EMQ’s with FORSAKING FATE

EMQ’s with FORSAKING FATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East London, South Africa based Melodic Death / Groove / Thrash band Forsaking Fate. Huge thanks to Grant, Rory and Alec for taking part. We are also incredibly proud to be premiering their brand-new lyric visualiser ‘Souls Of Demolition’ on Ever Metal today, 3rd December

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

Grant: My Name is Grant Hensburg, I handle the guitars and the vocal duties. The band was formed by myself and our drummer (Rory Townes). We have been jamming together and have had various projects over the years that never came to light for numerous reasons. Forsaking Fate originally started as a four piece, but evolved to move forward as a three piece (I moved to handle the vocal duties). We met up with our current bassist (Alec Larsen) while on tour playing at one of his events. We needed a bassist for a future show and asked him to fill in, which he gladly did. It’s been history ever since!

Rory: Hey there! I’m Rory Townes and I play drums. I’m also one of the original founding members.

Alec: My name is Alec Larsen. In Forsaking Fate, I play bass and do some of the backing vocals live. Our future releases will have some of my vox. I joined Forsaking Fate as a session bassist when they parted ways with their previous bassist. I played a few shows for them before they asked me to become a permanent member. Rory and Grant have always played metal together and have been in a few bands, the final product of their years of experimentation is Forsaking Fate.

How did you come up with your band name?

Grant: I’ve always enjoyed the notion of being in control of one’s destiny or Fate so to speak and not letting anyone dictate to anyone what they should be doing with their life. Forsaking Fate was a fitting name that holds true to those values.

Rory: Well it sounds really cool and it’s a mantra for us – to take the chance before it’s too late – Forsaking Fate, the right to choose one’s own destiny.

Alec: Forsaking the Fate that you’ve been dealt and rising above your circumstances.

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

Grant: The band originated from the small town of East London of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As mentioned, we met our bassist whilst on tour. The show was in the larger city of Johannesburg where Alec resides. As East London is very small, there is not much of a metal scene, so all of our shows require travel. However, the metal scene in Johannesburg is great. Prior to lockdown, there were major shows almost every weekend.

Rory: We’re from South Africa and our region is the Eastern Cape. When we play shows, the turnout is generally decent. I must say though the Eastern Cape crowds are wild, and the greater scene is in the bigger cities being Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban (aka KwaZulu-Natal). Those scenes are very awesome (albeit I can only speak for Johannesburg, as we are yet to jam Cape Town and Durban).

Alec: We are from South Africa. Grant and Rory live in East London and the metal scene there is quite small. I live in Johannesburg (opposite end of the country), which is a bigger city and has a much bigger metal scene.

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

Grant: We recently released a playthrough video of our song ‘Retribution’ off of our debut self-titled EP and stoked to now be releasing the Lyric Visualiser for our track ‘Souls Of Demolition’ with Ever Metal!

Rory: Well, our first video was the lyric video for the ‘End of Existence’. To date we’ve released our debut EP and several supporting playthrough videos. We are currently working on some new material.

Alec: Our self-titled EP. We’ve released playthrough videos promoting the album.

‘Souls Of Demolition’ was exclusively premiered on Ever Metal 3rd December. Check it out at the following link!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Grant: Growing up, I would have to say James Hetfield and Dimebag Darrel.

Rory: For me, I’ve got to say Slipknot was huge, as well as Slayer and Metallica. In terms of drummers, Gene Hoglan, Nicholas Barker and Lars Ulrich.

Alec: Trivium, Mors Principium Est, Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir and Septicflesh.

What first got you into music?

Grant: I started playing the piano in school and quickly got drawn to the sounds of guitars. When I discovered distortion and overdrive, there was no turning back!

Rory: I just really enjoyed the band vibe, clanning up with your buddies and going off the charts and jamming for hours, especially here there’s not much else to do.

Alec: I wasn’t interested in music until I heard System Of A Down for the first time. And since then, metal has been my music of choice.

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

Grant: Lamb of God!

Rory: Well, I’d love to jam with Jeff Loomis, James Hetfield and Ghostmane.

Alec: I’d love to collab with Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est.

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

Grant: Wacken Open Air. It’s probably the most diverse and well attended show in the world when it comes to metal.

Rory: Probably Knotfest in Germany, as I feel our particular style of music is more prominent in Europe…or Rockfest in Barcelona!

Alec: 70 000 Tons Of Metal. Metal on a cruise ship…need I say more!

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

Rory: Hmmm…I can’t say that on an interview, haha, let’s just say its personal…

Alec: Haven’t received any gifts from a fan yet.

