King Satan – I Want You To Worship Satan

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King Satan – I Want You To Worship Satan
Inverse Records
Release Date: 22/11/2019
Running Time: 41:28
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

Welcome to the Netherworld, you obsidian questing souls of black. If you wish to follow the Left Hand Path, I am Dark Juan and I will be your guide as you descend the circles of hell to find your own special brand of damnation. Or I will in a short while as I am currently fighting off food induced lassitude and am lounging upon my Satanic sofa after consuming my own body weight in provender earlier this evening.

“Bewildered and weak, yet with colossal chippy tea replete, I won’t be hungering for anything apart from copious quantities of fucking slamming industrial metal from Finland. And perhaps a very cheeky IPA that caught my eye in Shamansbury’s! Citrusy, bitter and fruity! Just how I like the keyboard players in fucking slamming Finnish industrial metal bands!”

Well, that Cradle Of Filth quote went totally wrong, even if it was indeed factually accurate. Sorry, Dani. Tonight, for a change, boys and girls, we are going to just plunge into a record review instead of you all having to wade through pages of entirely 100% true stories of what occurs in my life. Never have I lied to you, my flock. Never…

King Satan are from Tampere, Finland, which explains the fact that they are quite stupendously more bonkers than Evil Scarecrow, Nazi shitbiscuit, Varg Vikernes and an entire cheerleading squad off their tits on magic mushrooms dancing to Boney M songs on a mirrored revolving dancefloor. In space. Oh shit. I hate my imagination sometimes. Now the song has changed to Baccarat’s “Yes, Sir, I Can Boogie” and they are all wearing roller-skates. Fucking hell! FOCUS, DARK JUAN!

Yes. King Satan. A band that sounds like nothing I have ever heard. Like Cubanate without the grimness and the iron greyness! Like Combichrist with sexy, molten dollops of metal guitar slathered all over Andy LaPlegua’s vigorous torso. Like Rob Zombie’s technicolour horror universe if he had discovered techno at a formative age. Like aggrotech, metal and hellektro met and had a frenzied, bloody three-way in a filthy Venetian back alley after meeting when wasted on PCP. All underpinned perfectly with the gut-wrenching roar of King Aleister Satan. This is violent shit, man. You’re losing limbs in a King Satan moshpit. We all know I am partial to a bit of industrial music now and again, and you’re probably all quite sick of me spouting on about aggrotech on a heavy metal website, but this is a bit fucking special. There’s everything in here. It’s schizophrenic musical promiscuity in its purest form! There’s utterly murderous industrial metal a la “Houses Of The Mole” era Ministry overlaid with the strident sonic warfare of Christ Analogue, then there’s waves of synth fuelled fury over 1980’s New Jack hip hop beats. This transcends mere metal, and welds it into a wholly different musical form. THIS is what terror EBM and metal have been threatening to do for years and their love child is frankly terrifying.

Opening song ‘The Killing Of God’ sets the tone for the album in stunning style, with Ultraviolence style gabber keyboards over serrated, precise riffing – kind of like a slower, less intense, more musically minded Berzerker song. The throat ripping vocal style fits the violence in the music perfectly. The only other band I have heard in the industrial genre who is as musically diverse is one man French horror show Obszon Geschopf, and even they are not close to the level of savagery King Satan display. The amusingly (and accurately) titled second song is ‘Fuck Yoga’. Quite! Anyway, it kicks off with full on techno keys and beats before settling into an almost Rammstein sort of groove. But faster! The guitar work (and how it dovetails with the keyboards) on the whole record actually reminds me a lot of the work of Neue Deutsche Harte bands like Rammstein, Eisbrecher, Stahlmann and Megaherz. You know, the endless pursuit of perfection in the riff and the metronomic precision of the palm muting…

Synth player Katherine Boss also shares vocal duties, and her demented cutesy little girl meets Mike Patton at his most insane when he was in Mr. Bungle voice adds another level of madness to an already clearly psychologically fucked up band. Peak “Oh shit, they are madder than a box full of tiny pissed Ozzy Osbourne’s next to an historic monument” moment hits three songs in on ‘Psychosadomasochism’ which can charitably be described as deranged. And that’s being nice to them because they are approaching the levels of insanity Dark Juan normally operates at. If you want a picture of what the inside of my head looks like, listen to this song and then run away. Save yourself…

Oh, hang on. I thought they had finally purged the madness. This was not the case. They’ve gone completely off piste again. Just when sanity had temporarily restored itself with a most satisfying slab of industrial grind, they are back again with church organ overlaid with techno beats, one of the most incongruous guitar solos I have ever heard and yet more girlish babbling on ‘Fuck The World’. ‘The Antichristification’ is pure hardcore techno with fucking killer guitar – exactly how I imagine Cubanate picturing their acidic music when they were developing their sound.

