EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE

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EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Normandy, France based Metal/Hardcore band, Primal Age. 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?

Of course, we are PRIMAL AGE, and we play a mix of metal and hardcore since ‘93. PxA is about 800 shows in three countries on three continents. We’ve played with almost all the more famous bands of metal or hardcore.

How did you come up with your band name?

Animal rights and defence of Mother Earth have always been at the centre of our albums, so the name is a kind of reference of a former period in history when the air was more pure and the sea less polluted.

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

We come from Normandy, France, there are of course many bands but it’s hard to exist for most of them.

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

We just put out our last album called “Masked Enemy” and you can watch two video clips for the tracks: ‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ and ‘The Two Heads Monster’.

‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ (Official Video)

‘The Two Heads Monster’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like metal and hardcore, so on the one hand you can find Slayer, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Dew-Scented; S.O.D….and on the other hand Earth Crisis, Minor Threat, Madball, Hatebreed…

What first got you into music?

I was 17 and my best friend got his first guitar, so I had the idea to be on the bass and singing. We were listening to punk music so we tried to play like this, without any drums. It was fun.

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

A European tour with Napalm Death could be cool 😊

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

I’ll choose one we have never played. It could be the Dynamo or the Wacken in Germany. These places seem to be great with so many famous bands and a huge audience.

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

In Japan, one girl gave me a thing made by her grandmother to give me luck. It was a very kind attention and it’s always attached on my bag when we are on the road, cause it’s a great feeling when I remember this area I had dreamed to play in for a long time.

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

We hope to see you soon on the road. It has been a long time without shows because of the shitty times, so we hope to see you as soon as possible to share the passion we have in common.

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

Lemmy Kilmister, he is so iconic and when I was 10, Motörhead was the first band I listened to.

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

We are a non-professional band, so we have the chance to be very free without any pressure from a label or something. We have the opportunity to travel worldwide, that’s the coolest thing for me. What I dislike is when fashion becomes bigger than passion and you see guys or bands changing to follow the trend.

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

Quantity vs quality. We have that chance to be independent and we don’t feel the need to produce a lot. Many bands, when they make an album have just 2 or 3 good singles and the other tracks are filler.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ll give you two, “Aris” by Sepultura and “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, two revelations for me.

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

It depends on the context. At home when I want to hear some music, I prefer vinyls, CD’s when I do other things and MP3’s when I’m driving. Cassettes are only for my collection of old demos.

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

I think the BloodAxe fest in Tokyo will stay in my memory for all my life cause it was a dream to play in Japan, and I couldn’t imagine to see that thing happen when I started to play!

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

Music is a passion but I live with another passion which is sport. I began French boxing 30 years ago and I teach it and still practice every week. My life as a fighter is behind me but it’s always a part of my life, I need it for a good balance.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jesus, Yavé, Hahommet (Muhammad), Boudha and…Odin, cause I have needed to have some explanations for a long time, cause so many things aren’t very clear but make people so angry.

What’s next for the band?

The promotion of our new album is on its way and we are now more than ready to make shows. We hope to play in many areas with great bands.

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

We are on Facebook, even if I don’t really like it, but it seems to be practical to stay in touch with our public.
www.facebook.com/PRIMALAGE
www.instagram.com/primal_age/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

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

Thanxxx for the support.

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EMQ’s with LURE IN

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EMQ’s with LURE IN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, England based Chaotic Metalcore/Hardcore band, Lure In. Huge thanks to vocalist, Cameron, 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, my name is Cameron & I’m the vocalist of the band Lure In, Lure in are a chaotic metalcore/hardcore band from Manchester which was started by myself & our bassist Jonny. We wanted to make music together so we recorded an EP in my room which ended up being our first Release “Derive” &, after that, James (guitarist), Jake (guitarist) & Sammy (drummer) joined for the creative & live side of the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name came as I was doing a lot of cult themes lyrically, as well as, no other band or project, to my knowledge, was called Lure In so we went with it.

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

We’re based in the United Kingdom & the Metal & Rock scene is very good at the moment, extremely healthy, all you’d need to do is look at the Download Pilot line up & see how good the UK’s music scene is at the moment.

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

So, we did a split record with our friends in Worm Hero, we had 4 songs on that record, all 4 being completely different, as we pride ourselves on not just sticking to one thing or one style of music, but not in the way where it sounds like a completely other band if you get what I mean.

‘Blue’ (Official Audio) Contains Flashing Images

‘Agnostic’(Official Audio) Contains Flashing Images

Who have been your greatest influences?

Most likely The Dillinger Escape Plan, Daughters, Vein, and pretty much every 00’s Metalcore band as well as a lot of modern pop, hip hop & pretty much anything we are listening too currently, as that really shapes the sound of the records we make.

What first got you into music?

I guess for me, personally, it’s a lot of 90’s & 00’s alt/indie rock, my step dad in particular was massively into bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, pretty much everything that’s currently on Radio X here in the UK, & because of him, a lot of that rubbed off on me.

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

Either Dylan Brady or AG Cook, both of them are my favourite producers at the moment and I feel especially as they both have very over the top & hyper realistic productions. It would be super sick to hear what we would sound like with that vibe.

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

Arctangent festival for me, our bassist would say Glastonbury but for me definitely Arctangent. Me & James went in 2019 and a lot of the acts that were on just inspired me or I was already inspired by them so being a part of that would be next level.

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

Just thanks for supporting us, we aren’t exactly your usual metal or rock band so to see people enjoy our songs, it’s just appreciated.

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

Not a rockstar (but they could be if you look at it a certain way), if I was able to, then 100% Sophie. They were a music producer that collaborated with Charli XCX, Kim Petras & also made their own music & are one of my biggest influences as a musician & music producer.

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

Creative freedom & having an outlet to do things is probably the best part about being a musician. The worst thing, because I know it’s coming up eventually, is venues with stairs cause I already feel the agony of getting a 12u flight rack up some stairs.

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

I guess the scene politics, I mean we’re okay & we’ve never really had to deal with anything like that as a band but you see it with other bands & whatever and it’s just not really it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Calculating Infinity” by the Dillinger Escape Plan.

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

Downloads, give me all the flac files.

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

Probably our show in Liverpool with MTXS, crazy small room, packed out, we were the first band on & everyone was up for it, perfect storm of a show honestly.

