EMQ’s with Tsarina Wilson

EMQ’s with Tsarina Wilson

What Is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Hi, my name is Tsarina “T” Wilson, my day job is cleaning/housekeeper/laundry at a well-known sausage company in North Yorkshire! My other job is writing reviews for Ever Metal. I met Rick when he was a drummer and instantly hit it off with his crazy sense of humour. A while later he asked for people to help with reviewing music and I asked to help. He knew I had dyslexia but was still kind enough to let me give it a go. I’ve been here since and enjoy all that it has become.

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

I live in North Yorkshire, but in the middle of nowhere so only a few pubs near-by. There are often bands in York etc.

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

My favourite album so far this year has to be “Culto” by Die Ego, but with so many new ones on the horizon then that could change but, to date, it has to be “Culto”. My favourite single is definitely ‘Bangin In Your Stereo’ by Massive Wagons along with their video for the song!

Who has been your greatest influences, in the music or in life?

Greatest influence has to be my Dad (sadly no longer with us) he introduced me to music and how to enjoy it.

In music then Motorhead, Queen, Manowar, Meatloaf.

What first got you into music?

My Dad! He used to have his own nightclub and he had music nights, everything from rock ‘n’ roll to rock nights. He taught me to sit and listen to the lurics and feelings behind the songs.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

I own a plectrum that Meatloaf played with on stage in Exeter! He would sing, then play some guitar then flick the plectrums out into the crowd. One flew up and when straight down my top. I had a kind offer of help to retrieve it, but I politely declined…

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

Be kind, it doesn’t take a moment to say hi to someone or just be there for someone who needs a chat. With all the things going on in the world today you never know if there could be something you could do just to put a smile on someone’s face. One message, text, call, note etc could be all it takes.

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

That new bands get more of a chance to be seen and get their work recognised! So many of them spend all their spare time on the road and promoting themselves whilst holding down their day jobs and having family life. It would be great if there was a platform for up and coming bands to be seen and not spend so much of their own money just to get up and running.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Meat Loaf – “Bat Out Of Hell”, which can always be sung LOUD and PROUD!

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

Vinyl at home, definitely and downloads while out and on the go.

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

Out of the bands I have been able to see then Meat Loaf! I have social anxiety so find being in large groups terrifying! Going to gigs is something I am working on.

(Bless her though, Tsarina rarely missed a gig when the band I was in played, but that was probably to do with the fact that large crowds weren’t a thing at our gigs 😊 – Rick)

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

Ooooh good one! Working a lot and running, but my favourite thing is visiting my grandkids (yes, I am THAT old lol)!

What five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Meatloaf, Barry “Baz” Mills (Massive Wagons), Lemmy, Gage (Unto The Wolves) and Yvette Fielding (she makes me giggle so much)!

Jaffa cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, they are lush…lol!

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

Manners cost nothing so let’s start being kind to others. You may be having a great day but you never know what is going on in another person’s life/mind/home. I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, green, gay, straight, bi-sexual, trans anything, I will treat you as you treat me. My private life is just that, but if you ever want to chat, I’m always here for anyone who needs help. Music has helped me overcome many things in life and picked me up when I have been down.Lastly, thanks to the boss Rick for giving me a chance (I just give him nightmares while trying to get through my reviews with lack of comma’s and full stops, but joking aside, cheers Rick you will never know how good if felt to finally have someone believe In me and give me encouragement and not put everything I do down, I owe you big time, but will have to settle for a drink.

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EMQ’s With Alun Jones

EMQ’s With Alun Jones

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

My name’s Alun, AKA Platinum Al. I write some reviews for Ever Metal, which came about through meeting Rick and Beth at Pentre Fest a while back.  “I can write!” I lied, and they’ve been too kind to bin me off ever since.

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

North Wales in the UK. We seem to be a bit out in the wilderness to the outsider, but thankfully there are a few venues that put good bands on in Chester and Wrexham (both nearby) and of course, the good old Tivoli in Buckley (just up the road). Liverpool and Manchester are both accessible.  The big win for us though is Pentre Fest – and all the other events that North East Wales Metal Productions put on. It’s introduced me to loads of new music and it’s right on my doorstep.

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

Desert Storm’s “Omens” on APF Records is album of the year so far. Beyond that, I’m still reeling from the wonder of Giant Dwarf’s self-titled master piece, my album of 2019.

