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.

Stoneside Promo Shot

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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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Juliet Ruin – Dark Water EP

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Juliet Ruin – Dark Water EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Running Time: 18:06
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

I’ve been in the mood for something on the heavier side recently. So, when I saw ‘For fans of Killswitch Engage’, who I bloody love, on the EPK for the new EP from Juliet Ruin, my ears pricked up. They were a name that I’d not come across before, but I decided to give it a listen, hoping and praying that it would appease the alternative cravings. Well, my friends, appease them it did, and then some!

The “Dark Water” EP is billed as ‘A step into a heavier domain for the band.’ It’s full of downtuned guitars, and some epically perfected screams and super clean vocals from Jess Fleming. And, as it’s only 4 tracks, and I’m in a wordy kind of mood, I’m going to give you the blow-by-blow for each!

Opening with the title track, we’re greeted with pacey and staccato guitar, joined swiftly by bass, and drums, to build into the song. A mixture of floating clean vocals and guttural screams deliver the melody, along with the technical crunching guitars. It’s dark and edgy, and instantly made me listen.

‘Cosmic Vertigo’ crashes in next. If anything, this track has more of a frantic feel to it, and Jess’s twisted vocals add to this. This needs to be listened to loud. The one thing I will say is that, no matter how tortured the sound, this track has a hell of a catchy hook, and never loses the sense of melody. That can actually be said for the whole EP, though.

‘Fake Stigmata’ is driven by bass licks. Clean verses are followed by guttural pre choruses, and then soring choruses, where the riffs and instrumentation reach their fullest. The kick drum in this song takes on a machine-gun like property, which is echoed in the staccato rhythm guitar. It also builds from stripped out single-toned sounds, to expansiveness at each chorus, making it pleasingly worrying!

The final track, ‘Might,’ is more of a lilting tune, with a change of rhythm to 6/8 in the verses. This gives it a slightly softer feel at first. But the chorus soon puts pay to that! And those damn screams fill your ears in the chorus too. I’m pretty jealous to be fair. They’re awesome. I wish I could scream like that, and then drop back into perfectly clean, sweet vocals! Towards the end of this track, there’s a section that almost sounds like the accompaniment to a modern Western – a duelling guitars piece almost. It shouldn’t work, given the style that everything else has taken, but it does.

What a cracking little EP this is. I was totally surprised by it. The best way I can describe it is Killswitch meets Chasing Dragons (god I miss those guys so much. So sad they’re not still making music) which really ticks all the boxes for me. I love surprises like this. Now I’m ready for more. Note for my dearly beloved, our editor Mr Tilley – I’m bagsying their next album, whenever it comes out! It will be mine! What a cracking way to brighten may day this has been! So, to sum up. Bloody love it! One of the best EPs I’ve heard this year so far.

‘Dark Water’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dark Water
02. Cosmic Vertigo
03. Fake Stigmata
04. Might

LINE-UP:
Jess Fleming – Vocals
Kent Geislinger – Guitar
Wesley Rands – Guitar
Cody Reid – Bass
Jesse Bauman – Drums

LINKS:

Juliet Ruin Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with KORYPHEUS

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EMQ’s with KORYPHEUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kiev, Ukraine based Progressive/Alternative Metal band, Korypheus. 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 Korypheus, a progressive metal/alternative metal band hailing from Kiev, est. 2016. Korypheus is a Best Ukrainian Metal Act 2020 nominee. December 2018 saw Korypheus unleash their debut album “Blessed”. The sophomore album “Over The Rainbow” was released on the 20th of November 2020 via French metal label M&O Music. Korypheus combines multiple heavy metal subgenres with a keen ear for melody and epic song structures.

Current Line-Up:
Andy Gushin – Lead Vocals
Jullian Torse – Extreme Vocals
Gennadi Sarukhanyan – Lead Guitar
Ruslan Drozd – Bass
Dmitri Kim – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

Good question, previously we performed under the name The Freens which was the name of the school band of the lead singer. Later we decided that we had to change it and came up with the name Korypheus which means ‘conductor of the choir’ in Greek, but also ‘a person who excels in his art’. Then it just sounds good for a metal head’s ear.

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

We are based in Kiev, Ukraine. The rock scene is quite active (not during quarantine though). Some internationally acclaimed bands come from Ukraine e.g., Jinjer, Stoned Jesus etc. Korypheus have performed regularly, bringing their compositions to the live stage as well as being loved for their live covers of Black Sabbath. Korypheus have performed regularly at various venues and festivals such as MonteRay Summer Rock Fest, Power of Ukraine – 2018, Vol. 2., FriDayMare Fest, Kiev rock fests ‘Metal Bleeding’ 2019 and MonteRay Summer Fest 2019 plus many more, and have shared stages with the likes of famous Ukrainian bands: Sinoptik, Velikhan, Sunrise and Bila Vezha. Their powerful progressive-rock compositions riddled with riffs and piercing melodies in a short time have grabbed the ears and attention of music fans worldwide through relentless self-promotion and determination. Musicians who took part in the recording of the new album has previously performed in famous Ukrainian acts: Dmitri Kim, ex-Jinjer drummer, Max Oshkalo (a guitarist of Joncofy, participant of Euroblast fest), singer Jullian Torse and bass-player Ruslan Drozd – both previously with Fleshgore (participant of Wacken fest).

