Video Interview with AKKADIAN

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys!

Sheri here, I hope everyone is keeping safe!

I bring another Interview for your eyes and ears – this time I got to chat to the lovely lads of Akkadian. Cambridge, UK based Akkadian are one of my very favourite newcomers in the underground world of Metal. By chance, I happened to see them play in Norwich, where I had gone to see a friend’s band play who were on the same line up. I was immediately blown away by Akkadian. The raw energy and ambience these guys present to their audience is pretty breathtaking and I don’t believe they can be put into a box when it comes to labelling their genre. If you’re a fan of Gojira, Deftones and Slipknot then chances are that you are gonna get what these guys are about.

Ambient but heavy.

Akkadian formed in 2018 with their debut show booked at the beginning of 2019. Their first releases ‘Black Sand’ and ‘Emanation’ were released in 2019 amidst a surge of positive reviews! During the first lockdown in 2020, Akkadian released their own take on Lamb of God’s ‘Memento Mori’ and unleashed this with a lockdown video. Again, it was well received and gave Akkadian fans something to chew on whilst in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions.

Akkadian’s new single ‘Agenda’ was released in February 2021 and I feel this offers further depth to what the band can do.

I hope you all enjoy the interview…

AKKADIAN Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Akkadian are:
Danny Thurston – Vocals
Harry Newberry – Drums
Chris Kontos – Bass
Aaron Wright – Drums
Florian Fize – Guitar

LINKS:

‘Agenda’ (Official Video)

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London/Brighton, UK based Metal/Hardcore band, Viatorem. 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 VIATOREM, based in South London/ Brighton, and we play aggressive politically-inspired metal/hardcore. Individually we are Ross (vocals, from London), Finn (drums, from London), Pip (guitar, from Guildford) Serge (guitar, from Moscow, Russia) and Rodrigo (bass, from Bogota, Colombia).

Rodrigo and Serge have been friends since childhood and founded the original project roughly two years ago, with Pip and Ross joining soon after, and Finn joining after the recording of our debut EP. After stumbling across him working on his blast beats in a practice room at university, Rodrigo and Pip popped in and asked if he wanted to audition and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your band name?

Rodrigo was trying to find an alternative language or dialect for the word ‘messenger,’ signifying the political themes and messages the band wants to convey. He ended up finding it in Latin: Viatorem.

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

We are all currently based around London & Brighton, and the music scenes in both cities are amazing and healthily competitive. We are constantly excited and surprised to be a part of such a diverse, energetic scene, and can’t wait to earn our place on the live circuit as soon as things start to go back to normal!

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

Our latest release was released on April 16th – ‘Bulls On Parade’, a cover of one of Rage Against the Machine’s most well-known (and still relevant) songs. As a B-side this single also features a re-recording and remaster of ‘Exalt’, one of our favourite tracks from our debut EP “No Saviours No Kings”.

‘Bulls On Parade’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We actually made a public Spotify playlist for this exact reason, with all of us having such different influences that we wanted to let our audience enjoy them all the way we do. More specifically though:

Ross: Darkthrone, Terror

Finn: Gojira, Periphery

Pip: Brand of Sacrifice, Fit For An Autopsy

Serge: Malevolence, Thy Art Is Murder

Rodrigo: Verse, Vein

What first got you into music?

Rodrigo got a detention during a music lesson because he didn’t do his homework, and while staying after school he ended up hearing the school band practicing and loved it: He booked his first bass lessons the following day. Finn used to hit things around his room rhythmically as a kid, so his mom decided to buy him a drum kit to keep him busy. And Ross just makes a lot of weird noises generally, so he seemed like a good fit.

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

Will Putney joining in on the production of the record would be a dream come true. He’s worked on some of our favourite records by bands that have been a massive influence on us, so having his input on our tracks would be mind-blowing.

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

Wacken and Glastonbury, with them being both the biggest or the most awe-inspiring festivals for us while we were growing up.

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

We’ll tell you when we actually manage to meet one after lockdown!

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

RADICALISE.

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

Ross: Joe Strummer

Finn: Jimi Hendrix

Pip: Prince

Serge: Steve Ray Vaughn

Rodrigo: Bob Marley

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

The best part for us is that unspoken communication that happens when you play music in a room with other musicians, something non-musicians won’t ever be able to fully understand. When you nail that special moment in the practice room and the whole track comes together, there’s no feeling like it (except live shows). Currently our biggest hatred regarding music by far is not being able to play any shows, or connect with our audience in a live capacity. Metal has always been a genre that thrives on the live aspect, and losing that for the last year has been incredibly rough on everyone.

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

You are simultaneously expected to try and join an elite hierarchy of labels (the big three) for any kind of mainstream recognition, all the while having to front the costs of merch and transport etc yourself and making literal pennies from streaming services. We’d definitely change the industry to be more inclusive and compensatory for all new upcoming bands and artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ross: “Mirror Reaper” by Bell Witch

Finn: “From Mars to Sirius” by Gojira

Pip: “Odyssey To The West” by Slice The Cake

Serge: “Self Supremacy” by Malevolence

Rodrigo: “The Afterman: Ascension” by Coheed and Cambria

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

For practicality in day to day life, it’s definitely downloads. For personal use and enjoyment at home though, vinyl without a doubt. Digital will never beat physical!

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

As a band, sadly none (our debut EP release unfortunately coincided with the first lockdown, perfect timing!), but the live ‘Bulls On Parade’ music video was insanely fun to film – we basically treated it as our first gig and went absolutely crazy for about 9 hours. You can find any future gigs we will be playing on the GIGS tab of our website www.viatoremuk.com/ and of course on all our socials.

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

Ross: Continuing his day job and political activism.

Pip: A ballet dancer (no, seriously).

Finn: Studying ancient history.

Serge: Film editor/photographer.

Rodrigo: Researching and writing political academic papers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emma Goldman, Marcus Aurelius, Dave Grohl, Lemmy, and Noam Chomsky. Just imagine the banter.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on our next EP, which will be hopefully coming out towards the end of the year, but there is indeed a full album on the horizon! You can look forward to our full-length release around summer 2022.

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/ViatoremUK
www.instagram.com/viatoremuk/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAoW8Gny5atRJNVWlinYFQ

Links to all of our socials, streaming platforms, music and more is available on our website.
www.viatoremuk.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, although it took an entire band meeting to figure this one out.

