EMQ’s with SPACE COKE

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EMQ’s with SPACE COKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, with USA Stoner/Doom Metal band, Space Coke. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, and main man, Reno Gooch, 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 Reno Gooch. I am guitar and vocals for Space Coke. We started around late 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina. During the pandemic, I moved to Savannah, Georgia. The band line up has changed around me a few times, but I have been the songwriter and leader from day one. I consider Space Coke to be an organic collective of freaks and co-conspirators. Everyone that has contributed over the years is a member so to speak.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is from a scene in Cheech and Chong’s “Next Movie”, where Chong returns from space with a vial of Space Coke. The scene perfectly presents the essence of the band. Search for “Cheech and Chong Space Coke” on YouTube and you’ll see.

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

Space Coke started in Columbia, South Carolina USA. There is a good scene there. Our bassist Jay Matheson owns a studio there that has been around for over 25 years, and is the heart of the heavy music scene in the area, and beyond. It’s called The Jam Room. Bands such as Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk, Coffin Torture, The Queers, Oi Polloi, Appalachian Terror Unit, Damad, and a thousand others have recorded many albums there. My current home base is Savannah, Georgia, which is where those first three started. The Jam Room is still home sonically. Jay is a legendary engineer and bassist.

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

Our album “Lunacy” will be released January 2022 on Forbidden Place Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Butthole Surfers, Black Sabbath’s “Volume 4”, Helios Creed (and Chrome), Hendrix, Psychic TV. Too many to list but those are the main ones as far as Space Coke’s musical direction.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been obsessed with noises and sound. When I was a child, I used to sit and twist the knobs on my grandfather’s short wave radio, just to find weird sounds. Once I finally had an electric guitar and amp, I’d just make weird sounds with it and listen to it, more than actually play it. Eventually someone gave me a Sonic Youth tape and I realized I could do something in a band setting with that.

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

That’s a tough one. I love working with other artists. If I could have it my way, every song I did would be a collaboration. Let me say Kikagaku Moyo. I am a huge fan.

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

Any of them! Festivals are my favorite venue. Mostly because I want to be as loud as possible and festivals have bigger sound systems!

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

A fan sent us the ashes of a loved one (also a fan) which we smoked with some hash.

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

Slow down and pay attention. The sensory overload and knee jerk reactions we are experiencing is by design. The way out is mindfulness and contemplation. Go slowly into the world and you will be harder to deceive. Stop and smell the fuzz!

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

Rock stars never die. Sound and light waves are an eternal language, and those that speak it from the heart are immortal. I’d say Hendrix, but I feel he would be annoyed about it and want to return to the other side.

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

I absolutely love making noise and having people show enthusiasm for it. I dislike the stagnant, social-ladder bar based gatherings that I’m forced to enter into, in order to make that happen.

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

That it’s run by businessmen and corporations. Money sickens everything. It’s painful to be forced to deal with that world in order to be able to be an artist and also live.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Last Laugh” by Helios Creed. Truly the album I’d love to have made myself. It’s hard to make the guitars and vocals that weird but still work that well. And I saw him do it just as perfectly live on the tour for that album.

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

They all have a place. I actually have different recordings that I prefer for each. For example: Vinyl: Band of Gypsys, Cassette: The Butthole Surfers Double Live, CD: Heavy Temple Lupi Amoris, Download: Moon Duo Stars Are the Light.

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

We did a gig where during the opener a guy walked around giving everyone mushrooms out of a big jar. By the time we started it was chaos in the best way. The whole place was on a crazy vibe. I still hear stories that are new to me from that gig occasionally.

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

Something that required a lot of isolation. Like tending a Victorian graveyard. Although that’s not really isolation, is it?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shiva, Durga, Ganesha, Kali and Sita

What’s next for the band?

Setting up roots in Savannah and seeing what weird trip we can take next, musically speaking. I have lots of plans, but have changed a lot due to the pandemic, so I need to re-evaluate! Focusing on releasing the album currently.

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

www.spacecoke.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/space_coke_sav/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Although I’ve never tried them, that’s entirely dependent on their moisture content. I’m gonna guess and say they’re biscuit cakes.

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

Thank you for talking to me! Keep it weird and love one another. Keep your eyes and ears out for Space Coke “Lunacy” We are quite proud of it!

