EMQ’s with BLACKENED BLOOD

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EMQ’s with BLACKENED BLOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Skåne, Sweden based Heavy Metal band, Blackened Blood. Huge thanks to bassist, Daniel Tyche, 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 Daniel Tyche and I play bass in Blackened Blood. Some of us have played together for a long time and we actually started out by playing some Black Sabbath covers. After some time, we started writing our own songs. This constellation of the band came to life in 2016 when our Italian singer Alberto Levrini joined the band. We first set out to do some gigs to satisfy our need to play live. Later we started to record our first album which we released this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

As spilled blood gets old, it starts to darken. That is what Blackened Blood refers to. You could make some references to some metaphors which gives the name some extra depth.

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

We are from the most southern part of Sweden in a region called Skåne. We have a lot of talented musicians and bands in this part of Sweden. There are also many good places to go see gigs especially during the summer when we have a lot of festivals. Sweden’s largest metal festival is only a few miles away from our hometown.

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

Our debut album “Black Dawn Rising” was released on April 9th, 2021. We are totally blown away by the huge response we got from the metal community. It was really worth all the hard work making the album.

‘Our Time Is Lost’ (Official Audio)

‘Scarred ‘n Blindfolded (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That is a long list but Black Sabbath, Children Of Bodom, Megadeth and Lamb Of God have probably influenced us the most.

What first got you into music?

Well, just the love for Heavy Metal and that in turn led to an urge to start playing it.

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

Hard question, there are so many talented and great musicians out there. But it would be kind of fun to do a collaboration with someone totally wacky to make something absolutely crazy with.

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

Would love to play at Sweden Rock Festival because that is simply the worlds best metal festival. We’ve been annual visitors for the last 15 years so it would be a great honour to play there.

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

I got an empty beer bottle once, broke my heart. I really wanted a beer!!

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

We love your support and your enthusiasm. We hope to see you out there on a show soon when this Covid-19 bullshit is over.

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

That would be Dimebag Darrell. I think he would´ve had so much more great music to give. I think the metal scene lost one of its greatest guitarists in his unfortunate death.

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

I love it when you are on stage, performing your music live and seeing how people respond to it. That’s probably the only time I truly feel alive.

The worst part is waiting. The last hour before the show seems to take forever while the time on stage goes too quick.

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

The “but you´ll get exposure” routine. That argument can fuck right off! Pay the band that entertains your customers. You could at least cover their expenses!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

If I had to choose one I´d probably go In Flames – “Clayman” (2000) This is a truly great album.

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

Vinyl has a bigger impact on you. It has that extra feeling, better sound and all-round a better experience. But for everyday use it´s CDs, it´s almost as good.

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

We did a gig in a local pub some years ago, I will never forget that night. The show was awesome, the atmosphere electric and the audience was batshit crazy. I hope we´ll experience something like that again.

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

Hmm…probably something useful!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell, Donald Trump and a T-rex (for no apparent reason).
(Best Answer Ever – Rick)

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, we can go out and do some shows again. We are already working on new material for the next album. It will probably not be out anytime soon but that is kind of the only thing you can do now as long as this pandemic still harasses us.

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

You find us mostly on Facebook, YouTube and Spotify but also on most platforms where you find music.
www.facebook.com/Blackenedbloodband
www.instagram.com/blackened_blood/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bTXKjA6DFkVDrXvIFnpUf

Blackened Blood – Black Dawn Rising (Full Album on YouTube)
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeyXbwCG5Pg-JvfGPWqCATL2g7NrquDST

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I only know one thing: if you drink less than 3 beers it counts as a snack.

Blackened Blood Promo Pic (Credit Johanna Herbst, Skvader Media)
Photo by Johanna Herbst, Skvader Media

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EMQ’s with EVERMORE

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EMQ’s with EVERMORE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Power Metal band Evermore. Huge thanks to guitarist, Johan Karlsson, 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 Johan Karlsson and I play lead guitar in Evermore.

Evermore are Johan Karlsson and Andreas Viklands (music and words) and Johan Haraldsson lead vocals.

