Next Door To Heaven – Inside EP

Inside EP Cover Art

Next Door To Heaven – Inside EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/03/2021
Running Time: 21:24
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

Russia is a mystical sort of place to us here in the West. Vodka and the KGB is about all we know. But there’s one thing that is becoming more and more apparent to me; they know how to make some damn fine metal music. Today’s subject certainly follow that theory. Deep routed in Djent, “Inside”, the latest EP from Progressive Metalcore quartet Next Door To Heaven, packs a hefty punch, exploring the genre in an exciting way.

According to Vocalist/Lyricist Daria Mazunova, the concept of this EP is ‘a fight between a human and a machine and a master/obeying inside one person’. And the placement of her clean vocal style, with some raw distortion on, against the almost industrial, metallic, technical sounds of djent guitars and synth ambience, you do really get a sense of that battle. It’s almost futuristic – the resistance in the fight against the takeover of the machines.

For all it’s technicality and precision, the sound on this EP does not shy away from progressive at all, making it an interesting listen, with twists and turns rhythmically, and epically proportioned walls of noise, that make it pretty consuming, and a little bleak in parts. It’s like being on a frozen plane, having your breath taken away by the force of the icy wind. As this has been another lockdown project, guitarist Evgenii “Gene” Mazunov took on the duties of guitars, bass, and composition for the EP, and used a 9 string Ibanez, which I think gives it that huge sound. There are some fantastic bass synth drops in it too, which wobble your brain.

I think my Favourite track here is the title track. It’s brought down a little in terms of dynamics and has some really thoughtful guitar work during the verses, then it punches in for the chorus. Daria’s vocals are also superb on this track. It’s also not as guitar heavy as the other tracks, giving it more of a balance between all the instrumentation.

My one real gripe with this EP is I would have like just a touch more bass. It’s very treble heavy, and there are occasions where the bass sounds get completely lost in the mix of crunching guitars. And the recording we had was heavily compressed, which made it harder again to pick up the bass. Thankfully, because I’m slow on the uptake, I reviewed this after it had been released, so I was able to listen to it on Spotify, where it isn’t as heavily compressed.

That said, it’s still a very accomplished record, and one for fans of Djent/Metalcore the world over.

‘Inside’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dark Alley
02. Calibrate
03. Unleash The Beasts
04. Inside
05. Flare Up (feat. Lord Nelson, ex-Stuck Mojo)

EP LINE-UP:
Daria Mazunova – Vocals, Lyrics
Evgenii “Gene” Mazunov – Guitar, Bass, Arrangement, Composition
Pavel Lokhnin – Drums

LIVE LINE-UP:
Daria Mazunova – Vocals
Evgenii “Gene” Mazunov – Guitar
Oleg Ermakov – Bass
Pavel Lokhnin – Drums

LINKS:

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Dead Label – Anthology EP

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Dead Label – Anthology EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 25:35
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Irish Metalcore four-piece, Dead Label, first popped onto my radar several years back, after seeing them perform, and interviewing them, at Hammerfest in 2018, when they were three-piece. Their groove laden, heavy as hell style really impressed me, and pre-covid, they were in full swing, performing with big names, and getting ready for spots at major festivals. But, as with everything, the pandemic put the brakes on. However, it has given them time to work on new material for their next full-length release (with their new addition, Mick Hynes), and compile their new EP, “Anthology”, which sees a collection of their singles, and two previously unreleased tracks, brought together for the first time.

The EP kicks off with ‘Deadweight’, one of the unreleased tracks. It’s furiously paced, angry, and sees the band channeling negativity into a blisteringly violent track. I imagine that the pit when this is performed live next will be complete mayhem! It features chunky guitar riffs, hard hitting drums, and superb growling, screaming vocals. A great way to start.

‘Pure Chaos’ follows, which, although not as pacey and frenetic, still offers a tormented edge, thanks to the low crunching guitars, and the tortured vocals of Dan O’Grady. There’s also a great downtuned bass break part way through the song, which sounds dirty as hell.

It’s back to the frenetic next, with ‘Triggered’. Another ultimate pit song me thinks (note to self, if you ever decide to pit to Dead Label, remove glasses, for they will not survive). This track is a little more groove based than ‘Deadweight’ but still packs just as much of a powerful punch.

Claire Percival’s thumping metronomic rhythms are given a great chance to shine in ‘Flux’, the second of the two previously unreleased tracks, which opens with drums and guitars, pulsing out a heavy marching beat like a call to arms. ‘False Messiah’ sees a number of rhythm changes, giving it a more progressive feel, but still undeniably exhibiting the Dead Label sound.

And that brings us nicely to the final track, ‘Dystopian Complex’, which closes out the EP in banging style. Sound wise, this is probably the fullest track on the EP, and the heaviness of the bass sounds really thumps into your head. While not as frenetic as some of the other tracks, this still delivers one heck of a punch.

Production wise, there are occasions where the guitar sits a little too far forward in the mix, and I would like more bass, on a similar level to the final track. But aside from that, this is a superb EP, and I’m looking forward to the album very much.

‘Flux’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Deadweight
02. Pure Chaos
03. Triggered
04. Flux
05. False Messiah
06. Dystopian Complex

LINE-UP:
Clair Percival – Drums
Danny Hall – Guitar/ Backing Vocals
Danny O’Grady – Vocals/ Bass
Mick Hynes – Guitar

LINKS:

Dead Label Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with MAY THE TEMPEST

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EMQ’s with MAY THE TEMPEST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Munich, Germany based Metalcore band, May The Tempest. Huge thanks to harsh vocalist, Lucci, 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 Lucci, I’m the shouter in metalcore band ‘May The Tempest’ from Munich, Germany. We make noise since 2015. We have released two EPs in 2015 and 2016, toured with Miss May I through the Baltic states and we finally released our debut album “Rise To Remain” on March 19, 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

We couldn’t really decide which name to take. In the end a good friend of us proposed ‘May The Tempest’ which we all liked, so we went for that.

