EMQ’s with MISTY GREY

EMQ’s with MISTY GREY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Madrid, Spain based Doom Metal/Hard Rock band, Misty Grey. Huge thanks to guitarist Juan 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 how you doing? My name is Juan and I’m the guitar player in Misty Grey. We started up in 2011, our main aim was to create a traditional doom metal band, because there were not any in Spain. At last the band was completed in 2012, with a new singer. We recorded two demos and 1 album, then our first singer left, and we got another singer. With that line-up we recorded our 2nd album “Chapter II” in 2017. And now we’ve got another singer and we’re looking out for our next recording sessions very soon.

How did you come up with your band name?

We thought about something which was very dark and gloomy. The mist is always grey, so it basically comes from there.

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

We are from Madrid, Spain. Our Metal/Rock scene is huge here, therefore there are a lot of bands coming out. Nevertheless, the Doom Metal scene is pretty poor, just a bunch of bands in this style.

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

As I told you above, our last album is “Chapter II”, recorded in 2017 but released in 2018 on CD. It will be released on vinyl before the end of 2020 indeed.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly traditional doom metal bands. Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General, St. Vitus, Candlemass, Pentagram, Solitude Aeturnus, Pagan Altar and many others. We also have many influences from 70’s and 80’s hard rock and heavy metal outfits.

What first got you into music?

If you mean playing guitar, I started playing Classical guitar, but I loved 80’s heavy metal so my starting point was right there. I loved playing Iron Maiden tunes.

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

We are open to collaborate with any band or musician, in fact we’ve got a kind of Project coming up with a friend, so we’ll tell you about it when this thing is getting near.

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

We’d like to play at Hellfest, I think it’s the biggest one around these times.

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

As far as I can remember, I’ve never received anything from a fan. On the contrary, they always ask me for free guitar picks hehe.

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

Yeah, we’ll record something soon, fresh music and don’t forget to buy our new vinyl, it’s outstanding!

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

I love Phil Lynott, from Thin Lizzy, it would be him, no doubt.

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

I enjoy playing music, both guitar and bass, but also mandolin and some keyboards. As a musician, you’ve got to keep on improving yourself. And I hate that you can’t live from the music itself, at least in this country.

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

Music is culture and the governments are not into culture anymore, you can see it nowadays, with the Covid-19 situation. It is awful but it’s what we’ve got.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Well ,talking about doom metal, I would choose the “Bedemon” album, the first Pentagram album and maybe the first Count Raven album as well.

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

Vinyl, sure mate!

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

I don’t know for sure. We’ve had some really good gigs, and played along with some important names in doom metal. So, it’s hard to choose one from.

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

I like to paint, so I would be a painter.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Famous people do you mean? Ough, it’s hard to choose but I’d invite some famous actresses from old times film noir: Lizabeth Scott, Gene Tierney, Gloria Grahame, Barbara Stanwyck…

What’s next for the band?

Recording all our newest tracks, we’ve got 7 from so long so we’re rehearsing and maybe recoding them during 2021.

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

Facebook mainly, also Instagram, but I don’t have an account myself.
www.facebook.com/mistygreydoom/
www.instagram.com/greymistdoom/
www.mistygreydoom.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hehe, I don’t know. I guess they are more like a cake, what we call in Spanish “bizcocho”.

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

I want to thank you for your interview and your kind support. It’s the most important thing nowadays!

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Grimorte – Esoteric Ascendance EP

Grimorte – Esoteric Ascendance EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 18:01
Review by: Tammy Lomax
10/10

My head has been battered since starting my new job, systems overlapping systems galore! But the weekend is here Mofos! And do you know what this entails? That’s right, MUSIC!

Let me introduce you to Grimorte. They are a new two-man project consisting of…Kieran Scott from the band Ashen Crown, who is the vocalist and Lewis Borthwick, from the band Archierophant, who plays the instruments and is Master of Production. The project itself sits somewhere between atmospheric Black/Death Metal and Doom.

Grimorte are all things chilling and they explore the mysteries that surround Aleister Crowley and the occult, with this debut EP telling us of a woman’s journey, whose innocence is ripped away and replaced by possession.

Ok, at this point I am shitting it!

I can’t even sleep with my feet outside the bed and I am, admittedly, a huge fluff pants! Friends have stated many times “It’s just a film” But that is NOT how I see it! It’s a script FYI! Someone out there has this in their head, and do you know what is worse?! SOMETIMES THEY ARE BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!!

Right, where was I? Oh yeah, this possessed lady, right, (ok, I’m calming my tits).

“She is lulled into the esoteric pagan and Satanist practices of the golden dawn and awakes to find her new demonic form.” I would be livid if I woke up to this, mind you first thing in the morning…there is definitely a resemblance.

