Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip

Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 32:42
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

One of the best things about the Brown Acid series is imagining the alternate reality where these songs, long forgotten in the mists of rock’n’roll legend, actually attained the success so many of them deserve. A world where these long-lost bands are as equally revered as BÖC, Grand Funk or the MC5. The same world, probably, where Lemmy’s still alive, Trump never got near the White House and the last Star Wars film came out in 1983.

But maybe that’s just me. What I do know, is that the Brown Acid series from RidingEasy Records offers up another batch of ten proto heavy rockers that have been excavated from the depths of memory and given new purpose. Lovingly curated and nursed back to life; then unleashed upon a musical landscape that didn’t know it needed the songs, but by Jimi – we’re thankful for them.

The first track on this compilation, ‘Something Else’ by Adam Wind, didn’t flip my switch much at first. After a couple of plays, however, the Hendrix style guitar frenzy did the trick. Then the marvellously named Grump rock out with ‘I’ll Give You Love’, reminiscent of the mighty Steppenwolf with skronky organs and scratchy guitar.

‘Diamond Lady’ from Larry Lynn is a fantastic punchy, psychedelic number. Then midway through the album, we get ‘In Wyrd’ by Renaissance Fare. This track sounds like the Doors being particularly annoying when they’re on the wrong drugs. Thankfully, at under 3 minutes, it avoids some of Jimbo and pals’ lengthier exasperations; it’s the only challenge on an otherwise album of rock’n’roll killers.

My highlight of the collection is ‘Just Can’t Say’ by Day Break – a boogie influenced groover with desert rock swagger. Debb Johnson contribute ‘Dancing In The Ruin’, which packs Stax style brass to great effect, and finally Crazy Jerry rounds things off with the riff-tastic ‘Every Girl Gets One’.

The Eleventh Trip in this series continues to surprise and entertain. It’s a compilation that’s so solid you’d need a forklift to move it. Dig out your flares and love beads, heat up the lava lamp – it’s party time again!

By the way, I invented the term “skronky organs” and I’m trademarking it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Adam Wind – Something Else
02. Grump – I’ll Give You Love
03. Bagshot Row – Turtle Wax Blues
04. Larry Lynn – Diamond Lady
05. Renaissance Fair – In Wyrd
06. Zendik – Mom’s Apple Pie Boy
07. Day Break – Just Can’t Say
08. West Minist’r – I Want You
09. Debb Johnson – Dancing in the Ruin
10. Crazy Jerry – Every Girl Gets One

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INTERVIEW WITH 7 STONE RIOT

INTERVIEW WITH 7 STONE RIOT
‘Enhancing your quality of life with new single MANIPULATION’!
By Stephanie Stevens

Step into the new era of Birmingham, Alabama’s 7 Stone Riot. A band who is unleashing the darker side of rock on their new single ‘Manipulation’, a track significantly mesmerising and melodically haunting with tons of heavier overtones. I was honestly blown away from the growth in sound these guys have created vs. Their old EP “Scratching The Surface”.

The band, brothers Whit Millsap – Vocals, Tyler Millsap – Bass and Todd Millsap – Guitar, along with Reid Aldridge – Guitar and Skyler McCain – Drums started in 2012 as a cover band which helped them find the path to songwriting that they then applied to 7 Stone Riot’s sound. The newest single ‘Manipulation’ is about how we all are manipulated by something whether we believe it or not. The steady flow, heavy power and delicate melody is going to unite music fans of all genres.

Visually, the guys brought even more life to the song as the video is haunting, dark and phantom like, as you watch the “demons” seduce and manipulate and the evocative storyline embeds your thoughts. The growth I see in this band already is making me believe that they are ones to keep your eye on as we roll into 2021.

I had a chance to speak with vocalist Whit Millsap about creating their sound, the unique recording process for the track ’Manipulation’, his biggest role model and what they worked on to get better at as we all went through the chaos of what we called the year 2020.

Q: I love seeing you family as a band. Did you all fall for the music bug around the same time and how did that surface for 7 stone riot?

