Stonetrip – Stonetrip EP

Stonetrip EP Cover Art

Stonetrip – Stonetrip EP
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 10/12/21
Running Time: 20:15
Review by Simon Black
8/10

This is one of the freshest and heart-warming bits of good old fashioned Hard Rock that I’ve heard in a while. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Stonetrip have not really been seen out of their native territory yet. The music is solid Hard Rock, of the category that I firmly categorise as ‘driving music’, which means crank it up, wind down the windows, sing along at top volume and try not to swallow too much rain (hey, I live in South Wales)…

Influence wise you can take your pick. The USA classic style is clearly a big factor here, but frankly this is good solid anthemic Rock of the type that never goes out of fashion and can always find a market anywhere in the world, and it’s got a freshness and energy that many older hands should take note of, because these chaps are likely to be encroaching on their rear view mirrors quite soon. None of the five tracks on here lets the band down, and even the slightly obvious ballad ‘My Angel’ works really well, because the band has one of the most soulful and charismatic singers in Mark Ritchie that I’ve heard in a while (think of the swagger of Jack Russell from Great White with the gutsy edge of Spike from The Quireboys and you can’t go too far wrong). What takes you by surprise is that these guys are all quite young, sounding way more mature and grizzled than the years would imply.

The guys are clearly ramping up for bigger things with this five track EP, as they’ve a couple of singles under their belt and hopefully a full length album to follow. I really hope it’s soon…

‘Runaway’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sideways
02. Runaway
03. Nightmare
04. My Angel
05. Wild Hearted Son

LINE-UP:
Mark Ritchie – Vocals
Mick Malusa – Guitars
Con Batz – Drums
Sebastian Barahona – Bass
Bruce Mountjoy – Guitars

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With Scattered Hamlet

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EMQ’s With Scattered Hamlet

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s, this time with USA based Hard Rock/ Southern Rock Band, Scattered Hamlet. Huge thanks to Vocalist and Frontman, Adam Joad, 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 Adam Joad, I’m CEO for the Alpha Rock Supreme, the American Dream, Scattered Hamlet… which incidentally is your new favorite band. 

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a slang term I snagged from a civil war book for small spread out rural communities, like where our music comes from. In hindsight I should have picked something more obvious. 

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

We tour either out of Nashville or where I live on West Virginia/PA border. To see a show where I live you have to drive either to Morgantown, West Virginia or Pittsburgh, PA, the latter is about an hour away. It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved with any local scene, so I can’t really answer this question. It was our local punk scene many many years ago that gave me the chance to cut my teeth, learn how to be in a band, and eventually move to LA and do this full time. Hopefully there’s young people out there doing stuff like that still and not just dancing and filming themselves lip syncing on TikTok. 

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

We released our 3rd full length “Stereo Overthrow” a couple of weeks ago. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s too many. It would depend on the influence…. If you asked who influenced me to be a better person, a musician, a marital artist, a fisherman etc, they’d all be different answers. Overall, it would probably be Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed – they have influenced me and shown me how to be awesome. 

What first got you into music?

When I was a wee Joad, I was gifted a Mickey Mouse turn table. Having no adult records, my brother let me go to his collection and pick one. I carefully looked through and shining like the holy grail or the vinyl of destiny was “Kill Alive II”… and the rest is history. 

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

Oooh good question. I like to collaborate. I’ve been calling for this one for a while. I’d like to work with Tim Armstrong from Rancid. I think we could come up with something super cool. Kid Rock just did a collaboration with Monster Truck, it came out really good. I think in general we all need to collaborate more. Tom Morello just did a bunch of cool ones too with Atlas Underground. So yeah, I want to work with Tim Armstrong. If I could shoot for the stars though it would be Dave Gilmour or George Thorogood. 

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

We’ve been fortunate enough to play many US festivals, but I’d really like to do the Download Festival. 

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

Weirdest and most awesome was a custom painted beer keg that we’ve carried on stage at every show since. 

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

Please don’t DM me on social media and ask about show times, show tickets, or your orders from Buck Moon Productions!

