EMQ’s with HELL BENT

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EMQ’s with HELL BENT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Crossover Thrash band Hell Bent! 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?

Badger: I’m Badger and I sing. We’ve all known each other for a long time, and played together in various bands over the years.

Sam: I play bass. I joined the band about 2 years ago

Shawn: Guitar. I played bass in a fast hardcore band called Neon Bitches with Brian and John, which ultimately turned into this band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Badger: After weeks of hand wringing and arguing, Hell Bent was the only one we could all agree on.

Sam: Wasn’t around for that!

Shawn: You’re lucky Sam…it was tedious!

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

Badger: We are from the Dis-United States. Metal of all kinds is huge right now in the underground. Some of the bands are amazing, some of them are awful. Just like any other scene I reckon.

Sam: USA. The New England scene is pretty good. There’s a decent amount of good bands but there’s a decent amount of bad ones too.

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

Badger: Our full length called “Apocalyptic Lamentations” is being released soon.

Sam: “Apocalyptic Lamentations”

Shawn: It will be released via Armageddon Label & Atomic Action Records on vinyl, Horror Pain Gore Death on CD, and Metal Swarm on cassette.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Badger: Motörhead, Discharge, Pestilence, Hellhammer, Bathory, Repulsion, Blood Feast, Possessed, and many more. Essentially bands that used to be called “thrash” that were very extreme for their time, and pioneered what would later be called black metal and death metal.

Sam: Motörhead, Black Sabbath, early Slayer, Venom, Celtic Frost

Shawn: Kreator, Destruction, Possessed, Slayer at least for this band.

What first got you into music?

Badger: I grew up in a family full of musicians on my father’s side, who are all very talented but never wrote their own music. I’m not very talented but I’ve always written my own music. They were all quite concerned and disappointed that I gravitated towards heavy metal and punk. Ultimately I’ve done way more there any of them did music wise.

Sam: My dad was a bass player so we had an old bass in the house. I picked it up when I was 12 and just stuck with it.

Shawn. My next door neighbour/metalhead-guitar playing babysitter “Angus” (Paul). He turned me onto metal at a super young age.

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

Badger: I’m excited about the band Lowlife who have members of Cryptic Slaughter and Repulsion.

Sam: Really looking forward to playing with Cryptic Slaughter/Lowlife at MDF (Hell Bent played The Maryland Death Fest on 26th May)

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

Badger: We’re playing Maryland Death Fest and that’s the only fest I’ve ever coveted, although I’m sure there are many more great ones out there I just don’t know about.

Sam: Wacken would be cool. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

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

Badger: Not a gift but some really drunk woman came up to me and told me she thought I was beautiful.

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

Enjoy yourself as much as you can before industrial civilization as we know it collapses.

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

Badger: None of them. We’ve all got an expiration date.

Sam: Cliff Burton

Shawn: Paul Baloff

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

Badger: I love playing. I don’t like the good old boy scenester “you scratch my back I scratch yours” bullshit, but I don’t think anyone does, including those who engage in that behaviour the most.

Sam: I just enjoy playing and making new music. The only part I hate is moving bass cabs and heavy gear upstairs.

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

Shawn: The competitive nature there is at times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Badger: Post Mortem – “Coroner’s Office”

Sam: Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny”

Shawn: Mercyful Fate – “Don’t Break The Oath”

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

Badger: I hate to say it but downloads for me. I used to have a huge vinyl collection but I don’t have the space to collect artefacts anymore.

Sam: Vinyl

Shawn: Vinyl 100%

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

Badger: I really enjoyed ripping up some weird bar in Manchester, New Hampshire with Haxen and Psycho.

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

Badger: I paint and draw a lot.

Sam: Playing an unhealthy amount of pinball.

Shawn: Riding motorcycles.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shawn: Uli Jon Roth, Ritchie Blackmore, King Diamond, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton.

What’s next for the band?

Our record is released in all formats on June 14th. We’ll hopefully start playing more shows and doing some runs to support that.

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

Badger: Bandcamp;
https://hellbentri.bandcamp.com/

Sam: Instagram and Facebook;
https://www.facebook.com/hellbentri/
https://www.instagram.com/hell_bent_metal/

Shawn: Instagram mostly. Facebook makes it impossible to reach anyone, anymore. Bandcamp is great for hosting, you just have to get people there…

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Badger: I’ve never had one of those but you limeys like to use the term “biscuits” a lot more freely than those of us in the US do. Here in the US anything sweet is either a cookie or a cake, biscuits are usually savoury. So even though I’ve never had a Jaffa Cake, I have had most of the varieties of Mcvitie’s digestive biscuits, and like them all very much. I’m normally a salties guy rather than sweets, and I’m not a huge fan of baked goods in general. Despite all of that, I could eat those chocolate-covered digestives until I passed out in a diabetic coma.

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

Badger: Read HP Lovecraft if you want to get where we’re coming from.

Shawn: Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing our fans this summer. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with TANITH

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EMQ’s with TANITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York Heavy Rock/Classic Metal band Tanith! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Cindy Maynard 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?

Cindy Maynard, Bass guitar and vocals. Tanith started in 2017 when Russ Tippins and I decided we wanted to do original music together with a band based out of Brooklyn, NY. We got in touch with our friends Charlie and Keith, and started sorting out a couple of songs which we recorded that November. The music is 100% analogue from recording to mixing to mastering right to the vinyl. We self-financed the release of those songs on a 7”. That went down really well and we got a lot of good feedback, so we just kept going with new material. Pretty soon we had a full length album. That’s when Metal Blade got in touch.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tanith is a character in an old Hammer movie called “The Devil Rides Out”. We liked the sound of her name and also the imagery and symbolism associated with the deity Tanith- the Phoenician Goddess of war and fertility!

