Satanica- Resurrection Of Devil’s Spirit

Satanica- Resurrection Of Devil’s Spirit
Iron Shield Records
Release Date: 24/07/2020
Running Time: 38:48
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Well, this is just the thing to wake you on a Sunday morning, Satanica, from Japan, are brilliantly loud and full on from the start. These guys endorse everything you want and expect from a Heavy Metal band.

Satanica were founded in 2002, “Resurrection Of Devil’s Spirit” is their fourth album and it’s been 10 years since “We Are Satan’s Preacher” which was the third!! It has been a long time coming but we have been given a combination of songs and epic production which all make for a very strong album.

With main-man Ritti Danger, formerly of 80’s band Witch’s Kiss, being in charge of drums and vocals, you get the feeling of someone who puts everything into every track, there is passion and emotion from start to finish, this is a total romp of an album.

With a definite feeling of classic Heavy Metal/NWOBHM about Satanica, it’s like being transported back to the early days of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Saxon and definitely in a good way (especially for those of us who grew up back in those days)! Satanica take you on a Heavy Metal ride of pure nostalgia and talented showmanship. Instrumental track ‘Kamikaze’ shows this in abundance and it also gives us the proof, if ever it was needed, that Metal is not always about the vocals, Satanica certainly have a lot to give musically! However, the vocals are 100% headbanging fun and you seriously cannot help loving hem, especially on tracks like ‘Thunderstorm’. Add in thrilling guitar work and drumming and it all combines into one seriously crazy track.

Will “Resurrection Of Devil’s Spirit” appeal to everyone? No, probably not, but I would suggest listening to it a few times before giving it your verdict. it’s very much one of those releases that you will either take to or not, but with the intensity and passion Satanica provide, it grows on you and it’s very hard not to really get into!

One thing though guys, please don’t make us wait another 10 years for album number five!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Resurrection
02. Bloodthirsty
03. Liar
04. Black Widow
05. Kamikaze (Instrumental)
06. Thunderstorm
07. Dark Star
08. Like A Fire
09. Deal With The Devil

LINE-UP:
Ritti Danger – Vocals/Drums
Ozzie Alastor – Guitar/Vocals
Shee Lipps – Guitar
K.Z. Behemoth – Bass/Vocals

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Heavy Metal In Baghdad

Heavy Metal In Baghdad
Directed and Narrated: Suroosh Alvi & Eddy Moretti
Produced by Vice Films
2007
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

As this documentary starts rolling, we see the producers being forced to wear bullet-proof vests. Straight away it’s clear that this is not going to be your average music documentary. Sure enough…

“Heavy Metal in Baghdad” is about Acrassicauda, allegedly the only active Metal band from Iraq (then…and probably also now). The documentary uses interviews, commentaries, live performances and other original footage to reveal what it is like to be a Metal band in a war-torn country. Consequentially we are enlightened on much more than the band’s history.

The members of Acrassicauda initially come across as young and naïve but in reality Saddam Hussein’s tyranny and the war that followed his murder seem to have instilled in these Iraqis a sense of maturity far advanced for their age.

One thing that struck me was that in general Heavy Metal tends to use a lot of gory imagery, violent song-lyrics and horror theatrics but for Acrassicauda reality is far worse than all that. There’s a scene when one of the band’s members looks at the artwork of Iron Maiden’s “Death on the Road” CD and remarks that that artwork looks like daily life for him. And yet Heavy Metal gives the band members and their local fans a sense of purpose in life.

Marwan, the band’s drummer, sums up what Metal means to him: “If you can teach every prisoner to play drums…smash drums…they are going to be good citizens.” During that same interview, the band members are sometimes forced to talk louder when sounds of bombing and gunfire outside the building drowns out their voices.

The social climate within which Acrassicauda are immersed is incredibly tough. When the camera shoots (no pun intended) the street of Baghdad, everyone seems to be holding guns. So when the band members receive death threats for plying the ‘devil’s music’, their genuine concern is understandable. Power cuts during a live performance is the least they’d come to expect and you can’t help share their heartbreak when they discover a rocket has hit their rehearsal space and in one stroke destroys their gear which lay inside. Acrassicauda’s guitarist tells the interviewer: “It’s like a nightmare but the problem is that you cannot wake up from it.”

Eventually the band members manage to travel to Syria via Turkey as refugees, and even manage to organise a Metal gig in Damascus, the biblical place where millennia earlier St Paul is alleged to have converted to Christianity. The gig kicked off with a cover of Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’ and, besides some original numbers, also included a cover of Metallica’s ‘Fade To Black’. The positive reaction to that gig seemed to reinvigorate the band.

Another memorable moment is when the chain-smoking band did their very first recording, a demo of 3 original numbers. The narrator makes the interesting observation that while Iraq seemed bent on either destruction or on rebuilding the ruins, Acrassicauda had actually created something from nothing with that first recording. And clearly that made them proud.

