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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic based Symphonic Black Metal band, Dominus Dominantium. Huge thanks to keyboardist, backing vocalist & narrator, Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae), 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 Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae). I am the Keyboard player, Backing Vocals and Narrated Voices, as well as the band leader. I began to form the band in 2016 with the same concept of Symphonic Black Metal and keeping in mind the creation of music that is very similar to the cinema, but in a kind of Black Metal way and well symphonic at the same time. Therefore, there is the result of our first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dominus Dominantium is the name taken from the inscription called “Rex Regum et Dominus Dominantium” and means “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. It is located on the facade, above the door of the historic palace Palazzo Vecchio, where there is a medallion with the monogram of Jesus Christ between two lions in a blue field, surmounted by a gable. The inscription was placed there in 1551 by order of Cosimo I, to replace the previous inscription, set there thirty years before.

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

We are from the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican metal scene is solid with its ups and downs, but we have been affected by the pandemic that has weakened growth and live shows.

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

Dominus Dominantium presents the first studio album called “Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless”, which was released on May 25, 2020 through Distrokid for all digital platforms.

The album is composed by nine songs whose style is Symphonic Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal, which takes you on an apocalyptic journey based on the same book of the bible (apocalypse) through the narration of the events that mark the end of the world.

It is characterized by an imperial composition with minor tones and wind instruments, a dramatic lyric soprano voice that embellishes epic moments accompanied by a narrative voice walking us in the different contexts within the voice of God and Lucifer during the development of the album.

The album was created thematically to be listened to from Act 1 to Act 9 to experience with each song how the end of time begins until that breath of peace and God’s victory on earth.

The Album was produced within the studio of the virtuoso Dominican guitarist Joel Solano.

“Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless” (Complete Album Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences include Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Old Man’s Child, Crimson Moonlight, Antestor etc.

What first got you into music?

I started listening to Heavy Metal in 1992-93, at the age of 12. I was listening to Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, among others. Some friends from school, who were already 14, were rockers and I always wanted to be like them. We became friends and I asked them what are the black t-shirts that they used hahahaha. They told me that I was not ready for metal and I said that I wanted to belong to the guild.

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

I would not have any problem with collaborating, as long as it is in the same musical line as us or us with them, we are open.

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

Wacken.

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

Some time ago, a fan wrote to us telling that our music helped her to reflect and that she felt peace and tranquillity. She also told that the message in the lyrics helped her a lot. I think this is the best gift received from a fan.

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

That they continue to support good music, and their local bands. We, bands, need all the support of metalheads to continue. We need that they share the music with others, so we can reach more people and more places in the world.

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

Andre Matos (Angra /Shaman/Viper).

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

I love making music and I love music. It is difficult to hate something that is born from within your feelings. It is the best gift that God has given to us. Without music, life would have no meaning.

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

Well, that they are a little more opened to emerging bands. Also, give the chance to be able to prove that, if there is a lot of quality in countries like ours.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Fourth Dimension” by Hypocrisy.

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

Vinyl.

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

DeathHammer, 02/10/2019.

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

A Doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peter Tagtgren, Ishan, Nicolas Baker, Hansi Kürsch and Shagrath

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the preparation of our 2nd album; we already have the concept and some songs. Despite this pandemic, we have a good rhythm, trying to take on the challenge and overcome what was our first album.

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

www.facebook.com/DominantiumBand
www.instagram.com/dominusdominantium/
www.dominusdominantium.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/6JuFhSRdgdCX9Y1eFyDnr5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRyI5La9t4JvYlmLFmdqA-A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahahahaha. I think the name says Cake, so I guess it is a cake.

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

Thanks to you for this wonderful interview. You are the maximum. To all whom follow your page, a big hug and to continue supporting good music and emerging bands.

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish based Industrial, Alternative Rock/Metal Solo Artist, Aleksander Susi. Huge thanks to Aleksander 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?

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi). I sing, play guitar, bass, keys and program music. Nowadays a solo artist.

