EMQ’s with THE LAST BEAR ENDER

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EMQ’s with THE LAST BEAR ENDER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based, Instrumental Cyber Djent project, The Last Bear Ender. Huge thanks to ‘The Riffcrusher’, Wilrik, 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 Wilrik, from The Last Bear Ender. I’ve been in metal music for 20 years now. Straight to your face metalcore, Melodic metalcore and now Cyber Industrial Djent with The Last Bear Ender (TLBE). Last year in September I released my first track and try to release a new banger every one or two months. It’s been a great ride so far!

How did you come up with your band name?

With TLBE I wanted to do something new, something different. I was watching The Last Airbender on TV when it just hit me, The Last Bear Ender. Why not? It’s catchy. It’s not been done before. It’s about bears. What’s not to like?

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

I’m from The Netherlands. The metal scene here is quite big and alive. We do have some pretty large names like Within Temptation, Textures and Born From Pain. The bass player from Fear Factory was from The Netherlands as well!

Old school hardcore is the biggest underground metal scene in The Netherlands. This is where my roots lie. My first band “Dawn Of Mankind” began as a very straight forward metalcore band with strong Hatebreed influences. We put out 1 single, 2 mini albums, one full length did lots of shows, but that’s it. With TLBE I wanted to do something different and achieve more, reach more fans. Something fresh.

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

‘Polar’ was released on March 26th. The next track is called ‘Dust & Ashes’, a cover by A Dark Halo. Glen Mitchell, the singer of Isolated Antagonist is doing the vocals on this track. I do have some more songs lined up for the near future!

The Last Bear Ender feat. Isolated Antagonist – Dust and Ashes (Official Music Video)

The Last Bear Ender – POLAR (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fear Factory, 100%. My music with TLBE connects with a lot of Mick Gordon and DOOM 2016 / Eternal fans. Although I obviously draw a lot of inspiration from that, it’s actually Dino Cazares from FF who inspired me the most in my music. When “Demanufacture” was released, it really changed the metal scene. For the better in my opinion. They were pioneers, innovators, with Dino as their captain. At least, that’s how I see things.

What first got you into music?

The Mortal Kombat OST hehehe. When I saw Johnny Case fight Scorpion and heard Zero Signal underneath that scene I was sold!

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

Dino, for sure. I’m not idolizing (maybe a bit), but it would be an honour to work with him on a track or something. Other than that, just anybody interested in my work and my music. I have some more collabs coming up. It’s a journey and I get to meet a lot of great people!

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

At this point, any festival hahaha.

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

Weirdest? Not one thing specifically. The attention you get is just very unreal sometimes. Like, I’m just a random normal guy lol. It’s crazy how many great awesome reactions and compliments you get.

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

The people reading this, donating, listening and streaming my music, buying it on Bandcamp and all of my Patrons. All of them, thank you! I cannot express this through these digital words, but really, thanks. It’s hard and honest work, and your support really keeps me motivated, keeps me going!

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

Dimebag!

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

All the great compliments on your work. It’s truly amazing that you get all these epic comments from all over the world about something your composed yourself. Awesome!

The fact that it’s really a lot of work to get some attention and payoff. I’m forever grateful for the supporters I have now and I’m really happy to see a steady growth in these number, but it is a lot of hard work.

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

Everybody is complaining that Spotify and all other platforms need to pay music artists more. I cannot relate to that. I don’t make much money on my streams yet, but it seems reasonable. I’m just enjoying myself too much with my music and all the supporters that I can’t be bothered with any of that stuff.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Demanufacture”. Surprised?

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

Downloads and streams. It’s 2021 dude 😉.

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

I did a show in a very small village in The Netherlands. People were cramped against the walls, the bar, all the way to the back of “the venue”, with their backs to the bathroom doors. When we started playing everybody went crazy. I don’t think that much more people where there than usual, but the atmosphere and all the bands and people there, it was legendary. I’m a 100% sure that my old band mates agree with me.

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

I’m a university teacher for 8 years now and still go to work with a smile on my face. As long as I can combine this with my music, I can’t see myself doing anything else soon.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Super corny, but I think a couple of my closest supporters and music friends. Glen, Marcin, Poss, my Bear designer Reisya and also a couple of my Patrons who I really connected with.

What’s next for the band?

April 30th, we released a cover of A Dark Halo’s Dust and Ashes with vocalist Glen Mitchell from Isolated Antagonist. I’ve got two other super epic collaborations coming up and some TLBE originals. Enough to keep releasing a song a month!

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

I got my personal social media and a few separate ones for my bands and projects. I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Patreon and YouTube. I post daily updates on my socials and weekly videos.

To get in contact with me visit my website: www.wilrik.nl/. All the links to all my socials, and that of my band’s, are on there.

For all TLBE socials use www.linktr.ee/thelastbearender.

If you want to say hi to me and the others, you’re more than welcome over at my Discord server: www.discord.gg/VsPYrr3czU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What? *Googles* Oh, no clue. Looks like a cakuit. Biske? I dunno lol

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

Thank you, Ever Metal, for this great opportunity. This really helps out a lot for upcoming artists like myself. Never stop helping, never stop supporting. You guys are awesome!

