EMQ’s With PISTOLS AT DAWN

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EMQ’s With PISTOLS AT DAWN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Atlanta, Georgia based Hard Rock band, Pistols At Dawn. Huge thanks to drummer Adam Jaffe, 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?

Adam Jaffe, drummer.

Pistols At Dawn is an American professional rock band formed in 2015 by drummer Adam Jaffe, guitarist Devin White, guitarist Mike Buffa, and bassist Billy Sullivan. Virtuoso guitarist Buffa died tragically in 2018, and the band reunited with incendiary guitarist Tommy Richardson in 2019 with its first worldwide releases in early 2020. Vocals are led by elite Frontman and former VH1 Rockstar Supernova finalist Chris Pierson.

Pistols at Dawn released 3 new singles and videos in 2020, ‘Cold’, ‘Gauntlet’ and ‘All You Offer’. The singles were recorded/engineered by famed producer Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins/Matchbox 20) at Cock the Walk Studio in Atlanta, GA. Pistols At Dawn entered the studio again in mid-2020 and wrapped up its new EP “Nocturnal Youth” with Producer Jeff Tomei and “Faith No More” Mastering Guru Maor Appelbaum.

Pistols At Dawn is a high energy, heavy hitting, heart pumping, radio ready hard rock band with lyrics and visuals of the times pushing the listener not to accept the status quo. PAD has been compared to a combination of Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Tool, AC/DC, Metallica, Disturbed and other universal hard rock acts, while retaining a uniquely electric, powerful, and vintage sound singular to Pistols At Dawn.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the band name after seeing a bunch of movies where people would challenge each other to shooting duels in order to protect their honour, and they would always call out “pistols at dawn!” and I just always remembered that, so I pitched that to the band and everybody loved it.

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

We’re from the South-eastern United States, from Atlanta, GA more specifically. The rock and metal scene is huge down in the Southern States. Many of the biggest hard rock and metal acts come from the southeast and there are a gazillion tours that flow through. Atlanta has always had a thriving rock and metal scene with bands such as Sevendust and Mastodon and we hope to be the next big act out of the south.

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

Our latest release is the “Nocturnal Youth” EP (www.smarturl.it/StreamNocturnalYouth). The EP released in the US in early May and releases in the UK in late July. Our latest video is for ‘Voices’!

‘Voices’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Steven Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Neil Pert (Rush), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), and Morgan Rose (Sevendust)!

The band’s top influences are Pantera, Slayer, Tool, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Led Zeppelin.

What first got you into music?

My best friend had a band when we were little kids and I would watch them rehearse. He asked me if I wanted to get on the drums and play one day. ‘What It Takes’ by Aerosmith was on the radio…he showed me some basic playing and I was able to do it naturally. I was hooked, and I had to be in a rock band. I took two years of lessons with a top pro and joined a band as soon as I possibly could.

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

We would love to have Eminem do a feature on one of our tracks, and it would be pretty cool to have Amy Lee from Evanescence to do a feature with us.

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

Download Festival in Europe because it is the quintessential gig for every aspiring metal artist. It would be a dream come true. We hope to be at Donington next summer.

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

A nasty worn pair of panties.

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

Get ready for a marathon because we are gonna be around for a really long time.

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

John Bonham.

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

The best thing about being a musician is being in a band. There’s nothing like the magic we can create when we have a mix of the right people.

Business decisions within a band can make things stressful sometimes.

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

I would change the way the record labels contract with their artists so that artists would be more financially successful.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

It’s always awesome to hear a band on Vinyl.

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

A packed outdoor festival in Atlanta.

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

There is no other option than to play music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Robert Plant, Sully Erna, James Hetfield, Mick Jagger, and Slash.

What’s next for the band?

We recently announced a four show series to thank our supporters for their dedication through the pandemic and to basically say farewell to Covid. We’re giving them a free series of shows in at least 4 different cities in the United States as a big thank you and to celebrate making it through the insanity. Our first show of that series will be in Atlanta on 18/9/2021. We have also signed on for a food bank benefit with Atlanta’s main rock station and will be performing 13/11/2021. We are currently working on additional shows and touring for the new year. We are also tracking our new album in July and it will be ready in the late fall.

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

www.pistolsatdawnband.com
www.facebook.com/PistolsAtDawnBand
www.instagram.com/pistolsatdawnofficial/
www.smarturl.it/StreamVoicesNow
www.youtube.com/channel/UCUh-gegH1rkEIePrCIX-KwA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/49BPg2vDSF1bWsH0zUnNSz

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re American, and we’ve never had or seen one, but we can’t wait to try one and answer this question down the road!

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

We are grateful for the feature and look forward to touring in your neck of the woods.

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EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

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EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with London, England based Multimedia Rock band, Death Ingloria. Huge thanks to Galina Rin for taking part.

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

I’m Galina Rin. Supreme being of the band Death Ingloria creating rock music, comic art and animation about the end of Humanity. Each album is a complete Sci Fi story accompanied by a comic and I’m not saying I’m psychic but my first comic was about a designer virus that was purposefully let loose on the population. Don’t worry I kill us off a lot faster in our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”.😊

I was trying to start a band for more years than I care to admit. I went through 5 bass players and 12 drummers only to decide to go it alone. So, for the first 3 years of this project, I was a one human show. Now I have a band. Co-Conspirators. Space Travellers that accompany me on this journey. It’s nice to have company as this life, it ain’t right for everybody. Everyone would do it now if it was easy.

How did you come up with your band name?

I tell stories about Humanity’s Inglorious Death. So, Death Ingloria seemed the right choice.

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

We’re from London, UK and it’s hard to say what the scene will be like when it opens up. Before Lockdown I would say that there is room for everyone in our scene but you need to be very specific about your audience. Some genres do better than others and middle of the road dies a death here.

We find our tribe within comic cons and other geek based conventions but we also play rock festivals and venues.

