EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide based Traditional Heavy Metal band Plague 9! Huge thanks to bassist John Hopf 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?

I’m John; I play bass in the band. We’re a relatively new band. Devon and I used to play in a Metallica tribute show in Adelaide. He’d been writing for a while before that though, so had quite a bit of material that he wanted to get out there. He asked if I wanted to join him so I did sometime in 2017. He’d been auditioning drummers already and found one so by the time I came on board they had already been jamming for a bit and we managed to pull in a lead guitarist to record our first track, ‘Stuck In Hell’, that was featured on the Metalroos compilation CD last year. The lead guitarist at the time left, and so did the drummer. So we were on the lookout for another lead guitarist and drummer. We put an advert up and found the proverbial needle in the haystack in Dave who is an awesome lead guitarist. We ended up laying down some drum tracks with the help of some sophisticated software and went into the recording studio to track the “Mr. Ass” EP. We played a show with a session drummer supporting Temtris from Adelaide before securing Kon who played the 2019 Heavy SA festival with us. After finishing up the artwork and mastering for the “Mr. Ass” EP, we have now had it duplicated and it’s now good to go for the release in July.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name originated from the bible, The Book of Exodus. There were ten plagues of Egypt. The name came from the ninth plague, which was darkness.

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

I’m from Australia. There have been some good metal exports out of here that I really dig. Karnivool play some really awesome alternative progressive stuff. Of course there’s Parkway Drive who are getting a bit heavier and I Killed The Prom Queen who are from Adelaide, where Plague9 are based. I think the scene at the moment is flooded with cover/tribute bands as the big names rarely come Down Under it seems. But there is a good original metal scene as well with some venues dedicated to supporting local bands. It’s always good to go to these venues and see a good turnout of young and old metal heads head banging and going crazy in the pit.

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

“Mr. Ass”, our debut EP. It’s not quite released yet, but is ready to go for July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything that’s heavy and chunky. The band all love the classics like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Iron Maiden. I think our lead guitarist is into some gay shit like Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a guitarist and started playing in a band when I was about 14. I wanted to jam along and was too clumsy for guitar so the bass seemed to fit nicely for me. Have been playing ever since that age.

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

I think if Metallica wanted to jam, we’d all be in that for sure. Probably spend most of the time talking about sound and technique before making some serious noise.

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

The Download Festival. It has been gaining momentum worldwide and some really big, cool bands have been playing it.

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

A gift? I don’t know. The crowd like to buy drinks for the band, which can be a nice gesture. I got a stubby cooler once, which didn’t have a drink in it. That was pretty sucky!

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

I think fans like bands that produce good music, but aren’t a bunch of dicks. Stick with that. Oh and buy the EP from our Bandcamp page. It’s well worth it.

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

Fucken Lemmy. He’s got such attitude, such a unique voice and a crazy awesome bass tone.

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

I love knowing that you can always play better and sound better. I hate knowing that you can always play better and sound better.

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

I think all bands should get an equal opportunity and a fair go. It should be about the music and not who’s your mate/enemy that determines who gets on the bill and who doesn’t.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Any one of the Metallica albums Cliff Burton played on. But I always enjoy listening to “Toxicity” by System of a Down

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

Mix tapes. Man it’s a shame the current and future generations will never experience that

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

I really enjoyed that show at the Crown and Anchor supporting Temtris. The crowd was really cool. There was a good atmosphere there all night.

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

Would still be in the music industry somehow. Being a roadie, sound guy or something like that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cliff Burton, Lemmy Kilmister, Les Claypool, Robert Trujillo, Steve Harris

What’s next for the band?

Get the EP released and play more shows

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

https://www.facebook.com/Plague9band/
https://plague92.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them. Maybe Google can help me out?

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

Chugging beers is nearly as awesome as chugging guitars.

