EMQ’s with SCARS OF REMEMBRANCE

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EMQ’s with SCARS OF REMEMBRANCE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Wrexham, North Wales Metal band & Ever Metal favourites Scars Of Remembrance. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Hi, I’m Ben SoR Burke and i play drums and try and do backing vocals.
Other members of the band are-
Daniel Dawson – Guitars + Backing Vocals
Mark Harris – Guitars + Backing Vocals
Karl Ditcher – Bass
Mike Edwards – Vocals
Scars of Remembrance are a 5 piece metal band from Wrexham, North Wales. We have been a band for about 6 years but had a few line-up changes in that time.
Ben, Dawson and Harris are founding members.
Our first bassist left after 3 years then we got Karl in.
Over the years we’ve had a few singers in. After our last singer left we decided that the rest of the band would have a go at the vocals, in case we struggled to find a replacement. Now we have our new front man Mike there are 4 of us singing in the band now.
We have done a few rough demos and there are a few live recordings over on our YouTube page.
We compare ourselves to Killswitch Engage, Bury Tomorrow, Of Mice and Men and 36 Crazyfists.
Now we feel we have the right line-up to start taking the next steps as a band and are looking to record an EP, make a music video and play some festivals.

How did you come up with your band name?

Finding a cool catchy band name is very hard, after a few of us came up with crap attempts, Harris shouted out Scars of Remembrance and we all thought ‘That’s cool!’ and that was that, S.o.R was born.

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

We are all from sunny Wrexham in North Wales.
To be honest the metal scene has died a little bit here, with venues shutting up and down the place. There is a local metal Promotions team that is trying it’s hardest to keep the music scene alive.

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

We have just done 2 live recordings, 1 at the live rooms Chester, and a recent one at Glyndwr for a live TV sessions recording, which is mainly to help the students record and film live acts. All available over on our Youtube page.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have so many in the band, which is good as if we all liked the same band we’d tend to sound like them.
I started out with Metallica at a prime old age of about 10, but the older I got the heavier I got- Lamb of God, Despised Icon, Job for a Cowboy, Suicide Silence, Emmure ,The Acacia Strain, Killswitch Engage, think you get the idea.

What first got you into music?

I come from a musical family, been in bands with my Uncle and a few Cousins over the years, and my Dad played the side drum for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, so got inspired at an early age with the drums.

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

I think cause our Frontman has a heavy scream and me (Ben), Dawson and Harris are trying to lighten a few of the vocals with some singing, I think I’d like Jason Cameron from Bury Tomorrow to come do some choruses for us as I think his voice is amazing. And Chris Adler from Lamb of God on drums, just to improve me really!
Dawson all day long would say Slash!
Harris would say Charlie Simpson from Busted!!!
Karl would say all of Tool!
And Mike probably JJ Peters from Deez Nuts!

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

Obviously the Holy Grail of Festivals which is Monsters of Rock/Donington/Download. I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve been there, and have always said “I’d love to play there one day!” Will my day come??????

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

Not sure if it’s the weirdest but it’s a gift I didn’t really expect back, and that was my drumstick after I threw it out after our set!!!

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

Support all Live Music, if you don’t then these local up and coming acts/bands will never be those bands you go and see headline festivals with 80,000 other people.

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

Dimebag Darrell, I’m a drummer and like all things drums but for me he was the best Guitarist ever. Only ever seen him once, wish I’d seen him a lot more.

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

I love playing drums, have most of my life, and playing live is such a buzz, playing music that helps people have a release and let all the bullshit of their daily lives out for that 30/45 mins is nice to see.
I hate spending 1000s of pounds on gear, travelling miles to venues and no one can be arsed to show up, and you play to the other bands and bar staff. I also hate venues over charging for people to get in to see live bands, that’s killing the underground music scene.

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

God there’s loads, but one of the main ones and maybe it’s because I’m old, but it’s definitely this new wave of heavy metal moshing called ‘crowd killing’! I still like a good old ‘mosh’ myself, but these dicks are not doing it for the music, they are doing it to hurt people. Seen so many fights the last few years because of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Being a CD collector and having hundreds with a good genre range it’s going to be tough, so I’m going to put the album I’m listening to at the moment – Malevolence – “Self Supremacy”.

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

Think i answered that in the last question!!!

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

Probably the recent ones we did in Live Rooms supporting Hed PE one night in Chester then next night supporting Sumo Cyco in Wrexham Live Rooms. It felt nice playing the bigger stages, rather than a pub gig with 5 bands and everyone’s gear crammed in a tiny corner!

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

I have a day job so probably that!!!!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sir Alex Ferguson – I’m a massive United fan and he’s the Godfather!
Bret the Hitman Hart – He was my childhood hero!
Lars Ulrich – Yes he’s a dick but he’s the reason I play drums!
Andy Copping – so I could get him so drunk and agreeing for us to play Download!
Megan Fox – Just to see if she really is that fit!

