EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD

EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Selkirk, Scotland based Groove Metal/Sludge/Doom band Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Huge thanks to vocalist Jamie Clark 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 Jamie Clark and I am the vocalist Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Daz McSwell is on vocals and guitar, Ross Corbett on bass and Liam Roberts on drums. We began in 2014 with Greg on drums and Graham on bass when we started to jam in an old WW2 incendiary bomb munitions plant. There would literally be icicles hanging from the ceiling in winter and would be a hot box in the summer but that’s where the “Riot Revolt Revolution” E.P. was written and unleashed in 2015. We moved to another space in Selkirk, Scottish Borders where we still are now and wrote our first album “You Will Burn” and recorded it with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio near Chester which we released in 2017. Greg left after the album was released to concentrate on Uni. Enter Liam Roberts on drums. Not long after, Graham left too so he could further his career. Enter Ross Corbett on bass. Throughout this time, we have played all over the UK, mainland Europe and Ireland. We are now a stable band and love hitting the road and playing all over. At the end of 2019 we recorded a new album with Chris Fielding again but at Foel Studio this time and it was released on 17/07/20 called “The World Is Fucked”

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name came from something our original drummer said after walking through a snow blizzard. He said the snow was fucking brutal and that it was like walking through a Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. The rest is history.

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

We are based in a little town called Selkirk in The Scottish Borders, where the metal scene sadly is non-existent. The closest place is Edinburgh, about an hour’s drive away, where the scene is thriving thanks to some great venues like Banshee Labyrinth, Bannermans and Henrys Cellar used by awesome promoters.

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

We had a single, ‘Suicide’ out on 14/05/20 which is from the album “The World Is Fucked” released on 17/07/20.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Probably my Mum, everyone in the band and the amazing people around us.

What first got you into music?

I was always into music one way or another. Singing in the choir at school, my mum playing Joe Cocker and Joan Baez, friends lending me Marillion, Iron Maiden, AC/DC. I was obsessed with Iron Maiden for years; I have about everything they released up to Seventh Son.

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

Bongripper and add some vocals to Satan Worshipping Doom

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

Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. I’ve been going the past few years and it has the best vibe best people and there’s always a curveball that captures you. A lot of the music I’ve discovered the past few years has been from Roadburn.

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

Not sure about gifts but we were given ‘Special’ beer from a fan at a festival in Switzerland one time. Fuck knows what was in it, but we were fucked after it.

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

Look out for one another xx

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

Chris Cornell.

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

The most I enjoy is playing shows in new and old places and chewing the fat with old and new friends. The thing I dislike most is the thankless task of trying to contact promoters to try and organise shows, it can get pretty demoralising.

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

In the UK and many other countries, it would be great to see some sort of government support of venues. Too many great places are closing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

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

For me CD’s work best as I can put them on in my van. Vinyl is great to have and hold.

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

That’s a tough one, too many to choose. Let’s say Urban Assault Festival in Cork, Ireland 2019

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

I’m one half of a Construction business so probably putting more effort into that rather than being distracted by the bright lights.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Daz, Liam and Ross from the band, Luke Wolftired who played second guitar on the last Irish shows and Father Dave for the craic!

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the new single and album, then get out on the road ASAP once all the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music etc. etc.

www.facebook.com/deathblizzardband/
www.instagram.com/razorsharpdeathblizzard/
www.razorsharpdeathblizzard.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake but I eat them like a biscuit.

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

Thanks for the interview and we look forward to seeing you and everyone else as soon as we can. We hope you enjoy the new single and album. Take care and look after one another.
Peace
Jamie xx

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EMQ’s with AFTER SMOKE CLEARS

EMQ’s with AFTER SMOKE CLEARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Groove Metal band After Smoke Clears. Huge thanks to bassist Aaron Dohnt 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 Aaron and I’m the bassist for After Smoke Clears. We play a distinct and unique sub-genre of metal, combining elements of groove, tech, core and aggression. We released our first 3 track EP titled “Disillusion” and two amazing videos in 2019, at this point we were just starting to discover our sound. Shortly after we started toying with the idea of writing new material, this idea became a reality when we arrived at Floodgate Audio Studios in January 2020 and recorded an entire album.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is a reminder that change is constant, destruction can lead to new birth, as a metaphor: after fire and flames a new forest can thrive, after smoke clears your vision manifests. The concept that one brings their own reality with them and choose their reaction to positive and negative stimulus, so long as they are mindful and in touch with their spiritual self.

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

As a collective we’re from London, but we hail from Leicester, Australia and Italy. Before the lockdown London was a great location for the Metal scene, an endless bounty of venues and a niche for every genre. We’re very fortunate to be able to exist in this space. Hopefully post-lockdown there will be an explosion of new live shows, and we are ready to ride that wave.

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

In 2020 so far, we’ve released three singles in support of the upcoming album. The latest single release is ‘Beta to Gamma’. Beta to Gamma’s message is simple: the mind is a superb instrument if used rightly, and meditation holds the key. If we stay intensely present, and let the resistance go, we can watch our minds with curiosity instead of being its victim. #FeelTheFire

Beta To Gamma (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all obviously love anything metal, and the heavier the better. Our favourite bands seem to come and go with each release, but there are some clear major influences such as; Lamb of God, Gojira, Meshuggah, Mudvayne, Tool…we could go on all day.

What first got you into music?

The unparalleled experience and dopamine release we get through listening and performing music. There’s truly nothing like it.

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

There is so much talent in the world at the moment so this would an incredibly difficult decision. But if we had to pick someone at this exact moment, it would be Tatiana Shmaylyuk (Jinjer) as she brings such a versatile and unique vocal style to her music.

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

It would be a dream come true to play one of the major festivals (and hopefully they start back up again in 2021). But if we could pick one, it would probably be Download but there are a hundred we could pick.

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

I’ll let you know when it happens haha

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

Your future is in your hands, don’t fear yourself. Take care of your health, your community and the health of the planet, the rest will take care of itself.

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

Chester Bennington was such an inspiration to all of us as we were young aspiring musicians, gone too soon and too tragically. Hopefully, his passing is not in vain and we begin to take mental health more and more seriously.

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

Undoubtedly the most enjoyable thing is performing, there is absolutely nothing that can compare. The least enjoyable part is the business side of things, social media and money.

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

The disgusting reliance on social media needs to go.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Right now, I’ve been putting Sleep Token – “Sundowning” on an infinite loop, but a classic album that never seems to get old for me is Rage Against the Machine – “Evil Empire”.

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

Whatever works for the listener, so long as the music is killer.

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

We played a club night in London, called Facedown in 2019. The crowd was amazing, the atmosphere was buzzing, and everything just fell into place.

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

Probably practicing to become a musician, none of us could think of anything else we would rather be doing with our time on this earth.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d need to invite people who have led such a ridiculous and incredible life so far. My choice off the top of my head would start with; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beyonce, Anthony Kiedis, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Maynard James Keenan.

What’s next for the band?

We are almost at the halfway point in the run up to our album release, we still have 4 more singles and videos planned, so you’re gonna see a lot more of us in the coming months. The next single released drops at the end of July.

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and most streaming sites. Our website contains everything you could possibly need, www.aftersmokeclears.com will set you free

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Is this some kind of British joke that I’m too Australian to understand?

