EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t know. I’ll just go to them.

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

Love, Playing Music! Hate, social media!

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

Don’t get me started.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

World domination!

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

What first got you into music?

Being really sad and angry as a young man!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING

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EMQ’s with AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Norfolk, UK based Atmospheric Black Metal project And Now The Owls Are Smiling! Huge thanks to Nre 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 Nre. I play all instruments in And Now The Owls Are Smiling, other than drums which are programmed. The project came from trying to find a way to channel feelings of misery and isolation into something useful.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from the rural area where I live. I see many Owls and thought that if they ever smiled at humans and were no longer afraid of us as a species, then the human race is doomed. There is a reference to this in the song ‘An Indictment’ on the new album, which incidentally are the first lyrics I ever wrote for the band.

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

I live in rural England. North Norfolk to be precise! The scene around here is pretty non-existent. But in England as a whole, it’s great. The amount of really good black metal in the UK at the minute is exciting. There’s so much diversity. It’s thriving.

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

The latest release is an album, which was released on 1 November 2019 called “The Comforting Grip Of Misery”. It’s a study of depression, but also one of hope. How nature and tranquillity can play a huge part in lifting desolate spirits.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Too numerous to really nail down! But if you listen to And Now The Owls Are Smiling, you can hear a lot of Hermodr, Lustre, and Drudkh to name a few. Autumn Aurora by Drudkh held a massive part of shaping the sound at the beginning. I love traditional folk music too, so you can find a lot of that influence in And Now The Owls Are Smiling.

What first got you into music?

Hard to say! I started to learn guitar aged around 8 / 9. Ever since, I’ve always found great peace in playing and trying to learn as many instruments as possible. I wanted to have something useful to do in my spare time as a child. Art and music were huge passions of mine.

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

That’s a really hard question as I like to work alone. It would depend on what the project was, but I don’t think it would be another metal musician. If I were to work with someone else, I would like to draw influence from a totally different musical sphere to what I currently do. Possibly someone like Steve Knightley! His songs are basically acoustic folk versions of And Now The Owls Are Smiling. Haunting, melancholy etc! That would be an interesting project to work on for sure.

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

Bloodstock! I don’t really like travelling too much, so Bloodstock would work for me. It’s a great festival and it’s 3 hours from where I live.

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

I have never received any gifts from fans. I could make something up that sounds really wild and interesting, but I’m not about bullshitting anyone. So nothing!

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

Thank you so much for all your support. I hope you like what I’m trying to do and will continue to support all my future work. And also, send me some weird gifts so I have an interesting answer next time to the previous question.

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

Quorthon or Peter Steele! Too hard to decide!

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

Just picking up a guitar and playing it with no idea of what you’re trying to write. Just strumming and eventually finding a melody or riff that works. That’s pretty much how I write. I’ll sit and have no ideas but eventually something comes out and once you have that initial idea, everything flows from it. That’s absolutely the best thing about playing an instrument. What do I hate? Praise, and I don’t mean that to come across as ungrateful or dickhead-like, but I’m quite a shy person. When people tell me they really like what I do or ask for a picture or signature, I get really quite bashful and uncomfortable, as nice as it is.

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

I know virtually nothing about the industry. I just play and make music. Everything else is left up to other people and I like it that way. The least amount of people I have to deal with, the better.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hermodr – “The Howling Mountains”

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

Vinyl and CD’s!

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

Probably London Deathfest around 2004 /5 can’t remember exactly when. It was with an old band at The Underworld in Camden. That was great fun. Either that or at the Dynamo in Eindhoven! Same band and again, was great fun.

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

An artist possibly! Who can say? Musician is not a full time job for me at the minute so who’s to say what I would be doing. Definitely not a nurse or surgeon though as I’m terrified of needles!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

People that would argue a lot so I could just sit in the background drinking and laughing. Dinner parties are not my thing so I’d like to disappear in the shadows and watch drama unfold. Anyone who would dislike each other’s company enough that they would fight and ignore me! That would be perfect.

What’s next for the band?

I’ve already started writing album 3 and have a very close friend coming up with all the artwork and design. It’s going to feel like much more of a ‘bigger project’ than anything I’ve done before. I’m also in contact with a drummer to session on the album for me as the ideas I have are just not going to work with programming drums. Plus, I detest programming drums so that works for me.

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

I use Facebook and Bandcamp. I’m not really very technologically savvy, but it’s possible I may end up using Instagram if someone can show me how the hell it works and what you have to do.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly couldn’t care less. I’m neither a cake or a biscuit person. But if I had to answer on pain of death, I’d probably say cake.

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

Nothing really! Just again to say thank you to everyone who has supported me so far and please keep doing so. I’m so proud of “The Comforting Grip Of Misery”. The easiest next step would be to make that album again, but the new direction my writing is taking is hopefully going to blow people away.
And stay miserable.
Nre!

