EMQ’s with LORD

EMQ’s with LORD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney/Wollongong, Australia based Metal/Rock band, LORD. Huge thanks to bassist Andy Dowling 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 Andy Dowling and I play bass for the Australian Metal band LORD. We formed originally under the name Dungeon in 1989 and changed our name to LORD at the end of 2005. Across the two eras of the band we’ve released 9 albums, a couple of live albums and a stack of EP’s. We’ve toured internationally and across Australia for the past several decades.

How did you come up with your band name?

LORD originally came from our frontman Lord Tim however over time the name has taken on a life of its own. There were a lot of reasons behind the name itself and its ultimate change from Dungeon. Tim spent considerable time putting together a fantastic blog post on our website called “What’s in a name?” which explains it far better than I ever could!

(Reference: https://www.lord.net.au/whats-in-a-name/)

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

We’re based in Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Australia has a fantastic metal scene and over the years we have had a stack of bands that have gained international recognition as well as popularity here at home. I’m sure most metal bands the world over would be able to name at least a handful of Australian metal bands these days which is absolutely fantastic. We’re a proud bunch down here!

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

Our latest EP release is “Chaos Raining” which came out on June 12 via our label, Dominus Records. Available via Bandcamp (https://lordofficial.bandcamp.com) and all streaming platforms.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There have been a lot of bands that certainly inspired me to pick up a guitar and want to play in a band. Many of them are obvious picks like Megadeth, Metallica, Maiden, Priest etc however as I discovered more music I continued to develop a taste for wanting to do it myself and get on a stage. As far as influential people are concerned, there have been many people in my personal life who have inspired me to pursue my endeavours whether it be friends, family or even observing others from a distance. To this day I am constantly influenced and inspired to do more and continue to grow as a person.

What first got you into music?

The radio and old compilation cassettes as a kid got me into music generally, in particular rock music. With regard to metal, it wasn’t until I was in my early teens and was given a dubbed tape of “…And Justice For All” by Metallica that my life changed forever. I had never heard anything like it before and I was instantly hooked.

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

John Farnham would be the ultimate. I think we could put together an awesome song for one of the greatest singers of all time. We’ve covered some Farnham songs in the past (eg: Playing to Win and Break the Ice) so we’re primed and ready!

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

Bloodstock would be really special for us as we have never had the chance to play in the UK yet. To play a festival like that would be a fantastic way to say hello to our UK friends who have followed us for so many years. Putting that aside, we really love to play any festival as there’s a great opportunity to not only connect again with friends but make new ones as you often get to showcase your music in front of a large audience.

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

I’ve received pairs of socks on multiple occasions from Japanese fans on tour. I’ve also had photo albums given to me from the previous tour when I had photos with the same friends in Japan. Some of the most thoughtful and generous people we have met. I certainly wouldn’t be getting socks from fans/friends anywhere else in the world, that’s for sure!

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

Our fans are our friends. We are all cut from the same cloth. We love music and in particular metal. We’re huge fans ourselves. The only difference is that every once in a while we jump up on stage to play some music for everyone. With that being said, we are so incredibly humbled that we have had so many amazing people connect with us over the years and build friendships with the band and each of us individually. Our friends are our inner circle of LORD and we will continue to make sure they know/feel that.

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

I really miss Dio. I think he still had so much to give and a huge hole was left for me when he died. One of the greatest singers and writers in metal. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to see him a handful of times and more importantly will continue to be captivated by his music for many years to come. He left us with so much to enjoy.

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

The hard work, trial and error, experimentation and then feedback and reward you receive over the years. It’s incredibly satisfying and enriching on a personal level. I don’t necessarily hate anything in particular however I sometimes feel that individual personalities sometimes bring themselves and others down. There’s more than enough opportunity to go around these days and an inflated ego or poor behaviour in general is simply unnecessary. Luckily, those people are few and far between.

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

A little more regulation from a business perspective. There are too many inexperienced/unqualified people working in music industry related jobs or as businesses who create a lot of problems for the overall industry. I also think that more government support/funding for music in Australia on all levels would be incredibly beneficial not only for musicians and industry representatives but for the wider public. Music has a lot of benefits for people in general. The more opportunities people have to enjoy music in a variety of ways, the better it is for the community as a whole.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“So Far, So Good… So What!” – My all-time favourite Megadeth album. Scrap the Sex Pistols cover and it is absolutely flawless. Original recording as well. Not the remaster!

