EMQ’s with KILL THE BEAST

EMQ’s with KILL THE BEAST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Rock band, Kill The Beast. 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?

My name is Wolf

History of the Band.

Wolf, songwriter (music and lyrics), front man and acoustic guitar started around 2011.

I worked with some arrangers starting to learn how to arrange and how to work in a recording studio. At the same time, I studied movie direction, shooting techniques, how to write subjects and film-scripts, editing and post production.

After around 3 years Wolf met The Eye who joined the band taking care of the website and all the graphics of the band: The Eye of what there is behind.

After around another 2 years Wolf met The Wizard who joined the band as arranger and sound technician: The Wizard of the Sound. Wolf and The Wizard studied for around 1 year the sound of the band: not the arrangement of the first song but the sound that Kill The Beast Band had to have.

Kill The Beast Band was launched after around 8 years of tough work and on the market since 2018.

Now we are a Rock Band & Record Label connecting Music and Cinema: for each song there is cover art and a mini-movie style video. Every song is a single, we don’t make any song just to fulfil a CD.

We believe in both Music and Content: 70;s-80’s style Rock (A Wall of Sound!) with lyrics speaking about true life.

On the air of many radio stations and magazines in Italy, California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clarita and others), UK (London, Lancaster, Manchester, Daventry, Portsmouth and others), Wyoming (Sheridan and others), Oklahoma (Norman and others), Illinois (Chicago and others), Florida (Tampa and others), Michigan (Detroit, Owosso and others), Tennessee (Nashville and others), Texas (El Paso), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Canada (Mississauga and Barrie in Ontario, Lethbridge in Alberta and others), Brazil (Natal), Germany (Stuttgart) and Spain (Córdoba).

Kill The Beast Band Motto: Stay With Us, Share Your Soul, You Are Not Alone Anymore

How did you come up with your band name?

Every one of us has a dark side: for some it comes out very easily, for others it is more of a challenge, but it is there, just more hidden. It is important to try to control it because it can bring you to make wrong actions against yourself and to the others, including people who love you.

Kill The Beast means to Kill The Beast you have inside or at least try to control it: we all know that it’s impossible to kill it.

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

We are from Milan, Italy.

Rock here has a strong influence from US and UK.

Rock is not the main music heard in Italy nor in all the world. It’s enough to compare the followers, the clicks and the audience of the most famous rock bands with musicians belonging to different styles to understand the position of the rock in the world. It is not the first in the ranking for popularity.

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

We make singles only; we don’t do songs just to fulfil a CD.

In around 1 ½ years we have launched 8 singles: For each song we have cover art and a video. Here is the list of the songs ordered from the most recent:

  • Uomo di Metallo (first song in Italian and on our website, there is also the translation in English)
  • You Can’t Call My Name Unplugged
  • Devil Behind Your Back
  • You Can’t Call My Name
  • Wise Man, Don’t Tell Me Lies
  • Kill The Beast
  • Walk Alone
  • The Rage (First launched song)

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Stone Temple Pilots, Rolling Stones, Elvis The King, Blues Brothers.

What first got you into music?

At Elementary school I attended a guitar course and the first song I made was a few months later. I think we will publish it (this first song) sooner or later: It’s still appealing.

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

We are open to collaborate with everyone: We can learn from all. For sure if we could choose: AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters.

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

Any Rock Festival would be good for us. It must be about Rock: the contest is the key. 😉

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

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

Stay With Us, Share Your Soul, You Are Not Alone Anymore

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

None can turn back from death. Our glance is on the present and on the future. We respect the past. We are what we are thanks to the past. Influences are inevitable and right.

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

I don’t consider myself a musician. I just am what I am.

I have the need to write songs to free my mind and soul: this is why we make only singles and not albums. I don’t write to fulfil a CD. For sure writing songs has allowed me to save a lot of money avoiding paying a psychiatrist: Music cures. 😉

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

Scouting is not done anymore at all. Maybe it has not ever been done.

Famous record labels that don’t hear new bands, but they just check the numbers of followers linked to social media to understand if they can hire someone on their roster. This is the attitude of the independent and small Record labels too.