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

Probably something in the creative worlds, I studied game development as a kid so maybe that but especially, as of late, I’ve really wanted to get into acting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We were asked this question a while back & it’s gonna be the same answer, I can’t think of 5 but 1 person in particular I would love to pick the mind of is Kanye West, super good producer & beatmaker & I’d just love to see how his mind works.

What’s next for the band?

New Music, A return to live shows, we’re currently in the studio with 0 idea when anything is gonna be finished, so I guess we’ll find out together.

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

We normally use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the whole shebang, as well as most DSP’s but we use our socials to get those DSP’s some traffic, all our socials are @lureinband.
www.facebook.com/LureInBand
www.instagram.com/lureinband/
www.twitter.com/lureinband
www.lureinband.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2PMx4Yf2QzHvRbVMZFvolq
www.youtube.com/channel/UCdHkask-y43TlmVhP8s2ENw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had this debate in the band chat & because of the fear of possibly causing world war 3 we have decided that it’s both.

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

Thanks for the interview, our split with worm hero is out everywhere now, we’re working hard to get new music out & hopefully we’ll see everyone at a show as soon as we can get back at it.

Lure In Promo Pic (Credit Alex Dixon @BlackboxPhotoCo)
Photo by Alex Dixon @BlackboxPhotoCo

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EMQ’s with LOVE IS RED

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EMQ’s with LOVE IS RED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee based Melodic Hardcore band, Love Is Red. Huge thanks to guitarist, Roger Kilburn, 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?

Roger, I play guitar, and the history is quite interesting. Band started in the year 2000, we were teens and early 20’s like most young bands and just wanted to tour and see the world. We went through a few line-up changes but still kept two original members (myself included), and that’s when we really seemed to hit our stride, maybe just a right place at the right time moment. Toured extensively on some big tour packages, and before you know it, we broke up in 2005. 5 years passed and we got together again to play our “final” show in 2010. Little did we know a fest was going to try to have a 20 year reunion and ask us to play, much less that a pandemic would stop it, and that I’d be so bored, that I’d write 5 brand new songs for the band after 17 years of writing NO hardcore songs…so here we are.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was our original drummer’s idea. At the time we were trying to mix styles of Shai Hulud with bands like Hopesfall, BoySetsFire, and a few other melodic bands. And it was right for that genre, but as our sound changed it almost didn’t seem to fit, but oddly enough people had latched onto it, that we decided to keep it. It was definitely funny having people think an “emo” band was on the bill at a hardcore show.

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

We were from the South East US. Started in Alabama, but migrated to Nashville Tennessee. Both cities actually have some interesting history tied to music and even though Nashville is known for country, has a decent thriving punk scene. We all currently live in different states at the moment and so are all in different scenes now.

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

Latest release (once again after 17 years) is “Darkness Is Waiting” EP. This release was solely made possible because Covid stifled everything and in the down time, I knew that we had a fest we’d eventually play, so why not write some new music. It just so happened, I never really lost my stride in writing that style, so it almost took no time to get 5 songs cranked out.

‘Shallow Graves’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For Love Is Red, we were inspired by Shai Hulud originally, and how they mixed the heaviness of hardcore with catchy melodic melodies. Our sound morphed and grew into its own like most bands though over time. Personally, I’m influenced by music of almost all genres, whether its Doom Metal, Shoegaze, Post-Rock, Punk, Hardcore, or Hip-Hop.

What first got you into music?

Our bassist hates when I always say, “No Nirvana…no Love Is Red,” but it’s true. I was a bit too young to have gotten into the “Bleach” album, but I distinctly remember in the 7th grade having a kid walk up with “Nevermind” on tape, and popping the headphones on and listening to it for the first time. It was all over after that, next came the long hair, flannel, and a terrible attempt at playing music, haha.

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

If we’re talking just me in general…probably a band like Cult of Luna or something more spacey like Sigur Ros.

If Love Is Red were to ever do any other releases, there are plenty of melodic bands still around like Counterparts, Comeback Kid, etc that would be fun to do something with musically.

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

Furnace Fest 2021 at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama 😉.

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

I don’t know about the weirdest gift received, but a totally different hardcore band I was in called Wait In Vain once played the Ukraine in a small town a bit further away from the major city of Kiev, and kids thought we were fucking Mötley Crüe. I got kissed on the face while playing on stage, and one kid actually ran up and stole a pick out of my hand while I was playing! haha

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

To be as cheesy as possible. From our lyrics on our 2004 album “take back today, fight for tomorrow”.

We’re all old as fuck now, most members are in their 40’s. We truly didn’t realize just how good we all had it 20 years ago, even if it was rough, those were times to explore the world, meet new people, and do things that aren’t traditionally done in a modern capitalist society. Don’t let hesitation or doubt hold you back. LIVE LIFE.

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

We probably shouldn’t but I’d definitely like to see what could have come from someone like Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley in later years.

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

Being creative and literally writing music that will be out there forever, playing in front of live audiences that appreciate that music also helps haha.

Hate…probably just the fact that life gets in the way and less time for practice, or being able to do those shows etc.

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

Leaving off the “industry” part of music. burn that shit to the ground.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sigur Ros – “Takk…”.

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

Digital, because I’m lazy, but I do have Vinyl.

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

With Love Is Red, possibly the final Hellfest in 2004.

But I suspect our pre-show to Furnace Fest and Furnace Fest itself this year will be amazing.

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

When I’m not practicing or playing with some other random band of mine, I train Muay Thai and Boxing. I love it, my body doesn’t.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

You and 4 of your friends of course!

What’s next for the band?

As we may have alluded to, now that we have a new EP finished and out there for the world. You can check us out this September the 23rd in Nashville for our pre-fest show, and then Furnace fest that following weekend with a ton of amazing bands.

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

www.loveisred.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/loveisred_official/
www.facebook.com/LoveisRedBand
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5xnm2W0cqiqAuSzpTOiaFx

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re cookies!

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Capra – In Transmission

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Capra – In Transmission
Blacklight Media Records/Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 32:27
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

The mixing pot of punk, hardcore and metal will never not be a good time. The ‘fuck you’ energy, the frenetic pace, the almighty riffs, it is a Holy Trinity in alternative music and should be held aloft with pride, alongside spiky belts, black band t-shirts and dodgy haircuts.