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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

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EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic based Symphonic Black Metal band, Dominus Dominantium. Huge thanks to keyboardist, backing vocalist & narrator, Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae), 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 Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae). I am the Keyboard player, Backing Vocals and Narrated Voices, as well as the band leader. I began to form the band in 2016 with the same concept of Symphonic Black Metal and keeping in mind the creation of music that is very similar to the cinema, but in a kind of Black Metal way and well symphonic at the same time. Therefore, there is the result of our first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dominus Dominantium is the name taken from the inscription called “Rex Regum et Dominus Dominantium” and means “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. It is located on the facade, above the door of the historic palace Palazzo Vecchio, where there is a medallion with the monogram of Jesus Christ between two lions in a blue field, surmounted by a gable. The inscription was placed there in 1551 by order of Cosimo I, to replace the previous inscription, set there thirty years before.

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

We are from the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican metal scene is solid with its ups and downs, but we have been affected by the pandemic that has weakened growth and live shows.

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

Dominus Dominantium presents the first studio album called “Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless”, which was released on May 25, 2020 through Distrokid for all digital platforms.

The album is composed by nine songs whose style is Symphonic Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal, which takes you on an apocalyptic journey based on the same book of the bible (apocalypse) through the narration of the events that mark the end of the world.

It is characterized by an imperial composition with minor tones and wind instruments, a dramatic lyric soprano voice that embellishes epic moments accompanied by a narrative voice walking us in the different contexts within the voice of God and Lucifer during the development of the album.

The album was created thematically to be listened to from Act 1 to Act 9 to experience with each song how the end of time begins until that breath of peace and God’s victory on earth.

The Album was produced within the studio of the virtuoso Dominican guitarist Joel Solano.

“Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless” (Complete Album Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences include Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Old Man’s Child, Crimson Moonlight, Antestor etc.

What first got you into music?

I started listening to Heavy Metal in 1992-93, at the age of 12. I was listening to Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, among others. Some friends from school, who were already 14, were rockers and I always wanted to be like them. We became friends and I asked them what are the black t-shirts that they used hahahaha. They told me that I was not ready for metal and I said that I wanted to belong to the guild.

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

I would not have any problem with collaborating, as long as it is in the same musical line as us or us with them, we are open.

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

Wacken.

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

Some time ago, a fan wrote to us telling that our music helped her to reflect and that she felt peace and tranquillity. She also told that the message in the lyrics helped her a lot. I think this is the best gift received from a fan.

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

That they continue to support good music, and their local bands. We, bands, need all the support of metalheads to continue. We need that they share the music with others, so we can reach more people and more places in the world.

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

Andre Matos (Angra /Shaman/Viper).

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

I love making music and I love music. It is difficult to hate something that is born from within your feelings. It is the best gift that God has given to us. Without music, life would have no meaning.

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

Well, that they are a little more opened to emerging bands. Also, give the chance to be able to prove that, if there is a lot of quality in countries like ours.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Fourth Dimension” by Hypocrisy.

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

Vinyl.

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

DeathHammer, 02/10/2019.

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

A Doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peter Tagtgren, Ishan, Nicolas Baker, Hansi Kürsch and Shagrath

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the preparation of our 2nd album; we already have the concept and some songs. Despite this pandemic, we have a good rhythm, trying to take on the challenge and overcome what was our first album.

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

www.facebook.com/DominantiumBand
www.instagram.com/dominusdominantium/
www.dominusdominantium.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/6JuFhSRdgdCX9Y1eFyDnr5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRyI5La9t4JvYlmLFmdqA-A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahahahaha. I think the name says Cake, so I guess it is a cake.

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

Thanks to you for this wonderful interview. You are the maximum. To all whom follow your page, a big hug and to continue supporting good music and emerging bands.

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish based Industrial, Alternative Rock/Metal Solo Artist, Aleksander Susi. Huge thanks to Aleksander 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?

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi). I sing, play guitar, bass, keys and program music. Nowadays a solo artist.

Founder of ”ALEXANRED”, ”A:S:Örchestra” and ”a.s.andtheloudorchestra”. Founder and ex-member of ”2 Wolves”. Ex-member of ”Scent of Flesh”. Also associated with various other bands and projects.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my given name.

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

I live in Finland. I do not follow the local scene anymore at all, so I am the wrong person to answer that.

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

“Transformations”, Album, released in March.

‘The Gates With Two Suns’ (Audio)

‘Children Of The 80’s’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Rammstein, Linkin Park, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil.

What first got you into music?

I guess rock music and movies when I was a child. Beatles, Scorpions, Queen. I started with piano school then played classical music.

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

Probably with no one at this point.

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

Obscene Extreme looks nice and fun and that there’s nice people. Even though my solo artist music would not fit the musical style of the happening.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

Peter Steele.

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

When my music is heard by people. Moments, when your work is vain.