The band interviews tend to be frank and honest. In a particular one, a band member even calls the producers mad for showing an interest in the band and for travelling to Baghdad to meet them. In other interviews you can really sense the band members’ implied feelings of desperation and helplessness. It would have been interesting to hear more about their childhood and how they first came across Rock and Metal. On the other hand, the narrator/interviewer keeps the documentary flowing with his commentary and pertinent observations.

The film-doc concludes with a caption stating that the band was forced to return to Iraq from Syria.

Two years after the documentary’s release, the band managed to settle in New York and other parts of U.S.A. They also managed to record a full album in a proper studio, meet Metallica and tour North America. Life still remains a struggle for the guys of Acrassicauda but they have already rebuilt their lives several times so I’m sure they’ll keep overcoming the odds that life throws at them.

“Heavy Metal In Baghdad” is insightful, unique and, in my opinion, represents essential viewing. In particular, any band disheartened by the prospect of a decimated post-coronavirus live-scene should check this out.

Watch the trailer here:

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Acrassicauda Promo Pic

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Armored Saint – Punching The Sky

Armored Saint – Punching The Sky
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 23/10/2020
Running Time: 53:29
Review by Chris Galea
8/10

There has been a notable consistency in the line-up of Armored Saint and apart from original guitarist Dave Pritchard, who passed away in 1990 (and whose shoes were filled by Jeff Duncan), “Punching The Sky” features the same guys that appeared on the band’s 1984 debut album “March Of The Saint”. This is not merely a bit of trivia but could account for Armored Saint as a songwriting unit and why “Punching The Sky” is one of the strongest releases from the band.

The sound is perfect too…not excessively polished, not too raw…and all tracks have their own temperament. For example, there’s ‘Bark, no Bite’ which has both bark and bite. Or ‘Fly in the Ointment’ with its soulful, Hard Rock moments. Or even ‘Never You Fret’ with its hard-hitting rhythm section and spot-on guitar solos. Or the pensive moments of ‘Unfair’….you get the idea.

Curiously, both album opener ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ and album closer ‘Never You Fret’ start with some sort of hypnotic New Age tunes. Perhaps to foster a sense of structure?

Overall, though, there has been no major departure in music style…despite the band members’ involvement with the Bay Area Thrash scene, Armored Saint still seem to keep a closer affinity with the NWOBHM.

John Bush is at the top of his game and amazingly his singing actually seems to have got better with age. Just check ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ or my favourite track ‘Missile To Gun’ to see what I’m on about

Compared to other album reviews on Ever Metal, this one has been relatively short. To be honest just 3 words would have been enough: “It kicks ass”. So, if the ongoing pandemic has restricted your mobility, “Punching The Sky” could be a great way to raise your spirits.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
02. End Of The Attention Span
03. Bubble
04. My Jurisdiction
05. Do Wrong To None
06. Lone Wolf
07. Missile To Gun
08. Fly In The Ointment
09. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

LINE-UP:
John Bush – Vocals
Phil Sandoval – Guitars
Jeff Duncan – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Gonzo Sandoval – Drums

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EMQ’s with BONEYARD

EMQ’s with BONEYARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based Hard Rock/Metal band Boneyard. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Pamtera for taking part.

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

Pamtera – lead vocalist/ guitarist.

Boneyard is a female-fronted hard rock/metal band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The members bring a wealth of experience from previous bands that include: Tyrant, Septimus and Powerslave. We started out as a cover project in 2015, but have been writing original music for the past three years. In May of 2019, we entered producer/engineer Cam Macleod, of White Wolf fame, Wolfs Den studio in Edmonton and began recording our debut album. After an extended COVID-19 pause, we returned to complete the project in August of 2020. Eleven tracks were then sent to be mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Armored Saint, Anvil) in Los Angeles, USA. What emerged is the “Oathbreaker” album, released on October 24, 2020. The first single, ‘Fates Warning’, was released October 17, 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

In the beginning, while we were learning cover songs, one of our members listened to Sirius satellite radio a lot and noticed the Boneyard channel played most of the songs we did. We decided to use Boneyard as our name mainly for familiarity to the style of material we were covering. Once we started writing our own material, and headed in an all original direction, we kept the same name due to the following we had built up. I still enjoy listening to Ozzy’s Boneyard and crack a smile whenever they say our name.

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

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton has a decent live music scene, with lots of cover and tribute bands. The most notable original band is the power metal band Striker.

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

Our debut album is called “Oathbreaker” and the first single/video is ‘Fates Warning’.

‘Fates Warning’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Classic metal bands, mostly from the 80’s.

What first got you into music?

When I was 15 my high school boyfriend played guitar. I wanted to learn so badly, so he taught me some chords and eventually gave me his guitar, which I still have.

