EMQ’s with VOID COLLAPSE

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EMQ’s with VOID COLLAPSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan/Texas US based Death Metal project, Void Collapse. Huge thanks to Terry Oberson, 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 Terry Oberson, I do everything but play the drums. I’ve been putting everything together for the past ten years or so, I worked with a different drummer early on, but it wasn’t really a fit. I met Shane through a message board, and we work together really well. He is one of my favourite drummers I’ve ever heard, and I’m really glad I found him.

How did you come up with the band name?

It’s from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Lol.

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

We are from the United States. I imagine it’s like anyplace else. I’m from Michigan where Black Dahlia Murder is from, and they play here pretty regularly. I go to about one show a year. I’m older now, and have been to a lot of them in my life. So, I just go when a there is someone I want to see.

What is your latest release?

We just released our second album “Gwenda”. It’s the first in four. We’re doing an album for each queen of the tarot. Gwenda is the Queen of Wands.

‘Glass Furnace’ (Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Bjork, The Beach Boys, countless others in all types of music.

What first got you into music?

The radio, Motown, or The Beatles.

If you could collaborate with any current band or musician who’s would it be?

Kurt Ballou, or Erik Rutan.

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

We’re not a live band unfortunately. We live in separate states, and our lives don’t really allow us to. I just watched Nasty at Wacken and that was pretty crazy, so I’ll pick Wacken.

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

I haven’t yet, and don’t really want to. Lol.

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

Thanks to everyone who has checked us out. Past, present, and future.

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

MCA from the Beastie Boys.

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

I enjoy creating, and making what’s in my head take a physical form. There isn’t much I dislike.

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

It’s sort of like life, it’s just the way it is. Everyone is on the same playing field, and you have to figure out how to navigate it. Everything seems to happen the way it should good or bad.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

Blink 182 – “Enema of the State”.

What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?

Downloads, or Vinyl. Streaming is best in real life, and Vinyl for collecting, and playing video games to.

What’s the best gig you’ve played to date?

I’ve never played out.

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

Playing music is my extra-curricular activity. I work for a chemical plant, raise two girls, and spend time with my girlfriend. That’s my life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Queen, so my 10 year old daughter can talk their ears off with questions about “Hot Space”!

What’s next for the band?

We have a split with Before the Storm We Flourished coming soon, a Guns ‘N Roses cover, and I’m starting the next full length right now.

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

Our main thing is Instagram, and Facebook. We’re on all the streaming services, and Bandcamp.
www.voidcollapse.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/voidxco11apse/
www.facebook.com/void_collapse-102538454571134
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2PYEbK6nDf0x0jO4egg1mK
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0r6MSGya8Nn8Q0yqWZT2sw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they cake or a biscuits?

I had to look this one up. They’re exactly what I thought they would be. I would say biscuits. I would like to try them though.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything you’d like to add?

We really appreciate the opportunity to do this, and a big thanks to anyone who has checked us out, and a big thanks to you.

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EMQ’s with REAWACAN

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EMQ’s with REAWACAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Death Metal band, Reawacan. Huge thanks to guitarist/growler, Dan Krieger, for taking part.

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

Hi, my name is Dan Krieger, and am responsible for all the guitar work and growling.

REAWACAN was founded in 2017 by me and Marco Gebert. Before we both had a musical break for about a decade since we played together in our former band called Lacrima Christi.

With our self-titled debut album in 2019 we had been resurrected with all our passion for extreme music…

How did you come up with your band name?

We knew it must somehow symbolize our rebirth. So, we stumbled upon this old English word – which simply means reawaken. Because of its untypical spelling it is unique and a perfect match!

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

We are from Germany. As far as I know we have quite a big scene of all kinds in our relatively small country. You know the WACKEN OPEN AIR for sure – it has developed itself to be the biggest in the world!

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

In fall this year our new EP “Pandemic Coverage & Old Schooling” will be released (October 23rd). It will be accompanied by one or more video productions. So, we pretty much used all the given extra time during the pandemic for being freely creative!

‘Into Proliferation’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metal-wise all the famous old school masters like Metallica, Slayer, Death, Paradise Lost, Celtic Frost etc.

We are children of the 80’s and therefore also much influenced by all kinds of classic rock and pop of these days, including many of the prog rock projects back in the 70’s…Regarding the reviews for our debut, some people mention even a certain jazz taste in it…?

What first got you into music?

When. I was a small boy, my handball trainer listened to some music wearing head phones. I asked him, what he was listening to. He replied, it is the fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Bad Wolf’. This made me very curious because I knew he was kidding. – I immediately fell in love with what he presented to me: Motörhead, Metallica, Twisted Sister, Saxon and Iron Maiden! Those sounds never left me. So as a teenager I founded my first band ABSZESS…

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

I would like to experiment with some gangster rappers. – Really! I admired all that stuff with heavy riffs back in the 80’s…

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

WACKEN Open Air of course! Just to be a part of history.

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

I can’t remember to have got any…

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

‘Metal heads unite!’ A saying by Chuck Schuldiner to remind us all that all the sub genres of (metal) music doesn’t matter at all. Just be true to your own individual taste!

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

Again: Chuck Schuldiner. I would like to hear what he would be producing nowadays…

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

The most precious gift of making music is the ability to deeply express yourself. There are no limits, no laws, absolutely no holding-back! It makes me sad when people try to define and control everything just to prove something/someone wrong.

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

Please do not only support the ‘rich’ musicians that already hyped themselves and listen carefully to those many talented freaks out there, whose abilities to spread their ideas are ‘traditionally’ more limited.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Stay Hungry” by Twisted Sister.

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

Of course, vinyl! None can compete with it as a whole piece of artwork! But I also like the vast sound power of the digital capacities. It is exciting to listen to the differences between analog and digital mixings.

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

Interestingly it was not the biggest one. It was the CD Release Party with my old band Lacrima Christi nearly 20 years ago. The album is called “Maskenball” and the tiny club transforms into exactly that!

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

I am a passionate programmer and martial artist. Also, strong forms for expressing myself. Another thing would be working as a movie actor – especially for the weird and mad characters! HAHAHA!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The best parties have been with my fellow neighbours! REALLY!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing and promoting the EP, of course. In the meanwhile, we have already written some songs for the next album…!

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

Besides Facebook, it is mainly Bandcamp, and all of the streaming platforms of course.

www.reawacan.de/
www.reawacan.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ReawacanDeath
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7hgmZ5A02kz3E98qNEvkE1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A would say it’s a biscuit. Remember it since being a very small child…!

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

I would like to say thank YOU for all those interesting questions and your support! Cheers!!

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EMQ’s with MELTING EYES

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EMQ’s with MELTING EYES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with The Hague, Netherlands based Old School Death Metal band, Melting Eyes. Huge thanks to Ben Ubert & Marco van der Meer, 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?

Ben Ubert: I play the rhythm guitar and the some of the little melancholic parts.

Marco vd Meer: Drums.

