EMQ’s with GRIEF COLLECTOR

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EMQ’s with GRIEF COLLECTOR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Minnesota Doom metallers Grief Collector. 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?

This is Brad Miller, And I am the drummer. Grief Collector was formed in the Fall of 2017 by myself and guitarist, Matt Johnson. We wrote the material and recorded the music in the summer of 2018. Once Robert (Lowe, ex Candlemass & Solitude Aeturnus) joined, we recorded his vocals in January of 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Grief Collector actually comes from the lyrics of a Candlemass song.

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

We are from Minnesota, USA. The Doom Metal scene here is pretty amazing actually. A lot of really talented bands out there.

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

We just released our first album called “From Dissension To Avowal” on April 1st

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m really influenced by Swedish bands like Katatonia, Candlemass and most recently, Ghost. But I grew up listening to bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

In all honesty, seeing the inside cover of “Kiss Alive II” made me wanna become a drummer. Visually stunning. And the raw energy that album had at the time.

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

For me it would definitely be Katatonia, hands down.

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

I think we are really big on playing The Maryland Doom Fest.

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

Not really a gift, but one time I was asked to sign a McDonald’s receipt. Apparently the guy didn’t have anything else to write on. LOL.

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

Go out and support these bands that you love so much. Every city should have a thriving music scene. And that’s the only way to achieve that.

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

For me it would definitely be Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. His lyrics were so powerful and painful.

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

I absolutely love the writing process. Being able to create something from scratch and see it come alive. I definitely don’t like the arrogance and cockiness that the music industry can spawn.

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

I think the music industry lacks originality and it seems like everything is mass produced and has really lost the spontaneity it used to have. I like not knowing what an artist might do live. It’s exciting!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Without a doubt, Katatonia “Night Is The New Day”.

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

I’m a big Vinyl and CD fan personally. I like to be able to see the art and read the lyrics. That’s always been a big part of the excitement of getting a new release from a band for me.

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

I put on a local Doom/ Sludge Showcase here in Minneapolis every year called The Minneapolis Menagerie. Those are always a great time.

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

I love food and cooking, so I would probably be in the culinary arts.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a sucker for 80’s metal and the higher ranged vocalists. So I would probably invite Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, Bruce Dickinson, Ray Alder and King Diamond.

What’s next for the band?

We are looking to hit the road this summer and fall. Then work on the follow up album sometime in 2020.

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

We are on all the main sites. Bandcamp, Facebook, Spotify, ITunes and Apple Music. As well as others.
https://www.facebook.com/GriefCollector/
https://griefcollector1.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, being from Minnesota, I can honestly say I’ve never heard of a Jaffa Cake. Lol, but I googled them and they look delicious. I will go with a biscuit.

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

We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project from day one. And to all the new Doom fans around the world for their amazing support and kind words. Much love and respect.

 

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The Crawling – Wolves And The Hideous White

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The Crawling – Wolves And The Hideous White
Grindscene Records
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Running Time: 34:13
Review by Sheri Bicheno
9/10

I had seen the name of this band pop up many times over the last year or so and after seeing them play Mammothfest 2018, I jumped at the opportunity to review this album.

I was not disappointed.

The Crawling are a three piece Northern Irish Metal band forming in 2014 with the release of debut single “Choking on Concrete” in January 2015. EP “Light of Dark Days” was then released in October 2015, followed by debut album “Anatomy of Loss” in 2017.

Combining elements of Doom and Melodic Death Metal, The Crawling have a perfect balance of absolute chaos within their style.

Upon hearing the first track of this album; title track ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’ – I am immediately hit with the velocity of what this album is about to bring. No going in easy here. Full pelt, mate… and I am drawn in!

The vocals are deep and dark, there is storytelling throughout the album, the riffs are beautifully ever changing – from slow and deep in ‘Drowned In Shallow Water’ to the harsher and more demanding tones in ‘Rancid Harmony’, with the skills behind that growling bass and intense double pedal, I imagine visions of being surrounded by black silk.

