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Interview with The Word66

Interview with The Word66
By Chris Palmer

The Word66 is a Christian Rock band from the USA. The three-piece delivers its music through a mixture of wonderful, catchy melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, all with the purpose of spreading the good news of God and Jesus Christ via a Rock ‘N’ Roll sound.

The band recently released two singles, “On The Way To The Promise Land” and a cover of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky”, both of which can be viewed/listened at the links below and via the band’s website and YouTube pages. I conducted an email interview with guitarist and founding member, Steve Scott, to find out more about The Word66…

Hi Steve, Chris here from Ever Metal and The Metal Onslaught…

Firstly, how are you and everyone in The Word66 doing? Are you keeping safe and well during the current pandemic situation?

Hi Chris, on behalf of the guys, Steve Scott thanks you for asking. We are doing great and we hope the same for you. We are doing our best to follow the CDC guidelines. We wear masks, have chapped hands from sanitizing, and do our best to social distance even while jamming. Not enough people taking this thing seriously.

Being a Christian myself, the name The Word66 really struck a chord with me, and I was eager to hear your music and the message you wish to share. But, for the benefit of our readers, can you please explain how you decided on the band name and, why the additional “66”?

It’s really pretty simple. There are 66 books in the bible and the bible is the word. I actually had someone ask me that because technically, there is no space between the Word and the 66, if the “d” was a secret message for 666. LOL. That’s why you don’t do drugs!… The messages in our music are always positive. Some have some bible passages, other written from the various books, like “On the way to the promise land,” and songs about things that we all feel and go through, and how God is the answer to our struggles if you know where to look.

September saw the release of your first single, “On The Way To The Promise Land”. Personally, I loved the song and the message within. I thought that you really touched on the book of Exodus and how Moses, guided by God, led the people away from slavery and towards His promised land. Yet, you delved much deeper into the human mind of inner battles and questions, as we have an ingrained tendency to question/disbelieve/distrust something that we cannot see. How did you arrive at the idea, was it a collective decision, and why the book of Exodus?

Thanks man, glad you liked it. That’s a great question, Chris, and thanks for noticing. Not too many people have referred to the lyrics in that song of which I am really proud of them. I think the messages at church can sometimes plant seeds in my head. I sometimes need to jot things down on my phone for later reference when I am in the song writing mode. I write all of the music and lyrics and let the holy spirit guide me. Exodus just seemed to be a great book to praise. Promise land takes you through the book in pretty much a chronological order kind of summed up with a rocking perspective. I got to talk about the journey and what Moses had to deal with, got to throw in one of  the only times where God describes himself, and end with what I kind of comically referred to the Tabernacle “the MOST holy place”.

What has been the reaction so far – from both fans and the media?

It’s been pretty amazing. With great support from places like Ever Metal and The Metal Onslaught, various press, and the many radio stations all over the world that are playing us, we are very grateful. We are getting airplay not only on Christian radio but AOR, hair band, and even on some hardcore shows. We just charted on a very cool station called Spiderweb radio at #10 (the single moved up to #8 after this interview) with the new tracks from Shinedown, Queen, Alice Cooper and AC/DC. And our new fans have been saying some wonderful things that make us smile and help verify that we are on the right path.

You decided to release your own take on Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky” as your second single. I remember hearing another cover by Doctor & The Medics back in the 80’s, which I really liked. However, your version has a much more rocking feel to it, and the guitars sound amazing. Of course, now I understand the message in the song more than I did when I was younger, and I think you’ve done a fabulous job by delivering a song that really hits home. Why did you choose this particular song to cover and was it easy?

Thanks man, really appreciate the love. We wanted to do just one cover tune that was considered classic rock that everyone knows. Spirit came to mind as it has been in a lot of feature films and a great old tune. The choices of classic rock tracks that have some religious overtones are kind of few and far between. I think we kind of modernized it a bit and rocked it out.

What was the recording and writing process for the band? Were there any logistical problems due to the current COVID-19 pandemic?

As mentioned, I write all of the music, so it was just a matter of choosing which ones to record. We had to narrow it down, which took a bit of thought and strategy, yet to be determined. We recorded as the schedule permitted with the band mates and the studio. And yes, the recording should have been completed at a much earlier date. We put it on hold due to the pandemic, waiting for things to calm down and when that seemed like a moot point, we just got it done knowing that God will guide us through and keep us safe.

Are there any plans to record a full album?

Absolutely. We have all the tracks ready to go. We are hoping that we will get a nice deal and get it done the right way. Hello labels if you are reading this. LOL

What are your plans to promote and tour your music?

