EMQ’s with EMERRA

EMQ’s with EMERRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Alternative Rock band, Emerra. Huge thanks to guitarist/singer Fabian 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?

Hey! Thanks for the interview. My name is Fabian, I play guitar and sing in Emerra.

We are a fairly new alternative Metal band from Germany, with our first EP being released just last November.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually an imaginary name, that we came up with in an internet call late at night. We wanted it to be short and non-taken, so Emerra was a good fit.

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

We are from Germany, and the metal scene here is big. We are from the west part of Germany and, only in our state, I could count a hundred bands that are part of our scene here.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Monochrome”, which you can find on every streaming platform.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We love bands such as Karnivool, Nothing More, Northlane, Architects, Tesseract or Periphery to inspire our music most of the times.

What first got you into music?

I personally was always dancing and singing around to everything and was so involved with music, that my parents decided to send me to music lessons. I’m so thankful for that! I started at the age of 5 testing out different instruments and been stuck with guitar since the age of 6 years.

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

I would love to work with Johnny Hawkins of Nothing More, since I feel like as a singer, I could learn so much from him. He’s the best stage performer I ever saw and his use of effects and singing styles on their recordings is a massively inspiring source of creativity and craftsmanship.

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

We have a small festival here in Germany called Euroblast. We learned to know some amazing bands there and their line up always is so well picked. Artists that play there mostly write music that is well thought through and on a very high level. The headliners nowadays are also kind of a big deal, so it would be an absolute honour to be able to play there.

Max, our drummer, actually played there a few years ago with his old band ‘Eleonore’. The festival has grown each year since then.

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

We are rather new, so we are trying to grow a fanbase right now, haha.

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

Thank you so much for spending your time listening to our music. It means everything to us.

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

I personally would say Tom Searle. He was a mastermind and influenced and shaped my taste and approach of music so much. I was devastated when I heard of his passing, and to this day think about him and his songs.

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

Actually, a lot of musicians are fun. I love being around them, I love working with them. The whole mentality is about creating something great. When you find another musician and bond with him/her on different levels, that’s a special kind of friendship with never-ending conversations, emotion and creativity.

I do hate some kinds of musicians, yeah. Be it the wannabe rock stars that think they deserve it all, the unreliable kind or maybe the people that think being a musician means acting as if you’d have to live by stereotypes.

Since I am making a living as a musician and producer, I am annoyed by those making the music scene look like a bunch of beggars. The reputation in society could be better. But one can manage, haha.

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

I think the music industry has developed like it is today for a reason, and it will continue to do so. The future will hold many decisions that aren’t necessarily decided by labels and money makers, but by fans of certain music/artists/genres.

I would change a few aspects that personally I don’t like, but that could be things that work really well for others.

Maybe one thing everyone could agree on would be, that creators should be fairly paid, and that maybe countries should think about opening their borders for touring bands more easily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

So many. Lately I loved “Alien” by Northlane a lot. Since it offers a unique sound design in a genre that urgently needs some new sounds. “Alien” has amazing songs, great production and the whole approach is just so different to every other band in the genre. Also, the tour was mental. The live production was spot on and perfectly executed. I actually went to see them a second time after the first, just so I could experience that show again.

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

Whatever suits your daily workflow and lets you consume your music so that you can enjoy it.

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

Our debut release show of “Monochrome”, although I was ill that day and singing was agonizing.

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

I like to think that I would have become a pilot.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Great question! I think I would love an evening with Nolly Getgood, Dan Lancaster, Tyler Smith, Joey Sturgis and Henrik Udd and talk about music production in all its glory.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently writing our second EP and enter the Studio in September. We can’t wait to play shows again, but at least here in Germany it’s still unclear, when this will be possible.

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

You can find Emerra on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube mostly.
www.emerraband.com/
www.facebook.com/emerraband/
www.instagram.com/emerraband/

Those would be your best portals for our music.
If you want to instantly listen to our music you might start here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqk7ZFcV8_NGYAi27TYDUEQ

Or here:

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit!

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

Thank you so much for the interview, it was a lot of fun answering those questions.
I would love to encourage anyone that likes our music to reach out and have a chat. We love to talk to people and are thankful for any kind of feedback.

Greetings from Germany
Fabian
Emerra

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EMQ’s with LORD

EMQ’s with LORD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney/Wollongong, Australia based Metal/Rock band, LORD. Huge thanks to bassist Andy Dowling 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 Andy Dowling and I play bass for the Australian Metal band LORD. We formed originally under the name Dungeon in 1989 and changed our name to LORD at the end of 2005. Across the two eras of the band we’ve released 9 albums, a couple of live albums and a stack of EP’s. We’ve toured internationally and across Australia for the past several decades.

How did you come up with your band name?

LORD originally came from our frontman Lord Tim however over time the name has taken on a life of its own. There were a lot of reasons behind the name itself and its ultimate change from Dungeon. Tim spent considerable time putting together a fantastic blog post on our website called “What’s in a name?” which explains it far better than I ever could!

(Reference: https://www.lord.net.au/whats-in-a-name/)

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

We’re based in Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Australia has a fantastic metal scene and over the years we have had a stack of bands that have gained international recognition as well as popularity here at home. I’m sure most metal bands the world over would be able to name at least a handful of Australian metal bands these days which is absolutely fantastic. We’re a proud bunch down here!

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

Our latest EP release is “Chaos Raining” which came out on June 12 via our label, Dominus Records. Available via Bandcamp (https://lordofficial.bandcamp.com) and all streaming platforms.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There have been a lot of bands that certainly inspired me to pick up a guitar and want to play in a band. Many of them are obvious picks like Megadeth, Metallica, Maiden, Priest etc however as I discovered more music I continued to develop a taste for wanting to do it myself and get on a stage. As far as influential people are concerned, there have been many people in my personal life who have inspired me to pursue my endeavours whether it be friends, family or even observing others from a distance. To this day I am constantly influenced and inspired to do more and continue to grow as a person.

What first got you into music?