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

We’re extremely grateful for the fantastic reception we’ve had so far, all the new fans we’re speaking with and everyone who has been supporting us mean an incredible amount to us. Subscribe to us everywhere because you’re not gonna want to miss what’s coming next!

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Deified – Anthrobscene (Mini-Album)

Deified – Anthrobscene (Mini-Album)
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 27:31
Review by Sheri Bicheno
10/10

Hailing from Merseyside, Deified formed in 2013 and are an utter treasure, you don’t expect them to hit you the way they do when you first listen to their music. The raw sound that is apparent from the first moment is clear cut with elements of thrash and prog metal joining forces to create a rampant beast!

Looking into their background, Deified have made an impressionable footprint. Supporting acts such as Exodus, Lost Society and Cattle Decapitation, gaining the M2TM crowns for Merseyside in 2015 and therefore, playing the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock 2015. They released their first album “Ascension”, in 2015 and then EP “Inhuman Manifesto” in 2018.

I’m looking forward to what’s in store with “Anthrobscene”!

Thumping straight in, I detect a serious amount of vibe that reminds me of a Lamb of God crossover style, whilst still retaining their own sound.

We start with a ‘Prelude’ to the album. This is a taster of Jordan’s drumming that introduces a fast, but not too aggressive, pace to the album. Just edging us a bit along with the guitars. A slow and prog type riff that rolls with the exposed pounding drums.

First track proper ‘Dark Desires’ starts this journey with winding strings. Jamie’s vocals then kick in and they really do give a range on this track that remind me a lot of Randy Blythe’s technique – gravelling screeches, growling, and also softly spoken in places. I adore this track actually. The lyrics address the problem in the world of social media and privacy; identity problems surrounding this and the effects it has on someone with a fragile or darkening mind set. Like a creeping illness.

The strings and bass melt together and bring a heavy, progressive and chaotic sound…and in places, an almost doomy element to proceedings.

Next, ‘Broken Matrix’, is absolutely chaotic! I feel the sharp and tight guitars from Matt and Alistair really stand out here. The thumping and riffing on this track and the backbone of the strings from Tom present us with something you can get submerged in and take HUGE ENERGY from. When we come to 3:40 (the beginning of the end of the track), it still leaves you wanting more. I’m also picking up some Thrash and Groove vibes entwined throughout this track. It works so well and keeps the album momentum going.

Power. Greed and Corruption. Control….

“Because in a world so volatile, it only takes once more.”

‘Enemies Within’ smashes us right in the face with the global issues of these times – where is humanity going to end up?

Strings and drums are hammering and powerful with the apt message that Deified are telling us to sit the hell up and take notice. We are taken through a hellish picture and the pure energetic force and powerful tone tell us that this isn’t just sound and music – this is fast, ripping, spreading, wild and presently without order. I really feel that the aggressive, hard and slamming foundation of this track, should be highlighted and put out there to draw even more attention to Deified. This is the sort of track many people need to hear and feel so that the same level of passion and power can be created within themselves to understand. Not just lyrically, but with the style of tone.

This a top track and definitely my favourite on “Anthrobscene”.

A short, apocalyptic and industrial feeling drum piece, ‘Intermission’, appears next. This is a preparation for ‘Apotheosis – Rebirth’ which starts off with Thrashy guitars, winding bass and, once again, Jordan’s outstanding superspeed beats which are pounding and take us on a journey to some deep places; all welded with Jamie’s vocals, which are rough, fast and dark. The melodic breakdowns in this track are beautifully placed after such a rapid wander through the track, which are still heavy but touch on Deified’s progressive side. Then a fast and rough pace picks up again along with Jamie’s raging vocals and it all sweeps into a fadeout.

‘Blood Under The Bridge’ is a battering ram of Death Metal, Thrash and Groove that’s come to break anything in its path. I love a track that can keep you on your toes and this one captures that so well. The droning guitars, harsh vocals, rapid ever-changing beats and wailing bass that later melt into a moment of dirty breakdowns. Both guitars are skilled here with the riffs keeping us edged and the bass gluing everything in place.

Airing a beautiful wandering through the beginning of ‘An Ode To Armageddon’ with gentle strings and softer beats conclude “Anthrobscene”. The pace does pick up with some harsher tones but still stays true to the gentler and synth side of Deified. Although non vocal, this is another favourite of mine. In my journey through this album, this track feels like a time of reflection during post destruction!

What would you feel after such an ordeal?

“Anthrobscene” has nothing on it that I can negatively critique. Deified have created an album that is sharp, tight and takes us through the issues we, as humanity, face and have long taken advantage of. Their sound is a blend of tones that I enjoy most during live and studio versions of music and they bring it to us without compromise and with power. I’ll be more than happy to recommend “Anthrobscene” and Deified to friends and to colleagues in the industry from now.

Killer album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prelude
02. Dark Desires
03. Broken Matrix
04. Enemies Within
05. Intermission
06. Apotheosis – Rebirth
07. Blood Under The Bridge
08. An Ode To Armageddon

LINE-UP:
Jamie Hughes – Vocals
Matt Pike – Guitar
Alistair Blackhall – Guitar
Tom Simm – Bass
Jordan Stanley-Jones – Drums

LINKS:
www.deified.uk/
www.facebook.com/deified/
www.shop.deified.uk/
www.twitter.com/deifieduk
www.instagram.com/deifieduk/
www.youtube.com/user/officialdeified

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EMQ’s with DEIFIED

EMQ’s with DEIFIED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Merseyside, UK based Groove Metal band Deified. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Our band name is Deified – We have Jamie Hughes (Vox), Matt Pike(Guitar), Alistair Blackhall (Guitar), Tom Simm (Bass) & Jordan Stanley-Jones (Drums).

As a band we’ve been playing together for 7 years now, but as of 2019, we’ve had a new drummer in the form of Jordan-Stanley Jones. We all knew each other from a wider group of friends, but came together to form a band in late 2013 when Alistair put a post out on Facebook, and the metal cogs of fate seemed to fall in place. Matt was DJing at a local event and started the band that very night. Straight out of the door, our sound was described as ‘a ballroom brawl between DevilDriver and Sylosis’ by Burn Fist webzine at our first gig. Our lyrics started out as scenarios, ideas, dreams but as we’ve got older, we’ve wanted to relay the problems going on in our lives, the people around us, the politics, the issues in our society and the world. We are pointing out issues and imbalances in a positive way – We all should be talking about how certain facets of social media / ads are feeding us shit, how global warming is killing our planet and a lack of proper discourse around issues that affect us all.

How did you come up with your band name?

Deified to us means family, friends & some f**king amazing fans, but the actual meaning of the name is to make someone or something into a god. We’ve now got USA Deified and Greece Deified to compete under the Deified name, but at the end of the day we’re all spreading metal around the world! #OGDeified 😉

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

We’re located in St. Helens, so we’re classed as a Merseyside Metal Band, but have members from Wigan / Lancaster so we’re also involved with the Greater Manchester Scene! Both scenes are insane, amazing bands, amazing fans, & we’ve made so many friends over the years.

