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Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage
Directed And Co-Written: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Produced by: Banger Films
2010
Review by Chris Galea
10/10

“I always like to consider us the world’s most popular cult band.”

(Geddy Lee in “Beyond The Lighted Stage.)

Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen have produced a string of documentaries related to Heavy Metal, such as “Global Metal” and “Iron Maiden: Flight 666”. The two are Canadian so it was no surprise that at one point they would make a feature on one of the biggest bands to emerge from Canada: Rush. The duo’s knowledge, passion and dedication for the band helps make “Beyond The Lighted Stage” an engrossing account of the history of this longstanding power trio.

The documentary starts by looking at the band’s roots in Toronto and Ontario. Geddy Lee (bass/keyboards/lead vocals) and Alex Lifeson (guitars) visit the school basement where they first performed live together and where they formed a friendship that would last a lifetime. At the same time, we get to hear audio clips of some very early recordings of Geddy and Alex, which I thought was all quite fascinating.

Both their mothers reminisce on their sons’ first steps into learning their respective crafts. They admit being befuddled as to why young Geddy and Alex were giving music so much attention but ultimately both were quite supportive of their sons’ endeavours. We learn from the documentary that both their families came from harsh background. For example, Geddy’s parents were WW2 holocaust survivors….perhaps that was partly why the band endeared itself to Kiss’ Gene Simmons (Gene’s own mother was a concentration camp survivor).

“Beyond The Lighted Stage” provides quite a comprehensive insight into the band. Amongst other things it discusses the tenure and dismissal of Rush’s first drummer, John Rutsey. Then it focuses on each band member individually in an attempt to learn more about their personalities, motivations and salient memories. The documentary then moves the spotlight onto Neil Peart who, on being recruited as Rutsey’s replacement, had just 2 weeks to learn Rush’s existing repertoire before that line-up’s first gig: in front of 11000 people supporting Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann. Of course, since then, Peart has become a benchmark for aspiring drummers around the world as well as a highly respected lyricist.

The documentary shares lots of amusing stories about life on the road with Rush. Of course it also sheds light on the band’s repertoire, such as “2112”, the crucial album that cemented Rush’s credibility with music industry boffins as well as asserting the band members’ reputation as musicians in the eyes of die-hard fans.

Meanwhile the band is forthright enough to acknowledge that fans don’t always react positively to their albums but this to be expected because Rush never repeated themselves, musically speaking. In fact, as one journalist puts it: “Nobody could really put a finger on what they were.” Curiously that same journalist – who used to host a 1-hour Heavy Metal radio show back in the early 1980’s – is today chief White House Correspondent for Fox News.

Numerous personalities and well-known musicians offer their take on the band and its music….fans, journalists, Rush’s manager, Mick Box, Mike Portnoy, Trent Reznor, Gene Simmons, Sebastian Bach and Billy Corgan amongst many others. Extensive trivia…whether sad, funny or tragic…is balanced with lots of live music and a good deal of insight.

Along with triumphant moments, “Beyond The Lighted Stage” also covers some dark periods in Rush’s history, chief of which was when Neil Peart lost two members of his family in a short space of time. The way the trio handled that situation contextualises the endurance of the band’s line-up. On his subject Les Claypool, Primus bassist, says, “It’s spectacular to see 3 guys tolerate each other for all these years and still make good music.”

While providing convincing arguments on the influence of Rush on contemporary music, “Beyond the Lighted Stage” is primarily about the three down to earth and open-minded musicians that lay behind the music. Neil Peart confesses that Rush was never so arrogant that the guys wouldn’t allow themselves to be influenced by other musicians and by other music. Indeed, he says: “There was no such thing as ‘that didn’t suit Rush’. Those words have never been uttered.”

Another thing that I observed is that Lee, Lifeson and Peart never expected success to fall into their laps. They all seemed to have an ingrained attitude that ambitions could only be attained through hard work and a steadfast determination. In all honesty I found it very hard to pull myself away from the screen, so intriguing is this documentary. And excellently edited too.

The ending of “Beyond The Lighted Stage” is a very endearing and befitting way to round off the documentary. Since its release, Neil Peart has passed away (in January 2020) and Rush is no more but the band’s legacy endures…a factor which might validate Geddy Lee’s description of Rush as a ‘cult band’.

Watch the trailer here:

The 40th Anniversary Edition of “Permanent Waves” by Rush is available now:

www.rushbackstage.com/dept/permanent-waves-40th-anniversary

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Q&A with ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

Q&A with ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

Hello Everyone – Maggy recently got the chance to do a Q&A with ‘The Siren’, vocalist of Lancaster, PA Theatrical Hard Rock/Fantasy Metal band, Illusions Of Grandeur. Big thanks to all of them!

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

This is Maggie, The Siren. I am the vocalist, lyric and melody writer for Illusions of Grandeur. I’ve been in music my entire life. My dad is a musician and when I was a kid, he would take my brother and I to band practice. I started singing, on stage, when I was 4. I was always in chorus, theatre, and musicals. At 15, I was in my first band and I haven’t stopped since.

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

Our band is from Pennsylvania, United States. Metal is alive and well here. Many of our friends are in metal bands. As far as the type of metal we play, I think we do best overseas. They seem to embrace the fantasy metal, costumes, and war paint. Not that they don’t here in the US, the crowds are just way more receptive.

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

Korn – “The Nothing”

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

Korn, In This Moment, Judas Priest, Pantera, Queen, Janis Joplin.

What first got you into music?

Music is like water to me. I need it and couldn’t live without it. My dad is the reason I’m in music. I have so many memories of my dad and music, from going to band practice with him, to trips in the car with the windows down singing at the top of our lungs, to those warm summer days with the windows opened and the music just carrying through the whole house. And, of course, the occasional concert. I’ll never forget sitting next to DJ Kool with my dad, mom, and brothers at a George Clinton and the P-Funk band concert. Music is a part of me. I love it as if it were a person.

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

Korn and In This Moment.

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

Wacken. It’s the biggest metal festival in the world…at least to my knowledge. Closely followed by Rock n’ Rio. I have friends in Rio who have asked us to play there. Not to mention what a beautiful and amazing festival.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

Weirdest…hmmm…that’s a tough one. We have some old mics that we use to record drums sometimes. Forgive me, I’m not sure what kind they are. We also have a twelve-string bass that has made many appearances live with IOG.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

Take nothing for granted! Life’s too short to not be doing what you love. Be kind to your fellow human, and live your life to the fullest. You never know when it will all be over. Live long and rock 🤘🏻

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

Oh goodness, this is always a very difficult question, and now especially since EVH is gone as well.

