EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile Thrash/Death/Punk Metal band Nuclear 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?

Hey, thanks for this interview. My name is Francisco Haussmann, I play guitars in Nuclear. To make the long story short, Nuclear was born from the ashes of another band called Escoria back in 2003. After a few line-up changes and 5 albums in the bag, the band is writing music for the 6th album. In 2014 we got signed by Candlelight Records, UK (now Spinefarm Records/Universal Music) and we released one album under that label.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, I don’t recall exactly how, but we did want to have a powerful name representing our music and live performances. We thought of the nuclear power and how uncontrollable and potentially dangerous is.

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

Chile, South America. I’d say metal scene here is like any other. You can find an excellent feedback and support for foreign acts but not that much for local bands. I think it is constantly growing for the better though. People understand the importance of the local scene and how difficult it is for a band to build a fan base. Our geography does not help much either as it becomes pretty difficult for bands to visit other countries in South America and vice versa (quite the opposite as Europe for instance).

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

Our latest album is called “Formula For Anarchy” from 2015. However, we released a single in 2016 called “Libertad Condicionada”. It is a cover song from Chilean punk rock band.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to write, but I’d say Old School Thrash and Death metal were the first influences we had. Sepultura, Kreator, Dismember, Benediction, Entombed, Slayer, Exodus, Unleashed. In time, we have been widening our taste of music and a lot of Punk, Hardcore and Grindcore have given us pretty rad ideas for our music.

What first got you into music?

I’d say something happened when I first watched Live Corruption VHS from Napalm Death back in the day. It was so intense, so brutal and I instantly knew that I wanted to have a band. I was perhaps 12 years old and did not have any instruments at home so I asked some friends to lend me theirs and that’s how it started.

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

I would love to have LG Petrov or Alex Camargo from Krisiun singing one of our songs. Both are big influences on Nuclear’s work and how we see metal music nowadays.

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

For some reason, I have always wanted to play Bloodstock Festival in UK. I think that festival has a really good vibe and the line-ups over the years have been brutal AF!

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

We’ve received a lot of gifts from fans and nothing really weird to be honest. We’ve got flags, CDs, tees, beers, etc. We did receive a very cool gift once. It was a hand-painted very detailed and dedicated portrait of us as a band. We have it in our rehearsal room.

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

Many thanks for these years of constant support. Underground music is difficult in every sense of the word and it would be ever more difficult if we hadn’t got our fans supporting us at every show. We are lucky to have a very strong and loyal fanbase backing us up from many countries around the world.

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

That’s a tough one. I don’t know about rock star but I’d say Chuck Schuldiner. He was one of a kind and he left us way too early.

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

I rarely think of this. I enjoy pretty much everything about being a musician. Playing music gives you something only musicians know how to describe it. Those goosebumps you get when you play live or when you finish a new song, It’s something unique. I don’t think I hate anything about this. Maybe the lack of support between bands or the constant hatred in social media.

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

I don’t think there’s commitment from labels towards new bands. I understand that this is a business but it looks like A&Rs are not getting out as much as they are supposed to. There are tons of bands out there that don’t stand a chance. I believe it is very short-term thinking if you consider that many of the big bands are about to finish their careers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Benediction – “Subconscious Terror”.

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

I collect vinyl. I love the way they sound and everything about the package.

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

That’s a really tough one. We’ve had many memorable gigs in the past!

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

I am actually also a Chemical Engineer, so I’d say that I would be working full time as one.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band. Besides being band mates, we are also best friends and I believe that’s why we have stayed strong as long as we have. You can have a discussion or fight from time to time but in the end, everything comes back to normal and keep having a good time. This might sound as a cliché, but metal music is not about money and if you’re not making tons of it, what’s the point of staying together if you don’t remain friends and have a good time?

What’s next for the band?

We are right in the middle of a new album recording. As soon as we finish it, we will start touring everywhere we can to support it. Stay tuned for upcoming news!

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

https://www.facebook.com/nuclearcl/
https://www.instagram.com/nuclearthrash/
https://nuclear.bandcamp.com
You can actually visit www.nuclear.cl and find pretty much anything you want.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake definitely.

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

Many thanks for the interview! We cannot wait to have the new stuff ready to show everyone! Stay tuned!

