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EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Youngstown, Ohio based Alternative Rock/Post-Grunge band Glass Alice. Huge thanks to Mike Hermensky & Eric Albenze 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?

Mike Hermensky (MH): I’m Mike Hermensky. I play guitar and vocals.

Eric Albenze (EA): Lead Guitar/Producer/Mixer/Digital Art/Video/Animation/Co-Founder Glass Alice. Our history – We started in 2000 under the name Facepunch, which lasted about five years. I then quit music entirely. Six years went by and I hated every minute of it, so I built a home recording studio, learned Cubase and called Mike. I was in Tampa, Florida and he was in Youngstown, Ohio, so we would both write songs on our own and then email the songs to each other, and then continue to work on them. I would fly into Youngstown for a week at a time and we would record all the tracks we could, and I’d take them back home to Tampa and mix them. We uploaded our first round of songs to iTunes, Spotify and all that and about three months later I got a call from producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) out of Cleveland, Ohio. He said he’d heard us on Spotify and really liked the sound asked to produce our first LP. So, we found Howie (Burns – Drums) and Anthony (Village – Bass) – Mike and Howie had worked together before. In our first session with Jim we recorded “Gravity, Oh Boy and Bitten”. We’ve now just wrapped up another recording session with Jim and we are excited to be signed with Super Delicious Records and everything they are doing as we get ready to drop our first international album “Bitten” on Sept. 14th

How did you come up with your band name?

EA: Mike got this one, and we both hate trying to think of a band name. It’s literally impossible for me to decide, so I’m good when someone else does that. I have a hard-enough time keeping the logo the same, for branding and all that jazz.

MH: We were thinking of changing our band name because we got away from the type of music we previously played under that name (Facepunch). We had a few ideas we kicked around for a while. I was driving and thinking about the movie Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. I was thinking about the scene with the porcelain doll and Glass Alice popped into my head. I liked the way it sounded and so did the rest of the band members, so it stuck.

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

EA: Youngstown, Ohio, in North-eastern, Ohio. There’s a ton of metal bands up here, almost too many. Not a lot of Rock Bands, and seems a lot of alternative bands, so a good variety, but definitely a ton of metal bands, but seems like that everywhere.

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

MH: Our album “Bitten” drops September 14th and our first single of the same name will be released the same date.

EA: It’s our first time working with a label, so it’s been interesting to see that side of the business.

Who have been your greatest influences?

MH: Silverchair, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, you can probably hear that in our songwriting!

EA: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Metallica, Soundgarden. There was some really great music that came out of the 90’s and I feel that’s definitely been an influence.

What first got you into music?

EA: I heard Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” album and it changed me, I was obsessed with fast riffs and fast solos, I would play every day before and after school. I was really taken with that loud emotional sound, and I was always going to the smoke shop to get guitar tab magazines. I loved that, trying to learn the songs before my friends did!

MH: I was about 16 and my buddy Brian gave me a bass. I started messing around with it and taught myself how to play. My other buddy Tommy would help me practice by playing drums on the couch cushions. Eventually I traded my bass in for a guitar, Tommy bought a drum set, and we started our first band.

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

MH: I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. He seems like a real down to earth kind of guy, a great musician, and someone I could learn from.

EA: Jerry Cantrell – the dude’s a great songwriter! I’m actually really excited to work on some of the new songs that Mike, and I are working on; some of them are really heavy. I’m excited to get back to work on them.

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

EA: I was a big fan of the Warped Tour when that was around. Reading and/or Leeds would be amazing.

MH: Lollapalooza – I went to the 92’ show and it had a kick ass line-up – Ministry, Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to in my life.

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

EA: Homemade stuffed olives, LOL! I don’t like olives, but I heard they were really good!

MH: What!? You got a gift? I’m still waiting for that one to happen!

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

MH: We really appreciate their support and when they listen to our music, we hope they walk away with an emotion, a connection, and a feeling to the songs that they can relate to their own lives.

EA: I would just say thank you for listening and I hope it brings you some form of comfort and happiness.

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

EA: I would want to see what else Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley would have done. I guarantee either of these guys would have made a ton more songs, and man, I would love to hear that!

MH: That’s a tough one, because there are way too many, but for me personally it would probably be Kurt Cobain. He had a big influence on me musically.

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

EA: I love the creating process and hearing it take form and come to life. I also really like the recording process and going back to fundamentals and the long hours of recording and mixing. I love that stuff, it’s the best feeling in the world! I don’t hate anything about being a musician, but I would say it’s HARD! It’s so easy to give up, or say “nah, I can’t do it, or I’m too old, or too… whatever”, but music has no boundaries, a good song speaks for itself. But trying to beat the fear in your head is not easy.

MH: I most enjoy creating something from nothing which is always a satisfying feeling. I hate the pressure and stress I put upon myself.

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

MH: I wish the music industry would take more chances on new bands. It seemed like in the 90’s there were tons of bands being signed, even if they only had one hit, at least they got a chance.

EA: I would get rid of streaming media. Artists work hard we all know that, and it’s insane how effortless it is to get music now. It’s so easy, and so inexpensive, that it gets taken for granted.  Worse yet, it enables people to skip from one song to the next without giving the song a chance to develop. I’d like to see album sales return, not just a single song. A lot of artists I know are barely hanging on and some have already quit. If all the real artists disappear everyone’s going to wonder why all the new music sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

EA: Metallica’s “Ride The Lightening”, fast and heavy!

