EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

EMQ’s with KRILLOAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Älmhult, Sweden based Melodic Power Metal project, Krilloan. Huge thanks to Klas Holmgren 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 Klas Holmgren and I´ve played guitar for 20+ years. I´ve mainly played rock in different bands but never been in an actual metal band, haha! However, now is the time. It started that I wanted to set up a studio in my basement in order to continue with music since the last band was laid to rest. The plan was to learn to record/mix/master myself in order to create music the way I want it, fast and melodic. To bring the metal back in my life so to say. Funny enough the fantastic band Battle Born then released a song named ‘Bring The Metal Back’ so it’s now a theme song for me. Horns up! I´ve always loved the old metal bands and have always had a soft spot for power metal so that where it all started in January this year. In order to bring it all home I realized I needed some help, so my buddy Steve lent a helping hand. Then my search led me to Alex who sings like a damn God and that’s how the first single ‘Yggdrasil’ came about. And now it’s time for song number 2.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually the name of an old book from a Swedish Role-Playing game we used to play when we were young.

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

I’m from the south of Sweden, a small town called Älmhult. Also known as the IKEA capital of the world. We have one great metal band from here called “My Dear Addiction” but I guess Älmhult is most known for “The Creeps” back in the 90’s. Otherwise, Sweden is a great country for metal and a lot of great bands are from here!

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

Latest release is a single called ‘Yggdrasil’ and was released in April. The new one, ‘Moonblade’ is released now in July It is released together with a lyric video done by the wizard Jani Stefanovic.

Yggdrasil (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitar player, Ace Frehley any day of the week! For Krilloan its Blind Guardian, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Dio, Falconer.

What first got you into music?

My big brother showed me a poster of Gene Simmons when I was like 7, then he made me a mixtape and I was hooked. Who doesn’t like ‘I Love It Loud when you’re 7 years old? I bought “Number Of The Beast” when I was 12 and knew I was to be a metalhead for life.

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

I´m lucky as hell. I already have the best collaboration! It’s my friend Steve Brockmann from the German band “Vision Of Choice”.

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

Sweden Rock Festival. It’s been a second home the last 20 years.

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

Never got one! I guess I´m not that famous, haha!

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

Continue listening to metal!

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

Ronne James Dio. He had so much left to give.

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

People in the metal community. It must be the best group of people in the whole world.

Hate? Hmm, that would be trying to learn all those damn plug-ins when recording.

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

That it should be easier for small bands to rise than it is today. The bands spending hours and hours in the rehearsal rooms are the real heroes in the world of music. If I could choose one more thing it would be that all commercial radio stations would play the first 6 Blind Guardian albums 24/7 all the time, that would be a great gift to the world!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blind Guardian – “Tales From The Twilight World”

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

Vinyl!

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

Probably one gig with our last band “24 Silver Bullets” when we run of songs and had to play almost 50% of the set again because people keep on chanting, good times.

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

I work at a bank, that’s very metal, haha! I´m a heavy metal-banker 😊 If not that I guess I would be back in the military or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ace Frehley, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske. Hansi Kursch, Michael Richards (Kramer).

What’s next for the band?

The first plan for Krilloan was to release three songs and Moonblade (No.2) is released July 10 so after the summer I will start on number three. However, I don’t think I can stop after three songs…

(Rick here – They definitely cannot stop after 3 songs. They are way too good)

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

I try to show the whole process in baby steps so its Instagram and Facebook. Then I go for Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify to spread my little contribution of metal to the world.
www.facebook.com/KrilloanOfficial/
www.instagram.com/krilloan_official/
www.krilloan.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6MfUFhthUp7MKoqNEfdwN5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCTG6DycF7kwesUS3KyzIbAg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Or is it a beer? I hope it’s a beer!

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

Thanks to everyone that has been cheering me on and to all that have a listen! Stay calm and stay metal people!

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EMQ’s with GATES OF PARADOX

EMQ’s with GATES OF PARADOX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York USA Power Metallers, Gates of Paradox. Huge thanks to guitarist, Zane Knight, 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?

This is Zane Knight from Gates of Paradox, and I play guitar. We formed as a band in 2015 in Rochester NY, and we play a style under the power metal umbrella, with elements of other styles of metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our singer, Daniel Parker, mostly came up with the name. We were throwing around the idea of the word “paradox” for a while, and it was Dan who put “Gates of” in front of it, and we loved it. We thought it was like describing entry into another dimension, where things may not seem to make sense like you would assume they would. This fit with our style, as we try to blend some elements in our sound that most people would not associate with power metal, but we somehow work it in!

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

We are from Rochester NY in the USA. At the time we formed, most of the metal bands in our area were either death metal, or metal-core. We basically formed our style in opposition to those movements, choosing melody and musicianship as our strongpoints, instead of being heavy for the sake of being heavy. It was a contest, and we were not participating, haha.

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

Our latest release is our self-titled and self-produced debut album which was released last December. It was definitely a difficult work to make, but we’re super proud of it!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are into all kinds of metal. We love power metal, and traditional heavy metal, but we are also into thrash, neoclassical, death metal, black metal, and folk metal. We try not to limit ourselves in our influences, as we believe the more the merrier!

What first got you into music?

