EMQ’s with STAGEWAR

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EMQ’s with STAGEWAR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hessen, Germany based Thrash Metal band, Stagewar. Huge thanks to guitarists, Kimon & Dezius, 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 two guitarists Kimon and Dezius. We founded STAGEWAR in 2003. We used to play together in the school band and wanted to do metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think it was such a brainstorming thing. I still remember Kimon saying the name and we thought it was perfect. It describes exactly what we are trying to be.

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

We live in Hessen/Germany. To be precise, in a low mountain range near Frankfurt am Main. The mountains are called Taunus. There is not much going on here. The scene is small and everyone knows everyone. But in general, the scene in Germany is unfortunately pretty boring.

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

Our latest release is the single “R.U.N.” from the just released Album “DANGER TO OURSELVES”

‘R.U.N.’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we all are influenced by Metallica and punk rock music.

What first got you into music?

AC/DC.

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

I don’t know what to answer to that.

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

Hellfest.

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

I don’t know about weird, but we once got a nice picture from a child. That was really cute.

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

Stay Metal!

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

That’s tough to answer. Each of us would certainly answer this differently. But I think we can agree on Cliff Burton.

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

Surely each of us answers that differently. Personally, I love to play live and write new songs. I hate the day after a concert. 😊

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

How the internet works. It is an angel and a devil rolled into one.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”.

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

Vinyl. Except in the car!!

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

There are so many good memories. Many evenings were special. One concert that has stuck in my mind was at the Taunus Metal Festival.

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

Personally, I would probably do more sports. Otherwise, everything would probably be as it is now.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My girl, my bandmates and my dog.

What’s next for the band?

The same as always. Write a song, record an album and play it live.

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

Instagram and YouTube.
www.instagram.com/stagewar_official/
www.youtube.com/stagewar
www.stagewar.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/stagewar
www.twitter.com/stagewar666
www.stagewar.tumblr.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6yDhmNfB0J8GPbN42VaGYV

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank you for your support and for the interview. I hope to see you on the road.

Stagewar Band Photo

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EMQ’s with KESEM

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EMQ’s with KESEM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Psychedelic Prog Rock band, Kesem. Huge thanks to Josh Austin & Jay Howard, 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?

Josh: Bass and vocals, I joined when Jay put up a post about starting a prog band and always wanted to be in a prog type band.

Jay: I play guitar and sometimes make some sounds with a sampler and synthesizer. I was dating a girl who had been a singer in some bands, and we both had similar tastes in Rock music. You know, a lot of Kraut, psych, prog, etc. etc. We talked about starting a band in this style so I went and found these maniacs. It didn’t work out with her, so Josh took over on vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jay: Said ex-girlfriend was from Israel and she came up with the name. And while it didn’t work out with her, we decided to keep the name as we thought it was still fitting for our music.

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

Josh: We are from Los Angeles California, the Metal/Rock scene is all over the place. Some people probably still live in the Glam Metal of the Sunset Blvd days, while people like us in this band have gone down rabbit holes into weird sub genres. We have all been in various metal/punk bands, and have seen so many venues open and close throughout the years.

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

Josh: Our first full-length called “Post-Terra” was released on September 24th and we recently released a video for ‘When Stars Cave In’ from the album and hope to be releasing a couple more videos soon.

‘When Stars Cave In’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Josh: Too many, for me Amon Duul II, Magma, Black Flag, Krallice, King Crimson, Unwound, and many more.

Jay: Amon Duul II, The Mars Volta, Acid Bath, Zeni Geva, Gong, Ash Ra Tempel, Hawkwind, etc.

What first got you into music?

Josh: I guess for me it was MTV, my dad had a record collection too that contained King Crimson and a bunch of awesome stuff. I really wanted to play guitar, and wasn’t into sports, so about 12 years old I started playing.

Jay: My Dad. He was into Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, etc. and played that stuff for me basically since the day I was born.

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

Josh: I would like to play with Beak> Brian Eno would be amazing, in my head at least, he seems to have all these great ideas and ways of recording that sound interesting. On top of that he would most likely be great at adding atmosphere, rather than make us sound like him?

Jay: Someone who doesn’t sound like us. The collaborative results could be very interesting.

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

Josh: Maybe Glastonbury? I haven’t been to England too many times, but every time I went for work, it was a blast, I have also always wanted to go to Roadburn.

Jay: Also, always wanted to play Roadburn.

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

Josh: A print of Freddy Krueger!

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

Jay: Thank you!

Josh: We can’t wait to see you more as the shows start becoming more available!

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

Jay: Probably Hendrix

Josh: Not sure I like this, most of the time bringing someone back from the dead results in some horrible things, like Pet Semetary, or Return of the Living Dead, although then at least they would be able to talk while trying to eat your brains. If I was responsible for bringing this person back and could actually hang with the person, maybe Chris Squire?

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

Josh: Creating new songs, the process of being creative is what I enjoy the most.

Jay: Playing music and shows with my friends.

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

Jay: More focus on the music than on what sells. There are countless bands out there who make incredible music who have never or will never get the chance to be heard by the audience they deserve for this reason.

Josh: Stop regurgitating the same songs and take more chances again. I don’t even listen to popular music anymore, there hasn’t been any point or interest.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jay: Acid Bath – “When the Kite String Pops”.

Josh: King Crimson – “Red”.

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

Jay: Personally speaking, it depends on the album. Some sound best on CD, some sound best on Vinyl, etc. It’s all in the ears of the beholder.

Josh: Vinyl to me is the ultimate package, the cover is large, the process makes you put the album on and listen, sure you can skip around, but it’s better to just let it play out.

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

Josh: Probably the most fun was any that we play with our friends, we did play with Deafkids and that was awesome because I wanted to see them anyways.

Jay: We have an artist friend, Albert Reyes, he has these Halloween backyard shows every year, he has had us play two of them. They are the best!

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

Jay: A visual artist. I do that anyways when I have some free time and feel inspired.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

Josh: Keep writing, recording, and hopefully getting to go on tour soon when this pandemic slows down again.

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

www.facebook.com/KESEM23/
www.instagram.com/kesemband/
www.twitter.com/kesemband
www.kesem23.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNjV6gMcQIFXuidx_YvpChA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Josh: If I could try one maybe I could answer! Wikipedia says it’s a cake…

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

Josh: Our first album “Post-Terra” came out 9/24 on Bandcamp, vinyl is taking longer than expected, but will be a small, limited edition, handmade run to come out soon. Thank you for the interest and hope you are doing well.

Kesem Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with LAVABORNE

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EMQ’s with LAVABORNE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Indianapolis, Indiana based Power-Doom Metal band, Lavaborne. Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Chris Latta, 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 Chris Latta, and I am Lavaborne’s lead singer. Lavaborne was formed in 2017 by me and guitarist Brandon Signorino. The two of us worked on getting material together and released a demo as a recruitment tool that fall. Once we were able to get the other guys on and complete the line-up, we started gigging locally and arranging more material.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was based on a song title that I came up with some time ago. It started out as “Lava Birth” and when that turned into “Lava Born,” I got the idea to combine the two words together and put an -e at the end to make it look cooler. I’ll have to see if we can get some music to match the lyric sometime. Either way, it’s an original one-word band name that looks cool on paper and sounds cool when you say it out loud.