Founder of ”ALEXANRED”, ”A:S:Örchestra” and ”a.s.andtheloudorchestra”. Founder and ex-member of ”2 Wolves”. Ex-member of ”Scent of Flesh”. Also associated with various other bands and projects.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my given name.

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

I live in Finland. I do not follow the local scene anymore at all, so I am the wrong person to answer that.

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

“Transformations”, Album, released in March.

‘The Gates With Two Suns’ (Audio)

‘Children Of The 80’s’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Rammstein, Linkin Park, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil.

What first got you into music?

I guess rock music and movies when I was a child. Beatles, Scorpions, Queen. I started with piano school then played classical music.

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

Probably with no one at this point.

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

Obscene Extreme looks nice and fun and that there’s nice people. Even though my solo artist music would not fit the musical style of the happening.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

Peter Steele.

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

When my music is heard by people. Moments, when your work is vain.

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

More real talent. In many cases the industry should stop feeding and normalizing the stupid product that they are forcing people to listen/watch, making people also really dumb.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

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

I love CD’s the most.

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

Rock to the River, Imatra. Long time ago, over 15 years probably. I was playing in Scent of Flesh back then. There were many cool artists playing there at the same festival, including one of my favourite band, Helloween.

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

I really do not know now. Hard to say. Maybe a painter or an architect.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting. For long time.

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

www.twitter.com/astp0001
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1OFbUmpchz7IEWCF0ihBU5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjs7NNZcEhEx8EghN_KjuFA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Definitely.

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

Stay safe, take care of yourselves and your friends and families.

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Skarlett Riot – Invicta

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Skarlett Riot – Invicta
Despotz Records
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 48:08
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

As a reviewer, I will never tire of the privileged position that we have of being introduced to new music on a daily basis. Music, for me, has always been a lifeblood, and a constant, which travels with me, wherever life leads. The creation of music is a journey which strives to make emotional connections, in whatever form that may take. And, as a listener, one of the best feelings in the world is hearing an album, or indeed any piece of music, that connects with you straight away. In that instant, you know you’ve found something special. This doesn’t necessarily happen all the time, but when it does, it is magical.

I’m going to say, straight up, that “Invicta”, the latest release from UK Modern/Alternative Metal band, Skarlett Riot, is one of those magical albums. And that’s because it’s been created with emotion at its forefront. The band themselves say about the album “We’ve overcome so much together as a band throughout the years and “Invicta” represents the physical and mental struggles we’ve experienced together and individually, making us who we are today.”

Musically, Skarlett Riot could be likened to a combination of Killswitch Engage and Evanescence (who incidentally are two of my favourite bands). It’s a chunky, technical, riff-heavy sound, with lots of hooks and progressive elements, and a combination of screams, growls, and clean vocals from the exceptional pipes of Skarlett, all pulled together through brilliant melodies. It’s fast and ferocious, and played, mixed, and produced perfectly, making it an irresistible listen from start to finish.

However, the ‘great album’ status of “Invicta” moves a step higher for me, with one track in particular. Recently, I’ve not been in the best place. A lot of historical detritus decided to invade my headspace in a way that it’s never managed to before, and it’s not been much fun. ‘Into Pieces’, lyrically, is a track that could have been written from my soul. It’s a more acoustic-based track, compared to the speed and punchiness of the rest of the album. And it’s a melancholic journey from start to finish, which caught me off-guard on first listen. I’ve now lost count of how many times I’ve listened to that track alone in the past couple of weeks. It’s been my go-to track, I’ve had it on repeat, I’ve turned it up full pelt in the car and sung my heart out to it (it didn’t take long to learn it word-for-word, because I felt like I already knew it), I’ve wandered round the house humming it, and I’ve cried to it. I feel very lucky to have found it, and Skarlett Riot. This is the start of a beautiful friendship between me and their music.

