EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL

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EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK based Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band, Brazen Bull. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Luke: Hi my name is Luke Green, bassist and founding member of Brazen Bull. Myself and Charlie, had formed a few bands throughout secondary school for a bit of fun as we loved listening and performing music. It wasn’t till we finished our GCSE’s that we decided that we wanted to form a proper band and be serious about it, by not just performing at school shows but writing/releasing our music and performing to fellow rock and metal heads. So, we set out to find like minded musicians and on the first of June 2018 we had the first jam session under the name Brazen Bull where we first met Jordan behind the kit who has since then become a crucial member of the band. over the course of a year and half to 2 years we had numerous line up changes as we wanted to make sure that we not only worked musically but had the chemistry to make the band feel like a band of brothers. In 2020 we made the last line-up change and we believe this is the one, with the addition of Hayden on guitar and Alex on vocals this was the first time we felt the band was complete and we then set on to record our debut album!

Hayden: I’m Hayden and I play guitar. I joined a little over a year ago but had been following the bands progress from almost the start and it’s been amazing to see how they’ve changed and grown and evolved into the best it’s been to date; and I can’t wait to continue with this path into the future.

Charlie: I’m Charlie, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of Brazen Bull!

Alex: Alejandro Martinez and I say stuff into a mic.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luke: The Brazen Bull name has got the most elaborate origin stories. When coming up with a band name we really struggled, so we looked at bands that have influenced us and looked for inspiration. Our biggest influence is Iron Maiden, so we thought why not name the band after a torture device and at the time Charlie was working on an animal farm and was obsessed with bulls, so we named the band Brazen Bull, and it has stuck ever since.

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

Luke: We are based in East Anglia in England mainly performing in and around Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. In both areas there is a great music scene and big wide range of genres. In Bury the Rock and Metal scene is still growing with Rock/Metal bands being the only local bands that are able to sell out 200-650 cap venues and this then multiplying by 10-fold in Norwich. Both great areas to put on a show and get an amazing audience.

Charlie: We are from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. There is quite a vibrant scene in Bury at the Hunter Club where no matter who’s playing, you’re bound to have a great night. Then up in Norwich where we’ve played most of our shows you have a great little circuit with some great bands. They’re great because it means we have to raise our game to keep up with these bands, plus it also means going to local gigs is fun knowing you’ll see some great music! Also, in Ipswich there’s the work that Darren is doing at Deadsoul Promotions where he’s getting some really great bands in, always puts on a good night no matter what genre!

Hayden: Suffolk, no matter what the world throws at it, it’s hard to kill the music scene in Ipswich because there will always be hungry bands here searching for a venue to let out their creativity and energy.

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

Luke: Our latest singles are ‘Stray Wolf’, this song is one that has a different connection to each member of the band as It’s about setting your self free from a toxic relationship and being able stand on your own two feet by not letting these people take you down and new single ‘Pact In Blood’ . The releases are a build up for our self-titled debut album releasing on the 5th of March 2021.

‘Pact In Blood’ (Audio Visualiser)

‘Stray Wolf’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Luke: Personally, for bass playing my influences have to be Brian Marshall (Alter Bridge), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) not only for their talented skills and musicianship but also their personalities and how passionate they are.

Charlie: My biggest influences are players like Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Van Halen and John Sykes but that’s just scratching the surface. I also love the work of players like Tom Misch and bands such as Snarky Puppy or Vulfpeck, I love Jazz and Neo-Soul!

Hayden: Bands like Judas Priest and Dio have been the biggest influences on me but I’ve always looked up and aspired to play like Jason Becker and Michael Romeo.

Alex: Tom Waits, Russell Allen, RJD, Howard Jones, and lots more but not enough time to name them all.

What first got you into music?

Luke: I remember the first time I listened to a Rock song that was when my dad first showed me ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on YouTube and after hearing the iconic intro and beautiful guitar solos I was in love. Then when I turned 13, I got my first guitar and that was also when I first listened to Avenged Sevenfold which bought me into the world of Metal.

Charlie: I always grew up around music with my dad playing guitar, so it’s mainly his influence on that. I then started lessons when I was in middle school and I’ve been obsessed with guitar since then.

Jordan: Seeing the video for Iron Maiden’s version of ‘Women In Uniform’ and everything about it just made me want to peruse music.

Hayden: I was introduced to music as early in my life as I can remember, losing myself to the likes of Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, and Arctic Monkeys whilst jumping around my best friend’s living room in London as a young child.

