EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Gothic Rock/Metal band Black Vatican. 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?

We are Black Vatican. We began in early 2014, with co-founders Erick Ramos and former member Jose Hernandez. Together they made our first EP. Over the years, we had several members come and go, all talented with their preferred instruments. Until, finally, we solidified our line-up with Count Searos (Cole) as the lead guitarist and Erick as the bassist and vocalist.

How did you come up with your band name?

Erick and Jose came up with the name. We wanted a name that would represent the kind of people we grew up with, witches, Satanists, the suppressed, the poor, minorities in general. Not only that, but we also wanted a name that would represent the suppressors themselves. So, the name Black Vatican arose. “Vatican” represents what all modern societies claim to be divine, just, peaceful, correct, and perfect. While “Black” represents the shadows of those societies; everything and everyone they hide, destroy, discard, rape, and demonize for being or thinking differently. This isn’t just a reference of the Vatican itself, but all dominant religions, political parties, social groups,  and all those with enough power that belittle others for personal gain. Black Vatican is the name we wanted in order to speak up for those without a voice while identifying the suppressors in return.

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

We live in Kansas City, the Midwest region of the United States. Specifically, the metal scene here is still pretty underground with mostly core, industrial and some black metal bands playing weekday shows. The rock scene is much stronger though. Kansas City hosts the annual Rock Fest which is one of the biggest music festivals in the country. We would have to say that the U.S. lacks diversity with its metal scene here.

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

Our latest release is the witchcraft- and alchemy-inspired album “Arcana Lament”. This album utilizes both raw and equalized sounds and tones. It is Gothic metal with blackened riff in its purest form.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences, at least for “Arcana Lament”, were old-school Cradle of Filth, Abyssos, and  Eluveitie. They are elegant but still have a brute force behind them. Be believe them to be true products of the night and have inspired many of our songs, like Vampiric Combat.

What first got you into music?

It has always been a beautiful way of releasing emotion and expressing one’s self. Erick started playing the keyboard at a young age, while Searos started becoming intrigued when he first picked up an album from The Ramones.

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

We would love to collaborate with similar bands like Cradle of Filth or slightly different bands like Alcest.

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

Bloodstock, for sure! A European tour, because the crowds there are huge, and it would be a great opportunity for us.

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

No weird gifts really, rather we sent one to a loyal fan from France. He contacted us politely asked for a signed autographed picture of us. He seemed very pleased and we are happy to have given it to him.

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

Thank you so much for supporting us. You are our life line, our blood, our motivation to keep going! It’s amazing to see how our music influences others.

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

We would bring back Black Moon, also known as David Parland. David was a guitarist in Dark Funeral, Necrophobic and Infernal and had an extremely unique way of playing guitar. We’d also like to bring back Chester Bennington. His lyrics helped so many people accept and surpass their inner demons.

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

We love the adventures and the people we meet along the way. The creative process of writing music, and giving the night a voice! But its down side would have to be the finances; thousands of dollars spent on equipment only to be paid a small fraction still baffles us. Also promoting on social media feels a bit tedious. Filling out any kind of forms or spaces can get annoying and it’s typically very time consuming.

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

A few things. Have it be less centred on pop music, have artists actually write their own music and not autotune their voices. Make actual good music that has some kind of personality behind it. Also, record labels. They get paid too much for the little they do. These days many musicians can become financially stable without a label’s help, so we suggest they become more affordable in reflection to the economy if they want to stay in business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Would have to be “The Somberlain” from Dissection and “Together We Summon The Dark” from Abyssos.

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

CD’s for certain. They carry entire stories and artwork felt by the band while making the album. But for really raw black metal bands, cassettes work a lot better.

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

We’ve only played in small venues. It was in a small place that’s no longer open, deep in Lawrence , KS. Not sure how many people actually showed up since the stage was in the centre of the crowd and there was fog everywhere. Out of the five bands who played there, we were told our performance overpowered them.

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

Currently we have our own jobs  since being a musician doesn’t cover all the bills. If it wasn’t for the Covid epidemic, we might even go back to school to study radiology or so, or even open up a music venue of our own. We’re ambitious and we like to stay busy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Would have to be all our friends in our inner circle. We always have a good time drinking, playing games and embarrassing ourselves.

What’s next for the band?

We plan on creating more social media content such as behind the scenes looks and music videos. Also, we are currently in the middle of creating another album. We wish to become gods and won’t stop until we reached a throne amongst the zodiac.

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

We prefer to use our Instagram account, Vatican.black676, and Facebook page. We’re always active there and love engaging with our fans all the time.

www.instagram.com/vatican.black676/
www.facebook.com/blackvatican6/
www.blackvatican1.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re not sure honestly. Maybe the answer is culturally based; some countries call them biscuits or cakes, while other call them cookies. Whoever made them first should declare the proper title.

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

Black Vatican has always been a voice for the night and all its creatures. It is our archetype; we strive to be one with the night. Without darkness, there is no light; that below is what came from above.

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Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day

Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day
Smoke & Mirrors Productions
Release Date: From 21/03/2020 to 09/04/2020
Running Time: 46:21
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

You are probably tired of hearing about how all our lives have become a wreck in this insane year of 2020. Jobs, families, mental sanity…everything we’ve known has been damaged / changed and we could all write a book about it when this Covid 19 situation finishes, if it ever does finish someday. Inside this hurricane the music industry is also struggling, but if we try to look on the bright side (or, at the very least, the less dark side); this lockdown has changed how bands are promoting themselves without concerts. For many bands, they are working better (as they should have worked even before this chaos started) with interesting material offered to give their fans the possibility of delving more deeply into their work. The inspiration for composition and for the amount of new songs appearing every day is a very positive aspect of this trying time!

