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.

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip

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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:

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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.

EMQ’s with PLAGUE OF CARCOSA

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE OF CARCOSA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois based Lovecraftian Doom Metal duo, Plague Of Carcosa. Huge thanks to guitarist, Eric Zann, 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 Eric Zann, the guitarist. I started the project on my own around 2016 with a heavily downtuned guitar. The project grew when I brought that guitar in one day to a session with some other musicians I was with, and they loved the sound – from there, we shifted our focus to mostly fleshing some ideas I had, and the band was born. We recorded 2 EP singles with that line-up, one EP with just myself and that drummer, and now Alexander Adams is behind the kit with me as of November 2019, and we are writing for a new release.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I am gone, all that will remain are these songs. Dense, unsettling, and otherworldly. We want the songs to infect the listeners like a plague, one that will never really go away. Poor timing for that answer, given the world now, but there you go!

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

We are in Chicago, Illinois, US, and the metal scene is fantastic! It’s great to have so many killer bands here. Even with the pandemic and all, everyone is still very encouraging towards each other.

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

Our last release was the “Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains” EP, named after a passage in a letter Lovecraft wrote, on Sludgelord Records in 2019.

“Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains” (Full EP)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s no getting around it – Bongripper was the reason I started this project. Aside from that, it’s not really something we actively think about, but we have had people draw comparisons to Slomatics, Conan, Bongzilla, Sleep, and Thou.

What first got you into music?

You know, I’m not quite sure. I remember I was a kid; I would look at bands like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones and thought ‘this, I want to do this.’

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

Bongripper, hands down. Between all our amps, and Alexander (the Plague of Carcosa drummer) and his electronic/ambient experience, we could probably make something really killer.

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

Admittedly, I’m not one for festivals, but playing at Roadburn would be huge.

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

I don’t know that people have really made a habit of giving us things, but we have gotten some very nice notes taped to our practice room door. And I do mean that sincerely.

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

We appreciate you taking the time to listen and show your support! We’re just two people – no media team, no roadies, no funds, so we really appreciate even a quick “this is good!” comment.

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?

Love – having an outlet. Hate – the money it costs to do….well, most anything. Neither of us have cars, so more often than not we have to take an Uber to the shows we play and back, or bum rides from people.

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

That one is a thinker, so I’ll say this now – I wish we could have shows back again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Curveball here, but I’ll go with the album “Red Eyed Soul” by The World/Inferno Friendship Society. The version with the extra tracks though!

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

Whichever format is closest to you that holds your favourite song.

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

Playing Crushing Sound Fest in 2019 with our buds Pale Horseman and Fister was really cool! It was at an art space so there were tons of pieces and installations still up. When I needed a break from everything, I would get a beer and crawl into a tent that someone lined with foliage and chill for a few.

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

Writing occult stories and ‘weird tales’ as a hobby, I suspect. My day job is totally boring.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peter Ventantonio (from Sticks and Stones and World/Inferno)
Laura Jane Grace
The SunnO))) boys (Stephen and Greg)
Eugene V Debbs

What’s next for the band?

We hope to be back in the studio with our usual accomplices once this pandemic dies down – we do have new material ready to roll!

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

Not many, really. We use TuneCore for our online stuff like Spotify and iTunes and what have you, but then we just have a Facebook, a sparsely used Instagram, and of course, our Bandcamp page.
www.plagueofcarcosa.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/plagueofcarcosa
www.instagram.com/plagueofcarcosa/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6eb5KZG0s3qDfwZp8cfidN

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit! Do I win some?

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

We sincerely appreciate everyone who takes their time to listen, reach out, or otherwise enjoy what we do. It means the world!

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EMQ’s with HALVEKSIA

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EMQ’s with HALVEKSIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Doom/Death Metal band, Halveksia. Huge thanks to bassist Mark Woodbridge, 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?