I know we’ve all had our different introductions. Daniel has always been into music growing up, since his parents are into metal as well. I was always into music, but I didn’t heavily get into metal until I was introduced to it by the Guitar Hero video game series, and I was hooked. I know it’s embarrassing, but that’s how it happened for me, and I can’t lie haha. For Eddy our other guitar player, I believe his mother gave him an AC/DC live album, and that started him down his slippery slope into the metal world.

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

I (Zane) would love to collaborate with a big power metal band, like Blind Guardian, that would be a dream come true. Another killer artist we as a band would all love to have guest on our album though, is King Diamond. Danny is a huge King fan (as many of us in the band are) and having that arrangement made would nearly give us a heart attack from the excitement and joy haha.

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

Wacken festival for sure. The style we play is more like the European bands we’re fans of, and playing alongside those bands, to thousands of people, in that amazing festival, would be complete euphoria.

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

Actual money! Somewhat joking haha. But seriously, we love what we do, so when people pay us for our music or merch, it means the world to us. We don’t do it for the money, but it’s a nice bonus when it happens!

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

Thank you so much for all the love and support! When people tell us about how they enjoy our music, it makes it all worth it in the end, and motivates us to keep on rocking.

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

Ronnie James Dio. I never got the chance to see him, and I would kill to see the man himself in the flesh. RIP.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is the creation of art that others can enjoy as well. There’s not a better feeling in the world than when you put your heart and soul into a piece of music, and someone tells you that it touched them. You know your mission has been accomplished. As far as what I hate, I hate lugging equipment around everywhere. It sucks as a tiny dude, carrying a half stack guitar amp down the flight of stairs at my apartment by myself, but hey, that’s the name of the game, you gotta do what you gotta do haha.

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

I wish bands could make a living from album sales like the old days. Obviously, in the digital age things have changed and this is no longer possible, but I dream about it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Too many to count! One of my personal favorites is the self-titled Wintersun album, but I feel guilty naming just that one, as there’s so many I’ve left out.

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

For music recorded in the digital age, I think CD’s are best. They are the highest quality digital format available and having the hard copy that you can back up digitally is perfect. I like vinyl for old albums which were mixed and mastered for an analogue medium, but I think most new vinyl doesn’t make sense, since the songs are mixed and mastered to be listened to on digital formats, so on vinyl you’re only going down in quality. I like to have a CD though to hold in my hands, I love reading the lyrics, and seeing who participated in the album’s creation. Nothing like the smell of a new booklet!

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

Hard to say for sure, I’m sure one of the best we’ve played is our album release show! Other than that, I really loved the shows we played opening for UDO and for Unleash the Archers.

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

That’s hard to say, currently as a day job, I work in the billing department for hospitals in the area, so that’s something haha. If I didn’t have music as a hobby, I would probably be playing a lot more video games and skateboarding, basically being not as productive as I could be!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmmm.. I would personally like to invite, 1. Neil Degrasse Tyson, 2. Tobias Sammet 3. Tuomas Holopainen, 4. King Diamond, and 5. James Rolfe. What a group that would be!

What’s next for the band?

We’re still waiting on the world to open up before we take the stage again, but we’re going over some new material that we’re super excited about!

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

We use Facebook and Bandcamp mostly, and I believe we have an Instagram and YouTube as well!
www.gatesofparadox.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/GatesOfParadoxOfficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0liuBxLKWfEHtgBppFVXYg
www.instagram.com/gates_of_paradox/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

As an American who is probably wrong, they are more of a cake to me.

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

Thank you! If you like catchy melodies and shredding guitars check us out! Make sure to check out all the other cool bands on Ever-Metal as well!

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EMQ’s with LOST SACRAMENT

EMQ’s with LOST SACRAMENT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with McAllen, Texas based Symphonic Power Metal band Lost Sacrament. Huge thanks to vocalist Ena Estrella 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 Ena Estrella. I sing for the symphonic metal outfit Lost Sacrament out of the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas.

How did you come up with your band name?

Lost Sacrament is the brainchild of our drummer, Vicente VC Fernandez (no relation to the mariachi singer). The idea of the name came about after disbanding our previous project Doom Desire. We felt that something very holy and dear to us had been “lost”, and wanted to continue making music, so we reformed as a new band with a new dark symphonic sound.

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

We are from the Rio Grande Valley, in the South Texas area (way more south than San Antonio). We are minutes from Reynosa and/or Matamoros (in Mexico). The rock/metal music scene here caters to specific death and hardcore metal genres as well as mostly country and indie music. We are the oddball in our scene. Luckily, we have people who are really into us here. We offer something very different.

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

Our new album “Praesidio in Animo” is almost complete! It is a 7-song album that will be released sometime late this summer. We are very excited about it, as it will be the first release of hopefully many more to come.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This project was definitely inspired by bands such as Evergrey, Nightwish, Symphony X, King Diamond, Dream Theater and bands in those genres.

What first got you into music?

I was born into a musical family. A life without music is unfamiliar.

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

Tom Englund of Evergrey! Devin Townsend too.

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

Wacken and/or ProgPower. Those are the biggest festivals for Symphonic Metal to us.

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

A $20 tip from an older gentleman! It was a very nice gesture.

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

We hope you will join us on this new musical journey and we look forward to sharing it with you all very soon.

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

Dio!

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

Making music, playing, is the best feeling. Sometimes, the business side of things can be complicated. But nothing is impossible with a little know-how.