Focusing on the lyrics, in this example, particularly in the title track:
“Dragging sunlight across my skin. Glide so soft; seven heart strings on the violin.
Sadness song, for all to hear. A final wish to end it all and make you disappear.
Tell the wolves I’m home.
Drowning in rats.
Tell the wolves I’m home.”

There is a story behind this album – some beautiful song writing flares up as you listen to each track and really pricks your ears up to what you interpret the story to be.

Relatable or not, the pure energy and emotion behind the voice is undeniable.

This is a beautiful, dark and diverse album and one that I am going to be holding on loop for some time.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Wolves And The Hideous White
02. Still No Sun
03. Drowned in Shallow Water
04. A Time For Broken Things
05. Rancid Harmony
06 Promises and Parasites

THE CRAWLING ARE:
Andy Clarke – Guitar and Vocals
Stuart Rainey – Bass and Vocals
Gary Beattie – Drums

LINKS:
http://thecrawlingband.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thecrawlingband/

https://www.instagram.com/thecrawlingband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH3BctSUcu444jfMp0MDY1A

 

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Callus – Hogpocalypse

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Callus – Hogpocalypse
Self-Released
Running Time: 49:00
Release Date: 27/01/2019
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

If you have been following Ever Metal regularly for the last year, then there is a 96.7% chance you have heard us mention Lancaster based Metal band Callus, at least once. Having seen/met them, for the first time at Hammerfest 2018, and being utterly blown away by not only the quality of their music but by how awesome they are as people, Beth and I went on to watch their progress through the Mammothfest Battle Of the Bands competition, which culminated in them winning their regional final, interviewed them twice, managed to get them on the bill at Wrexfest, reviewed their debut EP, wrote multiple gig reviews, watched their joy as they were asked to play The Jägermeister Stage at Bloodstock 2018 (where they went down an absolute storm), did a ‘Callus Day’ on the Ever Metal pages (where we exclusively premiered a trailer for the debut album) and also attended Vocalist/Guitarist Louis Clarke’s wedding, to the lovely Jennie, where Beth was asked to be official photographer. It’s fair to say we have, not only championed them as a superbly talented band that need to be on your radar, but have become firm and good friends with them!

Debut album “Hogpocalypse” has been a long time coming and with everything I’ve written above, whatever the outcome, this review was always going to be a tough one to write. On the one hand, if the album didn’t live up to expectations, how was I going to tell them how I felt and on the other, if it was good, how was I going to write it without you, dear readers, thinking I was just blowing smoke up their backsides? Well I’ve had a good long think and the only thing I can do is tell the truth, as I see it, and hope that everyone who reads this believes my integrity because “Hogpocalypse” is a triumph!

If you’ve not heard Callus before then the first thing you need to know is that they don’t sound like anyone else. They combine a whole host of genres together in a unique way so one minute you are listening to a down-tuned, Doom-laden, Sludge filled, Punky edged riff reminiscent of the Melvins and the next you’re listening to killer Thrash akin to Megadeth or Overkill. Round that out with snippets of Traditional Metal, all quite often in the same song, and their sound is a breath of fresh air. Next up is the fact that this all comes out of three people. Founding members, the aforementioned Vocalist/Guitarist Louis Clarke and Vocalist/Bassist Ben Wormwell plus Drummer Ryan Ormerod make unholy and thunderously heavy music (on album and live) that sounds more like six or seven people, however, everything is incredibly catchy and you cannot stop yourself from moving to the music…try keeping still, I guarantee you won’t be able to do it!

Callus don’t play particularly complicated music or fill it with blazing guitar solos but they hypnotise you with quality riffs and rhythmic playing. It’s all about how vocals, guitar, bass and drums work together to bring power, precision and HEAVY to the table. Every track from the opening, stonking, riff of ‘Boar’ to the closing refrains of ‘Zygote’ are mesmerising and will have your neck snapping in so many different directions that you better hope the local hospital has beds available!