The radio and old compilation cassettes as a kid got me into music generally, in particular rock music. With regard to metal, it wasn’t until I was in my early teens and was given a dubbed tape of “…And Justice For All” by Metallica that my life changed forever. I had never heard anything like it before and I was instantly hooked.

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

John Farnham would be the ultimate. I think we could put together an awesome song for one of the greatest singers of all time. We’ve covered some Farnham songs in the past (eg: Playing to Win and Break the Ice) so we’re primed and ready!

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

Bloodstock would be really special for us as we have never had the chance to play in the UK yet. To play a festival like that would be a fantastic way to say hello to our UK friends who have followed us for so many years. Putting that aside, we really love to play any festival as there’s a great opportunity to not only connect again with friends but make new ones as you often get to showcase your music in front of a large audience.

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

I’ve received pairs of socks on multiple occasions from Japanese fans on tour. I’ve also had photo albums given to me from the previous tour when I had photos with the same friends in Japan. Some of the most thoughtful and generous people we have met. I certainly wouldn’t be getting socks from fans/friends anywhere else in the world, that’s for sure!

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

Our fans are our friends. We are all cut from the same cloth. We love music and in particular metal. We’re huge fans ourselves. The only difference is that every once in a while we jump up on stage to play some music for everyone. With that being said, we are so incredibly humbled that we have had so many amazing people connect with us over the years and build friendships with the band and each of us individually. Our friends are our inner circle of LORD and we will continue to make sure they know/feel that.

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

I really miss Dio. I think he still had so much to give and a huge hole was left for me when he died. One of the greatest singers and writers in metal. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to see him a handful of times and more importantly will continue to be captivated by his music for many years to come. He left us with so much to enjoy.

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

The hard work, trial and error, experimentation and then feedback and reward you receive over the years. It’s incredibly satisfying and enriching on a personal level. I don’t necessarily hate anything in particular however I sometimes feel that individual personalities sometimes bring themselves and others down. There’s more than enough opportunity to go around these days and an inflated ego or poor behaviour in general is simply unnecessary. Luckily, those people are few and far between.

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

A little more regulation from a business perspective. There are too many inexperienced/unqualified people working in music industry related jobs or as businesses who create a lot of problems for the overall industry. I also think that more government support/funding for music in Australia on all levels would be incredibly beneficial not only for musicians and industry representatives but for the wider public. Music has a lot of benefits for people in general. The more opportunities people have to enjoy music in a variety of ways, the better it is for the community as a whole.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“So Far, So Good… So What!” – My all-time favourite Megadeth album. Scrap the Sex Pistols cover and it is absolutely flawless. Original recording as well. Not the remaster!

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

None of them. I love them all and they all serve their purpose depending on where I am and my preference at the time. From a musician perspective, they all are beneficial and for the most part still a necessity for us in order to provide people with format choice to listen to our music.

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

Most memorable is definitely playing at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2016. A fantastic festival, great crowd and we recorded the audio/video for our last live album. A real time capsule of great memories.

Best gig performance wise? The 2nd of back to back shows in Tokyo back in 2013. It was the last show of a run of shows throughout SE Asia and Japan and we were a well-oiled machine. We don’t often get to do long runs of shows but that showed our real potential as a band. I like to think that we always put on a great show, but that really went next level musically for us.

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

Something involving me talking a lot of shit. In fact, I got into podcasting back in 2015 (hosting The Andy Social Podcast and Nod to the Old School) which has been a huge part of my life. I probably would have been doing something like that regardless! I’m really good at dribbling all sorts of nonsense into a mic.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Farnham, Adrian Smith, Iva Davies, Mark Furtner and Alain De Botton.

What’s next for the band?

We just released our latest EP “Chaos Raining” which is available on Bandcamp and all streaming services. We’ll ride that one for the short term but we are already starting to put together details of the next release which might come out later in 2020. Maybe a new studio album in 2021 as well if all of the creative elements and time falls into place. Either way, we’re going to be busy!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mLDXLOEh4fcvxm5ICKfhE
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/lord/18929843
www.lordofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/user/lordofficial
www.facebook.com/lordofficial
www.instagram.com/lordofficial
www.twitter.com/lordofficial

We’re in most places! Search for “lordofficial” and you can usually track us down.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure if we have Jaffa Cakes here in Australia but going by the name it SHOULD be a cake. If it was a biscuit, then it would be a Jaffa Biscuit. That might be too logical haha. It sounds awfully sugary.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to answer these great questions and talk about our band. We love what we do and feel honoured to be able to keep putting new music out after so many years. We’ve made so many great friends through music and I’m looking forward to making many more.

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EMQ’s with SAIL

EMQ’s with SAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Taunton, Somerset based Melodic Sludge/Prog Metal band, Sail. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Charlie Dowzell 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 Charlie Dowzell, vocalist and guitarist in Sail. The history is a long and well-trodden path, but the four of us have been jamming together properly since 2014. Prior to that Tom, Tim and myself were in another band which morphed into Sail, but since Kynan joined us it really took off and became Sail as we know it. Our first gig with this line-up was in a brewery and it was so loud we shook all the bottles off the walls, and at that moment I knew it was meant to be.

How did you come up with your band name?

Strife. Strife, and throwing things at the wall and see what stuck. We sat down and had a looooot of coffees trying to figure out what would work best for us, and eventually the suggestion of ‘Sail’ came up and we all sorta went ‘…yeah, that’s it.’ And we saw that it was good.

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

We hail from the southwest of the UK, in a county known as Somerset, where folks like to drink fermented apples and tell people to get off their land. The metal scene is actually pretty good down here! We have Plymouth which has a couple of amazing venues with good followings; Exeter is home to the Cavern and the Uni’s Rocksoc there are absolute diamonds; Bridgwater is home to The Cobblestones (absolutely one of the UK’s greatest underground venues bar none!) and our spiritual home; Bristol is home to countless venues – Old England, Exchange, Fleece, to name a few – and the community there is vibrant and passionate. There’s a lot of distance between these places but feck aye they’re amazing hubs.

