EMQ’s with LORD

EMQ’s with LORD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney/Wollongong, Australia based Metal/Rock band, LORD. Huge thanks to bassist Andy Dowling 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 Andy Dowling and I play bass for the Australian Metal band LORD. We formed originally under the name Dungeon in 1989 and changed our name to LORD at the end of 2005. Across the two eras of the band we’ve released 9 albums, a couple of live albums and a stack of EP’s. We’ve toured internationally and across Australia for the past several decades.

How did you come up with your band name?

LORD originally came from our frontman Lord Tim however over time the name has taken on a life of its own. There were a lot of reasons behind the name itself and its ultimate change from Dungeon. Tim spent considerable time putting together a fantastic blog post on our website called “What’s in a name?” which explains it far better than I ever could!

(Reference: https://www.lord.net.au/whats-in-a-name/)

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

We’re based in Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Australia has a fantastic metal scene and over the years we have had a stack of bands that have gained international recognition as well as popularity here at home. I’m sure most metal bands the world over would be able to name at least a handful of Australian metal bands these days which is absolutely fantastic. We’re a proud bunch down here!

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

Our latest EP release is “Chaos Raining” which came out on June 12 via our label, Dominus Records. Available via Bandcamp (https://lordofficial.bandcamp.com) and all streaming platforms.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There have been a lot of bands that certainly inspired me to pick up a guitar and want to play in a band. Many of them are obvious picks like Megadeth, Metallica, Maiden, Priest etc however as I discovered more music I continued to develop a taste for wanting to do it myself and get on a stage. As far as influential people are concerned, there have been many people in my personal life who have inspired me to pursue my endeavours whether it be friends, family or even observing others from a distance. To this day I am constantly influenced and inspired to do more and continue to grow as a person.

What first got you into music?

The radio and old compilation cassettes as a kid got me into music generally, in particular rock music. With regard to metal, it wasn’t until I was in my early teens and was given a dubbed tape of “…And Justice For All” by Metallica that my life changed forever. I had never heard anything like it before and I was instantly hooked.

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

John Farnham would be the ultimate. I think we could put together an awesome song for one of the greatest singers of all time. We’ve covered some Farnham songs in the past (eg: Playing to Win and Break the Ice) so we’re primed and ready!

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

Bloodstock would be really special for us as we have never had the chance to play in the UK yet. To play a festival like that would be a fantastic way to say hello to our UK friends who have followed us for so many years. Putting that aside, we really love to play any festival as there’s a great opportunity to not only connect again with friends but make new ones as you often get to showcase your music in front of a large audience.

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

I’ve received pairs of socks on multiple occasions from Japanese fans on tour. I’ve also had photo albums given to me from the previous tour when I had photos with the same friends in Japan. Some of the most thoughtful and generous people we have met. I certainly wouldn’t be getting socks from fans/friends anywhere else in the world, that’s for sure!

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

Our fans are our friends. We are all cut from the same cloth. We love music and in particular metal. We’re huge fans ourselves. The only difference is that every once in a while we jump up on stage to play some music for everyone. With that being said, we are so incredibly humbled that we have had so many amazing people connect with us over the years and build friendships with the band and each of us individually. Our friends are our inner circle of LORD and we will continue to make sure they know/feel that.

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

I really miss Dio. I think he still had so much to give and a huge hole was left for me when he died. One of the greatest singers and writers in metal. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to see him a handful of times and more importantly will continue to be captivated by his music for many years to come. He left us with so much to enjoy.

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

The hard work, trial and error, experimentation and then feedback and reward you receive over the years. It’s incredibly satisfying and enriching on a personal level. I don’t necessarily hate anything in particular however I sometimes feel that individual personalities sometimes bring themselves and others down. There’s more than enough opportunity to go around these days and an inflated ego or poor behaviour in general is simply unnecessary. Luckily, those people are few and far between.

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

A little more regulation from a business perspective. There are too many inexperienced/unqualified people working in music industry related jobs or as businesses who create a lot of problems for the overall industry. I also think that more government support/funding for music in Australia on all levels would be incredibly beneficial not only for musicians and industry representatives but for the wider public. Music has a lot of benefits for people in general. The more opportunities people have to enjoy music in a variety of ways, the better it is for the community as a whole.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“So Far, So Good… So What!” – My all-time favourite Megadeth album. Scrap the Sex Pistols cover and it is absolutely flawless. Original recording as well. Not the remaster!

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

None of them. I love them all and they all serve their purpose depending on where I am and my preference at the time. From a musician perspective, they all are beneficial and for the most part still a necessity for us in order to provide people with format choice to listen to our music.

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

Most memorable is definitely playing at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2016. A fantastic festival, great crowd and we recorded the audio/video for our last live album. A real time capsule of great memories.

Best gig performance wise? The 2nd of back to back shows in Tokyo back in 2013. It was the last show of a run of shows throughout SE Asia and Japan and we were a well-oiled machine. We don’t often get to do long runs of shows but that showed our real potential as a band. I like to think that we always put on a great show, but that really went next level musically for us.

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

Something involving me talking a lot of shit. In fact, I got into podcasting back in 2015 (hosting The Andy Social Podcast and Nod to the Old School) which has been a huge part of my life. I probably would have been doing something like that regardless! I’m really good at dribbling all sorts of nonsense into a mic.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Farnham, Adrian Smith, Iva Davies, Mark Furtner and Alain De Botton.

What’s next for the band?

We just released our latest EP “Chaos Raining” which is available on Bandcamp and all streaming services. We’ll ride that one for the short term but we are already starting to put together details of the next release which might come out later in 2020. Maybe a new studio album in 2021 as well if all of the creative elements and time falls into place. Either way, we’re going to be busy!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mLDXLOEh4fcvxm5ICKfhE
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/lord/18929843
www.lordofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/user/lordofficial
www.facebook.com/lordofficial
www.instagram.com/lordofficial
www.twitter.com/lordofficial

We’re in most places! Search for “lordofficial” and you can usually track us down.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure if we have Jaffa Cakes here in Australia but going by the name it SHOULD be a cake. If it was a biscuit, then it would be a Jaffa Biscuit. That might be too logical haha. It sounds awfully sugary.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to answer these great questions and talk about our band. We love what we do and feel honoured to be able to keep putting new music out after so many years. We’ve made so many great friends through music and I’m looking forward to making many more.

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EMQ’s with WAIL

EMQ’s with WAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lillehammer, Norway based Heavy Metal band, Wail. Huge thanks to ‘The Singer’ 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?

The Singer is the name, and I am responsible for lead vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is the name of the organization we represent as a musical front. It’s also quite representative for the music!

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

Norway. Metal is alive and well, yet people seem to be divided into a million subgenres.

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

‘Endless Repetition’ and ‘Through The Ice’. Singles for our upcoming album releasing in September.

