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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Wolf Counsel – Destination Void

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Wolf Counsel – Destination Void
Endless Winter
Release Date: 22/02/2019
Running Time: 48:00
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

If you want an album that packs a punch from track one, here you go.

The band, consisting of Ralf W. Garcia on Bass/vocals, Reto Crola on drums, Andreas Reinhart on guitars and Ralf Huber on guitars, certainly know how to give you the full package. From great guitar riffs to intense vocals, they have a style of their own and don’t follow the crowd.

Originally a brainchild of the 1990’s, Wolf Counsel finally came to be in 2014 when two veteran musicians merged their enthusiasm and low tuned music and great appreciation of heavy riffs into a new band.

Wolf Counsel have released three full length albums so far; “Vol 1 – Wolf Counsel” (2015), “Ironclad” (2016) and “Age Of Madness / Reign Of Chaos” (2017). All these albums were recorded at Little Creek Studio and produced, mixed and mastered by V. O. Pulver (Poltergeist, GurD, Panzer) and all feature seven songs each that cover the whole scope of classic Doom Metal, showing how this band is developing with each album they release.

The band wrote their fourth album in four months, and this album “Destination Void” again consists of seven tracks, my favourite being ‘Nova’. This may have something to do with the fact that is my mum’s name but, on the other side; I just love the depth to the whole track.

These four guys from Switzerland really have a unique sound. Yes, it’s Doom Metal but it’s much more. It has a sharp edge to it and with such slow and gruff vocals; it has its own unique appeal which is very refreshing. With many Doom bands, you spend a lot of time thinking “what are they saying” but not with Wolf Counsel. They break away from the traditional but in a good way. They have a doom vibe which they can call their own.

‘Destination Void’ the title track is haunting and if there is a horror film director out there who needs a band for their next film credits then it’s these guys. I think it would be a perfect combination, the haunting lyrics followed by some brilliant guitar riffs then back to slow haunting, drunken vocals.

The brilliant artwork on the album cover is just as haunting as the music and sums up the band so well.

On the whole “Destination Void” was a great listen and I look forward to future things from these guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Nazarene
02. Nova
03. Mother Of All Plagues
04. Men Of Iron Men OF Smoke
05. Destination Void
06. Tomorrow Never Knows
07. Staring Into Oblivious

LINKS:
https://www.wolfcounsel.net/
https://www.facebook.com/thewolfcounsel
https://wolfcounsel.bandcamp.com/


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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Rock/Metal/Gothic/Doom band Lords Of Salem! 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?

Hello, my name is Apostel and I’m the vocalist from Lords Of Salem. First plans to start this band came up 2015, when Marple (Bass) travelled to Wacken. In 2016 the first line up was complete we started with the songwriting and rehearsals. 2017 we entered the stage for the first time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Inspired by Rob Zombie’s movie “The Lords of Salem”!

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

We are from Germany and of course the metal scene is quite big. Everybody listens to different styles of Rock & Metal. There are festivals like Wacken, Summerbreeze, Bang Your Head, With Full Force and many more. So the German metal scene is pretty vital.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Hell Over Salem” and 2 videos “Hell Over Salem & “Rock n Roll Machine”, now we are at work on the next video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In my case, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cure, Bauhaus and so many more.

What first got you into music?

Kiss, Kiss and Kiss!

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

Beastö Blancö!

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

Wacken ’cause it’s the biggest in Germany!

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

None

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

Guys, you rock!

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

Lemmy Kilmister!

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

Love – Playing live / hate – pay to play!

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

Nothing, it is what it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead

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

In earlier days I preferred Vinyl, now I buy CD’s!

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

Walpurgisschlacht Hexentanz Festival

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

A fighter pilot!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and Mikkey Dee

What’s next for the band?

Songwriting for the first Album!

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

Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, YouTube and many more…
https://lords-of-salem.jimdo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofsalemmusic/
https://lordsofsalemmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XGCOxZ4ivPlohLtOErsUV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t like ’em at all.

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

Thank you for your support and making this interview possible and THX to our fans – rock on guys! LORDS OF SALEM.

