Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Heat 3 – McLeans Pentre – 19/04/2019

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Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Heat 3
McLeans Pentre – 19/04/2019
Review by Beth Jones & Richard Tilley

Ah, Easter weekend! What better way to celebrate the rebirth of a myth, than with some metalllllll! The venue for M2TM North Wales Heat 3 was the wonderful McLean’s again, but this week’s line-up was set to be heavier than last weeks, and on arrival, the crowd looked up for a good night! Sadly, the headliners couldn’t be there, so we just had the competing bands; Nights Tribunal, Favela, Thrashatouille and Renegades Of Fire. Three of these bands we had seen before, so we had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but Favela were a new name to us.

Nights Tribunal
Kicking us off were three young hopefuls in the shape of Nights Tribunal. They started quite tentatively, which isn’t the way to win over the crowd, but they did get better through their set, as they got a bit more in to it. The bass player was very enthusiastic throughout and looked slightly out of place, as they weren’t as heavy as his playing suggested! Their guitarist/vocalist, Ryan Bond, has a very quiet voice, and I think to progress, he needs to make a decision – if he is going to sing, SING! Or if he isn’t confident enough to do it with some gusto, get a vocalist who can. That being said, they did have one song that grabbed us, Maple Grove, which was a nod to Pink Floyd, and could work quite well with a bit more rehearsal.

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Favela
These guys were a step up from the off. They describe themselves as Southern / Post Hardcore / Metal, and were definitely a nod to the nineties in style, with a bit of a rap/metal vibe going on – lots of influences from RATM and Deftones. They were super tight and well-rehearsed, and the drummer, Sam Martin was spot on, and didn’t half hit those bangy things with some force! Rick also loved the use of cowbell. Vocalist Tom Harrison had bags of energy, and brilliant stage presence – he made an instant connection with the good sized audience, which set them off to a great start. As a group, they didn’t take themselves too seriously, which is refreshing to see – if you have fun with it, so does your audience! They had a really cracking sound and moved to the top of my list of ‘ones to watch in 2019’! Every member knew exactly what they were doing, and the additional vocals provided by bassist Ross Cardno, and guitarist Mike Harrison, were very good. We like these guys a lot.

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Thrashatouille
Having seen these guys at Christmas, we knew that we were going to get a lot of food based craziness from them. They didn’t disappoint. For this performance they had two waiters with them, who stood motionless either side of the stage for a couple of songs, then screamed MOSSSSHHHHHHH, and started a pit! Happy days – perhaps someone might have told them there was a fly in the Ragu, and it made them lose their shit – who knows! Add into the pot an inflatable donut and some very excitable crowd members, and you can see how the atmosphere ramped up a bit! I know these guys are a personal favourite of Powerzone’s Dani Maguire, and he was merrily moshing his face off at the front throughout the set! They also introduced a new song to their set, which went down a treat, and they finished off with a nice bit of baking – with singer Rob Sutton burying his face in a rather lovely looking red velvet cake. You have to hand it to them, they are great fun, and musically they provide a hefty dose of good old fashioned thrash! Well done lads.

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Renegades Of Fire
Closing the night were a band we have seen a couple of times, including last year’s M2TM heats, and we were hoping to see how they had come on in a year. Thankfully there was a definite improvement. Guitarist Alex Wright and Bassist Connor Ormiston have really come out of their shell since the last time we saw them, and looked much more relaxed, and it was good to see them taking on some vocal duties too. Steven Taylor on drums has improved so much as a drummer this year, it is commendable. Lead vocalist Andy Lewis needs a bit more oomph in his voice to really make it stand out, but musically they are so much tighter now than they were a year ago. They still have some way to go but gigging and practice will bring that. They look like a band now, which was really pleasing, and we hope to see them continue their upward progression. Be confident lads – you definitely have something, just throw away those nerves.

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And so, again, it was time for the judges to go off and do their deliberating, although again I think we could put a pretty safe bet on the progressing two bands. Again, the public vote went the same as the judges’ thoughts, and it was announced that Favela and Thrashatouille were the victors on the night. All is not lost for the others yet though, as Fozzy does have the job of picking a wild card act, so who knows! The last of the heats is coming up on Saturday 27th April, at the Wrexham Lager Club, and we will be there once again!

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/GoodforaudioEntertainment/
https://www.facebook.com/McleansPubLive/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactZoneOnRadioDeeside/
https://www.facebook.com/evermetal2017/

 

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The Quireboys – Amazing Disgrace

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The Quireboys – Amazing Disgrace
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Release Date: 05/04/2019
Running Time: 46:25
Review by Paul Monkhouse
Rating: 10/10

The Quireboys aren’t strangers to the knocks and scrapes of rock ‘n’ roll but it’s been an unbelievably long, hard road to get this album out due to the ongoing issues with Pledge Music, initially the chosen platform for this release. Thankfully you can’t keep a good band down and due to the immense hard work by the band, their team and the fans this has now come out and stands as a testament to their street fighting spirit. Driven by a passion to stretch themselves, “Amazing Disgrace” shows a band that’s both fearless and incredibly fresh, highlighting their undoubted flair for writing great and timeless songs.

From the opening notes of ‘Original Black-Eyed Son’, this is something really special. The song wastes no time in getting into a great riff and it just keeps on growing with some superb keys, Stax-like brass and female backing vocals adding to a fantastic, dirty rock ‘n’ roll barroom number that has both grit and polish. Really setting their stall out, you know that just two minutes into this that it’s an album The Quireboys can be proud of. Whilst the band can really rock out when they want to, as anyone who’s seen their electrifying live shows can attest, this release broadens their palette and adds some real colour but doesn’t sacrifice any of their fire. Next track ‘Sinner’s Serenade’ perfectly highlights this with it’s powerful, big start and yet more layers of sound as it really drives along, propelled by some teeth rattling drums and some superb slide guitar at the end.

Already a firm live favourite, ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ has a funky strut and the peerless guitar work of Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin as they show off the sonic swagger that has a real stake in proving their confidence whilst not being too flash. This is also echoed in the titular ‘Amazing Disgrace’ that boasts a real late 60’s / early 70’s vibe as Spikes distinctive vocals dances throughout and the track ends by morphing into Southern Hard Rock. Yet another bold change of pace comes with ‘Eve of the Summertime’, a beautifully crafted ballad, that is ice cream sweet and sparkles with sunshine whilst retaining an edge. Very evocative of that season, you could hear it any time of the year and immediately be transported to those hazy, lazy days where life just consisted of sitting on a beach, drinking beer with your friends.