What’s next for the band?

We are trying to get on a few Festivals this year and see if we have time to do a recording, we all lead busy lives so it can be hard.

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/scarsofremembrance
https://www.soundcloud.com/scarsofremembrance
https://www.facebook.com/pg/scarsofremembrance

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Surely it says it on the pack what it is right??? Jaffa CAKE!

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

Thanks to all the people that took the time to read all this shit I’ve put down, we would really appreciate you go give us a like on Facebook and check our stuff over on Youtube, and if you do that, we will buy you a pint next time we see you!!!!(but we pick!!!) haha
Also please keep supporting live music before all the venues shut down and there are nowhere for underground bands to play!
Lastly, thanks to Ever Metal for supporting us!
See you at a gig in the near future, Cheers S.o.R Boyos!

 

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EMQ’s with AUDIO REIGN

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EMQ’s with AUDIO REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Hard Rock/Metal band Audio 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?

My name is Jake, I am lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Audio Reign.
Audio Reign was formed in 2011 in Adelaide, South Australia. Like most dedicated bands, we rehearsed our arses off until we were ready to deliver our music to the world, and when that time came, we didn’t look back. We wrote our first six-song EP named “Find Your Way”. This album got us a slot on the 2014 Big Day Out in Adelaide.
Audio Reign shortly after had a few personal issues to deal with which saw us out of action for a while hence the break between albums. But once we had things sorted, it was full steam ahead and the train hasn’t stopped.
The new debut self-titled album “Audio Reign” was written and independently released in November 2018 and has been getting fantastic reviews and media coverage since its release. The album’s strength and the band’s energetic live show earning us big supports with the likes of US bands Skillet and Pop Evil.
Audio Reign have a vision to rise up from the ranks in Australia and bring back the live scene whilst creating a new sound for Australian rock.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, it was a bit of motley luck! We wanted to make sure any band name that we came up with wasn’t already taken by a band somewhere else. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever come up with an original band name and thought “This is siiiick” and “no-one is going to have this name?” Well if you have and you punched it into Google, you can bet your balls (or whatever) that the name is already taken!
We must have gone through 30 names and every name was taken! We knew we wanted to have “Reign” in the name, and one of the words we were using with different combos was the word “Audio”. We ended up punching those two together and the skies opened up and a massive light shone down on to our laptop whilst angels sang… Audio Reign was born \m/.
Funny enough a year or so later, I did a search for our name on Google and some cover band from the States (US) had taken our name and even made a similar logo. I was like, “What the F%@#!!” I sent them a message asking if they’d heard of a Google search engine, to which they replied, “They didn’t see a problem because they were in the US and were in Australia so it shouldn’t really matter!” What they don’t realise is that we plan to infiltrate the US as well! We’ll deal with that when the time comes 😉

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

We are from Australia. There is a very strong metal/ heavy scene over here although obviously more underground as there is no commercial support for it. But behind the scenes it is thriving and if you go looking for it, you will definitely find it.

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

We released our debut full length album self-titled “Audio Reign” in November 2018. The first single “Betrayal” was also released in November complete with an epic music video filmed in a cathedral. In March 2019 we released our latest emotion-fueled single “Senses” including a lyric video to go with it. Both songs are quite different from each other but were released to show how diverse the album itself is and what the band is capable of.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ask any member of Audio Reign who their influences are and although there would be obvious crossovers, we are all quite different from each other. I think that’s great for the band as it allows us to draw on those different influences when writing new music to ensure our songs don’t all start sounding the same.
But my main influences personally would have to be (in no particular order) Alter Bridge, GnR, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, early Pearl Jam. And now it continues with bands like Stone Sour, Sevendust etc.

What first got you into music?

When I was six years old, I heard Kiss on the radio and from that moment they became my favourite band of the time! The sound of heavy guitars, the stage show, the attitude, the ROCK! Everything combined was just loud and in your face!

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

That’s a tough call, a duet with Lizzy Hale from Halestorm or a song written with Deftones combining their style with ours. So many possibilities, so many choices of so many great musicians, I can’t really single one out.

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

Well it would have to be Wacken or Rock am Ring. WOA is more of a metalfest open to and catering to most subgenres, whereas Rock am Ring is probably a bit more mainstream. Both are massive and if you can get us on either one, we’ll die happy (haha).

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

We haven’t actually received any really weird gifts… or maybe we’re a bit weird which made them seem normal.

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

Thank you immensely for your undying support, without you we are nothing, and your love and belief in us is everything. This music is for you \m/

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

There are so many I want to bring back for different reasons, but right at this moment I would like to bring back Chris Cornell. I believe he had so many more great songs to give and so much more to do personally. His death was an absolute tragedy and a massive blow to the heavy world, not to mention his loving family left behind. RIP Chris.