Alex: My Dad, he has a bunch of CD’s and cassettes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, and a bunch of other classic rock/metal artists.

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

Luke: I would love to collaborate with Steel Panther as it would be such a laugh.

Charlie: I’d love to play with Iron Maiden as they’re my favourite band, but I’d love to play with Steel Panther, it would be hilarious!

Hayden: Tony Iommi. The pure riffage that comes from that man is always inspiring and he always seems so chill and such a nice guy to work with.

Alex: Mikael Akerfeldt for sure.

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

Luke: In the UK it will have to be Download Festival, It’s the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the UK and I thick for any aspiring British Rock/Metal musicians it is a dream to be able to play among some of the amazing bands they have there each and every year. Abroad though. the opportunity to play at Wacken would be insane, I hope to actually attend it one year but to perform would be truly something else.

Charlie: I would love to play Download; it would be amazing!

Hayden: I’m not one for festivals in all honesty but something has always drawn me to Wacken Open Air ever since I saw Dimmu Borgir’s live show “Forces of the Northern Night” with a full orchestra and choir playing with them. It just gave me goose bumps.

Alex: Wacken Open Air

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

Luke: I can’t say we are big enough to start receiving weird gifts, but we did do one show for free In Great Yarmouth and at the end of the show we had people just donating money to us which was one the most heart warming gigs we have done to date.

Charlie: We haven’t really had too many weird gifts; I’m setting a challenge now for people to send us the weirdest thing they can think of.

Hayden: Having only been able to play one gig so far with this band due to the pandemic, there’s not been many opportunities to receive gifts from any fans, but their continued support is a gift in itself.

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

Luke: We would love to say thank you to every single person that has been streaming our songs since their release and buying merch over the lockdowns when we can’t gig. We can’t wait to get back on the stage and perform our hearts out to you all.

Charlie: Thank you so much for all your love and support so far, I can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with us!

Hayden: You’re not going to want to miss our first gig back for the first time experiencing our current and best line-up yet, live on stage giving you one hell of a show!

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

Luke: This is such a hard question, but at the end of the day it has to be none other than Ronnie James Dio. He was such a talented vocalist and would love to see him live and see what music he would write today.

Charlie: I think either Van Halen or Randy Rhoads.

Hayden: It’s got to be Ronnie James Dio. A beautiful heart with a beautiful voice that’s gifted so many people with its emotions. He’ll never be forgotten.

Alex: Ronnie James Dio

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

Luke: There is nothing better than performing on the stage. Seeing people mosh and sing to the songs that you put your heart and soul into is a feeling that can’t be beaten. However, the thing I hate the most and I think I can speak for most musicians here is the money. It costs so much to start up and run a band especially during a pandemic.

Charlie: I love being able to do this every day. I study music at uni too so my entire life is music orientated and I wouldn’t have it any other way! However, I hate the competition aspect and toxicity of music. From artists and even fans now it’s just stupid; I don’t get it and frankly it just hides their insecurities. Let music be music, no need for anything else!

Jordan: I love being able to get in a room with my 4 other brothers and make the music and that we make together. What do I hate? – The extreme lack of money.

Hayden: The sense of family among the band members has got to be the most enjoyable part. Everyone fits in so well and there’s not a thing I would change. The thing I hate most though is probably that moment when you come up with a sick riff or lick and then realise you’ve just gone and ripped off one of the most popular songs in the genre.

Alex: I love the rush from playing live, but I hate the perfectionist nature I get when trying to write.

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

Luke: The biggest issue I see within the music industry is recognition for talented musicians. With Rock and Metal getting less and less recognition from the main stream media there are less people of the younger generations being inspired to pick up a guitar, bass, sticks or even belt out some powerful vocals that isn’t a bunch of mumbling.

Charlie: I would change it so streaming services didn’t pay us fractions of pennies.

Hayden: I would make it so there were more small/mid-sized venues in the country to inspire and facilitate more local bands to be able to grow and share their music.

Alex: Talent over image.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Luke: My favourite album of all time has to be “Appetite For Destruction” from GnR there is not a single song on there that I don’t remotely like, and it was one of the first albums I ever bought.

Charlie: I’m going to go for “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden. It’s an absolute masterpiece!

Jordan: The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”. Every song is different and interesting as well as a banger, it’s just the perfect punk record if you ask me and it’s such a replayable record.

Hayden: “The Odyssey” by Symphony X, every song takes you on a journey and no matter how technical it gets, it never sacrifices on its melody and composition.

