Def-Con-One – Warface

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Def-Con-One – Warface
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 19-06-2012
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Def-Con-One review first appeared in 2013

2012 was a storming year for great albums, but when I first heard “Warface”, from the UK’s Def-Con-One, it went straight into my top ten releases of that year. If you want brutal groove then this is the band for you and quite simply I see them as a modern day Pantera. Put together by the severely underrated Antton Lant (one time Venom drummer) this is about as much fun as you can have, whilst systematically feeling that you have had your insides kicked out of you by a size 12 boot!

Kicking off with an almost tribal drum rhythm, opener ‘Never Look Back’ sets the scene for what is an uncompromising fifty minutes of pure hardcore metal, with so much groove you will not be able to keep still. Apart from the staggering and heavy-as-shit drum patterns, from Antton, which pepper the album like a bad rash, Vocalist Davey Meikle is a real find. He screams and sings in equal measure with an evil ferocity that defies belief. Guitarist Johnny Hunter and Bassist Steve Miller cannot be overlooked. This is a real band, and one that requires all four members to collectively strip the skin from your face. March Of The Dead’, ‘Blood’, ’10 Bullets’, ‘In Death’ and the title track, the list is endless of tracks that deliver a hammer blow to your groin and with ‘Feeling Cold’ Def-Con-One have delivered one of the most hauntingly brilliant acoustic tracks I have heard for years. There is just not one dud on this album. Fantastically well produced by the band themselves, there really is no reason for you not to check these guys out.

Having finally witnessed them live at Hammerfest V, where they literally blew the roof off of the venue, you might have guessed correctly that I rather like this band and predict huge things for them. With album number two in the pipeline and plenty of upcoming gigs throughout the year Def-Con-One could not be a better name for this awesome band from Newcastle and I defy you not to like them.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Never Look Back
02. March Of The Dead
03. Warface
04. Hold On
05. Blood
06. Steeped In Pain
07. 10 Bullets
08. Feeling Cold
09. My Halo
10. Hit List
11. In Death
12. Give Me Strength

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/defcononehq/
https://www.instagram.com/def.con.one.official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/skuzzy/featured

 

 

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Absolva – Flames Of Justice

Flames Of Justice Cover

Absolva – Flames Of Justice
Rocksector Records
Release Date: 05/11/2012
Running Time: 51:47
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Absolva review first appeared in 2013

What happens when your band is on the verge of breaking through and then the bass player gets asked to join metal titans Iced Earth? That is what happened to heavy rock trio Fury UK last year. Instead of replacing Luke Appleton, brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Appleton and drummer Martin McNee put that band on hiatus and formed Absolva, “Flames Of Justice” was their debut album released in the second half of 2012 and they hit the ground running faster than Usain Bolt on steroids. Fusing the heavy rock sound of their previous act with classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon “Flames Of Justice” is a blinding album. Joined here by bassist Dan Bate and lead and rhythm guitarist Tom Atkinson (who has since departed due to other commitments), Absolva aren’t completely retro though. There is enough of a modern twist to their sound to keep fans old and new very happy, a point proved by the size and diversity of crowds at their gigs.

“Flames Of Justice” kicks off with the screaming title track, and that alone leaves you in no doubt that Absolva mean serious business. Followed by ‘Hundred Years’, ‘Code Red’ (which is sure to become a live classic),’From Beyond The Light’ and ‘Breathe’, which thanks to Chris Appleton’s slightly Dave Mustaine style delivery could be a Megadeth song, in fact “Red Lamb”, Mustaine’s recent collaboration album with Dan Spitz would be a good reference point for Absolva. This is full of crunchy riffs, choruses that stay in your brain long after the album has finished, great solo and duel guitar work that fits the songs extremely well, a good variety of tempo and rhythm section of a very high calibre that ties the whole thing together beautifully. “Flames Of Justice” has been well produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Elliss, although if anything he hasn’t quite managed to catch the raw power that Absolva share on the live circuit. That is a pretty small criticism though for a band that really is set to keep the spirit of classic metal alive if they continue to produce work of this quality.