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

It should be about what you know, and not what you look like. And the way pop music sounds now. There’s no innovation in it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Images And Words” by Dream Theater.

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

Definitely CD’s, and for older albums, vinyl.

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

The day after Christmas, Metal Monthly at Cine el Rey, Mcallen, TX. 12/26/2019.

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

Teaching or working with Computers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Evergrey! Woo!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing this first album and possibly a music video in an undisclosed location.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/LostSacrament/
www.instagram.com/lostsacrament_band/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If its got chocolate, I’m eating it.

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

We hope you will be intrigued to check us out. Thanks for reading!

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Validor – In Blood In Battle 2020

Validor – In Blood In Battle 2020
Symmetric Records
Date: 06/04/2020
Running Time: 48:32
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

There is a question I often ask myself and it is ‘what makes an album strong or remarkable?’ Of course, there are many possible explanations and I wouldn’t dare try to explain something, so complicated, that I don’t know the answer to, but I have some opinions/points of view as a fan of Metal. When I picked Validor’s “In Blood In Battle album to review, I had no idea who they were or where they were from, I just knew that they played Epic Power/Classic Heavy Metal. It is always complicated to analyse this style after hearing so many incredible bands from the eighties who were the first to play this genre and then all the others that have appeared since, making this music massive. I was afraid that I was going to have mixed feelings, happy to hear the genre that was the first one I loved but also worried that I would hear ‘more of the same’.

Validor are a Greek band and while they prepare their fourth album, they decided to also give the correct value to their debut, which had a small budget, and re-record the ‘spine’ of it (guitars, bass and drums), whilst leaving the original vocals and guitar solos to preserve the band’s spirit from 2011, when the original record was released. As I said before, I’ve never heard Validor’s music, so my initial impressions are based on a partly re-recorded debut album. It is absolutely full of passion and anger which is even better than just playing well or creating incredible solos, at least for me! I am tired of releases, full of musicians, just trying to be faster than the speed of light or the most technical in the world. Validor provide emotion.

The first song ‘The Riddle Of Steel’ has a kind of Celtic acoustic intro with a beautiful clean voice that reminded me of my favourite singer of all time, Mr. Eric Adams from Manowar, who used to sing beautifully in this way. As the music gets fast and heavier, it is possible to hear all of Validor’s influences emerging. Classic metal like Manowar and Judas Priest are combined with heavier bands such as Iced Earth and Blind Guardian. Maybe , as this is Validor’s first album, these influences are more apparent, as they hadn’t yet found their own identity, but it is impressive how they work so well together.

One thing that makes me love a band or song is when they put emotion and interpretation into their music, no matter the concept or subject. Riffs that make you bang your head or pick an invisible guitar unconsciously are a good sign of this and the songs ‘Stealer Of Souls’ and ‘The Dark Tower’ are perfect examples. It is amazing how incredibly beautiful the guitars, bass and solo variations are. They really put everything into these tracks, and it is a masterclass of how to play good power metal full of feeling and energy.

A few songs, like ‘Through The Storm’, bring a more melodic influence to the fore, similar to Helloween, but if you want to hear real heaviness then a song like ‘Wrath Of Steel’ is a good example, once again, there is an Iced Earth influence, which gives value to the riffs and aggressiveness. Another highlight is the last, and title, track ‘In Blood In Battle’ where the band combine all these elements together, it is a complete song.

This, partially re-recorded, reissue is a good way to understand the seeds of Validor’s music. You can hear the pure and genuine influences! It is maybe a little bit raw, but it is enough to understand their capability. After hearing the album, I imagine how they are playing now they have become a more experienced band. I intend to find out and I recommend you do so too!

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Riddle Of Steel
02. Sword Of Vengeance
03. The Last Emperor
04. Stealer Of Souls
05. Through The Storm
06. The Dark Tower
07. Stormbringer
08. Wrath Of Steel
09. In Blood In Battle

LINE-UP:
Odi Thunderer – Vocals, Guitar
Bob Katsionis – Lead Guitar, Bass and Keyboards
Apollo Giannoulis – Drums and Classical Percussion

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/validor.gr/
www.validor.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/symmetricrecords

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Battle Born – Battle Born EP

Battle Born – Battle Born EP
Self Released
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Running Time: 24:16
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

So here we are my friends – still in the midst of weirdness, and slowly pushing the boundaries of our sanity a little further every day, complete with lockdown haircuts and all-day drinking! Add in to that a bank holiday weekend at the sweaty end of May, and you would be forgiven for thinking that I may have finally cracked! But thankfully the saving grace in all this madness is, as ever, music, and the new releases certainly haven’t slowed down here at EMHQ. So, I’m cracking open another bottle and settling in for the long haul. I have new music and wine. I could think of many worse ways to spend a Sunday evening!

Tonight’s listening pleasure is brought to me by Battle Born, a Power Metal quintet from the UK, who are about to release their debut EP of the same name. The Power Metal scene here in the UK has always been small, but perfectly formed (a lot like me!!) and it is great to see a host of new bands flying on to the scene, holding aloft the mighty sword of European Power Metal sounds, pulling their flowing manes and theatrical anthems behind them! The inspiration for Battle Born’s Debut EP apparently came from the hugely successful game, Skyrim. Now, I am a bit of a gamer, but alas being a bit old, and a staunch Nintendo girl, unless it has Mario in, it’s not on my radar! However, you don’t need to know the game in order to appreciate good music. So, without further procrastination, let’s talk Power Metal!

