NO:IR – Are We Really Alive? EP

Are We Really Alive EP Cover Art

NO:IR – Are We Really Alive? EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 22:19
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

We live in blessed times when we can look at a fresh-faced nu metal act like NO:IR and use the term “throwback”. The bastard child of groove metal, alt rock and hip hop simultaneously defined a generation, whilst aggravating another at the turn of the millennium as frosted tips, JNCO jeans, and Juggalo-adjacent face paint dominated the charts, both in the underground and in the mainstream.

There had been a steady revival in the early 2010’s with the likes of Emmure, Of Mice & Men, Cane Hill and Suicide Silence incorporating more nu metal into their sound, yet they would always shy away from the “nu metal” label, due to how “un-cool” it was still perceived. But then, Sheffield goliaths Bring Me the Horizon released “That’s The Spirit”, and 90’s kids rejoiced in now seeing nu metal in the main again, with Code Orange, Stray From the Path, Poppy and Vein among those making it officially “cool” again, allowing for a nu generation to break through.

Enter NO:IR, a Bristol-based five-piece who have cannonballed straight into the re-emerging scene with a steady stream of singles dating back to 2019. Combining nu metal with even more hip hop, some sprinklings of emo, and its old friend rap metal, NO:IR do indeed offer a throwback sound to the likes of Linkin Park, Incubus, Papa Roach and even some forgotten gems from the failed UK nu metal revival attempt in TRC and The One Hundred. In their attempts, they are able to bring back all the best parts of the soundtrack to my school runs, but also, several parts that brought down the genre in the first place.

Let’s start with the positives, this EP is crammed with excellent choruses. Harkening back to the likes of Linkin Park’s “Meteora”, vocalist Evvi Davies possesses the envy-inducing vocal prowess to hit powerful, yet melodic vocal melodies, whilst retaining the slightest of rasps that keeps the passages grounded in its rock/metal surroundings. ‘Phantom’ and ‘I Need U (Like I Need A Hole In My Head)’ are both notable examples of this and they do it in their own unique way. To go back to the “Meteora” example, ‘Phantom’ has an ‘Easier To Run’ feel, longer, more drawn-out notes to allow for a more dramatic and emotional performance, whilst ‘I Need U (Like I Need A Hole In My Head)’ has a more ‘Hit The Floor’ feel, with more energy and a higher intensity to shake up the listener (shoutout to drummer George Farley especially for his role in that).

The guitar work at times is also really special. When Sonny Gazzard and Alex Roberts delve into the heavy end of the spectrum – seen particularly in ‘Spineless’ – they do pull out some sharp riffs á la Twelve Foot Ninja, and then follow up nicely with the more melodic-but still crunchy chorus riffs spoken about previously in ‘Phantom’, probably the best written song on the release.

The band as a whole do a pretty decent job in writing a nu metal ballad in ‘Hollow’. Incorporating more dark pop and hip hop elements, that leads a steady progression into another brilliant chorus, the song is a far-cry from the standard fair of the song style set all those years ago (*cuts to ‘Nam flashbacks of ‘It’s Been A While’ by Staind*).

On the other side of the coin, NO:IR are almost too committed to bringing back the past as several of nu metal’s worst tropes can be seen and heard on “Are We Really Alive?”. ‘Demons’ opens with a near-monologue rap from Davies that lacks a natural flow and vocal stability to allow it to stand on its own. This is in fact made worse, when in the verses, he is able to nail a much more naturally-flowing-sounding rap that almost provides its own beat when isolated from the instrumentation. It’s frustrating hearing an idea like that to add a different dynamic to a release, used on perhaps the worst choice of lyric on the song.

This is also a nu-metal EP with barely a passing glimmer at a loud and proud bass guitar. Now this may come under the ‘modernisation’ of the genre, but outside a floaty bassline on ‘Phantom’, Jake Gazzard doesn’t really have the right kind of impact on a release of this ilk. There are some moments of pure metal stomp on the likes of ‘Hollow’, ‘Spineless’, ‘Phantom’, and even the ending breakdown of ‘I Need U (Like I Need a Hole in My Head)’, but no real satisfying *durnk* from a nu metal bass guitar.