Mark Woodbridge, bassist! Me and Jack (guitar) formed the band while getting drunk at Metaldays and deciding we wanted to learn how to play bass and guitar, went onto eBay and picked up cheap instruments while there. Our friend Adam joined as he had a guitar and Jack got his brother onto drums. Jai (vocals) joined while we worked out how to play, then left for New Zealand for a year. A couple of years passed, we all improved, struggled to get a vocalist in that could commit, we then decided to go heavier and Jai was back and available to perform with us. Then Covid hit and we’ve been on lockdown since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Adam and Jack looked up Finnish words on the way to Bloodstock one year, the word that stuck out was Halveksia.

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

All from Brighton, UK and the surrounding area. Metal scene is a close-knit family down here, couple of really great promoters who keep pushing to make it bigger. Massive abundance of talent from bands, musicians seem to gravitate to Brighton.

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

“Miasma” EP is our first release. ‘Miasma, Pt. 1&2 are being released as a single together.

‘Miasma, Pt. 1&2’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Paradise Lost, Sentenced, Kalmah, Type O Negative, Beggar and Watchtower have had some of the biggest influences in how we play.

What first got you into music?

My dad always had old school rock and guitarists on when I grew up, when I was getting into metal Kerrang and Scuzz were a great gateway!

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

We’d love to work with the guys in Beggar, big influence, on an underground level, in how we developed.

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

Metaldays, it’s a truly wonderful festival that we have incredibly fond memories of as ticket holders, no location like it for a festival.

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

No weird gifts yet, we’re only just getting ourselves out there. Looking forward to them though. Send me what you’ve got.

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

Thanks for being patient while we get everything ready, we can’t wait to bring this to you and spread this as far as possible.

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

Peter Steele, the chance to see Type O Negative live, I couldn’t pass up.

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

Being creative, feeling like we’ve contributed something, and spending more time with mates. Nothing I hate about it, maybe when I see far more talented players 😂.

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

More grass roots support and funding, so many great venues and bands need a better support network to grow. Support is definitely growing, and hopefully coming out of lockdown more people will see the value of supporting their local metal scene.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tough choice but, have to go with Triptykon – “Eparistera Daimones”!

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

Vinyl, despite what the rest of my bandmates will say!

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

We’ve only done the one online show so far because of lockdown.

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

Nothing much different, probably more time spent on promoting and playing games.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Devin Townsend, Ihsahn, Alex Ferguson, Woody Harrelson, ICS Vortex.

What’s next for the band?

Get this EP out and really try and make the most of coming out of lockdown and play as many gigs as possible.

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

www.halveksia.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/halveksia
www.instagram.com/halveksia/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5kV6di1X7LhklG2BOEN1Up
www.youtube.com/channel/UC048Oe4pZ7a8JFXN6QtwKSQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake it’s in the name and they go hard when stale (if they can be left that long).

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

Thanks for letting us do this, we’re really happy with what we’ve created and can’t wait to finally hear people’s feedback.

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Son Of Boar – Son Of Boar

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Son Of Boar – Son Of Boar
Stoned Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 31:10
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

Well, here we are then. The debut album from Bradford based sonic butchers, Son of Boar. And yes, I am quite excited about this release. There are long lost civilisations existing in the South American jungle that, despite having no contact with the outside world, are aware that your pal, Platinum Al, has been desperate to hear this cacophonous compendium for some time.

So, is it any good? Well yeah, obviously. But just what kind of good I shall reveal.

There are five tracks on this eponymous release, across which Son of Boar attempt to cover as much ground as possible. Yes, this is Stoner Doom – it is heavy, it has groove, it has a windswept musical vista that is both fierce and welcoming.

I’ve already reviewed first track, ‘Stoned Wail’, when it was released as a single a while ago. This mix is punchier though, and still satisfying regardless of any familiarity. The calm wash of ocean waves accompanies a benign introduction; until, just over two minutes in, the full electric muscle of the band is released. SOB hit their groove and plough relentlessly on, whilst vocalist Luke roars about some sweet girl called Mary. I don’t know who Mary is, but she seems like a nice, compassionate lady.

The slow sludge of song number one is contrasted by ‘All In Your Head’, where SOB pick up the pace and gallop home with a Kyuss covering Maiden flourish. Great rhythm work from Gaz (bass) and Luke D (drums). ‘Satanic Panic’ then devolves brilliantly into the sort of the Corrosion of Conformity style Sabbath worship that enthralled James Hetfield. Powerful, even graceful, but remorseless.

