EMQ’s with ALIEN FORCE

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EMQ’s with ALIEN FORCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another new EMQ’s interview with Danish Classic Heavy Metal/ NWOBHM band, Alien Force. Huge thanks to their guitarist, Henrik Rasmussen, 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 Henrik Rasmussen – Guitarist in Alien Force.

In 1982, the band currently known as Alien Force started playing music under the name Zeyking. The band was started by the two brothers Henrik Rasmussen (guitar) and Michael Rasmussen (drums) and the style was already then classic heavy metal. Together with Peter Svale Andersen (vocals) and Michael Østerfelt (bass), Zeyking released the single ‘Get It Out’.

In 1985 we changed the name to Alien Force, and with a record deal with Telaeg Records, we released our first LP “Hell And High Water”. The record is nowadays a classic in the NWOBHM underground, being reprinted several times. In 1986 we released our second LP “Pain And Pleasure” via own record company Alien Records. 

After that album, times became difficult for us, and the metal scene changed in a direction that we tried to follow. Sweden’s Europe took the stage, and all of a sudden, we all had long jackets and pop hair! It created a rift in the band, and disagreement and led to replacements in the band, and the band was never the same again.

In 2008, we were invited to play a reunion concert in the famous rock club The Rock. The concert was a great success for us and once again, we got the desire for metal back.

Unfortunately, our guitarist Michael Wenzel lost his life to cancer, and it was a great blow for us again.

After a long break, in 2018, we were invited to play Keep It True, one of Germany’s largest underground metal festivals. We went there with the original line-up from the “Hell And High Water” album, and the concert served as a turning point. We met fans from all over the world, who welcomed us with open arms, and showed us that we have a loyal fan base larger than we believed.

How did you come up with your band name?

I really have no idea… hehe! I think all the good names were taken…

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

We are from Denmark and the Metal scene is really strong here as in Europe.

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

“We Meet Again” which came out on 26th November 2021, on The Vaults label.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Judas priest definitely… 

What first got you into music?

By listening to rock music in the 70s and 80s – especially the hard rock music.

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

Judas priest!

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

In Denmark, we have a festival called Copenhell, that would be nice to play… Home court, you know.

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

I have not received anything strange yet, only love letters: 0)

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

We hope you enjoy the new album, the album is made because of you … Love Alien Force.

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

Phil Lynott

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

The pleasure is clearly playing live music in front of dedicated audiences… I hate waiting time…

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

Bring the music and its value from social media back to the musicians

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a hard one… Right now it’s “Firepower” –  Judas priest.

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

If it’s done right, Vinyl!

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

Keep It True, in Germany

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

No idea

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Ozzy Osborn, Richie Blackmore, Angus Young, Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

Getting the new album out to people as soon as possible by playing live.

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

www.facebook.com/AlienForceDK/
www.instagram.com/alienforcedk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/05GH5nEOeKj5hHlZkLxA7q


Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake

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

No…

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The Hu – Live at the Orpheum, Vancouver BC, Canada – 26/10/2021

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Armored Saint – Symbol Of Salvation Live

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Armored Saint – Symbol Of Salvation Live
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 22/10/2021
Running Time: 01:08:10
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Armored Saint are ones of those bands who really, really, really ought to be much bigger than they currently are. I first came across them when I was given a DJ promo copy of the studio version of “Symbol Of Salvation” way back when and was blown away by a record that across its thirteen songs did not have a duff one amongst them. What I didn’t know at the time was that this was the fifth record from these boys, so what I had taken as an explosive debut was the result of a decade of hard work. That’s work done mainly upstream at a time when America only seemed to care for Hair Metal or Thrash Metal, whilst they ploughed the Power Metal furrow, arguably ahead of Helloween, settling the point, once and for all, why the USA variant is so different from its ultimately more dominant European counterpart.