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

The government and systems that govern us will try to convince you that a just and fair society is a pipe dream. People will always have the power to topple systems of oppression imposed against us. Arm yourselves with facts, radicalise, and resist.

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EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

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EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with PA/NC, US based Hybrid Metal/Hardcore band, Bushido Code. Huge thanks to vocalist, Mike Ledet, 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?

Mike Ledet and I am the vocalist for Bushido Code. We started in 2017. We’ve all been friends for a long time. We’ve all been in other bands that have played together throughout the years, and my friend Derrick Voricci reached out to me about starting the last band he was ever going to be in, and I was on board.

How did you come up with your name?

We got Our name from Derek. He always loved that movie Shogun Assassin. And always wanted to be in a thrash metal band with the name Bushido Code.

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

We’re from the United States. The metal scene here is amazing. We are seeing metal make a strong come back. It’s really exciting for us to go back to our metal roots and bring something fresh to the younger kids and to the older metalheads. But all in all, metal lives and is stronger than this damn pandemic. You can never take away the thrash!

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

Our newest release is called “The Ronin”. It’ll be available on April 16th through Upstate Records and Blood Blast Distribution. We released the first single ‘Harvest’ on March 12th. ‘Harvest’ is a ripper and captures exactly what Bushido Code represents – heavy, in your face thrash metal! On deck, we are super excited about our video for ‘Aftermath’, which came out on April 2nd. We are super proud of this recording and we’re excited about people hearing it!

‘Harvest’ (Official Audio)

‘Aftermath’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically I’ve always been inspired by the great bands from the early days of metal. The ones that stick out the most to me are bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Testament; they had the biggest impact on my life when I was younger. But when I got older and I found punk and hardcore. Bands like Agnostic Front and the Cro-Mags.  They helped change my view on life and for that I really appreciate them.

What first got you into music?

I grew up really poor. And when my brother went off to the army, he came back for Christmas, he bought me a Walkman with KISS’s “Crazy Nights” tape. Yes, I did say tape. It was that long ago when I got introduced to “metal”. That’s all I got for Christmas that year. I listened to that tape front to back endlessly. And ever since then, I was hooked on that style of music. KISS opened the door for me musically.

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

For me it would be Testament without a doubt. Don’t get me wrong Suicidal Tendencies are the reason I want to be in a band, but Testament is the reason I wanted to sing in a band. They were then and still are one of the best thrash metal bands of all time with hands-down one of the best guitar duos out there. Not to mention probably the best metal drummers of all time. In my opinion Chuck Billy is the gold standard for a metal band singer.

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

Man, I would love to play any of the huge metal fest in Europe. Not taking anything away from Americans but Europeans just love their metal. They love & live music. And I want to go over there again so bad and shred! So, like Wacken or Hellfest would be amazing. Why do you ask? Do you know someone we can talk to and get us to play one of these fests? If so, we are on our way!!! LOL!

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

Nothing too weird. I did get a really cool drawing of myself that a kid had drawn. He gave it to me. He was like really into the band I was in. I was beyond flattered. But I was like, “Kid, you got to start drawing cooler stuff than my ugly face”!

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

I would think it would be, “be yourself no matter what the consequence”. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of trying to be what everybody’s want you to be rather than being yourself. And I don’t think you could truly be happy in life without being 100% you! Also, support local music as much as you can because there are so many great bands out there. We are all in this together – support heavy music!!!

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

I have to say Layne Staley. I listen to Alice in Chains sometimes and miss him like he was my personal friend. I was so attached to him as a singer and what his voice did to me. I can’t hear a song with him in it and not feel something. The amazing power of music!

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

The thing I love the most is that I can say whatever I want and for that period of time and space, it’s all mine. I can’t be interrupted, I can’t be distorted, I can speak freely and speak from the heart.

What I do hate is that there are so many great bands and musicians that you’ll never hear of because they were not in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Seems like such a waste!

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

That musicians made money off their music. That they were free to do what they wanted and not forced to do stuff with a label that just wants to sell records. And weren’t punished for holding their ground when they did!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is a real tough one for me. There are really two albums that changed my life. One was Suicidal Tendencies “Lights, Camera, Revolution”. Being the first band that made me feel like I wasn’t all alone in this world. And Testament’s “Practice What You Preach” for making me fall in love with metal music!

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

I don’t listen to a lot of vinyl. Although I hear it sounds really good. I hated tapes when I was a kid. I would have to say CD’s.  ‘Something about having a physical copy of the music, having it in your hand. Reading the notes and lyrics. Something really cool about that.

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

I can’t speak for the whole band on this. But in Albany, New York we played a show on a boat, the booze cruise. That one was good! Something about being stuck on a boat with a bunch of metal kids that can’t run away is pretty awesome.

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

Just your typical blue-collar American. I might try to write. Maybe a book just to get these thoughts out of my head. Sometimes I feel like I’m gonna blow up if I don’t.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would have to say Jesus, Dr. King, Denzel Washington, Dave Chapelle. Man, I’d just sit back and listen LOL!

What’s next for the band?

Well, we’re gonna put this album out and do our best to play as much as we can. with this pandemic going on it will be tuff. We’re gonna write more songs got some in the works right now. Ultimately plan to take over the world!

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

Instagram. Or our label Upstate Records. You can find it on all those social media platforms. Not to mention Spotify, Apple Music and others.

www.upstaterecordsny.com/
www.facebook.com/bushidocodemetal
www.instagram.com/bushidocodemetal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0CRPCzLc6PUAn3J7v58zwA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t really know what Jaffa Cakes are. Put a gun to my head and I will have to choose cake.

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

Just a thank you to you. For having a platform for musicians and bands to tell you about themselves what goes behind her thinking. In their music and in life. My hat is off to you! And also, please download our album “The Ronin” April 16th!!

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EMQ’s with THE UNITED ROCK NATIONS (T.U.R.N)

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EMQ’s with THE UNITED ROCK NATIONS (T.U.R.N)

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with International Hard Rock/Metal band, T.U.R.N. Huge thanks to Swedish based vocalist Daniel Valberg & US based bassist Hammer Head, 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?

