EMQ’s with GOD SHAPED DEVIL

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EMQ’s with GOD SHAPED DEVIL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, UK based Metal band God Shaped Devil! 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?

My name is Luke, I play drums in the band ‘God Shaped Devil’ the band has been around since 2014 with our first EP released in 2015 “Creator of Sodom”. We’ve gone through line-up changes and we’re essentially rebooting the band after 4 years with this upcoming album. Bex and Lajos came over from Hungary some time ago, but they didn’t meet until after migrating here to the UK. I found the band via a website with an advertisement looking for a drummer, honestly didn’t think I’d get the job, but here we are! And I’m grateful for it, it’s been awesome and it can only get better. We invited my cousin Matt to take a stab at Rhythm Guitars and he was made permanent shortly after.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bex’s good friend had been starting up a new band, and he came to Bex with a few band names, asking which was best in his opinion. ‘God Shaped Devil’ was amongst the list, and was Bex’s favourite, but his friend chose a different one. And so Bex asked if could use it for a new band he was forming.

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

Well Matt and I are from England and we all know what the metal scene is like here, it thrives in local areas and there is of course a huge fanbase for when bigger touring bands come over. We’ve got so many festivals on the rise like Badgerfest, Pentre Fest and Amplified to name a few. It’s just a great scene to be a part of no matter where you play if it’s a pub or a festival stage, the community in the metal scene itself is what makes it. Bex and Lajos are from Hungary, Bex’s former band ‘Inside My Head’ was pretty well received over there! And you know these Eastern Europeans, they’re crazy, really awesome people.

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

We’ve just recently released our latest single ‘Drowning Gravity’ with a music video, so go check that out if you haven’t already, we’re going to be releasing a full length album very soon called “Dark Fields”. So keep an eye out for that one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFd-oZIZcyM

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many differently influences within the band, for me I remember watching videos of Buddy Rich and just being in awe of his talent, moving into metal influences the big names like Lars Ulrich, Dave Lombardo, Chris Adler, Mike Portnoy etc. There’s a list of amazing drummers that I look up to but we’d be here all day! I know Bex has a big influence from Dimebag and Yngwie Malmsteen. As a band our band influences are few and far between the likes of Pantera, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engaged, Slayer, Metallica, Gojira, In Flames etc.

What first got you into music?

I think everyone gets in to music because it’s all around us, imagine a world without it? Crazy. But I actually got into metal through Guitar Hero 1 & 2 as a kid believe it or not, that game had some bangers. I think that will be the closest as I’ll ever get to playing the guitar, because I’m hopeless on the real thing.

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

It’d be cool to start off small with a band local to us, just have guest solo’s or vocals, I think the Metal community in Manchester would love that also.

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

There’s that festival that’s played on a cruise ship 70,000Tons of Metal, I think that’s something unique and it’d be memorable for sure!

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

We haven’t really received any weird gifts from fans yet, but there’s still time!

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

The one message for our fans; GIVE US ALL YOUR MONEY! Just kidding, we really appreciate our fans, old and new. It’s always makes us feel proud when we get people coming up to us after set giving us praise and asking us to sign stuff, it’s kind of surreal even at this level. So we’d like to thank all of our fans for showing their continued support especially our hardcore fans, you know who you are! And be ready for this new album coming out because we think you’re gonna love it!

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

Dimebag!

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

I’m a drummer so I’m not really a musician, apparently. But the thing I enjoy the most, like most I bet, is playing live to many people! The thing I hate, is F!#!’in loading and unloading gear. My hardware bag has lost its wheels so that’s a bitch. We need roadies, so apply within guys.

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

The one thing at the moment that’s bugging me in the music industry and I’m sure a lot of new and upcoming bands will agree with me; is how hard it is nowadays everything’s online and you can get it all for virtually free now. Streaming services etc, you get virtually nothing back from them unless you’ve got millions of streams/views. It’d be good if that could change, everything is about money, it doesn’t matter how good you are. It’s tough, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet! But we love making music and we love playing it to people and that’s all that matters, and if it happens, it happens. At least we can try?!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have a few favourites, it’s hard to put a finger on just one! I’m gonna say Gojira – “L’Enfant Sauvage”. Looking forward to seeing them in July!

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

Again it’s easy to have everything downloaded these days, the ‘digital age’ as they call it. But nothing beats having the physical copy! I’m still to invest in a Vinyl player, my Dad had one when I was young, can’t remember exactly how they sounded but they’re on the comeback and everyone’s commenting on how much better it is. Maybe we’ll make a few copies of the new album on Vinyl and I’ll see for myself!

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

We’ve not actually played as many gigs as we’d like to be honest, but they’ve all been memorable in their own right. Rebellion is always a great venue to play, and I think our set at Badgerfest had the biggest crowd we’ve played to so far.

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

If I weren’t a musician I think I’d be a bass player.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I mean the idea of a dinner party in itself sounds horrible. But preferably five mutes wouldn’t be a bad idea. I like to enjoy my food haha!

What’s next for the band?

What’s next for GSD? Well we have the album virtually ready for release so we’re working towards a release date for that, we’d like to have a launch party for it also. We’re working on merchandise to go with it too. But the sky is the limit at this point we’re aiming to get out there as much as possible and make a name for ourselves!

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

We use a lot of the mainstream social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our lyric videos and music videos are available on YouTube and our music is on major streaming platforms and online stores. We haven’t tackled Reddit yet, but might see what that’s all about!
https://www.facebook.com/godshapeddevil/
https://twitter.com/godshapeddevil
https://www.instagram.com/godshapeddevil/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think the clues in the name, right?! Jaffa CAKE, IT’S A CAKE. Biscuits go soft when they’re left out for some time, cakes go hard. If you think it’s a biscuit then you need to take a long hard look at yourself, pal. And just for the record, it’s a muffin, not a barm or anything else.