To add to the dark story, obviously “Esoteric Ascendance” was released on 31/10/20, Halloween…

Now let’s get to the music.

Opening Esoteric Ascendance is track ‘The Procession’ The vocals hit you immediately, personally the most deathly vocals I’ve heard in a while. You begin to unravel and visualize unsettling scenes, breaking down the story piece by piece and become drawn in with the simple note progressions. It’s truly poetic and full of passion. This duo are definitely onto something.

The following track ‘Sequestrate’ slowly builds with the most haunting atmosphere. It is more melodic, and it marches you into the EP. It feels nostalgic with a doomy edge and vocals that are accompanied by a depressing energy and added layers. This is a much more beefy and weighty accomplishment.

Third track ‘Esoteric Ascendance’ is definitely an eye opener for me, or shall I say a chaotic roller coaster. The shrieking vocals and slow tempo lead me to a distorted guitar section, catapulting me straight into the plot of the story! They then proceed to rip me away, hurling me back and forth, my head is all over the place, in the best possible way, of course.

Finally, ‘Firvir’ is 100% advanced modern black metal. By this point I feel possessed, and maybe that’s exactly Grimorte’s aim? This is my favourite track on the EP, there are layers upon layers, and you can really explore and hear the depths of their combined talents and ideas. It is an offering of chilling detail and rich tastes; you cannot dismiss the infinite variety of intonations that have been used meticulously.

This 18-minute EP had me enthralled from the first second. It is elegance at its finest, with the combined skills of Kieran and Lewis brought to the fore. Just like baking the perfect cake, It is carefully structured, and the sections do not over spill or run into each other and as a debut release they have done an unreal, first-class job.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Procession.
02. Sequestrate.
03. Esoteric Ascendance.
04. Firvir.

LINE-UP:
Kieran Scott – Vocals.
Lewis Borthwick – Instruments/Production.

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EMQ’s with DAYGLO MOURNING

EMQ’s with DAYGLO MOURNING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Doom Metal band, DayGlo Mourning. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/vocalist Joe Mills for taking part.

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

I’m Joe Mills and I do lead guitar and vocals for DayGlo Mourning. The band was formed in the spring of 2017 and was assembled via responses to a craigslist add in the greater Atlanta area. Originally starting as a 4 piece, the band quickly made a decision to continue on as a trio. Shortly after, we went into Ledbelly Sound Studio to record three demo tracks. As it turned out, those tracks were eventually released by Black Doomba Records on the split album “Rope Enough For Two” which also featured the band Bludy Gyers. Prior to the album release however, founding member and bassist Matt Rayborn decided to leave the band for other pursuits and the current line-up of Ray Miner (drums), Jerimy McNeil (Bass Guitar) and Joe Mills (Lead Guitar) was established. The band then quickly returned to Ledbelly Sound Studio to record the track ‘Busla’s Curse’ for the Black Doomba Records compilation album “Doombanomicon” and the remaining tracks included on the self-titled debut EP “DayGlo Mourning”. Following up on those early recordings the band began a flurry of shows and writing to prepare for the upcoming release of “Dead Star”, again being produced with Black Doomba Records. The scheduled release for this album is Feb 12, 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was originally used in a song lyric that one of the other members had been involved with. It took a few days to grow on us to be honest, but the visual and mood that it inspires grew on us until we all decided to go with it.

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

We’re based out of Atlanta, Georgia and apart from the COVID issues the Metal scene here is alive and well. There are so many awesome local bands and musicians in the greater Atlanta region and they’re only surpassed by the amazing friends, followers and supporters of the music we all love.

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

The single and accompanying video for the new album “Dead Star” will be coming out at the end of October and Mid-November, respectively. The full album will be available Feb 12th, 2021. You’ll be able to find all of this on the Black Doomba Records and DayGlo Mourning websites.

‘Dead Star’ Single (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

In truth as a young player I was heavily influenced by the blues and all of those legends who’ve inspired so many other musicians. Buddy Guy and BB King in particular have been very inspirational to me. The bands who now continue to inspire me are Black Sabbath (obviously), Iron Maiden (again, obvious), Electric Wizard, Sleep, Conan, Monolord, etc…We all know that great list.

What first got you into music?

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I saw KISS perform on a Halloween special in the 70’s. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was watching…But I knew immediately that was what I wanted to be.

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

I would love to do something with my friend Jon Paul Davis of Conan. When I first aspired to doing this kind of music, I wanted to write something as heavy as Conan. I even have a couple of his old guitars as inspiration. So far, I haven’t been able to capture that level of skull crushing sonic devastation but it’s something to aspire too.

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

For me it would be Desertfest for sure. I love Berlin first off, and to be able to play there with all those great heavy bands, particularly the ones that I follow but don’t get to see in North America, would be really amazing.