MH: There’s just so many! Mötley Crüe – “Shout At The Devil”, Skid Row’s – “Skid Row£, and Def Leppard – “Hysteria”.

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

MH: Vinyl – there’s a sound that you can get from vinyl that you can’t get from any other platform.

EA: I like Vinyl, I see it’s making somewhat of a comeback but seems really expensive to do right now, it was for us anyway.

What’s the best gig you played to date?

EA: The OutPost in Kent, Ohio. It was a great show!

MH: Stella’s in Downtown Cleveland – it was a good atmosphere, great crowd, and lots of friends and family were able to come.

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

MH: Probably tattooing – When I took a hiatus from music, I took a tattoo apprenticeship and did that for a couple years, but it didn’t give me the fulfilment that music does.

EA: I have a degree in Computer Animation and Multimedia. So, I’m still doing a lot of that for Glass Alice. The artist has to do so much more than just make music. You also have to be a graphic artist, web, social media, YouTube, video. I’ve been lucky to have a background in all of this, and it’s still not enough time in the day to get everything done.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

EA: Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet, Lars, Axl, Slash

MH: Jesus, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain (if they were alive), Post Malone, and Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

EA: We just signed with Super Delicious Records, and “Bitten” drops September 14th. And then touring, once that’s a thing again.

MH: Promoting our new album, touring, writing and getting back in the studio to record.

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

www.glassalicemusic.com/
www.facebook.com/glassaliceband/
www.twitter.com/glassalicemusic
www.instagram.com/glassalicemusic/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-AmSGIpbdGR7v57xWCSIQg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or biscuit?

MH: I had to look it up, but I would say it is a cake.

EA: Cake!

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EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Gothic Rock/Metal band Black Vatican. 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 Black Vatican. We began in early 2014, with co-founders Erick Ramos and former member Jose Hernandez. Together they made our first EP. Over the years, we had several members come and go, all talented with their preferred instruments. Until, finally, we solidified our line-up with Count Searos (Cole) as the lead guitarist and Erick as the bassist and vocalist.

How did you come up with your band name?

Erick and Jose came up with the name. We wanted a name that would represent the kind of people we grew up with, witches, Satanists, the suppressed, the poor, minorities in general. Not only that, but we also wanted a name that would represent the suppressors themselves. So, the name Black Vatican arose. “Vatican” represents what all modern societies claim to be divine, just, peaceful, correct, and perfect. While “Black” represents the shadows of those societies; everything and everyone they hide, destroy, discard, rape, and demonize for being or thinking differently. This isn’t just a reference of the Vatican itself, but all dominant religions, political parties, social groups,  and all those with enough power that belittle others for personal gain. Black Vatican is the name we wanted in order to speak up for those without a voice while identifying the suppressors in return.

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

We live in Kansas City, the Midwest region of the United States. Specifically, the metal scene here is still pretty underground with mostly core, industrial and some black metal bands playing weekday shows. The rock scene is much stronger though. Kansas City hosts the annual Rock Fest which is one of the biggest music festivals in the country. We would have to say that the U.S. lacks diversity with its metal scene here.

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

Our latest release is the witchcraft- and alchemy-inspired album “Arcana Lament”. This album utilizes both raw and equalized sounds and tones. It is Gothic metal with blackened riff in its purest form.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences, at least for “Arcana Lament”, were old-school Cradle of Filth, Abyssos, and  Eluveitie. They are elegant but still have a brute force behind them. Be believe them to be true products of the night and have inspired many of our songs, like Vampiric Combat.

What first got you into music?

It has always been a beautiful way of releasing emotion and expressing one’s self. Erick started playing the keyboard at a young age, while Searos started becoming intrigued when he first picked up an album from The Ramones.

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

We would love to collaborate with similar bands like Cradle of Filth or slightly different bands like Alcest.

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

Bloodstock, for sure! A European tour, because the crowds there are huge, and it would be a great opportunity for us.

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

No weird gifts really, rather we sent one to a loyal fan from France. He contacted us politely asked for a signed autographed picture of us. He seemed very pleased and we are happy to have given it to him.

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

Thank you so much for supporting us. You are our life line, our blood, our motivation to keep going! It’s amazing to see how our music influences others.

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

We would bring back Black Moon, also known as David Parland. David was a guitarist in Dark Funeral, Necrophobic and Infernal and had an extremely unique way of playing guitar. We’d also like to bring back Chester Bennington. His lyrics helped so many people accept and surpass their inner demons.

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

We love the adventures and the people we meet along the way. The creative process of writing music, and giving the night a voice! But its down side would have to be the finances; thousands of dollars spent on equipment only to be paid a small fraction still baffles us. Also promoting on social media feels a bit tedious. Filling out any kind of forms or spaces can get annoying and it’s typically very time consuming.

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

A few things. Have it be less centred on pop music, have artists actually write their own music and not autotune their voices. Make actual good music that has some kind of personality behind it. Also, record labels. They get paid too much for the little they do. These days many musicians can become financially stable without a label’s help, so we suggest they become more affordable in reflection to the economy if they want to stay in business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Would have to be “The Somberlain” from Dissection and “Together We Summon The Dark” from Abyssos.