Dime, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin…I can never pick just one.

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

No More Paying to Play. Anywhere. As if musicians don’t have a difficult enough time thriving, then they have to pay-to-play??? Are you kidding me??? I don’t think people realize everything that musicians are up against and all the money that goes into having a professional band…then you get offered a show and all you have to do is pay $1000 for a headliner spot…wait a minute. Shouldn’t that be based on talent and the bands ability to bring a crowd? I could go on forever about this, but that’s enough. You get my point lol.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power

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

I like them all for different reasons. I still think nothing sounds as good as vinyl, but of course that’s just my opinion. Cassettes are nostalgic for me. When I was a kid cassettes were the big thing, so there is some sentimental value there. CD’s are great merch and a great way for bands to physically put their music in someone’s hands. And downloads are just super convenient for the listener. Unfortunately, the band often gets pushed over on downloads. Either they are free or super inexpensive and the band makes very, very little off of their music.

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

We played a festival in Smila, Ukraine and so far, it was the best. They were the most hospitable and welcoming people. From the moment we arrived, they were nothing short of amazing. We were unaware, but they had built the entire festival around us. They also took us to the centre of their town where they had us plant an “IOG tree”. I’ve gotten word that our tree is healthy and growing well. I think we took pictures after the show for almost two hours. While we were playing, I had women trying to hand me their kids, people screaming for us, and the best part…singing the lyrics even though they couldn’t understand all of them!!! I’ll never forget our time in Smila.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/ taking photos?

I’m an exercise junkie. I work out 6 days a week, for about 3 hours a day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jonathan Davis, Maria Brink, Dimebag Darrell, Tatiana Shmayluk, and Lauren Tate

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Good question. Never had one.

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

Look for our second single, ‘Down’, coming to you December 16th, 2020! Music video to follow. Thanks so much for reading! Rock on! Find us here:

www.iogmusic.com/
www.instagram.com/iogmusic/
www.twitter.com/iogband
www.facebook.com/IllusionsOG/
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/illusions-of-grandeur/347575177
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5iIKuYKBnObOoKBIV78p0H
www.youtube.com/c/IllusionsofGrandeurTV

‘Crossing Over’ (Official Video)

LINE-UP:
The Siren – Vocals
CM – Bass
Taranis – Guitars
Thano – Guitars
Ares – Drums

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Q&A with PARAZIT

Q&A with PARAZIT

Recently, Maggy got the chance to do a Q&A with Kello González, bassist with Guadalajara, Mexico based Virtuoso, Instrumental Prog Metal/Rock Trio, Parazit. Big thanks to them!

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Kello González, bass player for Parazit. This started as an experiment, a project to work on all that music that didn’t fit anywhere else…

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

I live in Guadalajara, Mexico. Loud music is not an easy endeavour, so we try to navigate scenes without much heed to fads or genres.

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

I’ve been listening to Haken – “Virus”, Tool – “Fear Inoculum”, The Claypool-Lennon Delirium – “South of Reality”

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

I’m bass: Cliff Burton, Les Claypool, Flea, Geddy Lee and Justin Chancellor mainly.

What first got you into music?

In middle school I got hooked to Metallica’s “Justice” album. I started playing bass and finally felt like belonged somewhere…

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

Les Claypool, Danny Carey, Tosin Abasi.

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

Resurrection Fest, Hellfest or WOA. But as part of their line-up. 😊

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

Not weird but I’ve got drum sticks, picks, wristbands and a cymbal…trophies from Metallica concerts I’ve attended.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

At this time and age, everyone stay strong and stay safe so we can all put these hard times behind us.

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

Cliff Burton!

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

Royalties from streaming and fair payment for musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rush – “Moving Pictures”

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

All have their pros and cons. Being able to enjoy music is the end goal

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

Rush – Gibson Amphitheater – LA (2012)
Metallica – Foro Sol – Mexico City (2009)
King Crimson – Teatro Diana – Guadalajara (2019)

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/ taking photos?

Making bass guitar cover videos

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mike Patton, James Hetfield, Les Claypool, Maynard J Keenan and Geddy Lee

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haven’t had the pleasure, but the name says cakes, so I’ll go with that.

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

Stay healthy!

www.parazitmx.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/evermetal2017/
www.instagram.com/parazitmx/
www.twitter.com/Parazitmx
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5LaWGNlE5SvG9EX1UO7Qtn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCfcOPAw67UCTeoXhGn9uPNw

‘Asleep Reason Horror’ (Official Video)

LINE-UP:
Kello Gonzalez – Bass
Christian Gomez – Drums
Jose Macario – Guitar

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INTERVIEW WITH KISSING CANDICE

INTERVIEW WITH KISSING CANDICE
‘The New Chapter Of HORROR’
By Stephanie Stevens

Impacting the music world with their brand of metal/industrial music; The demented, chaotic, abstract horror visuals from the bands look to the videos and live stage presence they have brought to stages, Long Island, NY’s KISSING CANDICE is one band you are very unlikely to ever forget.

The band is opening the real gates of Hell with new single/video ‘Tapeworm’. With a refined sound and musical growth, you can hear on their newest track, I believe it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come out of the bands 2nd full-length album!

This is the next chapter into the wonderfully psycho, creepy aggressive world of KISSING CANDICE.

I had a chance to chat with Joey Simpson AKA Aunt Donna, the vocalist and founding member of Kissing Candice. Tom Sciro aka DREAMER, the original guitarist and 2nd vocalist of the band and Mike Grippo aka GRIP the original bassist of the band as we talked more about the evolving growth of the Masks, the growth of the music, the 5 year anniversary of the bands 1st full length album “BLIND UNTIL WE BURN” and so much more

Q: I love talking to you guys because not only do I love your music I adore the creative side you have for the visuals. With that being said I want to jump into the new mask’s look. You guys worked with a few different special effects people. Was this the next level of creating the masks or had you worked with others before to make your older ones?

Grip: Dreamer and myself worked with Jeff Koncor on our masks. He also did Suffront’s, the transition masks, and fan masks! Also, thanks for having us again, it’s always a pleasure!

Joey: I had the honour to work with special effects legend Tom Savini  and his partner, special effects mastermind Jason Baker. They brought the new Aunt Donna look to an entire new level.

Q: How have the masks evolved since last time?