Me (Johan K) and Andreas started playing music together in the late nineties. We played together in a band called Euphoria. After the band disrupted, we had a break from music for quite a while. But since we still wrote music, every now and then on our own, we decided, around 2016, to record an album. So, some of the songs are made out of really old ideas that have taken different shapes along the way and eventually turned out as they are today. ‘Call Of The Wild’, the opening track on the album is actually made out of the very first song we ever wrote.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted to have a name that was easy to remember and that gave association to metal. We thought that Evermore was a perfect name.

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

We are based in the southern part of Sweden. Right now, the metal scene here is quite small.

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

Our latest release is “Court Of The Tyrant King”. It´s an eight track album that is built around the hero´s journey concept.

‘Court Of The Tyrant King’ (Lyric Video)

‘By Death Reborn’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Me and Andreas are very much influenced by Avantasia, Edguy, Helloween, Stratovarius and many more melodic power metal bands. But bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica have been a great influence as well. Johan Haraldsson comes from a more traditional background with bands like Saxon and Judas Priest

What first got you into music?

I have always been listening to music since I was a kid but never played it myself. When I started to play myself in my mid-teens, I quickly realised that I wanted to deliver that special feeling that some bands brought to me while listening to their songs. Today when you get THAT positive feedback I can feel like “ yes, we did it”.

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

Avantasia/Tobias Sammet definitely. He has such a great creativity and he´s a great musician/songwriter. He also seems like a very humble person with a great sense of humour.

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

Rock in Rio. Awesome festival with so many people that love metal.

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

Haha it wasn’t a gift, more like a request. If I could play accordion on a very very big birthday party. And do you know something…I did!

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

Thank you for all your support. We will keep doing awesome melodic metal just for you.

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

Dimebag Darrell.

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

I enjoy almost everything. It´s just so ridiculously fun to play and write songs.

I hate those time when I lack out of ideas when I´m writing songs.

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

It would be great if the streaming era hadn’t come with that impact as it did. Even if I use it myself, I can feel that it is very hard for bands, especially new ones to make a fair profit of their work, by selling CD´s, Vinyls etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one, that’s like impossible. But then I have to say Avantasia – “Ghostlights”.

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

I´m not that picky with different kind of sounds. I listen exclusively on the stream format. The main reason is that it´s always available for me.

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

Don´t really know. But one gig that I remember and that was awesome was at Head Bangers Ballroom in Hamburg.

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

Food reviewer. I love to eat.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tobias Sammet, Dimebag Darrell, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Ola Englund

What’s next for the band?

Right now, it´s like a full time job promoting the album. But we are writing songs for the next album. And I tell you, it will be awesome.

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

www.facebook.com/evermoremetal
www.instagram.com/evermore_metal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4t1wkI6J9caWGtnlIxW5Zk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOZfHmq9GH9RuU_wRgS5vOw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscake.

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

Thanks a lot for having me and a very special thanks to every fan of Evermore.

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EMQ’s with KARTOSOEWIRJO?

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EMQ’s with KARTOSOEWIRJO?

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Jakarta, Indonesia based, Mathcore project Kartosoewirjo?. Huge thanks to main man, Fatur, 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 Fatur, I play guitar, this is not a band, but a one-man project organized with other session musicians, that includes bass, drummers, and some guest vocalists that participate with me. This project was formed in 2017. Initially, my desire was to form a band with a formal line-up, nevertheless it was difficult to find a player and I decided to do a one-man project. By the end of a period of four (4) years, from 2017 to 2021, this project finally released its first mini album.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was inspired by foreign bands who named their bands after figures such as The Dillinger Escape Plan after the villain John Dillinger; then Ed Gein, as the grindcore band, and others. While thinking about the name of the project, I decided to use the name of the Indonesian independence fighter and figure, whose full name was Sekarmadji Marijan Kartosoewirjo, who initiated the formation of the Indonesian Islamic State or Darul Islam on August 7, 1949.

According to historical records, Kartosoewirjo’s decision led the Indonesian government to carry out an arrest operation. Through a long hunt, Kartosoewirjo was arrested on Mount Rakutak, West Java region and sentenced to death on Ubi Island, Kepulauan Seribu (also known as “The Thousand Islands”, based on the chain of islands at the north of Jakarta’s coast) on September 5, 1962. From this incident I call him a hero who was killed by his own people.

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

I come from Jakarta, Indonesia. The metal/rock scene in my country is quite big. Many bands from Indonesia are well known abroad and have toured several countries.

