EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

Back in May we did an EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril but a few things have changed so they kindly completed a new one. Huge thanks to bassist Dalton Collins 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 Dalton Collins and I play bass for Dreams In Peril.

Dreams In Peril officially became a band In 2018 and we have had a bit of a ride since then. We have played alongside a lot of national bands including, but not limited to, Between The Buried And Me, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, ERRA, The Agony Scene, The Browning, Betraying The Martyrs and Many more!

We won Headband for the Highway shortly after officially becoming a band and went on to play a show on the Summer Slaughter Tour, We have one album out entitled “Mephobia” and have released a Music Video for our Single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ in early 2019. We then went on to sign with Metal Coffee PR and our Management, Extreme Management Group, joining a roster of bands such as Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, and Misery Index.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name is honestly how we were feeling before creating this band. We are all from different bands in the Kansas City Music Scene and we have all felt as if every band we have been in has failed and as if our Dreams were in peril individually. It seemed fitting to name this band just that, in an effort to mock our past musical failures.

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

We are from the United States of America in Kansas City. The music Scene here has its ups and downs. There are times it is really strong and united and other times it’s as if bands are dropping like flies. Though, we are all very tight knit. We all know one another and have all played alongside each other many times in different bands. The fans here are hit and miss as well. Although the scene seems to be more active in the spring and summer time, it’s too cold here in the winter for people to want to get out to a show.

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

Our latest release is our music video for our single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ off of our debut album “Mephobia” This Music Video also introduces our new Vocalist Mike Yeager.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Individually it is very diverse and different. Though Collectively, to name a few… Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Banner, Veil Of Maya, Oceano, Bury Your Dead, The Deftones.

What first got you into music?

For me specifically, I remember taking a CD from my sister. The CD was a compilation called “The Hard And The Heavy” with bands such as Static X and Coal Chamber.

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

I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘The Deftones’.

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

Probably Download Festival. From seeing it in videos and watching over YouTube. IT’S HUGE! I think it would be an amazing experience being able to play such a huge Festival.

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

Naked photos! Lol!

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

Believe in yourself! Never let your failures and struggles stop you from succeeding.

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

Dimebag from Pantera!

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

I enjoy the atmosphere, being able to create something that people can relate to and enjoy! Music helps people in their day to day lives. It is truly an honour to see people enjoy what I have created.

I hate how hard it is for bands to get recognition and to become successful. Bands have a hard time making any money and struggle with paying their own bills, let alone the expenses that a band requires to succeed.

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

To go off of my last answer from the previous question! I would change it in a way that musicians profit more and are better funded without the blowbacks of having to pay things back. Bands need more financial backing! We need it! We are constantly struggling to make ends meet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Such a hard question to answer! I would say “Around The Fur” by the Deftones or even “The Dead Walk” by The Acacia Strain.

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

In my opinion I like CD’s You get the full album art, the tracks, and you don’t have to rewind it like cassettes and it isn’t as big as Vinyl.

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

The best Gig? That is hard to answer because we have had quite a few really good shows. One of our best shows was a house show. No kidding! The place was packed and the entire crowd went crazy… Then we had our first show with the Acacia Strain which was an amazing show… as well as our second showcase for summer slaughter when we had a packed crowd and what was so awesome is the crowd were singing the words to our songs right along with us. The show was a double show where there was an outdoor gig going on and an indoor show as well. The punk band the Cro-Mags were playing inside and as we got off the stage outside we were told that they loved our set and gave us tremendous complements.

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

Probably art! I was an Art Student in high school. I Just like being creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Samuel L. Jackson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Angelina Jolie! LOL I don’t know!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently about to take some down time to write the second album which will be called “The Garden Of Bones”. We are currently half way done writing it and after that we plan to do some more Dates in the US as well as hopefully booking something out of country.

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

https://dreamsinperil.hearyoumusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DreamsInPeril/
https://twitter.com/DreamsInPeril
https://www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7osPUxIGcZ0DnoBIcn5Kuu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlEn-y95t8lnZ-h7SzXtoA
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mephobia/1452481863
https://www.amazon.com/Mephobia-Dreams-Peril/dp/B07NLC5YXN
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/87191182
https://us.napster.com/artist/dreams-in-peril/album/mephobia
https://listen.tidal.com/album/103944259
https://www.reverbnation.com/dreamsinperil

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

To be honest with you, I don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is! Haha!

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

We have accomplished a lot within our two years of being a band, We are still on the rise and we look forward to playing in a town of city near you!
Thank you!

 

 

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, NY Melodic Death Metal band The Last Reign! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

We are The Last Reign and we play Melodic Death Metal. Brian, our guitarist and songwriter, started the band back in 2015. Paying homage to bands of the 90s such as In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates, hoping to capture that classic sound again which doesn’t exist as much today! Within a year and a half we released our debut accompanied by a two week tour. 2019 marks the return of the band after a 2 year hiatus with a new line-up aside from founding member, Brian.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was derived from a few different ideas, but came out quite naturally. First and foremost is our way of fighting to bring back the classic era of melodic death metal. The second is more personal and comes from my own ‘last reign’ so to speak as a person that is willing to put 100% into an original act one last time.

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

We are from the USA (Buffalo, New York). It’s such a big country, and in our area the scene really depends on your flavour of metal. I’ve seen Persefone travel in all the way from Andorra and play for 35 people, and Slipknot play for almost 14,000. We do get a pretty constant stream of touring acts but often we may have to drive a few hours to another city or state. Metal rarely hits the open radio in my experience, but the community is strong in this age of the internet.

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

“Prelude” (EP) was released on October 11 and much to its namesake contains two songs that will continue to evolve and will appear in their final form on our sophomore album “Evolution,” which will be out summer 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Every band member has their own personal influences, but the band as a whole is very much inspired by 90’s In Flames / Soilwork / At the Gates.

Vince: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Ray Herrera (Fear Factory), and Henry Ranta (Soilwork).

Brian: Queen, Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Seth: Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Brad Smith (Blind Melon), Jim Wynne (Buffalo NY local legend)

Adam: Johan Lindstrand of The Crown would probably be my greatest influence as far as the vocals are concerned, something about his style and placement of his vocal lines always spoke to me. Also, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity has also always been one of my favourites.

