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

The End

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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EMQ’s with LIQUID THERAPY

EMQ’s with LIQUID THERAPY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Klerken, Belgium based Hard Rock/Nu-Metal band, Liquid Therapy. Huge thanks to guitarist Gino Lippens 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 , my name is Gino Lippens (Gono for friends 😊) I play guitar in the band and did the recording and mixing of our album.

The band was started 2 years ago by me and Davy (other guitarist). So, we are a young band with a small history. Our ambition is bigger than our history 😊

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the word Liquid and Davy with Therapy. We found that together they are a nice name. With a wink to a pint.

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

We are from Belgium. The metal scene is well known here. There are a lot of metalheads. There are a lot of metal bands, but Belgium is a very small country and difficult to break through.

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

That’s our debut album “Breathe”

Read Martin’s full review of the album here:

‘Rat Race’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have different influences. Motorhead, Seether, Metallica, Volbeat, H2O…will be the most important ones.

What first got you into music?

When I was 8 years , I started with playing the drums . After 2 years I started to play wind instruments and did that for a couple of years…that was the start.

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

For me personally, that would be Parkway Drive. I am a huge fan of this band. I’ve never seen a better live band than them, incredible!

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

OMG!! Wacken Open Air 😊😊

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

After a gig we played in our home town , there was a girl who asked to be my groupie, in front of my woman 😊 If that is a gift , I don’t know…

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

Keep on Going!!! It is one of our songs and live, always a party ! So, we would ask them to continue to support us like they do now. It brings the best of us upwards.

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

Kurt Cobain, it was a big loss!

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

The feeling on stage is a really good feeling, entertaining the audience…

I hate the hangover the day after a gig.

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

The business model, it is very difficult for young bands to survive and that’s, in many cases, a loss for the music scene.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Nevermind” by Nirvana.

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

For the musicians, Vinyl or CD

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

In our home town, the audience was incredible, and we played like we never did before.

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

Curing depression! I can’t imagine a life without music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All the band members…and my wife (she will read this interview)!

What’s next for the band?

…Normally we would play next week a living room concert…now we have to wait until the Covid is gone…

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

All the links to social media are on our website and you can order there our CD and merchandise.
www.liquidtherapy.be/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Really???? Let me guess…a biscuit?

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

We would thank you very much for this interview and the support !! Stay safe!

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EMQ’s with BS BONE

EMQ’s with BS BONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sant’Elia a Pianisi, Italy based Alternative Hard Rock/Stoner band, BS BONE. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Vyper for taking part!

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

I’m Vyper from BS BONE, a three-members line-up. We started to play together in the summer 2017. We play an Alternative Hard Rock with several other influences. I play bass guitar and I’m also the vocalist of the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

First of all, “BS” stands for Bandsaw…So we decided to choose Bone Bandsaw, a tool that gives the idea about anything we want….But then we switched words and we opted for “BS Bone”…so anyway it’s something nice!

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

We’re based in Italy The situation is not the best. The live music venues that allow you to play unreleased songs are less and less, especially genres like hard rock and metal. Not to mention the fact that we live in the centre-south of Italy (Molise)…And it is useless to add that this global pandemic made things worse. But in spite of everything there are so many valid bands.

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

In October 2019 we released our self-produced Demo, called “Inside Insanity”. There are four killin’ tracks who talk about madness, anger, insanity, slice of life; for example, ‘Dysfunctional Souls’ (#3) speaks about the pain of feeling inadequate, useless; speaks about the presumption and the failure.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx and Rachel Bolan, three bassists and songwriters with some consistency of their sound. They mostly play bass with a pick, a style/technique that comes from punk rock bands. I love this sound, ‘cause pick gives you the tone that fits the style. In my opinion there’s no “right way” to play the bass. As long as you are getting the sound you honestly want and it’s not out of stubbornness or laziness, you’ve chosen the “right” method: Choose the sound not the technique.

What first got you into music?

Well, after watching on DVD (borrowed from a friend) a concert of Guns called “Live from The Ritz (1988)”: I Think this is what they call “spark”.

