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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’

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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’
Livewire/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 07/06/2019
Running Time: 30:35
Review by Paul Monkhouse
9/10

Rick Here. I have two reviewers who have massively different views on the band Warrior Soul and both wanted to review their latest album, so I thought why not let them both write one. Here is the Pro Warrior Soul review!

Easily hands down, Warrior Soul were one of the outstanding bands at last year’s Stone Free Festival at the O2 and put on a truly ferocious show that was high on power and total devoid of b/s or posturing. Main man Kory Clarke dominated the stage and is a total original who’s only real contemporary is Iggy Pop, his unhinged persona filled with both a true punk spirit and a social conscience that challenges as much as it entertains during their incendiary gigs. The rest of the band are certainly no slouches though and provide the perfect back for their wild leader.

Given the absolute fire and electricity of their live shows it would seem impossible to capture that in the relatively sterile atmosphere of a recording studio but with this release they have done just that and it’s an album that crackles with life, practically tearing out of the speakers and smashing you round the face whilst making you dance like an idiot. Whilst the previous album ‘Back on the Lash’ was superb, this one is another massive step and should be part of the soundtrack to every metalhead and punks Summer.

‘Up the Dose’ is a rip-roaring opener, full on boogie that brings to mind same dirty rock ‘n’ roll as the early Bon Scott years of AC/DC. Clarkes sore-throated vocals are the perfect accompaniment to the rawness of this beast and have an honesty and (say it quietly) class that many try to fake but never achieve. As well as bringing the boogie of the Young brothers to the table there is a real kinship to Motorhead here in its no nonsense delivery and commitment. This really does deserve to be played very loudly.

The title track is next up and continues the mood with a really live feel that places the listener into the confines of a dark and sweaty punk gig or, conversely, in a battered car going on a road trip absolutely anywhere in the world. This is music to make you feel alive and Warrior Soul are unafraid to refuse to bend to trends or outside influences and remain very much their own men. The aptly titled ‘Off My Face’ scorches and the guitar solo absolutely screams, whilst ‘Melt Down’ is a brutal rant against the system and a slap-in-the-face call to arms. These two tracks perfectly illustrate one of Warrior Soul’s greatest strengths with the balance of music for partying with drunk friends and a much more serious, cerebral edge to the band. Time and again it’s down to the listener to get what they want from it and that’s never a bad thing, but the hope is that it’s the lyrics that provide the strongest emotional response.

‘Rock On’ is musically much more in the mould of a goodtime track with its chant along chorus but most certainly isn’t a throw away cut and displays a real ear for melody. The same is true for ‘War Ride Children’, a song that has real elements of a NWOBHM style than has been scuffed up with a filthy sandblaster. Clarke snarls and sarcasm drips like venom as the guitars of Adam Arling, John Polachek and Dennis Post roll and boil behind him. Whilst totally eschewing any sort of ballad, there is much to enjoy in the album and it’s full of musical highs and lows that give the release textures rather than just being a one pace sprint for its duration. But, again, there is an honesty here that is unlike virtually every band you could name that’s on the circuit today and carries on baton from the much missed Lemmy.

Rounding off the album, ‘Going Mental’ and ‘After the Show’ are two more blasts of punky hard rock that bring up a delicious gumbo of AC/DC, Andrew WK and the Stooges, leaving you unsure whether you should just press play and listen to the album straight through again or go for a much needed recuperative lie down.

If you have ever loved AC/DC, Motorhead or just some truly great visceral rock music you need to get this album. If you don’t love it, you should probably check your pulse.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Up The Dose
02. Rock N Roll Disease
03. Off My Face
04. Melt Down
05. Rock On
06. War Ride Children
07. Going Mental
08. After the Show

LINE-UP:
Kory Clarke – Vocals/Drums
Adam Arling – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
John Polachek – Guitar
Dennis “El Guapo” Post – Guitar/Vocals
Christian Kimmett – Bass/Vocals
Ivan Tambac – Drums/Vocals
John Besser – Drums

