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.

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EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

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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!!

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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:

Gravehuffer Promo Pic

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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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INTERVIEW WITH SILENCE EQUALS DEATH

INTERVIEW WITH SILENCE EQUALS DEATH
Brings You New Life With REVOLUTION RISING
By Stephanie Stevens

Always seeking to evolve
Always seeking to empower
Always seeking to unite.

The amazing force that SILENCE EQUALS DEATH has within the hardcore scene is purely amazing. From powerful lyrics to crushing music, the feelings of raw nature saturate hardcore and makes it one of the best genres of music. SED hail from NJ and bring to you a unique fashion of aggressiveness with melodic undertones and to me have become a notable force to be reckoned with.

With the release of the band’s newest EP “REVOLUTION RISING” you can see the undeniable growth, maturity and excitement they had for writing these songs. Lyrically it bleeds with real talk, the driving hard riffs and that energy induced vibe they capture so well is on a new level. Take an earful of ‘SWITCH’ or ‘PLAGUE’, two of my favourites, and tell me if you get the same warm feeling!

I recently had a chance to chat with some of the guys and got more details into the new songs, working with producers, how they liked a livestream and much more.

Q: You guys have always had albums n songs that capture reality driven storylines be it personal or life around you. 2020 has had a lot to write about. Did any of the impact of 2020 go into this new EP “REVOLUTION RISING”?

Scott: The song ‘Revolution Rising’ was actually written prior to the riots and protests. However, it was clear the country was on the brink so that’s what fuelled the idea. ‘Traitor’ is about Trump plain and simple. ‘Switch’ and ‘No More Ashes’ deal with life’s frustrations, which we can all relate to. ‘Pass The Torch’ is a nod to the young people coming up in the scene. We feel it’s up to them to keep it going and some old dogs tend to look down on the youth. We say, take em by the hand and show them the way so this thing we call Hardcore can live on for generations to come.

Wade: Most of our music has been written pre-2020. although, I could say most of the material definitely relates to most of what’s going on this year. Especially with the injustices of our government and the abuse of authority, our EP seems like it was written just a month prior to release. The only impact 2020 really had was it gave us the chance to really focus on what we put into the EP. We had more time to discuss how we wanted it to sound. So, it was more of a blessing in an ironic way more so.

Q: It’s been a few years since you released any new stuff. Do you think taking time, you guys came back with a renewed motivation musically and do you see growth in yourselves as musicians?

Scott: We’ve done a few singles for comps here and there, but it really felt good for the 5 of us to sit down and hash out some new material.

Ryan: We’ve been working on material since our last proper release “End Times”. We went through a number of line-up changes. “Revolution Rising” is the result of contributions from both past and present members.

Wade: To say the least, it was a long time coming. The reason we don’t push out content as much as we would like is because we get very picky on how we write our music. Scott and I usually go back and forth on what we want as far as composition, but we always manage to get the best results when we do. So, for us it takes time. Not necessarily because of the writing as much as how we want the whole picture to be viewed.

Q: SILENCE EQUALS DEATH is in a genre of music that pretty much is family and brotherhood. Do you feel the scene is even tighter these days or do you see a change in the scene?

Scott: Personally, I feel like there is a lot of unity within the scene. The majority of people involved in HC really look out for one another which is evident by the way we rally around those in need That’s not to say it’s perfect, but what family dynamic is? As a band we try to treat everyone we encounter with the same respect we expect in return. Fans of the band are not just fans but also friends. Band members are not above anyone in the crowd in my opinion. I feel like anyone who loses that connection, loses what makes this scene so special, thus losing a bit of that unified feeling.

Wade: I have only been in the scene since I’ve started working with SED. I have played in multiple genres all my life. I can say, I’ve never felt more at home than with the HC scene. I’ve never been accepted so quick. No one cares about how you dress, what you listen to. This scene has always accepted me for me. I don’t need to pretend. So that right there should explain just how amazing and family oriented our scene is.

Q: Let’s talk about the song ‘PLAGUE’. Probably my favourite track on the disc from the guitar solo, the breakdowns and the signature upbeat high impact sound you guys have. Can you tell the world how the song came to see the light of day?