Daniel: Hi, my name is Daniel Valberg and I’m the singer in this band. This band was at first thought to be a cover band, recording covers only but I’m not a huge fan of just recording covers, I wanted to make our own original music, so me and Hammer decided to make this band an original! Then we brought in Graham and Des and at last, after a long time, we got hold of Spencer, our drummer.

Hammer Head: I’m Hammer Head, I play bass guitar. I grew up loving 80’s rock but struggled to find other musicians who liked the same music as me. So, I started contacting YouTube musicians and tried to do covers. Daniel was someone who really stood out in his ability to sing and music similarities. Once we figured how to do this internet band thing, we found the other musicians and haven’t looked back since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Daniel: Our first band name was actually “Lagoon” but that was copyright protected so Des came up with United Rock Nations and I said if we put “The” first and make it T.U.R.N.

Hammer Head: It actually came from my brother Des Samita. It’s pretty obvious how. Daniel lives in Sweden, I’m in California. Graham lives in England. So just sorta became “The United Rock Nations” (T.U.R.N)

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

Daniel: I’m from Sweden and I have lived in Umeå for the past 10 years. I’m originally from a town called Robertsfors. That’s where I grew up. The Metal/Rock scene in Umeå is big for a small city, I would say! We’ve got Nocturnal Rites, Cult Of Luna, Naglfar, Meshuggah etc and in Robertsfors we’ve got some Sahara Hotnights, Summoned Tide etc.

Hammer Head: We are from all over the world. We are the most popular in Sweden. The rock scene is pretty good there. I live in rural California and don’t think it’s much.

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

T.U.R.N – “The United Rock Nations” is our debut album, which was released in February.

‘Demons’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Daniel: I must say Guns ‘N Roses.

Hammer Head: I’ve always been a fan of the greatest of the 80’s (Van Halen, Scorpions, Guns ‘N Roses, Def Leppard, Etc)

What first got you into music?

Daniel: My Stepdads Vinyl/Cassette of 50,60s rock music! Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Creedence Clearwater Revival etc. GREAT MUSIC! Love it!

Hammer Head: My friend and I got hold of his Dads Beatles albums, and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ is my first real memory of a song I love.

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

Daniel: Hmmm…I would say Guns ‘N Roses but that would probably take too long to finish 😉...so, maybe Halestorm or Judas Priest would be cool.

Hammer Head: That is a really good question, probably Sammy Hagar.

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

Daniel: Sweden Rock Festival, biggest rock festival in Sweden and they always have great line-ups, a good mix and its “Hometown”.

Hammer Head: Download in England. Seems like a cool popular rock show.

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

Daniel: Never got a gift from a fan.

Hammer Head: Don’t think I’ve ever received a gift!

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

Daniel: Aim for the stars and never give up!

Hammer Head: Work hard and treat others with respect.

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

Daniel: Freddie Mercury.

Hammer Head: Eddie Van Halen

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

Daniel: To be creative and make music. Hate that we have got too few hours in a day.

Hammer Head: I enjoy expressing myself in a different way. I hate not being able to express the way I feel. Haha!!

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

Daniel: It’s sad but will most likely happen in the future that physical music will be completely gone…I hope and wish it will never be.

Hammer Head: Something along the lines of giving more money/royalties for streaming services. It’s the way the industry is, and the musician always gets screwed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Daniel: Ooo, this is a hard one….I choose Black Sabbath – :Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”. I played the shit out of that album when I was younger.

Hammer Head: Def Leppard – “Pyromania”

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

Daniel: Vinyl no question. It’s something special to take out, that 12″/7″, from the cover and then put it on record player and bring down the needle and hear the sparking. Nothing beats that!

Hammer Head: I Like CD’s

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

Daniel: I’ve never played live!

Hammer Head: Probably the barn show. I grew up more rural and had a barn and another band at school wanted to play a show, so we made a stage out of hay. We loaded up the street and the cops came, neighbours called to complain. Said we could do anything until 9:30. So we turned it up louder and played until exactly 9:30.

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

Daniel: What I’m doing now, working in the Metal production Industry.

Hammer Head: Agriculture. I love animals and growing crops.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Daniel: Joan Jett, Rob Halford, Lzzy Hale, Zakk Wylde, Jack Black.

Hammer Head: My band, Daniel, Graham, Des and Spencer.

What’s next for the band?

Daniel: To work on our 2nd album.

Hammer Head: We are starting to work on album 2. Also hope we’ll play a mini tour together one day.

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

www.facebook.com/theunitedrocknations
www.instagram.com/theunitedrocknations/
www.twitter.com/TURNTHEBAND
www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8uzqTZ6SeJ-nZI2AupE5Q
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/turn/the-united-rock-nations

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Daniel: Never tasted Jaffa Cakes! But by the looks of it, 100% a biscuit. I’m a Swede and we have a lot of “Fika” so believe me It’s a biscuit!

Hammer Head: Never heard of it. I’ll guess biscuit!

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

Daniel: Wanna thank you guys for makin’ reviews/interviews to keep the music flow alive and spread new music out to the audience and I want to give our fans a big thank you for listening to our music! ROCK ON!

Hammer Head: Thanks for interviewing us. It was great remembering our musical journey! Hope you enjoy the album! Thank you.

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EMQ’s with HEEDLES ELEGANCE

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EMQ’s with HEEDLESS ELEGANCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Budapest, Hungary based Metal band, Heedless Elegance. Huge thanks to vocalist, Samuel Konter, 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 Samuel Konter, I’m the vocalist of HEEDLESS ELEGANCE. The idea of creating a band came to our minds around 2015 I think, we were in a rock/metal festival in Hungary! Zsolt and I were totally sober and we said to ourselves “let’s try it one more time, but this time do it for real“. We had projects where we were playing together with Zsolt, but something was missing from them, so we decided to follow a path where we’ll be very conscious about what we are going to do. Of course, we were continuously bumped into problems and mistakes, but in a different level. Since the official start of the band, which was in 2018, we had quite a few band members on each instrument, because there was always something that came up to the surface. Those things were in a scale from ‘problems with the attitude’ to ‘the person literally went insane’! But eventually in 2020 the final line-up of the band was found and now I can proudly say that I’m in a band with amazing musicians and friends: Zsolt Forgó, Mátyás Erős, Dani Varga and Albert Csobán. Since than we got into the top 25 “Best Emerging Bands of Hungary” as the only metal music group by winning a showcase talent show in Herend and a major governmental showcase competition.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band Heedless Elegance is kind of an inside joke of us. When we founded our band with Zsolt we always said, when someone asked us how we are going to accomplish something or how we can get there where we want to be, in Hungarian language: “ hanyag eleganciával” which means: “with heedless elegance”.