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

Our latest release is ‘Battle Stations’, the 2nd single of our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”. Of all of our videos this one means the most to us. It depicts true, lived through events and ones that could very easily be repeated. By normalising public violence, we cause it to seep and stain our collective identity until it becomes so ingrained in who we are that we give it its own annual celebration.

‘Battle Stations’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Coheed and Cambria are pretty much responsible for the creation of Death Ingloria. I’ve seen them 19 times, managed to watch from the side of stage both at Glastonbury and Reading Festival and even owned the handbag at one point. We are similar and yet different enough to make a great support band for C&C. You know…just in case The Universe is one of your readers.

What first got you into music?

My parents are folk and rock musicians. My Dad played drums for a band that supported Jimi Hendrix, back in the day. It’s cliche to say but it’s always been that way.

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

Maybe I’m soft in the head, but I don’t dream of collabs. I wouldn’t turn them down but I don’t have anyone in mind. It’s just not something I think about.

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

Now this is something I dream about! Download, Fuji Rock, San Diego Comic Con! I have to give you three because they are all very different.

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

I did an acoustic show in London and after the show a fan handed me a pen drawn picture, he had drawn of me while performing at that show. It was really cool and looked just like me 😊

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

Everything moves towards its end.

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

My first thought is for Kurt Cobain but would he want to come back? Maybe not so let’s bring back someone who died by accident or illness. Randy Rhoads seems the obvious choice, Chuck Schuldiner also.

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

First off, I don’t hate anything about being a musician. I’ve done all the crap jobs to get here and I can tell from experience there is nothing to complain about.

Being in charge of your own art and how you spend your time is the thing I enjoy the most.

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

If I’ve learned anything on this journey it is this. If you move/change something, something else must move into its space. An equivalent exchange if you like. I’d have a good old look before wishing things away.

Things are generally the way they are for a reason and only through gradual change can they evolve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Machina – “Progenitor”. Just amazing Symphonic Sci Fi Metal greatness. I have no idea how they make half their sounds.

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

Download, Comic and ID Card. The three formats our new album comes in.

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

Opening The Cyberdrone at BoomTown Fair in 2019 was pretty epic. A 15 metre 360 project Dome with a stage in the middle. Anime Epic Overload!

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

Nothing. I’d be dust in the wind, dude. I did all the crap jobs to land here and now I’m not going anywhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a reformed alcoholic l so I don’t like dinner parties as it will make me want to drink. However, I love to go dancing at metal clubs. So, for that, actively I wouldn’t take anyone famous. We’re there to dance not schmooze.

What’s next for the band?

Gig, gig, gig, tour, tour, tour and then write some more! Seriously though, We’re playing a lot of online festivals for the foreseeable, but we will be on the road for a load of dates at Comic Cons through the rest of the year, check out the events on deathingloria.com. We also have our Live Listening Party (IRL & Livestream) on Friday 30th July 19:00 – 21:00 at The Electrowerkz in London. We’ll be playing the new album and animation in full at this show and attendees, either in the room or on stream will be able to get the album 2 weeks before it’s general release. Exciting.

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

www.deathingloria.com/
www.deathingloria.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/deathingloria/
www.twitter.com/death_ingloria
www.instagram.com/death_ingloria/
www.soundcloud.com/deathingloria
www.twitch.tv/death_ingloria
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mD6khAn5xTH4hUYkAXJZW
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtaPIpqYbIFjN4DI7sxsrg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are a cake in bite size form

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

Thank you kindly for having me and we’ll see you all soon.

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EMQ’s with ENDURE THE AFFLICTION

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EMQ’s with ENDURE THE AFFLICTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Lafayette, Louisiana based Metal band, Endure The Affliction. Huge thanks to bassist, backing vocalist Byron Vollmer, 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 Byron, and I’m the bassist and backing vocalist of Endure The Affliction. I was brought into the band by our former drummer from a previous band we were in.

How did you come up with your band name?

Deion (guitarist/co-lead vocalist) had actually came up with the name by the time I had gotten on board.

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

We’re from South Louisiana, the scene is slightly small, but extremely close-knit. We all look out for each other out here.

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

Our 2020 EP, “Origins”, currently on all distribution platforms as well as on our website (www.enduretheaffliction.com), our newest single, ‘Identity’, is releasing August 6th along with a music video, and we are getting ready to release our second EP, “Evolve”, this fall.

‘Soul Eater’ (Visualizer) from the debut EP “Origins”

Who have been your greatest influences?

Geddy Lee has been a big influence on me talent-wise. Performance-wise it would have to be Rammstein, for their theatrics.

What first got you into music?

5th grade band, I played trumpet. After that I sought out any chance I got learning new instruments as well as music theory.

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

I wouldn’t mind getting to do something with The Snake Charmer.

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

Wacken, to be able to perform out of country, as well as a chance to visit ancestral hometowns.

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

Someone reaching under my kilt to find the answer to the age old question of “what’s really under a kilt?” haha!!

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

Thank you for supporting us, if it wasn’t for y’all, we wouldn’t still be around.

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

Man, that’s a tough one. There’s a few I would love to bring back even if it’s just to speak with them.

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

I love being able to express my emotions through the music, along with passing what knowledge I have to younger musicians. As far as hate, probably the doubt you get from friends and family that don’t understand the joy we get from being on stage, no matter what size it is. Just getting to that point is a big step in a band’s life.

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

That they would listen to the quality of the musicians they bring in sometimes instead of how they “look”.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rammstein – “Herzeleid”.

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

I grew up on CD’s, but I still appreciate good old fashioned vinyl.

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

We have a local venue called “The District” that we played our EP release show at for the “Origins” EP. Not only did we have our first encore there, but the crowd got so wild that they actually broke the barricade.