LINKS:
http://www.warriorsoulofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/warriorsoulofficial/

 

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Duel have been on my radar for quite a while. Despite hearing a few tracks via the band’s social media, I’d never sat down, ear-goggles locked in place, to listen to a full album. So, I was pretty stoked to have the opportunity to review their latest album: “Valley Of Shadows”, released recently by Heavy Psych Sounds.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, these four fiends are responsible for an almighty stoner doom racket; full on heavy rifferama with psychedelic and classic metal references. In case that description alone doesn’t grab you like a graveyard ghoul on the way to an unholy shindig, their whole aesthetic is tripped out in the sort of late-night, B-movie gore that’s lurid enough to make your eyes pop.

It’s like Dracula Has Risen from the Grave sound-tracked by a bunch of longhair ne’er-do-wells, and that’s just how I like it.

‘Black Magic Summer’ opens up the proceedings with some appropriate rain-soaked sound effects, before launching into the heavy-as-a-crypt-door attack. There’s a brilliantly melodic middle section too, adding some light to the gloom.

Second track ‘Red Moon Forming’ has a direct, driving pace that’s infectious and purposely concocted to inspire the raising of horns. ‘Drifting Alone’ has a real classic desert rock vibe, with a cool head shaker riff.

‘Strike And Disappear’ comes on like the vampire Western that Tarantino needs to make. A slower, bluesy pace with a dusty feel, it’s the first taste we get of a very different – and effective – approach. It melts into a ferocious, face pummelling section that screams blood and violence.

Songs like ‘Tyrant On The Throne’ have a classic metal, almost (gasp!) Iron Maiden feel to them. Otherwise, the sound explores more of the head-banging, smoke induced groove of bands like Trouble and The Obsessed.

But just like the best stoner metal movers and shakers, there’s always room for some ZZ Top-style boogie, which particularly comes to the fore in the final track, ‘The Bleeding Heart’.

As always, my sound comparisons are only meant as genuine compliments. Duel manage to create an album full of their own spirit and character, and it’s one hell of a fun ride. At turns hypnotic, fist pummelling, and sombre; “Valley of the Shadows” pulls the stake out of the stoner doom corpse and brings it back to bloody life again.

The last time I actually was involved in a duel, it was a case of duelling banjos. I was on a canoeing trip with some buddies out in the Appalachian back country. We ran into some unsavoury redneck types, one of whom challenged me to a banjo showdown. Of course, I threw in some licks that my old mentor Jimi Hendrix had shown me, and the creepy little weirdo had no chance: I was victorious.

Unfortunately, the locals weren’t too happy and we had a bit of a run-in of sorts with ‘em later. It was all fun and games really, and we were on our way home soon enough. But I tell you: just whatever you do, don’t mention piggies to my buddy Bobby!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Magic Summer
02. Red Moon Forming
03. Drifting Alone
04. Strike And Disappear
05. Broken Mirror
06. Tyrant On The Throne
07. I Feel No Pain
08. The Bleeding Heart

BAND LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/DUELTEXAS/
https://www.instagram.com/dueltexas/
https://duel3.bandcamp.com/

RECORD LABEL LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide based Traditional Heavy Metal band Plague 9! Huge thanks to bassist John Hopf 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 John; I play bass in the band. We’re a relatively new band. Devon and I used to play in a Metallica tribute show in Adelaide. He’d been writing for a while before that though, so had quite a bit of material that he wanted to get out there. He asked if I wanted to join him so I did sometime in 2017. He’d been auditioning drummers already and found one so by the time I came on board they had already been jamming for a bit and we managed to pull in a lead guitarist to record our first track, ‘Stuck In Hell’, that was featured on the Metalroos compilation CD last year. The lead guitarist at the time left, and so did the drummer. So we were on the lookout for another lead guitarist and drummer. We put an advert up and found the proverbial needle in the haystack in Dave who is an awesome lead guitarist. We ended up laying down some drum tracks with the help of some sophisticated software and went into the recording studio to track the “Mr. Ass” EP. We played a show with a session drummer supporting Temtris from Adelaide before securing Kon who played the 2019 Heavy SA festival with us. After finishing up the artwork and mastering for the “Mr. Ass” EP, we have now had it duplicated and it’s now good to go for the release in July.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name originated from the bible, The Book of Exodus. There were ten plagues of Egypt. The name came from the ninth plague, which was darkness.