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

Grant: Never give up!

Rory: Go forth and live my friend, go take the chance, and if you see me come on over and have a drink and a chat.

Alec: Thanks so much for the support. You are awesome!

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

Grant: Dimebag Darrel for sure!

Rory: It would be a duo I’d bring back, being Dime and Vinnie. Why, because you can’t have one without the other!

Alec: Chuck from Death!

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

Grant: The live performance is what I enjoy the most. Not performing is what I hate.

Rory: What I like is being able to express myself through other means than just talking. Playing live shows! What I enjoy least is people being mean in the scene.

Alec: The creative outlet is awesome. I hate the dreaded “E” word (Exposure). There’s often a misconception that because it is fun, that it should be done for free.

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

Grant: Everything!

Rory: That there would be more metal radio stations around the world, and that all bands that tour, get to tour in those huge busses (with everything catered haha)!

Alec: Make metal music more popular than the awful modern pop music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Grant: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

Rory: Black Dahlia’s “Miasma” – I really dig that album. And it was my first taste of that style of metal!

Alec: “Death Came Through a Phantom Ship” by Carach Angren.

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

Grant: It depends what perspective you’re looking from. I think they all have their place, but I think Vinyl tops it in my books.

Rory: Oh, I’m all for downloads hey, as it’s super cool to be able to scratch that music itch wherever you are.

Alec: CD’s.

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

Grant: The Wacken Metal Battle South Africa Finals (2019)

Rory: Geez, we’ve played so many. I rate the last show we played was really good. We jammed at Pool City in Port Elizabeth. The turnout was awesome!!

Alec: EP launch show in Port Elizabeth. The crowd was crazy!

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

Grant: Enjoying the finer things in life.

Rory: I’m involved in the electrical contractor trade. I’m definitely not an office guy!

Alec: Being a musician doesn’t pay the bills, so I’m a software developer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Grant: Our top five fans, because they deserve it.

Rory: This is an interesting one…I’d invite Cory Taylor, Marilyn Manson, Shawn “Clown” Cranhan, Rob Zombie and Johnathan Davis.

Alec: I’d want all my deceased family to come back to life and to have a dinner party with them.

What’s next for the band?

Grant: New music and more shows, coming soon!

Rory: We’re currently getting over this Covid19 crisis, but we’re busy with some stuff and can’t say too much now.

Alec: A new EP in on the way…

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

FORSAKING FATE LINKS

www.forsakingfate.com
www.facebook.com/forsakingfate
www.instagram.com/forsaking_fate_official
www.tinyurl.com/forsaking-fate-youtube
www.tinyurl.com/forsaking-fate-spotify

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Grant: A little bit of the best of both worlds.

Rory: First of all, what is a “Jaffa Cake”…sounds like a trick question, so I’m going with cake!

Alec: Haven’t tried them, so I’ll guess…biscuit?

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

Rory: Yes, let me swing a thank you right back at you for the opportunity to have an interview with you guys and premiere our new Lyric Visualiser with you! It’s really good work that you guys are doing – horns up to Ever Metal for sure!

Alec: Thanks so much for the interview – we appreciate the support.

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Forsaking Fate – ‘Souls of Demolition’ EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere

SOUTH AFRICAN MELODIC DEATH GROOVE THRASHERS FORSAKING FATE
RELEASE LYRIC VISUALISER FOR ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’
EVER METAL PREMIERE
03/12/2020

The South African Melodic Death Groove Thrash Trio, FORSAKING FATE, are back with a bang, concluding their self-titled debut EP cycle with a brutal Lyric Visualiser for their blistering track, ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’, and it’s exclusively, and proudly, premiered on Ever Metal today!

The lads are hard at work preparing their next EP, and were recently nominated for several South African Metal Music Awards.

Forsaking Fate are from East London (South Africa), co-founded in 2016 by Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar), and Rory Townes (Drums). Alec Larsen subsequently joined full-time on Bass in 2020. Forsaking Fate are a passionate band who live for the jam, the fans and the wild times on stage! Forsaking Fate is a passionate call, to resonate within all who have been dealt a harsh or unfair hand in life…to refuse and forsake that fate, whatever it may be, and rise up against it to forge a new path!

