EMQ’s with BLACK 7

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EMQ’s with BLACK 7

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with brand new, Hannover, Germany based Melodic Instrumental Heavy Rock project, Black7. Huge thanks to main man, Lars Totzke, 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 Lars and during the Corona phase I started playing guitar again and developing ideas. After a few months I had enough ideas and decided to publish it.

How did you come up with your band name?

At the end of 2020 I bought a new guitar. A black 7-string

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

I am from Hannover, Germany.

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

The Album “Look Inside” will be my first release since 1998. It is due to be released on 8th October.

‘Look Inside’ (Album Teaser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore, Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Sevendust, Korn,

What first got you into music?

The first album I got was “Highway To Hell”. Before that I got to know Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin through my father. When NWOBHM started in the mid-eighties it was clear that I wanted to play the guitar.

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

I think Apocalyptica would be an interesting idea.

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

Rock in Rio, one of the biggest.

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

A cuddly toy.

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

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

Bon Scott. He was cool.

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

To fully develop creatively is an incredible feeling. Getting little money for it and earning it in other ways is less great.

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

I think the internet has changed a lot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Live After Death”

Metallica – “Black Album”

Paco de Lucia/Al Di Meola/John Mclaughlin – “Friday Night In San Francisco”

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

I prefer CD’s.

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

It was a Band contest. The last concert was in front of 1000 people and Victory were the headliner.

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

No idea. Maybe banker. At least you earn money there. 😊

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

Promoting my album. Let’s see what the future will bring.

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

www.black-seven.de/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC29c1c5r-hHKv4zdlkRl29g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit of course.

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EMQ’s with GRANDE FOX

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EMQ’s with GRANDE FOX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Thessaloniki, Greece based Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock band, Grande Fox. 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?

We are Grande Fox; we play Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock. Nevertheless, listeners always find a lot of evidence from other genres and this is because the band leaves open the possibility of experimentation when creating new material as long as it always has something essential to say and represent.

The band has so far created 4 recordings during the six years of active presence, the LP “Space Nest” (2016), the EP “Kulning” (2018), the Single ‘Documento’ (2019) and LP “Empty Nest” (2021).

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea of the name is a combination of admiration of the fox and the way of survival in nature but also the way of hunting its prey and at the same time the great spirit that characterizes us as people, as a company, as a brotherhood with high goals and creativity that sometimes it floods our minds and we get to the point where we push ourselves hard enough to choose the final forms of our projects.

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

We are from Greece, Thessaloniki. The truth is that in recent years, in Greece, a stoner rock community has been created around new and old bands in their majority, independent of record companies. An underground music world. We believe that it is still in its infancy and has not known its peak but is heading there.

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

Our latest release is the LP “Empty Nest” which is accompanied by three videos, two videoclips for ‘Manganite’ and ‘Rottenness Of Youth’ and a lyric video for ‘Hangman’.

‘Manganite’ (Official Video)

Rottenness Of Youth’ (Official Video)

‘Hangman’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Many artists influenced us and for sure we would need 10 pages to name them all. From Black Sabbath to Guns n’ Roses, from Rage Against The Machine to Fever 333, from Audioslave to Linkin Park, from Pink Floyd to Pearl Jam even from Marilyn Manson to Tool, Limp Bizkit to Deftones and the list goes on and on and on…

What first got you into music?

Passion and a strong need of expression especially in harsh times like these. Music is our way out. It is the gate of light in times full of darkness, is the redemption from the slavery of misery but above all modern and “easy” life.

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

From our country that would probably be Planet of Zeus, 1000mods, Vic, Narcosis, Dendrites and many other big bands.

And from abroad we would love to collaborate with bands such as Clutch, Monster Magnet, Godsmack, TruckFighters, My Sleeping Karma and truly many many more.

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

Historically speaking that would be the first Woodstock Festival but as long as this is not a possibility anymore we would say Hellfest Open Air Festival and UK’s Download Festival.

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

Some piece of Rasta Hair from a crazy dude who’s said to be a magician…That was a bit creepy and scary but kinda funny too.

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

Many of our songs hide messages either lyrically or visually.

We believe in the complexity and diversity between people and we are ideologically and artistically opposed to any fascist or racist culture and ideology.

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

That would certainly be Chris Cornell!!!

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

What we enjoy most is the union of the frequencies that we emit the moment we play. Something magical happens when you let the music seduce you in this way. You radiate energy and feel in tune with the others next to you. It is an alternative form of communication. Common language for the whole world regardless of race, preferences and specialties. It is the common denominator that unites us and we like that most of all.

What we do not like at all is the jealousy of other musicians in our underground community. Sometimes the lack of respect they give birth to with ugly behaviour and the selfish element within them that does not allow them to accept something new and innovative. The new authentic wave of music that often comes from the same feelings or experiences that are the cause and for themselves to write music.

What they need to understand is that we have entered a new era of consciousness and understanding and that, whether they like it or not, leads to a greater artistic flourishing. Such attitudes and behaviour do not suit us and do not represent us.

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

Streaming royalties need to be fair and distributed fairly. Streaming services are doing worse damage to revenue than we could have ever imagined with paid downloads.

We are now reaching the point of the “Spigot” business where the anticipated future of media distribution was all some form of streaming. And the current business model is not growing with the times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Linkin Park – “Reanimation”

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

Downloads are more practical and fits better in our way of living nowadays but Vinyl is absolutely more sentimental and valuable to use, it connects you to another era, a period that changed everything full of light and inspiration. We also like cassettes and CD’s too because we have connected their existence with memories we had when we were kids.

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

That’s a tough answer to give because every concert gave us something to remember. Probably we would say our gig in Germany at Blackland a live stage, one of the oldest in Berlin where we received such a great energy from the crowd that we’ll never forget. The vibe, the response of the people and their admiration they showed to us was a unique experience.

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

Probably professional athletes. The mindset on what we do as an indie band and what athletes do to achieve goals is very similar . Discipline , Dreams , Goals, Strategy, Practice, Patience, Self-Sacrifice are just some of the many similar factors that an athlete and an indie band definitely share.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We don’t usually do dinner parties…but we love cocktail and beer parties! In that case we would love to drink some alcohol alongside Mike Shinoda, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Myles Kennedy and Flea.

