EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Hard Rock/Metal band, Northern Redemption. Huge thanks to guitarist Thomas Furustig 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 Thomas Furustig and I play the guitar in Northern Redemption.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I left my former band, I had some anger in side of me and I thought now I’m going to show them hahaha. Redemption was the first name that came up. Then someone said, “hey there is another band in the US with that name”, ok, so now what…Northern Redemption it is!

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

Sweden!

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

‘Spiritwalker’, our debut single.

Watch/Listen Here

Who have been your greatest influences?

KK Downing of Judas Priest.

What first got you into music?

Judas Priest – “British Steel”

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

For me, it would be great to collaborate Dynazty from Sweden or Black & Damned From Germany!

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

Sweden Rock because it’s on Swedish soil 😊.

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

Well, nothing yet…

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

Stay strong ,stay safe and soon we will come to a stage near you.

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

Gary Moore!

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

When you get appreciation for what you write and people actually like what you do. On the other hand, I do not like it when they do not dare to tell the truth about what they think of the music we create. It is apparently easier to come up with a false opinion! Tell the truth to me and we will be friends, lie and we remain enemies!

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

To give back to the bands the opportunity to be involved in determining their music and income, so musicians can live on the whole product and not just on merchandise at concerts etc. Because you cannot make money on record sales!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Screaming For Vengeance” – Judas Priest.

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

CD’s or music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music etc.

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

It was with my previous band when we supported Blaze Bayley in Strängnäs 2018.

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

Truckdriver for sure!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmm, I must say my band hahaha.

What’s next for the band?

We will enter the studio at the beginning of March and record the next single ‘Pandemic’ to be released at the end of March 2021.

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

www.linktr.ee/northern.redemption
www.facebook.com/Northern.Redemption
www.instagram.com/northernredemptionofficial/
www.twitter.com/NorthernRedemp1
www.soundcloud.com/northern-redemption
www.music.apple.com/se/artist/northern-redemption/1547572744
www.deezer.com/en/track/1198085992
www.music.amazon.com/albums/B08S76D2ZQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6UFMF5DYpLH3BFkfcXGe3D
www.youtube.com/channel/UC64W5F4IY7FFdKB7eZxtvzg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa cake  hahahaha hmm biscuit?

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

Well, I hope the world will be free from COVID and that you all out there are going to follow us 😊.

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EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL

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EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK based Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band, Brazen Bull. 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?

Luke: Hi my name is Luke Green, bassist and founding member of Brazen Bull. Myself and Charlie, had formed a few bands throughout secondary school for a bit of fun as we loved listening and performing music. It wasn’t till we finished our GCSE’s that we decided that we wanted to form a proper band and be serious about it, by not just performing at school shows but writing/releasing our music and performing to fellow rock and metal heads. So, we set out to find like minded musicians and on the first of June 2018 we had the first jam session under the name Brazen Bull where we first met Jordan behind the kit who has since then become a crucial member of the band. over the course of a year and half to 2 years we had numerous line up changes as we wanted to make sure that we not only worked musically but had the chemistry to make the band feel like a band of brothers. In 2020 we made the last line-up change and we believe this is the one, with the addition of Hayden on guitar and Alex on vocals this was the first time we felt the band was complete and we then set on to record our debut album!

Hayden: I’m Hayden and I play guitar. I joined a little over a year ago but had been following the bands progress from almost the start and it’s been amazing to see how they’ve changed and grown and evolved into the best it’s been to date; and I can’t wait to continue with this path into the future.

Charlie: I’m Charlie, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of Brazen Bull!

Alex: Alejandro Martinez and I say stuff into a mic.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luke: The Brazen Bull name has got the most elaborate origin stories. When coming up with a band name we really struggled, so we looked at bands that have influenced us and looked for inspiration. Our biggest influence is Iron Maiden, so we thought why not name the band after a torture device and at the time Charlie was working on an animal farm and was obsessed with bulls, so we named the band Brazen Bull, and it has stuck ever since.

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

Luke: We are based in East Anglia in England mainly performing in and around Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. In both areas there is a great music scene and big wide range of genres. In Bury the Rock and Metal scene is still growing with Rock/Metal bands being the only local bands that are able to sell out 200-650 cap venues and this then multiplying by 10-fold in Norwich. Both great areas to put on a show and get an amazing audience.

Charlie: We are from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. There is quite a vibrant scene in Bury at the Hunter Club where no matter who’s playing, you’re bound to have a great night. Then up in Norwich where we’ve played most of our shows you have a great little circuit with some great bands. They’re great because it means we have to raise our game to keep up with these bands, plus it also means going to local gigs is fun knowing you’ll see some great music! Also, in Ipswich there’s the work that Darren is doing at Deadsoul Promotions where he’s getting some really great bands in, always puts on a good night no matter what genre!

Hayden: Suffolk, no matter what the world throws at it, it’s hard to kill the music scene in Ipswich because there will always be hungry bands here searching for a venue to let out their creativity and energy.

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

Luke: Our latest singles are ‘Stray Wolf’, this song is one that has a different connection to each member of the band as It’s about setting your self free from a toxic relationship and being able stand on your own two feet by not letting these people take you down and new single ‘Pact In Blood’ . The releases are a build up for our self-titled debut album releasing on the 5th of March 2021.

‘Pact In Blood’ (Audio Visualiser)

‘Stray Wolf’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Luke: Personally, for bass playing my influences have to be Brian Marshall (Alter Bridge), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) not only for their talented skills and musicianship but also their personalities and how passionate they are.

Charlie: My biggest influences are players like Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Van Halen and John Sykes but that’s just scratching the surface. I also love the work of players like Tom Misch and bands such as Snarky Puppy or Vulfpeck, I love Jazz and Neo-Soul!

Hayden: Bands like Judas Priest and Dio have been the biggest influences on me but I’ve always looked up and aspired to play like Jason Becker and Michael Romeo.

Alex: Tom Waits, Russell Allen, RJD, Howard Jones, and lots more but not enough time to name them all.

What first got you into music?

Luke: I remember the first time I listened to a Rock song that was when my dad first showed me ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on YouTube and after hearing the iconic intro and beautiful guitar solos I was in love. Then when I turned 13, I got my first guitar and that was also when I first listened to Avenged Sevenfold which bought me into the world of Metal.

Charlie: I always grew up around music with my dad playing guitar, so it’s mainly his influence on that. I then started lessons when I was in middle school and I’ve been obsessed with guitar since then.

Jordan: Seeing the video for Iron Maiden’s version of ‘Women In Uniform’ and everything about it just made me want to peruse music.

Hayden: I was introduced to music as early in my life as I can remember, losing myself to the likes of Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, and Arctic Monkeys whilst jumping around my best friend’s living room in London as a young child.

Alex: My Dad, he has a bunch of CD’s and cassettes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, and a bunch of other classic rock/metal artists.

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

Luke: I would love to collaborate with Steel Panther as it would be such a laugh.

Charlie: I’d love to play with Iron Maiden as they’re my favourite band, but I’d love to play with Steel Panther, it would be hilarious!