 

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EMQ’s with SISTER SHOTGUN

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EMQ’s with SISTER SHOTGUN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands based Rock/Metal band Sister Shotgun. 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 Niall Wills, I play guitar and scream for Sister Shotgun. The band started due to a house party I had in Kidderminster, England. I had been studying music technology in college and befriended people studying music tech/music performance, I filled a tiny one bedroom house with about 50 to 60 teenage musicians. Chloe (vocalist), being one of those people had invited some of her friends along and they had noticed my guitars all piled up in the corner of the room. They had played in various Blues Rock/Hair Metal style bands and wanted to get a new band together, therefore I joined them in the making of a band starting with a bunch of covers that would later become Sister Shotgun. During this time Chloe was singing for a Pop Punk band and a wedding band and solo projects, we had the core members but no vocalist. We found a male singer we were digging and he was prepared to join but ended up getting to the finals of the TV competition “The Voice” so that fell through. Chloe ended up leaving her Pop Punk project and convinced us she should join as she was the best vocalist in the area. We picked her up and it worked so she began our journey. It took us a while to grasp those vital members which brings us to the present day with the best line up yet. These guys have the best creative minds I know.

How did you come up with your band name?

Chloe came up with the band name. She had a working title of a project called Sister Shotgun as a sort of alter ego character she had created. I believe she took the phrase from Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’ however it wouldn’t influence the bands styling! We dug the simplicity of the name and the clash of words; the innocence of the word Sister and the aggressiveness of the word Shotgun, we tried to think of others but it was the easiest and catchiest name.

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

We are from England, United Kingdom There is so much Metal in this country it’s kind of just sewn into our genes, however the metal scene varies. a lot of bands have gravitated toward the American Rock sound with Country/Blues tones to their music so the Metal scene has shrunk a little however, the ones that have stuck around and grown are some of the most creative Metal bands I’ve heard in a while.

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

Our latest single is ‘Sacred Heart’ and our album “Fragments” was released on April 19th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is where it gets harder, We are five different people with different tastes and influences so we gather them together and we influence each other! Some that are mutual are Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine, then personally it goes from My Chemical Romance and Mötley Crüe to Korn and Machine head for all our own reasons.

What first got you into music?

I grew up with a father who was very into his music, he had guitars and he had drums often in the living room so when I’d stay over I couldn’t help myself but to strum the strings on every guitar every time I walked past and the excitement around music from him was built inside me. I was very much into art as a kid so it was easily transferred into music.

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

All in all someone like Rob Zombie or Johnny Rotten would be incredible and not a generic collab but I’d absolutely love to pick someone a bit off the wall, throw a spanner in the works and turn some heads so I think I’d shove someone like Morrissey on a Metal track and with his lyrical content that would be interesting.

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

The obvious answer being Download Festival, Hellfest, Wacken! However, also Shiprocked!, a cruise and a massive beach party with metal! That beats a muddy festival easy plus they have some really cool bands play!

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

We haven’t really been given anything weird as far as I know, We’ve had fans bake cakes and cupcakes for us.

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

With all the obstacles that have been in our path over the past so many years as a band, you the fans are what kept us fighting and kept us writing and kept us on the road and this album is for you. The ones that listen, that scream back in our faces, those familiar faces we see at shows far from their own homes, you travel the distance for us and well go the distance for you, thank you!

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

I’m gonna say Kurt Cobain or Dimebag Darrell so I could at least see Nirvana or Pantera as they’re some of my favourite bands that I never got to see.

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

Everything involving the creative side, just making music is an amazing experience starting from a small riff or progression then you build it, play it, perform it, record it and it becomes its own beast kind of like raising a child and then having fans sing it back to you and the sound and feeling I get of loud live guitars fills my soul with excitement and energy!
I hate the amount of rip off merchants and egotistical personalities that are flying around. Everyone wants to overcharge or take all your money for services and try not to pay you or pay you naff all for maximum effort like we did in the beginning. It took a lot of time, effort and money to play shows for free and watch a promoter walk away with all the money in their fancy cars. I dislike the egos from some musicians they think the world owes them something because they can sing or play guitar like everybody else and this happens with small time bands too.