 

 

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EMQ’s with LEADING LIGHT

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EMQ’s with LEADING LIGHT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gotland, Sweden based Metal band Leading Light! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Rasmus Weström 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 Rasmus Weström and I’m the lead singer and guitarist in the band. Leading Light was formed in 2012 due to some label issues with our old band, “Inception To Embrace”.

Basically, we had to change our name to continue to release music.

How did you come up with your band name?

My tattoo artist Stefan Börstad came up with the name while I was getting a lighthouse tattoed on my arm. He’s an old sailor and told stories about when he was out at sea and they would shout “Leading Light” whenever they would see the light from a lighthouse. I later suggested the name to the rest of the band and they liked it.

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

We’re from Sweden. Sweden have a really good reputation in the metal world with bands like In Flames, Opeth, At The Gates and many many more, so that’s great. The scene here is tricky. We have a lot of people that listens to and appreciates metal, but there aren’t that many places left for us smaller bands to play. We have always tried to reach outside of Sweden with our music. But we love to play in Sweden as well, whenever we get the chance.

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

Last year we released our second album “Shards Of Broken Reflection” and we released a music video for the song ‘Burn Me’ recently, off of that album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wXImqwGi7E

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally, System Of A Down. They made me want to play guitar and sing. We play a lot with the dynamics within or songs. Going from soft to very aggressive sections instantly and that’s very influenced by them.

What first got you into music?

My grandmother gave me an acoustic guitar for my birthday and I didn’t play it for like 1-2 years. Then I heard System Of A Down and that was it.

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

Cory Brandan from Norma Jean would be awesome!

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

Wacken! But there are a lot of awesome festivals around the world that we’d love to play!

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

Hm… We’ve had a lot of people buying us beers during and after shows. That’s pretty great!

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

You’re the best and I appreciate that you care about our music!

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

Hm… Chester Bennington, he was just awesome.

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

We’ve had some people email us, telling their story and telling us that our music helped them during though times. That’s definitely what I enjoy the most. I hate greedy people within the industry, taking advantage of bands. We have experienced that first hand.

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

That people would pay musicians for their work more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have to say “Toxicity” by System Of A Down.

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

I would love to be a vinyl guy but downloads are just so much easier so, downloads/streaming.

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

Definitely the Sweden Rock Festival! That was just unreal.

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

I drew a lot before I started to play music so probably a cartoonist or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, our drummer Simon because he can cook and… Daron Malakian!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on new music at the moment. We’ll probably release some new singles early next year and then we’ll try to play as many countries as we can!

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

Mostly Facebook, Instagram and Youtube!
https://www.facebook.com/Leadinglightband/
https://www.instagram.com/leadinglightband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCof8lOr2xwm4nVkr1jHyAvw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, I had to google that… But by the looks of it, biscuit?!

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

Thanks for the interview and to everybody that gives a shit about our band!

 

 

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

Back in May we did an EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril but a few things have changed so they kindly completed a new one. Huge thanks to bassist Dalton Collins 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 Dalton Collins and I play bass for Dreams In Peril.

Dreams In Peril officially became a band In 2018 and we have had a bit of a ride since then. We have played alongside a lot of national bands including, but not limited to, Between The Buried And Me, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, ERRA, The Agony Scene, The Browning, Betraying The Martyrs and Many more!

We won Headband for the Highway shortly after officially becoming a band and went on to play a show on the Summer Slaughter Tour, We have one album out entitled “Mephobia” and have released a Music Video for our Single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ in early 2019. We then went on to sign with Metal Coffee PR and our Management, Extreme Management Group, joining a roster of bands such as Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, and Misery Index.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name is honestly how we were feeling before creating this band. We are all from different bands in the Kansas City Music Scene and we have all felt as if every band we have been in has failed and as if our Dreams were in peril individually. It seemed fitting to name this band just that, in an effort to mock our past musical failures.

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

We are from the United States of America in Kansas City. The music Scene here has its ups and downs. There are times it is really strong and united and other times it’s as if bands are dropping like flies. Though, we are all very tight knit. We all know one another and have all played alongside each other many times in different bands. The fans here are hit and miss as well. Although the scene seems to be more active in the spring and summer time, it’s too cold here in the winter for people to want to get out to a show.

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

Our latest release is our music video for our single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ off of our debut album “Mephobia” This Music Video also introduces our new Vocalist Mike Yeager.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Individually it is very diverse and different. Though Collectively, to name a few… Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Banner, Veil Of Maya, Oceano, Bury Your Dead, The Deftones.

What first got you into music?

For me specifically, I remember taking a CD from my sister. The CD was a compilation called “The Hard And The Heavy” with bands such as Static X and Coal Chamber.

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

I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘The Deftones’.

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

Probably Download Festival. From seeing it in videos and watching over YouTube. IT’S HUGE! I think it would be an amazing experience being able to play such a huge Festival.

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

Naked photos! Lol!

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

Believe in yourself! Never let your failures and struggles stop you from succeeding.

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

Dimebag from Pantera!

