Interview with Olan Parkinson and Steve Maher of Abaddon Incarnate

Interview with Olan Parkinson and Steve Maher of Abaddon Incarnate
By Tammy Lomax

Hi Everyone, Rick Here,

In the underground extreme music scene Irish Deathgrind outfit Abaddon Incarnate could be considered a seminal band within the genre. They’ve been around for over 25 years now but there have been some interesting developments of late. Our very own Tammy recently got the chance to have a chat with Drummer Olan and Guitarist Steve about not only these, but also the bands history!

Tammy: Firstly, congratulations on the recent news with being signed to Transcending Obscurity Records for a multiple album deal. How are you feeling about this? And what will this entail for 2020 and the future?

Olan: Thank you, Tammy; yeah it is great news and great timing. We were planning to record in 2020 anyway but now to have an official platform through which we can release it is amazing. I have known of TO records for a long time and always admired Kunal’s drive and his dedication to real underground bands and really heavy stuff too, almost like the Indian Relapse Records. So, in June we are heading to Foel Studios to record with Chris Fielding which is awesome. I have worked with Chris several times now. He is just great, a thorough professional and just gets heavy dirty music. He has good history with Irish bands too having recorded with both Primordial and Mourning Beloveth. With regard to the future, who knows, Abaddon have always been an unknown quantity, but history has shown that we ‘do not go gentle into the good night’ so I would expect something ferocious for full length no 6.

Tammy: Kunal Chokski (owner of TO records) mentions that he has been a huge fan of Abaddon Incarnate since the release of “Nadir” in 2001. What is your favourite track on this album and why? And can you guide us through the process of how you wrote the album?

Olan: Ha heavy question; I of course have several! I’m going to pick two if I may? Opener ‘I Will Nail You In’ has got to be up there. It’s just relentless from start to finish and the lyrics match, just full on without being overly graphic, but full of genuine vitriol. Ironically the title came about from a joke which I will tell you in person one day. It’s still a staple in the live set, our ‘Angel Of Death’ if you will. I also love ‘Unclean’ I think as a contrast it is a bit more mid paced but with a real groovy middle 8 but it literally is unclean, it feels it, it’s a filthy song, again the subject matter is quite dark! I wrote the lyrics for this one, and I love exploring the blackness within humans and the depravity that we are capable of.

The writing of “Nadir”, once it got underway happened quite quickly. We actually had about 10 tracks written for an album and thought we were almost there with the process. It felt strained and not very natural though, we hadn’t quite crossed the line into Grindcore at this stage but we were all getting into more extreme stuff, I was really loving Brutal Truth’s, Extreme Conditions and Need To Control, and we were all getting into Nasum circa Inhale Exhale and Human 2.0. So, one rehearsal Bill came in with the main riff for ‘I Will Nail You In’ and that was it, game changer. We scrapped the whole album and started re-writing and it was Deathgrind from then on. And due to the Nasum influence we asked Mieszko (RIP) would he be interested in working with us and the rest is history. “Nadir” was recorded over 2 weeks or so in his studio in Sweden.

Tammy: Abaddon Incarnate have been going for 25 years. As you might expect, during this time, some members have come, gone and returned. What inspires you to keep motivated regardless of setbacks?

Steve: I’m pretty stubborn, so setbacks motivate me. It’s sad to lose old members but people move on, the exciting part is when you get a new line-up; you get new ideas and energy!

Tammy: Abaddon Incarnate were the first extreme Irish band to play in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. What advice and tips can you give to up and coming bands regarding networking and getting their name out there?

Steve: We were approached by South American promoters “Guts n Blood”. He did a magazine feature and the tour arose from that. Similar to our first Australian tour! If you want to get your name out there you need good distribution and good PR. Labels will do PR work but sometimes it’s worth investing in a bit more PR. We have a few individuals who do good work for us.

Tammy: You guys have had some huge achievements, like supporting massive bands Obituary, Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower etc…What has been the most memorable and rewarding so far?

Steve: Playing with all these bands is great. But the most memorable gigs are the DIY tours we headline ourselves like the Australian, South American or Russian tours we did.

Tammy: What is the most Bizarre thing that has happened on stage on a tour?

Olan: I can only speak for myself here of course but there have been a few. One gig, years ago, a guy jumped up on stage, smashed a beer glass and started cutting himself while we were playing. I also remember a gig in the Czech Republic at this small bar in the middle of nowhere. When we arrived there was no one about. No cars, chickens running around…all very weird. But come gig time people came from all over and filled the place. We had this support band and they had this dude playing guitar who had lost his arms and legs when he got run over by a train. He had this little rig fashioned where he had his plectrum attached to his stump, and he played with that…amazing! That place had some of the weirdest coloured drinks I’ve ever seen. But probably the most memorable bizarre thing for me was on that same tour. Not on stage however, but we were out with Desecration and this was towards the end of this tour. We had decided to stay in a hotel after this gig; it might even have been the last show. But we finished late, like midnight or 1am and we went back to this Hotel. It was all locked up but there was a cellar bar open there so down we went. The barman was sitting on this couch with this topless girl and watching porn, drinking a bottle of champagne. He was a very friendly chap though and brought us over a bottle of Absinthe, genuine Absinthe. I don’t think any of us had had the real shit before, but we got stuck into it. After whatever amount of time, the door burst open and these two rather large policemen barged in, guns and all, and next thing we were all up against the wall getting searched as they were roaring at the barman. But I’ll never forget just looking at the guys and everyone was pissing themselves laughing, it was so surreal, none of us had I.D. on us…nothing, it could have been a really serious situation but at the time it was the funniest thing ever. Thankfully they just kicked us out and we went to our room. I haven’t had any Absinthe since that night!!