‘California Blues’ picks up the pace again and is a perfect reminder of why the band was chosen to support Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Stones. This would be the perfect soundtrack to cruising along Sunset Strip and you can clearly picture the band whipping up the crowds at the Whisky in downtown L.A. ‘This Is It’ brings an almost country feel and expands on the great storytelling that Spike and Co excel at. Boasting some more very fine keys from Keith Weir, this also benefits from some excellent fiddle playing and if you wince at the mere mention of that instrument then this track will surely convert you. ‘Feels Like A Long time’ brings back a Rolling Stones feel and is tailor made for playing at massive stadiums to a sea of people, waving arms held aloft in appreciation of its grandeur.

Yet more swagger and stomp form the brilliant ‘Slave Number One’, its chugging riff building into a juggernaut that shows that you don’t need to be full-on to be heavy. ‘Dancing in Paris’ is another great ballad, its fragile and tender vocals matched perfectly to the tasteful and tasty guitar work. The album closes with a bang as ‘Medusa My Girl’ boils out of the speakers. Incredibly powerful, this is a maelstrom of instruments that warn of a coming storm that continues to get darker as Spikes howls through the wind and rain. With a real Celtic feel, the Quireboys have chosen the perfect track to end the album and yet again show why they are one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands this country has ever produced. The Quireboys may, at times, have been heavier than this release but they have never been better. As they say themselves: “This is Rock ‘n’ Roll”. One of the most vital albums of the year, you need ‘Amazing Disgrace’ in your collection.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Original Black Eyes Son
02. Sinners Serenade
03. Saven Deadly Sins
04. Amazing Disgrace
05. Eve Of The Summertime
06. California Blues
07. This Is It
08 Feels Like A Long Time
09. Slave #1
10. Dancing In Paris
11. Medusa My Girl

LINKS:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/quireboys/

https://www.instagram.com/thequireboys/

 

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EMQ’s with MATT JONES OF TWISTED ILLUSION

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EMQ’s with MATT JONES OF TWISTED ILLUSION

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Matt Jones of Manchester based band Twisted Illusion. Huge thanks to him 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?

I’m Matt Jones. I am the founding member and primary songwriter of the band. Since 2016 TI has released 3 records and toured across the UK. The band is now gearing up to the release of a trilogy entitled “Excite The Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Band name generator. It’s alright I guess. Never really cared for band names. Most trivial thing.

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

UK. I wouldn’t know. I don’t do scenes. I just do TI. I’m not arsed what other bands are doing.

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

Night Light. (Single/Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Most recently Devin Townsend and his “Empath” record but in general it’s been Rush, Toto and a lot of Jeff Buckley.

What first got you into music?

Green Day, American Idiot.

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

Devin Townsend.

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

Download, because it’s big and so are my songs.

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

Gifts are never weird. Unless they are!

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

Love you cunts.

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

Ronnie James Dio.

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

I hate the apathy to talent. I love playing live and someone getting something from my songs.

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

Prosecute people who steal music. If you do, Fuck yourself.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jeff Buckley – Grace

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

CD’s! Highest sound quality. Vinyl is great but doesn’t sound remotely as good as a CD.

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

Bloodstock 2017.

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

I would be dead. I have nothing else to offer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I wouldn’t have a dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

UK tour in May and then finishing the Excite the Light trilogy! Then hit the ground running in 2020.

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

All the usual bollocks that everyone is apathetic too!
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTIband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK0IxAnfXG7ibOx4HUyOHQQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care cos they taste like arse.

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

I’m in a foul mood!

 

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EMQ’s with LULLABY FOR A UNICORN

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EMQ’s with LULLABY FOR A UNICORN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ever Metal favourites Lullaby For A Unicorn who, by the way, are from the Fantasia land of ‘Funicorn where they reside with Tiffany the inflatable unicorn. Huge thanks to Dan for supplying such wonderfully in depth and funny answers to the questions!

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 Dan and I play the guitar.
We’ve also got Justin on Vocals, Baxter on Bass and Gaz on Drums.
History of the band? Depends how far back you want to go! 😊
The band officially came into being in August 2017 when we started the Facebook page, which as we all know is the only time things become official. We had been jamming around with songs and generally arsing about for a few months prior to that.
It started from the ashes of another band we were all in that played its last ever gig as the first band on at Pentrefest 2017. I’d got bored of trying to be “edgy” or “different”, so I figured I’d form a doom metal band that didn’t take itself too seriously.
I can’t write doom metal songs.
So, we kind of became the thrash metal type of thing we are now.
After taking a break from music and performing for a while I managed to coax Justin out of retirement on the promise that
a) He wouldn’t have to drive to *all* the gigs;
b) There would be rum;
c) It would be fun
Fortunately for us he said yes!

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, there’s a bit of confusion over that; I think it was Baxter that came up with the name, but I may have misheard him. Someone said it again, everyone laughed, so it stuck.
Coincidentally there is a song called “Lullaby for a Unicorn” by a Canadian band called “Which is Which” and it’s pretty good to be fair, you can find it here: https://wiwmusic.bandcamp.com/track/lullaby-for-a-unicorn

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

Wales, in the UK. There are lots and lots of musicians up our end, but they aren’t very metal. The further along the coast towards England you go the more metal it becomes.
There are some great bands up this end of the world though but there seems to be a general lack of enthusiasm to play anywhere but the local pubs, which is a shame because I think a lot of them would go down really well.
This is one actual decision we consciously made: to not play the local bars that we have been playing for years – we are purposefully going for places that we’ve not been before.

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

Yeh, we’ve been a bit lazy on that front. There is a live album that was recorded for our first outing to Manchester at the Star and Garter when we played with the phenomenally good Impavidus. It was being recorded and we asked if they could record our set too – so they did.
Being a bit lazy and forgetful we decided to release that as a live album because let’s face it, we aren’t going to finish our actual album any time soon!
We are working on the rest of the songs for “I can’t believe they aren’t better” though, promise!
To be fair though we are having too much fun playing live to sit around our HQ recording drums for hours on end!
Live at the Star and Garter can be found here: https://lullabyforaunicorn.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-star-and-garter
And here:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/66iPtz01D9E81T9CtpyIV6?si=EcPr7fs9Tdi5viPDUZIEjg

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, that’d be Scott Ian and James Hetfield! I’m a fan of rhythm guitar more than lead, mainly because I’m not too good at the ole’ widdly woo stuff!
I used to jam along to “Among the Living” and “…And Justice for All” when I was just starting out. Also being in Mucus (Dan’s other band – Rick) with such an excellent guitarist as Duncan means that you learn to stand out by being a good rhythm player.
Anyway, I digress…
I’m heavily into melodies, harmonies and crunchy as hell guitars so I’d have to say a lot of my influences are a bit mixed up these days, although “good music is good no matter what kind of music it is”. And I will always be a big ABBA fan!