And again, with this being a nu metal EP, it would be so easy to go two-footed on the lyrics (David Draiman should be arrested for his sins against the English language) but that is part of the fun of the genre. It’s often bloody bonkers. That being said, there’s a song called ‘I Need U (Like I Need A Hole In My Head)”. Just, no. To all of it.

Overall, at their first full attempt, NO:IR haven’t done a bad job at all, despite the criticisms. There’s plenty of ideas and techniques that they should lean on in the future, such as guitar work, general songwriting of the heavier parts, and genuinely creative ideas (but maybe just aimed in a different direction). They’ve got the chance to right some wrongs from their forefathers as a cross-generational, modernised nostalgia act going forward if they want to be. They’re still young, as is the revival they’re a part of.

Or they can continue what they’re doing and succeed in spite of me. More power to them.

TRACKLISTING:
01. If This Is Living…
02. Demons
03. Spineless
04. Phantom
05. I Need U (Like I Need A Hole In My Head)
06. Hollow

LINE-UP:
Evvi Davies – Vocals
Sonny Gazzard – Guitar
Alex Roberts – Guitar
Jake Gazzard – Bass
George Farley – Drums

LINKS:

NO-IR Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with STEALTH

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EMQ’s with STEALTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Corridonia, Italy based Industrial/Nu-Metal band, Stealth. Huge thanks to guitarist, Lorenzo Pimpini, for taking part.

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

Hi Folks, my name is Lorenzo and I’m the guitar player of STEALTH. The band was founded in 1997 after the meeting between me, Ivan (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Daniele (Bass player). We started as a Metallica tribute band, but we immediately started producing our own music after some months.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve chosen that moniker! One of the reason was the name born from STEALTH fighter plane in 1997 during the war in Middle East. We liked this name ’cause that plane was struggled and incisive like our metal sound!

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

We come from Italy, more precisely from a little city in the centre east of the country called Corridonia. The Rock/Metal scene here was (and actually is) very poor with few venues to play. This is the reason why we played a lot abroad.

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

“Live For Your Faith” is our latest live album released on 31st December 2020. Together with the original album and the remix one is a special concept trilogy: Live from London and other foreign places, ‘disco-metal music’ remix album “Fight For Your Fate” released in 2018 and original album “Fight For Your Faith” released in 2014. Now we are working on a new single with 2 songs that we will release shortly.

‘Perpetual War’ (Official Video)

‘Inner Land’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that the power of STEALTH arrived from different influences between us. I like prog metal and epic cinematic sound; Ivan likes industrial and nu-metal while Daniele is into prog metal and hard rock/old school stuff.

What first got you into music?

When I was 8 years old my mother brought me playing piano. I remember I learned fractional time (4/4, 6/8…) with my music teacher before learning that to school. It was amazing!

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

I really don’t know. I think that every band is special ’cause every band speaks its own language. This is the power of music!

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

I think that WACKEN OPEN AIR would be perfect for the style of music we play with STEALTH.

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

Actually, was a gift…I did. It was an autograph on the tits of a wonderful girl! So maybe I gave her a weird gift…

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

We love you and I hope we’ll start to play live again and that we’ll hug together as soon as possible.

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

Randy Rhoads on guitar, Cliff Burton on bass, Vinnie Paul on drums and Ronnie James Dio on vocals. What an amazing band that could be!

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

We love creating something that lasts over time, something that creates an emotion. I don’t know if we can, but we try and we play, first of all, for us.

I hate the poor consideration of musicians in general.

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

The reality music show. Now your fame lasts as long as a song. There is no longer the desire to search for bands that last over time!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater’s “Awake”.

