Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Shackled

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Cuttin’ Edge

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Slizard – Slizard

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Slizard – Slizard
Mega Metal Records
Release Date: 28/05/2021
Running Time: 65:00
Review by Wallace Magri
9/10

Once upon a time…when I was a kid, around 1985-89, I used to buy a record by its cover. Back then, it was very uncommon to listen to Metal music on the radio or wherever, so buying the albums was my only choice to get in touch with such songs. I was incredibly lucky to get into Kiss, W.A.S.P., Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden and a bunch of other cool Heavy Metal bands – judging them by the cover!

Back to 2021, I decided to choose a new release from the Ever Metal’s review list by the name of the band (no Industrial Metal this time). Slizard – was the one that caught my attention instantly: it sounded Metal enough for me and I assumed that I would listen to a little bit of Sleaze Metal here and there…

So, I began the blind ear experience listening to the opening track of Slizard’s, self-titled, debut album, ‘Monster’, and what I heard was a song from a Heavy Metal band from somewhere like Italy, that, sometimes, flirts with Hard Rock melodies. The second song, ‘Mr. Hyde’, sounded almost like Melodic Power Metal. I am not a big fan of that style, so I have few references to compare to. Anyway, that was my first impression on the songs.

But much to my surprise, when I checked the press release, I found out that Slizard are actually from Los Angeles, with a couple of experienced musicians in its line-up: lead singer Liz Fawcett and the amazing guitar and bass player Pat “Buzz” Belrose, who has been on the L.A. scene since the 90’s; Tadd “Toad” Resmen completes the team, playing the drums very well.

Yes, the press release is right, because Liz Fawcett is an amazing singer, but that skill by itself isn’t enough to create good music. And even though she actually is a hell of a singer, what we have here are some great songs and also great mixing and production work, from Chris Wood, who has worked with the likes of Slash, Lenny Kravitz and Vivian Campbell guitarist of Dio and Def Leppard.

It also has to be mentioned that the good results of the album, as a whole, owes a lot to the impressive talent of Pat ‘Buzz’ Belrose, who plays bass and guitar on the album, and what excellent riffs and solos we have here, I tell you!

After listening to “Slizard” a couple of times, I was reminded of old-school US Metal Bands, such as Metal Church and Chastain, on some occasions. Maybe Leather Leone could have been an influence on Liz’s vocals, but there are also Alanis Morissette and especially Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) influences here, such as in ‘Watch N’ Listen’ and ‘Neverland’ – but, anyhow, those are still Heavy metal songs, with simple but effective riffs and great guitar solos and licks!

Sometimes the melodic touch gets more intense, but nothing like something you would hear from Lita Ford or Vixen, forget it, the timbre of the instruments and the lack of keywords always keep things in ‘Heavy Metal mode’. But, even so, songs like ‘Vampire Zombies’ and ‘Down By The River’ have a poppy appeal and catchy choruses, aligned with guitar solos that have plenty of feeling on every note played by Belrose.

Well, I am glad I had a happy blind ear experience: In the beginning, the wrong conclusion over the name could have made me disappointed with the musical style, because the band definitely don’t play Sleaze Metal; even afterwards, thinking that Slizard would be a European Power Metal band, but I loved the vocals, heavy guitars and amazing solos, full of technique and feeling. Then, after realizing that the band didn’t play any of the styles above during my first listen, I can positively say that, if you enjoy basic Hard ‘n’ Heavy music, just choose Slizard by the music they play and you won’t go wrong.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Monsters
02. Mr. Hyde
03. Caught Up In The Gears
04. Crack The Whip
05. Skinwalker
06. Watch N’ Listen
07. Vampire Zombies
08. Runnin’ Towards The Zombies
09. Madness Of The Queen
10. Neverland
11. Down By The River
12. Spooks In The Trees
13. Broken Dreams
14. Will You Still Be There
15. Slow Motion Suicide

LINE-UP:
Liz Fawcett – Vocals
Pat “Buzz” Belrose – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Todd “Toad” Resmen – Drums

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Interview with Robby J. Fonts of SICKSENSE

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Interview with Robby J. Fonts of SICKSENSE
By Stephanie Stevens

I have followed Robby J Fonts career in the music industry. He took to some of the biggest stages with his band Stuck Mojo, he has had numerous projects that have helped him grow and showcase some of his vocal capacities from one spectrum to another. He has followed his dreams in the wrestling world and married one of the baddest women in the metal scene, Vicky Psarakis of the band “The Agonist”! Now this duo is forging into the latter half of 2021 with a brand new band called SICKSENSE. A band that is ready to break down barriers with their touch of pissed off groove, hard hitting and melodic tones and a raw sense of reality given to you in the lyrics. The band’s first single, ‘MAKE BELIEVE’ is catchy as fuck, brutal in parts and an all-out addicting song that you will have on repeat for days to come.

The band is based out of Chicago, IL & Montreal, QC, and consist of Vicky Psarakis aka “Killer V” (Vocals/Synths), Robby J. Fonts aka “Rob The Ripper” (Vocals), Branislav Panic aka “Breakdown Bran” (Guitars), Samuel Bedard aka “Spot-On Sam/SOS” (Bass) and Cody Taylor aka “The Trve Cody Taylor” (Drums). Knowing the background of Robby and Vicky the rest of the band have had some quality time in the world of music as bassist, Sam is also in the metalcore band, “Day Of Change” and guitarist Bran is from the black metal band, “Bane [Serbia]”. Both Bran and drummer Cody are formerly from the rap rock band, “Keychain”.

So, this band has an alluring diversity in the music community which brings to life a whole new refreshing, exciting and vibrant atmosphere when you hit play to a SICKSENSE track. I can’t wait to hear more of what this band has to offer. But for now, get your ears all up into the newest single ‘MAKE BELIEV’. It is a very solid and intriguing Platform track and I think it’s going to solidify that this band is here to break the mould and show that diversity is something we all need in our music lives.

I had the pleasure chatting with Robby to find out about the new band, creating music from a distance with his bandmates, and what the future holds for SICKSENSE with touring and releases! Plus, a look into his life with Stuck Mojo and his love for wrestling.

