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EMQ’s with TANITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York Heavy Rock/Classic Metal band Tanith! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Cindy Maynard 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?

Cindy Maynard, Bass guitar and vocals. Tanith started in 2017 when Russ Tippins and I decided we wanted to do original music together with a band based out of Brooklyn, NY. We got in touch with our friends Charlie and Keith, and started sorting out a couple of songs which we recorded that November. The music is 100% analogue from recording to mixing to mastering right to the vinyl. We self-financed the release of those songs on a 7”. That went down really well and we got a lot of good feedback, so we just kept going with new material. Pretty soon we had a full length album. That’s when Metal Blade got in touch.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tanith is a character in an old Hammer movie called “The Devil Rides Out”. We liked the sound of her name and also the imagery and symbolism associated with the deity Tanith- the Phoenician Goddess of war and fertility!

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

I am from the US and I live in Brooklyn, NY. We have a small scene here but it has kind of dispersed over the last few years. The shows are a fewer and farther between nowadays. I’m talking about bands that play the old school kind of metal I listen to- there are plenty of metal bands around just not the kind I can speak to. Every now and then there will be a great show that a lot of people will come out to, and most of us know each other. A lot of people in the scene seem to find a way to be involved in some way too, whether it be as musicians, artists, photographers etc. which is really cool.

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

Our latest single is called ‘Under The Stars’ and you can listen online at Metal Blade Records.
https://www.metalblade.com/tanith/

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many great bass players but I really like John Paul Jones, Steve Harris, and Andy Fraser for the ultimate musical inspiration and technique, then Francis Buchholz, Joe Bouchard and Greg Lindstrom for their really cool lines. Carol Kaye was also a big deal as she showed me how to play a big bass with my small hands. For vocals, probably Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper, although early on my favourite singers were guys like Paul Rogers and Klaus Meine.

What first got you into music?

The radio; I listened to everything on the radio and would tape record it and then play it back to write down the lyrics to songs until I knew them all. So I was always fascinated with singing. I didn’t start playing an instrument until pretty late however.

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

Uh, I’m already collaborating with Russ Tippins so I’d say that’s pretty amazing! Really it’s a thrill making music with him. As far as other bands, I do think Black Magic is amazing and it would be very cool to do something with them.

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

To be honest, I haven’t been to a ton of festivals and really I just hit the small ones with bands I really want to see, so I don’t know much about the bigger ones in Europe. It’s an honour to play any festival, but I’d say Keep It True is on my bucket list because they have such great fans who love the music, they keep it old school and have great quality bands all round.

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

Well once I got an oversized XL pale blue t-shirt in the mail in an unmarked envelope that said “One of the top 10 best bass players” in a fancy black cursive script. It was definitely an odd thing to get. Like I was going to walk around town wearing this dress of a t-shirt blowing my own horn haha! I never found out who sent it. If anyone else wants to send me a shirt though, I’m a size small by the way. 😉

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

We love our fans! Thanks for all the support, the comments and the messages! We are excited every time someone takes time to write to us and especially fans who come to see us play live.

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

Phil Lynott of course!

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

I like creating music with a group of great people, hearing the fruits of our hard work on a recording, and playing live to our fans. Sometimes the administrative aspect is a real time suck and gets in the way of feeling creative. Oh man and booking shows is something I try to have other people do at all costs!

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

I’m just learning about all this, but I would say artists need more money through the industry to make doing what they love more doable. So better royalties, advances, and tour support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This question is tough! How can I name just one? There’s so many great records. Ok, “Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest. Absolute masterpiece, it’s so varied and huge.

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

When my record player is working properly, vinyl. The big artwork and tactile experience of interacting with the record are ideal. Cassettes are also great and really fun on car trips. Downloads are convenient when you don’t have the music or players for the first two methods.

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

The Frost and Fire festival in 2018 was a blast. Great crowd, great fest!

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

Taking better care of my plants…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Uh…I could have a David party I suppose. So David Gilmour; David Bowie; David Wayne and…Larry David haha, with a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, just because I love Ozzy. That would be an interesting mix of thoughtful, godly, badass, confrontational and off the wall.

What’s next for the band?

We have a full length release called “In Another Tim”’ (which came out on May 24th on Metal Blade Records). And will play a special NY record release show before heading over to Sweden to play the Muskelrock festival in Tyrolen. This Fall, we hope to do a full tour in the US and in Europe. Stay tuned!