I fucking love this record. I’m on my third spin through the album already and I’m not losing interest. It’s vaudevillian, carnival music for demon hellspawn… It’s perfect music to flagellate your dogboy to. It’s filthy, dirty, musically slutty, coruscating, shockingly heavy and dense music. It is BDSM in musical form. It’s black latex covered in blood and sweat, unguents and lubricants. It is whip welts on alabaster flesh, livid scars over intricate tattoos of inverted pentagrams, a Chelsea smile on a beautiful girl’s face. It’s savage, violent, unpredictable and utterly impossible to resist. I can’t see how King Satan will ever top this. It’s absolutely fucking insane.

If you are musically adventurous, you’ll love this. If you are like me and have a foot in both the camps of metal and EBM, you’ll fucking love this. If you appreciate demented humour, you’ll like this. If you’re a purist, you might not, but I beg all of my acolytes reading this nonsense, give this record a chance. If you listen to nothing else on my recommendation ever again, listen to King Satan. I truly do think they are that good.
Holy fuck. Just… holy fuck.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Patentoitu Dark Juan Blood Splat-luokitusjarjestelma – there’s umlauts in there somewhere) is currently sitting silent in a darkened room wondering whether he should quit his Satanic ministry and just join King Satan instead, and awards 10/10 for the industrial record I always dreamed of.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Killing Of God
02. Fuck Yoga
03. Psychosadomasochism
04. I Want You To Worship Satan
05. All Magick Is Chaos Magick
06. Fuck The World
07. The Antichristification (Is that even a real fucking word?)
08. Circus Of The Mind
09. Transgression
10. Raison D’Etre
11. The Portrait Of Darkness

LINE-UP : King Satan are: fucking mental!
King Aleister Satan – Vocals and programming
Katherine Boss – Synths and vocals
Jerry Rock ‘N’ Roll – Bass
Pete Hellraiser – Drums
Frater E.F. – Live guitars

LINKS:
http://www.kingsatan.net/
https://www.facebook.com/kingsatan616/
https://www.instagram.com/kingsatanofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3_nV0hfri-8wi7wzmxWO3Q

 

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EMQ’s with ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN

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EMQ’s with ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Alberta, Canada based Metal band Arrival Of Autumn! Huge thanks to vocalist Jamison Friesen 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 Jamison Friesen, I’m the vocalist in Arrival Of Autumn. The band was formed in 2011 by Brendan (guitar), Ty (drums) and myself. We released an EP in 2012, an album in 2014. We eventually recruited our current bass player Kevin, and second guitar player Ryan. We got signed and released our new album on Nuclear Blast Records, it’s called “Harbinger” and it’s available now!

How did you come up with your band name?

Our drummer Ty brought the idea to us, it’s inspired by an Opeth song and we thought it was fitting.

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

We’re from Canada, in the province of Alberta. We have a fantastic metal scene out here and lots of great bands. There are hardworking promoters in every city and a lot of talented bands.

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

Our new album “Harbinger” was released earlier this year, on the same day we released a music video for the track ‘Better Off Without’ which can be found on Nuclear Blasts YouTube page. (Link Below)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPZWH6YM1oc

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica is my number one, other major influences for me in my younger years were Demon Hunter, Linkin Park, & Bullet For My Valentine.

What first got you into music?

As far back as I can remember I’ve enjoyed many genres of music. I was taken to my first live show at a young age and loved it.

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

It would be James Hetfield, no doubt.

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

Download Festival at Donington. There’s been so many legendary sets played there.

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

Chicken & Waffles flavoured cereal, it was amazing.

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

Create your own meaning in life, find something you enjoy and live for it.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

Being able to yell at people and call it art is pretty great! There’s a lot of self-doubt when dealing with song writing, it can be tough to stay positive when dealing with writers block.

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

Let’s get back to real musicians making money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Flaming Lips – “The Soft Bulletin”.

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

I love being able to download an album as soon as it’s available, but I also enjoy buying vinyl copies of my favourite albums.

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

We had a great set in San Diego recently, the energy was insane and we smashed it.

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

Gaming a lot more.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

You wouldn’t know them, but they’re good people.

What’s next for the band?

We’re embarking on a 7 week tour of the USA & Canada with In Flames & Red this winter!

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

We’re on all platforms as /arrivalofautumn or @arrivalofautumn. Listen to our music on Spotify, Apple, etc.
http://www.arrivalofautumn.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ArrivalOfAutumn/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6OLm78czd7Y80yrzwAb7FK

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakescuit for sure!

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

Thanks for having me and thanks to all the readers checking this out! Make sure to listen to our new album “Harbinger” and catch us on tour in your city very soon!

 

 

 

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Cry For Mercy – Overload EP

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Cry For Mercy – Overload EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/10/2019
Running Time: 14:59
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Cry For Mercy first popped onto our radar as one of this year’s competing bands at the North Wales M2TM competition, and instantly had our eyes opened wider and glued to their performance! Sadly, they only reached the semis in this competition, but this was nothing to do with their talent – more to do with their fit in the preferred genre – i.e. they just aren’t metal. What they are is absolutely top-quality rock and blues. We were so glad when they announced that they would be releasing an EP and were even more glad that they sent it to us to have a listen to!