Without giving me chance to slurp my wine, the opening track and title track, ‘Battle Born’, burst out of my headphones with all the power and speed that you would expect from a very well healed band of the genre. Beginning with a very regent and full chord progression sequence, it quickly progresses to the gold old ‘riggidy diggidy’ beat so synonymous with Power Metal. Jack Reynold’s vocal are crisp and powerful, whether that be in a clean range, or giving us a couple of screams. I really like that every word is crystal clear. There is also some lovely keyboard work and a great guitar solo in this track. A proper barnstormer to start with. I like!

This theme continues throughout the EP. Classic Power Metal riffs, fantastic vocals, and metronomic rhythms. The addition of some 80’s style Synth in the second track, ‘Bring the Metal Back’, adds an interesting flavour and is a subtle nod to some of the greats. This 80’s feel is continued in track 3, ‘Man of War’, although this is less of a Power Metal anthem, and more Classic Metal. The band’s press release says that it ‘could comfortably have lived on 80s hard rock radio alongside Judas Priest.’ I concur. It comes complete with the sound effect of marching feet – very 80’s, hugely cliched, but perfect! A gold star again here to Jack Reynolds scream just before the end of the song! It’s big! I expect he needed a sit down after delivering it!

Track 4, ‘For Our Home’, slows things down into the realms of Power Ballad (lighters at the ready folks). It is a beautiful and very poignant and thoughtful composition amidst the thumping pace of the rest of the EP.

The final track, ‘Sovngarde Awaits’, starts of in a slow and melancholy fashion, but doesn’t stay there for long! Bringing the whole thing back full circle, it moves at a pace, and explores the full scope of the instrumentation on offer from Battle Born; the dramatic keys of Will Kerr, riffage a plenty on from Tom O’Dell on guitar, and a thumping and thunderous rhythm section provided by Chris Beattie on bass and Charles Lamacraft on drums. And of course, Jack Reynolds vocals.

You can’t help but smile at Power Metal, I find. It’s just joyous. And Battle Born have shown us here that they are certainly in contention to join the Power league with the big boys! Well done chaps!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Battle Born
02. Bring the Metal Back
03. Man of War
04. For Our Home
05. Sovngarde Awaits

LINE-UP:
Jack Reynolds – Vocals (also in Bykürius and Asira)
Will Kerr – Guitars, Keyboards
Tom O’Dell – Guitars, Vocals (Track 4) (also in Dwarrowdelf and Deavhronun)
Chris Beattie – Bass
Charles Lamacraft-Perrett – Drums
Extra guitars from Ethan Bishop (Asira/Bykürius/Cairiss on Tracks 3 and 4)

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/battlebornuk/
www.instagram.com/battlebornuk/
www.battlebornuk.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCg8iwUhNagsNEpSzLAui07g

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Lost Legacy – In The Name Of Freedom

Lost Legacy – In The Name Of Freedom
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 20/03/2020
Running Time: 45:46
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

It’s not rare that I find myself analysing a band on the album cover art and the title songs names before I hear anything of their music. I must confess that I thought New York based Lost Legacy was a religious themed band, or their chosen subject was historical wars with religion involved. Maybe because the cover art reminded me of something sacred. Well, I wasn’t totally wrong, considering the main band’s theme is war, but the album’s concept is about soldiers sent to fight, not only in your country, but in others as well.

The lyrics don’t mention enemies, neither support any political side, but it is possible to hear parts mentioning situations like defending other nations against tyranny. It could be dangerous being easily misunderstood by the radical defenders of any political sides. But If you’re not like that, you will realise that the main idea of Lost Legacy’s lyrics is an interpretation of all the suffering these soldiers live through during war. From the fear of being in a battle you hear in ‘Front Line’, to a personal question of a warrior – if he will be remembered if he dies – in the beautiful song, ‘Will You Remember’.

It is important to highlight that the album is a phenomenal interpretation by the band. Imagine classic Heavy Metal or Power Metal, but change everything they perfectly interpret about power, steel, dragons and sword, to bombs, guns, death and all the trauma war can cause.

Musically, the band has an important differential in their sonority. Mainly, it is Classic Heavy Metal, but also with Power Metal elements, and they have vocal lines that remind me of Warrel Dane (R.I.P.). For me, the main goal of Lost Legacy is to not talk about the old-fashioned themes of Classic Metal bands, nor repeat things that Power Metal bands do all the time (constant double bass, high vocal screams all the time, etc.). However, if you are not a fan of Nevermore because you think Warrel Dane’s voice is too repetitive, despite being incredibly good, please, meet Mr. David Franco. Good voice and not repetitive or massive.

I must congratulate the guitarists Jorge Pulido and Scott Bennett for the great solos and riffs. Jochen Witllinger also does an amazing job to follow them on bass and AJ Spinelli provides incredible drum lines too, with plenty of variation. But the beautiful piano in the opening song ‘Rise To Glory’ shows the beautiful side of Lost Legacy’s music.