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

Our second album is “Over the Rainbow” (20th November 2020). We also released three live videos/lyric videos in support of the album!

‘Only Lies’

‘Dyatlov Pass’

‘Over The Rainbow’

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band has mentioned many of their influences for their music, including Gojira, Black Sabbath and Mastodon.

What first got you into music?

This five different stories for each participant, for me as lead singer Ian Gillan was the main inspiration since childhood.

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

We are currently under the spell of French monsters Gojira, so it would be our dream to collaborate with them.

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

There are two festivals that we have an eye on – Hellfest (because our label M&O Music collaborates with them) and Wacken (in March 2020 we came second in the national Wacken Metal Battle 2020).

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

No weird gifts that I can think of, sorry. Bottles of beer, whisky, pack of condoms 😊.

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

Come taste the band!

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

Jon Lord.

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

Music is a wonderful tool of human growth healing all wounds. We hate lies as is stated in our last song from the album ‘Only Lies’.

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

The lack of transparency in the ways of major labels and stream services like Spotify.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gojira – “Magma”

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

Well, vinyl for real connoisseurs and downloads as they are handy!

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

Power of Ukraine Fest, Vol.2, 2018.

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

I am a poet; I would be a writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My friends from the band.

What’s next for the band?

We plan a tour in support of a famous European rock artist. I cannot disclose her name yet.

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

www.korypheus.com/
www.facebook.com/Korypheusband
www.korypheus.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/korypheus_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6YemI6edDR5z4upLRdR4Zg
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDtUl1tZQk41kXKS4E9gzMw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuit cakes according to wiki 😊.

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EMQ’s with MARS ERA

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EMQ’s with MARS ERA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florence, Italy based Stoner/Alternative Metal band Mars Era. Huge thanks to the band for taking part.

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

Hi guys, here’s speaking Mitch, Dave, Tom and Leo. We are MARS ERA, a stoner alternative metal band born in 2014 in Florence (ITA).

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s just that…we like humans…but we definitely love Martians!

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

We’re based in Florence, but we come from different parts…of the universe!

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

In 2017 we released “DHARMANAUT”, our first LP, via Argonauta Records, and now we’re ready to roll with our next release, “ONIRO”, out on 19th February 2021!

‘Brighter Than The Sun (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We can surely say that the alternative metal scene of 2000’s mixed with stoner rock and psychedelic rock music of the 70’s could be a perfect description of our mixed influences.

Anyway, we could tell that there’s one of us who grew up with Pink Floyd, someone with Beatles and Led Zeppelin and someone with the Encyclopedia Metallum in his pocket!

What first got you into music?

The power of the music itself, the magic that melts different souls together just playing it!

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

Aaaaaah, there’s lot of bands we’d like to collaborate with!

Stoned Jesus! We love their sound, it’s evolving release after release in an original way.

Elder…seen live in Bologna two years ago, amazing musicians and songwriter, great psychedelic and progressive rock!

Last but not least, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion. We had the opportunity to share the stage in 2016 on one of our first summer festivals. Live they rock, neutron bomb sound!

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

Pinkpop Festival, for sure. How could you forget Eddie Vedder in 1992 climbing above the crowd?

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

A perizoma…ahem…but we cannot say anything else…

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

Keep rolling stronger and stronger, cause we have to make this world a better place!

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

Chris Cornell. Each of us was born with Soundgarden and then Audioslave. We miss him a lot.

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

Enjoy: the power of playing live in front of the crowd. It’s pure energy. We benefit from it second by second when we are on the stage.

Hate: the deadlines…We used to say “we’ll be ready when we are!”

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

TV Talent shows. They’re not the worst thing that happened…but maybe they could be managed in a more illuminating way. Why just pop? We want to listen to every kind of music genre in talent shows. People’s music taste is too much addressed by music industry nowadays.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: – “Superunknown” – Soundgarden
Leo: – “Ghost Reveries” – Opeth
Mitch: – “10000 Days” – Tool
Tom: – “Around The Fur” – Deftones

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

Vinyl, they last forever.

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

Music W Festival, opening to Chelsea Wolfe. A great show, it was our first festival and we were so excited to play!

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

Probably living on Mars, trying to improve the underground station below Amanthes Planum Region. Have you been there too?!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would have to invite Lemmy of Motorhead ‘cause there’s no party without alcohol! R.I.P.

Rick Rubin, one of the best producer nowadays to ask his advice.

Cristina Scabbia, ‘cause she’s one of the best metal vocalists nowadays and…of course…cause she’s so damn Hot!

Maynard James Keenan & Tool! Cause we want to have a barbecue with them!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are focused now on our upcoming album, “ONIRO”. It will be released via Argonauta Records on 19th February 2021.