Endless Repetition Lyric Video:

Through The Ice Lyric Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oooh, tough question. I mean, the guys have all sorts of different preferences coming from extreme metal to more glam and rock-oriented groups.

And for myself, I just stole everything from the previous singer. His home, his car, the band and obviously the style of singing. No idea where he got it from though.

What first got you into music?

When I observed how seductive and powerful it can be to the human brain.

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

Wail. We only collaborate within the organization.

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

Wacken Open Air. Because it would make our drummer happy. It’s a childhood dream thing.

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

Chlamydia.

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

Prepare yourself for this upcoming record. It really kicks the donkeys ass.

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

DIO

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

Playing shows is what it’s all about. GetIns and soundchecks towards the bottom. AND THAT DAMN SNARE DRUM TESTING. Why does it take like 20 minutes every time?

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

For it to gain relevance again. How can you have an industry based on a product the consumer expects to be free?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Sin After Sin” – Judas Priest.

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

Vinyl for the love, CD and downloads for the convenience.

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

Not sure if I can point out any gig that sticks out among the best ones, but I will tell you that the ones you think are going to stink, usually end up being the best gigs.

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

Preaching in the streets.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Again, Wail. We don’t dine with other people.

Sorry for being crude, it’s just the way it is. I mean, I could make up this list of interesting people, but I want this to be an honest and heartfelt interview.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing and promoting the new album “Civilization Maximus”

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

www.wail.no/
www.facebook.com/WAIL.official.NO/
www.instagram.com/wail_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0pmwXDz7lf1P744YmhBfOX

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What, you got some? I tend to stay away from these kinds of discussions as they are way too divisive.

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

Check out ‘Endless Repetition’ and ‘Through The Ice’ by WAIL on Spotify!

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EMQ’s with Nocturne Wulf

EMQ’s with Nocturne Wulf

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Glasgow, Scotland based Heavy Metal band Nocturne Wulf. Huge thanks to guitarist Jamie Paterson 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’m Jamie and I play rhythm guitar in the band Nocturne Wulf. We formed originally as a rock cover band, playing in pubs and small events. Eventually we all decided to move onto doing our own original material. Taking influence from bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Iced Earth, we wrote our debut album. Our career highlights include, getting to the 2018 Metal To The Masses Scotland Final in 2018, headlining King Tut’s Wah Wah hut, becoming part of Reaction Management and playing the Wildfire Festival in 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something to do with Wolves because wolves are pretty badass. We thought that using the term Wulf would be better as it was a bit different and was old English. Nocturne tends to favour dark creatures, so we put the two together and created Nocturne Wulf.

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

We are based in Glasgow, Scotland. The scene in Scotland is great, but Glasgow is very good. A lot of other fantastic bands play in the City, such as Victorius, Darkness Divine, Sundrown and Titan Breed. The city has a great scene, and we love being part of it.

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

Since our debut album last year NW, we have recorded a brand-new song titled ‘Silver Hand’. This song will be released on the 11th July 2020, and will have a lyric video that will go along with it! This will be the first recording with our new singer David Yates and new drummer Steven Strachan.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that in terms of guitar playing, it is no surprise to anyone that my biggest influence is James Hetfield from Metallica. Since I play mostly rhythm guitar in the band, I tend to focus more on the riff heavy players.

What first got you into music?

I was given the chance to play acoustic guitar in secondary school, and really enjoyed learning the classical pieces that I had to play for my guitar grades. After a few years of acoustic playing I moved onto playing electric guitar playing and from there, the rest is history!

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

I would love to work with Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth, as I feel his guitar playing skills and song writing is razor tight. His vision for his own music can only be a great thing, and it would just be great to meet him!

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

Obviously in the United Kingdom we have Download Festival and Bloodstock, both amazing places to play and go to as a music lover, but the number one place to play would be Wacken! So many amazing bands have graced this festivals fields, it would be amazing to be part of it.

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

To be honest, we all find it really humbling and amazing when fans come up to us and talk about how they enjoyed the show or how they like our music. It’s a very surreal situation to be put in, but we are all so thankful for it!

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

We always love to interact with our Wulfpack, and we love to play gigs around the UK! If you see us at a gig, come and say hello, we are a friendly bunch!

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

Dimebag Darrell, as he was the best guitar player of all time, hands down.

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

Playing music is amazing and playing live is one of the best feelings in the world, the whole band will agree with that. What is not so great, is when bands enter competitions, and music is competing against each other. Music should not really be competed against as its not sport, but sadly that seems to be the world we live in.

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

It would be nice to have more rock and metal have a stronger presence in the mainstream. Since it mostly gets forgotten about, a lot of people miss some great songs that they might absolutely love.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I think that as a band we would probably choose “Ride The Lightning” by Metallica and “Number Of The Beast” by Iron Maiden. There are so many fantastic albums that it is hard to choose one.

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

I grew up with CD’s, and I used to go into music shops and buy albums based on their front covers. It’s a shame that due to CD’s not being as popular as they once were, people don’t get to see the amazing artwork on albums.

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

All of us would say that the best gig we have played so far would have been The Cathouse rock club to raise money for the Australian Bush Fires. It was a great night and we all had a great time.

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

Well as it happens, when I am not playing on stage, I am actually a Nurse, so I guess I have to say that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good question. It would have to be Stone Cold Steve Austin from WWE, Gary Holt form Exodus/Slayer, Lemmy from Motorhead, Jack Bauer from 24 and John Rambo. Might get a bit rowdy!

What’s next for the band?

We have been working really hard on writing new material, so hopefully once lockdown has been lifted, we can start to work on new material and move towards new recordings!

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

We have a great network with The Doomsday Report, who film a lot of local bands in Glasgow. We are super fortunate that most of our Glasgow shows get filmed so we can share them with everyone on our Facebook page!

www.facebook.com/NocturneWulf/
www.instagram.com/nocturnewulf/
www.twitter.com/nocturnewulf
www.youtube.com/channel/UCeK1uGswRvmdtxZraZtQzmQ/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Surely the name is in the answers? Cakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (They don’t crunch when you eat them how can they be biscuits!?!?!)

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

Thank you for asking us for this interview! The questions have been great, but the Jaffa cake one has managed a split choice in the band!

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EMQ’s with SEPSISS

EMQ’s with SEPSISS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, New Hampshire based Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Sepsiss. Huge thanks to vocalist Melissa Wolfe 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 Melissa Wolfe and I am the lead vocalist for Sepsiss. The band formed back in 2011 when I met William Savant (guitar player/backup vocals). I was searching for a band to form through Craigslist at the time and stumbled upon his ad. So, I met up with him in a small creaky basement in the middle of Manchester, NH. I did a try-out and from there we just clicked. There was supposed to be another girl to try-out that same day (her name was Ashley), but she never showed up. So ultimately, I took on the position.

How did you come up with your band name?