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

https://tanithnyc.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC/
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whoa I just bought some of these for the first time a couple of days ago. A biscuit I’d guess since it looks like a cookie and British people call cookies biscuits. Although it is made of sponge cake…hmm (scratches head)…

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

Thank you so much. This was fun. Cheers!

 

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P.O.D. Full Circle Tour 2019 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 21-05-2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

P.O.D. Full Circle Tour 2019 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 21-05-2019

 

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P.O.D. Full Circle Tour 2019 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 21-05-2019

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P.O.D.
Full Circle Tour 2019
The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
21-05-2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

Christian Nu Metal legends P.O.D. (Payable On Death) are currently on their second leg of a North American Tour supporting their tenth studio album “Circles” which was released on November 16th last year. They are supported on this Full Circle Tour by Nonpoint, Hyro The Hero, Islander & Nine Shrines.

P.O.D. is one of the rare bands that has got their original lineup almost unchanged. Founding members vocalist Sonny Sandoval, lead guitarist Marcos Curiel and drummer Wuv Bernardo accompanied by bassist Traa Daniels who joined the band one year later. Marcos left the band in 2003 to return just three years later. All guys showed great chemistry and their performance was seamless.

From the bands that started up the show I was lucky enough to see Nonpoint. This Florida Hard Rock band or as they classify themselves a Heavy Hard Rock, also toured with P.O.D. during the initial Circles Tour and were main support. No matter how Nonpoint classify themselves, they play a very similar style to P.O.D. just without Christian references and they know how to put on a show. If ‘Chaos and Earthquakes’, ‘El Diablo’ and ‘What A Day’ were not enough to blow the roof off, then ‘Bullet With A Name’ which they always play as the last song, did the job. In your face hard rock, played with full energy, with vocalist Elias Soriano fully engaging the crowd set the perfect atmosphere for the nights biggest stars.

P.O.D. came out with ‘Soundboy Killa’, ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ and exploded the place with ‘Boom’! Every song from first to the last was played with tireless energy and the crowd absolutely loved it. They followed up with ‘Rock The Party’ and ‘Panic Attack’ before unleashing one of their heaviest hits ‘Murdered Love.’

Providing a little slow down in the middle of the set with ‘Circle’, ‘Satellite’ and ‘Beautiful’, the bands vocalist Sonny Sandoval brought two boys onto the stage, both in their early teens. Both boys were gifted drum sticks by Wuv Bernardo and stayed on the stage to help singing smash hit ‘Youth Of The Nation;. Fans, and of course the kids parents, loved the scene. These boys will have something to remember for the rest of their lives.

After this cozy feeling the band dropped the beat with ‘Southtown’, their hard knock life anthem from their first major label debut album “The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown”. As always, for the desert (end of the show) they played ‘Alive’, if not their most successful song, then their most admired for the meaning and their Christian motives.

P.O.D. delivered a show full of excitement and positive energy, and maybe even for a moment making a believer from the God forsaken pagan who wrote this review. This band is absolutely a must have for a rock / metal fan to be at least familiar with and see them live at least once, they are really good and talented and will move you with their music.

LINKS:

Main Page



https://www.facebook.com/POD/
https://www.instagram.com/POD/

 

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EMQ’s with SIDERIAN

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EMQ’s with SIDERIAN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Northampton, UK Metal band Siderian! Huge thanks to Vocalist Dave Pope for taking part!

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

Hello Ever Metal and readers, I’m Dave, vocalist and lyricist for Siderian.
In terms of our history, the band formed in early 2015 and put together a set of songs to play live before recording and releasing an EP “Cancel Your Future” all within three months, which in hindsight might have been a bit soon if I’m being honest. We then underwent a number of line-up changes that killed any momentum we may have built up, but made us a much stronger unit and brought a wealth of new influences and styles into the band which in turn has led to much stronger song-writing. We released a couple of standalone singles before realising we needed something to really get behind and not wanting to do any more EP’s, hid ourselves away for a good six months writing hard for the upcoming debut album, “Origins”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ha! There’s the pretentious answer and the real answer. Pretentious first; the Siderian was the first geologic period in the Paleoproterozoic Era 2.5 billion years ago when iron was laid down in Earth’s crust, the process allowing the build-up of our oxygen-rich atmosphere. The real answer is we nicked it off a quality German metal band called The Ocean who had it as a song title; only upon further investigation did we find out what it signified.

