A Nameless Dread – The First Nothing

A Nameless Dread – The First Nothing
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 27:36
Review by Dark Juan

My Legions! Fear not for your exile for the good of the realm shall soon be over! Then you can go back outside and continue your work of subverting the word of the False God while you are rampaging around Heron Foods and Iceland and Bargain Booze (or CK’s if you’re in Wales) buying anything that catches your fancy for Yule, and checking out the arse of that attractive checkout attendant on the way past after making such a dent in your plastic, you’ll be paying for it until the Rapture. It just so happens I might have the soundtrack for the madness of Yuletide (I refuse to use the name of the False Lord with regard to this time of year. I have no time for imported Middle Eastern death cults. Transubstantiation, indeed… Our Lord Belial would be mocked unmercifully if His minions wandered around claiming eating a bit of dry bread and supping some wine turns into a bit of prime evil rump steak and Holy vampirism. I mean, just fuck off) in the form of this South African extreme metal band named A Nameless Dread. See what I did there?

Yes, Africa. Not a continent that is YET currently renowned for heavy metal music. However, we at Ever Metal are committed to sharing with you metal from across the globe and especially from underrepresented nations. There will be more from Africa, I can promise you, because from what I can judge from AND (I’m not writing it a million times so sod off) there is a rich and untapped vein of talent in that there continent. Anyway, A Nameless Dread are from Johannesburg and quote that they have influences from cosmic horror to gore. These are interests that Dark Juan can only encourage.

So, yeah, this is my first foray into the world of African metal and I’m excited by it, so far. AND play a form of extreme metal that has leanings towards the earlier death metal end of the spectrum with added At The Gates and Deicide. Vocalist (to say singer would not be strictly accurate considering what he does with his voice) Rhett Freeman unleashes the kind of vocal apocalypse that would delight any fan of early death metal, being as he appears to be able to cover a range from vomiting up his own anal tract to screaming like there’s sharp stuff being jabbed into his eyes. He has a fine voice for this style of music. The guitar work of Damian Buys is also punchy and excellent, and to his eternal credit, he does not just rely on mid paced chugging. There’s some interesting and unusual discordant riffing in places that lifts AND above the usual pile. The songs are all fresh and original and all sound different to each other (Six Feet Under’s last record was a shocker for the songs sounding the same). The bass work is also satisfyingly huge and the drums complex and engaging. However, the production (I know I bang on about production a lot but it’s important for your listening pleasure) is woolly as fuck, man. The guitar work sits far too far forward, the vocals also and the bass sound, although loud as fuck and guaranteed to shake all your organs loose, overpowers the drumming to the point all you can hear is crash cymbal, a bass drum that sounds like it is being played by a wet and limp herring rather than a pedal and an absolutely inaudible snare drum. This is a shame because there are some lovely passages, especially the solo on the opening salvo, entitled ‘The Great Unclean’, which opens with some gentle guitar work, very briefly before the band get bored and instead hit you like a Rooivalk attack helicopter salvoing rockets at your sorry and soon to be violently exploded arse. A Nameless Dread then up the ante a bit on second song ‘Enter Chaos’ with a break that is almost fucking jazzy, whilst still being heavy enough to grind your balls to fluid. Rhett shows his versatility here as well, ranging from subterranean to stratospheric on the vocal front. ‘When God Blinks’ has some lovely African influenced soloing, too.

So, it’s fair to say I’m a bit of a fan of A Nameless Dread then. For my first foray into African metal, this is a fucking good record. The rest of Africa has some work to do to maintain this standard. While it’s not the most inventive record, AND have taken extreme metal (a genre that frequently disappears up its own arse in a welter of identikit riffs and roars) and kept it varied and interesting. The sub-28 minute running time for seven songs also shows the intent of the band to keep it short, punchy and meaningful. And while the production could be charitably described as a bit rough, it does manage to give the band and the songs a raw, dangerous quality that is missing from more polished releases. This album oozes sustained threat and implied violence and that can only be a good thing, boys and girls and everybody of all other genders. You could do a lot worse than buy this record as it is head and shoulders over the recent releases of some of the more established bands in the world (Six Feet Under, I am looking at YOU!)

I like it. I want more, thank you please.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Die gepatenteerde Dark Juan – bloedspatgraderingstelsel – Google Translate is a wonderful thing because I shamefully know ZERO Afrikaans) awards a worthy 8/10 for a good, but flawed record that shows considerable promise for the future. Heavy as a pair of lead underpants.

01. The Great Unclean
02. Enter Chaos
03. Rot With Me
04. When God Blinks
05. Bleached Bone
06. The Resurrectionist

07. Cold Black

Rhett (I keep wanting to put Butler, but I am resisting!) Freeman – Vocals
Desmond Cook – Drums
Damian Buys – Guitar
Tim Botes – Bass


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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rome, Italy based Modern Alternative Metal band Fenisia. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Fabio Cerrito (‘J-Snake’) 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 Fabio Cerrito (J-Snake) and I’m the rhythm guitarist of Fenisia. Although the Band formed in 2009, I started playing with Fenisia around the end of 2016. The rehearsal room was very close to my home (I had already moved to that metropolitan area in 2014) but I had never heard of the band before. So, by chance one day I saw, on a site dedicated to announcements between musicians, that they were looking for a guitarist and were rehearsing exactly 5 minutes from where I live. Intrigued, I listened to some of their songs and contacted them. I spoke on the phone to Nic, who was on his honeymoon in Mexico since he had just got married. So, after talking for a while we decided that as soon as he returned, we would meet with the rest of the band to try and play together. Since then, almost immediately, we have become good friends as well as “collaborators”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well this is a question that the other members of the band should answer. As I said I am practically the last member to have joined the band 4 years ago. It is the others who invented the name Fenisia. But I think I understand what’s behind this name and I can try to explain it to you. The name Fenisia derives from the myth of the phoenix, a bird capable of being reborn from its ashes after death. The choice of this name can also be traced back to the fact that the band was founded in 2009 by the members of different formations in which Nic Ciaz and bassist Doc Liquido played together since high school. But the real reason for the name Fenisia is not properly this. Not only that at least! In reality the phoenix symbolizes and summarizes, well a little bit, all the philosophy behind the lyrics in our songs. It represents the power of resilience, that is the ability to face adversity in a positive and intelligent way, cultivating the resources that are within us. It still symbolizes death and resurrection which, in everyday life, can be associated in a broad sense with the concept of resilience. The phoenix therefore represents resilience, or the ability not to let oneself be beaten down by the difficulties of life, to react and get up stronger than before. We can learn to adapt to wind and storms as trees do, that is by developing strong roots and flexible branches, so we can keep ourselves anchored to the ground, but at the same time learn to adapt to changes. Anyway…hope the other members agree with this synthetic interpretation of mine! (laughing)

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

Although I was born in Rome, my family of origin moved in the first years of my life to Itri, a small village of about 15,000 inhabitants in central Italy. Only about twenty years later did I return to live in Rome.