 

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois Stoner / Grunge / Doom band the Hÿss! 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?

My Name is Patrick Daniel Kennedy the 3rd, but my friends call me PK. I get to play rhythm guitar and a few hot and very sexy leads for our band the Hÿss.
All of the band members have been friends since the 80’s and 90’s. We grew up together listening to the same music, playing in various bands and mostly having fun and laughing and being brothers in life.
In 2011, guitarist Dave Fitzgerald contacted me and wanted to play some music like we did when we were kids. We use to write riffs a lot. We loved Nirvana, Clutch, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Minor Threat, the Misfits, but also loved 70’s rock as well. Dave loved jammin’ on Hendrix, Cream, and Sabbath. Figuring out tunes was fun and “making up” our own combinations of riffs that we were learning was even more fun. We got super into it. Our friendship grew even tighter. Once we started up the Hÿss, I feel like it grew like a fire and we were back to writing cool riffs. Bill Sullivan joined the band and chose to pick up the bass and man oh man, I hadn’t seen the guy in a while and he just hugs me and starts playing like a fucking champ. He has amazing creative riffs and is a smart musician, so we were lucky he joined us. He and Dave learned the blues together in college. Two badass players in my opinion. The drummer, Mike Scales has been our friend for so long I can’t remember when I started hangin’ with the guy. He has an extensive history of playing with cool bands because he has skills. If you give a good listen to “Ghost Army” on the new Hound EP you will be impressed. He joined us immediately once he saw how awesome we looked in our cool stage outfits. My jeans had a rip just above the knee. And that combined with our cool riffs? How could he resist? The singer Matt McDonald is a guy we all grew up with even though he lived all the way up on the North Side of Chicago. He was the lead singer of Chicago punk band Renegade A-Bomb back in the 90’s. He was a legend and he gave the Hÿss a shot and it was like lighting. Matt’s interests are reading about history and apocalyptic situations. That’s his jam, so we like to write some fun sounding but dark material. It works great with the music and I always like where his head’s at on these songs. He’s a great writer and has a creative mind and a voice that’s as powerful as a t-rex on a horny day. Eventually we put together a lot of cool songs and have been giving it our best shot around town for a while and it’s been a ton of fun and people are really digging the sound. It’s exciting!

How did you come up with our band name?

The snake is the international beast of rock n’ roll and stoner rock music alike, and the Hÿss is the first sound you hear before the crack of the snake bite. This name is cool when you spell it with a Y and give it an umlaut, like a little snake bite. We are the Hÿss, you know… that sound.

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

America. There is a ton of new music and genres spinning off of the gods of metal: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, etc. 1980’s America had the best metal. A lot of people are enjoying what’s coming from all over the world now thanks to the internet. It’s a universe of music these days and it’s pretty amazing to watch other cultures and countries create new metal and pay their respect to old metal from where I live at the same time. It’s interesting and amazing and a lot of it is really bad A, these kids aren’t fking around.

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

Our band is very proud to say we are finished with our official debut 5-track EP “Hound”, a few killer songs we have been perfecting and we just love playing them. We really wanted to kick the door open with some high energy doom on this and we feel like it really turned out the way we wanted it to. Pete Grossmann is an awesome sound engineer, and he really helped us bring the whole thing to life and portray our music just as we heard it in our heads when we imagined it. We enjoyed working with him and we are very happy with the way it turned out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m usually inspired by my friends who seem to get better at their instruments than me at a very rapid pace. That, and I’ve been digging Unknown Hinson lately. I know that’s not a metal musician, but the guy’s an amazing player and I like how hilarious he is and how fast he goes. I like shifting through genres to get my fingers to move faster; it keeps me on my toes.

What first got you into music?

When I was little, I would listen to my parent’s Beatles records and my sister’s Queen Tapes. My friend and Hÿss axe slinger Dave had a guitar he found in the trash and we started making up songs, he got good fast and I wanted to do the same. I have to say my friends and family are the people who got me into music. I practiced enough that my parents bought me a nice Washburn acoustic for Christmas. Was the nicest gift ever!