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

CD’s for certain. They carry entire stories and artwork felt by the band while making the album. But for really raw black metal bands, cassettes work a lot better.

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

We’ve only played in small venues. It was in a small place that’s no longer open, deep in Lawrence , KS. Not sure how many people actually showed up since the stage was in the centre of the crowd and there was fog everywhere. Out of the five bands who played there, we were told our performance overpowered them.

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

Currently we have our own jobs  since being a musician doesn’t cover all the bills. If it wasn’t for the Covid epidemic, we might even go back to school to study radiology or so, or even open up a music venue of our own. We’re ambitious and we like to stay busy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Would have to be all our friends in our inner circle. We always have a good time drinking, playing games and embarrassing ourselves.

What’s next for the band?

We plan on creating more social media content such as behind the scenes looks and music videos. Also, we are currently in the middle of creating another album. We wish to become gods and won’t stop until we reached a throne amongst the zodiac.

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

We prefer to use our Instagram account, Vatican.black676, and Facebook page. We’re always active there and love engaging with our fans all the time.

www.instagram.com/vatican.black676/
www.facebook.com/blackvatican6/
www.blackvatican1.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re not sure honestly. Maybe the answer is culturally based; some countries call them biscuits or cakes, while other call them cookies. Whoever made them first should declare the proper title.

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

Black Vatican has always been a voice for the night and all its creatures. It is our archetype; we strive to be one with the night. Without darkness, there is no light; that below is what came from above.

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EMQ’s with ENDUST

EMQ’s with ENDUST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash/Progressive Metal band Endust. Huge thanks to guitarist Glauco Rezende 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 Glauco Rezende, and I play guitar on ENDUST, a thrash/progressive metal band from Brazil. I started the project in 2009, with the drummer Fernando Arouche. In 2019, we released our first album called “All Ends In Dust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I took a long time to find this name. At first, Endust was just a meaningless word that came to my mind. After, I tried to find some meaning to this name, so I take the two words that make it, “End” and “Dust”, which gives the idea of the end of something, an old temple or a ruined city, the death… I thought it was cool and took this idea to the song “All Ends in Dust”, which is the title track of our first album.

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

I am from Jundiaí, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Here, everything is stopped due to the pandemic, but before it, the metal scene was not going well. I think most people here prefer to see only the famous traditional bands or covers rather than the local original bands, but there are still people and clubs that keep the scene alive.

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

We released our first album in 2019, called “All Ends In Dust” and we are going to release a new EP very soon.

‘Someone To Blame’

Who have been your greatest influences?

In terms of guitar technique, I can talk about a lot of guitarists, but what most grabs my attention are the guitarists who, besides playing riffs and solos, are great composers in their bands, so my greatest influences are Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Mark Tremonti (Tremonti, Alter Bridge, Creed) and Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan).

What first got you into music?

I think it was Metallica and Angra.

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

With Mark Tremonti’s band “TREMONTI”.

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

Summer Breeze, in Germany. I watched many live shows from this festival on the internet. It’s in a beautiful place and has a very “metal” atmosphere for me.

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

I think I’ve never received any gift from a fan ☹ hahaha.

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

Thanks for all the support and messages about our album and stay tuned because it’s just the beginning!

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

What I like most about it is being able to have fun in a different way than most people, rehearsing, composing and playing. What I hate, is the difficulty of having it as a profession, everything is very unstable.

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

Maybe I wouldn’t change in the industry, but in the people that consumes music. I want the public to be more open to meeting new music, go to shows and support the local bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paradise Lost” from Symphony X.

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

I prefer the CD’s, but I have to say that I met many bands due to the downloads.

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

I have no idea. Maybe I’d be having a more normal life hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Billy , Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Russell Allen and Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Andreas Kisser.

What’s next for the band?

Now, we are about to release our new EP.  After it, we will start to search for a new singer to record the new full album.

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

www.instagram.com/endust_band/
www.facebook.com/official.endust
www.youtube.com/user/RzFaproject
www.fanlink.to/bxc5

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I didn’t know what that is. I googled it and realized that it is a discussion similar to the “biscoito or bolacha” that happens here. I think that Jaffa Cakes are cakes, judging by the content, not by the form.

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

I would like to thank everybody from Ever Metal, and all the people that listen and follow Endust.

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EMQ’s with SCARS

EMQ’s with SCARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Scars. Huge thanks to drummer João Gobo 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 João Gobo and, I’m the drummer! Well, Scars is a Thrash Metal band based in São Paulo, Brazil. It came to light in the nineties, more specifically in 1991. Some years later, in 1994 we released a split album named “Ultimate Encore”. In 2005 was released an EP entitled “The Nether Hell”. That’s the first part of a trilogy inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. I joined the band in 2007 and, in 2008 we released our first full length album, “DevilGod Alliance”, continuing the Dante history and exploring the duality – good versus evil in English classic literature. Names like Edgar Allan Poe and Goethe were huge influences. After a hiatus of 10 years, with a renewed line up, mixing members of Nether Hell and DevilGod eras with completely new members the band returned with two new songs: ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Silent Force’. That is the final part of this Thrash Metal Literary Adventure. Turning the page, Scars begun a new chapter in its history with a new album entitled “Predatory”, released on August 7th.

