EMQ’s with IFREANN

EMQ’s with IFREANN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, UK based Thrash Metal band Ifreann. Huge thanks to Drummer, Euan Henderson 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 Euan, I play drums and I am the founding member of Ifreann, formed in Edinburgh in 2015.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s Gaelic for ‘Hell’. This gives us a unique and ear-catching name and allows us to use classic metal band names without copyright issues.

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

We’re from Scotland, and in recent years (pretty much parallel with our career), the metal scene here has vastly improved. Right now, I feel that Scotland’s metal scene is among the strongest in the UK.

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

Our latest EP “Desecration” was released in February 2020. We also filmed a music video for the opening track which was released shortly before the EP itself.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The classic Bay Area Thrash legends, but also some classic DM and NWOBHM bands too.

What first got you into music?

Personally, AC/DC were my first band that I fell in love with. Shortly after them, I discovered Iron Maiden & Motorhead which segwayed me into heavier styles.

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

Our Edinburgh Thrash brothers, Disposable!

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

Any open-air festival in mainland Europe tbh. Probably Metaldays so we can spend time on the beach before and after our set.

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

£10 for a t-shirt.

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

Give us more gifts.

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

Coco, the late and great drummer for Defacer, who passed last year.

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

Playing live and writing music with your best pals is always the best and also, of course, have awesome and loving people to play the music to. Carrying gear around has to be the biggest dislike, and also having no money, ever.

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

Streaming services paying artists a decent wage.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”.

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

Cassettes are a novelty and very impractical. Vinyl sounds amazing but I’d rather be able to listen to all my music on the go, so I’ll say Download.

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

Anytime we play in Yorkshire (Leeds or York), we always have a great time and the crowds are nuts.

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

Sitting in my room, playing games with absolutely zero ambition.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Kevil from Warbringer, Jeff Walker from Carcass, Nigel Marven, Jack Batcharj from Disposable & my best friend Amy.

What’s next for the band?

As many shows as this current pandemic will allow us.

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

Just the big ones really, Facebook & Spotify mostly. www.facebook.com/IFREANN.THRASH/
www.spotify.com/artist/1TDzNVvdgyyiLzjR90PvWb

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, they taste like shit.

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

Save the bees or die.

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EMQ’s with DEMONHEAD

EMQ’s with DEMONHEAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Metal/Hard Rock band, Demonhead. 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 Demonhead, a four piece from the most Metal of Aussie cities, Melbourne. Dave (Vox/Axe) Rüe (Axe/backing vox) Az (Bass/backing vox) & Dean (Drums). We play a combination of Thrash and Trad Heavy Metal. Demonhead was spawned in the mid to late 2000’s off the back of a punk band breaking up. We’ve released one EP “Demonology 101” (Released 2011) and two albums “Bring On The Doom” (2014) and “Black Devil Lies” (2019).

How did you come up with your band name?

Dave the lead singer was hanging out with his brother listening to Motörhead (the song Motorhead) when his bro started singing “Demonhead” over the chorus instead of Motorhead.

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

We are based in Melbourne Australia. The Metal scene here is awesome. We have some of, if not the best talent in the global metal scene. It’s quite a tight knit community and even spreads to the other cities of Australia. It’s rad.

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

Our latest release is “Black Devil Lies”. We released it in September last year (2019). It’s got 10 tracks, with 2 bonus tracks on the physical CD.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dude, that’s like asking a parent which child is their favourite…. Influences range from Turbonegro, Testament, Motörhead, Corrosion of Conformity, Guns n Roses, early Metallica, Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Iron Maiden (most NWOBHM bands to be honest), 70’s/80’s Punk, Skid Row…..dude, I could go on and on.

What first got you into music?

We all come from musical families, so first and foremost, they would be the biggest initial influence. Dave and I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s so we got to benefit from a lot of awesome heavy music that was around then which formed our understanding of what music should be, how it should sound.

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

I can only speak for myself (Rue) when I answer this, because I don’t have the others with me…. I’d love to collaborate with the lads from 3 Inches of Blood, but they’ve broken up, so I’ll say the lads from Corrosion of Conformity. And maybe Satan… not the real Satan, the Satan from the Pick of Destiny… coz he’s rad.

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

Wacken! Without a doubt. The reason would be obvious, it’s one of the biggest Metal festivals with some of the world’s best heavy music talent.

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

A cupcake. But the one where they fart into their hand and throw it in your face. Yup. It was done with love and affection, though, so it was kind of lovely.

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

Just be rad to each other. That’s it. All our fans are Rad, anyway. I’d rather give a message to other artists… that would be to appreciate the people that buy your music and come to your shows, without them, you’re nothing.

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

I’d say Dimebag Darrel, but I can’t speak for the others. That dude could melt faces.

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

Playing live is THE best thing about being a muso. Especially when you’ve got a rad crowd, it’s the best. Packing up after playing live/rehearsing. It sucks balls.

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

I think it would be the perception of Heavy music, but that kinda sounds a bit general. I don’t like the state of the industry here in Australia. We have some of the most amazing independent artists of all genres, yet they struggle to make a living from their work. Musicians can’t make a decent living here and that is just shit. It’s not a recognised trade anywhere and it should be because our society uses Music day in and day out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of? This goes back to my favourite kid reference earlier…but the first one that comes to mind would be “Wiseblood” by Corrosion of Conformity. That album is awesome from start to finish, and it was released at the height of the Nu Metal craze in the late 90’s and they stuck to their Stoner/Sludge roots and wrote some killer songs on that album. It’s one album that helped shaped my ears early on in my life and it’s got some awesome messages in there as well. You should give it a listen if you haven’t.