Scott: The song was originally written for the Patient Zero Records split 7″, “Spreading The Infection”. We’re always looking to expand our creativity and for ‘Plague’ we wanted to explore the more thrashy side. The song evolved over the past couple years, so we decided to update it and include it on the new EP. Lyrically it deals with organized religion. Although we are not a bunch of religious guys, we do respect others freedom of belief. With that said, my personal view of organized religion is basically different sects twisting the words of books to control its followers. The true Plague on our society is the mind control and manipulation most organized religions impose.

Q: 2020 also put the music world on hold. But you guys just recently did a livestream. How did that go and how did it feel having a show but not having the energy of the crowd?

Scott: For me it was the excitement of seeing the hundreds of people signing up to watch it beforehand. Knowing they were out there all around the globe was awesome.

Ryan: It was fun getting in the room with the guys again and performing. We wanted to make it special, so we purposely scheduled it the same day as our EP release. I immediately thought of backroom studios given their rich history and how they’ve done a number of successful livestreams already. The experience was organic, and we had a great time doing it.

Wade: it was the first time I didn’t have to picture the crowd naked in order to get comfortable playing. I usually go through these anxious episodes before playing. So being excluded from a crowd was easier on the anxiety but harder on the heart.

Q: How did you guys go about recording this EP were you able to get together, studio wise, or was this a home created EP?

Wade: We tracked all instruments in my studio and Scott tracked vocals at his. I then went in and did the editing and we sent it off to my friend Doug Gallo at AGL sounds and he took over from there. I can’t thank him enough for pouring his heart and soul into making sure we got exactly how we wanted it to sound.

Ryan: Yeah, Wade really stepped up and did a fantastic job tracking and editing. Once Doug put his magic touch on it, it really brought the songs to life.

Q: When it comes to producers do you stick close to home with people you’ve worked with before or do you like to branch out and test new waters?

Ryan: We like to branch out and try something new with every release. When we chose Doug to mix/master we recognized that he hadn’t worked with a lot of hardcore bands in the past, but we didn’t care. The quality and care Doug puts forth with all his projects was enough for us to trust him with our songs. Doug did not disappoint. He brought a fresh ear to the table and we couldn’t be more proud of the end result.

Wade: I have to agree with Ryan on this one.

Q: Music in every genre is life for so many people. What do you think it is about music that can be so powerful to people?

Scott: For me it’s the pouring out of emotions. Topical songs are cool, but when you can really relate to what someone is saying and understand what, is often their frustration/pain, that’s priceless.

Wade: I have to agree, it’s all about emotion, plain and simple. You want to connect with something. For some, they have family, friends, etc. For most, they only have relations from sound. I have had bands save me through some dark times. You can’t get a feeling of emotion stronger than from music.

Q: Empower another artist and tell us someone you look up to and why?

Wade: One person I’ve always looked up to is Yoni Wolf from “Why?”. Although, he is the complete opposite end of the spectrum. He has shown me there is more to music than just guitar, bass, and drums. He has written music so abstract but befitting to the average listener’s ear. Opened a whole new way of thinking. Especially when it comes to producing. Another person would be Alexis S.F. Marshall. Him and his band also have shown me there is more you can do with empty space than just hitting power chords. He also takes risks. He doesn’t care what people want. He creates what he wants. I’m all about that. Last but not least, Drew Stone. That man seriously amazes me with how much he dedicates to the scene. He has shown a whole world of hardcore to younger crowds. If hardcore is dying, Drew Stone can single-handedly save it from failing.

The End

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

Silence Equals Death – Livestream at Backroom Studios (13th November.2020)

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EMQ’s with MINDWAKE

EMQ’s with MINDWAKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cagnes-sur-Mer, French Riviera based Nu-Metal/Hardcore band Mindwake. Huge thanks to guitarist Loïc Michel 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 Loïc, guitarist in Mindwake. Our Band is a Nu-Metalcore band, we’re doing violent riffs that remind of the nu metal era, but we added some modernity to it. Some parts are more hardcore/deathcore related than nu-metal and it’s something you definitely want to try.

How did you come up with your band name?

Someday we were at a party, and maybe we smoke too much weed, but we all agreed that the meaning of our song plus the chaotic/violent atmosphere could be something that could wake everyone’s minds.

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

We’re from the South of France and here, the metal scene seems to be dying…a lot of friends and local bands stop doing music because here living off of music is something really hard and everyone has to pay their rent in the end, so they have no time to do this anymore. One of our songs is called ‘Dead Dreams’ which brings up this topic (in some ways).