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

We’re in the promotion cycle for our latest single ‘Mannequin’. It’s an older song of ours that we committed to record late in 2019; we’re working on a few other bits but we’ve a cool lockdown video to release for Mannequin alongside a longer, ‘Director’s Cut’ version and synth remix of the song courtesy of our very own Kynan Scott. The artwork is rad as hell, courtesy of Elle Romaine (Umbrelle), a good friend of ours and an extremely talented UK-based tattoo artist. Hit her up if you want skin etchings, y’all!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band have a few more obvious influences – we play something that sounds like sludge metal, punk, grunge, and melodic rock had a very strange child. I call it Rock Music but use whatever term works for you. We love all sorts, from the more obvious choices like Baroness and Red Fang to folks like Com Truise, IDLES, Billie Eilish and Kate Bush, to name a few. As for me, I grew up on 70’s rock (thanks Dad), Deep Purple and Whitesnake did a lot for me with their unbelievable line-ups of extremely talented and tasteful guitarists. In my late teens I discovered Sleep and psychedelic music, which was a fun time and a big game-changer.

What first got you into music?

My parents were always listening to music, so I blame them. Mum would always have Queen’s Greatest Hits and Abba on common rotation, so they wormed their way into my head. That, and the Bee Gees, who are great. Like I say, Dad was a man of the 70’s rock so that took hold, too. As for getting into *playing* music, when I was 14 I came across a bunch of live videos of Dio and Whitesnake doing their thing, and this guy Doug Aldrich – looks the part, sounds the part, a killer guitarist – just owned the stage, and to this day I remember watching Whitesnake playing Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ and I remember going, ‘I need to pick up a guitar’. And the rest is history, or something like that.

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

I’m big into the blues, so there’s this guy ‘Kingfish’, he’s a younger guy and absolutely kills it. Would be amazing to jam with him, really dig into the feels. Kingfish, or Joe Bonamassa would be cool. Devin Townsend would be so so fun to jam with though, the ideas would be limitless!

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

So, I went to Hellfest in France when I was 19 and it was such a cool vibe. I’d love to play Hellfest, those massive European metal fests have the coolest crowds. We have Arctangent and Desertfest here in the UK, smaller fests but super super cool in their own fields and I’d have a beautiful time playing them. Big up!

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

Weirdest from a fan, not so sure. But once our drummer’s mum baked a ‘Sail’ pie, that was excellent. And tasty too, I’m told!

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

Love to you all. Stay well, stay safe, buy our sh*t.

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

Can I put Gary Moore under the moniker of Rockstar (too damn right you can – Rick)? Famed for his bluesiness I know but he did play with Thin Lizzy, so I guess he still counts. Feelsy as all hell and genuinely one of the greatest guitarists there was.

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

The biggest plus is the creativity, far and away. Expressing yourself in ways that words don’t, or can’t. Writing music that reflects feelings and vibes and emotions in a way that transcends language and the human barrier is beautiful. And getting to do that with three other incredibly talented, like-minded friends is beautiful. The worst part, honestly? How expensive it is. Sure, you can get guitars and amps and FX reasonably cheap. But the touring, the promotion, the production – to do it right, you gotta be ready to part with moolah. It’s a graft, but it’s worth it.

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

How apparently impossible it is to work your way up. Don’t get me wrong – it’s about the journey and the experiences along the way – but it strikes me that, as with so many other industries, it’s nigh unsustainable until you ‘make it big’ upon which there’s too much money. I dunno, it’s a skewed industry I suppose. I’d also change how so many grassroots venues are going from hand-to-mouth because of the financial imbalance across the industry. I guess that’s two things, but you get my drift.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Burn”, by Deep Purple. Ferocious, hooky, soulful, swaggery, full of balls. It’s a masterclass in heavy bluesy rock.

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

There is no best – whatever medium works best for the listener. They are all good provided somebody’s consuming it and listening to the music!

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

There have been a few standout ones, for sure. Some of our recent shows have been incredible. We played with OHHMS in Bristol a while back and had an absolute blast. We played the Godney Gathering, an open-air festival in Glastonbury, when the sun was setting which was so so cool. Every gig we’ve ever played in Southampton, Bridgwater and Exeter have been wonderful – the crowds and communities there are viciously passionate and absolutely make the gigs supremely special. In 2018 we played the finals heat of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses to (I think?) about 200-250 folks; massive stage, massive room, massive crowd. Amazing times.

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

Likely talking at people about how Allosaurus is the best dinosaur or why Stalingrad was the turning point of the Second World War. I’d be working in a museum or as a history lecturer somewhere, I imagine. That, or I’d be a god-damn waster. Either or.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Can I say Jeff Goldblum five times over? How mad would that be? But yeah. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Bailey, Mary Anning, Doug Aldrich, and probably someone like Lewis Hamilton or Colin McRae.

What’s next for the band?

So, we’re sorting stuff for the Mannequin release now, but we’re mid-writing; we’ve been working on a second album for quite a while now. We’ve had a few off-periods, so it’s been in the works for a while, but we’ve locked in on a vibe and the music is super super cool. Really angry, real heavy, to-the-point. Can’t wait to see how the rest of it shapes up. We’re allegedly recording in September, but the world finds itself in a state of ‘every day as it comes’ with Covid and all that, so we’ll see. But either way, there’ll be an album in the not too distant future, and I very much hope some tours to follow!

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

You can find us on all the good social media outlets; or ‘Sail Band’ on Facebook, ‘thebandsail’ on Bandcamp, Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on all the platforms for news regarding releases, shows, and whatnot. We also post a lot of fun dumb content; we played D&D on a livestream and I got to play a dickhead bard which was good fun.
www.thebandsail.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thebandsail/
www.instagram.com/thebandsail/
www.twitter.com/thebandsail

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Are they a terrestrial earth-form, or a cosmic horror entity? Edible or mind-altering state of being? Who knows. They’re certainly very tasty.

