EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Deepest, Darkest Essex, UK based Heavy Western band Penanceville. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rusty 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?

Rusty. Guitar and vocals. Driver of the Winnebago.

How the band came to be?

Preacher Rusty emerged from the wilderness, the scrapped pages of the book of grudges in his bloody right fist. He pointed to the ground, and on that very spot Penanceville came into being.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the place all the rotten people gravitate to.

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

We’re from the Deep South. Of Essex…

The band is currently championing a genre of 1 band. It’s been dubbed Heavy Western.

It’s stuck and works as a quick explanation of what we do.

Americana mixed with Rock, I guess.

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

We’ve released 4 singles. We’re in all the usual online places. Spotify, iTunes, YouTube – blah blah blah.

The latest single is ‘The Body’. It’s written in the tradition of a good old-fashioned murder ballad.

‘The Body’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically? – Raised on stuff like Skynyrd, Stones, A lot of Blues- The Kings. Johnny Winter.

Then got into Metal and found my way into Americana and bluegrass.

What first got you into music?

The Muppets. Top of the Pops. And my parents always had music on. Motown from my mum and rock and blues from dad.

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

Punch Brothers. They are on another level as players and writers.

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

Pink Pop because it’s always embraced so many different bands and genres.

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

Drugs and drawings of the band.

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

I am in no position to be giving out advice!

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

That’s a real tough one. Maybe Tom Petty as the world lost him too soon and I feel like he wasn’t done being great.

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

Creating and playing live are the 2 things you can’t beat.

Logistics of getting all the maniacs in the band into the same place at the same time.

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

That it supported new artists better. But that’s a long conversation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! I’ll go with Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Second Helping” as it’s a good sound track for the good weather we’ve been having recently.

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

Vinyl – Looks great and is great, it’s encouraging people to buy music. Cassettes are pretty crappy, but hold a special place in my heart. Mix tapes and my Walkman.

CD’s are a bit boring. And Downloads are convenient, I guess.

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

With this band we played a few cool festivals last year and played a great one at the Railway in Southend. We were just on it that night.

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

Learning to be a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

(Rick Here – This one wasn’t answered so I don’t know if it was a mistake, refusal or that there just isn’t anyone Rusty would invite!!)

What’s next for the band?

Writing new tunes and waiting for the world to open up.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bAsGBKx890ssmP4pVYqs6
www.facebook.com/penanceville/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOeALlAG_sHpBvAJRWsX0HQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Clue’s in the name. Plus, Stephen Fry told me so.

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

Check us out if you want to hear something a bit different.

Photo by Film Free Photography

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Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day

Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day
Smoke & Mirrors Productions
Release Date: From 21/03/2020 to 09/04/2020
Running Time: 46:21
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

You are probably tired of hearing about how all our lives have become a wreck in this insane year of 2020. Jobs, families, mental sanity…everything we’ve known has been damaged / changed and we could all write a book about it when this Covid 19 situation finishes, if it ever does finish someday. Inside this hurricane the music industry is also struggling, but if we try to look on the bright side (or, at the very least, the less dark side); this lockdown has changed how bands are promoting themselves without concerts. For many bands, they are working better (as they should have worked even before this chaos started) with interesting material offered to give their fans the possibility of delving more deeply into their work. The inspiration for composition and for the amount of new songs appearing every day is a very positive aspect of this trying time!

Among this inspiration, two crazy men (in a good way), Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, Massacre, The Absence) and Taylor Nordberg (Massacre, The Absence) joined forces, at the Smoke & Mirrors Recording Studio that Jeramie owns and Taylor Works, to create something very unusual and unique. They composed 12 songs from all the genres you could imagine, from Heavy Rock n’ Roll up to the heaviest Black or Death Metal. So far, so good? But no! They did more than ‘just’ compose them! Each song was recorded with different guests and each was completed in ONE day. But no, not only recorded! The whole process of writing, recording and mixing each song was done in just one day!! Always on a Saturday, “Slam Saturday” as they were named. Of course, Jeramie and Taylor invited different guest musicians to fit each genre and well-known names from bands such as Savatage, Soilwork, Marduk, Grave, Northtale, Kreator, Heathen, Exodus and many more took part. Is that good or is that good?

