Thunder Horse – Chosen One

Chosen One Album Cover Art

Thunder Horse – Chosen One
Ripple Music
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 54:17
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

It is 10:42 in the morning at Dark Juan Terrace and for some unaccountable reason I am a) awake, b) already walked the hellhounds and c) cowering in fear at the great shiny hot yellow thing in the sky because yesterday it was grey and snowing and absolutely more suited to the black gloom and morbid humour that normally characterizes my days rather than the superheated ball of gases and minerals that some folk bizarrely like to cook themselves under on the beach. I don’t like beaches. Sand is gravely inconvenient and more than a little unpleasant. Especially in crevices. In mitigation of the horror of the colossal ball of fire trying to kill me with its rays, the moors above my little village look absolutely fucking stunning in their beauty and wild, barren charm with the sun shining on them. So, it is with unaccustomed good cheer and more than a little pleasant bonhomie I present to you the latest collection of pithy platitudes and tortured metaphors that constitute the bulk of my pathetic ramblings about people with actual talent doing marvellous things and entertaining me mightily while I am a snarky bastard about their art.

Today, it is Thunder Horse being given the dubious benefit of my attention while I accompany them with a splendid bucket of Yorkshire’s finest tea and Hodgson Fartpants (number three furry son) basking in the rays streaming through the window and emitting the kind of smells that would have you up on charges of crimes against humanity in The Hague in next to no time if the CIA hadn’t bought the rights to his anal emanations for use against banana republic leaders first.

So, Thunder Horse are an American band hailing from Texas and are fronted by a man whose primary musical bent is industrial metal, being one Stephen Bishop, frontman of Pitbull Daycare. Thunder Horse has absolutely FUCK ALL to do with industrial metal, so get that idea out of your pretty little heads now. Thunder Horse play a peculiar hybrid of superdoom mixed with proggy elements and a fair bit of psychedelia and you will be no doubt unsurprised to hear that it’s right up my perverted and poorly lit street. Abandon hope all ye who enter here…

I have to say that the production on this album is absolutely sublime. I can hear everything perfectly. Normally doom metal sounds like the entire band have been recorded while they have been immersed in oxtail soup with croutons. This production is absolutely crystal clear (mixing done by Caleb Bingham and mastering by Joe Bozzi) right down to the single, quiet china hits on softer passages, yet maintaining such a huge sound that it’s like a wall of steel hitting you at 800 miles an hour. It’s not so much sound, as a weapon designed to reduce your flesh to liquid and your bones to a strange jellylike substance. And the riffs. OH, THE FUCKING RIFFS. Black Sabbath meets a bit of Jane’s Addiction, who’s been knocking off Pink Floyd and Cromagnon whilst simultaneously courting Mountain, Crowbar and Deep Purple in their darker moments make for an intoxicating mix of elements for the seasoned metal veteran to enjoy. And a slightly worrying mental image. The bass (by Mr. Dave Crow – hereby confirming my theory that EVERY band has had a Dave in them at some point) is a fuzz fuelled, rumbling beast bent on evisceration, the drums (Jason “Shakes” West) not unlike a titanic, explosive belching war machine stomping entire companies of men flat in its inexorable desire to reach you and stomp you out of existence and the guitars similar to armoured, flailing beasts with adamantium tipped claws disembowelling their foes with snarling precision. The solos of T.C. Connally are just fucking awesome as is all the guitar work on the record.

The music is also superb. The songwriting is fucking expert level and the lead vocal engaging and easy to listen to, as Stephen Bishop has a voice not unlike a mélange of Ozzy, Kirk Windstein and Dave Winegum (sorry, Wyndorf. Mrs Dark Juan and her penchant for ruining metal has always called the Monster Magnet frontman Dave Winegum and it has kind of stuck. She managed to turn the lyrics of the chorus to Ghost’s ‘Year Zero’ from “Welcome to Year Zero” to “Welcome to New Zealand”. The shit I go through for the love of metal, I tell you…) and this is the perfect mix for a doom vocalist, rather than the roaring battle machines that are normally employed.