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

We’ve got an 8-track mini album coming, “Anthrobscene” out 29th May 2020. “Anthrobscene” means a number of things to us. But at its core, it’s an attempt to get people talking about certain issues that surround us every day and how these issues affect us (or will affect us), rather than just ignoring them and leaving future generations with the burden of our ignorance. It’s a call to arms and wants to encourage people to believe in a more conscious world. This concept mini album has an overriding theme, but that theme overarches into the many issues that surround us in the current climate and how they affect us all. From governmental to technological issues, each song vents our own and others frustration with a world that everyday seems increasingly self-destructive, underhanded and untruthful.

We’ve release two videos that you can find on our Youtube:

And potentially more coming on release…

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences all differ but range from DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder, Sylosis, Trivium, Lamb of God, Metallica, Threat Signal, Machine Head, Parkway Drive & many, many more

What first got you into music?

Jordan: Weirdly, it was Guitar Hero 3. I got it for Christmas when I was about 10 or 11 and through playing the game and asking my mum who the guy on the cover was, I discovered Guns N’ Roses. The guy on the cover was obviously slash and it all took off from there for me.

Matt: I picked up the “Significant Other” album by Limp Bizkit when I was 9, because I had seen them on Top of the Pops when I was a kid. It was just so different to the other rubbish that was on the mainstream charts. I then had my first glimpse of screaming after picking up the “Alive or Just Breathing” album by Killswitch Engage from a local music shop. The cogs started to flow from there.

Jamie: When I was a kid, my stepdad and my uncle were very music orientated and I guess it kinda rubbed off onto me. But, as I became older and craved something fresh, I started to branch out into other genres and that’s when I discovered a deep love for the metal scene.

Tom: I got my first electric guitar when I was around 3 or 4, this changed into Classical Acoustic for a while. Played Bass Trombone around the world in Jazz / Brass Band / Orchestras but stringed metal always grounded me. The best next place to Guitar was Bass, after playing the Bass Trombone for so long. Here I am playing dirty Bass riffs for Deified now!

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

Our lists are endless, but on our next feature-length record, we may be looking at collaborating with some bands in the scene on certain aspects of some songs. It would be cool to collaborate with Jinjer, as we think Jamie and Tatiana’s vocal style are quite similar (minus the singing).

We are always looking to evolve our sound, so it would also be cool to collaborate with a band that use synths and samples.

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

Easy! Bloodstock, the fans are amazing, beer is flowing, sun is shining (hopefully), absolutely insane line ups, guaranteed a great time! We played there once in 2015 and we may play again sometime in the future…

It would also be fantastic to play at Graspop or Download festival, as there are always an eclectic mix of bands on and they are both great festivals to attend.

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

I am not sure if this counts, but a friend of ours called John Matthews got our tattoo on his leg and a girl we once knew got one on her wrist!

Jamie: A prostitute once deepthroated my beer bottle, right in front of me whilst we were playing a show. Does that count?

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

Don’t be afraid to challenge others!

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

Jordan: I would have to choose The Rev from A7X he’s what got me into drums and playing with precision.

Matt: Lemmy!

Jamie: Chris Cornell

Tom: I’ve always wondered what kind of music Nirvana would be making right now if Kurt was still here…

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

Jordan: I love smashing huge breakdowns and how much of a laugh we all have together while practicing, writing or recording. I absolutely hate how much crap I have to lug about. Perks of being a drummer.

Matt: I enjoy recording riffs and songwriting. Being out on the road, meeting new people, giving people music that helps the soul.

Jamie: I love the comradery and the passion of the scene. But the venue’s and the people who operate them definitely need more protection. Especially now.

Tom: Making music, meeting people, playing our music to 100’s of people. I hate the situation right now, music has a healing property to it (especially live), it would be great to be back on the road.

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

How much control music streaming services have over musicians and their art.

Also, it would be nice if the government would invest in the music business by funding bands to be able to afford what they want to put out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jordan: “Death Magnetic” by Metallica because of all the memories it brings back. Also, the riffs on that album are some of their best ones to date. ‘All Nightmare Long’ is a classic and I could listen to that song all day.

Matt: “Shogun” by Trivium. It ticks all the boxes!

Jamie: Slipknot’s “Iowa” is definitely up there. There’s so much power and aggression in one album.

Tom: “Era” by Bleed From Within – I’ve got it on constantly at the moment, absolutely vibing with my isolation feels.

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

Do you even need to ask?!! VINYL!!!!!!! It’s the way music was intended to be consumed. There’s something about physically putting the record on and placing the needle that really makes us feel more connected to the artist and their music.

Unfortunately, it’s something we’re yet to utilise due to the sheer cost of production.

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

Jordan: For me, it was Grand Central in Manchester. There were so many pits that night it went off! But I’ve only been in the band for the last 20 gigs. The guys have told me about some classics which I’m sure they’ll share.

Matt: The first Badgerfest held by John Badger in Manchester in the Star and Garter (when Krysthla were headlining). It was crammed and everyone was just pitting. Bloodstock was good, but we were a very fresh-faced band at the time. This resulted in not having much of a crowd…

Jamie: Definitely the Cattle Decapitation show, in Liverpool. Beer, titties, inflatables, brutal music and probably the best pit I’ve ever been in at a small venue. What more do you want?

Tom: There’s been a few but the Exodus gig was unreal, I couldn’t exactly believe what was going on! Cattle Decapitation was another, and of course Bloodstock. We were much smaller then though, young, naive and it would be an honour to hear our rumbling sounds again on those hallowed grounds. We’re older, bigger tunes, a bigger following – Cannot wait for the future.

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

Jordan: I’d probably have a go at basketball seen as I’m the tallest member of the band 😉

Matt: I would probably live in London attempting to make it in post-production.

Jamie: Probably something still music related. Maybe sound-tech.

Tom: Brewing Beer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jordan: Axel Rose, Corey Taylor, James Hetfield, Slash and Lars Ulrich. I think that would be really interesting. I just hope Axel actually turns up…

Matt: All of Metallica and Dave Mustaine. If Lemmy was still alive…I’m sure I would sub one of them.

Jamie: Jacque Fresco, Mike Patton, Daron Malakian, Brian Cox, Joe Rogan.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, once venues re-open we can get back to gigging. We want to gig as much as possible with the new stuff in the set. We also need to invest in the future of the band by doing tours and writing more.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.deified.uk/
www.facebook.com/deified/
www.instagram.com/deifieduk/
www.youtube.com/c/Deified
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0khlvR8NfZ3lYll9q7Zu2C

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jordan: I’m saying cake because Jaffa’s consist of 3 layers.

Matt: Cake!

Jamie: Cake!

Tom: Cake!

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

Stay true to yourself, do what makes you happy and go to as many gigs as you can when lockdown is over! Support our bands & venues!

Massive thanks for having us Ever Metal as ever, it’s been an absolute pleasure!

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EMQ’s with BLACKLIST-9

EMQ’s with BLACKLIST-9

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Groove Metal band BlackList-9. Huge thanks to them all 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?

Josh: Hi! I’m Josh May and I am the bassist for Blacklist-9. I joined the band in January of 2019.

Lonnie: Lonnie Silva, drummer. BlackList-9 was started in 2013 when my son Kyle was frustrated that he couldn’t put a band together. Kyle asked me to start a band with him and after several weeks of asking, I listened to what he had written and gave it a shot, and here we are!