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

We’re based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The scene had its share of setbacks due to the pandemic but there are enough excellent bands and solid venues keeping it alive. We’ve always been a notable city for our doom and death metal bands, but we’ve had more traditional metal bands pop up in the last couple years. I’m still trying to figure out which bands are still active, but we can shout-out Apostle of Solitude, Void King, Graveripper, Mother of Graves, Tusk, Drude, Dead King’s Peace, Man Eating Giant, Steel Aggressor, Veilcaste, Cursed Blade, Wolftooth, Inferno Sunn, and Charonyx, among others. Throne of Iron, the Mound Builders, Axxios, and Liquid Signal are also great as far as our out-of-town friends go.

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

We are about to release our debut album, “Black Winged Gods”, on October 1st through Wise Blood Records. So far we’ve released three songs as singles, ‘The Heathen Church’, ‘Mortal Pride’ and ‘Prove Your Worth’ that seem to be getting some good response.

‘The Heathen Church’ (Official Visualiser)

‘Mortal Pride’ (Official Visualiser)

‘Prove Your Worth’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our biggest collective influences tend to be eighties metal bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Candlemass, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, and the Black Sabbath albums featuring Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin on vocals. We’ve got some additional influences from grunge and thrash as well as inspiration from contemporary bands like Khemmis, Crypt Sermon, Visigoth, and Atlantean Kodex, among others.

What first got you into music?

Speaking for myself, I took piano lessons as a kid and sang in choir for most of my adolescence. My big breakthrough was listening to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” when I was fourteen; that was the album that got me to start actively paying attention to music and want to create my own. Queen, System of a Down, Rob Zombie, Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden were my other major gateways.

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

It sure would be awesome to have somebody like Rob Halford or Jon Oliva singing on a Lavaborne song, maybe even get Jeff Waters or Roy Z to put a solo on something! My philosophy on collaborations is that it always depends on what a specific song calls for. A couple of the songs we recorded for the album feature a guest vocalist, Zebah Latifi of Zephaniah, and she did an excellent job of filling out the dynamics and bringing a broader range than I was able to on my own.

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

I’d love to play the sort of festival where we would have the largest audience that would be most interested in our particular style. Up The Hammers is a dream festival for me; the bills always look stacked and having studied abroad in Greece in college, I’d love a chance to get back out there in the future. In the meantime, getting to play the Legions of Metal 3.5 in Chicago this October is gonna be great!

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

I haven’t run into anything weird yet that I can recall. I’m still in the headspace where anybody cares at all about what I am doing, to be honest.

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

We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received so far and hoping to play out even more in 2022!

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

In terms of a musician that still had some unfinished business, I would say Ronnie James Dio. I’d be curious to see how the Magica trilogy he was working on would’ve turned out and a second Heaven & Hell record likely would’ve been more fulfilling than the last Sabbath record with Ozzy.

I’d also be very curious to see how drastically different the rock world by now would be if Jimi Hendrix or Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood was still alive.

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

The best part of being a musician is getting to work with different musicians. It’s always exciting to see what somebody will bring to a given project and how the music reflects the personalities and backgrounds of the people who created it. I also have a slight obsession with posterity so it’s always incredible to hold a piece of physical media or even see a download that contains something you helped create. The worst part is the everything else; when I’m not in the studio, rehearsal space, or on stage, I’m always thinking about it.

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

It would be stellar if we doubled down on our efforts to make the music industry more inclusive and diverse, especially in rock and metal. It shouldn’t be “political” to say that bigots have no place in our scene.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest’s “Sad Wings of Destiny” is the first thing I think of whenever somebody describes a “perfect album.”

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

Vinyl is the most fun to collect, but CD’s also deserve credit for their versatility and affordability. Black Winged Gods will be available on CD, cassette, and download formats so it’s great to have those options available. We’re hoping to get into vinyl at some point soon but that’s going to be much trickier to pull off.

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

As far as Lavaborne goes, our best show might’ve been the one we played on Leap Day 2020 just before everything shut down. We were the token classic metal group on a bill of thrash and black metal acts; those types of shows can be a lot of fun since they give us the chance to really prove ourselves in a more extreme context. Having the club packed to near full capacity certainly didn’t hurt either. I’m excited to bring some of that mojo back for the shows we’ve got coming up!

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

I wrote and drew a series of comic books when I was younger. I could see myself doing more along those lines had I gotten the proper training and such. Maybe I could’ve gotten a webcomic or two under my belt by now. I’ve also had an interest in photography.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Rob Halford, Don Airey, and Vinny Appice. Little do they know that this dinner party is just a ruse for me to pitch the new supergroup that they should start together.

What’s next for the band?

For now, it’s all about building up hype for the upcoming album and then the series of shows we’ll be playing once it’s out. Our goals for next year will depend on how safe things will be by then, but we are hoping to start gigging on a more regional level. I know each of us has been accruing material so we should also be starting the process of writing our second album here soon.

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

Bandcamp is the best website for bands bar none as far as I’m concerned. We’ll have the album on Spotify and the other streaming sites when it’s out, but Bandcamp offers the most direct support. We also use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

www.lavaborne.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Lavaborne/
www.twitter.com/lavaborne
www.instagram.com/lavaborne/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCtzSnIXFHKi2zO527SIFpBA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I just had to Google these since I am not familiar. I’ll go ahead and say they’re a cake.

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

We appreciate you giving us and others the space to talk about our bands! We’re excited to get our upcoming album, “Black Winged Gods”, out there on October 1st and appreciate everybody that takes the time to check us out!

Laveborne Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with HYPERBOREUS

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EMQ’s with HYPERBOREUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kyiv/Kiev, Ukraine based Progressive Death Metal band, Hyperboreus. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist, Avalanche, 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 Avalanche. I play guitar, bass, drums and doing vocals. Originally band was formed on the edge of 2009/2010 and was active as a concerting metal act, releasing two demos. After several line-up changes the band led into some sort of hiatus until 2018. During that time, we’ve prepared songs from the old and new material. It took some time to rehearse songs, solve some personal issues and find a proper studio. Finally, album was recorded during October 2020 –  May 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s come up from Ancient Greek mythology, philosophy and literature adding some Roman elements of pronunciation. In simple words – it’s something ancient, huge and unknown as civilization of Hyperborea, which is still to be found.

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

We’re from Kyiv, Ukraine. Metal scene in our country is not as strong as in many European countries for different reasons. But anyway, we have numerous black metal bands and a really strong black metal scene, plus many interesting bands in different sub-genres from drone doom to mathcore. Obviously, it’s not about prestige to make metal music in our country, it’s more about inner feeling.

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

We released our debut album “Fighting With God” on August 29th. It’s the album about phenomenon of personality, society and civilization. Developing from the lower to upper forms (even dystopic), staying the same weird and meaningless. Where imaginary “tradition” meets bloody and hopeless “reality” and formalistic “future” in one spot on a trace of a long way.

‘Convulsive Suffocation’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s a big amount of composers, performers and bands. Let’s stop on a few – John Cage, Frank Zappa, Death, Cynic, Atheist, Meshuggah, Canvas Solaris.

What first got you into music?

Listening to Beethoven and Chopin when I was a kid. By the age of 13 for about a year I tried to begin to learn guitar by myself. I was walking around it, trying to play some chords, seeing no proper result, and abandoning it. It repeated for 5-6 times, but then I literally forced myself and soon good results were visible and hearable. Music is about the discipline first, ha-ha.

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

Kamasi Washington, Mononeon, John Hollenbeck

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

Obviously, UK Tech Fest and Prog Power. Simply, for the audience and sub-genre festival idea.