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

None of them. I love them all and they all serve their purpose depending on where I am and my preference at the time. From a musician perspective, they all are beneficial and for the most part still a necessity for us in order to provide people with format choice to listen to our music.

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

Most memorable is definitely playing at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2016. A fantastic festival, great crowd and we recorded the audio/video for our last live album. A real time capsule of great memories.

Best gig performance wise? The 2nd of back to back shows in Tokyo back in 2013. It was the last show of a run of shows throughout SE Asia and Japan and we were a well-oiled machine. We don’t often get to do long runs of shows but that showed our real potential as a band. I like to think that we always put on a great show, but that really went next level musically for us.

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

Something involving me talking a lot of shit. In fact, I got into podcasting back in 2015 (hosting The Andy Social Podcast and Nod to the Old School) which has been a huge part of my life. I probably would have been doing something like that regardless! I’m really good at dribbling all sorts of nonsense into a mic.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Farnham, Adrian Smith, Iva Davies, Mark Furtner and Alain De Botton.

What’s next for the band?

We just released our latest EP “Chaos Raining” which is available on Bandcamp and all streaming services. We’ll ride that one for the short term but we are already starting to put together details of the next release which might come out later in 2020. Maybe a new studio album in 2021 as well if all of the creative elements and time falls into place. Either way, we’re going to be busy!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mLDXLOEh4fcvxm5ICKfhE
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/lord/18929843
www.lordofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/user/lordofficial
www.facebook.com/lordofficial
www.instagram.com/lordofficial
www.twitter.com/lordofficial

We’re in most places! Search for “lordofficial” and you can usually track us down.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure if we have Jaffa Cakes here in Australia but going by the name it SHOULD be a cake. If it was a biscuit, then it would be a Jaffa Biscuit. That might be too logical haha. It sounds awfully sugary.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to answer these great questions and talk about our band. We love what we do and feel honoured to be able to keep putting new music out after so many years. We’ve made so many great friends through music and I’m looking forward to making many more.

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EMQ’s with DEMONHEAD

EMQ’s with DEMONHEAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Metal/Hard Rock band, Demonhead. 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 Demonhead, a four piece from the most Metal of Aussie cities, Melbourne. Dave (Vox/Axe) Rüe (Axe/backing vox) Az (Bass/backing vox) & Dean (Drums). We play a combination of Thrash and Trad Heavy Metal. Demonhead was spawned in the mid to late 2000’s off the back of a punk band breaking up. We’ve released one EP “Demonology 101” (Released 2011) and two albums “Bring On The Doom” (2014) and “Black Devil Lies” (2019).

How did you come up with your band name?

Dave the lead singer was hanging out with his brother listening to Motörhead (the song Motorhead) when his bro started singing “Demonhead” over the chorus instead of Motorhead.

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

We are based in Melbourne Australia. The Metal scene here is awesome. We have some of, if not the best talent in the global metal scene. It’s quite a tight knit community and even spreads to the other cities of Australia. It’s rad.

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

Our latest release is “Black Devil Lies”. We released it in September last year (2019). It’s got 10 tracks, with 2 bonus tracks on the physical CD.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dude, that’s like asking a parent which child is their favourite…. Influences range from Turbonegro, Testament, Motörhead, Corrosion of Conformity, Guns n Roses, early Metallica, Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Iron Maiden (most NWOBHM bands to be honest), 70’s/80’s Punk, Skid Row…..dude, I could go on and on.

What first got you into music?

We all come from musical families, so first and foremost, they would be the biggest initial influence. Dave and I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s so we got to benefit from a lot of awesome heavy music that was around then which formed our understanding of what music should be, how it should sound.

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

I can only speak for myself (Rue) when I answer this, because I don’t have the others with me…. I’d love to collaborate with the lads from 3 Inches of Blood, but they’ve broken up, so I’ll say the lads from Corrosion of Conformity. And maybe Satan… not the real Satan, the Satan from the Pick of Destiny… coz he’s rad.

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

Wacken! Without a doubt. The reason would be obvious, it’s one of the biggest Metal festivals with some of the world’s best heavy music talent.

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

A cupcake. But the one where they fart into their hand and throw it in your face. Yup. It was done with love and affection, though, so it was kind of lovely.

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

Just be rad to each other. That’s it. All our fans are Rad, anyway. I’d rather give a message to other artists… that would be to appreciate the people that buy your music and come to your shows, without them, you’re nothing.

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

I’d say Dimebag Darrel, but I can’t speak for the others. That dude could melt faces.

