EMQ’s with KAS

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EMQs with KAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Norwegian solo project, KAS. Huge thanks to the main man, Kåre André Sletteberg, 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 Kåre André Sletteberg, I play guitar, bass and some keyboard/synth on the album. I also play guitar in the Norwegian band In the Woods… The band, or the idea of this project started many years ago, when I first sat down and started writing material that I didn’t use in a band, but I never went through with it until I started the recording and writing for the songs on the album. The band is my solo project, and was made with the help of some of my good friends, and a lot of work. The whole thing is more of a “free-roam” thing for me, I’m the boss, I can do whatever I feel like, and sometimes, it is good to do that!

How did you come up with your band name?

I originally had a longer more complicated name for the project, but it was too long to write every time, and the shortening was not cool at all. So I went very easy with it, KAS is the initials of my own name.

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

I come from a small town in the south of Norway called Tvedestrand. There is no music scene there at all, and the most previous one that was there, was me and the band I played in. I moved to Kristiansand, about an hour south-west, where the scene is bigger. Here we have bands such as In The Woods… (the band I play guitar in), Green Carnation, Blood Red Throne, Arvas, just to name a few. The metal scene here is very good, and was a very good one in the 90s as well. A lot of popular bands in Europe and the rest of the world comes form this Town.

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

“The Problem of Evil” is the latest release, it‘s my debut solo album and was released the 3rd of December 2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I started to play music it was Guns N´ Roses and Uriah Heep. Without those two bands I would never play music or be a guitar player. It was so essential for me.

What first got you into music?

When I first heard the song “Wonderworld” by Uriah Heep, that‘s when I knew I wanted to play music, and when I say Guns N´Roses on YouTube playing the Freddie Mercury tribute, I knew I wanted to play guitar.

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

The whole album is a collaboration with good musicians from Kristiansand. I have the singer and bass player from Green Carnation doing a song, V-Rex from Arvas doing two songs and Jan Åge Lindeland from Blot doing two songs as well. But If I where to choose from the absolute top shelf I would give John Haughm from Agalloch a call. His voice is out of this world!

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

Well, its a hard one. Each festival has their own vibe. We have played some of them with ITW, but I would really like to play Wacken or Hellfest in Europe, and we also had a chance to play 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, but due to short notice certain members of the band couldn’t make it. Also Rock in Rio in Brazil, that would be out of this world!!

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Usually I don’t receive gifts from fans, but the ones I have gotten have been very cool. A lot of CDs has been handed me after shows. The weirdest, a polaroid photo of a person being completely naked.

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

Thank you all for the support, and I can’t wait to see you all out there soon. Not sure if that’s gonna be KAS or ITW, but I am always open for a good chat!

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

Rory Gallagher with a blink of the eye

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

Making music and seeing people and fans of music react to this in a positive way. Nothing beats that. Right now I hate the fact that I haven’t been on stage in front of an audience in over two years, that’s really hard. Also all the waiting around at airports, venues pre show, and going home after a tour.

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

It is constant move I feel, I think it‘s a good thing that fewer people, at least in Norway, are downloading music illegally. But they stream music, and that’s also a problem. Easy access but poor pay for the artists. Also, we cannot change what the people want, and what the billboard top 200 looks like, we can’t be stuck in the 70,80 and 90s for ever. Other genres has come and made it harder for us, but rock ain’t dead, we are working our asses off and hoping for a great comeback. I‘m not into all this “Black Metal we want to be underground” bullshit, we are in this all, for one reason, to make a living, and you can’t do that if you are too busy with keeping the band or project underground.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Use Your Illusion I & II”

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

Depends on what I am doing. I don’t have a cassette player. But if the chance is given, and I have time, I play vinyl. Nothing sounds better through my old analogue stereo.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

Athens, April 2018. The atmosphere was amazing.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I‘d probably taken a different type of education. I have a degree in History with a depth in Philosophy. I‘d probably be an electrician or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joakim Thåstrøm, Rory Gallagher, Axl Rose, John Bonham and David Hume

Whats next for the band?

I‘m currently recording the follow-up for “The Problem of Evil”, so a new record will be out sometime in 22-23. Also, if things change with the pandemic situation on our hands, I wanna collect some musicians and take this on the road.

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

kasofficial.bandcamp.com , instagram.com/kasbandofficial, facebook.com/kasbandofficial

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Come on! They are cakescuits!

