EMQ’s with ENDURE THE AFFLICTION

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EMQ’s with ENDURE THE AFFLICTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Lafayette, Louisiana based Metal band, Endure The Affliction. Huge thanks to bassist, backing vocalist Byron Vollmer, 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 Byron, and I’m the bassist and backing vocalist of Endure The Affliction. I was brought into the band by our former drummer from a previous band we were in.

How did you come up with your band name?

Deion (guitarist/co-lead vocalist) had actually came up with the name by the time I had gotten on board.

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

We’re from South Louisiana, the scene is slightly small, but extremely close-knit. We all look out for each other out here.

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

Our 2020 EP, “Origins”, currently on all distribution platforms as well as on our website (www.enduretheaffliction.com), our newest single, ‘Identity’, is releasing August 6th along with a music video, and we are getting ready to release our second EP, “Evolve”, this fall.

‘Soul Eater’ (Visualizer) from the debut EP “Origins”

Who have been your greatest influences?

Geddy Lee has been a big influence on me talent-wise. Performance-wise it would have to be Rammstein, for their theatrics.

What first got you into music?

5th grade band, I played trumpet. After that I sought out any chance I got learning new instruments as well as music theory.

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

I wouldn’t mind getting to do something with The Snake Charmer.

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

Wacken, to be able to perform out of country, as well as a chance to visit ancestral hometowns.

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

Someone reaching under my kilt to find the answer to the age old question of “what’s really under a kilt?” haha!!

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

Thank you for supporting us, if it wasn’t for y’all, we wouldn’t still be around.

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

Man, that’s a tough one. There’s a few I would love to bring back even if it’s just to speak with them.

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

I love being able to express my emotions through the music, along with passing what knowledge I have to younger musicians. As far as hate, probably the doubt you get from friends and family that don’t understand the joy we get from being on stage, no matter what size it is. Just getting to that point is a big step in a band’s life.

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

That they would listen to the quality of the musicians they bring in sometimes instead of how they “look”.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rammstein – “Herzeleid”.

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

I grew up on CD’s, but I still appreciate good old fashioned vinyl.

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

We have a local venue called “The District” that we played our EP release show at for the “Origins” EP. Not only did we have our first encore there, but the crowd got so wild that they actually broke the barricade.

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

On top of being a musician, I was a firefighter for about 4 years and a soldier in the national guard for 6 years. I have basically accomplished all of my dream jobs lol.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m not huge on dinner parties myself haha.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be releasing some material over the next few months that we’re super excited about. And there’s already been talk of doing a full-length after this next EP.

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

www.enduretheaffliction.com/
www.facebook.com/enduretheaffliction.la
www.instagram.com/enduretheaffliction.la
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0YkC97oMGPhF8ivqYFXHHo
www.youtube.com/c/EndureTheAffliction

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell is a Jaffa cake? Haha!

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

Thank you for reaching out for the interview, hopefully we will talk again soon!

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Ragin’ Imaging Photography

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle, England based Metal band, Rituals. Huge thanks to guitarist, Ewan, for taking part.

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

I am Ewan. I play guitar in Rituals. We are a metal band from Newcastle, England formed in 2018, and we are currently getting ready to release our debut EP “AWAKE” on the 3rd of September 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

We didn’t really think too hard about it, I just remember thinking of the word on a train back from college and that it would make a good name for a band. So, when me and Lewis discussed starting a band together, and we needed a name, I mentioned Rituals and it just fit with the music that was being written.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We are from Newcastle which has currently got a great metal scene coming through which feels great to be a part of.

What is your latest release?

Our previous release was a track called ‘False Royal’ which came out in October 2020; however, we have just released the title track from our new EP “AWAKE’ which came out on the 11th of June. It is a song we are all really proud of and can’t wait to share with everyone.

‘Awake’ (Official Video)

‘False Royal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Everyone in the band is influenced by a range of different genres and bands. From the metal scene it is bands like While She Sleeps, Architects, Bury Tomorrow and Bleed From Within but also artists outside of metal like Tom Misch, Depeche Mode and Oasis.

What first got you into music?

What first got me into music was hearing and watching Elvis Presley as a kid, that was who inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place!

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

Personally, I’d love to get someone like Noel Gallagher singing on a track, I think he has such a great voice and ear for melody, that hearing him over a melodic bridge in a metalcore track would be really interesting. We can all dream right!

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

It would have to be Download Festival! With the amount of iconic sets that have taken place at that festival it would be an honour to get to play it.

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

Nothing weird yet, guess we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds!

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

Thank you for taking time to listen to our music, we truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to listen to our music, and we can’t wait to share what is next with you all!

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

Cliff Burton, the guy had a major part in Metallica’s songwriting, so it would have been great to hear more of his music than the 3 albums we got.

