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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, NY Melodic Death Metal band The Last Reign! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

We are The Last Reign and we play Melodic Death Metal. Brian, our guitarist and songwriter, started the band back in 2015. Paying homage to bands of the 90s such as In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates, hoping to capture that classic sound again which doesn’t exist as much today! Within a year and a half we released our debut accompanied by a two week tour. 2019 marks the return of the band after a 2 year hiatus with a new line-up aside from founding member, Brian.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was derived from a few different ideas, but came out quite naturally. First and foremost is our way of fighting to bring back the classic era of melodic death metal. The second is more personal and comes from my own ‘last reign’ so to speak as a person that is willing to put 100% into an original act one last time.

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

We are from the USA (Buffalo, New York). It’s such a big country, and in our area the scene really depends on your flavour of metal. I’ve seen Persefone travel in all the way from Andorra and play for 35 people, and Slipknot play for almost 14,000. We do get a pretty constant stream of touring acts but often we may have to drive a few hours to another city or state. Metal rarely hits the open radio in my experience, but the community is strong in this age of the internet.

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

“Prelude” (EP) was released on October 11 and much to its namesake contains two songs that will continue to evolve and will appear in their final form on our sophomore album “Evolution,” which will be out summer 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Every band member has their own personal influences, but the band as a whole is very much inspired by 90’s In Flames / Soilwork / At the Gates.

Vince: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Ray Herrera (Fear Factory), and Henry Ranta (Soilwork).

Brian: Queen, Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Seth: Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Brad Smith (Blind Melon), Jim Wynne (Buffalo NY local legend)

Adam: Johan Lindstrand of The Crown would probably be my greatest influence as far as the vocals are concerned, something about his style and placement of his vocal lines always spoke to me. Also, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity has also always been one of my favourites.

What first got you into music?

Vince: My dad was a guitar/bass player and I grew up going to his wedding band and jazz club gigs. He got me set up with a drum set and lessons as a kid, and made sure I had gear and transportation through high school and beyond.

Brian: At a young age, I was around my older brother a lot in the late 80s/early 90s. He was constantly listening to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and I haven’t looked back since.

Seth: I started out playing trombone at a very young age, essentially everyone in my immediate family plays something or have at some point. I picked up the bass and began to teach myself about the age of 14, I wanted an instrument that I could bend and even break the rules on.

Adam: I would have to give credit to my brother for getting me into music, he would frequently blast music on his home stereo system when I was younger. There was always something playing like Metallica, Def Leppard, or Aerosmith. Definitely not my favourite bands these days but everyone starts somewhere.

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

Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est!

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

Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany because it is one of the largest metal festivals in the world and it sounds like an incredible experience.

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

Sadly, I can’t think of anything to date, but hopefully that will change.

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

Just keep listening and sharing. The scene is oversaturated due to the ease of releasing music which makes it even more difficult to be heard.

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

Chuck Schuldiner, incredibly talented musician. I will always wonder what the album after “The Sound of Perseverance” would have sounded like.

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

I love that I actually get to create! So many hobbies are of consumption, be it a Netflix binge, browsing YouTube, or even sharing memes around. Playing music can be cathartic and rewarding for sure. That said, it’s a very resource intensive hobby, the amount of money, time, and effort that goes beyond just actually playing an instrument. It really is a labour of love and is difficult to expand the hobby into a career.

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

Download and Streaming! Although there are many benefits to the medium, I feel it causes people to not appreciate music as much as they used to. Gone are the days where you’d buy an album or two and listen to that album to death whether it was good or not. Nowadays, you get 30 seconds in to a song that isn’t great and you just move on to the next album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Vince: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”.

Brian: What Vince said!

Seth: A Perfect Circle – “Thirteenth Step”.

Adam: The Crown – “DeathRace King”. Although, I gotta hand it to my bandmates, “Scenes From A Memory” is a great album as well.

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

Vinyl all day!

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

April 27th, 2017. It was the final night of our tour and what a show to go out on! It was one of those rare instances where not only all of the bands were solid, but the crowd full of energy for the entire show. It was a sight to behold.

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

Vince: I would probably be the biggest badass in the world…of Warcraft.

Brian: Graphic Designer.

Seth: Working on my car/motorcycle collection.

Adam: Studying geology, mainly volcanoes.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince: Ola Englund, David Maxim Micic, Devin Townsend, Keanu Reeves, Chris Pratt.
Brian: John Cusack, Guy Pearce, Sven de Caluwé (Aborted), Jimi Haha (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon).

Seth: Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Seth Rogan, Steve Vai, Maynard.

Adam: Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Brendan Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen (Nightwish). I know that’s six, don’t care.

What’s next for the band?

We are hard at work on our sophomore album, “Evolution.” Through the rest of 2019 we will be fleshing out the last few songs and entering in to pre-production, with tracking and mixing planned for early 2020.

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

We primarily use Facebook and Bandcamp to communicate and share our music, but we’ve recently started up on Twitter as well. We also have our music available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play music, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/thelastreignmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thelastreign/
https://thelastreign.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/588LSViuxUlGIwSwDYKPrk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe in the states the closest term would be a cookie. Our biscuits are more what would be called a scone overseas!

 

 

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Atmospheric Black Metal Project Arx Atrata! Huge thanks to Ben for taking part!

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

I’m Ben from Arx Atrata, an atmospheric black metal project from the UK, playing music inspired by acts such as Coldworld, Winterfylleth, Sojourner, Lustre, Agalloch, and many others. Currently it’s a studio project that started almost a decade ago, with the third full-length release coming out last month.

How did you come up with your band name?

That has been long forgotten sadly! Choosing names is a difficult business and inventing something in Latin was one way of finding something that hasn’t already been taken. It roughly means “blackened citadel”.

