EMQ’s with POSSESSOR

EMQ’s with POSSESSOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metal band Possessor. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Graham: Graham Bywater, dream warrior, axe wielder and excuse for a singer and songwriter.

Nathan: Nathan, drums.

Ollie: My name is Ollie and I play Bass.

How did you come up with your band name?

Graham: My old pal Mark and I were talking about the bands Confessor and Possessed in the pub years back and it just struck me that the two combined made a killer name. It’s got a good horror feel and it’s got that classic metal look when written down. There was a thrash band from the US with the same name, which I didn’t realise at the time, but they seem to have split now. Shame as they were good.

If we’d been more pissed that night we may have ended up called Confessed.

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

Nathan: UK, London – Competitive, ferocious and unpredictable – it’s a horror show of gruesome proportions and we love it.

Ollie: For the most part it’s decent.

Each genre has its own little sub culture, places where gigs happen, promotors etc. As with a lot of cities it certainly helps to know the right people but there are some great independent venues/bars and promotors supporting up and coming bands.

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

Graham: We’ve just unleashed our new single ‘Coffin Fit’ which will be followed by a second single and video. Both are taken from our upcoming album “Damn The Light”. Keep an eye out! It should he landing late September. Album due on Halloween!

‘Coffin Fit’

Album Pre-Order

www.possessor.bandcamp.com/album/damn-the-light

Who have been your greatest influences?

Graham: Tobe Hooper, Peter Cushing, Metallica, Darkthrone, Fu Manchu, Nirvana, Cannibal Corpse, KISS, Bruce Lee, Star Wars…

Nathan: Neil Peart, Dave Lombardo, Nicko McBrain, Thee Slayer Hippy, Les Binks, Simon Phillips, Paco Carena from Conflict…

What first got you into music?

Ollie: “Kill ‘em All”. First album I purchased when I was 12 and I remember fondly how gnarly it sounded when the intro to ‘Hit The Lights’ kicked in, followed by that first riff!!!

Graham: Probably my parents Queen and Paul Simon tapes and my brothers Iron Maiden records. I was also a bit doolally for every film soundtrack I heard as a kid, be it whatever. Maiden got me into somehow owning tapes by Kreator, Nuclear Assault, Slayer and Megadeth…things got heavy pretty fast.

I got inspired to actually play around the age of 12 when my cousin sold me a bass that looked identical to the one Nikki Sixx used in the ‘Dr. Feelgood’ video. That’s odd as I knew even then that Mötley Crüe were an awful band. Style over any sort of substance. Nice bass though.

Nathan: The pulsing throbbing grime of early AC/DC. That was where I got the metal bug after listening to a friend’s older sibling’s tapes. In the early 80’s it was fascinating. Hearing Slayer for the first time, before Google and Sky Tv truly felt like you were taking a step into the dark side and gambling with your soul – that excitement never fades.

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

Graham: Our producer Wayne Adams plays in a very noisy electronic two piece called Petbrick. I’d like to lay some riffs onto one of their songs.

I don’t see collabs being particularly worthwhile if the bands are of the same genre.

Nathan: Happy where I am.

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

Nathan: Impossible to pick just one but Hellfest, Bloodstock, Maryland Deathfest would be high in the list. Right now, we will play any festival anywhere it’s viable. Bring on 2021!

Graham: I guess Wacken or Hellfest? Something big and epic! Obscene Extreme would rule too as that’s just one massive silly party with folk dressing up as bananas and stuff.

It’s not a festival but I’d love to play at the Natural History Museum.

Ollie: For me it would be Obscene Extreme. Heard nothing but great things about it and the way it’s organised. Looks like a cool location and the crowds always seem completely into whatever band are playing.

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

Graham: Someone sent me an amazing Terminator action figure from America. Not weird as much as just really awesome! And generous.

Nathan: Space cakes or portraits.

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

Nathan: We love you!

Graham: Always listen to albums from start to finish.

Ollie: Keep supporting underground bands and your local scene.

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

Nathan: Neil Peart. He was cruelly taken WAY before his time.

Graham: Either Buddy Holly, Kurt Cobain, Freddie Mercury or Cliff Burton.

Ollie: Tough question. I’d probably go with Freddie Mercury.

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

Nathan: The thrill of the live show. Playing at your best to people who love it is the best thing. I hate nothing about it.