History:

We‘ve known each other for more than 25 years. We‘ve lost track for several years and when we met again in Amsterdam at a Gruesome gig, the idea was born to start up an ODSM band. In February 2017 we started practising and meanwhile the bass player joined us. All three of us already played in other bands in the past. Me, in War Master (NL). Marco in Compos Mentis (NL) and Angelo, the bass player has a long history of bands; Winterfell, GAOS and many more. After ¾ years of rehearsing and writing songs Pier Segaar (guitar in The Impaler, ex Constant Paranoia) joined the band on vocals. After a while he brought his guitar with him and started playing guitar as well. We started performing live with bands like Gruesome, Nervochaos, Graceless, Rages Of Sin, Acrid, mainly in the western part of the Netherlands. The debut EP was recorded in the Covid period in November at  Studio Moerwijk and was released Aug 1st 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ben: it refers to my illness, I suffer from Cluster Headaches. In bad periods it’s like one of my eyeballs is melting out of my head. Visualising this gives a gory, painful picture, which of course is suitable for an old school death metal band.

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

We originate from the western part of the Netherlands and there’s a pretty big metal scene, with Musicon (The Hague), Baroeg (Rotterdam), Nobel (Leiden) programming (inter)national bands. Apart from that the Dutch metal scene is very alive with a lot of good bands (Asphyx, Graceless, Pestilence etc. etc.).

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

Our debut EP: “My Final Resting Place”.

‘My Final Resting Place’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ben: Death (US) (Chuck Schuldiner R.I.P.) and Asphyx, later on also Gruesome (Matt Harvey).

Marco: Nicko McBrain, Alex Marquez, Gene Hoglan, Bolt Thrower, Malevolent Creation, Disincarnate, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary etc.

What first got you into music?

Ben: I think it was hearing Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’, after that the new wave of British Heavy Metal, but certainly also the beginning years of Death Metal (87-96).

Marco: When I was 9/10 years old I started listening to AC/DC, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. They all got me where I am now.

When it comes to playing, I’m very inspired by Nicko McBrain, still love his drums on the early Maiden albums.

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

Ben: We already did, Matt Harvey of Gruesome helped me out writing the first song ‘Rise From Below’ during guitar lessons and also taught me an important lesson in attitude, which gave me more confidence: “I just play what I like to hear, it doesn’t get any deeper than that”. By chance we also did a gig with them here in Holland.

Marco: My good friend Alex Marquez.

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

Ben: 70,000 Tons of Metal, great atmosphere and weather, Metal on a cruise ship!

Marco: Actually, same as Ben 70,000 Tons of Metal. Maryland Deathfest would be awesome too.

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

Ben: Being stopped on the street to take a photo with me and my orange camper which has the name Melting Eyes on the back.

Marco: Email.

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

Ben: We are very pleased and humbled with all your support and all the nice reactions to our debut EP. You’re all part of Melting Eyes.

Marco: Thanks for all the support and stay death metal.

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

Ben: Definitely Chuck Schuldiner, he died way too early.

Marco: Brett Hoffmann, cannot be matched by anyone. His voice was truly unique and he’s still missed.

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

Ben: I love the friendship in the band and with the fans. I don’t hate anything, but I am sorry I sometimes cannot spend more time working for the band. We still work full time on a normal job.

Marco: We are good friends and that makes playing a lot of fun. I always look forward to Thursday evenings to rehearse again. And certainly, also all the messages from fans and reviews that we get after the release of the EP. Ben does indeed do a lot of work for the band lately with distribution and contacts, hats off if you do that with a full time job. I hate nothing when it comes to the band.

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

Ben: No opinion yet

Marco: Deleting Dutch-language music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ben: “Leprosy” by Death

Marco: I have so many but there is always one that is often in my CD player and that is “IV Crusade” by Bolt Thrower.

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

Ben: All of them, Vinyl looks great, cassettes make me feel nostalgic. They make me feel like going back to the tape trade era. CD’s are still handy and Downloads and Digital make you go around the world faster.

Marco: CD’s and downloads (depends on the bitrate), got no cassette or record player anymore.

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

Ben: Musicon, together with Gruesome.

Marco: Yes, totally agree, Gruesome.

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

Ben: Driving on my motorcycle.

Marco: Looking for a drum kit and starting to become a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ben: my family and friends.

Marco: I don’t do dinner parties, when I throw a party there are only drinks and snacks and I prefer to do that with family and friends.

What’s next for the band?

Ben: To start working on a new album and get more gigs/festivals in 2022

Marco: Yep.

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

www.meltingeyes.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/MeltingEyesDH
www.instagram.com/meltingeyesofficial/
www.twitter.com/MeltingEyesDM
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1odmfwAEaEtB73SIOiPbU6
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g0mpsZjgMU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ben: no f….. clue haha.

Marco: Fucking tasty, I know those things heh.

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

Ben : To all who are supporting us, thank you very much!

Marco: Thanks for this interview. And for the fans: thanks for the support.

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Franconia, Germany based Old School Death Metal project, Terminal Carnage. Huge thanks to guitarist/bassist/vocalist, Stefan Walter, 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 Stefan Walter and in TERMINAL CARNAGE I play the guitars, bass and I also own the role as singer in the band. The project TERMINAL CARNAGE was started in winter 2019/2020 by myself in Wiesenttal, a small community in Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany.

The idea to start the project TERMINAL CARNAGE came up approximately one year after the split-up of ADORING HUMAN FLESH (AHF) the former band where I played guitar.

I had my own musical vision apart from AHF, so I started to work on this by myself. At this point I was not able to convince a former band member during the song writing process, so I decided to compose and record the songs just by myself (guitars, bass and vocals). Regarding style there were no limits as I have musical influences all across the metal genre preferring more extreme styles such as Death Metal. The recordings and the mix was finished in spring 2020 just a few days before the first Corona-lockdown happened. I presented the recordings and the artworks I created to Markus (former Drummer of AHF). Markus liked the material and agreed to join TERMINAL CARNAGE. Our Death Metal-duo was now ready to take the next steps…

The drums were played by Markus in the basement of his house while I was doing the recording job sitting in the corner of the room hitting the record button and drinking beer 😊

The whole drum recording took place in various sessions and was finished end of summer 2020. After that Markus and I worked on final arrangements and at one point reached the state of mutual satisfaction regarding the mix. Now a mastering engineer was needed to give our debut THE SICKENING REBIRTH the required, final polish. The choice for the mastering job fell on Simon Hammer (REBOUND STUDIO, Nuremberg) after having received a great sounding test track from Simon.

All the recorded tracks were shared virtually with the mastering studio due to Corona and the shit involved, such as dusk-to-dawn curfew, etc.

Having various mastered test tracks of the album available we contacted some labels to release our debut “THE SICKENING REBIRTH”. We were really surprised about the positive feedback from the labels but the choice to release “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” fell on GREAT DANE RECORDS in France.

How did you come up with your band name?

