Deadglow – Machine Skin/Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles

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Deadglow – Machine Skin/Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles
Self-Released
Release Date: 01/10/2021
Running Time: 17:02
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Hello, my lovelies, I’m here voicing my opinion again. Now, we don’t usually review singles, but today’s subject is slightly different. It’s a dual single release – what would have been a double A side in the good old days – and it’s prog, so is just over 17 minutes long. In my book, that counts as an EP, and I co-own this site and make the rules, so there!

Disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk music! Deadglow are a Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio from Oulu in Finland, an area of the world that has a habit of producing some pretty epic musicians. This dual single release is a precursor to the release of their debut album, “Machine Skin”, on 29th October. I have to say, that listening to these two tracks has whet my appetite for the upcoming release, which I will be gladly snaffling off our review pile! So, what are Deadglow all about?

Well, instantly, I’m getting Pink Floyd vibes – the soaring guitar solos, steeped in echo and sumptuousness. But that’s melded with a darker, and more modern tone on percussion, and a more gothic element in the vocals.

‘Machine Skin’ begins with some very 80’s prog synth, with a pulsing rhythm. Then, without warning, it drops into a complete rhythm change, melding 80’s anthemic rock ballad with Floyd-esque guitars. It’s straightforward from this point, and a nice listen. Great vocals, and vocal harmonies, bags of echo, but a strong rhythm holding everything together. There is some impressive guitar work here too, from soring solos to dual harmonised sections.

‘Your Blood (Parts 1-3)’ is much darker. Beginning with a single, Hammond style, synth chord, joined by guitar (this really couldn’t get any more Pink Floyd influenced if it tried). But then along comes the heavier toned drums, giving it a modern twist. And when the vocals hit, it’s very 90’s gothic. Think Nick Cave doing a guest spot with Pink Floyd, and you’re somewhere in the right area. Personally, I think that would be spectacular!

I like this a lot. It’s different, yet familiar, all in the same breath.

We are very much looking forward to the videos that accompany these tracks and to reviewing the album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Machine Skin
02. Your Blood (Parts 1-3)

LINE-UP:
Simo Lukkari – Lead, Rhythm & Bass Guitar
Juho Mikkonen – Drums, Percussion
Jukka Ruottinen – Vocals

With Guests:
Sami Perttunen – Co-Lead guitar on ‘Machine Skin’
Mika Pohjola – Keyboards

LINKS:

LINK TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH DEADGLOW:

Deadglow Promo Pic (Credit Sami Perttunen)
Photo by Sami Perttunen

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Interview with DEADGLOW

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Interview with DEADGLOW
By Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone.

Finnish Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio Deadglow are gearing up to release their debut album “Machine Skin” on 29th October. As a precursor to that their first, dual, singles and videos ‘Machine Skin’/’Your Blood (Parts 1-3)’ are about to devour your senses. Their sound encompasses Pink Floyd to Death via Tesseract as well as inspiration from Sci-Fi/Horror movies, books and art.

With this in mind, we thought it would be great to have a chat with them about the band, so my thanks go to vocalist Jukka Ruottinen, guitarist/bassist Simo Lukkari and drummer Juho Mikkonen for their time.

You can find a link to our review of the singles at the end of the interview.

Q: How did Deadglow form?

Simo: I wanted to create music that I am really into, but instead of forming a band, I approached Deadglow from a different angle. I wrote some songs and booked a studio without rehearsing for recording a single. It worked out well, so I decided to continue. I had plans to record material with different musicians, but things worked out so well that I cancelled that. Deadglow is all about sound, echoes and making something that you love and like to listen to. Deadglow is only a year and a half old, but we have already twelve songs recorded and more to come.

Jukka: Simo needed a vehicle to release his music, so he asked me to work with him on some songs. I then joined to add vocals to his new project. After the first recording session, Juho Mikkonen joined as drummer. We have some friends helping us on some tracks, but the three of us is Deadglow for now.

Q: Who are the members of Deadglow and can you tell us a little more about yourselves?

Simo: I have been playing guitar from the age of 14 and I have been writing music for several years now. I played Hair Metal, Glam Rock and Grunge as well as toured for some time in Finland. When I write music, I am usually heavily inspired by something like a movie or a certain atmosphere. It is the best way to get rid of reality.

Jukka: I’ve been singing my whole life and playing guitar from my teens. Mostly my bands played slow acoustic songs, but Grunge and heavier music have always been what I love. The last 5 years I’ve been singing a lot of Rock. The music that Simo creates inspires me to write lyrics, and takes me to places, so it’s great to be part of Deadglow. Simo is one hell of a guitar player and I like Juho’s hard hitting drumming.