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

To turn back the clock back to 80’s/90’s when the industry actually signed bands and put money into them to progress them and truly scouted talent rather than how many likes do they have on Facebook? Or how much money do they have to buy onto this tour? Or how popular of a person is the lead singer, so in essence Social Media. I’d wipe that out of existence and let the live shows and the music do the talking… not the numbers!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Poison” by Bullet For My Valentine. Their riffs where unique and songs where so creative and the guitar playing was by far their best. It was aggressive, melodic, catchy as hell and something new out of Metal rather than the ‘let’s copy Metallica’ route!

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

Vinyl, especially the old ones, as it’s all analog and pure but it’s mainly because when you purchase it’s a real physical thing. That’s what I don’t like about downloads, you don’t get a nice big piece of artwork with a bunch of lyrics that you can read and with CD’s the lyrics are crammed in and you can barely read it. You can hang a vinyl on your wall you have the art and a physical thing for your money!

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

There have been quite a few lately down to the hype the crowd have given us singing at the top of their lungs. I loved playing a festival called FortFest because we pulled out all the stops. We had roadies moving our stuff, we brought in some fire performers that breathed fire and used angle grinders on stage; that was our coolest gig. It wasn’t the liveliest crowd as it was a brand new festival and we were very fresh as a band back then but it was fun watching the lighting guy fear for his life as he was showered in metal shards!

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

I’d more than likely have chosen a career being a tattoo artist. I’ve always loved art and I could draw a car and its engine parts before I could even write my own name properly and I had a huge interest in tattoo artistry in my school days but music just took over!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d have to have an outrageous dinner party full of characters so I’d probably pick Ozzy Osbourne, David lee Roth, Devin Townsend, Abbath and someone like Donald Trump. That would be one entertaining night, it would be chaos, exactly how a dinner party should be.

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking at a “Fragments” headline tour followed by some festival dates, some high profiles support slots and a bunch of other fun stuff we’ve got planned… the fun doesn’t stop at album release!

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

The usual suspects Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and we have a Bandcamp site also. With Instagram we give a lot more insight into our goings on such as backstage stuff.
https://www.facebook.com/SisterShotgun/
https://www.instagram.com/sistershotgunuk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Fun fact; whilst recording the album there was an offer on for Jaffa cakes a triple pack for a pound I believe and Benji (guitarist) bought a pack a day (for 7 days) he’s dangerously addicted to jaffas, a bit of a ‘jaffajunky’, on that note it is a cake disguised as a biscuit it’s a clever ploy it appeals to both markets but were not fooled it’s a cake.

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

For those who aren’t familiar with us and are new to Sister Shotgun give new album “Fragments” a blast. It’s an amalgamation of the edges of the Metal and Rock genres not treated like a ‘female fronted’ band. Every song on this album has something different to offer, you may not like one song but you’ll find another on this record!

 

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EMQ’s with DORYLUS

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EMQ’s with DORYLUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stevenage, UK Melodic/Death/Thrash Metal band Dorylus. 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?

I’m Joe I’m the lead vocalist and guitarist for UK Metal band Dorylus.
We formed in 2015 with original members; Bassist Tom Oliver, Guitarist Craig Carmichael and Drummer Mitch Cartwright after our previous bands had gone their separate ways.

How did you come up with your band name?

So me and Tom where at a pub talking about potential band names and he had suggested that insects had really cool sounding names but Cicada, while sounding like an awesome band name, the bug itself is a bit dull. So in true metal fashion we hit up Google for a list of the most dangerous insects in the world and “Dorylus” was number 4 on the list.

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

We are from England and based in Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire metal scene is one of the most incredibly supportive scenes in the country IMO. It has so many incredible bands that are really pushing the envelope of originality and keeping things interesting. If you put on a metal show in Hertfordshire it seems you’re guaranteed a good turnout, with all the regulars and bands that show up all the time to support an incredible growing scene. I thank the BOA M2TM competition going on at Club 85 in Hitchin for helping nurture such an amazing environment to make music.

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

So we are currently preparing to release our Debut full length album on June 7th it’s called “Without Sin” and it’s taken the last 3 years to write and record and our first single is coming soon!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally my biggest influences as a musician have been Josh from Bloodshot Dawn, Chuck from Death, Randy from Lamb of God, Adam from King Leviathan and Ola England from Feared and the Haunted.

What first got you into music?

