EMQs with DISCONNECTED

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EMQs with DISCONNECTED

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with French Modern New Metal band, Disconnected. Huge thanks to their vocalist, Ivan Pavlakovic, 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 Ivan Pavlakovic and I’m the vocalist of Disconnected. I also write the vocal melodies and lyrics of the band with the help of Adrian. I got contacted by Adrian back at  the end of 2016. Fell in love with his music, and since then Disconnected became my main focus in my artistic life.

How did you come up with your band name?

Adrian is the founder of the band, he really liked the word Disconnected, that sounded perfect to his ear, and as he likes to do things his way which is not always following the trends, he was pretty sure that this would be a perfect name for his own band! In Disconnected we definitely do the music we want to hear, and like, whatever people think about us. We are always 100% honest with what we create.

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

We’re a French band, and the scene here is pretty tricky. I’ll say that there are some opportunities, but more related to the more agressive genres of Metal. However, we can still be very proud of one thing : Hellfest is one of, or even the best festival in the world for Hard Rock and Metal. But as a French band that sings in English we definitely have to succeed outside of France if we wanna make a career with our music.

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way’ (19th of November 2021) And I highly recommend to any Metal fan to go and check it out! In my opinion it’s a real banger!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Aouch, there are so many…. Let’s say that, as a singer, my biggest influences fromthe past (but still active nowadays for some of them) would be Metallica, Pantera, and Faith No More. And from nowadays probably Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch, and Stone Sour (can’t forget Corey Taylor! He’s awesome).

What first got you into music?

When I was 13/14, I met a metal head (without knowing what it meant ahahah). We became friends, and he made me a cassette of the album of “Crazy world” from Scorpions and a melting pot of songs from AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth. I fell in love right away and became a metal head myself almost instantly!

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

I would love to do a featuring with Spirit box. I fell in love with the voice of Courtney LaPlante. I haven’t heard such an amazing new vocalist like that in years and years.

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

I would have picked Hellfest in France but we’ve been book on the Main Stage for June 2022 ahahah. Other than that, Rock in Rio would be quite awesome!

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

Nothing weird, always cool stuff and sweet attention. We’ve got awesome and well grounded fans!

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

Stay who you are, don’t ever change, and stay honest with us. It ’s ok not to like something that your favourite band does.

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

Dimebag

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

I love everything about it! I was put on this earth to be a musician! What I hate is the situation of these past two years. Being fucked with Covid and not being able to plan things…. But there’s absolutely nothing that I hate about being a musician.

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

I would stop the buy on system. When you’re an up and coming band and you open for big acts on tour you have to pay a certain amount of money to play before that main act (not all the time, but we’ve experienced it so many times). You’re not paid and you have to pay for your transportation costs, which already represents a big investment in itself, which is often hard to recoup. So on top of that, if there’s a buy on, it can become quite impossible to end up on those tours.

This is definitely something that is burying loads of promising bands, and stopping them from developing like they deserve to.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vulgar Display of power” (Pantera)

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

Everything is good as long as you listen to good music!

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

Opening for Judas Priest at the Zenith of Paris back in January 2019 was certainly the highlight of our career to this day. But so far as the most energetic, self satisfying gig, I would pick the last gig of the Tremonti tour, Melkweg in Amsterdam, in December 2018. Very particular and intense vibe!

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

Probably managing metal bands!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If you meant five personalities in the metal industry, it would be Lars Ulrich, Corey Taylor, Robb Flynn, Adam Dutkiewicz, and Dave Grohl!!!! I’m sure we could have such a big fucking party!!!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to shoot a new music video in January, as we plan on releasing a new single at the beginning of 2022. We are right now booking gigs to tour and promote our upcoming second album (to be released around April/Mai 2022). We are just very excited to go back on stage, we can’t wait for this spring and Summer 2022 to happen. And of course we pray everyday for Covid not to fuck with our plans for a third year in a row (like probably all artists in the world right now).

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

All of the streaming platforms, and mainly Instagram and Facebook for socials.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t know about this… first time I’ve heard about em!

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

Thank you for having us! It was a pleasure answering those questions!

Stream the fuck out of our music and when we hit the road, make sure you book a ticket to come and see us play! We never disappoint!!!!!

