EMQ’s with SHADÖCCULT

EMQ’s with SHADÖCCULT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ontario, Canada based Dark Cinematic Metal band. Shadöccult. Huge thanks to Martin Breton 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 Martin Breton and I am the lead singer and guitar player in Shadöccult. I wrote our debut album which is released on March 30, 2020. Along with 4 other band members, Shadöccult is a darker and heavier project following a large catalogue of solo music.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name idea started as ‘Shadow Cult’ which represented the brotherhood of heavy metal. We wanted something more unique, so the name morphed into Shadöccult. The umlaut above the ‘ö’ is a nod to Blue Öyster Cult.

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

We are from Kitchener, Ontario Canada. In the past few years our local scene has had a surge of metal. A very strong thrash metal scene continues to gain strength and attract international attention, while an underground doom scene continually pulls dedicated audiences.

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

Our debut self-titled album will be released on March 30, 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

One of my biggest influences is Yanni. Yes, the adult contemporary composer Yanni. I just want to be the heavy metal Yanni. Other important influences include Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir, Radiohead, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Severus Snape.

What first got you into music?

I joined a travelling boys’ choir when I was 9. My first summer we travelled to England and sang in Westminster Abbey. The power that I felt singing in a cathedral like that was a high that I am still chasing today!

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

Buckethead would probably my first pick.

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

Wacken! I got to go in 2011. Life changing.

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

No weird gifts, just beers.

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

Be a critical thinker and do what makes you happy.

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

Dio. I never got to see him…

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

Music is my escape. Being a musician keeps me sane. I hate seeing soulless music take centre stage while so many hard-working artists go unnoticed.

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

A bigger push to get metal in the public eye.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest – “Sad Wings of Destiny”

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

I love vinyl the most. Nothing better than putting that needle down.

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

The Geraldton Jamboree! First time getting band V.I.P laminates and a backstage area so it was special. Amazing crowd. I’ll never forget it.

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

I have found a passion in working with kids and I would be investing more time doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Patrick Stuart, Sir Ian McKellen, Uli Jon Roth, Jack Black and Jim Carey.

What’s next for the band?

Everything! We’re just getting started. Our social media will feature solo piano covers of metal songs and monthly livestreams. We are currently writing our second album and creating compositions for a classical guitar orchestra to be featured in the meantime. Summer show announcement to come as well!

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

Our album is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp:
www.shadoccult.bandcamp.com

You’ll also find us on:
www.facebook.com/Shadoccult/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4sB28Kt9mHAkytrD9hXcuw
www.instagram.com/shadoccult/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Despite being biscuit-sized, I believe that they are in fact a cake.

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

Sincere thank you to the Ever Metal team for keeping the spirit of metal alive!

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EMQs with Bleeding Raven

EMQ’s with BLEEDING RAVEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian one-man Aggrotech project, Bleeding Raven. Huge thanks to Dean Mason 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?

Hello, I’m Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven (and Gnostic Gorilla). Bleeding Raven is a one-man aggrotech project so, I more or less do everything, including making the muffins! Hahahahaha! So, I started off in music as a tiny little boy in school and put out a single with some mates from the hood. It was a cross between Maiden and Bauhaus…lol! The tracks were “Dark Hallway/Golgotha”, and it was released simply as “Dean Mason”;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05YqqTOS_M/

It was released on “Lonely Ghost Productions” indie label. In 2012, I revisited the idea of doing music strictly as a hobby, as I have a ‘career’ and thus was born [initially] “The Lonely Ghost Project”. I recorded a few singles

and released them, but never really took myself seriously (still don’t)! In 2016, I decided to release an entire album, but used the name “Gnostic Gorilla”, then that album was rereleased by Cleopatra Records in 2018. I was offered a deal with them in January of 2018, and I admit I was immensely surprised. Quite an honour. So…I released a few albums as “Gnostic Gorilla” (with other labels as well) and then finally, in May of 2019, I wanted to do a more aggrotech type project and thus was born “Bleeding Raven”. (also released on Cleopatra Records)!