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

Having an absolutely awesome and totally rewarding outlet that gives you the opportunity to emote and express yourself. When you’re in the moment performing with the band and everything is sounding tight and heavy, the high is incredible!
I hate the fact that sometimes you need to choose between a lot of different things in life that clash with this lifestyle and can really upset the balance of mental harmony.

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

That the heavyweights of the industry restructure things and finally give the musicians the pay and recognition they deserve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alter Bridge – “Blackbird”.

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

Vinyl or CD. You get top quality sound with an actual physical piece of merchandise that often includes artwork, lyrics, pictures etc. What a bloody bonus!

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

We performed at the 2014 Big Day Out in Adelaide on the same bill as Pearl Jam. That was pretty memorable. Since then we have supported heavy rockers Skillet and Pop Evil so we’ve had some fun!

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

I am currently also a fulltime metro firefighter, so that’s probably what I’d be doing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other members of Audio Reign and you so we can continue this conversation over many drinks 😉

What’s next for the band?

World domination… but first we need to play Wacken Open Air and Rock am Ring!
And before that we will probably release some more music and music videos and go on tour!

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

Most of them… Facebook, Instagram, twitter, Soundcloud, Bands in Town, Audio Reign website, etc.
https://www.audioreign.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/AudioReignBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa Cake? Can I add that as a pizza topping?

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

Thanks for your support in keeping the heavy music fire burning! You play a massive part in keeping this awesome musical genre alive and spreading the word to new generations of kids who wanna rock HEAVY \m/

 

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EMQ’s with BURNT OUT WRECK

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EMQ’s with BURNT OUT WRECK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Rock band Burnt Out Wreck. Huge thanks to Gary Moat 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?

Gary, singer/songwriter for Burnt Out Wreck. We have been together for two and a half years and have been gigging for most of it too.

ow did you come up with your band name?

It’s how I feel when I look in a mirror!

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

We are from the UK, and yes it is still alive and kicking.

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

Our album from 2017 “Swallow”. There are also two videos for ‘Flames’ and ‘Swallow’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Most 70’s/80’s rock and indeed all types of music.

What first got you into music?

Drums!

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

AC/DC lol!

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

Wacken would be Awesome. I think we would go down a storm there.

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

Cornish Pasties.

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

Be Yourself.

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

Freddie Mercury.

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

Playing live, and not getting paid.

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

I’d need a time machine to go back in time and stop computers from being invented.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Piledriver” – Status Quo.

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

CD’s.

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

HRH AOR.

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

Building something or other.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lol. No thanks they’re all mental.

What’s next for the band?

We are recording our second album as we speak so look out for that later in the year and we will be out and about gigging again in the UK from May onwards.

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

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
https://www.facebook.com/BurntOutWreck/
https://twitter.com/BurntWreck
https://www.instagram.com/burntoutwreck/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If you leave the packet open they’re a cake, if you put them in the fridge they’re a biscuit.

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

Thanks and take care.

 

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EMQ’s with MAD SPANNER

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EMQ’s with MAD SPANNER

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with another Ever Metal favourite, the wonderful Mad Spanner who reside somewhere in the brain of Michael Randall and what a wonderful brain it is. Huge thanks to Michael, Dan and 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?

My name is Michael Randall, I play bass in the band but started out playing everything and writing most of the material. I’ll try and be brief as the history of Mad Spanner has many different factors and I’m not even the most reliable orator of its story!
Mad Spanner was rooted out of mental anguish, from a time I was recovering a mental breakdown…a week-long episode completely de-railed my life and personality which took years to recover. In those seasons in the abyss thinking nothing, feeling nothing on and off all kinds of different medication whilst also dropping out of university, I felt I had lost all my dreams and aspirations save for playing live in a band. I could already play drums but it was hugely cathartic solely focussing on learning bass, guitar and piano day in, day out because there was nothing else, it the only thing I could set my mind on. It led to the release of the demo-album ‘Wrong Shade Of Orange’ on Bandcamp, though the realisation that none of it matters crushed me entirely and had me suicidal at the River Severn. It would be the first and worst time I felt the metaphor of Sisyphus’s boulder, MY boulder, hopelessly roll back down the hill. But the decision to push the metaphorical boulder back up the hill and accept the absurdity of life has been a huge part of what informs the approach to Mad Spanner, as well as my own mental health. Struggle Humour is a big part of it too, taking focus onto the little things in life and amplifying them well out of proportion delivered with the fury of a receding hairline. Mad Spanner is a celebration of being alive.
I found excellent musicians and new friends in Shrewsbury with Dan Ashley and Ben Codd and they have greatly improved the demo songs through collaboration where Mad Spanner stopped being a solo project and became a fully democratic band. I think we have an edge because we avoid parody – the rage comes from a very real place but it’s channelled in a positive way with a sense of humour. We have been enjoying bringing the absurd intensity to audiences since!