Much love to y’all! Stay safe!

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EMQ’s With ORECUS

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EMQ’s With ORECUS

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Swedish Modern Death Metal band, Orecus. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Elias, 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 Elias and play guitars in the band. Orecus originally started as a studio project back in 2011 with a completely different line-up (me being the only remaining original member), that released 2 EPs. The project was put on ice for a few years until I decided it was time to make a “real” band out of it, with a different direction sound wise. After completing the line-up in 2019, we headed straight into writing mode and within 2020s end we had written and recorded our debut album “The Obliterationist”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Orecus does not mean anything particular or have any special story behind it, but it sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

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

We’re spread out over Sweden, with our singer currently living in Norway. So, most of our writing and daily band related matters are done entirely online, unless we are rehearsing specifically for a show in the future, or recordings.

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

“The Obliterationist”, our debut full length album, released earlier in March of this year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We draw a lot of influences from bands like Decapitated, Meshuggah, Gojira and Dyscarnate.

What first got you into music?

For me personally it was my father, he was the one who got me into metal, and especially the heavier stuff like Meshuggah and Opeth, he’s also a musician so it was natural for me to also pick up that interest.

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

The dream would be to have a guest appearance by Björn Strid of Soilwork. One of the best voices in Modern Metal, if you ask me!

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

Hellfest would definitely be at least in the top picks. Just because of the sheer size of the festival with all the different stages for specific genres, the insane line-ups, and for the whole feel of the festival as I remember it from visiting it myself.

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

As we are newly re-launched during the pandemic, we have yet to have played our first shows after the release of the album!

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

We greatly appreciate how the album has been received by fans and critics. It’s been overwhelmingly positive and very humbling to see people appreciating what we’ve created, and we are very thankful for that.

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

Mieszko Talarczyk of Nasum, because he was a goddamn beast.

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

Having an outlet for creativity. Interacting with other musicians and music fans.
I don’t hate anything about it, but it is hard to make money from it. However, that’s also a part of being a musician and perhaps especially in these kinds of genres.


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


Bringing back CDs, I LOVE CDs!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Damn, it’s hard to pick just one…
It would have to be Sikth – “Death Of A Dead Day”.

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

As stated earlier, I am a fan of CDs, I really like the digipak format personally!

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

Due to us not having played shows yet, our first show will be the best!

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

Something else related to creative outlet, most definitely.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All of Meshuggah.

What’s next for the band?

As we just got the line-up complete with a full time drummer, we are going to start rehearsing and booking shows for 2022 (if the pandemic does not mess that up). We’ve also started to write new music which hopefully will see the light off day later next year!

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

https://www.facebook.com/orecusofficial
https://www.instagram.com/orecusofficial/
https://orecus.bandcamp.com/
https://orecusofficial.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?

Likewise! Once again, I’d just like to give a huge thanks to everyone who’s been ordering merch, CDs and streaming our music, thank you!

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EMQ’s with O.Y.D.

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EMQ’s with O.Y.D.

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Greek based Modern Metal band, O.Y.D. 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?

Hello, our name is O.Y.D. (One Year Delay) and we are playing modern metal. We started as a jam band back in 2012 and after several years we have 2 studio albums and trying to play live all around the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

We are from Greece (Europe). In Greece we have a good metal scene with Extreme & Classic Metal and Stoner Rock.

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

Our latest release was in July! Brand new single/video clip. The name is ‘Bring Them To Justice’ and deals with racism and social injustice.

‘Bring Them To Justice’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We try to blend all kind of music that we like from extreme metal, funk and jazzy moments in our music.

What first got you into music?

We always wanted to create our own music plus we wanted to record in the best possible way our songs, that’s the biggest inspiration for us!

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

Right now, let’s say TOOL or DEFTONES!

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

Ahhh difficult question, let’s see…In Europe let’s say Download festival (historic one) In the States I will choose LOLLAPALOOZA festival because it combines Rock, Funk and other styles of artist.

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

A big painting with our name.

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

Stay safe with all the Covid thing and try to be motivational and inspired.

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

Kurt Cobain! Nirvana was one of the biggest and last rock bands that evolved the music industry!

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

Creating our music, playing it live all around the world is what we love. We hate fake people in the music industry.