Q: Since you guys are very new to the scene how can you describe the style you have put together for SICKSENSE?

A: I’d say we are a hard rock band, with hip-hop, R&B, heavy metal & hardcore influences. There’s something for everybody.

Q: I got to check out the song ‘MAKE BELIEVE’ and the first thing that came to mind is the diversity in the song, it seems like all your past chapters have been intertwined into this band. When you were putting this band together was that a goal you had for the music?

A: I think because I was always “joining” other bands, only after the music was already written and the instrumental songwriters already had their ideas and “vision” in mind,  including what they wanted the vocals to do and be. I was only able to add parts of what I was capable of doing vocally, but when I began working with Bran and Sicksense, we came up with all of our ideas from the “ground up”. I finally felt like I was actually part of the group and making the exact kind of music that I want to be doing.

Q: How are you guys taking the lyrical content, are you focusing on certain themes & elements or are you trying to diversify the topics like you are with the music?

A: Just as Sicksense creates the kind of music I want to be creating, I’m also free to write lyrics as I please as well. Topics may range from societal critiques and personal issues. Nothing is off the table here. Our lyrics are just as diverse as our music itself. In previous bands, I either had to write with certain guidelines in place or had to write about specific topics in mind. With Sicksense, I’m truly free to simply write as myself and how I see fit. I don’t feel like I’m being put into a box with this band.

Q: You’re working with your wife Vicky Psarakis, how is that going? Is it easier to work with a partner in that capacity and what are the struggles?

A: Working alongside my wife is awesome. I’ve been helping her behind the scenes with her work in other projects, including her features for other bands. When we work on her stuff, she takes charge of the lyrics and I simply provide suggestions or place minor input, at the end. In Sicksense however, I tend to take the lead for the majority of the lyrical direction on our songs. In general, I don’t mind working alongside other vocalists or lyricists though. I had a great time collaborating with Rich Ward for the record I did with Stuck Mojo as well.

Q: Other than Vicky, who else is working with you on SICKSENSE and why did you choose these particular people to take part in this project?

A: Sicksense is actually the successor band to our guitarist, Bran and our drummer, Cody’s previous project, “Keychain”. The duo were holding auditions online to find a new “singer” for their band back in late 2017. I hit them up and worked on three demos (one of those three ended up becoming ‘Make Believe’) for them. Bran liked what he heard from them and he introduced the idea of possibly working with a second “frontman”. Since Vicky had worked on the backing vocals for the demos I sent him, I suggested we get Vicky to join the band as this second “front-person” and we adjusted the demo songs to include what ended up becoming her main vocal parts for those songs. We wrote the remainder of our songs with both of our vocal abilities in mind. So, the band was started by Bran and Cody, Vicky and I ended up joining them, then Bran discovered our bassist, Sam from the local Quebec metal scene. Bran “tried him out” with his other band, “Bane”, got good vibes from him and asked him to join Sicksense, completing our line-up.

Q: For people who may be living under a rock Vicky is the front woman for “The Agonist”! Once this band gets off the ground have you thought ahead about touring and how will that unfold with her having that commitment also? And will other band members be in the same boat?

A: When touring and live show opportunities present themselves, we’ll fit in dates to work with everyone’s schedules and prior engagements. Every member in this band has something else going on outside of Sicksense, be it other bands, businesses or endeavours. Vicky’s in “The Agonist” and she does a bunch of solo work including her weekly Twitch stream segments. I’m in “Stuck Mojo” and I also do professional wrestling on the indie scene. Bran is in a black metal band called, “Bane”. Sam is in the metalcore band, “Day Of Change” and he’s also in “Bane” alongside Bran. When he’s not drumming for us, Cody does heating & cooling system repair work in his hometown. If things start picking up for the band, it might end up being the top priority for all involved, but we can’t compete against existing projects that have so much tenure over us. We’re still young and fresh as a project. Only time will tell where we end up.

Q: I’m sure it’s normal now to create and make music via the internet and I see your other band’s members live in other areas than you. What are the main struggles when putting music together and what is the positive about being able to create over internet world?

A:The biggest struggle is probably just the traveling distance and money spent in order to get everyone in the same place at the same time. But other than that, it’s awesome being able to create music over the internet. I personally prefer to receive tracks/demos online from the instrumental songwriters that I work with. It allows me to sit down on my own time and focus in my own world on what to write about and how to present my vocals. Long distance songwriting is no trouble at all. As long as everyone’s practicing their instruments and know their parts, we’d just need a few days of rehearsals and we would be good to start playing live shows. That’s how I’d do things with Stuck Mojo and it’s how Vicky does things with The Agonist.

However, we actually suffered delay after delay with this band. I’m actually an immigrant from Canada. Early during my immigration process is when I first joined Sicksense in late 2017. It took me until the end of 2018/early 2019 to actually get my Permanent Residency here in the States, allowing me to be able to travel outside of the country again and return to Canada (where the rest of our bandmates live). So, Vicky and I ended up going back to Canada to finally meet the rest of our band mates in person and we jammed our songs in person, fine-tuning the little details together, before we entered the studio with our producer, Christian Donaldson (who also works with The Agonist on their records). We recorded a full-album’s worth of material in early 2020, right before the pandemic happened…but because of the pandemic, that again delayed us once more by yet another year! We hadn’t had the easiest time putting ourselves out there, but here we are. Finally!

Q: You put together a very unique video for the song ‘MAKE BELIEVE’! In your own words what does the vibe of the video mean to you?

A: The concept of the video was to partly pay homage to Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff’ video (during our verses), but to also add our own spin to it, by including the two dancers who represented our clashing styles of sound that is found present in our music. There’s elements of calmness and serenity in our music, but then there’s also this “in-your-face”, loud and pissed off element to our sound as well. We wanted to portray an obvious clashing of styles through not only our sound, but with our visuals as well. It kind of symbolizes what we’re living through here in the States as well. I feel like there’s just so much division and a lack of understanding between different groups of people, so we’re trying to open up that discussion and bring people together here through our music. I’m not concerned about what people believe in or how they live their lives. I personally judge people by the content of their characters, after I’ve actually met them. Music’s an excellent way of bringing people together: 1) you find others who have the same tastes in music as you. 2) going to live concerts and festivals is one of the best social experiences you can have with others. It truly brings people together and allows everyone to forget about their troubles and just have an awesome time.