Juho: I’ve been playing drums for 21 years with different bands. Styles have varied from Black Metal to Thrash Metal and Rock. Last year Simo sent me a couple of demos and asked me if I was available to play drums. The demos hit me right away and reminded me somehow of the music of my youth that I love. Besides musical talents, Simo and Jukka are also nice guys, so why would I not take the opportunity! I also play in a band called The Groupie High School and have my own firm.

Q: What is the origin of the Deadglow name, and what are your primary influences?

Simo: The inspiration came from the Stephen King novel “IT”. It refers to the glow you can see in the mouth of Pennywise when he prepares to eat. I guess I can say that a lot of the Deadglow inspiration comes from 80s Horror and Sci-Fi books and movies. We all love 80’s music, sounds, echoes, synths, horror movies and art. We are influenced by Stephen King books, John Carpenter movies and H.P Lovecraft.

Q: Is it possible for you to describe the musical genre of Deadglow, and how did you decide on this style?

Simo: I think we don’t have a primary genre, but if I had to pick one, I would say it is Old School Heavy Metal meets Pink Floyd. I have always been a fan of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, but also like a lot of different genres. So, if the mood changes, then the music changes. The main thing in Deadglow is the sound…our song ‘Your Blood’ is the primary Deadglow sound, it means echoes from a different world.

Q: Are you keen to take this album out on the road, for live performances?

Simo: We have some killer tracks and hopefully we can do some shows soon. We also have some demo songs for our second album already. To do a live show with this type of band is a bit harder than with a normal Rock group. For example, in upcoming songs we need to play with two different drum sets, because there is just so much to play. If you want to play that live, basically, you must have two drummers on stage, or you must arrange that somehow. It will be the most ambitious thing any of us has ever done.

Q: When did you decide to go into the studio, and how was the recording experience?

Simo: After we recorded a single, we decided to record the whole album in the same style. No rehearsing, just straight to the studio. We recorded the whole album in four or five days, so it meant that we had to practice a lot on our own. The whole experience was good, and we recorded in a professional high-end studio with high-quality gear. We used only analogue recording and played as much naturally, as we could, to avoid fixing much afterwards.

Q: What is the driving force behind your songwriting?

Jukka: Simo creates the music first, then I try to write lyrics and vocal melodies that suits the music. Some songs sound dark, some lighter, so the lyrics also go through all kinds of emotions. I don’t really like to explain words too much, so I hope they tell something to everyone. I saw the album and single cover before all the lyrics were final, so that kind of also affected my writing. For some reason I was also reading a lot of dystopian books and watching TV series when writing.

Q: What inspire the visual elements of Deadglow?

Jukka: The primary visual inspiration comes from Simo’s love of all kinds of classic Sci-Fi and Horror. It’s all about the state of this world; humans will destroy all nature, and eventually nature will have its revenge…or the machines will get us! The look and the feel are dystopian…the end of everything is sorrowful, but the new beginning will come, and it means also hope!

Q: What does the next 12 months look like for Deadglow?

Simo: a lot of promotion and creating a new, mind-blowing concept album.

THANK YOU

BIO:

Deadglow is a Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio from Oulu in Finland consisting of Jukka Ruottinen (Vocals), Juho Mikkonen (Drums) and Simo Lukkari (Guitar & Bass).

The Deadglow sound is progressive and melodic, yet straightforward. You can hear echoes of Death, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains and Pink Floyd, whilst appealing to fans of TesseracT, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Amorphis. The talented trio is inspired by 80’s music, sounds, echoes, synths as well as Sci-fi and Horror movies and art.

Deadglow has been hard at work recording their debut album “MACHINE SKIN” (coming Friday 29th October) in a professional high-end studio in Finland using only high-quality analogue recording gear. They furthermore played as naturally as possible, to avoid fixing much afterwards. On Friday 1st October, the first dual singles and videos from this upcoming album will be unleashed called ‘MACHINE SKIN’/‘YOUR BLOOD (PARTS 1 – 3)’!

DEADGLOW ONLINE:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE:

Devographic Music Agency

LINK TO OUR REVIEW OF ‘MACHINE SKIN’/‘YOUR BLOOD (Parts 1-3)’

Deadglow Promo Pic (Credit Sami Perttunen)
Photo by Sami Perttunen

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EMQ’s with ELKAPATH

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EMQ’s with ELKAPATH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Gloucestershire, England based Gothic/Alternative Metal band, Elkapath. 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?