What first got you into music?

Vince: My dad was a guitar/bass player and I grew up going to his wedding band and jazz club gigs. He got me set up with a drum set and lessons as a kid, and made sure I had gear and transportation through high school and beyond.

Brian: At a young age, I was around my older brother a lot in the late 80s/early 90s. He was constantly listening to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and I haven’t looked back since.

Seth: I started out playing trombone at a very young age, essentially everyone in my immediate family plays something or have at some point. I picked up the bass and began to teach myself about the age of 14, I wanted an instrument that I could bend and even break the rules on.

Adam: I would have to give credit to my brother for getting me into music, he would frequently blast music on his home stereo system when I was younger. There was always something playing like Metallica, Def Leppard, or Aerosmith. Definitely not my favourite bands these days but everyone starts somewhere.

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

Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est!

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

Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany because it is one of the largest metal festivals in the world and it sounds like an incredible experience.

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

Sadly, I can’t think of anything to date, but hopefully that will change.

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

Just keep listening and sharing. The scene is oversaturated due to the ease of releasing music which makes it even more difficult to be heard.

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

Chuck Schuldiner, incredibly talented musician. I will always wonder what the album after “The Sound of Perseverance” would have sounded like.

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

I love that I actually get to create! So many hobbies are of consumption, be it a Netflix binge, browsing YouTube, or even sharing memes around. Playing music can be cathartic and rewarding for sure. That said, it’s a very resource intensive hobby, the amount of money, time, and effort that goes beyond just actually playing an instrument. It really is a labour of love and is difficult to expand the hobby into a career.

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

Download and Streaming! Although there are many benefits to the medium, I feel it causes people to not appreciate music as much as they used to. Gone are the days where you’d buy an album or two and listen to that album to death whether it was good or not. Nowadays, you get 30 seconds in to a song that isn’t great and you just move on to the next album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Vince: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”.

Brian: What Vince said!

Seth: A Perfect Circle – “Thirteenth Step”.

Adam: The Crown – “DeathRace King”. Although, I gotta hand it to my bandmates, “Scenes From A Memory” is a great album as well.

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

Vinyl all day!

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

April 27th, 2017. It was the final night of our tour and what a show to go out on! It was one of those rare instances where not only all of the bands were solid, but the crowd full of energy for the entire show. It was a sight to behold.

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

Vince: I would probably be the biggest badass in the world…of Warcraft.

Brian: Graphic Designer.

Seth: Working on my car/motorcycle collection.

Adam: Studying geology, mainly volcanoes.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince: Ola Englund, David Maxim Micic, Devin Townsend, Keanu Reeves, Chris Pratt.
Brian: John Cusack, Guy Pearce, Sven de Caluwé (Aborted), Jimi Haha (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon).

Seth: Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Seth Rogan, Steve Vai, Maynard.

Adam: Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Brendan Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen (Nightwish). I know that’s six, don’t care.

What’s next for the band?

We are hard at work on our sophomore album, “Evolution.” Through the rest of 2019 we will be fleshing out the last few songs and entering in to pre-production, with tracking and mixing planned for early 2020.

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

We primarily use Facebook and Bandcamp to communicate and share our music, but we’ve recently started up on Twitter as well. We also have our music available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play music, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/thelastreignmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thelastreign/
https://thelastreign.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/588LSViuxUlGIwSwDYKPrk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe in the states the closest term would be a cookie. Our biscuits are more what would be called a scone overseas!

 

 

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Atmospheric Black Metal Project Arx Atrata! Huge thanks to Ben 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 Ben from Arx Atrata, an atmospheric black metal project from the UK, playing music inspired by acts such as Coldworld, Winterfylleth, Sojourner, Lustre, Agalloch, and many others. Currently it’s a studio project that started almost a decade ago, with the third full-length release coming out last month.

How did you come up with your band name?

That has been long forgotten sadly! Choosing names is a difficult business and inventing something in Latin was one way of finding something that hasn’t already been taken. It roughly means “blackened citadel”.

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

I am from the UK and as I’m sure you’re aware, it varies a lot depending on where you are and what particular music you’re into. It seems to me that festival attendances are doing well but smaller gigs are suffering and it’s tough for bands to get shows. There are so many great acts across the UK but almost all the bands I know struggle to book gigs. So, it’s a mixed bag.

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

The latest album came out last month, titled “The Path Untravelled”.
https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/album/the-path-untravelled

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a hard one to answer as I’ve always tried to weave many different aspects into the music. My background is more from the UK doom scene so the distinctive leads and harmonies of acts like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride play a large part in how I approach composition, but from the black metal side I’m inspired by how bands like Winterfylleth, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, or The Great Old Ones can create furious-sounding music without compromising on memorable riffs and motifs. And there are bands that transcend the boundaries – Agalloch, Primordial, early Woods of Ypres, Empyrium, October Falls – these acts have always motivated me to blend different styles together in a cohesive way.

What first got you into music?

When I was a child I remember being interested in pop music, like many of my peers. I was given a keyboard by my grandparents which sparked some interest in composing my own works. As I approached my teens I started to develop more discerning taste, and at some point got the foolish idea that I could learn guitar and be in a metal band. Now, it’s a couple of decades later, and I’m still learning guitar! But with a handful of albums and EPs released across various projects I can at least say the process has been productive.

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

I am in two other bands – Twilight’s Embrace (http://www.twilightsembrace.com) and Fjords (https://www.facebook.com/fjordsofficial/) – so it could be said that I’m already collaborating. But, while both those bands are just as important as Arx Atrata, there are things I can do with my own project that are not possible when you have to take other people into consideration. So for this, I prefer to work alone!

That said, I’d love to get to release split albums or CDs in future. I particularly like the idea of both acts writing with the other band’s music in mind to come up with a release that is a cohesive whole.

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

Arx Atrata is currently not a live act – but if it were to become one, I’d love to perform at some of the interesting European festivals. Prophecy Fest in Germany is held in a cave, which sounds like a unique experience. We could probably turn the reverb levels down for that show.

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

I have never received a gift from a fan!