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

On top of being a musician, I was a firefighter for about 4 years and a soldier in the national guard for 6 years. I have basically accomplished all of my dream jobs lol.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m not huge on dinner parties myself haha.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be releasing some material over the next few months that we’re super excited about. And there’s already been talk of doing a full-length after this next EP.

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

www.enduretheaffliction.com/
www.facebook.com/enduretheaffliction.la
www.instagram.com/enduretheaffliction.la
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0YkC97oMGPhF8ivqYFXHHo
www.youtube.com/c/EndureTheAffliction

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell is a Jaffa cake? Haha!

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

Thank you for reaching out for the interview, hopefully we will talk again soon!

Endure The Affliction Promo Pic (Credit 'Ragin' Imaging Photography')
Ragin’ Imaging Photography

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EMQ’s with BARBARA BLACK

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EMQ’s with BARBARA BLACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Madrid, Spain based Heavy Rock/Metal band, Barbara Black. Huge thanks to vocalist Bárbara Black, for taking part.

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

I am Bárbara Black and I am a singer. Nitro (drummer), Javier (guitar) and I used to play in different bands some years ago and we rehearsed in the same music room. We all had a very good relationship and common musical interests, so we decided to start a band together in 2015. In 2016 we released our first EP “Spiritual Rock” and in 2017 we released the full album “Ad Libitum”. It had such a good reception, our single ‘Shiva’, was chosen for a previous Eurovision´s phase by AEV. After that in 2018 we were on tour in UK and in 2019 in Spain. During this period Niño buffalo Marquez and Cone joined us. In 2020 we released the next album “Love, Death & Flies”, and we are very happy with the feedback we have got about it. We have several recognitions in Metal Devastation radio show and in the Banger music awards.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is my name and we like how it sounds.

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

We are from Madrid, Spain. There is an amazing quality in the bands and musicians here in Spain, but it is absolutely impossible to live on the music business except those who have a label´s support. The most common situation is working in different fields and at the same time fighting for your band.

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

2020 album “Love, Death & Flies” and some videos after that, ‘Vampire Love’, ‘Heroes Above The Stars” and even some live streaming concerts as Vampire Fest, you can find it on our Youtube Channel.

‘Vampire Love, Chapter I: You Belong To Me’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Damnified’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Tiger Tamer’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like bands such as Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, Sixx A.M., Shinedown, In This Moment or even traditional bands such as Mr Big or Warlock.

What first got you into music?

My parents vinyls and then befriending rockers in high school and forming a first teenage band.

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

Uffff too many!! Doro, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm or Shinedown could be some of them.

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

I really love any metal Festival!!! And my dream festival is the WOA since I was a child, I love it.

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

I don´t remember weird gifts but I remember a beautiful bangle a metal Fan from Coraceros MC gave me and I love it so much.

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

Let´s meet in our next concert!!

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

Undoubtedly, Janis Joplin.

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

One of the most beautiful things about being a musician is sharing experiences with other colleagues. On many occasions we have played in concerts with other friendly bands or we have invited other musicians to play with us and that is wonderful, music unites us all. There have been great musicians from other bands who have been so kind to collaborate on our album with a guitar solo or with their voice, for example: Javier Mira, Cecilio Sánchez-Robles, Ix Valieri, Martin More, Óscar Sancho or Diego Rayz. I am very grateful to have had their talent.

What I really hate is egos and envy.

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

I would make disappear the business part. Success should be related to talent and not to money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mr Big – “Lean Into It”.

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

I love CD’s and Vinyls, I really love looking at the inside book.

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

The day I sang in La Riviera venue in Madrid with an amazing sold out crowd in a tribute to Freddie Mercury was really breath taking.

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

Music teacher (that is my actual job). But I would like to be too a make-up artist, a tattoo artist or even an interior designer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Depp, Nikki Sixx, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Aniston and Doro Pesch.

What’s next for the band?

We are going to play in the streaming Argentina Online Metal Fest, July 23rd, 24th and 25th, we are gonna play live in Madrid on September 10th, we are going to shoot our next videoclip, and we have new dates for 2022 in Valencia and Madrid, so we can´t wait to all of these great music plans.

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

Spotify, iTunes, Youtube…
www.barbarablackrock.com
www.instagram.com/barbarablackoficial
www.facebook.com/barbarablackoficial
www.twitch.tv/barbarablackofficial
www.youtube.com/barbarablackofficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4v5drGJoUl4GvNAvRL1iaK

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I didn’t know about it, but I have checked it out and seek biscuits hahaha and delicious!

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

Stay healthy in these hard times and if any metalhead wants to listen to our music or videos, you can check out our social media, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook on Barbara Black Official or even you can find our albums, t-shirts and merchandising on www.barbarablackrock.com/store. You are gonna rock it for sure!! Supporting rock and metal is very necessary. Thank you so much for this great interview, this is a great opportunity for rock and metal fans to know us better.

Love & Rock!

This is the interview of Spanish band BARBARA BLACK with all the details, photos, official links.

“Love, Death & Flies” (Full Album Official)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=99_pA35HCpQ

‘Nice To Meet Me’ (Official video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0_wSMD5XG8

‘Southern Soul (Official Video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Pe37YLaNg

‘Shiva’ (Official Video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=feSy39Im1fE

‘The Bible Or The Gun’ Blues Saraceno Cover (Official Video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2AO4iGE5Vw

Barbara Black Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with ARYEM

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EMQ’s with ARYEM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Mexico City based, Symphonic Metal band Aryem. 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! We’re Aryem, a symphonic metal band with Karen M-Dozza on vocals, Diego Heero Maaginen as composer and bassist, Javier Días on guitars and backing vocals and Luis A. Echegollen on drums!

The band was formed in 2012, though the current line-up was finally consolidated in 2019. We released the album “DANGEROUS PARADISE” on March 21st, 2020. We’ve played various online festivals with a few bands like Jinjer and Nervosa, and thankfully the popularity of our album in Aryem’s fan community had, as a result, the release of an extended version of the record, including the orchestral versions of the songs, on November 13th, 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

Aryem is a combination of the words for “Spirit” and “Soul” in Latin because our music explores the avatars of human existence. We stand for unhinged passion and visceral raw emotions in music. We think it was a natural choice for a name.