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

We’re from Munich, Germany. The metalcore scene is pretty small here, which means we’re all a big family. Munich is not the smallest city, so it’s really nice to have a place where you can go and you know you’ll meet people you know and with which you can have fun.

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Clouds’ which came out January 29th. But we released our first album “Rise to Remain” on March 19, 2021.

‘Clouds’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re all listening to different stuff, so there’s not really a band which influenced us the most. Our drummer for example listens to stuff like “Fleshgod Apocalypse” which surely influences our music somehow, while it’s bands like Polaris, Northlane, Tesseract that influence me. We don’t share “the one and only band”.

What first got you into music?

My parents are both musicians, so I never had the chance to not get into music.

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

Tough questions, and I’m pretty sure we would be on the same page here. But if we could collaborate with Northlane someday, that would be a dream come true for me.

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

Given the current situation, we really don’t care where we could play. We just want to finally get back on stage, no matter which stage it is.

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

Might be the love letter our bassist received one day. The person who wrote it spoke to him for a few minutes after a show, but I guess that was enough to fall in love already!! 😉

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

Whenever you’re sad: “Schwirbel dir einen rein!”

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

Chester Bennington.

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

Making music together with others is just the greatest feeling there is. That and being able to go on tour with your friends and go through these experiences together.

I hate the competition among some bands, especially in the underground scene. Why can’t some people just be happy for the success of others?

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

People should be more aware of what’s behind and shouldn’t take free music, big shows and all that for granted.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Well, of course we have to say it’s our upcoming album “Rise to Remain” 😉

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

Vinyl! Hopefully, we can get our music out on vinyl in the future. Until then, we already have cassettes, so that’s the next best thing. Downloads are pretty boring, so CD’s would be next.

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

I think we had some of the best shows in the Baltic states when we supported Miss May I. We also had two social distancing shows last year which were absolutely healing. Of course, that’s something completely different to a normal show, but the mood was just awesome after all these “concert-less” months.

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

The same we do now, so studying and working, we just would have more time for that. But we would be less happy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, Marcus Bridge of Northlane, Leslie Nielsen, Filthy Frank and of course our good friend and photographer Josh Wagner. That’d be nice.

What’s next for the band?

We’re already writing new stuff. We don’t want to wait that long until we release something new after the album. We’re also planning some tours for the end of the year, but we’ll see how that goes.

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

We mainly use Instagram, Facebook, YouTube for that. But of course, the best way to get music out to people is over streaming services (Spotify & co.) or by touring.
www.facebook.com/maythetempest
www.instagram.com/maythetempest/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsjR9dSgLYowS0p6-Cfogg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4CafSWF8NLhT1JOI4vYk4T

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit! I think that should be clear.

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

Whoever reads this: You’re awesome! Go check out our new album “Rise to Remain”. If you like it, let us know. If you don’t, let us know. If you didn’t read this, let us know.

Love // MTT

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INTERVIEW WITH SEASONS

Seasons Single Cover Album Art

INTERVIEW WITH SEASONS
Horror and Metal make a KILLER combination!
By Stephanie Stevens

Attention Horror fans, Metalcore fans and Heavy Metal music fans! As you may know, the latest instalment of the film series, Friday the 13th: Vengeance 2, will be released in the fall of 2021! What you may not be familiar with is a band who has been working their asses off, crafting the brutal and metalcore sound for the soundtrack! SEASONS is bringing to life the song ‘KILLING SEASON’ a track created by the band looking into the perspective of the fictional masked murderer Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13thfranchise. The song is loaded with references to different aspects of Jason and events that happen to the character throughout the movie franchise. The guttural roars and the screeching assaults vocally pummel you. From aggressive fiery musical verse elements to the captivating and searing melody induced chorus it makes the song an adventurous nightmare.

SEASONS formed in 2017 and are from Richmond, VA. Consisting of dedicated musicians that all have a strong passion for performing energetic shows and crafting top-notch influential songs.

I had a chance to speak with the band about working on a classic horror film soundtrack, a new singer and drummer, having a track for the wrestling community and the future of music for this killer band SEASONS.

Q: Give me a little insight on how SEASONS formed and how would you describe the philosophy of the band’s music and the personality of the band?

Nick GK (Guitar): Seasons formed in 2017 when original guitarists Matt Poe and Matt Gregory decided to form the band. Both musicians had been in and out of bands for years and they decided they wanted to give it a try again.

I think the personality of the band would surprise people.  I think we give off a really energetic and intense vibe in our shows and music videos, but behind the scenes I’d say we’re pretty laid back. That intensity is brought out when we play because we’re excited about our own music. But behind the scenes we’re pretty relaxed people.

Q: looking at the background of your band some cool shit has happened to you guys in the past, but the most recent and probably most iconic thing is you guys just released a song to be featured on the new Friday the 13th soundtrack coming out in 2021. How did that fall into place and had you already had part of the song ‘KILLING SEASON’ written?

Nick GK: The way we got the opportunity with Friday the 13th is that our bassist Matt (Poe) had been chatting with a guy named Peter Anthony, who had starred in another Friday the 13th film. Peter was the one who got us in contact with Jason Brooks, who is the director of the upcoming Friday the 13th movie. Matt reached out to Jason and basically asked if we could write a song for the movie, and Jason essentially told us to submit something and he would think about it. We didn’t have the song written ahead of time. We wrote the song with the intention of submitting in hopes that it could be included in the Friday the 13th franchise in some capacity. And we are so fortunate that it has been.

Q: What does it mean to you to be able to write a song about an iconic serial killer and where does your mindset have to be to kind of relive a character everyone knows and put your own twist to it?

Mark (Guitar): A lot of us are horror fans and Randall (Vocalist) loves Jason. I started the music with something that sounded brutal for obvious reasons into a softer, clean section to give you that calm before the storm. And then at the end my mindset was in the eye of the killer hence the guitar screeches as in a horror movie.