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

Thanks for these questions they’ve been fun to answer, there’s not much else we’d like to add but of course just keep an ear out for our album release! We’re proud of what we’ve written and how it’s sounding, super excited to see what everyone thinks of it!

 

God Shaped Devil

 

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EMQ’s with SPREADING THE DISEASE

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EMQ’s with SPREADING THE DISEASE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Metal band Spreading The Disease. Huge thanks to bassist Steve Saunders 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 Michael Caine… Sorry just kiddin’… I am Steve founder member of Spreading The Disease”. I am the bassist and main songwriter. I started the band late 2015 and by early 2016 we were already in studio and gigging. We never really stopped from then until now really, having gone through a number of musicians over these past few years all of whom have been great through their time in the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

I have always been a big fan of “Queensryche” and one of my favourite albums is “Operation Mindcrime”. Plus I’m also a big fan on the Mad Max saga, Book of Eli. Add that to my views of the World and you have a basis for an ethos and band name.

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

I am British, though I moved to Spain very early on with my family, so I practically grew up there and am more Spanish than English. The scene is different there. I formed my first band there and within a few months we were signed, had a hit single in the rock charts, toured major arenas, supported by Metal hammer and other magazines, radio etc.
I started out young and had to learn very quickly how to manage, book, promote and so on. My band were / are great people, we are still good friends. Their commitment was second to none and knew what had to be done and got on with it. We also had loads of laughs and many crazy rock n roll stories.

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

The band has just released a brand new EP called “MINDCELL” through “Rock Surgery Records” who have been great to the band. A couple of videos are forthcoming too to support the release. It has a dark deep feel about it, representing some very dark thoughts, emotions, illnesses that some of us suffer, often in silence sadly. It all ties in, the EP artwork, the music and the video!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I personally am influenced by many bands, but as an example, Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Metallica, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed and many more.

What first got you into music?

My Uncle John who sadly passed away this week. He handed me a very old record player which you had to place standing up, and about 6 old singles, one of them was ‘Old Shep’ by Elvis, and another was ‘Telstar’ by The Tornadoes, ‘My Ol Mans A Dustman’ by Lonnie Donegan and others. Then, I discovered Black Sabbath via a couple of older lads I knew in Spain. They were a cult in those days. After that I brought my first guitar, took it home, played it for 2 weeks or at least tried, then decided my rock n roll stardom was over. A good friend convinced me to try playing bass. So I have a couple of people to blame there. Sorry to everyone lol.

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

I love Slipknot, the anger, the brutality, honestly and in your face attitude.

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

Wow that’s tricky. There are many, but if I had to only choose one, probably “Rock in Rio”.

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

Haha…that would be telling and probably censored.

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

Without the fans, our “Little viruses”…this and any band would be nothing. They are who I do this for. I thank each and every one of them for supporting the band in so many ways, and they are amazing. As a band right now it is going through some changes so it could be a while before it is back on the scene in full capacity but raring to go and see all the fans again, I enjoy meeting everyone, talking to them, being friends with everyone.

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

I think, Chris Cornell, I loved his music; taken too soon and felt he had so much more to give. A real shame. Obviously there are many but his death struck me.

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

Ouch, this is a tricky one too. I will keep it simple as, I could write an essay on this one.
I love playing, writing, recording, networking, making friends and where possible helping as much as able in any way I can.
Sadly I think the music business has changed drastically from when I first started.
Today it has many flaws. The internet is a godsend and also a bad tool against us too.
As a whole, I have had the luck and pleasure of working with many amazing people from all sides and levels in the industry and most are amazing people who I have the utmost respect for. That said there are some that really should not be in the biz for various reasons, people who preach one thing and are very much the opposite, many who should know better. I shall leave it there.

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

Downloading/pirating and streaming music. Well I should say at least pay the musicians fairly so they can create a career as before out of music and allow the labels etc. to be able to earn enough again safely, so as to invest in bands and help support them toward a strong career together. Until this changes it is a very poor situation that has made this Industry almost just an expensive hobby and one that will unlikely see big rock bands anymore unless real change happens involving literally everyone.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Sabotage” – Black Sabbath.

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

I like Vinyl because it has a certain feel, sound and options regarding artwork etc. That said, I think CD’s are cool too for some of those reasons. Downloads etc would be fine providing, as I mentioned above, that the Industry sorts it so that Musicians can be paid fairly for their work.
Cassettes…Please no! I can remember spending hours trying to rewind the damn things or getting them out of stereos when tangled knowing your music is gonna be screwed when you manage to retrieve it.

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

I have toured arenas with my first band which was amazing, and have on occasions played some very memorable gigs, at least for me, the Marquee in London was one, the Cavern in Liverpool, Bloodstock, and being in a band called “The Self Titled” check em out, who I have the honour of saying were the only band to have played I think 5 times the Bulldog Bash main stage and great shows they were too, huge crowds, big thank you to the HA for looking after us so well each and every time. Of course STD has played some great gigs over these past four years.

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

When I was many years younger I played football semi-professionally for Lloret de Mar in Spain, a bunch of us got selected to do trials for Barcelona at the time. I managed to screw it up for various stupid reasons outside of the game. It’s one of my biggest regrets. I don’t think I would have become a musician if it had gone the other way.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Haha…well, I love things to get mad, crazy, hilarious and somewhat bizarre…so probably Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Connolly, Corey Taylor, Dave Allen, Chasey Lane and Grace Jones. What a mess that would be lol.

What’s next for the band?

Currently to promote the new EP etc, then I shall be taking a step back while I regroup the band with new musicians. Then into recording a new album which is already written and waiting for people to work on with me then back out there when ready with the support of hopefully the label, Management (Mr Darran Smith) and all the amazing press, radios, promoters, venue owners and specially the friends and fans of what we do. Meantime, I might also join a band as bassist for a while as it is going to take some time to replace the very talented people on many levels that made up this recent line-up of STD.