Explaining each song for those of you reading this is not an easy task but let me try. ‘Eternal Unlight’ (the first song released) and ‘Grief Eater’ are in a Deicide style, but in ‘Chaos Has Told You To Suffer’ you can hear something more Black Metal. ‘Monsters We Hide’ surprised me with classic Heavy Metal sounds in a Judas Priest or Accept style, with great vocals from Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss). ‘The Echo Mirror’ is similar but owes more to Power Metal. The doom cadence of ‘Terror In The Shape Of Suns’ reminds me of Black Sabbath with Deidra Kling’s beautiful voice and ‘Drag Them to the Guillotine’ has a pure Cannibal Corpse influence.

Of course, Motörhead couldn’t be left out of this and ‘Stay Clean For Me’ is a perfect song that could figure alongside any of Lemmy’s work, this time with Mr. Tony Dolan from Venom Inc. on vocals. ‘Undefeated’ is fast and shows how a good Hardcore song should be, similar to what Hatebreed play and ‘Obliteration Now’ has the same inspiration, but it is more Thrash and Heavy Metal. ‘Dying Day’ is melodic Death Metal that totally reminded me of what Dark Tranquility do so well. The album finishes with ‘A Silent War’ which is pure Thrash Metal sounding like the 80’s Bay Area Thrash Metal bands, specifically 80’s Anthrax!

Considering the minimal time they had to write, record, mix and take care about all the details of each song, I can assure you that the results are brilliant. We don’t exactly have what sounds like a full album here, nor anything that has a singular identity, but what we do have is an album that sounds like a compilation of material from many bands that we know and love in many different genres

The main difference is that this sounds like a compilation of brand-new songs from all the bands I mentioned. Jeramie and Taylor have done an amazing job of creating an album that carries the spirit and the power of all those incredible old bands you know. Congratulations to them both and to all the guests who stamped their style on each song. It truly is a remarkable achievement.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eternal Unlight
02. Grief Eater
03. Monsters We Hide
04. Terror In The Shape Of Suns
05. The Echo Mirror
06. Drag Them To The Guillotine
07. Stay Clean For Me
08. Chaos Has Told You To Suffer
09. Undefeated
10. Obliteration Now
11. Dying Day
12. A Silent War

LINKS:
www.smokeandmirrorsproductions.bandcamp.com/ (All tracks and line-ups)
www.facebook.com/SmokeAndMirrorsProductions/
www.facebook.com/KingofallKlings/
www.instagram.com/kingofallklings/
www.facebook.com/taylor.nordberg.1
www.instagram.com/uncle_teets/

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EMQ’s with REBEL RIOT

EMQ’s with REBEL RIOT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Riga, Latvia based Heavy Rock/Metal band Rebel Riot. Huge thanks to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Bob Concrete 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’s Bob Concrete, I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in REBEL RIOT.

How did you come up with your band name?

We first went with Rebel Yell, but it seemed too associated with Billy Idol, we liked the Rebel part, so we changed the other to Riot, making it as a word play.

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

We are from Latvia, a rather small country next to the Baltic sea with rich folkloric traditions. Therefore, the biggest metal band here play pagan/folk metal. Sure, there are a few other good heavy rock and metal bands of different subgenres, but all in all the underground scene is not that big, we almost all know each other here.

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

We just released a new single ‘Pedal To The Metal’ from an upcoming album, simultaneously also a music video for that track. Check it out on our Youtube channel!

‘Pedal To The Metal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trouble, Pantera, Accept – just to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I sang in different ensembles and choirs as a kid. Played a bit on the xylophone and recorder. Then picked up classical guitar around the age of 12. Rock music was also always there mostly thanks to my older brother.

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

Probably none. All the good ones are starting to die out.

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

Wacken, Brutal Assault – those are some of the best festivals in Europe/World. But there sure are cool smaller fests around which are fun to play.

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

A sack of candies, a Halloween pumpkin carved with our logo.

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

Just enjoy our music and show it to everyone else you know! Haha! What else could we ask?!

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

Lemmy.

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

Writing a great song is the best feeling! Sometimes playing it to an empty venue really sucks.

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

It’s hard to say, everything is so interconnected. But sure, there’s too much shitty mainstream music out there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good”.

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

All of it! It’s all essential of letting the music find you.

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

Opening for Accept in Riga, and a couple of years ago in Kilkim Žaibu festival (Lithuania).

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

Not sure, maybe I’d be a mad scientist, or into some other form of arts. I used to be a pro dancer and also a swimmer. But that was another era for me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates and 2 of some closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

More singles coming out soon in 2020.