Q: Another new thing about the band is for KILLING SEASON, you put into place a new singer who used to be the drummer. So how did that all happen, and did you realize he had such a diverse vocal ability?

After discussing our options, we proposed to our then drummer, Randall Sykes, that he take over the duties as the front man. Randall has a great screaming voice and a lot of charisma on stage, and I think we all knew he could do it. We were so excited when he said he’d like to be the front man, and we got to work right away writing the songs that would feature Randall as the singer. We then spent a few months trying out different drummers trying to fill Randall’s old position. In the last month, Joshua Woolcott came in to try out on drums, and right away we knew it was the right fit.

Q: Going forward with the new singer how do you feel your music is going to evolve and change and what do you hope to experiment most with having this new asset to your brand and band?

Mark: Randall def has a different type of voice. His singing can get higher and his screams lower. I think our existing material and what’s to come will be more brutal but also more melodic.

Q: Have you guys been in the studio to record for an EP or full length or are you at ease just releasing singles for now since the music world is still up in the air?

Mark: We have recently been releasing singles, as they are mastered, but we are trying to work towards a more, big picture move, so to say.

Q: going back to other awesome stuff that has happened for the band you also had a 2019 track ‘VIOLENCE IS A VIRTUE’ playing in the wrestling world. How did it feel seeing that on TV and how was the song picked for that particular wrestler?

Mark: Matt had a mutual friend who hooked us up with AEW that made it happen, but it was pretty cool to see your song so pump that a wrestler wants to walk out to it. Took me back to childhood.

Q: you guys really take a solid focus on the technical side for sound when you’re playing as you can see in a lot of your songs. When you are writing for a SEASONS song what is the most important aspect the band agrees on before even getting into songwriting mode and how long does a general song take to complete for you guys?

Mark: Usually it starts with a riff and sometimes a theme. Matt’s strongest quality is being like a metalcore composer. So, we come up with the basic structure and he kinda Picassos it all together into what you hear as the finished product. As for time, we have worked on songs for months until completed cause sometimes we are like “squirrel” to another song and ‘Killing Seasons’ was basically written in a 3-hour band practice cause it just flowed.

Q: I love knowing you guys are also very diverse where everyone in the band comes to the table with the structure and writing of songs which I think would bring so much more diversity into the band to experiment. How does it impact you guys as creators and bonding with each other as a band?

Mark: We all like rock and metal but the genres, that we all like specifically, can be very different so a chord or scale progression that I would put in a song is completely different that one of the other guys would come up with. Also, it forces us all to listen to other music we otherwise wouldn’t.

Q: Where do you see the band’s biggest growth since your inception to the current day?

Mark: I came into this band right before ‘High Fives’ music video and since that was our first music video, I’ve seen a lot of numbers really go up since then.

Q: Have you guys thought about the day you can play a live show again and if so, how do you want to represent your band in a live aspect once things get back to normal vs. what you did in prior years?

Nick GK: Seasons takes a lot of pride in how we play live from both a technical standpoint as well as an entertainment standpoint. If you come to see us, we want you to hear the songs played as well as we can possibly play them, and we also want you to walk away thinking you got your money’s worth. If you come see Seasons, you will not see 5 guys looking at the floor strumming their instruments. We jump up and down, run around the stage, head bang, and jump off our amp cabs. We are excited about our music, we are excited to play it live and we want the audience to share in that excitement.

I think when we get to play live again the audience is going to get that energy but to a higher extent. We will be so excited to play live again that the audience will get the energy of Seasons from 2019 but in an even more extreme way.

Q: if you could help inspire one new musician coming into the scene what advice would you give to them and one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out?

Nick GK: The best advice I could give a new musician entering the scene is to just be curious. Learn from the other bands out there and from the other folks in the industry. Knowledge is power in the music business. If a musician comes into the scene hungry to learn and to improve themselves, everything will fall into place for them.

Q: if you could pick the brain of any musician dead or alive today who would it be and what top 3 questions would you ask them?

Mark:

EVH
– What drives you to be so creative and innovative
– What was the most important thing for you when writing the guitar structure of a song
– What was the secret to that awesome 80’s hair

Nick GK:

Sammy Hagar
– What was the craziest tour of your career from a partying standpoint?
– How many speeding tickets have you gotten out of from ‘Can’t Drive 55’?

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein
– Max bench?

Zakk Wylde
– You have an awesome beard.
– Max bench?

Q: How has music influenced and impacted your life and what is one thing you can thank music for giving you this far?

Nick GK: To me, music has always been a consistent voice in my life, and I have found comfort in that. If you’re going through a hard time, I think there are always songs out there that can bring you comfort and help a person get through what they are struggling with.  Music can be a sort of saving grace to a lot of people in that sense.

Q: Inspire other artists and tell us someone who inspires and motivates you and why?

Mark: Trust me I am far from “making it” but I was 28 when I joined this band and was like “it’s too late I’m too old I should hang it up” and this happened. So, I’d say never give up, never stop playing, and never ever get rid of your gear. And I’m inspired by Jason Richardson every day because he reminds me no matter how good I am there is someone out there who can shred circles around you so PRACTICE!

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Killing Season’ (Official Video)

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Daze Of June – Tainted Blood

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Daze Of June – Tainted Blood
Prime Collective
Release Date: 19/02/2021
Running Time: 43:03
Review by Stephanie Stevens
9/10

2021 is coming in extra hard and special for me with the newest addition to my listening arsenal, the Danish Metalcore band Daze Of June. They have taken over my playlist from the gym to my everyday life with the singles they have been dropping from their sophomore release “Tainted Blood” coming to you on 19th February!

The aggressive tones and heavy parts that interact with the melody driven and dynamically clever hooks in the bands new arsenal of songs lays out the most beautiful musical landscape that I have heard in quite some time.