Sepsiss is a word of its own. Contrary to popular belief, we do not base it on the blood disease. We added that extra “s” at the end of the word on purpose. This makes it easy to find and super google-searchable. You can find us anywhere.

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

We are from New England in the good ol’ United States of America. The metal/rock scene is definitely not what it used to be out here. But we are wave-breakers…so we are going to break that wave.

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

We came out with our EP “Badd Blood” last year (2019) and released it independently with 8 songs total. Now those physical copies are sold out, and we are waiting to release our first Full-length album through Pavement Entertainment in 2020. The full-length will be titled “Almost 11” and it will be released this August 21st with a total of 11 songs (this includes the original 8 songs from “Badd Blood” which sound even better now due to mixing and mastering + 3 new songs nobody has ever heard before). If you really can’t wait, and you would like a 4-song demo download in the meantime, you can pick that up here:

www.sepsiss.com/shop

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can speak for myself on this one. My personal influences have been…

Evanescence, Halestorm, Epica, Axxis, Alesana, Asking Alexandria, Michael Jackson, Heart, Bullet For My Valentine, In This Moment, Avenged Sevenfold, and so many more.

What first got you into music?

I’ve grown up around music and musicians my entire life. My father is a guitar player and he had his own band when I was just a kid. So of course, growing up, I wanted to start a project of my own.

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

I’m so focused on my own growth, I still consider this a brand new career and I have a lot of personal goals that I would like to complete before I would be ready. With so many people piggy-backing off of features, I truly wanted to do something different. If and when the time comes, it’s not a matter of top tier or lower tier collaborations. It would truly have to fit my art style.

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

I would love to play the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. I’ve been going to these ever since my teenage years, and it would just be a dream come true to actually have the chance to play it.

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

I truly haven’t received anything “weird” yet. We get a lot of fan art and gift cards, which is pretty cool. Real shit though, William Savant got free dental care just for being in the band…does that count? lol

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

Never give up on your dreams! Negative thoughts only brings about more negativity. Have a positive mental attitude, put in some effort, and you will go far. It is the doing that does.

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

Michael Jackson.

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

Being a musician is a real love/hate relationship. I LOVE that it’s such hard work and when you’re actually successful, there’s no better feeling then that. However, hard work is exactly what it is…hard work!

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

I wish it were possible to change the act of piracy in the music industry… Due to today’s technology, it is far too easy to illegally download music. Acts like this is what is killing the music industry and it makes it hard for your every day artist to make a paycheck.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ve got a few that I could honestly say I will listen to the entire album with no skips.

Alesana – “The Emptiness”

Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream”

Bullet For My Valentine – “The Poison”

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

I absolutely love CD’s! The quality is still better than a download. Some cars today will still allow you to play them. It’s not as big and bulky as vinyl. It’s not yet nearly impossible to find something to play it on, like cassettes or Vinyl. Call me bias, but I will always be a CD collector.

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

I really enjoyed playing for some bigger names last summer such as David Ellefson (Megadeth), Static-X, and Puddle of Mudd.

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

I suppose it would have to be modelling and art. I really enjoy both, and I happen to do both on top of music as it is. I am an alternative model and when it comes to art I do a lot of digital design work (photoshop, clothing designing, and website designing), painting, and drawing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Glen Robinson
Marilyn Manson
Will Smith
Eminem
Dave Chappelle

What’s next for the band?

We are planning to release our first full-length album “Almost 11” this August 21st through Pavement Entertainment. We are also hoping to release our next music video around that time.

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

You can find us absolutely everywhere. But here’s a few to start with…
www.sepsiss.com
www.facebook.com/sepsiss
www.twitter.com/sepsissband
www.instagram.com/sepsissfnband/
www.youtube.com/sepsissband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3AlLSELrqafcIl9Rwf4Xf0
www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sepsiss/1450891726
www.pandora.com/station/4464166609823394489

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ll be honest, I’ve never had one. I looked it up though and they look delicious! I would love to try it.

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

Thanks so much for reading this interview! Don’t forget to tune in to our live stream “Swarm TV” every Sunday on Facebook through the Sepsiss Facebook page. Please also check out our merch, artwork, and music at:

www.sepsiss.com

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EMQ’s with DIVINE WEEP

EMQ’s with DIVINE WEEP

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Białystok, Poland based Heavy Metal band Divine Weep. Huge thanks to vocalist Mateusz Drzewicz for taking part.

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

Hey there – I am Matt, singer in Divine Weep. The band was formed in 1995 by two friends: Bart Kosacki (guitar) and Daro Karpiesiuk (drums) as a black metal act. They played with a various line-ups for several years, then became inactive around 2000. Bart and Daro reformed the band in 2010 with new bass player Janusz Grabowski and this foundation of the band is present ever since. In 2013 two new members joined – vocalist Igor Tarasewicz and second guitarist Darek Moroz. After recording acclaimed full-length debut “Tears of the Ages” in 2015 (released in America by Stormspell Records and in Europe by Metal Scrap Records) Igor left the band, and Divine Weep began to look for a stable vocalist until I joined the band in 2017. During these 3 years we have been touring extensively throughout Poland and Germany – right until the Covid madness began.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name was invented by the band’s first vocalist in the mid-nineties. The band played black metal back in the day, so the name seemed quite appropriate. It turned out to be quite universal, as it fits the current heavy metal style as well!

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

We hail from Poland – a country that has always had a strong underground metal scene. Up to this day many great bands have become worldwide recognized brands: e.g. Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, Batushka, Mgła etc.

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

Actually, we have recently finished recording our new album – “The Omega Man”, which was released on June 8th Worldwide so be sure to check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, as a singer I always revered vocalists who were versatile and could sing in a variety of styles. Among my favourites are Rob Halford, James Hetfield, Chris Cornell, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Tomi Joutsen, Zak Stevens, King Diamond, Layne Staley, Peter Tägtgren, Chuck Billy, Kristoffer Rygg etc.

What first got you into music?

I guess it was music TV (back in the days when TV still played music) – channels like MTV2, Viva and 4funTV all had some rock airplay in the daytime, but in the evening they were playing metal and I guess it was then when I knew “that’s it!”.

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

I would definitely like to sing a duet with Rob Halford, haha!

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

As for know I think playing on Keep it True is something I would like to experience. This is a festival known for being a celebration of the worldwide metal community, united to praise heavy metal music and culture, I’m dead curious to know how our music would be greeted by the fans.

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

I would say that a bag of local potatoes after we played an extremely well received concert in Munich, DE. But the rest of the band recalls the 20th anniversary (2015, I wasn’t a part of DW then), when instead of a regular celebration cake the band received a potato cake with candles from the fans. Well, it seems everything weird that happens to our band revolves around potatoes 😉

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

Support your local metal community. Without you the bands are nothing, and I hope there is some value added from the music in your everyday life!