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

Not so much our fans, but I think the one thing I’d like metal fans in general to know is that bands really need your support. Musicians of today have more reach than ever before but see a lot less reward for it. Bands can have thousands of listeners on Spotify, but can’t get shows because only 10 people show up for local gigs. Buying merchandise is better than nothing, but I don’t think we really want a world where being a musician is mostly about buying and selling artwork and t-shirts, trying to fit in gigs and songwriting on the side. So I’d say – go to the shows, buy the records. If fans don’t support musicians, nobody will.

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

It would be a difficult choice between Pete Steele of Type O Negative and David Gold of Woods of Ypres. Either way, we’d get another morose album with a distinctive baritone vocal delivery and there aren’t enough of those.

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

The best thing and the worst thing is playing live. When it goes well, it’s amazing. But there’s a lot of preparation and pressure too. And too many shows see you playing to tiny crowds for free, leaving you wondering whether it’s worthwhile.

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

I don’t think the music industry needs to change too much at all. What needs to change is the internet industry being able to get away with ripping musicians off. If you go on YouTube, there are hundreds of thousands of songs uploaded without permission, each with thousands or sometimes even millions of plays. On Blogspot there are tons of pages with links to illegal album downloads hosted on ad-supported cyberlockers. So all these companies selling ads are making money, the website hosts are making money, but the musicians who make all this entertainment just have to suck it up and become t-shirt salesmen. That’s what needs to change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden! In hindsight that was probably the midpoint between their more radio-friendly earlier material and the ever longer and more progressive work that followed, and the balance was struck perfectly. The title track is a masterpiece, one I’d like to cover some day.

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

There’s a big clamour for vinyl and cassettes in the black metal world these days and I find it fascinating, especially as someone old enough to have grown up with cassettes and who was grateful to make the move to the superior-sounding CD’s! I don’t think I even have a hexagonal pencil to hand if I needed to fix a cassette’s prolapsed innards today. Vinyl is a nice format for collectors, especially given the opportunity to really showcase the artwork, but from an audio engineering point of view it’s almost impossible to get a vinyl to sound as accurate to the original material as a CD or a download would. Downloads are pretty unexciting but at least they’re not unleashing more plastic on the world, so you can support bands that way and boost your environmental credentials at the same time.

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

Arx Atrata hasn’t played any shows yet, but with my other bands Twilight’s Embrace had a great outing at Bloodstock many moons ago, while Fjords made a lot of new fans at the Warhorns Festival in 2018.

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

As with almost all musicians these days, I am already doing other things! If I tried to pay the bills with my music I would have starved or frozen to death, depending on whether I started in summer or winter respectively! My day job is as a computer game developer, so I’m lucky in that it’s a relatively creative field, and that I can afford to cover my costs as a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties, so nobody!

What’s next for the band?

Not much, to be honest! The traditional thing is to release an album and then play some shows to support it, but with that not being an immediate option for Arx Atrata, the agenda is looking pretty bare. Maybe it’s time to find some live musicians to help me out!

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

The music can be streamed and bought at the Bandcamp page: https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/

Important updates appear on the homepage:
http://www.arxatrata.com/

And occasionally other news will be reluctantly added to social media channels – https://www.instagram.com/arxatrata/
https://twitter.com/arxatrata/
https://www.facebook.com/ArxAtrata/ .

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, depending on the context!

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

Thank you Ever Metal for asking the questions, and thanks to the reader for getting this far! Please check out “The Path Untravelled” at our Bandcamp link above. And if perhaps you’re into more of the melodic doom/death/prog type of metal, keep an ear out for the new Fjords video and record which are coming out this month – you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

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EMQ’s with SANGRE

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EMQ’s with SANGRE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles based Metal band Sangre! Huge thanks to vocalist Henry Sanchez 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?

Henry Sanchez and I am the vocalist/frontman of SANGRE. I’ll give you a quick rundown on our history; we created this band in the summer of 1999 in the city of Pomona, California. We started out playing a few cover songs and a couple originals in backyard parties all over Southern California and soon were performing at local bars and eventually clubs/venues around L.A. & Hollywood. Over the first 5 years there were a number of line-up changes, first drummers, then bassists and guitarists leaving myself as the only original member of the band. We would continue to evolve and move forward and bigger opportunities would present themselves to us via our relentless approach to playing shows and promoting our band in the streets and with the introduction of social media to a nation and worldwide audience. In 2009 we became a Jägermeister sponsored band and immediately began making in impact within the companies music program, earning a slot on the 2010 & 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, a direct support slot in 2013 to Latin Grammy Award winning Rock band MOLOTOV on their U.S. Tour, and A slot on Welcome To Rockville 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Our band has toured throughout the United States many times, Mexico, and most recently Europe and the UK where we performed at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. We’ve shared the stage with the biggest names in Heavy Metal and are always ready for more.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were brainstorming for a name and weren’t satisfied with anything until our original guitarist’s sister said, “how about Sangre?” And we all looked at each other and knew it was the name we were looking for. A cool sounding name with a ton of meaning behind it! First of all it’s a Spanish word meaning “Blood” and we are all of Mexican descent so it has that connection with us. Secondly the meaning of it runs deep, literally runs deep within every one of us no matter what race you are, what culture you come from, gender, religion, whatever it is that makes us different, BLOOD or SANGRE connects us universally since the beginning of time. No matter how different we are we share that, just like music it can connect us no matter how different we all are.

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

We are from California in the United States. Here the scene varies from state to state, but overall there’s always been an underground Metal community everywhere you go. We have a decent number of Music Festivals but they are more Modern/radio Rock heavy with some Metal bands sprinkled in here and there. Nothing like Europe and all the Metal festivals they have over there.

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

We will be releasing a new album on December 13th 2019 titled, “Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte” (translation is: Stronger Than Death)!
We released an official music video for one of the tracks off that forthcoming album; that song is titled ‘Death March’ and can be seen on our YouTube channel.
http://www.Youtube.com/SangreOfficial
Or direct link to that video:
https://youtu.be/lPk2EepQsNY
Also, that song, along with some older tracks are available via all streaming platforms including Spotify, Google Play, Napster, Deezer etc.…

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences in Heavy music are Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Chino Moreno (Deftones), Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Tom Araya (Slayer), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Maynard James Keenan (Tool), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).