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

Any band or musician that would be nice to me. Haha! Or Clutch, that would rule. They have a real testosterone robot sound and those dudes get mad respect across the land. I love their music and if they wanted us to open for them my heart would pound. Could you imagine? I wish.

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

Lollapalooza so I don’t have to drive far.

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

I have never been given anything. If I were it would be the weirdest gift by default because I couldn’t possibly believe anyone would give me anything Haha!

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

Thanks for liking our music and for supporting live music and for being a cool person on this earth.

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

Kurt Cobain, because I have a feeling he would have gone solo and made a bunch of cool folk songs. That’s my prediction and I want to be right.

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

I love playing out with friends. The human connection of matching sounds up is a strange feeling and I’ve been enjoying that high my entire life.
I hate moving equipment and I don’t like ego maniacs. Lotta those folks out there!

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

I would kill the American Idol thing fast. Kids that sound like they would make badass singers in other types of music are told they “can’t sing” WTF is that? If I sing Happy Birthday, can I sing? And I feel like those millions of dollars travelling all through our lands and have tons of talented kids line up only to be insulted into giving up on music by some washed up celebrities. It’s like a cancer. I hope kids turn that shit off and go scream into a mic anyway!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nirvana – “Incesticide”. I love the pop on those tracks and then the album just gets hard and heavy and the riffs are flawless. I love the way they wrote those songs and the band is just one of my all-time favourites.

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

These days it’s downloads but, if I’m honest, I prefer CD’s. The sound quality was just fine and you usually ended up listening to the entire album rather than skip songs and bands all day like an asshole.

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

The best gig in my opinion was at The Forge in Blue Island. It’s a small bar, but it’s in our neighbourhood on the Southside of Chicago and all our friend’s bands were there. It was outside and lots of people came out and we had a great time that night. I love those nights.

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

Probably a rocket scientist that solves crimes in space. It would be boring though since the crime rate in space is very low.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The four other Hÿss members plus Bill Gates and see if he can lend us some money.

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking forward to parading our new “Hound” around town and then maybe start working on another recording. We also have a lot of new material to work on so we definitely have our hands full!

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

You can find the Hÿss on Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Instagram!
https://www.facebook.com/thehyss/
https://www.instagram.com/thehyss/
https://thehyss.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/thehyss

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Anything baked in 1927 is a biscuit by now.

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

Thank you for putting us out there with these fun questions. I hope you will pound the Hound by the Hÿss and enjoy it as much as we do!

 

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancaster, UK based Doom/Thrash/Stoner Metal band and huge Ever Metal favourites Callus. We have already done loads of stuff with these guys and love them to bits. Please read on and check them out, especially as their debut album “Hogpocalypse” is one of the Metal highlights of 2019!

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

Name’s Louis. Or if you’re close to me, Skidmark Clarke will do!

I’m the guitarist and one half of the vocals for our band CALLUS. I share vocal duties with Ben Wormwell who also plays gnarly bass for us, and we have Ryan who plays mad drums.

We formed in 2013, originally with an extra guitar player and loads of different drummers over the years… we parted ways with the guitarist though after the first gig, he got so drunk I had to take his guitar off him, retune it and hand it back… haven’t looked back since (Sorry dude!)

How did you come up with your band name?

Me and Ben had been jamming together for a while prior to this band, I had a load of potential band names written on this big sheet, Ben had a look through it one day and spotted CALLUS on there and was all like “That’s the one!”

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

We are from the UK, North West really. We live in different parts of the country and come together for studio, jamming or for shows.
As far as the ins and outs of the UK scene and its current state so to speak, I really don’t claim to have a vast wealth of knowledge on it! I can think of loads of other people who could probably answer that better.
All that I think I could say Is that the UK has some immense heavy festivals (some of the best in the world) and therefore creates a lot of buzz with up and coming UK bands, and bands that come from overseas for the UK crowds and shows. The UK has also provided the world with some of the biggest and iconic heavy bands of all time… so I think we have something here on these shores… I don’t know what it is, but it’s here… somewhere!

