INTERVIEW WITH SLEEP WAKER

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INTERVIEW WITH SLEEP WAKER
Waking Your Senses With New Album “ALIAS”
By Stephanie Stevens

Michigan’s heavy metal outlet SLEEP WAKER is destroying the confinements of being a new band trying to find their way. These guys are pulling walls down and making other bands take notes on how to do it. Guitarists Jake Embellishers and Jason Caudill, vocalist Hunter Courtright, drummer Frankie Mish, and bassist Aaron Lutas, who have signed to UNFD for the release of their second full-length, which was released on July 23, entitled “ALIAS”; have made huge leaps forward these since their formation back in 2017. If you enjoy heavy, intricate, intensity in your music then this band is the pot of gold you have been looking for.

“ALIAS” applies so much brutal soundscape but also layers it with solitude, sereneness and conceptual themes and ideas that will blow your mind. The story they have embedded into their music is intriguing, sometimes confusing and maybe too intricate for some, but GOD DAMN these guys can put a package together that is nearly perfection

Songs like ‘110 MINUTES’, ‘SKIN’, ‘ALIAS’ and ‘DISTANCE’ had me salivating and on the edge of my seat while I was listening for the first time. Buckle in for the best ride of your life on the heavy train with SLEEP WAKER because “ALIAS” is going to define what talent is.

I had a chance to speak with drummer/songwriter Frankie Mish to find out the story behind SLEEP WAKER, who he considers his most influential band and how Philip K. Dick impacted the writing for “ALIAS”.

Q: Your band is so much more than just amazing music! Can you explain, in your words as people and artists, what this band has given you the opportunity to create and the vision you are releasing?

A: Thank you! Since the beginning, this band has always been a sort of outlet for creative development and ideas composed of all the members. We’ve had several members that started photography businesses, videography, graphic design, and other things, and I love that the overall feeling of this band is creative and collaborative. It’s also been great for me when it comes to getting dream and sleep-focused concepts out. It’s something I think of a lot, and feel a lot of people could connect to. That and being able to treat SW like a mini clothing brand is fun haha.

Q: Your brand new album “ALIAS” came out on July 23rd. How did the words of Philip K. Dick impact the writing and your vision for this record and songs?

A: I love the way he tries to capture what it means to be human, and the way he makes you question your reality and perception of the world around you. That’s honestly a very large recurring concept through this album, and it’s explored through so many different themes, but his story and the movies inspired by DADOES were some of the biggest inspirations for me.

Q: From your first album” DON’T LOOK AT THE MOON” to this album ALIAS, you have seemed to really take a leap forward in writing. Do you feel, that while writing, you guys were breaking through to a new level and how does that impact you as people on an emotional level?

A: I don’t think we can really say how it’s impacted us as people because it’s been a long writing process for this album, and the growth was kind of slow since some of this was written during the DLATM process, but the pride of creating an album that shows our maturity is awesome, and I’m so excited for this to come out and have people experience the new styles we’re working on.

Q: Lyrically this time you said these were literal and very personal words you got out. Do you feel this is a quicker process in writing or do you think it’s a harder process when writing and what do you feel off this new album is, probably, your favourite lyrical moment from a song and why?

A: Honestly, I don’t think these songs are very literal at all, at least from my personal view of writing. When Hunter writes lyrics he tends to come from a more personal place, which I definitely think can be hard on him to really plan out and convey his feelings lyrically, but for me, I always try to take lyrics he writes or concepts I’ve had in mind and apply them to a piece of media or theme I feel fits the style or mood of the song best. I actually prefer to be much more abstract in my lyrics, so the listener can take them however they like, and I also really enjoy borrowing things from movies, books, and other things to hide easter eggs that only some people may get. It just helps add that little bit of extra depth.

Q: Since your inception your music has been personal from dreams and concepts based round sleep and also a friendship that has seen a common bond. Can you tell the readers how this all happened and how it made SLEEP WAKER what it is today?

A: Once we had the name Sleep Waker, Hunter and I both sat and talked about our personal experiences with dreams and sleep. Having both experienced insomnia and sleep paralysis, we thought it would be a really interesting way to inspire ourselves to write and conceptualize the band as a whole. That way you’re almost paving the way for future ideas and content. Rather than starting with a blank canvas each time, now we have a base that we can pull from, and it’s something we both have experience with.

Q: One of the songs off “ALIAS” is a track called ‘COLD MOON’. How does this song coincide with the movie the Matrix and is this the bands favourite movie to agree on?

A: Cold Moon was absolutely inspired by The Matrix, specifically the scene when Neo is given the choice to leave or stay. I felt this song was showing our evolution as a band and was sort of the tipping point for us to say, “Don’t look at the moon is in the past, it’s cold, this is the new Sleep Waker.” Not to say we’re ashamed or turning our backs on it, but we just wanted it to be a very poignant turn, from a heavy focused band, into more matured and experienced songwriters that want to explore more than just the heavy side of music.

Q: Your music has been so heavy and dark; do you feel that musically it became even heavier due to the lyrical tones or have you guys always been a bunch of musicians into the heavier metal scene?

A: In the past, we’ve all been into the heavier scene, and some of us definitely still love the heaviest stuff we can find, but I’ve definitely started to turn away from metal music and started exploring more outside of the genre. Sort of like researching what else is out there, and trying to take breaks to help me feel fresh and excited when coming back to metal. I think when you start to dive too deep into one specific thing you can sometimes lose sight of the big picture. I also think that lyrically we try to pack references and themes in, which allows us to push the songs into a place that feels heavier than the track itself, which is always nice, since like I mentioned, it allows us to get some breathing room, and explore what else is out there, while still holding on to the darker, heavier, themes.

Q: Who would you consider the most influential band for you and if you could choose one of their albums to have sat in on while they made it, what one would it have been and why?

A: Deftones is absolutely a huge inspiration for me, and I would love to see how they made Koi no Yokan. The guitar writing, melody choices, and overall feeling of that record is so unique and I’m obsessed with it. It would be so incredible if I could pick their brains during the process.