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

The usual ones I guess, Spotify, iTunes, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud, and our label has distributed the band’s EP all over the World on dozens and dozens of platforms including China, Africa, USA and so on. You can find links to some of those media platforms on our website.
www.stdband.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hah…well the word says otherwise, but I think I class them more of a biscuit.

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

I wish to thank Ever Metal for always supporting us, Heaps of Metal who have been amazing and the dozens and dozens of radios and airplay and press including some seriously amazing reviews that people have given our music which is so very very helpful in moving the band forward and dearly appreciated, to all those in this business who have given us the time of day, helped us, supported us and worked with the band. And last but of course not least, to everyone out there friends, fans, family etc., that STD consider one big family. Bless you all. SPREAD THE WORD, SPREAD THE DISEASE!

 

 

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EMQ’s with NOVACROW

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EMQ’s with NOVACROW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ever Metal favourites, Liverpool based Hard Rock/Metal/Sleaze band Novacrow. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Kitty Staunton 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 Kitty, I’m lead vocals and guitar for Novacrow. We have been making noise and shaking booty since 2013 and always strive to put on a show to make your genitals quiver.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our guitarist Jonyx was helping somebody else with finding a band name by trying out combining random words from the dictionary with animals. Luckily Novacrow just seemed perfect for us.

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

We’re based in England and the metal scene here is huge and diverse. We have some really awesome festivals here and a there is a massive variety of music lovers.

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

We released Criminal Mastermind EP late 2018, which has gone down a storm. Each of the tracks provide a different listening experience, with plenty of heavy riffs, funky choruses and vivid themes. We also released two coinciding videos, a wacky mobster caper and a B-movie werewolf extravaganza, so be sure to check them out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8RJRhQm8I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW3wiXxKgZ8

Who have been your greatest influences?

A tonne to choose from, but some of my biggest personal influences have been Tairrie B of My Ruin, Joan Jett, Grog of Die So Fluid, Otep, Jack off Jill and Kittie. Discovering these awesome ferocious women when I was an early teen definitely encouraged me to get into music and aided my confidence in general.

What first got you into music?

My Dad has a great taste in music and has influenced me a lot. I particularly remember first hearing Nirvana and getting super excited. I can’t remember exactly what drew me to it, but I have always wanted to write songs.

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

Oh man, this is an impossible question as there are TONNES of choices. Potentially Trent Reznor, Devin Townsend or Bret Autrey.

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

We played Metal Days in Slovenia, which was absolutely awesome and we’d LOVE to go back. Alongside that, Graspop, Wacken or Download would be incredible.

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

I think we’d rather not say, in case it encourages them and they try and send us anything else hahaha!

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

Thank you for being so gloriously supportive and making all of the sleepless nights totally worth it!

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

Peter Steele, Type O Negative, without a doubt.

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

I love writing and performing more than I can put into words.Hard to think of anything I ‘hate’, but being in a band certainly takes a lot of work, patience and perseverance- which definitely isn’t for everyone!
Scratch that, no, lugging all the gear out at 5am after a gazillion hour car journey is the worst thing ever!

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

The fact that it’s almost impossible to make a living from it!
(Though I do love how pretty much anyone has the means of sharing their music across the world).

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Life is Killing Me” – Type O Negative

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

I like a mix of CDs, downloads and streaming. I’m a big fan of making playlists for every possible occasion. I’m one of those people that spends like 20 minutes “curating” a perfect soundtrack for a 10 minute walk.

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

We’ve been lucky to play so many awesome places, with some really amazing bands.
For me, our latest EP launch was seriously fun. We wanted an excuse to use all of the random props we have accumulated from filming the videos, so we came on dressed as mobsters, throwing money (with our faces on) to the audience. We had a werewolf roaming the crowd, tonnes of fake blood and loads of freebies to give out. We had a great time.

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

I used be a regular music reviewer, so maybe that. (I’d still be itching to be onstage though).

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bob Ross’ ghost, Terry Crews, Benji Webbe, Cassandra Peterson and Tim Curry!
We would have skeleton butlers to wait on us and for entertainment we would have a dance mat competition.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve just been putting the finishing touches on a new single, which will be zooming very shortly into your ears! Keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media for more information.

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

www.novacrowofficial.com
www.facebook.com/novacrowofficial/
www.instagram.com/novacrowband
www.twitter.com/novacrowband
www.youtube.com/kittysynthetica

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake in a cunning disguise.

 

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Torqued – Coup de Grace EP

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Torqued – Coup de Grace EP
Self-released
Release date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 19:14
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Regular Ever Metal readers may remember that Torqued’s 2018 EP, “Resurgence” was reviewed by yours truly not that long ago. You may also recall that I declared a new EP from the band would be released soon. So soon, in fact, that the EP is already out and I’m hurriedly trying to cobble this write up together!

“Coup de Grace” builds on the successful formula we heard on the previous collection, but piles on the intensity. This time, Torqued are taking us into deeper, darker territory – a trip into the recesses of the mind where anxiety and depression fester. Great lead vocals from Marc are spat out with vitriol, the tortured lyrics given malevolent form.

Musically, the four tracks on the EP deliver a battering ram to the senses. Opening with the title track, Torqued are in full-on attack mode with crushing metal. ‘Open Wound’ follows with a relentless pounding, which bleeds effortlessly into a mighty lead guitar break from Rimmy.

Savage riffs are tempered with passages of melancholic breaks, perfectly executed in ‘The Darkest of Shadows’. All of these songs are multi layered, featuring haunting lead and even keyboards (?) beneath the main pummelling. Very cleverly put together – it’s as if we’re hearing the conflicting emotions within someone’s head.