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

Our latest release is our debut, self – released and recorded album entitled “HOGPOCALYPSE” which we released January this year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of real riff playing monsters have probably formed the basis of my own playing as far as guitar hero’s go… such as Iommi (Sabbath), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Laura Pleasant’s (Kylesa) Matt Pike (Sleep / High On Fire) Hetfield (Metallica) and other players such as Dick Dale the godfather of surf rock and Jack White (White Stripes), Tom Morello (RATM, Audioslave) all certainly knew how to create some huge sounds and more experimental parts.

What first got you into music?

Probably my dad to be fair!

There was lots of music around the house when I grew up which I’m very grateful for, not really metal mind you that came later on for me. But there was loads of different sounds which was great.

My dad played (and still does!) sweet bluesy slide guitar so that was around from an early age

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

Without wanting to jinx anything we MAY have something in the works with another artist from a band we admire, it’s a very exiting mini project for us we are working on and we very much hope we can share more about that in due course.

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

I saw a vid of Red Fang playing this fest called Duna Jam I think it was. It’s this little festival somewhere on this beach where the bands play on pallets with the waves and sunset behind them, and the crowd were all sat down headbanging… it was amazing, I want to play there!

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

Their hand in marriage!

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

We appreciate you more than you know, thanks for your continued support!

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

That’s an impossible question! How could I pick one but not another? I guess I’d bring back Cliff Burton… taken well before his time… I would have loved to hear what else he would have created!

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

The playing of shows and jamming together and the recording of music is probably what I enjoy the most. Both are a very feel good experience for myself, I’ve honestly never been having a bad time doing either in the moment… It’s just the time in-between I struggle with!

I hate waiting for the next jam session or show, I struggle with that!

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

More value on downloads would always be nice. (Credit where it’s due though to Bandcamp for being as good as they are).

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Death Is This Communion” – High On Fire… They never got better than that in my opinion.

But there are so many albums that I could note here!

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

That’s a question which causes a lot of divide! But for me I think Vinyl is the best sounding at least, which you could argue that’s what it’s all about… but records are an arse to transport and are, unwieldly.

CD’s are great too, apart from jewel cases!

Downloads are fine as well, as long as the artist gets their fair share of the cost back (which is why we use Bandcamp primarily).

So… they are all great as they cover different bases I think.

It’s down to the listener… but I’m a Vinyl / CD fiend, I need physical!

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

Hammerfest and Bloodstock were extra special for us when we played them both in 2018, but we have had some great nights in bars and clubs as well.

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

Hopefully if I couldn’t play music anymore for whatever reason (touch wood!) I’d certainly still follow the bands I do and go to the shows I do, I’d probably get further into collecting and listening to music, maybe start doing reviews and sticking them online I don’t know.

Whatever it would be, I’d have to do something with myself music related!

I’d go out with bands on the road and offer really bad advice, terrible feedback and shit business ideas.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Donald Glover, Donald Glovers Mother, Donald Glovers Mothers Brother, Donald Glovers Brother and Donald Duck!

What’s next for the band?

We have a slot an Amplified Fest on July 20th which we are massively looking forward to, plus a couple of shows leading up to that.

The main focus for us at the moment is we are in the stages of writing a batch of new material for what the aim is to become the next album. We have been jamming out some new tracks and recording them down in demo format.

The new stuff is sounding great (if I may say so!) with Ben and Ryan really stepping up and contributing some killer riffs and ideas, those guys are shining right now and giving me a real big and much needed kick up the arse.

I’ve been writing too of course, but those guys are really cracking them out.

It’s quiet at the moment… but gears are turning

Big bag o riffs with the lads.

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

We have all our music and merch up on Bandcamp:
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/music
We are also on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Most definitely, absolutely, one hundred percent CAKES!
(THE CLUE IS IN THE NAME!)

Plus there was a tribunal in 1991 (yes I did just Google that) and it concluded that Jaffa Cakes are indeed… Cakes!

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

Big riffs are the best riffs, be kind to your fellow man and big elephants can’t always use small exits.

Thanks for reading!

 

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