And that’s all I really have to say about this album. There’s only so many ways to say ‘this is next-level brilliant’ in one review. The magic music triangle of technical perfection, passionate emotions, and connection, glows intensely throughout this masterpiece of a record, making it a very strong contender for my number 1 album of 2021, and it’s only May. It’s going to take some beating; I can tell you that.

‘Stronger’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Breaking the Habit
02. Gravity
03. Black Cloud
04. Underwater
05. Stronger
06. Cut the Ties
07. Into Pieces
08. Not Alone
09. To the Flames
10. Falling
11. Human

LINE-UP:
Skarlett – Lead Vocals/Guitars
Danny – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Tim – Bass/Backing Vocals
Luke – Drums

LINKS:

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Dark – Inside The Void EP

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Dark – Inside The Void EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 30/04/2021
Running Time: 14:25
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Once again I return to the fray, to put more music to the sword, to exhort you metal fiends to ever greater frenzies of worship at the altar of heavy fucking metal and to remind you to love each other endlessly and without reserve. Fear not the wankers in fake Burberry scarves and tracksuits. You are all metal warriors and therefore you have a denim (interestingly the computer thought I meant demon and put that instead of denim. I imagine there are a significant number of you all who might be clad in demons) and leather and lace clad army of friends around you. You are my people, my family and the special ones that keep our music alive. Just thought you needed a bit of a motivational pick me up after what could charitably be described as a reasonably challenging year. Just like Ann Widdecombe could be described as a reasonably challenging wank.

In other news, I have coerced my new gothpooter into behaving itself and justifying the text where I fucking put in it the first place. Whilst the verbal threats seemed to leave the gothpooter unimpressed with my sincerity and it flat refused to do what IT WAS FUCKING TOLD TO, the physical threat of a combination of the window, gravity, just how far it could fly when propelled by a strong right arm and the nearest sledgehammer appeared to do the trick and it is now happily defaulting to my will. If I could get away with hand-writing this nonsense, I would. But no, microelectronics and swearing are the way forward. In other news fuck knows what’s wrong with me. This is my second review of the day and I seem to not be able to stop writing. Oh well, here’s hoping our feudal Lord and Master Rick “Don’t Big Yourself Up So Much, Simon Writes Seven Reviews To Your One, You Northern Oik” Tilley will bestow his favour upon me (I’ll think about it – Rick 😊). Just this once. Failing that, I’ll just ask Victor instead. He likes me. He says this, but he’s in Brazil where he is safe.

Dark are a gothic rock band from Sweden and this is a four track EP so I will dispense with the usual platitudes about production and the like (because it is particularly good and doesn’t need hundreds of words writing about it) and I shall do a blow by blow (form an orderly queue to the left, ladies. I will get to you presently…) or should I say song by song account of this four track…

‘Finally Home’ (or ‘My Town’, as Groove Music is confused about what the actual fucking song is called) is the opening number and it starts with a jaunty, almost carnival like riff that references surf rock and post punk and the vocals kick in, in short order, and it’s like “Fuck me! Is that Dave Vanian?” Yes, vocalist Erik Molarin appears to be the vocal doppelganger of the erstwhile The Damned crooner circa “Phantasmagoria”. This means that you can expect overtly sexual baritone singing. There is NOTHING wrong with this at all and I’m a boy who’s strictly hetero. An excellent and promising start to the record with a rousing chorus and it’s like I’m back in the late 80s again.

The second song is called ‘One Of Us’ and it could best be described as the more emotional moments of Paradise Lost (think ‘One Second’ or ‘Mercy’) meets The Damned (specifically on ‘Sanctum Sanctorum’) with lots of choral backing vocals on a bleak, bleak chorus where Erik approaches Peter Steele levels of baritone menace. Far and away the best song on the EP, even with the false ending. It will be one for a driving playlist and no mistake. It’s a good old goth song, as in it could have been played in The Batcave in 1990.