This was Power Metal with way more groove and soul. Then there was John Bush’s incredible voice – a voice that Metallica once tried to lure away and which ultimately Anthrax succeeded in doing, killing off Armored Saint for a decade, by which time the world had moved on and not helped the fact that Bush still could not let Anthrax go properly until Joey Belladonna’s return in 2005. They’ve been facing an uphill struggle ever since, which is a shame, because I can’t fault any of their recent studio offerings at all – 2015’s “Win Hands Down” and last year’s “Punching The Sky” are absolute masterworks as far as I am concerned, but they don’t quite hold a candle to the last album of the classic line up, which turned out to be original guitarist Dave Prichard’s obituary before his tragically early death from leukaemia in 1990. So, dusting this album down for its thirtieth anniversary makes perfect sense and the band fortunately laid these live shows down way back in 2018 in readiness. Add to this there’s a filmed version of the show in the works, with both recordings being captured at New York’s Gramercy Theatre.

Bush is one of those singer’s whose power has not been diminished by age, even though the tuning may have dropped the odd semitone to help him along, but that makes the material sound darker and heavier than its original recording. That really helps, as even a riotously up-tempo belter like opener ‘Reign Of Fire’ (still the Saint song as far as I’m concerned) sounds better with this darker underbelly. The original recordings always suffered in my eyes, as my ageing vinyl copy never belted out too loud even when turned up to eleven as a consequence of the physical challenges of squeezing fifty-five minutes’ worth of material onto a single disk, so it wasn’t until the coming of the digital age that I could hear a reasonable remastering of this. This live recording goes way farther – the sound is rich, fat and heavier than a two ton heavy thing. Add to which Bush’s performance is absolutely top notch here, with not a note or syllable dropped and although the audience don’t sound too loud, the atmosphere is positively electric.

This release is pretty good value for money too, as well as all thirteen original songs being given the live treatment, plus a radio edit of the title track, but more interestingly five demo tracks featuring Prichard which never made it to the final album. The contrast in Bush’s voice is really obvious played back to back, but his live delivery has a maturity and richness that he lacked in those younger days. Much as I love the original I suspect I’m probably more likely to re-spin this live version in its entirety, as it’s got that darker edge and timbre that the band’s current incarnation has developed combined with some of their absolute best songs in their thirty-seven year career.

‘Spineless’ (Official Video from “Symbol Of Salvation Live”)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Reign Of Fire
02. Dropping Like Flies
03. Last Train Home
04. Tribal Dance
05. The Truth Always Hurts
06. Half Drawn Bridge
07. Another Day
08. Symbol Of Salvation
09. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless
14. Nothing Between The Ears (1989 4-Track Demo)
15. Get Lost (1989 4-Track Demo)
16. Medieval Nightmares (1989 4-Track Demo)
17. People (1989 4-Track Demo)
18. Pirates (1989 4-Track Demo)
19. Symbol Of Salvation (Live Radio Edit)

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

LINKS:

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Blackthorne – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (2CD Reissue)

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Blackthorne – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (2CD Reissue)
The Store For Music
Release Date: 30/07/2021
Running Time: 77:51/76:38
Review by Chris Galea
7.5/10

Blackthorne was one of those short-lived bands that never went close to attaining its true potential. The band was formed in the early 1990’s by guitarist Bob Kulick (Kiss, W.A.S.P., Meat Loaf, Doro, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens), vocalist Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group) and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo (New England, Alcatrazz, Warrior). The band’s rhythm section was composed of bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House Of Lords) and drummer Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Alex Masi, Steppenwolf). Not just ‘a band’ therefore but more like ‘a supergroup’.

Jimmy Waldo blames the band’s quick demise on the Grunge scene but before throwing the towel, Blackthorne released one album (“Afterlife”) and almost released a second one. This double-disc release, therefore, celebrates the band’s music albeit retrospectively.

Full details of the double-album’s contents can be found below but essentially, besides offering both albums in one package, this release is also jam-packed with demos of more unreleased tracks and alternate versions of Blackthorne songs. And before you put on your most sceptic-sounding snigger, let me say that a lot of the demo tracks we have here actually sound quite good. For example, on the disc containing “Afterlife”, the bonus demo tracks are sometimes better than the album tracks, especially with regards to Graham Bonnet’s singing.