Hayden: Tony Iommi. The pure riffage that comes from that man is always inspiring and he always seems so chill and such a nice guy to work with.

Alex: Mikael Akerfeldt for sure.

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

Luke: In the UK it will have to be Download Festival, It’s the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the UK and I thick for any aspiring British Rock/Metal musicians it is a dream to be able to play among some of the amazing bands they have there each and every year. Abroad though. the opportunity to play at Wacken would be insane, I hope to actually attend it one year but to perform would be truly something else.

Charlie: I would love to play Download; it would be amazing!

Hayden: I’m not one for festivals in all honesty but something has always drawn me to Wacken Open Air ever since I saw Dimmu Borgir’s live show “Forces of the Northern Night” with a full orchestra and choir playing with them. It just gave me goose bumps.

Alex: Wacken Open Air

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

Luke: I can’t say we are big enough to start receiving weird gifts, but we did do one show for free In Great Yarmouth and at the end of the show we had people just donating money to us which was one the most heart warming gigs we have done to date.

Charlie: We haven’t really had too many weird gifts; I’m setting a challenge now for people to send us the weirdest thing they can think of.

Hayden: Having only been able to play one gig so far with this band due to the pandemic, there’s not been many opportunities to receive gifts from any fans, but their continued support is a gift in itself.

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

Luke: We would love to say thank you to every single person that has been streaming our songs since their release and buying merch over the lockdowns when we can’t gig. We can’t wait to get back on the stage and perform our hearts out to you all.

Charlie: Thank you so much for all your love and support so far, I can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with us!

Hayden: You’re not going to want to miss our first gig back for the first time experiencing our current and best line-up yet, live on stage giving you one hell of a show!

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

Luke: This is such a hard question, but at the end of the day it has to be none other than Ronnie James Dio. He was such a talented vocalist and would love to see him live and see what music he would write today.

Charlie: I think either Van Halen or Randy Rhoads.

Hayden: It’s got to be Ronnie James Dio. A beautiful heart with a beautiful voice that’s gifted so many people with its emotions. He’ll never be forgotten.

Alex: Ronnie James Dio

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

Luke: There is nothing better than performing on the stage. Seeing people mosh and sing to the songs that you put your heart and soul into is a feeling that can’t be beaten. However, the thing I hate the most and I think I can speak for most musicians here is the money. It costs so much to start up and run a band especially during a pandemic.

Charlie: I love being able to do this every day. I study music at uni too so my entire life is music orientated and I wouldn’t have it any other way! However, I hate the competition aspect and toxicity of music. From artists and even fans now it’s just stupid; I don’t get it and frankly it just hides their insecurities. Let music be music, no need for anything else!

Jordan: I love being able to get in a room with my 4 other brothers and make the music and that we make together. What do I hate? – The extreme lack of money.

Hayden: The sense of family among the band members has got to be the most enjoyable part. Everyone fits in so well and there’s not a thing I would change. The thing I hate most though is probably that moment when you come up with a sick riff or lick and then realise you’ve just gone and ripped off one of the most popular songs in the genre.

Alex: I love the rush from playing live, but I hate the perfectionist nature I get when trying to write.

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

Luke: The biggest issue I see within the music industry is recognition for talented musicians. With Rock and Metal getting less and less recognition from the main stream media there are less people of the younger generations being inspired to pick up a guitar, bass, sticks or even belt out some powerful vocals that isn’t a bunch of mumbling.

Charlie: I would change it so streaming services didn’t pay us fractions of pennies.

Hayden: I would make it so there were more small/mid-sized venues in the country to inspire and facilitate more local bands to be able to grow and share their music.

Alex: Talent over image.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Luke: My favourite album of all time has to be “Appetite For Destruction” from GnR there is not a single song on there that I don’t remotely like, and it was one of the first albums I ever bought.

Charlie: I’m going to go for “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden. It’s an absolute masterpiece!

Jordan: The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”. Every song is different and interesting as well as a banger, it’s just the perfect punk record if you ask me and it’s such a replayable record.

Hayden: “The Odyssey” by Symphony X, every song takes you on a journey and no matter how technical it gets, it never sacrifices on its melody and composition.

Alex: The Clash – “London Calling”

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

Luke: Downloading songs is so much easier. Being able to have millions of songs on your phone is fantastic, it allows you to explore bands more freely and different genres that you probably wouldn’t even know existed 5/10 years ago.

Charlie: Now I do love vinyl. There’s nothing quite like chilling out to some vinyl through some good speakers, however download is so much easier and has let me discover bands I never would have before.

Hayden: CD’s for the fact that it’s the best of both worlds – you get that gratification of actually owning a physical copy of the music, and you can also put it into digital format so you can take it with you anywhere on a phone etc.

Alex: Downloads.

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

Luke: The best gig we played was the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. It was a battle of the band’s competition on the 6th of March 2020, our very last gig before we all went into lockdown. From the very beginning of our set to our last song the whole audience was moshing and having a great time.

Charlie: It was actually our last before lockdown and it was Bury Sound. The audience were absolutely electric and it’s my favourite gig I’ve personally ever played!

Hayden: Bury Sound at The Hunter’s Club, first gig with these guys and the energy was just amazing thanks to the amazing audience getting so involved.

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

Luke: Well, I’m currently at University of Warwick studying physics so I would probably go down the engineering path or go into software development or even business, but music is where my heart is.

Charlie: Probably be a historian. I’m an absolute nerd for all eras of history but dark ages is my favourite.

Jordan: Probably a photographer of some sort.

Hayden: Most likely something in electronics or maths as that’s the only other thing I’m good at.

Alex: I don’t know a Butcher probably!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Luke: Corey Taylor, and Steel Panther. That would be a pretty sick party.

Charlie: Bruce Dickinson, Bob Ross, Steve Irwin, Danny DeVito and David Mitchell.

Hayden: The other 4 members of this band and Noel Fielding because what dinner party isn’t improved by comedy?

Alex: Paul Rudd, The Game Grumps, Jim Carrey, and Kristen Wiig.

What’s next for the band?

Luke: Well, we have the album coming out on the 5th of March so we can’t wait for that and as soon as we can we’ll be back on that stage and performing as if every show was our last.

Charlie: We also have a gig lined up next year with the legends Tygers of Pan Tang who are one of my favourite bands!

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

All updates, announcements and just general interaction with fans is on Facebook and Instagram. All our music is on all streaming platforms you can get links through our Linktree:
www.linktr.ee/brazenbull
www.facebook.com/brazenbullband
www.instagram.com/brazenbullband_/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Luke: CAKE! (cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soggy. Jaffa’s go hard).

Charlie: They’re a biscuit. They went to court with McVitie’s, Excise and HM Customs where it was deemed to be a biscuit!

Hayden: Cake. It’s in the name.

Alex: Both?

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

Just again Thank you to everyone who are streaming our songs! It means the world to us.

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Cultt Of She – The Void

The Void Album Cover Art

Cultt Of She – The Void
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/12/2020
Running Time: 47:50
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Ever Metal HQ, and I’ve not really had chance to listen to much music. But we’re still getting a steady flow of new albums in, so I thought it was about time to get cracking on them. I also decided that I’d have a change of direction, as my playlists recently have been distinctly prog metal! And so, to that end, I chose an album at random to tell you about. The winner of my lucky dip pick was New Jersey hard rockers, Cultt Of She.