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

I don’t know, there’s so many awesome folks we’ve lost along the way. How about Joe Strummer? I’d love for him to come back and the Clash have one last tour. 

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

I enjoy performing, I’m a performer, the stage is what it’s all about for me. My least favorite part is “the business.” We are in the music business, you can’t forget that. Keep your eyes on your money and watch what’s going on around you. 

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

The devaluing of the physical copy for music I’d change – you can’t go back in time though we live in a digital world. Streaming sucks for the artist, it pays very little and bands are judged by how many times they’ve been streamed or followed on Spotify. We’ve been turned down for things by suits because “our Spotify numbers aren’t good enough…” and then they pick an algorithm band over us and we have sold more albums, more merchandise, and can out draw them in ticket sales in all major markets. In sum, we have more real fans from touring and having an impact, rather than just fitting an algorithm that gets played a bunch on playlists where the listener doesn’t even know who the band is. It’s weird. I’m grateful for our fans’ dedication, it keeps us going. I’ll take one of our fans with a CD in their truck and an SH sticker in their window over a hundred thousand streams on a playlist where the listeners don’t even know your band – we’ve had both, I know which one has a greater value both artistically and financially. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ll name three, Social Distortion “Sex Love and Rock N’ Roll,” Springsteen “Darkness on the Edge of town,” and Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.” 

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

Cassettes are useless, those are for hipsters trying to be cool – hipsters suck. I love vinyl, I actually have a really solid vinyl collection and I enjoy sitting around, sipping bourbon, and just listening to records and then flipping them over while looking at the art. It’s a great experience. It’s not practical for travel or for my studio, so for that I use Spotify. Like I said earlier, streaming sucks for artists, but what I didn’t say is that it’s awesome for the listener. I have literally everything at the tip of my fingers. I don’t download and I don’t buy CDs. Our touring rig has a CD player so if a band gives us an album, we’ll check it out. It’s cool because with that physical copy we’re more likely to listen to it on tour because if we have to go to Spotify to stream it that means we have to remember to do it and in the middle of touring it’s easy to forget shit. 

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

I don’t even know how to qualify what’s best. If you’re saying the biggest show, that would probably be Sturgis Buffalo Chip mainstage. One year we did it with Disturbed, and Kid Rock another year. My favorite shows personally were probably the camp ground one’s at Rocklahoma in the early days. We didn’t get paid and we weren’t able to set up merch but it didn’t matter. There were so many people at those and it was complete chaos. 

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

No clue – I’ve had so many jobs before so I don’t know where I’d have landed if I wasn’t doing music. I’ve been a maintenance worker, grounds keeper, bouncer, sparring dummy for pro MMA fighters, coach, actor, teacher, electrical assistant, vintage toy seller, writer, I’ve scored films, I guess scoring films would be a musician… shit so many. I have no idea what else I’d be doing. I still want to make my professional wrestling debut. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a good one – I’ll assume they have to be living and I like random people that are different. How about Mike Ness, The Iron Sheik, Glenn Danzig, Ted Nugent, and Mike Tyson. Wouldn’t that be a random clusterfuck? 

What’s next for the band?

The new album just dropped, we have a few more dates left in 2021. You can catch us live Dec 2 Akron, Ohio (Vortex), Dec 3 Ardmore, PA (The Nail) & Dec 4 Etna, PA (Porky’s). After that 2022 is anyone’s guess. I hope to be out supporting the album but the world is a weird place right now. 

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

This will send you to them all: https://linktr.ee/scatteredhamlet

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I literally have no idea what you’re talking about. We put gravy on our biscuits here and you don’t put gravy on cakes. 

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

Thank you we appreciate the questions and coverage. 

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L.A. Guns – Checkered Past

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L.A. Guns – Checkered Past
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Release Date: 12/11/21
Running Time: 44:48
Review by Simon Black
8/10

L.A. Guns have no small place in Rock ’n’ Roll history, with Tracii Guns leaving his name behind in one half of the biggest band the 80’s L.A. scene ever produced, before going on to found an act that would prove to be the seminal Sleaze Metal sound, which many skinny sallow kids are still trying to look and sound like thirty years later, even if they never achieved anything like the success they should have. They have definitely proven to be one of the most influential acts of the period.

