EMQ’s with DEATH & LEGACY

EMQ’s with DEATH & LEGACY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Zamora, Spain based Melodic Metal band, Death & Legacy. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Jesús 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 am Jesús and I play rhythm guitar. I founded the band with Charly (drummer) in 2013, in Zamora, Spain. We are five friends, we played in other bands, other music, but we wanted to play together, it is very funny between us and we love the same music.

How did you come up with your band name?

In the first album, the lyrics tell a story about death, and about something very important for us. And we sing in English, so “Death & Legacy”.

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

We come from Spain, and the scene is very rich in bands, artists, styles, languages, tours… but, it is a very hard music for popular TV and radio… there is no help for anybody… and now, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the scene is death.

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

We released our third album, “INF3RNO”. It was recorded at FINNVOX studios and the artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes.

‘Dead Soul’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Classics bands, I learned to love the music and to play music too, like Metallica or Slayer

What first got you into music?

A new way of life, to express everything that happens in your heart, mind and soul. It completes me.

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

Metallica, of course.

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

Wacken, I think…the heaven on the earth.

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

The weirdest thing would be to receive a gift, in fact.

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

Fight for the culture, the music and live music… don´t let it die.

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

Not a Rock star, a Pop star, The King, Michael Jackson.

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

I hate every time in the office, with the computer, making tour-books, everything to management…But I love everything that it means to be on tour, the van, venues, hotels, playing, friendship…

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

More support to underground bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “…And Justice For All”.

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

Every format has a nice view or point against the rest, but I learned to love this music from the cassettes.

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

At a Festival, in a bullring with many thousand people. Amazing.

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

I think a worker in a milk factory, it is my work when I am not playing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band, for sure.

What’s next for the band?

To promote our recent album “INF3RNO” and to make a worldwide tour with it.

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

www.deathandlegacy.com/
www.facebook.com/deathandlegacy
www.instagram.com/death_and_legacy/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s01AyoV7qQ
www.ffm.to/inf3rno

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don´t know, it is the first time that I hear about them.

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

Thank you very much for all your work with the underground bands and all your fans for supporting them.

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Velvet Ocean – Purposes And Promises

Velvet Ocean – Purposes And Promises
Helsinki Records
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Running Time: 40:16
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

And so here we are. October again!! The nights are starting to draw in, the weather’s taken a turn for the worst, and I’ve had to start wearing a jumper again. I actually love winter, so it’s not that bad. And this weekend’s soundtrack takes a fitting route in turn with the changing season, in the shape of Finnish alternative melodic metal band Velvet Ocean. Their debut album, “Purposes And Promises” was actually released a good few months back, but I’ve only just got round to putting pen to paper about it.

Having started originally as a project between Riitu and Jake Ronkainen, it soon evolved into a full band, with no less than 7 members, including Oulu symphony orchestra Cellists Arto Alikoski and Harri Österman, along with Keyboard player Marco Sneck. The title of the album tells their story, as its creation became their main purpose, and they promised that they would see it through to its conclusion. Their variety of melodic metal melds contemporary style with influences from classical, through to pop, grunge and even dance. They say that their style is “basically derived from all the music we have ever heard and draws influences also from other genres than metal music”.

So, what does it sound like? Well the mix of influences are clearly visible from the start. Track 1, ‘It’s So Hard’ starts with classic ethereal vocals, but then they’re joined by overdriven guitar riffs, and an electro/dance style beat. Don’t judge me for this, but it kind of reminds me of Mel C’s solo stuff, when she chucked in The Spice Girls and tried to get a little more gritty, way back in the late 90s! Just with a little more edge, and some lovely Cello deep in the mix. Vocally, Riitu Ronkainen has a beautiful rich tone to her voice, and she soars above the instrumental accompaniment.

The album then loses the pop/dance feel for the next few tracks, coming back to a more recognizable melodic metal feel. However, the other influences are still apparent; ‘Requiem’ starts out with guitar, bass, and drums, that sound like something Sting would have done. ‘Butterfly’ begins with some sombre Piano chords, and a lone Cello echoing the root notes, creating a haunting classical feel. Again, the vocals in this track in particular, are so effortlessly haunting. I love it a lot.

Track 5, ‘Truth Or Illusion’ hits you with a very classic grunge sound. A bit of a wake-up after the slow and delicate track I’d just been lost in! The vocals here are much punchier, and Riitu explores her massive range throughout, which is very impressive.