There is a weak point, however, and that is ‘Texas’. Saying it’s a weak point is a bit churlish, but an acoustic, wah dripping paean to your home state sidles perilously close to Dark Juan’s pathological hatred of ballads and his penchant for dropping marks off scores because ballads utterly fucking ruin the magic of metal records. I mean, who, when they are happily being plastered against the opposite wall of their room by a concentrated and lethal wall of sound, wants to suddenly drop to the floor in a boneless heap while some long haired twat wails about their lost love/ being on the road all the time/ drink/ drugs/ drink AND drugs/ their home/ the 15-year-old groupie they shouldn’t have touched/ their pet fucking hamster over some delicately plucked acoustic guitar? Not me, buster. Otherwise, the music is absolute motherfucking savagery in aural form. The arrangements are uncommonly powerful and the performance absolutely top notch in execution. I particularly enjoyed the progressive elements and the way they integrated into the heaviness, providing a counterpoint to the power with melody, Hammond organs and musicianship and the simple acid fuelled joy of psychedelia.

I can’t give you any stand out tracks because the quality is so fucking extremely high, although opener ‘Let Them Bleed’ should be ranked among one of the most venomous statements of intent I have ever heard. Touches of Sir Lord Baltimore and Cream and Hendrix creep out of the background of songs and lodge themselves in your subconscious – they even use a fucking voicebox on bonus track and ode to the joy of metal that is ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ and this sends goosebumps down the spine and reminds you of the time when Aerosmith were amazing (circa 1972) and rock and metal were expansive and exploratory.

There’s also a bonus and extended version of ‘Texas’. This is a much better and more cohesive version than the version earlier on the record and reminds me greatly of the wonderful Hawkwind’s ‘Hurry On Sundown’ and bizarrely, hints of The Mamas and The Papas. Thunder Horse have redeemed themselves with what actually has turned out to be a mighty fine psychedelic little acoustic number, rather than a pants wettingly awful unplugged lighter waver.

Well done, gentlemen, well done indeed. Dark Juan is a Thunder Horse convert. You magnificent bastards.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (y’all) awards Thunder Horse a stonking 10/10 for a fucking monster of a record that it will be singing happily along to in its grave.

‘Let Them Bleed’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Let Them Bleed
02. Among The Dead
03. Rise Of The Heathens
04. Chosen One
05. Broken Dreams
06. Song For The Ferryman
07. Texas
08. Halfway To Hell
09. Remembrance
10. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Bonus Track)
11. Texas (Extended Version)

LINE-UP:
Stephen Bishop – Guitar/Vocals
T.C. Connally – Lead Guitar
Dave Crow – Bass
Jason “Shakes” West – Drums

LINKS:

Thunder Horse Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH

Diseased Earth Logo

EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA based Doom/Sludge/Death Metal band, Diseased Earth. Huge thanks to vocalist, Travis 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 Travis and I’m the vocalist in Diseased Earth. We started in 2014 from the ashes of several local bands and we kinda all gravitated towards each other to play some heavy, uncompromising music. Joe (Bassist) and I are the only original members. along the way, we met Clayton and Paul and they joined the fold and I believe this is our best sounding, most like-minded line up.

How did you come up with your band name?

Joe is the only one who actually suggested the name and it was the one we all decided on. It basically sums up our view on humanity and how we are a plague to this planet and cause untold damage with our wilful ignorance and hubris.

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

We are based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia in the US. Our local scene is small but very tight knit. We have some amazing bands like 434, Tiller, Earthling, Helgamite, Crab action, Krode, and Heemeyer.

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

We just released a new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’. It was recorded and engineered by Buddy Harlow and I think it’s our best sounding release. We have plans to return to the studio with him in March and record more songs.

‘Coven Of Leeches’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I originally came from the Grind and Death Metal scene and a lot of my influences come from there. bands like Pig Destroyer, Circle Of Dead Children, and Impaled. I do enjoy some sludge and doom bands like Thou, Goatsblood, and Weedeater. lyrically, I take a lot of influence from guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. They know how to tell a story and really know how to turn a phrase.

What first got you into music?

I don’t think there was one defining moment. it’s just something I gravitated towards. Originally, I started out as a guitar player, but I couldn’t ever make it sound like what I heard in my head, so I got frustrated and started doing vocals instead.

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

Hmm probably Steve Von Til from Neurosis. I’ve always enjoyed their music and would love to do something with any of them.

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

I would love to go overseas to any of the big European open-air festivals. they look amazing!

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

Sadly, I’ve never been given any gifts haha. I feel kinda left out on this. If any fans are reading this, give me weird things.

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

Keep supporting local music. if it wasn’t for the fans, there would be no bands. Y’all are our lifeblood.

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

Cliff Burton. I’d really love to see where Metallica would have gone if he never had passed.