Overall, I would say that the music style has something of the classical roots of Alcatrazz as well as the electrifying feel of Warrior, the band Jimmy Waldo had with Vinnie Vincent (Kiss, Invasion) and his ex-bandmates of New England. Regarding my Warrior comparison, check out the guitar tone and choir vocals of ‘Over and Over’ or ‘Sex Crime’.

In their sophomore (unreleased) album “Don’t Kill The Thrill”, Blackthorne continue to explore their musical ideas while remaining within the Classic Heavy Metal niche. ‘Twist The Blade’ is not short of catchy melodies but contains a Punk-ish riff that gives it a distinct edge. Riffs, melodies, solos…Bob Kulick gives all he’s got in ‘Don’t Kill The Thrill’. ‘Love From The Ashes’ leans more onto Hard Rock rather than Metal and it’s a great song.

Despite what I mentioned earlier, a few tracks (and not only demo tracks) failed to convince me. But, by and large, this was an album I enjoyed listening to.

Sadly, Bob Kulick and Frankie Banali passed away last year within the space of three months and thus didn’t live to witness this release. So, I reckon one may also consider this “Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill” as a sort of joyful dirge celebrating Bob and Frankie’s talents and undying influence.

In all honesty Blackthorne was a band I discovered thanks to this double-album and hopefully it will introduce many others to the band’s music. For sure if there’s just one Blackthorne release you’ll ever need in your record collection, then it’s got to be this one.

‘Afterlife’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
Afterlife CD1:
01. Cradle To The Grave
02. Afterlife
03. We Won’t Be Forgotten
04. Breaking The Chains
05. Over And Over
06. Hard Feelings
07. Baby You’re The Blood
08. Sex Crime
09. Love From The Ashes
10. All Night Long

Bonus Tracks:
11. Wild Inside (Demo Cassette 1992)
12. Get My Heart Out Of Here (Demo 1992)
13. Since You Been Gone (Demo 1992_Vocal 2018)
14. Afterlife (Original Demo Mix) (Tony Palacios Guitar)
15. Baby You’re The Blood (Demo 1992)
16. Afterlife (Live Unplugged)
17. We Won’t Be Forgotten (Live Unplugged)

Don’t Kill The Thrill CD2:
01. Don’t Kill The Thrill
02. Wild Inside
03. Skeletons In The Closet
04. Dreaming In The Hideaway
05. Man In A Black Hat
06. Twist The Blade
07. Judgement Day
08. Insanity
09. Sanctuary (Alternate Vocal)
10. Save Me

Bonus Tracks:
11. Paralyzed (Early Demo)
12. Twist The Blade (Early Demo)
13. Guilty Of Insanity (Early Demo)
14. Afterlife (Demo 1992)
15. We Won’t Be Forgotten (Demo 1992)
16. Over And Over (Demo 1992)
17. Baby You’re The Blood (Demo 1992)
18. Love From The Ashes (Demo 1992)

LINE-UP:
Graham Bonnet – Lead Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Chuck Wright – Bass
Frankie Banali – Drums

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LINK TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY WALDO:

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Voidgazer – Dance Of The Undesirables EP

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Voidgazer – Dance Of The Undesirables EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/08/2021
Running Time: 30:04
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Salutations, dear comrades of the army of metal! It is I, Dark Juan, who is fucking wired on hyper strength coffee and having trouble typing this as the words are moving in my head too fast to get them through the appallingly slow method of my inept two fingered typing to the keyboard. This is compounded by the fact that I have spent TWO FUCKING DAYS trying to get money into my French bank account to pay my taxe fonciere (yeah, French speakers will note that there should be accents over at least one of the e’s, but a) I am too cross to care and b) I don’t have a fucking clue how to do it anyway with my lovely QWERTY keyboard, instead of the strange AZERTY setup the French use) and my bank will not recognize my SWIFT number even after lots of threats to burn down a church…sorry, to burn down their headquarters and kick the arses of every single one of their IT department personally, whilst wearing hobnailed German paratrooper boots. That are on fire.