Ollie: It varies depending on how I’m feeling but I’d go with playing live shows and only having to focus on that one moment. The thing I hate is chasing the tone, never quite happy with it and just when I think I’ve got it, it’s gone.

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

Nathan: Nepotism and rudeness.

Graham: I hate any form of sexism or macho bullshit. There are some creeps out there. They should be strung up.

Ollie: “Cliques” within music genres.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nathan: King Diamond – “Abigail”.

Graham: Helloween – “Keeper of The Seven Keys part 2”

Ollie: IMPOSSIBLE!

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

Nathan: Cassettes then vinyl. But the reality is most music is heard via streaming or downloads, so you have to accept it and go with the flow. We make our records and releases at high cost so those who do buy them have something truly quality to enjoy.

Graham: I’m a sucker for a nice CD, but that’s because they are easier to carry about, post, play in the car and not have to turn over. Vinyl looks the best though of course!

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

Graham: Probably Sonic Blast in Moledo. We played next to a swimming pool full of half-naked stoned head banging party animals. Much fun ensued. That audience was just the best!

Nathan: The Lexington, long may it reign!

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

Nathan: Wiring electrics in grade 2 listed buildings.

Graham: I’d like to illustrate kids’ books, run some high-profile social media or focus on recording other folks music.

Ollie: Well I’m currently work in Multi-Media so perhaps still that, but I’ve always wanted to be a carpenter so maybe that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nathan: Ozzy Osbourne in 1981, Tobe Hooper, HR Giger, Dennis Hopper, Kendo Nagasaki!

Graham: That’s tough! Er…Peter Cushing, Mark Hamill, Arnie, Steve Coogan, Kathleen Turner, Stevie Nicks…oh that’s six. Sorry.

What’s next for the band?

Nathan: As soon as we can we’ll be hitting every place we can with a vengeance. We miss the stage.

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

Graham: Instagram is really enjoyable as it’s so simple and straight forward. Facebook is absolutely useless on most levels but it’s a good way to spread the word and promote. I’m pretty sure 75% of our page followers don’t see a thing I post though.

Bandcamp is the main site we use. I’d say that’s essential. It’s run so well and is quite frankly a genius idea.

The owners clearly care about their clients and the music.
www.possessor.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/possessor_band/
www.facebook.com/possessorband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Graham: Grim Flying Saucer

Nathan: Cake in a biscuit packet.

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

Graham: This Halloween you will damn the light.

Photo By Ryan Whitwell, Shotison Media

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EMQ’s with HUMAN HELL

EMQ’s with HUMAN HELL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metal band Human Hell. Huge thanks to vocalist Evan 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 Evan, and I’m on vocals. Human Hell has been years in the making. Landing on our feet with the current line-up, things just clicked where they hadn’t before.

How did you come up with your band name?

If anyone can take a look at the world we live in today, compared to 10 years ago, they’ll understand. Human Hell is the metaphorical and physical embodiment of this feeling. This realm is hell.

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

We reside in North London, UK. This is one of the best places in the world for the scene. So much talent exists all over the world, but I’m still amazed at the benchmark of ability within this area. Even the buskers need a record deal.

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

Our latest release is our EP, “The Only Guarantee In Life Is Death.” This is now available on Spotify , as of August 28th.

Idle Hands (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, for me John Davy of Job For A Cowboy, Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain, Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, and Brendan Wilson of Into The Flood. If you know you know. Also Storm Strope who sang on Soulless Hymns by The Last Ten Seconds of Life had a real impact.

What first got you into music?

I had already been a guitarist and had American Idiot and other power chord songs under my belt. I then discovered Suicide Silence’s The Cleansing and Carnifex’s Dead In My Arms. I knew this was my life from them on; The vocal mould had been broken so all bets were off.as to what people could expect. What better time to get into it.

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

Conjurer. They are the most talented metal band on the scene right now. Immensely tight with no lack of passion live – it’s insane how they pull it off.

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

Hellfest. The line-ups have been getting more ridiculous as each year passes. It’s the festival to go to and how quick it sells out every year proves that.

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

Delicious brownies from @Ebzbakes. It was weird because we all got a surprise delivery! She’s a sweetheart with a sweet tooth and they were the best brownies we’d ever had.

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

Metal has always been about shining a light on the darker aspects of humanity, the psyche and the things we have done. It is therefore the most powerful platform we have now to speak out about what’s going on in the world. It is the place for it.