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

I’m from Australia. There have been some good metal exports out of here that I really dig. Karnivool play some really awesome alternative progressive stuff. Of course there’s Parkway Drive who are getting a bit heavier and I Killed The Prom Queen who are from Adelaide, where Plague9 are based. I think the scene at the moment is flooded with cover/tribute bands as the big names rarely come Down Under it seems. But there is a good original metal scene as well with some venues dedicated to supporting local bands. It’s always good to go to these venues and see a good turnout of young and old metal heads head banging and going crazy in the pit.

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

“Mr. Ass”, our debut EP. It’s not quite released yet, but is ready to go for July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything that’s heavy and chunky. The band all love the classics like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Iron Maiden. I think our lead guitarist is into some gay shit like Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a guitarist and started playing in a band when I was about 14. I wanted to jam along and was too clumsy for guitar so the bass seemed to fit nicely for me. Have been playing ever since that age.

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

I think if Metallica wanted to jam, we’d all be in that for sure. Probably spend most of the time talking about sound and technique before making some serious noise.

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

The Download Festival. It has been gaining momentum worldwide and some really big, cool bands have been playing it.

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

A gift? I don’t know. The crowd like to buy drinks for the band, which can be a nice gesture. I got a stubby cooler once, which didn’t have a drink in it. That was pretty sucky!

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

I think fans like bands that produce good music, but aren’t a bunch of dicks. Stick with that. Oh and buy the EP from our Bandcamp page. It’s well worth it.

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

Fucken Lemmy. He’s got such attitude, such a unique voice and a crazy awesome bass tone.

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

I love knowing that you can always play better and sound better. I hate knowing that you can always play better and sound better.

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

I think all bands should get an equal opportunity and a fair go. It should be about the music and not who’s your mate/enemy that determines who gets on the bill and who doesn’t.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Any one of the Metallica albums Cliff Burton played on. But I always enjoy listening to “Toxicity” by System of a Down

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

Mix tapes. Man it’s a shame the current and future generations will never experience that

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

I really enjoyed that show at the Crown and Anchor supporting Temtris. The crowd was really cool. There was a good atmosphere there all night.

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

Would still be in the music industry somehow. Being a roadie, sound guy or something like that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cliff Burton, Lemmy Kilmister, Les Claypool, Robert Trujillo, Steve Harris

What’s next for the band?

Get the EP released and play more shows

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

https://www.facebook.com/Plague9band/
https://plague92.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them. Maybe Google can help me out?

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

Chugging beers is nearly as awesome as chugging guitars.

 

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Marianas Rest – Ruins

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Marianas Rest – Ruins
Inverse Records
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Running Time: 55:24
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

Finland is a well-known breeding ground for current and future household names in Heavy Metal. Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Ensiferum are just a few of these, the list is endless. With the melancholic sounds of their second album “Ruins”, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Marianas Rest added to this growing list of metal legends.

“Ruins” explores how the mind can slowly crumble; introversion, putting up walls and eventually disappearing into your own mind. Teemu Aalto (Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum) is the man behind the mixing of the album. Both Marianas Rest and Teemu get across the frightening effects of poor mental health perfectly. Having had experiences with bad mental health myself, these effects were hard hitting, raw and relatable.

The album starts off with the song ‘Kairos’. This track has contributions from Timo Virkkala on the cello and Insomnium’s Niilo Sevanen reciting Lord Byron’s poem. The rapid tones and prevailing brutality set off the ambience for what’s to come on the rest of the album. The effects of the record and the content it possesses are raw and revealing.

