EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Rock/Metal/Gothic/Doom band Lords Of Salem! 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?

Hello, my name is Apostel and I’m the vocalist from Lords Of Salem. First plans to start this band came up 2015, when Marple (Bass) travelled to Wacken. In 2016 the first line up was complete we started with the songwriting and rehearsals. 2017 we entered the stage for the first time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Inspired by Rob Zombie’s movie “The Lords of Salem”!

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

We are from Germany and of course the metal scene is quite big. Everybody listens to different styles of Rock & Metal. There are festivals like Wacken, Summerbreeze, Bang Your Head, With Full Force and many more. So the German metal scene is pretty vital.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Hell Over Salem” and 2 videos “Hell Over Salem & “Rock n Roll Machine”, now we are at work on the next video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In my case, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cure, Bauhaus and so many more.

What first got you into music?

Kiss, Kiss and Kiss!

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

Beastö Blancö!

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

Wacken ’cause it’s the biggest in Germany!

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

None

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

Guys, you rock!

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

Lemmy Kilmister!

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

Love – Playing live / hate – pay to play!

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

Nothing, it is what it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead

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

In earlier days I preferred Vinyl, now I buy CD’s!

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

Walpurgisschlacht Hexentanz Festival

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

A fighter pilot!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and Mikkey Dee

What’s next for the band?

Songwriting for the first Album!

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

Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, YouTube and many more…
https://lords-of-salem.jimdo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofsalemmusic/
https://lordsofsalemmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XGCOxZ4ivPlohLtOErsUV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t like ’em at all.

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

Thank you for your support and making this interview possible and THX to our fans – rock on guys! LORDS OF SALEM.

 

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EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

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EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Rock band Ian Blurton’s Future Now. Huge thanks to Ian 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 Ian Blurton, guitarist/singer for Future Now. We started playing together roughly a year ago. I made a solo record called “Signals Through The Flames” using some of my favourite Toronto musicians and needed a band to play the songs so I called on 2 guests from that record (Anna/Glenn) and added guitarist Aaron Goldstein to help me with the many guitar parts.

How did you come up with your band name?

Future Now is a song by The MC5 (one of my fav bands of all time).

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

I’m from Canada and while I’m not a full-on metalhead (I say that out of respect to my friends who are) I can tell you we have a very vibrant scene here with originators ala Voivod still releasing incredible records and newer bands like Tomb Mold (who blew me away live), Cauldron etc. keeping it alive.

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

We have 2 releases upcoming. Our 1st 7″ (Yeah Right Records) comes out on May 4 and our LP will be released by Pajama Party on June 7.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jimi Hendrix is probably my all-time fav but there have been many. I have always loved Mountain, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Blue Cheer..!

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably seeing The Monkees on TV as a young kid.

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

Motorpsycho for sure. I love how adventurous/prolific they are.

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

Woodstock right before Hendrix so I could see his set. Currently I’d say Roadburn, it seems like such a great community.

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

Nothing super weird, mostly just awesome things including paintings, homemade chocolates etc.

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

Live your life by your own rules.

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

Jimi Hendrix so I could see him live once!

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

Music is my life so I try to enjoy all the aspects of it and let the positive outweigh the negative.
I get to play with incredible musicians and am honoured they are willing to give up their time to do so.
I’m not crazy about loading 4x12s into 3rd floor venues.

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

I think it would be more than one thing but I think streaming not paying enough would be a good start.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Damned – “The Black Album”

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

I like them all but prefer vinyl as I grew up with it.

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

I’ve been playing live since 1982 so I’ve been very lucky to play a lot of great shows. Recently I’d say the 2nd Future Now show with Biblical/Whoop-szo. It was good vibes and killer bands and everyone played great.

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

Working with animals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Salvador Dali, Hunter S Thompson, Robert Anton Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robt Williams

What’s next for the band?

Our 7″ and LP release parties and then we are doing a Canadian tour out to Sled island Festival (one of the best in Canada).and back.

