EMQ’s with ANCIENT SETTLERS

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EMQ’s with ANCIENT SETTLERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Multinational based Modern Melodic Death Metal band, Ancient Settlers. Huge thanks to keyboardist, Rene Gonzalez, 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?

Hello, I am Rene Gonzalez; I am the band’s keyboardist!

Well, the band started as a little idea made by Carlos Chiesa (Rex), during the pandemic, he started contacting the drummer, as Herman(drums) is a long-time friend of Carlos’s, then he recruited me, and i just couldn’t say no, their ideas were exactly what i was looking for!

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea abstractly related to the heavy diaspora that’s currently happening in our origin country; We decided to leave our homes, to have a better chance at a good future.

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

We’re originally from Venezuela, most of us, our singer is originally from Finland, but we migrated to Europe (Spain, France, and Portugal).

European Rock/Metal scene is pretty solid, as it’s always been.

South American Rock/Metal Scene, well, not that much, but the good thing of it is the DIE HARD fans over there!

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

Our brand new EP, it’s called “Autumnus”, in the meantime, wait for our debut full-length album.

‘Diamond Eyes’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

If you ask me, and only me; it’s a tricky question, it’s heavily panned, it can go from Bach to Jens Johansson, Hans Zimmer, Skrillex, DeadMau5, Armin Van Buuren, and so on and so forth…

Let’s not forget Nobuo Uematsu!

About the bands, I think… Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Dark Tranquility, Lamb Of God, Amorphis, etc.

What first got you into music?

Since I was very little, I started playing piano (family, peer pressure, pianist grandpa), going to music schools, and having in-house teachers.

Later in my really early teen years, a friend of mine introduced me to STRATOVARIUS, I remember clearly saying the same thing every 90’s kid that got into synths said “how does this keyboard sound like a guitar? I wanna do that, it’s so cool”!

Yeah, before that, my father taught me some rock n roll bands, and mostly 70’s prog/rock bands… as usual, I guess!

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

You guessed it right, Jens Johansson!

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

Well, there’s Wacken, but the dream would be the Knotfest! Because of the atmosphere there. Metalheads coming from different part of the world to enjoy the music.

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

A 1 year subscription to Netflix, and a bottle of snake rum *laughs*

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

It’s always darkest before bright, we’ll see you soon, hopefully!

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

Easy, BACH! He’s the first rockstar, contrary to popular belief.

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

Love: Creative brainstorm process, studio time, ideas exchange, when something sounds beautiful!

Hate: when HDD crashes, writer’s block, HDD crashes, again… oh, that’s so not cool *laughs*!

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

I would bring GIGGING BACK; oh, we miss those!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite; Throne of Chaos – “Menace & Prayer”.

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

Well, I was born in ‘87, and my youth was the 90’s, so I will have to go for CD’s!

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

In words of our dear Hideo Kojima, the best is yet to come!

We’re looking forward to ending the current situation and headline the POST-PANDEMIC FEST, yeah, it would be a great name for a rock/metal fest, c’mon, it is! *laughs*

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

Database Analyst, Big Data Splunker, Database Architect…oh yeah, it’s my current job, tends to be boring, but it’s fun, sometimes!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This depends, do you want it to be a fun dinner party? or a highly formal dinner party?

If party mode is on; Ricky Gervais, Mozart, Salieri (just for the fun of the disputes), Alexi Laiho (RIP), Genghis Khan!

If formal mode; BACH, Charles de Gaulle, my Mom, Ivan the Terrible, and Sejong the Great.

What’s next for the band?

A ton of work, we’re recording what would be our first LP, and we’re very hyped about it, it’s gonna be kick-ass, that i can promise!

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

www.ancientsettlers.es/
www.facebook.com/AncientSettlers
www.instagram.com/ancientsettlers/
www.tiktok.com/@ancientsettlers
www.soundcloud.com/ancient-settlers
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2tnmS1TH4J9mA3UzCcPcpm
www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFjLIVTh4IBRFbnNzbuTdg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Google told me they’re biscuit-sized cakes! so they’re a mutation of biscuits, and cakes too! You have the best of both worlds! Taste of cakes, portability of biscuits! IT’S A DARWINIAN MIRACLE!

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

Thanks a lot for your time, this was great!
To all people out there, we’ll see you soon, don’t worry!
Don’t forget, biscuit-sized cakes are awesome!

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Ironbourne – Ironbourne

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Ironbourne – Ironbourne
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Running Time: 51:03
Review by Simon Black
6/10

Not to be confused with the very similarly spelt Northern Irish outfit, this act hails from Sweden and is a very NWOBHM influenced, but equally quite Modern Metal sounding act, with more than a few Stoner tropes, adding an ear-ringingly heavy layer to their sound. The constituent members have all been round the block a while, but this act is fairly recent in its incorporation however and, as a debut, makes an impressive opening salvo. I can’t find too much about them as beyond a Facebook page they don’t have too much of a web presence, which realistically is something you chaps need to fix if you ever get around to reading this.

One thing about this album, it’s wonderfully heavy without feeling overtly down tuned or depressive, which means despite most of the songs being fairly slow in pace, you are left with a largely up-beat feeling. It’s quite disconcertingly effective. The challenge is that too many of the tracks are equally paced in their delivery, so after the half way point in the album, you are craving for a change of pace. We get this with the highly impressive ballad ‘Too Late’, which gives the guitarists a chance to play acoustically, to the point that it almost feels like a completely different band. When another and much faster pace change comes quite late with the very positively speedy ‘Runaway’, you are left with the feeling that more variety would have made this a more interesting record. All the constituent parts work well though – these are musicians with a strong sense of mood and they know how to get a rich sound in the recording process and Torbjörn Andersson’s voice is loud, powerful and hypnotic. The epic closer ‘Year of Judgement’ probably encapsulates all the best elements and also dares to be a bit more experimental and trippy with the sound, adding a much-needed layer of reverb to add to that epic and haunting feeling.