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

George Lucas, for Star Wars – which influenced me more than anything since I was five years old.  Stan Lee and Marvel comics have also been a big inspiration. Skateboarding in general has opened my eyes and ears to the wonder of the world since my teens.

In music, there’s dozens: Johnny Cash, Motorhead, AC/DC, Ramones, the Damned, The Misfits, Black Sabbath, The Cult, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Monster Magnet, COC, Melvins, Jimi Hendrix etc etc.

What first got you into music?

I listened to the Star Wars soundtrack first of all; it still has an amazing emotional response on me even now. The next big development was seeing the film Highlander, which I loved.  A friend of mine recommended the Queen album “A Kind Of Magic” as it featured several songs from the film, and it’s been downhill from there. Thankfully, through skateboarding I was introduced to music that was a bit off the beaten track, shall we say.

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

Good question!  How about Shakin’ Stevens – the Welsh Elvis – fronting the Misfits? Danzig can write the songs.

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

Pentre Fest!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

I have some pretty weird vinyl in my collection, like Roland Rat, the Wurzels and an album called “How to Strip for Your Husband”. Oh, and a Joan Collins work out record.

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

Never ever bloody anything ever.

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

So many greats to choose from (sadly). I’ll nominate my old mate Lemmy, as I probably embarrassed myself when I met him by talking bollocks.

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

Stop developing new formats – you lied to us about CDs when vinyl was the ultimate. There are some albums I own on vinyl, tape, CD and download – and I’ve had to buy every single one. Can we all just agree to not buy whatever new garbage format they try and lumber us with in the future?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols”.

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

Vinyl, obviously!

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

Black Sabbath at Birmingham Genting Arena on their “The End” tour is up there.

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

Working the day job and being a dad mostly. Then listening to music, skateboarding, riding my bike, watching old Hammer horror movies, collecting toys, drinking beer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sir Christopher Lee, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Joey Ramone and Lemmy.

If they have to be alive, then James Hetfield, Glenn Danzig, Dave Vanian, Henry Rollins and pro skateboarder Mike Vallely.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, but I had cherry ones in Greece and they were amazing!

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

Just thanks for giving me the opportunity to flaunt my massive ego by doing an interview, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do! HAHA!

Oh, and to the readers of Ever Metal: thanks for reading, and never forget that we are fans just like you and we do this for the love of the music. Never say die!

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EMQ’s With Beth Jones

EMQ’s With Beth Jones

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Hi! I’m Beth, and I co-own Ever Metal with the formidable Richard Tilley! I also write reviews of both recorded and live music, and I take pictures of musicians doing their thing! Writing is something I’ve always done, but reviewing is fairly new. It all started with a chance meeting with the aforementioned Mr Tilley, and it kind of went from there. I got into photography when my eldest daughter (now an actual adult, I mean WTF?) was doing photography at GCSE. I thought it would be a good way of us doing stuff together. Turns out I was actually ok at it!

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

I’m from Wrexham, North Wales – or the proper Wales as we like to call it! The metal scene here is, well, trying. It’s not as good as it used to be back in ‘the day’ (aging myself there). We used to get some really big names coming to our little town. Motorhead being one example that springs to mind. In recent years the scene here has been a little neglected, and the town itself has been overrun with chavvy pseudo-upper class wine bars which attract men with more testosterone than brain cells and women who forgot to put their skirts on before they came out. BUT that being said, there are a few of us die hard metal heads who are trying every which way to relaunch the scene in a bigger way.

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

Now I have to answer this myself, I feel the pain of our interviewees that say this is a difficult question. But I have to say that it’s been a hell of a long time since I was totally blown away by an album quite as much as I was with Wilderun’s latest release – “Veil Of Imagination”. Without question, unless something miraculous happens, it’s my album of the year.

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

Musically, Freddie Mercury and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, mainly. But I also love Jazz and blues. Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra. And Tom Waites. In life, my parents. My dad for my music, and my mum for her calm and logic. Aside from that, I have many influences, mainly comedy based, which have helped form my personal outlook of ‘zero shits given’. The Pythons mainly! And Matt Berry.

What first got you into music?

Well, I don’t ever remember a time when there wasn’t music. My parents were both musical. My dad taught woodwind instruments, both in schools and privately at our house, and was also an incredibly talented jazz and swing musician (mainly on sax and clarinet) and played in pit orchestras for musicals. So, I was kind of born into it. He had music students at our house Monday to Thursday between 6pm and 9pm throughout my childhood, and when he wasn’t teaching, he was either playing Jazz or listening to Wagner!