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

I enjoy the atmosphere, being able to create something that people can relate to and enjoy! Music helps people in their day to day lives. It is truly an honour to see people enjoy what I have created.

I hate how hard it is for bands to get recognition and to become successful. Bands have a hard time making any money and struggle with paying their own bills, let alone the expenses that a band requires to succeed.

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

To go off of my last answer from the previous question! I would change it in a way that musicians profit more and are better funded without the blowbacks of having to pay things back. Bands need more financial backing! We need it! We are constantly struggling to make ends meet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Such a hard question to answer! I would say “Around The Fur” by the Deftones or even “The Dead Walk” by The Acacia Strain.

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

In my opinion I like CD’s You get the full album art, the tracks, and you don’t have to rewind it like cassettes and it isn’t as big as Vinyl.

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

The best Gig? That is hard to answer because we have had quite a few really good shows. One of our best shows was a house show. No kidding! The place was packed and the entire crowd went crazy… Then we had our first show with the Acacia Strain which was an amazing show… as well as our second showcase for summer slaughter when we had a packed crowd and what was so awesome is the crowd were singing the words to our songs right along with us. The show was a double show where there was an outdoor gig going on and an indoor show as well. The punk band the Cro-Mags were playing inside and as we got off the stage outside we were told that they loved our set and gave us tremendous complements.

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

Probably art! I was an Art Student in high school. I Just like being creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Samuel L. Jackson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Angelina Jolie! LOL I don’t know!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently about to take some down time to write the second album which will be called “The Garden Of Bones”. We are currently half way done writing it and after that we plan to do some more Dates in the US as well as hopefully booking something out of country.

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

https://dreamsinperil.hearyoumusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DreamsInPeril/
https://twitter.com/DreamsInPeril
https://www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7osPUxIGcZ0DnoBIcn5Kuu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlEn-y95t8lnZ-h7SzXtoA
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mephobia/1452481863
https://www.amazon.com/Mephobia-Dreams-Peril/dp/B07NLC5YXN
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/87191182
https://us.napster.com/artist/dreams-in-peril/album/mephobia
https://listen.tidal.com/album/103944259
https://www.reverbnation.com/dreamsinperil

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

To be honest with you, I don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is! Haha!

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

We have accomplished a lot within our two years of being a band, We are still on the rise and we look forward to playing in a town of city near you!
Thank you!

 

 

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, NY Melodic Death Metal band The Last Reign! 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?

We are The Last Reign and we play Melodic Death Metal. Brian, our guitarist and songwriter, started the band back in 2015. Paying homage to bands of the 90s such as In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates, hoping to capture that classic sound again which doesn’t exist as much today! Within a year and a half we released our debut accompanied by a two week tour. 2019 marks the return of the band after a 2 year hiatus with a new line-up aside from founding member, Brian.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was derived from a few different ideas, but came out quite naturally. First and foremost is our way of fighting to bring back the classic era of melodic death metal. The second is more personal and comes from my own ‘last reign’ so to speak as a person that is willing to put 100% into an original act one last time.

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

We are from the USA (Buffalo, New York). It’s such a big country, and in our area the scene really depends on your flavour of metal. I’ve seen Persefone travel in all the way from Andorra and play for 35 people, and Slipknot play for almost 14,000. We do get a pretty constant stream of touring acts but often we may have to drive a few hours to another city or state. Metal rarely hits the open radio in my experience, but the community is strong in this age of the internet.

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

“Prelude” (EP) was released on October 11 and much to its namesake contains two songs that will continue to evolve and will appear in their final form on our sophomore album “Evolution,” which will be out summer 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Every band member has their own personal influences, but the band as a whole is very much inspired by 90’s In Flames / Soilwork / At the Gates.

Vince: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Ray Herrera (Fear Factory), and Henry Ranta (Soilwork).

Brian: Queen, Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Seth: Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Brad Smith (Blind Melon), Jim Wynne (Buffalo NY local legend)

Adam: Johan Lindstrand of The Crown would probably be my greatest influence as far as the vocals are concerned, something about his style and placement of his vocal lines always spoke to me. Also, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity has also always been one of my favourites.

What first got you into music?

Vince: My dad was a guitar/bass player and I grew up going to his wedding band and jazz club gigs. He got me set up with a drum set and lessons as a kid, and made sure I had gear and transportation through high school and beyond.

Brian: At a young age, I was around my older brother a lot in the late 80s/early 90s. He was constantly listening to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and I haven’t looked back since.

Seth: I started out playing trombone at a very young age, essentially everyone in my immediate family plays something or have at some point. I picked up the bass and began to teach myself about the age of 14, I wanted an instrument that I could bend and even break the rules on.

Adam: I would have to give credit to my brother for getting me into music, he would frequently blast music on his home stereo system when I was younger. There was always something playing like Metallica, Def Leppard, or Aerosmith. Definitely not my favourite bands these days but everyone starts somewhere.

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

Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est!

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

Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany because it is one of the largest metal festivals in the world and it sounds like an incredible experience.