The songs gallop along with a groove thanks to Kurt’s drumming and Marc’s bass, as demonstrated in final track: ‘The Revelation’. Torqued have also tempered their sound with a Trent Reznor-like despondency that’s added a further dimension to their music.

So, there you have it – a blistering hot metal EP that drips with torment. Torqued have cooked up a winner with “Coup de Grace” and I can’t wait to hear what’s next. I predict…

Nah, that would be telling!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Coup de Grace
02. The Revelation
03. Open Wound
04. The Darkest of Shadows

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Torquedband/

https://www.instagram.com/torquedbandofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhEQIh2k8FTMigyo3EMfRQ

 

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Twisted Illusion & Friends Excite The Light Tour 2019 – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool – 12/05/2019

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Twisted Illusion & Friends
Excite The Light Tour 2019
The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
12/05/2019
Review By Beth Jones with nonsensical ramblings by Rick Tilley

It is a little under 5 months since we saw Twisted Illusion last, and it is safe to say a lot has happened to the band in that time, from the shock announcement of two of its three members departure, to Matt, the life blood of TI, soul searching and wondering if it was all worth it, to being on the road touring and recording the second part of the ‘Excite The Light’ Trilogy, and now, as of last Friday, becoming a band again, after the confirmation that the line up of musicians guesting on the tour have now decided that it worked so well straight away, that TI (version 2.1.1) has been born, and that this is the new line-up! We couldn’t wait to see how they were doing as a group, given the short space of time that they have been working together.

Now to start, but as a bit of an aside, I will say that I liked driving in Liverpool far more than I liked driving in Manchester, and I managed to navigate without any bus lane infringements, so already this was good! We arrived at the venue a little after the first band started, but still with enough time to get a good feel for them. A quick look around the venue let me know that it was going to be a down to earth place. It was a good old, no bells and whistles, grass roots venue, which to me is the perfect way to enjoy music. You don’t need fancy bollocks when the tunes are top quality! Anyway, enough of this – to the music!

Riptide Messiah
Although we only caught two-thirds of these guys’ set, what we heard was pretty good; Gruff, chunky, and in places fairly intricate. They are quite melodic too, which I like. I am going to call it Melodic Prog Stoner Doom! They were a good way to start the night, but my only criticism is there was too long between songs. I’m nit picking, but this is one of my bug bears. I know you have to tune and stuff, but you need to fill that time or people’s attention wanders! Musically though, they know what they are doing and what sound they want to achieve.

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Ashen Reach
Fresh from their amazing gigs in Russia, supporting Bullet For My Valentine, these guys were stoked for a good show. Having seen them support Twisted Illusion at Christmas last year (when they were called Equinox), we knew what they were about, and that we liked it! They didn’t disappoint! They are so full of youthful exuberance, of which we are very jealous, and they hammered straight into a full-on set, with powerful vocals, fast paced melodies, and chunky rhythms. They are a good, solid, classic hard rock band, and they make you happy. Lead singer, Dan Moran, has such a presence on stage plus pulls some spectacular faces and drummer Jess Stanley is a whirlwind of arms behind the kit! We were chatting to them afterwards and they are such awesome and humble people, and we wish them every success moving forwards.

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Scare Tactics
These guys are a name who, up until three weeks ago, I hadn’t come across (Rick is familiar with the name but hadn’t seen them live before). Having now seen them twice in the space of a month we would like to report that they are blisteringly good! If Dream Theater and Linkin Park joined forces, this is what they would sound like. Incredibly intricate rhythms, modern rasping vocals, mixed with clean harmonies, and stunning solos. They do remind me a bit of Killswitch Engage, who I also love. Why these guys aren’t bigger is beyond me. And again, they are thoroughly nice chaps too – Rick very much enjoyed having a chat and sharing a fig roll with lead singer Andy Barker, after they had come off stage! I was jealous. I love fig rolls. Damn you gluten intolerance!!

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Prognosis
After seeing these guys at Badgerfest last year, I knew they were heavy. I had found them a little too heavy for me on that occasion, but I think it might have been because it was later in the day, and I was knackered, and the sound wasn’t great. Here, I enjoyed them a lot more, and had more time to concentrate on what they were doing, which was very heavy prog metal done very well. Lead singer, Danny Daemon, is an absolute unit, who looks incredibly menacing in the mood lighting on stage! He makes guitarist Christian Hickson (also of Frozen In Shadows) look much small, which is quite an achievement! Musically though they are very, very tight and look completely at ease performing. A very good main support.

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Twisted Illusion
In what seemed like no time at all, we were at the pièce de résistance, and what we had all been waiting for – the new look, five-piece, Twisted Illusion. Straight away, before they even started playing, there was an air about them. They looked comfortable, relaxed, and ready to put on a show! And Christ is that what they did, right from the first note! Now, we all know that Matt Jones is a formidable front man, and that Saxon Davids can play a bit of guitar, but not having seen the newly added Cici Powell – Melkonian, Chris Jenkins and Andy Gotteri before, our mind were blown within about 30 seconds by how good they all were as individuals, but also how amazing they sounded together as a collective. This was not the sound of a band that had only had a few weeks rehearsal time, this was the sound of a band who were seasoned pros, who had lived in each other’s pockets for years, and who had more experience than any of these baby faced cherubs kicking it on the stage! This should not be possible – but yet here it was, with a sound so massive and together, it can only be described as pure raw talent, combined with a deep love and understanding of live performance, and with a bit of help from fate, to make a Utopian level musical experience. They were a bit good!!! Matt’s songs came alive with the addition of Andy’s keyboards, and Cici looked like she had been born with a bass in her hand – her skills absolutely blew us away, and her constant smile is infectious. Add to that the masterful percussion of Chris, executing the demanding rhythms to perfection, and of course the immense noodling abilities of Saxon and huge vocals of Matt, and you have the perfect recipe for putting me into a euphoric trance. I was welling up by the end of their set and was so ridiculously happy that it sounded this amazing. Better than I could ever have expected. It was like witnessing the birth of something truly special. Quite simply stunning! Rick, who felt the same, spoke to Matt afterwards, to tell him that, as a live experience, what he had just seen was, for him, right up there with the live performances of early Queensryche (circa “Operation Mindcrime”) and Rush! These guys should not be playing small venues like this, they should be touring arenas. They are that talented. The world now needs to know who Twisted Illusion are. Always remember that every huge band started in a back-street pub. The sky is the limit now guys.