How did you come up with your band name?

I honestly can’t remember. I remember MAD was based on my own initials (MAD Randall) like an egocentric self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s probably for the best it remains nonsensical, at least it stuck well!

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

I’m from Wales and Dan and Ben live in Shrewsbury, England. I was quite frustrated in my hometown of Aberystwyth that there was no live rock music; it was all singer-songwriter folk-acoustic bollocks. I’d spend a fortune travelling and staying nights in Birmingham for my metal concerts and try my best to find musicians in Aber or pester venues to book rock bands but nothing really came besides Evile in 2010 – one of my favourite bands I went batshit for! I moved away to Shrewsbury late 2016 for a change of pace and to focus on music with help from a close friend (who a couple months later became a vocalist for some band in the making ‘Ashen Crown’). There wasn’t much in Shrewsbury either as Mad Spanner seems closer tied with the Birmingham and Wolverhampton scenes but with the events organisation I co-manage ‘Born To Lose’, I hope to turn Shrewsbury into a metal hotspot in a couple of years of steady growth. The scene here is growing and we encourage local bands and try and give them a helping hand.
I have a deep respect of Birmingham’s rich history with metal (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Anaal Nathrakh, Ashen Crown) and the Manchester scene is a joy to see, I still have a lot of love for anything going on in Wales. North East Wales Promotions are doing a fantastic job and I heard great things in Machynlleth and Cardiff too. Even Aberystwyth have started metal nights since I have left so I would love to see more Welsh metal emerging, kicking and screaming to attention!

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

We are extremely proud of our debut album ‘Life Absurd’ that came out on Bandcamp a few weeks ago. The reception it’s had has been fantastic and I’m really happy people are getting a kick out of it! These songs have been tried and tested in the live arena and we are chuffed as hell this album captured that energy – Bens drumming is fucking merciless! We were also lucky enough to get Doug Stanhope’s blessing to open the album which was huge as he’s a big hero of mine. We’ve also released a stop-motion animation video for ‘Wrongshade’ which I hope shows what you can do on a budget of a pack of biros, 80 pages and a lot of effort!!

Who have been your greatest influences?

That is a very difficult question to answer because we take influence from everything – thrash, death metal, grindcore, black metal, hardcore punk, philosophy and stand-up comedy! Dan and Ben both bring wildly different influences which is fantastic. Dan’s really into Devin Townsend and Matt Heafy’s guitar playing. Ben takes a lot of cues from Joey Jordison, Chris Penny and Dave Mclain. Strapping Young Lad and Discharge are the closest comparisons we have to direct influences but I like to think we are ripping off a hundred of our favourite bands at the same time so it sounds somewhat original!
I have to say that everything started when listening to Scumfaces split EP with Footprints In The Custard though! The opener resonated on me in such a deep, profound way – “ahem, *clears throat* – AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”. It gave the idea to do as many short songs as possible trimmed of all fat but instead of punk I would try as many musical ideas as I could fit…you could experiment and if it sounded shit, you just move on to the next 2 minute song no problem!

What first got you into music?

Guitar Hero for me – I was completely obsessed!! When I heard ‘Symphony Of Destruction’ for the first time it was just game over – the quest to find the most badass riff had begun and yet nothing has come close to the first time one knocked me for six! I heard a wide range of rock and metals history through those games and the later iterations even taught me how to play drums. Dan’s dad got him into metal through NWOBHM records and Ben kind of just fell into it randomly all of a sudden from the Eagles right into Slipknot, as you do!

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

I love artistic collaborations and doing one-off specials…the dream for me would be Devin Townsend or Ihsahn as they are visionaries in their craft pushing boundaries. Otherwise I would love to collaborate with anyone with a dedication to art and willing to do something completely off the wall, be it filming, photography or playing a niche instrument. Collaborating with people outside of metal and helping give it a fresh new perspective is exciting to me.

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

Dan chose MetalDays and Ben went for Wacken. But why not non-music festivals? What about festivals celebrating cheese, or Oktoberfest, or the Kanamara Penis Festival in Japan? Those festivals could be a hell of a lot of fun to play!
(But seriously, it’s Wacken.)

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

So far we have only been given nice things, Thrashatouille baked us some congratulatory cakes on our album launch party, that was pretty awesome! In fact, I reckon we are the weird and obsessed fans other bands should look out for! I turn into an embarrassing anxious jelly talking to musicians I admire and Dan takes fandom to hilarious levels, owning and wearing Mankinis used by Footprints In The Custard, as well as owning a shirt of every gig he has ever been to and at least one band shirt of every gig we have played. Don’t get us started on our music collections…

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

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – we love all of you and we always appreciate all your support. I will always say it given any opportunity and the message never dilutes over time. I maintain that as soon as bands think they are above their fans or take them for granted, they will be underneath them in a flash.