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

We are very thankful for the support we’ve received to make this new album possible, and we are very excited to deliver, clearly our best work to date. That and we truly miss the friendship and interaction that we’ve been missing with you all since all of the show cancellations. It can’t last forever, and we expect to be back at it some point next year!

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

That is a seriously tough question. I’d have to choose someone who left us way before their time like Jimi or Randy. For me personally the one that hit the hardest is Stevie Ray Vaughan. I was just discovering his music while serving in the Middle East when he died. He was just coming into his prominence and then tragically taken from us much, much too soon.

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

JM. What I love most is playing shows, which allows me to meet other musicians and music lovers in kind and the friendships that result from that. The metal music scene has always been a beautiful thing to me that people on the outside just don’t get.

Being a Doom artist, I tend to bring a heavy arsenal of gear to the show, because sound systems or not, it’s just more fun!!! What’s not fun and a complete drag is loading in and out all of that gear! As the years go by its not getting any easier either! Next year once things heat up again, I’m seriously considering hiring a young lad to handle all of that…lol

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

I’d love to see a clear business model in the industry for talented and dedicated bands to be able to get properly compensated for their art. I hate seeing some of my favourite artists have to get secondary jobs after a tour because they couldn’t make enough to continue making music full time.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”

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

Nothing beats the warm sound and interaction with the music like Vinyl…No contest.

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

The biggest was the Atlanta Slaughter Que festival. However, my favourite was early this year, literally two weeks before the pandemic shut everything down. It was a packed house at my favourite venue (529 Bar) with Toke and couple of my favourite local bands. The kicker was my best friend had travelled to Atlanta to see us perform for his first time. It was a glorious night of great music and friends that I won’t forget.

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

Drawing or painting likely. I’ve always tinkered with it, but music takes precedence on the time I have available for such pursuits.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tina Turner, Lemmy, Leonardo Da Vinci, Muhammad Ali, Robin Williams.

What’s next for the band?

We have in fact already started thinking about the next album. It’s certainly more conceptual at the moment, but a few rough tracks have already been recorded. As we get closer to the release of our latest album “Dead Star”, we’ll start preparing for our live set because in the end, that’s why we do all of this.

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

We use Facebook primarily, but we have pages on IG and Twitter as well. Soon we’ll also have an official YouTube channel. There are a couple out there representing us already, but nothing we’ve created or have control over. Our music is available on our Bandcamp page as well as Black Doomba Records. Just search each respective site for DayGlo Mourning and you should find us easily enough.

www.facebook.com/dayglomourning/
www.twitter.com/dayglo_mourning
www.instagram.com/dayglo.mourning/
www.dayglomourning2.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sadly, I’ve not yet tried one. I’ll attempt to rectify this next year because I’ve planned a hiking trip along the UK’s Southwest Coastal Path next spring/summer. Whenever it’s ok to travel again I suppose.

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

We greatly appreciate this opportunity to reach out to your audience and we hope that we’ve created something on “Dead Star” that people will be entertained by. Cheers!

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The Gates Of Slumber – Live In Tempe Arizona

The Gates Of Slumber – Live In Tempe Arizona
Self-Released
Release Date: 28/02/2020
Running Time: 37:40
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Right then, who’s up for some big, fat riffs played at a crawling, slow pace? You know I am. Never more ready. So, let’s plunge in and have a listen to this live opus from The Gates Of Slumber! I can promise you that TGOS not only have one of the best band names ever invented – they also do magnificently heavy, Sabbath influenced doom.

This gig was recorded live at the Clubhouse, in Tempe, Arizona – back in 2011, supporting the mighty Orange Goblin. You can almost feel the heat and smell the beer at the venue on this recording.

Starting out with ‘Bastards Born’, the riff is slow and menacing, with mournful vocals. Second track ‘Ice Worm’ ups the tempo a little, with a chugging groove. The highlight of the album is possibly the gloomy ‘Day Of Farwell’, which is allowed to breathe and sprawl, featuring some spellbinding guitar. ‘Coven Of Cain’ rocks out, before the band slow down to a monolithic pace for ‘The Wretch’.  Moving those stones from South Wales to Salisbury to create Stonehenge was probably faster. Finally, the band are at their most Sabbath with the crunching ‘The Jury’.

Audience reaction is very low in the mix, and the sound is very clear, with no studio or soundboard trickery. What the listener is left with is a very honest representation of The Gates Of Slumber – those guitars and drums are free to go straight for the jugular. It might not be the sort of album that will blow the mind of the casual listener, but for anyone who’s schooled in the melancholy beauty of Saint Vitus and The Obsessed, this is a short but sweet treat.