The introduction to the track ‘The Spiral’ lures you in with a seemingly smooth guitar riff; the senses heighten when you hear the heart beat sound effects. This part of the track reflects what anxiety feels like on a daily basis. The transition to the screaming and brutality is sharp and abrupt, very much like the mind when it’s experiencing a frightening time.

The narration leading you to put walls up and not let anyone in hit home with me personally. When the mind starts to crumble, it has you believe that you are entirely alone and you feel that opening up to someone will make you a burden. The lyric stating that you are safe within the walls your mind has put up reinforces this.

‘Unsinkable’ is more melodic and still keeps to that raw brutality from the previous tracks. From what I can hear in the lyrical content, it talks about memories coming back and reminding you of either past mistakes or remnants of a life you once had. I like the song structure here; the verses are stripped back a little to reveal the regrets and wishes. The chorus has a brutal presence that I think reflects the hopelessness and loneliness we feel when we realise what we have done or given up.

“Ruins” ends on a poignant note with the track ‘Omega’. The introduction of the track lures you in slowly; surely there is a glimmer of hope by the end of the album, right? Guess again. After this very sombre opening, ‘Omega’ allows the listener to experience one last blast of brutality and misery before coming to an end.

It’s rare that an album gets you to scratch the surface and dig deeper, “Ruins” allows you to do just that. It is an album filled with hopelessness and despair and portrays the frightening side effects of what goes on in the mind.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Kairos
02. The Spiral
03. Hole In Nothing
04. The Defiant
05. Unsinkable
06. Shadows
07. Restitution
08. Omega

LINKS:
http://marianasrest.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marianasrestofficial

https://www.instagram.com/marianasrestofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdcCG_mNj82WjjExpiJEwVA

 

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EMQ’s with WICKED GARDEN

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EMQ’s with WICKED GARDEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Las Vegas based Alternative/Grunge Rock band Wicked Garden! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Dominick Muzio 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?

Dominick Muzio; lead singer and guitarist! The band was formed as a 90’s cover band back in 2011 by guitarist Shawn Trojahn. We played covers for years and the decided to start writing our own songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, since we played mostly 90’s grunge and alternative, it was a fitting name for the times we were representing.

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

We are from Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States. The scene kind of depends where in the country you are. In Las Vegas, there’s a lot of metal, but there’s also punk as well. We kind of fit somewhere in the middle!

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

Our CD is called “Post Dystopian Leisure Music” on Vanity Music Group/Shock Records

Who have been your greatest influences?

Me personally – Jerry Cantrell, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Johnette Napolitano

What first got you into music?

My dad was a musician; I grew up around music being played all the time.

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

I would love to write a song with Jerry Cantrell, or just jam with Dave Grohl. That would the ultimate thing for me.

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

Oh man, Glastonbury or Rokslide…or any other European festival. Those fans are insane!

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

This is going back a long time ago, but I once had a girl send me hand drawn pictures of my band, and they were ok. But then the last one was me and her getting married. That creeped me out!

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

Please share the music! Tell your friends, post it on social media and annoy your neighbours!

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

I would bring back Cobain, just so I could hear what he would come up with today, which I’m sure would be brilliant.

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

I enjoy the freedom to express myself in ways that some people will never be able to. It helps me deal with things. I don’t hate much of it, but the business side of it is shitty. Too much backstabbing!

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

I hate to say it, but bring back MTV and find ways to encourage people to buy music, not just stream it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Color And The Shape” – Foo Fighters. Brilliant record and not a bad song on it!

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

Vinyl! Hands down! There’s something magical about the whole format!

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

I guess that’s relative to a situation. If you’re talking about crowd size, I’ve done a couple festivals in front of 10,000 plus. I’ve also done shows where I feel the band played amazingly and there were 20 people there.

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

I can’t imagine doing anything else to be honest.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tough one, cause part of me wants people whose brain I can pick, and the other wants people I’d find fun to be around. So I’d say, Dave Grohl, Douglas Adams (RIP), Jerry Cantrell, Steven Tyler and Butch Vig.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the record and touring this fall. Plus shooting a new video soon!