Every now and again though, you find a band that *gets* it, and Louisiana-based troupe Capra really, really gets it.

The now-five-piece (hello Trevor!) came together after a mutual desire between guitarist Tyler Harper and drummer Jeremy Randazzo to bring the excitement and nostalgia of 90’s and early 00’s hardcore to the present day, complete with a modern sheen. After solidifying a line-up that would come to include bassist Ben Paramore and vocalist Crow Lotus, the group eventually set to work on their debut album, “In Transmission”.

The one-word summary for this album would definitely be “aggression”. From the intro track that sounds cut from the main menu of a horror game to the assortment of riffs that possess the frenetic energy of Converge – but also the head-rocking groove of Cancer Bats, and the vitriolic fables spewed forth by Lotus, “In Transmission” often feels like a therapeutic outlet for the band in the face of their battles over the past few years.

A blistering start to the album proper in ‘Hollow Doll’ sees the band tread into Svalbard-esque blackened hardcore territory, before a smooth transition into the album’s lead single, ‘The Locust Preacher’. Possessing a mid-song build akin to ‘Beside the Ones We Love’-era Palm Reader and a litany of riffs seemingly inspired by Every Time I Die, the song is an all-too-real account of depression, and the entrapment one feels inside your own mind and body.

And on that point, this album does not let up lyrically. Primary scribe Crow Lotus puts various subjects on blast, including failing governments, oppression, sexism, and toxic relationships. Cries of “Am I a product of my surroundings, or does the nightmare follow mе?”, “For the weaknesses within yourself, that you don’t have the strength to address” and “They’re not in control of their bodies and somehow that’s my fault” reverberate in the mind each and every time, in a delivery that invokes Ren Aldridge of the Petrol Girls at her most furious, the swagger of ETID’s Keith Buckley, and the ferocity of Gouge Away’s Christina Michelle. In the words of the lady herself, Lotus states “I intend to give a voice to the people who are often overlooked”.

On the musical side of things, the guitar work of Harper cannot go without comment. Once the album kicks in, it rarely relents, maintaining that high-adrenaline attack throughout its near-33 minute runtime, but at no point does it feel like the riffs are running out. “In Transmission2 may stay at that intense level, but it never feels repetitive or running dry on ideas. ‘Red Guillotine’ and ‘Deadbeat Assailant’ in particular, showcase an excellent collection of six-stringed slappers.

Capra joins an ever-increasing army of female representation in punk no longer content with simply sitting on the sidelines or even just being happy to take part, they have become the scene. From pop punk, to crust, to hardcore, to powerviolence, to straight-up punk rock, punk music has a plethora of female-perspective bands brewing in the underground, stretching all the way up to ticket-shifters at festivals. On their first outing as a solid unit, they have opted to go straight for being mad as hell and raising a ruckus on what fires them up the most. The addition of a second guitarist will only add depth to their already vicious sound, and the band are already contemplating their next step to make up for the time stolen from them by COVID. If the pandemic has given them another reason to be angry (which it most certainly would have done), then we are in for a hellacious treat.

‘Medusa’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. [Exordium]
02. Hollow Doll
03. The Locust Preacher
04. Medusa
05. Torture Ship
06. Paper Tongues
07. Mutt
08. Transfiguration
09. Red Guillotine
10. Deadbeat Assailant
11. Samuraiah Carey

LINE-UP:
Crow Lotus – Vocals
Tyler Harper – Guitar
Ben Paramore – Bass
Jeremy Randazzo – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London/Brighton, UK based Metal/Hardcore band, Viatorem. 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 VIATOREM, based in South London/ Brighton, and we play aggressive politically-inspired metal/hardcore. Individually we are Ross (vocals, from London), Finn (drums, from London), Pip (guitar, from Guildford) Serge (guitar, from Moscow, Russia) and Rodrigo (bass, from Bogota, Colombia).

Rodrigo and Serge have been friends since childhood and founded the original project roughly two years ago, with Pip and Ross joining soon after, and Finn joining after the recording of our debut EP. After stumbling across him working on his blast beats in a practice room at university, Rodrigo and Pip popped in and asked if he wanted to audition and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your band name?

Rodrigo was trying to find an alternative language or dialect for the word ‘messenger,’ signifying the political themes and messages the band wants to convey. He ended up finding it in Latin: Viatorem.

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

We are all currently based around London & Brighton, and the music scenes in both cities are amazing and healthily competitive. We are constantly excited and surprised to be a part of such a diverse, energetic scene, and can’t wait to earn our place on the live circuit as soon as things start to go back to normal!

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

Our latest release was released on April 16th – ‘Bulls On Parade’, a cover of one of Rage Against the Machine’s most well-known (and still relevant) songs. As a B-side this single also features a re-recording and remaster of ‘Exalt’, one of our favourite tracks from our debut EP “No Saviours No Kings”.

‘Bulls On Parade’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We actually made a public Spotify playlist for this exact reason, with all of us having such different influences that we wanted to let our audience enjoy them all the way we do. More specifically though:

Ross: Darkthrone, Terror

Finn: Gojira, Periphery

Pip: Brand of Sacrifice, Fit For An Autopsy

Serge: Malevolence, Thy Art Is Murder

Rodrigo: Verse, Vein

What first got you into music?

Rodrigo got a detention during a music lesson because he didn’t do his homework, and while staying after school he ended up hearing the school band practicing and loved it: He booked his first bass lessons the following day. Finn used to hit things around his room rhythmically as a kid, so his mom decided to buy him a drum kit to keep him busy. And Ross just makes a lot of weird noises generally, so he seemed like a good fit.

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

Will Putney joining in on the production of the record would be a dream come true. He’s worked on some of our favourite records by bands that have been a massive influence on us, so having his input on our tracks would be mind-blowing.

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

Wacken and Glastonbury, with them being both the biggest or the most awe-inspiring festivals for us while we were growing up.

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

We’ll tell you when we actually manage to meet one after lockdown!

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

RADICALISE.