How did you come up with your band name?

Régis (Singer/SCARS) came up with the name back in 1991. He took his inspiration from Dark Angel’s album “Leave Scars”.

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

We are a Brazilian band! Originally, the group was based in Moóca neighbourhood, in São Paulo. Nowadays each one of us lives in a different part of the city. The Brazilian scene at all, not just specifically in São Paulo is very fruitful. We have a lot of really good bands making their own.

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

As a said earlier, in early August, we released a new album entitle “Predatory”. And two new videos from the singles “Predatory” and “Sad Darkness Of The Soul”.

‘Predatory’ (Official Video)

Sad Darkness Of The Soul’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influence in drum music was Eric Carr, from Kiss. Basically, I’m a groove-oriented drummer, so I strongly prefer this kind of taste. Drummers that plays for the music, not over the music attracts me very much. Names like Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Vinnie and Carmine Appice, Gene Hoglan, Cozy Powell, Dave Lombardo and many others are huge inspirations.

What first got you into music?

Back in the eighties, I was a little kid in front the TV watching the first Kiss show in Brazil. That’s what changed my life forever. A new headbanger was born! Since then I began to crush everything hittable. Many years later, here I am!

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

I really would like to collaborate with a number of names. It’s so difficult to pick just one…

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

Obviously Wacken! The reason is very simple: The greatest metal festival in the world.

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

I really don’t remember.

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

Play it loud!!

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

My first and major influence. The one and only Eric Carr!

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

I love to play, to be on stage, to talk about music at all and especially, make music! For me it’s the greatest form of art. But I really hate ego battles and sometimes the music industry can be translated as the ego industry or selfish industry.

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

Can we reset all and restart it from the beginning?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a difficult one! There are a lot of great records in my personal collection. In this time, I prefer to pay tribute to one of the most violent records in Brazilian metal history: Sarcófago’s “I.N.R.I.”

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

I was born in seventies. I grew up with vinyl, so it’s a natural choice.

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

Talking like a professional drummer, and taking all my career, I have to say that, for me, the most special gig that I have played, was in Hannover (Germany). That was my first international experience. I was the drummer of a Black Metal band called Arum.

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

Luckily, I’m a lawyer too! That would be my way, in any case.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would prefer to be invited for a dinner party! Much more fun!!!

What’s next for the band?

Despite this pandemic situation, the band remains working. In a few days we will restart the rehearsals for some live concerts on the internet. We are working together for the promotion of this new album. We hope to be back to the live gigs and tours, as soon as possible.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FCGqzVWLxkupz86e6bhgJ
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVxq9GLRKzsP5CnZ8GcEisw
www.soundcloud.com/scars-962703119
www.scars4.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/scars.thrash
www.facebook.com/scars.thrash

Plus, iTunes | Apple Play | Google Play | Amazon

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s another difficult one! But I vote for the biscuit!

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

I would like to thank you for this opportunity. Was a great pleasure! Keep Metal alive!!

Rick Here,

If you hit the link below then you can read Victor’s full review of the latest Scars album “Predatory”

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Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day

Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day
Smoke & Mirrors Productions
Release Date: From 21/03/2020 to 09/04/2020
Running Time: 46:21
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

You are probably tired of hearing about how all our lives have become a wreck in this insane year of 2020. Jobs, families, mental sanity…everything we’ve known has been damaged / changed and we could all write a book about it when this Covid 19 situation finishes, if it ever does finish someday. Inside this hurricane the music industry is also struggling, but if we try to look on the bright side (or, at the very least, the less dark side); this lockdown has changed how bands are promoting themselves without concerts. For many bands, they are working better (as they should have worked even before this chaos started) with interesting material offered to give their fans the possibility of delving more deeply into their work. The inspiration for composition and for the amount of new songs appearing every day is a very positive aspect of this trying time!

Among this inspiration, two crazy men (in a good way), Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, Massacre, The Absence) and Taylor Nordberg (Massacre, The Absence) joined forces, at the Smoke & Mirrors Recording Studio that Jeramie owns and Taylor Works, to create something very unusual and unique. They composed 12 songs from all the genres you could imagine, from Heavy Rock n’ Roll up to the heaviest Black or Death Metal. So far, so good? But no! They did more than ‘just’ compose them! Each song was recorded with different guests and each was completed in ONE day. But no, not only recorded! The whole process of writing, recording and mixing each song was done in just one day!! Always on a Saturday, “Slam Saturday” as they were named. Of course, Jeramie and Taylor invited different guest musicians to fit each genre and well-known names from bands such as Savatage, Soilwork, Marduk, Grave, Northtale, Kreator, Heathen, Exodus and many more took part. Is that good or is that good?

Explaining each song for those of you reading this is not an easy task but let me try. ‘Eternal Unlight’ (the first song released) and ‘Grief Eater’ are in a Deicide style, but in ‘Chaos Has Told You To Suffer’ you can hear something more Black Metal. ‘Monsters We Hide’ surprised me with classic Heavy Metal sounds in a Judas Priest or Accept style, with great vocals from Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss). ‘The Echo Mirror’ is similar but owes more to Power Metal. The doom cadence of ‘Terror In The Shape Of Suns’ reminds me of Black Sabbath with Deidra Kling’s beautiful voice and ‘Drag Them to the Guillotine’ has a pure Cannibal Corpse influence.