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

https://www.facebook.com/wickedgardenvegas/
https://wickedgardenlv.com/
https://twitter.com/WickedGardenLV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If they are topped with fruit they are a biscuit. If with chocolate then cake!

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

We really appreciate your time and thank you for helping us promote our record! Please buy a copy and tell your friends!!

 

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Kalidia – The Frozen Throne

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Kalidia – The Frozen Throne
Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: 23/11/2018
Running Time: 46:17
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Around two weeks ago I asked Italian Melodic Power Metal band Kalidia about the possibility of doing a review of their new album “The Frozen Throne” and was given the go ahead which was an amazing reaction and so here I go. Most might not know, but I have been a big fan of this band since I first heard them and to have the opportunity to review them is an honour, however, being a fan and friend of the band will have no effect on this review.

I have been listening to “The Frozen Throne” since I had my copy delivered a few weeks back and I will say that with the title track ‘Frozen Throne’ being first it really opens up for what the rest of the album can be. I know that with many albums some people, not all, tend to pass over songs to listen to the title track if it’s further down the track list. I, admittedly, have done this myself but this album starts with it and the song is an amazing opening to the album. “The Frozen Throne” is fast paced, has good intensity and added with the beautiful vocals this is a head-banger of an album and gives fans of both Melodic Metal and Power Metal an awesome aural experience for their ears! Whilst listening you can hear the passion Kalidia put into their music!

There are a good mix of tempos on display, some fast paced and intense tracks but also some slower and less intense which gives “The Frozen Throne” such a good balance as a whole! Having said that my favourite song on this album is in fact one of those slower songs and that song is ‘Midnight’s Chant’. It is very soothing to listen to and the lyrics really put my mind at rest even when I am upset and feeling down. I would definitely put this song as one of my top 10 favourite songs to listen to when I am down.

Now comes the rating and I shall be scoring the album as a whole as well as rating my favourite song separately. “The Frozen Throne” album gets 9 out of 10. It contains 11 awesome songs with mixture of fast and slower tracks and is an absolute top album to listen to! As for my favourite song, the aforementioned ‘Midnight’s Chant’, well, I can’t rate it anything but a 10 out of 10, such an amazing song which really lifts me up, not something that is always easy to do!

I would like to thank each member of Kalidia, Dario Gozzi (Drums), Roberto Donati (Bass), Federico Paolini (Guitars) and Nicoletta Rosellini (Vocals) for giving me the opportunity to review this amazing album and I can’t wait for any new releases they have planned, they make one hell of a band to listen to!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Frozen Throne
02. Circe’s Spell
03. Black Sails
04. Orpheus
05. To The Darkness I Belong
06. Myth Of Masada
07. Midnight’s Chant
08. Go Beyond
09. Amethyst
10. Lotus
11. Queen Of The Forsaken

LINKS:
https://www.kalidia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KalidiaOfficial/

https://www.instagram.com/kalidia_official/

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

 

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All photos courtesy of Andrea Endryus Pensalfine and Endryus Music Photography

 

EMQ’s with HELL & HOLLAR

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EMQ’s with HELL & HOLLAR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South Florida Stoner Rock band Hell & Hollar! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Blake Burns 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 Blake and I am the lead singer and guitarist in H&H. I started H&H with my good friend Jean about 6 years ago. I met our bass player Johnny when I was buying a pedal at Guitar Center and we exchanged numbers and he came to check out what we were doing. We played shows for about a year just the 3 of us. Then Jean had to move for a job. Johnny and I pressed on and asked our friend Nate to play drums with us. He fit the band perfectly. After we went to Nashville to record the EP together, we wanted to add a second guitar player to thicken it up and someone to share the leads. So we brought in our good friend Ian Pattison and he has been a wonderful addition. Now we have a video out and our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour coming up.

How did you come up with your band name?

My friend Jean heard it in a Hank III song and it just stuck.