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

I am from the US and I live in Brooklyn, NY. We have a small scene here but it has kind of dispersed over the last few years. The shows are a fewer and farther between nowadays. I’m talking about bands that play the old school kind of metal I listen to- there are plenty of metal bands around just not the kind I can speak to. Every now and then there will be a great show that a lot of people will come out to, and most of us know each other. A lot of people in the scene seem to find a way to be involved in some way too, whether it be as musicians, artists, photographers etc. which is really cool.

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

Our latest single is called ‘Under The Stars’ and you can listen online at Metal Blade Records.
https://www.metalblade.com/tanith/

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many great bass players but I really like John Paul Jones, Steve Harris, and Andy Fraser for the ultimate musical inspiration and technique, then Francis Buchholz, Joe Bouchard and Greg Lindstrom for their really cool lines. Carol Kaye was also a big deal as she showed me how to play a big bass with my small hands. For vocals, probably Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper, although early on my favourite singers were guys like Paul Rogers and Klaus Meine.

What first got you into music?

The radio; I listened to everything on the radio and would tape record it and then play it back to write down the lyrics to songs until I knew them all. So I was always fascinated with singing. I didn’t start playing an instrument until pretty late however.

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

Uh, I’m already collaborating with Russ Tippins so I’d say that’s pretty amazing! Really it’s a thrill making music with him. As far as other bands, I do think Black Magic is amazing and it would be very cool to do something with them.

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

To be honest, I haven’t been to a ton of festivals and really I just hit the small ones with bands I really want to see, so I don’t know much about the bigger ones in Europe. It’s an honour to play any festival, but I’d say Keep It True is on my bucket list because they have such great fans who love the music, they keep it old school and have great quality bands all round.

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

Well once I got an oversized XL pale blue t-shirt in the mail in an unmarked envelope that said “One of the top 10 best bass players” in a fancy black cursive script. It was definitely an odd thing to get. Like I was going to walk around town wearing this dress of a t-shirt blowing my own horn haha! I never found out who sent it. If anyone else wants to send me a shirt though, I’m a size small by the way. 😉

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

We love our fans! Thanks for all the support, the comments and the messages! We are excited every time someone takes time to write to us and especially fans who come to see us play live.

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

Phil Lynott of course!

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

I like creating music with a group of great people, hearing the fruits of our hard work on a recording, and playing live to our fans. Sometimes the administrative aspect is a real time suck and gets in the way of feeling creative. Oh man and booking shows is something I try to have other people do at all costs!

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

I’m just learning about all this, but I would say artists need more money through the industry to make doing what they love more doable. So better royalties, advances, and tour support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This question is tough! How can I name just one? There’s so many great records. Ok, “Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest. Absolute masterpiece, it’s so varied and huge.

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

When my record player is working properly, vinyl. The big artwork and tactile experience of interacting with the record are ideal. Cassettes are also great and really fun on car trips. Downloads are convenient when you don’t have the music or players for the first two methods.

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

The Frost and Fire festival in 2018 was a blast. Great crowd, great fest!

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

Taking better care of my plants…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Uh…I could have a David party I suppose. So David Gilmour; David Bowie; David Wayne and…Larry David haha, with a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, just because I love Ozzy. That would be an interesting mix of thoughtful, godly, badass, confrontational and off the wall.

What’s next for the band?

We have a full length release called “In Another Tim”’ (which came out on May 24th on Metal Blade Records). And will play a special NY record release show before heading over to Sweden to play the Muskelrock festival in Tyrolen. This Fall, we hope to do a full tour in the US and in Europe. Stay tuned!

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

https://tanithnyc.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC/
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whoa I just bought some of these for the first time a couple of days ago. A biscuit I’d guess since it looks like a cookie and British people call cookies biscuits. Although it is made of sponge cake…hmm (scratches head)…

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

Thank you so much. This was fun. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with SIDERIAN

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EMQ’s with SIDERIAN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Northampton, UK Metal band Siderian! Huge thanks to Vocalist Dave Pope for taking part!

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

Hello Ever Metal and readers, I’m Dave, vocalist and lyricist for Siderian.
In terms of our history, the band formed in early 2015 and put together a set of songs to play live before recording and releasing an EP “Cancel Your Future” all within three months, which in hindsight might have been a bit soon if I’m being honest. We then underwent a number of line-up changes that killed any momentum we may have built up, but made us a much stronger unit and brought a wealth of new influences and styles into the band which in turn has led to much stronger song-writing. We released a couple of standalone singles before realising we needed something to really get behind and not wanting to do any more EP’s, hid ourselves away for a good six months writing hard for the upcoming debut album, “Origins”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ha! There’s the pretentious answer and the real answer. Pretentious first; the Siderian was the first geologic period in the Paleoproterozoic Era 2.5 billion years ago when iron was laid down in Earth’s crust, the process allowing the build-up of our oxygen-rich atmosphere. The real answer is we nicked it off a quality German metal band called The Ocean who had it as a song title; only upon further investigation did we find out what it signified.

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

We’re from Northampton in the UK. The scene varies across the country, but locally we have some truly outstanding bands in Northamptonshire. There’s so many bands out there these days that standing out is becoming harder, but there is obviously still a real appetite for live music in this country, especially at festival level with the likes of ArcTanGent, Amplified, Damnation and Beermageddon all going great guns.

