EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Ethereal Gothic Rock Artist & member of Cradle Of Filth, Lindsay Schoolcraft! Huge thanks to Lindsay for taking part!

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

Hey there! My name is Lindsay Schoolcraft and I’m a singer, songwriter, and electric harpist from Oshawa, Canada who mainly writes and performs ethereal gothic rock. I’ve been doing this since 2010.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I took the last name of the First Nations people in my family.

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

I’m from Canada and the Metal scene here is really amazing, especially in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

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

I just released my debut solo album “Martyr” that I co-wrote with Rocky Gray (ex-Evanescence)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Definitely bands and acts like Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre, Dimmu Borgir, VAST, Bjork, and LEAH.

What first got you into music?

Disney movies in my youth! But I started taking music seriously in high school during the early twenties alternative scene.

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

Still really wanna song a duet with Jonathan Davis.

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

I would love to play Wacken as a solo artist.

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

Animal bones!

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

They already know how much I love them.

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

Not sure I would enjoy the smell of their decaying body. But I do have to say I am sad I never saw Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury live.

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

I love being able to sing and write and express my creativity that way. I hate that I had to become my own record label, but anything to make it happen and work.

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

Less people who don’t care enough and only want to make money and more people who are genuine, work hard, and you can rely on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Open Door” by Evanescence

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

I’m still a CD collector myself.

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

Opening for Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling last summer!

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

Probably a zoologist, tattoo artist, or makeup artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

None! Maybe just my partner! The idea of a dinner party right now sounds exhausting.

What’s next for the band?

Playing a few shows this winter and then onto writing the next album.

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

www.schoolcraftshop.com
https://www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/lindzriot/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ZLcdPSxw1fTYJlz3DLrSZ
https://www.youtube.com/user/schoolcraftofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I’ve ever even heard of them… are they vegan?

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

Thanks for having me

 

 

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Hard Rock band Battering Ram! 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?

Jonas Edmark (Guitar), Johan Hallström (Singer), Jocke Ståhl (Bass), Tony Trust (Drums).

Formed early 2017 with members from former Bullseye and different cover bands!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jocke came up with the band name, it suites our style of music, breaking in doors with a Battering Ram.

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

Sweden, tough to get gigs when you’re not signed! Many small bands fighting for the same venues!

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

‘Chase The Fire’ is our latest single of 6 released! Plus an upcoming record to be released 24th January!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wN-mTLTzNQ
https://open.spotify.com/album/6x7pd5XNWHqlawVSryyMky

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly Old school hard rock!

What first got you into music?

Playing vinyl records in the bedroom being influenced by your idols!

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

Bands in the same genre!

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

Sweden Rock would be awesome, then we would show Sweden what real hard rock sounds like!

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

Nothing odd just yet, but often a beer or two!

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

Stay true to Battering Ram and Keep rockin out there.

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

Jonas: Randy Rhoads
Johan: R.J. Dio
Jocke: R.J. Dio
Tony: Lemmy

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

Playing live and difficulties getting to gigs!

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

Make it easier for smaller bands to be seen and heard!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonas: “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
Johan: “Rising” – Rainbow
Jocke: “Heaven And Hell” – Black Sabbath
Tony: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

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

Vinyl!

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

‘Putte i Parken’ in Karlstad was an awesome summer gig with a big enthusiastic audience!

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

Same as today, as we are not 100% fulltime musicians!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here is one from each of us and one bonus!
Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy, Dimebag and Blackie!

What’s next for the band?

Release of the record and some gigs planned for the winter!

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

Spotify, Youtube and all the main streaming media out there!
https://www.facebook.com/cutintwo/
https://www.instagram.com/batteringr/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZE8smCT2oR50Kq9yLZ3GW
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHD6v4JTd4XatpjtFBEEbQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but we are not sure, all we know is they don’t mix with beer.

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

Just Keep rockin and hope you find our style great and decide to follow us.

 

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EMQ’s with FORMICARIUS

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EMQ’s with FORMICARIUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Black Metal band Formicarius! 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?

Hægtesse – Bass, Vocals: We are Formicarius and we play a pretty unique blend of black and death metal. The band is a melting pot of our various influences – we borrow electrifying lead guitars and insane shredding from old school heavy metal and classic 80’s thrash, counterpoints and harmonies influenced by Baroque/Classical music and symphonic, atmospheric elements from bands like Emperor and Dimmu Borgir, who were initially reviled for introducing these elements to black metal. As it turned out, history ended up looking kindly on these pioneers of the second wave of black metal despite them being sneered at by black metal elitists and confusing the hell out of genre purists. We’re no strangers to this ourselves and hopefully we’ll have a similar legacy of genre-defying innovation, a pretty bold statement!

The majority of us have been playing together for over ten years and we’re veterans of the current wave of UK extreme metal, having lent our unholy talents to bands such as De Profundis, Domitorem and Aeternum. When our old band dissolved, instead of looking for other musicians to join us, we formed a new band with the same members, but a much darker, more focused sound. Valdr joined us recently after a number of different drummers had to move on for various reasons and he’s really stepped up to the plate to be the final missing ingredient in the devilish concoction that is Formicarius!

How did you come up with your band name?

