Robin McAuley – Standing On The Edge

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Robin McAuley – Standing On The Edge
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 44:39
Review by Simon Black
8/10

I have to confess that my engagement with Robin McAuley is fairly limited, despite my predilection for the more Melodic end of the Hard Rock world. Somewhere in my vinyl collection is a battered copy of “Perfect Timing” – the original collaboration with Michael Schenker, which at the time I was slightly disappointed in, as it felt that the great axeman was very much in the background. Look at the cover if you don’t believe me, he literally is standing in McAuley’s shadow – or at least the shadow of his rather spectacular mid-80’s bouffant. The fact that during this period the MSG band acronym was physically branded as the McAuley Schenker Group, rather than the Michael Schenker Group probably tells us all we need to know about who was in the driving seat during this period and at the time it felt like a misfire and somewhat passed me by. Time, however, is great at pointing out that actions based on knee jerk teenage reactions are not always the right ones…Although music was about to do a complete body swerve not long after its release and this sort of Melodic Hard Rock rapidly fall out of favour with the major labels, over time it has proven to be a stone cold classic, if not a classic Schenker album. Clearly there were other MSG releases with this line-up, but when you are fighting against, or being pushed to follow the rise of Grunge and everything that followed it, these did not make an impact in the same way.

This is a slightly different direction than McAuley’s Black Swan project and as ever when Serafino Perugino at Frontiers assembles a project, there’s a particular era, ethos and feel that he is trying to capture in amber with an added modern take and “Standing On The Edge” is very much picking up where “Perfect Timing” left off – with deliberate precision. The opening track ‘Thy Will Be Done’, feels like it could have been a B-Side from those 80’s sessions, right down to the dated keyboard arrangements, but what saves it from being a retro footnote is the fact that McAuley’s voice is absolutely on top form and the song-writing beautifully crafted. The rest of the album has a slightly more modern sound to it, so I am taking this opening track for what it was probably intended to be – a message to the listener that this is where the album is starting from, but it’s not where it will finish.

To prove the point, the title track kicks things up a notch significantly with a catchy riff, solid mid-tempo beat and then steps back to let the man show how good a shape his vocal chords are actually in. Generally, there’s some really robust song-writing on here and the eleven tracks stand up quite well, with a bit of a slowdown in the middle as ‘Chosen Few’ feels a bit like a filler, but the power ballad ‘Run Away’, whilst pure Melo-Ballad in tone, is more Gary Hughes than USA 80’s in style, so does not feel dated. The record works because it varies the pace to demonstrate McAuley’s range, rather than going for the tried and tested formula of a record of belters plus a lone ballad or two (the fast and slow share equal billing here), but also because a lot of care has clearly gone into crafting a recording that has its back foot in the 80’s but its front foot forward a few decades. As always with these Frontiers releases the production melds the retro sound as we remember it in our heads with modern recording standards and values. I would be interested to see if this incarnation takes a live turn, or is just a studio project, but either way it works just fine.

‘Standing On The Edge’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Thy Will Be Done
02. Standing On The Edge
03. Late December
04. Do You Remember
05. Say Goodbye
06. Chosen Few
07. Run Away
08. Supposed To Do Now
09. Wanna Take A Ride
10. Like A Ghost
11. Running Out Of Time

LINE-UP:
Robin McAuley – Vocals
Andrea Seveso – Guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Nicholas Papapicco – Drums
Howard Leese – Guitars on ‘Supposed To Do Now’

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Arachnes – A New Day (10th Anniversary Edition)

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Arachnes – A New Day (10th Anniversary Edition)
Music For The Masses Records
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 52:41
Review by Simon Black
6/10

This record was originally only available as a digital release back in 2011, when the concept was quite new and bands naively thought that not having all that pesky plastic to ship around the world was going to cut costs before realising that that’s the only real source of revenue for the actual recorded music. Cut to ten years later and a re-release with a physical version is long overdue, especially as for some, writing, recording and touring are well and truly out of the window for the time being. This Italian four piece originally started life as a Hard Rock outfit under a different moniker and the Arachnes project is more about fusing those Hard Rock melodic sentiments with some rabble rousing Power Metal delivery and some classically influenced Progressive interplay.