Elkapath was started as a solo project back in 2004 by Carla. It was just an Internet project to start with. She started to perform some of her songs at open mic nights but wanted more from it so formed the band in 2019 to take the project to a new level and create a new sound for Elkapath. Before the formation of the band as we know it now, the music was more electro goth industrial dance. The new sound has become more synthetic gothic metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Carla was working as a sewing machinist back in 2004 and she saw the name “elka” written on the side of the machine and “path” written on the other. She put the two names together as “Elkapath” and liked the sound of it so that became the name.

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

We are from Gloucestershire, England, UK.

The music scene here isn’t very active, there are a lot of bands but not the same following as it was a decade ago. We do hope to see a change soon.

We are very fortunate though, that we are close to Birmingham and Bristol which often see many larger touring bands playing in their venues.

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

It’s called “Black Spiders”.

The single, including our first official music video, was released in August. ‘Black Spiders’ is the title track of our debut album, which is due for release on October 31st!

‘Black Spiders’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We do get a lot of different influences.

We are four people with four completely different backgrounds, Carla who is the main lyricist/songwriter gets her inspiration from bands like the Prodigy, Korn and the list goes on.

What first got you into music?

Carla has been singing and writing since she was little. She has a natural talent for it, which she believes she was born with.

Marios and Chris have been influenced by bands and knew it was something they wanted to do.

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

Lacuna Coil is one of our favourite bands, we would love to have a collaboration with them one day!

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

We would love to play Download and Bloodstock. We are always visiting those two amazing festivals. Being on their stages is our biggest target.

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

We are a new band so we have not got that far yet. There are some true followers who have followed Elkapath from the beginning and bought all of our music and we are truly thankful to them.

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

We wish we could meet each and every one of them, shake their hand and thank them! Without them we wouldn’t be here and their support is really appreciated!

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

It has to be Keith Flint. His influence on us is massive and every time we saw them live it was the moment of the night! Without him something is not right!

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

Writing is my favourite part, it’s like going into another world and you can forget what is going on around you, you can just completely zone out, it’s magical. I love the feeling I get from writing.

There is not a lot we hate; we always try to stick with the positives.

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

We would love the industry to be a lot more open to new bands and ideas.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Music For The Jilted Generation” by The Prodigy is just an outstanding album from start to finish.

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

CD’s are more special but I do download a lot of music. There is a magic around vinyl’s and we hope to print some later.

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

I really enjoyed the Cotswold Inn in Cheltenham. Was such a great place to play, local small venue but the energy was awesome.

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

Unfortunately, music doesn’t pay the bills yet so we all have our day jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Zombie along with his House Of 1000 Corpses house cast!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently booking shows from October onwards and we hope to work on new material soon.

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

We are on all major social media and we do run our own website at:
www.elkapath.co.uk
www.facebook.com/elkapath
www.instagram.com/elkapath
www.twitter.com/elkapathm
www.elkapath.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/elkapath

You can find a lot of useful information on our website along with our shop where we are always looking to add new and exciting stuff!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave us and we hope to speak with you soon

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Warm Gadget – Rituals EP

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Warm Gadget – Rituals EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 08/04/2021
Running Time: 28:12
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

I’m a simple girl, brought up staunchly on classical music, in a house where technology was shunned, Amish style. The very mention of anything that didn’t use ‘real’ instruments to make sound was enough to send my dad into an apoplectic rant about ‘proper music’ vs ‘modern rubbish’. So, by rights, Industrial Electronica shouldn’t appeal to me. Luckily, I always was the rebellious kind, allowing my mind to welcome any music. And, of all the discovery I went through in my teens, still one of the sounds that appeals to me the most is the metallic automaton of Industrial Metal. So, I’m always happy to discover new bands in this genre.

Today’s new name is Oregon, USA based Industrial/Alterative Metal band, Warm Gadget, and their latest EP, “Rituals”. Warm Gadget originally started making music together in 2009 but have been on hiatus for the last few years, with this being their comeback. The EP is made up of five main tracks, followed by a couple of remixes, and a live track.

Driven by some superb heavy synth, this EP packs a punch from the start. It’s got hints of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and The Prodigy (“Fat Of The Land” era) and reminds me a lot of another recent favourite of mine, Jayce Lewis. The ambient sounds and chunky basslines give it huge depth and expansiveness, the beats are metronomic, and the fuzzy guitars and vocals give it a dark and sleazy edge, which draws you in.

Opening with ‘New Industry’, the EP kicks into heavy synth and riffing guitars from the start, with angry vocals delivering punchy lyrics fit for the nightmarish dystopian reality of modern life. This sound conjures up images of destruction and demise; Visions of deserted city streets, strewn with litter and decay following some sort of catastrophic event, playing out in stilted jerks, with washed out colours, and lots of forced perspective. I don’t know whether that’s the music, or just my warped mind at play, but it works!