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

KARTOSOEWIRJO? has just released their first EP entitled “Mandi Darah Saudara Sendiri” (Indonesian for “Bathing in Your Own Blood”) on January 26, 2021. Recently, we released a lyric video on Youtube, with the lyrics in Indonesian.

‘Mandi Darah Saudara Sendiri’ feat. Lilik Maruki (Official Lyric Video)

‘Light, & He Who Holds It’ feat. Matt Blockley (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My biggest influences are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Ed Gein, Botch, Into The Moat, Fantômas, Naked City, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many more related to mathcore or jazz fusion, because I think they do bring the most unexpected and interesting riffs to the ear.

What first got you into music?

I first became interested in music due to my brother, I usually used to see him constantly playing the guitar, making me interested in learning to play music, specifically for the guitar and its theory.

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

With no doubt, John Zorn and/or Jim Hall.

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

I would like to play in Arctangent Festival and Hammersonic Festival. First, Arctangent Festival invites many chaotic-genre bands around the world; while the Hammersonic Festival is the biggest underground music event in Southeast Asia, as well as being a local festival, in Indonesia.

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

So far, I haven’t had a fan gift.

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

Support the artist and buy the music. DIY Culture forever!

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

Kevin Michael “GG” Allin.

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

Being a musician is very fun because you can make new friends from various countries. The thing I hate the most is when I get musical inspiration for a riff and then the next day it gets forgotten.

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

So far, I haven’t contributed much to the music industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Calculating Infinity” (1999)

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

Everything is the best, but for a period like this, a digital platform is better.

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

So far none.

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

Become a music lover. Collecting all tapes, CDs, Vinyls, etc.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Parents, friends.

What’s next for the band?

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

Bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

www.facebook.com/Krtswrj
www.kartosoewirjo.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/krtswrj
www.instagram.com/karto.soewirjo/
www.soundcloud.com/kartosoewirjoband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0AASDMfuH19eAp1LhdntQt
www.youtube.com/channel/UCiyhyBr-gzoJV8ts5Uo76hg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

I want to thank very much for helping to release my first EP album to: Junier Escartin, because, even though he’s in Panama, he has been in constant contact with me and the plans; Matt Blockley, from the UK, for his initial support on the very first song; Lilik Maruki, from one of the best hardcore punk bands here, in Indonesia; Arya Gilang Laksana Sani, a great drummer from one of the best grindcore bands in Indonesia, Dead Vertical; Franky Sadikin, a really superior bassist in the jazz scene; Tesla ”Kuntari” Manaf, for his synth support in the record; and Kandar, from the ThreeSixty Studio, who helped me out into the mixing and mastering of the record, making it really superb!

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EMQ’s With TRUMBITEN

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EMQ’s With TRUMBITEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Luleå, Sweden based Metal band, Trumbiten. 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 Tommy and I play the drums and write lyrics. My son Adam plays the bass and together we form the metal duo “Trumbiten” from the northern part of Sweden, in the city of Luleå.

We started to play together, 5 years ago, just for fun and without any further plans. We are both into the metal genre and we started to play and experiment with parts of classic heavy metal songs with cool drumbeats and cool guitar riffs, e.g., Metallica, Ghost etc.

In the beginning, I played the drums and mixed/mastered our tracks and my son took care of the guitar and bass tracks. Soon, we started to experiment and record instrumental covers and wanted to share our music with family and friends. The idea of starting a YouTube-channel came up in 2018 and at the same time we agreed on the name “Trumbiten”. We started the YouTube-channel early 2019 and uploaded different instrumental covers followed by our first cover on streaming media early 2020.

It was fun to play instrumental covers, but we wanted to develop our music further and decided to find someone that could add vocals. So, one idea was to add female vocals to cool covers such as Ghost-He is etc. So, I turned to SoundBetter and connected to different session musicians, which resulted in our first original song, with own lyrics, that was released September 2020, ‘Fear Me’.

And now we have released our first original EP with three songs…This is really awesome and was never on our minds only 2 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is actually a play with words and a tribute to all the great drummers and drum beats out there.

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

Trumbiten is from the city of Luleå (population 77,000), Norrbotten County (population 250,000+) in Sweden. The City of Luleå is not far from the Arctic Circle (approx. 75 miles or 120 km).