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

Jeff Waters from Annihilator.

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

Sweden Rock Festival would be very cool because they have killer line-ups. Or the Monsters of Rock cruise!

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

A lady knitted me a sweater with our band logo on it.

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

Thank you for your continued support, and stay strong in these crazy Covid times!

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

Jim Morrison.

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

I love playing live, it’s a creative outlet for stress and gives me an awesome feeling especially when I connect with fans.

That live music, on a local level, isn’t as popular as back in the day.

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

Streaming pay-outs!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Nobody’s Perfect”

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

CD’s.

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

Our best show was outside at our City Hall here in Edmonton, it was beautiful weather, we played on a flatbed truck and got some great photographs. It was awesome to have all ages watching us, dancing, and jumping into the water fountain during our set.

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

I have a button business and I am involved in roller derby. I love meeting new and interesting people.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kiko Loureiro, Jeff Waters, Zakk Wylde, Rob Halford, and Miljenko Matijevic.

What’s next for the band?

We’re working hard promoting the album, single and video. We’ll soon start on a video for the second single.

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

www.boneyardrocks.ca

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have No clue what Jaffa Cakes are?

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

Cheers and thanks for your support!

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Ignited – Steelbound

Ignited – Steelbound
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/10/2019
Running Time: 39:21
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Do you know that old Uncle who, despite all the terrible jokes at Christmas, spends all year mumbling about everything? It doesn’t matter if everything is good, he will still complain about anything, just for the love of complaining. Perhaps this grumpiness is what represents some older Heavy Metal listeners (the young ones too, sometimes). It is obvious that you will have already heard some Heavy Metal fan saying that he doesn’t like a kind of music because it is too modern. The opposite happens to when he thinks the music is dated and repetitive. Let’s be honest! Do you really believe that a band can bring something new to the table after so many fruitful decades with so many styles being perpetuated for eternity? I guess, not even the best clairvoyant could answer that. Why am I saying all this? No Reason! 😊. They are just random thoughts to explain what I felt when listening to Ignited’s debut album “Steelbound” for the first time.

Could it have been nostalgia? Maybe. For sure, I had a mix of feelings that reminded me of many classic Heavy Metal bands, but with a touch of modernism and I don’t mean the low tuning that some Power Metal bands use as an excuse to promote that they are “reinventing” themselves. Being very non-comprehensive, my first impression of this album was like hearing a mix of Judas Priest and Accept, as an overall concept about their sonority. Now, as my comments, about this Brazilian quartet, become ever more confusing I felt a proper heaviness from Dalton Castro’s guitars, together with strong and present bass from Sama Benedet and, together, they create a good wall for Maurício Velasco to be free on the double kick drums. So far then, we have the most traditional lines possible, but with something new that I promise I will mention.

Apparently, their sonority is the typical one that we hear from the aforementioned bands that influenced Ignited. Ignited have done a great job and all instruments are well equalized, they are also very clear. So far, everything is inspired by the classic bands, right? Yes! Totally! What I feel from the “modern” side, is the sound of the drums, which are a bit digitized for me. However, nothing more than that, after all, Maurício has done important work for the overall heaviness. So, maybe, it is more related to the production than the compositions themselves.

Now let’s go to the vocals, which deserve a few more words. No! I am not saying that the vocals are more important than all other instruments, but I would like to highlight a few aspects. The high range notes, in the Rob Halford style, are done with mastery. Sometimes, I hear singers trying to do this, but often the result is not so good. There are also many moments with further clean voices in the style of our most divine entity in Metal, called Mr. Ronnie James Dio. It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well, it’s just a matter of taste. The quality of the members of Ignited is unquestionable, however, I found the repetitive high notes/screams a bit tiring and I ended up enjoying more the interpretations when there is more cadence. As I said before, it is just a matter of taste.

We are looking at an album full of attributes. Excellent recording, musicians and compositions. If you’re the grumpy uncle, who complains that classic big-name bands are dying out, then listen to Ignited. “Steelbound” is a powerful album, with complex elements, that easily sounds like other mainstream bands, mainly Judas Priest. If you don’t like innovation, then here is an album where you can hear something very influenced by the past, but also framed with a more youthful design. Personally, it gave me a good feeling, because it reminded me of the old Dark Avenger, which is, probably, one of the greatest names of Traditional Heavy Metal that we have ever had in Brazil. Obviously, this also includes the similarity of Mario Linhares voice in relation to Denis Lima, vocalist of Ignited.