Track 7, ‘Broken’ again starts off with Piano and Cello. This opening screams Eurovision at me! And that is not a bad thing in my book. This track would be perfect as the Finnish entry, and would do incredibly well, I think. It’s not overly heavy, but it’s got a good edge, and it’s dramatic! I could just imagine it on the stage with a lone Cellist on one side and the Pianist the other, lit with spotlights, then the rest of the band in the middle, fronted by Rittu with an intricate outfit, and lots of dark blue floaty fabric all over the place!

My favourite track on the album is the penultimate track. ‘Lullaby’. An acoustic track, it focuses, to start with, on fingerpicked guitar and vocals. It’s very tender and calming, as it’s title would suggest. Then halfway through, Riitu’s floating vocals are joined by the male vocals of Jake Ronkainen, creating a beautiful harmony line, and complimenting Rittu’s vocals perfectly. This piece is so delicately done. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and is the mark of clever musicians. They knew when to stop, and haven’t tried to frill it out at all. That’s commendable.

The final track on the album ‘Salvation’, has some middle eastern influences in its chord progressions, and is quite progressive in its structure – another influence that they’ve managed to explore really well! It finishes with the sound effect of a heart monitor flatlining, which was pretty creepy, but worked with the feel of the song. The whole album is steeped in the exploration of emotions, and this effect also displays that, too. It leaves you trying to unpick a lot of symbolism.

Production wise, they have done a superb job on this album, especially considering it’s a debut. It was mixed and mastered by Johan Örnborg and Jens Bogren at the well-known Fascination Street Studios. You can really hear the experience and care that has been put into producing this record, and that always pleases me. It’s not a record for the sake of releasing something, it’s a record meant to display the power and versatility of the language of music.

If you just like one style of music, this album won’t be for you. But, if you approach your listening with an open mind, you will definitely find something in “Purposes And Promises” that pleases you. A brilliant debut, well worth investing in.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s So Hard
02. Tonight
03. Requiem
04. Butterfly
05. Truth Or Illusion
06. Elysian Fields
07. Broken
08. Innocent Eyes
09. Lullaby
10. Salvation

LINE-UP:
Riitu Ronkainen – Vocals, Additional Synths
Jake Ronkainen – Guitars, Vocals
Jani Lehtinen – Guitars
Bastian Schallschmidt – Drums
Arto Alikoski – Cello
Jami Alaverronen – Keyboards
Tuomas Vesa – Bass

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EMQ’s with LILIUM VITAE

EMQ’s with LILIUM VITAE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pernambuco, Brazil based Symphonic/Melodic Metal band, Lilium Vitae. Huge thanks to Gleyce Viera & Leandro Silva 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?

Gleyce: Hello, my name is Gleyce Vieira I am the front singer of Lilium Vitae. I play a little piano, but in the band I just sing. The band was born as a project in 2012.

How did you come up with your band name?

Gleyce: The name I chose is inspired by the Bible story in which God talks about the lilies of the field and that he takes care of all nature and humans, that is, the creator semore is taking care of us.

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

Gleyce: I am from Pernambuco, which is in the northeast of Brazil. Here, the metal scene is alive but not as much as in São Paulo, but there are a variety of styles ranging from Black Metal to symphonic metal.

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

Leandro: In 2019, we released the EP “Libertação” which contains 3 tracks.

‘Libertação’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gleyce: First Nightwish, and then Epica, After Forever, Tristania, Shaman, Kamelot, Within Temptation, Therion, Angra etc.

What first got you into music?

Gleyce: The study of opera at the same time as heavy metal with female and male voices.

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

Gleyce: Definitely Nightwish.

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

Gleyce: Wacken Open Air. Besides being a very important festival and for the honour of being able to play for sure with great bands from the world stage.

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

Gleyce and Leandro: (Laughs) We haven’t received gifts from fans yet.

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

Leandro and Gleyce: We don’t want to pass repeated messages, but we want to send a true message. That we really cannot abandon faith, hope and love. Let us love one another, let us have faith and hope, so that things can go smoothly in our lives!

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

Leandro and Gleyce: Maybe Freddie Mercury…but for us Brazilians, it would be great to see André Matos alive again. He is the greatest Brazilian heavy metal singer, and had great worldwide prestige.

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

Leandro and Gleyce: What we really like most is the contact and interaction with the public! What we don’t like are destructive criticisms from people who were unaware of our effort to compose, record and publicize many times for free!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Leandro and Gleyce: As we really like symphonic metal, I think Nightwish’s “Wishmaster” is a great album for us!