You know with the virus, who knows. If, and when, things get back to semi normal, we would love to take the show on the road. I think we are a fun band live and are looking forward to getting the crowd all roiled up and hopefully singing along. Hoping to do some shows in your neck of the woods. That would be awesome!

Do you handle such plans yourselves, or leave them in the capable hands of a record label?

We are hoping we will not have to do this ourselves. Hoping to hook up with some top-notch management and reportable label. Christian preferably.

While on the subject of touring, we all understand and appreciate that it can be a difficult experience travelling continuously. What kind of things do you all get up to when travelling between concerts? Do you get time to appreciate the places you travel to and taste local cuisines?

Lots of sleep and room service. We’re not as young as we used to be. Just kidding. Sort of. LOL. The shows actually take a lot out of you because you put out a 1,000% into the show. It’s tiring and energizing at the same time. Sometimes it’s like taking a sleeping pill then drinking a Red Bull. Kind of hard to explain. And yes, when we get overseas, we are very much looking forward to finding the time to take in the sights, the cuisine and hopefully attending some Sunday services in some of those amazing churches.

Who’s in charge of the music when travelling, and what bands do you mostly listen to?

We all like some similar music but try to break it up a bit with some different genres. Helps to keep the creative juices flowing. We love the Christian rock of course and some of the Christian contemporary music is pretty awesome. Throw in a little acid jazz, smooth jazz, classic rock, hard rock and EDM and you’re all set.

And, finally, is there any message that you’d like to say to your fans and Ever Metal (and The Metal Onslaught) readers?

We are a Christian rock band first and foremost. What we believe and live by is reflected in our music. As we release more tracks, we hope that you will dig our sound. If you are into the messages that we are sending out, fantastic! If you are not into the Christian thing and just dig the music that’s great too. We are here to rock and come prepared to tell a story to those who are ready to listen.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. It’s an absolute privilege to chat and get to know The Word66 a little better. Everyone at Ever Metal and The Metal Onslaught wish you well, and we hope to see you on tour soon.

Thank you so much, Chris, the privilege has been all ours. We also thank everyone for reading this and hope that we had the chance to introduce ourselves and hoping to rock you all live sooner than later. Please be so kind as to follow, like, subscribe, and write some nice comments. Our social numbers at the moment need some help! LOL. God Bless.

LINE-UP:
Steve Scott [Guitars]
Brian Torres [Vocals & Bass]
Dave Murray [Drums]

LINKS:

‘On The Way To The Promise Land’ (Lyric Video)

‘Spirit In The Sky’ Cover (Lyric Video)

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Rising Steel – Fight Them All

Rising Steel – Fight Them All
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 04/09/2020
Running Time: 54:01
Review by Chris Palmer
9.5/10

Hailing from the shores of France comes Heavy Metal quintet Rising Steel. Armed with second full-length album, “Fight Them All”, the band are hellbent on joining legendary bands Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at the summit of the Heavy Metal and NWOBHM genre.

Formed in 2012 and comprising of Emmanuelson (Vocals), Steel Zard (Drums), Flo Dust (Bass), and the twin guitar attack of Tony Steel and Mat Heavy Jones, the band delivers a delightful concoction of explosive riffing, crushing rhythms, and soaring vocals. Such an arsenal has been developed and perfected across an EP (2015’s “Warlord”) and debut full-length album (2016’s “Return of The Warlord”).

This year sees these warriors return to wet our palates once again with the superb “Fight Them All”. Released back in September via Frontiers Records, this second full-length offers the listener eleven slabs of Heavy Metal epicness across fifty-four minutes. And, you know that you’re in for a treat the second you press play, as the sound of beautiful heavy riffs launch you into opener ‘Mystic Voices’, which sets the tone for the album.

Title track, ‘Fight Them All’, is a battle cry of epic proportions. With its combination of powerful vocals, pummelling riffs, thunderous basslines, and pounding drums, it ploughs forward at breakneck speed and is topped by exquisite shredding solos during the song’s second half. With excitement and anticipation increasing, you’re not disappointed, as you come face to face with the storming, neck-breaking ‘Steel Hammer’. At 6+ minutes in length, it’s the longest track on offer in this collection, and what a masterpiece it is.

With your pulse racing after the opening three numbers, Rising Steel offers absolutely no respite, as the quintet pound the senses with the fast-paced ‘Blackheart’ and savage…erm…’Savage’! The tempo decreases a teeny, tiny notch for ‘Gloomy World’, yet the heavy rhythm will still urge you to nod along passionately. After 5+ minutes of being reminded of this gloomy world, these Frenchmen lead into the evil, enchanting sorcery of ‘Malefice’ and its wonderfully heavy reverberations. Such is the pull of evil sorcery here; you’ll feel obliged to press the repeat button numerous times.