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

A tough one, but I would choose Chuck Schuldiner. He left so early with not a single bad record in his catalogue, I guess there are lots of people who can’t sleep at night thinking what awesome stuff he would be recording if the reaper hadn’t taken him…

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

I guess the power of creation and showing your emotions and ideas to the people, to have an actual influence on people’s life. Making a difference, you know? And I don’t hate anything – maybe I’m a little bit concerned with a fact that there is very little chance that music will pay your bills recently. But then again – lack of financial dependence on your music gives you more artistic freedom, which is awesome.

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

I would definitely make music in mainstream media more versatile – I know that metal is supposed to stay underground, but there is so much music that is ignored and so many bands unheard of because nobody ever put it in the spotlight – as opposed to seasonal garbage. It has thankfully changed during the time of the internet, as the worldwide access to music has made the chances a little bit more even.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I might surprise you, but it would be “Red” by King Crimson. It’s a perfect blend of (almost metal!) heaviness, melody, atmosphere and very good songwriting. ‘Starless’ is probably my favourite song of all time!

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

Well, being an avid CD collector, I would pick compacts as superior, but I can understand why people like vinyl and internet streaming (actually I stream a lot while driving a car, totally convenient). Can’t get the cassette thing though, I see hardly any advantages others than bringing back your memories of running downtown with a Walkman 😉

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

Overall, I would say that it was a Hamburg, DE show in February of 2019 – a sold out show during the “Revolution of Steel” circular event, this time we played with the mighty Wizard. The gig was totally sold-out, and the audience was CRAZY, it was great to play there. On the other hand, we had some technical issues onstage, so it wasn’t that pleasant for us as it should be during the gig.

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

Well, actually we are all doing something else in our everyday lives – music is just like a second life to us, our realm where we run to after our daily jobs are done.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

There’s nobody I hate that much to force them to have a dinner with me.😉

What’s next for the band?

It’s all up to the goddamn coronavirus. Once it’s gone we’d like to hit the road to make our new songs heard in front of the audience. God, we miss playing live.

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

There are some platforms that we can recommend:
www.facebook.com/divineweep/
www.divineweep.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/divine_weep/
open.spotify.com/artist/4b4u6lnFeBollRjNlj6UnO

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Of course, they are biscuits! In Poland there is a brand that has a decades-long tradition, called “Delicje Szampańskie”. I’ve been the fan of these ever since I was a kid!

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

Again, support the metal community in these times of pestilence. United we stand, divided we fall – let’s all remember that!

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EMQ’s with WARRED

EMQ’s with WARRED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Heavy Metal band Warred. Huge thanks to guitarists Arthur Ernandes, Rodrigo de Andrade and bassist ‘Espiga’ 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?

Arthur: My name is Arthur, I play guitar, and together with Rodrigo, we started Warred in 2012. Firstly, following the sound of NWOBHM but we have been bringing new elements to the table since then.

Rodrigo: My name is Rodrigo and I play guitar for Warred. The band was formed by me and Arthur, in 2012. We’ve been playing together for a long time. We had an Iron Maiden cover band, and then, we decided to form a band to do our own music. We found some guys, but it didn’t work out, so we tried it again and we created Warred, which does not sound what it sounded back then. Our sound was completely old school metal, but with the line-up changes and new influences, we managed to mix more references within our sound.

Espiga: Hi! My real name is Emilio, but the guys call me Espiga, which is a nickname that’s kind of a joke within Portuguese language. I play bass in Warred and I joined the band soon after I became a friend of Rodrigo. We used to talk a lot about guitars (which is my primary instrument) and later on, he asked me if I wanted to be a bassist for his band and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your band name?

Arthur: Me and Rodrigo were surfing Wikipedia seeing names of things related with the most varied mythologies. I do not remember which one it was, but we saw a name which was similar to “warred”. We changed a few letters to make it the name it is now. It was unintentional and it has no exact meaning.

Rodrigo: We stood up all night thinking of names that sounded cool for the ears. We kept searching references and names until “War Red” sounded cool, we put the words together and it became what it is.

Espiga: It is interesting to see people trying to pronounce the name of the band here in Brazil (laughs).

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

Arthur: We are from the city of São Paulo, in Brazil. In our country, rock in general has no space in mainstream media, mainly because of the dominance of other genres. When it comes to bars and pubs, we have a little bit more attention, but we have to dispute space with cover bands, that drags more people to a show than original bands. It’s tough.

Espiga: The metal scene is very restricted here. There are some nice bands that try to live the dream like ourselves, but it’s way too difficult. The hardcore scene has more acceptance to new bands, but they also struggle with the problems that is being a musician in a country that doesn’t invest in culture.

Rodrigo: There are a lot of great bands here from all the branches and subgenres possible, but the culture does not value it. Still, there is a loyal fanbase here, despite being small compared to other genres.

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

Arthur: Our latest release is the single ‘Behind The Mask’ and its official video, directed by Pedro Vernini. We also compiled all our released songs into an EP called “MMXX – The Singles Collection”.

Rodrigo: This EP represents the union of this new team, or line-up, that we have now. We have some great stuff coming soon.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Arthur: Well, for some years now, I have been listening to some heavier stuff to a degree, like Mastodon, Gojira, Trivium. Let’s say that there’s a mixture between modern and old within my influences.

Rodrigo: I can’t talk about influences without mentioning the greatest bands of heavy metal. Maiden, Priest, Megadeth, Scorpions and many more. But lately, I’ve been inspired by some modern bands like Parkway Drive, Gojira, Mastodon and others.

Espiga: I have so many but if I mention all of them, we will stay here for hours (laughs). But the main ones who made me want to grab an instrument were Stevie Ray Vaughan (the greatest guitar player ever, no deal), Iron Maiden, Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Samiam and Brazilian hardcore bands Garage Fuzz and Dead Fish.

What first got you into music?

Arthur: When I was younger, two of my cousins had a band called “Jamirulus”. As they were the bassist and the drummer, I began playing guitar wishing to join them at some point, but it never happened. But considering I had started playing and learning guitar, I took it as a start to go my own path.

Rodrigo: My family was always into music! My father had bands during his lifetime, so he always sang and played. At home, there was always some old school metal blowing the speakers and thus began shaping my taste in music. I tried out guitar when I was 12, I wasn’t so interested at first, but then it kind of became my passion.

Espiga: In my family, rock and metal kind of became a tradition. My father was born in the 50’s so he experienced the glory days. He collected lots of cassettes, vinyl’s and CD’s of bands like Sabbath, Maiden, KISS, AC/DC and more. My mother was more into progressive rock like Yes, Pink Floyd and more. When I was 5, I already knew how to use a record player (laughs). Pursuing music was very natural and here I am.

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

Arthur: Well, Judas Priest have been calling some younger guys to take over like Faulkner and Sneap. Maybe this could be a chance (laughs).

Rodrigo: Tough question. For all that it represents in my life, it would have to be Iron Maiden.