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

Ross: Joe Strummer

Finn: Jimi Hendrix

Pip: Prince

Serge: Steve Ray Vaughn

Rodrigo: Bob Marley

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

The best part for us is that unspoken communication that happens when you play music in a room with other musicians, something non-musicians won’t ever be able to fully understand. When you nail that special moment in the practice room and the whole track comes together, there’s no feeling like it (except live shows). Currently our biggest hatred regarding music by far is not being able to play any shows, or connect with our audience in a live capacity. Metal has always been a genre that thrives on the live aspect, and losing that for the last year has been incredibly rough on everyone.

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

You are simultaneously expected to try and join an elite hierarchy of labels (the big three) for any kind of mainstream recognition, all the while having to front the costs of merch and transport etc yourself and making literal pennies from streaming services. We’d definitely change the industry to be more inclusive and compensatory for all new upcoming bands and artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ross: “Mirror Reaper” by Bell Witch

Finn: “From Mars to Sirius” by Gojira

Pip: “Odyssey To The West” by Slice The Cake

Serge: “Self Supremacy” by Malevolence

Rodrigo: “The Afterman: Ascension” by Coheed and Cambria

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

For practicality in day to day life, it’s definitely downloads. For personal use and enjoyment at home though, vinyl without a doubt. Digital will never beat physical!

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

As a band, sadly none (our debut EP release unfortunately coincided with the first lockdown, perfect timing!), but the live ‘Bulls On Parade’ music video was insanely fun to film – we basically treated it as our first gig and went absolutely crazy for about 9 hours. You can find any future gigs we will be playing on the GIGS tab of our website www.viatoremuk.com/ and of course on all our socials.

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

Ross: Continuing his day job and political activism.

Pip: A ballet dancer (no, seriously).

Finn: Studying ancient history.

Serge: Film editor/photographer.

Rodrigo: Researching and writing political academic papers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emma Goldman, Marcus Aurelius, Dave Grohl, Lemmy, and Noam Chomsky. Just imagine the banter.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on our next EP, which will be hopefully coming out towards the end of the year, but there is indeed a full album on the horizon! You can look forward to our full-length release around summer 2022.

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/ViatoremUK
www.instagram.com/viatoremuk/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAoW8Gny5atRJNVWlinYFQ

Links to all of our socials, streaming platforms, music and more is available on our website.
www.viatoremuk.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, although it took an entire band meeting to figure this one out.

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

The government and systems that govern us will try to convince you that a just and fair society is a pipe dream. People will always have the power to topple systems of oppression imposed against us. Arm yourselves with facts, radicalise, and resist.

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mvsic2mvrder2 – BlakGoD EP

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mvsic2mvrder2 – BlakGoD EP
Self-Released
Released On 22/02/2021
Running Time: 14:40
Review By Dark Juan
9/10

Hello, ladies, gentlemen, gentlepersons of all other genders and germ-free adolescents! It is I, Dark Juan and I have returned from my bed of pain and suffering to bring you this freshly minted piece of absolute nonsense masquerading as knowledgeable writing! Age appears to be catching up with your favourite pseudo-Satanic metal hack and I have been laid up with a spasming back. Now, it’s fun when you have applied a bullwhip to the back of some whimpering Neophyte for a considerable and tiring length of time and you watch their blood soaked back twitching and spasming in anticipation of another lick or two, but not so much when your old assed back cries enough when you have mainly been sat down swilling gallons of Yorkshire tea and barking orders at your “pack” (I use the term loosely as far as my bunch of misshapen misfits goes) of dogs. Except in the case of the Dread Lord Sir Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, who appears to be trans-species, seeing as he variously barks, meows, moos and on one memorable occasion chirped. He is one confused creature. Anyhow, I have mainly been mainlining diazepam and reclining on my chaise longue in my Fourth Incantation Robes (Spring Weight) and being fed vegetarian burgers by the estimable and formidable Mrs. Dark Juan, who has finally insisted in the strongest possible terms (by means of threatening me with a number of weapons including the Dread Lord Sir Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover and the towel rail that I HAVE STILL NOT REPAIRED after the last Ever-Metal online group shenanigans. If you are a regular reader of my bullshit, you will be aware that I got so profoundly drunk that my memory is one long blank after half past eleven. Apparently, according to the gentlemanly and erudite Simon “I Take No Perverse Glee In Telling You This WHATSOEVER” Black, the picture of me went sideways and then faded to black and stayed that way. Our erstwhile and surprisingly large mentor and leader General Sir Richard “I Run A Tight Ship But Frankly I’m That Sick Of Telling Dark Juan Off Because It Happens So Often That My Mouth Does It On Automatic Nowadays” Tilley commented thus, “It’s just like his personality.” Fuck you very much, gentlemen!) that I finally register with the local doctor. Which I have duly done on pain of a savage and meaningless death at the hands of Mrs. Dark Juan. If she says she can murder you with just a spoon, you may rest assured there is a trail of corpses and unsolved murders somewhere where the weapon was a simple teaspoon.

Where were we and what am I actually supposed to be doing?

For my delectation today I have been provided with an EP from a Bulgarian madman who is resident in Belgium called mvsic2mvrder2. As a grammar Nazi of the highest possible calibre, (if you don’t know what third person indicative is, then we are going to have problems) you cannot even BEGIN to imagine the amount of pain it has caused me to type that. Therefore, for the remainder of this increasingly wordy and long winded review, he shall be referred to as m2m2. The lowercase M in place of the correct capital hurts my eyes and my soul grievously yet I shall push on for you, dear friends and readers of twaddle. I am listening to “BlakGoD” (This being a reference to Chernobog, a Slavic black god) and it is a five track EP (although the last song is a remix of the previous song, so technically it’s a four track EP with a bonus tune.)

As this is an EP, I am going to follow my usual format and talk about each song in turn. First up is ‘KvltLeader’ and if you are expecting some pure heavy metal you are going to be very much mistaken, considering the ravening howling mad bastard who has recorded this. Instead, we have a particularly vicious mélange of black metal lo-fi guitar, terror EBM vocals in the vein of God Module and Grendel and gabba techno and electronic industrial. Think Mayhem fucking Combichrist and Suicide Commando until The Berzerker, Throbbing Gristle and Unter Null burst in and throw themselves into the meat triangle and turn it into a meat sexagon (sic) with viscera and bodily fluids being flung everywhere during this most uncongenial congeniality. Yes, it is a particularly savage coupling, this one. This is to be applauded.