So, like I said, Daze Of June have been dropping some stellar new tracks from the upcoming album and I was introduced to them with the track ‘Hypnos’ which features guest vocals from Courtney LaPlante. ‘Hypnos’ is about having dreams/nightmares that something bad is coming and the song title is actually the name of the Greek god of sleep. The way that Benjamin and Courtney blend the vocal segments is like a conversation that lays out frustration, worry and fear with positive pushes trying to figure out if the thoughts are real or a dream. Musically it surges with heavier attacks and soaring melody driven moments that showcases both the tender and harder attitude the band possesses. Courtney’s female element brings the depth and dimension of the song to the next level and creates one hell of an introduction to the new album.

But just when you thought that was a favourite track, the guys push out newest single ‘Four Knives’, and when the chorus hits…well it takes my breathe away, such impressive melodic tone and yet, within an instant, the guys turn it into this aggressive hard hitter in each verse (check out the riff at 3mins 52 seconds in and you will ultimately get pumped up) that just really mould together the two sides of this talented band. Music that can appeal to the rock fans and the hard ‘n’ heavy music fans.

‘Son’ blesses us with a pretty piano intro and some haunting rock atmosphere. Vocals that take a step up in levels! Another reason why this band is a keeper in my book are the vocals which showcase all avenues in Benjamin’s range and make the album fresh and surprising, waiting to see how he captures each new track. But, even with the slight diversity vocally, it still bleeds, ties and circles you back to bring that signature Daze Of June sound, that makes this breathtaking and unbeatable.

‘Birth Of Memories’ is a track not yet released but it ends the album. It begins with a subtler rock element, not a ballad, but it’s a mix of melodic elements with faster, aggressive attitude throughout. The soaring vocals, harmonies and the overall interlacing sound just ends “Tainted Blood” on a massive level. ‘Hiroshima’ (featuring Keisuke) just hits you with a harsh, heavy and penetrating musical push and delivers vocally with harsh yet melodic vibes, it’s like the connection of thunder and lightning in a rainstorm!

I could go down the line giving props and love to all 9 songs on this album but what truly matters is, Daze Of June are writing music that is like a musical journey with harsh reality and softer areas of melodic truth, enhancing both elements they made popular on their debut album “Heart Of Silver” in 2018. Although this is a review of the band’s new material, I need to insert a small prop to the band’s debut and the songs ‘Shade’ (which has been on constant ration on my playlist), ‘It Stays’ and ‘The Current’, three powerful and diverse tracks from that album.

I am over the moon being informed about Daze Of June and I hope to see them perform and kill these new songs on a live stage very soon. “Tainted Blood” is out on Feb 19th, 2021. For a sneak peek check out all listening platforms for the band’s music, you will not be disappointed. Thank you, guys, for giving us such a diverse record for the present and in the past!!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. New Beginnings
02. Four Knives
03. Hypnos (Feat. Courtney LaPlante)
04. Son
05. Nyx
06. Refuse The Light
07. Hiroshima (Feat. Keisuke)
08. Black-Eyed
09. Birth Of Memories

LINE-UP:
Benjamin Julian Ganzhorn – Vocals
Sylvester Jensen – Guitars
Simon Gessø Hansen – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ETERNAL CLOSURE

EMQ’s with ETERNAL CLOSURE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Quebec, Canada based Metalcore/Prog band, Eternal Closure. Huge thanks to guitarist/ clean vocalist Olivier Boitel 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! I’m Olivier and I play guitar (and sing a little bit too). The band started as a group of friends that just wanted to make some good heavy tunes and play some shows. We’ve been through quite a lot of member changes through our history, taking the project more and more seriously as time goes by. Jo (bass) and I are the only ones that are here since the beginning.

How did you come up with your band name?

Just a pretty typical brainstorm session really. I remember we also had ”A Year and A Day” and “Empty Faces” as some of the other choices. “Eternal Closure” sounded the best to us, and we thought that it could mean different interesting things to different people. We liked the almost-but-not-quite paradoxical idea behind it.

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

We are from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I feel like our sound is something that is slightly different than what everyone else is doing here. We blend a more old-school melodic metalcore vibe with modern progressive metal ideas while most bands we play with tend to be in a more Hardcore/Deathcore vibe. We end up being the softest band in most shows we play which is kinda fun haha.

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

Our new release, “Color Of Our Fears: Rediscovered” is a re-release of our second album with 3 added tracks that feature Maggy (Lefebvre) on vocals. We thought it was a neat way of showing off the new vocalist while we’re working on larger projects. We also released a fun video for ‘The Slave Or The Owner’, check it out!

‘The Slave Or The Owner’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We blend the sound from metalcore legends like Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying and modern metal like Periphery, Currents and Erra. Other influences include Protest The Hero, August Burns Red, Dream Theater, Architects and Haken.

What first got you into music?

Mine and Phil’s (drums) Dad is a huge music fan. He was a drummer in many bands through the years which led to us wanting to play music too. I was pretty much born with drumsticks in my hands and let’s say that I haven’t let go of them ever since. Eventually I wanted to actually write music so that’s when I slowly started picking up the guitar.

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

Good question. Two musicians I’d love to feature in one of our songs would be Spencer Sotelo for vocals with a guitar solo from John Petrucci. That would be pretty badass.

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

Being a headliner in a fest like Heavy MTL would be awesome just because that’s where we come from. Hellfest would also be a dream of ours. The crowds there are just incredible, we want to experience that.

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

I’d love to tell you but either it hasn’t really happened yet or I’m blanking really really hard. I guess once we had a pretty weird show where a drunk girl flirted with pretty much everyone in the band and kept doing it even after we told her we weren’t interested. She didn’t try anything really, but the vibe was kinda awkward and in the end pretty hilarious. So, I guess it counts as a gift just cause it’s a fun memory.

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

We miss playing shows for you. Hopefully, we can get back to that soon. Stay safe until we can!

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

Neil Peart. He’s not the typical “rockstar”, but we all miss him. Such a great mind and musician.