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EMQ’s with FUNERAL PILE

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EMQ’s with FUNERAL PILE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rosenheim, Germany based Blackened Death/Doom band, Funeral Pile. Huge thanks to bassist/producer, Martin, 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 Martin. I am the bass player of Funeral Pile. You could also say that I am the producer. The band was originally founded in 2008. I wasn’t part of the band at that time. I was already involved in other bands, but we already knew each other. All in the band were friends and still very young. They were all metal fans with long hair who just wanted to see if they could make some heavy music. The style was already similar to today, but the goals were not very high in the beginning. It was more about meeting for a few beers and banging the shit out of their heads. After not even two years the band broke up because all of them moved to different cities for their studies. But the contact never completely broke off. Ten years later, all of them had started families and had jobs, Annike, Ralf and Matthias, the guitarists and the singer of the original line up, met to celebrate New Year’s Eve together. After a few drinks they decided it was time to revive Funeral Pile. The very next day Annike and Ralf met to write new riffs. Because they didn’t have a rehearsal room, they soon asked me if they could record in my home studio, so that they wouldn’t forget the riffs, and that Matthias could already work on getting his voice back in shape. So, they recorded the riffs that would become the song ‘Nameless City’ at my place. Once I heard the single riffs I thought that sounded great. They already had enough material for a whole song. I arranged the material into a song, played the bass and added the drums, and wow! Matthias worked out his vocal line very quickly and it was done. We all thought it was great. We kept working in that mode. Annike and Ralf had many riff ideas. I picked out the best ones to form songs out of them. And sometimes, when I was missing something, I recorded something myself. It was very pleasant and creative and also great fun and soon we had enough material for the first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ralf came up with the name already in the first period of the band. He was fascinated by Nordic rites and sagas. Funeral Pile should refer to the burial of Viking kings. But we also used it in our song in connection with the witch burnings during the inquisition, after we had read in some book that the name can be associated with both.

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

We are from Rosenheim, a not very big town in the south east of Germany, in the countryside at the foot of the Alps. The metal scene there is small but nice. We met because we always hung out in the same dark and smoky heavy metal club. It’s been closed in the meantime but since we all have kids in the band, we don’t have time to hang out anyway. There are always small concerts of local metal bands. Munich and Salzburg are less than an hour drive away, where all the big bands play shows on their tours. And, of course, there are still many great metal festivals in Germany and the neighbouring countries. Wacken of course, but also dozens of others.

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

We just released our first full album “Evoked In Flames” as stream and download. After we got good reactions to it, it will also come as a CD and LP. But the release date is not fixed yet.

“Evoked In Flames” (Full Album)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Since the songwriting is teamwork, there are a lot of influences. Ralf likes Iron Maiden and other old school Heavy Metal bands, but also Post and Stoner Rock. Annike is more into stuff like Bolt Thrower or Paradise Lost. Matthias is the Black Metal guy in the band. I like all that stuff. For me it is very inspiring when listening to bands like Belakor, Dödsrit or Panopticon.

What first got you into music?

Haha, good question. I’ve wanted to play in a band ever since I can remember. But my family is completely non-musical. I didn’t start playing an instrument until I was a teenager, but then I started playing in a band right away. That’s also the reason why I’m a bass player. I also play guitar and drums, but there is always someone who can do it better than me. *laughs*

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

Our singer Matthias would now say Franzl Lang the yodel king *laughs*…just kidding. In past projects I already had the chance to work with musicians like Winterherz from Waldgeflüster, Austin Lunn from Panopticon or Fitty Wienhold from U.D.O. I was able to get many strong impressions of their passion for music and with which energy they approach the music. There are so many great musicians that if I had a wish, I wouldn’t be able to decide right away. Maybe Tuomas Saukkonen. He is so creative; it would definitely be very impressive to see him at work.

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

Fire in the Mountains. I saw a live video of Panopticon playing there. It was just magic. And, of course, Wacken. Because it is the biggest festival with the best sound. My personal favourite festival is the PartSan.

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

Be kind to each other. And think a little bit more about your social responsibility than only about yourselves.

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

Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, so maybe we could enjoy seeing Bolt Thrower live again.

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

I love everything directly related to music. Writing songs, recording in the studio, meeting with the others to rehearse…I even love rehearsing, many people don’t like that…playing gigs, sitting on the bus for hours, continuing to sit in the backstage room for hours and chatting with other bands. All that is great. Sometimes it pisses me off that music ends up being a business. Sometimes I’m even quite happy that I only make music for my own pleasure and don’t have to earn my living with it. There are so many bands out there that are commercially quite successful, but have done the same thing for years/decades, only to serve their customers. From a commercial point of view, it is unfortunately much more important to be a brand, visually as well as musically, than to be creative. So, unfortunately, metal too often looks like its own caricature.

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

To continue the theme: A little more courage and openness to try something new wouldn’t hurt. There are these many sub-genres who’s clichés the bands have to fulfil, otherwise they will be torn apart by critics and fans. It’s all so stuck that no innovation can come out of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For Ralf it’s Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”, for Matthias it’s Dark Tranquility – “Damage Done”, for Annike it is Vader – “Litany”, and for me it’s Paradise Lost – “Draconian Times”.

