Heretic – Feast

Feast Album Cover Art

Heretic – Feast
Soman Records/Tree House Records 
Release Date: 31/08/2021
Running Time: 56:44
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5 /10

Hello my friends! I hope you are all good and safe for this new year. Even though I wish to forget everything that happened in 2021 in my personal life, and pray for a better 2022 (at least a less bad one), I still have things to talk about from last year, and Heretic is one of them. I won’t repeat everything I mentioned about the band, because you can check it on my introduction of the “Entity” EP review, that I did here at Ever Metal previously. The only thing I will emphasize is the fact that I am hearing the 5th Heretic release in a space of 3 years. Keep this info in mind to understand what I want to tell you.

Basically, I can describe Heretic as a Heavy Metal band that has Oriental and Middle Eastern sounds very present in their music. It’s the band’s trademark, by the way. And how strong these elements are could change in each release. On the last EP, I felt a good balance between the guitar work and the Oriental music. I guess they kept it for this album. I believe the addition of keyboards is the new element, and I can hear that the band is giving a kind of space on the instrumentals for Erich Martins to work in a good atmosphere based on his vocals. You can hear it on the entire album, especially on the beautiful bonus track ‘Anno Mundi’ (Black Sabbath cover).

Guilherme Aguiar and Laysson Mesquita have worked together to create a ground or path, on guitar and bass, to add all the other elements over. Guilherme uses his inspirations from all the Death Metal bands he plays (or played) for to program the drums, adding a few very aggressive short blast beats, as you hear in the opening track ‘Sudden Awakening’, which has these fast beats after a smooth Sitar (I guess it is a Sitar) intro, and few guitar riffs among a cadenced rhythm. The good thing from it is how he’s kept the main essence of the band’s sonority despite this small addition.

By the way, talking about smooth cadences, this is something I noticed for this whole album. Maybe not only to fit the vocals, as I’ve already mentioned, but for an atmosphere for the instruments as well. ‘The Storm’, despite the title track suggesting chaotic music, shows this good and calm vibe. Again, there is a constant keyboard to increase this sense of peace that the sound is offering, even with the heavy riffs and a strong solo from Nym Rhosilir. 

The album also offers aggressive tracks like ‘Hiding Moon’, or brings more visibility to good and simple riffs in tracks like ‘Staring at Blazes’ and on the intro of ‘Powerless’. These last two mentioned songs even reminded me a bit of Gojira, in terms of guitar work. There are a few minor changes to sound throughout the album, such as the funky bass intro of ‘Sacred Sea’. ‘Whistleblower’ and the closing song ‘Reza’ look like they left the album pattern behind, though, offering something more brutal than the rest of the album. 

Now changing the subject from music to a small detail. I can say the year is new, but my insane thoughts about analyzing references are still old, and it’s getting worse every day! If you read my review of their last EP, I emphasized how they have an amazing sequence of material released in a short space of time. Basically, they had 5 albums in 3 years (two full albums, one cover album, one EP and a live album). It is like they are always hungry to compose and record material. Despite the number of releases, this is the first full album with new composition since 2019 and we have a lot of music here. The EP “Entity” was like an appetizer for this feast. Sorry if I’m talking just gibberish stuff, but it is how I see their ability to compose so much music.

By the way, what matters is the capability to create good and complex music like Heretic have been showing along the years – complex because it is hard to put together so many different musical genres in this way. I just have to congratulate this Brazilian/Portuguese band on the brilliance they keep offering to their fans! Amazing work.

‘The Storm’ – Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sudden Awakening 
02. The Storm 
03. Hiding Moon
04. Staring At Blazes
05. Tenderness
06. Sacred Sea 
07. Whistleblower 
08. Powerless 
09. Reza 
10. Anno Mundi (Bonus Track – Black Sabbath Cover)

LINE-UP:
Erich Martins – Vocals
Guilherme Aguiar – Guitars, Synths, Orchestration, Drum Programing, Sitar, Tabla, Baglama, Bouzouki, Esraj, Zourna, Shennai and Tampura
Laysson Mesquita – Fretless bass

Guests:
Pete Mush – Keyboards on ‘Sudden Awakening’
Nym Rhosilir – Solo guitar on ‘The Storm’
Thiago Tsuruda – Solo guitar on ‘Tenderness’
Luis Maldonalle – Solo guitar on ‘Sacred Sea’, ‘Powerless’ and ‘Whistleblower’

LINKS:

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Heavy Smasher – Heavy Smasher

Heavy Smasher Album Cover Art

Heavy Smasher – Heavy Smasher
Self-Released
Release Date: 10/07/2021
Running Time: 37:19
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

Hello, my friends, readers of my silly thoughts about the music of people who sold their souls for someone that nobody cares about. I am back to my regular life after a chaotic month of July when myself and my wife fought against this insane disease called Covid-19, but I won’t be as negative as I was on my At The Gates review, sorry for that. The main reason for this, despite the fact I am very happy to have my normal life back, is also because, today, we have a band with a positive sonority in their offering. I am talking about the Brazilian band Heavy Smasher with their classic self-titled, debut album.

Firstly, it is an honour to review material from my great friend and drummer Bruno Rocha. He is not only smashing his drum kit for this record, but also a very respected reviewer in Brazil and known as the Ambassador of the Russian band Aria, as I mentioned in my review of their most recent releases. In fact, we will call him the ruler of the beautiful city of Caucaia? (Laughs). Of course, we have many things here that makes this album very good, so let’s talk about what really matters, the music.