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

“Origins” is the title of our upcoming debut album which is set for release on 21st June. It’s been a slog to get to this point but we’re very hopeful that it will pay off. We strongly believe in the strength of the material on the record, it’s from the soul and we’ve bowed to no-one in terms of what went on there. Realistically it’s so much faster, harder and more technical than our EP that it’s the same band in name only. We recently shot a video for lead single ‘The Supplicant’ which should drop a couple of weeks before the album is released, from the snippets we’ve seen so far it looks stunning.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences as a band are fairly wide-ranging in nature which I think helps in our song-writing. Personally, I love my Sludge and Grindcore; I always loved the vocals of Johnny Morrow (RIP) from Iron Monkey, just as abrasive and anti-social as possible. Grady Avenell from Will Haven, John Loughlin from Raging Speedhorn and Dave Verellen from Botch are big influences too. There are other vocalists I admire more such as Mike Patton, Chino Moreno and Layne Staley but they’ve not influenced my style particularly.
The other lads influences cover a wide range from classic thrash to deathcore, punk and reggae. I think in terms of the major song-writing influences there are obviously some Slayer, Gojira and Megadeth in there somewhere.

What first got you into music?

I think a lot of people grow up listening to their parent’s stuff. My mum was all about The Who, Small Faces and The Kinks which I loved, my Dad’s Simply Red, Phil Collins and Enya albums much less so! I guess I found my own musical feet about 15 when I got into guitar based music with the start of my first band, indie and grunge and then became the archetypal nu-metal kid in the late 90’s, that stuff just blew my teenage mind and opened the doorway to a whole world of metal I never even knew existed.

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

I would love to have a guest vocalist on one of our tracks. Jamie Lenman for me probably, his lyrics and vocals are off the charts. Our drummer John has demanded that I state he would like to work with Graham “Pin” Pinney, formerly of Sikth, so there you go John, I have.

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

Hellfest! Their line-ups recently have been incredible and it’d be great to go to a foreign festival.

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

Not had any gifts yet sadly (send bacon!), but we have one fan who went out and started making his own alternative band merch with our blessing and got our logo tattooed on him. That was pretty cool.

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

Thank you for everything. The reaction of 95% of people to most metal is total incomprehension, so to find people that love your stuff and are prepared to pay money for music and merch and shows is incredibly humbling.

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

Layne Staley, that voice. (Another drummer interjection to say Keith Moon, which is a fair shout).

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

I love it when we finish playing a song and the place erupts. That is a real drug. What do I hate? Sending out polite correspondence on a variety of band matters and being totally ignored.

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

There should be more done to protect and promote local venues. We’ve lost so many locally and nationally, where are the next generation of bands going to play? Where are we going to play? We’ve got very few left, places like The Craufurd Arms are a beacon of light, but every sizeable town should have a place like that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“White Pony” by Deftones is probably my favourite album of all time because of the time period in my life that it represents. That and ‘Change (in the House of Flies)’ is the perfect song.

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

CD’s; I’ve been building a proper collection since I was 15 and it represents my own musical journey. I like having a tangible product and reading the sleeve notes and putting them all in alphabetical and chronological order because I am a very sad man. My wife is less enthusiastic at the never-ending stream of discs I accumulate.

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

In terms of the gig itself, the massively worthy Sarcoma Fest 3 down in Kent. Immense line-up, brilliant organisation, sound, crowd, just a total winner of an event organised by some very excellent humans. In terms of our performance, our last show almost certainly, we proper nailed it!

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

I’m not a musician; I scream and growl over real musicians. I do plenty of things outside of music; parenting, work, watching rubbish football, reading etc. Music is free therapy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Can I invite dead people? If so; Bill Hicks, Hunter S Thompson, Sir David Attenborough, my wife and Armando Ianucci. That would be an epic, although I fear there may be some personality clashes there!

What’s next for the band?

Aside from releasing “Origins”, we’re playing for the opportunity to appear at Amplified Festival this year, we’ve got our finals heat at the Firebug in Leicester on album release day (21st June) and then the week after that we’re opening for Vader at HOP Fest in Northampton, which will be pretty sweet. Then it’s hammering the album live as hard as we can and hopefully booking some more shows with a view to having a bit of a tour in late summer to see parts of the UK we’ve not made it to before.

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

These ones…
Website: www.siderianband.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Siderianband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SiderianUK
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siderianuk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe a court once ruled that they are a cake for the purposes of taxation, but given my dislike of authority I will therefore say they are a biscuit just to be contrary. That said, I have no time for Jaffa Cakes, I’m more of a Cherry Bakewell kinda guy.

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

Thank you for providing us/me with the platform to push Siderian, we really appreciate it. Buy or stream “Origins” when it comes out on 21st June, it’ll mean the world to us and just be nice to each other. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Melodic Metalcore band Agonize The Serpent. Huge thanks to Guitarist Daniel Rybeck for taking part!

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

Hi, I’m Daniel and I play guitar.
We’re a Metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden formed 2015.
Teddie and I met through a mutual friend, he sent me a couple of demos and I was hooked. It didn’t take long before we became a 5 piece band and recorded our first single ‘Cloak & Dagger’
Since then we’ve released an EP, an album and a bunch of music videos, had e few line-up changes and played live around Sweden.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a list of names and voted.

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

Sweden. The scene used to be amazing here and I can really see a big difference when I go to concerts now compared to when I grew up. The metal scene is definitely better in Germany and Eastern Europe for example, so that’s where we want to go next.

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

Our debut album “Pray For A Plague”

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say my greatest influences have been Sonic Syndicate and the other bands around our hometown that made me love going to live shows and start playing myself.

What first got you into music?

I remember that I went to a market with my family when i was around 6 years old and I bought my first CD, “Alive!” with Kiss. Not because i liked their music, i just thought they looked cool, haha!

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

Sam Carter of Architects

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

I would choose Rock am Ring in Germany. I went there last year and had an amazing time, the festival books a lot of other Metalcore bands and has around 90,000 visitors so it would definitely be a good place for us to get our name and music out there.

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

At our very first gig I got a pair of dirty underwear thrown at me. I am not supposed to say this but… it was men’s underwear, used by a friend of mine!

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

Thank you very much for listening and supporting our music! Keep your eyes open for new releases; they’re just around the corner.