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

Sadly, I can’t think of anything to date, but hopefully that will change.

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

Just keep listening and sharing. The scene is oversaturated due to the ease of releasing music which makes it even more difficult to be heard.

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

Chuck Schuldiner, incredibly talented musician. I will always wonder what the album after “The Sound of Perseverance” would have sounded like.

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

I love that I actually get to create! So many hobbies are of consumption, be it a Netflix binge, browsing YouTube, or even sharing memes around. Playing music can be cathartic and rewarding for sure. That said, it’s a very resource intensive hobby, the amount of money, time, and effort that goes beyond just actually playing an instrument. It really is a labour of love and is difficult to expand the hobby into a career.

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

Download and Streaming! Although there are many benefits to the medium, I feel it causes people to not appreciate music as much as they used to. Gone are the days where you’d buy an album or two and listen to that album to death whether it was good or not. Nowadays, you get 30 seconds in to a song that isn’t great and you just move on to the next album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Vince: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”.

Brian: What Vince said!

Seth: A Perfect Circle – “Thirteenth Step”.

Adam: The Crown – “DeathRace King”. Although, I gotta hand it to my bandmates, “Scenes From A Memory” is a great album as well.

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

Vinyl all day!

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

April 27th, 2017. It was the final night of our tour and what a show to go out on! It was one of those rare instances where not only all of the bands were solid, but the crowd full of energy for the entire show. It was a sight to behold.

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

Vince: I would probably be the biggest badass in the world…of Warcraft.

Brian: Graphic Designer.

Seth: Working on my car/motorcycle collection.

Adam: Studying geology, mainly volcanoes.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince: Ola Englund, David Maxim Micic, Devin Townsend, Keanu Reeves, Chris Pratt.
Brian: John Cusack, Guy Pearce, Sven de Caluwé (Aborted), Jimi Haha (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon).

Seth: Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Seth Rogan, Steve Vai, Maynard.

Adam: Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Brendan Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen (Nightwish). I know that’s six, don’t care.

What’s next for the band?

We are hard at work on our sophomore album, “Evolution.” Through the rest of 2019 we will be fleshing out the last few songs and entering in to pre-production, with tracking and mixing planned for early 2020.

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

We primarily use Facebook and Bandcamp to communicate and share our music, but we’ve recently started up on Twitter as well. We also have our music available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play music, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/thelastreignmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thelastreign/
https://thelastreign.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/588LSViuxUlGIwSwDYKPrk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe in the states the closest term would be a cookie. Our biscuits are more what would be called a scone overseas!

 

 

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Atmospheric Black Metal Project Arx Atrata! Huge thanks to Ben 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 Ben from Arx Atrata, an atmospheric black metal project from the UK, playing music inspired by acts such as Coldworld, Winterfylleth, Sojourner, Lustre, Agalloch, and many others. Currently it’s a studio project that started almost a decade ago, with the third full-length release coming out last month.

How did you come up with your band name?

That has been long forgotten sadly! Choosing names is a difficult business and inventing something in Latin was one way of finding something that hasn’t already been taken. It roughly means “blackened citadel”.

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

I am from the UK and as I’m sure you’re aware, it varies a lot depending on where you are and what particular music you’re into. It seems to me that festival attendances are doing well but smaller gigs are suffering and it’s tough for bands to get shows. There are so many great acts across the UK but almost all the bands I know struggle to book gigs. So, it’s a mixed bag.

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

The latest album came out last month, titled “The Path Untravelled”.
https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/album/the-path-untravelled

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a hard one to answer as I’ve always tried to weave many different aspects into the music. My background is more from the UK doom scene so the distinctive leads and harmonies of acts like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride play a large part in how I approach composition, but from the black metal side I’m inspired by how bands like Winterfylleth, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, or The Great Old Ones can create furious-sounding music without compromising on memorable riffs and motifs. And there are bands that transcend the boundaries – Agalloch, Primordial, early Woods of Ypres, Empyrium, October Falls – these acts have always motivated me to blend different styles together in a cohesive way.

What first got you into music?

When I was a child I remember being interested in pop music, like many of my peers. I was given a keyboard by my grandparents which sparked some interest in composing my own works. As I approached my teens I started to develop more discerning taste, and at some point got the foolish idea that I could learn guitar and be in a metal band. Now, it’s a couple of decades later, and I’m still learning guitar! But with a handful of albums and EPs released across various projects I can at least say the process has been productive.

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

I am in two other bands – Twilight’s Embrace (http://www.twilightsembrace.com) and Fjords (https://www.facebook.com/fjordsofficial/) – so it could be said that I’m already collaborating. But, while both those bands are just as important as Arx Atrata, there are things I can do with my own project that are not possible when you have to take other people into consideration. So for this, I prefer to work alone!

That said, I’d love to get to release split albums or CDs in future. I particularly like the idea of both acts writing with the other band’s music in mind to come up with a release that is a cohesive whole.