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

https://twitter.com/ianblurton
https://www.facebook.com/ianblurton.futurenow/
https://ianblurton.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with KAT

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EMQ’s with KAT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Legendary Polish, UK based Metal band KAT. If you’ve not heard of them before then you should definitely read on and get acquainted! Huge thanks to Piotr Luczyk 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 Piotr Luczyk. I founded the KAT band at the turn of 1979/80, and I play guitars in the band. I am also a music producer and composer of most of KAT’s music. At the beginning of KAT, we played Hard Rock. Later it evolved by stages into Thrash Metal. We released 11 original albums, several concerts, DVDs and compilations. There are several dozen pirate releases of our records on the market. We played tours with Metallica, Helloween, Six Feet Under and many more. We have also played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead & Pretty Maids. In addition I am the originator of the Metalmania Festival and Cover Festival. I say, perhaps immodestly, that in Eastern Europe they call us a legendary band! That’s for starters.
All details can be found at www.kat-band.com

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name in primary school when I was 12 years old. The literal translation is simply Executioner. It was about someone who seeks justice. Ah, such children’s visions. At the time, I could not yet play. Subsequently it turned out that KAT became, in addition to my family, the most important thing in my life.

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

I come from Poland but currently I live in Manchester GB. In Poland, the metal scene is mainly extreme. Vader and Behemoth are the best known Polish bands around the world. Both of these bands recorded the album “W homage to KAT” which I think shows our position. Of course, there are also hard and heavy bands in Poland, but not many. It’s difficult to find good singers who can sing in English. Also, in Poland, the Catholic Church predominates in society and condemns metal music as satanic. But crowds come to concerts of foreign stars.

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

In 2014 we released the album “Acoustic 8 Filmow” with acoustic versions of our most famous ballads. Earlier, we released the metal album “Mind Cannibals”. On Jun 14th 2019 we will release our latest KAT album “Without Looking Back”. This is our newest work with premiere songs. One of the songs is a soundtrack to the movie “Squadron 303”. Here is the video from the new album;
‘Flying Fire’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oou2WgKhzDU

Who have been your greatest influences?

Like many guitarists of my generation, Ritchie Blackmore, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a little later, Judas Priest, Van Halen, AC / DC. The compositions of these stars will never be forgotten. It’s a living rock story.

What first got you into music?

In 1975 I heard a Led Zeppelin concert; it was a shock for me. Later I heard Deep Purple in Rock and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. Now I am much older and wiser in the ways of the world of music. I live in Manchester and I begin to understand why British music leads the world.

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

AC / DC, maybe it’s strange but when I listen to AC / DC it seems to me that everything is achievable. It’s damn positive energy! I am the creator of the Cover Festival where we play AC / DC with various musicians. Everyone thinks that their songs are easy to play. However, in rehearsal it turns out that this simplicity is only superficial. During the concerts, I watch how audiences respond to AC / DC songs. Their music works for everyone.

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

Wacken Festival!

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

One of the fans (a girl) gave me the PRS guitar which I play regularly.

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

Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music. To find out what you like, you have to know what is going on around you. It’s a bit like beer. Isn’t it better to check out several species?

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

Randy Rhoads

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

I like it most playing in the moment, listening to the fans .You connect with them, share a common world and you don’t need alcohol, drugs or money, just the ability to listen.
I hate anonymous assholes who have never achieved anything in their lives and assess others. This destroys many young musicians and the effects of hating are irreversible and often tragic. Unfortunately, the Internet has contributed to this. Nowadays, instead of showing art, it is mainly used to criticise and fight others.

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

I would change the money division between artists and Google, Youtube, Spotify, Tidal etc. The current situation causes the artists to focus on concerts to such an extent that they do not record music like they used to. Such a situation will lead to the collapse of entire genres of music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Machine Head”

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

Currently Downloads but, for sound, vinyl.

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

I played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Metallica. They were great experiences and outstanding stars from whom I learned a lot. But the best gigs have been with in my friend Radek’s, small private club, on the mini Cover Festival. This is a regular gig to which we invite about 50-100 guests and friends from various bands. We play the finest songs from the history of rock.

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

I like DIY and I do various home renovation works. I even designed and made furniture once. I also designed album covers. But honestly, I don’t know what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Gary Moore.

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, new records and new music.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA8ivCm9uTyaGtKGVV61sA
www.soundcloud.com/kat-band
www.facebook.com/KATofficialprofile/
www.kat-band.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I like Jaffa Cakes no matter who thinks they’re a cake or a biscuit! I would still like them, even if I had to pay more VAT on them. And actually, whether they’re a cake or a biscuit, I’ll still eat them all!

