EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hudiksvall, Sweden based Metal band Corrosive Sweden. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

Daniel: My brother.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graspop Metal Meeting – We just love it.

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

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

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

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

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

Johan: Freddie Mercury

Christer: Hard question. Probably Eric Carr.

Peter: Cliff Burton.

Daniel: The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold.

Alex: Chi Cheng from Deftones.

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

Love writing, recording and playing new music.

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

Johan: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”

Peter: Therapy – “Troublegum”

Daniel: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”

Alex: I Don´t know!

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

All of them but vinyl is the coolest.

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

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

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

Johan: Lighthouse Keeper.

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

Peter: Industrial worker.

Daniel: Soccer Pro with Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Alex: Perhaps a photographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

Johan: Dave Mustaine.

Peter: Kerry King.

Daniel: James Hetfield.

Alex: Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Metal band, Broken Calling. 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?

Jack: Drums.

James: Bass & Vox.

Martin: Guitar, the crowd and questionably vocals too (I’m just Connors’ hype guy).

Connor: I’m the guy with no musical talent whatsoever apart from being pretty decent with my mouth.

Callum: Guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jack: It’s a reference to an old band that four of us used to be in, we thought we had found our calling. Turns out that was bollocks.

Martin: It looked like one of them cork boards from a detective movie, so many ideas. Most of them terrible. I mean we nearly went with Bison, but none of us are packing enough to pull off jeans that tight…

Connor: We were almost called Bison but then we came up with the idea that we had a Calling in a previous band, and that was Broken because it all went to shit. So Broken Calling was our way of getting over that, like how batman used his fear of bat’s and stuff.

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

Jack: I’m from Kent where the scene is pretty dead, but I live in London now and it’s pretty sick up here.

James: South Kent; it used to be alright, but it has significantly deteriorated over the years and become a ghastly pop punk and ska cesspit.

Martin: England and no one’s playing right now so the scene is non-existent. Apart from that there are healthy pockets of alternative culture. Most of the time they don’t have the money to go to shows though…

Connor: I’ve pretty much been around the scene in London/Kent for a while and it’s had moments, but right now because of Covid it’s slowly up the creek without a paddle. Here’s hoping we can come back to shows.

Callum: I’m from South Kent and the scene is pretty dead, everything is going up to London where the scene is healthier.

What is your latest release?

Jack: ‘Redemption’. An angry song about current situations.

Martin: It’s a socially conscious song about the struggles of today’s political climate and how we can manage it in a way everyone can agree with. Honestly. Boris’s new walk out tune, he’ll love it.

Connor: Our new single ‘Redemption’ is a giant F-U to the government and how they have ballsed up this entire year, and even had the gaul to blame us for it. But yeah, I reckon Boris cranks it up.

Callum: The new single Redemption, heavy riffs, hard-hitting lyrics and we got Lord Faarquad to commence the mosh.

‘Redemption’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack: My greatest influences have been John Otto, Chris Adler, Eric Moore and Tony Royster Jr.

James: Drewsif Stalin, Beyond Creation, Karnivool – it’s important to have a generous blend of technical groove.

Martin: The OG… Mr Grohl, Jim Root, caffeine, my tripawd dog, and honestly any music that makes me wanna play.

Connor: Linkin Park, most MySpace metal core, my Mum, Dad and Honey Jack Daniels.

Callum: Killswitch Engage, Mick Thomson, Suicide Silence, Gojira and Dethklok, a good heavy riff can’t be beaten.

What first got you into music?

Jack: My dad used to have a guitar lying around that I would pick up when I was about 5 and just make noise on. Then as I got older, I wanted to piss the neighbourhood off, so I got drums.

James: I grew up around it since my Dad was the drummer for The Charles Dexter Ward Experience (once one of the most popular goth bands in Kent). Started on drums because of him, but over time I gravitated towards bass and now I have a fully-fledged Degree in music!

Martin: I blame Raphael. Not the turtle, My childhood best friend. He played, so being an insecure 11-year-old, I wanted to play too. Then it became an obsession and there went my education. I might have been a biochemist if it wasn’t for that mustachioed git…

Connor: My Dad introduced me to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen of all things. Then he let me buy “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park. I was already singing in school, so I just started singing to rock songs and preferred the melodies to pop. Joined my first band in ’09 and the rest is drunk history.

Callum: I’ve known James for years, he dragged me along with getting into playing music, we were always trying to make each other better at playing and so he’s now stuck with me.

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

Jack: Probably Mark Morton. His riffs are sick.

James: Drewsif Stalin; Dj0nts for dayzzzzz.

Martin: I’d love to do something with the guys from Nothing More.

Connor: After their latest release, definitely Bring Me The Horizon, because I don’t know what would happen, but it would probably sound dope.

Callum: Misha Mansoor would be amazing to collab with, the djent is insane.

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

Jack: Coachella, so we could melt some commercial faces.

James: Whichever festival means I don’t have to suffer surviving in a tent.

Martin: Rock in Rio. Possibly the biggest crowds in the world and come on man Brazil!! who wouldn’t?

Connor: Download, my fave festival, and I’m with Jack on playing Coachella, that would be an experience.

Callum: Knotfest, so many big names, it would be so much fun.

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

Jack: The Flu.

James: “Is ThAt An EiGhT StRiNg BaSs?!” ngl, I love it.

Martin: Not sure if it counts as a gift but someone bought a ridiculously sweaty thong off me straight after I had played a show wearing it. I hope you are a happy smiling bearded man, wherever you may be.

Connor: One of my friends gave me a Milkybar Chocolate bar halfway through a set, to be honest the mid gig snack was a nice thought.

Callum: Getting decked in a moshpit almost straight away.

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

Jack: Spread our music as much you can and don’t let anyone tell you’re replaceable.

James: If you’re thinking of playing an instrument, go with Bass – it has so much untapped potential.

Martin: Hiiiiiiiiiii!!! Hopefully, I can come jump on you all again soon.

Connor: If you can’t love yo’ self, HOW IN THE HEEELLL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE! Can I get an amen up in here! Also don’t let the bastards get you down, you’ll be fine.

Callum: you guys make the shows amazing, can’t wait to see you at the next one.

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

Jack: Vinnie Paul.

James: None; everyone is too busy focussing on the people of the past and ignoring the greats who are in the making today.

Martin: Chester. There is only one, all other Chester’s are inferior.

Connor: Definitely Chester Bennington.

Callum: Mitch Lucker, I’ve always wondered what more he could’ve brought to the deathcore scene.

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

Jack: Being a drummer and being a drummer.

James: (Pro) Your band becomes a friend group, and ultimately family. (Con) I get ill after EVERY SHOW…thanks pathetic immune system.

Martin: Love it all except. No money, no sleep, no time, no clothes, broken things, James dying, Connor snoring, my feet and McDonald’s. For real though the only thing I dislike is being disabled after a run of shows because I was a bit over zealous in causing myself grievous harm in my youth and I still haven’t learnt to hold back.

