Reviews

The New Roses – Nothing But Wild

The New Roses

The New Roses – Nothing But Wild
Napalm Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Germany’s The New Roses are a bit of a conundrum and, much to their credit, have so much more depth to them than the casual glance at the new album would give the impression. The snarling wolf artwork, the album title and the opening track all give the impression that these guys are the Teutonic version of Airbourne (in itself, not a bad thing) but as the rest of the album unfolds you’re taken on a very rich journey across a shifting landscape that is much more akin to America than their own home country.

The very rough and ready ‘Soundtrack of My Life’ kicks off the album in true rebel rousing style, kicking up dust and powering you headlong into a furnace of hard rock that comes over like the wild child of Aerosmith at their most kinetic. Thinking that this full on assault is the way that the album is heading, ‘Can’t Stop Rock and Roll’ is a real turn for the unexpected as it’s much more commercial Stadium Hard Rock and third track ‘Down By The River’ has a real Tom Petty/Kid Rock feel to it, bringing memories of happy hazy Summer days. ‘Nothing But Wild’ has a real bluesy Southern kick to it and ‘Heartache’, with its great chorus, would be the perfect soundtrack to dusty road trips, stopping off at roadside bars that smell of beer, chilli and violence.

No rock album aiming for the stadiums would be complete without a big rock ballad and ‘The Bullet’ certainly ticks that particular box. This track could have been written and performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd such is its country tinged, wide screen appeal and you can almost imagine the video, all sepia tinted flatbed trucks, blonde haired high school sweethearts, sunsets and campfires. ‘Running Out Of Time’ is anthemic and joyous and the pace increases for the heavy ‘Unknown Territory’ with its elements of classic hard rock and tinges of New Wave. Similarly ass kicking are ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Give And Take’, the former that takes you from highways to arenas and beyond whilst the latter revels in a ten-million-dollar confidence swagger.

Ballad Number 2 crops up in the shape of ‘The Only Thing’ and ‘Meet Me Half Way’ is another great country number that really shows the quality of the songwriting once again, if any reminder is needed. ‘Glory Road’ rounds off things with another slab of stadium rock that Jon Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams would be proud of. Acoustic bonus tracks ‘Down by the River’ and ‘Fight You Leaving Me’ give you another glimpse of the songs and would be a perfect addition as a mid-set unplugged section for future tours. As mentioned, it’s a somewhat oddly paced album style wise and it will be interesting to see if the next album heads more towards the heads down cranking it up of ‘Soundtrack…’ or the ‘track to break into America’ of everything else. It’s nice to say that the album grabs you because of what it is, rather than what it isn’t, The New Roses certainly defying any expectations and in that lays their genius. Great songs, excellent performances and a band that absolutely begs to be seen live! Everyone needs a bit of good time rock ‘n’ roll in their lives and The New Roses deliver that in spades.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Soundtrack Of My Life
02. Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll
03. Down By The River
04. Nothing But Wild
05. Heartache
06. The Bullet
07. Running Out Of Hearts
08. Unknown Territory
09. As The Crow Flies
10. Give And Take
11. The Only Thing
12. Meet Me Halfway
13. Glory Road
14. Down By The River (Unplugged Bonus Track)
15. Fight You Leaving Me (Unplugged Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Timmy Rough – Vocals/Guitar
Norman Bites – Guitar
Hardy – Bass
Urban Berz – Drums

LINKS:
https://thenewroses.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRoses/

https://www.instagram.com/thenewroses/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAq1qDH8UemNCfWBFFhgXBw

 

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Video Interview with Vice – Alma Inn, Bolton – 20/07/2019

Video Interview with Vice
Alma Inn, Bolton 20/07/2019
Interview by Beth Jones

Hi All – Rick Here

Back in July Beth and I attended the Alma Inn July Showcase in Bolton and a wonderful time we had. That particular event was headlined by Manchester based Metal band Vice, who, in case you don’t know, are just a bit good!

You can check out our full live review of the event here:
https://ever-metal.com/2019/07/28/the-alma-inn-july-showcase-2019-the-alma-inn-bolton-20-07-2019/

We had actually first interviewed Vice back at Hammerfest in 2018 but when we listened back to the audio, for some reason, there was a nasty hiss and squeal over the whole conversation making it impossible to transcribe. With that in mind we made sure we video interviewed them at this gig to make up for it and then the technical gremlins struck again when we tried to watch back and upload the video. However, we have persevered, and can now bring you the full interview. It is a little dark in places but audio is fine. Just remind me that if we are asked to interview them again then I’m going to do it in shorthand!!

We would like to send huge thanks to Tom, Connor and Aiden for the interview and apologise to them for the delay, although I think one of them must have a weird magnetic force field that disrupts recording equipment!!

Here it is!

 

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Vicemetaluk/
https://www.instagram.com/vicemetaluk/
https://vicemetaluk.bandcamp.com/rele…
https://vicemetaluk.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lsTZ…
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtKp…

 

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

Blood Oath Logo

EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leicester based Blackened Death Metal band Blood Oath! Huge thanks to vocalist Mark ‘Thrax’ Johnson 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?