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That was a very, very special night and is going to take some topping! Currently, festivals aside, we have nothing on our radar that we can see coming close, until we go and witness Devin Townsend at Manchester Royal Albert Hall in December!

 

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EMQ’s with KAT

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EMQ’s with KAT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Legendary Polish, UK based Metal band KAT. If you’ve not heard of them before then you should definitely read on and get acquainted! Huge thanks to Piotr Luczyk 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 Piotr Luczyk. I founded the KAT band at the turn of 1979/80, and I play guitars in the band. I am also a music producer and composer of most of KAT’s music. At the beginning of KAT, we played Hard Rock. Later it evolved by stages into Thrash Metal. We released 11 original albums, several concerts, DVDs and compilations. There are several dozen pirate releases of our records on the market. We played tours with Metallica, Helloween, Six Feet Under and many more. We have also played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead & Pretty Maids. In addition I am the originator of the Metalmania Festival and Cover Festival. I say, perhaps immodestly, that in Eastern Europe they call us a legendary band! That’s for starters.
All details can be found at www.kat-band.com

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name in primary school when I was 12 years old. The literal translation is simply Executioner. It was about someone who seeks justice. Ah, such children’s visions. At the time, I could not yet play. Subsequently it turned out that KAT became, in addition to my family, the most important thing in my life.

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

I come from Poland but currently I live in Manchester GB. In Poland, the metal scene is mainly extreme. Vader and Behemoth are the best known Polish bands around the world. Both of these bands recorded the album “W homage to KAT” which I think shows our position. Of course, there are also hard and heavy bands in Poland, but not many. It’s difficult to find good singers who can sing in English. Also, in Poland, the Catholic Church predominates in society and condemns metal music as satanic. But crowds come to concerts of foreign stars.

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

In 2014 we released the album “Acoustic 8 Filmow” with acoustic versions of our most famous ballads. Earlier, we released the metal album “Mind Cannibals”. On Jun 14th 2019 we will release our latest KAT album “Without Looking Back”. This is our newest work with premiere songs. One of the songs is a soundtrack to the movie “Squadron 303”. Here is the video from the new album;
‘Flying Fire’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oou2WgKhzDU

Who have been your greatest influences?

Like many guitarists of my generation, Ritchie Blackmore, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a little later, Judas Priest, Van Halen, AC / DC. The compositions of these stars will never be forgotten. It’s a living rock story.

What first got you into music?

In 1975 I heard a Led Zeppelin concert; it was a shock for me. Later I heard Deep Purple in Rock and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. Now I am much older and wiser in the ways of the world of music. I live in Manchester and I begin to understand why British music leads the world.

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

AC / DC, maybe it’s strange but when I listen to AC / DC it seems to me that everything is achievable. It’s damn positive energy! I am the creator of the Cover Festival where we play AC / DC with various musicians. Everyone thinks that their songs are easy to play. However, in rehearsal it turns out that this simplicity is only superficial. During the concerts, I watch how audiences respond to AC / DC songs. Their music works for everyone.

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

Wacken Festival!

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

One of the fans (a girl) gave me the PRS guitar which I play regularly.

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

Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music. To find out what you like, you have to know what is going on around you. It’s a bit like beer. Isn’t it better to check out several species?

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

Randy Rhoads

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

I like it most playing in the moment, listening to the fans .You connect with them, share a common world and you don’t need alcohol, drugs or money, just the ability to listen.
I hate anonymous assholes who have never achieved anything in their lives and assess others. This destroys many young musicians and the effects of hating are irreversible and often tragic. Unfortunately, the Internet has contributed to this. Nowadays, instead of showing art, it is mainly used to criticise and fight others.

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

I would change the money division between artists and Google, Youtube, Spotify, Tidal etc. The current situation causes the artists to focus on concerts to such an extent that they do not record music like they used to. Such a situation will lead to the collapse of entire genres of music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Machine Head”

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

Currently Downloads but, for sound, vinyl.

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

I played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Metallica. They were great experiences and outstanding stars from whom I learned a lot. But the best gigs have been with in my friend Radek’s, small private club, on the mini Cover Festival. This is a regular gig to which we invite about 50-100 guests and friends from various bands. We play the finest songs from the history of rock.

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

I like DIY and I do various home renovation works. I even designed and made furniture once. I also designed album covers. But honestly, I don’t know what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Gary Moore.

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, new records and new music.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA8ivCm9uTyaGtKGVV61sA
www.soundcloud.com/kat-band
www.facebook.com/KATofficialprofile/
www.kat-band.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I like Jaffa Cakes no matter who thinks they’re a cake or a biscuit! I would still like them, even if I had to pay more VAT on them. And actually, whether they’re a cake or a biscuit, I’ll still eat them all!

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

Thank you for the interview and I would also to thank GB Metal Hammer for placing our album, “Metal and Hell” as among the 40 best ever Black Metal albums in history!
Regards, Piotr Luczyk – KAT
www.kat-band.com

 

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EMQ’s with Misanthropik Torment

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EMQ’s with Misanthropik Torment

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lexington, Kentucky Metal band Misanthropik Torment. Huge thanks to Erick for taking part! He answered the questions differently from most so rather than change everything to fit, I have just left his answers here. His story is an extremely interesting one and deserves to be heard!