There are many examples of Swedish Metal bands such as Meshuggah, Ghost, Amon Amarth, Sabaton etc. Meshuggah is a band from northern part of Sweden (300 km south of Luleå) and from Luleå we have Raised Fist, Fireside, The Duskfall…

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

We released our first original single ‘Fear Me’ in September 2020 and have just released our first original EP “Emotions”!

‘Beast Of Fire’ (Lyric Video)

‘Fear Me’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My interest for the Metal genre got a real kick when I heard Metallica’s track ‘Whiplash’ on the radio for the first time, I think mid-1984…after that I was fully into heavy metal.

Bands like Ghost, Dissection, Metallica (Lars Ulrich, since he is a great inspiration for me as a drummer).

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been interested in music (like most people) and one day I decided to invest in a drum set 😊 and then my life got a real boost. See story above!

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

A difficult question, there are so many great musicians, but it would be cool to develop lyrics with Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) or Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy).

Also, it would be awesome to try out cool drumbeats with Lars Ulrich or heavy bass riffs with Robert Trujillo!

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

Actually, we haven’t thought about this as we have just started to release our own music. But give us a few more years and then we can answer this question.

Maybe, on a virtual scene?

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

Not yet!

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

Follow your dreams and keep rockin’.

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

I would choose John Bonham and maybe get a chance to learn more about his techniques, his sound and feel for the groove.

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

The creative process from idea to a product and to follow how a song grows and develops over time. That is something that gives energy and inspiration in many aspects.

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One album that has played an important role for the metal duo Trumbiten is Metallica’s Black Album as it has been one album that we had as inspiration when we started to play together.

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

Streaming services like Spotify etc

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

Not played live yet.

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

I am currently working with tech innovation and have now also added musician to my CV 😊.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

We released our first EP on May 14th and we have three more songs in the pipeline that we plan to release during the fall.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCFBjXZc9N1tbq9zxKmwUxWA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1Ywe7vHy7LcpmciF6ALREr
www.instagram.com/trumbiten/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

Thank you!

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EMQ’s with MERCIC

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EMQ’s with MERCIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grândola, South of Portugal based Industrial Metal/Rock project, Mercic. Huge thanks to Carlos Maldito, 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, I’m Carlos “Maldito”, I’m the musician behind the name MERCIC. This project was created in 2015 and brings together several musical genres always immersed in an industrial environment. It focuses on releasing long-lasting albums, has no promotional video clips or commercial radio singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

MERCIC is MERCIC!

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

MERCIC comes from the south of Portugal from a paradise by the sea called Grândola. The music scene in Portugal is small; the circuit has few spaces and is often reigned by the same ones as always. Rock is not dead but is dying, metal is always underground but has the faithful support of fans. The cult bands have been the same since the 80’s / 90’s and the new bands appearing are acclaimed and disappear shortly afterwards. Life runs too fast without the necessary calm to taste the art that is made from the heart.

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

The most recent release was a double album, released on the 4th of June divided into “MERCIC_7” and “MERCIC_8” in collaboration with UNP music.

‘Batalha de Egos’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_7”.

‘The Crown Belongs To Johnny’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_8”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The biggest influences for me are several and of different styles but I will name the ones where I have their complete discography and I continue to buy all the new albums that come out; Sepultura, Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Orgy, Emika, Depeche Mode and Bizarra Locomotiva (the best Portuguese band for me).

What first got you into music?

Marilyn Manson with “Beautiful People”, I always liked drummer Ginger Fish and it was looking at his videos that I learned to play the drums.

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

Producer Ade Fenton and Trent Reznor.

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

MERA LUNA in Germany because it is the one that best fits my musical taste.

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

MERCIC has no fans, but friends who support my music and I feel very happy about it. The gifts I received were always beers and good wine.

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

I reiterate that there are no MERCIC fans. But a message; be more basic and live life instead of hiding behind the opinions of others or shitty fashions that often have nothing to do with you and just follow them because others follow. Be true to yourself there is nothing more pure than that.

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

David Bowie.

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

I love being able to express my deepest thoughts through music and I love it when there are people who feel embraced and involved in the MERCIC songs, making them theirs too. I hate the lack of critical awareness that musicians generally have. The small pubs that ask the musician to play for free and in return say that he should still thank the opportunity to promote himself and the public that takes out entire albums for free without giving a penny to the artist and without worrying about it.