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

Devin Townsend, Freddie Spera and Matt Jones. That would be an epic prog episode!

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

Wacken! I mean that’s just metal mecca really isn’t it. I’m not interested in the commercialism of Download – not my bag. But Wacken looks frikkin’ amazing. Saying that though, I’m not great with crowds so unless I was in the press pit, it would probably do my head in. But Wacken in the press pit… That would be amazeballs!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

I have a Charango – it’s an Andean instrument, which is kind of a cross between a Spanish guitar and a Mandolin, but it has ten strings. Traditionally they were made from Armadillo shells, but this one is a more modern one made of wood. I bought it a few years ago with the honest intensions of learning to play it. I haven’t quite got there yet, but it’s really pretty!

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

Without wanting to sound like a 90’s D:ream cover band, ‘Things can only get better!’ Life can deal some pretty shitty cards at times but battle on through it and look to the end game. Things do get better eventually. I’m living proof of that. (Bit deep – sorry!)

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

Without question or a second thought, Freddie Mercury. The most brilliant and influential rock star we have seen and will see in our lifetime. Taken far too soon, with so much more to give.

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

That so many awesome musicians get overlooked because they’re not ‘in the clique’. The fact that you have to kiss ass to get anywhere in music sucks, and so many brilliant talents go un-noticed because of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mozart – Requiem Mass in D Minor, as recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Personally, I’m a CD girl. I was in my formative years when the transition from cassette to CD was being made, so I own a lot of cassettes too! For personal nostalgia, I love to think back to cassettes on my Walkman, and when they brought out the new edition Walkman, with automatic side changing, so you didn’t have to flip the tape over when it got to the end of side A. That was like the most magic thing I had ever seen. The most depressing thing about cassettes was if you had to get a pencil out to save it. For any youngsters reading, it was like your life was over when that happened – google it! But yeah, CDs are both tangible and decent quality. I like physical copies so streaming is a last resort for me. And vinyl is great for real nostalgia, but I don’t own a big enough house to have alllll the vinyl.

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

Bon Jovi at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester in 2013. Don’t judge me. It was fucking awesome. It was Bon Frikkin’ Jovi!

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

Well, I’ve done many things. I’ve been a shop assistant, bar maid, tailoress, admin clerk, estate agent, and I was even a teacher for a bit. But now I actually write for a living. I create course content, voice over scripts, and animation direction for animated corporate training courses. It’s pretty fun to be honest, and I am now an expert in everything from safe use of abrasive wheels to critical thinking for leaders in business innovation!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Devin Townsend, Stephen Fry, Sandy Toksvig, Michael Palin, and Hugh Dennis. I like laughing.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A bloody biscuit, unless they are trying to fiddle the tax man!

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

Yes. Never eat yellow snow.

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EMQ’s With ‘Dark Juan’ (You Poor Things)

EMQ’s With ‘Dark Juan’ (You Poor Things)

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

I am the mighty, puissant and devilishly good looking Dark Juan, and I am a libertine, Hellpriest and sometime senior wrangler of young gentlemen who are recalcitrant, frequently use the coarsest Anglo-Saxon language and appear to be a lovable, yet rough around the edges bunch of miscreants. I do that because of my gentlemanly ways. I teach these young gentlemen the ways and means of gentIemanly conduct, which wines to choose with which meal et cetera (the 1922 Chateau Yquem is a particular favourite) and how to conduct themselves in a becoming and winsome manner so they will be eligible bachelors. I also used to play the guitar very poorly indeed in a Welsh band called Doomcrow. Being an utterly shite guitarist led me to try to write spectacular pieces of short fiction, masquerading as record reviews. These have proved to be disturbingly successful, proving that it’s not just me that’s mad.

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

I was born in Chacarita, Argentina in 1779 – it was over a century before the first wax cylinder phonographs appeared but I do remember being quite captivated by The Ride Of The Valkyries by that most metal stalwart, Richard Wagner. Having not been back to my homeland in two hundred years, I couldn’t tell you what the extreme music scene is like. I imagine there will be a lot of pro- Islas Malvinas punk. Argentinians never let a grudge die easily. As you know, having been subject to many a rant of mine when I have been describing the needlessly violent and endlessly baroque revenges I plan to perpetrate on people. Where I currently reside in West Yorkshire, however, I am in doom metal central and have the pleasure of living near various members of Doom, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Extreme Noise Terror, Gods Of Hellfire, Chorus Of Ruin and others.

