EMQ’s with GRAVEHUFFER

EMQ’s with GRAVEHUFFER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Joplin, Missouri, US based Metal/Crust band, Gravehuffer. Huge thanks to guitarist Ritchie Randall 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 Ritchie Randall and I play guitar and yell in the background for Gravehuffer. We’ve been doing this band since 2008, under the name KROM. We changed it to Gravehuffer in 2012, due to getting confused with other KROM’s out there. We have two full-length albums (“Blasphemusic”, & “Your Fault”) a vinyl EP (“Demon Face/Stalingrad’s Cross”) and are getting ready to release our third full length “NecroEclosion” on January 15th, 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our friend Dozer came up with it for a band he was going to start but it never got off the ground. We always thought it sounded cool so we asked him if we could use it haha! He said we could on one condition: to give him free Gravehuffer merch occasionally.

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

We’re from the United States, in the city of Joplin, state of Missouri. It’s in the middle of the country, often what is considered the Ozarks. The scene here is pretty cool, especially since we’re not too far from even bigger scenes such as Oklahoma City/Tulsa Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas, Little Rock, Kansas City, Lawrence/Topeka, Springfield, and Saint Louis. Lots of bands hit these cities up when they tour. There are lots of bands in all of these areas and the scenes are all pretty solid and work well together.

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

It is a vinyl EP via NoSlip Records called “Demon Face/Stalingrad’s Cross”. It was released September of 2019 on four different vinyl colours (white, smoky marbling, white w/ black splatter, and black w/ white splatter).

‘Demon Face’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ramones, Venom, Suicidal Tendencies, Iron Maiden, Nausea, Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Motörhead, Morbid Angel, Metallica, Darkthrone, Voivod, the list goes on…

What first got you into music?

Definitely Deep Purple and Judas Priest. My parents were really into them and even named me after Ritchie Blackmore. I saw the cover of “Unleashed In The East” and that’s when I knew I wanted to play music.

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

Probably Trey Azagthoth from Morbid Angel.

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

Wacken. It just seems to resonate the most with our style of music, and we all want to go to Germany!

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

We got paid in marijuana instead of money for playing a show once hahaha.

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

Thanks for supporting us all these years and have patience, the live gigs will be back before you know it.

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

That’s a tough one. Probably Randy Rhoads.

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

Playing shows is my favourite part of it for sure. Traveling can get tedious so that’s probably my least enjoyable aspect of it. Even still, the travel can be cool depending on where you’re going.

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

The way ticket sales are handled is not the best. Scalpers are still running the enjoyment too. Streaming sites should pay the artists a lot better. It really seems like greed and profit get in the way, but what else is new, right?! Hahaha!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny”. It’s pretty much where ‘heavy metal’ as we know it was born.

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

Vinyl. It has that physical aspect you don’t get anywhere else. There’s the artwork that you can get lost in, the vinyl itself can also be a piece of art, and it’s all about the ‘experience’ of the music that is represented the way the artist intended it to be.

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

Either the time we opened for D.R.I. or the time when there was sword fighting instead of moshing in the pit while we were playing. That was insane! People brought foam clubs, swords, shields, and other ‘weapons’ and just went at it medieval style the whole show! The D.R.I. show was just a blast and quite the large and fun crowd so we were just on stage inspired by all of that the whole time.

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

I’ve always loved being in nature so probably something to do with conservation. The planet gives so much and we really need to treat it better than we do now.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Lemmy, Tony Iommi, Devin Townsend, and YOU.

What’s next for the band?

We’re ramping up promotion for the “NecroEclosion” album so that’s taking up all of our time for the next few months. We have three videos in the works, a live stream event, some live play throughs of the new singles, interviews, and booking shows for next year. We have a handful booked already, with one even taking us out of the country.

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

www.facebook.com/gravehuffer
www.gravehuffer.bandcamp.com
www.reverbnation.com/gravehuffer
www.soundcloud.com/gravehuffer
www.youtube.com/krommetal
www.twitter.com/gravehuffer
www.instagram.com/gravehuffer

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit, and they are delicious!

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

Thanks again for having me and look forward to hearing what you think of “NecroEclosion”!