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

Everything is cool! The most important thing is to pay even a little for these music ‘devices’ otherwise the music will die.

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

It was 11 years ago in Kiev, Ukraine at Route 66 pub. It’s been an unforgettable show.

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

Luckily, I am also a cardiologist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It will be great to invite for a dinner party the other guys that played with us in the past and creating just for a night a great STEALTH band with 4 drummers and 3 guitar players!

What’s next for the band?

We are working on new material. We are gonna to release a new single with 2 new brand songs next spring.

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

We mostly use our official website www.stealthattack.it but we are also on all the other social media like Facebook, Instagram, You Tube…

www.facebook.com/stealthattack.it
www.youtube.com/user/stealthattack1997

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, I think it’s a cake cause the name sounds like it…???

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

Stay connected with us and I send a big hug to everyone out there. We’ll see you quickly!

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EMQ’s with MINDWAKE

EMQ’s with MINDWAKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cagnes-sur-Mer, French Riviera based Nu-Metal/Hardcore band Mindwake. Huge thanks to guitarist Loïc Michel for taking part.

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

Hi, I’m Loïc, guitarist in Mindwake. Our Band is a Nu-Metalcore band, we’re doing violent riffs that remind of the nu metal era, but we added some modernity to it. Some parts are more hardcore/deathcore related than nu-metal and it’s something you definitely want to try.

How did you come up with your band name?

Someday we were at a party, and maybe we smoke too much weed, but we all agreed that the meaning of our song plus the chaotic/violent atmosphere could be something that could wake everyone’s minds.

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

We’re from the South of France and here, the metal scene seems to be dying…a lot of friends and local bands stop doing music because here living off of music is something really hard and everyone has to pay their rent in the end, so they have no time to do this anymore. One of our songs is called ‘Dead Dreams’ which brings up this topic (in some ways).

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

We just released our first Album called “B-52”.

‘Concrete War’ (Audio)

Because of the COVID we can’t tour or really promote this album as we’d had loved to do…so we’re currently writing what’s coming next.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for the whole band, I have to say Slipknot and Korn are our best influences, we all listen to these bands even if everyone in the band came from different horizons.

What first got you into music?

My older sister brought me into metal when I was like 5 years old, I could discover things like Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson etc…and for the first time I could hear something different and I could feel some things that changed my life. Since then I’ve always wanted to do that in life.

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

For the moment I would love to collaborate with bands like Malevolence, While She Sleeps, Chelsea Grin or Emmure.

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

I would pick every festival in the world! It’s a very hard question you got there, we really love to play shows everywhere and at the moment we feel like little kids who just were grounded because of the virus.

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

One day someone gave me a cactus after a show, it was cool, weird but cool.

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

It would be: “we love you and stay tuned for the upcoming things!”

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

I must say Paul Gray from Slipknot. There’s a lot that I would love to bring back.

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

We love being musicians, being able to see different cities, different people from everywhere enjoying the same type of music, being with friends, partying a lot, expressing ourselves with the band. The only thing that I do not like but we have to do is fighting to get paid when we play sketchy venues…besides that, being a musician is THE dream.

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

If I could change something, it would probably be to remove all the people who profit of little bands to make money without doing anything really important in return…or maybe remove the commercial music that makes people more dumb and makes them think that money is all that matter these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tough one aha…I’d say “Iowa” by Slipknot.

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

Downloads, because you can listen in high quality and if you love the band then you can support them by buying some Vinyl or merch, but you can’t listen to a Vinyl when you’re at work for example.

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

At the moment, it’s probably that one time we played with Smash Hit Combo, because this gig was so intense, everyone liked it, the sound was good, and some people still tell me things about this one.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I would probably be a cat, more seriously, I don’t know…maybe I would be a tour manager or something like that, something still in the music business.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If I had to choose only five people, I would choose the band and our merch guy aha but five is not enough.

What’s next for the band?

We are all busy making the next release and it will be more modern but a lot more violent and chaotic.