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

If you want to buy the CD version of “The Problem of Evil”, you can buy it through Bandcamp or directly from me using one of the links in the previous answer! And thank you guys for the interview! Have a great day!
KAS
Kåre André Sletteberg

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EMQ’s with TROLL TEETH

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EMQ’s with TROLL TEETH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philly/South Jersey US Metal/Rock band Troll Teeth. Huge thanks to Vocalist, Bassist Moe Eccles, 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 Moe, Lead singer, bassist, and sometimes I play guitar poorly. Kyle has been our drummer for nearly 7 years now, Pete has been our guitarist for two or three years, and our original guitarist Ben has re-joined the band after moving to and then moving back from West Virginia.

The band has kind of had a ton of ebbs and flows in terms of members but I’m happy that the past two or three years we’ve settled into a line-up and flow of how we write music and record. I think the next five, ten, fifteen years are going to be pretty cool because we all have our lives together and make time for Troll Teeth stuff because we all care about it and care about each other.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally Sluagh but someone trademarked the name and sent us a cease & desist letter. My drummer Kyle and me sat around thinking of names and decided we needed something so stupid no other band would want to use it as their name. Not too many bands had trolls or teeth in their name so we just said screw it and went with “Troll Teeth”.

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

This question is quite the divisive question to ask us because I consider us a New Jersey band because 3/4ths of our current members were born in New Jersey but we sometimes get lumped in to the Philly music scene which is whatever. So, Philly/South Jersey is the compromise we kind of landed on.

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

We have this Split EP coming out called “Blunt” we did with Wax Mekanix but our last full release was called “Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing”. It was half a love letter to Star Trek (My guitarist Pete & me are Trekkies) and half a dismantling of bad leadership. We wrote much of the lyrics before the pandemic but they took on a different meaning when our government kind of just decided to let us die and not care about us.

Wax Mekanix/Troll Teeth “Blunt” (Full Split EP)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Another divisive question because we all come from different backgrounds. I grew up on punk like Bad Religion, NoFX, Agent Orange, etc. Everyone in the band kind of has their favourite stuff they listen to and it comes out pretty well when you’re coming at a song idea from these like diametrically opposed spots. I always joke with people “Troll Teeth songs are really two or three completely separate songs that we duct tape together”

What first got you into music?

I started on Cello in like third grade and it’s kind of always been there. Kyle was a former band kid as well. Pete went to a performing arts high school so he is lightyears ahead of us in terms of line music theory knowledge. Ben probably has the most unique background because he is self-taught but also a natural musician. You can hand him almost anything and within 10 minutes, he is better than most people who spent their whole lives trying to master it. It’s nice that we kind of all have been in music for as long as we have been because we all have enough experience that writing and recording isn’t as stressful as it used to be when we were just starting out.

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

We’ve been talking about doing an acoustic Christmas/Holiday album so anyone who plays a “weird” instrument like a harp, accordion, banjo, etc., anything that adds a different flavour to an acoustic song.

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

That’s genuinely a good question because we haven’t had the chance to do any festivals but would love to do something outdoors with great weather and dope fans. Wacken in Germany and Maryland’s Deathfest always look amazing seeing the videos so either of them would be awesome to do.

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

Edibles. We had a show where someone was nice enough to bring weed brownies.

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

I don’t know why you chose to support us but we love you. You really do make the darkest days a little brighter helping us know people out there dig our style and understand us as a band.

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

Kurt Cobain. I think he was a really introspective person and self-aware which the big time rockstars nowadays seem to lack. They worry a little too much about image and he used to do and say things because they were the right thing to say, not the right thing for profit or popularity.

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

I love the feeling of when you nail a song. Like every measure of the song feels in sync and has just a natural, organic feel to it. Live or in a studio, it doesn’t matter to me, when everything comes together, there aren’t too many better feelings. On the flip side, recording vocals. I know I could go with like “loading in” or having gear break but recording vocals is such a lonely, stressful process and I hate it.

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

So, everything is kind of interconnected. I wouldn’t change the industry per se but I’d want a 25-30 hour work week, a higher or basic level of income for everyone, and guaranteed vacation time so more people have an opportunity to explore their artistic sides and move out of the drudgery of being wage slaves. Too many entertainers today are products of growing up rich or benefit from nepotism so I wish society was a little bit more open to social movement and let people who can end up being musicians, comedians, artists, etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bad Religion’s “No Control”. Has a great flow, great tone, solid lyrics, and awesome energy. I could listen to it every day.

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

I’m not preferable to one but I will say, vinyl is super expensive in general. Everyone keeps telling up “PRINT GOES NOWHERE DOES NOTHING ON VIVYL!” and it’s like $2,500 to $3,000 bucks for 150 prints. I get the vinyl obsession but it’s completely nuts how expensive it can be.

