Die Ego – Culto

Die Ego – Culto
Self-Released
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Running Time: 40:01
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

Die Ego are a three-piece metal band, based in London (UK) and surprisingly this is their debut album, you will get what I mean when I say “surprisingly”. The band was first formed by Diego Fardel (lead guitar) and Gabe Scapigliati (vocals and bass). After trialling a few drummers who didn’t make the band they secured Dave Grosz and then Die Ego officially were formed.

In 2018 they released their first demo “Songs For The Insanity” and gained notoriety for their live gigs, which certainly got them noticed by the metal community. They’ve played such venues as the O2 Islington, and Camden Rocks Festival. The bands description of their debut album is “Culto is a raw and powerful demonstration of our essence and spirit. Our mindset was to produce an honest album that reflects the bands journey and makes a statement of what we are all about”.

Ok on with the review, If you like your music loud, raw, hard hitting, and dark, these are your guys! We start the album with the title track, ‘Culto’, which begins with piano playing and what sounds like a child’s voice, but, within the first minute, you’re catapulted into the rich undertones of the vocals, a combination of deep gruffness with some epic screams, which combined with great guitar riffs, sets the bar for the rest of the album. As you work your way through the tracks it’s a dark but exciting journey. You don’t want to get off the metal bus in case you miss out on something.

‘Demons Have Demons’ gives you total goose bumps with gravelly vocals which sound like they have been summoned from the bowels of hell! These guys certainly don’t want you to not to be entertained while listening to the album! The album has a steady pace, which I liked, because I think if they had gone too crazy, then the gruff vocals may have been lost and the intense vocals, which get into your soul, may not have had the same impact.

This album is one of those that will embed into your sub conscious and give you nightmares! Not bad for a band that hasn’t been around for more than a few years! “Culto” certainly makes an impact. These guys draw inspiration from all the best. From Pantera and Metallica, through to Alice in Chains and Slipknot, and although Die Ego have only just started out, I can see us in years to come comparing new and up and coming metal bands to them. Their music is powerful yet has a deep soul to it, I was asked by my son (who loves metal music too) to describe the album, and I said it was like my soul had gone to hell to visit and enjoy itself.

It may not be for everyone, but all I’d say is don’t listen to it once and think “nah, not for me”. Listen to it a few times and take in the passion and confidence, that the band has in bucket loads. Going back to my comment about “Culto” ‘surprisingly bring a debut album’, well I have reviewed quite a few bands now and I always look up other things they have done. Sometimes as a reminder of forgotten tracks, or just to refresh my mind, but when I couldn’t find anything other than this album, I was truly surprised! The confidence they seem to exude is of a band that has been around for many years, and I have no doubt that some time in their future, I will have the pleasure of their second album to review.

If I had to have a favourite track it would be ‘Don’t Get Close’. From the start, it had me, then in came the intense lyrics – it was just the perfect combination and had me transfixed all the way through. This album has it all, raw gruff vocals that will make your ears bleed, addictive drumming, and guitar riffs that will make you wish you had learnt to play a guitar yourself. Well done guys, this was a great debut album and lets’ hope you’re out gigging again very soon.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Culto
02. Anger is Yours
03. Treatment of Silence
04. Demons have Demons
05. The Grave
06. There is No Tomorrow
07. I Promise
08. Don’t Get Close

LINE-UP:
GABE: Vocals and Bass Guitar
Diego: Lead Guitar
Dave: Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/DieEgoMetal/
www.twitter.com/DieEgoMetal
www.dieego.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5CxHa83uX70tvQgfFBDcQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4Yrsxw1DTctEeGRgPjAYRd

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EMQ’s with YANOMAMO

EMQ’s with YANOMAMO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Sludge-Ridden Doom Metal band, Ya̧nomamö. Huge thanks to guitarist Jason Higson 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 Jason & I play guitar in Ya̧nomamö. The band began in 2011 as a side-project as we were all playing in other bands (Lomera, Mother Mars, Rituals of the Oak, Birdmouth). Almost 10 years and a couple of line-up changes later, and we are still going! We call our music SLUDGERIDDENDOOM and try to deliver the biggest riffs we can conjure, whilst maintaining swing & groove.

How did you come up with your band name?

We took it from the movie Cannibal Holocaust, though it is actually the name of a small group of indigenous people who live in villages in the Amazon rainforest on the border between Venezuela and Brazil.

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

We are from Sydney, Australia. The scene here is pretty busy with lots of great underground metal bands of all genres working hard to produce great music.

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

We’ll be releasing our new EP, “No Sympathy for a Rat” in August 2020. It’s our first release in 3 years & we are really keen to get it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the music we create in Ya̧nomamö, I’d have to say Black Sabbath, Bongzilla, Church of Misery … I’d also include early KISS, in particular Ace Frehley, & Thin Lizzy from an overall perspective.

What first got you into music?

My father & my uncles introduced me to 70’s hard rock e.g. Thin Lizzy, KISS, AC/DC etc from a very young age. Music has been my passion ever since.

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

Bongzilla or Church of Misery.

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

Probably Roadburn … the line-ups are amazing year after year

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

Nothing springs to mind…

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

We appreciate the support we get from our fans more than anything. Without the fans, we dont exist.

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

Honestly, nobody…

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

Playing live shows is the greatest thing for me. I also love the creative process, but it can also be very stressful at times. It’s a double-edged sword, especially from a mental health perspective.

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

Like almost everything else, it would be the politics…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Johnny The Fox”

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

Vinyl! Music isn’t something you just download from the internet. I love the artwork & packaging which contributes to the overall musical package.

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

It’s hard to narrow it down… but a couple stick out… Coven Festival at Crowbar in Sydney 2017 was really great. Also Playing The Tote in Melbourne at capacity with Conan was probably the highlight.

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

My day job in project management! Hahahaha… being a musician isn’t a full-time thing for any of us. We all have families & jobs etc. but we do this because we love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kobe Bryant, Gregg Popovich, Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Barack Obama

What’s next for the band?

Releasing the “No Sympathy for a Rat” EP in August & playing lots of shows to support it!

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

www.yanomamo.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/yanomamoband/
www.instagram.com/yanomamo_sludge_ridden_doom/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care either way… they are choc/orange deliciousness!!!

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

Thank you for your time & for being a part of the metal underground. We really appreciate it!