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

Thank you for the interview and I would also to thank GB Metal Hammer for placing our album, “Metal and Hell” as among the 40 best ever Black Metal albums in history!
Regards, Piotr Luczyk – KAT
www.kat-band.com

 

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Beth’s Top Ten Live Acts Of 2018

Beth’s Top Ten Live Acts Of 2018

Hi all, Rick here. As we reach Day One of 2019 here is a last thank you and final top ten list of 2018. Beth is not only turning into a great photographer (she has only been doing it for about 20 months) and has also written some excellent live and album reviews she is also, for her sins, my other half and I really couldn’t put as much time and effort as I do into Ever Metal if it wasn’t for her help, understanding and belief in me so a huge thanks goes out to her.

So, without further ado here are Beth’s top ten live bands/acts of 2018!

This year has been a pretty fine vintage, gig wise, for us. Here is a rundown of my favourite acts of the year.

01 No.10 Scars Of Remembrance10. Scars Of Remembrance.

Local to Wrexham, and new to the scene in their current line up, they really impressed me in the summer with their performance at the New Metal All Dayer at the Live Rooms, Wrexham. It was amazing to see how far they had come in such a short space of time and I can’t wait to see where they take their heavy, Metalcore sound to next.

https://www.facebook.com/scarsofremembrance/


02 No.09 Evil Invaders9.Evil Invaders.

Belgian Thrash at its very best. Their performance at this year’s Amplified festival was superb. I’m not usually big into thrash, but these guys really know how to put on a show. Frontman Joe has a majorly expressive face and a great voice, and the whole performance was buzzing with excitement, and much dry ice!

https://www.facebook.com/evilinvaders/


03 No.08 God Shaped Devil8. God Shaped Devil.

I happened upon this band almost by accident! I was doing photography at Badgerfest and looking forward to a good few of the bands on the line – up but had overlooked these guys. I won’t be making this mistake again! Their performance was electric and their stage presence huge. They all looked like they were having such an awesome time on stage, and their playing skills were totally on point.

https://www.facebook.com/godshapeddevil/


04 No.07 Psychostick7. Psychostick.

I love music. I love clever comedy. I love madcap, slapstick performances. Psychostick have all this, and they entertained us no end at Amplified in the summer. They would have appeared higher in my top ten, but for the sombrero incident, which kind of distracted me as I was worried I might die! But they are so worth a watch if you get the chance. It is like watching the Pythons with guitars!

https://www.facebook.com/Psychostick/


05 No.06 Cadence Noir6. Cadence Noir.

Who knew Gothic Folk ‘n’ Roll was a genre. I certainly didn’t until I saw Cadence Noir going through the heats for Bloodstock M2TM, and then winning a thoroughly deserved spot on the Bloodstock New Blood stage. Their meld of folk fiddle, upright bass, and some really heavy riffs is fantastically nuts and works so well. I am soon to review their long-awaited album “Physical Copy” which was released on 22nd December, and I can’t wait to see them perform again at Pentrefest in February 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/CadenceNoir/


06 No.05 Lullaby For a Unicorn5. Lullaby For A Unicorn.

If you want to party, these are your guys. Again, we have seen them a few times this year, but my personal favourite performance was on 22nd December at Mclean’s Pentre. They turned the fun up a notch, and had the whole place bouncing in Santa hats, covered in party poppers and toilet roll! They are four seasoned musicians who don’t like to take life too seriously, and this comes across so well in their music and their stage presence. Bass player, Anthony, plays in a unicorn onesie, which is hilarious in itself. Guitarist Dan has light up shoes, lead singer, Justin, has a slightly unhinged glint in his eye, and drummer Rageth, well, who knows – each performance is a surprise – for this one he was green and wearing lovely shorts with braces! They certainly have the funny factor!

https://www.facebook.com/rockmyunicorn/


07 No.04 Novacrow4. Novacrow.

These guys made me smile so much at Rockwich this year. They are crazy and funny, but also create some pretty awesome sounds. Their brand of sleazy, horror-inspired hard rock is quite unique, and they have something very special about them! Lead singer Kitty has one awesome set of pipes. They are quirky and interesting to watch live, and love a bit of interaction with the audience, breaking down the fourth wall on more than one occasion with trips out into the crowd which really draws you in to their world, and I will be seeking them out again in 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/novacrowofficial/


08 No.03 StOp sToP3. StOp sToP.

Glam rock is alive and well and lives wherever these guys are. There was makeup, there was spandex, there were tassels, there was big hair, and there was soooo much dry ice and shiny lighting! On performance skills these guys absolutely nail it, and musically they aren’t too shabby either! Their fast paced, pumped up performance at Rockwich was one of my highlights of the year! Anyone who watches them and doesn’t smile has a heart of stone! I so hope I get to see them again very soon. Nothing makes me happier than watching a band completely loving who they are and what they do, and this sums up the StOp sToP boys.