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing new video clips with songs from our new album “Empty Nest” and we are under discussion for a series of live performances. As we have already started to generate new musical ideas for future projects.

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

www.grandefox.gr/
www.grandefox.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/outofnesta/
www.instagram.com/grande_fox_official/
www.soundcloud.com/user-699685715-777881746
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7EgyTfkdvnQMo7e7FRsO6u
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDFXjbSxD6SkNlcv2LDu63w
www.music.youtube.com/channel/UCGmVJvcswf81wV1_PA9RJYQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa cakes are biscuit sized cakes ! So definitely it’s both!

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

We thank you a lot and we wish to all people prosperity and health.

Stay safe , stay strong and support community.

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EMQ’s with IKITAN

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EMQ’s with IKITAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Genoa, Italy based Heavy Post-Rock trio, Ikitan. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

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

Hi folks, we’re the IKITAN, an instrumental trio from Genoa (Italy), and we play a genre that can be defined as heavy post-rock.

The band was born in September 2019. We incorporate a lot of different influences in our music and we love to jam, that’s how our music sees the light.

IKITAN is Luca Nash Nasciuti (guitars), Frik Et (bass) and Enrico Meloni (drums and cowbell).

Luca and Frik Et have been friends for over 15 years. They met Enrico, who was looking for a new band, thanks to an adv on a local Facebook group for musicians. This happened at the end of September 2019.

Fun fact: we all played at a local venue in Genoa in 2010 on the same night but of course in two different bands! Luca and Frik Et were in the same band already back then. Enrico still has the cd their band was selling on that night.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luca came across “IKITAN” by randomly surfing on the Internet, and he found it, from an uncertified source, as “The God of the sound coming from the stones”. He just fell in love with that name and it has been an inspiration for a while.

As we put together the trio, “IKITAN” sounded just perfect for the band.

The fact that it is from an uncertified source, and we then found out once and for all that this meaning of IKITAN doesn’t exist, well it doesn’t really matter anymore. IKITAN is the God of the sound of the stones, period.

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

We all live in Genoa, one of the largest cities in Italy, located on the North-West coast, and a major European harbour. Luca and Frik Et are from Genoa itself, and Enrico is from Sardinia.

Genoa has been and still is one of the Italian capitals of prog music, bands who were born in the 70’s such as New Trolls, Nuova Idea, Delirium, Latte e Miele are from here. Not to mention the “Genoese songwriters” scene, with mind blowing artists such as De Andrè, Gino Paoli and Luigi Tenco who were huge in the 70’s, and so on.

With regards to the metal and rock scene, Genoa gave birth to bands like Necrodeath, Sadist and Malombra (to name but few) in the most extreme sector, and Isaak, Gandhi’s Gunn, Meganoidi, La Maschera di Cera, Il Segno del Comando, La Coscienza di Zeno, for what concerns prog and rock “at large”.

We won’t go too deep on the very lively pop and indie scene but surely there’s a lot to check out there too.

Talking a bit more about the present, Genoa boasts a huge variety of bands and genres, from hip hop to rock, metal, prog, reggae, songwriters, stoner rock and everything in between. Some of the bands we just mentioned are still active and they’re a pleasure to watch live.

The city, despite being one of the most populated in Italy, is quite small when it comes to the local scene (which city is not like this, after all?), and in one way or another, we all know each other either by name or personally.

A few music shops and music labels exist and resist, providing invaluable support to emergent bands and famous ones by organising festivals and concerts, and offering showcase opportunities. We shall mention at least two of them: Flamingo and Black Widow.

Music clubs have been suffering massively in Genoa even before the current pandemic, with just a handful of venues surviving. Such a shame for a city that truly was and still is very vibrant in terms of ideas and bands.

Let’s see what will happen once this whole situation is over; we can’t wait to hit the stage as we released our debut just in the middle of this situation and have never played live. Weird times we live in!

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

Our latest release is “Twenty-Twenty Live at Forte Geremia”, our first live video where we play our debut EP “Twenty-Twenty” for the first time.

It all started very low-profile: after releasing our debut “Twenty-Twenty” on November 20th, 2020, and being still unable to play live, we thought let’s do something and show the band is active. So, the initial plan was to do a live on Facebook or Instagram from our studio and just play chunks of the whole song. Just for the sake of doing something, really, getting ready for a concert, and showing another side of the band’s life. And most importantly – show the band playing live.

Then as it always happens one thing leads to the other, one of us has a crazy idea and the other two add fuel to the fire…It was the end of January when we started envisioning this project…So the first major change was that we decided to play the whole thing, and not just parts of it anymore, in an outdoor setting, and make it our first live concert.

Being winter, one of the coolest things would have been to do so in the snow (luckily and with hindsight, this didn’t happen)! We’re fans of the whole desert rock scene, so generator parties and the likes have had an impact, even visually, on us. The idea was, on one hand, to tribute that concept, and on the other hand, to play the whole song, as we never did before, showing the band in an amazing setting in the wild. Also, we saw the video Yawning Man did (Live at the Giant Rock) and it was an inspiration too, of course.

On top of that, Genoa, our city, is perfectly placed between sea and mountains. The city itself is kind of between two of the major mountain chains in Italy (Alps and Apennines), so when you talk about nature and the wild…it’s the mountain that you’re thinking about. And so, we did: the video was shot on top of an old fort (there’s dozens in the mountains behind the cities here in Liguria: not surprisingly, they were used to control the sea from enemies) and, even though it was not shot on the exact point of the fort we wanted as it was too windy, we’re extremely pleased with the end result.

Forte Geremia is officially the first live concert of IKITAN, a live concert which speaks of its times: there’s no audience and it’s only available on the Internet.

Live at Forte Geremia is based on “Twenty-Twenty”, which is our debut EP made of a 20-minute-20-second song, published on 20 November 2020.

The EP has been entirely self-produced, we started working on it a bit more seriously in the Spring of 2020, when we had enough material to put together three different songs. These were somehow linked among them and at one point we thought “why don’t we just release it as one only song and debut with a one-track EP”? Eventually, the song lasts 20 minutes and 20 seconds which is a bit of a coincidence…or is it not?