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

Leandro and Gleyce: Vinyl and CD’s

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

Leandro: We didn’t play on many shows because we were always writing and recording songs, and at that time there were some components coming out, and new members coming in. But, there was an event called Underblood Fest in Recife, it was a great event where everyone really liked our sound.

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

Leandro: I like archaeology! I think it would be an archeologist.

Gleyce: I would be a lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Leandro and Gleyce: In the case of people still alive, they would be Bruce Dickinson, Tarja Turunen, Tuomas Holopainen, Michael Sweet and Christian Liljegren.

What’s next for the band?

Leandro and Gleyce: We are preparing a very good album called “Guided By Light”. The album has 10 tracks, and is currently in the recording phase of keyboards, and orchestral arrangements. Pandemia delayed the process, as it should have been ready since July.

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

www.instagram.com/bandaliliumvitae/
www.facebook.com/liliumvitae/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3aQzHJsAK6PgquwGBTQyFJ
www.deezer.com/artist/92549302
www.music.apple.com/br/artist/lilium-vitae/1508437860
www.music.amazon.com.br/artists/B0878XJP1R
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjCNoxreurEaD3MromR8UEA
www.play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=A3hn2cfiukyzkn63q2n5rwf5hbi

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Leandro: Biscuit!

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

Leandro and Gleyce: We thank you! We want to say that it was an honour and joy to participate in this interview, and that the upcoming CD is something very special, which is being done with a lot of effort and affection!!!

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EMQ’s with CALIGO

EMQ’s with CALIGO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazil based Melodic Doom Metal band, Caligo. Huge thanks to vocalist, Fellipe CDC 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?

Fellipe CDC is how people most know about me. I am vocalist and lyricist of Caligo, a band that first appeared in February 2012 at the initiative of bassist Sandro Santos. Sandro brought the first drummer, who after so many others, gave way to Julius Caesar. Our guitarist is Walison. We all play in other bands in our city.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name was one of the suggestions of bassist Sandro Santos. It was supposed to be Chaos Et Caligo, but we abbreviated only to Caligo.

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

The drummer Julio, the guitarist Walison and I live in the city of Taguatinga, nearby Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The bassist Sandro lives in Gama, which is another city near to ours. Caligo is a Brazilian Doom Metal band.

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

We have only one demo CD called “Templo da Descrença” and some videos on the internet.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Caligo’s greatest musical influence, without a doubt, is Black Sabbath. However, several other Doom and Stoner bands are also on our main menu of references: Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Candlemass, among many others. As for the lyrics, the greatest influence is the Brazilian poet Augusto dos Anjos.

What first got you into music?

I edited fanzines! And since 2016 I’m presenting a web radio program called ZINE-SE, on Radio 4 Times (www.radio4tempos.com.br), where we play (me and my friend Frajola) a lot of metal, punk and hardcore bands.

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

Tony Iommi is always current! If I could make a song with him, it would be great!

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

There is a festival in Brazil called Setembro Negro (produced by Edu Lane, drummer of Nervochaos) that would fit like a glove for Caligo!

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

I hope someday I would have a fan to receive some gift.

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

If I had a fan, I’d say, “Make a fanzine and interview Caligo!”

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

Dio, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, Chuck, Hendrix, Bon Scott, Malcom Young and so many others. Now you pick one there, please. Take this responsibility far from me, please!

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

I hate it when I have an idea for a song and I can’t play it. And I like it when people like the music I make. But it’s okay if you don’t like our music.

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

I’d try to make more space for new bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vol. 4” by Black Sabbath. It was the third album I bought in my life and, without a doubt, what I heard the most!

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

The big sweet black huge cookie called Vinyl, without any doubts!

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

Caligo have done some very remarkable shows, but the concert we played at the Quaresmada Festival was memorable!

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

I would continue editing fanzines and doing the radio program ZINE-SE.

What five people would you invite to dinner party?

Mr. Iommi, Ozzy, Bill Ward, Geezer and Vinny Appice.

What’s next for the band?

We recorded a single before the pandemic Covid situation and we are waiting for the studio to give us the music. After the pandemic, Caligo intends to record new songs, make our video and return to the stage. We miss you so much!

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

www.facebook.com/caligommxii
www.caligodoom.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/caligommxii/

We use many fanzines for the dissemination of Caligo. A Fanzine is the backbone of underground music!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Depending on the drug, it could be a cake or a cookie.

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

I thank you, in the name of members of Caligo, for the space given. When all this madness passes and science gives us free pass, we’re going to go back to the shows and support our bands and our music scene. Take care and stay health everyone!