Itri was a very particular village at the time. Although it was the smallest town on the Ulysses Riviera on the central Tyrrhenian coast, it was the most avant-garde town from a musical point of view. When I was 15 I, but also many of my friends, were already playing in a band and there were many who had an above average musical culture, even among those who did not play an instrument. At that time there was no internet but cassette tapes, vinyl and compact discs. It was generally much more difficult to find new material to listen to. So, we exchanged as much music as possible between friends.

I remember that post-punk and new wave trends were very popular at the time. Then there were those, like us, who were more attracted to the hard-rock and/or metal genres and all their relative “nuances”.

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

Our latest release is the third Fenisia album and concludes a trilogy made up of 3 concept albums.

The album was produced by Ray Sperlonga (American Idol) at Rosary Lane Studios, mastered by Collin Davis (Imagica, Deeds of Flesh) at Imperial Mastering, and the cover was designed by Charles Prabowo for Blackout Brother.

The album was released on October 30th via Eclipse Records. Eclipse is our new label, and we are happy to have started this collaboration with them.

For me “The Spectator” is the first album with Fenisia.

To accompany the release of the albums we have released the videos of the songs ‘Lord Lumieres’ and ‘Burned In My Brain’ (only ballad of the album) and the lyric video of ‘Manifesto’.

‘Lord Lumieres’ (Official Video)

‘Burned In My Brain’ (Official Video)

‘Manifesto’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have always loved listening to all music, always considering it one big thing without letting myself be too influenced by the different genres in which it tends to be classified. In fact, I like to play and range between different musical genres. In addition to electric, I really like playing fingerstyle on acoustic guitar. For example, I often find myself playing and really like the older “delta blues”, old songs of Mississippi, John Hurt for example…Skip James, even if it is very far from what we do with Fenisia.

I have never had particular idols even if I believe that the guitarists of the most famous rock bands of the 70’s / 80’s / 90’s such as Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Def Leppard influenced me the most. But these are just the most striking examples. I really enjoy listening to almost everything but not everything and not always.

What first got you into music?

Surely listening and the always new discovery of sensations that arise both from listening and in the moments when you play an instrument.

My mom tells me how as a child, to make me fall asleep peacefully, she just had to put on some music and the game was done!

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

There are too many musicians I would like to collaborate with. It is very difficult to identify a musician among the many talented and different musical genres of reference. To try to answer, I try to look at today’s music scene without disturbing the sacred heroes of the past, so maybe it’s easier…maybe! (laughing). I would like to write and play something with Norah Jones for example. Not just to name someone …(laughing) You weren’t expecting it, were you?

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

I think of the “Rock Am Ring” or the Wacken for example. I would love to play at one of the great festivals held at the Red Rock Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. The beauty of the places and the atmosphere that is created there during a concert are, at least in my head (laughs), magical!

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

Perhaps the strangest gift received from a fan was the one received during the last tour with Fenisia band in Latvia and Lithuania.

I remember it wasn’t a very memorable date, in terms of the number of people present, but a more intimate atmosphere was created that made us have a lot of fun. During the whole concert, one of the spectators present, began to offer us trays and trays of beer that were delivered to us by the waiters of the room directly on stage while we were playing. When my beer was almost half empty, another one came right away. I let you imagine the rest and our conditions of our small but excited audience and, overall, of our generous patron (laughing)!!!

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

Music has given us, it still gives us and, hopefully, it will give us much more. At such a difficult time for music, as well as for the entire entertainment industry in general, it’s important that fans and artists continue to support each other. Only by trying to give back to the world of music – each in their own small way (musicians and not) – a little piece of what we believe, in the life of each of us, has been possible thanks to music, will we be able to support it in the right way.

Don’t forget to buy and listen to our new album and let us know what you think. Stay close, invite us to play in your cities (laughing and correcting) of course when it will be possible to do all this. In the meantime, we are preparing the physical copies of the new album, the t-shirts and probably a new video clip. Stay connected whit us!

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

Oh no the questions are getting harder (laughing)…there are so many that I would like to bring back to life. Since the question is difficult because I can choose only one. I believe I would bring Jimi Hendrix back to life. Died at the age of 28, I think he still would have had so much to say and give to the world.

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

What I like is what I feel when I play or listen to music. The concerts, the good times you spend with the band and with other musicians or fans you know. What I don’t like is the fact that today it is too difficult for an up and coming musician to make enough money with music. To live in dignity and also be able to afford hobbies it is necessary to have another job that ends up taking part of the time you would prefer to devote to music.

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

Here we go again with the difficult questions (laughing). Thus, we risk triggering abundant controversy. Joking aside, without talking about how the internet has changed the world of music in recent decades, I try – more simply – to put forward some hypotheses for change. When I first talked about the need to support each other between artists and fans, I was referring to this: while emerging artists, rather than posing as rock stars, should have a more humble and professional approach to music, their fans and collaborators, from on the other hand, listeners should try to support artists more. For example, being more present in live events (even when it comes to listening to emerging bands playing unreleased songs and not just going to listen to cover bands) and being in general more willing to motivate the following artists more. Radio stations (even the largest and most important) could insert songs by emerging artists more often in the schedule and maybe invite them more in some broadcast. But this applies to all media in general. Public administrations should devote more resources to the cultural sector.

A bit of re-education should also be done because by now it seems to be completely normal the concept that, given the availability of the Internet, it is possible to stream all the music you want by paying only a few cents per subscription. But I believe that this, in the long run, is not enough to make the world of music thrive neither the big streaming platforms, nor the record labels, nor the artists.

It is for this reason that each of the aforementioned actors must do their part.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I can’t answer this question! I really should rule out too many!