Alex: The Clash – “London Calling”

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

Luke: Downloading songs is so much easier. Being able to have millions of songs on your phone is fantastic, it allows you to explore bands more freely and different genres that you probably wouldn’t even know existed 5/10 years ago.

Charlie: Now I do love vinyl. There’s nothing quite like chilling out to some vinyl through some good speakers, however download is so much easier and has let me discover bands I never would have before.

Hayden: CD’s for the fact that it’s the best of both worlds – you get that gratification of actually owning a physical copy of the music, and you can also put it into digital format so you can take it with you anywhere on a phone etc.

Alex: Downloads.

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

Luke: The best gig we played was the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. It was a battle of the band’s competition on the 6th of March 2020, our very last gig before we all went into lockdown. From the very beginning of our set to our last song the whole audience was moshing and having a great time.

Charlie: It was actually our last before lockdown and it was Bury Sound. The audience were absolutely electric and it’s my favourite gig I’ve personally ever played!

Hayden: Bury Sound at The Hunter’s Club, first gig with these guys and the energy was just amazing thanks to the amazing audience getting so involved.

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

Luke: Well, I’m currently at University of Warwick studying physics so I would probably go down the engineering path or go into software development or even business, but music is where my heart is.

Charlie: Probably be a historian. I’m an absolute nerd for all eras of history but dark ages is my favourite.

Jordan: Probably a photographer of some sort.

Hayden: Most likely something in electronics or maths as that’s the only other thing I’m good at.

Alex: I don’t know a Butcher probably!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Luke: Corey Taylor, and Steel Panther. That would be a pretty sick party.

Charlie: Bruce Dickinson, Bob Ross, Steve Irwin, Danny DeVito and David Mitchell.

Hayden: The other 4 members of this band and Noel Fielding because what dinner party isn’t improved by comedy?

Alex: Paul Rudd, The Game Grumps, Jim Carrey, and Kristen Wiig.

What’s next for the band?

Luke: Well, we have the album coming out on the 5th of March so we can’t wait for that and as soon as we can we’ll be back on that stage and performing as if every show was our last.

Charlie: We also have a gig lined up next year with the legends Tygers of Pan Tang who are one of my favourite bands!

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

All updates, announcements and just general interaction with fans is on Facebook and Instagram. All our music is on all streaming platforms you can get links through our Linktree:
www.linktr.ee/brazenbull
www.facebook.com/brazenbullband
www.instagram.com/brazenbullband_/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Luke: CAKE! (cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soggy. Jaffa’s go hard).

Charlie: They’re a biscuit. They went to court with McVitie’s, Excise and HM Customs where it was deemed to be a biscuit!

Hayden: Cake. It’s in the name.

Alex: Both?

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

Just again Thank you to everyone who are streaming our songs! It means the world to us.

Brazen Bull Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with FORCE OF MORTALITY

EMQ’s with FORCE OF MORTALITY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oxford, UK based Heavy Metal band, Force Of Mortality. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Andrew ‘Mazza’ Marriott, for taking part.

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

Hi, my name is Andrew ‘Mazza’ Marriott, I play the guitar and I’m also the lead vocalist. Force Of Mortality started in 2016 to better reflect the tone and attitude of its then-current line-up. On March 6th, 2017 “Reincarnate The Immortal”, our debut EP, released. In late 2018 lead guitarist LJ left the band. From November 2018 to July 2019 this time was spent recording our next offering. With recording completed and mixing starting in late 2019 an early 2020 release was hoped for, but due to the global pandemic it was delayed. However, the 9-track album, “New Dark World”, has now finally been released. The band continues to look for a new lead guitarist and is keeping a close eye on the live music scene to ensure that they can get back out and perform live at the earliest opportunity.

How did you come up with your band name?

Very early in 2016 we were a band in another form so to speak, and with the music we were developing getting heavier, the name we had didn’t fit the music. Our bass guitarist, Dr Col had a name he was using for his side projects and suggested that we consider that name, so Force of Mortality we became to be.

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

We hail from Oxford in the UK. The scene was still thriving pre pandemic with all kinds of new bands emerging and venues churning out live music. Post pandemic though, who knows what will be and how it will have affected the local scene.

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

Our latest release is the album “New Dark World” featuring nine tracks. It was released on 23rd October 2020. On our YouTube channel there are nine featurettes which represent each track and these represent the journey of the recording process.