I have to admit that they’re a completely new name to me. Cue some research! According to their press release, “Cultt Of She is the evolved form of Rock veterans, Roulette. It’s the same lineup with a new name but the real change is with the band’s sound.” Call me behind the times, call me what you will, but I’ve never come across Roulette either, well not this Roulette anyway! Everyone’s got to start somewhere, right?!

So, what do they sound like? Well, they’re billed as hard rock, with some punk, and a serious metal edge. A bit of everything really! Let’s go with Alt rock. I think that’s the closest I can get. Who needs genres anyway! The important thing is, is it any good? And the answer to that is…yes. I like it!

The album starts with ‘Cataclysm’. It’s quite a proggy little number, and it certainly does pack a riffing punch. There’s a lot of cross rhythms and different sections that all slot together in some sort of alt alchemy. The one constant across it all being the vocals of Jess Bariletti. She has a lovely clear tone to her voice, but with a rock edge. Mike Haider also provides backing vocals, which are akin to Evanescence and Linkin Park.

Track 2, ‘Led Astray’, continues in pretty much the same way, until just over 4 minutes in, when it drops into a slower, outro section, which also acts as the lead into next track, ‘One Bad Day Away’. This one has more of a punk edge, but still has some really great cross rhythm sections.

There’s some almighty drumming to start track 5, ‘Everybody Hates Me’. This leads off into a combination of full-on fast punk, interspersed with what I can only describe as ‘Thrash Rock’! Punchy drums, riffage aplenty, and some slightly bizarre samples! In true punk fashion, that tracks over in around 2 and a half minutes!

Track 6, ‘Ghost Town,’ changes things up, with more of a classic hard rock feel, but again those cheeky little rhythm change sections, and some crazy chord progressions, play a part here. Things continue like this until track 9, ‘Falling Into’. This one is a much more technically complex track, and again dabbles on the outskirts of prog with its cross rhythms. Joe Scarpino does a very competent job holding the rhythms together here. About halfway through the song, we get some really dark, whispered backing vocals, and it almost takes a turn into black metal for a brief time! Because, you know, why not! This track is probably my favourite on the album, although it’s hard to choose, because there’s so many different elements going on throughout.

The final track, ‘Moving Mountains’ brings everything together, with some real punch, and is a great way to finish the album off (although it does fade out at the end. GAHHH!). All in all, I think this is a very listenable album from a band who have a lot of skills, and a vast number of influences. And considering it’s a debut album, with this new sound, I think the band should be very pleased with it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cataclysm
02. Led Astray
03. One Bad Day Away
04. The Things That Haunt Me
05. Everybody Hates Me
06. Ghost Town
07. Second Sight
08. Why Did Jim Root Leave Stone Sour?
09. Falling Into
10. Moving Mountains

LINE-UP:
Jess Bariletti – Vocals
Joe Scarpino – Drums
Anthony Panduri – Bass
Greg Scarpino – Guitar
Mike Haider – Guitar/ Backing vocals

LINKS:

Cultt Of She Promo Pic by Jeff Crespi Rocks

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EMQ’s with STARCRAZY

EMQ’s with STARCRAZY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Glam/Hard Rock band Starcrazy. Huge thanks to vocalist Marcus 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 Marcus, I’m the singer/tambourine player and I formed Starcrazy in September 2019 with my best buddy, Odin Wolf. We had both been playing in other bands, I had been playing the drums mostly. We decided to finally combine our passion for Glam/Hard Rock and write some music together that represented what we’re about. We recruited JB on bass through mutual friends and our drummer, Jack Farmer was recommended by our mate, Woodie from the band, FANGZ.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve wanted to be in a band with the word “star” in the name since I was 12, Starcrazy is sort of a spin on “stir crazy”. Also, it’s easy to say and looks great on a t-shirt !

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

We’re born and bred in Inner West Sydney, Australia. There’s a great rock scene here, plenty of great bands and venues to play around Newtown and the city. Covid-19 has been a huge blow to the nightlife obviously, but Sydney has seemed to bounce back pretty well compared to other cities, I think the live music scene is gonna be back better than ever once everything is back to normal.

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

‘Long Way Home’ is our first single as a full band. (We had released an early single late last year with me on drums).

‘Long Way Home (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We dig The Struts, The Lemon Twigs and Greta Van Fleet.

What first got you into music?

David Bowie. I got to see him live when I was 10 years old ! He has my first musical obsession. My dad and uncle are also a huge influence, they have been in many great bands since the early 70’s.

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

Probably Pollyman from Melbourne. He has this really cool theatrical, deep voice and I have always wanted to do a collab with him, maybe with me doing some high harmonies.

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

Hellfest in France. Just looks amazing and would love to play in that part of the world.

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

A Leif Garrett 7″ single. Onya, Jake!

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

Don’t listen to your parents, make your own mind up.

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

Eddie Van Halen.

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

I love being able to express myself onstage and song writing is a really great way to find out more about yourself. I hate when people ask if I’m into Phil Collins when I mention that I’m a drummer who also sings.

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

That’s a tough one, perhaps less sharks/liars/con artists?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jane’s Addiction – “Ritual De Lo Habitual”

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

Vinyl of course.

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

A local gig at Marrickville Bowlo. It was our first gig earlier this year and it was just electric.

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

Probably an astrophysicist, why not?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Waters (Director), David Lee Roth, Richard Linklater, Eric Avery and Alice Cooper.

What’s next for the band?

An EP to be released in early 2021.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and Spotify.
www.facebook.com/starcrazyband
www.instagram.com/_starcrazy__/
www.starcrazy.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5v2VLFlQtkJIqqCS5oCKTj

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never seen one in real life, but I’m gonna say cake. They look yummy.

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

No worries, if you dig the single, give us a follow on Spotify, we have more music to come!

Photo by Coco Film and Photography

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EMQ’s with HEARTS & HAND GRENADES

EMQ’s with HEARTS & HAND GRENADES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, New York based Hard Rock band, Hearts & Hand Grenades. Huge thanks to bassist/lead vocalist Stephanie Wlosinski 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 Stephanie Wlosinski, and I am the lead vocalist and bass player. This band is a combination of four musicians that have been gigging in the Buffalo music scene for a long time. We have all collectively played in the cover music scene in different bands over the years and came together as Hearts & Hand Grenades to dive into the original music scene a little over a year ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were trying to come up with something that captured our image as well as our attitude. So, we finally settled on Hearts & Hand Grenades because we can be all snuggly and cute but can turn right around and pack one hell of a punch!

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

We are all from Buffalo, NY in the USA. The Metal/Rock scene has more of an underground following here. Buffalo is very heavy into the cover music scene so it’s a little more difficult to get the opportunity to play the hard stuff. But when we do, it’s always worth the wait. You get more dedicated fans that are truly fans of rock.