“ONIRO” is a warning to an internal awakening: it’s the story of an ordinary man who finds himself facing his innermost fears which, changing through music, become real and tangible dreams. Only by facing these difficulties, our character will overcome the obstacles that arise on his long and imaginary journey. An oniric travel that leads to a final awakening.

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

We are on Facebook and Instagram. Come to our page and leave us a like! We need your support!
www.facebook.com/mars.era.live
www.instagram.com/mars_era/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5gavuhF-W_mGQ9HKctbb3A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa…don’t you remember that the “The cake is a lie”????

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

May the Mars Era be with You!

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EMQ’s with FENISIA

EMQ’s with FENISIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rome, Italy based Modern Alternative Metal band Fenisia. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Fabio Cerrito (‘J-Snake’) for taking part.

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

My name is Fabio Cerrito (J-Snake) and I’m the rhythm guitarist of Fenisia. Although the Band formed in 2009, I started playing with Fenisia around the end of 2016. The rehearsal room was very close to my home (I had already moved to that metropolitan area in 2014) but I had never heard of the band before. So, by chance one day I saw, on a site dedicated to announcements between musicians, that they were looking for a guitarist and were rehearsing exactly 5 minutes from where I live. Intrigued, I listened to some of their songs and contacted them. I spoke on the phone to Nic, who was on his honeymoon in Mexico since he had just got married. So, after talking for a while we decided that as soon as he returned, we would meet with the rest of the band to try and play together. Since then, almost immediately, we have become good friends as well as “collaborators”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well this is a question that the other members of the band should answer. As I said I am practically the last member to have joined the band 4 years ago. It is the others who invented the name Fenisia. But I think I understand what’s behind this name and I can try to explain it to you. The name Fenisia derives from the myth of the phoenix, a bird capable of being reborn from its ashes after death. The choice of this name can also be traced back to the fact that the band was founded in 2009 by the members of different formations in which Nic Ciaz and bassist Doc Liquido played together since high school. But the real reason for the name Fenisia is not properly this. Not only that at least! In reality the phoenix symbolizes and summarizes, well a little bit, all the philosophy behind the lyrics in our songs. It represents the power of resilience, that is the ability to face adversity in a positive and intelligent way, cultivating the resources that are within us. It still symbolizes death and resurrection which, in everyday life, can be associated in a broad sense with the concept of resilience. The phoenix therefore represents resilience, or the ability not to let oneself be beaten down by the difficulties of life, to react and get up stronger than before. We can learn to adapt to wind and storms as trees do, that is by developing strong roots and flexible branches, so we can keep ourselves anchored to the ground, but at the same time learn to adapt to changes. Anyway…hope the other members agree with this synthetic interpretation of mine! (laughing)

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

Although I was born in Rome, my family of origin moved in the first years of my life to Itri, a small village of about 15,000 inhabitants in central Italy. Only about twenty years later did I return to live in Rome.

Itri was a very particular village at the time. Although it was the smallest town on the Ulysses Riviera on the central Tyrrhenian coast, it was the most avant-garde town from a musical point of view. When I was 15 I, but also many of my friends, were already playing in a band and there were many who had an above average musical culture, even among those who did not play an instrument. At that time there was no internet but cassette tapes, vinyl and compact discs. It was generally much more difficult to find new material to listen to. So, we exchanged as much music as possible between friends.

I remember that post-punk and new wave trends were very popular at the time. Then there were those, like us, who were more attracted to the hard-rock and/or metal genres and all their relative “nuances”.

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

Our latest release is the third Fenisia album and concludes a trilogy made up of 3 concept albums.

The album was produced by Ray Sperlonga (American Idol) at Rosary Lane Studios, mastered by Collin Davis (Imagica, Deeds of Flesh) at Imperial Mastering, and the cover was designed by Charles Prabowo for Blackout Brother.

The album was released on October 30th via Eclipse Records. Eclipse is our new label, and we are happy to have started this collaboration with them.

For me “The Spectator” is the first album with Fenisia.

To accompany the release of the albums we have released the videos of the songs ‘Lord Lumieres’ and ‘Burned In My Brain’ (only ballad of the album) and the lyric video of ‘Manifesto’.

‘Lord Lumieres’ (Official Video)

‘Burned In My Brain’ (Official Video)

‘Manifesto’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have always loved listening to all music, always considering it one big thing without letting myself be too influenced by the different genres in which it tends to be classified. In fact, I like to play and range between different musical genres. In addition to electric, I really like playing fingerstyle on acoustic guitar. For example, I often find myself playing and really like the older “delta blues”, old songs of Mississippi, John Hurt for example…Skip James, even if it is very far from what we do with Fenisia.

I have never had particular idols even if I believe that the guitarists of the most famous rock bands of the 70’s / 80’s / 90’s such as Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Def Leppard influenced me the most. But these are just the most striking examples. I really enjoy listening to almost everything but not everything and not always.

What first got you into music?