Of course, Motörhead couldn’t be left out of this and ‘Stay Clean For Me’ is a perfect song that could figure alongside any of Lemmy’s work, this time with Mr. Tony Dolan from Venom Inc. on vocals. ‘Undefeated’ is fast and shows how a good Hardcore song should be, similar to what Hatebreed play and ‘Obliteration Now’ has the same inspiration, but it is more Thrash and Heavy Metal. ‘Dying Day’ is melodic Death Metal that totally reminded me of what Dark Tranquility do so well. The album finishes with ‘A Silent War’ which is pure Thrash Metal sounding like the 80’s Bay Area Thrash Metal bands, specifically 80’s Anthrax!

Considering the minimal time they had to write, record, mix and take care about all the details of each song, I can assure you that the results are brilliant. We don’t exactly have what sounds like a full album here, nor anything that has a singular identity, but what we do have is an album that sounds like a compilation of material from many bands that we know and love in many different genres

The main difference is that this sounds like a compilation of brand-new songs from all the bands I mentioned. Jeramie and Taylor have done an amazing job of creating an album that carries the spirit and the power of all those incredible old bands you know. Congratulations to them both and to all the guests who stamped their style on each song. It truly is a remarkable achievement.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eternal Unlight
02. Grief Eater
03. Monsters We Hide
04. Terror In The Shape Of Suns
05. The Echo Mirror
06. Drag Them To The Guillotine
07. Stay Clean For Me
08. Chaos Has Told You To Suffer
09. Undefeated
10. Obliteration Now
11. Dying Day
12. A Silent War

LINKS:
www.smokeandmirrorsproductions.bandcamp.com/ (All tracks and line-ups)
www.facebook.com/SmokeAndMirrorsProductions/
www.facebook.com/KingofallKlings/
www.instagram.com/kingofallklings/
www.facebook.com/taylor.nordberg.1
www.instagram.com/uncle_teets/

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EMQ’s with CRASHKILL

EMQ’s with CRASHKILL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fortaleza, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Crashkill. Huge thanks to guitarist Jean Pinheiro 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 Jean Pinheiro, I am a guitarist of CRASHKILL.

The band started around 2016 with Mailson Buson, the drummer, and Valter Doomriffs the other guitarist. The band started as a Death Thrash band with influences on vocals and riffs with a Death Metal approach. After some member changes the band found itself as a Thrash Metal band. After playing in some important national events, and having our songs broadcast in Brazil, Canada, Chile with the single ‘Killing Peace’ for example, we then recorded the album “Consumed by Biomechanics” at the end of 2019, but releasing it only in 2020. With this new work we continue to spread our music on other radio in the USA, Spain, Portugal etc. For now we are working on our new EP with a pre-production and then recording.

How did you come up with your band name?

That was Mailson’s Idea. It all came from the onomatopoeia from comics like the ones that refer to sounds of hits and breaks that appear in those magazines, like “Pow” , “CRASH” “Bump” along with the influence of visual stuff Anthrax was doing in the 90’s. That marked Mailson in a way that he wanted to use this kind of expression in a very strong, and violent way, so he came up with this neologism: CRASHKILL

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

We are from Brazil, Northeast, and the city is Fortaleza. Here, as in almost all Northeast, there is a strong scene for Death Metal, many Thrash Metal old-school bands too. There are some melodic heavy metal fans but not strong enough to come up with bands. It also happens in waves. Sometimes you have to choose which festival you are going to on a night and sometimes there are only one or two clubs supporting metal and rock in general.

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

The Latest release was the Album “Consumed by Biomechanics”. Along with the Full Length came two lyric videos: ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Year of Darkness’

‘Artificial Intelligence’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Year Of Darkness’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, we consider ourselves going through this New Wave of Thrash Metal. That bunch of bands that learned from Slayer, Exodus, Overkill, Testament and added some groove and new tone to its sound like Warbringer, Evile, Havok, but without leaving the classic 90’s style.

What first got you into music?

Hmmm, I’ve always liked music since I can remember. My father showed some classic 70’s rock and other bands from that time. That was great music as well, but then, some friends showed me some heavy metal music until I found Thrash Metal…and that is where I parked my car!

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

I really like the sound Annihilator makes as a band. But If I had to work with a musician that would definitely be Gary Holt.

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

Since I was 17, I always thought about Wacken. But since I had the opportunity to go to Graspop Metal Meeting and talked to people that said the organization, the set, the transport, the crew in this festival was way better than others, I believed that, added to the stages and shows I saw, Graspop would be a major dream to be there on stage.

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

I can say that this was a gift: A guy from Sweden downloaded our album on iTunes and recorded it to a CD-R, printed the cover and posted it on Instagram … I was like man… this guy really loves this band! He has an album earlier than I have! (Our album was being pressed in Rio by that time, we had released it only on streams)

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

I Would say: Keep Thrash Metal Alive! Keep on moshing, going to shows, supporting metal bands, listening to it louder and if you have a band, work hard to get what you wish. That’s how we do it, facing all the negative situations that will appear, planning and going through it.

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

I believe I would choose Dimebag Darrel… What that guy did on guitar really changed the way this ‘post metal’ scene is doing it today.

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

I really like to compose songs, and love when the feedback is positive. Like someone who understands the message.

