EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Hard Rock band Battering Ram! 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?

Jonas Edmark (Guitar), Johan Hallström (Singer), Jocke Ståhl (Bass), Tony Trust (Drums).

Formed early 2017 with members from former Bullseye and different cover bands!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jocke came up with the band name, it suites our style of music, breaking in doors with a Battering Ram.

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

Sweden, tough to get gigs when you’re not signed! Many small bands fighting for the same venues!

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

‘Chase The Fire’ is our latest single of 6 released! Plus an upcoming record to be released 24th January!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wN-mTLTzNQ
https://open.spotify.com/album/6x7pd5XNWHqlawVSryyMky

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly Old school hard rock!

What first got you into music?

Playing vinyl records in the bedroom being influenced by your idols!

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

Bands in the same genre!

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

Sweden Rock would be awesome, then we would show Sweden what real hard rock sounds like!

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

Nothing odd just yet, but often a beer or two!

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

Stay true to Battering Ram and Keep rockin out there.

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

Jonas: Randy Rhoads
Johan: R.J. Dio
Jocke: R.J. Dio
Tony: Lemmy

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

Playing live and difficulties getting to gigs!

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

Make it easier for smaller bands to be seen and heard!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonas: “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
Johan: “Rising” – Rainbow
Jocke: “Heaven And Hell” – Black Sabbath
Tony: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

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

Vinyl!

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

‘Putte i Parken’ in Karlstad was an awesome summer gig with a big enthusiastic audience!

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

Same as today, as we are not 100% fulltime musicians!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here is one from each of us and one bonus!
Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy, Dimebag and Blackie!

What’s next for the band?

Release of the record and some gigs planned for the winter!

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

Spotify, Youtube and all the main streaming media out there!
https://www.facebook.com/cutintwo/
https://www.instagram.com/batteringr/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZE8smCT2oR50Kq9yLZ3GW
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHD6v4JTd4XatpjtFBEEbQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but we are not sure, all we know is they don’t mix with beer.

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

Just Keep rockin and hope you find our style great and decide to follow us.

 

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Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video

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Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video
Release Date: 18/11/2019
Review by Rick Tilley

So this is a review for a single and…yes…I know we don’t usually do single reviews (so don’t all rush asking for one) but there are a couple of reasons why I wanted to write this. Firstly, Merseyside Hard Rock/Metal band Ashen Reach are going to be the next band added to our ‘Bands We Support/Bands To Look Out For’ page and secondly they’ve been through a very up and down year!

In 2018 they won the Merseyside M2TM competition leading to a slot at Bloodstock Festival. We first saw them gig last December, supporting Twisted Illusion in Manchester at the Academy 3 (which was the last gig under their previous band name Equinox), and we were VERY impressed with them. Then came the name change to Ashen Reach, the release of two new songs at the beginning of 2019 and then the wonderful news that they would be supporting Bullet For My Valentine for two dates in Russia. Those gigs, in April, went down a storm and just as things looked like they were taking off the band announced that vocalist Dan and guitarist Ian were leaving the band for various reasons. That news would have sent many bands spiralling in the wrong direction, and I will admit I was a little concerned for a while, but drummer Jess Stanley, guitarist Paddy Cummings and bassist Mike McCarroll are made of sterner things and begun the arduous task of finding replacements. In June guitarist Joe O’sullivan joined and in August new vocalist Kyle Martyn Stanley was announced. Since then the new line-up have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get ready for new gigs and ‘Tear It Down’, the first single from their debut album which is due in Spring 2020.

If anyone out there is worried about how Ashen Reach now sound then banish that thought from your head immediately because ‘Tear It Down’ is an absolute barnstormer of a track. Cracking riff, soulful verse, catchy and heavy as thunder chorus, perfect middle eight, wonderful guitar solo, a superb vocal performance and stunning production with everyone clearly heard in the mix. It immediately gets stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself humming it without realising. The accompanying video is a standard performance one but well filmed and it is clear every member of the band put their all into making it!

As far as I’m concerned this is a clear ‘statement of intent’ from Ashen Reach. They’ve learnt from the events of this year and have hit the ground running. 2020 is going to be a huge year for them!

‘Tear it Down’ is released on 18th November and the band are playing a ‘Single Launch Show’ at the Alchemy Bar, Runcorn on 23rd November which I heartily suggest you get to if you can. I’m certainly going!

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/409446783037642/

Band Links:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/ashenreach/

https://www.instagram.com/ashenreach/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlbbAaHImz5Vuedd6h0EIA

Enso Music Management:
https://www.facebook.com/ensomanagement/

 

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EMQ’s with RENEGADE CARTEL

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EMQ’s with RENEGADE CARTEL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Boston, Massachusetts based Hard Rock band Renegade Cartel! 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?