It’s a seamless trip where we touch upon the many influences that give life to our music and vision: post-rock, prog rock and heavy metal are the three main ingredients of our offering and we blend them together as much as we can to keep our music fresh and interesting.

The music was born by jamming, it’s that simple. When we enter the rehearsal room, none of us offers complete songs or definitive ideas to the other guys. We always let the music guide us and improvisation plays a key role too. It’s a totally free approach to music and we’re having a lot of fun.

We’re also very happy about the artwork of the album, which sees IKITAN, the god of the sound of the stones, smashing some rocks above his head. It was curated by Luca Marcenaro and we can’t thank him enough!

The album was recorded at Greenfog Studio, owned by Mattia Cominotto, one of the most important studios in Italy when it comes to rock and alternative music. We’re happy that we had the chance to work with Mattia.

To give the album and artwork justice, as mentioned, we released the EP in digipack and with a poster. Check it out on Bandcamp.

‘Twenty-Twenty Live At Forte Geremia’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Yawning Man, Tool, and Deftones if we were to pick just a few bands that really have all of us in agreement.

Usually, we start jamming as we plug the instruments and we always record everything so that we can go back to listen to it. We build our stuff from scratch so the inspiration comes from what happened during the day, the feeling in that moment or even if one of us ran out of fuel in the car on a rainy day.

The cool thing is that we learned to listen carefully to what each of us has to communicate when we play. In this way, we manage to sound consistent when we play together.

Talking about influences and “who” inspires us, the answer would be way too long if we were to describe what each one of us likes the most. So, let’s say that, as a band, our biggest influence is probably Tool.

The very first time we met, we started talking about Tool straight away, finding a common ground when describing how we felt when immersing ourselves in the world of the American band. Sounds pretentious but we knew something special was bound to happen from the first moment we started this conversation. Something suddenly clicked.

Also, we discovered we all were in Florence to see them in the Summer of 2019 (but we didn’t know each other). It was indeed a gig none of us will forget easily.

What first got you into music?

Frik Et: I received a guitar as a Christmas gift when I was 11 years old. Once I started…I realised I just couldn’t stop playing! But then I found out about another similar instrument: bass guitar. It was more introvert, yet as important and “cool” as the guitar. So, here’s how I switched to bass: it was a more fascinating, dark and mysterious “thing”.

Luca: I was 8 and one day my mom asked me if I wanted to start playing the guitar, I guess flute was not for me…So I started playing classical guitar and the step to the electric one has been very easy after hearing the music of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, AC/DC and so on. From then, after a few experiences with bands, I met Frik Et and we started playing our music, zero cover from the very beginning and so we built up our way to realize our ideas.

Enrico: I’ve been wanting to play the drums since I was probably 6 or 7. My parents wouldn’t let me have the kit nor anything close to that (there was a drum kit I saw at a toy shop that it got brighter the more you beat on it… I still dream about it today!) until I insisted so much and eventually (and randomly) started getting into rock and heavy metal when I was 10-11 years old. Then there was no turning back: I started listening to Dream Theater, Aerosmith and Iron Maiden thanks to my elder cousin and I knew that would have been my passion for the rest of my life.

To calm me down, at one point they even tried to enrol me to a clarinet course within the local brass band, so I did study all the music theory (which obviously was forgotten a few days after finishing the course) but I just wanted to play the drums! So, it took me a while but I got there in the end.

Funnily enough, my sister and dad both play the guitar, and my mom loves singing, so music has always been around at my place. I guess that’s why I had the impulse from a very young age.

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

We’re good friends of London-based heavy rock and stoner band Gramma Vedetta, so one of the plans (currently a dream) before the pandemic hit was to convince them to do a few gigs supporting them in London. So, we’d love to do that once this is over. Hope you guys are reading this! Ha!

A big shout out to Kurt Russhell and Isaak, both from our city. We’d love to play with them too as soon as possible!

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

Woodstock 1969! Who wouldn’t like to be there? Alternatively, Pinkpop 2001.

Talking about the future/a dream…we’d be content with a Lollapalooza I guess! Or an Ozzfest or a Download.

Or something more local, and more desert-like…DunaJam in Sardinia.

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

Play it loud, and as Lemmy used to say: “if it’s too loud, you’re too old”.

WE LOVE YOU! <3 Take care and stay safe. We can’t wait to meet you all and do a lot of concerts once this whole situation is over.

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

Chris Cornell.

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

Like: Creativity and the ability to freely express ourselves without having to follow any given directions.

Dislike: The admin side of things and not being able to play live, but the first is part of the game, and for the second we’ll just have to wait.

So, for now all is great, we’re having a lot of fun and after many years of purposeless projects we feel we’re doing something we really like.

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

We’d love to see a change in mentality and for people to start caring more about the music itself than about “the world” around it aka music business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Luca: Led Zeppelin – “II”

Frik Et: Deftones – “White Pony”

Enrico: Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”

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

Anything as long as there’s good music inside. We believe all the things have to evolve and so does the way music is enjoyed. Sure, there’s plenty of controversy here, let’s just say we’re fine with whatever can help us reach people. We’re big consumers of both digital and physical music, so it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day.

From a technical standpoint, the audio quality is way better on cd and on a digital format, but the emotional factor plays a key role when it comes to cassettes and most importantly on vinyl.

One thing that’s always important is to go out, check out your local bands and support them by buying CD’s and merch.

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

It can be only…Live at Forte Geremia! 😊

We actually also played in an empty theatre in May 2021, we took part in a contest and it was an awesome experience!

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

This should be the opposite: We’re full time “regular” workers, and we’d love to be full time musicians instead!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

None of our relatives for sure! Jim Carrey, Maynard James Keenan, Robert Fripp, Jennifer Lawrence and Keith Moon.

What’s next for the band?

We’re already preparing the songs for our full-length and getting ready for more gigs as the situation looks a little easier now.

We’ve been jamming on so many cool ideas, some of them just couldn’t fit into “Twenty-Twenty” once we decided on the one-song debut format so it’s time to get them out and see what comes out of them.

We also recently moved to a new studio and rehearsal room. This is a huge improvement: Luca is also a sound engineer and does production for bands, so basically we’re occupying his studio!

Finally, we’re in a place we (and he) can call home and where we can give life to our jams stress-free and with no time limitations.