Q: Are you working on an album or EP to come out and if so when and, as of now, how many songs have you finished or are in the process of finishing off?

A: We actually recorded a full-length album’s worth of material back in early 2020. Because of the pandemic, all these delays and being completely independent with no record label, we have decided to split the recorded songs into two separate EP’s. So, we’ve launched the band with our ‘Make Believe’ single and we’re planning on releasing our debut EP in early 2022. We have plans to release the follow-up EP later in 2022 (around autumn time). We’ve noticed that people have such short attention spans and lack enough patience to pay attention for much time nowadays. So, we decided we’re going to slowly release music over time to help us maintain our hype and relevance. We’ll see how successful this release plan ends up being for us, and that will help us decide how to release more music in the future.

Q: Also, do you feel the way to go in the music world these days is the single release, what is your opinion on album releases vs going with numerous single releases?

A: To break into music nowadays, I believe it’s best to start off with a single release first. We’re going to try the EP release route for Sicksense, but new artists should definitely start off with a single to “test the waters”. Like I mentioned earlier, I just think fans of today are living through this “immediate gratification culture”, where they are swiping up and down so quickly, it’s becoming so difficult to catch people’s attention long enough for them to focus or actually sit down and listen through an entire 40+ minute album. I think more and more bands will stick to releasing singles or at the most EPs moving forward. I LOVE listening to full-length albums, but they’ve become somewhat archaic during today’s times and aren’t really getting the attention that they truly deserve.

Q: I think, way back in the day, the EAST COAST ROMPER interviewed you in the band STUCK MOJO! Now that we can look back on that era, what did it mean to be in a band like that and what is your best memory of those days?

A: Working with Stuck Mojo was awesome. Rich’s bands Fozzy and Stuck Mojo are two of the early bands that really got me into “my own music” and helped me figure out the kind of bands that I liked as a kid/teenager. My favourite memories were recording the “Here Come The Infidels” album at Rich’s buddy’s Chris Chandler’s farm, with legendary producer, Andy Sneap. Chris is unfortunately no longer with us as he passed away, due to cancer, in June 2016. I had a great time recording there. Chris was an amazing and humble human being who offered us his beautiful studio to record in with Andy. It was great taking breaks and hanging with the animals out in the fresh air in between song recordings. Chilling with cows and horses was sweet.

Most people don’t know this, but pretty much all my first ever live shows were with Stuck Mojo too. Most people’s first shows are at their high school talent shows, mine were headliner sets and international main stage festival appearances, doing vocals for one of my favourite bands! It was wild. I played on stage only twice prior to joining Stuck Mojo. I had truly been “thrown in the deep end” when I joined the band with such little live experience. No better way to learn than to open up on the main stage for “Twisted Sister” during your first time in the UK, right?!?

Q: What has it meant to you being able to perform, inspire, influence and really create your passions for the world to hear?

A: I believe that life is supposed to be about giving back and creating things for others to enjoy and appreciate. I’m just playing my part and it’s my pleasure to know that I’ve entertained someone or somehow got them thinking in a different way, thanks to my music. The work I’ve done so far in music hasn’t gotten too much attention or exposure, so I’m always humbled to hear someone else has heard and appreciates any of my work-past or present.

Q: I see you are also into wrestling, what is your background with that and will SICKSENSE dabble in possible projects with wrestling organizations?

A: I got trained by WWE Superstar Seth Rollins, Marek Brave and Krotch at Black & Brave Wrestling Academy in Davenport, Iowa back in early 2019. I made my in-ring debut and had my first match in August of that year and have been wrestling regularly on the independent circuit ever since. I mostly wrestle under my “Renegade” gimmick alongside my tag team partner, “Sabotage”, as the team, “Collateral Damage”.

I think our music fits really well for the wrestling world. I’d love for one of our songs to end up becoming the theme song for a major professional wrestling company’s PPV or have something featured in a video game or used as another wrestler’s theme song. You never know what can happen, so if an opportunity presents itself, I’d be open to weighing our options.

Q: Other than music, what is one thing that inspires you in this world to keep creating and why does that impact you so much?

A: I’m motivated to do my part and help out as much as I possibly can. I believe people should do what they can to keep themselves healthy and take care of themselves first, then work on getting the means to take care of the rest of their family, and if they’re lucky, put themselves in a position where they can comfortably help out others. You can’t truly help anyone if you keep yourself in the same boat that everyone else is in. I strive to be a person who creates opportunities for myself and the people around me. Simply being the best I can be and helping to build up my communities each day. These are the things that inspire me the most.

Q: If you could collaborate with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and what kind of song would you want to do with them or maybe even remake with them?

I would love to work on a straight-up hip-hop song alongside rapper, “Yelawolf”. To me he’s one of the mainstream rappers who has consistently released great songs over the years that are “true” to hop-hop as an artform and I respect him. There are so many great artists, groups and bands out there killing it though. I’d love to work with plenty of people out there. So many creative possibilities that can potentially come to life. We’re living through incredible times. So, we’ll see what happens.

Q: How long has it been since you fully toured and, with this band, are you looking into touring or waiting till you have a secured EP out? And what do you miss most about the road life?

A: I actually have yet to do a “proper” tour! Unfortunately, none of my prior projects ever picked up enough momentum for us to hit the road for a proper month-long tour.

The last time I had a “string of shows” in a row was over a period of 2 weeks, doing 4 shows with “Stuck Mojo”, shortly after our album release in the summer of 2016. We did 2 headline club shows in Georgia and North Carolina, respectively. Then the following week we had 2 festival dates on the main stages at “Bloodstock” in Derbyshire, UK and “Brutal Assault” in Czech Republic.