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

I am from the UK and as I’m sure you’re aware, it varies a lot depending on where you are and what particular music you’re into. It seems to me that festival attendances are doing well but smaller gigs are suffering and it’s tough for bands to get shows. There are so many great acts across the UK but almost all the bands I know struggle to book gigs. So, it’s a mixed bag.

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

The latest album came out last month, titled “The Path Untravelled”.
https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/album/the-path-untravelled

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a hard one to answer as I’ve always tried to weave many different aspects into the music. My background is more from the UK doom scene so the distinctive leads and harmonies of acts like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride play a large part in how I approach composition, but from the black metal side I’m inspired by how bands like Winterfylleth, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, or The Great Old Ones can create furious-sounding music without compromising on memorable riffs and motifs. And there are bands that transcend the boundaries – Agalloch, Primordial, early Woods of Ypres, Empyrium, October Falls – these acts have always motivated me to blend different styles together in a cohesive way.

What first got you into music?

When I was a child I remember being interested in pop music, like many of my peers. I was given a keyboard by my grandparents which sparked some interest in composing my own works. As I approached my teens I started to develop more discerning taste, and at some point got the foolish idea that I could learn guitar and be in a metal band. Now, it’s a couple of decades later, and I’m still learning guitar! But with a handful of albums and EPs released across various projects I can at least say the process has been productive.

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

I am in two other bands – Twilight’s Embrace (http://www.twilightsembrace.com) and Fjords (https://www.facebook.com/fjordsofficial/) – so it could be said that I’m already collaborating. But, while both those bands are just as important as Arx Atrata, there are things I can do with my own project that are not possible when you have to take other people into consideration. So for this, I prefer to work alone!

That said, I’d love to get to release split albums or CDs in future. I particularly like the idea of both acts writing with the other band’s music in mind to come up with a release that is a cohesive whole.

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

Arx Atrata is currently not a live act – but if it were to become one, I’d love to perform at some of the interesting European festivals. Prophecy Fest in Germany is held in a cave, which sounds like a unique experience. We could probably turn the reverb levels down for that show.

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

I have never received a gift from a fan!

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

Not so much our fans, but I think the one thing I’d like metal fans in general to know is that bands really need your support. Musicians of today have more reach than ever before but see a lot less reward for it. Bands can have thousands of listeners on Spotify, but can’t get shows because only 10 people show up for local gigs. Buying merchandise is better than nothing, but I don’t think we really want a world where being a musician is mostly about buying and selling artwork and t-shirts, trying to fit in gigs and songwriting on the side. So I’d say – go to the shows, buy the records. If fans don’t support musicians, nobody will.

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

It would be a difficult choice between Pete Steele of Type O Negative and David Gold of Woods of Ypres. Either way, we’d get another morose album with a distinctive baritone vocal delivery and there aren’t enough of those.

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

The best thing and the worst thing is playing live. When it goes well, it’s amazing. But there’s a lot of preparation and pressure too. And too many shows see you playing to tiny crowds for free, leaving you wondering whether it’s worthwhile.

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

I don’t think the music industry needs to change too much at all. What needs to change is the internet industry being able to get away with ripping musicians off. If you go on YouTube, there are hundreds of thousands of songs uploaded without permission, each with thousands or sometimes even millions of plays. On Blogspot there are tons of pages with links to illegal album downloads hosted on ad-supported cyberlockers. So all these companies selling ads are making money, the website hosts are making money, but the musicians who make all this entertainment just have to suck it up and become t-shirt salesmen. That’s what needs to change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden! In hindsight that was probably the midpoint between their more radio-friendly earlier material and the ever longer and more progressive work that followed, and the balance was struck perfectly. The title track is a masterpiece, one I’d like to cover some day.

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

There’s a big clamour for vinyl and cassettes in the black metal world these days and I find it fascinating, especially as someone old enough to have grown up with cassettes and who was grateful to make the move to the superior-sounding CD’s! I don’t think I even have a hexagonal pencil to hand if I needed to fix a cassette’s prolapsed innards today. Vinyl is a nice format for collectors, especially given the opportunity to really showcase the artwork, but from an audio engineering point of view it’s almost impossible to get a vinyl to sound as accurate to the original material as a CD or a download would. Downloads are pretty unexciting but at least they’re not unleashing more plastic on the world, so you can support bands that way and boost your environmental credentials at the same time.

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

Arx Atrata hasn’t played any shows yet, but with my other bands Twilight’s Embrace had a great outing at Bloodstock many moons ago, while Fjords made a lot of new fans at the Warhorns Festival in 2018.

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

As with almost all musicians these days, I am already doing other things! If I tried to pay the bills with my music I would have starved or frozen to death, depending on whether I started in summer or winter respectively! My day job is as a computer game developer, so I’m lucky in that it’s a relatively creative field, and that I can afford to cover my costs as a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties, so nobody!

What’s next for the band?

Not much, to be honest! The traditional thing is to release an album and then play some shows to support it, but with that not being an immediate option for Arx Atrata, the agenda is looking pretty bare. Maybe it’s time to find some live musicians to help me out!

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

The music can be streamed and bought at the Bandcamp page: https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/

Important updates appear on the homepage:
http://www.arxatrata.com/

And occasionally other news will be reluctantly added to social media channels – https://www.instagram.com/arxatrata/
https://twitter.com/arxatrata/
https://www.facebook.com/ArxAtrata/ .

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, depending on the context!

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

Thank you Ever Metal for asking the questions, and thanks to the reader for getting this far! Please check out “The Path Untravelled” at our Bandcamp link above. And if perhaps you’re into more of the melodic doom/death/prog type of metal, keep an ear out for the new Fjords video and record which are coming out this month – you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

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EMQ’s with SANGRE

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EMQ’s with SANGRE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles based Metal band Sangre! Huge thanks to vocalist Henry Sanchez 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?