‘Driver’ (Official video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are my bandmates, they inspire me to be better than I am and we bounce off each other when writing new tracks

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music since a very young age and I first picked up a guitar when I was fifteen. But the inspiration for forming a band and getting into music seriously was I think December 2003, I went to see Metallica at Earls Court and it blew me away and the feeling of walking away from that had my mind racing on what I wanted to do.

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

In a recent interview we did as a band I named a specific vocalist who I would’ve wanted on a track to sing for us. But Dr Col and dB gave a different answer. Reflecting on their answer I would absolutely choose dB’s sister, DaGeena. She was part of the band before 2016 and unfortunately passed away in late 2016. So, she would be the musician I’d most like to interact/collaborate with again. (She is missed)

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

It would have to be Download at Donington, UK. So many iconic bands have played there. It would be great to play and associate ourselves with that iconic festival.

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

I haven’t received a gift from any fans, but I received an email from a fan in France asking for my autograph, now that doesn’t happen every day.

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

Keep the music alive, this pandemic has been devastating to both local and national music scenes. As we are all fans, we must continue to support the industry and do what we can, once this pandemic is over, get out there, get back in the venues and support your local bands.

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

Freddie Mercury

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

Playing live, getting that buzz from the audience. I cannot stand the recording process, very boring.

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

Needs to be more balanced for unsigned bands, certain radio stations devote no time for unsigned bands, surely this is detrimental to the future of the rock and metal scene. So for me, more time should be devoted to unsigned bands on radio and in magazines.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“…And Justice For All” – Metallica.

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

Downloads are good but I’m old skool. I like to study the lyrics, so it has to be either record (vinyl) or CD.

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

That would be at the O2 Academy in Oxford, Biggest venue we’ve played at the biggest crowd.

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

I would be listening instead of playing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Freddie Mercury, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Cliff Burton and DaGeena Bhatt

What’s next for the band?

At the moment the live scene is shut down and we as a band can’t get together. So, we are developing riffs and ideas in respective personal spaces. Plus, we are still promoting the album and in the process of searching for a new lead guitarist.

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

www.facebook.com/ForceOfMortality
www.instagram.com/forceofmortalityofficial
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCtcngN_QP_gyTXJkRZ3V7w
www.soundcloud.com/force-of-mortality
www.slaps.com/Mortality

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both.

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

“New Dark World” is out now on all major digital formats.

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EMQ’s with TANTIVY

EMQ’s with TANTIVY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Wisconsin, US based Heavy Metal band, Tantivy. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Adam, 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 Adam and I play guitar and sing in Tantivy and we play heavy metal. Jon and I have played in a bunch of bands in our area over the years but only just recently started hanging out. In fall 2019 we were rippin’ some dirt jumps up in Marquette, MI when this epic buck came out on the trail and told us to start a band. By February 2020 we had our first tunes taking shape.

How did you come up with your band name?

I had used the word as a lyric in a song I wrote a couple years back for my band Wardehns and always thought it would make a great name for an old school metal band. When we started writing we had a few names in mind but none of them sounded right for us, then one day I remembered the Tantivy idea and realized it was a perfect name for a band formed while ripping trail and within a few jam sessions it stuck.

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

Wisconsin, before Covid the scene was pretty great. Lots of dedicated people in the smaller towns organizing DIY festivals and shows all the time. Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Appleton are great places to play for any genre and have supportive scenes.

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

We have released the tracks ‘Cut ‘Em Loose’ and, ‘I Am The Wolf’ and the debut EP will be out on January 15th

https://tantivyrocknroll.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dio, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Agent Orange, Paul Di’Anno, Inepsy, Tragedy, At The Gates plus D-beat and early thrash/punk.

What first got you into music?

Just hearing heavy metal on the radio as a little kid got me hooked, also skateboarding opened lots of musical doors for me.

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

Hmm, that’s a tough one, maybe Michael McDonald.

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

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

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

Sing, dance, be nice and have fun every day. Buy our EP…

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

Cliff Burton.

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

I love playing shows, giving myself whiplash, living on the road, seeing new places, making new friends, riffing with buds, trading merch and hearing new bands. The things I hate about it are, keeping up with social media, booking shows in a pinch when one drops, oil changes, getting sick while on tour and loading during winter.

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

High on Fire – “Blessed Black Wings”

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

All of the above.

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

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

The free time Jon and I don’t use for the band we use for building jump trails, riding bikes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, skateboards and snowboards.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hank Hill, Dale Gribble, Bill Dauterive, Boomhauer, Daniel Day-Lewis

What’s next for the band?