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

We recently released our first single, ‘Nothing Left’, off of our upcoming album, “Turning To Ashes”, which comes out January 8, 2021. ‘Nothing Left’ is a hard rock song that screams of ending toxic relationships and getting rid of the people that aren’t worth your time! You can check out the video on our YouTube channel or website.

Nothing Left (Official Video)

The In Crowd (Official Video) NEW SINGLE

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we all have different influences and that has played a big role in what we all bring to the table. For me, I find a lot of inspiration from MUSE. They’re a band that has accomplished so much and has managed to be successful across multiple genres of rock. And they put on one hell of a live show!

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music and I always loved bass. It’s what I notice first when I listen to any song. In elementary school I was probably the smallest kid in my class. In 4th grade we are asked what instrument we would like to learn, and naturally I said bass. So that meant the standup bass in the orchestra. The instructor basically laughed and said choose a different instrument. So, I chose cello. I again got laughed at (because I was far too small to hold either one of those) and he handed me a violin instead. I held onto that disappointment until I was in college and could afford to buy my first bass guitar. I never looked back since then.

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

Of course, my first choice would be MUSE because they have brought a lot of inspiration and enjoyment for me. Playing on one of their tours is definitely a life goal at this point.

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

I think for any rock fan Wacken is something you want to do once before you die! Lollapalooza always seems like such a diverse blend of artists that I would definitely like to be involved with that as well.

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

I haven’t received any gifts from fans yet, unless my mom counts? Ha!

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

Support your local original music scene! It’s hard enough as a band to get your music out there for the world to hear so when you get the chance to check out something new, please do it! You guys are what makes playing music special so thank you for supporting us!

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

That’s a tough question. I think Freddie Mercury was taken way too soon. He had a lot left to give to the music world, I’d have to say him.

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

I absolutely love performing live. All of the hard work happens behind the scenes when you’re wracking your brain for the right riff, or the right lyrics and melody. But when it all comes together you get that perfect moment on stage where we all sync up and feel the energy. It makes all of the hard work worth it. I absolutely hate setup and teardown. I need to get me a crew!

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

I would definitely change the stigma around hard rock and metal music in the US. It always seems like pop and rap have held on to the spotlight and rock is just slightly in their shadow. And believe me, I can get down to that stuff too but I’m just a little partial to rock!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favourite album is “Absolution” from MUSE. Every track on there has hit me to the core. I just love it. It’s one of those albums where there are no duds.

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

I’m a sucker for CD’s actually. I have a ton of them, and I still buy them. It’s kind of depressing that more and more vehicles don’t even come with them anymore. One of my favourite things is to just blast a cd in my car when I’m driving by myself. It’s a way of relaxing and meditating almost. That’s my happy place.

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

The coolest gig I’ve played was in Buffalo at a place called The Town Ballroom. It’s a venue that typically houses national acts and the room is like a giant bowl with three levels. We played a large event hosted by a local radio station, and the energy there was awesome. Halfway through our set, the lights flipped up to the crowd and the place was mobbed. It just got the adrenaline pumping and gives you this intoxicating feeling. I knew right then that this was what I was meant for. Give me a stage and a song and let’s go!

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

I’d like to think that I would be a rocket scientist or a genius doctor or something world-changing but if I weren’t a musician, I would probably still be sitting behind a desk somewhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would definitely invite five fans and give them the most excellent dinner they’ve ever had as a thank you for supporting us! I feel like that’s the least I could do!

What’s next for the band?

We have two more singles coming out in 2020 leading up to our first album, Turning To Ashes, on January 8th, 2021. We are currently in talks about a 2021 tour to promote the new album and hope to have that setup by the end of December. So, stay tuned to our website and socials for more info on that!

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

www.heartsandhandgrenades.com/
www.facebook.com/heartsandhandgrenades
www.twitter.com/hahgrenades
www.instagram.com/hahgrenades/

We can also be found on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music

Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think I would say cake.

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

Give us a like and a follow on our socials and stay tuned for more info on our upcoming album, “Turning To Ashes”!

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EMQ’s with MISTY GREY

EMQ’s with MISTY GREY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Madrid, Spain based Doom Metal/Hard Rock band, Misty Grey. Huge thanks to guitarist Juan 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?

Hey how you doing? My name is Juan and I’m the guitar player in Misty Grey. We started up in 2011, our main aim was to create a traditional doom metal band, because there were not any in Spain. At last the band was completed in 2012, with a new singer. We recorded two demos and 1 album, then our first singer left, and we got another singer. With that line-up we recorded our 2nd album “Chapter II” in 2017. And now we’ve got another singer and we’re looking out for our next recording sessions very soon.

How did you come up with your band name?

We thought about something which was very dark and gloomy. The mist is always grey, so it basically comes from there.

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

We are from Madrid, Spain. Our Metal/Rock scene is huge here, therefore there are a lot of bands coming out. Nevertheless, the Doom Metal scene is pretty poor, just a bunch of bands in this style.

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

As I told you above, our last album is “Chapter II”, recorded in 2017 but released in 2018 on CD. It will be released on vinyl before the end of 2020 indeed.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly traditional doom metal bands. Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General, St. Vitus, Candlemass, Pentagram, Solitude Aeturnus, Pagan Altar and many others. We also have many influences from 70’s and 80’s hard rock and heavy metal outfits.

What first got you into music?

If you mean playing guitar, I started playing Classical guitar, but I loved 80’s heavy metal so my starting point was right there. I loved playing Iron Maiden tunes.

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

We are open to collaborate with any band or musician, in fact we’ve got a kind of Project coming up with a friend, so we’ll tell you about it when this thing is getting near.

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

We’d like to play at Hellfest, I think it’s the biggest one around these times.

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

As far as I can remember, I’ve never received anything from a fan. On the contrary, they always ask me for free guitar picks hehe.

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

Yeah, we’ll record something soon, fresh music and don’t forget to buy our new vinyl, it’s outstanding!

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

I love Phil Lynott, from Thin Lizzy, it would be him, no doubt.

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

I enjoy playing music, both guitar and bass, but also mandolin and some keyboards. As a musician, you’ve got to keep on improving yourself. And I hate that you can’t live from the music itself, at least in this country.

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

Music is culture and the governments are not into culture anymore, you can see it nowadays, with the Covid-19 situation. It is awful but it’s what we’ve got.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Well ,talking about doom metal, I would choose the “Bedemon” album, the first Pentagram album and maybe the first Count Raven album as well.

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

Vinyl, sure mate!

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

I don’t know for sure. We’ve had some really good gigs, and played along with some important names in doom metal. So, it’s hard to choose one from.

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

I like to paint, so I would be a painter.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Famous people do you mean? Ough, it’s hard to choose but I’d invite some famous actresses from old times film noir: Lizabeth Scott, Gene Tierney, Gloria Grahame, Barbara Stanwyck…

What’s next for the band?

Recording all our newest tracks, we’ve got 7 from so long so we’re rehearsing and maybe recoding them during 2021.

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

Facebook mainly, also Instagram, but I don’t have an account myself.
www.facebook.com/mistygreydoom/
www.instagram.com/greymistdoom/
www.mistygreydoom.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hehe, I don’t know. I guess they are more like a cake, what we call in Spanish “bizcocho”.