We are Renegade Cartel. Vic and Stephen started with a totally different line-up. After 4 drummers, 3 bassists, and 2 rhythm guitar players, we finally settled on the Power Trio line-up we have now. We’re well equipped with 21 original songs on an EP and our upcoming debut LP. Feel free to groove with us

How did you come up with your band name?

As Star Wars nerds, we wanted something close to the “Rebellion”. Renegade was a cool choice, so we needed a type of group. We ride as the Cartel, because everyone knows the cartels are no joke. Renegade Cartel is a group of musicians that are rebelling against the cover scene. We have only a small window on this earth to make a mark. We intend on doing that by playing originals.

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

We are from the USA and the rock scene here is ABYSMAL. There is nothing new here. To quote Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree fame, “How is it that one of the birthplaces of Rock and Roll and there is no music among the top hits?” But we think the country is hungry for it. It’s all underground right now, but we want to be part of the resurgence.

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

We are releasing our debut album “Dear World” on October 31st, 2019. It’s coming up close and we are super stoked to share it with everyone. With a little hard rock, blues, classic rock, and groove, we hope there is something for everyone.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are inspired by a ton of music. Guns N Roses, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Metallica, Black Sabbath, B’z, Iron Maiden, KISS, Slash, Alter Bridge, The Beatles, Van Halen, King’s X. A bunch of rock artists. Vic’s heroes are Slash, Jimmy Page, Rich Robinson, Eddie Van Halen, and Marc Ford. Stephen’s are Myles Kennedy, Koshi Inaba, James Hetfield, dUg Pinnick. Rob’s biggest influences are Peter Criss, Nicko Mcbrain, Tommy Lee, Tommy Aldridge, Alex Van Halen, John Bonham.

What first got you into music?

Well for me, I heard Metallica’s ‘Unforgiven’. The amazing blend of hard rock/metal verses, and the laid back, clean verses really showcased their breadth and it immediately made me want to sing and play guitar. From there on out, it was all about Metallica for a while. I’ve always credited James Hetfield for making me the musician I am today.

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

Oh man. Of course my first choice would be James Hetfield. I don’t care who’s singing or who’s playing what instrument. Anything he touches is gold. But I’d also love to work with Myles Kennedy on some vocal harmonies. dUg Pinnick on vocals/bass/guitar. I’m sure the other guys would love to work with anyone of their heroes, as would I.

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

I always wanted to play Ozzfest. That was THE festival growing up. I want Main Stage though, or headlining second stage with Rob Zombie \m/! I wanted in on ‘Orion’ by Metallica but that was short lived. My old band had a change playing with Locobazooka opening for Alice in Chains when they reunited with the new singer, but they wanted us to front an absurd amount of money. I guess I’d love to do the Family Values tour and try to get arrested like Rammstein. Haha!

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

Nothing has been too weird to answer this really. I wish I had a good story for this but I really don’t. I guess I could say that fans give me a gift of a “compliment”, as in “Oh you remind me so much of Meatloaf, I mean that in a good way!” What a compliment…

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

You guys aren’t fans. You are our friends, our family, and our lifeblood. You keep us going through every show, release, comment, photo, anything! We are so happy you come along with us for this ride, and I hope we can continue on and provide you with more rock and roll as time goes on. Thank you for everything!

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

Man, that’s tough. I want Chris Cornell back. Is that selfish, considering he didn’t want to be here? I don’t want to bring him back if he will continue on suffering. How about Bowie? I know he was almost 70, but I never got to see him live. Again, another selfish reason!

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

I love the feeling of playing. Pouring my heart and soul into my song and seeing the reaction from the crowd. That’s all that matters to me, that the crowd can groove to what we’re doing. Of course, we love our own songs, but when that room is pulsating with the many that are hungry for new rock, and they cheer us on, we are in euphoria.

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

Bring back the old days where people used to give a chance. Bring back the old days where a rock artist had even the slightest chance. I’d also like to make it so that independent artists make more money from streaming and stuff like that. I mean, our music isn’t more valuable, but we pay and struggle harder that the people on the inside. It would certainly be nice if a few hundred listens equalled even one album sale. It takes a lot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica’s Self Titled, or “The Black Album”. It’s chock full of amazing tunes, and it’s the entire reason I play music. Before that, I had listened to some terrible music. I mean I always listened to Prince, which ended up becoming a huge influence for me. But ‘Enter Sandman’. C’mon, it’s only dumped on because it’s been played a bajillion times. ‘Sad But True’ ripping, ‘Of Wolf And Man’ tearing, and being able to chill with ‘Nothing Else Matters’, and ‘My Friend Of Misery’. Just an amazing album overall!

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

I love Vinyl most. I have to have a physical copy of something if I love the band. I have a complete Metallica collection and Bowie collection on vinyl. Plus much more! My second is CD’s. I know that Tape is a superior fidelity format to all but I can’t be bothered by sticking a pencil into the wheel and rewinding.