Connor: Love the shows, the people and making music. I hate the fact that sometimes people can be very selfish and bitey. There’s enough room for everyone if you let people in, gatekeepers can do one.

Callum: Love playing shows, hate the pre-show anxieties.

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

Jack: definitely the price per stream that artists make. It’s a joke.

James: the extreme reliance on border-line porno like music videos in modern pop music…people need to actually listen to the music, not just gaze at the titties.

Martin: The over reliance on acts that are past it. No offence Bruce but you can’t headline Download for the hundredth time, go have a nap. Or you’ll end up like our James.

Connor: Definitely would change the amount of money musicians make per stream and just for music in general. It’s literally pennies.

Callum: Everything shifting to being online, yeah, it’s useful to listen to music and watch shows but you lose the experience of being there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jack: Lamb of God – “Ashes Of The Wake”

James: Fields Of The Nephilim – “Mourning Sun”

Martin: Frequently changes but right now Night Verses – “Lift Your Existence.”

Connor: Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

Callum: Bury Tomorrow – “The Union Of Crowns”

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

Jack: Vinyl for sound, Downloads for convenience. CD’s are dead.

James: Vinyl for me, but only because I grew up surrounded by it – the sound quality is superior but boy, the price is often ridiculous.

Martin: CD’s for collection because only hipsters have vinyl players (and the sound difference is negligible apart from added scratches and pops.) Download for actually listening to music. Headphones are a must because I’m nice to other people like that.

Connor: I’ll listen to anything if it sounds good, I’m pretty simple.

Callum: Downloads for the convenience, CD’s for the collection.

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

Jack: our second show was at Facedown on Halloween and we tore that venue a new one. We dressed as Mario characters!

Martin: As just a sheer victory the last show before lockdown. I had finished a twelve-hour shift and had an hour to get to London. I made it in time for change over, we ripped the roof off, I climbed into the roof. We did a photoshoot and none of us caught Covid. All round victory. (*note from James* – I still got ill, just nothing interesting)

Connor: Definitely our EP show with our mates in Sidelines! Just a massive night of great music and great hangs.

Callum: Gonna have to agree with Jack and say Facedown, it showed just how hard we could go and bring in the crowd.

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

Jack: I used to be pretty sick at rugby and was going to play at county level, but I was spending too much time on music, so I gave it up!

James: I’d have most likely ended up going into working for a model railway company helping to manufacture model trains and related items (I’m a real-life train nerd, no joke, I love trains). I’ve been part of so many exhibitions and even helped out in some overseas places.

Martin: I’d probably be a lot more financially stable let’s be honest. Music’s been such a big part of my life for so long I’m really not sure, the only equal driving passions have been science, history parkour and family. So, some weird blend of the above?

Connor: Probably in a skip, but I’d have more money than I do now.

Callum: Probably something using chemistry, maybe pharmaceuticals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack: Ewan McGregor, Eminem, Mickey Flanagan, Chandler Bing, Donald Trump.

James: Dave Filoni, Josh Zerkaa (or literally any Sidemen member), Bill Bailey, Courtney LaPlante, LifeOfBoris!

Martin: Binging with Babish, David Eric Grohl, Derren Brown, Russell Howard and Maynard-James Keenan (You know he would bring the best wine).

Connor: Gordon Ramsay, Corey Taylor, Mark Hamill, Mike Shinoda and Frankie Boyle.

Callum: Jeff Goldblum, Joe Duplantier, Jared Dines, Oli Sykes and Harrison Ford.

What’s next for the band?

Jack: We have some new bangers in the pipeline which I think we may drip feed as singles to keep us relevant and in people’s ears. We’re gonna do a proper vid for ‘Redemption’ as soon as lockdown is over too.

Martin: Hopefully surviving the pandemic. My live music rehabilitation unit keeps telling me one day at a time but honestly. These twitches are getting out of control.

Connor: The same thing we try to do every night pinky, try to take over the world.

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

ALL OF THEM!!!! (Even tinder)
www.facebook.com/BrokenCallingUK/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jack: they suck whatever they are

James: By definition and also by Law they are a cake; This is because they go hard when they are stale rather than soft. Plus, there’s different Tax regulations for cakes than there are for biscuits (btw Jack, hating Jaffa cakes is the highest form of Heresy)

Martin: I concur with Jack. The best snack to go with a hot beverage is foxes golden crunch creams and I will fight anyone who disputes that fact in true renaissance duelling style (frilly shirts compulsory) (*note from James* – Donuts are better, I therefore challenge you).

(*note from Martin* – I accept your challenge. I choose squirtle and attack you with surf. Suck it donut boy!! Oh wait, your donut has dissolved, mwahahaha).

Note to both of you: Custard Creams rule all.

Connor: Whatever it is you can have it, not a fan.

Callum: Jaffa Cakes get boring after the first 2, there are much better cakes out there, put the Jaffa Cake down and get some cheesecake, treat yourself.

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

Jack: People = Shit. Fuck racism.

Martin: Behave through the lockdown so we don’t have to socially distance any more…Please…I miss hugs…and sweat.

Connor: Go check out the new single ‘Redemption’ and like our socials! Otherwise we kill the puppy.

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Various Artists – Fangs: Volume 2

Various Artists – Fangs: Volume 2
Mongrel Records
Release Date: 25/09/2020
Running Time 71:41
Review by Chris Galea
6/10

Unfailingly ubiquitous and adaptable, Metal always finds a way to reach every part of the planet, but some areas’ contributions tend to get overlooked. “Fangs: Volume 2” is an attempt to address that transgression by shining some light on a few Metal bands from Africa. Most of the bands in this sampler are from South Africa (which is where its label, Mongrel Records, is based) but there are also tracks from the opposite extremity of the continent.

Here’s a quick rundown of the album’s contents…

Facing The Gallows is a Hardcore band from South Africa and ‘Small Hands’ sounds furious if a tad unimaginative.

Papang are from Réunion, a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean. I didn’t quite like the singing style and guitar solos in ‘My Engine Burns’ but the track contains some great Stoner Metal riffs.

Dividing The Element are a Nu Metal band from Zimbabwe. The band’s track has Limp Bizkit written all over it. Some hand percussion sounds give the song a nice touch. Despite straining my ears, I couldn’t understand the lyrics – then I discovered that Dividing The Element sing in a native Shona language.

Next are Ill System, from South Africa, who keep the Nu Metal vibes flowing but in a creative and original way.

We remain in South Africa with the next track, ‘Shadow Beast’ from Monstroid. I’m hearing some catchy Fuzz in the footsteps of Kyuss and Fireball Ministry. Decent stuff.

State Dependency, from South Africa, ply a sort of generic Groove Metal with occasional atmospheric spells.

Albinobeach are an instrumental band from South Africa…the band provides the music and as a listener you let your mind provide the lyrics. Groovy, sometimes psychedelic, ‘Jugga’ hovers back and forth between Progressive and Alternative Rock.