Nazarkardeh – Guitars: The Formicarius is the earliest European text to discuss the subject of Witchcraft. Written by the 15th century theologian Nider, his transcription of a Swiss Inquisitor’s dealings with a coven of Witches who practiced transformation, child sacrifice and Satanic worship predates even it’s more famous counterpart, the Malleus Maleficarum.

Put it this way – if the Malleus Maleficarum is the Reign In Blood of the Witch hunter, then the Formicarius is it’s Show No Mercy.

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

Nazarkardeh: We are from the UK. Unfortunately! One of the few good things about living here is our metal scene! Despite the fact that any status Britain had as a cultural powerhouse is long gone, UK Extreme metal is incredibly diverse and has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. To list just a couple of my favourites we have Deadwood Lake, Live Burial and Repulsive Vision who are all making a serious impact both in and out of the UK, but there are many, many more!

I wish them all the success that this country makes so difficult to attain.

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

Hægtesse: Our latest release is our sophomore album, “Rending The Veil Of Flesh”. It’s a real step up from our first album in terms of production, songwriting and even the packaging of the album. We’re always learning from our mistakes and I feel that this album really cements what we want the Formicarius sound to be – epic and technically proficient but with engaging melodies and a strong sense of narrative running through each track. The first single off the new album, which we released a lyric video for, is ‘Early Will I Seek Thee’, featuring Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ on guest vocals and Nicholas Millar of Aklash on violin! The track is a pretty good showcase of what we’re all about these days, which is why we chose it as our lead single.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hægtesse: The music is written by Morath, Lord Saunders and Nazarkardeh, so I’m probably not the best qualified to answer this question! Having said that, the influences are evident to the careful listener! We absolutely adore the complex interplay of melodies and harmonies employed by bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, so this is a huge part of our sound. This harmonic sensibility is a big part of Baroque and later Classical music, another huge influence of ours – check out the counterpoints in O, Dread Impaler, for example. Visually and vocally, we’re in thrall to second wave black metal bands like Immortal and Dimmu Borgir and to some extent Cradle of Filth, who lend us their gothic atmosphere and uniquely British take on black metal.

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

Nazarkardeh: As Hægtesse mentioned, we were fortunate enough to have Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ feature on one track, which was a huge honour. Rotting Christ’s unashamedly catchy, refined and well written take on Black Metal was a big inspiration for Formicarius. The Fourth Horsemen is directly influenced by King of a Stellar War for example!

As for others in the future, there are a few that come to mind. Rob Halford was talking about making some black metal with Ihsahn and Nergal recently… I wonder how we could convince him to ditch them and make some Blackened British Steel with us instead?

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

Nazarkardeh: I can’t really think of any but we don’t need gifts from our fans. The fact that there are people out there supporting our music is a gift enough!

One of the stranger things I’ve seen someone do at a show is Sieg Heil us. Not sure what that guy was thinking in assuming we were that way inclined, but fortunately he was dealt with. The less our scene tolerates those cretins the better.

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

Hægtesse: We’re not an overly political or ideological band, but impossible to exist in a public sphere and not project some message simply by acting in the way that you do. Even if you have no explicit message, some people will still draw lessons from your behaviour. Our unconscious message seems to be something along the lines of “don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, do what you want to do”.

For years (stretching back to when we first started making music together in our previous incarnation) we’ve been accused of being confused about our genre, been called derivative and even boring. That doesn’t matter to us, because we’re not really making music for anyone else. We make the music we like making for the simple fact that we like making it. So our ethos, the message we deliver just by existing and being visible is a pretty corny one – just be yourself!

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

Nazarkardeh: Does Nicolo Paganini count? The guy was refused a Christian burial because his supernatural violin skill convinced people he was possessed by Demons. That’s more metal than the edgiest faces in Black Metal can attest to. Perhaps we could swap him for Varg Vikernes?

If not then I think I’d choose someone who died before their time. Randy Rhoads comes to mind – it’s a shame that we’ll never see what incredible things he could have achieved… Or maybe Chuck Schuldiner! Could have carved out a legacy for Control Denied just as he did for Death?

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

Hægtesse: The best thing about being a musician is those moments when you nail a piece of music and you’re just completely absorbed in it, whether than be on stage, in the rehearsal room or in your bedroom. The only way to achieve those moments is the answer to the second question: hours and hours of repetitive, focused, tedious practice! So like most things in life, you have to suffer just a little bit to get something worthwhile or fulfilling in the end.

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

Nazarkardeh: This is a difficult question – so many complaints about the music industry come with an image of the past seen through rose-tinted glasses. Just look at all the dinosaurs from the era of guitar shaped swimming pools whining about the Internet on Blabbermouth!

I could complain about Spotify’s weak payouts to bands despite their own gargantuan profits, but those are injustices that aren’t limited to the music business, and aren’t symptoms of this industry but another system that needs to be destroyed…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nazarkardeh: if I had to choose one metal album it would be “Abigail” by King Diamond. I won’t explain why, just listen to it! However it holds a particular significance for me because, well… what the hell is it? It would be short sighted just to call it heavy metal with it’s heaviness and atmosphere. It’s far too dark to be power metal. It clearly isn’t black metal despite the influence of King on the genre. But does any of that matter? The ability of a record to break through the barriers of subgenres to create something truly unique is something that really strikes a chord with me.