What first got you into music?

My parents were into live folk music in a big way, so I’d spend most Saturday afternoons in the Kings Arms pub in Bangor watching them and their friends jamming together. That must’ve influenced me somehow!
We’d also go to folk festivals once a year, mainly the one in Pontardawe in South Wales – I have vivid memories of wondering around the camp site talking to hippies, buying rubbish toys and bits of wood with my pocket money and watching all these weird musicians playing the living shit out of their instruments.
The only other thing I can remember listening to is Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” because my Mum liked it, and lots of 80’s pop because my sister was obsessed with it.
Then one day a friend of mine said that I should listen to a band called Metallica – and it all went downhill from there really.

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

Oh god – I’d hate to do that, I’m no good at thinking on my feet at all so it would petrify me to have to jam with someone that knows what they are doing.
I’m constantly worried that I’ll get found out as a fraud.
Having said that I think it would be cool to collaborate with someone who definitely isn’t metal: Stormzy would be interesting, as would someone like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry – you know, something so completely pop nobody would expect it! 😉
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Ooh, tough one – I’m supposed to say Download or Bloodstock aren’t I? Obviously they would be amazing but…
I think Coachella would be mad – I love California and the line-up can be a bit off the wall, would be fun to do that. Also, Glastonbury would be just an insane experience.
Amplified Festival too – Gary if you are reading this, we are available… still.
As well as making that one conscious decision I mentioned earlier, we did also decide that the goal for this band would be to play festivals. We aren’t that fussed about where on the bill, we just would love to be involved and be part of it all.
There are so many great grassroots festivals going now: Pentrefest, Beermageddon, Badgerfest, Breaking Bands to name just four. Being involved in any of them would be amazing. So far, we’ve done Pentrefest (some of us have done it twice, but we don’t talk about that anymore) which is just amazing and next year there’s HRH Metal which I’m not sure has sunk in yet. We’ll get back to you on that one! 😊

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

We haven’t really received anything from fans in this band. I might have to pass this one on to Justin; he toured extensively in his previous band Skinflick and had some “questionable” fans.
One of the loopiest things that has happened to date is the “mattress actress” Alexxa Vice wearing one of our caps for a selfie on her Instagram, that was a bit of a shock. She’s a cool person though, so having her as a fan would be rather mental!

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

Worry less, care more.
People get themselves in too much of a state worrying about shit they can’t control. Stop doing that, care more about the things you do and the people you do them with.

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

Another tough one; recently I think Chester Bennington – that hurt way more than I thought it would and I think he had a lot of songs left in him.
Further back – possibly Dimebag, I think he’d be interested to see the way guitar technology and “tone” has gone since his death. Things like the Line6 Helix (my personal favourite) and the AxeFX would be something he’d be up for messing about with.

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

Hanging about with friends, socialising, generally being a bit silly and meeting other like-minded people – that’s the best part.
Finding out about new equipment and buying it and then messing around with it and then trying to sell it is also a good part, but at the same time a very bad part of it (everything costs so much damn money).
The worst part of it is hanging around waiting for gigs to start – the hurry up and wait bit. Ugh, nightmare.
I have what I jokingly refer to as Temporal Anxiety – I get a bit wound up when I think I’ll be late for something. If we need to be at a venue by 7pm say and it’s a three hour drive you’d normally start off at 4pm – not me, I must be gone by lunch time so that we get there in plenty of time! It’s becoming a bit of an in joke now* – if we turn up stupidly early for a gig, that’s my fault. But then it does make the worst part of it all last longer! I can’t win!
*I say “in joke” I actually think it is driving Baxter ever so slightly mental.

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

There appears to be two sides to the music industry now: there’s the traditional “get a record deal, make an album and tour indefinitely” side and then there’s the home made “record a few songs, do gigs and have a laugh” side of things.
I would like to see more support from the “industry” for the home-made guys but I’m not sure how that would work. As soon as you get industry people involved in things it tends to start becoming a bit more controlled and regimented and sort of ruins the fun. I suspect having a “recording deal” opens a few more doors for bands but some of us don’t want that, but would like other opportunities to get through the same doors… If that makes sense.
There’s an excellent interview with Matt from Evil Scarecrow about the “sovereignty” of his band – how they are their own thing, there’s no record company financing them and they do everything on their own. It was a great insight into how they’ve done what they do, can’t find the damn thing now though.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh FFS – one?
Christ on a bike, that’s a hard one (said the nurse to the vicar).
I want to say “Among the Living” by Anthrax, but I haven’t listened to it in years. When Devin Townsend’s “Addicted” album came out I must’ve listened to it constantly for at least a month so that’s got to be on the list somewhere.
Quite a few of my favourite albums are movies

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

Laser Disk FTW!
Vinyl – because of the ceremony of unwrapping it, putting it on the player and having to concentrate on the entire album without being able to skip tracks (unless you want to scratch the shit out of the record).
Downloads – Because they are instantly available, and I can listen to the same playlists wherever I am.
In an ideal world I would buy a new album on Vinyl and squirrel myself away somewhere for an hour or so and listen to it on vinyl. Then I’d put the songs I like onto a playlist on Spotify.

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

I think the Christmas Gig we played in Mcleans Deeside with Deified, Second Time Round and Nights Tribunal. That was an insane gig where the planets seem to align, everyone got the humour and joined in.
Bringing free Christmas hats and throwing toilet paper into the audience certainly helped.
I think we are getting a bit of a reputation as being a messy band, so I think I might start bringing my Henry Hoover to gigs with us just so we can clean up the mess afterwards.
One of our worst ones was a gig in Nottingham, but that was because we simply weren’t very good. But it was good for us because we realised what was working and what wasn’t working at that point – so we ditched the capes and the silly hats and decided to concentrate on other funny things to do instead. So that could also be considered one of our best but for entirely different reasons!

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

Other than the day job, definitely something in the music industry – probably related to my existing skillset which is software development. But as everyone can do that now, I’m not sure.
I’m still picking what to do for my mid-life-crisis, it is a choice between working in a Zoo or being a gardener. It’s a tough one!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The people I usually invite: Our friends Paul and Antonia who Baxter met at an Evil Scarecrow gig when they got engaged on stage! Paul does our artwork (and I haven’t paid him yet, so I’d maybe not invite him to a dinner party… hmm). Baxter because he always brings Cards Against Humanity. Justin so we could plan some ludicrous stage ideas and/or videos and Gaz because he brings nice beer with him.

What’s next for the band?

I think we might have a dinner party!
Some more gigs this year, trying to stick to one a month so wives don’t get too annoyed with us and our children remember who we are. We are (as everyone is) competing in the M2M, we’ve got through to the next round, but the quality is so good I’m not sure we’ll get through.
We need to finish recording some songs and then do some videos! We’ve also got a photo shoot with your very own Beth to organise soon.
And then we need to start working out what we are going to do for HRH Metal – shit our pants probably.