L.A. Guns though have become the classic example of why going legal when band mates fall out is a really, really stupid idea, because some old Republican-voting circuit judge is not going to see what is wrong with allowing two versions of the band to compete in the same marketplace. This is why every time I see the name come up on a new recording I have to check whether it’s the Steve Riley version or the Tracii Guns & Phil Lewis version. I mean for Pete’s sake, they both use the same logo, so how’s a fan supposed to tell the difference?

Having reviewed examples of both in the last eighteen months I have to say that so far the one that actually has Mr Guns and his original debut album’s singer is winning hands down so far. Riley’s version released ‘Renegades’ last year and quite frankly annoyed the socks off of me in the process. Not only did it not really bear any relation to the L.A. Guns sound I remembered, but it was also a flat, lacklustre and limp affair. ‘Checkered Past’, however, is doing the complete opposite and ticking an awful lot of boxes.

First off, it absolutely sounds like an older and wiser version of the band that cut seminal tracks like ‘Sex Action’, ‘One More Reason’, or ‘Electric Gypsy’ back in 1988. Opener ‘Cannonball’ would feel right at home on that first record, as it bubbles with energy, down and dirty mood, and that old L.A Guns ‘tude. The bluesy ‘Bad Luck Charm’ keeps the foot-tapping mood going nicely and the energy stays there until the first of several slower pieces. The moody, semi-acoustic ‘Get Along’ is clearly an attempt at something a little more mainstream, without losing the essential feel of the band through Guns simple but effectively haunting lead break.

The slower songs are peppered throughout to be honest. ‘If It’s Over Now’ takes a moodier and darker tone, with Lewis’s vocal melody making this one of the highlights of the record, although ‘Let You Down’ isn’t far behind it. The album bounces back and forwards between the lively and the slower effortlessly and manages to pretty much hold your attention throughout. For me it feels like a much overdue and very welcome return to form for an act that really have deserved better at history’s hands over the decades. Now all they need to do is get the sole use of the name back…

‘Cannonball’ – Official Music Video:

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cannonball
02. Bad Luck Charm
03. Living Right Now
04. Get Along
05. If It’s Over Now
06. Better Than You
07. Knock Me Down
08. Dog
09. Let You Down
10. That Ain’t Why
11. Physical Itch

LINE-UP:
Tracii Guns – Lead Guitar
Phil Lewis – Vocals
Johnny Martin – Bass
Ace Von Johnson – Rhythm Guitar
Scot Coogan – Drums

LINKS:

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point
Self – Released
Release Date: 03/12/2021
Running Time: 35:44
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

A few months ago, I had the chance to review a great EP from South African Hard Rock/ Alternative band, Fear Of Falling. I really enjoyed it for it’s catchiness, and was very pleased to discover that they were going to be releasing an album later in the year! Well, that time has now arrived, and here I am reviewing said album, “Turning Point”. There’s a nice little link there, considering the EP was called “Breaking Point”, and was an exploration of mental health problems. “Turning point” now suggests that from within the despair, a new chapter has arisen, be it in music, or life. 

Pleasingly, because I really rather like their sound, musically this album is more of the same from Fear Of Falling. That unmistakably modern sound of Alt Rock, that combines elements of the 90s, with modern samples and technology, and employs everything genre from Grunge to Pop-Punk. One of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let Go’ (which incidentally appeared on the EP too) illustrates this perfectly. I could see it performed by the likes of Greenday back in the 90s, or Neck Deep now. It’s hellishly catchy and upbeat, and I can’t stop myself singing along to it. 

But these guys have much more crunch about them than the teenyboppers of the last three decades, and they know how to turn on the heavy. ‘Hate’ is a track that shows this off. It’s down tuned and scuzzy, and the vocals raw and punchy. Actually, from ‘Sunrise’ onwards, this really sums up the album. It’s a kind of mixture of The Foo Fighters, and The Chilli Peppers, just a little more pissed off and jaded than both, with an added dusting of Evergrey. 