Q: ‘SKIN’ is my favourite off the new album. How would you describe the writing process for that and what three words would sum up the identity of that track?

A: Ethereal, Searching, and Experimental. Experimental, at least for us. It was the first song I wrote for this album, and a really big push from me to add singing and more melody to our songs. We wrote it during the DLATM recording process, and tracked it a few months after, roughly around the time we tracked ‘Melatonin’. So, the song had a lot of time to evolve and grow up until we released it last year, and we waited to record the lyrics on it to fit the style we were looking for on the album. We had the chorus almost immediately, but the rest came a little slower, and we tried to be very intentional during that song.

Q: I read that you guys aren’t big on the whole social media platform. Is it a feeling of not being genuine enough and you like the more ‘in person’ factors of bonding with fans etc?

A: I love playing a character, or just messing around and being myself, but for both of those things, I think you genuinely have to be passionate about it or it can come off cheesy or fake. We aren’t very passionate about being “influencers” or really being in the spotlight, but I know that it comes with the territory of releasing music and art, so I’m accepting of it, but I want to find a way to play a character or use a story I feel passionate about to push that connection with fans and our art. I’m always so excited to meet fans and interact, but I think those are chances where the mask can drop and you can really share an experience rather than “sell” something or act above people. For example, our Facebook interaction, vs. how I run our Twitter haha.

Q: With writing music so personal have you guys, during interviews, ever had an issue with questions being too personal and how do you handle that?

A: I haven’t really experienced that so much, since most of the things I write are more of a mask I put on with a character to express those feelings or ideas I’ve had, but Hunter has experienced some personal questions when it comes to ‘Distance’ and the inspirations behind that song that have been close to home, especially with the topics that song goes into.

Q: Being that your music is so emotional and personal how would you describe a night seeing you in a live presence and what do you hope people walk out of a club feeling after seeing you?

A: I personally hope we can just connect and entertain people. We are talking about heavy things, but my intention is never to make someone leave a venue sad or feel pity, or anything negative. I just always hope they can experience the show and leave feeling like they’ve experienced something new. Whether that be a conversation with the members, the reactions from the crowd, our music, anything. I know we’re just a younger metalcore act right now, but I always want to try and push ourselves past just that, and really attempt to prove ourselves as creative artists and people.

Q: What are your Tour plans for the rest of 2021?

A: At the moment, nothing we can really discuss, although I hope to be back on the road as soon as possible with these new songs!

Q: Will we see any concept videos for the songs off “ALIAS” and if so, how do you guys take making the words that are so personal fit into a video format? Is it something you value for your music or would you rather leave your music up for interpretation without putting a visual to it?

A: I would rather the latter, although we do have an external story, we’ve been playing out for the past 4 years with some tie-in to how the songs we choose are structured. There will be more, and I’m excited to make them all come together at some point and add some more direction to this story.

Q: Lastly, do you think in this day and age and the world we live in, we can truly trust our own judgement?

A: I think that’s an incredibly loaded question I don’t have enough time to answer to its full extent at the moment haha, but I also think reality is whatever you make of it. If you have the ability to change something for the better or cure ignorance, I absolutely encourage that. I also think that includes your perception of reality and how you experience things.

Q: Anything else you want to add or parting words for your fans?

A: I truly appreciate anyone and everyone that has listened to our music, and I’m so excited to share more of it with you, both digital and live. And, if you haven’t heard of us yet, then it’s time to wake up.

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Distance’ (Official Video)

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EMQ’s with BARBARA BLACK

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EMQ’s with BARBARA BLACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Madrid, Spain based Heavy Rock/Metal band, Barbara Black. Huge thanks to vocalist Bárbara Black, for taking part.

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

I am Bárbara Black and I am a singer. Nitro (drummer), Javier (guitar) and I used to play in different bands some years ago and we rehearsed in the same music room. We all had a very good relationship and common musical interests, so we decided to start a band together in 2015. In 2016 we released our first EP “Spiritual Rock” and in 2017 we released the full album “Ad Libitum”. It had such a good reception, our single ‘Shiva’, was chosen for a previous Eurovision´s phase by AEV. After that in 2018 we were on tour in UK and in 2019 in Spain. During this period Niño buffalo Marquez and Cone joined us. In 2020 we released the next album “Love, Death & Flies”, and we are very happy with the feedback we have got about it. We have several recognitions in Metal Devastation radio show and in the Banger music awards.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is my name and we like how it sounds.

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

We are from Madrid, Spain. There is an amazing quality in the bands and musicians here in Spain, but it is absolutely impossible to live on the music business except those who have a label´s support. The most common situation is working in different fields and at the same time fighting for your band.

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

2020 album “Love, Death & Flies” and some videos after that, ‘Vampire Love’, ‘Heroes Above The Stars” and even some live streaming concerts as Vampire Fest, you can find it on our Youtube Channel.

‘Vampire Love, Chapter I: You Belong To Me’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Damnified’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Tiger Tamer’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like bands such as Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, Sixx A.M., Shinedown, In This Moment or even traditional bands such as Mr Big or Warlock.

What first got you into music?

My parents vinyls and then befriending rockers in high school and forming a first teenage band.

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

Uffff too many!! Doro, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm or Shinedown could be some of them.

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

I really love any metal Festival!!! And my dream festival is the WOA since I was a child, I love it.

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

I don´t remember weird gifts but I remember a beautiful bangle a metal Fan from Coraceros MC gave me and I love it so much.

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

Let´s meet in our next concert!!

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

Undoubtedly, Janis Joplin.

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

One of the most beautiful things about being a musician is sharing experiences with other colleagues. On many occasions we have played in concerts with other friendly bands or we have invited other musicians to play with us and that is wonderful, music unites us all. There have been great musicians from other bands who have been so kind to collaborate on our album with a guitar solo or with their voice, for example: Javier Mira, Cecilio Sánchez-Robles, Ix Valieri, Martin More, Óscar Sancho or Diego Rayz. I am very grateful to have had their talent.

