Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos

Handled With Chaos Album Cover Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘S.N.O.T.’ (Official Video)

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

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

LINKS:

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

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ForeignWolf – Your Weapons, Your Words EP

Your Weapons, Your Words EP Cover Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘No Limit’ (Official Video)

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

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

LINKS:

ForeignWolf Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with PECULIAR THREE

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EMQ’s with PECULIAR THREE

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

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

Hi Rick and thanks for having us!

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Caliban’s End’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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Photo by Sotiris Kotsonis

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EMQ’s with ROVAR

EMQ’s with ROVAR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Münster, Germany based Heavy Rock Trio Rovar. Huge thanks to Luca, Paul & Bennet for taking part.

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

I´m Luca! I play guitar and I am also the singer.

My name is Paul. I am the bassist.

Hi, I’m Bennet and play drums!

We are a heavy rock trio called ROVAR. Luca and Paul were playing together in the blues rock band “Square Heads” before, but were looking for a new drummer since their former drummer had left the band. Luca knew Bennet from some past projects and asked him to come around for a jam session with Paul. We discovered there’s a great chemistry between us – musically as well as personally – so Bennet decided to join and a new trio was born. First, we continued to play gigs under the name “Square Heads” but, when we started writing new songs together, we soon realised that we were headed in a quite different direction than before. Also because of Bennet’s new influence, our new stuff turned out to be much more energetic and our blues roots became less apparent. So, we decided to make a fresh start. Our self-titled EP released in July 2019 marks the starting point for ROVAR.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a sign plate that Luca stumbled upon on a trip in the Czech Republic. After searching for a band name for almost half a year Luca texted us a picture of it and it said “ROVA”. We agreed to just put an extra “R” behind it and it was decided at that very moment.

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

We are from Münster, where we have a small but nice rock scene with a few live venues. We love to play live shows at clubs like Rare Guitar and Sputnik Café and get up close with our audience.

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

Our new single ‘THIRST’ was released on November 27th!

‘Thirst’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Luca and Paul are heavily influenced by 70’s and 90’s rock, whereas Bennet brought in some new emo and alternative influences.

What first got you into music?

Luca: My grandfather gave me a harp when I was a little kid and we played some melodies together.

Paul: My dad used to play cassettes of Deep Purple and would drum on the table with his hands to it. He also recorded a lot of 90’s Music videos on VHS.

Bennet: Also, my dad, who played guitar in a rock cover band when I was little. Their rehearsal space was above our garage and I would go over there and jam out on the drums every day.

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

All Them Witches.

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

Hellfest or Krach am Bach Festival.

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

A pack of permanent markers.

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

Don’t stop masturbating.

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

That’s an easy one, Hendrix.

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

We love the sweaty and noisy interaction with the crowd and to just cut loose on stage. Having a good time with other musicians, seeing different places, meeting new people. We hate when we can’t play live.

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

We think if the power was spread more equally among a greater number of diverse labels (instead of having a few major players controlling the majority of the business), it would allow more experimental and daring music from underground scenes to surface and attract greater attention. The actual music that a band or artist creates should have more of an influence on their success than their budget for promotional activities.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Paul: Deep Purple – “Stormbringer”.

Bennet: Brand New – “The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me”.

Luca: Guns n’ Roses – “Appetite For Destruction”

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

Vinyl for sure.

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

Our Release Show in July 2019 at Rare Guitar in Münster.

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

Paul: Yoga Instructor

Luca: Brain Scientist

Bennet: Palaeontologist

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Albus Dumbledore, Angela Merkel, Erling Haaland, Luca’s grandma.

What’s next for the band?

Finish our album and accomplish world peace.

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

www.rovar-band.com/
www.facebook.com/rovarband/
www.instagram.com/rovarmusic/
www.rovar.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are Cakescuit.

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

Check out our single and stay rock!

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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

LINKS:

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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

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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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