Tammy: With some help and guidance from Zero Tolerance Magazine, in 2013, you made your stamp in Australia and have set up tours like ‘The Drunks and Convicts Tour 2017’ and a vast amount of others. Can you explain the pros and cons regarding the Australian underground scene and if there are any similarities to any of the other countries you’ve played?

Steve: I love Australia. The bands over there are quality and the scene is pretty awesome especially in places like Melbourne! We play a lot of small shows over there too but in Melbourne we always manage to do at least two gigs and get a sizeable crowd. The last tour we did there for example we did 3 Melbourne gigs in 2 weeks. Melbourne is an arty creative place. Australia is really unlike anywhere else. There is a unique vibe to the place.

Tammy: London Deathfest, Dublin Deathfest and headlining Carnage Festival in Switzerland are amongst some of the festivals you have previously played. What festivals would you like to play in the future?

Olan: I guess any of the big ones have to be on the list. Hellfest or Wacken would be awesome. Personally, I would love to get to Maryland Deathfest. But also, festivals like Fuck The Commerce and Obscene Extreme are just brilliant for showcasing the filthiest bands on the planet. But it’s important to support smaller festivals as they will be the festivals of the future. Metaldays in Slovenia for example! That is definitely one of the better new festivals. Great country too!

Tammy: Abaddon Incarnate was reformed from thrash legends Bereaved. What were the reasons for you changing the name and who made the decision?

Olan: I think it was mainly due to the change of direction, musically. We felt that the name Bereaved, while a cool name, didn’t suit the heavier, more aggressive direction the band was headed in. So, I think the decision was a collective one. We had several variations but eventually settled on Abaddon Incarnate. It suited our themes and mind-set at the time. Lyrically things have moved on, but the basic ideologies and motivations are the same. I still quite like the original logo which I designed (I use that word loosely) I can still remember the 30 or so attempts over a couple of days to get it to what it is now, Brutal Truth’s logo was the inspiration. I can still remember bringing it to rehearsals for approval, and Steve saying, “it looks like a coffee stain”, but they must have liked it because we still use it today.

Tammy: If you could all select one Icon to invite over for a good few beers and fine dining who would it be and why?

Olan: Well unfortunately, I can only speak for myself here. I would love to sit drink and talk with Reinhold Messner. Many people will know that he was the first mountaineer to summit all fourteen 8000 metre peaks and the first to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen as well as the first solo summit of Everest, the list goes on. It is an incredible feat today but absolutely unthinkable back in the days that he did it. He has written over 80 books and runs a mountaineering museum in the South Tyrol. I just think he would be fascinating to talk to. However, I could be wrong. Maybe he is sick of talking about mountains and would just want to get pissed. But that in itself would be a cool story!

Rick here again;

I’d like to thank Tammy, Olan and Steve for the interview and I, for one, cannot wait to hear the new album when it is ready. If you want to find out more about Abaddon Incarnate then click on the links below

LINKS:

Band:

https://www.facebook.com/abaddonincarnate/
https://www.instagram.com/abaddon.incarnate.official/
https://abaddonincarnate.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7JiGOjZmUWZWyhhQsyBZs4
https://www.youtube.com/user/stevemaher666

Label:

https://tometal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords/
https://transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com/

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Interview with Roadrash

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Interview With Roadrash by Arturs Feists

Local speed metal band Roadrash (RR) from Vancouver, BC, Canada just have announced Limited-Edition Self-Titled 7” Vinyl LP.  Ever Metal had the privilege to ask few questions to the band.

Ever Metal: First, congrats on new LP record. Wondering, will this record make all posers scream and yell?

RR: Thank you! Our brand new 7” inch record can be played on your turntable but can also be used to decapitate posers before they even get a breath. Poser don’t know THE DEAL & they never will!

Ever Metal: To embarrass posers even more, can we anticipate a full length and full strength speed metal album soon?

RR: We’ve been buckled down at Speed Metal HQ working on new material. The Hammer our primary songwriter is brewing a batch poser poison that will be sure to leave them red, raw & bleeding.

Ever Metal: Roadrash history – what happened for a speed metal band come to life in Vancouver, BC, Canada? Was it an accident or intentional action?

RR: Roadrash was an evolution of several projects & members. The core has been established now & will stop at nothing to bring legitimacy back to a dying scene. This is no accident, it’s malicious intent.

Ever Metal: Roadrash, as ambassadors of the Canadian speed metal, will travel to Sweden later this year -for Muskelrock 2020 on May 28. Besides that, any shows coming up outside the Canada/North America?

RR: We’re working on some dates around the festival but everything is up in the air right now. Once the plan is in place heavy maniacs far & wide will know!

Ever Metal: Your collaboration with the Metal Assault Records – how did it start?

RR: Metal Assault records is a Californian based label. They’re just getting their stick on the ice & we’re very excited to work with a fresh company. When we recorded these songs last year I knew they needed to be given to the proper channels. Metal Assault is an established brand already worldwide (created by metal maniac Andrew Bansal) & along with his partner Sebastian Vazquez they’ve committed to bring heavy sounds to the masses – they were an obvious choice.

Ever Metal: Anything else Ever Metal Magazine readers should know about Roadrash?

RR: We are coming for you all! You will know the DEAL!

Order your RR record here:

ROADRASH Limited-Edition Self-Titled 7″ Vinyl EP (Pre-Order)

 

https://www.facebook.com/RoadRashSpeedMetal/

 

 

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INTERVIEW WITH KIARA LAETITIA

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INTERVIEW WITH KIARA LAETITIA

We recently approached Kiara Laetitia, former vocalist with Italian power metal band Skylark, to do a feature about her new book and calendar, which were released at the beginning of December.

Here is our interview with the lady herself:

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Kiara. How are you today?

KIARA: I’m great! How are you?