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

We had a real awesome gig opening for Damon Johnson of Brother Cane/Thin Lizzy recently that not only went superb, but had Damon praising us. It was such an honour that he liked our stuff, as I’m a huge fan of him. But the BEST gig so far? Probably something up at Live@212, one of our favourite places to play in Maine. It’s a bit of a drive, but the place is awesome, the owner is an amazing host, and the people are so accepting. Love it.

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

I’d probably just be doing what I do now, but no music. I work full time as a security systems integrator. I’d probably be travelling as much as possible. I recently went to Tokyo and would love to be back there. There are so many places I want to see. I’d be working, saving up the dough, and travelling. It would be awesome if I could do that as a tour. Two birds, one stone!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Like, just regular? Or celebrities? Umm my mum, my sister, the boys in the band, and my other bandmate. Is that hard pressing journalism or what?! Hahaha, sorry for my horrible Jimmy Carr style sarcasm! I’d have David Bowie, Prince, James Hetfield, Chris Cornell, and dUg Pinnick over. We’d talk about music, I suppose. I’d love to have just one dinner chatting with all of them. Absolutely wild!

What’s next for the band?

We will continue to push the album as far as it can go, hopefully touring off of it until the end of 2020. By then we may have enough material for another LP or at least and EP. We hope it takes off, gets picked up by someone, and we can tour the world, making people happy with our songs! It may be a pipe dream, but sometimes dreams come true.

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

We’re all over Facebook and Instagram. Twitter is kinda meh for us, but we still post! We’re getting into the Facebook live shows, and uploading videos to YouTube and all that stuff. We’ve paid for all the fancy streaming places like Spotify and Apple Music. The stuff is up for sale on Amazon and Google Play, We’ve got the original EP streaming everywhere, including the hub where you can reach all of our social media, up at RenegadeCartel.com – we also have a bunch of cool media up there too, if you want to check it out!
https://www.facebook.com/RCBoston/
https://www.instagram.com/renegade_cartel/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3PqbzJ0fmVnOx3SAWQVpSM

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are heaven. Here I’d call them a cookie, so maybe a biscuit. But I’m a huge fan of anything that tastes like oranges, so if I open a pack, I’m pretty sure I’ll eat them all. And I wonder why I have trouble losing weight! Do a lot of people from the US know Jaffa Cakes? I consider myself so lucky to have indulged in them!

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

Rock and Roll forever. God Save the Queen. Thank YOU for your time.

 

 

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, TN based Groove/Stoner/Hard Rock band Them Fixes! 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?

My name is Dustin Rye and I play guitar/bass and sing. Shawn Jones is the drummer/percussionist.
We’ve been playing in bands since we met in High School and then Shawn decided to move back to Ohio where most of his family is from. He then decided to come back to Tennessee and we reconnected along with some mutual friends and then I asked him to come be a part of a band I was forming at the time called The Clover Club. After about 4 years that project came to a close and we decided to do something new and fresh. I was super inspired by 2 piece bands like Royal Blood and Death from Above and I convinced Shawn to give it a shot. Of course put my own spin on the concept and decided to go with a Fender Bass VI as a weapon of choice among other things. Our first day of practice, after I had gathered the proper equipment and tuned up, we wrote our first single we released called ‘Fangs’. Everything else is playing out!

How did you come up with your band name?

It took about 2 months for us to finally land on a band name haha. In our last project The Clover Club we had a song that we favored titled ‘Fixes’ and as we were sitting in the jam room Shawn made the suggestion that instead of using “The” in a band name we should do like Them Crooked Vultures and use “Them”. Thus Them Fixes was born.

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

Nashville, TN in the United States! It’s pretty rad but most of the best stuff in my opinion is in the underground scene. There’s a TON of amazing bands making rad music. You just have to be willing to turn over the rocks to find them due to the industry being the way it is and oversaturation.

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

Our Debut EP “Electric Prophetic” just released! You can listen to it at;
https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Royal Blood, Red Fang, Crobot, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and KISS to name a few!

What first got you into music?

Just picking up an instrument when I was young! I knew music was a part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

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

Oh man, Probably Neil Fallon / Clutch or Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

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

‘Bonnaroo’ for sure! It’s a huge festival in our Home state! All the greats have played and a ton of up and coming bands play there when they are first breaking out!

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

So far nothing super weird but one of our fans/family gave us a drum head in a pizza box at our EP release show that had a very kind and encouraging message on it. It now resides on the wall in our jam room.

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

That we appreciate them GREATLY and we couldn’t do what we do without them and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Jimi Hendrix!

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

Playing Shows and meeting people and other Musicians! Writers Block. There is nothing more infuriating than getting a good riff going just to be stopped dead in your tracks and not know where to take it.

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

Hmm…For artists to get a fair shake in the market and be more able to make a living with their art¬

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”!

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

All the Above but we are partial to spinning wax ourselves!