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

We are on every music streaming platform and if you wanna interact with us we’re on Facebook, Instagram etc…
www.facebook.com/mindwakeHxC
www.instagram.com/mindwakeband/
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1IBNUfe1FFZoPik_fDFFCIuyCrtQSWGS

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s definitely the best munchie when you’re really high haha!

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

Thank you, feel free to check out our album “B-52” and if you enjoyed it, you can let us know on social media, buy some merch and come party with us when we’ll come to play in your city. Have a good day.

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EMQ’s with SPOILER

EMQ’s with SPOILER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Essex, UK based Nu-Metal/Metalcore band Spoiler. Huge thanks to guitarist Chris for taking part.

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Repress’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Master of Puppets”

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

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

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

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

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

Something creative, most likely graphic design based.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with LIQUID THERAPY

EMQ’s with LIQUID THERAPY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Klerken, Belgium based Hard Rock/Nu-Metal band, Liquid Therapy. Huge thanks to guitarist Gino Lippens for taking part.

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

Hey , my name is Gino Lippens (Gono for friends 😊) I play guitar in the band and did the recording and mixing of our album.

The band was started 2 years ago by me and Davy (other guitarist). So, we are a young band with a small history. Our ambition is bigger than our history 😊

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the word Liquid and Davy with Therapy. We found that together they are a nice name. With a wink to a pint.

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

We are from Belgium. The metal scene is well known here. There are a lot of metalheads. There are a lot of metal bands, but Belgium is a very small country and difficult to break through.

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

That’s our debut album “Breathe”

Read Martin’s full review of the album here:

‘Rat Race’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have different influences. Motorhead, Seether, Metallica, Volbeat, H2O…will be the most important ones.

What first got you into music?

When I was 8 years , I started with playing the drums . After 2 years I started to play wind instruments and did that for a couple of years…that was the start.

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

For me personally, that would be Parkway Drive. I am a huge fan of this band. I’ve never seen a better live band than them, incredible!

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

OMG!! Wacken Open Air 😊😊

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

After a gig we played in our home town , there was a girl who asked to be my groupie, in front of my woman 😊 If that is a gift , I don’t know…

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

Keep on Going!!! It is one of our songs and live, always a party ! So, we would ask them to continue to support us like they do now. It brings the best of us upwards.

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

Kurt Cobain, it was a big loss!

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

The feeling on stage is a really good feeling, entertaining the audience…

I hate the hangover the day after a gig.

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

The business model, it is very difficult for young bands to survive and that’s, in many cases, a loss for the music scene.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Nevermind” by Nirvana.

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

For the musicians, Vinyl or CD

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

In our home town, the audience was incredible, and we played like we never did before.

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

Curing depression! I can’t imagine a life without music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All the band members…and my wife (she will read this interview)!

What’s next for the band?

…Normally we would play next week a living room concert…now we have to wait until the Covid is gone…

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

All the links to social media are on our website and you can order there our CD and merchandise.
www.liquidtherapy.be/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Really???? Let me guess…a biscuit?

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

We would thank you very much for this interview and the support !! Stay safe!

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P.O.D. Full Circle Tour 2019 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 21-05-2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

P.O.D. Full Circle Tour 2019 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 21-05-2019

 

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P.O.D. Full Circle Tour 2019 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 21-05-2019

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P.O.D.
Full Circle Tour 2019
The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
21-05-2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

Christian Nu Metal legends P.O.D. (Payable On Death) are currently on their second leg of a North American Tour supporting their tenth studio album “Circles” which was released on November 16th last year. They are supported on this Full Circle Tour by Nonpoint, Hyro The Hero, Islander & Nine Shrines.

P.O.D. is one of the rare bands that has got their original lineup almost unchanged. Founding members vocalist Sonny Sandoval, lead guitarist Marcos Curiel and drummer Wuv Bernardo accompanied by bassist Traa Daniels who joined the band one year later. Marcos left the band in 2003 to return just three years later. All guys showed great chemistry and their performance was seamless.