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

Tom Searle!

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

The time and interest we share within the band and of course the live shows we play.
I don’t like how complicated things can get when everyone doesn’t share the same vision or wants different things. But it’s a relationship with five people, of course it’s complicated.

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

I’d like to take away the possibilities we have to listen to all music in the world, wherever we are, all the time. Even though I use all digital platforms myself I think we’d appreciate music even more if we had some kind of limitation. I still listen to albums but a lot of people don’t seem interested in that anymore, they just listen to the singles and move on to the next band/artist. This would make local live shows more interesting and appreciated as well.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “Come Clarity”

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

Vinyl

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

When we shared stage with The Unguided and Corroded!

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

I would move to different places around the world, try new things and hopefully find something I’d love to do, some extreme sport maybe?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oliver Sykes, Zach Johnson (The Ghost Inside), Jim Carrey, Ian McKellen (As Gandalf) and Rihanna

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing a new single and video in June and after that we’re going back to the studio to record three more songs.

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

https://www.facebook.com/agonizetheserpent
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNhZZ7zrolXNT752pxpIzA
https://www.instagram.com/agonizetheserpent
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Xao7aRx9g8QyL3jEOrYYR?si=pHEmtaF4RI2uhW4giu94iw
https://agonizetheserpent.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit-sized cakes!

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

The pleasure is mine. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for new releases and updates. Thank you

 

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Melodic Metal band In Silence! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

We are In Silence, We play Modern Melodic Metal. Long story short, the band was created from the remains of another band that split up and searched for new members, found our new guitarist Daniel and became In Silence!

How did you come up with your band name?

Like a genie in a bottle, Sebastian and Mikael rubbed a few cans of beer and came up with the name.

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

We are from Sweden and the metal scene is great. We are mostly known for the infamous “Gothenburg Sound”. The most successful bands are from Gothenburg and have a distinct sound.

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

Our latest release is our new EP “One for All” and our next single Will be released later in May so stay tuned! (The single is ‘The Worst Liar’ and is out now)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh that’s a tough question because we have so many different individual influences for example:
Erika: If I have to choose one influence I choose Kobra Paige vocalist in “Kobra And The Lotus” mostly because she is so humble. She, also like me, is trying to spread love and metal to the world.
Daniel: My biggest influence is probably Trivium. Mostly because they seem like a genuine and kind bunch of guys and their music is amazing and so inspirational.
Rasmus: In Flames! Because it’s simple and earfuckable.
Mikael: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Cuz he fucking rules!!
Sebastian: Sami from Kreator because he plays with so much soul and playfulness.

What first got you into music?

Different answers yet again:
Erika, Sebastian and Rasmus all have fathers who have played drums during the years, Mikael’s music interest started during his first music lessons in school and Daniel’s journey into music started with playing Guitar Hero and an uncle who played a lot of guitar.

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

Still differences in opinion but we can all agree on Lena Scissorhands from Infected Rain!

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

Finally an easy question: Wacken Open Air! It’s a big ass Festival with lots of people and bands and the crowd in Germany is crazy!

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

We never receive any gifts from our fans 🙁

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

Love and Metal!

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

We need these two back right now, Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio!!

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

What we love the most is to play live. It’s like therapy for all of us and all the great response we get from our fans. The worst thing about it is the time between the gigs.

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

That it’s harder for the musicians to get cred and money for their work. We like it better how it was “back in the day”!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Erika: I rarely listen to a whole album but if I need to pick I’ll say “Time Stands Still” by Unleash The Archers. I listen to almost every song
Sebastian: Favourite album ever… probably “Phantom Antichrist” by Kreator!
Mikael: “We Are One” by The Bloodline!
Rasmus: “Clayman” by In Flames of course!
Daniel: My all-time favourite album? “The Sin and the Sentence” by Trivium!

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

If you want the authentic sound we think Vinyl is better but streaming has made it easier to find and listen to new music.

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

Last year at a small Festival in Forshaga in Sweden called “Raise Your Fist For Metal 2018” Amazing gig and fantastic atmosphere!

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

We would be lying in the gutter drinking a lot of whisky after trying and failing to get careers as Pornstars!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddy Krueger, The ‘Grudge’ girl, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump and Håkan Hellström. May the best man win!

What’s next for the band?

A music video in the making and a gig at Sweden’s biggest Festival, Sweden Rock Festival!!

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

https://www.facebook.com/Insilencesweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WNpduvpWAAH8rGu8UK5Ov

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t know but it sounds like a biscuit!

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

Thank you for YOUR time and of course:
Love and Metal!

 

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Southern Connecticut based Metal/Punk/Folk duo Turkey Vulture ! Huge thanks to Jessie May 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 Ever Metal, thanks for talking with us! My name is Jessie and I play guitar and sing for Turkey Vulture, and also recorded the bass for our singles. The drummer Jim Clegg and I started this band in the winter of 2018 — but we have played together in different local outfits for more than a decade. So this is the latest project!

How did you come up with your band name?

I love turkey vultures for some reason. You see them all over the place where we’re from. I joked for years about starting a band called “Turkey Vulture” and eventually the joke became a reality.

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

We’re from Connecticut, which is in the northeast region of the United States. There is an active local metal scene here, and some notable metal bands have come out of our small state — like Liege Lord, Fates Warning, and Hatebreed to name a few.

What is your latest release?

We are releasing a two-track single on June 28th, 2019 — an original titled “Boxer” and a cover of the Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene”. We’re then hoping to record an EP this summer.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Both Jim and I enjoy a lot of different genres of music. For this band, folk music has been a conceptual influence on my end. Jim listens to a lot of punk and Metallica, which definitely comes through in his drumming.

What first got you into music?