The Progressive elements rarely dominate – which is no bad thing, so what you get are songs that average around the four minute mark, occasionally dipping their toes into something more overtly technical and showy when the middle eight or the solo appear and even then they don’t over-indulge. The keyboard and guitar are equal contenders for your ear, and although there is a bit of the kind of solo interplay that you might get elsewhere, it’s not allowed to dominate – although the playing is top notch from both. I suspect in part this is driven from the fact that lead vocals and keyboards all originate from founder Enzo Caruso which might be different if he wasn’t wearing two hats. That means a record that flows well and retains a broadly commercial Power edge to it. Refreshingly as well, this is nowhere near the Neo-Classical / Operatic domain that the Rhapsody group of bands have set as the house sound for many of this wonderful country’s sound. The record starts well, but for me struggles to maintain pace and may have benefitted from a shorter and more focussed selection of tracks, to give the energy a chance to come to the fore.

This is solid Melodic Power Metal, with enough touches of the Progressive to earn interest but without kicking down any doors. It hints more about possibilities rather than actual delivery. I suspect this may be down to that fourth album lethargy that hits many bands after they’ve been at this a while. It’s solid, it’s well delivered, but it’s not got any outstanding songs on there that are going to garner wider appeal.

‘”A New Day” (Album Promo)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Psychedelic Trip (Intro)
02. I Know The Darkness
03. Big Hearth
04. I’m Sorry
05. Into The Fog
06. Magic World
07. My Face Is Hard
08. Running In An Old Town
09. Take Your Life
10. Parallel Worlds (Orchestral Version)
11. The Reason Of The Things
12. Your Death
13. Fireball (Deep Purple Cover)
14. First Of All (Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Gabry Baroni – Bass, Backing Vocals
Stefano Caironi – Drums, Timpani
Frank Caruso – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Enzo Caruso – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Hammond, Piano

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 44:25
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Cambridge UK-based Hard Rock band The Treatment have been cranking out solidly delivered Rock ‘n’ Roll since 2008, although this (their fifth) album is the first time I’ve had the privilege of coming across their work. This might be a great place to start if you haven’t either, as after a quick exploration of their back catalogue on stream, this album would appear to be a full couple of notches up from previous releases.

Kicking off with a harmonised vocal intro and chorus that Def Leppard would have been proud of in the 80’s, ‘Rat Race’ gets things moving with mid-tempo guitar riff-driven rocker. It’s probably the most commercial sounding song on here, and belies the direction the album takes after this, but hints at the main musical influence from here on in. The first and most blatantly obvious comparison is with early AC/DC, with riff structures that are straight off of either the “High Voltage” or “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” era albums. That comparison was probably not lost in the mix down either, as stalwart producer Kevin Shirley has done a fine job in echoing that rich fat rhythm guitar ripping-riffage sound that Malcolm Young probably should have trademarked. Add to this vocalist Tom Rampton is definitely channelling his inner Bon Scott for his sophomore album with these guys. I don’t have a problem with this, as this style of music is truly timeless and always storms the barn live and his voice has a nice soulful gravelly edge to it that literally drips charisma. This is particularly audible on the slower or more openly bluesy tracks, such as ‘Eyes On You’, where you also get to hear a slightly higher register to his vocal range to go with a catchy fag lighter-waver of a chorus.

With a dozen tracks averaging at the three and a half minute mark, this is not an album that wants to out stay its welcome, and to be fair it positively flies by. Lyrically it is in places a bit dated and sexualised for this decade and age, but it’s more cheekily cheesy than offensive or crass and even the worst example of this ‘Lightning In A Bottle’ is frankly not going to upset anyone. All this will go down just fine at a biker rally, but I would hope that this album opens them up to bigger and wider audiences. Just don’t let yourself be put off by the rather trashy photographic cover, as the music and production are nowhere near as tacky as that image implies.

I really hope that this album takes them up a level, as this kind of soulful and gutsy Rock ’N’Roll never gets stale when done properly and once in a blue moon a band coming along and opening up the audience to this style of music is never a bad thing.