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

More real talent. In many cases the industry should stop feeding and normalizing the stupid product that they are forcing people to listen/watch, making people also really dumb.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

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

I love CD’s the most.

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

Rock to the River, Imatra. Long time ago, over 15 years probably. I was playing in Scent of Flesh back then. There were many cool artists playing there at the same festival, including one of my favourite band, Helloween.

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

I really do not know now. Hard to say. Maybe a painter or an architect.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting. For long time.

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

www.twitter.com/astp0001
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1OFbUmpchz7IEWCF0ihBU5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjs7NNZcEhEx8EghN_KjuFA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Definitely.

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

Stay safe, take care of yourselves and your friends and families.

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada, based Epic Black/Death Metal band, Valfreya. Huge thanks to violinist and backing vocalist, Maude Theberge, 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 Maude Theberge, I’m the violinist and backing vocalist for the band.

In 2009, vocalist Corinne Cardinal wanted to create a band that mixes the symphonic and orchestral parts of classical music, the festive and authentic parts of folk and Celtic music with the aggressive and energic parts of death / black metal, and that’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from two of Norse mythology’s iconic things mashed together: Valhalla and Freya, the goddess

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

We’re from Canada, more specifically Montreal. The music scene is huge in Montreal, there’s a lot of variety! It’s great to have such an amazing scene locally.

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

Our latest release is the music video for our song ‘Warlords’ from our last metal album “Promised Land”.

‘Warlords’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re influenced by various styles like metal, but also classical music or folkloric music. We like bands like Wintersun, Septic Flesh, Ne Obliviscaris, etc.

What first got you into music?

The thing that really got me into music was metal! It’s the one style that made me want to start learning an instrument.

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

There are so many bands that we would like to collaborate with, but being able to tour with a band like Septic Flesh or Dimmu Borgir would be amazing!

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

Wacken is probably one of the biggest European metal festivals out there, so that’s the one I would choose. We think our music would be more popular in Europe than here because of the style we play, so a European Festival would make more sense.

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

It’s not that weird, but I remember an overenthusiastic fan buying a round of drinks for the band while we were on stage, but it was pastis and no one liked it, so we pretty much all choked on it on stage haha!

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

Thank you so much for keeping up with us, we can’t wait to play shows for you again! Meanwhile we’re writing our third metal album and we can’t wait to release it already.

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

So many great rock stars left us recently, but my personal favourite would be Dio. He was an amazing vocalist and an amazing human!

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

What I like the most is being able to play the songs that I love and being able to write my own music. What I hate the most is how much time is needed to do all of this and how little there is time in a day.

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

Unfortunately, I think that a lot of things about the music industry are wrong, but if I have to choose only one, I will choose to handpick every single toxic/abusive person and remove them completely from the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my many all-time favourite albums is “Midian” from Cradle of Filth.

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

With a high quality analog recording, I’d pick the Vinyl, but for anything digital, I really love CDs (and still buy them).

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

Personally, my best gig was opening for the amazing Carach Angren in Quebec City.

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

My whole life revolves around music so it’s a hard question, but I recently discovered I like modelling so I think that’s what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My amazing band mates would be the five people I would invite!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working hard on our next metal album, so considering the pandemic, that’s our main focus at the moment.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/Valfreya.Metal
www.valfreyaofficial.com/
www.valfreya.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google it to find out what this is haha! From the pictures, I would say it’s a biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for this interview, and please follow us on our social medias for our latest news!

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK, based Alternative Rock band, Matt Finucane. Huge thanks to main man, Matt, 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 there – my name’s Matt, and I sing and play guitar. I met the others doing open mics here in Brighton a few years ago, and gradually drew them into my obsession. Now there’s no escape for any of us.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, it’s just my real name. Maybe we should have a band name, as people tell me it’s hard to pronounce… That’s their problem, though!

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

The UK, which…problems aside…still has quite a healthy scene across all genres, for now anyway. There’s lots of psych and doom metal bands in Brighton and surrounding area, for sure, and quite a few hard rock acts.

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

An 11-track album called To The Outer World, which came out on Fri 23 April.

‘A Friend From Far Away’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Velvet Underground, The Fall, electronic music.

What first got you into music?

Probably the Velvets. It’s all Lou Reed’s fault.

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

Someone non-guitar, to shake things up. How about Clipping.

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

Glastonbury. Just because it has to be done.

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

I’m still at the stage where even getting a message off them saying they enjoyed a gig is a pleasant novelty – if they started sending me gifts, I’d have a heart attack.

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

It’s ok, I don’t bite.

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

Prince. I never liked his music that much, but it seemed such a waste when he died.

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

I enjoy being able to express stuff, in my own time and in my own way, that might otherwise drive me mad. I hate being at the mercy of chancers, con-men, scumbags and hipster wretches.

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

Less money for the chancers, con-men etc etc, more for the actual musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Raw Power” – Iggy & The Stooges

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

I go back and forth on this, all the time. I honestly don’t know – they all have pros and cons (cassettes are probably the weakest link though).