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

We are based in Budapest Hungary, most of us lives in the capital or in the suburbs. Hungary is a small country, so the subcultures are small as well. To be honest, it is very hard to prevail as a metal musician in the world, especially in our country. In Hungary there is no proper “industry” and the gap between the underground and mainstream couldn’t be bigger, but there is no middle class. For example, a successful metal band in Hungary who plays on big stages at festivals, and has thousands of followers cannot be a part of the mainstream, but cannot be called underground as well, so what are they? I’ll tell you what, they are mostly amazing musicians who work two jobs as bartenders or delivery guys or an electrician to pay rent and buy food and stuff, and on occasion, they are playing in front of 5-10 thousand people, but the radio does not play them, because it’s not acceptable in their visions for the average people. But there are a lot of no name artists with shitty music with nothing to tell, and making a lot of money out of the radio because that is “acceptable” for the audience. I think we can see the irony. But of course, there are a few metal bands in the mainstream who can make good money, but you can ask yourself by right, how they got there under these circumstances?

It would be great to develop an industry which pays equal attention to all genres, and pull them up if they are worthy, so the musicians only job would be to pay attention on making real, honest & professional songs. If you are looking for bands from Hungary, you definitely need to check out these bands: LAZARVS, Stubborn, As Karma Brings, Meristem and to mention a non-metal band, my dear friends, ANTARES. They are wonderful people, and amazing musicians, love them all!

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

Our second LP called “LIBRA” came out on the 31st of January and we are really proud of this release. We worked so much on it and we gave our heart & souls to make it as good as was possible from us. As far as we are able to look back from now to the past two years, we truly think that it has become a colourful, yet coherent album overall. It was a challenging task for us to create such an LP, while being honest and fulfilling our expectations to ourselves. “Libra” is a concept album – divided into two parts with eight songs in total – about a fictional character and his inner journey from a murder driven by a long-awaited revenge to the dissolving death of himself.

‘The Blaze Of Glory’ (Official Video)

‘Friends’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I started my “career” with Green Day when I was a child, their CD was the first I had ever gotten, after that, step by step, I started to fall into the heavier stuff, first Metallica, than my all-time favourite band System Of A Down and after, all the metalcore & deathcore stuff. I think I can feel the impact of these bands in my vision of music, but these days my influences are coming from other genres and arts. For example, mostly these days I’m only listening to the songs of Twenty One Pilots or Ennio Morricone and some electronic music like Drum and Bass or Goa.

What first got you into music?

I think it was destiny or we can call it a series of coincidences, depends on what you believe in. When I was in kindergarten and in the beginning years of elementary school I was playing on piano, but I gave up, because I hated to practice. In the next few years, my only connection with music was the listening of it. In that time, I started to jump into the rock/metal world. After listening to heavier music, I really started to fall into the drums, it was fascinating for me, and I always wanted to play them, but never had the chance. When I started high school, my new friends were looking for a drummer, so I immediately told them, I’m your guy. My only problem was that I never played on the drums before and I did not have a drum kit, so I started to practice the first song on pillows and I used the floor as a kick drum. I remember the first song I needed to practice was Metallica’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, I was nervous on my official rehearsal day with the band, because that was the first time for me to actually play on a real drum kit, but when we started, I played the song better than the previous drummer who had years of experiences they said. I think that is where my “career” started. To be honest, I have no idea what I would do if I wasn’t playing in Heedless Elegance.

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

Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots for sure, he is like a “lost brother” to me, he is my biggest influence as an individual artist or performer and I’m sure we would be able to make amazing things together if life would be that generous to open a path and make it happen

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

It is a hard question, because there are tons of festivals around the world where I would love to play so if you let me, I would divide this question into two parts.

My childhood dream: Nova Rock and Sziget Festival main stages, because when I was younger and I started to play music I always visited these two festivals, I love them so much and they are a huge part of my story, and I always said to myself when I was watching a concert in each of these two places ”how amazing could it be to play these stages”.

My dreams now: I think it would be Wacken. As a metal musician I think that is the top where you can play.

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

To be honest, I think I haven’t received anything from anyone, or I just don’t remember, but I think I would remember, because I like these little moments. Does herpes count as a weird gift?

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

Try to be positive these days, I know the situation around the world is really bad for everyone, but our bright days are in front of us, because after dark days they will always come.

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

I would say Freddie Mercury, his genius is really missed from modern music and I would love to see how he could prevail these days.

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

It is a hard question, because there are a lot of segments why it is good or bad to be a musician, but I would say for me the best thing about it is that I can live my freedom, my passion, I can release something that I can feel is in my core, and before that I didn’t know how to, and probably the stimulus to let it go would eat me up day by day from the inside if I wasn’t. The only thing that you need to accept if you choose this path is that you will never know if you will prevail or you will be successful, you will live with a constant feel of doubt and insecurity about your future, that is the bad thing about it, but if you can overcome your fears, there is always a chance.

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

I think the most important thing I would be glad to see in the industry, in the near future, is a balanced, equal representation of all genres, so the key to success is not the type of music that you are playing and its “marketability”, but the quality of it. The musicians only job would be to write honest, professional songs and if it’s truly good, it wouldn’t matter if it’s a pop, metal or a rap song, it would be on the radio represented to a huge amount of people.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I would say System Of a Down’s “Toxicity”. That album is a masterpiece and it will always be relevant in the future. It really changed my life, and I think it will do the same for the further generations of little metal heads!

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

These days I have found my way back to the physical releases and started to understand the real value of it. We know that the industry changed and to make money they are not relevant any more, but they still have their value, and I think people around me are starting to understand this so maybe it will come back to the mainstream. For me Vinyl is the top choice.

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

I think our best concerts are in front of us with our new album “LIBRA”, but If I have to choose, I will say our last gig before the lock-down, It was in the club called Analog Music Hall (Budapest), that was our first “headliner” night. The stage was big, we brought a lot of show elements like lights, fireworks etc. and there was fortunately a lot of people. We worked so much on this concert over the previous months, so we were glad that the final result was good. We were drinking till the morning after!