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

So far it is “Verminous” by The Black Dahlia Murder. A splendid record. Perfect for dinner parties, sophisticated soirees or the filthiest of quickies in your mother’s bathroom. But not with your mother. That would be icky. I mean if it were ME with your mother, that might be OK. But you with your mother? ICKY ICKY ICKY.

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

In music I have always been drawn to performance as art, preferably masked – Kiss and Mushroomhead were big influences, obviously the (re)birth of Dark Juan when in Doomcrow, and latterly Papa Emeritus in Ghost. I like concepts and I like it when things are over the top. I love Rammstein-esque vast explosions and huge robots crawling around a Rob Zombie stage. One of my main musical influences will always be The Berzerker. He’s as mad as I am. And every bit of him spits fury and vitriolic hatred of everything and everybody. I want to be him so much it hurts.

In life, I am driven by an unrelenting hatred of mainstream religion. I despise the idea of a beneficent and munificent God providing me with intelligence and then having a man in a strange hat and a sillier dress ordering me to forgo its use.  Even though I’m Team Satan through and through, I don’t even like him very much and when I get to hell I’m going to kick his bollocks up into his throat and rip his nipples off, because no made up being from a storybook is going to dictate to Dark Juan. I’ll nut the smugger into oblivion first. Even though I wear the collar of a priest, it is to subvert the message of the Christian Church to my Gospel. I command all of thee to love. That’s my Gospel. If nubile young ladies would like to love me first before anyone else, that’d be great. Form an orderly queue to the left.

What first got you into music?

By the time I had passed into the modern era (Victorian England was so dull, all those New Puritans denying any form of pleasure. Thankfully, there were opium dens and I happily spent 20 years of dissolution in the less salubrious clubs of the capital. There were also ladies of considerably less virtue than the population above stairs, let me tell you…) rock and roll had impinged itself upon my consciousness. I heard the music of Presley, Little Richard etc and it left me cold. Then came The Beatles. A more overrated bunch of floppy haired dandies there has never been. Poor songwriters and “blessed” with a drummer (who was much more suited to narrating Thomas the fucking Tank Engine than tub thumping) that wasn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles, they moistened the gussets of many a teenage girl. Mainly the teenage girls just gave me a headache from all the screaming. The first single I ever bought, however, was Camouflage by Stan Ridgway. This was the story of a ghostly Marine saving the life of a young grunt in Vietnam. It was an execrable record. The first record that I bought that led me to the righteous path of metal (and goth, my love of which has evolved side by side with my love of metal) was Grimly Fiendish by The Damned. Then I swapped my vinyl copy of a Pet Shop Boys Best Of compilation for Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of A Seventh Son. My soul was lost from the second Brucie crooned “Seven deadly sins, seven ways to win….”

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

I would like to see industrial powerhouses Godflesh team up with French nutjobs P.H.O.B.O.S.  A World Lit Only By Fire and Phlogiston Catharsis are two of my favourite industrial records and they would make a fucking hell of a racket if they joined forces. I’d also enjoy The Berzerker (that guy again) team up with the more black metal tinged, but considerably more unhinged Escotrilihum. Holy fuck. They would just make a noise like a never ending buzz like the buzzer on UVB-76. Throw Anaal Nathrakh in with them too and I think we would have just made the sonic equivalent of a) a colossal and world threatening nuclear detonation or b) a one hour long, continuous, powerful and unrelenting orgasm.

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

I am famously misanthropic and socially awkward. Immortality is difficult to manage when you are constantly having to learn new trends and fashions. Thank god for metal, as combat trousers, t shirts and leather are timeless. As are my priestly vestments. The best festival for me would be one where my retinue and I could be seated, surrounded by delicious viands and sumptuous beverages, away from the piss soaked riff raff and can hear the music without all the tedious standing in massive groups, desperately needing the lavatory and paying £47,000,000 for a cone of chips that look like they were cooked in the grease of a man’s dodgy wig and a beverage that could loosely be described as beer by the simple expedient of it being pale yellow and fizzy.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

At the moment it is a thirty minute recording of me being a dreadful fangirl over Trevor Strnad. Before that it was my Uncle Brian. He is BJ Cole, a splendid pedal steel guitarist who has played on Elton John records and with everyone from Bjork to Richard Ashcroft. He also was in Cochise in the late 60s/ early 70s. I also have an extremely rare and unreleased alternative mix of Hellbastard’s Natural Order album given to me by Scruff of Hellbastard, after we had been communicating for a few months and I hadn’t realised who he was, and then went totally Hello Kitty at him when I had a moment of revelation about his identity. He’s a good lad, is Scruff.