“The analogy to angels is purposeful and the image of the fallen angel is increasingly similar to what is understood as rock/metal sound.”. This is how the band explain the opening song ‘We Are Angels’ and the blast of this first track shows everything you can expect from the band. It is pure Heavy Metal with energy to recharge your soul and great positive feeling from all the love and passion we have for Heavy Metal. Musically, it would be easy to mention the sound of the mighty Judas Priest (from both eras with Halford and Owens on vocals), but Heavy Smasher have their own kind of play on that sound. It is more a matter of influence in this case, mainly on the riff structures and cadence.

How have the band members shown their ability on this album? Well, I can say that Bruno explores all kinds of drum styles, with rhythmic flow and fast double kicks. He chose not to be as violent as some drummers and he chose sensibly because he can play well enough to offer a great sound. The guitars of Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico have excellent chemistry between them on the riffs. Considering that we are talking about a Heavy Metal band that is more in the classical style, it means that you also have very well played solos. The bass of Luís Paulo helps to make everything heavier and is very present among the wall of guitars, as you can hear on ‘Heavy Smasher Sound’.

Nildo Gomes tries to be more aggressive with his vocal style and he is the main reason that I mention the Priest influence with both singers. Sometimes his voice is clean, reminding me of calmer songs from Priest with Halford, like in ‘In The Abyss’ or in ‘Screaming All’. However, for most of the album, he is more aggressive, in a Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens way. Don’t expect screaming high range notes which can be a bit annoying sometimes. Nildo navigates through the melodic vocals, but always with a touch of aggressiveness!

As Nando explained on the band’s EMQ’s interview with us (link below), the word Smasher in their name comes from the desire to play something heavy and is also inspired by the Hulk words “Hulk Smash” and it is that reason they have a pretty heavy sound, despite playing traditional Heavy Metal. I had the impression that the arrangements for the songs was more inspired by Black Sabbath and Dio Albums. As a result, it is like hearing Priest compositions with stronger sounding guitars, similar to the older Sabbath albums. How good do you think that could be?

The lyrics contain themes more connected to our reality. Things from the power of Heavy Metal as a way of life and also issues that we face on a daily basis. The way that Heavy Smasher use them in their music is always with a positive energy that makes you feel strong and ready to fight. I enjoyed this debut album more for all good vibes that it offers. Even the production sounds like it has a good dose of organic and raw sonority. Maybe the intention was to flee from that plastic digital sonority, that so many bands use nowadays, without sounding awful.

“Heavy Smasher” is a pretty brutal album for the Classic Heavy Metal genre but, at the same time, it carries all the good energy and mood from this style. Perhaps sounding heavy and energetic, taking care to not sound massive and tiring was the main goal for the band on their first release. It just shows that the band is more than mature enough for a debut album! Congratulations for a great album Heavy Smasher!

TRACKLISTING:
01. We Are Angels
02. Heavy Smasher Sound
03. Sunrise Rebel
04. Clash Of The Gods
05. FireFight
06. Face Up Reality
07. In The Abyss
08. Screaming All
09. To Be Strong

LINE-UP:
Nildo Gomes – Lead Vocals
Nando Smasher – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Diego Quântico – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Luís Paulo – Bass, Backing Vocals
Bruno Rocha – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With HEAVY SMASHER

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EMQ’s With HEAVY SMASHER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with Fortaleza, Brazil based Heavy Metal band, Heavy Smasher. Huge thanks to vocalist Nildo Gomes and drummer Bruno Rocha, 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?

Nildo Gomes: I’m Nildo Gomes and I’m the lead singer. I was the last one to enter the band and have very few things to tell about the band’s history. But if there’s something I can surely state, is that from the very beginning, the work, goals and strategies have been extremely well directed and focused. I feel like my job is in my family.

Bruno Rocha: I’m Bruno Rocha, the band’s drummer and coffee supplier (the main role of myself, btw). Heavy Smasher was founded around the beginning of the 2010’s by the guitarists Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico and since then, we have been doing hard work trying to survive in the underground scene and playing the music we love. Actually, Heavy Smasher’s line-up are Nildo Gomes on vocals, Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico on guitars, Luís Paulo on bass and myself.

Victor here. Let’s Remember that Bruno is also known as ‘the ambassador of the Russian metal band Aria’, here in Brazil, for his passion and work to promote them in our country.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bruno: According to Nando, while he was learning how to play guitar sometime around the second half of the 2000’s, he had the desire to found a Metal band whose name must carry the word “Heavy”. As a Marvel world fan, Nando had the idea to add “Smasher” to his band’s name after listening to The Incredible Hulk scream “HULK SMASH” several times in the movies. So, Nando realized that “Smasher” would fit well with “Heavy” and then the name came about.

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

Nildo: From Brazil’s northeast region, In the state of Ceará (city of Fortaleza) to be more precise. As for the metal scene, we got many great bands here, and lots of wonderful jobs being done. The world should turn its eyes to this place.

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

Bruno: Two new singles have been released in the last days, ‘We Are Angels’ and ‘In The Abyss’. A music video for ‘Sunrise Rebel’ was also released last December. And we released our debut full-length, self-titled, album on July 10th.

‘Sunrise Rebel’ (Official Video)

‘We Are Angels’ (Official Single Audio)

‘In The Abyss’ (Official Single Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nildo: Personally, I always admired Bruce Dickinson and André Matos as singers, and (since I also play the guitar) I see in Malmsteen a great example of a composer.