Enter the ‘Souls Of Demolition’ Here:

LINE-UP:
Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar)
Alec Larsen (Bass)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen

FORSAKING FATE DEBUT EP
Listen to the self-titled debut EP by Forsaking Fate, available on all Streaming Platforms
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/forsakingfate/forsaking-fate

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prologue
02. Illusions
03 The End of Existence
04 Retribution
05 Souls of Demolition

FORSAKING FATE ONLINE

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EMQ’s with ARGOROK

EMQ’s with ARGOROK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dresden, Germany based Melodic Death/Folk/Groove Metal project Argorok. Huge thanks to Bill 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 Argorok. It’s a project that was in the making for quite a few years, initially starting out as some kind of Folk Metal project, but it died at some point. As I started recording and mixing a few years ago, I took the chance and turned it into a more Death Metal like studio project. You are still able to hear its roots, however.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was the name of a boss from The Legend of Zelda. I thought it was catchy and doesn’t give away too much about what music you actually play and hopefully gets people’s attention and curiosity.

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

I’m from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. We have a few established places, which are also known beyond borders in the scene, like the Skullcrusher Club. The Wave Gothic meeting in Leipzig and the Eastclub are also known places in the scene in Saxony.

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

“Usurpator” is our first release.

‘Aus der Tiefe’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Katharsis’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bands from different Genres I liked, like Soulfly, Amon Amarth, Orbit Culture, Subway to Sally or Equilibrium, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I guess I liked the bands I heard and wanted to do that too, so I started playing Guitar and Bass.

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

Mick Gordon. He is more of a Soundtrack composer, but I absolutely love his work, especially on the new Doom games. (Alternatively, Alestorm, for shits and giggles).

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

The With Full Force festival is one I would like to play at, as it has good variety and brings a bit more attention to the metal scene in the region.

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

Fans?

Argorok is a new project, which just started, so fingers crossed there will be lot of weird gifts to come.

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

Don’t let anyone dictate your music taste. If you like something that’s fine and only your business.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

The whole creative process, from writing to producing, is awesome.

What I really hate are cheap people, who don’t see the actual effort behind what you do, as it is “just music”.

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

Actually requiring talent and not only looks. At least for mainstream genres, that’s not that big of a deal in the metal scene luckily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

I love collecting CD’s. But I can also see the appeal of vinyl. Nothing beats physical media (and yet here I am, releasing digital only…but some CDs are planned for the future)

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

It was one with my previous band and years ago. We were basically just a school band and not very good, but we got the chance to play at a really huge stage. Too bad it was the middle of the day and nobody was listening. But we had fun and beer was free!

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

Definitely some other form of creative work. Already doing that and took care about things like album cover and video production as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Either friends and family, or some German personalities you probably wouldn’t know 😊

What’s next for the band?

Getting our music out to people and hopefully some exposure and positive feedback. We are also thinking about a handful of shows for next year.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify…the usual ones.
www.facebook.com/argorokmusic/
www.instagram.com/argorok_music/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6llFWW6qYUSIiCuamqTFjk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCfiKQBiXmc-VcaHyQ-nVQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Guess I’m not British enough to answer that.

(As previous #EMQs have shown, you don’t need to be British to experience the wonders of Jaffa Cakes – Rick)

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Master Charger – Origin Of The Lugubrious

Master Charger – Origin Of The Lugubrious
Stoned Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 21/08/2020
Running Time: 38:28
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good afternoon, you heinous hellions and lugubrious Luciferians! I am Dark Juan and this review is brought to you by very little sleep, thanks to the young gentlemen I wrangle for money and a distinct lack of appreciation on their part, and their steadfast refusal to GO TO FUCKING SLEEP, even in the face of my threatening the most dire recriminations (yes, I have a penal Tellytubbies DVD and I am not afraid to deploy it! If they carry on then it’s the Ringo Starr narrated Thomas The Tank Engine and if that does not work then it’s time to freak them the fuck out with Chorlton And The Wheelies) and an amount of caffeine that would make the most extreme coffee enthusiast gasp at the increase in their heart rate, and subsequently I thought it would be a wise and sage idea to commit my somewhat frothing thoughts to the electronic ether before the inevitable and canyon deep emotional crash happens. Welcome to the “sound” (because you’re reading this…) of one slightly deranged man and his collapse into utterly devastating exhaustion.

Every collapse has to have a soundtrack, doesn’t it? Today’s selection for my own personal descent into blessed oblivion is a slightly late entry into the pantheon of my ramblings – the UK’s own groove merchants Master Charger. This bunch of hairy herberts hail from, and I quote, “The blackest heart of the Midlands”, which could range from anywhere from Wolverhampton to Mansfield, frankly. Don’t go there though. There be dragons and a forest in which a man in a strange hat and funny tights runs around robbing the postman and shit with his mates and some bird called Marion.