TERMINAL CARNAGE in other words means THE FINAL BLOODBATH…before I came up with the name I already recorded some songs. So, the direction for the project was at hand…OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL

At that point I also realised that the material had the potential to be released and of course a band name was required for this purpose. I searched for a name that on the one hand suited the style of music and on the other hand was able to express that this will be the final musical project from my side… You know, after the spit up of ADORING HUMAN FLESH I was really tired of making music in a common band so I said to myself this will be the final (TERMINAL) thing I will do before I stop making music… I think the combination of TERMINAL (=FINAL) plus CARNAGE (=MASSACRE=BLOODBATH) describing the music was good enough for a band name.

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

I was born and live in Upper Franconia, Bavaria. The scene here is alive but in comparison to the scene years ago I think there is a certain regress. A lot of places where metalheads used to meet, party and go to concerts don’t exist anymore, but as I said the scene is still alive, somehow lurking in the dark, waiting to attack 😉

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

As mentioned before, the choice to release “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” fell on GREAT DANE RECORDS in France. Raphael, the guy from GREAT DANE RECORDS who is in charge for us, is a companionable partner, music fan and death metal maniac as we are. In a first step GREAT DANE RECORDS offered us to release the album as digipak CD and digital download.

‘The Sickening Rebirth’ (Audio)

‘Years Of Demise’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To speak for myself, my influences are so widely diversified that I have to smile if my music is compared to one or two specific bands. Of course, there are bands out there who influenced the way I play guitar but on the other hand I never really played cover songs or was nailed to a certain style of playing…so in a way, it’s my way!

In case of TERMINAL CARNAGE, I would say and also support people who have the opinion we sound like a mixture of BOLT THROWER, OBITUARY and ASPHYX. Due to some melodies also, PARADISE LOST I would like to mention…AUTOPSY, NECROPHAGIA, MONSTROSITY, MORBID ANGEL and CELTIC FROST are also influencing our music if I quote people describing our style. Somebody recently said we sound like the TYPE O NEGATIVE of Death Metal which I think is funny…

What first got you into music?

An artwork on a tape (MC) when I was at market with my grandma…I asked granny to buy me the tape, a compilation with some 80’s hard rock/metal sound on it. In the early 90’s tapes were traded and shared in the school bus, so I got aware of many great bands and styles and metal became my absolute favourite.

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

I am not sure…I like the collaboration with musicians I know personally. I need people to rely on. Anyway, to name somebody – Peter Tägtgren comes to my mind. I think Peter is a great musician and producer.

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

I would choose the PartySan festival as it is a great death metal festival with amazing bands.

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

I never received any gifts. Well, long ago somebody threw a beer mug at me while shredding the guitar on stage…was this a gift, I don’t know.😊

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

Buy our stuff, support TERMINAL CARNAGE and the true underground bands out there…

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

When we’re talking about a rock star, definitely Lemmy!

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

I enjoy the process of writing, performing, and recording music… Instagram, Facebook, etc. for me is a real pain in the ass but that’s what you need nowadays to get a certain attention.

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

The music industry is an industry, so the target is clear…maximum profit. I think a lot of releases nowadays (especially of long-serving bands) have a lack in songwriting…just standard, boring and 1000 times heard before.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one… that’s hard. MORGOTH – “Cursed” comes to my mind. For me this album has a special atmosphere and I still love it.

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

Definitely vinyl.

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

Gigs under the banner TERMINAL CARNAGE have never been played as we are acting as a duo at the moment. Let’s see if we come up with a live line-up at one point.

Of course, Markus and I played in various bands before and always enjoyed playing live. I prefer playing festivals as this is always something special but of course a good club show sometimes kicks ass even more…

For me playing on the 2nd stage of the MetalCamp festival 2011 in Slovenia was a great experience. Playing on a festival headlined by SLAYER and your band name (I was a member of WARLIKE DEATHSTRIKE at this time) printed on the festival shirt is of course amazing…

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

Music is a huge part of my life and a hobby consuming most of my leisure, but my daily business is office work in a company.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good friends and family…

What’s next for the band?

We will release a special song via our label GREAT DANE RECORDS in autumn 2021 and also a cover song (OMEN III by Magical Affair) introducing a female guest singer which will be issued on our Bandcamp profile latest beginning of December…

Our 2nd album we are planning to release beginning 2022. Most songs are written, and we are in the middle of the recording phase. The album title is fixed and the artwork in preparation…if you like “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” prepare for a whole lot more!

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

We are on Facebook, Bandcamp, YouTube and Instagram… our music you can hear also on Spotify, and on Amazon Music…
www.facebook.com/terminalcarnage
www.terminalcarnage.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/terminalcarnage/
www.twitter.com/TerminalCarnage
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2pnfkzplPEk24v9AgabYyz
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDODPbeqZS00Je3_X7HoZrQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I really hate those…

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

Support TERMINAL CARNAGE, get yourself a shirt and a physical copy of “THE SICKENING REBIRTH”. Follow us on Bandcamp, Facebook and Instagram and hit the like buttons in all those fucking platforms. Give us some attention and feel free to comment the bullshit we post…cheers!

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EMQ’s with LUTHARO

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EMQ’s with LUTHARO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hamilton, Canada based Melodic Death/Thrash band, Lutharo. Huge thanks to vocalist, Krista Shipperbottom, 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 Krista Shipperbottom and I am the lead vocalist in Lutharo. The band was started back in high school by guitarist Victor Bucur as something for fun but shortly after I joined in 2013 the band got more serious and decided to make it a full time project.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Lutharo” is an elvish word meaning “the enchanter”. We came up with this because of our love for “Lord of the Rings”. We figured having something in elvish would be cool.

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

I am from Canada and the scene here (at least before the pandemic) was pretty good! People here are pretty passionate about metal!

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

Our latest release is a full length album entitled “Hiraeth”, released on 15th October!

‘Hopeless Abandonment’ (Official Video)

‘To Kill Or To Crave’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Angela Gossow definitely has to be one of my greatest influences. Without hearing her I probably would have never started screaming.

What first got you into music?

Music has always been a part of my life from the moment I was born. My dad especially loves music and going to concerts so I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

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

Too many to choose from! I would say maybe blues musician “Beth Hart”.

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

Probably Wacken or Hellfest, I think both of those titles speak for themselves.

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

Nothing strange that I can recall…yet.

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

If you have a dream or passion do whatever you can to fulfil it no matter what anyone says.

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

That’s WAY too hard of a question.

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

Writing music and watching it grow from the ground up/watching other people enjoy it, is the best part of being a musician. There’s nothing better than seeing your own art effect other people especially when they’re across the world. I wouldn’t say I hate anything. There are a few things that can be stressful but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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

The music industry should focus more on people who are authentic and have a strong message rather than just what’s catchy.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favourite album of all time is “Black Sabbath” by “Black Sabbath”.

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

All of them are good as long as you’re supporting the artist.

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

The best gig we played was definitely opening up for “Alestorm” a few years ago in Toronto!

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

I have no idea and I hope I never need to find out.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony Iommi, Beth Hart, Angela Gossow, Robert Plant and Zakk Wylde. All off the top of my head.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, a lot of touring and another full length album!