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EMQ’s with ANGELIC DESOLATION

EMQ’s with ANGELIC DESOLATION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, CO based ‘American Razorgrind’ band Angelic Desolation. Huge thanks to guitarist Matt Markle 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 Matt and I play guitar in Angelic Desolation out of Denver Colorado. The bassist Chris, vocalist Jay and I have been friends since middle school, so we’ve done music together in some form or another for a while now. It wasn’t until our drummer Max joined the band in 2014 that we started taking things seriously. We put out our first EP with this line-up that same year. Since then we’ve opened up all of the major extreme metal festivals here in Denver, toured the southwest, have put out a full-length album and are about to enter the studio for our next EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

Nothing too crazy, it was actually an ex band member who came up with it. We liked it then and we still like it now, so we’ve decided to keep it.

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

We’re from the United States, specifically Colorado and the metal scene here is thriving. There’s an extreme metal scene in just about every single state, some of them are much larger than others of course. The United States doesn’t put on nearly as many giant festivals as Europe, but the music is alive and well over here.

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

Our last release came out in June of 2018, titled: “Rumpus Time Is Over”. It’s a full-length release with 9 tracks showcasing our style that combines grind, thrash and death metal. Our style was given a moniker by another local band from the Denver scene and we’ve just decided to run with it as it describes us pretty well: American Razorgrind.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically speaking you can hear some Cryptopsy influences, Aborted and some Cattle Decapitation. Maybe even throw in some Revocation. Outside of musical influences, pretty much anything that is wrong with the world we’ve probably touched on at some point.

What first got you into music?

For me as a guitar player, it was a combination of Jeff Hanneman, Kirk Hammett and Dimebag. Between the three of those guys there are riffs for days and plenty to inspire you to be a guitar player.

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

I think a collaboration between us and the band Iced Earth could be interesting. A super epic death metal-power-opera would be fun to make.

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

I think most metal musicians would love to play Wacken. I can’t imagine how insane that would be to see a crowd that large and people killing each other to our music. That would be the dream.

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

Other than the occasional dick or tit pic that comes in through DMs (is that really a gift?), we have had people gift us our own stage props. We feature a lot of dead babies with umbilical cords still attached on our stage and it’s always fun to have a fan steal one during our set or send you a picture of how they decorated the room with it.

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

We write music that we enjoy playing and our stage shows can get pretty gruesome sometimes. We appreciate each and every one of you that enjoys what we do. We are very thankful that our creations, whether it be stage props or music, are appreciated enough that people continue to want more. It really inspires you to keep moving forward.

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

That’s a tough one but it would have to be between Jeff Hanneman or Chuck Schuldiner. One of them arguably birthed the death metal genre and the other one has some of the most iconic riffs ever heard in metal so that is a very hard choice. I don’t think I could choose; I would have to flip a coin.

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

I’d say my favourite thing is the creation of music. Anyone who’s a musician knows how good it feels when a new song is completed and you jam it out with the band for the first time. Nothing can replicate that. The thing I hate, is stairs at a venue. Those can just forfeit their right to oxygen as far as I’m concerned.

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

I don’t think that I would put extreme metal at the forefront as that would take away the underground and cool factor of it. However, I would get rid of all of the garbage that is on mainstream airwaves and put some other genres on there as we all know the only music on earth is not mumble rap and pop music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’m going to pull an album out-of-left-field here and say “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield (Incredible album – Rick). That’s a 52-minute, single song album where he plays 20-plus instruments by himself. It’s an instrumental masterpiece and to think that he recorded that in the analog days where you only get two or three takes is insane.

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

My personal favourite is CD’s. I’m definitely not trying to drive around to find a cassette player, that’s a big waste of time. However, I do have a very large vinyl collection, but I hate it. I’m sick of carrying this crap around haha.

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

Best gig would have to be 2016 Summer Slaughter. That was a stacked death metal bill with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Suffocation, Krisiun, Revocation, Ingested and a few other heavy hitters. We talked to Paul from Cannibal before hitting the stage and asked him to at least watch one song and told him how much that would mean to us. We only got to play for 20 minutes but he stayed for the entire set and that was an indescribable feeling.