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

We’ve got the usual, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube:
https://www.facebook.com/rockmyunicorn/
https://www.instagram.com/lullabyforaunicorn/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfSD6mFVstRyxZHcDmOOBzw
And our music is currently on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon – it’s probably elsewhere I chose lots of options with our provider (DistroKid btw).
https://lullabyforaunicorn.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/66iPtz01D9E81T9CtpyIV6?si=JEglwOA-Sk2CfEctLaXu4A
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Star-Garter-Manchester-Explicit/dp/B07PS7L8WN/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=lullaby+for+a+unicorn&qid=1555684238&s=dmusic&sr=1-3
We also have an EPK which has a bunch of stuff that promotors might be interested in:
https://tinyurl.com/y9ytkn3c

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The clue is in the name innit! If they were biscuits they’d be called “Jaffa Biscuits” but they aren’t.
They are called Jaffa Cakes.
Also, apparently, a biscuit is a biscuit because it is baked twice – Jaffa Cakes are baked once and therefore they are cakes.
I won’t go into scones, clotted cream or jam – we might start a revolution.

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

Well, first of all we’d like to thank Ever Metal for being a lovely bunch of people and taking a genuine interest in this stupid little band we’ve made – it’s quite nice to have people actually like something we’ve done for a change (that’s a story for another day, trust me!).
Also, a shout out to anyone who’s helped us out with gigs: The ubiquitous Badger, the wonderful Che and Alison and countless other people. In fact, this post from the end of last year says it all 😊
https://www.facebook.com/rockmyunicorn/posts/2295543874012178
Cheers
L4U xxx

 

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EMQ’s with BLACK HORIZON

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EMQ’s with BLACK HORIZON

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French Heavy Metal band Black Horizon. 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?

Hi. I’m Dom and I play bass guitar in BLACK HORIZON. We play heavy metal!!!
The band was born in the south of Paris in 1991 with my brother Seb and a great friend of us on the guitars. After many changes, Fifi (drums) arrived in 2002 and Alex (lead vocals) in 2017. We’ve played with many other bands like Blaze Bayley, Paul di Anno, Satan Joker, Killers, Tank… in France, Belgium, Russia… and recorded many EP and one LP “The Choice” before “Dark Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We choose our name using the initials “B” and “H” in memory of our friend Hervé Boucher who died in sad circumstances when he was very young. We would like to pay homage to him and to keep thinking about him when we play music. His disappearance is probably a source of inspiration for the dark side of some of our lyrics…!

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

We come from France. Metal scene is not very well considered in this country! In fact, there are many very good bands but Heavy Metal stays an underground scene (most of the part, of course…)! Most of people here are attracted by big festivals where they can see all their favourite bands at one time, but it’s more difficult with smaller concerts.

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

In the past, we took part in one French Heavy Metal compilation and one tribute album to a French speed metal band called “Killers” and we have released 3 EP’s:
Our first one was “Did You Hear It? After, we put out “The 1st Door” and “T.I.M.E.”!
Then we released our 1st album “The Choice”. This is the first part of the story told in “Dark Light “, our new album. It’s a story about a guy, schizophrenic, who’s watching for his past, looking for the reason why he is killing insane people! Listen to the new album, you’ll discover why…! 😉
“Dark Light” will be released on May 17th around the world via German label “Pure Steel Publishing”.
We were lucky to have with us Blaze Bayley the ex-singer of Iron Maiden. He participates in a duet with Alex on one of our songs ‘Walking Close To Me’.
We also have a second special guest, Andy Kuntz, the singer of Vanden Plas, who was kind enough to sing on an acoustic version of a love song ‘Miles Away’!
We worked very hard to propose to our fans a product of quality concerning the sound as well as the inside artwork.
We are very proud of what we are going to propose and can’t wait to share it with you.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, it’s Iron Maiden. I love Harry’s bass playing, all their compositions, their shows and the way they are. We are all fans of Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Saxon, Dio…! For some of us, Pantera and many more…!

What first got you into music?

My parents love music, especially my father who is a fan of classic music and they gave me the taste for it. When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was listening to heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc. And I loved it as soon as I heard the first notes!

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

We have already played with Blaze Bayley who is one of our very special guests on the new album and Paul Di’Anno. It should be logical now for us to work with Bruce Dickinson, don’t you think? 😉
If we could work with Iron Maiden, I would be the happiest bass player in the world… Who knows?
And personally, I would love to collaborate with Accept to!

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

Perhaps Wacken Open Air Festival, because for me it’s one of the most important Metal Festivals. It’s like a symbol of this kind of music!

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

A pair of socks! 😉

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

Thank you very much for your support and for believing in the BLACK HORIZON music.
Be a little patient, our album release is on May 17th with “Pure Steel Publishing” and you will be able to find it everywhere, to listen to us on all the musical platforms.
But the main thing is that you stay all faithful as usual.
We love you and stay in touch.

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

I think Bon Scott because he died young and I really think that he could have done great things with AC/DC!

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

What I like most is when I feel that I share emotions with the audience and the band during concerts.
What is annoying me the most is to have lots of ideas for new songs at night and not to remember them when I wake up! ;-(

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

You ask me to think like a business man… that I’m not!! I really don’t know what to do to make it work better but I’m sure that the music industry is following a bad way to encourage creativity by always promoting main stream productions and not simply good musical taste… Which is not objective, I admit but I think you know what I mean, you always hear the same kind of music on radio (at least, this is it in France).
So, perhaps establishing parity on funds allocated on different kinds of music… When it’s not private funds… but it’s nearly always private funds designed to make money…Mmmm! Ok, next question! 😉

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s a very difficult question…
I love albums like “Piece Of Mind” from Iron Maiden, or “Dark Ride” from Helloween, or “Resurrection” from Rob Halford!

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

I love vinyl because of the artwork. Pictures are very important for most metal bands!

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

For me, one of our best gigs was during the race of the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps (Belgium). It was one of our biggest ever and we played one hour and a half in front of bikers. I’m fond of motorbikes since ever, so to associate two of my passions at the same time was really amazing!

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

I would be a race motorcycle pilot…!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dan Simmons (The writer of “Hyperion”), The Dalai Lama, Steve Harris, Rob Halford and Tobias Sammet 🙂

What’s next for the band?

We release our album “Dark Light” on May 17th via Pure Steel Publishing.
We prepare our tour. Most of the dates will be programmed from September.
We are working on 2 videos and on new songs also… Keep in touch!