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EMQ’s with WAIL

EMQ’s with WAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lillehammer, Norway based Heavy Metal band, Wail. Huge thanks to ‘The Singer’ 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?

The Singer is the name, and I am responsible for lead vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is the name of the organization we represent as a musical front. It’s also quite representative for the music!

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

Norway. Metal is alive and well, yet people seem to be divided into a million subgenres.

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

‘Endless Repetition’ and ‘Through The Ice’. Singles for our upcoming album releasing in September.

Endless Repetition Lyric Video:

Through The Ice Lyric Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oooh, tough question. I mean, the guys have all sorts of different preferences coming from extreme metal to more glam and rock-oriented groups.

And for myself, I just stole everything from the previous singer. His home, his car, the band and obviously the style of singing. No idea where he got it from though.

What first got you into music?

When I observed how seductive and powerful it can be to the human brain.

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

Wail. We only collaborate within the organization.

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

Wacken Open Air. Because it would make our drummer happy. It’s a childhood dream thing.

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

Chlamydia.

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

Prepare yourself for this upcoming record. It really kicks the donkeys ass.

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

DIO

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

Playing shows is what it’s all about. GetIns and soundchecks towards the bottom. AND THAT DAMN SNARE DRUM TESTING. Why does it take like 20 minutes every time?

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

For it to gain relevance again. How can you have an industry based on a product the consumer expects to be free?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Sin After Sin” – Judas Priest.

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

Vinyl for the love, CD and downloads for the convenience.

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

Not sure if I can point out any gig that sticks out among the best ones, but I will tell you that the ones you think are going to stink, usually end up being the best gigs.

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

Preaching in the streets.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Again, Wail. We don’t dine with other people.

Sorry for being crude, it’s just the way it is. I mean, I could make up this list of interesting people, but I want this to be an honest and heartfelt interview.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing and promoting the new album “Civilization Maximus”

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

www.wail.no/
www.facebook.com/WAIL.official.NO/
www.instagram.com/wail_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0pmwXDz7lf1P744YmhBfOX

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What, you got some? I tend to stay away from these kinds of discussions as they are way too divisive.

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

Check out ‘Endless Repetition’ and ‘Through The Ice’ by WAIL on Spotify!

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EMQ’s with YANOMAMO

EMQ’s with YANOMAMO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Sludge-Ridden Doom Metal band, Ya̧nomamö. Huge thanks to guitarist Jason Higson 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 Jason & I play guitar in Ya̧nomamö. The band began in 2011 as a side-project as we were all playing in other bands (Lomera, Mother Mars, Rituals of the Oak, Birdmouth). Almost 10 years and a couple of line-up changes later, and we are still going! We call our music SLUDGERIDDENDOOM and try to deliver the biggest riffs we can conjure, whilst maintaining swing & groove.

How did you come up with your band name?

We took it from the movie Cannibal Holocaust, though it is actually the name of a small group of indigenous people who live in villages in the Amazon rainforest on the border between Venezuela and Brazil.

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

We are from Sydney, Australia. The scene here is pretty busy with lots of great underground metal bands of all genres working hard to produce great music.

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

We’ll be releasing our new EP, “No Sympathy for a Rat” in August 2020. It’s our first release in 3 years & we are really keen to get it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the music we create in Ya̧nomamö, I’d have to say Black Sabbath, Bongzilla, Church of Misery … I’d also include early KISS, in particular Ace Frehley, & Thin Lizzy from an overall perspective.

What first got you into music?

My father & my uncles introduced me to 70’s hard rock e.g. Thin Lizzy, KISS, AC/DC etc from a very young age. Music has been my passion ever since.

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

Bongzilla or Church of Misery.

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

Probably Roadburn … the line-ups are amazing year after year

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

Nothing springs to mind…

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

We appreciate the support we get from our fans more than anything. Without the fans, we dont exist.

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

Honestly, nobody…

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

Playing live shows is the greatest thing for me. I also love the creative process, but it can also be very stressful at times. It’s a double-edged sword, especially from a mental health perspective.

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

Like almost everything else, it would be the politics…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Johnny The Fox”

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

Vinyl! Music isn’t something you just download from the internet. I love the artwork & packaging which contributes to the overall musical package.

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

It’s hard to narrow it down… but a couple stick out… Coven Festival at Crowbar in Sydney 2017 was really great. Also Playing The Tote in Melbourne at capacity with Conan was probably the highlight.

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

My day job in project management! Hahahaha… being a musician isn’t a full-time thing for any of us. We all have families & jobs etc. but we do this because we love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kobe Bryant, Gregg Popovich, Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Barack Obama

What’s next for the band?

Releasing the “No Sympathy for a Rat” EP in August & playing lots of shows to support it!

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

www.yanomamo.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/yanomamoband/
www.instagram.com/yanomamo_sludge_ridden_doom/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care either way… they are choc/orange deliciousness!!!

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

Thank you for your time & for being a part of the metal underground. We really appreciate it!

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EMQ’s with TO THE PAIN

EMQ’s with TO THE PAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Franklin Square, New York based Metal band, To The Pain. Huge thanks to lead guitarist Steve Shaver 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?

Hey there, my name is Steve Shaver, and I play guitar for To The Pain. To The Pain started in 2012, and we are from Franklin Square, NY. We have just released our new album, “X”. Originally To The Pain was going to be a recording project for myself, and vocalist Johnny “Squints” Intagliata. We started writing songs at my home studio. We were so happy with what we were turning out, we decided to turn it into a full band. The original band had Jeremy Lustig on bass (who actually played on ‘Control’ on our new album), Jimmy Klimatas on Drums, and Mark Trojanoski on rhythm guitar. The latest incarnation features myself on guitar, Johnny Intagliata on vocals, Johnny Fila on Bass, Eric Healy on drums, and Sean Smith shredding away on the other guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wish I could tell you there was some awesome formula we used to come up with the name, but our old rhythm guitar player, Mark Trojanoski, suggested the name. It is a reference to the movie The Princess Bride.