So, you have a new book out titled “Never Give Up – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry” – how is that being received so far by both readers and critics?

KIARA: Actually, pretty good! Especially by musicians who found it really insightful and honest. I’m happy cause they really grasped the essence of this book, as my intent was to be very straightforward. “NEVER GIVE UP – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry” is not a manual for success, no-one can teach you that. This book is rather a checklist of the fundamental topics every musician should know to start a career in today’s music business. I also interviewed several musicians to hear their thoughts about the new music business, so I sat down with members from Ministry, Powerman 5000, Delain, Lordi (and more), but also managers and booking agents.

“NEVER GIVE UP – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry” could have easily be 500 pages long  and it’s not, because I wanted it to be accessible to as many people as possible. So, for these reasons, this book isn’t omni-comprehensive, which is why I decided to also share advice on YouTube and social media starting on January.

What made you write the book in the first place?

KIARA: Many reasons. The first being that I wish I had someone be this straightforward to me when I started out. I wish I had known all of this about the music industry. I had to learn it the hard way, by making mistakes, and failing. The second reason and what really pushed me to write this book was a couple of specific experiences as a label owner and coach who made me realize that many musicians have little knowledge of the music industry and how things work out. This makes the relationship between the industry and musicians very complicated. I’d like to share my experience, my mistakes and give insights on an industry that has been inaccurately portrayed by TV and movies.

It’s definitely a good thing that you are offering advice to new musicians. Do you wish you had this sort of reference when you were first starting out?

KIARA: Yes exactly. These days there are many books on the music industry, even though I haven’t found a single book that talks about buy-on, for instance. I didn’t start that long ago, but back in 2002/03 there was no information and the people around me didn’t offer any type of advice. At the same time, I’m glad I learned things through trial and error, because it made me who I am today. With my book, I would like to start making a change in the mentality around the music industry and offer practical help.

Where can readers get a copy of the book (and the calendar)?

KIARA: For now, they’re both available through my online shop. The book has both e-book and hard copy version. It can all be found here: http://www.bit.ly/kiaralaetitiashop.

Part of the profits of the book (and the calendar, which we will talk about in a mo.) are going towards Mental Health Illnesses. What made you choose this charity?

KIARA: In the past several years, I’ve been very vocal and active about mental health awareness. The reason is that I’m a mental illness survivor myself. I started suffering of panic attacks when I was 19, which then led to depression, and they went on and off for quite some time. It was in 2014 that I finally took action and worked on myself and taking care of my mental health. You see, we all talk about physical health, if we break an arm we go to the doctor and have it fixed, but we pay little to no attention to our mental health, to the point that, if we get mentally sick, we’re called crazy and don’t seek the help of a doctor. This stigma must finish. Our mental health is as important as our physical health and it should be treated as such! People who never dealt with mental illness think that those who have or had a mental illness are weak, while it’s actually quite the opposite. Those suffering of depression or panic attacks are actually some of the strongest people I know, as it takes a lot of strength and willpower to even get out of bed every single morning. My intention is to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and finding a way to offer financial help to those who cannot afford a psychologist or proper medication.

Mental health issues are definitely at an all-time high, aren’t they? We all need to do what we can to raise awareness.

KIARA: I think mental illnesses have always been there. Simply, like a century or even fifty years ago, people wouldn’t talk about it and would die for unknown causes. If we read certain poets and writers, we can totally see they were heavily depressed. There wasn’t awareness back then, and there was a lot of shame surrounding this topic: people were just called crazy. Shame is still there nowadays, but it’s getting better and luckily more and more people from the entertainment industry are being vocal about it, so other people don’t feel ashamed in saying. “Hey I’m bulimic! Or I’m depressed! I need help.”

Along with the book, you have also released a calendar. Where did the idea come for that?

KIARA: I’ve been wanting to do a calendar for a few years now. In the summer, I was going through some ideas on how to visually represent the book, represent a strong woman in the music industry, represent the idea of not giving up…and I though the calendar could be a great idea. All the pictures in the calendar give a sense of strength and passion, which is one of the concepts present in my book “NEVER GIVE UP – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry”.

You’ve modelled for a few big names. Is modelling something you would get back into?

KIARA: I have. Would I model again? Well, I’ve done it for the calendar. I guess if a cause or brand I believe in would ask I’d definitely do it, but working again as a full-time pro model I’d say no.

Do you have any plans in the pipeline for the music side of things or are you concentrating on the book and calendar at the moment?

KIARA: I released a cover version of “The Power Of Love” (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) for Christmas, a duet with Sonny Ensabella from Queenmania. In 2020, I’ll focus more on new songs and have something released musically speaking. But 2020, will also see me promote my book.

I know we are not supposed to mention a lady’s age, but you turned 40 this year. Do you have any plans of slowing down or will you just keep going with all your endeavours?

KIARA: Then don’t mention it!!! Hahaha! Why should I slow down? I don’t feel 40, so age is just a number: I know several 20-year-olds that look and think much older than a 60-year-old! Our age is more dictated by the way we feel, how we treat our body, what we eat, our lifestyle. I know that a woman past the age of 30 is considered damaged goods in the music business, but luckily more and more women are setting an example and are showing the world that age is just a number and that women kick ass despite their age! Look at Cristina Scabbia (47), Tarja Turunen (42), Sharon Den Adel (45), Doro Pesch (55), they’re all past their 40s and they still rock the world (and will continue to do so for many years!!!). So, I have every intention of joining my fellow metal ladies in setting an example and kicking some asses for a bit longer…

As a woman the wrong side of 40 myself, I am quite in awe of everything you do and have achieved. Do you consider yourself a bit of a role model and do you have any advice for women of a certain age looking to fulfil their dreams?