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

Exactly what I mentioned in the previous answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile“ by Nine Inch Nails.

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

Anything that allows people to listen to music and through this experience they can feel good.

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

With MERCIC we only played once because the project was only for the studio and when we started playing live the pandemic arrived, so our first show is still our best show today.

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

Something related to music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trent Reznor, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl, Andreas Kisser and Eddie Vedder.

What’s next for the band?

Launch the new album and play live if possible.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FVgsPzqO3p2gspmkhxakf
www.facebook.com/groups/1012004925676903/
www.facebook.com/MERCICmusic
www.instagram.com/mercic_official/
www.store.undergroundnproud.com/category/mercic
www.youtube.com/channel/UCx74JJAezgGY8xyEaBZWyXg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I do not care.

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

Many thanks to Wallace for his support.

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EMQ’s with REACH

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EMQ’s with REACH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Rock band, Reach. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Ludvig Turner, 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! My name is Ludvig Turner and I am the singing guitar player of Reach. Me and Marcus Johansson met during an audition, the band I was in at the moment was looking for a drummer and Marcus came to us. I remember thinking he was the coolest guy and a great drummer. We got along instantly and decided to start our own thing. We left the band he was auditioning for just weeks in, it was a good decision!

How did you come up with your band name?

When we started writing songs and trying to predict the future of Reach, we both wanted this band to be our place of joy. We said that we would always put the best of ourselves into the music and no matter what we would do what feels right. We would always be Reaching for the stars, a bit cheesy perhaps but that’s how it was. Reach felt right then and still feels right for us. The ever changing vibe in our music is something that defines Reach in my opinion. As we get experienced and or influenced by someone or something that is going to show in our music.

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

All three of us (Me, Zouf Ma´Aoui & Marcus Johansson) are all from Stockholm, Sweden. We have a good scene in general I’d say. Music is all over and there are bands and artists making music for most genres. Rock & Metal coming from Sweden, say Scandinavia, is of high quality if I may say so. There are many bands stretching the lines of a genre that’s easy to get stuck within certain frames. I´m proud to be a musician from Sweden and I’m proud of what our little country has given over the years to the listeners of pop & rock in the world.

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

Our new album “The Promise Of A Life” is the third studio album we´ve released. Of Course, it’s our best one as well! The previous album “The Great Divine” was the first album we did as a three piece with me on vocals. I like to think that it was a new beginning of Reach. The first one we released, “Reach Out To Rock” is really nothing of what we are today but we´ve decided to stick with it and keep it in our discography since it is still a part of our history as a band.

‘New Frontier’ (Audio)

‘Promise Of A Life’ (Lyric Video)

‘Higher Ground’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I began playing music as a guitarist my biggest Idol became Gary Moore. I believe he still is. Over the last 10 years I really started appreciating the newer bands such as Muse, Awolnation, Panic at the Disco etc. Bands that experiment and write a bit more controversial music. There is a lot of cool stuff out there and if you dare to step outside the zone of rock n roll you´ll see that there is much more to discover. However, Black Sabbath was the first real band I listened to and the one that made me feel like the meaning of life is to play music.

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

I mentioned Muse earlier! They have been a huge inspiration for me and it would be a dream to tour with them. I’d be way too nervous to do anything right but it is still a dream of mine.

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

A full Wacken would be very cool! Hehe.

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

Love… No, but Marcus gets a lot of fanart when he´s like a knight on a horse n stuff! That is really cool!

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

We love that they love what we do! We always wish you guys the best and we would like you to keep on listening to music and to keep on attending shows! Performing live is what inspires us to write music and many of our friends think the same. Keep going to shows and we promise to do our very best to make them as good shows as possible!

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

Chris Cornell. Gary Moore is on the same list and the same placement. Chris Cornell is such a huge influence to me as a Singer and I’m the kind of fan that thinks every song with him singing is a brilliant song!

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

Performing live is a feeling I only experience doing so. Writing songs is something I get excited about because I love the feeling of recording something and thinking: ”I’ve never heard this before; I’ve created something unique!”. What I hate is when I wrote something that’s shit. I can get stuck in my song writing and not produce a single good song for months. That is terrible because I start thinking that I’ve ”lost it”. I panic for a while but eventually it comes back and all is good. But that time of not being able to write music I think it sucks so much.