From the bands that started up the show I was lucky enough to see Nonpoint. This Florida Hard Rock band or as they classify themselves a Heavy Hard Rock, also toured with P.O.D. during the initial Circles Tour and were main support. No matter how Nonpoint classify themselves, they play a very similar style to P.O.D. just without Christian references and they know how to put on a show. If ‘Chaos and Earthquakes’, ‘El Diablo’ and ‘What A Day’ were not enough to blow the roof off, then ‘Bullet With A Name’ which they always play as the last song, did the job. In your face hard rock, played with full energy, with vocalist Elias Soriano fully engaging the crowd set the perfect atmosphere for the nights biggest stars.

P.O.D. came out with ‘Soundboy Killa’, ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ and exploded the place with ‘Boom’! Every song from first to the last was played with tireless energy and the crowd absolutely loved it. They followed up with ‘Rock The Party’ and ‘Panic Attack’ before unleashing one of their heaviest hits ‘Murdered Love.’

Providing a little slow down in the middle of the set with ‘Circle’, ‘Satellite’ and ‘Beautiful’, the bands vocalist Sonny Sandoval brought two boys onto the stage, both in their early teens. Both boys were gifted drum sticks by Wuv Bernardo and stayed on the stage to help singing smash hit ‘Youth Of The Nation;. Fans, and of course the kids parents, loved the scene. These boys will have something to remember for the rest of their lives.

After this cozy feeling the band dropped the beat with ‘Southtown’, their hard knock life anthem from their first major label debut album “The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown”. As always, for the desert (end of the show) they played ‘Alive’, if not their most successful song, then their most admired for the meaning and their Christian motives.

P.O.D. delivered a show full of excitement and positive energy, and maybe even for a moment making a believer from the God forsaken pagan who wrote this review. This band is absolutely a must have for a rock / metal fan to be at least familiar with and see them live at least once, they are really good and talented and will move you with their music.

LINKS:

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https://www.facebook.com/POD/
https://www.instagram.com/POD/

 

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EMQ’s with WALKING RUMOR

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EMQ’s with WALKING RUMOR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Danish Nu-Metal band Walking Rumor. 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?

“My name is Kenneth Gustavsson, people know me as Kenio. I do vocals and some piano parts.
The history of the band began on a bench in the city of Odense, where Andreas and I had just broken off with our current band. I wasn’t much for the idea to start up a new project because of all the effort that it took, but he convinced me to do otherwise and I’m thankful that he did. We found the rest of the members online, mostly through Facebook. It was mostly based on luck. Walking Rumor came to us as an echo of the music we all grew up listening to. It all went so fast after the release of our first single ‘Proud of Me’, which got so much positive feedback we could barely keep up with it. I know that sounds kinda shallow, but that was the reality for us. The band ended up representing Denmark at the Global Battle of the Bands in Berlin back in 2016, that was actually our 4th or 5th show in total, so you can expect how that went. We were so green back then and everything was a party. Eventually we released our EP “The War Within” and signed over to the label Mighty Music, where we released two more singles named ‘Dedicate to This’ and ‘Tears me Apart’. It didn’t take long after that, we got invited along on a European tour with ILL NIÑO in 2017, which definitely was a turning point for the band. From there writing our first full length album just seemed like the right thing to do, and we worked entire 2018 with pre-production and eventually recorded the album at LAK Studios in August 2018. We recently split with our label to go independent and with the album coming out starting June 1st, I personally can’t wait to see what’s next for us.”

How did you come up with your band name?

“It wasn’t an easy process. Coming up with a name for a band, feels harder than writing a song in many ways actually. We went through a lot of names that we sadly discovered to be taken. There was a point in time where people found out that Andreas and I were starting up a new band, and the rumor about it spread quickly outside our circles. I don’t think it was a positive rumor back then, but we kinda took that phenomenon and turned it into a name, which turned out to be Walking Rumor.”