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

We’re from Mexico, Mexico City. The metal scene here is awesome for us, because there are so many kinds of bands and styles that we’ve had a chance to listen to or play with. We really enjoy the metal scene here.

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

We released our debut album “Dangerous Paradise” on March 21st, 2020, and our latest release is ‘REBORN’ the first single of the upcoming album “The Bird’s Assembly”.

‘Reborn’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have very different backgrounds, though we share a mutual love for metal and especially Symphonic Metal (i.e. Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot, etc.). But composing wise, our greatest influences have to be the Greek composer Yanni, the amazing film composers John Williams and Danny Elfman, along with the greats from music history like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Stravinsky, amongst others.

What first got you into music?

Love for the emotions it causes. Music is a wonderful medium to express what you feel, what you think… we were all collectively captivated by it, and it went on from there. The desire to be able to express such things in sound and share said passion with an audience in one of the most honest and expressive styles there is…Metal.

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

If this was a letter to Santa Claus, hands down it’d have to be Yanni, along with bands such as Nightwish, Epica, Skillet, Ensiferum, Mago de Oz…we really look up to them.

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

Resurrection Fest, Wacken, Domination… Those are festivals we’ve visited in our younger years and were astounded by the experience. We would love to be able to perform in them, and give the same emotions to the audience that we got as teens!

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

Besides underwear on stage with a phone number on it? Hahahaha…probably that one time we were gifted crickets. Literally a small Tupper full of crickets.

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

We are honoured that you share our passion for Aryem’s music! And literally, we wouldn’t be able to do ANY of the things we do without you. YOU represent everything Aryem stands for, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of such a beautiful community as the one you’ve all created around us. It’s amazing, and we can’t wait for all the new adventures that lie in store for us…together!

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

Freddie Mercury or Alexi Laiho, no questions asked.

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

The connection with the audience, hands down. It’s wonderful…and the emotion of performing music is beyond anything we’ve ever felt before.

What do we hate? Maybe the fact that in Mexico, there is a kind of stigma around being a musician. It’s not taken as a real job or career, something we’ve struggled with in society and even from a few family members…It can be tough sometimes.

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

To give more chances to upcoming bands. There are some AMAZING talents out there that deserve a shot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Live At The Acropolis” by Yanni, “Once” by Nightwish or “Design Your Universe” by Epica. It depends on which of us answers, hahaha.

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

Anything as long as it’s not pirated!

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

Two, Funnily enough, the first one is of the smaller ones. The first time we performed with Karen we did so at a small club, and she just brought the heat! We had never felt like that performing with other singers and it was an AMAZING feeling for us.

The second one, we recently went to a place called Rio Verde in a state called San Luis Potosi. That’s the first time we’ve played since the Pandemic begun, and we were thankful to be back on stage with a live audience after a year and a half of lockdown.

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

We can’t imagine doing literally anything else. Maybe acting, but that’s a huge maybe. We’re terrible actors (And we still have the guts to act on our music videos…go figure…)

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Yanni, James Hetfield, Tuomas Holopainen, Simone Simons and Floor Jansen.

What’s next for the band?

On October 8th, 2021, we’re releasing our second album “The Bird’s Assembly”! It’s inspired by the Persian poem “The Conference of the Birds” by Attar of Nishapur (1177 AD). The record is an intense and explosive experience into the true nature of humanity’s soul. Unhinged passion, visceral raw emotions and intensity roam free in every corner of this album.

To make this album… we had to go through some dark places… and we did and faced things we never thought we’d ever encounter. And now, it’s ready to come to the light.

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

You can find us in Spotify, Amazon, Apple music, i-Tunes, the whole thing! But we do encourage you to come join the Aryem Family in our socials, we’re always connecting with the tribe and having a blast on the comments (There’s also some special music exclusive to each platform)!
www.facebook.com/aryemband
www.instagram.com/aryemmetal 
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0LiR5Xmjnk2veqhjCZ8sMZ
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJtUmRoy__0Zx3RvT4o8yFg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are a biscuit sized cake 😉 Or a cake sized biscuit if you’re 50 cm tall!

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

Thank you, Ever Metal, for having us! It’s been a lot of fun answering your questions! And hey, if you’re reading this and have never heard of us before, come join the party! If you like our music, you can join the Aryem family (Which is full of amazing folks!) and you can share it with your friends! If you hate our music, you can send it to your worst enemy and ruin his day! It’s a win win, ain’t it?

No but, seriously, thank you so much, and we can’t wait to connect with you on our socials!!!

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EMQ’s with PENTESILEA ROAD

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EMQ’s with PENTESILEA ROAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Netherlands based, Italian Post-Progressive Rock project Pentesilea Road. Huge thanks to main man and guitarist, Vito F. Mainolfi, 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 all, this is Vito guitar player of Pentesilea Road, thanks for hosting the conversation! I actually started this band as a solo project in the UK, back in 2014. For a few years I have been publishing demos on my SoundCloud, mostly instrumentals, in which I was basically playing guitar, bass, keyboards on a (mostly) synthetic drum. The idea behind that, was getting a demo portfolio with the aim of getting some other musicians onboard. Actually, this went on for a few years, but I hadn’t found a real match in the bands I have been playing with, mostly because of musical background difference. Last year I finally decided to record the whole thing properly and working on the final structure, by also finalizing the lyrics. At the end of the polishing work, the material was good enough to start looking for some session musicians to play any instrument other than bass and guitar…this was more or less around July 2020. A couple of months later the recording line-up was completed, so in September we started recording the album. It took at least 3 months to complete the recordings, as we started with drums and all the other instruments were recorded on top of that. It’s been actually a lot of work the coordination of 8 musicians, all living in different places!