Surely listening and the always new discovery of sensations that arise both from listening and in the moments when you play an instrument.

My mom tells me how as a child, to make me fall asleep peacefully, she just had to put on some music and the game was done!

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

There are too many musicians I would like to collaborate with. It is very difficult to identify a musician among the many talented and different musical genres of reference. To try to answer, I try to look at today’s music scene without disturbing the sacred heroes of the past, so maybe it’s easier…maybe! (laughing). I would like to write and play something with Norah Jones for example. Not just to name someone …(laughing) You weren’t expecting it, were you?

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

I think of the “Rock Am Ring” or the Wacken for example. I would love to play at one of the great festivals held at the Red Rock Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. The beauty of the places and the atmosphere that is created there during a concert are, at least in my head (laughs), magical!

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

Perhaps the strangest gift received from a fan was the one received during the last tour with Fenisia band in Latvia and Lithuania.

I remember it wasn’t a very memorable date, in terms of the number of people present, but a more intimate atmosphere was created that made us have a lot of fun. During the whole concert, one of the spectators present, began to offer us trays and trays of beer that were delivered to us by the waiters of the room directly on stage while we were playing. When my beer was almost half empty, another one came right away. I let you imagine the rest and our conditions of our small but excited audience and, overall, of our generous patron (laughing)!!!

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

Music has given us, it still gives us and, hopefully, it will give us much more. At such a difficult time for music, as well as for the entire entertainment industry in general, it’s important that fans and artists continue to support each other. Only by trying to give back to the world of music – each in their own small way (musicians and not) – a little piece of what we believe, in the life of each of us, has been possible thanks to music, will we be able to support it in the right way.

Don’t forget to buy and listen to our new album and let us know what you think. Stay close, invite us to play in your cities (laughing and correcting) of course when it will be possible to do all this. In the meantime, we are preparing the physical copies of the new album, the t-shirts and probably a new video clip. Stay connected whit us!

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

Oh no the questions are getting harder (laughing)…there are so many that I would like to bring back to life. Since the question is difficult because I can choose only one. I believe I would bring Jimi Hendrix back to life. Died at the age of 28, I think he still would have had so much to say and give to the world.

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

What I like is what I feel when I play or listen to music. The concerts, the good times you spend with the band and with other musicians or fans you know. What I don’t like is the fact that today it is too difficult for an up and coming musician to make enough money with music. To live in dignity and also be able to afford hobbies it is necessary to have another job that ends up taking part of the time you would prefer to devote to music.

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

Here we go again with the difficult questions (laughing). Thus, we risk triggering abundant controversy. Joking aside, without talking about how the internet has changed the world of music in recent decades, I try – more simply – to put forward some hypotheses for change. When I first talked about the need to support each other between artists and fans, I was referring to this: while emerging artists, rather than posing as rock stars, should have a more humble and professional approach to music, their fans and collaborators, from on the other hand, listeners should try to support artists more. For example, being more present in live events (even when it comes to listening to emerging bands playing unreleased songs and not just going to listen to cover bands) and being in general more willing to motivate the following artists more. Radio stations (even the largest and most important) could insert songs by emerging artists more often in the schedule and maybe invite them more in some broadcast. But this applies to all media in general. Public administrations should devote more resources to the cultural sector.

A bit of re-education should also be done because by now it seems to be completely normal the concept that, given the availability of the Internet, it is possible to stream all the music you want by paying only a few cents per subscription. But I believe that this, in the long run, is not enough to make the world of music thrive neither the big streaming platforms, nor the record labels, nor the artists.

It is for this reason that each of the aforementioned actors must do their part.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I can’t answer this question! I really should rule out too many!

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

I am a child of the CD era even if I still have some old vinyl at my parents’ house. Now vinyl is back in fashion and I must say that listening to a vinyl on a good system has always had its charm and also the sound you listen to has its own peculiar characteristic. In my opinion, however, the CD is the right compromise between quality and practicality. I know I’m one of the few who don’t prefer downloading. What can you do, I’m a bit old-fashioned for certain things! I still love buying CD’s.

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

Mmmm let me think…Probably when, with Fenisia, we opened the Misfits concert here in our city.

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

Airplane pilot.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This is also difficult…Can I also choose actresses(laughs)? Staying in the musicians’ sphere at a dinner among rockers (laughs) Jimmy Page, Slash, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Charlie Starr and Dave Grohl.

What’s next for the band?

The band is in good shape but given the current health emergency and therefore the inability to play live events to promote the newly released album, we are working on some new material. We are preparing a new video; some merchandising and we hope to be back live as soon as possible.

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

You can find Fenisia on all major social networks and platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Music Unlimited, Facebook, Instagram, Reverb Nations and also visit our website www.fenisia.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

What else to add but thanks to you. Remember to listen to our new album, let us know what you think and invite us to play in your city as soon as this bad time is over.

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Milk White Throat – Hierarchy EP

Milk White Throat – Hierarchy EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/09/2020
Running Time: 21:51
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

I miss Brighton, I miss it a lot. Not just because of the diversity, but because of the people. My circle of friends are the most important and genuine people I have in my life, some of them coming from Brighton.