As basic as it sounds I remember hanging out with a friend when I was about 12 he’d brought round Metallica’s ‘Black’ album and the minute he put it on the aggression and raw feeling that I had never been able to understand when I’d heard metal before suddenly started to make sense I couldn’t not bang my head. my brother overheard us rocking out to it and the next day he dumped a bunch of CDs in my hands which included the likes of Machine Head, Soil and Slipknot as well as some classics like AC/DC and Iron Maiden. From then on I knew music was all I wanted in my life.

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

There are so many incredible bands in my local scene right now and to be honest I’d love to do something with every single one of them. I feel like I’d enjoy working with friends a whole lot given the opportunity. So… any bands in my local scene that would like to collaborate HIT ME UP haha!

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

100% it would have to be Bloodstock Open Air.
Not just because it’s an awesome festival but because of the work it does for the growing Underground Metal community. It has an entire stage that runs all weekend dedicated to what’s happening in the underground. It’s such a good thing to be involved with and it would be and absolute pleasure to be up on one of those stages one day!

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

Damn I wish I had something interesting to say for this… but honestly we don’t get gifts from fans. Although someone did stick a dildo on my guitar while I was playing once… but I think it was the bands dildo (long story) anyways so I don’t think that counts.

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

WE BLOODY LOVE YOU CRAZY BUNCH OF NUTTERS!!! …(also the album comes out June 7th).
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

There are too many to choose from but I’d probably say Chuck (Schuldiner). I’d love to have another Death album and to see where he would have taken his musical journey. Death have been a band that has had a vibe across all of the albums that made it still feel like the same band while maturing so much musically it’s why they have been a huge influence on how I approach writing music.

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

It’s a release or more like it’s real. While I’m on the road I feel more like myself than when I’m at work or at home. The only thing I hate is that I can’t do it 24/7… the wages suck a bit as well.

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

Actually nothing really! The music industry is fairer than it has ever been for Metal. It’s no longer about ‘right time, right place’. It’s no longer a game of luck. You can’t be lazy and get lucky, you can’t just spend money and you can’t be in it for the money because there isn’t any. The only people who are left playing Metal are the ones with the true unbridled passion for it, the people doing it because they love it and it’s making music better every day.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paean Heretica” by King Leviathan. I’d been following this band for a couple years with their first 3 EPs playing on repeat almost constantly and once they released this album it changed my ideas of what I could accomplish musically.

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

First off, anything that has people listening to music. To be honest I wish I was old enough to have been around in the tape trading days.

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

That’s a pretty big toss up we’ve had so many good shows and shared the stage with so many incredible bands it’s hard to think.
I think I’d have to go with London 2016 M2TM Grand Final. While we didn’t go through and we definitely have played better since the atmosphere in that room was amazing. Playing alongside some of our best friend’s in Gevaudan, Slave Steel, Dead Before Mourning and Bearfist, to a packed room of people, was just one of my favourite experiences.

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

Being bored as hell at my day job… nah I’d probably have tried my hand at art or acting I like being creative and I love attention.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Only 5!!!
Matt Berry, Ian Mckellen, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mike Tyson.
Just so I could hear them make small talk

What’s next for the band?

New line up (announcement soon).
New album.
Tour through June (still dates available so Hit Me Up).
Move on to another EP or Album ASAP. I don’t want to take 3 years for the next one!

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

We do a lot of stuff with Facebook and Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/dorylusband/
https://www.instagram.com/dorylusband/
And all of our current music is on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/41BStS4SHDO5KApFfb20Tk
(As well as everywhere you can buy or stream music)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A new breed of food called BISCAKE!

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

Just that we are really honoured to be given this platform to promote our band and our album and hopefully you’ll all enjoy what we have coming up in the future.

 

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EMQ’s with AS I DESTRUCT

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EMQ’s with AS I DESTRUCT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Melodic Death Metal band As I Destruct. 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 Matthew Marotti, lead guitarist from As I Destruct. Our old band was called Quaero Verum. No one knew how to say it, let alone spell it. So we decided a makeover was in order.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luke liked it and really pushed for it. Also anyone familiar with “Threat Signal” knows that the song kicks major arse!

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

We are from Australia. The metal scene here is diverse, with a lot of young hungry bands really up for the task. The competitive nature and drive to bring metal heads together resonates throughout our lovely, ageing population.