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

A collaboration with Hardcore Superstar that would be great! I love ’em to bits and if that could happen, that would be a dream come true!

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

I can say without hesitation Hellfest in France, Rock am Ring and Wacken in Germany, Download in UK and Sweden Rock Festival. Each of them have their own peculiarities but are attended by people who live and breathe rock every single second!

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

The choice is hard, but I’d take back Chris Cornell, a very complete artist and a very big source of inspiration.

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

I hate the slogan “everything at once”, where music is meant like a fuckin’ grinder; single is preferred over album. No, this cannot stand!

There are few record labels willing to believe and produce compared to what happened in the past. It is useless to deny that the record market is going in another direction … rap, hip-hop, trap music …. but the Rocker gives a sh*t and goes straight on his way, despite everything…I hope so.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” (1987) – Guns N’ Roses

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

I’m already a structural engineer with rock running through my veins.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would like to invite Ozzy Osbourne, Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx, Matthew Shadows and Lita Ford.

What’s next for the band?

We’re putting together some stuff for our first full album. We have composed more than twelve songs up to now. We’d like to begin pre-production as soon as possible. We wanna play live hoping that the Covid situation it gets better.

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

www.facebook.com/bsboneband/
www.instagram.com/bsboneband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIKF_-DAXcvOg-mscWCtHw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Rm16JwBRyoqnpOYLCnQAi
www.bsbone.bandcamp.com/album/inside-insanity

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A name I’ve never heard before hahahahaha…they have to be good!

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

What we call “Rock” is not simple music: it’s salvation, breakout…’cause after all:

We’re nothing more than 99 Lions in a cage!

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Häxan – White Noise

Häxan – White Noise
Self-Released
Release Date: 24/07/2020
Running Time: 42:34
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

A splendid afternoon to you all, you beautiful bunch of bitches and bastards. Hopefully I find you all headbanging your little heads off and quaffing liver-bursting quantities of fine ales and meads and shoving outrageous quantities of delicious viands down your avid throats (unless you are vegetarian or vegan, in which case shove whatever makes you feels good down your neck and enjoy the fuck out if it). Hang on, this begs the question as to whether oral sex is vegan if the people doing it are both vegan? Does anyone know if a bacon aficionado is NOT vegan in this regard? These are important facts I’m asking for a friend…

Dark Juan Terrace is currently reverberating to British (the band has members from England and Wales, yes it IS a separate country) three-piece hard rock band Häxan. The dogs are cowering and Mrs. Dark Juan is threatening dire and painful retribution (here’s hoping. Hopefully she will break out the inflatable mongoose, the steak knives and the puncture repair kit this time) unless I turn it the fuck down because we have acquired neighbours. My point of view is that they should have researched whether the house next to theirs is a Palace of Metal before they fucking moved in.

Yes, Häxan. House reverberating. Loud hard rock. Right, we’re back on track. It’s very nice to listen to some fucking good time rock and roll instead of the increasingly violent and unpleasant extreme metal I normally enjoy. Häxan provide an excellent soundtrack to an afternoon’s drinking and debauchery (Disclaimer – I am neither drinking nor debauched at this point. I only finished a 48 hour shift a few hours ago) as they are a catchy as fuck hard rock band who are fun to listen to. Taking everything that was great from the glam and gutter rock of the 80’s and 90’s, Häxan have delivered a very solid record for a debut long player. For a bloke of a certain age who can remember this style of hard rock’s popularity the first-time round, it’s a full-on classic nostalgia trip – all bombast, vocal harmonies, snot nosed attitude and killer fucking riffs.