This sound (or wall thereof) continues on the second song, ‘Coffinwhispers’, which has an especially virulent sound composed of chopped up guitars, re-sequenced into something possibly illegal and the kind of industrial beat that causes sex wee to erupt in colossal quantities from the fucked up specimen writing this. The flood sirens are blaring and my neighbours are looking balefully at me as they are forced to evacuate AGAIN. This is a Very Good Thing and the sex wee tanks off the coast of Alaska are rapidly filling, due to the well-built and capacious nature of the Dark Juan Sex Wee Extraction System that has been built on to the end of Dark Juan Terrace.

Track three is ‘Fällsilent (EP Version)’ which is slightly less demented and takes a (very slightly) more relaxed form reminiscent of Ministry around their “Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” era with more modern electronics overlaying an 80’s beat and some less savage guitar work, being rather more slow burning than the mental maelstrom that the first two songs were. Still, it is a very uncompromising slab of…whatever the fuck it is, and I commend it to your august attention.

‘BlöD (EP Version)’ (no, it is not a typo) is the final track, and this is where the savagery of hardcore techno comes to the fore, being the mutant love child of “Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix)” Aphex Twin and Johnny Violent and Ultraviolence’s insanely pounding beats overlaying the kind of demented riffing you would find on a Misery Loves Company record. Squeals, squelches and machine gun percussion combine to just stave your fucking crust in whilst the vocals roar and coruscate around your head and the guitars approximate the sound of an approaching main battle tank that will pass mere inches from your helpless head…

Then it’s the bonus track ‘BlöD (Video Edit)’ which is a much more relaxed and a lot more electronic state of affairs. Sheer, unutterable sonic murder is traded in for something approaching musicality as the beats approximate early Nine Inch Nails and Die Krupps instead of the sound of high revving diesel engines and it makes for a far more sedate listening experience. All in all, I prefer the manic one although as far as remixes go, this is perfectly enjoyable.

So, there you have it. Four songs and one remix version of sheer sonic horror. Purists of heavy metal will be fucking appalled at the (as they will see it) desecration of metal with extensive electronics and a wilful disregard for convention that would test even the most sainted of temperaments. However, if you’re into extreme music like what I am (extreme is not just metal, boys, girls and all other genders) then you’ll fucking love the single minded desire displayed by m2m2 to just remove your fucking head and dance all over your blood-soaked and battered corpse as he grins like a loon and paints his face with your arterial splatter. Assuming it’s a him. Yes, I have just assumed someone’s gender. You can shoot me once I have cleared my review backlog. Rick will be most relieved.

Savage doesn’t even begin to cover it.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Le système breveté d’évaluation des éclaboussures de sang Dark Juan – Sorry, other Belgians. Google Translate doesn’t do Flemish and I can only speak French. Патентованата система за оценка на пръски от тъмно Хуан – Google Translate does happily do Bulgarian though!) awards mvsic2mvrder2 (sigh… I’m going to have to read a lot of Colin Dexter to get over this mangling of the English language and rules of grammar) 9/10 for an absolutely uncompromising bit of sheer ravening madness. I deducted a mark because I wanted more and there were not enough songs to satisfy my craving and this is entirely unacceptable. An album of this music would have garnered a score of several trillion out of ten and a right bollocking for me, as, “We have a scoring system out of ten for a reason, you absolute twonk.”

I may have paraphrased.

TRACKLISTING:
01. KvltLeader
02. Coffinwhispers
03. Fällsilent (EP Version)
04. BlöD (EP Version)
05. BlöD (Video Edit)

LINE-UP:
mvsic2mvrder2 – Does fucking everything. What a bastard. I hate talented people because I’m not. Also, a significant amount of internet trawling has not enabled me to find out m2m2’s identity, so he shall forevermore be known as Dave, as is my wont.

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

Bushido Code Logo

EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with PA/NC, US based Hybrid Metal/Hardcore band, Bushido Code. Huge thanks to vocalist, Mike Ledet, 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?

Mike Ledet and I am the vocalist for Bushido Code. We started in 2017. We’ve all been friends for a long time. We’ve all been in other bands that have played together throughout the years, and my friend Derrick Voricci reached out to me about starting the last band he was ever going to be in, and I was on board.

How did you come up with your name?

We got Our name from Derek. He always loved that movie Shogun Assassin. And always wanted to be in a thrash metal band with the name Bushido Code.

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

We’re from the United States. The metal scene here is amazing. We are seeing metal make a strong come back. It’s really exciting for us to go back to our metal roots and bring something fresh to the younger kids and to the older metalheads. But all in all, metal lives and is stronger than this damn pandemic. You can never take away the thrash!

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

Our newest release is called “The Ronin”. It’ll be available on April 16th through Upstate Records and Blood Blast Distribution. We released the first single ‘Harvest’ on March 12th. ‘Harvest’ is a ripper and captures exactly what Bushido Code represents – heavy, in your face thrash metal! On deck, we are super excited about our video for ‘Aftermath’, which came out on April 2nd. We are super proud of this recording and we’re excited about people hearing it!

‘Harvest’ (Official Audio)

‘Aftermath’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically I’ve always been inspired by the great bands from the early days of metal. The ones that stick out the most to me are bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Testament; they had the biggest impact on my life when I was younger. But when I got older and I found punk and hardcore. Bands like Agnostic Front and the Cro-Mags.  They helped change my view on life and for that I really appreciate them.

What first got you into music?

I grew up really poor. And when my brother went off to the army, he came back for Christmas, he bought me a Walkman with KISS’s “Crazy Nights” tape. Yes, I did say tape. It was that long ago when I got introduced to “metal”. That’s all I got for Christmas that year. I listened to that tape front to back endlessly. And ever since then, I was hooked on that style of music. KISS opened the door for me musically.

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

For me it would be Testament without a doubt. Don’t get me wrong Suicidal Tendencies are the reason I want to be in a band, but Testament is the reason I wanted to sing in a band. They were then and still are one of the best thrash metal bands of all time with hands-down one of the best guitar duos out there. Not to mention probably the best metal drummers of all time. In my opinion Chuck Billy is the gold standard for a metal band singer.