Honourable mention goes to Death’s “Individual Thought Patterns”, Morbid Angel’s “Covenant” and Windir’s “Arntor” which are among the close contenders for similar reasons.

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

Hægtesse: This is a strange debate in terms of the dogmatic and evangelical attitudes people take to transmitting information in some physical vector into sound waves that hit their ears and their brains interpret as “music”. It’s not even one I think is particularly relevant. There are hundreds of factors that can enhance or hinder our enjoyment of music beyond the objective physical qualities of the sound. So the medium I’m playing music on isn’t as important for me as the mood I’m in or whether I’m hungry, for instance, in determining how much I enjoy it.

I do a lot of travelling on the London underground and the convenience of having every single song I own (I think a more pertinent debate is streaming vs. purchasing music and I opt for the latter every time I appreciate and want to support an artist) on my phone to drown out sniffling bankers or howling school children is a godsend. I don’t miss the days of carting around multiple CDs and carefully cradling my Walkman so it didn’t skip every 30 seconds!

Having said that, there is nothing that compares to minutely examining a badass vinyl cover for every single cool little detail while you’re jamming out to an album for the first time! Our artwork, designed by Moonroot Art and our own multi-talented Morath is an amazing example of the intricate style influenced by artists like Necrolord, whose cover for Emperor’s “In the Nightside Eclipse” is an absolute masterpiece.

So there really is no point debating the absolute best way to consume music, people have their preferences for whatever reasons and I’m fine with that!

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

Nazarkardeh: They say you’re only as good as your last show. Good, because our last show was our best! Our last show in London supporting Asagraum was us playing our strongest material with our strongest line-up. After our first few shows getting used to playing “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” material live and getting comfortable with the new presence in the band – our supernaturally skilled drummer Valdr – this show felt like the culmination of that process. If I’m right, then next time someone asks me this question it’ll be about the next show!

What’s next for the band?

Nazarkardeh: We have one final show of the year on December 14th in Zebbug, Malta! It feels good to finally take Formicarius beyond Great Britain to further pastures. We are already in talks about further shows in support of “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” both at home and abroad.

Writing for album number 3 has begun. I can’t say much bar that it takes everything we find special about “Rending The Veil Of Flesh” and intensifies it. But more on that later…

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

http://www.formicarius.co.uk/
https://formicariusuk.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/formicariusband/

Nazarkardeh: Formicarius can be heard on whichever platforms you consume music, and can be found on whichever social media platform you prefer.

 

 

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with international Traditional Heavy Metal band Spiral Castle featuring members of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, While Heaven Wept, Vanlade, Claymorean and many more.. Huge thanks to Matt and Vladimir 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?

Matt: I’m Matt DeVries (NOT the Fear Factory or Chimera guitarist!!) and I do vocals for Spiral Castle. The band came about after Vlad sent me a song called ‘The Dread’. I just had to sing on it! I had been pestering him about doing a true metal type song for some time. Eventually we got a crew of talented guys together and boom! Enter ‘The Dread’ and the birth of Spiral Castle.

Vladimir: My name is Vladimir. I’m a guitarist in Spiral Castle (the only one that sucks out of three haha). Well, Matt is the guy who’s responsible for making Spiral Castle happening. He gathered a team and everyone gave their best.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt: Vlad and I discussed it and we had decided if we indeed do start something with this single, it should probably be fitting to be a salute to Manilla Road and tribute to Mark Shelton. Out of respect, I ran the name by Bryan Patrick of Manilla Road. He gave us his blessing you could say.

Vladimir: Also Matt’s idea. We’re all huge, and I mean HUGE fans of Mark Shelton and Manilla Road, so that’s where the name comes from.

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

Matt: I’m from the United States, Kansas specifically. Home of bands Manilla Road and Kansas! Many good bands skip us for Denver or anywhere in Texas. We get lucky at times and get a band here and there, usually in Kansas City, Missouri. We get thrash, black, death, and occasional true metal or even power metal band. Seen Primal Fear play in my town for about 70 people! I felt embarrassed as hell. No wonder bands skip us.

Vladimir: I’m from Serbia. It’s an understatement if I say the scene here sucks, but it does, big time. Bands are great, but lack of venues and media coverage are the main reasons no one has heard about Serbian metal bands. However, there are a few websites here that promote metal (horns up to SMP!)

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

Matt: The latest release is our only one, ‘The Dread’ single.

Vladimir: At the moment we only have a single ‘The Dread’, but we’re working on the album, or at least EP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, and Eric Adams are the main ones for me. There are many others though. When it comes to writing and vocals, I’d have to say Tom Waits, Mark Shelton, Rolf Kasparek, Kai Hansen, Johnny Cash, and Warren Zevon. Just to name a few. I also love Tim Curry’s voice in Rocky Horror! Divine!!

Vladimir: As a guitarist from Ace Frehley to Yngwie Malmsteen. In terms of composing music, probably Mark Shelton, David DeFeis, The Beatles, Rush, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Venom, Running Wild etc etc etc.

What first got you into music?

Matt: I was forced into choir at a young age through church and Christian school. I appreciate the choir part now, but that was my first go at it. The songs were terrible to say the least. Later as a young teen I got into Iron Maiden. The bug to sing in a band kind of grew from there.