Last but not least, not having to travel for work and/or travel for leisure means we have plenty of time to meet in the studio, and we’re seeing at least one good thing about this pandemic shit: we’re playing way more than we’ve ever played in our lives!

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

You can find our album for purchase on Bandcamp. On the more social media side of things, we’ve been active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter since the release of the CD, and you can find our music on YouTube and Spotify too.
www.linktr.ee/ikitan

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Excellent biscuits…but have you tried Gocciole?! 😛

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

Thanks for the opportunity to talk about IKITAN. We’re a young independent band and we’ve been managing all aspects of our music and promotion on our own. Being able to reach a big audience such as Ever Metal’s one is surely very encouraging.

If you like brave debut albums and you’re not afraid of a fully instrumental approach, “Twenty-Twenty” is for you.

Check us out and thanks for reading!

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Hippie Death Cult – Circle Of Days

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Hippie Death Cult – Circle Of Days
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 21/05/2021
Running Time: 37:15
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Hello, dear children of the night, who, like me, are probably vastly overheated and cranky, as summer stubbornly persists over northern England, and doesn’t appear to be going away after a couple of days like it normally does, to be replaced by the iron grey skies and stair rods of driving rain that we are used to, and at the moment would frankly welcome. I have a tan! I haven’t had a fucking tan since 1996 and now my beautiful alabaster skin has a definite brown tinge to it and my goff credentials are utterly ruined forever. No more can I mock goths in hot weather, knowing that secretly I am one (for the record I am currently seated in the lounge at Dark Juan Terrace, clad in black Vans, black denim cut off shorts and black St. Pauli totenkopf t-shirt) of the pale revenants of the night. Instead, I have a “healthy glow” and I want no part of it!

I am instead consoling myself with gallons of iced cider and the latest offering to the altar of Ever-Metal.com from the excellently named Hippie Death Cult of Portland, Oregon. That is in the United States of America, if your geography is as poor as some of the young gentlemen in my charge at my other job. One of them pointed at India the other day and was absolutely convinced it was France and wouldn’t be told otherwise until I showed him the Channel fucking Tunnel and that it came out at Calais and not fucking Chennai.

In other news, briefly, Field Marshal and our Great Leader Rick “Don’t Try Sucking Up To Me, It Won’t Get You Anywhere, You Shocking Tart” Tilley fielded some enquiries about just what it is Mrs. Dark Juan creates while I write this nonsense. I sent him a picture of her latest creation and now he is traumatized (completely and utterly – Rick). However, Anabelle from Cradle Of Filth seems quite taken by it so as far as I’m concerned, it’s all gravy. Mrs. Dark Juan is now currently making fingers(!) while listening to some form of baroque ghost story. Her psyche is absolutely shot to fuck with a constant diet of horror films, M.R. James stories and the darkest imagination for creations I have ever known…

Oh yeah, music review…

Hippie Death Cult – Oregonian, as I believe I have already said. I’m sorry. I’m a bit hungover after the wicked strength lager I drank last night. HDC are really a quite interesting band who have taken the sounds and expansiveness of progressive music and melded them to a combination of the grittiness of classic rock sensibilities and the fuzz overdrive of doom and stoner. The result is rather extraordinary, being fuzzy and slow enough to please the doomsters, yet offering some absolutely incredible riffing and pounding heavy metal to entertain the mainstream crowd, and also having a lovely touch of exploratory madness to lift the music from the mundane or the repetitive. In short, It’s fair to say it’s fucking brilliant and I am a massive fan after this, their sophomore effort.

The sound is extremely cohesive, the mix solid and the production clear and legible, even if the snare drum is lacking some punch. The bass is clearly and cleanly heard and the guitar snarls and roars with a real classic rock sound. As an experiment, I bought some proper old 70’s cans from my mate Tony and played this record back-to-back through them, to compare them to the headphones I normally use. Hippie Death Cult sound absolutely fucking huge through the older phones and merely competent (production wise, this is) through the newer ones. Therefore, I am junking the newer ones immediately.

The opening song on the record is called ‘Red Meat Tricks’ and sets a tone that just begs you to listen more, melding classic rock vibes with progressive elements and some glorious coruscating riffs and solos including a scale in the middle eight that just made me wet my pants with sex wee excitement. Guitar and bass are both used as lead instruments and this offers even more interest on a song that beguiles as well as slays. The second song is entitled ‘Hornet Party’ and the chord medley at the start of the tune immediately just says ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ and Slayer to me, before blasting into the ionosphere with some speedily concussive metal, being sinuously wrapped around by that chord medley. The song as a whole reminds this metal loving idiot of a mix of Slayer and ‘Hooker With A Penis’ era Tool, and let’s be honest that’s a fucking great thing – Tool and Slayer are two of the greatest exponents of their art there are.

Track three, ‘Walk Within’, is where we diverge from the more metal elements of the music and has piano and clean, fingerpicked guitar and a dreamy, ethereal vocal line with a much more proggy sound – it kind of reminds me of a less folky Blood Ceremony throughout the song, until it ends with a huge, dissonant crash and into the fourth cut of the album – ‘Circle Of Days’’ which opens with a  superfuzzy doom riff before morphing gently into a supremely technical and complex prog metal song, but with rather more earthiness and soul than most prog and technical metal – there’s gorgeous harmonies, intertwining vocal lines, guitar that alternately wounds and bewitches, yet it maintains a relaxed and smooth groove than you can lean into and special mention must be made of vocalist Ben Jackson. The boy has a fucking amazing set of pipes on him. Equally happy performing a wail worthy of the Ozzmeister himself, to a gravelly low pitched (but still clean) sound, to a more than passable Dave Wyndorf analogue, Ben proves his versatility on every single song and is a fine, fine rock singer. The last tune on the record is called ‘Eye In The Sky’ and is by far the most psychedelic offering on here, with soft wah on the chiming, shining guitars, until four minutes in when the song takes a massive left turn and delivers a metal riff of such shining splendor (imagine Jerry Cantrell at his heaviest in Alice In Chains and make it more metal) I can’t help but fall to my knees and give thanks to the gods of meal for giving me this to listen to. And the solo. Oh, my FUCKING GOD THE SOLO!!!!!!