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

I think Vinyl. Although, I wasn’t fussed either way until I heard our latest album, Black Devil Lies being played on an awesome record player/sound system. So yeah, Vinyl. It’s warmer and brighter. It’s kind of like the difference between a solid state or transistor amplifier as opposed to a valve/tube amp. The tube amp will win, even to someone that doesn’t know much about timbre and tone quality.

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

We’ve played some rad shows with some amazing bands and it’s always hard to compare a great gig from a few years ago to one that happened just recently, just because the post-gig buzz only sticks in your mind for so long. We just toured Black Devil Lies late last year and some of those shows were amazing. The album launch itself sticks out in my mind because we organised the show specifically to release our album and all those amazing people came to see us, not to mention the support we got from other bands that played with us that night. It was awesome.

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

Probably barely existing in a horrible world!!! I can’t even think about that. That would be a nightmare. Why would you even ask that question??

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osborne coz he’s cooked and funny as fuck!!! Bill Murray coz I’ve heard he’s an absolute dude; Chris Farley coz he was a bit tapped in the head; Hunter S Thompson (I reckon that’s pretty obvious; and Tommy Lee Jones…that would be the raddest dinner party ever!!!

What’s next for the band?

Writing the next album, polishing the live show, just the normal stuff. We’re keeping the pedal to the metal (yeah…I said that!! METAL!!) and we want to keep the pressure on to write and keep performing great tunes.

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

You can visit us on all social platforms.
www.facebook.com/demonheadband/
www.instagram.com/demonheadofficial/
www.twitter.com/DemonheadBand
www.demonhead.com.au/

We are also on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and Google Play.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit and they’re friggen delicious.

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

Thanks for having us, we feel had!!! Also, check out our latest Album, “Black Devil Lies” on any of the music streaming platforms, we reckon you’ll dig it \m/

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EMQ’s with FERAL SUN

EMQ’s with FERAL SUN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band, Feral Sun. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Mick Burns 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 Mick Burns from Feral Sun and we play a mixture of Rock / Heavy Rock / Metal. Feral Sun Originates from Pretoria, South Africa but quickly found its way to London, UK. Since the release of our Debut album “Evacuate”, which brought us on to many Headline and support shows around the UK, we have on tour with The Mighty Skindred, were Main support to Puddle Of Muddas well as main support to one of South Africa’s “biggest” Rock bands Prime Circle.

How did you come up with your band name?

My first band in South Africa, which went by the name of “Wild Child”, had started out as a “Pearl Jam meets Incubus” kind of sound. It moved towards a heavier sound and we then felt that the name did not suit the band anymore and needed to change. I managed to find a dictionary, to find other words for “wild”, and found “feral”. Feral Child did not sound right lol! So, thinking back to many fans saying that our music had a lot of energy, I thought …what has more energy than the sun? … boom… Feral Sun was born!

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

Well as mentioned, I am from South Africa and I have now been away for 16 years. The scene back then was decent, and some really good bands were making a lot of noise around the country. One band in particular “Saron Gas” made a huge success by getting signed in the US and went on to change their name to SEETHER. I have been keeping track of the scene in South Africa from here in London, and it still looks pretty much alive over there. One of my dreams is to Bring Feral Sun back to South Africa for a “Back to the Roots” tour…watch this space!

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

‘Blame’ is the first of three Single’s we aim to release over the next few months.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well for me personally, it will have to be Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour and Breaking Benjamin but, adding in a few from the rest of the guys in the band, there is Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath, Disturbed and more.

What first got you into music?

I have my brother to thank for that, as he got me listening to a variety of music when I was younger. Pink Floyd, Rodriguez, REM, Queen and more became bands and songs I would sing along to on a daily basis. Once I got into my Teens, Nirvana came on the scene and from that moment I got interested in playing guitar, then song writing, and then finally starting a band.

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

As much as I would like to say Pearl Jam, I think musically now with Feral Sun’s sound, and the fact that I love their music just as much, it would be mind-blowing to collaborate with the awesome Alter Bridge \m/.

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

Wow… there are few to choose from but, I guess like most Rock/Metal bands, it will have to be Download. The festival has a long history of incredible bands that have inspired so many and I guess it’s one to add to the “bucket list” as such, and add your name to the list of bands to have graced the stages at Download.

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

Not sure I’ve received a weird gift as yet, maybe I’m doing something wrong lol! But I did once have a fan bring a Cake to a venue for my birthday, which was an absolute surprise and awesome indeed!

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

Well with all the craziness in the world at the moment, life can be tough! No matter how hard it gets, be sure to know that there is always someone ready to listen. As per the lyrics on ‘Find a Way’ – the first track on our debut album, “When life brings me down, I can’t find my way out…in time… I seem to find a way”

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

That is another tough question as there are a few but, I would say Chris Cornell.

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

To be honest it’s the full package! I love writing, Recording, playing live, meeting new people and the occasional shenanigans.

I hate the nasty side of the Music industry, with some very dodgy people using bands for their personal gain, and in turn quite often destroying their soul and the love of music.

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

To completely ban all Tout sites from ever selling tickets and give fans a fair chance of getting to see their favourite band’s at reasonable prices.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam – “TEN”

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

Downloads made listening easier but I’m a bit old school and prefer CD’s.

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

Supporting Prime Circle at the O2 Academy Islington most definitely! Everything was amazing, from playing a great set in front of a full house, having my family there, including my son who got to come backstage and was in his element, meeting South African Rugby legend Schalk Burger backstage, and of course finally meeting the awesome guys in Prime Circle, who are some of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of sharing a stage with.