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

Our latest album is called “From Fear to Oblivion”. We have so far released two singles from the album. The tracks are ‘Redemption’ and ‘A Question of Faith’.
‘A Question of Faith’ has its very own film clip, done by the people at Against the Grain Studios. They did a fantastic job. We highly recommend that you go and check the video out on YouTube. They didn’t even pay me to say that!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1lwR_2VPyI

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine personally that have shaped the sound for this particular record is Nevermore, Hypocrisy, Old Man’s Child and my dad’s awesome record collection. We are talking growing up on the original vinyl’s of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Dio. That was until my younger brother took all the records out of the sleeves and smooshed them against our old tiled floors! I hate to imagine how much they would be worth today.

What first got you into music?

Growing up in my old house I was always surrounded by music. During the day, my Mum would play stuff from Taylor Dayne, Madonna and Cher while my Dad at night would blast stuff from Richie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi.
I did enjoy Dad’s taste in music a little more. Though Mum’s selection would have helped me more with the ladies…

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

If I didn’t say Jeff Loomis I probably would be lying. The guy’s a total freak.

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

Download Festival. It is the only heavy metal festival that took a chance on Australia when no one else would, post-Soundwave. It would be a dream to play in front of a big crowd in my hometown.
I guess a girl can dream…

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

My mates bring their partners to shows, so their patience of sitting through our show might be the biggest gift of all? Right?

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

Thanks for your support. You don’t realise that every time someone tells me the album is awesome what that does for me. Nothing beats it. It’s a surreal feeling. Honest to God, feel these nipples!

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

I’d probably die trying to decide between Chuck Schuldiner and Ronnie James Dio.

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

Writing songs is something that I enjoy the most. Dealing with my crippling fear of failure and self-doubt makes the first point a little more/less enjoyable.

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

I would create a grant for musicians called Matthew Marotti. That person would receive a headline show at the Download Festival plus $1 million spending money. Australian dollars, not Monopoly because that game sucks and I already owe people money!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Defiance of Existence” from Old Man’s Child. That album gets me.

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

I love collecting CDs. Currently I am at approximately 500 CDs. I wouldn’t say they are like my kids because I am not sure my children will bring me that much happiness.

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

Playing at HQ in Adelaide. Our friends, family and our amazing fans came in full support and gave us a show. I hope we returned the favour lml lml.

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

Professional wrestling. Not even kidding. I saw The Undertaker as a kid and thought he was the coolest thing ever. Still do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five of my best mates, provided it’s an open bar. You’re welcome lads.

What’s next for the band?

Touring, writing and not splitting up. We keep this train going now for as long as humanly possible.

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

The classics, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pornhub. Basically where we know lots of people go for a good time, not a long time.
https://www.asidestruct.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AsIDestructBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The most biscuit-cake there is. Ha ha but seriously, Jaffa is the abortion of all desserts.

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

If you love your melodic death metal with extra angst, head over to www.asidestruct.com/shop and pick yourself up a copy of “From Fear to Oblivion”. Thanks again guys for your love, support and letting us crash on your couch!

 

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EMQ’s with THREATPOINT

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EMQ’s with THREATPOINT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Scranton, Pennsylvania Thrash/Groove Metal band Threatpoint. 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?

Hey, I’m Chris James; I’m the singer of Threatpoint and also play guitar, writing and recording but just not live. Threatpoint has been around since March 2012. Our sound is a mix of many influences, Hard Rock, Power Metal, a lil Progressive stuff, Classic Metal and a big chunk of us is Thrash! We are all big Thrash Metal fans since we were young.

How did you come up with your band name?

Threatpoint band name? You’re the first interview that ever asked us this. Our original name was Sixfist but changed for reasons of it sounding like porn …Chris came up with the word “Threat” like getting in someone’s face not necessarily in a bad way. And we needed to expand on it and CJ said “Point” basically being a person or place or event. So Threatpoint was born. We look at it as we will get in your face point blank with our mission!

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

We are from Scranton, Pennsylvania USA. The metal scene in my view is there are good solid pockets of it depending where you go. Sure there are metal heads everywhere but when you play out some towns or cities definitely do better than others.

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

“Salvation” is our brand new album. Just released it Feb 22nd this year. Our single is out as a lyric video for the track ‘Save Your Apologies For God’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-LEE63Ej-I

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are God and my mother. Musically speaking; The Doors, Iron Maiden, Testament, Overkill, Savatage, Blondie, The Bee Gees and the list rolls on.