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

I am a child of the CD era even if I still have some old vinyl at my parents’ house. Now vinyl is back in fashion and I must say that listening to a vinyl on a good system has always had its charm and also the sound you listen to has its own peculiar characteristic. In my opinion, however, the CD is the right compromise between quality and practicality. I know I’m one of the few who don’t prefer downloading. What can you do, I’m a bit old-fashioned for certain things! I still love buying CD’s.

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

Mmmm let me think…Probably when, with Fenisia, we opened the Misfits concert here in our city.

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

Airplane pilot.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This is also difficult…Can I also choose actresses(laughs)? Staying in the musicians’ sphere at a dinner among rockers (laughs) Jimmy Page, Slash, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Charlie Starr and Dave Grohl.

What’s next for the band?

The band is in good shape but given the current health emergency and therefore the inability to play live events to promote the newly released album, we are working on some new material. We are preparing a new video; some merchandising and we hope to be back live as soon as possible.

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

You can find Fenisia on all major social networks and platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Music Unlimited, Facebook, Instagram, Reverb Nations and also visit our website www.fenisia.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?


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

What else to add but thanks to you. Remember to listen to our new album, let us know what you think and invite us to play in your city as soon as this bad time is over.

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East London, South Africa based Melodic Death / Groove / Thrash band Forsaking Fate. Huge thanks to Grant, Rory and Alec for taking part. We are also incredibly proud to be premiering their brand-new lyric visualiser ‘Souls Of Demolition’ on Ever Metal today, 3rd December

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

Grant: My Name is Grant Hensburg, I handle the guitars and the vocal duties. The band was formed by myself and our drummer (Rory Townes). We have been jamming together and have had various projects over the years that never came to light for numerous reasons. Forsaking Fate originally started as a four piece, but evolved to move forward as a three piece (I moved to handle the vocal duties). We met up with our current bassist (Alec Larsen) while on tour playing at one of his events. We needed a bassist for a future show and asked him to fill in, which he gladly did. It’s been history ever since!

Rory: Hey there! I’m Rory Townes and I play drums. I’m also one of the original founding members.

Alec: My name is Alec Larsen. In Forsaking Fate, I play bass and do some of the backing vocals live. Our future releases will have some of my vox. I joined Forsaking Fate as a session bassist when they parted ways with their previous bassist. I played a few shows for them before they asked me to become a permanent member. Rory and Grant have always played metal together and have been in a few bands, the final product of their years of experimentation is Forsaking Fate.

How did you come up with your band name?

Grant: I’ve always enjoyed the notion of being in control of one’s destiny or Fate so to speak and not letting anyone dictate to anyone what they should be doing with their life. Forsaking Fate was a fitting name that holds true to those values.

Rory: Well it sounds really cool and it’s a mantra for us – to take the chance before it’s too late – Forsaking Fate, the right to choose one’s own destiny.

Alec: Forsaking the Fate that you’ve been dealt and rising above your circumstances.

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

Grant: The band originated from the small town of East London of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As mentioned, we met our bassist whilst on tour. The show was in the larger city of Johannesburg where Alec resides. As East London is very small, there is not much of a metal scene, so all of our shows require travel. However, the metal scene in Johannesburg is great. Prior to lockdown, there were major shows almost every weekend.

Rory: We’re from South Africa and our region is the Eastern Cape. When we play shows, the turnout is generally decent. I must say though the Eastern Cape crowds are wild, and the greater scene is in the bigger cities being Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban (aka KwaZulu-Natal). Those scenes are very awesome (albeit I can only speak for Johannesburg, as we are yet to jam Cape Town and Durban).

Alec: We are from South Africa. Grant and Rory live in East London and the metal scene there is quite small. I live in Johannesburg (opposite end of the country), which is a bigger city and has a much bigger metal scene.

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

Grant: We recently released a playthrough video of our song ‘Retribution’ off of our debut self-titled EP and stoked to now be releasing the Lyric Visualiser for our track ‘Souls Of Demolition’ with Ever Metal!

Rory: Well, our first video was the lyric video for the ‘End of Existence’. To date we’ve released our debut EP and several supporting playthrough videos. We are currently working on some new material.

Alec: Our self-titled EP. We’ve released playthrough videos promoting the album.

‘Souls Of Demolition’ was exclusively premiered on Ever Metal 3rd December. Check it out at the following link!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Grant: Growing up, I would have to say James Hetfield and Dimebag Darrel.

Rory: For me, I’ve got to say Slipknot was huge, as well as Slayer and Metallica. In terms of drummers, Gene Hoglan, Nicholas Barker and Lars Ulrich.

Alec: Trivium, Mors Principium Est, Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir and Septicflesh.

What first got you into music?

Grant: I started playing the piano in school and quickly got drawn to the sounds of guitars. When I discovered distortion and overdrive, there was no turning back!

Rory: I just really enjoyed the band vibe, clanning up with your buddies and going off the charts and jamming for hours, especially here there’s not much else to do.

Alec: I wasn’t interested in music until I heard System Of A Down for the first time. And since then, metal has been my music of choice.

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

Grant: Lamb of God!

Rory: Well, I’d love to jam with Jeff Loomis, James Hetfield and Ghostmane.

Alec: I’d love to collab with Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est.

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

Grant: Wacken Open Air. It’s probably the most diverse and well attended show in the world when it comes to metal.

Rory: Probably Knotfest in Germany, as I feel our particular style of music is more prominent in Europe…or Rockfest in Barcelona!

Alec: 70 000 Tons Of Metal. Metal on a cruise ship…need I say more!

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

Rory: Hmmm…I can’t say that on an interview, haha, let’s just say its personal…

Alec: Haven’t received any gifts from a fan yet.

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

Grant: Never give up!

Rory: Go forth and live my friend, go take the chance, and if you see me come on over and have a drink and a chat.

Alec: Thanks so much for the support. You are awesome!

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

Grant: Dimebag Darrel for sure!

Rory: It would be a duo I’d bring back, being Dime and Vinnie. Why, because you can’t have one without the other!

Alec: Chuck from Death!

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

Grant: The live performance is what I enjoy the most. Not performing is what I hate.

Rory: What I like is being able to express myself through other means than just talking. Playing live shows! What I enjoy least is people being mean in the scene.