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EMQ’s with TO THE PAIN

EMQ’s with TO THE PAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Franklin Square, New York based Metal band, To The Pain. Huge thanks to lead guitarist Steve Shaver 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 there, my name is Steve Shaver, and I play guitar for To The Pain. To The Pain started in 2012, and we are from Franklin Square, NY. We have just released our new album, “X”. Originally To The Pain was going to be a recording project for myself, and vocalist Johnny “Squints” Intagliata. We started writing songs at my home studio. We were so happy with what we were turning out, we decided to turn it into a full band. The original band had Jeremy Lustig on bass (who actually played on ‘Control’ on our new album), Jimmy Klimatas on Drums, and Mark Trojanoski on rhythm guitar. The latest incarnation features myself on guitar, Johnny Intagliata on vocals, Johnny Fila on Bass, Eric Healy on drums, and Sean Smith shredding away on the other guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wish I could tell you there was some awesome formula we used to come up with the name, but our old rhythm guitar player, Mark Trojanoski, suggested the name. It is a reference to the movie The Princess Bride.

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

We are from Franklin Square, NY. Franklin Square is on Long Island. The Island Metal/Rock scene unfortunately is slave to the tribute bands. But if you are willing to pay to play, and we are, then you can play with bigger name bands. It really is the only way to break out of the smaller gigs at smaller venues unfortunately. If you hustle, and sell a lot of tickets, you can make some money though!

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

Our latest single is called ‘There Will Be Blood’, it is off our just released new album called “X”. The single and album are available on all streaming platforms, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands influences are the Big 4 of Thrash, leaning towards Megadeth being the biggest influence. Also, Testament, Overkill, King Diamond, Iron Maiden and of course, the mighty Racer X!!!

What first got you into music?

I always loved music from when I was a little kid. I was always singing along to the radio at home and in the car with my parents. They decided I should take guitar lessons. I absolutely hated it at first. It was a chore. But once I started learning chords, and being able to play some songs, it became fun. The Eagles were a big early influence. Then I moved on to Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Van Halen, etc.

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

I would love to collaborate with Alex Skolnick from Testament, or Dave Mustaine from Megadeth. I am sure we could come up with some sick metal riffs!

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

That is easy. If I could play any festival, it would be Wacken Open Air. There are many great European festivals, but Wacken for me is the biggest and best of them all.

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

Hmm, I don’t know that any fans have given us weird gifts. Usually they just buy us a beer after the show. Some ask for autographs, which is always fun.

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

That we appreciate each and every one of you. We know everyone has other things to spend money on, and other things to do, so when you buy our merch, or our albums, or buy a ticket to one of our shows, we really appreciate it so much, and work our hardest to put on a great show, and put out great music! Thank you so very much to all our fans!!! You are the best!

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

I would bring back Ronnie James Dio. He continually put out great music until his death. He is one of the greatest singers of all time. Maybe if I could bring him back, he would have me onstage to jam a few Dio songs! He is sorely missed!

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

I enjoy the recording process the most. Playing gigs is fun, but I love creating in the studio. I engineer all our albums, and I can just sit there for hours and hours creating. It is a very rewarding process. As far as what I hate, well we aren’t at a level where we can announce a show and people know who we are, and show up. So, I guess I hate having to contact all my friends and get them to come down to shows. I wish there was a better way to promote, but there is nothing better than calling / texting / emailing to get people in the door of your shows. Promoting is NOT a post on social media.

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

How about that the people who actually create the art actually get paid for it? It’s amazing to me that you just make zero money from streaming. I mean people stream a song 10,000 times, and you make what, $30? That is an absolute sin, and needs to be fixed. The other thing I would change is 360 deals that record labels have bands sign these days. If a label came to us with a 360 deal, we would say thanks, but no thanks. Don’t sign your life away if you are a band. And keep your publishing!!!! Always keep your publishing!!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wow, this is so hard. I can narrow it down to 3. “Live After Death” by Iron Maiden, “Extreme Volume” by Racer X, and “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth. I could listen to those 3 albums forever and not be bored.

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

Best as far as quality? Definitely NOT downloads. I guess CD’s are the best. But who has CD’s anymore? I like the convenience of downloads. To me, the best sound was always old vinyl though. And no, TTP is not releasing our album on vinyl…unless someone wants to pay for it. LOL

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

The best TTP gig I played so far was our last gig with Ross The Boss (ex Manowar). It was our first gig with the newest line-up, and we just came out and destroyed. It wasn’t perfect, but the buzz at the club after we played was undeniable. TTP has played many great shows over the years though. Opening for Doro in 2016 was a great one too.

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

Probably I would be an engineer or producer. I love that side of music. I love working with other musicians and creating. So, I would say if I wasn’t playing guitar, I would definitely engineer or produce.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Alex Skolnick, Paul Gilbert, and Richie Kotzen. I am sure I would learn a note or two from them.

What’s next for the band?

Well 2020 was supposed to be a big touring year for TTP, but Covid 19 put the end to that. We had gigs with Lynch Mob, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Joey Belladonna from Anthrax lined up, and they are all either postponed, or cancelled. If the touring doesn’t open up soon, we will probably jump back in the studio and do another album. We aren’t doing any drive-in concerts, or live streams. They just don’t seem to work well for METAL.

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

www.facebook.com/pg/ToThePainNY
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4piewphG9jA2dQe0azATcW
www.music.apple.com/us/album/7-ep/1513281563

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Looks like a cake to me. And looks delicious!

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

We would like to thank you folks for the interview. We appreciate all the music sites that do interviews and help us out and get our music out there. We also would like to thank our fans for always being there and supporting us. Grab our new album “X”, it is full of great METAL, and super shreddy guitars from me and Sean Smith. Thanks so much! This was a great time!

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EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Älmhult, Sweden based Melodic Power Metal project, Krilloan. Huge thanks to Klas Holmgren 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 Klas Holmgren and I´ve played guitar for 20+ years. I´ve mainly played rock in different bands but never been in an actual metal band, haha! However, now is the time. It started that I wanted to set up a studio in my basement in order to continue with music since the last band was laid to rest. The plan was to learn to record/mix/master myself in order to create music the way I want it, fast and melodic. To bring the metal back in my life so to say. Funny enough the fantastic band Battle Born then released a song named ‘Bring The Metal Back’ so it’s now a theme song for me. Horns up! I´ve always loved the old metal bands and have always had a soft spot for power metal so that where it all started in January this year. In order to bring it all home I realized I needed some help, so my buddy Steve lent a helping hand. Then my search led me to Alex who sings like a damn God and that’s how the first single ‘Yggdrasil’ came about. And now it’s time for song number 2.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually the name of an old book from a Swedish Role-Playing game we used to play when we were young.

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

I’m from the south of Sweden, a small town called Älmhult. Also known as the IKEA capital of the world. We have one great metal band from here called “My Dear Addiction” but I guess Älmhult is most known for “The Creeps” back in the 90’s. Otherwise, Sweden is a great country for metal and a lot of great bands are from here!

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

Latest release is a single called ‘Yggdrasil’ and was released in April. The new one, ‘Moonblade’ is released now in July It is released together with a lyric video done by the wizard Jani Stefanovic.

Yggdrasil (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitar player, Ace Frehley any day of the week! For Krilloan its Blind Guardian, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Dio, Falconer.

What first got you into music?