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DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP

DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP
Fastball Music
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Running Time: 26:55
Review By Mark Pritchard
8/10

On what was a really nice and sunny Sunday afternoon I found myself contemplating what to do to pass the time, and of course, avoid boredom! Should I play on consoles, watch a tv series or have a movie day? And then it hit me like a fly hitting my glasses (pesky things)! Listen to DevilsBridges’ newest EP, “Endless Restless”, and get on with reviewing it! Not a hard decision to make really! So, I positioned myself in my writing chair, the window open next to me offering a nice cold breeze.

DevilsBridge, a relatively young Heavy Metal band formed in 2012, are based in St. Gallen in Switzerland. However, they have only just started releasing material, with two singles and two official music videos on their YouTube channel released last year, and recently their first ever EP – “Endless Restless”.

I have been listening to the EP religiously each day in order to write this review, as it gives out a lot more than just the 6 songs on it would suggest! Heavy drums from JC Daisy, amazing fast paced guitars from both lead guitarist Tom White & Simon Black, as well as bass from Steve D.R.T, which helps keep the instrumentals altogether. Along with the pace of each song, and with a backline like that, are the vocals of Dani Nell of which, though intense, are quite clean as well. The combination of these delivers all the elements for one damn awesome band.

I have listened over and over to this EP, and come to realise that it doesn’t matter how many times I listen, I cannot pick a standout song! From start to finish, all 6 songs are really good in their own ways, which allow the EP, as a whole, to be a symphony of metal for the ears. It’s melodic enough to hear every part clearly, but heavy enough to get a real groove going, too!

If you want to listen to intense headbanging music, that has clean vocals which allow the listener to sing along, then DevilsBridge, and this EP, are for you! Even though I was full of cold, and not 100% well when this EP played, I moved my desk chair back and headbanged from start to finish! Although I am gutted that this EP only has 6 songs, I’m already looking forward with excitement to their next release, whether it be another EP, an album, or a music video.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Captain Devil
02. Centrifuge Of Life
03. Endless Restless Heart
04. Fire Free
05. 2Souls
06. 555

LINE-UP:
JC Daisy – Drums
Tom White – Lead Guitar
Simon Black – Guitar
Steve D.R.T – Bass Guitar
Dani Nell – Vocals

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EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR

EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band DarkRazor. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Matheus Damásio 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 am Matheus Damásio, lead singer and guitarist for DarkRazor.

Well, in early 2016 I had a few compositions in mind and wanted to start something new, that would not be limited to a specific genre of metal, as inspired by my idol Chuck Schuldiner. I truly believe that by calling a band as being only a “death metal” or “black metal” band would, in the end, limit the view of the public about its music and of the members themselves. So, in early 2016 I called Rafael, whom I knew from other bands we had together, and he became interested in the concept I wanted for the band and the songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

For real, it was inspired by another band whose member and singer was the lead guitarist for DarkRazor, and it was DeathRazer

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

I was born in Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil. The Scene here is something very peculiar. We have very old and important bands maintaining the scene, such as P.U.S and Death Slam, who are still kicking till this day and great and promising bands popping right now, even in quarantine, like Nightwölf, Subterranea and Evil Corpse. In normal days, there are a good number of shows happening in a few houses that still support Metal. Also, there is an optimistic mood that the scene will always be here. But I really want to address that we, as a community, need to get more professional in order to reach higher objectives. I lost count of how many times I heard some musicians complaining about needing to buy a better amp, a better guitar or something that would make their sound better, and in the next minute they are spending all of their money on beer. At the end of the day, it is a great and supportive scene, but with little issues.

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

Our last release is the 2018 Conceptual Album “The River of Souls”, a story of an intergalactic dictator that in the end, dies alone while being destroyed

‘The Time Device’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, I would of course say Death, Testament, Revocation, Vektor, Megadeth, Evile, Sepultura, Rivers of Nihil, Trivium

What first got you into music?

My father would play some Queen, The Doors, Scorpions and especially Dire Straits, which is one of my all-time favourites.

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

If I could, it would be a pleasure to play some tunes with the guys from Trivium. I am really a big fan of theirs and there are some songs I would be thrilled to play with them.

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

Wacken Open Air would be the realization of a Life. It is the greatest metal festival in the world, and it would be a dream coming to life.

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

I would not say weird, but something I did not imagine was when a fan told me he actually wrote a song inspired by one of ours. It was a blast and I personally was very happy with it.

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

Thank you all for everything, all that we have accomplished is because of you and there is nothing more important than the metal fans of the world.

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

Chuck Schuldiner for sure. One of the greatest Metal Geniuses of all time.