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea for the name comes from First Nations lore. The Raven is a significant character/image in Indigenous Canadian (First Nations) spiritual storytelling and folklore. Depending on the tribe, the Raven is seen as either a little trickster, or as a sort of spiritual entity that carries the soul to the Great Spirit or warns of impending death. The ‘bleeding’ part of the name is a reference to the suffering of my brothers and sisters of the First Nations, but also of humanity in general. In case someone tries to slam me with false claims, the ‘bleeding’ part has NOTHING to do with sacrifice. Just for the record!

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

I’m from Canada. The ‘metal’ scene is very vibrant. My brother actually was a member of Summertime Daisies, a Death Metal band from the 90’s. But anyway, whatever you find in Europe and the US, you’ll find here.

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

“Darkness Consumed” released by Cleopatra Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In my early years, as a lad, I’d say that Gary Numan was the artist that most inspired me to just consider doing music. He remains an inspiration in many ways, but throughout the years other bands have had an impact on how I approach music. I’d say that this album, “Darkness Consumed” is inspired by the more industrial type bands, like Psyclon Nine and Die Sektor, but also in a general way, many artists have inspired me. To name a few, Type O Negative, Ministry, Japan, Korn, Frost Like Ashes, Zardonic, Global Citizen, CRIX IIIX, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy, Maiden, Sabbath, and many others. But I also have to give a shout out to The Doors who will forever be for me one of the best bands ever in the history of modern music. Gary Numan and The Doors are in many ways my biggest inspirations, even though my music itself is not like theirs. I have to add that I’m very impressed with William Westwater and his many projects, including and especially “Fear Incorporated” and “The Pandemonium Bureau”.

What first got you into music?

My dad was in a band before I was even born. It’s sort of in my DNA. I was singing Elvis tunes as a kid along with some French songs, like “La Poupee Qui Fait Non” by Michel Polnareff. Check it out man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDkVjrYNyLo

Then KISS and Gary Numan inspired me as a young lad.

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

Gary Numan, Ian Astbury or Billy Corgan. None of this will happen of course but hey…you asked. LOL!

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

And that is a BIG IF. I’m not a live act. But if I could, I really don’t know. Ozzfest. (does that still exist?)

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

We’re in deep shit folks…run to the hills. Hahahahaha! I don’t know honestly. There’s so much hate in this world, we all need to fucking get along. It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice. BE NICE! Lol!

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

Jim Morrison. Like…duh…

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

The most important aspect of being into music for me is actually the lyrics. The music for me is a vehicle for the lyrics. But that’s me. As for what I hate, I don’t know. Mixing…lol! I’ve lost more equipment that went flying through the window….lol!

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

I don’t know. It would be slightly arrogant for me to make suggestions, I think. I’m just a really, REALLY small guy. But I do have to say that I’ve noticed there’s this hierarchy, or a sort of ‘caste system’ within the celebrity ‘elite’ in rock and roll-dom. Established celebrities don’t give a rat’s ass about new acts, they just want to keep their thrones polished and they associate only amongst themselves. I mean, there are exceptions of course (Gary Numan is quite approachable), but in general, there is this attitude of “better than thee” amongst the established artists that makes me gag. It’s a total ‘caste’ system, which is kind of ironic, considering that rock is supposed to be more or less anti-establishment etc. But it’s just the same ‘royal’ bullshit, but with long hair and makeup as opposed to three piece suits and tiaras.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Replicas” by Gary Numan (solo act) and The Doors Live (band)!

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

I like vinyl, and there is something so special about vinyl. BUT we do live in a digital age and we can’t go backwards. And I LOVE the convenience of having so much music available without having to rent a U-Haul. But I DO like the tangible aspect of a vinyl record with inner sleeve etc. Cassettes? Really? Do we really want to go back to that? I mean, CDs ok, but cassettes? I don’t get it myself.

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

Music is a hobby. That’s all it is. I got a label deal (a couple actually) and that includes three albums with Cleopatra Records which is quite neat, but music isn’t my livelihood. I don’t discuss my ‘real career’ in interviews.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Pope Francis. Dracula. Boy George. Ian Astbury and Sophie Tweed- Simmons.