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

Arx Atrata is currently not a live act – but if it were to become one, I’d love to perform at some of the interesting European festivals. Prophecy Fest in Germany is held in a cave, which sounds like a unique experience. We could probably turn the reverb levels down for that show.

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

I have never received a gift from a fan!

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

Not so much our fans, but I think the one thing I’d like metal fans in general to know is that bands really need your support. Musicians of today have more reach than ever before but see a lot less reward for it. Bands can have thousands of listeners on Spotify, but can’t get shows because only 10 people show up for local gigs. Buying merchandise is better than nothing, but I don’t think we really want a world where being a musician is mostly about buying and selling artwork and t-shirts, trying to fit in gigs and songwriting on the side. So I’d say – go to the shows, buy the records. If fans don’t support musicians, nobody will.

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

It would be a difficult choice between Pete Steele of Type O Negative and David Gold of Woods of Ypres. Either way, we’d get another morose album with a distinctive baritone vocal delivery and there aren’t enough of those.

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

The best thing and the worst thing is playing live. When it goes well, it’s amazing. But there’s a lot of preparation and pressure too. And too many shows see you playing to tiny crowds for free, leaving you wondering whether it’s worthwhile.

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

I don’t think the music industry needs to change too much at all. What needs to change is the internet industry being able to get away with ripping musicians off. If you go on YouTube, there are hundreds of thousands of songs uploaded without permission, each with thousands or sometimes even millions of plays. On Blogspot there are tons of pages with links to illegal album downloads hosted on ad-supported cyberlockers. So all these companies selling ads are making money, the website hosts are making money, but the musicians who make all this entertainment just have to suck it up and become t-shirt salesmen. That’s what needs to change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden! In hindsight that was probably the midpoint between their more radio-friendly earlier material and the ever longer and more progressive work that followed, and the balance was struck perfectly. The title track is a masterpiece, one I’d like to cover some day.

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

There’s a big clamour for vinyl and cassettes in the black metal world these days and I find it fascinating, especially as someone old enough to have grown up with cassettes and who was grateful to make the move to the superior-sounding CD’s! I don’t think I even have a hexagonal pencil to hand if I needed to fix a cassette’s prolapsed innards today. Vinyl is a nice format for collectors, especially given the opportunity to really showcase the artwork, but from an audio engineering point of view it’s almost impossible to get a vinyl to sound as accurate to the original material as a CD or a download would. Downloads are pretty unexciting but at least they’re not unleashing more plastic on the world, so you can support bands that way and boost your environmental credentials at the same time.

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

Arx Atrata hasn’t played any shows yet, but with my other bands Twilight’s Embrace had a great outing at Bloodstock many moons ago, while Fjords made a lot of new fans at the Warhorns Festival in 2018.

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

As with almost all musicians these days, I am already doing other things! If I tried to pay the bills with my music I would have starved or frozen to death, depending on whether I started in summer or winter respectively! My day job is as a computer game developer, so I’m lucky in that it’s a relatively creative field, and that I can afford to cover my costs as a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties, so nobody!

What’s next for the band?

Not much, to be honest! The traditional thing is to release an album and then play some shows to support it, but with that not being an immediate option for Arx Atrata, the agenda is looking pretty bare. Maybe it’s time to find some live musicians to help me out!

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

The music can be streamed and bought at the Bandcamp page: https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/

Important updates appear on the homepage:
http://www.arxatrata.com/

And occasionally other news will be reluctantly added to social media channels – https://www.instagram.com/arxatrata/
https://twitter.com/arxatrata/
https://www.facebook.com/ArxAtrata/ .

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, depending on the context!

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

Thank you Ever Metal for asking the questions, and thanks to the reader for getting this far! Please check out “The Path Untravelled” at our Bandcamp link above. And if perhaps you’re into more of the melodic doom/death/prog type of metal, keep an ear out for the new Fjords video and record which are coming out this month – you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

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EMQ’s with SANGRE

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EMQ’s with SANGRE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles based Metal band Sangre! Huge thanks to vocalist Henry Sanchez 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?

Henry Sanchez and I am the vocalist/frontman of SANGRE. I’ll give you a quick rundown on our history; we created this band in the summer of 1999 in the city of Pomona, California. We started out playing a few cover songs and a couple originals in backyard parties all over Southern California and soon were performing at local bars and eventually clubs/venues around L.A. & Hollywood. Over the first 5 years there were a number of line-up changes, first drummers, then bassists and guitarists leaving myself as the only original member of the band. We would continue to evolve and move forward and bigger opportunities would present themselves to us via our relentless approach to playing shows and promoting our band in the streets and with the introduction of social media to a nation and worldwide audience. In 2009 we became a Jägermeister sponsored band and immediately began making in impact within the companies music program, earning a slot on the 2010 & 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, a direct support slot in 2013 to Latin Grammy Award winning Rock band MOLOTOV on their U.S. Tour, and A slot on Welcome To Rockville 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Our band has toured throughout the United States many times, Mexico, and most recently Europe and the UK where we performed at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. We’ve shared the stage with the biggest names in Heavy Metal and are always ready for more.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were brainstorming for a name and weren’t satisfied with anything until our original guitarist’s sister said, “how about Sangre?” And we all looked at each other and knew it was the name we were looking for. A cool sounding name with a ton of meaning behind it! First of all it’s a Spanish word meaning “Blood” and we are all of Mexican descent so it has that connection with us. Secondly the meaning of it runs deep, literally runs deep within every one of us no matter what race you are, what culture you come from, gender, religion, whatever it is that makes us different, BLOOD or SANGRE connects us universally since the beginning of time. No matter how different we are we share that, just like music it can connect us no matter how different we all are.