The challenge I have with this album is not that there is absolutely nothing bad about it, but it just fails to deliver anything eyebrow-raisingly exceptional for a big chunk of its length and that’s down to too many of the songs feeling the same in pace and tone. All the tracks are absolutely competent enough, the musicians play well, the sound is rich and mature, but the song-writing sometimes lacks the punchy, dangerous edge that this sort of music thrives upon, although the three tracks I have called out absolutely do, making this an album that feels slightly unfinished. Perhaps this is just a symptom of a band that really need to be in the same physical space for the chemistry to fire up, so I would be curious to see what a live show looks like. When they vary the pace and become more experimental, this band soars and hopefully they can take those elements and run with them. Nonetheless, an impressive start.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Dreamer
02. Elusive Reality
03. Varsel
04. Twilight Of Gods
05. Too Late
06. Covenant
07. Hit The Wall
08. Runaway
09. Year Of Judgement

LINE-UP:
Torbjörn Andersson – Vocals
Olof Geijer – Guitars
Lars Andersson – Bass
Jonas Windle – Guitars
Stefan Viktorsson – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with THE LAST ELEMENT

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EMQ’s with THE LAST ELEMENT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based Modern Rock/Metal band, The Last Element. Huge thanks to vocalist, Jasper, 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 called The Last Element; I am the lead singer of the band (Jasper). We started a while ago, Jan and Robert already knew each other from previous musical endeavours, later on they found Jasper and Noah and The Last Element was formed!

For each of us it just fitted like pieces of a puzzle, the sound, the style, it all came together.

How did you come up with your band name?

It came out that way! We were searching for a way to explain the driving factor behind our band, our music has always been very close to our hearts, we write about things that really matter to us, but that we believe also really matter to a lot of people. We were searching for a way to explain what could combine the elements of hardship, love, trust, friendship and perseverance. That’s when we decided all of these combined could be seen as: The Last Element – When we are together, we are stronger!

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

We are from the Netherlands, the metal scene here is decent! We’ve got some real cool bands, but it’s not exactly mainstream. Luckily, the big metal bands are coming over a lot, so the scene will never be dead!

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

Our latest release is called ‘The Devil’, a dark and gritty rock/metal song about how the negative voice in your head can influence and shape you. Pushing away the safety you know and filling your heart with loneliness, but even though things might seem dark, try to wake up the angel instead.

The song has been performing well! We got on multiple big Spotify editorial playlists and radio stations really love to jam it! So, we are really happy about that.😊

‘The Devil’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That would be life, simple as that, a lot of emotions arise daily. When I write lyrics it’s always inspired by real life events that I go through, some I’ve been through and some are happening, but mostly I just write what pops up in my head. I need a pen and paper to clear my head, screaming and singing it all out of my head when I record. In the end it’s something we all face and we all have different ways of expressing what we feel. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to the lyrics, cause honestly, it’s not about me…it’s about you.

Of course, there are many bands we love that influenced us as well, but it’s never the biggest driver!

What first got you into music?

For me personally it’s hard to remember, both of my parents are musicians so I’m sure that had to do with it. But at the age of 6 I started to listen to bands like MM, RATM, Nirvana and I decided that I wanted to become a rockstar…yeah pretty naive, never did I know that it would take sooo much work! But yeah, from that point on I wanted to play instruments and later on I decided to give singing a try.

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

For sure, Bring Me The Horizon, love what they are doing, they got a huge sound and so many fresh ideas, I think it would be amazing working together!

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

All of them? 😊 Don’t know, there is not one, there are many. Rock in Rio would be massive, Download would be Epic, Wacken would be sick and the list goes on.

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

Nothing is weird, it’s all sweet and coming from a good place. So not gonna name and shame anyone 😉! I mean it’s a big compliment right that someone takes the effort.

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

Believe in yourself and find the beauty in the things around you.

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

Hmm I miss Chester man…so yeah, would love to see more Linkin Park stuff and concerts.

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

Writing songs, simple as that, it’s so great writing a song and then it slowly comes to life, each time coming closer to what you had in mind. Then when it’s done, that’s just an amazing feeling. I hate the selling yourself part, it’s not really me, I just want to let the music speak for itself, not approach it as a business.

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

A more open and fairer marketplace, it’s still pretty difficult for emerging bands, it’s hard to get your music to the potential fans.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pff, there are so many, but I really keep on loving “Mechanical Animals” by MM or the self-titled album of Slipknot. Both are on replay all day without it becoming a drag. I just keep singing and screaming along.

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

Downloads, I mean that works best for me, don’t have any physical media anymore.

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

We had a very cool support act for Skillet, it was great, sold out and such a blast.

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

Well, we’re not making a living off music, so we all have jobs! For me I have my own company, tutoring business! Got a lot of cool teachers working for me and meeting a lot of nice people along the way. Helping out kids making steps and finding out their strengths. I love it!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My friends always, but if you mean celebrities then…yeah, I don’t know, I’m not into the whole starstruck thing, I just love music and would love to meet a lot of musicians out there.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on our next release, ‘Cut It Off’, just a little more time and we will release it. just dotting the i’s ! It’s gonna be such a massive track, with that we have a cool new vid coming, a new improved logo, better artwork, new band pictures and a lot more. So yeah, a lot is happening.

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

To name a few: Spotify/YouTube/Facebook
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7L9ieGr5a3eLcVo9fvVipB
www.youtube.com/c/thelastelement
www.facebook.com/thelastelement.net

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha that’s British right? Hmm, hard to say I think I only ate them a couple of times long ago, but I would lean towards cake…hope I didn’t step on toes!

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

Sure, first off, thank you for reading, for the interview and all the support so far!

Shout out to us on info@thelastelement

We also got some cool merch you can inquire about 😉!

But yeah, it means the world to us to connect with fans so reach out to us and we’ll get right back to you!