When I moved there, I felt at home for the first time in my life, it’s very versatile. I struggle blending in up North, where I am now. I wear a metal t-shirt and feel I’m being judged all the time. In Brighton, you can literally be anyone you want to be and there is no judging, well you still get the odd dick, it’s expected anywhere.

I left just over a year ago, but Brighton did enable me to broaden my horizons and expand my music career. After removing the dicks from my life and trying to settle in “Planet North”, Mr Editor and I began chatting! He and Beth have lots of cheek kisses coming their way, he has helped me get out of my rut, mentally, and channel the crap into my writing.

I mention all of this because Alternative/Progressive band Milk White Throat are from Brighton. I have seen them play live on numerous occasions and I bloody love them. I do have a dirty mind at times (All the time dear readers, all the time – Rick), and to be fair how can I not go off on a tangent with a name like this?! “Milk White Throat”, Oh gosh. Yes please! 🤭

The name Milk White Throat is actually taken from a line in the Nick Cave song, ‘Black Hair’.

Starting in 2000 as a Thrash/Death metal band, ‘Milk White Throat’ refuse to be pinned down to a particular genre, mainly because there is so much variety and creativity, individually and collectively as a group…fuck the rules!

During this time, the line-up has slowly reduced in size and by 2016 only three members remained.

They have continued to evolve and have now returned with their self-released EP “Hierarchy.” Whilst still sticking to variety, the three songs that make up “Hierarchy” are their most mature and melodic effort to date, progressing forward from 2018 EP “House Of Fire”.

The songs represent an individual’s fragility from different perspectives. Our minds can certainly be a fragile thing for sure, especially during these times.

As “Hierarchy” is only three tracks long. I am going to go through them one by one, with as much information as I can.

Opener ‘Closed Eyes’. It is written from the perspective of the world within oneself. It can be a struggle to accept who we are and what everything around us is actually about. What is our existence worth to ourselves? The track itself is over 7 minutes long and they jump straight in with the most alluring vocals, they are light as a feather, well balanced and everything is…calm. The music moves me in ways I can’t explain. Their guitar work meets the flow then excels as it progresses, giving us some umph. It’s pretty clear there are some personal experiences behind this music, you can feel it and the passion.

Next up is ‘Sleepless’ and It is written from the perspective of a parent and the continuous battles mentally. Are our children a true reflection of ourselves and are we qualified to raise a child? Fans have made comparisons with Deftones, I understand why. There is more energy in this track, but a continuous graceful flow remains. Vocalist Brian Thomas is slightly fiercer, but you can hear his growls being held back, no room for gruesome growls here guys! ‘Sleepless’ is also the lead single and has a wonderful accompanying video filmed in The Underworld, Camden Town!

Finally, title-track ‘Hierarchy’ is written from the perspective of someone failing to live up to society’s expectations. Are we just a number and statistic in the outside world? How do we use all of this information to better ourselves? This takes you on a journey, all sections are dynamic, and the tempo is fast, but it still flows with the other two tracks.

I am now going to sound like the biggest cheese ball going!

“Hierarchy” is a perfect representation of how we see our lives in general. It covers different points of views, experiences, opinions (*cheese ball incoming*) and my perspective is, LOVE! Love is the perspective! We should inject that good juice daily, seeing potential in the negatives, seeing inspiration in the darkest of moments, seeing beyond all limitations. The sky is not the limit, our minds are!

The work that has been created on this stunning EP is exceptional. It moves you in so many emotional ways. Although it is short it is balanced throughout. I cannot really do it any justice, so please do check it out.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Closed Eyes
02. Sleepless
03. Hierarchy

LINE-UP:
Tom Humphrey – Guitars.
Guillaume Croizon – Drums.
Brian Thomas – Bass and Vocals.

LINKS:

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Velvet Ocean – Purposes And Promises

Velvet Ocean – Purposes And Promises
Helsinki Records
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Running Time: 40:16
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

And so here we are. October again!! The nights are starting to draw in, the weather’s taken a turn for the worst, and I’ve had to start wearing a jumper again. I actually love winter, so it’s not that bad. And this weekend’s soundtrack takes a fitting route in turn with the changing season, in the shape of Finnish alternative melodic metal band Velvet Ocean. Their debut album, “Purposes And Promises” was actually released a good few months back, but I’ve only just got round to putting pen to paper about it.

Having started originally as a project between Riitu and Jake Ronkainen, it soon evolved into a full band, with no less than 7 members, including Oulu symphony orchestra Cellists Arto Alikoski and Harri Österman, along with Keyboard player Marco Sneck. The title of the album tells their story, as its creation became their main purpose, and they promised that they would see it through to its conclusion. Their variety of melodic metal melds contemporary style with influences from classical, through to pop, grunge and even dance. They say that their style is “basically derived from all the music we have ever heard and draws influences also from other genres than metal music”.