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

You name it we’re on it!
www.lutharo.com/
www.facebook.com/LutharoOfficial/
www.instagram.com/lutharo_official/
www.twitter.com/Lutharoband
www.lutharoband.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/38RQwSDbSq8ztizimX2vYp
www.youtube.com/LutharoOfficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google this, but they honestly look like a cookie or biscuit to me. Sorry if I offended some people.

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

Thank you so much for having me! Stay safe and stay metal!

Lutharo Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with DOOMSDAY PROFIT

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EMQ’s with DOOMSDAY PROFIT

Hi everyone! Welcome to a wonderful new EMQ’s interview with Raleigh, North Carolina based Psych-Sludge/Doom band, Doomsday Profit. Huge thanks to bassist, Ryan Sweeney, for taking part and for being one of the few to go all out on the Jaffa Cake question…awesome!

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 Ryan Sweeney and I play bass in Doomsday Profit along with Bryan Reed (Vocals/Guitar), Kevin See (Guitar), and Tradd Yancey (Drums).

Bryan was looking to start up a music project and roped me in as a way to get back into playing music, but primarily as an excuse to hang out with friends. We set out to make literal doom music to channel some of our anxieties around the effects of late-stage capitalism and the climate crisis. In search of a drummer, I reached out to Tradd Yancey of Crystal Spiders, with whom I played in a short-lived punk band a decade ago. From there, Tradd brought in Kevin to round out the sound that we now have defined as Doomsday Profit.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bryan and I were having a beer before a show, brainstorming band ideas. Nothing suggested felt right. I like puns, to most everyone’s chagrin. Bryan tossed out ‘Doomsday Profit’ and we immediately realized it checked all the right boxes.

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

We’re from the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), which has a very active heavy music scene. It’s awesome being able to see great heavy bands like Solar Halos, Night Battles, MAKE, WitchTit, Crystal Spiders, Lightning Born, Tooth, etc. as well as some newer punk acts like The Muslims and Pie Face Girls. We’re also honoured to be from the home state of scene greats like Corrosion of Conformity, Weedeater, Sourvein, and Toke.

It would probably be a disservice to mention some of the other Triangle greats like The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Sylvan Esso.

The Triangle scene has had significant ebbs and flows in the 80’s and 90’s with The dBs, Polvo, The Connells, etc. and in the early aughts with groups like Hammer No More The Fingers, Red Collar, Bombadil, The Love Language, etc. There were often shows each night in each of the three cities and you would have to make some hard decisions as to which show to go see. Now we’re kind of in an ebb, I’d say.

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

We currently have a demo on Bandcamp, but our first official release, “In Idle Orbit” is coming out November 12 and will be available for pre-order from October 1!

‘Consume The Remains’

https://doomsdayprofit.bandcamp.com/track/consume-the-remains

“Abandon Hope” (Full Demo)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As far as an influence on our sound? Each other. One of the things I really love about this band is that while we all have overlapping musical interests, our individual influences are diverse. My musical influences are more in the psych and prog realm, Bryan’s are more in the realm of hardcore and death metal, Tradd comes from a groovier cowpunk and pub-rock background, while Kevin’s primary go-to is jam bands. We all love the genre Doomsday Profit plays in (and the obvious classics of the genre: Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sleep, etc.), but with our combined influences we push each other into sonic territories that we otherwise might not explore on our own.

What first got you into music?

It’s hard to say. I think I always had some sort of connection with music. My late grandfather was an influence in that regard; he was big into Dixieland jazz which I didn’t get into until he passed away, but I think his adoration for music was imprinted on me at a young age. I attempted various instruments as a youngling: violin, piano, and guitar. Nothing stuck until a good friend of mine in high school taught me how to play bass.

My relationship with music has primarily been as a consumer and curator as opposed to a musician. Two high school teachers sent me on a path out of the typical embarrassing stuff everyone listened to as a kid. My world history teacher always ended a weekly quiz with a bonus question where she would play a classic rock song and we’d have to answer which band it was. That was my first-time hearing Jethro Tull. A year or so later my English teacher played A Ghost Is Born for the class when it first came out and that sent me on a path towards indie and college rock. My good friend who would later teach me bass was getting into classic metal and new prog (Porcupine Tree) and another friend hooked me onto Zappa. From there I went to college radio, interned at a record label where I met Bryan who was also interning, played in a college band, played in a post-college band (with Tradd), then lived a post-college life fairly removed from music for the first time in my life until another friend brought an opportunity to do a radio show at a community station. The show is still running, and it’s called Global Garage. It’s focused on rock-tangential music from all around the world and is a great way to force myself outside of the typical US/UK/Canada/Australia scenes that tend to dominate the typical music discourse. It’s the ultimate excuse for music discovery.

TL;DR – The quest for new sonic experiences.

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

I would love to incorporate some saxophone into what we do. I’m a sucker for sax-laced psych rock (Hawkwind, Mythic Sunship, etc.). Maybe Matana Roberts? Add a free jazz-doomy element.

Or, to shake things up, a collaboration with George Clinton would be absolutely wild and unexpected, but I think could sound really cool.

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

Roadburn’s the dream, right? I would love to play Roadburn because it’s such an institution, but primarily because it would be a great opportunity to see a bunch of fantastic bands all at once. But, if I have to pick only one, I’d go for Duna Jam. It just seems like such a chill, intimate experience and you really can’t beat that scenery.

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

We haven’t received any gifts yet, but we hope to make new friends during our upcoming October and November shows. But, if anyone is looking for ideas, we like D&D, Magic the Gathering, comic books, and records. On the weird wish list though? Fan art of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face.

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

Eat the Rich.

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

My default answer is going to be Frank Zappa. He was such a profound, prolific talent always diving headfirst to new music technology. It would be interesting to see what kind of music he would create with what exists now. I am on the fence as to whether his inevitable hot take YouTube channel would be very thoughtful and relevant or super cringy/old-man-yells-at-cloud.

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

Playing with my friends and connecting with people. Playing music, for me, is very much a form of therapy as well. It feels good to play.

What do I hate? Carrying cabs upstairs.

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

Fair payment. It’s bogus that the RIAA and labels pocketed music piracy lawsuit money and the actual musicians didn’t see a dime. Spotify is great for music discovery, but musicians don’t get paid nearly enough. I love Bandcamp for their artist-first approach business model. If I could change the music industry, I’d make Bandcamp the only music streaming and digital purchasing option.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oof, just one? My answer will change by the minute and as I’m typing the answer this minute is: Mohanik –At Amarbayasgalant”.

One of my favourite discoveries through Global Garage and is now one of my favourite records. I mean…check it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwS78Z_3URI

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

Whatever you have at your disposal and fits your needs. My personal listening preference is typically downloads/digital because it’s portable and I can listen to (and discover) a lot of new stuff quickly. I’ve spent probably more than I’d like to admit on Bandcamp Fridays over the past year-and-a-half.