So, to the EP!! Yes, yes, yes and more yes! It is top quality, good old fashioned RRrrockkk! Groovy as hell, with a good smattering of southern blues to boot. These three chaps know exactly what they want to sound like and capture it perfectly in four tracks, which are beautifully mixed and produced, and completely echo their polished and professional stage performance.

The title track, ‘Overload’, starts things off. It is a good, fast paced classic rock toe tapper. It is simple and straightforward and doesn’t outstay its welcome. It reminds me in places of ZZ top and totally would not be out of place on one of those ‘Driving Songs’ compilation albums that I seem to have so many of! I could certainly see myself pumping it out in a big American convertible whilst heading off into the sunset on Route 66! (Yes, I am a queen of clichés, so what! Shoot me!).

Next up is ‘Under Dark Skies’, bringing the pace down a little to full on groove level! It makes you pull that face that to you says ‘groove’, but to anyone looking in and not knowing what you are listening to says ‘gurning weirdo’! (Come on, you’ve all done that face at some point, and if you haven’t, you will when you listen to this EP!) In all seriousness, it is a superb track and shows off Bassist and Lead Vocalist Kev Plant’s superb voice and enviable range.

Track three, ‘We Won’t Go Down’, is again a good solid anthem, with a particularly catchy chorus which will be stuck in my head for some time! This track also shows off the drumming skills of Steven Taylor, who gets to do a few more fills and hit cymbals lots! Again it doesn’t outstay its welcome and could be the soundtrack to a myriad of ‘deep south’ style cult films, when the good guys decide to smash the bad guys once and for all (‘From Dusk till Dawn’ was the first thing that popped into my head, but it would work for so many!)

The final track, ‘I Don’t Know’, is probably the heaviest track on the album, but again is classic rock – starting with some solid and catchy guitar riffage from Andy Cutty, who also adds backing vocals to this track, and indeed the rest of the EP, creating some great harmonies and adding extra depth to the vocals, which makes it even better.

I am really impressed with these guys and their first release – yes, its not metal, and yes there are little tweaks that could be made here and there, but that does not detract from the strength of this as their maiden voyage into the world of recorded material! I had a brief conversation with Powerzone’s Dani Maguire about it and he summed it up perfectly:

“You know what I like about Cry For Mercy? They sound familiar. Like I’ve known them for decades. I mean, the sort of band you can slam on when you get in from a hard day at work, chug a cold one and just enjoy for what it is. Hard rocking, hardworking, skilful and comfortable with what they do, which puts me at ease as a listener. Nothing pretentious yet totally fresh.”

I 100% echo Dani’s words and thoroughly recommend that you look these guys up and give this EP a spin. My most major criticism is that it is too short – I want more guys! Get back in that studio!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Overload
02. Under Dark Skies
03. We Won’t Go Down
04. I Don’t Know

LINKS:
https://www.cryformercy.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/cryformercyofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/cryformercyofficial/

 

 

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Dogbane – Idylls Of Woe

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Dogbane – Idylls Of Woe
Heaven and Hell Records
Release Date: 19/07/2019
Running Time: 35:46
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
6.5/10

Dogbane are a Metal/Rock/Doom band from North Carolina. Over a few jars they decided to form in 2010 and their first album “Residual Alcatraz” was released in 2011.

The inspiration that drives them was their 70’s and 80’s upbringing, the time where it all began for metal music. They may not use any special tweaks to manipulate their sound, but that’s the whole point. It’s raw and it’s original. They have also suffered heartache, when their guitarist David Ellenburg tragically passed away after having a stroke back in 2012.

During this time, Dogbane managed to release an official music video for ‘Ride The Serpent’ and then a year later, in 2013; Jeff Rinehart honourably took David’s place as lead guitarist.

They then went on and played Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago with headliner Riot V in April 2014. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to appear on the Versailles Records release “Rock & Roll All Nite: A Tribute To Kiss”.

Heaven and Hell Records then released “When Karma Comes Calling” which opened many doors of opportunity for Dogbane. In September 2016 they appeared at Thou Shall Rock, a 2-day festival supporting headliners Demon Eye and Salvación.

Now we have their third full-length album “Idylls Of Woe”

‘The One I Was Warned Of’ opens “Idylls Of Woe” and takes me back to when I used to have a beer in a biker’s club years ago. It’s upbeat for sure. Jeff Neal’s vocals remind me a little of the late David Bowie. It is a great opener, although there are a few weak beats in the background!

Next track ‘Devil’s Tramping Ground’ kicks in with some more force. I am fond of Dogbane’s doom edge mostly; they manage to slip in some guitar pig snorts and it tickles my fancy. The vocals are catchy, and the guitar solos work ok.

Third track ‘Blood In The Snow’ has a great intro! It really made me giggle. There are some great tempos, guitar solos and drumming throughout this track. You feel like you are on a hunt. It’s simple but very effective.

‘Riddle Of Steel’ is next and YES!! More bass please! I salivate if a track opens with bass, my ears royally prick up and you get my attention straight away. Just like a meerkat! This track feels really doomy, like heavy and rusty old doom. I picture myself head banging to the rhythm of the beat and that sound is genuinely really cool. The odd switch throughout this track is well done and I like the dynamics.