Vladimir: As I recall from my early childhood, bands like Kiss and AC/DC really interested me in heavier music. As I grew older Manowar and Iron Maiden were probably what hooked me to metal.

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

Matt: I am doing that now! No lie! I collaborated with Vlad on Sorrows Grave a few years back. If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be teamed up with Vlad again, plus the roster we have now, I’d never have believed it.

Vladimir: I already collaborate with a dream team in Spiral Castle. These guys are incredibly talented. Each and every one of them!

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

Matt: Wacken! My wife and I love it there! It’s a home away from home!

Vladimir: Up the Hammers in Athens and Keep It True in Germany. Those are the festivals that promote traditional metal, the way I like it. I wouldn’t mind playing at Wacken or Hellfest too haha.

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

Matt: Well…I guess my wife is my “fan” in life. She never has given me a weird gift but because of her we have three cats. So…I guess my cup runneth over.

Vladimir: I wish I could say a woman’s panties, but I’m not that good looking haha. Nah, no one gave me anything, as I remember.

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

Matt: Thank you for listening and for the support! Give us some time and we will bring you more!

Vladimir: Enjoy life and be excellent to each other!

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

Matt: Nobody. They made their mark and moved beyond. I will appreciate what they have left me and try to do the same and leave something for others when I move on from this life.

Vladimir: If it wouldn’t cause a zombie apocalypse, there are many of them.

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

Matt: I love to write lyrics. I hate not having time to write lyrics.

Vladimir: The feeling of freedom to express myself the way I want. I don’t hate anything in particular, but I really dislike elitism and snobbish behaviour.

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

Matt: Nothing! I really could give a tinkers damn about it. Haven’t cared in years! I just want to write, put out music, have fun, and hopefully inspire at least one person.

Vladimir: Equal representation of all genres through big media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”. ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ is my hands down, no debating, all-time favourite Maiden song!

Vladimir: Now this is the hardest question of all. Probably “Death Or Glory” by Running Wild! Nah, too many to mention…

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

Matt: Vinyl for me. Love the epic packaging. Though I will take what I can get in some cases.

Vladimir: Personally I prefer CD’s, but anything goes these days.

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

Matt: My last show in Wisconsin before moving to Kansas with a band called Tempest Eternal. A great send off.

Vladimir: Supporting Ross The Boss with my band Claymorean. Probably not our best by technical standards, but we had only two gigs with this line-up hahaha.

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

Matt: I don’t classify myself as a musician, a writer maybe. I work fulltime for the city in Environmental Services/water treatment. When not doing that, I am working toward a Film and creative writing degree at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!!

Vladimir: I really don’t know…I’m a corporate jurist, so that’s what I do for a living.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: My wife always! Vlad and Dejana from Serbia so we could hang out and any of the other guys from Spiral Castle! If there was no more room, we would just hit a pub instead.

Vladimir: My family!

What’s next for the band?

Matt: Full album, LP. That’s the goal anyway. EP is always possible but LP would be the top of the pops.

Vladimir: Recording a full length album.

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

Matt: I’m not the main one for this stuff but YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, Nuclear Rock Radio (kicks ass!!) and most recently, Ever Metal!!!
https://www.facebook.com/spiralcastle/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Matt: (In my best Ozzy Osbourne voice) What the fuck is a Jaffa Cake?!?!

Vladimir: Biscuit, definitely.

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

Matt: Thank you Ever Metal!! Thank you for helping us spread our music and for the questions. You guys help keep the metal heart pumping!!!

Vladimir: Thank you for inviting us and giving us a chance to introduce the band!

 

 

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Hard Rock/Metal/Punk band Lola Black. Huge thanks to Lola 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 Lola from Lola Black. (VOCALS)!

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s what I go by and also the band name. It was decided by Chris, Paige and myself (founding members). Due to the shifty nature of musicians it’s something that will stand the test of time just as long as I’m ticking the band is and music is something I will always be a part of.

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

America; Denver, Colorado to be exact! Where the word “scene” is apparently frowned upon but if it weren’t I would have to say the “scene” is most excellent.

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

Our latest release was on November 1st, 2019 and is our spin on Concrete Blonde’s “Bloodletting (Vampire Song)” just in the key of Lola Black. The cover was a follow up from our full length album “Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright” which was released late fall of 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This question has always been a hard one for me because music in general influences me. I can find gems inside everything I hear.

What first got you into music?

I have always been drawn to music. It is the focal point of all of my memories. I remember at a very young age listening to every word and every note of everything that played around me. It honestly doesn’t matter what type of music is on, my ears are just in tune to it and that’s always the first thing I pick up on.

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

Since I’ve always said Chino Moreno in the past I’ll stick with him because I honestly dig all of his work.

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

Probably The Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK because the Reading Festival is iconic! The talent on the line-ups over the years is insane! It would be an honour!

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

It takes a lot for me to consider something weird. So, nothing out of “my” ordinary…!

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

In the wise words of Bill and Ted “Be excellent to each other”!

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

I don’t know. I’ll just go to them.

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

Love, Playing Music! Hate, social media!

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

Don’t get me started.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I can never decide or narrow it down. All-time favourite is a strong title to hold and I love too many. Plus it also depends on if I genuinely love all tracks on said album or just a few. I can’t commit. Sorry.