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

First of all, I can’t understand this current hype about cassettes. I’m so old, I still recorded mixtapes myself from record to listen to it in the car. There you hang hours in front of the HiFi system to record the tape. Just to listen to the noise of the record and cassette together later. And when the sun hits the car, the cassettes are fucked and you start all over again. Fuck cassettes, really. I was so proud of my first CD-changer in my old Honda Civic. To be honest, meanwhile I stream my music almost 99% of the time. If I like an album, I buy it on vinyl. Preferably at the concert of the band. But I rarely get to listen to music from vinyl. Most of my records are still shrink-wrapped on the record shelf.

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

We haven’t played any gigs with Funeral Pile yet. Since each of us has small children and we had little time, we focused only on songwriting and working in the studio. We are currently getting ready for live shows, but in the near future there will be only occasional weekend gigs. Our kids are still too small to go on tour. They still need their moms and dads. I myself have been playing in bands for more than twenty years and have played many many gigs. The best gigs are always the ones where something unexpected happens. I remember a show with a previous band when our guitarist came up with a request from a friend of his. We just had the info to play a show in a region called Allgäu. We had a five hour drive to get there in an old bus without air conditioning. When we got there we had to drive several kilometres up a mountain in the Alps on a narrow dirt road. I just thought “What the fuck?…Do they want us to play in front of some cows?…Who is going to walk up this steep mountain to see a gig?” But then we reached a huge mountain meadow with an open air festival, surrounded by high, rocky mountain peaks, with a view of the city down in the valley. The audience was more than one thousand people and we were very well received there. The people really went wild. I will definitely never forget this show.

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

I know a guy from Norway who does tourist safaris to the musk oxen on Dovrefjell. When it’s not tourist season, he hunts moose and reindeer. He also brews his own beer, which is really good by the way. Sometimes I would like to live that life too. But I know myself, instead of going hunting I would set up a home studio and make music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Besides my band? Maybe Karl Willets, Nick Holmes, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan and Sponge Bob.

What’s next for the band?

We will release “Evoked in Flames” on CD and vinyl soon. We haven’t got the release date yet, so stay tuned. And we already started songwriting for album number two. I don’t want to give too much away yet. But as with the first album, we will again not strictly stick to just one sub-genre. Maybe there will be a few guest appearances. Besides that, we are preparing to play live. As I said before, there won’t be many shows. But maybe one or the other readers will have the chance to see us somewhere soon.

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

www.funeral-pile.com
www.facebook.com/funeralpile/
www.instagram.com/funeralpileband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4hdHyjhM7DhCt0TW9O3QnN
www.youtube.com/channel/UC2k27LpnOnWGZICRbSS1zHA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No matter what you call it, I love Jaffa Cake.

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

Be kind, respect each other and think about your social responsibility.

Cheers!

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EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF

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EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Costa Rica, Central America based Fuzz Doom/Sludge band, Age Of The Wolf. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Age of the Wolf and we play loud fuzzed Doomed Sludge. Created around 2015, released a Stoner Rock/Hard Rock oriented self-titled EP in 2016. Our debut album was released via Aural Music/Code666 Records (Italy) on CD and Vinyl. After the global pandemic hit we drew into writing mode, we also released B-sides from our song ‘Memorial’, from our debut EP, through our own label Cognitive Discordance Records on tape. Meanwhile we had been working on our second album and realized we had two songs we weren’t gonna use in the record, so we decided to use these two songs for our split “Vigils” with our friends from TEL (Richmond, VA) through Electric Talon Records on cassette and tape.

How did you come up with your band name?

No story behind it, just a name.

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

Costa Rica, Central America. We have a lot of bands here and a very active scene. Mostly Black/Thrash/Death Metal. A lot of good bands are coming out and constantly releasing better material all the time.

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

Our latest release is a split with our friends in TEL from Richmond, Virginia. It was released on CD and Tape via Electric Talon Records on August 13th, 2021.

‘Priestess Of Cledones’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a little bit of everything. We’re into Mastodon (early releases), Neurosis, Yob, Sleep, Dopelord, Pallbearer…of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

We all definitely have different answers for that. But the interest in metal and in playing instruments has definitely been within all of us since our early teens.

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

Well, we just did a Split with Tel, which is something we wanted to do for some time and we’re really happy about that. There are many influences we have (that we mentioned in our previous answers) that collaborating or playing alongside them would definitely be a great milestone for us.

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

There are a lot of great Doom/Sludge/Stoner fests. Fest like Desertfest, Monolith at the Mesa, Psycho (Las Vegas & Smokeout), Maryland Doom Fest. We would be honoured to play in any fest related to the genre.

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

We’re not famous enough for weird fan gifts.

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

Thanks for sticking up with us through all these years and line-up changes, and radical sound changes as well, we really appreciate you all. To all the new ones: Welcome back, and if you like our old stuff: we’re prolly not playing those anytime soon, sorry!

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

So many come to my head. Couldn’t pick one. Would love to talk with Chuck Schuldiner, or Peter Steele, but this is a very personal question for each of the band. So, let’s just say we’ll bring Buddy Holly back just so he dies again.