There is something strangely alluring about Absolva’s music. It feels very familiar, as if you have known the band for years, but at the same time it adds new and exciting flavours, a bit like a good wine, and that great mix has had me going back to this album time and time again to enjoy its contents. Another of the great bands on Rocksector Records you genuinely have to keep an eye out for Absolva because they are going places!

TRACKLISTING:
01: Flames of Justice
02 .Hundred Years
03: Code Red
04: It Is What It Is
05: Breathe
06: State of Grace
07: From Beyond the Light
08: Free
09: Love to Hate
10: Only When It’s Over
11: Empires

LINKS:
http://www.absolva.com/
https://www.facebook.com/absolva/

https://www.instagram.com/absolva/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Absolva

 

 

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Ethereal Gothic Rock Artist & member of Cradle Of Filth, Lindsay Schoolcraft! Huge thanks to Lindsay for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about your history?

Hey there! My name is Lindsay Schoolcraft and I’m a singer, songwriter, and electric harpist from Oshawa, Canada who mainly writes and performs ethereal gothic rock. I’ve been doing this since 2010.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I took the last name of the First Nations people in my family.

What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?

I’m from Canada and the Metal scene here is really amazing, especially in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

I just released my debut solo album “Martyr” that I co-wrote with Rocky Gray (ex-Evanescence)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Definitely bands and acts like Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre, Dimmu Borgir, VAST, Bjork, and LEAH.

What first got you into music?

Disney movies in my youth! But I started taking music seriously in high school during the early twenties alternative scene.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Still really wanna song a duet with Jonathan Davis.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would love to play Wacken as a solo artist.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Animal bones!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

They already know how much I love them.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Not sure I would enjoy the smell of their decaying body. But I do have to say I am sad I never saw Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury live.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being able to sing and write and express my creativity that way. I hate that I had to become my own record label, but anything to make it happen and work.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Less people who don’t care enough and only want to make money and more people who are genuine, work hard, and you can rely on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Open Door” by Evanescence

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I’m still a CD collector myself.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Opening for Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling last summer!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably a zoologist, tattoo artist, or makeup artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

None! Maybe just my partner! The idea of a dinner party right now sounds exhausting.

What’s next for the band?

Playing a few shows this winter and then onto writing the next album.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.schoolcraftshop.com
https://www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/lindzriot/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ZLcdPSxw1fTYJlz3DLrSZ
https://www.youtube.com/user/schoolcraftofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I’ve ever even heard of them… are they vegan?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having me

 

 

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Red – Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada – 17/11/2019

 

 

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Hard Rock band Battering Ram! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Jonas Edmark (Guitar), Johan Hallström (Singer), Jocke Ståhl (Bass), Tony Trust (Drums).

Formed early 2017 with members from former Bullseye and different cover bands!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jocke came up with the band name, it suites our style of music, breaking in doors with a Battering Ram.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Sweden, tough to get gigs when you’re not signed! Many small bands fighting for the same venues!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

‘Chase The Fire’ is our latest single of 6 released! Plus an upcoming record to be released 24th January!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wN-mTLTzNQ
https://open.spotify.com/album/6x7pd5XNWHqlawVSryyMky

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly Old school hard rock!

What first got you into music?

Playing vinyl records in the bedroom being influenced by your idols!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Bands in the same genre!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Sweden Rock would be awesome, then we would show Sweden what real hard rock sounds like!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nothing odd just yet, but often a beer or two!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay true to Battering Ram and Keep rockin out there.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jonas: Randy Rhoads
Johan: R.J. Dio
Jocke: R.J. Dio
Tony: Lemmy

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Playing live and difficulties getting to gigs!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Make it easier for smaller bands to be seen and heard!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonas: “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
Johan: “Rising” – Rainbow
Jocke: “Heaven And Hell” – Black Sabbath
Tony: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

‘Putte i Parken’ in Karlstad was an awesome summer gig with a big enthusiastic audience!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Same as today, as we are not 100% fulltime musicians!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here is one from each of us and one bonus!
Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy, Dimebag and Blackie!

What’s next for the band?

Release of the record and some gigs planned for the winter!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Spotify, Youtube and all the main streaming media out there!
https://www.facebook.com/cutintwo/
https://www.instagram.com/batteringr/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZE8smCT2oR50Kq9yLZ3GW
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHD6v4JTd4XatpjtFBEEbQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but we are not sure, all we know is they don’t mix with beer.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Just Keep rockin and hope you find our style great and decide to follow us.