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

Don’t believe a fucking word that comes out of my mouth. Especially when it’s about me. Although I will say that the more outlandish tales are the ones that are more likely to have happened. But do trust my record reviews, for they are finely crafted pieces of writing, packed with useful information and the scores at least are honest. The various stories of church burnings, my dogs, Mrs. Dark Juan and my other adventures may or may not be true. It depends on my whim. And whether or not GCHQ are watching.

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

Without question it would be Ronnie James Dio. That voice, man. That voice. And the Lord My God Lemmy. Music just is not the same without the enfant terrible that is Lemmy wryly giggling in the background. Yes, I know that’s two. No, I don’t care and I’m going to be upset with you, Mr. Tilley, if you dare edit this bit…

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

I’d make it so bands make a decent living from their talent. I’d do it with all art. Art and especially music has been destroyed by unscrupulous record companies and managers who have left musicians with an almost unsustainable business model whereupon they have to tour virtually constantly in the hope of making enough money to survive. Some bands rely on day jobs. I do not like the rapaciousness of capitalism. I am a Socialist Hellpriest and I pledge myself to the cause of making music pay fairer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Does it have to be just one? “The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh” by Cradle Of Filth. I was utterly blown away by it when I first heard it. I’m still blown away when I hear it. It was so avant-garde…

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

I like CDs. I like the clarity of sound and I like having physical records to hold.

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

This is easy – Anthrax and Public Enemy in 1992. When two cultures collided and it was all a bit dodgy at first, but by the end of the night there was leather and spike clad thrash kids dancing like madmen with hip hoppers and b-boys. And Anthrax were fucking brilliant and then Public Enemy came on and were even more fucking brilliant and then everyone ended up on stage to do Bring Tha Noize together and the fucking roof came off the Manchester Apollo that night! I think Wolfsbane were the opener that night and bless ‘em they tried but they were on to the world’s biggest loser…

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

I refute the word of God, defile holy buildings irrespective of faith and piss upon a fragment of the True Cross I have in my possession. I do my real job of wrangling young gentlemen, write more outlandish shit than I do for this website in story form and currently have a half-finished model of a Potez 540 WWII medium bomber next to me. I love Mr. Hobby aluminium paint.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I wouldn’t. They would eat all of my food. For conversational purposes I should invite Mr. Henry Rollins, Mr. Stephen Fry and Mr. Akala as they are all erudite and intelligent gentlemen just like me. For a more feminine perspective I think the delectable Gemma Arterton and Madeleine Seydoux. They could say whatever the fuck they liked and I’d just nod and smile and carry on dumping GHB into their Chateauneuf Du Pape.

But seeing as that particular dinner party isn’t ever going to happen, an evening in the company of the Ever-Metal team will be more than adequate. At least then I can be naked and no-one is going to say a damned thing to stop me. Some of the Ever-Metal team had best watch their drinks for GHB. In fact ALL of the Ever-Metal team had best watch their drinks for GHB. I’m nothing if not inclusive.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are the work of Shaitan unless they are cherry flavoured.

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

I am a supporter of LGBTQ+ people, anti-racist and virulently anti-fascist. Doesn’t mean I won’t make shitty jokes about them. But I’m saying this because, all joking aside, Dark Juan is all about love. In a world that is becoming increasingly polarised and unsettlingly grim, friends and people who care are going to become an increasingly scarce resource. Love each other and love each other hard. Make the effort to reach out to the quiet, the young, the timid and the antisocial. You might be the difference in their lives that changes them from inward focused and depressed to the confident person they always were. I don’t care whether you’re drunk, black, a trans person, gay, straight, poly or anything. I don’t care about colour or creed or religion. You have a friend in Dark Juan.

YOU PEOPLE ARE HEAVY METAL. YOU ARE THE BIG, FRIENDLY, DRUNKEN FAMILY WHO HAVE COALESCED AROUND THESE LONG HAIRED HERBERTS IN TIGHT PANTS PLAYING GUITARS TOO LOUD. LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER! The music couldn’t happen without you. You couldn’t be who you wanted to be without the music. I love you all.

Nos da.