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

Mostly it’s through Facebook, Youtube, Bandcamp, Instagram.

www.rebelriot.com/
www.rebel-riot.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/rebelriotmusic/
www.instagram.com/rebelriotmusic/
www.twitter.com/Rebel_Riot
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOeTpHrbyk_ev5s6_mVdiQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Juicy cookie.

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

Just keep it classy!

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One Desire – Midnight Empire

One Desire – Midnight Empire
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 22/05/2020
Running Time: 51:32
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

When an album starts with a creepy voice that gives you goose bumps and then the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you know you’re in for a good time. And this is how “Midnight Empire” by Finnish rockers One Desire begins. It is a feel-good album and the tracks just get better and better.

For those of you not familiar with One Desire, they formed in 2012, initially as a project put together by drummer Ossi Sivula. Fast forward a couple of years and they were working with renowned producer, Jimmy Westerlund (Negative, Sturm Und Drang, Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Pitbull etc), who has several platinum and gold albums to his credit as a producer, guitarist, and song writer.

This brought them to the attention of Frontiers, but at the time, they needed a good singer. Enter stage right Andre Linman from the band Sturm und Drang, who joined the band in 2016. The remaining member, bassist Jonas Kuhlberg (Paul Di Anno, Cain’s Offering, MyGrain), then joined and the band was complete.

Their self-titled debut album really took off, with the track ‘Hurt’ gaining nearly 2 million hits on YouTube and almost 3 million streams on Spotify! After listening to the track, I can totally understand why! Following a successful European tour with Eclipse, they headed back to the studio to start work on this release. “Midnight Empire”. It took two years of work, but now it’s here!

Throughout the album I found myself thinking, “who do these guys remind me of?” and I kept coming back to two bands. Van Halen and the Scorpions! That upbeat, brilliant, 80’s good listening rock, that’s heavy enough to be ROCK, but not so OTT that your ear drums bleed! “Midnight Empire” is the complete package, punchy guitar playing, good rocking drums, amazing vocals…In fact, there’s nothing I don’t like about this! It’s been a while since an album I’ve reviewed has had such an upbeat vibe to it. It makes you just want to put it on repeat and listen over and over again.

Track 2 ‘After You’re Gone’ is definitely one of those tracks that is made for the summertime, window down, volume up, playing finger drums on the steering wheel (yes most of us have done it)! It has that feel good factor throughout. Not all the tracks are full on rockers though, you get some slightly slower tracks, but it just gives the whole album more appeal. I said earlier they remind me a little of Van Halen, by this I mean where you get an almost ballad type track, which then suddenly jumps to a faster tempo. It certainly keeps you on your toes which helps maintain interest throughout the album.

I have to give a special mention to the vocals here. You not only get some amazing melody vocals, but the harmonising is spot on as well! Not too overpowering but complimenting the main vocals of Andre whose vocals are crisp and clear, but with such an edge.

Track 5, ‘Through the Fire’, takes you in a differently direction all together. This slower, ballad like track, is such a variation to the others. But it’s not “just another ballad” because, out of nowhere, it explodes into another dimension! You can feel the guys passion for their music through almost every track, but in this one it’s especially noticeable. They sound like they’re singing their entire hearts out, and every ounce of energy they had went into it. In every track you can hear and feel how much the music means to them, and they want you to share that experience with them.

The final track, ‘Only When I Breathe, is a real ‘lighters out’ rock ballad, and really gets to you (for those of us who have a heart)! Listening to this, I think it’s something most of us can relate to at some point in our lives.

All I can say is wow. “Midnight Empire” is truly brilliant, and I have already added it to my music collection. The passion on each track is tangible. They have put their heart and soul into it completely and should be so proud!

As a little side note, a quick mention about track 9, ‘Killer Queen’! Just to say DON’T PANIC!! It’s not a cover of the Queen track!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Shadowman
02. After You’re Gone
03. Down And Dirty
04. Godsent Extasy
05. Through The Fire
06. Heroes
07. Rio
08. Battlefield Of Love
09. Killer Queen
10. Only When I Breathe

LINE-UP:
Jimmy Westerlund – Guitars
Andre Linman – Lead Vocals
Ossi Sivula – Drums
Jonas Kuhlberg – Bass

LINKS:
www.instagram.com/OneDesireBand
www.onedesire.net/
www.facebook.com/OneDesireBand/
www.twitter.com/oneDesireBand
www.youtube.com/channel/UCaMXnDg9g7WKw1tHHI69FnA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1s25YudYTrIRBOSsj917K7

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EMQ’s with TORIZON

EMQ’s with TORIZON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Alternative Heavy Rock band Torizon. Huge thanks to vocalist Mish Sharma for taking part.