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

I like it all. Anyway I can get the music to my ear holes will do.

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

We did a string of festivals called the World’s Loudest Month some years ago and that entire experience was by far the best. We played with almost every band we love and respect at one stop or another that summer!

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

I always wanted to be a homicide detective. I am a detective and justice seeker at heart and Joe Kenda is my hero.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Chappelle, Al Jourgensen, Rob Zombie, David Hasselhoff and Joan Jett!

What’s next for the band?

World domination!

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

Download now-
https://ffm.to/bloodlettingthevampiresong
Social media links-
www.lolablackmusic.com
www.youtube.com/Lolablackmusic
www.facebook.com/Lolablackmusic
www.instagram.com/Lolablackmusic
www.twitter.com/Lolablackmusic

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no clue what that is but cake and biscuits are delicious.

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

Nope. You are awesome and thank you for your time.

 

Lola Black Promo

 

 

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Sludge band Monte Luna! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

My name is James, I sing, play guitar and bass for the band. We formed in 2015 as a two-piece destruction unit and have been laying waste to the great country of the United States since. When we come through your town we promise you won’t forget us after we leave. Your eyes are dazed and heavy.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is a title of a Jimmy Spheris song. Bet you didn’t expect that did you?

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

The United States! Austin Texas, the Texas metal scene is one of the best music scenes this fine country has to offer. We are damn proud to be a part of this Texas Metal Scene.

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

Monte Luna – “Drowners’ Wives”! Vinyl link attached!
www.monteluna.bigcartel.com
Who have been your greatest influences?
King Buzzo from the Melvins, Black Flag, George Harrison, Black Sabbath and Rob Crow!

What first got you into music?

Being really sad and angry as a young man!

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

Neurosis – it would be more of a tutoring class with us featured haha. They are such phenomenal musicians and it would be a life-long dream achievement to play with them in any capacity.

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

Hellfest, because the Melvins 2011 performance inspired me to be the musician I am and I want the world to know we will swing for the fences every time no matter what and crush it.

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

A ceramic owl, she was really cool about it though so I was happy to take it! San Antonio girls rule.

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

Follow your dreams and do it yourself. No one will do it for you.

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

No-one, I’m glad they died. That’s just part of life, people die and that was it. I don’t think anyone is important enough to wish them from the dead no matter how much I wanted it. Life is chaos, get used to it.

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

I love the life; I hate coming home from tour and getting back to normal life. Normal life sucks…do drugs, play music and die.

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

I would change how the funds are distributed. Musicians deserve a stable and sustainable future, and that starts with paying people fair wages. This 5 dollar cover standard is pretty gross too. People act like it’s a huge deal to pay more than that, I get it we are all broke, but I know y’all spending way more on drugs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison! Beautiful album start to finish, it has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

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

Downloads – I just don’t have time to sit down with much else these days.

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

Monte Luna/ Serial Hawk/ Order of the Owl/ Savegist! So much fun in Atlanta at 529 and such a beautiful night with good friends old and new, it’s one of those “this is why i do it” moments. You can taste the talent it was so thick.

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

Idk!? I think I’d sell shoes? No no…The other things I do right now but more frequently – making movies, dungeon mastering for D&D and bartending.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Danny McBride, The Jerkbeast, A Beholder, my friend Andrea and Liz Buckingham! We would lace our food with Psilocybe cubensis and then play Dungeons and Dragons. Hopefully on the back of a giant turtle while we sailed through space! Where is your God now?

What’s next for the band?

Work; work; work! Write more music; play more shows, party more, pirate the world.

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

www.montelunatx.bandcamp.com
But we are also on Spotify, it’s all the rage.
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ShZGu5MCui1og5byyvwSv

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I’m not big on sweets so I really don’t care. I would much rather play devil’s advocate.

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

 

Monte Luna Promo Pic

 

 

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EMQ’s with AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING

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EMQ’s with AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Norfolk, UK based Atmospheric Black Metal project And Now The Owls Are Smiling! Huge thanks to Nre 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 Nre. I play all instruments in And Now The Owls Are Smiling, other than drums which are programmed. The project came from trying to find a way to channel feelings of misery and isolation into something useful.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from the rural area where I live. I see many Owls and thought that if they ever smiled at humans and were no longer afraid of us as a species, then the human race is doomed. There is a reference to this in the song ‘An Indictment’ on the new album, which incidentally are the first lyrics I ever wrote for the band.

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

I live in rural England. North Norfolk to be precise! The scene around here is pretty non-existent. But in England as a whole, it’s great. The amount of really good black metal in the UK at the minute is exciting. There’s so much diversity. It’s thriving.

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

The latest release is an album, which was released on 1 November 2019 called “The Comforting Grip Of Misery”. It’s a study of depression, but also one of hope. How nature and tranquillity can play a huge part in lifting desolate spirits.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Too numerous to really nail down! But if you listen to And Now The Owls Are Smiling, you can hear a lot of Hermodr, Lustre, and Drudkh to name a few. Autumn Aurora by Drudkh held a massive part of shaping the sound at the beginning. I love traditional folk music too, so you can find a lot of that influence in And Now The Owls Are Smiling.

What first got you into music?