Currently writing more songs to hopefully release by mid-2021. Shows; Shows; Shows as soon as Covid goes away.

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

www.facebook.com/tantivyrocknroll
www.tantivyrocknroll.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/tantivyrocknroll/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit sized cake.

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EMQ’s with CORNERS OF SANCTUARY – PART TWO

EMQ’s with CORNERS OF SANCTUARY PART TWO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band Corners Of Sanctuary. Now you may remember that guitarist Mick did this with us back in June but drummer, MAD T, wanted to take part as well and, as a former drummer, I wasn’t going to say no and it’s always good to get a drummer’s perspective? Big thanks to him!

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 Mad T, and I am a drummer. Corners Of Sanctuary began in 2011, with Mick Michaels wanting to bring back that classic metal sound. After doing some roadie-ing for the band on and off, as well as some fill in shows, I eventually joined the band in 2016. Since then, we have done numerous regional tours of the United States, a few on the West Coast, mainland Europe, and the United Kingdom. It’s been a fun four-year ride!

How did you come up with your band name?

That’s a Mick Michaels question. I remember him talking about how music was always a source of happiness for him, a place of sanctuary. I think he wanted to really drive that point across to the listeners.

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

Corners of Sanctuary are based out of the Philadelphia. The city’s metal and rock scene, just like every other region that the band has toured, is relatively the same. There may be a few well-known bands in each area, but in the past decade, everyone has been having a harder time persuading people to come out and support the local original scene.

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

Corner of Sanctuary’s latest release is our annual Holiday/Christmas song ‘Wonderful Time Of Year’. It’s a really catchy, feel-good song, that I think anyone, from any genre ,,can appreciate and grow to love! I’ve been singing it to myself since I recorded my parts for it – and that was in October!

We also released our latest full-length album, “Heroes Never Die,” in October 2020, on RFL Records.

‘Wonderful Time Of Year’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hands down, Judas Priest has been there since I first picked up the drumsticks. It was Priest that actually moved me enough to start playing. Later on, it was Iron Maiden, Accept, Twisted Sister, Savatage, Queensrÿche, Ratt, and similar bands. Then I discovered power metal, and Sabaton became almost top tier.

What first got you into music?

Growing up, my family always listened to music on car rides and the like. My father was also a musician – a guitarist actually. I was introduced to Judas Priest by way of my father, and I was hooked, and wanted to be like them from the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties. The rest is history.

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

That’s a tough choice. It’s a tie between Judas Priest and Sabaton. Both are hard driving bands and I connect with their music. To be honest, I’m not sure what I would contribute, because both bands have something that’s way beyond my pay grade!

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

Wacken…hands down. That’s like the metal festival of all metal festivals and the Germans love metal…at least, that’s what they told us when they came to see us in 2018! Additionally, that’s where a lot of the bands I get into have played. To share the stage and even the festival with bands that I listened to and try to emulate would just be a moment for me that I made it.

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

I’m not sure if compliments count, but I recall two weird and surprising ones. The first came from a fan who walked up to us before our set, look at us up and down, crossed his arms, and belted out: “You guys look much taller in your pictures!” All of us just stood there staring at each other awkwardly and politely gave our thanks.

The second time happened right after the band’s first show in Europe. The guitarist from the band before us made a beeline for us. Now, this guy was like 6’5” – like a Viking – and stopped just in front of our bassist, James Pera. Looking down at us, the tall man told us that “You play like much taller men!” Much like the first compliment, we stared at each other and gave our thanks. That compliment has been a staple for us during practices when we complete a song or two without any mistakes!

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

Stay metal, enjoy life, and destiny is all.

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

Freddy Mercury…so much there, so little time.

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

I enjoy playing on stage, practicing, and travelling to the shows. What I dislike about this lifestyle are the ways that people mistreat the bands. That really can take the enjoyment out of playing some nights.

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

Bands would get some sort of definite monetary compensation for their work. Or to have better communication between bands, stage managers, and promoters.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are so many to choose from…one album that I’m spinning a lot now is Falconer’s “From A Dying Ember”.

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

For me, CDs are the go-to item, because I can play them in my car without having to worry about scrolling through a device that takes my eyes of the road.

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

I think one of the best shows that Corners of Sanctuary has played was during our last US West Coast tour, where we had the opportunity to play at the Whisky A Go-Go. The energy we had on that stage was driving the songs, and the audience seemed connected to it as well. You know when the audience likes you when they start chanting the chorus without you telling them to!