Alec: The creative outlet is awesome. I hate the dreaded “E” word (Exposure). There’s often a misconception that because it is fun, that it should be done for free.

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

Grant: Everything!

Rory: That there would be more metal radio stations around the world, and that all bands that tour, get to tour in those huge busses (with everything catered haha)!

Alec: Make metal music more popular than the awful modern pop music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Grant: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

Rory: Black Dahlia’s “Miasma” – I really dig that album. And it was my first taste of that style of metal!

Alec: “Death Came Through a Phantom Ship” by Carach Angren.

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

Grant: It depends what perspective you’re looking from. I think they all have their place, but I think Vinyl tops it in my books.

Rory: Oh, I’m all for downloads hey, as it’s super cool to be able to scratch that music itch wherever you are.

Alec: CD’s.

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

Grant: The Wacken Metal Battle South Africa Finals (2019)

Rory: Geez, we’ve played so many. I rate the last show we played was really good. We jammed at Pool City in Port Elizabeth. The turnout was awesome!!

Alec: EP launch show in Port Elizabeth. The crowd was crazy!

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

Grant: Enjoying the finer things in life.

Rory: I’m involved in the electrical contractor trade. I’m definitely not an office guy!

Alec: Being a musician doesn’t pay the bills, so I’m a software developer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Grant: Our top five fans, because they deserve it.

Rory: This is an interesting one…I’d invite Cory Taylor, Marilyn Manson, Shawn “Clown” Cranhan, Rob Zombie and Johnathan Davis.

Alec: I’d want all my deceased family to come back to life and to have a dinner party with them.

What’s next for the band?

Grant: New music and more shows, coming soon!

Rory: We’re currently getting over this Covid19 crisis, but we’re busy with some stuff and can’t say too much now.

Alec: A new EP in on the way…

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



Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Grant: A little bit of the best of both worlds.

Rory: First of all, what is a “Jaffa Cake”…sounds like a trick question, so I’m going with cake!

Alec: Haven’t tried them, so I’ll guess…biscuit?

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

Rory: Yes, let me swing a thank you right back at you for the opportunity to have an interview with you guys and premiere our new Lyric Visualiser with you! It’s really good work that you guys are doing – horns up to Ever Metal for sure!

Alec: Thanks so much for the interview – we appreciate the support.

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Waking up the rock world with MONSTERS & MACHINES
By Stephanie Stevens

The Tennessee band AWAKEN brings you a solid plethora of rock n roll ambiance with the music they have created since the band’s formation. An Alternative/Hard Rock destiny for music fans where powerful melodies intercept with hard hitting moments and emotionally enlighten you with provoking lyrical material.

The band: Chad Griffin – vocals, Dustin Simpson – guitar, Chase “Sludge” Reagan – bass and Jimi Wilkins – drums are gearing to make 2021 their year with the release of the newest album “MONSTERS & MACHINES”. Joining up with INgrooves and TLG Entertainment the band is focusing on music diversity and have made an album that is fresh and manoeuvres you down different paths of Rock n Roll throughout the disc. The singles that have been a platform for this album show the ability the band has to shine with difference but always embracing the signature sound that is AWAKEN.

From my favourites ‘BEHEMOTH’ and ‘STAINED GLASS’ to ‘THE VEIL’ the guys engage you with melody driven power and hard-hitting jolts of guitar driven atmospheres but also slide in modern hits of synthy dark ambiance and beautifully electrifying vocal moments.

AWAKEN is ready to set the rock world on fire with “MONSTERS & MACHINES”.

I had a chance to ask vocalist Chad Griffin a few questions about the new music, self-producing, working with Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch and three fun facts about the band.

Q: AWAKEN has been around for some time now and has really become a staple in the rock community, as I’ll get into in this interview, but when and how did you guys all come together and what is the biggest asset each member brings to the band?

Chad Griffin: Thank you, yes it has been quite a while. Longer for some of us than others. Dustin and I have been writing together for years with different people before running into Jimmy then Chase. Both playing in different bands themselves. We hooked up with Jimmy in 2012 before the recording of our first record and went straight into the studio for “Broken Circle”. The writing for that record was basically a compilation of songs we had written for a previous band. We became Awaken, put out that album, then hit the road. We ended up touring with The Protest many times which Chase was a part of. That’s how we met him. Through a domino effect of things that took place, he ended up parting ways with them to take care of his new baby. We later ended up calling him when we lost our bass player. The connection was instant.

Q: Your new album MONSTERS & MACHINES is coming. Did you push the release to 2021 because of the chaos of 2020 or was this just a set thing and how was it preparing and finishing a product during a year like this?

Chad Griffin: Yes, the record was pushed back due to our new connection with The Label Group and INgrooves. It was a mutual decision with everyone involved to start fresh in the new year after some chaos clears. It also gave us some time to add in a few tweaks and actually add a new track that wouldn’t have made the record in time. It will be a 12-track record. The whole process was quick and fun. Covid closed down a lot of things so it helped us get in the studio and focus on what we wanted to do.

Q: You released ‘STAINED GLASS’ and with this song you found clarity in the band’s sound. What was the turning point that you had, Was it a missing piece in creation?

Chad Griffin: We feel that song is a good reflection of our sound. That is more along the lines of songs that we like to write, that we feel is kind of the foundation of our sound…with the calmer verses and heavy driving choruses and hooks. That was actually a remake of a song we had back with our original group, so it has a sort of sentimental feel to it that brings us back to our roots.

Q: A newer track you dropped was ‘THE VEIL’ can you tell us your lyrical approach to this song and what inspires you as a lyric writer?

Chad Griffin: Honestly, that one is kind of a take on a lot of what is going on today. It’s hard to tell what is real anymore. You can hardly trust anything you hear, and people have trouble being real. It seems sometimes like people walk around living a front or a facade instead of being themselves. I actually have had those lyrics for over a decade, ha. I just took it and modernized it, and changed it up a bit. It was one of the newest songs added to the record, music-wise.

Q: One song off the new album that really brought focus to the band was ‘BEHEMOTH’. I really loved how it was a diverse sound more so than other tracks you guys released. How much do you strive to have complete diversity when going into writing a full-length?