Henry Sanchez and I am the vocalist/frontman of SANGRE. I’ll give you a quick rundown on our history; we created this band in the summer of 1999 in the city of Pomona, California. We started out playing a few cover songs and a couple originals in backyard parties all over Southern California and soon were performing at local bars and eventually clubs/venues around L.A. & Hollywood. Over the first 5 years there were a number of line-up changes, first drummers, then bassists and guitarists leaving myself as the only original member of the band. We would continue to evolve and move forward and bigger opportunities would present themselves to us via our relentless approach to playing shows and promoting our band in the streets and with the introduction of social media to a nation and worldwide audience. In 2009 we became a Jägermeister sponsored band and immediately began making in impact within the companies music program, earning a slot on the 2010 & 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, a direct support slot in 2013 to Latin Grammy Award winning Rock band MOLOTOV on their U.S. Tour, and A slot on Welcome To Rockville 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Our band has toured throughout the United States many times, Mexico, and most recently Europe and the UK where we performed at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. We’ve shared the stage with the biggest names in Heavy Metal and are always ready for more.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were brainstorming for a name and weren’t satisfied with anything until our original guitarist’s sister said, “how about Sangre?” And we all looked at each other and knew it was the name we were looking for. A cool sounding name with a ton of meaning behind it! First of all it’s a Spanish word meaning “Blood” and we are all of Mexican descent so it has that connection with us. Secondly the meaning of it runs deep, literally runs deep within every one of us no matter what race you are, what culture you come from, gender, religion, whatever it is that makes us different, BLOOD or SANGRE connects us universally since the beginning of time. No matter how different we are we share that, just like music it can connect us no matter how different we all are.

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

We are from California in the United States. Here the scene varies from state to state, but overall there’s always been an underground Metal community everywhere you go. We have a decent number of Music Festivals but they are more Modern/radio Rock heavy with some Metal bands sprinkled in here and there. Nothing like Europe and all the Metal festivals they have over there.

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

We will be releasing a new album on December 13th 2019 titled, “Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte” (translation is: Stronger Than Death)!
We released an official music video for one of the tracks off that forthcoming album; that song is titled ‘Death March’ and can be seen on our YouTube channel.
http://www.Youtube.com/SangreOfficial
Or direct link to that video:
https://youtu.be/lPk2EepQsNY
Also, that song, along with some older tracks are available via all streaming platforms including Spotify, Google Play, Napster, Deezer etc.…

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences in Heavy music are Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Chino Moreno (Deftones), Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Tom Araya (Slayer), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Maynard James Keenan (Tool), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).

What first got you into music?

My mom and her constant playing of music around the house for as long as i can remember! I grew up listening to my mom sing along to Motown & Oldies (Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, WAR, Tower Of Power, etc.…) I would sing along as well and got into pop and hip hop in the 80’s. In elementary school I joined the school choir by default (my 5th grade teacher was also the choir teacher so she was the first one to show me how to sing properly). Throughout my teenage years I did freestyle rap battles and would eventually get introduced to Classic Rock and Early Metal via schoolmates. Went to my first hardcore show at a local church to see a band that some of my friends played in whose members would go on to perform in bands such as Bleeding Through and No Innocent Victim. Eventually got really into heavier music and taught myself to sing and scream by listening to a solid rotation of Slayer, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Alice In Chains and Tool.

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

Honestly there are too many to name but I would like to rock a track with Cypress Hill. One of my favourite hip hop groups of all time and I befriended Sen Dog a couple years ago while touring with his Rock/Rap fusion group “PowerFlo”. It would be an honour to collaborate with Cypress one day.

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

Well SANGRE has come a long way since our humble beginnings and we’ve had some great opportunities and have played some big festivals but there’s always bigger ones and room to grow our fanbase all over the world. I’ve been super fortunate to have performed all over the world at some of those huge festivals performing in front of thousands but with another band that I perform in and under an alias (which I can’t disclose at this time) but i would really like to get SANGRE to that level and would love for Sangre to perform at Resurrection Fest in Spain, Graspop Metal Meeting or Wacken Open Air in Germany. Those are all huge festivals!

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

Next question… lol!

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

Support local & up and coming bands because we all start somewhere. Every big band was once a local and your support means the world to us!

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

This is a tough question because there are so many whose lives were cut short at a young age but I think I’m gonna say I’d bring back Lynn Strait (Snot). His band was on the brink of exploding and their album “Get Some” is still one of my favourite albums from beginning to end, it’s so underrated. I’m sure he and Snot would’ve become one of the biggest bands in the world had his life not been cut short.

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

I enjoy performing music, creating is cool too but can be a pain in the ass sometimes. It’s that moment though when you finish creating a song is when you get that amazing feeling and then you can’t wait to perform it live and see others reactions to it. What do I hate? Can’t really say I hate it but let’s just say it is frustrating when politics and people with ill intentions do and say things to try and give you or your band a bad name. It’s unfortunate some people focus so much attention on trying to give others a bad name when at the end of the day we are all in the same struggle of trying to achieve something bigger for ourselves and our bands.

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

Change it back to how it used to be when album sales actually made you money and record deals mattered. I don’t know man, everything evolves and we just need to learn how to evolve with it to become and stay successful.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”

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

It depends on how you listen to music. At home vinyl is king, best sound quality and great to have those big pieces of art (album covers), CD’s were great sounding and more convenient than cassettes but now days downloads are the easiest to take your music with you anywhere you go.

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

Personally i got to perform in Japan @ Loud Park Festival which was amazing but that was with my other band, also Wacken was Great!

With SANGRE though our best would have to be the 2010 Rockstar Mayhem Fest although it wasn’t with all the current members it was the situations surrounding the gig is what made it great. Performing at the biggest outdoor venue in our hometown area in front of at that time the biggest crowd we had ever played for and the line-up was amazing aside from us there was Hatebreed, Lamb Of God, Korn, Rob Zombie, Shadows Fall, Chimaira and more! It was an emotional and overall amazing day for me.