My big brother showed me a poster of Gene Simmons when I was like 7, then he made me a mixtape and I was hooked. Who doesn’t like ‘I Love It Loud when you’re 7 years old? I bought “Number Of The Beast” when I was 12 and knew I was to be a metalhead for life.

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

I´m lucky as hell. I already have the best collaboration! It’s my friend Steve Brockmann from the German band “Vision Of Choice”.

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

Sweden Rock Festival. It’s been a second home the last 20 years.

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

Never got one! I guess I´m not that famous, haha!

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

Continue listening to metal!

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

Ronne James Dio. He had so much left to give.

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

People in the metal community. It must be the best group of people in the whole world.

Hate? Hmm, that would be trying to learn all those damn plug-ins when recording.

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

That it should be easier for small bands to rise than it is today. The bands spending hours and hours in the rehearsal rooms are the real heroes in the world of music. If I could choose one more thing it would be that all commercial radio stations would play the first 6 Blind Guardian albums 24/7 all the time, that would be a great gift to the world!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blind Guardian – “Tales From The Twilight World”

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

Vinyl!

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

Probably one gig with our last band “24 Silver Bullets” when we run of songs and had to play almost 50% of the set again because people keep on chanting, good times.

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

I work at a bank, that’s very metal, haha! I´m a heavy metal-banker 😊 If not that I guess I would be back in the military or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ace Frehley, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske. Hansi Kursch, Michael Richards (Kramer).

What’s next for the band?

The first plan for Krilloan was to release three songs and Moonblade (No.2) is released July 10 so after the summer I will start on number three. However, I don’t think I can stop after three songs…

(Rick here – They definitely cannot stop after 3 songs. They are way too good)

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

I try to show the whole process in baby steps so its Instagram and Facebook. Then I go for Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify to spread my little contribution of metal to the world.
www.facebook.com/KrilloanOfficial/
www.instagram.com/krilloan_official/
www.krilloan.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6MfUFhthUp7MKoqNEfdwN5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCTG6DycF7kwesUS3KyzIbAg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Or is it a beer? I hope it’s a beer!

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

Thanks to everyone that has been cheering me on and to all that have a listen! Stay calm and stay metal people!

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EMQ’s with FORLORN HOPE

EMQ’s with FORLORN HOPE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Merseyside, UK based Historical Heavy Metal band, Forlorn Hope. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chris Simpson 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 Chris Simpson and I’m the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and chief history nerd of Forlorn Hope.

We formed Forlorn Hope in late 2017. The five of us had played together in various bands and combinations over the years and we’d recently started a casual covers band for a bit of fun. That project was going well, we had a good group chemistry, and that prompted Danny, our drummer, to suggest that we try doing something original.

Unbeknownst to Danny, I already had a few songs in the bank that were waiting for a full band to take them further. I’ve always been interested in military and Napoleonic history and over the two years prior had got together with Alex, our lead guitarist, and we’d penned a few songs inspired by stories from the Peninsular War (1808-1814). I’d never really expected this little historical heavy metal project to go anywhere, but the songs were good so I pitched it to the others. To my surprise, they were up for it, so we dusted off the old tracks and got to work.

We started gigging in early 2018, recorded a demo EP and fine-tuned our first batch of material in preparation for the recording and release of our debut album “Over The Hills” in 2019. We had big plans for extensive gigging and new recordings in 2020 but, as you can imagine, that hasn’t quite worked out as planned.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is lifted directly from the history that inspired the project in the first place.

During the Napoleonic Wars, an army that wanted to capture a fortress first had to blow a breach in its walls by pounding it for days with artillery. Then it was up to the infantry to storm that breach, which was no easy thing when more or less every gun inside the fortress that could be pointed at the breach would be, not to mention the booby traps and explosive projectiles that they might also have to contend with while struggling up the steep rubble slope.

The Forlorn Hope were the men who went first into the breach, risking almost certain death for the chance of promotion and acclaim that would follow if they survived. It’s an iconic image from military history and was perfect for our purposes.

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

We’re from Liverpool in the UK. The Liverpool scene is small and it’s had its ups and downs over the years, but it’s produced some fantastic rock and metal bands, our friends in Reaper and Midnight Prophecy being two prime examples. Sadly, a lot of grass-roots venues have closed in recent years, so gigs are increasingly hard to come by, but if last year’s Metal to the Masses final is anything to go by then there’s still a lot of life in the scene.

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

That would be our debut album, ‘Over the Hills’, which we released on 27 July last year. It’s a concept piece about the Peninsular War; the conflict between Napoleonic France and the Allied forces of Britain, Spain and Portugal, that raged from 1808 to 1814. Readers may be familiar with this war as the setting for Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’ series and its TV adaptation.

After nearly a year, we’re still extremely proud of this album. It’s dramatic and energetic, it tells a fascinating collection of stories, and it’s crammed with catchy tunes. We had a really positive response from fans and critics too, so we’ll have to work really hard to top it with album two.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We owe a major debt to Sabaton, which I’m sure no one will be surprised to hear. They’ve taken the concept of historical heavy metal to a whole new level, and they know how to write a damn good hook. Beyond that, it’s probably the classics like Priest and Maiden that have influenced our sound the most. For my part, Iced Earth’s historical concept album ‘The Glorious Burden’ album also deserves a mention; the level of detail and obvious passion for the subject matter is something that I really admire and it’s definitely had a significant influence on how I approach the lyrics for this band.

What first got you into music?

‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper. I was a little kid, my Dad put the ‘Trash’ album on in the car and that opening riff blew my tiny little mind. I was hooked on rock and metal from that moment, although it was many years before I even considered the possibility of making music myself.

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

Tobias Sammet. His work with Avantasia just gets better and better, and he always makes such brilliant use of guest artists. I’d love to take part in a big, ambitious project like that.

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

Sabaton Open Air would be pretty incredible. I’ve never been, but they always seem to have a cracking line up with lots of acts that don’t often make it to the UK, and if there’s anywhere in the world where historical power metal is guaranteed to go down well, surely it’s there!

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

No weird examples come to mind, but we were given a lovely print of the Band of HM Life Guards by our friend Jeremy Ross Lawler (solo artist and formerly of Winter’s Edge) last year that prompted a fun little exploration into that regiment’s history (you can check that out if you scroll back through our Instagram).

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

Thank you.

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

I’m going to go with Warrel Dane. I was never the biggest Nevermore fan, but what an incredible vocal talent that man was! I feel like he had a lot more still to give.

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

Difficult question because there’s so much that I love about this part of my life, but if you pushed me then I’d have to say gigging. I’m a chronic worrier usually, but being on stage is one of the few times I can truly put my mental baggage aside and just be in the moment. There’s not much I’d rather do than get up on a stage and have fun with my mates, and nothing compares to that feeling when a crowd really connects with your performance.