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

Most of the time, we use Facebook to communicate. You can find us on all classic platforms, Spotify, Deezer, Youtube and our new website www.blackhorizon.fr is currently under construction!
https://www.facebook.com/BLACK-HORIZON-OFFICIEL-FRANCE-242782372398831/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0K4EsbpZuG2IW0janEXBAD

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit made of cake 😉

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

Thank you for your questions, long live “Ever Metal Questions” and heavy metal Music, can’t wait to share our new Album “Dark Light” on stage with all our fans all over the world.
Keep on Rockin’
Dom Crispino Bass on BLACK HORIZON

 

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Mad Spanner – Life Absurd

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Mad Spanner – Life Absurd
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 29:40
Review By Beth Jones
7.5/10

And now for something completely different!!! The crazy world of Mad Spanner has finally come to a studio recording, with the release of their debut album “Life Absurd”. It could not be more aptly titled! As I have said before, these guys are the embodiment of Monty Python, in metal. Their crazy, off the wall, observational comedy makes for a cracking live show, so I was really looking forward to hearing this album, which features some of my personal favourite songs, such as ‘Forced To Use A Shitty Drum Machine’, and ‘Get Off Your Bastard Phone (You Anti-social Dickhead)’!

The album is just as madcap and frenetic as their stage show, and makes you feel what I imagine clothes must feel in a tumble dryer! The band’s bio has it spot on: ‘Frantic, bizarre and utterly wild. Always seeking to put the absurd onstage, dedicated to delivering an intense tornado of a show with energy and passion unparalleled!’

Kicking off with ‘Wrongshade’, the album takes us at a pace through 30ish minutes of craziness, with proggy rhythm changes, grungey sludgey guitar sounds and the occasional chicken noise, all peppered over with a heavy dose of punk distortion, shouty vocals, and comedic spoken word. It is kind of like a really intense cheese dream!

Musically, what they do is not overly complicated or intricate, it is just good, solid, loud punk, but their rhythm changes, and cross timings add an extra dimension. They like a good bit of flange too – as in the effect!!!!…Honestly, filthy minded you lot are, all of you!

The thing that makes Mad Spanner different is their utter mad spannerness! Michael Randall’s crazy lyrics and expressive voice do make you feel like you are in some sort of drug influenced spell at an asylum, but in a rather pleasurable way! Dan Ashley’s guitar work is frenetic, and I was particularly impressed with his little solo in ‘Drinking The Drunk Away’. Ben Codd finishes the trio on drums, and he is probably the most stable member of the merry gang, in terms of keeping the crazy on track rhythmically (obviously I’m not qualified to discuss his mental state, I’m not medically trained)!

My personal favourite tracks from this album are ‘Drinking The Drunk Away’ and ‘Avocado Commando’, although it is very difficult to pick out a favourite track, as they are all so bonkers! I would also like to give a special mention to the spoken word track ‘Seagulls Haunt Me in My Sleep’, which is a small stroke of poetic mastery, that would not be out of place being performed at a very arty spoken word event, by someone in a Beret, a grandad shirt and silk neck tie!

All in all this is a great way to start their recorded catalogue, and a must for anyone who likes their music on the absurd side! Jolly well done chaps! Keep it up!

TRACKLISTING:
1.Wrongshade
2.Forced To Use A Shitty Drum Machine
3.Alektorophobic Nosebleed
4.Massacre Of The Flies (ft Kieran Scott – ‘Ashen Crown’)
5.I Was Caught Shitting In A Plastic Bag
6.Get Off Your Bastard Phone (You Anti-Social Dickhead)
7.Anal Sex
8.Drinking The Drunk Away
9.Duck-Faced Selfie
10.Avocado Piano
11.Avocado Commando
12.Seagulls Haunt Me In My Sleep
13.Thinking Nothing. Feeling Nothing.
14.Escape Into Reality

LINKS:
http://artistecard.com/madspanner
https://www.facebook.com/MadSpanner
https://www.instagram.com/madspanner/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJc1ZiuVxJSX_ZoH7cusyDw
https://madspanner.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile Thrash/Death/Punk Metal band Nuclear 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?

Hey, thanks for this interview. My name is Francisco Haussmann, I play guitars in Nuclear. To make the long story short, Nuclear was born from the ashes of another band called Escoria back in 2003. After a few line-up changes and 5 albums in the bag, the band is writing music for the 6th album. In 2014 we got signed by Candlelight Records, UK (now Spinefarm Records/Universal Music) and we released one album under that label.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, I don’t recall exactly how, but we did want to have a powerful name representing our music and live performances. We thought of the nuclear power and how uncontrollable and potentially dangerous is.

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

Chile, South America. I’d say metal scene here is like any other. You can find an excellent feedback and support for foreign acts but not that much for local bands. I think it is constantly growing for the better though. People understand the importance of the local scene and how difficult it is for a band to build a fan base. Our geography does not help much either as it becomes pretty difficult for bands to visit other countries in South America and vice versa (quite the opposite as Europe for instance).

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

Our latest album is called “Formula For Anarchy” from 2015. However, we released a single in 2016 called “Libertad Condicionada”. It is a cover song from Chilean punk rock band.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to write, but I’d say Old School Thrash and Death metal were the first influences we had. Sepultura, Kreator, Dismember, Benediction, Entombed, Slayer, Exodus, Unleashed. In time, we have been widening our taste of music and a lot of Punk, Hardcore and Grindcore have given us pretty rad ideas for our music.

What first got you into music?

I’d say something happened when I first watched Live Corruption VHS from Napalm Death back in the day. It was so intense, so brutal and I instantly knew that I wanted to have a band. I was perhaps 12 years old and did not have any instruments at home so I asked some friends to lend me theirs and that’s how it started.

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

I would love to have LG Petrov or Alex Camargo from Krisiun singing one of our songs. Both are big influences on Nuclear’s work and how we see metal music nowadays.

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

For some reason, I have always wanted to play Bloodstock Festival in UK. I think that festival has a really good vibe and the line-ups over the years have been brutal AF!

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

We’ve received a lot of gifts from fans and nothing really weird to be honest. We’ve got flags, CDs, tees, beers, etc. We did receive a very cool gift once. It was a hand-painted very detailed and dedicated portrait of us as a band. We have it in our rehearsal room.

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

Many thanks for these years of constant support. Underground music is difficult in every sense of the word and it would be ever more difficult if we hadn’t got our fans supporting us at every show. We are lucky to have a very strong and loyal fanbase backing us up from many countries around the world.

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

That’s a tough one. I don’t know about rock star but I’d say Chuck Schuldiner. He was one of a kind and he left us way too early.