Among this inspiration, two crazy men (in a good way), Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, Massacre, The Absence) and Taylor Nordberg (Massacre, The Absence) joined forces, at the Smoke & Mirrors Recording Studio that Jeramie owns and Taylor Works, to create something very unusual and unique. They composed 12 songs from all the genres you could imagine, from Heavy Rock n’ Roll up to the heaviest Black or Death Metal. So far, so good? But no! They did more than ‘just’ compose them! Each song was recorded with different guests and each was completed in ONE day. But no, not only recorded! The whole process of writing, recording and mixing each song was done in just one day!! Always on a Saturday, “Slam Saturday” as they were named. Of course, Jeramie and Taylor invited different guest musicians to fit each genre and well-known names from bands such as Savatage, Soilwork, Marduk, Grave, Northtale, Kreator, Heathen, Exodus and many more took part. Is that good or is that good?

Explaining each song for those of you reading this is not an easy task but let me try. ‘Eternal Unlight’ (the first song released) and ‘Grief Eater’ are in a Deicide style, but in ‘Chaos Has Told You To Suffer’ you can hear something more Black Metal. ‘Monsters We Hide’ surprised me with classic Heavy Metal sounds in a Judas Priest or Accept style, with great vocals from Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss). ‘The Echo Mirror’ is similar but owes more to Power Metal. The doom cadence of ‘Terror In The Shape Of Suns’ reminds me of Black Sabbath with Deidra Kling’s beautiful voice and ‘Drag Them to the Guillotine’ has a pure Cannibal Corpse influence.

Of course, Motörhead couldn’t be left out of this and ‘Stay Clean For Me’ is a perfect song that could figure alongside any of Lemmy’s work, this time with Mr. Tony Dolan from Venom Inc. on vocals. ‘Undefeated’ is fast and shows how a good Hardcore song should be, similar to what Hatebreed play and ‘Obliteration Now’ has the same inspiration, but it is more Thrash and Heavy Metal. ‘Dying Day’ is melodic Death Metal that totally reminded me of what Dark Tranquility do so well. The album finishes with ‘A Silent War’ which is pure Thrash Metal sounding like the 80’s Bay Area Thrash Metal bands, specifically 80’s Anthrax!

Considering the minimal time they had to write, record, mix and take care about all the details of each song, I can assure you that the results are brilliant. We don’t exactly have what sounds like a full album here, nor anything that has a singular identity, but what we do have is an album that sounds like a compilation of material from many bands that we know and love in many different genres

The main difference is that this sounds like a compilation of brand-new songs from all the bands I mentioned. Jeramie and Taylor have done an amazing job of creating an album that carries the spirit and the power of all those incredible old bands you know. Congratulations to them both and to all the guests who stamped their style on each song. It truly is a remarkable achievement.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eternal Unlight
02. Grief Eater
03. Monsters We Hide
04. Terror In The Shape Of Suns
05. The Echo Mirror
06. Drag Them To The Guillotine
07. Stay Clean For Me
08. Chaos Has Told You To Suffer
09. Undefeated
10. Obliteration Now
11. Dying Day
12. A Silent War

LINKS:
www.smokeandmirrorsproductions.bandcamp.com/ (All tracks and line-ups)
www.facebook.com/SmokeAndMirrorsProductions/
www.facebook.com/KingofallKlings/
www.instagram.com/kingofallklings/
www.facebook.com/taylor.nordberg.1
www.instagram.com/uncle_teets/

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EMQ’s with REBEL RIOT

EMQ’s with REBEL RIOT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Riga, Latvia based Heavy Rock/Metal band Rebel Riot. Huge thanks to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Bob Concrete 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’s Bob Concrete, I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in REBEL RIOT.

How did you come up with your band name?

We first went with Rebel Yell, but it seemed too associated with Billy Idol, we liked the Rebel part, so we changed the other to Riot, making it as a word play.

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

We are from Latvia, a rather small country next to the Baltic sea with rich folkloric traditions. Therefore, the biggest metal band here play pagan/folk metal. Sure, there are a few other good heavy rock and metal bands of different subgenres, but all in all the underground scene is not that big, we almost all know each other here.

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

We just released a new single ‘Pedal To The Metal’ from an upcoming album, simultaneously also a music video for that track. Check it out on our Youtube channel!

‘Pedal To The Metal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trouble, Pantera, Accept – just to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I sang in different ensembles and choirs as a kid. Played a bit on the xylophone and recorder. Then picked up classical guitar around the age of 12. Rock music was also always there mostly thanks to my older brother.

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

Probably none. All the good ones are starting to die out.

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

Wacken, Brutal Assault – those are some of the best festivals in Europe/World. But there sure are cool smaller fests around which are fun to play.

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

A sack of candies, a Halloween pumpkin carved with our logo.

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

Just enjoy our music and show it to everyone else you know! Haha! What else could we ask?!

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

Lemmy.

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

Writing a great song is the best feeling! Sometimes playing it to an empty venue really sucks.

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

It’s hard to say, everything is so interconnected. But sure, there’s too much shitty mainstream music out there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good”.

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

All of it! It’s all essential of letting the music find you.

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

Opening for Accept in Riga, and a couple of years ago in Kilkim Žaibu festival (Lithuania).