I’m not sure if there’s anything I really hate about it other than the fact that I can’t do it for a full-time job!

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

A bigger cut of streaming services’ profits for the bands that use them would be lovely.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Crimson Idol” by W.A.S.P. For my money, it’s one of the best concept albums of all time. Top notch storytelling and musical craftsmanship and absolutely crammed with hooks; a stunning piece of work from start to finish. I never get tired of it.

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

I like hardcopy music (not that I’m down on downloads – I do use Spotify), and I think for sheer versatility I’d have to pick CD’s. Vinyl is a lovely experience, but I can’t play it in my car and I can’t upload it to my computer. I can’t say that I really get the resurgence that cassettes are having at the moment, but each to their own.

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

28 September 2019; opening Power Metal Quest Fest in Birmingham. That was a real landmark show for us; the biggest crowd we’ve played for to date and they were very nice to us. Hearing people we’d never met singing our songs back to us was just unreal!

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

Probably amateur journalism. I used to do a lot of music reviews and band interviews before I joined my first band, and I got into writing film reviews when I was between bands. I imagine I would have kept up one or both if I hadn’t started making music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume you’re looking for five famous guests but, to be honest, hosting  a dinner party for five celebrities sounds exhausting. Not to mention that I’d definitely be the most boring person at that table; they’d be far more interested in talking to each other than me.

Can I just have the band round for beer and pizza? There are only four of them, but if Danny and Jade bring their beautiful dog, Freya, then that’s five. That sounds a lot more fun.

What’s next for the band?

As soon as we can return to the practice room and get back up to standard, we’ll be hitting the studio to record two new singles. We’re diving into new areas of history with both and we’re really excited about them.

The first is ‘To the Bitter End’, which some of our fans will have already heard us play live (we debuted it at Quest Fest last year). It’s our first attempt to tackle the colossal subject that is the First World War. The song tells the story of a handful of British soldiers who, on the final day of the Battle of the Somme, were cut off and trapped in a German second line trench. Despite freezing conditions, an almost total lack of supplies and being under constant attack from all sides, they managed to hold the trench for eight days before they were finally overrun. It’s an incredible chapter in the history of the War, but one which is largely unknown, which is why we’re also producing an audio-history to accompany the CD, that will tell the whole story in all its astonishing detail. Writing this was the biggest research project I’ve undertaken for the band so far. If you enjoyed the historical background notes that accompanied our debut album, this audio-history will take things to a whole new level.

We’re keeping the details of the second single quiet for now, but I will say that from a lyrical perspective it’s arguably our most ambitious song to date. We’ve crammed two hundred years of history and some big conceptual issues into a five-minute song. It’s Forlorn Hope through and through, but at the same time it’s like nothing you’ve heard from us yet!

Once these are recorded, we’ll be staggering their release over the following months. We’ll have brand new, dedicated merch for both singles and plenty of related content coming through on our website and social media channels, so there’s a lot for our fans to be excited about.

As far as gigs are concerned, we have no idea whether we’ll be back on stage before the year is out, but our 2020 festival appearances (Wihtwara Helly, Warhorns and Ragefest) have all been rescheduled for 2021, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

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

www.forlornhope.uk/
www.facebook.com/OfficialForlornHope/
www.instagram.com/ForlornHopeBand
www.twitter.com/ForlornHopeBand
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBDf-Mu7bo0NcsYE1ebeXw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5PGRhbdRvhro8guh2Bmyc5

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake. This was settled in 1991
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes#Taxation

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

Album two is currently in the works, and it absolutely will top ‘Over the Hills’.

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Descend – The Deviant

Descend – The Deviant
Aftermath Music
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Running Time:55:53
Review by Beth Jones
6/10

I’ve been pretty spoilt recently, as far as music is concerned! The sheer volume of excellent new releases is staggering, especially in the current climate, and getting the chance to pen some thoughts about them has been great. Next up for me is Swedish Progressive Death Metal quintet, Descend.

These guys have been around a good few years now, originally starting out as a Thrash band in 2003. However, through line-up changes and new musical influences creeping in, their style has morphed into what they now offer. Their first album, “Through The Eyes Of The Burdened” was released in 2011, and in 2014 they released a second album, “Wither”. Since then, the line-up has changed somewhat again, with the addition of Raul Vicente (bass) and Emil Nissilä (drums).

Recorded at Wing Studios, Stockholm, with Sverker Widgren (Diabolical) as producer, their third studio album, and latest release, “The Deviant” is being billed as their ‘milestone’ album. So, what does it sound like?

Well, the first thing that strikes you is power. The opening track, ‘Avalin’ hits you with a catchy riff and melody from the beginning. This is less of a track, and more of an intro/walk on piece, and at only 1 minute 40 in length, would be just about enough time to get the band on stage, let the crowd go wild, and do a quick line check.

This progresses swiftly into track 2, ‘Blood Moon’, which starts with a riff that is pure classic Thrash. It quickly drops off into a quiet mid-section, with clean vocals and acoustic sounds being the driver, then pumps back up for the chorus to guttural screams and growls, skilful wandering bass, and a hint of a blast beat, as well as some dark and overdriven down tuned guitar riffage.

The album continues on in this way, through four more tracks which all appear to be going for some sort of record in length. ‘Standard for prog!’ I hear you cry. Well, yes, but I do have an issue with this. Musically, this album is definitely Death, Melodic Death in places, with a good few nods to classic Thrash sounds. However, in my opinion it is lacking a little in the prog department. Don’t get me wrong, it has elements, but sometimes they feel a little forced, almost like afterthoughts to make it ‘fit in’ with the genre. The inclusion of a tenor sax solo in the penultimate track, “Wallow”, is interesting, but again feels like it’s been done purely ‘to prog it up’. And, dare I say, the extended length of the tracks has a tendency to be a little boring, as they’re not extended in order to introduce new variations around a theme, or explore different elements in instrumentation, they are just there to make the songs longer.

The only exception to this comes halfway through the album in the form of track 4, ‘Lily’. This track does do what it says on the tin, it’s Melodic Death in the heavy sections, and does successfully bring it down to indulge in some exploration in the middle. If the rest of the album was the same calibre as this song, it would be much more pleasing.

These guys are, without question, very talented technical musicians. The album is peppered with some extremely good guitar solos, precision drumming at impressive tempos, and bass lines that explore a decent range. And the ability of singer Nima Farhadian Langroundi to go from clean vocals to guttural roars and tortured scream is very impressive. But I’m not getting the important connection, that comes from the soul, when I listen to this album. I think this is a band who have the potential to do great things, but I think they really need to focus on what they actually want to be, and let themselves really feel the music rather than getting hung up on the technical detail.