I do also love vinyl because there’s nothing like the experience of collecting and listening to it. When I travel abroad, I like to start a trip at a record store and ask for recommendations of bands from the area. It’s also a great way to get good recommendations for places to go, things to see, eat, drink. etc. So, if you’re traveling to a new place, make your first stop a record store!

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

Art Bar in Columbia in February 2020; a week-ish or so before everything shut down. It was a fun show and a pleasure to share the stage with MNRVA and Space Coke. We’re returning to Art Bar on 10/16 to play with MNRVA, NeverFall, and another NC band, HolyRoller.

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

What I do now, data analytics desk job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If dead people are allowed in this hypothetical: Kurt Vonnegut, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Phil Ochs, Fred Hampton, and Anthony Bourdain.

If we’re talking currently alive: Paul Beatty, Sean Sherman, Jon Ronson, Angela Davis, and Greta Thunberg.

What’s next for the band?

We have a few weekend sprints coming up in October and November to coincide with the release of “In Idle Orbit”. In the meantime, we’re writing new songs with a goal of hopping back into the studio in February.

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

Website
Bandcamp
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I want to be very clear that I take food very seriously. I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to philosophize on weird questions like “is a hotdog a sandwich?” and “is cereal soup?”. This feels like one of those things and I want to do due diligence here, especially because Jaffa Cakes are specific to the UK.

As I’m unfamiliar with this particular debate, I went into this question assuming that this is a very dividing question and didn’t want to start some sort of international conflict. I was prepared to do my research and conclude that “cake or biscuit, the label doesn’t matter; what does matter is that Jaffa Cakes are absolutely delicious.” But I did my research and there’s a definite answer so we’re going to throw out any potential diplomatic issues out the window because this is now a hill I will die on.

As a Yank, I can’t say that Jaffa Cakes are a treat I’ve previously indulged in or sought out, so my personal experience up until now has been limited. In my state of being culturally unbiased, I wanted to approach the question from two angles: what does precedent say and what do my tastebuds say?

The first result that surfaced when I began my search was the precedent set through the case of McVitie’s vs. Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise where it was legally determined Jaffa cakes are, indeed, cakes. I agree with the logic discussed within the case, but I can’t take law as final because just because something is law doesn’t mean it’s good. Laws are meant to be broken.

As I have a huge respect for food science (big ups to Kenji López-Alt), I wanted to look at the process of how such a treat is made. Throughout my recipe research, it became clear that sponge is an integral part of a Jaffa cake. Sponge is, of course, cake. In one YouTube video, the baker created an instructional video for Jaffa Cakes based on the Great British Bake Off challenge. In which, they baked the sponges in cupCAKE tins, not on cookie sheets. This left me with one final source to confirm.

For my final preliminary research, I deemed it crucial to consult the institution of all things confectionary in the UK. What does the Great British Bake Off say? Jaffa Cakes were a challenge during cake week. ‘Nuff said.

While the preliminary research was enough to convince me I wanted to follow through with my due diligence and actually eat some Jaffa Cakes. I found some at a local supermarket and made Bryan stop there on our way to band practice. I forced Jaffa Cakes upon my bandmates to get their take:

Kevin: abstained

Bryan: Trick question, it’s a cookie (Biscuit: 1 | Cake: 0 | US/UK Relations: 0)

Tradd: Tastes like a cake filled with zit pus (Biscuit 1 | Cake 1 | US/UK Relations: 0)

My verdict – and tie-breaking vote on behalf of the band – is that while the Jaffa Cake is certainly the size of a cookie, and these specific cakes were a bit on the firmer side (more like a soft cookie), the overall experience and taste was certainly more cake-like than cookie-like.

In conclusion, based on research into precedent and personal experience, Jaffa Cakes are indeed cakes. They’re also absolutely delicious and I want more of them. Bryan and I were glad Tradd wasn’t a fan because that meant more delicious Jaffa Cakes for us.

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

Individual sustainability efforts are important but remember that almost three fourths of worldwide fossil fuel emissions can be traced to 100 corporations. They’re the ones making the real doomsday profit.

Doomsday Profit Promo Pic (Credit Allie Mullin Photography)
Allie Mullin Photography

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EMQ’s with THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

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EMQ’s with THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with the, wonderful and totally unique Camden Town, London based duo, The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara (TCOMAS). Huge thanks to Daphne Ang and Andrea Papi, 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 are The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara.

Daphne: I play the piano and the keyboard, and I provide the vocals and write the lyrics

Andrea: I play the guitar, bass and vocals.

Our first collaboration together was actually in the fine arts. We painted together as ‘ELKYMY’, and made three dimensional paintings inspired by abstract forms and flows in nature. The both of us always had and shared a deep passion and love for music, so we started also making music together.

How did you come up with your band name?

TCOMAS: ‘The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara’ was actually the title of a manga comic series that we developed. We wrote a script and made illustrations of ‘Manimal and Samara’ – which we decided to feature on the cover of our debut single ‘Atoms’. The story is about an awkward schoolgirl who runs away into the jungle to escape from society and the modern world, then meets someone who would change the course of her life forever. We later decided to turn the script into a song, ‘Tcomas S01 E01’.

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

Daphne: I was born and grew up in Singapore. Despite its reputation for being clean and almost sterile, there was a small but really vibrant underground scene of hardcore, punk, ska, and metal which I grew up with. That’s where many of us found a sense of community. Because of the strict censorship laws, many artists and musicians had to find creative ways of expressing ideas and saying things in a way that did not come under the radar of these restrictions. London has been my home for more than 10 years now, and I couldn’t be more at home in Camden Town – the heart of British “Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s amazing to be right in the epicentre of so many great music venues. One of our songs from our first album is titled after The World’s End pub, where we first met.

The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara – ‘At the Worlds End’
www.open.spotify.com/album/0rHcya6vm0JxCP3JtE9mBR

Andrea: I’m originally from Tuscany (Italy) and there’s always been a strong metal culture there, from Extrema and Death SS to Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody and Linea 77. Now Maneskin is on top of the world. They are not Metal but they are Italians and they are singing in Italian so, bravi!

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

TCOMAS: ‘Count the Dead’ – our first single from our upcoming second studio album, released on the 8th of October. We composed this song as a protest against world leaders, whose negligence and recklessness have resulted in one of the largest ‘avoidable’ losses of lives in generations. The song provokes you to think about the complex issues pertaining to the value of human life – in light of the current pandemic.

The single will be released on 8th of October, you can pre-save it and stream it once it’s released here:
www.tcomas.ffm.to/countthedead

The music video for this track will be released on the 18th of October. Watch the premiere of our video here:
www.youtu.be/JmNDPMdFsaE

Who have been your greatest influences?

It is impossible to list all the names of all our musical influences, but we made a playlist of some of our favourites.
www.open.spotify.com/playlist/3OocDmnyZ9OcCDa8WFLW6m

Daphne: In terms of lyrics and vocal performance, I am very much influenced by theatre and literature, from Ancient Greek theatre to Shakespearean drama, and from Classical Persian poetry to modernist poetry. Carl Jung is a huge inspiration as well.