Fantasies of hoofing computer nerds up the jacksey with the flaming military footwear of vengeance aside, the Mighty Gothikpanzer still has no wipers that are functional and the Leichtes Gothikpanzer I have borrowed is that fucking awful to drive I’d rather walk. Still at least the Smellhounds are pleased because Mrs. Dark Juan has returned unscathed from her sojourn looking after her grandkids. Hodgson Biological-Warfare has glued himself to her side and has refused to move for the past three hours… In the meantime, I have escaped the attentions of the hairy bastards and run off downstairs to write about Voidgazer, being a (it sez ‘ere) a biker prog band from St. Louis, Missouri. In case you’re hopeless at geography, that’s in the United States of America. I’m not being a twat, I promise. I once asked one of my young gentlemen to point out where China was on a map. He pointed at Australia. I mocked him and beat him soundly for his ignorance.

DISCLAIMER: I didn’t beat him. That would be illegal and WRONG. We try to leave no obvious bruising.

This is a very strange record indeed. Vocals that would not be out of place on a Black Dahlia Murder album plumb sepulchral, guttural depths where you’d only expect to find lesser demons and stratospheric, banshee howling, overlay music that is scuzzy biker rock and roll, heavy fucking metal and extreme levels of proggy fretboard wankery. Even more surprisingly, it works and works very well indeed. Omar Olivares II (I expect the II is important, to Omar anyway) has a superb voice for metal, and it sounds like his range is effortless. I am jealous. The production job is top notch too, with more bottom end than a dry-docked aircraft carrier, and meaty as fuck guitars. Even the drums are heavy and punchy. The song arrangements are actually pretty fucking splendid too. You wouldn’t expect pretty straight-ahead metal parts to segue quite so seamlessly into the blues and prog, but there we go. Voidgazer do it with ease, and it is actually the prog parts that lift the record from merely enjoyable into something a bit special. ‘Blast Equalizer’ shows this with considerable aplomb – A song that changes into several gears, but never sounds disjointed, even when using nonstandard time signatures and experimental chord progressions. EP opener ‘Jesus Take The Needle’ owes lots and lots to “Dimension Hatross” era Voivod, but is exciting and refreshingly different, mainly due to the harsh growls of Omar (II) and some superb instrumentation. Every member of this band is a magnificent musician and once more I am reduced to bitter tears of jealously and rage, mainly because I’m too fucking lazy to practice guitar. Although as an aside, I found a Squier Jagmaster I’d forgotten I had in the attic the other day. ‘Sexual Sadist Serial Slasher’ (is this just copied from the curriculum vitae I had to send Field-Marshal Sir Richard “Alright, I’ll Take You On, But Woe Betide Your Lily-White Ass If You So Much As Put One Foot Wrong This Time, You Absolute Wankpuffin” Tilley when I asked whether I could write for him?) is rather less prog and all about speed and power. It’s a hell of a closer, breakneck and violent and absolutely fucking brilliant.

Which pretty much sums up the whole EP, really. It’s pretty unique, what with the combination of oily, dirty-fingernailed rock, leather and denim clad metal, lager-fuelled thrash, smoky blues and silk suited, strangely attired prog. With added roaring. What a fucking combination. I’m a big fan!

Voidgazer describe themselves as “Scary music to fuck to”. Yeah, I’d be scared that the fuck I would be having would be over in about thirteen seconds if I was having to keep to the tempos this bunch of American miscreants do. I will leave the last word to the hairy arsed bastards themselves:

“A hearty riff stew chock full of razors and carburettor parts, everything a growing biker needs to go out and sow terror within the hearts of the unhip.

Warning: listening to this record increases your chances of exposure to biker violence, demonic automobile possession, and goblin infestation.”

