EMQ’s with MADHOUSE

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EMQ’s with MADHOUSE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Hard Rock band Madhouse! 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?

Hello everyone, we are MadHouse and we are a female fronted hard rock band from Pavia, Italy.

MadHouse was founded in 2012 as a cover band even though Filippo Anfossi (rhythm guitar) and I have been collaborating musically since 2005.

In 2015 the meeting with Marco Barusso (who has collaborated with several artists including Lacuna Coil, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Coldplay) allowed me to give life to our unreleased original songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

I chose to call the band MadHouse from an episode I experienced when I was 15 years old. My father took me to an exhibition of paintings created by the guests of a psychiatric nursing home. Some of them were painters, others were not. Through these images they told their reality in a strong, simple and extremely communicative way. I have always maintained that the artist is born with, sort of, “coloured glasses” through which he sees everyday life with shades, colours and shapes often different from those seen by others. The one who creates lives a sensitivity, often misunderstood, that needs a vehicle (art) to be able to express itself at its best. Artists are often called crazy… The encounter of different sensibilities and personalities has created our musical reality, our “asylum”, the MadHouse.

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

We come from Italy and the rock and metal scene is linked more to the underground world or to foreign bands.

In Italy the mentality is more pop.

Italy is old minded, old-fashioned.

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

After the release of the EP “You Want More” in 2015 we published, in March 2019, “MadHouse Hotel” our first full-length produced by DysFUNCTION Productions (Fear Factory, Logan Mader, Dan Korneff, Alteria, Logical Terror, Klogr, Trick or Treat).

The title of the new album consists of two words in opposition to each other: “MadHouse” which, in addition to being the name of the band, means “asylum” and represents a place where you are locked up against your will in antithesis to “Hotel” where you usually choose to stay.

The album is a concept composed of 10 tracks where each track represents a hotel room in which each listener, taking the key to his room, chooses to stay to find or search for their size.

The message of the album is enclosed in the key of the “MadHouse Hotel” that gives access to the rooms.

The key symbolically represents the capacity of choice that each of us has to live our lives to the fullest. It is an invitation to look inside oneself, sometimes fighting one’s own fears and insecurities, to better understand what surrounds us and to really undertake the path of life that most represents us and can make us happy.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our background is very heterogeneous.

Certainly what has influenced us the most are the historical rock and hard rock bands (Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden…)

What first got you into music?

The need to communicate and the need to tell our experiences!

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

Alice Cooper.

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

Rock in Rio is one of the biggest music festivals in the world in which you can find rock legends and pop icons together.

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

We receive a lot of gifts from fans and we are very grateful for that. Gadgets, portraits, letters, handmade gifts. The craziest thing that happened was when one of our fans tattooed the “MadHouse” logo on his arm.

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

No matter what happens in life. Never give up, never surrender because it is always possible to change things and be reborn. Be true, powerful and positive!

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

I guess Ronnie James Dio

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

Being a musician is a wonderful thing. Going on stage is a privilege every time. I can’t find a negative side.

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

Italian Talent shows. They are useless and give a wrong vision to the new generations of what music really is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

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

Today digital music is very useful because it allows you to get anywhere in the world.

On the other hand, however, it leads to a more “fast food” way of listening to music.

Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s are perhaps less fashionable, less smart but it’s the way our generation has always listened to music.

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

It was a beer festival in Northern Italy in front of 2500 people.

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

I personally have always dreamed of making music my profession and after so many years of commitment I have made it. I have worked for several years as an employee in insurance companies. But at a certain point I decided to pursue my dream.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Jon Bon Jovi and Jani Snellman!

What’s next for the band?

The promotion of the album began immediately in conjunction with the release of the album and so the tour began with the showcase and provides live that will touch both Italian and European cities. We have just returned from dates in Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Now we’ll do other dates in Italy and we’ll go abroad again in the autumn. Then the first video of the new album will also be released soon.

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

Our website and our facebook page.
https://www.madhouseband.it/
https://www.facebook.com/madhouseliverockband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

There are traditional UK biscuit-sized cakes… Jaffa Cakes are definitely cookies.

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

Thanks to your editorial staff for the support you give to our project and a greeting to all readers! We invite you not only to our live shows but also to listen to our new album “MadHouse Hotel” which is available on all digital stores. Follow us on our website www.madhouseband.it and on social networks as “madhouse rockband”.

 

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based solo female Rock artist Kaima! Huge thanks to Kaima 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! My name is Kaima – I am a rock/metal vocalist, and I am a female solo rock artist! As a solo artist I have been around for nearly a year, however I was born from my old band, Wild Card. We were around for about a year before we disbanded, and from the ashes I decided to not give up, but face the problems we struggled with – cohesive music direction, the same beliefs, passion and dedication, and come back as a solo artist. This past year has professionally and personally been the hardest in my life, and I’ve been very open about my mental health issues, and experiences with abuse, and so I took that gap to sit down with my guitarist James, and take control of the narrative, instead of letting things defeat me. I wrote, and sang out all of my pain, and turned it into power. It’s the most empowering thing in the world to work through a scarring/negative situation and make something beautiful/positive out of it instead. I also decided to come back as a solo artist because I didn’t want to have to rely on anyone else to get to where I wanted to be – this last year has been full of realisations, and I think my biggest has been this exactly – I don’t need anyone else but myself.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is half of my surname – I am half Cypriot, and my name is very unusual. I am very proud of my heritage, and my family history, and I wanted to keep a part of it with me always, but ‘Kaimakami’ is quite a mouthful, and friends from school used to call me Kaima, so now it is just my preferred name and stage name! My logo, the eye is a variation on the Mediterranean ‘evil eye’ which is tied in heavily with our culture, with crazy eyelashes because I always have makeup or glitter running down my face!