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

Well, spending time with your friends to create music is definitely what we love. Playing live for our friends and fans is something we enjoy (and miss) a lot. When it comes to hating something about being a musician, we believe that putting yourself out there, and being your own social media manager, and creating your own brand, is something we don’t really like, since what we love the most is making music. But they go hand in hand, so it’s just part of the job.

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

We would really love to have a scene like the old days, where you could get a big record deal, and you had to work your ass off to make a record. Nowadays (and this is something just as good as it is bad) there are so many bands and so much music for the listener to consume, that everything tends to be forgettable, no matter how relevant it may seem, since next week something just as good is getting released. This is cool, but we believe it sometimes takes away the relevance of something as important and as personal as an album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sleep – “Dopesmoker”

YOB – “Clearing The Path To Ascend”

Mastodon – “Blood Mountain”

Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”

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

Depends on what you like. We enjoy Vinyl and collect it most of the time. But we do have our share of CD’s and tapes as well. For the genre, it mostly falls into the Vinyl category. For everyday listening, we use streaming services as well, for ease of access more than anything else.

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

We’ve had our fair share of cool gigs, thankfully. We believe MASSACRE FEST III in Tarrazú was probably one of our best ones to date.

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

Cabby, hot dog vendor, weed delivery guy. The world is our oyster. And we all have our own day jobs as well, we ain’t no Iron Maiden.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We have no fucking idea. SpongeBob SquarePants, Jesus, Chuck Testa, Cardi B, and Donald Trump. That would be fun enough.

What’s next for the band?

We’re finishing writing our second album and we will work hard to release it in 2022.

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

Mostly Instagram. We do have Facebook and Twitter, as well. And of course, Bandcamp for streaming.
www.instagram.com/ageofthewolf/
www.facebook.com/ageofthewolf
www.twitter.com/ageofthewolf
www.ageofthewolf.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6j11eprtGhEabKgyU9JclH
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJZsnbfhdDI89mFu9oDXGgQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We honestly have no idea what those are, but by our Google search, they look like biscuits to us.

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

Thanks to Ever Metal for the interview, hope you like our new split with Tel out now via Electric Talon Records on Tape and CD!

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Fox Medicine – Blue Bubblegum

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Fox Medicine – Blue Bubblegum
Self-Released
Release Date: 21/05/2021
Running Time: 36:17
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Curious duo Fox Medicine proudly plant their flag in the musical landscape with the label of “bubblegum doom”, an unlikely pairing of vocalist Neezy Dynamite Hubba-Bubba-sweet voice with psychedelic doom metal.

A cutesy voice backdropped by heavy riffs is not an uncommon phenomenon in rock and metal these days, with the likes of Issues, Rina Sawayama, Poppy and Babymetal irritating (mostly male) metal elitists the world over, but none have used an “outsider” voice quite in the same vein as Fox Medicine.

“Blue Bubblegum” is without question a doom metal record, one that invokes a brighter sound compared to previous outing “Procedures Mystiques”, and the tone, range, inflections, and effects of Neezy’s vocals add such a hypnotic psychosis to the album that betters what most of their contemporaries can do with a full line-up doused in reverb. The bouncing delivery on the chorus of opener ‘Billy The Beetle’ almost creates a dissociative effect due to the jaunty nature of her vocals battling the hazy riffs in the mix. The frenetic chorus of ‘Bunny Boy’ does more to affect one’s concept of up and down more than any spicy tongue sticker could manage, and ‘Bubblegum Witch’ almost cruelly calls to spirituality and paranoia for a “you done fucked with the wrong boho witch” experience.

Fox Medicine and indeed “Blue Bubblegum” are not one-person shows of course. Drummer and percussionist Vanny Keeps is just as adept at bringing that doom haze to proceedings in his own unique little way, whilst also keeping it proper-metal when required. His work on ‘Pain Dance’, ‘Kittens’ and the previously-mentioned ‘Bubblegum Witch’ does what all good doom drummers should do, bring an imposing stomp to the track that rumbles the core of the listener. But his work on ‘Kiss The Cactus’, ‘Billy The Beetle’ and ‘Mermaid Club’ where at times, it feels like the beat of the drums follow their own rhythm, adds to the disconnect and miasma of the record, pulling the listener in two directions. There’s even a tasteful bit of experimentation in the closing moments of the album with ‘Kiss The Cactus’ opening with a cheeky bit of cowbell and ‘Queen Moon’ adding a layer of glockenspiel-esque twinkle that could really sweeten the overall Fox Medicine sound further.

“Blue Bubblegum” has “Roadburn highlight” written all over it. Psychedelic warfare of hypnotic vocals, dynamic drums, a strong riff game that peaks into both punk and prog at times, all combined with the ear-catching siren of Neezy. A wonderfully warming album that explores an interesting niche but still doesn’t tread into caricature-territory.