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

We’re from Northampton in the UK. The scene varies across the country, but locally we have some truly outstanding bands in Northamptonshire. There’s so many bands out there these days that standing out is becoming harder, but there is obviously still a real appetite for live music in this country, especially at festival level with the likes of ArcTanGent, Amplified, Damnation and Beermageddon all going great guns.

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

“Origins” is the title of our upcoming debut album which is set for release on 21st June. It’s been a slog to get to this point but we’re very hopeful that it will pay off. We strongly believe in the strength of the material on the record, it’s from the soul and we’ve bowed to no-one in terms of what went on there. Realistically it’s so much faster, harder and more technical than our EP that it’s the same band in name only. We recently shot a video for lead single ‘The Supplicant’ which should drop a couple of weeks before the album is released, from the snippets we’ve seen so far it looks stunning.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences as a band are fairly wide-ranging in nature which I think helps in our song-writing. Personally, I love my Sludge and Grindcore; I always loved the vocals of Johnny Morrow (RIP) from Iron Monkey, just as abrasive and anti-social as possible. Grady Avenell from Will Haven, John Loughlin from Raging Speedhorn and Dave Verellen from Botch are big influences too. There are other vocalists I admire more such as Mike Patton, Chino Moreno and Layne Staley but they’ve not influenced my style particularly.
The other lads influences cover a wide range from classic thrash to deathcore, punk and reggae. I think in terms of the major song-writing influences there are obviously some Slayer, Gojira and Megadeth in there somewhere.

What first got you into music?

I think a lot of people grow up listening to their parent’s stuff. My mum was all about The Who, Small Faces and The Kinks which I loved, my Dad’s Simply Red, Phil Collins and Enya albums much less so! I guess I found my own musical feet about 15 when I got into guitar based music with the start of my first band, indie and grunge and then became the archetypal nu-metal kid in the late 90’s, that stuff just blew my teenage mind and opened the doorway to a whole world of metal I never even knew existed.

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

I would love to have a guest vocalist on one of our tracks. Jamie Lenman for me probably, his lyrics and vocals are off the charts. Our drummer John has demanded that I state he would like to work with Graham “Pin” Pinney, formerly of Sikth, so there you go John, I have.

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

Hellfest! Their line-ups recently have been incredible and it’d be great to go to a foreign festival.

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

Not had any gifts yet sadly (send bacon!), but we have one fan who went out and started making his own alternative band merch with our blessing and got our logo tattooed on him. That was pretty cool.

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

Thank you for everything. The reaction of 95% of people to most metal is total incomprehension, so to find people that love your stuff and are prepared to pay money for music and merch and shows is incredibly humbling.

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

Layne Staley, that voice. (Another drummer interjection to say Keith Moon, which is a fair shout).

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

I love it when we finish playing a song and the place erupts. That is a real drug. What do I hate? Sending out polite correspondence on a variety of band matters and being totally ignored.

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

There should be more done to protect and promote local venues. We’ve lost so many locally and nationally, where are the next generation of bands going to play? Where are we going to play? We’ve got very few left, places like The Craufurd Arms are a beacon of light, but every sizeable town should have a place like that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“White Pony” by Deftones is probably my favourite album of all time because of the time period in my life that it represents. That and ‘Change (in the House of Flies)’ is the perfect song.

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

CD’s; I’ve been building a proper collection since I was 15 and it represents my own musical journey. I like having a tangible product and reading the sleeve notes and putting them all in alphabetical and chronological order because I am a very sad man. My wife is less enthusiastic at the never-ending stream of discs I accumulate.

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

In terms of the gig itself, the massively worthy Sarcoma Fest 3 down in Kent. Immense line-up, brilliant organisation, sound, crowd, just a total winner of an event organised by some very excellent humans. In terms of our performance, our last show almost certainly, we proper nailed it!

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

I’m not a musician; I scream and growl over real musicians. I do plenty of things outside of music; parenting, work, watching rubbish football, reading etc. Music is free therapy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Can I invite dead people? If so; Bill Hicks, Hunter S Thompson, Sir David Attenborough, my wife and Armando Ianucci. That would be an epic, although I fear there may be some personality clashes there!

What’s next for the band?