How did you come up with your band name?

Besides being the Amazon Queen in Greek mythology, Pentesilea is the name of one the cities from Italo Calvino’s book “Invisible Cities”. I particularly love the chapter of Pentesilea, the diluted city, liquidly spread, with no defined boundaries. I did like the idea of using it as a metaphor of the globalized world. Pentesilea Road therefore is the archetype of the, mostly unnecessary, travel around the world. It is loosely autobiographic, but I am pretty sure it is a concept known to many people.

I like to describe it as an act of dissidence, a protest against the new world order recently imposed to us and the one that it might be coming shortly. It talks about globalization, surveillance and behavioural capitalism, the role the mainstream media play in this big game, as well as roots, identity…all those things that involve familiarity and that once were considered the fundamental of life. The album does have a deep philosophy behind it.

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

I am originally from Naples, although I have been living abroad for many years, currently in NL. Here in the Netherlands the heavy scene is really fantastic, lots of people listening and play heavy music, of any kind.

The live scene, furthermore, is over the top…lots of concerts and super organized venue. The right place in Europe for playing prog rock or metal, I would say.

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

The first and only release we have is the “Pentesilea Road” album: we never released anything before this, under this band name. My other band mates, though, they have their other respective bands or have been playing as session musicians for other projects.

‘Stains’ feat. Michele Guaitoli (Official Lyric Video)

‘Noble Art’ feat. Ray Alder (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have been listening metal for over 3 decades and enjoyed hundreds of bands: I think very many of those have left something in terms of influences, whether in a conscious or unconscious manner. However, if I have to name the main ones, I’d say Fates Warning, Queensrÿche, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Savatage, Riverside, PFM, Russian Circles, Pain of Salvation…so many! From the perspective of guitar playing, I have been strongly influenced by Marty Friedman, Satriani, Petrucci, Adrian Smith…

What first got you into music?

Well, it’s been so long ago. I guess because my brother brought home some metal vinyls, in the 80’s. I got into music then and it’s been a passion throughout all these years.

Since I got an electric guitar, in the early 90’s, I never stopped playing…

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

Probably with one of the musicians I do respect the most. I am thinking to Steven Wilson, for example, or Kevin Moore and definitely to Jim Matheos, who’s been one of my greatest influences.

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

I’d be extremely happy to bring the band on the stage of the main progressive festivals: I am referring to the ProgPower USA or EU. I mean, that’s the place where you really want to play live if you’re into this type of music. Personally, I do have the dream of playing in a couple of venues in the Netherlands, like De Boerderij, for example. I think it would be exciting to play in those places in which I’ve seen so many bands live…the idea of seeing the venue form a different perspective is definitely intriguing…

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

Thank God, nothing so far…

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

I have to admit I do not like the word “fan” at all, due to its etymological meaning. I mean, I also adore a lot of musicians and bands, however that does not justify the sense of idolatry towards individuals that, at the end of the day, are just people. This does reply to the question, doesn’t it? 😊

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

I have a regret: I’ve never seen Ronnie James Dio playing live. Yes, if I could, I’d like to have him back. I have the feeling that would be just a little bit better than the hologram…

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

Assuming a musician is someone who lives off music, then not being a musician is the thing I do enjoy the most while making music…it gives me an extra degree of freedom.

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

You just said that: the “industry” part. The idea of subordinating the artistic mean, to something systematically organized, serialized, streamlined in order to optimize sales, in my opinion is suffocating the artistic potentiality of so many musicians. The situation gets worse when labels are involved: at the end of the day the sales process might be often in radical conflict with the domain of the muses.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

No doubts, one and only: Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”

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

It depends on the context, of course. Probably nowadays, Downloads are the most practical, used and abused. However, should you get stuck on a desert island, they are the only ones you can’t feed a fire with…

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

Exactly what I am doing now. I am professional in the field of technology and I’m happy with it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a hard question, isn’t it? Here’s my high five:

Alfred Hitchcock, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Nicko McBrain, Franco Battiato and Antonino Cannavacciuolo, this last one behind the kitchen of course.

What’s next for the band?

Currently we are working on the next album. I can’t say anything about the timeline, but this time it won’t be only myself in the song writing process. Both Ezio and Alfonso (keys and drums, respectively) have officially joined the band and we will work together on the new songs! It will definitely be an interesting piece of work!

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

We use all the main social media, actually: Facebook mainly; we’re also on Instagram, Twitter and we do have our YouTube channel. For the moment we have chosen not to have an official website.
www.facebook.com/pentesilearoad
www.instagram.com/pentesilearoad/
www.pentesilearoad.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2dfuaABjoufPDGwPHAp090
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKeoz8TsveQC6MOzQPysoKA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have to admit I had to google it, as I had no idea on what it is…I don’t know, but they don’t look like the greatest stuff from McVitie’s, if I may be honest…

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

Yes, first and foremost, thanks for hosting this, rather fun, conversation! Second, I’d like to highlight the quality of the review we have received on your website: I have read several reviews on the album, but no one has been so lucid and impressively close to the reality like the one made by Simon Black, in the good and the bad things. That impressed me: your guy knows how to do a “behind the curtain” analysis and I’d like to tribute him the honour of the arms. Thanks again!!

Simon’s Original Review of “Pentesilea Road” on Ever Metal

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EMQ’s with GODETH – PART 2

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EMQ’s with GODETH – PART 2

In July 2020 we did our first EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band Godeth, courtesy of guitarist Dylan. With a brand new EP “Life To The Flame” being released on 30th July, they have returned to tackle it again. This time we thank vocalist Eddie Myland for taking part and offering his thoughts and perspectives!

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 Eddie Myland, I am Godeth’s lead singer and frontman.