‘Rat Race’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rat Race
02. Take It Or Leave It
03. Lightning In A Bottle
04. Vampress
05. Eyes On You
06. No Way Home
07. Devil In The Detail
08. Tough Kid
09. Hold Fire
10. Barman
11. Let’s Make Money
12. Wrong Way

LINE-UP:
Tom Rampton – Vocals
Dhani Mansworth – Drums
Tagore Grey – Guitars
Tao Grey – Guitar and Bass Guitar

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Cry For Mercy – Resist

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Cry For Mercy – Resist
Self-Released
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 48:15
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Let’s talk about bucket lists, shall we? Mine’s long and plentiful, and full of all sorts of things, from the mundane to the ridiculous. But one item on there has been firmly planted near the top for a very long time. Driving route 66. It would be in a little red sportscar, top down, sun on my face, and the wind in my hair. I’d probably have aviators on and be dressed like I was on the way to Woodstock. Not a care in the world, just the open road in front of me. I’m a sucker for a cliché… Anyway, that road trip would have to be accompanied by some smooth Southern Rock. And that brings me to our subject here today. “Resist,” the debut album from the North West’s very own Southern Rockers, Cry For Mercy.

These guys have been on our radar for a good while now, and we’ve seen them smashing it out live many times, so this has been a hotly anticipated album in camp Ever Metal. These 3 guys set the bar high for themselves, and aim to encapsulate that Southern Bluesy Rock sound, here in the lush green and rugged grey landscapes that couldn’t be further from the dusty deep south if it tried! So, does this debut live up to that high bar? Well, in short, yes.

Opening with the upbeat and punchy track, ‘Brother’ the Cry For Mercy sound is instantly recognisable. Crunchy guitar riffs, driving bass, and a rock-steady beat from Steven Taylor, topped off with clean but edgy vocals. If a bottle of Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, and Budweiser started a band, this would be what they sounded like. (I’ll skip over the fade out, with a slightly raised eyebrow. Tut tut boys.)

And this is the way that this album continues throughout. Catchy melodies, riffs a plenty, gritty vocals. What’s not to like! There are even a few lush little guitar solos chucked in for good measure, but nothing’s overstated. It’s just laid back, and full of sunshine and desert dust.

There are a few standout tracks on this album too, which is always great to see on a debut. One of these is ‘Cold Hearted Woman’. This is more acoustic driven, and has a real ‘jaded with a guitar, sitting in the old, beat up rocking chair on the back porch, drowning your sorrows in a Jack, and strumming away’ feel. I love it.

And that’s followed immediately by ‘Born To Fly,’ a melancholy anthem, where Kev’s vocals take a turn for the tortured, really making an impressive use of the gruff and gravelly tones he possesses.

All in all, this is a really good debut in terms of musical content, and it’s been produced and mixed in a pleasing way, too. Can’t wait to see these guys live again, and we’re hoping to get that chance in early July (crossing everything that this happens) when they compete in the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses North Wales final!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Brother
02. Roll The Dice
03. Resist
04. Chasing Me Down
05. Down To The River
06. Healing
07. Hear You Coming
08. Cold Hearted Woman
09. Born To Fly
10. Yesterday’s Man
11. Into Overdrive
12. On And On

LINE-UP:
Kevin Plant – Bass/Lead Vocals
Andy Cutty – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Steven Taylor – Drums

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EMQ’s with THE UNITED ROCK NATIONS (T.U.R.N)

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EMQ’s with THE UNITED ROCK NATIONS (T.U.R.N)

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with International Hard Rock/Metal band, T.U.R.N. Huge thanks to Swedish based vocalist Daniel Valberg & US based bassist Hammer Head, 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?

Daniel: Hi, my name is Daniel Valberg and I’m the singer in this band. This band was at first thought to be a cover band, recording covers only but I’m not a huge fan of just recording covers, I wanted to make our own original music, so me and Hammer decided to make this band an original! Then we brought in Graham and Des and at last, after a long time, we got hold of Spencer, our drummer.