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

I love composing and especially that moment when you first record a song and you can hear all of that work coming to life in the form of sound. And I really hate when the metronome keeps going after a mistake in the recording sessions.

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

Probably the making of talentless people, that cannot write songs by themselves, into gods walking among mortals. Most notably coming from Pop music. I mean, even in pop we used to have great musicians, but now is just sampled garbage pulled at our faces over and over.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“…And Justice For All”, “Symbolic”, “Rust In Peace”, “Brothers In Arms”, “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”

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

I am a digital era kid, so it would be normal for me to say Downloads, but nothing got me thrilled more than listening to a Dire Straits Vinyl in my grandmother’s house. The sound was so good, and it got me hooked for life.

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

For now, it was a show with my old band “Primal Wrath” with Rafael, I believe it was for 1500 people and it was a really good day to be a musician.

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

I would like to be a TV host for some sports show.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emperor Dom Pedro II, Aristoteles, Jesus, my grandmother Maria and George Lucas.

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing a special release that will feature some of the songs from our first two records with Orchestra and we are already in pre-production for our third official release.

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

Our Instagram especially, to inform our fans of the music we release on YouTube and Spotify, but we also use Facebook.
www.facebook.com/DarkRazorBand/
www.instagram.com/darkrazorband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vc55JGyX3SKqhZLSm4OZU
www.youtube.com/channel/UC9csks1iqbDtV4XNdsikQcA/videos

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely cakes HAHAHA.

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

I would like to thank Ever Metal for this wonderful space for me and everyone from DarkRazor. It is a real blast for us to have such an amazing opportunity. And for those that want to start their own bands or even start composing new records, just do it HAHAHA. Don’t think too much about if it will be a success or a failure, just start working and give everything you have. Go for it.

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EMQ’s with KRYOUR

EMQ’s with KRYOUR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band Kryour. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Gustavo Iandoli 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 Gustavo Iandoli, vocalist and guitarist that formed the band in early 2014. We played covers until we had our own material. We entered the studio for the first time in 2015 to record our first single ‘Chaos Of My Dream’, and in 2016 our second single ‘Falling In Oblivion’, then we started recording our debut album “Where Treasures Are Nothing”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted to make a name for myself, then I mixed the words “cry” and “our”, crying is the culmination of an emotion, so here would be the safe place of all of our expression, which is what I have always sought for the band.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brazil. Here in São Paulo we have incredible bands that are always looking to improve themselves, sadly the music scene here in Brazil doesn’t help the extreme music.

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

Our first album was “Where Treasures Are Nothing” that came out after our official video ‘Restless Silence’. Our last video was ‘My Conjugué’ that we released in this pandemic.

My Conjugué (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a lot of influences like Children Of Bodom, Gojira, Kreator but at the same time some artists that don’t belong to metal.

What first got you into music?

I started to play guitar at 10 years old, always doing my own riffs and music, after playing a jam with Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) my love with the stage began.

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

I would love having Aurora featuring a song with us, I really appreciate her music.

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

We grew up watching the Wacken Open Air, so with no doubt it would be a dream play there some day.

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

I think a guitar pick that glows in the dark.

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

Thank you for all support and stay tuned for the next year, we are planning really cool stuff to release.

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

Freddie Mercury without thinking twice!

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

The freedom to create and say whatever I want, I would like in some situations if our profession was taken more seriously, especially here in Brazil.

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

I would change the way that most people see the success, cause you know, music became a capitalist product, and that has changed a lot the way we see things.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Magma” from Gojira.

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

I would choose the streaming because we have variety to hear.

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

Our best gig was here in Brazil with Symphony X. That was awesome.

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

Probably studying psychology and philosophy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ola Englund, Joe Duplatier, Jens Bogren, Misha Mansoor for talking about some metal guitar tones.

What’s next for the band?

We are composing our next album, and for sure that will be the biggest thing that we ever did in the band.

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

YouTube, Spotify and all streaming sources.
www.kryour.com/
www.facebook.com/kryour/
www.twitter.com/KryourOfficial
www.instagram.com/kryour/
www.kryour.bandcamp.com/releases
www.soundcloud.com/kryour
www.youtube.com/Kryour

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think I will go for biscuit.

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

I would like to thank you for enjoying our music and also for the opportunity to present our sound on British site. In the current situation of our country and the planet, hearing good news is fantastic, especially with our music. We are preparing a new album. We hope it will be even better than our first album. Thanks again for the opportunity.