Yeah, it’s fair to say I am a bit of a fan and Hippie Death Cult (and others like them) are EXACTLY the reason why I trawl the underground for music – under here is where the ultraclassic live. This is where you find the most egregious talents and the greatest music. With rare exceptions, I find the underground bands more astonishing than the mainstream ones. There is NOTHING like Hippie Death Cult in the mainstream and that is to the mainstream’s detriment, because this is sheer inventiveness and music made for the sake of performance. Hippie Death Cult are truer to the soul and idea of metal than Metallica and their ilk will ever be. This record is heavy as fuck, rich, organic, chock full of feeling and absolutely fucking amazing.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has listened to this record three times back-to-back already and shows no sign of slowing down because it’s just so fantastic. 10 out of fucking 10 without a question. Buy this. Now. Don’t argue. Just buy it.

Red Meat Tricks’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Red Meat Tricks
02. Hornet Party
03. Walk Within
04. Circle of Days
05. Eye In The Sky

LINE-UP:
Ryan Moore – Drums
Eddie Brnabic – Guitar
Ben Jackson – Vocals/Keys
Laura Phillips – Bass/Vocals

LINKS:

Hippie Death Cult Promo Pic

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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip

Brown Acid The Twelfth Trip Album Cover Art

Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 20/04/2020
Running Time: 32:23
Review by: Alun Jones
8.5/10

Well, who’d have thought it? Here’s the twelfth instalment of the Brown Acid series from RidingEasy Records, their ongoing exploration of rare, lost and forgotten treasures from the late 60’s and early70’s. These proto-metal, hard rock and heavy psych riches are continuing to turn up, thankfully curated and shared with a new, wider audience. They still haven’t run out of steam, which is very good news.

This time, the Professors of Rock (“Prockfessors”, anyone? Nah, never mind) have released ten more crazily good tracks from the past. As can be expected, the bands are deep fried and the guitars are fuzzier than a McDonald’s burger-flipper’s chin.

And so, we commence with ‘Mother Samwell’ by The Waters: a blinding, acid-drenched rocker from 1969. How can this have been lost for so long? Up next is ‘Vibrations’ by Village S.T.O.P., featuring Hendrix style guitar in another pacey rocker. Though very much of their time, these songs pack a ton of energy – you’re gonna want to freak out. Right out.

‘1930’ was quite a year, claim White Lightning, with a funky, chunky marauder of a tune that’s like Grand Funk, on the rare occasions GF got it right. Shane serves up some proper skronky organ with ‘Woman (Don’t You Go)’, reminiscent of a shrieky, early Purple. Then the keyboards get even skronkier with Ace Song Service’s ‘Persuasion’, though the attack is harsher.

Opus Est really kick out the jams with ‘Bed’, which has a killer riff that would please Gibbons or Page.  The Mopptops have a terrible band name (maybe that’s why they disappeared), but their song ‘Our Lives’ is one of the heavier, more vicious sounding tracks here. It’s a punk rock bruiser that seems totally out of time – surely this can’t be 1968?

A bland band name, but Artist inject their song ‘Every Lady Does It’ with enough hip-shaking Hendrix raunch to raise the roof. Great chorus too; this is faultless. Then it’s more, great lo-fi garage ZZ Top, with ‘Comin’ Home’ by Stagefright, before we finish with Dickens (great name!) and their weird fuzz metal with minimal production, ‘Don’t Talk About My Music’.

Whether they’re discovering hidden gems in dusty tombs, or exhuming abandoned corpses and bringing them back to life – pick your metaphor: the RidingEasy Forensics Department have managed to surprise yet again. Their quest seems never rending, but we can be thankful that these dedicated scholars continue to discover hitherto abandoned sonic delights.

It’s harder to pick out gems which shine brighter than the others this time around, but “Brown Acid: the Twelfth Trip” manages to reach a high standard across the board. Very enjoyable, and recommended listening for when Jimi and Janis pop round for some mushroom tea.

Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip (Official Album Stream)

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Waters – Mother Samwell
02. Village S.T.O.P. – Vibrations
03. White Lightning – 1930
04. Shane – Woman (Don’t You Go)
05. Ace Song Service – Persuasion
06. Opus Est – Bed
07. The Mopptops – Our Lives
08. Artist – Every Lady Does It
09. Stagefright – Comin’ Home
10. Dickens – Don’t Talk About My Music

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with BARBARA BLACK

Barbara Black Logo

EMQ’s with BARBARA BLACK

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

It is my name and we like how it sounds.

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

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

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

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

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

‘Damnified’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Tiger Tamer’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let´s meet in our next concert!!

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

Undoubtedly, Janis Joplin.

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

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

What I really hate is egos and envy.

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mr Big – “Lean Into It”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

Love & Rock!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Black Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with TESLA SHAMANS

Tesla Shamans Logo

EMQ’s with TESLA SHAMANS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Novara, Italy based Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock band, Tesla Shamans. 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?

TOM: Tesla Shamans is a Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock band formed in early 2018. We play 80’s/90’s Hard Rock contaminated by Blues influences and heavy riffs beaten with Synths. After two years of composition, live gigs and a series of unfortunate events we have finally  released our debut album some days ago!

How did you come up with your band name?

STEVE CROW: First of all, we wanted the word shamans in the name because it represents the spiritual natural side of the band, the way we look at the World, the breaking of the modern society’s illusions. Later we added Tesla. Tesla is probably the real modern shaman for his study. So, we have the ancient and the new united, the natural side is carried forward.

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

BELLIX: We are from North-West Italy (Piemonte region) where the Metal/Rock scene is still present, because luckily there are many clubs and people (musicians, staff, organizers…) that invest money, time and energy to organize concerts and festivals like a family everywhere and whenever possible!

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

 “Electric Storm”, our debut album that was released on May 17th, 2021.

‘Shamans’ (Official Video)

‘Your Shit’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

STEVE CROW: Definitely 60’s/70’s rock, but also power-progressive metal. I think that 60’s/70’s rock has got the perfect freedom of expression. It has been the first real possibility of having no boundaries in composition. Less business, more music experiments. Power metal instead satisfies my craving for energy. It gives me strength. I love its harmonies and its choruses; they fill my heart.