‘My Faith’ is a good song to represent the band’s sonority. ‘In The Name Of Freedom’ explores more fast guitar riffs and solos but, as I said before, everything happens without being massive or repetitive. The guitar work in ‘Take Me Away’ is very similar to Accept in style. All tracks could be considered highlights, but I did really enjoy ‘Enough Is Enough’ for the catchy riffs and heaviness.

“In the Name of Freedom” is an intense album that carries the dramas and feelings of a subject that people think is beautiful in movies but is completely full of pain for those who have to live it. Even though it is only the band’s second release, the experience of being on the road for 22 years has definitely helped them to record an amazing album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rise To Glory
02. My Faith
03. Front Line
04. In The Name Of Freedom
05. Take Me Away
06. Enough Is Enough
07. Will You Remember
08. Rules Of Engagement

LINE-UP:
David Franco – Vocals
Jochen Witllinger – Bass
Jorge Pulido – Guitars
Scott Bennett – Guitars
AJ Spinelli – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/LostLegacyNY
www.instagram.com/lost_legacy_ny/
twitter.com/LostLegacyNY
open.spotify.com/artist/0ksHjNFgRbn8BWkntku7es
www.youtube.com/user/puresteelrecords

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EMQ’s with BATTLE BORN

EMQ’s with BATTLE BORN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Power Metal band Battle Born. 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?

Will Kerr (guitars and keyboards): We are Battle Born. We hail from Windhelm, Eastmarch. We are a band of brothers in arms, sworn to wipe the imperial scourge from our land. Our forging took place when riding from the home of Heavy Metal (Wacken Open Air). Conjuring new battle hymns telling of our victory, we swore in blood to bring the Metal back.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jack Reynolds (vocals): For many generations, clan Battle-Born was a proud pillar of the Whiterun Nord community. As time goes on, more and more of our clansmen have bent the knee to the Imperial Scourge, but not us! We are Battle Born, and we shall never kneel.

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

Will: Why, I hear Ustengrav and Bleak Falls Barrow are still some of the finest iron mines in the lands; perfect for any budding smith. Just speak to Eorlund Grey-Mane in Whiterun. The man’s steel is legendary.

Jack: Yeah everyone knows Eastmarch for its iron, but don’t forget about the steel. It’s maybe a little harder to come by, but there are so many great steel ingots to be found if you know where to look!

Charlie Lamacraft-Perrett (drums): I grew up in Markarth before I sought out my brothers in Windhelm. It’s a city famed for its silver, but I grew tired of pretty trinkets and sought out the Battle. Steel is harder than silver.

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

Charlie: We are Battle Born. Our single is Battle Born. Our EP is Battle Born.

Will: The chorus of the song ‘Battle Born’ is a rallying call to all the Metal warriors of the world to stay true to their Steel and to fight, kill, and die for Heavy Metal.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack: It’s a bit of an over-simplification, but I see there being two main streams of influence to Battle Born. On one hand you’ve got the synth-heavy sounds of modern Finnish Power Metal – your Beast in Blacks and your Dreamtales. On the other hand, there’s no denying the power of those more ancient forces – Judas Priest and Blind Guardian certainly contribute to the more ‘classic’ areas of our DNA.

Charlie: My biggest influence is without a doubt the Imperials in Skyrim. Without my seething hatred of them and their oppressive natures, I would never have taken up arms with my brothers.

What first got you into music?

Jack: Don’t hold it against me, but I actually studied at the Bard’s College in Solitude. Ultimately it wasn’t the place for me, but I learnt a lot and it set me on my path singing tales of war and glory across the land.

Charlie: As a boy I could frequently hear Ghorza gra-Bagol hammering at the anvil. Such power. Such rhythm – I could feel it flowing through me. Now I pound my drums as we approach the enemy to instil fear in their hearts.

Will: I grew up surrounded by music. My three older brothers played all sorts of music. It was Metal that passed the test of time in my collection.

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

Jack: I would pay a Jarl’s ransom to sing on an Avantasia album.

Charlie: I’ve wanted to play with Hammerfall since I first did covers of them when I was 16.

Will: I would love to collaborate with Nils Molin. He has an exceptional voice and one that I think suits the music I write.

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

Jack: Wacken Open Air is a true home for Power Metal, and in many ways the spiritual birthplace of Battle Born. If we were to play Wacken then that would almost feel like a homecoming show for us.

Charlie: I go to Download Festival every year, and I would love to finally attend as an artist.

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

Jack: It wasn’t a gift as such, but I once met a guy who asked if I’d sign his CD. He pulled out a Sean Paul album, which was already covered in autographs. Turns out this guy just brings his lucky Sean Paul CD to every Metal gig he goes to, and gets bands to sign it. Lots of bands were really good sports, but apparently, he couldn’t get Bob Catley to sign his box of Magnum ice creams.

Will: Recently a strange fellow came up to me and handed me a scrap of paper. He said it was for my hands only. It presented an image of a hand with the text beneath reading “WE KNOW”. I’m sure it has something to do with Heavy Metal.

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

Will: Fight; kill; run them to the hills. Because for Metal we are all Battle Born!

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

Jack: It’s got to be Ronnie James Dio. The Magica trilogy is one of the greatest (and most unfairly  overlooked) unfinished sagas in Metal history.

Charlie: Neil Peart. He was an inspiration to anyone who picked up a set of sticks.

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

Will: Early days at the Bards College involve a fair share of remedial tasks and many who join resent that. We’re just proud to serve Skyrim’s people in whatever form.