What’s next for you?

Sadly, the only plans I have for the next few months—years, is promoting that which I have released already. Well…there is also another Gnostic Gorilla (my other project) release in 2020, but that’s it. You see, I lost my hearing…completely in the left ear and the right ear is vulnerable…functioning only with an aid and it’s touch and go at that. The left ear can’t be helped with a hearing device. It’s completely gone. Toast. Its what they call sudden hearing loss. It’s what I call being shit out of luck royally. Hahahahaha! I joke but it’s not easy. So, there we are.

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

https://bleedingraven.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.bleedingraven.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/0f0TNu9WymksAcpNnOwOVg?si=IYdcCPvOT0-
https://www.facebook.com/bleedingravenofficial
http://www.bleedingraven.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never had them! I don’t think we have these here. Must be an English treat or something. But whatever they are, they are probably delicious!

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

No, thank you! Keep promoting the ‘little guy and gal’ man. Cheers and enjoy your Jaffa Cakes…lol…

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EMQ’s with ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN

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EMQ’s with ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Alberta, Canada based Metal band Arrival Of Autumn! Huge thanks to vocalist Jamison Friesen 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 Jamison Friesen, I’m the vocalist in Arrival Of Autumn. The band was formed in 2011 by Brendan (guitar), Ty (drums) and myself. We released an EP in 2012, an album in 2014. We eventually recruited our current bass player Kevin, and second guitar player Ryan. We got signed and released our new album on Nuclear Blast Records, it’s called “Harbinger” and it’s available now!

How did you come up with your band name?

Our drummer Ty brought the idea to us, it’s inspired by an Opeth song and we thought it was fitting.

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

We’re from Canada, in the province of Alberta. We have a fantastic metal scene out here and lots of great bands. There are hardworking promoters in every city and a lot of talented bands.

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

Our new album “Harbinger” was released earlier this year, on the same day we released a music video for the track ‘Better Off Without’ which can be found on Nuclear Blasts YouTube page. (Link Below)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPZWH6YM1oc

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica is my number one, other major influences for me in my younger years were Demon Hunter, Linkin Park, & Bullet For My Valentine.

What first got you into music?

As far back as I can remember I’ve enjoyed many genres of music. I was taken to my first live show at a young age and loved it.

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

It would be James Hetfield, no doubt.

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

Download Festival at Donington. There’s been so many legendary sets played there.

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

Chicken & Waffles flavoured cereal, it was amazing.

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

Create your own meaning in life, find something you enjoy and live for it.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

Being able to yell at people and call it art is pretty great! There’s a lot of self-doubt when dealing with song writing, it can be tough to stay positive when dealing with writers block.

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

Let’s get back to real musicians making money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Flaming Lips – “The Soft Bulletin”.

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

I love being able to download an album as soon as it’s available, but I also enjoy buying vinyl copies of my favourite albums.

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

We had a great set in San Diego recently, the energy was insane and we smashed it.

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

Gaming a lot more.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

You wouldn’t know them, but they’re good people.

What’s next for the band?

We’re embarking on a 7 week tour of the USA & Canada with In Flames & Red this winter!

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

We’re on all platforms as /arrivalofautumn or @arrivalofautumn. Listen to our music on Spotify, Apple, etc.
http://www.arrivalofautumn.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ArrivalOfAutumn/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6OLm78czd7Y80yrzwAb7FK

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakescuit for sure!

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

Thanks for having me and thanks to all the readers checking this out! Make sure to listen to our new album “Harbinger” and catch us on tour in your city very soon!

 

 

 

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian based Sludge/Doom/Hardcore band Cruickshank! 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?