https://www.facebook.com/stopstopofficial/


09 No.02 Callus2. Callus.

It seems unbelievable to me that we only met these guys at Hammerfest in March 2018. We have now become great friends, and it seems like we have known them a lot longer. In the 9 months since we saw them originally, we have seen them again another 3 or 4 times, and they just keep getting better. This is a young band who really know how to work an audience and create a good show, and they are all brilliant musicians to boot. Their debut album is out in about a month and I highly recommend that everyone checks it and them out and gets to see them live at the earliest opportunity, as they do not disappoint.

https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/


10 No.01 Twisted Illusion1. Twisted Illusion.

Just WOW! I TOTALLY LOVE THEM! I first saw these guys at Amplified and they knocked me off my feet with their brilliant prog metal style. We recently attended their Christmas gig in the Manchester Academy 3. It was an emotional night, as Bass player Mark, and Drummer Matt M had decided that they were stepping down from the band, and frontman Matt J had been plagued with a bad throat for the week before the gig, but despite this they were utterly, utterly stunning. I am still trying to write a review of it, but I can’t put my thoughts into a coherent piece, such was the brilliance of their performance. Not many bands make me want to just stand and let the music consume me, but Twisted Illusion are on that elite list. I am so glad that we found them, and I cannot wait to see them again as often as humanly possible.

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTIband


This has been a mighty hard list to compile as I have seen so many great artists this year. A few that were very close to making my top ten were, Witch Tripper, Evil Scarecrow, Mason Hill, Jayce Lewis, Impavidus, Footprints In The Custard, Resin, Fahran and Frozen In Shadows, who all deserve a mention for their cracking performances this year.

Writing this has made me realise how lucky we are to have so many great bands floating around at the moment, many of them only small, unsigned and relatively unknown in the grand scheme of things. Music truly is the most wonderful, universal language and I am so thankful that in enriches my life daily. If next year is as good as this year for live music, it’s gonna be awesome!

Thanks for reading and a very happy new year to you all xx

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The Metal Priestess’ Top Ten Albums of 2018

The Metal Priestess’ Top Ten Albums of 2018

Hi there. I have reviewed some cracking albums this year and it was really hard to pick just ten. But here is my Top Ten. Enjoy!

cover10. Kaine – “A Crisis Of Faith”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/kaineband/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLJ9shudmrQ


Perfect Storm Cover9. Volster – “Perfect Storm”
https://www.facebook.com/volsterband/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRWylMWF8zg


15419380_973599226073587_1426458234_o-1024x10238. Satan’s Empire – “Rising”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/SatansEmpireOfficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BFQvv3tnrA


Apocalypse Cover7. Primal Fear – “Apocalypse”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-bYmB-jkFk


cover6. Seven Sisters – “The Cauldron And The Cross”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/sevensistersheavymetal/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_XwNj-pXqE


6580235. Brainstorm – “Midnight Ghost”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/officialbrainstorm/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYE8WPAMEmo


Ataraxis EP Cover4. Zero Theorem – “Ataraxis”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/zerotheoremband/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqyQgeKcv68


07 4 Judas Priest - Firepower3. Judas Priest – “Firepower”
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMU804-bjQA


The Calling Cover2. Primitai – “The Calling”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/primitai/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrKz5CTiH2c


2403041. Manimal – “Purgatorio”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/manimalofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS3tQiFRnLE


 

And there you have it. Would any of these have made it on to YOUR Top Ten of 2018?

 

Vikkie’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

Vikkie’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

Hi everyone – Rick here and another big thank you from me before you read a further Top 10 album list! Vikkie has been incredibly busy this year with her full time job and Uni studies, but she’s still found the time to write some excellent reviews and to set up things behind the scenes which has made the running of Ever Metal much easier for me. Without her help I probably would have floundered by July. Thanks Vikkie!