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

I’d probably read more, and finally finish the many TV shows and movies that I’ve been neglecting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The only time I would do that is to invite family over. I don’t do much entertaining in the way of dinner parties.

What’s next for the band?

We have a few virtual shows lined up, like the Wrecking Ball Metal Fest, among others, as part of our “Metal Never Dies” Online Tour.

Plus, we are already working on some new music for 2021, including a new EP, and material for our next album.

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

First and foremost, our official site at
www.cornersofsanctuary.com

But you can also find us at:
www.Facebook.com/CornersofSanctuary
www.Twitter.com/COSnROLL
www.instagram.com/cosnationmetal

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both!

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

Thank you having me!

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Royal Hunt – Dystopia

Royal Hunt – Dystopia
NorthPoint Productions
Release Date:18/12/2020
Running Time: 55:49
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

“Dystopia” is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451”, a story about a dystopian world where books are illegal and censorship has society in a tight grip. Intellectual enlightenment is a struggle that is still relevant today. This is not the first time that Royal Hunt has put the author’s novel into music – in 2001 the band recorded a concept based on Bradbury’s epic “Martian Chronicles”. The “Fahrenheit 451” concept in part accounts for a multi-textured album, with moods ranging from the melancholic (such as ‘Snake Eyes’) to the cathartic (as is ‘Burn’).

Musically “Dystopia” encapsulates all that I love about this band with majestic riffs, ubiquitous choir vocals, great lead vocals (more about that in a moment), staccato keyboard tunes and a neo-classical slant infused with Prog songwriting. As is typical with this band, “Dystopia” contains several instrumental passages, all of which give the music opportunities to breathe.

In every one of the 15 albums to its name this band has been blessed with first-rate singers, but I have always regarded DC Cooper as the ideal fit for Royal Hunt’s music. And his distinct voice is in good shape in “Dystopia”…as manifested, for example, in ‘The Eye of Oblivion’. One of the album’s attractions, however, is the participation of some ex-vocalists of Royal Hunt, including Henrik Brockmann who sang lead vocals on Royal Hunt’s first two albums. Also providing lead vocals in a couple of songs are Mats Levén, (Krux, Abstrakt Algebra, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Marc Boals (ex-Royal Hunt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire). It seems to be common practice for Royal Hunt to recruit band members with Epic Doom or Neo-Classical curricula.

Of course, the sound of Royal Hunt places significant emphasis on the keyboards of founding member André Andersen. Despite the band members’ individual skills, the music’s compositional qualities never get neglected. In particular I loved how the guitars and keyboards merge in and out of each other in ‘Burn’.

Speaking of guitars, Jonas Larsen displays several moments of brilliance throughout the album. In fact, in future, I’d love to hear more of the stuff he comes up with in ‘Snake Eyes’.

All in all, “Dystopia” is a solid album that never falters. One of the best albums I’ve heard in 2020.

‘The Art Of Dying’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Inception F451 (Intro)
02. Burn
03. The Art Of Dying
04. I Used To Walk Alone
05. The Eye Of Oblivion
06. Hound Of The Damned
07. The Missing Page (Intermission I)
08. Black Butterflies
09. Snake Eyes
10. Midway (Intermission II)

LINE-UP:
DC Cooper – Vocals
Jonas Larsen – Guitars
André Andersen – Keyboards
Andreas Passmark – Bass
Andreas Johansson – Drums

GUESTS:
Mats Leven – Vocals on ‘The Art Of Dying’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Mark Boals – Vocals on ‘I Used To Walk Alone’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Henrik Brockman – Vocals on ‘Hound Of The Damned’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Kenny Lübcke – Vocals on ‘Hound Of The Damned’ and ‘Snake Eyes’
Alexandra Andersen – Vocals on ‘I Used To Walk Alone’

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Six Foot Six – End Of All

Six Foot Six – End Of All
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 11/12/2020
Running Time: 52:36
Review by Emma Torkington
9/10

Epic Heavy Metal band Six foot Six was started by long term friends Kristoffer Göbel and Christoffer Borg back in 2018 with their debut album “The Six Foot Six Project”. Fast forward two years and we have the next instalment from them “End Of All”.