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

Man, I would love to play any of the huge metal fest in Europe. Not taking anything away from Americans but Europeans just love their metal. They love & live music. And I want to go over there again so bad and shred! So, like Wacken or Hellfest would be amazing. Why do you ask? Do you know someone we can talk to and get us to play one of these fests? If so, we are on our way!!! LOL!

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

Nothing too weird. I did get a really cool drawing of myself that a kid had drawn. He gave it to me. He was like really into the band I was in. I was beyond flattered. But I was like, “Kid, you got to start drawing cooler stuff than my ugly face”!

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

I would think it would be, “be yourself no matter what the consequence”. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of trying to be what everybody’s want you to be rather than being yourself. And I don’t think you could truly be happy in life without being 100% you! Also, support local music as much as you can because there are so many great bands out there. We are all in this together – support heavy music!!!

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

I have to say Layne Staley. I listen to Alice in Chains sometimes and miss him like he was my personal friend. I was so attached to him as a singer and what his voice did to me. I can’t hear a song with him in it and not feel something. The amazing power of music!

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

The thing I love the most is that I can say whatever I want and for that period of time and space, it’s all mine. I can’t be interrupted, I can’t be distorted, I can speak freely and speak from the heart.

What I do hate is that there are so many great bands and musicians that you’ll never hear of because they were not in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Seems like such a waste!

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

That musicians made money off their music. That they were free to do what they wanted and not forced to do stuff with a label that just wants to sell records. And weren’t punished for holding their ground when they did!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is a real tough one for me. There are really two albums that changed my life. One was Suicidal Tendencies “Lights, Camera, Revolution”. Being the first band that made me feel like I wasn’t all alone in this world. And Testament’s “Practice What You Preach” for making me fall in love with metal music!

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

I don’t listen to a lot of vinyl. Although I hear it sounds really good. I hated tapes when I was a kid. I would have to say CD’s.  ‘Something about having a physical copy of the music, having it in your hand. Reading the notes and lyrics. Something really cool about that.

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

I can’t speak for the whole band on this. But in Albany, New York we played a show on a boat, the booze cruise. That one was good! Something about being stuck on a boat with a bunch of metal kids that can’t run away is pretty awesome.

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

Just your typical blue-collar American. I might try to write. Maybe a book just to get these thoughts out of my head. Sometimes I feel like I’m gonna blow up if I don’t.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would have to say Jesus, Dr. King, Denzel Washington, Dave Chapelle. Man, I’d just sit back and listen LOL!

What’s next for the band?

Well, we’re gonna put this album out and do our best to play as much as we can. with this pandemic going on it will be tuff. We’re gonna write more songs got some in the works right now. Ultimately plan to take over the world!

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

Instagram. Or our label Upstate Records. You can find it on all those social media platforms. Not to mention Spotify, Apple Music and others.

www.upstaterecordsny.com/
www.facebook.com/bushidocodemetal
www.instagram.com/bushidocodemetal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0CRPCzLc6PUAn3J7v58zwA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t really know what Jaffa Cakes are. Put a gun to my head and I will have to choose cake.

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

Just a thank you to you. For having a platform for musicians and bands to tell you about themselves what goes behind her thinking. In their music and in life. My hat is off to you! And also, please download our album “The Ronin” April 16th!!

Bushido Code Promo Pic

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Zebadiah Crowe – The Cloven Hand EP

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Zebadiah Crowe – The Cloven Hand EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 02/12/2020
Running Time: 11:47
Review by Steven Hooke
6/10

Zebadiah Crowe are a hardcore-influenced black metal duo based in Hertfordshire, UK who returned to the music scene in 2020 following a 7-year break with the album “Host Rider”. With a hefty amount of momentum behind them, they would soon follow-up with this EP, featuring experiments into the realms of *checks notes* industrial, 90’s house and dubstep. Hmm…

An electro element is no stranger to the strict world of black metal with the likes of Anaal Nathrakh, The Axis of Perdition and Aborym all making names for themselves by sounding like a Tamagotchi caught in a chemical fire. Zebadiah Crowe themselves have dabbled with the ol’ keyboard before, delicately dabbling with some atmospheric synths before their hiatus in 2013, bringing them back in a more pronounced fashion for “Host Rider”, leering over the barrelling ruckus of The Horrid and Forrrthen. But the boys go one (massive) step further by enlisting the dutiful hands of Portsmouth electro nu metal outfit Seething Akira, and underground Hitchin-based industrial metal troupe Gods of Ruin, to add some profound beeps and boops to their particular brand of black metal.

Despite the 2-on-1 handicap, it is Seething Akira that pulls out the bigger and better result. Dubstep enjoyed a short spell of being a metal fan’s guilty pleasure and the genre’s confidant in the late 2000’s, thanks to bass-breaking modulation (colloquially known as “wubs”) and heavy bass drops invoking the same response as a hearty metal breakdown. Seething Akira tap into those tropes almost a little too well, veering a reorganised Zebadiah Crowe into an electronicore sound that could rival Crossfaith, whilst giving vocalist “The Horrid” the Al Jourgensen-esque through-the-radio overlay, retains ZC’s sinister edge in the song.

That is not to say Gods of Ruin have done a particularly bad job. Their first track ‘Barrens Forge’ is a slower-paced affair built on the back of the looping trio of samples – a classic house drum clash, a scaling synth line, and a hearty guitar power chord – later joined by someone leaning on the E key. It accomplishes its job perfectly fine, although it’s hard to see the line between this and Linkin Park’s “Reanimation” album.

Their second attempt, ‘Skull Shank’, is a much better effort, bringing forth images of the 90’s rave scene of dodgy goatees, bucket hats, short pigtails, and so many PVC vests. Whilst thematically, it is further away from Zebadiah Crowe’s sound than any other track on the release, it resonates with the band’s core sound the most sonically; a high-tempo and vicious delivery of music that should’ve been what they danced to in the cave scene in ‘Matrix: Reloaded’.

All power to everyone involved who were willing to take such an alternative approach to a genre so prone to gatekeeping. Personal preferences will likely differ based on the era you grew up in (and shocker, the filthy millennial likes the dubstep wub-wub parts) but the energy and aggression on display certainly sits soundly in the Zebadiah Crowe camp.