01 10 Joe Bonnamassa - Redemption10 Joe Bonamassa – “Redemption”
https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDe-dI3c5d0


02 9 Machine Head - Catharsis9. Machine Head – “Catharsis”
https://www.facebook.com/MachineHead/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYeDJxWvA_I


03 8 Myles Kennedy - Year Of The Tiger8. Myles Kennedy – “Year Of The Tiger”
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMylesKennedy/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuRZ6oFzQm4


04 7 The Amorettes - Born To Break7. The Amorettes – “Born To Break”
https://www.facebook.com/theamorettes/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol3nrReBDg8


05 6 Massive Wagons - Full Nelson6. Massive Wagons – “Full Nelson”
https://www.facebook.com/MassiveWagons/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IzGWKjGf_k


06 5 Clutch - Book Of Bad Decisions5. Clutch – “Book Of Bad Decisions”
https://www.facebook.com/Clutchband/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOTrHrGSeNM


07 4 Judas Priest - Firepower4. Judas Priest – “Firepower”
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUzcxJNZKC4


08 3 Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators - Living The Dream3. Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators – “Living The Dream”
https://www.facebook.com/Slash/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfWoN5tqzpc


09 2 Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons - The Age Of Absurdity2. Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – “The Age Of Absurdity”
https://www.facebook.com/PhilCampbellATBS/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyuYVuyysdM


10 1 Disturbed - Evolution1. Disturbed – “Evolution”
https://www.facebook.com/Disturbed/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55NJzOSuKuY


 

Let us know if you agree with Vikkie’s choices!

Platinum Al’s Top 10 Rock/Metal Albums of 2018

Platinum Al’s Top 10 Rock/Metal Albums of 2018

Hi Everyone – Rick Here. Before you check out Alun’s top 10 albums of 2018, here is another message of thanks from me. Alun has been a fantastic addition to our team in 2018. His knowledge of the music and the fabulous humour he uses to write his reviews have brought another element to our website. Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of using similar phrases or writing the same thing in each review…well, you don’t get that with Alun, you’re never quite sure what direction he is going to go in and that is something to savour! Cheers Alun!

01 10 Ghost - Prequelle10. Ghost – “Prequelle”
https://www.facebook.com/thebandghost/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ijc7A5oAc


02 9 Gama Bomb - Speed Between The Lines9. Gama Bomb – Speed Between The Lines”
https://www.facebook.com/gamabomb/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kywHtZZhJ0


03 8 Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites Back8. Orange Goblin – “The Wolf Bites Back”
https://www.facebook.com/orangegoblinofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCjOwGZnBj0


04 7 Earthless - Black Heaven7. Earthless – “Black Heaven”
https://www.facebook.com/earthlessrips/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QvV3J5buvk


05 6 1968 - Ballads Of The Godless6. 1968 – “Ballads Of The Godless”
https://www.facebook.com/1968Band/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUeMLNLJuJw


06 5 Uncle Acid _ The Deadbeats - Wasteland5. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – “Wasteland”
https://www.facebook.com/uncleacid/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9aqHp6mXQ


07 4 Monster Magnet - Mindfucker4. Monster Magnet – “Mindfucker”
https://www.facebook.com/monstermagnet/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsvvS142wWg


08 3 Corrosion Of Conformity - No Cross No Crown3. Corrosion Of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown”
https://www.facebook.com/corrosionofconformity/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TusKotRru_c


09 2 Fu Manchu - Clone Of The Universe2. Fu Manchu – “Clone Of The Universe”
https://www.facebook.com/FuManchuBand/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPm8g1PSN5Q


10 1 Clutch - Book Of Bad Decisions1. Clutch – “Book Of Bad Decisions”
https://www.facebook.com/Clutchband/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ9GSFZZY6c


 

Let us know if you agree or perhaps disagree with Alun’s choices!

 

 

Lotty’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

Lotty’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

Hi Everyone – It’s Rick. Before I let you loose on Lotty’s top 10 of 2018 I just wanted to thank her. Not only has she has been an excellent addition to our team but this isn’t just a list, it’s an incredibly detailed mini review of each album and I know how busy she is. Thanks Lotty!

It is more than safe to say that this year has just been full of fantastic releases. Ones I had the pleasure to review and listen to months before release yet feeling the frustration of not being able to share it with my nearest and dearest until release date. Some that I came across for pleasure, whether that be on Spotify, in the shop or YouTube. It was very difficult to pick a top ten so here they are.

01 (No 10) Powerwolf - The Sacrement Of Sin10. Powerwolf – “The Sacrament Of Sin”

I don’t think I have ever seen so many single releases for one album. To be fair, if I had a strong collection of songs on my album then I would be very keen to show them off too. It’s the very reason why POWERWOLF’s “The Sacrament Of Sin” is the perfect way to open up the top ten. When reviewing this album before it’s official release date, I was able to hear some brilliant belters that have now become anthems. We have the pumping ‘Incense & Iron’, the sexy ‘Demons Are A Girls Best Friend’ and even their first ballad ‘Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone’. POWERWOLF have a sterling reputation for delivering solid material and their latest collection of metal psalms is no exception. A must have for fans of the band and genre.