Aside from releasing “Origins”, we’re playing for the opportunity to appear at Amplified Festival this year, we’ve got our finals heat at the Firebug in Leicester on album release day (21st June) and then the week after that we’re opening for Vader at HOP Fest in Northampton, which will be pretty sweet. Then it’s hammering the album live as hard as we can and hopefully booking some more shows with a view to having a bit of a tour in late summer to see parts of the UK we’ve not made it to before.

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

These ones…
Website: http://www.siderianband.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Siderianband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SiderianUK
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siderianuk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe a court once ruled that they are a cake for the purposes of taxation, but given my dislike of authority I will therefore say they are a biscuit just to be contrary. That said, I have no time for Jaffa Cakes, I’m more of a Cherry Bakewell kinda guy.

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

Thank you for providing us/me with the platform to push Siderian, we really appreciate it. Buy or stream “Origins” when it comes out on 21st June, it’ll mean the world to us and just be nice to each other. Cheers!

 

Siderian

 

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Spreading the Disease – Mindcell EP

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Spreading the Disease – Mindcell EP
Surgery Records
Release Date: 11/04/2019
Running Time: 24:38
Review by Paul Monkhouse
7.5/10

Kent metallers Spreading The Disease have been pushing envelopes since first forming at the end of 2014 with their own unique blend of in your face aggression counterbalanced by real hooks. Their latest release is another progression and shows them stretching themselves as they delve deep into the dark world of mental health, spawning five thematically linked tracks that manage to convey more in five songs and 25 minutes than most bands do in a decade.

It’s really a case of put the EP on, sit back and be prepared to be torn apart as not only is it a devastating sonic attack but an emotional one too with lyrics that seem to peer into lost souls and convey all that this, at time of writing, Mental Health Awareness Week speaks about. It is both cathartic and consuming.

The blistering ‘Obsession’ opens with a sledgehammer intensity, the guitars and drums brutal and the vocals screamed. As this slips into the melodic section, the lyrics asking “Am I all that you want me to be / or should I just go in for myself, break my chains and be free?” perfectly mirror the conflict between despair and determination. Later in the song there is a very telling line that points at social media, exposing the dangers of living your life through the fragile medium of how many ‘likes’ you get for a post and how other people’s approval matters much more than it should. Whilst all this is going on the music is nothing less than truly face melting and fierce.

We go further into the psychological as the discordant notes and unsettling whispers at the start of ‘Voices’ give way to some gentle singing before tearing into tormented screams. This really is a rollercoaster ride as the track jumps between full on metal and great melodic passages, once more illustrating the theme of split personalities in the song. Swirling rhythms build beautifully amongst the grinding guitars and epic, fast-paced drums. ‘The Anger Inside’ starts with a siren as a riff like a rampaging gorilla absolutely tears out of the speakers. The twisted reference to The Sound of Music classic ‘Favourite Things’ is a great touch and the song seethes and boils over with a barely under control aggression.

Following that is album highlight, ‘Waves’, the most melodic and hopeful track of the release. With its mix of screams and ringing guitar patterns it has a real punch whilst also melodically and lyrically uplifting, the lines ‘The path will be long / but I’ll find a way’ the brightest moment on the EP. There is a latter heavy passage that recalls some of the work by The Big 4 and the whole track is full of textures and layers. Last song ‘Conflicted’ is a monstrous rip-roaring finish, full of snarling guitars and slowly unhinging vocals it couldn’t have been a more breathless or apt end to the recording.

There is huge ambition with this release and truth be told, this very occasionally exceeds what the band are presently capable of but there really is so much to sink your teeth into and the songs themselves are real growers. Another very minor point is that once or twice the ‘clean’ vocals could be a little stronger but there is a real level of intelligence here that makes Spreading the Disease stand apart from peers and this is without doubt another massive leap up for the five-piece. Founder member and bass player Steve Saunders and his bandmates have worked hard on making “Mindcell” what it is and should be proud of the achievement as they resolutely do things their way, the band having created something that should find a home in the collections of many a metalhead. Brutal and brave, “Mindcell” needs to be heard.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Obsession
02. Voices
03. The Anger Inside
04. Waves
05. Conflicted

LINKS:
https://www.stdband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/spreadingthedisease.official/

https://www.instagram.com/spreadingthediseaseband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC78r7Ox1gVNPs4xtc5Us7zQ/videos

 

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Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Semi Final 2 – Noah’s Bar, Colwyn Bay – 24/05/2019

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Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Semi Final 2
Noah’s Bar, Colwyn Bay – 24/05/2019
Review by Beth Jones

The second semi-final of this year’s Bloodstock M2TM North Wales competition saw us taking a road trip to Colwyn Bay. On the A55! At teatime; on a Friday night; at the start of a bank holiday weekend… I’m not saying any more about the journey, apart from the saving grace that we had two extra passengers – Dani and Joe Maguire from Powerzone – thus making it a Power-Metal road trip! We arrived just in time to catch our first competing band of the night – the rather good Thrashatouille.