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EMQ’s With Rick Tilley

EMQ’s With Rick Tilley

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Hi Everyone, I’m Rick, and I try to look professional owning and running Ever Metal, as well as having to deal with the motley team of people that write/review and take photos for us… believe me, this is no easy task! 😊

Now, the boring bit! I was born with two hereditary & degenerative conditions of my spine which have affected me since the age of 11. In 2002 I had to give up full-time work. Starting in school, and for many years afterwards, I also played drums in Rock & Metal bands, driving around in the back of battered cars and vans, with a variety of instruments, amps, other long-haired musicians and bassists called Colin, falling all over the place so we could play gigs to two people and a dog. If you’ve ever watched ‘The Comic Strip Presents…Bad News’ then you’ll get the idea. I eventually had to give this up as well as it got too painful to play.

Being unable to work or indulge in my passion for playing music (plus a hobby of purchasing far too many drums, cymbals and cowbells) was something of a major kick to the balls. Along with my worsening pain I drifted into depression and hid away. In 2012 I hit rock bottom and realised I had to make some serious changes. A friend suggested I try writing and reviewing as I had good knowledge of Rock/Metal. I am naturally shy and had lost all my self-confidence so it was a struggle, but I persevered and eventually started to really enjoy receiving a new monthly batch of albums to review. It gave the days purpose again, and it was good for my brain. I did this for the next 5 years, writing for various webzines and an internet radio station.

In 2017 I got the opportunity to come onboard at Ever Metal as joint owner, when it was a fledgling site, to work alongside 1 other person and to see if we could grow, and I’ve never looked back. Several people have come and gone but we are now a team of 16 and growing every month!

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

I was born in Hillingdon, Greater London. I lived and worked in London until 1999 when I moved to Lincolnshire. In 2015 I met Beth and moved to beautiful North Wales!

Being from London, and an 80’s kid, I was very lucky to live through the Metal/Rock golden era and was constantly at gigs from the age of 14. The scene then, and in Nottingham when I moved to Lincolnshire were both awesome.

North Wales is a much quieter proposition but Fozzy, Beany and Frank at North East Wales Metal Productions are working their backsides off to bring more gigs back into Wrexham and the surrounding areas. We are also fairly close to Liverpool and Manchester which both have very active scenes, in fact, Manchester, probably has the best underground Metal scene in the UK.

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

As Editor of a webzine, even a small one like Ever Metal, this is never going to be an easy question to answer, because I am constantly listening to new music, and so much is being released. But, I’m going to go with “The Poisoner” by White Crone. It’s a monster debut album, which delivers a blast of Dio-esque old-school Heavy Metal by a lady (Lisa Mann) who is much more used to releasing Blues albums.

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

My major influence growing up was my Dad, an incredibly kind man who, hopefully, taught me wrong from right, and to treat everyone equally, regardless of where they come from and what their views are. It didn’t stop me being an idiot sometimes, but it has helped tremendously as I’ve got older.

I was a loner as a child and, before I discovered Rock music, you could nearly always find me with my head buried in a book, way beyond what I should have been reading. I read Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’ at a very young age, Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke and Sir David Attenborough brought to me the wonders of Science and Natural History; Marvel comics, Isaac Asimov and Stephen Hawking all had a big impact on me. My two greatest non-musical influences though, were Star Trek and, my favourite author, Stephen King. I also have a warped sense of humour, thanks to The Goons, Monty Python and The Goodies!

Musical influences you can read below so I don’t repeat myself!

What first got you into music?

Simple answer to this is my Parents.

They weren’t musical but they loved music, so it was always available in the house when I was growing up. I often used to search through their collection of vinyl and listen. The Carpenters (I still think Karen Carpenter has one of the purest voices I’ve ever heard), The Shadows, Abba, Frank Sinatra, Neil Sedaka, Swing, Blues, Folk, Classical, Musical Theatre etc. My life was already enriched with music way before I discovered Metal and Rock and I will always be thankful to Mum and Dad for that.

1975 sticks in the memory because my Dad and I were listening to the radio when ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was first played. I was 7 and my Dad turned to me and said, “This band are going to be huge”. He was a massive fan of Queen and they were the first ‘Rock’ band I listened to.

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

I often think that the best collaborations are the ones you least expect, although if Devin Townsend’s name is mentioned, the results will be gold!

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

As far as outdoor Festivals in the UK go then my favourite is Bloodstock for the music and atmosphere, but I would love to get to one of the big European Festivals such as Wacken, Hellfest or Graspop.