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

I would probably be a music photographer and/or designer of artwork for bands and hopefully travel to various parts of the world.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shaun Morgan (Seether), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour).

What’s next for the band?

Releasing new Music singles and working towards a possible album, getting back on the road and playing as many shows, tours and festivals and a Possible Festival and mini tour in the USA and more.

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

www.facebook.com/feralsun
www.youtube.com/feralsunrock
www.soundcloud.com/feralsun
www.feralsun.bandcamp.com/album/evacuate
www.instagram.com/feral_sun/
www.twitter.com/feralsun

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake in biscuit form.

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

Really appreciate your support and would like to thank all our fans, friends and families for believing in us and supporting us all the way. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of our new tracks and we look forward to seeing you at one of our shows very soon.

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EMQ’s with LIFECYCLE

EMQ’s with LIFECYCLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Jackson, New Jersey based Alt-Metal band, LifeCycle. Huge thanks to Bassist/backing vocalist, Scott Pustilnick 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 Scott Pustilnick and I play Bass and sing backing vocals for LifeCycle. The band was formed with some sort of energy from the universe here in NJ! I literally put an online ad looking for a singer. Then hired a singer, who found not one, but two great guitarists (Kevin and Joe), and an insanely talented drummer (John)…and then we fired the Singer! Yep…! We continued to write and record. One drunken late night, John placed another online ad for a singer, and we found Asim Rizvi, our current and magnificent lead singer. Really happy we fired our original singer!!

How did you come up with your band name?

The first song we had written with Asim was entitled “Lifecycle”.  It really fit the song well and we loved the name. At the same time, we were throwing ideas around for a band name. Naming a band is painful. You need to have much more in mind other than “hey that sounds good”. One night after a marathon rehearsal we decided to look at our song titles and use one of those instead…if it worked for Black Sabbath, it could work for us! The band name, LifeCycle, really fits our overall writing scheme well, and it worked. Our first single ‘Lifecycle’ dropped January 2020.

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

We are all from the United States of America although our singer was not born in the USA. We can’t cover the Bruce Springsteen song because of him! Kidding of course. The metal scene is lacking in the USA, compared to other countries. In America, we need to play catch up!

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

‘Burnout’ dropped March 6th, 2020! Exciting times for us. This band, for now, is releasing ‘singles’ every other month. Our goal is to give our fans constant new music and content, different versions of current releases or new releases.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influence currently is LifeCycle. This band drives and is in constant motion. Due to the band members, and everyone’s singular vision to create, Joe, Kevin, Asim, and John have been my greatest influence.

What first got you into music?

My parents. The house was constantly full of music. The car rides, the down time, the dinners…everything and everywhere. When you grow up with music as the main part of your life, it gets inside you and then it’s just like breathing.

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

Good question! For our band, we don’t currently have a keyboard player. Collaborating with a keyboard player would be really amazing. That keyboardist would be Adam Wakeman. Adam is the son of legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman. With talent like that, I would like to see where that leads LifeCycle.

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

Glastonbury! That festival is legendary and sells out in minutes without even releasing the line-up.

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

Babies…lots of kids. LOL. Another good question. I think “weirdest” might be a bit subjective, but I had dinner with a famous comedian (removing his name to protect him) in New York. He brought me a pair of shoes……not new shoes either. Just a pair of shoes. No box, no anything. Just shoes. I said, “Thank you”. Not sure what else I could say but looking back, I have a lot of questions.

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

“That baby doesn’t even look like me”! Ok, the real message for our fans…….”THANK YOU for taking YOUR time and spending it with us.”

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

Jimi Hendrix.

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

The most enjoyable thing about being a musician is the creativity it allows you to have. Writing a song, a part, a melody, recording it, playing it live…it’s like hitting the lottery of creativity. The worst part of being a musician is living in hotels. It is OK for two weeks but after that, you really need your own bed. It doesn’t seem horrible to be without your bed, but I can tell you it really is.

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

I wouldn’t change much as I just want to create music. There is one thing that could be a bit better. I don’t think musicians should play live without playing live. No backing tracks. If you can’t play it live, don’t put it through a sound system and send it out to a live audience. If you have to hire more people to play live, do it. Or don’t. I don’t care but when I go see a live performance, I need the music to be represented by people playing instruments.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Youthanasia”

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

Aha…best for what?! Best for convenience, no question downloads. Being able to have Apple Music in my pocket is about the best thing to ever happen to music for me. I can listen and share in seconds, and not only that, I have EVERY obscure album or song ever created with me at all times. It is just mind blowing. Best for listening quality; Vinyl. With the right system is the closest to the live performance that you could ever ask for. The issue is you need money for that, and you need a lot of room. Vinyl takes up a lot of room and the turntable and speakers you need are REALLY pricey.

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

Philadelphia, The TLA (Theatre of the Living Arts). Tons of history in Philly and especially with that room.

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

I would be into the Art of film making or making videos. I am an artist so that would allow me to be creative. LifeCycle created an episodic YouTube series called “A Day in the LifeCycle”. I personally edit the videos and create the series. It is a passion and so much fun. If you like what you see on YouTube, please subscribe and let us know!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our attorney, Jay Jay Lord, and the rest of LifeCycle, Asim, Joe, Kevin and John. We have way too much fun together. It’s just all comedy and music and comedy and music. It’s just so damn fun. If I had to invite 5 people I didn’t know, it would be the Beatles including Pete Best…

What’s next for the band?