Grip: They’ve only gotten crazier and more intense. But it’s still an evolution. (Shout out to Jeff Koncor who did my mask. Dreamer’s, and the transition masks!) You can still look at us and know who we are.

Joey: With new music comes new masks, new faces , a new sound, a new message. For Aunt Donna, she’s only gotten more weird, more hungry for the bizarre.

Dreamer: The new masks are an evolution of the character we each have built. We just tried to focus on certain aspects that we wanted to showcase in them.

Q: Do you feel the masks are your inner personality to a tee, and if so, does it change your mindset when they are on and you’re performing?

Grip: We kind of like to think of it as a reflection of our dark side…Those sides are the ones that are in control during the performances.

Joey: Absolutely. When the mask goes on the world shuts down and things that matter take a time out (I like to think of it that way). It’s show time. It’s time to do what Aunt Donna wants, what she desires.

Dreamer: For me, it’s definitely some parts of my personality, but not my day to day. It’s super visceral, so it absolutely contributes to when you have it on and how you act.

Q: ‘TAPEWORM’ your newest single creates that signature sound the band has come to be known for. When you started writing the new songs was there any particular part of songwriting you wanted to redefine or focus and how did that process go?

Grip: We believe that on ‘Safe Word’ we found “our” sound. On this one we wanted to hone in on it and refine it while also expanding it with some out of the box ideas. Zach Jones has been a game changer for our sound.

Joey: The band flew out to a house in Vegas for 3 weeks along with our producer Zach Jones. In that time frame writing was amazing, It was such a creative experience in so many different ways. Things I can’t even describe unless you were in that room. So different than any other studio time we have had. The only thing I will say is, it all came together the way it was supposed to!

Dreamer: The recording process was one of my favourite experiences in being in this band. Totally open minds, some ideas, head time and living in the studio for a month. It was a super creative and fulfilling experience and I was able to just go to all the places I’ve heard in my head, whenever I wanted. We wanted to just make a unique, honest and raw record that we loved. We did just that.

Q: Your 2nd full-length is on the verge of coming out and with the chaos of 2020, you had some extra time to really perfect everything. Did you change anything drastically or swap out any songs for others when you went back and listened to the album?

Grip: We were really happy with how the album came out. This time has given us the opportunity to seek out some guest vocalists to add (a first for us), have Maor Applebaum master the album, and focus on creating more visuals for the release. It was really just slight refinements that make a huge difference. Nothing was cut or added…just made a little bit better.

Dreamer: No, it was pretty much smooth sailing on that front. We messed with mixes and mastering, but like I said before…we made a record that we love.

Q: I know you guys love pushing the limits and love evoking emotion, especially in a visual way. With the ‘TAPEWORM’ video did you guys have to pull back the reigns of the horror/gore aspect at any time because of the fear of being censored?

Grip: There have been times we’ve stepped back and been like “WHOA, this is too much to put anywhere on the internet without having it pulled down”. But that wasn’t the case with ‘Tapeworm’. We knew the song was dark and we needed visuals that represented it. I’m much more worried about our next music video being censored!

Joey: YES!! Some of the original shots I wanted to do would have been censored for sure. It’s very hard to market something over the top gore HAH!

Dreamer: Not at all. We don’t care lol. Just went for it. If we like it, we do it.

Q: How hard was it shooting the video because of all the policies, rules, etc due to Covid and if you shot in NY?

Grip: We shot at The Meat Locker in NJ…and hey…we’ve been wearing masks for years!

Joey: Lucky for us it was a small, closed set with the band crew and some close friends that helped make this video possible.

Dreamer: It’s always a hassle for video stuff in general, we just had a few extra steps. But I genuinely thank everyone that was a part of it to allow it to happen!

Q: 2015 was the last time you put out a full album. In between, there have been EP’s and singles to keep your fans full of your amazing music. What made you feel it was time for another full-length?

Grip: It’s been way too long. We’ve wanted to do this for a long time but have been in between record labels. We finally decided we don’t care, and we will crowdfund it and pull the rest of the money out of our own pockets to see it happen.

Joey: We just knew it. It was time to shed the old masks. Shed the old sound and release the beast.

Dreamer: We had been wanting to do one for a while, but things just kept coming up. We were definitely long overdue.

Q: Along with new masks is the storyline for the new album anything conceptual or does it have a common thread to each of the tracks and does the music incorporate what your masks mean to you?

Grip: There are a lot of different concepts on the album. This is us exploring what we can do with our sound and vision. We just wrote what felt best with Zach and then recorded it.

Joey: I’ve been saying from the beginning of making this album, it’s really not an “album“. It’s more like a horror movie. I can’t explain. But when you hear it front to back you will understand !

Dreamer: The new album is just a mouthpiece of things happening today.

Q: 2020, you are celebrating the 5-year anniversary of your 1st full-length “Blind Until We Burn”, is there anything you are doing to commemorate it?

Grip: Yeah! When the album originally released, the samples had to be cut, the artwork changed, and a song removed. So, we are doing a super limited 5-year anniversary edition strictly pressed to vinyl and cassette!

Q: Have you guys had any plans on releasing a live stream show for your fans and what is your view on these as we all know touring is off limits at the moment?

Grip: We’ve kicked the idea around but with everyone living in a different state at the moment it’s hard to pull off with all the restrictions.

Joey: The live music world is on a hard pause, for how long no one has a real answer. A live stream? Hmmm you’ll have to wait and see.

Dreamer: We are still considering that for something in the future.

Q: In the past have you guys auctioned off your older masks or stage clothing for fans? Any funny stories about that?

Grip: Yep, I have sold off all my old stage gear and masks. It doesn’t mean a whole lot to me to keep it on a shelf in my bedroom, I would rather use the money from that to move the band forward. Also, there are fans out there who cherish it way more than I do, and it means a lot to me they are able to own a piece of something they are so passionate about! Funny stories? I sold 20 of my bloody BUWB era V-Necks to one person in bulk for super cheap haha!

Joey: My buddy Austin has bought every Aunt Donna mask I have ever worn. It’s amazing he now owns more OG masks then I currently own haha. Also, Gavin & Johnny have this amazing place called the KC Kave. Look it up. I can’t even begin to describe it.

Dreamer: Someone owns Grippo’s stockings. Lol.

Q: If you could sum up 2020 in one sentence what would it be?

Grip: Do I really even need to shower?

Joey: “FUCK THIS SHIT” – Super Humman.

Dreamer: Garbage.

Q: What is the biggest misconception people have about the band KISSING CANDICE?

