EMQ’s with MELTING EYES

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EMQ’s with MELTING EYES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with The Hague, Netherlands based Old School Death Metal band, Melting Eyes. Huge thanks to Ben Ubert & Marco van der Meer, 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?

Ben Ubert: I play the rhythm guitar and the some of the little melancholic parts.

Marco vd Meer: Drums.

History:

We‘ve known each other for more than 25 years. We‘ve lost track for several years and when we met again in Amsterdam at a Gruesome gig, the idea was born to start up an ODSM band. In February 2017 we started practising and meanwhile the bass player joined us. All three of us already played in other bands in the past. Me, in War Master (NL). Marco in Compos Mentis (NL) and Angelo, the bass player has a long history of bands; Winterfell, GAOS and many more. After ¾ years of rehearsing and writing songs Pier Segaar (guitar in The Impaler, ex Constant Paranoia) joined the band on vocals. After a while he brought his guitar with him and started playing guitar as well. We started performing live with bands like Gruesome, Nervochaos, Graceless, Rages Of Sin, Acrid, mainly in the western part of the Netherlands. The debut EP was recorded in the Covid period in November at  Studio Moerwijk and was released Aug 1st 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ben: it refers to my illness, I suffer from Cluster Headaches. In bad periods it’s like one of my eyeballs is melting out of my head. Visualising this gives a gory, painful picture, which of course is suitable for an old school death metal band.

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

We originate from the western part of the Netherlands and there’s a pretty big metal scene, with Musicon (The Hague), Baroeg (Rotterdam), Nobel (Leiden) programming (inter)national bands. Apart from that the Dutch metal scene is very alive with a lot of good bands (Asphyx, Graceless, Pestilence etc. etc.).

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

Our debut EP: “My Final Resting Place”.

‘My Final Resting Place’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ben: Death (US) (Chuck Schuldiner R.I.P.) and Asphyx, later on also Gruesome (Matt Harvey).

Marco: Nicko McBrain, Alex Marquez, Gene Hoglan, Bolt Thrower, Malevolent Creation, Disincarnate, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary etc.

What first got you into music?

Ben: I think it was hearing Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’, after that the new wave of British Heavy Metal, but certainly also the beginning years of Death Metal (87-96).

Marco: When I was 9/10 years old I started listening to AC/DC, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. They all got me where I am now.

When it comes to playing, I’m very inspired by Nicko McBrain, still love his drums on the early Maiden albums.

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

Ben: We already did, Matt Harvey of Gruesome helped me out writing the first song ‘Rise From Below’ during guitar lessons and also taught me an important lesson in attitude, which gave me more confidence: “I just play what I like to hear, it doesn’t get any deeper than that”. By chance we also did a gig with them here in Holland.

Marco: My good friend Alex Marquez.

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

Ben: 70,000 Tons of Metal, great atmosphere and weather, Metal on a cruise ship!

Marco: Actually, same as Ben 70,000 Tons of Metal. Maryland Deathfest would be awesome too.

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

Ben: Being stopped on the street to take a photo with me and my orange camper which has the name Melting Eyes on the back.

Marco: Email.

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

Ben: We are very pleased and humbled with all your support and all the nice reactions to our debut EP. You’re all part of Melting Eyes.

Marco: Thanks for all the support and stay death metal.

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

Ben: Definitely Chuck Schuldiner, he died way too early.

Marco: Brett Hoffmann, cannot be matched by anyone. His voice was truly unique and he’s still missed.

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

Ben: I love the friendship in the band and with the fans. I don’t hate anything, but I am sorry I sometimes cannot spend more time working for the band. We still work full time on a normal job.

Marco: We are good friends and that makes playing a lot of fun. I always look forward to Thursday evenings to rehearse again. And certainly, also all the messages from fans and reviews that we get after the release of the EP. Ben does indeed do a lot of work for the band lately with distribution and contacts, hats off if you do that with a full time job. I hate nothing when it comes to the band.