‘Billy The Beetle’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Billy The Beetle
02. Mermaid Club
03. Bubblegum Witch
04. Kittens
05. Pain Dance
06. Bunny Boy
07. Kiss The Cactus
08. Queen Moon

LINE-UP:
Neezy Dynamite – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards.
Vanny Keeps – Drums, Percussion

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Dead Witches/Witchthroat Serpent – Doom Sessions Vol 666 Split EP

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Dead Witches/Witchthroat Serpent – Doom Sessions Vol 666 Split EP
Heavy Psych Sounds
Released Date 18/06/2021
Running Time: 31:41
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

The baleful, screaming yellow eye in the sky above Yorkshire is trying to kill me. It bathes me in rays that cause me to scurry for the nearest black cover I can find and cower there, helpless before its puissance and wait until it turns its ferocious gaze to another victim. I cannot glare my defiance at it as it sears my retinas with its endless hatred and neither can I offer it any physical resistance whatsoever as it burns me from afar before I can plunge my fingers into its ocular cavity and scoop out the terrible, fiery beast. Far better, then, to remain in Dark Juan Terrace and lock the door and bid defiance to the horror from without. Except the fucking smellhounds have to be walked and I have to go to the post office and I have to endure the vile, sweaty unpleasantness that comes with the three days of the sun that constitutes a British summer. Mrs. Dark Juan, however, is soaking up the diabolical radiation as she creates a model of a witch transforming into a hare (which is a thing according to Yorkshire folklore, and, fact fans, the British were-animal is in fact the werehare, thereby proving that Britain is a bit shit in most respects, not least in were-animals. I mean even a were-weasel would be better than a jumped up rabbit analogue, would it not?) and once more terrifies the neighbours and the good people of Facebook when she posts pictures of them on it.

So, in a desperate attempt to escape the pasty-legged denizens of fair Halifax wearing voluminous shorts, I have elected instead to remain indoors and listen to the heavy, heavy sounds of doom heavyweights Dead Witches (dragged screaming from the mind of the estimable, and admirably sideburned and flared trousered Mark Greening who you may know from Electric Wizard, Ramesses and With The Dead and Witchthroat Serpent, who are French doommeisters and who unaccountably have not arrested my attention before. As this is an EP, I shall follow my usual style and detail each song briefly…

Dead Witches… Now there’s a name to conjure with, especially if you are a Lancastrian like me and your home county is famous for hanging wise women and having jumped up trials in Pendle, which got people killed on the word of a disturbed child. ‘D.I.E.’ is the name of the song DW have offered to this EP, and it is a mere 14 minutes in length and it is superfuzz overload. It is riff after orgasmic riff, underpinned with what can only be described as fucking diabolical bass, such is the subterranean rumble that has turned my brain to fluid not unlike a chunky salsa, and my brain to a jellylike, pliable substance. This is Heaviness with a capital H, dear friends. This is heavier than every single one of your female relatives wearing neutronium lingerie, standing on a plutonium plinth and swinging lead handbags at your noggin. The sound of the song is a colossal, soupy, drug-fuelled and fuzzy at the edges mix that is as huge as the running time. Special mention must be made of vocalist Spring Thompson, who adds an unexpected punk edge to the proceedings with her highly charged, furious vocal delivery. In short – even though it is 14 minutes long, ‘D.I.E.’ is a supremely coherent piece of ultrasludgy doom that easily holds your interest and is riff nirvana. You can tell Mark is behind it all, being the doom megastar that he is, but reigning in the more extreme sound of Electric Wizard for something a little bit more listenable. This is very very good indeed, and the worthy French band following them have a real class act to live up to.

…And live up to them they do. Even though I have lived in France, until I started writing for Ever-Metal.com I had considered the French metal scene to barely exist, yet by God our neighbours over the water have cranked out some magnificently violent stuff in Dirge (fucking awesome), Obzson Geschopf (industrial madhead obsessed with new jack hip hop), Rostres (drone perfection), P.H.O.B.O.S (possibly the heaviest industrial record ever to exist in “Phlogiston Catharsis”), Escotrilihum (one man, utterly utterly demented black metal) and now Toulouse-based Witchthroat Serpent. The French bruisers contribute two tracks to this EP – ‘The Fall Of Whitewood’ and ‘Cyanide Laced-Flavour’ (they used the American spelling but I speak the correct form of English and therefore will also spell it correctly too) [Mr. Juan should know that if it is a song/album title or band name that shouldn’t be done so it is ‘Cyanide Laced-Flavor’. I shall take the whip to him later – Rick] and it has to be said that they are easily up to the weight of their British partners on this record. Riffs of monolithic chunkiness extend into colossal grooves and just keep on fucking going, taking you ever deeper into realms of mystical mescaline-fuelled splendour. The bass on both tracks (which are incidentally linked with close to two minutes of screaming feedback [electric alchemy – just another reason why doom is so good. They can use even the squealing of a feedbacking guitar to continue the colossal grooves] underpinned by a slowly building rhythm section) is sludgier than a day out at Davyhulme Sewage Treatment Works (if you’ve ever been over Barton Bridge on the M60 around Manchester you’ve smelled it) and has gone beyond mere fuzz into theoretical places where only hyperfuzz exists. It also has more bottom end than several dozen busloads of twerking, miniskirted pissheads in Gateshead on a Saturday night. The drumming is tight and multifaceted and the two tunes link and complement each other perfectly. The vocalist is also top notch as he wails and howls over the endless infinity groove.