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

I rarely think of this. I enjoy pretty much everything about being a musician. Playing music gives you something only musicians know how to describe it. Those goosebumps you get when you play live or when you finish a new song, It’s something unique. I don’t think I hate anything about this. Maybe the lack of support between bands or the constant hatred in social media.

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

I don’t think there’s commitment from labels towards new bands. I understand that this is a business but it looks like A&Rs are not getting out as much as they are supposed to. There are tons of bands out there that don’t stand a chance. I believe it is very short-term thinking if you consider that many of the big bands are about to finish their careers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Benediction – “Subconscious Terror”.

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

I collect vinyl. I love the way they sound and everything about the package.

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

That’s a really tough one. We’ve had many memorable gigs in the past!

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

I am actually also a Chemical Engineer, so I’d say that I would be working full time as one.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band. Besides being band mates, we are also best friends and I believe that’s why we have stayed strong as long as we have. You can have a discussion or fight from time to time but in the end, everything comes back to normal and keep having a good time. This might sound as a cliché, but metal music is not about money and if you’re not making tons of it, what’s the point of staying together if you don’t remain friends and have a good time?

What’s next for the band?

We are right in the middle of a new album recording. As soon as we finish it, we will start touring everywhere we can to support it. Stay tuned for upcoming news!

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

https://www.facebook.com/nuclearcl/
https://www.instagram.com/nuclearthrash/
https://nuclear.bandcamp.com
You can actually visit www.nuclear.cl and find pretty much anything you want.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake definitely.

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

Many thanks for the interview! We cannot wait to have the new stuff ready to show everyone! Stay tuned!

 

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EMQ’s with SISTER SHOTGUN

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands based Rock/Metal band Sister Shotgun. 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 Niall Wills, I play guitar and scream for Sister Shotgun. The band started due to a house party I had in Kidderminster, England. I had been studying music technology in college and befriended people studying music tech/music performance, I filled a tiny one bedroom house with about 50 to 60 teenage musicians. Chloe (vocalist), being one of those people had invited some of her friends along and they had noticed my guitars all piled up in the corner of the room. They had played in various Blues Rock/Hair Metal style bands and wanted to get a new band together, therefore I joined them in the making of a band starting with a bunch of covers that would later become Sister Shotgun. During this time Chloe was singing for a Pop Punk band and a wedding band and solo projects, we had the core members but no vocalist. We found a male singer we were digging and he was prepared to join but ended up getting to the finals of the TV competition “The Voice” so that fell through. Chloe ended up leaving her Pop Punk project and convinced us she should join as she was the best vocalist in the area. We picked her up and it worked so she began our journey. It took us a while to grasp those vital members which brings us to the present day with the best line up yet. These guys have the best creative minds I know.

How did you come up with your band name?

Chloe came up with the band name. She had a working title of a project called Sister Shotgun as a sort of alter ego character she had created. I believe she took the phrase from Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’ however it wouldn’t influence the bands styling! We dug the simplicity of the name and the clash of words; the innocence of the word Sister and the aggressiveness of the word Shotgun, we tried to think of others but it was the easiest and catchiest name.

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

We are from England, United Kingdom There is so much Metal in this country it’s kind of just sewn into our genes, however the metal scene varies. a lot of bands have gravitated toward the American Rock sound with Country/Blues tones to their music so the Metal scene has shrunk a little however, the ones that have stuck around and grown are some of the most creative Metal bands I’ve heard in a while.

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

Our latest single is ‘Sacred Heart’ and our album “Fragments” was released on April 19th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is where it gets harder, We are five different people with different tastes and influences so we gather them together and we influence each other! Some that are mutual are Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine, then personally it goes from My Chemical Romance and Mötley Crüe to Korn and Machine head for all our own reasons.

What first got you into music?

I grew up with a father who was very into his music, he had guitars and he had drums often in the living room so when I’d stay over I couldn’t help myself but to strum the strings on every guitar every time I walked past and the excitement around music from him was built inside me. I was very much into art as a kid so it was easily transferred into music.

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

All in all someone like Rob Zombie or Johnny Rotten would be incredible and not a generic collab but I’d absolutely love to pick someone a bit off the wall, throw a spanner in the works and turn some heads so I think I’d shove someone like Morrissey on a Metal track and with his lyrical content that would be interesting.

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

The obvious answer being Download Festival, Hellfest, Wacken! However, also Shiprocked!, a cruise and a massive beach party with metal! That beats a muddy festival easy plus they have some really cool bands play!

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

We haven’t really been given anything weird as far as I know, We’ve had fans bake cakes and cupcakes for us.

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

With all the obstacles that have been in our path over the past so many years as a band, you the fans are what kept us fighting and kept us writing and kept us on the road and this album is for you. The ones that listen, that scream back in our faces, those familiar faces we see at shows far from their own homes, you travel the distance for us and well go the distance for you, thank you!

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

I’m gonna say Kurt Cobain or Dimebag Darrell so I could at least see Nirvana or Pantera as they’re some of my favourite bands that I never got to see.

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

Everything involving the creative side, just making music is an amazing experience starting from a small riff or progression then you build it, play it, perform it, record it and it becomes its own beast kind of like raising a child and then having fans sing it back to you and the sound and feeling I get of loud live guitars fills my soul with excitement and energy!
I hate the amount of rip off merchants and egotistical personalities that are flying around. Everyone wants to overcharge or take all your money for services and try not to pay you or pay you naff all for maximum effort like we did in the beginning. It took a lot of time, effort and money to play shows for free and watch a promoter walk away with all the money in their fancy cars. I dislike the egos from some musicians they think the world owes them something because they can sing or play guitar like everybody else and this happens with small time bands too.

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

To turn back the clock back to 80’s/90’s when the industry actually signed bands and put money into them to progress them and truly scouted talent rather than how many likes do they have on Facebook? Or how much money do they have to buy onto this tour? Or how popular of a person is the lead singer, so in essence Social Media. I’d wipe that out of existence and let the live shows and the music do the talking… not the numbers!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Poison” by Bullet For My Valentine. Their riffs where unique and songs where so creative and the guitar playing was by far their best. It was aggressive, melodic, catchy as hell and something new out of Metal rather than the ‘let’s copy Metallica’ route!

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

Vinyl, especially the old ones, as it’s all analog and pure but it’s mainly because when you purchase it’s a real physical thing. That’s what I don’t like about downloads, you don’t get a nice big piece of artwork with a bunch of lyrics that you can read and with CD’s the lyrics are crammed in and you can barely read it. You can hang a vinyl on your wall you have the art and a physical thing for your money!

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

There have been quite a few lately down to the hype the crowd have given us singing at the top of their lungs. I loved playing a festival called FortFest because we pulled out all the stops. We had roadies moving our stuff, we brought in some fire performers that breathed fire and used angle grinders on stage; that was our coolest gig. It wasn’t the liveliest crowd as it was a brand new festival and we were very fresh as a band back then but it was fun watching the lighting guy fear for his life as he was showered in metal shards!