Pretty much sums it up for me, man. Even if I am tragically unhip because I ride trikes.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Voidgazer a full-throated, V-twin powered 9/10 for a record that manages to flit between genres effortlessly, yet still retains the kind of heaviness that is only found in the centre of black holes. Excellent work, colonial (and traitorous) cousins. Excellent work indeed.

Before any of you start, I’m joking about the traitorous bit. I’m British, after all, and there was some unpleasantness in the past as the US rid itself of the colonial yoke. I have to put this in here because someone, somewhere will be getting their panties all up in a big knot and thinking I’m a horrible racist, as it appears satire and humour are dying arts nowadays. I’m even wearing a Sisters Of Mercy t-shirt depicting a swastika being smashed by a fist and bearing the legend “Gegen Nazis”. Which is German for “Against Nazis”. Now that we have cleared that up…

‘Jesus Take The Needle’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Jesus Take The Needle
02. Expectations Management
03. Dance Of The Undesirables (Surely the Ever-Metal.com theme tune…)
04. Blast Equalizer (The urge to spell this correctly is driving me insane but Rick has told me to leave the spelling alone, heh)
05. Sexual Sadist Serial Slasher (The new official theme tune of Dark Juan)

LINKS:

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Video Interview with JIMMY WALDO

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Video Interview with JIMMY WALDO
By Chris Galea

Keyboard player Jimmy Waldo has an impressive résumé. After finding success with New England, he went on to be a co-founding member of Alcatrazz and played with Blackthorne, Quiet Riot, The Graham Bonnet Band and many more.

For those not familiar, Blackthorne was a relatively short lived band that, thanks to the changing musical landscape arrived without much fanfare, in the early 1990’s. With a line-up that included Waldo, Bob Kulick, Graham Bonnet, Frankie Banali and Chuck Wright, they should have been huge but, unfortunately it was not to be. Now their only officially released album has been repackaged with a host of unreleased, reworked and demo material.

Chris recently had the honour to talk to Jimmy about the excellent Blackthorne 2CD reissue package, as well as the forthcoming, brand new, Alcatrazz album “V” and more!

Huge thanks to Jimmy for the interview and to Chris for putting it together

Enjoy!

JIMMY WALDO Video Interview by Chris Galea

LINKS:

Alcatrazz Links:

Blackthorne & Alcatrazz Covers

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Rage – Resurrection Day

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Rage – Resurrection Day
Steamhammer/SPV
Release Date: 17/09/2021
Running Time: 50:02
Review by Simon Black
8/10

Rage have been at this a long time.

Although from the same German historic Power Metal label stable as Helloween, they have not quite managed to become such a major name outside of Power Metal circles, which is a shame, as the back catalogue of twenty-six studio albums, ten EP’s and four live albums since 1984 is bloody impressive by anyone’s standards. A quick look at the dizzying number of line-up changes that have revolved around Vocalist and Bassist Peavy Wagner over the decades may go some way to explaining that. Line-up changes take the wind out of any progress a band makes by slowing down the momentum and constantly forcing their fan base to readjust and this time it’s almost a completely new line up behind Peavy, with only drummer Vassilios Maniatopoulos still in play from previous incarnations, and even then this is only his second studio contribution. That’s the negative side. The positive aspect is you get to effectively reboot and ditch the parts that did not work, but either way it still does not make continuous growth and brand consistency easy.

The twelve tracks on here all have a huge amount of energy and this doesn’t feel like an old band going through the motions, but then eighteen months of lock downs and practically a new band will put a fire under most acts. The songs all have strength and enthusiasm in abundance and Peavy et al still have a lot they want to say. Musically this is mostly full pelt Power with added orchestrations, a healthy dollop of Speed Metal, with a few Thrashy touches in the time structures and vocal arrangements. Peavey is very much at the front of the mix, as you would expect since basically he is Rage. That said the musicianship from the rest of the band is top notch, but could do with being a bit more present in the mix other than during the solos.