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

I am from England, and the metal/rock scene is… well it depends where you are! Where I grew up in the West Country, you are hard pressed to find any musicians, let alone any rockers, whereas I live closer to London, where the scene is teeming with metalheads.. finding ones that are dedicated, or aren’t already taken is a bit harder though! But never give up. It took me long enough…

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

Liar Liar! My debut single as a solo artist… this song came from a lot of toxic anger toward an individual for infidelity, and lots of other fucked stuff like manipulation and emotional/physical abuse… But instead of letting the toxic anger fester inside me, I used the strength I shared with a close friend of mine who went through this with me, to turn the message into one of solidarity, and made what could have been a potentially quite bitter track, a kick-ass thank-fuck-you-were-the-one-that-got-away anthem! It came out back in February 2019, and I’ve been planning my next single, however I’ve been doing my best to fundraise for this to get into the studio/get it mixed/mastered.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Freddie. Gaga. Lzzy. In that order. They shaped everything I truly love and value about myself. I learned to love singing, appreciate truly special music, and be ok with being a drama queen on stage through Freddie, and Queen… I always knew I was a bit different, but didn’t know why/how, and when I sang their songs I felt ok with it for the first time and pretty fucking fabulous too! I credit Gaga for growing me up and teaching me all the things I should have learned at school/home – to love myself and drop anyone that didn’t by the wayside. She pushed me to push myself, and accept all the parts of me that weren’t ‘normal’ – her popularity just for being her awesome theatrical self when I was a kid was proof that I’d get through all the bullying and horrific experiences, and make it someday, and I could stay true to myself whilst doing it. Halestorm and Lzzy Hale in particular introduced me to slightly heavier music – and it blew my mind. I knew from the moment I heard them that that was what I wanted to do. It was exciting, it was sexy – here was a WOMAN who loved herself, her sex life, and was unapologetic about it.. and my god that VOICE… I was determined to be able to sing like her and it took about a year of training but I got there! All 3 paved the way for other beautiful freaks like them to follow down their paths. Without them, the industry would be a very different place. They didn’t just stand up for their beliefs – they fought like hell for them, and they made you feel like one of their own, whilst also taking you on a beautifully wild ride.

What first got you into music?

(I guess the above statement)

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

All of the above musicians – I would be honoured to collaborate with them, and also a band called The Struts. I really like what they’re doing at the moment – the lead singer Luke has a very Freddie attitude and sound which is incredibly sexy, and I feel like they’re kinda bringing their version of rock the mainstream, which is always awesome. I’ve also just discovered this insane fellow female solo artist – Kim Jennett. She was also in a band, and decided to go solo, is massively inspired by Lzzy, has ridiculous gritty vocals that are so rare in this industry nowadays… sounding familiar?! She’s a massive babe with a massive voice, and there are honestly so few of us rock chicks out there, I feel like I’ve struck gold! Society has a tendency to pit women against each other, but I honestly can’t be arsed with that rubbish – we need to stick together. Pulling someone else down doesn’t raise you higher. I supported Hands Off Gretal (another band I’d love to collab with) last week and I was shitting myself because I love their music, but every time I have played with women there has been nothing but love and support. No one is actually alone – we are all shit scared and thinking we aren’t good enough, so why add more stress and negativity to life – it’s hard enough as it is!! Be a damn cheerleader. So yeah – Kim Jennett, Lauren Tate (H.O.G) and 2 other local artists LUNA and Chinchilla – I adore you, lets team up and show the world how badass we are.

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

Glastonbury! It’s my biggest dream to play the pyramid stage at sunset. It’s my hometown, it was my first festival, and I just want a golden sea of people dancing and jumping to my songs whilst the sun goes down… I dream about it every night.

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

I haven’t received anything weird yet! Everything that’s made with love is important to me, but you never know!

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

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Everyone feels like they are, but they’re not. Reach out. Social media is horrific but it can also be incredible at bringing people together. Facebook forums, Instagram pages, Tumblr, Reddit – there is always someone else that feels the same way you do. Emotions are meant to be felt, but if you struggle with them like I do – find a doctor. It’s free. Ring a helpline. Join a website to start walking dogs. Volunteer at animal shelters. Find something you love, and find a way if pouring your pain into it so there is something constructive to show for it. If your friends aren’t helping – find new ones. ‘we accept the love we think we deserve’ – from the Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it’s true. I’ve stayed in horrific relationships (platonic too) and situations because I haven’t respected myself to go ‘HELL NO.’ There are 7 billion people out there – you will find someone. They might not be n your hometown, but we have social media for a reason.

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

Freddie.

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

As I said earlier, I love being able to take a really shitty situation, turn it into a powerful song, which helps me heal, and then in turn it helps someone else heal. I love when people thank me for my honesty, because it is hard to be vulnerable in such a tough industry, but I think this and admitting flaws is something that is swiftly becoming more applauded. I love being a platform to voice support for those that need it, such as MH, women’s rights, and sex worker rights. And the biggest thing… being able to scream into a microphone and call it my job. Getting sweaty and grimy all half naked on stage, singing about beating my demons?! It’s my dream come true! Fetus Kaima – we did it! I hate rumours. People that shit stir. If you’ve got issues, go and talk it out. You are helping no one here! This industry is hard enough as it is – help each other!

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

Honestly, I would make rock n roll the ‘current’ genre again… a lot of people tell me I won’t get far because it isn’t ‘in’ (but I do it anyway) and I see a lot of amazing musicians get put off or not follow the music they REALLY want to do because it ‘won’t sell’ which sucks, but in this day and age you have to make a killing to be a full time, successful musician. People think they have to go heavier, or rely on tech more. I just think I was born into the wrong era! It’s selfish, but I guess my ultimate wish would be that you could be able to be successful in the genre that you want to pursue. not what society dictates is the new ‘in’ thing. There is so much more rock has to offer, and I hope that movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and the Dirt have brought that kind of music back into a mainstream a bit more, so a wider audience can love and listen to this genre.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Queen – “Night At The Opera”. Or any of Halestorm’s albums because they showed me how to rock and Gaga’s “Fame Monster” because it grew me up!