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EMQ’s with FENISIA

EMQ’s with FENISIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rome, Italy based Modern Alternative Metal band Fenisia. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Fabio Cerrito (‘J-Snake’) 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 Fabio Cerrito (J-Snake) and I’m the rhythm guitarist of Fenisia. Although the Band formed in 2009, I started playing with Fenisia around the end of 2016. The rehearsal room was very close to my home (I had already moved to that metropolitan area in 2014) but I had never heard of the band before. So, by chance one day I saw, on a site dedicated to announcements between musicians, that they were looking for a guitarist and were rehearsing exactly 5 minutes from where I live. Intrigued, I listened to some of their songs and contacted them. I spoke on the phone to Nic, who was on his honeymoon in Mexico since he had just got married. So, after talking for a while we decided that as soon as he returned, we would meet with the rest of the band to try and play together. Since then, almost immediately, we have become good friends as well as “collaborators”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well this is a question that the other members of the band should answer. As I said I am practically the last member to have joined the band 4 years ago. It is the others who invented the name Fenisia. But I think I understand what’s behind this name and I can try to explain it to you. The name Fenisia derives from the myth of the phoenix, a bird capable of being reborn from its ashes after death. The choice of this name can also be traced back to the fact that the band was founded in 2009 by the members of different formations in which Nic Ciaz and bassist Doc Liquido played together since high school. But the real reason for the name Fenisia is not properly this. Not only that at least! In reality the phoenix symbolizes and summarizes, well a little bit, all the philosophy behind the lyrics in our songs. It represents the power of resilience, that is the ability to face adversity in a positive and intelligent way, cultivating the resources that are within us. It still symbolizes death and resurrection which, in everyday life, can be associated in a broad sense with the concept of resilience. The phoenix therefore represents resilience, or the ability not to let oneself be beaten down by the difficulties of life, to react and get up stronger than before. We can learn to adapt to wind and storms as trees do, that is by developing strong roots and flexible branches, so we can keep ourselves anchored to the ground, but at the same time learn to adapt to changes. Anyway…hope the other members agree with this synthetic interpretation of mine! (laughing)

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

Although I was born in Rome, my family of origin moved in the first years of my life to Itri, a small village of about 15,000 inhabitants in central Italy. Only about twenty years later did I return to live in Rome.

Itri was a very particular village at the time. Although it was the smallest town on the Ulysses Riviera on the central Tyrrhenian coast, it was the most avant-garde town from a musical point of view. When I was 15 I, but also many of my friends, were already playing in a band and there were many who had an above average musical culture, even among those who did not play an instrument. At that time there was no internet but cassette tapes, vinyl and compact discs. It was generally much more difficult to find new material to listen to. So, we exchanged as much music as possible between friends.

I remember that post-punk and new wave trends were very popular at the time. Then there were those, like us, who were more attracted to the hard-rock and/or metal genres and all their relative “nuances”.

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

Our latest release is the third Fenisia album and concludes a trilogy made up of 3 concept albums.

The album was produced by Ray Sperlonga (American Idol) at Rosary Lane Studios, mastered by Collin Davis (Imagica, Deeds of Flesh) at Imperial Mastering, and the cover was designed by Charles Prabowo for Blackout Brother.

The album was released on October 30th via Eclipse Records. Eclipse is our new label, and we are happy to have started this collaboration with them.

For me “The Spectator” is the first album with Fenisia.

To accompany the release of the albums we have released the videos of the songs ‘Lord Lumieres’ and ‘Burned In My Brain’ (only ballad of the album) and the lyric video of ‘Manifesto’.

‘Lord Lumieres’ (Official Video)

‘Burned In My Brain’ (Official Video)

‘Manifesto’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have always loved listening to all music, always considering it one big thing without letting myself be too influenced by the different genres in which it tends to be classified. In fact, I like to play and range between different musical genres. In addition to electric, I really like playing fingerstyle on acoustic guitar. For example, I often find myself playing and really like the older “delta blues”, old songs of Mississippi, John Hurt for example…Skip James, even if it is very far from what we do with Fenisia.

I have never had particular idols even if I believe that the guitarists of the most famous rock bands of the 70’s / 80’s / 90’s such as Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Def Leppard influenced me the most. But these are just the most striking examples. I really enjoy listening to almost everything but not everything and not always.

What first got you into music?

Surely listening and the always new discovery of sensations that arise both from listening and in the moments when you play an instrument.

My mom tells me how as a child, to make me fall asleep peacefully, she just had to put on some music and the game was done!

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

There are too many musicians I would like to collaborate with. It is very difficult to identify a musician among the many talented and different musical genres of reference. To try to answer, I try to look at today’s music scene without disturbing the sacred heroes of the past, so maybe it’s easier…maybe! (laughing). I would like to write and play something with Norah Jones for example. Not just to name someone …(laughing) You weren’t expecting it, were you?

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

I think of the “Rock Am Ring” or the Wacken for example. I would love to play at one of the great festivals held at the Red Rock Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. The beauty of the places and the atmosphere that is created there during a concert are, at least in my head (laughs), magical!

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

Perhaps the strangest gift received from a fan was the one received during the last tour with Fenisia band in Latvia and Lithuania.

I remember it wasn’t a very memorable date, in terms of the number of people present, but a more intimate atmosphere was created that made us have a lot of fun. During the whole concert, one of the spectators present, began to offer us trays and trays of beer that were delivered to us by the waiters of the room directly on stage while we were playing. When my beer was almost half empty, another one came right away. I let you imagine the rest and our conditions of our small but excited audience and, overall, of our generous patron (laughing)!!!

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

Music has given us, it still gives us and, hopefully, it will give us much more. At such a difficult time for music, as well as for the entire entertainment industry in general, it’s important that fans and artists continue to support each other. Only by trying to give back to the world of music – each in their own small way (musicians and not) – a little piece of what we believe, in the life of each of us, has been possible thanks to music, will we be able to support it in the right way.

Don’t forget to buy and listen to our new album and let us know what you think. Stay close, invite us to play in your cities (laughing and correcting) of course when it will be possible to do all this. In the meantime, we are preparing the physical copies of the new album, the t-shirts and probably a new video clip. Stay connected whit us!

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

Oh no the questions are getting harder (laughing)…there are so many that I would like to bring back to life. Since the question is difficult because I can choose only one. I believe I would bring Jimi Hendrix back to life. Died at the age of 28, I think he still would have had so much to say and give to the world.

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

What I like is what I feel when I play or listen to music. The concerts, the good times you spend with the band and with other musicians or fans you know. What I don’t like is the fact that today it is too difficult for an up and coming musician to make enough money with music. To live in dignity and also be able to afford hobbies it is necessary to have another job that ends up taking part of the time you would prefer to devote to music.