Will that do for the review, guys? I’m knackered myself after last night. I wasn’t partying with Ozzy and Slash again, honest. I was up all night with Brian May, going on about his bloody astronomy. “Really Brian? That is fascinating. You don’t say? Yawn.” Didn’t get a wink of sleep.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bastards Born
02. Ice Worm
03. Day Of Farewell
04. Coven Of Cain
05. The Wretch
06. The Jury

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EMQ’s with JUNIOR BRUCE

EMQ’s with JUNIOR BRUCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Orlando, Florida based Stoner / Sludge / Doom Metal band Junior Bruce. Huge thanks to vocalist Scott Angelacos 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 Scott. I do all the hollering and provide metal hornz 🤘🏽 for the crowd while the dudes do, whatever it is they do, behind me.

This band started in 2008 with a few friends and the idea of combining Black Flag with Black Sabbath. We have released 2 full lengths and an EP with A389 Records out of Baltimore since then.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were really into bad movies at the time and our guitar player had just bought me Death Race 2000 as a gift. This would be the original from 1975. It’s a horribly awesome and dumb movie with Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine. It is full of these awesome character names like Machine Gun Joe, Matilda the Hun, Lt. Fury, and Junior Bruce.

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

We are from the U.S. Orlando, Florida actually.

Everyone is still staying away from live events. The pandemic has everything shut down and it’s getting very scary for the venues we love and continue to try to support. I hope there is a way for them all to be able to survive these times, but we may be back in the VFW halls or backyards when we get to playing again.

After saying all that sad shit…I can tell you there are a bunch of amazing bands from down here: Holly Hunt, Ether Coven, The Glorious Rebellion, Intoxicated, Horsewhip, and Thunderclap to name just a few.

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

We have a new album coming out via Sludgelord on Halloween. It’s called “Pray For Death”.

‘The Sleeper Awakens’ Single!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack Burton and Snake Plissken.

What first got you into music?

I guess first, when I was really young, I found boxes of my father’s records and loved looking at the naked ladies on the Parliament Funkadelic covers. I was like, shit yeah!!…Later, I used to watch my uncle play with his rock band in my Grandmas basement. He would chase me out if I came down (funny cigarettes are not for kids), so I would stand on the steps and bang my head to their classic rock.

My friends and I started a band when I was 14 or 15. It was fucking awful, but I was already hooked.

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

John Carpenter!

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

Stop bringing up shows. you are making me depressed. (Sorry!!!)

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

Has to be a dreadlock. Although I did also get a framed My Little Pony watercolour. So, you decide?

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

I miss your face. Also, support your local music venues however you can. We need them to survive!

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

Dude!! One?? I can’t do just one! Two is as low as I will go. Ronnie James Dio, and Kurt Cobain.

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

I really love creating and preforming. I really hate the frustrations that come with creating and preforming.

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

Not a thing. It’s obviously perfect in every way.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pink Floyd – “Obscured By Clouds”.

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

Vinyl…remember the Parliament Funkadelic record??

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

Quite honestly, I really can’t pick, but maybe Maryland Death Fest, or playing with Pentagram with our original drummer Tanner before he passed (RIP).

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

Smoking weed…well, I still smoke weed, but I would continue to too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here’s a list and what I expect them to bring:
Tom Petty – Ambrosia salad
Tom Araya – Flank steak with chimichurri sauce.
Tom Jones – Beer
Tommy Chong – Brownies
Tom Selleck – Macaroni

What’s next for your band?

We are going to do some videos from the studio and hopefully a livestream or ten until we can play shows again.

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

www.facebook.com/juniorbrucerocks/
www.instagram.com/juniorbrucemetal

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Uh…cake is kinda in the name there bro…Orange for me. I hate the raspberry ones. Also, please explain the difference between a biscuit and a cookie?

(Answer – In the UK both biscuits and cookies are sweet. Biscuits are hard and crunchy and cookies are softer and slightly doughier, although I’m sure there are regional differences, like there are with bread rolls…and that’s a completely different question – Rick, Editor 😊)

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to check us out!

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EMQ’s with WEIGHT OF EMPTINESS

EMQ’s with WEIGHT OF EMPTINESS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buin, Chile based Progressive Death/Doom Metal band, Weight of Emptiness. Huge thanks to bassist Mario Urra for taking part!

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

Hello friends, my name is Mario Urra, bassist of Weight of Emptiness.

We formed as a band in 2015, managing to release our first album in 2017 entitled “Anfractuous Moment for Redemption”, and in 2019 we released the album “Conquering the Deep Cycle”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band is related to the human feeling of pain in its lower circle. It is at that moment that you feel that you have nothing, but the weight on your shoulders is the greatest meaning in your life.

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

We are from Chile, Metropolitan Region, south of the capital. And in this region, as in all of our country, the metal scene is still concentrated in the underground. We have export bands; however, there is no market that exists in other regions of the world.