‘Die Together’ is the charmingly named third song and is possessed of the weakest chorus on the record (“You wanna die together, because it turns you on” which is a bit banal to say the least. Most gothic girls I know are proper interested in living because you can’t get drunk and put on your finery if you have carked it over some hirsute idiot with overly elaborate eye makeup) but the music is a pleasing amalgam of The Mission, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and HIM (without Ville Valo ruining it by opening his gob) with yet more Vanian-channeling on the vocal. Good, but not exceptional and somewhat out of step with the other songs on the EP.

The final cut on this rather splendid little black gothic pearl is ‘Memories’ and Dave Vanian…. Sorry, I mean Erik croons in magnificently moody fashion over a mid-paced musical ménage a trois of the Jesus And Mary Chain, Fields Of The Nephilim and The Sisters Of Mercy before an abrupt and clattering end that frankly cut short a prolonged and powerful eargasm, because I am a sad old goff and having this sort of music with this sort of deep baritone vocal returning to my attention in 2021 is more exciting than prolonged and deviant sex with the ENTIRE Brazilian AND Australian beach volleyball teams AND the main cast of The Craft.

On that happy mental image, I’ll leave you. Your husbands and wives will thank me later.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Det patenterade värderingssystemet Dark Juan blodsplatter) awards Dark 9/10 for a gothtastic four tracker. The usual mark for leaving me hanging when I’m totally into the music has been deducted, because I wanted MORE!!! (A concerted effort had to be made to not sing “And I need all the love that I can’t get to” after that.) Apart from that, generally masterful short, sharp post-punk shocks with added heavy rock.

Best of all, this review is less than one thousand words long. You’re welcome. Oh, it’s not… Fuck. Sorry, not sorry.

‘Finally Home’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Finally Home
02. One Of Us
03. Die Together
04. Memories

LINE-UP:
Dave Vanian… NO!!! SORRY!!! Erik Molarin – Vocals, Guitar
Jonas Strömberg – Guitar
Mats Törnebohm – Drums
Jörgen Ström – Bass

LINKS:

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Immortal Sÿnn – Force of Habit

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Immortal Sÿnn – Force of Habit
Self-Released
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 40:37
Review by Simon Black
5/10

This record really does feel like it has fallen through a time warp. Immortal Sÿnn hail from Colorado, and have clearly been listening to their parent’s 80’s breakout Thrash vinyl collection since their debut back in 2017, although this change of direction had been signalled with the “Capital Punishment” EP that filled that gap. I say Thrash, but I really mean Thrash-influenced in the instrumental department, with beats and riffs that remind me of that era. Vocally new singer Duel Shape is not what you would expect, opting for a much cleaner vocal style that the musical tone would imply. This can go both ways, depending on the phrasing of the song. The opener ‘Anamnesis’ works well, as that clean style and phrasing invokes a bit more of a traditional metal melody and Shape can open up and channel his inner Joey Belladonna. However, the more overt Thrash tracks are crying out for a gruffer delivery style. ‘Fight The Prince’ which follows is a good example of this – the vocal phrasing follows the riff’s, which feels like a waste of Shape’s voice, as this needs staccato and guttural delivery and the clean style flounders somewhat.

My problem with the album is that although the sound is influenced by that 80’s heyday, it sometimes lacks the kind of barely contained aggression and energy that characterised the period. Many bands who were there at the time struggled as well, which is why their early releases borne out of a limited time and budget situation felt special, yet later albums recorded with the advantage of time and money failed to capture that zeitgeist. Some tracks get the balance right, some not.

Instrumentally though they’ve got the sound structure and phrasing down pat – the riff driven pace of delivery of tracks like ’F.U.D.C.’ is pure Thrash, with time changes in all the right places, but the guitar sound is that little bit too clean. When they do go down and dirty which happens for example in the solos for ‘The Ballad of Martin Heemeyer’ (which absolutely ain’t a ballad by the way) then suddenly the whole thing works much better, helped also by the fact that the vocal delivery once again mixes things up and helps pull the whole song together. There’s a nice vein of humour running underneath the thin political veneer – the Lawnmower Deth inspired ‘The Mailman Song’ being a classic case in point and with another member of the band throwing in a much more aggressive vocal turn and proving that when they mix things up, it works. Perhaps alternating vocalists a bit more is the way forward for these guys as the half of the album when they do far outshines the remainder.