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

I want to thank you for your interview and your kind support. It’s the most important thing nowadays!

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Ashen Reach – Homecoming

Ashen Reach – Homecoming
Self-Released
Release Date: 16/11/2020
Running Time: 56:17
Review by Beth Jones
8.5/10

Liverpool based Ashen Reach have been a firm favourite with us here at ever metal since discovering them in their previous guise at a Twisted Illusion gig in Manchester. Recently, they’ve had some ups and downs. The dizzy heights of playing to vast audiences in Russia, to the disruption of a line-up change. Considering their young age, they’ve shown a lot of balls to stand up to the challenge, and now they’re a solid 5 piece again, the time has come to unleash their debut album, “Homecoming” into the world of hard rock. This has pleased us a lot here at EMHQ, because they’re a super talented bunch of musicians who have been working their asses off for the last couple of years.

“Homecoming” is an album that explores many current themes, from mental health and domestic abuse, to love and determination. Their unique sound does this in a way that sets each song apart from the next, and explores mood through the dynamics of music.

The album kicks off with ‘Fighting For My Life’ – a riff heavy, chunky, classic hard rock track, which really gets your foot tapping. The powerful vocals of Kyle Martyn Stanley cut through over the top of thumping riffs and drums, and we get treated to a guitar solo towards the end of the song, which is rich and full in terms of tone, making this a great start to the album.

The next two tracks, ‘Epiphany’, and ‘Tear It Down’ follow the same style, providing a very upbeat first ten minutes of the album. Then things take a turn for the heavier with, ‘Heir to The Throne’. It starts with drums and guitar, similar to the sounds we’ve already heard. But this then gets joined by some down-tuned bass and builds into an expansive chorus that wouldn’t be out of place in a symphonic metal band. We also get a middle section with some screams and growls thrown into the mix, at a low enough level to make them not too intrusive, but enough to give this song a distinctly heavier edge. Kyle also has more of a rasp in his vocals throughout this song.

‘Alive Again’ and ‘Prey’ continue with the slightly heavier sound, but also add in some progressive exploration, with more experimental sections. The use of reverb in these adds a haunting and lilting feel to the acoustics. This provides a great contrast between the full on, in your face, and the more stripped back elements. I really like the opening to ‘Prey’ – Kyle’s unusual vocals work really well for the quiet elements, as he has an interesting tone, and is still able to deliver a powerful sound at a softer dynamic. This track builds throughout, to a crescendo of sound towards the end, giving the sense that the ‘prey’ has been trapped.

An element of calm is then thrown into the mix, with a Pink Floyd-esque soundscape in the form of ‘Ether’. Gentle guitar and synth effects float for around a minute and a half, creating a beautiful and peaceful serenity. Like sitting in a summer meadow, watching the pollen and insects float on the warm breeze.

‘Here I Go’, continues this theme, but with the addition of some lovely vocal harmonies. Then it bursts into a full-on progressive rock ballad, complete with cross rhythm sections, epic soloing, and plenty of moments where, in the good old days, any crowd would have been stood with lighters aloft creating a twinkling sea of swaying fire! I think this is one of my favourite tracks on the album actually.

Then we get to the business end of the album. The final three tracks, ‘Hole In The Sky’, ‘Broken Column’, and the title track ‘Homecoming’, really make this album for me. They feel like a bit of a level-up. They’re intricately put together, with interesting rhythms, brilliant vocals and harmonies, and real power. I also feel that the balance of sound in these final tracks has really had attention paid to it. At some points earlier in the album, there are times when I think things are too mid- heavy. The guitar riffs almost take over and obscure the rest of the sound. But here, it’s much easier to pick out individual sounds. These three tracks also have an insatiable groove to them, which really connects you to the sound. I would still like a little more bass and drums in the mix for ‘Broken Columns’ and ‘Homecoming’ though. I think that would have really helped drive the tracks. But then I’m a sucker for bass heavy stuff, so this is, off course, purely my opinion!

All in all, this is a very solid and accomplished debut album, from a very exciting young band, who I believe have a whole ton more to give. And it is well worth investing 56 minutes of your time to listen to it!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fighting For My Life
02. Epiphany
03. Tear It Down
04. Heir To The Throne
05. Alive Again
06. Prey
07. Ether
08. Here I Go
09. Hole In the Sky
10.Broken Column
11. Homecoming

LINE-UP:
Kyle Martyn Stanley – Vocals
Paddy Cummins – Lead Guitar/ Backing Vocals
Joe O’Sullivan – Rhythm Guitar
Mike McCarroll – Bass/ Backing Vocals
Jess Stanley – Drums

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INTERVIEW WITH DISCIPLES OF BABYLON

INTERVIEW WITH DISCIPLES OF BABYLON
‘Fighting for LIBERTY!!’
By Stephanie Stevens

DISCIPLES OF BABYLON came together in Los Angeles, CA back in 2012 with their hard rock/alternative sound. The guys, Eric Knight-vocals/guitar, Ramon Blanco-guitar, Gui Bodi-bass and Chris Toeller-drums went to work on making music with urgent storylines and prominent and moving musicscapes that made music fans and critics connect and take a serious interest in the band. Through the years they released the bands introduction EP “Welcome To Babylon” which showcased elegance in vocal ability with the song ‘Arrived’, the guitar rock presence of the hard n melody driven salute of ‘Karma’ and the soaring and emotionally high energy vibe of ‘The Great Pretend.

In 2017 the guys released a full-length disc “The Rise And Fall Of Babylon”, an album that was filled with lyrical content to try to make America aware that our country was in trouble. The album was driving with hard rock elements, bolstering with huge sound, flawless vocal integrity and just a really impressive creation of songs with a powerful meaning to them all.

It has been three years and the band has finally stepped back into the rock scene with a song that is a direct reflection of what is happening in our country today! ‘Liberty. The emotional deliverance is profound especially in the essence of the vocal passages. The band hasn’t detoured from delivering that hard rock sensibility with melodic tones. Disciples Of Babylon is one band with the courage and fight in them to help spread awareness and positivity in the most chaotic world most of us have ever lived in.

I was honoured to speak with the band about current issues, the new single, future music and having one of the members taking the producer hat for the song ‘Liberty’.

Q: First off are you all still living in Los Angeles, California and for you guys how is the atmosphere and vibe as you see it since the start of 2020?

Chris Toeller: Yes, we are all still in Los Angeles. It’s been a pretty crazy year for everyone, to say the least. The fires in Southern California certainly made it even weirder. All of the craziness can be very distracting, and it affected all of us, individually, in different ways. As a collective, however, I think it has been great to continue working on new music because it distracts us from the distractions (momentarily) but also because the intentions behind our music are even more relevant to the things that are happening in our world around us.

Eric Knight: Well, 2020 started off on the right track, new decade, new outlook, but then we floored it straight to a red light. But as everyone else has been doing, we’ve been trying to navigate around it. It’s going to be an interesting few months into 2021. It’s definitely been a challenge, but I feel now more than ever, we’ve been working as a team to keep moving forward and that has been the most exciting part for me.