Thrashatouille
Yet again a great, enlivening performance from a very good, and very tight band. These guys are so good. They have so much fun with their performance and have a great gimmick with the food theme. Tonight, I felt they had stepped it up another level and really threw everything they had at the performance. It was very warm and very sweaty, and the space was only small, so they all looked completely shattered coming off stage, but I was fairly convinced they had just smashed it out of the park with their performance.

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Navnløs
These guys are a conundrum for me. Music / playing wise, they are good solid groove / thrash metal, and they have a great sound, but I think their stage craft lets them down. They have improved since we saw them at the heat, but still, in between songs, it is too flat and it makes the atmosphere dip. They take too long and look a little uncomfortable – like they aren’t quite sure what to do to lead into the next song. But again, musically a great performance.

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Cry For Mercy
These guys have got the whole package. They are groovy and funky, good old fashioned rock and blues, and they are just so easy to watch. My biggest concern with them is that this was totally the wrong platform for them to compete in – had this been a battle of the bands for rock and blues, they would absolutely walk it without question. I can’t wait for them to release some physical music, as I could listen to them all day. Performance wise, they stormed it, and had the gathered crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. Their musicianship is so good, and so full, that it makes you feel instantly happy.

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Scars Of Remembrance
Keeping up their 100% record of improving every time we see them, the lads did it again tonight with their performance, which was the most brutal and the tightest we have ever had from them. Everything was on point – with the added vocals from Harris really completing the songs. I am so impressed at how far these guys have come in less than a year, both in performance, and their confidence on the stage. They were my favourite metal performance of the night.

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That was the competition bands done with, and we went off to vote and refresh before the mighty Torqued took to the stage as guest headliners. The voting was a really hard one. I was torn between two bands, but I went with my gut. Time for some Torqued to clear my mind!

Torqued
What can I say about these chaps that hasn’t already been said a hundred times before! They are three brilliantly talented musicians, and excellent people to boot. They travelled a ridiculously long way to come and play for us, and boy am I glad they did. They were on point, delivering heavy grooves, immense solos, and banging tune after banging tune. My head bobbing gauge was cranked up to eleven, and the ponytail was unleashed so I could have a good old mosh. NB I think I may have broken my neck, judging by the lump I had on it for two days afterwards and I did nearly fall over because I got dizzy – I’m so metal! They have just released their second EP “Coup De Grȃce” and it is excellent – everyone should go out and buy it! A brilliant way to round off what had been a great evening of music. Thanks for a brilliant show guys. And a special thanks to Marc for producing our new merch range in his day job – Corrosive Merch!

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So, to the judging – this was definitely the toughest one so far, because each band gave a great performance, and each deserved to progress, but with only two spaces, it was anybody’s game.

The public vote went to Scars Of Remembrance, which pleased me, as I thought they had really stepped it up, and were very much deserving of a place.

The judge’s vote was a curve ball – we felt that Thrashatouille would have been in that spot, but suddenly from nowhere, it was Navnløs! Now, whilst musically I think these guys are great, I’m just not sure they are at the point of readiness, in the same way Thrashatouille are. And for me, the performance of the night was from Cry For Mercy – by a country mile – but this was the wrong platform for them, so…erm…yeah! Interesting, but this is the nature of the game! Well done to Scars Of Remembrance and Navnløs, and commiserations to Cry For Mercy and Thrashatouille. We also want to mention the great turnout at Noah’s which was pretty much packed all evening!

Bring on the final!!

Links
Grand Final Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/172760083629491/
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/GoodforaudioEntertainment/
https://www.facebook.com/McleansPubLive/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactZoneOnRadioDeeside/
https://www.facebook.com/evermetal2017/

EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Melodic Metalcore band Agonize The Serpent. Huge thanks to Guitarist Daniel Rybeck 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, I’m Daniel and I play guitar.
We’re a Metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden formed 2015.
Teddie and I met through a mutual friend, he sent me a couple of demos and I was hooked. It didn’t take long before we became a 5 piece band and recorded our first single ‘Cloak & Dagger’
Since then we’ve released an EP, an album and a bunch of music videos, had e few line-up changes and played live around Sweden.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a list of names and voted.