I don’t know, I’ve been doing some sort of music since elementary school. Hearing the strings teacher play a bluegrass riff on the violin when I was eight made me want to play the violin — which was short lived, but got me into string instruments. I shifted over to cello and bass some time in middle school (a lot less ear-splitting when you’re learning how to play) and the rest is history!

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

Brandi Carlile or the Indigo Girls, and write some kind of fuzz rock song with them.

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

Maryland Doomfest!!!! Or Psycho Las Vegas. Or the bar down the street, what the hell!

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

Haha, we don’t have fans yet. But related to another band I’m in that has like three fans, one time a dude gave me some wampum he made himself — that was pretty cool.

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

“Be our fan.”

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

Robert Johnson. He never got to see his own musical legacy.

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

I love writing songs and connecting with people — music creates a common ground where one wouldn’t otherwise exist. But the older I get, the less I like sending endless emails and texts to arrange local shows. I think the future might be just recording and putting the songs online, and just playing a couple shows a year.

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

I would want to go back to a time when a live band was the standard entertainment. My dad told me that when he was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, every neighbourhood had a couple of garage bands that would play parties and school dances and stuff. Now that idea seems so foreign!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Live And Dangerous”.

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

I don’t think I’ve had a device with a cassette player in twenty years (ten for my car), so cassettes are out. And vinyl has the best sound and artwork, but I don’t own a record player and don’t see that changing anytime in the near future lol. So I’m a CD and download girl myself — I download a lot of music from bandcamp and burn it onto CDs, which I listen to in the car.

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

Well, I’m not a musician by day — I’m an elementary school librarian. So while I’m not doing music, I’m helping kids check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and telling them to “use walking feet” as opposed to sprinting everywhere they need to go. It’s not a bad gig.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Curtis Dewar and his wife, Matt Bacon (he doesn’t get a plus one), Nate Carson, and my friends Baldwin and Carrie. Jim would be my plus-one, so I guess that’s seven! But I’m a librarian and not a math teacher, so who’s counting….

What’s next for the band?

We’re going to record a couple more songs and play some gigs this summer. Hopefully people will dig what we’re putting out there and we can build a regional audience. I’d also like to put out a split EP at some point — never done that before, and I think it would be fun to collaborate with another band.

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

We are on Facebook, Instagram, and bandcamp right now:
https://www.facebook.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://www.instagram.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://turkeyvulture.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what those are.

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

Thank YOU again for taking the time to include us on your site! We appreciate you for helping a new band get the word out.

 

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EMQ’s with MarysCreek

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EMQ’s with MarysCreek

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Rock/Metal band MarysCreek! Huge thanks to vocalist Mats Nilsson 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 Mats Nilsson and I’m the singer in MarysCreek.
The story of MarysCreek started back in 2004 when I and our former drummer Stefan Halldin started the band together.
In 2007 we released our debut album “Some Kind Of Hate”.
MarysCreek current line-up is Mats Nilsson (vocals), Alexander Ericsson (guitar/vocals), Jonas Hallberg (lead guitar/vocals), Roger Blomberg (bass) and Hugo Kristiansson (drums)

How did you come up with your band name?

The name MarysCreek came to me and our former drummer Stefan’s minds when we were browsing the internet for a unique name to get a .com address. We found a track with Nightwish called ‘Creek Mary’s Blood”, remove the word blood and turn the words around and there you have it!

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

MarysCreek is a Swedish band and in our home town Linköping the music scene is pretty good, we have a couple of really good venues and I also have to name Hell Yeah Rock Club that brings many good Hardrock/Metal bands to Linköping.
Generally in Sweden the hardrock/Metal scene is really, really good, there are so many good new and old bands so the scene in Sweden is very healthy.

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

Our latest album is “Infinity” that was released 2016 (Escape Music).

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh, that´s a hard question. If I speak for myself I listen a lot to bands like like Motley Crue, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Toto…a lot of bands from the 80’s but I guess you can´t hear that in MarysCreek music…or?

What first got you into music?

My mom came home from a business trip in 1982 and she had bought a gift to me, it was Motley Crue´s “Too Fast For Love” and it blew me away totally, I never heard or seen anything that cool. And from that day I knew exactly what I wanted to be :-).

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

It would be interesting to sit down with Sir Paul McCartney and write some music, he´s really a master of melodies.

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

We still haven´t played Sweden Rock Festival so that´s a festival I would love to play.
I’ve been to Sweden Rock Festival as a visitor for 18 years so it would be such an honour to play in the fields of Norje, so I cross my fingers.
Also the MO/RC (Monster Of Rock Cruise) is at the top of my list.

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

…the best is yet to come!

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

I think it would be Ronnie James Dio! I would love to see Rainbow with Dio behind
the mic.

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

The best is to write music and have the possibility to play the song you wrote live and see the react of the crowed, that´s a kind of magic.

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

I would turn back the clock to the 80’s, I really miss all the record stores, I could stand for hours and browse records and go from record store to record store.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh, I can´t pick just one, that´s impossible, I have so many records that I´m in love with…to here are a few of them:
Motley Crue – “Shout At The Devil, ToTo – “The Seventh One” & Dream Theater – “Octavarium”

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

Without any doubt Vinyl records!

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

I think our European tour with S.O.T.O had some of the best gigs MarysCreek ever did.

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

I am besides being a musician a Cad/BIM Engineer so that´s what I do beside music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family are always invited but I know if I want a good party I would invite the members of MarysCreek…they know how to party ;-).

What’s next for the band?

I’m right now writing new songs for the forth coming MarysCreek album and I really hope it will be released in 2020.

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

We´re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website
http://maryscreek.com/
https://www.facebook.com/maryscreek/
https://twitter.com/MarysCreek
https://www.instagram.com/MarysCreekofficial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sounds like a cake but looks like a biscuit, so I go for the look, it´s a biscuit.