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

Playing live is THE best thing about being a muso. Especially when you’ve got a rad crowd, it’s the best. Packing up after playing live/rehearsing. It sucks balls.

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

I think it would be the perception of Heavy music, but that kinda sounds a bit general. I don’t like the state of the industry here in Australia. We have some of the most amazing independent artists of all genres, yet they struggle to make a living from their work. Musicians can’t make a decent living here and that is just shit. It’s not a recognised trade anywhere and it should be because our society uses Music day in and day out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of? This goes back to my favourite kid reference earlier…but the first one that comes to mind would be “Wiseblood” by Corrosion of Conformity. That album is awesome from start to finish, and it was released at the height of the Nu Metal craze in the late 90’s and they stuck to their Stoner/Sludge roots and wrote some killer songs on that album. It’s one album that helped shaped my ears early on in my life and it’s got some awesome messages in there as well. You should give it a listen if you haven’t.

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

I think Vinyl. Although, I wasn’t fussed either way until I heard our latest album, Black Devil Lies being played on an awesome record player/sound system. So yeah, Vinyl. It’s warmer and brighter. It’s kind of like the difference between a solid state or transistor amplifier as opposed to a valve/tube amp. The tube amp will win, even to someone that doesn’t know much about timbre and tone quality.

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

We’ve played some rad shows with some amazing bands and it’s always hard to compare a great gig from a few years ago to one that happened just recently, just because the post-gig buzz only sticks in your mind for so long. We just toured Black Devil Lies late last year and some of those shows were amazing. The album launch itself sticks out in my mind because we organised the show specifically to release our album and all those amazing people came to see us, not to mention the support we got from other bands that played with us that night. It was awesome.

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

Probably barely existing in a horrible world!!! I can’t even think about that. That would be a nightmare. Why would you even ask that question??

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osborne coz he’s cooked and funny as fuck!!! Bill Murray coz I’ve heard he’s an absolute dude; Chris Farley coz he was a bit tapped in the head; Hunter S Thompson (I reckon that’s pretty obvious; and Tommy Lee Jones…that would be the raddest dinner party ever!!!

What’s next for the band?

Writing the next album, polishing the live show, just the normal stuff. We’re keeping the pedal to the metal (yeah…I said that!! METAL!!) and we want to keep the pressure on to write and keep performing great tunes.

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

You can visit us on all social platforms.
www.facebook.com/demonheadband/
www.instagram.com/demonheadofficial/
www.twitter.com/DemonheadBand
www.demonhead.com.au/

We are also on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and Google Play.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit and they’re friggen delicious.

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

Thanks for having us, we feel had!!! Also, check out our latest Album, “Black Devil Lies” on any of the music streaming platforms, we reckon you’ll dig it \m/

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Thrash Bandicoot – Milwaukee Cannibal EP

Thrash Bandicoot – Milwaukee Cannibal EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 06-01-2020
Running Time: 22:39
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
5/10

Good evening once more, my dear chums, pals, friends and associates. It is I, Dark Juan, droogie, boozer, chaser of strumpets and loser. Although my strumpet chasing is temporarily suspended due to vile contagion being abroad in our fair isle and I am obliged to haunt the spare bedchamber in Dark Juan Terrace and hurl insults at any cleric that happens to wander past. As there is a lockdown happening the opportunities for cleric abuse have shamefully been minimal to nonexistent. I did try writing a story, but it was that dystopic. I managed to depress myself and subsequently turned to the bottle. This review is fuelled by a bottle of Pinot Noir and the fact that I don’t like being told what to do by any fucker. Ever-Metal Rick gets a pass because he’s actually my boss and I have to defer to his better judgement otherwise there would be copious lawsuits because I can’t control my gob especially when I’m pissed (ask the Ever-Metal team what the staff page is like) and I might end up in trouble.

Anyway, Thrash Bandicoot (howled when I heard that one!) are a bunch of Aussies from Wollongong and they play a strange amalgam of thrash and death metal and “Milwaukee Cannibal” is a kind of concept EP about everyone’s favourite quiet and polite cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer. When I say a strange amalgam of thrash and death, you might expect something like technical or melodic death but that isn’t what you’re going to get here. These Aussie mental cases play very Bay Area circa 1990 thrash metal and then mix in the vomit fuelled, bowel tremblingly furious roar of Daniel Lever. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure it works. I know thrash is not a genre that produced classic vocalists the first time round (literally seeming like a necessary but unpleasant evil to a lot of bands) but a full-bore death growl is not suitable for thrash metal instrumentation. Which is a demerit I don’t want to have to apply to Thrash Bandicoot because they are all spectacularly competent players and the music has a charm and fun factor all its own, but the growl kind of spoils it a bit. The music needs a kind of Phil Heal vocal to make it pop. Every song on here is very good though, if not exceptional, and shows a band with considerable promise growing in potential. I want to hear a fucking fantastic album off them so bad it hurts.