Bruno: For the band as a whole, Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath always taught us how to create our sound, although our main quest as a band is the search for our own music identity. As a drummer, my greatest influences were always Nicko McBrain, Lars Ulrich (yes, I love him!), Ian Paice and Vinny Appice. But I can’t forget to mention how important Blaze Bayley, some classic Doom Metal bands and the Russian band Aria have been in my life.

What first got you into music?

Nildo: The fact that I was born in a family of musicians.

Bruno: TV União, a kind of “MTV” from Ceará, our state.

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

Bruno: Blaze Bayley, Damian Wilson or Scott “Wino” Weinrich.

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

Nildo: Wacken, surely! Because it’s every metalhead’s dream!

Bruno: Wacken, Hellfest, these two the most important Heavy Metal fests nowadays, and the Russian Big Gun, because of their huge professionalism and also because everyone knows about my dream to visit Russia before I die. Playing at Keep It True also would be great to me.

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

Nildo: A guy (visibly drunk) gave me money and asked me to sing “Wasting Love”. I felt like a stripper on a pole! Hahaha!

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

Nildo: You are the fuel that keeps the metal motor running. Thanks!

Bruno: Take care of your mental health.

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

Nildo: Dio.

Bruno: I would say Dio, but once Nildo quoted his name first, I stay with Gary Moore.

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

Nildo: I enjoy the trips, concerts, interacting with people in different places and expressing myself in my songs. And I really hate when people treat music like competition.

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

Nildo: I feel like the streaming services don’t honour the work of the artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nildo: Angra’s “Angels Cry”

Bruno: Aria – “Geroy Asfalta” (for real, listen to this amazing Russian band!)

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

Nildo: Sitting down in front of a vinyl player and listening on a specific time for that, without interruption, is magical and unique.

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

Nildo: The most amazing experience was when I performed (with Steel Hands, which is another band I sing in) opening Sonata Arctica’s concert.

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

Nildo: I’d be teaching English.

Bruno: I’m a Mathematics teacher. I’m also reviewer and interviewer for Metal and Gothic music blogs (The Atmosphere and Diálogos do Escriba), so Journalism is a real option for a second graduation in the future.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruno: An evening with Damian Wilson and Joe Bonamassa would be great. That’s enough. Hahahahaha!

What’s next for the band?

Bruno: We’ve just released our self-titled debut full-length, so I do believe that this release will bring us new fans around the world and new opportunities to play live, something that we really miss.

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

Bruno: Heavy Smasher can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Our music can be heard on all the music streaming services as well. Please, pay special attention at our Bandcamp and, if you don’t mind, you might help this humble band there with extra coins so we can buy more coffee. Hahahahaha!
www.facebook.com/heavysmasher
www.instagram.com/heavysmasher
www.heavysmasher.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/HeavySmasher
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0uVwDFl2Iu34veKN1JeGOX
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11596931

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bruno: This discussion is very similar to the Brazilian “É biscoito ou bolacha?” (Is this cookies or crackers?). So, I prefer to not take part. Hahahahaha.

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

Bruno: We’re so grateful to Ever Metal for this valuable space where Heavy Smasher can express themselves and introduce our music to everyone who wants to give us a chance. Health and peace to everyone! Listen to the Heavy Smasher Sound on all the music streaming services (and pay some coins for us in the Bandcamp hahahaha) and get in touch with us by our social medias to say what you think about our music.

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EMQ’s with BRUNNO MARIANTE: HEAL OR KILL

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EMQ’s with BRUNNO MARIANTE: HEAL OR KILL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with the Traditional Metal solo band of highly respected Brazilian vocalist Brunno Mariante aka Brunno Mariante: Heal Or Kill. Huge thanks to Brunno, drummer Leonora Mölka, and bassist Rick Posi, 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?

Brunno Mariante: I’m Brunno Mariante, I started this solo band in the middle of 2016 with my fiancée Leonora Mölka (Drummer) and my friends: Rick Posi (Bassist) and Michel Turim (Guitarist). It all started as an experimental project, but in a natural way, things got bigger, until the moment when I was asking Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) to participate in the recordings of 2 singles and in a video. That’s when I saw that the thing was getting bigger.

Michel had to leave the band as he moved out of town and so we called Andreas Dehn to do the guitars for us.

Rick Posi: I’m a bass player. As for the band’s history, Brunno certainly knows how to tell better.

How did you come up with your band name?

Brunno: This is my solo band, or we also call the project Heal or Kill, but “Heal or Kill” comes from a dilemma that many musicians face, which is the “Focus and look ahead” or “Stop it all right now” situation.

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

Brunno: We are from Brazil, São Paulo State. The rock scene here is not very strong, but we are a kind of “Metal Resistance”, and we take the band to any city that calls us and make things happen.

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

Brunno: Our latest release is called “15th Year Anniversary Tour”, it was released this year, 2021, in DVD and CD formats, but it’s also on all streaming platforms and the full DVD is on YouTube. It’s a special package celebrating the 15 years of my career, the physical media edition also comes with special gifts!

“15th Year Anniversary Tour” (Full Performance)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Brunno: Traditional Heavy Metal: Iron Maiden (80’s), Judas Priest, Power Metal Old School: Helloween and other Brazilian Metal bands: Angra, Shaman and Viper.