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

Our EP Release shows we had for sure. We played in Nashville and then in Huntsville, AL the next night. They were great shows regardless of the storm that decided to follow us.

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

No clue, probably working in IT or Teaching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr, Dan Auerback, Jack White.

What’s next for the band?

Shows, Shows, Shows! We also will be releasing another song by the end of the year before we break ground on EP#2

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

https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themfixes
https://twitter.com/ThemFixes
https://www.instagram.com/themfixes/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never had a Jaffa Cake but from what i can tell from a google search it appears that they are…delicious!

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

We appreciate you interviewing the band and digging what we do! I’d like to just say if you’re reading this….send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

 

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Classic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Gemini Wolves ! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Bryan Martin 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?

Bryan Martin – guitar/vocals
This band is comprised of seasoned veterans of the New England metal scene. We play what we call..wolf metal!

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve always had a connection with wolves. And the Gemini means we have two sides. We can be heavy or we can play melodic or both. Not every song is about wolves but every wolf has a song.

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

USA. The scene is actually growing again. There are tons of new bands and a lot of established bands touring our area again.

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

We are working on our first single now!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band has so many, Amon Amarth, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Saxon!
I would say mine is Saxon!

What first got you into music?

In junior high my best friend got me really into music, Motley Crue, Saxon, Dio, Accept. Later I found The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson etc.

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

I would say Steve Vai, but maybe the band would say any of the above listed influences.

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

SWEDEN ROCK just about the best festival in a great musical nation.

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

In a previous band someone brought us a headstone from an old grave.weird.

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

Play it loud. Live the best life you can and always be yourself!

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

Randy Rhoads!

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

I like the creativity. I hate the pay!

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

Like Sweden, more support for upcoming bands. More attention to unknown acts!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wasp – “The Crimson Idol”

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

CD’s.

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

Ralph’s Diner. 100 degrees and totally metal!

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

Writing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steve Vai, Donald Trump, Blackie Lawless, Biff Byford, Doro Pesch!

What’s next for the band?

Recording and gigs!

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

All of them!
https://www.facebook.com/GeminiWolvesband/
https://www.instagram.com/geminiwolvesband/
https://geminiwolves.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6r2tOZuHVhVISU0pktEdzA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of it..hopefully …cake?

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

Thank you for doing this. Keep howling with us!!!

 

 

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The New Roses – Nothing But Wild

The New Roses

The New Roses – Nothing But Wild
Napalm Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Germany’s The New Roses are a bit of a conundrum and, much to their credit, have so much more depth to them than the casual glance at the new album would give the impression. The snarling wolf artwork, the album title and the opening track all give the impression that these guys are the Teutonic version of Airbourne (in itself, not a bad thing) but as the rest of the album unfolds you’re taken on a very rich journey across a shifting landscape that is much more akin to America than their own home country.

The very rough and ready ‘Soundtrack of My Life’ kicks off the album in true rebel rousing style, kicking up dust and powering you headlong into a furnace of hard rock that comes over like the wild child of Aerosmith at their most kinetic. Thinking that this full on assault is the way that the album is heading, ‘Can’t Stop Rock and Roll’ is a real turn for the unexpected as it’s much more commercial Stadium Hard Rock and third track ‘Down By The River’ has a real Tom Petty/Kid Rock feel to it, bringing memories of happy hazy Summer days. ‘Nothing But Wild’ has a real bluesy Southern kick to it and ‘Heartache’, with its great chorus, would be the perfect soundtrack to dusty road trips, stopping off at roadside bars that smell of beer, chilli and violence.

No rock album aiming for the stadiums would be complete without a big rock ballad and ‘The Bullet’ certainly ticks that particular box. This track could have been written and performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd such is its country tinged, wide screen appeal and you can almost imagine the video, all sepia tinted flatbed trucks, blonde haired high school sweethearts, sunsets and campfires. ‘Running Out Of Time’ is anthemic and joyous and the pace increases for the heavy ‘Unknown Territory’ with its elements of classic hard rock and tinges of New Wave. Similarly ass kicking are ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Give And Take’, the former that takes you from highways to arenas and beyond whilst the latter revels in a ten-million-dollar confidence swagger.