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

Not sure, maybe I’d be a mad scientist, or into some other form of arts. I used to be a pro dancer and also a swimmer. But that was another era for me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates and 2 of some closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

More singles coming out soon in 2020.

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

Mostly it’s through Facebook, Youtube, Bandcamp, Instagram.

www.rebelriot.com/
www.rebel-riot.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/rebelriotmusic/
www.instagram.com/rebelriotmusic/
www.twitter.com/Rebel_Riot
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVOeTpHrbyk_ev5s6_mVdiQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Juicy cookie.

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

Just keep it classy!

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EMQ’s with PALACES

EMQ’s with PALACES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Hardcore Punk/Grind/Death Metal band Palaces. 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?

Bumpy: My name is Bumpy Bronson; I play bass and begrudgingly share vocal duties with Eric.

JB: Jonathan Balsamo, drums. Palaces was formed in 2010 when I met Eric and M Chvasta (Bass) whose band Light Pupil Dilate was breaking up. I was in Atlanta math-rock band Sorry No Ferrari at the time and wanted to do a heavy project again as my background is metal. We all had similar tastes and began writing songs that we would record and release in 2012 on our first album titled “Tarnish”. Chvasta left the band in early 2014 to focus on his other band Dead Register. After a year of being inactive we were contacted by Jeremy Weeks of Atlanta hardcore band Get Damned. He wanted to join Palaces on bass. We had played shows with Get Damned and were fans of theirs, so we said yes of course haha.

Eric: Hey I’m Eric Searle. I’m the guitarist and sometimes vocalist. As JB said, Bumpy called us up after our old bassist left. We jammed a few times and it felt good, so we decided to carry on as Palaces. We rented a few spaces before settling in at Bill Kelliher’s rehearsal spot ‘Ember City’ where we wrote a good bit of the new record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bumpy: Eric said he liked it because it was vague or some shit. Pretentious ass…

Eric: He’s not wrong. It was basically, “Hey, what about Palaces?” Nobody could find a reason to hate it, so it stuck.

JB: It immediately resonated with me for several reasons. I feel like it’s a name that doesn’t suggest any particular genre or sub-genre of metal as I feel we don’t fit into a particular classification of metal. It doesn’t colour one’s pre-listen opinion of what they are about to hear. Additionally, it has always been a metaphor for our physical existence – we each inhabit a body and mind that is our Palace. Physical structures get weathered, decay and become ruined eventually and at the same time are beautiful.

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

Eric: We’re from Atlanta Georgia USA. The scene here is getting bigger and better all the time. There are a ton of killer bands here. Every type of metal/rock can be found. People are very supportive of the local scene. We have great clubs/venues/art spaces/ warehouses to put on shows. It’s a great place to be as a musician.

Bumpy: It’s full of variety and has had some real crushers in the past, a little bit too much butt rock now, but what are you gonna do.

JB: Before Covid hit there were shows almost every night of the week, sometimes several a night. All the bands, clubs and promoters make this a great city to play music in, a very inclusive and supportive scene.

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

Bumpy: It’s an album titled “Hellas Chasma” and the first single from the album is ‘Swarm’.

Eric: It’s 9 songs, but not too long. The songs are pretty eclectic. We’re not a ‘one note’ band. There’s a lot to chew on, but it isn’t too difficult of a listen.

‘Swarm’ Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bumpy: Personally, everything from Faith to No More to Sumac, but Caleb Scofield (R.I.P.) and Brian Cook are the two most effecting and influential bassists that have saturated my music brain the past 20 years.

JB: I think as a band we have drawn on a pretty diverse range of music and it all ends up in there somewhere. I personally have always been into Death Metal and Technical Stuff, I grew up listening to thrash, punk, and evolved from there. As a group I would say bands like Cult Leader, Converge, Intronaut, Today Is The Day, Ken Mode, Baptists, Keelhaul, Mastodon, Botch, Dillinger Escape Plan, Oathbreaker and The Armed.

Eric: As a guitarist I love King Buzzo, Bill Steer, East Bay Ray, Johnny Marr, Kevin Shields, James Hetfield, Keith Huckins, etc. There are too many bands to name, but a few would be Fugazi, Smiths, Converge, Deadguy, Dissection.

What first got you into music?

JB: My Dad who was a stoner mathematician, growing up listening to Black Sabbath, Zappa, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Santana – that whole 70’s scene.

Eric: I’ve been hooked ever since I was a small person. The first artists I remember liking were Fats Domino, The Beatles, Genesis, Traveling Wilburys, and Michael Jackson. My parents played all that stuff.

Bumpy: It’s always been there. My dad played piano his whole life and as god fearing as he is, he can shred something fierce on the keys like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Billy Joel.

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

Bumpy: Stephen Brodsky. I love everything he touches, and I am one of the biggest Steve-stans I know.

Eric: Probably Michael Gira. He’s great at organizing musicians and pulling things out of them to serve his songs. I’d be honoured.

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

JB: That is a tough one, maybe Hellfest?

Bumpy: Reading/Leeds or Glastonbury. They sound so ancient but are still going and have been a huge part of music history.

Eric: HellFest. The line-up is fucking stacked every single year and it looks like it’d be a blast to play. Definitely would love to play Wacken or Brutal Assault too. Any of the Euro festivals please, thank you!

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

Bumpy: Pretty sure he wasn’t a fan, but a guy gave me his phone number and said we should “text metal.” Yeah, I don’t have his number. Must’ve lost it.