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

I wouldn’t want to if I could. Let the past be and focus on the present.

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

Playing live, that was a slam-dunk answer! That is the greatest thing, where the music is fully experienced with the audience, feeding back from each other…it’s fucking magic. There has never been a gig where I don’t leave full of sweat completely exhausted after giving absolutely everything, I enjoy the adrenaline as well as the cathartic release.
I’m not sure I hate anything about being a musician otherwise I wouldn’t do it but being a heavy handed bass player has had me banned from borrowing Dans guitars in fear of snapping yet another string!

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

Great question…I really don’t have a lot of confidence in Spotify with their recent decision not to increase the rate artists get paid to a point remotely considered fair. Music has been seriously devalued and I think that it is worth more attention. It’s great playing music as a hobby but so unrealistic to make it as a living that it has become the new dream. Albums cost a lot of money to make and it’s hard to break even when CD’s are no longer relevant and streaming barely pays at all. In this industry, I’m not a musician as much as a glorified T-shirt salesman.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have too many, there’s nothing better than a great album start to finish, except playing a show of course! Keeping it current, my favourites of 2018 were Boss Keloids “Melted On The Inch” and Primordials “Exile Amongst The Ruins” and I’m loving “Syntheosis” by Waste Of Space Orchestra at the moment. Dan’s favourites are Anathemas “Judgement” as well as Alcests “Les Voyages De Lame” and Ben’s are Soilworks “Stabbing The Drama”, Iron Maiden’s “Killers” and Slipknots “Iowa”.

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

Downloads is just the most efficient way of listening to music and there is no getting around it. But fuck, for full immersion of the gigantic art…getting involved with the music giving it your undivided attention…it has to be vinyl, even if finding the time dedicating to it gets harder and harder. Dan and I both have record collections and I’m always on the hunt for something obscure. Once in Cardiff I bought a record “Palace Of Visions” by the band ‘Saviours’ just on the incredible art alone – and it rocked like a bastard!

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

Pentrefest, Rock N Bowl Festival, our Halloween party…
We have had particular highlights but nothing has topped our hometown shows…yet! The metal scene in Shrewsbury is growing and our album release show was completely crazy. It was a hot day, but the heat inside the venue with the photographers lights blaring and the audience packed in toward the front like sardines it was a freaking oven! Things went wild – a hyperactive and constant moshpit…there was a human pyramid and stage invasions and our first wall of death, it was a miracle nothing got damaged! Rows of heads banging in unison was so freaking cool to see…It was the most unbelievable show and thankfully some of it was filmed – you can see the highlights on Youtube. Right at the climax of our last song ‘Escape Into Reality’, the fire alarm went off and we were forced to silence our set and evacuate the building, no encores! It was a bit anticlimactic, if eventful but every time we play Shrewsbury things get nuttier than before and it’s those kind of close up sweat-fests where we are closer to our fans that I relish most.

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

I have no idea. I have a strong work ethic so I would get on fine and soon get promoted in boring careers that would grind my spirit down. I’ve always wanted to be an artist and express and articulate my thoughts; if it wasn’t music then it would be film, theatre, comedy or writing. As long as I have a room over my head, enough to eat and save money then I would rather work my ass off in any creative pursuit and find fulfilment getting a fresh project off the ground.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Me: Brian Blessed
Dan: Rhod Gilbert
Jim Carrey
Ben: Steve Buscemi
Peter Kay

What’s next for the band?

We are playing Colwyn Bay next week which is cool – I love visiting new places in Wales, especially music venues! We also have a huge gig opening for Footprints In The Custard’s album release show on June 1st which is mental! Dan and I are massive Footprints fans but I’m also a huge fan of Raised By Owls who are also on the bill so I’m freaking out a bit that I’m even typing this! Otherwise we have nothing booked in May onwards so get in touch if you would like us to play in your town! We are also going to be filming and putting out a new music video. We haven’t decided the song yet but you can be sure it will be bizarre!

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

We are active on social media but I try and battle through anxiety networking by word of mouth. I’ll list some links below where you can find us!
Official Website/EPK: http://artistecard.com/madspanner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadSpanner/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madspanner/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtIfHri19Rk
Bandcamp: https://madspanner.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I wouldn’t mind if they released Jaffa Biscuits!