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

That’s a hard one to say but probably something involving self-employment. Teaching guitar maybe? I don’t know, I just don’t like the idea of making somebody else rich.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gene Wilder, Salvador Dali, Oderus Urungus, Anthony Bourdain and Charles Manson. That’s gonna get weird real quick and would likely be amazing to witness.

What’s next for the band?

We are hitting the studio on June 1st to record a 4-track EP titled: “Quorum Of Unspeakable Curses”. We will be tracking with Taylor Hahn of Hahn audio and it will be mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, known for his work with Gojira, Pantera and Carnifex. Ideally, we’re looking at a late summer release.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
facebook.com/angelicdesolationofficial
instagram.com/angelicdesolation
twitter.com/angelicdesolate
angelicdesolation.bandcamp.com
youtube.com/channel/UCkhhVJNdsXViKQ65BQ45tCQ
soundcloud.com/angelicdesolation
sptfy.com/angelicdesolation

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, the word cake is in the name, so I think that question answers itself. However, they are biscuit sized so to end the entire discussion we’re going to call it a biscuit cake, end of story.

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

Be sure to follow us on all of our social media for the most up-to-date information regarding what we were up to and thank you for taking the time to read this interview. Stay brutal.

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Homerik – Homerik

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Homerik – Homerik
Running time: 46:33
Homerik Productions
Release Date: Halloween 2017
Reviewed by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
6.5/10

I always knew when Rick at Ever Metal asked me to do him a favour and review a band for him that it was not going to be a run of the mill band. I knew there was going to be diversity and that there was a very good chance that I wouldn’t like the album. I think Rick assumed that too, and how I love proving him wrong.

Homerik are an American band formed in New York City but after listening to the album, you could assume that they had, in fact, come from anywhere in the world, and this is where the diversity comes in.

A trio comprising of composer and lyricist, Kenneth Candelas and two further lyricists, Andrew Petriske and Obed Gonzalez, they are a melting pot of different cultures and musicianships.  Unsatisfied with mainstream metal and the amount of “regurgitated” stuff around at the moment, they wanted people to look into the possibilities of metal and how such a brutal genre could be made into something beautiful and unique.

Andrew and Ken both derive their inspiration from the many genres of metal the band are influenced by, but, as a whole, they are not shy of exploring other genres of music.

Swayed by their interests which include (to name a few) Ancient Egypt, Dark Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Norse Mythology and Game of Thrones, they have orchestrated a force of guitars, drums, bassoon (how often do you hear of one of those in metal music!?) piano, brass and strings, that would be worthy of the inclusion into any film score. All this is complemented by the mystifying and alto vocal work of Carla Candelas and Nilsa Astacio, who, combined together, make a chillingly beautiful narrative of a little girl who suffers reoccurring nightmares of abuse and neglect.

Classed by themselves on their Facebook page as Symphonic, Progressive Death Metal, I would also like to add “atmospheric.” With influences such as (deep breath here) Nightwish, Wintersun, Nile, Deicide, Behemoth, Symphony X, Children of Bodom, King Diamond, Opeth, Epica and Kamelot (and that wasn’t all of them!) it is easy to see elements of every one of these bands showing throughout the music and the band can easily switch from one sound to the next, showing great diversity and, above all, talent!

Says Obed Gonzalez: “what you are about to listen to is a project made by people, for people, and for it to unify the world and their peoples.” If any band could manage to unify the world with their music, then this band could. With classic death metal vocals to accompany the symphonic aspects of the band, there are also the sounds of Asia and the Middle East all thrown in for good measure.

This album is not going to appeal to everyone, but even then, it has an approachability to all music listeners whether they are devout music fans or not!

If you like your metal straight forward and in your face then don’t buy this album, but if you like something a bit different, a bit atmospheric and a bit eccentric even, then this is the album for you.

I liked it, proving Rick and, probably myself, wrong…..you might just do!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Into the Pits of Oblivion 01:53
  •  2. Unforgotten Kin 03:14
  •  3. An Angel of Darkness 04:49
  •  4. Curse of the Black Nile 05:45
  •  5. The “Ire” of Green 03:58
  •  6. Wendigo 05:00
  •  7. The Balance of Power 05:39
  •  8. Bread and Circuses 03:22
  •  9. A Song of the Night: Part I 07:15
  •  10. The Legion 05:35

 

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