Ramage Inc. and Friends – A Quiet Earth (Charity Single)

Ramage Inc. and Friends – A Quiet Earth (Charity Single)
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

There’s no denying that in many, many ways this lockdown has been shit. However, amongst all the fear, anger, and sadness, there have been some silver linings. Our subject here is one of those, and while we don’t usually do single reviews, with Ramage Inc. being a firm favourite in this house, it was a must for us on many levels.

Firstly, the band, and the 30+ ‘friends’ that join them on this project are all superbly talented musicians, who live for playing music, so coming together to create this has been a great outlet for them in these weird times, where supporting each other is paramount.

Secondly, they have all given up their time to do this in support of a brilliant charity – Doctors Without Borders. Founded to save lives and speak out, the selfless Doctors Without Borders staff have helped tens of millions of people since 1971. The 13 founders have grown to over 36,000 staff on the frontline of emergency medical aid globally. At this time of global medical crisis, this could not be a more fitting charity.

But the reason at the forefront of me wanting to write about this single is its sheer magnificence, both conceptually and musically. I can almost guarantee that you won’t hear a better song than this in 2020.

The project started with an appeal to their fans on social media, early on in lockdown, to help them write some lyrics for a song. Many people suggested potential ‘next lines’, and these suggestions were formulated into the final lyrics. The music video beautifully illustrates this, with the lyric suggestions appearing on screen in the style of a social media comment, showing the name of the commenter.

The band then enlisted the help of an array of musicians from around the world to collaborate with. As well as the standard instrumentation that you would expect to see, the collaboration also added new depth, with an exciting array of instruments including Cuatro, Oil Drums, Timpani and a Lyre.

Ramage Inc. are a band known for taking on ambitious projects, but even for them, this was a grand-scale undertaking. They said about the project: “Quiet Earth explores a distillation and the emotional impact of the isolation experienced by the world in lockdown. We wanted to bring a collective of talent together who are currently experiencing their own version of isolation, as well as the direct connection and input from the fans, who have been incredible themselves in this project too”.

Musically, this composition is simply stunning. I have no other words suitable to describe it. Not only is it poignant and so, so relevant, but it’s huge in its sound, it’s diverse in its instrumentation, it’s masterfully performed, and it’s incredibly produced, to the point of moving me to tears with its magnitude. That’s not something that happens to me often. The last song that did that was Queen, ‘Mother Love’. It’s an immense meld of heavy progressive metal, with overtones of symphonic classical music, and undertones of darker, down-tuned blackened metal.

It would be spectacular to see this performed one day with all the collaborators together, and a full classical orchestra – idea for the future guys?! But for now, turn up the stereo, turn the lights down low, and just enjoy this wonderful, moving, and epically expansive tune, and if you can, give to the cause. The single is available via the bands bandcamp page. I implore anyone who appreciates musical achievement to check it out: https://ramageinc.bandcamp.com/track/a-quiet-earth

RAMAGE INC. LINE-UP:

Bryan Ramage – vocals and guitar
Allan Forsyth – guitar
Marcin Buczek – bass
Paul Hameed – drums

SINGLE PERFORMED BY:

Abraham Sarache, Adam Peeroo (Kvilla), Al Douglas (Storm of Embers), Alan Ross Van Downie (DoNpHoBiA), Anabelle Iratni (Devilment), Bea García García (Silentvice), Bob Anderson, Bryan Ramage (Ramage Inc), Callum Stevenson, Colin MacGregor (Catalysis), Darren Callaghan, Jim Shemilt (RumRunners), Jason Rebel, Jay Stewart (41Divinators), Jim Marten (Hedra), Laura Gilchrist (King Witch), Mateusz Głuszniewski (Guchy Music), Marcin Buczek (Ramage Inc), Marcin Durmaj (Ashborn), Romain Jeuniaux (Omnerod), Stuart McLeod (Storm of Embers), