EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazilian Death Metal/Metalcore band Estamira. Huge thanks to guitarist Clarissa Carvalho 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 Clarissa Carvalho, I’m one of the guitar players in Estamira. Our band arose from the encounter of five women who had just got out from mixed (composed by women and men) metal/hardcore bands in 2007 in the Federal District (the capital of Brazil). We weren’t looking for creating a female metal band, but surprisingly, three friends met other two women. We all wanted to play heavy music and after a year we played our first concert and it was the thing we most did until 2012. We recorded only four songs at two different moments. The first demo (2009) was uploaded at myspace at that time and then we recorded two more songs in 2012 that generated both of our video clips (still available on YT). So, we decided to take a break and wait for Ludmila (vocalist) to finish her PHD in Mexico.

The “break” took 6 years because when Ludmila came back, Maiara (drummer) was pregnant; Sara (guitar player) had formed a new band; I wasn’t so excited to play the guitar anymore and I was more into drums; and Camila (bass player) was then focused on her Art PHD and living in São Paulo. We weren’t willing to end the band, but it wasn’t a good time to get back, so we waited. Our “return” was the concert we played at IV Bruxaria’s Festival in November 2019. Our plans for 2020 were to finally record our first full album and play in concerts out of our state and country. As we all know COVID-19 is making us wait again, we are taking this time apart to update our social media, producing some merchandising stuff and composing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s inspired by an actual woman called Estamira Gomes de Souza. She worked as a garbage collector in Rio de Janeiro, therefore, a poor black woman who had suffered many kinds of abuse. She became notorious for her philosophic wisdom, and critical view about the unequal society of Brazil. She was considered schizophrenic because of these views. She was a strong woman and her notoriety was shot in a documentary movie. So, we were shaken about the “symbolic status” in which she was placed: labelled as mad because of her untold wisdom. This is the same label all women are given here when they speak for themselves and against oppression. We feel like all women are “Estamiras” because of the madness label & status we are symbolically placed in every day when society does not treat us like citizens.

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

We’re from some cities in the Federal District. We have a strong underground scene here considering the great bands we launch every year, but not so much by the support of festivals, concert halls, size of the public etc. Some of the Federal District’s 80’s punk rock bands gained national notoriety from this scene. At this time, a lot of metal bands were releasing great material too, but almost no band can make a living from heavy music in the Federal District. Regarding the music styles, I guess we live with “waves”. For instance, in the 00’s the hardcore and metalcore scene was very strong, and now it isn’t so much. Punk and heavy metal are always current, but I would risk saying that today we have a great doom stoner post rock and black metal “wave” increasing in the Federal District.

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

We released two videos in 2012: ‘Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim?’ and ‘Raimunda Honório’. They’re available at YT. Our profile on Spotify will be available soon with 2 EP’s.

Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim? (Official Video)

Raimunda Honório (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I was a child I listened to a lot of classic rock with my family. So, my first influences were Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, and some Brazilian rock bands such as Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso. I still listen to it, but when I was a teenager I started to listen to grunge bands, and they became one of my great influences for the guitar. Later I started to listen to metal bands like Sepultura, Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and then metalcore, hardcore and crust bands. I was very influenced by Lamb of God, Walls of Jericho, Meshuggah, and other bands. As I play the drums as well, I think I have a lot of influence from Type O’ Negative, Carcass and Soundgarden. Nowadays I’m more focused to know better Brazilian underground bands and, trust me, we have a lot of great bands and musicians here.

What first got you into music?

I guess Rock ’n Roll was the first symbolic place that I fitted as a personality. I started playing the guitar at 14 years old. I like the rebel feeling that rock gives us, and even the sadness feeling that comes from it sometimes. I like music because it makes me feel a lot of things that are taken from us when we spend most of our days just working. I like to express my anger, my sadness and my joy into brutal music instead of just existing, working for others and hating people.

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

Chelsea Wolfe.

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

In Brazil I would love to play at “Abril pro Rock” that takes place in Recife and at “Facada’s Fest” in Belém, because there’s a great underground scene in the North and Northeast coasts nowadays. Abroad it would be maybe Hellfest or Obscene Extreme Fest. I Know there’s a great one in Mexico too.

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

A tattoo with Estamira’s name on her back. Actually, it was not a gift for me, but I think it was the biggest thing a fan did for us.

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

I wish our songs made you feel anything. I hope they  make you feel like putting out your anger, your joy, your sadness, if you want that. I hope they make you feel connected with some ideas you believe in.

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

Can’t I bring two? Yes, I can: David Bowie and Chris Cornell.

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

I enjoy creating songs that express what I’m feeling. I love the vibration of our concerts. I hate the sexist way that a lot of people treat women in the scene, such as when they get surprised with women making brutal music. Really?? Still? Or when they support us, hoping to focus on female bodies on the stage and not our music.

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

The price of instruments. They can’t be bought by everyone and it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Meshuggah – “Nothing”

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

They’re different. Downloading is easier but I love the way vinyl sounds.

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

I‘ve just remembered that I’ve experienced an ecstasy feeling playing Estamira’s concert at Verme’s Fest last December. A tiny but great gig produced by our friends from the band Device.

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

Actually, being a professional musician is what I would be doing if I could live from it. Hahahah. I would enjoy being a Cultural Producer, too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The prudent answer is my family. I would not be silly and make the missing friends sad. hahaha

What’s next for the band?

To FINALLY launch our Spotify profile, and then record our first full album.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCtteHtKuMJtKBMFAlERiz1A

As I said earlier: our Spotify profile will be available soon!

www.instagram.com/bandaestamira/
www.facebook.com/Banda-Estamira-274926079274272/
bandaestamira@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are.

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

It’s usual to be questioned about why we sing our songs in Portuguese. Well, it’s our mother language. Our lyrics talk about oppression and one of the greatest forms of oppression is to fit to hegemonic languages to be heard. Besides, we might not express our real feeling in a language different from ours. Sometimes there is no translation for a feeling. ALSO: buy bands’ merch, people!

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EMQ’s with CHAOSEUM

EMQ’s with CHAOSEUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lausanne, Switzerland based Metalcore/ Crossover Metal band Chaoseum Huge thanks to guitarist Valery Veings 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 Valery. I’m a guitar player for Chaoseum. Loïc and I started this band in January 2018 with the main objective of making music for the stage. We asked Greg to join us behind the drums. Our singer, CK Smile arrived later, in February 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were looking for an original name that matches our makeup. We thought of the museum of chaos, that’s how the name Chaoseum came to be.

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

We are from Lausanne in Switzerland. Metal is not the most popular kind of music, but we can find some good bands and really good musicians.

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

A video from ‘Into My Split’ on YouTube. This is the first single from our next album “Second Life”

Watch it here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of bands. Bullet For My Valentine, Korn and Slipknot, Mudvayne, Trivium, Static-X, Deftones…

What first got you into music?

Personally, when I discovered Iron Maiden. I watched “Live After Death” on tv so many times. I thought to myself: you should also play guitar, like those guys…

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

Our new album will be close to Korn’s style. But so many bands would be interesting.

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

All of them!

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

We were lucky to never receive such strange gifts!!

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

We hope to see you soon! We miss you!

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

Only one, that is not correct for the others….but ok, I choose one: Cliff Burton, because he died so young and it was not what he wanted and neither because of his hygiene of life. It’s the same for Randy Rhoads and many more…

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

Being on stage is my first motivation. In this moment, I don’t like to write new songs. I prefer when Loïc end CK make them, they are better.

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

They have to do something better for new bands, prepare the big bands for tomorrow, when the giants are retired.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. I discovered Iron Maiden when this album was born.

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

CD’s.

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

I’ve got some really good memories from USA and Russia, but my number one is at “Les Docks” in Lausanne.

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

I started to learn music when I was 15. And that was my passion which takes a lot of time. Without music, I will have invested all my time in studying medicine.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Some guys I meet during tours: Max and Gloria Cavalera, Tarja, Julian Barrett and Oli Beaudoin.

What’s next for the band?

Really soon, a new video. On September 25th, a new album with a release party in Switzerland. Our European tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Ex-Deo is postponed until Autumn 2021 due to COVID-19.

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

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram. Our music is available on YouTube, Spotify…

www.facebook.com/chaoseum
www.instagram.com/chaoseum/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBcnksHgEGsOe3iz9NeeM8g
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6unSRwFcFgDPSZTqZLKuLO

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Oh, Jaffa Cakes! I like this biscuit 🙂

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

Thank you to share this time with you.

I’m waiting for your invitation to come and eat Jaffa cakes 🙂

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Bleed From Within – Fracture

Bleed From Within – Fracture
Century Media Records
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 42:10
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

It’s mad to think we almost lost Bleed From Within to nothing more than sheer ignorance once upon a time. Frontman Scott Kennedy had the audacity to have a fringe in the early 2010s, at the height of modern metalcore’s popularity, and the scourge of “that’s not metal!” music fans tried their damnedest to ignore and dismiss the Scottish outfit before listening to a single note. However, what they weren’t counting on was the absolute thunderbastard of BFW’s third studio album “Uprising”, an extension of their deathcore sound, now featuring melodies rooted in Sweden’s melodic death metal scene that firmly separated them from any Horizon or Alexandria-based contemporaries.

Following a brief hiatus and a change in the guitar guard, BFW returned for their fourth album in 2018. “Era” was the confirmation, should anyone have needed it, that the lads could still go, settling further into the melodeath direction of “Uprising” with an ample selection of riffs and grooves, whilst also using the opportunity to dabble with cleaner vocals, with FNG Steven Jones largely backing some of Kennedy’s lighter screams, causing the kind of vocal layering that sounds like the vocal choir of Hell’s Fifth Circle.

“Fracture” sees Bleed From Within’s musical evolution continue into heights few could predicted, even when taking into consideration the trajectory of their last few albums. It’s not just about taking more influence from melodic death metal or the step-forward in the use of Jones’ clean vocals, every aspect of the band’s sound now feels sharpened, the performances of everyone involved is of the highest tier and Bleed From Within now look like a band of limitless ascendancy.

Opener ‘The End Of All We Know’ puts the tone of the album firmly into place. No floaty intro track, no spoken-word world builder, it is a succession of neck-snapping riffs backed by the stomp of Ali Richardson’s beats that tell the listener that COVID isn’t the only thing about to fuck your world up. The track is also the first time we hear the trade-offs between Kennedy and Jones. Any clean vocal style would typically bring fear and terror to the troo metal purist (anyone remember Suicide Silence?), but Jones’ tone and delivery only seek to add to the diversity of the band’s sound, allowing for moments of genuine melodic brutality, that we’ll see in its fullest on tracks like ‘Ascend’ and the title track.

While the first half of the album establishes what this album is, the second half is a whirlpool of white-hot energy and power that should define exactly just who the fuck Bleed From Within are.

‘Night Crossing’ sees Scott prove that he’s no slouch in the clean vocal department, belting out a rattling thrash chorus betwixt a series of leering grooves and a cameo appearance from everyone’s heavy metal best friend Matt Heafy. It is a pretty much a half-and-half split in the album’s latter half between vocal superiority and being torn asunder by resident riff machine Goonzi which occurs somewhere in ‘Ascend’. Backed by the rhythm section of Richardson and Davie Provan, Goonzi – who has already been on top form for the duration of the album – finds that extra little something, laying waste to ‘Ascend’ to almost comical levels, before employing a stomp on ‘Utopia’ that would make Meshuggah sweat, before finishing off on a groove from the school of Deftones’ ‘Swerve City’ for closer ‘A Depth That No One Dares’.

You would be forgiven for being caught off-guard by “Fracture”. Even if you had been following the band since their first note nearly 15 years ago, the step-up here is reserved for metal’s elite. In the year of our lord 2020, we’ve had high profile metal releases from the likes of Trivium, Sylosis, The Black Dahlia Murder, an influx of the next generation from Loathe and Irist, for Bleed From Within to standout in the way that they have speaks volumes for the band they have become and the potential for what may come next.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The End of All We Know
02. Pathfinder
03. Into Nothing
04. Fall Away
05. Fracture
06. Night Crossing [ft. Matt Heafy (Trivium)]
07. For All to See
08. Ascend
09. Utopia
10. A Depth That No One Dares

LINE-UP:
Scott Kennedy – Lead Vocals
Craig “Goonzi” Gowans – Lead Guitar
Steven Jones – Rhythm Guitar, Clean Vocals
Davie Provan – Bass
Ali Richardson – Drums, Percussion

LINKS:
www.bleedfromwithin.com/
www.facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband/
www.instagram.com/bleedfromwithin/
www.twitter.com/BleedFromWithin
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ZvwJikDgdP1PFU4PkAPVG
www.youtube.com/user/BleedFromWithin

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EMQ’s with MYOSOTIS

EMQ’s with MYOSOTIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hamburg, Germany based Modern Metalcore band Myosotis. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

We are a six-headed Modern Metalcore Band.
Kilian Harrsen – Vocals
Timo Hazerli – Vocals
Max Mäder – Guitar
Calvin Rösicke – Guitar
Julian Seiler – Drums
Thomas Grigo – Bass.

In 2017 Kilian set up an announcement in a local blog for musicians on which everyone replied separately.

Our songs have a wide range which go far beyond classic Metalcore from progressive and very technical part to Jazz influenced rhythms and classical Pop choruses with some electronical backings.

Lyrically we explore the depths of the human mind and process the emotions of love-hate, depression, change and distance and this variety is what we want to convey to our listeners, no matter which kind of music they are usually bound to. It’s about crossing borders but still keeping your own signature.

We combine melodic stanzas and refrains with brutal breakdowns and technical verses contrasted with the passionate guttural and clean vocals.

It only took us 6 month to produce our first EP “Distance” and also if our style was not defined as it is now, we directly had a direction we wanted to follow. The enthusiasm and energy was huge and so we early shared the staged with well-known bands like Meshuggah, First Blood, Wolf Down, Tell You What Now, Awake the Dreamer etc.

How did you come up with your band name?

Actually, Myosotis is the botanical name for a plant, in Germany called “Forget-me-not” and symbolizes love and trust but also has a meaning which stands for farewell. As a gift the flower impresses the whish not to be forgotten and is also used as a grave-flower.

We want to create a feeling of a community for our listeners. Everybody is welcome and has the worth to be remembered and the value as a person to belong to something and to believe in something.

Many people nowadays suffer in silence, in pain and have to face the pressure of society, family, work and other outbound factors alone. With the slogan \\WeAreMyosotis// we want to give them the feeling being part of something, that they can feel being understood.

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

We are based in the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany!

As the second biggest city in Germany, we also have a bracing scene for many different styles and the different quarters in the city also have different influences on it. Historically you can say that the music scene in Hamburg was always strong for Ska and Punk but in the past also the metal scene made its way out of the underground and is quite present nowadays.

Some local booking agencies, such as MFS-Music, our good friends, are doing a lot of effort to develop the young music scene and to take care that small artists have a chance to stay on stage, since, even though there are a countless number of clubs, they are always fully booked.

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

Our latest release was our EP “Evosia” which came out back in 2018. Evosia stand for “Evolution-Sickness” and treats the fear of development. A lot of people are often afraid of the unknown and hide in order to avoid moving forward. We dedicated this EP to those people and want to encourage them to get out of their nutshells. Change can be intimidating, but change is development and if we´re open to it, we can thrive, and good things will happen.

After “Evosia” we decided to give us and our songs some more time to let them grow and to work on the ideals of Myosotis to make them more meaningful.

Additionally, we reached out for some new partners who took care about our new material. We have been in the studio at Sawdust Recordings with the amazing Christoph Wiezcorek and we worked on new Videos which are about to be released.

Our first single called “What If…” will be released on 17/07/2020 through Blood Blast Distribution. Trailers are already out on our Facebook and Spotify Pages and what we can say so far is that it won`t be the last song this year!

Thematically, “What If…” deals with the question, if you have a dark passenger who pulls you down but sets you free at the same time. Something between life, death and desire.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is quite difficult to define, since we all have different orientations in the music we listen to.

We come from classically Metalcore and Hardcore as well as Jazz, Prog, Djent and other rhythmical genres but also Pop and Classic.

Actually, the influences for our songs are changing a lot as well and we do not keep the exact same style for longer periods since music is fluent and something that is frequently developing.

Furthermore, we personally are also developing a lot which has a big impact for the band as well.

What first got you into music?

We all have different reasons why we started learning an instrument but one fact which connects us all and why we play in a band, why we want to create our own songs is that we all want to express ourselves in what we are doing and that we want to share this with other people.

Music is a community regardless which genre you want to feel connected to. It`s all about expressions and emotions. We get in touch with so many people, for which we are very grateful, and the people understand our message and they are committed to this message, which means a lot to us.

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

We could name a bunch of bands we would like to share the stage with or to have a feature with.

Current bands we feel connected with or which have a temporarily influence to us are Novelists, Thornhill, Polaris, Plini or Tesseract.

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

That’s an easy pick. Definitely the Download Festival in Japan.

We have personal interest in the Japanese culture and the country itself as well as the people and the way they are living. Therefore, our songs often have a background story based on their culture or habits and in reverse it would be one of our biggest goals to play a tour in Japan or even more at Download Festival.

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

Our fans are great, and we love meeting them at our shows and luckily, we only received very kind and personal gifts so far, such as cookies, wristbands, picture etc.

But we are excited about what the future will bring!

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

You`re not forgotten, you`re not alone! We are all One! One community! One family!

\\WeAreMyosotis//

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

Only two names: Wayne Static / Paul Gray.

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

We love expressing our thoughts, our feelings, our visions with our songs. Each new song is a possibility to create something that remains, that lasts. To establish something that is bigger than we are in person, an ideal people can relate to, which gives them shelter, which give them strength to bear the weight they have to carry every day, and to help them to get through their struggle against their inner fears and boundaries.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Machine Head – “The Blackening”

It`s difficult for us to name one single album, since we all stick to other kinds of music and have been influenced by different artists but Machine Head`s – “The Blackening” is such a masterpiece, also it is a quite young album which was released in 2007. The length and the structure as well as the complexity of each song is a milestone and the significant song writing from Rob Flynn and Phil Demmel is just amazing.

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

Nothing beats a Vinyl!

Also the digital age helps lots of young artists to be heard and to distribute their music more easily than ever before, which is actually a great thing we also gain from, to sit down and to listen to a well-produced vinyl will always be the best way to celebrate music and to worship a production.

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

We can count many good memories we have from different concerts and festivals we played already but one gig will always be something special for us!

We were honoured to support Meshuggah in 2018 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Meshuggah is a legendary band, founder of Djent and an archetype for us! It was already a dream come true.

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

We would start a bar! Definitely we would start a bar with a small stage for live music.

The best drinks, chill flair and a stage for the best live music on the weekends!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Cash / Bill Murray / Robin Williams / Brian May / Pablo Escobar.

What’s next for the band?

We hope to be able to hit the road again soon. The Covid-19 Situation is challenging for the whole cultural scene in every country, but we use the time to work on new releases and to improve our live set-up. We just signed a deal with Blood Blast Distribution and hope that this will help us to reach more people with our message.

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

Our mains are Instagram and Facebook, but we also use Twitter and have some stuff ready which we are about to release on YouTube.

Another quite new thing is our profile on Bandbond. This is an App especially for heavy music which is not using any filters or algorithms and it includes all our different social media profiles of any platform as well as the personal accounts of the members. It also contains a touring calendar and other functions will follow. It`s a good thing to stay up to date with us!

www.instagram.com/myosotis_official/
www.facebook.com/WeAreMyosotis/
www.myosotis-band.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s too deep sh@!
We don’t know what Platon would say but maybe a biscuit can be a soft cake, but a cake cannot be a biscuit.

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

Thank you very much for the nice questions! We hope to stay in contact!

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EMQ’s with OCEAN ENCOUNTERS

EMQ’s with OCEAN ENCOUNTERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Tournai, Belgium Modern Djentcore band, Ocean Encounters. Huge thanks to bass player Pieter, guitarist Nathan, and vocalist Thomas, 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?

Pieter: Hi guys! I’m Pieter the bassist, and I’m here with Nathan (one of the guitarists) and Thomas (the singer). There’s also Quentin (the drummer) and Greg (the other guitarist) but they couldn’t make it today. Together we are Ocean Encounters from Tournai in Belgium. We started back in in 2015. Greg and Quentin got together with our old guitarist and singer and started jamming out. Soon one of my students (I’m a teacher) who knew Greg approached me saying that she knew about a band looking for a bassist. So, I went to a practice session and by the end we had 2 songs ready to go!

Nathan: Then a few years later the first guitarist had to leave because of some differences in the band, and so I was lucky enough to be asked to come on. I’d seen them a few times and really enjoyed the music they were making, so when Greg sent me a message saying they needed a guitarist, I jumped on that chance!

Thomas: Yep and then a similar thing with the original singer. He didn’t want to keep going, and I had just left my band, so the timing was perfect. Although Ocean Encounters was just at the precipice of a huge line-up of shows, so to say that I hit the ground running is an understatement (laughs). I had to learn 8 songs within something like 3 weeks!!

Pieter: Now in the most straight forward terms we play metal. Heavy down-tuned guitars, guttural vocals, big drums, lots of headbanging. But if you’re a fan of niche genres or hyper-classification of the multitude of subgenres that exist in the metal world, we like to throw around the term Modern Djentcore. That’s because if you listen to any of our tracks, there’s moments where you’re nice and comfortable, cruising to a nice little section you might enjoy, and then WHAM, out of nowhere you’ll take a nice rap/trap section to the face, followed by a rumbling breakdown chugging its way straight through your living room, and then WHOOSH you’re on the wings of a fire-tailed nighthawk soaring the notes of an ethereal sweep picking guitar solo taking you way above the clouds and into the upper reaches, where you’re serenaded by an angelic chorus, which then dissolves into fire and ashes, as you tumble back down to this purgatorial speck of dust flying through the cosmos…. too much? (laughs)

How did you come up with your band name?

Thomas: Well, as we were getting started, ocean-themed band names were really up and coming, and we were huge fans of those bands. So, we thought, why not head in that direction?

Pieter: On top of that the Ocean allows for an un-depletable source of song topics. You can talk about the monsters that definitely live in the depths, you can talk about ships, adventure, hope, despair. All of it!

Nathan: Yeah plus the fact that Pieter spoke only English or Dutch in the beginning so the internationality of it was a fun metaphor to play around with.

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

Nathan: We’re all from Belgium, except for Quentin, who is actually French. But he’s lived here for over 15 years so he’s pretty much Belgian, but don’t tell him that (laughs). Belgium actually has a HUGE metal scene. And our festivals are award-winning international insanity. Graspop Metal Meeting is huge! Plus, festivals like Alcatraz that try to give non-megastar bands a chance to play on a huge stage with thousands of people.

Pieter: Even the town we’re from used to be huge in terms of the punk/hardcore scene. You hear stories about how back in the 80’s people would come from the big neighbouring cities just to go to the shows here in town. Our drummer even had a live music bar a few years ago, but the town has gone downhill in terms of cultural or artistic support, so it’s all died out a little bit, which is really sad to see.

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

Thomas: We just came out with our debut album! It’s called “Anchored” and available on all the usual sites and services. We even have them on old-school actual CDs! So those are available for purchase by either sending us a PM, or coming to the shows!!

Nathan: We also have an EP that came out a few years ago, and that has some serious bangers on, that we still play live from time to time. Like ‘Clock’, oh man I love playing that one live.

Who have been your greatest influences?

(everyone laughs)

Pieter: We are so all over the place when it comes to influences. Even though, just like with our genre, you can place an umbrella over all of them and say ‘rock and metal bands’, but we have everything From Jack Johnson and Xavier Rudd, to Blink 182 and The Offspring, to Northlane and Polaris, to Infant Annihilator and Thy Art is Murder. We even have some EDM and rap/trap influences. So that’s a tough question.

Nathan: And you’ll hear some of those throughout our songs. Like on our first single off the album ‘Disappoint’, there’s this really catchy jumpy riff at the beginning, a heavy lumbering rap section in the middle, and the chorus is this bluesy, emotional, epic thing that sits on top of it all. It’s fun taking the listener on an adventure (laughs).

What first got you into music?

Pieter: Pheewww man. I think that’s also gonna really differ from person to person in the band. I know for me performing on stage has been something on my mind since my parents played Paul Simon CD’s in our house growing up. Then picked up a guitar around my early teens, got together with a friend to play some covers and the rest is history!

Thomas: Yeah for me it was the urge to play in a band. I had a lot of friends that has started different projects, and then one day, while singing along to a song in the car, I realised I could do this whole screaming thing without destroying my voice. So, I practiced a little bit and before I knew it, I was in a band doing it for real!

Nathan: I used to just cover songs in my bedroom. Then bought a 7-string guitar because I wanted to go heavier (now I’m up to 8 strings haha). Then Greg called me saying his band was looking for a guitarist, so I thought why not?! As good a time as any!

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

Pieter: Me personally I’d have to say Lamb of God. These guys have been in the game for so long and keep putting out quality material. Plus, every show is a party. I’d just follow them around and pay attention to every single tiny little detail and soak it all up.

Nathan: It’s gonna sound stupid but I’d love to colab with a Grindcore band. For some reason, their shows pull crowds time and time again. You can have a big-ish metalcore or djent band come in from England, and there’ll be 5 people in the audience. But there was this show by this Austrian grindcore band, (not sure how explicit you guys can print but the band was called Vaginal Penetration of an Amelus with a Musty Carrot!!) and the same place will be PACKED. I don’t know how or why, but it’s something I want to learn.

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

Thomas: Of course, there’s the big ones like Big Day Out or Download. But I think I’m gonna have to go with either Graspop Metal Meeting, or Alcatraz Music Festival. They’re in good ol’ Belgium, so we’ve got the home-crowds, and we can speak all 3 languages of Belgium, plus English, so we can most definitely reach every single f*cking person in that audience. Which is what we aim to do for each show anyway!

Nathan: I’d love to have a Burning Man, but for only metal. Or what was that festival where everyone got stranded because of COVID? Like this island where it was just music and jams for 3-4 days. THAT would be awesome. An island for only metal. Can you imagine? Maybe we should start that…?

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

Pieter: An old, beer soaked, smelly, woven bracelet from a woman easily in her 80s. She threw it on my wrist without a single word or caution, tied it tight and spent the rest of the show in the front row. Moshpits and all. It was wet, it smelled bad, but I couldn’t take it off right away because she seemed so happy to give it to me. It was weird hahaha!

Thomas: I’ve never gotten a present! Now I want one!

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

Nathan: Listen to the whole album. Even if you’re bored, use it as a mental exercise to focus on something, and stick with it for more than half an hour. Some songs fit the ‘single’ profile, so they’re juicy bits come in soon and fast, but we don’t write all our songs with the sole intention of making them big. A lot of songs are written from personal stories and have a lot of work that went into them, but might take more than a minute to really kick it in gear. Sometimes you gotta climb the mountain to see the best views, not all of them have chair lifts or gondolas to take you straight to the top of the mountain, grab a selfie, and go back down.

Pieter: I totally agree. ‘Free Bird’ or ‘Child in Time’ or ‘Stairway’ don’t “kick off” until several minutes in, and those are some of the biggest songs of all time!

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

Pieter: Ronnie James Muthafuckin’ Dio! That guy knew how to get a crowd going. And such a NICE dude. Always humble, always polite, always a winner through and through.

Thomas: I’m a huge Linkin Park fan, so I’m gonna go with Chester.

Nathan: Dimebag, man. Wow could we get any more obvious with our answers? hahaha! We literally just picked the 3 most straightforward answers to that question!

Thomas: Well, yeah, all those guys had huuuge impact on the scene when they passed. Let’s throw some Kurt Cobain in the mix as well!

Pieter: Fine, but then I’m adding Robin Williams. He wasn’t a musician, but when he passed, I literally cried every time I thought about it.

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

Pieter: Playing live shows. There’s nothing better than seeing a few heads bob in the crowd. As soon as heads are bobbing and feetsies are tapping, I consider that success. We’ve had moshpits, and there’s no denying that that is awesome when it happens, but a head bob or a foot tap is instinct when you’re hearing something you enjoy, so that’s the signal I look for.

Nathan: For me it’s funny, because right up until the moment I’m actually on stage, I hate it. I hate it so much. The anxiety of going up in front of a few hundred people is something that I still struggle with. But once the intro kicks in, that IMMEDIATELY goes away and it’s go-time. And then I love it.

Thomas: Yeah definitely love the live shows. What I hate is how nobody prepares you for the very real amount of shit you have to haul from one place to another when you’re in a band. Like, 90% of being in a band that plays live shows, is literally hauling stuff. Amps, guitars, cables, mic stands, the drumkit, merch. All of it. Actually, physically playing a show is MAYBE 5% of what you ACTUALLY do in a band. And while my love for it is a motivator to do it all, it really blows having to do it over and over again. But you just do it because that’s what gets you on stage.

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

Pieter: It’s easy to put this responsibility on the shoulders of the music industry because they’re the ones catering to it, but I’d have to say the formula of “success”. It’s leading to simplification of music as a whole. The need to bang out hit after hit after hit is causing the music to simplify, and musicians to run out of ideas (why on EARTH do you need 10+ producers on a single track?!). But I think that responsibility also lies with the audience. Try treading into genres you never listened to before, listen to an entire song start to finish, start listening for, and appreciating diversity in your taste.

Nathan: Yeah, I’ll step in that same boat. I don’t have any idea of how to fix it, but making money from album sales again would be awesome. You really have to understand and exploit the algorithms Spotify and Facebook use before they can be used to an advantage, and by then they’ve run off with such a large chunk of the cut that you’re starting from behind once you get popular enough to actually start drawing money from those streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pieter: “Enema of the State” by Blink 182

Thomas: “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

Nathan: “Miasma” by Black Dahlia Murder. I love the song too because it’s in ¾ measure, so you can Waltz to it hahaha!

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

Pieter: Urgh I’m gonna have to be a dick and break the question down into what it is you’re looking for. I know it breaks the rules a little but there really are 3 different answers for me. If you’re looking for quality of sound and dynamic in your tracks, you gotta go vinyl. But do a bit of research and make sure it’s been mastered for vinyl. It makes a serious difference, and once you hear it, you can’t go back. CD’s for in the car 100%. AUX cable is good, but a CD gets that little extra bit of volume and crunch you just can’t get anywhere else. Then download for ease of access. There’s no denying the convenience of Spotify on a phone during a road trip. Thousands of songs, poof, just like that.

Honestly can’t think of a reason for cassettes to be better than any of those 3 options. Plus, they deteriorate and you gotta rewind it every time and yeah, no, CD’s, Vinyl’s and downloads depending on what you need.

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

Thomas: Gotta say Durbuy Rock Festival 2019. We opened the festival with big big names like Napalm Death and Black Dahlia Murder, we had a solid moshpit, strangers coming up to us afterwards and praising our music, it was just so awesome.

Nathan: Yeah and our shitty little van was parked right next to Black Dahlia Murder’s tour bus, so it was this first moment where we were like “oh sh*t, we’re in it now!”

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

Pieter: I’m already doing the other thing! Teaching and history tours of the battlefields around Ypres. I love history. If you don’t like history then you had a shitty teacher. It’s fascinating!

Nathan: Honestly, no idea. I’ve got a job on the side, but there’s nothing that gets me going like playing music with these guys.

Thomas: I’m with Nathan, I do a job to pay the bills and survive, but it’s the music that I really WANT to do all day, every day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Pieter: Oh man, so many options. But I’ll stick to the question this time hahaha! And just for the sake of making the conversation at that party as interesting as possible: Robin Williams, Jesus, Hitler, Alexander the Great and a Neanderthal.

Nathan: There is nobody I would add or remove from that list. Why a Neanderthal though?