April 3rd, the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival!  On top of that, we are constantly in the studio because our road map is new content, new versions, new songs, new new new! We are keeping it constantly fresh and there are no signs of slowing down.

(BETH HERE: Due to the current climate, please check all events before travelling, as they may be cancelled)

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

https://www.lifecycleband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Lifecycleband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7DFwzJmsGGoWJL2pEMNvdq
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/lifecycle/938963168
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN4sHHIMmtMno__3t9wl4eA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If it goes stale and it gets hard, its cake. Jaffa Cakes are cake!

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

Thank you!  We appreciate the time and interest in LifeCycle. Time is priceless and it is something that you can never get back. The fact that anyone takes time to read about us or listen to our music is amazing and we really appreciate it. Hope to see everyone really soon!

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EMQ’s With DISTORTED VISIONS

EMQ’s With DISTORTED VISIONS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Nu Metalcore band, Distorted Visions. 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’re Distorted Visions, a Nu Metalcore band.

Our history began when Marco and Emanuele, brothers in real life (respectively vocals and guitar), decided to create a band. Then, the project was joined by Tiziano (bass guitar) and Davide (drums). At the beginning, we were a normal cover band, playing what we liked, then we decided to share our emotions through our music, we started to record some songs that then became a little EP/demo that went up on You Tube. That was only our first approach together to this beautiful and endless world: it was also the element that brought us to our first record.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was like a spark. Distorted Visions is the right ensemble of all the feelings we experienced in the past and experience every day. We wanted to explain all the negative feelings such as depression, suicide, anxiety, paranoia or alienation by the society in two words and with our name we think we found the right compromise between those things. These are all thematics we explore in our lyrics as well.

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

We’re from Northern Italy and we can say that the metal/rock underground scene is very active. This is also thanks to the various venues in our area that permit us to play this genre that many people think is dead. We take this very seriously because we want to make this genre great again with our friends from the other bands all around Italy!

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

After a year of hard work, tears and sweat, we’ve finally released on March 5th our first full-length “Born Dead”. You can find here:

It was anticipated by two singles called ‘Paranoia’ and ‘Harakiri’ with their respective videos.

Paranoia video:

Harakiri video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many bands that have influenced our sound; maybe the most significant ones are Korn and all the nu metal wave from the 90’s, but also something heavier and softer like Fear Factory and the old HC and grunge scene.

What first got you into music?

Everyone started to play an instrument as children, guitar, piano, drums and violin. We were all children of music, we loved it and the destiny brought us together and like a family, we love it!

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

Our list is so long that we can fill the entire ocean, all for different motivations, but if we can decide, we choose Korn, Code Orange and Architects, just to give you a few names.

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

There are so many festivals that we’d love to play at, the most famous are Download Festival, Wacken Open Air, Rock am Ring, Slam Dunk or Reading Festival: Very great places to play but for now they remain just a dream.

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

There was no weird stuff, they made only beautiful stuff, like awesome drawings and art!

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

Guys we love you so much, all this couldn’t have been possible without you, continue to support us and the underground scene because one day we will be the main scene!

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

Surely Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, his death has displaced every one of us, it was a non-fading mark on our skin and in our mind.

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

Being an underground band, we have a lot of management and promotion work to do and this is always so difficult, but it’s worth it in the process of trying to do better day after day. Otherwise, the part we enjoy is to play what we like the most and express ourselves freely.

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

It could be that you can play everything you want without any restriction and prohibition. Censorship is the worst thing in art as music is one of the most known forms of art.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Obsolete” by Fear Factory, timeless metal album, we all could listen to it 100 times a day and for us is one milestone of our genre.

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

They’re all special in their own way. Even though time passes by, none of them would lose the history and the importance that they’ve made for all the generations before us. Maybe these things will have a different importance in the future, such as the vinyl that is coming back on trends and merchandising. Although we decided to make CD’s because we think that they are the immortal ones and you can find them at all our shows. If you want to support us you can do it on our Big Cartel page: https://dvofficialmerch.bigcartel.com/

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

Well, we played a lot of shows in beautiful places, but the gig that has impressed us the most was the one we did at Alcatraz in Milan, where a lot of famous international bands have played, we were so honoured to be there and stunned by the stage under our feet!

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

We do different stuff in our lives, some of us are studying, some of us have jobs that have nothing to do with music. Music is the passion that brings us together, we think that everyone of us in the future will work someway with it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jennifer Aniston seems nice 😉.

Bruce Dickinson because he was a big part of our personal and musician growth.

Phil Anselmo would an honour for us: To be on the same table of that funny badass.

Steve DiGiorgio, he is a great human being and a real metalhead!

Last but not least, for sure, Maki from Lacuna Coil because we know well his kitchen skills, only thinking about it makes us hungry… yum!

What’s next for the band?We are planning some new stuff, stay tuned on our social media!

www.facebook.com/distortedvisionsofficial/
www.instagram.com/distortedvisionsofficial/
www.twitter.com/dstvisions

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

We are on every social media, we are working on our official website but for now we are on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Deezer and Amazon Music. We know that music streaming will be the future: Check us everywhere! It’s impossible to not find us.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Good question, the name deceives you, but we would say very good biscuits with a wrong name! 😊

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EMQ’s with BEHIND OUR REFLECTIONS

EMQ’s with BEHIND OUR REFLECTIONS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Réunion Island based Metalcore band, Behind Our Reflections. 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 Behind Our Reflections! We make Metalcore! Our history began in 2016 with 6 members. All now changed, except for Fredo Moutoumodely, the main leader of this project. Since 2016, Behind Our Reflections released an Album “Discordance”. But after that a majority of the artists, who took part in this project, left to pursue personal life projects, except Fredo whose objective was to keep goin’ no matter what! And that’s what he did. Now, we are 4 dudes involved at 200%; Brice Ferreo, Main Screamer, Drummer Rémy Ah-koi, Fabrice Fleish on Bass, and of course Fredo Moutoumodely on lead clear vocal and Guitar and he is also the Sample Master!