KIARA: First of all, thank you! I think that the main point we should consider is the wording “a certain age”. As a linguist, I do pay a lot of attention to words… Have you noticed that people say “a certain age” referring to women but it’s less used for men? We still live in a world that pays too much attention to a woman’s age; when a woman is not in her 20s anymore, she gets old while men become interesting. This is absolutely wrong and sexist from our society. I don’t consider myself as a role model but I definitely wanna tell all the women out there to fulfil their dreams, to change career if they want to, even if they’re 50, to believe in themselves, to not let anyone tell them they’re too old to do what they want. We have time and hope until our last breath. Never Give Up. Love yourself, fully and intensely.

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

KIARA: Thank you for this chat. Never Give Up!

 

 

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Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

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Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite
The Underworld, Camden, London 18/10/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Kissin’ Dynamite are on a mission to bring back stadium rock. They do this through their solid music and sterling live shows. Whilst on their Ecstasy tour, Lotty spoke to drummer Andi Schnitzer moments before their first UK headline show taking place at The Underworld, Camden. They spoke about the tour, their latest single Cadillac Maniac and answered a couple of reader’s questions.

Hello Andy, thank you for joining us today. How are you doing?

It’s good to be here, we started our tour three or four days ago. We are slowly getting into a groove and yesterday we were in Paris which was awesome. It’s very cool to be playing in London for the very first time as a headliner. We’re very proud of this because England is a special country for us. A lot of our influences come from here.

You performed with Powerwolf earlier this year. I spoke to Jim (Müller) last year about different audiences and he mentioned German audiences are very polite. How do you find British crowds?

Germans sometimes have a stick in their arse during the song. They really like it but they feel like they cannot show it so much. When you finish the song, they really clap and cheer. In every other country, the audiences are more passionate during the songs and that includes England.

So how has the tour been going so far?

We were in Majorca for Metal Holiday and that was a really cool show. We were then in Germany for one show, then Paris and now in London. It’s been going really good so far and as I said, we have got a good groove and a great sound.

This tour is promoting your latest album “Ecstasy”! Which songs off the album do you enjoy performing live the most?

‘I’ve Got The Fire’ is one of my favourites, not just playing it but in general. ‘You’re Not Alone’ is a very good anthem at the end, people really celebrate it and it looks great when the audience participate.

You have also just released ‘Cadillac Maniac’ with The Baseballs, so how did that collaboration come about?

We didn’t know the guys personally but we knew that one of the guys Sam [Sven Budja] was from the town we come from. Our manager had contacted us about this collaboration, Sam and Hannes [Braun] both wrote the song together. I think it’s really cool mixture of those two styles that functions better than anyone could have imagined. This is also a bit of fun between two albums, it’s a kick ass party song.

Where was the video filmed?

It was filmed in a studio in Cologne with a big Cadillac. I remember we only had three hours; we drank, partied and shot the video.

I take it this is a standalone single for now, is there new material in the making? I mean after this tour has been done.

We tried it once but we realised we don’t write whilst on tour. There are of course new ideas always brewing. We’re not in the song writing process at the moment due to the tour.

A couple of questions from the readers, first one is what inspired you guys to make your own music?

The music of our parents influenced us, I would say their music was much cooler than our friend’s music at school, our generation. We discovered Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Guns N Roses and loved that stuff. We then formed a band ourselves with these ideas of bands and kept on going. At the end of the day we wanted to start our own and write our own songs. We started slowly and it worked out very well.

Another question I got from a reader, have you experienced stage fright or anxiety?

Yes always, a little bit but I always find that to be a good thing as it keeps you focused. It would be strange to go on stage as if you were going to do something like brushing your teeth. Another reason to get on stage is to feel that adrenaline rush. As long as you’re not getting too anxious!

You have the rest of the tour, what’s in store for Kissin’ Dynamite?

We will finish the tour, then we will have a long break. We have been touring a lot; with Powerwolf last Fall and earlier this year. We then had our big headliner tour in Spring then many festival appearances and now this tour.

Thank you Andi for taking the time to talk to Ever Metal today and hope the show goes well tonight.

Rick Here,

From Lotty’s subsequent live review which you can read in full here;

Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

It very much seems that Kissin’ Dynamite played an absolute blinder on the night.
I would very much like to thank both Lotty and Andi for the interview.

Please check out the following links!
Kissin’Dynamite;
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de/en/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/

https://www.youtube.com/kissindynamiterocks
Rock Out Stand Out (Lotty’s own Website and Social Media pages)
https://rockoutstandout.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rockoutstandout/

 

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Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel – The Firehouse, Southampton – 13-09-2019

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Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel
The Firehouse, Southampton 13-09-2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Bands like TOLEDO STEEL are ensuring the heavy metal scene still thrives. Before they took to the stage in Southampton; Lotty Whittingham caught up for a quick chat with lead vocalist Rich Rutter about their tour, their latest release and differences between the UK and European Metal scenes.

Hello Rich, thanks for joining us. First off introduce Toledo Steel to the readers?

I’m Richard Rutter from Toledo Steel, I’m the singer and we’re a traditional heavy metal band that’s based in Southampton.

Speaking of Southampton, we are at The Firehouse tonight. A local hotspot for you guys.

How has the tour been going so far?

It’s a short number of dates, it’s three shows in a row. We played the first on in Newcastle and that was a great show. It was a long drive but the scene up there is pretty consistent and we have played there before. It was a great way to start the short tour.

You also have some European tour dates after this short run?

Yeah that’s right, in two weeks’ time we’re going to Belgium again for one show and then we’re following that up with our two first shows in France. So it will be falling on the Friday in Belgium, the Saturday in a city just outside of Paris and then the Sunday in Paris.

You’ve toured Europe quite a lot, do you notice any significant differences in the metal scenes in each of the countries? For example ticket sales, audiences?