What first got you into music?

My mom and her constant playing of music around the house for as long as i can remember! I grew up listening to my mom sing along to Motown & Oldies (Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, WAR, Tower Of Power, etc.…) I would sing along as well and got into pop and hip hop in the 80’s. In elementary school I joined the school choir by default (my 5th grade teacher was also the choir teacher so she was the first one to show me how to sing properly). Throughout my teenage years I did freestyle rap battles and would eventually get introduced to Classic Rock and Early Metal via schoolmates. Went to my first hardcore show at a local church to see a band that some of my friends played in whose members would go on to perform in bands such as Bleeding Through and No Innocent Victim. Eventually got really into heavier music and taught myself to sing and scream by listening to a solid rotation of Slayer, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Alice In Chains and Tool.

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

Honestly there are too many to name but I would like to rock a track with Cypress Hill. One of my favourite hip hop groups of all time and I befriended Sen Dog a couple years ago while touring with his Rock/Rap fusion group “PowerFlo”. It would be an honour to collaborate with Cypress one day.

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

Well SANGRE has come a long way since our humble beginnings and we’ve had some great opportunities and have played some big festivals but there’s always bigger ones and room to grow our fanbase all over the world. I’ve been super fortunate to have performed all over the world at some of those huge festivals performing in front of thousands but with another band that I perform in and under an alias (which I can’t disclose at this time) but i would really like to get SANGRE to that level and would love for Sangre to perform at Resurrection Fest in Spain, Graspop Metal Meeting or Wacken Open Air in Germany. Those are all huge festivals!

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

Next question… lol!

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

Support local & up and coming bands because we all start somewhere. Every big band was once a local and your support means the world to us!

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

This is a tough question because there are so many whose lives were cut short at a young age but I think I’m gonna say I’d bring back Lynn Strait (Snot). His band was on the brink of exploding and their album “Get Some” is still one of my favourite albums from beginning to end, it’s so underrated. I’m sure he and Snot would’ve become one of the biggest bands in the world had his life not been cut short.

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

I enjoy performing music, creating is cool too but can be a pain in the ass sometimes. It’s that moment though when you finish creating a song is when you get that amazing feeling and then you can’t wait to perform it live and see others reactions to it. What do I hate? Can’t really say I hate it but let’s just say it is frustrating when politics and people with ill intentions do and say things to try and give you or your band a bad name. It’s unfortunate some people focus so much attention on trying to give others a bad name when at the end of the day we are all in the same struggle of trying to achieve something bigger for ourselves and our bands.

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

Change it back to how it used to be when album sales actually made you money and record deals mattered. I don’t know man, everything evolves and we just need to learn how to evolve with it to become and stay successful.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”

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

It depends on how you listen to music. At home vinyl is king, best sound quality and great to have those big pieces of art (album covers), CD’s were great sounding and more convenient than cassettes but now days downloads are the easiest to take your music with you anywhere you go.

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

Personally i got to perform in Japan @ Loud Park Festival which was amazing but that was with my other band, also Wacken was Great!

With SANGRE though our best would have to be the 2010 Rockstar Mayhem Fest although it wasn’t with all the current members it was the situations surrounding the gig is what made it great. Performing at the biggest outdoor venue in our hometown area in front of at that time the biggest crowd we had ever played for and the line-up was amazing aside from us there was Hatebreed, Lamb Of God, Korn, Rob Zombie, Shadows Fall, Chimaira and more! It was an emotional and overall amazing day for me.

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

I would probably be working a dismal job but working as an artist on the side because we know how difficult it is to become a successful artist and actually make a career of it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Depends on what kind of party we’re talking about lol

What’s next for the band?

As for what is next for SANGRE, we will release the new album December 13th and from there we are planning to do some touring in support of it worldwide if we can make that happen. We are definitely setting our sights high for the next touring cycle!

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

As many as possible, our official website:
www.SangreMetal.com
Also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp, and all the streaming outlets!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They seem more like a donut to me. Hahaha!

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

Thank you for giving me this opportunity and platform to talk about my band, Sangre and our new song and forthcoming album. Also a big thank you to our fans old and new that support a D.I.Y. band like us, YOU ALL keep us pushing for bigger and better things and we can’t wait for you all to hear the new music we’ve created. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

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EMQ’s with SYMFOBIA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Slovakian Symphonic Metal band Symfobia! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Our band name is Symfobia and as the name reveals, we play symphonic metal. The band was founded in 2007 by our keyboardist Feri Molnár but the band is really active from 2013 when singer Erika Strečková and drummer Vandy Prokop joined the band. It took three years to record our first album “Way Of The Queen”. Since 2015 the band has been actively performing on stage.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Symfobia was created by our keyboardist Feri and there isn’t a big story to it. It’s a pure satirical antagonism!

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

We come from Slovakia, which is located in Central Europe. Since Slovakia is a small country (about 5 mil.) and rock/metal music is definitely not a mainstream, it’s not very easy for rock and metal bands to get in front of the proper audience. Still, there are some good bands that don’t give up, play and bring great music to their fans. We travel to the neighboring Czech Republic quite often where there is a bigger rock and metal music scene.

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

We released new album Smog Of Tomorrow on 2nd of March this year. It includes 11 songs and a bonus track – a song in the Slovak language. The new album is all about majestic orchestral arrangements, prominent guitar solos, choir parts and of course two main female vocals in the foreground. SOT brings a strong message of igniting a change in the minds of each and every person to become conscious beings in the real, offline world and reminds us to always stay vigilant and fight off lures of media stealing our attention from what is really important in life. We have released four video clips from this album, most recently this summer, to our song ‘Bury It’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Certainly Nightwish, Within Temptation, Therion, and Epica! But basically all the good old bands from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Queen to AC/DC and we could go on and on. Every music genre can be inspiring; each decade has brought something new. What is interesting about Symfobia is that the age range of the members is from 20 to 61 years. So we all grew up on something else. I have to mention that besides rock music many of us are interested in classical or film music. One of the big influences for our keyboardist Feri is Hans Zimmer.

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

Our biggest dream is to tour at least for once with a symphonic orchestra.