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

I can’t imagine my life now without music because I think it is connected to the deepest part of my bones. Probably I would fall into a deep depression and self-pity, and I don’t know how I could climb out from it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Okay let’s see! if I could invite anyone, I would choose Robert Downey Jr, he would bring the drinks and the big talks, there would be Snoop Dog with his grass from heaven, Lady Gaga with her openness and kindness, Elton John, because I love him and I think we would laugh a lot together and for the last one I would say Gyuri my neighbour, for absolutely no reason!

What’s next for the band?

With our new album “LIBRA” we hope that we will find new opportunities to show ourselves to the world, I really believe it will happen. Our plans are to play as many concerts in as many places to as many people as possible in the next few years, and we will continuously work to make our shows bigger, smellier, more colourful and more professional. We hope that the belief what we have in our music, and the attitude we are trying to follow will take us to where we want to be.

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

We use the same sites as almost anyone else, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify, Bandcamp etc.
www.facebook.com/heedless.elegance
www.instagram.com/heedlesselegance/
www.heedlesseleganceofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7yNr78pUKCO7heCTAoSlF8
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJc7CBQEV75-AIWdQl4UuJw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Usually I’m the highest, but I take the risk that this time you are my friend 😊.
…But it is a good question, what the hell are they, maybe if we can solve this question than we will find the meaning of life?

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

If you would like to order merchandise or the albums, you can do it here at the webshop of metal.hu!

https://metal.hu/zenekarok/heedless-elegance/

Thank you very much.
Samuel Konter
Heedless Elegance

Heedless Elegance photo by HegyiJuliaLily
photo by HegyiJuliaLily

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EMQ’s with UNKNOWN REFUGE

Unknown Refuge Logo

EMQ’s with UNKNOWN REFUGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bolton, UK based Hard Rock/Metal band, Unknown Refuge. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/bassist Alex 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 Alex and I play bass and sing. Unknown Refuge originally formed in 2016 at a music service in Salford, I am the last surviving original member. Not that the others are dead I just mean the only one to survive having to deal with our drummer. Morgan joined not long after in the summer of 2017. From here we gained a few guitarist and lost a few that has led to our current line up with Harry and Jack on guitars. The current line-up has only been together about 6 months having already recorded the album before finding Harry.

How did you come up with your band name?

In all honesty we came up with it because we needed a band name for our first gig and where we were practicing had a refuge point. We thought the word refuge was cool and then I realised I didn’t know where that was at my school hence Unknown Refuge. I’d like to say it was something deep like travelling towards the unknown, but that’s not quite how it came about.

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

We’re from Bolton but fall into the Greater Manchester Rock scene predominantly. It’s brilliant, there are loads of grass root venues that love to help out rock bands. We’ve seen some great bands from the area over the time bands such as Ninja Report and Bigfoot.

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

Our latest releases are the ‘Battle Hymn’ single and our debut album “From The Darkness” which came out on the 26th of March.

‘Battle Hymn’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I went to my first gig to see Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators with my Mum and I remember just thinking “wow, that would be amazing”. Ever since then I have been interested in being in bands and writing and performing my music. They’ve both been influences ever since.

What first got you into music?

I’d say it’s different for all of us but personally I would say my mother, Alison Home, she was a music teacher who still works within a music service. I believe it’s a combination of this and my dad having a drum kit set up in the garage that I’d say first interested me in music!

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

In my opinion I would love to do a collaboration with Steel Panther. They’re just an amazing band and I’d love the excuse to wear leather pants.

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

It would have to be Download Festival in Spain. I mean one its Download and amazing and two it’s in Spain so the weather would hopefully be a bit better than what we get in England.

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

In our earlier days we had a bra thrown onto stage which I’m sure the drummer has still got til this day.

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

It would have to be just a huge, massive thank you. Without fans we wouldn’t be where we are right now and I know we’re not massive but each and every fan we gain just drives us to work harder, perform better and hopefully change the world and inspire a new generation of metal heads so for every fan we have just a massive thank you.

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

Chester Bennington: the man was an inspiration as to how much rock/metal could influence the world and I believe we lost a legend the day he died.

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

Personally, I’d say I enjoy performing songs which we have written ourselves, songs we have put our thoughts, emotions, feelings and skills into creating. To see people enjoying it is what makes me love this.

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

I’d say places like Spotify where people listen to music, however, the artist receives a ridiculously small amount of money from this. I hope this changes because for small bands having that bit of extra cash to help the band grow can mean the world.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” by Guns ‘n Roses! It’s an album that just has no bad tracks. Its constantly on repeat in my house and I believe to this day it is the best album ever released.

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

Vinyl hands down, it just feels authentic to have shelves full of your favourite albums.

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

Stonedead Festival. We played the first year of the festival starting on the Friday night and it was incredible, it was one of the busiest gigs and the crowd were amazing so for me, and I imagine the others as well, definitely the best gig we’ve played.

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

Well funnily enough, I’m currently working for Heineken as an engineering apprentice which I will come out of this year as a fully qualified engineer, which is both great and very worrying.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Acaster, Frankie Boyle, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais and Boris Johnson. I’d just love to listen to them and I couldn’t imagine the things said. I feel like this would single-handedly be the funniest event of the decade.

What’s next for the band?

Well, when venues open it will just be to do as many gigs as possible. We’ve missed being on the stage and amongst writing some new material I would love to just get out and gig again.

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

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and YouTube all of which you can find by searching Unknown Refuge, if you feel so inclined to listen.

www.unknown-refuge.yolasite.com/
www.facebook.com/UnknownRefuge
www.instagram.com/unknown_refuge/
www.twitter.com/unknown_refuge
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7drFNShIkx16PJeM14xozT
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRNahBmMFyHrat1r6kkXsVA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, it’s in the name!!

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

Not that I can think of other than a massive thankyou to anyone who has supported us especially over the last year with the album. It’s been massively valued so thank you. And thank you for having us here.