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

I would probably be working a dismal job but working as an artist on the side because we know how difficult it is to become a successful artist and actually make a career of it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Depends on what kind of party we’re talking about lol

What’s next for the band?

As for what is next for SANGRE, we will release the new album December 13th and from there we are planning to do some touring in support of it worldwide if we can make that happen. We are definitely setting our sights high for the next touring cycle!

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

As many as possible, our official website:
www.SangreMetal.com
Also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp, and all the streaming outlets!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They seem more like a donut to me. Hahaha!

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

Thank you for giving me this opportunity and platform to talk about my band, Sangre and our new song and forthcoming album. Also a big thank you to our fans old and new that support a D.I.Y. band like us, YOU ALL keep us pushing for bigger and better things and we can’t wait for you all to hear the new music we’ve created. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Slovakian Symphonic Metal band Symfobia! 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?

Our band name is Symfobia and as the name reveals, we play symphonic metal. The band was founded in 2007 by our keyboardist Feri Molnár but the band is really active from 2013 when singer Erika Strečková and drummer Vandy Prokop joined the band. It took three years to record our first album “Way Of The Queen”. Since 2015 the band has been actively performing on stage.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Symfobia was created by our keyboardist Feri and there isn’t a big story to it. It’s a pure satirical antagonism!

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

We come from Slovakia, which is located in Central Europe. Since Slovakia is a small country (about 5 mil.) and rock/metal music is definitely not a mainstream, it’s not very easy for rock and metal bands to get in front of the proper audience. Still, there are some good bands that don’t give up, play and bring great music to their fans. We travel to the neighboring Czech Republic quite often where there is a bigger rock and metal music scene.

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

We released new album Smog Of Tomorrow on 2nd of March this year. It includes 11 songs and a bonus track – a song in the Slovak language. The new album is all about majestic orchestral arrangements, prominent guitar solos, choir parts and of course two main female vocals in the foreground. SOT brings a strong message of igniting a change in the minds of each and every person to become conscious beings in the real, offline world and reminds us to always stay vigilant and fight off lures of media stealing our attention from what is really important in life. We have released four video clips from this album, most recently this summer, to our song ‘Bury It’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Certainly Nightwish, Within Temptation, Therion, and Epica! But basically all the good old bands from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Queen to AC/DC and we could go on and on. Every music genre can be inspiring; each decade has brought something new. What is interesting about Symfobia is that the age range of the members is from 20 to 61 years. So we all grew up on something else. I have to mention that besides rock music many of us are interested in classical or film music. One of the big influences for our keyboardist Feri is Hans Zimmer.

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

Our biggest dream is to tour at least for once with a symphonic orchestra.

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

We have already played at all big festivals in Slovakia and Czechia. This year, we were the only Slovak band on the main stage at Masters of Rock but we would definitely love to play at some festivals in Scandinavia where there is the biggest audience for symphonic metal.

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

There were actually several “special” gifts we have received. Unsuccessful drawings, underwear, postcards, lighters, “magic” stone, photos, etc. But, of course, every gift will always please us or at least cheer us up.

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

Live in love for yourself, for others, and for good music.

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

With all due respect, I don’t think we should pull the dead back to earth. Everything has its meaning and death too. If someone is no longer on this planet, it is useless to think about what it would be if he/she were alive.

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

We love traveling to concerts, meeting new people, seeing new places. We love the feeling when we stand on the stage and fans enjoy the concert with us. We love it when someone tells us that he found something in our lyrics that touched him and changed his mind or behaviour. We love to be together as a band, create, record, work on Symfobia. I don’t think any of us don´t like being a musician. It’s just hard to be a musician and make a living from music. But we can´t do anything about it, except that we will try and work more and more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For our Keyboardist – Stormwitch – “Beauty And The Beast”!
For our Guitarist – Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”!
For our Bass Guitarist – Deep Purple – “Burn”!
For Simona and our Drummer – Dream Theater – “Octavarium”!

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

Every era has brought something new and all four are great in something. Vinyl has a great sound but you can’t put it in your car. On the one hand, downloading is great because you have music fast on your computer from the comfort of home, but there’s something missing. Something that you can touch, look at, smell, put on your shelf. And this is how we could continue. It is great that we live in time when we can choose what suits us the best with so many options of listening to music.

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

We´ve played some really amazing gigs and I can’t pick the best. I can mention some and say something more about them. One of the strongest moments we have is from 2015 when we were the opening band for Nightwish. This concert was officially our second concert in the history of the band so we didn’t even know what to do on such a big stage. I remember there were about 9,000 people and I thought I’d fall away from fear.  A year later we played another gig with Nightwish but we had a whole year of performing behind us, so we really enjoyed the gig. The other gigs to remember are joint concerts with bands such as Therion, Arch Enemy, Powerwolf and major festivals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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

Neither of us is just a musician. We all have a job outside the band besides our drummer William who is still studying at the college. Our singer Simona is a deputy at high school, our keyboardist Feri does business in agriculture; other boys work in engineering and construction. Our guitarist Peter used to have a great rock bar for many years, from where all Slovak musicians know him. I used to teach at art school for 3 years but in the end I decided not to teach anymore. Besides playing in the theater, I´ve started my new career as a photographer last year.

What’s next for the band?

By the end of the year we have a few concerts in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Next week we are shooting a new video clip and hopefully we will make another one by December. From the new year we will start a new tour with the Slovak band NoControl in the Czech Republic and from March another tour with the Czech legend Citron, also in the Czech Republic.