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

His wet t-shirt after our show.

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

The end is just begun.

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

Chuck Schuldiner

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

For joys I’ll be predictable – creation of music itself in the studio. Hate when you need to hear your track before release 1000+ times ‘till you can feel nothing.

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

Stop making stupid people famous.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

So hard to choose one. Ok, Death – “Human” (1991).

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

It’s personal thing for each listener how to consume favourite music. Any of this can give richness of master tapes, but each of them can provide a person to the world of music. As for me, I prefer digital copies.

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

I think, it’s yet to come.

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

I have a daytime job now, so I believe it would be something close to it. You never know.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy Kilmister, Sid Barrett, Jello Biafra, Randy Rhoads, Neil Peart

What’s next for the band?

Preparing our second album.

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

All possible. Especially, Instagram.

www.linktr.ee/hyperboreus

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Courts don’t make fail decisions, ha-ha.

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

Stay metal and develop yourself for any cost!

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EMQ’s With ALMØST HUMAN

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EMQ’s With ALMØST HUMAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swiss Industrial/Metal band, Almøst Human. Huge thanks to guitarist, Olivier Perdrizat, 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 Olivier and I play guitar in Almøst Human. Rosario (drummer) and I founded the band long before velociraptors walked the Cretaceous ground. We are a rather classical Swiss band: vocals (Ben), bass (Sara), drums (Rosario) and two guitars (Gilles and me).

During spring 2019, We had a dozen concerts and notably won the Greenfield Festival (CH) competition. Our victory allowed us to play at the most important rock and metal music festival in Switzerland alongside Slipknot (USA) and Lamb of God (USA) in June.

Opening for international bands such as Bloodred Hourglass (FIN) or Ultra Vomit (FR), Almøst Human has been selected as a finalist for the Swiss Metal Battle in early 2020. A first place means playing on one of the mythical stages of the Wacken Open Air festival (DE) in 2022!

Two great dates are scheduled for early 2022 with Loudblast (FR) and Triptykon (CH).

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a previous drummer of the band (Pascal Ranzoni), a big Kiss fan, who suggested the name. I immediately found the idea excellent because it allowed us to address a whole series of issues in our songs. Thanks to him!!!

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

We come from the French speaking part of Switzerland. Some of our members have different origins, Swiss or foreign, like the society of our country.

All styles of Metal/Rock are represented in our country by excellent bands, so the musical scene is rich and varied. However, we are not in a country where the choice of a musical career seems to be seen as a real job, with a few exceptions, of course. Our country has four official languages, with German as the main language. Therefore, each linguistic region has its own audience, its own sensitivity, and its own market.

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

The album “XS2XTC” (Excess to Ecstasy) is our latest release (2019). We self-produced it thanks to the fantastic work of our former guitarist Chris Matthey at Royal Studios in Lausanne (Switzerland).

The cover art of the CD has been awarded as one of the 100 best illustrations in 2019 by the English magazine Heavy Music Artwork. We also received financial support from the city of Yverdon-les-Bains.

‘System Of Beliefs’ (Official Audio)

‘WarPigs’ (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles… strange??? I always enjoy listening to their compositions. Especially the period covering the years 1967 to 1970.

What first got you into music?

A classmate. We ended up playing together by the way.

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

Alice In Chains, Katatonia, Korn, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend and many others. But in the end, I think I can learn from everyone.

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

I went as a fan to different festivals. Wacken, Hellfest, 70,000 Tons of Metal. So, I would be immensely honoured to be able to sweat it out on stage.

I think every festival is unique, so I will play anywhere if the organizers accept us.

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

Ahaha…As I am just stardust…nothing special. But if any metal fans produce any culinary specialties, I’m in. Otherwise, no weird stuff that tastes gross.

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

The pandemic has taught us that our economic world can quickly come to a standstill. We risk being subjected to profound upheavals, particularly climatic ones.

It is, in my opinion, urgent to develop benevolence and solidarity among ourselves and for all living things.

We must not give in to the temptation of radical and polarized world views. They will only divide us and completely miss the changes we need to make.

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

Ooops!!! John Lennon, George Harrison…otherwise Mozart, Beethoven. But would they be willing to come back down here? Curious or afraid of the changes since their death?

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

I don’t think I hate something. Hate is a poison that eats away at us from the inside. Composing is what I enjoy most. Searching for sounds, experimenting, arranging. Learning from the experience of other bands as well, regardless of musical style or area of expertise.

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

Working hand in hand, not against each other.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Soundgarden – “Superunknown”

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

In ecological terms…none, I guess. They are means of musical diffusion. If their sound quality and longevity are unequal, they nevertheless allow to reach audiences with different listening habits.

The most important thing for me is that the music is pirated as little as possible. The survival (I’m not even talking about life) of many artists depends on it.

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

The one that brought the most pleasure to the people present that day.

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

I don’t consider myself a musician or an artist. I don’t think I have accomplished anything to deserve those titles. I am a typographer by trade, so in the graphic arts and I am very interested in everything that touches our functioning as humans. Our conditioning, the way we perceive the world, so human sciences, meditation.

I also love history and cooking. I could also be interested in beekeeping or anything related to the protection of the environment and allow us to eat as healthy as possible.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hérodote, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Carl Gustav Jung, Nagarjuna, Nelson Mandela. Good mix…???

What’s next for the band?

Write and record new songs. Currently, I’m working on the lyrics and have the chance to collaborate with Catherine Fearns, writer and big metal fan.

I’m looking forward to this opportunity and recommend you read her writing by going to her website: www.catherine-fearns.com/

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

Here they are:
www.almost-human.ch
www.almosthuman01.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/almosthuman.ch
www.instagram.com/almosthuman6/
www.twitter.com/almosthuman01
www.soundcloud.com/humanimals
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Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wait a minute, please…I’m calling McVitie & Price Ltd.

Or are you talking about pastries made by the Jaffa, a people originally from the planet Chulak? I didn’t know they had any confectionery skills…could you tell me more?

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

Thank you for this opportunity to express myself. Thanks also to all those who will take the time to read me.

Don’t hesitate to send us your impressions and points of view on our music by writing to us at info@almost-human.ch

I wish you, your family and friends the best of health. Stay curious and open-minded.

Olivier

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EMQ’s with KULL

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EMQ’s with KULL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sheffield, England based Epic Symphonic Black Metal band, Kull. Huge thanks to all of 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?

[C]: Chris Maudling – Guitars.

[W]: Wak – Drums

[J]: Jonny Maudling – Composer/keyboard player. Kull basically picked up from where Bal-Sagoth left off.

[M]: Alistair MacLatchy – bassist for Kull. Kull formed from the remains of Bal-Sagoth, after Tarkan stepped up to sing for us in Liverpool in 2011, when the previous guy decided to be absent.

[T]: Tarkan – vocalist and lyricist. I was a Bal-Sagoth fan for many years before getting to know everyone personally following my move to Sheffield to pursue a History & Philosophy degree back in 2000. Around the same time, I formed the band Extreme Maggot Infestation (later renamed Dyscaphia) with me on guitar, Wak on drums and a couple of other friends. Some years later Wak was poached by Sagoth after having a few changes to who took the throne for them. It wasn’t until much later that I stood in for Byron at the last minute to play Liverpool back in 2011. It wasn’t my finest moment but I couldn’t give up the opportunity to share the stage with some of my favourite musicians and help out friends at the same time.