Espiga: Iron Maiden because they are the best! And also, with a blues rock guy called Philip Sayce, who is a beast of a player.

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

Arthur: I always dreamt of playing Wacken. It seems to be a place where the atmosphere is rooted in all kinds of metal, doesn’t matter if you play black metal or hard rock.

Espiga: Wacken and the Montreux Jazz Festival. These ones are unique, and It would change my life forever playing there.

Rodrigo: Rock in Rio, for sure. RIR, at least for those who live in Brazil, it’s the biggest festival in the world. Everybody remembers all the historic concerts that happened on that stage. Being in one of these is really to be on the top list of what we call “success”, I think.

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

Rodrigo: So far, the only thing I got from fans was beer. Every time we are on stage, someone always stand their hands with a beer. It’s always good!

Arthur: We still don’t have a loyal fanbase to the point of receiving gifts from them (laughs). But some weird things happen, like, once an old lady came into our inbox asking if she could adopt a cat (!!!!!)

Espiga: I still haven’t got any (laughs). I love the hugs and kisses from my biggest fan and supporter which is my girlfriend Alicea!

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

Arthur: Listen to our music, give a chance to upcoming newer bands. Our idols won’t stay forever and there is a lot of great new music being made waiting to be discovered.

Espiga: Stevie Ray once said: “All we have, ever, is the need to give each other love, if we forget that, we lose everything we’ve got”, so it probably would be this one and I live by that.

Rodrigo: The message is very simple: thank you for supporting us, and keep listening to us. We are having so much support from everyone now that the band is preparing our debut album and back on the road.

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

Arthur: Freddie Mercury.

Rodrigo: Ronnie James Dio, without a doubt. Didn’t even have to think with this one (laughs).

Espiga: Oh, there are so many, like Stevie Ray (as I quoted in this interview) and Neil Peart, because Rush is a key influence on me.

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

Arthur: I like being on stage (despite having to postpone it due to the pandemic). I’m not fond of the initial song-writing process, when we still have messy song ideas and trying to put them altogether. This brainstorming is kind of tiring and if not done right, it can take it to nowhere, so we are back to zero and have to start all over again.

Rodrigo: I love the fact that I can use music to touch and share emotions with people. Music is much more than it looks like. It’s a source of inspiration and breaking grounds. Music changes people. It might sound a bit of a cliché, but I love everything about music. I believe in a certain point I may find something negative about it, but so far, I didn’t.

Espiga: I love the feeling we have when we make something that people appreciate. And with the tools we have, we can connect with people from all over the world through music. The thing I hate most is that people from the scene don’t realize music isn’t a contest where the best wins. This closes a lot of doors for everyone.

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

Arthur: The music industry is what it is because people demand for banal and nonsense content. I’d probably change the tastes and demands from the audience.

Rodrigo: There are lots of great new bands waiting to be discovered and the crowd is hungry for something new. The old bands won’t stay forever, so I wish the music industry turned their eyes to newer talents.

Espiga: Like I said above, the childish competition that unfortunately still happens a lot, and the monopoly of some labels, bands and more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rodrigo: I will probably change it after this interview, but, for now, it is Maiden’s “Powerslave”.

Arthur: “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” – Iron Maiden.

Espiga: “Individual Thought Patterns” by Death and, oddly, the first three Jamiroquai albums, I just can’t pick one of these alone (laughs).

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

Rodrigo: I come from the CD’s generation, so I like it and the nostalgia it brings. But I also like the simplicity of downloads. We live in a digital era and I got used to it.

Arthur: When it comes to the sound, Vinyl. By practicality, downloads.

Espiga: I still collect CD’s and I love it. I love every piece of work within it, like covers, lyrics, the story behind it and more. I also have vinyl and some cassettes.

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

Espiga: My first show with Warred in Paulista Avenue is absolutely in my heart and I think I’ll never forget it.

Rodrigo: Paulista Avenue in São Paulo, for sure. It is the most important avenue in São Paulo and on Sundays it is closed for cars, so people can do whatever they want there. Thousands and thousands of people passing by and lots of artists sharing their work. We did a gig there once and it was madness.

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

Rodrigo: I would be an advertiser, which I already am, actually. I have been working with advertising for more than seven years and I believe this is the path I have outside music.

Arthur: I’m not sure. I started playing when I was 11 so it directed all my tastes and plans towards music, despite having a daily job. Maybe cooking.

Espiga: We all have daily jobs. I used to be a history teacher and now I work at the Horto’s Forest Museum in Sao Paulo. It’s nice and inspiring to work with education and culture, so I’d probably be doing something related to it, as I do today.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Arthur: Steve Harris, James Hetfield, Owen Wilson, Jason Momoa and Gordon Ramsay so he can cook for us (laughs).

Espiga: Well, if it could be anyone, I would call Eddie Van Halen, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Angus Young and Bon Scott, because it would be a hell of a party with liquor (laughs).

Rodrigo: Joe Duplantier (Gojira), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), James Hetfield (Metallica) and Dave Mustaine (Megadeth).

What’s next for the band?

Arthur: We had lots of plans for 2020 and we still plan to release our debut album this year or at least in early 2021. It all depends of the current pandemic situation.

Espiga: We had a concert scheduled for August and we were planning a new one for December, but all our plans had to be postponed due to the current pandemic.

Rodrigo: We are still in process of song-writing for our debut album. We have 8 songs done at the moment and the plan is to release it at the end of the year, despite the pandemic. It sounds heavy and I think we are in the right path with it.

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

Arthur: We are more active on Instagram and Facebook. People interact more with us there.

Here are all our social media links:
www.facebook.com/WarredOficial/
www.instagram.com/warredbr
spoti.fi/2GBDmKc
www.warred.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/WarredBR
www.warredbr.wixsite.com/official/press

Espiga: Also, the old but gold, word of mouth (laughs).

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Rodrigo: It looks like a cake to me, but I want to try it out.

Arthur: A biscuit, obviously.

Espiga: AH COME ON, it’s a biscuit and that’s it. (laughs).

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

Arthur: There are so many cool things coming sooner or later and we are eager to share and spread it with the world. Follow us on social media and stay tuned for more!

Rodrigo: Listen to Warred and listen to your local bands. Support heavy metal!

Espiga: I would like to thank you guys for the opportunity for sharing a little bit about us and our music with the world.

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EMQ’s with KURSK

EMQ’s with KURSK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Suffolk, UK based Heavy Metal band Kursk. Huge thanks to drummer Zoran for taking part.