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

With one word…justice…

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

The one that comes in my mind right now is FAITH NO MORE – “ANGEL DUST”

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

For new band, the best is their merch…Vinyl, CD’s whatever they have is the best way to support an artist. Because of the technology I can understand that downloading music is the easiest and faster way to hear in our time. I will go with Vinyl, better sound.

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

With Comeback Kid at the Principal club in Thessaloniki.

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

Probably something that had to do with the music industry.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mike Patton, John Lennon, Maynard James Keenan, Chino Moreno & Axl Rose

What’s next for the band?

As I said earlier, we just released the new single, rehearse new ideas for the new album and waiting to play live after the Covid 19 thing. The last one is one of the things that we miss so much!

What social media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can find us right below.
www.oydband.com/
www.facebook.com/oydofficial/
www.instagram.com/oydband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4HqeXRYXgzkNGNPWtzJzHX
www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNKpRySbOx-gyZLaccUIgQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think biscuit!

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

Thanks, guys, for your time it was a pleasure! Stay safe enjoy music!

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Photo Credit: S.E.S

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Innasanatorium – Odyssey Of The Mind

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Innasanatorium – Odyssey Of The Mind
Self-Released
Release Date: 10/07/2021
Running Time: 54:02
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Hailing from Perth, Innasanatorium (great name by the way) are a Progressive Thrash influenced Modern Metal outfit unleashing their debut on the world. Thematically conceptual rather than a story-driven concept album in itself, the record deals heavily with issues of mental health both positive and negative, as well as the usual political ire beloved of all things Thrash.

For a self-produced record the sound and production are rich, deep and lavish. So many debuts have great tracks that are lost in unprofessional recording techniques and penny-pinching, but not so this one. It’s beautifully captured, and brings those well-crafted and technically proficient tracks to the fore. The modern metal flavour brought by having a fairly broad range of singers (three no less, one of who is the band’s manager) gives their sound the kind of luxuriance that bands normally take a few albums to get into their stride with, by which time they are normally starting to scrape the bottom of the song catalogue. In this case you have the cream of their repertoire, but with the kind of production normally only found when a major label is throwing everything at a new signing.

And let’s not leave the song-writing and arrangements out of this. Again this has the feel of an album that has been properly pre-produced professionally, with the arrangements tightened and honed to precision. The technical proficiency in the Prog side of things is fairly formidable too, and does not stop the flow of the songs to the ear, which is why I think this has been pre-produced so well. It’s a different feel from what you get when that tightness has had its birth in songs which have had a few years of live playing to hone down the unnecessary elements. Each and every song on here is well-crafted and flows, and before you know it fifty-five minutes has passed in a blur of beautifully melodic yet brutal riffage interlaced with effortlessly fluid solos in a sauce of heaviness and moodiness that is quite distinctive and fresh.

This record manages to pull the trick off of being both melodically enticing in the instrumental department, whilst brutal and dark in the rhythmic structures and tones. Add to this a really well-balanced use of a scale of vocals from extreme (but intelligible) to the clean and high with many stops in between and you have one of the strongest unsigned debut’s I’ve heard in a while, and a band that has found their clear and distinctive sound early.

‘Show Me Your Scars’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. Show Me Your Scars
03. The Decline (Odyssey Of The Mind Part 1)
04. Night Terrors
05. Shifting Shadows
06. The Despair (Odyssey Of The Mind Part 2)
07. Innasanatorium
08. Science In The House Of God
09. The Desire (Odyssey Of The Mind Part 3)
10. Accelerated Oblivion
11. Outro

LINE-UP:
Adam Bomb McDonald – Vocals
Ryan Pearce – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Rapid Man – Guitars
Metal C (Tim) – Bass
Justin Sanity (Kelvin) – Backing Vocals

LINKS:

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Rubicon – Demonstar

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Rubicon – Demonstar
Rock City Music Label
Release Date: 16/07/2021
Running Time: 59:53
Review by Simon Black
8/10

We don’t get too many things to listen to from Russia. A quick look at the major contributors to the genre over there quickly reveals part of the reason why…English is not widely used as a language within the community so many bands seem to stick to their native tongue. Although that should not be a barrier to international recognition (Rammstein being the most notable example of what happens when you stick to your guns regardless), international record labels might think otherwise and without them it’s damn hard to self-produce and promote outside of your native market. Consequently, Russia is still something of a closed Metal shop about which the rest of the world hears far too little. What’s also not helped is the few, that have crossed my desk in recent years, have suffered somewhat from production values that leave something to be desired. If Metal bands themselves are thin on the ground in a given market, then it follows that producers and studios with the right equipment and experience to bring the best out of their music are even more so. Which is what makes this record so refreshing to listen to.