The last time I played music live, was with my former band, “Repentance” .We played an outdoor festival show, playing right before “Product Of Hate”, hit the stage at R’Noggin Fest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020.

Once our Sicksense EP comes out in early 2022, we’ll definitely start looking to play live shows.

Realistically, with all these prior tours from other bands being postponed and happening in 2022 instead, I can only see Sicksense playing live shows in the fall time of 2022, the earliest.

I do enjoy and appreciate my time at home, so the only thing I really miss most about playing live shows is the opportunity to meet and hang with fans/friends who enjoy my music. Aside from that, traveling can be rough: we don’t get much sleep, food options aren’t the greatest and everything is constantly “go, go, go ” while we’re on the road.

Q: Anything I missed you want to let fans know and any parting words to the music world?

A: I’m super stoked for the future with Sicksense! Truly feels like I found my “home” here and it’s nice to be creating music alongside a group of people who are all 110% on the same page. We’re all friends and the band feels like a family. Can’t wait for our new music to come out. We’ll be working hard in the meanwhile and I promise it’ll be worth the wait for anyone excited to hear more.

Thanks for having me, Stephanie! Cheers.

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‘Make Believe’ (Official Video)

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Photo by Eric Sanchez Photography

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The Quireboys – A Bit Of What You Fancy (30th Anniversary Edition, Totally Re-Recorded)

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The Quireboys – A Bit Of What You Fancy (30th Anniversary Edition, Totally Re-Recorded)
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 30/07/2021
Running Time: 48:04
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Indulge me if you will… Way back in 1989 when I was a bright, young and ridiculously curly-haired thing, I spent a number of months backpacking across the States just prior to going to university. The end point of my lengthy pilgrimage was L.A. and in particular the Sunset Strip – foolishly dazzled as I was by the images glimpsed on screen and the hype coming mainly via Mick Wall’s regular flow of copy in Kerrang! of a glamorous music scene blown wide open by the likes of Guns ’N’ Roses or Poison. The reality of the Strip was a bit of a let-down really, as by the time I got there the whole L.A. bubble was on the point of bursting, the sleazy Rock’n’roll underground scene that had made it famous had gone mainstream leaving behind largely shallow impersonators, Grunge was looming on the horizon and I was by then too skint to go to any of the clubs (not to mention too young to actually buy a drink there being under 21 at the time).

One night myself and the gang from my youth hostel did actually make it to a Girlschool show up there. Whilst leaning up against the bar trying to order an overpriced coke, I heard a distinctly Geordie accent ordering a drink next to me and realised to my surprise that I was standing next to Spike from The Quireboys, whom I recognised from a support slot show at Nottingham’s fabled Rock City a few months before my travels and because no-one else wore a bandana quite as well as he did (or indeed still does). Conversation started up with a fellow expat Brit, although I ended up spending more time talking to new boy guitarist Guy Griffin, who having barely had time to register that he had replaced Ginger in the band, had found himself on a plane to L.A. and recording the original version of this debut album for EMI, which was quite a big thing back then. It was a fantastic night made doubly great by being able to sneak on the coat tails of these chaps and Girlschool to somewhere that would actually serve me alcohol, until getting rumbled by the bar staff that I was underage for drinking in that part of the USA – so I met two lots of rock stars andgot thrown out of the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the same night. A few months later I saw them again as the band headlined a show at Nottingham Rock City, with this album riding high in the charts and playing a venue that was already way too small for them.

More than thirty years has passed since those heady days and for me this band had somewhat faded into the background, as musical tastes shifted and The Quireboys spent a very long time on hiatus for the best part of two decades before, relatively recently, reforming (and very prolifically in terms of new material). So, I was very curious and not a little nostalgic when this came across my bows – after all, a lot has changed.

So, this is track for track a complete remake of that storming classic disk with the current line-up, of which Guy and Spike are the only remaining members. Now that original album is full of the sparkle and glamour of the period with its birth in L.A. (no doubt with a firm eye on the American Radio market of the period) overseen by the watchful gaze of erstwhile manager Sharon Osborne, but I remember feeling at the time that it was perhaps a little too slick and polished for their Rock’n’roll Gypsy look and feel. It also clashed with their more edgy live performances – although who cares when it spawned five hit singles and saw the band supporting G’N’R in Europe and a slot on the fabled Donington Monsters of Rock line up not long after, when both of those things really meant something.

This incarnation has not changed the arrangements at all, but the songs all have a much richer and edgy timbre than the originals. Add to that there is a distinctly un-polished feel to them which is truer to the bands Rock’N’Roll roots and, despite the massive improvements in Production technology since then, has a more honest feel that fits the band so much better. No overdubs on bum notes here…even though it’s a million times easier on ProTools. Add to that Spike’s grating Bluesy ‘Rod Stewart snorting razor blades’ voice has got so very much more soulful over the years, that I suspect I may never bother listening to the 1989 version ever again. This evokes a sense that if the band stood up tomorrow and ran through the entire thing on a live stream, it would sound just like this (hint). Because the songs on here are largely classics, many of which are still a feature of their live set, they have not aged badly either (although I suspect that to attend their ‘Sex Party’ in this day and age you will probably need to bring proof of vaccination and a recent negative lateral flow test). A fantastic job on a fantastic classic and one that has made me fall in love with them all over again.

‘Man On The Loose’ (30th Anniversary Edition Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. 7 O’Clock
02. Man on the Loose
03. Whippin’ Boy
04. Sex Party
05. Sweet Mary Ann
06. I Don’t Love You Anymore
07. Hey You
08. Misled
09. Long Time Comin’
10. Roses & Rings
11. There She Goes Again
12. Take Me Home

LINE-UP:
Spike – Vocals
Guy Griffin – Guitar
Keith Weir – Keyboards, Piano
Paul Guerin – Guitar

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EMQ’s With PISTOLS AT DAWN

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EMQ’s With PISTOLS AT DAWN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Atlanta, Georgia based Hard Rock band, Pistols At Dawn. Huge thanks to drummer Adam Jaffe, 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?

Adam Jaffe, drummer.