 

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EMQ’s with FORMICARIUS

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EMQ’s with FORMICARIUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Black Metal band Formicarius! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hægtesse – Bass, Vocals: We are Formicarius and we play a pretty unique blend of black and death metal. The band is a melting pot of our various influences – we borrow electrifying lead guitars and insane shredding from old school heavy metal and classic 80’s thrash, counterpoints and harmonies influenced by Baroque/Classical music and symphonic, atmospheric elements from bands like Emperor and Dimmu Borgir, who were initially reviled for introducing these elements to black metal. As it turned out, history ended up looking kindly on these pioneers of the second wave of black metal despite them being sneered at by black metal elitists and confusing the hell out of genre purists. We’re no strangers to this ourselves and hopefully we’ll have a similar legacy of genre-defying innovation, a pretty bold statement!

The majority of us have been playing together for over ten years and we’re veterans of the current wave of UK extreme metal, having lent our unholy talents to bands such as De Profundis, Domitorem and Aeternum. When our old band dissolved, instead of looking for other musicians to join us, we formed a new band with the same members, but a much darker, more focused sound. Valdr joined us recently after a number of different drummers had to move on for various reasons and he’s really stepped up to the plate to be the final missing ingredient in the devilish concoction that is Formicarius!

How did you come up with your band name?

Nazarkardeh – Guitars: The Formicarius is the earliest European text to discuss the subject of Witchcraft. Written by the 15th century theologian Nider, his transcription of a Swiss Inquisitor’s dealings with a coven of Witches who practiced transformation, child sacrifice and Satanic worship predates even it’s more famous counterpart, the Malleus Maleficarum.

Put it this way – if the Malleus Maleficarum is the Reign In Blood of the Witch hunter, then the Formicarius is it’s Show No Mercy.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Nazarkardeh: We are from the UK. Unfortunately! One of the few good things about living here is our metal scene! Despite the fact that any status Britain had as a cultural powerhouse is long gone, UK Extreme metal is incredibly diverse and has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. To list just a couple of my favourites we have Deadwood Lake, Live Burial and Repulsive Vision who are all making a serious impact both in and out of the UK, but there are many, many more!

I wish them all the success that this country makes so difficult to attain.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Hægtesse: Our latest release is our sophomore album, “Rending The Veil Of Flesh”. It’s a real step up from our first album in terms of production, songwriting and even the packaging of the album. We’re always learning from our mistakes and I feel that this album really cements what we want the Formicarius sound to be – epic and technically proficient but with engaging melodies and a strong sense of narrative running through each track. The first single off the new album, which we released a lyric video for, is ‘Early Will I Seek Thee’, featuring Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ on guest vocals and Nicholas Millar of Aklash on violin! The track is a pretty good showcase of what we’re all about these days, which is why we chose it as our lead single.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hægtesse: The music is written by Morath, Lord Saunders and Nazarkardeh, so I’m probably not the best qualified to answer this question! Having said that, the influences are evident to the careful listener! We absolutely adore the complex interplay of melodies and harmonies employed by bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, so this is a huge part of our sound. This harmonic sensibility is a big part of Baroque and later Classical music, another huge influence of ours – check out the counterpoints in O, Dread Impaler, for example. Visually and vocally, we’re in thrall to second wave black metal bands like Immortal and Dimmu Borgir and to some extent Cradle of Filth, who lend us their gothic atmosphere and uniquely British take on black metal.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Nazarkardeh: As Hægtesse mentioned, we were fortunate enough to have Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ feature on one track, which was a huge honour. Rotting Christ’s unashamedly catchy, refined and well written take on Black Metal was a big inspiration for Formicarius. The Fourth Horsemen is directly influenced by King of a Stellar War for example!

As for others in the future, there are a few that come to mind. Rob Halford was talking about making some black metal with Ihsahn and Nergal recently… I wonder how we could convince him to ditch them and make some Blackened British Steel with us instead?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nazarkardeh: I can’t really think of any but we don’t need gifts from our fans. The fact that there are people out there supporting our music is a gift enough!