JB: No weird gifts yet but we have gotten some rad hugs.

Eric: Oh yeah, that girl outside 529! Hugs.

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

JB: Thank you for listening to us, thank you for coming out to a show and supporting us in any way.

Bumpy: No one’s gonna wait on you to show yourself. If you wanna do something in music or media, do it. Like now. Don’t ask permission. Bug the shit out of people you don’t know to listen or let you play or whatever.

Eric: When you come to one of our shows, just be ready to throw a chair at somebody!!!

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

Bumpy: Aforementioned, Caleb Scofield.

JB: Isaiah Ikey Owen

Eric: Probably Jeff Buckley, but what if it’s better on the other side? I wouldn’t want to bring him back to this place.

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

Eric: Creating and writing is my favourite thing about being in a band. I love putting the pieces of the puzzle together. That said, turning up loud and bashing shit out is pretty amazing. I don’t really hate anything about it. Sure, it takes a lot of time and doesn’t pay nearly enough, but I’m not mad about it.

Bumpy: Shows. Ever since I was a seventh grader, nothing knocks the self-gratification meter off the charts like playing live. It’s a cliché that’s been worn down to the bone, but I’ve played for 6 people before and I’ve played for 300+, and I felt just as elated as I always have been. Having said that, I think the hate part is what you make of it. If you give more power to hating something, you’ll come to hate shit you used to love, so I try not to feed that bastard any energy.

JB: I love playing live more than anything, I love the energy and volume, playing for people who enjoy relaxing to loud heavy music as a counter to the nature of modern daily life. I guess waiting to play the set is what I hate the most, I’m always impatient to play!

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

Bumpy: Make it go back to how it was. The 90‘s really were the best to me. Nostalgia is the enemy but if I could have been a bit older back then and had the chance to experience the grunge, alternative, punk, metal, etc. of that time at festivals, in Blockbusters, in magazines, in Beavis and Butthead episodes; everything just mattered a little bit more to people back then. Music stuck with you for longer.

Eric: It’s a pretty fucked up industry. I feel like there’s the “Industry” and then there’s the “Underground”. I don’t participate much in “Industry” driven music. My musical family and community seem to be in the “Underground”. That’s not by choice though. If death metal bands were getting millions of YouTube views per song, I’d be cool with that. But then that would get ruined too. It’s a vicious cycle.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: Clutch – “Transnational Speedway League”

JB: Mastodon – “Remission”

Bumpy: The Mars Volta – “De-Loused in the Comatorium”

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

Bumpy: I’m a sucker for cassettes. They remind me of being a kid. My parents didn’t keep records at home, so I never caught the vinyl bug.

JB: I personally love vinyl for sound.

Eric: Vinyl, Downloads, CD’s, Cassettes in that order.

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

Bumpy: December 2018 with Cult Leader, Primitive Weapons and the unfuckwithable God Mother from Stockholm. Never played with a crazier band.

JB: For me it’s a tie between opening for Cult Leader/ Godmother and opening for Atlanta super group Primate back in January 2020 – that was a fun show.

Eric: We’ve played with Ken Mode a bunch. Always nice to knock around the balls with those guys.

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

Eric: Probably my money-making job, but life would suck a little more if I didn’t play music.

JB: I would be playing drums in my garage – essential to maintaining sanity.

Bumpy: Anything in my power to leave this country until it stops eating itself alive.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

JB: King Diamond X 5

Bumpy: You, Eric, JB, the Jesus from Big Lebowski and Bernie Mac.

Eric: Grandmaster Jay, Richard Spencer, Black Thought, Nadine Strossen, and Elon Musk. What a party that’d be.

What’s next for the band?

JB: We hope to get back to playing live when possible, releasing the new album and doing some touring.

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

www.instagram.com/palacesloud/
www.facebook.com/PALACESLOUD/
www.palaces.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bumpy: I have family in the UK, and they think they are biscuits, I guess there’s the answer. They also let their 53-year-old son still live at home, so there’s that too.

Eric: Lost me on that one homie.

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

Bumpy: Listen to Young Beasts, Malevich and Lost Hours.

Eric: Cheers mates.

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EMQ’s with CHASING APPARITIONS

EMQ’s with CHASING APPARITIONS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Terre Haute, Indiana based Metal band Chasing Apparitions. Huge thanks to Josey Stines for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, my name is Josey Stines. I play guitar & do some vocals. Chasing Apparitions originally started out as my solo project, but as time went on, I realized I couldn’t do everything I wanted by myself. Long-story-short, I met Jacob Ortengren & we began writing some music together & our producer Jonathan Dolese recommended that Justin Stubbs do vocals & we all just clicked instantly.

How did you come up with your band name?

I want to say the band name is something I saw on Tumblr back in 2015. Something about reverse album titles or opposite song titles or something along those lines. I’ve since tried to find the post, but to no avail.

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

Chasing Apparitions is from the United States of America. The metal scene here, in my opinion, is lacking. There’s a ton of love for pop-punk & rock bands, but it’s becoming harder to find venues that will actually book bands that have screaming, at least in my state.

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

Our last release was the single, ‘As Above, So Below’ off of our soon-to-be-released EP, “Am I Worth Saving?”. We do have a new single coming out on 8.7.2020 titled “L’appel Du Vide” so be on the lookout for that.

As Above, So Below (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically our influences are Architects, Born of Osiris, Wage War, Fit for a King, Northlane, & Bad Omens.