Kyle: Kyle Silva, I play Guitar

Max: My name is Maxwell Sorg. I do vocals for the band. Kyle and his Dad started the band. They can tell you more than I can. I’m just the singer! Haha!

How did you come up with your band name?

Lonnie: When we decided to change the name, I was watching T.V. and a commercial for the show, “Blacklist” came on. So, I started adding different words and numbers to it. Counted to nine and that was it!

Max: Kyle talked to a burning bush in a cave. And then came out a virtuoso guitar player and with the name tattooed on his chest.

Kyle: Sure? Lol.

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

Josh: We are from Los Angeles, CA. U.S.A. The rock scene in LA gets a bit more love than the metal scene because it’s easier to digest for the crowds coming out to support friends. Easier on the ears, haha! That said, there is a growing underground metal scene going on in and around LA. We are experiencing it up in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys. Some killer metal acts are cranking out heavy goodness.

Lonnie: Born and raised in California, USA. Living close to Hollywood, you’d think there would be some kind of metal scene, but it seems the only bands that are playing most of the clubs are tribute bands.

Kyle: California Native, J-May hit the nail on the head with his response about the metal scene here.

Max: Originally, I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area. If you weren’t traveling to San Jose, or San Francisco for shows, the scene was chaotic for all the wrong reasons. Most shows were put on by a few production companies who booked acts from around the area, and without regard to what genre they fell under. A lot of times we’d have a hardcore metal band, followed by a “Foster the People” sounding indie band, followed by a three-piece punk band. All talented, just it never felt like an actual scene, so much as an open mic night for all the local bands.

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

Josh: Our first full-length album, “Mentally Ill, Legally Sane” through Eclipse Records. Available on all streaming services.

Lonnie: Our latest release “Mentally ill Legally Sane” on Eclipse Records. We released two singles and videos for the songs, ‘Madness’ and ‘Legally Sane’.

Max: I released an EP with my last band Malice Coy in October of 2019, I played guitar on the project. It was actually due to that EP that I started taking singing lessons at the Musician’s Institute. It was a ride to say the least.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Josh: My greatest influences are Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, Igorrr, Kyuss and  The Gaslamp Killer.

Lonnie: I’m influenced by Carl Palmer from “ELP” John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Peter Criss and a big fan of Vinnie Paul!

Kyle: Dimebag, Francisco Tarrega, Adam Jones, Jim Root, Dave Matthews!

Max: In no particular order: Chris Cornell, Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and the sound my garbage disposal makes when there’s no food in it.

What first got you into music?

Josh: Music has been a part of my life since birth. Both of my parents are musical. My Dad plays guitar and sings. My Mom was a piano teacher for many years, and played guitar and sang as well. I started playing the saxophone when I was 9 then moved to guitar at 11 and drums at 14. I played bass any time I could get my hands on one.

Kyle: Good old Jimi Hendrix

Lonnie: Growing up my parents always had parties on the weekends, and blasting music from the 50’s to the 70’s, just dug the music!

Max: Not to get too dark, but I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when I was 11 and went through 4 months of chemotherapy. The two albums I listened to on repeat through the process were “Dookie” and “American Idiot” by Green Day. I listened to those records over and over again, singing all the words until they were ingrained in my head and I could recite them without even hearing the song. I watched all the concert footage I could get my hands on, and saw them when they came to AT&T Park in 2006, on the American Idiot tour, with Flogging Molly (another great band), and Jimmy Eat World. It was my first concert and from there, I guess you could say that show started it all.

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

Josh: I would love to collaborate with Igorrr from France. Gautier Serre is a musical genius and being able to tap into his consciousness and collaborate on a song, or songs, would be magical.

Lonnie: Van Halen

Kyle: Chad Grey

Max: Jeez, do I have to pick one? Probably Dave Grohl, I’d love to do a ProBot II with him or something.

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

Josh: I would love to play Knotfest Roadshow USA. Slipknot have done an excellent job with their festival. Another festival that comes to mind is Rock In Rio. Traveling to South America for the first time would be a blast!

Lonnie: Download!

Kyle: Rock on the Range!!

Max: Pinkpop! It’s a huge festival in the Netherlands, which I’ve never been to, and some of the greatest rock acts have played that festival. When you’re there, you know you’ve “made it”. Plus, playing with Gary Clark Jr. would be an absolute honour.

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

Josh: Great question! One time I was given a finger hand puppet haha! Forgot the significance of it unfortunately, but it sits on one of my shelves to this day.

Kyle: I wouldn’t say mine was weird, it’s was more heartfelt. We played a Pantera tribute show in Pomona CA after the passing of Vinnie Paul. The song we play at the end of our set was Domination. After we got done playing our set, a fan came up to me and gave me his Dimebag Razor blade piece. I remember he told me, “Dime would be proud”. That was the best feeling in the world right there.

Lonnie: Haven’t received any gifts from the fans but would love to see what they would send!

Max: You overestimate my popularity. It’s sweet, but slightly depressing!

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

Josh: Support local music and seek out new artists whenever possible. It’s easy to get stuck listening to the same ol’ genres. With the current state of the world, supporting local music is so imperative. Especially once the world opens back up again and live music kicks off.

Kyle: Don’t live your life in anger/hate. Life is too short for that shit.

Lonnie: Tell your friends!!!

Max: In the immortal words of Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to one another!”.

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

Josh: The one that really hit me hard was Chris Cornell. I had the honour of seeing Audioslave’s first west coast performance in my early teens, and they rocked it so hard. His vocals and lyricism are otherworldly. What made his untimely death even more tragic was that I felt he still had so much left to give the world musically.

Lonnie: That’s a tough question, there’s so many great people who’ve passed. I would have to say John Bonham. If you bring John back, there could be a possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion!!!!

Max: Dimebag Darrel, taken too soon. Plus, being able to see a Pantera show with Dime would have been amazing.

Kyle: Since Max got Dime back, I’ll bring back Vinnie Paul.

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

Josh: Being able to take an idea from the mind and translate it through one’s fingers into an audible representation is so rewarding and takes a lifetime to master. What I enjoy most apart from creating music is sharing that music live with people. When something you’ve created connects with other humans and gets them moving, there’s nothing that tops that.

Hate is such a strong word. I’d say my frustrations with being a musician are that many children with musical gifts early on aren’t told that they can turn those gifts into a career. As a child, music was always represented as a hobby but nothing more than that. We have music and art in schools, but parents and teachers as a whole aren’t communicating that one’s life can be dedicated to such pursuits. However, with the evolution of music and technology, I feel like that is quickly changing.

Kyle: What I love is playing in front of people, I love seeming the smile on their faces when we play. It’s so awesome! What I hate is when equipment fails!! I’ve blown up so many amps, it’s a little fear of mine. Lol

Lonnie: When we play a live show and afterwards, they tell me how much they dig the band and compare me with a famous drummer. What I hate is setting up and tearing down the drums…Lol.

Max: I enjoy collaboration and when a song becomes fully realized. There’s nothing better than listening back and hearing the magic you’ve captured when a recording is done. It is a trip to say the least. Hate is a strong word. There are two things I wish that would change. One, I wish more musicians could make a living playing and writing music (thanks to the internet it is easier, but there are some parts of the music business that are antiquated and should be modernized). Number two is ego. I’ve met a lot of egotists in our line of work who believe they are the best at what they do and refuse to find things to challenge them to make them better. It’s important to keep striving and push past the limits of what you think you can do. Great artistry is not the result of stagnation and I wish more people would learn that.