‘Snakes And Daggers’ reminds me of Motorhead played too slow (33rpm not 45, for the fossils out there). Here the pace varies, with a great, almost psychedelic melodic swash emerging like a surprise visit from a long-lost drinking buddy. Then your old pal gets stinking drunk and kicks off in the taxi rank, and you’re desperately clutching your kebab in puzzlement. What?

You should listen to ‘Cities Of The Deadeyed Priestess’ just because it’s a genius song title. It also has some bizarro samples that I need to investigate. Musically, this is another brutal head crusher: meat and potatoes riffs and fine melodic hues courtesy of guitarists Lyndon and Adam.

And there you have it: five songs, one debut album. A fine band; they’re awesome live, have the best t-shirt designs I’ve seen in donkeys and are creating a real sense of cult-like, underground authenticity that is addictive. If I could afford to buy a copy of this album for everyone reading this review, I would. Even that weirdo at the back.

And Son of Boar have only just begun their journey…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Stoned Wail
02. All In Your Head
03. Satanic Panic
04. Snakes And Daggers
05. Cities Of The Deadeyed Priestess

LINE-UP
Luke Oliver – Vocals
Adam Waddell – Guitar
Lyndon Birchall – Guitar
Gaz Bates – Bass
Luke Doran – Drums

LINKS:

Son Of Boar Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Stoner/Doom Metal band, Sins Of Magnus. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rich Sutcliffe 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?

Hey!! My name is Rich, I play guitar and sing. We started in 2009 to do something a little different than everyone else. Sean, our drummer, was the drummer in the very first band I did in 1990. Eric, our bass player and singer, has been in 3 other bands with me since 1995. All our bands were either punk or hardcore, and we just wanted to do something different. We didn’t want to be confined to any one genre. Eric and I were looking for a drummer, and right away Sean was our first choice, and he was on board. So, the 3 of us, collectively, have played together on and off for 31 years.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Magnus when we first started. Our first EP is under the Magnus name. Do you know how hard it is to search for a particular album by Magnus? There are so many bands with this name that it nearly impossible. We added ‘Sins of’ to it to make it easier to find, and we all thought Sins of Magnus sounded cool.

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

We are from Philadelphia, PA USA. There is a great scene out here. There are a ton of unsigned bands around here, however, and I think it’s a shame. Check out Black Friday Death Count and Victor Traps and you’ll see what I’m talking about. These 2 bands should be household names.

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

Our latest LP, “The Circus”, came out on 16th February 2021. There’s a limited run CD of 100 copies, as well as all popular streaming platforms.

‘Flux Capacitor’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, Tony Iommi, Alvin Lee, and Fast Eddie Clarke. Eric’s influences are John Entwistle, Steve Harris, and Geezer. Sean’s are Neal Peart and Mike Portnoy. Collectively our influences are Sabbath of course, Motorhead, Slayer, Trouble, Dayglo Abortions, Priest, AC/DC, Danzig, Ramones, old NYHC, Rush, Metallica, Ratt, and Shelter.

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a household where I was subjected to either country music or disco. In 1978 my parents bought me “Love Gun” by Kiss. My whole perspective of music changed from that day on. In terms of wanting to play music, all of us wanted to play our instruments because of Metallica. It was what kids in high school rocked to back then. It is how we all started out.

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

No doubt in my mind it would be John Arch from early Fates Warning. He is one of my top 5 vocalists and I always wanted to write material with vocals that only he could handle.

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

The Doomed and Stoned festival. Every band I currently love plays this festival and it would be an honour to be a part of it.

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

In one of my old bands, I received a painting of a tree. I don’t know why they thought I would want that, let alone bring it to a show, but I guess it was a nice gesture.

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

Listen to everything we have to offer. The songs are so different from one another that there is something for everyone, no matter what genre you most identify with.

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

Lemmy. I miss him dearly. We need more rock stars like him in this world.

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

I like that I get to be creative and be able to express myself in the music we write. The only thing I hate is carrying equipment up flights of stairs. I’m too old for that!

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

There are too many cliques. Everyone should support each other.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ignaurus” by Into Another. This album is full of creativity both musically and lyrically.