The band was formed in 2018 and since then we have practised and played both cover songs and original music, we’ve written ourselves. In 2019 we started playing gigs as a full 5 piece band, and have since played venues such as The Key Club and O2 academy in Leeds with about 15 songs ready for gigs to come.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our bassist Lewis came up with the band name “Snowdeth” but none of us were very keen, he then came up with “Godeth” and despite not too much enthusiasm among us, we went with it and are now very happy with it.

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

I am from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and the metal/rock scene is not the best here but good enough, there’s certainly plenty of us but just not as many venues/bars as we’d like.

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

Our latest release will be our new, upcoming EP entitled “Life To The Flame” which will be available on all streaming services from the 30th of July this year.

‘Animal Side’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The likes of Serj Tankian, Phil Anselmo, Freddie Mercury and Randy Blythe have been my greatest influences as a singer/front man.

What first got you into music?

Queen first properly got me into music, since listening to so much of their music I started getting into the likes of Led Zeppelin/Free/Thin Lizzy etc and soon after discovered metal.

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

If I could collaborate with any musician, it would be Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, He’s one of my favourite guitarists and I feel his unique style of playing would be perfect for some of the vocals I can do/want to try.

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

I would choose to play Hellfest in France simply because I’ve never seen anywhere with even half as many amazing bands performing, it just seems like the greatest festival for all metal heads and bands. I’d love to go to it in general.

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

Not a weird gift but after the show I once got given a plastic medal for best dancer so I’ll take that as a compliment.

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

One message for our fans “thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve shown so far, there’s plenty more to come from us though so let’s keep this party going”

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

Freddie Mercury!

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

The thing I enjoy most about being a musician is performing, I feel being a frontman and hyping people up is what I was made for, what I’m destined to do and what I love doing more than anything!

The thing I hate is how much money you put into the band in relation to what we get out of it (money wise).

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

if I could change anything it would be that real musicians that play every note live and record without autotune get the credit and rewards they deserve rather than the manufactured pop artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Not a metal album but my favourite album of all time is The Prodigy – “Invaders Must Die”

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

Downloads are so easy and reliable but my favourite was always CD’s just because they’re what I grew up buying whilst getting into new music.

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

Our headline show, at The Key Club, just before the first lockdown was by far the best gig we’ve played.

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

If I weren’t a musician, I’d be doing joinery full time, the trade I am trained in.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil Anselmo, Jack Nicholson, Salma Hayek, Fred Durst and Ariana Grande

What’s next for the band?

We are going to continue getting decent gigs and are currently writing bigger, better songs which will eventually be released of course.

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

We usually use Facebook and Instagram for all our posts.
www.godeth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/GodethUK/
www.instagram.com/godeth_band/
www.twitter.com/GodethBand
www.soundcloud.com/user-929590449
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3oeXNRsY37Bq30hwcPi6aG
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJh6rjLwEXPbmNtTPGP8Sg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa cakes are cakes, it’s in the name.

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

Tickets are still available for our headline show and EP release launch at The Key Club, Leeds on Saturday 31st of July 2021, get tickets now!

Ticket Link:

www.seetickets.com/event/godeth/the-key-club/1848677

Link to EMQ’s with GODETH – Part 1

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EMQ’s with DEATH ON FIRE

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EMQ’s with DEATH ON FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Fort Wayne, Indiana based, Death Metal band Death On Fire. Huge thanks to vocalist, guitarist Tim Kenefic, 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?

Tim Kenefic. I play guitar and sing for Death on Fire. We started as a bedroom project when I lived in Chicago and really didn’t hang out with too many musicians. Once I moved back to Fort Wayne for work and family stuff, I reached out to some people I knew, and the band started proper. That was 2018, and we have been on the road and writing and releasing stuff ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was really out of necessity. The name we originally picked was already in use so we had to change. We had multiple ideas but ultimately landed on Death on Fire because it ticked the metal boxes. Does it sound metal, is it easy to chant if someone wants to, that kind of stuff.

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

We are from Midwest USA. The scene here is varied, which is great. A ton of different types of metal and subgroups. Slam is pretty big here right now, which isn’t my thing, but it’s cool. I just like that there is freedom to be creative and everyone is welcoming as long as you are kind and humble.

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

We have an EP “Six Foot Box” that was released on July 16th. It’s a three song thing that really shows the breadth of what we do and all the influences we have. I am really excited about it.

‘Begging For Air’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly local guys and music instructors, really. Learning from people you respect; it can’t be helped but to be influenced by them. I think it is very important, that personal musical connection with a mentor of sorts. From a fan standpoint Megadeth, Carcass, Alice In Chains, Morbid Angel. Those are probably the most notable

What first got you into music?

An awkward childhood and a desire to fit in and be cool. I remember an 8th grade talent show where a classmate played guitar and everyone thought he was cool. From there, I started sneaking downstairs to mess around on my stepmom’s classical guitar. Once my folks knew I was doing it, they surprised me with a guitar and got me some lessons. I was really lucky to have supportive parents.

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

Current would probably be Joe Duplantier from Gojira. The style and purpose he writes with is great, and he has done some cool productions for other bands too.

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

There are so many amazing ones out there, and obviously the big ones are on everyone’s list. I would probably say Maryland Death Fest though. The fans are diehards, the city is cool, and it is the first festival I went to with my wife.

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

A phone number. It was flattering, and I appreciated it until they asked me to give it to “the guy with the hair” still they gave it to me first so…

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

Keep being awesome and supporting the scene. Bands our size are working hard and really appreciate it. We aren’t at the point of not having day jobs, and we do it for the passion of music. The scene will return on the backs of local shows and underground bands, and I think that’s cool. Bigger bands are waiting for the restrictions to lift and people to be comfortable. Local bands are playing 50% occupancy for no money because they love it. Both are necessary.

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

Cliff Burton. Zombie Cliff Burton would probably be really cool, and he was a huge part of writing the best albums IMO from Metallica.