Production wise, it’s pretty good, although I do find that sometimes the vocals are a little further back in the mix than I would like. It’s a very guitar driven sound though, so this is probably intentional. And if I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand time. STOP BLOODY FADING TRACKS OUT BECAUSE YOU CAN’T WORK OUT HOW TO FINISH THEM!!! As a musician, and a huge fan of live music, it infuriates me! You can’t achieve that level of fade live, so why do it on a recording? Yet again, we see it here, with the final track on the album. It’s disappointing.

So, to sum up; Has it got some interesting elements? Yes. Is it technically very good? Yes. Did I like it?… it’s ok. It’s not terrible, but nor is it ground-breaking.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Avalin
02. Blood Moon
03. The Purest One
04. Lily
05. Wallow
06. The Deviant

LINE-UP:
Andreas Lindström – guitars
Alexander Wijkman – guitars
Nima Farhadian Langroudi – vocals
Raul Vicente – bass
Emil Nissilä – drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/DescendOfficial/
www.instagram.com/descendofficial/
www.descend.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWjdGm10-b7E4Y51eYnCMA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/33EUSEyZ6PyFhsFrXIfsjb

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Interview with Johan Längquist of Candlemass

Interview with Johan Längquist of Candlemass
By Sheri Bicheno

Good Afternoon Readers!

When this interview landed on the list, I jumped at the chance to nail it! Candlemass are undoubtedly one of the most influential Doom bands out there, helping shape the Doom genre into what it is from when they started out over 30 years ago!

Candlemass released their first full length album since 2012, “The Door To Doom”, in February 2019 which features Toni Iommi on track ‘Astorolous – The Octopus’. This album is the first to feature Johan since “Epicus Doomicus Metalllicus” in 1986!

For all you fellow Doom lovers, I’d be interested in what your opinions are on the newest EP, “The Pendulum” that has been released in this chaotic time of life. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

I recently got the chance to have a Skype chat with vocalist Johan Längquist and I have to say, it was an absolute pleasure. Humble, often with a chuckle in his voice and an all-around nice guy!

I sat down, with a cheery bounce and proceeded to call Johan’s Skype ID and await…

“Hi! Johan here!” says a very cheerful voice on the other end. I’m beaming already.

We exchange greetings and introductions and immediately, I sense the smile in his voice.

Sheri: Candlemass are known for being the epitome of the Doom genre – What I find interesting is that there are fewer bands from the 80’s era that explore that genre of metal. What prompted Candlemass to find your technique and essentially be part of creating the way for Doom Metal?

Johan: I think that we were so very influenced by music that was made in the 80’s and as you probably know, Leif is a big fan of Black Sabbath…and I think that is the main reason it all started. Of course, I’m too a great fan of Black Sabbath but I like a lot of other bands from that era too. So, I think that’s the main reason the way how it turned out the way it did, and the way Leif is writing the music because you know, he writes all the songs. And I know he is a BIG fan of Black Sabbath haha.

Sheri: So, they’re kind of an influence for you?

Johan: Yeah, yeah! We haven’t talked that much about it but that must be the reason haha! I think that Black Sabbath were one of the bands that almost sounded like that in the 80’s I think, there were not that many bands, there were a couple of bands, but not that many.

Sheri: Not as few, Black Sabbath kicked off the Doom side so it’s interesting to see how the genre has evolved. Did you have to experiment with your sound technique or – as you just said, you were influenced, did you have a particular vibe that you wanted to go with or did you need to experiment with technique?

Johan: When I got into the band and we did the album in 1986, I had a tape a couple of weeks before we went into the studio. So, you know, I did vocals and I just had to find my way into that music haha! Yeah, it’s pretty much as simple as that. Sometimes, you know, when you’re about to do a song and do the vocals, you can’t find your way in, but I guess that’s the job that all the singers have to do, find their way into the music to give the music the right vocals, the right spirit, to suit the music, I think. That’s what I did. And I remember in my opinion at that time, I had my own band at that time and I thought it was a bit how you say monotone… the same chord, a very long tune, so I remember that I was thinking about doing the vocals as melodic as possible. You know?

Sheri: Sure. So, it’s a change for that sort of era.

Johan: Absolutely yes.

Sheri: How do you feel being a great influencing Artist for other bands within Doom? As we discussed, Doom has been expanded on within the last sort of 20 to 30 years with different sub genres.

Johan: There’s so many genre’s around right now, I don’t know them all haha! To me, it’s Heavy Metal. Slow Heavy Metal or not. Dark Heavy Metal haha.

Sheri: Haha! It does change quite a bit.

Johan: You know, when we are out playing and sometimes people are coming into where we playing and tell us “The reason we started was because of you guys” Then of course you feel honoured that you’ve been a big inspiration for many musicians in that genre, so yeah, what can you say? It’s an honour. It’s humbling.

Sheri: I’ve asked a couple of our readers if they have any questions for you…

Johan: Great! Haha.

Sheri: One of the questions raised by Jimmy, is that A lot of younger bands cite you as a massive influence upon them, as we just discussed, is that a help or sometimes a comfort for you to know that after all this time, Candlemass has stayed relevant without losing focus of what essentially makes Candlemass what it is?

Johan: Yes of course, something tells you that you’ve done the right thing in life. At least some good things in life if your music lives on and other people get the inspiration listening to the older album – it’s fantastic. Life is a tough one and that’s for sure a good thing to do haha. I’m not that kind of guy. But you know, it takes work and sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t and it’s a lot of work going on all the time.

Sheri: Happiness does take work sometimes! Casting back to when you were working on “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus”, did you face any surprises or challenges? As it was different from anything made before.

Johan: When I got the tape from the guys, I had actually never heard anything like that before. I thought “wow, how can I find my way into this?” That was the feeling I had when I started listening to the songs and trying to learn them. But it was a lot of fun doing them because there were no limits when we went to the studio and uh… well… we had a lot of fun I can tell you! Haha.

Sheri: Haha! Tell no secrets! That leads me onto the next question… what were the best memories of creating that album and then going forward after you re-joined Candlemass?

Johan: Haha! What I remember is a guy that came to the studio and he was asking “Where is the singer?” And then he saw me and said “Oh…it’s you?” He was expecting a big guy, very tall and big, because he thought… my sound was like… he was looking around, walking by me going “Where is he? Where is he? The new singer!” Hahaha. And I was “It’s me” and he was “Oh!” I don’t know if he was disappointed or just surprised, I don’t know hahaha!

Sheri: Let’s hope it’s the latter! Hahaha! And what about after you re-joined?

Johan: When we went into the studio for “Door to Doom”, Marcus Jidell was producing the album and it was the first time I heard the songs. I was pretty amazed, and you know, we had a discussion before I listened to the songs and they asked if I would be interested in joining the band again. I said of course… but I need to listen to the songs and see if they thrill me haha. And they did! It was a good experience for me because you know, I had to sing so very hard and high, I’m not what you would call a high pitch singer so I had to push myself a lot to sing the songs on the album, not every single one as you can hear, I’m pretty distorted… haha… when I’m crying out loud to do the songs… But it was a lot of fun you know. When you’re into the music in the 80’s, I really do like Rob Halford and Dio and all the great singers at that time, you know to push yourself and do the maximum you know. I like that.