Are there more highlights? Listening from first track ‘Ignition’ through to closing song ‘Rotting’ there are powerful guitars, good rhythm changes allied with amazing melodies and remarkable solos. The entire album exposes what I have spoken about so far. It is an excellent debut!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ignition
02. Pain
03. Steelbound
04. Living In The Dark
05. Call Me To Run
06. Times
07. Ground Pounding
08. Shining Void
09. Roaring Gears
10. Rotting

LINE-UP:
Denis Lima – Vocals
Dalton Castro – Guitars
Sama Benedet – Bass
Mauricio Velasco – Drums

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Sins Of Shadows – The Master’s Way

Sins Of Shadows – The Master’s Way
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/05/2020
Running Time: 42:44
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

I guess everyone who reads my reviews knows that I am the worst person in the world to write introductions, but today I will try something which I have learnt from reading my Ever Metal colleagues reviews. I have realized that I must be more polite and humanize myself, because I’ve never asked a simple and basic question to you all and this question is “How are you, my friends?” Ok, considering I’ve already used up all of my sympathy, now I can talk about the review (Sorry, next time I will try to be as sweet as my mates, today I have failed). However, I’m talking about how to be sweet and I guess this word is the one that mostly defines the band I am going to review today. A sweet band, that’s if this crazy definition even exists!

No. It doesn’t mean a lack of heaviness of aggressiveness or all good adjectives that metalheads love to hear about a Heavy Metal band. Sins of Shadows incorporate many different styles but all of them are sublimely diluted throughout the songs. To make it easier to understand, I prefer to say that they are a Heavy Metal band who use influences from classic Iron Maiden to something more complex like Iced Earth, especially with the heaviness of the wall of guitar from Nicolas Jacon. The bass lines of Sébastien Normand follow the ideas of good and traditional heavy metal. There appears to be more space for independent lines, maybe, due to the fact they have just one guitarist!

My great surprise was to hear Elena Penalver singing. I love to hear female voices in Heavy Metal bands, and I miss more women doing it. I confess I am not a huge fan of soprano voices, despite all the beauty of it, but Elena uses her clean vocal with good high ranges, and her vocal interpretation is very well inspired from the likes of Dio, Bruce Dickinson and Eric Adams. She has a good balance between melody and aggression.

You can hear the entire album without becoming bored, because the band always bring a drastic change to their sonority. I can highlight the beautiful solo in ‘Not In My World’, it is very well worked out as are the good bluesy cadence and rhythmical breaks throughout it. ‘Today’s The Day’ reminded me a lot Iron Maiden. It sounds like a faster version of ‘The Longest Day’ from the not so famous, but amazing, album “A Matter of Life and Death”. Of course, it is a version full of heaviness but, sometimes, the drums follow a similar cadence to what we are used to hearing from Mr. Nicko McBrain.

Do you want more examples of all drastic changes of the band’s music? If your answer is yes, then you must hear the beautiful instrumental ‘The Mountain’. It is very Swedish Melodic Death Metal in style and oriented to the classic Dark Tranquility albums, without losing the main identity of the band’s sonority. ‘Sense of Hope’ also grabbed my attention because of the clean guitar intro and by the way it progressively changes and grows.

Now I’ll try to explain my insane words about the band during my intro to this review. There is a ‘feel good’ atmosphere listening to the “The Master’s Way” and I guess it reflects the spirit of the three members from this amazing French band. Three seemingly sweet people projecting their feeling on their music. Of course, I like all the versatility and desire to cover different genres. All melodies are well done throughout and fit well alongside all the riffs. Maybe the production could have had some close attention to really explore all their potential, but it doesn’t let Sins Of Shadows down. Take a day when you want to relax to listen to this album. That would be the perfect way to enjoy this great work.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Master’s Way
02. A Man in the Crowd
03. Not in My World
04. Today’s the Day
05. Far from Me
06. The Mountain
07. Sense of Hope
08. My Lost City

LINE-UP:
Nicolas Jacon – Guitars
Elena Penalver – Vocals
Sebastien Normand – Bass

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EMQ’s with ACROLYSIS

EMQ’s with ACROLYSIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Heavy Metal band, Acrolysis. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Konstantine Ana 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 Konstantine Ana, I’m lead vocalist and guitar player for Acrolysis. Acro spawned from wanting to play the songs I had written. So, I went online and found people who liked the music I liked and digged the tunes I wrote. That’s how I found Amit Bamay (drums) and Mytal Baba (bass guitar) We met up to jam and we really clicked well together musically, and we got on really well. Three years, two guitarists and an EP later, here we are (laughs)

How did you come up with your band name?