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

I love the outlet. I pour myself into the music as a release from the negativity and hurt I experience. Not only that, but I love seeing other people appreciate that and enjoy why we are doing it. I don’t know if I hate any of it. I dislike bands that lack show tact, but that comes with experience, and we were there once too.

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

I don’t know. I look back at how music has been treated historically, and it all tracks. If anything, I hoped fans would demand more and be willing to give more for the arts. It is all pretty taken for granted on a macro scale. That’s what I love about metal though. You can tell people appreciate it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Morbid Angel – “Domination”. When I heard it, it changed my life. It was my first death  metal album and after that I was hooked.

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

To each their own. Each format compresses things a little differently, and a lot of it is down to convenience for the consumer. I prefer cassettes or CD, but I get why streaming is so popular. It’s easy. It is also the poorest representation of the desired outcome of the mix.

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

The biggest one for us was opening for Obituary. When we got to do that, it felt like we were doing the right thing, and it reaffirmed that for me.

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

I will always play and write music. When I am not, I am usually at the gym or with my kids. I fancy myself as a renaissance man at least in my mind I am.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My maternal grandfather, my wife, and my kids. He is the person I wanted to make proud, and he was important to me in so many ways. I would love for my family to meet the man that moulded some important parts of who I am. And I would love for him to meet them, and know we are good.

What’s next for the band?

Complete and total world domination. We will be bigger than KISS, Metallica, Maiden combined. When Metal Injection needs to write an article, it will be about what I ate for lunch instead of Corey Taylor. If not that then a short winter tour and looking for a label to help release our next album sometime next year.

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

We are on all platforms. Bandcamp and Spotify are key. I am really starting to like the interaction on Twitter too. We do it all though. For us, it is imperative to be omnipresent and available to people.
www.deathonfire.com/
www.deathonfire.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/deathonfireband
www.twitter.com/deathonfire666
www.instagram.com/deathonfire/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/44LTVoVyXg5tnZ4pjxFh0I

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscake

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

Thanks for having us! Thanks to our fans, old and new. If you see us on the road, say hello and tell Kyle his beard looks good.

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EMQ’s With HEAVY SMASHER

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EMQ’s With HEAVY SMASHER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with Fortaleza, Brazil based Heavy Metal band, Heavy Smasher. Huge thanks to vocalist Nildo Gomes and drummer Bruno Rocha, 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?

Nildo Gomes: I’m Nildo Gomes and I’m the lead singer. I was the last one to enter the band and have very few things to tell about the band’s history. But if there’s something I can surely state, is that from the very beginning, the work, goals and strategies have been extremely well directed and focused. I feel like my job is in my family.

Bruno Rocha: I’m Bruno Rocha, the band’s drummer and coffee supplier (the main role of myself, btw). Heavy Smasher was founded around the beginning of the 2010’s by the guitarists Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico and since then, we have been doing hard work trying to survive in the underground scene and playing the music we love. Actually, Heavy Smasher’s line-up are Nildo Gomes on vocals, Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico on guitars, Luís Paulo on bass and myself.

Victor here. Let’s Remember that Bruno is also known as ‘the ambassador of the Russian metal band Aria’, here in Brazil, for his passion and work to promote them in our country.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bruno: According to Nando, while he was learning how to play guitar sometime around the second half of the 2000’s, he had the desire to found a Metal band whose name must carry the word “Heavy”. As a Marvel world fan, Nando had the idea to add “Smasher” to his band’s name after listening to The Incredible Hulk scream “HULK SMASH” several times in the movies. So, Nando realized that “Smasher” would fit well with “Heavy” and then the name came about.

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

Nildo: From Brazil’s northeast region, In the state of Ceará (city of Fortaleza) to be more precise. As for the metal scene, we got many great bands here, and lots of wonderful jobs being done. The world should turn its eyes to this place.

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

Bruno: Two new singles have been released in the last days, ‘We Are Angels’ and ‘In The Abyss’. A music video for ‘Sunrise Rebel’ was also released last December. And we released our debut full-length, self-titled, album on July 10th.

‘Sunrise Rebel’ (Official Video)

‘We Are Angels’ (Official Single Audio)

‘In The Abyss’ (Official Single Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nildo: Personally, I always admired Bruce Dickinson and André Matos as singers, and (since I also play the guitar) I see in Malmsteen a great example of a composer.

Bruno: For the band as a whole, Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath always taught us how to create our sound, although our main quest as a band is the search for our own music identity. As a drummer, my greatest influences were always Nicko McBrain, Lars Ulrich (yes, I love him!), Ian Paice and Vinny Appice. But I can’t forget to mention how important Blaze Bayley, some classic Doom Metal bands and the Russian band Aria have been in my life.

What first got you into music?

Nildo: The fact that I was born in a family of musicians.

Bruno: TV União, a kind of “MTV” from Ceará, our state.

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

Bruno: Blaze Bayley, Damian Wilson or Scott “Wino” Weinrich.

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

Nildo: Wacken, surely! Because it’s every metalhead’s dream!

Bruno: Wacken, Hellfest, these two the most important Heavy Metal fests nowadays, and the Russian Big Gun, because of their huge professionalism and also because everyone knows about my dream to visit Russia before I die. Playing at Keep It True also would be great to me.

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

Nildo: A guy (visibly drunk) gave me money and asked me to sing “Wasting Love”. I felt like a stripper on a pole! Hahaha!

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

Nildo: You are the fuel that keeps the metal motor running. Thanks!

Bruno: Take care of your mental health.

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

Nildo: Dio.

Bruno: I would say Dio, but once Nildo quoted his name first, I stay with Gary Moore.

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

Nildo: I enjoy the trips, concerts, interacting with people in different places and expressing myself in my songs. And I really hate when people treat music like competition.

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

Nildo: I feel like the streaming services don’t honour the work of the artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nildo: Angra’s “Angels Cry”

Bruno: Aria – “Geroy Asfalta” (for real, listen to this amazing Russian band!)