Although Rubicon have been banging their particular blast beat driven drum since the year 2000 it took until 2018 and three years of recording effort for them to get an album released (“Welcome To Wasteland”), making this sophomore piece seem positively exuberant in its haste to follow on. First off, this record shows their twenty years of experience really clearly, even if studio recording is a relatively recent extension to their repertoire. You wouldn’t know to listen to it – as this sounds rich, professional and thoroughly well-crafted…and yes, it’s in English!

The sound is a mixture of Modern Metal, with elements of Power and some quite Industrial motes in the harmonics. Contributory to this, no doubt, is that their bassist Dmitry “Belf” Safronov is an established producer in his own right, which is clearly visible in the amount of pre-production to the arrangements that have gone into this. Not to mention that with a French guitarist and an American session musician in the mix, this really is an international project which has added much more to the richness.

And rich it definitely is, with almost a full hour’s worth of brutally efficient and powerfully delivered Metal that rushes you along like a small, helpless mammal strapped to a white water raft. That pace and momentum isn’t all about brevity and three minute wonders either, as over half the tracks clock in at five plus minutes, showing a maturity and technical ease to the song-writing and structures that hold the attention, peppered as they are with carefully restrained instrumental virtuosity. Pulling off these sorts of long and complex arrangements is a challenge to many bands, who usually save that for ‘obligatory epic album closer’ but Rubicon achieve it at least three times on this record without sounding boring or repetitive.

In guitarist Bob Saliba, Rubicon, have a highly skilled player, who can power the riffs, shred the solos with breath-taking ease and who also finds moments to deliver some beautifully delivered Spanish acoustic guitar that add depth and variety, counterpointing perfectly Safronov’s orchestrations (which presumably will involve a full blown keyboard player when they come to do this all live). Front and foremost in the mix however are Ivan “Ian” Bulankov’s roaring and dark, yet soaring and engaging vocals. As the driving force behind the band, he clearly has a robust vision in his mind, but his delivery is powerful, broad and thoroughly charismatic with a really good range. This is rich and layered but has a surface appeal that easily engages the listener from the get-go. One to watch…

‘Demonstar’ (Official Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Demonstar
02. Neon Gladiators
03. Last Floor Of Hell
04. Down The Darkness
05. Speed Of Night
06. Snake King
07. If It Bleeds
08. The Darkness Machine~
09. Robot God
10. I, Immortal
11. Line Of Dreams

LINE-UP:
Ivan “Ian” Bulankov – Vocals
Bob Saliba – Lead & Acoustic Guitars
Dmitry “Belf” Safronov – Bass, Arrangements
Katerina Pobedinskaya – Keys

LINKS:

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Internal Conflict – A P O R I A

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Internal Conflict – A P O R I A
PHD
Release Date: 09/07/2021
Running Time: 40:15
Review by Simon Black
9/10

It’s always heart-warming when a band from my erstwhile neck of the woods gets to that next level. Internal Conflict are one of those bands that has taken their winning slot from Metal To The Masses to the Bloodstock New Blood Stage in 2013 and absolutely run with it, returning to the Sophie stage a few years later and pulling in a record deal along the way. For many that triumphant first day at Bloodstock is as high as it goes, but these Leicester boys have taken things forward with energy, determination and sheer bloody mindedness and they are going to be back playing the Sophie Lancaster Stage this year. With a full album and an EP already under their belt, it’s been several years since we heard anything from them and if the quality of the material on here is anything to go by, they have spent those last three years wisely, crafting a sophomore album that feels natural, fresh and thoroughly Modern. As is so often the case with bands with a Progressive streak, they’ve managed the writing and recording process themselves, utilising the not inconsiderable talents of producer Neil Hudson (Krysthla) for the mixing and mastering. And it doesn’t sound like he came in at the end of the process either, which tells me that these chaps have learnt the value of a pre-production process themselves – no easy trick for a band to master, but master it they have.