How did you come up with your band name?

Fredo: It all started when I was in Paris with my friend Aimane from Chaos band, working on some tracks. Since I wanted to share what we had worked on, I thought why not make a band. After a week of churning upon what could represent us well, I finally chose the name: “Behind Our Reflections”

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

We all come from Réunion Island and the metal scene is good right here. We have a good community, who don’t hesitate to drive a long way to see us performing, even if they’ve already seen us thousand times ahah!

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

Our Latest release is ‘While I Sleep’, available everywhere! Go check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hard to answer properly, because every single guy in this band is influenced by different kinds of music, from Jazz to Death metal. So, Behind Our Reflections is a mix between all of that!

What first got you into music?

Every single person in this world is passionate for something! For us it was always the music of course!

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

Good Question! Actually, we follow a band that we love called, “Betraying the Martyrs”. They’re a French band that kick ass! To play with them is like a life goal.

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

Haha, there are so many! But of course, the French festival, Hellfest! Hellfest is the Grail for all French artists who want to show their talents, but it’s hard to be part of it, it’s very selective!

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

The only weird gift, and one that we appreciate, is a big sweating hug after one of our show!

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

Guys! A new single is coming, stay tuned!

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

Chester Bennington

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

As musicians we enjoy the fact that whatever we are or whatever we are doin’, the fans are still there, even in the worst conditions! And we hate when the organisation of an event is fucked up haha!

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

Maybe the fact that all the intermediaries take a large amount of profit from the artist. It should be musician to fan. That’s it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Fabrice: Gojira – “From Mars To Sirius”

Rémy: Veil Of Maya – “Id”

Fredo: Betraying The Martyrs – “Breath In Life”

Ferrero Brice: Bring Me The Horizon – “Sempiternal”

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

CD’s! It’s always satisfying to have a physical support!

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

Karbardock “Nuit de Kal” one of our proudest shows! The video clip of the song “While I Sleep” is a large recap of this night, and all our shows of 2019.

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

We would be passionate about something else that provides us the same sensations as the music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Fredo: Me and my boys from Behind Our Reflections!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on a new EP and maybe a European Tour. But it seems a long way to go before it becomes reality, because being on Réunion Island make even simple things very hard.

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

www.behindourreflections.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/BOROfficial
www.facebook.com/behindourreflections
www.instagram.com/behindourreflections

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a cake in the biscuit!

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EMQ’s with SHADÖCCULT

EMQ’s with SHADÖCCULT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ontario, Canada based Dark Cinematic Metal band. Shadöccult. Huge thanks to Martin Breton 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 Martin Breton and I am the lead singer and guitar player in Shadöccult. I wrote our debut album which is released on March 30, 2020. Along with 4 other band members, Shadöccult is a darker and heavier project following a large catalogue of solo music.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name idea started as ‘Shadow Cult’ which represented the brotherhood of heavy metal. We wanted something more unique, so the name morphed into Shadöccult. The umlaut above the ‘ö’ is a nod to Blue Öyster Cult.

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

We are from Kitchener, Ontario Canada. In the past few years our local scene has had a surge of metal. A very strong thrash metal scene continues to gain strength and attract international attention, while an underground doom scene continually pulls dedicated audiences.

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

Our debut self-titled album will be released on March 30, 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

One of my biggest influences is Yanni. Yes, the adult contemporary composer Yanni. I just want to be the heavy metal Yanni. Other important influences include Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir, Radiohead, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Severus Snape.

What first got you into music?

I joined a travelling boys’ choir when I was 9. My first summer we travelled to England and sang in Westminster Abbey. The power that I felt singing in a cathedral like that was a high that I am still chasing today!

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

Buckethead would probably my first pick.

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

Wacken! I got to go in 2011. Life changing.

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

No weird gifts, just beers.

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

Be a critical thinker and do what makes you happy.

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

Dio. I never got to see him…

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

Music is my escape. Being a musician keeps me sane. I hate seeing soulless music take centre stage while so many hard-working artists go unnoticed.

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

A bigger push to get metal in the public eye.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest – “Sad Wings of Destiny”

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

I love vinyl the most. Nothing better than putting that needle down.

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

The Geraldton Jamboree! First time getting band V.I.P laminates and a backstage area so it was special. Amazing crowd. I’ll never forget it.

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

I have found a passion in working with kids and I would be investing more time doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Patrick Stuart, Sir Ian McKellen, Uli Jon Roth, Jack Black and Jim Carey.

What’s next for the band?

Everything! We’re just getting started. Our social media will feature solo piano covers of metal songs and monthly livestreams. We are currently writing our second album and creating compositions for a classical guitar orchestra to be featured in the meantime. Summer show announcement to come as well!

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

Our album is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp:
www.shadoccult.bandcamp.com

You’ll also find us on:
www.facebook.com/Shadoccult/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4sB28Kt9mHAkytrD9hXcuw
www.instagram.com/shadoccult/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Despite being biscuit-sized, I believe that they are in fact a cake.

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

Sincere thank you to the Ever Metal team for keeping the spirit of metal alive!