Music is not the number of the followers or at least Rock is not the number of the followers. Rock is the energy of the sound and the power of the lyrics: Rock is a way to live, not a style of music.

A Rock Band of value must be pushed and promoted to be able to be appreciated by the people: A rock song must be heard at different times to let it enter the mind. It’s not disco music (for example) that must catch you on first listen. One is not better or worse than the other: They are simply two different things with different audiences and requirements. A Record Label working in rock should deeply know this aspect and cannot judge a rock band just hearing a song for 10 seconds otherwise they have no basis to manage the Rock World!!

The Bands that are Rock legends teach: It’s enough to study their histories and the huge difficulties they had at the beginning. Rock needs a little bit of time to enter the soul but once entered it’s impossible get free. Kill The Beast Band has all the elements to enter in the legends of Rock.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I don’t have preferred albums, I have preferred singles: I’m coherent, right? 😊

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

In my opinion it depends on the level of the equipment you have.

Vinyl is nostalgic and for sure has a great sound, but a lot of money is needed to buy high level equipment to have the wonderful sound from the disc.

Downloads are very good and high level if you take or hear the songs from the right websites and not from the wrong ones: There are many websites that compress the files too much, so the quality of the sound becomes bad even if bands send them high quality mp3.

For this reason, on our website everyone can listen to all our music at high quality without limits: Music is for All and for us the quality is extremely important.

www.killthebeastband.com/songs/

We are also in almost all the stores and we can say that in many of them the quality is high.

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

The next one: We are concentrated to always improve our skills and quality.

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

Being a musician is not a profession, it’s a need. It doesn’t matter if you live off music or you have to do something else to survive.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Family so useless to mention the names, none are famous. 😉

What’s next for the band?

Pushing as much as we can the promotion: We are searching for people to reinforce our Social Media & PR function. Innovative People who like to be part of a Rock Band.

Searching for collaborations and partnership with everyone who can make the band known to the world.

Working on new songs and new videos even if we have already a lot of (completed) material waiting for the right moment to be launched: There is a lot of news on the horizon for the Kill The Beast Band.

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

www.killthebeastband.com
www.youtube.com/channel/UCU2GTVAs1o9uqbbbGIvRITg/featured
www.facebook.com/killthebeastband
www.twitter.com/KillTheBeastB
www.instagram.com/killthebeastband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits!

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EMQ’s with SØNDAG

EMQ’s with SØNDAG

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Piacenza, Italy based Rock band Søndag. Huge thanks to guitarist Marcello Lega 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! I’m Marcello from Søndag, and I play guitar in the band.

The band was born from the ashes of an old extreme metal band called Edema in which I, Riccardo Lovotti (drums) and Marco Benedetti (Guitar) were already present.

After a break we wanted to try something more rock than the Edema project, and we first ventured into a duo (me and Riccardo) with only an 8-string guitar and drums, instrumental.

In the following months we incorporated another guitar (Marco) and a bass player/singer (Riccardo Demarosi).

The Søndag Project was thus consolidated, and we began years of touring and records with various labels internationally.

How did you come up with your band name?

I must admit that I am very infatuated with Scandinavian languages, and therefore I took a cue from the Danish vocabulary for the band name: Søndag (Sunday).

The reference to the day of the week wants to create a parallel between the day of the week when the plug is disconnected from everyday life, and our music which (we hope) in its own way disconnects from the routine of the music we are used to listening to.

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

We are from Piacenza (Italy).

Unfortunately, the underground rock scene in Italy, especially in our tiny town, is very small as live clubs are closing one after the other.

Not to mention that the current situation of Covid-19 has made it practically impossible to do concerts so let’s say that it is not a good time for the local scene.

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

Our latest single was “Trendsetter”, but we have a new single coming at the end of August (31st) which will be called “Titans”! (Out now, see below – Rick)

‘Trendsetter’ (Official Video)

Titans (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Definitely bands of the calibre of Alice In Chains, Deftones, Bring Me The horizon, Meshuggah…etc!

What first got you into music?

A little out of curiosity, a little for fun, I found myself strumming the first notes on the guitar. From there a love was born: a passion that I have been carrying with me for 20 years now!