My name is Erick Leviathan Scarlet. I am vocalist, lyricist and founder of MISANTHROPIK TORMENT.

Coming up with the name MISANTHROPIK TORMENT was quite easy. I mean, I just spent the past 16 years of my life in prison for stabbing a pedophile and mutilating his genitals! So needless to say I have a lot of built-up rage due to the Injustices that I have seen in my 37 years of existence. By my nature I am not a hateful person, however I have a lot of hatred for most of humanity, because of what we are doing to this planet, because of the Injustices that go on in this world not to mention the abuse that children suffer from, so I am tormented by my own hatred, by my own misanthropy, thus the name Misanthropik Torment.

Misanthropik Torment has a simple message. Stand against all that is wrong in this world! If you’re not part of the solution you are part of the problem. The sole purpose of Misanthropik Torment is to stand against tyranny, as an advocate for the execution of all domestic terrorists alongside of pedophiles, rapists and those who would prey upon the weak, WE MUST KILL THEM! I for one will no longer sit back in the shadows quietly observing the sickness of humanity!

Misanthropik Torment is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. The underground metal scene is pretty badass out here and there are a lot of good underground metal bands who don’t get enough exposure and don’t get the recognition that they deserve. It is also my goal to help other underground bands get that recognition and exposure because, I myself, know how hard it is to kick this fucking door open.

I have to say that I am influenced by old school black/death metal bands like DEATH, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KING DIAMOND & MORBID ANGEL etc. I mean the list goes on I could sit here and list off so many bands but what’s the point I think you all get the point. But my goal is to bring back the sound of old school black/death metal with my own unique twist to it.

At the moment I am independent but I would love to get endorsed by Roadrunner or Metal Blade. I have worked with several social media Outlets and at the moment I am working strong with METAL COFFEE PR in the hopes that one of these record labels will hear me and come swoop me up LOL one can only dream though right.

When I first started my goal was to just get a CD made and get on the radio, get my music out there for other people to hear and all, that was my first goal. I have to say that yes I have accomplished that goal but my ultimate goal at the end of the day, after I have met all of my smaller goals in my music, is to be signed by Roadrunner Records, Metal Blade or another label that is keeping the true sound of metal alive not the mainstream crap that is all over the radio. I understand that there are a lot of mainstream metal bands signed with Roadrunner and maybe some with Metal Blade but those record labels still keep the underground alive as well.

I really don’t have an answer to this question the digital age is new to me I mean I just spent over half my life Behind Bars and all this technology came out while I was there so I’m barely learning how to use any of this. The best thing I can say is remain undeterred and keep knocking your head against that wall until the wall cracks or your head does!
I myself have a goal to sound the same on a CD as I do live. I do not allow my producer to do any weird shit with my voice if I can’t pull it off live. So yeah, I do lose some respect for those bands who are putting autotone and all kinds of other crazy shit on themselves! I mean I don’t like it but everybody’s got their own tastes!

I am metal and I tell you what I despise… being divided in different genres. I believe that metal is metal and in my music I preach about the division that the government puts upon us down to the music that we listen to, to the shoes that we wear! It’s causing the division to keep us all distracted from what’s really going on out there in the world. Everybody’s so focused on fighting over what genre & what sub-genre and what belongs where and what box they fit into and while we’re all paying attention to that crap we’re not looking at what’s happening, slowly how the government is coming in and twisting shit and creating the Panic the profit from The Cure. So I subscribe to nothing I say metal is metal and leave it be!

I believe that I am good I mean a lot of people say I am. There’s 3,000 fans on my Reverbnation that say I am and I’ve only been doing this for four or five months, I mean I’m not sure if I’m the best and I don’t want to be the best I just want to be up there with the best if that makes any sense but no I would not like to be the new in thing I want to be the original thing I want to be the sound of metal and that’s it I don’t want to be another fucking Nickelback!

What people can expect from Misanthropik Torment is pure, raw, extreme aggression and other ways of evoking that raw emotion from people that might even make you fucking cry with anger. You know I say this shit, that everybody else is thinking but they’re too scared to say. When you come to a Misanthropik Torment show you will know that you are at a Misanthropik Torment show not some fucking carbon copy of some other band that did it first!

I haven’t put anything out yet as far as releases but I do have three albums done already. My first album It’s called rebelled Against The Establishment power belongs to the people. My second album is called “Purification”. And my third is a single titled ‘E.1.L.3.S.2.10PER10’. All three of these albums will be released in the middle of March. I want to come out swinging I wanted to do something that no other band has done before and I believe that I am accomplishing that cuz I don’t believe any other band has come out with three albums as their first approach., shortly after these albums come out misanthropik torment will be going back into the studio to record a “Decade of Endurance” which is an album diving into the psyche of the convict in prison life. Also there will be a book in the near future.

Currently there is one video on YouTube titled ‘The Devil Made Me Do It .There will be future videos those are in the works at the moment.
https://youtu.be/ftYJA3jpwCE

I’m not sure how I feel about this you know I’m not doing music for the money although it would be nice to make some money for doing what I love. This is kind of a hard question to answer because Bandcamp, Reverbnation and SoundCloud etc, these help underground artists get their music out there as otherwise they wouldn’t be heard and the same thing with YouTube however nobody’s getting paid for it and we’re putting a lot of money into what we do I myself put a lot of money into this and not seen a dime back and I’m not complaining you know I’m just saying that at some point we all have to support our families or not just a bunch of crazy motherfuckers hanging from chandeliers that have loads of cash on standby.

Best moment in my career so far is being in the studio being free and out of prison and able to pursue my dream!

My message to the fans is I cherish each and every one of you. I get my music for myself, it is therapeutic and it helps me, however, I would not have a reason to continue to do it. I would get bored very quickly if I could not have you guys to enjoy what I do so thank you very much for giving me the opportunity taking the time to give me a shot and listen to what I do. With that I say eat sleep and breathe Metal!!!