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

Keep your eyes open for some great MarysCreek news to come!
Over and out
Cheers!

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EMQ’s with GOD SHAPED DEVIL

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EMQ’s with GOD SHAPED DEVIL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, UK based Metal band God Shaped Devil! 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 Luke, I play drums in the band ‘God Shaped Devil’ the band has been around since 2014 with our first EP released in 2015 “Creator of Sodom”. We’ve gone through line-up changes and we’re essentially rebooting the band after 4 years with this upcoming album. Bex and Lajos came over from Hungary some time ago, but they didn’t meet until after migrating here to the UK. I found the band via a website with an advertisement looking for a drummer, honestly didn’t think I’d get the job, but here we are! And I’m grateful for it, it’s been awesome and it can only get better. We invited my cousin Matt to take a stab at Rhythm Guitars and he was made permanent shortly after.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bex’s good friend had been starting up a new band, and he came to Bex with a few band names, asking which was best in his opinion. ‘God Shaped Devil’ was amongst the list, and was Bex’s favourite, but his friend chose a different one. And so Bex asked if could use it for a new band he was forming.

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

Well Matt and I are from England and we all know what the metal scene is like here, it thrives in local areas and there is of course a huge fanbase for when bigger touring bands come over. We’ve got so many festivals on the rise like Badgerfest, Pentre Fest and Amplified to name a few. It’s just a great scene to be a part of no matter where you play if it’s a pub or a festival stage, the community in the metal scene itself is what makes it. Bex and Lajos are from Hungary, Bex’s former band ‘Inside My Head’ was pretty well received over there! And you know these Eastern Europeans, they’re crazy, really awesome people.

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

We’ve just recently released our latest single ‘Drowning Gravity’ with a music video, so go check that out if you haven’t already, we’re going to be releasing a full length album very soon called “Dark Fields”. So keep an eye out for that one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFd-oZIZcyM

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many differently influences within the band, for me I remember watching videos of Buddy Rich and just being in awe of his talent, moving into metal influences the big names like Lars Ulrich, Dave Lombardo, Chris Adler, Mike Portnoy etc. There’s a list of amazing drummers that I look up to but we’d be here all day! I know Bex has a big influence from Dimebag and Yngwie Malmsteen. As a band our band influences are few and far between the likes of Pantera, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engaged, Slayer, Metallica, Gojira, In Flames etc.

What first got you into music?

I think everyone gets in to music because it’s all around us, imagine a world without it? Crazy. But I actually got into metal through Guitar Hero 1 & 2 as a kid believe it or not, that game had some bangers. I think that will be the closest as I’ll ever get to playing the guitar, because I’m hopeless on the real thing.

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

It’d be cool to start off small with a band local to us, just have guest solo’s or vocals, I think the Metal community in Manchester would love that also.

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

There’s that festival that’s played on a cruise ship 70,000Tons of Metal, I think that’s something unique and it’d be memorable for sure!

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

We haven’t really received any weird gifts from fans yet, but there’s still time!

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

The one message for our fans; GIVE US ALL YOUR MONEY! Just kidding, we really appreciate our fans, old and new. It’s always makes us feel proud when we get people coming up to us after set giving us praise and asking us to sign stuff, it’s kind of surreal even at this level. So we’d like to thank all of our fans for showing their continued support especially our hardcore fans, you know who you are! And be ready for this new album coming out because we think you’re gonna love it!

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

Dimebag!

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

I’m a drummer so I’m not really a musician, apparently. But the thing I enjoy the most, like most I bet, is playing live to many people! The thing I hate, is F!#!’in loading and unloading gear. My hardware bag has lost its wheels so that’s a bitch. We need roadies, so apply within guys.

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

The one thing at the moment that’s bugging me in the music industry and I’m sure a lot of new and upcoming bands will agree with me; is how hard it is nowadays everything’s online and you can get it all for virtually free now. Streaming services etc, you get virtually nothing back from them unless you’ve got millions of streams/views. It’d be good if that could change, everything is about money, it doesn’t matter how good you are. It’s tough, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet! But we love making music and we love playing it to people and that’s all that matters, and if it happens, it happens. At least we can try?!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have a few favourites, it’s hard to put a finger on just one! I’m gonna say Gojira – “L’Enfant Sauvage”. Looking forward to seeing them in July!

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

Again it’s easy to have everything downloaded these days, the ‘digital age’ as they call it. But nothing beats having the physical copy! I’m still to invest in a Vinyl player, my Dad had one when I was young, can’t remember exactly how they sounded but they’re on the comeback and everyone’s commenting on how much better it is. Maybe we’ll make a few copies of the new album on Vinyl and I’ll see for myself!

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

We’ve not actually played as many gigs as we’d like to be honest, but they’ve all been memorable in their own right. Rebellion is always a great venue to play, and I think our set at Badgerfest had the biggest crowd we’ve played to so far.

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

If I weren’t a musician I think I’d be a bass player.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I mean the idea of a dinner party in itself sounds horrible. But preferably five mutes wouldn’t be a bad idea. I like to enjoy my food haha!

What’s next for the band?

What’s next for GSD? Well we have the album virtually ready for release so we’re working towards a release date for that, we’d like to have a launch party for it also. We’re working on merchandise to go with it too. But the sky is the limit at this point we’re aiming to get out there as much as possible and make a name for ourselves!

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

We use a lot of the mainstream social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our lyric videos and music videos are available on YouTube and our music is on major streaming platforms and online stores. We haven’t tackled Reddit yet, but might see what that’s all about!
https://www.facebook.com/godshapeddevil/
https://twitter.com/godshapeddevil
https://www.instagram.com/godshapeddevil/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think the clues in the name, right?! Jaffa CAKE, IT’S A CAKE. Biscuits go soft when they’re left out for some time, cakes go hard. If you think it’s a biscuit then you need to take a long hard look at yourself, pal. And just for the record, it’s a muffin, not a barm or anything else.