Following this, I started attending the weekly Sagoth rehearsals and gradually Kull came into existence from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

[M]: Don’t really know, I wasn’t at that meeting!

[C]: It fitted with the tone and narrative of the material.

[T]: We knew the kind of connotations we wanted with the name; something direct, to the point – a short, sharp shock ,if you will. But also, we wanted something that spoke of the Bal-Sagoth legacy. For those who aren’t aware, the name Bal-Sagoth is taken from the writings of Robert E. Howard – most commonly known as the creator of the character Conan. He was also the creator of another hero – almost a prototype of Conan – a little darker in some ways, a little more introspective – Kull seemed to fit both with the lyrics I was beginning to write at the time, it was short, direct and for the uninitiated kind of continues the great metal tradition of misspelling band names…Maybe we should add some umlauts.

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

[J]: UK Sheffield. It used to have a bit of a scene, and there are some notable bands from yesteryear which hail from here. It’s the North that gives the music its metal edge.

[C]: England/South Yorkshire. The metal/rock scene has declined over the last 10 years but we are fighting to keep it alive.

[T]: London born but have lived all over the place. Nowadays I consider Sheffield as my adopted hometown – although currently not living there. I must admit that I had already drifted from being part of any real scene and am pretty unfamiliar with the individual local happenings. Having said that, there are interesting bands coming up all over the country. We’re not a very big island and seemingly growing smaller all the time. I don’t see subdividing the UK metal scene into regions as necessarily helpful. We’re in this together after all and there are plenty in all sub genres of metal pushing the envelope and doing some really interesting things.

[M]: Sheffield, and the metal scene is probably best described as “Underground”. There’s Terminal Sun, and Eoten who are very good though.

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

[T]: Our debut album “Exile” (out on Black Lion Records) – hopefully, we’ll have the follow up completed in the not too distant future.

‘Vow Of The Exiled’ (Official Visualiser)

‘Set Nakt Heh’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

[J]: Everyone I ever got into, Geoff Love, Holst, Thrash/Death, 80’s contemporary, Classical, Tangerine Dream, Queen, The Police, John Peel, to name but a very few.

[C]: Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Emperor, Deicide and many soundtrack albums.

[W]: Greatest influences on me and my playing style were probably Deicide, Fear Factory, Machine Head and Metallica.

[M]: Any of the musicians I have played alongside over the years (too many to list). You learn more from playing with other people than practicing alone.

[T]: I always find this difficult – In terms of lighting the fire of music and making me want to pursue that it’d have to be everything from Michael Jackson to Max Cavalera – those people that at some point made me look up to them. When it comes to lyrics/vocals etc, again it’s a melting pot. Robert E. Howard of course features prominently and has influenced what I’ve done with Kull as well as some solo tracks here and there. Michael Moorcock, Iain M Banks and a history of reading various historical text and esotericism also play a significant part. Coming to performing with what were certainly childhood idols at one stage, obviously Byron influenced my approach to the style I heard when presented with the Maudlings’ music. Added to that, however, and as someone who never really tried to be a vocalist, I try to learn new things from wherever I can – amazing metal vocalists abound these days; Psycroptic’s “Sceptre Of The Ancients” is a masterpiece, for example, and vocalists like CJ McCreery & Travis Ryan (off the top of my head) are phenomenal, although I’m unsure how much of an influence any of that has really been on my own style.

What first got you into music?

[J]: My Parents record collection, probably a Geoff Love soundtrack thing.

[C]: My parents all made us (myself, brother and sister) have piano lessons at an early age. There was always a classical guitar lying about and many albums.

[W]: Essentially, it was hearing “Appetite For Destruction” and watching Heavy Metal Heaven on VHS, it was a live G’n’R concert hosted by Elvira.

[M]: My Dad was a guitarist in a band, and there were guitars all over the house – it was inevitable that I would follow the same way! The first band I ever really got into was Status Quo, which sealed my fate as a rocker and led me into metal some years later

[T]: In my earliest years it was all about Michael Jackson. As I grew it was discovering bands like G’n’R and then Sepultura and going on from there.

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

[T]: It’d be interesting to do something with Voices – I can’t imagine how that would turn out!

[C]: Hans Zimmer probably.

[J]: It’s not really a desire of mine so I can’t really say. Maybe Tony MacAlpine?

[M]: I’m with Chris on this one – Hans Zimmer. His music is inspiring and varied, and lifts any film that he scores. I saw him live a few years ago, and it was probably the best concert I’ve ever seen.

[D]: Dino, right up to the moment he decides he wants to change the patterns.

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

[W]: I’d love to have been around to play one of the old Monster of Rock festivals back in the day, things were different back then, somewhat less sanitized. Now I couldn’t decide between Download, Hellfest or Wacken.

[J]: Like the rest of the guys probably Download but any metal fest is always good.

[C]: Download would be great and it is in England.

[M]: The old Monsters of Rock at Donington (pre-Download). Back when there were only six bands and one stage – sometimes less is more!

[T]: It would have to be Wacken for me – I’d love to return there as not just a fan but an artist. With that or 70,000 Tons of Metal.

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

[J]: None have been weird. Maybe a box of postcards from a country in the East.

[C]: A crate of Belgium beer. Not very interesting I know.

[T]: Other than maybe drinks after a set, I don’t think I can recall any. That doesn’t mean I didn’t get them, mind…just that I can’t actually recall.

[M]: Never really had one. I recall a case of Trappist beer in Antwerpen though.

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

[J]: Keep open musical minds.

[M]: Never vote Tory

[C]: For all those loyal Bal-Sagoth fans and the newcomers to Kull, thanks for the support over the years. We have loads more to do for all you guys and hope to see you in the live arena very soon. We appreciate every one of you.

[T]: Thank you for sticking by us and showing us so much support over the last few tumultuous years. Your loyalty and fervour speak volumes!

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

[W]: Neil Peart.

[T]: This is such a tough one. So many talented people seem to have gone in recent years. For sheer personality, though, it would have to be Lemmy. He was the link between old time rock and roll and the current metal scene and a symbol of everything metal. Absolute legend that seemed he would outlive us all. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

[J]: There are a few, Cliff Burton, John Lennon, Sid Vicious, Jimmy Hendrix, Bon Scott.

[C]: Freddie Mercury.

[M]: Chris Cornell – the best vocalist ever.

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

[J]: When it comes together & when it doesn’t.

[W]: Playing live shows for me nothing feels better, and the worst…waiting.

[M]: Playing live with my friends is the best feeling. Tinnitus is the worst feeling – wear your earplugs people!

[C]: Beginning as a rag tag unit and improving our live skills over the many rehearsals. It’s like levelling up and nothing feels like a good practice. The bad points are just playing way below par and bad stage sound. You have to be well rehearsed and 100% committed all of the time or there really is no point.

[T]: I love almost everything about actually being a musician form the initial composition to seeing how a song morphs and develops with others’ input to playing a show and connecting with fans.

What I hate isn’t really about being a musician as such but rather how its value is reduced to nothing by the society in which we find ourselves. Save for the upper echelons of controlled, corporate product, everyone kind of expects it for nothing. The value of a cd, a song, a gig – it’s nothing. We used to steal our music by tape trading etc. Now we expect it for free from the source itself. We used to save up for weeks to buy an album that we had ordered in and cherish every moment of that record – the cover art, the liner notes, the lyrics and the music itself. Now we begrudge paying 99p for a download.

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

[J]: I’d make the popular radio stations play more diverse music instead of the banal mediocrity that they currently do.

