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 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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