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

We are from Franklin Square, NY. Franklin Square is on Long Island. The Island Metal/Rock scene unfortunately is slave to the tribute bands. But if you are willing to pay to play, and we are, then you can play with bigger name bands. It really is the only way to break out of the smaller gigs at smaller venues unfortunately. If you hustle, and sell a lot of tickets, you can make some money though!

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

Our latest single is called ‘There Will Be Blood’, it is off our just released new album called “X”. The single and album are available on all streaming platforms, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands influences are the Big 4 of Thrash, leaning towards Megadeth being the biggest influence. Also, Testament, Overkill, King Diamond, Iron Maiden and of course, the mighty Racer X!!!

What first got you into music?

I always loved music from when I was a little kid. I was always singing along to the radio at home and in the car with my parents. They decided I should take guitar lessons. I absolutely hated it at first. It was a chore. But once I started learning chords, and being able to play some songs, it became fun. The Eagles were a big early influence. Then I moved on to Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Van Halen, etc.

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

I would love to collaborate with Alex Skolnick from Testament, or Dave Mustaine from Megadeth. I am sure we could come up with some sick metal riffs!

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

That is easy. If I could play any festival, it would be Wacken Open Air. There are many great European festivals, but Wacken for me is the biggest and best of them all.

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

Hmm, I don’t know that any fans have given us weird gifts. Usually they just buy us a beer after the show. Some ask for autographs, which is always fun.

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

That we appreciate each and every one of you. We know everyone has other things to spend money on, and other things to do, so when you buy our merch, or our albums, or buy a ticket to one of our shows, we really appreciate it so much, and work our hardest to put on a great show, and put out great music! Thank you so very much to all our fans!!! You are the best!

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

I would bring back Ronnie James Dio. He continually put out great music until his death. He is one of the greatest singers of all time. Maybe if I could bring him back, he would have me onstage to jam a few Dio songs! He is sorely missed!

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

I enjoy the recording process the most. Playing gigs is fun, but I love creating in the studio. I engineer all our albums, and I can just sit there for hours and hours creating. It is a very rewarding process. As far as what I hate, well we aren’t at a level where we can announce a show and people know who we are, and show up. So, I guess I hate having to contact all my friends and get them to come down to shows. I wish there was a better way to promote, but there is nothing better than calling / texting / emailing to get people in the door of your shows. Promoting is NOT a post on social media.

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

How about that the people who actually create the art actually get paid for it? It’s amazing to me that you just make zero money from streaming. I mean people stream a song 10,000 times, and you make what, $30? That is an absolute sin, and needs to be fixed. The other thing I would change is 360 deals that record labels have bands sign these days. If a label came to us with a 360 deal, we would say thanks, but no thanks. Don’t sign your life away if you are a band. And keep your publishing!!!! Always keep your publishing!!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wow, this is so hard. I can narrow it down to 3. “Live After Death” by Iron Maiden, “Extreme Volume” by Racer X, and “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth. I could listen to those 3 albums forever and not be bored.

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

Best as far as quality? Definitely NOT downloads. I guess CD’s are the best. But who has CD’s anymore? I like the convenience of downloads. To me, the best sound was always old vinyl though. And no, TTP is not releasing our album on vinyl…unless someone wants to pay for it. LOL

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

The best TTP gig I played so far was our last gig with Ross The Boss (ex Manowar). It was our first gig with the newest line-up, and we just came out and destroyed. It wasn’t perfect, but the buzz at the club after we played was undeniable. TTP has played many great shows over the years though. Opening for Doro in 2016 was a great one too.

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

Probably I would be an engineer or producer. I love that side of music. I love working with other musicians and creating. So, I would say if I wasn’t playing guitar, I would definitely engineer or produce.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Alex Skolnick, Paul Gilbert, and Richie Kotzen. I am sure I would learn a note or two from them.

What’s next for the band?

Well 2020 was supposed to be a big touring year for TTP, but Covid 19 put the end to that. We had gigs with Lynch Mob, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Joey Belladonna from Anthrax lined up, and they are all either postponed, or cancelled. If the touring doesn’t open up soon, we will probably jump back in the studio and do another album. We aren’t doing any drive-in concerts, or live streams. They just don’t seem to work well for METAL.

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

www.facebook.com/pg/ToThePainNY
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4piewphG9jA2dQe0azATcW
www.music.apple.com/us/album/7-ep/1513281563

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Looks like a cake to me. And looks delicious!

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

We would like to thank you folks for the interview. We appreciate all the music sites that do interviews and help us out and get our music out there. We also would like to thank our fans for always being there and supporting us. Grab our new album “X”, it is full of great METAL, and super shreddy guitars from me and Sean Smith. Thanks so much! This was a great time!

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EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Älmhult, Sweden based Melodic Power Metal project, Krilloan. Huge thanks to Klas Holmgren 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 Klas Holmgren and I´ve played guitar for 20+ years. I´ve mainly played rock in different bands but never been in an actual metal band, haha! However, now is the time. It started that I wanted to set up a studio in my basement in order to continue with music since the last band was laid to rest. The plan was to learn to record/mix/master myself in order to create music the way I want it, fast and melodic. To bring the metal back in my life so to say. Funny enough the fantastic band Battle Born then released a song named ‘Bring The Metal Back’ so it’s now a theme song for me. Horns up! I´ve always loved the old metal bands and have always had a soft spot for power metal so that where it all started in January this year. In order to bring it all home I realized I needed some help, so my buddy Steve lent a helping hand. Then my search led me to Alex who sings like a damn God and that’s how the first single ‘Yggdrasil’ came about. And now it’s time for song number 2.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually the name of an old book from a Swedish Role-Playing game we used to play when we were young.

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

I’m from the south of Sweden, a small town called Älmhult. Also known as the IKEA capital of the world. We have one great metal band from here called “My Dear Addiction” but I guess Älmhult is most known for “The Creeps” back in the 90’s. Otherwise, Sweden is a great country for metal and a lot of great bands are from here!