The music continues the themes of darkness and challenge that have been their stock in trade over the years, with recent global events having added plenty of fuel to the lyrical fire. It’s moody, it’s angry and it’s thoroughly brilliant. Add to this an incredible fresh Melo-Death mixed vocal style that works brilliantly over the complex Progressive instrumental delivery and what I have in my hands is one of the strongest records of the year so far.

Opening with the brutally emphatic rhythmic pounding of ‘Kingdom Of Apathy’, this is an album that does not pull its punches. ‘Paresthesia’ has a brutal and complex cacophony of beats and melodies that is both dizzying and focussed simultaneously, and the technically blistering tightness of ‘Atlas Down’ is unrelenting brutality at its best. This is heavy as fuck Prog Metal in a way I’ve never come across before – it shouldn’t work but it absolutely does. The album keeps the anger and energy throughout its forty minutes as well without sounding repetitive, but throws in tempo shifts that completely contradict where the song started from, but brilliantly emphasis the lyrical content like the sudden reveal in a penultimate episode of a Netflix TV show. The album closer ‘Kayfabe’ is absolutely worth holding out for. The double-bass drum work, interlaced with an almost Gothic guitar and keys melodic interplay, but weaved across with some brutal shredding and a few moments of pause and grace make this one of the most rewarding and well-crafted songs on the record – plus it’s going to be a bugger to play live.

So please, if you are going to Bloodstock this year, please drag your hungover arse out of your tent for that opening graveyard Sunday morning Sophie slot, because it looks like it’s going to be an absolute doozy…

‘Bleed The Sky’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Kingdom Of Apathy
02. Paraesthesia
03. Atlas Down
04. Bleed The Sky
05. Hollow Heart
06. Traitorous
07. The Line
08. Kayfabe

LINE-UP:
Adam Kyle – Vocals
Sean Rice – Guitar, Synth
Matt Hall – Guitar, Clean Vocals
Dan Laffar – Bass
Chris Bentley – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

What is your latest release?

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

‘Awake’ (Official Video)

‘False Royal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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Sour Times – The 11th Hour

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Sour Times – The 11th Hour
Self-Released
Release Date: 14/05/2021
Running Time: 27:33
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Certain times call for certain music, don’t you find? Depending on what’s going on in your immediate world, or the world at large, music can help to appease your emotions by connecting a feeling to a sound. The last couple of weeks anger, confusion, and frustration have been fairly forefront for me, so hearing the angry sounds of Old-School New York Hardcore, with a current twist, was definitely needed. Supplying the rage for me are Sour Times, an American duo who grab New York Hardcore by the nuts, and insert smatterings of Modern Metal, and Modern Prog, into it. It’s been tough to find much information about them online, as their band name is also the name of a song by Portishead and Google seems intent on defaulting any combination to that song. Well, one thing’s certain – this is definitely not Portishead!

From the information on the press release, this new release, “The 11th Hour”, is aptly named. The 11th hour is the last moment you have, to change things, before everything goes to shit. We all know that feeling, right? We’ve all been there. Some of you, dear readers, may be their right now. All I can say to that is, have courage in your convictions, and don’t ignore that feeling in your gut, because it’s usually right. It’s fair to say that, since their inception in 2018, Sour Times have had some troubling points, and have been forced into change, with music man Ben Reigle suffering a series of near-fatal strokes in 2019, then having to relearn everything, including how to play his instruments. I’m guessing he now seriously embraces how precious and finite time actually is, and the need for change before it’s too late. Near death experiences tend to do that to you.

I absolutely take my hat off to him for the strength and determination it will have taken, not only to relearn skills, but also to learn them to the level displayed here, and to have the courage to channel the tortures and heartache into what is a really superb album. It’s raw and roaring from start to finish, with the epic screams and growls of Joseph Izayea placing fury at the heart of the sound. But it’s also led by strong melodies, riffing that draws from classic thrash, and thumping rhythms that place it firmly in the more modern.