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

I love vinyl because I’m a very visual person but realistically, downloads.

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

Probably the last 2 shows I’ve played – I headlined the Backroom Bar at the Hard Rock Café in London earlier this year, and there pictures of me as a kid at the Hard Rock café in Florida, and I still have hard rock merch up in my old bedroom. It was just a childhood dream fully realised. They all but rolled out red carpet for me, and I had massive imposter syndrome (and tonsillitis!). I was so humbled and honoured to have been given the opportunity, let alone treated like fucking royalty! So many people turned up, and the room just heaved with people living and breathing the same good rock n roll energy. I am grateful for that experience every day. My most recent show with Hands Off Gretal was a near topper for that though – despite having tonsil issues again, my voice held out for our nearly hour long set. To be able to support HOG made it an incredible night anyway, but playing to a packed crowd, seeing Lauren Tate in the front loving every second, being confident enough to incorporate a fully realised burlesque element into it, and having people stop me to tell me how much my music meant to them, it was just bliss. You can’t make this shit up. And I fully let go of absolutely everything – all of those fears and anxieties – for the whole set. I always snap out and over analyse and worry, but this time I was just totally lost in the moment. I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to do that when I am enjoying myself now – to snapshot that moment in my mind, so I can look back on that, and not the mountains of stress accompanying it.

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

Helping animals, kids, or being a Disney princess. Or makeup artistry!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe

What’s next for the band?

Getting the funds to go into the studio and release these tracks I’ve been saving up for you all! Then gig, gig, gig. Being on stage is my obsession, feeling the reaction from people who have their own personal connection to the songs I’ve written. I just want more! I’d like to work with some mental health charities, support women’s rights, and sex worker rights. As a provocative performer and a burlesque performer, the sex work industry is looked down upon, but there’s nothing shameful about our bodies! We love them, and we get that other people love them too. Being able to incorporate burlesque into my performance is something I haven’t had the confidence to do until recently but I’m over the moon that I did. We are such a large, loving community, and we don’t have time for hate.

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

https://www.facebook.com/kaimaofficial
https://www.instagram.com/kaimaofficial
and ‘Liar Liar’ is available on all streaming platforms to buy and download!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake?! They’re soft and called cakes…

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

… Uhhhh I’m sorry for rambling! I have a lot to say… but I always do! Thank you for having me… and just keep an open mind, and an open heart! It’s much better to add love in a world full of hate.
KAIMA <3 x

 

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EMQ’s with HELLSCREAM

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EMQ’s with HELLSCREAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal band Hellscream! Huge thanks to vocalist Norman Skinner 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 Norman Skinner and I am the vocalist for Hellscream. This band started as a musical collaboration between David Garcia and myself back in 2011-2012. We had known each other from our other bands (Cage & Imagika). We started demoing a few tracks and it was clear that there was some great chemistry. We released our debut album “Made Immortal” in 2013 and had since been asked time and again to record a follow-up album. Our second album “Hate Machine” releases July 26th 2019 through Pure Steel Records.

How did you come up with your band name?

One day Dave sent me a message asking what we were going to call this new beast of a band. I wanted something cool sounding and started putting words together. I checked and there was no band called Hellscream and learned as well it was a term for strange screaming sounds emitting from the ground that some people thought were tortured souls in Hell. I thought to myself “That is Metal!”. Dave loved it and here we are.

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

Hellscream are from the United States, specifically California. The Metal\Rock scene here is either definitely alive and well but very underground. Lots of local bands from every city some good and many not so much. Sadly, Metal is not a popular music genre in the United States compared to many countries unless it’s bands like Metallica or Slayer. Then people come out to see these bands.

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

Our latest release is our full length album titled “Hate Machine” scheduled to drop on 07/26/19 worldwide.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Of course I cannot speak for the other band members but for me I would say Iced Earth, Primal Fear, Killswitch Engage, Evergrey, Halford, Savatage, Mystic Prophecy, Angel Dust, Testament, Kamelot, Symphony X and so many more…

What first got you into music?

I believe it was being a young kid watching videos on MTV. The bands were larger than life and always got the hottest women. HA HA!

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

Off the top of my head I would have to say perhaps Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) or Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot). I love the brooding yet beautiful sounds\songs they create. It’s a sound I am very into these days but have yet to dive into.

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

Wacken Open Air! It’s known as the biggest and the best so that would be my choice.

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

Ha ha!! A “Tuggie”. It’s like a warm sock covering for your penis.

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

Thank you so very much for all your ongoing support of myself and each and every one of my projects.

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

Hands down Ronnie James Dio! No explanation needed.

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

I love creating songs with musicians. The lyrical story, the structure, demoing and ultimately recording. Adding the artwork, photos etc. Basically, creating something spectacular from nothing. Performing live is always a huge plus as well as meeting so many fantastic people while traveling. What I hate is the politics of the music business. It’s a hard business if you are trying to make it as a career or even part time.

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

Better payouts for streams and downloads of artist music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Skid Row – “Slave To The Grind”. Such a heavy & melodic album plus Sebastian Bach sounds like a vocal God on it.

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

I’m partial to downloads as I listen to all my music electronically but CD’s is a close second because there is something awesome about having the booklet and lyrics etc. I like Vinyl only for the large album art.

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

That’s a tough one. I would have to say The Thrash Against Cancer Benefit with my band Imagika for Chuck Billy of Testament. So many great Bay Area thrash bands.