Sheri: I think that’s how a lot of successful people have carved their way. By pushing boundaries and adjusting, as you have done. You do have an incredibly big voice, so it works.

Johan: Yeah and I think I have found some parts in my vocals that I haven’t found before at that point actually, because of all the pushing haha. It was a great experience as a singer, now I know pretty much that there are no limits, you just do your very best. Of course, there are limits but maybe you can do it better than you believe yourself, just give it a really good shot.

Sheri: And that’s how people learn isn’t it! It’s good to have your vocals back with Candlemass as shown in your latest full-length album, “Door to Doom” This is your first album back with Candlemass after a long time. What did it mean to you as a musician to get behind the wheel of Candlemass? It was very positive, but did you have any visions of the future when you joined? Have you got plans?

Johan: Thank you! Haha. Even though I hadn’t been in Candlemass for those years, I have always been involved in music in one way or another all my life. So, it felt pretty natural for me to do all this. But of course, you never know what happens you know, if people are going to like the album or not? But fortunately, it all turned out very well and I’m so happy for that haha. I was very nervous the very first gig we did back together you know, because I hadn’t been on stage at that time for a very long time but it all turned out very well, I felt that, yeah, it works!

Sheri: I did see some footage of that first gig and it was absolutely rammed! I think you had no worries there haha.

Johan: Haha thank you!

Sheri: Another of our readers, Sam, has asked… The Door to Doom is very much old school Doom. In the vein of the first or early Candlemass records, how do you feel they hold in comparison to the more recent or modern bands and other albums of this generation, for example when playing a festival bill full of newer bands, to a new generation of fans who might not have been around in the Epicus Doomicus Metallicus days or hadn’t heard of Candlemass?

Johan: Ah what can I say? To me, it’s just like, you know it’s the same with Leif and the other guys, I’m so stuck in the 80’s and all the great songs that were done at that time and I listen to a lot of new musicians too and they’re so fantastic – but I think you need to have a relationship with the 80’s to find the 80’s spirit. I’d been playing for a couple of years with a young man, only 30 years old haha, before Candlemass happened, he was very interested in learning the spirit of the 80’s and was a very good guitar player – but it’s the way you play guitar and the way you do the songs. I can’t exactly say what it is, but I think there is something with the 80’s that one should learn from I think haha.

Sheri: I think so too. I think the 70’s and 80’s, I mean all decades have had their good run of music… it’s different.

Johan: Of course we have a special relationship with the 80’s because we were young at that time but even these days when you listen to the songs… yeah… My heart feels good when I hear good music hahaha!

And of course, there are so many brilliant bands out there right now too. But the problem is that there are so many bands, you can’t find them all. I’m an old fashioned guy, I don’t hardly use my computer – of course I do, but sometimes I used to sit watching YouTube looking for new bands but there are so many and I don’t’ know exactly how to steer into the very best bands.

Sheri: It’s very social media based at the moment isn’t it?

Johan: Yeah and I know that you can always listen – but the problem is they never play the good bands on radio, of course a couple do but they never play their best songs in my opinion haha.

Sheri: I agree with you. I think it tends to be what’s in the NOW you know…

Johan: Yeah, a good example is ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ with KISS and that’s pretty much the only song that they play with KISS and they did great songs before that haha.

It’s the same with Van Halen – what’s do you hear from Van Halen for example?

Both: ‘Jump’!

Johan: Hahaha, exactly! In my opinion, that’s not the best song they did haha. Of course, it’s good but I don’t know if they’re giving Van Halen the right… how do you say?

Sheri: Like a light shone on them really for people of the younger generation. I understand.

Johan: (Chuckles) Exactly!

Sheri: Candlemass have just released an EP in March of this year, “The Pendulum”. Which, in the middle of a Pandemic, is greatly welcomed!

For Artists to keep doing what they’re doing and making and releasing music if they can, is needed. There are a lot of Artists at the moment that probably, like yourself, that have to be on pause to an extent and its quite frustrating… but we have to keep rolling with the punches!

Some of the songs on the EP are noted as Unreleased Demos. Can you take us through the history of some of the demos? Are some of them quite new?

Johan: Hahaha! Ah when I did the Door to Doom, I didn’t know about these songs!

Sheri: Ah!

Johan: No! Hahaha. I had no idea that there were more songs. They told me a couple of weeks after we released The Door To Doom – they thought that they were not done in the right way and wanted to make a few changes and do another lot vocals on it… and I was surprised when I heard the songs and I said, “Wow, why?” They were great songs! And we re-recorded them again, I don’t know exactly what they changed about them, but I know some guitars and the vocals… that was for sure a tough one for me to do too. But a lot of fun doing those songs I can tell you haha.

Sheri: How do you think Candlemass has evolved after around 35 years of music? As I say, you are still quite true to your sound, during those almost 36 years, how do you think you have made evolutionary changes within the band?

Johan: I think that the only things you can do is… if you have the chance, if you’re allowed to do the songs and write songs the way you want to, that’s the main reason that you can develop in different directions. But we love the music in that time and that’s what gives us the most if you compare us to other kinds of music. I think that’s the main reason and we don’t have a record company telling us what to do and things like that. We are the only ones responsible for what’s coming out to the audience.

Sheri: So, it’s quite raw and all your own with no restrictions?

Johan: It suits us that way haha. It’s good to have tips of course but…

Sheri: I think if you’re changing so much over time it becomes something you don’t want it to be…

Johan: Exactly. I think that’s the main reason why they called me up again because they said they lost the spirit of what was there and they wanna try and give it another chance by pretty much create the old band again and yeah… that was one of the main reasons, they wanted to the old Candlemass sound to have another chance. Get back to the roots!

Sheri: If Candlemass were a drink – what would you be? Haha.

Johan: Hahaha! What would I be… hmmm…? I don’t drink that many drinks but a drink that I like is actually the old Gin and Tonic, that’s fine with me… it’s not that dark haha. But I’ll say Gin and Tonic just because I like that haha. It works through old times.

Sheri: There’s different flavours and everything at the moment!

Johan: Yeah but you know, I’m old and I don’t like it too sweet and there are so many out there hahaha!

Sheri: Interesting choice haha! Have you got a song that is your favourite to perform?

Johan: The old Epicus songs, I really do like to do all those songs from that album still. And I really do like doing the Nightfall songs too. And in the future, there will be more songs because there is a big library to pick great songs from. We were talking and they want me to feel comfortable doing the songs too. So of course, we will do the new songs. I really do like all the songs that we’re doing, so I can’t say I’m not doing any songs I don’t like. All the songs I do really like, they’re great songs.