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

Writing music and hearing the final recorded version. I’m really all about the music. I guess the part I “hate” the most is having to talk with strangers. I get uncomfortable really quickly.

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

The fact that being rich and having connections gives you such a head start. It’s pretty much how the whole world works I guess haha. It’s easier to get noticed now though with streaming services and social media which is nice.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Fortress” by Protest the Hero. The level of intensity, variety and musicianship is just incredible. I’m pretty sure it’s the album I listened to the most in high school. I’m not as technically proficient as their guitarists are, but they’ve been a huge influence on me.

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

I quite like streaming music on Tidal with the high sound quality and how much they give back to artists. I’ll always have a place in my heart for CD’s though. I still buy some from time to time for bands I love. Makes it more special in a way.

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

Our first album release for “Screaming In Silence” in 2016 felt really special. We gave a memorable performance, and the place was packed. It was our biggest show yet and I’ll always remember it.

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

Probably something having to do with video games or movies. I think I’d be a pretty good screenwriter; I just don’t have the time to fully invest myself into it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates. It may sound cheesy but it’s true haha. I don’t put celebrities on some kind of pedestal.

What’s next for the band?

Writing new songs while we wait until we’re able to play shows. We plan to record some new material sooner than later. Also pet our cats, always.

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

www.facebook.com/EternalClosure
www.instagram.com/eternalclosure/
www.eternalclosure.com/
www.eternalclosure.bandcamp.com/music

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s yummy.

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

Cats are the best! Seriously though, check out our video for ‘The Slave Or The Owner’. It’s one of my favourites from “Color Of Our Fears: Rediscovered”. Thank you for the interview 😊

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EMQ’s with SPOILER

EMQ’s with SPOILER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Essex, UK based Nu-Metal/Metalcore band Spoiler. Huge thanks to guitarist Chris 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 Chris and I play guitar for Spoiler. The band has been in the works for nearly two years now and was initially formed from the ashes on my previous band, with myself, Jack (bass) and Danny (drums) having played together for many years before. Our last band called it a day, but we still had the fire in our bellies to start up something new, in a completely different genre. We met our other guitarist and band producer Will through a friend of a friend, got writing and forming the sound before meeting our vocalist Aaron – he was the final piece of the puzzle and everything after that come together very quickly. Spoiler is the culmination of our musical efforts. It’s been a strange time to start a band, but also a blessing as we’ve had the time to really nail our debut single.

How did you come up with your band name?

We went through a few different names before I suggested SPOILER, as in for something to be spoilt for someone or spoiler alert – it seems pretty apt for the year!

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

We’re all from Essex, UK. The scene used to be buzzing in Essex, but over the last few years or so has really died off. Obviously, the lockdown hasn’t helped the smaller venues in our area too, so It’s going to take a huge effort to get back to where we were. There are some great bands still though with a lot to prove, so hopefully once people can get back out to gigs the scene will ignite again.

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

We are set to release our debut single ‘Repress’, which will be available on all platforms from the 30th October 2020. We’ll also be putting out a music video via Beheading the Traitors YouTube channel on the same day to accompany it, so check it out!

‘Repress’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’ve always had guitar heroes from a very young age, from rock guitarists like Angus Young and Kurt Cobain and also Kirk Hammett who had a big bearing on me growing up. Once I found the heavier side of music, Slipknots Jim Root and Lamb of God’s Mark Morton become a big influence in both my tastes and playing style. My generation is very much of the nu-metal era too, having lived through this time at school and friends all being so involved with it. It’s the same for a few of the guys in the band too, with the likes of Korn and Deftones being big influences on us. I think you can hear that at times with our own music.

What first got you into music?

My Dad had a huge influence on me with music – he was the first person to take me to a gig and the first person to buy me a guitar, so I was also destined to like guitar-based music. I would have heavy metal blasted at me from as young an age as I can remember. I became obsessed with music and bands, so always felt at home being in one myself.

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

I would love for the band to collaborate with Josh Middleton, guitarist of Architects – the guy is an awesome guitarist and a talented songwriter. It’s not exactly a fit with our music per se, but would be great, nevertheless.

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

100% Download Festival. I went to this festival every year, without fail, for at least ten years. I loved everything about it. To be able to play one of the stages there with SPOILER would be a dream come true.

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

I’ve never actually received a gift from a fan!

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

‘Repress’ is just a taste of what’s in store for the future, both in the sound and the plans we have for this band. Next year we are going all out and pushing everything to the max. It’s early days at the moment but we are buzzing for our new fans to go on this journey with us.

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

Would have to be Kurt Cobain. Aside from this, would have been interesting to see what Metallica would have gone on to do if Cliff hadn’t passed.

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

Having a creative outlet in my life where I can forgot about everything else that might be going on. Whether its day to day stress, work or just life getting you down – when we all get in a practise room or hit a stage, that all becomes irrelevant. Not only playing wise, thinking about the media side of the band is so interesting to me, whether it’s an artwork design for a single or getting involved in the music video process it’s great. I wouldn’t say I particularly hate anything, but the long drives on tour between shows can be hard going. Even then we’re in a van with our mates, so it’s still a positive.

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

Fairness for artists. Everything in the industry is based around digital content, whether it’s a band’s music on Spotify or YouTube because people just don’t buy CD’s anymore. The pay-out which artists get from these platforms is appalling. Artists put so much time, energy and money into creating music yet get very little reward from it. Because the few music platforms have cornered the market, they can dictate. There needs to be a fairer cut.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Master of Puppets”

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

For nostalgia reasons I would say CDs’. Nothing would be better than getting your favourite band’s new album and reading through the album booklet, dissecting the lyrics as you listen to the album.

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

Well in this band we are yet to play a gig due to the Covid situation. I did play some great shows in my previous band though. One that comes to mind was our album launch show at a venue called Chinnerys in Southend. We packed the place out and it was just a great show.