Hi guys, my name’s ‘Thrax’ (it’s a nickname I’ve had for years) and I’m the vocalist of Blood Oath. We formed near the end of 2015 after several drunken conversations about ‘getting the band back together one more time’.

How did you come up with your band name?

That was the hardest thing. We came up with loads of ideas, most of them stupid or that have already been done. For me Blood Oath encapsulates the promise we made to play at Bloodstock. Something we achieved the following year in 2017.

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

We’re all from the UK. I think the scene here is doing great. Maybe 10-15 years ago things were different, I don’t know, but now I truly believe that there’s so many great little one/two day festivals, both indoor and outdoor, going on all over this country now. It’s great to see that it’s not all about massive festivals like Download. These all day events are a great way for smaller bands like ourselves to get the chance to share a stage with a larger, more established band.

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

We’ve literally just released the first single (and hopefully a video) from our forthcoming album, the song is called ‘Infernum Diabolus’ and was inspired by a time a few years ago when I visited the ruined temple of Knossos in Crete. The supposed site of the fabled labyrinth and the Minotaur! The single is the title track off our latest album “Infernum Rex Diabolus”, which will be released in November.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Woah…too many to count! If I’m honest we’re inspired by more old school death metal bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel and Obituary. That said we’re loving the current wave of newer death metal bands such as Amon Amarth and Behemoth.
Frazer, our guitarist will not forgive me though if I don’t mention our greatest influence, Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

I must have been around nine years old when I started to get into music, but the current pop stuff on the radio just didn’t do it for me. I noticed rock bands like Guns and Roses, Kiss and AC/DC. I kinda liked these bands but it was the moment I discovered Iron Maiden that it all clicked into place. The Lyrics, the riffs and the artwork…I was in love.

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

Good question. Personally I’d like to do something a little different, maybe with Wardruna or Myrkur. Maybe something fun with Korpiklaani, who knows? Hahaha!

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

My first choice would have to be Bloodstock Open Air. I’ve been going to that festival for the last eleven or twelve years. It’s always an awesome, friendly and messy weekend and I’d love to play there again (hint hint).

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

We’ve not received any weird gifts yet but we’ve been told a fan has our rune logo tattooed on them which is quite an honour. I designed that logo a couple of years ago and I’ve got it tattooed myself but to hear a fan had it too kinda blew me away.

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

Don’t do drugs and stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water…hahaha!

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

Tough question, jeez, so many inspiring musicians have left us before their time. I’d have to say Dimebag. The man was an absolute legend and I swear no one has been able to recreate his sound or attitude since. Truly one of a kind! Getcha pull.

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

Being on stage and looking out over a mental crowd, throwing the horns and ripping the place up through our music. It’s an honour and a privilege just to see people enjoying our little band. It never gets old.
What I hate? Carrying heavy equipment up flights of stairs, we seriously need roadies.
Arrogant band members or sound engineers with egos! I mean seriously! Life (and gigs) would be so much easier if we all just got on and helped each other out…it’s not hard.

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

Live venues closing! It seems to be happening more these days and it’s a shame. There’s nothing like popping to your local, having a couple of beers and watching a decent unsigned band. Where’s the next Metallica or Black Sabbath going to come from?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Chaos AD”

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

CD’s with Vinyl a close second because I’m old!

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

My favourite occasion was when we opened for Soulfly, Kataklysm and Epica at the Metalhead Meeting in Romania. It was a great weekend. The people we met were fantastic and the venue was awe inspiring. The festival was held at an old Roman Arena so the sound was incredible.
My other favourite gig was when we played the HRH Vikings festival last year in Sheffield. Again the crowd was insane. I’d love to do all that again. This time though I’ll be getting a hotel room so I can stay the whole weekend, and drink.

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

Going to bed early! Hahaha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I can’t think of a proper answer, so I’ll say all the members of ‘Footprints in the Custard’ because my guess is they’ll be really serious. Perhaps a cheese and wine party!

What’s next for the band?

Gigs! We require as much time on the road, promoting our new album as much as possible. You can catch us at The Flapper in Birmingham, 19th October. We’re part of an awesome charity event raising money for Macmillan. Selfish promotion there!

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

You can find us on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/BloodOathUK/
I’m always on there so pop by and say hello.
Our videos are on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCorkMmh-2BlQmzwP4pEnPIA
They’re mainly us drunkenly talking nonsense so they are quite amusing.
Our merchandise is available on our Big Cartel page.
www.bloodoath666.com.
We’re selling off our old shirts for a fiver! Bonus! (Rick Here…they are indeed, I just bought one!)
We’ve even got an Instagram page, but that’s not as amusing.
https://www.instagram.com/bloodoathuk/
As you can see, we take ourselves very seriously. Haha

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither!

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

Yep. Support your local metal band!