Leonora Mölka: It’s easier saying genres, such as: (melodic) Death Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Stoner, Blues, Gothic Metal, Gothic Rock, a mixing of things.

Rick: Classic Rock and Progressive.

What first got you into music?

Brunno: I started very early, at the time of primary school. There were flute classes at school and the teacher also taught us the basics of popular singing. I probably was about 12 years old at that time, but then, at 25 years old, I went to take singing lessons in a school in my city called Cromat.

Leonora: I started playing keyboard when I was a child, because of my uncle who still has a Yamaha Keyboard, he is an orchestra conductor, then I tried playing string instruments such as electric and acoustic guitars…no way! After a cousin’s rehearsal, I sat down on the drum throne and tried up hitting something, so I found my way on drums! I also sing, when I was 10, I was in a choir.

Rick: I’ve always been a music enthusiast and I owe a lot of my musical growth to my father, who was a musician. I started with the acoustic guitar, then I went to the electric guitar and, finally, I identified with the bass, always getting involved with authorial projects.

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

Brunno: If it were a band from Brazil, certainly in Viper or Angra, already an international band, I believe I would like to make a participation in Avantasia.

Leonora: Brazil: Crypta or Nervosa; International: Arch Enemy, Carcass, Lacuna Coil. It’s so difficult to choose hahahaha!

Rick: It is very difficult to choose just one…so I will name a few; Brazilian bands: Golpe de Estado, Harppia, Patrulha do Espaço; International bands: Uriah Heep, Blue Öyster Cult, Saxon, Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper.

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

Brunno: If it were in Europe, I would like Wacken Open Air (Germany), In the United States on Prog Power USA (Atlanta) and In Brazil I wanted to go to Rock in Rio (Rio de Janeiro).

Leonora: Europe, in Wacken or Hellfest. Europe has a lot of huge events there.

Rick: I would choose Rock in Rio because it is located in my country and because it was an extremely important event in the historical trajectory of rock in the Brazilian nation.

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

Brunno: A fan made an inverted pentagram on the floor of a concert by the band I am in, Vindicta, and started to simulate black magic in front of the stage, this wasn’t really a gift, but it was something weirder than I’ve seen at one of my shows.

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

Brunno: Live today as if it were the last day of your life!

Our life is very short, and we have to be happy and dreaming the biggest you can.

Rick: Value the music scene because the strength of the music scene comes from you. Invest in musical creation and ensure the union between musicians.

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

Brunno: My favorite singers, from Brazil: Andre Matos (Ex-Angra / Shaman).

International: Ronnie James Dio.

Leonora: Sir Lemmy Kilmister and the Green Man Peter Steele.

Rick: John Lennon. I’m very curious to know what he would create musically if he stayed alive.

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

Brunno: What I like the most is, even being Underground, I like to do things as professionally as possible, sell merchandising, create a Web site, promo photos, record covers, all the merchandising. I’m a Marketing guy and I like all these tools, because playing well is the minimum that every band should do.

Rick: What I like most: expressing my tastes, my ideas and my proposals through art. What I hate most: disunity, envy, rivalries.

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

Brunno: I value the physical media of CD’s and DVD’s a lot, and this is something that is currently falling into disuse and apparently not a very good thing. I think I would do something to improve the prices of this type of product so that it would encourage people to still buy and consume.

Rick: I would grant greater freedom to the musician’s artistic creation, disassociating him from the logic that seeks to prioritize the stylistic aspect considered the most commercially successful. Furthermore, I would seek to contemplate the great talents who do not have opportunities.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Brunno: International: Iron Maiden – “The Number of the Beast”, Dream Theater – “Images and Words”

From Brazil: Angra – “Angel’s Cry” and “Temple of Shadows”, Sepultura – “Chaos A.D.”, Viper – “Theater of Fate”.

Rick: It’s very difficult to choose just one! But I will mention “In the Court of the Crimson King” (1969), by King Crimson.

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

Brunno: The CD’s I still think are the best, but they all have their value.

Leonora: All of them, I guess.

Rick: I prefer Vinyls and CD’s!

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

Brunno: I’ve done a lot of excellent shows, but one was the main one of my solo band in Leme city, a motorcycle club called Kaiowas, there were a lot of people there and they bought a lot of merchandising besides having enjoyed my whole show a lot. I can’t fail to mention the importance of my DVD show, which, despite having been made for a very small audience, amenable to friends plus VIPs, was the one that produced my best product ever released so far.

Rick: It was a concert that took place in early 2018, at Concha Acústica from Taquaral (Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil), by a band I’ve already participated in called Lippo a Vapor. This band featured guitarist Lippo Baldassarini, a great veteran of Brazilian rock who had played in notable eighties bands such as Made in Brazil and Harppia.

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

Brunno: Graphic Designer or Video Maker, work that I already do with music.

Leonora: What I work as beyond a musician: English, Spanish and Portuguese teacher, Instructional Designer, Writer, Translator and Reviewer.

Rick: I would love to be an actor!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Brunno: Rafael Bittencourt (Angra), Tim Ripper Owens (KK’ Priest/Ex-Judas Priest), Andi Deris (Helloween), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Aquiles Priester (W.A.S.P./Hangar/Edu Falaschi/ex – Angra).

Leonora: It would be a BIG party hahahahaha, I don’t know, all Arch Enemy members, surely!

Rick: Alice Cooper, Steven Wilson, Ray Davies, Geddy Lee and Ozzy Osbourne!