 

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Black Alice – Sons Of Steel

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Black Alice – Sons Of Steel
Karthago Records
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Running Time: 54:20
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

This is my review of the Remastered album “Sons Of Steel” by Australian Old-School Heavy Metal/Heavy Rock band Black Alice. When I saw that it was originally released in 1988, the year I was born, it made me even more intrigued to have this opportunity to write about it. This is the first time I have heard the band and I can’t tell you how much of an honour it has been to have the chance to review such an Old-School band. Just so everyone knows, when I say the term “Old-School” what I mean is that they have the same kind of sound as Rock/Metal legends AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath of which I am a huge fan of as I grew up listening to them.

First and foremost listening to these guys really takes me back to when I was younger, with the radio on rocking along to the legends and every time I have listened to “Sons Of Steel” it has been with a smile on my face! Everything about this album, the instrumentation, awesome guitar riffs and smooth vocals has been a beautiful experience. This album has lifted my spirits when there have been times I have felt down. I love it when music does this!

I’m not sure how this remaster compares to the original but the passion and dedication of Scott Johnston (Drums), Andy Cichon (Bass), Jamie Page (Guitars) and Rob Hartley (Vocals) shines through. That also goes for guest vocalist Jeff Dunn who appears on the track ‘The Burn’. “Sons Of Steel” was originally released in very small numbers so almost no-one has heard it. Well it has been a joy to listen to and I will continue to return to it!

Now comes the hard part of any review and that is the rating. My favourite song on “Sons Of Steel” is the title track. From a good intro to a great up-tempo track with really good vocals this is probably the song I have listened to most. As for the album itself well I have to give it 9/10. Great band, amazing album and I definitely suggest checking Black Alice out if you get the opportunity because you won’t regret it!

I’d like to thank the band, Karthago Records for releasing a rarely heard gem of an album and to Ever Metal for giving me the chance to review “Sons Of Steel” Check out the links below!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Something In The Air
02. Sons Of Steel
03. There’s Hope
04. Hard Lover
05. You And Me (Bonus Track)
06. Fighting For You
07. Mr. System
08. I’m With You
09. The Burn (Bonus Track)
10. Reck
11. Walk In The Blues
12. The Burn (instrumental)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/BlackAliceband/
http://www.sonsofsteel.rocks/band-news.html

 

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EMQ’s with PurEnvy

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EMQ’s with PurEnvy

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Metal band PurEnvy! 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?

My name is Josip Dane Malkoč and I am a lead guitarist/vocalist in a modern, melodic thrash band from Australia. PurEnvy hail from the steel city of Newcastle, NSW. Fusing elements of thrash metal with harmonies reminiscent of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, PurEnvy have been perfecting their craft for many years, appealing to a wide range of heavy music fans, and attracting a loyal following along the way. After the 2013 release of their first album “As The Light Fades”, PurEnvy focused on refining their style, and released their second album “Redemption” in June 2018. “Redemption” received overwhelmingly positive reviews, including a feature on Wall of Sound’s podcast “Up Against the Wall”. The accompanying video for the single “Deception” has also gained popularity on social media for its creative take on the unique Australian metal scene. PurEnvy have been honing their live performances up and down the east coast of Australia, developing an electric and entertaining stage presence in all types of venues. With two appearances at Sydney’s iconic Steel Assassins festival under their belt, PurEnvy are ready to showcase their music to a wide variety of audiences both at home and abroad.

How did you come up with your band name?

One of the original members had decided on the name prior to myself joining the band.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We’re from Australia. The scene is definitely thriving in specific areas such as Brisbane and Melbourne. Unfortunately in other areas it’s surviving to the say the very least. We believe that we have contributed massively in keeping the Newcastle metal scene alive and it continues to grow with every show we play.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is Redemption which you can stream here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3SnMYZR9tjRGTGVZ0PYRIY

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica, Iron Maiden, Trivium, At the Gates, Iced Earth, All That Remains, Yngwie Malmsteen.

What first got you into music?