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

The last few before lockdown were just getting better and better, more and more intense, and I don’t know if that’s rose-tinted in hindsight because of lockdown, but I’d say it was the very last one: a local gig we did at a small venue called the Prince Albert in late February 2020.  Hope we can pick it up again at the same level.

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

I’d be a writer. Which in reality, means I’d be cleaning toilets and getting very frustrated with life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s my idea of hell.  Wouldn’t happen.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I honestly don’t know – venues are only just starting to get back to me about bookings. I have to keep writing new songs, in the meantime, because quitting isn’t an option.

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

At the moment I’m whoring myself out on Instagram, and actually enjoying it. There’s something about the format that focuses people’s attention, where their parent Facebook (which I hate), just disperses it. Links:
www.instagram.com/matt.x.finucane/
www.mattfinucane.net/
www.mattfinucane.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0zYQZsVnJXHN7rJ1jdgzzW

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a biscuit. An unpleasantly soft, chewy one, full of poisons. Biscuits are worse than crack, in my not very humble opinion.

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

Can’t think of anything except to say thanks for your time, I appreciate it.

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EMQ’s with OVERLORD

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EMQ’s with OVERLORD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dhaka, Bangladesh, based Melodic Death Metal band, Overlord. Huge thanks to guitarist, Priyotosh, 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 Priyotosh, I play Lead Guitars in the band, and am the composer/founder of the band too. Once I was playing an Arch Enemy song in my university days, there was another guitarist named Zarif who was there, who I barely knew at that point. He started to play the other guitar part of the same song. We both were surprised, and eventually became best friends. Later on, we jammed and formed the band because we came up with original compositions, and then we recruited the other promising members for the band. That’s how Overlord was formed in 2010.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had scribbled down some names in a notebook, and shortlisted to 10 names. Out of these 10, we eventually chose ‘Overlord’, because we wanted the name to always express our stance, which is Anti-system, Anti-oppression, and against social injustice and global megalomania. ‘Overlord’ usually represents corporate conglomerate entities who remain in power and control things around us. But we refuse to accept that and hence we consider the mass people like ourselves as ‘Overlord’.

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

We are from Bangladesh, from the South Asia region of the world. The Metal/Rock scene here is fantastic! We got hundreds of bands who are doing very good music in both of these genres and its sub-genres. After the pandemic induced restrictions were eased, concerts are happening, new albums and fresh new compositions are getting published by the bands. So, it is a great and happening underground music scenario now.

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

We released our debut album “Resurgence of the Obstinate Kind” in Nov 2020. We have also released a music video with the last track of the album named ‘Prophecy’. Our full album is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, and major tracks are available on SoundCloud and Reverbnation. We are also active on Facebook and Instagram.

‘Prophecy’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To name one, Arch Enemy comes first and foremost. Other influences include Septicflesh, Insomnium, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Kalmah, At The Gates, Carcass, etc are notable ones.

What first got you into music?

I was a natural drummer, I used to hit any object like percussive instrument with my pen and any stick like thing during my school and college years. Later, I sat on a drumkit while visiting a friend’s band jamming. Then I realized music is in me and which later turned to learning the guitar and eventually forming Overlord.

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

Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth. He is genuinely a genius and there is a lot to learn from him when it comes to composing a song and bringing variety.

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

70,000 Tons of Metal which happens on a Cruise Ship. We could enjoy other bands performances as well as playing for the awesome crowd while cruising in a ship for days. Absolutely wonderful experience to get.

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

Not weird per se; fans have made digital album arts for our songs, which was a sweet gesture.

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

Respect all music genres and musician’s efforts and support them.

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

Tough question, but I guess it would be Dimebag Darrell, because we all knew he left us too early and we still had a lot of mind-blowing compositions to get from him. Wouldn’t want to miss that!

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

The ability to translate my thoughts and express them through music and lyrics is a privilege which I’m blessed with as a musician. The part I hate is that musicians are not valued as much, their dedication to the profession and the passion is often overlooked, and the future does not seem to be much promising because of the lower income/revenue. No one realizes that musicians have to pay bills too. This is the part I hate.

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

Unity – this is a thing that much of the industry people do not do and do not take truly in their hearts. Metal music and underground music is already a niche community, why compartmentalize it with genre and sub-genre things? There is no need for grouping as we are already low in numbers. Let’s just enjoy and promote each other’s music in solidarity and brotherhood. We can keep our own preferences to ourselves, but we should do music and spread it in a united way.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Anthems of Rebellion” and “Wages of Sin” by Arch Enemy, “Blackwater Park” by Opeth, “Killing the Dragon” by Dio, “Winter’s Gate” by Insomnium, “Atoma” by Dark Tranquillity, “At War With Reality” by At The Gates, “Communion” by Septicflesh, and many more.

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

Personally, I’m kinda old school, so I prefer vinyl and CD’s for their physical appeal. However, downloads have become more convenient, as long as it can generate some revenue for the artists.

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

An Open Air gig where we performed in Khulna University in Jan 2020 called ‘Noize Fest’. It was an amazing gig with a great sound and tremendous support from the crowd. Open Air gigs are a completely mesmerizing experience.