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

Ben: No opinion yet

Marco: Deleting Dutch-language music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ben: “Leprosy” by Death

Marco: I have so many but there is always one that is often in my CD player and that is “IV Crusade” by Bolt Thrower.

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

Ben: All of them, Vinyl looks great, cassettes make me feel nostalgic. They make me feel like going back to the tape trade era. CD’s are still handy and Downloads and Digital make you go around the world faster.

Marco: CD’s and downloads (depends on the bitrate), got no cassette or record player anymore.

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

Ben: Musicon, together with Gruesome.

Marco: Yes, totally agree, Gruesome.

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

Ben: Driving on my motorcycle.

Marco: Looking for a drum kit and starting to become a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ben: my family and friends.

Marco: I don’t do dinner parties, when I throw a party there are only drinks and snacks and I prefer to do that with family and friends.

What’s next for the band?

Ben: To start working on a new album and get more gigs/festivals in 2022

Marco: Yep.

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

www.meltingeyes.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/MeltingEyesDH
www.instagram.com/meltingeyesofficial/
www.twitter.com/MeltingEyesDM
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1odmfwAEaEtB73SIOiPbU6
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g0mpsZjgMU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ben: no f….. clue haha.

Marco: Fucking tasty, I know those things heh.

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

Ben : To all who are supporting us, thank you very much!

Marco: Thanks for this interview. And for the fans: thanks for the support.

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Franconia, Germany based Old School Death Metal project, Terminal Carnage. Huge thanks to guitarist/bassist/vocalist, Stefan Walter, 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 Stefan Walter and in TERMINAL CARNAGE I play the guitars, bass and I also own the role as singer in the band. The project TERMINAL CARNAGE was started in winter 2019/2020 by myself in Wiesenttal, a small community in Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany.

The idea to start the project TERMINAL CARNAGE came up approximately one year after the split-up of ADORING HUMAN FLESH (AHF) the former band where I played guitar.

I had my own musical vision apart from AHF, so I started to work on this by myself. At this point I was not able to convince a former band member during the song writing process, so I decided to compose and record the songs just by myself (guitars, bass and vocals). Regarding style there were no limits as I have musical influences all across the metal genre preferring more extreme styles such as Death Metal. The recordings and the mix was finished in spring 2020 just a few days before the first Corona-lockdown happened. I presented the recordings and the artworks I created to Markus (former Drummer of AHF). Markus liked the material and agreed to join TERMINAL CARNAGE. Our Death Metal-duo was now ready to take the next steps…

The drums were played by Markus in the basement of his house while I was doing the recording job sitting in the corner of the room hitting the record button and drinking beer 😊

The whole drum recording took place in various sessions and was finished end of summer 2020. After that Markus and I worked on final arrangements and at one point reached the state of mutual satisfaction regarding the mix. Now a mastering engineer was needed to give our debut THE SICKENING REBIRTH the required, final polish. The choice for the mastering job fell on Simon Hammer (REBOUND STUDIO, Nuremberg) after having received a great sounding test track from Simon.

All the recorded tracks were shared virtually with the mastering studio due to Corona and the shit involved, such as dusk-to-dawn curfew, etc.

Having various mastered test tracks of the album available we contacted some labels to release our debut “THE SICKENING REBIRTH”. We were really surprised about the positive feedback from the labels but the choice to release “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” fell on GREAT DANE RECORDS in France.

How did you come up with your band name?

TERMINAL CARNAGE in other words means THE FINAL BLOODBATH…before I came up with the name I already recorded some songs. So, the direction for the project was at hand…OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL

At that point I also realised that the material had the potential to be released and of course a band name was required for this purpose. I searched for a name that on the one hand suited the style of music and on the other hand was able to express that this will be the final musical project from my side… You know, after the spit up of ADORING HUMAN FLESH I was really tired of making music in a common band so I said to myself this will be the final (TERMINAL) thing I will do before I stop making music… I think the combination of TERMINAL (=FINAL) plus CARNAGE (=MASSACRE=BLOODBATH) describing the music was good enough for a band name.