 

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Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)

CD Booklet

Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/09/2019
Running Time: 26:00
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Since I became an album reviewer I have been lucky to discover many incredible bands. Some bands don’t care about my reviews, but other bands care a lot. In some cases, they not only care a lot, but create a good connection and friendship when we feel that we have the same spirit and love for Heavy Metal. What the hell am I talking about? What I mean is when both sides really want to do the best to promote Heavy Metal; you will probably have an awesome connection, as I have with Casket Robbery.

When I first heard Casket Robbery, I was an inexperienced writer trying to find the words to define them and today I still think how impressive and different they are from the typical Death Metal bands. Their music consists of a strong Metal that will rapidly explode your head. Riffs and catchy short solos create a different sonority. Cory Scheider adds some distorted melodies to increase the horror spirit from the lyrics and Megan Orvold has an insane vocal. I bet you cannot hear her screams without imagining her big eyes staring into you at a concert. The drum parts are incredibly fast, but have many different variations which mean it is not repetitive.

This EP was originally released in 2017 and this extended version has added the newest single ‘From Hell’ (2019) that has an interesting history. The members had a contest called “Evil Laugh” and their fans sent a recorded laugh to be part of this track. A few days ago I discovered that MY LAUGH is on it too. Yes, my friends! I sent my evil laugh as a fan and it is there with many other crazy people’s laugh!

The other three bonus tracks are just Megan and Cory talking about the compositions and recording process while the songs play in a background. ‘Pockets Lined With Flowers’ is still my favourite song with a killer scream from Megan opening the musical destruction. The rhythmical changes across the EP are awesome. There is a morbid atmosphere created by backing vocals or short guitar melodies similar to the keyboard and synths from Fear Factory.

“The Ascension” shows how powerful a band Casket Robbery is. It is a mix of heaviness from good Death Metal, Groove and horror stories played with huge anger, by experienced musicians.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Pockets Lined With Flowers
02. From Hell (BONUS TRACK)
03. The Ascension
04. Lilith
05. Pockets Lined With Flowers – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
06. From Hell – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
07. The Ascension – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
08. Lilith – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)

LINE-UP:
Megan Orvold – Vocals
Cory Scheider – Guitars
Jeremy Kohnmann- Guitars
Alex Simpson – Drums

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

https://www.instagram.com/casketrobbery/

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

 

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EMQ’s with A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION (A.P.E.)

A Primitive Evolution

EMQ’s with A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION (A.P.E.)

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto based Dark Alternative Rock band A Primitive Evolution! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist/Synths man Brett Carruthers 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 Brett Carruthers and I play guitar and sing in the band A Primitive Evolution. We started this group a while back and finally realized our sound with our new album “Becoming.” It takes everything we’ve all been influenced by and ever wanted to create and wraps it all up in an auralgasm for you.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think it came to Stu in a moment of clarity. He saw the letters A.P.E. he saw an ape become a man. It was A Primitive Evolution you see.

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

We’re from Canada. The Metal/Rock is alright here. There’s definitely an active engagement in Metal in the big cities and people come out to big shows so that’s good, but it feels like there’s something missing in some ways to me often. Can’t quite put my finger on it… The giant distances between cities make it really hard to tour, so maybe that contributes. Easier to go to the States or Europe really!

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

Our latest release is the album “Becoming.” We’ve released a bunch of videos for this album which are up on our YouTube channel which you should probably head on over to and check out.
https://www.youtube.com/APrimitiveEvolution

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Orgy, Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Ministry, Aldous Huxley, Philip K Dick, Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Stephen King, HR Geiger, Alex Grey, my family and friends.

What first got you into music?

I feel like as soon as I was born I was into music. I just feel it. Everywhere I go. It’s inside me.

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

Probably Chelsea Wolfe, Youth Code, 3Teeth.

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

Always thought that Rock Am Ring was the pinnacle of festivals! The people, the stages, the bands you’re playing with. Just magical!

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

Well, I didn’t receive it but a female fan once gave Stephany a bunny vibrator… Hehe, that was odd, and fun and sweet all at the same time.

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

Engage with us, we enjoy it. Sharing helps more than you could ever imagine as well for bands in this stage and this market. We love you.

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

There’s too many to choose from at this point.
But ya know… I wouldn’t bring anyone back. It all happens for a reason.
Unrealistic me would bring back anyone who was murdered, so John Lennon or Dimebag.
Their careers were cut short. That’s a tragedy.

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

Well I love playing music, that’s what drives this whole thing. I love creating and writing songs, making new sounds in production.
If I hate anything it’s streaming services and how they’re literally just fucking us all in the ass with how little their royalty rates are compared to how much money the companies are making off that music. It’s ridiculous.

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

Hahaha, what I just said essentially. It would be nice if we could make a fair, profit sharing business where people take care of the artists again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Siamese Dream” by Smashing Pumpkins

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

Really whatever you like best is best. To me Downloads work great if they’re high quality. If I really love a band I’ll buy the Vinyl or CD to have the artwork and the packaging to check out.

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

We’ve done a lot of great shows in Toronto with friend’s bands. Playing with The Birthday Massacre is always a pleasure here. We also often play a party called Krampus Ball put on by our friends in Squid Lid. It’s probably my favourite show to be a part of.