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

Here we go again with the difficult questions (laughing). Thus, we risk triggering abundant controversy. Joking aside, without talking about how the internet has changed the world of music in recent decades, I try – more simply – to put forward some hypotheses for change. When I first talked about the need to support each other between artists and fans, I was referring to this: while emerging artists, rather than posing as rock stars, should have a more humble and professional approach to music, their fans and collaborators, from on the other hand, listeners should try to support artists more. For example, being more present in live events (even when it comes to listening to emerging bands playing unreleased songs and not just going to listen to cover bands) and being in general more willing to motivate the following artists more. Radio stations (even the largest and most important) could insert songs by emerging artists more often in the schedule and maybe invite them more in some broadcast. But this applies to all media in general. Public administrations should devote more resources to the cultural sector.

A bit of re-education should also be done because by now it seems to be completely normal the concept that, given the availability of the Internet, it is possible to stream all the music you want by paying only a few cents per subscription. But I believe that this, in the long run, is not enough to make the world of music thrive neither the big streaming platforms, nor the record labels, nor the artists.

It is for this reason that each of the aforementioned actors must do their part.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I can’t answer this question! I really should rule out too many!

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

I am a child of the CD era even if I still have some old vinyl at my parents’ house. Now vinyl is back in fashion and I must say that listening to a vinyl on a good system has always had its charm and also the sound you listen to has its own peculiar characteristic. In my opinion, however, the CD is the right compromise between quality and practicality. I know I’m one of the few who don’t prefer downloading. What can you do, I’m a bit old-fashioned for certain things! I still love buying CD’s.

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

Mmmm let me think…Probably when, with Fenisia, we opened the Misfits concert here in our city.

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

Airplane pilot.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

This is also difficult…Can I also choose actresses(laughs)? Staying in the musicians’ sphere at a dinner among rockers (laughs) Jimmy Page, Slash, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Charlie Starr and Dave Grohl.

What’s next for the band?

The band is in good shape but given the current health emergency and therefore the inability to play live events to promote the newly released album, we are working on some new material. We are preparing a new video; some merchandising and we hope to be back live as soon as possible.

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

You can find Fenisia on all major social networks and platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Music Unlimited, Facebook, Instagram, Reverb Nations and also visit our website www.fenisia.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

What else to add but thanks to you. Remember to listen to our new album, let us know what you think and invite us to play in your city as soon as this bad time is over.

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EMQ’s with NO:IR

EMQ’s with NO:IR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bristol, UK based Modern Metal band NO:IR. Huge thanks to all of 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?

E: I’m Evvi and I do vocals. The band came together 3 years ago when we all met at university. We

wanted to be a ‘heavy’ band and our style/genre has progressed throughout the last 3 years to get

to where we are now.

S: I’m Sonny and I play guitar in the band. I’ve been making music with my twin Jake for years now.

The rest of the guys we met at uni and decided to form a metal band. It’s been a big journey for us

and we’ve made a lot of changes in our sound and image before becoming the band we are today.

A: My Name Is Alex, I play guitar and the band started in late 2017 where we met at uni. We played together under a variety of different names and styles until January 2019 where we properly launched the band with the current name and sound.

G: I’m George, I drum and do backing vocals. We met on our university course. We used to be a

metalcore band, then a hard-core band, then a prog band. Now we’re NO:IR!

J: I’m Jake and I play bass and do a bit of backing vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

E: We spent a while under different names before NO:IR, but when we were trying to come up with a name that would suit our style of music, we knew we had to make it a bit unusual but memorable. So, when we came up with NO:IR it seemed like a great fit.

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

E: We’re from the South West (Somerset) and there’s quite a big scene in Bristol for metal.

J: Me and Sonny are both from Bristol and the music scene here is great! It’s a diverse music scenewhich loads of different genres all on top of each other which has created some really interestingbands.

S: Yeah me and Jake are both from Bristol and the band is based in the South West. Bristol has a greatscene there’s loads of really great bands. I find a lot of people in Bristol scene are accepting ofdifferent genres and new bands. The Bath music scene is pretty much being kept alive by Moles,which is probably one of the best venues in the South West.

A: Were from the South West around Bristol and the scene is pretty good in Bristol with some bigbands and good venues

G: I’m from Plymouth and the scene is real small and super tight knit. In Bristol where we are now Itis a lot bigger but still a lot of friendly faces, and a really good core of people around it.

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

E: Our latest release is our 4th single, ‘Placebo’. It’s a direct juxtaposition to our 3rd single ‘Vanity’ interms of our writing style, the emotions portrayed and artistic direction.

A: Our latest release is a single called ‘Placebo’ which shows another side to the band, we have a lotmore stuff in the works for 2021 so there will be more stuff to be released

‘Placebo’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

E: Personally, my greatest influences have been Flobots (A rap/rock group I’ve been into for around 10 years) and Mac Miller.

A: That depends on who you ask in the band. Personally, Daron Malakian is a big influence for me, and Brad Delson from Linkin Park are big influences on my playing

G: I’d probably say that Aaron Gillespie from Underoath is the reason I play how I play, and MeWithoutYou really influence my song writing.

J: When I started playing bass, I went through pretty much every song on “Californiaction” and learnt the bass for it so it would have to be Flea. At the moment though I’ve been listening to a lot of triphop and other electronic music and I’m taking a lot of influence from that as to what role the

bass plays in the music.

S: As a musician my influences are always changing, the only bands that have stayed constant are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn and Minor Threat. A lot of my influence for guitar playing doesn’t actually come from guitarists, I really like replicating vocal lines or synth/piano melodies.

What first got you into music?

E: My parents are music teachers, so I was surrounded by music all the time in my childhood. Ilearned to appreciate all forms of music too.

S: I don’t think anything got me into music, I’ve always loved it. The first artist I was really into, whenI was 10/11, was Michael Jackson, which was probably the first time I really wanted to create music.