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

Our latest video is ‘Invisible Mind Workers’; part of the promo singles for our second full length “Conquering The Deep Cycle”. Additionally, we released a lyric video, “Weight of Emptiness”, celebrating the 5 years of the band.

‘Invisible Mind Workers’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘The Flame’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my biggest influences are in bands and bassists…. On bass I think there is no one like Geddy Lee (Rush), Chris Squire (Yes), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) or Snake (Voivod). But as for bands I listen to everything from The Beatles to Cannibal Corpse. Metal is a great pyramid and each one puts his brick.

What first got you into music?

My first experience was when I heard the song ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by Maiden, but on May 13, 1993 it was seeing Sepultura at the Caupolicán Theater in Santiago…. When I came out of that experience, I knew what I wanted in life.

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

Although it is something impossible, I would like to play one day in Dorso, a Chilean band…. But its leader is the bassist and vocalist, so as I told you…. It is impossible.

If I could play in a band, outside of my country. I would love to play in Voivod or Kreator.

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

I think Wacken is the dream of every metal band. Hopefully, we can go one day. I would very much like to bring the art of my friends and myself to such an important stage for metal fans.

However, if we are going to play in a bar with ten people, believe me we do the same show, with the same intensity.

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

Most of the time they give me some mugs of beer, with that I am more than happy. But once in Vigo, Galicia, a couple of women (who were girlfriends) invited me to spend their honeymoon with them. Unfortunately, I was in charge of merchandising that day.

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

First, an infinite thank you to them, from all sides of the planet. Second, I would tell you that we are already working hard on more material for you.

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

Uffff what a difficult question. But I choose Chuck Schuldiner from Death. I think he could have shown us a million more things. Special mention to John Lennon.

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

What I enjoy the most is making music, getting together with my band friends, that connection of the five is priceless. And on the other hand, I don’t hate anything, because if there is something uncomfortable in this, one talks about it and it is solved.

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

Personally, and referring to my country Chile, I would expand the music market which is actively towards foreign music or to a handful of ballads or tasty bands from Chile. The rest is underground. The few fans keep it. However, we are the vast minority.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

A Farewell To Kings” (1977), by Rush. It is the power trio par excellence. As a child my head exploded with ‘Xanadu’ and ‘Cygnus’. I think that if I die, I want that same goodbye to the gods.

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

I grew up with cassettes, then I had a giant CD collection. But I keep sticking with vinyl. Listening to great classics and listening to new material in that format is very nice.

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

The best was in Barcelona, Spain, at the “Sala Monasterio” on September 7, 2019. Where we played one of the longest and most complete Setlists. The audience was phenomenal, as were the bands that accompanied us. A special greeting to Don Mota.

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

The truth is that I have a career, I am an Industrial Civil Engineer, and I am dedicated to being a Contract Administrator, especially in the area of project planning and control. Maybe I would get together more to play soccer or have a good barbecue on the weekends.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What a difficult question. First of all, I would invite my band friends Jano, Juanzer, Nidia, Alejo and Weo. Now if the guests really did arrive, I would invite Mille Petrozza, Jayden James, Alex Lifeson, Scarlett Johansson and Rodrigo Pera Cuadra.

What’s next for the band?

Due to the social outbreak in my country, and the pandemic, many events were postponed to us, which was the current “Conquering Tour”. However, that left us time to compose, and at this moment we are walking to release our third album, however it has no definite release date.

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

You can follow us on our official page www.weightofemptiness.com as well as follow us on all our social networks such as on our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. To listen to our music via streaming you can find it on digital platforms such as Spotify or Deezer. If you want to see our audio-visual material, enter our YouTube channel, and finally if you want to get any album or merchandising of the band write us to weightofemptiness@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/Weightofemptiness/
www.instagram.com/weightofemptiness/
www.twitter.com/Weight_of_E
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7n8FVerG2QVstroA507x0M
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjZBSkHqfSQDaBlG92P-qw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know Jaffa cakes, but we are biscuits when we are alone, but we are cake when we are together.

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

I would like to thank the guys in the band, both those who play and those who always accompany us like Pizzi and Torito, Nelson Vicencio and Marcelo Vásquez for their collaboration, to all the friends, fans and family in Chile, and to all the friends who during these years we have known throughout the world.

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EMQ’s with CALIGO

EMQ’s with CALIGO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazil based Melodic Doom Metal band, Caligo. Huge thanks to vocalist, Fellipe CDC 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?

Fellipe CDC is how people most know about me. I am vocalist and lyricist of Caligo, a band that first appeared in February 2012 at the initiative of bassist Sandro Santos. Sandro brought the first drummer, who after so many others, gave way to Julius Caesar. Our guitarist is Walison. We all play in other bands in our city.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name was one of the suggestions of bassist Sandro Santos. It was supposed to be Chaos Et Caligo, but we abbreviated only to Caligo.