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

Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, together. I’m a documentary fan 😊

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

The experiences I have gained through music, I thought were impossible. In a materialistic world I feel we do not identify progress unless it’s tangible. I could not put a price on what life has sent me and what we have created. I hate those who approach music taking this for granted.

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

The lack of societal impact and importance people seem to give artists, when outside of those people’s work hours – in this Netflix, Spotify, TikTok world – artists are what give them joy, escape, something. For example, during the lockdown in the UK, musicians have not been clearly communicated with.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Wormwood” – The Acacia Strain (I’d normally say “THE BIBLE”, the Job For a Cowboy EP)

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

FLAC download if you’re on the go all the time. As good quality theoretically as Vinyl!

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

We played a packed-out Black Heart in London. A venue dear to all of us in the band, filled with a room of those closest to us. Carnage.

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

I had to interrupt my studies at University for Neuroscience for surgery. Guess I could say the lab isn’t for me now.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Deftones.

What’s next for the band?

The EP release will be followed up with dates yet TBA. Expect to see our logo.

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

www.linktr.ee/humanhell
www.facebook.com/HumanHellUk/
www.instagram.com/humanhelluk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/13h7qi2W68HkBXuiLMixKI

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits have to have a crunch to them on the wheat bit. They’re cakes for sure.

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

Thanks for getting in touch! Stay safe during these times. Hope isn’t on the horizon yet.

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Die Ego – Culto

Die Ego – Culto
Self-Released
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Running Time: 40:01
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

Die Ego are a three-piece metal band, based in London (UK) and surprisingly this is their debut album, you will get what I mean when I say “surprisingly”. The band was first formed by Diego Fardel (lead guitar) and Gabe Scapigliati (vocals and bass). After trialling a few drummers who didn’t make the band they secured Dave Grosz and then Die Ego officially were formed.

In 2018 they released their first demo “Songs For The Insanity” and gained notoriety for their live gigs, which certainly got them noticed by the metal community. They’ve played such venues as the O2 Islington, and Camden Rocks Festival. The bands description of their debut album is “Culto is a raw and powerful demonstration of our essence and spirit. Our mindset was to produce an honest album that reflects the bands journey and makes a statement of what we are all about”.

Ok on with the review, If you like your music loud, raw, hard hitting, and dark, these are your guys! We start the album with the title track, ‘Culto’, which begins with piano playing and what sounds like a child’s voice, but, within the first minute, you’re catapulted into the rich undertones of the vocals, a combination of deep gruffness with some epic screams, which combined with great guitar riffs, sets the bar for the rest of the album. As you work your way through the tracks it’s a dark but exciting journey. You don’t want to get off the metal bus in case you miss out on something.

‘Demons Have Demons’ gives you total goose bumps with gravelly vocals which sound like they have been summoned from the bowels of hell! These guys certainly don’t want you to not to be entertained while listening to the album! The album has a steady pace, which I liked, because I think if they had gone too crazy, then the gruff vocals may have been lost and the intense vocals, which get into your soul, may not have had the same impact.

This album is one of those that will embed into your sub conscious and give you nightmares! Not bad for a band that hasn’t been around for more than a few years! “Culto” certainly makes an impact. These guys draw inspiration from all the best. From Pantera and Metallica, through to Alice in Chains and Slipknot, and although Die Ego have only just started out, I can see us in years to come comparing new and up and coming metal bands to them. Their music is powerful yet has a deep soul to it, I was asked by my son (who loves metal music too) to describe the album, and I said it was like my soul had gone to hell to visit and enjoy itself.

It may not be for everyone, but all I’d say is don’t listen to it once and think “nah, not for me”. Listen to it a few times and take in the passion and confidence, that the band has in bucket loads. Going back to my comment about “Culto” ‘surprisingly bring a debut album’, well I have reviewed quite a few bands now and I always look up other things they have done. Sometimes as a reminder of forgotten tracks, or just to refresh my mind, but when I couldn’t find anything other than this album, I was truly surprised! The confidence they seem to exude is of a band that has been around for many years, and I have no doubt that some time in their future, I will have the pleasure of their second album to review.