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

I honestly don’t know. Probably would prefer to work in a non-profit organization, or something related to band music, event management, tour crew, sound guy, or maybe guitar/drum tech.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity, Angela Gossow who used to be Arch Enemy’s vocalist, Michael Amott from Arch Enemy, Tom Englund from Evergrey, and Ville Friman the guitarist from Insomnium.

What’s next for the band?

Our 2nd album is in the making. We are actively looking for record labels. Hoping to get a good deal and then promote our 2nd album through the label, unlike our 1st release which was independent.

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

www.facebook.com/overlord.bd
www.reverbnation.com/overlord9
www.overlordbd.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/overlord.bd/
www.soundcloud.com/overlord-bangladesh
www.open.spotify.com/album/185coX73ozUD0ZErApOYoW
www.youtube.com/Overlordbd

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, I would go with Cake.

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

Most welcome! I would just like to add that, there should be more affordable PR and promotional services made available for bands like us who are struggling to make their mark in the metal world.

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EMQ’s with DAUTHUZ

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EMQ’s with DAUTHUZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Zaanstad, Netherlands based Death Metal band, Dauthuz. Huge thanks to guitarist, Dennis Jak, 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 Dennis and I play (lead) guitar. Dauthuz was founded about 6 years ago after I stopped with my other bands (Nembrionic, Unlord, Consolation, Cardinal, FuckFace). I asked my pal Hans Bijland to start an old school Death Metal band. At first Marcel from Putrefied would be our vocalist, but he decided he didn’t want to enter the music scene again. We asked Robbe from Disavowed and he did our first release (self-titled EP). That was received pretty good. After that, we parted ways with Robbe and Melle (drums). Due to personal circumstances, they couldn’t stay in the band.

We asked Nick de Vet and Manoloxx to enter the band and they did. We made a new record, “Destined For Death” (with Melle on drums) and started gigging a lot. Till Corona…During Corona we changed line-up again, and again due to personal circumstances (work, distance etc.). Emiel Selderbeek and Bas Polder entered the band and together with the new material and mix/master from Kohlekeller Studio in Germany we were able to produce a killer new album called “Cold”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We are an old school Death Metal band and we needed something with that vibe. I found out that Dauthuz was the old English name for death. And Chuck being my main hero, it was a no brainer. Gerrit Rijcken made the logo and used Old English as the basis. If all were meant to be!

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

We are from the Netherlands. We have a strong metal scene with bands like Pestilence, Sinister, Asphyx at the top and bands like Putrefied Corpse, Menschwalsch, Abrupt Demise and Infantry in the underground. I even think we have some sort of Dutch sound.

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

We released our new album “Cold” on the 5th of March. We really made a big step with this one.

‘The Apocalypse’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That would be Chuck from Death and Jeff and Kerry from Slayer. But ,also, Patrick from Pestilence, Trey from Morbid Angel and Possessed have been of great influence.

It all started with Van Halen, Maiden and Sabbath. Then Megadeth, Agent Steel, Overkill, Anthrax etc…

What first got you into music?

I borrowed an old fake Strat from my friend Marco (Nembrionic) and I think a DS1 from Boss. Plugged it into an old ghetto blaster and I was sold! Within a week I put together a band and formed the predecessor of Consolation (Gore Flix).

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

Probably a band like Metallica. I always wished that they would make an album with only faster tracks. Like ‘Battery’, ‘Fight Fire With Fire’, ‘Hardwired’ etc…

That album I would make with them. The last record is so fucking awesome and James sings better than ever. They get a lot of shit from people, and I agree to some point. But for me they have rehabilitated themselves.

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

Hellfest. It looks so fucking awesome and I see so many great bands playing there. And Obscene Extreme, it’s just THE festival of the extreme.

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

Lots of lovin’. I will leave it at that!

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

A band and its fans are a whole. We need each other to flourish. We need fans for motivation and a purpose. And together we create great memories live. Good times, together.

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

Chuck (Death), off course and Jeff (Slayer).

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

Writing new songs and hearing them when they are ready. That first time together as a band that we heard “Cold”, fucking awesome!

What I don’t really like is the re-recording from my demo’s. That’s why these days, when I write the song, that’s the Album take. Almost all my guitars you hear on “Cold” is the moment I wrote it.

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

Transparency of contracts, more freedom in contracts with labels.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Death – “Leprosy”. The production, the riffing, the vocals. ‘Left To Die’ is my all-time favourite song. Goosebumps in the middle (break) every single time!

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

For me all! I don’t discriminate!

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

Probably some small venue with 30 or so visitors. I love the rawness of underground venues. Blood, sweat and beers. I played in front of 80.000 people and that was freaking awesome, but to see, smell and participate up close in smaller venues is killer.

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

I would be a gamer, Hi-Fi freak, video editor or builder of things.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Family first, so always family. Then friends.

What’s next for the band?