The music is speedy, precise thrash very much in the vein of their main influence, Testament and the vocal clearly is influenced by the Buffalo meatgrinders Cannibal Corpse. As is the utterly terrible artwork of the cover reminiscent of “Butchered At Birth” et al. I’m kind of at a loss for words because the influences, style and songwriting are all so clearly defined by the band’s influences and there’s no sort of individuality creeping through the music to make it their own or to make it interesting to take apart and discuss. Even the production of the record sounds like a Testament album. It has no soul. The music and the playing is almost mechanical. There is no je ne sais quoi, no indefinable something that makes Thrash Bandicoot stand out from their two influences and that makes Dark Juan sad. This record doesn’t have the infectious sense of fun that other releases I have reviewed recently have had. And maybe that’s the problem. Maybe the jocular band name gave me a false sense of what they are about.

So, on that rather downbeat note I recommend Thrash Bandicoot to your attention if you like classic thrash, or death metal. They will at best be an occasional listen for a quick 20 minute blast down the motorway, but they will never be your favourite band. Standout track on the record is four songs in, called ‘Class Warfare’ and it is satisfyingly heavy, but you’re not going to be losing any limbs and your face will be getting a light scorching instead of being burned off.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System gives Thrash Bandicoot 5/10. Average middle of the road score for an average record played by a band with the potential to be quite special. Must try harder, gentlemen.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Milwaukee Cannibal
02. Dissolve
03. Trapped Society
04. Class Warfare
05. Scaphism

LINE-UP:
Jack Insley-Flowers – Bass/Backing vocals
Matt Perkins – Lead Guitar/Backing vocals
Daniel Lever – Rhythm Guitar/Lead vocals
Tim Worley – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/pg/ThrashBandicootAus/
www.thrashbandicoot.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1RwuYXWacA6CRNqP6nSHw
www.instagram.com/thrashbanditcoot.au/

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I Built The Sky – The Zenith Rise

I Built The Sky – The Zenith Rise
Self-Released
Release Date: 01/11/2019
Running Time: 43:29
Review by “Dark Juan”
10/10

Good afternoon, dear friends and acolytes of the slightly left field version of whatever bastardised sort of religion that’s entertaining me in my thoughts these days. I am Dark Juan and today is a momentous occasion for I am writing this in a) the early afternoon, b) sober and c) with Igor the Evil One “assisting” me by crawling under my left arm and refusing to move, rendering the blood supply to my left hand absolutely useless and causing numbness and discomfort. Like what I appear to do to nubile young ladies when I’m on the pull. Apparently telling them it is the will of God is not the way to go. Neither is Satanic chanting and brandishing your sacrificial dagger and telling them you are going to cut out their beautiful, still beating heart and drink the lifeblood from its last laboured pulsations as the life fades from their dark kohled eyes. Also, being a follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and wearing your sacred colander when you go out does not a successful encounter make. Wearing an Ever-Metal.com t-shirt does in fact turn you into a pussy (or cock) magnet though, so I suggest you all render yourselves irresistible to the opposite sex and purchase one immediately, and you too could be drowning in clunge…

Where was I?

Politicians are all cun… no. I did that last review and I do like to try to keep things fresh and novel for you, my good people. Ah yes… I Built The Sky. A solo project of an obviously possessed Australian musician who appears to have about 47 fingers on his fretboard hand, judging by the speed and complexity of his soloing and general playing! I’m quite scared for him because the price he must have had to pay the devil for this level of talent means that he’s going to be suffering extraordinary levels of punishment in Hell for quite some time. I Built The Sky is an instrumental project, and my first task is to assess whether the music suffers from a lack of vocals. It doesn’t. Not having the distraction of a vocal allows the guitar to breathe and to allow other instrumentation to come through and not have to compete with some wailing cretin trying to be the centre of attention. I also enjoy the style of playing on this record – its progressive, not in the naming songs after Cirith Ungol and dwarves sense, but in the experimental and satisfyingly complex sense. There are unusual time signatures and dissonance and all manner of good things here. Remember Yngwie Malmsteen and the fact that his musical prowess appeared to be built entirely from how fast he could play arpeggios and scales and he only had a singer to bridge the gap between guitar solos? I Built The Sky are nothing like that. They are built more on the Joe Satriani and Steve Vai principle of exploring the outer reaches of what the guitar is capable of as an instrument. Also, he quite clearly has mutant hands with elongated, prehensile fingers because some of the solos he plays appear to be physically impossible to us non mutants with normal hands. Bet Ro Han wouldn’t have any problems playing “Arpeggios From Hell”.