‘Anamnesis’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Anamnesis
02. Fight The Prince
03. F.U.D.C.
04. The Ballad Of Marvin Heemeyer
05. The Mailman Song
06. Nuclear Terror
07. Satan’s Tavern
08. Denver Nights
09. Force Of Habit
10. Whiskey II: The Wrath Of Corn

LINE-UP:
Duel Shape – Lead Vocals
Tony Z – Rhythm/Lead Guitars, Vocals
Axel Berrios – Drums, Vocals
Frantz Pierre – Bass, Vocals
Brad Wagner – Lead Guitar, Vocals

LINKS:

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Video Interview with Tuomas Saukkonen of WOLFHEART

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Video Interview with Tuomas Saukkonen of WOLFHEART
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all! Sheri here…

I’m back, with an interview that I actually thought I was going to be so nervous about – but instead, Tuomas made it so easy and calming to chat to him.

Wolfheart…one of my very favourites in the Melodic Death Metal genre…are not to be underestimated.

Combining themes; Winter, Apocalypse, Nature, Battle – Wolfheart paint a beautiful vision with their themes and different depths of sound and emotion. A touch upon Pagan Metal at its finest, from Finland!

Tuomas Saukkonen created Wolfheart in 2013 and was the sole musician and creator of the project – he released Wolfheart’s first full-length album, “Winterborn”, in 2014 and this has increasingly become as popular over the years as it was when it was first released. This saw Wolfheart playing stages at the likes of 70000 Tons of Metal, Brutal Assault, Hellfest and Summer Breeze OA, amongst others.

With some added members now in Wolfheart, as a full band, their fifth studio album “Wolves of Karelia” was released in 2020, followed by their most recent EP release; “Skull Soldiers”.

You’ll find that “Skull Soldiers” and “Wolves of Karelia” are linked…have a watch below to find out why…

WOLFHEART Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Wolfheart are:
Tuomas Saukkonen – Vocals, Guitars
Lauri Silvonen – Bass, Backing Vocals
Joonas Krauppinen – Drums
Vagelis Karzis – Lead Guitar

Label: Napalm Records

LINKS:

‘Aeon Of Cold’ (Acoustic) (Official Video)

‘Hereditary’ (Official Band Playthrough)

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada, based Epic Black/Death Metal band, Valfreya. Huge thanks to violinist and backing vocalist, Maude Theberge, 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 Maude Theberge, I’m the violinist and backing vocalist for the band.

In 2009, vocalist Corinne Cardinal wanted to create a band that mixes the symphonic and orchestral parts of classical music, the festive and authentic parts of folk and Celtic music with the aggressive and energic parts of death / black metal, and that’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from two of Norse mythology’s iconic things mashed together: Valhalla and Freya, the goddess

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

We’re from Canada, more specifically Montreal. The music scene is huge in Montreal, there’s a lot of variety! It’s great to have such an amazing scene locally.

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

Our latest release is the music video for our song ‘Warlords’ from our last metal album “Promised Land”.

‘Warlords’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re influenced by various styles like metal, but also classical music or folkloric music. We like bands like Wintersun, Septic Flesh, Ne Obliviscaris, etc.

What first got you into music?

The thing that really got me into music was metal! It’s the one style that made me want to start learning an instrument.

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

There are so many bands that we would like to collaborate with, but being able to tour with a band like Septic Flesh or Dimmu Borgir would be amazing!

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

Wacken is probably one of the biggest European metal festivals out there, so that’s the one I would choose. We think our music would be more popular in Europe than here because of the style we play, so a European Festival would make more sense.