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

Josh: The industry is so oversaturated on all fronts these days. It takes an insane amount of hustle and luck to breakthrough depending on your genre. If there was a way to vet groups coming up, and separate the wheat from the chaff, that’d be great. But do we need more gatekeepers in the music industry? I think not haha! If I could change one thing for sure, it would have to be artist compensation from streaming services. Excited to see what the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is going to do to bring balance to things.

Lonnie: Bring back physical albums and CDs! Being able to see the artwork and band photos on the album’s and CDs was always cool to me!

Max: I kinda brushed on this topic earlier. I really wish streaming paid more. Thanks to the MMA (Music Modernization Act) passed by congress, musicians will see a percentage of streaming royalties rather than the 0.00005% it is now. But it won’t be enacted until 2021. Also, Ticketmaster straight up shouldn’t exist.

Kyle: Literally what they all said. Lol.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Josh: One of my favourite albums has to be “Evil Empire” from Rage Against the Machine. Hearing it in its entirety for the first time blew my mind as a kid. Funky, soulful, heavy, unfiltered. It was an album that I fell in love with twice. Initially the rawness, power and funk of the music attracted me. Once I entered college, I was able to understand the full scope of Zack’s lyrics. The metaphors, political views, etc… I even wrote an essay on Track 8. off the album called ‘Without A Face’, which chronicles the plight of immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. and existing in a world where they are hated by the very group who benefits from their physical labour.

Lonnie: First Van Halen album!!!

Kyle: Pantera – “Far Beyond Driven”.

Max: Again, just one huh? “Superunknown” by Soundgarden. I think I listened to that album for a year straight.

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

Josh: I grew up on cassettes and CD’s, eventually moving to downloads because it was easier and cheaper to listen to music that way. Having matured (mostly) since then, I absolutely love vinyl. The warmth, depth and tangibility of the records can’t be beaten. Plus, the album art really comes through when it’s 12.375”.

Kyle: Vinyl when you’re just sitting at home chilling, CD in the car driving, and downloads when training. They all have their purpose.

Lonnie: Vinyl, you can hang up the album’s and it makes your wall’s look great!

Max: The hipster in me says Vinyl, because nothing replaces those little cracks and pops. But records get so easily worn or warped. I mostly use Google Play for my stuff because I have access to pretty much anything at any time, but I will buy CDs to support the artist. I bought “The Shape of Punk to Come” by the Refused, and “Hello Exile” by The Menzingers, because I wanted to read the liner notes to feel that much closer to the songs.

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

Josh: I had a blast opening for Quiet Riot in August last year! It was a rush coming off stage and having QR’s guitarist Alex Grossi give Kyle and I fist bumps for our closing song.

Kyle: We opened up for Vince Neil at the Rose in Pomona CA and played to a 450+ crowd, that’s the most I’ve played in front of and it was the best experience.

Lonnie: Back in the late eighties (wow I’m dating myself) I did a show called the L.A. street festival. They estimated the crowd to be around 10,000 people.

Max: Played the Nickel City Arcade when I was in my first official band Seventh Day Breakdown. We got used to having nobody there, but magic was in the air that night, because at least 50 people showed up and were bouncing up and down creating utter chaos. By the end, I saw the whole room looked like a moving mass of people. I threw my guitar up in the air, and let it crash to the ground (it turned out to be fine) and sling-shot a mic over my back, we trashed the stage and left to thunderous applause. Best audience ever that night, never happened again. But that’s what creates those magic moments.

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

Josh: Creating in some other way while enjoying the great outdoors. I love astrophotography and shoot the night sky whenever possible. I collect vintage mushroom art. Getting out into the wilderness is one of my favourite past times. It’s how I reset the mind and body.

Kyle: I be a fighter, mostly a Boxer. I love training, I love the sport. If I didn’t find the guitar first before the Gloves, Boxer most likely.

Lonnie: I’d be driving a 320-mph funny car. I’m a huge drag racing fan. I have gone 5.98 seconds at 213 mph in a dragster! Fun, fun, fun!

Max: I would like to go into guitar making, carpentry type stuff. I love working with my hands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh: I would love a blend of philosophy and humour. A group of people that enjoy nuanced discussion as well as fart jokes haha! I’d invite comedians Duncan Trussell, Joe Rogan and Jeff Ross. A nice mix of intellectual comedy and good old-fashioned roasting. On the philosophy side I’d invite Naval Ravikant and Christopher Ryan to add flavour and inject fascinating insight into the discussions. Talk about a party!

Kyle: Joe Rogan, Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, Tech N9ne and Corey Taylor.

Lonnie: Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Peter Criss, Les Claypool and Maynard James Keenen.

Max: Henry Rollins (Black Flag, The Henry Rollins Band), Billie Eilish, Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara), Alexis S.F. Marshall (As the Sun Sets, Daughters, Fucking Invisible), and Greg Barnett (The Menzingers). We can all talk about song writing, poetry, and good novels to read.

What’s next for the band?

Josh: The pandemic has levelled the playing field for every musician. We are doing what we do best, keeping our heads down and focusing on the next album. We have some killer tracks and are beyond excited to share them with the world!

Lonnie: Well, we just announced our new singer Max Sorg and were currently writing new material. We have over 20 new songs and we can’t wait to show the world!

Max: We’ve been rehearsing and hashing out new material while COVID-19 has taken its toll on the country. We’re in talks of taking some new demoes to the studio. I’m really excited to get to be a part of the process with them. It’s all very exciting for us, and I know that I’m ready for it. I hope the fans are too, you know.

Kyle: Focusing on making great music.

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

Josh: You can find us on:

Instagram: @blacklist9_

Facebook: @Blacklist9music

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Qasp2KPxCeiwDtFrvpOGA

or our website: www.blacklist9.net

Lonnie: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our album is available on all streaming service’s.

Max: The guys are better about this than I am. But, www.blacklist9.net/home. You can join our mailing list there. Also, we’re on social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter under Blacklist-9. Come check us out there!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Josh: In the U.S. we unfortunately don’t have those. To me a biscuit is that warm and fluffy goodness you put some honey, apple butter or sausage gravy on. When we eventually tour the UK, I will make this question my quest to answer haha!

Kyle: MMMMMMM Jaffa Cakes (Homer Simpson Drooling Sound)

Lonnie: That’s a good one. I’d say cake. They should be called baby cakes!

Max: I don’t want to stick my hand in this nest of hornets. I’m gonna say everyone is wrong and call it cookie!

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

Josh: Stay inquisitive, always seek to gain more knowledge in order to better understand those around you and who you are. Learn something new every day, then die and forget it all haha! Thanks for bringing us on!

Lonnie: Thank you for the interview and keep an eye and ear out for BlackList-9.

Kyle: Success is the best kind of revenge.

Max: Thanks for taking the time to read this. You can check out Blacklist-9 on social media. I’m also on Instagram and Facebook as Max Sorg. I post stupid stuff and talk about what I’m up to! Come say “Hi”.