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

Hi, I am Mish, the lead singer and co-songwriter in Torizon.

Torizon was born at the start of 2019 as a passion project after taking a couple of years off music due to a vocal-cord injury. It started with friends getting together to write some music and record until we recruited permanent members. We released our debut EP “Singles Collection” in June last year which was produced by Robb Torres (Robbery Inc) and Ian Sefchick (Capitol Records) based in LA. Our single ‘Hey You’ and live cover of ‘Thoughtless’ has gained worldwide interest and international coverage! Robb is our mentor and producer; he has a big influence on our music direction and growth.

Our line-up was finalised at the end of 2019 where we introduced our 7 String-Master- Sarah, Damien on Bass and Aaron on Drums. With the addition of new members and additional skill sets, we were able to invest heavily into our own private professional level recording and rehearsal studios to ensure that our creativity is not stifled by time and money constraints. Damien is our resident Sound Engineer, Sarah is a videographer, photographer and graphic designer, Aaron has a very business focused brain which is extremely helpful, I look after all social media content, bookings and manage all our main platforms for effective communication, collaboration, creating and distributing music ideas, marketing materials etc. That’s basically us in a nutshell!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Torizon is derived from the words ‘torsion’ and ‘event horizon’ in black holes. The coupling between spin and torsion generates a gravitational repulsion responsible for an event horizon and singularity. From a personal point of view, when life is difficult, it can feel like you are being sucked in a black hole, but it is important to remember that there is a horizon at the end of it all. We wanted the name to be unique and also reflect our values as a band without being too wordy or cliché.

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

Brisbane, Australia.

Australia has a solid repertoire of Metal/Rock acts on all different levels from up and coming to Arena Level and everything in between. Great examples are Tonight Alive, Parkway Drive, Cog, Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse etc. I think one of the main differences is that we are on a big island. Unlike musicians in Europe, the distance between venues can be massive with some shows being anywhere between 1 to 12 hours travel just in one state! It means we have to travel more, work harder to deliver a solid product and live shows to win over fans and survive in a very competitive industry, especially for original musicians .That being said, as an Australian musician we have a great support network within our own music community.

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

Our latest single is ‘Find My Way Out’ which was recorded amidst Covid-19 lockdown in March, whilst our bass player was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Thankfully, he has fully recovered! The official music video will premiere on June 26th US and June 27th AUS. Robb Torress (Robbery Inc) also laid some guest guitars on this song – we are super proud as it showcases our new heavier and darker sound.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Evanescence, Devin Townsend & Flyleaf have been my biggest influences and a huge part of my teenage and adult life.

What first got you into music?

I’m trying very hard to not sound cliché, but Music was my therapy and survival mechanism during an abusive and tumultuous childhood. It was the only thing I could relate to amongst the chaos so I would use it as an escape. I developed a passion for music around 15 years old and started making songs out of poems I had written. I taught myself how to play basic guitar chords on an old second-hand guitar and here we are many years later!

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

Devin Townsend and Evanescence – I love their songwriting!

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

Wacken, it’s the metal mecca and rite of passage for all Heavy Bands around the world.

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

Not really a gift, but one time a fan asked me to sign his butt after a show….I politely declined haha!

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

Our mission statement is to create a musical meeting place where people of all walks of life can connect, share their lives and be a part of a unified community. We’d also like the fans to know that we are an extremely DIY band. All our marketing, photography, rehearsal, videography, recording studio and sound engineering are in house. Although COVID-19 did put a big spanner in our 2020 plan, we have been utilising this newly acquired free time to write more music and continue working on our music theory education. Much like others, 75% of the band has lost their income for the foreseeable future due to the recent restrictions put in place, so if you can afford to please go to our store and support us www.torizon.bandcamp.com/. And if you can’t afford it, that’s ok you can support us for free by liking, sharing and following us on social media. But most importantly, please take care of yourselves and each other!

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

David Bowie & Freddie Mercury – they are Rock stars to me!

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

I love the close connection you build with your band family and our collective creative expression for our fans. I love being challenged to learn new things and to create something positive out of a negative emotion or situation.

I am not the biggest fan of the business aspect of running a band, it can get daunting while holding a full-time job as well. If Music could pay my bills I’d have no issue handling the back end & business side of the project. But we are making it work till that happens 😊

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

That would be to pay the artists appropriately to honour the sheer amount of work that goes into creating music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“When The Pawn…” by Fiona Apple – she is angry, melancholic, self-deprecating, raw…all in one beautiful head bopping package.