One of the stranger things I’ve seen someone do at a show is Sieg Heil us. Not sure what that guy was thinking in assuming we were that way inclined, but fortunately he was dealt with. The less our scene tolerates those cretins the better.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Hægtesse: We’re not an overly political or ideological band, but impossible to exist in a public sphere and not project some message simply by acting in the way that you do. Even if you have no explicit message, some people will still draw lessons from your behaviour. Our unconscious message seems to be something along the lines of “don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, do what you want to do”.

For years (stretching back to when we first started making music together in our previous incarnation) we’ve been accused of being confused about our genre, been called derivative and even boring. That doesn’t matter to us, because we’re not really making music for anyone else. We make the music we like making for the simple fact that we like making it. So our ethos, the message we deliver just by existing and being visible is a pretty corny one – just be yourself!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Nazarkardeh: Does Nicolo Paganini count? The guy was refused a Christian burial because his supernatural violin skill convinced people he was possessed by Demons. That’s more metal than the edgiest faces in Black Metal can attest to. Perhaps we could swap him for Varg Vikernes?

If not then I think I’d choose someone who died before their time. Randy Rhoads comes to mind – it’s a shame that we’ll never see what incredible things he could have achieved… Or maybe Chuck Schuldiner! Could have carved out a legacy for Control Denied just as he did for Death?

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Hægtesse: The best thing about being a musician is those moments when you nail a piece of music and you’re just completely absorbed in it, whether than be on stage, in the rehearsal room or in your bedroom. The only way to achieve those moments is the answer to the second question: hours and hours of repetitive, focused, tedious practice! So like most things in life, you have to suffer just a little bit to get something worthwhile or fulfilling in the end.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Nazarkardeh: This is a difficult question – so many complaints about the music industry come with an image of the past seen through rose-tinted glasses. Just look at all the dinosaurs from the era of guitar shaped swimming pools whining about the Internet on Blabbermouth!

I could complain about Spotify’s weak payouts to bands despite their own gargantuan profits, but those are injustices that aren’t limited to the music business, and aren’t symptoms of this industry but another system that needs to be destroyed…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nazarkardeh: if I had to choose one metal album it would be “Abigail” by King Diamond. I won’t explain why, just listen to it! However it holds a particular significance for me because, well… what the hell is it? It would be short sighted just to call it heavy metal with it’s heaviness and atmosphere. It’s far too dark to be power metal. It clearly isn’t black metal despite the influence of King on the genre. But does any of that matter? The ability of a record to break through the barriers of subgenres to create something truly unique is something that really strikes a chord with me.

Honourable mention goes to Death’s “Individual Thought Patterns”, Morbid Angel’s “Covenant” and Windir’s “Arntor” which are among the close contenders for similar reasons.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Hægtesse: This is a strange debate in terms of the dogmatic and evangelical attitudes people take to transmitting information in some physical vector into sound waves that hit their ears and their brains interpret as “music”. It’s not even one I think is particularly relevant. There are hundreds of factors that can enhance or hinder our enjoyment of music beyond the objective physical qualities of the sound. So the medium I’m playing music on isn’t as important for me as the mood I’m in or whether I’m hungry, for instance, in determining how much I enjoy it.

I do a lot of travelling on the London underground and the convenience of having every single song I own (I think a more pertinent debate is streaming vs. purchasing music and I opt for the latter every time I appreciate and want to support an artist) on my phone to drown out sniffling bankers or howling school children is a godsend. I don’t miss the days of carting around multiple CDs and carefully cradling my Walkman so it didn’t skip every 30 seconds!

Having said that, there is nothing that compares to minutely examining a badass vinyl cover for every single cool little detail while you’re jamming out to an album for the first time! Our artwork, designed by Moonroot Art and our own multi-talented Morath is an amazing example of the intricate style influenced by artists like Necrolord, whose cover for Emperor’s “In the Nightside Eclipse” is an absolute masterpiece.