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

I genuinely don’t remember the “Good” gigs. The bad ones where we nearly get in fights in the parking lot or our amps explode for whatever reason are the ones I have photographic memory with.

I just will never forget the one in Wildwood. We ended up playing in a very sad pizzeria (never heard of the place before so we were surprised when we showed up), there was a band who spent longer setting up their pedals than actually playing, there was a band who was decked out in like True Religion jeans and Affliction T-shirts doing metalcore covers of Pink Floyd songs, and the promoter ended up getting mad at us and nearly didn’t pay us because we were too loud for their PA system. Hell of a night.

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

Writing. I’ve written two books, self-published (If you can really call it that) but I am an overly philosophical type of person so I have all these dumb ideas I need to get out. Right now, we’re writing our fourth album about Necropolitics so if I didn’t have music, I’d be writing a novel about Necropolitics.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Like any comedian I know and enjoy. I feel dinner parties are super uptight and I would want five people there to loosen everyone up with some jokes and observations about how silly everything can be.

What’s next for the band?

Well October 22nd was EP release day. We’re shooting for a December release of our two albums (We have been extremely bored in the pandemic). We’re also planning out some cool, interesting, different music stuff like a Christmas Acoustic album and some more EP’s with hyper specific themes that wouldn’t fit on an album. We don’t have a ton of stuff planned for live stuff so experimenting in the studio is all we got going on right now.

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

We’re on everything so if you search bar “troll teeth” I’m sure we’ll pop up. I’m most active on Twitter and TikTok because I like being funny and they have the most room to have sarcasm, dark humour in everything you do without people getting too upset. Sometimes trying to be funny on Facebook or Instagram is like posting nudes on LinkedIn, no one really wants them there and gets kind of upset about it.

www.tiktok.com/@troll_teeth
www.trollteeth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/trollteeth
www.instagram.com/troll_teeth/
www.twitter.com/TrollTeeth
www.soundcloud.com/trollteeth
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2jeIa5h7JchUcUds0L3oI1
www.youtube.com/user/NoSexAppealBand

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m an American, we usually like things with higher calories and fat content. Have you seen our restaurants? People serve cheeseburgers here where the buns are donuts. We don’t have time for petty squabbles over “is it a cake or a biscuit?” we’re too busy trying to kill ourselves with fried dough.

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

I would just say we have a pre-order for $40. You get both albums, our EP coming out soon, a t-shirt, 2 stickers, 2 Troll Teeth picks, 3 posters, and I think some other stuff. You get a lot of stuff for $40 and it eats into our overhead so mixing & mastering is cheaper. You can pick one up on our Bandcamp in the merch section. Outside of that, I don’t have anything else. This was a cool, fun little interview.

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EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE

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EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Normandy, France based Metal/Hardcore band, Primal Age. 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?

Of course, we are PRIMAL AGE, and we play a mix of metal and hardcore since ‘93. PxA is about 800 shows in three countries on three continents. We’ve played with almost all the more famous bands of metal or hardcore.

How did you come up with your band name?

Animal rights and defence of Mother Earth have always been at the centre of our albums, so the name is a kind of reference of a former period in history when the air was more pure and the sea less polluted.

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

We come from Normandy, France, there are of course many bands but it’s hard to exist for most of them.

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

We just put out our last album called “Masked Enemy” and you can watch two video clips for the tracks: ‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ and ‘The Two Heads Monster’.

‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ (Official Video)

‘The Two Heads Monster’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like metal and hardcore, so on the one hand you can find Slayer, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Dew-Scented; S.O.D….and on the other hand Earth Crisis, Minor Threat, Madball, Hatebreed…

What first got you into music?

I was 17 and my best friend got his first guitar, so I had the idea to be on the bass and singing. We were listening to punk music so we tried to play like this, without any drums. It was fun.

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

A European tour with Napalm Death could be cool 😊

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

I’ll choose one we have never played. It could be the Dynamo or the Wacken in Germany. These places seem to be great with so many famous bands and a huge audience.

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

In Japan, one girl gave me a thing made by her grandmother to give me luck. It was a very kind attention and it’s always attached on my bag when we are on the road, cause it’s a great feeling when I remember this area I had dreamed to play in for a long time.

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

We hope to see you soon on the road. It has been a long time without shows because of the shitty times, so we hope to see you as soon as possible to share the passion we have in common.

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

Lemmy Kilmister, he is so iconic and when I was 10, Motörhead was the first band I listened to.