The interest was sparked from being in a high school music class and I felt drawn to it. Later on in life I became obsessed with music, especially heavy metal. I grew up listening to punk records from bands like Green Day, Millencolin and Offspring. If I recall correctly a family member first introduced to me to Metallica at a young age and that would be the first time I ever heard Fade to Black. I was blown away, in awe, but I knew that I wanted to pickup a guitar and learn to play.

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

Definitely Matt Heafy from Trivium! He has been an inspiration to me for quite some time and would love to have the opportunity to collaborate with someone like himself.

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

Wacken!! The ultimate dream for any heavy metal band!

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

Hahaha can honestly say that it hasn’t happened yet.

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

Thank you! Knowing that there are people around the world that love the music we create is the most fulfilling feeling I’ve ever experienced.

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

Cliff Burton…Maybe “Load” and “Reload” never would have happened hahaha.

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

The hour that you get to spend performing your art with the people that mean the most to me. Definitely travelling, especially the long hauls in our country.

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

I’m not quite sure how to answer this question. My apologies!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“…And Justice For All”, “Master OF Puppets”, “Shogun”, “Slaughter Of The Soul, “Reign In Blood” and “Nocturnal”.

What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CD’s, downloads or streaming?

I’m a massive fan of Vinyl and CD’s although I’ve realised that streaming music is more important than what the majority of musicians believe. I think streaming plays a crucial role in growing an artist’s fan base outside the realms of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and when used to its full advantage services like Spotify become an invaluable tool.

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

Maryborough, QLD. We didn’t know what to expect from playing there and let me tell ya, our jaws were dropping. I’ve never witnessed a crowd that intense and involved and can only be described as chaos.

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

I don’t like to think about that haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Matt Heafy, Anders Bjorler, Ola Englund and Jacob Hansen!

What’s next for the band?

Complete an East Coast run of shows, write and record a new album and aim to get overseas asap.

What social media links do you use to get your music out to people?

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/52e9D7HvJfo8Rfl5nDVc4x?si=9PYzOH1bQ_qFQVqkearnWA
Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRc56OMbf6C7HMBdmo0VG_w
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/purenvyofficial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what they are hahaha!

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

I’m glad that I took the time to do this and I thoroughly enjoyed it 

Stay Metal \m/

 

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EMQ’s with AUDIO REIGN

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EMQ’s with AUDIO REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Hard Rock/Metal band Audio Reign. 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?

My name is Jake, I am lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Audio Reign.
Audio Reign was formed in 2011 in Adelaide, South Australia. Like most dedicated bands, we rehearsed our arses off until we were ready to deliver our music to the world, and when that time came, we didn’t look back. We wrote our first six-song EP named “Find Your Way”. This album got us a slot on the 2014 Big Day Out in Adelaide.
Audio Reign shortly after had a few personal issues to deal with which saw us out of action for a while hence the break between albums. But once we had things sorted, it was full steam ahead and the train hasn’t stopped.
The new debut self-titled album “Audio Reign” was written and independently released in November 2018 and has been getting fantastic reviews and media coverage since its release. The album’s strength and the band’s energetic live show earning us big supports with the likes of US bands Skillet and Pop Evil.
Audio Reign have a vision to rise up from the ranks in Australia and bring back the live scene whilst creating a new sound for Australian rock.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, it was a bit of motley luck! We wanted to make sure any band name that we came up with wasn’t already taken by a band somewhere else. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever come up with an original band name and thought “This is siiiick” and “no-one is going to have this name?” Well if you have and you punched it into Google, you can bet your balls (or whatever) that the name is already taken!
We must have gone through 30 names and every name was taken! We knew we wanted to have “Reign” in the name, and one of the words we were using with different combos was the word “Audio”. We ended up punching those two together and the skies opened up and a massive light shone down on to our laptop whilst angels sang… Audio Reign was born \m/.
Funny enough a year or so later, I did a search for our name on Google and some cover band from the States (US) had taken our name and even made a similar logo. I was like, “What the F%@#!!” I sent them a message asking if they’d heard of a Google search engine, to which they replied, “They didn’t see a problem because they were in the US and were in Australia so it shouldn’t really matter!” What they don’t realise is that we plan to infiltrate the US as well! We’ll deal with that when the time comes 😉

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

We are from Australia. There is a very strong metal/ heavy scene over here although obviously more underground as there is no commercial support for it. But behind the scenes it is thriving and if you go looking for it, you will definitely find it.