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

Cassettes were fun when I was growing up and I haven’t delved into the vinyl world yet…CD’s are definitely my favourite because it’s a tangible piece of art and you don’t need a special device/player to enjoy it.

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

That would be the Jacaranda Festival 2019. We were escorted to our private tent to relax before the show. The road crew set up our equipment, stage monitor mix and front of house mix. I was given my own private tent for my vocal warm up, there were fireworks just before our set and the whole showground was PACKED! It was quite an incredible experience for an up & coming band.

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

A Child Psychologist. As a survivor of extreme child abuse and sexual abuse, I’d love to help children navigate through their trauma, break the cycle of self-blame & destructive coping mechanisms to validate their voice, thoughts and opinions.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would love to be a fly on the wall at a dinner party with Heavy Devy, Conan, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Tori Amos & Dave Mustaine. It would be amazing to talk to them about their passion, their process and learn from them.

What’s next for the band?

Our first international tour which was originally postponed due to CV19 is now being rescheduled and will be announced soon! There is a 20-show national tour also being organised as we speak. You can expect new singles from Torizon every 3/4 months…we are a big fan of the singles game.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/3EGM3RBw3r0dVJHRSL5Udd
www.facebook.com/torizonband/
www.instagram.com/torizonmusic
www.torizon.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCas-4e1s0S9NodGLML8meWQ/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, they are a delicious biscuit.

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

Thank you for having me!

Please follow us on Spotify and our Social Media platforms. Keep an eye out for the ‘Find My Way Out’ Music Video release!

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EMQ’s With DÄTCHA MANDALA

EMQ’s With DÄTCHA MANDALA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bordeaux, France based Psychedelic Heavy Blues Rock band Dätcha Mandala. 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 Dätcha Mandala, a rock power trio.

We met at high school 12 years ago when we were teenagers. We all love Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Beatles, so naturally rock music came out from our first rehearsals, and that brought us to play more than 600 shows all around Europe, and also New York and Montreal.

We have two records, “ROKH”, an album recorded full analog with producer Clive Martin (Queen, The Stereophonics, Reef…), and “HARA”, which was just released on the 5th of June 2020, also recorded with Clive.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Dätcha” is a Russian house, it represents materialism, and “Mandala” is a drawing made by Tibetan monks, referring to spirituality. “Dätcha Mandala” means the balance between the material and spiritual sides of humanity, a kind pf Yin and Yang.

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

We come from Bordeaux, in the South West of France, and there are a lot of great bands here, like Gojira, Mars Red Sky, Gorod, The Great Old Ones, Salamander Jiver, The Inspector Cluzo, Overcharger, Francis Cabrel etc.

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

Our latest release is a video clip of “Stick It Out”, the first single of our upcoming album “HARA”. You can find it on Youtube, also on Spotify, iTunes, stuff like that.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The musical/rock scene in the late 60’s, 70’s from the UK and USA of course!

What first got you into music?

The influence of our families and close friends, who played music before us.

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

If we have to choose someone famous, we would probably say Robert Plant, but if we are more realistic, we would like to collaborate with Mars Red Sky.

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

We would love to play at Hellfest, because we would love to play at Hellfest!

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

A fan gave us a painting of her own creation, which was supposed to represent flowers, but it looks like a dozen vaginas…

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

We think our fans are wise enough to take the good decisions in life, so they don’t need any advice from us!

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

Nico: Jeff Buckley

Jeremy: Kurt Cobain

Jb: Janis Joplin.

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

What we enjoy the most is to play concerts, sharing energy and music with the crowd, and meeting everyday new people.

What we “hate” is that most time is on the road and waiting backstage, which is so much longer than the show itself.

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

We would prefer the label directors choose an artist because of his quality rather than is popularity on social media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nico: “Grace”, by Jeff Buckley

Jeremy: “LA Woman”, by The Doors

Jb: “Back In Black”, by AC/DC

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

Live performance!

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

Don’t know if it’s the best, but one of the craziest experiences was at the Stadium of France.

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

Jeremy: A drug dealer

Nico: A shepherd or a monk

Jb: A Paleontologist

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would gather Louis de Funès, Frank Zappa, James Maynard Keenan, Jane Goodall and Divine.

What’s next for the band?

What’s next is the release of our new record “HARA”, which came out on the 5th of June on Mrs Red Sound label.