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EMQ’s with IMMERSE

EMQ’s with IMMERSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bristol, UK based Melodic Hardcore band Immerse. Huge thanks to guitarist Tim 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?

Hey it’s Tim here! I play guitar in the band. We’ve previously played together in other projects with different line-ups but decided to start fresh as IMMERSE. We formed in late 2018!

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that reflected our passion and wouldn’t limit us to a specific genre. IMMERSE was the perfect choice.

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

Bristol UK! It’s got a great scene, and everyone knows each other. The city is full of amazing venues and the shows are always wild! I love how diverse Bristol is and how people support all genres.

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

‘Southbound’ is our latest single. Give it a spin in the sunshine! Pre-Save it here

www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/immerse/southbound

Here’s Hoping (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, it has to be Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Northlane and The Story So Far

What first got you into music?

I started writing music at about 10/11 years old and I knew straight away that I would love to do it as a career. I listened to bands like Good Charlotte and Blink 182, so my songs were very similar to that style. As I got older, I discovered bands like Slipknot/Parkway Drive/Architects and I instantly fell in love with their energy and heavy breakdowns.

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

It would be a dream to work with Mark Hoppus. His melodies are the best and he’s a rock legend!

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

Download Festival! I’ve been going there for years and always dreamt of playing the main stage.

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

Tom Searle. I would have loved to meet him and chat about music/life. He inspired so many people and I’m proud that I got to see him play.

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

I love being creative and having complete freedom with writing music. Also touring different countries in a van with your best mates is unbeatable. The worst thing is playing a poorly ran show (I think every musician will agree with me)

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Story So Far – “Proper Dose”. Love every song on it.

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

CD’s all the way!

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

Playing Macmillan cancer festival in Nottingham! We played to a packed room and the crowd were really energetic! Can’t wait to be back playing shows again.

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

I would have loved to pursue a career in golf but started too late!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mark Corrigan, Johnson, Super Hans, Gerrard and Professor MacLeish.

What’s next for the band?

We are always working on our live show to make it as entertaining as possible. We have an intimate headline tour early next year so make sure you grab a ticket before it sells out!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/3S3vmLBBxnscJGPLeqVKQN
www.facebook.com/IMMERSEofficialUK/
www.instagram.com/immerse_officialuk/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Yes!

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EMQ’s with HYPERIA

EMQ’s with HYPERIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with, soon to be, Vancouver, Canada based Melodic Thrash Metal band Hyperia. Huge thanks to guitarist Colin Ryley 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 Colin, I play lead guitar and write most of the music. Hyperia started in October 2018 with Marlee (Vocals) and myself. We had gotten back from our 1 Year honeymoon around the world eager to start a new band with some songs I had written on a travel acoustic guitar while on our trip. We found Dave (Rhythm Guitar), Scott (Bass), and Jordan (Drums) and hit the ground running, playing our first show in December and releasing our first EP “FISH CREEK FRENZY” in February 2019. We then signed with Sliptrick Records who released our debut full-length “INSANITORIUM” in January 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We all came up with a bunch of potential band names, we all wanted something that was catchy, easy to remember and descriptive of our sound. I’ve always been a fan of bands that have unique and “made up” sounding names. That way it’s less likely the name has been taken also.

We eventually settled on HYPERIA, which is kinda a combination of the words Hyper and Hysteria which suits our music well.

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

We are from Calgary, Canada. The metal scene here is amazing. So many talented and diverse bands and everyone seems to get along with each other. The turn out to local shows is always quite high and everyone is super supportive of one another.

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

Our latest album was our debut “INSANITORIUM” which was released via Sliptrick Records on January 17, 2020. It’s 10 tracks of Thrashy, Melodic-Death, Power Metal that has non-stop energy throughout the album.

We also released a music video for our single “ASYLUM” which you can check out on YouTube that was directed by the wonderful Seth Williams of Flip City Films.

Asylum (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each of us in the band have a wide range of influences, but for me it would have to be almost any metal that comes out of Scandinavian countries, particularly Finland. We also collectively take inspiration from bands like Anthrax, Metallica, Havok, Municipal Waste and many more.

What first got you into music?

I was lucky enough to grow up in a very musical home. Both my parents are musicians and actually met each other in a band. I learned piano a little bit when I was younger and then found my Mom’s old electric guitar when I was 11 where I started learning songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Sum 41, Anti-Flag, Guns n’ Roses etc.

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

For me probably a band like Havok or Municipal Waste.