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

Hi, I’m Zoran the drummer for Kursk. The current line-up has been playing together since 2015 but we’ve been mates for years. Me and Luke (Bassist) have known each other since we were 5 years old. I met Jack (Singer and guitarist) when I was about 8 and we started a little covers band together playing the likes of ZZ Top and The Who. I met Tom (Guitarist) in high school when we were 13/14 years old and he joined the band. So, we have known each other for a while. We formed Kursk out of the ashes of that band because we wanted something to create something heavier and give songwriting a go.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a group decision and comes from the name of a Russian submarine that exploded in a training accident in the year 2000, also it’s a name of a Russian town and where the most infamous tank battle took place in World War 2 (The battle of Kursk).

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

We hail from the county of Suffolk in England. The Music Scene is really good, there are lots of opportunities for small and big bands- lots of venue choices in the area.

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

Our latest release is our debut self-titled album, released digitally through Wormholedeath back in November 2019.

‘Reaper Of The Night’ Lyric Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our biggest influences are Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General, Motörhead and Iron Maiden. A lot of NWOBHM is present in our sound, as well as a sprinkling of old-school doom elements found in bands like Trouble, Pentagram and St Vitus.

What first got you into music?

My Dad raised me on Heavy Metal. He took me to see Iron Maiden when I was 7 which was my first concert, I loved it. And that was it for me.

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

Working on a track with Tony Iommi or any of the Judas Priest guys would be insane!

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

I would love to play either Bloodstock festival or Download festival either of them would be awesome.

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

We really appreciate your support and we can’t wait to get back out there gigging, writing and releasing more music for you. Support local bands and small venues, they are the backbone of the music scene, especially in these strange times.

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

That’s a hard one, there are too many. If I was to choose one, probably John Bonham, I would love to see him play live.

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

Seeing people in the crowd having fun listening to our music. The thing I hate most is moving my kit about.

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

Smaller bands getting more opportunities, and ending pay-to-play gigs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There’s so many again; “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden. I can keep listening to that over and over.

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

Physical copies I’d say are better for supporting bands. But for ease, definitely downloads. I prefer CD’s and vinyl over anything.

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

We put on a show at a local venue at home with a couple bands we are friends with. It got off to a terrible start, with PA problems meaning we had to hire some speakers last minute, delaying the gig. It was a cellar venue at the top of a pub, and we played in the middle of summer. The place was completely packed, and the crowd were so up for it after waiting for ages. Due to the volume, we had to keep the windows shut throughout. Have never felt heat like It. That one stands out a lot for me.

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

Woodworking probably as I love making things.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Nicko McBrain, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris.

What’s next for the band?

Gigging, writing, jamming. Getting ourselves out there as much as we can, promoting the album and getting up and down the country.

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

We are on most of the online streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music. We also use Facebook and Instagram to let people know about gigs and up and coming news.
www.instagram.com/kursk.band/
www.facebook.com/Kurskmusic/
www.spotify.com/album/0EKVKXBeoqTJxfXCZaIpeu

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake because it’s not hard like a biscuit and also it has cake in the name.

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EMQ’s with LEATHERJACKS

EMQ’s with LEATHERJACKS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Hard Rock/Heavy Metal project, Leatherjacks. Huge thanks to vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Cordeiro

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

Hello Rick and everyone at Ever Metal! I´m Mauro Cordeiro, Singer, Guitarist and Multi-Instrumentalist at Leatherjacks. I would like to say Leatherjacks is (or should be) a band, but up to now, I´ve been and am a one-man band-based project.

I started it all out in 2016, with the idea to revive the AOR, Modern Hard Rock and Metal bands and music from the 80’s, based on all my influences and representing my country: Brazil. Here I am, to say we´re not only about Samba and Bossa Nova! I´ll always FIGHT for Rock And Roll because it´s not only a music genre. It´s a Way Of Living.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name came from a brown Leather Jacket I had… I loved and used that jacket so much, it ripped and got decomposed! TRUE STORY! So, it´s a kind of Nickname to Leather Jackets, so I gathered it all as Leatherjacks. It´s NOT about the insect/larva haha!

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

I live in São Paulo, and the Metal/Rock scene here is pretty weak in terms of Original/Authorial bands. Most of the groups here are playing in little venues, little events, and the worst part: Only Cover Bands! So, Rock´s not growing here, mainly because of this reason.

So, São Paulo is pretty tough to dream big about Rock, but I NEVER give up!

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

My latest is the new Album “Extremely Dangerous”, released on April 10th, 2020.

I hope you all enjoy this album! Lots of great 80’s Metal, Hard Rock and AOR, dedicated for you all! It´s fresh, it´s nostalgic and Modern. Search for it in ALL streaming platforms!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I always LOVED two bands: Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi. So, I have this kinda Poppish Hard Rock with that raw Metallish Iron Maiden energy. And since I was 6, I remember listening to an LP my mom had, a soundtrack collection, from American movies, and one of the songs was ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ by Survivor. It´s my favourite song up to this day in my life. Pure AOR.

Lately in my mature life and music influences, I still listen to the favourite ones: Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Survivor, Deep Purple, Asia, Toto, Journey, Foreigner, DIO, Judas Priest, Gotthard, and lots of modern ones, such as Halestorm, Battle Beast, Crazy Lixx, H.e.a.t, and so many others! Wow I really mean it… I listen to George Benson, Motown, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Pop, EVERYTHING! No frontiers, no barriers…

If the music is GOOD, well composed, and well done, I´M IN!

What first got you into music?

I always remember listening to an LP from Survivor, with “Eye Of The Tiger”. And that song ALWAYS moved my life, and always gave me chills! Then, when I was 8, I asked one of my uncles to teach me acoustic guitar and dome chords and exercises (He plays very well, as does my mom – She also plays Piano, etc) so I’ve always had contact with music.

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

I´d love to do something with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm, or Noora Louhimo, from Battle Beast (she´s my muse by the way haha!). Dave Grohl would also be extremely cool! And my main idols of course: Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson would be PERFECT too!

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

I´d love to play in Wacken! It´s simply AMAZING! I watch all the videos, and I feel like: WOW, I need to be playing there someday!

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

Hm… I still haven’t received any weird stuff…But…Who knows, someday?

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

Let´s Rock Together! Let´s enjoy music together. You´re all invited Jackers!

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

Just ONE name: RONNIE JAMES DIO! I´d love to see him alive again, but with the appearance he had in his 40’s, back in the 1980’s… Would Love to be his guitarist and do backing vocals.

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

I think what I most love about being a musician is the return you get from fans, followers, friends, family and people who are really proud of you, and those ones who really believe in you… You know? I think it´s the most special sensation an artist can breathe and feel.

I think there´s nothing I hate in music. From the bottom of my heart… Up to now, there´s nothing I hate about music!

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

I´d really Terminate these things: Raggaton, Brazilian Funk, Brazilian Sertanejo and Pop.

It really irritates me, and in my opinion, it´s a musical loss of time, a real Poison for mankind in terms of music. Brazilian shit like Anitta, Maiara and Maraisa, Gusttavo Lima, Michel Teló.

