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
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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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