So, what does it sound like? Well the mix of influences are clearly visible from the start. Track 1, ‘It’s So Hard’ starts with classic ethereal vocals, but then they’re joined by overdriven guitar riffs, and an electro/dance style beat. Don’t judge me for this, but it kind of reminds me of Mel C’s solo stuff, when she chucked in The Spice Girls and tried to get a little more gritty, way back in the late 90s! Just with a little more edge, and some lovely Cello deep in the mix. Vocally, Riitu Ronkainen has a beautiful rich tone to her voice, and she soars above the instrumental accompaniment.

The album then loses the pop/dance feel for the next few tracks, coming back to a more recognizable melodic metal feel. However, the other influences are still apparent; ‘Requiem’ starts out with guitar, bass, and drums, that sound like something Sting would have done. ‘Butterfly’ begins with some sombre Piano chords, and a lone Cello echoing the root notes, creating a haunting classical feel. Again, the vocals in this track in particular, are so effortlessly haunting. I love it a lot.

Track 5, ‘Truth Or Illusion’ hits you with a very classic grunge sound. A bit of a wake-up after the slow and delicate track I’d just been lost in! The vocals here are much punchier, and Riitu explores her massive range throughout, which is very impressive.

Track 7, ‘Broken’ again starts off with Piano and Cello. This opening screams Eurovision at me! And that is not a bad thing in my book. This track would be perfect as the Finnish entry, and would do incredibly well, I think. It’s not overly heavy, but it’s got a good edge, and it’s dramatic! I could just imagine it on the stage with a lone Cellist on one side and the Pianist the other, lit with spotlights, then the rest of the band in the middle, fronted by Rittu with an intricate outfit, and lots of dark blue floaty fabric all over the place!

My favourite track on the album is the penultimate track. ‘Lullaby’. An acoustic track, it focuses, to start with, on fingerpicked guitar and vocals. It’s very tender and calming, as it’s title would suggest. Then halfway through, Riitu’s floating vocals are joined by the male vocals of Jake Ronkainen, creating a beautiful harmony line, and complimenting Rittu’s vocals perfectly. This piece is so delicately done. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and is the mark of clever musicians. They knew when to stop, and haven’t tried to frill it out at all. That’s commendable.

The final track on the album ‘Salvation’, has some middle eastern influences in its chord progressions, and is quite progressive in its structure – another influence that they’ve managed to explore really well! It finishes with the sound effect of a heart monitor flatlining, which was pretty creepy, but worked with the feel of the song. The whole album is steeped in the exploration of emotions, and this effect also displays that, too. It leaves you trying to unpick a lot of symbolism.

Production wise, they have done a superb job on this album, especially considering it’s a debut. It was mixed and mastered by Johan Örnborg and Jens Bogren at the well-known Fascination Street Studios. You can really hear the experience and care that has been put into producing this record, and that always pleases me. It’s not a record for the sake of releasing something, it’s a record meant to display the power and versatility of the language of music.

If you just like one style of music, this album won’t be for you. But, if you approach your listening with an open mind, you will definitely find something in “Purposes And Promises” that pleases you. A brilliant debut, well worth investing in.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s So Hard
02. Tonight
03. Requiem
04. Butterfly
05. Truth Or Illusion
06. Elysian Fields
07. Broken
08. Innocent Eyes
09. Lullaby
10. Salvation

LINE-UP:
Riitu Ronkainen – Vocals, Additional Synths
Jake Ronkainen – Guitars, Vocals
Jani Lehtinen – Guitars
Bastian Schallschmidt – Drums
Arto Alikoski – Cello
Jami Alaverronen – Keyboards
Tuomas Vesa – Bass

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EMQ’s with SYDNEY FATE

EMQ’s with SYDNEY FATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cardiff, South Wales based Alternative Metal band Sydney Fate. Huge thanks to clean vocalist Bailey Edwards 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 Bailey and I’m the clean vocalist for the Cardiff based alternative metal band Sydney Fate.

Myself and Thomas Atkinson-Turner (Bass) started the band during our early years of high school, after some time off and a few changes to the line-up, we formed back up with new members in Summer 2018 and went on to record our first five track EP “Sound Alive”.

Since then we’ve been hitting the live music scene pretty hard by supporting some great bands and playing headline shows, this led to us getting Signed to our current label Eclipse Records (USA) and the release of our first album “Silicon Nitride”.

How did you come up with your band name?

At first, ‘Sydney Fate’ was just a random name I came up with when the guys and I got together.

We had recently formed in our early years of high school and had already been booked in for our first gig, so we started throwing ideas back and forth and agreed to stick with my idea until after the show and then come up with something permanent – That’s what we told ourselves anyway!

Over the years the name became something that now holds an enormous sentimental value to all of us.

It’s a name that’s been with me since my early teen years and It’s linked to a lot of my favourite memories and the reason I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people! From meaning nothing to sentimentally everything.

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

I grew up in a small town in South Wales called Caerphilly before moving to Cardiff, It’s where I met most of the other band members and made some great memories.