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Anneke Van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest

The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest Cover Art

Anneke Van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
Inside Out Music
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 41:51
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Alright, me old muck spreaders? It is I, your Northern overlord, Dark Juan, here once again to regale you with tales of derring-do and heroism on the field of battle. Not about me, you understand. If there were ever a time I was required to serve in the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom I’d head straight for the RAF’s recruitment office. You see, the RAF are sensible. Unlike the Army, the RAF sends the officers out to fight their war while all the lower ranks stay home and drink cocktails and occasionally tinker with something expensive and probably explosive. Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t want old One-Tooth Joe from the Black Bull pub on the corner operating a computer based killing machine worth £100million at supersonic speeds on the frontier of a hostile state. That’s what Wing Commander the Right Honourable Algernon Charles St. John Cholmondeley- Featherstonehaugh is for. One-Tooth Joe can be better employed putting oil in the trucks at the base where the good WingCo will be landing after dropping a thousand pounds of laser-guided explosive death on some miscreants somewhere in the Middle East…

None of which has anything at all to do with what I am supposed to be doing, which is listening to the latest record from the absolutely wonderful Anneke Van Giersbergen. Yes, the estimable and superb vocalist of The Gathering, VUUR, The Devin Townsend Project and many other records has returned with a selection of new music. A warning – if you are expecting the face of Anneke that is the metal queen version, you are going to be gravely disappointed with this album as this is a record that proves the versatility and uniqueness of Anneke Van Giersbergen as an artist in her own right, untrammelled and unconstrained by genre or style. Indeed, the actual music on this record is incredibly sparse, most of the time just some simple percussion, some strings and an acoustic guitar, and the clear and bell like tones of Anneke’s unique voice, sometimes multitracked into some sublime harmonies.

The album is based around the fact that there was a period in Anneke’s life and marriage that involved profound upheaval and heartbreak and this album is her catharsis. To that end, the lyrical content is woundingly personal and honest when discussing feelings and the sense of loss and suffering that she had been experiencing at that time, and the internal discussions she was having with herself. The title itself suggests that in order to get to the sunlit uplands of life you have to go through the black times to appreciate the light. Which, to be fair, during these current times of pestilence and lockdown rules, is a timely reminder that suffering now will bring reward in the future and that you must remain focused on attaining normality again.

Musically, the album reminds me in many places of Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper – not because of the voice (because Anneke is quite unlike any vocalist ever) but because of the sheer disinterest in fitting in with any standard or genre. ‘Hurricane’ is the most Bush like of the songs on here, with choppy, unpredictable harmonies and vocals and a strange sounding acoustic riff. It is musically intrepid even with the simple instrumentation and multitracked harmonies and cheerfully stomps all over any notion of fitting in. Talking of stomping, ‘Survive’ does just that, percussion building into an almost war dance while Anneke builds from a soft, lilting vocal into a powerful contralto shout and drive for the survival of her relationship. This is the theme of the whole record – Raw emotion and agonising honesty over music which is just a vehicle for what Anneke wants to say to her husband. It is not a record that was ever planned to be released, in my opinion, but it is a public affirmation of love and a desire to make everything right again and to never stop fighting for her marriage. In that regard, it is one of the heaviest records of all time because of the naked heartbreak and pain on display, but it is by no means a heavy metal record. Not even a little bit.

If anything, it is the aural equivalent of Kintsugi – The Japanese art of repairing broken things with precious metals, because the value and the beauty of the repaired thing and the continued love and appreciation of it only increases. This album is musical Kintsugi and that is its sole purpose. Taking that as a basis for my critique, then, Anneke Van Giersbergen has repaired her relationship and shot it through with veins of silver and gold and made something stronger than ever before and musically has welded those precious metals into the open wounds of suffering she was displaying and sealed them closed with profundity and honesty and gold and silver and made herself transcendental. Therefore, this record is a colossal success on that front.

But, because I am a hard headed and black hearted bastard, I have to remember that I write for a heavy metal website and this ranks among the least musically heavy records I have ever heard. However, one of my scoring criteria is that the music has to be interesting, and Anneke van Giersbergen delivers interest in spades. The lyrical content couldn’t be any heavier if it tried (I’m not talking about dragons and fucking demons and succubi here, I’m talking about the themes of loneliness and suffering and love dying and there being desolation all around you – that shit is heavy as FUCK and if you disagree you’re frankly wrong, mate) and although the music is gentle and sweet, it still holds you in some form of rapture. The sheer beauty and versatility of Van Giersbergen’s voice is amply displayed and flits from soft, almost inarticulate (the kind of sounds an upset child might use to comfort themselves) crooning through to full powered, vibrato fuelled rebellion, and her delivery is never less than utterly flawless. This is not a record to listen to. This is a record to feel, and frankly Dark Juan is fucking disgusted with himself for actually having been affected by this album and discovering that he hasn’t actually purged all human emotion from his twisted black soul. Although that could be because I have adored Anneke Van Giersbergen’s voice since The Gathering released ”Mandylion” in 1995.

I’m extremely conflicted. This album is a work of emotional subtlety and exemplary songwriting prowess and musicianship and deserves a huge score because it is a tumultuous rollercoaster of emotion and pain and redemption, but it is not a heavy metal record. Fuck it, I’ve decided…

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Anneke Van Giersbergen 9/10 for a record that doesn’t just tug on the heartstrings, it rips them out and beats you to death with the wet ends. Moving, affecting and utterly captivating, this record is worth the expense simply for the cathartic effect it provides when you want heavy emotion but not heavy sounds. However, I have deducted a mark because it isn’t a heavy metal record and I write for Ever-METAL.com. This should not be taken as a demerit, it’s just that Anneke’s album ain’t a metal one although it is heavy as fuck.

Agape (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Agape
02. Hurricane
03. My Promise
04. I Saw A Car
05. The Soul Knows
06. The End
07. Keep It Simple
08. Lo And Behold
09. Losing You
10. Survive
11. Love You Like I Love You

LINKS:

Anneke Van Giersbergen Promo Pic

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Cultt Of She – The Void

The Void Album Cover Art

Cultt Of She – The Void
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/12/2020
Running Time: 47:50
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Ever Metal HQ, and I’ve not really had chance to listen to much music. But we’re still getting a steady flow of new albums in, so I thought it was about time to get cracking on them. I also decided that I’d have a change of direction, as my playlists recently have been distinctly prog metal! And so, to that end, I chose an album at random to tell you about. The winner of my lucky dip pick was New Jersey hard rockers, Cultt Of She.

