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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.
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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?
“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 Running time: 39.14 Zombie Shark Records Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King 9 out of 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?!
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