Ballad Number 2 crops up in the shape of ‘The Only Thing’ and ‘Meet Me Half Way’ is another great country number that really shows the quality of the songwriting once again, if any reminder is needed. ‘Glory Road’ rounds off things with another slab of stadium rock that Jon Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams would be proud of. Acoustic bonus tracks ‘Down by the River’ and ‘Fight You Leaving Me’ give you another glimpse of the songs and would be a perfect addition as a mid-set unplugged section for future tours. As mentioned, it’s a somewhat oddly paced album style wise and it will be interesting to see if the next album heads more towards the heads down cranking it up of ‘Soundtrack…’ or the ‘track to break into America’ of everything else. It’s nice to say that the album grabs you because of what it is, rather than what it isn’t, The New Roses certainly defying any expectations and in that lays their genius. Great songs, excellent performances and a band that absolutely begs to be seen live! Everyone needs a bit of good time rock ‘n’ roll in their lives and The New Roses deliver that in spades.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Soundtrack Of My Life
02. Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll
03. Down By The River
04. Nothing But Wild
05. Heartache
06. The Bullet
07. Running Out Of Hearts
08. Unknown Territory
09. As The Crow Flies
10. Give And Take
11. The Only Thing
12. Meet Me Halfway
13. Glory Road
14. Down By The River (Unplugged Bonus Track)
15. Fight You Leaving Me (Unplugged Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Timmy Rough – Vocals/Guitar
Norman Bites – Guitar
Hardy – Bass
Urban Berz – Drums

LINKS:
https://thenewroses.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRoses/

https://www.instagram.com/thenewroses/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAq1qDH8UemNCfWBFFhgXBw

 

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Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime -Greatest Hits Tour – w/Gin Annie – The Underworld, Camden, London – 29/08/2019

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Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime
Greatest Hits Tour
w/Gin Annie
The Underworld, Camden, London
29/08/2019
Review by Dawn ‘The Metal Priestess’ King

Having attended Bloodstock at the beginning of August for the first time in what seemed like an eternity (it was actually six years, but you know how time can play tricks on us!), I was in the mood for some more live music. Tickets for this had been booked well in advance so it was a gig I was really looking forward to.

Having seen Queensryche perform a stonker at Bloodstock with the fantastic Todd le Torre, I wanted to see just how Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime would measure up. Would they have the magic of the “old” Queensryche (although I had only seen the “original” Queensryche once before at High Voltage Festival way back in 2011 and, if I’m honest, they were pretty dire then!) or would they just sound like a covers band, which, I guess, technically, they are!?

So, the venue? The Underworld in London’s Camden Town. I, personally, like The Underworld. Its small so you don’t get the humungous amounts of people but large enough to have a decent crowd. There are a few pillars (holding up the ceiling I’m guessing!!) so depending on where you stand, your view could be obstructed a bit, but it really is only a problem if the downstairs (half a dozen steps down) is jam-packed!

So, amazingly for me, I arrived at the venue in plenty of time, so I actually managed to watch the support band (something I very rarely do!) I must admit I hadn’t heard of them before the gig but then I was expecting a band with ‘Wolf’ in their name for some reason!! Must be the blonde in me!!

Anyway, the support were a hard rock band called ‘Gin Annie’ and I must say I was VERY impressed. Hailing from Wolverhampton in the UK they feature (and I quote this from their website) “heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses, and classy melodies.” I couldn’t have put it better myself! They were absolutely fantastic and judging by the reaction they were getting from some of the crowd, I am guessing they were already pretty well known (late to the party AGAIN!!)

They had a contagious energy that just made you want to get up and dance along with them, and if I had drunk one or two vodkas, I think I probably would have done. The guitarists were awesome, and the singer’s voice just blew me away. There was nothing fancy about them. They are a good old-fashioned heavy rock band, who obviously enjoy what they do. I don’t think there was a time when all five of them weren’t up on that stage smiling! A great sign of a band that work hard but have immense pleasure in what they do.

They played nine tracks in total and I must say I was rather disappointed when they had to leave the stage! I wanted more…..so on my way out I bought the CD from the merch stand and had it in my car for over a week! Instead of getting bored with it each time I played it, I loved it more and more!! I would really love to see these guys as a headline

band, and I will now make it my mission to see them as such!

Outstanding work guys!!

So, after a break of what felt like forever (I don’t understand why there must be such a long break between supports and the headliners. Festivals manage a quick turnaround, so why can’t they?) it was Geoff Tate’s turn. I was looking forward to it, but I must admit I also had a bit of trepidation about the gig. Going by the previous time I had seen him perform, and reports of other gigs over the years, I wondered if it was just all going to be a waste of time.

The band came on first, playing the introduction to track ‘Neue Regel’ followed by the main man himself, to rapturous applause and cheering!

Now, I have been a Queensryche fan for as long as I can remember and to hear all of my favourite Queensryche tracks being played right there in front of me was awesome BUT….and yes there is a but….there was just a little something missing for me! I loved Geoff’s voice during his heyday, but I don’t think he can quite cut some of the notes now. And yes, before I get bombarded with messages of hate etc, I know singers can tend to lose their voice as they get older, but this is a review and I have to be honest!

Despite this, he did do the songs justice, but then he should have done, shouldn’t he? He has been singing these songs for three decades and should know them inside out and upside down. The heroes of the evening, for me, were the musicians he had backing him, Felix Bohnke, the drummer from EdGuy and Avantasia being one of them.

These guys were simply magnificent and if you closed your eyes it could quite easily have been the Queensryche of yesteryear up there on that stage. Personally, I think they are all too good to be in what could only be described as a Queensryche covers band but if that’s what they are happy doing, then good luck to them.