There’s a pleasing sub-djent quality to some of the songs on here too – opening track “Up Into The Ether” reminding me greatly of Infinitee in particular and having an excellent djenty central riff. On the middle solo, there’s some fearsomely fast picking going on as well, but I like the outward looking, expansive feel of the music, where on the slower bits it’s allowed to grow and spread in front of you. Here’s a musician with that rare ability to know just when to shut the fuck up playing and allow the music to breathe and become a living thing. Second track “Journey To Aurora” is probably the nearest we get to actual djent on the album – it straddles the fine point between full on djent and the pinnacle of heavy metal guitar playing and switches seamlessly from one to the other and back again before going into Floydian explorations of inner space before coming back out spitting venom because it clearly didn’t like what it saw in there. And from the point of view of a (admittedly very poor) musician I am blown away by the complexity of the arrangements of the music as well as the high quality of the actual songwriting. There is not an extraneous piece of music on the whole record. It all fits perfectly together and is surprisingly legible and easy to listen to. I find myself preferring instrumental albums more and more these days.

My favourite tune on here is the staggeringly massive “Wormhole Traveller”. Holy fuck. Jesus Holy High Christ in a chariot driven sidecar from the stars. It goes from black metal warp speed to introspective slow grind industrial to glorious goth metal solo, out – Tool’s Tool for musical creativity and complexity and still remains groovy and listenable. It is very very good and has left this hellpriest a metalgasmed out dirty, sticky, drained and sated mess on the lounge floor. Which I’m sure you’ll agree is a fine outcome, if a slightly disturbing image that will be sticking with you for your evening meal. Thank me later. Mrs. Dark Juan won’t. It’s such a persistent stain. So, we have extreme talent, musical promiscuity, staggering technique and an ear for a good tune and no need for squealing attention seekers. Dark Juan is pleased. And spent. If you like dense, complicated music that will give you something new on every listen, then I Built The Sky come highly recommended – however if you wish to listen to something boneheaded and simple, this ain’t for you. Cerebral music for cerebral people. Or guitar enthusiasts who will spend their lives picking the record apart note by note. Good luck learning it, chaps and chapesses. You need fingers that can do the Kessel Run in less than nine parsecs to keep up with some of it.

Marvellous.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Mate – for Ro is Australian and has so far avoided my notably dodgy sense of humour about where people come from) has tossed another shrimp on the Barbie and cracked open a tinnie in the back of its ute (ah, that’s more like it) and awards I Built The Sky 10/10 for a whooping skyrocket of a record. Well done, sir, well done. Bonzer.

I Built The Sky are:

Rohan “Ro Han” Stephenson – Antipodean guitar wizard.

TRACKLISTING:

01. Up Into The Ether
02. Journey To Aurora
03. Wormhole Traveller
04. Stellar Evolution
05. Light Pillars
06. Stars And Darkness
07. The Zenith Rise
08. The Only Way Out Is Up
09. Diamond Dust
10. Moonbow

LINKS:

https://www.ibuiltthesky.com
https://www.patreon.com/ibuiltthesky
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ibuiltthesky
https://www.instagram.com/ibuiltthesky https://open.spotify.com/artist/4URPAJlk8ay7npvNVVLpKN
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJZ2ZyMR9pgwXeV7uT_akDg