Hammer Head: I’m Hammer Head, I play bass guitar. I grew up loving 80’s rock but struggled to find other musicians who liked the same music as me. So, I started contacting YouTube musicians and tried to do covers. Daniel was someone who really stood out in his ability to sing and music similarities. Once we figured how to do this internet band thing, we found the other musicians and haven’t looked back since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Daniel: Our first band name was actually “Lagoon” but that was copyright protected so Des came up with United Rock Nations and I said if we put “The” first and make it T.U.R.N.

Hammer Head: It actually came from my brother Des Samita. It’s pretty obvious how. Daniel lives in Sweden, I’m in California. Graham lives in England. So just sorta became “The United Rock Nations” (T.U.R.N)

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

Daniel: I’m from Sweden and I have lived in Umeå for the past 10 years. I’m originally from a town called Robertsfors. That’s where I grew up. The Metal/Rock scene in Umeå is big for a small city, I would say! We’ve got Nocturnal Rites, Cult Of Luna, Naglfar, Meshuggah etc and in Robertsfors we’ve got some Sahara Hotnights, Summoned Tide etc.

Hammer Head: We are from all over the world. We are the most popular in Sweden. The rock scene is pretty good there. I live in rural California and don’t think it’s much.

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

T.U.R.N – “The United Rock Nations” is our debut album, which was released in February.

‘Demons’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Daniel: I must say Guns ‘N Roses.

Hammer Head: I’ve always been a fan of the greatest of the 80’s (Van Halen, Scorpions, Guns ‘N Roses, Def Leppard, Etc)

What first got you into music?

Daniel: My Stepdads Vinyl/Cassette of 50,60s rock music! Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Creedence Clearwater Revival etc. GREAT MUSIC! Love it!

Hammer Head: My friend and I got hold of his Dads Beatles albums, and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ is my first real memory of a song I love.

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

Daniel: Hmmm…I would say Guns ‘N Roses but that would probably take too long to finish 😉...so, maybe Halestorm or Judas Priest would be cool.

Hammer Head: That is a really good question, probably Sammy Hagar.

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

Daniel: Sweden Rock Festival, biggest rock festival in Sweden and they always have great line-ups, a good mix and its “Hometown”.

Hammer Head: Download in England. Seems like a cool popular rock show.

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

Daniel: Never got a gift from a fan.

Hammer Head: Don’t think I’ve ever received a gift!

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

Daniel: Aim for the stars and never give up!

Hammer Head: Work hard and treat others with respect.

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

Daniel: Freddie Mercury.

Hammer Head: Eddie Van Halen

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

Daniel: To be creative and make music. Hate that we have got too few hours in a day.

Hammer Head: I enjoy expressing myself in a different way. I hate not being able to express the way I feel. Haha!!

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

Daniel: It’s sad but will most likely happen in the future that physical music will be completely gone…I hope and wish it will never be.

Hammer Head: Something along the lines of giving more money/royalties for streaming services. It’s the way the industry is, and the musician always gets screwed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Daniel: Ooo, this is a hard one….I choose Black Sabbath – :Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”. I played the shit out of that album when I was younger.

Hammer Head: Def Leppard – “Pyromania”

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

Daniel: Vinyl no question. It’s something special to take out, that 12″/7″, from the cover and then put it on record player and bring down the needle and hear the sparking. Nothing beats that!

Hammer Head: I Like CD’s

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

Daniel: I’ve never played live!

Hammer Head: Probably the barn show. I grew up more rural and had a barn and another band at school wanted to play a show, so we made a stage out of hay. We loaded up the street and the cops came, neighbours called to complain. Said we could do anything until 9:30. So we turned it up louder and played until exactly 9:30.

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

Daniel: What I’m doing now, working in the Metal production Industry.

Hammer Head: Agriculture. I love animals and growing crops.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Daniel: Joan Jett, Rob Halford, Lzzy Hale, Zakk Wylde, Jack Black.

Hammer Head: My band, Daniel, Graham, Des and Spencer.

What’s next for the band?

Daniel: To work on our 2nd album.

Hammer Head: We are starting to work on album 2. Also hope we’ll play a mini tour together one day.