[M]: Manufactured music – I wish that they would stop programming backing tracks and auto-tuning vocalists, and get proper musicians playing actual instruments again.

[C]: Give more radio play to all types of music. Corporations are sacrificing art for a quick buck.

[T]: See above! I don’t know what the solution is, really. Technology has moved faster than the industry could ever have hoped for. I would like to see a greater diversity of music, especially here in the UK. With the internet people are continuously discovering more music that they love and may never have heard otherwise. Yet this fails to be reciprocated in our culture as the conglomerates and the media have a stranglehold on what actually reaches the people – for the most part churning out lowest possible common denominator detritus to make a few quid.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

[W]: Machine Head – “Burn My Eyes”.

[M]: That’s tough to narrow it down to one, but I would say Pink Floyd – “Animals”.

[J]: Queen – “Greatest Hits”

[C]: Slayer – “Reign In Blood”

[T]: I don’t know how I can possibly reduce it to one but…*flips a coin*…Deicide – “Serpents Of The Light”!

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

[M]: I miss vinyl – there was a sense of occasion when you bought an album back then. I stream most of my music these days though – it’s more convenient.

[W]: I only really listen to music when I’m travelling, so, downloads all the way for me.

[J]: Vinyl for collecting, Download/Streaming for convenience, CD’s for the car, tape-no.

[C]: Not cassettes, they were not robust enough and the fast forwarding/rewinding was a hassle. CD’s are basically a hard copy of a download, but I prefer not having to store a mile of CD’s. I do miss vinyl and the whole size of the purchase; I could look at the album artwork and inlay notes for ages.

[T]: I will always have a soft spot for cassettes – despite the fact that they were shit – there’s nothing better than listening to something you recorded only to be graced by something totally incongruous that you forgot you had recorded over.

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

[T]: For me this probably goes back to one night in Derby. I can’t remember where. I can’t remember when. But I was there. Alcohol might have been involved.

[M]: London Astoria 2 in ‘97, when Bal-Sagoth supported Emperor.

[W]: Close one, Brutal Assault was one of the biggest for me personally, but I don’t think anywhere I’ve played was better than Finland, both Helsinki & Turku, amazing fans there and possibly the most welcoming places I’ve ever been.

[J]: London LA2 with Emperor, Bloodstock 2002 wasn’t too bad either.

[C]: Bradford Rios for Bal-Sagoth back in 2002. I will get back to you with Kull as we only have played twice.

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

[C]: Something to do with motorbikes, either teaching new riders or road racing.

[J]: Some kind of education thing.

[M]: Gaming or building model tanks.

[W]: I have no idea, I’m terrible at everything else *jokingly.

[T]: Being a dad and running a business takes up pretty much all my remaining time. What would I like to be? Either an author or an artist of some kind.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

[C]: James Hetfield, Glen Benton, Valentino Rossi, Sylvester Stallone and Bob Lazar

[J]: Bill Hicks, Vangelis, Stanley Kubrick, Oliver Hardy and Roland Rat.

[M]: Iain M Banks, Hans Zimmer, Mike Patton, Bill Bailey, Scarlett Johannsen

[T]: Brian Blessed, Stephen Fry, Lemmy, Aron Ra and Victoria Coren Mitchell.

What’s next for the band?

HRH Vikings and writing the follow up to Exile!

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

All the usual fare – you can find us on the usual streaming sites, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, now that I’ve set up a new one after being hacked.
www.facebook.com/Kullmetal
www.instagram.com/kullmetal/
www.twitter.com/Kull_band
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2UNSiZhk1eDLyrDYBDH08G
www.youtube.com/user/KullmetalUK

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

[T]: They are a cake but only in the same way that a tomato is a fruit.

[M]: The clue is in the title.

[J]: A small wet cushion that tastes of chocolate. Probably a cake?

[W]: Which option gets taxed the least?

[C]: Toast

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

[J]: Cheers to all the believers that are with us, more good stuff to come!

[C]: Thanks for the interview and to the fans again who totally get what we are about.

[M]: It’s a privilege to still be able to make music with the guys in Kull, after all the years we have been together, and even more of a privilege to have the chance to share it with you lot!

[T]: Thanks to everyone who supports us and have stuck it out for the last few years. Rest assured the follow up is coming! Alea Iacta Est!

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Barcelona, Spain based Electronic Rock project, A Permanent Shadow. Huge thanks to main man/vocalist CP Fletcher 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 CP Fletcher and I am the singer in A Permanent Shadow. I am actually the only fixture in this project. For recordings and live work, I surround myself with different musicians and producers. A Permanent Shadow came to life in 2016, since then we released one album, “Songs of Loss”, and have a second one ready for release in early 2022.

How did you come up with your band name?

I read about permanent shadows on the moon and then found out that the same expression can also refer to a human skin condition as well as the after effects of a nuclear disaster. I thought it’s quite an apt name for a band project, and that aside it sounds really good.

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

I am of Austrian origin but have lived in Barcelona most of my life. It’s fair to say that the Spanish metal scene is very vibrant, though stylistically A Permanent Shadow is very far removed from Metal.

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

We have a new single out on September 24th, it’s called ‘Shining Star’ and you can pre-save the song and register for the video premiere via this link: https://hypeddit.com/link/037tml

‘Radical Change’ (Official Video) (2020)

‘Empty’ (Official Video) (2019)

Who have been your greatest influences?

David Bowie. I got into his music at a very early age and he still is my undisputed musical hero. I wept a lot the day he died, and on our debut album we included a song about his passing, called ‘Sailor’.

What first got you into music?

Again, David Bowie. My sister bought the album “Let’s Dance” when I was little and it was a real eye opener for me. I knew from early on that I wanted to be involved in making music one way or another.

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

I would like to work with The Anchoress. I think her music is very original and she’s an extremely talented vocalist and piano player. Her new album “The Art of Losing” got great reviews and quite rightly so.

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

Primavera Sound in Barcelona because afterwards I could go home by bike. And usually, it’s quite a cool festival with an amazing line-up.

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

I don’t receive gifts usually, mainly abuse. We recorded a cover of a Simple Minds song on our first album and Simple Minds themselves shared our version on their social media. You wouldn’t believe what kind of comments some of their more over-zealous fans are capable of.

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

Give the songs a few spins and let me take you for a ride!

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

That would, without any doubt, be David Bowie, closely followed by Lou Reed.

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

I love the creative process: writing, arranging, recording, even the audio visual aspect of it like photo sessions, video shoots etc. It’s all great fun. What I don’t like so much is the hassle you have to go through for media attention and getting gigs.

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

I don’t know. It is what it is and as a musician you have to adjust to today’s reality. I rarely think about what could’ve been. Was it easier in the past? I don’t think so, it was just different.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Idiot” by Iggy Pop. It’s an astonishing record and in my opinion the blueprint for everything from Goth to Post Punk. I’ll never grow tired of it.

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

For me, downloads these days. I used to buy lots of CD’s until recently, but then I would rip them and play the MP3 on my player or on the PC, so what’s the point. After many years in music, my hearing is not good enough anymore to appreciate the much-cited “warmth” of vinyl.

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

Our album presentation in March 2020 was a great experience. Big crowd, good response, a fun night. Looking back though I have some bitter-sweet memories as a week later we went into lockdown.

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

I trained as a grief counsellor, so I guess I would help people get over traumatic events in their lives. Now I hope our music does the job, at least to a small extent.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Some ex-girlfriends and their current partners. It would make for an awkward social experiment.