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EMQ’s with IMPERIUM

EMQ’s with IMPERIUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West London, UK based Groove/Thrash Metal band, Imperium. Huge thanks to vocalist Ben Porter and lead guitarist Hardip Sagoo for taking part.

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

Ben: I’m Ben, I’m the vocalist in IMPERIUM.

Hardip: I’m Hardip – lead guitarist.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ben: It was actually a mutual agreement that should have been made in about 10 minutes! But it took months!! Our drummer James became a fucking librarian and decided to go through the entire dictionary, picking out all the words he thought were “metal”, put a few together and came up with the biggest load of shit we’ve ever heard!

Hardip: Me and Scott (Rhythm Guitarist) had the word ‘Imperium’ in mind before we met the others as we like the meaning (absolute power).

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

Ben: London, England. Our spot is top draw to be honest, we’re all based around Kingston in West London and the nights we have there are killer. Thanks to the realest people that show up to see music and the drive from our local (The Fighting Cocks). We leave with a smile every time! Apart from when we found out smoke machines are a bad idea!

Hardip: London, England. We’re surrounded by some very cool venues and the scene is growing every year. Our personal favourite is the ‘The Fighting Cocks’ in Kingston. Best place you’ll ever go.

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

Ben: Our first proper single ‘Here Comes The Night’ was released on the 4th of April and Spotify and other streaming sites on the 18th!

Hardip: We recorded two songs late 2019 of which one was recently released – ‘Here Comes The Night.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ben: Proper metal music, any bands that have life and energy in what they do. Older stuff like Slayer, Metallica, Judas Priest and Pantera right up to Power Trip & Havoc but I personally get influenced by anything that sounds good!

Hardip: Nirvana, Metallica and Hendrix will always be my biggest influences. I’m also heavily influenced by a lot of the classic metal bands – Pantera, Megadeth, Judas Priest etc.

What first got you into music?

Ben: Well…my uncle gave me a Rammstein album when I was about 11. I think and that pretty much paved the way… and was fully reinforced when I got a Bolt Thrower CD soon after! But around the same time, weirdly enough, Scott and Hardip, the guitarists, both went to my school, I was in Scott’s brothers year and wanted to get into playing some strings…so I walked in on those two in the music studio playing ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ and got stopped in my tracks! It took about a year for me to find that song and realise it was Metallica. I didn’t meet Scott and Hardip properly for about 7 years after that incident!

Hardip: I’ve been into music as far back as I remember. When I was at an early age, I accidentally picked up by sister’s cassette player instead of mine, pressed play and on came Nirvana’s album – “Bleach”. I was immediately drawn into it without knowing who or what it was. It just escalated from there.

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

Ben: Has to be Metallica really, they could clap, and you’d have all the fans and backing in the world.

Hardip: Metallica for sure.

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

Ben: Wacken Open Air! For me that would be golden!

Hardip: Download and Hellfest.

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

Ben: A verbal gift I suppose! Our song just finished, and two geezers came up and sang ‘Master Exploder by Tenacious D at me! Haha!

Hardip: A guy came up to me after a gig and said he collects plectrums from all lead guitarists he watches. I think he got confused in his drunken state and gave me a plectrum from a band he previously watched.

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

Ben: Our fans are only just building as we’re new on the street, so I’d just say again how thankful I and the rest of the guys are for all your comments, and energy for ‘Here Comes The Night’! We have tons more coming your way so stay ready.

Hardip: Come join us for a beer!

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

Ben: That’s a hard one, Maybe Cliff (Burton) though! As that death was proper out of order.

Hardip: Too many to choose from but I think it needs to be Dimebag.

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

Ben: I love throwing people about in the mess of it all! That’s proper fun. The thrill from people explaining how our songs made them feel is serious business too. But the worst thing is having all that equipment as a vocalist! The boys don’t even help me in with my mic!!

Hardip: The best thing is it brings out my creativeness. I don’t hate anything about it.

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

Ben: I’d just rewind it 30 years and change nothing…!

Hardip: I’d only ask for every band to make sure they support all other bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ben: Rammstein – “Mutter”

Hardip: Metallica – Kill ‘Em All

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

Ben: Vinyl man! It seems more genuine.

Hardip: Cassettes – that’s what I grew up on.

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

Ben: O2 Islington was pretty decent, although the geezer never paid us!

Hardip: My biggest buzz was at a gig in The Fighting Cocks. The crowd were on point.

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

Ben: I fight, in full contact medieval combat. It’s wicked, look it up

Hardip: More time for sport I reckon.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ben: My Grandad, Ozzy, Ricky Gervais, Odin and Till Lindemann!

Hardip: Ricky Gervais, Hendrix, Mike Tyson, Richard Dawkins, James Hetfield!

What’s next for the band?

Ben: Finalise our next song and music video which should be a little later in the year! Then back to Uncle Oz at Hidden Tracks (Studios) to record the rest of our EP.

Hardip: To Create more and more!

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

www.instagram.com/imperium_uk/
www.facebook.com/ImperiumSound/

Our website is:
www.imperiumsound.net/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ben: 100% cake. You wouldn’t call a hobnob a cake, would you?

Hardip: Got to be a cake!

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

Ben: Thanks to you Ever Metal for the questions and helping out us out there! If you haven’t yet, Please go and check out our new tune, subscribe and follow all that shit and stay tuned for more!

Hardip: Thanks for writing about us. It’s only the beginning for Imperium so keep an eye out.

Thanks a lot!

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EMQ’s with LEAGUE OF CORRUPTION

EMQ’s with LEAGUE OF CORRUPTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Vancouver, BC based Groove Metal band, League Of Corruption. Huge thanks to guitarist, Brian Langley, 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?

League Of Corruption were formed in 2005 and are powered by the almighty riff. If you like Black Sabbath, Down, Corrosion of Conformity etc then we think you’ll dig us. We like our Metal groovy and our beer ice cold.

How did you come up with your band name?

We didn’t. Chris was drinking at a pub with a buddy one night and the guy said, “That would be a good name for a band!” To which Chris said, “What would?” The guys says “League Of Corruption.” when it came time to put the band together Chris remembered that and went with it.

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

We’re based in the suburbs outside of Vancouver, BC Canada. The metal scene is comprised of mostly Death/Thrash bands. A few Doom/Stoner and Power Metal bands too. No other bands are really doing what we’re doing around these parts that we know of.

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

“Something In The Water” is our first real album. You can currently order it from our label’s (Black Doomba Records) bandcamp page. The official release date is June 12th. If you order it early now it’s cheaper, you get a download card and a Black Doomba patch. Same day shipping. Here’s the link:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for myself and as it pertains to this band and what we play, Black Sabbath, Down, COC, Black Label Society, AC/DC.

What first got you into music?

When I was 4 years old I watched an AC/DC spotlight and Angus Young just made me fall in love with guitar. I saw him doing it and I thought it looked like a lot of fun and after that I was hooked.

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

Hmmm, I think I could make some really powerful stuff with Pepper Keenan of CoC/Down or Kirk Windstein of Crowbar/Down. I think there would be a lot of natural chemistry there.