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

I would probably be into graphic design or writing screenplays. Something creative for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Gates (Archeologist), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist), Zack Bagans (Paranormal Investigator), Giorgio A. Tsoukalos (Ancient Alien Theorist), Ben Kissel (Podcast Host)… the discussions going on would be mind-blowing!!

What’s next for the band?

Well, the new album is scheduled for release this month and we will most likely release a lyric video as well. Potentially a few live appearances. We haven’t really discussed plans as I have been busy with Niviane & Imagika and the rest of Hellscream busy with Cage & Three Tremors.

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

Spotify, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram & Twitter. Find us on all of them!
https://www.facebook.com/hellscream666/
https://twitter.com/HellscreamOffi1
https://www.instagram.com/nlskinner3/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7rd4e4epuVfcf5K3Cagwsw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are CAKES that just happen to be biscuit sized.

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

Thank you for the band spotlight and anyone interested in checking out the band’s debut release “Made Immortal” can find it on Spotify, YouTube etc. Our new album “Hate Machine” is released July 26th through Pure Steel Records. Thank you all!

 

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EMQ’s with FULCI

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EMQ’s with FULCI

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Death Metal band FULCI! Huge thanks to band member ‘Dome’ 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 everyone my name is Dome and I play guitar, synth and drum programming in the band called Fulci. The band was born in 2013 with me, Fiore on vocals and Klem on bass guitar. We know each other since 20 years or more and we just decided to put together two things we love: horror movies and death metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our favourite director is Lucio Fulci and we think that his gore movies influenced a lot the themes and the esthetic of many extreme metal bands. Our idea since the beginning was to make music inspired by Lucio’s movies so we simply decided to call the band with his name.

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

We are called Fulci because he was Italian like us. We were born and raised in Caserta a small town near Naples in the South of Italy. South Italy has never been on the metal/rock map so there is not a real scene, that’s why we created a crew called CBC (Caserta Beatdown Commando) made up of local bands, tattoo artists, writers and producers that help each other out.

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

Our last release is “Tropical Sun” a full length concept album based on the movie ‘Zombi 2’. The previous album was based on the movie “City of the Living Dead” and our idea is to go on making albums based on the Lucio Fulci movies. Guess which will be the next? The artwork was made by Misanthropic art and we love it. Inside the booklet you can find another ‘Zombi 2’ inspired artwork by our talented friend Danny Bellone.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We listen to a lot of music, from electronic to hardcore, from punk to stoner but the main influences in Fulci is death metal and movie soundtracks. We are influenced by the NY death metal scene (Suffocation, Mortician, Necrophagia) by the Morrisound era of Cannibal Corpse, Gorguts, Obituary or Morbid Angel. We have also some slam influences coming from Internal Bleeding, Disgorge, early Dying Fetus and Devourment and some epic influences coming from early Nile or Bolt Thrower. We are influenced also by the soundtrack composers such as Fabio Frizzi, Goblin or Carpenter.

What first got you into music?

My family is very big and full of amateur musicians so I grew up listening to music and seeing people playing but my cousin Rocco was the first one to introduce me to the metal world! He did for me a mixtape with Sepultura, Obituary, Life of Agony and Machine Head! Thanks to him and to my family.

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

Fabio Frizzi or Mortician!

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

Sundance Film Festival to bring Lucio where he deserves to be or Burning Man because it has an incredible scenario!

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

Strange drugs maybe?

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

Life is awesome so don’t take for granted any of your days on this planet earth and of course listen to death fucking metal!

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

Chuck Schuldiner of Death!

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

The energy that you can feel between the band and the people during the show is something I really like, it is powerful. I hate to clean up the stage and load the van!

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

I’d like to change the word “industry” with the word “factory” like the Andy Warhol one.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Cannibal Corpse – “Tomb of the Mutilated”

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

Vinyl and Spotify!

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

We just came back from a tour on the US West Coast! All the gigs were wicked! Especially Las Vegas Death Fest where Roger from Mortician saw us playing!

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

The actor, the photographer or the skater!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I will cook a very good Italian pasta, I’ll open up a good red wine bottle and invite for dinner: Lucio Fulci, Chris Barnes, Uma Thurman, Killjoy (Necrophagia Vocalist R.I.P.) and Danny Trejo.

What’s next for the band?

We will make some gigs in Italy and hopefully in Europe to promote the new album. Time to Kill Records is helping us so much and in September they will drop “Tropical Sun” in vinyl format. Then we will start to work on our third album.

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

I’m an Instagram addict so you can find the band under the name FULCICULT . Our personal Instagram pages are PIZZASTYLE, MATUL TRIBAL CULT and KLEM DIGLIO. We are also on Facebook as Fulciband. We have also a CBC store at www.cbcunited.com.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

You can call it “biscake” or “cakesquit”.

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

Thank you so much for the interview and hello and grazie to all the readers! Support death metal. Fulci lives!

 

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide based Traditional Heavy Metal band Plague 9! Huge thanks to bassist John Hopf 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 John; I play bass in the band. We’re a relatively new band. Devon and I used to play in a Metallica tribute show in Adelaide. He’d been writing for a while before that though, so had quite a bit of material that he wanted to get out there. He asked if I wanted to join him so I did sometime in 2017. He’d been auditioning drummers already and found one so by the time I came on board they had already been jamming for a bit and we managed to pull in a lead guitarist to record our first track, ‘Stuck In Hell’, that was featured on the Metalroos compilation CD last year. The lead guitarist at the time left, and so did the drummer. So we were on the lookout for another lead guitarist and drummer. We put an advert up and found the proverbial needle in the haystack in Dave who is an awesome lead guitarist. We ended up laying down some drum tracks with the help of some sophisticated software and went into the recording studio to track the “Mr. Ass” EP. We played a show with a session drummer supporting Temtris from Adelaide before securing Kon who played the 2019 Heavy SA festival with us. After finishing up the artwork and mastering for the “Mr. Ass” EP, we have now had it duplicated and it’s now good to go for the release in July.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name originated from the bible, The Book of Exodus. There were ten plagues of Egypt. The name came from the ninth plague, which was darkness.