All three of these songs are doom done right. None of them have any faults whatsoever. Which is annoying because I love picking holes in stuff and being rude about bands. What? Relax, I’m only joking, you muppets. I love the music and the bands and the people in them. I’m firm but fair, mate.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Le système breveté de notation des éclaboussures de sang Dark Juan pour nos amis français – de rien!) cannot help but award the full beans 10/10 to both Dead Witches (doing Blighty proud) and Witchthroat Serpent (you have won a lifelong fan in me, messieurs) for a masterclass in fucking perfect doom metal from each side of the channel. Magnifique!!

Dead Witches – ‘D.I.E.’ (Dragged Into Emptiness) (Official Video)

Witchthroat Serpent – ‘ The Fall Of Whitewood’ (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Die – Dead Witches
02. The Fall Of Whitewood – Witchthroat Serpent
03. Cyanide Laced-Flavor – Witchthroat Serpent

LINE-UPS:
Dead Witches
Mark Greening – Drums & Concussion
Rab McIlrath – Guitars
Sam Cutbush – Bass
Spring Thompson – Vocals

Witchthroat Serpent
Fredrik – Vocals & Guitars
Niko – Drums
Ügo – Bass
Djé – Guitars

DEAD WITCHES LINKS:

WITCHTHROAT SERPENT LINKS:

Dead Witches & Witchthroat Serpent Promo Pics

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EMQ’s with ULTRA VOID

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EMQ’s with ULTRA VOID

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York based Stoner Doom Metal band, Ultra Void. Huge thanks to bassist, songwriter Jihef, 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 Jihef. I play bass. I also write the music and handle recording duties.

We are a young band. We’re just starting. We were initially a recording project born out of necessity during lockdown as our plans with our respective projects went south. I had some songs laying around that needed to be finished. I called my old friend FlipMan to handle vocals. Andrew Piper played with me in Moron and already contributed on the tracks ‘Hellfire’ and ‘Swamp Of Doom’. Last, but not least, Laurent Cosani was a no brainer. He is a six strings destroyer (and my cousin).

How did you come up with your band name?

It comes from the decision I made to change major things in my life during the pandemic. Uncharted territories can be scary but they carry their own energy. A negative becomes a positive. It’s the Ultra Void.

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

I am from Brooklyn NY (born in France). The music scene is huge. Everyone is a musician. Lots of Stoner Doom bands. It can be a cliché too. ”Please not another band from Brooklyn”. Haha.

We are also fortunate to have some great clubs like Saint Vitus where big bands and local bands can play.

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

Our first, self-titled, EP came out digitally on Jan 10th, 2021, on Bandcamp. It’s has 5 tracks.

‘Void Machine’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Elliott Smith. He showed me you could be fragile and heavy all at once. I like having contrast in my music. The vocals are always intense and dark while my singing is light and more melodic.

As a kid I looked up to Steve Harris. Bass players weren’t up front in the 80’s. It was all about guitar heroes. I loved his sense of melody and his attack on the bass. And he could play 16th notes for hours. A beast!!!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s “Powerage”. Bought that album when I was 10. As I was listening to ‘Sin City’ I started losing control of my body and while headbanging I tried to figure out why. It wasn’t because of the drums or the guitar. Cliff Williams made a bass player out of me.

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

Jean Paul Gaster or Phil Rudd. For Those About To Rock is really heavy when you think of it. Yeah, a nasty doom duo with Phil Rudd on drums would be cool.

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

I would say Freak Valley. Seems so chill. Then Roadburn would be great too. And Hellfest because it’s bloody Hellfest. And it’s in France where I am from.

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

Still waiting for that one…If you’re reading this…haha!

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

Thank you a million for your support. It’s not something I am ever taking for granted. It blows my mind every time people say they love our music. Or seeing your band’s sticker on a car. It never gets old.

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

Lemmy.

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

I love the creating process in general. The before and after. To listen to something that didn’t exist a moment ago is “magical”.

As per being a musician in particular nothing beats being in a room with your brothers playing really loud, looking at stuff falling from the shelves and not giving two fucks about it. Haha.

