Black Alice – Sons Of Steel

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Black Alice – Sons Of Steel
Karthago Records
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Running Time: 54:20
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

This is my review of the Remastered album “Sons Of Steel” by Australian Old-School Heavy Metal/Heavy Rock band Black Alice. When I saw that it was originally released in 1988, the year I was born, it made me even more intrigued to have this opportunity to write about it. This is the first time I have heard the band and I can’t tell you how much of an honour it has been to have the chance to review such an Old-School band. Just so everyone knows, when I say the term “Old-School” what I mean is that they have the same kind of sound as Rock/Metal legends AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath of which I am a huge fan of as I grew up listening to them.

First and foremost listening to these guys really takes me back to when I was younger, with the radio on rocking along to the legends and every time I have listened to “Sons Of Steel” it has been with a smile on my face! Everything about this album, the instrumentation, awesome guitar riffs and smooth vocals has been a beautiful experience. This album has lifted my spirits when there have been times I have felt down. I love it when music does this!

I’m not sure how this remaster compares to the original but the passion and dedication of Scott Johnston (Drums), Andy Cichon (Bass), Jamie Page (Guitars) and Rob Hartley (Vocals) shines through. That also goes for guest vocalist Jeff Dunn who appears on the track ‘The Burn’. “Sons Of Steel” was originally released in very small numbers so almost no-one has heard it. Well it has been a joy to listen to and I will continue to return to it!

Now comes the hard part of any review and that is the rating. My favourite song on “Sons Of Steel” is the title track. From a good intro to a great up-tempo track with really good vocals this is probably the song I have listened to most. As for the album itself well I have to give it 9/10. Great band, amazing album and I definitely suggest checking Black Alice out if you get the opportunity because you won’t regret it!

I’d like to thank the band, Karthago Records for releasing a rarely heard gem of an album and to Ever Metal for giving me the chance to review “Sons Of Steel” Check out the links below!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Something In The Air
02. Sons Of Steel
03. There’s Hope
04. Hard Lover
05. You And Me (Bonus Track)
06. Fighting For You
07. Mr. System
08. I’m With You
09. The Burn (Bonus Track)
10. Reck
11. Walk In The Blues
12. The Burn (instrumental)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/BlackAliceband/
http://www.sonsofsteel.rocks/band-news.html

 

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EMQ’s with TANITH

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EMQ’s with TANITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York Heavy Rock/Classic Metal band Tanith! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Cindy Maynard 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?

Cindy Maynard, Bass guitar and vocals. Tanith started in 2017 when Russ Tippins and I decided we wanted to do original music together with a band based out of Brooklyn, NY. We got in touch with our friends Charlie and Keith, and started sorting out a couple of songs which we recorded that November. The music is 100% analogue from recording to mixing to mastering right to the vinyl. We self-financed the release of those songs on a 7”. That went down really well and we got a lot of good feedback, so we just kept going with new material. Pretty soon we had a full length album. That’s when Metal Blade got in touch.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tanith is a character in an old Hammer movie called “The Devil Rides Out”. We liked the sound of her name and also the imagery and symbolism associated with the deity Tanith- the Phoenician Goddess of war and fertility!

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

I am from the US and I live in Brooklyn, NY. We have a small scene here but it has kind of dispersed over the last few years. The shows are a fewer and farther between nowadays. I’m talking about bands that play the old school kind of metal I listen to- there are plenty of metal bands around just not the kind I can speak to. Every now and then there will be a great show that a lot of people will come out to, and most of us know each other. A lot of people in the scene seem to find a way to be involved in some way too, whether it be as musicians, artists, photographers etc. which is really cool.

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

Our latest single is called ‘Under The Stars’ and you can listen online at Metal Blade Records.
https://www.metalblade.com/tanith/

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many great bass players but I really like John Paul Jones, Steve Harris, and Andy Fraser for the ultimate musical inspiration and technique, then Francis Buchholz, Joe Bouchard and Greg Lindstrom for their really cool lines. Carol Kaye was also a big deal as she showed me how to play a big bass with my small hands. For vocals, probably Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper, although early on my favourite singers were guys like Paul Rogers and Klaus Meine.

What first got you into music?

The radio; I listened to everything on the radio and would tape record it and then play it back to write down the lyrics to songs until I knew them all. So I was always fascinated with singing. I didn’t start playing an instrument until pretty late however.