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

Nildo: Sitting down in front of a vinyl player and listening on a specific time for that, without interruption, is magical and unique.

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

Nildo: The most amazing experience was when I performed (with Steel Hands, which is another band I sing in) opening Sonata Arctica’s concert.

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

Nildo: I’d be teaching English.

Bruno: I’m a Mathematics teacher. I’m also reviewer and interviewer for Metal and Gothic music blogs (The Atmosphere and Diálogos do Escriba), so Journalism is a real option for a second graduation in the future.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruno: An evening with Damian Wilson and Joe Bonamassa would be great. That’s enough. Hahahahaha!

What’s next for the band?

Bruno: We’ve just released our self-titled debut full-length, so I do believe that this release will bring us new fans around the world and new opportunities to play live, something that we really miss.

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

Bruno: Heavy Smasher can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Our music can be heard on all the music streaming services as well. Please, pay special attention at our Bandcamp and, if you don’t mind, you might help this humble band there with extra coins so we can buy more coffee. Hahahahaha!
www.facebook.com/heavysmasher
www.instagram.com/heavysmasher
www.heavysmasher.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/HeavySmasher
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0uVwDFl2Iu34veKN1JeGOX
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11596931

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bruno: This discussion is very similar to the Brazilian “É biscoito ou bolacha?” (Is this cookies or crackers?). So, I prefer to not take part. Hahahahaha.

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

Bruno: We’re so grateful to Ever Metal for this valuable space where Heavy Smasher can express themselves and introduce our music to everyone who wants to give us a chance. Health and peace to everyone! Listen to the Heavy Smasher Sound on all the music streaming services (and pay some coins for us in the Bandcamp hahahaha) and get in touch with us by our social medias to say what you think about our music.

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EMQ’s with FOIVOS

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EMQ’s with FOIVOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Athens, Greece based, solo guitarist, Foivos. Huge thanks to guitar wizard Foivos Zacharopoulos, 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 there. My name is Foivos Zacharopoulos and I’m a solo guitar artist. Provided that this is my first solo release, there isn’t much history to tell rather than that I’m in the process of making my own history.

How did you come up with your band name?

I always found it difficult, even in my native language, to say my full name. So, I preferred to just use my first name, so that people would remember it easily.

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

I’m from Athens/Greece. I believe that the scene here is at a very high level. Having bands like Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Suicidal Angels and musicians like Gus G, shows that we are on the same level, as any country.

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

My latest and first release is “Distorted”. It’s an E.P that contains five songs composed by me, and a sixth which is a cover song to The Beatles (‘Eleanor Rigby’)

‘Eleanor Rigby’ The Beatles Cover (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to count and as I continue to listen to music, I discover more musicians or bands that influence me. Some of my biggest influences are David Gilmour, John Petrucci, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Lukather and of course Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

What first got you into music?

I come from a musical family, so it was kind of an inevitable thing, not to get involved with music in general. Becoming a professional musician was a mixture of luck, good timing and personal effort. Professionally or not, I believe that music would have been in my life, one way or another.

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

From the genre of metal and rock in general, I’d love to play with Machine Head. Their music, lyrics and the general feel that comes out from this band are amazing. In a more professional collaboration, I believe that working with Sting would be a once in a lifetime experience.

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

Rockwave festival of course. There’s a certain feeling performing in your country. The vibes and the connection with the audience would be in a way, spiritual.

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

I don’t have a weird gift story to tell you, but I have been chased to my hotel by some woman. She made a whole mess at the hotel, that we had to call the police and take her away.

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

Just to listen to lots of music. And if my music is in their playlists, I will be humbled and honored.

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

Stevie Ray Vaughan. If he had still been around, music would have been a lot better. The way he played and sang songs had always been unique and this will last forever and ever.

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

Being a musician is another way of expressing your feelings. It gives you a sense of freedom to be able to speak your mind and heart in more than one way. So, I guess the sense of freedom, is the thing I enjoy the most. I can’t think of anything I hate about being a musician. If I had to say something is the tiredness when you tour. It’s not only fun and games. It demands a lot of things first, so that you can enjoy the live show and have a good performance.

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

That’s a tough one. From the very moment that something gives you profit, problems come up. The more profit, the more people are drawn to it. The more people usually means, not loving music or the product in general, but the money that comes from it. So, I’d change the people that have no interest in music, with some that do have both interest and love for music first and foremost.

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

I come from the 80’s so the reasonable answer would be CD’s. I’ve never got used to cassettes. But my answer is vinyl. There’s a ritual and a process before you can actually hear music, that intrigues me. And when you start to listen to the sound of the pin on the vinyl. Unbeatable feeling. Vinyl will always be my favorite way of listening to music.

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

There are 3 or 4 gigs that are memorable. If I had to choose one, it would be Royal Albert Hall, about 10 years ago, give or take.

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

I have no idea. I can’t imagine myself doing something different from being a musician. Perhaps something that involved animals and protecting or caring for them.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Mahatma Gandhi, Spider-Man and Aristophanes. That would be a very interesting dinner.

What’s next for the band?

Provided the situation with the pandemic resolves, the next thing, is go out and play the E.P. live. For a musician there is no better place than the stage and the interaction with an audience.

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

Here are the links that you can listen, up or donate for my music
www.facebook.com/FoivosZacharopoulos
www.instagram.com/foivoszacharopoulos/
www.foivosz.bandcamp.com/releases
www.soundcloud.com/foivos-zacharopoulos
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08P228FNM
www.music.apple.com/us/album/distorted-ep/1541611809
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2pxJ7R7eJ5j7LiAOvDXN4y
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJSZj9G_Qkq0oXuwQkI4Og

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, they look like biscuits but feel like cake. I’ll say biscuits.

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

Thank you for this interview and giving me the chance to say a bit about my work and myself in general!

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