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

It’s not that weird, but I remember an overenthusiastic fan buying a round of drinks for the band while we were on stage, but it was pastis and no one liked it, so we pretty much all choked on it on stage haha!

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

Thank you so much for keeping up with us, we can’t wait to play shows for you again! Meanwhile we’re writing our third metal album and we can’t wait to release it already.

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

So many great rock stars left us recently, but my personal favourite would be Dio. He was an amazing vocalist and an amazing human!

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

What I like the most is being able to play the songs that I love and being able to write my own music. What I hate the most is how much time is needed to do all of this and how little there is time in a day.

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

Unfortunately, I think that a lot of things about the music industry are wrong, but if I have to choose only one, I will choose to handpick every single toxic/abusive person and remove them completely from the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my many all-time favourite albums is “Midian” from Cradle of Filth.

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

With a high quality analog recording, I’d pick the Vinyl, but for anything digital, I really love CDs (and still buy them).

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

Personally, my best gig was opening for the amazing Carach Angren in Quebec City.

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

My whole life revolves around music so it’s a hard question, but I recently discovered I like modelling so I think that’s what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My amazing band mates would be the five people I would invite!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working hard on our next metal album, so considering the pandemic, that’s our main focus at the moment.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/Valfreya.Metal
www.valfreyaofficial.com/
www.valfreya.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google it to find out what this is haha! From the pictures, I would say it’s a biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for this interview, and please follow us on our social medias for our latest news!

Valfreya Promo Pic credit Dani Rod Photography
Dani Rod Photography

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK, based Alternative Rock band, Matt Finucane. Huge thanks to main man, Matt, for taking part.

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

Hello there – my name’s Matt, and I sing and play guitar. I met the others doing open mics here in Brighton a few years ago, and gradually drew them into my obsession. Now there’s no escape for any of us.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, it’s just my real name. Maybe we should have a band name, as people tell me it’s hard to pronounce… That’s their problem, though!

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

The UK, which…problems aside…still has quite a healthy scene across all genres, for now anyway. There’s lots of psych and doom metal bands in Brighton and surrounding area, for sure, and quite a few hard rock acts.

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

An 11-track album called To The Outer World, which came out on Fri 23 April.

‘A Friend From Far Away’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Velvet Underground, The Fall, electronic music.

What first got you into music?

Probably the Velvets. It’s all Lou Reed’s fault.

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

Someone non-guitar, to shake things up. How about Clipping.

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

Glastonbury. Just because it has to be done.

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

I’m still at the stage where even getting a message off them saying they enjoyed a gig is a pleasant novelty – if they started sending me gifts, I’d have a heart attack.

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

It’s ok, I don’t bite.

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

Prince. I never liked his music that much, but it seemed such a waste when he died.

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

I enjoy being able to express stuff, in my own time and in my own way, that might otherwise drive me mad. I hate being at the mercy of chancers, con-men, scumbags and hipster wretches.

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

Less money for the chancers, con-men etc etc, more for the actual musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Raw Power” – Iggy & The Stooges

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

I go back and forth on this, all the time. I honestly don’t know – they all have pros and cons (cassettes are probably the weakest link though).

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

The last few before lockdown were just getting better and better, more and more intense, and I don’t know if that’s rose-tinted in hindsight because of lockdown, but I’d say it was the very last one: a local gig we did at a small venue called the Prince Albert in late February 2020.  Hope we can pick it up again at the same level.

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

I’d be a writer. Which in reality, means I’d be cleaning toilets and getting very frustrated with life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s my idea of hell.  Wouldn’t happen.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I honestly don’t know – venues are only just starting to get back to me about bookings. I have to keep writing new songs, in the meantime, because quitting isn’t an option.

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

At the moment I’m whoring myself out on Instagram, and actually enjoying it. There’s something about the format that focuses people’s attention, where their parent Facebook (which I hate), just disperses it. Links:
www.instagram.com/matt.x.finucane/
www.mattfinucane.net/
www.mattfinucane.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0zYQZsVnJXHN7rJ1jdgzzW

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a biscuit. An unpleasantly soft, chewy one, full of poisons. Biscuits are worse than crack, in my not very humble opinion.