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

I would have to say Wacken Open Air. I think that’s a goal of any metal band. It’s the biggest metal stage in the world and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

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

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

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

Thanks so much for all your continued support! We had plans of a 3-month tour throughout UK, Europe and Canada for this past summer but unfortunately Covid killed that all. We hope to plan something even bigger and better in the near future!

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

Randy Rhoads. He had such a unique playing style and a huge influence on so many guitarists, including myself. He also helped create one of the most badass looking guitars in my opinion.

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

The best thing for me is playing live shows and seeing people go crazy. It’s a super cool feeling that something you created is being appreciated by so many people. I wouldn’t say I hate anything but there’s definitely hard work involved in practicing lots, writing and recording.

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

I think the distribution of money could be more evenly distributed. It seems like so many bands put in hard work and don’t always necessarily get compensated fairly.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Children Of Bodom – “Hatebreeder”

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

If it’s recorded using Analog, definitely Vinyl, but I think anything recorded Digitally sounds better on CD.

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

Opening for Soulfly and Toxic Holocaust last March. It was a huge honour and privilege for us to play with those guys.

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

Doing sound and scoring for Film/TV or Video Games. Also mixing and producing albums for bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

1. Tuomas Holopainen
2. Alexi Laiho
3. Paul Rudd
4. Satchel
5.  Jerry Garcia

What’s next for the band?

We are all just about to move to Vancouver, Canada where we will be starting to record our next album in the Fall. We already have 10 songs instrumentally written along with 1 cover that we are stoked to start tracking for.

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

www.hyperiametal.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Hyperiabandofficial/
www.instagram.com/hyperiametal/

We are also on almost every streaming platform (Spotify, Apple, Google Music etc.)

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re biscuit sized cakes.

Thanks again to everyone for the support, we hope to come play a show near you sometime soon!

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EMQ’s with SAIL

EMQ’s with SAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Taunton, Somerset based Melodic Sludge/Prog Metal band, Sail. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Charlie Dowzell 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 Charlie Dowzell, vocalist and guitarist in Sail. The history is a long and well-trodden path, but the four of us have been jamming together properly since 2014. Prior to that Tom, Tim and myself were in another band which morphed into Sail, but since Kynan joined us it really took off and became Sail as we know it. Our first gig with this line-up was in a brewery and it was so loud we shook all the bottles off the walls, and at that moment I knew it was meant to be.

How did you come up with your band name?

Strife. Strife, and throwing things at the wall and see what stuck. We sat down and had a looooot of coffees trying to figure out what would work best for us, and eventually the suggestion of ‘Sail’ came up and we all sorta went ‘…yeah, that’s it.’ And we saw that it was good.

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

We hail from the southwest of the UK, in a county known as Somerset, where folks like to drink fermented apples and tell people to get off their land. The metal scene is actually pretty good down here! We have Plymouth which has a couple of amazing venues with good followings; Exeter is home to the Cavern and the Uni’s Rocksoc there are absolute diamonds; Bridgwater is home to The Cobblestones (absolutely one of the UK’s greatest underground venues bar none!) and our spiritual home; Bristol is home to countless venues – Old England, Exchange, Fleece, to name a few – and the community there is vibrant and passionate. There’s a lot of distance between these places but feck aye they’re amazing hubs.

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

We’re in the promotion cycle for our latest single ‘Mannequin’. It’s an older song of ours that we committed to record late in 2019; we’re working on a few other bits but we’ve a cool lockdown video to release for Mannequin alongside a longer, ‘Director’s Cut’ version and synth remix of the song courtesy of our very own Kynan Scott. The artwork is rad as hell, courtesy of Elle Romaine (Umbrelle), a good friend of ours and an extremely talented UK-based tattoo artist. Hit her up if you want skin etchings, y’all!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band have a few more obvious influences – we play something that sounds like sludge metal, punk, grunge, and melodic rock had a very strange child. I call it Rock Music but use whatever term works for you. We love all sorts, from the more obvious choices like Baroness and Red Fang to folks like Com Truise, IDLES, Billie Eilish and Kate Bush, to name a few. As for me, I grew up on 70’s rock (thanks Dad), Deep Purple and Whitesnake did a lot for me with their unbelievable line-ups of extremely talented and tasteful guitarists. In my late teens I discovered Sleep and psychedelic music, which was a fun time and a big game-changer.

What first got you into music?

My parents were always listening to music, so I blame them. Mum would always have Queen’s Greatest Hits and Abba on common rotation, so they wormed their way into my head. That, and the Bee Gees, who are great. Like I say, Dad was a man of the 70’s rock so that took hold, too. As for getting into *playing* music, when I was 14 I came across a bunch of live videos of Dio and Whitesnake doing their thing, and this guy Doug Aldrich – looks the part, sounds the part, a killer guitarist – just owned the stage, and to this day I remember watching Whitesnake playing Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ and I remember going, ‘I need to pick up a guitar’. And the rest is history, or something like that.