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

I was born and live in Upper Franconia, Bavaria. The scene here is alive but in comparison to the scene years ago I think there is a certain regress. A lot of places where metalheads used to meet, party and go to concerts don’t exist anymore, but as I said the scene is still alive, somehow lurking in the dark, waiting to attack 😉

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

As mentioned before, the choice to release “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” fell on GREAT DANE RECORDS in France. Raphael, the guy from GREAT DANE RECORDS who is in charge for us, is a companionable partner, music fan and death metal maniac as we are. In a first step GREAT DANE RECORDS offered us to release the album as digipak CD and digital download.

‘The Sickening Rebirth’ (Audio)

‘Years Of Demise’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To speak for myself, my influences are so widely diversified that I have to smile if my music is compared to one or two specific bands. Of course, there are bands out there who influenced the way I play guitar but on the other hand I never really played cover songs or was nailed to a certain style of playing…so in a way, it’s my way!

In case of TERMINAL CARNAGE, I would say and also support people who have the opinion we sound like a mixture of BOLT THROWER, OBITUARY and ASPHYX. Due to some melodies also, PARADISE LOST I would like to mention…AUTOPSY, NECROPHAGIA, MONSTROSITY, MORBID ANGEL and CELTIC FROST are also influencing our music if I quote people describing our style. Somebody recently said we sound like the TYPE O NEGATIVE of Death Metal which I think is funny…

What first got you into music?

An artwork on a tape (MC) when I was at market with my grandma…I asked granny to buy me the tape, a compilation with some 80’s hard rock/metal sound on it. In the early 90’s tapes were traded and shared in the school bus, so I got aware of many great bands and styles and metal became my absolute favourite.

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

I am not sure…I like the collaboration with musicians I know personally. I need people to rely on. Anyway, to name somebody – Peter Tägtgren comes to my mind. I think Peter is a great musician and producer.

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

I would choose the PartySan festival as it is a great death metal festival with amazing bands.

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

I never received any gifts. Well, long ago somebody threw a beer mug at me while shredding the guitar on stage…was this a gift, I don’t know.😊

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

Buy our stuff, support TERMINAL CARNAGE and the true underground bands out there…

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

When we’re talking about a rock star, definitely Lemmy!

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

I enjoy the process of writing, performing, and recording music… Instagram, Facebook, etc. for me is a real pain in the ass but that’s what you need nowadays to get a certain attention.

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

The music industry is an industry, so the target is clear…maximum profit. I think a lot of releases nowadays (especially of long-serving bands) have a lack in songwriting…just standard, boring and 1000 times heard before.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one… that’s hard. MORGOTH – “Cursed” comes to my mind. For me this album has a special atmosphere and I still love it.

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

Definitely vinyl.

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

Gigs under the banner TERMINAL CARNAGE have never been played as we are acting as a duo at the moment. Let’s see if we come up with a live line-up at one point.

Of course, Markus and I played in various bands before and always enjoyed playing live. I prefer playing festivals as this is always something special but of course a good club show sometimes kicks ass even more…

For me playing on the 2nd stage of the MetalCamp festival 2011 in Slovenia was a great experience. Playing on a festival headlined by SLAYER and your band name (I was a member of WARLIKE DEATHSTRIKE at this time) printed on the festival shirt is of course amazing…

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

Music is a huge part of my life and a hobby consuming most of my leisure, but my daily business is office work in a company.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good friends and family…

What’s next for the band?

We will release a special song via our label GREAT DANE RECORDS in autumn 2021 and also a cover song (OMEN III by Magical Affair) introducing a female guest singer which will be issued on our Bandcamp profile latest beginning of December…

Our 2nd album we are planning to release beginning 2022. Most songs are written, and we are in the middle of the recording phase. The album title is fixed and the artwork in preparation…if you like “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” prepare for a whole lot more!