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

Latest release is a single called ‘Yggdrasil’ and was released in April. The new one, ‘Moonblade’ is released now in July It is released together with a lyric video done by the wizard Jani Stefanovic.

Yggdrasil (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitar player, Ace Frehley any day of the week! For Krilloan its Blind Guardian, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Dio, Falconer.

What first got you into music?

My big brother showed me a poster of Gene Simmons when I was like 7, then he made me a mixtape and I was hooked. Who doesn’t like ‘I Love It Loud when you’re 7 years old? I bought “Number Of The Beast” when I was 12 and knew I was to be a metalhead for life.

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

I´m lucky as hell. I already have the best collaboration! It’s my friend Steve Brockmann from the German band “Vision Of Choice”.

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

Sweden Rock Festival. It’s been a second home the last 20 years.

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

Never got one! I guess I´m not that famous, haha!

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

Continue listening to metal!

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

Ronne James Dio. He had so much left to give.

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

People in the metal community. It must be the best group of people in the whole world.

Hate? Hmm, that would be trying to learn all those damn plug-ins when recording.

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

That it should be easier for small bands to rise than it is today. The bands spending hours and hours in the rehearsal rooms are the real heroes in the world of music. If I could choose one more thing it would be that all commercial radio stations would play the first 6 Blind Guardian albums 24/7 all the time, that would be a great gift to the world!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blind Guardian – “Tales From The Twilight World”

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

Vinyl!

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

Probably one gig with our last band “24 Silver Bullets” when we run of songs and had to play almost 50% of the set again because people keep on chanting, good times.

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

I work at a bank, that’s very metal, haha! I´m a heavy metal-banker 😊 If not that I guess I would be back in the military or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ace Frehley, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske. Hansi Kursch, Michael Richards (Kramer).

What’s next for the band?

The first plan for Krilloan was to release three songs and Moonblade (No.2) is released July 10 so after the summer I will start on number three. However, I don’t think I can stop after three songs…

(Rick here – They definitely cannot stop after 3 songs. They are way too good)

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

I try to show the whole process in baby steps so its Instagram and Facebook. Then I go for Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify to spread my little contribution of metal to the world.
www.facebook.com/KrilloanOfficial/
www.instagram.com/krilloan_official/
www.krilloan.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6MfUFhthUp7MKoqNEfdwN5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCTG6DycF7kwesUS3KyzIbAg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Or is it a beer? I hope it’s a beer!

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

Thanks to everyone that has been cheering me on and to all that have a listen! Stay calm and stay metal people!

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EMQ’s with FORLORN HOPE

EMQ’s with FORLORN HOPE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Merseyside, UK based Historical Heavy Metal band, Forlorn Hope. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chris Simpson 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 Chris Simpson and I’m the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and chief history nerd of Forlorn Hope.

We formed Forlorn Hope in late 2017. The five of us had played together in various bands and combinations over the years and we’d recently started a casual covers band for a bit of fun. That project was going well, we had a good group chemistry, and that prompted Danny, our drummer, to suggest that we try doing something original.

Unbeknownst to Danny, I already had a few songs in the bank that were waiting for a full band to take them further. I’ve always been interested in military and Napoleonic history and over the two years prior had got together with Alex, our lead guitarist, and we’d penned a few songs inspired by stories from the Peninsular War (1808-1814). I’d never really expected this little historical heavy metal project to go anywhere, but the songs were good so I pitched it to the others. To my surprise, they were up for it, so we dusted off the old tracks and got to work.

We started gigging in early 2018, recorded a demo EP and fine-tuned our first batch of material in preparation for the recording and release of our debut album “Over The Hills” in 2019. We had big plans for extensive gigging and new recordings in 2020 but, as you can imagine, that hasn’t quite worked out as planned.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is lifted directly from the history that inspired the project in the first place.

During the Napoleonic Wars, an army that wanted to capture a fortress first had to blow a breach in its walls by pounding it for days with artillery. Then it was up to the infantry to storm that breach, which was no easy thing when more or less every gun inside the fortress that could be pointed at the breach would be, not to mention the booby traps and explosive projectiles that they might also have to contend with while struggling up the steep rubble slope.

The Forlorn Hope were the men who went first into the breach, risking almost certain death for the chance of promotion and acclaim that would follow if they survived. It’s an iconic image from military history and was perfect for our purposes.

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

We’re from Liverpool in the UK. The Liverpool scene is small and it’s had its ups and downs over the years, but it’s produced some fantastic rock and metal bands, our friends in Reaper and Midnight Prophecy being two prime examples. Sadly, a lot of grass-roots venues have closed in recent years, so gigs are increasingly hard to come by, but if last year’s Metal to the Masses final is anything to go by then there’s still a lot of life in the scene.

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

That would be our debut album, ‘Over the Hills’, which we released on 27 July last year. It’s a concept piece about the Peninsular War; the conflict between Napoleonic France and the Allied forces of Britain, Spain and Portugal, that raged from 1808 to 1814. Readers may be familiar with this war as the setting for Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’ series and its TV adaptation.

After nearly a year, we’re still extremely proud of this album. It’s dramatic and energetic, it tells a fascinating collection of stories, and it’s crammed with catchy tunes. We had a really positive response from fans and critics too, so we’ll have to work really hard to top it with album two.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We owe a major debt to Sabaton, which I’m sure no one will be surprised to hear. They’ve taken the concept of historical heavy metal to a whole new level, and they know how to write a damn good hook. Beyond that, it’s probably the classics like Priest and Maiden that have influenced our sound the most. For my part, Iced Earth’s historical concept album ‘The Glorious Burden’ album also deserves a mention; the level of detail and obvious passion for the subject matter is something that I really admire and it’s definitely had a significant influence on how I approach the lyrics for this band.

What first got you into music?

‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper. I was a little kid, my Dad put the ‘Trash’ album on in the car and that opening riff blew my tiny little mind. I was hooked on rock and metal from that moment, although it was many years before I even considered the possibility of making music myself.