Whit Millsap: We grew up around music all our lives. Our grandmother was a singer in New Orleans in the 60’s. Our mom was a country singer in the late 90’s early 2000;s where she had a song on the billboard country charts. It took us a little longer to start playing instruments, I was 18 when I got my first guitar and Tyler was 16, but the first day we got them we thought maybe we should do something with this.

Q: You have two other members also in the band. When searching for people to round out the band what were you looking for in musicians to come into this brotherhood?

Whit Millsap: I and Reid played high school baseball together, so we knew each other but we didn’t know music was a big part of our lives. When I first started playing live music, I was doing acoustic covers and Reid saw one of my videos posted on Facebook and sent me a message asking me if I wanted to come and jam sometime. I and Tyler went over there a couple of days later and from that day we decided we should give the band thing a shot.

Q: You guys also worked in an industry where you were around music in a live setting. Tell us how that impacted the business with the artistry of your band?

Whit Millsap: Working for All Events has been one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever worked. It has taught us a lot about running live sound, putting on a lights show, and how to act as a band when you get to those big festival-style shows. We work with a group of amazing sound guys who have helped us understand what each button and knob does on the soundboard so when we get to ours, we can set it up just like we want it. This job it’s given us some close friendships with some great sound guys so whenever we have a show and one of them doesn’t have a gig, they will go with us to our show and run our sound, which is nice.

Q: What is the hardest thing about creating a signature sound for your band when you are surrounded by so many influential role models that you grew up listening to?

Whit Millsap: We don’t think creating our own sound is hard with all the influences. We think all of our different influences is what gives us our sound. We all like different styles of rock music. I tend to lean towards the 90’s rock with bands like Tool, Alice In Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots. I love bands with good melodies, so I also tend to listen to bands such as 3 Doors Down and Matchbox 20. Reid is a fan of the heavier side of music with bands like Sevendust, Tremonti, and Korn. Tyler is a fan of the progressive style with bands like Tesseract, Monuments, and Karnivool. Todd likes it all anywhere from the Weekend to Meshuggah. Skylar is your typical drummer and loves the bands Vinnie Paul, Chris Adler, Shannon Larkin, Jeremy Spencer, and Mike Portnoy are in. I feel like when you mix all of those bands you come up with our sound.

Q: You just released a brand-new song called ‘Manipulation’. An intense word with meaning. What projected the song for you to take this shape lyrically?

Whit Millsap: When you sit back and really think about it everyone is manipulated by something. That’s why everyone has different beliefs. Everyone is pressured into doing things whether you want to do it or not, so you’re manipulated into feeling hate for something or love for something. If someone were to live my life and go through all of my manipulations, they would have the same views just like if I lived someone else’s life, I would probably have totally different views on things. So, in the end we’re all the same, we just have been through different manipulations that have given us the views that we have.

Q: The new song also takes a darker approach musically for you guys do you feel this is the real sound and feel of 7 Stone Riot?

Whit Millsap: We feel like this is the start of the real sound of 7 Stone Riot. We did this song differently than anything else we’ve written. Before we would split up and say each person write their part and then we would come back together and make it a song. With ‘Manipulation’, each person gave their opinion on every part of this song. I feel like this is the approach we will be taking for every song we write now because it really helped fine-tune each part of the song. The melody and lyrics were totally different at the start of this song than it is now because once we all got together and put different ideas into the melodies and lyrics it really started taking a different life that we all loved. Once we changed the melody it opened up even more ideas for the instruments which were really cool to do.

Q: Can you talk about the DIY approach you took for recording the new song and after all was said and done, it turns out it’s one of your favourite sounding songs. What do you think it was that made it more sacred to you?

Whit Millsap: With everything getting locked down at the beginning of the year we felt like this would be the perfect opportunity to release something new. None of the studios were open so what we did was turn our guitar player Reid Aldridge’s garage into a studio. We had a ton of moving blankets, so we created a vocal booth made out of moving blankets plywood and pipping. After that, we then spent some money on some professional mics so we could still get that studio-quality sound out of our recordings. We were able to record every instrument inside the vocal booth we made and to our surprise sounded just like what it would have sounded like if we went to the studio. When we were done with all of the recordings, we sent it to our producer Ken Lanyon who would give us different ideas to do and when that was done, he mixed and mastered it. We were really surprised at how it sounded considering we recorded this all in a garage.