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

We are on Facebook, Bandcamp, YouTube and Instagram… our music you can hear also on Spotify, and on Amazon Music…
www.facebook.com/terminalcarnage
www.terminalcarnage.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/terminalcarnage/
www.twitter.com/TerminalCarnage
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2pnfkzplPEk24v9AgabYyz
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDODPbeqZS00Je3_X7HoZrQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I really hate those…

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

Support TERMINAL CARNAGE, get yourself a shirt and a physical copy of “THE SICKENING REBIRTH”. Follow us on Bandcamp, Facebook and Instagram and hit the like buttons in all those fucking platforms. Give us some attention and feel free to comment the bullshit we post…cheers!

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EMQ’s with REPULSIVE VISION

EMQ’s with REPULSIVE VISION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cumbria, UK based Old School Death Metal band Repulsive Vision. Huge thanks to guitarist Matt Davidson for taking part.

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

I’m Matt Davidson and I play guitar and do backing vocals in Repulsive Vision. Feeling disillusioned by the bands I was in at the time, I started it as a project in late 2010 to delve into more of my own specific influences. After writing a set’s worth of new material, I branched out to bring in some musicians to play local shows. Over the next few years, the project evolved, the line-up changed several times and in around 2015, we finally collaborated as our current band members (myself on guitar, Gary Young on drums, Mark Kirby on bass and Dan McEwan on vocals). With our wide array of influences and backgrounds, we worked together to progress the material I’d previously written further, and we eventually released our debut album “Look Past The Gore And See The Art” in 2017 on Mighty Music Records. Since then, we’ve been focusing on being active on the underground extreme metal circuit performing all over Mainland Europe and the United States (including notable performances at the following festivals: Hammerfest, Vagos Metal Fest, The Siege of Limerick, Las Vegas Death Fest, Goathell Metal Festival, etc. Now in 2020, we are ready to release our second album entitled “Necrovictology”

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name came from a documentary I watched about Video Nasties around the time when I started writing for the project. I’d picked up the “Box of the Banned” DVD boxset and became fascinated by the history of censorship, leading to me finding as many articles, books and films about the subject as I could. One of which had a section where Mary Whitehouse (one of the leading forces against the video nasties) referred to horror as “Repulsive Vision”.

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

We’re from Barrow in Furness in the North West of England. As its quite a small town in the middle of the countryside, we’ve got a relatively small scene, particularly for extreme metal. That being said, the area has some great dedicated metalheads and a couple of cool metal bands (ie Thy Dying Light, Red Shift). For bigger gigs, we tend to go further afield to cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, etc.

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

Our latest release is our second album, entitled “Necrovictology”. It was released on LP, CD and digital formats on the 21st August via Emanzipation Productions.

‘Other Than Divine’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all come from very different musical backgrounds but the main inspiration behind RV is Classic Old School Death Metal and Punk. On the extreme side, some of our major influences include Carcass, Napalm Death, Death, Morbid Angel, Edge of Sanity, Entombed, At The Gates, Obituary, Mercyless, first album Gorguts, and plenty more. On the punk side, we’ve taken inspiration from bands like Bad Religion, Subhumans, NOFX, Nausea, Driller Killer, Minor Threat, etc. We also have hints of thrash metal (particularly Slayer, Sacred Reich, Kreator, etc) and other styles in our sound (Candlemass, Darkthrone).

Beyond the musical influences, I tend to take a lot of my subject matter from true life documentaries and articles. For example, the work of psychic debunker James Randi inspired several tracks (particularly our new single ‘Other Than Divine’).

What first got you into music?

As did many people in my generation, I spent my formative years living through the Nu-metal era of the early 2000’s, beginning with bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and Papa Roach. From there, I started to discover the classic rock and metal bands (Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater) and eventually getting into thrash metal and punk in my mid-teens.

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

I’d love to work with Bill Steer someday. A stellar musician and songwriter with a great attitude and an unbelievably consistent history.