Next up is an MCD/split record or something like that. Also, an album from 20 years back from an old band of mine was released in April. FuckFace will finally be released through Brutal Insanity Records (on cassette!). With Dauthuz we already have some tracks for the new mini and will also be writing new stuff.

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

www.facebook.com/dauthuzdeathmetal
www.instagram.com/dauthuz_deathmetal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4ltVxaJMAqFpteOCW3XU34
www.youtube.com/channel/UCWADG4JExMduBZjEIHwUC2A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wiki says Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes. Wiki is good so I will follow Wiki.😊

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

Support your metal scene. We need you harder than ever!

Try to stay open-minded to other opinions. None of us have the truth at our disposal. And don’t forget, we will all eventually burn or rot. So, try as long as you live, to live a good life.

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EMQ’s With AKIAVEL

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EMQ’s With AKIAVEL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aix-en-Provence, South of France based Melodic Death Metal band, Akiavel. Huge thanks to vocalist, Auré, 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 Auré, vocalist with the Death Metal band Akiavel. Akiavel was created in 2018, between Chris (guitar), Jay (bass) and Butch (drums), with the idea of creating a band that would play the music we like, say a mix between Thrash, Death Metal and Hardcore. We wanted to remove the boundaries that exist too often between these different styles of metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Akiavel comes from the famous humanist and political Italian thinker Nicolas Machiavelli, mainly known for what certain might call cynical or amoral political theories… and the name was modified so that it sounds more “metal”, plus keeping the “EL” sound at the end of the word, which means “She” in French.

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

We are from the South of France, next to Aix-en-Provence. The metal scene is pretty active here in France, with a lot of good bands, the main one being Gojira (laugh).

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

We released our first full-length album “V” in February 2020. We then had 4 different music videos taken from this album, you should definitely check them out if you want to discover Akiavel’s unique world. More recently, we also recorded 2 live songs for the February edition of the Slay at Home Festival, by Metal Injection, you should also check them out (laugh)!

Our second album, “Vae Victis”, was released on the 23rd of April this year. With this album, we dug further and deeper into Akiavel’s style. The fact of knowing each other way better has helped the writing process. There are 2 videos which have been shot for this album, and a third one is to be shot within the next weeks.

‘Frozen Beauties’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences are very different, all 4 have different tastes and musical backgrounds, it encompasses metal music at large. It ranges from classical Heavy Metal like the great Iron Maiden to pure violence like Benighted or Aborted, but also Thrash like Slayer or Testament or even Hatebreed. Our music is deeply rooted into every and all metal styles!

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a family of musicians. Later, I went to a lot of concerts and the opportunity presented itself to me.

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

There are many of them, I would say Gojira, they are at the top of the metal world. I know Jay (bass) would add Hatebreed, and that Butch (drums) would answer Testament (laugh).

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

Probably the Wacken Open Air, because it is probably one of the biggest and all big bands have played there, that would be a dream to us to play on such a stage.

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

A portrait of me drawn. A very nice surprise!

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

Thank you for your support, it means a lot for a fairly young band like us to receive support from so many countries, and especially from the US.

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

Without hesitation, Peter Steele…

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

Playing live and sharing our passion for good music with the public. I do not hate anything about being a musician!

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

The Covid crisis so that we can go back on stage!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Heartwork” from Carcass!

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

For the sake of the music industry’s survival, I’d say CD’s (and Vinyl)! In terms of modernity and efficiency, I’d say streaming platforms.

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

As Akiavel, we played the off festival of the Hellfest, in 2019. That was really cool, and one of the only live concerts we did as a band. A few months later, we released our first album, and then came the first lockdown…

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

Wow! Probably a hermit… I will live in a shack and adopt animals… (laugh)

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jeff Walker, Bill Steer, Devin Townsend, Einar Selvik, Chris Barnes.

What’s next for the band?

Now that our album is out, we will be getting ready for the coming back of concerts, onstage or on a livestream!

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

Facebook is a very efficient way to get in touch with our fans. Then we use YouTube for our music videos (we have already six of them available right now!) and, of course, all the legal platforms for streaming.

www.facebook.com/Akiavel
www.open.spotify.com/artist/14M2CyExjuwWrJlJGYvg6T
www.youtube.com/channel/UCY52nn6ZxtfjlxYTPDWjSvA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, of course. (laugh)

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

Thank you for your interest in our band! We hope we can meet you all and play live once all this crazy situation is behind us!

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EMQ’s with DEADLINE

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EMQ’s with DEADLINE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pretoria, South Africa based Old-School Heavy Metal band, Deadline. Huge thanks to vocalist, Jessy Switchblade, 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 Jessy Switchblade, vocalist, and frontman extraordinaire for Deadline. We are a South African old school heavy metal band formed in September 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. We have gone through several line-up changes over the years but are comprised of myself on vocals, Dizzy Styxx on drums, Damian Dread on bass, Judge Mental on lead and rhythm guitars and the Skullprit also on lead and rhythm guitars.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our founding member Raven Chaos started the band to teach our previous bassist, Baz Steel how to play the bass guitar. It was supposed to have only been a garage band kind of project but soon evolved into what it is today. We got our name from a Testament song off the album, “The Ritual” and the rest as they say is rock n’ roll.