Charlie: It’s a form of escapism unlike any other. When imperial oppression gets to be too much, I can forget the world and everything wrong with it. As a drummer though, I hate that I find myself absent-mindedly tapping all the time.

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

Charlie: I would like to see Metal have more mainstream coverage within the UK media. If we take the example of festivals, there are live broadcasts of Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading and Leeds festivals and so on, sometimes a few days of coverage. There is nothing to that extent for Metal, and I want to see it on our screens more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jack: That’s difficult, it changes every day! I’ve consulted my horoscope, and right now it’s “The Gathering Wilderness” by Primordial.

Charlie: Very hard to answer. I grew up on Thrash Metal and Megadeth have always been a huge influence on me – “Rust in Peace” is a timeless classic. In Power Metal, one that stuck with me is “Allegiance” by Firewind. Every track on that album holds up and I still listen to it regularly after all these years.

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

Jack: These options are antiquated and decadent. We prefer to stream our anthems through the skies on invisible electric wings! Failing that, there is something magical about holding a nice big vinyl gatefold in your hands while you listen to a great album.

Charlie: These days it’s about what is accessible. With streaming services we can be heard in an instant and recruit more warriors to the fray.

Will: Put it this way: iron is mined; Steel is forged.

Jack: Wise words.

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

Jack: Will, Tom and I all have a shady past playing in Glam Rock and Hair Metal bands. I’ll never forget the last time our bands shared the same bill. It was a hometown show for us, and it ended with a stage invasion of all of us (and a fair chunk of the audience) doing a somewhat embellished rendition of “The Boys Are Back in Town”. We must have had about 20 people on stage. I’m sure it sounded brilliant.

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

Charlie: Wondering why I never became a musician.

Jack: In all honesty, I really feel like this is our true calling. I guess I’d just be killing time, doing side quests.

Will: Now you mention it, it has been too long since we’ve had a good bandit raid.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Will: A-ha! A perfect time to strike the foe. I would organise a treaty with the imperial generals and make use of the Dark Brotherhood to serve their heads on a platter.

Jack: I’d invite my four brothers in Battle Born, they’re a decent bunch. The fifth person would be Tupac Shakur, he seems like a really interesting guy. It’s a bit of a gamble as some people say he’s dead, but that would just mean more dinner for us.

What’s next for the band?

Will: The Battle is never over, and we are still at war. We will send scouts to towns everywhere to enlist warriors for the cause. We will sing songs together in taverns up and down the land and engulf the enemy with our sound.

Charlie: We fight for our own land first, but we will begin a crusade to rid other countries of the imperial scourge. We hope that many of our brothers in Metal will join us in our quest.

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

Jack: Obviously, Facebook is the big one. We try to use it right – really talking with our fans, instead of it being just a stream of announcements we push in front of them. We’ve also curated a Spotify playlist which includes our influences and the stuff we’re enjoying at the moment. We’ll be keeping that regularly updated!
www.facebook.com/battlebornuk/
www.spotify.com/artist/0JM8io5wCngAiifWS8nhqe
www.instagram.com/battlebornuk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Charlie: For tax reasons I think they’re classed as a sweetroll.

Will: Cake! Sweetrolls are definitely cakes! What do you mean that wasn’t the question?

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

Charlie: In these troubling times, I want to say that I have a lot of respect for the Restoration School. Skyrim could use more healers.

Jack: Agreed! Stay safe out there, and watch the skies.

Will: No lollygaggin’.
www.battlebornuk.bandcamp.com/album/battle-born
www.facebook.com/battlebornuk/

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Hesperian Opus- Chasing The Light

Hesperian Opus- Chasing The Light
Steel Gallery Records
Release Date: 28/02/2020
Running Time: 47:28
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

This Neo-Classical Power Metal band from Athens in Greece certainly give a mixture of sounds and styles on their debut album “Chasing The Light”. With a line-up of Tassos Krokodilos on vocals, Harry Loisios on guitars, Christ Stergiannidis on bass, Dimitris Karageorgos on drums, and guest keyboards from George Georgiou, these guys certainly know their craft. With all music written by Loisios and Krokodilos, and all lyrics written by Tassos, they know what they want, and how to get it done. It was produced and mixed by Thymios Krikos and mastered by Kostas Scandalis.

In a time where a lot of bands either have their music or lyrics written for them, these guys obviously work by their ethos ‘if you want to give great music, give it your all and give it from the heart’ and it certainly seems this is where it comes from.

One thing that is very apparent throughout this album is the clear vocals, which is a breath of fresh air, alongside the fast-paced drumming in places and crazy guitar riffs. But that said, the actual pace of the whole album is not what I was expecting. Going in cycles of ‘boom, boom, boom’ then sudden calm, which keeps you on the edge a little. I think this is deliberate – it’s probably what the guys were hoping for – to keep you listening to see what would change next. A prime example of this is track 7, ‘Touch the Sky’, with again clear vocals and a vocal range which is both strong and powerful.

The final track, ‘Out Of The Cage’ was definitely a case of ‘keeping the best till last’! I found myself holding my breath through the guitar riff, which meant I almost turned blue as there was no let up! And, oh my life!! How fast can you physically play?! Well, listen to the track to find out! The speed is unreal, but the drumming matches it too, and I take my hat off to Hesperian Opus for this! Wow! Just…wow! I was exhausted just listening to it! However, I must say the lead guitar is the most featured sound on the album, and I think it would have been good to hear a bit more of the bass occasionally.