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

For me, playing music is a huge stress release and important to my mental health. I’m able to get on stage and get out all my frustration, stress, anger, etc… it’s freeing and one of the most incredible things to be on stage and see people vibing with something you have written. the thing I really hate is waiting to play. nothing worse than having to wait through 2 or 3 bands to get on stage. the nerves and anxiousness start to set in.

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

Give artists what they deserve from streaming. it’s ridiculous how little artists make from streaming even though it’s the new popular thing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pig Destroyer – “Prowler In The Yard”. I’ve probably listened to that album thousands of times and it never gets old to me.

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

All of the above. it doesn’t matter to me as long as there is music. I will say til recently, I was still rocking an iPod. a friend put me on his family plan so now I have apple music and I have to say, it’s kinda nice if I think of a random song, I can instantly have it at my fingertips, instead of having to go home and download it then upload it to my iPod before being able to listen to it.

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

Hmm we’ve gotten lucky and had some great gigs. probably one of my favourites was from last year where we played at IX art park in Charlottesville, VA. It was right before shutdown and a great show. There was an awesome energy to the show. Our set from that show is available on YouTube as our buddy Cody from The Liquor Portal came out and filmed it.

‘Live At IX Art Park’

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

Well, I’m a tattoo artist by career, so I would keep doing that. if going with a fantasy job, then I would have to say pro wrestling manager.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If we are going with alive or dead, I would have to say HP Lovecraft, Rasputin, Tony Iommi, Mick Foley, and Henry Rollins.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, it’s just writing and recording until the pandemic eases up. We have plans in March to go back into the studio and record three more songs. We have a couple other things in the works that I can’t talk about at the moment, but once I’m able to, they will be on our social media.

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

Well, currently we have Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, and Twitter. all of our music is also available on all major streaming platforms.
www.facebook.com/diseasedearth
www.diseasedearth.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/diseasedearth/
www.twitter.com/diseasedearth
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ghGgqiHn99G2bQoPQ6s8R
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVYEzyDMjBoTiMPWAD4xNjA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So, we’re from the US and I have no idea what this is haha. I looked it up and it still doesn’t give a direct answer, so im gonna say both!

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

Go check out our new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’, it’s out now on pretty much all streaming services.

Look us up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc and keep supporting music.

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EMQ’s with TEMPLE

EMQ’s with TEMPLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gävle, Sweden based Heavy Rock/Doom band Temple. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Otto Molim 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 Otto Molim and I sing and play guitar in the band Temple.

How did you come up with your band name?

In 2015 I drank a beer from TEMPEL Brygghus in Uppsala, they have a very nice logo and I thought I should start a band called Temple. I looked around a bit but did not find a band with that name right then.

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

I’m from a city in Sweden called Gävle, a few years ago there was a very good music scene here. But the years have slowly but surely drained the city and made it more difficult for the rock scene. We ran a club called KLUBB FUZZ where we booked bands like Windhand, Monolord, Skraeckoedlan, Truckfighters etc. But the neighbours to the restaurant thought it was too loud, so we had to move to a larger restaurant and then it no longer worked. So boring. But I have heard that a new stage will be started where rock / metal bands can play…we can all hope that it works better this time and that the audience does not disappoint.

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

We just released a single at Bandcamp. It is called ‘Funeral Planet’ and is the title track from our upcoming album which will be released on November 25 this year.

https://templefuzz.bandcamp.com/track/funeral-planet-2

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m a big fan of Deftones. I get a lot of inspiration from listening to their music, I love the feeling in their songs and Chino’s vocals are fantastic.

What first got you into music?

Somewhere in middle school. We had a music teacher Svempa, who liked rock. We got to try a lot of different instruments and listen to many different styles of music. I fell in love with the guitar, but he thought I should give the drums a try. So, I started playing drums and some guitar on the side. We started our first punk band in the beginning of high school called Adrenaline. We mostly played Ebba Grön and Nirvana songs.

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

We booked Windhand for KLUBB FUZZ in April 2014. They were so kind and super easy to have and work with. They seemed genuinely happy to come and play with us in little Gävle. That’s when a seed was sown in me, to play slower doomier music. And the sound, absolutely wonderful. It would be fun to meet them again and play together.

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

Maybe Psycho Las Vegas, they book really good bands. And it has always been a dream to go around North America and play.

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

Nothing strange yet, but there may be something richly shady in the future, who knows?