There are some moments of relative calm dotted throughout, though. Some in the midst of thumping tracks, others that lead in or lead out of tracks, to set or resolve a mood. Track 5, ‘Interlude’, is exactly this – 52 seconds of calm amongst the fury. For me, all of these calm moments illustrate realization, and on a physical level, really display the musical skill and understanding within the instrumentation.

This really is a very well created album, not just for the backstory, but for the solid direction in which the backstory has led the sound. Production wise, I have no qualms. It’s all placed well, clear, and polished, but it doesn’t lose any of the rawness that is so symbolic of this sound. Its edgy, fierce, and powerful. If you like New York Hardcore, or more modern bands like Gojira or Whitechapel, you will like this album a lot.

‘Duality’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rage Motivator
02. Duality
03. Dismay
04. Obey
05. Interlude
06. Lily White
07. The 11th Hour
08. Death & Taxes
09. Burn

LINE-UP:
Ben Reigle – Instrumentals
Joseph Izayea – Vocals

LINKS:

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INTERVIEW WITH EMPIIRES

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INTERVIEW WITH EMPIIRES
BY Stephanie Stephens

Dallas, TX hard hitting, hard rocking, energy driven sensation EMPIIRES are coming in strong with their latest single and video for ‘THROUGH THE FLAMES’. Fire riffs, hooks that pull you in with ease and the catchy melodic nature that slides in and out of the track just confirms these guys are going to be excelling in the music community in no time.

They are putting excitement back into the game of music bringing a unique approach of blending modern metal and hard rock soundscapes with groovy melody and ear catching choruses and dynamic, killer guitars that will pull you in and will leave you content to stay and enjoy.

I had a chance to ask the guys about how the band became to be, what the process is for songwriting and found out some fun facts about the members. Enjoy!

Q: I’m so excited to have you guys a part of the East Coast Romper, I pride myself in helping people get to know up n coming bands and you guys have such a catchy, high energy and relatable sound that I can’t wait to promote the hell out of you. So, on that note tell me How EMPIIRES became a band and what each member brings to the overall sound of the band?

A: We all knew each other and have worked together in some capacity prior to this band. We started talking about writing and that led to working on some ideas. The next thing you know, we’re making demos. Each member of the band has their own strengths but I think it’s the chemistry of the four of us together that makes it work.

Q: Being from Dallas, TX; how has that inspired you guys as musicians and just your look into the world of art in general?

A: There are lots of rock and metal bands from Texas so it’s an inspiring environment to be in as a band.

Q: You have a special spelling for your band name; can you tell me the reasoning and what the band name means to you?

A: We were looking for something to make the name stand out. Our graphic artist friend showed us a couple of logos with this spelling and thought that looked cool.

Q: Your newest single ‘THROUGH THE FLAMES’ is addicting. I have had it on repeat since I got introduced to it. How was the writing process for it? And was it a fun song to write because the sound makes me feel like there was hi-energy and a lot of positivity when it was all coming together?

A: Thanks for checking it out, it’s always great to hear someone tell you that they connected with our song. We did have a good time writing it! The riff and the lyrics worked well together live and we were hoping that would translate in the recording process.

Q: Along with the track being just badass, the lyrical content shines with overcoming obstacles in life. How do you guys pick subject matter to write about and with a song like this does it feel cathartic when it’s written and you listen to what you came up with?

A: The lyrics and the story just kind of wrote itself about fighting through adversity. We were thinking most people could identify with the feeling of going through tough situations.

Q: If you could look back on any song the band has written and take a lyric, you’re proudest of that you wrote, what song would it be from and what is the line?

A: I think we’re really proud of the chorus in ‘Through the Flames’. It tells the story of why we can’t walk away from situations even when they are really tough.

Q: Another single you guys released prior to this new one is a song called ‘LOVE OR HATE’, a darker side of the band. Do you guys pride yourself on being diverse in your sound and if so, how do you know when to pump the brakes about being overly diverse or does it not matter?

A: We’re always trying to write the best song that we can and not repeat ourselves. We write a lot of different songs and see which ones make it through the process that a band goes through with new material. It’s kind of like a dating show, the ones that stick around make it!

Q: In your opinion what makes you really go insane? Love OR hate?