“The Cloven Hand” was part one of two post-“Host Rider” EPs to be released by Zebadiah Crowe, the second EP “LychMilk” is also available now and is an evolution of the industrial influence in the band’s sound, sounding more akin to the industrial black metal stalwarts mentioned at the top of the review.

TRACKLISTING:
01. House Of Worms (Seething Akira Remix)
02. Barrens Forge (Gods Of Ruin Remix)
03. Skull Shank (Gods Of Ruin Remix)

LINE-UP:
The Horrid – Vocals, Bass, Drum Programming
Forrrthen – Guitars

LINKS:

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Gravehuffer – NecroEclosion

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Gravehuffer – NecroEclosion
Black Doomba Records
Release Date: 15/01/2021
Running Time: 46:04
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

My lack of creativity to write introductions is nothing new for all the readers of Ever Metal, but today I have to repeat something that I often mention in this part of my reviews. How amazing it is seeing a band’s evolution when I have the pleasure to follow them, releasing albums, since they formed. Of course, Gravehuffer, from Joplin, Missouri, are not a young band and they have very experienced musicians, but I am the lucky guy who has reviewed all of their albums since 2017, and I have to say that Gravehuffer is one of the most intriguing and challenging bands that I have reviewed so far. Let me try to explain what I am saying.

First! “NecroEclosion” is the band’s best album in my opinion! When I discovered Gravehuffer in 2017, with the “Your Fault” album, I thought they were more a Crust/Hardcore band at that time. After seeing some reviews of them, I realized that they played more than just one or two genres. They have a great mix of Extreme metal allied with their roots in Punk/Crust/Hardcore/ or whatever you want to call them. With this album, the band have explored all blends of those genres at their extreme. From Punk Rock to the non-faceless* (I will explain this later) blast beats of good Death Metal. Yes. You will have fun with it at the end of this review!

Second! This is a pure American album in terms of its concept or context. I talk regularly about the pure things of my country, but this time I tried to enter into the head of an American citizen to understand all the lyrics and all of their criticism. Lyrically this is an ocean of interesting themes. The first song ‘Custom Of The Sea’ is enough to understand Gravehuffer’s music. It is about those who stayed at sea a long time during the colonization. Many people went mad and died. Musically, you can hear all the aggressiveness of the band in this song with all the fast broken tempos from good Grindcore that sometimes slows down with a Doom influence. Everything offers an intense and dark atmosphere.

Third! There is the typical acid humor that Gravehuffer always use in the best way, as you hear in ‘Death Before Disco’. It starts with a funny version of ‘You Should Be Dancing’, from the Bee Gees, that shows the wreck that Disco music made of the music industry decades ago. It also criticizes the cocaine stuff involved with those who were part of it. I love the pure Grindcore and heavy killer intro after this creepy, funny parody intro. It could easily put the entire venue down if Gravehuffer plays it live! Still with good humor, the short ‘Stingray’ is more Punk Rock in style, but full of great, small solos. Yes, we have plenty of excellent and different stuff here, and I am not talking about that stuff from Disco clubs, that could make Robocop (with rusty hinges) dance like hell! (That sounds like me when I’m dancing – Rick)

Fourth (if I haven’t lost count). The Doomy side of the band appears in ‘Smaller Than Death’. ‘Ghost Dance’ also keeps the dark feeling, but it has an important message about the mass killing of the Native American Indians in the USA. Despite this song having more of a Thrash Metal sonority, it carries some backing vocals, like the ghost of the Indians ancestors screaming for help to anyone who could stand and fight. Melodies bring the feeling of a ‘last breath of hope’ amongst all the chaos, that sadly didn’t save them from the cowards killing. There are good historical and political facts explored here!

Fifth! After the pure hardcore song ‘Quarantine Death Machine’, that even reminded me of Sepultura in some parts, you get the dramatic song ‘Causes’ that sounds like someone has already given up on his life. We also have ‘Mad Wolf’ that is about a Japanese movie/manga series ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’. And what about Dan ‘Chewy’ Mongrain (Voivod) doing an epic solo on ‘Sight To The Sky’ or the Curran Murphy (Annihilator, Nevermore) ‘Smaller Than Death’ solo? Do you remember when I said about the ocean of different subjects or plenty of styles that the band play?

Last (almost…)! What I love about Gravehuffer is the total open mindedness of them to explore whatever they want. They could easily be called a “Whatever metal / hardcore” band to describe their music. This raw sonority allied with all the insane changes of rhythm and atmosphere they create is the perfect face of Gravehuffer. “NecroEclosion” is the band at their prime with inspiration and composition. They are secure of what they are doing, being audacious and without any fear to try new sonorities and arrangements. It is pure Thrash! It is pure Hardcore! It is pure Grindcore! It is pure Death Metal! It is pure Crust! It is pure whatever you want to call them and it is great!

This review finishes here, but don’t fool yourselves. The non-official truth about this album comes from the next and ‘true’ last paragraph.

*This last paragraph is a joke about bloody reviewers that are so lazy, they fail to understand some band’s sonority and write stupid things without doing any research. The quoted parts are from a review that should have stayed buried!

The band’s music is not even close to being “terrible”. Maybe the “not so hot production” is because the band intended the album to be dark and cold. Do you want hot things? (I will not suggest what you should try in respect of our readers)! Try not to be a faceless reviewer. First, we have a lot of context here, and you haven’t woken your ass up from your sofa to do any research about it. The blast beats are not a “total joke” they are pure and natural, with a huge amount of power…you don’t have the brain to understand what a triggered drum is or isn’t. “No catchy riffs”? No, no, no! Probably, no catchy ears on your head!… “band brought an empty meal to the table on Thanksgiving”! Do you want a full meal for your Thanksgiving (If your diet is not so restrictive, of course)? Try to learn how to understand a band first, otherwise, you can work on another job or hobby. Our Thanksgiving will be better without lazy “reviewers”! Writing reviews just to publish something, without any research to understand is wrong…I guess any person with an “F” grade on a school graduation/exam can do a better job than you! Have a good 2021!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Custom Of The Sea
02. Hellhound
03. Sights To The Sky
04. Death Before Disco
05. Stingray
06. Smaller Than Death
07. Ghost Dance
08. Quarantine Death Machine
09. Causes
10. Backpack
11. Mad Wolf

LINE-UP:
Travis McKenzie – Vocals
Ritchie Randall – Guitar/Vocals
Mike Jilge – Bass
Jay Willis – Drums/Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With MACAKONGS 2099

EMQ’s With MACAKONGS 2099

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Hardcore band, Macakongs 2099. Huge thanks to guitarist, Waldson, 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 there!