Swiftly following is another avalanche of insanely heavy riffs, ‘Metal Nation’. This is another battle cry to Heavy/Thrash Metal, and will surely become a signature song in Rising Steel’s live playlist. Afterall, we all ride our lives for musical passion in this scene, and play heavy music for a Heavy Nation! Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, the sounds of ‘Pussy’ blast through the headphones in an ode to our favourite type of music and feline friends. Surely, we all pray that Rock ‘N’ Rolls saves our souls, and listen to Heavy Metal and love our pussycats!

‘Led By Judas’ keeps the momentum going with those familiar riffs and an excellent vocal attack, as Emmanuelson and Co lead you into album closer, ‘Master Control’. They leave one of the heaviest numbers until last, and what a delight it is! Its heavy, chugging riffs will literally pound you into submission, leaving you feeling battered and bruised as the deafening silence greets you at album’s end. Although satisfied, the temptation to repeat will prove too hard to resist, and around you’ll go again…!

Overall, “Fight Them All” is an intoxicating piece of work. Although nothing new is being done here, that’s not the point, for this is a wonderful collection of songs that should help Rising Steel climb further up the ladder of the Heavy Metal/NWOBHM genre. It is an album chock full of soaring vocals, punishing drums, pounding basslines, and purely outstanding guitar-play, all put together with a battle cry, and a delightful sense of humour. An essential addition to anyone’s heavy music collection, and remember to love those pussycats!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mystic Voices
02. Fight Them All
03. Steel Hammer
04. Blackheart
05. Savage
06. Gloomy World
07. Malefice
08. Metal Nation
09. Pussy
10. Led By Judas
11. Master Control

LINE-UP:
Emmanuelson – Vocals
Tony Steel – Guitars
Mat Heavy Jones – Guitars
Steel Zard – Drums
Flo Dust – Bass

LINKS:

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Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail

Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail
Self-Released
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 50:47
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Ghost Avenue are a brilliant, punchy metal band from Oslo, Norway and display a great blend of 80’s Metal with a modern twist. They have all the trademarks of a good Rock/Metal band, with great riffs, awesome drumming and fab vocals/backing vocals. Since first hitting the scene in 2002, they’ve been growing and have played many live shows, including support for Tad Morose at the Norway Rock Festival alongside bands like Status Quo, Accept, Nightwish and Turbonegro, I bet the place was bouncing that night!

Now with 6 releases (1 demo, 1 EP and this, their 4th full-length album) under their belt, they have produced some great work. And from the early days to now, it’s fair to say that their music definitely stands the test of time. Like a lot of bands, they’ve had people come and go, but the current line-up is solid, and full of talent. And this album perfectly displays that. Their talents are blended together, with each having something to put into the musical pot in both performance, and conception of the songs.

This album was recorded at the Lionheart Studios, and was mixed by Oyvind Voldmo Larsen, at the award-winning studio, The Panic Room, in Skovde, Sweden. And, may I say, he has done an amazing job.

One thing I will say at this early point is, I would recommend you don’t play this album too loud. Yes, we all like our music loud, I know, but believe me, the bass almost beats out of your chest and makes your head explode! It’s intense and super powerful, but also strangely soothing.

Despite the booming bass and raw undertones, “Even Angels Fail” isn’t overpowering. It explores clear vocals, and constant changes in tempo. Kim Sandvik’s voice has a distinct gruffness to it, but isn’t overly raspy, so is kinder on the eardrums!

Their high voltage, pure power sound must come across so well in their live shows. Let’s be honest, they’re not a stand still kinda band! With the strong vocal mix of Kim and Andre, they show us that, just because they are a heavy metal band, getting the right balance of vocals and harmonising is just as important as having killer riffs to back it up.

The track ‘Northman’ has a great Nordic theme and is full of harmonically rich vocals, blending with mesmerising guitar, and thumping drums. This upbeat track is one that you just can’t get out of your head. I love the Valhalla input, and I so hope that, in time, we get a video to accompany this track.

It comes across that the guys have such passion about their music, and their performance. The album makes you feel everything that they feel, the passion, the power, the depth. The winning combination of brilliant song-writing, musical talent aplenty, and superb production, have made for a very strong album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Best of The Best
02. Breakdown
03. Wasted Generation
04. The Fallen
05. Still Craving
06. Take Cover
07. Northman
08. Hero
09. A Violent Disturbance of The Peace
10. Even Angels Fail

LINE-UP:
Kim Sandvik – Vocals
Petter Lein – Drums
Magnus Liseter – Bass
André Berger – Guitar and Vocals
Thomas  Eljarbø – Guitar

LINKS:

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INTERVIEW WITH CRO-MAGS

INTERVIEW WITH CRO-MAGS
The Story Of 2020 EP Style
By Stephanie Stevens

The CRO-MAGS, a legendary name in the Hardcore/Punk/Thrash scene. A band who has had a cult following since early in their career. They gave birth to the tough as nails attitude of the scene in the late 80’s and brought, to this world, music that held no punches and surrounded you with an essence of ‘fight and stand strong’.