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

I’m from Australia. There have been some good metal exports out of here that I really dig. Karnivool play some really awesome alternative progressive stuff. Of course there’s Parkway Drive who are getting a bit heavier and I Killed The Prom Queen who are from Adelaide, where Plague9 are based. I think the scene at the moment is flooded with cover/tribute bands as the big names rarely come Down Under it seems. But there is a good original metal scene as well with some venues dedicated to supporting local bands. It’s always good to go to these venues and see a good turnout of young and old metal heads head banging and going crazy in the pit.

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

“Mr. Ass”, our debut EP. It’s not quite released yet, but is ready to go for July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything that’s heavy and chunky. The band all love the classics like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Iron Maiden. I think our lead guitarist is into some gay shit like Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a guitarist and started playing in a band when I was about 14. I wanted to jam along and was too clumsy for guitar so the bass seemed to fit nicely for me. Have been playing ever since that age.

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

I think if Metallica wanted to jam, we’d all be in that for sure. Probably spend most of the time talking about sound and technique before making some serious noise.

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

The Download Festival. It has been gaining momentum worldwide and some really big, cool bands have been playing it.

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

A gift? I don’t know. The crowd like to buy drinks for the band, which can be a nice gesture. I got a stubby cooler once, which didn’t have a drink in it. That was pretty sucky!

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

I think fans like bands that produce good music, but aren’t a bunch of dicks. Stick with that. Oh and buy the EP from our Bandcamp page. It’s well worth it.

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

Fucken Lemmy. He’s got such attitude, such a unique voice and a crazy awesome bass tone.

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

I love knowing that you can always play better and sound better. I hate knowing that you can always play better and sound better.

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

I think all bands should get an equal opportunity and a fair go. It should be about the music and not who’s your mate/enemy that determines who gets on the bill and who doesn’t.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Any one of the Metallica albums Cliff Burton played on. But I always enjoy listening to “Toxicity” by System of a Down

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

Mix tapes. Man it’s a shame the current and future generations will never experience that

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

I really enjoyed that show at the Crown and Anchor supporting Temtris. The crowd was really cool. There was a good atmosphere there all night.

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

Would still be in the music industry somehow. Being a roadie, sound guy or something like that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cliff Burton, Lemmy Kilmister, Les Claypool, Robert Trujillo, Steve Harris

What’s next for the band?

Get the EP released and play more shows

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

https://www.facebook.com/Plague9band/
https://plague92.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them. Maybe Google can help me out?

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

Chugging beers is nearly as awesome as chugging guitars.

 

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EMQ’s with WICKED GARDEN

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EMQ’s with WICKED GARDEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Las Vegas based Alternative/Grunge Rock band Wicked Garden! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Dominick Muzio 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?

Dominick Muzio; lead singer and guitarist! The band was formed as a 90’s cover band back in 2011 by guitarist Shawn Trojahn. We played covers for years and the decided to start writing our own songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, since we played mostly 90’s grunge and alternative, it was a fitting name for the times we were representing.

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

We are from Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States. The scene kind of depends where in the country you are. In Las Vegas, there’s a lot of metal, but there’s also punk as well. We kind of fit somewhere in the middle!

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

Our CD is called “Post Dystopian Leisure Music” on Vanity Music Group/Shock Records

Who have been your greatest influences?

Me personally – Jerry Cantrell, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Johnette Napolitano

What first got you into music?

My dad was a musician; I grew up around music being played all the time.

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

I would love to write a song with Jerry Cantrell, or just jam with Dave Grohl. That would the ultimate thing for me.

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

Oh man, Glastonbury or Rokslide…or any other European festival. Those fans are insane!

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

This is going back a long time ago, but I once had a girl send me hand drawn pictures of my band, and they were ok. But then the last one was me and her getting married. That creeped me out!

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

Please share the music! Tell your friends, post it on social media and annoy your neighbours!

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

I would bring back Cobain, just so I could hear what he would come up with today, which I’m sure would be brilliant.

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

I enjoy the freedom to express myself in ways that some people will never be able to. It helps me deal with things. I don’t hate much of it, but the business side of it is shitty. Too much backstabbing!

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

I hate to say it, but bring back MTV and find ways to encourage people to buy music, not just stream it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Color And The Shape” – Foo Fighters. Brilliant record and not a bad song on it!

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

Vinyl! Hands down! There’s something magical about the whole format!

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

I guess that’s relative to a situation. If you’re talking about crowd size, I’ve done a couple festivals in front of 10,000 plus. I’ve also done shows where I feel the band played amazingly and there were 20 people there.

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

I can’t imagine doing anything else to be honest.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tough one, cause part of me wants people whose brain I can pick, and the other wants people I’d find fun to be around. So I’d say, Dave Grohl, Douglas Adams (RIP), Jerry Cantrell, Steven Tyler and Butch Vig.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the record and touring this fall. Plus shooting a new video soon!

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

https://www.facebook.com/wickedgardenvegas/
https://wickedgardenlv.com/
https://twitter.com/WickedGardenLV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If they are topped with fruit they are a biscuit. If with chocolate then cake!

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

We really appreciate your time and thank you for helping us promote our record! Please buy a copy and tell your friends!!