What’s next for the band?

After ‘Shining Star’ we plan to release another single and then our second album “Humdrum” in March 2022. We are also working on some live-in-studio stuff and the videos for future singles.

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

Our website is www.apermanentshadow.com

From there you can access all social media channels and digital platforms where we distribute our music.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Good one! I used to love them as a child but I’ve never ever wasted a thought on what they actually are. I’ll have to think about it a bit.

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

Don’t expect a song about Jaffa Cakes anytime soon!

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EMQ’s With ESCAPE PROJECT

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EMQ’s With ESCAPE PROJECT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based Heavy Metal/Thrash band, Escape Project. Huge thanks to Mauro Filler, Marcelo Duhá and Silvio Mazzei, 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?

Mauro Filler: I play guitar. I actually use the guitar to write songs. It’s what I like to do most in life. With the pandemic, it got even stronger and I needed an escape valve to keep my sanity. So, I recorded everything that came out of my hands and the more I recorded, the more aggressive the sound got. I put together the ideas and initially invited Marcelo Duhá, a great friend who has played with me since we were teenagers, to share with me the production of what comes out mainly on vocals, where I always had a lot of difficulties. And when we already had good material, I invited Silvio Mazzei to the project. An extremely talented singer who embraced the idea and brought amazing lyrics and melodies to Escape Project.

Marcelo Duhá: I play Bass. Mauro and I have been in another metal band since we were teenagers so ,when he decided to start this project about a year ago and started showing me the songs, things just clicked very quickly and easily.

Silvio Mazzei: I’m Silvio Mazzei. I sing for the band. Mauro and Marcelo have been working on this project for a couple of years and I joined them in February this year because they needed a singer.

How did you come up with your band name?

Mauro: The idea was to have a project where I could feel good, doing something I really like. Use music to express myself. To be okay with myself. To be an escape project…

Marcelo: Mauro had the concept in his head. After sharing it with me, we bounced some ideas back and forth and it just came about naturally.

Silvio: “Escape” comes from the need we have to escape, sometimes, from the regular life of any working man.

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

Mauro: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have great bands around here. But we have no place to play.

Silvio: I must say that metal is not that popular here. Not at all.

Marcelo: Unfortunately, the Metal scene here is practically dead.

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

Silvio: We’ve been working on this album that will be called “Holy Sin” so we’ve been releasing a few singles one by one on those digital platforms since May of 2021. Soon, the album will be completed.

Mauro: We released three singles in 2021. The last one was ‘Back On The Edge’. We had one of our songs, ‘Ashes of Desire’, played on ‘Pegadas de Andreas Kisser’, which is a radio show hosted by Andreas Kisser, from Sepultura, in a huge FM radio station dedicated to Rock called 89 FM A Rádio Rock.

Marcelo: The three songs we have released so far.

‘Ashes Of Desire’ (Lyric Video)

‘Back On The Edge’ (Lyric Video)

‘Sentence Of Death’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Silvio: I must say The Beatles and almost all hard rock bands from the 70’s like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sabbath etc…

Mauro: Jimi Hendrix, Adrian Smith and James Hetfield.

Marcelo: Steve Harris, Geezer Butler and Geddy Lee.

What first got you into music?

Silvio: The Beatles did it. After that, the Heavy Metal wave from the 80’s. I was a teenager back then so I got very involved in all that movement.

Mauro: Watching my father play. He is a great bass player.

Marcelo: Watching the video of ‘Aces High’ by Iron Maiden back in 1984 or 1985.

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

Mauro: Sacred Reich and Exodus.

Marcelo: Fates Warning.

Silvio: I wish Deep Purple asked me to sing in a couple of songs before they stop playing.

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

Marcelo: Wacken. Well, it’s Wacken, right?

Mauro: Wacken and Rock in Rio.

Silvio: Wacken, Rock In Rio.

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

Silvio: Gifts I don’t know but I’ve received some very weird music requests written on  napkins.

Mauro: I never received one…hahahaha

Marcelo: Can’t think of one…I don’t have that many fans.

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

Marcelo: Thank you for your support. It means everything.

Silvio: Look out! For here comes “Escape”!!!

Mauro: Take care…today this is the most important thing to do…

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

Marcelo: Ronnie James Dio.

Silvio: Oh…Ronnie James Dio!!

Mauro: Hendrix and Cliff Burton.

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

Mauro: I like to write…I live for it…and I don’t like competition in music.

Silvio: Being on stage. Sharing the energy with the fans. I hate the payment.

Marcelo: I really enjoy playing live. I really hate dishonest promoters.

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

Marcelo: How much musicians and songwriters get paid.

Silvio: Management

Mauro: More honesty…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Silvio: Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” album

Mauro: Metallica’s “…And Justice For All”. I have it tattooed on my arm.

Marcelo: Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave”

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

Marcelo: CD’s. except for the album covers. Vinyl covers are the best.

Silvio: If it’s music it’s fine. Anything goes.

Mauro: CD’s

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

Silvio: When my band (Inquisição) opened a concert for Deep Purple in Rio 2008.

Marcelo: The one where our singer couldn’t make it and I had to sing too.

Mauro: ...and I was there…for me it was playing on one of the most important stages in my city which is Circo Voador.

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

Mauro: Needs to have numbers…I like numbers…

Marcelo: Teaching.

Silvio: Maybe selling records??

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Silvio: Ian Gillan, Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore & Macca.

Mauro: James Hetfield and Warren Haynes.

Marcelo: My closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

Silvio: Put the album out and hope for the best.

Mauro: Just play…and play loud…. I need this…

Marcelo: Releasing more songs.

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

Silvio: Basically, all of them !
www.instagram.com/escapeproject.official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4V64423aGNXUo6g4scTa4u
www.deezer.page.link/2TKQ85EXtYMrJvE97
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmkTw5o-0kyJu0NAMazsRg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Marcel: Hahahahahaha. The eternal dilemma.

Silvio: I don’t have a clue.

Mauro: I have no idea

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

Silvio: Listen to Escape!!!

Marcelo: If you like the band, please get in touch.

Mauro: Take care and listen to heavy metal.

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OF INDIGO

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OF INDIGO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto, Canada based Dark Fantasy Metal band, Blood Of Indigo. Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Alex Centorame, 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 Alex Centorame and I’m the lead vocalist of Blood of Indigo. I started the band with Mariusz Syposz in the Spring of 2017 and Nathan Gross joined about a year later in 2018. In the Winter of 2017, I met and interviewed Mariusz’s former band on my Metal radio show at the time. It was a Saturday afternoon and we had lots of time to chat, so after our interview, I mentioned to them that I was taking vocal lessons and was looking to start my own Metal band. I remember demonstrating some of my harsh vocals which I had been experimenting with and going back and forth with their vocalist, as we were showing each other what we can do on the mic.

At that time, I was posting a lot of 30 second vocal covers of myself screaming to songs like the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, Dragon Ball Z, and Care Bears just to name a few. I would also post videos of myself screaming the ingredients of cereal boxes in the style of harsh vocals. (It’s still a great warmup technique). This was a great way for me to practice my vocals while also making my friends laugh. Mariusz not only thought my videos were hilarious, but he also really appreciated the sound of my voice. He started messaging me on Facebook every time I posted one of those videos, asking me when I was going to start a band. I was jamming with random people on Kijiji, feeling things out for a while until I finally asked Mariusz if he would like to join me in starting our own band from scratch. He accepted my offer! When we decided to work together, we instantly “clicked” when we realized how much we had in common and how much of an appreciation we have for evil sounding music.