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

We are a non-professional band, so we have the chance to be very free without any pressure from a label or something. We have the opportunity to travel worldwide, that’s the coolest thing for me. What I dislike is when fashion becomes bigger than passion and you see guys or bands changing to follow the trend.

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

Quantity vs quality. We have that chance to be independent and we don’t feel the need to produce a lot. Many bands, when they make an album have just 2 or 3 good singles and the other tracks are filler.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ll give you two, “Aris” by Sepultura and “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, two revelations for me.

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

It depends on the context. At home when I want to hear some music, I prefer vinyls, CD’s when I do other things and MP3’s when I’m driving. Cassettes are only for my collection of old demos.

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

I think the BloodAxe fest in Tokyo will stay in my memory for all my life cause it was a dream to play in Japan, and I couldn’t imagine to see that thing happen when I started to play!

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

Music is a passion but I live with another passion which is sport. I began French boxing 30 years ago and I teach it and still practice every week. My life as a fighter is behind me but it’s always a part of my life, I need it for a good balance.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jesus, Yavé, Hahommet (Muhammad), Boudha and…Odin, cause I have needed to have some explanations for a long time, cause so many things aren’t very clear but make people so angry.

What’s next for the band?

The promotion of our new album is on its way and we are now more than ready to make shows. We hope to play in many areas with great bands.

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

We are on Facebook, even if I don’t really like it, but it seems to be practical to stay in touch with our public.
www.facebook.com/PRIMALAGE
www.instagram.com/primal_age/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

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

Thanxxx for the support.

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EMQ’s with ICARUS

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EMQ’s with ICARUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greater London, England based Hard Rock/Metal band, Icarus. Huge thanks to guitarist, Matt Say, 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 Matt Say, I play guitar in the UK Hard Rock/Metal band Icarus. We’re a 5-piece hard rock band including Ritchie Howlett on vocals, Matt Say and George Elvin on guitar, Will Tyrrell on bass and Ben Porter on drums. We all met on the first day of a music course at our college, and the band was formed on that same day. Our first EP was released back in March 2020, and almost instantly the country went into lockdown. We’ve been promoting our music and remotely writing music from home, and now we’re finally getting back into playing awesome shows again.

How did you come up with your band name?

We rehearsed without a name for months until right before our first ever show. Eventually we decided on calling ourselves ‘Icarus’ and that’s what’s been on our posters ever since. The inspiration came from an Iron Maiden song called ‘Flight of Icarus’.

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

We’re from the UK and we’re based in Greater London, the scene is awesome around here as there’s tons of cool independent venues and a thriving local band scene, with plenty of opportunities going everywhere. Especially when you get into the London scene, there’s countless wicked Metal/Rock bands playing everywhere and everyone knows everyone else, it’s really wholesome.

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

Just over a month ago we released our latest single ‘Castaway At Best’, a dark, brooding song about how those struggling with mental health and personal distress are cast away by everyone else, left to medicate themselves and feel abandoned. The song is about how it doesn’t matter how everyone perceives you, you’re going through your own hell, and no one has the right to judge you for it.

‘Castaway At Best’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band our biggest influences are Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Blink-182 and Juice Wrld.

What first got you into music?

My dad indoctrinated me with classic rock from an early age, bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd were pretty much the soundtrack of my childhood. From the first time I played onstage at the age of 13 I was completely hooked; I knew that’s what I wanted to do forever.

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

Metallica, because they’re Metallica and they’re fucking awesome.

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

Download Festival here in the UK, always such amazing vibes there and has such a legendary history that we’d love to be a part of.

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

A phone number.

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

You clearly have excellent taste, congratulations.

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

Dimebag and Vinnie Paul, I’d sell my kidney to see a Pantera reunion.

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

My favourite part of being a musician is hearing the crowd singing the words back to you at a show. There’s no other feeling like it. The worst part is having to load the gear out the venue afterwards haha.

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

The biggest thing I’d change (or more accurately bring over from pop/rap) is how unwilling a lot of rock/metal fans are to accept new artists. The legacy bands like Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe etc that are still going are so freaking great, but there’s a lot of newer bands who are making the genre fresh again that don’t get heard because everyone’s looking out for these bands third farewell tour. Love these artists as much as the next guy, but they attract the attention of the entire scene without doing anything new.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album has to be “All I Was” by Tremonti, it was the first metal album I heard and the riffs + solos still get me pumped to this day.

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

As crappy as they are in terms of making money for the artists, as a fan I love how convenient downloads make it to listen to my favourite songs with just a few clicks.