TOM: It could be an extremely long list 😉 At the top of it, definitely, are Santa Cruz for the amazing guitar riffs: I discovered them in late 2016 from a couple of friends and I was immediately fascinated. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators for the incredible energy that they put in their albums, and they’re damned awesome on stage! I’m one of the few fans who appreciate Slash the most in his recent albums rather than with Guns, and I love Myles Kennedy as one of the best humans in the world. And Soundgarden for all. They have always been my favourite band from the guitar riffs to the amazing rhythm section, the greatest ideas, the lyrics, and the voice of Chris Cornell that will forever remain in my heart. R.I.P.

BELLIX: I listen to different musical genres, but I like Djent and Metal-Math Core very much, in particular bands like Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract, Bring Me The Horizon, Gojira, Protest the Hero, Meshuggah and many more. I take inspiration from the drumming of different artists, but above all from those who excite me playing live, how they involve people, I think conveying something to someone who’s watching you from under the stage is the key to everything.

What first got you into music?

STEVE CROW: I wanted to totally express myself, music it’s the best way to communicate feelings, thoughts, hopes, pains…Music can create invisible wires and a suspension from the fear of death.

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

TOM: I’d like to collaborate with Joonas Parkkonen for the production of our next album and with the amazing Samy Elbanna from Lost Society as one of the best musician/singer I’ve ever listened to.

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

BELLIX: HellFest in France for two reasons: first because it would be an honour to share the stage with the big bands playing there. The second is because years ago I received a request from HellFest’s organizers regarding playing there with my ex band. We lost the opportunity due to misunderstandings in the band, so I would like to have this opportunity again!

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

TOM: Unfortunately, still nothing but hey…let’s take our time 😉.

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

STEVE CROW: We’ll create the strongest tribe of all time. We’ll create new myths.

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

TOM: It’s a really hard choice but maybe I’d choose Dio for his huge love of Rock’n’Roll music and how he scored an entire generation with his passion.

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

STEVE CROW: Music is the best way of communication; this is the best part. I love the stage; I love the energy. I hate the difficulty of making it a job.

BELLIX: I like adrenaline on stage, every fill behind my drums when I compose and every new friendship and collaboration with other bands! I hate the metronome beats in my ears, but Icouldn’t quit using it!

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

STEVE CROW: The difficulty of getting noticed without having money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

STEVE CROW: Symphony X – “The Divine Wings Of Tragedy”. In this album we can find an atmosphere that I really love; it makes me think about the birth and the evolution of mankind. The man with his sins, his hopes and his destiny. There is a majestic theatricality and the voice of Russell Allen is one of the best in the world for me.

TOM: Soundgarden – “Superunknown”. I think it was the very first album that I entirely listened to, and when I got to the end, I had no words. “Superunknown” is definitely THE Masterpiece for anyone who loves Grunge and I believe that it was the first album that inspired me to become something more than a good “musician”. “Words you say you never seem to live up to the ones inside your head”.

BELLIX: Undoubtedly worthy of note “That’s The Spirit” by Bring Me The Horizon. I think they are one of the most innovative bands of the genre, that album contains a perfect combination of well-structured rhythms, melodies, electronic always present, but never superfluous and so much expressiveness and emotionality. At least for me!

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

TOM: Downloads for convenience, CD’s for the best quality playing, Vinyls as a collector.

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

STEVE CROW: As opener for Dead Daisies. A great stage, a huge energy, good drinks.

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

TOM: A producer/sound engineer. Unfortunately, I approached the world of music production too late to start a course of study about, but if I had the possibility to go back 10 years, I would probably spend all of my time working with other artists, maybe in a great studio like Finnvox. It would be an amazing adventure, trying to always give the best in the new challenges!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

BELLIX: Will Smith for the charisma and the great respect I have for him as a person. Michael Jackson because I want to learn the moonwalk from him, drunk hahaha. Shakira and Alissa White Gluz because even the eye wants his part, Dave Grohl because he is a 360-degree artist who has marked an era and after so many years I still have not stopped listening to his songs!

What’s next for the band?

BELLIX: The next step is to expand our fanbase, promote “Electric Storm” the best way possible and play, play and play shows while working on the next album.

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

TOM: We especially Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for our breaking news.
www.instagram.com/teslashamans
www.facebook.com/TeslaShamans
twitter.com/ShamansTesla

Spotify or Deezer for people to listen to our songs.
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3OthpaKh8ISoxRTVGWVe14
www.deezer.com/search/tesla%20shamans

And last but not least Bandcamp as the official merch store!
www.teslashamans.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

TOM: As a Pastry Chef I can confidently say that Jaffa cakes are…neither! 😊

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

STEVE CROW: Trust in us and follow the Shamans’ way.

Tesla Shamans Promo Pic

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Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos

Handled With Chaos Album Cover Art

Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos
Secret Entertainment
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 47:51
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

It’s the weekend again, which can mean only one thing! Housework. Goddamn, I wish someone would invent a self-cleaning house! The first job on the list today was clean the oven, as my rather tasty home-made pie had decided to share itself with it. There is no chore more unloving than cleaning the oven, and I refute any suggestion that there is!! I managed to clean the bathroom too. The second most unloving chore. But now I’ve decided that that is quite enough cleaning for one day and everything else can wait, because now I’m going to write about more music. So there!

Next up on my ‘To-Review’ list is Finnish Alternative Rock band, Red Eleven, with their newest release; the long-awaited 4th studio album, “Handled With Chaos”.

The title track opens the album, and we’re instantly hit with 80’s synth sounds, which briefly gives it an industrial feel. But that soon gives way to a hard-hitting groovy riff, with some punch. However, the synth sounds don’t leave, instead playing the role of expanding the sound. Which is great.

Their press release says that Red Eleven have ‘found their own sound, but not forgotten their inspirers, such as Faith No More.’ Well, I love Faith No More, so that’s a good start. But can I hear that influence?

In short, yes! And it’s Epic (pardon the pun)! The whole thing has that sound, but I can hear it particularly on track 3, ‘Universe’, which reminds me so much of ‘Epic’ in the chorus, it could literally be a Faith No More song. But it’s got more of a 90’s Grunge feel to the verses, which adheres to the band’s own style. This is my favourite track on the album, by a smidgin, because there are some absolute bangers!