Yes there is definitely a big difference, I think the UK is good but it’s quite hit and miss. Whereas Europe on the whole tends to be more reliable with regards to getting a good turnout at shows, people are more likely to travel further to see a band that they like. In the UK, unless it’s right on their doorstep, they don’t necessarily venture out to see bands unless it’s a big name. So it’s different in Europe in a number of ways.

You must have quite a big fan base in Europe?

Yes it’s slowly building up! We just try and play as much as we can. Hopefully each time we go back, there will be a few more people. So we try and build that up slowly.

There’s also a huge heavy metal scene in Europe too?

Yes definitely. Especially in countries like Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

You released your debut album last year, am I right in thinking they are all brand new Toledo Steel tracks and not ones from previous EPs?

Yes that was all fresh material on that album, so it was eight new tracks. Prior to that, we had done two independent EPs. The first one was just a three track to get us started and the second one was slightly longer it was five tracks on that one. Obviously, we had to follow that up with a full length album with all new material.

Would you re-master any of the previous tracks?

Not remaster as such but re-release possibly. I mean we still have a few copies left of each EP and if they all go, our label Dissonance Productions maybe planning to release both EPs as one package at some point.

Do you guys have a particular routine when it comes to writing songs?

It depends from song to song. Everyone contributes in some way. Quite often, it will be Tom our guitarist who comes up with a riff idea and that will inspire a lyrical theme. We then just kind of flush it out from there. Sometimes it might come from a solo or a bass riff, it depends on the song. Sometimes it can be lyrics inspire a melody, a chorus and we work the guitars around that. We build it from there on out.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start a band?

Get out there and give it go. I mean make sure you get the right bunch of people that are in the same head space as you so you have a clear direction. Take it seriously, work hard at crafting some decent songs. Don’t rush to play live and make sure you get it together enough in the rehearsal room before playing shows. Get out there and learn as you go.

Big thanks to Rich for talking to Lotty.

You can read Lotty’s full review of the Southampton gig at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2019/09/16/speed-queen-toledo-steel-skyryder-the-firehouse-southampton-13-09-2019/

Dawn previously interviewed Rich in 2018. You can check that interview at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2018/09/03/interview-with-toledo-steel/

Image courtesy of Tomasz Wrobel at TzW Photography
https://www.facebook.com/Tzwphotography/

TOLEDO STEEL LINKS:
http://www.toledosteel.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.instagram.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbmPNkl-J9g-og3gP_BmRA/videos

 

 

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Interview with Red Method – Rabidfest 2019 – 17/08/2019

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Interview with Red Method
Rabidfest 2019, 17/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi again everyone, it’s Rick. Here is another Rabidfest interview that the awesome Sheri did for us and it is with Tech/Death/Progressive Metallers Red Method, a band that really hasn’t been around very long but is made up of ex-members of Meta-Statis and The Defiled so they know their chops. They were the Ever Metal band of the weekend at the Festival putting on a scintillating performance that got the whole venue moving like a swarm of angry bees and we cannot wait to see them again, oh and they were lovely as well!

So back to the interview, it’s safe to say that Sheri knows the guys pretty well so it’s really more of a chat and a laugh. Just think of yourself as an insect ambling passed and stumbling upon a brief moment of fun and madness!

Thanks to both the band and Sheri!

Sheri: HELLO GUYS!

Alex: WHAT’S UP!

Jeremy: We love yoooou Sheri!

Sheri: I love you!

Alex: We love you more actually.

Sheri: NOPE, That’s impossible.

Here I am, with Red Method! So you guys have been around – what not even 7 months!?

Jeremy: We unleashed this monstrosity.

Sheri: And you’ve already played most of the major UK festivals and you’ve gone bang!?

Alex: It’s gone really fast I guess we’ve learnt from our past mistakes and we’re doing it now the right way. It’s like a second chance in life.

Jeremy: It’s like having a girlfriend that you’ve messed up too many times and then you just know what to do with them, what drinks to buy them, what food to cook them..!

Sheri: Hahahaha so Red Method is like a constant date?

Alex: Taking the music industry on a constant date haha.

Quin: The way we see it, we’ve got nothing to lose, we are just going for it all in.

Sheri: This is the way to do this! And for people that don’t know about the dandy… let’s elaborate on the Chicken Dandy.

Alex: I’m glad you asked that hahaha.

Jeremy: Chicken Dandy was invented in 2006 on the road with Ted Maul. There we were all hanging out and a girl came out from the crowd and she looked…literally looked like a chicken. Then I came out and said “She looks like a Chicken Dandy!” and since then… everything revolves around Chicken Dandy; music, chicken, restaurants… we are in search of Chicken Dandy always.

Sheri: Always!

Quin: I just had my Chicken Dandy from over the road.

Alex: Best Chicken in town.

Jeremy: Nobody knows really…what’s that song we been listening to?

Alex and Jeremy rap along to ‘Star 69’ lyrics by Fatboy Slim:
“They know what is what but they don’t know what is what, they just strut, what the fuck?”

Jeremy: We been following something but we don’t really know what it is.
Alex: Like the meaning of life! What’s chicken dandy, it’s the same question!

Sheri: No one knows.

Quin: We should maybe replace our lyrics with a piece of some Chicken Dandy.

Alex: Yes!

Sheri: Beautiful! So what are you up to next that you can tell us?

Quin: Oh everyone’s looking at me! I guess we’re not really active on the live front until October. But we are working on a few more visuals that will be coming out, new things that we are gonna be shooting and filming and preparing for the release of the album. It’s more about building momentum after that point and then just see where we can go once we release the album.

Jeremy: Think we also have something being released in September. We arealso shooting something in September for the Album Launch. We’re going to Spain on Holiday to eat some Tapas haha. Go get some Press in Madrid. We already have festivals booked for next year and we’re just getting ready for some big things.