Hi! My name is Marc and I play guitar in a band we called “Cruickshank”. One of my bestest chums Mark McGee and I got together and decided to start making an album. I had some songs and he was living in Iqaliut, Nunavut so we pieced them together via internets. We recorded the drums at Boxcar sound in Hamilton with our good buddy Pearson and everything seemed to be going as planned when……

……good suspense build eh? Yeah, uh, nothing crazy happened. Got Graham Christian formerly of Teethmarks to do some lyrics and vocals then asked Scott Miller from Anthesis/Frig Dancer to slap-a-da-bass and that was that. Miller mixed/mastered it and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

How did you come up with your band name?

McGee came up with it. I think he just read it somewhere and thought it sounded awesome.

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

We are all from various parts of Canada. The metal scene is great here. It’s fucking cold right?

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

Our latest, and only, release is a self-titled full length cassette. Dig it?

Who have been your greatest influences?

For this project it was all over the place. We all brought something a little different to the table and it made the thing really shine. I tried to do my best Cobra Noir impersonation on the guitar. If you haven’t heard that band check them out. Classic shit!

What first got you into music?

Being pissed and whatnot! Wanting to be Kirk Corbane or whatever his name is.

Teenaged angst. Misguided visions! Perverted cessation! A desire to overuse adjectives in order to appear more complex than I actually am!

Good times.

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

Zakk Wylde, Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder and Seth Putnam! Don’t tell me that isn’t a creative juggernaut! Don’t!

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

Coachella! Seems like a rad time with a ton of cool bands but I think it’s mad expensive.

All jokes aside I would like to go to that fest someday.

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

Huh…..good question. My good friend Jan brought me a Bernie Worrell t-shirt once. I was really touched that he knew I dug the OG Bern. Super sweetie that guy.

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

Thanks a ton for the support! Means a lot that anyone checks out our music let alone enjoys any of it!

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

I love the creative process almost as much as I hate the creative process. It’s maddening at times. I wish I was good at it and didn’t have to put as much effort in. Knowing music and being really good at it wasn’t in the cards for me. Makes it interesting for sure but it can be a black hole of frustration and existential dread sometimes.

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

Can’t say I know enough about it to give an intelligent answer. Maybe just more governmental support for the arts in general! Like Sweden. But I feel as though that funding could be better used to help our indigenous populations. You stumped me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Can’t Buy A Thrill” – Steely Dan. SD are punk as fuck.

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

I will download something and then buy the record if it sticks with me.

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

We have yet to play one so I guess there’s nowhere to go but UP!!

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

Publicly mutilating my genitalia, saving the whales or both!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Thomas, Santana, Chad Kroger, the dude from Staind and Wes Borland.

What’s next for the band?

Going to play some shows in October, that’s pretty much it. Might do another album again someday! It’s been a fun experience.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Cruickshank-566952513709042/
and
https://crckshnk.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Totes a biscuit! Totes!

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

Not really. Thanks a ton for taking the time to support heavy music. Appreciate the fuck out of it!

 

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, Canada Death Metal solo project Haiduk! Huge thanks to Luka Milojica 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 am the solo project Haiduk and I play rhythm guitar. I also handle vocals, bass and drum programming. I was disillusioned with the metal scene and wanted to do something different while staying true to fast, dark metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

In Balkan and East European history and folklore, a ‘hajduk’ is a lone warrior who lives in the forest and fights against outsiders. It’s a reflection of my personality and background.

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

Canada has a good metal scene. I don’t focus too much on any scene and it doesn’t affect me. I focus on Haiduk and not on what anyone else is doing.

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

My latest offering is “Exomancer”. On this album I tried to create a dark atmosphere by combining fast riffs with layers of evil melodies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, etc., in the beginning. After that, it was black metal. The first two solo projects I heard about were Burzum and Vintersorg, and they kind of showed that it can be done alone. There’s also some influence from later Swedish thrash/death bands like Carnal Forge and Vomitory.

What first got you into music?

I was fortunate to have an older brother and a cousin who both listened to metal.

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

Haiduk!

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

Preferably some underground death fest that hasn’t been commercialized yet. These major fests that have once respectable black metal bands opening for nu metal and rock are a shame.

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

A wooden block, with the Haiduk logo perfectly cut and carved into it.

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

Thank you for the support.