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

We released our debut full length album self-titled “Audio Reign” in November 2018. The first single “Betrayal” was also released in November complete with an epic music video filmed in a cathedral. In March 2019 we released our latest emotion-fueled single “Senses” including a lyric video to go with it. Both songs are quite different from each other but were released to show how diverse the album itself is and what the band is capable of.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ask any member of Audio Reign who their influences are and although there would be obvious crossovers, we are all quite different from each other. I think that’s great for the band as it allows us to draw on those different influences when writing new music to ensure our songs don’t all start sounding the same.
But my main influences personally would have to be (in no particular order) Alter Bridge, GnR, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, early Pearl Jam. And now it continues with bands like Stone Sour, Sevendust etc.

What first got you into music?

When I was six years old, I heard Kiss on the radio and from that moment they became my favourite band of the time! The sound of heavy guitars, the stage show, the attitude, the ROCK! Everything combined was just loud and in your face!

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

That’s a tough call, a duet with Lizzy Hale from Halestorm or a song written with Deftones combining their style with ours. So many possibilities, so many choices of so many great musicians, I can’t really single one out.

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

Well it would have to be Wacken or Rock am Ring. WOA is more of a metalfest open to and catering to most subgenres, whereas Rock am Ring is probably a bit more mainstream. Both are massive and if you can get us on either one, we’ll die happy (haha).

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

We haven’t actually received any really weird gifts… or maybe we’re a bit weird which made them seem normal.

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

Thank you immensely for your undying support, without you we are nothing, and your love and belief in us is everything. This music is for you \m/

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

There are so many I want to bring back for different reasons, but right at this moment I would like to bring back Chris Cornell. I believe he had so many more great songs to give and so much more to do personally. His death was an absolute tragedy and a massive blow to the heavy world, not to mention his loving family left behind. RIP Chris.

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

Having an absolutely awesome and totally rewarding outlet that gives you the opportunity to emote and express yourself. When you’re in the moment performing with the band and everything is sounding tight and heavy, the high is incredible!
I hate the fact that sometimes you need to choose between a lot of different things in life that clash with this lifestyle and can really upset the balance of mental harmony.

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

That the heavyweights of the industry restructure things and finally give the musicians the pay and recognition they deserve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alter Bridge – “Blackbird”.

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

Vinyl or CD. You get top quality sound with an actual physical piece of merchandise that often includes artwork, lyrics, pictures etc. What a bloody bonus!

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

We performed at the 2014 Big Day Out in Adelaide on the same bill as Pearl Jam. That was pretty memorable. Since then we have supported heavy rockers Skillet and Pop Evil so we’ve had some fun!

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

I am currently also a fulltime metro firefighter, so that’s probably what I’d be doing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other members of Audio Reign and you so we can continue this conversation over many drinks 😉

What’s next for the band?

World domination… but first we need to play Wacken Open Air and Rock am Ring!
And before that we will probably release some more music and music videos and go on tour!

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

Most of them… Facebook, Instagram, twitter, Soundcloud, Bands in Town, Audio Reign website, etc.
https://www.audioreign.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/AudioReignBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa Cake? Can I add that as a pizza topping?

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

Thanks for your support in keeping the heavy music fire burning! You play a massive part in keeping this awesome musical genre alive and spreading the word to new generations of kids who wanna rock HEAVY \m/

 

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EMQ’s with TEMPEST RISING

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EMQ’s with TEMPEST RISING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Metal band Tempest Rising. 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?

My name is James Ward-Armstrong and I am the founding member of Tempest Rising. I play rhythm guitar and the band has been around officially as of August 2013 so nearly six years.

How did you come up with your band name?