A: I think they both come with their own level of insanity, just depends on what part of the process they’re in!

Q: With the singles doing well have you guys thought about releasing a full album or EP or do you feel that singles are the way to go in this day and age of rock music?

A: We’re thinking about creating some type of package once we have enough singles to put that together. Whatever format that’s on, we just want to make our music available to the listener.

Q: Mentally how did you guys deal with the chaos we all endured the last year and half and how does it feel now that life for the music world is slowly coming back to normal?

A: We dealt with it by focusing on writing and recording. We knew things would get back to normal at some point and wanted to be prepared as a band to go out there and kick some ass when it did.

Q: Have you spoken about touring and if so any hints or info you can share with the public?

A: We’ve been playing shows and talking about doing some touring. We’re just looking for the right situation and will probably have something put together for this fall. Looking forward to getting back out there on that level!

Q: What is one thing about live shows you feel will be the hardest to get the rust off personally for you?

A: Pacing ourselves and not getting too excited from the beginning of the show. That was the hardest thing about our first few shows. We’re ready to go out there and slay it because we’re excited about what we have to deliver.

Q:Three fun facts that people may not know about the band or band members you would love to share?

A: We worked on a TV show together. Toured in other bands together. Have written and recorded together for film and television.

Q: What inspires you guys when you think about the fans of EMPIIRES and has there been one highlight from a fan interaction that stands out for you?

A: When anyone tells you they identify or connect with your music, that’s really cool. Probably the best ones are when people tell you that they put on your music for workout motivation or to deal with a tough day.

Q: Anything I missed touching upon you guys are working on you want to share before we end this? (Plus, I just want to wish you all the best of luck, you have something really motivating and powerful in these tracks I heard)

A: We’re working on a video for our next single release, looking forward to that and playing more shows! We want to thank everyone who helped us put out our music and the people listening. Thank you all!

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Through The Flames’ (Official Lyric Video)

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INTERVIEW WITH S.A.M.

S.A.M. - Remedy (Feat. Danny Worsnop)

INTERVIEW WITH S.A.M.
By Stephanie Stevens

Welcome to the world of S.A.M. (SAVAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT), a band that came storming into 2019 with a ton of fire and intention. “11:59” was the EP that drove the band into the ears, hearts and mouths of the rock world. With singles like ‘10 FEET TALL’ and ‘UNLEASH’, songs that penetrated with so much melody, elaborate groove and vocals that made you understand what diversity is! It was no wonder this band was gaining a fanbase at a powerful rate!

Just about the time that an explosion for the band was on the edge of hitting, a pandemic of the world hit and everything came to a standstill. The members of S.A.M. didn’t let this hinder or halt them from continuing to interact with fans and grow the bands fanbase more! They also created and, when I say creating, they did an outstanding job as they worked with friends Jack Fowler of Sleeping With Sirens and the one and only Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria to put together a new single that not only blows away their older work but showcases the strength in songwriting and growth this new band is achieving on a daily basis. ‘REMEDY’ fires on all cylinders; intricate, ballsy, energy packed and melodically enticing, It’s a track that’s addictive. This Memphis quintet is ready to hit it even harder in 2021 and I am absolutely stoked to be part of the mix supporting them for their future.

I had a chance to chat with band member JT about future tour plans, the new EP they have in the works, how ‘REMEDY’ took shape and the fun they had making the action packed video for the single.

Q: Welcome new fans of your band into the world that is S.A.M.! How did you guys form and what makes your band members stellar people to work with?

A: What’s up everyone, we always love adding new members to the S.A.M Fam! We formed a number of years ago and have evolved through a few different name changes through the years before settling on S.A.M. This current line-up of the band is pretty awesome! Most of us have a long history with each other from playing in various bands around Memphis – so it’s been pretty smooth to transition into this latest version of the project.

Q: You had some massive momentum going before Covid hit with your amazing EP “11:59”. With all the hype with the release did that keep you guys energized and positive during quarantine or was it an emotional time for you all?

A: Thank You for the kind words on “11:59”! Yeah, we kept positive through the pandemic, despite the pause in touring. We took the time to take stock and write a ton of new material with a killer group of collaborators! I think it was emotional in the sense that no musicians had the chance for over a year to connect with their live audience. That part was certainly challenging.