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

Have the strength to last another month, we have had a really good spread and there is a lot of talk about the record all around. Unfortunately, it has been delayed at the printing house due to the pandemic, and that is why we set a fairly late release date even though the album was ready since June. So, hold on, it’s here soon.

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

Layne Staley (Alice In Chains).

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

I love creating music and playing in the studio. The worst thing is to have control over everything around the music. So, we really hope we can find management and booking companies to help us with this so we can focus on playing.

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

More opportunities to go around and play live, even as a small band that has just started. And that large events dare to book smaller artists and give them the chance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“White Pony” by Deftones.

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

All the ways that make it possible to listen to music are good. The important thing is that everyone should have the same opportunity to take part in what is out there.

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

The last gig with Silver Devil at the slaughterhouse in Stockholm on June 5, 2019. It really felt good.

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

Studio technician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

First, we will get the album out on November 25th. Then right now we are practicing full time so that we will be ready to play live when the pandemic is over. We also have plans to release a new single in 2021.

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

www.linktr.ee/TempleFuzz

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never tried one, but it still feels like a biscuit.

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

Thank you yourself!

Just to persevere. Everything passes with time and then we will be seen out on the live stage. We will be ready…will you?

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Moths/The Stone Eye – Split EP

Moths/The Stone Eye – Split EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 21/08/2020
Running Time: 25:34
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Which is why I like to mix my drinks. And my strippers. Why stick to just one, when you can explore everything life has to offer? This split EP offers two bands and four tracks in total, showcasing a considerable amount of musical diversity and talent.

First up is Puerto Rican band Moths, with their track ‘Intervention’. Beginning deceptively calm, restrained and quite beautiful, it soon builds and descends from a chunky stoner riff. And then, at pretty much the halfway mark, ‘Intervention’ erupts into a full-on aggressive growl fest, though still portraying an adept progressive spirit.

The meandering intrigue of the opening track is followed by a less surprising cover of the Black Sabbath classic ‘Hand of Doom’. A great song, but I was hoping for more original material or an unusual cover. No fear though, Moths inject the Sabs tune with plenty of atmosphere, the powerhouse vocals of Damaris Rodriguez helping to make their own mark on the song. Not easy with a genuine metal standard like this, Moths have the class to pull it off.

Then it’s over to The Stone Eye, for their track ‘Prescence of the Mind’. These guys are from Philadelphia, PA in the USA. A little harder to pin a style on, they journey on a stoner path that adds in psychedelic detours akin to some of the best 90’s alternative rock – but never abandoning a gutsy garage rock swagger.

A cover of the old trad ballad ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ is next from The Stone Eye. Delivered in a bluesy style, it contrasts nicely with the other songs. It both delights and begs for another play.

And there you have it: four songs, different in style but each displaying a sound that seems to well define both bands. An excellent endeavour from both Moths and The Stoned Eye, you’d be well rewarded in tracking this down.

And while we’re on the subject of moths: Glenn Danzig – remember him? Singer/visionary with the Misfits, Samhain, and of course, Danzig. Body builder, martial arts master and expert on the occult. Scared to death of moths, I shit you not. Always running around with his hands over his face, hiding under tables if there was one around. Eventually, I learned to calm Glenn down by telling him that moths were simply goth butterflies. Amazingly, it worked.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Moths – Intervention
02. Moths – Hand of Doom
03. The Stone Eye – Prescence of Mind
04. The Stone Eye – Wayfaring Stranger

MOTHS LINE-UP:
Damaris Rodríguez – Vocals
Jonathan Miranda – Guitars
Omar González – Guitars
Weslie Negrón – Bass
Daniel Figueroa – Drums

MOTHS LINKS:

THE STONE EYE LINE-UP:
Stephen Burdick – Guitar, Vocals, Bass (Track 2)
Jeremiah Bertin – Percussion
Christian Mechem – Guitar, Vocals (Track 1)
Wolfgang Noll – Bass (Track 1)

THE STONE EYE LINKS:

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EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Worth, TX based Stoner Rock/Doom Jazz duo Stone Machine Electric. Huge thanks to Dub and Kitchens 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?

Kitchens: I’m Kitchens, I play drums, keyboard, theremin, and I also sing. We’ve been a band for 10 years now, but Dub and I have been in other bands together throughout the years and have known each other since I was in high school.