Vielikan seem to have their own brand of Black Metal. The vocals sound intense and the band says they’re inspired by Russian and Slavic folklore, which is odd coming from a band based in Tunisia.

Next door to Tunisia at the Northernmost regions of Africa is Algeria, which is where Lelahell are from. Lelahell was the only band in this compilation whose existence I was already aware of. The band plays classic and brutal Death Metal. A technical, well-recorded and incisive track.

It’s back to South Africa with Demogoroth Satanum, whose Black Metal sounds raw and chaotic with weak riffs often overshadowing the vocals and other instruments.

We remain in South Africa next with Ethyl Ether and there‘s a significant difference in style. Is this Psychedelic Blues, Stoner Rock or Alternative Rock? I’m undecided where to pigeon-hole this music but the band calls their style Agro-Pop so Agro-Pop it is. To be honest it’s not something I’d usually be caught listening to, but all instruments are well-played and the songwriting is pretty decent too.

Vulvodynia, from South Africa, play a Death Metal that is brutal, filthy and visceral. Apparently ‘vulvodynia’ is a chronic, severe vaginal pain with no identifiable cause. Charming.

Kishi are from Angola…a Portuguese-speaking country on the South West coast of Africa. The band describe themselves as Stoner Rock but what I’m actually hearing is a soul-crushing atmospheric Doom Death. I sense that Kishi really seem to grasp the essence of Doom.

Rounding off this sampler are Scarab and with a moniker like that the band can only come from Egypt. It’s hard to compartmentalise the band’s music but Dimmu Borgir comparisons probably wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Dramatic, intense and epic Death Metal with great guitar melodies and a very professional sound.

I know that Metal in the African continent is much richer and more diverse than this compilation might suggest. Nevertheless, “Fangs…” provides a useful insight for Metal communities beyond Africa. So, Kudos to Mongrel Records for putting it out.

My overall impressions are that some bands seem intent on doing what standards require but need to inject more freshness into the music. Others have interesting ideas but haven’t yet developed them well. A couple of bands are already on their way to greatness. Of course, it’s hard to be objective by listening to just 1 track. So, head over to the bands’ sites, check out anything that has piqued your fancy and make up your own minds. Links are provided.

“Fangs Volume 2” official sampler promo:

TRACKLISTING:
01. Facing The Gallows – Small Hands
02. Papang – My Engine Burns
03. Dividing The Element – Pakaipa
04. Ill System – Ego Check
05. Monstroid – Shadow Beast
06. State Dependency – Bridges
07. Albinobeach – Jugga
08. Vielikan – God(s), Love And Life
09. Lelahell – Adam The First
10. Demogoroth Satanum – The Apostate
11. Ethyl Ether – Ode
12. Vulvodynia – Anthropophagus
13. Kishi – Kianda
14. Scarab – Coffin Texts

LINKS:
FACING THE GALLOWS:
www.facingthegallows.com/

PAPANG:
www.facebook.com/papangmusic/

DIVIDING THE ELEMENT:
www.facebook.com/DividingTheElement/

ILL SYSTEM:
www.facebook.com/illsystem/

MONSTROID:
www.facebook.com/monstroidfuzz/

STATE DEPENDENCY:
www.facebook.com/StateDependency/

ALBINOBEACH:
www.facebook.com/albinobeach/

VIELIKAN:
www.facebook.com/Vielikan/

LELAHELL:
www.facebook.com/Lelahell/

DEMOGOROTH SATANUM:
www.facebook.com/Demogoroth.legion/

ETHYL ETHER:
www.facebook.com/ethyletherSA/

VULVODYNIA:
www.facebook.com/vulvodyniaslam

KISHI:
www.facebook.com/Kishistoner/

SCARAB:
www.facebook.com/Scarabegypt

MONGREL RECORDS:
www.facebook.com/mongrelrecords/

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EMQ’s with THE FEDERATION

EMQ’s with THE FEDERATION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fosen, Norway based Rock/Metal band The Federation. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Pål Vegar Leth-Olsen 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 a rock/metal band (not very sure what we are really) called The Federation. We come from the middle of Norway where the most exiting spice available is salt.

The band started out in late 2018. Started out as a cover band with the intention of maybe writing some original songs. Now we have released our debut album, released our first music video and are currently writing for the next album.

The band consists of 5 guys with receding hairlines and a great fondness of gravy.

Magnus Helmersen – Vocals
Ørjan Vingen – Bass
Pål Vegar Leth-Olsen – Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Strand – Lead Guitar
John Roger (KingJr) Leseth – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

We were throwing different names on the table and we were working with a designer at the time testing out ideas. Then he came up with the logo we are currently using. We thought it was cool, so we needed to figure out something with the letter T and F. We almost went for Troubled Few, but since we are Norwegian it was a little difficult to say, so we chose The Federation.

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

We are from the middle of Norway in a region called Trøndelag. The area has several big bands, but the biggest international band is probably TNT (10 000 Lovers). I think also Bokassa had their start in this area. Other than that, we have several big national acts. The local rock/metal scene is very healthy. There are plenty of bands in the area and we all get along great. However, as in most other places in the world there are a lack of live scenes to play. So it’s always difficult to get gigs.

Fortunately, we are hitting a certain level, popularity wise, so we usually get the gigs we want.

Other bands worth checking out in the area are Prospect, Soaris, Divided Multitude, Axe Toss and Blodsmak.

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

Our latest release is ‘Flesh Gazer’, a single recorded and filmed in the rehearsal room. Mixed, mastered and released by us. We are a DIY band and at the moment, as many others, doing everything ourselves.

Our debut album, “Hungry Sleep”, we also did ourselves. We rented an old school and recorded almost everything there. Then we went to my home studio and recorded overdubs etc.

‘Flesh Gazer’ (Live from TF HQ)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There´s so much different stuff that each and everybody likes in the band so hard to really say something specific. We got; Pål, who is the main songwriter, is a metal head, Thomas likes Guns N’ Roses and that sort of thing, KingJr has a love for Stained, Ørjan loves funk, Magnus has a love for a more power metal sort of thing. The combination gets really weird.😊

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music, didn´t play any instrument before I was 18 when I first picked up the guitar. Metallica – ‘Black Album’ was a turning point for me personally, the distorted sound of the guitar was a life changer. After that I was all rock/metal.

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

Oh, that’s a difficult one. But I think we would choose the guys in Kvelertak. The way they produce and the setting of the mood in their songs is brilliant. I’m a riff guy, basing everything on “the money riff”, but Kvelertak is doing so much more.

Other than that, it must be Tom Rikard Ostad in Blodsmak. His songwriting skill is off the charts.

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

Wacken in Germany, Lollapalooza in the States and 70,000 Tons of Metal at sea.