It’s been 20 years since the band dropped a full-length album to their fans but, earlier this year “IN THE BEGINNING” was born! The album brings you back to the New York hardcore roots and pummels you with that high-octane energy!

Throughout this year the guys had to cancel a tour because of the pandemic but rose up and presented one of the very first live Quarantine livestreams and then continued writing, so we will not just see a full-length released this year but the men of CRO-MAGS are also releasing another slew of songs with the EP entitled “2020”, coming out Dec 11, 2020. To me this EP outweighs the full length. It’s got so much power and angst, a masterpiece in its own right. From living in quarantine, to seeing violence, brutality, burning buildings and the empty streets of NYC, 2020 is a year we will never forget. This EP captures the emotion and raw reality in 20 minutes and 20 seconds. The band fully engulf what we have endured as you listen to the music, words and lay your eyes on the artwork. You want real? Its right here, packaged up in a six-song disc!

I had a chance to ask the legend himself, Harley Flanagan, about the making of the EP, the future of America and who empowers and inspires!

Q: Through 2020 you guys have done a lot of writing. Back in June of 2020 you released “IN THE BEGINNING”. How was it going back to work with producer Arthur Rizk and did you re-visit him because of a certain thing it brought out in you guys?

We get along really well musically and as people, he is not afraid of taking chances and he encourages me to do the same.

Q: Before the end of the year you’re also releasing the EP “2020”, a tell-tale story of the life we have seen roll out before our eyes. With so much emotion about the year we have had, how easy was it getting it out onto a soundtrack like this?

There was no better way to deal with it and to vent. I am blessed to have friends like Steve Zing, Arthur and my guys.

Q: You guys are from NY, so you have seen so much through the year that our country has gone through. Being we are in probably the most chaotic year we have ever seen how do you envision the new year will pan out if you could voice your opinion?

To be honest I have no idea. I hope we start doing shows again soon, but I think things are gonna stay weird for a while.

Q: ‘CHAOS IN THE STREETS’ was a song that stuck with me off the 2020 EP. What do you hope people walk away with after hearing this track?

I’m just reporting it as I see it and giving a little warning.

Q: CROFUSION is an epic ending to the record. Tell us about the jam session and how did you break it down to a, little over, 4 min song?

We just put on a click track and started jamming. It was almost 20 mins long, then me and Arthur just took what we thought were the best parts of it and lined them up so the full record would be 20:20 long. Initially, when we did, we weren’t planning on that, but since it came to 20 min and 16 seconds when we were done, we just added 4 more seconds of sound and made it an even 20:20 like the title.

Q: The EP also has an array of pictures from the album cover and the most eerie look into a deserted NYC. How did you go about choosing pictures and did you go out yourself to take these images?

Me and my wife took some of them and my uncle took the back cover. I went out when I had to, but I stayed away from people and crowds to the best of my ability. There were a few Covid cases in my building, one death and my mother in law was sick but she recovered.

Q: As a band how was the writing process for you guys due to quarantine and how long was it before you could get into an actual studio to lay stuff down and how different was the process?

I always do most of the writing and I have a backlog of riffs and songs, they add their input after. I have so much material and I’m always writing; once I give them the riffs and arrangements, I encourage them to just go nuts, and we take it from there.

It was a difficult time due to the quarantine, and everything was closed but when my longtime friend Steve Zing from Danzig moved into his new house he set up his studio and when things eased up a little we went out there and jammed through the riffs and tracked them there and then we built on it. Rocky was in L.A so he did his tracks there.

Q: This year the touring all stopped, and you guys were one of the first to do a livestream. How did you perceive it after the fact and were there more positive outcomes of it, vs an actual tour?

Obviously, I would rather have toured, but sometimes life throws curveballs at you and you have to handle it. I took what was a shitty situation and turned it into the best thing I possibly could. Then I got to work on writing this EP and the next album. I wasted no time, I didn’t get sucked into bitching online with conspiracy theories and bullshit, I just kept busy. I was out of work, so I wrote music and lyrics and worked out.

Q: As a legendary group and having a platform where people look up to you, what is one thing you can say to this country, that is so divided, that could maybe open a few people’s eyes to what America is and how we can save this country?