What’s next for the band?

Brunno: A new studio album with 13 tracks that I’ve been working on for over 2 years and that will surely surpass everyone’s expectations. it will be a great release in January.

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

Brunno: YouTube and Spotify, these are definitely the most watched ones today.

Rick: I believe Spotify, YouTube and Facebook are the three main vehicles for dissemination – in that order. Therefore, they have been used by the Heal or Kill project.

LINKS:
www.brunnomariante.com.br
www.facebook.com/brunnomariantesolo
www.instagram.com/brunnomariante
www.twitter.com/brunnomariante
www.open.spotify.com/album/0NMAsvju5fer2kaD7pf66X
www.youtube.com/brunnomariante

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Brunno: I’m not sure, but if you would send me some for my band to do a tasting, we would be very grateful to reveal this mystery to you.

Rick: I have no idea, hahahaha…

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

Brunno: I appreciate it, I would say just to wait for the Pandemic to end very calmly, being kind to people.

Leonora: Thank you for this interview! Waiting for this vaccine and the pandemic ending!

Rick: Thank you very much! And may much good news come and may music return with renewed strength after we overcome this pandemic. Let’s hold on!

Victor’s original review of Brunno Mariante: Heal Or Kill – 15th Year Anniversary Tour:

Brunno Mariante

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Icon Of Sin – Icon Of Sin

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Icon Of Sin – Icon Of Sin
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 16/04/2021
Running Time: 01:05:03
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Frontiers, bless their socks, do come up with some interesting projects. This one centres around Brazilian singer Raphael Mendes, who if you have not heard of him, has made his name as a YouTuber who tries to answer the question of what other bands music would have sounded like if they sang like Bruce Dickinson, for whom he is an eerie dead ringer for. And I mean spot on, to the point where I thought I was listening to one of the Maiden man’s solo albums. His range, his intonation and his delivery all sound very much like a slightly younger Dickinson in the days where his chords had a bit more resilience in them, but then Mendes is much, much younger and hasn’t had a tumour removed from his mouth. A quick look online reveals many Maiden covers, plus some interesting experiments with him doing a Brucie for Dream Theater, Dio, G’n’R, Megadeth and many others. The aim of this project then, is to push beyond that envelope, but I’m not sure it quite succeeds.

The title of the band, album and lead song clearly suggest someone who also used to play Doom II back in the day, as this was the name of one of the boss monsters and makes a, just about, right side of trademark appearance on the cover, in case you missed the reference in the title. It’s a lively enough Metal belter and sets the tone of what’s to come nicely, which is good up-tempo Traditional Metal with a healthy dollop of Speed. ‘Road Rage’ is no exception, being typically Metal driving fodder. Most of the songs follow this template of fast and furious harmonised delivery, although the inevitable slower tracks like ‘Night Breed’ break the pace up a little. Mid-way through we also get the longer and more epic Batman inspired ‘Clouds Over Gotham’, whose gentle introduction doesn’t stay at that pace for long, returning to the more frenetic tempo we hear throughout but slows, builds and takes us to an epic crescendo, like the best of Steve Harris’s conceptual opuses. To be fair the longer duration gives a welcome break from the more formulaic structure elsewhere and it’s by far the best written song on the record.

The sound is crisp and clear, with Mendes loud, front and centre and some more than competent twin harmonised guitar delivery, but it really does sound like it’s a Maiden-esque vehicle for him, rather than a band per se. Nonetheless, it is an entertaining and robust introduction to Mendes’s talents, although I would be interested to hear what happens when he finds the confidence to write and sing as himself, rather than as Bruce.

‘Night Breed’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Icon Of Sin
02. Road Rage
03. Shadow Dancer
04. Unholy Battleground
05. Night Breed
06. Virtual Empire
07. Pandemic Euphoria
08. Clouds Over Gotham
09. Arcade Generation
10. Hagakure (Intro)
11. The Last Samurai
12. The Howling
13. Survival Instinct

LINE-UP:
Raphael Mendes – Vocals
Caio Vidal – Bass
Sol Perez – Guitar
Mateus Cantaleãno – Guitar
CJ Dubiella – Drums

LINKS:

Icon Of Sin Promo Pic

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Ignited – Steelbound

Ignited – Steelbound
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/10/2019
Running Time: 39:21
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Do you know that old Uncle who, despite all the terrible jokes at Christmas, spends all year mumbling about everything? It doesn’t matter if everything is good, he will still complain about anything, just for the love of complaining. Perhaps this grumpiness is what represents some older Heavy Metal listeners (the young ones too, sometimes). It is obvious that you will have already heard some Heavy Metal fan saying that he doesn’t like a kind of music because it is too modern. The opposite happens to when he thinks the music is dated and repetitive. Let’s be honest! Do you really believe that a band can bring something new to the table after so many fruitful decades with so many styles being perpetuated for eternity? I guess, not even the best clairvoyant could answer that. Why am I saying all this? No Reason! 😊. They are just random thoughts to explain what I felt when listening to Ignited’s debut album “Steelbound” for the first time.

Could it have been nostalgia? Maybe. For sure, I had a mix of feelings that reminded me of many classic Heavy Metal bands, but with a touch of modernism and I don’t mean the low tuning that some Power Metal bands use as an excuse to promote that they are “reinventing” themselves. Being very non-comprehensive, my first impression of this album was like hearing a mix of Judas Priest and Accept, as an overall concept about their sonority. Now, as my comments, about this Brazilian quartet, become ever more confusing I felt a proper heaviness from Dalton Castro’s guitars, together with strong and present bass from Sama Benedet and, together, they create a good wall for Maurício Velasco to be free on the double kick drums. So far then, we have the most traditional lines possible, but with something new that I promise I will mention.