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

“I’m actually from Sweden, but my family moved to Denmark when I was 4.
The metal scene has for a long time been dormant, but recently it has really sparked something at the Danish venues. Denmark even has a festival called Copenhell, that is strictly rock and metal music, which is really awesome to see.”

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

“Our latest release is a single called ‘Wasted Years’ that is supposed to work as a teaser for the album to come. We put it out with a video that I made myself from our time at LAK studios recording the album. It was a fun project to work on and I feel it kinda shows the reality of the work behind creating these songs. It’s more than just 3 minutes on your Spotify playlist you know.”

Who have been your greatest influences?

“I’m confident to say that bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Bring Me The Horizon have been hugely influential.”

What first got you into music?

“I think the interest has always kinda been there, but I remember getting the Linkin Park ‘Live in Texas’ CD/DVD and I watched that DVD for endless hours. Seeing my idols live on the screen for the first time kinda woke a spark in me back then. The way that they addressed the crowd, shared their message and made everyone feel connected. I knew that I wanted to achieve the same.”

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

“Waow, there are so many great artists out there. I know Mike Shinoda is doing his solo thing and rocking out with him, would be a dream come true. Yungblud would be awesome as well, because he has so much to give of himself and I’d love to be in the same room of that type of creativity. If I must choose some of the artist from Denmark, I’d love to do something with Siamese, Lucer, Halycon Hope and Ivy Crown.”

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

“Again, there are so many to choose from, but definitely Rock Am Ring and Download Festival. Those festivals have always been a dream come true for the little boy inside me.”

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

“I don’t remember getting any gifts, but I’ve been sent pictures of a WR tattoo and a Walking Rumor homemade phone case, made from seashells. Very creative and probably the weirdest I’ve seen. But that makes a good standard in my opinion. I love our fans and their dedication to the band.”

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

“That I want them to know I love them very much and that I truly appreciate their amazing support. That sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

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

“Bringing my idol back would be an amazing ability to have, but I don’t think you can get people back without their demons, which is a part of who they were as a person, and I wouldn’t want that for him. So, it’s a tough question to answer.”

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

“The ability to escape from your everyday life for a moment and the connection you’re able to get with your fans. That moment where you see that you’ve influenced somebody in some kind of way is truly magical and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There are of course downsides to being a musician who wants to shoot for the stars… You rarely have time for those back home who matter. Your friends and family quickly become alienated to the world you are living, and you only have your band mates to share these moments with. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time.”

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

“I think every musician wish their work would be more profitable, because being a musician isn’t cheap. You’ll have to pay for recordings, music video, merch, crew, managers and so on. One of my band members actually phrased it really well the other day by saying ‘You don’t make a living on making music, you make a living on selling t-shirts’.”

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Only one? Now you’re being cruel. I really loved the album from Hoobastank – “The Reason”, named after their single. That album always gets me right in the feels.”

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

“I understand that retro is coming back in the form of Vinyl, a lot of collectors out there. But I’ll always prefer CD’s because you won’t get interrupted by sudden commercials and won’t be forced to have a premium account to listen to it non-stop.”

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

“I think it was one of the last gigs we had in Germany, where the crowd was electric right from the start. A lot of people came to see who this small Danish band no one ever heard of was, and it was such a different feeling from what we’re used to at home.”

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

“I’m still trying to figure that out. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and I respect our environment a lot. I’m working on a few environmental projects with an entrepreneurial perspective. I wouldn’t be able to see myself stuck in an office or on a construction site. That’s for the braver people.”

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

“I would love to see a discussion between Robert Downey Jr. and Peter Dinklage. I’d love to have a one on one talk with Peter McKinnon as well. My best friend and that special someone to top the party is a must.”

What’s next for the band?

“We are currently in the process of releasing our full-length album “Symbiosis”. We want to be able to constantly release new music, so that every month people will have something to look forward to. But how far we are on that idea I can’t say for sure yet.”