I’m not gonna be that guy to try to give anyone a solution or the “Answer” on how to save anything, but I’m hoping that with everything that has happened people start to wake up. Change can be a painful thing, but I am hoping for progress. But just remember things can always be worse and or get worse and It doesn’t take much for that to happen. Be grateful for the good things in your life. I honestly don’t have much hope for the human race as a whole.

Q: Are you guys doing any pre-launch promotions for the EP “2020” and how can fans support you guys with this soon to be released EP and “IN THE BEGINNING”?

Not that I know of. Just buy it, download it and enjoy it!!! Maybe make a video of you and your friends singing the songs and post it and share it with us!!!

Q: Empower another artist and tell us what inspires you about them?

That’s a hard one. There are so many- there are so many artists that I love and respect, but I have to say Gman ( I know he’s in my band does that count?) Because I get pumped when he plays – I love watching him play – it makes me want to play and if I didn’t have an instrument in my hands I’d probably just start flipping out – and I guess that’s what HC is supposed to make you feel; like involuntary stomping, swinging, headbanging, running back and forth jumping off shit and smashing shit. Good thing I have an instrument when he plays cause shit would get dangerous.

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CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘From The Grave’ (Official Video) – Taken From The Album “In The Beginning”

‘2020’ (Visualiser) – Taken From The EP “2020”

Cro-Mags – Full Live Quarantine Concert (15th March 2020)

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EMQ’s With Emma Torkington

EMQ’s With Emma Torkington

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

My name is Emma Torkington, I am a reviewer/music listener person. I kinda fell into writing about music, in fairness. A good friend wanted to start a music part in his magazine. My husband put me forward as I had written stories, etc, in the past… And it has gone from there really.

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

I live in Blackpool, moved here from Manchester, but I was born in Cornwall. We have only moved here recently, and I have been told there is a great metal club here. But, due to Covid, I haven’t been able to experience it all yet 😭

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

I am currently really loving Corey Taylor ‘CMFT’ video and song. It just makes me so happy. I am also loving Cory Marks, ‘Drive’.

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

Music wise, so many bands have spoken to me. The stand outs are Linkin Park, P!nk (don’t judge me, I adore her), and Wardruna. In life, my greatest influences have been family and the friends I have. I love to learn what people listen to, and I feel that listening to their tastes gives you a deeper understanding of them as people.

What first got you into music?

Listening to my mum and dad’s music as a kid, and then watching music channels. Going “ooooh” at anything with a hard and heavy drumbeat.

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

Wardruna and Corey Taylor.

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

Knotfest in the States. It seems to have everything that I want at a festival. Though, at the moment, I would be happy with any live music!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

It’s not weird, but I have a drumstick from Shinedown. I have picks from Motley Crue, Matalica, Slipknot and Def Leppard. I also have a Foo Fighters crew T-shirt.

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

Don’t let yourself stand in your own way.

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

I can’t just pick just one, but if pushed, I would go with Wayne Static or Layne Stanley.

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

That the music is for the fans, not the money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Stone Cherry – “Kentucky” or Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

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

Vinyl is a beautiful sound, but for me, ease of access is key. So streaming services.

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

One that always stands out in my mind is Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Halestorm with support from Highly Suspect. It was just an incredible line-up, and to hear the MEN Arena silent for ‘Things my father said’ made every hair stand up on end. It was a beautiful gig, and sharing that moment with my now husband, will always be a special one.

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

When I am not writing, I am either modelling or watching Drag – from Ru Paul’s drag race to Dragula!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My five people would be Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, P!nk, Gabriel Iglesias, and Trixie Mattel.

Jaffa Cakes. Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t like Jaffa Cakes! Though I would say they are a cake more than a biscuit.

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

I’ve got a plan so cunning that you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

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EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karweiler, Germany based Rock band, Red County Jail. Huge thanks to Lukas and Steve 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 Lukas (Bass) and Steve (Vocals) from Red County Jail. The band has been around since 2015 and we have been playing together in this constellation since 2018. After being on tour for a while we started recording new material that has been tested on the road. Our first EP “Fuzzy Sally” came out in February this year and was re-released with our new label Bug Valley Records in October.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the name of a Prison in a famous video game, that some of the band members like to play. That’s not very poetic but we thought it would fit the music. 😉

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

We are based in South West Germany. There is a solid underground metal and rock scene here. All the bandmembers have been a part of this scene for a long time now and we knew each other before we started the band.

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

On November 20th we released our new single ‘Never Look Back’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lukas: For me it’s definitely old Hard Rock bands like AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. But there are also Bands like Shinedown or Palaye Royale that belong to a younger era of Rock Music.

Steve: I love bands from the 90’s like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Nowadays I listen to Biffy Clyro and Thrice. It’s the singer not the song. 😉

What first got you into music?

Steve: My god rides a skateboard. So, my friends asked me to join their band during a skate session.