So there really is no point debating the absolute best way to consume music, people have their preferences for whatever reasons and I’m fine with that!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Nazarkardeh: They say you’re only as good as your last show. Good, because our last show was our best! Our last show in London supporting Asagraum was us playing our strongest material with our strongest line-up. After our first few shows getting used to playing “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” material live and getting comfortable with the new presence in the band – our supernaturally skilled drummer Valdr – this show felt like the culmination of that process. If I’m right, then next time someone asks me this question it’ll be about the next show!

What’s next for the band?

Nazarkardeh: We have one final show of the year on December 14th in Zebbug, Malta! It feels good to finally take Formicarius beyond Great Britain to further pastures. We are already in talks about further shows in support of “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” both at home and abroad.

Writing for album number 3 has begun. I can’t say much bar that it takes everything we find special about “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” and intensifies it. But more on that later…

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

http://www.formicarius.co.uk/
https://formicariusuk.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/formicariusband/

Nazarkardeh: Formicarius can be heard on whichever platforms you consume music, and can be found on whichever social media platform you prefer.

 

 

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Arrival of Autumn – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC, Canada – 17/11/2019

 

 

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with international Traditional Heavy Metal band Spiral Castle featuring members of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, While Heaven Wept, Vanlade, Claymorean and many more.. Huge thanks to Matt and Vladimir for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Matt: I’m Matt DeVries (NOT the Fear Factory or Chimera guitarist!!) and I do vocals for Spiral Castle. The band came about after Vlad sent me a song called ‘The Dread’. I just had to sing on it! I had been pestering him about doing a true metal type song for some time. Eventually we got a crew of talented guys together and boom! Enter ‘The Dread’ and the birth of Spiral Castle.

Vladimir: My name is Vladimir. I’m a guitarist in Spiral Castle (the only one that sucks out of three haha). Well, Matt is the guy who’s responsible for making Spiral Castle happening. He gathered a team and everyone gave their best.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt: Vlad and I discussed it and we had decided if we indeed do start something with this single, it should probably be fitting to be a salute to Manilla Road and tribute to Mark Shelton. Out of respect, I ran the name by Bryan Patrick of Manilla Road. He gave us his blessing you could say.

Vladimir: Also Matt’s idea. We’re all huge, and I mean HUGE fans of Mark Shelton and Manilla Road, so that’s where the name comes from.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Matt: I’m from the United States, Kansas specifically. Home of bands Manilla Road and Kansas! Many good bands skip us for Denver or anywhere in Texas. We get lucky at times and get a band here and there, usually in Kansas City, Missouri. We get thrash, black, death, and occasional true metal or even power metal band. Seen Primal Fear play in my town for about 70 people! I felt embarrassed as hell. No wonder bands skip us.

Vladimir: I’m from Serbia. It’s an understatement if I say the scene here sucks, but it does, big time. Bands are great, but lack of venues and media coverage are the main reasons no one has heard about Serbian metal bands. However, there are a few websites here that promote metal (horns up to SMP!)

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Matt: The latest release is our only one, ‘The Dread’ single.

Vladimir: At the moment we only have a single ‘The Dread’, but we’re working on the album, or at least EP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, and Eric Adams are the main ones for me. There are many others though. When it comes to writing and vocals, I’d have to say Tom Waits, Mark Shelton, Rolf Kasparek, Kai Hansen, Johnny Cash, and Warren Zevon. Just to name a few. I also love Tim Curry’s voice in Rocky Horror! Divine!!

Vladimir: As a guitarist from Ace Frehley to Yngwie Malmsteen. In terms of composing music, probably Mark Shelton, David DeFeis, The Beatles, Rush, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Venom, Running Wild etc etc etc.

What first got you into music?

Matt: I was forced into choir at a young age through church and Christian school. I appreciate the choir part now, but that was my first go at it. The songs were terrible to say the least. Later as a young teen I got into Iron Maiden. The bug to sing in a band kind of grew from there.

Vladimir: As I recall from my early childhood, bands like Kiss and AC/DC really interested me in heavier music. As I grew older Manowar and Iron Maiden were probably what hooked me to metal.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Matt: I am doing that now! No lie! I collaborated with Vlad on Sorrows Grave a few years back. If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be teamed up with Vlad again, plus the roster we have now, I’d never have believed it.

Vladimir: I already collaborate with a dream team in Spiral Castle. These guys are incredibly talented. Each and every one of them!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Matt: Wacken! My wife and I love it there! It’s a home away from home!