What I really hate is egos and envy.

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

I would make disappear the business part. Success should be related to talent and not to money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mr Big – “Lean Into It”.

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

I love CD’s and Vinyls, I really love looking at the inside book.

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

The day I sang in La Riviera venue in Madrid with an amazing sold out crowd in a tribute to Freddie Mercury was really breath taking.

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

Music teacher (that is my actual job). But I would like to be too a make-up artist, a tattoo artist or even an interior designer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Depp, Nikki Sixx, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Aniston and Doro Pesch.

What’s next for the band?

We are going to play in the streaming Argentina Online Metal Fest, July 23rd, 24th and 25th, we are gonna play live in Madrid on September 10th, we are going to shoot our next videoclip, and we have new dates for 2022 in Valencia and Madrid, so we can´t wait to all of these great music plans.

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

Spotify, iTunes, Youtube…
www.barbarablackrock.com
www.instagram.com/barbarablackoficial
www.facebook.com/barbarablackoficial
www.twitch.tv/barbarablackofficial
www.youtube.com/barbarablackofficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4v5drGJoUl4GvNAvRL1iaK

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I didn’t know about it, but I have checked it out and seek biscuits hahaha and delicious!

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

Stay healthy in these hard times and if any metalhead wants to listen to our music or videos, you can check out our social media, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook on Barbara Black Official or even you can find our albums, t-shirts and merchandising on www.barbarablackrock.com/store. You are gonna rock it for sure!! Supporting rock and metal is very necessary. Thank you so much for this great interview, this is a great opportunity for rock and metal fans to know us better.

Love & Rock!

This is the interview of Spanish band BARBARA BLACK with all the details, photos, official links.

“Love, Death & Flies” (Full Album Official)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=99_pA35HCpQ

‘Nice To Meet Me’ (Official video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0_wSMD5XG8

‘Southern Soul (Official Video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Pe37YLaNg

‘Shiva’ (Official Video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=feSy39Im1fE

‘The Bible Or The Gun’ Blues Saraceno Cover (Official Video)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2AO4iGE5Vw

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EMQ’s With HEAVY SMASHER

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EMQ’s With HEAVY SMASHER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with Fortaleza, Brazil based Heavy Metal band, Heavy Smasher. Huge thanks to vocalist Nildo Gomes and drummer Bruno Rocha, 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?

Nildo Gomes: I’m Nildo Gomes and I’m the lead singer. I was the last one to enter the band and have very few things to tell about the band’s history. But if there’s something I can surely state, is that from the very beginning, the work, goals and strategies have been extremely well directed and focused. I feel like my job is in my family.

Bruno Rocha: I’m Bruno Rocha, the band’s drummer and coffee supplier (the main role of myself, btw). Heavy Smasher was founded around the beginning of the 2010’s by the guitarists Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico and since then, we have been doing hard work trying to survive in the underground scene and playing the music we love. Actually, Heavy Smasher’s line-up are Nildo Gomes on vocals, Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico on guitars, Luís Paulo on bass and myself.

Victor here. Let’s Remember that Bruno is also known as ‘the ambassador of the Russian metal band Aria’, here in Brazil, for his passion and work to promote them in our country.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bruno: According to Nando, while he was learning how to play guitar sometime around the second half of the 2000’s, he had the desire to found a Metal band whose name must carry the word “Heavy”. As a Marvel world fan, Nando had the idea to add “Smasher” to his band’s name after listening to The Incredible Hulk scream “HULK SMASH” several times in the movies. So, Nando realized that “Smasher” would fit well with “Heavy” and then the name came about.

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

Nildo: From Brazil’s northeast region, In the state of Ceará (city of Fortaleza) to be more precise. As for the metal scene, we got many great bands here, and lots of wonderful jobs being done. The world should turn its eyes to this place.

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

Bruno: Two new singles have been released in the last days, ‘We Are Angels’ and ‘In The Abyss’. A music video for ‘Sunrise Rebel’ was also released last December. And we released our debut full-length, self-titled, album on July 10th.

‘Sunrise Rebel’ (Official Video)

‘We Are Angels’ (Official Single Audio)

‘In The Abyss’ (Official Single Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nildo: Personally, I always admired Bruce Dickinson and André Matos as singers, and (since I also play the guitar) I see in Malmsteen a great example of a composer.

Bruno: For the band as a whole, Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath always taught us how to create our sound, although our main quest as a band is the search for our own music identity. As a drummer, my greatest influences were always Nicko McBrain, Lars Ulrich (yes, I love him!), Ian Paice and Vinny Appice. But I can’t forget to mention how important Blaze Bayley, some classic Doom Metal bands and the Russian band Aria have been in my life.

What first got you into music?

Nildo: The fact that I was born in a family of musicians.

Bruno: TV União, a kind of “MTV” from Ceará, our state.

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

Bruno: Blaze Bayley, Damian Wilson or Scott “Wino” Weinrich.

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

Nildo: Wacken, surely! Because it’s every metalhead’s dream!

Bruno: Wacken, Hellfest, these two the most important Heavy Metal fests nowadays, and the Russian Big Gun, because of their huge professionalism and also because everyone knows about my dream to visit Russia before I die. Playing at Keep It True also would be great to me.

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

Nildo: A guy (visibly drunk) gave me money and asked me to sing “Wasting Love”. I felt like a stripper on a pole! Hahaha!

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

Nildo: You are the fuel that keeps the metal motor running. Thanks!

Bruno: Take care of your mental health.

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

Nildo: Dio.

Bruno: I would say Dio, but once Nildo quoted his name first, I stay with Gary Moore.

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

Nildo: I enjoy the trips, concerts, interacting with people in different places and expressing myself in my songs. And I really hate when people treat music like competition.

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

Nildo: I feel like the streaming services don’t honour the work of the artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nildo: Angra’s “Angels Cry”

Bruno: Aria – “Geroy Asfalta” (for real, listen to this amazing Russian band!)

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

Nildo: Sitting down in front of a vinyl player and listening on a specific time for that, without interruption, is magical and unique.