Or American shit such as Dualipa or Sean Paul… Ah, it´s awful! Waste of time haha!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”. I won this CD as a Birthday gift when I was 13, in 1999. I´m 34 and I still keep this album in my drawer. The booklet paper is Intact! I really LOVE this album.

I listen from start to end. Entirely. It´s a true Masterpiece.

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

Vinyl and Cassettes are forever beautiful. I love them. I have lots of CD’s in my drawer, as told in the previous quote.

But in my opinion, CDs are a failure. So fragile, so poor media, in terms of construction, materials…

Downloads are a cool thing, but it turns music into an ethereal experience!

I like that you can feel music with synesthesia, you know? Opening a Vinyl sleeve, the smells, the booklet, the pictures, listening to the music, reading the lyrics, singing along… It´s a thing! Much better than digital music (My humble opinion).

But the good part is: Digital Music spreads much more easily! For sure haha!

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

I actually only played one gig with Leatherjacks, because my line-up wasn´t the right one.

I´m still searching for a correct line-up. But let´s wait until this pandemic stuff finishes.

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

I´m a graphic designer, illustrator, web designer and 3D | 2D Character Animator, besides that, I also work as a Mixing / Mastering engineer. So Audio-visual is my life, definitely haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hm… That´s a tough one, because I´m a glutton and selfish guy! I’d dinner all alone hahaha!

What’s next for the band?

I hope to hugely promote the new album, somehow doing online streams, at home, etc. Let´s see what fate is reserved for Leatherjacks! Only God knows! Only future knows!

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

I use Facebook and Instagram a lot, but people can also reach Leatherjacks via Linktree!
www.facebook.com/leatherjacksofficial/
www.instagram.com/leatherjacksofficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCeufhZW3V2aFHp4Syqd85Dg
www.leatherjacksofficial.com/
www.linktr.ee/leatherjacks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wow, never heard about them, but I Googled, and it seems to be DELICIOUS. Reminds me some French Macaroons? Dunno! In my opinion it´s a Cakeuit haha!

Whatever it is… Please, gimme 10!

PS: I dunno how I still can keep myself in shape and thin/slim bodied…!

It´s a True Miracle! haha!

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

I thank you so much, Rick! It was a pleasure, so funny interview! Really loved it! I need to say a huge Thank You, and another huge Thank You to Ever Metal and Readers! Keep all Rockin’ On and On and On and On! Together We’re Strong! Please follow Ever Metal and Leatherjacks on all platforms, for news and awesome stuff from Leatherjacks and other awesome bands worldwide! WE ROCK! All the best from Mauro here and Leatherjacks! \m/

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EMQ’s with BLACKHEARTH

EMQ’s with BLACKHEARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Durango, Basque Country based Heavy Metal band Blackhearth. Huge thanks to drummer Asier Larrea and guitarist Alex Hernández 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?

Alex: My name is Alex and I’m the guitar player and main composer of the band. Blackhearth is a Heavy Metal project formed in Durango (Basque Country, Spain) in 2010 and both of us have remained as Blackhearth’s primary driving force through the years.

Asier: In our music we combine influences from the best classic Heavy Metal bands, acoustic guitar passages and some atmospheric landscapes.

How did you come up with your band name?

Alex: We sought long and hard for a name that suited us. I came up with it while I was having a bath. We chose this name because it is very cool and because no other band in the world is using it.

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

Alex: We come from Basque Country and we practically live in a very remote area comparable to Mordor, you know rain, darkness, mountains, …but sometimes we also see the sunshine, hahaha. People sometimes have to make choices where to go to, with the result that the smaller bands often play only for a handful of people, even though there’s a lot of quality here. I notice that there are still a lot of people who are dedicated to the underground. So, I’m quite optimistic. Internet made the communication much easier, so that helped as well.

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

Asier: Last year we released our first studio album with the label “Sliptrick Records”. For us it has been a very special and expected album since we had been working for many years to be able to carry it out. We have also made a lyric video of our song ‘Face The Enemy’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alex: I listen to a lot of different stuff and I go through different phases. Some major ones are Black Sabbath, Savatage, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden. But I like a varied amount of things it’s not just all Rock or Metal stuff.

Asier: There are many bands, in my case bands from the German scene like Rage, Helloween, Blind Guardian. But also, other great bands like Iced Earth, Stratovarius…

What first got you into music?

Alex: In the first place I’m making this music because I’m a metal fan and I love to be creative with music.

Asier: I´ve been listening to music since I was a child, the paternal influence has had a lot to do with it. In my case, heavy metal and power metal are the styles that have marked me mainly over the years. I have been opening my mind to progressive, death and other styles.

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

Alex: Obviously, Iron Maiden would definitely be the top choice for me.

Asier: Helloween is my favourite band so it would be a dream to be able to play with them.

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

Alex: I would love to be able to play at a big festival like ‘Wacken’ or something like that. It would be nice!

Asier: There are many great festivals in Europe, it would be an honour to be able to play in some of them Wacken, Hellfest, RockFest…

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

Asier: We haven’t received any weird gifts yet. Who knows in the future hahaha!

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

Alex: Well, first of all I would like to ask them to support the emerging metal bands of the world more. It’s okay to like old and legendary bands, but new bands also need an opportunity because they help the metal scene grow and evolve. The bands that today are great legends, in the past, they also went through this process of being little known and having to break through the community.

Asier: We are very grateful for the support of our fans, hopefully with the release of the album more people will follow the group and help us to grow.

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

Alex: Ronnie James Dio, his voice was so powerful.

Asier: Freddie Mercury: A great musician I never had the chance to watch live.

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

Alex: I love being on stage and seeing the audiences: there’s no better feeling than that. That feeling will never go away, there’s no better feeling than when you walk out onstage and you can play to the people who like your music. And you can see them enjoying it and we enjoy it, just an amazing feeling, there’s nothing better for me. The only downside for me in this business is the other side of it, all the other things can be hard.

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

Asier: I would ask them to give more opportunities to unknown musicians and bands, because they are the future. It’s good to have the classic references that are still active but without forgetting the people who start full of illusion.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alex: That’s a very tough one. Favourite of all time? “Brave New World” by Iron Maiden! I love the energy, dual guitar solos and groove.

Asier: “The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part 2” by Helloween is one of my favourite albums.

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

Alex: Vinyl, for sure!

Asier: CD´s and Vinyl, in my case.

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

Alex: Obviously, our last gig. It was a useful and cool experience for us. We learned a lot and had a great time being playing with In Thousand Lakes.

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

Alex: Who knows?

Asier It’s hard to imagine my life without music, but if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be practicing different types of sports.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Asier: Mike Terrana, Thomas Lang, Dani Loble, Nicko McBrain, Hannes Van Dahl. I would do a drummers meeting.

Alex: Randy Rhoads, Jake Lee, Andy LaRocque…

What’s next for the band?