Vladimir: Up the Hammers in Athens and Keep It True in Germany. Those are the festivals that promote traditional metal, the way I like it. I wouldn’t mind playing at Wacken or Hellfest too haha.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Matt: Well…I guess my wife is my “fan” in life. She never has given me a weird gift but because of her we have three cats. So…I guess my cup runneth over.

Vladimir: I wish I could say a woman’s panties, but I’m not that good looking haha. Nah, no one gave me anything, as I remember.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Matt: Thank you for listening and for the support! Give us some time and we will bring you more!

Vladimir: Enjoy life and be excellent to each other!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Matt: Nobody. They made their mark and moved beyond. I will appreciate what they have left me and try to do the same and leave something for others when I move on from this life.

Vladimir: If it wouldn’t cause a zombie apocalypse, there are many of them.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Matt: I love to write lyrics. I hate not having time to write lyrics.

Vladimir: The feeling of freedom to express myself the way I want. I don’t hate anything in particular, but I really dislike elitism and snobbish behaviour.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Matt: Nothing! I really could give a tinkers damn about it. Haven’t cared in years! I just want to write, put out music, have fun, and hopefully inspire at least one person.

Vladimir: Equal representation of all genres through big media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”. ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ is my hands down, no debating, all-time favourite Maiden song!

Vladimir: Now this is the hardest question of all. Probably “Death Or Glory” by Running Wild! Nah, too many to mention…

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Matt: Vinyl for me. Love the epic packaging. Though I will take what I can get in some cases.

Vladimir: Personally I prefer CD’s, but anything goes these days.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Matt: My last show in Wisconsin before moving to Kansas with a band called Tempest Eternal. A great send off.

Vladimir: Supporting Ross The Boss with my band Claymorean. Probably not our best by technical standards, but we had only two gigs with this line-up hahaha.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Matt: I don’t classify myself as a musician, a writer maybe. I work fulltime for the city in Environmental Services/water treatment. When not doing that, I am working toward a Film and creative writing degree at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!!

Vladimir: I really don’t know…I’m a corporate jurist, so that’s what I do for a living.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: My wife always! Vlad and Dejana from Serbia so we could hang out and any of the other guys from Spiral Castle! If there was no more room, we would just hit a pub instead.

Vladimir: My family!

What’s next for the band?

Matt: Full album, LP. That’s the goal anyway. EP is always possible but LP would be the top of the pops.

Vladimir: Recording a full length album.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Matt: I’m not the main one for this stuff but YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, Nuclear Rock Radio (kicks ass!!) and most recently, Ever Metal!!!
https://www.facebook.com/spiralcastle/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Matt: (In my best Ozzy Osbourne voice) What the fuck is a Jaffa Cake?!?!

Vladimir: Biscuit, definitely.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Matt: Thank you Ever Metal!! Thank you for helping us spread our music and for the questions. You guys help keep the metal heart pumping!!!

Vladimir: Thank you for inviting us and giving us a chance to introduce the band!

 

 

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Hard Rock/Metal/Punk band Lola Black. Huge thanks to Lola for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Lola from Lola Black. (VOCALS)!

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s what I go by and also the band name. It was decided by Chris, Paige and myself (founding members). Due to the shifty nature of musicians it’s something that will stand the test of time just as long as I’m ticking the band is and music is something I will always be a part of.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

America; Denver, Colorado to be exact! Where the word “scene” is apparently frowned upon but if it weren’t I would have to say the “scene” is most excellent.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release was on November 1st, 2019 and is our spin on Concrete Blonde’s “Bloodletting (Vampire Song)” just in the key of Lola Black. The cover was a follow up from our full length album “Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright” which was released late fall of 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This question has always been a hard one for me because music in general influences me. I can find gems inside everything I hear.

What first got you into music?