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

Spread kindness.
Much love and jaffa biscuits, see you in the pit!
Michael Randall

 

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EMQ’s with CASTER VOLOR

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EMQ’s with CASTER VOLOR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Minneapolis, MN based Hard Rock band Caster Volor. 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 Steven Volor lead guitarist for the hard rock band Caster Volor. Caster Volor started out with my older brother and I many years ago. He asked me to play a riff he wrote on the guitar, so he could sing along to it and from that day on we formed the band without any idea of what we were doing. A few years later, and after growing our musical abilities and auditioning musicians, we completed our line-up as a 3-piece in September of 2017. Released our debut EP “A Prelude To The Freak Show” in April 2018. Added our fourth member in October 2018 and have been performing/touring since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Caster Volor is our family name. Originally, our last name is Frolov – we removed the “F” and wrote it backwards to get Volor. Caster was the name of very first guitar I played with my brother, “Star-caster”.

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

Minneapolis, MN – United States. The deep metal scene is strong, but lacks hard rock and traditional heavy metal.

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

My Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Music Video – November 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkRSjQ1KqcQ
A Prelude To The Freak Show (EP) – April 2018

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by the hard and metal bands from all spans of time. If they kicked ass, they inspired us. To name a few artists: Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, KISS, however, personally speaking our biggest influence was our neighbour Igor Bagriy. One day he walked into our house and saw we had a drum-set and that set him off. I was about 14 years old and he sat behind the kit, BEAT a few drums and said, “What the fuck is this shit!” He was enraged because it was out of tune and set-up incorrectly. At that point, we found out he was a professionally touring drummer from Ukraine. It was that turning point that he taught us what rock ‘n’ roll really was about. We jammed together here and there as he was trying to teach us how to write, perform, and most of all play in time. If you were a hair off tempo, he would try to kill you. I am forever grateful that he spent the time he did teaching us despite the tremendous fear I was in every time. It made me realize what a true drummer needed to sound like and what a tight band felt like. From that point on, we’ve only played with the best.

What first got you into music?

My dad played a lot of Beatles growing up. Well, he actually played a lot of the greatest hits from all genres. I must’ve listened to Beatles, ABBA, Scorpions, KISS, various Russian artists, Opus, anything that made you dance I heard it growing up. As I got older, I was introduced to System of a Down, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and then things got heavier and heavier. Today, my favourite artist is RAMMSTEIN.

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

Till Lindemann. He’s not that much different than my current singer to be completely honest, but he’s in RAMMSTEIN and that would be insane.

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

Download or Rock AM – I’ve seen some of the greatest artists rock those festivals on YouTube and performing in Europe would be a dream come true. They love metal.

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

It’s not that it was a weird gift, it was that we performed at a little local bar in our hometown and the turnout was horrible, but if you’ve seen a Caster Volor show you know we always set-up with full production and play as if there are millions regardless of the crowd, and during our set some guy threw his twins hat onto the stage and said please take this with you on your tour. He thought we were from out of state touring and stopped in Minneapolis. It was literally a local show.

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

Rock ‘N’ Roll will not survive without you. Go out to shows, buy merchandise, buy the music, share their posts, and invite your friends to do the same.

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

Have you seen Pet Sematary? Anyway, I would probably bring back Freddie Mercury. Greatest frontman to have ever lived.

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

The best part of being a musician is performing and seeing the reaction of your audience. We have so much fun on stage and the way we interact with our crowd it brings me so much joy to see them smile, laugh, and cheer.
I hate the business. The guys at the top are crooks, and the guys at the bottom are unprofessional, but passionate. If they took their passion and improved their professionalism, the music business would be a better place. We could “take over.” Have the inmates run the asylum now.

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

The music industry doesn’t take risks anymore. No reps looking for quality artists. They want you once you’re successful then strip you of your worth. There are so many great bands out there that with a little push could make rock ‘n’ roll the most prosperous genre like it was back in the day. Too much fill is released.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction”. It had everything. It was dirty, raunchy, messy, loud, catchy, and embodied rock ‘n’ roll.

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

I grew up with CD’s, so I’m used to that, but downloads are convenient, however, vinyl’s sound the best.

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

We opened for Stryper in Nov. 2017 to a sold-out venue in Minneapolis. Everyone was there, and we made a statement. We even hung out with Stryper at Taco Bell across the street and they complemented our set. It’s funny because their management and road crew hated us. Our set was too inappropriate.

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

I’m currently a fitness professional. I manage 4 Snap Fitness gyms in St. Paul and I’m a personal trainer. Right now, I’m working on my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, so that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Till Lindeman, Davey Havok, Caster Volor, and my girlfriend. Recipe for fun…

What’s next for the band?

Going into summer right now, we will be doing many shows – check out our tour dates to see where we are playing. We have some festivals, local shows, and out of state events planned. Then we will be filming a music video for our single, Ready or Not (Come on and Rock), and will begin working on recording our full-length album. I think it’s fair to say, we will call it, “Welcome To The Freak Show Act: 1”

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

All of them. We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Apple Music, Itunes, Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Snapchat, our website, ect.
https://www.castervolor.com
https://www.facebook.com/castervolor/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what those are. Must be a muffin!