Chad Griffin: That was always the track I wanted to be the first impression of this record. It was one of the first 4 tracks we had in the demo sessions and we knew it was a standout. We do put a lot of focus on the tracks being different than each other. We don’t ever want to put out an album that sounds like one long track. We like to have a little bit of everything. This is actually the most diverse record I think we have done. That’s one reason we are so happy with it. There is a lot of both worlds on this album when it comes to heavy and melodic.

Q: Back in the day, with your debut album, you had the ability to work with Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch on the song ‘FATHOM’. How did you get that collab worked out and what was the biggest thing you walked away with after working with him?

Chad Griffin: We were playing a venue near where he lived, and he came in to check out the bands and just enjoy his time off. We spotted him in the crowd and he came out back when we were loading. We just let him listen to some of our songs and he loved it. Said he’d love to help us out and collaborate. He was honestly an inspiration. Always full of talent and positive energy. He was honestly one of the coolest people still that we have ever run into since doing this.

Q: You guys seem very at home writing music do you ever get roadblocks and what would be your best advice for when that happens?

Chad Griffin: We are so used to each other from writing together for so long. It honestly just comes naturally. I have to say we are pretty blessed with that end of it and can’t complain. I’m sure the blocks have come a few times, just like with anyone, but they really don’t stick around long. We are always able to work through it and make it happen.

Q: Taking songs you have written and bringing them to an acoustic setting. Is it an easy process or is it like re-writing a song? And how much emotional value changes for you to perform it?

Chad Griffin: I’m a huge fan of the chilled out acoustic stuff. It really lets us play around with different arrangements of the songs. I love getting to go in wondering how it will turn out and hearing some of our heavier music have different versions like that. It does naturally feel more passionate at times. I do love rocking out and singing over the louder music, but it is honestly cool to get to sit down and make it something different.

Q: Being from Tennessee I am sure you are always finding people who inspire and help you learn more in the music community. How do you view your community and what do you believe your band has given to others in the community?

Chad Griffin: We are a split band as far as where we are all from. I love my community and we have a really cool regional radio show and awesome DJ that really helps get exposure for bands around the area. We have festivals and a few good venues. It is cool being so close to Nashville as well. I hope to be an inspiration to younger bands in the area and show them if they can stick it out and just keep writing together some cool things can happen. There are many different styles and forms of rock music played around our town, regardless of it being stereotyped as such a country stronghold.

Q: What is the biggest difference between self-producing your work vs finding someone to do it and what do you honestly prefer?

Chad Griffin: We loved our time going to Travis Wyrick for our first record and the experience we had there. We learned a lot and loved how it turned out. We would love to eventually get to work with another producer in the future but honestly, we prefer doing our own thing. We love getting together during our own time and have the freedom we’ve been able to have. We learn new things each record on how to perfect certain elements and have fun with it. We don’t really know what we will do or where we will go for the next, but we’ve enjoyed doing these last 3 ourselves.

Q: If you can get out and tour in 2021 is there one band you would be honoured to go out with?

Chad Griffin: We would love to reconnect with The Protest. It would be like hanging out with our brothers again and let Chase get to hang with old bandmates. There are several bands we wouldn’t mind playing with, but as far as staying around on the road…they stay at the top of the list for us.

Q: What venue do you miss playing at most and why?

Chad Griffin: To keep it short and sweet…any ha. We aren’t picky at this point. We just miss playing. We miss them all.

Q: 3 facts about your band that have nothing to do with music?

Chad Griffin: -We love God, we are far from perfect, but strive to be better for him and closer to him each day, we love discussing current events, politics, and sending memes back and forth on a daily in group message and we love Mexican food!

The End


‘The Veil’ (Official Lyric Video)

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Forsaking Fate – ‘Souls of Demolition’ EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere


The South African Melodic Death Groove Thrash Trio, FORSAKING FATE, are back with a bang, concluding their self-titled debut EP cycle with a brutal Lyric Visualiser for their blistering track, ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’, and it’s exclusively, and proudly, premiered on Ever Metal today!

The lads are hard at work preparing their next EP, and were recently nominated for several South African Metal Music Awards.

Forsaking Fate are from East London (South Africa), co-founded in 2016 by Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar), and Rory Townes (Drums). Alec Larsen subsequently joined full-time on Bass in 2020. Forsaking Fate are a passionate band who live for the jam, the fans and the wild times on stage! Forsaking Fate is a passionate call, to resonate within all who have been dealt a harsh or unfair hand in life…to refuse and forsake that fate, whatever it may be, and rise up against it to forge a new path!

Enter the ‘Souls Of Demolition’ Here:

Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar)
Alec Larsen (Bass)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen

Listen to the self-titled debut EP by Forsaking Fate, available on all Streaming Platforms

01. Prologue
02. Illusions
03 The End of Existence
04 Retribution
05 Souls of Demolition


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Aeternitas – Haunted Minds

Aeternitas – Haunted Minds
Wormholedeath Records/The Orchard/Aural Music
Release Date: 20/11/2020
Running Time: 48.08
Review by Dark Juan

Cordial greetings, dear friends and fellow followers of the Left-Hand Path! It is I, Dark Juan, and I trust I find you full of that Friday feeling and you are rapidly filling yourselves with alcohol and other party treats and that you are indulging in a lengthy and debauched weekend planned with your significant others. As long as there is love in the world then I am content. That, and worship of our Lord and Master of mankind, Shaitan. May the Horned One drink in your debauches like the finest wines and reap a fearful tally of souls from children who can’t spell Santa correctly… The little bastards will wish they had not asked for puppies for Christmas when the hellhounds are delivered, and they find the bloody, ravaged and half-eaten corpses of their parents being tossed around like ragdolls by Fido. Have you noticed that I am not amused by the imminent festivities yet? Bah, and indeed humbug…

This evening, I have gone down a different musical path than I normally do, and I will make a valiant and probably unsuccessful attempt to be factual about German gothic symphonic metal band Aeternitas and their latest offering, entitled “Haunted Minds”. Now, if you know me and considering the amount of crap I write for Ever-Metal, you really should by now, and you will no doubt be aware that I am a sad old goff and love anything pompous and overblown. Now, considering that, you would think that I would be a rabid fan of anything that involves metal and fucking orchestras, would you not? Well, normally you’d be correct, but gothic symphonic metal has to be done RIGHT, otherwise it just sounds like a colossal shitshow that some fucker has thrown some violins at.