Hard to say! I started to learn guitar aged around 8 / 9. Ever since, I’ve always found great peace in playing and trying to learn as many instruments as possible. I wanted to have something useful to do in my spare time as a child. Art and music were huge passions of mine.

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

That’s a really hard question as I like to work alone. It would depend on what the project was, but I don’t think it would be another metal musician. If I were to work with someone else, I would like to draw influence from a totally different musical sphere to what I currently do. Possibly someone like Steve Knightley! His songs are basically acoustic folk versions of And Now The Owls Are Smiling. Haunting, melancholy etc! That would be an interesting project to work on for sure.

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

Bloodstock! I don’t really like travelling too much, so Bloodstock would work for me. It’s a great festival and it’s 3 hours from where I live.

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

I have never received any gifts from fans. I could make something up that sounds really wild and interesting, but I’m not about bullshitting anyone. So nothing!

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

Thank you so much for all your support. I hope you like what I’m trying to do and will continue to support all my future work. And also, send me some weird gifts so I have an interesting answer next time to the previous question.

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

Quorthon or Peter Steele! Too hard to decide!

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

Just picking up a guitar and playing it with no idea of what you’re trying to write. Just strumming and eventually finding a melody or riff that works. That’s pretty much how I write. I’ll sit and have no ideas but eventually something comes out and once you have that initial idea, everything flows from it. That’s absolutely the best thing about playing an instrument. What do I hate? Praise, and I don’t mean that to come across as ungrateful or dickhead-like, but I’m quite a shy person. When people tell me they really like what I do or ask for a picture or signature, I get really quite bashful and uncomfortable, as nice as it is.

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

I know virtually nothing about the industry. I just play and make music. Everything else is left up to other people and I like it that way. The least amount of people I have to deal with, the better.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hermodr – “The Howling Mountains”

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

Vinyl and CD’s!

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

Probably London Deathfest around 2004 /5 can’t remember exactly when. It was with an old band at The Underworld in Camden. That was great fun. Either that or at the Dynamo in Eindhoven! Same band and again, was great fun.

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

An artist possibly! Who can say? Musician is not a full time job for me at the minute so who’s to say what I would be doing. Definitely not a nurse or surgeon though as I’m terrified of needles!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

People that would argue a lot so I could just sit in the background drinking and laughing. Dinner parties are not my thing so I’d like to disappear in the shadows and watch drama unfold. Anyone who would dislike each other’s company enough that they would fight and ignore me! That would be perfect.

What’s next for the band?

I’ve already started writing album 3 and have a very close friend coming up with all the artwork and design. It’s going to feel like much more of a ‘bigger project’ than anything I’ve done before. I’m also in contact with a drummer to session on the album for me as the ideas I have are just not going to work with programming drums. Plus, I detest programming drums so that works for me.

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

I use Facebook and Bandcamp. I’m not really very technologically savvy, but it’s possible I may end up using Instagram if someone can show me how the hell it works and what you have to do.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly couldn’t care less. I’m neither a cake or a biscuit person. But if I had to answer on pain of death, I’d probably say cake.

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

Nothing really! Just again to say thank you to everyone who has supported me so far and please keep doing so. I’m so proud of “The Comforting Grip Of Misery”. The easiest next step would be to make that album again, but the new direction my writing is taking is hopefully going to blow people away.
And stay miserable.
Nre!

 

 

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EMQ’s with LEADING LIGHT

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EMQ’s with LEADING LIGHT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gotland, Sweden based Metal band Leading Light! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Rasmus Weström 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 Rasmus Weström and I’m the lead singer and guitarist in the band. Leading Light was formed in 2012 due to some label issues with our old band, “Inception To Embrace”.

Basically, we had to change our name to continue to release music.

How did you come up with your band name?

My tattoo artist Stefan Börstad came up with the name while I was getting a lighthouse tattoed on my arm. He’s an old sailor and told stories about when he was out at sea and they would shout “Leading Light” whenever they would see the light from a lighthouse. I later suggested the name to the rest of the band and they liked it.

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

We’re from Sweden. Sweden have a really good reputation in the metal world with bands like In Flames, Opeth, At The Gates and many many more, so that’s great. The scene here is tricky. We have a lot of people that listens to and appreciates metal, but there aren’t that many places left for us smaller bands to play. We have always tried to reach outside of Sweden with our music. But we love to play in Sweden as well, whenever we get the chance.

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

Last year we released our second album “Shards Of Broken Reflection” and we released a music video for the song ‘Burn Me’ recently, off of that album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wXImqwGi7E

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally, System Of A Down. They made me want to play guitar and sing. We play a lot with the dynamics within or songs. Going from soft to very aggressive sections instantly and that’s very influenced by them.

What first got you into music?

My grandmother gave me an acoustic guitar for my birthday and I didn’t play it for like 1-2 years. Then I heard System Of A Down and that was it.

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

Cory Brandan from Norma Jean would be awesome!

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

Wacken! But there are a lot of awesome festivals around the world that we’d love to play!

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

Hm… We’ve had a lot of people buying us beers during and after shows. That’s pretty great!

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

You’re the best and I appreciate that you care about our music!

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

Hm… Chester Bennington, he was just awesome.

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

We’ve had some people email us, telling their story and telling us that our music helped them during though times. That’s definitely what I enjoy the most. I hate greedy people within the industry, taking advantage of bands. We have experienced that first hand.