Q: How important to you is “performing” the song be it video or live show and do you feel you can get more of the story out in this way rather than just having fans sit home and listen?

Whit Millsap: I feel like with a video you get a lot more emotion out of the song. With the video, we kinda left it up to the viewer to make their own assumption about what it means. Everyone in the band has different views on what the video is meaning which is what we were going after.

Q: Some bands feel that singles are the way to go since the music industry has changed a bit. What do you feel about that vs full length and where does your band stand on this topic?

Whit Millsap: We all kinda feel like releasing singles is the way to go right now. Recording full-length albums with a professional sound to it takes so much money these days that it’s hard to do that without being signed to a label. With all the advantages we have these days with social media you don’t necessarily need a record label to get noticed you just need a song that catches everyone’s attention.

Q: What is the one thing you worked on in 2020 through this chaos, be it musically or personally, that you have enhanced, or have you learned something new?

Whit Millsap: One of the things we did was upgrade our equipment. Our main goal is to give a professional sounding performance and to do that you have to have the right equipment. We also took a few weeks to ourselves and not thought about anything musical for those few weeks. After those few weeks, we got back together, and our creative mindsets were a lot better so taking a little bit of time off is always a good thing to do.

Q: Who would you consider your biggest role model that has made you the man/musician you are today and why have they?

Whit Millsap: To me, I’m going to have to with Garth Brooks. When I was 3 years old back when he was taking over the world, I was his biggest fan. I used to dress up like him and run around the living room pretending I was him during a concert while a videotape of his concert played on the tv. I knew all his movements on stage and what he was going to say to the crowd. Once I saw him perform and the reaction he would get out of a crowd I always wanted to do what he does.

Q: What do you hope people walk away with after being introduced to 7 Stone Riot?

Whit Millsap: We hope that people really enjoy the messages we’re trying to say with our music. Our messages tend to be uplifting by saying we’re all going through things; you just have to fight through all the bad and you’ll end up where you want to be.

The End

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

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EMQ’s with TEMPLE

EMQ’s with TEMPLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gävle, Sweden based Heavy Rock/Doom band Temple. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Otto Molim 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 Otto Molim and I sing and play guitar in the band Temple.

How did you come up with your band name?

In 2015 I drank a beer from TEMPEL Brygghus in Uppsala, they have a very nice logo and I thought I should start a band called Temple. I looked around a bit but did not find a band with that name right then.

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

I’m from a city in Sweden called Gävle, a few years ago there was a very good music scene here. But the years have slowly but surely drained the city and made it more difficult for the rock scene. We ran a club called KLUBB FUZZ where we booked bands like Windhand, Monolord, Skraeckoedlan, Truckfighters etc. But the neighbours to the restaurant thought it was too loud, so we had to move to a larger restaurant and then it no longer worked. So boring. But I have heard that a new stage will be started where rock / metal bands can play…we can all hope that it works better this time and that the audience does not disappoint.

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

We just released a single at Bandcamp. It is called ‘Funeral Planet’ and is the title track from our upcoming album which will be released on November 25 this year.

https://templefuzz.bandcamp.com/track/funeral-planet-2

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m a big fan of Deftones. I get a lot of inspiration from listening to their music, I love the feeling in their songs and Chino’s vocals are fantastic.

What first got you into music?

Somewhere in middle school. We had a music teacher Svempa, who liked rock. We got to try a lot of different instruments and listen to many different styles of music. I fell in love with the guitar, but he thought I should give the drums a try. So, I started playing drums and some guitar on the side. We started our first punk band in the beginning of high school called Adrenaline. We mostly played Ebba Grön and Nirvana songs.

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

We booked Windhand for KLUBB FUZZ in April 2014. They were so kind and super easy to have and work with. They seemed genuinely happy to come and play with us in little Gävle. That’s when a seed was sown in me, to play slower doomier music. And the sound, absolutely wonderful. It would be fun to meet them again and play together.

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

Maybe Psycho Las Vegas, they book really good bands. And it has always been a dream to go around North America and play.

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

Nothing strange yet, but there may be something richly shady in the future, who knows?