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

One of my ultimate goals is to play at Hellfest in France. I went there from 2011 to 2016, watching it rise and become the huge festival that it is today. It’s such a nostalgic place for me and I’d absolutely love to make it a reality.

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

I’ve got to admit that we’ve never really received any gifts from fans.

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

Thanks so much for the support and we massively appreciate you being there for us, whether you’ve been there since the beginning or just last week.

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

Perhaps a bit of a cliché answer but I’d love to know what Cliff Burton would have done had he not died back in 86.

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

Personally, my favourite part of being a musician is the connection between likeminded music fans. Being able to work together with others and create niche material that somehow makes sense to people all over the world. Being able to travel and meet people from a city or country I’ve never been to. Seeing people from all over the world enjoying what we’re doing. Getting to work with some of my personal idols

Hate may be a strong word, but I find that my least favourite part of being in a band is the uncertainty of creativity. We’ve just spent 3 years perfecting what we consider to be our best album yet…but there’s no guarantee that our fans will agree. This mindset gives us more motivation to improve and stay true to ourselves in future writing sessions.

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

Without wanting to go into too many details, I’d love it if we went back to physical media again. I love the convenience of things like Spotify and MP3’s but their massive effect on the industry has been devastating in the long run for niche music in terms of their financial longevity. It’s definitely better for promotion but difficult to make a career out of.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have so many favourite albums but the first one that comes to mind is Dream Theater’s third album, “Awake”. Although most tend to favour “Scenes From A Memory” or “Images And Words”, I gravitate towards “Awake” as it’s a heavier, angrier and more pessimistic album than those previously mentioned. Following the unexpected success of Images, the band were expected by their label to replicate their formula leading to a darker atmosphere within the band. Although unknown to the rest of the band, keyboardist and main lyricist Kevin Moore had decided to leave directly after recording, reflecting the distaste and disinterest he was feeling at the time in his subject matter (the lyrics for opener 6:00 are indicative of this). Musically, “Awake” steps up the game for instrumental prowess, while also stepping into a heavier metal sound, using 7 string guitars for the first time. This also showcased James Labrie’s amazing range for the last time as he ended up irreparably damaging it after recording. It’s an incredibly diverse album that effortlessly moves from haunting ballads like ‘The Silent Man’ and ‘Lifting Shadows Off A Dream’ to the guttural metal of ‘The Mirror and Lie’. An overlooked Prog Metal masterpiece from the masters.

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

Although I think they’ve all got their merits, I’ll always prefer CD’s. They’re compact, convenient and massively nostalgic to me. I have several thousand CD’s but only a few of the other physical formats.

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

There’s been several great ones for us but three that specifically come to mind are Las Vegas Deathfest in 2017, Hammerfest in 2018 and Vagos Metal Fest in 2019. Each of them signalled big progressions in our career and gave us opportunities to play alongside great bands like Vader, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Candlemass, Death Angel, Mortician, etc. Las Vegas Deathfest was our first major show outside of the UK (we played an intimate show in Ventura, California earlier that week), Hammerfest was our first major UK metal festival appearance and Vagos Metal Fest stepped us up to an Open air performance at a major festival in Portugal.

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

I’d probably have money haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d probably be boring and just invite my band members. They’re great guys and I reckon it’d be a good laugh.

What’s next for the band?

Unfortunately, Covid has cut out a lot of our plans for 2020 but we are focused on getting more opportunities for 2021 and beyond. We are focused on the promotion of “Necrovictology” and the writing sessions for album number 3.

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

The usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Reverbnation, etc.
www.facebook.com/RepulsiveVision/
www.mobile.twitter.com/rvdeathmetal
www.instagram.com/repulsive_vision/
www.repulsivevision.bigcartel.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0ZRKL1Uk1qrfhnfjRtSVRC
www.youtube.com/channel/UCkylB7Wdr0vcthxcxA3kCZA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. It’s right there in the title!