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

We are from California in the United States. Here the scene varies from state to state, but overall there’s always been an underground Metal community everywhere you go. We have a decent number of Music Festivals but they are more Modern/radio Rock heavy with some Metal bands sprinkled in here and there. Nothing like Europe and all the Metal festivals they have over there.

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

We will be releasing a new album on December 13th 2019 titled, “Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte” (translation is: Stronger Than Death)!
We released an official music video for one of the tracks off that forthcoming album; that song is titled ‘Death March’ and can be seen on our YouTube channel.
http://www.Youtube.com/SangreOfficial
Or direct link to that video:
https://youtu.be/lPk2EepQsNY
Also, that song, along with some older tracks are available via all streaming platforms including Spotify, Google Play, Napster, Deezer etc.…

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences in Heavy music are Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Chino Moreno (Deftones), Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Tom Araya (Slayer), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Maynard James Keenan (Tool), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).

What first got you into music?

My mom and her constant playing of music around the house for as long as i can remember! I grew up listening to my mom sing along to Motown & Oldies (Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, WAR, Tower Of Power, etc.…) I would sing along as well and got into pop and hip hop in the 80’s. In elementary school I joined the school choir by default (my 5th grade teacher was also the choir teacher so she was the first one to show me how to sing properly). Throughout my teenage years I did freestyle rap battles and would eventually get introduced to Classic Rock and Early Metal via schoolmates. Went to my first hardcore show at a local church to see a band that some of my friends played in whose members would go on to perform in bands such as Bleeding Through and No Innocent Victim. Eventually got really into heavier music and taught myself to sing and scream by listening to a solid rotation of Slayer, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Alice In Chains and Tool.

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

Honestly there are too many to name but I would like to rock a track with Cypress Hill. One of my favourite hip hop groups of all time and I befriended Sen Dog a couple years ago while touring with his Rock/Rap fusion group “PowerFlo”. It would be an honour to collaborate with Cypress one day.

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

Well SANGRE has come a long way since our humble beginnings and we’ve had some great opportunities and have played some big festivals but there’s always bigger ones and room to grow our fanbase all over the world. I’ve been super fortunate to have performed all over the world at some of those huge festivals performing in front of thousands but with another band that I perform in and under an alias (which I can’t disclose at this time) but i would really like to get SANGRE to that level and would love for Sangre to perform at Resurrection Fest in Spain, Graspop Metal Meeting or Wacken Open Air in Germany. Those are all huge festivals!

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

Next question… lol!

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

Support local & up and coming bands because we all start somewhere. Every big band was once a local and your support means the world to us!

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

This is a tough question because there are so many whose lives were cut short at a young age but I think I’m gonna say I’d bring back Lynn Strait (Snot). His band was on the brink of exploding and their album “Get Some” is still one of my favourite albums from beginning to end, it’s so underrated. I’m sure he and Snot would’ve become one of the biggest bands in the world had his life not been cut short.

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

I enjoy performing music, creating is cool too but can be a pain in the ass sometimes. It’s that moment though when you finish creating a song is when you get that amazing feeling and then you can’t wait to perform it live and see others reactions to it. What do I hate? Can’t really say I hate it but let’s just say it is frustrating when politics and people with ill intentions do and say things to try and give you or your band a bad name. It’s unfortunate some people focus so much attention on trying to give others a bad name when at the end of the day we are all in the same struggle of trying to achieve something bigger for ourselves and our bands.

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

Change it back to how it used to be when album sales actually made you money and record deals mattered. I don’t know man, everything evolves and we just need to learn how to evolve with it to become and stay successful.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”

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

It depends on how you listen to music. At home vinyl is king, best sound quality and great to have those big pieces of art (album covers), CD’s were great sounding and more convenient than cassettes but now days downloads are the easiest to take your music with you anywhere you go.

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

Personally i got to perform in Japan @ Loud Park Festival which was amazing but that was with my other band, also Wacken was Great!

With SANGRE though our best would have to be the 2010 Rockstar Mayhem Fest although it wasn’t with all the current members it was the situations surrounding the gig is what made it great. Performing at the biggest outdoor venue in our hometown area in front of at that time the biggest crowd we had ever played for and the line-up was amazing aside from us there was Hatebreed, Lamb Of God, Korn, Rob Zombie, Shadows Fall, Chimaira and more! It was an emotional and overall amazing day for me.