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

That people would pay musicians for their work more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have to say “Toxicity” by System Of A Down.

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

I would love to be a vinyl guy but downloads are just so much easier so, downloads/streaming.

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

Definitely the Sweden Rock Festival! That was just unreal.

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

I drew a lot before I started to play music so probably a cartoonist or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, our drummer Simon because he can cook and… Daron Malakian!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on new music at the moment. We’ll probably release some new singles early next year and then we’ll try to play as many countries as we can!

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

Mostly Facebook, Instagram and Youtube!
https://www.facebook.com/Leadinglightband/
https://www.instagram.com/leadinglightband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCof8lOr2xwm4nVkr1jHyAvw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, I had to google that… But by the looks of it, biscuit?!

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

Thanks for the interview and to everybody that gives a shit about our band!

 

 

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

Back in May we did an EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril but a few things have changed so they kindly completed a new one. Huge thanks to bassist Dalton Collins 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 Dalton Collins and I play bass for Dreams In Peril.

Dreams In Peril officially became a band In 2018 and we have had a bit of a ride since then. We have played alongside a lot of national bands including, but not limited to, Between The Buried And Me, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, ERRA, The Agony Scene, The Browning, Betraying The Martyrs and Many more!

We won Headband for the Highway shortly after officially becoming a band and went on to play a show on the Summer Slaughter Tour, We have one album out entitled “Mephobia” and have released a Music Video for our Single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ in early 2019. We then went on to sign with Metal Coffee PR and our Management, Extreme Management Group, joining a roster of bands such as Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, and Misery Index.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name is honestly how we were feeling before creating this band. We are all from different bands in the Kansas City Music Scene and we have all felt as if every band we have been in has failed and as if our Dreams were in peril individually. It seemed fitting to name this band just that, in an effort to mock our past musical failures.

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

We are from the United States of America in Kansas City. The music Scene here has its ups and downs. There are times it is really strong and united and other times it’s as if bands are dropping like flies. Though, we are all very tight knit. We all know one another and have all played alongside each other many times in different bands. The fans here are hit and miss as well. Although the scene seems to be more active in the spring and summer time, it’s too cold here in the winter for people to want to get out to a show.

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

Our latest release is our music video for our single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ off of our debut album “Mephobia” This Music Video also introduces our new Vocalist Mike Yeager.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Individually it is very diverse and different. Though Collectively, to name a few… Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Banner, Veil Of Maya, Oceano, Bury Your Dead, The Deftones.

What first got you into music?

For me specifically, I remember taking a CD from my sister. The CD was a compilation called “The Hard And The Heavy” with bands such as Static X and Coal Chamber.

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

I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘The Deftones’.

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

Probably Download Festival. From seeing it in videos and watching over YouTube. IT’S HUGE! I think it would be an amazing experience being able to play such a huge Festival.

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

Naked photos! Lol!

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

Believe in yourself! Never let your failures and struggles stop you from succeeding.

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

Dimebag from Pantera!

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

I enjoy the atmosphere, being able to create something that people can relate to and enjoy! Music helps people in their day to day lives. It is truly an honour to see people enjoy what I have created.

I hate how hard it is for bands to get recognition and to become successful. Bands have a hard time making any money and struggle with paying their own bills, let alone the expenses that a band requires to succeed.

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

To go off of my last answer from the previous question! I would change it in a way that musicians profit more and are better funded without the blowbacks of having to pay things back. Bands need more financial backing! We need it! We are constantly struggling to make ends meet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Such a hard question to answer! I would say “Around The Fur” by the Deftones or even “The Dead Walk” by The Acacia Strain.

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

In my opinion I like CD’s You get the full album art, the tracks, and you don’t have to rewind it like cassettes and it isn’t as big as Vinyl.

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

The best Gig? That is hard to answer because we have had quite a few really good shows. One of our best shows was a house show. No kidding! The place was packed and the entire crowd went crazy… Then we had our first show with the Acacia Strain which was an amazing show… as well as our second showcase for summer slaughter when we had a packed crowd and what was so awesome is the crowd were singing the words to our songs right along with us. The show was a double show where there was an outdoor gig going on and an indoor show as well. The punk band the Cro-Mags were playing inside and as we got off the stage outside we were told that they loved our set and gave us tremendous complements.

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

Probably art! I was an Art Student in high school. I Just like being creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Samuel L. Jackson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Angelina Jolie! LOL I don’t know!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently about to take some down time to write the second album which will be called “The Garden Of Bones”. We are currently half way done writing it and after that we plan to do some more Dates in the US as well as hopefully booking something out of country.

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

https://dreamsinperil.hearyoumusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DreamsInPeril/
https://twitter.com/DreamsInPeril
https://www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7osPUxIGcZ0DnoBIcn5Kuu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlEn-y95t8lnZ-h7SzXtoA
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mephobia/1452481863
https://www.amazon.com/Mephobia-Dreams-Peril/dp/B07NLC5YXN
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/87191182
https://us.napster.com/artist/dreams-in-peril/album/mephobia
https://listen.tidal.com/album/103944259
https://www.reverbnation.com/dreamsinperil

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

To be honest with you, I don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is! Haha!