But it also means that you have to be a jack of all trades of some sort. In my case learning how to record and mix. Then you have to be your own agent and figure out how to promote and approach labels and whatnot etc…I don’t hate it by any means. It’s cool to learn new things but it’s not always easy.

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

Less bands. More $ Haha. Musicians need to get paid way more for streaming. The Spotify monopoly is a bit evil.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s a tough question because there are way too many. Off the top of my head, I would say “Agents Of Ahriman” by Greenleaf.

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

Vinyl. Better sound. Better listening experience. You actually take the time to enjoy something from beginning to end.

That being said I appreciate the Anytime Anywhere that comes with downloads and streaming.

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

Our best gigs are still ahead of us.

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

Anything creative.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I haven’t seen my close family in two years. It would be way more than five people though.

Can’t wait for international travel to resume. So yeah, a feast in the big country house in Burgundy with all the loved ones around.

What’s next for the band?

Live shows and getting back into some kind of “normal”.

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

Bandcamp mostly but also Spotify when it’s recommended.
www.ultravoid1.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ultravoid1
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0KyJvVuT3NcIMFav04YFXU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!!!

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

Dude, thank you for having me. Hope you guys like our music.

Show your love and follow us on Bandcamp.

Ultra Void Promo Pic

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip

Abyssal Trip Album Cover Art

Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 43:09
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

A slow build of distortion, punctuated by air raid sirens, heralds the onslaught of ‘Bellweather’, the first track on the latest Spelljammer opus. These guys are in no rush. Instead, the listener sinks slowly into the mire, as first guitars and bass, then drums, stealthily enter. Over the course of six plus minutes, the track builds beautifully, setting the style for the album to follow.

Spelljammer are from Stockholm, Sweden – and comprise Niklas Olsson (bass and vocals); Robert Sörling (guitar) and Jonatan Rimsbo (drums). It’s been five long years since their last album, but now they’re back with a huge, ponderous collection of sludgy, doom laden music.

Second track, ‘Lake’, follows the hypnotic incline of the opener with a brutal riff and throaty vocals, before descending into a medium paced headbanger. This track nicely encapsulates the contrasts between heavy, thunderous ferociousness and trancelike wonderment.

The band composed these songs in the seclusion of a remote house in the country. The various shifting sections of the songs obviously reflect that concentrated effort, with a perfect ebb and flow.  Sections wind intricately between the monstrous and the calm.

‘Among The Holy’ starts with a creeping pace before erupting into the album’s biggest rocker. The title track opens with a sample from some obscure horror movie, and I need to know which! After that, it’s crawling doom which picks up speed a little in a Sabbathy manner – complete with distorted vocals.

Talking of Sabbath, ‘Peregrine’ feels like one of those Tony Iommi instrumentals on “Master Of Reality”. It’s actually quite wonderful. Finally, ‘Silent Rift’ is over ten minutes of all that’s gone before, ramped up even higher. The pace is slow, there’s no haste, Spelljammer take their time and let the music grow and breathe.

The listener will also need to take their time and truly absorb this album. Stick on your ear goggles, turn the lights down low and bask in the inventiveness. “Abyssal Trip” is a record that’s been carefully composed and nurtured. The enjoyment here is in the journey and all its interwoven elements.

As we’re talking of jam, I’m reminded of an episode with my old Black Sabbath mates. We were at legendary Rockfield studios in Wales, and following a late night in the studio and an even later nights boozing, the band were relaxing on the lawns on a gorgeous summer day. Bill fell asleep on the grass, and Ozzy decided to take the remains of the strawberry jam from breakfast and smear it all over Bill’s beard.  Sure enough, ten minutes later, Bill woke with a scream – brushing wasps from his face. He jumped up and ran to a nearby pond, jumping in face first.  When he emerged, Bill looked like a Sasquatch. He spent days rubbing ointment on his face and was finding dead insects in his beard for ages.

‘Abyssal Trip’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bellweather
02. Lake
03. Among The Holy
04. Abyssal Trip
05. Peregrine
06. Silent Rift

LINE-UP:
Niklas Olsson – Bass and Vocals)
Robert Sörling – Guitar
Jonatan Rimsbo – Drums

LINKS:

Spelljammer Promo Pic

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Ungraven/Slomatics – Split EP

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Ungraven/Slomatics – Split EP
Blackbow Records
Release date: 05/03/2021
Running time: 30:53
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

How did you spend your time during the pandemic? Did you learn a new language or a musical instrument? Did you get out there running, hammering marathons and getting super fit? Or, like most of us, did you hang on there by your finger nails, just about keeping it together and escaping the monotony? Well luckily for us, these two bands – Ungraven and Slomatics – decided to put their talents to creative use and deliver some music to keep us all sane in these bizarre times.