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

I believe it is where it’s supposed to be. I could say that streaming services have ruined chances of income for bands but then again without them we probably wouldn’t have been able to distribute our music world wide. It’s a difficult question and I don’t want to rush into the subject with what is good and bad and what should be changed. We don’t focus too much on the industry like that, I’d say we try to adapt and when there’s a chance for us to make a move that could change something in the industry for the better, we’ll take it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The 2nd Law” by Muse is one of mine!

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

I wanna say vinyl to be cool but I stream like 98% of the music i listen to.

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

One of the first gigs we did, when Reach became the trio it was supposed to be, was a festival in Warsaw. A huge one with 4 stages and our time was at 10 in the evening on the stage just at the entrance. We had a few thousand people listening and singing along in the sing along (it’s not always like that). It just felt like ”YES! This is Reach and THIS is what we’re gonna do!”

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

I’d be working on a boat in Stockholm’s archipelago!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

One dictator, because that would be interesting. Gary Moore, I could fan girl over him. Jared Leto, tell him how lucky he is to be a freakin model, awesome Singer & a cool actor. Elon Musk, he’s awesome and I’m a space nerd when I’m not rocking out! Last one is for…Roger Penrose. Another nerd guilt guest. I’d Ask him about conformal cyclic cosmology! Sounds strange? It is! Check him out and you’ll see why he’s my last guest.

What’s next for the band?

Touring after summer if it’s possible. If not then new album. I’d like to release a 20 song album!

What’s next for the band?

We have a tour with H.E.A.T. coming up!

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

www.reachtheband.com/
www.facebook.com/reachofficialsweden/
www.instagram.com/reachband/
www.reachbandofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4PAH2hYK4vEvxLEwCg9zQ2
www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9sW3bIi7oD6mHhbq8rs8w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Love me some Jaffa Biscuits!!

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

Thank you for inviting Reach to this interview. It’s been a pleasure and i enjoyed the questions. These things give a little hope of brighter future so we’re happy to do these interviews.

To our previous listeners, thank you for staying with us for almost 10 years and to all our new followers, welcome to our weird little family. We love you!

Cheers / Ludvig

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EMQ’s with THE CHRIS ROLLING SQUAD

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EMQ’s with THE CHRIS ROLLING SQUAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with La Roche-sur-Yon, France based, Angry Rock ‘N’ Roll band, The Chris Rolling Squad. Huge thanks to Chris for taking part.

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

We are The Chris Rolling Squad”, we play damn Rock ‘N’ Roll, fast, loud and angry one! We started in 2013, put out an EP in 2016, then “Spitfire” our 1st album in 2019 and here we are with the new one “Cannonball Holocaust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

10 years back I had a website called “Rolling Bastards”, about Rock ‘N’ Roll culture, B-movies and stuff, and I used to sign all the chronicles “Chris Rolling” as a nick name, then I made the band, keep the name and add “Squad” cause’ I hate “band” or “trio”, it sucks 😀

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

We’re from west of France (Atlantic coast, obviously, cause we got no east coast 😀 ), there are many great rock bands all over, from Metal to Punk, Psychobilly and so on, but I don’t know if we can call that a “scene”?

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

“Cannonball Holocaust” (Cimex Records/Tvåtakt Records).

‘Trapped Inside’ (Video)

‘Hate 2000 Blues’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mmmmm…tough one! If we go down to the roots and watching the kind of stuff we play, I’d say the more obvious would be AC/DC (Bon Scott era), Motörhead and the Ramones but there’re so many others! Some people put us in the same box than The Hellacopters, Zeke, Peter Pan Speedrock, Supersuckers and stuff, the kind of band that are not fully Hard Rock neither Punk, but in between, and I’m fine with that.

What first got you into music?

As long as I remember, in summer 1977, Elvis’ funeral on TV got me really impressed (especially some stock shots with screaming girls 😀 ), then I saw the Stray Cats and Van Halen on TV shows and later my mom bought me my 1st LP, AC/DC “Highway To Hell”, damages were done 😀

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

Another tough one 😀 !!! I don’t know, cause I like many bands and musicians but I don’t know them personally, I mean I truly love their music but maybe they’re dicks as people, and I really don’t like dicks 😀 But obviously if someday I get a call or an offer by someone whose I love the music, we’ll have a talk, for sure!