“Land Of Shadows” is definitely a slower version of early Metallica all the way. The guitar riffs and block beats of the drums are quite similar to Hetfield and co. It’s really good. I do feel the vocal fader doesn’t really work in this track, purely because it feels misfired and out of place with the real earthy chunky sound but then you are hit with that real doom vibe again, it’s so good, you forget about the fader.

Next up is ‘Now You Know’. It begins in a very similar fashion to ‘Land Of Shadows’, it slips in those cheeky pig snorts again and then, bang, the guitar solo comes in. I like this track’s stability as it is much more steady and easy to follow.

‘Winter Of Man’s Demise’ is also a good track. There’s no mucking around with this track. It’s pretty cool. It has a real doom laden start, which these guys have got spot on. It’s probably my favourite part to their whole sound. The track is slow and steady, the vocals are spot on and it glues together well. It’s really basic but you flow with their pace. The strumming on the guitars is really strong and when the beat picks up it is great. It has an ‘80’s best dad guitar solos of all time’ vibe!

‘Sin Eater’ is a straight up classic Rock/Metal song and a good ending to “Idylls Of Woe”; although I am personally a little gutted they didn’t add more doom into this track though.
In general, Dogbanes sound is good although, throughout the album, there are times when I feel they are trying to cram too much in at one time which gives the impression of it being a touch sloppy. Maybe some spacing out could have helped a little.

This is not altogether my style of music but do you know what? Sod my opinionated ears! These guys have gone through a crazy journey and obviously enjoy what they are doing. They are keeping the original, core root, of metal alive and I wish Dogbane the best of luck in their future endeavours!

TRACKLISTING:
01. The One I Was Warned Of
02. Devils Tramping Ground
03. Blood In The Snow
04. Riddle Of Steel
05. Land Of Shadows
06. Now You Know
07. Winter Of Man’s Demise
08. Sin Eater

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

https://dogbane1.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZ0qg2G2rJYDKfHQnQ-mVQ

 

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EMQ’s with MY DARK RIFT

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EMQ’s with MY DARK RIFT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band My Dark Rift! Huge thanks to bassist Mattias Lekborn 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?

The band My Dark Rift The band consists of vocalist David Sundbom (ex-Skiller), guitarists Kristoffer Folin (Plan Three) and David Szücs (Degradead), bassist Mattias Lekborn (Furiam) and drummer Kenneth Holborn (ex-Degradead). With all members sharing a common love of hard rock and metal, there is room for both a nostalgic nod towards the thrash era of the 80’s as well as the melodic death scene of more modern times.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name is taken from the space phenomenon (The Dark Rift) as it seemed fitting to the music we wanted to make. (And we also needed a cool band name.)

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

We are a band based out of Stockholm, Sweden and the Metal scene here is great. We have A lot of really great Metal acts in Sweden like In Flames, At The Gates and Entombed just to name a few. Even the local talent in Stockholm is crazy good so we are very fortunate!

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

Well we are very new to the scene and so far we have only released two songs ‘Make Me
Stronger’ and ‘Devils Thunder’. With ‘Make Me Stronger we got a huge welcome from the metal audience and it made its way to number 1 on the Swedish iTunes chart!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our main influences are too many to even mention .We all just have a huge love for metal music in all forms. From Death to NWOBHM to just about everything in-between. There is so much great music out there.

What first got you into music?

Well I can’t speak for everyone in the band but for me it was hearing Metallica for the first time at the age of 5 maybe. Somewhere around that time and I haven’t looked back since.

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

Off the top of my head Ghost would be really interesting or why not Foo Fighters or
something unexpected.

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

Just one!? We want to play ALL of them.

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

I haven´t gotten so much weird stuff yet maybe because we are a pretty new band but I
have received clothes, pictures and one time a stone.

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

Well I think the one message I would like to send is thank you. Without anyone listening to what we do we would not be able to do it to the extent that we do so thank you and we hope to meet every single one of you somewhere on the road.

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

Freddie Mercury I think he had a lot more in him or the brothers Dimebag and Vinnie of
course.

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

What I enjoy most is making new music and playing it in front of people. What I hate most is all the waiting you need to do before you can take the stage!

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

Well I would definitely give us a better tour budget for starters. Nah, but I don’t really know. The industry keeps changing all the time so it’s hard to even keep up as it is!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”.

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

Vinyl of course!

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

The next one!

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

Well for me I would be doing a lot more of my other passion in life, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Why only 5 let’s make it 75 and then we could have a real party.

What’s next for the band?

In August/Sept we are aiming for the next release and after that we are going to start booking some shows.

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

https://Purple-Skull-Music.lnk.to/va3TB
https://purple-skull-music.lnk.to/DevilsThunder
https://www.facebook.com/MyDarkRift/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha I don’t even know what a Jaffa cake is. But for the sake of it… of course it is a biscuit!