“Chasing The Light” has everything a good album needs – catchy tracks, brilliant drumming and totally awesome guitar riffs. It also has great lyrics and strong vocals, which, when added together, make one hell of a good listening experience.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Chasing The Light
02. Fields Of Fears
03. The Prison Mind
04. Rise From The Ashes
05. I Am I
06. Cast Into The Fire
07. Touch The Sky
08. Highest Of Hopes
09. Seas Of No Return
10. Out Of The Cage

LINE-UP:
Harry Loisios – Guitars
Tassos Krokodilos – Vocals
Christ Stergiannidis – Bass
Dimitris Karageorgos – Drums
George Georgiou –  Guest Keyboards

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/hesperianopus
www.twitter.com/harryloisios
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsdqZIDUr8kvFQdFP84-Cgg

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Riot – Rockworld (Rare & Unreleased 87-95)

Riot – Rockworld (Rare & Unreleased 87-95)
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 27/03/2020
Running Time: 1:16:13
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

If you know me, and have read reviews by me in the past, you will know that I am a big, no humungous, fan of Riot (in all its connotations). The band were resurrected in 2015, after the death of founding member Mark Reale, under the name Riot V. Ever since I first heard ‘Flight of The Warrior’ blasting out through my laptop’s speakers (far too many years after its original release unfortunately) they have maintained their place in my top ten of bands…EVER!

Founded in New York in 1975 by guitarist, Mark Reale, they have undergone various line-up changes, suffered tragedy after tragedy and, in my opinion, really should have been bigger than they were/are. The deaths of vocalist Rhett Forrester in 1994 and Guy Speranza in 2003, were followed by the death of Mark, himself, in 2015 after complications with Crohn’s disease, and even as late as 2020, Lou Kouvaris, former guitarist with the band from 1975 – 1978, passed away after contracting the deadly Coronavirus which, as we know, has caused a worldwide pandemic.

But still they pressed on and 45 years and sixteen studio albums later (the last “Armor of Light” being released on April 27th, 2018) thankfully they are still with us and still making music.

This album was by no means just quickly thrown together as the following statement from Giles Lavery on Jan 8th, 2020 from Los Angeles testifies:

“In mid-March 2016, I was asked to organise and catalogue the considerable archives of the late Mark Reale. As a lifelong Riot fan this was an exciting prospect. Little did I know this would turn into almost a year of working through cassette tapes (mostly unlabelled), VHS cassettes and ancient reel to reel formats…from this many never heard before songs and pieces of music were unearthed.”

Released on March 27th, 2020, this album is a compilation of rarities, from alternatives to album versions of tracks, demo tracks and outtakes that never made it to final albums. All tracks have been remastered by Patrick W Engel and the cover artwork has been provided by Jan Meininghaus.

The album kicks off with the track ‘Rockworld Theme’. Rockworld was a music TV show from the late 1970’s and Riot were approached to compose and record a track for the main theme. How many of you knew that, eh? And what better track to name the album after.

The second track ‘Bloodstreets’ is one of my favourites on the album. It is a Thundersteel era track (no wonder it’s one of my favourites coming from a time when this masterpiece was recorded) but this has a different ending to the album version. Instead of the guitar solo playing out at the end, this version has the chorus repeat itself on a loop.

‘Medicine Man’, ‘Magic Maker’ and ‘Faded Hero’ (another of my favs from the album) were demos recorded for the follow up to “Privilege of Power” prior to Tony Moore leaving the band. They give us just a glimpse of “what could have been” if Moore hadn’t left.

‘Sylvia’, ‘Good Lovin’ and the instrumental ‘Creep’ were all demo tracks from the “Nightbreaker” sessions, but none made it to the final release, although, in my opinion ‘Sylvia’ is a fantastic track.

The last two tracks on the album, ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Magic Maker’ (different versions to the ones mentioned above) feature Jag Panzer vocalist, Harry ‘Tyrant’ Conklin, and were recorded when the band were looking for a replacement for Moore, a job that eventually went to Mike Dimeo who sang the tracks on the “Nightbreaker” album.

I tend to find rarities albums a bit hit and miss. Either the quality is very poor as the recordings are years old or, and I have seen this, there are three or four versions of the SAME song. Ok, they might be rare recordings, but do we really need that many versions? This album doesn’t do that.

I loved this album and felt like it was taking me on a journey through time (well…1987-1995 anyway!) It shows the what if’s and but’s that could have taken this band onto a completely different path, leading them to who knows where! But, I, as a Riot fan, am glad they are where they are!

This really is a must have for any die-hard Riot fan and I am so incredibly grateful to Rick for passing it over to me for review. I wait with bated breath for anything new this fantastic band release and I really do hope that I get to see them at a gig sometime soon.