What first got you into music?

Hearing “Stand Up & Scream” by Asking Alexandria is what got me into music. I just fell in love with the sound & the look & the stage presence. Watching their music videos made me realize that I wanted to do music for the rest of my life.

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

If I could collaborate with anyone, I’d think I’d really like to work with the guys from Dayseeker or Thousand Below. I absolutely love what they’re doing within their genre & how they’re transforming rock music. I think it’d be fun to pursue a side project in that style.

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

I would really love for Chasing Apparitions to have the chance to play Warped Tour. It’s not the biggest festival, but it has a special place in my heart because I use to go to it every single summer. It was always a goal of mine to play it at least once.

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

The weirdest gift I’ve ever received would have to be a balloon. I just found it extremely odd for someone to just have a balloon in their back pocket to give away at a show. It wasn’t even blown up.

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

I would have to tell the fans, thank you so much for sticking around throughout the hiatus. I know 3yrs is such a long time in the music scene, but I still had people message Chasing Apparitions all the time asking when we were going to drop new music. The wait will be worth it. I promise you.

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

I would have to bring Jimi Hendrix back from the dead. I feel as though 4 years wasn’t enough for him.

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

I enjoy seeing people’s reaction when they hear our songs for the first time or when they comment on YouTube & tell us how they really connect with the message we’re trying to change.

I hate seeing fans belittling bands for changing things up album to album. The band will always be in a catch-22, if they write another heavy record people will say they wrote the same album twice, if they change it up, they changed too much. I just wish people were more accepting.

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

I would change how metal music is perceived through the community. I don’t like how any music with screaming always has some sort of stigma against it & they’re almost always limited right out the gate as far as playlists, radio play, & advertising, as well as any other medium you can think of.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret.” by Bring Me The Horizon

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

The best for audio quality is Vinyl, hands down, but the best for me personally is streaming. I feel like streaming really opened up music.

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

It was a show back in 2016 at The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN. The place was packed. Kids were going nuts. There were moshpits & people running on stage. That show blew my mind. I love that venue.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I like to think I’d have a job as a graphic designer or something in audio/video. I really love After Effects & editing videos.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Blackbear, Deberg, Lil Aaron, Justin Stone, Katy Perry.

What’s next for the band?

Chasing Apparitions is releasing a new single titled, “L’appel Du Vide” on 8.7.2020, with the EP “Am I Worth Saving?” coming out shortly after. Make sure to stay up to date on our socials so you know when it drops.

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

www.ChasingApparitions.com
www.Facebook.com/ChasingApparitions
www.YouTube.com/ChasingApparitions
www.Instagram.com/WeAreCASquad
www.Twitter.com/WeAreCASquad

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are definitely cake.

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

Thank you so much for this interview. Thank you so much to everyone that has read this far. Your support means the world to us. Make sure to follow us on social media & if you need something feel free to message the band & I will get back to you ASAP.

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EMQ’s with CYPHER16

EMQ’s with CYPHER16

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band Cypher16. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Jack Doolan 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?

Jack Doolan. I play guitar and sing. Cypher16 first started touring back in 2008, and since then have visited 17 countries, including multiple trips to China, India and the USA. We’ve also filmed music videos in Gloucester Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the Natural History Museum.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think I originally created a myspace page called Cypher, but the URL had already been taken, so the number 16 got added on to make it unique. I never intended it to be permanent, but it has a certain ring to it, so it stuck, haha!

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

The band is based in London, UK. We have an interesting scene over here, and are lucky enough to get every artist of every genre passing through the city all year round (under normal circumstances, anyway). It’s competitive but as usual, the metal bands generally know and support each other.

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

We have just released ‘Push Through The Water’, the third song off our next album. We’re hoping to release it later this year, although everything is up in the air given the current pandemic.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In the rock and metal world, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Not necessarily a surprise, but over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with Bruce, Kirk and Lars, so there have been some intimate personal experiences that have really affected me in a positive way. I’m also a big fan of Meshuggah, Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Lamb of God. However, the greatest artist of all time is J.S. Bach, in my opinion. Untouchable.

What first got you into music?

Probably my mother – she encouraged me to try a lot of instruments when I was younger, and that eventually led to me picking up the electric guitar when I was 12.

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

Trent Reznor. He’s a genius and one of the most intense people I’ve ever met. I love everything he’s ever done.

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

I’d love to play Rock in Rio, or Poland Woodstock. Have heard great things about both, and the sheer size of them is incredible.

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

We were sent a 3D custom made bust of all four band members from a Chinese fan a few years ago. The detail on it is incredible and it’s very fragile. How they had it made, and then posted to us in London without it being destroyed is what astounds me the most! There’s a picture of it on the band’s Instagram somewhere, I think.

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

Thanks for listening, and supporting what we do. The coolest thing for me personally is when someone changes their daily habit to include us, whether that be listening to us online, or travelling to one of our shows.

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

John Bonham.

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

I like the travelling, and interacting with fans. I hate waiting to play before a show, and the current state of the music industry.

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

The music industry is systematically geared to crush the artist, when it should be the other way around. Couple with the effects of the shift from physical to digital, the last few years have progressively gotten worse, to the point where it is virtually impossible for most artists to make a living from music. Going forward, watch what happens to artist fees in 2021, as the industry seeks to recover money lost due to the Coronavirus. It’s paradoxical, because if the artist can’t make it work financially, then they can’t tour, and the industry will fall apart from the inside out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile (Left)” – Nine Inch Nails.