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

“Helldorado” in Eindhoven, the mood seems pretty cool!

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

Once, before a show someone came with a big painting of us, it was damn touching, we hung it in our rehearsal room.

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

Have fun, don’t take things too seriously, and last but not least, thank you, thank you all, whoever and wherever you are, really.

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

Phil Lynott

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

Live shows, playing live is the best thing ever, I love writing songs as well (when I’m inspired), rehearsing with the guys, that stuff, you start with a little riff and end up with a real song. What I hate ? Mmmmm let me think…I don’t know, I guess it’s like anything else, you know, there’s good sides and bad ones, I prefer to focus on good ones, at least I try.

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

Today, I guess I’d burn the whole thing to the ground! I’m a musician, not a businessman neither an “expert” on how that industry really works, so, there would certainly be plenty of things to change but which ones? Honestly, I don’t know! Many musicians are frustrated, especially when they make records and play a lot of gigs, after a while they’re disappointed cause they don’t get the money or the recognition they think they deserve for their work! So, you better do that for good reasons! Like any “art” there’s no guarantee, as good as you are, we all have seen amazing bands that didn’t make it and beside there’s many assholes rich and famous in the music business 😀 It’s never been a fair business…but what’s fair in life, huh? Life itself ain’t fair at all, it’s damn cruel!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mmmmm, I could name a well-known classic but this time I’d rather pick a more obscure one. I’d say “Saturday Night Fever” by The Devil Dogs.

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

Vinyl all the way! CD’s are cool (I got plenty as well) but I prefer the sound of vinyl, big sleeves and stuff, I grew up with vinyl, so!

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

We had many great ones but one that really shaken us was in a little club in a city called “La Rochelle” in 2018, we were opening for “Delirium Tremens”, a Psychobilly band, almost no one had heard about us, the whole crowd was there for them, full of rock ‘n’ roll people, punks, metalheads, rockabilly rebels and stuff, and believe me, It was damn crazy! We had many other great ones but this one was really insane!

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

Scientist or Gangster.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nick Cave, Jaz Coleman, Naomi Klein, Jerry Seinfeld, Charlie Claesson

What’s next for the band?

To get back on stage asap, working on new music, and trying to stay alive as long as we can.

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

www.chrisrolling.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thechrisrollingsquad/
www.instagram.com/thechrisrollingsquad/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ozr1o5rbTHdtOfbI4zgGE

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

😀 😀 😀 Guess I’m not enough British to answer this one, but anyway I ain’t a fan of these “Biscakes” 😀 😀 😀

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

Thanks to you!

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Photo by Jesse Pollet

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EMQ’s with VISIONS OF DYSTOPIA

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EMQ’s with VISIONS OF DYSTOPIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montpellier, France based, Cinematic Progressive Metal band, Visions Of Dystopia. Huge thanks to Damien Maurel and Eric Juskewycz, 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 am Damien, the keyboard player of the band. Visions Of Dystopia was created in 2018. At that time, I was composing music for films and was looking for a musician to collaborate with for upcoming projects. I quickly thought of Eric (guitarist and composer), as I met him a couple years before, on projects that unfortunately all aborted… Since 2018, Eric and I have mainly composed for audio-visual projects (horror films, Sci-Fi animation films…). Thanks to all these rich experiences, we were able to progressively define the musical universe we really wanted to develop, a universe associating our metal roots and cinema. That’s how the album “A Nightmare On Dystopian Street” was born.

How did you come up with your band name?

We are concerned about the world that surrounds us and we early found in science fiction a gateway to the questions raised by our society and to its possible excesses. So, we looked for a name that referred to all these issues and “Visions Of Dystopia” seemed to be the right choice.

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

We come from France, more precisely from the South, in a city called Montpellier. In Montpellier, the metal scene is very diverse but with a tendency for post-hardcore and modern metal.

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

Our latest release is an album called “A Nightmare On Dystopian Street” available on digital platforms and Digisleeve. We are supported by M&O Music label for the promo and digital release of this album.

‘The Call’ (Official video)

‘Shapeless Dreams’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the metal parts, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend or Slipknot and for the creepy music parts, Charles Bernstein or Charlie Clouser, among others.

What first got you into music?