Apparently, their sonority is the typical one that we hear from the aforementioned bands that influenced Ignited. Ignited have done a great job and all instruments are well equalized, they are also very clear. So far, everything is inspired by the classic bands, right? Yes! Totally! What I feel from the “modern” side, is the sound of the drums, which are a bit digitized for me. However, nothing more than that, after all, Maurício has done important work for the overall heaviness. So, maybe, it is more related to the production than the compositions themselves.

Now let’s go to the vocals, which deserve a few more words. No! I am not saying that the vocals are more important than all other instruments, but I would like to highlight a few aspects. The high range notes, in the Rob Halford style, are done with mastery. Sometimes, I hear singers trying to do this, but often the result is not so good. There are also many moments with further clean voices in the style of our most divine entity in Metal, called Mr. Ronnie James Dio. It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well, it’s just a matter of taste. The quality of the members of Ignited is unquestionable, however, I found the repetitive high notes/screams a bit tiring and I ended up enjoying more the interpretations when there is more cadence. As I said before, it is just a matter of taste.

We are looking at an album full of attributes. Excellent recording, musicians and compositions. If you’re the grumpy uncle, who complains that classic big-name bands are dying out, then listen to Ignited. “Steelbound” is a powerful album, with complex elements, that easily sounds like other mainstream bands, mainly Judas Priest. If you don’t like innovation, then here is an album where you can hear something very influenced by the past, but also framed with a more youthful design. Personally, it gave me a good feeling, because it reminded me of the old Dark Avenger, which is, probably, one of the greatest names of Traditional Heavy Metal that we have ever had in Brazil. Obviously, this also includes the similarity of Mario Linhares voice in relation to Denis Lima, vocalist of Ignited.

Are there more highlights? Listening from first track ‘Ignition’ through to closing song ‘Rotting’ there are powerful guitars, good rhythm changes allied with amazing melodies and remarkable solos. The entire album exposes what I have spoken about so far. It is an excellent debut!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ignition
02. Pain
03. Steelbound
04. Living In The Dark
05. Call Me To Run
06. Times
07. Ground Pounding
08. Shining Void
09. Roaring Gears
10. Rotting

LINE-UP:
Denis Lima – Vocals
Dalton Castro – Guitars
Sama Benedet – Bass
Mauricio Velasco – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with DYNASTY OF METAL

EMQ’s with DYNASTY OF METAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nova Lima, Brazil based Heavy Metal band, Dynasty Of Metal. Huge thanks to vocalist Nahor Andrade 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 Nahor Andrade, I am a vocalist and co-founder of the band Dynasty Of Metal, which was formed in 1996.

Since then we have continued working for an almost 25-year career. We recorded a demo-tape in 1997, an EP in 1999 and another in 2001. After that we were hired by the extinct label Avantage Records (BR), for our debut called “Motus Perpetuus”, which was launched in 2004.

In 1999, we left for our first international tour, which lasted 32 days, with 18 shows in Latin American countries, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

In 2010 we released the CD “Warriors Of The King” by Electric Music Records (BR), with that the band went on the road for several shows around Brazil.

In 2017, we released the CD “Step By Step” by “Marquee Records” (BR), which also featured the EP “Viginti Annis” in celebration of the band’s 20 years anniversary

In the same year, we left for the second international tour, lasting 15 days between Uruguay and Argentina.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name at first would be “Soul Hunter”, however, after some discussions; we opted for “Dynasty”. In 2010 we added “Of Metal” to the official name, in order to avoid any problems with the American band of the 70’s.

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

We are from Brazil; we are in the state of Minas Gerais, where the bands Sepultura, Overdose, Sarcófago, The Mist, Eminence and others were born.

Our scene, like others in Brazil, has had better days; today there is great market competition with the “covers” bands. But it is still an important and busy scene.

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

Our last release was a virtual single ‘Open Your Eyes’, from 2019.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There were several, but I can inform you that the English scene of the 80’s has a strong presence in our work. We also have influences from bands like Helloween, Stryper, Tourniquet, Accept and others.

What first got you into music?

I think everyone puts the dream of being able to overcome difficulties and keep playing around the world.

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

A difficult question, I honestly do not have an answer, as there are many cool bands coming up.

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

Certainly “Wacken”, everyone’s dream. But we would like to participate in any festival in Europe or the USA.

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

An invite for lunch at your home. And we accept!

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

Stay strong in your purposes, fight for what is worthwhile and stay rock n’ roll.

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

Elvis Presley!

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

Composing, recording, traveling, doing shows and especially meeting new people in every place we go.

I hate fake people in the music business.

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

I would like the smaller bands to be more respected and have more opportunities.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

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

All are very good, but the CD enchants me more.

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

There were a lot of good shows, but in 2014 we were opening act for the band Stryper, and that was amazing.

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

I am a musician and business administrator; here in Brazil it is almost impossible to live a life worthy only of music. Unfortunately!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Joshua Perahia, Rob Rock and Doro Pesch.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment, we are working on an album of reinterpretations of bands that influenced us.