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

We have accomplished a lot within our two years of being a band, We are still on the rise and we look forward to playing in a town of city near you!
Thank you!

 

 

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, NY Melodic Death Metal band The Last Reign! 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?

We are The Last Reign and we play Melodic Death Metal. Brian, our guitarist and songwriter, started the band back in 2015. Paying homage to bands of the 90s such as In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates, hoping to capture that classic sound again which doesn’t exist as much today! Within a year and a half we released our debut accompanied by a two week tour. 2019 marks the return of the band after a 2 year hiatus with a new line-up aside from founding member, Brian.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was derived from a few different ideas, but came out quite naturally. First and foremost is our way of fighting to bring back the classic era of melodic death metal. The second is more personal and comes from my own ‘last reign’ so to speak as a person that is willing to put 100% into an original act one last time.

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

We are from the USA (Buffalo, New York). It’s such a big country, and in our area the scene really depends on your flavour of metal. I’ve seen Persefone travel in all the way from Andorra and play for 35 people, and Slipknot play for almost 14,000. We do get a pretty constant stream of touring acts but often we may have to drive a few hours to another city or state. Metal rarely hits the open radio in my experience, but the community is strong in this age of the internet.

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

“Prelude” (EP) was released on October 11 and much to its namesake contains two songs that will continue to evolve and will appear in their final form on our sophomore album “Evolution,” which will be out summer 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Every band member has their own personal influences, but the band as a whole is very much inspired by 90’s In Flames / Soilwork / At the Gates.

Vince: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Ray Herrera (Fear Factory), and Henry Ranta (Soilwork).

Brian: Queen, Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Seth: Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Brad Smith (Blind Melon), Jim Wynne (Buffalo NY local legend)

Adam: Johan Lindstrand of The Crown would probably be my greatest influence as far as the vocals are concerned, something about his style and placement of his vocal lines always spoke to me. Also, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity has also always been one of my favourites.

What first got you into music?

Vince: My dad was a guitar/bass player and I grew up going to his wedding band and jazz club gigs. He got me set up with a drum set and lessons as a kid, and made sure I had gear and transportation through high school and beyond.

Brian: At a young age, I was around my older brother a lot in the late 80s/early 90s. He was constantly listening to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and I haven’t looked back since.

Seth: I started out playing trombone at a very young age, essentially everyone in my immediate family plays something or have at some point. I picked up the bass and began to teach myself about the age of 14, I wanted an instrument that I could bend and even break the rules on.

Adam: I would have to give credit to my brother for getting me into music, he would frequently blast music on his home stereo system when I was younger. There was always something playing like Metallica, Def Leppard, or Aerosmith. Definitely not my favourite bands these days but everyone starts somewhere.

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

Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est!

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

Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany because it is one of the largest metal festivals in the world and it sounds like an incredible experience.

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

Sadly, I can’t think of anything to date, but hopefully that will change.

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

Just keep listening and sharing. The scene is oversaturated due to the ease of releasing music which makes it even more difficult to be heard.

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

Chuck Schuldiner, incredibly talented musician. I will always wonder what the album after “The Sound of Perseverance” would have sounded like.

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

I love that I actually get to create! So many hobbies are of consumption, be it a Netflix binge, browsing YouTube, or even sharing memes around. Playing music can be cathartic and rewarding for sure. That said, it’s a very resource intensive hobby, the amount of money, time, and effort that goes beyond just actually playing an instrument. It really is a labour of love and is difficult to expand the hobby into a career.

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

Download and Streaming! Although there are many benefits to the medium, I feel it causes people to not appreciate music as much as they used to. Gone are the days where you’d buy an album or two and listen to that album to death whether it was good or not. Nowadays, you get 30 seconds in to a song that isn’t great and you just move on to the next album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Vince: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”.

Brian: What Vince said!

Seth: A Perfect Circle – “Thirteenth Step”.

Adam: The Crown – “DeathRace King”. Although, I gotta hand it to my bandmates, “Scenes From A Memory” is a great album as well.

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

Vinyl all day!

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

April 27th, 2017. It was the final night of our tour and what a show to go out on! It was one of those rare instances where not only all of the bands were solid, but the crowd full of energy for the entire show. It was a sight to behold.

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

Vince: I would probably be the biggest badass in the world…of Warcraft.

Brian: Graphic Designer.

Seth: Working on my car/motorcycle collection.

Adam: Studying geology, mainly volcanoes.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince: Ola Englund, David Maxim Micic, Devin Townsend, Keanu Reeves, Chris Pratt.
Brian: John Cusack, Guy Pearce, Sven de Caluwé (Aborted), Jimi Haha (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon).

Seth: Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Seth Rogan, Steve Vai, Maynard.

Adam: Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Brendan Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen (Nightwish). I know that’s six, don’t care.

What’s next for the band?

We are hard at work on our sophomore album, “Evolution.” Through the rest of 2019 we will be fleshing out the last few songs and entering in to pre-production, with tracking and mixing planned for early 2020.

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

We primarily use Facebook and Bandcamp to communicate and share our music, but we’ve recently started up on Twitter as well. We also have our music available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play music, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/thelastreignmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thelastreign/
https://thelastreign.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/588LSViuxUlGIwSwDYKPrk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe in the states the closest term would be a cookie. Our biscuits are more what would be called a scone overseas!

 

 

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