A: My parents where always big music fans so I listened to a lot of their music but for me finding myown music taste That would be Linkin Park after hearing what I’ve done I started listening to more  bands and music around that time and start practicing guitar

G: my parents used to listen to music all the time – Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Ocean ColourScene etc. My dad has a beautiful Pearl 70’s kit so I had a great start really.

J: If I’m honest Sonny has always been the more creative twin! Ever since I can remember he wassinging to himself. We would always come home after school and watch Kerrang together when itwas on TV, so I guess that kinda pushed us both to more alternative music.

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

E: I think we could make some great tunes with Ghostemane, $uicideboy$ or Scarlxrd.

S: As a band we’d love to collaborate with a hip-hop artist like Tech N9ne or Token. Personally, I’dlove to collab with Tricky.

G: Yeah, maybe Mike Shinoda or Corey Taylor.

A: There is loads to choose from. Someone like Kadeem France from Loathe or Poppy would be cool.

J: Billie Eilish would be mad… I don’t think anyone would turn down that opportunity, but I’dprobably have to go for Justin Vernon as I love his music.

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

E: Rock am Ring would be dope.

A: Probably Download I’ve been a big fan of the festival since I was a kid and playing it is definitely on the bucket list!

G: 2000 Trees or Download would be insane.

S: I’d love to play Download Festival or Rock Am Ring. I always used to watch videos of the bands Iloved playing those festivals it would be mad to be play on the same stage.

J: Cambridge Folk Festival…. I think we would really fit in.

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

G: We’ve had a few people buy us pints which is really sweet of them. Nothing weird so far though.

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

S: Probably just thank you, I don’t think people quite understand how far their support for us goes.

E: You haven’t seen anything yet. We’re still just warming up.

G: It’s getting cold, and we have some sick hoodies that’s all I’m saying.

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

E: Chris Cornell, for sure

S: Probably Amy Winehouse, she was taken too early and had so much more mazing music to make.

A: Chris Cornell

G: Freddie. Can you imagine the party?

J: Bob Marley…I would have loved to have seen him.

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

E: I love being able to express thoughts and feelings through the music. I hate not being able to articulate my emotions in a way that sounds good musically sometimes.

A: The best thing is having this outlet for all our emotions it really helps to express ourselves. The worst is probably the heartbreak when stuff doesn’t work out/work the way it should cause so much  hard work goes into stuff beforehand.

G: It’s the most cathartic and fulfilling feeling to sit down behind a kit, knock a song out the park and

lock in with other people. There’s just nothing like it. Honestly, the physical wear and tear gets me

down. Especially since we toured for like 9 months, and with work and other stuff still going on it

just gets so draining mentally. It’s 100% worth it to get the feelings we get from playing in front of a

crowd.

J: I don’t think I could really explain the feeling of being on stage in a packed-out venue playing songs which you wrote…it’s such a rush and a really emotional experience. The worst part is that you have

to accept that you will put so much time and work into something and then see tiny results…It can

be hard to find that motivation.

S: I just love being able to put my emotions and feelings into my playing, I can struggle to get my feelings across with words so having another way of expressing them to the world is nice. I just hate how some people see playing about how technically good you are and how expensive all your gear is. Music is about making shit that sounds good not shredding in odd time signatures.

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

J: The industry is completely who you know rather than how good you are. Everyone knows everyone and if you’re not part of that network it can be very difficult to work your way up.

E: Give more opportunities to up-and-coming bands, they need more help than ever to get the exposure and punters going to their shows.

S: I’m the same as Evvi…a lot of people don’t have any time for the new bands. Some people would happily pay £100 to see Metallica or something…which is fine…but the same people wouldn’t spend a fiver on seeing some sick smaller bands.

G: I would reopen some of the venues that have shut over the last 10 or so years. There are just so few places to hear live music, especially with the situation as it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

E: I like so many genres it’d be hard to pick. If we’re talking metal it’d be “Autotheism” by The Faceless. I think that album is flawless in my opinion.

A: My current favourite album is “I Let It In, And It Took Everything” by Loathe it’s such a cool new sounding album in heavy music with a blend of sounds and genres.

S: I’m just gonna list them; RHCP – “By The Way”, Minor Threat – “First Two Seven Inches”, Amy Winehouse – “Frank”, Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”, Cattle Decapitation – “The Anthropocene Extinction”, At The Drive In – “Relationship Of Command”, Tricky – “Maxinquaye” and MJ – “Thriller” (it was the first album I bought)

G: Oh god no one said anything about hard questions. “Ten Stories”. Wait no, “For Emma, Forever Ago”.

J: George beat me to it…Gotta be “For Emma, Forever Ago” by Bon Iver

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

E: I think they all have their place. I do enjoy listening to records as physical media just has something more special to it, but downloads are very accessible and quick.

J: I love vinyl and have my own little collection. What’s best though? None of them. They all have a place and purpose.

A: Vinyl’s for me are my favourite for physical music but downloads definitely have their place for easy access, it allows us to release more music quickly and have constant engagement with fans.

G: Honestly, I grew up in the mMP3/YouTube downloader era so CD’s sound so good to me now. I can’t imagine burning a 300-song workout playlist onto 17 CD’s or taking a vinyl player on tour though. Maybe it’s tape then by process of elimination.

S: I think they are all good to be honest, music is music doesn’t matter how you listen to it.

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

S: Some of my favourites have been The Dublin Castle in Camden, Macmillan Fest in Bristol and Moles in Bath

A: Probably the gig we did with Phoxjaw at Moles, the energy was insane for that gig and the crowd was electric

G: Oh god, probably our home show at Moles with Phoxjaw. The atmosphere was just nucking futs.

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

E: I’d hopefully be doing what I do on the side at the moment, Graphic Design.

A: Probably a marine biologist something that involves scuba diving

J: I have no idea I really wanna do so much in my life…I’d definitely be putting on events and be involved in activism in some way.

S: I’m not sure, I’ve always wanted to be a musician. I love the environment and animals so maybe

something to do with that…I also love cooking so maybe a chef or something

G: Decomposing probably.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

G: The guys from the band and someone who could cook.

J: This is such a hard question for me because I’d want to put together people who, not only, I really look up to, but I think would get along so it’s a mad dinner party. I’d probably have to go for Justin Vernon, Noam Chomsky, David Attenborough, Angela Parks and Nicholas Winton. It’s quite a mix of people but all very inspiring.