‘If Only I Could’ is a hell of a track. NIN meets The Prodigy in style. It’s the heaviest track on the EP, and has a massive drop section in it, which would be some real fun in an incredibly violent pit. Damn shame I’m too old and broken to pit now. I would’ve been well involved back in the day!

‘Symptoms’ is another great track. Here, the synth plays second fiddle to some crushing guitar riffage in the verses. It does thrust back, full force, in the chorus though, and vocally we get some cleaner vocals in the mix, too. Nice. When it comes to the additional remixes of this track that also feature on the EP, the Witch Eyes remix wins for me!

All in all, this is a tasty EP. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does what it sets out to do, and is produced superbly too, making it a crisp and satisfying listen. I don’t think it needed the live track though, because the sound quality isn’t as clear, making it stick out from the rest, not in a good way. But a very enjoyable listen none the less. I will certainly be keeping an eye on these guys in the future, to provide a new name to my collection of ‘soundtracks for a dystopian nightmare’!

‘If Only I Could’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. New Industry
02. Full Of It
03. If Only I Could
04. Symptoms
05. Dead To Me
06. Symptoms – Witch Eyes RMX
07. Symptoms – Snowbeasts RMX
08. Just When I Was Doing Something Good (Live)

LINE-UP:
Austin Williams – Bas
Colten Williams – Guitar, Synths, Programming, Production
Tim Vester – Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with SPACEGOAT

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EMQ’s with SPACEGOAT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Victoria, Australia based Alt-Metal band, Spacegoat. Huge thanks to vocalist, Ez, 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?

Hey-o! My name is Ez and I’m the vocalist for Spacegoat. Our history is pretty standard to be honest, we’re just a bunch of mates that came together with the goal of playing music and we’ve been super fortunate to have fluked this amazing song-writing chemistry that we have, which makes being in this band so enjoyable and easy. We have been together since early 2018, released our debut EP, “33”, in 2019 and gigged solidly pre-Covid. 2020 halted all of our live performance momentum but allowed us to focus on writing new songs and we did so with a lot more intent and thought, in comparison to the first release.

How did you come up with your band name?

In the very, very early days our bassist suggested the name ‘Scapegoat’ and it was mis-heard as ‘Spacegoat’. Clearly that’s a MUCH cooler name so that’s what stuck. It’s a really fun name that people seem to gravitate to and we like that it doesn’t really seem to spark an instant preconception.

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

We are from Victoria, Australia. The local metal scene is almost non-existent if I’m being honest. There are plenty of metalheads and rockers here but no venues really catering to heavier styles, however we’re lucky to live close by the capital city of Melbourne, where there is a big metal scene. Australia has some amazing metal and rock bands and passionate heavy music fans.

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

‘Miasma’ (released July 2nd) is the first single off our forthcoming EP “Catharsis”. This song is all about that negative internal dialogue created by anxiety and imposter syndrome.

The full EP is scheduled for release in October. We’ll be sneaking another single release in between now and then, though, so keep an eye out for that one! We are very proud of all the songs on “Catharsis” and how we’ve grown as a band since writing and releasing the first EP.

‘Miasma’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, personally, I have drawn a large amount of influence from singers such as Sandra Nasic (Guano Apes), James Hetfield (Metallica), Corey Taylor (Stone Sour/Slipknot) and Chino Moreno (Deftones). I was a late-90’s teen so nu-metal was very much my jam, that combo of clean and harsh vocals will always do it for me.

My band mates all have their own strong influences in bands like Sevendust, Periphery, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More to name but a mere few.

What first got you into music?

This seems like such a simple question, yet I don’t think I can pinpoint a definitive answer. I have always just felt like I wanted to be musical. I remember being a really little kid and hearing Kylie Minogue on the radio and thinking she must stand in a booth at the radio station all day and sing (oh bless a child’s mind!) and I remember thinking that I wanted to do that! As my music taste developed and I taught myself to sing, I could never be happy with just simply being a music fan, it’s always been an innate NEED to make music too.

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

Oh man, tough one to choose…but I would have to say Jonathon Davis/Korn.

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

Download Festival UK. That’s an easy one!

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

I haven’t received any gifts at this point in time but now I hope the first one I do get is super weird just so I have a fun story to tell!

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

Take your passions seriously but don’t take yourself seriously. Life is much better when you’re being funny and weird…and be whatever you want to be, as long as you’re not a dickhead.

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

Chris Cornell. First up I wanted to say Bowie. But I changed my answer, because Bowie spent a literal lifetime making amazing music, whereas I feel Chris’s departure was premature and he still had a lot more incredible music left to give us.