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

Our dream would be to have the voice of Oliver Sykes on one of our songs, but maybe we dream too big?

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

Having never gone outside Europe playing, we have no real idea of what festivals are like out there, except for what you see on YouTube, but we all know that seeing something on YT or seeing it with your own eyes is a different thing.

So, I would say: Wacken Open Air in Germany!

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

Hahaha, this is a tough question!

During a tour we were given, as payment for one CD album, a piece of torn underpants from a completely drunk character who came to one of our concerts in Germany, is that a valid answer? 😊

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

Well, surely, we love them infinitely and that we have all the respect in the world for them.

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

Chris Cornell (R.I.P.)!

His voice has always inspired us, it would be great to keep hearing about his new artistic creations.

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

Playing in itself is worth the price of being a musician: while you play everything else vanishes. This is worth everything.

What do I hate? The fact that often all the effort and time you take to create music is lost in the wind because it is very difficult to reach new listeners.

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

Streaming (practically) for free.

I must admit, I also listen to streaming music on Spotify. who doesn’t?

The problem is that this system has practically wiped out any kind of earnings for those who put their heart and soul into creating new music on a large scale.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Destroy Erase Improve” – Meshuggah

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

Having grown up with cassettes and CD’s, instinctively I would say those, obviously not for the audio quality, but because they were tangible!

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

Singen – Germany – “Blaues Haus”. Incredible concert with a lot of enthusiastic and crazy people. I remember it very well!

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

No idea mate!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Difficult question, but easy answer: the entire Meshuggah band.

What’s next for the band?

As mentioned before, it is difficult to count on the future during a pandemic.

We will certainly continue to release new music, but we miss a lot playing live…

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

We have used Facebook more than anything in recent years, but we feel it is at the end of its days. Since a couple years we mainly use Instagram.

Here are a couple of links to connect with us:
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5LUD4DPNUeL81zhr9KPO0P
www.youtube.com/channel/UCile-cqMhmBW9BzRPuI92Ww
www.facebook.com/sondag.music/
www.instagram.com/sondag.band/
www.sondag.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the pleasure of having them in our country. I would say “little cakes”?

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

Thanks a lot for the chat!!

Our message is: If you feel you need something different, give us a chance and give a spin to our music!

See you soon and thanks again,

Marcello

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War
Agoge Records
Release Date 27/10/2019
Running Time: 29:34
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Good evening, my dear friends and followers. It is Saturday and I am your saturnine satyr Dark Juan, here to share my opinions, bizarre theories and out and out insane nonsense with you about whatever I please and there’s nothing you can do about it! Apart from stop reading but that would be a very very bad thing to do because you wouldn’t get to learn about the Australian/ Italian alt rock band I am currently listening to. Should you wish to continue to read these ramblings, I should warn you they have been fuelled by a bottle of rather excellent port, and I am a little bit squiffy, after a hard day of trying to find a virgin to defile in West Yorkshire. It appears there aren’t any left. It’s nearly as bad as Liverpool. At least in Wales there is the odd valley or two where my influence has not penetrated. Cheeky! How am I to preach my gospel of hatred for God and the only true way of the Left Hand Path if I can’t defile virgins and sacrifice them to my great and mighty lord Shaitan upon my altar of pain and suffering while they lie upon a bastardised statue of Christ while they bleed their lives out through carved sigils and severed veins? I don’t mind telling you it looks like I am going to have to find a proper job soon and that simply won’t do…

I’ll be honest – when I hear the words “alt rock” the first thing that comes into my head is the fucking Flaming twatty Lips. I hate The Flaming Lips. I hate their name, their whiny bollock music and the fact that they have single handedly murdered rock and roll with insipid lightweight “tunes” and bollockbrained personalities and the fact they are filled with a colossally overwhelming sense of their own self-importance. Even if I do actually love “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I”. Instead we have this band Fugue. A fugue in music is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. Or their name could be associated with the dissociative fugue state, being a psychiatric disorder characterised by reversible amnesia for personality, memories and other identifying characteristics of individuality. Fugue (the band) are absolutely NOT arseholes. They are in fact rather jolly good.