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

Make sure to follow us on social media if you want to know what we are up to and where
the next show will be and so on. Other than that I wish you all a great day
Mattias/MDR

 

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Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime -Greatest Hits Tour – w/Gin Annie – The Underworld, Camden, London – 29/08/2019

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Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime
Greatest Hits Tour
w/Gin Annie
The Underworld, Camden, London
29/08/2019
Review by Dawn ‘The Metal Priestess’ King

Having attended Bloodstock at the beginning of August for the first time in what seemed like an eternity (it was actually six years, but you know how time can play tricks on us!), I was in the mood for some more live music. Tickets for this had been booked well in advance so it was a gig I was really looking forward to.

Having seen Queensryche perform a stonker at Bloodstock with the fantastic Todd le Torre, I wanted to see just how Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime would measure up. Would they have the magic of the “old” Queensryche (although I had only seen the “original” Queensryche once before at High Voltage Festival way back in 2011 and, if I’m honest, they were pretty dire then!) or would they just sound like a covers band, which, I guess, technically, they are!?

So, the venue? The Underworld in London’s Camden Town. I, personally, like The Underworld. Its small so you don’t get the humungous amounts of people but large enough to have a decent crowd. There are a few pillars (holding up the ceiling I’m guessing!!) so depending on where you stand, your view could be obstructed a bit, but it really is only a problem if the downstairs (half a dozen steps down) is jam-packed!

So, amazingly for me, I arrived at the venue in plenty of time, so I actually managed to watch the support band (something I very rarely do!) I must admit I hadn’t heard of them before the gig but then I was expecting a band with ‘Wolf’ in their name for some reason!! Must be the blonde in me!!

Anyway, the support were a hard rock band called ‘Gin Annie’ and I must say I was VERY impressed. Hailing from Wolverhampton in the UK they feature (and I quote this from their website) “heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses, and classy melodies.” I couldn’t have put it better myself! They were absolutely fantastic and judging by the reaction they were getting from some of the crowd, I am guessing they were already pretty well known (late to the party AGAIN!!)

They had a contagious energy that just made you want to get up and dance along with them, and if I had drunk one or two vodkas, I think I probably would have done. The guitarists were awesome, and the singer’s voice just blew me away. There was nothing fancy about them. They are a good old-fashioned heavy rock band, who obviously enjoy what they do. I don’t think there was a time when all five of them weren’t up on that stage smiling! A great sign of a band that work hard but have immense pleasure in what they do.

They played nine tracks in total and I must say I was rather disappointed when they had to leave the stage! I wanted more…..so on my way out I bought the CD from the merch stand and had it in my car for over a week! Instead of getting bored with it each time I played it, I loved it more and more!! I would really love to see these guys as a headline

band, and I will now make it my mission to see them as such!

Outstanding work guys!!

So, after a break of what felt like forever (I don’t understand why there must be such a long break between supports and the headliners. Festivals manage a quick turnaround, so why can’t they?) it was Geoff Tate’s turn. I was looking forward to it, but I must admit I also had a bit of trepidation about the gig. Going by the previous time I had seen him perform, and reports of other gigs over the years, I wondered if it was just all going to be a waste of time.

The band came on first, playing the introduction to track ‘Neue Regel’ followed by the main man himself, to rapturous applause and cheering!

Now, I have been a Queensryche fan for as long as I can remember and to hear all of my favourite Queensryche tracks being played right there in front of me was awesome BUT….and yes there is a but….there was just a little something missing for me! I loved Geoff’s voice during his heyday, but I don’t think he can quite cut some of the notes now. And yes, before I get bombarded with messages of hate etc, I know singers can tend to lose their voice as they get older, but this is a review and I have to be honest!

Despite this, he did do the songs justice, but then he should have done, shouldn’t he? He has been singing these songs for three decades and should know them inside out and upside down. The heroes of the evening, for me, were the musicians he had backing him, Felix Bohnke, the drummer from EdGuy and Avantasia being one of them.

These guys were simply magnificent and if you closed your eyes it could quite easily have been the Queensryche of yesteryear up there on that stage. Personally, I think they are all too good to be in what could only be described as a Queensryche covers band but if that’s what they are happy doing, then good luck to them.

I had heard of Geoff being somewhat arrogant (something I really do not like), and this did come across occasionally while he was onstage and again, I am ducking to avoid anything that could be thrown at me at this point!

Overall, though, Geoff and the boys did a grand job. They played all the old Queensryche classics from ‘Operation:Mindcrime’ (the track) to ‘Empire’ to crowd favourite ‘Silent Lucidity’ and more. I am gutted I missed them on the tour when they played the whole of Operation Mindcrime 1 and 2 but this gig did make up for that.

So, Gin Annie get massive double thumbs up, for me, being the better band on the night and I WILL be going to see them again, while Operation:Mindcrime, although great, came in second!