Q: A few years back you guys wrote an epic album entitled “Rise And Fall Of Babylon”. 7 songs back then speaking of issues about how America is spinning out of control. How does it feel knowing you pretty much wrote a prequel to the year 2020?

Chris Toeller: To be honest, it’s saddening in some ways. The fact that it has been apparent for such a while now that our world is “spinning out of control,” but as a society, we have just continued to let it happen right before our eyes says a lot about just how much we really care. While we are not fully in control of what happens in our own countries or around our world, together still we have the power and responsibility to produce the change we want to see. TRAFOB was a call to action to everyone around the world to own that power.

Gui Bodi: I’m not particularly a political guy, I find it really hard to keep up with everything politics, it’s a different type of scandal every day, plus finding a good and trustworthy source of journalism is nearly impossible nowadays, but it wasn’t that hard to see where world politics and their economic roots were taking us back then.

In my opinion, impunity and lack of accountability are what brought us to this point in human history, because even when we expose corruption we can’t manage to dismantle the system which allowed it in the first place, nor persecute those involved in it. I feel only small fish get accounted for, never the big ones. It would be naive of us to think there’s one simple solution to all this mess, but definitely more meaningful changes to the core of our political and economic systems are needed.

Eric Knight: The signs were there for a long time coming, only it had been accelerated by the pandemic and the current administration or lack thereof. Our music and songs have always tried to be a mirror and reflect on what is happening in the world around us. We try and have a positive outlook within the framework of our music. Unity over division is our goal.

Q: Your newest single is called ‘Liberty’, when you sat down to write this song what was the number one thing concerning you at the time and what do you hope people will get and understand from this song?

Eric Knight: Well the concerning thing was where the country was and is currently heading. We are dangerously close into entering a potential civil war. It’s almost as if the planets have aligned themselves for it. I was inspired by the famous speech from Patrick Henry that he gave from Virginia in 1775, in which he declared, “give me liberty, or give me death”. When I had the original melody for this song in my head, that phrase just came into my head and stuck. Once something like that happens for me, and I can’t get it out of my head, is when I know I have something solid to present to the guys, and it just evolved from there. Ultimately, ‘Liberty’ is something that we’re all after, no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall into. The trick is trying to unite people as opposed to dividing them, which unfortunately is what is currently happening now.

Q: Having a platform where you can talk about the issues of the world, how hard is it for you to put a spin of hope and unity into the world when the world is so divided and chaotic?

Chris Toeller: The reality is that there will be a day when most of the issues we’re facing today will no longer exist. Who knows how long it might be until then, but the day will come. As the most powerful species on this planet, it is our responsibility to empathize with and love all so that it becomes our norm to respect ourselves, our planet, and all those who inhabit it. So, while it can be very difficult to have hope in these times, hope and unity are inevitable. We may not be around to enjoy it when it happens, but that should not minimize our responsibility to continue to make progress towards these goals.

Gui Bodi: I believe mentally balanced and healthy people are inherently good, we lose that aspect of our humanity when we are mentally sick or as a response mechanism to an abusive environment. I’m very privileged to have had a good education and a carrying family, so I understand the transformational power education and love put together. That’s our main mission as a band and as people with a platform, to make people realize those things and fight for their rights to have access to both of them.

Eric Knight: It’s a challenge especially when everything looks so bleak, but we always are trying to find that silver lining within our music. There has got to be hope! One of the reasons why I got into this business was because music is the only medium that I am aware of in which you have people that are from every race and religious as well as political background. I find it interesting and ironic that politics and religion divides people, music unites them. That’s why I’m doing this, that is why we’re doing this. We want to try and make that small contribution with our music to help accomplish just that.

Q: If you could fix one injustice in the world what would it be and why?

Gui Bodi: Like I mentioned above, I’d start with education. I mean all levels of education and knowledge, like academic, emotional, spiritual etc. I believe that’s where we should start to have a fighting chance at all other aspects of life in our modern society.

Eric Knight: Poverty and hunger. I know that’s two but there are two that I feel strongly about. There should be no reason in this day and age for anyone to go without food and shelter, not in this interconnected world that we are living in today. This needs to be eradicated.

Q: This is the first time that your drummer Chris Toeller took the producer hat and went with it. How was it working with someone that was also so close to the writing of the song?

Chris Toeller: It was tough to be in the role…I had to take frequent breaks from it to come back with fresh ears. A lot of bias gets introduced when one person is so heavily involved in nearly every step of the process. I needed to frequently ask for feedback from the other band members and close friends.

Gui Bodi: It was great! Chris knows our sound and knows where we want to take it next, so we had an incredible experience with a more modern sound from the get-go. Plus, he’s a great friend of ours and was very accessible and accommodating during the process, it was a great experience for me. I’m not sure he had that great of a time with all the work we gave him though! LOL.

Eric Knight: I am so proud of Chris. He did a phenomenal job on this song. Early on when Chris offered to do this track, I knew in my heart that it would turn out amazing. I had total faith in him to deliver and he did beyond our wildest dreams. We definitely knew that with ‘Liberty’ we wanted the sound of the band to start going into a different direction. There is different instrumentation and elements that we hadn’t used in our music before and that was exciting for us. We didn’t have any kind of constraints, we tried different ideas and different approaches but ultimately with the goal of making the song great. What I am most proud of was that this was truly a team effort from not only each one of us in the band but everyone else that was involved in the project. Alan Sosa, Rup Chattopadhyay and even our bassist Gui Bodi help to engineer these sessions. Joe Bozzi (U2, Van Halen, Imagine Dragons) who is one of the best mastering engineers in the business did an amazing job on this as well too, making this an amazing experience all the way around.

Q: Is LIBERTY leading us to another full-length or EP for the band and if you have written more how does it blend with the music of this first single?

Gui Bodi: We’ve adopted a “singles” approach for the time being, so for now we’ll keep writing “together from afar”, a song at a time. The idea is to write enough material to release a new album later on.

Eric Knight: There is definitely a new release coming, we’re just not sure as to the timing of when that release will happen. With Covid-19 still wreaking havoc around the world we are playing a wait and see kind of game right now. In the meantime, there will be more singles coming. In fact, we are working on completing the next new track as we speak. So, I would expect singles coming out every few months from us into 2021, and it leading us into the next release. We just want to make sure that when it comes out that we will be able to go out and support it.

Q: You guys as band members and musicians are not new to the music industry, going through 2020 and seeing the changes we all had to adapt to, what is your opinion and vision for the future of music and live shows?

Chris Toeller: I don’t think it will ever be QUITE the same. At least for a while. I think we will continue having mandates about audience sizes. I also think it will be a while until more people feel comfortable packing into a room with other people they don’t know. But as we’ve seen, artists and venues will persist and find new, creative ways to perform live and share their music with others. Virtual Reality shows could become a thing. Or more of a thing? Who knows?

Gui Bodi: I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Because of the pandemic things won’t go back to normality so soon, but I’ve been seeing a lot of alternatives popping up around town, like drive-in concerts and bands inside/crowd outside of the venue types of concerts. We will always find a way to adapt and keep music alive until we can enjoy real live music once again.