However, at Ever Metal we are all about the underground, so these days, I do prefer to roll up to cover as many of the many smaller festivals and multi-day events that happen around the UK as I can such as Badgerfest, Rabidfest, Pentre Fest, Stone Dead, SOS, Beermageddon etc. etc. etc.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

Probably CD’s & Demos with me playing the drums. What’s weirder were the few occasions when I was asked to sign them (many years ago).

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

It sounds like a huge cheesy cliché but thank you. You don’t know what it means to me to see how we have grown over the last 3 ½ years. It’s onwards and upwards from here!

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

We have lost so many, before their time over the years, but the one that sticks out for me is Freddie Mercury. We will never see his like again!

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

There are two. (Sorry, I’m breaking my own rules).

Firstly, I would like streaming services to actually pay bands a proper cut. Getting 15,000 streams of your latest single is incredible, unfortunately the £3.67 you may get for doing that takes the piss. Creating music to a high standard isn’t easy or cheap and I don’t know why current attitudes expect bands and artists to basically give their work away for free. ‘Exposure’ doesn’t pay bills. Many of these services are raking it in so the very least they should do is pay a fairer percentage!

Secondly, I’d very much like the practice of charging bands for a review or feature/interview in certain magazines/webzines to stop. The bands create the music, play the gigs and give you your content. It’s hard enough as it is, without then being told if they want a review, they have to pay for it, in fact it stinks! I will never charge a band, however big we may or may not get. Bands, if you get asked to pay then refuse and come to one of the sites that will provide you with honest coverage for free.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are so many I could mention, and I wouldn’t even be scratching the surface, however, I’m going to go with one that had a massive impact on me as a kid. This band became, still are, and will always be my favourite band

Saxon – “Strong Arm Of The Law”

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

For writing/website purposes Downloads and Streaming are what I deal with most these days, but my favourite format will always be vinyl. I’m very glad that I held on to my vinyl collection!

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

‘There Can Be Only One’!…Queen, Wembley Stadium 12th July 1986.

One year after Queen destroyed the stage at Live Aid, they were back at a sold-out Wembley Stadium in front of 72,000 fans and this was the second night. Status Quo, The Alarm and INXS supported and, for pretty obvious reasons, this is the best gig I’ve ever been at. I was right down the front (I’m even on the ‘Live At Wembley’ DVD) and for two hours I watched four musical geniuses at work. It was an absolutely stunning day and it feels like it only happened last week, not 34 years ago.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing

I don’t often get a chance to actually write album reviews these days, most of the time I spend on Ever Metal is taken up with Social Media, news, e-mails, editing, looking after the reviewers and the album list, talking to bands, management, PR reps and labels and sharing all the reviews and interviews. When we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic I also cover as many local gigs/festivals as I can (when my health lets me) and I am ably assisted in most of this by Beth. Running a site like this actually takes a heck of a lot of work, and certain people will tell you I’m a little bit OCD about doing it to the best of my ability. I would rather spend an extra 5-10 minutes doing something right than rushing and making an error or having it look a mess. It is very important to me to not only represent the bands properly but also our brand!

Outside of Ever Metal and when my back doesn’t restrict me to bed, I love watching horror and science-fiction films as well as terrible B-Movies. My stomach will agree that I like food far too much, and I also love getting out into the Welsh Countryside, although these days I cannot get too far!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

As stated above, I am rather partial to a good meal and Beth is an awesome cook, but it wouldn’t be fair for her to do the cooking so my five would be Beth, Freddie Mercury, Neil Peart, Stephen Fry and Stephen King.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

There is a reason why this question has always been on the EMQ’s. Beth thinks it is a biscuit, when everyone should know that it is a cake! Many people know about the court case, but even without, that it’s clearly a cake. We will never agree on it and, because of that, we thought we would have a laugh with the bands we interview, and it has thrown up some quality answers!

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

Some of us have filled in this adapted interview just for fun. Lockdown has made us all go a bit loopy here, well more loopy than usual!

I want to thank each and every one of you for continuing to follow us pretending we know what we are doing; and all the bands, because without their music we would have nothing to share with you; and finally, all the members of the Ever Metal team who, for some reason, call me boss…there has never been a more inaccurate title!!!!

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EMQ’s With Victor Augusto

EMQ’s With Victor Augusto

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Hello everyone. I am Victor Augusto, the Brazilian reviewer of Ever Metal. I work in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. When I was about to go to university, I realized that the way I was living was totally unhealthy. I had to wake up at 4 am to get a bus and cross the city to study, without safety and money, so I decided to try the military contest to have a regular life and job. The fact that my father is a pilot in the Air Force influenced me to choose Air Traffic Control as work and here I am. 15 years working on it.