Alex: Our album is coming out, man!

Quin: Yeah, the album will be just in the run up to Christmas.

Sheri: Long awaited, we are looking forward to it!

Quin: It’s been an interesting time, that’s the way I look at it.

Alex: We have laughed a lot and we’ve had an amazing time so far

Jeremy: Yeah it’s been a hell of a journey. A hell of a journey!

Sheri: And this is the last date for this tour?

Jeremy: Yeah it’s the last one and it’s been brutal since Bloodstock!

Sheri: Which was absolutely amazing. That Sophie tent was absolutely rammed!
So lastly… give some of your best advice?

Quin: Don’t do it.

Alex: Get online, go to the Red Method bigcartel site and buy a few t-shirts and support the bands that you’re into. Plant the seeds so the weeds can grow mo’fo’s.
<3

On 21st September 2019 at 10am Red Method will release their version of ‘Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana via Metal Hammer so make sure you tune in!

 

LINKS:
https://redmethod.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RedMethodBand/

https://www.instagram.com/redmethod_/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2qhpR9Fcqguv_l7C_7HqIQ

 

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Video Interview with Vice – Alma Inn, Bolton – 20/07/2019

Video Interview with Vice
Alma Inn, Bolton 20/07/2019
Interview by Beth Jones

Hi All – Rick Here

Back in July Beth and I attended the Alma Inn July Showcase in Bolton and a wonderful time we had. That particular event was headlined by Manchester based Metal band Vice, who, in case you don’t know, are just a bit good!

You can check out our full live review of the event here:
https://ever-metal.com/2019/07/28/the-alma-inn-july-showcase-2019-the-alma-inn-bolton-20-07-2019/

We had actually first interviewed Vice back at Hammerfest in 2018 but when we listened back to the audio, for some reason, there was a nasty hiss and squeal over the whole conversation making it impossible to transcribe. With that in mind we made sure we video interviewed them at this gig to make up for it and then the technical gremlins struck again when we tried to watch back and upload the video. However, we have persevered, and can now bring you the full interview. It is a little dark in places but audio is fine. Just remind me that if we are asked to interview them again then I’m going to do it in shorthand!!

We would like to send huge thanks to Tom, Connor and Aiden for the interview and apologise to them for the delay, although I think one of them must have a weird magnetic force field that disrupts recording equipment!!

Here it is!

 

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Vicemetaluk/
https://www.instagram.com/vicemetaluk/
https://vicemetaluk.bandcamp.com/rele&#8230;
https://vicemetaluk.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lsTZ&#8230;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtKp&#8230;

 

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Interview with Gutlocker – Rabidfest 2019 – 18/08/2019

Gutlocker

Interview with Gutlocker
Rabidfest 2019, 18/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

At Rabidfest Ever Metal’s ‘roving reporter’ Sheri decided to interview Gutlocker who she knows. What followed wasn’t really an interview more of a free for all…sort of…so here goes!

This interview allegedly took place on Day Three of the Festival and will possibly self-destruct in 10 seconds!!

Sheri: So you are now known affectionately as “Stomach Padlock”…?

Gutlocker: Cool. Says who?

Sheri: Mark! And Mark is boss today (Mark Gibbs – Rabidfest director)

Gutlocker: We can go with that.

(Mark then makes an appearance…)

Dean: Heeeey! And he’s got his patch on! He listened to me last weekend…

(Mark is heard in the distance…: Yeah You’ve spelled it wrong. It should be spelled Stomach Padlock!)

Sheri: See? I told ya!

Dean: Aaaaah! Cork knocker mate! Get back to Peaky Blinders! Hahaha!

Pete: He’s got razors in the back of his hat haha.

Dean: Anyway this interviews going well! Hahahaha!

Mark: Whatever they say about me, be pretty sure it’s a lie.

Craig: Mark’s a really nice guy…

EVERYONE LAUGHS

Sheri: So what have you guys been up to?

Craig: We have been doing relentless gigging…

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Erm, pissed my Mrs off in the process.

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Lots of writing.

Dean: Lots of planning!

Ben: Booking a tour.

Craig: We’ll be starting to record again soon. We’ve been listening towards inspiration so we’ve been listening to Coldplay…

Dean: But like the Beatles, we’re gonna carry on anyway hahaha.

Ben: That’s it, go all Greenday.

Sheri: Any more shows you’ve got coming up?

Dean: Welllllll, tell ‘em, Ben!

Ben: Well…we’ve got today!

Gutlocker: Which is gonna be good!

Sheri: Yaaaay!

Craig: And what is today, for those that aren’t here?

Dean: It’s Rabidfest, didn’t you know?

Pete: And then next month we’ve got a proper tour. We’re gonna do 9 days.

Dean: 1,000 miles in 9 days.

Craig: And Unearthed Festival in October as well.

Sheri: Ah I’m looking forward to that!

Craig: Which is after our tour! We’ll give you the tour dates as well so we can say what else we’ve got after it.

Ben: I thought I was the one explaining this!! Jesus Christ! Hahaha!

Pete: No one asked me to say anything! Hahaha!

Ben: We’re doing a tour. We’re gonna be doing… Dudley, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bolton, Nottingham then that’s it… 9 days on the trot. It’s gonna be good!

Pete: It’s gonna be long.

Craig: 9 days back to back from the start date of 20th September.

Dean: It will be the most time we’ve ever spent together as a band…

Sheri: Don’t be smacking each other in the face hahaha!

Craig: No we’ll just kick each other haha!

Dean: We wanna say a big thanks to Mark Walsh.

Ben: Big up to Mark.

Pete: He’s pretty much booked the entire tour for us. He’s a proper legend.

Ben: So thank you Mark. We started it and then he stepped in and said “you guys need to do a tour! I’ll do a tour with you.”