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

Nildo: The most amazing experience was when I performed (with Steel Hands, which is another band I sing in) opening Sonata Arctica’s concert.

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

Nildo: I’d be teaching English.

Bruno: I’m a Mathematics teacher. I’m also reviewer and interviewer for Metal and Gothic music blogs (The Atmosphere and Diálogos do Escriba), so Journalism is a real option for a second graduation in the future.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruno: An evening with Damian Wilson and Joe Bonamassa would be great. That’s enough. Hahahahaha!

What’s next for the band?

Bruno: We’ve just released our self-titled debut full-length, so I do believe that this release will bring us new fans around the world and new opportunities to play live, something that we really miss.

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

Bruno: Heavy Smasher can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Our music can be heard on all the music streaming services as well. Please, pay special attention at our Bandcamp and, if you don’t mind, you might help this humble band there with extra coins so we can buy more coffee. Hahahahaha!
www.facebook.com/heavysmasher
www.instagram.com/heavysmasher
www.heavysmasher.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/HeavySmasher
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0uVwDFl2Iu34veKN1JeGOX
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11596931

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bruno: This discussion is very similar to the Brazilian “É biscoito ou bolacha?” (Is this cookies or crackers?). So, I prefer to not take part. Hahahahaha.

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

Bruno: We’re so grateful to Ever Metal for this valuable space where Heavy Smasher can express themselves and introduce our music to everyone who wants to give us a chance. Health and peace to everyone! Listen to the Heavy Smasher Sound on all the music streaming services (and pay some coins for us in the Bandcamp hahahaha) and get in touch with us by our social medias to say what you think about our music.

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EMQ’s with VERITAS

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EMQ’s with VERITAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, Missouri based Hard Rock/Metal band, Veritas. Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Wenk, 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?

Greg Wenk, guitarist for Veritas. Veritas was formed in 2012. I had been writing music for a few years after my previous band went on permanent hiatus and decided I wanted to be in a band again. After much searching, I found bassist Geno Alberico, who suggested vocalist Denny Anthony. After our original drummer stepped down Denny suggested we contact Mark Zonder about recording drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came across the name while looking for ideas. I also found the Awen symbol and combined the two together which we still use today in an updated design. Veritas means truth, Awen means creativity.

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

The band is based out of Kansas City but has members in other parts of the US. The music scene was pretty good before the pandemic. We’re still seeing what venues survived since live music is finally returning.

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

We released “Threads of Fatality” on August 28, 2020. It’s fourteen tracks including four updated from our EP released the previous year.

‘Morbid Stale’ (Audio)

‘Far Away’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of the guitarists that have had the greatest influence on my playing are Ace Frehley, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, Criss Oliva, Alex Skolnick, Jon Drenning, Ben Jackson and George Lynch.

What first got you into music?

I have been surrounded by music from an early age and have always had a love for it. I started out playing trumpet and switched to guitar once I discovered heavy metal. Once I heard KISS Alive and heard the guitar and roar of the crowd, I was hooked.

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

There are too many. I would love to sit down with some of the ones that had a huge impact on me and just see how they approach writing songs.

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

In the US, probably Rockfest here in KC. It would be great to be included in a local festival. Also, Progfest in Atlanta. They always have some of the greatest lesser known bands from around the globe. Overseas, I would have to say Donington, Wacken and any other huge gathering. Those are legendary festivals.

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

I would say an offer to visit and be shown around Ukraine. I actually took the offer. It was an eye-opening experience. I even learned a bit of Russian before going.

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

Thanks for taking the time to listen to and support our music and we love hearing from you. You rock!

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

Wow that’s a tough one. I’m going with Criss Oliva. He was such a great and under-rated guitarist and I’d love to see what he would have created.

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

I just love playing and listening to music. I try and play guitar every chance I get. One of the few things I dislike is not being able, so far, to play music as a source of supportable income and some of the dishonest people you run into in the business.

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

If bands and labels would be more genuine with the music they create and sign, not just trying to follow the newest trend.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

How about three. Savatage -s “Hall of the Mountain King”, Crimson Glory – “Transcendence”, and Queensrÿche – “Rage for Order”.

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

CD’s.

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

Unfortunately, Veritas hasn’t had any shows yet because of the shutdown but in a previous band, we had a live broadcast from a local station at one of our shows and they were telling people they had to see our show. The crowd was amazing and got a personal invite from the owner to come back anytime.

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

The only other thing that I enjoy is old classic muscle cars and working on them. So, maybe auto restoration?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume you mean outside of the band members? Jon and Criss Oliva, George Lynch, Nikki Sixx, Ronnie James Dio. I’m sure they’d have some great stories to tell. I’ve already met and talked to two on the list and they were great.

What’s next for the band?

We’re still promoting our current CD and started work on the follow-up. We’re hoping to get out and play some shows in the near future.

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

www.veritas.rocks/
www.veritas.rocks/shop
www.facebook.com/veritasmusickc
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vg2D7TA0EWYPszQraoHps

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I’ve never had them.

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

Thanks for taking time for the interview and thanks to all the fans that support the band and our music. You rock!

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Witch Cross – Angel Of Death

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Angel Of Death Cover

Witch Cross – Angel Of Death
High Roller Records
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Running Time: 44.06
Review by Simon Black
6/10

Denmark’s Witch Cross are one of those veteran bands that have been treading the boards for a long time without ever achieving the same kind of reputation as country contemporaries like, most noticeably, Merciful Fate. Given that NWOBHM Retro is definitely in at the moment I was curious to see how these guys would play this out. This record screams early 80’s from every pore, managing to both musically feel and production-wise sound like it was of that era, so much so that I had to check that this was not a remaster of earlier material. In terms of capturing an ethos and sound, it’s absolutely spot on and full of NWOBHM twin guitars, with lots of early Priest style structures that really does feel like it’s from that period.