Lukas: For me it was my first band with our guitarist Sebastian that got me into the bass. I’m still thankful that he asked me to join though. 😊

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

One day we would love to hear what Rick Rubin has to say about our records. 😉

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

A dream of ours is to play at Download Festival. And Wacken of course.

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

Someone made a cake that looked like the cover of our EP. That was nice!

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

If there is something that bothers you, leave it behind you. Never Look Back.

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

Lukas: Of course, Bon Scott.

Steve: Jeff Buckley because he was just awesome.

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

We love playing live and we are so disappointed that it’s not possible right now. Through live shows, and our music, we are able to express things that can’t be expressed through anything else.

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

Steve: I think there needs to be a change in how we handle music today. The good thing about the digital era is that everybody has the ability to record their own music. Therefore, we need to find a system to sort out the music that is right for us. Especially for me it’s hard to find new and inspiring bands.

Lukas: I would like people to listen to full albums again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Lukas: Last one that came out was “Attention Attention” by Shinedown.

Steve: Mine would be Dead Kennedys – “Bed Time For Democracy”.

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

For us it’s the mixture of Downloads and Vinyl.

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

We played the Reload Festival in Germany and shared the stage with In Flames and Kreator. That was a huge one and we are still thinking back to it! Other than that, we played a co-headliner slot in our region and many of our fans got the possibility to see us. That was huge on another level.

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

Steve: I think I would be managing things in some kind. Maybe for a company or something.

Lukas: My first plan was to become a teacher, so I guess that would be the way to go.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lukas: My Guest list would include Brian Johnson, the Young brothers Angus and Malcolm, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd. So basically, it would be AC/DC. 😊

Steve: I would like to meet Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev. And I would invite Rick Rubin, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.

What’s next for the band?

Next is our upcoming single release. We are also recording songs for our first long player which will hopefully be out in 2021. And maybe we will be able to play some shows again, that would be awesome.

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

We are active on Instagram and Facebook.
www.facebook.com/red.county.jail/
www.instagram.com/red.county.jail/

www.redcountyjail.de/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Lukas: Since they are made in my hometown, I would say biscuit. Steve thinks they are just shit. 😊

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

Thanks, Ever Metal for having us. Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping Rock’n’Roll music alive. In times like these it’s important to look at the good things that happen and music is just one of them!

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EMQ’s with ORDER 69

EMQ’s with ORDER 69

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Münster, Germany based Rock/Blues trio, Order 69. 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 ‘Order 69’ from Münster, Germany. We are a Rock & Roll trio, doing what we love. Ramin Safarabadi is our lead singer, guitar player and commander in chief. Levent Özdemir, on the drums and Kenan Özdemir, on the bass are handling the heartbeat. We met at a local blues jam and it was love at first feel.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a drunk Star Wars-joke. We started the band for fun…turned out we don’t suck, started a career and now the name has stuck…

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

The music scene in Münster is (or used to be pre-pandemic) in a pretty good shape. Jam sessions and a lively club-scene for all genres and audiences make this a great place to live, work and visit!

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

Our album “Order 69” came out about a year ago. This October we published our music video for the song ‘Fire & Fuel’ featuring the amazing Sina Brunner doing acrobatics. Do yourself a favour and check it out on YouTube!

‘Fire & Fuel’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles! Mix in some punk, some Rock & Roll and Blues!

What first got you into music?

There is no way around it, where we live.

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

A jam with Doyle Bramhall II sounds like a blessing!

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

If we had a time machine? Monsters Of Rock in Moscow! Just looks sick.

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

Love and compassion…in other words: 50 bucks.

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

Dont fuck Mother Earth, kids!

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

Keith Moon!

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

The community and the friendships that come with it. It’s a magical thing that brings people together… we don’t like backstabbers, though! Also, the social media work kinda sucks…

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

Labels and artists should have more of a democratic relationship. Thanks to the internet and the opening possibilities of self-publishing we’re on a good way there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – AC/DC.

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

Vinyl – with a download code 😊

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

B-Side Festival in our beloved Münster. We had a wild night with 800 friends and fans.

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

Maybe graphic designers…or night porters…or pizza delivery boys…It’s funny, because its true!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our parents and Ricky Gervais.

What’s next for the band?

Our next album is in the making. All songs are done, we’re just waiting for a lift on travel restrictions to head to Copenhagen and record them at Heyman Studios!

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

www.order69.com/
www.facebook.com/order69official/
www.instagram.com/order.69/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have those in Germany… ☹ Send us a pack, we’ll figure it out!

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

Thank you too! If you’re an old-school kinda person, order our physical album (CD or Vinyl) and enjoy the artwork!