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

I was brought up mainly in the tape and then the CD age, so that’s what I’m used to. Downloads were an inevitable progression, but have devalued music to the point where it’s practically impossible to make a career out of it.

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

I enjoyed our first ever Chinese show, at the MIDI Festival in Shanghai. I think it was in 2014, or 2015. We played with Fear Factory, and I believe Wayne Static played the day before, and it turned out to be his last ever show. Would love to have caught it – I’m a big fan of Static-X.

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

Running a mobile bar business. Which I do – check out Alfred the Guinness bar, and flightcasebars.com

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Barack Obama, David Attenborough, Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoy

What’s next for the band?

2020 plans

We’re continuing to release new music, while we wait and see what the effect of the Coronavirus will be on the live music heading into 2021.

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

www.cypher16.net/
www.facebook.com/Cypher16/
www.twitter.com/cypher16
www.instagram.com/cypher16_official/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gosh, that’s a tough one. I’m going to say a cake! They don’t seem like biscuits to me.

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

Go and check out new songs, ‘Push Through The Water’, and ‘Break’, and let us know what you think!

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EMQ’s with LORD

EMQ’s with LORD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney/Wollongong, Australia based Metal/Rock band, LORD. Huge thanks to bassist Andy Dowling 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 Andy Dowling and I play bass for the Australian Metal band LORD. We formed originally under the name Dungeon in 1989 and changed our name to LORD at the end of 2005. Across the two eras of the band we’ve released 9 albums, a couple of live albums and a stack of EP’s. We’ve toured internationally and across Australia for the past several decades.

How did you come up with your band name?

LORD originally came from our frontman Lord Tim however over time the name has taken on a life of its own. There were a lot of reasons behind the name itself and its ultimate change from Dungeon. Tim spent considerable time putting together a fantastic blog post on our website called “What’s in a name?” which explains it far better than I ever could!

(Reference: https://www.lord.net.au/whats-in-a-name/)

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

We’re based in Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Australia has a fantastic metal scene and over the years we have had a stack of bands that have gained international recognition as well as popularity here at home. I’m sure most metal bands the world over would be able to name at least a handful of Australian metal bands these days which is absolutely fantastic. We’re a proud bunch down here!

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

Our latest EP release is “Chaos Raining” which came out on June 12 via our label, Dominus Records. Available via Bandcamp (https://lordofficial.bandcamp.com) and all streaming platforms.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There have been a lot of bands that certainly inspired me to pick up a guitar and want to play in a band. Many of them are obvious picks like Megadeth, Metallica, Maiden, Priest etc however as I discovered more music I continued to develop a taste for wanting to do it myself and get on a stage. As far as influential people are concerned, there have been many people in my personal life who have inspired me to pursue my endeavours whether it be friends, family or even observing others from a distance. To this day I am constantly influenced and inspired to do more and continue to grow as a person.

What first got you into music?

The radio and old compilation cassettes as a kid got me into music generally, in particular rock music. With regard to metal, it wasn’t until I was in my early teens and was given a dubbed tape of “…And Justice For All” by Metallica that my life changed forever. I had never heard anything like it before and I was instantly hooked.

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

John Farnham would be the ultimate. I think we could put together an awesome song for one of the greatest singers of all time. We’ve covered some Farnham songs in the past (eg: Playing to Win and Break the Ice) so we’re primed and ready!

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

Bloodstock would be really special for us as we have never had the chance to play in the UK yet. To play a festival like that would be a fantastic way to say hello to our UK friends who have followed us for so many years. Putting that aside, we really love to play any festival as there’s a great opportunity to not only connect again with friends but make new ones as you often get to showcase your music in front of a large audience.

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

I’ve received pairs of socks on multiple occasions from Japanese fans on tour. I’ve also had photo albums given to me from the previous tour when I had photos with the same friends in Japan. Some of the most thoughtful and generous people we have met. I certainly wouldn’t be getting socks from fans/friends anywhere else in the world, that’s for sure!

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

Our fans are our friends. We are all cut from the same cloth. We love music and in particular metal. We’re huge fans ourselves. The only difference is that every once in a while we jump up on stage to play some music for everyone. With that being said, we are so incredibly humbled that we have had so many amazing people connect with us over the years and build friendships with the band and each of us individually. Our friends are our inner circle of LORD and we will continue to make sure they know/feel that.

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

I really miss Dio. I think he still had so much to give and a huge hole was left for me when he died. One of the greatest singers and writers in metal. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to see him a handful of times and more importantly will continue to be captivated by his music for many years to come. He left us with so much to enjoy.

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

The hard work, trial and error, experimentation and then feedback and reward you receive over the years. It’s incredibly satisfying and enriching on a personal level. I don’t necessarily hate anything in particular however I sometimes feel that individual personalities sometimes bring themselves and others down. There’s more than enough opportunity to go around these days and an inflated ego or poor behaviour in general is simply unnecessary. Luckily, those people are few and far between.

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

A little more regulation from a business perspective. There are too many inexperienced/unqualified people working in music industry related jobs or as businesses who create a lot of problems for the overall industry. I also think that more government support/funding for music in Australia on all levels would be incredibly beneficial not only for musicians and industry representatives but for the wider public. Music has a lot of benefits for people in general. The more opportunities people have to enjoy music in a variety of ways, the better it is for the community as a whole.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“So Far, So Good… So What!” – My all-time favourite Megadeth album. Scrap the Sex Pistols cover and it is absolutely flawless. Original recording as well. Not the remaster!