Grip: That because we wear masks, we are like every other band with masks. We are different. Or we do it because we think a gimmick will help sell it. It’s a way of conveying emotion.

Joey: Everything.

Dreamer: We aren’t Slipknot or Mushroomhead.

Q: What is the best way right now fans and music lovers can support your band?

Grip: STREAM ‘TAPEWORM’ ON SPOTIFY ALL DAY! Also, join us on Community where you can directly text with the band and we do a ton of free giveaways. The first 2 texts are automated sign up texts but from then out it’s all us! You can get in on that by just shooting a text to,

+1 631-206-5808

or going to
www.my.community.com/kissingcandice

Also! You can pick up the limited edition 5-year anniversary of BUWB here!
www.kissingcandice.com/store?category=BUWB+5+Year

Joey: www.kissingcandice.com/ – music , Merch and more!

Dreamer: Buy merch, buy music, anything that links back to us.

Q: Empower another artist and tell us why they inspire you?

Grip: Trent Reznor. I don’t think he needs empowerment because he just got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However, his inspiration on me has been enormous since I was a child. He is so progressive with how the industry works and is insanely creative. Definitely my musical idol…also he brought us Marilyn Manson…and then a feud with Marilyn Manson!

Joey: Honestly Post Malone. He started out at the bottom. Everyone gave him shit, talked shit, looked down on him. He never gave up and didn’t let anything stand in his way. Now he is one of the biggest names in music.

Dreamer: Scythe Gang 666, because Zabb is the softest in the game.

The End

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‘Tapeworm’ (Official Music Video)

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EMQ’s with ANABELLE

EMQ’s with ANABELLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, England based Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist Anabelle Iratni. Huge thanks to her 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?

Howdy! I am Anabelle. Vocals are my main instrument, but I play the modern lyre, piano, keyboard and violin (badly!). I also own a folk harp and a kalimba – but those are just for fun! Alas, aside from being in Devilment, I have a couple of huge things I’m a part of, but I can’t say what they are quite just yet! As for me personally, I’m a classically trained vocalist (mezzo-soprano) with a Bachelor’s degree in Music as well as an MA in Ethnomusicology.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a gift for my birthday! There is even a mockumentary about my life – you may have seen it – it’s called: ‘Annabelle’. They changed the spelling of my name for confidentiality reasons. Alas, mine is spelled with one ‘n’ – like anal!

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

I’m from good ol’ London in the UK. It’s a hubbub of musical activity, but I must admit, it has been dwindling as of late. A testament to the impossible property costs in London.

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

I recently released an orchestral version of ‘Lost in the Shadows’ by Kobra and the Lotus. I’ve collaborated with some great artists this year, such as Gate Master, Ward XVI, Ramage Inc. and WinterheartH. I’m gutted as news and releases for me have been delayed because of the cataclysmic wonder of 2020, but I can say that a project that has been 3 years in the making is nearing release! It involves Charles Edward Alexander Hedger (Mayhem, Imperial Vengeance, former Cradle of Filth) Frank Skillpero (Shining, The Monolith Deathcult, Incantation, Dictated) and myself!

‘Lost In The Shadows’ (Orchestral), originally by Kobra and the Lotus

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s difficult to say! Musically, I’ve always been drawn to performance or character instead of vocal styles. I remember an awful singing lesson where my teacher said I sounded like a silly warbling mess! I was trying to ‘mimic’ a singer I’d heard on YouTube; a common problem among many vocalists, I find. So, I stepped back from obsessively listening to how other people sounded, instead, I delved into experimentation (paired with technical expertise from my vocal teachers) to ‘figure out’ who I was vocally. To name a few influences along the way: Klaus Naomi, Danny Elfman, Salvador Dalí…but above all, my crippling anxieties!

What first got you into music?

Music has always been in my life quite strongly; I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t there. I recall being in the garden as small child playing with two sticks, pretending they were a violin. I had a brightly coloured chunky keyboard as a bubba, as well as an old-school Yamaha keyboard and I’ve been in choirs for as long as I can remember. I had an interestingly rich cultural upbringing: – my nan is Italian and would always be playing obscure ‘folk’ music; my father is French/Algerian and would listen to French pop, Rai or Iron Maiden; My Italian/British mother loved dance, techno and 80’s music – I’ve always been entrenched in a cacophony of different music. It’s quite the fusion!

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

Honestly, I’d be happy to collaborate with anyone that will have me! The opportunity to create and do what I love is always welcome. Though Devin Townsend is definitely on the list. I’d love to do something relating to my North African heritage.

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

Hands down, it would be Bloodstock festival. I have a deep connection with it as it was the first festival I’d ever attended. It would feel like ‘returning home’.

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

Aside from the occasional artwork, I haven’t received anything that would make a monkey blush. However, I must admit, I do find it weird that people have taken the time to sketch MY mug!

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

I doubt I have any fans, haha! A simple nugget of advice I would give is simple: don’t be an asshole. You never know who someone is or who they know, treat everyone you meet with kindness. Be compassionate, be kind, to both yourself and others.

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

Freddie Mercury! Love me some Freddie.

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

I love performance, singing is when I feel truly alive. Being on stage, I feel the thrum of life – it’s one of the only times I feel connected to the world and my physical body. I absolutely hate egos! Ugh.

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

It’s important to remember that it is industries, a complex nexus of disciplines that is subject to commercial and economic imperatives. Any music business is a sophisticated network, and things created by humans, often reflect back societal constructs in some form or another, such as, misogyny and sexism. I’ve been sexually harassed and touched inappropriately during interviews, followed to my accommodation, treated as if I’m stupid and generally not taken seriously being a woman in the industry. Worst of all, I despise being judged on my looks rather than my abilities, to be overlooked or criticised for ‘not being thin enough’ or ‘not being sexy enough’. We need to be aware that metal in particular is not a sanctuary where no inequality exists, this line of thought is as dangerous as the act of sexism itself, or any other blind spot that leads to marginalisation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oooft, just one?! That’s like asking which finger I’d prefer lopped off. This is a trap; I will not fall for it – I’ll immediately regret whichever one I choose!

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

I have no real preference! Growing up quite poor, I didn’t have the luxury of owning much of anything! As long as it can get it into thine ear canals.