S: Off the top of my head; Tom Hanks, Donald Glover, David Attenborough, Vivian Westwood, Madonna (when she was young and cool)

What’s next for the band?

G: Big releases later down the line once it’s safe to use a studio and we can get some money to pay

an audio engineer for their time.

A: As we’ve said we have a lot of stuff planned for 2021 with both releases and adapting to the

Covid regulations for gigs so next year is going to be a big year.

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

E: We mainly use Facebook and Instagram.

A: Instagram is probs the best we also have Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Also follow us on Spotify to stay up to date with releases and playlists.

www.thebandnoir.com/
www.facebook.com/thebandnoiruk/
www.instagram.com/thebandnoir/
www.twitter.com/thebandnoir
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5BVZqn07CjxpVxqBkmDzHw
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgdhbaAiI4oIM1yJQFeYTGw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

E: I’d put them in a biscuit tin, so I’d have to go with biscuit.

S: Biscuit cos I wouldn’t put a candle in one

G: They are garbage for waste disposal.

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

G: Maryland’s til I die.

J: I’m gonna be proper cringey just because I can… I think the best advice I have ever got is from my dad who told me ‘always do something you enjoy, because it’s likely to be something you’re good at’.

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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 HORROR DANCE SQUAD

EMQ’s with HORROR DANCE SQUAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Tallinn, Estonia based Modern Metal band, Horror Dance Squad. 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?

Horror Dance Squad has been blasting stages throughout the Baltics since 2014, unapologetically blending metalcore and punk with vibrant electronics and delivering it to our audiences with unforgettable ferocity. Throughout our years together we have had the enormous pleasure of sharing the stage with international heavy hitters such as Siamese, Comeback Kid, Dead By April, Adept, Eskimo Callboy, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Deez Nuts, August Burns Red, One Morning Left and may others. We also represented Estonia at the 2016 Wacken Open Air Metal Battle.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we formed the band, we knew we wanted to make heavy music, but we wanted to go in a different direction than the “doom and gloom” most people think of when they think about this genre. And, of course, with any good band name, we wanted something that really represented the core of the band and us as individuals: Horror for the heavy influence, Dance to highlight the more fun and positive angle we wanted to approach our music with, and Squad to represent the unity we feel as a band, including the unity we feel with our fans and the many awesome people we’ve had the pleasure to work with while creating and sharing our music.

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

Estonia is a country with a metal influence for sure, especially with our cousins to the north, but which is maybe more known for its folk roots. Examples such as folk-rock group Trad.Attack! and folk-metal group Metsatöll have enjoyed major successes here. But the modern-metal scene is definitely on the rise here as well. People come to the shows, there are a lot of new bands and many who have been rocking it for over ten years. The audience has also seemed to warm up a bit here–the kids mosh, stage-dive and crowd-surf like never before! Before the pandemic, there was a steady stream of great concerts. And once the restrictions were lifted, the shows picked right back up.

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

Our new album, “No Flag Will Fly Forever” (which came out on September 25th), is our most ambitious work by far. It is our deepest dive into the style we have crafted for ourselves and truly embodies the values and spirit of the band. We worked hard to challenge ourselves as musicians and songwriters to make sure we wrote the best songs we could. The album was recorded in Tallinn, Estonia and mixed by Cody Stewart (The Browning) in LA.

True to our core, the album was inspired by topics we find essential to discuss: social and personal issues, justice and injustice, philosophy and spirituality. Questions and topics that are pressing for us as individuals, but which we feel are common issues for humanity in general. We hope that if someone is struggling with an issue in their lives this album will have a song that will speak to them and help them find a positive way to deal with it–or at least a few minutes to mosh it out.

To sum it up in a few words, “No Flag Will Fly Forever” is forty-four minutes of head-bopping, feet-tapping, scream-along mayhem!

‘Burn This Place Down’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a six-piece–each with our own long, personal music history–it shouldn’t be a surprise when we say that we have been influenced by more artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, activists and policymakers than can properly be named. However, we can trim it down to a few for you. Musically, we have been largely inspired by bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, and Sikth. Non-musically, writers Stephen Pinker, Graham Hancock, Allan Watts and J.P. Lovecraft have inspired us in different ways. And, without a doubt, general curiosity and a drive to grow and learn will continue to influence us until the end of our days.

What first got you into music?

For all of us, music is part of who we are, and we couldn’t imagine living without it. Although we all found our passion for making music in our own individual ways, we all started playing music quite young, inspired by the bands and artists who were role models in either the way they played or in what they had to say with their music. While music is an essential and integral part of our lives, all of us have interwoven this passion with other interests and areas of personal development. Horror Dance Squad is made up of a software fraud expert, service designer, elementary school teacher, audio recording technician and two software supply specialists. Yet all of these various roles feed into the music we make and the stories we want to tell.

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

Very tough question. However, if we have to choose one, we think it would be very awesome to do a collaboration with Fever 333. They just have such a badass vibe and great messages in their songs.

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

Since we got a taste of the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany in 2016 when we performed in the Metal Battle, we would absolutely love the opportunity to go back and play in the actual festival.

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

Although it’s not exactly weird, just last week we received two hand-made, solid- metal axes with our band’s initials engraved on them. A very unexpected gift, but one that we truly appreciate! It’s amazing that one of our fans would take the time to make something like that for us.

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

Thank you! We hope you know that every beat and chord we play, every word we sing is for you. Thank you for being part of the squad.

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

Chester Bennington. Linkin Park was an influence for all of us in this band and his death was a huge tragedy.

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

What is there not to enjoy about making music? Sure, it’s not always easy, and there is a hell of a lot of work to do, but we love the process and we are aiming for greatness.

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

The way royalties work with streaming services. We understand it’s a complicated issue, but considering the way the sale of music has changed and the technology with which we listen to music, artists are losing an important source of income.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh wow, that’s a tough one. As a six-piece band, you can imagine it’s tough to pick one between us, let alone for any of us as individuals to choose just one album…. However, there is a general consensus amongst the band that Slipknots’ self-titled album from 1999 made a huge impact on all of us as youngsters and greatly influenced our journey into metal music.