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

Sweden. The scene used to be amazing here and I can really see a big difference when I go to concerts now compared to when I grew up. The metal scene is definitely better in Germany and Eastern Europe for example, so that’s where we want to go next.

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

Our debut album “Pray For A Plague”

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say my greatest influences have been Sonic Syndicate and the other bands around our hometown that made me love going to live shows and start playing myself.

What first got you into music?

I remember that I went to a market with my family when i was around 6 years old and I bought my first CD, “Alive!” with Kiss. Not because i liked their music, i just thought they looked cool, haha!

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

Sam Carter of Architects

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

I would choose Rock am Ring in Germany. I went there last year and had an amazing time, the festival books a lot of other Metalcore bands and has around 90,000 visitors so it would definitely be a good place for us to get our name and music out there.

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

At our very first gig I got a pair of dirty underwear thrown at me. I am not supposed to say this but… it was men’s underwear, used by a friend of mine!

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

Thank you very much for listening and supporting our music! Keep your eyes open for new releases; they’re just around the corner.

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

Tom Searle!

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

The time and interest we share within the band and of course the live shows we play.
I don’t like how complicated things can get when everyone doesn’t share the same vision or wants different things. But it’s a relationship with five people, of course it’s complicated.

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

I’d like to take away the possibilities we have to listen to all music in the world, wherever we are, all the time. Even though I use all digital platforms myself I think we’d appreciate music even more if we had some kind of limitation. I still listen to albums but a lot of people don’t seem interested in that anymore, they just listen to the singles and move on to the next band/artist. This would make local live shows more interesting and appreciated as well.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “Come Clarity”

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

Vinyl

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

When we shared stage with The Unguided and Corroded!

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

I would move to different places around the world, try new things and hopefully find something I’d love to do, some extreme sport maybe?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oliver Sykes, Zach Johnson (The Ghost Inside), Jim Carrey, Ian McKellen (As Gandalf) and Rihanna

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing a new single and video in June and after that we’re going back to the studio to record three more songs.

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

https://www.facebook.com/agonizetheserpent
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNhZZ7zrolXNT752pxpIzA
https://www.instagram.com/agonizetheserpent
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Xao7aRx9g8QyL3jEOrYYR?si=pHEmtaF4RI2uhW4giu94iw
https://agonizetheserpent.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit-sized cakes!

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

The pleasure is mine. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for new releases and updates. Thank you

 

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Melodic Metal band In Silence! 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 In Silence, We play Modern Melodic Metal. Long story short, the band was created from the remains of another band that split up and searched for new members, found our new guitarist Daniel and became In Silence!

How did you come up with your band name?

Like a genie in a bottle, Sebastian and Mikael rubbed a few cans of beer and came up with the name.

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

We are from Sweden and the metal scene is great. We are mostly known for the infamous “Gothenburg Sound”. The most successful bands are from Gothenburg and have a distinct sound.

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

Our latest release is our new EP “One for All” and our next single Will be released later in May so stay tuned! (The single is ‘The Worst Liar’ and is out now)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh that’s a tough question because we have so many different individual influences for example:
Erika: If I have to choose one influence I choose Kobra Paige vocalist in “Kobra And The Lotus” mostly because she is so humble. She, also like me, is trying to spread love and metal to the world.
Daniel: My biggest influence is probably Trivium. Mostly because they seem like a genuine and kind bunch of guys and their music is amazing and so inspirational.
Rasmus: In Flames! Because it’s simple and earfuckable.
Mikael: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Cuz he fucking rules!!
Sebastian: Sami from Kreator because he plays with so much soul and playfulness.

What first got you into music?

Different answers yet again:
Erika, Sebastian and Rasmus all have fathers who have played drums during the years, Mikael’s music interest started during his first music lessons in school and Daniel’s journey into music started with playing Guitar Hero and an uncle who played a lot of guitar.

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

Still differences in opinion but we can all agree on Lena Scissorhands from Infected Rain!

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

Finally an easy question: Wacken Open Air! It’s a big ass Festival with lots of people and bands and the crowd in Germany is crazy!

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

We never receive any gifts from our fans 🙁

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

Love and Metal!