Mariusz was still building his home studio at the time, so we worked with what we had to write our music. It started with the song ‘Resurrection’ which will be the second track on our debut album. While we were writing the song, Mariusz found Nathan on Facebook who posted some videos of him playing piano and “shredding” solos on his keyboard. Mariusz reached out to him via messenger to ask him if he would like to participate in writing ‘Resurrection’ with us because we were interested in adding keyboard sounds to our music and he agreed to be part of the songwriting. He wrote orchestration for ‘Resurrection’ and when we listened to the demo we were very impressed! In the Spring of 2018, Nathan asked to join the band and we accepted him as our third band mate. We were actually planning on asking him because we bonded so well as friends and creative minds, but he beat us to the punch. Over the past 4 years, we’ve grown closer as friends and continued working on our album. Since 2018, we’ve invested in our education by learning how to further our skills in production, marketing, storytelling, and musicianship. We upgraded our studio with some of the best modern plugins and production equipment and decided to do whatever it takes to create the highest quality sound that we can achieve as an independent band.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name Blood of Indigo while waiting for the bus. (I came up with most of the song lyrics, freezing my butt off through the brutal Canadian Winter). I really love horror, so I knew I wanted to include the word “blood” in the band name. Blood also represents passion and we are very passionate people. Blood is scary, but could also represent something much deeper and meaningful, like family or love. Then I remember passing by an Indigo book store while I was on the bus, so the word Indigo popped into my head. But what does Indigo represent? I thought to myself. So, after doing some research, I learned that the colour indigo represents royalty, bravery, and majesty. So, when you combine the two together, you get something that sounds dark and majestic. (Which represents how some people have described our music.) Then the name Blood of Indigo when me and Mariusz agreed that we loved it. As time went on, and I decided to write lore and introduce storytelling to our music, Blood of Indigo now represents something much deeper. It is a reference to the main villain character of the band’s concept, Anne Marie Indigo. She is the evil queen of the fictional parallel world, The Shaded World. We have a song titled “Anne Marie Indigo” on our album that is named after her and one of the heaviest songs on the album!

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

We are from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our Metal scene is a very welcoming community of friends, musicians, fans, promoters, and good people. Being in a band in our scene is awesome because there are shows happening every weekend in the city (when there isn’t a lockdown) and you can make friends with anyone at the show. Everyone is super supportive and there is a diverse range of music and amazing talent to be seen and heard. The Toronto Metal scene is incredible.

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

Our latest release is the track: ‘Angelus, The ‘Faceless’ Vampire’. It’s out on Bandcamp right now and also available for a free download via our “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” free song giveaway campaign. We will be releasing a special lyric video for the track in the coming months and will release it to all streaming platforms when the video is launched. The tracks ‘Sphynx, Collector Of Eyes’ and ‘Anne Marie Indigo’ will get the same treatment!

‘Angelus, the ‘Faceless’ Vampire

https://bloodofindigo.bandcamp.com/releases

‘Blood of Indigo – 3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal’ – Promo Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of our biggest musical influences as a band are: Dimmu Borgir, Nightwish, Epica, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septic Flesh, Carach Angren, Periphery, Dream Theater, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, and Amon Amarth. I personally take a lot of inspiration from Angela Gossow because of the intensity and raw emotion in her vocal delivery. I also love Ben Duerr from Shadow of Intent for his beastly tone. Our non-musical influences come from video games like: Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Bioshock, Diablo 2, and Legend of Zelda. We’ve worked the themes from those video games into the sound of our music, our presentation, artwork, storytelling, and overall branding.

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid, I became obsessed with professional wrestling and to this day, I’m still a fan! I remember many of the wrestler’s entrance themes were Metal songs in the early 2000’s. The wrestler, “Triple H” would walk out to the song, “The Game” by Motorhead and the wrestler, “Edge” would rush down to the ring with the song “Metallingus” by Alterbridge. The song “Bodies” by Drowning Pool was the official theme song for the pay-per-view event, ECW December to Dismember in 2006 and I just instantly fell in love with the raw aggression that Metal had. I remember my brother-in-law burned a CD for me with all of the wrestler’s entrance songs and the compilation was mixed in with a few popular Metal bands, like Pantera and Metallica. ‘Walk’ by Pantera was one of the songs on that CD! From there, I just started downloading songs from iTunes and discovering new bands and subgenres. My family wasn’t really surprised because they’ve always been supportive of my passions and were pretty used to Metal blaring through the TV speakers during every Monday Night Raw broadcast.

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

We would love to collaborate with Simone Simmons from Epica. She is an incredible singer and I feel like she would be the perfect feature on a Blood of Indigo song! Maybe we can look into asking her to sing on album two? I think she would be great!

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

Wacken Open Air, hands down! Wacken is like the Wrestlemania of Metal shows, the show of shows! It has always been a dream of ours to play in front of thousands of passionate fans in Germany. I’m confident that it will happen, someday and it will be a glorious moment. Before Blood of Indigo became a band, I wrote down on a paper towel (because it was the only thing I could write on that was in sight) that I would play Wacken Open Air. I wanted to manifest that dream and the first step would be writing it down immediately. I’ve always seen myself performing on the big stage and I know the guys want it just as much. We will do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality!

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

We haven’t received any weird gifts from fans just yet, but maybe we’ll be surprised one day!

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

I would just like to say THANK YOU for your love and support. Over the past four years we’ve been working on our debut album and we’re finally in the home stretch. So far, we’ve connected with you via social media posts, free song giveaways, email, and we will continue to find new ways to connect with you and make your experience unforgettable. You have been so supportive and patient in the process of this project unfolding from the very beginning. We are so grateful that you’re here to experience it with us. We promise to deliver our best efforts and we are so excited for you to listen to ‘Dawn Of The Shaded World’. Thank you for believing in us, we hope this album will bring you a memorable Dark Fantasy Metal experience.

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

Chester Bennington. I was shocked when he passed away. Linkin Park was so innovative with their sound and connected with so many people, including us. Chester was a true artist and he had so much passion for his work. I would have loved to see Linkin Park perform live. Chester is a legend and his legacy will live forever.

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

I love creating, telling stories, learning how to use my voice in different ways, and connecting with our fans. Bringing Blood of Indigo to life has been the most creatively fulfilling experience of my life. Making this vision come to life with two guys that I can call best friends, has made it even sweeter! Even just the incredible feedback we’re getting from fans about the three songs we’re giving away is a reminder that we’re doing the right things in life. It feels good to know that your music is making a difference in someone’s life, even in the smallest way. There’s nothing that I could really say I hate because I love what I do.

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

The industry is always changing and I think it’s a matter of perspective. There isn’t anything I can put my finger on right now, but I believe that if we choose to grow and change ourselves from within, our external circumstances will change with us and meet us there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Quantum Enigma” by Epica is a Symphonic Metal masterpiece. Every single track is a banger and I just love how grandiose their production sounds. Epica always does an amazing job and has to be one of my all-time favourite bands. I’ve been listening to “Quantum Enigma” a lot lately!

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

They’re all great for different reasons, but CD’s usually sound the best in my opinion. Vinyl is super cool if you’re a collector and want to immerse yourself in the experience. Cassettes are cool because they give your music that old school feel, and downloads are great because they’re convenient and make it easy for everyone to enjoy your music. However you enjoy your music, they’re all great choices!