What do you get for your money with Master Charger, I heard literally no-one apart from the 47 different personalities occupying my head ask? You get some of the filthiest, oil-stained, diesel belching, sludgy stoner metal it has ever been my pleasure to experience. There is not a word to describe the crushing, brow beating heaviness on display. Monolithic is not a big enough word to explain the fucking mahoosive riffs on this record. The riffs are that fucking huge they block out the sun and the overall sound of the record is so expansively huge that it is slightly larger than the known universe – the bass is a ground shaking battlewagon heading straight for the flimsy wooden fence you’re hiding behind, the guitar so sludgy and heavy that every step shakes another organ loose in your already pitifully broken body and the drums…. well, actually the drums are curiously lifeless. Where the rest of the band sound alive and organic (as do the cymbals, which are masterfully produced) the drums sound like someone twatting the taut bottom of one of the false god’s followers with a wet tea towel, but without the enticing squeals. The vocals are another fine point of note – Mr John James (pleasingly alliterative) employing a voice not unlike a more muscular, slightly less whiskey-soaked Spike of The Quireboys. John Jones (still pleasingly alliterative, and no, I’m not going to get bored of it) also is a fucking slamming guitar player, allowing space in the music and his playing to allow the songs to breathe, and more importantly, making them absolutely bastard groovy.

Unlike fellow British stoner stalwarts (pleasingly alliterative) Red Spektor, Master Charger have dialled down the psychedelia in favour of METAL and they have created something dangerous. The record opens with a three-minute groove instrumental which is also the title track, beginning with the sound of the crackling you hear on vinyl records before a slow build-up of wah drenched guitar. Then there is a tumultuous avalanche of sound and you are suddenly picking yourself up from the rubble of what remains of your house. Mrs Dark Juan is not pleased because she did the housework yesterday and now there is brick dust on the antimacassar. Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, KCVG, MM, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre is looking plaintively at me because the radiator he was asleep in front of isn’t working anymore and it is all Master Charger’s fault for levelling Dark Juan Terrace.

Second tune in (‘Embers Of The Sun’) we are treated to John James’ (pleasingly alliterative) magnificent howl and the kind of post-Sabbath riffing that makes this hellpriest weep with a strange and unfamiliar feeling called joy. If this song was meant as a statement of intent, then it’s brutally effective. There isn’t a single wasted note in this song. It’s fucking brilliant. And that middle eight, man. It’s like a fucking double time death march to go murder some Nazis, which means it should only be encouraged.

And it’s the same, song after song. Interesting lyrics, the pleasingly alliterative John James’ voice and guitar and the thunderous bass work of Dave Hayes kicking your sorry little arse into the middle of next week and although the drum sound is a little flat, Jon Kirk’s drumming is top fucking notch. I could waste your time and mine going through every song on the record finding new tortured metaphors and superlatives to tell you how great it is, but I’m not gonna. I can sum it up really easily. Although the middle eight of ‘Blood, Sand’ is particularly sexy and deserves your attention. So is ‘Who The Hell Are You’ which has a riff of such majestic prowess it has brought forth a torrent of sex wee the likes of which has been unseen since July. Mrs Dark Juan is now even more unhappy because we are now rendered homeless in a sex wee flood zone because of Master Charger.

Master Charger are fucking brilliant. A band with roots in the classic blues rock of the 60’s and 70’s, coupled in an unholy and possibly illegal and definitely bestial sexual union with groove, stoner rock and heavy fucking metal and the music is the bastard chimera bursting forth into your unsuspecting headspace. How the fuck three men can make a noise this huge will always be a cosmic mystery. Support British metal. Buy this record. Holy fuck, buy this record.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is currently floating on giant fluffy purple clouds of enthusiasm for Master Charger and their sublime take on stoner metal and awards them 10/10. FULL FUCKING MARKS, BOYS, and you have totally fucked up my plans for my top ten of the year!

I need a lie down.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Origin Of The Lugubrious (Damn, I love the word “lugubrious”. It sounds exactly like what it is describing)
02. Embers Of The Sun
03. Blood, Sand
04. Who The Hell Are You
05. Buried By Time And Dust
06. Our Time Has Come
07. Earthbound Hellbound

LINE-UP:
John James (pleasingly alliterative) – Guitar and Vocals
Dave Hayes (disappointingly not alliterative) – Bass
Jon Kirk (also not alliterative, for SHAME!) – Drums

LINKS: (234. Sorry. I couldn’t help myself)

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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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