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

I would probably be working a dismal job but working as an artist on the side because we know how difficult it is to become a successful artist and actually make a career of it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Depends on what kind of party we’re talking about lol

What’s next for the band?

As for what is next for SANGRE, we will release the new album December 13th and from there we are planning to do some touring in support of it worldwide if we can make that happen. We are definitely setting our sights high for the next touring cycle!

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

As many as possible, our official website:
www.SangreMetal.com
Also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp, and all the streaming outlets!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They seem more like a donut to me. Hahaha!

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

Thank you for giving me this opportunity and platform to talk about my band, Sangre and our new song and forthcoming album. Also a big thank you to our fans old and new that support a D.I.Y. band like us, YOU ALL keep us pushing for bigger and better things and we can’t wait for you all to hear the new music we’ve created. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Slovakian Symphonic Metal band Symfobia! 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?

Our band name is Symfobia and as the name reveals, we play symphonic metal. The band was founded in 2007 by our keyboardist Feri Molnár but the band is really active from 2013 when singer Erika Strečková and drummer Vandy Prokop joined the band. It took three years to record our first album “Way Of The Queen”. Since 2015 the band has been actively performing on stage.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Symfobia was created by our keyboardist Feri and there isn’t a big story to it. It’s a pure satirical antagonism!

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

We come from Slovakia, which is located in Central Europe. Since Slovakia is a small country (about 5 mil.) and rock/metal music is definitely not a mainstream, it’s not very easy for rock and metal bands to get in front of the proper audience. Still, there are some good bands that don’t give up, play and bring great music to their fans. We travel to the neighboring Czech Republic quite often where there is a bigger rock and metal music scene.

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

We released new album Smog Of Tomorrow on 2nd of March this year. It includes 11 songs and a bonus track – a song in the Slovak language. The new album is all about majestic orchestral arrangements, prominent guitar solos, choir parts and of course two main female vocals in the foreground. SOT brings a strong message of igniting a change in the minds of each and every person to become conscious beings in the real, offline world and reminds us to always stay vigilant and fight off lures of media stealing our attention from what is really important in life. We have released four video clips from this album, most recently this summer, to our song ‘Bury It’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Certainly Nightwish, Within Temptation, Therion, and Epica! But basically all the good old bands from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Queen to AC/DC and we could go on and on. Every music genre can be inspiring; each decade has brought something new. What is interesting about Symfobia is that the age range of the members is from 20 to 61 years. So we all grew up on something else. I have to mention that besides rock music many of us are interested in classical or film music. One of the big influences for our keyboardist Feri is Hans Zimmer.

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

Our biggest dream is to tour at least for once with a symphonic orchestra.

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

We have already played at all big festivals in Slovakia and Czechia. This year, we were the only Slovak band on the main stage at Masters of Rock but we would definitely love to play at some festivals in Scandinavia where there is the biggest audience for symphonic metal.

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

There were actually several “special” gifts we have received. Unsuccessful drawings, underwear, postcards, lighters, “magic” stone, photos, etc. But, of course, every gift will always please us or at least cheer us up.

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

Live in love for yourself, for others, and for good music.

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

With all due respect, I don’t think we should pull the dead back to earth. Everything has its meaning and death too. If someone is no longer on this planet, it is useless to think about what it would be if he/she were alive.

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

We love traveling to concerts, meeting new people, seeing new places. We love the feeling when we stand on the stage and fans enjoy the concert with us. We love it when someone tells us that he found something in our lyrics that touched him and changed his mind or behaviour. We love to be together as a band, create, record, work on Symfobia. I don’t think any of us don´t like being a musician. It’s just hard to be a musician and make a living from music. But we can´t do anything about it, except that we will try and work more and more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For our Keyboardist – Stormwitch – “Beauty And The Beast”!
For our Guitarist – Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”!
For our Bass Guitarist – Deep Purple – “Burn”!
For Simona and our Drummer – Dream Theater – “Octavarium”!

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

Every era has brought something new and all four are great in something. Vinyl has a great sound but you can’t put it in your car. On the one hand, downloading is great because you have music fast on your computer from the comfort of home, but there’s something missing. Something that you can touch, look at, smell, put on your shelf. And this is how we could continue. It is great that we live in time when we can choose what suits us the best with so many options of listening to music.

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

We´ve played some really amazing gigs and I can’t pick the best. I can mention some and say something more about them. One of the strongest moments we have is from 2015 when we were the opening band for Nightwish. This concert was officially our second concert in the history of the band so we didn’t even know what to do on such a big stage. I remember there were about 9,000 people and I thought I’d fall away from fear.  A year later we played another gig with Nightwish but we had a whole year of performing behind us, so we really enjoyed the gig. The other gigs to remember are joint concerts with bands such as Therion, Arch Enemy, Powerwolf and major festivals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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

Neither of us is just a musician. We all have a job outside the band besides our drummer William who is still studying at the college. Our singer Simona is a deputy at high school, our keyboardist Feri does business in agriculture; other boys work in engineering and construction. Our guitarist Peter used to have a great rock bar for many years, from where all Slovak musicians know him. I used to teach at art school for 3 years but in the end I decided not to teach anymore. Besides playing in the theater, I´ve started my new career as a photographer last year.