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Kalt Vindur – …And Nothing Is Endless

Kalt Vindur – …And Nothing Is Endless
Witching Hour Productions
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 34:31
Review by Rick Eaglestone
8.5/10

It’s currently cold, bleak and icy right now – I have two choices, turn up the heating to make it hotter than the flames in hell or tough it out with some Subcarpathian Black Metal from Southern Poland and as I am fan of the cold I’ve gone for the second option with “…And Nothing is Endless” by Kalt Vindur who were kind enough to provide me with a physical copy for review purposes.

The intro track ‘Solar Cross’ may be short but  its full of foreboding urgency and is a speculator build up to ‘Inner War’, which itself, is probably my highlight track of the entire album. It’s frostbitten to its very core – the bass sound that rings throughout is great with tempo changes aplenty.

Acoustic guitars in black metal is something that needs to be used more – case in point, the introduction to ‘The Blind Sin Hunter’ as it sets up the track brilliantly and really suits the aesthetic of the album – particularly the artwork from Maciej Kamuda.

The very well-balanced melodies the band collectively put forward are encapsulated in ‘Eyes Ov Gods’ before the straight up fury once again takes hold with ‘Dirty Yields’. At this point I would like to point out that the album, so far, has thrown up some really nice surprises which to be honest has only made my listening experience, thus far, a pleasant one.

‘Red Glow’ thunders through into title track ‘…And Nothing Is Endless’ which for me is the most atmospheric track of the release with some great guitar work once again. Although I have my highlight track, if I had to pick a track to recommend the band to someone it would have to be ‘The Golden Age’. This is why I love black metal – this track in particular really reminds of Black Dawn.

Just as the album began, so to, does it end with instrumental outro “Crescent Moon Of Chors” which for me didn’t have the same impact as the start of the album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Solar Cross
02. Inner War
03. The Blind Sin Hunter
04. Eyes Ov Gods
05. Dirty Yields
06. Red Glow
07. …And Nothing Is Endless
08. The Golden Age
09 Crescent Moon Of Chors

LINE-UP:
Celsus – Vocals
Svart – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Additional Vocals.
Ver – Electric Guitars
S – Bass
Xakhariash – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ARGOROK

EMQ’s with ARGOROK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dresden, Germany based Melodic Death/Folk/Groove Metal project Argorok. Huge thanks to Bill for taking part.

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

Our band name is Argorok. It’s a project that was in the making for quite a few years, initially starting out as some kind of Folk Metal project, but it died at some point. As I started recording and mixing a few years ago, I took the chance and turned it into a more Death Metal like studio project. You are still able to hear its roots, however.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was the name of a boss from The Legend of Zelda. I thought it was catchy and doesn’t give away too much about what music you actually play and hopefully gets people’s attention and curiosity.

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

I’m from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. We have a few established places, which are also known beyond borders in the scene, like the Skullcrusher Club. The Wave Gothic meeting in Leipzig and the Eastclub are also known places in the scene in Saxony.

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

“Usurpator” is our first release.

‘Aus der Tiefe’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Katharsis’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bands from different Genres I liked, like Soulfly, Amon Amarth, Orbit Culture, Subway to Sally or Equilibrium, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I guess I liked the bands I heard and wanted to do that too, so I started playing Guitar and Bass.

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

Mick Gordon. He is more of a Soundtrack composer, but I absolutely love his work, especially on the new Doom games. (Alternatively, Alestorm, for shits and giggles).

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

The With Full Force festival is one I would like to play at, as it has good variety and brings a bit more attention to the metal scene in the region.

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

Fans?

Argorok is a new project, which just started, so fingers crossed there will be lot of weird gifts to come.

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

Don’t let anyone dictate your music taste. If you like something that’s fine and only your business.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

The whole creative process, from writing to producing, is awesome.

What I really hate are cheap people, who don’t see the actual effort behind what you do, as it is “just music”.

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

Actually requiring talent and not only looks. At least for mainstream genres, that’s not that big of a deal in the metal scene luckily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

I love collecting CD’s. But I can also see the appeal of vinyl. Nothing beats physical media (and yet here I am, releasing digital only…but some CDs are planned for the future)

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

It was one with my previous band and years ago. We were basically just a school band and not very good, but we got the chance to play at a really huge stage. Too bad it was the middle of the day and nobody was listening. But we had fun and beer was free!

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

Definitely some other form of creative work. Already doing that and took care about things like album cover and video production as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Either friends and family, or some German personalities you probably wouldn’t know 😊

What’s next for the band?

Getting our music out to people and hopefully some exposure and positive feedback. We are also thinking about a handful of shows for next year.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify…the usual ones.
www.facebook.com/argorokmusic/
www.instagram.com/argorok_music/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6llFWW6qYUSIiCuamqTFjk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCfiKQBiXmc-VcaHyQ-nVQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Guess I’m not British enough to answer that.