 

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OF ANGELS

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OF ANGELS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Tampa, Florida based Metal band Blood Of Angels. 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?

Our band name is Blood of Angels. We began in October 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. We released our debut EP in April 2017. We have won 7 awards, and most recently we won the 2019 Akademia Executive Directors Award which is their version of artist of the year. This past October I had to get a completely new line-up, because life happens. I relocated the band to Tampa, Florida, and that has turned out to be a great move.

How did you come up with your band name?

I am atheist. Angels are heroes to many faiths. Blood of Angels is a metaphor to end organized religions. It is also a good name for a metal band. That name allows us to explore a lot of musical directions.

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

I am from the United States. The metal scene varies depending on the state you are in, Florida, California, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Michigan. Most other places in the US metal struggles.

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

Our last EP, “Rise of the Fallen Gods” was released April 2017. We did an animated video for the single “Odin’s Wrath” and we also released a lyric video for “Miscreant Deeds of Loki.”
Odin’s Wrath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW_0S8B4ssg
Miscreant Deeds of Loki
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk3gAtljpKE

Who have been your greatest influences?

Randy Rhodes first and foremost. Listening to the Ozzy Osbourne “Randy Rhodes Tribute” album is why I wanted to play guitar. Slayer was the first heavy band I got into, and I still love to this day. Their rage and no compromise style I really admire. Iron Maiden is still my favourite band of all-time. Everything about Maiden is just as perfect as a band could be, from the visual to the music. I am also influenced by a lot of the Swedish Melodic death metal bands, and my fellow Florida death metal bands.

What first got you into music?

My father is a rocker. He was a fan of Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix etc… As music got heavier, my dad got heavier with it while I was growing up in the 80’s. My grandfather was a jazz pianist. I loved sitting beside him and watched him play. He started me on ear training. Just playing chords and asking me what it was just by hearing it.

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

We will be collaborating with hip-hop artist Amiss Omega. He is awesome, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of taking extreme metal music and combining it with a hip-hop back beat. It will be something new. I am looking forward to all the reactions good or bad. I also would like to collaborate with Fear Factory. I think that would also be a good fit.

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

Wacken of course. It is the granddaddy of them all. I don’t think there is any metal festival that is bigger. Any band worth anything in metal has played there.

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

I haven’t received anything weird. I got some hand made bracelets. I got a couple of flags signed by fans. We are honored that people want to give us something in appreciation. We appreciate everything they do for us.

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

We are currently recording our upcoming album “The Failure of Faith”. We hope everyone enjoys it. We can’t wait to meet all of you on the road. Don’t be a stranger. Anything you want to ask us, please let us know. You can message us on any of our social media sites.

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

Randy Rhodes, I would love to see him play live. I can feel the emotion that he brings to music through recordings. I am sure live he would bring me to our knees.

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

The people, connecting with people is the greatest feeling ever. I don’t hate anything about being a musician. I will admit, the business side can be tedious. But I love every second of practicing, rehearsing with the band, shooting videos, and most importantly touring.

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

Promoters doing their jobs. They hire the bands then expect the bands to lay out the money to promote the show and do all the work. Then after the bands do all the work, they take most if not all the money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden “Fear of the Dark” it is just as good as it gets from the first track to the last.

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

I am a teenager of the 90’s so I have an affection for CD’s I love the clear sound quality mixed with a well-designed cd jacket.

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

Calarca Metal Fest in Calarca, Colombia. The audience was really into the show. The stage was huge, so there was a lot of room to move on stage. Colombian metal fans are the best fans I have met. They truly love the music and appreciate your band coming down to perform.

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

Probably still driving a semi.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Neil Degrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Steve Harris, Kerry King, Russel Brand

What’s next for the band?

Finishing our upcoming album “The Failure of Faith.” Then touring anywhere and everywhere.

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

Official Website: http://www.bloodofangels.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloodofangels1
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bloodofangels1
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bloodofangels
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bloodofangels

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa cakes, they are just delicious. I wish I could find them here in the States.

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

Thank you for the interview, and the opportunity to communicate with your audience. I look forward to doing it again sometime. I hope to meet everyone when we are on the road.

 

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Witch Tripper, Lullaby For A Unicorn and Bad Earth – Live At G21, The Saddle Bar, Chester – 13/04/2019

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Witch Tripper, Lullaby For A Unicorn and Bad Earth
Live At G21
The Saddle Bar, Chester
13/04/2019
Review by Beth Jones

After an interesting heat of M2TM 24 hours previous, we were in the mood for a good dose of proper metal to knock away the lingering winter chill that was in the air and reset our minds! We headed over the border to Chester, and The Saddle Bar, for NEW Metal Productions latest gathering of banging bands. I remember this bar from many years ago, when it used to be one of my haunts in my mis-spent youth, but back then it was called the Chester Bells, and was a bit spit and sawdust, so it was interesting to see what the new owners had done with it. All the reports we had heard had been positive. Tonight, the Saddle was hosting two gigs, a UFO tribute act in the main bar, and our destination, Bad Earth, Lullaby For A Unicorn and Witch Tripper in the old stables out the back, which is now lovingly called the G21 bar!

It was an interesting little space! It looked a bit like the dungeon of Madame Elektra, with red walls, black ceilings and drapes, and elaborate chandeliers! It just needed some whips and a gimp mask for the full effect! The floor was a little uneven, which made it a bit tricky for Rick, but it was still a nice sized space, and full of friendly faces. We have seen all three of these bands on many occasions now, and have got to know them all, and love them all, so we knew it was going to be a good night.