Caerphilly didn’t really have much of a music scene when I was younger, aside from maybe a handful of bands that used to practice at a studio I worked at after school, but I wouldn’t call it a scene.

That being said, I do remember in the earlier days we had learned a few covers and I had recently met someone that worked with Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall.

Karina was really cool and down to earth, we got on really well and started to put on a few shows together for new and upcoming bands, and before we knew it Caerphilly became this really cool breeding ground for new bands for a while!

Once we decided to record an EP, a few of us decided to pack our bags and move to Cardiff, it felt like the right choice for us as a band with all the venues and opportunities it had to offer!

Cardiff’s music scene has always been great, and we’re all grateful to be a part of that.

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

We’ve currently just released our debut album “Silicon Nitride”, released on April 3rd, 2020 via Eclipse Records. We’re all really happy with the response it’s had so far, and it’s got us nominated for this year’s Cardiff Music Awards! We have two music videos out now too for ‘Sound Alive’ and ‘TACENDA’ both filmed by the amazing Life Is Art Visuals!

Sound Alive (Official Video)

TACENDA (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up heavily on bands like Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden and AC/DC, but as I got older My playlists started to overflow with bands like Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Parkway Drive and Bring Me the Horizon. I’ve always been a Metal head at heart, and have been a keen subscriber of Metal Hammer/Kerrang!

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been a massive fan of music. I remember going from the Power Ranger’s cassette tape to an “Appetite For Destruction” record. My grandmother actually bought me my first acoustic guitar; I must have been about seven? I think I got really serious about being in a band and making music in primary school! I was really good friends with a guy called Lewys, he was a great guitarist, especially for his age, and he got me into some really cool bands too! We actually ended up starting our first ever band together, I played bass – We never played any shows but that’s definitely where the addiction started for me!

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

Avril Lavigne, like unironically, I think we could make some absolute bangers together, but in the event that she in unavailable or is unable to colab due to other commitments, I would love for the chance to make some music and feature a guitarist called Nito!

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

I feel like Download would be that peak metal festival for us, we think it’s great and love that it’s in the UK! But I think as far as any festival in the world goes, I would love to spend a few summers hanging around some festivals state side, maybe even see what Burning Man is all about!

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

Redacted!!

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

We honestly can’t put into words how much we appreciate the support we’ve received so far! It’s such an awesome feeling knowing that people take the time to listen to our tracks and contact us on our socials to let us know what they think! We can’t wait to hit the stage again and join you all for a few drinks very soon!

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

My first choice would have to be Freddie Mercury! I’ve been a huge fan of Queen for years and I actually played the protagonist character Galileo for this production of ‘We Will Rock You’ and that really fuelled the obsession! I am also torn between someone else however, not so much a Rockstar, but I would want to show Pierre Shaffer where his work has ended up, it completely haunts me that apparently in his final days he felt that his work was wasted, but conceptually; I feel that if you look carefully enough, there are small fingerprints and hairs that build upon his experiments as far as the ear can hear.

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

I love making music, gigging and meeting new people at shows, it sounds like a poorly written dating bio but it’s honestly the greatest feeling!

I hate the fact I wasn’t the one that wrote the ‘Cha-Cha Slide’.

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

I would make it easier for bands to find promoters and vice versa, maybe like a type of tinder but for bands and promoters, could be fun!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’m definitely going to have to go with Guns N’ Roses – “Appetite For Destruction”!

For me it’s always been that ‘Gateway’ album that I’ve adored since such a young age, every track is an absolute credit to the album!

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

Although pre-recorded cassettes were basically extinct by the early 2000’s, I actually remember owning a few as a kid, I even had a shoebox cassette player too! Something about cassettes just reminds me of being at that age again which has always been pretty cool, these days I’m really into vinyl however! Whenever I pass a record store I always end up bringing home something cool! I believe the last record I bought was actually Nirvana – “Nevermind”.

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

Our Album launch show at our hometown was immense! We played some of our first ever shows in that venue, and really wanted the launch gig to be at home! The audience in Caerphilly have always amazed us! The atmosphere is always electric, and this show was no exception! We brought some really cool bands down for the show with us too, it was nice to have bands that we had met on the road down to play with us on such a cool night! The show was pure wild!

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

It’s something I haven’t given a huge amount of thought into before, I was big into theatre/acting at one point though and managed to get work as an extra for Netflix, but I don’t think I would’ve done that full time – Maybe something to do with firefighting!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Batman, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Adam West

I have some questions!

What’s next for the band?

Although lockdown currently has us all apart, we’re still continuously writing new material and discussing ideas over social media platforms; We’re always experimenting with new ways to evolve our sound so hopefully it won’t be too long before our next album starts to take shape! We’ve also had to cancel all of our upcoming shows for the near future, but thankfully we’re currently working with a great team and we’re in the process of throwing some ideas together for a UK tour once the world starts to get a little less crazy, and then expanding out as time goes on!

In the meantime, we’re also working with some amazing people for a new line of merch that we’re looking forward to releasing pretty soon! We have a few collaborations in the works too and our fingers are crossed for the three categories we’ve been nominated for in for this year’s Cardiff Music Awards!