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

The drummer Julio, the guitarist Walison and I live in the city of Taguatinga, nearby Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The bassist Sandro lives in Gama, which is another city near to ours. Caligo is a Brazilian Doom Metal band.

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

We have only one demo CD called “Templo da Descrença” and some videos on the internet.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Caligo’s greatest musical influence, without a doubt, is Black Sabbath. However, several other Doom and Stoner bands are also on our main menu of references: Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Candlemass, among many others. As for the lyrics, the greatest influence is the Brazilian poet Augusto dos Anjos.

What first got you into music?

I edited fanzines! And since 2016 I’m presenting a web radio program called ZINE-SE, on Radio 4 Times (www.radio4tempos.com.br), where we play (me and my friend Frajola) a lot of metal, punk and hardcore bands.

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

Tony Iommi is always current! If I could make a song with him, it would be great!

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

There is a festival in Brazil called Setembro Negro (produced by Edu Lane, drummer of Nervochaos) that would fit like a glove for Caligo!

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

I hope someday I would have a fan to receive some gift.

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

If I had a fan, I’d say, “Make a fanzine and interview Caligo!”

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

Dio, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, Chuck, Hendrix, Bon Scott, Malcom Young and so many others. Now you pick one there, please. Take this responsibility far from me, please!

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

I hate it when I have an idea for a song and I can’t play it. And I like it when people like the music I make. But it’s okay if you don’t like our music.

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

I’d try to make more space for new bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vol. 4” by Black Sabbath. It was the third album I bought in my life and, without a doubt, what I heard the most!

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

The big sweet black huge cookie called Vinyl, without any doubts!

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

Caligo have done some very remarkable shows, but the concert we played at the Quaresmada Festival was memorable!

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

I would continue editing fanzines and doing the radio program ZINE-SE.

What five people would you invite to dinner party?

Mr. Iommi, Ozzy, Bill Ward, Geezer and Vinny Appice.

What’s next for the band?

We recorded a single before the pandemic Covid situation and we are waiting for the studio to give us the music. After the pandemic, Caligo intends to record new songs, make our video and return to the stage. We miss you so much!

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

www.facebook.com/caligommxii
www.caligodoom.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/caligommxii/

We use many fanzines for the dissemination of Caligo. A Fanzine is the backbone of underground music!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Depending on the drug, it could be a cake or a cookie.

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

I thank you, in the name of members of Caligo, for the space given. When all this madness passes and science gives us free pass, we’re going to go back to the shows and support our bands and our music scene. Take care and stay health everyone!

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EMQ’s with BEHOLDER’S CULT

EMQ’s with BEHOLDER’S CULT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Doom/Gothic Metal band Beholder’s Cult. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Felipe Stock for taking part.

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

Hello everyone at Ever Metal, my name is Felipe Stock and I’m the vocalist/guitar player in the Brasília based Doom Metal band Beholder’s Cult. The band has been around since the end of 2016 but not until a reasonable time after that, we were able to start playing live and recording material the way we intended in the beginning.

How did you come up with your band name?

That is a tricky question…guess a little bit of nerdy, stoner and doom references together.

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

I’m from Brasília, the capital of Brazil, a very young city age wise but not so much in its preferences. Even so, we have a blooming metal scene around here with many great bands in various subgenres of metal.

As for the past, Brasília is nationally known for a punk rock scene in the 80’s and some big metal acts that came out of the concrete here.

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

Our first and only release so far is our EP “Cult of Solitude” with only four songs. We are in the middle of recording our first full length with 9 new songs that will be out in 2020!

The EP is available here (among other music streaming platforms):

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band it would be (and know my fellow band mates will agree) My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Anathema among many others. Personally, I would need to say a lot of names from Camel to Agalloch.

What first got you into music?

Hard to say what gave the first spark; but it is safe to say Black Sabbath was involved in it. As for playing, since I remember myself being a person I was planning some band with friends.

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

It would be Daniel Brennare from Lake of Tears.

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

There are lots of cool metal festivals around the world, but I guess I’d choose Metaldays because of the beautiful scenario. Of course, there is also Wacken…

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

It was a mysterious booze a guy really wished me to drink with him after a show. I spent the next day puking my insides out while we were going to another gig in a neighbouring city. Also, one time, a guy received a patch as a gift from one band and immediately after, and in front of the one that gave him the patch, gave it to me “as a gift”. It was awkward…

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

Stay true to yourself as long as it respects the boundaries of other people being themselves.

Always have a glass of water when drinking wine.

Middle age crisis is real.