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

70000 Tons I think would be my pick. I like the idea of not sleeping in a tent.

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

Nothing that I would say was really weird. Just beers or the one guy years ago gave me a spiked gauntlet that he had made. The only really weird thing that comes to mind is I did a show at this hole in the wall venue called the Cave in North Carolina. There was a guy there that brought this filthy looking little stuffed pig that he had named ‘Hirax’. He carried it around everywhere and wanted the band to get a picture with him and the pig.

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

Just to remember that life is meant to be lived. Have a good ass time. Don’t wait for others to throw that party, you can be that party. Also, technology is not your friend. Stop being so damn dependant on it. Hypocritical in some respects, sure, but go learn some life skills. Be able to handle business when you need to. Then you can get back to having a good ass time quicker.

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

That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with Bon Scott.

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

With this band I love not being the frontman. I can just close my eyes and play my guitar. that’s my happy place. I just love to play/entertain. Take folks minds off their worries for a little while. The thing I hate most is loading into a venue and having to sit around 6-8 hours before it’s time to hit the stage. It’s that hurry up and wait thing. I just can’t get used to it.

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

Change the business model. There are amazing artists out there that get crushed under the wheels trying to expand and be heard. Stretch yourself further than your capable of and it all comes crashing down and you never see or hear from these amazing musicians again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Down – “NOLA”

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

Vinyl all the way. Those old analog recording through those 70’s realistic tower speakers. There’s nothing sweeter.

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

I’d say the Festival we played last Summer. Armstrong Metalfest. Great crowd opening for Origin and Nekrogoblikon. It also led to us getting our slot for this Summer’s Loud as Hell Festival in Alberta.

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

I never thought about anything else really. True crime interests me so maybe I would have gone for some more schooling and did something in that field.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I like this question. Zakk Wylde, Corpsegrinder Fisher, Phil Anselmo, Tony Iommi and Angus Young.

What’s next for the band?

Going to ride out this pandemic and then get some shows rescheduled and support our new album. In the meantime, just work on new material so that’s ready when it’s time to record the next one.

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

https://leagueofcorruption.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LeagueofCorruption
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyW3jP12Zne2b5AheFt4TAA
https://www.instagram.com/league_of_corruption/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what those are haha!

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

Just thanks for the interview and hope everyone is being smart and staying safe. Hope everyone digs our album and gives it lots of spins. Cheers!

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EMQ’s with ARTWORK FOR THE BLIND

EMQ’s with ARTWORK FOR THE BLIND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Louisville, KY based Death Metal Groove band Artwork For The Blind. Huge thanks to Guitarist Sol. E. Williams 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?

Sol. E. Williams, Guitarist for Artwork For The Blind.

Artwork started in 2012 when members Sean Coy Curry (vocals) Mike Hoehn (bass) Chris Brackett (previous guitarist) and Larry Myers (drums) got together and decided to start a Death n Roll/Death Metal Groove type band. I started with Artwork in 2015 after Brackett stepped away for health reasons. We’ve been gigging, writing, and recording non-stop ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Sean came up with the name. It’s one of his plays on words. Being as music is artwork for the blind.

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

America. And it’s very over saturated. But I guess that’s a good thing, because it shows there’s still and interest in metal.

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

Latest thing we put out is the single ‘Donny Brook’. You can find it thru streaming serves and later this year we’ll have it on a vinyl.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Where do I start! I might catch flak for this, but early on James Hatfield and Kirk Hammett. Later on stuff like Obituary, Napalm Death, Converge, All Pigs Must Die played a big role on me musically!

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a musical home, so it was just kind of a given to be into music.

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

Armed for Apocalypse! Those guys are awesome, both personally and musically.

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

Download Festival. All true metal bands and true metal fans in one big spot.

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

I don’t think we get a lot of “gifts”. Smoke a lot of weed with them. We mostly give to our fans more than we receive.

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

Stay tuned, because we’re always working on the next thing.

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

Lemmy! That dude was awesome! I think he deserved a few more years.

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

I enjoy the creativity of making something from nothing. I enjoy the energy of live performances. Only thing I can say I hate is when I don’t get enough time in the day to make music.

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

For the industry to stop putting so much money and effort into cookie cutter music/musicians!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

All Pigs Must Die – “God Is War”

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

Everything but downloads. I’m kinda old fashioned. My entire music collection is on Tapes, Vinyl, or CD’s. I still have Tapes I bought like when I was 11 years old that I still listen to. I have a huge pile of Vinyl and like two drawers full of CD’s.

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

Best! I can say probably the most fun was the house show we did at my place to raise money for the area homeless. Good times and good friends at that one.

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

That’s horrible to even think about. Probably taking sports seriously!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Monica Bellucci, Tom Araya, Willie Nelson, Cecily Strong, Barney Greenway!

What’s next for the band?

We’re writing/recording for our next full length. Got a new video in production! Probably do a video for Donny Brook later this year. Just constantly moving forward!

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

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
https://www.facebook.com/ArtworkForTheBlind/
https://twitter.com/AftBII
https://www.instagram.com/artworkfortheblind/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. Probably donuts!

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

We’re booking show thru the Summer and have a few festival dates we’ll be dropping soon. Keep an eye on our social media pages for those dates.

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile/Boston, USA based Thrash/Groove/Death Metal band Overtoun! Huge thanks to guitarist Matias for taking part!

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

Hi Rick and friends of Ever Metal, thanks a lot for having us here. This is Matias, guitarist from Overtoun.

We are a Death/Thrash Metal band formed in 2014. The group started in high school as a cover band, when Agustin (drummer) and I met. Both of us wanted to play songs from the 80’s thrash metal era, signing up in a lot of ‘battle of the bands’ competitions and stuff like that. We didn’t have a full time vocalist at the time but a couple of friends that could sing helped us out. I would say that the first official line-up was Agustin, me and Cristobal (bass), a friend of ours that we met from another school. The three of us started to write our first songs and original music.

After high school all of us went to college, and I went to study to Berklee in Boston in 2017. That’s when I met the missing ingredient, Yoav, who is a bass player that was in my same Metal ensemble. Yoav knows a bunch of people in the metal scene, so I asked him to recommend me a death metal singer for the band, and he told me that he could do the job. That’s when we started to record our debut album “Centuries Of Lies”, that was released in 2018.

Early this year we parted ways with Cristobal, and then our new bass player Guillermo joined the band. With him we did our first tour and right now we are in the middle of the recordings of our second album. It has been quite a ride ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s kind of funny how we came up with the name. One day we were hanging out in my house, it was one of the first rehearsals we had. Obviously we needed a name, something creepy and catchy that had a concept we could work on. We started looking online for the weirdest places in the world, and that’s when the Overtoun Bridge came out. It is a bridge from Scotland where dogs commit suicide. We liked the mystery of the place and how the name sounded, so we took it from there.

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

The three of us (Agustin, Guillermo and me) are from Santiago, capital city of Chile. Although Yoav lives in Boston, he is from Mexico City. I would say that the Chilean Metal scene is complicated, right now there are a lot of new and interesting groups that try to do things professionally, however the audience is not really that supportive of local bands. It is quite hard to get noticed and make people come to the shows. There are not big record labels or promoters that get interested in smaller bands. Nevertheless, we know that we have to work harder and harder to get our name out there, and keep improving our art and music, building a fan base and so on. We hope that Chilean Metal also gets recognized abroad, so everyone from the scene gets better opportunities to develop their careers.