Dub: My name is Dub, and I play guitar and vocalize.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were listening to a lot of Electric Wizard and Black Pyramid back then. It was hard trying to find a name that sounded original and wasn’t already used. Stone Machine was taken, so we added the Electric to make it ours. Sounds weird to me sometimes still!

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

We’re in the United States. In Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there’s a pretty rich metal scene for all different genres. It’s actually a bit saturated with bands, so it’s a bit hard to stand out.

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

We released our last album “Darkness Dimensions Disillusion” last year on Sludgelord Records. We put it out on CD and cassette, as well as on all the digital platforms. It has got all the stoner, doom, and jazzy psychedelic metal sounds you need.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kitchens: My personal influences range a great bit. I’m a big fan of Frank Zappa and the many drummers he’s used over the years. I’m also a big Dave Lombardo fan, even though I pretty much suck at anything fast, ha!

Dub: Whatever I hear is going to influence me in some way, but going back it started with The Allman Brothers and recording them off the radio.

What first got you into music?

Kitchens: I grew up with MTV, and the biggest thing I remember from being a kid is Van Halen’s Jump video. I was so stoked when I was able to get this short sleeve Van Halen shirt from K-Mart. It was all music from that point.

Dub: It’s just in my blood, and it’s always been there since I was a kid.

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

Kitchens: That’s a tough one. We’ve done some collab shows and jams with Wo Fat in the past. I’d love to do something with Here Lies Man or Elder. Would love to get some heavy funky weird psych shit going for hours and put on some weird shows!

Dub: I’d like to do some collaboration with Michael Walter of Wo Fat on some original material not necessarily in the heavy realm of music.

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many, and we’re starting to get some really good ones in the States. I’d have to go with Roadburn just because they always seem to have a good eclectic mix of music that just makes sense together. And I’ve never been; it just always looks epic.

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

Can’t say we’ve ever received anything weird. I guess we’ve failed as musicians.

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

Kitchens: Explore, open your mind, discover as much as you can and enjoy it.

Dub: Thank you so much, we wouldn’t exist without you all supporting us.

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

Kitchens: Frank Zappa, because I want to see him perform his music because I missed out, dammit!

Dub: Agreed! On top of being a musical genius, he’s a smart Mother!

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

Kitchens: I love creating and performing, it is just so satisfying. I want to do it all the time, and it would be cool to make a living doing only that. Moving gear around and the business side aren’t fun, but I wouldn’t say I hate any of it.

Dub: It’s a creative outlet. I hate that bands don’t really get paid anymore. It’s the difference in cost to perform (gear, practice, time, and travel) versus what is provided in return.

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

Kitchens: Not sure it is the industry, but it would be nice if more people liked listening to new music or discovering new music. There’s so much out there that people don’t know about. People and the music industry need to be more adventurous.

Dub: See my last answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kitchens: Firehose – “If’n”. That album has it all for me. I could listen to that non-stop. Mike Watt is awesome, and I recently got to see him live and fall down on stage. Dude got right back up and didn’t stop.

Dub: It’s hard to narrow it down to one album, but I can narrow it down to Led Zeppelin.

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

Kitchens: I don’t think it matters as long as you support what you like. I do all of the above in some form or fashion. Unfortunately I end up downloading a lot of music from bands that are outside of the country because shipping gets expensive!

Dub: I prefer vinyl for the sound and experience, but I do CDs for the convenience. Downloads sound like shit and aren’t convenient for me personally.

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

Kitchens: We recently played the Lost Well in Austin, TX. It was awesome to actually play there on a night that didn’t have a bigger show going on that sucked up the crowd. They had a great crowd and staff. It was also awesome to play with our friends in Temptress from Dallas and our buds in Abject Terror made up of dudes from Destroyer of Light and Monte Luna. Gravitoyd Presents puts on some good heavy shows in Austin.

Dub: I agree. But I also dug our show in 2015 with Wo Fat where we all got on stage together and jammed as Whoa! Fat Machine. It was completely improvised, and that is always cool!

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

Kitchens: By day I’m an architect, but I’d probably be doing art more if I wasn’t playing music. I love messing with watercolours and markers and drawing weird shit.

Dub: I’d probably be dead, or living in a van down by the river. Except for the fact the river is dried up too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kitchens: Sam Adams, Colonel Sanders, Little Debbie, and Ben & Jerry. Every party needs food and drink.