Pieter: We all have a bit of Neanderthal in us, but we don’t know a lot about them. Could they talk? Did they make music? Did they procreate with Homo Sapiens? Was it awkward introducing your Homo Sapien girlfriend to your Neanderthal parents? You know, the questions that matter.

Thomas: You guys are weird. But yes, that list seems perfectly fine.

What’s next for the band?

All collectively: TOUR!

Pieter: Yes, most definitely. That’s a collective goal of ours. Short term is just getting a tour on its feet. A few weeks, a few countries, either with a few bands or by ourselves. We just want to drive to the location, set up, play, break down, load the van, drive, set up, play, repeat for a few weeks. Dirty, tired, craving healthy food and a good bed, yeah that’s the stuff.

Thomas: Definitely. And then long-term the dream is really to get just big enough that we can make a living off of this stuff. The BIG goal is to write an album for a year, then tour for a year, then write an album, then tour. And do that until our bodies give out, or we can’t financially do it anymore.

Nathan: Yeah, we have a few small differences of opinion in the band sometimes. but I think we can all agree that touring is both a short- and a long-term goal.

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

Pieter: All the classics and the competition of the classics. Spotify, Facebook, Apple music, Google Play, Amazon, Youtube, Groover etc.

Nathan: Yep but all the important information is on Facebook, I think that’s the easiest one.

www.facebook.com/OceanEncountersBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Pieter: A cake cut to the size and shape of a biscuit. Kind like mini muffins. Muffins are ALREADY small cakes, why you gotta go and make them even smaller!?

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

Thomas: Good questions! A little bit more than the standard! Nice!

Nathan: I love lamp.

Pieter: Nothing for me. Thanks guys!

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EMQ’s with GROOM LAKE

EMQ’s with GROOM LAKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Metalcore band Groom Lake. Huge thanks to vocalist Will Mortimer 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 Will, the lead vocalist for Groom Lake. We got together at the end of 2018, after I met Ben (guitar) and Josh (bass) at an Alexisonfire show. Ciaran (guitar/vocals) played in a previous band with Ben, and had been working on material for a while, and I grew up playing in countless bands with Alex (drums), so everything fell into place perfectly. We spent most of 2019 writing and rehearsing our debut EP “Fallen Earth”, which we recorded last year with Johnny Renshaw at Bandit Studios, and started playing shows in November 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name comes from the official name for the U.S government facility Area 51. We’re all Sci-Fi fans, so the alien connection was something that really appealed to us.

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

We’re pretty spread out, but our two main hubs are Ipswich and Brighton, both of which have great scenes, with tons of great bands.

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

Our debut EP “Fallen Earth” is coming out 26/06/2020.

We’ve just released a video for our newest single ‘Leech’, which you can see here

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a collective, Architects and Northlane are probably our biggest influences, and are the common ground between us all musically. Individually we all have a wide range of influences, from 90’s boom bap Hip Hop to UK Post-Hardcore and everything in between.

What first got you into music?

I’ve been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember, but I think hearing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ when watching Wayne’s World as a 6-year-old is really what made me fall in love with guitar-based music.

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

There’s a Brighton based Electronic-Pop artist called Maida Vorn who I would love to feature on a track, I think she could really add something unique to our sound.

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

We’re a Metal band, it has to be Download! The pedigree of the bands, the history of Donington, it’s really the pinnacle for anyone in our world.

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

Nothing weird as of yet, but we’re still only new. If people like our music and want to give us weird shit, we’re totally cool with that!

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

Take a stand against hate, persevere through adversity, and buy our T-shirts because we’re all broke.

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

I think it would have to be Lemmy, no one has ever been as cool as him.

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

Enjoy the most- playing shows

Enjoy the least – loading in for shows

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

At the moment it seems that everything is constantly in a state of change, and we have to spend so much of our time adapting that we don’t really have time to think about what we’d change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The one that has really been getting me through the lockdown is “Madvillainy” by Madvillain. It’s perfect East coast hip hop.

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

The cool answer might be vinyl, but I pretty much exclusively stream and download.

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

It’s gonna be hard to top our first hometown headline show in Ipswich. Sharing the music we’d worked so hard to create with some of our best friends was such a special experience for us all.

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

I’ve always been really into acting and film, so it would be something to with that. In reality though I’d probably just play more video games.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stanley Kubrick, Ghostface Killah, Leonarda Da Vinci, Janice Joplin and Michael Jordan. I feel the list pretty much speaks for itself.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got our debut EP “Fallen Earth” coming out on all streaming platforms on 26/06/2020. You can pre-order physical copies of the record at.

www.welcometogroomlake.bigcartel.com/

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

We’re mostly active on Instagram and Facebook (both @welcometogroomlake).

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re cakes dude, it says it in the name!

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

You can pre-order physical copies of “Fallen Earth” at.

www.welcometogroomlake.bigcartel.com/

Thanks for reading!

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EMQ’s with AVARUS

EMQ’s with AVARUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Blackpool, UK based Metalcore band Avarus. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Lucas Fletcher 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?

Hey! I’m Lucas, I’m the lead vocalist of the band Avarus, we’ve been around now since about 2018 which is when we decided to start taking the band seriously and decided it was a career path we all wanted to take! We are a 4-piece metalcore band from Blackpool, UK and currently have released 5 singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is a funny story, years ago when the idea of a band first came about between myself and bassist Mikey, we had an EP currently recorded from a previous band we had been in but hadn’t been released, we did a promo video for that but didn’t have a band name and the videographer turned around and said ‘ I used to work with a band called Avarus but they’ve split up now ‘ and we were like well yeah sure that works hahaha.

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

We’re from Blackpool UK, well. 3 of us, our guitarist Jay actually grew up in Australia for 15 years of his life (hence the blonde hair and shell necklaces ) but recently moved back around 2 years ago and that’s when he met me in a rock club in Blackpool! The metal scene in Blackpool is pretty dead, it’s there but it’s not huge, I’d say the UK has a decent metal scene but it’s not something special, we can’t wait to get out to Europe after the things I’ve heard about it!

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

Our latest release is ‘In Disbelief’ which wasn’t planned at all, but due to coronavirus we had to put a hold on the video of the other release, so we thought fuck it! Let’s just release a different one and get a lyric video done! We don’t like to keep the fans waiting for new music.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say the greatest influences so far from what you hear on our music leans towards Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and As I Lay Dying. At the moment we’ve all really been into Polaris, Wage War, Northlane and a lot of lore modern bands like that, I’m now starting to write more towards that era of metal rather than old-school as I enjoy it more! So, keep an eye out for new stuff!