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

I personally have never played a show yet! Mariusz and Nathan have played live many times with their other bands respectively, and they always tell me about how surreal it is to perform for an audience. We are incredibly excited to play our first Blood of Indigo show once we release our debut album and build our fanbase. We’ve been mainly focussing on building our fanbase online and so far, we’ve been receiving some amazing feedback about our music. Soon enough, we’ll be playing these songs live once we’re ready to make it happen!

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

I would probably be acting! I’ve always loved performing and it’s so much fun for me to become a character. I like putting myself in other peoples’ shoes and experiencing life from another perspective. I like to feel their emotions, I like to study their psychology; how they think, I like to analyse how they might react to a certain challenge or situation. I do have a background in voice acting which was very useful in helping me learn harsh vocals. I also do some voice acting on our debut album in a couple of songs. Tracks like ‘Corpse Bride’, ‘Angelus,The ‘Faceless’ Vampire’, and ‘Novice Pyromancy’’ challenge me to become a character and embrace the voice of a protagonist.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Cena, Captain Falcon, Shagrath, Patrick Star, and Enzo Matrix.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we are finishing the mixing and mastering for our debut album, “Dawn of The Shaded World” which we are planning to release in 2022. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be aiming to build our fanbase and email list with our “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” campaign where we are giving away three songs from our album to let people hear what our music sounds like! Next, we’ll be releasing three singles with cinematic lyric videos for the songs ‘Angelus, The ‘Faceless’ Vampire’, ‘Sphynx, Collector Of Eyes’, and ‘Anne Marie Indigo’ to tell the stories of the songs!

If you would like to sign up for “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” I’ve provided the link below:

www.threedaysofdarkfantasymetal.lpages.co/3daysofdarkfantasymetal/

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

Here are the links!
www.bloodofindigo.com/
www.bloodofindigo.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/bloodofindigo
www.facebook.com/groups/827433907731376/
(Dark Fantasy Haven – Art, Music, Games, and Collectibles)

www.instagram.com/bloodofindigo_/
www.twitter.com/bloodofindigo_
www.tiktok.com/@bloodofindigo_
www.threedaysofdarkfantasymetal.lpages.co/3daysofdarkfantasymetal/
(3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I would say it’s more of a biscuit. If you can’t blow out the candles, slice it into slightly uneven pieces because you took the biggest piece, and serve it to all of your homies on your seventh birthday party which is happening at Chucky Cheese’s, it’s probably not a cake!

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

I would just like to say thank you for interviewing me about Blood of Indigo. I would also like to thank our fans for supporting us as we are building this band from the ground up! Over the next 12 months, we’ll be aiming to build our fanbase and email list with our “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” campaign where we are giving away three songs from our album to let people hear what our music sounds like!

If you would like to sign up for “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” I’ve provided the link below:

www.threedaysofdarkfantasymetal.lpages.co/3daysofdarkfantasymetal

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EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF

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EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Costa Rica, Central America based Fuzz Doom/Sludge band, Age Of The Wolf. 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 Age of the Wolf and we play loud fuzzed Doomed Sludge. Created around 2015, released a Stoner Rock/Hard Rock oriented self-titled EP in 2016. Our debut album was released via Aural Music/Code666 Records (Italy) on CD and Vinyl. After the global pandemic hit we drew into writing mode, we also released B-sides from our song ‘Memorial’, from our debut EP, through our own label Cognitive Discordance Records on tape. Meanwhile we had been working on our second album and realized we had two songs we weren’t gonna use in the record, so we decided to use these two songs for our split “Vigils” with our friends from TEL (Richmond, VA) through Electric Talon Records on cassette and tape.

How did you come up with your band name?

No story behind it, just a name.

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

Costa Rica, Central America. We have a lot of bands here and a very active scene. Mostly Black/Thrash/Death Metal. A lot of good bands are coming out and constantly releasing better material all the time.

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

Our latest release is a split with our friends in TEL from Richmond, Virginia. It was released on CD and Tape via Electric Talon Records on August 13th, 2021.

‘Priestess Of Cledones’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a little bit of everything. We’re into Mastodon (early releases), Neurosis, Yob, Sleep, Dopelord, Pallbearer…of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

We all definitely have different answers for that. But the interest in metal and in playing instruments has definitely been within all of us since our early teens.

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

Well, we just did a Split with Tel, which is something we wanted to do for some time and we’re really happy about that. There are many influences we have (that we mentioned in our previous answers) that collaborating or playing alongside them would definitely be a great milestone for us.

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

There are a lot of great Doom/Sludge/Stoner fests. Fest like Desertfest, Monolith at the Mesa, Psycho (Las Vegas & Smokeout), Maryland Doom Fest. We would be honoured to play in any fest related to the genre.

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

We’re not famous enough for weird fan gifts.

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

Thanks for sticking up with us through all these years and line-up changes, and radical sound changes as well, we really appreciate you all. To all the new ones: Welcome back, and if you like our old stuff: we’re prolly not playing those anytime soon, sorry!

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

So many come to my head. Couldn’t pick one. Would love to talk with Chuck Schuldiner, or Peter Steele, but this is a very personal question for each of the band. So, let’s just say we’ll bring Buddy Holly back just so he dies again.

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

Well, spending time with your friends to create music is definitely what we love. Playing live for our friends and fans is something we enjoy (and miss) a lot. When it comes to hating something about being a musician, we believe that putting yourself out there, and being your own social media manager, and creating your own brand, is something we don’t really like, since what we love the most is making music. But they go hand in hand, so it’s just part of the job.

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

We would really love to have a scene like the old days, where you could get a big record deal, and you had to work your ass off to make a record. Nowadays (and this is something just as good as it is bad) there are so many bands and so much music for the listener to consume, that everything tends to be forgettable, no matter how relevant it may seem, since next week something just as good is getting released. This is cool, but we believe it sometimes takes away the relevance of something as important and as personal as an album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sleep – “Dopesmoker”

YOB – “Clearing The Path To Ascend”

Mastodon – “Blood Mountain”

Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”

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

Depends on what you like. We enjoy Vinyl and collect it most of the time. But we do have our share of CD’s and tapes as well. For the genre, it mostly falls into the Vinyl category. For everyday listening, we use streaming services as well, for ease of access more than anything else.

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

We’ve had our fair share of cool gigs, thankfully. We believe MASSACRE FEST III in Tarrazú was probably one of our best ones to date.

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

Cabby, hot dog vendor, weed delivery guy. The world is our oyster. And we all have our own day jobs as well, we ain’t no Iron Maiden.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We have no fucking idea. SpongeBob SquarePants, Jesus, Chuck Testa, Cardi B, and Donald Trump. That would be fun enough.

What’s next for the band?

We’re finishing writing our second album and we will work hard to release it in 2022.

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

Mostly Instagram. We do have Facebook and Twitter, as well. And of course, Bandcamp for streaming.
www.instagram.com/ageofthewolf/
www.facebook.com/ageofthewolf
www.twitter.com/ageofthewolf
www.ageofthewolf.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6j11eprtGhEabKgyU9JclH
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJZsnbfhdDI89mFu9oDXGgQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We honestly have no idea what those are, but by our Google search, they look like biscuits to us.

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

Thanks to Ever Metal for the interview, hope you like our new split with Tel out now via Electric Talon Records on Tape and CD!

Age Of The Wolf Promo Pic

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