Andrea: I also am inspired by the musical cultures of the ancient world. These influences can be heard quite distinctly in our upcoming second album “Trust No Leaders”, which we will release in 2022.

What first got you into music?

Daphne: The piano. I started learning classical piano when I was 6, and Beethoven was (and is) my favourite composer. But it was my father who introduced me to the world of Rock and Roll.

Andrea: From 4:07 to 5:10 of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen.

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

TCOMAS: Apocalyptica, Kraftwerk, and the Kronos Quartet. And Hans Zimmer

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

Andrea: Probably Download Festival, because it would allow us to play in different countries and cities, especially Sydney so in the time off I can go back surfing the Northern beaches.

Daphne: Woodstock 1969?

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

Andrea: I remember that one time I broke my classic guitar into pieces after playing a show. Later on, someone picked it up and patched it partially back together, framed it, and gave it back to me as a birthday present.

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

Andrea: Music unites people. Politics divides people. Think for yourself, question authority.

Daphne: Create, listen, read, watch, breathe in the art that gives you life and a good reason to fight. Never stop learning. Search your soul, and get to know your unconscious mind. Respect nature.

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

Daphne: Nina Simone and Freddie Mercury.

Andrea: Cliff Burton.

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

Daphne: In terms of the making of it, it’s a form of therapy as it is always cathartic. Yet it is also a means of reckoning – a process that forces you to dig deep into the bowels of your own soul.

Andrea: Music is freedom, the limit is imagination. So, I hate rules.

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

TCOMAS: We make music independently, and promote ourselves, we don’t make music to cater to the demands and expectations of the music industry, it is about connecting with people through music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

TCOMAS: “God Hates Us All”.

Daphne: “South of Heaven”.

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

Daphne: Going around with thousands of songs on your phone to choose from is pure joy. But there’s something about unravelling (and smelling) the insert of a new CD or cassette to read the lyrics whilst listening to the music.

Andrea: I miss tapes but vinyls are the sexiest.

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

Andrea: When I performed at Telethon, a charity show in Italy which was aired live on national TV.

Daphne: It was a gig at the Fat Frog Cafe in the garden of The Substation, an independent arts space in Singapore (now sadly defunct). Over the decades, many gigs, plays, and art performances took place under the shade of a huge Banyan Tree that grew there.

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

Daphne: Probably in academia teaching art history or working in a museum.

Andrea: I’m a professional chef. This allowed me to play the music that fuck I want.

TCOMAS: Actually, we’re not just musicians. We are also painters (ELKYMY, Art by Lady Lazarus). Some of our cover artworks are paintings done by us.

 At The Worlds End Cover Artwork
‘At The Worlds End’ – Single Cover Artwork
featuring a series of paintings by ELKYMY.
www.elkymyart.com/at-the-worlds-end

 Love In The Time Of Pestilence Cover Artwork
‘Love in the Time of Pestilence’ – Single Cover Art
featuring, ‘The Plague Doctor’, painting by Daphne Ang.
https://daphneang.com/part-iii

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

TCOMAS: Attila the Hun, Frederick Nietzche, Carl Jung, Sylvia Plath, and Bender P. Rodriguez. We’ve made a little something for Ever Metal Readers below…

What’s next for the band?

TCOMAS: We’re planning to release our second album in 2022 and hopefully we will be able to start doing live shows safely as well. We’ve also started a design and motion graphics studio specialising in music video under TCOMAS Studio, so we hope to expand this more. You can check out some our work here: www.tcomasstudio.com

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

Andrea: I hate social media.

Daphne: Here you go.
www.tcomas.com
www.facebook.com/tcomasmusic
www.instagram.com/tcomas.music
www.twitter.com/tcomasmusic
www.soundcloud.com/tcomas
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2V3zzIcq2sbRbaEjbGypc8
www.youtube.com/c/TheChroniclesofManimalandSamara

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Daphne: It’s a biscuit and a cake…a biscake? No, it’s a big macaroon.

Andrea: I’m a panettone kind of guy.

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

TCOMAS: Thank you very much for having us. It is always a pleasure to chat with you. See you around soon!

Here’s a little something we did for Ever Metal…

TCOMAS Dinner Party
‘TCOMAS Dinner Party’
After ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Read ‘Dark Juan’s ‘Count The Dead’ single review here:

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EMQ’s with FUNERAL PILE

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EMQ’s with FUNERAL PILE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rosenheim, Germany based Blackened Death/Doom band, Funeral Pile. Huge thanks to bassist/producer, Martin, for taking part.

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

Hi. My name is Martin. I am the bass player of Funeral Pile. You could also say that I am the producer. The band was originally founded in 2008. I wasn’t part of the band at that time. I was already involved in other bands, but we already knew each other. All in the band were friends and still very young. They were all metal fans with long hair who just wanted to see if they could make some heavy music. The style was already similar to today, but the goals were not very high in the beginning. It was more about meeting for a few beers and banging the shit out of their heads. After not even two years the band broke up because all of them moved to different cities for their studies. But the contact never completely broke off. Ten years later, all of them had started families and had jobs, Annike, Ralf and Matthias, the guitarists and the singer of the original line up, met to celebrate New Year’s Eve together. After a few drinks they decided it was time to revive Funeral Pile. The very next day Annike and Ralf met to write new riffs. Because they didn’t have a rehearsal room, they soon asked me if they could record in my home studio, so that they wouldn’t forget the riffs, and that Matthias could already work on getting his voice back in shape. So, they recorded the riffs that would become the song ‘Nameless City’ at my place. Once I heard the single riffs I thought that sounded great. They already had enough material for a whole song. I arranged the material into a song, played the bass and added the drums, and wow! Matthias worked out his vocal line very quickly and it was done. We all thought it was great. We kept working in that mode. Annike and Ralf had many riff ideas. I picked out the best ones to form songs out of them. And sometimes, when I was missing something, I recorded something myself. It was very pleasant and creative and also great fun and soon we had enough material for the first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ralf came up with the name already in the first period of the band. He was fascinated by Nordic rites and sagas. Funeral Pile should refer to the burial of Viking kings. But we also used it in our song in connection with the witch burnings during the inquisition, after we had read in some book that the name can be associated with both.

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

We are from Rosenheim, a not very big town in the south east of Germany, in the countryside at the foot of the Alps. The metal scene there is small but nice. We met because we always hung out in the same dark and smoky heavy metal club. It’s been closed in the meantime but since we all have kids in the band, we don’t have time to hang out anyway. There are always small concerts of local metal bands. Munich and Salzburg are less than an hour drive away, where all the big bands play shows on their tours. And, of course, there are still many great metal festivals in Germany and the neighbouring countries. Wacken of course, but also dozens of others.

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

We just released our first full album “Evoked In Flames” as stream and download. After we got good reactions to it, it will also come as a CD and LP. But the release date is not fixed yet.