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

I love the feeling of hearing the final mix back of a song, hearing what you imagined in your head when demoing the track all in a mix, is something I’ll never get sick of. There’s honestly nothing I hate, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do it, but the paranoia of gear going wrong on stage is something I could do without!

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

Whilst streaming is so convenient, I miss going out and buying a new album and hitting play and not knowing what was going to come out of the speakers. So, bringing back the prominence of physical formats would be it for me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Always tough to pick one, but I would go for Depeche Mode “Playing The Angel”. The album came out in 2005, but still to this day I listen to it and pick up on new nuances that I had not noticed. The album overall has a great sound, each song holds its own, which is massively important in an album.

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

Vinyl, you can’t beat that feeling of holding a record in your hands. It gives you a physical connection with the record and the artwork, as opposed to staring at it on a screen.

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

Best show so far would be the last time we played Newcastle in February 2020, the atmosphere in the venue was great and we went up there and gave it everything.

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

Honestly not a clue, would maybe be a tattoo artist or something, I’d still need to be creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

For me I’d want to get 5 great songwriters around the table so I can pick their brains, so it would be Damon Albarn, James Hetfield, Mark Tremonti, Trent Reznor and Rob Flynn. Could you imagine!

What’s next for the band?

We have our debut EP “AWAKE” coming out on the 11th of September, and will be announcing some live shows soon, so keep an eye out on our socials! We are also putting plans in place for the follow up to “AWAKE”.

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

We use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook mainly, and our music is available on all major streaming platforms!
www.facebook.com/RitualsUKMusic/
www.instagram.com/ritualsuk/
www.twitter.com/Ritualsukmusic
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6zaggWMA34L6ag8GRa8pHh

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit sized cake isn’t it, so I would have to say cake!

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

Thank you for doing this interview with us, we massively appreciate it!

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Brunno Mariante: Heal Or Kill – 15th Year Anniversary Tour

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Brunno Mariante: Heal Or Kill – 15th Year Anniversary Tour
Self-Released
Release Date: 14/04/2021
Running Time: 57:31
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

I guess I sometimes have the spirit of an old man, even though my body is not as old as I think it is and let me repeat the thing I always say in the intros of my reviews. Yes, my nightmare intros. I will constantly say how much I admire musicians or bands that work really hard to share and spread their music. For sure, Brunno Mariante is a good example of a professional that has a mind a little ahead from regular Brazilian bands. I had always heard about him, even though I’ve never stopped to pay close attention to his work before. Nevertheless, as I always say, we are like radio frequencies and have a connection with people who are on the same wavelength, and who have the same spirit and passion for the cause. Walking in this path I was lucky to be introduced to Brunno thanks to a friend, who is also one of the best Brazilian reviewers, my friend Mauro Antunes.

As the album title suggests, Brunno has been on the road for a long time and this material is put together mainly from his solo career with the addition of a few songs from Vindicta, the band he is a part of. Despite this, he has worked in other bands and projects alongside important Brazilian names. He reached a certain point in his career and decided to focus on his solo band and his studio solo album “Heal or Kill”. This album had important Brazilian guests such as Vitor Rodrigues (Torture Squad/VoodooPriest) and Val Santos (Viper). Even Blaze Bayley joined him on this record, which shows how much Brunno is respected as a musician. So, let us delve deeper into this live material that travels along his musical journey.

I can mention two different stages from this concert. First, a more traditional style that embraces songs from Brunno’s solo career like ‘Ascension’ and ‘Holocaust’, also heavier parts like ‘Onslaught’. These songs are just three from all the new, and still unreleased, music that appears here and let’s talk about them. It is possible to see a trademark from Brunno’s sonority. What came to my attention most is how guitarist Paulo Bertoni sounds and feels so free on stage, even commanding the solos of these tracks. I must tell you that Paulo is a guest musician here, but if I hadn’t known him from his great Brazilian band Kadabra and nobody had mentioned him as a guest, all listeners would think he was a long-time member of the band, all because of his synergy with the team.

For the already released songs, guitarist Andreas Dehn is the main guy on solos, like in ‘Shadows Remain’. I have to highlight him on ‘Alone’ because he also does a small section of vocals, exploring medium range notes that reminded me somewhat of Warrel Dane. It is interesting how he puts in a good vocal performance on a song that also has Isabela Pereira’s beautiful voice. She is another guest who shares lead vocals with Brunno. Her participation is amazing especially with the harmonies from them both on the chorus. Continuing with the ‘older songs’, I did enjoy ‘No Time To Waste’ because of the energy that it brings to the listener. Even Punk Rock is present here on ‘Rage Hurricane’ .The ballad ‘Winter Fiends’ appears at a good moment with Michel Turim on acoustic guitar alongside Rafael Leoni on keys and backing vocals. Great choice before everything turns heavier.