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

www.facebook.com/theunitedrocknations
www.instagram.com/theunitedrocknations/
www.twitter.com/TURNTHEBAND
www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8uzqTZ6SeJ-nZI2AupE5Q
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/turn/the-united-rock-nations

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Daniel: Never tasted Jaffa Cakes! But by the looks of it, 100% a biscuit. I’m a Swede and we have a lot of “Fika” so believe me It’s a biscuit!

Hammer Head: Never heard of it. I’ll guess biscuit!

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

Daniel: Wanna thank you guys for makin’ reviews/interviews to keep the music flow alive and spread new music out to the audience and I want to give our fans a big thank you for listening to our music! ROCK ON!

Hammer Head: Thanks for interviewing us. It was great remembering our musical journey! Hope you enjoy the album! Thank you.

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Ronnie Atkins – One Shot

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Ronnie Atkins – One Shot
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 44:48
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Do you ever find yourself pondering the finite nature of life. I do. Often. The one certainty is that, at some point, it comes to an end. This isn’t a rehearsal, and you have two choices. Drift through it, approaching everything with undue caution, or grab it by the nuts, and have fun while you can. Pretty Maids frontman, Ronnie Atkins, has certainly lived a full life, bringing sweet Rock ‘n’ Roll music to the masses for 4 decades. Our very own high lord of Ever Metal, Rick, has been a huge Pretty Maids fan since those early heady days of the 80s.

It’s fair to say that Ronnie’s been forced to do a lot of contemplating recently, too, after the devastating news that the ‘big C’ he’d battled so hard against in 2019 had come back, and was incurable. Now, for a lot of people, and certainly for me, news like this would take away any strength I had left. But not Ronnie. He’s determined to keep the nuts of life in a tight tourniquet until the end, and speak to the world, through his new solo album, “One Shot.” Lighter than the usual Pretty Maids style, Ronnie describes this album as ‘melodic rock album with a heavy twist,’ and lyrically, ‘more personal and maybe melancholic at times.’

On first listen, it truly is a great melodic rock album, complete with rock-steady beats, classic style riffs, and great vocal harmonies and guitar solos. But dig a little deeper, and it becomes all about the lyrics. It’s a bittersweet journey into the ponderings of a man’s mortality, beautifully moulded into an emotional journey of finding peace and reconciling all of life’s lessons. It reminds me, lyrically, of Queen’s “Made In Heaven” album, where Freddie explored much the same thing.

The title track of the album pretty much sums up what I’ve just said. The whole, ‘you only get one shot at life’ idea. Putting aside the emotive nature of the lyrics, knowing the backstory behind this album, it’s a stonking anthem that you could see on a stadium stage, being chorused back at the band by tens of thousands of adoring fans.

This is true of the whole album, though. Whether it’s an anthem, or a heartfelt ballad, it’s all brilliantly done, with Ronnie’s vocals taking pride of place atop the masterfully constructed melodies and orchestration of every song. It’s one of those albums that fills your entirety with happiness, and, well, life.

There isn’t anything negative about this album. It’s mixed and mastered perfectly, it’s polished, it’s passionate, it’s mature and expansive. It is what musicians spend their whole lives striving towards. Whatever musical genre you prefer, you’ll find something that connects with your soul in this album. And we all need to listen to the wisdom held within the lyrics. Thank you, Ronnie, for braving your fears and sharing this precious album with the world.

‘One Shot’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Real
02. Scorpio
03. One Shot
04. Subjugated
05. Frequency Of Love
06. Before The Rise Of An Empire
07. Miles Away
08. Picture Yourself
09. I Prophesize
10. One By One
11. When Dreams Are Not Enough

LINE-UP:
Ronnie Atkins – Lead and Backing Vocals
Chris Laney – Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Allan Sørensen – Drums
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Anders Ringman – Acoustic Guitars

Lead Guitars/Solos
Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann, John Berg, Chris Laney

Additional Backing Vocals
Chris Laney, Linnea Vikström Egg, Olliver Hartmann, Bjørn Strid

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EMQ’s with TRUE VILLAINS

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EMQ’s with TRUE VILLAINS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee based Hard Rock band, True Villains. 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?