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

Tobias Sammet. His work with Avantasia just gets better and better, and he always makes such brilliant use of guest artists. I’d love to take part in a big, ambitious project like that.

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

Sabaton Open Air would be pretty incredible. I’ve never been, but they always seem to have a cracking line up with lots of acts that don’t often make it to the UK, and if there’s anywhere in the world where historical power metal is guaranteed to go down well, surely it’s there!

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

No weird examples come to mind, but we were given a lovely print of the Band of HM Life Guards by our friend Jeremy Ross Lawler (solo artist and formerly of Winter’s Edge) last year that prompted a fun little exploration into that regiment’s history (you can check that out if you scroll back through our Instagram).

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

Thank you.

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

I’m going to go with Warrel Dane. I was never the biggest Nevermore fan, but what an incredible vocal talent that man was! I feel like he had a lot more still to give.

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

Difficult question because there’s so much that I love about this part of my life, but if you pushed me then I’d have to say gigging. I’m a chronic worrier usually, but being on stage is one of the few times I can truly put my mental baggage aside and just be in the moment. There’s not much I’d rather do than get up on a stage and have fun with my mates, and nothing compares to that feeling when a crowd really connects with your performance.

I’m not sure if there’s anything I really hate about it other than the fact that I can’t do it for a full-time job!

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

A bigger cut of streaming services’ profits for the bands that use them would be lovely.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Crimson Idol” by W.A.S.P. For my money, it’s one of the best concept albums of all time. Top notch storytelling and musical craftsmanship and absolutely crammed with hooks; a stunning piece of work from start to finish. I never get tired of it.

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

I like hardcopy music (not that I’m down on downloads – I do use Spotify), and I think for sheer versatility I’d have to pick CD’s. Vinyl is a lovely experience, but I can’t play it in my car and I can’t upload it to my computer. I can’t say that I really get the resurgence that cassettes are having at the moment, but each to their own.

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

28 September 2019; opening Power Metal Quest Fest in Birmingham. That was a real landmark show for us; the biggest crowd we’ve played for to date and they were very nice to us. Hearing people we’d never met singing our songs back to us was just unreal!

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

Probably amateur journalism. I used to do a lot of music reviews and band interviews before I joined my first band, and I got into writing film reviews when I was between bands. I imagine I would have kept up one or both if I hadn’t started making music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume you’re looking for five famous guests but, to be honest, hosting  a dinner party for five celebrities sounds exhausting. Not to mention that I’d definitely be the most boring person at that table; they’d be far more interested in talking to each other than me.

Can I just have the band round for beer and pizza? There are only four of them, but if Danny and Jade bring their beautiful dog, Freya, then that’s five. That sounds a lot more fun.

What’s next for the band?

As soon as we can return to the practice room and get back up to standard, we’ll be hitting the studio to record two new singles. We’re diving into new areas of history with both and we’re really excited about them.

The first is ‘To the Bitter End’, which some of our fans will have already heard us play live (we debuted it at Quest Fest last year). It’s our first attempt to tackle the colossal subject that is the First World War. The song tells the story of a handful of British soldiers who, on the final day of the Battle of the Somme, were cut off and trapped in a German second line trench. Despite freezing conditions, an almost total lack of supplies and being under constant attack from all sides, they managed to hold the trench for eight days before they were finally overrun. It’s an incredible chapter in the history of the War, but one which is largely unknown, which is why we’re also producing an audio-history to accompany the CD, that will tell the whole story in all its astonishing detail. Writing this was the biggest research project I’ve undertaken for the band so far. If you enjoyed the historical background notes that accompanied our debut album, this audio-history will take things to a whole new level.

We’re keeping the details of the second single quiet for now, but I will say that from a lyrical perspective it’s arguably our most ambitious song to date. We’ve crammed two hundred years of history and some big conceptual issues into a five-minute song. It’s Forlorn Hope through and through, but at the same time it’s like nothing you’ve heard from us yet!

Once these are recorded, we’ll be staggering their release over the following months. We’ll have brand new, dedicated merch for both singles and plenty of related content coming through on our website and social media channels, so there’s a lot for our fans to be excited about.

As far as gigs are concerned, we have no idea whether we’ll be back on stage before the year is out, but our 2020 festival appearances (Wihtwara Helly, Warhorns and Ragefest) have all been rescheduled for 2021, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

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

www.forlornhope.uk/
www.facebook.com/OfficialForlornHope/
www.instagram.com/ForlornHopeBand
www.twitter.com/ForlornHopeBand
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBDf-Mu7bo0NcsYE1ebeXw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5PGRhbdRvhro8guh2Bmyc5

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake. This was settled in 1991
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes#Taxation

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

Album two is currently in the works, and it absolutely will top ‘Over the Hills’.

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EMQ’s with Rambomesser

EMQ’s with Rambomesser

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ulm, Germany based Thrash/Alternative Metal band, Rambomesser. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Rambomesser was founded in late 2015. The four guys from Ulm (South Part of Germany) were already very active as a crossover band around the turn of the millennium under the name Acrid Groove. Among other things, the stage was then shared with acts such as H-Blockx, Son Goku feat. Thomas D., Megaherz or the Baffdecks.

Musically, the four are now treading new paths. German lyrics are combined with cutting riffs and driving beats. In terms of style, Rambomesser move somewhere between Bay Area Thrash, Neue Deutsche Härte and Alternative Metal, with the crossover roots still flashing through here and there. With a small wink, the cheeky-ironic lyrics move away from the usual metal clichés. The self-titled EP, recorded in 2017, proved their musical diversity for the first time.

Full Demo

With the EP, Rambomesser went “on the road”, mainly in the region of South Germany to rock the clubs. But also, audiences from further away were pleased, for example, in Vienna (Café Carina) and Zurich (Ebrietas). Other highlights for Rambomesser were the appearances at the Bulletproof Festival in 2018 and headliner show in 2019.