 

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EMQ’s with HELL & HOLLAR

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South Florida Stoner Rock band Hell & Hollar! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Blake Burns 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 Blake and I am the lead singer and guitarist in H&H. I started H&H with my good friend Jean about 6 years ago. I met our bass player Johnny when I was buying a pedal at Guitar Center and we exchanged numbers and he came to check out what we were doing. We played shows for about a year just the 3 of us. Then Jean had to move for a job. Johnny and I pressed on and asked our friend Nate to play drums with us. He fit the band perfectly. After we went to Nashville to record the EP together, we wanted to add a second guitar player to thicken it up and someone to share the leads. So we brought in our good friend Ian Pattison and he has been a wonderful addition. Now we have a video out and our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour coming up.

How did you come up with your band name?

My friend Jean heard it in a Hank III song and it just stuck.

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

We are in the United States. It really depends on the city you live in, in the US. The scene is huge in some places and smaller in others. Where we are based in South Florida there is a tight knit scene. But most of the venues here jump on the cover acts because it is so tourist based here and they just want their fruity drink by the water with someone playing acoustic cover for the most part. Oh and reggae is huge here too. So for us we try to get out and play out of town.

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

Well our EP “442” has been out for a bit now and we just released the video for the single ‘Showdown’ which is getting a great response.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNufD54DNJw

Who have been your greatest influences?

QOTSA, Clutch, Frank Black and The Catholics, Iggy Pop.

What first got you into music?

I have been into music ever since I can remember. I have been playing guitar since I was about 10 or so.

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

Joshua Homme

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

Wow that’s a tough one because there are so many amazing ones, but probably Glastonbury. It’s so big and so many people.

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

Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever been given a gift from a fan.

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

Thank you so much for listening and we hope to keep your interest peaked for a long time to come!

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many I would want to bring back. I guess I will say Dimebag Darrell. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. Not that anyone does. But that was so tragic.

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

I love all of it. I love the family we have put together as a band. I love writing and recording as well as performing. It’s all great. I really don’t think there is anything I hate, maybe the unfairness with the streaming world. That’s probably the one thing I hate. Too many musicians don’t get paid enough.

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

How much money goes to the artist! Oh and the 360 deal needs to up and disappear. That’s just not right.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Another tough one! Maybe “Dog In The Sand” by Frank Black and The Catholics.

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

Vinyl. There is just something about a great record played through a nice table and system.

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

Probably playing Sun Fest in Palm Beach Florida! But we are about to hit the road soon. So who knows? That might be replaced soon.

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

I don’t know. I have tried other things and this is the only thing that has every really clicked for me I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My mother, father, band mates! I believe that makes 5. But yeah, quality time with those close to you is important.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to hit the road for our ‘Why The Hell Not’ Summer Tour soon. We will be in Johnson City TN at The Hideaway June 26th, Milwaukee WI at Summerfest June 28th, The Depot Brewery in Fairfield IA on June 29th, The Pour House in Raleigh NC on July 2nd, Mountain Freedom Festival in Andrews NC July 3rd, Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta GA July 4th and Mathews Brewing Company in Lake Worth FL on August 30th. We also have some stuff in the works that we can’t announce just yet. But we are also continuing work on a new record to be released sometime next year.

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

www.hellandhollar.com
www.facebook.com/HellAndHollar/
www.instagram.com/hellandhollar/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hell-hollar/1403195157
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0u0Pb5Z342rJA8MGepMlu6

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly have never had one. From the looks of this debate I think I will stay out of this one. Hahahaha!

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

Thank you for having me and featuring Hell & Hollar. We look forward to the next one. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Heavy Metal band Blind Cross! Huge thanks to vocalist Juan Ricardo 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?

Hello my name is Juan Ricardo. I am the lead vocalist of Blind Cross. Blind Cross was formed by guitarist Rocco Stellmacher after the break-up of his band Gorgons Eye. He started writing new songs and put together a new band with drummer Andy Korte and bassist Matze Horold from the band Double Action. After a long search for a vocalist, he had a conversation with Pure Steel records president Andreas Lorenz who suggested asking me if I would be interested… I had recently released records with Sunless Sky, Ritual and Wretch plus had a new album coming out from Dark Arena on the label. Once I heard the songs I was immediately impressed by Rocco’s use of melody and the overall classic metal sound of the recording and instantly said YES.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Blind Cross was created by Rocco. He thought that in every person’s life there is a cross that we must bear… an event that shaped our lives… but this is a cross that no one can actually know or see… so it is a Blind Cross.

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

Well this is a two part question because I am from America and the band is from Germany. In America the metal scene is good, especially in the major cities like Cleveland where I am from… but overall it is about new style mainstream metal bands in America in general. Whereas in Germany, and most of Europe, the metal scene is considered better because they are still into traditional metal styles and have not changed as much with the current trends. So in Germany they are still into what people consider “True” metal whereas America is not…

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

Blind Cross has completed our debut album called “Merciless Time” that is due to be released on July 5th. To go with this release we have finished two videos to promote the album. A lyric video for the lead-off track on the album called ‘The Hammer And The Nail’ and an official video to the first single off the album called ‘Bioluminosity’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I started singing in bands when I was 10 and eventually studied classical music and opera in college, so my first influence would be Luciano Pavarotti but as I became a metal singer my influences are: Ronnie James Dio, Robert Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, James Rivera, Geddy Lee, Freddy Mercury and Midnight of Crimson Glory.

What first got you into music?

I had always had a love and interest in music but my musical career actually began, like I said, when I was 10. My mom had friends who were in a Spanish band that was looking for a drummer and singer, and she mentioned that I could play… so in desperation they tried me out and I got the gig. I began my metal career in another odd way… I was in college and at a party singing when a group of guys approached me and complimented me and asked if I ever considered singing metal? I asked if they meant bands like Judas Priest? and surprised them by singing ‘Victim of Changes’ and was asked to join the band which eventually was called Stryker.