A quick aside – There has just been an advert on television (I have the famously explodatastic Independence Day on in the background – the fact that the filmmakers have portrayed the Royal Air Force flying F-16 Fighting Falcons STILL PISSES ME OFF!) that has the remarkably combative and fabulously whiny Mancunian mop topped Beatles copyists Oasis’ Wonderwall made into some kind of awful pity ballad that is ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THE FUCKING ORIGINAL HATEFUL BASTARD SONG! However, the horror was mitigated somewhat by Mrs. Dark Juan changing the lyric from “You’re my wonderwall” (which is literal doggerel and therefore absolute bollocks) to “You’re my bonzer battlement” which we can all agree is a far superior lyric and makes infinitely more sense.

To business! The record opens with some extremely Led Zeppeliny riffing on ‘Smoketrails’ underpinned with the clean, crystal clear vocal of Luke Corso. The chorus has some tasty vocal harmonies and some emotive guitar soloing. I like this a lot so far – Luke’s voice is part Klaus Meine (Scorpions), part Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the guitar sound is so clear and pure it makes this grizzled old metaller want to weep for joy. The record has a fine production – every instrument is clear and hard hitting, yet still pleasingly heavy. The band’s sound is interesting as well. It sounds like a combination of QOTSA at their most staccato, crossed with Alter Bridge, Helmet, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Coheed and Cambria with added Bob Mould’s Sugar (Copper Blue is one of THE great and cruelly ignored alternative rock masterpieces). I’m now on the softer and more accessible ‘Leaves’ but it is still very good indeed. To describe this record as a heavy metal record would be entirely wrong. It is a hard rock record with progressive elements. To call it alternative rock is to not do it sufficient justice because most alt rock really is absolute shite, mate. I’m sorry but it is. Now we are on track 6, entitled ‘Air’ which is that rarest of rare things, an acceptable ballad. My hatred and disgust at ballads are well known and I am prone to uttering a sarcasm or two about how godawful they are. However, ‘Air’ is engaging and interesting throughout. ‘Sirens’ is a song that reminds me greatly of Sugar, gentle clean electric guitar giving way to the sheer alchemy of a heavily distorted riff of puissant majesty and power. The next song is entitled ‘Walls’ and is the album closer. The guitar work is very reminiscent of Josh Homme and QOTSA around “Go With The Flow”. This isn’t a bad thing because this song is done right and rocks your metaphorical pants off. Alright, yes, I am dancing around my front room with no pants on. Fugue have done that to me.

Every song on the record is a high quality rock song. Fugue are a damned fine rock band. I love them. I love Anna’s bass work, thunderously underpinning some high quality riffage with some intricate playing yet never overpowering the rest of the band and I love the drumming of Renato Fabrizi too.

I’m going to stop writing now, because I have drunk far too much port. Nos dda, friends!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Fugue 9/10 for a damned near perfect record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Smoketrails
02. Run
03. Leaves
04. The Shroud
05. Waterline
06. Air
07. Hungry Sea
08. Sirens
09. Wall

LINE-UP:
Luke Corso – Guitar and vocals
Anna Bach – Bass
Renato Fabrizi – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Fugue-529079680961495/
https://www.instagram.com/fugue_band/

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Helligators – Hell III

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Helligators – Hell III
Sliptrick Records
Release date: 04/06/2019
Running Time: 60:00
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Listening to “Hell III” – the new Helligators release – and you can almost smell the Cajun cookin’ and moonshine brewing. This is greasy, crazy biker rock from the southern states. No doubt Helligators have fine-tuned their art in a roadhouse shack just off some dusty highway, the sounds of the bayou just inches away. The heat and the trees, the swamp and the…

What? They’re from where? Like Rome, Florida or something? What, actual Rome? In Italy? Oh. Well ya could’a fooled me!

Yes, Helligators are from Rome, Italy – though my first listen to this album had me thinking of something far more Corrosion of Conformity in origin. “Hell III” is powerful, dirty hard rock with just a hint of stoner metal, big melodies and southern charm. But not southern USA charm, apparently…

Anyway, this third album from the band blows the doors off with the huge, raucous rampage of ‘Rebellion’ – a great start to the album. It reeks of attitude and speeds out of the gates in a Motörhead fashion.