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

We just successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign on the Estonian platform Hooandja to release our upcoming album on vinyl. This time, we decided this would be the only physical release of the album we make. But if there is a desire from our fans for CDs or cassettes, we’d be happy to make them as well!

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

It’s really hard to pick the best show as we have had some really kickass gigs, but we all agree that our performance at the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle in 2016 was one of the most significant shows we have ever played. Everything there was bigger: the stage, the crew, the pressure and, by far, the crowd size. It was an awesome experience and one we will never forget. But any show where we and the crowd have fun together is a great show.

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

For all of us, music is part of who we are, and we couldn’t imagine living without it. However, it’s still necessary for all of us to have day jobs in order to keep our dream going. Horror Dance Squad is made up of a software fraud expert, service designer, elementary school teacher, audio recording technician and two software supply specialists. Yet all of these various roles feed into the music we make and the stories we want to tell.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Each of us says the other five of us. We think we’re pretty fun to hang out with.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, the big project is the release of our album, “No Flag Will Fly Forever”, released on September 25th. We’re have recently released two singles, ‘Better’, on September 4th, and our most ambitions music video to date, ‘Burn This Place Down’, will was out on September 18th. We also have a couple of other videos in the pipeline which will require a great deal of our time and attention. We are also working hard to make sure our album release show this October is the most intense and inspired one yet. And, of course, once these projects have come to an end, we will continue to work as hard as ever to keep this ball rolling. Hopefully, the situation in Europe will also allow us to tour the album starting next year.

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

www.facebook.com/HorrorDanceSquadOfficial/
www.instagram.com/horrordancesquad/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/79AnfSN4MrNqKwBle2yRTj
www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Dzqa7Y1_gFqol5AeIFKnA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Our singer Ian says they are a cookie. But then again, he is from the U.S.

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

Thank you for having us! And don’t forget to mark your calendars: “No Flag Will Fly Forever” is available from September 25th on all major streaming platforms!

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EMQ’s with FATALITY

EMQ’s with FATALITY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chelmsford, Essex based Modern Metal band, Fatality. Huge thanks to all of 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?

I’m Josh and I’m the vocalist in Fatality. Fatality was formed in 2016 by Josh Abbott (vocals), Gareth Brimley (guitar) and ex-drummer Chris Batson with our first EP being released in the same year. We performed at Asylum, a legendary Chelmsford venue for the release and raised £200 for the SNAP charity from merch and CD sales. In 2017 we recruited bassist Matt Shynn and subsequently recorded our second EP which we released in 2019. We did a small tour of the “Prey” EP in aid of MIND and raised over £500 this time. In November 2019 we parted ways with drummer Chris and joined forces with Jordan Maze who now completes our current line-up. Since his recruitment in late 2019 we’ve written and performed a new set of tracks with Jordan as well as some Fatality originals. We played our first show with Jordan on a live stream in Summer 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We’re all huge video game fans so when it came to trying to come up with a name, we were coincidentally playing one of the all-time greatest games ever Mortal Kombat. One of us won a fight and when the words ‘FATALITY’ flashed up on the screen in blood I said, “That would make a good band name” and it stuck!

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

We’re from Essex in the UK. The Essex music scene is very hit and miss in all honesty. We’ve played some really busy shows and, in our earlier days, some not so busy shows. That being said the music scene in Essex just before the lockdown was in the middle of a resurgence. With the return of the Essex Metal 2 The Masses Bloodstock competition, things in the grassroots scene have been really picking up. There are loads of really good bands in Essex. If I were to name some, I would be running the risk of missing some names out, so I apologise in advance for that. The ones we’ve worked with recently would be bands like Unit 33, Walk In Coma, Bearfist, FyreSky, Beneath The Embers, Spidervayne, Gallow Wood, Mr Happy Chainsaw, Counties. There’s so many more amazing bands in the local scene that I could name but there just isn’t enough space on a page!

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

Our newest single is called ‘Juggernaut’. It’s available to stream everywhere and we have a music video for the track too. Juggernaut was filmed and edited by Talon Payne of Gallow Wood Media and it was recorded and produced at Card Trick Music in Essex, UK.

Juggernaut is about always standing tall, getting up when you’ve been knocked down and giving it your all no matter what you’re aiming for in life. We can all be that Juggernaut if you put your mind to climbing that mountain that’s in front of you.

‘Juggernaut’. (Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We draw our influences from loads of different avenues. Musically some of those would be bands like Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Papa Roach, Slipknot etc. As far as non-musical influences go, we usually draw that from events in our lives that directly affect us or things we strongly believe in. This usually translates pretty well into performance as we can convey our energy and emotion about each song over to the audience.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music as long as I can remember. As a very small child I wouldn’t sleep well so my parents would leave the radio on to help me sleep. Then for one of my birthdays they bought me a Sony Walkman cassette player and ever since then I’ve always had music playing in my life.

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

Anyone at all? There’s so many bands we look up to. I would personally say Papa Roach as Jacoby is my absolute idol when it comes to performance. But we’d love to play with the likes of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones etc.

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

We’d love to play places like Download, Hellfest, Wacken, Rock am Ring. Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager would be the ultimate dream for myself though! At the moment however, due to the current condition of the world, we’re just going to keep doing what we enjoy doing. Writing tunes that we all enjoy playing, performing passionately for our audiences and having a damn good go at smashing through all and any glass ceilings that come before us.

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

You know what? We’ve never received anything weird from a fan! Maybe this in an opportunity to ask fans so send us weird stuff? Not too weird though, we’re not into any freaky stuff!

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

We hope you’re enjoying our new music and we cannot wait to play live shows for you all again soon!

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

Either Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell. Then I’d ask to do a collaboration with them both. They’re two vocalists that I really look up to and their music means a lot to me personally. It would be an absolute honour to have met them and I could tell them how much I owe them for their messages and music.

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

The thing we enjoy most is writing and performing music we all enjoy with each other. We’re all really close friends and we all have so much passion for making music. It’s the best way we know of to enjoy each other’s company and achieve something at the same time.