Wacken and Lollapalooza for the sheer number of people attending, 70,000 Tons for the experience and meeting up with likeminded.😊

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

We haven´t received any gifts as of yet. The vocalist has had several offers in the physical kind of way, but that kind of doesn’t count.😊

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

Thank you for sticking with us and all the crazy stuff we are doing, Thank you for the support, looking forward to seeing everybody again.😊

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

Dimebag Darrel, without a doubt. He wasn´t done yet, he had so many more face ripping riffs left in him and went WAY to soon.

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

The thing I like the most is the freedom to create whatever I want. To just sit there for hours struggling to come up with a riff or a melody, and the intense sense of proudness when you find something that just nails it. It’s a rare feeling, but oh so worth the struggle. When you find something that hits the spot with an audience who have never heard the song as well is absolutely awesome. The highs are so high, the lows can´t compare.

The thing I hate the most is after the show, when we have to rig our gear down. We usually take 30 minutes after the show to talk to the fans and just live a little in the awesome feeling you have after a show. But after about 30 minutes we start wrapping cables and carrying amps. That’s the most boring thing we do.

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

Another difficult one, cause there are so many problems. On our level we aren’t really deep inside the industry yet, but we are getting a taste of it, and it’s a little sour. One thing is the industry itself, the constant struggle of payment, ownership, distribution etc etc. This has been explained so much by people who are more into the business than us, so we leave it at that.

One thing that we are seeing on our level is bands who “cheat” themselves to popularity. Buying likes, views and what not. You can´t blame the industry for being crooked when you don’t play honestly yourselves. Because this is a struggle. Struggle to get gigs, struggle to figure out social media to get your music out there, struggle to understand the financials etc etc. It’s a part of it. It’s like getting a six pack, if you want it, you need to hit the gym hard.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”. That album was an absolute EAR opener!

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

Vinyl, any day!

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

I have two for different reasons.

First was with my old band where we got to play with the biggest symphony orchestra in Norway, KORK. And it was broadcasted on the biggest TV channel in Norway, NRK. The production of that gig was immense, and the feeling when you have a symphony orchestra backing up the riffs is a “holy shit” feeling!

The other is a festival in Norway called Totsåsrock. We were one of the first bands to play so we didn´t think there would be as many people, and there weren’t. But after playing the first song the place was packed and everybody was digging the music and having a good time.

It’s so much fun when you are the outsider, and just kill it on stage 😊

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

I’m a sound technician as well as musician so I would probably just do that more. Now I don´t get to do it that often.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy Kilmister –-Cause he got stories to tell.!
Big Mick – Cause of the stories from a technician point of view!
Stephen Hawking – Cause it´s Stephan Hawking!
Christopher Hitchens – Interesting bloke!
Joe Balaguer – He´s guitars are gorgeous!

What’s next for the band?

Next up are several festival gigs in 2021, then we focus on the new album. It´s going to be heavier and more technical. And then, hopefully, we get to tour abroad a bit. God damn Corona destroyed any hope of travelling in 2020.

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

We try the best we can to use Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. But we are old bastards (31-40 years old), so we are struggling to keep up with the technology. 😊

www.facebook.com/TheFederationMusic/
www.instagram.com/thefederationband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCdqkSjbuUJb-geyY8Tsh5yg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits god dammit!

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

Thank you again for having me, and please check us out if you wish!

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EMQ’s with WAR DRUM SYNDICATE

EMQ’s with WAR DRUM SYNDICATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US based Rock/Metal band War Drum Syndicate. 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 (lead vocalist Chieftain Hawks & guitarist Mike Laws) originated War Drum Syndicate in 2016 as a duo songwriting team with intentions to complete a full line-up adding a bassist and drummer, in which we succeeded. We have completed our debut EP “Premise of the Enlightened” – due to drop this Fall and have broken ice with a few awesome shows. We are a fresh new band and ready to keep growing.

How did you come up with your band name?

Mike and I wanted to use something pertaining to rhythm, war and tribe. Mike threw out War Drum and I said good, but it needs another word, and I threw out Syndicate, we agreed and the rest is becoming history.

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

We are from United States of America, the metal scene is awesome here.

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

‘Seasons Fall’ single. It’s a laid-back rocker with a huge catchy chorus. It’s about when people make up lies to burn you down, but you always rise above the ashes like the Phoenix.

‘Seasons Fall’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s a tough one, so many. Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Tool, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Incubus, Shinedown, Deftones, Stone Sour, Staind, Linkin Park, Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine and so many many more!

What first got you into music?

We all have been into music since we were in the womb.

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

So many greats to choose from here. Sevendust, Staind, Stone Sour, Mike Patton, Ronnie James Dio, Slash, Aaron Lewis and so many more…

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

Rock in Rio comes to mind. The reason is because it’s one of the largest and in such a cool, beautiful, amazing location. We are not picky, any huge festivals with people ready to rock would be great!

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

Vegemite. A fan from Australia sent it.

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

Never give up, appreciate what you have and work hard to achieve your goals/dreams.

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

That’s a tough one too. Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Lane Staley, Chris Cornell, Vinnie Paul, Chester Bennington, Dimebag, Prince and the list goes on!

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

It’s enjoyable to create something to connect with masses amounts of people around the world and possibly help them and their lives and make them feel better, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.

Never hate it but it’s difficult to get the right people together, to achieve musical goals.

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

We would make it more possible for bands to have more control over making more  money etc!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Real Thing” – Faith No More. It’s such a diverse album but could pick many more…

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

They are all the best because any way to listen to music is great!! It’s great to have the choices, every listener has their own feel.

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

The best gig so far has been with bands ‘A Light Divided’ & ‘Call It Home’ from the North Carolina area. It was at one of our favourite venues here at home in Huntsville, Alabama called Shagnasty’s.

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

It would be cool to be a doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joe Rogan, Eddie Hall, Tommy Chong, Jennifer Aniston and Mike Tyson.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently releasing our debut album and have already begun writing the follow up. We are also gearing up for performing some festivals in 2021 and also some music video production starting soon.

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

YouTube, Facebook, Instagram!
www.facebook.com/wardrumsyndicate/
www.instagram.com/wardrumsyndicate/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIfigSSM8SCJEgBYLQhPH4Q

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Not familiar with them but they sound tasty…

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

Thank you for your time!! We appreciate all the help we can get and wish our fans the best.

Please visit our Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to stay tuned for releases, concert/festival dates etc.

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EMQ’s with MELTED BODIES

EMQ’s with MELTED BODIES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based, impossible to pigeonhole, zany, incredibly clever and superb Melted Bodies. Huge thanks to Scott, Houda and Ben 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?

Scott: Scott – drums. Andy and I went to go see the film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and during our discussion afterwards, he’d mentioned he’d started recording some demos. Andy asked if I could play thrash-metal drums –– which actually made me nervous because I hadn’t played in years –– but I said fuck it, when can we start rehearsing?