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

We have five main sites that we monitor and interact with daily: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Spotify. We use these as a way to connect with our fans as we love getting involved and adore it when people take the time to actually message us!

We’re very ‘Hands on’ when it comes to our social media accounts as we like staying connected with the people and sharing our daily adventures and music!

For anyone interested, you can catch us on the links below!

www.facebook.com/OfficialSydneyFate/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6gzlNpMwMF891YV6FzKJBu
www.instagram.com/sydneyfate
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXUeMuRfNr-gXXvy16s9MIw
www.twitter.com/sydneyfateuk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, it’s a legal fact, in 1991 the UK took the case to court due to different Tax rules for cakes and biscuits and McVitie’s won their defence about it being a cake. My love for Jaffa Cakes is immense!

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

Support your local bands! We all have to start somewhere, and without the amazing support we’ve had so far, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

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EMQ’s with Rambomesser

EMQ’s with Rambomesser

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ulm, Germany based Thrash/Alternative Metal band, Rambomesser. 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?

Rambomesser was founded in late 2015. The four guys from Ulm (South Part of Germany) were already very active as a crossover band around the turn of the millennium under the name Acrid Groove. Among other things, the stage was then shared with acts such as H-Blockx, Son Goku feat. Thomas D., Megaherz or the Baffdecks.

Musically, the four are now treading new paths. German lyrics are combined with cutting riffs and driving beats. In terms of style, Rambomesser move somewhere between Bay Area Thrash, Neue Deutsche Härte and Alternative Metal, with the crossover roots still flashing through here and there. With a small wink, the cheeky-ironic lyrics move away from the usual metal clichés. The self-titled EP, recorded in 2017, proved their musical diversity for the first time.

Full Demo

With the EP, Rambomesser went “on the road”, mainly in the region of South Germany to rock the clubs. But also, audiences from further away were pleased, for example, in Vienna (Café Carina) and Zurich (Ebrietas). Other highlights for Rambomesser were the appearances at the Bulletproof Festival in 2018 and headliner show in 2019.

A music video should of course not be missing, so the song ‘Rambomesser’ was shot in mid-2018 to be finally released in October 2018. You can watch the video here:

At some point in 2019, songwriting for Rambomesser’s current album “Krawall am Kiosk” finally started: This was published in May 2020. “Krawall am Kiosk” contains 5 new songs, as well as those already contained on the EP, “Rambomesser”. Musically speaking, “Krawall am Kiosk” represents the consequent further development of the path chosen for “Rambomesser”. On the one hand, there are catchy choruses and, as in the case of ‘Mache-Lieb-Lang’, melodic verses; on the other hand, Rambomesser overall have increased their heaviness and speed compared to its predecessor: however, the result is the typical Rambomesser kick-ass metal style.

Full Album

You can get an idea of this on the current single ‘Action Star’, of course this also has a video:

How did you come up with your band name?

Because we’re 80’s kids and love action movies or TV shows from this time. In our childhood, a Rambo knife was the coolest thing ever.

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

We’re based at the countryside of Ulm. It’s a city between Munich and Stuttgart in Germany. The Metal scene is still alive but lots of young people are into electronic music.

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

EP “Krawall am Kiosk” (Riot at the kiosk) 2020, Music Video ‘Action Star’ 2020

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica, Pantera, Rammstein, Rush, System Of A Down, Faith No More

What first got you into music?

Drummer (Markus) and Bass player (Matthias) started with 3 years playing xylophone before they started “real” instruments like drum and guitar at 6 years old. 😉

First contact with metal bands: AC/DC, Metallica, Beatles, Motörhead…

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

Rammstein, Metallica, and of course Geddy Lee from Rush to have detailed discussion about early Fender Jazz Basses (especially models built between 1964 – 1972).

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

Wacken Open Air (Germany) – it’s the biggest metal festival

Burning Man Festival (USA) – it’s the coolest festival

Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) – very cool bands and people

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

String Tanga underwear from a fan, thrown on stage……………but more as a joke, because she was a friend, haha!

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

Stay healthy, bang your head and buy our merch! 😊

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

Cliff Burton

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

Love jamming sessions at rehearsal room and the following creation process of a song.

Hate the dying live scene of underground bands.

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

Reset back to 1980, so good music would have the chance of a future, haha! And the support of underground bands and small locations.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Master of Puppets” – Metallica

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

CD’s

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

Headliner at Bulletproof Festival summer 2019

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

Non musician!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The girls of Babymetal…

What’s next for the band?

Finally, some gigs after Corona, new video and writing new songs for sure.

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

www.rambomesser.com
www.rambomesser9000.bandcamp.com
www.feiyr.com/x/Rambomesser
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDw_hGkspy7-tm_OsieKDiA
www.facebook.com/rambomesser9000
www.instagram.com/rambomesser9000

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

Thanks a lot for the possibility to have this interview!

RAMBOMESSER

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