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

Thanks for the support and I hope you all enjoy “Necrovictology” which was released on the 21st August!

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EMQ’s with INCOGNOSCI

EMQ’s with INCOGNOSCI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based Technical Old School Death Metal band IncognoscI. Huge thanks to guitarist Jonathas Pereira 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, my name is Jonathas Pereira, and I’m a guitar player! IncognoscI was created in 2012 from the ashes of the band Necropse, and our goal is always make a sound that goes back to the 90’s Death Metal bands.

Our line-up is:
Iron (Gutted Souls) – Vocals
Jonathas Pereira – Guitar
Marcos Medeiros – Bass
Braulio Drumond (Leather, Gutted Souls, Siriun) – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

IncognoscI is a play with the word incognito (that which is unknown and seeks to know).

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

We are from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil! Rio de Janeiro has a medium sized scene, with lots of good bands, underground shows, and some major bands appearing here now and then.

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

We have a single entitled ‘Eleven Years’, from 2015, which we also released it as videoclip to promote. Our full album, mastered by the great George Bokos (ex-Rotting Christ) is completed, and it will be released soon!

‘Eleven Years’ Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chuck Schuldiner, James Murphy, Paul Masvidal, Marty Friedman, and Terrance Hobbs!

What first got you into music?

I started playing Death Metal in 2001 influenced by my friends after going in my first Death Metal concert. Also, my parents were divorcing at the time, and getting into music helped to deal with the frustration.

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

Cynic with Paul Masvidal!

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

Obscene Extreme, one of the craziest and funniest festivals in the world!

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

We still haven’t received any strange gifts.

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

Support bands from your country, mainly from your cities, go to underground shows, buy merchandising from the bands, it helps a lot!

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

To meet new people and places. Not having proper recognition and being devalued is what sucks.

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

I would like that they appreciate and give more space to underground bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Death – “Human”!

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

CD’s

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

Bloody Carnival. It was awesome!

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

Besides being a musician, I am a Physical Education student and bodybuilder.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band brothers and real friends.

What’s next for the band?

Our first album entitled “Biography of Madness”, which will be released in early 2021 by a record label soon to be announced!

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

www.instagram.com/incognosci/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgtsmelTxYUsw-VQtAaT4fQ
www.facebook.com/IncognoscI/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, but from what I researched they are cakes.

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

Thank you very much for giving us this space and for the opportunity of the interview. I would like to thank all the fans and friends who follow us and support our work. Always remember, the metal underground needs your support. Support the bands in your city, go to shows whenever possible to buy merchandise from the bands.

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EMQ’s with ENDSEEKER

EMQ’s with ENDSEEKER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Old-School Death Metal band, Endseeker. Huge thanks to vocalist Lenny and drummer André 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, my name is Lenny and I am the vocalist of Endseeker. Today I got a reminder from Facebook regarding our first photo session back in July 2015. But for me it feels like yesterday. The band was completed in March 2015 after a few months of searching for band members. Jury (Guitars) had the idea to start the band for many years and wrote the first Endseeker songs in 2014. I added the lyrics. This is on our “Corrosive Revelation” EP from 2015. For the release of this EP we got a label-deal with FDA Records just before our first ever live show! That was pretty cool! Two years, and a whole bunch of great and crazy shows later, we released our first full-length – “Flesh Hammer Prophecy”, again via FDA Records. And now, just over two years later again, we signed to Metal Blade Records (yeah!) and released our second album, “The Harvest” on September 13th 2019 worldwide.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we started the band, there were a few possible band names. Finally, Endseeker won, because of its strong symbolism. We have a lot of experience playing in different bands, and different genres so we were already old and tired when we started playing together! This band will probably be our end! Another way to see the name is in the context of transience. In the nature of humanity, the end of things disappears from people’s consciousness, but in death metal there is another philosophy; We celebrate the end.