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

I love that it’s an outlet in both an emotional and physical way. To be able to transpose your emotions into music is beyond satisfying. I’m also extremely lucky that I get to do it with my best friends. You often have to get vulnerable when making music, so to be making it with people who I trust is something I’m thankful for. I hate that it costs so much money to keep the whole thing going! It’s certainly a labour of love.

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

There are probably a lot of things that I could change, but I’d start by fucking off those awful reality TV talent shows.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“In Love and Death” by The Used.

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

I’m disorganised, so I definitely appreciate the convenience of downloads and streaming. I used to be one of those people who had the wrong CD in the wrong cover all the time, I’d lose them and CD’s would end up on the floor of my car all scratched. It’s not ideal. I do miss opening a CD and having the lyric booklet, though. Call me a heathen but I’ve not jumped on the vinyl wagon like so many other people these days. And cassettes? Nah, no thanks.

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

The launch of our first EP was pretty awesome, it was at a local bar in our hometown and we had a way bigger crowd than we were expecting and it was vibin’. We absolutely live for being on stage. Writing and recording is fun, don’t get me wrong, but Spacegoat is definitely a live band; so, we really don’t care if we play to 10 people or a packed room, we will still have a ball and make it fun.

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

I’m sorry, there is no “not being a musician” option in my database.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Henry Rollins, Billy Connolly, Russell Brand, Corey Taylor and Miley Cyrus.

What’s next for the band?

In the immediate future, we will begin work on a music video for the second single to be released in a few months from now. And we will be getting back into playing shows again, as many as possible really, and hopefully continue to build hype for the EP that’s on the way. We’ll sneak in some song writing at some point so that we can start to move towards the next release.

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

Link Tree is all you need, baby! Everything boxed up in a neat little package! People can choose their preferred platform from there, we’re on them all.

www.linktr.ee/spacegoatband

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A bloody delicious biscuit, thank you very much!

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

Cheers for letting me ramble on! Yes! Just remember: Don’t be a dickhead.

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide, Australia based Alternative Rock/Metal Project, Blinded By Hope. Huge thanks to main man, Mitch, for taking part.

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

My name’s Mitch and my band is called Blinded By Hope. This project started in October 2020 when I decided to buy a guitar and start writing some songs. It’s been a steep learning curve since then – learning how to play, how to write, how to use the DAW (audio recording software), learning how to mix and master. Everything on the album is done 100% by me from start to finish.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name I came up with in my early teenage years. I had the dream of one day having my own band and came up with a bunch of different names and that’s one that has just stuck in my head ever since. The idea behind it is that we are all living our life in hope of things being better in the future, so that sort of blinds to the fact that the present might actually be as good as it gets.

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

I’m from Adelaide, Australia.  The metal/rock scene here has seen better days but is still producing some cool bands. They just don’t get the attention and recognition as much as they should. Progressive metal is probably the strongest rock/metal genre in Australia – bands like Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles.

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

The debut album called “Chapter 1: Awakening” was released on 21 May 2021. From this album our first “radio” single was a song called Need You Here and we have also released a couple of other songs on YouTube and Soundcloud from the album.

‘Need You Here’ (Lyric Video)

‘I Will Not Go’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands I mentioned previously have been big Australian influences – Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles, The Butterfly Effect.

I grew up listening to bands like Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Tool, Fuel, Staind, Creed (the heavier real Creed, not the radio songs that your average Joe only know Creed for!)

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably my Dad. I was fortunate that he was into Alternative music, so growing up we had very similar tastes and would introduce each other to new bands we discovered. And then after listening to these bands for so long I felt like well why can’t I do that? So, I decided it was time to try it for myself and see what I could come up with.

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

Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti. He has been my idol growing up. I’ve always loved his guitar playing and huge sound. I’ve always respected that he would put the song first ahead of showcasing his playing abilities.

A very close second would be Clint Lowery from Sevendust – for the same reasons as above. They think of themselves as songwriters first, guitarists second. I also love his ability to write such groovy, heavy riffs.

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

Well thanks to Covid there aren’t many left to pick from haha!

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

I haven’t received any! So, if you are reading this, feel free to send me something really strange so I can mention it in future interviews.

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

Let’s enjoy this journey together and bring rock back to the masses!

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

Chester Bennington. Man, what a loss. A one-of-a-kind vocalist.

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

I love the creative freedom. I probably haven’t been doing it long enough to hate any aspect yet – ask me again in 5 years and I’ll have a list for you.

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

The obsession with image. You listen with your ears so who cares how things look.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sevendust – “Animosity”. Perfect album from start to finish. No fillers. Emotive, melodic and heavy.