‘Monetary Goods’ is the strongest track by a country mile – it’s anthemic and punchy and it holds its own far better than a lot of the material on here, which could have benefitted from a bit of pruning to be brutally honest. That said there’s nothing wrong with the rest of the material, but with a bit more of this catchiness sprinkled throughout then this would have been a resounding ten out of ten. Nevertheless, Rage remain masters of the genre and continue to be relevant.

‘Virginity’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Memento Vitae (Overture)
02. Resurrection Day
03. Virginity
04. A New Land
05. Arrogance and Ignorance
06. Man in Chains
07. The Age of Reason
08. Monetary Gods
09. Mind Control
10. Traveling Through Time
11. Black Room
12. Extinction Overkill

LINE-UP:
Peavy Wagner – Vocals & Bass
Vassilios Maniatopoulos – Drums
Stefan Weber – Guitars
Jean Borman – Guitars

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With ESCAPE PROJECT

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EMQ’s With ESCAPE PROJECT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based Heavy Metal/Thrash band, Escape Project. Huge thanks to Mauro Filler, Marcelo Duhá and Silvio Mazzei, 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?

Mauro Filler: I play guitar. I actually use the guitar to write songs. It’s what I like to do most in life. With the pandemic, it got even stronger and I needed an escape valve to keep my sanity. So, I recorded everything that came out of my hands and the more I recorded, the more aggressive the sound got. I put together the ideas and initially invited Marcelo Duhá, a great friend who has played with me since we were teenagers, to share with me the production of what comes out mainly on vocals, where I always had a lot of difficulties. And when we already had good material, I invited Silvio Mazzei to the project. An extremely talented singer who embraced the idea and brought amazing lyrics and melodies to Escape Project.

Marcelo Duhá: I play Bass. Mauro and I have been in another metal band since we were teenagers so ,when he decided to start this project about a year ago and started showing me the songs, things just clicked very quickly and easily.

Silvio Mazzei: I’m Silvio Mazzei. I sing for the band. Mauro and Marcelo have been working on this project for a couple of years and I joined them in February this year because they needed a singer.

How did you come up with your band name?

Mauro: The idea was to have a project where I could feel good, doing something I really like. Use music to express myself. To be okay with myself. To be an escape project…

Marcelo: Mauro had the concept in his head. After sharing it with me, we bounced some ideas back and forth and it just came about naturally.

Silvio: “Escape” comes from the need we have to escape, sometimes, from the regular life of any working man.

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

Mauro: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have great bands around here. But we have no place to play.

Silvio: I must say that metal is not that popular here. Not at all.

Marcelo: Unfortunately, the Metal scene here is practically dead.

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

Silvio: We’ve been working on this album that will be called “Holy Sin” so we’ve been releasing a few singles one by one on those digital platforms since May of 2021. Soon, the album will be completed.

Mauro: We released three singles in 2021. The last one was ‘Back On The Edge’. We had one of our songs, ‘Ashes of Desire’, played on ‘Pegadas de Andreas Kisser’, which is a radio show hosted by Andreas Kisser, from Sepultura, in a huge FM radio station dedicated to Rock called 89 FM A Rádio Rock.

Marcelo: The three songs we have released so far.

‘Ashes Of Desire’ (Lyric Video)

‘Back On The Edge’ (Lyric Video)

‘Sentence Of Death’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Silvio: I must say The Beatles and almost all hard rock bands from the 70’s like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sabbath etc…

Mauro: Jimi Hendrix, Adrian Smith and James Hetfield.

Marcelo: Steve Harris, Geezer Butler and Geddy Lee.

What first got you into music?

Silvio: The Beatles did it. After that, the Heavy Metal wave from the 80’s. I was a teenager back then so I got very involved in all that movement.

Mauro: Watching my father play. He is a great bass player.

Marcelo: Watching the video of ‘Aces High’ by Iron Maiden back in 1984 or 1985.

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

Mauro: Sacred Reich and Exodus.

Marcelo: Fates Warning.

Silvio: I wish Deep Purple asked me to sing in a couple of songs before they stop playing.