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

I’d more than likely have chosen a career being a tattoo artist. I’ve always loved art and I could draw a car and its engine parts before I could even write my own name properly and I had a huge interest in tattoo artistry in my school days but music just took over!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d have to have an outrageous dinner party full of characters so I’d probably pick Ozzy Osbourne, David lee Roth, Devin Townsend, Abbath and someone like Donald Trump. That would be one entertaining night, it would be chaos, exactly how a dinner party should be.

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking at a “Fragments” headline tour followed by some festival dates, some high profiles support slots and a bunch of other fun stuff we’ve got planned… the fun doesn’t stop at album release!

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

The usual suspects Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and we have a Bandcamp site also. With Instagram we give a lot more insight into our goings on such as backstage stuff.
https://www.facebook.com/SisterShotgun/
https://www.instagram.com/sistershotgunuk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Fun fact; whilst recording the album there was an offer on for Jaffa cakes a triple pack for a pound I believe and Benji (guitarist) bought a pack a day (for 7 days) he’s dangerously addicted to jaffas, a bit of a ‘jaffajunky’, on that note it is a cake disguised as a biscuit it’s a clever ploy it appeals to both markets but were not fooled it’s a cake.

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

For those who aren’t familiar with us and are new to Sister Shotgun give new album “Fragments” a blast. It’s an amalgamation of the edges of the Metal and Rock genres not treated like a ‘female fronted’ band. Every song on this album has something different to offer, you may not like one song but you’ll find another on this record!

 

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Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Heat 2 – McLeans Pentre – 12/04/2019

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Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Heat 2
McLeans Pentre – 12/04/2019
Review by Beth Jones & Richard Tilley

Having missed the first heat, due to Rick’s ill health (Sorry – Rick), we were stoked to get back in the game for Heat 2, at our new local, as we seem to have been there more than anywhere else recently, Mcleans Pentre! The line-up on the night had been five competing bands, but one had to pull out at short notice, so we were left with four and special guest headliners, all the way from Northern Ireland, Lock Horns. There will be more about them later, but first on to the competition.

Scarfoot
First, on the night, were the incredibly likeable chaps from Scarfoot. We had seen these guys a couple of times before, so kind of knew what to expect. Their performance was a mixed bag. Enthusiastic, but tentative; bursting with confidence in some songs, but looking a little like a rabbit in the headlights in others. They definitely have potential, however they need to find a way to get over nerves, as I think this holds there performance back – their bass player, especially, looks like he would be more comfortable playing via video link, from a nice cosy room with soft lighting. That being said, they did have a collection of songs that were well though out, catchy, and pretty proggy in places which appeals to us a lot. We want to see them grow because they are such genuinely nice guys, and they do have an interesting sound.

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STR (Second Time Round)
We saw these guys at NEW Metal Productions ‘The Christmas Carol Mosh’ back in December 2018 and were left slightly unmoved by them. We were hoping that they would have improved for this but sadly that wasn’t the case! Don’t get us wrong, the guitarists/lead vocalists have something. They gel and look right onstage together, although it’s not quite there yet, but we think they are being held back by the drummer, who is a nice enough guy, but can’t really keep time, and the bass player who is adequate, but thinks he’s Steve Harris, and has an uber arrogant attitude towards both the audience and his fellow band mates, which was an instant turn off for both of us (and other people in the audience). Whether it is just nerves, or whether he is actually that arrogant doesn’t really matter – talking over your band mates to slag them, and the audience off, is just unprofessional, and if they think that any big or medium sized festival will look at them twice with that sort of attitude, then they are foolish. There were several occasions when, had we been outside, tumbleweed would have rolled passed the stage! It was kind of embarrassing, especially as Bloodstock’s own, Paul McMonnies, was in attendance that night. Our one ask to bands would be please, when you are starting out, don’t act like you are seasoned pros, who have been touring globally for twenty years, unless you have the musical talent to back that up!

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Zanda Stone
Next up was the former frontman of Ragnarok, Zanda Stone, who had decided to go it alone, and try and be ground breaking with heavy acoustic. One thing we will not take away from him is that he stood up on stage, just him and a guitar, in a M2TM heat, and gave us an acoustic set, which is very, very brave. His job was made a lot harder by the fact that some of the STR members (and their mates) decided to talk and laugh, rather loudly, through the entirety of his set, which is just plain rude and another complete no-no at a gig!

We had really quite enjoyed Ragnarok when we had seen them at Central Station in 2018 as part of the ‘Casual Mosh’ Summer Sessions, so had high hopes that Zanda was going to be good as an acoustic act. Sadly, it didn’t quite work. The songs were good, if a little too political and basic in places, but it kind of fell a bit flat without any crunchy band behind it. There were also some tuning issues, which were pretty stark at his party of one on the stage. If Zanda continues down this acoustic route then we wish him all the luck but we both agreed we much preferred seeing him fronting a big, loud and thumping Heavy Rock/Metal band!

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Cry For Mercy
Having not been wowed by anyone so far, we didn’t have massively high hopes for our final competing act, Cry For Mercy. We gathered at the stage, like a good, obedient audience and waited for them to start. Then there it was, WHAM! From the first note! Proper toe tapping, well performed by understated performers MUSIC!!! Lord be praised (if you like that kind of thing [shit, don’t discuss politics or religion, damn, damn, damn])! Here was a band who knew what they were doing, could play really, really well, and were, more than, solid in their performance, but humble in their delivery. They are not metal, they are good, heavy bluesy rock (think Thunder meets Black Country Communion) and we were instantly back in the game watching them. The night hadn’t really got going until this point, but they reminded the audience why we were there. Bassist/Vocalist Kev Plant had one hell of a voice, and Guitarist/Vocalist Andy Cutty could noodle better than an all you can eat Chinese Banquet! Fair play! With Drummer Steven Taylor keeping things rock solid on the skins, this was what we had been waiting for! Everyone in the audience was with them, and for us there was no question of who should progress to the next stage of the competition!

04 Cry For Mercyhttps://www.facebook.com/cryformercyofficial/

After their cracking performance, it was time to vote. Two bands would be progressing to the Semi Finals, one as the judges vote and one as the audience vote. It had been an odd night, that’s for sure, so it was going to be an interesting result! Whilst the judges deliberated and the audience votes were totted up, we were treated to out first proper ‘metal’ performance of the night, from four lads from Northern Ireland, who have already made it to the 2019 Belfast M2TM finals – Lock Horns!