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

CDs and Vinyl – there’s just something special about having a physical product.

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

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

Does this have to be a realistic answer haha? If not, probably an F1 driver or a pornstar!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ummm I would invite five people that don’t like each other. I don’t care who they are, as long as they don’t get along or don’t agree with each other. What could be more entertaining than that!

What’s next for the band?

Well, the album is out so that is exciting. It’s been finished for about a month now and since then I have already written the music for 4 songs, so my current plan is to just continue writing. I hope to write 20 to 30 songs and then pick the best of them to really refine and shape into album number 2.

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

www.facebook.com/BlindedByHopeMusic
www.twitter.com/blindedbyhope
www.instagram.com/blindedbyhope/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3wKyPOD4ZewhWKqe5NkaFx
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRewPu7s9CLx12kgEtJrohw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither! They are Jaffa Cakes; we don’t have to put a label on everything. It’s ok to be different and be your own thing.

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

Thank you for this opportunity.

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish based Industrial, Alternative Rock/Metal Solo Artist, Aleksander Susi. Huge thanks to Aleksander 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?

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi). I sing, play guitar, bass, keys and program music. Nowadays a solo artist.

Founder of ”ALEXANRED”, ”A:S:Örchestra” and ”a.s.andtheloudorchestra”. Founder and ex-member of ”2 Wolves”. Ex-member of ”Scent of Flesh”. Also associated with various other bands and projects.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my given name.

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

I live in Finland. I do not follow the local scene anymore at all, so I am the wrong person to answer that.

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

“Transformations”, Album, released in March.

‘The Gates With Two Suns’ (Audio)

‘Children Of The 80’s’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Rammstein, Linkin Park, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil.

What first got you into music?

I guess rock music and movies when I was a child. Beatles, Scorpions, Queen. I started with piano school then played classical music.

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

Probably with no one at this point.

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

Obscene Extreme looks nice and fun and that there’s nice people. Even though my solo artist music would not fit the musical style of the happening.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

Peter Steele.

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

When my music is heard by people. Moments, when your work is vain.

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

More real talent. In many cases the industry should stop feeding and normalizing the stupid product that they are forcing people to listen/watch, making people also really dumb.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

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

I love CD’s the most.

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

Rock to the River, Imatra. Long time ago, over 15 years probably. I was playing in Scent of Flesh back then. There were many cool artists playing there at the same festival, including one of my favourite band, Helloween.

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

I really do not know now. Hard to say. Maybe a painter or an architect.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting. For long time.

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

www.twitter.com/astp0001
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1OFbUmpchz7IEWCF0ihBU5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjs7NNZcEhEx8EghN_KjuFA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Definitely.

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

Stay safe, take care of yourselves and your friends and families.

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Skarlett Riot – Invicta

Invicta Album Cover Art

Skarlett Riot – Invicta
Despotz Records
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 48:08
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

As a reviewer, I will never tire of the privileged position that we have of being introduced to new music on a daily basis. Music, for me, has always been a lifeblood, and a constant, which travels with me, wherever life leads. The creation of music is a journey which strives to make emotional connections, in whatever form that may take. And, as a listener, one of the best feelings in the world is hearing an album, or indeed any piece of music, that connects with you straight away. In that instant, you know you’ve found something special. This doesn’t necessarily happen all the time, but when it does, it is magical.

I’m going to say, straight up, that “Invicta”, the latest release from UK Modern/Alternative Metal band, Skarlett Riot, is one of those magical albums. And that’s because it’s been created with emotion at its forefront. The band themselves say about the album “We’ve overcome so much together as a band throughout the years and “Invicta” represents the physical and mental struggles we’ve experienced together and individually, making us who we are today.”

Musically, Skarlett Riot could be likened to a combination of Killswitch Engage and Evanescence (who incidentally are two of my favourite bands). It’s a chunky, technical, riff-heavy sound, with lots of hooks and progressive elements, and a combination of screams, growls, and clean vocals from the exceptional pipes of Skarlett, all pulled together through brilliant melodies. It’s fast and ferocious, and played, mixed, and produced perfectly, making it an irresistible listen from start to finish.

However, the ‘great album’ status of “Invicta” moves a step higher for me, with one track in particular. Recently, I’ve not been in the best place. A lot of historical detritus decided to invade my headspace in a way that it’s never managed to before, and it’s not been much fun. ‘Into Pieces’, lyrically, is a track that could have been written from my soul. It’s a more acoustic-based track, compared to the speed and punchiness of the rest of the album. And it’s a melancholic journey from start to finish, which caught me off-guard on first listen. I’ve now lost count of how many times I’ve listened to that track alone in the past couple of weeks. It’s been my go-to track, I’ve had it on repeat, I’ve turned it up full pelt in the car and sung my heart out to it (it didn’t take long to learn it word-for-word, because I felt like I already knew it), I’ve wandered round the house humming it, and I’ve cried to it. I feel very lucky to have found it, and Skarlett Riot. This is the start of a beautiful friendship between me and their music.