The album closes with somewhat of a curve ball, in the shape of the stripped back, mostly acoustic track, ‘Home’. This is actually my favourite track on the album. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and features some wonderful vocal harmonies, and a depth of feeling that you only really get with acoustic numbers. 

“Turning Point” is the perfect soundtrack for anyone who’s having a bit of a tough time. Lyrically, it’s really relatable. Musically it’s heavy enough to get a groove on to, and echo and express feelings, but it’s not overly fussy or complex. It’s also mixed and mastered exceptionally. I really hope these guys become a big name globally, because they’re quietly exciting. They’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re just doing what they do, and doing it well. A great album.   

Fear Of Falling – End Of Days (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Drive 
02. Faded 
03. Falling 
04. Won’t Let Go 
05. Sunrise 
06. Breaking Me Down 
07. Hate 
08. Fake It 
09. End Of Days 
10. Home 

LINE-UP:
Brendon McCaig – Bass 
Dale Schnettler – Drums 
Jack Atlantic – Vocals 
Lloyd Timke – Guitar 

LINKS:

Fear Of Falling Promo Pic - Photo by Jerome van Zyl
Photo by Jerome van Zyl

“Breaking Point” EP Review:

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Vega – Anarchy And Unity

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Vega – Anarchy And Unity
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 17/09/2021
Running Time: 48:39
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Vega have been a staple for me since seeing them live at Amplified in 2017. They deliver a fabulous early Bon Jovi-esque sound, which is right up my street. So, every time a new release from my favourite British Melodic Hard Rockers pops up, I grab it without a second thought. And here we are chatting about them again, in the shape of their seventh studio album, “Anarchy And Unity”. This album brings with it two new band members, Billy Taylor (ex-Inglorious) on guitars and Pete Newdeck (Nitrate, Midnite City) on drums, and for me, their arrival has reinvented and rejuvenated Vega’s already excellent sound, which I’m very happy about.

This album is a voyage into more ambitious territory I feel. They’ve taken the already highly set bar, and raised it a little more (ironically, this is a lyric in ‘C’mon’). This is their most complete and well-rounded album to date. Everything from the actual songwriting, to the playing, and production, seems to have hit the sweet spot here, and I really can’t fault it. So, I’m going to give you a rundown of some of the highlights for me.

The album opener, ‘Beautiful Lie’, is a hard-hitting up-tempo track, which is delivered with ferocity musically, and Nick Workman’s vocals are just fabulous. Gravelling, gritty lower end tones, and then impressive richness in the soaring higher vocals. He has a fabulous range. This track is also full of great vocal harmonies, and classic 80’s Hard Melodic Rock sounds, and an awesome guitar solo.

‘End Of The Fade’ is an absolute banging power ballad. It’s got a sinister minor undertone in the verse, and the chorus throws in a minor cadence, which I just love. Again, I am in awe of Nick’s vocals, as well as the fullness of the instrumentals. It’s a really satisfying track, which I keep going back to.

‘Welcome To Wherever’ is completely Bon Jovi through and through. I don’t really need to say anything else, but it’s a great track. It’s got some superb keyboard moments too. ‘Live For Me’ is another great standout ballad to start, but with a hard edge, that moves everything to a more up-tempo middle section, with a properly good guitar solo.

I’m loving the mix of upbeat and ballad tracks on the album as well. It makes it really easy to listen to and get lost in. And the production is crystal clear throughout, with everything balanced and placed masterfully.

Track 10, ‘C’mon’ explores new territory, switching between Jazz and Rock in an ingeniously smooth way. Groovy! And why the hell not – it’s exciting and alive. Honestly, there is nothing not to like about this album. Every track is a banger. If you like Melodic Rock, and are partial to a bit of Bon Jovi (I should probably point out that I LOOOOOVE Bon Jovi, and one of my favourite ever gigs was seeing them in the Etihad Stadium in 2013) then you will love this album, and Vega in general. They should be huge. They should be playing stadiums around the world. End of. LOVE IT!!