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

Probably off in the desert somewhere in search of other worlds.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Me, you, him, her and them!

What’s next for the band?

Tour!! We’re heading out next week with Pig and Cyanotic so that’s super exciting. Then more videos are on the fall horizon as well as getting back into the studio this winter to start work on the next album!

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

https://aprimitiveevolution.com/
https://www.facebook.com/APEdestroys/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/286052358875743/
https://twitter.com/APEdestroys
https://www.instagram.com/apedestroys/
https://aprimitiveevolution.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1yrkth0uppjyrUaHDqr0qM
https://www.youtube.com/APrimitiveEvolution

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea hahaha; I’ve never had this creation.

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

Thanks for doing this. It’s a wonderful time to be creating.
Hopefully we can all work to making this fucked up planet a beautiful place to live again.

 

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Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime -Greatest Hits Tour – w/Gin Annie – The Underworld, Camden, London – 29/08/2019

Geoff Tate_s Operation Mindcrime Underworld Poster

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime
Greatest Hits Tour
w/Gin Annie
The Underworld, Camden, London
29/08/2019
Review by Dawn ‘The Metal Priestess’ King

Having attended Bloodstock at the beginning of August for the first time in what seemed like an eternity (it was actually six years, but you know how time can play tricks on us!), I was in the mood for some more live music. Tickets for this had been booked well in advance so it was a gig I was really looking forward to.

Having seen Queensryche perform a stonker at Bloodstock with the fantastic Todd le Torre, I wanted to see just how Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime would measure up. Would they have the magic of the “old” Queensryche (although I had only seen the “original” Queensryche once before at High Voltage Festival way back in 2011 and, if I’m honest, they were pretty dire then!) or would they just sound like a covers band, which, I guess, technically, they are!?

So, the venue? The Underworld in London’s Camden Town. I, personally, like The Underworld. Its small so you don’t get the humungous amounts of people but large enough to have a decent crowd. There are a few pillars (holding up the ceiling I’m guessing!!) so depending on where you stand, your view could be obstructed a bit, but it really is only a problem if the downstairs (half a dozen steps down) is jam-packed!

So, amazingly for me, I arrived at the venue in plenty of time, so I actually managed to watch the support band (something I very rarely do!) I must admit I hadn’t heard of them before the gig but then I was expecting a band with ‘Wolf’ in their name for some reason!! Must be the blonde in me!!

Anyway, the support were a hard rock band called ‘Gin Annie’ and I must say I was VERY impressed. Hailing from Wolverhampton in the UK they feature (and I quote this from their website) “heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses, and classy melodies.” I couldn’t have put it better myself! They were absolutely fantastic and judging by the reaction they were getting from some of the crowd, I am guessing they were already pretty well known (late to the party AGAIN!!)

They had a contagious energy that just made you want to get up and dance along with them, and if I had drunk one or two vodkas, I think I probably would have done. The guitarists were awesome, and the singer’s voice just blew me away. There was nothing fancy about them. They are a good old-fashioned heavy rock band, who obviously enjoy what they do. I don’t think there was a time when all five of them weren’t up on that stage smiling! A great sign of a band that work hard but have immense pleasure in what they do.

They played nine tracks in total and I must say I was rather disappointed when they had to leave the stage! I wanted more…..so on my way out I bought the CD from the merch stand and had it in my car for over a week! Instead of getting bored with it each time I played it, I loved it more and more!! I would really love to see these guys as a headline

band, and I will now make it my mission to see them as such!

Outstanding work guys!!

So, after a break of what felt like forever (I don’t understand why there must be such a long break between supports and the headliners. Festivals manage a quick turnaround, so why can’t they?) it was Geoff Tate’s turn. I was looking forward to it, but I must admit I also had a bit of trepidation about the gig. Going by the previous time I had seen him perform, and reports of other gigs over the years, I wondered if it was just all going to be a waste of time.

The band came on first, playing the introduction to track ‘Neue Regel’ followed by the main man himself, to rapturous applause and cheering!

Now, I have been a Queensryche fan for as long as I can remember and to hear all of my favourite Queensryche tracks being played right there in front of me was awesome BUT….and yes there is a but….there was just a little something missing for me! I loved Geoff’s voice during his heyday, but I don’t think he can quite cut some of the notes now. And yes, before I get bombarded with messages of hate etc, I know singers can tend to lose their voice as they get older, but this is a review and I have to be honest!

Despite this, he did do the songs justice, but then he should have done, shouldn’t he? He has been singing these songs for three decades and should know them inside out and upside down. The heroes of the evening, for me, were the musicians he had backing him, Felix Bohnke, the drummer from EdGuy and Avantasia being one of them.

These guys were simply magnificent and if you closed your eyes it could quite easily have been the Queensryche of yesteryear up there on that stage. Personally, I think they are all too good to be in what could only be described as a Queensryche covers band but if that’s what they are happy doing, then good luck to them.

I had heard of Geoff being somewhat arrogant (something I really do not like), and this did come across occasionally while he was onstage and again, I am ducking to avoid anything that could be thrown at me at this point!