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

Something creative, most likely graphic design based.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would go with a nice mix of musicians, actors and knowledge so – Dave Grohl, Di Caprio, David Attenborough, Corey Taylor and Will Ferrell!

What’s next for the band?

We’re just about to shoot the music video for our next single, before entering the studio again to work on more material with an aim to get an EP out next year.

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

@wearesplr EVERYWHERE!
www.instagram.com/wearesplr/
www.facebook.com/wearesplr/
www.twitter.com/wearesplr

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I associate a biscuit that has a crunch to it or can be dipped in tea, neither of those with a Jaffa. It’s a cake all day long!

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

The support we’ve had so far for this band has been incredible and this is only the start. It may sounds cliché, but expect big things from this band. Next year we’re taking it!

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EMQ’s with RIDDLEBREAK

EMQ’s with RIDDLEBREAK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Johannesburg, South Africa based Progressive Metalcore band, Riddlebreak. Huge thanks to lead guitarist Julian Vosloo for taking part.

“Riddlebreak calls the dark void somewhere between Pretoria and Johannesburg (South Africa) their home. Since its original inception ten years ago, it has taken four member changes as well as two shifts in musical orbit to bring this current collective of weirdos together – and they have been inseparable since. Over the last 7 years they have snowballed to break minds, sub-genres and necks. It is difficult to put Riddlebreak in a box because the sound of an injured bear hurtling through space is not considered a genre in most circles.

Since its birth, the music has forged a trajectory within metal, remaining close to its progressive and metalcore neighbours. They draw inspiration from many curiosities, from hedgehogs to collapsing stars – always searching and exploring. Riddlebreak tests constructs, whether it be society, gender stereotypes, gravity or what constitutes the perfect potato salad. Their ever-contrasting ideas and sounds make Riddlebreak difficult to compartmentalise but impossible to ignore”.

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

Hi, I’m Legless-Lego-Legolas, but everyone calls me Julian. No for reals, my name is Julian and I play 6-and-8-string guitar in the band Riddlebreak.

Riddlebreak was formed by a group of people who through their time together have become the best of friends. I joined about 7 years ago and at that time the band had already been around for quite a while, so our current line-up is well-versed within the metal community.

How did you come up with your band name?

So, me Julian, this person, is not really the best to answer this question. Believe it or not as I am told, once upon a time Riddlebreak was some sort of weird Indie Rock band. Weird right? A LOT has changed since those days of the Indie band and only one original member remains. Since that time, the band has collected an assortment of rather strange humans and thus made way for the Riddlebreak you know today. The origin of the band name has since been lost to time and space, to forever be a mystery. It is what it is because it is.

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

We are from a country called South Africa, this does not mean the south of Africa, though we can be found in the southern most point of Africa (you’ll be surprised to find how many don’t know that South Africa is a country within Africa.) Anyway, Riddlebreak can be found in Johannesburg within one of the nine provinces, called Gauteng, which in one of our official African languages translates to “place of gold”.

If you ever find yourself in South Africa, you will come across a community of close-knit weirdo’s all enjoying the music, the company and a nice cold beer. Most of us here are super friendly, welcoming and honestly just looking for a good time and some new friends.

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

Earlier this year we released ‘The Hog’, a song written about an adorable pet hedgehog with a bad temper, told as a story of a mythological beast bringing ultimate destruction! Apart from that we are very excited to release new music soon that we have all been working hard on.

‘The Hog’ (Audio)

‘The Hog’ (Bass Playthrough Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me it all started with Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and his masterful guitar playing. From there I veered off into more progressive and djent styles, inspired by the likes of Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract, Periphery and many, many more! Through this I tried to focus on my individual sound, and I would say that comes through within the music of Riddlebreak.

What first got you into music?

My father occasionally played an acoustic guitar while I was young, and I guess that’s where my interest started. One day after school a friend of mine introduced me to the bands Devildriver and Cradle of Filth and from that point I knew I needed more. Soon after I walked into a CD store with a handful of cash and asked the only alternative-looking person if they could recommend me some metal. I walked out with Iron Maiden – Brave New World, Children of Bodom – Are You Dead Yet? Soil – Scars and the newest Slipknot album at the time The Subliminal Verses. Since then I have been an avid music consumer.

Even though my father started the interest, the credit goes to my mother who motivated me to pick up the guitar and from there I started taking lessons and eventually studied music. Overall, I chose to play guitar so that I could make the same crazy noises that I heard on those CD’s!

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

Personally, working together with artists like Annisokay, Erra, and Anup Sastry would be absolutely mind-blowing if the metal Gods ever did allow it. It would be a true honour and I know I would learn so much from them all.

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

I suppose the typical answer would be to play on the biggest stages in the world and even though that would be great, I’m more invested in playing festivals like ArcTanGent, UK Tech Fest and 70,000 Tons of Metal. These festivals often host bands I’m more interested in seeing and it is for that reason that sharing the stage with them would be life changing.

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

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever received a weird gift from a fan. I’m not sure if I’m just lucky or if I’m missing out on something. Hopefully someday a fan will give me something weird like a rock or a cool stick they found in the woods. I feel so fortunate just to be able to perform music – that in of itself is a gift.

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

I think we, as Riddlebreak, would simply like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, whether that’s attending our shows, buying our merch, sharing our music, etc. It all means so much to us that there are people who connect with what we create, and we would like them to know that they are appreciated. So ‘thank you’ from the bowels of our hearts! <3

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

Because I still consider Dimebag to be such a huge influence in my life that I would be hard pressed to think of anyone else. I can only imagine the kind of music he would be creating today and to think how amazing it would be to listen to that makes me both a little sad yet nostalgic. So here I am putting on some Pantera in honour of what he was able to create in his time.

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

While trying to come up with a good answer to this decent question I found myself laughing because my answer is both honest and silly. I love being able to create music that I really enjoying playing, and to share that with others is phenomenal. On the downside I really loathe driving to shows, unfortunately venues are usually a little way out, so it takes time to get there and back – but it is always worth it.