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

We need these two back right now, Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio!!

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

What we love the most is to play live. It’s like therapy for all of us and all the great response we get from our fans. The worst thing about it is the time between the gigs.

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

That it’s harder for the musicians to get cred and money for their work. We like it better how it was “back in the day”!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Erika: I rarely listen to a whole album but if I need to pick I’ll say “Time Stands Still” by Unleash The Archers. I listen to almost every song
Sebastian: Favourite album ever… probably “Phantom Antichrist” by Kreator!
Mikael: “We Are One” by The Bloodline!
Rasmus: “Clayman” by In Flames of course!
Daniel: My all-time favourite album? “The Sin and the Sentence” by Trivium!

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

If you want the authentic sound we think Vinyl is better but streaming has made it easier to find and listen to new music.

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

Last year at a small Festival in Forshaga in Sweden called “Raise Your Fist For Metal 2018” Amazing gig and fantastic atmosphere!

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

We would be lying in the gutter drinking a lot of whisky after trying and failing to get careers as Pornstars!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddy Krueger, The ‘Grudge’ girl, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump and Håkan Hellström. May the best man win!

What’s next for the band?

A music video in the making and a gig at Sweden’s biggest Festival, Sweden Rock Festival!!

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

https://www.facebook.com/Insilencesweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WNpduvpWAAH8rGu8UK5Ov

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t know but it sounds like a biscuit!

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

Thank you for YOUR time and of course:
Love and Metal!

 

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Footprints In The Custard – A New Low

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Footprints In The Custard – A New Low
Self Released
Release date: 01/06/2019
Running time: 49:34
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

Do you like metal? Do you like comedy? Do you like newly discovered levels of depravity? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, well done, you qualify for this exclusive offer of entertainment PLUS FOR ONE TIME ONLY you get a badge and certificate of membership into the elite ‘Custard Willy Gang’!! Ok I lied about that bit. There is no offer, no badge and no Custard Willy Gang, but if you listen to this album, you are going to laugh, even though your morals tell you not to!

Since the release of their last album, ‘The Decent Of Decency’ in 2016, Footprints In The Custard have been gathering a healthy collection of new fans, storming the stages at Bloodstock, Download, Hammerfest, Amplified and HRH Ibiza with their unique brand of catchy party metal, and it is easy to see why they endear themselves to so many of us slightly off the wall types! Their latest release is a masterstroke of genius, very definitely sinking to ‘A New Low’ of naughtiness, which will have you outwardly raising an eyebrow and wincing and chuckling demonically, whilst inwardly bursting with so much pride, you will feel like their mum watching them win the egg and spoon race at sports day!

It is a collection of 13 lively upbeat tracks, giving us lessons in such things as morals (“Don’t Be A C***”), and in the stages of drinking (“Beer Goggles” and “Motherfucking Hangover”) and way, way too much information about Granny (I’m not even going to write the title of this one – you’ll have to go look for yourself [or you could just look at the track list at the end of this review. Damn]).

The whole album is not just brilliantly funny, and full of incredibly dark, tongue in cheek wit, but it is also superbly executed from a musical point of view, and the mixing and mastering is top quality, but being mastered by Chris Edkins, who has previously worked with the legend that is Devin Townsend, you can easily fathom why the production is so good. FITC have hit a high point with this album in my opinion. They have moved on musically such a long way from the early days and have matured and rounded who they are in their sound, whilst still keeping the same joy and absurdity from their beginnings that makes them so unique. Everything, from the production, through to the songs with added instruments you wouldn’t expect, their sordid undercurrents of dark humour, and all the way to John Pedley’s album art is done beautifully, and in the minutest of detail. So cleverly done is all of this, that you don’t even notice the detail and thought that has gone into it unless you concentrate really hard on it, you just sit back and enjoy the ride.
They do have a slight foray into big slowed down anthem metal towards the end of the album, with “The Bar At The End Of The World”, which is slightly more serious than the rest of the ditties on offer, and is probably my favourite track, (although it is hard to pick a favourite). It is full of big crunchy chords, and huge widdly diddly guitar solos (yes, that is a technical term) and is a brief moment of semi clarity amongst the madness.

I am seriously finding it impossible to criticise anything about this album, but it is losing a point from me as I hate, loath and detest the C word, as Matt Jones (Twisted Illusion) knows, and I’m sorry boys, but you are not going to escape my inner prude either – you naughty bunch of rapscallions – you are getting the same treatment as Matt did – so there!