The album kicks off with ‘Welcome to Your Nightmare’. An incredible start, you are pulled in by Kristoffer’s beautiful, charming vocals, and when the guitars play you feel yourself smiling while you’re listening. We move on to the title track ‘End Of All’. It is a wonderfully catchy song that I, personally, can see being an instant classic. It has the backbones of every great heavy metal song! From great vocals, wonderful guitar solos and a drum beat you can feel in your chest. The third track off of this, so far, incredible album is ‘In God We Trust’. This song does start off completely differently to the previous tracks, with a chorus of voices and the occasional church bell in the background. Then the tempo changes and kicks in with heavy drums and guitar riffs and  mix of charismatic vocals.

As you go through “End Of All” it gets harder and harder to choose a favourite song, as each brings something slightly different to the table. Track 5 ‘Blood Will Out’ is a prime example of this! It begins with heavy guitars, drums and a great rhythm. The vocals again fill you with a light and a longing to dance with your friends. The backing singers here add a haunting feeling to this fantastic track. I have to say this is my favourite out of the whole album. It ticks every box for me.

Moving to the second half of the album, well it is just as fantastic as the first. ‘Abducted’ is a close second favourite for me. The lyrics are beautifully written and with Göbel ‘s crisp voice, it delivers a powerful message.

“End Of All” is an incredible experience to listen too and I have been listening to it non-stop for weeks! It is definitely an album that you never get bored of and I will continue to listen to it for months to come. Who would love this album? Any fans of Black Sabbath, Europe or even Judas Priest. Having said that, anyone who appreciates beautiful vocals will enjoy this!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Welcome to Your Nightmare
02. End Of All
03. In God We Trust
04. In The Eyes Of The World
05. Blood Will Out
06. Last Days Of Our Lives
07. Finale Vittoria
08. Abducted
09. I am Your King
10. Edge Of the World
11. Oblivion
12. Break The Wheel

LINE-UP:
Kristoffer Göbel – Vocals
Christoffer Borg – Guitars
Markus Gustafsson – Bass
Henrik Hedman – Drums

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Rising Steel – Fight Them All

Rising Steel – Fight Them All
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 04/09/2020
Running Time: 54:01
Review by Chris Palmer
9.5/10

Hailing from the shores of France comes Heavy Metal quintet Rising Steel. Armed with second full-length album, “Fight Them All”, the band are hellbent on joining legendary bands Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at the summit of the Heavy Metal and NWOBHM genre.

Formed in 2012 and comprising of Emmanuelson (Vocals), Steel Zard (Drums), Flo Dust (Bass), and the twin guitar attack of Tony Steel and Mat Heavy Jones, the band delivers a delightful concoction of explosive riffing, crushing rhythms, and soaring vocals. Such an arsenal has been developed and perfected across an EP (2015’s “Warlord”) and debut full-length album (2016’s “Return of The Warlord”).

This year sees these warriors return to wet our palates once again with the superb “Fight Them All”. Released back in September via Frontiers Records, this second full-length offers the listener eleven slabs of Heavy Metal epicness across fifty-four minutes. And, you know that you’re in for a treat the second you press play, as the sound of beautiful heavy riffs launch you into opener ‘Mystic Voices’, which sets the tone for the album.

Title track, ‘Fight Them All’, is a battle cry of epic proportions. With its combination of powerful vocals, pummelling riffs, thunderous basslines, and pounding drums, it ploughs forward at breakneck speed and is topped by exquisite shredding solos during the song’s second half. With excitement and anticipation increasing, you’re not disappointed, as you come face to face with the storming, neck-breaking ‘Steel Hammer’. At 6+ minutes in length, it’s the longest track on offer in this collection, and what a masterpiece it is.

With your pulse racing after the opening three numbers, Rising Steel offers absolutely no respite, as the quintet pound the senses with the fast-paced ‘Blackheart’ and savage…erm…’Savage’! The tempo decreases a teeny, tiny notch for ‘Gloomy World’, yet the heavy rhythm will still urge you to nod along passionately. After 5+ minutes of being reminded of this gloomy world, these Frenchmen lead into the evil, enchanting sorcery of ‘Malefice’ and its wonderfully heavy reverberations. Such is the pull of evil sorcery here; you’ll feel obliged to press the repeat button numerous times.

Swiftly following is another avalanche of insanely heavy riffs, ‘Metal Nation’. This is another battle cry to Heavy/Thrash Metal, and will surely become a signature song in Rising Steel’s live playlist. Afterall, we all ride our lives for musical passion in this scene, and play heavy music for a Heavy Nation! Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, the sounds of ‘Pussy’ blast through the headphones in an ode to our favourite type of music and feline friends. Surely, we all pray that Rock ‘N’ Rolls saves our souls, and listen to Heavy Metal and love our pussycats!