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EMQ’s with THE LAST MARTYR

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EMQ’s with THE LAST MARTYR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Melodic Post-Hardcore/Metal band The Last Martyr! Huge thanks to guitarist Ben Rogers 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 all! My name is Ben and I play guitar in The Last Martyr. We formed in late 2017 and at the time our other guitarist and I had left another group and decided to start something new. I had contacted Monica earlier that year but nothing had eventuated but I was impressed with her previous work so contacted her again. The three of us got together to discuss what we were looking for and we started demoing music in the first few weeks. A month or two later I spoke to Matty our bassist and after playing previously in bands knew he would be the man for the job. He came and checked out what we were doing and hasn’t left since! At the start of 2018, we had recorded two singles ‘Into the Black’ and ‘Stay Awake’. Around this time our drummer Vinny came on board. He and I had been playing in groups and writing music together for around ten years and I knew he would be a perfect fit. We worked really hard on writing the EP and recording during 2018 and In April 2019 we played our first show at a festival in Sydney. We have played the odd show but have been focussing on some new music and rehearsing to make sure we are at the best we can be.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we had initially come together, as the three of us, we were brainstorming names and the word Martyr came up. We all really liked the word and we were discussing the meaning of the word our own pasts and there was a bit of a link. We had all studied music and played in bands and over time we had seen a lot of our friends and people we studied music with stop playing in bands and stopped playing music in general. We had this feeling like we were some of the last left carrying the torch. This summed up how we felt and “The Last Martyr” was born.

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

We are from Melbourne, Australia. The heavy music scene is pretty strong here. There are the issues surrounding venues (or lack of venues due to closures around the country) but the metal community here is amazing.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Creatrix” which we can’t wait to play for you guys!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are guys like John Petrucci, Misha Mansoor, Clint Lowry, and Drew Goddard. They are all very unique players and the sounds they all create are phenomenal. Music wise, I’d have to say Sevendust, Periphery, Karnivool, Trivium, and Mudvayne. They’ve been a big influence on what I like to create.

What first got you into music?

The first song that really got me into music and got me going out to buy CDs was ‘Fuel’ by Metallica. When I was hearing it for the first time when it came out, at 11 years old, I just couldn’t get enough of it.

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

I would love to collaborate with Matt Heafy from Trivium. I’d love to pick his brain while writing a song and I think it would be a good fun thing to do.

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

I’d love to play Download Festival or Hellfest. Whenever I have been to Download it just seems like everyone is there having a good time and I’d just like to play at a huge event like that. From the footage I’ve seen from Hellfest, it just looks amazing with a chilling atmosphere.

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

I can’t think of anything weird but the coolest was sitting backstage and a fan brought all the band members a large pizza from Domino’s. It was epic.

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

You are all appreciated. Every like and share on Facebook, every stream, every message all make a difference. We are extremely grateful for any time you turn up to a show, purchase some merch or buy an EP as this helps us travel further and put on bigger and better shows.

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

There would be too many on the list to pick just one. But I think Cliff Burton would be one I would love to bring back.

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

The best thing is when someone you have never met sends you a message online and tells you that the music has made a positive difference to their current situation. This will always be my favourite thing.

But I hate changing my guitar strings/cleaning my guitar…when I do it I really rush through it just to get it done.

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

There are many things I would like to see change. I find it hard to pinpoint one thing to change. I would like to see some more support for mental health. It is such a big issue and I find it rare over here that it is talked about. There has been a music festival locally dedicated to it which was great and it helped bring attention to it but it is something that I think needs to be looked at on a bigger scale.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of the many on that list would be “Sound Awake” by Karnivool. It’s an album I still put on and can listen from start to finish without skipping a track or hitting the pause button.

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

Definitely CD’s! I’ve never had vinyl but it would be a waste at our house as I usually stream music at home and listen to CD’s in the car. The last cassette I owned was Blink 182 “Enema of the State,” and the tape snapped once I got to the end of the first side!

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

One of the biggest was at Crown Casino here in Melbourne about 10 years ago for an event. It was packed and the crowd went off. A close second was a support slot with a band I played in with Matty and Vinny supporting The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. There was a huge crowd all night and they were really into every band that played that night.

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

If I wasn’t playing music I would be playing a lot of sport. A lot of cricket! Other than that I have no idea.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite Corey Taylor, Matt Heafy, Misha Mansoor, Jarad Dines and James Hetfield. Though I would be insanely star struck and would not say much throughout the night.

What’s next for the band?

We are looking to record a single in the next few weeks, record a video in the next few months and keep on rehearsing, writing and looking for shows.

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

Good old Facebook and Spotify.
https://www.facebook.com/thelastmartyr/
https://thelastmartyr.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2yHEL3jTfxCw85mI0hWqNf

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google what that is haha! I’d think it depends on how you eat it but I reckon you do something a bit Australian and spread some vegemite on there and call it an “Arvo Sanga.”

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

Thanks for taking the time to put all of this together and for checking out our EP, “Creatrix!”

 

The Last Martyr

 

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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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