Houda: Houda – Bass and backing screams. I’d known Andy for years, he posted that he needed a bass player to play a show in a month. After one trial run with him and Scott, it felt like we’d been a playing together for years

Ben: Ben – Keyboards, Synths, and Programming. I actually booked Melted Bodies to play the first ever show when it was basically just Andy, Scott, and Houda. I was doing a weird art show and I knew that Andy and Scott had just started a band, so I wanted them to play. Shortly thereafter, I joined as the keyboard player.

How did you come up with your band name?

Scott: I did my part to pressure Andy into keeping it. I forgot why we’d ever considered changing it.

Houda: It was a group effort to make sure Andy didn’t change it

Ben: I can’t believe Andy ever wanted to change it, but he tried, and failed, because I love the name Melted Bodies.

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

Scott: Los Angeles, CA. The scene here is psych/garage/indie rock as far as the eye can see. It took a second for us to find our footing in the local scene. That said, there are some really hard, exciting, genre-bending acts. The DIY scene was a blast before COVID hit.

Houda: LA born and raised! I’d been part of the punk scene since I was a teenager, and always stumbled across metal shows. It’s all DIY and warehouse shows and based on word of mouth.

Ben: We’re from LA, but personally I’m from the South-eastern border of Ohio and West Virginia on the Ohio River. I grew up in a small town, but oddly enough, we absolutely punched above our weight in terms of a local “scene”, though it was mostly fringe Christian hardcore bands. Zao is actually from my hometown, and I briefly used to party with those dudes when I was younger.

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

Scott: Our LP; “Enjoy Yourself”.

Ben: Like Scott said.

‘Ad People’ (Official Video)

‘Eat Cops’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Scott: Being a drummer, I’m oftentimes a slave to the beat. I grew up liking things all over the map. My first love was film scores, actually. From there, the earliest acts I remember liking were Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Talking Heads. I loved TOOL growing up. Aphex Twin. I wasn’t as much of a metalhead like some of the others in the band. My older brothers got me into hip-hop, techno, trance, drum n bass, stuff like that. I feel everything I’ve listed informs anything new I’ll like to a degree.

Ben: I actually spend a lot of my time listening to experimental electronic music, so I think some of what I really love that’s adjacent to the music we make is stuff like the Aphex Twin, Simian Mobile Disco, and of course it’s hard to not play synths in a “hard” band without giving some credit to NIN and people like Josh Eustice and Alessandro Cortini. Nowadays, I just listen to a lot of Hawaiian music though to be honest.

What first got you into music?

Scott: At first, I liked music as a compliment to films. Moving pictures were my first passion, and I’d spent a lot of my life wanting to direct films. What got me into music was the choice of Home Economics, Shop Class, or Concert Band. I chose band. I had shit for breath control, so I chose percussion. My parents loved the idea of not having to buy me an expensive-ass Saxophone… little did they realize.

Houda: I grew up with music always bumping in the house, being it Persian Pop music or 1960’s/70’s jams that my mom used to listen to growing up. There happened to be a guitar in the house and one day my dad asked if anyone wanted to learn to play it, I raised my hand. I was fortunate enough to experience the cream of 90’s R&B first hand then pivoted to punk then hardcore as I got older.  Growing up bands always needed bass players, so I started translating my guitar skills and have been having a great time.

Ben: My mom was a music teacher, so I started playing piano when I was probably 4-5, and was in choirs etc., basically until I left college. So, I suppose in that regard I was classically trained, though I haven’t retained as much as I’d like. However, in my early teens I started getting music magazines and just started downloading or buying anyone’s record I thought was interesting, which evolved into my current taste and experience with music. As someone in their early 30’s now, Napster and Illegal downloading was honestly a huge part of the way I found so much of the music I love, which is why we’re so psyched that our record is all over the illegal downloading sites now. Hopefully, kids find it and get into us in the same way I did with bands like Megadeth, Norma Jean, Armin Van Buuren, and all the other strange artists I downloaded on accident.

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

Scott: Maybe Bjork or Arca??

Houda: Carly Rae Jepson

Ben: Probably ICP or Steely Dan. ICP would just be wild since they’re such world builders, and I just happen to be listening to Steely Dan right now.

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

Scott: Primavera Sound, probably.

Houda: Honestly all the trendy big-name ones just to confuse the hell out of everyone

Ben: Hellfest, and honestly Coachella. It’s a bit of a thing since we’re in LA of course, but also, it would be fun to introduce a bunch kids trying to see Dua Lipa to our band.

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

Scott: We have fans?

Houda: Them showing up at our shows

Ben: We had a kid come up to us after a show in a tiny bar in Long Beach once and ask for our autographs. We were barely a band at that point, and the show had like 8 people there, but evidently, he’d seen us already like 6-7 times. It was really touching.

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

Scott: We exist!

Houda: Tell all your friends

Ben: Tell your parents to get you Melted Bodies merch for whatever holiday you’re trying to celebrate.

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

Scott: Probably someone more recently deceased. Bodies are a mess when they decompose.

Houda: Bowie

Ben: Obviously, GG Alin.

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

Scott: Love: when you fall into that unspoken flow with your fellow bandmates while jamming. It’s like when everyone takes the same psychedelics and you inexplicably start seeing the same visuals. Well, not really, but drugs are cool anyway. Hate: loading gear.

Houda: The joy of being loud. Being one of the few and far women out here, I get to take all the frustration placed on me by societal and gender norms and completely trash them. Growing up I’ve been told to stay quiet or make myself small, being a musician gives me confidence to call out every-day bullshitery and to have self-worth. Hate: bands that don’t quickly get off the stage after playing. You can talk to your friends afterwards; we have a ton of gear to set up so kindly move.

Ben: I love trying to figure out how to make things emotionally compelling using a limited set of tools, and that distinct feeling of finding the groove or the system that clicks with every other piece of the musical puzzle. Getting in the pocket if you will. I hate playing shows to empty rooms and trying to fake that I like it.

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

Scott: I’d guess I’d change more about humans and how they value art. Because our interests indicate we do, but our actions don’t always reflect that passion or interest. I don’t expect to be a millionaire, but a liveable wage as an artist feels reasonable.

Houda: It sounds cliche but that’s because it’s STILL FUCKING HAPPENING: misogyny. I’m tired of sound guys questioning my knowledge, door guys assume I’m a girlfriend, “you’re actually pretty good!”, “they have a chick in the band cuz that’s trendy”, and so on and so forth. Boys need to grow up. (I am fortunate that my bandmates are men)

Ben: I suppose I’d change the way the algorithm works. The way that the Spotify’s of the world dictate the music ecosystem, but also play gatekeeper in a seemingly very impersonal way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re a part of a music community when you’re discovering or endorsing a band.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Scott: Nine Inch Nails – “Broken”. Or “Ex-Military” by Death Grips.

Houda: Robyn – “Honey”

Ben: Indian – “Guiltless”, 2 8 1 4 – “Birth of a New Day”

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

Scott: Depends. Vinyl for my living room. Cassette for my truck. Downloads for everywhere else and in between.