What’s next for the band?

By the end of the year we have a few concerts in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Next week we are shooting a new video clip and hopefully we will make another one by December. From the new year we will start a new tour with the Slovak band NoControl in the Czech Republic and from March another tour with the Czech legend Citron, also in the Czech Republic.

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

Like every band we use YouTube for our music videos, you can also find us on Spotify, Amazon music, Facebook or Instagram. On social networks we really try to be in touch with our fans, announce news, ask for opinions, ideas, sometimes we prepare some competition where we give away free concert tickets or our merchandise. As a majority of our fan base comes from outside of Slovakia, we are really grateful for living times when internet exists.
https://symfobia.sk/
https://www.facebook.com/Symfobia/
https://www.instagram.com/symfobiaofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtl56TgM8nsrZSNz_0S5P5A/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care, I don’t eat it 

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

Thank you very much for the interview and we wish all readers all the best and lots of good music.

 

 

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh based Heavy Metal/Rock band Medusa Touch! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Gordon Sinclair 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 Gordon Sinclair, although everybody calls me Gogsy. I’m the lead singer and guitarist in Medusa Touch; we’re an 80’s metal rock band from the 80’s. The band was formed in 1982, we lasted till 1991 (ish), then reformed in 2019. We’re are all from in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and love 80’s metal with a passion.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band was named after the film ‘The Medusa Touch’. It starred Richard Burton and Lee Remick. It’s about a writer who has the power of telekinesis who makes disasters happen just by thinking about them. This wasn’t the first choice; all the band members had two choices for a name. We all chose different names as a first choice, but we all chose Medusa Touch as the second choice and that was it.

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

We are from Scotland, metal scene seems to be in good health, but there is a lot of nu-metal, we’re the odd ones because of the 80’s metal vibe we bring.

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

It’s called “Terror Eyes the Anthology”, available from all digital outlets and we have some CD’s left too. These are just available from the band. You can get one from our website (medusatouchofficial.com). 13 tracks of first-pumping, sing-a-long rock epics hehehehe.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine? First up would be Slade who got me interested in rock music. Then as picking up a guitar goes it was Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. I started as a drummer. Then, I blame Iron Maiden for kicking the whole thing off for me in the metal genre. After that there have been so many, too many to name! They all have their own little bit of influence in how I write, play and record.

What first got you into music?

I come from a very musical family. Lots of singers and musicians! My grandfather was a drummer in the Black Watch during the First World War, and he kicked me off as the drummer. I started playing in a pipe band then moved onto a kit. There were guitars lying around so you pick them up and play them. I never looked back. 

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

Good question. Two options! One would be Angus Young from AC/DC. Just to see how he goes about song writing and coming up with great songs time after time. Then it would have to be Iron Maiden, just because they got me started off in the first place.

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

Wacken, it’s the pinnacle for me. The bands that play there every year are massive and that lets you know how important it is.

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

Never been given a gift, usually a Bourbon and coke does hehehehe. Although my mate Ian Davidson did turn round after one gig in 2019 and just say “I have a cassette of you guys playing in 1987”. WHAT? GIMME IT hehehehe

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

Keep enjoying the music and rock hard. There’s only one life, never regret anything. If it makes you sad fix it. If it makes you happy and healthy, load up on it.

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

Gary Moore!

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

The music I play makes me happy, contented and always makes me want more. I don’t have any hates really although my wife says I have a guitar fetish hehehehe!

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

Make it easier for bands to make a living. It is really difficult now unless you get massive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden!

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

Best for what!? Vinyl is the king for something you own and can hold in your hands. I remember buying albums, going home on the bus and reading every single word on the sleeve time and again. It’s big and gives you joy not just for the music that’s on it but it’s yours and you have it in your hands. However, Digital, whether it be downloads or streaming, is just so convenient, it doesn’t scratch or wear out. You can listen to it anywhere.

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

Personally, I have played in CBGB’s in New York and have a live Album from the gig. But that was with my other band.

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

No idea, genuinely no idea!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ade Edmondson, Bruce Dickinson, David Attenborough, Dara Ó Briain, Professor Brian Cox!

What’s next for the band?

Small Tour in Scotland to finish the year, some festivals in 2020 and recording a new album!

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

https://www.facebook.com/medusatouch
https://twitter.com/MedusaTouch1
https://www.instagram.com/medusatouchrocks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I don’t like chocolate so no problem!

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

Look out for us in Scotland in the last part of 2019, hopefully see you soon in 2020. Oh, and buy the album and enjoy singing along at the gigs!

 

Medusa Touch

 

 

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