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EMQ’s with SON OF BOAR

EMQ’s with SON OF BOAR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bradford, UK based Stoner/Doom Metal band, Son Of Boar. Huge thanks to bassist Gaz Bates 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 Gaz, I play Bass in Son Of Boar. This band is a mishmash of other Bradford bands really, started with Lyndon (Guitarist) looking for members for another band and after a long process we landed with this line-up, Luke D on Drums, Luke O on Vocals, Adam on Guitar and Lyndon and I.

How did you come up with your band name?

It basically translates to ‘Sons of Bradford’ which is where we are from, the Bradford Sigil has a tongueless Boar Head on it, the story of which is told on our EP “A Tongueless Tale”. I’d tell you the story but I dont want to rob you of the pleasure of listening to it!

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

Bradford or ‘Bratfud’ as the locals say, in West Yorkshire. The metal scene in Bradford is killer! And I’m not just saying that; We have bands like Ironrat, Psychlona, Black Falcon, Gods Of Hellfire and Dawn Of Elysium. Not too far away we have Sound of Origin, Master The Crown and loads more that escape me at the moment.

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

The latest recorded release is “A Tongueless Tale”, which is on Spotify and Bandcamp. We do have two recently released live videos on our YouTube that we recorded at Voltage Studios in Bradford.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally Black Sabbath, but then again who isn’t influenced by them, really? Collectively bands like Pantera, Grand Magus, Rammstein, The Misfits and Down usually come up when we are talking about music.

What first got you into music?

I’m the youngest by 8 years in my family, so I had to listen to whatever my brothers listened to; so Blur, The Seahorses, and Pulp from one brother, and Dry Kill Logic, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Placebo from another, so I was always listening to music! My eldest brother got a Bass and I kinda stole it, and it went from there.

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

I couldn’t say, so many to pick from! Though we did just tour with Everest Queen, and I would love to do a split with those guys! And now i think of it, Goblinsmoker! There’s none heavier and I’d love to work with them.

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

Again… So many to pick from! Download has a special place in my heart, so I’ll go with that.

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

Praise! I know that’s daft, but we are always taken aback when someone says they like us!

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

GO SEE LOCAL BANDS! DONT PAY TO SEE COVER OR TRIBUTE BANDS!

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

Randy Rhoads. Guy’s time was cut too short.

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

Playing to a crowd that really likes us is always great! What I hate is when people think this is a ‘hobby’ and dont take it seriously.

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

I’d close the pay gap between covers bands and original bands and I’d rid the term ‘Female Fronted’ as it isn’t a genre and is daft, a band is a band, dont have to specify there is a female singing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Shooter Jennings – “Black Ribbons”.

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

Ahhh… I love a good Vinyl, but downloads are easier and dont take up any room so my other half can’t complain!!

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

We played Opium in Edinburgh last year and the crowd was insane! People doing backflips off the stage and everything! That was pretty cool.

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

Well I still work a daytime job, so I’d still be doing that. I’m in customer service…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Iggy Pop! Imagine the stories!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently recording our next release! Can’t say too much about it, but we are super excited.

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

We are on Bandcamp: www.sonofboar.bandcamp.com  and Spotify, just search us! We are looking at new content for our YouTube channel also.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! This isn’t the first time I have had this discussion! They are considered a cake for tax purposes.

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

Thanks for asking us to do this! I’d like to say: Keep going to shows, keep supporting bands, and don’t be a D*ck!!

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EMQ’s with THE BLACKLAVA

EMQ’s with THE BLACKLAVA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Turin, Italy based Retro Rockers The Blacklava. Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Karlo 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 Karlo, I’m the singer and guitarist of The Blacklava! The BlackLava are an Italian band based in Turin and born in 2014. Our first EP “Sweet Meat” was released in 2016. In 2018, we released the first album “As Black As My Heart”, promoted with a tour in Italy, France and Holland. In May 2019, the acoustic single, ‘I’m Gonna Leave You’, was released, then in September 2019 we released a new song, ‘Devil Inside Me’. In November 2019 we signed with Frozen Heart, a German record label.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our drummer had been to Turkey on vacation and he had eaten lots of their typical dessert: The Baklava. when he came back from the trip, we were thinking about the name of the band and he changed the name of the Turkish dessert into “The Blacklava” and everyone liked how it sounded.

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

It sucks! I think it’s the worst musical period I can remember! In Italy the music scene is Trap music, Indie music or popular Italian music! Right now, the big foreign groups on the Rock scene are almost no longer. But on the other hand, Italian artists who can’t even sing a single note fill the stadiums! I hope that this period will end sooner or later!

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

In 5 months, we released 3 songs. In September 2019, ‘Devil Inside Me’, in November 2019 ‘Drunk Like Joe Cocker’ and in late January 2020 ‘Woman’! This is our latest release. It has a vintage Zeppelin-like flavour! It’s a song that you can dance and sing to, and in the end, you can discharge all your energy! A video will also be released soon! We have some gigs in northern Italy! both acoustic and electric! (BETH HERE! GIVEN THE CURRENT SITUATION, PLEASE CHECK THE LATEST INFORMATION ON ALL GIGS AS THEY MAY BE POSTPONED)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I started singing and took singing lessons because Chester’s (Bennington) voice had hit me inside! I still remember, when I was a teenager, my friends and I went around the streets of the small town of Biella at night screaming to the songs of Linkin Park. Later, I found I loved Chris Cornell’s voice in Audioslave, and I stole what I could! It is “funny” and sad to think that my greatest inspirations are gone, and that they have not turned the world around!

What first got you into music?