Eric Knight: Well, I hope that I am completely wrong with what I am about to say, but I don’t think live shows will be coming back in 2021. Yes, you’re seeing drive in shows and “socially-distanced” shows and of course you’re just seeing complete disregard for the virus and people are holding shows that aren’t socially distanced, which is just outrageously misguided. But when it comes to music festivals and concerts in arenas etc. I just don’t see it happening until a safe and reliable vaccine comes into play. We are in the middle of this “second wave” happening and you’re seeing countries that had opened back up in Europe earlier this year going back into a lockdown situation. It’s devastating for our industry. We had a tour that was being planned and booked for Europe and that went straight out the window once the pandemic hit.

Q: For readers just getting informed about the band, can you give us a quick briefing on how the band got together and one highlight of each band member’s past accomplishments?

Gui Bodi: Eric met Ramon while attending an alumni event at the Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood (where me, Ramon and Eric all graduated from). They started writing together and ended up writing our first song ever, ‘Arrived’, during their first writing session together. Next Ramon recruited me to play bass and help them with the writing process. The Disciples of Babylon was now officially a band.

We ended up releasing our first EP ‘Welcome to Babylon’, which was produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer Andres Torres (La Santa Cecilia, Alejandro Sanz, and co-producing the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee smash hit ‘Despacito’), who also lent a hand playing drums on the EP. Soon after the recording was finished, we agreed that the time had come to add an official drummer to the mix. After working with several drummers and holding numerous auditions, Chris joined the band, and the line-up was now officially complete.

Gui past accomplishment: Played the Warped Tour in 2011, that was a pretty cool experience!

Chris past accomplishment: Producing ‘Liberty’.

Eric past accomplishment: Opening for KISS & Aerosmith.

Ramon past accomplishment: Playing the Aftershock Music Festival

Q: How has music changed your life and have you thought about doing anything different with your life?

Chris Toeller: Music has always allowed me to see well past many complications in life. A lot of the problems we face can seem so big and scary at times. But once you put on a great song, your perspective changes and their significance shrinks because, in the grand scheme of things, a lot of things really don’t matter. In summary, I believe that music can give us the ability to transcend a lot of our own mental limitations.

Gui Bodi: Actually yes, but in my case, it all happened backwards! I have a background in medicine, having graduated from Dentistry school back in my hometown São Paulo – Brazil, and I’ve worked for 1 year as a dentist, then I decided to give music a chance in 2010, attending the Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood, and I never went back to Dentistry ever since. I love music and don’t regret my choice (so far! LOL).

Eric Knight: Music is my religion. Music has helped shape the soundtrack of my life and has gotten me passed some incredibly hard times. I don’t know what else to do but music, it’s in my soul and being.

Q: If you could either speak every language in the world or know how to play every instrument made in the world, what would you choose and why would you choose that?

Gui Bodi: I’d love to learn every language, because playing only 1 instrument is already so time consuming, I can’t imagine how my life would be if I could play all other instruments!

Eric Knight: Again, I’m going to cheat here and say I’d do both! Ironically, we are a multilingual band. We speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and the language of music. So, we are already a part of the way there, LOL! I am actually fascinated by language.

Q: As a musician what do you feel has been your biggest growth from the start of your career to this current day?

Chris Toeller: Moving to Los Angeles when I was 18 was the best decision I ever made in my life. I’ve grown so much as a musician and as an individual. I met a lot of amazing people and had amazing experiences. And while you can do these things anywhere, it would have taken me a lot longer to become the person I am today had I not exposed myself to the diversity and energy that you experience while living in Los Angeles. Not to mention, it’s THE place to be if you want to play music or work in the entertainment industry.

Gui Bodi: I learned to prioritize and focus on my role in an ensemble: groove, feel and tone over everything else! Also, I can sing harmonies better now, but I’m still growing as a musician overall, so there’s still a lot to be learned.

Eric Knight: Connecting here with my brothers, Ramon, Gui & Chris on this project. It’s truly been a dream to work with these guys and level up my game. I am truly blessed and honoured to call them my friends and family.

Q: If Disciples Of Babylon ended today would you be proud of the last song you wrote and why?

Gui Bodi: Totally, ‘Liberty’ showcases our growth as musicians, songwriters and as a band in general, overcoming every obstacle in our way, no matter how big and complicated it seemed at first. I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Q: How can fans support you guys and do you have any last comments to the fans who have supported you from the beginning?

Chris Toeller: Please, continue following what we’re doing and interacting with us! We’re still doing this, Covid or not! We love seeing your faces on social media. Someday soon we’ll be able to see them in person again.

Eric Knight: They can follow us pretty much everywhere on all the usual socials. Our music is streaming everywhere as well too. And to our amazing ‘Disciples’ what can we say, this is the reason why we do this. Their support and amazing passion for us and our music is what keeps us going. We love each and every one of you! #BabylonArmy

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CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Liberty’ (Lyric Video)

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EMQ’s with BONEYARD

EMQ’s with BONEYARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based Hard Rock/Metal band Boneyard. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Pamtera 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?

Pamtera – lead vocalist/ guitarist.

Boneyard is a female-fronted hard rock/metal band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The members bring a wealth of experience from previous bands that include: Tyrant, Septimus and Powerslave. We started out as a cover project in 2015, but have been writing original music for the past three years. In May of 2019, we entered producer/engineer Cam Macleod, of White Wolf fame, Wolfs Den studio in Edmonton and began recording our debut album. After an extended COVID-19 pause, we returned to complete the project in August of 2020. Eleven tracks were then sent to be mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Armored Saint, Anvil) in Los Angeles, USA. What emerged is the “Oathbreaker” album, released on October 24, 2020. The first single, ‘Fates Warning’, was released October 17, 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

In the beginning, while we were learning cover songs, one of our members listened to Sirius satellite radio a lot and noticed the Boneyard channel played most of the songs we did. We decided to use Boneyard as our name mainly for familiarity to the style of material we were covering. Once we started writing our own material, and headed in an all original direction, we kept the same name due to the following we had built up. I still enjoy listening to Ozzy’s Boneyard and crack a smile whenever they say our name.

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

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton has a decent live music scene, with lots of cover and tribute bands. The most notable original band is the power metal band Striker.

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

Our debut album is called “Oathbreaker” and the first single/video is ‘Fates Warning’.

‘Fates Warning’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Classic metal bands, mostly from the 80’s.

What first got you into music?

When I was 15 my high school boyfriend played guitar. I wanted to learn so badly, so he taught me some chords and eventually gave me his guitar, which I still have.

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

Jeff Waters from Annihilator.

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

Sweden Rock Festival would be very cool because they have killer line-ups. Or the Monsters of Rock cruise!

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

A lady knitted me a sweater with our band logo on it.

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

Thank you for your continued support, and stay strong in these crazy Covid times!

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

Jim Morrison.

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

I love playing live, it’s a creative outlet for stress and gives me an awesome feeling especially when I connect with fans.