Dub: Uh….. That’s a private affair!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on something special for the 10th anniversary of our first show in March. Other than that, we’re working on booking shows regionally around Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

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

https://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/StoneMachineElectric
https://www.instagram.com/stonemachineelectric/ https://twitter.com/SME_band
https://www.youtube.com/user/StoneMachineElectric

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Kitchens: Can it be a biscuit cake or a cake biscuit? A biscake?

Dub: What’s a Jaffa cake?

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

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard on your platform, we appreciate it very much! We hope you and everyone reading really dig this and our music

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EMQ’s with Forged In Black

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EMQ’s with Forged In Black

Hi everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Forged In Black. Huge thanks to vocalist Stoz for taking part!

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

Hi guys, Stoz here lead singer of Forged in Black. We’ve been forging away creating our style of British Heavy Metal for 10 years now, since schoolboys Kieron Rochester and Andy Songhurst started the band. Our members are Kev on drums, Bone on guitar, Andy on lead guitar and Kieron on bass. We’ve just celebrated our 10th anniversary with a home town show in Southend on sea Essex to finish the decade in style.

How did you come up with your band name?

Originally the band was named “Merciless Fail” by Kieron and Andy. In 2013 we felt the name wasn’t as strong as the band were becoming so we changed it to our most anthemic song title from our first release “Forged In Black”.

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

We are all from Southend-On-Sea in England. Nationally, we believe the metal is strong in the veins of our Country men and women, and there are so many fantastic bands about. With festivals such as Bloodstock giving smaller bands opportunities it is opening the local scenes up to exposure that just wouldn’t be there without them, due to venue closures.

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

This year we released our second album “Descent of the Serpent” produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon) and released via Fighter Records. It’s released worldwide via all streaming site and our website. We have a couple of music videos up if you check out our Youtube and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/forgedinblacks

Who have been your greatest influences?

All 5 of us have our own favourite styles, artists and genres. To name a few of them collectively I’d say, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Pantera and some Death metal thrown in there for Bone.

What first got you into music?

My mother has always had love for music, so I grew up with the Beatles, Doors and everyone during 60’s-80’s blasting out on the car radio or on in the house.

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

We recently opened up for the Three Tremors at a show in London, so we’d love Tim Ripper Owens to jump on a track in the future. That would work great and he’s such a fantastic singer. I’ve been a big fan for years.

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

To be honest we’d like to play them all!! They are great fun and the fans are there for one reason and that’s to bang their heads to Metal.

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

I can’t think of any weird ones.

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

We love you and thank you for supporting us for the last 10 years. See you in 2020 for bigger and better things.

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

For me it would 100% have to be the master, Ronnie James Dio. To talk to him about all his creative and magical ways.

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

It has to be playing live, the energy of that and the execution of our performance in front of great people all there to rock. Hate, it would have to be the long drives.

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

Bigger pay-outs from streaming sites.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus – Candlemass – I love the doom, the songs and the singing by Johan Langquist. I always have a copy in the car.

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

I think I prefer CDs. It comes with artwork you can behold and admire, lyrics or information inside. So for me, yes CDs. Until I leave them laying around and break them.

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

This year we headlined the Serpents lair VIP stage at Bloodstock, so that’s the best so far and this year. Great fun and a great festival.

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

We all have day jobs, so I guess we’d just be doing them with a large Forged in Black hole in our lives.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kev, Andy, Bone, Kieron and James Hetfield, that would be interesting.

What’s next for the band?

Up next for us as we storm into 2020, is a lot of social media behind the scenes bits and bobs. As we release new gig dates, record more music videos for tracks off “Descent of the Serpent” and continue writing album number 3! So make sure you are on our Facebook, Instagram and twitter pages for great new content.

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

You can check us out on our website http://www.forgedinblack.com with links to all social media and online stores. http://www.facebook.com/forgedinblacks

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Clues in the title for me, a cake and not on my shopping list.

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

Thank you for your questions and we hope to speak more in 2020.

 

 

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Prison – Come, Annihilation. EP

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Prison – Come, Annihilation. EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 11:01
Review by Stephen Moss
8/10

Prison are from Seattle, describe themselves as Thrash/Punk/Doom and WOW, I could write an entire article on just how awesome the first track of this EP is. However, I’ll try to contain myself.

“Come, Annihilation.” starts off with a fantastic song! ‘Into The Pit’ and it is one of the best Punk songs I’ve heard in a long time. The very first time I listened to it, about 35 seconds into the song, I had to plug my phone into my drums and play along to the track. I have over 38,000 songs on my phone and ‘Into The Pit’ is now in my top 50 most played songs. Buy this song!