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

Have the strength to last another month, we have had a really good spread and there is a lot of talk about the record all around. Unfortunately, it has been delayed at the printing house due to the pandemic, and that is why we set a fairly late release date even though the album was ready since June. So, hold on, it’s here soon.

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

Layne Staley (Alice In Chains).

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

I love creating music and playing in the studio. The worst thing is to have control over everything around the music. So, we really hope we can find management and booking companies to help us with this so we can focus on playing.

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

More opportunities to go around and play live, even as a small band that has just started. And that large events dare to book smaller artists and give them the chance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“White Pony” by Deftones.

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

All the ways that make it possible to listen to music are good. The important thing is that everyone should have the same opportunity to take part in what is out there.

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

The last gig with Silver Devil at the slaughterhouse in Stockholm on June 5, 2019. It really felt good.

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

Studio technician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

First, we will get the album out on November 25th. Then right now we are practicing full time so that we will be ready to play live when the pandemic is over. We also have plans to release a new single in 2021.

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

www.linktr.ee/TempleFuzz

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never tried one, but it still feels like a biscuit.

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

Thank you yourself!

Just to persevere. Everything passes with time and then we will be seen out on the live stage. We will be ready…will you?

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EMQ’s with SWAMP THIEF

EMQ’s with SWAMP THIEF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swansea, South Wales based Heavy Rock band Swamp Thief. Huge thanks to drummer Marc Lockwood 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?

Marc Lockwood. I play drums for Swamp Thief. We formed in 2018 as a two piece. Myself and Simon Bevan (vocals / guitar / bass) have been playing together in bands for over 20 years. We formed Swamp Thief after a year or two of experimenting with the guitar, to get the sound of a 4-piece band through 1 guitar and drums. We were thinking of White Stripes, but without losing the low end – keeping the bass sound was pretty crucial. We pretty much had to invent our own way of achieving this.

How did you come up with your band name?

We needed a name that summed up our sound – thick and sludgy. Swamp was the best word we came up with (‘treacle’ was another contender, but sounded too glam and 70’s!). We saw ‘Dream Thief’ somewhere, and liked the word Thief. We put swamp and thief together, and hey presto!

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

Swansea, South Wales, UK. It’s pretty rich in terms of the kind of music we’re doing. Acrimony are from the area – they were early pioneers of the doomy, stonery sound. You’ve got bands like Sigiriya, Suns of Thunder, Prosperina and Heavy on the Ride in the scene right now, who are all awesome.

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

EP – “Swamp Thief I”

Full EP

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kyuss, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, and of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

Metallica, and the sound of a distorted guitar.

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

It’d be pretty sweet to have John Garcia or Neil Fallon doing some guest vocals!

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

Download UK – it’s the crème de la crème for UK heavy music.

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

Money – still find it bizarre that someone would pay for our music! In an awesome way though.

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

We’re absolutely humbled and honoured that anyone would consider us worthy to listen to, so thank you!

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

None. When our heroes pass on, it passes the torch to the younger bands. Their legacy should remain as it is, for future generations to enjoy. Bringing someone back would tarnish their legacy. If John Bonham came back (probably who I would choose), Led Zeppelin’s legend would change (for example).

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

Love jamming with my buddy – it’s like a form of meditation when you get in the zone. Creating and writing music is the best.

Hate carrying heavy equipment, especially as there’s only 2 of us! And not being able to finish a song. Tides took about 20 years to finish!

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

More money for musicians for it to be a more stable career. The internet has democratised music to some extent, but streaming revenue is a pittance unless you’re towards the top of the pile.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Down – “NOLA”.

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

Downloads – portability and flexibility. I loved doing mix tapes growing up, so infinite playlists are right up my street.

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

We played a gig with our former band, Uberchop, with Recluse and Atomck in Swansea. We opened, but there was a wicked crowd who got into us without ever hearing us properly before. That was pretty sweet.

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

Music fan!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing music once a year, 4 to 6 tracks per release. Playing some festivals and releasing some vinyl would be pretty cool too.

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

www.swampthief.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3raxMMFMU2kG9nrAWTSwMJ
www.music.apple.com/gb/album/i-ep/1536812958
www.facebook.com/swampthief/
www.instagram.com/swampthiefband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes of course.