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

Like every band we use YouTube for our music videos, you can also find us on Spotify, Amazon music, Facebook or Instagram. On social networks we really try to be in touch with our fans, announce news, ask for opinions, ideas, sometimes we prepare some competition where we give away free concert tickets or our merchandise. As a majority of our fan base comes from outside of Slovakia, we are really grateful for living times when internet exists.
https://symfobia.sk/
https://www.facebook.com/Symfobia/
https://www.instagram.com/symfobiaofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtl56TgM8nsrZSNz_0S5P5A/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care, I don’t eat it 

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

Thank you very much for the interview and we wish all readers all the best and lots of good music.

 

 

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Sorcery – Necessary Excess Of Violence

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Sorcery – Necessary Excess Of Violence
Xtreem Music
Release Date: 20/08/2019
Running Time: 44:33
Review by Mark Pritchard
10/10

A couple of weeks ago the awesome team at Ever Metal, of which I am a part of, put a list up of bands for possible reviewing. I looked at all the bands and among 3 or 4 other bands that caught my interest was Sorcery. I really like the name ‘Sorcery’ and I was very happy that I got the go ahead for these guys as well as the other bands, I have been listening to their recent album “Necessary Excess Of Violence” for the past week two weeks straight and I tell you what, this Old School Swedish Death Metal band don’t half blow your mind with their pure intensity from start to finish, I sit here writing this review drinking a cold can of Monster trying not to headbang otherwise I would forget what I want to write but one thing I can definitely say is that I am utterly enjoying “Necessary Excess Of Violence”.

Each day, while I have been listening to this, the words ‘let up’ are not in my vocabulary. ‘Sorcery’ come at you hard and fast with no chill at all on this album. With the history the band have, even though there have been a few line-up changes since their origin in 1986, they still have two original members and you can feel all their experience being there in all of the tracks. That experience, passion and dedication to their cause for the past 33 years and counting is right within all of the vocals, the drumming and in the guitar/bass playing, I don’t just hear the music they have made for this album but also their history and I tell you what it makes me feel honoured to be able to listen to them and to be able to review them!

When you have Tommy on Drums, Johan & original member Paul on Guitars, John on Bass and the other original member Ola on Vocals you have a line-up that, in a way, grabs your head and forces you to headbang and that is something that listeners won’t be able to help but do due to the intensity these guys play at! If there was such a thing as an intensity scale then Sorcery would smash it to pieces. This album might as well have the quote ‘Welcome to Headbanging Central’ stamped on the album booklet.

Now for the rating part of the review, during the time I have had to be able to listen to “Necessary Excess Of Violence” it has been a hugely enjoyable experience and, as a result, the only rating I could give this album is 10/10, I can’t see any fault at all with this and the album has become one of my favourite death metal albums and one of the albums I am honoured to have reviewed, I want to say a huge thank you to the band as well as Ever Metal for the opportunity to do this review.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Stellar Circle
02. Where We Were Born We Will Demise
03. The Darkest Part Of You
04. Of Blood And Ash
05. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark
06. Death Is Near
07. Illuminate
08. King Of Nothing
09. Year Of The Plague
10. Language Of The Conqueror

LINKS:
http://sorcery.se/
https://www.facebook.com/sorcerydeathmetal/

 

Sorcery Photo 2019

 

 

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Buckcherry w/The Treatment & Rocky Kramer – The Tivoli, Buckley, North Wales – 01/11/2019

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Buckcherry
w/The Treatment & Rocky Kramer
The Tivoli, Buckley, North Wales
01/11/2019
Review by Alun Jones

It’s ridiculous how long it’s been since I last wrote a gig review. Time to end that drought with a write-up of a great band in one of my favourite local venues: yes, it’s the mighty Buckcherry at the Tivoli in Buckley, North Wales.

Yes, you read that right – US rock’n’roll giants Buckcherry were playing the Tiv. This legendary venue has welcomed many amazing bands over the years, and happily I’ve seen quite a few of them. Also sadly missed quite a few too, so I was determined not to miss this gig. Tickets were snapped up, super quick style.

The Tivoli was buzzing on arrival, the place was already busy and best of all – the main bar was open! Opening band Rocky Kramer had already started their set, so I grabbed a beer with my compadre, Ben the Swede, and checked them out.

Rocky and his band were very professional, and obviously extremely capable musicians. It was a bit melodic and keyboard heavy for my personal tastes, but they seemed to go down well with the already excited audience.

https://www.facebook.com/rockykramerofficial/

Up next were UK rockers The Treatment. This was a more gutsy affair altogether: their hard rock was energetic and brash; the sound bringing favourable comparisons to a certain massively successful Australian band that I can’t quite remember the name of… It’s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock’n’Roll, but The Treatment put on a great show that carried them far.

https://www.facebook.com/TheTreatmentOfficial/

Buckcherry have never been afraid of rock’n’roll. They seemed something of an anomaly in a post grunge world infested with sportsgear-wearing New Metal, but they stuck to their diamond-encrusted guns. And thank God they did. Opening with a thunderous version of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like A Hole’, their set was overflowing with swaggering anthems.

‘Lit Up’ was obviously a highlight, but the whole gig was an electrifying performance. Sadly, I missed the classic track ‘Crazy Bitch’ when I went to the bar (I know, please shoot me) but made it back for the encore of ‘Say Fuck It’, a gloriously foul mouthed monster that finished the night off.

My only complaint was that the gig seemed maybe 15 minutes too short – hence my poor bar visit timing. I thought we had a good half an hour left. No complaints though, Buckcherry put on a fully entertaining testament to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll that was worth every penny.

https://www.facebook.com/buckcherry/

And finally, well done again to the Tivoli, who managed to stage something of a coup and host yet another world-class band! Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/The-Tivoli-Venue-111869355544823/

Rick Here:
Big thanks to Alun for this review which was first published on his blog ‘Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub’.