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

I personally like the sound of vinyl, but only for old recordings. It defeats the purpose to record digitally, then release it on an analog format. I don’t care what format it is in, as long as I get to hear it loud!

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

We opened for Trouble, during their tour supporting The Distortion Field. Really fun night getting to meet one of my favourite bands, and influences, who were really cool, no egos, and down to earth.

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

My day job! Nothing else. Music is the only form of art I’m half decent at.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, John Arch, Michael Kiske, and Bruce Dickenson. It would be the best falsetto quintet of all time!

What’s next for the band?

We are beginning to record 5 new songs, at New Sofa Studios, for what looks like will be an EP. Our releases have been 3 or 4 years apart. It’s time to get more out there a little sooner than that. Since there are currently no shows to play, we have really focused on new material, and I think it’s our best to date.

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

www.instagram.com/sinsofmagnus
www.sinsofmagnus.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3NGmWS7VrQ4o7iM37xzQfl

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Our drummer Sean, who lived in England for 4 years said “Biscuit yo”!

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

Please support unsigned bands. They work harder than anyone else and have something to prove.

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EMQ’s with SULLEN GUEST

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EMQ’s with SULLEN GUEST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lithuania based, Death/Doom Metal band, Sullen Guest. Huge thanks to composer/guitarist, Justas G, 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 stage name is Tenebra (darkness in Latin), but formally known as Justas. G.

I am the main composer and guitarist of Sullen Guest. The band started in 2013 as a female-fronted melodic doom band. After 10 line-up changes, we are releasing our third album called “Chapter III”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We owned a studio in the street whose name begins with SG letters. So, we stuck with the idea that the band name should begin with these letters. After brainstorming, we have found a name that perfectly suits our mood.

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

Lithuania – Baltic states. There are no big metal names in our region. There are around 50 active bands, and most of them – black metal. In Lithuania, there are two big open-air metal festivals, and every weekend you can find a few metal gigs in Vilnius or Kaunas, mentioning the cities that do have a regularity regarding the metal scene.

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

It’s a music video called ‘Samsara’ from the upcoming album “Chapter III”.

‘Samsara’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The main influences were made by Novembers Doom, Katatonia, Opeth, Death. But all these influences were taken into account from the period when the bands had more raw power (albums 1992-1995). Furthermore, October Tide, Deinonychus, Forgotten Tomb…

What first got you into music?

Whenever I listened to metal music. I empathized with it, and I had a feeling if the music were created by myself, this experience would be even deeper. Eventually, I decided to start my emotional journey by creating music.

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

October Tide!

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

It would be “70000 Tons of Metal”. The atmosphere there is not doomish at all, but it would be an unforgettable experience.

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

A huge wall calendar with a large picture of our recent artwork which was a total surprise.

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

We walk forward with hopes of meeting our audience during live shows, otherwise, we thank you for the support, any kind there is or could be. It’s still a long and difficult journey, but we will not give up, regardless we are glad that you have been visited by Sullen Guest!

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

Being on the stage, of course. There I can feel some kind of nirvana, regardless of the quantity of an audience. On the other hand, organizing gigs is the most frustrating part of the game.

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

Bands would gain their fame for their accomplishments, and not because of a producer with a big name.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”. One of the biggest artefacts of early metal with massive impact for generations of musicians.

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

For myself, there’s no time to spare for Vinyl or CD’s personally. Currently, I listen mostly to digital formats.

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

Gig in Königsberg. It was a crazy crowd and a great afterparty after the gig, we did not anticipate such support before then.

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

I’m a machine programmer and a musician simultaneously.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It would be previous Sullen Guest members to remember the great times we have spent together.

What’s next for the band?

Survive till the end of Covid-19 and make a presence on the scene eventually after the disturbances we are facing right now and begin composing new material.

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

Three main platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Bandcamp.
www.facebook.com/SullenGuest
www.sullenguest.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCv0xbKnDWrgJDFkgyqgwa6w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The answer depends on the amount of beer before the question is presented 😊.

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

It is a great pleasure to spread the news. I put my hopes in our new line-up and album with a desire for the listeners to experience the emotions we are portraying until you are visited again.

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