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

Our best show came quite recently actually, we headlined a venue called the Spice Of Life on 30th August to celebrate the launch of our newest single. It was the first proper show we’d played since the first lockdown and the atmosphere was incredible, and the feeling of playing to a packed room with our fans jumping about with us again was just indescribable.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be very bored and probably have a much healthier bank account.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The cast of Monty Python.

What’s next for the band?

Next up we have an amazing show planned at Camden Assembly on October 30th, right here in London, cannot wait! In the meantime, and after the show, we’ll be writing new music as always and booking as many shows as we can, gotta make up for lost time!

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

All our news is posted on our Instagram page. Links to our music, gigs and everything else can always be found here.
www.instagram.com/icarusukofficial/

Other Links:
www.facebook.com/icarusbandofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3SItfPL6AP4i1AmgbeRis
wwww.youtube.com/channel/UC1sbnlew7cc1oEbdjjZI4Dw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, either way I’m still gonna eat them all day.

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

Thanks for having us here on Ever Metal! Our latest release ‘Castaway At Best’ can be found on all streaming services, show it some love!

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Various Artists – C Squared Music: Underground Music Special

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Various Artists – C Squared Music: Underground Music Special
C Squared Music
Release Date: 17/09/2021
Running Time: 68:42
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Greetings and salutations, succubi and satyrs! I do so hope you all have been indulging your baser desires in increasingly perverse and chemically fuelled ways and that your various spouses and significant others are now laid gasping and sated upon their chaises longues, sipping fine wines and libations from jewelled goblets. I myself am enjoying a splendid mug of chai, congratulating Mrs Dark Juan upon her recent accession to and acceptance by the Oak and Ash and Thorn Art Collective (mainly because her creations are now scaring the fuck out of the RIGHT people) and trying to ignore the fact that the Dread Lord Sir Igor Egbert Brian Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, recently christened as Beelzepup by my good friend Adam, has dropped a number of toys on my foot as a prelude to a bit of a rumble. He is utilizing the feared Paw of Doom upon my forearm and shouting wildly at me. I shall be back shortly…

Thank you for your patience. Now that the Small Evil Canine One has been sated by having what could only be described as an old-school straightener and has drawn my august blood I can return to my mission, which is to talk to all you poor fuckers who read this about the music I am listening to. Thusly, I am listening to a 14-track sampler from Canadian Rock/Metal PR & Marketing Company C-Squared Music, who are a quite musically promiscuous outfit, considering some of the bands on their roster – the music runs the gamut from the classic female-fronted gothic metal blueprint to some quite interesting and esoteric electronic music. As this is a collection by fourteen different artists, I shall not bore you with extensive descriptions of songs, merely keeping it as brief and factually interesting as possible. Neither will I be finding out the names of the members of fourteen different bands and listing them at the end of this pile of shite you’re reading. If you can wipe your own arses, you can use the power of the internet to do your own research, right?

With your permission I am going to plunge right in…

The Inferno Doll – ‘Ghost Waltz’. Very pleasingly this is in waltz time on the introduction. If it wasn’t I might have become upset and been unpleasant to the band. Ethereal female vocals soar above swirling keyboards, chunky guitars and one of the strangest mixes I have ever heard, where the vocals are waspish and clear and everything else is a muddy mess – the guitar sound is awful, but the song itself is fucking banging. With a producer who knows what they are doing, this could be magnificent.

Lutharo – ‘Will To Survive’. Power metal intro with extraordinarily clear bass line crashes into technical riffage and vocalist trying to vomit up their own lungs, however, she also has a cracking set of pipes for clean and powerful singing and an extraordinary range. The rest of the band are clearly fuelled by amphetamines and play at a breakneck pace. Try moshing to this and you’ll guarantee yourself a stay in hospital. Super clear production adds to the enjoyment of the song. An excellent effort and a good, if not exceptional, heavy metal tune.

Torn Between Two Worlds – ‘All Eyes On Me’. A song I had been waiting for with some anticipation as it is the latest effort from the legendary Sarah Jezebel Deva (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Angtoria) and Chris Rehn. As we know with her work with Angtoria, Sarah has pretty much cornered the market in melancholy gothic metal and Torn Between Two Worlds have not moved particularly far from that successful blueprint. A languid, relaxed vocal is underpinned by slow, poignant riffs and ubergoth keyboards. Think ‘Alone’ by Heart in a heavier, more gothic style and you have the style of this song nailed down. It’s a grower. On my first listen I was sorely disappointed, but on repeated listenings, you begin to pick out delicate little flourishes, the things that turn run of the mill into extraordinary. Not Sarah or Chris’ finest hour (that’s still “God Has A Plan For Us All”), but a fine tune to drive to in the middle of a storm.