02 (No 9) Kobra _ The Lotus - Prevail II9. Kobra And The Lotus – “Prevail II”

Over the past few years, Canadian Hard Rockers KOBRA & THE LOTUS have gained a large following of fans. Judging from their ballsy sound and charismatic stage presence it’s easy to see why. “Prevail II” doesn’t beat around the bush when you press play, it gets straight down to business with the track ‘Losing My Humanity’. This belter along with other anthems such as ‘My Immortal’, ‘Modern Day Hero’ and ‘Velvet Roses’ make up a top-quality Hard Rock record. Their stunning cover of FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘The Chain’ is the icing on the cake.


03 (No 8) Handsome Jack - Everything_s Gonna Be Alright8. Handsome Jack – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

They aren’t quite as heavy as CLUTCH yet they are too raw to sound like BLACK STONE CHERRY. I suppose that is the beautiful power HANDSOME JACK possess, it’s hard to pinpoint who they sound like. During anxiety ridden and dark times, we need to feel great again and the album “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” does just that. The album contains songs that encourage rejoicing and empowerment. I had a great time listening to this record. Particularly the tracks ‘Hey Mama (Put Your Red Dress On)’ and ‘Baby Be Cool’. I just want to belt out the chorus of ‘Hey Mama (Put Your Dress On)’ at the top of my lungs. It’s a simple but powerful chorus that will have you singing loud before you know it. The soulful tones of ‘Baby Be Cool’ won’t just go down with Hard Rock fans, it will be a treat for music lovers in general.


04 (No 7) Visions Of Atlantis - The Deep And The Dark7. Visions Of Atlantis – “The Deep And The Dark”

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS were one of the bands to help shape my music taste into what it is today. Their tales of sailing the seas containing strong vocals and fantastic symphonic melodies had me hooked. It had been a while since I heard anything from them and was very pleased to come across “The Deep And The Dark”. It provides a strong reminder of the sound that introduced me to them and their lyrical content linking to self-doubt is more than relatable today. This album is truly uplifting with some great content. From the impactful ‘The Grand Illusion’ to the soft ballad tones of ‘Prayer To The Lost’, this album is a mighty voyage with many twists and turns. A metaphor for life you might say.


05 (No 6) Sirenia - Arcane Astral Aeons6. Sirenia – “Arcane Astral Aeons”

SIRENIA are another band to help shape my music taste so their latest album came as a grand surprise. If you were to look up Symphonic Metal in the dictionary, a picture of this album could certainly be a definition. It starts off with the booming ‘In Styx Embrace’, along with the track ‘Into The Night’ it shows off the vocals of Emmanuelle Zoldan. Her versatile vocal range works wonders across the album from the opening track to the burning ashes of ‘Glowing Embers’. Other notable tracks include ‘Desire’, ‘Queen Of Lies’ and ‘The Twilight Hour’. For fans of the band and genre this is a must have for the collection.


06 (No 5) Arion - Life Is Not Beautiful5. Arion – “Life Is Not Beautiful”

This was a surprise this year. I had heard of ARION but never listened to them until now. The opening notes of ‘No One Stands In My Way’ had me intrigued immediately. The uplifting sounds of the track had me smiling within minutes and this applied for the rest of the album. In a world of uncertainty and doubt, we need empowerment in our lives. Appropriately starting with ‘No One Stands In My Way’, it leaves you feeling ready to overcome struggles. This feeling continues with songs such as ‘Unforgiveable’, ‘Punish You’ and ‘At The Break Of Dawn’ featuring AMARANTHE siren Elize Ryd. ‘Through Your Falling Tears’ is a beautiful ballad that calms the tones before getting heavy again. This album was a fantastic listen from start to finish.


07 (No 4) Kissin_ Dynamite - Ecstasy4. Kissin’ Dynamite – “Ecstasy”

German Hard Rockers KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have been on my radar for a little while now. They have produced solid albums over the past few years and their 2018 release “Ecstasy” is no exception. The first notes of the opening tracks ‘I’ve Got The Fire’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’ instantly uplift the mood and give you hope. Each track shows a different side of the band, you have the revolutionary ‘Break The Silence’, the sexy ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ and the rapid beats of ‘Superhuman’. Even the ballads ‘Still Around’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’ show power and sass. “Ecstasy” is a more than appropriate title for this energy fuelled portfolio of tracks.