Gin Annie – Setlist:
New Bad Habit
All I Want
Fallin’
Damage
Next 2 Me
Dying To Live Again
Chains
Love Ain’t Here
Born To Rock n Roll

Gin Annie Links:

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF GIN ANNIE


https://www.facebook.com/GinAnnieUK/

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime – Setlist:
Neue Regel
Screaming In Digital
Operation:Mindcrime
Speak
Spreading The Disease
The Mission
Take Hold Of The Flame
Empire
I Dream In Infrared
The Lady Wore Black
Walk In The Shadows
Breaking The Silence
I Don’t Believe In Love
Encore:
Silent Lucidity
Jet City Woman
Eyes Of A Stranger

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime Links:

Operation Mindcrime Tour


https://www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband/

 

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Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017

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Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Running Time: 72:15
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

Good evening, my flock of the disaffected, the vain, wall eyed and insane. Tonight you are going to witness a man totally lose his shit about a woman. Possibly..!

It is well known I am not a fan of live albums, because the live experience requires a visual component. Thankfully, Graham had this covered for me and has kindly provided me with the footage that goes along with this record, so I hereby offer my thanks and salutations to this mighty and puissant stalwart of metal. The man is a fucking legend…
So, yeah, this is a live recording of Graham and the guys (and gal. Oh, Beth-Ami, be mine. Even your name is perfect. My twisted, shrivelled black heart beats only for you, my proud beauty… sigh) playing some of the more unusual and rare tunes from his days with Alcatrazz, MSG, Impellitteri and Rainbow as well as his stuff with the Graham Bonnet Band. And fuck me crossways, this is good…

I’d even go as far as to say this is fucking classic. This is how metal should sound in the live setting. Alright it’s as Trad Metal as it gets, but nothing touches Trad Metal for riffs and hooks and anthemic choruses. Metal’s most famous accountant’s haircut has assembled a band of uncommonly high talent and it shows through in every single sublime guitar lick from Conrado Pesinato (complete with array of highly amusing guitar solo faces), in Mark Benquchea’s ultra-metronomic drumming (complete with array of highly amusing focused drummer faces) and the legendary Jimmy Waldo hitting the keys like a man possessed (I really don’t want to talk about his face). At the front of it all there’s the Skeggy Boy. A man in command of himself, and his audience! A living legend at the fucking greatest, mightiest height of his powers! A man that makes Corey Taylor look like an amateurish fucking chancer who shouts a lot! A man who demands your attention and your loyalty, and does it so effortlessly you don’t even notice yourself falling to your knees and offering supplication in the form of opening your own veins and spilling your lifeblood at his impeccably shod feet…

And then there is the fragrant, beautiful, heart stopping Beth-Ami Heavenstone. A woman so perfect my heart breaks every time I even look at her. Dark Juan lost his soul to her years ago, but she never even noticed such is the level of her perfection. An angel on Earth with a bass guitar and a smile that makes this hellpriest nearly believe in God. A woman of such magnificence, she makes every other woman within 500 yards of her utterly insignificant. I am not worthy of her attention… No one is, so how did that Lincolnshire howler do it? The absolute bastard! I’ll find out. I will fucking find out and then I’ll bottle it and go and find her…

Sorry, I might have slightly digressed. Yes, the record. Oh my fucking god, the record. This is the best live album I have ever heard. There is not a dropped note in the entire performance and Graham is absolutely at the peak of his powers, effortlessly soaring through his vocal range and reminding us all just what a mighty influence he has been for decades. He looks and sounds like he is enjoying the fuck out of what he is doing and that is infectious. Even I, a notoriously hard and critical man to please with music, have been caterwauling along with every single chorus of every single song. Hodgson Fartpants (one of Dark Juan’s Hellhounds. So named because I could make a fortune out of renting him to dodgy Middle Eastern regimes for chemical warfare purposes…) immediately showed his displeasure with my off key shrieking by fucking off upstairs and going to sleep on my pillows. Plus, the man is a genius level songwriter. Not so much for content, but for the ease with which he crafts such exquisite choruses. You only have to hear Night Games or Samurai once to understand what I’m talking about. And another thing while I am frothing with such incredible enthusiasm… the backing vocals! The harmonies! Oh, the motherfucking harmonies. They hit you at the base of your spine.

And the utterly desirable and simply jawdropping Beth-Ami Heavenstone (have I told you how amazing she is yet? No? How remiss of me) has a gutwrenchingly sweet alto that reduced me to a quivering mass of pathetically lovestruck goo within seconds of her singing the backing vocal to the chorus of S.O.S. There are some voices that give you goosebumps. She has one, on top of all her other sublime qualities. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO MAKE YOU NOTICE YOUR MOST ARDENT ADMIRER, BETH-AMI? TELL ME, TELL ME, I IMPLORE! NOTICE ME, SENPAI, NOTICE ME!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to need to take a cold shower in Antarctica after this one, boys and girls.

…As we wrench ourselves back into the business of actually being useful to you readers and telling you about the record, then. The production and sound quality are far beyond adequate. Every instrument and cymbal is easily heard and the lead vocal, although to the fore of the mix, is not overpowering the rest of the music. The backing vocals are similarly high in the mix but again are not blanketing the instruments. The song choices for this gig are equally inspired. Everything from the ultra-classic Since You’ve Been Gone through to MSG’s Dancer through to the absolute highlight of the record – an extraordinarily sleazy, sexual, filthily orgasmic rendition of All Night Long! The record ends, somewhat bizarrely, with an alternate lyric studio version of The Crying Chair, which, although interesting and a damned fine rock and roll record, jars somewhat with the fucking awesome night we have just had listening to Graham fucking Bonnet live. Yes, I know I am swearing a lot. No, I don’t care. I am expressing joy. Fuck you. It seems like it was almost bunged on there as an afterthought, you know? Kind of like that last sentence!