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

Thanks for these questions they’ve been fun to answer, there’s not much else we’d like to add but of course just keep an ear out for our album release! We’re proud of what we’ve written and how it’s sounding, super excited to see what everyone thinks of it!

 

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EMQ’s with REAR NAKED CHOKE

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EMQ’s with REAR NAKED CHOKE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Abilene, Texas Groove Metal band Rear Naked Choke! 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 Chris from the band Rear Naked Choke. I play rhythm guitar and do backing vocals. The other members of the band are Mick Taylor – Vocals, Josh Finch – Lead Guitar, Paul Kidd – Drums, Don Bruton – Bass.

We formed around 2009. It started out just jamming for fun at my cousins’ house. It didn’t take long to decide that this was something we wanted to really form into a band. Early on there were a few member changes but after a few months the line-up solidified and we’ve been going strong since then. Mike “Mookie” Morgan, our original lead guitarist one of the founding members and my cousin, passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer. His spirit is still a huge driving force for RNC!

How did you come up with your band name?

We get asked that a lot, especially with some raised eyebrows because it sounds like it could be a lot of things. But the truth is we’re all big MMA (mixed martial arts) fans and in the early days of the band we would get together at Mike’s, our original lead guitarist who passed away, house and watch the UFC fights. In between fights we’d go back and jam in the room he had set up. So we were sitting there watching a fight and Joe Rogan was commentating the fight and said “Oh he’s going for a Uma Plata (which is a submission in MMA)” and Mike and Mick were like “Oh that’s kinda of a cool name” and the Joe Rogan said “Oh he’s transitioning to a Rear Naked Choke, that’s the number one submission move in MMA” and they looked at each other and said “That’s it, Rear Naked Choke!!” and so that’s where the name came from. Once we had it set we haven’t changed it at all. So really Joe Rogan is the reason we’re named Rear Naked Choke, lol.

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

We’re from Abilene, TX USA. These still a good metal scene in Texas and the US. I think like anywhere there are ebbs and surges, but overall it’s still good.

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

In October of 2018 we released our debut, self-titled album, “Rear Naked Choke”, through Sliptrick Records. We’re really proud of this album. We’ve put 2 years of our lives into it and we’re happy we finally have it and can share it with everyone else. In March we released the second single from the album, I Will Rise along with a video for the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OurBkN5i7sM

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have lots of influences between all the members. Metallica, Godsmack, Clutch, All That Remains, Trivium, Lamb of God, Corrosion of Conformity, Pantera, Scorpions, Kiss, Iron Maiden and the list could go on and on. Me personally I would say Metallica is my biggest influence and the band that really ignited my desire to play music.

What first got you into music?

For me personally it was Metallica that really got me into music. Before them I listened to music and I was aware of rock and metal and I listened to some of it, but from the first notes off of the Ride the Lightning album I was hooked.

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

There’s a ton out there that it would be awesome to work with. Metallica, obviously, but also Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity/Pepper Keenen, any of the guys from Lamb of God, I mean the list could go on forever really.

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

I would pick Wacken Open Air Festival. I’ve watched lots of video from different years and it always just seems absolutely amazing. The band line ups, the crowds, it is just one of those that it looks like I would want to get to play at least once in my musical career.

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

I don’t think we’ve ever gotten anything really weird from anyone yet. We’ve had people bring us other bands albums, watches, hats and even their own artwork they have done for us, but that’s about it. Although this question has me worried about what we might see in the future, lol!!!

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

Really that we appreciate each and every one of them more than we can adequately express. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. You know, we would still be playing and making music just because it’s in us, and something that we’re driven to do. But it’s the fans that allow us to do more than just sit in our house or a studio and write and play. The shows are really all because of them. If they weren’t out there then there wouldn’t be a need for shows. And really we love playing shows and getting to perform our music for others. It’s totally selfish but there’s just about no greater feeling than being up there on stage giving out all the energy you can and having the fans return all that energy and more.

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

Without a doubt it would be Mike Morgan. I know that sounds selfish and not many had ever heard of him before this, but Mike was a real Rock Star throughout his whole live, even when he wasn’t up on stage playing. There are a lot of musicians that it would be great to have back, but none deserve to be back more than Mike.

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

The process of making music and playing shows are all awesome. The travel and the business side of things can make it less fun and take a lot of the enjoyment out of it sometimes.

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

Find a way for artists to make real money again. The advent of streaming and the digital age has really hit things hard and the music industry was not even close to prepared for what happened.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”

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

Depends on what you mean by best. Best sounding, I’d say Vinyl. Best for bands, CD’s and Downloads.

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

There have been some really good ones so it’s hard to pick just one. We’ve played with several large touring bands so all of those were great. We got to play a fair once, after they hadn’t allowed rock to be played for years, and that was awesome because there was a huge turnout and we had people singing along to our songs and it was awesome. But we accidently dropped a bad word and they decided no more Rock or Heavy music again at the fair, lol. So that was definitely one of the most memorable, if not the best.

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

I’m also a working Professional Comic Book Artist and Graphic Designer, so if I wasn’t doing music I would still be doing art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other 4 guys in the band and a fan of course :-).

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently working on booking shows for the 2nd half of the year and we are writing music for the next album that we are hoping to release in the first half of 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use the usual suspects, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as well as Spotify and all other major streaming outlets. You can go to (https://www.rnctheband.com/) and find most info as well as links to all our social media, album, merch and more.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t have any idea what those are…hopefully I can try some at some point and then I can give you an answer.