A medical dictionary (laughs). So, I had some songs but no name. Ran through names including ‘Evolution’, ‘Icon’ and ‘Alkali’ but I didn’t think that those would suit. I thought it would be cool for the name to be unique and not be a word. So, I saw the medical dictionary on the shelf, flicked through and came up with Acrolysis. It’s a combination of two words ‘Acro’, meaning intense or extreme. And ‘lysis’, defined as the breaking down and destruction of cells. So Acrolysis means intense cell death. Absolutely br00tal (laughs)

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

I’m Australian and we’re based in Australia, but Bamay and Baba are Nepalese. So yeah, pretty good rhythm section (laughs). The scene is small but super talented, in my opinion. Good soup of different styles, blends and sounds here in the land down under. Just to mention a few – Thrash Bandicoot, Pestilent Doom, Livewire, The Plague, Lethal Vendetta, Lunch, Astrodeath, T Rex Autopsy, Halcyon Reign, Chronic, Chillaum, Riotchain, Facing Zero, Steelswarm, Terror Bite, Avalon’s Peak.

I did say a few didn’t I? (laughs)

What is your latest release? (album, EP, single, video)

Our new single, ‘A Message to You’! Available everywhere 😊

(Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

‘Motörhead’ is a big one. I remember first time hearing ‘Ace of Spades’ and watching it on MTV back in the day. I was absolutely dumbfounded that bass guitar could make a sound like that, combined with the speed of it all and Lemmy’s voice. My four-year-old mind was blown away. ‘Metallica’ would be the band that’d make me pick up the guitar. After hearing ‘Orion’, off’ Master of Puppets’ I knew I wanted to do music, in some form. Play it, learn it, be around it.

What first got you into music?

Mandatory primary school recorder lessons (laughs). Playing the all-time classics like ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ and ‘Note B’, which was blowing one note with different rhythms. Doesn’t sound complicated but I picked up quick. Was recommended to join recorder group, which was the group where you’d play actual songs with difficult parts and would be arranged orchestrally. I saw a bass recorder at eight years old. Blew my fucking mind it did (laughs). I did it at the start of primary school all the way till I did high school, actually. But it wasn’t till eighth grade until it really interested me. I guess the itch had always been there.

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

We collaborated with local Aussie band Reaver for our EP release coming up. That was something I always wanted to do to some extent, collaborate with other artists and make something unique and cool. It’s pretty exciting, we’ve been going at this for about two years so yeah. Being able to work with the boys from Reaver has been a pleasure and a wild experience. I think that’s why I would join their band in early 2020 as their bassist (laughs)

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

Anything at this point eh? Been getting gig withdrawals over these past months. I will say though, playing Wacken would be pretty cool. Playing a stage like that with bands like that. It would absolutely blow my mind.

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

Well, this might sound weird but an illuminati badge. I wasn’t gifted it per se, I found it in my pedalboard one night after a gig. I had never seen it before and I didn’t put it there, so if it is yours, I have you badge. I’ve always kept it since and put it in my pedalboard during shows. It’s now like my good luck charm.

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

The idea of having ‘fans’ is weird to me but if I had to say something to them, thanks for liking our shit and sticking with us. You keep listening. We’ll keep on going on. We also got lots of stuff planned down the line as well so keep an eye and ear out.

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

If I had that godly power, I’d bring back Lemmy. Absolutely heart broken when I heard of his passing in 2015. He had such a unique sound and inspired the way I play bass and write music. Was and always will be an absolute badass. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Lemmy and Motörhead.

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

Love the energy. It’s pretty cool the idea that people who don’t know each other can play music together. I enjoy the energy and vibes I can create with people and it’s really a fun experience. I live for it. The only annoying bit is the amount of strings I go through. They aren’t too expensive, but you buy a couple, and they add up (laughs).

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

I guess change the way artists get paid for streams. Not saying that it’s about the money but I can see that it can be very disheartening for a new band to do a recording not to get anything back from it immediately. It forced artists to find new payment methods like touring or merchandise. Or it forces them to find a way to financially support their music habit like finding work or doing other things. The landscape has evolved but I think it’s still centred around good music and the sound and talent. I don’t think that has changed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s hard to keep it at one. Metallica’s “…And Justice for All” is a banger. It’s raw, aggressive and in your face. To me, that’s a quintessential metal album. Tool’s “10,000 Days” is also a favourite of mine. Their trippy, progressive, psychedelic sound appeals to me a lot. They throw normal songwriting conventions out the window. Another is Thirty Second to Mars’ self-titled debut record. I’m a sucker for vocal harmonies and that record is full of them.

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

Downloads are much more convenient. I remember having a Walkman when I was a kid, so I remember how difficult it was to listen to music on the go. But nothing beats the process of going through a new vinyl. Opening it up, looking at the sleeve inside. Dropping the needle and playing it. Wondrous. The only annoying bit is that they’re fragile and it costs a pretty penny to have a good sound system. I’m gonna say CD’s, perfect blend of the two. Still have this musical journey contribute having the physical and going through it, but I can also download them on to my phone. Best of both worlds (laughs)

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

Last year, we supported Nepalese and Albatross on their Sydney show. Playing to a room of 100+ people is very intimidating but super fun. People really dug us, and it was really cool seeing people get into our music. Not only that, but we did a gig a couple of hours beforehand and rushed over to do this one. So, we were absolutely beat beforehand. But it went well, I watched Albatross from a little corner on the side of the stage. Sitting there, watching bands, drinking beer. Good times.