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

Wow! Anyone? I guess I would sing with Iron Maiden… Doesn’t everyone? If I had to have a second choice it would be to do a project with the members of Rush… They have been my favourite band since I first heard them in high school when they released the album 2112 in the mid 70’s.

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

This is an easy one…Wacken in Germany! As a metal band this is almost everyone’s dream… but if I had a second choice it would actually be Prog-Power in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. Festivals are the big trend now world-wide, it’s hard to get fans to go to small shows but they will attend a festival. I’m actually an organizer of a festival in Cleveland for the label called Pure Steel Metalfest each fall on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

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

The weirdest gift for me is that people try to buy me drinks at every show… I don’t drink alcohol but as the singer in the metal band I don’t think people believe me. Every show someone will buy me a drink and after I tell them “thanks but no thanks” they will insist, so I will graciously accept them but I give the drink to a band mate or another fan.

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

If I had one message it would be thank you. Thank you for supporting me and countless other metal musicians with their passion for the music. We are doing this because of them, they are the reason metal is alive and strong after all these years.

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

This would be the man that was the greatest influence on me when it comes to my singing style in metal; the one and only Ronnie James Dio. It is my single, greatest regret that of all the amazing vocalist I have seen that I never got to see him perform live…

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

I love being a musician… Being creative, the fellowship you have with the members of your band, I love travelling and seeing new places, I love meeting the fans and talking about music with them, their energy excites me and makes me want to be the best I can be for them… I do hate being away from my family for extended periods of time.

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

If there was one thing I do not like it would be the dog-eat-dog nature of the business part of making music. Everyone realizes how difficult it is to actually make it in music, especially in metal… that leads some people to have the mentality of success at any price, which is unfortunate… making music should be about the joy and the love of music. I always try to help young and up-coming bands and that is why I am also an A+R rep for the record label.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Two albums changed my life…First was Rush – “2112”…It opened my eyes to what heights songwriting could reach, musicianship at its highest level…and Second was Rainbow – “Rising”… When I first heard ‘Stargazer’ I was in awe…Dio had so much power and passion in his voice, I knew I wanted to sound like that.

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

I have hundreds of each, but vinyl has a real place in my heart cause that’s what I grew up on and of course you would love the big cover art work…but honestly, I almost never listen to my vinyl anymore. Nowadays if I’m home I will listen to my CD’s cause I enjoy the sound quality…but if I’m working on music it’s on a digital format because all the recording studios I work at have gone almost completely digital… I see a time in the near future where all music will be sold entirely digitally.

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

Well I’ve done thousands of shows over the past 40 years so I think I will say three recent ones… Sunless Sky at The Priest’s Cave in Brno, Czech Republic in 2017…Ritual at The Full Metal festival in Niederjossa, Germany this past March…and Wretch at The Spirit of Metal festival in Hamburg, Germany this year. Hopefully I will be able to add a Blind Cross show to this list soon..!

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

An athlete! I was a professional boxer at one time and have been running marathons since I was in college… of course that is if I could regain my youth. Even though I’m in my late fifties now, I’m still in very good shape but I would be retired… With music I can continue to perform for as long as people want to see me, my voice feels great.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone? President Barack Obama, Urban Meyer… ex-football coach of Ohio State University, Film producer Steven Spielberg, Horror writer Steven King and Boxing champion Felix Trinidad.

What’s next for the band?

For Blind Cross everything is wide open… Touring is of course a possibility, it may be too early to start thinking about the next record but in music you always have to be looking to the future.

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

Look for Blind Cross on Facebook or look up any of my projects on Facebook or Pure Steel Records website
https://puresteel-records.com
https://www.facebook.com/Juan-Ricardo-182768288403262/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly don’t know what a Jaffa cake is… but judging from the name I’m going to guess a Cake.

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

You’re very welcome and I want to thank you for this chance to share my music with everyone. Stay heavy, stay metal…!

 

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EMQ’s with SACRILEGE

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EMQ’s with SACRILEGE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK NWOBHM / Heavy Rock band Sacrilege! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Bill Beadle 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’m Bill Beadle and I’m singer/songwriter/guitarist for heavy rock band Sacrilege who I formed in 1981/82. We were then billed as best new band of 1983 and appeared on the 6th episode of the David Jensen Rock Shows TV series, which also featured U2 and The Stranglers alongside Sacrilege that week. I kept Sacrilege playing live up until 1987 when I then decided to stop playing, I reformed the band and we played our first comeback gig in October 2012.

How did you come up with your band name?

At the time I was going to call us Blizzard. I’m a massive Sabbath fan but coincidently Ozzy returned with his new band calling themselves Blizzard of Ozz so I had to find a different name. While watching a film one night called ‘Demetrius and the Gladiators’ the star (Victor Mature) saw these dead gladiators being thrown into a massive pit, he shouts out ‘That’s Sacrilege’ so that was it.

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

We are from the UK and the metal scene, in fact music scene, isn’t doing so well unless you are a covers or tribute band it seems! There are some great original bands out there not getting a chance so we are pleased to have our loyal support.

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

“The Court Of The Insane”, our new album, which is on the Pure Steel record label and is due out on 2nd August this year (2019)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and in the last 10 years Nightwish!

What first got you into music?

Those bands I mentioned but primarily Black Sabbath. When they seemed to be finishing with Ozzy leaving I thought I’d see if I could write and form a band, this I did and now seven albums later I’m still writing and playing even if I did have a long break in-between. You can hear my influences in the Sacrilege tracks.

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

Tony Iommi, no doubt there!

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

The old Castle Donnington ‘Monsters Of Rock’ which is now Download Festival. I’ve been to see many of my favourite bands there and always wanted to play rather than watch but they seem to have changed the genre of bands that play so in this country it would be Bloodstock or abroad Wacken.