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

Thank you!! We just want to let everyone know that we are grateful for all the support we’ve been getting and, as I’ve said before, we truly appreciate everyone who has bought the album, streamed the music, attended a show or supported us in any way. We are continuing to book shows and expand our touring areas. Soon we’re hoping to get over to Europe as well and we can’t wait to get to meet many more amazing people from all over!!

 

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancaster, UK based Doom/Thrash/Stoner Metal band and huge Ever Metal favourites Callus. We have already done loads of stuff with these guys and love them to bits. Please read on and check them out, especially as their debut album “Hogpocalypse” is one of the Metal highlights of 2019!

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

Name’s Louis. Or if you’re close to me, Skidmark Clarke will do!

I’m the guitarist and one half of the vocals for our band CALLUS. I share vocal duties with Ben Wormwell who also plays gnarly bass for us, and we have Ryan who plays mad drums.

We formed in 2013, originally with an extra guitar player and loads of different drummers over the years… we parted ways with the guitarist though after the first gig, he got so drunk I had to take his guitar off him, retune it and hand it back… haven’t looked back since (Sorry dude!)

How did you come up with your band name?

Me and Ben had been jamming together for a while prior to this band, I had a load of potential band names written on this big sheet, Ben had a look through it one day and spotted CALLUS on there and was all like “That’s the one!”

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

We are from the UK, North West really. We live in different parts of the country and come together for studio, jamming or for shows.
As far as the ins and outs of the UK scene and its current state so to speak, I really don’t claim to have a vast wealth of knowledge on it! I can think of loads of other people who could probably answer that better.
All that I think I could say Is that the UK has some immense heavy festivals (some of the best in the world) and therefore creates a lot of buzz with up and coming UK bands, and bands that come from overseas for the UK crowds and shows. The UK has also provided the world with some of the biggest and iconic heavy bands of all time… so I think we have something here on these shores… I don’t know what it is, but it’s here… somewhere!

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

Our latest release is our debut, self – released and recorded album entitled “HOGPOCALYPSE” which we released January this year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of real riff playing monsters have probably formed the basis of my own playing as far as guitar hero’s go… such as Iommi (Sabbath), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Laura Pleasant’s (Kylesa) Matt Pike (Sleep / High On Fire) Hetfield (Metallica) and other players such as Dick Dale the godfather of surf rock and Jack White (White Stripes), Tom Morello (RATM, Audioslave) all certainly knew how to create some huge sounds and more experimental parts.

What first got you into music?

Probably my dad to be fair!

There was lots of music around the house when I grew up which I’m very grateful for, not really metal mind you that came later on for me. But there was loads of different sounds which was great.

My dad played (and still does!) sweet bluesy slide guitar so that was around from an early age

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

Without wanting to jinx anything we MAY have something in the works with another artist from a band we admire, it’s a very exiting mini project for us we are working on and we very much hope we can share more about that in due course.

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

I saw a vid of Red Fang playing this fest called Duna Jam I think it was. It’s this little festival somewhere on this beach where the bands play on pallets with the waves and sunset behind them, and the crowd were all sat down headbanging… it was amazing, I want to play there!

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

Their hand in marriage!

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

We appreciate you more than you know, thanks for your continued support!

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

That’s an impossible question! How could I pick one but not another? I guess I’d bring back Cliff Burton… taken well before his time… I would have loved to hear what else he would have created!

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

The playing of shows and jamming together and the recording of music is probably what I enjoy the most. Both are a very feel good experience for myself, I’ve honestly never been having a bad time doing either in the moment… It’s just the time in-between I struggle with!

I hate waiting for the next jam session or show, I struggle with that!

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

More value on downloads would always be nice. (Credit where it’s due though to Bandcamp for being as good as they are).

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Death Is This Communion” – High On Fire… They never got better than that in my opinion.

But there are so many albums that I could note here!

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

That’s a question which causes a lot of divide! But for me I think Vinyl is the best sounding at least, which you could argue that’s what it’s all about… but records are an arse to transport and are, unwieldly.

CD’s are great too, apart from jewel cases!

Downloads are fine as well, as long as the artist gets their fair share of the cost back (which is why we use Bandcamp primarily).

So… they are all great as they cover different bases I think.

It’s down to the listener… but I’m a Vinyl / CD fiend, I need physical!

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

Hammerfest and Bloodstock were extra special for us when we played them both in 2018, but we have had some great nights in bars and clubs as well.

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

Hopefully if I couldn’t play music anymore for whatever reason (touch wood!) I’d certainly still follow the bands I do and go to the shows I do, I’d probably get further into collecting and listening to music, maybe start doing reviews and sticking them online I don’t know.

Whatever it would be, I’d have to do something with myself music related!

I’d go out with bands on the road and offer really bad advice, terrible feedback and shit business ideas.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Donald Glover, Donald Glovers Mother, Donald Glovers Mothers Brother, Donald Glovers Brother and Donald Duck!

What’s next for the band?

We have a slot an Amplified Fest on July 20th which we are massively looking forward to, plus a couple of shows leading up to that.

The main focus for us at the moment is we are in the stages of writing a batch of new material for what the aim is to become the next album. We have been jamming out some new tracks and recording them down in demo format.

The new stuff is sounding great (if I may say so!) with Ben and Ryan really stepping up and contributing some killer riffs and ideas, those guys are shining right now and giving me a real big and much needed kick up the arse.

I’ve been writing too of course, but those guys are really cracking them out.

It’s quiet at the moment… but gears are turning

Big bag o riffs with the lads.

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

We have all our music and merch up on Bandcamp:
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/music
We are also on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Most definitely, absolutely, one hundred percent CAKES!
(THE CLUE IS IN THE NAME!)

Plus there was a tribunal in 1991 (yes I did just Google that) and it concluded that Jaffa Cakes are indeed… Cakes!

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

Big riffs are the best riffs, be kind to your fellow man and big elephants can’t always use small exits.

Thanks for reading!

 

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