Disconnected Souls – ‘Emergence + Divergence’. British genre-benders offer up a beguiling slice of synthwave influenced tech metal with a decided Eastern influence in the break and face melting vocal gymnastics ranging from wispy, enchanting female alto to clean male harmonies and the kind of rasping roar normally reserved for metalcore. The guitars are sharp and brutally accurate, the bass used almost as a third rhythm guitar and the drumming spectacularly demented. Punchy, original and fucking brilliant. To get an idea of the sound of this band, think about a filthy musical orgy between Within Temptation, Master Boot Record and Killswitch Engage. But not Adam D’s shorts. That would be perverse.

Lycanthro – ‘Mark Of The Wolf’. Oh, so fucking Eighties, complete with self-referencing song title, histrionic, high-pitched vocals and the kind of riffs that Accept would have found…acceptable. Fucking nice twin guitar lines throughout the song though. The bass really comes through on the song and it is nice to hear it sinuously wrapping itself around the guitar work. Also includes the kind of galloping guitar and bass playing that Iron Maiden pioneered in the middle of the song, and there’s some tasty soloing if you like that sort of thing. Apparent simplicity in arrangement is disingenuous and the song is rather splendid if you like your metal classic in nature.

Book Of Wyrms – ‘Weatherworker’. A total step change in sound and mood from the previous track. Instead, we have classic influenced (Ten Years After, Wishbone Ash) superfuzz doom, with a classically trained female vocal. Languid, relaxed grooves abound and the song oozes a palpable sense of danger with a fucking groovy middle eight and solo where the pace picks up and the band slot into a slightly higher gear. The drum sound is fucking mightily produced and takes the form of a lead instrument, being the percussive engine of the whole thing. The vocals are set a little too far back in the mix for me, but the bass is front and centre and fucking brilliant. In fact, this song is absolutely fucking excellent.

Herr Nox – ‘Where Shadows Fade’. Spikily technical intro gives way to second rate HIM worship with added industrial and metal bits welded haphazardly and ineptly on. My opinion on Herr Nox is well known, and if you don’t know it, feel free to read my review on Herr Nox’s album on Ever-Metal.com. It wasn’t complimentary. I maintain my opinion that Herr Nox has tried to meld too many influences together and his music is disjointed and jarring, which is a shame because he has a smooth and captivating voice.

In Veil – ‘Lunatic’. Rather more interesting is this Mindless Self Indulgence/Zombie Girl/Human Waste Project/Rob Zombie analogue that describes themselves as gothic industrial synth-pop. Percussive, speedy and pretty unique, keyboards, guitar and sequenced drums smoothly link together and the listening experience is not unlike being at a circus where the performers are all malformed madmen playing with chainsaws and have zero regard for the personal safety of the audience. Never have a front row of people been so trepidacious. Well worth your time and I can’t wait to review their album, which is on my review list. They had better be good though because this has whetted my appetite for In Veil very nicely.

Synesthema – ‘Apollo’s Voyage’. This is where we temporarily leave the realm of heavy metal in all its myriad forms and dive headfirst into electronic music. Synesthema are rather interesting, being a mélange of vapourwave and techno – rather like a combination of Scorn and Pertubator with a bit of Jean Michel Jarre thrown in for good measure. Out and out metal fans will not enjoy this tune. A lack of vocals leaves it to the music to hold your attention to give you an idiosyncratic listening experience that references classic 80’s electropop, VNV Nation and The Anachronist. I rather like it because it’s a step-change to what I normally listen to.

Gaia Guarda (featuring Lindsay Schoolcraft) – ‘I Didn’t Break’. Electronic gothic moodiness enhanced considerably by the august presence of the splendid Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer, whose ethereal presence adds to the ambience of the quite sparse musicianship of the song. Her simple, lilting delivery allows the music to breathe and the whole piece is a clear case of less is more as simple lines intertwine to devastating effect. Not so much a song as an emotional journey that remarkably doesn’t overstay its welcome and leaves you wanting more.

Chalk Portraits – ‘In Flight’. Very mellow keyboards take their time to get going and it is easy to imagine yourself being suspended in warm water with headphones on and this piece of music allowing you to let go of everything and just float there, relaxed and in a universe composed entirely of you. The sound (with the same simple repeated few notes throughout) is reminiscent of Kraftwerk, but with considerably less Teutonic shiny pop and rather more emotion. For some reason I find this tune both relaxing and ineffably sad at the same time. Its problem is that it meanders about and doesn’t actually seem to go anywhere, musically speaking, which is a shame because I rarely get such an obvious emotional reaction to electronic music. I’d say it was a great record had it had some sort of musical direction.