It appears Aeternitas have listened to a metric fuckton of “Once” era Nightwish and taken ‘Dark Chest Of Wonders’ as a starting point and have stretched that particular sound as far as they can physically take it without descending into some keyboard led white noise explosion. However, Aeternitas are by no means as talented as that merry bunch of Finnish (and Dutch) orchestra enthusiasts, and it shows. Both the male and female vocalists are strictly average, bordering on poor in Aeternitas, and for this style of music to work you have to be an exceptional vocal talent, able to soar above the music. Neither Julia Marou or Alex Hunzinger are exceptional, and Alex in particular is not acceptable, as he doesn’t have an interesting voice, and nor can he growl properly, so you end up with some kind of bizarre halfway house vocal which is barely tolerable. He is a much better conductor of an orchestra, though. The symphonic parts of the record are fucking brilliant and the choir excellent and his arrangements good. The songs, however, are derivative and uninteresting. Julia’s voice is too low in the mix of the record and frequently sounds a half-tone flat while singing, and she also has a weak vibrato and range. For this style of metal to work, you need a coruscating skyrocket of a voice and Julia’s alto just doesn’t cut it.

The songs on the album are also uninspiring. Every song on the record sounds like a variation on ‘Dark Chest Of Wonders’ apart from album closer ‘My Haunted Mind’ which is an execrable piano ballad which ends the whole distinctly average shebang on the dampest of damp squibs. I fucking hate ballads and this one’s a stinker, ladies, gentlemen and people of other genders, being mournful without being interesting and overlong by about a minute, thereby prolonging the agony longer than you need it to be. Ironically, though, it shows exactly what Julia is capable of, switching from alto to contralto in parts and showing some interesting variation in her vocal style.

There’s so much I didn’t enjoy on this record. The songs all sound the same, Alex’s vocal is poor, the mix is fucking shocking and produces an experience not unlike listening to Nightwish whilst immersing your head in a bath of scalding hot treacle, none of the instruments are sharply produced and the bass overpowers everything. The drums are flat and lifeless, you can barely hear the guitar work and the keyboards disappear in and out of the overall sound. The vocals also sound muffled, as if they were recorded by a microphone located in a different room to the singer. It’s all so…mechanical. There is no passion, no soul.

Best tune on here? ‘Castles In The Air’ by a country fucking mile. Starts with bombastic pomposity and builds to a pretty groovy chorus that gets you singing along handily and stands head and shoulders above the rest of the album.

Disappointed doesn’t even cover the emotion I am feeling right now. Average. Painfully average.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Das Patentierte Dunkle Juan Blood Splat Bewertungssystem) awards Aeternitas 5/10 for an uninspired Nightwish-lite album. Meh. It got 5/10 because of the strength of the classical arrangements and because of the fucking slamming chorus on ‘Castles In The Air’.

01. Destiny
02. Fountain Of Youth
03. The Unforgivable Sin
04. The Birthmark
05. Castles In The Air
06. Fallen Innocence
07. The Ring
08. Another Day
09. The Beautiful
10. The Final Path
11. My Haunted Mind

Julia Marou – Vocals
Alex Hunzinger – Guitar, vocals
Anja Hunzinger – Keyboards
Daniel T. Lentz – Guitar
Rick Corbett – Bass (This man does not sound German!)
Frank Molk – Drums (There is an umlaut over the O but I am too disappointed to sort it out.)


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Standing Like Statues – Reality Checkpoint EP

Standing Like Statues – Reality Checkpoint EP
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Running Time: 14:28
Review by Tammy Lomax

I cannot explain in actual words how much I needed this day off. I have been breaking my back for months with barely any time to congress. Today is different, the house is tidy and very quiet, and I am submerging myself into my happy place, my musical bubble.

Today’s selection are Cambridge alt-rockers Standing Like Statues. They self-released their second EP “Reality Checkpoint” on 13/11/2020, which is produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon).

Formed in 2015, Standing Like Statues have supported bands such as We Are The Ocean, Fort Hope and Courage My Love. They have also experienced being featured on BBC Look East and BBC Introducing Cambridge, ‘Reality Checkpoint’ is the follow up to 2015’s “Makeup And Mind Games” and their inspirations come from bands like 30 Seconds To Mars and Biffy Clyro.

My favourite track on the EP is opener ‘Skylines’, it hit me like a brick. I had it on loop for a while and discovered I resembled the lyrics. There is an elevating light when you listen, even more so when the lyrics hit home. It is energetic and the electronic elements have much texture and weight, Vocalist Jamie Wiltshire explains that this track is about feeling claustrophobic, by not being true to oneself because of fear of not being accepted. Are you known to keep apologising to the person you love because you can’t control the anxiety that eats away at you? If you do, then this track is for you, suggested as a cry for help but with an answer! The vocal ranges are good, they don’t sound over bearing when the high notes are reached, and they are projected in a crystal-clear manner. There is stability flowing between the lyrics and the instruments, nothing overwhelms each other. I absolutely love it!

The following tracks ‘Stupid Love’ and ‘Confidence’ align together nicely, They are definitely a bit bouncier. When ‘The Best Kind of Anxiety’ plays, there is more creativity regarding the technical side and it ends the EP on a high, the same high you get with ‘Skylines’. I can safely say, beyond any doubt that Standing Like Statues are going to bring a huge breath of fresh air to the music industry.

This EP is superlative, especially during these times, you literally feel a surge of inspiration after listening. Also, I literally cannot put across how sweet the production is, it is fabulous darling!

Just under 15 minutes long and I honestly love what Standing Like Statues have created. At the moment, there are an enormous amount of people who are suffering, Standing Like Statues have reached out and excelled themselves! Feeling a bit shit? Listen to this, on repeat…

01. Skylines
02. Stupid Love
03. Confidence
04. The Best Kind Of Anxiety

Jamie – Vocals
Effy – Drums
Exidion – Guitar
Chris – Bass
Meitar – Guitar


Photo by Daniel Akerley

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By Maggy Von

GW Productions and Killsound Productions in collaboration present this amazing online festival with great bands from all over the world.

The purpose of the festival is it’s a big union between countries and combinations of different metal genres, no divisions.

With big names and new projects such as CRS, Savanth, Hada de Beng, Rithiya Khiev, Parazit and more.