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

Marcelo: Wacken. Well, it’s Wacken, right?

Mauro: Wacken and Rock in Rio.

Silvio: Wacken, Rock In Rio.

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

Silvio: Gifts I don’t know but I’ve received some very weird music requests written on  napkins.

Mauro: I never received one…hahahaha

Marcelo: Can’t think of one…I don’t have that many fans.

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

Marcelo: Thank you for your support. It means everything.

Silvio: Look out! For here comes “Escape”!!!

Mauro: Take care…today this is the most important thing to do…

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

Marcelo: Ronnie James Dio.

Silvio: Oh…Ronnie James Dio!!

Mauro: Hendrix and Cliff Burton.

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

Mauro: I like to write…I live for it…and I don’t like competition in music.

Silvio: Being on stage. Sharing the energy with the fans. I hate the payment.

Marcelo: I really enjoy playing live. I really hate dishonest promoters.

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

Marcelo: How much musicians and songwriters get paid.

Silvio: Management

Mauro: More honesty…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Silvio: Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” album

Mauro: Metallica’s “…And Justice For All”. I have it tattooed on my arm.

Marcelo: Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave”

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

Marcelo: CD’s. except for the album covers. Vinyl covers are the best.

Silvio: If it’s music it’s fine. Anything goes.

Mauro: CD’s

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

Silvio: When my band (Inquisição) opened a concert for Deep Purple in Rio 2008.

Marcelo: The one where our singer couldn’t make it and I had to sing too.

Mauro: ...and I was there…for me it was playing on one of the most important stages in my city which is Circo Voador.

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

Mauro: Needs to have numbers…I like numbers…

Marcelo: Teaching.

Silvio: Maybe selling records??

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Silvio: Ian Gillan, Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore & Macca.

Mauro: James Hetfield and Warren Haynes.

Marcelo: My closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

Silvio: Put the album out and hope for the best.

Mauro: Just play…and play loud…. I need this…

Marcelo: Releasing more songs.

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

Silvio: Basically, all of them !
www.instagram.com/escapeproject.official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4V64423aGNXUo6g4scTa4u
www.deezer.page.link/2TKQ85EXtYMrJvE97
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmkTw5o-0kyJu0NAMazsRg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Marcel: Hahahahahaha. The eternal dilemma.

Silvio: I don’t have a clue.

Mauro: I have no idea

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

Silvio: Listen to Escape!!!

Marcelo: If you like the band, please get in touch.

Mauro: Take care and listen to heavy metal.

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EMQ’s with Edson Graseffi from MOTORHAMMER

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EMQ’s with Edson Graseffi from MOTORHAMMER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with São Paulo, Brazil based Heavy/Thrash Metal band, Motorhammer. Huge thanks to vocalist/drummer, Edson Graseffi, 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 Edson Graseffi, I am a Brazilian drummer and singer. I have been active in the Metal scene for 35 years. I was the founder of Panzer, a traditional Brazilian Thrash Metal band that I played with for 25 years. After the end of this band, I put together two new projects. Motorhammer, band in which I am re-recording several songs from my discography to commemorate my three and a half decades dedicated to drums in heavy music. My other project is called Cosmic Rover (Stoner Metal), which had its debut album voted one of the best albums of 2019 by the readers of Roadie Crew magazine, the largest Heavy Metal publication in Latin America. In both bands, I play the role of drummer and vocalist full time, which is something very rare to see in the Metal world scene.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I created Motorhammer, I wanted a name that would express my intense and heavy playing and represent all the years of my work within the Heavy Metal scene, without any breaks. The name of a tool that hits mercilessly and in a heavy way seemed appropriate to represent all of this, in addition to alluding to Motörhead, a form of homage to a band so important in my musical background.

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

We are a band from São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil and Latin America. Here the scene was very intense from the 80’s until around 2005, when everything started to change. Due to problems related to my country’s financial situation, many small and medium clubs where the bands played closed their doors and the public mentality change that followed ended up making it difficult for the more underground scene to expand with tours and releases as it was in the past. But the bands keep playing for the love of Metal.