‘Ain’t Who I Am’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Beautiful Lie
02. Sooner Or Later
03. End Of The Fade
04. Ain’t Who I Am
05. Welcome To Wherever
06. Bring The Riot
07. Live For Me
08. Kneel To You
09. Glow
10. C’mon
11. Had Enough
12. 2Die4

LINE-UP:
Nick Workman – Vocals
Tom Martin – Bass
James Martin – Keyboards
Marcus Thurston – Guitar
Billy Taylor – Guitar
Pete Newdeck – Drums

LINKS:

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Ghosts Of Sunset – No Saints In The City

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Ghosts Of Sunset – No Saints In The City
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 14/09/2021
Running Time: 41:40
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

There’s something so comforting about familiarity, isn’t there? Familiar tastes and smells. A go-to song when you need a sonic hug. Your own bed when you arrive home after a trip. It’s a warm fuzzy feeling; nostalgia that puts you in your happy place and takes you back to good days and good times. Ghosts Of Sunset, our subject here today, basically epitomize that nostalgic familiarness, and wrap it up in a cosy bow for the listener. I had the pleasure of reviewing their EP “Headed West” earlier this year, and having the chance to trip down nostalgia lane again by reviewing “No Saints In The City”, their latest release, was something that I couldn’t let pass me by.

In case you didn’t read my EP review (tut tut. Don’t worry, there’s a link at the bottom of this review so you can rectify that) here’s a bit of history. Ghosts Of Sunset are an American 80’s Rock/Hair Metal project featuring singer-songwriter John Merchant, and drummer Todd Long. These two gents have been kicking it in the music business for a long time and were joined on the EP by some classic names. “No Saints In The City” has come about after the roaring success of that EP. And I’m very glad it has. While this isn’t as conceptual as the EP, each song tells a melancholic story of times gone by, but in a happy and upbeat way, that is 100% classic hard rock and hair metal, but that also draws inspiration from 70’s punk and rock ‘n’ roll.

This is an album that not only brings back the sound of the 80’s completely, but demonstrates some fine writing skills, both lyrically and musically. It’s got high octane numbers, and classic ballads. It’s got face melting guitar solos, catchy riffs and hooks, great vocal harmonies, punchy rhythms and gravelly, rocky lead vocals, that tell of long nights fuelled by rock ‘n’ roll! It is impossible not to tap your feet and nod your head along to the sounds, nothing is fussy or overcomplex, and nothing outstays its welcome.

One of my favourite tracks on the album is title track, ‘No Saints In The City’, which was actually the first single released from the album. It’s an up-tempo ballad about the quest for the protagonist to “make it” on the streets of New York City. It’s masterfully put together, and tells a great story, in such a familiar way that you will be singing along by the second line of the chorus. (The elephant in the room with this song, however, is the fade out at the end [*sighs and facepalms*]. Please don’t fade…please, please, please! It irritates the living hell out of me!)

This really is a great album that makes you smile. There’s one weird song opening that I can’t get my head around though – on, ‘Bastards Of The Bowery’. It sounds like an early 2000’s Nokia 3310 ringtone. And since connecting that thought with the opening of this track, I can’t unhear it!

But, if you’re looking for a nostalgia trip done brilliantly well, this album needs to be in your playlist.

‘No Saints In The City’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Tonight
02. No Saints In The City
03. Look Me Up (If You Come Down)
04. If You’re Not Coming Back
05. Queen Of Used To Be
06. Love Ain’t Enough
07. Bastards Of The Bowery
08. Puzzled Heart
09. Tonight You’re OK
10. Us Against Them
11. Something To Believe

LINKS:

LINK TO BETH’S REVIEW OF THE “Headed West EP”

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Blackthorne – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (2CD Reissue)

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Blackthorne – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (2CD Reissue)
The Store For Music
Release Date: 30/07/2021
Running Time: 77:51/76:38
Review by Chris Galea
7.5/10

Blackthorne was one of those short-lived bands that never went close to attaining its true potential. The band was formed in the early 1990’s by guitarist Bob Kulick (Kiss, W.A.S.P., Meat Loaf, Doro, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens), vocalist Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group) and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo (New England, Alcatrazz, Warrior). The band’s rhythm section was composed of bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House Of Lords) and drummer Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Alex Masi, Steppenwolf). Not just ‘a band’ therefore but more like ‘a supergroup’.