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

We just released our first Album called “B-52”.

‘Concrete War’ (Audio)

Because of the COVID we can’t tour or really promote this album as we’d had loved to do…so we’re currently writing what’s coming next.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for the whole band, I have to say Slipknot and Korn are our best influences, we all listen to these bands even if everyone in the band came from different horizons.

What first got you into music?

My older sister brought me into metal when I was like 5 years old, I could discover things like Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson etc…and for the first time I could hear something different and I could feel some things that changed my life. Since then I’ve always wanted to do that in life.

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

For the moment I would love to collaborate with bands like Malevolence, While She Sleeps, Chelsea Grin or Emmure.

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

I would pick every festival in the world! It’s a very hard question you got there, we really love to play shows everywhere and at the moment we feel like little kids who just were grounded because of the virus.

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

One day someone gave me a cactus after a show, it was cool, weird but cool.

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

It would be: “we love you and stay tuned for the upcoming things!”

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

I must say Paul Gray from Slipknot. There’s a lot that I would love to bring back.

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

We love being musicians, being able to see different cities, different people from everywhere enjoying the same type of music, being with friends, partying a lot, expressing ourselves with the band. The only thing that I do not like but we have to do is fighting to get paid when we play sketchy venues…besides that, being a musician is THE dream.

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

If I could change something, it would probably be to remove all the people who profit of little bands to make money without doing anything really important in return…or maybe remove the commercial music that makes people more dumb and makes them think that money is all that matter these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tough one aha…I’d say “Iowa” by Slipknot.

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

Downloads, because you can listen in high quality and if you love the band then you can support them by buying some Vinyl or merch, but you can’t listen to a Vinyl when you’re at work for example.

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

At the moment, it’s probably that one time we played with Smash Hit Combo, because this gig was so intense, everyone liked it, the sound was good, and some people still tell me things about this one.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I would probably be a cat, more seriously, I don’t know…maybe I would be a tour manager or something like that, something still in the music business.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If I had to choose only five people, I would choose the band and our merch guy aha but five is not enough.

What’s next for the band?

We are all busy making the next release and it will be more modern but a lot more violent and chaotic.

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

We are on every music streaming platform and if you wanna interact with us we’re on Facebook, Instagram etc…
www.facebook.com/mindwakeHxC
www.instagram.com/mindwakeband/
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1IBNUfe1FFZoPik_fDFFCIuyCrtQSWGS

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s definitely the best munchie when you’re really high haha!

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

Thank you, feel free to check out our album “B-52” and if you enjoyed it, you can let us know on social media, buy some merch and come party with us when we’ll come to play in your city. Have a good day.

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INTERVIEW WITH CRO-MAGS

INTERVIEW WITH CRO-MAGS
The Story Of 2020 EP Style
By Stephanie Stevens

The CRO-MAGS, a legendary name in the Hardcore/Punk/Thrash scene. A band who has had a cult following since early in their career. They gave birth to the tough as nails attitude of the scene in the late 80’s and brought, to this world, music that held no punches and surrounded you with an essence of ‘fight and stand strong’.

It’s been 20 years since the band dropped a full-length album to their fans but, earlier this year “IN THE BEGINNING” was born! The album brings you back to the New York hardcore roots and pummels you with that high-octane energy!

Throughout this year the guys had to cancel a tour because of the pandemic but rose up and presented one of the very first live Quarantine livestreams and then continued writing, so we will not just see a full-length released this year but the men of CRO-MAGS are also releasing another slew of songs with the EP entitled “2020”, coming out Dec 11, 2020. To me this EP outweighs the full length. It’s got so much power and angst, a masterpiece in its own right. From living in quarantine, to seeing violence, brutality, burning buildings and the empty streets of NYC, 2020 is a year we will never forget. This EP captures the emotion and raw reality in 20 minutes and 20 seconds. The band fully engulf what we have endured as you listen to the music, words and lay your eyes on the artwork. You want real? Its right here, packaged up in a six-song disc!

I had a chance to ask the legend himself, Harley Flanagan, about the making of the EP, the future of America and who empowers and inspires!

Q: Through 2020 you guys have done a lot of writing. Back in June of 2020 you released “IN THE BEGINNING”. How was it going back to work with producer Arthur Rizk and did you re-visit him because of a certain thing it brought out in you guys?