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

Uh, I’m already collaborating with Russ Tippins so I’d say that’s pretty amazing! Really it’s a thrill making music with him. As far as other bands, I do think Black Magic is amazing and it would be very cool to do something with them.

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

To be honest, I haven’t been to a ton of festivals and really I just hit the small ones with bands I really want to see, so I don’t know much about the bigger ones in Europe. It’s an honour to play any festival, but I’d say Keep It True is on my bucket list because they have such great fans who love the music, they keep it old school and have great quality bands all round.

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

Well once I got an oversized XL pale blue t-shirt in the mail in an unmarked envelope that said “One of the top 10 best bass players” in a fancy black cursive script. It was definitely an odd thing to get. Like I was going to walk around town wearing this dress of a t-shirt blowing my own horn haha! I never found out who sent it. If anyone else wants to send me a shirt though, I’m a size small by the way. 😉

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

We love our fans! Thanks for all the support, the comments and the messages! We are excited every time someone takes time to write to us and especially fans who come to see us play live.

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

Phil Lynott of course!

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

I like creating music with a group of great people, hearing the fruits of our hard work on a recording, and playing live to our fans. Sometimes the administrative aspect is a real time suck and gets in the way of feeling creative. Oh man and booking shows is something I try to have other people do at all costs!

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

I’m just learning about all this, but I would say artists need more money through the industry to make doing what they love more doable. So better royalties, advances, and tour support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This question is tough! How can I name just one? There’s so many great records. Ok, “Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest. Absolute masterpiece, it’s so varied and huge.

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

When my record player is working properly, vinyl. The big artwork and tactile experience of interacting with the record are ideal. Cassettes are also great and really fun on car trips. Downloads are convenient when you don’t have the music or players for the first two methods.

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

The Frost and Fire festival in 2018 was a blast. Great crowd, great fest!

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

Taking better care of my plants…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Uh…I could have a David party I suppose. So David Gilmour; David Bowie; David Wayne and…Larry David haha, with a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, just because I love Ozzy. That would be an interesting mix of thoughtful, godly, badass, confrontational and off the wall.

What’s next for the band?

We have a full length release called “In Another Tim”’ (which came out on May 24th on Metal Blade Records). And will play a special NY record release show before heading over to Sweden to play the Muskelrock festival in Tyrolen. This Fall, we hope to do a full tour in the US and in Europe. Stay tuned!

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

https://tanithnyc.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC/
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whoa I just bought some of these for the first time a couple of days ago. A biscuit I’d guess since it looks like a cookie and British people call cookies biscuits. Although it is made of sponge cake…hmm (scratches head)…

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

Thank you so much. This was fun. Cheers!

 

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I,Assassin – I,Assassin EP

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I,Assassin – I,Assassin EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/05/2018
Running Time: 19:01
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7/10

I,Assassin are a 4-piece heavy rock outfit from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, forming in 2016 from the ashes of two ill-fated bands. The band is the “coming together of four distinctly different individuals unified under a single vision,” and that is to create and perform outstanding and infectious original rock music. They perform whenever and wherever they can until either, and in their words, “the wheels fall off or they achieve world domination!

With an old-school classic rocker on guitar, a hair metalist on bass, a pop-punk drummer and a metalcore singer, and influences so broad and diverse, it’s impossible to pinpoint their sound (which, to me, is always a good thing!) but they guarantee it “will be loud, it will be fast, and it will leave you with a grin from ear to ear.”

After perfecting their undefinable sound, they made their live debut in March 2017, to instant praise and acclaim, and a strong debut year followed. They performed as finalists in both the Metallum and Soundwaves competitions, and played numerous blistering headlining shows across the West Midlands, building themselves a name as one of the best live unsigned bands in the country.

This EP is a sonic juggernaut, full of big riffs, soaring choruses and a fist pumping drive, and their diversity is definitely one of their strengths. From the groove and presence of opening track ‘Survival’, to the fast and frantic ‘The Horde’, to the classic rock ballad of ‘Another Feeling’ and, finally, to the dynamic closer ‘Anthem’ this EP has a little bit of everything. ‘The Horde’ has been played on BBC Radio, and they have also been interviewed on BBC Radio in Shropshire.

I really did like this EP. At four tracks long and lasting just over nineteen minutes, it packs a lot into such a short space of time. The guitars are heavy yet melodic and the singer’s voice is actually quite unique. There is a bit of a drone to it that gives the lyrics personality and, mixed with the growls that sneak in every now and then, it makes for some powerful stuff.