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

We use Youtube, Deezer, Spotify, iTunes, Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp etc.
www.facebook.com/datchamandala/
www.instagram.com/datchamandala/
www.datchamandala.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBEE5mqy7ol-FrctE4hZ8yQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t know and as we don’t want to google it, we’ll go on the biscuit!

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

Thank you!!

Photo by Julien Dupeyron

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EMQ’s with BRASS OWL

EMQ’s with BRASS OWL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US Heavy Rock Power Trio, Brass Owl. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Brian Tarter 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?

Brass Owl. We are a heavy rock trio. We formed a couple of years ago when I (guitarist, singer, songwriter) met a fantastic fusion style improv drummer, and started jamming and taking my song ideas and building something. We did an EP release in 2018, and shortly after I started planning and writing the next, soon to be released record. The 1st record is more jam style, but the new record is much more planned and calculated, and heavier in my opinion.

How did you come up with your band name?

From walking thru the antique mall. I saw one and bought it, and use it for a dobro slide. I now have a small collection!

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

We’re in the United States and the metal scene is sort of meh, not very interesting, although there are a few good bands around.

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

The latest release is the brand new 2020 album “State Of Mind”, which will be released in early April.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitarist I was really into the shred guitar guys like Vai, Satriani, etc. As a songwriter and what I like to listen to would be C.O.C., Trouble, Rival Sons, Cream, Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Pride and Glory.

What first got you into music?

My dad had a guitar that I started messing with, and I met a really good player through my parents’ church when I was young who turned me on to stuff like Stryper, Trouble, Malmsteen, etc. Also, the movie Crossroads was a major influence on me.

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

Rival Sons

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

Coachella. Looks rad and fits our genre.

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

This guy made us a banner one time and made all the letters different glitter colours. He was trying to be nice and was a big fan, and we didn’t know how to not offend him and keep a fan, but not use it. Ever. It was not good.

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

Thank you for listening and inspiring us to do what we do. We do not take them for granted.

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

Ginger Baker

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

I love the natural high from playing to an amped up crowd. I hate that there is no money in music, and I have to work a day job to pay bills.

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

Being able to make a decent living playing music. The way the music is stolen and streamed leaves very little for the artist.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Led Zeppelin II

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

Vinyl, then CD. Downloads are ok but the MP3 and Spotify sounds like crap in my opinion.

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

I was lucky enough to open for ZZ Top and Cheap Trick for their 50th anniversary tour in Cleveland a few months ago. That was cool.

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

Building hot rods, choppers. Travel, boating, riding motorcycles. I have way too many hobbies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Billy Gibbons, Dwight Yoakam, Zakk Wylde, Clint Eastwood, Billy Bob Thornton

What’s next for the band?

Doing some promo shows for the new album and earning our reputation as a live act. Hopefully do a small tour and some festivals. Sharing our musical creations with those interested in such things.

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

Usually Instagram or Fakebook. Not a big fan but it is a required evil in today’s music scene.
www.facebook.com/brassowlmusic/
www.instagram.com/brassowlmusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are the magical place between the two. Mind blown.

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

Thank you for your time and support of music people. Best of luck to all in their musical endeavours. Oh yeah, and SHRED TILL YOUR DEAD!!!!!

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EMQ’s with INME

EMQ’s with INME

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with British Progressive Heavy Rock band, InMe. Huge thanks to bassist Greg McPherson 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 Greg McPherson, bass guitarist for InMe. I joined the band in 2006 just before we recorded the 3rd album Daydream Anonymous. John O’Keeffe has recently joined us on guitar and Tom Dalton on drums. The dynamic of the band is completely new, and how we write songs has changed so much, that this feels like a new band! Jumpstart Hope is InMe’s 7th studio album, but it feels like the start of a new chapter, very fresh and we are proud of it.

How did you come up with your band name?

Joe Morgan, the bassist for the first two albums, came up with the name – the band was called ‘Drowned’ at the time, and I think there was another band with the same name, so they wanted to change it before the first album “Overgrown Eden”. The name really works, we all love it, so credit to Joe for that one!

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

We are all British, the metal scene here is strong with legends like Sikth reforming and making the best music they have made, Tesseract are another good example of metal pioneers making some outstanding music right now. For rock, my go to at the moment is Black Peaks – it’s very gritty and very British.