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

The South African metal scene is a pretty small scene that has ebbed and flowed over the past few years. With the Government imposed lockdowns the scene has sadly gotten smaller as many venues have closed and bands split up. We are lucky enough to be from Pretoria which is 50 kilometres away from Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng and it currently is the biggest hub for heavy metal in the country.

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

Our EP “Abigail’s Crypt”. We decided to release a B-sides and rarities EP to just get some content out between albums. The whole album comprises of covers and reworked songs and it really is just a fun stopgap until album no 3 is written. It comprises of 5 songs, 3 covers and 2 reworked songs from our catalogue. We decided to record the covers we play the most often live being ‘Holy Diver’ originally done by Dio, ‘Rebel Yell’ originally done by Billy Idol and ‘Square Hammer’ originally done by Ghost. We then decided to do something a little bit braver and do an acoustic version of our song ‘Break the Silence’, a song that’s on our debut album which we wrote against child abuse and then the most daring song on this compilation is a reworked version of our heavy metal anthem, ‘High-Tops & Bullet Belts’. The song is about the glory and splendour of heavy metal and we remixed it to give it a synthwave/darkwave flavour. The irony. HAHA! By releasing something like this I guess we are telling everyone that we do not want to be a one boxed into a genre and we are not a one dimensional purely old school heavy metal band. As it stands our third album is going to be slightly heavier than the previous two.

‘High-Tops & Bullet Belts’ (Cyber-Tops & Synth-Belts Mix) (Lyric Video)

‘Hi-Tops & Bullet Belts’ (Original)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Any of the giants from the 80’s metal scene from Judas Priest to Iron Maiden, Dio to Testament, Metallica to Slayer and everything in between. Current influences include Ghost, Trivium and Hammerfall.

What first got you into music?

I was hellbent on becoming a professional soccer/football player until the day I visited my cousin in Portugal, and he played me Iron Maiden’s “Live After Death”. Life as we know it changed right there and then. I will never forget how I felt when I heard Winston Churchill’s intro speech going straight into ‘Aces High’. That song is the reason I’m a metalhead.

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

Most probably Nergal from Behemoth or Tobias Forge aka Papa Emeritus from Ghost. They are two of the most forward-thinking entertainers currently in the metal scene. I suppose for a young Jessy it would always be James from Metallica or Bruce from Maiden.

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

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been to 15 international metal fests which for a South African residing in South Africa is a big thing so ultimately, I’d love to play at one I have been to so either Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium or the mecca, Wacken Open Air in Germany. Gun to head, most probably Wacken because of its rich heavy metal culture and history.

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

Well…a gentlemen never tells. HAHA! To be honest I have received so many great gifts from fans from custom Deadline M&Ms from a fan of ours living in the Netherlands to a custom-made glow in the dark Venom mask from a friend and fan back home in South Africa. Fans really get imaginative, and it is humbling that people actually take the time to give/make us gifts.

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

The message always remains the same, we did not create heavy metal, heavy metal created us so treat the music, the culture, and the scene with the respect it deserves. (I said that in a Dio voice) 😊.

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

Dammit, why only one???? 😊 That’s a tough one but I’d most probably settle on Cliff Burton. Thought I’d never bring back a bassist but there you have it. With Alexi Laiho’s recent passing, he is another that was taken too soon that I would most definitely consider bringing back. Ah crisis, and Chuck Schuldiner of course. How could I forget Chuck??? Ok, there you have it, a whole 3. 😊

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

I absolutely adore playing live. Being a part-time band, it can sometimes get taxing and tiring trying to make it all work out but once I get up on stage everything just makes sense in life. I was born to entertain. As for what I hate, not much really. I am very thankful and blessed (hate using that word) to be doing what I do at my age, in my country as a hobby. What I can say is sometimes the writing process can be frustrating and I often arrive home angry and irritated but that is such a small facet of what we do. The haters, the long nights, the sore back, the bad knees all get trumped by the exhilaration of playing live. It is a chicken/egg thing cause the aches and pains are caused by my energetic stage show.

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

I could write a thesis but being from a country where heavy metal and live heavier music is general isn’t supported well, I’d ask for more fans. We had a very healthy underground rock and metal scene in the 90’s/early 2000’s. I wish people would invest more in live music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ride The Lightning” by Metallica! AKA the thrash metal bible!!!

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

All of the above. 😊 There is a time and a place for all of them. I actually use all 4. For years I was against online consumption of music, but it really just makes life so easy. As long as good heavy metal is playing from all 4 mediums, I’m happy!

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

There’s been a few memorable ones but one that sticks out in my mind was in Cape Town at the beginning of 2018. We played at a festival called Metal4Africa’s SummerFest. It is very well supported and everything we did that night just turned to gold. That show had such a proper flow about it and it was one of the first times the Cape Town metalheads got to watch us live. We were hounded by fans after the show. The closest I’ve come to feeling like Nikki Sixx.