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

For me, it’s ‘ the moment’ where I knew undoubtedly that music is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was a school music showcase in high school, I was around 16 years old at the time and no one had heard me sing solo. Teachers encouraged me to sing something on the programme as they knew my aspirations to go onto study music academically. I remember totally bricking it, clinging onto a toilet bowl for dear life an hour before the doors opened. I remember the moment my name was called and I stepped onto the platform behind the microphone shaking like a leaf. I remember when the piece had ended, the room was dead silent, an electricity hung in the air…there was a good 10 seconds where everyone just stared at me, completely shocked at what just came out of my mouth, before applauding. I’ll never forget the feeling, I felt alive! I wanted to jump back on the podium and do it again and again and again. I got a mention from the headteacher in the school assembly the next day. I’m grateful for that moment, to have the affirming feeling of my purpose.

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

A psychologist, for sure! I love the human brain; I find it fascinating. I’ve drawn on psychology a lot in my ethnomusicological research.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

First, I’d hold a necromantic ceremony, as half the people I’d invite have long since passed. Such as the legend Danny Kaye, Julia Pastrana and my recent budgie, Scruffy. Undoubtedly, I’d invite Sir Patrick Stewart, I have an unconditional love for him. My ultimate ambition is to meet him, hell, even collaborate with him! Katya Zamolodchikova too. Can I invite a dinosaur? I think that would be cool. A dinosaur, a drag queen and Captain Picard – sounds like a right knees up!

What’s next for the band?

Follow me and stay tuned for big announcements 😉

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

www.instagram.com/anabellexiii/
www.facebook.com/AnabelleOfficial/
www.twitter.com/AnabelleXIII
www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwaeBpPx0MUaRZUcxySM7g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It says cake in the name, so…

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

My eternal thanks to Richard and Beth and the Ever Metal team for their unwavering support. I have a couple of huge announcements on the way, so please follow me to find out what the hell it is I’m up to!

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Fractal Generator – Macrocosmos

Fractal Generator – Macrocosmos
Everlasting Spew Records
Release Date: 15/01/2021
Running Time: 42:18
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Greetings and salutations, dear friends! I trust I find you busily subverting the Church of lies and its nefarious teachings? Yes, yes, I know it is Sunday evening and ‘I’m A Celebrity’ is on and if you’re from Gogledd Cymru you’re very excited because its being filmed at Gwrych Castle and you might get a glimpse of those two tiny Geordie psychopaths PJ and Duncan or Liz off of Coronation Street. That’s no excuse. Myself, I prefer to flagellate myself with twigs of gorse whilst looking at pictures of Saoirse Ronan and tighten my Satanic cilice around my thigh a couple more notches rather than watch that lowest common denominator shite. I like it when the red water comes out…

And I have appeared to happily happen (pleasingly alliterative) upon an album that is a mightily satisfying soundtrack to all manner of self-punishment for the Devil’s benefit. Yes, I am currently blasting my brain to jelly with Fractal Generator’s latest offering and it is a jolly splendid piece of experimental death metal with the odd tinge of black and industrial just for shits and giggles. Hailing from fuck knows where because their Facebook “About” section is in binary (subsequent investigation says they are from Sudbury, Ontario so they are based in Canada. Allegedly – This could be deliberate misinformation and they are really a bunch of extraterrestrial robot assassins) and this already has my antennae quivering. It is well known that I am a big fat sucker for showmanship and gimmickry and performance and Fractal Generator do not disappoint in this regard, being mere numbers with a visual aesthetic not unlike Watchmen’s Looking Glass character, being faceless and masked in mirrored fabric. All’s going well so far then. How’s the music?

Fuck me, this music is savage. FG appear to have harnessed the sheer violence of The Berzerker, toned down the sheer insanity of those worthy Australian nutters and formed some kind of mesmerising new hybrid of death metal and atmospherics. You have all the elements of classic DM – earthshaking guttural vocals, the kind of drumming that should not be physically possible by a human drummer and some spiky as fuck riffing, but added to this there are electronic passages, strange little guitar parts that add a quality of uneasiness (discordant notes and strange chords) to the music and quite frankly the most fucking demented piece of cello playing I have ever heard and will ever likely be played. Cello played at death metal speed? FUCK YEAH, BABY!

The opening offering on this possibly magnum opus is also the title track and begins (briefly) with the sound of Leviathan (if you’ve watched Hellbound: Hellraiser II you’ll know what I’m on about) before dispensing with the pleasantries and just launching itself teeth first at your throat and hanging the fuck on in there for the next 42 minutes, ripping and tearing at breakneck speed with mechanical servo noises whining as it struggles for purchase on your blood soaked body. This is not a record that is in any way subtle, even though there are some quite sublime moments on it. The ultraviolence of the opening song and title track is staggering, with keyboard and industrial noise overlaying the kind of classic death metal not heard since Deicide were still good. Add into that some interesting key changes and the vocal interplay between 040118180514 and 102119200914 (no, this is not some of the usual stream of consciousness bullshit that masquerades as my sense of humour. This is actually the given names of twin vocalists and bassist and guitarist respectively. The drummer is called 040114090512, fact fans. There will be a test later.) Nine songs in (‘Ethereal’) there is a step change from sheer battering speed and a more mid tempo grind comes into play, with an intro that is very reminiscent of Emperor in their later days, until the middle eight after the solo where the band have clearly downed a shit load more billy and decided to get on with it again and the speed builds to some utterly magnificent death metal riffing over single piano notes, which ends the album in an excellent fashion. My personal highlight though, is track two, entitled ‘Aeon’, which isn’t so much a song as a musical journey through all manners of extreme metal from proggy Emperor style riffing to pure unadulterated death metal, to some of the heaviest industrial I have heard to almost romantic black metal. To pull that off without it sounding like four songs in one is fucking staggering, technically speaking and as a really, REALLY shit guitarist it just makes me want to cry like a little baby because it is absolutely fucking insane and I would lop off testicles to have written and played it. And it is faster than a trip to the lavatory after eating California Reapers too. And possibly equally as painful. ‘Contagion’, four tracks in, is another fine song with echoes of “Chapel Of Ghouls” era Morbid Angel in the keyboards and a little proggy guitar riff just to get your attention.

Both vocalists also go straight for the jugular. Each appear to have a throat made out of gravel, pitch and barbed wire and both emit tarry, sepulchral grunts capable of removing faces at three hundred yards. There’s no fucking about from either of them and this is to their credit, because I have missed the absolute war and thunder of a proper death metal vocal. However, the one demerit I can find on this record is the production, which is best described as “rudimentary”. The bass is extremely difficult to hear, even while wearing cans, and the guitar is sometimes a bit choppy. The drums are ok though even though I could only really hear the crash cymbal properly and sometimes the more experimental sounds overwhelm the rest of the music. Funnily enough, though, I cannot say it is a bad thing because Fractal Generator and their music have made me develop this idea of them and their music in my mind, which is some kind of amorphous biomech hellbeast, rotating slowly through forms, sometimes organic, sometimes mechanical and sometimes both but always absolutely lethal and supremely dangerous. And this idea has come about because of the visceral nature of the production as well as the different musical styles welded together on this most mighty of records.