Pistols At Dawn is an American professional rock band formed in 2015 by drummer Adam Jaffe, guitarist Devin White, guitarist Mike Buffa, and bassist Billy Sullivan. Virtuoso guitarist Buffa died tragically in 2018, and the band reunited with incendiary guitarist Tommy Richardson in 2019 with its first worldwide releases in early 2020. Vocals are led by elite Frontman and former VH1 Rockstar Supernova finalist Chris Pierson.

Pistols at Dawn released 3 new singles and videos in 2020, ‘Cold’, ‘Gauntlet’ and ‘All You Offer’. The singles were recorded/engineered by famed producer Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins/Matchbox 20) at Cock the Walk Studio in Atlanta, GA. Pistols At Dawn entered the studio again in mid-2020 and wrapped up its new EP “Nocturnal Youth” with Producer Jeff Tomei and “Faith No More” Mastering Guru Maor Appelbaum.

Pistols At Dawn is a high energy, heavy hitting, heart pumping, radio ready hard rock band with lyrics and visuals of the times pushing the listener not to accept the status quo. PAD has been compared to a combination of Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Tool, AC/DC, Metallica, Disturbed and other universal hard rock acts, while retaining a uniquely electric, powerful, and vintage sound singular to Pistols At Dawn.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the band name after seeing a bunch of movies where people would challenge each other to shooting duels in order to protect their honour, and they would always call out “pistols at dawn!” and I just always remembered that, so I pitched that to the band and everybody loved it.

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

We’re from the South-eastern United States, from Atlanta, GA more specifically. The rock and metal scene is huge down in the Southern States. Many of the biggest hard rock and metal acts come from the southeast and there are a gazillion tours that flow through. Atlanta has always had a thriving rock and metal scene with bands such as Sevendust and Mastodon and we hope to be the next big act out of the south.

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

Our latest release is the “Nocturnal Youth” EP (www.smarturl.it/StreamNocturnalYouth). The EP released in the US in early May and releases in the UK in late July. Our latest video is for ‘Voices’!

‘Voices’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Steven Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Neil Pert (Rush), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), and Morgan Rose (Sevendust)!

The band’s top influences are Pantera, Slayer, Tool, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Led Zeppelin.

What first got you into music?

My best friend had a band when we were little kids and I would watch them rehearse. He asked me if I wanted to get on the drums and play one day. ‘What It Takes’ by Aerosmith was on the radio…he showed me some basic playing and I was able to do it naturally. I was hooked, and I had to be in a rock band. I took two years of lessons with a top pro and joined a band as soon as I possibly could.

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

We would love to have Eminem do a feature on one of our tracks, and it would be pretty cool to have Amy Lee from Evanescence to do a feature with us.

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

Download Festival in Europe because it is the quintessential gig for every aspiring metal artist. It would be a dream come true. We hope to be at Donington next summer.

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

A nasty worn pair of panties.

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

Get ready for a marathon because we are gonna be around for a really long time.

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

John Bonham.

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

The best thing about being a musician is being in a band. There’s nothing like the magic we can create when we have a mix of the right people.

Business decisions within a band can make things stressful sometimes.

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

I would change the way the record labels contract with their artists so that artists would be more financially successful.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

It’s always awesome to hear a band on Vinyl.

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

A packed outdoor festival in Atlanta.

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

There is no other option than to play music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Robert Plant, Sully Erna, James Hetfield, Mick Jagger, and Slash.

What’s next for the band?

We recently announced a four show series to thank our supporters for their dedication through the pandemic and to basically say farewell to Covid. We’re giving them a free series of shows in at least 4 different cities in the United States as a big thank you and to celebrate making it through the insanity. Our first show of that series will be in Atlanta on 18/9/2021. We have also signed on for a food bank benefit with Atlanta’s main rock station and will be performing 13/11/2021. We are currently working on additional shows and touring for the new year. We are also tracking our new album in July and it will be ready in the late fall.

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

www.pistolsatdawnband.com
www.facebook.com/PistolsAtDawnBand
www.instagram.com/pistolsatdawnofficial/
www.smarturl.it/StreamVoicesNow
www.youtube.com/channel/UCUh-gegH1rkEIePrCIX-KwA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/49BPg2vDSF1bWsH0zUnNSz

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re American, and we’ve never had or seen one, but we can’t wait to try one and answer this question down the road!

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

We are grateful for the feature and look forward to touring in your neck of the woods.

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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip

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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 20/04/2020
Running Time: 32:23
Review by: Alun Jones
8.5/10

Well, who’d have thought it? Here’s the twelfth instalment of the Brown Acid series from RidingEasy Records, their ongoing exploration of rare, lost and forgotten treasures from the late 60’s and early70’s. These proto-metal, hard rock and heavy psych riches are continuing to turn up, thankfully curated and shared with a new, wider audience. They still haven’t run out of steam, which is very good news.

This time, the Professors of Rock (“Prockfessors”, anyone? Nah, never mind) have released ten more crazily good tracks from the past. As can be expected, the bands are deep fried and the guitars are fuzzier than a McDonald’s burger-flipper’s chin.

And so, we commence with ‘Mother Samwell’ by The Waters: a blinding, acid-drenched rocker from 1969. How can this have been lost for so long? Up next is ‘Vibrations’ by Village S.T.O.P., featuring Hendrix style guitar in another pacey rocker. Though very much of their time, these songs pack a ton of energy – you’re gonna want to freak out. Right out.

‘1930’ was quite a year, claim White Lightning, with a funky, chunky marauder of a tune that’s like Grand Funk, on the rare occasions GF got it right. Shane serves up some proper skronky organ with ‘Woman (Don’t You Go)’, reminiscent of a shrieky, early Purple. Then the keyboards get even skronkier with Ace Song Service’s ‘Persuasion’, though the attack is harsher.

Opus Est really kick out the jams with ‘Bed’, which has a killer riff that would please Gibbons or Page.  The Mopptops have a terrible band name (maybe that’s why they disappeared), but their song ‘Our Lives’ is one of the heavier, more vicious sounding tracks here. It’s a punk rock bruiser that seems totally out of time – surely this can’t be 1968?