What first got you into music?

Haha that’s a funny story! I was sat in my dad’s van when I was about 3/4 years old, he left me alone in there and when he came back I was head banging away to the AC/DC “Back In Black” album! I grew up around my dad always playing rock or metal so that’s how I got into it!

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

Hands down Polaris, I personally think they are one of the best bands out there at the moment and I can’t get enough of their music.

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

Download festival, I’ve been going every year since I was 7 and it’s always been my dream to stand on that main stage.

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

At Christmas we all received a Christmas card off a fan with £20 in each, the strangest gift but we also weren’t complaining! Haha, I’d like to shoutout and thank Rihanna Riley for the gifts!

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

One message for the fans? F**k what everyone else thinks, be yourself and do what you want, you only get one shot at this so don’t be a sheep and follow the crowd if that’s not who you are.

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

For me personally it would be Randy Rhoads, he’s my all-time favourite guitar player.

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

I enjoy getting up on stage and playing to people, that’s what I live for. The adrenaline, the rush, there’s nothing like that feeling. I also love writing music as well, I do it all day every day if we’re not out on the road. What do I hate? Personally, I wouldn’t say I hate anything! Touring isn’t that fun when you’ve not got a shower, or I have to fly because I HATE planes haha, but other than that there’s nothing!

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

The way musicians are paid and looked upon by society, the pay for being a musician as we all know is sh*t every 150,000 streams on Spotify we get £200 which isn’t great. Remember what would the world be without any music at all? Imagine a film with no music, no radio, silent restaurants, not being able to work out with music, it would just be horrible. I think musicians are very under appreciated by society, I think anyone in the arts industry is to be honest. I just wish we could get more for the amount of work we put in, but when you love something money doesn’t matter as much, that’s why we’re still here doing it, that’s why most bands are.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

All time fave has to be “The Poison” by Bullet For My Valentine.

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

I’m gonna say CD’s I still go out and buy them because my car does not have Bluetooth haha. But I think it’s good to support the bands by still buying hard physical copies too.

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

HRH Metal at Birmingham 02 for sure.

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

Honestly, I have no idea.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite. Ozzy Osborne, Jamie Hails of Polaris, Oli Sykes of BMTH, My girlfriend and probably Gandhi.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got LOADS. First off we’re planning another single drop very soon, after that we want to get back into the studio to record the album before corona is over and then come next year we want to release the album and are planning numerous UK and EU tours around that!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.instagram.com/avarus_official/
www.facebook.com/avarusofficial/
twitter.com/avarus_official

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a CAKE.

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

Thank you for interviewing me! It was great talking to you guys! Peace out.

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EMQ’s with LAST EXISTENCE

EMQ’s with LAST EXISTENCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metalcore/Technical Metal band Last Existence. Huge thanks to guitarist James 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?

Hey guys! I’m James and I play guitar in ‘Last Existence’. Myself and Burton (The drummer who is also called James – it’s easier this way) have been in a few bands together over the years. When our last one fell apart, we just decided to keep writing together and write the material that we would want to hear from some of our favourite bands. Our bassist Dave was a good friend of ours and we kept sending him our demos as we wrote them. He loved the stuff and kept pushing us to keep going with it, so we just had to get him on board. He heard that our singer Jo was looking for a new project after leaving his previous band ‘High Rise’ and he approached him with the new material. It’s safe to say that he couldn’t get enough of what we were writing, and we have had our heads buried in the studio together ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Burton came up with the name. We were in the gym at the time and he just turns to me and goes “How about ‘Last Existence’? That sounds pretty cool and no one else has taken it!” and that was that.

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

We are all dotted around London. Burton and myself are in Buckinghamshire, Dave is based in Wembley and Jo is in Kingston (the trains are a nightmare). There are a LOT of bands in the big smoke. It’s great because the metal scene is really thriving, but competition is fierce. You really have to know your sh*t to get noticed.

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

We have just released our debut single ‘Plume’ and it seems to be turning heads. We couldn’t have asked for a better release! We gained 800 likes on Facebook in the first week of release alone. It’s a very exciting time for us. Hopefully, we will get used to the constant notifications blowing up our phones and all of the friend requests.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band we listen to a huge array of music, from John Mayer to Thy Art Is Murder. I think we can all agree that; Currents, Architects, Northlane and Novelists are some firm favourites of ours.

What first got you into music?

I started playing guitar when I was 14. I had a lot of friends in school that played and I just wanted to join in and hang. My Dad got me into the old school rock stuff, but it wasn’t until some mates forced me to listen to Tool that I start getting into metal. Fast-forward 13 years and I am now a full-time composer for film and TV.

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

Oh man that’s a tough question! Mick Gordon, the guy behind the Doom soundtrack would be awesome! I think we would make something really cool as we both love heavy amounts of electronic production and sound design. That would be sick!

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

Tech fest would be fantastic. We would fit right in with the other super ‘drop tuned’ bands. Maybe next year we can try and sort something out.

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

Hahaha, I mean…being kissed on stage by a complete stranger is a weird one. Like thanks for the beer breath…, I’m sure that was nicer for you than it was for me.

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

WE HAVE MORE! KEEP LISTENING! THE NEXT TRACK IS GOING TO BE CRAP I PROMISE!

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

Diego from Volumes. That guy’s production is unreal! All of their stuff is utterly fantastic and 100% still holds up today.

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

For me it’s a full-time job as well as having the band. I absolutely love being a musician, but you have to keep your motivation up. Sometimes you go to bed late and don’t have the energy the next day, you just have to open up the laptop and make a start. The hardest bit is always starting the writing process, but when you get going and you make something truly special – the best bit is seeing people’s reactions when you play it to them.

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

Honestly, I think the industry is in a really interesting place right now. Everyone has the opportunity to create music, everyone can be a bedroom producer and everyone can make a living off of it. Several years ago it used to be reserved for the elite with the big studios and big budgets, but now there is more music out there than ever. I think there are a lot of great opportunities right now for musicians, but with everyone able to create music easily at home – the market is heavily saturated with mediocre stuff. Your sh*t really has to stand out to make an impact. I’m not sure I would change any one thing in particular about the industry as it’s far too complex an issue for that. It would just be nice to know for sure that X amount of time invested into the music = Y amount of fans. We just have to do what we do as best we can and hope it makes it through to the people who really love it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Northlanes – “Node” is a banger!