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

“Jumpstart Hope”, our brand new, full length album, was released on January 17th 2020, with Killing Moon records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up with Queen and Pink Floyd, especially Gilmour’s Floyd. Maiden are a big part of our musical background too. I am influenced musically by everything I like, and that’s a lot, so to say biggest influences would be doing a dis-service, since I could name a hundred artists that have shaped how I write music without taking too much time to pause. I’ll list 10 why not, Vision of Disorder, Bjork, Reuben, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Philip Glass, Glassjaw, Silverchair, Korn, Nirvana, Deftones.

What first got you into music?

Growing up, there was always Queen and Floyd on our traditional vinyl player. I was taught to play the piano from a young age and performed to some crazy large crowds as a choir singer before I was even a teenager. That’s when I started learning guitar and bass – I had a few bands here and there back then and we all thought we were the best band there had ever been. In hindsight we were terrible!

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

Black Peaks. I’m a big fan of their music so that would be an honour.

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

Sonisphere at Knebworth! Only problem is it doesn’t exist anymore! Some of my best gigs have been there. We aren’t the coolest band so it’s nice when a festival backs you like that, and you get to play to thousands year after year. It was very disappointing for everyone InMe when the UK leg stopped.

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

Knickers! Bit weird and they don’t fit!

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

Thank you.

If you could bring one Metal/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 to live audiences, it’s the buzz. I Hate the financial side and the ‘scene’.

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

This is a loaded question. I would encourage the press to lift up more young bands and keep them there. For me, too much column space is focussed on established bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Periphery: “Juggernaut”. Probably cheating since it’s a double album 😉 Some amazing musicianship and the songwriting is massive with running themes throughout both albums.

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

Vinyl for nostalgia, it feels like an experience listening to an album that way plus you are likely to listen to an album through.

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

Scarborough Beach Fest in 2007 was special – the front of house rig was in the sea! So were half the audience, at dusk, it was darkening by the time we finished. That was special.

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

We all have careers outside of music. Music is our passion but we most certainly don’t earn a living from it, in fact it often costs money to be part of a band like InMe. I couldn’t imagine a life without music, if I wasn’t in InMe I would be in another band for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox, Michael Stevens, Freddie Mercury, Jamie Oliver as chef 😉

What’s next for the band?

We are on tour promoting the release of “Jumpstart Hope” – it’s a dark and honest album and we can’t wait for people to listen to it in its entirety.

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

Patreon is the main platform we use to help pay for things like music videos and studio time. It lets the fans know they are directly contributing to the longevity and sustainability of the band. Then Facebook and Instagram for the rest – and our website!

https://www.patreon.com/inmeofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/inmeofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/inmeofficial/
www.inmeofficial.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

Vote green, save the planet, be kind. Thank you.

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Absolva – Flames Of Justice

Flames Of Justice Cover

Absolva – Flames Of Justice
Rocksector Records
Release Date: 05/11/2012
Running Time: 51:47
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Absolva review first appeared in 2013

What happens when your band is on the verge of breaking through and then the bass player gets asked to join metal titans Iced Earth? That is what happened to heavy rock trio Fury UK last year. Instead of replacing Luke Appleton, brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Appleton and drummer Martin McNee put that band on hiatus and formed Absolva, “Flames Of Justice” was their debut album released in the second half of 2012 and they hit the ground running faster than Usain Bolt on steroids. Fusing the heavy rock sound of their previous act with classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon “Flames Of Justice” is a blinding album. Joined here by bassist Dan Bate and lead and rhythm guitarist Tom Atkinson (who has since departed due to other commitments), Absolva aren’t completely retro though. There is enough of a modern twist to their sound to keep fans old and new very happy, a point proved by the size and diversity of crowds at their gigs.

“Flames Of Justice” kicks off with the screaming title track, and that alone leaves you in no doubt that Absolva mean serious business. Followed by ‘Hundred Years’, ‘Code Red’ (which is sure to become a live classic),’From Beyond The Light’ and ‘Breathe’, which thanks to Chris Appleton’s slightly Dave Mustaine style delivery could be a Megadeth song, in fact “Red Lamb”, Mustaine’s recent collaboration album with Dan Spitz would be a good reference point for Absolva. This is full of crunchy riffs, choruses that stay in your brain long after the album has finished, great solo and duel guitar work that fits the songs extremely well, a good variety of tempo and rhythm section of a very high calibre that ties the whole thing together beautifully. “Flames Of Justice” has been well produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Elliss, although if anything he hasn’t quite managed to catch the raw power that Absolva share on the live circuit. That is a pretty small criticism though for a band that really is set to keep the spirit of classic metal alive if they continue to produce work of this quality.