(As previous #EMQs have shown, you don’t need to be British to experience the wonders of Jaffa Cakes – Rick)

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EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hudiksvall, Sweden based Metal band Corrosive Sweden. 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?

Corrosive Sweden was formed in 1997 and have since then released a number of recordings and performed on a number of clubs and festivals mainly in Sweden. We have had the opportunity to play with bands such as The Hellacopters, Amaranthe, Engel, Dead By April, Corroded, Freedom Call, The Kristet Utseende, Smash Into Pieces, Art Nation, Eyes Wide Open among others The band was also invited, as special guests, for a gig with the Backyard Babies.

We are currently working on the new album. The first single ‘Devil of Mine’ was released in October. As many other colleagues in the music industry, we had to cancel the tour planned for 2020. “We are really looking forward for Covid to cease. Meanwhile, we are spending time with our families and creating music” The recording of this album, is as the previous album, made in our own studio Dark City Sounds. The vocals are recorded by P-O at POL Studio.

We have been described as a hybrid between old school Trash and Melodic metal. The five band members all have different backgrounds when it comes to personal musical influences. It is a wide range from Classic Hard Rock, Trash Metal, Punk, Power Metal and Modern Metal. This makes the sound of Corrosive Sweden unique, but with recognizable fragments.

How did you come up with your band name?

There were several bands called Corrosive, so we added Sweden.

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

Hudiksvall, Sweden. The Metal and Rock scene is pretty bad actually.

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

It´s called ‘Devil of Mine’. The song was released 2.October 2020

Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of bands. Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Helloween, Slayer, Meshuggah, Deftones, among others. We have an influence playlist on our Spotify page. Follow that one

www.open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1E4F3hUzJjwlZj

What first got you into music?

Johan: My cousin showed me Accept and Twisted Sister. Then I bought my first electric guitar.

Christer: I heard Kiss – “Dynasty” when I was six years old. Then I was sold for life.

Peter: I grew up in a home with a dad who plays guitar and a big brother who plays drums, so the music has always been there. I started my first band with some friends.

Daniel: My brother.

Alex: I originally started out singing just for fun, but eventually took the opportunity to perform on stage during my pre-teen years. In my teenage years me and some of my classmates decided to start a band and that’s when I discovered my love for playing the bass.

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

A big band with the ambition to help us move forward in our careers would be very fun.

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

Rock in Rio – Because it’s a huge festival.

Wacken Open Air – Because Germany is a dream we’ve had for a long time.

Sweden Rock festival – Because it is the world’s nicest festival to be at, as a visitor.

Graspop Metal Meeting – We just love it.

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

Foam plots. It is a Swedish Christmas candy. Taste like rubber!!

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

Help us in these difficult times. Stream and spread our music. Buy our merch. Come to our concerts when the pandemic subsides. It´s a tough time for bands like us these days.

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

Johan: Freddie Mercury

Christer: Hard question. Probably Eric Carr.

Peter: Cliff Burton.

Daniel: The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold.

Alex: Chi Cheng from Deftones.

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

Love writing, recording and playing new music.

Hate is a strong word, but we dislike that many people want our money but do not want to work so much for it. We also dislike many people who don´t think that writing music is a real job.

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

Hard question. But getting paid fairly for what you do would definitely make it easier for us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Christer: Kiss – “Lick It Up” or Helloween – “Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2”

Johan: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”

Peter: Therapy – “Troublegum”

Daniel: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”

Alex: I Don´t know!

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

All of them but vinyl is the coolest.

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

A small festival in Sweden called Metalpark. Great response and a fantastic crew.

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

Johan: Lighthouse Keeper.

Christer: Probably a Tennis Pro with 22 Grand Slam Trophies.

Peter: Industrial worker.

Daniel: Soccer Pro with Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Alex: Perhaps a photographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Christer: Paul Stanley but he probably would not come because of the corona so then it must be Michael Kiske or John Petrucci.

Johan: Dave Mustaine.

Peter: Kerry King.

Daniel: James Hetfield.

Alex: Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

We have just recorded two new singles that will be released soon. At this moment, we are recording two more that will be released in the spring of 2021.

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

Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our one website, and of cause many other digital platforms, Apple music etc.
www.corrosivesweden.se/
www.facebook.com/CorrosiveSweden/
www.instagram.com/corrosivesweden/
www.twitter.com/CorrosiveSweden

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit. Very good with Swedish coffee. But it´s better with a chocolate ball, cinnamon bun or a Swedish Kladdkaka. Try it if you get the chance 😊

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

Thanks for the support and may the force be with you.

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