My sister! She is 9 years older than me, and when I was little, she sang songs to me. Then when I was 7, I remember listening to her playing the acoustic guitar – Alanis Morrisette – and making me listen to Queen, Violent Femmes, Pearl Jam, The Presidents of the United States of America and more. Almost all the music that made me listen was not sung in Italian, in fact today I don’t like music sung in Italian. My first CD bought at 11 was “Backstreet’s Back” by Backstreet Boys, LOL!

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

Rival Sons! I’d like to steal all their ideas!

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

Rock am Ring & Rock im Park! I love the energy there!

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

It is not the strangest, but it is particular! An American fan of ours has created a t-shirt for her child with the text of Bones. she was pretty cute!

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

Choose your way, do not be torn down, and be yourself because in the end only that matters!

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

Chester and Chris! Sorry, but they are the two!

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

I love being able to create what I want and how I want! Mine is an emotional need and I don’t think I can be without it! What I hate is the whole outline! people’s approval, having to advertise at all costs. Sometimes I feel like I’m spending more time advertising the product than creating it! Another thing I hate is having to go to the club 5/6 hours before to do the sound-check, but nobody is on time and / or professional!

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

The fact that we all have the same possibilities despite the fact that an artist is nobody! Unfortunately, life is like this, it is not meritocratic! What you can do is continue on your way without being knocked down!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

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

Downloads. It’s comfortable and simple! in the early 2000s I used to carry around many CDs and it was very uncomfortable!!

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

I think when, with my previous band, we opened for Terror and Madball! it was very rewarding!

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

I think an actor! Or anything to do with art! It is really difficult to think of a life without music. If I spend time without creating my mind it starts to break my balls! In fact, in addition to Blacklava, I create other different music and I am a videographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band mates! I enjoy being with them!

What’s next for the band?

We are waiting for answers to some news! Therefore, we cannot say anything to spoil it!

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

You can find us here:
www.facebook.com/theblacklava/
www.instagram.com/the_blacklava/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have never tasted them! I am not in Italy and I don’t like sweets! I love salty! Pizza, bread, pasta! I saw photos on the web, and it looks like a small cake!

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

Yes! Thank you for the time you have dedicated to us! A greeting to all, and see you on

stage!

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EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bangor, North Wales based Alternative Metal band Winter Hotel. Huge thanks to guitarist Liam Osment, vocalist Warren Porter, and drummer Charlie Wignall, 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?

Liam: I’m Liam and I play guitar for Winter Hotel. I guess the band fell into place when Warren and I met at a social event for Bangor University’s Metal Appreciation Society. Once we realised we were both musicians we met for a jam a few days later… It was a little tricky at first trying to combine Warren’s brutal death metal influences with my own lighter taste in the metalcore/post-hardcore spectrum, but we quickly found an interesting halfway point between the two extremes. From there we were able to find some other members to complete our line-up, and we quickly got to gigging, recording, making merch and all that good stuff. Recently, we’ve had a bit of a re-shuffle in our line-up, at which point I brought Charlie on board. Charlie and I had been in a couple of pop-punk/alt rock bands several years ago, and having experience of what he can do, I knew he’d be a perfect fit for Winter Hotel.

Warren: I am Warren, Winter Hotel’s vocalist. Liam pretty much has it covered. When we first started jamming, I was originally going to be the drummer, but after the first practice I was put on vocal duty!

Charlie: I’m Charlie and I’m Winter Hotel’s newest recruit as a drummer. From what I know, the band have been on a strong up-rise in the Bangor and North Wales metal scene since 2017, however myself and Liam have been in bands together since we were 15/16.

How did you come up with your band name?

Liam: Warren and I had bounced around a lot of ideas, but it came together when Warren suggested November Hotel. From there I think we both settled on Winter Hotel. Warren and I are both huge fans of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, and when I see ‘Winter Hotel’ it immediately puts me in mind of the hotel from that story. I’ve always thought our name doesn’t really give away much of an idea of what our sound is. It’s vague and plays with people’s expectations. I think that allows our music to speak for itself.

Warren: My personal inspiration for the name stemmed from the poem by Phil Bowen called November Hotel, as well as the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel in which Stephen King drew inspiration for his novel, The Shining.

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

Charlie: The band was formed in Bangor, North Wales where the Metal scene is a tight-knit community, with strong supporters and great local contacts. Liam and I are originally from Lincolnshire, where the music scene is god awful unless you want to be in a T-Rex covers band!

Warren: Bangor is pretty dang juicy with regards to its love and devotion to rock and metal! That passion came as a very pleasant surprise when I arrived in Wales from St. Johns, Michigan USA, in 2017. Michigan has an incredible plethora of music, but bands such as Throne, The Revenant, Pestilent Age, Boreworm and of course The Black Dahlia Murder have been some of my favourite Michigan based acts.

Liam: Bangor was such an unexpectedly great place for us to start. I had no idea that this small city in Wales would be home to so many passionate folks who want to engage with underground bands! Their support has been nothing short of incredible. As Charlie said, where he and I used to be based was pretty dry for rock and metal.

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

Charlie: On 6th March 2020 we released our debut single and music video, ‘Lovers At Bay’ (available on Spotify, iTunes, apple music and all other major streaming platforms)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Charlie: Reuben, Devin Townsend, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Whoopi Goldberg.

Liam: Alesana, Hawthorne Heights, The Elijah, Motion City Soundtrack, Pianos Become the Teeth.

Warren: Korpse, Putrid Pile, Cephalotripsy, Cannibal Corpse, Spilling Entrails, Cerebral Incubation.

What first got you into music?

Warren: My mom always played music in the house and car throughout my entire childhood, that constant exposure to music helped inspire me to want to create my own.