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

We have already played at all big festivals in Slovakia and Czechia. This year, we were the only Slovak band on the main stage at Masters of Rock but we would definitely love to play at some festivals in Scandinavia where there is the biggest audience for symphonic metal.

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

There were actually several “special” gifts we have received. Unsuccessful drawings, underwear, postcards, lighters, “magic” stone, photos, etc. But, of course, every gift will always please us or at least cheer us up.

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

Live in love for yourself, for others, and for good music.

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

With all due respect, I don’t think we should pull the dead back to earth. Everything has its meaning and death too. If someone is no longer on this planet, it is useless to think about what it would be if he/she were alive.

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

We love traveling to concerts, meeting new people, seeing new places. We love the feeling when we stand on the stage and fans enjoy the concert with us. We love it when someone tells us that he found something in our lyrics that touched him and changed his mind or behaviour. We love to be together as a band, create, record, work on Symfobia. I don’t think any of us don´t like being a musician. It’s just hard to be a musician and make a living from music. But we can´t do anything about it, except that we will try and work more and more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For our Keyboardist – Stormwitch – “Beauty And The Beast”!
For our Guitarist – Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”!
For our Bass Guitarist – Deep Purple – “Burn”!
For Simona and our Drummer – Dream Theater – “Octavarium”!

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

Every era has brought something new and all four are great in something. Vinyl has a great sound but you can’t put it in your car. On the one hand, downloading is great because you have music fast on your computer from the comfort of home, but there’s something missing. Something that you can touch, look at, smell, put on your shelf. And this is how we could continue. It is great that we live in time when we can choose what suits us the best with so many options of listening to music.

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

We´ve played some really amazing gigs and I can’t pick the best. I can mention some and say something more about them. One of the strongest moments we have is from 2015 when we were the opening band for Nightwish. This concert was officially our second concert in the history of the band so we didn’t even know what to do on such a big stage. I remember there were about 9,000 people and I thought I’d fall away from fear.  A year later we played another gig with Nightwish but we had a whole year of performing behind us, so we really enjoyed the gig. The other gigs to remember are joint concerts with bands such as Therion, Arch Enemy, Powerwolf and major festivals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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

Neither of us is just a musician. We all have a job outside the band besides our drummer William who is still studying at the college. Our singer Simona is a deputy at high school, our keyboardist Feri does business in agriculture; other boys work in engineering and construction. Our guitarist Peter used to have a great rock bar for many years, from where all Slovak musicians know him. I used to teach at art school for 3 years but in the end I decided not to teach anymore. Besides playing in the theater, I´ve started my new career as a photographer last year.

What’s next for the band?

By the end of the year we have a few concerts in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Next week we are shooting a new video clip and hopefully we will make another one by December. From the new year we will start a new tour with the Slovak band NoControl in the Czech Republic and from March another tour with the Czech legend Citron, also in the Czech Republic.

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

Like every band we use YouTube for our music videos, you can also find us on Spotify, Amazon music, Facebook or Instagram. On social networks we really try to be in touch with our fans, announce news, ask for opinions, ideas, sometimes we prepare some competition where we give away free concert tickets or our merchandise. As a majority of our fan base comes from outside of Slovakia, we are really grateful for living times when internet exists.
https://symfobia.sk/
https://www.facebook.com/Symfobia/
https://www.instagram.com/symfobiaofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtl56TgM8nsrZSNz_0S5P5A/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care, I don’t eat it 

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

Thank you very much for the interview and we wish all readers all the best and lots of good music.

 

 

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh based Heavy Metal/Rock band Medusa Touch! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Gordon Sinclair for taking part!

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

My name is Gordon Sinclair, although everybody calls me Gogsy. I’m the lead singer and guitarist in Medusa Touch; we’re an 80’s metal rock band from the 80’s. The band was formed in 1982, we lasted till 1991 (ish), then reformed in 2019. We’re are all from in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and love 80’s metal with a passion.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Moore!

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden!

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

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

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

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

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

No idea, genuinely no idea!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

Medusa Touch

 

 

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EMQ’s with TWISTED TALES

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EMQ’s with TWISTED TALES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kuršumlija, Serbia based Metal band Twisted Tales! Huge thanks to lead guitarist Miša Milovanović 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?

How do you do, I’m Miša Milovanović, and I play the lead guitar in Twisted Tales. Well, we formed in 2004 in our home town of Kuršumlija. At that time we were playing melodic death metal which sounded a lot like black metal on downers haha. We recorded a demo called “Behind The Gates Of Eternity” in 2005, and shortly after we kinda called it a day, but didn’t quite call it a day. We just, as personnel, went our separate ways, going to school, work and such. After a few years we decided that the hiatus didn’t work for us, so we took up the band stuff again, but with a new kind of energy going more in the thrash metal vein.

Ljubiša Đorđević, our main songwriter, has always been a huge thrash metal fan and we kinda went in that direction, so in 2009 we wrote a couple of songs for a local guitar festival and we liked how it sounded, how it felt, so it stuck. Thrash metal with screaming/growling vocals, what’s there not to like, right? Afterwards we went on a tour around Serbia, which is funny because at that time we didn’t even have enough material for like a half of an album, but that didn’t really bother us; we even called it Total Destruction Tour, pretentious fucks! ! But it was all good; we did lots of clubs and festivals in Serbia, worked on new songs, so at the end of 2010 we went into the studio and had half of our first album recorded. In early 2011 we recorded the second part, and that was it, we had our first album “We Shall Be Heard” done. It took us a while to find a label to get it out, but we found one, and in September of 2012 it was on. Then again we went on promoting it, playing out and about, went touring Poland and Slovakia in 2014, then back to Serbia.

Finally we sat down to record a new album in 2016, and pretty much all of it was done then, but since we wanted to do it all by ourselves with our equipment and in our let’s call it studio, it took us a while to prepare it for releasing. So it came out in Serbia in May 2019 with the title “Bringer Of Woe”. A European release happened in September 2019. Besides me and Ljubiša who is on microphone and rhythm guitar, we also have Nemanja Velicki on drums, and Stevan Dinić on bass guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well we had some pretty dumb working titles back then and then on one drunken night in December 2004 Ljubiša and Nemanja got an idea to name it Twisted Tales, we all liked it so we went with it. It’s a versatile name! You can call a melodic death band that and it won’t get mad, you can call a thrash death metal band that and it will not get mad. Hey you can even call an alternative rock song that, or a cartoon, and it will stick. Not that we knew of the latter two at that time, just sayin’.