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

Please follow Caster Volor on all social sites, share our posts, invite your friends to do the same. Tell us where you want us to go perform and tell your local and national promoters about us. The industrial theatre is ready to rock. Welcome to the freak show, Caster Volor is coming.

 

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EMQ’s with TEMPEST RISING

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EMQ’s with TEMPEST RISING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Metal band Tempest Rising. 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 Ward-Armstrong and I am the founding member of Tempest Rising. I play rhythm guitar and the band has been around officially as of August 2013 so nearly six years.

How did you come up with your band name?

The original name was “Coming Storm” which I think was made up from driving from band practice one evening and seeing this massive storm coming. We then changed it to Tempest Rising as it sounded a bit more unique compared to Coming Storm but still meaning basically the same thing.

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

We are from Australia. Western Australia, to be precise. The scene in Australia is strong and growing. The scene in Western Australia is small but very close-knit. Being so far away from the rest of the country it makes touring hard and expensive. From what I have been told the scene 10-15 years ago before social media took over the world was very strong. But it’s slowing getting there, which is good.

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

Our latest release is our song called ‘Breathe’ off our upcoming sophomore album “Alter Ego”. We will be dropping another single next month (May) before the album is released.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences have been all the classic oldies: AC/DC, Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. All those bands paved the way for how I am now as a musician.

What first got you into music?

Probably listening to rock songs on my parents’ 100-stacker CD player. AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker” album is still one of my favourites today so I guess you could say that album got me into music in general.

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

It would probably be Killswitch Engage.

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

If we could play any festival in the world it would have to be either Wacken or Rock in Rio.

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

The weirdest gift was a painting on a tile. A fan painted Tempest Rising and some artwork. It actually looks pretty cool! And to make an impact on someone’s life like that is pretty cool.

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

Be happy and look after yourself. Do it because you want to.

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

Jimi Hendrix back from the dead, hands down.

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

Traveling and creating music for people all of the world and seeing the general excitement on their faces. The thing I hate is not having enough money to travel the world and play music.

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

If I could change one thing about the music industry it would be that bands get paid more for their work.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign in Blood” – Slayer.

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

CDs, hands down.

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

Best gig we have played to date would be our first international support with Sevendust a few years back. A few shows have come close but I think just the circumstances of that show makes it the best.

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

If I wasn’t a musician I would probably be trying to further my professional cricket career.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Jim Jeffries and Carl Barron. I reckon there would be some stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

We’re off to Japan next month after our European tour and then we will have the album finally out and do some more east coast shows and try to do another tour.

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

We are on pretty much every social media platform form. Facebook to Instagram, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Twitter, Youtube, you name it.
https://www.tempestrising.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/tempestrisingofficial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I have had them before but gonna go with biscuit.

 

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EMQ’s with BLACK SHEETS OF RAIN

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EMQ’s with BLACK SHEETS OF RAIN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancaster based NWOTHM band Black Sheets Of Rain. 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?

Hello Ever Metal and your esteemed readership! This is Rich Davenport, lead vocalist and guitarist with Black Sheets Of Rain. We’re a power trio influenced by Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Anthrax, Kings X, Accept, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Thin Lizzy. My bandmates are Dave Nuttall (drums/vocals) and Matt Lambourne (ex Solomon Groove, bass) Dave and I have been playing together in various bands since 2012. We hooked up with Matt in 2016, and everything seemed to fall into place, his bass style and songwriting was a perfect fit and helped us define our sound, which is melodic Heavy Metal with hints of doom and thrash.
Dave has previously played with the Toy Dolls, a punk band that some of you may know, and I was in a later version of Atomkraft with Tony Dolan, who’s now in Venom Inc. Tony has guested on one of the songs on our debut EP, more on that later!

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s an album title and song by Bob Mould, formerly with Husker Du.

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

We’re from the UK, and there’s a thriving metal scene here, not least on the more old school/traditional metal side of things, which has been much healthier in recent years. We’ve gigged with bands like Seven Sisters, Eliminator and Conjuring Fate, all of whom are excellent twin guitar metal bands, and we’ve also shared stages with Damaj, who are thrash influenced and Dogsflesh, who are punk/metal crossover.

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

Our debut EP “In The Eye Of The Storm” is out on April 26th via W.A.R. Productions, available from www.blacksheetsofrain.com There are two lyric videos you can check out on the site, including one for ‘No Rest’, which features a guest appearance from Tony Dolan of Venom Inc. The EP was produced by Tony Wilson who produced the BBC Friday Rock Show with Tommy Vance for many years.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally, Tony Iommi from Sabbath has been a huge influence, not only in terms of his monolithic riffs, but also with regard to his soloing. I really admire Gary Moore, Randy Rhoads and Michael Schenker when it comes to lead guitar, and from a songwriting point of view, it’d be Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy.