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

I think that my answer focuses a lot within our local scene but that it can be applied universally. I believe that all those within the metal community see themselves as open-minded people because we enjoy such an ‘extreme’ form of music – and that is great, it helps unite us in a way that we have not felt before, since many of us are outcasts. But in that I find that many of us can become complacent and this leads to elitism, where people dictate what they deem as metal, as well as a divide within a community that was built on accepting what is different.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One? How could anyone ever only give one? Music is incredibly diverse and becomes so personal that I would create a list that would truly never end.

Here’s the short version: (in no particular order).
Periphery – “P2”
Erra – “Augment”
Meshuggah – “Obzen”
If These Trees Could Talk – “The Bones of a Dying World”
Ovid’s Withering – “Scryers of the Ibis”
Monuments – “The Amanuensis”
The Contortionist – “Clairvoyant”
Tesseract – All of them, lol.

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

As a teenager I collected a mountain worth of CD’s and I was truly proud of my collection, but I cannot deny the convenience of online platforms. However, we do make an effort to buy physical copies from our local artists. We are then supporting both our friends and the metal community.

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

At first, I assume we might individually recall different events, but I have no doubt that each of us fondly remembers the show with Monuments, played at Krank’d Up 2015 (A locally produced show that hosts some of the best international acts alongside local artists.) It was one of the first times we ever got to meet musicians that we are huge fans of and look up to, and to know that they are genuinely cool dudes to hang out with was such a great experience.

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

Honestly, I have no idea – and I don’t think any of us do, lol. We all have ‘normal jobs’ which we’re pretty good at but music is such a huge part of all our lives that we would not be the people we are today without it and without each other.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

So, sticking with music I would invite an interesting bunch of folks, starting with Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. I am a big fan of his music, his photography and Dark Days his autobiography about his time in a Prague prison.

Corey Taylor would no doubt be on the guest list. He is such a boss! Need I say more?

Third would be Anup Sastry because I am so impressed by his music and his jolly presence, it would be such a pleasure to hang out with him. Plus, he always wishes me a happy birthday which is nice.

Next would be Hanz Zimmer because have you ever watched a great film and been overwhelmed by the incredible score so much so that every time you listen to the music it hits you in the feels? Now imagine seeing that in human form!

Finally, a man who needs no introduction, Neil deGrasse Tyson – because science bitch!

What’s next for the band?

We have recently mixed and mastered two new tracks for an upcoming four-track EP that we hope to release very soon – keep your eyes peeled. Besides that, we are looking forward to being able to perform live again now that restrictions have slightly lifted in our country.

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

If you’re interested in following us you can find us on Facebook and Instagram, and all of Riddlebreak’s music can be found on any major streaming platforms like Spotify, iTunes and more. Fans are able to buy digital copies of our 2016 EP, “Collapsar”, on Bandcamp. We also have some music videos and drum and guitar play-throughs on our YouTube Channel.

www.facebook.com/Riddlebreak
www.instagram.com/riddlebreak_band/
www.tinyurl.com/riddlebreak-youtube
www.riddlebreaksa.bandcamp.com/
www.riddlebreak.wixsite.com/about
www.tinyurl.com/riddlebreak-spotify

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, I am not that familiar with said treat as I don’t think they are as popular here. But upon a Google search I learnt that, for tax reasons, they are classed as cakes. Does that help? I hope that this information will end the war between cakes and biscuits for good!

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

Right back at ya [finger-guns] thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better.

A quick joke before we go: A Buddhist walked up to a hotdog vendor and asked him to “Make me one with everything.”

Cheers!

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen

Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa
devo@devographic.com

by David Devo Oosthuizen

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EMQ’s with SUBXERO

EMQ’s with SUBXERO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florida, USA based Post Metalcore/Modern Metal band, Subxero. Huge thanks to bassist Eric Schramm for taking part!

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

I’m Eric Schramm and I am the bassist for Subxero. Subxero was originally formed by Jason Xero with musicians in the Pittsburgh, PA area in 2016. When he relocated back to Florida and was looking to put together a new line up, he contacted me. Jason and I have been in a few projects in the past. Subxero released a Full length in 2017 entitled “Reborn”. In 2018 Subxero released the “Blood In, Blood Out” EP. In November of 2019 Subxero released the “Lightwork” EP. Subxero is Jason Xero (Vocals), Eric Schramm (Bass), Josh Lough (Drums/Vocals), Daniel Knight (Guitar) & Issam Pereira (Guitar).

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Subxero is meant to represent the underdogs in life. The outcasts, the introverts, the people that feel they don’t have a place in this life and society. We’re all in this life together whether we like it or not. It’s up to us, as decent people, to help each other, to encourage each other, to lift each other. We want to give people something they can’t relate and belong to.

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

We are from the USA. Florida to be exact. The metal scene in the U.S has always been great. I think it’s the same all over the world. It’s like a huge family.

What is your latest release?

We released the “Lightwork” EP in November 2019.

‘Demons’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s impossible to list them all. I’d have to say Pantera, Sevendust, Tool, Meshuggah, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn. The list could go on.

What first got you into music?

I started playing trumpet in school and it kind of took off from there.

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

Sevendust/Lajon Witherspoon, Bad Wolves/Tommy Vex or Jinjer/Tatiana Shmayluk. Hard to pick just one.

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

Wacken Open Air. It’s been a long-time desire to play that festival. There are others but that one is like the pinnacle for me.

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

Well, Josh-drums said he got a giant bush once. Jason had an odd sexual encounter with some twins with heavy overbites. I haven’t received any gifts, I’m just the bass player. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

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

Don’t give up. You are not alone in this world.

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

I have to pick two. Dime and Vinnie.

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

Obviously playing live is awesome. I really enjoy the creative process. Sitting in a room with the band and just throwing ideas at each other, seeing what everyone does with them. I can’t say I hate anything about it. Sometimes the human element can get annoying but that comes with being human.