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

We’re from Serbia and the scene is like baaaands, musicians, instruments, stage equipment, clubs, festivals, drunk people, sober people, young people, middle-aged people, people getting along, people not getting along, I guess like everywhere else, except smaller because we ain’t no Finland.

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

I think I said it before, but our latest release is “Bringer Of Woe”, and it is a long play digital download. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh boy there’s so many of them really. For our band maybe Death, Kreator, Pantera, Dio, Motörhead, early Metallica & Megadeth! Personally – Andre Olbrich, Adrian Smith, Glenn Tipton, Kirk Hammett, Tony Iommi, Matias Kupiainen, Alexi Laiho, Emppu Vuorinen, Mattias IA Eklundh!

What first got you into music?

The song Paranoid by Black Sabbath! I wanted to learn it so bad, and once I nailed it I thought to myself why not try and become a heavy metal guitar player? Still working on it!

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

Well, personally, it would be maybe Omnium Gatherum and Wolfheart, and regarding individual musicians, probably Adrian Smith or Roy Z.

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

That’s an easy one, Wacken of course! It’s the metalhead’s Mecca.

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

A bra… Size didn’t fit so I had to throw it away!

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

Idle hands get in the way of the devil’s work.

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

Never been much of a necromancer, but if I had to choose I’d say Peter Steele. His departure was so untimely, that I believe he would have had yet more to offer had he lived a while longer.

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

Love them power chords, pinched harmonics and whammy squeals! I don’t care much about changing the strings…

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

Well, I’d turn back the clock like thirty-forty years, so pretty much the majority of things.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! That’s a bit stingy. Okay, Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”, I suppose! 

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

Well I’d be a hypocrite if I’d say anything other than Downloads haha, fuck, even our latest album falls under that category exclusively 🙂 I mean, Downloads are definitely something I resort to most frequently when looking for new what-to-listen-to. But if I’d take all things into consideration, then I’d go with the Vinyl, because it is the most tangible, most aesthetic, even the best sounding format in my opinion. Currently I don’t have like an extensive collection, I have some records, and when circumstances allow it I practically only listen to music from that medium. But they, the records that is, are a bit harder to come by here.

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

Hah, I’d probably say one we did in Poland in a small town of Krasnistow, where we played in a vacated classroom of some, I don’t know, was it elementary school or something, and a prison was across the street. Well, those Polish tax evaders did have a good time that evening for sure. The entire night was pretty crazy, we were pretty amped up to play to the local crowd who gave us their vodka and stuff, and we had some issues with the promoter, which later turned out to be just a misunderstanding, but got us pretty angry at the time, so we agreed to be total assholes, playing louder than we were supposed to, playing longer than we were supposed to… And it was complete madness.

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

A day job!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nah I’d much rather invite myself to somebody else’s dinner party and decline the invitation. Not a great host myself, I’m afraid.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the current album and starting to work on a next one.

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

Now, there’s our own website:
http://www.twistedtalesofficial.com
Then you can find us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Twisted-Tales-205348076167509/
As far as streaming platforms and whatnot, here are the links:
https://open.spotify.com/album/67aoFYH4EE4rqcswwuqYCw
https://music.apple.com/us/album/bringer-of-woe/1482706257
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Twisted_Tales_Bringer_of_Woe?id=Bdyhgfcuahg3kthcxnafcljdd4q
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YTNHK4Z/
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/114036972
https://tidal.com/browse/album/119657336
https://us.napster.com/artist/twisted-tales/album/bringer-of-woe
https://www.iheart.com/artist/twisted-tales-33482780/albums/bringer-of-woe-81646343/
http://www.mndigital.com/content-experience/music_content/albums/472000063/Twisted_Tales/Bringer_Of_Woe/
https://www.shazam.com/track/499093101/bringer-of-woe
You can also look us up on Tik Tok, Pandora, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox; just enter Twisted Tales Bringer of Woe.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Confectionery biscuit?

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

No, it’s all good fam  Cheers!

 

 

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EMQ’s with SHARONE

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EMQ’s with SHARONE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado Dark Rock Artist Sharone! Huge thanks to her 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 Sharone, I am a dark rock singer and piano player from Denver, CO. I started playing shows as a solo artist back in 2014, and put together my rock ensemble in 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

I never really thought about a “project name” when I started playing shows. I just introduced myself by my name, and it worked.

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

I live in the United States. Certain parts of the country have really wonderful rock scenes with an abundance of bands, as well as performance venues. Other parts are more geared towards different styles of music.

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

‘Cold’, the single from my new album “Reflection”!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Evanescence, Deftones, Meg Myers, Black Sabbath, and Paramore!

What first got you into music?

I started playing the piano when I was about six years old and completely fell in love with it.

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

I’d love to collaborate with Meg Myers. She blends so many different styles together so flawlessly.

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

If I could play Ozzfest and open for Ozzy Osbourne I could probably die the next day and be fine.

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

A necklace with a vial of blood!

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

Follow your passion to the fullest extent.

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

David Bowie.

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

I love being on stage more than anything. That’s when I’m reminded that all of the hard work I put in is worth it. I don’t love some of the type of attention I get from certain men simply because I’m a woman in music. I know men in bands don’t receive comments like some of the one’s I’ve gotten. I hope this changes one day.

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

I would wish for an equal platform and treatment for men and for women.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Either “Led Zeppelin IV” or “Purple Rain”

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

CD’s! I love having a physical piece of merchandise along with the music. CD cases will often have photographs, credits, lyrics, maybe even fold out posters. I’m not a big fan of downloads because they take away from the artist. I know that when I buy a CD directly from an artist, that money is going right back into their art.

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

May 24th of this year opening for Stitched Up Heart.

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

Trying to figure out what I need to do to become a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This is a fantasy dinner party, right? They don’t have to be alive, do they? I’d invite David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Tom Petty, and Freddie Mercury.