A music video should of course not be missing, so the song ‘Rambomesser’ was shot in mid-2018 to be finally released in October 2018. You can watch the video here:

At some point in 2019, songwriting for Rambomesser’s current album “Krawall am Kiosk” finally started: This was published in May 2020. “Krawall am Kiosk” contains 5 new songs, as well as those already contained on the EP, “Rambomesser”. Musically speaking, “Krawall am Kiosk” represents the consequent further development of the path chosen for “Rambomesser”. On the one hand, there are catchy choruses and, as in the case of ‘Mache-Lieb-Lang’, melodic verses; on the other hand, Rambomesser overall have increased their heaviness and speed compared to its predecessor: however, the result is the typical Rambomesser kick-ass metal style.

Full Album

You can get an idea of this on the current single ‘Action Star’, of course this also has a video:

How did you come up with your band name?

Because we’re 80’s kids and love action movies or TV shows from this time. In our childhood, a Rambo knife was the coolest thing ever.

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

We’re based at the countryside of Ulm. It’s a city between Munich and Stuttgart in Germany. The Metal scene is still alive but lots of young people are into electronic music.

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

EP “Krawall am Kiosk” (Riot at the kiosk) 2020, Music Video ‘Action Star’ 2020

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica, Pantera, Rammstein, Rush, System Of A Down, Faith No More

What first got you into music?

Drummer (Markus) and Bass player (Matthias) started with 3 years playing xylophone before they started “real” instruments like drum and guitar at 6 years old. 😉

First contact with metal bands: AC/DC, Metallica, Beatles, Motörhead…

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

Rammstein, Metallica, and of course Geddy Lee from Rush to have detailed discussion about early Fender Jazz Basses (especially models built between 1964 – 1972).

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

Wacken Open Air (Germany) – it’s the biggest metal festival

Burning Man Festival (USA) – it’s the coolest festival

Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) – very cool bands and people

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

String Tanga underwear from a fan, thrown on stage……………but more as a joke, because she was a friend, haha!

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

Stay healthy, bang your head and buy our merch! 😊

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

Cliff Burton

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

Love jamming sessions at rehearsal room and the following creation process of a song.

Hate the dying live scene of underground bands.

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

Reset back to 1980, so good music would have the chance of a future, haha! And the support of underground bands and small locations.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Master of Puppets” – Metallica

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

CD’s

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

Headliner at Bulletproof Festival summer 2019

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

Non musician!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The girls of Babymetal…

What’s next for the band?

Finally, some gigs after Corona, new video and writing new songs for sure.

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

www.rambomesser.com
www.rambomesser9000.bandcamp.com
www.feiyr.com/x/Rambomesser
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDw_hGkspy7-tm_OsieKDiA
www.facebook.com/rambomesser9000
www.instagram.com/rambomesser9000

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

Thanks a lot for the possibility to have this interview!

RAMBOMESSER

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Helsinki, Finland based Symphonic Black Metal band, Bofo Kwo. This is actually our second interview with them but they have their debut album out so meh. Huge thanks to Kimmo (Wamufo) 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 Kimmo, with a stage name Wamufo. I play guitar and synths live. We started Bofo Kwo about 5 years ago, or Ted started it to accompany his novel about three cannibals and their shenanigans. Since then I’ve been busy with the music part and everything connected to that. composing, practice, etc. 2 years ago we signed with Sliptrick Records and started writing the new album.

How did you come up with your band name?

If I remember correctly Ted picked it up from a documentary about cannibals.

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

We’re from another planet. No scene to talk about… in reality I’m Finnish and the scene is big and active. Metal is very mainstream here. Janne’s from Norway, I’ve no first-hand experience how the scene’s nowadays but I’m guessing it’s just like Finland. Ted lives in The Netherlands and I’m guessing the scene is small but active.

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

The second single from our upcoming album “Space/Time Carnivorium” called ‘The Massacre’ was just released on Spotify and accompanying lyric video was uploaded to YouTube. The album’s gonna be out on the 30th of June.

Lyric Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re all huge fans of 70’s Disco music, Cindy Lauper and Philip Glass’s minimalist approach. The emptiness that brings out emotion and silence of the woods during winters bring us peace and the lonely cries of whales remind us that loneliness is not just a human trait.

What first got you into music?

I was already hypnotized in kindergarten by Charlie Strapp songs. Couldn’t stop playing those. I guess I’ve always been moved by sound and how that can bring out emotions that only you can feel. I think Ted smelled this on me and during his EMO phase really connected somehow.

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

It would be nice to get a nice throat singing ensemble and a tribal collective to perform with. Linking these with a nice dub producer would be sweet. He could inflict those weird delays and echoes to the choir and ensemble while we play. Damn that would be great.

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

Something in the South America. Opening for Iron Maiden there would be awesome.

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

We’ve never received anything, But we’ll accept anything.

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

Be you, be kind.

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

Dimebag. No one deserves to be shot on stage.

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

I enjoy the creativity most. Coming up with new shit and then materializing something in to a song. For example, Ted’s cat is doing backing vocals for us and twisting and mutilating those and turning them in to something that resembles music was a lot of fun.

I don’t really hate anything about it.  Somethings are a bit boring and not that rewarding, like trying to hunt for reviews or press, but that’s why we have Wes.

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

Refuse to answer!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Live At The Counter Eurovision” by Misty In Roots

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

I’ll go with vinyl. I like them for the looks and it takes effort to listen. Which makes me listen more carefully. I admit using Spotify for 90% of my listenings though…

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

We played one in Amsterdam but that was plagued by PA problems. It was good though and the after party was, if not legendary, very chill.

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

Probably pushing daisies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That seems like an awful lot of social interaction.

What’s next for the band?

Promotion of the new album. We’re preparing for fall and hope to be able to tour in support of it.

Pre order it here:

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

We’ve Facebook and Bandcamp. We’ve been planning on Twitter (I do use my personal twitter to inform people about our shenanigans) and maybe Instagram. We should hire someone to take care of those.
www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
www.bofokwo.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits. At least in Finland. Jaffa Keksi.

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

Thanks for having us, it was a pleasure!! Stay hydrated and eat your veggies kids!

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