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

Can’t think of anything except to say thanks for your time, I appreciate it.

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Grunt – Discipline

Discipline Album Cover Art

Grunt – Discipline
Larvae Records
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 36:59
Review by Wallace Magri
10/10

Grunt is a Death/Extreme Industrial Metal outfit from Portugal that absolutely deliver on “Discipline”, their third album, containing seven songs that are going to turn your day darker and bring some mental chaos to your thoughts!

I want you to know that even though Portuguese is my mother tongue, I wasn’t able to understand a single word that Boy-G sings on ‘A Valsa Libitina’ and ‘Piedade’, allegedly sung in Grunt’s native tongue, thanks to Boys-G’s guttural vocal technique, increased by distortion effects, that reminded me of Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes singing in slow motion.

Anyway, the main Portuguese Culture influence on “Discipline” is the Fado – a sad musical style that has melancholic flamenco guitar fingering on the arrangements – heard especially in the guitar solo of ‘A Valsa Libitina’, performed by Boy-S… yes, Grunt is an ‘all boy band’: Boy-G (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Synths), Boy-S (Guitars), Boy-Z (Bass) and Boy-M (Drums).

I would say that Grunt is much more a Death/Extreme Metal band that takes advantage of synth programming and sampled ambiences to increase the song’s sludge aesthetics, than an Industrial Metal band that resorts to Heavy Metal musical instruments to increase the heaviness of electronic beats.

By the way, if you are into bands like Fear Factory, I am sure that you will relate to songs like ‘Relinquish Control’, that deliver dense Drop D guitar riffs along with tribal percussion into the mixture, thanks to the astonishing drum and bass work. On ‘Captivity and Abominable Idolatry’ we hear another amazing guitar solo, that provides a Prog Metal aura to the song, helped by the incredible drum rhythm brakes and transitions.

The excellent mixing and production of “Discipline” deserve to be mentioned (by Ivy Skuratov and Boy-G, respectively), giving the proper strength to each musical instrument, highlighting the guitar solos and showing good taste in the selection of beats and synth programming, in order to make every song on the album more gloomy and dismal, as you can check out on ‘Vertiginous Asylum’ and ‘The Blackest Suitors’ – both masterpieces of Avant Garde Doom/Black Electro mayhem, that open minded metalheads are gonna be pleased to listen to.

All that said, “Discipline” is the best album I’ve heard in 2021 so far, and don’t mind if you can’t understand the lyrics sung in English – I couldn’t understand the ones in Portuguese either. But what I do know is that Grunt isn’t singing about sunflowers and pink orchids, unless they are dead flowers laying in sludge.

‘The Blackest Suitors’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Vertiginous Asylum
02. A Valsa Libitina
03. Piedade
04. With Agony Driving So Deep
05. Relinquish Control
06. Captivity And Abominable Idolatry
07. The Blackest Suitors

LINE-UP:
Boy-G – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Synths
Boy-S – Guitars
Boy-Z – Bass
Boy-M – Drums

LINKS:

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Sweet Oblivion (Featuring Geoff Tate) – Relentless

Relentless Album Cover Art

Sweet Oblivion (Featuring Geoff Tate) – Relentless
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 42:44
Review by Simon Black
8/10

Since about 1995 I’ve had an increasing sense of trepidation whenever I have seen Geoff Tate’s name attached to a recording. The man was an absolute vocal hero of mine when I discovered “Operation: Mindcrime” at the end of the 80’s – an album I must have spun a thousand times and which still sounds fresh and wonderful over thirty years later. Pretty much the same can be said about the two ‘Rÿche albums that followed it – the Progressive Metal text book that is “Empire” and the terrifyingly dark story of Tate’s own mental breakdown and recovery that is “The Promised Land”. I still remember his absolutely captivating performance on that latter album’s tour at Nottingham’s Royal Centre which is still one of my top five live gig memories ever. They seemed unstoppable and Tate’s iconic voice and showmanship unmatchable…