We get along really well musically and as people, he is not afraid of taking chances and he encourages me to do the same.

Q: Before the end of the year you’re also releasing the EP “2020”, a tell-tale story of the life we have seen roll out before our eyes. With so much emotion about the year we have had, how easy was it getting it out onto a soundtrack like this?

There was no better way to deal with it and to vent. I am blessed to have friends like Steve Zing, Arthur and my guys.

Q: You guys are from NY, so you have seen so much through the year that our country has gone through. Being we are in probably the most chaotic year we have ever seen how do you envision the new year will pan out if you could voice your opinion?

To be honest I have no idea. I hope we start doing shows again soon, but I think things are gonna stay weird for a while.

Q: ‘CHAOS IN THE STREETS’ was a song that stuck with me off the 2020 EP. What do you hope people walk away with after hearing this track?

I’m just reporting it as I see it and giving a little warning.

Q: CROFUSION is an epic ending to the record. Tell us about the jam session and how did you break it down to a, little over, 4 min song?

We just put on a click track and started jamming. It was almost 20 mins long, then me and Arthur just took what we thought were the best parts of it and lined them up so the full record would be 20:20 long. Initially, when we did, we weren’t planning on that, but since it came to 20 min and 16 seconds when we were done, we just added 4 more seconds of sound and made it an even 20:20 like the title.

Q: The EP also has an array of pictures from the album cover and the most eerie look into a deserted NYC. How did you go about choosing pictures and did you go out yourself to take these images?

Me and my wife took some of them and my uncle took the back cover. I went out when I had to, but I stayed away from people and crowds to the best of my ability. There were a few Covid cases in my building, one death and my mother in law was sick but she recovered.

Q: As a band how was the writing process for you guys due to quarantine and how long was it before you could get into an actual studio to lay stuff down and how different was the process?

I always do most of the writing and I have a backlog of riffs and songs, they add their input after. I have so much material and I’m always writing; once I give them the riffs and arrangements, I encourage them to just go nuts, and we take it from there.

It was a difficult time due to the quarantine, and everything was closed but when my longtime friend Steve Zing from Danzig moved into his new house he set up his studio and when things eased up a little we went out there and jammed through the riffs and tracked them there and then we built on it. Rocky was in L.A so he did his tracks there.

Q: This year the touring all stopped, and you guys were one of the first to do a livestream. How did you perceive it after the fact and were there more positive outcomes of it, vs an actual tour?

Obviously, I would rather have toured, but sometimes life throws curveballs at you and you have to handle it. I took what was a shitty situation and turned it into the best thing I possibly could. Then I got to work on writing this EP and the next album. I wasted no time, I didn’t get sucked into bitching online with conspiracy theories and bullshit, I just kept busy. I was out of work, so I wrote music and lyrics and worked out.

Q: As a legendary group and having a platform where people look up to you, what is one thing you can say to this country, that is so divided, that could maybe open a few people’s eyes to what America is and how we can save this country?

I’m not gonna be that guy to try to give anyone a solution or the “Answer” on how to save anything, but I’m hoping that with everything that has happened people start to wake up. Change can be a painful thing, but I am hoping for progress. But just remember things can always be worse and or get worse and It doesn’t take much for that to happen. Be grateful for the good things in your life. I honestly don’t have much hope for the human race as a whole.

Q: Are you guys doing any pre-launch promotions for the EP “2020” and how can fans support you guys with this soon to be released EP and “IN THE BEGINNING”?

Not that I know of. Just buy it, download it and enjoy it!!! Maybe make a video of you and your friends singing the songs and post it and share it with us!!!

Q: Empower another artist and tell us what inspires you about them?

That’s a hard one. There are so many- there are so many artists that I love and respect, but I have to say Gman ( I know he’s in my band does that count?) Because I get pumped when he plays – I love watching him play – it makes me want to play and if I didn’t have an instrument in my hands I’d probably just start flipping out – and I guess that’s what HC is supposed to make you feel; like involuntary stomping, swinging, headbanging, running back and forth jumping off shit and smashing shit. Good thing I have an instrument when he plays cause shit would get dangerous.

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CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘From The Grave’ (Official Video) – Taken From The Album “In The Beginning”

‘2020’ (Visualiser) – Taken From The EP “2020”

Cro-Mags – Full Live Quarantine Concert (15th March 2020)

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