The festival will take place on December 4th and 5th, 2020, and there will be much metal intensity.

Metal Heroes Online II bring and support many groups with women like: IOG, Young Lust, la Cattrina, La Leyenda de Eva and many more.


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Here is the list of bands who will give life and power to the Fest:

SCURYTALES – Thrash/Death Metal – San Luis Potosí/Mex

La Leyenda de Eva – Folk Metal – Zacatecas/Mex

Cigarette Band – Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – San Luis Potosí/Mex

Nexoasis – Post Grunge/Rock Alternative – Valencia/Venezuela

Getcha’ PULL – Hard Rock/Groove Metal – Guanajuato/Mex

BAGHEERA – Melodic Death Metal – San Luis Potosí/Mex

DØGMA – Heavy Metal – San Luis Potosí/Mex

Godless In Grace – Metalcore/Nu-Metal/Rock/Blues – Oruro/Bolivia

The Hero’s Rise – Post-Hardcore/Metalcore – Querétaro/Mex

Miniatures – Progressive/Death Metal – Aguascalientes/Mex

Arturo Ocampo Music – Classic Rock/Heavy/Power Metal – Tijuana/Mex

Enertron – Instrumental/Progressive/Fusion/Djent – Tulancingo Hidalgo/Mexico

Fecalator Mexico – Porno Grind Gore – Orizaba Veracruz/Mex

Anorexia Isan – Rock – Caracas/Venezuela

Hada de Beng – Rock Fusión – Ciudad de México/Mex

Next – Metal – Nezahualcoyótl, State of Mexico

Alma Eterna – Metal – Potosí/Bolivia

CRS – Death Metal – Obregón, Sonora/Mex

Parazit – Instrumental Prog Rock/Metal – Guadalajara, Jalisco/Mex

Rithiya Khiev – Solo Artist – Epic/Symphonic/Progressive/Instrumental Metal – Boston/US

Alexx Mattey and the Freak Show – Rock/Industrial/Metal – Venezuela/US

Dräven – Gothic Rock/Industrial Metal – Barcelona/Spain

Berzerk- Metalcore – Tijuana/Mex

Back – Hard Rock – Salta/Argentina

She No More – Hard Rock/Metal – State of Mexico /Mex

Sefirot – Melodic Metal – Santiago del Estero/Argentina

La Cattrina – Folk Metal/Mexican Folk Metal – Ciudad de México/Mex

Sotako Anime Rock Band – JRock/Anime – San Luis Potosí/Mex

Rebel – Power Metal – Budapest/Hungary

Red Calling – Hard Rock/Metal – Tampa, Florida/USA

Victory Or Death – Metalcore/Metal – Burzaco/Argentina

Young Lust – Hard Rock – Monterrey/Mex

Postnecrum – Symphonic Black Metal – Zacatecas/Mex

SilentEnd – Melodic Thrash Metal – Monterrey/Mex

The Outsider – Avant-Garde Symphonic  Extreme Metal – Mexico City /Mex

Savanth – Rock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – San Luis Potosí/Mex

Corners of Sanctuary – New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal – Philadelphia/US

Illusions Of Grandeur- Theatrical Hard Rock – Philadelphia/Lancaster Pennsylvania/US

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Multi-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Producer, founding member of cult rockers Nitro and Solo Artist, Wax Mekanix. Huge thanks to Wax for taking part.

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

I’m Wax Mekanix and I’m a shameless songwriter, singer, guitarist, drummer, and percussionist.

I’m a founding member of American cult rock quartet, Nitro. Not the LA glam Nitro that graced the MTV airwaves in the late 80’s. Dana, John, Brad, and I formed Nitro in 1980 and were part of the US’s answer to the NWOBHM. I’ve got more than a few years of writing, recording, and gigging under my belt. When I step outside of Nitro for musical fun, I don’t have a static line-up to my band, so it depends on what/where I’m playing. There are so many inspiring, creative people in the world to discover, so this is the appeal of flying solo in the way that I do it.

How did you come up with your band name?

My nom de plume of Waxim Ulysses Mekanix seemed a bit long, so I shortened it to Wax. I’m part of a long tradition that’s been expertly executed by Elton John, Clark Kent, Jay-Z, Freddie Mercury, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, Gene Simmons, Bruce Wayne, and Ringo Starr.

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

I’m a proud 7th generation American. Born in a typical small town in central Pennsylvania. I’ve been fortunate to have travelled the world, so I feel comfortable wherever I am. I now call Philadelphia home. Like any large city, the music scene in Philly is diverse and fertile. The musicians are world-class talented, tough, proud, tenacious, and brave.

The rock scene in and around Philadelphia is robust and strong. It offers a tasty buffet of varying heavy styles and line-ups that reflect the depth and breadth of the areas musical history and influences. There are plenty of clubs, studios, engineers, producers, and musicians available to help creative people like me make original music. Just about all of those seem to be constantly shedding creative skin, evolving in some way, so it’s a healthy place to be for someone like me.

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

On October 2nd, Electric Talon Records dropped my new single/video ‘All Freaks’.

You can check it out here:

My new record “Mobocracy” was released on October 23rd.

You can get it here:


Who have been your greatest influences?

The list is really long, but as a songwriter, it certainly starts with Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, and Queen. As a performer, it’s Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen, KISS, AC/DC, and Van Halen.

What first got you into music?

Although American AM radio was the soundtrack of my childhood, like so many of my generation, KISS “Alive” and Led Zeppelin IV were flashpoints for me. They sparked me to become a musician and songwriter.

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

As a songwriter, Paul McCartney. That would be like studying physics with Isaac Newton. Paul’s abilities, not just a writer but as a vocalist, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist are rare. The guy delivered the blistering proto-metal of ‘Helter Skelter’, the delicate baroque pop of ‘Eleanor Rigby’, and everything in between. Prince is the only other artist that comes to mind that is such a musical Swiss Army knife, so Paul’s the complete package in rock from my perspective.

As a performer, I’d love to have Crobot with me on any stage anywhere. I feel about them like I felt about Van Halen in late 70’s. They are intoxicating, loose, fluid, interesting, groovy, heavy, and funky, while being in total command of what they are doing. When I first encountered them, I was frustratingly jealous of what they were doing. When I got to the end of the album, “Something Supernatural”, I decided to give up on my envy and surrender to their amazing work. I never looked back. For my money, they are what a live rock band is supposed to be.