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

I live in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. The Metal scene here is full of great and insane bands despite the fact the city is not so big. Most of the bands are new and have to work extremely hard to reach a good level of success, but they do great concerts to amuse us. The concerts are made by the bands. Sadly, we don’t have a lot of fans going to the concerts, but the few ones that go are amazing.

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

“Quadra” from Sepultura is an incredible release. For me this is the best 2020 release so far, but I must mention the beautiful single “Saturnalia” from the Italian band Deathless legacy and “Amarre” from the Argentine band Granada. Both demanded a lot of work and study to understand the concept and write good reviews about them.

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

Andreas Kisser from Sepultura is the guy I want to meet someday. He is not only a great guitar player. He suffered a lot with Sepultura after Max Left the band and he, with all other members, struggled for a decade to keep Sepultura alive. He not only did it well, but he put Sepultura on an incredible level. He is a very polite person even when people bother him asking dumb polemical questions about the past. He shows a true passion for the music and for Sepultura. For me, he is an example in music. For my life, I have few close friends that are more important than my own family to help me be a better human.

What first got you into music?

My brother’s bullying (laugh). My older brother is a person that listen to one single song that he loves the entire day. It could be the best song in the world, but after 24 hours listening to the same music you can hate it (laugh). He showed me Rock and Heavy Metal when I was just 8 years old, even he tortured me listening to the same record all long day for a month. But if he didn’t do it, I would have never known what heavy metal is.

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

Andreas Kisser in a Kamala album. They know each other and Kamala is a Thrash Metal band that is growing fast in Europe.

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

I am not a festival guy. I am more the guy who has fun at smaller concerts. I have much more fun watching festivals on TV, drinking beer on sofa, but I believe Wacken Open Air is the dream of any metal head. I wish someday I could go to Wacken and enjoy the trip to visit the rest of Europe.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

I have a doll that was the first doll my wife had when she was kid. This doll was left in a wet closet and is full of mould that I cannot clean. I use it to do funny movies to promote my radio guest slots. The doll always appears threatening if I can’t tune in to the radio show.

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

I would say you are reading the most passionate writers about music.

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

Despite the fact I miss Jeff Hanneman a lot, considering Slayer is my favourite band of all time, I would bring Ronnie James Dio back. I love his voice and everything he did in Heavy Metal. I miss him since he died.

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

My answer will be restricted to the Brazilian industry that I know a lot. All the philosophy of “pay to play”. At least in Brazil, if you pay tons of money, you will have success in the music industry. For Heavy Metal, things are harder here, but the bands that get more space in the main magazines or media also pay the best promoters and they are not always the best bands. There are too many egos, too much money and other issues involved. So, to summarize, I wish that the bands who are the most passionate and write the best music were more successful. That is the most important thing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It is hard. I have at least 20 albums that I can’t live without, but I will name the album that made me love Heavy Metal. It is not the band’s best album, they are not even my favourite band, but it was the album that appeared first in my life and made me love it. I am talking about Manowar – “The Triumph Of Steel”.

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

I am still the CD guy because it was what I had when I was kid, but I think you must listen to what is easier for you and good for the band. Digital streaming is the best option nowadays. Easy to hear on your cell phone and it gives some return for the band.

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

Another hard question. Probably the Heaven and Hell concert. The reason is that I am such a fan of Dio, and I paid a lot of money to see this concert. Many problems happened that day, but I could see it. The day was May 16th of 2009. Exactly one year before Dio’s death. The concert was perfect and for me it is my fav one.

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

Work, drink, brew and watch something related to aviation or Formula 1. Nowadays, I write reviews or record spoken reviews/interviews for radio around the world and this is the biggest part of my life. I do love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If you like to have a good chat and hear good heavy metal music, you are totally invited to my house anytime. I brew at home and I can do awesome hamburgers (huge). Considering I am from Brazil, I wish to have dinner with my reviewer’ friends of Ever Metal, someday. I love them!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ahhh. I don’t know. I don’t have these in Brazil, but if it is good, I will eat it!

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

I am so proud to support Heavy Metal around the world on Ever Metal. Music is a huge part of my life since I was 8 years old and I love the way all reviewers/photographers work on Ever Metal. It is like my second family in a country miles away from mine. Thanks people. I love you!

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