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Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle

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Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle
Svart Records
Release Date: 30/08/2019
Running Time: 44:23
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Right, about time I got back to business with these album reviews for my pals at Ever Metal. But how do you define the indefinable? ‘Cos that’s basically the issue I’ve had with this review (not writer’s block, honest)! Comparing Wizard Rifle to other bands in myopic, lazy journo style just doesn’t seem to cut it with these guys.

There’s too much going on with Wizard Rifle’s self-titled album to accurately pin down a clumsy similarity to someone else. It’s a mixture of loud, obnoxious metal, post rock, screamy hardcore punk and grungy sludge; with waves of psychedelic beauty tying it together.

Despite the unholy wall of noise that the band produce there are just two of them – guitarist/vocalist Max Dameron and drummer/vocalist Sam Ford. That’s a hell of a racket for just two people. They’re not short of ideas either, as the genre blending demonstrates. Maybe that’s an advantage of just two minds, rather than several – Dameron and Ford display some ingenious telepathy weaving their creations together.

Loads of energy too – ‘Rocket To Hell’ (great title) is a glorious, shouty opener, and ‘Caveman Waltz’ is a possible contender for Riff of the Year. It chugs like a drug fuelled locomotive trying to jump the Grand Canyon.

There are only five songs on this record, but as none of them are under seven minutes in length, there’s plenty of value for money. The guys have learnt to expand a song and explore its possibilities in a way that keeps the ear engaged. Like on the 12 minute epic ‘Funeral Of The Sun’, which stretches out hypnotically but loses none of its heavy intensity.

Wizard Rifle are from the Portland, Oregon area – which as it’s the Pacific North West, must surely be Big Foot country. So, I’m gonna coin a lazy journo phrase and label this sound Big Foot Rock. Remember, you read it here first. And yes, when this band are huge and Big Foot Rock takes over Western Civilization, I’ll be claiming the royalties for inventing that label.

Big Foot Rock T-shirt, sir? That’ll be £19.99. “Now That’s What I Call Bigfoot Rock, Vol 1” vinyl compilation? Just £27.99! Can I change a fifty? Oh, keep the change? Thank you very much!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rocket To Hell
02. Caveman Waltz
03. Beneath The Spider
04. Funeral Of The Sun
05. V

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/wizardrifle/
https://www.instagram.com/wizardrifle/
https://wizardrifle.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3fbN5GpluBevEzrhObR97w

 

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‘Diamonds In The Dust’ – Ones You May Have Missed! – 2019 Album Round Up Part One

‘Diamonds In The Dust’ – Ones You May Have Missed!
2019 Album Round Up Part One
Reviews by Paul Monkhouse

This year has been an absolutely bumper year for music and has seen a veritable tidal wave of superb releases. It would have been very easy to miss some great new recordings by bands large and small. Now, we don’t want you to miss some potential crackers so here’s a round-up of some of the best that are well worth checking out…

 

01 The Bloodshake Chorus - Live At Epic Cover

The Bloodshake Chorus – “Live At Epic Studios”
Independent
Released: 06/2019
8/10

East Anglia’s favourite rocking ghouls released this live album to great acclaim earlier this year and it truly catches their raw edged shows. Imagine, if you will, the perfect house band for The Munsters or The Addams Family and you get the idea of what these guys sound like, all psychedelic fuzz, 60’s covers and a truly entertaining show that will both thrill you and get you singing with happy abandon. Some off-kilter choices such as ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’, ‘Jolene’ and ‘Delilah’ are superbly twisted but it’s on the soulful interpretation of ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ that the band, in particular singer JJ Darby, shine showing their more artistic side. They may have been shunned by ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ after going down fantastically well in the studio but The Bloodshake Chorus will most definitely have the last (maniacal) laugh.

https://www.facebook.com/TheBloodshakeChorus/


The Body

Whitesnake – “Flesh And Blood”
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 10/05/2019
8/10

David Coverdale has always been one of the finest singers in rock and after the highs of his relatively brief tenure with Deep Purple he has gone on to conquer the world with the hard rock colossus that is Whitesnake. Purists may prefer the late 70’s / early 80’s classic line-up that produced some of the most exciting bluesy hard rock of the era but things change and it was with the ‘1987’ album that saw the band really take flight. The hard rock template produced by that album has been pretty much adhered to over the years and this new release is more of the same but also is one of his best since that particular record was released. Whilst the line-up seems to have rotated on a constant merry go round and there is a really audible roughness in DC’s vocals on the first track it seems like the current mix of guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra have really upped the ante and the album bristles with some later period classic Whitesnake raunch and roll. The old swagger is back and the tongue in cheek single ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’, rockers ‘Trouble is My Middle Name’, ‘Get Up’ and in particular the laid back mainly acoustic ballad ‘After All’ are just some of the highlights on the release. A real grower and one that proves there’s still plenty of life in this particular ‘Snake.

https://www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official/


03 Barbe-Q-Barbies - Borrowed Time Cover

Barbe-Q-Barbies – “Borrowed Time”
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 07/06/2019
9/10

This Finnish five piece shows that girls can rock just as hard as the boys and the album is jam packed with some truly brilliant party-ready hard rock and attitude. This isn’t dumb heads-down full-on metal but has a sense of melody and dynamics that shows a huge grasp of both instantly catchy songwriting that is imbued with real intelligence. With tracks like ‘Diz-Funk-tional’, ‘Alive’, ‘Made Of Scars’ and ‘Borrowed Time’ this has to be one of the best albums you’ll hear this year.

https://www.facebook.com/barbeqbarbies/


04 The Treatment - Power Crazy Cover

The Treatment – “Power Crazy”
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 22/03/2019
7/10