A bland band name, but Artist inject their song ‘Every Lady Does It’ with enough hip-shaking Hendrix raunch to raise the roof. Great chorus too; this is faultless. Then it’s more, great lo-fi garage ZZ Top, with ‘Comin’ Home’ by Stagefright, before we finish with Dickens (great name!) and their weird fuzz metal with minimal production, ‘Don’t Talk About My Music’.

Whether they’re discovering hidden gems in dusty tombs, or exhuming abandoned corpses and bringing them back to life – pick your metaphor: the RidingEasy Forensics Department have managed to surprise yet again. Their quest seems never rending, but we can be thankful that these dedicated scholars continue to discover hitherto abandoned sonic delights.

It’s harder to pick out gems which shine brighter than the others this time around, but “Brown Acid: the Twelfth Trip” manages to reach a high standard across the board. Very enjoyable, and recommended listening for when Jimi and Janis pop round for some mushroom tea.

Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip (Official Album Stream)

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Waters – Mother Samwell
02. Village S.T.O.P. – Vibrations
03. White Lightning – 1930
04. Shane – Woman (Don’t You Go)
05. Ace Song Service – Persuasion
06. Opus Est – Bed
07. The Mopptops – Our Lives
08. Artist – Every Lady Does It
09. Stagefright – Comin’ Home
10. Dickens – Don’t Talk About My Music

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EMQ’s with VERITAS

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EMQ’s with VERITAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, Missouri based Hard Rock/Metal band, Veritas. Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Wenk, 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?

Greg Wenk, guitarist for Veritas. Veritas was formed in 2012. I had been writing music for a few years after my previous band went on permanent hiatus and decided I wanted to be in a band again. After much searching, I found bassist Geno Alberico, who suggested vocalist Denny Anthony. After our original drummer stepped down Denny suggested we contact Mark Zonder about recording drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came across the name while looking for ideas. I also found the Awen symbol and combined the two together which we still use today in an updated design. Veritas means truth, Awen means creativity.

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

The band is based out of Kansas City but has members in other parts of the US. The music scene was pretty good before the pandemic. We’re still seeing what venues survived since live music is finally returning.

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

We released “Threads of Fatality” on August 28, 2020. It’s fourteen tracks including four updated from our EP released the previous year.

‘Morbid Stale’ (Audio)

‘Far Away’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of the guitarists that have had the greatest influence on my playing are Ace Frehley, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, Criss Oliva, Alex Skolnick, Jon Drenning, Ben Jackson and George Lynch.

What first got you into music?

I have been surrounded by music from an early age and have always had a love for it. I started out playing trumpet and switched to guitar once I discovered heavy metal. Once I heard KISS Alive and heard the guitar and roar of the crowd, I was hooked.

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

There are too many. I would love to sit down with some of the ones that had a huge impact on me and just see how they approach writing songs.

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

In the US, probably Rockfest here in KC. It would be great to be included in a local festival. Also, Progfest in Atlanta. They always have some of the greatest lesser known bands from around the globe. Overseas, I would have to say Donington, Wacken and any other huge gathering. Those are legendary festivals.

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

I would say an offer to visit and be shown around Ukraine. I actually took the offer. It was an eye-opening experience. I even learned a bit of Russian before going.

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

Thanks for taking the time to listen to and support our music and we love hearing from you. You rock!

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

Wow that’s a tough one. I’m going with Criss Oliva. He was such a great and under-rated guitarist and I’d love to see what he would have created.

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

I just love playing and listening to music. I try and play guitar every chance I get. One of the few things I dislike is not being able, so far, to play music as a source of supportable income and some of the dishonest people you run into in the business.

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

If bands and labels would be more genuine with the music they create and sign, not just trying to follow the newest trend.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

How about three. Savatage -s “Hall of the Mountain King”, Crimson Glory – “Transcendence”, and Queensrÿche – “Rage for Order”.

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

CD’s.

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

Unfortunately, Veritas hasn’t had any shows yet because of the shutdown but in a previous band, we had a live broadcast from a local station at one of our shows and they were telling people they had to see our show. The crowd was amazing and got a personal invite from the owner to come back anytime.

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

The only other thing that I enjoy is old classic muscle cars and working on them. So, maybe auto restoration?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume you mean outside of the band members? Jon and Criss Oliva, George Lynch, Nikki Sixx, Ronnie James Dio. I’m sure they’d have some great stories to tell. I’ve already met and talked to two on the list and they were great.

What’s next for the band?

We’re still promoting our current CD and started work on the follow-up. We’re hoping to get out and play some shows in the near future.

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

www.veritas.rocks/
www.veritas.rocks/shop
www.facebook.com/veritasmusickc
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vg2D7TA0EWYPszQraoHps

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I’ve never had them.

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

Thanks for taking time for the interview and thanks to all the fans that support the band and our music. You rock!

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NWOCR – The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1

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NWOCR – The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1
RPM
Release Date: 23/07/2021
Running Time: 153:11
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

I love a bit of Rock – I mean who doesn’t? But do you ever have those mornings where you just can’t decide which CD to stick on in your car, and you end up running 10 minutes late because you’ve been indecisively pulling out and replacing albums from your CD rack? Okay, I admit if you’re one of the youngsters your answer to that is probably “Err… that’s why Spotify shuffle exists, duh!” But I’m old and I like physical copies. And I am, of course, doing it correctly – none of this new-fangled gadgetry, I don’t care if it is there to make my life easier, I know what I like, and I like what I know. Harumph.

Anyway, back to the point. If like me, your musical indecisiveness makes you late for shit, then I have the answer! You need to pick yourself up a copy of the about to be released “The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1”, a canny, and not so little, compilation featuring the best of the new kids on the block (no, not those ones) in the classic rock field.

The force is strong with this genre right now. There are some absolutely superb bands popping up to rock our socks off, and at 42 tracks long, this double album certainly gives you a veritable smorgasbord to listen to. Now, I’m not going to do a rundown of every song, because, quite frankly, you may all have died of boredom by the time I finished waxing lyrical, and I don’t want to be responsible for starting a new wave of deadly tedium (although, that does have a good ring to it…) so, I’m just going to give you a little overview, and then highlight some of the tracks that I think stand out.