Overall, though, Geoff and the boys did a grand job. They played all the old Queensryche classics from ‘Operation:Mindcrime’ (the track) to ‘Empire’ to crowd favourite ‘Silent Lucidity’ and more. I am gutted I missed them on the tour when they played the whole of Operation Mindcrime 1 and 2 but this gig did make up for that.

So, Gin Annie get massive double thumbs up, for me, being the better band on the night and I WILL be going to see them again, while Operation:Mindcrime, although great, came in second!

Gin Annie – Setlist:
New Bad Habit
All I Want
Fallin’
Damage
Next 2 Me
Dying To Live Again
Chains
Love Ain’t Here
Born To Rock n Roll

Gin Annie Links:

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF GIN ANNIE


https://www.facebook.com/GinAnnieUK/

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime – Setlist:
Neue Regel
Screaming In Digital
Operation:Mindcrime
Speak
Spreading The Disease
The Mission
Take Hold Of The Flame
Empire
I Dream In Infrared
The Lady Wore Black
Walk In The Shadows
Breaking The Silence
I Don’t Believe In Love
Encore:
Silent Lucidity
Jet City Woman
Eyes Of A Stranger

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime Links:

Operation Mindcrime Tour


https://www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband/

 

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EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Omen Machine

EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottinghamshire based Alternative Metal band Omen Machine! Huge thanks to vocalist Matthew Nathan 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 Matthew Nathan; I am the vocalist for Omen Machine. My introduction to the band was a strange one. I was singing with a lovely band called Wild Abyss but we were on hiatus for the summer. As such, I got pretty bored not being able to perform or write music. I’d also started getting into metal and back into the hardcore scene when a band message popped up in the Nottingham Live Music scene. A guy named Callum Parkin (that I’d seen perform in his covers band) was looking for a vocalist. Initially he was a bit hesitant because I’m not a typical metal singer but he worked with me over a few months and we found a shout and a scream that we were both happy with. That’s how I was introduced to the band. But Callum and Oliver had known each other for years and they had worked with Ross (our bassist) previously. So the three of them were already solid! Our drummer, Fred, he just dropped out of the sky like an angel who could play drums better than anyone.

How did you come up with your band name?

Callum and Oli thought of the two most metal words they could and threw them together.

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

England. I want to be hopeful and say it’s thriving but the entire underground music scene is struggling. Support your local venues everyone, or else watch live music disappear.

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

We have a single release called ‘Crown Of Thorns’, which you can find on Youtube, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer…

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re a bit of a melting pot as a band. The guys are influenced by Slipknot, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Lamb of God etc.

Then there’s me who draws from Enter Shikari, King Blues, The Maine, Eminem and Dreamstate!

What first got you into music?

As far as I can remember I’ve always been into it. But my parents made me get piano lessons when I was young and being a spoiled little boy I didn’t appreciate it until I turned 20 and I had quit a few years ago. Now all I want to do is go back to lessons and become a better musician.

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

Well the lads would choose someone different but if I could work with Enter Shikari or Eminem, my life would be complete. Slipknot wouldn’t be a bad shout. Corey Taylor is one of my many spirit animals.

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

Download. I’ve been going since I was old enough and my goodness, it would be incredible. Is there a more prestigious festival in the UK?

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

Well we’re a bit small and new to be given gifts. It’s a gift just to perform for people who know the words.

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

Speak truth to power. Stand up to bullies. It’s ok to not be alright. (That last one is a lyric from one of Dreamstate’s songs but it’s one of the kindest lyrics I’ve ever heard).

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

David Bowie. Maybe that’s not really Rock but there’s no other musician for me.

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

I love performing, and being able to express myself in such a specific way. But it is a struggle to get people to give you an opportunity sometimes. Thankfully we have been asked back every time we have been given a chance but just getting your foot in the door is really tricky.

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

Same problem I have with the film industry. Companies watch their bottom line instead of taking a punt on some new ideas.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Spark” by Enter Shikari. The best music makes you feel strong feelings and that album blew me away. It’s funny because I didn’t like it at first. It was so different from their previous work but when I was in the right mood, it deeply touched me. Converted me back to a fan for life!

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

Ugh, I don’t wanna say downloads but they are definitely the most convenient.

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

We are playing in Liverpool soon and that’s a personal dream right there.

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

Writing! I’m writing a book at the moment and have been distracted by some short stories that I needed to get out of my head. I’m actually starting to write a very young children’s book currently.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ah my band members obviously, and then probably my mate Leia from my old band.

What’s next for the band?

Gigs! Plenty of them! We are working on releasing another song by November and as the resident video editor that means a lot more work for me. We’re also working on a music video for ‘Crown Of Thorns’!

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

https://www.facebook.com/omenmachineuk/
Facebook is our main source but you can find us on Twitter and Instagram as well.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I asked the rest of the band but they’re not filling this in. I say they’re a biscuit.

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

I just want people out there to listen to our music and maybe get inspired. There are a lot of horrible things going on at the moment and part of my mission is to draw attention to it and hopefully inspire someone much cleverer than me to think of a better solution.