The Second song on the EP is called ‘Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares’ This is also a really good Punk song. After that, the songs become more average street punk songs. Nothing really stands out and the rest of the EP isn’t really memorable.

Even though the rest of the “Come, Annihilation.” didn’t hold up to the level of awesomeness of the first two songs, it is still a good EP. Not every release is full of smash hits!

What “Come, Annihilation.” does very well is show off the band’s potential. The band do such an amazing job on their first two tracks that I’m really excited to follow the band as they make new music.

If you’re a fan of street punk and bands like: Hot Snakes, The Casualties, The Unseen, S.T.U.N., and None More Black then you need to check out this EP.

Prison hit all the major points for a good punk band. The songs are short, fast, loud, catchy, angry, and make you want to mosh with your middle fingers raised in the air!

I’m genuinely excited to see what’s next for this band. Kudos to Prison for doing punk right!

Must have songs are ‘Into The Pit’ and Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares’

TRACKLISTING:
01. Into The Pit
02. Who Lives Who Dies Who Cares
03. I Do Not Value Life
04. I Welcome Death
05. We Live In Filth
06. The Smell Of Flesh

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/prisonseattle/
https://prison.bandcamp.com/

 

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Dogbane – Idylls Of Woe

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Dogbane – Idylls Of Woe
Heaven and Hell Records
Release Date: 19/07/2019
Running Time: 35:46
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
6.5/10

Dogbane are a Metal/Rock/Doom band from North Carolina. Over a few jars they decided to form in 2010 and their first album “Residual Alcatraz” was released in 2011.

The inspiration that drives them was their 70’s and 80’s upbringing, the time where it all began for metal music. They may not use any special tweaks to manipulate their sound, but that’s the whole point. It’s raw and it’s original. They have also suffered heartache, when their guitarist David Ellenburg tragically passed away after having a stroke back in 2012.

During this time, Dogbane managed to release an official music video for ‘Ride The Serpent’ and then a year later, in 2013; Jeff Rinehart honourably took David’s place as lead guitarist.

They then went on and played Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago with headliner Riot V in April 2014. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to appear on the Versailles Records release “Rock & Roll All Nite: A Tribute To Kiss”.

Heaven and Hell Records then released “When Karma Comes Calling” which opened many doors of opportunity for Dogbane. In September 2016 they appeared at Thou Shall Rock, a 2-day festival supporting headliners Demon Eye and Salvación.

Now we have their third full-length album “Idylls Of Woe”

‘The One I Was Warned Of’ opens “Idylls Of Woe” and takes me back to when I used to have a beer in a biker’s club years ago. It’s upbeat for sure. Jeff Neal’s vocals remind me a little of the late David Bowie. It is a great opener, although there are a few weak beats in the background!

Next track ‘Devil’s Tramping Ground’ kicks in with some more force. I am fond of Dogbane’s doom edge mostly; they manage to slip in some guitar pig snorts and it tickles my fancy. The vocals are catchy, and the guitar solos work ok.

Third track ‘Blood In The Snow’ has a great intro! It really made me giggle. There are some great tempos, guitar solos and drumming throughout this track. You feel like you are on a hunt. It’s simple but very effective.

‘Riddle Of Steel’ is next and YES!! More bass please! I salivate if a track opens with bass, my ears royally prick up and you get my attention straight away. Just like a meerkat! This track feels really doomy, like heavy and rusty old doom. I picture myself head banging to the rhythm of the beat and that sound is genuinely really cool. The odd switch throughout this track is well done and I like the dynamics.

“Land Of Shadows” is definitely a slower version of early Metallica all the way. The guitar riffs and block beats of the drums are quite similar to Hetfield and co. It’s really good. I do feel the vocal fader doesn’t really work in this track, purely because it feels misfired and out of place with the real earthy chunky sound but then you are hit with that real doom vibe again, it’s so good, you forget about the fader.

Next up is ‘Now You Know’. It begins in a very similar fashion to ‘Land Of Shadows’, it slips in those cheeky pig snorts again and then, bang, the guitar solo comes in. I like this track’s stability as it is much more steady and easy to follow.

‘Winter Of Man’s Demise’ is also a good track. There’s no mucking around with this track. It’s pretty cool. It has a real doom laden start, which these guys have got spot on. It’s probably my favourite part to their whole sound. The track is slow and steady, the vocals are spot on and it glues together well. It’s really basic but you flow with their pace. The strumming on the guitars is really strong and when the beat picks up it is great. It has an ‘80’s best dad guitar solos of all time’ vibe!