Pete: And we were like “Can we go…north of Watford?” haha!

Ben: Can we see life outside the M25?

Sheri: A bit up the M1 a bit.

Pete: We’ve not really played beyond sort of Manchester so sorta visiting Leeds, Newcastle, Hull is gonna be epic.

Ben: And then we have Unearthed Festival in October, which is in Birmingham at the Flapper.

Pete: And that’s gonna be good. With Abhorrent Decimation, Dog Tired… a whole bunch of bands. Recall the Remains… Then we got a couple of other shows towards the end of the year.

Ben: We’ve got a Halloween gig that we’re trying to book but we will get back to you on that!

Dean: We have one band and we have a venue. It may just have to be us doing a 3 hour set, with an hour set list three times haha!

Pete: And not necessarily in the right order.

Craig: Yeah we’re gonna play 100 songs where we play them and they’re 10 seconds each.

Sheri: Ah like Mad Spanner? Haha!

All: Yes!!!

Pete: Mad Spanner are playing a gig with us during our tour. They’ll be in Dudley.

Dean: Dudley!!

Craig and Ben: DUDLEY!
(All in a typical Dudley accent)

Pete: It’s gonna be really good.

Ben: The whole idea is just for us to kinda branch out and get our name out a bit!

Craig: Unearthed Festival – Oh, they’ve actually named this after my mum and opened their legs at The Flapper…

(There’s a silence and then burst of laughter from everyone.)

Craig: Hi, Mum!

Dean: Next!

Sheri: Let’s talk about your Jamiroquai cover. That’s really taken off at the moment. Very much loved.

Craig: We did it because we love the song, the song itself is awesome and to listen to it and think that it could be a metal riff would make it sound amazing. So we had a go on it and we did it and the first few times we announced it, people were like “right ok” and then we played it live a few times and people actually really like it.

So we decided to do it as a song, record it and just as a stand along single and then..!

Sheri: Then you got silly with it haha?

Dean: Yeah we got carried away haha.

Craig: We were bouncing ideas for a video and just thought fuck it and got Mike Worsley from Outright Resistance to be the Dinosaur…

Shout out to Leigh as well, we’re so happy with the results for with what he did for Deeper Underground. It’s surpassed our expectations and knew it was going to be good but with the quality he put into it, we’re coming to him to for the start of our album towards the end of this year.

Pete: He also recorded Cry Havoc so shout out to Leigh from Remnant!

Sheri: Can you talk to us about the album yet?

Craig: We have around 7 songs ready and we’re working on the 8th track – there is a good chunk of it that you haven’t heard us play live yet, we’re actually holding back on a lot of the latest stuff. We were pushing to play new stuff in gigs for this year but we thought we would hold back a bit and actually put it towards the album so that it sinks into people’s skulls a bit more and then when the album has been out for a while, we can then bring that stuff to life.

Pete: So we’re holding a lot of material back, we wanna play it all at once.

Ben: Speaking about videos as well, we have a couple of concepts and we’re thinking of going a little bit out there with some of it so…

Dean: Yeah, there will be more videos to come!

Pete: Sorry we’re very vague with the details at the moment but we don’t want to give away too much haha.

Craig: The video’s that we have done have been a bit different obviously and Deeper Underground had a bit more of a story driven concept to it. So, we’ve come up with different ideas to try to make them not as similar to videos that we’ve already done – if these ideas pull they’ll be pretty cool!

Sheri: Give us some advice!

Pete: Turn up on time!

Ben: What’s the thought for the day?

Craig: Thought for the day? If you suffer from a condition called Self-Entitlement, don’t be in a band.

Pete: Also – don’t chuck around like – drum bits and stands and amps that don’t belong to you.

Dean: Whatya looking at me for!?!

Ben: You can never have too many pedals.

Craig: Stick around and watch all the bands. Even if you’re an opener band!

Pete: Spare pants. Be nice to your sound guy – because chances are he won’t make you sound like shit.

Gutlocker Joke: Man walks into a bar with a giraffe. Barman says, sorry mate you can’t leave that lying there. Man says… that’s not a lion, it’s a giraffe.

Sheri: Thank you so much guys!

Well there you go! This is what happens when you interview Gutlocker!!
To find the full upcoming tour dates then head to the links below!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/gutlockeruk/

https://www.instagram.com/gutlocker_official/
https://gutlocker.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmbGHsXzxE5y85pGHtabWdg

 

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Interview with Imminent Annihilation – Rabidfest 2019 – 16/08/2019

Imminent Annihilation

Interview with Imminent Annihilation
Rabidfest 2019, 16/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi everyone, Rick Here. I would like to make one thing very clear, Sheri Bicheno is a workaholic! Not only did she deal with all her Marketing duties at Rabidfest, as well as anything else that she was asked to do, she also managed to fit in some interviews for Ever Metal. I secretly think she has managed to find a way of duplicating herself and be in five different places at once! However she does it we are very grateful.

On Day One, at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford, she caught up for a quick chat with Aylesbury based Metallers Imminent Annihilation!

Sheri: Thank you, first off, for that absolutely face melting set!

I.A: Thanks for having us!

Sheri: No, thank you! I actually wanted to ask you about the single you have out called ‘Strong And Stable’. I get a little bit of a middle finger vibe to the politics of this country which are turning everyone upside down a bit at the moment?

I.A: Yes!

Sheri: Does that give us a bit of insight into the concept of your upcoming album?

Jordan: Well not necessarily, I mean, the album is about the idea of us as humanity losing our innocence… because that’s kind of how I feel like, when I lost that I realised that the world’s a big place. I mean I’ve always been into history and when you were a kid and you were watching things like 10 years ago, it seems like 1000 years ago. So that’s our touch upon things that need addressing such as how women are treated, who have to go through abortion through either personal choice or through rape and incest and things like that… so it’s just kinda like us talking about things that pisses us off in the world… and ‘Strong And Stable’ is like my happy place, I love that song so much haha!