Spacegoat – ‘Nothing’. Ah, we return to the holy grail of guitar, bass and drums after a brief sojourn elsewhere. Crunchy riffs and a wailing lead line take us to a vocal that owes as much to punk attitude as it does to gothic metal, being as it is clearly not classically trained, but you can hear the effort the vocalist is putting into her delivery. The band sound like they have recorded on classic equipment, having the kind of warmth that only valves can provide and the guitarists even use an e-bow in the middle eight. I haven’t used one of those since the mid-nineties. I do have a problem with the production of the cymbals. The crash cymbal is ever-present and overwhelming in my right ear and it detracts from what is an engaging mélange between gothic metal and math metal and an excellent, emotional vocal performance. Also, an object lesson on why you should name your band carefully. Spacegoat conjures up images of hyperstoned bearded dudes playing the same riff for ten minutes straight, not technical metal.

Art Of Departure – ‘Art Of Departure’. Ooooh, this is interesting and immediately reminds me of a band I reviewed recently called Dead Coyote, being piano and harpsichord led extragothic rock. As I am a sad old goff, I am immediately drawn to this and am enjoying being transported back to The Batcave and The Banshee, where ladies with terrifying make up and even more terrifyingly tight basques would ethereally wave their hands in front of their face after seven pints of snakebite or several Bloody Marys. Crooning male vocals overlay ghostly female backing vocals and the solo is performed by violin and violoncello rather than guitar. Pretty Damned (“Phantasmagoria” era The Damned were an obvious influence on Art Of Departure) good, actually. Not one for the metal purist, though, which is ironic as this is the solo project of the drummer from Tristania.

Duncan Evans – ‘Breathe’. We return to the world of electronic music for the final cut on this compilation of the delights of C-Squared Music, with Leeds-based WaxWorm founder Duncan Evans singing an impassioned vocal over a background of quasi-industrial synthwave. Duncan’s performance here reminds me of a more gothic Ultravox or OMD and proves more than satisfactorily that electronic music CAN have a soul and be dripping raw red emotion and stand easily up to metal for power. A short song, lasting just two minutes and forty-two seconds, ‘Breathe’ easily beguiles and draws you into a world of pain and sadness and is a fine, passionate end to this compilation.

So, there we have it, fourteen tracks ranging from gothic splendour to metal power and bleak electronic perfection. There are a couple of missteps along the way but in general this is a very, very good album indeed and more than adequately showcases a roster bursting with raw talent and promising futures. I’d have a punt on it if I were you, folks.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards C-Squared Music’s Underground Special 9/10. As an exploration of the underground of the extreme music scene, it is worth its weight in gold. As a record it has a mark deducted because I feel it could have been more carefully curated as some of the transitions between metal and electronic are quite jarring. However, that’s just me being a bit of a snobbish cunt. Bonsoir, mes petits enfants terribles!!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ghost Waltz – The Inferno Doll
02. Will To Survive – Lutharo
03. All Eyes On Me – Torn Between Two Worlds
04. Emergence + Divergence – Disconnected Souls
05. Mark Of The Wolf – Lycanthro
06. Weatherworker – Book Of Wyrms
07. Where Shadows Fade – Herr Nox
08. Lunatic – In Veil featuring Sam Astaroth
09. Apollo’s Voyage – Synesthema
10. I Didn’t Break – Gaia Guarda featuring Lindsay Schoolcraft
11. In Flight – Chalk Portraits
12. Nothing – Spacegoat
13. Art Of Departure – Art Of Departure
14. Breath – Duncan Evans

LINKS:
The Inferno Doll
https://www.facebook.com/theinfernodoll

Lutharo
https://www.facebook.com/LutharoOfficial/

Torn Between Two Worlds
https://www.facebook.com/SarahJezebelDeva

Lycanthro
https://www.facebook.com/Lycanthrokills

Disconnected Souls
https://www.facebook.com/disconnectedsouls

Book Of Wyrms
https://www.facebook.com/Bookofwyrms/

Herr Nox
https://www.facebook.com/Herrnoxofficial/

IN Veil feat. Sam Astaroth
https://www.facebook.com/INVeil92

Synesthema
https://www.facebook.com/synesthema/

Gaia Guarda feat. Lindsay Schoolcraft
https://www.facebook.com/gaiaguardamusic
https://www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial/

Chalk Portraits
https://www.facebook.com/ChalkPortraits

Spacegoat
https://www.facebook.com/space.goat.band

Art Of Departure
https://www.facebook.com/artofdeparture/

Duncan Evans
https://www.facebook.com/duncanevansmusic

C Squared Music:

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Wired THC

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Control The Storm

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Shackled

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Cuttin’ Edge

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Cardiff, Wales based Hard Rock/Metal/Pop project, Toothdrinker. 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?