Charlie: My older Brother used to pass on his slightly more mature taste in music, but at the time this was stuff like Green Day. I also have family who have had successful careers in music and passed on priceless advice over the years.

Liam: I think I found a few bands I really gelled with from my Sister’s old CD collection when I was around 10 years old. I ended up finding similar artists and it just blossomed from there. My Dad is a guitarist and he taught me how to read tabs, learn songs, and generally encouraged me to pursue music. I was also very fortunate to meet some of my favourite bands who all really inspired me. JT, of Hawthorne Heights, in particular gave me some really useful advice.

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

Liam: There’s a trance artist I really like called BT. I’d just love to see what kind of an insane fusion of genres we’d make.

Warren: On the metal side, I would love to work with Coprocephalic Mutation. It would also be amazing to collaborate with artists such as Clann and Ic3peak to see what waters we can explore.

Charlie: Jools Holland. I’d make him say our band name in his funny voice.

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

Charlie: Primavera Sound in Spain, fantastic line-up every year.

Liam: I would have loved to play Warped Tour. So many of my influences made their name playing it.

Warren: Deathfeast Open Air, Wacken Open Air and the Obscene Extreme Festival would all be mighty delicious. So much girth.

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

Charlie: A satsuma!

Liam: I’ve yet to be given a gift from a fan. But for future reference, I really like a good Twix!

Warren: High 5’s are always a scrumptious treat!

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

Liam: The world can be a scary place sometimes. Look out for yourselves and look out for each other.

Warren: Don’t just chase your dreams; chase them and beat the shit out of them.

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

Charlie: Bach.

Warren: Martin Funderud from Kraanium, only if he wanted to return of course.

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

Warren: The cycle of creation within music is my favourite aspect of being a musician. To see a song go from one riff or lyric to being recorded and played on a stage is an astonishing feeling. I certainly do not enjoy the price tag of musicianship; but it is well worth it in the long run.

Charlie: The best bit is gigging, by far, but being a drummer can be difficult. It’s expensive and things break often.

Liam: I love playing shows, writing new music and recording. Being a musician is super expensive and very time consuming, but the positives outweigh the negatives by a mile.

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

Charlie: I’d like to see more people going to local shows and supporting the smaller bands. In some places the scene is fantastic; Bangor is one of those. But elsewhere there’s no hope for the budding musicians. Giving up £3 and 3 hours of your time to attend a gig makes a world of difference for the underground artists.

Warren: An aspect of the music industry that would be rad to see change is the amount of red tape one has to venture through in order to simply have a bands’ music heard, and performances seen. It’s similar for many artforms, but music is very much its own beast.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Liam: “I Loved, I Hated, I Destroyed, I Created” by The Elijah. It is insanely underrated, everything about it is so impactful and beautiful. The Elijah deserved so much more recognition than they received.

Warren: “Eternally Even” by Jim James is an album that captivates my imagination and senses from start to finish. The album, as a whole, is warm and gentle, but also profound and incredibly thought provoking.

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

Warren: Physical copies of any kind for the collection and direct support. Downloads for the accessibility and convenience.

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

Liam: We played a show in Bangor last May that really stands out to me. It wasn’t the biggest crowd we’d played to by a long shot, but it was made up mostly of some of our most dedicated fans who’d been with us since our first show, it was just such a brilliant atmosphere. I’ll never forget it.

Warren: Playing in the second heat of M2TM this March has been one of my favourite performances of ours so far. That show helped to put our journey into perspective a bit more for me. Before I moved here I said to myself that I wanted to be the vocalist for a metal band in the UK, and playing on that stage while having a music video available definitely made me reflect on the initial setting of that goal. It is a trip.

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

Liam: I completed my undergrad degree in Psychology last July, if I wasn’t a musician, I imagine I probably would have gone on to do a Masters.

Warren: I would probably still be washing dishes and studying poetry at university, but with less gutturals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Liam: I’m going to assume this also includes fictional characters, so I’m inviting Master Chief (from the Halo series), Katy Perry, Tobey Maguire, Joe Lycett, and a pot-bellied pig. I’d serve goats cheese tarts followed by a smashing tiramisu. It would be a brilliant night.

Warren: That is a doozy. I would order several gluttonous double pepperoni pizzas with extra cheese and invite Andrew Reynolds, Shane Koyczan, Sal Rodriguez (Stages Of Decomposition), Ruben Rosas (Devourment) and Leonardo DiCaprio. Yum.

What’s next for the band?

Liam: We have a lot of exciting stuff lined up. As Charlie said earlier, we just dropped out first single & music video – there’s a lot more where this came from. We’ll also be lining up some more shows pretty soon, so keep an eye out.

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

Liam: You can find our band page at

www.facebook.com/WinterHotelband/

Or follow us on instagram @ winterhotelband

www.instagram.com/winterhotelband/

Our music video is available here:

And you can find our single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple music etc. through this link:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/winterhotel/lovers-at-bay

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Liam: Jaffa Cakes are absolutely NOT a biscuit. They’re smooth misery discs disguised as confectionery.

Warren: I am not well versed enough in such sorcery to know. But I do enjoy a nice Poptart!

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

Liam: Thanks for the interview! The only thing I’d like to add is just a massive thank you to everyone who’s been listening to our single, has come to a show or supported us in any capacity. Thank you also to Ever Metal and North East Wales Metal Productions. You are all keeping the scene alive and I can’t put into words how much we appreciate that.

Warren: Not to mention Beany and Fozzy as well as the kind dudes, Dani and Joe, at Powerzone radio.show.

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