Sheri: You just get out there and love it haha.

Johan: Yeah hahaha! And that’s pretty important when you’re the singer too… if you’re trying to keep your smile up and you hate the songs, that shouldn’t be good hahaha! I really enjoy the moments on the stage, playing around, just having a good time, so it’s brilliant right now.

Sheri: Very humbling! Another of our readers, Jack, has asked how you decided on the name of Candlemass?

Johan: Oooooh, actually I don’t know the history behind the name! That’s a question better to ask Leif hahaha. I can’t tell you, I’m sorry hahaha. It’s a long time ago and we don’t talk about that… sorry Jack! Hahaha.

Sheri: We will let him know! Hahaha. Finally, What advice can you offer to other Artists, new or experienced?

Johan: Never give up. If you believe in what you’re doing, continue. Don’t give up. Never give up. Even though there will be hard times and you know, if you have your goal, in time you will be there. I’ve been there myself; I’ve been working a lot with music and writing; you learn from that hard work. If someone tells you that this is shit and you shouldn’t bother, just continue with what you’re doing if you believe in it.

Sheri: Absolutely. If you are committed to something and you believe in it then carry on.

Johan: Yeah, you do it for yourself too and if you’re fortunate that other people like the songs you do too, so that’s very important, don’t give up. I’m pretty much, what you say, being a “rock star” now and I’m close to 60 haha so… you never give up hahaha.

Sheri: I think you learn a lot through that. Through mistakes, positivity, hitting rock bottom or anything in life, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel as long as you stick true to who you are.

Johan: Oh yeah of course, I can be all on my own just playing guitar at night on my own and having a great time… if no one wants to listen… Then I can have a great time myself hahaha. Keep on playing.

Sheri: Keep on keeping. Hahaha. Well thank you for your insight and I hope other viewers might find this useful.

Johan: Thank you very much for calling me up.

Sheri: Much appreciated. Take care, be safe, be happy Johan!

Johan: Thank you very much and have a really nice day!

Rick Here; I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Johan and Sheri for the great interview. To keep up to date with everything Candlemass related then click on the following links!
www.candlemass.se/doom/
www.facebook.com/candlemass/
www.instagram.com/candlemassdoom/
www.twitter.com/candlemass
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7zDtfSB0AOZWhpuAHZIOw5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIXDUCw6Ek8FV5_PZRTHqWg

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Interview with Adam ‘Bowzer’ Bouskill from Massive Wagons

Interview with Adam ‘Bowzer’ Bouskill from Massive Wagons
By Tsarina Wilson

Tsarina recently got the chance to have a really quick chat with, the very busy, Bowzer from Lancaster based Rock band Massive Wagons. Huge thanks to him and Tsarina.

What is your name?

Bowzer!

What do you do?

I am the bassist in Massive Wagons!

Can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Nothing exciting in how I ended up here. The lads required a bass player, I had played guitar in a band with Baz (vocalist) previously and offered to play… how hard could it be eh? Only 4 strings!!

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

I’m from Lancaster, a small city in the North West of England, The rock scene has always had a decent presence here. There are a few pubs that put live music on non-stop. The Yorkie, The Pub, The Bobbin, they all put on new and young bands.

Who have been your greatest influences in music or in life?

Empyre’s most recent release is absolutely amazing. Everything they do is gold.

What first got you into music?

Musically talking specifically bass it has to be Roger Glover!

My whole family is into music. Only a couple have been in bands, but everyone loves a huge variety of music. In my house it was always The Stranglers, Madness, Ian Dury, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones on the stereo. My uncles were in a punk band called Interference and they supported The Clash at Lancaster Uni.

Which current bands would you like to see collaborate on a record?

That’s a hard question, I would like to see Danny Bowes of Thunder replace Adam Lambert fronting Queen, Danny hands down has the greatest rock and roll voice.

If you could go to any festival in the world, which would you chose and why?

Graspop, The line-up is always incredible, and I fancy going to Belgium!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

Erm I don’t think I own any weird musical items!

If you had one message for your Ever Metal reader, what would it be?

Look after yourself! Smile! And defend people around you that can’t defend themselves.

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

Keith Moon!

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

I’d swop the popularity of god-awful pop/chart music that is written by 25 people working with algorithms with the dwindling popularity of the rock, metal and alternative scene.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Blackout” by the Scorpions.

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

I have no preference; vinyl looks cool though.

What’s the best gig you have been to and why?

Metallica at the Etihad last year it was awesome.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/ taking photos?

Work, gotta pay the bills.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keith Moon, Ozzy, Da Vinci, Phil Mogg, Dio!

Thank you so much!

Massive Wagons brand new album “House Of Noise” will be released on 17th July via Earache Records. Order your copy here:
www.webstore.earache.com/A-Z/m/massive-wagons

House of Noise (Official Video)

Band Links:
www.massivewagons.com/
www.facebook.com/MassiveWagons/
www.twitter.com/MassiveWagons
www.instagram.com/massivewagons/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7xytG2E40s4GeukvZCGqGP
www.youtube.com/user/MassiveWagons

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EMQ’s with Rambomesser

EMQ’s with Rambomesser

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ulm, Germany based Thrash/Alternative Metal band, Rambomesser. 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?

Rambomesser was founded in late 2015. The four guys from Ulm (South Part of Germany) were already very active as a crossover band around the turn of the millennium under the name Acrid Groove. Among other things, the stage was then shared with acts such as H-Blockx, Son Goku feat. Thomas D., Megaherz or the Baffdecks.

Musically, the four are now treading new paths. German lyrics are combined with cutting riffs and driving beats. In terms of style, Rambomesser move somewhere between Bay Area Thrash, Neue Deutsche Härte and Alternative Metal, with the crossover roots still flashing through here and there. With a small wink, the cheeky-ironic lyrics move away from the usual metal clichés. The self-titled EP, recorded in 2017, proved their musical diversity for the first time.

Full Demo

With the EP, Rambomesser went “on the road”, mainly in the region of South Germany to rock the clubs. But also, audiences from further away were pleased, for example, in Vienna (Café Carina) and Zurich (Ebrietas). Other highlights for Rambomesser were the appearances at the Bulletproof Festival in 2018 and headliner show in 2019.

A music video should of course not be missing, so the song ‘Rambomesser’ was shot in mid-2018 to be finally released in October 2018. You can watch the video here:

At some point in 2019, songwriting for Rambomesser’s current album “Krawall am Kiosk” finally started: This was published in May 2020. “Krawall am Kiosk” contains 5 new songs, as well as those already contained on the EP, “Rambomesser”. Musically speaking, “Krawall am Kiosk” represents the consequent further development of the path chosen for “Rambomesser”. On the one hand, there are catchy choruses and, as in the case of ‘Mache-Lieb-Lang’, melodic verses; on the other hand, Rambomesser overall have increased their heaviness and speed compared to its predecessor: however, the result is the typical Rambomesser kick-ass metal style.