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

Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and other digital platforms
www.facebook.com/DynastyofMetal/
www.instagram.com/dynastyofmetal/
www.open.spotify.com/album/7bIU2gNhL1A0aKegLIBF43
www.youtube.com/user/dynastybr
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11340420
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/dynasty-of-metal/1173626883
dynastybrasil@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Maybe biscakes…

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

I thank you for the opportunity to introduce our band. I would like to say that it is people like you who help the bands to be known.

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EMQ’s with SACRAMENTIA

EMQ’s with SACRAMENTIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Metal band Sacramentia Huge thanks to vocalist Renan Bezan 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 Renan, the singer. The band’s line up is André Guimarães and Guilherme Mendes on guitars, Guilherme Melo (bass), Leonardo Michelazzo (drums) and myself on vocals. We live in São João da Boa Vista, in the interior of the state of São Paulo. The history of the band began in a moment of musical maturity and transition between members of other groups that together, seek to evolve technically, to make a sound that makes the public restless in the presentations.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Sacramentia comes from the combination of the words “SACRA” (from Sacred) and “DEMENTIA”.

We were looking for a name that sounded strong and, at the same time, had something to do with this thing, often toxic to religious hysteria and the dogmas created by the men who lead these institutions.

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

We are from Brazil, in a small town called São João da Boa Vista, in the state of São Paulo. The rock scene here is small. We have a few bands; most of them play only covers.

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

Our first album was released this year, called “Prophecies of Plague”

‘CruciFiction’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To elaborate my vocals, I was inspired by two vocalists from some of my favourite bands. Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, specifically, by the style he adopted on the album “The Sound of Perseverance”, the band’s last release. The second influence is Attilla Csihar, the second singer of Mayhem

What first got you into music?

Basically, my father. When I was a child, I spent weekends with him and since those days, I became aware of the classic bands, like Van Halen, Iron Maiden, etc.

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

This is a very difficult question. I think with Jupiterian, a Brazilian Doom / Sludge band, Batushka and any other band from our underground that would invite me

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

Hellfest, Wacken, Inferno, Setembro Negro and others.

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

We haven’t received gifts from fans yet.

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

Thank you very much for all the support so far, we are much honored for the opportunity to be where we are thanks to all of you.

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

Chuck Schuldiner from Death

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

I like the challenge that the creative process demands. What I hate is the lack of structure in my country, which makes a point of ignoring the production of rock and metal.

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

Mainly, the existence of covers bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Sound of Perseverance” from Death

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

I always like the physical format. Actually, I buy more CD’s than LP’s.

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

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we haven’t had our debut yet on stage.

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

I would like to act as a voice actor or broadcaster

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruno Jankauskas from Viletale, Thiago Alboneti from Beyond Chaos, Victor Augusto, Tarcísio Chagas from Metal na Lata and Arysson Lima from Mass of Souls.

What’s next for the band?

The goal is to schedule shows and work on more songs for a second album, in the future.

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

We are on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. Our album can be found on more than 150 streaming platforms and will soon release our CD by two Brazilian labels, Extreme Sound Records and Old Shadows Records.

www.facebook.com/sacramentia.official/
www.instagram.com/sacramentia.official/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-PgMhHKUC-csnCRvD9JbA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5QHQcOfMTuSPTtu5BcccBg
www.deezer.com/us/artist/97250392

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know. Maybe is it a cake? hahaha

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

I would like to thank Ever Metal for the space giving to us. You can be sure that we will be forever grateful!

Our thanks to our great brother Victor Augusto and all the incredible people who have always supported us since the beginning.

We hope our music reaches everyone and we hope you enjoy “Prophecies Of Plague”!

Stay safe, stay strong, stay metal!

It is Victor here. Again, I have to say thanks to all bands answering the EMQ’s done by Ever Metal and congratulations to Sacramentia. A Young band doing professional work. I am just spreading the names of bands and people who have the same passion we all have at Ever Metal. A passion called Heavy Metal!

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EMQ’s with BLAZING DOG

EMQ’s with BLAZING DOG

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Heavy Metal band Blazing Dog. Huge thanks to bassist Renan Guimarães 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 Renan Guimarães, I play bass for Blazing Dog. The band started in 2004, with the purpose of playing Heavy Metal in the vein of bands like Judas Priest, Manowar, Iron Maiden and other gods

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was given by the ex-vocalist and founder, Carlos Sousa. So, I have nothing to do with it (laughs)

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

We are from Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The scene is cool, with lots of bands and young kids coming to the shows

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

The DVD + CD “Age of the Beast”, released in the year of 2015. Hell, that’s quite old!

‘Deus ex Machina’ from the DVD Age of The Beast

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metal as a whole genre, mainly the greatest names of it

What first got you into music?

I was thirteen years old, got into Brazilian rock bands and after that, metal. Metallica’s Kill ’Em All was the door that opened this whole new world for me

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

Ghost. I’m a big fan since the beginning of the band. Cool sound, ideas, concept and looks. I love the art that they are creating.

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

Wacken Open Air. That’s the ultimate festival for a metalhead

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

A miniature of a motorcycle that I was riding from a pic I had on my social media. Actually, that was pretty cool.

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

Drop your phone and read a book. People nowadays are dumber because of the excess of useless information and social media bullshit.

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

That is easy, Ronnie James Dio. The guy was a fucking blast and had a great heart also.