Q: During 2020 did you stay active on social media to stay close with fans? Or did you take the downtime to focus on making new music?

A: A little of both, the entire world had plenty of time to sit at home and do nothing, and we tried to stay as active on social media as we could. I think the hard part was we had nothing to promote – so at times it can be difficult to stay connected.

Q: The new single ‘Remedy’ is brilliant! How did the song take shape in your mind and how did both Jack Fowler of Sleeping With Sirens and Danny Worsnop from Asking Alexandria come into the fold?

A: Thank You!!! We’ve been blown away at the response ‘Remedy’ has gotten and we’re truly grateful. Both those guys are family to the band, so putting those collaborations together was actually sooth despite the pandemic. They both did such a killer job making the song what it came to be.

Q: With having both Jack & Danny work with you on the song – how did that change the creative process for S.A.M. and what was the biggest thing you learned from working with them?

A: Our process is a bit different and really works for us in the sense that none of the band ever gets too personal or territorial with the writing process, in fact we ADORE having other people come in and contribute to our music. We think that it adds to the diversity and growth of the band’s sound. As far as what we learned, we learned Danny can sing his ASS off!!! And Jack absolutely rips when push comes to shove. It was crazy how naturally that song came together!

Q: Most people ask band members what motivated them to be in a band. I want to know what motivated you or inspired you to compose and write songs? And do you feel you grow in knowledge with every song you create?

A: We’ve always been inspired by the song writing process in general. I think in the beginning stages for any songwriter, you call upon personal experience to create the song. Many years ago, we changed our approach to songwriting, and started writing based on characters of a story rather than what’s happening in our own lives. We found that approach has opened up a whole universe of concepts we can touch on now. Of course, you’ll always derive material from personal experiences, but we don’t feel as tied up with that as we used to.

Q: Lyrically with ‘Remedy’ what do you hope people take away after hearing this track?

A: To cut out those toxic people in your life that bring no joy, and serve no purpose other than to hinder your personal growth.

Q: Another cool aspect of your band is the amazing videos you put out. Do you feel making videos is as important as songwriting?

A: It’s certainly a different art form, it’s strange because you never want to assume that your version of the song means the same thing to every type of person, you always want to leave the door open for fans to create their own experiences and interpretations of your music…I think that’s part of the magic in art. With the video to ‘Remedy’, we swear Shi & Danny just wanted an excuse to make a 4 minute action film!! 😉

Q: How did making the ‘Remedy’ video test your creativity? How fun was it having Danny onboard for it?

A: Wayyy too much fun! The making of ‘Remedy’ didn’t necessarily test our creativity like a normal video concept would, I think it was more that we wanted to capture the essence of the moment. Danny and Shi were in the moment and doing things on the fly. I think that’s why the video came out so well, it was natural and just flowed.

Q: You have an EP in the works for later this year – how would you compare the vibe of it to “11:59”?

A: The vibe is different because we’ve grown as a band and as songwriters. We think we’ve also taken the production to another level. We’re excited to share more as the year goes on – because it shows the natural growth of the band.

Q: Being in Memphis/Nashville – have you been able to play locally yet? I’m sure you’re excited to get back to playing live!

A: Other than a live stream show we did for Amazon Music on Twitch a couple of weeks ago, we haven’t yet. But we hope to soon.

Q: Will you be touring in 2021? Any hints on who you may tour with?

A: There’s a lot of discussions in the works – but we can’t make any announcements just yet. Follow us on our Socials so you can see when we’ll be coming to your town! I think it’s safe to say that in 2022 we should be back in full swing again on the touring front.

Q: Any special words to your fans and the new people who will be hearing ‘Remedy’ for the first time and becoming fans?

A: Check out our stuff, and connect with us everywhere – we always love hearing from the fans. Be sure to go listen to ‘Remedy’ on Spotify and all the other streaming platforms. Most importantly – Keep your heads up, we’re almost past this Pandemic mess. Thanks everyone!!

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

S.A.M. feat. Danny Worsnop – ‘Remedy’ (Official Music Video)

S.A.M PR Photo  - Credit Matt Bender @TheBenderMatt
Photo by Matt Bender @TheBenderMatt

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