My name is Waldson, guitarist (nick name Wa – here in Brazil, these kinds of English names are difficult to speak, that´s why nobody knows my name right)

The band was formed in June 1998 in Brasília, capital of Brazil and released during this period were four albums: “Bikinis Don’t Kill” (2000); “Bonitos, ricos, sortudos e bons de briga” (2001); “Ultimate Hot Super Cancer Meneghel” (2002); “Tropicanalia” (2007); “Amor” (2020). Also featured in some collections: “Tributo ao Ação Direta (2001)” and “Indians… No! – Brazilian Tribute to Anthrax (2007)”.

In the audiovisual, the band have produced several video clips, all in full length on the band’s YouTube channel (Macakongs 2099 Hardcore), and produced a DVD called “João Se Arme (2010)”. In addition, have participated in the soundtrack for the movie “Acid Bath” (2006).

We are performing uninterruptedly since its inception and have toured in almost every region of Brazil. After several changes in formation, we are: Phu (bass and vocals), Leo (guitar and vocals), Wa (guitar) and Thiago Brito (drums).

How did you come up with your band name?

The initial idea came up with Phu, a mix of Macaco (Monkey in Portuguese) and King Kong, Macakongs. In the studio, explaining the idea, the guys started trolling: “This name is like these Marvel superheroes from the future SpiderMan2099!” There it is… Macakongs2099

Phu is Straight Edge, otherwise I would like to know what drug he uses to come up with these ideas! Lol

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

We are in Brasília, capital of Brazil. We have a small but consistent scene, lots of talent and excellent bands for sure. Of course, we are always trying to expand and make it stronger and united, but I don´t have much to worry about the “human factor”, many old underground bands are still active and the young guys are coming with full power.

In this 2020 crisis I was more concerned about the few pubs and studios that support us with their physical space and survival from the concerts…they all stayed around 6 months closed…tough times…

But I think the worst has gone, some places are coming back.

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

Our last full-length album was “Amor” released in the beginning of 2020, before these Covid shit…

‘Haters Amam’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitar player my most important influences in the beginning were Megadeth and Marty Friedman, Testament and Alex Skolnick, Exodus and Gary Holt, and of course, Sepultura and Slayer!

Nevertheless, I have to make a second category; I was 100% into metal, until I met Suicidal Tendencies… The ideas, the performance, the concept, it really affected me.

And a third category… The Pantera explosion… Wow… What was that?

What first got you into music?

Music was for me, an escape from mental disorders, social problems and problems with my parents. Music was just there, no judging, always hearing my sorrows, in a symbiotic way.

In the beginning was just anger, but the music path showed me many possibilities after a while.

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

It would blow my mind collaborate with Suicidal Tendencies; they remind me of good teenage times

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

Wacken Open Air…for sure!

First time I got to Wacken I could feel, see and share with 80 thousand Metal heads the same indescribable feeling, that place has a magic on it.

Of course, I love to play, and every concert for me is special, I give my best every time, there is no workout that takes more from me than the smallest concert I´ve made, but if it were to play in Wacken it would be different.

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

Actually, I wish to have had at least one to say here. I know we have some people that like our music, but in fact, we treat them as friends, and we change a lot of gifts and souvenirs, but none of them weird and sufficient for me to remember now.

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

Life is simple and short, as long as it doesn’t hurt others, enjoy it the way you want, doesn’t matter what!

To make it short: keep head banging and fuck everything else!

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

Tough one…

How to choose one legend besides other…

So many names that I love come to my mind…I’ll have to choose almost randomly…

Ronnie James Dio

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

What I love and what I hate in being a musician are side by side… I love the search for knowledge, the search for identity and development of technique. At the same time, I hate it, because it is endless… You have to manage your anxiety to understand your limitations, give time to your physical body, assimilate the new task and your mind to understand the discipline. It is really easy to get frustrated being a musician if you are not prepared mentally to give things their proper time.

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

Actually, the music industry has changed a lot since I began, I love it! No more monopoly of quality and physical borders.

On the other side people are taking it as like something futile and forgetting the art of playing music. I love the technology and how it can help us, but I love more art. It will be always about how you can express yourself with your art with or without technology.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace” from Megadeth.

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

As I mentioned before, I love technology, I love the possibility to hear in my car what an underground band from the middle of Ukraine just released, for example. The world is connected 24/7 now by streaming and downloads. Love it!

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

With Macakongs2099 probably the Tattoo fest here in Brasília 2017. It was sick!

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

I have side jobs as computer graphic animator and firefighter, I probably would be working only with it. But it never passed my mind not being involved somehow with music and underground culture. If I retire someday I´ll be producing and making small concerts for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Xisto, the 5th guy could be The Master Ozzy, they would respect him for sure.

I really would love to see these guys just talking to each other again peacefully, they are genius and together they made a lot to the history

What’s next for the band?

For 2020, the plan was to make a small tour in Europe, but Covid 19 changed the plan for us. So, we decide to take the show we had prepared for the tour and record it in studio. We are in the middle of this process and we pretend to release it until December 31, still in 2020 to celebrate the 22nd band anniversary and to send some hope and message besides this craziness.

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

We use all the classic ones:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCfOm7NMMaKMSxIKQWi2uziA
www.instagram.com/macakongs_2099/
www.facebook.com/Macakongs2099/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3KyBKyuTODh0l6HBDVjGfw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Had to google this one, never heard about! By the pictures, they seem like cookies, by the name they are cakes… 50% each side… I promise I´ll search for it here in Brazil to know how they taste, that will be the decision, I´ll post the answer in our social medias Lol.

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

We are underground, and I have to thank you back for your work with the underground. The underground is much more than we think it is sometimes.

I mentioned Wacken early on, but it is once in a year, and it is just a really small piece of the cake in comparison to the world headbanger.

Where are all the metal heads on the daily basis? When the fest is over everyone goes back home to your local underground scene, feeding it back and spreading the underground culture.

We are strong and we all keep it! Keep headbanging!

Thanks!

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