Everything presented here is eerie and horror filled, it’s crusty, rat infested and thick with evil but it’s also beautiful to behold and proof that space in the music is sometimes just as important as filling that space. “Hogpocalypse” is the soundtrack to an H. P. Lovecraft Book/Film where you don’t know if you’ll ever come out on the other side with your sanity intact but you jump right in anyway because the journey is too good to miss. Once you’ve heard tracks such as ‘Leg Slice’, ‘Skunk’, ‘The Dunwich Horror’, ‘The Primordial’ or ‘Where Savage Things Grow’ you’ll want to do that too!

Louis, Ben and Ryan are all young, but very accomplished, musicians and kudos must also be given to Ryan’s beautiful production and mixing which was done at his home studio. This is a complete do-it-yourself album with everything being self-recorded and to have a product of this quality must make the three of them incredibly proud because it puts many ‘more expensive’ albums to shame!

“Hogpocalypse” is everything I wanted and so much more so all I can say is huge congratulations to Callus for their hard work and dedication to get to this point. If they have the guts to keep going then it will be a travesty if they aren’t justly rewarded! Miss them at your peril!

TRACKLIST:
01. Boar
02. Infinite Beef Machine
03. Under The Waste
04. Skunk
05. Leg Slice
06. The Primordial
07. The Dunwich Horror
08. Where Savage Things Grow
09. Dreameater
10. Zygote

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/
https://www.instagram.com/callus_uk/
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZOSaYdZBmL8DhLMPjLWggQ

Promo by Beth Jones

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All photos courtesy of Beth Jones and PhotograBee Images
https://www.facebook.com/PhotograBeeImages/

Master Charger Release New Music Video ‘One For Sorrow’ Premiered On Ever Metal!

One For Sorrow EP Artwork

Master Charger Release New Music Video ‘One For Sorrow’ Premiered On Ever Metal!
Master Charger – ‘One For Sorrow’ Single/Video
Release Date 13/08/2018

In May 2018 Left For Red and Master Charger announced that they will be releasing a split vinyl, which will include two previously unreleased Left For Red tracks and two previously unreleased Master Charger tracks. In order to promote the upcoming release Master Charger have released their brand new music video for the title track of their side of the vinyl ‘One For Sorrow’ and it is exclusively, and proudly, premiered today on Ever Metal!

Master Charger – One For Sorrow (Video Link)

Master Charger!
Hailing from the blackest heart of Nottinghamshire three-piece Rock / Doom, Sludge Metal outfit Master Charger formed in 2006 from the ashes of previous semi successful bands. Master Charger have since played live across the UK, touring and playing festivals to large audiences and building up their fan base. At the latter end of 2017, Master Charger signed to FATangel Management and are set to release their “One For Sorrow” EP in 2018 under FATangel Records. This will see the band return to their original form but with an even heavier sound than before. The band will continue to bludgeon people live with their primitive thick wall of riffs and thunderous rhythm section as they continue to play more dates across the UK including a few more festival appearances.
One For Sorrow was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Ranzetta of The Minotaur’s Lair and the music video was directed and edited by Jay Hillyer of Jay H Filmmaker.

A quote from John James, lead singer and guitarist of Master Charger:
“Master Charger are chuffed to bring you our new video for our brand new single entitled ‘One For Sorrow’ and we are absolutely thrilled how it turned out. It’s huge thanks to Jay Hillyer and all involved who made the video what it is. One For Sorrow combines both doom laden riffs mixed with groove which also captures our thick sludgy raw live sound! Hope y’all enjoy this beast!!”

One For Sorrow is taken from the split vinyl with Left for Red which is due for release December 2018. The artwork for the vinyl was created by Jon Pedley of Pedley Art and the special vinyl bundle can be pre-ordered from FATangel Records Bandcamp.

https://fatangelrecords2.bandcamp.com/album/left-for-red-master-charger-double-single

Line-up:
J P (Vocals/Guitar)
DAVE HAYES (Bass)
JON KIRK (Drums)

Band Links:
https://www.facebook.com/mastercharger/

https://mastercharger.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW6PO_FQJcsln6PcJ1uFlrw/videos

Pedley Art
https://www.facebook.com/pedleyart/

Jay H Filmmaker
https://www.facebook.com/jhfilmmaker/

 

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