Lock Horns
Wow! Just…Wow! This is what we had been waiting for! They blew the roof off with their performance, which was screamy, fast, proggy, intricate, Djenty, and everything in between. As a pretty below par Bass player myself, the slap and pop skills of Bassist Rhys Fraser positively made me drool and cry simultaneously! Whilst the epic vocal range of Alex Da Costa, from low growls to pitch perfect clean vocals, made everyone smile with pleasure. This was bolstered by the intricate rhythms of drummer Corey Hodges, and some pretty spectacular wizardry from guitarist Junior Afrifa, (who incidentally seemed about 30 foot tall)! We freakin’ loved these guys – so much so that Beth’s trusted ponytail was let down for a little mosh! It was clear to see why they have progressed to the Belfast finals, and we wish them every luck in the world for that, as they thoroughly deserve it. Having chatted to them briefly afterwards, as we bought their album, they seem like thoroughly decent guys too!

05 Guest Headliner Lock Hornshttps://www.facebook.com/LockHornsOfficial/

And so, it was decision time. It came as no surprise that Cry For Mercy were picked to progress to the next round. They were, by a country mile, the best band on the night. Joining them would be Scarfoot and we think this was the right call. They definitely have something, they just need to sort out their performance skills! Onwards and upwards! The Heat 3 review will be coming up shortly and we will be brutally honest about another bunch of hopefuls!

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/GoodforaudioEntertainment/
https://www.facebook.com/McleansPubLive/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactZoneOnRadioDeeside/
https://www.facebook.com/evermetal2017/

 

 

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EMQ’s with DORYLUS

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EMQ’s with DORYLUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stevenage, UK Melodic/Death/Thrash Metal band Dorylus. 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?

I’m Joe I’m the lead vocalist and guitarist for UK Metal band Dorylus.
We formed in 2015 with original members; Bassist Tom Oliver, Guitarist Craig Carmichael and Drummer Mitch Cartwright after our previous bands had gone their separate ways.

How did you come up with your band name?

So me and Tom where at a pub talking about potential band names and he had suggested that insects had really cool sounding names but Cicada, while sounding like an awesome band name, the bug itself is a bit dull. So in true metal fashion we hit up Google for a list of the most dangerous insects in the world and “Dorylus” was number 4 on the list.

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

We are from England and based in Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire metal scene is one of the most incredibly supportive scenes in the country IMO. It has so many incredible bands that are really pushing the envelope of originality and keeping things interesting. If you put on a metal show in Hertfordshire it seems you’re guaranteed a good turnout, with all the regulars and bands that show up all the time to support an incredible growing scene. I thank the BOA M2TM competition going on at Club 85 in Hitchin for helping nurture such an amazing environment to make music.

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

So we are currently preparing to release our Debut full length album on June 7th it’s called “Without Sin” and it’s taken the last 3 years to write and record and our first single is coming soon!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally my biggest influences as a musician have been Josh from Bloodshot Dawn, Chuck from Death, Randy from Lamb of God, Adam from King Leviathan and Ola England from Feared and the Haunted.

What first got you into music?

As basic as it sounds I remember hanging out with a friend when I was about 12 he’d brought round Metallica’s ‘Black’ album and the minute he put it on the aggression and raw feeling that I had never been able to understand when I’d heard metal before suddenly started to make sense I couldn’t not bang my head. my brother overheard us rocking out to it and the next day he dumped a bunch of CDs in my hands which included the likes of Machine Head, Soil and Slipknot as well as some classics like AC/DC and Iron Maiden. From then on I knew music was all I wanted in my life.

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

There are so many incredible bands in my local scene right now and to be honest I’d love to do something with every single one of them. I feel like I’d enjoy working with friends a whole lot given the opportunity. So… any bands in my local scene that would like to collaborate HIT ME UP haha!

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

100% it would have to be Bloodstock Open Air.
Not just because it’s an awesome festival but because of the work it does for the growing Underground Metal community. It has an entire stage that runs all weekend dedicated to what’s happening in the underground. It’s such a good thing to be involved with and it would be and absolute pleasure to be up on one of those stages one day!

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

Damn I wish I had something interesting to say for this… but honestly we don’t get gifts from fans. Although someone did stick a dildo on my guitar while I was playing once… but I think it was the bands dildo (long story) anyways so I don’t think that counts.

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

WE BLOODY LOVE YOU CRAZY BUNCH OF NUTTERS!!! …(also the album comes out June 7th).
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

There are too many to choose from but I’d probably say Chuck (Schuldiner). I’d love to have another Death album and to see where he would have taken his musical journey. Death have been a band that has had a vibe across all of the albums that made it still feel like the same band while maturing so much musically it’s why they have been a huge influence on how I approach writing music.

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

It’s a release or more like it’s real. While I’m on the road I feel more like myself than when I’m at work or at home. The only thing I hate is that I can’t do it 24/7… the wages suck a bit as well.

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

Actually nothing really! The music industry is fairer than it has ever been for Metal. It’s no longer about ‘right time, right place’. It’s no longer a game of luck. You can’t be lazy and get lucky, you can’t just spend money and you can’t be in it for the money because there isn’t any. The only people who are left playing Metal are the ones with the true unbridled passion for it, the people doing it because they love it and it’s making music better every day.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paean Heretica” by King Leviathan. I’d been following this band for a couple years with their first 3 EPs playing on repeat almost constantly and once they released this album it changed my ideas of what I could accomplish musically.

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

First off, anything that has people listening to music. To be honest I wish I was old enough to have been around in the tape trading days.

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

That’s a pretty big toss up we’ve had so many good shows and shared the stage with so many incredible bands it’s hard to think.
I think I’d have to go with London 2016 M2TM Grand Final. While we didn’t go through and we definitely have played better since the atmosphere in that room was amazing. Playing alongside some of our best friend’s in Gevaudan, Slave Steel, Dead Before Mourning and Bearfist, to a packed room of people, was just one of my favourite experiences.

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

Being bored as hell at my day job… nah I’d probably have tried my hand at art or acting I like being creative and I love attention.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Only 5!!!
Matt Berry, Ian Mckellen, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mike Tyson.
Just so I could hear them make small talk

What’s next for the band?

New line up (announcement soon).
New album.
Tour through June (still dates available so Hit Me Up).
Move on to another EP or Album ASAP. I don’t want to take 3 years for the next one!

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

We do a lot of stuff with Facebook and Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/dorylusband/
https://www.instagram.com/dorylusband/
And all of our current music is on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/41BStS4SHDO5KApFfb20Tk
(As well as everywhere you can buy or stream music)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A new breed of food called BISCAKE!

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

Just that we are really honoured to be given this platform to promote our band and our album and hopefully you’ll all enjoy what we have coming up in the future.

 

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