I have to admit that they’re a completely new name to me. Cue some research! According to their press release, “Cultt Of She is the evolved form of Rock veterans, Roulette. It’s the same lineup with a new name but the real change is with the band’s sound.” Call me behind the times, call me what you will, but I’ve never come across Roulette either, well not this Roulette anyway! Everyone’s got to start somewhere, right?!

So, what do they sound like? Well, they’re billed as hard rock, with some punk, and a serious metal edge. A bit of everything really! Let’s go with Alt rock. I think that’s the closest I can get. Who needs genres anyway! The important thing is, is it any good? And the answer to that is…yes. I like it!

The album starts with ‘Cataclysm’. It’s quite a proggy little number, and it certainly does pack a riffing punch. There’s a lot of cross rhythms and different sections that all slot together in some sort of alt alchemy. The one constant across it all being the vocals of Jess Bariletti. She has a lovely clear tone to her voice, but with a rock edge. Mike Haider also provides backing vocals, which are akin to Evanescence and Linkin Park.

Track 2, ‘Led Astray’, continues in pretty much the same way, until just over 4 minutes in, when it drops into a slower, outro section, which also acts as the lead into next track, ‘One Bad Day Away’. This one has more of a punk edge, but still has some really great cross rhythm sections.

There’s some almighty drumming to start track 5, ‘Everybody Hates Me’. This leads off into a combination of full-on fast punk, interspersed with what I can only describe as ‘Thrash Rock’! Punchy drums, riffage aplenty, and some slightly bizarre samples! In true punk fashion, that tracks over in around 2 and a half minutes!

Track 6, ‘Ghost Town,’ changes things up, with more of a classic hard rock feel, but again those cheeky little rhythm change sections, and some crazy chord progressions, play a part here. Things continue like this until track 9, ‘Falling Into’. This one is a much more technically complex track, and again dabbles on the outskirts of prog with its cross rhythms. Joe Scarpino does a very competent job holding the rhythms together here. About halfway through the song, we get some really dark, whispered backing vocals, and it almost takes a turn into black metal for a brief time! Because, you know, why not! This track is probably my favourite on the album, although it’s hard to choose, because there’s so many different elements going on throughout.

The final track, ‘Moving Mountains’ brings everything together, with some real punch, and is a great way to finish the album off (although it does fade out at the end. GAHHH!). All in all, I think this is a very listenable album from a band who have a lot of skills, and a vast number of influences. And considering it’s a debut album, with this new sound, I think the band should be very pleased with it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cataclysm
02. Led Astray
03. One Bad Day Away
04. The Things That Haunt Me
05. Everybody Hates Me
06. Ghost Town
07. Second Sight
08. Why Did Jim Root Leave Stone Sour?
09. Falling Into
10. Moving Mountains

LINE-UP:
Jess Bariletti – Vocals
Joe Scarpino – Drums
Anthony Panduri – Bass
Greg Scarpino – Guitar
Mike Haider – Guitar/ Backing vocals

LINKS:

Cultt Of She Promo Pic by Jeff Crespi Rocks

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EMQ’s with SOULWOUND

EMQ’s with SOULWOUND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kouvola, Finland based Metal band, Soulwound. Huge thanks to drummer, lyricist & composer, Janne Huusari, 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?

Name’s Janne Huusari, I’m the drummer and lyricist and one of the composers of the metal band Soulwound. The band is the direct result of me, and my brother Niko (guitar) learning to play and jamming with some friends back in the 90’s. The band solidified in 2005 when we settled on the name and released our first demo in 2006, after which we began playing live shows. We’re currently on our third full-length album, and our younger brother Mikko (guitar) has also been in the band for the past two albums.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s taken directly from the tracklist of the digipak version of the “Obsolete” album by Fear Factory. We had a really hard time coming up with a good name that wasn’t already taken, and out of all the suggestions we had, Soulwound stuck.

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

Kouvola, a town in southeast Finland. The local scene was really thriving when we began playing live in 2006, with plenty of bands and venues, but since then, almost all of those bands have called it quits and many venues have closed down.

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

We just released our third full-length album, called “The Suffering”, in September 2020. It was originally supposed to come out in May, but then the coronavirus outbreak threw a spanner in the works.

‘The Cult Of I (Official DIY Video)

‘Pleasures’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Probably the classic metal we listened to as kids, everything from Metallica to Slayer. Those formative influences serve as the foundation for our sound, but of course, we have plenty of other, even heavier and more modern influences that we like to throw into the mix.

What first got you into music?

Music itself, namely my mom’s vinyl albums. I’d have her put on some stuff like Black Sabbath, Van Halen or Iron Maiden for me back when I was too young to even use the record player myself. In fact, I don’t remember ever really listening to children’s music. I went straight for the good shit, and “Master Of Reality” by Black Sabbath left an ever-lasting impression on me.

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

I’m gonna go off the beaten path here and say that I wouldn’t mind doing something completely different from the intensely physical metal drumming I do with this band. As a big fan of the Silent Hill game series, I’d love to play drums for Akira Yamaoka in some kind of a project.

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

This answer is far from inventive or surprising, but Wacken Open Air springs to mind immediately and I don’t think it needs any introduction.

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

Hmm, either we haven’t really received anything weird or I’ve just completely forgotten about it.

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

Fuck trends and what other people like. You are not a sheep and society is not a herd. You have a brain with the capacity to form your own views and opinions, and you’re squandering it and doing yourself a major disservice if “fitting in” and following others is a priority for you.

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

Dimebag Darrell. His death shocked me more than any other celebrity’s death, especially considering the fact that he was known for his friendliness and fun-loving nature almost as much as his insane guitar skills. And who knows, maybe Vinnie Paul would still be alive as well if that tragedy hadn’t taken such a toll on him.

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

Both the creative expression and the live experience, which are completely different things but equally satisfying to me. What I hate is that not only is playing music a stupidly expensive hobby, but it’s also really difficult to do it effectively when every band member has a job and different schedules.

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

I’d like artists to be compensated better for their music. Of course, digitalisation has destroyed record sales, but who knows, maybe things would be different if record labels had immediately tried to adapt to it and somehow monetize file sharing instead of trying to fight it and maintain the status quo.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh man, that list would be way too long. There’s no way I can even narrow it down to ten, but I can point to three albums that I listened to as a little kid and are pretty much responsible for my love for heavy music: “The Number Of The Beast” by Iron Maiden, “Fair Warning” by Van Halen and “Master Of Reality” by Black Sabbath.