And that’s all I really have to say about this album. There’s only so many ways to say ‘this is next-level brilliant’ in one review. The magic music triangle of technical perfection, passionate emotions, and connection, glows intensely throughout this masterpiece of a record, making it a very strong contender for my number 1 album of 2021, and it’s only May. It’s going to take some beating; I can tell you that.

‘Stronger’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Breaking the Habit
02. Gravity
03. Black Cloud
04. Underwater
05. Stronger
06. Cut the Ties
07. Into Pieces
08. Not Alone
09. To the Flames
10. Falling
11. Human

LINE-UP:
Skarlett – Lead Vocals/Guitars
Danny – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Tim – Bass/Backing Vocals
Luke – Drums

LINKS:

Skarlett Riot Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with STONESIDE

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EMQ’s with STONESIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Texas, USA based Alternative Metal/Progressive band, Stoneside. Huge thanks to main man, Crane, 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?

Crane. Vocals live and everything else when in the studio.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ll keep this vague. I was in a cemetery to visit “someone“. There was a funeral service going on off in the distance. I was kneeling there when a little boy, I assume from the service area, walked over to me. He said to me “are the dead people buried in these rock things“? He was referring to the tombstones themselves. I said “no. Not actually in the headstones. But they are… Around here.“ To which he said “…Well, they are on the stone side now.”

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

Well, I live in a tiny town in Texas. I came here on purpose to get away from the chaos of the city for mental health reasons. we are between Houston and Austin. Austin is the live music capital of the world. It has South By Southwest and all kinds of music festivals, so its scene is thriving even for niche “prog” stuff like us…Houston, where we grew up on the other hand, I love the city…but it’s a musical death trap. virtually zero support from radio. no support from press. If you’re heavy or avant garde music, good luck. We have notable country and various Hip-Hop but even that’s a huge struggle for those artists to emerge.

What is your latest release?

Our single, ‘History of Violence’ on all streaming platforms April 16th and then thereafter, our EP, “The Water”.

‘History Of Violence’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Old Darkwave stuff like Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears ,Duran Duran and all the cathartic violent stuff I came up with like Deftones, Machine Head, Pantera, Unearth, Sepultura, Tool…Recently Alpha Wolf, Motionless in White, and Converge’s latest record, and Loathe.

What first got you into music?

My granddad played piano and he was a gifted natural. He couldn’t read a note, but he would simply hear something one time, and that was a wrap. he could replicate it thereafter. He was humble and quiet, but those keys were his….then, when I was in a bad spot when I was a kid, Nirvana’s “In Utero”. I had no idea chaos and sadness in music existed until I heard that record.

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

The guitarist for Loathe or Maynard Keenan from Tool. He’d get me wine drunk and loose!

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

Download and Arctangent. those festivals audiences are truly there because they are ravenous fans of music. I want to connect with them in that.

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

I was asked to sign a prosthetic leg. I was honoured.

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

Get in touch with those in your bloodline who came before you. Pray to them, talk to them, meditate on them, contact them or however you choose to commune. embrace the ghosts and the spirit they survived with through those days that came before you. That toughness. that sincerity… use that to empower you in your struggles. Remember, death is undefeated. Live while you can and stop defeating yourself.

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

Mercury. ‘Nuff said.

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

It makes me feel proud once in a while. It makes me feel like I at least have something I feel like I’m ok at. I try to hang my hat on that when I feel worthless from time to time. What I hate? the bloodsucking, self-worshipping, slimy, reptilian, chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out, promoters and industry “professionals”…and then there’s the downside.

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

That labels would invest in talent. Some of the strong, sharp Indie labels do but majors don’t. They just don’t. That’s why your Twitter and TikTok stars, with a bazlllion followers, get deals and musicians do not. they look for the sure-fire pretty viral face to hit before they’ll even take a look…the labels can’t stand to lose money in the age of streaming and downloading, so the grinders and innovators are forced underground or into production and the escapist music gets promoted by the big well-monied machine. it wasn’t always this severe, but we can’t go back it seems. The underground has to work twice as hard. Let’s not bullshit ourselves.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“In Rainbows” by Radiohead. ‘Videotape’ is the song to drift away to.

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

I like vinyl in the age of the stream. If nothing more than for the hard physical album art and all its words and colours.

