kneel to the Cross’ as part of our live show a few years ago and decided to redo it acoustically for the Metal4Africa sessions. By now we had managed to accumulate all sorts of traditional percussion instruments that we wanted to experiment with.
Our original cover version was quite militant with heavy use of the snare and then building towards a very punk feel towards the end. The acoustic version is very different and quite contrary to our amplified approach, it features a sole acoustic guitar, an array of seed shakers, a tambourine jingle and a vibra-slap; amplified by stamping on a wooden plank and underpinned with the boom of a Pow Wow drum. The sound is primal and stark yet heavy and dark and with Brett’s vocals, almost desolate.
Like everything for the Metal4Africa sessions this track was recorded in a single take, live in the room, so it is raw and uncompromising, captured in the moment.”
Southern Echoes, featuring the band’s entire Metal4Africa set and an in depth podcast discussing the individual nature of the South African underground music scene where The Medea Project were born, is available now from The Medea Project’s Bandcamp page. … See MoreSee Less
Part 1 of our South African Metal chat now available on our YouTube channel! www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVcaI8PYojs
All relative to our Southern Echoes EP now available for free from our Bandcamp page. themedeaproject.bandcamp.com/album/southern-echoes … See MoreSee Less
Massive thanks to Renaissance and Ays for an awesome stream last night. Our retinas are still burning! We were immensely inspired from the array of great talent and awesome people! Here’s hoping for a physical festival in 2022! … See MoreSee Less
Last weekend of “house arrest” and no better way to celebrate than tuning into Renaissance Alternative Music Festival 2021 [Live’Stream]
Today we release the Southern Echoes EP free for download from our bandcamp page.
Click the download button to access our METAL4AFRICA.COM Summerfest ’21 set, an exclusive cover version of Sol Invictus‘ “Kneel to the Cross” as well as an entertaining audio discussion we had with some of the stalwarts of the South African metal scene.
#heavymetalA year on from the release of their debut album, Sisyphus, which arrived like a herald of nightmares to lead us into the lonely world of lockdowns and enforced solitude, The Medea Project have returned to cast unnerving shadows across the emerging light at the end of the tunnel. Haunting laments and twilight whispers, pitiless riffs and primeval rhythms, the blazing suns of delirium, the bone cracking cold of the desert night and the distant sound of Southern Echoes…
In January of this year The Medea Project played a set for the Metal4Africa Summerfest ’21 online event and their specially recorded live in the studio performance captured something magical. Noted as a highlight of the streaming event by Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine in their extensive review, the elemental four song show was just too good to be allowed to fade and become part of pandemic history. New EP Southern Echoes consists of The Medea Project’s entire Metal4Africa set and adds to it a raw and bleeding, entrancing acoustic cover of Sol Invictus’ ‘Kneel To The Cross’ that seamlessly becomes another flame in this fire. In addition to the musical contents of Southern Echoes you will find a download link to an exclusive podcast, created by the band. Southern Echoes: Stories From The South African Underground features Medea’s Brett Minnie and Pauline Silver in discussion with influential members of South Africa’s alternative music scene as they try to define the unique nature of a creative melting pot like no other.
With artwork designed by Gary Ronaldson (Benighted, Misery Index, NUCLEAR etc) Southern Echoes is a truly unique package; a memory, a revelation, an interpretation. Discover a new world of music and let The Medea Project be your guide.
Southern Echoes is currently available free of charge from The Medea Project Bandcamp page!
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Check out the new issue of Powerplay featuring our gig at METAL4AFRICA.COM Summerfest 2021!The new issue of Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine is out now, featuring a full page report on Metal4Africa Summerfest ’21 which included a killer set from The Medea Project. … See MoreSee Less
It’s been a year today that we last graced a stage to launch Sisyphus! We are thereby stoked and honoured to announce that we are taking part in this year’s on-line Renaissance Music Festival! Check out all the details at www.nmtcg.com/renaissance/ 😈We are pleased to announce that The Medea Project will be part of this year’s Renaissance Alternative Music Festival – the on-line edition! Streaming on Saturday April 10th – find all the details here:
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I'd been wonderin when my last gig was exactly. Maybe another year might see some renewal of said activity. 🤷♂️🤞😁
Huge thanks to SummerFest’21 | A Place for Friendship and Metal for letting us share the virtual stage with mind-blowing acts from South Africa.
Hope to do this in the flesh in the not too distant future!
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Getting ready for a festival in a far away land where it’s actually Summertime!
So join us on twitch.tv/metal4africa to watch the shows and metal4africa.com/discord to hangout!TODAY! … See MoreSee Less
One week to go until SummerFest’21 | A Place for Friendship and Metal!
Check out Trev “Lone Wolf” Opie’s podcast with Patrick Davidson talking Metal4Africa and Mind Assault.Podcast #58 with PATRICK DAVIDSON is now live on my youtube channel:
I chat to PATRICK DAVIDSON of METAL4AFRICA, about Winterfest 20, Summerfest 21 (Jan 30th), Mind Assault, Chilling, The Metal and breaking down into the nitty gritty that is Metal4Africa, and much more.