(These are all very wise words – Rick 😊)

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

Dio, Peter Steele or Layne Staley

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

Enjoy: Composing songs and concepts for the album and playing for people who like our style of music.

Hate: The bureaucracy to be able to do the above and carrying big Speakers.

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

I have little knowledge of the music industry outside underground metal to say something properly, so I guess it will be for small labels and new bands to get more chances to show their work.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Saturnus – “Veronika Decides To Die” (This one is unanimous in the band)

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

Downloads for practical reasons.

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

The best is yet to come! Hahaha

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

No one in the band is a professional musician even though we have a full-time artist who is also a voice actor! As for myself, I work in environmental conservation projects currently in the Atlantic Forest.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a hard one…keeping it music related I guess Bruce Dickinson, Tony Iommi, Andrew Latimer, Nergal and Paul McCartney. I guess it would make a nice party…each one can bring their own drinks…

What’s next for the band?

New album, promo videos and live performances when the pandemic allows.

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

All the music streaming platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Deezer etc…) and the following:
www.facebook.com/beholderscult/
www.instagram.com/beholderscult/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCUzD-Jm8nZp8Ro15QXaz-Uw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google it because I didn’t know the name of these biscuits…so yeah, biscuit.

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

Just to thank you all from Ever Metal, specially Victor Augusto, and anyone reading this! Hope you get the time to check our sound and maybe tell us some impressions on some of our social media.

Thanks!

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WINO – Forever Gone

WINO – Forever Gone
Ripple Music
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Running Time: 46 mins
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Who remembers that old TV programme, The Fall Guy? You know, the one where the Six Million Dollar Man becomes a stuntman/bounty hunter, getting into all kinds of daredevil scrapes whilst pursuing the bad guys? At the end of every episode, old Lee Majors (for it was he) would be seen chilling in his backyard hot tub, mulling over events whilst drinking a cold beer and smoking a big, fat cigar.

Well let it be known that I, too, like to relax in the tub with a beer after a long, hard day of whatever-the-fuck-it-is-I-do. None of your business, really. Just take it from me, I need to unwind in a mass of bubble bath, with candles and refreshment. And of course, some music, just to add to the ambience.

This might not sound very metal to you, but let me tell ya: this new album from doom metal originator Scott “Wino” Weinrich would make ideal tunes for chilling in the tub. Or pondering lost loves and fortunes in a dusty bar. Or sound tracking a lonely drive across the desert, escaping an inevitable encounter. But to be honest, I like the bathtub metaphor best, ‘cos I’ve not used it before.

‘Forever Gone’ is stripped down and intimate; the title song itself is just Wino the man, plus acoustic guitar. Beautifully melancholic, the listener can really get lost in this. ‘Taken’ also ploughs a lonesome path, with Wino’s voice revealing a soulfulness that I’d never appreciated before.

For any fans of The Obsessed or Saint Vitus who were hoping for something louder and more aggressive, there’s not too much of a leap from familiar ground really. Other than the sonics, the emotions of loss and despair are what unifies Wino’s other output to this endeavour. ‘Dark Ravine’ brings a more Americana style to the proceedings, but it’s all still intense as hell, whether the guitars are turned right up or not.

It’s not all gloom, though: ‘You’re So Fine’ introduces a laid back, country blues number that sounds almost boogie-ish. Throw in a great cover of Joy Division’s ‘Isolation’ and this is an album that’s certainly full of surprises.

Great music can create images in your head for your own movie; “Forever Gone” is one of those. Melodic yet mournful, intense and introspective, there are dozens of stories to be told within the grooves of this record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Forever Gone
02. Taken
03. The Song’s at the Bottom of the Bottle
04. No Wrong
05. Dark Ravine
06. Dead Yesterday
07. You’re So Fine
08. Crystal Madonna
09. Lavender and Sage
010. Was Is and Shall Be
11. Isolation

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/ScottWeinrich/
www.twitter.com/scottweinrich
www.scottwinoweinrich.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6vP6pVpKHwEFO4wX9eT4cv

www.ripple-music.com/
www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
www.ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/
www.en.ripple.spkr.media/

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EMQ’s with RISE TO THE SKY

EMQ’s with RISE TO THE SKY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based Atmospheric Doom Metal project Rise To The Sky. Huge thanks to main man Sergio for taking part.

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

I’m Sergio, the sole member of “Rise to the Sky”. I play all instruments, sing vocals, and do the arrangements. This project was launched in December 2019, with my first album “Moonlight”, which was an experimental rollercoaster. I had many raw feelings I wanted to express through music, mainly about the past, therefore the songs from that album have different atmospheres and a lot of sudden changes, or just plain screaming at some parts. In 2020, I kept experimenting with different vocals styles and recording some singles, and finally came out with the EP “In the Grave of a Forgotten Soul”, which reflects the sound and atmosphere I was always looking for.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name, Rise to the Sky, makes sense to me in many ways. It reflects the idea of your consciousness and humanity leaving the body when dying. The way you live your life, knowing you will eventually die and leave loved people behind, is a subject that is present in many of the songs.