This is one EP, two bands and six songs in total. First off, we have Ungraven, who despite only being formed in 2019 feature musicians of fine pedigree: Jon Davis (Conan), David Ryley (Fudge Tunnel) and Tyler Hodges (Tuskar). ‘Defeat The Object’, their first offering, features a reliably sturdy riff to nod your head to. Next track, ‘Onwards She Rides To A Certain Death’ comes galloping out of the gates like an armour covered battle horse – it’s no nimble dressage, more like a cavalry charge into a frenzied battle. Ungraven’s final song, ‘Blackened Gates Of Eternity’, has a grinding intensity that has an industrial feel.

Slomatics pick up the baton and start off with the brutally heavy, atmospheric ‘Kaän’, which seems to move sideways rather than forwards. Slow and hefty, I’ve seen ox bow lakes form quicker than the pace of this monster. ‘Proto Hag’ follows a similar style, but you’ll be glad to learn that it’s even more intense. Slomatics have been building their reputation for some years now, and these tracks confirm their prominence. Their final song, ‘Monitors’ – probably my favourite on the whole EP, though I feel bad singling out one track – only pushes their reputation further. The music is almost trancelike, with a magnetic melodic element.

This split EP is dense and compelling. Both Ungraven and Slomatics impress with their conviction and integrity. The only down side is that approx. 31 minutes just isn’t enough. This is a very enjoyable starter, but it just makes me hunger for a full plate of whatever these two immense bands can serve up. Please sir, can I have some more?

TRACKLISTING:
01. Defeat The Object (Ungraven)
02. Onwards She Rides To A Certain Death (Ungraven)
03. Blackened Gates Of Eternity (Ungraven)
04. Kaän (Slomatics)
05. Proto Hag (Slomatics)
06. Monitors (Slomatics)

UNGRAVEN LINE-UP:
Jon Davis – Vocals
Tyler Hodges – Drums
David Ryley – Bass

SLOMATICS LINE-UP:
David – Guitars
Chris – Guitars
Marty – Drums, Vocals

UNGRAVEN LINKS:

SLOMATICS LINKS:

Ungraven & Slomatics Promo Pic (Slomatics pic credit Gerry Dollso)
(Slomatics pic credit Gerry Dollso)

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EMQ’s with STRUCK/DOWN

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EMQ’s with STRUCK/DOWN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Doom/Groove Metal band, Struck/Down. Huge thanks to vocalist, Linden Twyman, 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?

Linden Twyman, I am the vocalist of Struck/Down. Started in 2013, performing original music as ‘Wookie and the Wizard’ a 2 piece acoustic act (with myself and our guitarist Will). Eventually grew into Struck/Down, and after finding our missing members in the shape of Tommy, Ian and Andy we developed our signature doom/groove metal sound.

How did you come up with your band name?

I made a band name out of two different labels at random local practice rooms. I thought it sounded cool! The rest as they say is history.

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

We are from Kent in the UK. The scene has potential to grow into something more. There are many fantastic bands and loads of talent that come out of Kent. We have a few excellent venues (e.g., ‘The Booking Hall’ in Dover and the ‘The Forum’ in Tunbridge Wells). With more venues like this, there is real scope for a thriving scene.

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

‘Charisman’, the third single of the upcoming EP release titled “From Demons”.

‘Charisman’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Pantera, Black Stone Cherry, Mastodon, Deep Purple, Metallica.

What first got you into music?

I wanted to perform; looking up to my cousins playing in bands in the local scene I knew that was something I wanted a part of.

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

Miley Cyrus.

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

Ozzfest.

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

Applause.

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

Thank you for your support during these challenging and unusual times.

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

Dimebag.

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

Hate most: gate keepers in the music industry (i.e., influential people in the music scene who decide what is and isn’t relevant to the scene) Love most: the effect music can have on someone on an emotional level and connecting with people through our music.

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

Distributing wealth amongst the musicians and not the shareholders.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dirt” by Alice In Chains.

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

CD’s.

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

The Alma Inn in Bolton, February 2020. Our last big gig before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Full-time tattoo artist. Find him at @lindentwyman on Instagram.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Napoleon Bonaparte, Barry Scott, Jodie Marsh, Russell Howard

What’s next for the band?

Continue pushing the singles we have already released, working towards the eventual drop of the EP “From Demons”, getting back into the practice room and hopefully (fingers crossed) gigging again soon.

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

www.facebook.com/StruckDownUK
www.instagram.com/struckdown_official/
www.twitter.com/StruckDownUK
www.struckdown.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4k0hYswFpdMPtuSMiiKlPr
www.youtube.com/struckdownbanduk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Its. A. Cake.

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

Check out Father Bernard’s story through our single releases, starting with ‘Wandering Child’, to ‘Death Row’ and recently ‘Charisman’. Expect more singles in the coming months to continue our story. In the meantime, please follow our socials and check out our self-produced music videos on Youtube and our music on Spotify and all major streaming services. Support your local scene and your local bands, and we look forward to seeing you at gigs very soon.