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

Good question. Uh, probably be playing a crap ton of video games. I don’t really know to be honest. I’m so enamoured with music that it has become such an involved part of my life. It’s really hard to say what else I would be doing, because if it isn’t this and playing music. I wouldn’t know what else I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Uh, David Bowie, Lemmy, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag Darrell. That would be one interesting and wild dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

We got a couple of things planned. Without giving too much away, we’re in the process of recording the first Acrolysis album. We also got a ‘live in studio’ idea being thrown around but it’s in planning stages at the moment. Right now, we’re just focused on getting this new single and the eventual EP out so people can dig their teeth into it.

What social media/website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We’re on Bandcamp, YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes. Our new single and even our previous catalogue can be found there! Here’s some links:

www.facebook.com/Acrolysis/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5T7nf69SlKzXkR18c5jT_A
www.acrolysis.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/45zzfiZQWZ890UhFQpiH6W

Jaffa cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Got no comment for that one 😊

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Our single, ‘A Message to You’ is out now everywhere. The EP will be coming soon so make sure you keep eye out 😊

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EMQ’s with EUGE VALOVIRTA OF RED WOLF

EMQ’s with EUGE VALOVIRTA OF RED WOLF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Multinational Metal band, Red Wolf. Huge thanks to guitarist Euge Valovirta 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?

Euge Valovirta and I play guitar in Cyhra and in RED WOLF. The history of RED WOLF is (official bio):

It all started in Spring 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown, when Euge Valovirta (Cyhra) had received compliments & questions about the songs he had used on his YouTube – channel’s videos which were just 1-2 minute clips of cool riffs basically written for a particular video about a certain amp, effect pedal etc.

Around the same time Adde Larsson, with whom Euge had played several Cyhra shows since he had filled in for Alex Landenburg, called Euge that he really liked Euge’s solo album “Easy Does It” and if he ever plans to record another, he’d like to be the drummer on that.

Since all of their main band’s tours were cancelled ‘cos of the COVID-19, they had plenty of time so they decided that Euge will complete the aforementioned clips into full songs at his home studio in Helsinki, Finland and Adde will then record drums on them in his hometown Gothenburg, Sweden.

When the demos of the songs were finished Euge decided that the songs require vocals and someone to finish the writing process with him and the first guy he thought who’d be perfect for the job was Samy Elbanna (Lost Society) and Samy replied immediately, without hearing a single song, that he is in.

In the next couple of weeks the two bounced vocal ideas while Adde was recording the drums and before they knew they had 10 songs full of pounding drums, killer riffs & catchy vocals ranging from clean singing to aggressive growl.

Around the same time Euge thought that he wants his old bandmate from Suburban Tribe Janne Joutsenniemi (Stone, Suburban Tribe) to play bass on the songs and Janne also replied immediately that he is in. Janne also growls on ‘The Point of No Return’ which he hasn’t done since Stone’s last album ‘Emotional Playground’ (1991).

After the drums were done Euge, Samy & Janne recorded their parts at their home studios and by early July the recordings were finished, without the guys meeting once during this time, and the mixing started at IYP studios in Gothenburg, Sweden by Matthias Törngren.

How did you come up with your band name?

I love Huskies and my family had one when I was a kid and when he was older he looked like a wolf and people often thought that he was one. When it was time to decide the name for the band I was reading a book called ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James and that’s where I picked up the name.

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

I’m was born in Helsinki,  Finland but just moved to Switzerland and the Finnish metal/rock scene is very active and there is/has been some great bands hailing from our country like Amorphis, Nightwish, Children Of Bodom and Hanoi Rocks just to name a few. And Red Wolf of course 😉

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

With RED WOLF we just released our first single ‘Crossing the Line’ and our debut album “Sessions Vol. 1” is coming out on October 14th with one single/video before that.

Red Wolf ‘Crossing The Line (Official Video)

Red Wolf ‘The Road’ (Official Video)

CYHRA’s latest release is “No Halos In Hell” which came out last year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many but of guitarists my main influences have been Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, James Hetfield, Gary Moore and Slash just to name a few.

What first got you into music?

Bruce Springsteen. He is still the Number 1 for me. My first memories of music in general is when my uncle played Bruce to me when I wasn’t even in school, I think, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

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

It’s be cool to write some songs and jam with Ozzy. And with Zakk Wylde of course 😉

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

Oh, there’s so many great ones but to name a few I think TUSKA Festival in Finland, Sweden Rock and Hellfest in France. Why? Everything just works so great on those festivals.