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

“We have our official website called http://www.walkingrumor.com and our social medias are:
Facebook: facebook.com/walkingrumor
Instagram: Instagram.com/walkingrumor
Twitter: twitter.com/walkingrumor
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4SReRO2yeGmiwygeogDcFJ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

“A mixture of chocolate and sponge. Definitely cake.”

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

“Thank you for having me. Make sure to go like Walking Rumor on all social medias, find the band on Spotify and press that follow button before June 1, so that you’ll get the album countdown directly.”

 

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Dirty Machine – Discord

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Dirty Machine – Discord
Zombie Shark Records
Release Date: 26/05/2017

Running Time: 39:14
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

If any of you read my reviews on a regular basis, or, in fact, know me at all, you should know that I am a thrash/traditional heavy metal girl at heart. But, that doesn’t mean I ignore all the other genres of metal music and have lots of other favourites too. One such era of metal that I DID like, and I know a lot of purist metalheads didn’t, was the Nu-Metal phase from the early 2000’s.

Bands such as Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Korn would fuse together metal riffs and rap lyrics along with DJ samples, and it really did almost take over the music scene. And still flying the flag for the genre since their formation in 2012, Dirty Machine are a Nu-Metal outfit from Los Angeles, California.

They quickly built up an underground following, especially in the Kansas City area, mainly due to getting regular air play on the leading Kansas City rock station “98.9 The Rock” and headlining the Jägermeister stage at the 2016 Kansas City Rockfest, and have shared the stage with the likes of Ghost, Trivium, SixxAM, Disturbed, Hell Yeah and Alien Ant Farm. They have recently toured with Insane Clown Posse and have also performed with bands such as Adema, HED PE, Motorgrater and Cory Feldman (impressive list I must say!)

They have recently signed a deal with Zombie Shark Records, a new record label from Noah “Shark” Robertson (drummer with Motorgrater, The Browning) and Discord is their debut album. It was produced by Ben Jovi and Dirty Machine at Left Coastal Label Studios, mixed by Arnold “Hedge” Quezeda and Darren Davis at Blunoize Studios, and mastered by Josh Wickman from Dreadcore Productions (King 810, Within the Ruins)

Influenced by the likes of Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Nonpoint, Mudvayne and Sevendust to name but a few, the band are not afraid to let their influences be known, with a very strong Linkin Park / Disturbed vibe to a number of the tracks.

The modern fusion of the most electrifying elements of Nu-Metal and rap metal is evident from the very first song and it was during this track that I knew I was going to love the album. There is a great sync between the aggressive rapper lines of lead singer David Leach and the cleaner vocals of guitarist and vocalist Darren Davis, and the blazing guitar riffs mixed with the wicked samples of DJ Ecusa make for an awesome sound.

This album has everything a great Nu-Metal album should have, and together with the aggression and attitude this record emits, it takes you right back to the good old days of the metal / DJ / rap combo. I have seen it described as “one of the strongest metal records of 2017” and I can see where the author of that quote is coming from.

This album has a lot to offer for all nu-metal fans and even if you are not a really big fan of the genre, it will have you tapping your fingers and singing along in no time.

The Nu-Metal era has received a lot of criticism over the years, many older metalheads dismissing it as a genre altogether, branding it “new-shit!” but I think, as I do with any other metal genre, it deserves its place in metal history.

Listening to this album in my car made me remember the twenty-something year old me and made me realise just how much I did like the genre. I may be in my early forties now, but I sincerely hope that more bands like Dirty Machine make an entrance back on to the scene again.

We have had the NWOBHM revival, why can’t we have a Nu-Metal one?!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Discord
02. Seeds
03. Self-Made Hero
04. Social Recoil
05. Ecusa’s Nightmare
06. Built 3:32
07. C4 2:45
08. Wonka
09. Refuse to Follow (bonus track)
10. Victory (bonus track)
11. J-Dead (bonus track)

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