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

I will talk about my work personally, because Motorhammer is a very new band that emerged in 2021. I have around twenty-eight titles in my discography including CD’s, EP’s, Singles, compilations and DVD. My last release was precisely with Motorhammer, the EP “Round 35”. You can check all this material on my website:

www.edsongraseffi.com.br

‘Fighting Against The Walls’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many drummers who influenced me, but I can name Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) and Dan Beehler (Exciter) as my biggest influences. As a vocalist, I always liked the vocalists with dirty voice and full of overdrive, due to my type of voice, Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P), Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Mille Petrozza (Kreator) are some of them.

What first got you into music?

My first experiences with music were at school when I was just a child, I sang in a children’s choir for many years, it wasn’t connected to Rock n Roll at all, but it was a very important stage where I learned to use my voice. In 1983, I met Kiss and the “Creatures of the Night” album and that all changed my life forever.

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

Oh Boy…There are many bands that I would love to work with, but if I could choose Testament and Metal Church, they would be two bands that I would have a dream come true.

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

Any, if Testament and Metal Church were in the line-up

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

Actually, the weirdest thing wasn’t a gift, but what a fan asked me for. At the end of a concert, a boy came to ask for my socks to take with me as a souvenir of the concert.

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

Don’t give up on Metal, it’s alive, just pay attention to everything around you, listen to new bands.

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

There are many, but I believe Neil Peart and John Bonham could be immortal, they would still have a lot to teach the world. Bon Scott was too early too, what wouldn’t he have produced with AC/DC? Would be wonderful.

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

I admire musicians who play to the music, make their instrument play with feeling and always focused on what the music asks for. Hate is a too heavy word to use in that sense, but I don’t understand how there is a whole world scene that overvalues DJs and consumes that soulless electronic thing.

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

I would bring the big labels back and consume them for physical material. A lot of people fought for the freedom to release everything independently, today we have it, but it was the money of the big labels that made many names become giants, there is no strong music market without money spinning and making the machine run, and that goes for the Heavy Metal too. Today new bands can’t make a living from their music which makes the whole music scene very vulnerable and uncertain.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are many, but Kiss “Creatures of the Night” has a huge importance in my life. Until today, I have the same feelings as that boy who was discovering the world of Heavy Metal when I listen to this record.

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

Vinyl for sure!!!! Cassettes are awesome too if you have the right HIFI equipment to listen to them.

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

There were many good concerts in 35 years, but I can highlight a Cosmic Rover concert in Uruguay, a neighboring country in Brazil, in 2019, an amazing night sold out where we played to 1300 people hungry for Metal. The Uruguayan audience is incredible.

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

It’s hard to think about it because I’ve spent my whole life looking at music as the main pillar of my life, but I can say that maybe I was a surfer. My wife is a surfer, she surfs Body Boarding, I’m always on the beach with her and I see how those guys are free and have fun, it must be an amazing thing to do and live the scene.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five people who like to drink beer and talk about Rock n Roll!!

What’s next for the band?

Unfortunately, in my country and all-over Latin America, the shows are still hard to happen, so let’s record a live session in a studio for people to see Motorhammer perform live somehow.

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

People can check out Motorhammer’s work on Spotify, the EP is available on all platforms. On my website, you can also listen to all the albums I recorded with other bands. On my YouTube channel there is also a lot of video material released by all the bands I played, mainly by Panzer which has a lot of videos on YouTube.
www.edsongraseffi.com.br/
www.facebook.com/egraseffi
www.instagram.com/motor.hammer/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5n1dbc9jujl9jTS2dTylUT
www.youtube.com/EdsonGraseffiDrummer

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What are Jaffa Cakes? hahahahaha

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

I want to thank Ever Metal and Victor for the interview opportunity, your work in helping musicians like me to spread my work to the European audience is very important.

Victor’s full review of Motorhammer’s “Round 35” EO

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Shackled

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