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

We are in the United States. It really depends on the city you live in, in the US. The scene is huge in some places and smaller in others. Where we are based in South Florida there is a tight knit scene. But most of the venues here jump on the cover acts because it is so tourist based here and they just want their fruity drink by the water with someone playing acoustic cover for the most part. Oh and reggae is huge here too. So for us we try to get out and play out of town.

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

Well our EP “442” has been out for a bit now and we just released the video for the single ‘Showdown’ which is getting a great response.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNufD54DNJw

Who have been your greatest influences?

QOTSA, Clutch, Frank Black and The Catholics, Iggy Pop.

What first got you into music?

I have been into music ever since I can remember. I have been playing guitar since I was about 10 or so.

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

Joshua Homme

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

Wow that’s a tough one because there are so many amazing ones, but probably Glastonbury. It’s so big and so many people.

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

Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever been given a gift from a fan.

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

Thank you so much for listening and we hope to keep your interest peaked for a long time to come!

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many I would want to bring back. I guess I will say Dimebag Darrell. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. Not that anyone does. But that was so tragic.

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

I love all of it. I love the family we have put together as a band. I love writing and recording as well as performing. It’s all great. I really don’t think there is anything I hate, maybe the unfairness with the streaming world. That’s probably the one thing I hate. Too many musicians don’t get paid enough.

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

How much money goes to the artist! Oh and the 360 deal needs to up and disappear. That’s just not right.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Another tough one! Maybe “Dog In The Sand” by Frank Black and The Catholics.

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

Vinyl. There is just something about a great record played through a nice table and system.

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

Probably playing Sun Fest in Palm Beach Florida! But we are about to hit the road soon. So who knows? That might be replaced soon.

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

I don’t know. I have tried other things and this is the only thing that has every really clicked for me I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My mother, father, band mates! I believe that makes 5. But yeah, quality time with those close to you is important.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to hit the road for our ‘Why The Hell Not’ Summer Tour soon. We will be in Johnson City TN at The Hideaway June 26th, Milwaukee WI at Summerfest June 28th, The Depot Brewery in Fairfield IA on June 29th, The Pour House in Raleigh NC on July 2nd, Mountain Freedom Festival in Andrews NC July 3rd, Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta GA July 4th and Mathews Brewing Company in Lake Worth FL on August 30th. We also have some stuff in the works that we can’t announce just yet. But we are also continuing work on a new record to be released sometime next year.

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

www.hellandhollar.com
www.facebook.com/HellAndHollar/
www.instagram.com/hellandhollar/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hell-hollar/1403195157
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0u0Pb5Z342rJA8MGepMlu6

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly have never had one. From the looks of this debate I think I will stay out of this one. Hahahaha!

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

Thank you for having me and featuring Hell & Hollar. We look forward to the next one. Cheers!

 

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Edenveil, Melodic Metal Night – The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK – 30/04/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

Edenveil, Melodic Metal Night – The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK – 30/04/2019

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Edenveil, Melodic Metal Night – The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK – 30/04/2019

Edenveil

Edenveil
Melodic Metal Night
The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK
30/04/2019
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Edenveil are the brainchild of singers Vera and Onyx, two classically trained vocalists who, after touring the circuit as an acoustic duo decided to go over to the dark side and unleash their full symphonic rock side. Whilst the two are incredibly polished and their soaring voices mesh perfectly with the material, the real surprise was the quality of the whole ensemble considering this was their debut gig as a full band. There was a real nervous energy and excitement onstage that translated across through the music and filled the room with a lush soundscape that truly befitted the genre.

Opening with ‘Seen Not Heard’, Edenveil soon stamped their mark on proceedings and staked their claim as ones to watch. Filled with a great sense of dynamics and with Vera and Onyx’s angelic and passionate voices diving in, out and over of the heavy guitar, drum and bass attack it was the perfect introduction to the new project. There was a real mix of influences from some of the giants of the genre but it was still very much their own creation, the twist and icing on the cake being two equally outstanding female vocals as opposed to the usual sole female or female/male vocal combinations that are established. There was a real freshness in that both voices are classical and the contrast this brought to the fire of the band. Having performed together for five years there was a real connection between Vera and Onyx, and this was enhanced by the carefully selected musicians, all the members gelling into a perfect storm.