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

A lot are a blur just because of the fast paced chaos of live shows. I guess it’s expected to say that I enjoyed our shows with Nationals like Sevendust, Karnivool, etc but I’d have to say when we headlined Fitzgerald’s in Houston before they tore it down. You could feel the energy of that century old club. it was sold out and it was beautiful!

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

Teaching Muay Thai.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Abe Lincoln, Attila the Hun, Hitler, Jesus, and my Grandmother.

What’s next for the band?

Seeking new management to take some weight off ourselves to focus on writing these stories and playing them when this shit pandemic dies…if it does.

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

www.instagram.com/stoneside_music
www.twitter.com/stoneside3
www.facebook.com/stonesidemusic/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6MecNDGCbFpgjGnmoUwBfn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQaGBFe3r1zwFgvbh-Jwsg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Crap…we’re from Texas. No Jaffa cakes…but do they go with whiskey? we try to down our sorrows over here.

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

I love you. Go have an amazing day.

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SYD.31 – Machine Ready

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SYD.31 – Machine Ready
Dys13 Records
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 41:15
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

One of my fondest memories, back in the day, was seeing The Prodigy live at The Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, way back in 1998. I loved their heavy electronic sound, and the way they fused everything with an Industrial Metal edge. Their stage show was out of this world, too. The loss of Keith Flint left a huge hole in the music scene. He, and The Prodigy, were completely unique. I’d never really heard anything like that before, or since. That is until I heard “Machine Ready”, the new album from SYD.31.

This album encapsulates everything I loved about The Prodigy, and more. Pulling from a variety of genres, right from 70’s punk to the techno, garage, and rave scene of the 90’s, it’s a complicated and warped meld of psychotic proportions, but I bloody love it.

Dr Magic, the brains behind SYD.31 sees this as his first ever “truly solo” album, because he’s created the whole thing himself during the isolation of the Covid pandemic. He’s pulled on a variety of influences, recording the bass, guitars and vocals in a definite Punk style (but with influences from the originators of Rock ‘n’ Roll), programming the drums using techniques created by the originators of Hip-Hop, and adding in Techno beats, and the ambience of Dance and Trance. Dr Magic says about the album “If we strip away the guitars and vocals, the album is old school hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and Hacienda era dance music.” It absolutely is. This is a guy who really knows his music, and that’s admirable.

His sound is also, in part, inspired by a book he was given at school in Zimbabwe, at the age of 14. “It was a Christian book warning of the demonic dangers of Punk and Shock Metal. Before I got to listen to any of the bands they mentioned, I had to imagine for years what they would sound like – demonic, unstable, sulphurous punk rock.  I never did find any bands that sounded exactly like what I imagined. So I finally went and created that sound myself.”

Thematically, it explores all that is dark. Depression, fear, vulnerability, crisis, demonisation, and the bottomless pit of realisation. The track descriptions we received to go along with the album are something I’ve found fascinating to read. There are so many thought processes, observations, and memories going on, but I can hear, and visualise them all. This really is art as much as it is music, and I could see it being the soundtrack to an installation exhibition. In fact, I would actually pay good money to see that. It would be one hell of an immersive experience.

So, what does it sound like? Well, each track is different, but the masterfully handled elements of the various genres run through them all. The best I can do is this: It’s angry Keith Flint, shouting at people at an illegal rave, while in the next room The Misfits, Prince, and Chuck Berry, are rocking out together drunk, and breaking stuff, and you’re standing in the doorway between both rooms hearing it all, on a comedown from a bad trip.

There are all sorts of other elements though. Funk bass in ‘Collapsing A New Star’, tribal drums at the beginning of ‘Demon Night’, and a smattering of Death vocals further on in that track, to name but a few. There’s even a classical twist to the ambience that opens, ‘Imitating Art’. There’s so much to explore. If you want to genre it, I suppose Industrial Techno Punk Metal would sort of cover it, but I wouldn’t bother pigeonholing it to be honest. It’s art. It’s rather damn good. And I can’t stop listening to it.

‘Machine Ready’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro (A Night Visitor)
02. Broken Blank
03. It Came To This
04. Imminent Failure
05. As They Let You Down
06. Collapsing New Stars
07. Demon Nigh
08. Imitating Art
09. Disassemble Me
10. Machine Ready
11. We Turned the Lights Out
12. Outro (A Visitor Departs)

LINE-UP:
Dr Magic – All Music and Madness

Chris Oscillate – Mixing and Mastering, Additional Synth on ‘Imminent Failure’, Additional 808 and all additional percussion arrangement

LINKS:

SYD.31 - Dr Magic - Photo by Will Shields
Photo by Will Shields

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