I really hate people who like to be tagging your music or demanding what kind of sound you should do, not too equal to others to be a copy and too different to be reinventing the wheel. Just enjoy the music if you like it.

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

Give more chances to different local music styles. Some places would never play metal, for example, on the radio. They sell music that is much easier to produce and more catchy, and forget about feeling etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I don’t believe I have one…Maybe one in each metal genre. But I could say for Thrash Metal: “Seasons In The Abyss – Slayer!

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

Well if you like to collect stuff and have it in your place you may like Vinyl, or even CD’s for the art that the band do for the fans. I am a person who would rather be with some space in my place and have it way more practical online, although I really know about the difference in sound between these media. There are some services that even stream 1440kbps (CD quality) but I know the sound differs from a Loud Vinyl Metal Record.

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

While in CRASHKILL we played at Sound Garage Festival, a great national festival that happened in Fortaleza. There were 3 stages with all kinds of bands, a huge sound set and a crazy audience. That was really interesting.

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

Actually, I can’t pay my bills (yet) with our music where we live. So, I am a Software Engineer, and do some personal music projects as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony Foresta, Max Cavalera, David Ellefson, Jerry Cantrell and Tum Hunting. It would be a very crazy, unusual and funny dinner for sure.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we are working on our merchandise and ending the composition of our new songs for an EP we want to release by the end of this year. But it will depend on how this pandemic situation will flow.

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

To listen to our songs, you can search on every media streaming site. We have our channel on YouTube where you can find our lyric video and some live music too. Facebook, Instagram you can find us on @crashkillthrash or just searching for Crashkill you will find us. Email: crashkillthrash@gmail.com. We are still working on our website, but we have a Bandcamp page too.
www.facebook.com/crashkillthrash/
www.instagram.com/crashkillthrash/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCEhhi4DnS3mUjBiVsGZDdvA
www.crashkill.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well…we have one close to those here in Fortaleza… it looks like biscuits!

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

Just Appreciate the opportunity here to answer about the band and invite people to check out our material, follow us on social media and wait for some news this year already!

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EMQ’s with THORN

EMQ’s with THORN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Phoenix, Arizona based Ominous Death Metal project Thorn. Huge thanks to main man Brennen 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 Brennen. My main instrument is guitar, and I formed Thorn as an outlet for wanting to form a death metal project. I wanted to originally start with a full line-up, but it ended up being a lot easier to go at my own pace of writing, and recording material.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s not inspired by anything in particular. Just thought it sounded ominous and forlorn, which is what I was going for. Other band names I considered ended up just being song names.

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

Currently non-existent, due to The Black Plague 2.0, but the Arizona live-music scene is plentiful in both quantity and quality of performances.

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

A seven song EP, “The Encompassing Nothing”.

‘Fields of Blight’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cattle Decapitation for the heavy riffs. Cloudkicker for the melodic riffs.

What first got you into music?

Having ears. I’ve always liked music. There was never a defining moment or a particular catalyst.

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

Michael Keene, purely to see how fast I’d get kicked out of The Faceless.

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

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest. Metal? Beer? AND? It’s got everything a guy like me needs.

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

Someday I hope to be well-known and revered enough to receive strange gifts.

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

Thanks for being a fan and choosing to listen to music created by a giant dipshit like me.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so I can ask what his obsession with shit was all about? Look into it.

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

People head banging to riffs I most likely wrote in my underwear at 1am in the morning is very rewarding for me. As for hate, I hate collaborating with most other guitarists. It’s my way or the highway, bitch.

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

Average bands being successful just because they’re popular in the bar scene. Spend less time being the coolest kid in school, and more time writing riffs I haven’t heard before.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Space Jam soundtrack is a bop.

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

Vinyl, hands down. I used to have a 500+ collection. I still collect cassettes here and there, though.

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

House shows with an old band of mine. House shows will always be my favourite.

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

Probably something fucking lame and boring. Music is the only thing I’m halfway decent at.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Panzram, Spider-Man, Sasquatch, and my friend TJ.

What’s next for the band?

“The Encompassing Nothing” – seven song EP released on Sept 18th. After that, I’ve got about 10 songs I’m figuring out what to do with.

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

www.thornx.bandcamp.com/releases
www.instagram.com/thornxaz/

The EP will also be available on all major streaming platforms.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I am too American to know what a Jaffa cake is. But the English also refer to crackers as biscuits. The meaning of the word biscuit has been bastardized by two different cultures to mean several different things, and I am not going to lock myself into an answer over a semantic question. Nice try.

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

I hope anyone who read this was at least mildly amused enough to check out the EP. If not, then maybe you should check out my grindcore project Xeno Ooze. I talk much less in that band.

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EMQ’s with 13 BURNING

EMQ’s with 13 BURNING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oxford, UK based Old-School Metal band 13 Burning. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Dan Abrams on Vocals, Phill Millward on Guitar, Sarah Thompson on Bass and Steve Kearley on the Drums.

Phill: Band formed around 6 years ago out of the ashes of a previous band. I just thought “sod it, I just want to play some proper metal like the bands Tommy Vance used to play on the Friday Rock Show”

Sarah: Myself, Phill and Steve have been playing together in various bands for a good few years now. For me, 13 Burning is the best music we’ve ever produced.