That live music, on a local level, isn’t as popular as back in the day.

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

Streaming pay-outs!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Nobody’s Perfect”

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

CD’s.

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

Our best show was outside at our City Hall here in Edmonton, it was beautiful weather, we played on a flatbed truck and got some great photographs. It was awesome to have all ages watching us, dancing, and jumping into the water fountain during our set.

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

I have a button business and I am involved in roller derby. I love meeting new and interesting people.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kiko Loureiro, Jeff Waters, Zakk Wylde, Rob Halford, and Miljenko Matijevic.

What’s next for the band?

We’re working hard promoting the album, single and video. We’ll soon start on a video for the second single.

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

www.boneyardrocks.ca

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have No clue what Jaffa Cakes are?

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

Cheers and thanks for your support!

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Red Spektor – Heart Of The Renewed Sun

Red Spektor – Heart Of The Renewed Sun
Kozmik Artifactz
Release date: 02/10/2020
Running Time: 40:45
Review by Dark Juan
Score: Fucking millions out of 10!

Good afternoon once again, acolytes and denizens of the world. Of climes unknown to me, Brazil (hi, Victor!) and of Australia, a continent where even the wildlife is designed to kill humankind, yet where people still survive although their surroundings wage a guerrilla war, knocking off a victim here and there. And to anywhere else on this strange little blue ball careening through the galaxy at a steady 67,000 miles per hour. You are my brothers and sisters, you dear people, and my heart explodes with love for you all.

Actually, that’s a big fat lie. I am a twisted, obsidian wreck of a man only concerned with furthering my gospel and defiling virgins in the name of The One That Walks Backwards, and absinthe. My hellhounds (all three currently snoring in various positions of repose – Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, KCVG, MM, DFC and Bar stealing all the warmths in front of the radiator, Hodgson Biological-Warfare asleep on the sofa, welded to the side of Mrs. Dark Juan as usual and the Dread Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover tilting at windmills, shouting at absolutely nothing and trying to fight dogs three times his size to no avail as is a normal day at Dark Juan Terrace…) are relaxed for once, enabling me to exhort the delights of Stoke-on-Trent heavy rock trio Red Spektor to you in peace, for once in my miserable goddamned existence! That, and the fine cup of Yorkshire tea by my side (other hot beverages are available, but trust me you wouldn’t want to fucking bother) enable me to give my full attention to an album that appears to be so far up my street it has parked its psychedelic painted Type 1 VW camper van in my front room, much to the consternation of Mrs. Dark Juan, who is upset that I have not told her that we were expecting visitors, from another plane of reality or otherwise.

Before we begin, a disclaimer – There will be drug references and an overuse of the word psychedelic in the following ranting. This is because psychedelic stoner rock gets me more excited than being left alone in a room full of cloned Gemma Arterton’s in varying states of undress and I have an endless supply of Viagra. You can thank me later for the mental image that has left you with.

Opening track ‘Warflower’ transports us instantly into the mid 70’s psychedelic explosion with a pleasing mix of Wolfmother, Hawkwind at their most muscular and the more exploratory parts of Steppenwolf and Blue Oyster Cult as a basis for their sound, with added Sir Lord Baltimore and LSD dripping Cream. This diverse mix of musical influences is indeed a Very Good Thing. It is well known that Dark Juan is a sucker for stoner and doom and added psychedelia just makes me dance like a hippy with those strange hand movements that only hippies and goth girls do to “Lucretia My Reflection”. It’s all phaser, fuzz and tube screamers and its fucking brilliant! Every instrument is mixed very well, and the clarity of the sound is excellent. The bass of Mr. Rob Farrell cuts cleanly through the mix without over powering the sound of the band as a whole and the riffs, man. The fucking riffs! Riffs of such splendour and majesty and acid fuelled power that I can’t help but prostrate myself at their feet and worship their shining puissance whilst weeping that I am the world’s shittest guitarist. Also, the impassioned howl of Mr. John Scane deserves note as he rips out his soul with his vocal, at the same time as whipping out cutting yet utterly groovy solos on his guitar. I am being transported on giant rainbow waves of mescaline fuelled enthusiasm into a stoner universe I haven’t visited since I reviewed Blackwulf, several years ago. This record is a mighty fucking beast, stomping around among the galaxies in there. Mainly because the drumming on this record, by Mr. Johnny Esp, is utterly magnificent. His drums are also produced to perfection, cymbals being punchy and easily clearing the bass and snare drum, and the bass drum being thrilling and resonant and not sounding like a taut dishcloth being clouted by a length of wet four by two.

‘Masquerade’ is a standout tune on the record, fuzz driven guitar being driven by sexy basslines and touches of Hammond organ while John howls his impassioned heart out. It has to be said that I currently love this modern reinterpretation of the early stages of hard rock and heavy metal that is being explored by the likes of Red Spektor, Lucifer, Häxan and the like. Having reviewed Blue Öyster Cult’s live record recently, I have had occasion to compare the mastery of BÖC’s early output with the more modern version that we call psychedelic stoner, and with this record by Red Spektor I am pleased to report to you all that this album is a modern classic in the making, if there’s any cosmic fucking justice.

‘Long Way Down’ has the trippiest opening I have heard in years, valve-driven fuzz phasered guitar with lashings of reverb and echo over a grooving bassline that suddenly jumps into the kind of hard rock riff that makes this hellpriest weep for joy, and want to cut the hands off every other guitarist out there. Then there’s some of the bluesiest soloing I have heard in a good long while as well.  Vocally, John Scane sits in a range best described as what Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale would have sounded like had he not got his bollocks stuck in a vice during recording sessions and this is to his credit. ‘Violet Sun’ is arguably the most psychedelic song on the record – echo, reverb and phaser turned up to the max for the utterly glorious acid-fuelled solo. The valve-driven, tube screamer sound adds to the ambience – it is a record that sounds like it has been played on the richest sounding pieces of old equipment the band could get their hands on.

In short, this record sounds absolutely PERFECT for what it aspires to be. Vintage, trippy as fuck and hard as hell. All bases are covered – the psychedelic aspect with the sound and the sometimes (ahem) exploratory middle eights, the hard rock with the tempos and distortion and soloing, and the blues in the arrangement of the songs (especially on ‘Hell To Pay’ – that verse is bluesy as fuck mate before we go skyrocketing off into purple edged, LSD fuelled universes of the mind on the soloing) and the vocal being of the classic rock type. It is safe to say I’m a bit of a fan, and proof that music doesn’t have to be spectacularly fast and roaring to be heavy as fuck, man.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is utterly broken beyond repair right now, to the imminent despair (and probably fury) of Editorial Lord Richard of Tilley, as he doesn’t like me making a mockery of his scoring system, but it is currently reading about 47,000,000 out of 10. It could be a calibration error.

A serious contender for Album of The Year. Red Spektor are THAT good.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Warflower
02. Revol
03. Masquerade
04. Guided Tears
05. Long Way Down
06. Violet Sun
07. Hell To Pay
08. Ivory Towers

LINE-UP:
John Scan – Vocals/ guitar
Johnny Esp – Drums
Rob Farrell – Bass

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