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

I’m big into the blues, so there’s this guy ‘Kingfish’, he’s a younger guy and absolutely kills it. Would be amazing to jam with him, really dig into the feels. Kingfish, or Joe Bonamassa would be cool. Devin Townsend would be so so fun to jam with though, the ideas would be limitless!

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

So, I went to Hellfest in France when I was 19 and it was such a cool vibe. I’d love to play Hellfest, those massive European metal fests have the coolest crowds. We have Arctangent and Desertfest here in the UK, smaller fests but super super cool in their own fields and I’d have a beautiful time playing them. Big up!

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

Weirdest from a fan, not so sure. But once our drummer’s mum baked a ‘Sail’ pie, that was excellent. And tasty too, I’m told!

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

Love to you all. Stay well, stay safe, buy our sh*t.

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

Can I put Gary Moore under the moniker of Rockstar (too damn right you can – Rick)? Famed for his bluesiness I know but he did play with Thin Lizzy, so I guess he still counts. Feelsy as all hell and genuinely one of the greatest guitarists there was.

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

The biggest plus is the creativity, far and away. Expressing yourself in ways that words don’t, or can’t. Writing music that reflects feelings and vibes and emotions in a way that transcends language and the human barrier is beautiful. And getting to do that with three other incredibly talented, like-minded friends is beautiful. The worst part, honestly? How expensive it is. Sure, you can get guitars and amps and FX reasonably cheap. But the touring, the promotion, the production – to do it right, you gotta be ready to part with moolah. It’s a graft, but it’s worth it.

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

How apparently impossible it is to work your way up. Don’t get me wrong – it’s about the journey and the experiences along the way – but it strikes me that, as with so many other industries, it’s nigh unsustainable until you ‘make it big’ upon which there’s too much money. I dunno, it’s a skewed industry I suppose. I’d also change how so many grassroots venues are going from hand-to-mouth because of the financial imbalance across the industry. I guess that’s two things, but you get my drift.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Burn”, by Deep Purple. Ferocious, hooky, soulful, swaggery, full of balls. It’s a masterclass in heavy bluesy rock.

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

There is no best – whatever medium works best for the listener. They are all good provided somebody’s consuming it and listening to the music!

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

There have been a few standout ones, for sure. Some of our recent shows have been incredible. We played with OHHMS in Bristol a while back and had an absolute blast. We played the Godney Gathering, an open-air festival in Glastonbury, when the sun was setting which was so so cool. Every gig we’ve ever played in Southampton, Bridgwater and Exeter have been wonderful – the crowds and communities there are viciously passionate and absolutely make the gigs supremely special. In 2018 we played the finals heat of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses to (I think?) about 200-250 folks; massive stage, massive room, massive crowd. Amazing times.

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

Likely talking at people about how Allosaurus is the best dinosaur or why Stalingrad was the turning point of the Second World War. I’d be working in a museum or as a history lecturer somewhere, I imagine. That, or I’d be a god-damn waster. Either or.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Can I say Jeff Goldblum five times over? How mad would that be? But yeah. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Bailey, Mary Anning, Doug Aldrich, and probably someone like Lewis Hamilton or Colin McRae.

What’s next for the band?

So, we’re sorting stuff for the Mannequin release now, but we’re mid-writing; we’ve been working on a second album for quite a while now. We’ve had a few off-periods, so it’s been in the works for a while, but we’ve locked in on a vibe and the music is super super cool. Really angry, real heavy, to-the-point. Can’t wait to see how the rest of it shapes up. We’re allegedly recording in September, but the world finds itself in a state of ‘every day as it comes’ with Covid and all that, so we’ll see. But either way, there’ll be an album in the not too distant future, and I very much hope some tours to follow!

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

You can find us on all the good social media outlets; or ‘Sail Band’ on Facebook, ‘thebandsail’ on Bandcamp, Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on all the platforms for news regarding releases, shows, and whatnot. We also post a lot of fun dumb content; we played D&D on a livestream and I got to play a dickhead bard which was good fun.
www.thebandsail.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thebandsail/
www.instagram.com/thebandsail/
www.twitter.com/thebandsail

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Are they a terrestrial earth-form, or a cosmic horror entity? Edible or mind-altering state of being? Who knows. They’re certainly very tasty.

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