The title song opens well, with a good punch and classic Metal groove, with arrangements that sound like they fell straight out of the period. Lyrically too this is very classic NWOBHM fare of swords and/or sorcery. The second song ‘Marauders’ is a slower rocker and, unfortunately, rather plods along for its five minutes of run time. ‘Evil Eye’ is way shorter and much the stronger for it, with a more epic and expansive sound that takes it to the verge of Power Metal with the subtle keyboard overlays and its anthemic chorus – it’s one of the strongest tracks on here.

The trouble is the light buzzy guitar sound of the early 80’s that runs throughout this record was a symptom of the limits of that period’s recording technology or the experience of whoever was on the desk, with bands at the time always sounding fatter and heavier live, frequently sharing their frustration that the recording tech couldn’t capture that live sound when asked. That retro sound starts to wear very quickly in 2021 however and by the time I get to the mid-point ‘The Chosen One’ I was rather done with it. The Maidenesque ‘Phoenix Fire’ helps, as it brings the pace up again, proving, not for the first time, that the shorter songs work better. The one longer song that does work is ‘Siren’s Song’, which has one of the catchiest riffs I’ve heard in ages. I can see that one being a real crowd pleaser with its moody gotta-bang-along feel but with enough epic layering and some sparingly used choral vocal lines tucked away in the instrumental section.

Overall, this is a tricky one though, as there’s a fine line between bands trying to sound like the old analogue days and failing to show that they’ve moved on in the intervening years. I guess the challenge is that you can spend too long on the look and feel of a bygone age rather than on focusing on writing material that’s going to sound good after the next thirty years have passed. Newer bands seem better at balancing this, because more Modern Metal sounds are as much a part of their DNA as the ones, they’ve found in their parents’ vinyl shelves, but older bands sometimes struggle. With my 90’s amp and mixer plugged into my computer, I have the luxury of easily being able to turn the treble settings right down, fatten up the EQ and crank the volume and this immediately starts to sound so very much better, (it also sounds good in my headphones – Rick) but anyone listening on stream on a phone or through a smart speaker may not have that luxury. It really does spoil what would otherwise be a really strong album because the song-writing and performances are absolutely great. I’m sure I will probably love this live, but on the turntables, this feels like it’s been a little lost with an experiment in recreation of analogue in a digital world, rather than trying to build for the future.

‘Phoenix Fire’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Tempus Mori Est
02. Angel Of Death
03. Marauders
04. Evil Eye
05. The Chosen One
06. Phoenix Fire
07. Siren’s Song
08. Eye Of The Storm
09. Last Rites
10. Warrior

LINE-UP:
Kevin Moore – Vocals
Paul Martin – Guitars
Mike Wlad – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Little John Field – Bass
Jesper Haugaard – Drums

LINKS:

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Reinforcer – Prince Of The Tribes

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Reinforcer – Prince Of The Tribes
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 40:46
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Reinforcer have been going since 2015, with 2018’s ‘The Wanderer’ EP being all the world has had to judge them on so far. Whether the world needs another traditional Euro Power Metal band is always a matter of debate, as let’s face it it’s an incredibly crowded marketplace. For me the answer will always be if the music is interesting, well-delivered and makes me want to listen to more, then yes. These boys from darkest Germany have wisely equally balanced the more Traditional Heavy Metal with the Power Metal, which makes the appeal of this all-important debut record that little bit broader. How this works in practice is that although lyrically it’s classic Power pseudo-historical fare, musically the tone is moodier and darker than the usual major chord stuff you get from that genre camp.

First off, for a young bunch of musicians, this record shows maturity and polish well beyond their years, all wrapped up in a really well produced package. So often debut’s bring great songs with many years of work having gone into their writing and then squeeze them through a low budget production process that really lets the band’s work down, but this is not the case here. The sound mix is clear, crisp, fat and allows the instruments clearly and distinctively to stand out whilst keeping the organic cohesive feel of a band that know each other’s musical chemistry well. The song-writing also demonstrates richness and maturity, although I think we could have done without the verbal cheesiness of the intro to ‘Black Sails’. What stands out from the get go are Logan Lexi’s charismatic vocals. His voice has a deep power and richness that sounds like it, simply, should not be emanating from someone in their early 20’s. The downside of that youth is a tendency for his vocal melody lines to follow the music a little too closely, but that’s something that comes with experience and confidence and fuck loads of touring, so it’s a minor niggle as far as I am concerned and one that does not detract from the overall cohesive sound that they achieve.

Musically the tone is pretty consistent throughout, driven by harmonised guitar work and a pile-driving rhythm section – moody and mid to high tempo is the trend, until we get to the album closer ‘Z32’. This one is much slower, moodier and almost Gothic in its feel and ethos. Lexi completely changes his vocal approach being both softer and way more aggressive in his delivery and instantly turns what might have been just a run of the mill track into a haunting and heavily epic piece of work. It’s heads and shoulders better than anything else on the album, being heavy as the proverbial brick and brilliantly well-written, with that vocal performance absolutely stealing the show. If this is the direction of travel, then bring it on boys. This is an incredibly well-delivered album from a promising new band who have pulled off that most challenging achievement – making Power Metal sound new and fresh again.

‘Allegiance And Steel’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prince Of The Tribes
02. Allegiance And Steel
03. Black Sails
04. Shieldmaiden
05. Coupe de Grâce
06. Thou Shall Burn
07. Hand On Heart
08. Another Night
09. Z32

LINE-UP:
Logan Lexi – Vocals
Tobias Schwarzer – Guitar
Niclas Stappert – Guitar
Marvin Fretter – Bass
Lasse Schmiedel – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ARCHED FIRE

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EMQ’s with ARCHED FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Finland based Heavy/Speed Metal band, Arched Fire. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Ari: We’re Arched Fire, a Heavy Metal/Speed Metal band. Kristian Herkman (vocals), Janne Särkelä (lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars), Mika Rytilahti (bass), Aslak Purojärvi (drums), Ari Väntänen (rhythm guitar).