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Helix – Eat Sleep Rock

Helix – Eat Sleep Rock
Perris Records
Release Date: 04/09/2020
Running Time: 45:34
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

I’ve made the difficult decision today to take a break from progressive metal…Don’t worry, it’s only for the day! Because sometimes Sundays just call for a bit of good, honest, salt of the earth, hard rock, right?! Today’s listening pleasure is sponsored by old-school Canadian hard rockers, Helix, in the shape of their new album, “Eat Sleep Rock”.

This album is a compilation of the bands favourite songs recorded since their departure from Capitol/EMI back in 1990. (Yes, that is 3 decades ago, and yes you are, like me, getting very, very old. Eesh! 30 damn years, where the hell did that go?!) But as an added bonus, alongside some timeless classics, this album also offers two previously unreleased tracks, the title track, and ‘The Story Of Helix’, which opens the album.

And what a way to open an album it is. In a style akin to the ever popular ‘Tribute’ (originally performed by Tenacious D, but subsequently murdered millions of times over in every Karaoke bar globally), this track is an hilarious spoken word piece, set to music, and interspersed with musical fills at just the right points. It summarises the story of the journey that Helix have been on, over nearly half a century, into a neatly packaged 7 and a half minutes! And it’s funny as hell! I did some proper belly laughing at it! I would recommend that anyone who held the 90’s music scene in any level of contempt have a listen to this track. You’ll sympathize with it!

Following the amusing start, Helix get back to business in ‘Eat Sleep Rock’, the album’s title track. It’s just great, solid, hard rock. And that, my friends, really is all you need quite a lot of the time. Think Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, and AC/DC, and you’re on the right tracks. It’s written and performed to be tight and no nonsense, and when you listen to it, it’s completely impossible not to tap your toes and nod your head. And I’ve discovered, when you’re writing, it’s also impossible to stop yourself writing in time to the music, too.

The album continues in this way throughout. Just tune after tune of great hard rock. Superb solos, metronomic drumming, classic rock vocals – clean, but with just enough grit to give them edge, big riffs, and driving bass lines. It’s music for a road trip. Or music to shoot some pool and drink liquor to, and I love it.

I don’t have a favourite track on this album, as the whole thing just puts you in a great mood. There’s no way I could single out one track that does that more than the others. Everything is written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered to perfection. But this is to be expected, as these guys are all seasoned professionals, and they’ve used some of the cream of the crop to take care of mixing and mastering, too. There isn’t a single thing that I would change, or that has irritated me, about this album, which is rare, because I’m a fussy cow!!

Ok, I’ll level with you. If you’re looking for explorations of new and Avant Garde sounds, you should probably move along. But if you want to be immersed in some proper ROCK, then get stuck into this bad boy, because you won’t be disappointed!

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Story Of Helix (Unreleased)
02. Eat Sleep Rock (Unreleased)
03. Shock City Psycho Rock
04. Wrecking Ball
05. I’m A Live Frankenstein
06. Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Hometown)
07. Cyber Space Girl
08. When The Bitters Got The Better Of You
09. The Tequila Song
10. (Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead
11. The Devil Is Having A Party Tonight

LINE-UP:
Brian Vollmer – Lead Vocals
Daryl Gray – Bass & Keyboard Programming
Greg “Fritz” Hinz – Drums
Kaleb Duck – Guitar
Chris Julke – Guitar

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EMQ’s With HOLY DEATH TRIO

EMQ’s With HOLY DEATH TRIO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Corpus Christi, Texas based Heavy Rock band Holy Death Trio. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist John and bassist Jon 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?

John and Jon here from Holy Death Trio. John plays guitar and sings and Jon plays bass, I know it’s a bit confusing with the John and Jon thing, but we’re used to it at this point.

We’re a fairly new band that started in 2019. All of us have played in bands around Texas for a while and we decided to take the “heavy rock/stoner rock” path as a direction that we would like to evolve in. We used to play everything from Blues and Funk to Punk Rock and Jam Band stuff but now we’re primarily playing Dark and Dirty Heavy Rock-N-Roll.

How did you come up with your band name?

We have kind of a sick fascination with death and Santa Muerte. It just felt quite fitting to go with being a power trio and raised in South Texas. I’m also obsessed with candles and pagan rituals, so the theme fits the band well. Jon rides motorcycles so Skulls and Santa Muerte are a common theme in that lifestyle.