Ladies, gentlemen and people of all other genders (I’m nothing if not inclusive. I hate everyone equally) we have on our hands here a perfect storm of a live album – superbly played by the musicians, sublime lead vocals from a living metal legend, well produced, well mixed, with inspired song choices, the biggest ever choruses in metal, and Beth-Ami Heavenstone. Have I told you how much she turns me into a quivering schoolboy every time I set eyes on her? How my heart does little flip flops as I gaze at her magnificent bass playing prowess? How I wish those long, elegant fingers were touching me and her cool gaze and tinkling laugh were for my eyes and ears only? No? We could be here for some time, then….

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is cross-eyed with desire right now and actually really needs to take a shower in liquid nitrogen, but has struggled manfully on to award the Graham Bonnet Band 10/10 for an utterly fucking brilliant live record. It really should be like 150/10. It is the finest live album I have ever heard. And Graham Bonnet is a musical hero of mine. And Beth-Ami, I adore you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eyes Of The World
02. California Air
03. S.O.S.
04. Night Games
05. Stand In Line
06. Into The Night
07. Love’s No Friend
08. Dancer
09. Samurai
10. Desert Song
11. Rider
12. Since You’ve Been Gone
13. Assault Attack
14. All Night Long
15. Lost In Hollywood
16. The Crying Chair (Intended Lyric Version)

LINE-UP:
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Conrado Pesinato – Guitar
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – Bass (You’re going to be hearing quite a lot about her. Sorry, not sorry.)
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Mark Benquchea – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.alcatrazzofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/grahambonnetmusic/



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Papa Roach “Who Do You Trust?” USA Tour W/Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves – Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ – 09/08/2019

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Papa Roach
Who Do You Trust? USA Tour
W/Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves
Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ
09/08/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

There are a lot of bands that have already lost their relevancy in recent years and cannot live up to their previous glory, but not Papa Roach. Since their meteoric rise to stardom in the early 2000’s they have maintained their popularity and since the release of their ninth album “Crooked Teeth” in May 2017 have regained new life in mainstream rock. They continued to build on Crooked Teeth’s success releasing tenth album “Who Do You Trust?” in January of this year so they are taking this summer to tour across the US with British Hard Rock (formerly Metalcore) band Asking Alexandria and American rising stars Bad Wolves.

On a beautiful summer evening in popular New Jersey shore town Asbury Park, which is known as rock legend Bruce Springsteen’s hometown, the tour came to the Open Air Summer Stage at the legendary Stone Pony venue. After Bad Wolves set a fantastic mood, British rockers Asking Alexandria came on to ignite the crowd. Vocalist Danny Worsnop was dressed in an elegant suit and vest to go along with expensive loafers. His outfit may not exactly have been made for a hot summer night, but it was his performance that made it count!

They opened the set with a brand new song called ‘The Violence’ and followed that up with two songs from their latest self-titled album ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Where Did it Go?’ After those Danny took some time to talk with the audience and asked if there were any fans who have never heard of them. Surprisingly many hands went up. Using the situation he cracked a joke by saying that their next song would be a new one that the band had never played before. Well, it was one of their biggest hits ‘Run Free’ off of third studio album “From Death To Destiny”.

There was no swearing coming from Danny this evening though, as he said, those words were just simmering inside of him to come out. The Stone Pony stage is located by the Ocean boardwalk, where many families were enjoying their vacation with kids, and because only thing that separated them from this rock concert was a simple fence, the venue made a request for artists to mind their language. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. What’s a rock concert without a few F- bombs?

While a majority of their songs came from latest self titled album, none of them came from their 2016 work called “Black”. At the time Danny was not with the band and they had eccentric Dennis Stoff as vocalist. Although the album was popular they haven’t played anything that was not made with Danny in the lineup so the set was wrapped up with their last biggest hit ‘Alone In The Room’.

I’ve seen Asking Alexandria three times already and they never disappoint. Their performance was absolutely electrifying. James Cassells on drums, Sam Bentley on bass and Cameron Liddell with Ben Bruce on guitars were full of energy and all had a great show!

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Papa Roach seem like they have taken the rule book and thrown it in the fire. Every album they do is something new with a fresh approach to their style. Many bands claim this but rarely deliver the goods; on the other hand Papa Roach succeed. Ten studio albums to date and every one of them have something special. “F.E.A.R.” was Traditional Hard Rock “Crooked Teeth” incorporated new electronic sounds and there are even more of those on “Who Do You Trust”? One thing is certain; Papa Roach enjoy making new music and do not shy away from invention!