What first got you into music?

I listened to one of my dad’s Beatles albums when I was 7, one of their early records called “With The Beatles”. That got me interested in music, around the tail end of punk, and I started paying more attention to the radio. I got into metal through a friend at primary school when I was 8, his older brother was a metalhead. There was a kids TV show called Tiswas that had a lot of metal bands on, I saw Saxon, Motorhead and Maiden on there for the first time. I bought Run To The Hills after seeing the video on there when I was 9, and that was it, I was hooked!

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

It would have to be the metal god himself, Rob Halford.

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

Wacken in Germany, I’ve heard so many great reports about it and I’ve never been. After we played I could hang around and watch the rest of the bill!

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

Thankfully I’ve never been given anything strange or disturbing!

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

Thank you for your support and interest in our music, it’s very much appreciated and never taken for granted.

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

Jimi Hendrix. He was so far ahead of the curve, and moved guitar playing so far forward in such a short time. I’d love to see what he’d come up with next, and to hear his playing through a modern-day guitar rig.

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

Playing music is a huge release and it’s therapeutic when times get tough. Playing live is probably what I enjoy most, seeing and hearing the audience reaction, and locking in with the other guys in the band. On the hate side, it would be the behaviour of scam artists who try to prey on bands.

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

I’d like to see more easily available advice for up and coming or independent bands, so that they can avoid getting ripped off. The Musician’s Union is really good for that side of things, but not everyone’s aware of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest – “Screaming For Vengeance”.

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

CD’s or Vinyl, purely for the sound quality. I’m old school, I prefer a physical copy of an album, so I can check out the artwork and lyrics.

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

Our last gig at the Bobbin in Lancaster, supporting Dogsflesh, was probably the best reaction we’ve had so far, although it’s hard to pick a favourite. Supporting Conjuring Fate and Damaj at the Venue in Carlisle was another highlight.

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

Stand up comedy, I’ve dabbled with it in the past and enjoyed it, and nobody threw anything at me, so that’s a good sign…!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stewie Griffin, Dr Evil, Stan Lee, Robin Williams and Marge Simpson.

What’s next for the band?

As many gigs as possible, and we’re writing a full-length album which we hope to release in 2020.

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

www.facebook.com/blacksheetsofrain and www.blacksheetsofrain.com.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d go with biscuit. They’re addictive, and it’s hard to stop after one, so in the event of a pig out, it’s probably better to say you’ve just eaten a pile of biscuits rather than a pile of cakes, it sounds healthier.

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

Thanks for your time too, and to your readers for theirs in reading this. Please check out the lyric videos on our website or Facebook page, and if you like what you hear, hopefully we’ll see you at a gig sometime soon! Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with MATT JONES OF TWISTED ILLUSION

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EMQ’s with MATT JONES OF TWISTED ILLUSION

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

Night Light. (Single/Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

Green Day, American Idiot.

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

Devin Townsend.

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

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

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

Gifts are never weird. Unless they are!

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

Love you cunts.

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

Ronnie James Dio.

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jeff Buckley – Grace

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

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

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

Bloodstock 2017.

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I wouldn’t have a dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care cos they taste like arse.

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

I’m in a foul mood!

 

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EMQ’s with LULLABY FOR A UNICORN

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EMQ’s with LULLABY FOR A UNICORN

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

Oh god – I’d hate to do that, I’m no good at thinking on my feet at all so it would petrify me to have to jam with someone that knows what they are doing.
I’m constantly worried that I’ll get found out as a fraud.
Having said that I think it would be cool to collaborate with someone who definitely isn’t metal: Stormzy would be interesting, as would someone like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry – you know, something so completely pop nobody would expect it! 😉

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

Ooh, tough one – I’m supposed to say Download or Bloodstock aren’t I? Obviously they would be amazing but…
I think Coachella would be mad – I love California and the line-up can be a bit off the wall, would be fun to do that. Also, Glastonbury would be just an insane experience.
Amplified Festival too – Gary if you are reading this, we are available… still.
As well as making that one conscious decision I mentioned earlier, we did also decide that the goal for this band would be to play festivals. We aren’t that fussed about where on the bill, we just would love to be involved and be part of it all.
There are so many great grassroots festivals going now: Pentrefest, Beermageddon, Badgerfest, Breaking Bands to name just four. Being involved in any of them would be amazing. So far, we’ve done Pentrefest (some of us have done it twice, but we don’t talk about that anymore) which is just amazing and next year there’s HRH Metal which I’m not sure has sunk in yet. We’ll get back to you on that one! 😊

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with BLACK HORIZON

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EMQ’s with BLACK HORIZON

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French Heavy Metal band Black Horizon. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

A pair of socks! 😉

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would be a race motorcycle pilot…!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit made of cake 😉

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

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

 

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