Bad Earth
First on the bill was Bad Earth, now thankfully back to a full quota of members, which was really great to see – they work so well together as a three piece and we are so happy that bassist Rob has managed to come back to the fold. As predicted, they smashed it. The sound was brilliant, and their performance was tight. My only woe was the lighting, in so much as there pretty much wasn’t any! Red walls and no lighting do not make a happy photographer! Considering how red everything was, the air around me was very, very blue I can tell you!!!!

IMPORTANT EDIT – For one reason and another this review is slightly late in being posted to our website and yesterday, 6th May, there was an announcement on the Bad Earth Facebook page that bassist Rob has again parted ways with the rest of the band. We wish them all the best in finding a replacement soon! – Rick

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Lullaby For A Unicorn
Ah, my boys, my boys. What can I say? Yet again a splendid performance, full of chunky riffs, crazy vocals, and mess! Silly string, party poppers and party cannons aplenty were released over the crowd and it really kick started the party atmosphere, as there were at least four notable people in the room celebrating their birthdays that night. These guys are so much fun, and I love them, both as a band, and now as new found friends. They really are my kind of people!

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Witch Tripper
The North’s hardest working band of the moment gave us another energy packed, full on groove fest! It was by this point incredibly warm in the room and Rick and I had to decamp half way through as he was hurting, and I was getting a touch wobbly, but luckily, we could still hear them from out in the beer garden! They are so good, so groovy, so tight, and their new drummer is amazing, and has brought a new dimension to them as a group. He also has lovely hair!

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We decided not so stay for the UFO tribute act, as the main bar was so packed, which was great to see in the sense of people coming out to see live music, but not so great in the sense of being a small person and trying not to get squished to death! Also, there is an old law in Chester that has never (if tales are to be believed) been revoked – if a Welshman is found within the city walls after midnight, they can be shot through the head with a crossbow! I wasn’t up for taking any chances, and having an arrow through my brain would be somewhat of an inconvenient hinderance to my writing and photography! We had had a really fun night and were glad that we had experienced this new venue.

Plusses for me were the fact that the G21 is separate from the main pub, as we didn’t have to do too much fighting through crowds, and also the sound yet again was superb – thanks to Fozzy for this. Minuses with the venue are the flooring, and lack of lighting, but these are both easily rectifiable. A great night was had by all!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Thesaddleinnchester/
https://www.facebook.com/Grosvenor21/
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactZoneOnRadioDeeside/
https://www.facebook.com/GoodforaudioEntertainment/

 

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EMQ’s Here’s one from The NECROSEXUAL!

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EMQ’s Here’s one from The NECROSEXUAL!

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia based Black/Thrash/Crossover Punk/Metal act the Necrosexual. Huge thanks to him 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’ve performed as a comedian and video correspondent for Metal Injection since 2012. Musically, I released my debut album “GRIM-1” in 2018, and wasted no time delivering my second cumming entitled “The Gory Hole Overture In F#”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I have a dark sense of humour, and I charge my performances with sexual machismo. Big GRIM energy, as I call it. It’s a bit derivative of black metal because there are already so many other bands and musicians who use the Necro- prefix, but that’s the point. It’s a play on all that has come before with my own colourful twist.

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

I’m from the United States. There’s a metal scene, sure, but I see a real lack of showmanship and charisma. A lot of bands look the same and sound the same. No stage presence, no attitude. I’m here to entertain you, seduce you and brutalize you all at once.

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

We have my new EP The Gory Hole Overture In F# coming at you on May 17th. We also just premiered my new single ‘Orgy On Your Burial’ at Kerrang!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8nw1Fev5_Y

Who have been your greatest influences?

From a guitarist’s stand point, definitely Slayer, Metallica, Kreator. They all inspired me to learn my chops and play music that is challenging, but still catchy. My biggest influences for attitude are Venom, Motorhead, Van Halen. Rock N roll baby!

What first got you into music?

I always say “it’s not a phase I’m going through dad!” But really, my dad has opened my eyes and ears from a young age to great rock music. He is a drummer and grew up in the seventies. I distinctly remember listening to “Dark Side Of The Moon” with him when I was six years old, and it blew my mind. Up until that point the only music I knew was from Sesame Street or Disney movies. So to go from that, to this futuristic space music with David Gilmour’s shimmering guitar leads and mind bending keyboard solos, it was quite the eye opening experience for baby Necro.
My dad also got me my first Metallica CD when I was 12. He’s a big Yankees fan, so he dug it when they played “Enter Sandman” every time Mariano Rivera took the mound. In short, my dad unwittingly created this monster. And it’s definitely not a phase I’m going through!

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

I have a longstanding dream to collaborate with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. They are a Philly-based, futuristic synth rock band. It sounds like if Ennio Morricone made a rock band in the Road Warrior universe. We played a show with them in the fall, so who knows what the future holds?

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

The greatest gift I ever received is from artist Daniel Daruda, who painted a portrait of me. I am a flattery activated performer.

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

Keep it grim.

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

The bassist in me says Cliff Burton, naturally.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Venom – “Welcome To Hell”. The ultimate debut from the world’s first black metal band, so far as I’m concerned.

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

The most important part is supporting the band, or your local record store that sells the music.

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

Halloween 2018 with Basilysk and S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D….RIFFS galore baby.

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

Slowly dying from boredom and regret.

What’s next for the band?

We play with the mighty THOR on May 7 in Philadelphia at Philamoca.
I also plan to do a short east coast tour with Basilysk June 12-15 in Baltimore, Richmond and Raleigh. Then, it’s back to recording the next barrage of hits in my lair/.

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

Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
https://www.facebook.com/Grimmestofalltime/
https://twitter.com/TheNecrosexual
https://necrosexual.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBww_Zbw390q6TPUsmnWCMQ

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

Thank you Ever Metal for going one on one with the GRIM1. See you maniacs in hell

Necrosexual by Chris Koontz

 

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