I had heard of Geoff being somewhat arrogant (something I really do not like), and this did come across occasionally while he was onstage and again, I am ducking to avoid anything that could be thrown at me at this point!

Overall, though, Geoff and the boys did a grand job. They played all the old Queensryche classics from ‘Operation:Mindcrime’ (the track) to ‘Empire’ to crowd favourite ‘Silent Lucidity’ and more. I am gutted I missed them on the tour when they played the whole of Operation Mindcrime 1 and 2 but this gig did make up for that.

So, Gin Annie get massive double thumbs up, for me, being the better band on the night and I WILL be going to see them again, while Operation:Mindcrime, although great, came in second!

Gin Annie – Setlist:
New Bad Habit
All I Want
Fallin’
Damage
Next 2 Me
Dying To Live Again
Chains
Love Ain’t Here
Born To Rock n Roll

Gin Annie Links:

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF GIN ANNIE


https://www.facebook.com/GinAnnieUK/

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime – Setlist:
Neue Regel
Screaming In Digital
Operation:Mindcrime
Speak
Spreading The Disease
The Mission
Take Hold Of The Flame
Empire
I Dream In Infrared
The Lady Wore Black
Walk In The Shadows
Breaking The Silence
I Don’t Believe In Love
Encore:
Silent Lucidity
Jet City Woman
Eyes Of A Stranger

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime Links:

Operation Mindcrime Tour


https://www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband/

 

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Gallows Pole – This Is Rock

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Gallows Pole – This Is Rock
Pure Rock Records
Release Date: 30/08/2019
Running Time: 40:43
Review by Chris Galea
5/10

With such a gory-sounding moniker and an artwork vaguely reminiscent of Judas Priest’s “Sin After Sin” I expected to hear something heavy and ferocious. I couldn’t have been more mistaken.

The album’s genre could broadly be described as Hard Rock but occasionally sets foot in Country Rock and Stoner Doom territory. More importantly though, overall “This Is Rock” feels bereft of passion and is characterised by half-assed drumming and disinterested (male) vocals.

In some songs – such as ‘You Got Me’ and ‘Point of no Return’ – I did find some gratifying moments but still not enough to get me hooked.

Until I heard “This Is Rock”, Gallows Pole was an unknown entity to me…whereas in fact this Austrian band has been around for several decades. So it pains me to say that the album sounds more like something you’d expect from a pub band.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Summerdays
02. Heaven Knows
03. Midnight Gambler
04. Point Of No Return
05. You Got Me
06. Daylight
07. When I Sleep
08. Move On Out
09. When You Love

LINE-UP:
Alois Martin Binder – vocals, guitars, bass
Dina Höblinger – vocals
Harald Prikasky – guitars
Harry El Fischer – guitars, vocals
Andy Wagner – drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/GALLOWS-POLE-174803492598152/

 

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EMQ’s with Lamassu

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EMQ’s with Lamassu

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Hard Rock band Lamassu! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Chris Fisher 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?

Hi I’m Chris, I play guitar and sing in Lamassu.

Everyone in Lamassu plays in at least one other band so we were all known to each from the local heavy stoner doom / psych scene here in Melbourne. Matt (Guitar) and I had played a few shows together in our other bands and were fans of each other (the man is a riff wizard!). He suggested we have a jam sometime and about 6 months later we ended up doing just that. It was immediately clear that we worked well together as riffs flowed pretty easily.

From there Matt asked Nick (Drums) who also plays in Motherslug, if he wanted to jam and then Ant (Bass) from Borrachero joined and what would become Lamassu was born.

We wrote around 15-20 tracks over the following 7-8 months, played a show and then went into the studio to record our album with Mike Deslandes (YLVA / High Tension) at the helm.

Ant has subsequently moved to The Netherlands and Al Cooke who plays bass in my other band Field, has joined bringing with him another heavy element to the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt and I spent months trying to find a name, sending lists of potential candidates to each other almost daily. After a few false starts with other names, we all agreed that Lamassu was the right choice.

A Lamassu is a Sumerian protective deity, depicted as having a human head, the body of a lion and eagle wings. We love the imagery of this and the way the word looks when written.

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

We’re from Melbourne, Australia which has an incredible live music scene and a very healthy heavy / stoner / doom / psych scene. We’re pretty spoilt in Melbourne as it’s possible to go and see quality local bands pretty much 7 nights per week.

The heavy scene here is world class, hugely supportive and you’ll always see members of other awesome bands in the crowd supporting the scene. We also have a few local community radio stations that are huge supporters of local independent music.

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

We release our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September on digital download, CD and 12” Vinyl. It’s been described as being everything “from Dopesmoker to Superunknown” and we’re okay with that – pre-sales available via Bandcamp now.
https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-empty

Who have been your greatest influences?