Houda: Music being available for everyone to access is a win, no matter how you connect with it.

Ben: That’s a tough one. Probably downloads I guess because I can listen to a bunch of totally new music having no idea where it came from or when I got it.

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

Scott: Probably at The Factory alongside Retox and our friends Assquatch. It was hot as hell. The walls were sweating. And inevitably we blew a circuit with all of our gear on stage.

Houda: Scott and Ben called out my favourite shows 😊 The more DIY shows hold a special place in my heart.

Ben: Damn, good question. I think the last show we played before the quarantine was one of our best, with our friends CUNTS, Skullcrack, and Wacko. The cops showed up after our set and they brought helicopters and everything.

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

Scott: Will someone pay me to go camping?

Houda: Comic artist

Ben: I’d probably be an engineer or a social scientist. Or maybe a taxidermist.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Scott: Depends what we’re eating. If you can’t dig-in with reckless abandon by my side, I don’t want you there.

Houda: Desus & Mero, Trixie & Katya, and AOC

Ben: The three guys from Last Podcast on the Left, Sarah Squirm, and Sasha Grey

What’s next for the band?

Scott: More music. More albums. More videos. More weird stunts.

Houda: Locking ourselves in a cabin in the woods and writing new material

Ben: We’re starting to work on the next record, and hopefully plenty of touring and playing shows in places we haven’t played yet.

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

Scott: All of them to some degree?

Ben:

www.instagram.com/meltedbodies/
www.meltedbodies.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3l1Z9XFIBCJXaxfpussnIZ
www.thehyv.shop/collections/melted-bodies

Just for starters.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Scott: There are no absolutes in this world.

Houda: Trick question: it’s pudding (did I get it right?).

Ben: It sounds like they’re a cake. Can’t argue with their own logic.

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

Scott: Buy. Consume. Give us your money.

Houda: Fuck me. Fuck you.

Ben: Tell em that Melted Bodies sent you.

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EMQ’s with CHAOS DOCTRINE

EMQ’s with CHAOS DOCTRINE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Johannesburg, South Africa based Metal band, Chaos Doctrine. Huge thanks to vocalist ‘Dr D’ 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?

Chaos Doctrine blends industrial and symphonic elements with more old school thrash/death metal to create a familiar but novel style of metal. I originally formed the band in 2011 with bass guitarist and backing vocalist Phil Carstens, who was in a band called DedX with me before that. We had multiple member changes through the years. Alec Surridge joined on guitar in 2013, and Rory Townes on drums in 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Subhuman Race, but the name did not stick (our first studio later was named Subhuman Studios as a homage to this name!). We needed a name that both sounds like our music and means something to us – Chaos Doctrine does both of those! The name is inherently a contradiction, as there can be no doctrine with chaos, or chaos amid doctrine. The name brings an image, a visual, and a sound identity for the band.

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

We are from Johannesburg in South Africa. The metal/rock scene here has gone through peaks and troughs through the years – currently it is slowly trying to recover from the COVID-19 impact and the associated lockdown we had down here. We hope to see a surge again, as was the case in the middle to late 90’s.

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

We are currently finalising our sophomore album, the name of which is still to be announced. We have released the first single from this album, Father Grigori, on all media platforms already, including a lyric video on YouTube. There are two more surprises coming on this track before we go onto the next one!

Our self-titled debut album was released in 2018 and an alternative mixes EP called “The Chaos Chronicles Volume I” was released in 2019.

‘Father Grigori’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences vary quite widely – with different band members listening to different things. I am very old school, Phil is into death metal, Alec likes more technical stuff, Rory is huge on thrash. But some bands that come to mind immediately are SLAYER, Testament, White Zombie, Pantera, Ministry, Sepultura, and Meshuggah. And of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

I heard the opening chords to Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart my Heart in 1992 and saw Nikki Sixx covered in tattoos shortly after that. I was sold. Got my first bass guitar in 1993 and been doing this ever since!

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

That is a difficult question to answer – and every band member will say something different! For me, thinking about Chaos Doctrine, probably Rob Zombie – but he must have his White Zombie hat on! Absolute heroes also include Geezer Butler and Kerry King – can you imagine?

Side note – Chaos Doctrine has done two international collaborations recently. One will be revealed at the end of October. The second is with an international metal icon – and will be hitting the airwaves early in 2021!

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

Alec was lucky enough to play Wacken before – and given that it is the Mecca of metal festivals, I would have to say that one! Many other huge ones though!

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

Haha! I am unlucky enough to have never received a weird gift. Can someone send me something please?

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

Thank you for the continued support and stay tuned for a whole new level coming on our second album and beyond!

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

Oh man, another super hard one. My first prize as a vocalist and former bass player would be the absolute legend Lemmy. Second place – one of the greatest voices in metal ever, Ronnie James Dio. And I have to mention Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell!

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

What I enjoy most are firstly the interactions with fans, and secondly the creative vibes we have as a band when we create something brand new. When that new riff lands and the drums and bass fill in, and my vocals just work with it, that is what keeps me going in between shows!

The least is probably the slog of carrying gear and the politics of negotiating slots and pay!

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

The music industry at a macro level is one that has changed dramatically. We have gone from musicians getting utterly exploited by the industry in the days of gold and platinum records to one where bands have to earn their money performing and giving their music away for free. Perhaps the best thing one could wish for is for bands to get fairly compensated for their talent and music?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one? How would I choose just one? Let’s go with SLAYER’s “Seasons in the Abyss”!

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

Vinyl if you have time to sit down and listen. Downloads if you are on the move!

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

My best gig was not with Chaos Doctrine, but with my first band Bedlam. It was back in the late 90’s, we had more than a 1000 people in front of the stage, and everything went superbly! With Chaos Doctrine my favourite show was probably one we played in Bloemfontein in 2018.

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

My day job? Hahahahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Assuming you mean people that are alive. So, Tom Araya, Zakk Wylde, and Geezer Butler. And my band mates so they can meet these guys too (one of them will have to sneak in hahahahaha)!

What’s next for the band?

Our first priority is finishing our second album and releasing it early next year. The tracks on there were written by the previous configuration of Chaos Doctrine and we are really proud of the songs. Alec is busy finishing the production and it is sounding amazing! Following that, we will probably release a “Chaos Chronicles Volume II” EP late in 2021, with alternative mixes of some of the tracks on the new album. And in between that – playing shows, getting our music out there, creating new music, and doing some more collaborations!

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

We are all over the web, but you can find our music on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Music.
www.facebook.com/ChaosDoctrine
www.instagram.com/chaosdoctrine/
www.twitter.com/chaosdoctrine
www.youtube.com/channel/UCY8QGZKgiZhljhTf6pcxkAQ
www.chaosdoctrine.bandcamp.com/
www.soundcloud.com/chaos-doctrine

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha! I only know Jaffa cakes because my girlfriend is British. I would say they are cakes!