Elements of folk music tinged ‘Weightless’, a haunting number that was a brave shifting down of gears after the opening barrage but built up the drama as it headed into a soaring chorus. As Vera delicately picked at her acoustic guitar, Onyx swayed, lost in the moment with the two coming fully to life as the song lifted and lifted. With the transition from acoustic to hard rocking there is obviously a period of adjustment going on behind the scenes as originally stripped back and naked songs are beefed up bit by bit, the songs slowly morphing from one thing to another. It will be interesting to see how the writing changes as the new six-piece band develop more and more material that stretches it beyond the original two voices and a guitar set-up.

This was always going to be a short set, squeezed as they were in an evening with three other bands; the Viking Metal of headliners Atorc, melodic thrashers Akilla and the incendiary Far From Refuge, but they were determined to be remembered. Third song ‘Wicked’ was another good indication of the direction they are heading towards with its galloping riff played over a piano melody, mirroring the perfectly balanced contrast of the symphonic rock style. Whilst it was obviously a joyful tribute and a well-known song, their set closing cover of Nightwish’s ‘Amaranth’ seemed a bit of a two-edged sword. It highlighted their musicianship and ability to make a classic their own but also may have indicated a lack of their own heavier material presently and the need for a filler. It would have been better to finish with another epic Edenveil original to be the lasting memory of their set but that will come in time. As for now though you can’t but help to be impressed with this fledgling outfit and more gigs and studio work will see them really grow.

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

https://www.instagram.com/edenveilofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWuiNb5wdsLkFLaVpQykxXQ

 

 

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Heavy Metal band Blind Cross! Huge thanks to vocalist Juan Ricardo for taking part!

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

Hello my name is Juan Ricardo. I am the lead vocalist of Blind Cross. Blind Cross was formed by guitarist Rocco Stellmacher after the break-up of his band Gorgons Eye. He started writing new songs and put together a new band with drummer Andy Korte and bassist Matze Horold from the band Double Action. After a long search for a vocalist, he had a conversation with Pure Steel records president Andreas Lorenz who suggested asking me if I would be interested… I had recently released records with Sunless Sky, Ritual and Wretch plus had a new album coming out from Dark Arena on the label. Once I heard the songs I was immediately impressed by Rocco’s use of melody and the overall classic metal sound of the recording and instantly said YES.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Blind Cross was created by Rocco. He thought that in every person’s life there is a cross that we must bear… an event that shaped our lives… but this is a cross that no one can actually know or see… so it is a Blind Cross.

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

Well this is a two part question because I am from America and the band is from Germany. In America the metal scene is good, especially in the major cities like Cleveland where I am from… but overall it is about new style mainstream metal bands in America in general. Whereas in Germany, and most of Europe, the metal scene is considered better because they are still into traditional metal styles and have not changed as much with the current trends. So in Germany they are still into what people consider “True” metal whereas America is not…

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

Blind Cross has completed our debut album called “Merciless Time” that is due to be released on July 5th. To go with this release we have finished two videos to promote the album. A lyric video for the lead-off track on the album called ‘The Hammer And The Nail’ and an official video to the first single off the album called ‘Bioluminosity’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I started singing in bands when I was 10 and eventually studied classical music and opera in college, so my first influence would be Luciano Pavarotti but as I became a metal singer my influences are: Ronnie James Dio, Robert Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, James Rivera, Geddy Lee, Freddy Mercury and Midnight of Crimson Glory.

What first got you into music?

I had always had a love and interest in music but my musical career actually began, like I said, when I was 10. My mom had friends who were in a Spanish band that was looking for a drummer and singer, and she mentioned that I could play… so in desperation they tried me out and I got the gig. I began my metal career in another odd way… I was in college and at a party singing when a group of guys approached me and complimented me and asked if I ever considered singing metal? I asked if they meant bands like Judas Priest? and surprised them by singing ‘Victim of Changes’ and was asked to join the band which eventually was called Stryker.