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

Glastonbury. It’s the gold standard. By definition, festivals are huge tribal gatherings of people who are singularly focused on experiencing, celebrating, and sharing something that they all passionately love. If we forget about the commercial component for a moment, that seems like the closest we can get to a utopian happening in the 21st century. It’s an annual reminder that humans are still capable of coming together for joy, regardless of things that otherwise might separate us. To be fuel for that should be a high-water mark for any performer.

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

A whispered apology for being late to my gig. A delicate thoughtful gift delivered in the midst of some typical raucous drunken chaos that was genuine, sincere, heartfelt, and priceless.

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

Feeling adventurous and brave? Do you trust me? If so, follow me.

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

Randy Rhoads. Even after 38 years, it’s still hard to focus on what he gave us and not yearn for what he might have amazed us with. Everyone that knew him says that the small amount of his playing that made it to vinyl was just a hint of what he was capable of. He is still revered and missed by many. Long live the memory of Randall William Rhoads.

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

I don’t hate anything about it.

There are two components to what I like about it. The first part is the intense focus on creation.

Since I see myself as a songwriter first, I like songwriting most. From the time I was a child, writing has been the most consistent and satisfying aspect of my creative life. Inventing something out of nothing that has meaning to me is rejuvenating and cathartic. To have that invention resonate with others is humbling and surprising.

The second part is the performing. Although not as essential to me as writing, once music has been created, it’s fun to relax a bit, gather friends, celebrate, and share it with anyone remotely interested.

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

I’m not alone in thinking that the subjugation of creativity to commerce is toxic to the music industry. I appreciate that there is the need for financial sustainability to bring music to many. I hope that something changes soon where fiercely unique music is encouraged, celebrated, and rewarded before the marketing forces bearing down on it end up normalizing music creation so much that it’s all just one-dimensional sameness.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Blizzard of Ozz” – Ozzy.

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

For listening, vinyl.

For convenience, downloads.

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

In Autumn of 1983, Nitro opened for Maryland rockers Kix a few times. There was a palpable connection between both bands and the audiences that was unique and somehow elevated from the hundreds of other gigs I’ve done. Everything about the performances was exceptional. Those few gigs were fleeting, mercurial, and immediately intoxicating. I’d heard about this kind of thing from other musicians and thought it was a myth. At the time, I was lucky enough to realize that it was a real, but transient, experience to be savoured in the moment. Trying to describe it is almost impossible to anyone who has not experienced it. Those who have, know exactly what I’m talking about.

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

Each day I try to do something good for my body, my mind, my heart, and my spirit. If/when I am no longer an active musician, I hope to have other things to give my life meaning.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, Buddha, & Gandhi

What’s next for the band?

In the time of Covid, staying healthy is paramount. Once gigs can resume safely, I hope to be playing new and older songs for audiences. Until then, I’m working on a new album that I hope to release in 2021. So, it’s write, record, perform, rinse, and repeat!

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?


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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cagnes-sur-Mer, French Riviera based Nu-Metal/Hardcore band Mindwake. Huge thanks to guitarist Loïc Michel 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?

Hi, I’m Loïc, guitarist in Mindwake. Our Band is a Nu-Metalcore band, we’re doing violent riffs that remind of the nu metal era, but we added some modernity to it. Some parts are more hardcore/deathcore related than nu-metal and it’s something you definitely want to try.

How did you come up with your band name?

Someday we were at a party, and maybe we smoke too much weed, but we all agreed that the meaning of our song plus the chaotic/violent atmosphere could be something that could wake everyone’s minds.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We’re from the South of France and here, the metal scene seems to be dying…a lot of friends and local bands stop doing music because here living off of music is something really hard and everyone has to pay their rent in the end, so they have no time to do this anymore. One of our songs is called ‘Dead Dreams’ which brings up this topic (in some ways).

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

We just released our first Album called “B-52”.

‘Concrete War’ (Audio)

Because of the COVID we can’t tour or really promote this album as we’d had loved to do…so we’re currently writing what’s coming next.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for the whole band, I have to say Slipknot and Korn are our best influences, we all listen to these bands even if everyone in the band came from different horizons.

What first got you into music?

My older sister brought me into metal when I was like 5 years old, I could discover things like Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson etc…and for the first time I could hear something different and I could feel some things that changed my life. Since then I’ve always wanted to do that in life.

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

For the moment I would love to collaborate with bands like Malevolence, While She Sleeps, Chelsea Grin or Emmure.

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

I would pick every festival in the world! It’s a very hard question you got there, we really love to play shows everywhere and at the moment we feel like little kids who just were grounded because of the virus.

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

One day someone gave me a cactus after a show, it was cool, weird but cool.

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

It would be: “we love you and stay tuned for the upcoming things!”

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

I must say Paul Gray from Slipknot. There’s a lot that I would love to bring back.

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

We love being musicians, being able to see different cities, different people from everywhere enjoying the same type of music, being with friends, partying a lot, expressing ourselves with the band. The only thing that I do not like but we have to do is fighting to get paid when we play sketchy venues…besides that, being a musician is THE dream.

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

If I could change something, it would probably be to remove all the people who profit of little bands to make money without doing anything really important in return…or maybe remove the commercial music that makes people more dumb and makes them think that money is all that matter these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tough one aha…I’d say “Iowa” by Slipknot.

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

Downloads, because you can listen in high quality and if you love the band then you can support them by buying some Vinyl or merch, but you can’t listen to a Vinyl when you’re at work for example.

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

At the moment, it’s probably that one time we played with Smash Hit Combo, because this gig was so intense, everyone liked it, the sound was good, and some people still tell me things about this one.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I would probably be a cat, more seriously, I don’t know…maybe I would be a tour manager or something like that, something still in the music business.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If I had to choose only five people, I would choose the band and our merch guy aha but five is not enough.

What’s next for the band?

We are all busy making the next release and it will be more modern but a lot more violent and chaotic.

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

We are on every music streaming platform and if you wanna interact with us we’re on Facebook, Instagram etc…

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s definitely the best munchie when you’re really high haha!

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

Thank you, feel free to check out our album “B-52” and if you enjoyed it, you can let us know on social media, buy some merch and come party with us when we’ll come to play in your city. Have a good day.

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