 

 

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Killcode – Mercury Lounge, NYC – 13/06/2019

 

 

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Sacred Reich – Awakening

Awakening Cover

Sacred Reich – Awakening
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Running Time: 31:23
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

You know, dear friends, acolytes, neophytes and zelators, we never sit here and discuss our feelings. Us Metal fans, we are the outsiders, the alternative and one big, drunken happy family united by our love of music and drinking stupendous amounts of alcohol. We should be more aware of ourselves and more especially of others. Make friends and love each other, boys and girls. Love is the law. Love under will. I’m saying this stuff and being serious because recently, as I’m sure you are all aware, it was the recent anniversary of the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, one of our own. This has got me thinking about how we all need to watch out for each other. If you’re in a pit and you see someone going down, lift them up. If someone is passing out or throwing up because of too many party treats or too much booze, be the one that calls the fucking ambulance and gets them seen to. There’s enough shit and bias against us tattooed, pierced and Metal/ Goth/ Industrial loving folks without us not looking after each other. Dark Juan loves you all. Rest In Peace, Sophie. You were a friend lots of us never got to meet and that still hurts, so many years after the event.

So endeth the sermon, and I have therefore picked up my glass of wine and I have slapped a new platter on by my favourite thrash band of all time, Sacred Reich (which, due to slight inebriation, I’m having trouble spelling…). For those of you who have been living under some kind of anti-metal rock, Sacred Reich were formed in 1985 and are an Arizona band who should have been absolutely colossal on the scale of Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax and always had a very polished, Bay Area thrash sound. Think the clean, arctic purity of Metallica’s Ride The Lightning with added bass (because Lars isn’t there to fuck up the production like normal) mixed with Bonded With Blood era Exodus. THAT’S the Sacred Reich sound. Their record “The American Way” is an absolute thrash classic and you should be hitting Amazon right about now to buy it. I’ll wait…
“Awakening” is the fifth album by these grizzled thrash stalwarts. What do you get? You get ultra-classic thrash that takes me instantly back to dying of alcohol poisoning with my friends in a tent in the middle of a field or a beach with a ghetto blaster and a shitload of tape cassettes. This is not a bad thing because thrash always had the perfect mix between power, aggression, musicianship and melody and it was my full on gateway drug into all other known metal. So, we have a classic band utilising a classic style with a classic sound. Have we a new Sacred Reich classic album here?

The answer, dear friends and defilers of the Whorehouse of Christ The Deceiver, is very fucking nearly. Sacred Reich have released a gem of a heavy metal record. It is pretty damned fine. Their sound has evolved too, incorporating elements of southern blues and full on groove metal into that classic US thrash blueprint and creating a new kind of warbeast, a chimerical quadruped cyborg armed with heavy machine guns and a really shitty temper. The groovy, updated sound undoubtedly benefits from the recent joining of Dave McClain, after his split with Machine Head and the infusion of young blood into the band in the form of Joey Radziwill on guitar. Sacred Reich, however, have never been afraid of leaning left of the centre with their music (anyone remember the truly execrable, but fantastically well-meaning ‘31 Flavors’ from “The American Way”? For those of you that don’t, allow me to enlighten you – Thrash metal band are quite possibly massively stoned or utterly fucked up beyond all known levels of sanity on god knows what substance and decide it would be a terrific idea to play a funk song. Oh. My. God. It is hilarious for all the wrong reasons. There’s shocking sequenced brass bits, lyrics of questionable taste and it is possibly the most uncomfortable piece of guitar playing I have ever heard in my life. Saying that, the message is an inspiring one…) what with them breaking into the Batman theme tune in the middle eight of ‘Surf Nicaragua’, but there’s not many shenanigans on offer with this record. This is a band who have rediscovered the love of their music and have decided that they are going to violently kill everyone with it.

What there is, though, is a level of comfort and satisfaction that is seldom achieved in metal. This is a band thoroughly comfortable with themselves, their music and the kind of record they wanted to make. Another one of the manifold reasons I love Sacred Reich so much is the fact that Phil Heal is a magnificently accomplished bassist, far in advance of his contemporaries. It lends the Sacred Reich sound that extra edge that, for this thrash loving Hellpriest, set them apart from the rest of the American thrash bands. He’s also a much better singer than most thrash frontmen as well.

I’m fucking loving this. It proves that thrash is still relevant and is not just some young bands having discovered Dad’s Kreator records and being achingly cool and replicating the sound of them for a modern and young audience who have never heard Sodom’s “Agent Orange” or Coroner’s “No More Color”.

Stand out track on this album for me is the simply jaw dropping ‘Divide And Conquer’. It’s an agglomeration of Slayer style verse and riffage, segueing into a classic Metallica sounding chorus. If there was ever a song this distilled the very essence of the sheer brilliance of thrash metal, THIS IS IT! Who cares that Phil struggles a little bit when he hits the higher notes. The middle eight of ‘Salvation’ also deserves note because of the simply sublime bass and guitar interplay that has caused me to soil myself in sheer excitement and caused me to thank my friend Marion in Laniscat for selling me a wipe clean sofa. Once again it comes in for some abuse, does my sofa when I’m writing for Ever-Metal.com. And serious, strenuous efforts at cleaning too!