The one thing that hits you with this album is the lovely rumble of downtuned guitars, and bass, and the punching drums. The riffing is second to none as well. It all makes for a sound that’s fresh, exploratory, and exciting, as well as having that comforting recognition of 80’s Hard Rock. And didgeridoo (featured in the intro and ending of ‘Against My Will’)! I mean, what can’t be made infinitely better by adding Didge to it? I’ll tell you – nothing. Didgeridoo is always a winner in my book.

‘Starry Eyes’ is another awesome tune. This one’s a ballad, and you really get to appreciate the smooth vocals, and impressive range of Tony Kaikkonen here. It’s a simple song, but beautifully executed, which to me indicates an understanding of music in its purest form. It doesn’t have to be flashy and immensely technical to stand out.

‘S.N.O.T.’ takes us in another new direction, with punk elements, and classic heavy metal guitar soloing. But those heavy, punching, downtuned riffs are still ruling the day. It’s an exciting sound.

The closing track of the album, ‘Half A Life, Full Circle’, isn’t only epic in beauty, but it’s epic in length too, at just under 7 and a half minutes. It’s atmospheric, and has elements of doom, progressive rock, and the good old sounds of the 80’s. I can’t be absolutely sure if it’s synth or real, but there’s also what I believe to be a Soprano Sax solo in this. An awesomely well-placed instrument choice, again, as, alongside Didgeridoo, everything can also be improved by adding sax!

There really is a bit of everything in this album. It’s like cherry picking all the best bits of the last 4 decades and mixing them all together into a marvelously tasty creation. If you liked 80’s synth, Faith no More, the heavier Grunge that the 90’s had to offer, and something a little progressive, but still accessible, with heavy riffs, catchy melodies, and luscious vocals, then this is for you. Superb album, and another one to add to the ever-growing list of bands that I need to check out further.

‘S.N.O.T.’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Handled with Chaos
02. Before I Fall
03. Universe
04. Against My Will
05. Starry Eyes
06. S.N.O.T.
07. Nothing Left to Hide
08. Die with Honor
09. My Own Space
10. Dark Water
11. Half a Life, Full Circle

LINE-UP:
Tony Kaikkonen – Vocals
Teemu Liekkala – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Petteri Vaalimaa – Bass
Pasi Pasanen – Drums

LINKS:

Red Eleven Promo  Pic
Kuva Anna-Katri Hänninen, RED ELEVEN LAHTI

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ForeignWolf – Your Weapons, Your Words EP

Your Weapons, Your Words EP Cover Art

ForeignWolf – Your Weapons, Your Words EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 14/05/2021
Running Time: 18:03
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Heavy Alt Rock is a genre that’s all encompassing for anything that doesn’t quite fit into the Metal bracket, but is just a little too heavy for Pop Rock, AOR, and general mainstream. That means it throws up a fairly broad spectrum of sounds. Some of it is utter detritus, but a lot of it is very good, and certainly in the last few years, the calibre of new Alt Rock bands has seen a significant bar raise! Thankfully, my dear readers, today’s subjects fall into the latter category, which makes my job a hell of a lot easier, as I really don’t like criticising musicians for trying.

Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, ForeignWolf are a fairly new name to the scene, having released their debut EP in the heady days of 2019, before the world went completely insane. This new EP, “Your Weapons, Your Words” is billed as a deeply personal EP, taking a journey through the emotions and mental health. It’s only a short EP, but every track certainly does have something different to offer, both in its tone, and lyrically, however the sound in its simplest form, is driven by heavy riffs, gruff vocals, and steady rhythms, giving it a ‘Grunge with a modern twist’ feel.

The first track, ‘Alone’, sets a fast-paced tone, and throws out a catchy chorus melody. It has some great breaks in it, too – going from everything to silence quickly. They’re a big risk in any song, because when it comes to playing it live, it can all go horribly wrong and sound horrific, but done well, I think they really enhance tunes. They’re certainly done well on the recording here, although you do still get a bit of ring from the snare drum, which is pretty hard to avoid, but still irked me slightly (yes, I’m a fussy bugger, sorry, not sorry).

This fast-paced punchiness continues through the next track, ‘Afterthought’, too. But we get a change in pace in ‘No Limit’, and here the sound reminds me of Deftones, combined with 30 Seconds To Mars. There are some synth strings in this track too, which add a different depth to the sound.

The thing I like about this EP is its melancholy undertones – it’s certainly emotionally charged and passionately connected, which is something I always desire from a band. I want to feel it, not just feel them going through the motions. The rough vocal style of Gerard McCann gives it a rawness, which always seems to express passion and pain more effectively. The final track, ‘Gradual Destruction’ is my favourite. Call me maudlin and angsty if you like, but sometimes there is nothing better than a stripped back song, written in a minor key, with low rumbling bass, and depressing lyrics, because, you know, life’s not always a bed of roses and it’s nice to feel connected, whatever emotion you’re experiencing.

And on that happy note, I’ll shut up! Another very well created EP from a talented young band, who I’m, sure we’ll see a lot more of in the coming years.

‘No Limit’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Alone
02. Afterthought
03. No Limit
04. Gradual Destruction

LINE-UP:
Gerard McCann – Vocals/Guitar
Dave Brady – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Justin Lee Jamison – Bass
Mick Teague – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with PECULIAR THREE

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EMQ’s with PECULIAR THREE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Livadia, Greece based Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock/Prog band, “peculiar three”. Huge thanks to lyricist, vocalist & bassist, Valantis Dafkos, 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 Rick and thanks for having us!

I am Valantis Dafkos, lyricist, vocalist and bass player for the “peculiar three”. We are a studio project trio and we play hard ’n’ heavy rock with prog and metal elements since 2013, when we decided that playing in a cover band was just not enough for us and formed a “vessel” in which we could be ourselves musically and lyrically, as well as enjoy creating something from scratch! So, I together with Panos Karkanas (guitars & keys) and Paris Gatsios (drums) formed the band! As “peculiar three” we released our first EP “P3culiar” in 2014, followed by its remastered edition in 2019. Our debut full-length “Leap of Faith” was released in 2020.

In addition, you may also hear the π3 members play in “Redeye Caravan”, “The Magic Bus” and “Beyond This Earth”, too!

How did you come up with your band name?