We’ve been playing together for about three years, but the first year and a half happened 30 years ago. Kristian is the last one to join, the rest of us played together already when we were 15. WormHoleDeath recently released the first Arched Fire album “Remote Control”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Mika: I looked up some words from a dictionary. I didn’t like “Arched Fire”, but I thought the others would have other options for a name. They didn’t and they loved what I had, so we became Arched Fire.

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

Ari: We’re from Finland. Originally from Finnish Lapland, now from all over the country. As 1Star Music stated in our 5/5 album review: “Finland leads Europe in terms of metal bands per capita as the country has 70,3 metal bands per 100,000 residents (2019).” Based on that, the Finnish scene is doing fine.

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

Kristian: It’s our widely praised debut album titled “Remote Control”.

Ari: A couple of the songs, ‘Remote-Controlled End’ and ‘Wormhole’, have been released as video singles, and there’s at least two more to come.

‘Escape (Lyric Video)

‘Wormhole’ (Lyric Video)

‘Remote-Controlled End’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Assu: I love many old-school bands like Metallica and Obituary, I like everything fast and dangerous. There are a few newer bands that I like, like Red Eleven and Lost Society. They both are from my home city Jyväskylä.

Kristian: For vocals, my greatest influences for all time have been Rob Halford, Eric Adams, Bruce Dickinson and Sebastian Bach. Lately Jordan Jacobs, Heri Joensen and Joey Belladonna have been at the top of my list.

Janne: My biggest musical influence has always been Ritchie Blackmore in all his bands and incarnations. Even my first guitar was white because of him.

Ari: As a band, probably the Big Four of Thrash. Their classic late Eighties records, to be exact.

What first got you into music?

Janne: I’ve been fascinated with music as long as I remember. My older brothers used to listen to 70’s rock, like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, and it was through them I got into rock music, without even noticing it myself. Music has been essential for my survival in life.

Kristian: A Finnish rock band called Dingo was a big thing in Finland when I was three years old. There’s a VHS tape of me singing their song “Autiotalo” at that time.

Ari: Bands like KISS, WASP and Twisted Sister were huge among my 10-year-old peers in 1984. That’s when the madness started.

Assu: I listened to all kinds of bands when I was young. My mother travelled a lot in Europe, and from every trip she brought me new music that I wasn’t able to find in Kemijärvi, where we lived. I wanted to form a band since I was like 10.

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

Kristian: We could play together with Anthrax.

Mika: Metallica?

Ari: I’d love to do something with Läjä Äijälä of Terveet kädet.

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

Kristian: I wanna play at Tuska Festival in Helsinki since it’s here where I live and I haven’t played here yet.

Ari: Sessiorock in Kemijärvi, Finland. We played there in 1989 and we want a rematch.

Assu: I’ve always wanted to play Wacken, Germany. I’ve been there once and I loved the atmosphere.

Mika: Wacken because I’ve never been there before – so why not start from there?

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

Assu: A girl gave me her rain boot and kept the other to herself.

Mika: Never received any fan gifts… It would be weird to get one.

Kristian: I don’t remember receiving any gifts. Some have offered me drinks. Maybe those two are related.

Ari: All I’ve ever gotten from them is cool air. Big metal fans do a great job.

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

Kristian: You are the best!

Ari: Send me weird gifts. No organic materials, please.

Janne: Thank you very much, you mean a lot to me.

Mika: Keep on dreaming, and good things will happen.

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

Kristian: Dimebag Darrell since he died way too soon. R.I.P.

Ari: Razzle from Hanoi Rocks. The guy really loved life.

Mika: Cliff Burton.

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

Mika: I love the feeling and the flow when the new music or lyrics are happening through me…because I don’t feel that I’m creating something, it’s just coming from somewhere outside or from the cosmos, I don’t know. I think it’s some kind of magic. I hate rehearsing.

Kristian: I enjoy the flow state of mind when you start composing a song from nothing and it just creates itself and surprises you. I hate being apart from my family for a long time.

Janne: Of everything I do, making music gives me the biggest feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. It makes me think that I don’t need a lot of material things and keeps me in an active and youthful state of mind.

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

Ari: I’d love to see musicians getting more money from streaming royalties. A lot more. The way things are now is plain ridiculous.

Kristian: I’d create small robot figures that would play the music of the album. Each band should have their own figures that people need to buy to listen to the music.

Mika: More music in vinyl format. Thank you.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Assu: Carcass – “Reek Of Putrefaction”.

Janne: Deep Purple – “Made In Japan”. I remember my brother and I playing it loud and being all excited about it!

Mika: Entombed – “Clandestine”.

Ari: Radiopuhelimet.- “K.O.” Intense, original, humane – ask Jello Biafra.

Kristian: Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” is my all-time favourite. I bought the CD over twenty years ago and I could not believe that I had not heard from it sooner. I was thrilled by the epic dystopian feelings of that record.

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

Mika: Vinyl.

Kristian: Nowadays I prefer streaming, but twenty years ago I really liked sitting down and reading the booklet while listening loud to CD’s from the big stereos I had then. That experience should be provided to kids nowadays also.

Ari: Vinyl for the cover art and the needle ritual. CD’s for being so handy. Cassettes for being so cool. Downloads I do not like.

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

Mika: No good gigs in my repertoire. Always something goes wrong…Spinal Tap gigs, mostly.

Kristian: There have been a lot of fun gigs, but the biggest audience for me was when I played a guitar solo with Manowar onstage in Turku, Finland in 1999. Joey DeMaio told me that I could get lucky with the ladies that were on the stage. Although Eric Adams said that I played well, the tour crew soon led me back to the audience and I didn’t see the ladies again.

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

Kristian: I’m doing finance. Science is also my thing.

Ari: I’d write about music. Actually, that’s what I do anyway.

Janne: I could be a carpenter, or I’d work with computers. I work in a school now, and my current job allows me to use many of my skills.

Mika: I’d be a game innovator.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kristian: I’d invite Esko Valtaoja, Matt O’Dowd and Michael Stevens for interesting topics, Ismo Leikola for comedy and Elon Musk to pay the dinner. Arched Fire would play a gig at the end of the night.