Jimmy Waldo blames the band’s quick demise on the Grunge scene but before throwing the towel, Blackthorne released one album (“Afterlife”) and almost released a second one. This double-disc release, therefore, celebrates the band’s music albeit retrospectively.

Full details of the double-album’s contents can be found below but essentially, besides offering both albums in one package, this release is also jam-packed with demos of more unreleased tracks and alternate versions of Blackthorne songs. And before you put on your most sceptic-sounding snigger, let me say that a lot of the demo tracks we have here actually sound quite good. For example, on the disc containing “Afterlife”, the bonus demo tracks are sometimes better than the album tracks, especially with regards to Graham Bonnet’s singing.

Overall, I would say that the music style has something of the classical roots of Alcatrazz as well as the electrifying feel of Warrior, the band Jimmy Waldo had with Vinnie Vincent (Kiss, Invasion) and his ex-bandmates of New England. Regarding my Warrior comparison, check out the guitar tone and choir vocals of ‘Over and Over’ or ‘Sex Crime’.

In their sophomore (unreleased) album “Don’t Kill The Thrill”, Blackthorne continue to explore their musical ideas while remaining within the Classic Heavy Metal niche. ‘Twist The Blade’ is not short of catchy melodies but contains a Punk-ish riff that gives it a distinct edge. Riffs, melodies, solos…Bob Kulick gives all he’s got in ‘Don’t Kill The Thrill’. ‘Love From The Ashes’ leans more onto Hard Rock rather than Metal and it’s a great song.

Despite what I mentioned earlier, a few tracks (and not only demo tracks) failed to convince me. But, by and large, this was an album I enjoyed listening to.

Sadly, Bob Kulick and Frankie Banali passed away last year within the space of three months and thus didn’t live to witness this release. So, I reckon one may also consider this “Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill” as a sort of joyful dirge celebrating Bob and Frankie’s talents and undying influence.

In all honesty Blackthorne was a band I discovered thanks to this double-album and hopefully it will introduce many others to the band’s music. For sure if there’s just one Blackthorne release you’ll ever need in your record collection, then it’s got to be this one.

‘Afterlife’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
Afterlife CD1:
01. Cradle To The Grave
02. Afterlife
03. We Won’t Be Forgotten
04. Breaking The Chains
05. Over And Over
06. Hard Feelings
07. Baby You’re The Blood
08. Sex Crime
09. Love From The Ashes
10. All Night Long

Bonus Tracks:
11. Wild Inside (Demo Cassette 1992)
12. Get My Heart Out Of Here (Demo 1992)
13. Since You Been Gone (Demo 1992_Vocal 2018)
14. Afterlife (Original Demo Mix) (Tony Palacios Guitar)
15. Baby You’re The Blood (Demo 1992)
16. Afterlife (Live Unplugged)
17. We Won’t Be Forgotten (Live Unplugged)

Don’t Kill The Thrill CD2:
01. Don’t Kill The Thrill
02. Wild Inside
03. Skeletons In The Closet
04. Dreaming In The Hideaway
05. Man In A Black Hat
06. Twist The Blade
07. Judgement Day
08. Insanity
09. Sanctuary (Alternate Vocal)
10. Save Me

Bonus Tracks:
11. Paralyzed (Early Demo)
12. Twist The Blade (Early Demo)
13. Guilty Of Insanity (Early Demo)
14. Afterlife (Demo 1992)
15. We Won’t Be Forgotten (Demo 1992)
16. Over And Over (Demo 1992)
17. Baby You’re The Blood (Demo 1992)
18. Love From The Ashes (Demo 1992)

LINE-UP:
Graham Bonnet – Lead Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Chuck Wright – Bass
Frankie Banali – Drums

THE STORE FOR MUSIC LINKS:

LINK TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY WALDO:

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EMQ’s with ICARUS

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EMQ’s with ICARUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greater London, England based Hard Rock/Metal band, Icarus. Huge thanks to guitarist, Matt Say, 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 Matt Say, I play guitar in the UK Hard Rock/Metal band Icarus. We’re a 5-piece hard rock band including Ritchie Howlett on vocals, Matt Say and George Elvin on guitar, Will Tyrrell on bass and Ben Porter on drums. We all met on the first day of a music course at our college, and the band was formed on that same day. Our first EP was released back in March 2020, and almost instantly the country went into lockdown. We’ve been promoting our music and remotely writing music from home, and now we’re finally getting back into playing awesome shows again.