What first got you into music?

Growing up Mom always played records all types of music. I was never much into TV but then Headbangers Ball came along… man those were the days the 80’s!!!

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

Testament!

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

Wacken… it’s the ultimate metal festival!

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

Cookies…not weird but they were awesome!

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

Get out of the house n support bands. Bring back the old days when clubs were always packed n metal music was alive!

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

Jim Morrison and Criss Oliva (Savatage) they both had so much more to do!

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

Writing/Recording and playing new places and meeting new people. I hate the lies, empty promises and being screwed financially!

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

It would be nice if people truly listened to new bands and gave them a shot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Testament – “The Gathering”

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

Cassettes because you can beat them up pretty good and now downloads because I can buy something on iTunes n listen to it immediately and don’t have cases and cases of things to carry!

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

Every gig is equally important when there are people waiting for you. We always give 100%.

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

I’m doing it, a truck driver.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Wife and my band guys.

What’s next for the band?

We just suffered a huge blow from an accident, trying to regroup and try to get a new tour vehicle!

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

All of them. Facebook, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc…
https://www.threatpointofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/threatpoint/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No clue never even heard of them?

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

Just want to say thank you to our manger Yvonne Loveland @Voodoo Queen Management for believing in us and helping us through some tough times. Along with everyone else out there who supports us and comes out to the shows… We love you all!

 

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EMQ’s with WARFAITH

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EMQ’s with WARFAITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French Thrash Metal band Warfaith. 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?

Already, Warfaith is five friends who like to have a good time playing Thrash Metal. There’s only one way to work: to laugh one’s head off. The band was founded in 2012 with 4 of its 5 actual members.

How did you come up with your band name?

At first, it was ‘Warfare’ but connotations with a modest video game made us change our name 😉 .There’s no special meaning. The band was founded before us, with other members, we just tried to keep almost the same name.

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

We come from France, the homeland of wine, baguette and snails. The scene in France is poorly represented as far as Thrash is concerned, so we play what we like and how we want it.

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

Our latest release is our new EP “Pint Of Pils”, a concentrate of funny mood, beer and its effect & cats and zombies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Inspiration is quite varied because we listen to many different styles of music that can lead to good ideas when we are together. In general, we have a base of composition and each of us brings back his ideas and his personal touch while keeping fast music with powerful and heavy riffs. One of the advantages of working this way is that we can all express ourselves. Warfaith is what it is due to each one of us.

What first got you into music?

That’s a good question…. Beer?

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

Municipal Waste, Slayer, Kreator, and for our drummer, Sepultura.

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

Hellfest, why not? Because it’s in France, there are always great bands and the atmosphere is crazy.

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

No gift from a fan, sorry, except a beer but it’s not a strange gift 😉

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

Thrash, beer and cats (they will dominate the world one day!)

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

Dimebag Darrell with no hesitation!

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

We don’t take ourselves seriously and that’s the more important point, so we hate the opposite, mannequin clips and Auto-Tune.

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

Auto-Tune, and orange juice at a festival.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Justin Bieber – Under the Mistletoe

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

Vinyl, 200%!

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

The Rising Fest at Dijon. The best organization we have seen to date.

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

Our jobs, we do them as well as music by the way.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

4 cats and the Pope.

What’s next for the band?

Promotion of our EP, drinking beers and maybe a festival.

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

We use a lot of media like Deezer, Spotify, YouTube and Facebook to only cite a few.
https://www.facebook.com/warfaith/
https://twitter.com/warfaithncy

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A transsexual…

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

Enjoy life, take care of your cat. And thanks for this interview!

 

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EMQ’s with GRIEF COLLECTOR

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EMQ’s with GRIEF COLLECTOR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Minnesota Doom metallers Grief Collector. 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?

This is Brad Miller, And I am the drummer. Grief Collector was formed in the Fall of 2017 by myself and guitarist, Matt Johnson. We wrote the material and recorded the music in the summer of 2018. Once Robert (Lowe, ex Candlemass & Solitude Aeturnus) joined, we recorded his vocals in January of 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Grief Collector actually comes from the lyrics of a Candlemass song.

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

We are from Minnesota, USA. The Doom Metal scene here is pretty amazing actually. A lot of really talented bands out there.