Assu: I would invite my mother and father (they’ve both passed away), and then a big-breasted blonde, and then two more big-breasted blondes.

Janne: I’d invite four – the guys in the band.

Mika: Me too. We don’t see each other too often because we live all over Finland.

Ari: The Rolling Stones.

What’s next for the band?

Ari: “Remote Control” is now out for streaming, and it will have its worldwide cd release this summer. We’ll boost it with a couple of videos.

Kristian: We are working on our second album. We have a lot of new and old songs and we will choose the best ones for the album.

Mika: More and more music. That’s what it’s all about.

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

www.archedfire.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialArchedFire
www.instagram.com/arched_fire_official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2rOCJxqnlJYY5DUCDKLhcO
www.youtube.com/channel/UC6oMSQ7J6mVnBXEL50K9pUQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Kristian: They are a biscuit because they are too small to be a cake. Cake is a lie!

Ari: Biscuits with orange marmalade and dark chocolate on top. I just had a couple with coffee.

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

Kristian: Stay strong and keep heavy speed alive!

Mika: Keep on rockin’!

Ari: Don’t believe everything you read.

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Icon Of Sin – Icon Of Sin

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Icon Of Sin – Icon Of Sin
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 16/04/2021
Running Time: 01:05:03
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Frontiers, bless their socks, do come up with some interesting projects. This one centres around Brazilian singer Raphael Mendes, who if you have not heard of him, has made his name as a YouTuber who tries to answer the question of what other bands music would have sounded like if they sang like Bruce Dickinson, for whom he is an eerie dead ringer for. And I mean spot on, to the point where I thought I was listening to one of the Maiden man’s solo albums. His range, his intonation and his delivery all sound very much like a slightly younger Dickinson in the days where his chords had a bit more resilience in them, but then Mendes is much, much younger and hasn’t had a tumour removed from his mouth. A quick look online reveals many Maiden covers, plus some interesting experiments with him doing a Brucie for Dream Theater, Dio, G’n’R, Megadeth and many others. The aim of this project then, is to push beyond that envelope, but I’m not sure it quite succeeds.

The title of the band, album and lead song clearly suggest someone who also used to play Doom II back in the day, as this was the name of one of the boss monsters and makes a, just about, right side of trademark appearance on the cover, in case you missed the reference in the title. It’s a lively enough Metal belter and sets the tone of what’s to come nicely, which is good up-tempo Traditional Metal with a healthy dollop of Speed. ‘Road Rage’ is no exception, being typically Metal driving fodder. Most of the songs follow this template of fast and furious harmonised delivery, although the inevitable slower tracks like ‘Night Breed’ break the pace up a little. Mid-way through we also get the longer and more epic Batman inspired ‘Clouds Over Gotham’, whose gentle introduction doesn’t stay at that pace for long, returning to the more frenetic tempo we hear throughout but slows, builds and takes us to an epic crescendo, like the best of Steve Harris’s conceptual opuses. To be fair the longer duration gives a welcome break from the more formulaic structure elsewhere and it’s by far the best written song on the record.

The sound is crisp and clear, with Mendes loud, front and centre and some more than competent twin harmonised guitar delivery, but it really does sound like it’s a Maiden-esque vehicle for him, rather than a band per se. Nonetheless, it is an entertaining and robust introduction to Mendes’s talents, although I would be interested to hear what happens when he finds the confidence to write and sing as himself, rather than as Bruce.

‘Night Breed’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Icon Of Sin
02. Road Rage
03. Shadow Dancer
04. Unholy Battleground
05. Night Breed
06. Virtual Empire
07. Pandemic Euphoria
08. Clouds Over Gotham
09. Arcade Generation
10. Hagakure (Intro)
11. The Last Samurai
12. The Howling
13. Survival Instinct

LINE-UP:
Raphael Mendes – Vocals
Caio Vidal – Bass
Sol Perez – Guitar
Mateus Cantaleãno – Guitar
CJ Dubiella – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With KADABRA

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EMQ’s With KADABRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with Vinhedo, São Paulo, Brazil based Heavy/Thrash Metal band, Kadabra. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/guitarist, Paulo, 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 Paulo. I am responsible for the guitars and lead vocals in Kadabra. This band started in 2016 with me and our bass player, Danilo. We were in a musical limbo at the time, playing in bands, which had no professionalism. So, we decided to make something really serious, to write good songs, record and play live as much as possible. We wrote our first album in 2017, called “Devastation’s Songs”. After that, we did, in 2019, our second work, “Remains Of The Past”. Now, in 2021, Kadabra has released our third album: “Underground Resistance”, which is all sung in Portuguese.

How did you come up with your band name?

I really don’t know the origin, but I remember that we thought of a name which everybody could speak. Like a universal language.

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

We are from Brazil and we live in Vinhedo, a small town very close to São Paulo. I think our scene is weak, because there is almost nobody interested in our bands. The concert’s houses don’t invite us to play because of this, working all the time with cover/tribute bands. There is almost no union between the bands and producers. Finally, everything related with music in Brazil is very expensive because of the taxes. Our government takes lots of money from us in every product we buy.

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

We have released now, in 2021, our third record, called “Underground Resistance”. I sang everything in Portuguese this time, different from what we have done. It is a mix from traditional heavy metal with bay area Thrash and a little bit of Brazilian Death Metal. We did the production all by ourselves and we intend to release many video clips in the next months.

‘Meu Brasil Brasileiro’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax…and, of course, Sepultura, Korzus, Claustrofobia, Nervochaos, Torture Squad. These are great bands from Brazil.

What first got you into music?

I like everything in music, since always. The melodies, the aggressive parts, the lyrics…

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

Nowadays, I think I would like to play with Grand Magus, Pentagram, Master and Night Demon.

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

Every kid, especially the guitar players, dreams about great stages and crowds…Lots of people loving you, all this stuff. I am different: my dream is a functional local scene, better conditions to play in the underground. It makes me very sad, because I entered into music thinking that it would be possible and today, I am thinking that I will not see this. But, about your question, I don’t have these dreams, I play equally in every space which treats us with respect. I don’t mind if it is small or giant.