If I had to have a favourite track it would be ‘Don’t Get Close’. From the start, it had me, then in came the intense lyrics – it was just the perfect combination and had me transfixed all the way through. This album has it all, raw gruff vocals that will make your ears bleed, addictive drumming, and guitar riffs that will make you wish you had learnt to play a guitar yourself. Well done guys, this was a great debut album and lets’ hope you’re out gigging again very soon.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Culto
02. Anger is Yours
03. Treatment of Silence
04. Demons have Demons
05. The Grave
06. There is No Tomorrow
07. I Promise
08. Don’t Get Close

LINE-UP:
GABE: Vocals and Bass Guitar
Diego: Lead Guitar
Dave: Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/DieEgoMetal/
www.twitter.com/DieEgoMetal
www.dieego.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5CxHa83uX70tvQgfFBDcQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4Yrsxw1DTctEeGRgPjAYRd

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Seven Sisters – The Cauldron and The Cross

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SEVEN SISTERS – THE CAULDRON AND THE CROSS
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 13/04/2018
Running Time: 51:18
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

After having the opportunity to interview Graeme from Seven Sisters recently, I thought to myself that I really should give their new album The Cauldron and The Cross a spin, and why not give it a review at the same time.

Seven Sisters are a four-piece heavy metal band from London, who are, in their own words, forged from the same steel as the NWOBHM acts of yesteryear. Formed in 2013 by Kyle McNeil (vocals/guitars) and Graeme Farmer (guitars) in 2013, they are inspired by the likes of the Paul Di’anno era of Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Virtue.

Says the band: “we have a mix of old school heavy metal (the NWOBHM movement in particular) and elements of power metal, thrash metal and things like that. We’re pretty progressive in places, but our songs are heavily melodic and hopefully pretty catchy too.”

The band have gained a reputation over the past few years as a stellar act in the heavy metal scene, playing shows all over the UK and Europe off the back of two independent releases, “The Warden Demo” in 2014 and “Lost in Time” 7” in 2015. They have since signed to Dissonance Productions and The Cauldron and The Cross is their second album.

With its main source of inspiration being a book written by Marion Zimmer Bradley called “The Mists of Avalon”, The Cauldron and The Cross is a concept album, a story that involves the two religions of Paganism and Christianity. With its myth and magical title tracks and a cover artwork depicting what looks like a scene from a fantasy film, this album has all the hallmarks of a typical power metal release.

But, this is power metal with a twist. Although, the power elements are unmistakably there, the thrash elements the band themselves stated were an influence can also be heard, but then so can the NWOBHM traits.

But that’s not all. On top of all this are the subtle prog influences too. I have never really been a prog rock/metal fan but the time changes throughout the individual tracks are clear to hear. Time changes are one of the aspects of prog music that turned me off the genre, but in this album, they seem to flow a lot better. And this, along with the changes in key, really does make it seem as if the music and lyrics are talking to you.

This is a band that obviously has an immense talent. Despite the relatively short time they have been together, they work so well and sound like they have been doing this for years. And that is something not found very often.

I read somewhere that the band intended on being a five piece, looking to recruit a singer to fill the fifth place and that Kyle was only a stand in singer. I can honestly say, that in my opinion, NOT getting that fifth person was the best thing for the band. Kyle is an absolutely fantastic singer with a voice that can cover a whole variety of ranges. He is ideally suited to the music the band play and I think that if they were to replace him now (please don’t) the whole dynamic of the band will change.

This album has everything from the speed metal of the opening track “Premonition” to the Maiden-influenced “Once and Future King” to the slower pace of “Blood and Fire.” There is also the ‘obligatory’ power ballad in “Oathbreaker” but this is, by no means, just a track that has been thrown in because people expect a ballad. It fits perfectly into the structure of the album and is one of the best tracks on it.

Stand out tracks for me, apart from “Oathbreaker” as mentioned above, are “Blood and Fire” and the double epic tracks “The Cauldron and The Cross Parts 1 and 2” at the end of the album, but my absolute favourite must be “The Turning of The Tide.” I could have that track on repeat for hours and not get bored with it.

So, should you go out and by this great album from this fantastic young band? Yes, you sure as hell do! This is a must for power metal fans, thrash metal fans, NWOBHM fans and traditional heavy metal fans alike.

I absolutely adored this album, and, for me, this is one of the best albums that has been released this year.

TRACK LISTING
The Premonition
Blood And Fire
Once And Future King
Partings The Mists
Turning Of The Tide
Oathbreaker
A Land In Darkness
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.1
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.2

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://sevensistersuk.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sevensistersheavymetal/

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