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

I love the convenience of digital music, and I actually listen to music mostly as MP3s while running or streams on my computer. That being said, I also like having physical CDs and looking at the artwork and reading the lyrics. I also like the sound of vinyl, but I don’t have a record player myself. Cassettes, on the other hand, I consider to be a completely shitty format and I’m glad I no longer have to bother with them.

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

I can’t really name any one gig that would be the best, but the most memorable one for me was when we got to play in a decommissioned mill in the Slovenian mountains on our European tour in 2014. That was an absolutely fantastic experience that I could have never anticipated.

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

We don’t play music for a living, and I like the fact that we don’t have to deal with any of the pressures of trying to make it as a professional musician. We all have jobs, and I’m a translator by training and profession.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

You know, I’m such an introverted and antisocial hermit that I’d rather not even have any sort of formal dinner party. I prefer a relaxed setting and people with whom I can relax and be myself.

What’s next for the band?

It doesn’t look like we’ll be playing any more shows this year (2020) and there’s no telling how the coronavirus situation is going to develop, so we’re probably going to start putting together songs for our next album. We already have plenty of rough ideas to work with. If things go well, we’ll do another European tour next September.

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

Our Facebook page is where we post our latest news and information. As regular working dudes, we simply don’t have the time or the energy to create a big social media presence for ourselves by constantly pumping out content.

www.facebook.com/soulwoundband

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Now there’s a question I’ve never though about. In fact, it has never even occurred to me that people could consider them to be anything but biscuits, as that’s what they’re called in Finnish. I’m partial to the raspberry variant, personally.

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

Thank you! To all the readers who made it this far, please check out our album “The Suffering” if you’re into aggressive and intense metal with an uncompromising attitude. This stuff is coming straight from the heart and I believe you’ll be able to hear it. Cheers!

Check out Tammy’s full review of “The Suffering” here:

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EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hudiksvall, Sweden based Metal band Corrosive Sweden. 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?

Corrosive Sweden was formed in 1997 and have since then released a number of recordings and performed on a number of clubs and festivals mainly in Sweden. We have had the opportunity to play with bands such as The Hellacopters, Amaranthe, Engel, Dead By April, Corroded, Freedom Call, The Kristet Utseende, Smash Into Pieces, Art Nation, Eyes Wide Open among others The band was also invited, as special guests, for a gig with the Backyard Babies.

We are currently working on the new album. The first single ‘Devil of Mine’ was released in October. As many other colleagues in the music industry, we had to cancel the tour planned for 2020. “We are really looking forward for Covid to cease. Meanwhile, we are spending time with our families and creating music” The recording of this album, is as the previous album, made in our own studio Dark City Sounds. The vocals are recorded by P-O at POL Studio.

We have been described as a hybrid between old school Trash and Melodic metal. The five band members all have different backgrounds when it comes to personal musical influences. It is a wide range from Classic Hard Rock, Trash Metal, Punk, Power Metal and Modern Metal. This makes the sound of Corrosive Sweden unique, but with recognizable fragments.

How did you come up with your band name?

There were several bands called Corrosive, so we added Sweden.

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

Hudiksvall, Sweden. The Metal and Rock scene is pretty bad actually.

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

It´s called ‘Devil of Mine’. The song was released 2.October 2020

Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of bands. Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Helloween, Slayer, Meshuggah, Deftones, among others. We have an influence playlist on our Spotify page. Follow that one

www.open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1E4F3hUzJjwlZj

What first got you into music?

Johan: My cousin showed me Accept and Twisted Sister. Then I bought my first electric guitar.

Christer: I heard Kiss – “Dynasty” when I was six years old. Then I was sold for life.

Peter: I grew up in a home with a dad who plays guitar and a big brother who plays drums, so the music has always been there. I started my first band with some friends.

Daniel: My brother.

Alex: I originally started out singing just for fun, but eventually took the opportunity to perform on stage during my pre-teen years. In my teenage years me and some of my classmates decided to start a band and that’s when I discovered my love for playing the bass.

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

A big band with the ambition to help us move forward in our careers would be very fun.

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

Rock in Rio – Because it’s a huge festival.

Wacken Open Air – Because Germany is a dream we’ve had for a long time.

Sweden Rock festival – Because it is the world’s nicest festival to be at, as a visitor.

Graspop Metal Meeting – We just love it.

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

Foam plots. It is a Swedish Christmas candy. Taste like rubber!!

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

Help us in these difficult times. Stream and spread our music. Buy our merch. Come to our concerts when the pandemic subsides. It´s a tough time for bands like us these days.

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

Johan: Freddie Mercury

Christer: Hard question. Probably Eric Carr.

Peter: Cliff Burton.

Daniel: The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold.

Alex: Chi Cheng from Deftones.

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

Love writing, recording and playing new music.

Hate is a strong word, but we dislike that many people want our money but do not want to work so much for it. We also dislike many people who don´t think that writing music is a real job.

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

Hard question. But getting paid fairly for what you do would definitely make it easier for us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Christer: Kiss – “Lick It Up” or Helloween – “Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2”

Johan: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”

Peter: Therapy – “Troublegum”

Daniel: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”

Alex: I Don´t know!

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

All of them but vinyl is the coolest.

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

A small festival in Sweden called Metalpark. Great response and a fantastic crew.

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

Johan: Lighthouse Keeper.

Christer: Probably a Tennis Pro with 22 Grand Slam Trophies.

Peter: Industrial worker.

Daniel: Soccer Pro with Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Alex: Perhaps a photographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Christer: Paul Stanley but he probably would not come because of the corona so then it must be Michael Kiske or John Petrucci.

Johan: Dave Mustaine.

Peter: Kerry King.

Daniel: James Hetfield.

Alex: Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

We have just recorded two new singles that will be released soon. At this moment, we are recording two more that will be released in the spring of 2021.

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

Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our one website, and of cause many other digital platforms, Apple music etc.
www.corrosivesweden.se/
www.facebook.com/CorrosiveSweden/
www.instagram.com/corrosivesweden/
www.twitter.com/CorrosiveSweden

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit. Very good with Swedish coffee. But it´s better with a chocolate ball, cinnamon bun or a Swedish Kladdkaka. Try it if you get the chance 😊

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

Thanks for the support and may the force be with you.

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