…Until the wheels came off of that particular tour bus with the departure of Chris DeGarmo and a series of increasingly disappointing albums trickled out. Eventually Tate split somewhat acrimoniously from Queensrÿche, who promptly recruited a younger version with almost exactly the same timbre of voice and spent the next ten years shitting on his legacy and fan base. The next time I came across Tate was a few years ago at a low key gig in the Welsh valleys, as he toured his greatest hits under the Mindcrime band moniker. Although fantastic to see him in such a small and intimate setting it seemed like a long way down from the lofty heights of yore, as a much physically larger and slightly immobile Tate struggled to hit the notes having become his own tribute act. I felt like crying.

But then Tobias Sammet worked his magic.

Having plumbed the lower depths in the last decade, Tate got on board the Avantasia train – contributing a track to 2016’s “Ghostlights”, then again for “Moonglow” and this time as part of the world tour. If you’ve not come across this man’s Avantasia project, then you may not be aware that Sammet has an absolute gift for persuading rock’s heroes to contribute a track to his increasingly successful Metal Opera projects and frequently reboots their careers. He has the knack of penning a track that totally encapsulates the essence in the fans’ minds of the greatest achievements the guest artist was known for and capturing a performance on record to go with it. If he’s really lucky, the response is so positive that he can persuade the guest to join the Avantasia road crew, where the artists will get to sing a whole bunch of songs with ten other singers in a gruelling three hour but totally sold out live show which normally includes a headline slot at Wacken, get their mojo back and get to feel like it’s the 1980’s again.

Having been suitably refocussed, enter the Sweet Oblivion project – which is one of a long line of projects initiated by Italian label Frontiers Music. It is a Geoff Tate solo album in all but name and one assumes that the moniker and branding has something to do with the complex legal minefield left in the wake of his split from Queensrÿche. I had not come across the debut in 2019 but this incarnation sees Tate bringing in musicians from his Mindcrime touring project and for the first time in a long time I hear the voice and musical tone which has been missing from his delivery for far too long. Musically this is pure “Mindcrime” / “Empire” era Tate and main collaborator Aldo Lonobile has clearly been annotating the DeGarmo / Wilton song-writing tropes to create music that is more classic Queensrÿche than the current incarnation of the band themselves (a trick he also pulled recently with Savatage). The songs have the progressive complexity of that period, but are commercially accessible as well and Tate’s performance feels right out of that wonderful three album glory period benchmark. Gone are the instrument down-tunings to support his older vocal chords and you can hear him moving through the keys in a manner lacking in recent years. Gone too are the lazy intonations and enunciations of those downward years. This latter element drove me to distraction whenever I saw anything he did live this century and it made me question whether he still had all his own teeth, but a quick check on some of the live Avantasia clips shows a Tate pulling out all the stops when he finds himself on the same stage and with equal billing with the likes of Sammet, Michael Kiske, Eric Martin, Ronnie Atkins, Jorn Lande and others who are at the top of their game. He’s had to pull his socks up, with that work ethic clearly carried forward into this project and not before time too. The highlights include ‘Let It Be’, ‘Strong Pressure’, ‘Fly Angel Fly’ and the quite wonderful ‘Aria’, complete with Tate singing lyrics in Italian.

So yes, he’s well and truly back. Let’s hope he can stay there.

‘Another Change’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. One Again One Sin
02. Strong Pressure
03. Let It Be
04. Another Change
05. Wake Up Call
06. Remember Me
07. Anybody Out There
08. Aria
09. I’ll Be The One
10. Fly Angel Fly

LINE-UP:
Geoff Tate – Vocals
Aldo Lonobile – Guitars
Luigi Andreone – Bass
Antonio Agate – Keys
Michele Sanna – Drums

LINKS:

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