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

I got some weird stuff when I played in Shining but can’t remember anything specific atm.

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

Thank YOU! Without the fans I couldn’t do this for a living and for that I will always be grateful.

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

Randy Rhoads.

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

That my dearest hobby is also my profession and I don’t really hate anything. If I would I’d be doing something else.

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

I don’t know…Well the ratio between the amount of work and the compensation received could always be better 😊. But if this was easy I guess everyone would be a Rockstar. Hah!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Live 1975 – 85”

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

I don’t even have a physical CD / Vinyl player anymore so none of those but streaming.

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

Hopefully, that’s yet to come 😊 Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve played several thousands of shows during my +20-year career and there’s been so many great shows that I can’t tell.

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

Probably a Hockey player or a Professional Soldier. I’ve actually been both, but music won 😊

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife and our closest relatives. Five wouldn’t be enough but yeah!

What’s next for the band?

RED WOLF’s next single will be released on September 30th (out now, link above – Rick) and with Cyhra we should have a Japan Tour in December, but we’ll see what happens ‘cos of the Covid.

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

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. And of course, Spotify, Apple Music etc. streaming services are great ‘cos you can get your music available all over the world basically with the click of a few buttons 😊

www.facebook.com/RedWolfMETAL/
www.instagram.com/euge230v/
www.twitter.com/Euge230V
www.youtube.com/channel/UCy8IvA7uzBTlzB2cdE6JnKw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit.

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

Stay calm and listen to music 😉

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EMQ’s with DYNASTY OF METAL

EMQ’s with DYNASTY OF METAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nova Lima, Brazil based Heavy Metal band, Dynasty Of Metal. Huge thanks to vocalist Nahor Andrade 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 Nahor Andrade, I am a vocalist and co-founder of the band Dynasty Of Metal, which was formed in 1996.

Since then we have continued working for an almost 25-year career. We recorded a demo-tape in 1997, an EP in 1999 and another in 2001. After that we were hired by the extinct label Avantage Records (BR), for our debut called “Motus Perpetuus”, which was launched in 2004.

In 1999, we left for our first international tour, which lasted 32 days, with 18 shows in Latin American countries, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

In 2010 we released the CD “Warriors Of The King” by Electric Music Records (BR), with that the band went on the road for several shows around Brazil.

In 2017, we released the CD “Step By Step” by “Marquee Records” (BR), which also featured the EP “Viginti Annis” in celebration of the band’s 20 years anniversary

In the same year, we left for the second international tour, lasting 15 days between Uruguay and Argentina.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name at first would be “Soul Hunter”, however, after some discussions; we opted for “Dynasty”. In 2010 we added “Of Metal” to the official name, in order to avoid any problems with the American band of the 70’s.

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

We are from Brazil; we are in the state of Minas Gerais, where the bands Sepultura, Overdose, Sarcófago, The Mist, Eminence and others were born.

Our scene, like others in Brazil, has had better days; today there is great market competition with the “covers” bands. But it is still an important and busy scene.

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

Our last release was a virtual single ‘Open Your Eyes’, from 2019.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There were several, but I can inform you that the English scene of the 80’s has a strong presence in our work. We also have influences from bands like Helloween, Stryper, Tourniquet, Accept and others.

What first got you into music?

I think everyone puts the dream of being able to overcome difficulties and keep playing around the world.

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

A difficult question, I honestly do not have an answer, as there are many cool bands coming up.

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

Certainly “Wacken”, everyone’s dream. But we would like to participate in any festival in Europe or the USA.

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

An invite for lunch at your home. And we accept!

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

Stay strong in your purposes, fight for what is worthwhile and stay rock n’ roll.

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

Elvis Presley!

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

Composing, recording, traveling, doing shows and especially meeting new people in every place we go.

I hate fake people in the music business.

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

I would like the smaller bands to be more respected and have more opportunities.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

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

All are very good, but the CD enchants me more.

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

There were a lot of good shows, but in 2014 we were opening act for the band Stryper, and that was amazing.

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

I am a musician and business administrator; here in Brazil it is almost impossible to live a life worthy only of music. Unfortunately!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Joshua Perahia, Rob Rock and Doro Pesch.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment, we are working on an album of reinterpretations of bands that influenced us.

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

Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and other digital platforms
www.facebook.com/DynastyofMetal/
www.instagram.com/dynastyofmetal/
www.open.spotify.com/album/7bIU2gNhL1A0aKegLIBF43
www.youtube.com/user/dynastybr
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11340420
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/dynasty-of-metal/1173626883
dynastybrasil@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Maybe biscakes…

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

I thank you for the opportunity to introduce our band. I would like to say that it is people like you who help the bands to be known.

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EMQ’s with VÁLVERA

EMQ’s with VÁLVERA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash/Heavy Metal band Válvera. 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?