Go check it out and see if you agree with me, you know you want to!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rockworld Theme
02. Bloodstreets (Alternative Version)
03. Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart) (Alternative Version)
04. Runaway (Instrumental Early Idea Demo)
05. Killer (Tony Moore Vocals)
06. Maryanne (Rough Mix)
07. Medicine Man (Tony Moore Vocals)
08. Magic Maker (Tony Moore Vocals)
09. Faded Hero (Tony Moore Vocals)
10. Sylvia (Outtake)
11. Good Lovin (Outtake)
12. Creep (Instrumental Outtake)
13. Instrumental 1994 (Brethren Outtake)
14. Medicine Man (Tyrant Sessions)
15. Magic Maker (Tyrant Sessions)

LINKS:
www.areyoureadytoriot.com/
www.facebook.com/riotrockcity/
www.twitter.com/riotvmetal

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Crimson Thunder – Force Of Reason

Crimson Thunder – Force Of Reason
Volcano Records
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 40:35
Review by Chris Palmer
9/10

Well, hello dear Ever Metal readers! Having been reported as absent without leave from review duties throughout the Heavy Metal Music Scene for a year, I’m somewhat pleased that the current situation in our beloved nation has brought me back full circle to another occupation that some think I’m good at!

Instead of travelling the country with my local football team and writing about one of the sports I love, the current situation and my ever-weakening health resulted in a twelve-week lockdown in self-isolation being issued to yours truly. While contemplating what to do with so much free time and thinking of ways to avoid the ever-increasing pit of darkness and despair, a Knight in Shining Armour appeared across the realms of social media in the form of our dearest Sir Richard Tilley and his army of warriors at Ever Metal Headquarters.

I’m delighted to admit that I succumbed to his charms and offer of writing for this marvellous website, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts of all things Metal with you, dear readers. This journey begins with a trip across the seas to the beautiful country of Italy, where we embrace the explosive force of Heavy/Power Metal Quartet, Crimson Thunder.

Founded in November 2012 by the merging of two separate bands, this foursome studied Italian Epic Heavy Metallers Dark Quarterer religiously, before playing their favourite covers of classic metal bands at local shows. With their sound now established, Crimson Thunder released an EP in 2017 entitled “Thunder Wrath”. Last month the band, consisting of Alessio Ricci [Guitar/Vocals], Daniele Giomi [Guitar], Giuseppe Orlando [Bass], and Gabriele Orsi [Drums] released its debut album to an unsuspecting world.

The album is entitled “Force Of Reason”, and it was released on the 6th of March via Volcano Records. Containing nine tracks the album takes listeners on an over-the-top, epic journey of explosive Heavy/Power Metal from start to finish.

Upon pressing play you’re greeted by the calming sounds of ‘Ouverture’, which serves as an introduction to the album, before launching you into the powerful and majestic ‘Ghosts In The Crimson Eye’. This monster of an opening contains everything you’d expect from a Heavy/Power Metal unit, there’s wonderful soaring vocals, fierce shredding guitars, and a thunderous rhythm section that’ll leave you breathless, as these Italians set the tone of the album straight from the start.

‘A Song For The Undead’ continues the trend as beautifully fast guitars lead you into a false sense of security… Just when the adrenaline peaks, the song changes tempo, leaving you wondering what the hell just happened! What then meets you in the darkness is a ballad-type number with an Operatic-feel that belongs on a theatre stage if nothing else. The high-range vocal attack is mixed together with more aggressive growls, which makes things interesting to say the least. Don’t be put off, however, because normality resumes with the beautiful, keyboards-led title-track, which contains an exquisite guitar solo during the second half. The song rolls along smoothly, encouraging you to just close your eyes, embrace and absorb the sounds. Feeling calm and relaxed, these Italians then throw you off guard with ‘Manipulator Of Minds’ and its pummelling rhythm, before the storming “Rain Of Tears” blasts from the speakers, proving that this album continues to improve the more you listen to it.

The remaining third of the album continues that upward trend of improvement, as Crimson Thunder seem (in my humble opinion) to have left the best until last. “Light The Dragonfires” kicks this section off and sees this quartet putting on a truly masterful display of Heavy/Power Metal. This track will have you hitting the repeat button several times while headbanging in unison to the addictive rhythm, a feat that will be repeated for penultimate number ‘Footprints In The Void’. The album closes with the powerful, bombastic, and beautiful “A Tale Of A Hopeless Revenge”, which leaves you in awe of these Italians.

Overall, “Force Of Reason” is an album that has the potential to launch Crimson Thunder towards the forefront of the Heavy/Power Metal scene. The album contains a collection of songs which portray the band’s abilities as musicians who sit comfortably within their chosen genre. There’s plenty of variety throughout, yet each track follows its predecessor perfectly, thus allowing the music to flow, keeping the listener interested. “Force Of Reason” is definitely an album that deserves the attention of any Heavy/Power Metal music collector. It’s over-the-top, melodic, and heavy… What a thrilling listen!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ouverture
02. Ghosts In The Crimson Eye
03. A Song For The Undead
04. Force Of Reason
05. Manipulator Of Minds
06. Rain Of Tears
07. Light The Dragonfires
08. Footprints In The Void
09. A Tale Of A Hopeless Revenge

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/crimsonthunderband
www.twitter.com/crimsonxthunder
www.instagram.com/crimsonthunderofficial/
www.spotify.com/artist/2ctMR7Gxi9epCIHHDq8Ufx
www.crimsonthunder.bandcamp.com/releases
www.youtube.com/channel/UCHMlm3PabJ3FKt4BvldZXhg
www.volcanopromotion.com
www.facebook.com/volcanopromotion/

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