The Treatment have come a long way since they formed in the world famous academic environs of Cambridge eleven years ago and their brand of classic hard rock has seen them tour with the likes of Kiss, Motley Crue, Status Quo, Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Steel Panther and Buckcherry amongst many others. “Power Crazy” is the quintet’s fourth album and their first with vocalist Tom Rampton who replaced the departing Mitchell Emms two years ago, the band gelling quickly and producing some of their strongest material on this set. Opener ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ sets their stall out with a number that takes its cues from the great AC/DC and could well point this album to be the perfect one to listen to whilst the Aussie giants work on their latest opus due next year. This isn’t to say that the band either ape Angus and Co or are derivative as that is far from the case, they have produced something that is full of all the best bits of the bands you love wrapped around some terrific songs and performances. ‘Bite Back’, ‘King Of The City’ and ‘The Fighting Song’ are worth the price of admission alone and there are another nine barnstormers to get your teeth into. Let’s get rocked!

https://www.facebook.com/TheTreatmentOfficial/


05 The Dead Daisies - Locked And Loaded Cover

Dead Daisies – “Locked And Loaded”
Spitfire Music
Release Date: 23/08/2019
7/10

Line-ups don’t get much starrier than The Dead Daisies. Having had past or present members of (amongst others): Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Journey, Guns n Roses, INXS, The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent and Motley Crue in their ranks they can truly boast some of the biggest names in the business. This latest album is equally as stellar and is a collection of cherry-picked studio or live takes of some of the greatest songs in rock history, played by the various versions of the band since their inception. To hear them rip into such songs as ‘Midnight Moses’, ‘Fortunate Son’, ‘Rocking in the Free World’ and two Beatles numbers in the shape of ‘Revolution’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ is an absolute joy. Somewhat foreshadowing events, they also tackle ‘Highway Star’ and now can boast having Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes join them following the recent departure of Marco Mendoza and John Corabi. Who knows what they will cover with ‘The Voice of Rock’ now fronting them, but, if it’s anywhere near as good as the tracks on this album, they’ll certainly be blowing the roofs off of everywhere they play.

https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadDaisies/


06 Wayward Sons - The Truth Ain_t What It Used To Be Cover

Wayward Sons – “The Truth Ain’t What It Used To Be”
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 11/10/2019
9/10

Led by the inimitable Toby Jepson, this, the bands sophomore album, shows just what a great unit they have become and that many hours on the road touring up and down the country has really paid off. With all songs written by the former Little Angel there is a both a continuity of style and a chance for the band to stamp their own individual identities on the recording process. It is, at times, an angry album, railing against social injustice and the nonsense that is happening in the world and shows a real depth of connection and heart way beyond the usual hard rock fare. Sure, there is much to enjoy and the myriad of touches show influences from such bands as diverse as The Clash, Queen and ELO alongside some epic (but never overwrought) guitar work by Sam Wood, great keys by Dave Kemp, thundering rhythm provided by Nic Wastell and Phil Martini, all topped by the outstanding vocals of Mr Jepson. An album that at once looks back to some of the classic rock bands of the past whilst very much looking to the future and developing their own groove with tracks such as ‘As Black As Sin’ and ‘Feel Good Hit’ really showing the way. It rocks hard and makes you think and because of that it’s one of the very best and most passionate albums you’ll hear all year.

https://www.facebook.com/waywardsonsbanduk/


07 Down _N_ Outz - This Is How We Roll Cover

Down ‘N’ Outz – “This Is How We Roll”
UMC
Release Date: 11/10/2019
10/10

Initially a love letter to the great Mott the Hoople, Joe Elliot and his all-star band of merry men have really broken out on their own with this album full of classy new songs and a terrific cover of a Tubes classic. Magic happens when you take one Leppard, three Quireboys, a Vixen and a Wayward Son into the studio and the results are as stellar as the bands line-up. Kicking off with the scorching ‘Another Man’s War’, it’s pretty much full pelt into a magical and wonderful musical mystery tour from that moment onwards as the album twists and turns, a mix of full-on hard rock ‘n’ roll, old school boogie, lush ballads and a touching tribute to David Bowie in the shape of ‘Goodnight Mr Jones’. The songwriting is superb, the performances brilliant and the production huge. Don’t expect Def Leppard or The Quireboys as the Down ‘n’ Outz are neither but what they’ve produced is the next step in a fascinating evolution. Seriously, you must own this album.

https://www.facebook.com/DownNOutz/


08 The Swamp Born Assassins - Dead Man_s Train Cover

The Swamp Born Assassins – Dead Man’s Train
Carnivora Records
Release Date: 01/06/2019
7/10

You can practically smell the bourbon the moment the first notes play. On this, the Assassins second album, the six-piece Glasgow rockers improve on and grow their passion for all things Southern Rock, surpassing their impressive debut with more layers of sound and a conviction that seeps through the recording like spilled blood on a wooden roadhouse floor. The moment you board this particular train, the title track blazing away, it’s an unstoppable adrenaline fuelled ride with no thoughts of putting on the brakes. Full of huge riffs, rapid fire rhythms, sway and thunder this really does run the gamut of the genre from heads down Southern boogie to Cajun blues that smoulder like a steaming bowl of gumbo. Amongst the highlights, ‘The Weeping Tree’ glistens with classic slide guitar, ‘Rise Up’ is full of Celtic spirit and ‘Crank It Up’ does exactly what the name suggests. Best listened to with a bottle of whiskey, this is a great meeting of North and South.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSwampBornAssassins/


 

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Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video

Tear It Down Single Cover

Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video
Release Date: 18/11/2019
Review by Rick Tilley

So this is a review for a single and…yes…I know we don’t usually do single reviews (so don’t all rush asking for one) but there are a couple of reasons why I wanted to write this. Firstly, Merseyside Hard Rock/Metal band Ashen Reach are going to be the next band added to our ‘Bands We Support/Bands To Look Out For’ page and secondly they’ve been through a very up and down year!