“Evoked In Flames” (Full Album)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Since the songwriting is teamwork, there are a lot of influences. Ralf likes Iron Maiden and other old school Heavy Metal bands, but also Post and Stoner Rock. Annike is more into stuff like Bolt Thrower or Paradise Lost. Matthias is the Black Metal guy in the band. I like all that stuff. For me it is very inspiring when listening to bands like Belakor, Dödsrit or Panopticon.

What first got you into music?

Haha, good question. I’ve wanted to play in a band ever since I can remember. But my family is completely non-musical. I didn’t start playing an instrument until I was a teenager, but then I started playing in a band right away. That’s also the reason why I’m a bass player. I also play guitar and drums, but there is always someone who can do it better than me. *laughs*

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

Our singer Matthias would now say Franzl Lang the yodel king *laughs*…just kidding. In past projects I already had the chance to work with musicians like Winterherz from Waldgeflüster, Austin Lunn from Panopticon or Fitty Wienhold from U.D.O. I was able to get many strong impressions of their passion for music and with which energy they approach the music. There are so many great musicians that if I had a wish, I wouldn’t be able to decide right away. Maybe Tuomas Saukkonen. He is so creative; it would definitely be very impressive to see him at work.

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

Fire in the Mountains. I saw a live video of Panopticon playing there. It was just magic. And, of course, Wacken. Because it is the biggest festival with the best sound. My personal favourite festival is the PartSan.

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

Be kind to each other. And think a little bit more about your social responsibility than only about yourselves.

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

Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, so maybe we could enjoy seeing Bolt Thrower live again.

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

I love everything directly related to music. Writing songs, recording in the studio, meeting with the others to rehearse…I even love rehearsing, many people don’t like that…playing gigs, sitting on the bus for hours, continuing to sit in the backstage room for hours and chatting with other bands. All that is great. Sometimes it pisses me off that music ends up being a business. Sometimes I’m even quite happy that I only make music for my own pleasure and don’t have to earn my living with it. There are so many bands out there that are commercially quite successful, but have done the same thing for years/decades, only to serve their customers. From a commercial point of view, it is unfortunately much more important to be a brand, visually as well as musically, than to be creative. So, unfortunately, metal too often looks like its own caricature.

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

To continue the theme: A little more courage and openness to try something new wouldn’t hurt. There are these many sub-genres who’s clichés the bands have to fulfil, otherwise they will be torn apart by critics and fans. It’s all so stuck that no innovation can come out of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For Ralf it’s Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”, for Matthias it’s Dark Tranquility – “Damage Done”, for Annike it is Vader – “Litany”, and for me it’s Paradise Lost – “Draconian Times”.

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

First of all, I can’t understand this current hype about cassettes. I’m so old, I still recorded mixtapes myself from record to listen to it in the car. There you hang hours in front of the HiFi system to record the tape. Just to listen to the noise of the record and cassette together later. And when the sun hits the car, the cassettes are fucked and you start all over again. Fuck cassettes, really. I was so proud of my first CD-changer in my old Honda Civic. To be honest, meanwhile I stream my music almost 99% of the time. If I like an album, I buy it on vinyl. Preferably at the concert of the band. But I rarely get to listen to music from vinyl. Most of my records are still shrink-wrapped on the record shelf.

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

We haven’t played any gigs with Funeral Pile yet. Since each of us has small children and we had little time, we focused only on songwriting and working in the studio. We are currently getting ready for live shows, but in the near future there will be only occasional weekend gigs. Our kids are still too small to go on tour. They still need their moms and dads. I myself have been playing in bands for more than twenty years and have played many many gigs. The best gigs are always the ones where something unexpected happens. I remember a show with a previous band when our guitarist came up with a request from a friend of his. We just had the info to play a show in a region called Allgäu. We had a five hour drive to get there in an old bus without air conditioning. When we got there we had to drive several kilometres up a mountain in the Alps on a narrow dirt road. I just thought “What the fuck?…Do they want us to play in front of some cows?…Who is going to walk up this steep mountain to see a gig?” But then we reached a huge mountain meadow with an open air festival, surrounded by high, rocky mountain peaks, with a view of the city down in the valley. The audience was more than one thousand people and we were very well received there. The people really went wild. I will definitely never forget this show.

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

I know a guy from Norway who does tourist safaris to the musk oxen on Dovrefjell. When it’s not tourist season, he hunts moose and reindeer. He also brews his own beer, which is really good by the way. Sometimes I would like to live that life too. But I know myself, instead of going hunting I would set up a home studio and make music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Besides my band? Maybe Karl Willets, Nick Holmes, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan and Sponge Bob.

What’s next for the band?

We will release “Evoked in Flames” on CD and vinyl soon. We haven’t got the release date yet, so stay tuned. And we already started songwriting for album number two. I don’t want to give too much away yet. But as with the first album, we will again not strictly stick to just one sub-genre. Maybe there will be a few guest appearances. Besides that, we are preparing to play live. As I said before, there won’t be many shows. But maybe one or the other readers will have the chance to see us somewhere soon.

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

www.funeral-pile.com
www.facebook.com/funeralpile/
www.instagram.com/funeralpileband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4hdHyjhM7DhCt0TW9O3QnN
www.youtube.com/channel/UC2k27LpnOnWGZICRbSS1zHA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No matter what you call it, I love Jaffa Cake.

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

Be kind, respect each other and think about your social responsibility.

Cheers!

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EMQ’s with SPURGE

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EMQ’s with SPURGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Alternative/Psych Rock band, Spurge. Huge thanks to composer/multi-instrumentalist, Jen Hodges, 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 Jen. I compose, arrange, track, and play bass, drums, keys, guitar, percussion, and a few other instruments. I started Spurge in Nashville about 10 years ago as a way for me to record my music. It wasn’t and isn’t limited to one genre. It was just whatever I felt like writing. Through that freedom I allowed myself, I found my voice. After I found it I decided I wanted to start playing live shows again and got a group of musicians together from around town. A gospel drummer, a jazz guitarist, and a metal guitarist. We had fun and gigged a bit until I got a promotion and had to move to Atlanta. I found musicians in Atlanta of the same format and we continued to play. We’ve been gigging and I’ve been recording ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

The first iteration of the band was called Jen Hodges and Friends. Our first drummer, Laylow wanted to change it and I was game. Band names wasn’t something I considered; I was focused on the music. He suggested Spurge. He liked it because it is a weed reference. I was cool with it and the name stuck.

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

I’m from America and that is THRIVING here \m/

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

The “Crown” EP was released in December 2020!

www.open.spotify.com/album/2t6kHp7aywdEEMhV63jcBg

Single/Video for ‘57’ was released in September,

‘57’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Flea. Definitely Flea. Then Mindless Self Indulgence, Buckethead, David Bowie, Alice In Chains and probably Pink Floyd as well.

What first got you into music?

I took piano lessons in first grade and cared about it a lot for some reason. After I heard Flea in 5th grade I switched to bass though and really started to get serious about it. I’d gig local coffee shops with my instructor. Got hooked on live shows early.