True Villains was founded on a mutual passion for rock. Moving to Nashville from all over the country, the band met and began planting a foothold in the local scene. Quickly coming up in the Nashville scene, we were graced with awesome opportunities like opening for Tyler Bryant, Stryper, Tremonti, and eventually touring with Steel Panther. Through word of mouth, the band soon caught the attention of producer Nick Raskulinecz who has produced our latest three singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

Being based in Nashville, we felt like the black sheep of the scene.

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

We are based out Nashville, Tennessee, US. There is a small rock scene, but most of the music industry in the area is country or pop.

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

As of March 5th, ‘Dig Your Grave’ is our latest single. There are two other singles currently available as well: ‘The Villain’ and ‘Blood In The Water’.

‘Dig Your Grave’ (Official Video)

‘The Villain’ (Official Video)

‘Blood In The Water’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Led Zeppelin, Guns ’N Roses, Aerosmith, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Audioslave, Alice in Chains.

What first got you into music?

Hearing Motley Crüe’s Greatest Hits record, growing up in households with music blasting, getting a guitar for Christmas, getting Guitar Hero for Christmas and thinking it was as easy to play bass.

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

Post Malone or Dave Grohl

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

Rock am Ring because we’ve grown up watching the live videos of our favourite bands playing there for years.

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

Collage of pictures from personal Instagram page. Package of video tapes of home videos mixed with live Led Zeppelin footage.

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

If you had a choice between being a musician or going to law school, we hope you don’t mind six years of college.

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 best part is definitely playing live shows. When you’re so called “tour manager” doesn’t get your veggie tray from catering after the shows.

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

The internet created an over saturation of the music industry and as a result has made it more difficult for bands to rise above without backing from labels or high streaming numbers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Bad” – Michael Jackson, “Appetite For Destruction” – Guns ’N Roses, “Pump” – Aerosmith, “Animosity” – Sevendust!

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

Vinyl, but with an awesome system for it.

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

Norfolk, VA at the NorVa opening for Steel Panther 2019.

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

Harley Davidson Sales Rep, Dentist, Military Officer, High School History Teacher, Physical Education Teacher.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Jordan, Jim Gaffigan, Benmont Tench, Rob Zombie, Mark Tremonti.

What’s next for the band?

Writing and recording more tracks with Nick. Hitting the road when venues open back up.

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

All major music streaming outlets as well as Facebook, Instagram. Our handle for everything is @truevillainsnashville

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit

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EMQ’s with UNKNOWN REFUGE

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EMQ’s with UNKNOWN REFUGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bolton, UK based Hard Rock/Metal band, Unknown Refuge. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/bassist Alex 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 Alex and I play bass and sing. Unknown Refuge originally formed in 2016 at a music service in Salford, I am the last surviving original member. Not that the others are dead I just mean the only one to survive having to deal with our drummer. Morgan joined not long after in the summer of 2017. From here we gained a few guitarist and lost a few that has led to our current line up with Harry and Jack on guitars. The current line-up has only been together about 6 months having already recorded the album before finding Harry.

How did you come up with your band name?

In all honesty we came up with it because we needed a band name for our first gig and where we were practicing had a refuge point. We thought the word refuge was cool and then I realised I didn’t know where that was at my school hence Unknown Refuge. I’d like to say it was something deep like travelling towards the unknown, but that’s not quite how it came about.

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

We’re from Bolton but fall into the Greater Manchester Rock scene predominantly. It’s brilliant, there are loads of grass root venues that love to help out rock bands. We’ve seen some great bands from the area over the time bands such as Ninja Report and Bigfoot.

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

Our latest releases are the ‘Battle Hymn’ single and our debut album “From The Darkness” which came out on the 26th of March.

‘Battle Hymn’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I went to my first gig to see Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators with my Mum and I remember just thinking “wow, that would be amazing”. Ever since then I have been interested in being in bands and writing and performing my music. They’ve both been influences ever since.

What first got you into music?