More on Patrick:
Mind Assault: www.youtube.com/channel/UCefHly5ewZAdxgTG2oP5BHA
Shout out to our sponsor RSA ROCK ‘N METAL FANS FACEBOOK PAGE:
Thank you for watching and listening, please remember to like, subscribe and hit that notification bell to be kept up to date with our releases.
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Two weeks to go for METAL4AFRICA.COM’s Summerfest ’21.
The event kicks off at 16h00 (UTC +0) on the 30th of January. Join us on Twitch and Discord 🤘
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This year has definitely felt a bit like we were doing a macabre dance on tiptoes across a bed of nails, and the usual breath of relief and hope as midnight approaches feels elusive.
In saying this, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the past year which seemed to drag in a short space of time and we realised that it wasn’t all that bad a dance. We released Sisyphus, managed to play one date of a cancelled tour and learnt to be creative in the face of adversity.
However, this would not have been achieved if it wasn’t for collaboration and support of the following (in no particular order):
Imperative PR – Our knights in black armour
Final Coil – For the challenge – I think we did good!
YGODEH – Partners in creative lunacy
The South African Alternative Community – For putting the wind back in our sails and making us grin!
Carlos – Deadline
All the guys in Chaos Doctrine
Reegan – Facing the Gallows
Patrick – METAL4AFRICA.COM
Kevin – The Metalist za
Louis – The Drift
Also, huge thanks to all the webzines, podcasts, TV shows, reviewers and publications for all the support and promotion.
And to all our fans and supporters, THANK YOU!!!! from the very pit of our doomy hearts!
Tune into the SummerFest’21 | A Place for Friendship and Metal festival stream on the 30th January 2021. We’ll be sharing the virtual stage with our South African friends and catching up at the virtual bar. Would be awesome to “see” you there!! … See MoreSee Less
Happy you can take some positives from this shit-show of a year 😀 Hopefully there are many more positives for you guys in 2021 – I wish you all the best! 😀👍
Well, the first three months of the year were good! Still cherishing memories till we meet again. Thanks for yer noise, and here's hopin 2021 isn't completely bollocks.🤞🤘😁
Nice to have met you guys. Looking forward to checking you guys make magic at SummerFest. 🤘🏼
Great to be working with you guys!
John Morrow & Ralph Margo
METAL4AFRICA.COM Summerfest is happening in January 2021 and we’re absolutely thrilled to be included in the line-up. Playing alongside some of the best South African bands and catching up in the chat rooms, we reckon it’s going to be a killer of a day!
#doom #deathmetal #blackmetal #metalcore #festival #SouthAfricaMetal #southafrica #imperativepr #artbeatdrumsticks #ArtBeatWith their roots stemming deeply from South Africa, Imperative PR artists The Medea Project are extremely honoured and proud to be announced as part of the METAL4AFRICA.COM SummerFest ’21 line-up. Taking place on the 30th January 2021, they will be ‘sharing the screen’ with some of the best bands on South African soil.
With humble beginnings as a gig directory on MySpace in the mid 2000’s, metal4africa is getting ready to host their 14th year of the metal4africa festivals. Their mantra being “a place for friendship and metal”, they focus on the South African Metal Community as a whole and sometimes with guests from other African states.Twice a year, they host the most beloved festivals in the land and feature some of the best bands across the country together with alternative artists, designers and merchants at these shows in Cape Town.
With the onset of Covid19 in 2020, metal4africa’s WinterFest ’20 was held as an online event. With the success of WinterFest ’20 and no certainty around further Covid-19 restrictions, they have decided to host SummerFest ’21 as an online event as well.
SummerFest ’21 will consist of a real-time stream, broadcast via Twitch.TV. This will accomodate free-of-charge viewing to anybody looking for a high quality audio/visual experience.The public can also sign on to the event’s Discord server and enjoy chatting about the stream, engaging directly with artists and/or merchants and other personalities, or to check out additional items of content that may appear from within the community. There will be channels for text-based chats, video chats, and also channels dedicated to topics.
The Medea Project will be performing songs from their outstanding debut album, Sisyphus, which was given a 5/5 review by Mayhem Radio…
“Every time I listen to this album I get something new, have different attachments to each song but still with the same end results this a strong debut and it’s something I’m going to be playing many years down the road.”
Also confirmed to appear alongside The Medea Project at Summerfest ’21 are:
Facing The Gallows – new album MMXX reviewed in the latest issue of Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine
Mind Assault – will be launching new album The Cult Of Conflict at Summerfest
Cryoplegia – featuring Lwandile Prusent of Vulvodynia
Riddlebreak – eclectic modern metal
Chaos Doctrine – dramatic thrash/industrial/death metal
Hiraeth – dual-gender vocals and a progressive outlook
MA-AT – slow and low from South Africa’s mother city of Cape Town
Sunken State – riding high on the critical acclaim of their Enter The Grey EP
Sundergeist – new project from Ric Shields of Last One Alive and Atlantic South
Dark Room Productions – transcending metal into the dark realms of goth and industrial
The metal4africa Summerfest ’21 event kicks off at 16h00 (UCT +2) on January 30th at www.twitch.tv/metal4africa and the social area can be accessed at metal4africa.com/discord
Follow the metal4africa social links to keep up to date with festival news and scheduling.