The record opens with ‘Damned If You Do’ which is a damned fine opening gambit. Starting as if an old 8-track tape player was spooling up we immediately enjoy some up-tempo guitar work and drumming before the deceptively sweet vocal of Sam Bolderston (Guitar, vocals, Welshness) kicks in – I enjoyed the little tip of the metaphorical millinery to Royal Blood’s “Ten Tonne Skeleton” in the first verse too. Sam’s voice is easily able to carry menace and power even though she sings in quite a high register and she is capable of conveying a most dangerous attitude through it also. Second track in is ‘Killing Time’ and this is where the band show off their harmonic singing skills. There are a lot of harmonies throughout the record, but this song is fucking brilliant for them. Also, that fucking chorus, butty bach. That fucking chorus. I’m weak at the knees. It is well known that Dark Juan is a sucker for a good chorus, but right now I’m lying prostrate at Häxan’s feet professing undying devotion because they have massive…. choruses. Behave yourselves.

Special mention has to be given to lead single ‘Skeletons’, a damned fine song (which I don’t believe is the strongest song on the album) and album closer ‘Living Dead’ (which IS the strongest song on the album by a country mile). ‘Living Dead’ is just sublime hard rock. It has EVERYTHING. Sam gives it the full beans vocally (I love her voice to bits) and Harriet Wadeson’s (Bass, non-Welshness) harmonising is spine-shiveringly good. It sounds like it was written for “The Ultimate Sin” era Ozzy and there’s a wonderful counterbeat on the cymbal and it’s just a classic fucking tune, man.

The demerits – Whoever produced the cymbals wants shooting. They have managed to make live recorded cymbals sound as if they are sequenced and artificial, which is an absolute travesty and I am really quite cross about it because I have to take a mark away for it because it slightly spoils my enjoyment of a balls to the wall, organic sounding rock record. Everything else is grand – the guitar is meaty and readable and rifftastic, bass suitably bowel-churningly low and growly and Jess Hartley’s (also not Welsh) drums punchy and powerful . ‘Louder Than Words’ is also a mark off because it is very weak compared to the rest of the record – the girls have already proved they are far FAR superior to that tune. Apart from that one slip up, Häxan have created a debut record of uncommon poise and power and confidence. I fucking love them. I love them that much I’m giving them a bonus mark back just for ‘Living Dead’ because it’s so fucking awesome. Don’t question my judgement!

In conclusion then – this is the record Rock Goddess should have made. Häxan are THAT good. They are close to perfection already. All that’s required is better quality control in the songwriting department and someone who doesn’t hate the sound of cymbals recording them. Pay attention to Häxan, for they are going to be fucking COLOSSAL!!!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (System Sgorio Splat Gwaed Tywyll Juan Patent. Probably wrong. Don’t care. I’m only doing Welsh for Sam) awards Häxan 9/10 for an almost perfect debut. Dear ladies, you have a new, very excitable and slightly demented fan. Abandon hope for Dark Juan has appointed himself your champion. You poor things.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Damned If You Do
02. Killing Time
03. Nine Lives
04. Grave Digger
05. Louder Than Words
06. Black Sheep
07. Crash And Burn
08. Skeletons
09. Living Dead

LINE-UP:
Sam Bolderston – Vocals, guitar
Harriet Wadeson – Bass
Jess Hartley – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ONE OF THE LAST

EMQ’s with ONE OF THE LAST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York based Hard Rock/Metal band, One Of The Last. Huge thanks to vocalist John O’Connor 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 John O’Connor and I’m the singer of the band One of the Last! We started the band in late 2016. Mario (guitarist), Parker (guitarist) and Tripp (bassist) were in another band at the time and once that was dissolved, they started One of the Last! They found our old drummer Brian and myself online and we recorded a few songs. Unfortunately, Brian left the band back in February and we’ve been searching for a drummer ever since!

How did you come up with your band name?

The origin is unknown, but we tell people it means “this is one of the last times we want to start a new band”! We’re all in our late twenties, early thirties and it’s closing in on now or never to make it as a band. I think this band made the most progress out of any band the four of us have previously been in.

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

We are from Brooklyn, New York, USA. The metal scene is pretty good, but it fell off quite a bit from the 80s/90s. The main problem is NYC doesn’t have a rock/metal station. The closest one is a college radio station called 89.5 WSOU (which belongs to Seton Hall University).