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

None of them. I love them all and they all serve their purpose depending on where I am and my preference at the time. From a musician perspective, they all are beneficial and for the most part still a necessity for us in order to provide people with format choice to listen to our music.

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

Most memorable is definitely playing at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2016. A fantastic festival, great crowd and we recorded the audio/video for our last live album. A real time capsule of great memories.

Best gig performance wise? The 2nd of back to back shows in Tokyo back in 2013. It was the last show of a run of shows throughout SE Asia and Japan and we were a well-oiled machine. We don’t often get to do long runs of shows but that showed our real potential as a band. I like to think that we always put on a great show, but that really went next level musically for us.

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

Something involving me talking a lot of shit. In fact, I got into podcasting back in 2015 (hosting The Andy Social Podcast and Nod to the Old School) which has been a huge part of my life. I probably would have been doing something like that regardless! I’m really good at dribbling all sorts of nonsense into a mic.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Farnham, Adrian Smith, Iva Davies, Mark Furtner and Alain De Botton.

What’s next for the band?

We just released our latest EP “Chaos Raining” which is available on Bandcamp and all streaming services. We’ll ride that one for the short term but we are already starting to put together details of the next release which might come out later in 2020. Maybe a new studio album in 2021 as well if all of the creative elements and time falls into place. Either way, we’re going to be busy!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mLDXLOEh4fcvxm5ICKfhE
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/lord/18929843
www.lordofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/user/lordofficial
www.facebook.com/lordofficial
www.instagram.com/lordofficial
www.twitter.com/lordofficial

We’re in most places! Search for “lordofficial” and you can usually track us down.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure if we have Jaffa Cakes here in Australia but going by the name it SHOULD be a cake. If it was a biscuit, then it would be a Jaffa Biscuit. That might be too logical haha. It sounds awfully sugary.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to answer these great questions and talk about our band. We love what we do and feel honoured to be able to keep putting new music out after so many years. We’ve made so many great friends through music and I’m looking forward to making many more.

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EMQ’s with GODETH

EMQ’s with GODETH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band, Godeth. Huge thanks to guitarist Dylan 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 Dylan, one of two guitarists in Godeth. We formed in 2018, and have been gigging since February 2019 and have played at venues such as The Key Club, 02 Academy Leeds, The Fenton, BOOM, 02 Institute 3 Birmingham, The Mulberry Bar and Venue etc. We also competed in the SoundWaves Music Competition 2019, which we got to the national final of, something we are pretty proud of considering it was a competition mainly focused on finding more “mainstream” acts.

How did you come up with your band name?

The original placeholder name was Snowdeth, but that was a bit shit so our bassist came up with Godeth and so we decided to use that.

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

We are from Leeds, which has a good underground metal scene. Some great venues such as Boom and The Key Club, with some sick bands who in my opinion deserve a lot more attention such as Master the Crown, OND, Anarcadia, Nihilus, and Pariah (although they are technically York but I’m still counting it).

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Blunt’ which came out last month and was written by our singer Eddie. It also marks our first ever lyric video. This was supposed to be a proper music video but then the world went to shit which meant we had to put this idea on hold unfortunately.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally Metallica are the main reason I properly got into metal (even got their Ninja star logo tattooed on the back of my leg), but also bands like Alice in Chains, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Death, Sepultura etc. Everyone in the band has a bunch of different influences, so we try and bring as many of them together when writing songs.

What first got you into music?

Err I will thank my Mum, Dad, and Stepdad for that, they would always play me music from a young age, and I can probably thank them for my current tastes.

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

Power Trip, fucking love them!

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

Definitely Download or Bloodstock, I’ve been to both countless times and have met some great people and friends at both, so to play either would be a dream.

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

Can’t say I’ve received a gift unless you count getting flashed at our Key Club gig.

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

BUY OUR MERCH!!! Nah just everyone stay safe and we can’t wait to play to you all once this blows over

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

Either Layne Staley or Peter Steele, but I’m going to go for Peter Steele as I would do anything to have gotten to see Type O Negative live.

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

Most – Coming up with a new song or hearing people sing the lyrics you wrote

Worst – When you have a great riff, but can’t find a way to work it into a song (so frustrating!!)

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

Less false promises.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”, just such a good, dark feeling album

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

Vinyl’s in terms of the full package, Downloads for the ease

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

Our headline gig at The Key Club. We always dreamed of headlining it, and to do it so early in our “career” is something we are immensely proud of. It is also the place where me and singer Eddie met, as well as basically my entire friendship group, so it is a place that is very dear to my heart!

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

Being bored probably”.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nikki Sixx, Jim Morrison, Ötzi the Iceman, Louis Theroux, and Robert De Niro

What’s next for the band?

Once the world comes back to some sort of normality, we are going to be recording and releasing an EP which we can’t wait to do, and then hopefully playing some more gigs.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/GodethUK/
www.twitter.com/GodethBand
www.instagram.com/godeth_band/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJh6rjLwEXPbmNtTPGP8Sg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3oeXNRsY37Bq30hwcPi6aG
www.godeth.bandcamp.com/releases

Can also find our music on most major streaming sites and services

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit 100%

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

We have recently released a shit tonne of merch on Teespring, so feel free to check it out and see if there’s anything you like (can be found here: www.teespring.com/stores/godeth), and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

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EMQ’s with AMNESIS

EMQ’s with AMNESIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Asheville, North Carolina based Metal band, Amnesis. Huge thanks to Guitarist ‘Miller’ 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?