I’d say it’s different for all of us but personally I would say my mother, Alison Home, she was a music teacher who still works within a music service. I believe it’s a combination of this and my dad having a drum kit set up in the garage that I’d say first interested me in music!

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

In my opinion I would love to do a collaboration with Steel Panther. They’re just an amazing band and I’d love the excuse to wear leather pants.

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

It would have to be Download Festival in Spain. I mean one its Download and amazing and two it’s in Spain so the weather would hopefully be a bit better than what we get in England.

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

In our earlier days we had a bra thrown onto stage which I’m sure the drummer has still got til this day.

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

It would have to be just a huge, massive thank you. Without fans we wouldn’t be where we are right now and I know we’re not massive but each and every fan we gain just drives us to work harder, perform better and hopefully change the world and inspire a new generation of metal heads so for every fan we have just a massive thank you.

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

Chester Bennington: the man was an inspiration as to how much rock/metal could influence the world and I believe we lost a legend the day he died.

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

Personally, I’d say I enjoy performing songs which we have written ourselves, songs we have put our thoughts, emotions, feelings and skills into creating. To see people enjoying it is what makes me love this.

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

I’d say places like Spotify where people listen to music, however, the artist receives a ridiculously small amount of money from this. I hope this changes because for small bands having that bit of extra cash to help the band grow can mean the world.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” by Guns ‘n Roses! It’s an album that just has no bad tracks. Its constantly on repeat in my house and I believe to this day it is the best album ever released.

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

Vinyl hands down, it just feels authentic to have shelves full of your favourite albums.

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

Stonedead Festival. We played the first year of the festival starting on the Friday night and it was incredible, it was one of the busiest gigs and the crowd were amazing so for me, and I imagine the others as well, definitely the best gig we’ve played.

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

Well funnily enough, I’m currently working for Heineken as an engineering apprentice which I will come out of this year as a fully qualified engineer, which is both great and very worrying.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Acaster, Frankie Boyle, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais and Boris Johnson. I’d just love to listen to them and I couldn’t imagine the things said. I feel like this would single-handedly be the funniest event of the decade.

What’s next for the band?

Well, when venues open it will just be to do as many gigs as possible. We’ve missed being on the stage and amongst writing some new material I would love to just get out and gig again.

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

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and YouTube all of which you can find by searching Unknown Refuge, if you feel so inclined to listen.

www.unknown-refuge.yolasite.com/
www.facebook.com/UnknownRefuge
www.instagram.com/unknown_refuge/
www.twitter.com/unknown_refuge
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7drFNShIkx16PJeM14xozT
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRNahBmMFyHrat1r6kkXsVA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, it’s in the name!!

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

Not that I can think of other than a massive thankyou to anyone who has supported us especially over the last year with the album. It’s been massively valued so thank you. And thank you for having us here.

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Corporain – Purge // Purity

Purge//Purity Album Cover Art

Corporain – Purge // Purity
Volcano Records
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 52:44
Review by Simon Black
8/10

It’s my own fault, as I keep saying ‘yes’ to them, but most of the music emanating from Italy that lands in my direction to review tends to be of the Symphonic / Power / Progressive bent, is more often than not some great conceptual piece with strong operatic overtones and either directly a part of or at least influenced by the Rhapsody family of acts. So when something like this arrives that doesn’t fit that mould in the slightest, then it makes an incredibly refreshing change. Which is odd, because Progressive and Symphonic are definitely a part of Corporain’s DNA, but they don’t sound like anything else I’ve heard recently from Italy’s fine Metal stables recently.

And bloody good with it they are too…

Unlike much from those more overtly operatic corners of the country, this is highly accessible craftsmanship and a far more modern sounding record than I expected from this Tuscany-based four piece. That said, the classical motes are in there, particularly in the quite frankly outstanding keyboard work from Edoardo Giacomelli, who most of the time sticks to a classical piano sound lending the whole album a distinctive and consistently mature sound. I can’t praise his musical contribution enough and he’s the beating soulful heart of this record. The three instrumentalists all share the vocal duties, running the gamut of styles from Heavy and Hard, to Rock ’n’ Roll, to clean Power, to Nu-Metal, to heart-achingly soulful and so many shades in between. I know this contradicts what I said about a distinctive and consistent sound, but despite the range of vocal sounds they somehow achieve this.