Dan: I have been with the band since 2016

How did you come up with your band name?

Phill: The name comes from reading about the Salem witch trials, of course they weren’t burnt, but hey, poetic licence.

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

Sarah: UK/Oxfordshire. There are some really amazing bands in Oxford at the moment, but I think the music scene here is unfortunately declining. I blame the blight of the pub/music venue, so many have closed down. It’s such a shame, the city used to be buzzing with music, now there are only a couple of promotors who put on Metal gigs.

Dan: Not much of a scene here really. Better in the Black Country.

Phill: For the country that invented metal, and has produced some of the greatest bands ever to play like Maiden, Sabbath and Priest we now have to have pop bands like Biffy Clyro and Muse to headline our major Metal festivals just to try and sell tickets. The major media is completely anti metal (there’s a major radio station for about every type of music except metal, even jazz! And who the fuck likes jazz!). We were even asked at a gig in Oxford what the type of music was that we were playing because it was really good!

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

Our EP “Unholy” which was released 14th August 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Phill: Maiden, Sabbath, Priest, The Wildhearts, Zakk Wylde, Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, GnR, Helloween.

Dan: Ronnie James Dio, Russell Allen, Bruce Dickinson, Joe Lynn Turner, Roy Khan, anything Power Metal!

Sarah: There’s loads for me, metal and non-metal! But I’d say Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Hendrix, Anthrax

Steve: Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden mainly!

What first got you into music?

Phill: My Brother

Sarah: I grew up always listening to music so can’t remember not being into it. Guns N’ Roses opened my eyes to Heavy Metal though.

Steve: Late 70’s Status Quo to start with, then Iron Maiden in 1983 got me into metal.

Dan: I come from a creative, musical family. Have always been involved in music in some way.

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

Dan: Brothers of Metal would be fun, Dragonforce too. So many bands, anything epic, theatrical and powerful.

Phill: Larry Paterson formerly of Blaze Bayley

Sarah: Avenged Sevenfold or Slash

Steve: Iron Maiden (obviously!)

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

Phill: Rock in Rio, the biggest and best

Sarah: Bloodstock or Download, because they are great UK festivals and I’d get to play alongside some of my favourite bands!

Steve: Any of the big one’s! Download or Wacken, just because!

Dan: Wacken, so many great bands there and awesome crowd.

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

Phill: A cool breeze

Sarah: lol

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

Phill: Where are you?

Sarah: Er…well, pre & post pandemic – Thanks to everyone who comes out to see us play, it really does mean a lot. If you’re a sofa fan, then please support us by buying our CD & merch instead!

Dan: Keep supporting live music and always have fun!

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

Phill: Freddie Mercury

Sarah: Yep same!

Steve: Probably The Rev or Neil Peart

Sarah: Oh yeah, The Rev!

Dan: Ronnie James Dio

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

Steve: Love playing live but hate lugging the gear around!

Phill: Love just playing and writing songs. Hate travelling half way across the country to play to no one

Sarah: I love the actual playing but hate loading/unloading gear…and travelling home late at night.

Dan: I enjoy the creativity and working together as a band. I hate not getting enough gigs!

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

Phill: Being payed fairly for all the effort you put in

Dan: More chances for bands.

Sarah: Stop manufacturing bands when there are already loads of talented one’s out there, promote them!

Steve: Ticket touts!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dan: “Karma” – Kamelot

Steve: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

Phill: “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” – Iron Maiden

Sarah: “City Of Evil” – Avenged Sevenfold

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

Phill: Vinyl.

Sarah: Vinyl! You always get the awesome artwork but on a bigger scale!

Steve: Personally, I’d say CD’s.

Dan: I grew up with Vinyl, Cassettes and CD’s so they are the holy trinity for me.

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

Sarah: We supported Cambion here at the Oxford O2 Academy. I remember that being an awesome gig!

Steve: I’d say Metal to the Masses final at the O2 Academy Oxford.

Dan: Metal to the Masses

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

Dan: Creative shit.

Sarah: Unfortunately, I have a day job! Boring office bod!

Steve: I’m an NHS employee.

Phill: Wanking

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dan: Not all music related: Ronnie James Dio, Nikola Tesla, Alvin York, Jackie Chan, Aldous Huxley!

Steve: All of Iron Maiden (if they can have a +1)!

Sarah: Jimi Hendrix, The Rev, Carrie Fisher, Chris Hemsworth dressed as Thor and Villanelle!

What’s next for the band?

Sarah: We’ve just launched our EP “Unholy” so at the moment we’re getting that out there as much as possible. Given the current global situation, we’re itching to get out there and play!

Dan: Hopefully post-COVID gigs, writing new songs and some more recording.

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

www.13burning.com
www.facebook.com/13Burning
www.twitter.com/1_3burning
www.instagram.com/13burning/
www.soundcloud.com/13burning
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1A6eA1v7iW4l4BBHmJOBDo
www.music.apple.com/us/album/unholy-single/1525555417

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Phill: Cakes, proven by law!

Sarah: Defo a cake

Steve: Jaffa cakes are a bit of both!

Dan: Oh cake for sure, they go hard when stale, like a cake. Biscuits go soft.