Alex: Well, that’s the million-dollar question. Music wise we would certainly like to start writing again. We’ve got loads of stuff. I don’t know, I want some quiet to think about what we want to do.

Asier: There are many ideas to continue composing new songs, but we are doing things without pressure.

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

Asier: Through Facebook and Bandcamp everyone will be able to follow the news of the band or listen to our songs. You can also follow us on our youtube channel for watching all the videos the band has available. You can also acquire our album in both digital and physical edition.
www.facebook.com/blackhearth.metal/
www.blackhearth.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCz5VTQDT52S54hmwNmU75Ng

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Asier: They are a cake. I work in a chocolate factory and some years ago we produced a similar product. A cake with orange jam and dark chocolate, an incredible bite.

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

Alex: Thanks for supporting Blackhearth. To everyone out there…keep on watching for Blackhearth, now and in the future!

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Lucifer – III

Lucifer – III
Century Media Records
Release: 20/03/2020
Running Time: 39:27
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

Good afternoon from the plague-ridden shores of the United Kingdom, where I continue to rant at you all with varying degrees of severity from my secret and heavily armoured eyrie. It is I, Dark Juan, Hellpriest to toffs and gentry, defiler of virgins and Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata and wrangler of useless hellhounds. All of which are currently upstairs guarding Mrs. Dark Juan from imagined intruders. At least, that’s supposed to be their remit but they are all snoring so I can only assume I will once more have to rely on the trusty Gunn And Moore cricket bat by my bed again if chez Dark Juan is invaded by miscreants… Update: Mrs. Dark Juan is fucked off with them all and has foisted the bastards on me. Currently the squishy faced morons are cleaning each other with a frankly disturbing thoroughness and Air Chief Marshal Sir Zeusington Zeus KCVG, VC, MM, DFC and Bar has taken all the available bed space and left me creasing my Second Invocation Robes (Morning Weight) in a most uncomfortable position crushed against the headboard.

This review is being brought to you on the back of a five-hour writing jag that happened last night and it appears there are still words that need to come out. I have drunk a small loch’s worth of tea because I have pickled my own liver during this social distancing malarkey and it’s time the poor, grossly abused organ had a rest. Anyway, this time I’m going to attempt to be vaguely professional and tell you all about the Scandinavian groovemeisters Lucifer’s third album, intelligently entitled “III”. I admire people who don’t mince their words. Ironic really, considering how much bollocks I spout. I also have to be somewhat more professional than usual because Century Media have actually asked for this one… Oh, fuck it!

Opener “Ghosts” reminds us straight away of the bluesy propensities of Lucifer, with a riff of awesome simplicity, magnificence and splendour. A simple affair of just a few notes, it breathes, and Lucifer lives. The smoky, sultry vocal of Johanna Sadonis kicks in and we are all transported back to the 70’s and Patti Smith records and sitting there smoking perfumed hash and listening to Free songs on a turntable in your bedroom. It’s very very good indeed. In fact, the whole album is a step forward from “II”, released in 2018 and reviewed by yours truly for another well known heavy metal record reviewing website. Johanna’s voice doesn’t sound as strained as it did on the previous release and the production on “III” is a much earthier affair than the previous offering and makes the record all the better for it. This style of organ tinged, fuzzed out 70’s inspired hard rock should not have a crystal-clear production. It should be bass heavy and slightly muddy, but with punchy drums and cymbals clearly heard. Lucifer have delivered this in spades.

There are many influences at work in the music of Lucifer – Fleetwood Mac, Bad Company, Patti Smith, Sabbath, Sir Lord Baltimore and Hawkwind are just a few I can hear. I am privately convinced this is the way Wolfmother see themselves in their heads. It is fucking cool, man. The grooveometer is off the scale, gentlemen and hotties. There is so much groovy going on here that Lucifer have formed their own groove continuum and are shaping their own groove reality. We are talking quantum groove here. A groove event horizon where all music goes to be turned into grooveonium. They are that groovy they are forming new elements. There is not a weak song on this entire record. To say I’m excited would be like saying that Hodgson Fartpants smells like a charnel house in the middle of a sewage treatment works. The sex wee quotient is reaching new and dangerous levels. Calderdale has only just got over the last episode of flooding, but it is in danger again… All pants destroyed. Send help.

This is rock and roll as it should be played. Bluesy, stonerish and doomy, dripping with melody, vocal harmonies and glorious riffs and solos combined with a singer who suits the style of the music to perfection. This is the sound of a band on top form – confident enough to have small pieces of silence in the music to allow the riff, or a sublime bass lick to fill it and carry you off into an ocean of musical nirvana. I love the time changes; I love the hint of maraca in ‘Midnight Phantom’. I love the riff on the verse of ‘Leather Demon’ reminding me of Python Lee Jackson’s ‘In A Broken Dream’. I love the bluesy singing style of Johanna Sadonis and how she interacts with the guitar and the backing vocals. I love the riffs, which can change from gentle and caressing to clearly having anger management issues and bouncing you off the far wall. Fuzzed out bliss awaits you all, dear acolytes. ‘Pacific Blues’ even has a slight suggestion of Iron Maiden (‘Flight Of Icarus’ melody? Anyone? Or is it just me?) in the phrasing of the verse.

Although I am slightly confused and more than a little worried about the fate of the sheep that appeared to have wandered into the studio at the start of the song entitled “Lucifer”, which incidentally has one of the most heartbreakingly wonderful bass guitar runs I have ever heard.

So, to officially confirm, I happen to be a massive Lucifer fanboy now. This record is fucking wonderful. Even the record cover art appeals to me because it reminds me of The Avengers (the original one with Emma Peel and John Steed, not costumed morons!) and Jason King and a formative time of Dark Juan’s life when all this music was new to me…

In conclusion – If you don’t buy this you’re clearly a twat. If you like the classic stylings of Ghost, Blue Oyster Cult and Sabbath and the like you’ll fucking love Lucifer III. If you’re a fan of more extreme music, you might still get something out of the slower, doomier passages. A fucking great rock and roll record and a modern classic.

Needs more cowbell, though.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is currently hyperventilating with joy because Lucifer have earned 10/10 for a fucking killer record. Can’t breathe… pass me some drugs. I don’t care which ones.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ghosts (4:05)
02. Midnight Phantom (4:13)
03. Leather Demon (4:52)
04. Lucifer (3:56)
05. Pacific Blues (4:07)
06. Coffin Fever (4:12)
07. Flanked By Snakes (3:34)
08. Stay Astray (4:39)
09. Cemetery Eyes (5:49)

Lucifer (you bunch of magnificent bastards!) are:
Johanna Sadonis – vocals
Nicke Andersson – drums
Martin Nordin – guitar
Linus Björklund – guitar

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/luciferofficial/
www.twitter.com/LuciferBand
www.instagram.com/lucifertheband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4fqjeVEalB6iB3BhKu5HwZ

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