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We’re very proud to be appearing alongside of several Imperative bands on a fantastic collection of compilations that are out today. Rage, brings together a wealth of underground talent raising money to fight the rising tide of poverty in the UK.
We join forces with SCORDATURA, Basement, FOETAL, Colpocleisis,, Formicarius,, Sathamel,, And, Argesk,, Solitary, Utilitarian,, Consecration,, Ba’al and all the other great bands involved in fighting back.
With everything going on at the moment as well as it being the lead up to Christmas, food poverty in the UK is a particularly exacerbated problem so we’d really appreciate you putting some money in towards this excellent cause!
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In this, the final part in our journey through our vinly collection, we discuss how our tastes have grown through the years and how in someways we have come back to the music that we started with.
To commemorate this we are offering a 15% discount off of any of our merch in our bandcamp store themedeaproject.bandcamp.com/, simply use the code MEDEA15 at checkout … See MoreSee Less
And then the world opened up and so did our ears and eyes. Pauline and Brett discuss discovering how they found the more extreme forms of music … See MoreSee Less
We’re proud to be part of UNDERGROUND‘s curated playlist to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day. We share this with 66 bands from around the globe including Final, Forged and Consecration[01/02] – TOMORROW 10th October is World Mental Health Day, to support the World Health Organization’s annual initiative to create awareness for mental health issues, we will release a Spotify playlist. 66 bands from around the globe have united to help spread awareness and show their love and support!
A Memory Misread (Austria)
Mountain Hermit (italy) / Vintermørke (greece)
Lords Of Ruin (UK)
Newcastle Kings (Canada)
40,000 Leagues (UK)
Northern Crown (USA)
Forged In Black (UK)
Final Coil (UK)
The Medea Project (UK)
Vangelis Ziakas official. (Greece)
VOID INN (Serbia)
Silent Winter (Greece)
Project Renegade (Greece)
A special thanks to the PR companies for their help and support:
Angels PR Music Promotion
Asher Media Relations
The Metallist PR
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Join Pauline and Brett as they find their own roots in the heavier side of music. … See MoreSee Less
People often ask where our musical influences stem from, so join us in our journey as we discuss the beginnings of what eventually became our somethat exclective tastes.Over the next few weeks The Medea Project will be taking us on a journey through their record collection, telling the story of their musical development and their lives from childhood stories to the primal roar of their debut album Sisyphus. Join them for the first leg of that vinyl journey today as they reveal their very first records, the sounds that shaped their earliest memories…
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23rd February 2018
Doomed to almost not have happened, last night at the Maze turned out to be a blast.
Massive thanks to Lycan and Pemphigoid for their dedication. The Maze for hosting and a very very special thanks to everyone who came out on an grim icy Thursday night to headbang and party with us!
See you all again at The Angel Microbrewery in March!
6th February 2018
To coincide with us releasing some merch we have decided to run a competition and give 3 lucky winners a bundle comprising of our self-titled EP and a T-Shirt.
All of the instructions are here. Good luck and we’ll catch you on the road soon
31st December 2017
Well it’s the demise of yet another year but reflecting on 2017, it was a landmark year for The Medea Project. Re-awakened on new shores, EP launch, shows and a relocation, it’s been a busy but memorable year.
Horns up to all the bands that we had the pleasure of playing with and bands we have met along the way.
An especially very very massive thank-you to the amazing, metal-mad Italian, Fabiola Santini. Your support and faith always pushed us on and there are no words to express our gratitude!
And last but definitely not least a double horns up to all our fans. The support has been overwhelming and we’re ready to keep the metal flag flying in 2018.
We want to wish everybody an awesome 2018. Play it dark and play it loud!
12th September 2017
With a busy few months of an EP launch, barrage of gigs and some merch, the Medea Project is officially alive and squirming. However, having left enough of a stain on the South East, it is now time to spread that stain across the rest of the Land.
We have decided to slither our way up to the Midlands. So, although we’ll be quiet on the gigging front for the next 6 weeks, it doesn’t mean we’re dead (well, we hope not) but tunnelling our way in. We’ve already snatched ourselves a rehearsal room so the cacophony will continue and all this in time for the grimfrost that will be descending soon…
19th August 2017
Good gig at 02 Islington last night! Great bands, great promoter and staff and an awesome crowd.
Thanks to The Basilisk, Sectlinefor, Detoxen and All That Was Said
Also thanks to Symptomatic and the O2 guys for all your support and help
Most of all thanks to everyone who came out to support, drink and in general have a damn good time!
Our next onslaught is on the 2nd September at the Red Lion in Gravesend. See you there!