Amnesis. Metal! The band is comprised of members from the Asheville metal scene spanning a couple decades worth of stories we could tell or can’t speak of lol. It was formed in 2010 and has gone through a few line-up changes over the years. It is a 4 piece now but used to be 5. We like it fast, heavy and straight forward.

How did you come up with your band name?

It just kind of happened one day. We couldn’t decide and the singer popped off with it. It stuck.

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

United States, Southeast. It depends on where you go. Right now, it’s pretty dead amid the Covid-19 situation, but before that there were some decent shows all over the place. Every kind of band you can think of, you can go see anywhere around the southeast if you do a bit of research and know what you’re looking for.

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

We recently released a “playthrough” video of sorts for ‘Abscession’, the second track title from our newest EP, “We Hate Myself”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

American Headcharge, SOAD, Mushroomhead, Nothingface, Killswitch Engage.

What first got you into music?

Listening to the radio honestly, for me

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

Beni-Hana, Volumes, Issues, Knives Out, Rammstein to name a few.

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

Donauinselfest or Bonnaroo.

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

Masks, and one time a fan decorated a Christmas tree for us lol!

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

Live your dreams and never give up.

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

Jaco Pastorius.

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

Playing. Connecting. As far as the hate goes, the competition aspect. Egos. The dark side of the industry in general.

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

Solicitation to local stations. Abolish the “buy your way to fame” model.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Wall” by Pink Floyd. Cliché, but it has a perfect formula that can’t be explained with words. It changed me and the way I think about playing as well as presentation.

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

All of them. You should have them all and have all of them available to your fans.

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

In this band, Probably Hell Yeah at the Orange Peel in Asheville NC. Don’t want to stop ever. Onward and upward!!

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

Working myself to death at a trade skill to get by in between playing music and adulting etc

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hemingway, Alexander the Great.

What’s next for the band?

Getting through this Covid madness, writing the next EP and getting back out there to play some massive gigs once this is all over with.

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

Youtube Links:

Album Stream:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt9EBhXl9W8

Music Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAc9gqumow

Social Media Links:
www.facebook.com/hivemindsmedia/ (music video)
www.open.spotify.com/artist/43wuumuah7vfINNmSx4e6c
www.facebook.com/amnesisband/
www.amnesisband.com/
www.amnesisusa.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/amnesisusa
www.tidal.com/browse/album/127617403
www.music.apple.com/us/album/we-hate-myself/1494114170
www.deezer.com/us/album/125895372
http://www.play.google.com/store/music/album/Amnesis_We_Hate_Myself
www.iheart.com/artist/amnesis-32461572/albums/we-hate-myself-87839294/
www.us.napster.com/artist/amnesis/album/we-hate-myself
www.mndigital.com/content-experience/music_content/albums/481653067/Amnesis/We_Hate_Myself/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The mind doth ponder…

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

Don’t dream it. Scheme it.

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EMQ’s with OND

EMQ’s with OND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band OND Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Joe Cross 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?

Joe, I play guitar and do the vocals. We all met in Leeds a few years ago and wanted to make music together.

How did you come up with your band name?

It translates to “duck” in Icelandic, but also translates to “evil” in Norwegian. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.

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

We are based in Leeds, UK, which as a whole has a great music scene. The metal scene is more underground though with prominent venues like Temple of Boom being a central hub for all the heavier/out-there styles of music.

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

Brutal Skeleton Fistfight (Somewhere between and EP and an album).

Full YouTube Stream.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each member of OND brings something very different to the table in terms of influences. One band that we all agree on however is Gojira. Personally, I can’t stop listening to bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tigran Hymasian and Dusty Kid at the moment.

What first got you into music?

A mix of a few things. I’ve always loved scores to films and video games which really set the wheels in motion. In terms of metal though, my first love was Iron Maiden, specifically the Number of the Beast album.

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

If we’re talking local bands, I’d love to do something with Beluga. They’re not metal, but one of the coolest sounding bands around right now. Check them out. If we’re talking literally anyone, I’d love to do something with Tigran Hymasian. Also not metal but an incredible musician.

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

I feel OND would be great at Bloodstock. It’s a great size festival and always a fun time.

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

We’re not that good!

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

Drink lots of milk. You will need strong bones for the skeleton war.

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

Lemmy. Need I explain?

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

Sounds selfish, but I just enjoy bashing out some tunes with some good mates and having a fun time. I hate when people take it too seriously.

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

People being more honest.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Poloygondwanaland” by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

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

Aesthetically: Vinyl. Practically: Downloads.

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

I really enjoyed the last gig we played. It was a charity single launch for our single ‘Save The Bees’, where all the money raised went to the BBKA who research protection of the bee population. It was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money.

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

Something practical. I’d like to think either engineering or blacksmithing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The rest of OND, Amber Morris, who did the artwork and Jack Murray who produced the album to thank all of them for doing a great job working on the album.

What’s next for the band?

Well, right now we’re in lockdown, so not a lot! However, we want to get writing again as soon as possible. We’re going for something different to what we’ve released before. I’m excited to get to work on it.

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

www.open.spotify.com/album/3oDtACHHMKvfNqxSyK2Iqj
www.youtu.be/IwCiVjpEV7o
www.ondband.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Obviously.

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

Just to say thanks to Amber Morris for doing a great job on the artwork for the album and all our previous releases and to Jack Murray for producing the album for us.

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