08 (No 3) Kamelot - The Shadow Theory3. Kamelot – “The Shadow Theory”

For the past ten years, KAMELOT have been personal favourites of mine and their latest album “The Shadow Theory” reinforces my love for the American/Swedish Progressive Power Metal 5 piece. “The Shadow Theory” contains an array of music that will make your hair stand on end and blow you away. One of the things I admire about KAMELOT is their inclusion of upcoming musicians in their albums. This time round we had versatile vocals from ONCE HUMAN singer Lauren Hart in ‘The Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)’ and ‘MindFall Remedy’. There were also the beautiful tones of BEYOND THE BLACK’s Jennifer Haben in the stunning ‘In Twilight Hours’. Other fantastic tracks included ‘Burns To Embrace’, ‘Amnesiac’ and ‘Stories Unheard’ particularly for their thought-provoking lyrical content and beautiful music.


09 (No 2) Brothers Of Metal - Prophecy Of Ragnarok2. Brothers Of Metal – “Prophecy Of Ragnarök”

The original release of this, from the Swedish warriors, was in 2017 and when I first heard the album, I had it on loop for days. I was excited when they announced the re-release of the album as I could include it in my top ten this year. “Prophecy Of Ragnarök” is a mighty quest of power and sheer determination. Songs like ‘Son Of Odin’, ‘The Mead Song’ and even the sweeping ballad ‘Yggdrasil’ makes you want to sing out loud and run into battle. The excellent song writing, heroic melodies and flawless vocal work between the three different singers will ensure great things for BROTHERS OF METAL. Once you experience the mighty sounds of the Swedish Warriors, there will be no going back. You’ll be shouting AXE TIME SWORD TIME before you know it!


10 (No 1) Dark Sarah - The Golden Moth1. Dark Sarah – “The Golden Moth”

Usually picking a number one record of the year is a tricky feat. It is a task that often takes days, weeks, even months to decide. From the moment I listened to DARK SARAH’s “The Golden Moth”, I knew this was my number one choice. There are many reasons why I came to this conclusion.

Firstly; the vocal power between Heidi Parviainen (Dark Sarah) and JP Leppäluoto (The Dragon). You don’t have to see the videos to hear the soul and passion in their voices, particularly for the story that is told within the record. You can really hear the emotion behind their voices for particular moments in the songs.

That leads me onto the second point why I admire this album. The storytelling. For those who don’t know, DARK SARAH have released concept albums and this is the third one. The third part of the story. “The Golden Moth” is a story of adventure, betrayal and strength. Knowing the story makes the album all that more powerful as you are completely involved and not just scratching the surface. Feelings and emotions are delved into.

Third point. The songs; there is a fantastic variety from the sweeping notes of ‘My Beautiful Enemy’ to the thunderous notes of ‘Gods Speak’. These are also emphasised by the number of guest musicians they used. Netta Skog’s skills on the accordion gave ‘I Once Had Wings’ a fun and bouncy flavour. The vocal powers of Marco Hietala and Zuberoa Aznárez in ‘Gods Speak’ provide that appropriately godly tone the track gives away.

I could explain more reasons why I love this record but there wouldn’t be enough space. The sheer vocal power, storytelling, cinematic musical arrangements and the potential cliff hanger at the end are the reasons why DARK SARAH’s “The Golden Moth” is my number one album of 2018.

So this is my top ten, do you agree with my choices?

I would also like to give an honourable mention to the following albums.

Firstly to the complex yet catchy “The Living Dead” from Heavy Metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER, the thought provoking lyrics and messages in ORPHANED LAND’s “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, the stunning live album “Symphonized” from the talented Anneke Van Giersbergen and finally STORMCAST’s triumphant return with “The Ghost Eater”.

Lotty

Inglorious – II

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INGLORIOUS

II

9/10

Running time: 42:39

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Review by Vikkie “Queen Of Rock” Richmond

 

For a band that seemed to burst onto the scene out of nowhere, Inglorious are certainly doing very nicely for themselves, thank you.  They only formed back in 2014 and a line-up change saw original rhythm guitarist Drew returning to the band earlier this year.  Appearances with such rock royalty as The Winery Dogs, Dead Daisies and Steel Panther have garnered an ever growing fan base and a forthcoming headline tour will see them play across the UK, with some venues already sold out.