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

Maybe Danny Elfman. I’m learning a boingo bassline right now and it’s super goofy. I like weird vibes because it keeps me from being bored.

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

Lollapalooza! That festival had such mystique when I was younger. All my favourite bands played. I’m no exception to the millennial fixation on nostalgia.

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

I’ve never received a gift from a fan I don’t believe. After shows a get I lot of people come up to me and say they are looking for a bassist in their band and ask if I’d join haha. We have been called “a musician’s band.” Most of the people who come to see our shows are musicians themselves.

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

Hi how are you?

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

For the purpose of releasing new music? Hmmm, Jimi got cut short and never heard all the craziness we do electronically now. I think he’d really get into it. Although I might say Dimebag Darryl because he didn’t deserve that man.

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

I love waking up in the morning and getting excited for work that day. I love finding new challenges in music that upon first glance seemed simple. I love being stuck on a transition and breaking out a calculator to help me figure out where to go. I love that I always have something to talk about with people. I love that I’ll never master music and everyday I’m going to learn something different. I hate…hmmm…I hate carrying my bass cab!

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

I’d find a new way to consume music so that money would start flowing in the industry again. How do you make two million dollars in the music industry? Invest one million.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Mother’s Milk”.

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

It depends on the album. Heavy bass sounds best on high quality downloads or CD’s I think. Music that was made with analog in the 20th century sounds better on vinyl. Music evolves with technology I think.

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

Thank You Scientist was pretty baller. So was Tony MacAlpine.

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

I’d probably be a talent buyer. I did that for a few years in Nashville and it was a lot of fun.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Zeus, Santa Claus, Han Solo, Teddy Roosevelt and Cindy Crawford. I’d watch them all stumble over themselves flirting with Cindy.

What’s next for the band?

Secret show in Atlanta!!!!!!! Can’t do a big show cause of COVID, so secret album release party 😊

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

Youtube, FB, IG, Spotify, Soundcloud
www.spurgeband.com/
www.spurgeband.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thespurgeband
www.instagram.com/spurge_band/
www.soundcloud.com/spurgeband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/22XhYu7Xm9ZoUaCq5mzxeU
www.youtube.com/channel/UC8btIAdf5fnXSKi0ZJvkKFQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure!

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

Thank you for listening! Please share the music 😊

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EMQ’s with NERVOCHAOS

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EMQ’s with NERVOCHAOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Death Metal band, Nervochaos. Huge thanks to drummer Edu Lane, 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 Edu and I play drums. NervoChaos was born in September 1996 with the idea of creating extreme, chaotic and aggressive music. Since then, we have released eight studio albums, one live album, four DVD’s, four demo-tapes, two EP’s and did many shows/tours all over the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted to have a strong and different name, which portrayed our musical style, our city of origin and that was a blend of Portuguese and English. So, we did a brainstorm and we started putting words together until we got to NervoChaos.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brasil. The rock/metal scene in Brazil is very strong, very passionate, it has been better structured in recent decades, even though it has never been part of the mainstream, and unfortunately, it has always been quite marginalized. Brazil has always revealed several amazing bands over the years and it has always been a cradle of a very strong musical movement, in the various genres of rock/metal, always with a unique, innovative style and sound.

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

We have a new album, “Dug Up…Diabolical Reincarnations”, coming out on November 19th thru Xenokorp Records (in Europe). For this album we have three singles and two of them (‘Pazuzu is Here’ & ‘Putrid Pleasures’) are already available on all streaming platforms.

‘Pazuzu Is Here’ (25th Anniversary Version)

‘Putrid Pleasures’ (25th Anniversary Re-recording)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have several influences, but the first drummers who had a huge impact on me were Philthy “Animal” Taylor, Tony “Abaddon” Bray, Dave Lombardo and Igor Cavalera.

What first got you into music?

In 1982, when I was 10 years old, my uncle gave me a box full of vinyl (LP’s) from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Focus, Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, and so on. I was hallucinated listening to all these records. So, I started seeking for newer and heavier bands, and on the following year (in 1983), is when I discovered Heavy Metal with bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Venom, Saxon and so many more to list.

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

I personally would love to be able to do something together with John McEntee (Incantation).

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

Playing at festivals is always very special for us. Every festival we’ve had the opportunity to play has been fantastic and we’re really looking forward to returning. We would also love to be able to play at a festival like Hellfest, Wacken or Sweden Rock, because they’re the biggest ones for extreme music there is.

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

We’ve received some pretty unique things during all those years, gifts like letters written in menstrual blood, a human skull, a statue handcrafted by a fan and a few paintings too.

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

Stay safe and keep it fuckin’ METAL!

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

Lemmy Kilmister.

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

What I like most is being able to travel around the world, playing my music, meeting new people, learning about new cultures and living life to the fullest. And I hate it when we can’t play/perform live.

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

I’d like music to return to being pure. I mean that I am really interested in people singing and playing their instruments because they are passionate about it. I don’t like auto-tune or big over-produced music. Every generation has its pretenders/big egos/stupid crap that sells because it’s easy. I want more of a challenge in my music. I’d like radio to come back, free of syndication, to the old formats with real DJs choosing the music, so that the regional aspect of music would reappear.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s extremely hard to name just one album, but one of my favourites is “No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith” from Motörhead.

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

For my taste, I prefer Vinyls and CD’s. I also do like cassettes and I only use digital media to check if I like it and if it’s worth buying the physical material. In my opinion, the only way to support the artists I like is to buy their physical material, so I’m not a fan of downloading.

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

For me, all shows are special and unique in their own way, but some end up standing out more than others. Our first show was unforgettable, as well as when we had the opportunity to play in unusual places, such as Japan or Australia or South Africa. But as I said, all shows are very important and special for us and we always try to offer 120% and play like it’s the last show of our lives.

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

I would probably be working with something related to music, like tour manager, roadie/tech, booking agent, merchandiser, FOH…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would love to be able to invite Jimi Hendrix, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Lynott, Cliff Burton and Eddie Van Halen.

What’s next for the band?

On November 19th, “Dug Up…Diabolical Reincarnations” will be released by Xenokorp. In February 2022, another new album will be released, this time through Emanzipation Productions and in mid-April we will go on a world tour.

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

We have our own website and we’re also on Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon Music, Reverbnation, N1M, Bandsintown, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.
www.nervochaos.net
www.nervochaos.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/NervoChaos
www.instagram.com/nervochaos/
www.tumblr.com/blog/view/nervochaos666
www.open.spotify.com/artist/79Zxs7jzzD0sCwnYOUCKGx
www.youtube.com/c/NervoChaos
www.tumbaproductions.com.br
www.facebook.com/tumbaproductions
www.facebook.com/SetembroNegroFestival

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I would say they are biscuit-sized cakes.

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

Thank you very much for the opportunity and for the interview. If you want to know more about us don’t forget to like and follow us on our social media or simply go to www.nervochaos.net

See you on the road!

Edu Lane

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