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

Haha this is a baited question! I believe mixing was created because vinyl hid a lot of problems with dodgy engineering. When you put those old recordings onto CD you can finally hear all of the engineering mistakes that they made. However, there is something cool and nostalgic about a big vinyl player and a spinning dustbin lid sitting on top of it. I’m just more of a high-fidelity guy and will be sticking to my Grace m900 DAC and Burtons Mytek 8×192 Converter for our recording and productions.

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

I did the Britain’s Got Talent thing a while ago as a session guitarist which was pretty cool. It was fun being fussed over and being streamed to millions of people all over the U.K. I was supposed to be suspended from the ceiling in a harness and lowered onto the stage whilst busting out a guitar solo – that idea got scrapped on the day because they couldn’t hide my legs and leave me hanging up there all evening until the performance (not to mention the major blue balls).

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

I might have gone into engineering or business or something like that. Gotta make money somehow and hopefully not completely hate your job. I would like to think I would still have some kind of creative outlet on the side as I just love making things. I’ve been doing the music thing for so long now it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. I’ll take it tinnitus and all!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probs the Last Existence lads and my girlfriend. That was pretty much what we did for new years and it was a RIOT. Although to be honest I haven’t even seen a human being that I knew since we have gone into lockdown, so I’ll take anyone! Even you Burton you sack of sh*t ❤.

What’s next for the band?

We have several other releases scheduled throughout the year. Hopefully, we will get to gig at some point and see the lovely faces of all the fans that have been liking our pages. Maybe we will record a couple more music videos as well, you will have to follow us and see.

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

We are on everything! Spotify, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Apple music, Pornhub etc etc. Just type in ‘Last Existence Plume’ into whatever you want, and we will come up. It’s the pic of Jo where he looks like we set him on fire. Maybe for the next vid we will do that for real.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mate I don’t even know I ate them already.

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

Sorry for writing so much. Listen to ‘P L U M E’! It’s Dope!

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EMQ’s with MIND TERRORIST

EMQ’s with MIND TERRORIST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Larissa, Greece based Modern Metal/Metalcore band Mind Terrorist. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

We are Mind Terrorist; we play modern metal with influences of metalcore and crossover music and we were formed in 2012. We have released three full length albums, the fourth one is expected to be out in May 2020. We have played numerous gigs around the world. At the moment we are focusing on promoting our upcoming release “Spiritual Revolution”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, we wanted that our band name reflects our lyrics direction. In that sense, Mind Terrorist is our statement in an era of lies, distorted realities and moral decay. It’s a statement of freedom of thought.

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

We come from Greece, however during the last couple of years the band members live in three different countries. The metal scene is quite strong in Greece, we are very well known of our underground black metal scene, however after the 90’s we started to produce really good power and thrash metal. Nowadays, the scene is getting even stronger, with many bands touring around the world and releasing good stuff.

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

As mentioned above, we are now waiting for our new album to be released. It contains 9 tracks, mixing and mastering were done in Greece, USA, Netherlands and Germany. It will be out from OPOS Records, in two different CD editions.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced from various artists and bands all over the metal spectrum, to name few of them: In Flames, Pantera, Slayer, Machine Head, Sepultura, As I Lay Dying and more.

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

My personal wish goes for In Flames.

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

It was a CD of a fan’s band, but when I opened it at home the disc was missing, in the CD case there was a condom…No comments…

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

Stay heavy. Metal music is our remedy against the sick times we are in.

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

It’s not really about a star, I would bring Ingo from Helloween. I am currently listening to “Keeper I”, that’s why I remembered of him.

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

I enjoy the moment when I receive the physical copy of our album in my hands. It is a deep feeling that it’s hard to describe. All the effort, numerous hours of preparation, recordings, writing music and lyrics, captured in a moment. On the other hand, it’s not something that I hate, let’s say it better that I dislike, it’s the recordings process that from a point and on might take a lot of energy and time and require patience that I hardly have 😊

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

Censorship. Music is freedom of thought and speech, it is ridiculous that bands are censored because of religious, political or other reasons.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”

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

I would say that my preference goes for CD, probably because I was raised during the CD times. Although I need to admit that Vinyl is getting lately my attention a lot more than before.

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

It was a gig we played in Rome, Italy. Best performed one and with great feedback.

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

I would devote 100% of my time to graphic designing.

What’s next for the band?

Promotion of our new album and as soon as we get out of this Corona pandemic, gigs.

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

Our webpage www.mindterrorist.org.
Apart from that, we are active on Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Instagram and Telegram.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuit sized cakes 😊

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

Thank you for this interview and greetings to your readers!

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Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP

Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 08:38
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

With the country amidst the current coronavirus pandemic and with the weather, lately, being bright and warm we had one day (like a needle in a haystack) which was very cold and gloomy where it was raining on and off (normal West Midlands weather) and I thought to myself ‘this is the perfect time to listen to Levania’s recent mini-EP “Episode 0”. So, I put the heating on, switched the bedroom light on because it was so dark and wrapped up warm with my quilt and headphones on. Listening to this EP on such a horrid, boring day was an absolute godsend, it allowed me to forget about the cold weather outside and helped me warm up much more quickly.

Levania are a Gothic Metalcore band, formed in Ferrara, Italy in 2009 and were founded by ‘Still’ (keyboard and vocals) and ‘Fade’ (bass). After a fairly active period of time, where they recorded two albums, EP and various singles they went on a short hiatus  and have now returned with this three track EP

When I listen to “Episode 0”, it instantly makes me want to headbang, in fact I nearly dropped my phone in the bath and also, when I needed to go the shops, almost made me fall over when listening to it, so I can definitely say that headbanging when walking to the shops is a very bad idea. However, the main thing this EP does is put a huge smile on my face and just makes me want to raise my fist to the sky like at the end of one of my favourite films “The Breakfast Club”! It combines Gothic Rock/Metal (great keyboards/samples and excellent choruses) with clean female & harsh male vocals and really could only have been made in Mainland Europe “Episode 0” is an absolutely fabulous EP, although a little short, and one that I will surely listen to over and over again.

I cannot wait until Levania release their next album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Abyss.
02. Reflections.
03. Reckoning.

LINE-UP:
Fade – Bass
Still –  Keyboards/Vocals
Ligeia – Lead Vocals
Richie – Guitars
Markus – Drums

LINKS:
www.levania.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/LevaniaOfficial/
www.levania.net
www.twitter.com/Levania_
www.spotify.com/artist/7InW8C2DP3Ey8T38Mp8HAw
www.youtube.com/user/Levaniaband

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