The original name was “Coming Storm” which I think was made up from driving from band practice one evening and seeing this massive storm coming. We then changed it to Tempest Rising as it sounded a bit more unique compared to Coming Storm but still meaning basically the same thing.

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

We are from Australia. Western Australia, to be precise. The scene in Australia is strong and growing. The scene in Western Australia is small but very close-knit. Being so far away from the rest of the country it makes touring hard and expensive. From what I have been told the scene 10-15 years ago before social media took over the world was very strong. But it’s slowing getting there, which is good.

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

Our latest release is our song called ‘Breathe’ off our upcoming sophomore album “Alter Ego”. We will be dropping another single next month (May) before the album is released.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences have been all the classic oldies: AC/DC, Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. All those bands paved the way for how I am now as a musician.

What first got you into music?

Probably listening to rock songs on my parents’ 100-stacker CD player. AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker” album is still one of my favourites today so I guess you could say that album got me into music in general.

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

It would probably be Killswitch Engage.

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

If we could play any festival in the world it would have to be either Wacken or Rock in Rio.

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

The weirdest gift was a painting on a tile. A fan painted Tempest Rising and some artwork. It actually looks pretty cool! And to make an impact on someone’s life like that is pretty cool.

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

Be happy and look after yourself. Do it because you want to.

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

Jimi Hendrix back from the dead, hands down.

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

Traveling and creating music for people all of the world and seeing the general excitement on their faces. The thing I hate is not having enough money to travel the world and play music.

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

If I could change one thing about the music industry it would be that bands get paid more for their work.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign in Blood” – Slayer.

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

CDs, hands down.

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

Best gig we have played to date would be our first international support with Sevendust a few years back. A few shows have come close but I think just the circumstances of that show makes it the best.

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

If I wasn’t a musician I would probably be trying to further my professional cricket career.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Jim Jeffries and Carl Barron. I reckon there would be some stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

We’re off to Japan next month after our European tour and then we will have the album finally out and do some more east coast shows and try to do another tour.

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

We are on pretty much every social media platform form. Facebook to Instagram, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Twitter, Youtube, you name it.
https://www.tempestrising.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/tempestrisingofficial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I have had them before but gonna go with biscuit.

 

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EMQ’s with AS I DESTRUCT

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EMQ’s with AS I DESTRUCT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Melodic Death Metal band As I Destruct. 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?

My name is Matthew Marotti, lead guitarist from As I Destruct. Our old band was called Quaero Verum. No one knew how to say it, let alone spell it. So we decided a makeover was in order.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luke liked it and really pushed for it. Also anyone familiar with “Threat Signal” knows that the song kicks major arse!

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

We are from Australia. The metal scene here is diverse, with a lot of young hungry bands really up for the task. The competitive nature and drive to bring metal heads together resonates throughout our lovely, ageing population.

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

Our latest album is called “From Fear to Oblivion”. We have so far released two singles from the album. The tracks are ‘Redemption’ and ‘A Question of Faith’.
‘A Question of Faith’ has its very own film clip, done by the people at Against the Grain Studios. They did a fantastic job. We highly recommend that you go and check the video out on YouTube. They didn’t even pay me to say that!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1lwR_2VPyI

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine personally that have shaped the sound for this particular record is Nevermore, Hypocrisy, Old Man’s Child and my dad’s awesome record collection. We are talking growing up on the original vinyl’s of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Dio. That was until my younger brother took all the records out of the sleeves and smooshed them against our old tiled floors! I hate to imagine how much they would be worth today.

What first got you into music?

Growing up in my old house I was always surrounded by music. During the day, my Mum would play stuff from Taylor Dayne, Madonna and Cher while my Dad at night would blast stuff from Richie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi.
I did enjoy Dad’s taste in music a little more. Though Mum’s selection would have helped me more with the ladies…

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

If I didn’t say Jeff Loomis I probably would be lying. The guy’s a total freak.