Brunno Mariante Live Pic

Now the second part! So far, I have talked about songs that Brunno released as a solo artist and Traditional Heavy Metal is a good way to describe it. However, this album also showcases heavier material from his band Vindicta, which brings something doomier and also delves into the realms of Death Metal, such as on ‘Realm Of Darkness’, which offers a good dynamic on the album. For me, there is a highlight here, not just from the Vindicta tracks, but of the entire album and that is ‘New Holy Fire’ with its keyboards and the beautiful intro riff which is Deep Purple in style. Again, the special guest of Isabela with her strong voice gives new life to the ‘old’ Holy Fire*. Probably my favourite of the album.

It is a really complete live/DVD album which navigates through a huge part of Brunno’s career. I liked how drummer Leonora Mölka offers amazing versatility on her drum parts and bassist Rick Posi rescues the spirit of 80’s rock/metal in his performance. If you prefer watching the video of this offering, you will see a small, but professional stage with all band members really showing the energy of a live concert. The audio is also amazing and believe me, I hear even great mainstream bands committing mistakes on live material/albums with regards to quality, but here everything is amazing.

Sorry to extend my review, but with amazing material that tries to cover 15 years existence of an artist, it is natural to have many things to say. Therefore, my last words to describe it is that you are free to grab a beer or whatever you like to drink and enjoy this album. It is undeniable that everyone involved put a 100% of their hearts into producing it.

*The original song is called ‘Holy Fire’ and this new version received the name ‘New Holy Fire’.

Brunno Mariante – 15th Year Anniversary Tour (Full Concert)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Clockwork
02. Ascension
03. Holocaust
04. Shadows Remain
05. Onslaught
06. Alone
07. Ready To Die
08. New Holy Fire
09. Winter Fiends
10. Realm of Darkness
11. No Time To Waste
12. Lost Station
13. Rage Hurricane
14. Heal Or Kill
15. River Of Sorrow

LINE-UP:
Brunno Mariante – Vocals
Andreas Dehn – Guitars
Rick Posi – Bass, Backing Vocals
Leonora Mölka – Drums

Special Guests:
Paulo Bertoni – Guitars
Michel Turim – Acoustic Guitars
Rafael Leoni – Keyboards / Backing Vocals
Isabela Pereira – Vocals

LINKS:

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Capra – In Transmission

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Capra – In Transmission
Blacklight Media Records/Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 32:27
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

The mixing pot of punk, hardcore and metal will never not be a good time. The ‘fuck you’ energy, the frenetic pace, the almighty riffs, it is a Holy Trinity in alternative music and should be held aloft with pride, alongside spiky belts, black band t-shirts and dodgy haircuts.

Every now and again though, you find a band that *gets* it, and Louisiana-based troupe Capra really, really gets it.

The now-five-piece (hello Trevor!) came together after a mutual desire between guitarist Tyler Harper and drummer Jeremy Randazzo to bring the excitement and nostalgia of 90’s and early 00’s hardcore to the present day, complete with a modern sheen. After solidifying a line-up that would come to include bassist Ben Paramore and vocalist Crow Lotus, the group eventually set to work on their debut album, “In Transmission”.

The one-word summary for this album would definitely be “aggression”. From the intro track that sounds cut from the main menu of a horror game to the assortment of riffs that possess the frenetic energy of Converge – but also the head-rocking groove of Cancer Bats, and the vitriolic fables spewed forth by Lotus, “In Transmission” often feels like a therapeutic outlet for the band in the face of their battles over the past few years.

A blistering start to the album proper in ‘Hollow Doll’ sees the band tread into Svalbard-esque blackened hardcore territory, before a smooth transition into the album’s lead single, ‘The Locust Preacher’. Possessing a mid-song build akin to ‘Beside the Ones We Love’-era Palm Reader and a litany of riffs seemingly inspired by Every Time I Die, the song is an all-too-real account of depression, and the entrapment one feels inside your own mind and body.

And on that point, this album does not let up lyrically. Primary scribe Crow Lotus puts various subjects on blast, including failing governments, oppression, sexism, and toxic relationships. Cries of “Am I a product of my surroundings, or does the nightmare follow mе?”, “For the weaknesses within yourself, that you don’t have the strength to address” and “They’re not in control of their bodies and somehow that’s my fault” reverberate in the mind each and every time, in a delivery that invokes Ren Aldridge of the Petrol Girls at her most furious, the swagger of ETID’s Keith Buckley, and the ferocity of Gouge Away’s Christina Michelle. In the words of the lady herself, Lotus states “I intend to give a voice to the people who are often overlooked”.