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

Wow! Anyone? I guess I would sing with Iron Maiden… Doesn’t everyone? If I had to have a second choice it would be to do a project with the members of Rush… They have been my favourite band since I first heard them in high school when they released the album 2112 in the mid 70’s.

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

This is an easy one…Wacken in Germany! As a metal band this is almost everyone’s dream… but if I had a second choice it would actually be Prog-Power in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. Festivals are the big trend now world-wide, it’s hard to get fans to go to small shows but they will attend a festival. I’m actually an organizer of a festival in Cleveland for the label called Pure Steel Metalfest each fall on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

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

The weirdest gift for me is that people try to buy me drinks at every show… I don’t drink alcohol but as the singer in the metal band I don’t think people believe me. Every show someone will buy me a drink and after I tell them “thanks but no thanks” they will insist, so I will graciously accept them but I give the drink to a band mate or another fan.

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

If I had one message it would be thank you. Thank you for supporting me and countless other metal musicians with their passion for the music. We are doing this because of them, they are the reason metal is alive and strong after all these years.

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

This would be the man that was the greatest influence on me when it comes to my singing style in metal; the one and only Ronnie James Dio. It is my single, greatest regret that of all the amazing vocalist I have seen that I never got to see him perform live…

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

I love being a musician… Being creative, the fellowship you have with the members of your band, I love travelling and seeing new places, I love meeting the fans and talking about music with them, their energy excites me and makes me want to be the best I can be for them… I do hate being away from my family for extended periods of time.

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

If there was one thing I do not like it would be the dog-eat-dog nature of the business part of making music. Everyone realizes how difficult it is to actually make it in music, especially in metal… that leads some people to have the mentality of success at any price, which is unfortunate… making music should be about the joy and the love of music. I always try to help young and up-coming bands and that is why I am also an A+R rep for the record label.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Two albums changed my life…First was Rush – “2112”…It opened my eyes to what heights songwriting could reach, musicianship at its highest level…and Second was Rainbow – “Rising”… When I first heard ‘Stargazer’ I was in awe…Dio had so much power and passion in his voice, I knew I wanted to sound like that.

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

I have hundreds of each, but vinyl has a real place in my heart cause that’s what I grew up on and of course you would love the big cover art work…but honestly, I almost never listen to my vinyl anymore. Nowadays if I’m home I will listen to my CD’s cause I enjoy the sound quality…but if I’m working on music it’s on a digital format because all the recording studios I work at have gone almost completely digital… I see a time in the near future where all music will be sold entirely digitally.

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

Well I’ve done thousands of shows over the past 40 years so I think I will say three recent ones… Sunless Sky at The Priest’s Cave in Brno, Czech Republic in 2017…Ritual at The Full Metal festival in Niederjossa, Germany this past March…and Wretch at The Spirit of Metal festival in Hamburg, Germany this year. Hopefully I will be able to add a Blind Cross show to this list soon..!

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

An athlete! I was a professional boxer at one time and have been running marathons since I was in college… of course that is if I could regain my youth. Even though I’m in my late fifties now, I’m still in very good shape but I would be retired… With music I can continue to perform for as long as people want to see me, my voice feels great.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone? President Barack Obama, Urban Meyer… ex-football coach of Ohio State University, Film producer Steven Spielberg, Horror writer Steven King and Boxing champion Felix Trinidad.

What’s next for the band?

For Blind Cross everything is wide open… Touring is of course a possibility, it may be too early to start thinking about the next record but in music you always have to be looking to the future.

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

Look for Blind Cross on Facebook or look up any of my projects on Facebook or Pure Steel Records website
https://puresteel-records.com
https://www.facebook.com/Juan-Ricardo-182768288403262/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly don’t know what a Jaffa cake is… but judging from the name I’m going to guess a Cake.

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

You’re very welcome and I want to thank you for this chance to share my music with everyone. Stay heavy, stay metal…!

 

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