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

The streaming services have got to pay the bands/musicians more for their product. I understand that these people have created these platforms, but they have to realize that we’ve created the product that they are making huge amounts of money from selling.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hiromi Uehara – “Time Control”

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

Vinyl and CD’s. Vinyl has that old school feel. The packaging and the visuals. CDs have that hands-on thing too just more durable.

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

It was with a project that Jason and I were in a few years back. Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fl. The line-up was great, the crowd was incredible. Just one of those nights that stays with you.

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

Probably growing hydroponic vegetables and fixing cars.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dime, Vinnie, Steve Vai, Chad Grey, Brian (head) Welch

What’s next for the band?

We’re writing material for our next release, hoping to play live soon, maybe work on another video.

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

www.wearesubxero.com
www.facebook.com/wearesubxero
www.instagram.com/wearesubxero/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCo2p58oGRY4cny2jSMLpSAw

You can find our music on all major media outlets as well.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ok, I didn’t know what these were, so I looked them up and now I want some. Just for the record they’re a biscuit sized cake, so there you have it.

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

Thank you for this opportunity, it means a lot. We want to thank Damon Moreno/Inner Light Agency, Spector basses, InTune Guitar Picks, Scorpion Percussion and all of our fans for kicking ass!! Horns up!!!!

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EMQ’s with BROKENTOOTH

EMQ’s with BROKENTOOTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hertfordshire, UK based Metalcore band, BrokenTooth. Huge thanks to vocalist Jed Parker 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, I’m Jed Parker, lead vocalist of the metal/metalcore band BrokenTooth. We formed as BrokenTooth in 2019, but all five of us have been in various bands over previous years and we’re all very excited with the sound we have found within BrokenTooth and the bond between us. The majority of the band knew each other well before this had begun, and some had even played in previous bands together, so there was a real click between us and respect for each other right from the first time we all played, and that has just continued to develop as time has gone on.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was set the unenviable task of brainstorming ideas for the band’s name, and was just rolling my tongue around in my mouth, thinking that it was an absolute minefield of broken teeth in there. So that’s where the name came from, and the other lads liked it, so we all agreed to keep it.

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

We’re all from Hertfordshire in England, which is just north of London. There’s a huge metal scene in England, with some massive names that have come out over recent years such as Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Bury Tomorrow, and a whole host of other bands. Growing up just outside of London was great – there were always metal shows on during the week and weekends, so we were never short of gigs to attend and music to hear.

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

We released our debut EP “Mortuss Est Salus” at the beginning of 2020, along with our first music video ‘Burnt Ground’, which we were hoping to gig on the back of for the first part of the year, but due to COVID-19, we were limited as to the number of shows we were able to play. The good news about that though is that it did give us more time to write and record more songs, and we’ve now released two further singles, with videos – ‘R.O.T’ and ‘Words of The Blind’, which are both available on our YouTube to watch and on all major streaming platforms to listen to. We also have another new song called ‘Injustice’, with a really dope video, coming out this month, so keep an eye out for that! (This has just come out – Link Below)

‘R.O.T’ (Official Music Video)

‘Words Of The Blind’ feat. Joe Burton (Official Music Video)

‘Injustice’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We get influence from a number of bands, styles and situations. For me personally, bands like A Day To Remember, Beartooth, Bring Me The Horizon and The Ghost Inside have been big influences on me and the band.

What first got you into music?

I’d say it was attending and watching live shows and wanting to get up on stage and do that myself. Just seeing bands perform that have such power and energy in a live show is one of the best feelings and that’s what we try to bring to anyone that comes to one of our gigs.

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

I’d really like to collaborate with Polaris. They’re an awesome band and Jamie Hails has such a fantastic vocal range.

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

It’s got to be Download for me. I’ve been there several times and Donington has such history when it comes to metal. So many of my favourite bands over the years have played at Donington – it’d be a dream to follow in their footsteps and play the same festival.

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

Not so much a gift, but a thank you message from a fan’s mum in Texas was pretty strange! I received a message out of the blue from a woman who said that her son was a huge fan and thanked me for the music we were making. Incredibly cool, but also unexpected and strange!

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

Fuck what anyone else thinks – you do what you wanna do and be who you wanna be!

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

Dimebag for sure. I’ve always been a big Pantera fan, and I’d love the opportunity to go out with him and get trashed and party for a night!

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

I love playing live and going nuts on stage with a bunch of lads that are like brothers. The part I hate is the bullshit that seems to come between other bands and the egos. There seems to be a lack of support from bands to each other and too much rivalry.

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

It’d be awesome if music could be looked at on the basis of talent and the actual music, and progress not mainly measured by the number of likes someone has, the money they can make or the social media reach.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Crisis” by Alexisonfire is an incredible album.

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

I love a CD, but downloads are best I think – you can listen to them wherever and whenever with smartphones now.

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

The first show we played as BrokenTooth. It was at a venue we had all played previously in other bands when we were younger, was for the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition and was with a great set of bands with good support from the crowd.

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

I’d still be a tattooist, which is what I do on the daily currently.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d want a mix, so I’m gonna say Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Seth Rogan, Yelawolf and Joe Exotic. That would be one hell of a party.

What’s next for the band?

We love the music we write, and we love playing live. Our real aim is to keep progressing with our music and getting out and playing to as wide of an audience as possible. We’re all looking forward to continuing to release more music, venturing out to a variety of different places and hopefully, once things are back to normal, get on to a number of gigs and festivals and who knows from there?

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

We use the following social media channels:

www.facebook.com/wearebrokentooth
www.instagram.com/wearebrokentooth
www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-G7-bEKNSw

All of our music is available on all major streaming platforms (Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify etc.)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I know they’re labelled a cake, but I’d say they’re a biscuit – they’re eaten like a biscuit and most people tend to have several rather than just one.

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

Thanks for having me. Everyone should check us out on social media and streaming services, hit us up and let us know what you think, and we hope to see you at a future show!

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