It’s safe to say I’m a bit of a fan. This is extreme metal as it should be played. Crushingly, stupendously heavy, ballcrushingly intense, staringly demented and savage and absolutely fucking unmissable. To see Fractal Generator and The Berzerker on the same bill would be sex wee central. Luckily for the Hounds of Smell and Mrs. Dark Juan and the good burghers of Elland, this time I have rigged up a sex wee extraction system and underground pipeline to large storage tanks off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. I had a feeling that there might be floods.  Yet another band have utterly fucked up my top ten of the year and now I’ll have to do it AGAIN. Thanks, numbers. You’re fucked if you

think I am typing those again in this review, boys. Assuming you are boys. There’s no way of telling with those masks. Anyway, well done, assumed gentlemen. Well done.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Le système breveté d’évaluation des éclaboussures de sang Dark Juan pour les Canadiens Francaises. De rien) awards Fractal Generator a humungous 10/10 for a record that has excited it as very few records do. It would have been hundreds of millions out of ten but Esteemed Editor, Metal God, and Mighty Smiter Of Dickhead Record Reviewers Rick “Fists Of Steel” Tilley said I’m not allowed to do that anymore.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Macrocosmos
02. Aeon
03. Serpentine
04. Contagion
05. Chaosphere
06. Shadows Of Infinity
07. Pendulum
08. Primordial
09. Ethereal

LINE-UP:
040118180514 – Bass, vocals
102119200914 – Guitar, vocals
040114090512 – Drums

LINKS:

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The Damnnation – Parasite EP

The Damnnation – Parasite EP
Xaninho Discos
Release Date: 10/11/2020
Running Time: 16:06
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Do you know what makes me happy in the early hours of the morning? The answer is waking up with a song glued in my mind and ideas being whispered into my ear (hello schizophrenia), ready to write a review of a debut release! Yes, I love to write about debut albums/EP’s and follow the evolution of a band after that, but today we have a slightly different situation. As I have already said, in previous reviews, I give my entire support for a band, no matter if it is a young one or a famous one. If I realise that I am investing my time in a professional group, then it is all ok for me. Amateurs can go away! Therefore, I hope you are all well, safe and also ready to understand my ideas! This is another fail, on my part, to try and write a good intro, sorry boss! (It’s a perfectly good intro Victor – Rick)

The Damnnation (yes, it does have a double ‘N’, because it is a mix of Damn and Nation, as Vocalist/Guitarist Renata Petrelli already explained in the band’s EMQ’s interview) was created last year with three musicians that have good experience with other bands, including tours in Europe. This experience has helped them to compose mature songs, with well thought out arrangements and a good production. Good balance! Yes, there is a good balance between all the instruments and the sound which is crystal clear but dirty!

The song ‘World’s Curse’ was not randomly chosen to open the EP. It was the first single released and it showed to the world the face of this young, new-born band. Even with a different line-up at that time, it is perfect to understand their musicality. Firstly, simple but catchy riffs. You get all the heaviness and speed that a good heavy Metal bands should deliver, thanks to Cynthia Tsai who smashes her drum kit without mercy and the independent bass lines of Camis Brandão which bring an extra punch to this track. The melodies from Renata ’s guitar, also her solo, are a great highlight on the band’s sonority. I really loved it.

The current line-up hasn’t changed the band’s spirit, in actual fact, bassist Aline Dutchi and drummer Leonora Mölka have helped the band’s evolution and it is notorious for what you hear from ‘Apocalypse’, the second track, until the end of the EP. Again, the melodies and all guitar work from Renata, together with the excellent bass work from Aline, is brilliant. They perfectly complement each other. As for Leonora, the word that came to my mind most while I was listening to this was versatility. Of course, she also hits hard and doesn’t let the speed diminish, but her work with the hi hat, crash, ride, and china cymbals brings a kind of simplicity in the midst of all the blast beats and fast stuff, that is very well thought out.

The title track has clean guitar and also acoustic guitar, in a perfect ‘Fade to Black’ (Metallica) style, but don’t be fooled, this is an extremely heavy song. The rhythmical cadences along with good double kicks and strong bass brings a good and dark atmosphere. The main difference here is that this song makes you feel like Amon Amarth members are banging their heads while playing ‘The Pursuit of Vikings’. Is this enough for you to enjoy this track? I hope so! The closing song ‘Unholy Soldiers’ is a mix of all elements that I’ve mentioned so far, with a good and slow distorted bass intro that progressively gains speed and heaviness. This time I felt that the song leaves more space for Renata’s vocals, with a good interpretation of what happens inside the mind of a profane soldier.

As mentioned before, The Damnnation’s members have brought good experience from all their years on the road. If you ask me about the highlight, I will answer that there is a positive aspect that goes further than just talking about the musicality. For me, freedom is what I believe is the most important definition of this EP. Freedom to explore vocal lines, work on melodies and mix different styles into the same song. As a consequence of this freedom, you can hear an incredible EP from a band with just one year of existence. Can you imagine what these three women are going to achieve on a complete album? While we wait for that, listen to “Parasite” without fear.

TRACKLISTING:
01. World’s Curse
02. Apocalypse
03. Parasite
04. Unholy Soldiers

LINE-UP:
Renata Petrelli – Vocals and Guitars
Aline Dutchi – Bass and Vocals
Leonora Mölka – Drums

LINKS:

Photo by Jessica Mar

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EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Metal band, Broken Calling. 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?

Jack: Drums.

James: Bass & Vox.

Martin: Guitar, the crowd and questionably vocals too (I’m just Connors’ hype guy).

Connor: I’m the guy with no musical talent whatsoever apart from being pretty decent with my mouth.

Callum: Guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jack: It’s a reference to an old band that four of us used to be in, we thought we had found our calling. Turns out that was bollocks.

Martin: It looked like one of them cork boards from a detective movie, so many ideas. Most of them terrible. I mean we nearly went with Bison, but none of us are packing enough to pull off jeans that tight…

Connor: We were almost called Bison but then we came up with the idea that we had a Calling in a previous band, and that was Broken because it all went to shit. So Broken Calling was our way of getting over that, like how batman used his fear of bat’s and stuff.