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

I never received a gift, but a guy asked her girlfriend in marriage in the middle of a Kadabra concert. He asked to come up on the stage and speak a few words on the mic. I never dreamed that it would happen. I thought that he would say some random crap. But we never know…

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

We are open to talk with you all, just look for us in the social medias and, when it becomes possible again, in concerts. We thank you all for everything.

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

Dimebag or Randy Rhoads…

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

It’s great to play and write new songs, it’s like a discovery. It’s a pleasure that I cannot describe, I swear. However, I hate the conditions of work.

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

I think it is like a cultural thing, more than the music industry itself. But, here in Brazil, there are lots of artists who don’t know anything about music and everybody loves them. At the same time, many other people who play like hell and nobody even knows.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Peste” by Claustrofobia.

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

I’m not a purist. I only consume download or streaming today. But I buy other merchandising products.

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

I am a producer of little events in our region. Most of them were pleasurable, especially one called Carqueja! Carqueja is a type of “pinga” or “cachaça”, a traditional drink from our country. It is strong like vodka. That is the origin of the festival’s name. We did it with no interest in money and we got some sponsors. That was the way to get the perfect conditions for musicians and the public. Kadabra played and we killed that night.

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

I like art in all ways. Maybe I would be a circus artist. Maybe I will do it for fun someday. I also like my real profession, Psychology.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would call some other friends from local bands who are working hard with us and, of course, Victor Augusto, because he is a great headbanger and a great beer drinker.

(Victor Here. Thanks brother. Sooner or later, we will meet each other at a concert or dinner to drink beer and have fun. Also, congrats for your hard work to keep music alive.)

What’s next for the band?

Now, with the album released and the pandemic strong in Brazil (yes, our politicians do not help a thing), the plan is to invest in video clips and hard work on social media.

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

We always play with this question in our concerts, it is like: “Hey guys, thank you for being here and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, Spotify, Pornhub, Tinder…”. It always works. We are on all the traditional social media.
www.facebook.com/kadabrametal
www.instagram.com/kadabrametal/
www.kadabrametal.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6PHGSvOyK4ZR9FFtNhFF9G
www.youtube.com/channel/UCuHxu1gK4dVmxunYULZ4lIg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea…

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

Thank you for the space, it is great to be here.

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EMQ’s with BLACKENED BLOOD

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EMQ’s with BLACKENED BLOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Skåne, Sweden based Heavy Metal band, Blackened Blood. Huge thanks to bassist, Daniel Tyche, for taking part.

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

My name is Daniel Tyche and I play bass in Blackened Blood. Some of us have played together for a long time and we actually started out by playing some Black Sabbath covers. After some time, we started writing our own songs. This constellation of the band came to life in 2016 when our Italian singer Alberto Levrini joined the band. We first set out to do some gigs to satisfy our need to play live. Later we started to record our first album which we released this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

As spilled blood gets old, it starts to darken. That is what Blackened Blood refers to. You could make some references to some metaphors which gives the name some extra depth.

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

We are from the most southern part of Sweden in a region called Skåne. We have a lot of talented musicians and bands in this part of Sweden. There are also many good places to go see gigs especially during the summer when we have a lot of festivals. Sweden’s largest metal festival is only a few miles away from our hometown.

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

Our debut album “Black Dawn Rising” was released on April 9th, 2021. We are totally blown away by the huge response we got from the metal community. It was really worth all the hard work making the album.

‘Our Time Is Lost’ (Official Audio)

‘Scarred ‘n Blindfolded (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That is a long list but Black Sabbath, Children Of Bodom, Megadeth and Lamb Of God have probably influenced us the most.

What first got you into music?

Well, just the love for Heavy Metal and that in turn led to an urge to start playing it.

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

Hard question, there are so many talented and great musicians out there. But it would be kind of fun to do a collaboration with someone totally wacky to make something absolutely crazy with.

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

Would love to play at Sweden Rock Festival because that is simply the worlds best metal festival. We’ve been annual visitors for the last 15 years so it would be a great honour to play there.

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

I got an empty beer bottle once, broke my heart. I really wanted a beer!!

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

We love your support and your enthusiasm. We hope to see you out there on a show soon when this Covid-19 bullshit is over.

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

That would be Dimebag Darrell. I think he would´ve had so much more great music to give. I think the metal scene lost one of its greatest guitarists in his unfortunate death.

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

I love it when you are on stage, performing your music live and seeing how people respond to it. That’s probably the only time I truly feel alive.

The worst part is waiting. The last hour before the show seems to take forever while the time on stage goes too quick.

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

The “but you´ll get exposure” routine. That argument can fuck right off! Pay the band that entertains your customers. You could at least cover their expenses!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

If I had to choose one I´d probably go In Flames – “Clayman” (2000) This is a truly great album.

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

Vinyl has a bigger impact on you. It has that extra feeling, better sound and all-round a better experience. But for everyday use it´s CDs, it´s almost as good.

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

We did a gig in a local pub some years ago, I will never forget that night. The show was awesome, the atmosphere electric and the audience was batshit crazy. I hope we´ll experience something like that again.

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

Hmm…probably something useful!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell, Donald Trump and a T-rex (for no apparent reason).
(Best Answer Ever – Rick)

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, we can go out and do some shows again. We are already working on new material for the next album. It will probably not be out anytime soon but that is kind of the only thing you can do now as long as this pandemic still harasses us.

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

You find us mostly on Facebook, YouTube and Spotify but also on most platforms where you find music.
www.facebook.com/Blackenedbloodband
www.instagram.com/blackened_blood/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bTXKjA6DFkVDrXvIFnpUf

Blackened Blood – Black Dawn Rising (Full Album on YouTube)
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeyXbwCG5Pg-JvfGPWqCATL2g7NrquDST

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I only know one thing: if you drink less than 3 beers it counts as a snack.

Blackened Blood Promo Pic (Credit Johanna Herbst, Skvader Media)
Photo by Johanna Herbst, Skvader Media

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