Growing up I was heavily into Pantera, Sepultura, Van Halen blew my mind (DLR all the way!), Hendrix and Skid Row (how good is “Slave To The Grind”?!) to name a few. Later I developed a love of Sabbath, Zeppelin, Ozzy’s “No More Tears” album was killer, and then late one night the video for Soundgarden’s ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ came on TV and I was hooked.

I still find influence in a lot of music I hear; QOTSA, AIC, Sumac, Pallbearer, Soundgarden, Yob, they’ve all played a part in shaping how I play in Lamassu.

Vocally, influences are wide ranging but really it starts and ends with Chris Cornell.

What first got you into music?

My older brother Graeme played guitar and when I was very little I needed to do everything he did. I started on his 3/4 scale acoustic when I was 6 or 7 and went from there…I’m actually left handed yet play guitar right handed because I picked up his right handed guitar so young!

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

I’d have to say Pallbearer or Yob. Both bands are carving out their own sound and making incredible progressive steps forward in heavy music

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

Duna Jam is an absolute bucket list item for me – can anyone hook us up?

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

Whisky, beers or joints are the usual offerings and we’re fine with that!

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

Buy direct from artists instead of streaming, buy merch, share bands you love on FB and come to shows.

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

John Bonham, just for that groove!

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

I love the challenge, pushing myself to sing better, to play better and the privilege of being able to perform in front of people. It’s also a great excuse to buy gear, I love amps and guitars.

What do I hate about it? Having the back of an old man and needing to lift all my gear!

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

Fairer distribution of royalties from streaming providers to the artists!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Badmotorfinger” by Soundgarden.

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

They’re all amazing and what’s best is whatever is best for the listener. Personally I love the process of putting on vinyl at home. I love CD’s in the car and digital files on my phone for the commute to work.

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

Our debut Lamassu show in August last year was killer. Big stage, full stacks, great crowd. I ended up inviting everyone back to my place afterwards and sat around drinking whisky all night.

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

I work full time and play music outside of that. I guess if I weren’t a musician I’d be doing the same but with a less cool hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian (SOAD singer / activist), Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister, NZ), Bill Ward (Drums, Black Sabbath), Mike Scheidt (Guitar & Vocals, Yob) and Brian May (Guitar, Queen / Astrophysicist).

What’s next for the band?

We can’t wait for everyone to hear our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September. After that we’re hitting the road here in Australia in support of the album, playing shows through Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Hobart, with more dates to be added.

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

https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LamassuBand/
https://www.instagram.com/lamassumusic/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea, we’re Australian! You need to try a Tim Tam slam though.

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

Praise the riff!

 

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NozFest – The 1865, Southampton, UK 10/08/2019

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NozFest
The 1865, Southampton, UK
10/08/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham

The concert hangover is a common thing amongst the rock and metal community; these usually take place after experiencing an excellent live show. Symptoms can often include sore muscles, pounding heads and ringing ears. The most common of the symptoms is a huge desire to go back and experience it all over again.

I definitely experienced this concert hangover the day after NozFest. This fantastic event took place at ‘The 1865’, Southampton on 10th August. Given it was the same weekend as Bloodstock and Boomtown, lots of people came through the door which was great to see. JodieBowie was the promoter of this event; after running successful Rock Nights around the UK, this was her first festival.

It was clear that the high winds were not going to dampen the spirits of festival goers better known as Nozzers. As the venue began to fill, you could instantly see fans securing their spots to watch the bands, buying their first pints, browsing the band’s merchandise and talking excitedly amongst themselves about what bands they were most looking forward to seeing.

27 Days

To kick off the proceedings, Bournemouth based 27 Days were the first band to take to the stage. As the opening act, the pressure is higher than ever to get the crowds warmed up. Especially when it’s early doors and alcohol consumption had barely begun. 27 Days conquered that pressure and showed NozFest what they were made of. Their performance consisted of great guitar solos, brilliant harmonies and infectious energy on stage and their cover of the Darkness classic ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ went down a treat with the crowd and got them participating. This is another achievement for an opening band to conquer and 27 Days did just that.

01 27 Dayshttps://www.facebook.com/27DaysOfficialPage/

The Wicked Jackals

As the day went on, the venue started filling. With a performance from the next band The Wicked Jackals looming, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Their melodies contained some great hooks that kept the crowd alive and engaged. Their charismatic and passionate stage presence also seemed to win fans over, particularly when the booze gun came out. Advice: be sure to catch The Wicked Jackals when they come to your hometown. Where else are you going to see a water-pistol filled with alcohol?!

02 The Wicked Jackalshttps://www.facebook.com/thewickedjackals/

The Outlaw Orchestra

For the next act The Outlaw Orchestra this was their first hometown show for a long time and given the warm reception they received; it was evident it was an anticipated one. The first thing I noticed with their stage performance was it was clear they were having a great time. This energy and positivity passed onto the crowd alongside their tight live sound as they performed a selection of material from across their EP’s. After experiencing their live show, I instantly felt much happier. I will call this ‘The Outlaw Orchestra Effect’. If you wish to feel this effect, experience hard rock with a country tinge and watch banjo solos then catch them soon!