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

Well, I’m currently an acquisitions banker with a law degree, so I guess that’s what I’d be. I think the question here is ‘if you weren’t a banker what else would you be’? A rock star baby, a rock star. 😊 If both failed, a WWE superstar of course.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nergal, Tobias Forge, Triple H, Rachel McAdams and Stone-Cold Steve Austin. 😊 Rachel cause she has the best nose in the world.

What’s next for the band?

After “Abigail’s Crypt” and the promo around it, it’s back to writing. We have completed 2 of the songs that will be on our next album and we have 3 or 4 half written ones we need to continue working on.

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

www.deadlinehmc.com
www.facebook.com/DeadlineQ9/
www.instagram.com/deadlinemetal/
www.twitter.com/deadlineq9_band
www.deadlinehmc.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2SQva0Fk9JucHzy3TA8tO9
www.youtube.com/channel/UCO696ofyHfxXxusnZS31Waw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well Wikipedia says biscuit sized cakes. 😊 I’ll go with really sneaky cakes trying to make it big in the biscuit world. It’s tough living but a cake has gotta do what a cake has gotta do.

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

Nope, just a big thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview and running an article on us and the release of our EP, ‘Abigail’s Crypt’. The scene is very reliant on online mags, bloggers, vloggers like yourself and we are very thankful for that. HAIL & THRILL!
LINE-UP:
Jessy Switchblade – Vocals
The Skullprit – Guitar
Damian Dread – Bass
Judge Mental – Guitar
Dizzy Styxx – Drums

BIO:
Formed in September 2014, DEADLINE are on the forefront of the New Wave of South African Heavy Metal (NWOSAHM) and mix elements of traditional heavy metal, thrash metal, power metal and hard rock in their music. DEADLINE are known for their passionate, energetic stage shows and have a loyal fan base all over South Africa known as the DEADLINE Heavy Metal Crew (DLHMC).

The DEADLINE debut album, “Black Wolf City” was released worldwide on 14 October 2017. Their subsequent single ‘Before I Die’ was released on 19 June 2020, followed by the release of their sophomore album “Cathedral Point” on 26 June 2020.
Best Newcomer – South African Metal Music Awards 2016
Best Live Band – South African Metal Music Awards 2017
Best Old School Metal – South African Metal Music Awards 2017
Best Old School Metal – South African Metal Music Awards 2018
Best Old School Metal – South African Metal Music Awards 2019
We are metal! We are fire! We are legacy! We are energy! We are power! We are Deadline!

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EMQ’s with TENSIION

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EMQ’s with TENSIION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Death Groove duo, Tensiion. Huge thanks to guitarist, Phill Corpe, 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?

Phill Corpe, I play guitar, write & produce.

Myself and Travis hooked up in 2014, with nothing more than an idea to knock out a song or two, and just see if it works…turns out it did.

And we really haven’t stopped since then.

How did you come up with your band name?

Throwing ideas around between us…till something sounded not as shitty and cliché as other options. We started out with the name KILL[UR]SELF…which looked pretty cool aesthetically, but the name grated on me after a few years.

So, we changed it to TENSIION…sounds ok, looks ok….hasn’t annoyed me too much yet.

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

Brisbane, Australia…We have an insane amount of talent, in many genres, not just rock/metal…it’s a great music scene.

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

“Subterfuge”. It’s a five track E.P…the single off it is ‘Dead Weight’.

‘Dead Weight’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s probably more of an era thing, more than specific bands, stuff that was happening mid 80’s to mid-90’s from varied genre’s, was a golden age that was a pretty big influence. Friends, experiences, travelling, collaborating…all plays a part.

What first got you into music?

Parents, then radio, tape trading with school friends.

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

The best collabs are with people you can connect too, learn shit from, and have a good time with…so whoever covers those bases and is up for it, then im down.

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

I have no major aspirations of playing huge festivals…happy to roll as a punter…but, hey, I wouldn’t say no to Graspop. Great beer selection, and chilled as fuck.

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

Well, that question just highlighted the fact we dont get enough gifts.

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

I’d happily tell each one personally, it won’t take long.

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

We could do with seeing Lemmy again.

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

I love the creative part, and being able to take it wherever I want…you can get too close to the mix though doing everything yourself, which can make it hard to know if its shit or really good sometimes.

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

Fuck off Spotify…music has no value with streaming.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My first record was “Mickey Mouse Disco”, so that’s pretty special.

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

I buy vinyl, always will…but they should all come with a download card now. I listen to music most in the car, so can’t live without digital.

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

Studio project only at this stage…but who knows, never say never!

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

Sheesh, ummm, other stuff I enjoy doing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Friends…friends are the best.

What’s next for the band?

We usually take a break for a bit, recharge, do other stuff…then see if we’re up for it again after some time off.

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

www.facebook.com/tensiionband
www.tensiion.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIaCHtbcbYFLV4pvotf9YGA/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So glad you asked that question, I think they are!

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

Cheers for checking out our stuff.

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