We hate when people take things too seriously. There’s so many people we’ve come across that just take it too damn seriously and I just want to tell them to relax and enjoy yourself a bit more. Music is all about sharing something with others, a track, a guitar solo, a lyric etc and sharing is all about enjoying things with other people. The more you enjoy what you do the more others will enjoy it.

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

All the people out there trying to take advantage of musicians. Whether it be “pay to play”, dodgy deals, shorting us on payments or generally just being a terrible human. I know so many musicians that work so incredibly hard on their craft and it’s so upsetting to see people out there not taking our profession seriously.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park because it introduced me to heavier music. From there my whole world opened up.

Gareth: “Obsolete” by Fear Factory because it inspired me to listen to a more modern style of metal.

Jordan: “Allegiance” by As Blood Runs Black because it was the first time I was ever speechless whilst listening to a drummer.

Josh: Mine would have to be “Take Off Your Pants And Jacket” by Blink-182. It got me through some really tough times in my youth and always reminded me to look on the bright side of things.

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

Whatever you prefer! Each one gives a different feel to the music. If you’re drawn to any version of listening to music, then you listen to it your way!

I personally prefer CD’s. You can listen anywhere like at home, in the car on a long journey, round a friend’s house and it’s something physical that you get to keep to remind you of the memories of how the music makes you feel.

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

As a band our best gig or gigs to date is our “Prey” EP release mini tour in late 2018 and early 2019, with which we raised over £500 for MIND. Mental health is something very close to all of us in the band and we were over the moon to have been able to help an absolutely amazing charity with their mission.

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

Well I also make a living as a live sound engineer and music producer, so I literally have no idea. Being miserable I guess haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other 3 members of the band (Gareth, Matt and Jordan), the man that invents time travel and a music promoter so we could go back in time and play with some of the all-time great bands in their prime!

What’s next for the band?

We have new music in the works as always. We have a few tracks that are ready to be released and a load of new material that we’re constantly working on and refining. ’The Lesson’, ‘Indemnify’ and ‘Eight’ will be released over the next few months with the idea that we will accumulate these and more tracks into a 3rd EP/Album at the end of the year ready for when live music is back.

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

We have a self-titled 3 track EP released in 2016, the “Prey” EP (7 tracks) that was released in 2019 and 2 singles, ‘Put ‘Em Up’ LIVE and ‘Juggernaut’ (accompanied by a music video), that were released this year with our current line-up. With more to come in the next few months.

You can catch us on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer as well as YouTube and as far as I’m aware, pretty much any streaming company out there! Just search Fatality Band UK and you’ll find us.

www.facebook.com/fatalitybanduk/
www.instagram.com/fatalitybanduk/
www.fatalitybanduk.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7nWTWY78YTG94SeWERTCvm
www.youtube.com/channel/UCd44KNPQaNpmymBPd1HfM6A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a biscuit sized cake. They have a soft centre and they go hard when stale. I’ve actually read the Oxford paper on this one so you’re not going to catch me out!!

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

We know times are still tough but just keep smashing through it and we will be back to have a huge show when we’re able to!

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EMQ’s with EVERLOST

EMQ’s with EVERLOST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Moscow, Russia based Modern Metal band Everlost. Huge thanks to Andrey Smirnoff 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 Andrey Smirnoff. I’m a vocalist/songwriter/guitarist of Everlost. Also known for working in bands like U.D.O., Dirkschneider.

Everlost was founded in 2001 but our first full-length album came out a few years later (around 2004). Over the 20-year history of the band, hundreds of shows have been played throughout Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Europe, also 5 full-length albums have been released. Now the band is working on the next studio record. Everlost’s style has undergone many changes over the years, but essentially remains the powerful mix of heavy riffs, powerful vocals and catchy melodies.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were looking for some short and catchy word. And Slayer was already taken.

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

Originally, we’re from Moscow, Russia. The Russian metal scene is pretty large, but mostly underground.

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

We’ve released a couple of singles recently, called ‘Warrior’ and ‘Supernova’. The most recent video is for our cover of In Flames’ ‘Pinball Map’. The original record celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It was a heavy influence on Everlost’s music back in the days.

‘Pinball Map’ (IN FLAMES cover) feat. Max Norton

‘Supernova’ (Official Quarantine Music Video)

‘Warrior’

Who have been your greatest influences?

All the classic metal bands, like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Accept and so on. Another great influence was the melodic death metal scene of Sweden with bands like already mentioned In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity.

What first got you into music?

At first, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. But it quickly turned to sex, beer and death metal.

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

Metallica!!!

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

Wacken Open Air! Because it’s the most famous and the biggest one.

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

Several years ago, at one of our gigs, we’ve got a plus size bra. For some reason, a person with this gift was a guy!!

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

Believe in yourself and never give up!

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

It would be someone who died before creating his best record. The first one who comes to mind is Chuck Schuldiner.

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

I love to rock on stage, but I hate to be on a stinky bus with a bunch of drunk guys.

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

The music industry is created by the people and for the people. One cannot change things he doesn’t like about the music industry without changing the people themselves. But, personally, I don’t like that the industry became oriented too much on single hit songs and doesn’t care about albums being good anymore. While writing albums for Everlost, we’re trying hard to avoid mediocre songs and just throw them away if there are any doubts.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Somewhere In Time” by Iron Maiden.

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

Market will always be dominated by the products that are easiest to use. That’s why we see the increasing popularity of various streaming services. Vinyl, Cassettes and CD have their own aesthetics though, but it’s mostly collectible items now.

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

I think, it was our anniversary gig in Moscow. We’ve even made a live video and a live album out of it, called “XV Years – Live In Moscow”.

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

Some of us already have jobs and businesses unrelated to musical industry.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Sasha Grey, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault to pay for that.

What’s next for the band?

New single and album!

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

Mostly, our YouTube channel

www.youtube.com/user/everlostband

And a Facebook page

www.facebook.com/everlostofficial/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have these luxurious capitalistic delicacies here in Mother Russia. Our gastronomic knowledge is limited to bear meat and vodka.

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

Thanks for the support! Have a great day everyone! Stay safe!

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