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

We just released our first album called “From Dissension To Avowal” on April 1st

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m really influenced by Swedish bands like Katatonia, Candlemass and most recently, Ghost. But I grew up listening to bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

In all honesty, seeing the inside cover of “Kiss Alive II” made me wanna become a drummer. Visually stunning. And the raw energy that album had at the time.

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

For me it would definitely be Katatonia, hands down.

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

I think we are really big on playing The Maryland Doom Fest.

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

Not really a gift, but one time I was asked to sign a McDonald’s receipt. Apparently the guy didn’t have anything else to write on. LOL.

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

Go out and support these bands that you love so much. Every city should have a thriving music scene. And that’s the only way to achieve that.

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

For me it would definitely be Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. His lyrics were so powerful and painful.

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

I absolutely love the writing process. Being able to create something from scratch and see it come alive. I definitely don’t like the arrogance and cockiness that the music industry can spawn.

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

I think the music industry lacks originality and it seems like everything is mass produced and has really lost the spontaneity it used to have. I like not knowing what an artist might do live. It’s exciting!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Without a doubt, Katatonia “Night Is The New Day”.

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

I’m a big Vinyl and CD fan personally. I like to be able to see the art and read the lyrics. That’s always been a big part of the excitement of getting a new release from a band for me.

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

I put on a local Doom/ Sludge Showcase here in Minneapolis every year called The Minneapolis Menagerie. Those are always a great time.

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

I love food and cooking, so I would probably be in the culinary arts.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a sucker for 80’s metal and the higher ranged vocalists. So I would probably invite Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, Bruce Dickinson, Ray Alder and King Diamond.

What’s next for the band?

We are looking to hit the road this summer and fall. Then work on the follow up album sometime in 2020.

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

We are on all the main sites. Bandcamp, Facebook, Spotify, ITunes and Apple Music. As well as others.
https://www.facebook.com/GriefCollector/
https://griefcollector1.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, being from Minnesota, I can honestly say I’ve never heard of a Jaffa Cake. Lol, but I googled them and they look delicious. I will go with a biscuit.

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

We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project from day one. And to all the new Doom fans around the world for their amazing support and kind words. Much love and respect.

 

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EMQ’s with SHATTERED

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EMQ’s with SHATTERED

Hi everyone. Please welcome to our brand new interview feature page EMQ’s (Ever Metal Questions). Every band featured here will be asked the same questions and we start with Tampa Bay, Florida Metal band Shattered.

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

Hello, My name is Tony Pettry and I’m one of the founders of Shattered in which I play guitar. Shattered was formed in 2014 and we are a metal band. We are sponsored by Sinister Guitar Picks and Fireball Whiskey. Shattered is also working with From The Depths Entertainment Record Label and Rogue PR out of England.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was just throwing names around and Shattered stuck. We did a search and it was available so I got a copyright on it.

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

Shattered is from Tampa Bay , Florida in the good ole USA. The metal scene here is booming. I mean it is the Death Metal Capital Of The World.

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

Our latest EP is called “Pride” which was released in 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influence is King Diamond with his unique style and awesome presence on stage.

What first got you into music?

My brother gave me the Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil cassette tape and I was hooked from that point on.

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

King Diamond!

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

Wacken Metalfest

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

I was on stage playing and a fan walked up and set a bag down with shirts, a castle fountain and a little joint in it for my birthday.

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

I would just like to say thank you for the support over the years. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for sure.

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

Oderus Arungus (Dave Brockie)! Probably spelled it wrong but all Gwar fans know who I’m talking about.

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

I enjoy getting on stage performing and making people happy. I hate the drama people start all the time in the music industry.

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

I would like to get Heavy Metal more attention like on music award shows etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – And Justice For All

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

Downloads.

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

That would be at The Ritz opening for Nile and Overkill.

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

Drag Racing, and writing movie scripts.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

King Diamond, Glenn Danzig, Gene Simmons, Henry Rollins, and Ozzy Osbourne

What’s next for the band?

Shattered is working on our new EP named “Skinwalker” to be released in 2019 and we will go on tour.

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

WWW.Shattered727.com and we use Facebook a lot.
https://www.facebook.com/Shattered727/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha, I have no clue but I’m going with a cake biscuit.

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

I would just like to thank you for this opportunity to talk with you. Without our fans we are nothing so check us out and don’t be shy. We love to chat.

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