They do exactly the same thing with the songs, which bounce round a whole range of styles whilst still sounding like it’s the same band at heart. It’s incredibly disconcerting, but works a treat and the inherent contradiction that the more progressive elements throw at the ear, such as seamlessly flicking between a burst of brutal heaviness and some beautiful melodic sections without jarring in the same track is quite exceptional. These songs betray a musical skill and song-writing excellence way beyond their years, not to mention no small amount of restraint and focus, meaning the songs are not sacrificed on the altar of overt technical wizardry, but instead just accentuates that structure. It also has incredible depth, with each listen like peeling an onion layer by layer to reveal something I missed the previous time round. This is a highly impressive debut of the calibre that doesn’t come round often, with a well-rafted record that’s like the gift that keeps on giving. This is clearly an act to watch.

‘Rage’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Millenium
02. Inception
03. The Purge
04. Apocalypse
05. Hollow
06. Pitch Black
07. Never Forget
08. Rage
09. Whispering The Wind

LINE-UP:
Edoardo Giacomelli – Keyboards & Vocals
Andrea Singulti – Guitar & Vocals
Iacopo Campinoti – Bass & Vocals
Marco Visconti – Drums

LINKS:

Corporain Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with SEA OF SNAKES

Sea Of Snakes Logo

EMQ’s with SEA OF SNAKES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band, Sea Of Snakes. Huge thanks to guitarist, Jim McCloskey 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?

Jim McCloskey – guitar. The band started from myself (Motorsickle) and Jeff Murray (The Shrine) having jam sessions for fun. Before we knew it songs started taking form, and we decided to bring in another friend (Tracy Steiger) to sing, and Mick on bass. We felt we had a special kind of chemistry and we should actually make a band out of it, and record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Im a huge fan of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. A Perfect Circle’s first album was “Mer de Nome” which translates from French to “Sea of Names”. I was thinking about that album one day, and the name Sea Of Snakes just came to mind.

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

We are from Los Angeles, California in the United States.

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

Our “World On Fire” EP is set to release on 2nd April 2021.

‘Let The Fire Burn (Official Video)’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metal Church, Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘n Roses, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Pantera.

What first got you into music?

When I was little, MTV was in its heyday. I absolutely loved Headbangers Ball. That was where I would see a lot of bands that I would never hear on the radio. It was great!

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

Tony Iommi is the riff master! He is The Godfather of metal riffs. It would be an honour to collaborate with him.

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

Castle Donington or I think nowadays it’s called Download Festival. A lot of musical history there.

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

Nothing…

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

Always expect us to be loud, and heavy, and pissed off!

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

Dimebag Darrell. It was a shame how his life was cut short. He deserves it the most, and he was one bad ass motherfucker!!

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

I love being creative and writing. But most I enjoy making music that people like to listen to. I hate flaky musicians, who make music without putting their heart into it.

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

I would bring back a 24-hour music tv channel that’s on mainstream cable. Not necessarily MTV, but something similar, in the way where all bands, new and old, had a place to show videos of current music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath- “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”

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

That’s kinda personal preference. I really like having something tangible to hold and look at. I guess im old school. Lately I really like vinyl.

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

I don’t know – any gig where people really get into your music is a good gig.

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

Well, im definitely not an office type guy, so I’d probably be doing something outside, or maybe even nothing at all. I can’t imagine not being a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite the five original members of Guns ‘n Roses, because I think magic happens when all five of those guys get into the same room.

What’s next for the band?

Jim Morrison said it best: “The future is uncertain, and the end is always near.”

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

Bandcamp, Facebook, Metal Assault records, Instagram, etc…the usuals.
www.seaofsnakesla.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/seaofsnakesband
www.instagram.com/sea_of_snakes_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5T83eHN7YAdzp61E7UxYKx

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell is a Jaffa cake?!

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

Look for our release of “World On Fire” on 2nd April 2021 through Metal Assault Records!

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