Following tracks ‘Here To Stay’ and ‘Bleeding’ apply the brakes slightly, but are just as crushingly relentless. This is big chunky guitar territory; guitars courtesy of Kamo and El Santo are head bangingly infectious and also intricate when called for.

There’s a definite change of pace with the almost bluesy ‘Where I Belong’ – but by Jupiter, the chorus is monstrous. The skilled vocals of Simone “Dude” have a versatility that keep everything together and has class enough to avoid a parmesan power ballad stench.

Helligators are certainly stretching their creativity with this album. ‘The Prison (Confession Pt 1)’ and ‘Gone (Confession Pt 2)’ demonstrate an ability to develop an epic suite of music. Meanwhile, the instrumental ‘Bassthard Session’ also shows the rhythm section – Alex (drums) and Pinna (Bass) to full effect.

But it’s the fast, super charged Rock’N’Roll of total bangers like ‘Born Again’ and ‘Pedal To The Metal’ that are the great prize here. Hard rock that’s loud and fun – Helligators came, saw and conquered all.

Did I tell you about the time I was in Italy with Ozzy, on tour in 81? I took him and the band to a restaurant after the gig for some quality Italian grub. Ozzy was off his tits and thought the spaghetti was worms, and tried to snort them. It ended with food everywhere and Ozzy pissing up the walls. I had a right job apologising to the manager and sorting everything out. Ozzy – lovely bloke; absolute liability.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rebellion
02. Here To Stay
03. Bleeding
04. Where I Belong
05. Born Again
06. The Prison (Confession pt.1)
07. Gone (Confession pt.2)
08. Until I Feel No More
09. Bassthard Session III
10. Even From The Grave
11. Pedal To The Metal

LINKS:
http://www.helligators.com/main.htm
https://www.facebook.com/helligators/

https://www.instagram.com/helligators/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIcslQvAD2l-nrvSLFcbZA

HELLIGATORS // IT

 

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Trevor and The Wolves – Road to Nowhere

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Trevor and the Wolves – Road to Nowhere
Nadir Music
Release Date: 02/02/2018
Running Time: 49:34
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

Finding background on the band Trevor and the Wolves is not easy. There seems to be precious little information on the world wide web and the small bit that can be found, is mostly written in Italian!

Trevor and The Wolves is the side project of death metal band Sadist’s vocalist, Trevor Sadist, and this album couldn’t be more different if it tried.

Featuring a number of special guests including Christian Meyer (Elio E Le Storie Tese), Stefano Cabrera (Gnu Quartet), Paolo Bonfanti, Grazia Quaranta, Francesco Chinchella and Daniele Barbarossa (Winterage), the new album Road to Nowhere was recorded at the Italian Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, under the expert supervision of Tommy Talamanca as producer.

With obvious influences from the hard rock end of the rock and metal spectrum, this is a good old-fashioned rock and roll album. Its simplistic in style but that in no way takes away from the appeal of the music.

Think the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC, mix it with a bit of Motörhead and Saxon, and you are somewhere close to what this band sound like. I am not a HUGE fan of any of the just mentioned bands, but I do like this album. The rough vocals of Trevor are ideally suited to this type of rock, there are riffs galore and at just under fifty minutes in length, there is plenty to get your listening gear round.

The guitar solos are simple yet expertly executed and you can just imagine the drummer and bass player bouncing around the stage keeping everyone in time. I personally love to see musicians making music other than what they are known for and, having listened to a bit of Sadist just for comparison purposes, this is nothing like what Trevor is known for.

With enough grit and gravel to line all the roads in England during a cold snap of weather, I think this is a must for any hard rock fan’s collection. Slightly heavier than AC/DC, it still has the party feel about it and will certainly have you bounding round your living room strutting your stuff on your air guitar!

 

TRACK LISTING
From Hell To Heaven Ice
Burn At Sunrise
Red Beer
Black Forest
Bath Number 666
Spiritual Leader
Roadside Motel
Wings Of Fire
Lake Sleeping Dragon
Unforgivable Mistake

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://en-gb.facebook.com/trevorandthewolves/
http://www.twitter.com/TrevorSadist96
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