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

A very shy girl once got her friend to come over to speak to me! She said her friend liked me very much but didn’t have the courage to come over to talk so she wanted me to have this, it was a picture of her friend naked, I thought not that shy then? Haha!!

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

Thanks for all your support and please tell you friends about how much you enjoyed our music and stage show. The support and messages we receive are all very special and we wouldn’t be playing without you.

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

That’s a hard question we have lost so many great artists and characters! Lemmy Probably closely followed by Dio, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore.

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

Seeing the smiles and enjoyment on people’s faces from the stage then talking to them after the show. I hate being let down by people which happens a lot in this business.

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

More venues opening rather than closing and the music industry could help with that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Studio album then Black Sabbath’s “Vol 4” but live album it would be “Unleashed In The East” by Judas Priest!

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

Always loved Vinyl when I was younger and if we went back to those days I’d be happy!

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

The best gig is a very hard question as playing on a big stage where we can let off our Pyros and put a full stage show on is hard to beat but we played in Cambridge at the Melbourn Rock Club recently and the support and reaction from the crowd was very special. We also did a show in Hamburg last month and, again, from a crowd that didn’t know us the reaction was brilliant, so those two were very special but overall I’d have to go for the Malta Metal Festival. We were made to feel so welcome, the crowd was great and we made many many friends there!

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

I’d always be a musician it would just depend on what scale, either that or drive a train or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Doro, Floor Jansen, Charlotte Wessels and Tarja plus a referee haha!!

What’s next for the band?

We have just had Paul Macnamara (Guitarist) join us permanently so we want to really tour with the new album and play as many places as possible improving our stage show and then start recording album number eight.

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

We use the normal sites Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, Instagram and our own webpage plus YouTube!
https://www.facebook.com/Sacrilegerock/
https://twitter.com/BillSacrilege
https://www.reverbnation.com/sacrilege
https://www.instagram.com/sacrilegenwobhm/
http://www.sacrilegenwobhm.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCytK8ge7u4R67JdXduLaxpA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s the best question of the interview haha! Cake it’s in the name!

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

A special thanks to my band mates Neil Turnbull, Jeff Rolland, Paul Macnamara and Road Manager Richard Ellender, we all work to put the best show on and it’s a pleasure having these guys as friends and band mates.

 

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EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA

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EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band Zephyra! Huge thanks to guitarist Tony Netterbrant 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 Tony Netterbrant. I play guitar and I’m the main songwriter in Zephyra.

The band started 2009 but we often say that we started for real in 2011 when I switched from drums to guitar in the band.

We have released three full length albums and one stand-alone single since 2014.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was Åsa (vocalist) that came up with the idea to rearrange our dog’s name. Her name is Zaphira and Åsa changed it to Zephyra.

It was never really meant be the final band name. We needed a name in the beginning and it eventually stuck. It’s too late to change now, ha ha!

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

We are from Sweden and it has its good sides and bad sides. In the global perspective Sweden has delivered some really good metal acts such as in Flames, HammerFall, Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Sabaton and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of good metal bands here for sure!

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

Our latest album “Fall. Rise. Conquer.” was released on April 17, 2019 and we have released three singles off that album, the latest being a cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

If we are talking musical influences, Metallica is one of the biggest for me. But bands such as Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Megadeth have also played a big role.

Other influences is life in general. The lyrics I write are inspired of real life events, mainly my own experiences but also others.

What first got you into music?

I was never really good at sports growing up, like my brothers were. I think music spoke to me and I have always been a very creative and deep person. The music came naturally in a way.

My oldest brother introduced me to hard rock and metal and it grew on me. A few years down the road when I discovered Metallica, something inside me woke.

I wanted to play drums and I wanted to compose music. I never had a plan to be a musician, it just happened and it just felt right.

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

Oh, wow! Hard question! There are so many so I really can’t say. I’m afraid I will forget someone, ha ha!

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

Wacken! I mean, it’s the biggest and most metal festival there is! Of course Sweden Rock Festival does not sound bad either 😉

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

Maybe not weird but in a way it is. We have, as far as we know, two different people who have a tattoo of our logo on their body. It’s a big honour of course, but also weird in a way because it’s so hard to grasp. Amazing!

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

I would like to say THANK YOU to all you Zephyra soldiers out there who are fighting for us and supporting us through everything!

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

Criss Oliva. Such an underrated guitarist who died too soon!

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

Creating music! It makes my blood flow and when I am performing with my family (the band) on stage in front of our lovely fans, that’s worth all the hard times.

I hate all of the business side. I didn’t start with music to being able to run a business, you know. It’s a necessary part though to being able reach out to more people and to grow as a band.

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

Take away the industry part and make it only about the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Gutter Ballet” – Savatage

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

I don’t have an opinion about that, they all serve a purpose. But I’m quite nostalgic about CD’s though.

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

Hard one, but I think I must say that the last two shows on our last UK tour were special in so many ways. We played in Birmingham and Norwich and Åsa’s voice was severely affected by pollen so she couldn’t growl at all in Birmingham and then she couldn’t sing at all (!) in Norwich. But, we soldiered on and played the shows anyway with the amazing support from our lovely fans. I am very proud of the band that we didn’t give up and pushed through. The show must go on.

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

I don’t know, maybe something with animals. I am a big dog lover.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band! Wait, that’s only three, ha ha. Well, that’s enough. I like small gatherings.

What’s next for the band?

Next shows are in Norway and the Netherlands in July and August at Totsås Rock and Tattoofest. Other than that we are brewing on some things we can’t talk about yet.

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

https://www.facebook.com/zephyraofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ZephyraVideos
https://www.instagram.com/zephyraofficial/
http://www.zephyra.se/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have actually never heard of them so I can’t say.

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

Thanks for this interview and stay metal out there!

 

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