Their set for the night was mostly made up of their two latest albums with a sprinkle of classics. Opening track was the latest album’s title track ‘Who Do You Trust?’ followed by ‘Help’ and ‘American Dreams’. They then followed this with their fifteen year old mega hit ‘Getting Away With Murder’. They also played ‘She Loves Me Not’, ‘Between Angels And Insects’ and ‘Last Resort’. Notably the band and vocalist Jacoby Shaddix made a tribute to the late British music legend Keith Flint from The Prodigy who took his life earlier this year. They played a Rock version of The Prodigy hit ‘Firestarter’ and, oh boy, did that start the fire with the assembled crowd absolutely loving it. Somewhat fittingly the next song Papa Roach played was Born For Greatness!

Jerry Horton on guitar, Tobin Esperance on bass and Tony Palermo on drums delivered the same greatness that they do every night. Also, an integral part of the band is Anthony Esperance who joins Papa Roach on on tours and does a little bit of everything playing rhythm guitar, keyboards and percussion!

Last time I saw Papa Roach they played a two hour set so for tonight their hour and a half set felt far too short. We all needed more of their music. What an amazing band they are to see live.

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Hard Rock/Punk/Metal band Atomic Kavemen! Huge thanks to drummer James Kilpatrick 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 James and I am the drummer and producer of Atomic Kavemen. All of the members in this band are friends of mine; Morey (vocals) from 25 + years ago, Todd (bass) 10 years ago and our newest member Dustin (guitar) from 8-ish years ago…Morey reached out and found me on Facebook through an old band that I was in called Muk. I hadn’t seen Morey in probably 25 years. He was a good friend but somehow we lost contact. Don’t ask me what we did together cuz I don’t remember. I just remember he was a great guy and I always wondered what happened to him. I had some tracks that I had recorded with George (our previous guitar player) and asked if Morey would be interested in working on them and he said yes. That’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name Atomic Kavemen. We’re a bunch of old rockers so the name just kind of evolved from that. Our newest member Dustin is our youngest member I call him Kave Kid.

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

We’re from California in the USA. The metal scene is somewhat underground here but I feel it’s making a comeback. Although we border between rock, metal and punk and other genres, we consider ourselves unique by today’s standards.

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

Our latest EP release is called “Everyone Loves a Dead Man”. We also have a self-titled EP that’s still relatively new.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have been accused of being an arena rock junkie. Outside of that I do like old-school R&B and a lot of the old 70’s rock bands. I would say 90’s rock bands were pretty cool too – like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

What first got you into music?

I guess my brother was the one who got me started in listening to rock and roll and heavy metal starting with Black Sabbath. From there I ventured on to other hard rock and metal bands.

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

I’m just not really star-struck by anybody that’s coming out these days with screamo and other oversaturated music scenes. But it would be pretty cool to hang out with guys like Dave Grohl and other like talents but it seems that some of my favourites have taken their lives. So I won’t be getting a chance to meet them until much later, I hope.

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

I’d like to play at Oz Fest. Is that still happening?

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

I think it would be the fact that they showed up to our gig.

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

I’d like to tell our fans and potential fans to just keep spreading the word and enjoy our music. I hope you appreciate my recording and producing efforts from Fearfield Studio.

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

It would definitely be Chris Cornell. He was an amazing talent and his life was cut short way too soon for a guy that seemed to be still on top of the world and his game..!

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

I enjoy being a musician because I love making music and hearing my creation and being a part of working with friends. I like being in a band however it can become very stressful and you can lose focus very easily on why you’re actually a musician to begin with. It’s about you being an artist and the medium that you create with. When I was young in to music it was all about being famous. Today, it’s about just doing what I love and not caring about what is going to happen as a result of what I do.

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

I guess I don’t like the pressure that the industry puts on artist. It’s tough to try to keep up to the flow of things these days and the internet and the consumption of music seems to be disposed of rather quickly. Also no time to enjoy your efforts before it’s time to move on to the next song, things are moving really fast and for an old guy like myself it’s hard to keep up.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are just so many great albums that I grew up with hearing stuff to pick one out. When it’s jumping out of me would be Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime.

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

I prefer CD’s but there are very few places to get them locally these days.

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

Our best gig that we played was at the Sacramento Convention Center. We have video of that on our Facebook page.

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

I guess if I wasn’t a musician I think that I would be just a slave to society. My escape from the mundane things in life is music. I try to get my 9 year old daughter interested in rock and roll but it’s real tough with the bullshit pop stuff that’s on the internet. How does she like that stuff?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d like to invite Tim Brown from the Raiders, Bill Romanowski from the Raiders, Jerry Rice from the San Francisco 49ers and Raiders, and the President of the United States.

What’s next for the band?

We’re just going to keep on rocking and writing and good music and remain friends above all…

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

https://atomickavemen.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/atomickavemen/
https://www.facebook.com/atomickavemen
https://twitter.com/atomickavemen

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell is a Jaffa Cake? Sounds like a rock band.

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

I’d just like to add to any of our fans and potential fans to please enjoy our music, reach out to us and tell your friends about us – we love to hear feedback! If you want some free stickers reach out to us on social media, or just come to our shows if you’re near the SF Bay Area!

 

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