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

Thank you for talking to us! Yes – keep your eyes on our social media pages with the first surprise release coming at the end of October, and the second shortly after. As I mentioned earlier, the next single from our album will also feature a huge name in international metal and is going to kick your head right in. The Chaos Doctrine steam train is rolling!

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen
Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa
devo@devographic.com

Photo David Devo Oosthuizen, Devographic

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EMQ’s with TOM MCKAY

EMQ’s with TOM MCKAY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto, Canada based Solo Metal Artist Tom McKay. Huge thanks to Tom 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 Tom McKay. I grew up liking music from a very young age. One of the bands my dad would get me and my siblings into was the works of The Beach Boys and Bon Jovi. Somehow that led me to originally wanting to be a drummer (Not sure why. You’d think it’d be Meshuggah to do that). That never came to fruition, but my love of music stuck around. So much so that in high school, I started playing guitar and my thirst for playing metal music went to junkie levels in an instant. I spent the next few years honing my craft as a musician, and as a songwriter, to the point where I could finally release music under my own name.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, when a man and a woman love each other, they fuck…hard…and then 9 months later they realized that doing so means they have to come up with a name for whatever abomination they just concocted. Long story short, my parents came up with my band name, and I just had to suck it.

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

I’m from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) in Canada. The metal scene (given that our hard-on for being like America (but also not like America at the same time)) is not that different from the states. The only difference I found is that we are much more connected, and many of the local acts prefer to have their own identity to their music and not try to be part of a monotonous blob that is most of the American thrash scene.

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

The latest release up to now is my new song ‘Hung by the Wings of Fate’. It features a singer from Fiverr named Kylee Brielle. Her voice is fantastic, and turned out to be a perfect fit for the music as I delved further into the symphonic style that I enjoy.

‘Hung By The Wings Of Fate’ (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Opeth, Epica, Avenged Sevenfold. Basically, I love progressive death metal with groove and symphonic influences. Kind of describes some of the music I write anyways.

What first got you into music?

My dad got me into “The Beach Boys” and “Bon Jovi” when I was young, and I was hooked to the catchy hooks and melodies of both acts. Later on, my stepmom got me into the heavier side of music with classic rock/metal like “Skid Row”, “Guns N’ Roses”. It was here where my tastes began to develop even further, and flourished once I went into high school.

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

I would love to work with many of my influences, but honestly, I would love to see what a collaboration between me and Lindsay Schoolcraft would look like. I’m already friends with her, so it’s not that far-fetched, but I would love to see how our musical influences would bounce off each other, or combine into something totally different

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

Wacken Open Air, not even a question. Obviously, that’s a long shot away at my current level, but even attending Wacken is a huge bucket list goal for me.

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

I haven’t received any gifts, but I know what it feels like to have an old crazy Christian lady spit holy water at me for wearing a Slayer shirt.

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

Never think you are perfect the way you are. No matter what it is in your life, there’s always an infinite amount of ways you can be better. Even if you’re great at what you do, there’s always a way to be better.

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

Iggy Pop… wait, he’s not dead? Oh shit. Uhhhhh… either Lemmy or Chester Bennington.

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

I love the songwriting aspect the most. I’m not much of a performer, as I’ve never played live. But as a songwriter, that’s always where I’ve felt the most mentally challenged as you can’t just break the rules of music without understanding how to break them. Sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn’t. When you find that sweet spot, you know you’ve made a winner.

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

Labels that treat musicians with respect and not just cash cows would be nice. I know there are some labels that do treat their musicians well, but because of how the landscape is set up, you’re probably better off being an independent band more than anything else.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater’s “Octavarium”. No contest, one of the best progressive metal albums I’ve ever heard.

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

Depends on the context, but CD’s have been my usual go-to as car speakers will pick up certain things you never noticed before. It’s a neat little mixing trick I recommend, as it was recommended by Glenn Fricker of Spectre Sound Studios, check your mix with car speakers as well as other listening devices.

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

Does choir in elementary school count? (Yes, it does – Rick)

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

Continuing to dive further into radio, as I went to college for it and that’s where I still feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s assuming I go to parties at all. But since you asked: Corey Taylor, Mikael Akerfeldt, Misha Mansoor, Simone Simons, Angela Gossow.

What’s next for the band?

I have multiple projects going on for my solo work, including a concept EP and full-length album.

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

I use any social links I’ve got, so YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I also will send emails out to people with an EPK attached.

www.facebook.com/tmckay715/
www.twitter.com/tmckay715
www.instagram.com/tmckay715/
www.tommckay.bandcamp.com
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6ElkxMfIMoOhcgXjFJftex
www.youtube.com/channel/UCREln7hc7TKk550sWOgwUEA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re whatever you want them to be. But if the answer is not “who cares”, it’s wrong and you should feel bad.

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EMQ’s with GERGOVIA

EMQ’s with GERGOVIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Auvergne, France One-Man Metal Project Gergovia. Huge thanks to Necron 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?

Hi, my name is Necron, I’m a multi-instrumentalist, in my one-man band GERGOVIA. I play guitar, bass, vocals & synths. I compose all the music and write all the lyrics. GERGOVIA was born in April 2004 and the new album “In Requiem Aeternam” is the tenth.

How did you come up with your band name?

GERGOVIA is the name of the plateau overlooking the plain of Limagne at home in Auvergne (region of France). It’s the place where the Gallic armies defeated the legions of Caesar.

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

GERGOVIA is a French one-man band, Auvergnat more precisely. The scene is very prolific, but the great misfortune is that there are no longer little clubs or concert bars where bands can perform, so it’s resourcefulness, even more at this time with us where concerts and gatherings are prohibited.

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

To date I have released 10 albums:
“Déclaration de Guerre”
“Coulée de Lave”
“Si vis pacem para bellum”
“Memento Mori”
“Comme le christ sur la croix”
“Silence!”
“Morituri te salutant”
“Au crépuscule des glaces”
“Marcher sur les ruines”
And the latest… “In Requiem Aeternam”

I have also released some videos which are all available on my official youtube page:

GERGOVIA OFFICIAL

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-2mcJWIaiR6QNhQyUnQ55w/videos

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up with the Heavy and Thrash metal of the 80’s. Scorpions, Def Leppard, Van Halen, who just left us, Slayer, Anthrax, W.A.S.P, and much more, impossible to name them all. And I continued to make myself musical culture with the Death and Black metal of the 90’s. Deicide, Emperor, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Hypocrisy and much more too.

What first got you into music?

Like everyone, when you are 15, long hair and pimply face, you’re looking for something to stand out from the crowd. I started playing drums in my parents’ garage, and that’s where it all started.

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

Without hesitation: Peter Tägtgren. This guy is a genius to me. He endorses all labels with an immense talent: guitarist, singer, and producer, everything he touches turns to gold.