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

We have 3 songs out at the moment so we’re basically promoting all 3 songs. The latest single is ‘Shotgun’, but we have something cool planned for our song ‘Wallflower’!

‘Determined’ (Official Music Video)

‘Wallflower’ (Audio)

‘Shotgun’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, our biggest influences are Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, Trivium and Parkway Drive. Personally, Linkin Park got me into heavier music. They’re my favourite band of all time!

What first got you into music?

Honestly, it was me. Sure, my parents would have the radio on, but it was always music from the 50’s-70’s. I discovered music myself. The first song I remember liking was ‘In The End’ by Linkin Park. That led to getting their album “Meteora”, which led to listening to similar artists like Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Mudvayne and Slipknot. For scene bands, I grew up in NJ. It was the home to bands such as My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Midtown, Armor for Sleep, etc. It was hard to escape those bands in high school!

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

I’d love to do a song with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. He has a lot of interesting ideas and would love to talk music with the guy. Him and I are similar because we’re willing to try any musical genre at least once. I could see him go to Wacken Fest one day and then some EDM rave the next.

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

I think for any hard rock/metal band, Download Fest would be #1 on their lists. There’s a lot of history and a ton of people that attend. Plus, I feel that the best metal bands in the world all come out for that festival. In the US, it’s the best US artists with a handful of non-US artists. Bands like Enter Shikari or Bring Me the Horizon that play main stage in Europe will play a 2nd or 3rd stage here. Only exceptions are legacy bands such as Maiden, Priest, and Ozzy/Sabbath.

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

Knock on wood, I haven’t received anything weird! That’ll change soon just because I said that.

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

Believe in yourself. It’s easy to believe in any person, object or spirit but when it comes to your life, you’re the only one that can choose how to live it. We’re only on this Earth for a small amount of time. Might as well enjoy it and do whatever makes you happy, as long as it doesn’t bring physical, mental or psychological pain to others.

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

Chester Bennington!

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

I enjoy the 30 minutes onstage and hate the 23 hours and 30 minutes offstage. There’s so much more than music that goes into being a musician or a band. A lot of hard work and money for starters. Networking will take up the most of your time but it’s crucial!

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

Just one? Damn! I guess I’d go with labels/management taking more chances on bands. Our biggest thing is trying to get discovered. There’s a lot of great music out there but labels are looking for established acts that have been around for more than a decade. I’m not saying a band that just started should get a shot but if you’ve been around for 5 years and you’ve consistently released music/been an active band, you should at least deserve a chance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Meteora” – Linkin Park

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

I’m a streaming guy. I will buy physical releases to get autographed by the artist. I’m quite the collector!

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

We played a Halloween show last year at a bar called Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn. The whole band was on point and we even did a cover of Scotty Doesn’t Know (from the movie Eurotrip) and the place went crazy. It was a lot of fun and we love playing at Lucky’s!

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

I’d say doctor or lawyer. I have a vast knowledge of random music and music facts. If I could replace that with medicine or law, I’d be successful!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alive or dead? I’ll give you a mix: Jim Morrison, Chester Bennington, Anne Hathaway, Joe Rogan and Dave Chappelle.

What’s next for the band?

We have something in the works for our song ‘Wallflower’. Other than that, we have to find a drummer and record more music. Hopefully, we get to play shows soon but if not, we’ll keep promoting our music!

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

We have our website www.oneofthelastband.com
Instagram www.instagram.com/oneofthelastband

For all of your One of the Last needs!

(Unfortunately, the band’s Facebook page was recently hacked, and it looks as though FB have been as useful as a chocolate teapot in trying to help them. They will have a new page soon)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google this! We don’t have that in the US. It looks more cake than your version of a biscuit. Well here, we can do this interview again when we play Download Fest! I’ll try them while there and I’ll give you a more accurate answer!

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

Well, in my last interview, I went off about the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Slugworth wasn’t the villain of the movie. It was Grandpa Joe. If you’d like to know my theory, you can ask me on my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/johnboconnor and I’ll blow your mind. I even rewrote the end of the movie!

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