How did you come up with your band name?

We rehearsed without a name for months until right before our first ever show. Eventually we decided on calling ourselves ‘Icarus’ and that’s what’s been on our posters ever since. The inspiration came from an Iron Maiden song called ‘Flight of Icarus’.

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

We’re from the UK and we’re based in Greater London, the scene is awesome around here as there’s tons of cool independent venues and a thriving local band scene, with plenty of opportunities going everywhere. Especially when you get into the London scene, there’s countless wicked Metal/Rock bands playing everywhere and everyone knows everyone else, it’s really wholesome.

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

Just over a month ago we released our latest single ‘Castaway At Best’, a dark, brooding song about how those struggling with mental health and personal distress are cast away by everyone else, left to medicate themselves and feel abandoned. The song is about how it doesn’t matter how everyone perceives you, you’re going through your own hell, and no one has the right to judge you for it.

‘Castaway At Best’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band our biggest influences are Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Blink-182 and Juice Wrld.

What first got you into music?

My dad indoctrinated me with classic rock from an early age, bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd were pretty much the soundtrack of my childhood. From the first time I played onstage at the age of 13 I was completely hooked; I knew that’s what I wanted to do forever.

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

Metallica, because they’re Metallica and they’re fucking awesome.

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

Download Festival here in the UK, always such amazing vibes there and has such a legendary history that we’d love to be a part of.

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

A phone number.

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

You clearly have excellent taste, congratulations.

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

Dimebag and Vinnie Paul, I’d sell my kidney to see a Pantera reunion.

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

My favourite part of being a musician is hearing the crowd singing the words back to you at a show. There’s no other feeling like it. The worst part is having to load the gear out the venue afterwards haha.

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

The biggest thing I’d change (or more accurately bring over from pop/rap) is how unwilling a lot of rock/metal fans are to accept new artists. The legacy bands like Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe etc that are still going are so freaking great, but there’s a lot of newer bands who are making the genre fresh again that don’t get heard because everyone’s looking out for these bands third farewell tour. Love these artists as much as the next guy, but they attract the attention of the entire scene without doing anything new.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album has to be “All I Was” by Tremonti, it was the first metal album I heard and the riffs + solos still get me pumped to this day.

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

As crappy as they are in terms of making money for the artists, as a fan I love how convenient downloads make it to listen to my favourite songs with just a few clicks.

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

Our best show came quite recently actually, we headlined a venue called the Spice Of Life on 30th August to celebrate the launch of our newest single. It was the first proper show we’d played since the first lockdown and the atmosphere was incredible, and the feeling of playing to a packed room with our fans jumping about with us again was just indescribable.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be very bored and probably have a much healthier bank account.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The cast of Monty Python.

What’s next for the band?

Next up we have an amazing show planned at Camden Assembly on October 30th, right here in London, cannot wait! In the meantime, and after the show, we’ll be writing new music as always and booking as many shows as we can, gotta make up for lost time!

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

All our news is posted on our Instagram page. Links to our music, gigs and everything else can always be found here.
www.instagram.com/icarusukofficial/

Other Links:
www.facebook.com/icarusbandofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3SItfPL6AP4i1AmgbeRis
wwww.youtube.com/channel/UC1sbnlew7cc1oEbdjjZI4Dw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, either way I’m still gonna eat them all day.

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

Thanks for having us here on Ever Metal! Our latest release ‘Castaway At Best’ can be found on all streaming services, show it some love!

Icarus Promo Pic

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Shackled

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Cuttin’ Edge

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