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

I will disappoint you but GERGOVIA does not do concert. I’m not very comfortable on stage, I do not find myself in my place. But if I had to play in a festival it would surely be Hellfest at home in France. A festival that started from nothing and has become a benchmark throughout the world.

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

Sorry to disappoint you again but I never got a gift, I’m not famous enough for that!!!(laughs)

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

Frankly? I don’t know, perhaps listen to my music.

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

Without hesitation, and it’s topical, Eddie Van Halen, and in extreme metal, Chuck Schuldiner.

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

I love to compose, locked in my studio, to take my guitar and see a song come to life, it’s really a great moment of pleasure. It’s also a great moment of frustration when you want that, but the inspiration is not there, it does not come.

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

Digital music, it has certain advantages, for promotion in particular. But at the same time, it has killed the industry, there are so many bands that come out every day, the mass is so large that it’s impossible to break through and make yourself known.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Headless Children” by W.A.S.P.

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

For me CD’s.

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

I don’t play live with GERGOVIA.

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

I would have become a luthier, I started doing it a few months ago and I really have a lot of fun, it’s like music when you start from a piece of raw wood and your guitar comes to life little by little between your hands. It is really very pleasant.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My friends Mg Rch from IDOLOS, Guillaume from DxVxDxD SxLF, Damien from FURIA, Seb from GRIMHOWL GRAVE and SirDek from RedKis. These are only five names, of those who have worked with me on GERGOVIA, there should be many more ‘cause they’re not the only ones and I will quote them because they fully deserve it.

Maître Stefan Bayle who mixed the album “Au crepuscule des glaces”

Lord Antrum Mortis who played the synths on “Marcher sur les ruines”

Samoth.De who helped me to compose the new album “In Requiem Aeternam”

Niko who took care of all the artwork of “Au crepuscule des glaces”

All these guys are very talented musicians, and as soon as I need them, they are there without asking for anything in return and I have to pay them homage.

What’s next for the band?

Perhaps a new album, I don’t know. After ten albums inspiration escapes me more and more, so I don’t project too much in the future, maybe there will be one maybe not.

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

Like everyone else I think, streaming platforms, YouTube, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter.
www.facebook.com/Gergovia.metalband/
www.twitter.com/NecronGergovia
www.gergovia.bandcamp.com/music
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-2mcJWIaiR6QNhQyUnQ55w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Are you kidding me or is it a real question???!!!! (It’s real and VERY important 😉 – Rick)

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

No, nothing special, thank you for your support to my humble project, and thank you all those who have supported me for all these years.

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ColdHarbour UK – Live Stream Review

ColdHarbour UK
The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft
Live Stream Presented by Centrepin T.V
26/09/2020
Review by Tammy Lomax

Screw you Coronavirus!!

With all the cancellations it might feel like you’ll never watch your favourite band onstage again, however, we have to adapt to this pandemic, whether we like it or not. So, the next best thing? Live streams baby!! Yeah!!

It’s surely better than nothing right? Be grateful for what we can do virtually, the love of our technology, our saviour but yet our own worst enemy at times.

Beer at hand? Good, now let’s crack on.

On Saturday 26/09/2020 at 8pm I was prepared and ready, sat on my sofa waiting for the live stream performance from ColdHarbour UK. It is a bit odd that I have my fluffy socks on, it’s a very sad affair that my ‘kock out boots’ are collecting dust. Up until now, I have been a Twitch virgin and I must say that it appears to be an excellent platform for occasions like these.

ColdHarbour UK are a three-piece Grunge/Prog/Metal band from Norwich. Tonight, they have a decent 1 hour set and It’s doubly special for us listeners/watchers because they are playing 5 new songs! The stage and setup are really cool. There is enough space between the three members, and they are all facing inwards, ready to open their set! ColdHarbour UK were born ready! I feel some nervousness for them, after all this is still a very new way of presenting a live performance, but that’s exactly what the buzz is about!

By the time fourth track ‘Sonorous’ kicked in, there were a fair few people tuning in to the stream and the fellas were getting some positive feedback on the live chat, this was definitely adding to their performance. At this point, they were all settled in, they sounded tight, the hard work and commitments with rehearsal’s having paid off. More and more energy was coming from all of them, the riffs were flying out hard and the sound of the bass was like a dribbling monster. No lie, one day I want a bass like that. It was a chunky funky BAD ASS!

So, we get to just over half way through and I frantically manage to squeeze a few questions in on the live chat

Tammy: “These times at the moment are absolutely bonkers right?! So, how have you prepared yourselves for tonight’s live stream?”

ColdHarbour UK: “A big shout out to Earth Studio’s, Pete has been fantastic. He has been flexible following social distancing rules and allowed us to use the studio for rehearsal, preparing ourselves for tonight”.

Tammy: “You are playing a lot of new tracks tonight, can you tell us the process of writing these tracks, and what are the inspirations behind your magic?”

ColdHarbour UK: “We build ideas as a group, Alex and Tom work on the main melodies and then we collaborate”. “Our inspirations are varied! Tom and Alex like Prog and Metal and Ian likes Grunge and Metal”.

Tammy: “When Covid-19 is over and some normality resumes, what are your plans and hopes for the future as a unit?”

ColdHarbour UK: “We plan to record and release our stuff, so we can be heard, this does take some time and money though”.

Now, with the questions out of the way, I really need to point out my favourite track from the performance. ‘Silence Is Deafening’ was projected and performed with precision. It was one of the new tracks, but I heard no misfires or awkward notes. Vocals were clean and clear and the bass didn’t overshadow either it was just a perfect mix.

Wow, by this point they were absolutely pumped up. There were positive interactions and even more feedback coming from the crowd. I felt I was attending an actual gig in my FLUFFY SOCKS!!

The rest of the performance was mainly instrumental although there were some vocals and you could really hear their talent. They have a great concoction of ideas and the three of them work together perfectly.

ColdHarbour UK are definitely committed and I personally have a soft spot for these fellas! Regardless of Covid-19, they are still pushing themselves and are full of creativity and new ideas, I really see a bright future for these guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Hour Of The Wolf
02. State Of Mind
03. Dorje’s Wish
04. Sonorous*
05. Subterfuge*
06. Blackest Days
07. Silence Is Deafening*
08. 13 & Four*
09. Somewhere To Call Your Own
10. Fall Away
11. Roots*
12. Battlestar Spactacular

*New Tracks.

LINE UP:
Tom Brown – Vocals and Guitars.
Alex Taylor – Bass
Ian Arnold – Drums

LINKS:
You can watch the full performance here…
www.facebook.com/1306612549359805/posts/3462156187138753/

www.facebook.com/ColdHarbourUK/
www.instagram.com/coldharbour_band_uk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2GLXhpPmCxJc9BIwm1sQ9s
www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBnBwCFdSEJR1nrybWDnsA

www.facebook.com/CentrepinTV/
www.facebook.com/seagulltheatre/
www.facebook.com/WendyHouseRecordingStudio/

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