What’s next for you?

I’m gearing up to release my new album “Reflection” on December 7th. The next single from the album, ‘Turn Back Time’, will be released on October 25th (Out Now). In the meantime, I’m working with my team on taking my live shows to a whole new level.

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

Follow me on:
https://www.facebook.com/sharone.official/
https://www.instagram.com/sharone_official/
https://twitter.com/sharone_music
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3AmKAuGRZ8Ir8XTRl2IlXp
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCktZmmoL02gcXcfAVJp-N1A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re called Jaffa Cakes, aren’t they?

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

Please give a listen to my singles ‘Cold’ and ‘Turn Back Time’, available on any major streaming platform, and please check out the music videos here:

‘Cold’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6jJY7pEOws

‘Turn Back Time’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS75wdr3ocs

My new album “Reflection” will be available everywhere on December 7th. Be on the lookout!

 

 

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EMQ’s with LEAVING EDEN

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EMQ’s with LEAVING EDEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our EMQ’s interview with Boston, MA Rock band Leaving Eden. Huge thanks to guitarist Eric Gynan for taking part!

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

Hi I am Eric Gynan Co-founder/Guitarist of the band Leaving Eden Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Leaving Eden has been around for well over 10 years. We’ve toured 47 of the states in the USA, Canada and Europe. We’ve got seven albums and we are a rock band.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were thinking about this whole planet being like the Garden of Eden and with all its corruption and deception wouldn’t it be nice to just go somewhere else, thus Leaving Eden.

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

We’re from the USA as I said and we’ve seen what I feel is a great metal scene all over the country. I think people love the freedom of being themselves not being judged by anybody else and having the opportunity to hang out with others that enjoy the same thing at the live shows. I think people are starving for new bands new material so yeah man it’s very cool.

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

We have just released our newest album “The Agony of Affliction” released by Dark Star Records/Sony. The Title Track will be in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movie Lockdown starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Eddie and the Cruisers).

Watch the Lyric video ‘The Agony of Affliction’:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0gEue6mh8pg

We are excited about this new album not only because of the production value but the entire album will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”

Watch the teaser trailer For THE NITWIT MOVIE
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=g6uIkgZvVJI

Originally I had written this movie script loosely based on real life events with the intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Ray Van Blarcom and Matt Moody “production crew” over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly then he also brought in Jordan Smith as his co-star and the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment.

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s funny because I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with some of my greatest influences such as Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Alice In Chains. So for me I feel like my music career has really come full circle in terms of being influenced and then being able to share the stage with such notable artists. Of course I like metal but I also like stuff from Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel. Anything that really has a good bass and drum sound!

What first got you into music?

As a kid, since I could walk, my parents had instruments so I would get up and play these instruments and literally learn. I’ve never stopped. Myself, I play guitar, bass, keyboards, Drums, singing. I like to really know a lot of aspects of a rock band, really gives you a good sense of rhythm and helps with recording.

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

I would say Fleetwood Mac or Mark Knopfler. Love the harmonies and Fleetwood Mac and of course love Mark Knopfler’s guitar work.

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

It would be the Download Festival. I’ve seen so many incredible bands to me that would be a highlight for sure. The crowd is unbelievable and that’s why we do it man.

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

Well I wouldn’t say it’s weird but I would say it’s pretty cool. We got this glass picture of the band. So the picture was etched in the glass. It was something I’ve never seen and I still got it.

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

That message would be how thankful we are for every single friend, I call them friends not fans, but of course if it wasn’t for our friends throughout the world where would we be, why would we be doing this and who would be listening? I would be playing if nobody was listening but it’s much better to have an audience and most importantly for people to care.

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

We got to play with Dimebag and now his brother before they sadly passed away. They were so cool. Dimebag was such an innovator of his time and it was such a tragedy.

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

Great question! I believe in this life you should be doing what you want to be doing. I hold firmly on that. So I would say I enjoy the freedom of music. It’s really one of the last frontiers so to speak in terms of freedom of expression. Of course I love performing and the sharing of the energy with the crowd. A crowd draws a crowd right? I love writing music and recording the music. We work with Grammy award winning friends like Johnny K for instance (Disturbed, Three Doors Down, Staind, Megadeth, Pop Evil) to name a few and Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Alison Krauss, Adelitas Way, Three Days Grace, Blues Traveler) and Bob St John (Extreme, Collective Soul, Steven Tyler, Duran Duran).

I think what I hate most is the snakes in the business. People who prey on musicians, take their money and literally do nothing. Over the years I’ve come across many of these snakes and it’s really a shame but there are so many musicians out there that are willing to put forth dollars into people that really promise the world and give nothing back. It’s a shame. Record labels to ask for money from bands you’ll be surprised how many there are and I call them predator labels. The label is supposed to put money in your pocket not take it from you.

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

Well I am a voting member of the Grammys and I would Love to see more local, less known artists get nominated in the rock and metal genres. I would also like to see the streaming companies like Spotify for instance get these unknown bands in more popular playlists as well as pay the artist more for each stream.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh God! Eagles – “Hotel California”! Such great harmony!

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

Well now it’s downloads but more so streaming platforms is where the industry has firmly planted their feet.

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

This is where I’ll copy and paste lol.

Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Puddle Of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After (40th Anniversary of Woodstock), Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s, Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, HELLYEAH, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, Sevendust, Sebastian Bach, Soulfly, Days Of The New, Nonpoint, Drowning Pool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10 Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One Eyed Doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) Lamb Of God, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motörhead, Blackstone Cherry, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.

To pick one would be very hard but today let’s say it was the anniversary concert of Woodstock with Jefferson Starship, Big Brother And The Holding Company, 10 Years After and Country Joe and the Fish, basically whoever is still alive was there. That particular show we were not slated to play we were playing a benefit concert the day before and briefly we walked in and saw all these huge stages sound systems light shows and said wow this is going to be great. Then the guy said no you guys are playing there you’re playing over there and pointed to a coat rack of a stage. Our motto we will play anywhere anyhow anyway so long as we can so we did the show to maybe 100 people. After the show the guy came up to us and said wow you’re great you guys want to play tomorrow? And I said sure man we’re here what you got going on? He immediately got aggravated and said what do you mean what do I have going on you don’t know do you know how much money I spent on this advertising? Woodstock man!! And I said like the 90s Woodstock or? He said the original Woodstock man Jefferson Starship, 10 Years After… you guys want to play or not? Of course I said absolutely sir. They gave us a driver in one of those 12 person golf carts and carted us around everywhere we wanted to go. We got to meet a lot of the bands hang out with Jefferson Starship and dine with the kings. Woodstock is where it all began so for us it was like full circle. We got to play on that big stage and it was surreal.