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

Chile is a metal country, there is a strong metal culture, and many bands of all metal sub-genres that play great music. You may also hear from many metal bands that have toured in Chile how great the fans are, we Chileans love the mosh pit!

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

My upcoming album “Death Will Not Keep Us Apart” will be released on October 9,2020 through the Russian label GS Productions. This is a very personal album; I created the whole concept for it while traveling away from my loved ones during a time of fear and uncertainty. When I arrived back home, I immediately started to write the music for the album, and I knew exactly that I needed to incorporate funeral/death doom elements to get the proper atmosphere for the album. The album is a full story about a couple in an apocalyptic world, which I really dreamed of and which reflects my thoughts on fearing death and loss.

Link to album:

https://risetothesky.bandcamp.com/album/death-will-not-keep-us-apart

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’ve always listened to doom metal, My Dying Bride, Woods of Ypres, Shape of Despair, and Celestial Season in the early days, have been my greatest influence in terms of making music in this genre.

However, not all my influences are doom metal, I get many ideas from classical music. Bach compositions and structures are a great source of learning and inspiration and Wagner operas, his leitmotivs and complexity of characters such as Wotan or Tristan are something that cannot be overlooked. You should not be surprised to identify some dramatic/operatic elements in my albums.

What first got you into music?

I’m not much of a talker, and I’ve always though music was a way of expressing myself without words. I’ve always played music, but I’ve had trouble finding people interested in the music I wanted to make. When I started to listen to one-man bands like Unreqvited, Violet Cold and A Fall of Every Season, I knew that it was possible to make great music on my own, those bands were my inspiration to start everything.

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

Right now, I really could not be more satisfied with the current collaborations I have. I am working with two amazing artists, Filippos Koliopanos, from the band Ocean of Grief, and Gogo Melone, design artist and singer and composer from the band Aeonian Sorrow.  Filippos is doing all my post-production, he is an amazing musician, and knows all about mix-mastering and getting the right sounds, we are always talking about how to improve the music and how to move forward with the project. Gogo Melone did all the artwork for the album, she knew exactly how to translate the concept and ideas into astonishing graphics.

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

I honestly prefer any small gig that is more intimate and that focuses in getting the proper sound quality.

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

I cannot recall any weird gift, but my most precious gifts are all the messages and comments I get in social media. People have been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic with the music. I constantly get good comments and reviews from people all around the world. The doom metal community is really a great one.

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

Try to put all your energy and humanity into and artistic expression, whatever it is, Thank You for your constant support, and most importantly, stay Doom!

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

Peter Steele without a doubt, Type o Negative is one of the greatest bands ever, in my opinion he was a music pioneer, created a unique sound, and delivered a brilliant set of recordings. I would have loved to see what he would have done afterwards.

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

The best part is music has no real boundaries anymore, nowadays you can easily share the music for the whole world to hear with just an upload. The bad thing is that is difficult to make a living out of music, there are many talented musicians, that have put incredible amounts of effort and their whole soul into their music and that are struggling.

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

I feel that a part of the music industry is focused more in gaining a profit than in delivering good quality music, and sometimes they overload the music channels with the same stuff over and over, so fans don´t really know much about other bands than the usual ones. Luckily enough, the doom metal community is much more diverse, and I think there is room for many types of projects and styles, and honestly I don’t think many doom metal bands are in this for the money which makes it great for the quality of the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Celestial Season – “Solar Lovers”. In my opinion, doom metal at its finest. This album marked my whole existence, it is genius in many ways, compositions, sounds, and instrumentation, the drumming is one of the best I’ve heard.

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

I love cassettes, they have sentimental value to me, but now I like to hear my metal very loud, so it needs to be CD´s or Downloads.

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

Unfortunately, no live playing for one-man bands so far…who knows in the future…I already have people interested in joining the band.

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

I would be wandering around the world, going to metal festivals, and just enjoying every gig I could go to.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Heike Langhans, Amelie Nothomb, Mia Wallace, Fred Armisen, and Michael Scott.

What’s next for the band?

I am already writing new music to deliver new releases in the future.

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

www.RisetotheSkyBand.com
www.RisetotheSky.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/channel/UCyF4UUetgmfKTdbZHMS1HKA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/25HKbngvl5yZ7y1RCG5Vs0
www.facebook.com/RisetotheSkyBand

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never had one, if I were to guess by looking at it, sounds like a fancy name for a biscuit…

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

Check out the album and reach out to me on social media, I am always interested in talking to fellow musicians and doom metal lovers!

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