I have always been drawn to music. It is the focal point of all of my memories. I remember at a very young age listening to every word and every note of everything that played around me. It honestly doesn’t matter what type of music is on, my ears are just in tune to it and that’s always the first thing I pick up on.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Since I’ve always said Chino Moreno in the past I’ll stick with him because I honestly dig all of his work.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Probably The Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK because the Reading Festival is iconic! The talent on the line-ups over the years is insane! It would be an honour!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

It takes a lot for me to consider something weird. So, nothing out of “my” ordinary…!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

In the wise words of Bill and Ted “Be excellent to each other”!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I don’t know. I’ll just go to them.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Love, Playing Music! Hate, social media!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Don’t get me started.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I can never decide or narrow it down. All-time favourite is a strong title to hold and I love too many. Plus it also depends on if I genuinely love all tracks on said album or just a few. I can’t commit. Sorry.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I like it all. Anyway I can get the music to my ear holes will do.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We did a string of festivals called the World’s Loudest Month some years ago and that entire experience was by far the best. We played with almost every band we love and respect at one stop or another that summer!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I always wanted to be a homicide detective. I am a detective and justice seeker at heart and Joe Kenda is my hero.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Chappelle, Al Jourgensen, Rob Zombie, David Hasselhoff and Joan Jett!

What’s next for the band?

World domination!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Download now-
https://ffm.to/bloodlettingthevampiresong
Social media links-
www.lolablackmusic.com
www.youtube.com/Lolablackmusic
www.facebook.com/Lolablackmusic
www.instagram.com/Lolablackmusic
www.twitter.com/Lolablackmusic

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no clue what that is but cake and biscuits are delicious.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Nope. You are awesome and thank you for your time.

 

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Sludge band Monte Luna! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is James, I sing, play guitar and bass for the band. We formed in 2015 as a two-piece destruction unit and have been laying waste to the great country of the United States since. When we come through your town we promise you won’t forget us after we leave. Your eyes are dazed and heavy.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is a title of a Jimmy Spheris song. Bet you didn’t expect that did you?

What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?

The United States! Austin Texas, the Texas metal scene is one of the best music scenes this fine country has to offer. We are damn proud to be a part of this Texas Metal Scene.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Monte Luna – “Drowners’ Wives”! Vinyl link attached!
www.monteluna.bigcartel.com
Who have been your greatest influences?
King Buzzo from the Melvins, Black Flag, George Harrison, Black Sabbath and Rob Crow!

What first got you into music?

Being really sad and angry as a young man!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Neurosis – it would be more of a tutoring class with us featured haha. They are such phenomenal musicians and it would be a life-long dream achievement to play with them in any capacity.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Hellfest, because the Melvins 2011 performance inspired me to be the musician I am and I want the world to know we will swing for the fences every time no matter what and crush it.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A ceramic owl, she was really cool about it though so I was happy to take it! San Antonio girls rule.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Follow your dreams and do it yourself. No one will do it for you.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

No-one, I’m glad they died. That’s just part of life, people die and that was it. I don’t think anyone is important enough to wish them from the dead no matter how much I wanted it. Life is chaos, get used to it.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the life; I hate coming home from tour and getting back to normal life. Normal life sucks…do drugs, play music and die.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would change how the funds are distributed. Musicians deserve a stable and sustainable future, and that starts with paying people fair wages. This 5 dollar cover standard is pretty gross too. People act like it’s a huge deal to pay more than that, I get it we are all broke, but I know y’all spending way more on drugs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison! Beautiful album start to finish, it has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Downloads – I just don’t have time to sit down with much else these days.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Monte Luna/ Serial Hawk/ Order of the Owl/ Savegist! So much fun in Atlanta at 529 and such a beautiful night with good friends old and new, it’s one of those “this is why i do it” moments. You can taste the talent it was so thick.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Idk!? I think I’d sell shoes? No no…The other things I do right now but more frequently – making movies, dungeon mastering for D&D and bartending.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Danny McBride, The Jerkbeast, A Beholder, my friend Andrea and Liz Buckingham! We would lace our food with Psilocybe cubensis and then play Dungeons and Dragons. Hopefully on the back of a giant turtle while we sailed through space! Where is your God now?

What’s next for the band?

Work; work; work! Write more music; play more shows, party more, pirate the world.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.montelunatx.bandcamp.com
But we are also on Spotify, it’s all the rage.
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ShZGu5MCui1og5byyvwSv

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I’m not big on sweets so I really don’t care. I would much rather play devil’s advocate.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

 

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