There is something strangely alluring about Absolva’s music. It feels very familiar, as if you have known the band for years, but at the same time it adds new and exciting flavours, a bit like a good wine, and that great mix has had me going back to this album time and time again to enjoy its contents. Another of the great bands on Rocksector Records you genuinely have to keep an eye out for Absolva because they are going places!

TRACKLISTING:
01: Flames of Justice
02 .Hundred Years
03: Code Red
04: It Is What It Is
05: Breathe
06: State of Grace
07: From Beyond the Light
08: Free
09: Love to Hate
10: Only When It’s Over
11: Empires

LINKS:
http://www.absolva.com/
https://www.facebook.com/absolva/

https://www.instagram.com/absolva/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Absolva

 

 

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

Medusa Touch Logo

EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh based Heavy Metal/Rock band Medusa Touch! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Gordon Sinclair 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 Gordon Sinclair, although everybody calls me Gogsy. I’m the lead singer and guitarist in Medusa Touch; we’re an 80’s metal rock band from the 80’s. The band was formed in 1982, we lasted till 1991 (ish), then reformed in 2019. We’re are all from in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and love 80’s metal with a passion.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band was named after the film ‘The Medusa Touch’. It starred Richard Burton and Lee Remick. It’s about a writer who has the power of telekinesis who makes disasters happen just by thinking about them. This wasn’t the first choice; all the band members had two choices for a name. We all chose different names as a first choice, but we all chose Medusa Touch as the second choice and that was it.

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

We are from Scotland, metal scene seems to be in good health, but there is a lot of nu-metal, we’re the odd ones because of the 80’s metal vibe we bring.

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

It’s called “Terror Eyes the Anthology”, available from all digital outlets and we have some CD’s left too. These are just available from the band. You can get one from our website (medusatouchofficial.com). 13 tracks of first-pumping, sing-a-long rock epics hehehehe.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine? First up would be Slade who got me interested in rock music. Then as picking up a guitar goes it was Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. I started as a drummer. Then, I blame Iron Maiden for kicking the whole thing off for me in the metal genre. After that there have been so many, too many to name! They all have their own little bit of influence in how I write, play and record.

What first got you into music?

I come from a very musical family. Lots of singers and musicians! My grandfather was a drummer in the Black Watch during the First World War, and he kicked me off as the drummer. I started playing in a pipe band then moved onto a kit. There were guitars lying around so you pick them up and play them. I never looked back. 

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

Good question. Two options! One would be Angus Young from AC/DC. Just to see how he goes about song writing and coming up with great songs time after time. Then it would have to be Iron Maiden, just because they got me started off in the first place.

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

Wacken, it’s the pinnacle for me. The bands that play there every year are massive and that lets you know how important it is.

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

Never been given a gift, usually a Bourbon and coke does hehehehe. Although my mate Ian Davidson did turn round after one gig in 2019 and just say “I have a cassette of you guys playing in 1987”. WHAT? GIMME IT hehehehe

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

Keep enjoying the music and rock hard. There’s only one life, never regret anything. If it makes you sad fix it. If it makes you happy and healthy, load up on it.

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

Gary Moore!

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

The music I play makes me happy, contented and always makes me want more. I don’t have any hates really although my wife says I have a guitar fetish hehehehe!

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

Make it easier for bands to make a living. It is really difficult now unless you get massive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden!

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

Best for what!? Vinyl is the king for something you own and can hold in your hands. I remember buying albums, going home on the bus and reading every single word on the sleeve time and again. It’s big and gives you joy not just for the music that’s on it but it’s yours and you have it in your hands. However, Digital, whether it be downloads or streaming, is just so convenient, it doesn’t scratch or wear out. You can listen to it anywhere.

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

Personally, I have played in CBGB’s in New York and have a live Album from the gig. But that was with my other band.

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

No idea, genuinely no idea!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ade Edmondson, Bruce Dickinson, David Attenborough, Dara Ó Briain, Professor Brian Cox!

What’s next for the band?

Small Tour in Scotland to finish the year, some festivals in 2020 and recording a new album!

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

https://www.facebook.com/medusatouch
https://twitter.com/MedusaTouch1
https://www.instagram.com/medusatouchrocks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I don’t like chocolate so no problem!

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

Look out for us in Scotland in the last part of 2019, hopefully see you soon in 2020. Oh, and buy the album and enjoy singing along at the gigs!

 

Medusa Touch

 

 

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