Rodrigo: My name is Rodrigo Torres, I’m the lead guitarist for Válvera, and this year we complete 10 years of history. The band has played more than 200 shows, including a European tour, and we’re currently working on our third album, “Cycle Of Disaster”, which was released on August 28th, 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

Rodrigo: The name of the band comes from a combination of two Portuguese words: “Válvula”, which is the valve from our amps, and “paulera”, which is slang for “heavy music” here in Brazil. Bring two drunk headbangers in the same room, and there you have it: a great name for a metal band.

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

Gabriel (Bass): We come from São Paulo, Brazil, and the scene here is one of the strongest in the country. We have bands like Torture Squad, Nervosa, Korzus and Angra that were formed here, and they are at the forefront of the Brazilian Metal scene.

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

Rodrigo: Our third record, “Cycle Of Disaster”, released August 28th, 2020.

‘Born On A Dead Planet’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gabriel: Felipe Andreoli, Steve Harris, Cliff Burton and Billy Sheehan are my main influences.

What first got you into music?

Gabriel: When I was a kid, I wanted to play the electric guitar, and I’ve always listened to a lot of Brazilian music, thanks to my parents. Only as a teenager, I picked the bass, and that quickly became my main instrument.

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

Leandro (Drums): Great question! I would certainly collaborate with bands such as Mastodon, Trivium, Gojira and other really great bands that are relevant in our time. But my biggest dream would be to play with anyone from Metallica. I would surely cry if that happened!

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

Leandro: It would be at Rock In Rio. Since 2011, I’ve been to all of the editions, and all of those were life changing for me as a musician and a fan. I have an emotional attachment to this festival, so playing there, would be a dream coming true.

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

Rodrigo: Our lead singer, Glauber, got a lot of awesome presents, from a kiss from a 70-year-old woman after a mind-blowing show to nine thousand people, to awesome European beers from our biggest fans.

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

Gabriel: Everyone, hold on! Once this pandemic is over, we can rock on, as I am anxious to meet you all on the road!

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

Rodrigo: I would bring back Jimi Hendrix because, I believe that, if he hadn’t died, he’d change pop culture and the way that people listen to Rock n’ Roll in general.

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

Rodrigo: I love the fun of it. I’m thankful every day for being able to be an artist, a musician, because of the places I’ve been and will be, and the amazing people you meet on the journey of becoming successful. I love the beer, too! But what makes me pissed off is the fact that some people think that being a musician is only fun and games. We work really hard for years to do what we do, just as much as, and maybe even more than, other professions. And without art, the world would be a horrible place to live in.

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

Rodrigo: I would end the streaming market, which is ridiculous. Wanna listen to music? Buy the fucking album. The experience is a thousand times better, and you actually give support to the artist that spends thousands of dollars to deliver his art.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gabriel: “Temple of Shadows” by Angra is one of my favourites, the musicianship and orchestrations are out of this world, and also features amazing guest participations, like Milton Nascimento, in my opinion one of the best Brazilian singers ever.

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

Glauber (Vocals/Guitar): Download is the most practical way nowadays, but all of those are just means to an end. The way it’s distributed is not what matters, but its content is what does. If the listener has access to music, and the artist is receiving his rights, then the mission is completed.

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

Glauber: On September 17th, 2017, we played at Rock Na Praça Festival, in São Paulo. An open venue, outside Galeria do Rock*, in front of ten thousand people.

*Galeria do Rock is a famous gallery full of stores that sell Heavy Metal CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, clothes and many things related to Heavy Metal and Rock music. It is also a place to meet metal heads from all over Brazil.

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

Glauber: I would love to have my own brand of beer, or maybe a house of shows. But at this moment in Brazil, I would surely just be another unemployed.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Glauber: Tori Black, Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis & Morena Baccarin. It would be a tasty dinner.

What’s next for the band?

Leandro: First of all, we’re planning a show for the release of “Cycle Of Disaster”. It’s going to be our best gig to date and the band is really looking forward to playing this new music live. We’re also gonna record videos for the songs, and we’re planning South and North American tours, as well as a European Tour as soon as this pandemic is over. Great things are coming to our fans!

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

Leandro: We use all the platforms available. We think that everybody, without exceptions, should be able to access our music, so we make it available literally everywhere. Deezer, Spotify, YouTube, you name it. For publicity purposes, we use all social medias available, as well. The band has its own website, but we are easier to reach on Instagram and Facebook, so those are the best places to go and know us better.

www.valvera.com.br/
www.facebook.com/bandavalvera/
www.instagram.com/valveraband/
www.twitter.com/valvera_oficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3S87lwfQs6K1O1WsQrpPhz
bandavalvera@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Glauber: Neither. In São Paulo we call it a “bolacha”.

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

Glauber: Thank you very much for this interview…and listen to Válvera!!!

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