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

We’re currently located in Austin, Texas and as far the “Metal” scene goes, there really isn’t one. Austin has always seemed to support the whole Garage Rock and Psychedelia genre. Pretty much anything Levitation puts on their festival will get a music scene around Doom, Stoner Rock, Psych, Garage, Shoe Gaze and all that jazz always gets a lot or attention. SXSW brings “Stoner jam” along with a lot of other stoner and doom shows. It’s definitely a hot spot for local and touring bands.

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

We’re about to release a series of singles starting in October. The first one is a heavy hitter called ‘Bad Vibrations. that’s meant to push the limits of what we’ve heard in our genre. We really wanted to fill in the gaps with a sound that isn’t commonly heard in Stoner Rock but still has all the elements that you’d want in a Stoner Band (Riffs, Raging Guitar Solos, Driving Bass with Balls, Fucking Animal on the drums and a head banging groove)

‘Bad Vibrations’

Available on all streaming platforms

Who have been your greatest influences?

John: Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix are the top two but there’s nothing more influential than our own Texas Legends like ZZ TOP, Christian Bland, Amplified Heat. And of course, our song writing would be nothing without The Beatles and Motorhead.

Jon: Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorious, Sting, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Roger Waters.

What first got you into music?

Tony Hawk Pro Skater! And then going to my first skate parking and seeing “nofx” spray-painted on the half pipes.

Jon’s mom was really into the club scene, so she was always listening to a lot of Motown, Funk and Disco stuff.

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

We have a song we want to collab with Christian Bland from the Black Angles. I don’t see that as a goal that’s too far away. But we definitely want to write a song and have our brother from San Antonio, Jason Kane sing on it, he’s probably one of the best singers in Texas maybe even the nation. Our dream would be to do a song with Dave Grohl on the drums, that dude seems like he would be a lot of fun to jam with.

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

Psycho Las Vegas all day! We were actually the original film crew for the recap video of the first year at the hard rock with Alice Cooper and Electric Wizard. That’s just straight up our style of heavy rock debauchery.

Other than that, Monolith on the Mesa for sure! That place is magical AF. Maryland Doom Fest. Desert Fest across the pond. And pretty much any festival that caters to heavy rock and stoner rock, we will 100 percent make a statement and put on an unforgettable performance.

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

Probably some fruity drink or whole ass pineapple.

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

“Be Excellent to each other”

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

Selena Quintanilla, She didn’t deserve to die like that.

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

We enjoy the challenge of getting up on a stage and performing a song that was created inside your head and playing it in a way that makes the audience feel something. Also meeting new people is awesome, some of our best friends were met at a random show.

Jon hates how expensive bass strings are.

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

It seems that image overtakes ability nowadays. It would be nice to see that change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The B-52’s first album

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

Digital Downloads of the masters are the best quality for sure. I prefer to hear the low end and all the frequencies. 360 Reality Audio sound is the future! If you haven’t tried it, look into it! Vinyl is cool too, but they lack the full production quality. But Cassettes are most common around us because that’s all that our tour van can play.

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

John: I opened up for the Misfits when I was 15 to a crowd of 1500. That was nuts but for holy death trio it was definitely with Mothership in Deep Ellum at the beginning of the year. Dallas is one of the best cities to play in and damn did that crown make us feel like we were at home!

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

John: I’d probably have my black belt in Jiu Jitsu by now. Most likely be opening my own dojo at some point and training killers.

Jon: Probably get a real Job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy, Danny Trejo, Elon Musk, David Blaine, Snoop Dogg.

What’s next for the band?

Music Videos. Album Release. Clothing Line. TV Series.

Hopefully, a sold-out tour next year.

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

Instagram seems to work best for us.
www.instagram.com/holydeathtrio/

Plus:
www.holydeathtrio.com/
www.facebook.com/HolyDeathTrio/
www.twitter.com/holydeathtrio
www.open.spotify.com/artist/30DhC9iaCRS9mKtypZNONn
www.youtube.com/channel/UC9sAtvwv7tOQvxBHFzPmY_Q

Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III

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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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