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

Just thanks to everyone who supports 13 Burning and comes to watch us play live, we really appreciate it! Keep coming and please buy our CD and merch, it helps us keep doing what we’re doing! While we’re still in this pandemic, everyone stay safe and we’ll see you out there soon! And a big thanks to Ever Metal for the interview and the support! Cheers guys!

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EMQ’s with REBEL RIOT

EMQ’s with REBEL RIOT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Riga, Latvia based Heavy Rock/Metal band Rebel Riot. Huge thanks to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Bob Concrete 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’s Bob Concrete, I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in REBEL RIOT.

How did you come up with your band name?

We first went with Rebel Yell, but it seemed too associated with Billy Idol, we liked the Rebel part, so we changed the other to Riot, making it as a word play.

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

We are from Latvia, a rather small country next to the Baltic sea with rich folkloric traditions. Therefore, the biggest metal band here play pagan/folk metal. Sure, there are a few other good heavy rock and metal bands of different subgenres, but all in all the underground scene is not that big, we almost all know each other here.

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

We just released a new single ‘Pedal To The Metal’ from an upcoming album, simultaneously also a music video for that track. Check it out on our Youtube channel!

‘Pedal To The Metal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trouble, Pantera, Accept – just to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I sang in different ensembles and choirs as a kid. Played a bit on the xylophone and recorder. Then picked up classical guitar around the age of 12. Rock music was also always there mostly thanks to my older brother.

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

Probably none. All the good ones are starting to die out.

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

Wacken, Brutal Assault – those are some of the best festivals in Europe/World. But there sure are cool smaller fests around which are fun to play.

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

A sack of candies, a Halloween pumpkin carved with our logo.

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

Just enjoy our music and show it to everyone else you know! Haha! What else could we ask?!

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

Lemmy.

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

Writing a great song is the best feeling! Sometimes playing it to an empty venue really sucks.

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

It’s hard to say, everything is so interconnected. But sure, there’s too much shitty mainstream music out there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good”.

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

All of it! It’s all essential of letting the music find you.

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

Opening for Accept in Riga, and a couple of years ago in Kilkim Žaibu festival (Lithuania).

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

Not sure, maybe I’d be a mad scientist, or into some other form of arts. I used to be a pro dancer and also a swimmer. But that was another era for me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates and 2 of some closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

More singles coming out soon in 2020.

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

Mostly it’s through Facebook, Youtube, Bandcamp, Instagram.

www.rebelriot.com/
www.rebel-riot.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/rebelriotmusic/
www.instagram.com/rebelriotmusic/
www.twitter.com/Rebel_Riot
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOeTpHrbyk_ev5s6_mVdiQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Juicy cookie.

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

Just keep it classy!

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WINO – Forever Gone

WINO – Forever Gone
Ripple Music
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Running Time: 46 mins
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Who remembers that old TV programme, The Fall Guy? You know, the one where the Six Million Dollar Man becomes a stuntman/bounty hunter, getting into all kinds of daredevil scrapes whilst pursuing the bad guys? At the end of every episode, old Lee Majors (for it was he) would be seen chilling in his backyard hot tub, mulling over events whilst drinking a cold beer and smoking a big, fat cigar.

Well let it be known that I, too, like to relax in the tub with a beer after a long, hard day of whatever-the-fuck-it-is-I-do. None of your business, really. Just take it from me, I need to unwind in a mass of bubble bath, with candles and refreshment. And of course, some music, just to add to the ambience.

This might not sound very metal to you, but let me tell ya: this new album from doom metal originator Scott “Wino” Weinrich would make ideal tunes for chilling in the tub. Or pondering lost loves and fortunes in a dusty bar. Or sound tracking a lonely drive across the desert, escaping an inevitable encounter. But to be honest, I like the bathtub metaphor best, ‘cos I’ve not used it before.

‘Forever Gone’ is stripped down and intimate; the title song itself is just Wino the man, plus acoustic guitar. Beautifully melancholic, the listener can really get lost in this. ‘Taken’ also ploughs a lonesome path, with Wino’s voice revealing a soulfulness that I’d never appreciated before.

For any fans of The Obsessed or Saint Vitus who were hoping for something louder and more aggressive, there’s not too much of a leap from familiar ground really. Other than the sonics, the emotions of loss and despair are what unifies Wino’s other output to this endeavour. ‘Dark Ravine’ brings a more Americana style to the proceedings, but it’s all still intense as hell, whether the guitars are turned right up or not.

It’s not all gloom, though: ‘You’re So Fine’ introduces a laid back, country blues number that sounds almost boogie-ish. Throw in a great cover of Joy Division’s ‘Isolation’ and this is an album that’s certainly full of surprises.

Great music can create images in your head for your own movie; “Forever Gone” is one of those. Melodic yet mournful, intense and introspective, there are dozens of stories to be told within the grooves of this record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Forever Gone
02. Taken
03. The Song’s at the Bottom of the Bottle
04. No Wrong
05. Dark Ravine
06. Dead Yesterday
07. You’re So Fine
08. Crystal Madonna
09. Lavender and Sage
010. Was Is and Shall Be
11. Isolation

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/ScottWeinrich/
www.twitter.com/scottweinrich
www.scottwinoweinrich.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6vP6pVpKHwEFO4wX9eT4cv

www.ripple-music.com/
www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
www.ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/
www.en.ripple.spkr.media/

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