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

Download Festival. It is the only heavy metal festival that took a chance on Australia when no one else would, post-Soundwave. It would be a dream to play in front of a big crowd in my hometown.
I guess a girl can dream…

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

My mates bring their partners to shows, so their patience of sitting through our show might be the biggest gift of all? Right?

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

Thanks for your support. You don’t realise that every time someone tells me the album is awesome what that does for me. Nothing beats it. It’s a surreal feeling. Honest to God, feel these nipples!

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

I’d probably die trying to decide between Chuck Schuldiner and Ronnie James Dio.

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

Writing songs is something that I enjoy the most. Dealing with my crippling fear of failure and self-doubt makes the first point a little more/less enjoyable.

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

I would create a grant for musicians called Matthew Marotti. That person would receive a headline show at the Download Festival plus $1 million spending money. Australian dollars, not Monopoly because that game sucks and I already owe people money!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Defiance of Existence” from Old Man’s Child. That album gets me.

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

I love collecting CDs. Currently I am at approximately 500 CDs. I wouldn’t say they are like my kids because I am not sure my children will bring me that much happiness.

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

Playing at HQ in Adelaide. Our friends, family and our amazing fans came in full support and gave us a show. I hope we returned the favour lml lml.

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

Professional wrestling. Not even kidding. I saw The Undertaker as a kid and thought he was the coolest thing ever. Still do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five of my best mates, provided it’s an open bar. You’re welcome lads.

What’s next for the band?

Touring, writing and not splitting up. We keep this train going now for as long as humanly possible.

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

The classics, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pornhub. Basically where we know lots of people go for a good time, not a long time.
https://www.asidestruct.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AsIDestructBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The most biscuit-cake there is. Ha ha but seriously, Jaffa is the abortion of all desserts.

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

If you love your melodic death metal with extra angst, head over to www.asidestruct.com/shop and pick yourself up a copy of “From Fear to Oblivion”. Thanks again guys for your love, support and letting us crash on your couch!

 

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Rose Tattoo – Blood Brothers

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ROSE TATTOO – BLOOD BROTHERS
Label: Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Running Time: 73.31
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

The 2018 bonus reissue of Rose Tattoo’s classic 2007 album was released on the 18th May 2018 through Golden Robot records.

The album contains some truly great tracks, plus live, adrenalin-packed versions, which only adds to the already brilliant album. These include Man About Town, Black Eyed Bruiser and Sweet Meat… just to name a few.

The album features the fantastic vocals of the one and only Angry Anderson, whose voice can transform, in a heartbeat, from gentle and mellow to full on scream and not miss a beat, Mark Evans from AC/DC on bass, Angels and Skyhooks axeman Bob Spencer, Aussie Crawl’s John ’Watto’ Watson up the back and the Pete Well’s endorsed Dai Pritchard on the slide guitar.

The band are touring the UK in September 2018 with dates to include the 02, the ABC in Glasgow and the 02 Academy 2 Birmingham, and with the energy these guys put into their songs, these gigs will be ones not to miss from this high-octane band.

Angry’s voice is raw with no let-up in any of the tracks. It’s totally 100% all the way. A modern rock sound but with their trademark riffs makes this album timeless. The live tracks give you just a taste of what you can expect if you are luckily enough to see these guys live…

Sadly, a few members have passed away (who are probably jamming away on another level) and these are paid homage to in the album and Angry wrote Once In A Lifetime in memory of Pete Wells who passed away in 2006.

The band still play with the same passion as always and give it their all, whether in the studio or live, and this is a band who doesn’t have an age limit, to either them or their fans!

Rose Tattoo are rough, ready and raw and this album is them at their best. Black Eyed Bruiser is just thumping all the way through and how Angry hits and keeps some of the notes is just amazing. The slide guitar is intense in Once In A Lifetime, and listening to the album you would be forgiven, if you didn’t know who the singer was, for mistaking him for a young gritty voiced singer. This is only half right as Angry is 71 but, believe me, he isn’t ready to hang up his singing and this guy has more energy than most younger men on the scene, having been with the band since 1976 and his voice still cuts to the bone.