Debut album “Inglorious” was well received and catapulted the band into the limelight, bringing with it some anthemic tracks including their eponymously titled anthem.  “II” was eagerly awaited by fans and critics alike, as most second albums are.  So, what’s it like?  Don’t be fooled into thinking, from the introduction of the first track “I Don’t Need Your Loving”, that this is going to be a weak, watery copy of the first album.  After a few seconds, this track literally explodes into a cacophony of funky guitars and raunchy vocal stylings.  Nathan’s voice is in fine fettle and this song will make you get up and dance, for sure.

Third track, “Tell Me Why” is a huge song, with a time signature change just before the end and some startling vocals.  One of my stand out favourites is track four, the familiar sounding “Read All About It”, which I believe has the potential to become the anthem of the album.

There’s a nice, thoughtful guitar intro on “Change Is Coming”, indeed it almost lends itself to ballad territory but again, it segues into a massive sound, rather than the softer song that you might be expecting.  “Hell Or High Water” is a bruising affair that races along faster than Mo Farah in a 5,000 metre race and features some sweet vocal harmonies, underpinned by a strong bass line.

The classic influence is particularly strong on several tracks, not least “I Got A Feeling”, with some killer keyboards coming through.  The album closer, “High Class Woman” begins with a nice riff and some promising drums and the rest of the song doesn’t disappoint with more of those sweet harmonies and lots of attitude.

Basically, if you like your old school rock, such as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, etc, there is nothing not to like here.  “II” is not that big a departure from the debut “Inglorious”, although it does have a bigger sound and clearly there is more experience and knowledge under the collective Inglorious belts.  There are several tracks that match the first album in terms of anthem potential and it’s no surprise that, although the band produced this album themselves, it was mixed by none other than Kevin Shirley, who has worked with all manner of legendary bands including Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden.

It will be interesting to see how album three turns out when it eventually comes, but for now, enjoy the ride and make sure you catch them live.  See you at the front!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. I Don’t Need Your Loving
  • 2. Taking The Blame
  • 3. Tell Me Why
  • 4. Read All About It
  • 5. Change Is Coming
  • 6. Making Me Pay
  • 7. Hell Or High Water
  • 8. No Good For You
  • 9. I Got A Feeling
  • 10. Black Magic
  • 11. Far Away
  • 12. High Class Woman

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • http://inglorious.com/
  • https://www.facebook.com/weareinglorious/

 

 

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Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Vikkie “Queen of Rock” Richmond and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to do adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities

 

Blaze Bayley – Endure and Survive

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Blaze Bayley – Endure And Survive (Single)                                                    Running Time 4:35

Release February 2017                                                                             Blaze Bayley Recording

Single Review by Rick Tilley

8/10

‘Endure And Survive’ is the title track and first single from Blaze Bayley’s forthcoming ninth solo album ‘Endure And Survive: Infinite Entanglement Part II’. As the title suggests this album is also the second instalment of the ‘Infinite Entanglement’ trilogy. This will be released on 3rd March 2017.

I think it’s fair to say that Blaze got a fair amount of unwarranted stick after he succeeded Bruce Dickinson as lead vocalist of Iron Maiden between 1994-1999 and it’s taken him a while to shake off the shackles of those comments, however, in recent years his solo work has been strong and now that he has the fantastic trio of Chris Appleton, Martin McNee and Karl Schramm (or, as you may know them, the British band Absolva) as his backing band then things have got even better and this single proves that.

‘Endure And Survive’ has been written by both Blaze and Chris and they obviously have a good partnership. I already regard Chris as a great songwriter; just listen to any of the Absolva albums for proof of that. This song has got a great riff, it’s full of power, it has a very catchy chorus, Martin’s drums and Karl’s bass are perfect together and last, but most certainly not least, Blaze’s vocals are top notch. He’s sounding better than he has done for a long time.

2016’s Infinite Entanglement was a very good album and it’s good to see the second part due for release so soon. It adds further fuel to the fire that Blaze and the Absolva boys are some of the hardest working musicians around at the moment and a massive World Tour, which has just started, will consolidate that thought.

It’s nigh on impossible to judge a release based on one song but this is an extremely good start and I look forward to reviewing the complete album soon!

TRACKLIST

  1. Endure And Survive

SOCIAL MEDIA

  1. www.blazebayley.net
  2. www.facebook.com/officialblazebayley
  3. www.twitter.com/realblazebayley
  4. www.instagram.com/blazebayley
  5. www.youtube.com/blazebayley
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iep8-Guxmm0&feature=youtu.be (Endure And Survive Video)

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Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Richard Tilley and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to do adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.