There is nothing fancy or surprising about the album. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s meat and two veg classic rock, done by the new guys, and done bloody well. There are some lapses into Southern and Blues Rock in places. But, on the whole, if you like the classic sounds of good old fashioned, leather clad, hard rocking, then you’ll love this album. That’s basically it for the overview. Just a stonkingly good listen.

So, onto the highlights. Top of the list, and possibly no surprise to people who’ve read my reviews before, are Mason Hill, with rip-roaring track ‘DNA’, from their recently released debut album “Against The Wall”. I adore Mason Hill, and the debut album, with this track being my joint favourite, alongside the title track. It pleased me a lot to see it on here.

The Hot Damn’s ‘Dance Around’ took me back to the 80’s (most of which I missed because I was only a nipper, and shielded from the horrors of the world, like TV advertising and Rock ‘n’Roll… but not Jim’ll Fix It… Terrible misjudgement by my parents there. However, I broke free, *evil laugh* and then had to do a bit of catching up). Great powerful vocals, and a nice groove.

‘Hideaway’ from Tomorrow Is Lost is a little more modern, and heavy, but it’s another banging tune. It’s taken from their 2020 album, “Therapy”, which I was lucky enough to review, and was one of my favourite albums of the weirdest year in all of our lifetimes. Ironically, most of us probably now need therapy, but music will do for the interim, because it is a sort of therapy.

If you want a lesson on how to play some mean, face melting guitar, then listen to ‘The World Is Calling Me’ by Shape Of Water. Man, they have more licks than an ice-cream parlour on a hot summer’s day! Great 70’s sludgy vibe going on too.

Gin Annie round off CD1, with ‘Devil In Me’. I do like a little Gin Annie for the afternoon chill vibes, and this song is great for that. Nice cold beer, in a field with your mates, listening to a rock band and just generally being happy to be alive, kind of feel. God, I miss that…

Kicking off CD2 is possibly one of the last bands I saw live in a field, Phil Cambell and the Bastard Sons, with ‘Son Of A Gun’. Pedal to the metal rock at its best. Simples. It smacks you in the face like a freight train with its thunderously rhythmic ROCKKKK. Hell yes! That’s followed by The Dust Coda, with ‘When The Tide Comes In’, which is the epitome of Classic Rock. Sultry vocals, a steady bass line, a catchy chorus, and some great hooks. Love it.

Another firm favourite here at camp Ever Metal are Bad Touch, and they feature with their track ‘I Get High’. Again, I’m back in the field, although maybe not with just a beer now, given the track name!

King Creature come along to make everything a bit more down tuned and dirty, with ‘Captives’. This one has more of a 90’s feel about it, but not in a bad way! (The 90’s I do remember – the marmite generation, with us youngsters loving this new grungy sound, and all the classic folks hanging their heads, and wishing the facepalm had been invented…)

Doomsday Outlaw’s ‘Turn Me Loose’ has me heading down route 66 in a convertible just for shits and giggles. I mean honestly, there are some sweet Southern sounds happening here. And then directly after them, another of our Ever Metal favourites, Ashen Reach, pop up with ‘Fighting For My Life’, from their 2020 album ‘Homecoming’, which I also had the pleasure of reviewing.

Ryders Creed appear too, with ‘Cut Me Down’. I love this band. The powerful clean vocals and sweeping melodies are superb, and they have such a great groove. Then, to finish off my pick of the best (which admittedly is a pretty long list) we have a bit of Ward XVI, with ‘Broken Toys’. They are in a league of their own in my opinion. What they do is mesmeric, and their brand of ‘Shock Rock’ is perfect for my slightly warped mind. Again, I reviewed their album, “Metamorphosis”, when it graced our ever-growing review list last year, and was blown away by it.

So, yeah. That, in a nutshell, is what this album’s all about. Good, solid, no messing, New Wave Of Classic Rock. You need this in your CD Collection (or Spotify playlist, if you must, but only if you’re under 40, or haven’t yet learnt how sacrosanct the compact disc is)!

New Wave of Classic Rock – Volume One (Official Trailer)

TRACKLISTING:

CD1:
01. Massive Wagons – Tokyo
02. Mason Hill – DNA
03. Hollowstar – All I Gotta Say
04. These Wicked Rivers – Shine On
05. Anchor Lane – Fame Shame
06. Empyre – New Republic
07. Daxx & Roxane – Without You
08. Sons Of Liberty – Fire And Gasoline
09. The Hot Damn! – Dance Around
10. Massive – Rise
11. Everyday Heroes – Find My Way
12. Elles Bailey – Woman Like Me
13. Scarlet Rebels – No One Else To Blame
14. Wolf Jaw – I Ain’t Ready
15. Tomorrow Is Lost – Hideaway
16. Dead Man’s Whiskey – War Machine
17. Dig Lazarus – Tell Me Why
18. The New Roses – Whiskey Nightmare
19. Shape Of Water – The World Is Calling Me
20. Revival Black – So Alive
21. Gin Annie – Devil In Me

CD2:
01. Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Son Of A Gun
02. The Dust Coda – When The Tide Comes In
03. Skam – Iron Cross
04. Collateral – Merry Go Round
05. Bad Touch – I Get High
06. Gorilla Riot – Still Doing Time
07. Thundermother – Driving In Style
08. King Creature – Captives
09. Rews – Today We’re Warriors
10. Twister – Call To Arms
11. South Of Salem – The Hate In Me
12. Jack J Hutchinson – World On Fire
13. Bootyard Bandits – Hoedown Showdown
14. Haxan – Killing Time
15. Doomsday Outlaw – Turn Me Loose
16. Ashen Reach – Fighting For My Life
17. Bastette – Talk About It
18. Ryders Creed – Money
19. Takeaway Thieves – This Is Rock N Roll
20. Ward XVI – Broken Toys
21. Blackwater Conspiracy – Soul Revolutionaries

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EMQ’s with TESLA SHAMANS

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EMQ’s with TESLA SHAMANS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Novara, Italy based Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock band, Tesla Shamans. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

TOM: Tesla Shamans is a Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock band formed in early 2018. We play 80’s/90’s Hard Rock contaminated by Blues influences and heavy riffs beaten with Synths. After two years of composition, live gigs and a series of unfortunate events we have finally  released our debut album some days ago!