As previously mentioned, each track on this EP is different from the last and this is where the band’s diversity shines through. They can write and perform a power ballad magnificently, yet at the same time produce a balls in your face metal track.

I hope the appeal of this band starts to spread further afield than the West Midlands as I would love to see them perform in London or the surrounding area sometime soon.

Keep up the good work boys! Next stop, an album??

TRACKLISTING:
1 Survival
2 The Horde
3 Another Feeling
4 Anthem

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/iassassinband/

https://www.instagram.com/iassassinband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRXQ1hj5I2CqfFVkFjH49Qw

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Party Of The Sin – Party Of The Sin

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Party Of The Sin – Party Of The Sin
Independent
Release Date: 2017
Running Time: 49:46
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Before I crack on with the review of this album, I would just like to thank the band for their amazing patience in waiting for this. At Ever Metal, we receive hundreds of albums to review and, still only being quite small, we cannot review everything. That being said, we promised these guys we would take a listen to their album and we always try to deliver on our promises.

I received the album a good few weeks ago but, due to personal circumstances and illness, it took me a while to get around to actually listening to it. And boy, should I have done it sooner!

Party Of The Sin are a Chilean band from Santiago and, to be honest, that is about the extent of my knowledge of them. I spent ages scouring the internet looking for information and there really is not much to find! Is this a band who like to keep themselves to themselves or are they SO new, that even the internet doesn’t know much about them? Whichever is the case, this is a band who should be promoting themselves EVERYWHERE and getting their name out to the many people who have yet to hear about them.

From the very first track, single ‘Explode’ I loved this album, and near on two weeks in my car is testament to that. Their Facebook page states they are “psychedelic Anglo rock” but this is not something I would necessarily agree with. Why we are still in an age where we must categorise and pigeon-hole music I don’t know, but seeing as we are, I really don’t know where they would be placed on the rock / metal spectrum.

At first, they come across as a rock band, in the vein of Def Leppard or Inglorious or Alterbridge. But after a while, you can also hear a hint of grunge creeping in. I was big into the grunge era in the early 90’s, and I can definitely hear influences from bands such as Pearl Jam, who were one of my favourites. Whether this was done deliberately I don’t know but it seems to work.

This is a band who are full of talent and really should be heard by a lot more people, which is where me and my review come in! If I can turn one more person onto their music, then I have done my job!

The band is made up of four guys and they are shown on their Facebook in the following manner: Crazy Drums – Pablo Stagnaro, Groovy Bass Guitar – Zack Arnstein, Magic Lead Guitar – Fernando Cordero and Emotional Vocals – Gabriel Sara, and I can’t personally think of a better way to describe them! Each one has something unique to bring to the table and together they mix extremely well, almost sounding as if they have been playing together for many years.

The album has a bit of a feel-good vibe to it. In terms of originality it doesn‘t bring anything new and much of it has, and to coin an over-used phrase, already “been done before!” BUT how many bands these days actually come up with anything totally original. These guys play great music, and they love what they do! They are passionate, ambitious and, above all, they believe in themselves! In this day and age, with too many bands being shot down before they have even started, to see a band who believe in what they can do, and seemingly not giving a stuff what anyone else thinks, is great.

Right from the offset, I was always going to give this album an 8 out of 10. I love the mix of rock songs with the more ballady types (I’ve always been a sucker for a ballad) and there really is not a bad song on the album (again, I know that is probably another over-used cliché.) Stand out songs for me also happen to be the singles released, ‘Another Sun’, ‘Explode’ and my absolute favourite on the album ‘My Head.’

But, after a few run throughs though, I changed this to a 9 out of 10. I loved it right from the start, but it grew on me a LOT more too, and no doubt, it might have even made its way up to nearly a 10 (and I don’t give those out that often!)

If you have never heard of these guys before, please go out and give this an album a listen. You will not be disappointed!

TRACKLIST:
01 Explode
02 She Stole
03 My Head
04 One Way Love
05 Another Sun (Short Version)
06 Falls
07 Live Forever
08 Celebration
09 Streets Of Man
10 Weaker
11 Another Sun

SOCIAL MEDIA:
http://www.partyofthesin.com/
https://www.facebook.com/partyofthesin

https://www.instagram.com/partyofthesin/

http://invocation.co/show/performer/party-of-the-sin
https://www.youtube.com/PartyOfTheSin

 

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