In 2018 they won the Merseyside M2TM competition leading to a slot at Bloodstock Festival. We first saw them gig last December, supporting Twisted Illusion in Manchester at the Academy 3 (which was the last gig under their previous band name Equinox), and we were VERY impressed with them. Then came the name change to Ashen Reach, the release of two new songs at the beginning of 2019 and then the wonderful news that they would be supporting Bullet For My Valentine for two dates in Russia. Those gigs, in April, went down a storm and just as things looked like they were taking off the band announced that vocalist Dan and guitarist Ian were leaving the band for various reasons. That news would have sent many bands spiralling in the wrong direction, and I will admit I was a little concerned for a while, but drummer Jess Stanley, guitarist Paddy Cummings and bassist Mike McCarroll are made of sterner things and begun the arduous task of finding replacements. In June guitarist Joe O’sullivan joined and in August new vocalist Kyle Martyn Stanley was announced. Since then the new line-up have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get ready for new gigs and ‘Tear It Down’, the first single from their debut album which is due in Spring 2020.

If anyone out there is worried about how Ashen Reach now sound then banish that thought from your head immediately because ‘Tear It Down’ is an absolute barnstormer of a track. Cracking riff, soulful verse, catchy and heavy as thunder chorus, perfect middle eight, wonderful guitar solo, a superb vocal performance and stunning production with everyone clearly heard in the mix. It immediately gets stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself humming it without realising. The accompanying video is a standard performance one but well filmed and it is clear every member of the band put their all into making it!

As far as I’m concerned this is a clear ‘statement of intent’ from Ashen Reach. They’ve learnt from the events of this year and have hit the ground running. 2020 is going to be a huge year for them!

‘Tear it Down’ is released on 18th November and the band are playing a ‘Single Launch Show’ at the Alchemy Bar, Runcorn on 23rd November which I heartily suggest you get to if you can. I’m certainly going!

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/409446783037642/

Band Links:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/ashenreach/

https://www.instagram.com/ashenreach/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlbbAaHImz5Vuedd6h0EIA

Enso Music Management:
https://www.facebook.com/ensomanagement/

 

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh based Heavy Metal/Rock band Medusa Touch! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Gordon Sinclair 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 Gordon Sinclair, although everybody calls me Gogsy. I’m the lead singer and guitarist in Medusa Touch; we’re an 80’s metal rock band from the 80’s. The band was formed in 1982, we lasted till 1991 (ish), then reformed in 2019. We’re are all from in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and love 80’s metal with a passion.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band was named after the film ‘The Medusa Touch’. It starred Richard Burton and Lee Remick. It’s about a writer who has the power of telekinesis who makes disasters happen just by thinking about them. This wasn’t the first choice; all the band members had two choices for a name. We all chose different names as a first choice, but we all chose Medusa Touch as the second choice and that was it.

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

We are from Scotland, metal scene seems to be in good health, but there is a lot of nu-metal, we’re the odd ones because of the 80’s metal vibe we bring.

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

It’s called “Terror Eyes the Anthology”, available from all digital outlets and we have some CD’s left too. These are just available from the band. You can get one from our website (medusatouchofficial.com). 13 tracks of first-pumping, sing-a-long rock epics hehehehe.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine? First up would be Slade who got me interested in rock music. Then as picking up a guitar goes it was Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. I started as a drummer. Then, I blame Iron Maiden for kicking the whole thing off for me in the metal genre. After that there have been so many, too many to name! They all have their own little bit of influence in how I write, play and record.

What first got you into music?

I come from a very musical family. Lots of singers and musicians! My grandfather was a drummer in the Black Watch during the First World War, and he kicked me off as the drummer. I started playing in a pipe band then moved onto a kit. There were guitars lying around so you pick them up and play them. I never looked back. 

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

Good question. Two options! One would be Angus Young from AC/DC. Just to see how he goes about song writing and coming up with great songs time after time. Then it would have to be Iron Maiden, just because they got me started off in the first place.

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

Wacken, it’s the pinnacle for me. The bands that play there every year are massive and that lets you know how important it is.

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

Never been given a gift, usually a Bourbon and coke does hehehehe. Although my mate Ian Davidson did turn round after one gig in 2019 and just say “I have a cassette of you guys playing in 1987”. WHAT? GIMME IT hehehehe

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

Keep enjoying the music and rock hard. There’s only one life, never regret anything. If it makes you sad fix it. If it makes you happy and healthy, load up on it.

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

Gary Moore!

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

The music I play makes me happy, contented and always makes me want more. I don’t have any hates really although my wife says I have a guitar fetish hehehehe!

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

Make it easier for bands to make a living. It is really difficult now unless you get massive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden!

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

Best for what!? Vinyl is the king for something you own and can hold in your hands. I remember buying albums, going home on the bus and reading every single word on the sleeve time and again. It’s big and gives you joy not just for the music that’s on it but it’s yours and you have it in your hands. However, Digital, whether it be downloads or streaming, is just so convenient, it doesn’t scratch or wear out. You can listen to it anywhere.

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

Personally, I have played in CBGB’s in New York and have a live Album from the gig. But that was with my other band.

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

No idea, genuinely no idea!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ade Edmondson, Bruce Dickinson, David Attenborough, Dara Ó Briain, Professor Brian Cox!

What’s next for the band?

Small Tour in Scotland to finish the year, some festivals in 2020 and recording a new album!

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

https://www.facebook.com/medusatouch
https://twitter.com/MedusaTouch1
https://www.instagram.com/medusatouchrocks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I don’t like chocolate so no problem!

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

Look out for us in Scotland in the last part of 2019, hopefully see you soon in 2020. Oh, and buy the album and enjoy singing along at the gigs!

 

Medusa Touch

 

 

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