‘Led By Judas’ keeps the momentum going with those familiar riffs and an excellent vocal attack, as Emmanuelson and Co lead you into album closer, ‘Master Control’. They leave one of the heaviest numbers until last, and what a delight it is! Its heavy, chugging riffs will literally pound you into submission, leaving you feeling battered and bruised as the deafening silence greets you at album’s end. Although satisfied, the temptation to repeat will prove too hard to resist, and around you’ll go again…!

Overall, “Fight Them All” is an intoxicating piece of work. Although nothing new is being done here, that’s not the point, for this is a wonderful collection of songs that should help Rising Steel climb further up the ladder of the Heavy Metal/NWOBHM genre. It is an album chock full of soaring vocals, punishing drums, pounding basslines, and purely outstanding guitar-play, all put together with a battle cry, and a delightful sense of humour. An essential addition to anyone’s heavy music collection, and remember to love those pussycats!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mystic Voices
02. Fight Them All
03. Steel Hammer
04. Blackheart
05. Savage
06. Gloomy World
07. Malefice
08. Metal Nation
09. Pussy
10. Led By Judas
11. Master Control

LINE-UP:
Emmanuelson – Vocals
Tony Steel – Guitars
Mat Heavy Jones – Guitars
Steel Zard – Drums
Flo Dust – Bass

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Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail

Ghost Avenue – Even Angels Fail
Self-Released
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 50:47
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Ghost Avenue are a brilliant, punchy metal band from Oslo, Norway and display a great blend of 80’s Metal with a modern twist. They have all the trademarks of a good Rock/Metal band, with great riffs, awesome drumming and fab vocals/backing vocals. Since first hitting the scene in 2002, they’ve been growing and have played many live shows, including support for Tad Morose at the Norway Rock Festival alongside bands like Status Quo, Accept, Nightwish and Turbonegro, I bet the place was bouncing that night!

Now with 6 releases (1 demo, 1 EP and this, their 4th full-length album) under their belt, they have produced some great work. And from the early days to now, it’s fair to say that their music definitely stands the test of time. Like a lot of bands, they’ve had people come and go, but the current line-up is solid, and full of talent. And this album perfectly displays that. Their talents are blended together, with each having something to put into the musical pot in both performance, and conception of the songs.

This album was recorded at the Lionheart Studios, and was mixed by Oyvind Voldmo Larsen, at the award-winning studio, The Panic Room, in Skovde, Sweden. And, may I say, he has done an amazing job.

One thing I will say at this early point is, I would recommend you don’t play this album too loud. Yes, we all like our music loud, I know, but believe me, the bass almost beats out of your chest and makes your head explode! It’s intense and super powerful, but also strangely soothing.

Despite the booming bass and raw undertones, “Even Angels Fail” isn’t overpowering. It explores clear vocals, and constant changes in tempo. Kim Sandvik’s voice has a distinct gruffness to it, but isn’t overly raspy, so is kinder on the eardrums!

Their high voltage, pure power sound must come across so well in their live shows. Let’s be honest, they’re not a stand still kinda band! With the strong vocal mix of Kim and Andre, they show us that, just because they are a heavy metal band, getting the right balance of vocals and harmonising is just as important as having killer riffs to back it up.

The track ‘Northman’ has a great Nordic theme and is full of harmonically rich vocals, blending with mesmerising guitar, and thumping drums. This upbeat track is one that you just can’t get out of your head. I love the Valhalla input, and I so hope that, in time, we get a video to accompany this track.

It comes across that the guys have such passion about their music, and their performance. The album makes you feel everything that they feel, the passion, the power, the depth. The winning combination of brilliant song-writing, musical talent aplenty, and superb production, have made for a very strong album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Best of The Best
02. Breakdown
03. Wasted Generation
04. The Fallen
05. Still Craving
06. Take Cover
07. Northman
08. Hero
09. A Violent Disturbance of The Peace
10. Even Angels Fail

LINE-UP:
Kim Sandvik – Vocals
Petter Lein – Drums
Magnus Liseter – Bass
André Berger – Guitar and Vocals
Thomas  Eljarbø – Guitar

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Satanica- Resurrection Of Devil’s Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heavy Metal In Baghdad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the trailer here:

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Acrassicauda Promo Pic

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