Damien: it was a long time ago. When I was around 13 years old my brother listened to a lot of metal and wanted us to form a death metal band. So, he told that I should play drums (he played guitar) but he also has the misfortune to tell me that I will have to work a lot to play drums well… I was maybe a bit lazy…so…I decided to play keyboards! Why? I don’t really know!

Eric: it was during my teenage years when I realized that it was possible to associate music as far apart as Prokofiev or Stravinsky and metal music. I realised at that time that music will become my way of life…

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

Eric: Meshuggah without hesitating!

Damien: John Williams (it’s ambitious I know ah, ah).

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

Eric: at the Hellfest because this is the place for live metal music in France.

Damien: At the Boston Symphony Orchestra with John Williams of course!

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

Until now nothing weird.

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

Stay tuned and be careful!

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

Damien: Mozart.

Eric: Prokofiev.

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

We both enjoy to compose. Composing music is for us a way to share our feeling and emotions.

What we hate? when music is repeated all day long so that it imposes itself on you, even if you don’t like it. The best way to avoid this, is to choose what you listen to and especially where you listen to it!

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

Leave more space for originality and for musical projects that go beyond the constraints imposed by the music industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”.

Damien: It doesn’t matter which one but composed by Ennio Morricone.

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

Something you can touch, something real…

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

We are 100% sure you don’t know the place ah, ah!

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

Artists.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Family and friends are the most important…

What’s next for the band?

Continue to compose music we like, try to renew ourselves as much as possible. That’s all we can do right now…

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

Mainly Youtube, Soundcloud and Instagram.
www.visions-of-dystopia.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCj_9CbC9y3P9FnTtI9ZZAIA
www.soundcloud.com/visions-of-dystopia
www.instagram.com/visions_of_dystopia/
www.facebook.com/vod.composers

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Oh my god! We never heard about Jaffa Cakes!

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

Thanks for this interview!

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EMQ’s with UNBLESSED

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EMQ’s with UNBLESSED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based, Death/Black Metal band, Unblessed. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist, Paul Callahan, 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 Paul Callahan, leader, composer, guitarist and vocalist from Unblessed of Chile. We’ve been on road since 1999, keeping our flame burning through 5 full length albums, an EP, 1 Compilation, 3 DVD´s and toured over 11 countries in Europe, Brazil and Argentina too.

How did you come up with your band name?

Into a brainstorming, Unblessed is perfect for our music.

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

We are from Santiago of Chile. We have a good scene, a lot of bands always producing materials and concerts too.

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

It is the “Murdering Hope” album (2020) via Australis records and we’ve made 3 videos for this album.

‘Irreverence Irreversible’ (Official Video)

‘S.E.N.A.M.E.’ (Official Video)

‘Beyond The Cramp’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think old bands as Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Kreator, Slayer, Death, Vital Remains, Dissection, Dawn and Hypocrisy to name a few.

What first got you into music?

Being banger at first, then the creativity and the artistic search.

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

Hmmm, I think Peter Tägtgren or Ihsahn.

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

Wacken, Hellfest, 70000 Tons of Metal.

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

Drugs and friendship.

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

Keep safe, stay home and make music.

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

A band with Cliff Burton, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister and Michael Jackson on vocals.

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

Composing time, no doubt!

I hate when some members are not involved in procession of music or goals of the band.

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

In my case, the waiting for upcoming albums, hahaha, but it isn´t a big deal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hypocrisy – “Hypocrisy”
Death – “Spiritual Healing”
Vital Remains – “Forever Underground”
Morbid Angel – “Blessed Are The Sick”
Dissection – “Storm Of the Light´s Bane”
God Dethroned – “Bloody Blasphemy”
Emperor – “In The Nightside Eclipse”

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

I think it is vinyl, but any format is good. The most important thing is to be heard.

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

Sinfest Metal Festival, in Malta (April of 2018).

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

Actor or writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Morgan Freeman, Eric Cartman, Charlie Sheen And Silvia Saint.

What’s next for the band?

An upcoming album and the third tour of Europe, when we can.

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

www.unblessed.cl/
www.facebook.com/Unblessed-44071969223
www.instagram.com/unblessed_soul/

Enjoy that!!!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake.

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

Just listen to Unblessed and buy some merch, that´s always a support to the band.

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