I really don’t have the words to tell you how much fun this record is. Mrs. Dark Juan has been throwing things at me for the past hour because I’m A) Not making tea like I promised I would, B) flailing around like an animate, demented windmill, C) Howling like a tone deaf werewolf in mating season along to the album, D) Upsetting the hellhounds, and E) Accidentally breaking every ornament we own. See B) for more information.

To return to an earlier question: Is “Awakening” by Sacred Reich a classic record? I wish to qualify the opinion I gave you earlier. Yes, it fucking is. Ultra-precise, razor sharp classic thrash from the finest band ever to play it, with an engaging sense of fun, and for this record, a serious an uncompromising sense of who they are and where they want to be. Dave McClain was wasted in Machine Head. Sacred Reich is where he belongs. May Phil and Wiley and the new guys live forever. And more importantly, keep giving me records like this because I’m a dripping, spent mess of metal pleasure right now.
I think I’ll leave you with that mental image.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has regressed instantly back to teenage years, and is busily chasing goth girls (and failing miserably at catching them), pouring insane quantities of beer down it’s throat and acquiring new and exciting neck and brain damage from headbanging so hard. 10/10 because it is fucking amazing! Thank fuck that Sacred Reich gave me this record, rather than Rock Goddess levels of disappointment.

To return to seriousness for a brief moment, if I may. Please, PLEASE, everyone support S.O.P.H.I.E. because we NEED to make the loss of one of our own in such a senseless and disgusting fashion MEAN SOMETHING. It is important, no, it is IMPERATIVE that our metal and alternative family love each other as hard as we can. We are the outsiders. We NEED each other. If you don’t yet support S.O.P.H.I.E. please just even buy a wristband and you’re doing your bit.

Thank you. I love you all.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Awakening
02. Divide And Conquer
03. Salvation
04. Manifest Reality
05. Killing Machine
06. Death Valley
07. Revolution
08. Something To Believe

LINE-UP:
Phil Heal – bass and vocals
Dave McClain – Drums
Wiley Arnett – Guitar
Joey Radziwill – Guitar

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

https://www.instagram.com/sacredreichofficial/
https://sacredreichofficial.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6iXZvQxkiWKbEaTX704z1g
And for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.)
https://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

 

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Interview with Gutlocker – Rabidfest 2019 – 18/08/2019

Gutlocker

Interview with Gutlocker
Rabidfest 2019, 18/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

At Rabidfest Ever Metal’s ‘roving reporter’ Sheri decided to interview Gutlocker who she knows. What followed wasn’t really an interview more of a free for all…sort of…so here goes!

This interview allegedly took place on Day Three of the Festival and will possibly self-destruct in 10 seconds!!

Sheri: So you are now known affectionately as “Stomach Padlock”…?

Gutlocker: Cool. Says who?

Sheri: Mark! And Mark is boss today (Mark Gibbs – Rabidfest director)

Gutlocker: We can go with that.

(Mark then makes an appearance…)

Dean: Heeeey! And he’s got his patch on! He listened to me last weekend…

(Mark is heard in the distance…: Yeah You’ve spelled it wrong. It should be spelled Stomach Padlock!)

Sheri: See? I told ya!

Dean: Aaaaah! Cork knocker mate! Get back to Peaky Blinders! Hahaha!

Pete: He’s got razors in the back of his hat haha.

Dean: Anyway this interviews going well! Hahahaha!

Mark: Whatever they say about me, be pretty sure it’s a lie.

Craig: Mark’s a really nice guy…

EVERYONE LAUGHS

Sheri: So what have you guys been up to?

Craig: We have been doing relentless gigging…

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Erm, pissed my Mrs off in the process.

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Lots of writing.

Dean: Lots of planning!

Ben: Booking a tour.

Craig: We’ll be starting to record again soon. We’ve been listening towards inspiration so we’ve been listening to Coldplay…

Dean: But like the Beatles, we’re gonna carry on anyway hahaha.

Ben: That’s it, go all Greenday.

Sheri: Any more shows you’ve got coming up?

Dean: Welllllll, tell ‘em, Ben!

Ben: Well…we’ve got today!

Gutlocker: Which is gonna be good!

Sheri: Yaaaay!

Craig: And what is today, for those that aren’t here?

Dean: It’s Rabidfest, didn’t you know?

Pete: And then next month we’ve got a proper tour. We’re gonna do 9 days.

Dean: 1,000 miles in 9 days.

Craig: And Unearthed Festival in October as well.

Sheri: Ah I’m looking forward to that!

Craig: Which is after our tour! We’ll give you the tour dates as well so we can say what else we’ve got after it.

Ben: I thought I was the one explaining this!! Jesus Christ! Hahaha!

Pete: No one asked me to say anything! Hahaha!