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

Live shows are always the best thing about it. Humm… maybe the whole thing before live shows are the worst part also. Soundchecks, carrying equipment, schedule problems…

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

I would bring back the physical media era in music. Those were the days when it was a cool ritual listening to something new or old that you put your hands on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s difficult. I can’t do this man, hahahaha. There are so many cool things around that I think answering this is a crime. Shame on you for that question. I will answer with my favourite album of the week: Accept first album. Aggressive and melodic, beautiful ballads, what a great album!

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

Vinyl and CD’s. I’ve never liked cassettes. Streaming is cool for the convenience, but the sound…

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

The last one with Blazing Dog opening for Shaman (Shaman – Nagual Fly Tour in Brasília-DF, March 7th 2020), before the pandemic and the whole hell that broke loose in the world.

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

Man, I don’t get money from the band, so I have to work, hehehe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band… I miss those guys

What’s next for the band?

Hope to release something new soon. And go back to playing live shows

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

Look for us on Spotify and YouTube:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHqoF1RNKSn_yY20vh0cmQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3pnd2S6u4jmImw3CFiKOgg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them until now. It’s a paradox for what I’ve known

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

Thanks for the opportunity and cool questions. I’ve had fun answering them!

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EMQ’s with IGNITED

EMQ’s with IGNITED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Balneário Camboriú, Brazil based Heavy Metal band Ignited. Huge thanks to guitarist Dalton Castro 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 Dalton Castro and I play electric guitar in the band Ignited. Our history began when Mauricio, Denis and I used to play together, since 2004, in our previous band called Herege which lasted until 2009. Only in September 2016 did Mauricio and I get back to talking about creating some songs just for fun (our fundamental basis) and also in that period we did not live in the same town. So, in January 2017 we met Sama in our first rehearsal and months later we started working on our first record.

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea came from Denis and we thought that it was a powerful name and would give a good impression. Also, it inspired us to create some blasting riffs and our first album’s artwork.

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

We live in the Santa Catarina state, Balneário Camboriú city. The metal scene has some cool history since the 90’s in our region, nowadays there are some cool bands with great potential for growth (considering all the disadvantages of living in Brazil these days). I believe that it would be better if some people in our region were more willing to exchange ideas and try to expand our actual limitations. We don’t each need to live inside our private shell.

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

It is our first album actually, called “Steelbound”. The digital version came out in November 2019 and the physical CD version has been available since June 2020. But our most recent material were the visualizers for each song on the album, uploaded on our Youtube Channel. I order you to check this out!

All the visualisers for this excellent album can be found at the following link – Rick

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have some variety of influences from the classic metal bands like Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and from the early 90’s bands such as Fight with some more underground atmosphere representing societies themes in their lyrics. Talking about myself, I pay attention to other styles, like Industrial, Black, Progressive, Melodic Death Metal and recently I am listening to Moonspell and Paradise Lost, the Dark/Gothic metal approach in their styles is very interesting. There is a band which I regularly listen to and watch their videos which is Dimmu Borgir, they have a great and impressive production along with a great energy and it is interesting to analyse their ascension as a metal band.

What first got you into music?

Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath when I was twelve years old. After that, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

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

Judas Priest, in my longest and most distant thoughts.

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

Wacken Open Air is a dream for any band, once you start to play and think about becoming a professional musician inserted in the music industry abroad, this is one with the most exciting goals.

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

None at all, we haven’t reached this stage. 😊

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

I invite you to give us a try and take a look at our music, listen, comment, listen one more time, give us some feedback and get in touch with us through our social media, creating a bigger and bigger brotherhood. We will be glad to answer everybody.

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

Ronnie James Dio and Ian Fraser Kilmister. Sorry, but there’s no way to pick only one, I must break the rules in this question!

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

The magic of creating something from nowhere, filtering daily feelings and processing them into some fresh musical structures. Otherwise the hate comes from when I get stuck in a bad idea, not being able to evolve musically from there.

Talking about weird stuff, there are some faulting and amateur organizations, from some guys, in the music industry here, and it causes frustration when trying to get in touch with some people that, for me, look like dogs who cannot share the bone. Maybe underestimation and indifference if you don’t belong to a certain group of people, it doesn’t matter if your sound is good or it sucks.

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

Give to the bands more knowledge to deal with the music industry, perhaps to create their own label more easily. Today, we might be able to do a lot more on the internet to promote our work by ourselves, and that is really cool. But it seems like we still depend on  major record companies and their team, structure and status to validate and consolidate a band in the market, running like a funnel, is that healthy?

I believe the most precious thing in the music industry is the audience, the friends, the fans and the connections among musicians and listeners. But the music business in general is very important for the economy for the bands, and should be based more on aggregation of new bands, such as any other profession is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest – “Painkiller”

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

Vinyl has the most impacting sound when listening to it. In my opinion!

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

We haven’t done a lot of shows yet. Since we released the album, we did only two shows.

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

Cook!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That is a difficult question! hahahaha

What’s next for the band?

As we are learning and trying to promote the first album by ourselves, we are working quietly on our second album and I’ve got some cool riffs to put together in new songs very soon.

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

www.linktr.ee/ignited

Containing all our main links! Pick one!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha! I did need to ask Google and it said they are biscuit-sized cakes!

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

I want to thank you for this block of questions, was very nice to answer. And I would like to say that we are working hard every day in order to propagate our music overseas, not an easy task to do by ourselves, but we will never give up on our purpose.

Stay in tune and listen to IGNITED!

Cheers!

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