Hi! We’re Toothdrinker and we play a weird mix of hard rock, metal and pop – got to have a variety when you’re making a rock opera!

At this stage, Toothdrinker is more of a project than a traditional band. I started it at the beginning of 2020 as a side-project, while trying to get my then-main band ready for gigging. I had an idea for a rock opera based around the Resident Evil series and thought it’d be fun to write and demo a few songs as proof of concept.

When the pandemic happened, my main band fell apart due to totally understandable shifts in everybody’s lives. I decided to keep writing beyond my proof of concept, and it shortly spiralled in to me deciding I’d write and record a whole album as a DIY project. Being a backing vocalist at best though, I needed to get some singers on board – fortunately, my partner Elly (of Hubert’s Friend) has an amazing set of pipes and was very up for being involved. Then, over time a range of other great singers joined such as Kyle from Seven Sisters and Helgi from Ring of Gyges. I also managed to enlist the help of a couple of friends to contribute some additional lead guitars and voila, our album “Last Escape” is ready!

How did you come up with your band name?

There is a term for a half-vampire, half-human called a ‘dhampir’. Apparently, this literally translates to ‘toothdrinker’ in Albanian. I’m not sure how accurate that is or if it’s just one of those things bandied around the internet, but I thought ‘toothdrinker’ sounded great and was suitably horror-themed.

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

When I started the album, I was living in London, England where I’ve spent most of my life. Against all odds, London’s metal scene still seems to thrive which is great.

Around 9 months ago, I moved to Cardiff, Wales. Moving in the thick of pandemic, obviously live music has been on a bit of a pause. However, Cardiff has a very strong rock and metal scene with local acts galore – I’m excited to start experiencing it first-hand.

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

On 24th September, we’ll release the first single from the album – ‘Valentine’s Day’. The album itself, “Last Escape”, will come out 19th November.

“Last Escape” Album Teaser

https://www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker/videos/168730205263618

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to list, but with this project specifically, a lot of the concept is informed by my love of Savatage. Their melding of pseudo-Broadway songs and heavy metal on ‘Gutter Ballet’ and ‘Streets’ has always stuck with me. I love all eras of the band, but those two albums have a particular place in my heart.

Stylistically though, I’m not sure Toothdrinker sounds much like Savatage. Song-writing-wise, I’ve always been hugely inspired by Ginger from The Wildhearts – his ability to cram riff after riff after riff in to a song and punctuate it with catchy choruses is definitely what I attempt to do!

What first got you into music?

Probably my mum playing “Led Zeppelin IV” on repeat during childhood car journeys.

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

Oof, there are an absolute ton. Ginger Wildheart would obviously be great, as I know he’d write something incredibly catchy. It’d also be amazing to work with a band like Svalbard and learn how they make their music so incredibly atmospheric.

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

Wacken’s got to be the dream, right?

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

We’ve only just started out, so nothing!

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

Seeing as this is our first release, I doubt we have fans yet – but thank you for listening!

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

I’m not sure I want the power of necromancy, but Peter Steele would definitely suit being undead.

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

Writing songs and writing songs, ha!

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

More diversity, less discrimination.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! “Prince Of The Poverty Line” by Skyclad is always near the top.

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

You do you. I like physical media, but my house is also filled with lots of plastic!

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

None yet.

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

My day job, which I am still doing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It’d be the other contributors to Toothdrinker – I’ve not met all of them in real life, and it’d be amazing to get them all together.

What’s next for the band?

With the first album just about to go out, that’s the big focus for us. I’ve got ideas for other things down the line, but that’ll be a way off.

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

www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker
www.instagram.com/toothdrinker/
www.twitter.com/ToothdrinkerInc

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Now this is the hard-hitting stuff. My view is that they are technically a cake, but function as a biscuit – like a tomato is a fruit you treat like a vegetable.

I’m sure this is deeply controversial, so please send all Jaffa Cake related hate-mail to our socials.

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

We hope you enjoy the album and thank you for taking the time to read this!

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