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters

There was no beating around the bush when Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters took to the stage. They got straight to the point to play us some no-nonsense Rock and Roll. Their dominant stage presence and excellent live sound meant that audience members were under their control. They performed an eclectic selection of songs from the emotional ‘You & I’ to new drinking anthem ‘Jack & Coke’. With their fire, passion and energy; they could quite easily be the UK’s answer to Halestorm. It’s highly recommended you catch them when they next tour.

04 Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disastershttps://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

StOp, sToP!

The appearance of StOp, sToP! was baffling at first. It seemed they had dressed as elderly men as they played the first song ‘The Last Call’. As they finished the grey wigs came off and the glam rock outfits were gallantly revealed. The message behind this appearance became clear: rock and roll makes you feel alive, it keeps you young and can turn back the years. A great message told in a fun way. If AC/DC decided to go glam, then StOp, sToP! would fit that category easily. Their live show was fun and energetic, which matches their uplifting music. They are due to play HRH Sleaze in a couple of weeks so if you are attending this, then be sure to catch them and get involved.

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Marco Mendoza

The name Marco Mendoza is a household name in the Classic Rock community. Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and The Dead Daisies are among the portfolio of bands that he has played alongside. This was the first date of the UK Tour and with his previous work with JodieBowie, it couldn’t be a better date to start the tour on. For this performance, he played his solo material alongside Micky Crystal (Tygers Of Pan Tang) and Kyle Hughes (Bumblefoot). From the word go, it was evident who was in control. The mighty opener ‘Viva La Rock’ got the crowd going instantly, this gave the audience a first taste of his excellent showmanship and tight live sound. His set consisted of solo material and cover songs that went down well with the crowds. His passion for the community shone through during his performance, as he sang and spoke you could feel that heartfelt, genuine, spirit that caught on in the crowd. He is currently on tour so be sure to catch him.

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Bigfoot

For Bigfoot, this was one of their last performances before they go their separate ways. Whether you are a long-time fan or a new listener, it was the perfect chance to catch them live before they call it a day. It is more than safe to say that this was a great performance from the band. When listening to them, Alter Bridge and The Answer come to mind. Their harmonies were on point and their stage presence was fierce. There was a high amount of passion and energy on the stage. They provided a more chilled out vibe to the evening and were a great warm up for the two main bands of the night. (Rick Here – I will be just one of many very sorry to see them go)

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Those Damn Crows

As the night drew in, the crowd got bigger and the atmosphere was happy, people excited to catch the two main acts of the night. The main support Those Damn Crows are one of the best new up and coming bands. They were fresh from appearing at Download Festival this year and from their live performance it’s easy to see why they are receiving high praise from fans and critics. Their stage presence was incredibly energetic and it was clear that this passed on to the Nozzers that were still standing, bearing in mind some of them had been standing all day. They provided a modern edge to the evening with their sound reminding me of Shinedown. They performed a great selection of music from both their albums. They ended with the new album track ‘Rock And Roll Ain’t Dead’ which was very apt. Those Damn Crows are easily the future of rock and provided the perfect set to get the crowds ready for headliners Massive Wagons.

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Massive Wagons

Having got off an arena tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Status Quo, NozFest headliners Massive Wagons were a hugely anticipated performance for the evening. From the moment they took to the stage and opened with ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’, it was very easy to see why they were the headliners for the night. They did a fantastic job bringing a stadium like atmosphere to a small venue and they got everyone involved with their performance, even the newer listeners who didn’t know what to expect. This stadium like atmosphere included fans singing along to their anthems such as ‘Ratio’, ‘Billy Balloon Head’ and ‘Red Dress’. Hearing the chants echoing around the venue truly was one of the magical moments of their set. Whether you have two albums or ten albums in your discography, it can be tricky picking the right balance of songs for a setlist.
Massive Wagons got this balance perfectly and showcased songs from each of their albums. This setlist seemed to go down well with the crowd. Their boundless energy on stage was incredibly infectious, so much so that they even got those sitting standing up. They ended with the classic ‘Back To The Stack’ that marked the end of a triumphant set and a successful festival.

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It’s now a week after the event and the positivity for the festival on social media is still rolling in. People are already booking hotels and time off work ready for next year’s date. If this doesn’t show how much people and bands enjoyed the festival, I don’t know what will!

NOZFEST LINKS:

https://www.nozfest.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nozfest/
https://www.instagram.com/nozfest/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPgPYzdzbBn-4JQTvSAPpQ

 

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Images Courtesy of Renegadewolf Photography!
https://www.facebook.com/RWConcertPhotography