Sheri: You bring up a lot of points that need addressing in the world, a lot of people and artists that talk about other things like… drugs, whores and shooting people haha. So this is a contrast where it’s quite important haha!

Connor: There needs to be more discussion of it haha

Sheri: Where did you all start off, what brought you to this point?

Connor: Oh my goodness! It starts off as a cover band; we were called Dolphin Rocket as well haha.

Sheri: Dolphin Rocket? Is there a story behind that? Haha

Connor: I was in art class and we had to do a futurism thing and we had this ukulele and it was like a dolphin ridge. We ended up splitting it up into different pieces and it ended up looking like a dolphin rocket and we were like “That would be a good band name.”… It wasn’t…. Haha!

Sheri: It was at the time though! Haha!

Richard: So yeah we just formed into what it is now, I guess, the evolution of like, Metalcore to… heavier Metalcore haha.

Sheri: That should be a legit genre haha! You’ve got a gig coming up at the end of September with Evil Scarecrow and the guys in Damaged Reich.

Jordan: Yes, Damaged Reich, they’re great guys, they’re playing tomorrow. Joey is such a cuddly person, when we were at the final of Metal 2 The Masses, he just kept on hugging me and I was like “Mate, I love you so much.” Such a lovely dude! He looks so like a stereotypical 1980’s thrasher haha, looks like he’s just got off from being in the crew of Slayer in 1987 – lovely dude, man haha!

Sheri: They’re all always lovely guys. Have you got any other events that are coming up at all?

Jordan: Nothing at the moment actually, we’ve been trying to finish off this goddamn album that we’ve been doing for like the past year haha!

Sheri: I was going to ask if it’s going to make an appearance soon?

Jordan: Well I bloody hope so haha, the single idea came about to give us more time – and we’ve kind of just not used that time. We’re a poorly organised band haha! To the point that – we kind of rocked up as it was time to do change over haha. I mean I called them at 7 o clock and I was like “where are you” as I was coming from work and I actually turned off the google maps and turned onto the exit to the M40 so umm… haha… that was a panic, we are quite badly organised but for the album, we mainly just have vocals left hahaha!

Sheri: It’s an organised pile and that’s what we like! Haha! What are your next plans? Apart from getting the album finished?

Richard: We’re just looking at as many gigs as we can really. We took a quiet year this year. Last time we played was a couple weeks ago and then the last before then was in February.

Sheri: Predominately in the South?

Richard: Yeah but we are trying to branch out a bit.

Sheri: Well finally, tell us a joke?

Jordan: Our music..!

Sheri: That’s harsh! Haha! ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ was amazing! (Imminent Annihilation played a cracking cover of the Sepultura classic at the end of their set).

Jordan: I shit you not; we haven’t played that in about two years, Very much a last minute idea. We were stumped as to what our last song was going to be and I was like HOW ABOUT… How about we do Roots?

Sheri: Well it did the trick! The whole room was heaving with you! Thank you so much for your time.

I.A: Thank you!

 

LINKS:
http://imminentannihilation.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/ImminentAnnihilation/

https://www.instagram.com/imminentannihilation/
https://imminentannihilation.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/ImminentAnnihilation

 

 

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Interview with Beth Blade – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

Beth Blade (Please Credit Renegadewolf Photography)

Interview with Beth Blade
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest is well underway and it turns out people have literally travelled far and wide to experience the festival. Lotty speaks with Beth Blade after performing a successful live set with her band Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters. They speak about the latest album, their live show and the importance of rock music.

So since we last spoke, you have released your new album “Show Me Your Teeth”?

Yes, good. We have just been gigging and plugging away as per usual, it’s been awesome.

The album has gone down really well from what I can see?

It has, which is always nice, because you always worry. You do the first album and then worry that if you do the second one people won’t like it, but people are really responding to it. Personally, I like it better than the first one. Everyone is so supportive and wonderful, we are all very lucky.

You have just played NozFest downstairs; it was a fantastic live show.

Yes, for 5pm in the afternoon there are a lot of people here. I really can’t complain apart from how hot it was on that stage. I was dripping! I came off the stage looking like Alice Cooper, which is not a bad thing.

People have literally come from far and wide to watch you play?

Yes people have come from Scotland, Wales, Manchester and we are incredibly blessed to have such great friends. We have this little group of tight knit fans who are incredibly important to us.

Jodie has put together this incredible line-up which has sold out. For a festival in its first year it is absolutely amazing and deserves recognition for bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the South.

The thing about this community, this new wave of classic rock is that everyone is very supportive of each other. There is no rivalry, everyone is friends and all the people who come and see us are friends. They will go and see Those Damn Crows but the next day they will come and see us and then spend their whole week spending their money and hard earned cash on getting out there and supporting us. The fact is that this community is vital to our existence.

Some people have come from Germany today…Incredible! That’s the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll music! Rock n Roll will never die!

What does the rest of the year hold for you?

We have another show for Über Röck in Wales on 23rd August, with Last Great Dreamers. We had a show in London that was cancelled, the festival was cancelled, but we are still playing on 29th September in London although cannot say line-up and then in October we play ‘The Massive Weekend’ at the Waterloo in Blackpool with Those Damn Crows, Massive Wagons, Falling Red etc. We are very much looking forward to that.

Then we have the big one! We are opening the main stage at Hard Rock Hell in November, our big end to the year.

Thank you so much Beth for talking with us today!

LINKS:
https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVNIjbGEbR1PIU85Bm9XMwQ

 

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Photograph supplied courtesy of Renegade Wolf Photography

https://www.facebook.com/RWConcertPhotography