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

Jack: I’m from Kent where the scene is pretty dead, but I live in London now and it’s pretty sick up here.

James: South Kent; it used to be alright, but it has significantly deteriorated over the years and become a ghastly pop punk and ska cesspit.

Martin: England and no one’s playing right now so the scene is non-existent. Apart from that there are healthy pockets of alternative culture. Most of the time they don’t have the money to go to shows though…

Connor: I’ve pretty much been around the scene in London/Kent for a while and it’s had moments, but right now because of Covid it’s slowly up the creek without a paddle. Here’s hoping we can come back to shows.

Callum: I’m from South Kent and the scene is pretty dead, everything is going up to London where the scene is healthier.

What is your latest release?

Jack: ‘Redemption’. An angry song about current situations.

Martin: It’s a socially conscious song about the struggles of today’s political climate and how we can manage it in a way everyone can agree with. Honestly. Boris’s new walk out tune, he’ll love it.

Connor: Our new single ‘Redemption’ is a giant F-U to the government and how they have ballsed up this entire year, and even had the gaul to blame us for it. But yeah, I reckon Boris cranks it up.

Callum: The new single Redemption, heavy riffs, hard-hitting lyrics and we got Lord Faarquad to commence the mosh.

‘Redemption’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack: My greatest influences have been John Otto, Chris Adler, Eric Moore and Tony Royster Jr.

James: Drewsif Stalin, Beyond Creation, Karnivool – it’s important to have a generous blend of technical groove.

Martin: The OG… Mr Grohl, Jim Root, caffeine, my tripawd dog, and honestly any music that makes me wanna play.

Connor: Linkin Park, most MySpace metal core, my Mum, Dad and Honey Jack Daniels.

Callum: Killswitch Engage, Mick Thomson, Suicide Silence, Gojira and Dethklok, a good heavy riff can’t be beaten.

What first got you into music?

Jack: My dad used to have a guitar lying around that I would pick up when I was about 5 and just make noise on. Then as I got older, I wanted to piss the neighbourhood off, so I got drums.

James: I grew up around it since my Dad was the drummer for The Charles Dexter Ward Experience (once one of the most popular goth bands in Kent). Started on drums because of him, but over time I gravitated towards bass and now I have a fully-fledged Degree in music!

Martin: I blame Raphael. Not the turtle, My childhood best friend. He played, so being an insecure 11-year-old, I wanted to play too. Then it became an obsession and there went my education. I might have been a biochemist if it wasn’t for that mustachioed git…

Connor: My Dad introduced me to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen of all things. Then he let me buy “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park. I was already singing in school, so I just started singing to rock songs and preferred the melodies to pop. Joined my first band in ’09 and the rest is drunk history.

Callum: I’ve known James for years, he dragged me along with getting into playing music, we were always trying to make each other better at playing and so he’s now stuck with me.

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

Jack: Probably Mark Morton. His riffs are sick.

James: Drewsif Stalin; Dj0nts for dayzzzzz.

Martin: I’d love to do something with the guys from Nothing More.

Connor: After their latest release, definitely Bring Me The Horizon, because I don’t know what would happen, but it would probably sound dope.

Callum: Misha Mansoor would be amazing to collab with, the djent is insane.

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

Jack: Coachella, so we could melt some commercial faces.

James: Whichever festival means I don’t have to suffer surviving in a tent.

Martin: Rock in Rio. Possibly the biggest crowds in the world and come on man Brazil!! who wouldn’t?

Connor: Download, my fave festival, and I’m with Jack on playing Coachella, that would be an experience.

Callum: Knotfest, so many big names, it would be so much fun.

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

Jack: The Flu.

James: “Is ThAt An EiGhT StRiNg BaSs?!” ngl, I love it.

Martin: Not sure if it counts as a gift but someone bought a ridiculously sweaty thong off me straight after I had played a show wearing it. I hope you are a happy smiling bearded man, wherever you may be.

Connor: One of my friends gave me a Milkybar Chocolate bar halfway through a set, to be honest the mid gig snack was a nice thought.

Callum: Getting decked in a moshpit almost straight away.

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

Jack: Spread our music as much you can and don’t let anyone tell you’re replaceable.

James: If you’re thinking of playing an instrument, go with Bass – it has so much untapped potential.

Martin: Hiiiiiiiiiii!!! Hopefully, I can come jump on you all again soon.

Connor: If you can’t love yo’ self, HOW IN THE HEEELLL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE! Can I get an amen up in here! Also don’t let the bastards get you down, you’ll be fine.

Callum: you guys make the shows amazing, can’t wait to see you at the next one.

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

Jack: Vinnie Paul.

James: None; everyone is too busy focussing on the people of the past and ignoring the greats who are in the making today.

Martin: Chester. There is only one, all other Chester’s are inferior.

Connor: Definitely Chester Bennington.

Callum: Mitch Lucker, I’ve always wondered what more he could’ve brought to the deathcore scene.

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

Jack: Being a drummer and being a drummer.

James: (Pro) Your band becomes a friend group, and ultimately family. (Con) I get ill after EVERY SHOW…thanks pathetic immune system.

Martin: Love it all except. No money, no sleep, no time, no clothes, broken things, James dying, Connor snoring, my feet and McDonald’s. For real though the only thing I dislike is being disabled after a run of shows because I was a bit over zealous in causing myself grievous harm in my youth and I still haven’t learnt to hold back.

Connor: Love the shows, the people and making music. I hate the fact that sometimes people can be very selfish and bitey. There’s enough room for everyone if you let people in, gatekeepers can do one.

Callum: Love playing shows, hate the pre-show anxieties.

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

Jack: definitely the price per stream that artists make. It’s a joke.

James: the extreme reliance on border-line porno like music videos in modern pop music…people need to actually listen to the music, not just gaze at the titties.

Martin: The over reliance on acts that are past it. No offence Bruce but you can’t headline Download for the hundredth time, go have a nap. Or you’ll end up like our James.

Connor: Definitely would change the amount of money musicians make per stream and just for music in general. It’s literally pennies.

Callum: Everything shifting to being online, yeah, it’s useful to listen to music and watch shows but you lose the experience of being there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jack: Lamb of God – “Ashes Of The Wake”

James: Fields Of The Nephilim – “Mourning Sun”

Martin: Frequently changes but right now Night Verses – “Lift Your Existence.”