On the musical side of things, the guitar work of Harper cannot go without comment. Once the album kicks in, it rarely relents, maintaining that high-adrenaline attack throughout its near-33 minute runtime, but at no point does it feel like the riffs are running out. “In Transmission2 may stay at that intense level, but it never feels repetitive or running dry on ideas. ‘Red Guillotine’ and ‘Deadbeat Assailant’ in particular, showcase an excellent collection of six-stringed slappers.

Capra joins an ever-increasing army of female representation in punk no longer content with simply sitting on the sidelines or even just being happy to take part, they have become the scene. From pop punk, to crust, to hardcore, to powerviolence, to straight-up punk rock, punk music has a plethora of female-perspective bands brewing in the underground, stretching all the way up to ticket-shifters at festivals. On their first outing as a solid unit, they have opted to go straight for being mad as hell and raising a ruckus on what fires them up the most. The addition of a second guitarist will only add depth to their already vicious sound, and the band are already contemplating their next step to make up for the time stolen from them by COVID. If the pandemic has given them another reason to be angry (which it most certainly would have done), then we are in for a hellacious treat.

‘Medusa’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. [Exordium]
02. Hollow Doll
03. The Locust Preacher
04. Medusa
05. Torture Ship
06. Paper Tongues
07. Mutt
08. Transfiguration
09. Red Guillotine
10. Deadbeat Assailant
11. Samuraiah Carey

LINE-UP:
Crow Lotus – Vocals
Tyler Harper – Guitar
Ben Paramore – Bass
Jeremy Randazzo – Drums

LINKS:

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys!

Sheri here, I hope everyone is keeping safe!

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

Ambient but heavy.

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

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

I hope you all enjoy the interview…

AKKADIAN Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

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

LINKS:

‘Agenda’ (Official Video)

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London/Brighton, UK based Metal/Hardcore band, Viatorem. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

We are VIATOREM, based in South London/ Brighton, and we play aggressive politically-inspired metal/hardcore. Individually we are Ross (vocals, from London), Finn (drums, from London), Pip (guitar, from Guildford) Serge (guitar, from Moscow, Russia) and Rodrigo (bass, from Bogota, Colombia).

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Bulls On Parade’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

Ross: Darkthrone, Terror

Finn: Gojira, Periphery

Pip: Brand of Sacrifice, Fit For An Autopsy

Serge: Malevolence, Thy Art Is Murder

Rodrigo: Verse, Vein

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RADICALISE.

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

Ross: Joe Strummer

Finn: Jimi Hendrix

Pip: Prince

Serge: Steve Ray Vaughn

Rodrigo: Bob Marley

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ross: “Mirror Reaper” by Bell Witch

Finn: “From Mars to Sirius” by Gojira

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

Serge: “Self Supremacy” by Malevolence

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ross: Continuing his day job and political activism.

Pip: A ballet dancer (no, seriously).

Finn: Studying ancient history.

Serge: Film editor/photographer.

Rodrigo: Researching and writing political academic papers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

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EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE

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

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

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

How did you come up with your name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Harvest’ (Official Audio)

‘Aftermath’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

Bushido Code Promo Pic

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Demons’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Daniel: I must say Guns ‘N Roses.

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel: Never got a gift from a fan.

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

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

Daniel: Aim for the stars and never give up!

Hammer Head: Work hard and treat others with respect.

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

Daniel: Freddie Mercury.

Hammer Head: Eddie Van Halen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

Hammer Head: Def Leppard – “Pyromania”

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

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

Hammer Head: I Like CD’s

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

Daniel: I’ve never played live!

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

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

What’s next for the band?

Daniel: To work on our 2nd album.

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with HEEDLES ELEGANCE

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EMQ’s with HEEDLESS ELEGANCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Budapest, Hungary based Metal band, Heedless Elegance. Huge thanks to vocalist, Samuel Konter, for taking part.

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘The Blaze Of Glory’ (Official Video)

‘Friends’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much.
Samuel Konter
Heedless Elegance

Heedless Elegance photo by HegyiJuliaLily
photo by HegyiJuliaLily

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EMQ’s with UNKNOWN REFUGE

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EMQ’s with UNKNOWN REFUGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bolton, UK based Hard Rock/Metal band, Unknown Refuge. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/bassist Alex for taking part.

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

My name is Alex and I play bass and sing. Unknown Refuge originally formed in 2016 at a music service in Salford, I am the last surviving original member. Not that the others are dead I just mean the only one to survive having to deal with our drummer. Morgan joined not long after in the summer of 2017. From here we gained a few guitarist and lost a few that has led to our current line up with Harry and Jack on guitars. The current line-up has only been together about 6 months having already recorded the album before finding Harry.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Battle Hymn’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, it’s in the name!!

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

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

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