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

We are from Germany. The metal scene is strong here. Big acts are supported as well as the underground. However, the amount of underground metal shows seems to increase, so not every concert is sold out. But if you want, you can visit metal shows every single day. Also, the festival scene shows how strong metal in Germany is. Healthy environment!

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

We released the first single of our album as video and a limited 7 inch vinyl of only 333 pcs. You can watch “Spiritual Euphoria” on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxbDKvkRkiI

The album “The Harvest” was released September 13th via Metal Blade Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band our greatest influences come from Sweden. Just to mention a few: Entombed, Grave, Dismember. My personal influences are Bands like Rammstein, Cannibal Corpse and Krisiun. But for sure, there are a lot more influences.

What first got you into music?

I started playing violin at the age of 7. So, I’ve been an active musician for a long time. Metal came later, when I was about 14 or 15. I remember my dad gave me “Herzeleid” and “Sehnsucht” from Rammstein as a gift with the words ‘this will be good for you, son’. And he was right! When I was 17, I started my first metal band, Prophet, playing heavy metal, then shortly after I started Devastator, to run free in brutal death metal!

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

We already collaborated with mighty Marc Grewe who was the vocalist of Morgoth, and kind of a hero for us. We do a duet on “Flesh Hammer Prophecy” on the song ‘Black Star Rising’. There is also a video on YouTube where we performed the song live together. It was really cool! On “The Harvest” Mika Lagrén from Grave plays the solo on our cover version of ‘Symphony of Destruction’. At the end of the year we played some shows together with our goat-brothers, Milking the Goatmachine! This could’ve been called tour-collaboration, because we love the same food. I’d like to see us release a split with a befriended band in the future, but there’s nothing planned yet.

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

I am a huge fan of the American Kitchen and have had many road-trips there. A dream would be to play the Maryland Death Fest or the Las Vegas Death Fest. But it’s not so easy for European bands to play in the U.S. In Europe we have several festivals I want to play, too. Wacken, Hellfest, Rockhard, Rockharz, Obscene Extreme, just to mention a few!

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

Haha! Unfortunately, nobody sends us gifts, but to receive a bra on the stage (happened Summer Breeze Open Air 2017) is always a nice souvenir! I am happy that nobody gives us body parts, or dead animals! But someone once gave us a vintage looking usb telephone receiver – we never found out why…!

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

Be yourself. Stay true to yourself. Don’t believe everything someone tells you. For example, what I write here! And of course, don’t behave like an asshole! Life’s too short. And thank you so much for your support! We highly appreciate it! You rule!

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

Jill Janus.

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

I enjoy that I have a reason to travel the world doing what I love. When there are people in the audience in a bad mood, I enjoy the transformation into a positive mood while we are playing. Hate is exaggerated. But it would be cool, when playing in a metal band could become more than just a hobby. This is so difficult these days.

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

More appreciation for everyone! Creating music should not be like chicken breeding. And the fans should not only be consumers. Band and fans should grow as a family.

Endseeker’s drummer, André then answered the rest of the interivew.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Of course, there are several albums I could mention. I would spontaneously say “Burn My Eyes” by Machine Head.

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

I’m still one of the dying breed that buys physical records. Mostly CD’s.

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

For me personally, this was our gig at Summer Breeze Open Air 2019. We’ve never played in front of so many people before and the atmosphere was fantastic!

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

As a teenager I was a pretty good athlete. But then the metal came along and that was the end of my sports career, haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good question. Definitely not my band mates; They drink all the beer away!

What’s next for the band?

First and foremost, we want to play as many gigs as possible in 2020. Some shows are already fixed and several more are in the planning. We also want to work on new songs in the near future.

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

www.facebook.com/endseekermusic/
www.instagram.com/endseeker_official
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgQIMAtwCuceeSRTcyA2Hw
www.twitter.comEndseeker666

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither. I consider them a crime of taste!

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

Thank you for your support! We hope to see as many of you as possible somewhere at our merch stand and have a beer together! See you on the road!

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