Connor: Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

Callum: Bury Tomorrow – “The Union Of Crowns”

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

Jack: Vinyl for sound, Downloads for convenience. CD’s are dead.

James: Vinyl for me, but only because I grew up surrounded by it – the sound quality is superior but boy, the price is often ridiculous.

Martin: CD’s for collection because only hipsters have vinyl players (and the sound difference is negligible apart from added scratches and pops.) Download for actually listening to music. Headphones are a must because I’m nice to other people like that.

Connor: I’ll listen to anything if it sounds good, I’m pretty simple.

Callum: Downloads for the convenience, CD’s for the collection.

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

Jack: our second show was at Facedown on Halloween and we tore that venue a new one. We dressed as Mario characters!

Martin: As just a sheer victory the last show before lockdown. I had finished a twelve-hour shift and had an hour to get to London. I made it in time for change over, we ripped the roof off, I climbed into the roof. We did a photoshoot and none of us caught Covid. All round victory. (*note from James* – I still got ill, just nothing interesting)

Connor: Definitely our EP show with our mates in Sidelines! Just a massive night of great music and great hangs.

Callum: Gonna have to agree with Jack and say Facedown, it showed just how hard we could go and bring in the crowd.

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

Jack: I used to be pretty sick at rugby and was going to play at county level, but I was spending too much time on music, so I gave it up!

James: I’d have most likely ended up going into working for a model railway company helping to manufacture model trains and related items (I’m a real-life train nerd, no joke, I love trains). I’ve been part of so many exhibitions and even helped out in some overseas places.

Martin: I’d probably be a lot more financially stable let’s be honest. Music’s been such a big part of my life for so long I’m really not sure, the only equal driving passions have been science, history parkour and family. So, some weird blend of the above?

Connor: Probably in a skip, but I’d have more money than I do now.

Callum: Probably something using chemistry, maybe pharmaceuticals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack: Ewan McGregor, Eminem, Mickey Flanagan, Chandler Bing, Donald Trump.

James: Dave Filoni, Josh Zerkaa (or literally any Sidemen member), Bill Bailey, Courtney LaPlante, LifeOfBoris!

Martin: Binging with Babish, David Eric Grohl, Derren Brown, Russell Howard and Maynard-James Keenan (You know he would bring the best wine).

Connor: Gordon Ramsay, Corey Taylor, Mark Hamill, Mike Shinoda and Frankie Boyle.

Callum: Jeff Goldblum, Joe Duplantier, Jared Dines, Oli Sykes and Harrison Ford.

What’s next for the band?

Jack: We have some new bangers in the pipeline which I think we may drip feed as singles to keep us relevant and in people’s ears. We’re gonna do a proper vid for ‘Redemption’ as soon as lockdown is over too.

Martin: Hopefully surviving the pandemic. My live music rehabilitation unit keeps telling me one day at a time but honestly. These twitches are getting out of control.

Connor: The same thing we try to do every night pinky, try to take over the world.

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

ALL OF THEM!!!! (Even tinder)
www.facebook.com/BrokenCallingUK/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jack: they suck whatever they are

James: By definition and also by Law they are a cake; This is because they go hard when they are stale rather than soft. Plus, there’s different Tax regulations for cakes than there are for biscuits (btw Jack, hating Jaffa cakes is the highest form of Heresy)

Martin: I concur with Jack. The best snack to go with a hot beverage is foxes golden crunch creams and I will fight anyone who disputes that fact in true renaissance duelling style (frilly shirts compulsory) (*note from James* – Donuts are better, I therefore challenge you).

(*note from Martin* – I accept your challenge. I choose squirtle and attack you with surf. Suck it donut boy!! Oh wait, your donut has dissolved, mwahahaha).

Note to both of you: Custard Creams rule all.

Connor: Whatever it is you can have it, not a fan.

Callum: Jaffa Cakes get boring after the first 2, there are much better cakes out there, put the Jaffa Cake down and get some cheesecake, treat yourself.

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

Jack: People = Shit. Fuck racism.

Martin: Behave through the lockdown so we don’t have to socially distance any more…Please…I miss hugs…and sweat.

Connor: Go check out the new single ‘Redemption’ and like our socials! Otherwise we kill the puppy.

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Putrid Offal – Live at Hellfest 2017

Putrid Offal – Live at Hellfest 2017
Xenokorp
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Running Time: 28:15
Review by Rick Eaglestone
7/10

It doesn’t need me to point out the obvious reasons why there hasn’t been much live music year and I know that I’m not the only one who marked up their calendar in 2019, ready for all the festivals this year, only to either cross them off or forget to do that and when the time comes to reveal the next month seeing the reminder of what could’ve been…

Yes, there’s been livestreams, but even then they haven’t been entirely straight forward so when I threw my hat into the pot to join the Ever Metal family I was very pleased indeed to learn the band I had chosen to review have a newly released live album as I had only been playing their latest studio album “Sickness Obsessions” last month. In fact, the latest studio album contains a DVD with the full set of this show.

It is highly fitting that Putrid Offal chose this show as it their home country after all. The album wastes no time starting, it is straight in with the frenzied ‘Livor Mortis’ and the gut wrenching ‘Purulent Cold’.

The lead single from latest album ‘Let There Be Rot’ slices back into 2015 and revisits the track ‘From Plasma To Embalming’.

The absolute highlight for me is hearing ‘Repulsive Corpse’ I love the guitar work on this track it’s been my favourite track of theirs since I first heard it, and nothing has changed.

Skull Pounding alert here for ‘Necrotic Mutilation’ which is followed by shortest track of the album ‘Gurgling Prey’ which has drumming very reminiscent of incredibly early Slayer and both ‘Rotted Flesh’ and ‘Organic Excavation’ have a great death gore throwback feel to them. Finally, the set ends with a short savage attack in the form of ‘Suffering’.

For a live album “Live At Hellfest 2017” is incredibly short but having watched the actual live performance it is the full set, as it was performed. This is a shame as I would’ve liked to hear a few tracks from the early splits, in particular ‘Obscurum Per Obscurius’ and maybe a little more crowd noise/interaction for the real live feel.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Livor Mortis
2. Purulent Cold
3. Let There Be Rot
4. From Plasma to Embalming
5. Repulsive Corpse 2:51
6. Necrotic Mutilation
7. Gurgling Prey
8. Rotted Flesh
9. Organic Excavation
10. Suffering

LINE-UP:
Franck Peiffer – Vocals
Philippe Reinhalter – Guitars
Frédéric Houriez – Bass
Laye Louhenapessy – Drums

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