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

I’d be working in the movies, videos, engineering for recordings.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alice Cooper and Kiss! All innovators in the live performance!

What’s next for the band?

As I said earlier my Movie the Nitwit to be released in 2020 with lots of our music in it. Already working on our next album and looking forward to all our tour dates.

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

https://m.facebook.com/bandleavingeden
https://twitter.com/Leavingeden
https://www.instagram.com/leavingedenofficial/
https://m.youtube.com/user/leavingedenband
https://leavingeden.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hmm not sure even what those are lol. I’ll look it up.

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

To introduce the whole band, Leaving Eden is myself, Eric Gynan on guitars and vocals, “Eve” on lead vocals, Alyssa White on keyboards and vocals, Jake Gynan on drums and David Amato on bass and vocals.

Well it’s been a pleasure here today, wish you the best man and peace!!

 

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EMQ’s with THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN

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EMQ’s with THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Belgian based Death Metal band The Curse Of Millhaven! Huge thanks to guitarist Jeroen Debruyne 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?

Our biography:
THE BEGINNING – 2012-2014
2012 was the year THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN was formed in the trenches around Ypres (Belgium).
THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN played its first ever gig, by joining ABORTED on the Belgian date of the ‘GOREMAGEDDON – 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY’-tour.

VESTIBULE OF HELL – 2014
In early 2014 the band entered CCR STUDIO in Zulte (BE) to record a total of 10 songs, containing different stories about the 9 layers of hell by Dante Alighieri. The full length was mixed and mastered by Kris Belaen at CCR studios as well. In July 2014, a videoclip was released for the song ‘SIMONY’.
A bunch of shows and festivals were played for the release of “Vestibule of Hell”, containing the sold out CD-Release show, Ieperfest 2014, support for Vital Remains and Evil or Die fest 2016.

PLAGUES – 2017
In early 2017, THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN entered HEARSE STUDIO in Heule (BE), to start recording “Plagues”. Mastering was done by Wojtek Wieslawski at HERTZ STUDIO in Poland. During the promotion of this new EP new videoclips were released for the songs ’BLACK DEATH’ and the title track ‘PLAGUES’. “Plagues” was the culmination of everything the Ypres quintet have worked towards since their inception, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

THRESHOLDS – 2019
Nearly two years later the band completed the writing and recording process of 9 brand new songs. This new album, entitled “THRESHOLDS” contains a much darker and more aggressive sound, ready to reach a new audience and bring THE CURSE OF MILLHAVEN to another level.

TCOM is Jasper Lobelle (Lead vocals) – Bram Dewilde (Bass / Backing vocals) – Kurt Mylle & Jeroen Debruyne (Guitars) – Bart Rambour (Drums).

How did you come up with your band name?

It is a song from Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads album where a young girl Loretta, but she prefers Lottie, terrorises a small town called Millhaven. The contrast of the joyful tunes with the murderous, psychopathic lyrics fits perfectly well with our band.

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

We are from Ieper, in Belgium. Ieper was once known as the birthplace of hardcore with bands like Congress, Liar, etc. The scene was very large in these days (90’s – early 2000’s), but has diminished. A lot of smaller shows are planned, however there more likely to be hardcore. For death metal there aren’t a lot of shows 😊.

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

A full album called “Thresholds”. It contains 8 songs and an acoustic interlude.
We made a videoclip of the second song of the album ‘Shelter’:
https://youtu.be/o6E5QukktZU

Who have been your greatest influences?

Aborted, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Dethroned, Misery Index, etc!

What first got you into music?

Some of us are playing long time instruments, others started because of friends and others just needed another hobby rather than going to bars 😉.

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

I think it would be one of our greatest influences: Aborted, God Dethroned, The Black Dahlia Murder 😊.

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

Wacken Open Air as it is the largest festival in our neighbourhood. It is known for having a great audience looking to have a great time!

If we look a little closer, you may say Graspop Metal Festival or Alcatraz, these are a little smaller than Wacken, but certainly not lesser!!

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

A black thong… which Jasper (lead vocals) wore in our video of “Plagues”:
https://youtu.be/CMgFevvTlGM

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

Come and watch us, enjoy, we are here to entertain you 😊.

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

Definitely Chuck Schuldiner or Dimebag Darrel!!!

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

Love – Playing live shows, seeing the faces of people enjoying your music.
Hate – Getting low response from some bookers. We put a lot of effort in calling/contacting/mailing/marketing packages. However no response is demotivating. But hey, we won’t give up; we keep contacting bookers and venues!!

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

The large investments you need to make as an unknown (or lesser known) band. While it used to be about a hardworking band performing great music, it is the band which has the most money and connections who gets the most airtime/visibility.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

I personally would say downloads as everything is in the cloud these days. However some of our band members and a lot of friends really like the Vinyl part!

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

For me personally Antwerp Metal Fest and a very small show in Bruges in the very beginning! We didn’t expect anything from this gig, but we gave it all and got all in return. The people went completely crazy and we had lots of fun 😉.

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

Having boring lives probably, although Bram would have probably excelled in Pony dressage!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other 4 bandmembers and a great chef to cook for us!

What’s next for the band?

We have some great shows coming up next year and also a tour.
There’s a new video coming out soon as well.
In any case we want to spread the Thresholds vibe everywhere we can!

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

www.facebook.com/thecurseofmillhaven
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxQHTCpc3tNgIevPgx8msw
https://www.instagram.com/the_curse_of_millhaven/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4dEspvH4VdeB7mydiXLqVJ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Absolutely no idea, have never eaten, nor seen them 😊

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

Thank you very much for the opportunity!!
Kind regards,
Jeroen TCOM

 

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