How did you come up with your band name?

STEVE CROW: First of all, we wanted the word shamans in the name because it represents the spiritual natural side of the band, the way we look at the World, the breaking of the modern society’s illusions. Later we added Tesla. Tesla is probably the real modern shaman for his study. So, we have the ancient and the new united, the natural side is carried forward.

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

BELLIX: We are from North-West Italy (Piemonte region) where the Metal/Rock scene is still present, because luckily there are many clubs and people (musicians, staff, organizers…) that invest money, time and energy to organize concerts and festivals like a family everywhere and whenever possible!

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

 “Electric Storm”, our debut album that was released on May 17th, 2021.

‘Shamans’ (Official Video)

‘Your Shit’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

STEVE CROW: Definitely 60’s/70’s rock, but also power-progressive metal. I think that 60’s/70’s rock has got the perfect freedom of expression. It has been the first real possibility of having no boundaries in composition. Less business, more music experiments. Power metal instead satisfies my craving for energy. It gives me strength. I love its harmonies and its choruses; they fill my heart.

TOM: It could be an extremely long list 😉 At the top of it, definitely, are Santa Cruz for the amazing guitar riffs: I discovered them in late 2016 from a couple of friends and I was immediately fascinated. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators for the incredible energy that they put in their albums, and they’re damned awesome on stage! I’m one of the few fans who appreciate Slash the most in his recent albums rather than with Guns, and I love Myles Kennedy as one of the best humans in the world. And Soundgarden for all. They have always been my favourite band from the guitar riffs to the amazing rhythm section, the greatest ideas, the lyrics, and the voice of Chris Cornell that will forever remain in my heart. R.I.P.

BELLIX: I listen to different musical genres, but I like Djent and Metal-Math Core very much, in particular bands like Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract, Bring Me The Horizon, Gojira, Protest the Hero, Meshuggah and many more. I take inspiration from the drumming of different artists, but above all from those who excite me playing live, how they involve people, I think conveying something to someone who’s watching you from under the stage is the key to everything.

What first got you into music?

STEVE CROW: I wanted to totally express myself, music it’s the best way to communicate feelings, thoughts, hopes, pains…Music can create invisible wires and a suspension from the fear of death.

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

TOM: I’d like to collaborate with Joonas Parkkonen for the production of our next album and with the amazing Samy Elbanna from Lost Society as one of the best musician/singer I’ve ever listened to.

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

BELLIX: HellFest in France for two reasons: first because it would be an honour to share the stage with the big bands playing there. The second is because years ago I received a request from HellFest’s organizers regarding playing there with my ex band. We lost the opportunity due to misunderstandings in the band, so I would like to have this opportunity again!

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

TOM: Unfortunately, still nothing but hey…let’s take our time 😉.

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

STEVE CROW: We’ll create the strongest tribe of all time. We’ll create new myths.

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

TOM: It’s a really hard choice but maybe I’d choose Dio for his huge love of Rock’n’Roll music and how he scored an entire generation with his passion.

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

STEVE CROW: Music is the best way of communication; this is the best part. I love the stage; I love the energy. I hate the difficulty of making it a job.

BELLIX: I like adrenaline on stage, every fill behind my drums when I compose and every new friendship and collaboration with other bands! I hate the metronome beats in my ears, but Icouldn’t quit using it!

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

STEVE CROW: The difficulty of getting noticed without having money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

STEVE CROW: Symphony X – “The Divine Wings Of Tragedy”. In this album we can find an atmosphere that I really love; it makes me think about the birth and the evolution of mankind. The man with his sins, his hopes and his destiny. There is a majestic theatricality and the voice of Russell Allen is one of the best in the world for me.

TOM: Soundgarden – “Superunknown”. I think it was the very first album that I entirely listened to, and when I got to the end, I had no words. “Superunknown” is definitely THE Masterpiece for anyone who loves Grunge and I believe that it was the first album that inspired me to become something more than a good “musician”. “Words you say you never seem to live up to the ones inside your head”.

BELLIX: Undoubtedly worthy of note “That’s The Spirit” by Bring Me The Horizon. I think they are one of the most innovative bands of the genre, that album contains a perfect combination of well-structured rhythms, melodies, electronic always present, but never superfluous and so much expressiveness and emotionality. At least for me!

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

TOM: Downloads for convenience, CD’s for the best quality playing, Vinyls as a collector.

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

STEVE CROW: As opener for Dead Daisies. A great stage, a huge energy, good drinks.

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

TOM: A producer/sound engineer. Unfortunately, I approached the world of music production too late to start a course of study about, but if I had the possibility to go back 10 years, I would probably spend all of my time working with other artists, maybe in a great studio like Finnvox. It would be an amazing adventure, trying to always give the best in the new challenges!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

BELLIX: Will Smith for the charisma and the great respect I have for him as a person. Michael Jackson because I want to learn the moonwalk from him, drunk hahaha. Shakira and Alissa White Gluz because even the eye wants his part, Dave Grohl because he is a 360-degree artist who has marked an era and after so many years I still have not stopped listening to his songs!

What’s next for the band?

BELLIX: The next step is to expand our fanbase, promote “Electric Storm” the best way possible and play, play and play shows while working on the next album.

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

TOM: We especially Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for our breaking news.
www.instagram.com/teslashamans
www.facebook.com/TeslaShamans
twitter.com/ShamansTesla

Spotify or Deezer for people to listen to our songs.
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3OthpaKh8ISoxRTVGWVe14
www.deezer.com/search/tesla%20shamans

And last but not least Bandcamp as the official merch store!
www.teslashamans.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

TOM: As a Pastry Chef I can confidently say that Jaffa cakes are…neither! 😊

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

STEVE CROW: Trust in us and follow the Shamans’ way.

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