Ben: We’re doing a tour. We’re gonna be doing… Dudley, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bolton, Nottingham then that’s it… 9 days on the trot. It’s gonna be good!

Pete: It’s gonna be long.

Craig: 9 days back to back from the start date of 20th September.

Dean: It will be the most time we’ve ever spent together as a band…

Sheri: Don’t be smacking each other in the face hahaha!

Craig: No we’ll just kick each other haha!

Dean: We wanna say a big thanks to Mark Walsh.

Ben: Big up to Mark.

Pete: He’s pretty much booked the entire tour for us. He’s a proper legend.

Ben: So thank you Mark. We started it and then he stepped in and said “you guys need to do a tour! I’ll do a tour with you.”

Pete: And we were like “Can we go…north of Watford?” haha!

Ben: Can we see life outside the M25?

Sheri: A bit up the M1 a bit.

Pete: We’ve not really played beyond sort of Manchester so sorta visiting Leeds, Newcastle, Hull is gonna be epic.

Ben: And then we have Unearthed Festival in October, which is in Birmingham at the Flapper.

Pete: And that’s gonna be good. With Abhorrent Decimation, Dog Tired… a whole bunch of bands. Recall the Remains… Then we got a couple of other shows towards the end of the year.

Ben: We’ve got a Halloween gig that we’re trying to book but we will get back to you on that!

Dean: We have one band and we have a venue. It may just have to be us doing a 3 hour set, with an hour set list three times haha!

Pete: And not necessarily in the right order.

Craig: Yeah we’re gonna play 100 songs where we play them and they’re 10 seconds each.

Sheri: Ah like Mad Spanner? Haha!

All: Yes!!!

Pete: Mad Spanner are playing a gig with us during our tour. They’ll be in Dudley.

Dean: Dudley!!

Craig and Ben: DUDLEY!
(All in a typical Dudley accent)

Pete: It’s gonna be really good.

Ben: The whole idea is just for us to kinda branch out and get our name out a bit!

Craig: Unearthed Festival – Oh, they’ve actually named this after my mum and opened their legs at The Flapper…

(There’s a silence and then burst of laughter from everyone.)

Craig: Hi, Mum!

Dean: Next!

Sheri: Let’s talk about your Jamiroquai cover. That’s really taken off at the moment. Very much loved.

Craig: We did it because we love the song, the song itself is awesome and to listen to it and think that it could be a metal riff would make it sound amazing. So we had a go on it and we did it and the first few times we announced it, people were like “right ok” and then we played it live a few times and people actually really like it.

So we decided to do it as a song, record it and just as a stand along single and then..!

Sheri: Then you got silly with it haha?

Dean: Yeah we got carried away haha.

Craig: We were bouncing ideas for a video and just thought fuck it and got Mike Worsley from Outright Resistance to be the Dinosaur…

Shout out to Leigh as well, we’re so happy with the results for with what he did for Deeper Underground. It’s surpassed our expectations and knew it was going to be good but with the quality he put into it, we’re coming to him to for the start of our album towards the end of this year.

Pete: He also recorded Cry Havoc so shout out to Leigh from Remnant!

Sheri: Can you talk to us about the album yet?

Craig: We have around 7 songs ready and we’re working on the 8th track – there is a good chunk of it that you haven’t heard us play live yet, we’re actually holding back on a lot of the latest stuff. We were pushing to play new stuff in gigs for this year but we thought we would hold back a bit and actually put it towards the album so that it sinks into people’s skulls a bit more and then when the album has been out for a while, we can then bring that stuff to life.

Pete: So we’re holding a lot of material back, we wanna play it all at once.

Ben: Speaking about videos as well, we have a couple of concepts and we’re thinking of going a little bit out there with some of it so…

Dean: Yeah, there will be more videos to come!

Pete: Sorry we’re very vague with the details at the moment but we don’t want to give away too much haha.

Craig: The video’s that we have done have been a bit different obviously and Deeper Underground had a bit more of a story driven concept to it. So, we’ve come up with different ideas to try to make them not as similar to videos that we’ve already done – if these ideas pull they’ll be pretty cool!

Sheri: Give us some advice!

Pete: Turn up on time!

Ben: What’s the thought for the day?

Craig: Thought for the day? If you suffer from a condition called Self-Entitlement, don’t be in a band.

Pete: Also – don’t chuck around like – drum bits and stands and amps that don’t belong to you.

Dean: Whatya looking at me for!?!

Ben: You can never have too many pedals.

Craig: Stick around and watch all the bands. Even if you’re an opener band!

Pete: Spare pants. Be nice to your sound guy – because chances are he won’t make you sound like shit.

Gutlocker Joke: Man walks into a bar with a giraffe. Barman says, sorry mate you can’t leave that lying there. Man says… that’s not a lion, it’s a giraffe.

Sheri: Thank you so much guys!

Well there you go! This is what happens when you interview Gutlocker!!
To find the full upcoming tour dates then head to the links below!

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

https://www.instagram.com/gutlocker_official/
https://gutlocker.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmbGHsXzxE5y85pGHtabWdg

 

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