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

Fuck bringing them back? The scene is crowded with these 50 and 60-year-olds bands. More of them should die. Or at least stop making music.

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

The best part is writing the songs. In composing, you hold all the power, and there are an infinite number of decisions.

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

I don’t think that way. The industry is out of my control. I just look at how it is and the best ways to infiltrate it as much as possible, while staying true to myself and true to metal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Arise”

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

CD.

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

The best gigs are usually the album release shows. For the “Spellbook” show I played the whole album front to back. For “Demonicon” in 2016 and for “Exomancer” this year it was total chaos, with huge turnout, fights breaking out and support from the best local black metal bands.

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

Something else creative. Writing books, maybe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

No idea. Maybe a few influential guitarists. I had a chance to meet Kerry King and Dave Mustaine and they were both cool and down to earth, so maybe them and some others.

What’s next for the band?

More promotion for “Exomancer” through shows and online media.

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

My homepage, Bandcamp, and Youtube!
https://www.haiduk.ca/
https://haiduk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HAIDUKplague

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They need their own subgenre.

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

Order ‘Exomancer’ at http://www.haiduk.ca or http://haiduk.bandcamp.com.

Haiduk

 

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Cauldron – New Gods

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Cauldron – New Gods
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 07/09/2018
Running Time: 42 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
7/10

Listening to Canadian Trad metallers Cauldron, I can almost feel my Converse hi-tops sticking to the carpet in a dingy 80’s rock club, swigging from a rapidly warming bottle of Newcastle Brown, clad in an Iron Maiden T-shirt and waiting for my mullet to grow out into a full length rockin’ hairdo. Them were the days, eh?!

Yes indeed, Cauldron is proud paid-up members of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal club. Or proper metal, if you prefer? In other words, if Angel Witch and Diamond Head are your thing, you won’t go far wrong here.

Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t want to accuse these Toronto terrors of ripping anyone off, or being stuck in the past. In fact, it’s quite refreshing to listen to old school heavy rock they way it used to be played. This sound isn’t as prevalent as it should be nowadays.

‘Prisoner Of The Past’ starts things off with a suitably meaty riff, and the best news is – you can bang your head to it! Like, properly nod that noggin to the beat as you drive along. Throw some horns too, if you want. Cauldron ain’t gonna judge you, let yourself go!

Appropriately the second track is ‘Letting Go’, and it’s obvious that the band are able to weld together some sharp melodies to the music. Band members Jason Decay, Ian Chains and Myles Deck have obviously studied their influences hard and can unleash the goods with precision. ‘No Longer’ rides another infectious intro and you can be sure we’re on exciting, though safe, ground.

“New Gods” follows pretty much the same formula throughout; though the final part of fourth track ‘Save the Truth – Syracuse’ (maybe it’s just the “Syracuse” bit?) adds some experimentation that reminded me of Van Halen’s ‘Sunday Afternoon In The Park’. After that, another blazer of a song in ‘Never Be Found’.

Unfortunately, Cauldron do blow it with ‘Together As None’ – a nearly-power ballad, the track that would’ve been extracted for a single. Here the band manage to add too much fromage to their fondue. This is the lighter waving, last dance smoocher that no-one needed to be reminded of. Almost-not-quite good enough for the Rocky IV soundtrack.

Thankfully they get their shit together to finish the record with a spritely, Iommi style instrumental (‘Isolation’) and a final, Priest style rocker in ‘Last Request’.

Whether you admit it or not, you love old school rock and metal. Of course you do, and “New Gods” is more honest celebration than cliché. However, please be warned that some of the ingredients may be fast approaching their Best Before date.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Prisoner Of The Past
2. Letting Go
3. No Longer
4. Save The Truth – Syracuse
5. Never Be Found
6. Drown
7. Together As None
8. Isolation
9. Last Request

LINKS:
http://cauldronmetal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CAULDRONmetal/

https://www.instagram.com/cauldronmetal/
https://www.dissonanceproductions.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/CauldronVEVO/videos

http://www.theendrecords.com/

 

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