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

Our latest release is the video of ‘Aftermath’, a song from our first album “Centuries Of Lies”, that came up in December last year.

‘Centuries’ was a hard album to make, we had a lot of differences in the creative process that extended the production time, however we moved forward and I think we ended up with a good product, obviously there are a lot of things to improve, but we learned a lot from the process.

I’m glad that people liked the album, we’ve had nothing but great comments and support from international media and local press.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that our greatest influence will always be Metallica, Agustin and I have been Metallica fans since middle school and every time they come to Chile we try and go see them live. Also Pantera is a big influence for us, it was very painful to say goodbye to Dime and Vinnie. Death is another influence for the band, and now Guillermo got us into the music of Mudvayne, Jinjer, Arch Enemy, Epica and stuff like that. Yoav also showed us music of Power Trip, Blotted Science, Atheist, etc. I’m really happy for him that he got to be the new bassist for Atheist, he really deserves that gig.

What first got you into music?

For me personally what got me into music was my dad’s CD collection. He had a couple of records from Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam and such, and watching their videos online made me pick up the guitar. They all looked so cool and I could feel the connection that the artist had with the audience.

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

We’d be down to collaborate with Jinjer or Gojira, those two are the bands that are kind of spreading Metal all over the world, it would be really nice to do something with them.

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

It would be great to play Wacken Open Air. I think that ever since I started getting into Metal, Wacken was one of those festivals that always came to the picture as the biggest reunion of metalheads. That would be great for us, to share our music for fans from all over the world.

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

Once when we were on tour, a strange looking man gave us an unpacked bar of chocolate that was melted. It was gross, but we laughed so hard and made up a lot of funny stories from that situation.

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

Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving us; without them nothing would be possible, at the end of the day all the music we create belongs to them! See you on the mosh pit!

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

I would bring back Dimebag or Cliff Burton. Both of them made a huge influence in my music, and to see them perform only once would be priceless.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is playing live, there is nothing better than going up to the stage and headbang over the songs. What I hate is the feeling of self doubt that a lot of us have to deal with, it is a hard business so we have to keep our minds clear and do our best.

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

Negativity and bringing down the work of other musicians; if we are collaborative and support the work of our colleagues the scene will grow, and that will benefit us all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”

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

I’m a vinyl and CD lover, I think there is nothing better than the physical format. I’m a vinyl collector too, at home I have lots of albums from my favourite bands.

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

I guess it was the last gig of our first tour, we were performing really good and the sound was badass, every now and then we watch videos from that performance, we hope to do that again in the future.

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

Maybe astrophysics or geology, I like science a lot. Also I love cooking, maybe something like that would be cool. By the way Agustin cooks really good American-style burgers, haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite the guys in the band and our producer Pancho. We always have fun together and every time we hang out there is good food on the table.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment we are planning live shows for 2020 and the release of our second album titled “This Darkness Feels Alive”. This new album is great, we all loved the process and how the songs turned out. We were recording in Estudio del Sur, the best studio in the country, it was really beautiful and inspiring. I hope you guys can have the new music soon!

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

http://www.overtoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/OvertounOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/overtounofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLi-joj2KFw
https://open.spotify.com/album/5jS0LFRA9jSubanKjZ4EZZ?si=HCqPHhK9Q9Wad8qWB6Yx9g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not from the UK so I had to look it up online, haha. It looks like a biscuit but they say it’s a cake so I’ll go for cake.

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

Thanks a lot for the interview! We are really glad to be here and thank you for sharing our music!!

 

 

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God Shaped Devil – Dark Fields

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God Shaped Devil – Dark Fields
Self Released
Release Date: 10/07/2019
Running Time: 42:07
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Being a Northerner, one thing that really pleases me is the amount of quality bands from around these parts that are popping up at the moment, and in particular, that of the Manchester scene. This couldn’t be truer of the subject of this review – Manchester based, God Shaped Devil, with their debut album “Dark Fields”.

I first discovered these guys at Badgerfest last year, where they were my band of the weekend, without question. I have been really looking forward to the release of this album since then, and was honoured when they asked us to be the first to give it a listen.

Fronted by Vocalist and Lead Guitarist Bécy Füzéri (Bex), with Matt Morris on Rhythm Guitar, Lajos Borsi on Bass/Vocals, and Luke Ellwood on Drums, they describe their sound as an explosive combination of thrash and groove metal with their own artistic flair. They self-recorded and released their initial EP in 2015, which was very well received, and featured in Terrorizer Magazine. The Manchester underground scene took to them straight away and since then, they have been gigging and working on material for this forthcoming release, which has helped their sound to evolve, and become what it is today, with the addition of Matt on Rhythm Guitar in 2017, making the original three piece into a four piece.

I love it when a band manages to catch me straight away, and I can safely say that God Shaped Devil have done that, both live, and now with this release. From the first chord on the first track, I knew that this was going to be good. Chunky, meaty and down-tuned, it grabs you by the guts and doesn’t let go. The whole album is an up-tempo, thrashy groovefest that you cannot help but bang your head to. It is full on and in your face, with Bex’s solid screams, and the deep growling backing vocals of Lajos, and it is peppered with atmospheric guitar sounds, as well as some beautiful solo work and electrifying rhythms from the bass and drums, which combine to give the whole thing an excitingly terrifying feel – it would not be out of place as the soundtrack to an apocalyptic, end of days, movie. Judging by the track titles, this (I’m hoping) is the feel that they have gone for – ‘Drowning Gravity’, ‘Deadly Sign’ and ‘Becoming Evil’, being just a few examples.

I like to try and write a bit about my favourite track from an album in a review, but I can’t with this album, because I can’t pick which is my favourite – they are all absolute bangers! I do love the first track, ‘Guiding Light’, because it grabs you straight away, and sets the tone for the whole thing. The guitar solo in the middle of ‘Drowning Gravity’ also deserves a special mention, because it is a real face melter!

I am seriously blown away by this album. The creativity is superb, and there are nods to so many styles in it, there is literally something for everyone. Musically, it is top quality, and displays their natural talent, and a professionalism that reaches far beyond their relatively new status. It is also brilliantly recorded and produced, considering it is all their own work. They have such a clear direction, and vision of what they are trying to do both within this album, and as a band, that it is truly enlivening. I really couldn’t give this album less than a perfect score, because I am struggling to find anything that I don’t like about it, and as a debut it is capable of blowing a great many other albums from longer standing bands completely out of the water! On our first listen, I felt like some parts may have been a little too low in the mix, but it turns out that was just our speaker being a bit pants! Listening again on a different system has cleared up that beef, so I literally have no constructive criticism to give. It’s just so bloody good! Damn! Short of something mind blowing, this is definitely going to feature very highly in my top ten albums of the year. I really hope they can sustain this level of superbness for a long time, and if they do, they are going to be one hell of a force to be reckoned with!

Well done chaps!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Guiding Light
02. Drowning Gravity
03. Deadly Sign
04. Barbed Wire
05. Becoming Evil
06. Delusion
07. Bloodstain
08. Dark Fields

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/godshapeddevil/

https://www.instagram.com/godshapeddevil/
https://godshapeddevil.bigcartel.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFuplcVPg4jeuQsdCUtWK6g

 

God Shaped Devil Promo Pic!

 

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