Go buy the album though – absolute belter!

TRACKLISTING:
01. A New Low
02. Beer Goggles
03. Ride, My Little Pony, Ride!
04. Tequila Nips
05. Motherfucking Hangover
06. Don’t Be A Cunt
07. My Granny’s A Gusher
08. Space Force!
09. CLIT Commander
10. Bums
11. The Horn
12. The Bar At The End Of The World
13. Love Custard II – The Second Coming

LINKS:
http://www.footprintsinthecustard.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Footprintsinthecustard/

https://www.instagram.com/fitc_band/
https://footprintsinthecustard.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVMVw8NsHKyAaWqtBhAvjeg

 

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Southern Connecticut based Metal/Punk/Folk duo Turkey Vulture ! Huge thanks to Jessie May 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 Ever Metal, thanks for talking with us! My name is Jessie and I play guitar and sing for Turkey Vulture, and also recorded the bass for our singles. The drummer Jim Clegg and I started this band in the winter of 2018 — but we have played together in different local outfits for more than a decade. So this is the latest project!

How did you come up with your band name?

I love turkey vultures for some reason. You see them all over the place where we’re from. I joked for years about starting a band called “Turkey Vulture” and eventually the joke became a reality.

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

We’re from Connecticut, which is in the northeast region of the United States. There is an active local metal scene here, and some notable metal bands have come out of our small state — like Liege Lord, Fates Warning, and Hatebreed to name a few.

What is your latest release?

We are releasing a two-track single on June 28th, 2019 — an original titled “Boxer” and a cover of the Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene”. We’re then hoping to record an EP this summer.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Both Jim and I enjoy a lot of different genres of music. For this band, folk music has been a conceptual influence on my end. Jim listens to a lot of punk and Metallica, which definitely comes through in his drumming.

What first got you into music?

I don’t know, I’ve been doing some sort of music since elementary school. Hearing the strings teacher play a bluegrass riff on the violin when I was eight made me want to play the violin — which was short lived, but got me into string instruments. I shifted over to cello and bass some time in middle school (a lot less ear-splitting when you’re learning how to play) and the rest is history!

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

Brandi Carlile or the Indigo Girls, and write some kind of fuzz rock song with them.

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

Maryland Doomfest!!!! Or Psycho Las Vegas. Or the bar down the street, what the hell!

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

Haha, we don’t have fans yet. But related to another band I’m in that has like three fans, one time a dude gave me some wampum he made himself — that was pretty cool.

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

“Be our fan.”

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

Robert Johnson. He never got to see his own musical legacy.

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

I love writing songs and connecting with people — music creates a common ground where one wouldn’t otherwise exist. But the older I get, the less I like sending endless emails and texts to arrange local shows. I think the future might be just recording and putting the songs online, and just playing a couple shows a year.

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

I would want to go back to a time when a live band was the standard entertainment. My dad told me that when he was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, every neighbourhood had a couple of garage bands that would play parties and school dances and stuff. Now that idea seems so foreign!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Live And Dangerous”.

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

I don’t think I’ve had a device with a cassette player in twenty years (ten for my car), so cassettes are out. And vinyl has the best sound and artwork, but I don’t own a record player and don’t see that changing anytime in the near future lol. So I’m a CD and download girl myself — I download a lot of music from bandcamp and burn it onto CDs, which I listen to in the car.

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

Well, I’m not a musician by day — I’m an elementary school librarian. So while I’m not doing music, I’m helping kids check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and telling them to “use walking feet” as opposed to sprinting everywhere they need to go. It’s not a bad gig.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Curtis Dewar and his wife, Matt Bacon (he doesn’t get a plus one), Nate Carson, and my friends Baldwin and Carrie. Jim would be my plus-one, so I guess that’s seven! But I’m a librarian and not a math teacher, so who’s counting….

What’s next for the band?

We’re going to record a couple more songs and play some gigs this summer. Hopefully people will dig what we’re putting out there and we can build a regional audience. I’d also like to put out a split EP at some point — never done that before, and I think it would be fun to collaborate with another band.

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

We are on Facebook, Instagram, and bandcamp right now:
https://www.facebook.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://www.instagram.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://turkeyvulture.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what those are.

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

Thank YOU again for taking the time to include us on your site! We appreciate you for helping a new band get the word out.

 

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