We all love literature and a few years back, we accidentally found out that we had read the same Arthur Conan Doyle book at around the same (young) age! The book was “A Study In Scarlet” and we decided that we should use it somehow in our band. So, we “borrowed” one of the main character’s beloved phrases as part of our band’s name! Furthermore “peculiar” as a word has a strange ring to it, also meaning “strange/special”, just like the ideas we like to put on our music and lyrics! And since there’s three of us… “peculiar three”!

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

The band is based in Livadia, a small city near Athens (Greece) with all the pros and cons you can imagine of such a place! It has a few beautiful spots, nice people and good food! Close to Livadia one can also find ancient monuments, like the well-known Delphi – the ancient religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo, home to the Oracle of Delphi and the priestess Pythia. Despite its low population numbers, Livadia’s music scene is alive and strong, way better than anyone could probably anticipate! New bands pop up frequently and many of them consist of young people, thirsty to rock!

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

A few months back we released our first full-length album and a few days back we released the first lyric video of the album! ‘Caliban’s End’ is an almost classical / orchestral oriented song, something we tried for the first time and we’re really glad we did! Lyrically it’s about Caliban, a peculiar W. Shakespeare character from the play “The Tempest” and my interpretation on his tragic storyline’s end. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

‘Caliban’s End’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We were all “raised” musically during the 90’s, the rock and metal influences of that period are subconsciously present in our music, although our personal preferences seem to differ between us! There’s a lot of good old prog rock for sure, but all the classics of the metal world are there, too. In “Leap of Faith” you can detect these influences in our music and lyrics, but they’re all distilled through our personal prism and character!

What first got you into music?

I was passionate about music from a very young age. I remember myself in the early nineties, through the…“tough” years before the internet, trying to discover more and more by any means necessary (recording radio shows on cassettes – man, what a bummer it was when the producer talked during a song! Watching any music video I could find on tv or searching for music related magazines!), while really paying attention to every detail. At around the age of 10, my parents bought me a keyboard (a “safe” instrument if you live in an apartment!) and that was the time my personal musical journey began. As years passed, I also tried classical and electric guitar, drums, darbuka, bouzouki, baglama and ultimately the bass, while singing all the way through. Then came the bands, the live shows and the recordings, dealing with them every time like it’s the first time! Music was and always will be a huge part of my life…

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

Occasioned by “Caliban’s End” it would be truly fantastic if we could collaborate with a band like “Rage” and do something special together, along with their “Lingua Mortis Orchestra”!

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

There’s no question about it: “70000 Tons of Metal” it is! A Heavy Metal festival, on a cruise ship, for 5 days and a Caribbean shore day…all right, what could possibly top that?

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

Nothing weird so far, haha! There was this girl once that saw my “Legend of Zelda” related t-shirt and right after the show she brought me a handcrafted Zelda logo, which was really nice actually!

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

“Support your local scene”! It may sound a little tedious, but is, in fact, what matters most for the underground scene and thus we hope more and more people would appreciate many of the upcoming bands!

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

There are so many that had so much more to give and left so soon…I think it would be John Lennon.

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

Music is, above all, a passion to me and as such I serve it with pure love! If I had to choose only one, I’d have to say the gigs! Although creating something by yourself, composing, recording and in the end holding your own record in your hands is an amazing thing, the true experience and communication happens only during a live gig! Especially these times with the quarantine still on, I really miss playing in front of a crowd regardless if it’s a small pub or a big festival stage. Of course, there are some aspects that I wouldn’t…miss if they were to disappear, such as the after-show instrument, amp etc packing – God what a pain in the ass the after-show packing and packaging is, haha!

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

Although it’s just a midsummer night’s dream, I would somehow create equal media exposure possibilities for every band, giving them the opportunity to grandstand in their own ways!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This must be the first time someone asks that question properly, with the key words being “one of”!!! Since it’s also ONE OF my all-time favourite books, Blind Guardian’s “Nightfall In Middle-Earth” is ONE OF my all-time favourite albums!

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

Depending on the occasion, they can all be the best! I would surely prefer the mp3 format when I’m driving, since I enjoy music variety as much as I enjoy long road trips, therefore it’s only fitting. When listening to music at home, I usually want to “touch” the music, so I’d prefer the vinyl (especially if the artwork is really detailed) or the CD (especially when my kids are playing too close to my record player), so I can enjoy reading the lyrics as well. Nope, no sound arguments here, sorry “sound purists”, it all just comes down to your actual medium and speakers’ quality, haha!

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

I always like to say that the best one is the one to come next! That being said, I had the time of my life when I played in my city sharing the stage with my “personal heroes”, the band I used to hear since I was a little child!

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

In fact, I am a teacher, an elementary school principal! My whole family (parents and sister) are teachers, too! It was something I somehow knew from a very young age that would be the perfect job for me, and I have no doubts so far…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Let me tell you about the best dinner parties I’m regularly having these past few days: My little son invites me in his bedroom for an all-you-can-eat Playmobil stuff buffet along with Ironman, Peppa & George pig, and baby Shark…cool gang, I should probably invite them over to my room sometime soon and have a blast with my Lego, hahaha! (Best Answer Yet – Rick)

What’s next for the band?

There’s a video clip and a second lyric video on the way, so…stay tuned! As for the future, we’ll surely start composing and writing again when we feel like we have something new and interesting to say!

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

You’re welcome to find, hear and purchase both our albums digitally on Bandcamp (www.peculiarthree.bandcamp.com/) and also on most digital distribution platforms, such as Youtube (www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8fw1uaRazcX_8DyOdkTbg), Discogs, Spotify, Soundcloud, Amazon Music, iTunes, Deezer etc.

Of course, as romantics ourselves, we could not but release “Leap of Faith” in physical format too, as a sweet digipak CD, limited to three hundred copies, so send us a message on our Facebook’s like page (www.facebook.com/peculiarthree) for details!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I wanted to say biscuit so much, but Wikipedia disagrees with me: “Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes introduced by McVitie and Price in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges.” And it’s a court decision – even if it’s just for tax purposes – so I guess we should comply…what a bummer, haha!

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

We’re the ones who should be thanking you for your time and hospitality! We wish for you and your readers to remain adventurous while discovering new music and bands! Take care, stay healthy and…support your local scene!

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