Full Album

You can get an idea of this on the current single ‘Action Star’, of course this also has a video:

How did you come up with your band name?

Because we’re 80’s kids and love action movies or TV shows from this time. In our childhood, a Rambo knife was the coolest thing ever.

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

We’re based at the countryside of Ulm. It’s a city between Munich and Stuttgart in Germany. The Metal scene is still alive but lots of young people are into electronic music.

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

EP “Krawall am Kiosk” (Riot at the kiosk) 2020, Music Video ‘Action Star’ 2020

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica, Pantera, Rammstein, Rush, System Of A Down, Faith No More

What first got you into music?

Drummer (Markus) and Bass player (Matthias) started with 3 years playing xylophone before they started “real” instruments like drum and guitar at 6 years old. 😉

First contact with metal bands: AC/DC, Metallica, Beatles, Motörhead…

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

Rammstein, Metallica, and of course Geddy Lee from Rush to have detailed discussion about early Fender Jazz Basses (especially models built between 1964 – 1972).

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

Wacken Open Air (Germany) – it’s the biggest metal festival

Burning Man Festival (USA) – it’s the coolest festival

Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) – very cool bands and people

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

String Tanga underwear from a fan, thrown on stage……………but more as a joke, because she was a friend, haha!

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

Stay healthy, bang your head and buy our merch! 😊

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

Cliff Burton

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

Love jamming sessions at rehearsal room and the following creation process of a song.

Hate the dying live scene of underground bands.

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

Reset back to 1980, so good music would have the chance of a future, haha! And the support of underground bands and small locations.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Master of Puppets” – Metallica

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

CD’s

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

Headliner at Bulletproof Festival summer 2019

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

Non musician!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The girls of Babymetal…

What’s next for the band?

Finally, some gigs after Corona, new video and writing new songs for sure.

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

www.rambomesser.com
www.rambomesser9000.bandcamp.com
www.feiyr.com/x/Rambomesser
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDw_hGkspy7-tm_OsieKDiA
www.facebook.com/rambomesser9000
www.instagram.com/rambomesser9000

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

Thanks a lot for the possibility to have this interview!

RAMBOMESSER

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Moonlight Haze – Lunaris

Moonlight Haze – Lunaris
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Running Time: 51:46
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Moonlight Haze consists of Chiara Tricarico (ex-Temperance) on vocals, Giulio Capone on vocals/drums/keyboards, Alessandro Jacobi (also of Elvenking) on bass, Alberto Melinato and Marco Falanga on guitars. This is the second album from the Italian band in quite quick time, as far as albums go anyway, their first release which was “De Rerum Natura” in 2019, certainly put them on the map of great quality music, so I had high hopes for this release. This new album, “Lunaris”, was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at the Domination Studio (San Marino). The artwork and graphics (which are immense) are by Beatrice Damori.

Their music is not only symphonic, it’s up-beat, catchy, enthusiastic, and has vocals that make the hairs on the back of your arms stand on end. It has power and passion which shines through in abundance, and is an amazing blend of metal, folk, electronics, with one track, ‘Birth And Death’, even featuring Elvenking’s violinist, Fabio Lethien Polo.

The opening track, ‘Till The End’ bursts in with a, “hello! I’m here” feeling! It has a great tempo, is catchy, full of energy and doesn’t let up all the way through. Chiara’s vocals are so strong and powerful, and her range is epic. Added to that are great harmonies, and guitar riffs that go so fast it makes my fingers hurt just thinking about them! The ending of the song proves already what a great set of lungs Chiara has, the power in her voice is incredible!

Each track is a mini story within itself, and although some of the tracks are fast pace and can leave you breathless, you do get small lulls in between. But don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be able to sit and relax, as you wont be left with time to do that! This album will have you sat up and listening, waiting to see where it’s off to next. ‘Under your Spell’, is another stand out track for me. It starts off melodic and is gentle but very powerful, and again the range of Chiara’s voice is out of this world! Add to that brilliant guitar riffs, and you have a very powerful rock ballad.

I was a little taken back by ‘Enigma’, as rather than being sung in English, it is in Italian, but the power and passion shines out in bucket loads. Even though I couldn’t understand the lyrics, it still gives you such a vibe. I am one of those who listen to the album without looking at the track running order, so I was pleased to discover that the last track on the album is the English version of the same song. This wouldn’t be out of place in a rock opera and the immense drumming leave you breathless, thinking ‘seriously how the heck do you play drums that quick?’. Just wow!

I must admit I listen to my music a tad loud, and on a good set of speakers, but, my word, some of the drumming had my chest hurting! You can feel it inside. That and the guitar riffs almost blew the speakers! And I can’t say enough how fabulous the vocals are, going from gritty to operatic in a heartbeat. This is so apparent in ‘The Dangerous Art of Overthinking’ which I have to say is my favourite track. You start off with operatic background and crazy drumming. Calm down to almost ‘monkish’ undertones, then BAM! Back into it! Who needed to catch their breath anyway?! This would make an epic horror film score, the vocals leaping from powerful, to growls, to operatic, and back to ‘monkish’ in seconds, which leave you wandering what the hell is going on! You get chance for a quick gasp of air then off it goes again. It also has some crazy synthesiser twists which really add the icing on the metal cake. I like to call this track the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ of the album.

There are calmer tracks, like ‘Of Birth and Death’, that gives you a folkish interlude, which you’ll be grateful for as track 10 ‘Nameless City’ is 7 minutes and 34 seconds long, and once again leads you on a twisted journey! It starts off all nice and calm before throwing you into the deep end with a sudden change of pace. Operatic vocals switch to normal, and the whole track sounds like they have an orchestra and a team of backing vocals all joining in. And, once again, it’s littered with brilliant drumming, guitars and harmonies, and the synthesizer in the background.

If you wanted dull and boring then stay away from “Lunaris”, as that’s one thing this album definitely isn’t! But if you want powerful, intense, complex, and outside of the box, then hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Till The End
02. The Rabbit Of The Moon
03. Lunaris
04. Under Your Spell
05. Enigma
06. Wish Upon A Scar
07. The Dangerous Art of Overthinking
08. Without You
09. Of Birth and Death
10. Nameless City
11. Enigma (English Version)

LINE-UP:
Chiara Tricarico: vocals
Giulio Capone: drums, keyboards
Marco Falanga: guitars
Alberto Melinato: guitars
Alessandro Jacobi: bass

LINKS:
www.moonlighthaze.com/
www.facebook.com/Moonlighthazeband/
www.instagram.com/moonlighthazeband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1J9Jg6CEtjR3C4SFXz1elX
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xfX4XQB0cIO7KsBUf6gng
www.linktr.ee/moonlighthaze

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