‘Sin Eater’ is a straight up classic Rock/Metal song and a good ending to “Idylls Of Woe”; although I am personally a little gutted they didn’t add more doom into this track though.
In general, Dogbanes sound is good although, throughout the album, there are times when I feel they are trying to cram too much in at one time which gives the impression of it being a touch sloppy. Maybe some spacing out could have helped a little.

This is not altogether my style of music but do you know what? Sod my opinionated ears! These guys have gone through a crazy journey and obviously enjoy what they are doing. They are keeping the original, core root, of metal alive and I wish Dogbane the best of luck in their future endeavours!

TRACKLISTING:
01. The One I Was Warned Of
02. Devils Tramping Ground
03. Blood In The Snow
04. Riddle Of Steel
05. Land Of Shadows
06. Now You Know
07. Winter Of Man’s Demise
08. Sin Eater

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Dogbane/

https://dogbane1.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZ0qg2G2rJYDKfHQnQ-mVQ

 

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian based Sludge/Doom/Hardcore band Cruickshank! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

Good times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publicly mutilating my genitalia, saving the whales or both!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Totes a biscuit! Totes!

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

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

 

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Duel have been on my radar for quite a while. Despite hearing a few tracks via the band’s social media, I’d never sat down, ear-goggles locked in place, to listen to a full album. So, I was pretty stoked to have the opportunity to review their latest album: “Valley Of Shadows”, released recently by Heavy Psych Sounds.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, these four fiends are responsible for an almighty stoner doom racket; full on heavy rifferama with psychedelic and classic metal references. In case that description alone doesn’t grab you like a graveyard ghoul on the way to an unholy shindig, their whole aesthetic is tripped out in the sort of late-night, B-movie gore that’s lurid enough to make your eyes pop.

It’s like Dracula Has Risen from the Grave sound-tracked by a bunch of longhair ne’er-do-wells, and that’s just how I like it.

‘Black Magic Summer’ opens up the proceedings with some appropriate rain-soaked sound effects, before launching into the heavy-as-a-crypt-door attack. There’s a brilliantly melodic middle section too, adding some light to the gloom.

Second track ‘Red Moon Forming’ has a direct, driving pace that’s infectious and purposely concocted to inspire the raising of horns. ‘Drifting Alone’ has a real classic desert rock vibe, with a cool head shaker riff.

‘Strike And Disappear’ comes on like the vampire Western that Tarantino needs to make. A slower, bluesy pace with a dusty feel, it’s the first taste we get of a very different – and effective – approach. It melts into a ferocious, face pummelling section that screams blood and violence.

Songs like ‘Tyrant On The Throne’ have a classic metal, almost (gasp!) Iron Maiden feel to them. Otherwise, the sound explores more of the head-banging, smoke induced groove of bands like Trouble and The Obsessed.

But just like the best stoner metal movers and shakers, there’s always room for some ZZ Top-style boogie, which particularly comes to the fore in the final track, ‘The Bleeding Heart’.

As always, my sound comparisons are only meant as genuine compliments. Duel manage to create an album full of their own spirit and character, and it’s one hell of a fun ride. At turns hypnotic, fist pummelling, and sombre; “Valley of the Shadows” pulls the stake out of the stoner doom corpse and brings it back to bloody life again.

The last time I actually was involved in a duel, it was a case of duelling banjos. I was on a canoeing trip with some buddies out in the Appalachian back country. We ran into some unsavoury redneck types, one of whom challenged me to a banjo showdown. Of course, I threw in some licks that my old mentor Jimi Hendrix had shown me, and the creepy little weirdo had no chance: I was victorious.

Unfortunately, the locals weren’t too happy and we had a bit of a run-in of sorts with ‘em later. It was all fun and games really, and we were on our way home soon enough. But I tell you: just whatever you do, don’t mention piggies to my buddy Bobby!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Magic Summer
02. Red Moon Forming
03. Drifting Alone
04. Strike And Disappear
05. Broken Mirror
06. Tyrant On The Throne
07. I Feel No Pain
08. The Bleeding Heart

BAND LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/DUELTEXAS/
https://www.instagram.com/dueltexas/
https://duel3.bandcamp.com/

RECORD LABEL LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

 

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