There is everything from head banging tracks to more blues tracks, this album seriously has it all. Nothing To Lose leaves you almost breathless, with lyrics like ‘never had a problem with drinking till I ran out of booze’ Never had a problem with lying couldn’t lay straight in bed…

This is a band who will not lay down and retire any time soon. They seem to still have so much to give and I hope there are many more albums coming our way from these guys… keep on rockin!!
TRACK LISTING

Black Eyed Bruiser
Slipping Away
Once In a Lifetime
1854
City Blues
Sweet Meat
Man About Town
Creeper
Stand Over Man
Nothing To Lose
Lubricated
Man About Town Live
Black Eyed Bruiser Live
Once In A Lifetime Live
Sweet Meat Live
Standover Man Live
Nothing To Lose Live

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

https://www.facebook.com/RoseTattoo
https://www.rosetattoo.com.au/
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Naberus – Hollow

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NABERUS – HOLLOW
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 29/06/2018
Running Time: 59:45
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7.5/10

Naberus are a five-piece metal band from Melbourne in Australia, heavily influenced by melodic death and thrash metal, and Hollow is their new album, released on 29th June 2018 by Eclipse Records.

Formed in 2009, they released their demo “Ruins of Society” in 2010, and, with it, showcased their ability to combine aggression, melody and groove. The demo captivated audiences worldwide and reached number four in the mp3.com metal charts.

They soon caught the attention of Ermin Hamidovic (Architects, Periphery and Devin Townsend) and he recorded their next EP “The Fallen” in 2011 at his studio Systematic Productions. They spent the next few years playing shows throughout Australia, including festivals such as Sonic Forge in 2011 and 2012 and Atmoshphere, and played alongside Soilwork in 2015.

Their first full length album “The Lost Reveries” was released in 2016, displaying their heavy, intricate riffs, and received critical acclaim and positive reviews from both press and meta radio alike, with Australia’s “Heavy Mag” calling them ‘Australia’s next best thing.’

The latest album “Hollow”, mixed this time by Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Architects, A Breach of Silence) and features fourteen brand new tracks that show a significant progression in the song writing abilities of James Ash and Dan Ralph. There is a strong focus on groove in this album, while at the same time being a combination of death metal mixed with some thrash and modern groove metal. These guys wouldn’t be out of place on a bill with the likes of Bring Me the Horizon and Enter Shikari.

There is a wide variety of subject matter in the lyrics, from the intensely personal “My Favourite Memory” which was written about James’ father’s battle with dementia, to the title track “Hollow” which criticises the hypocrisy of hate-filled religious leaders during the fight to legalise gay marriage in Australia.

The band perform energetic and captivating live shows and the power and aggression of these is captured into their recorded material.

This is a solid, straightforward heavy metal album with extended range / djent riffing, solid drumming and awesome vocals, blending clean with aggressive easily, and the whole album is a serious kick up the jacksie.

The title track “Hollow” is also the first single from the album and the bands newest video that was uploaded to YouTube on 17th April 2018.

The only thing I would say against this album is that it is possibly a little on the long side. At just over 59 minutes, with a sound that could, to some people, sound repetitive, this album could be a bit too much for some people. There is certainly a lull during the middle of the album in quality of the tracks, which although still good, may not be missed if they were to be omitted completely.

Having said all that, this is a great album. I can’t compare it to their previous releases as this is the first of their material that I have listened to, but I did like this one and I will certainly be checking out their stuff from before this.

I think this is a must for any metalcore fan! But don’t take my word for it, go out, buy it and see for yourself!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • Slaves
  • Space to Breathe
  • Split in Two
  • Shadows
  • Webs
  • Hollow
  • I Disappear
  • The End
  • Seas of Red
  • The Maze
  • My Favorite Memory
  • Fading
  • Burrow
  • The Depths

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/naberusband/
  • https://twitter.com/naberusofficial?lang=en
  • https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/4876567?autoplay=true
  • https://www.eclipserecords.com/band/naberus/

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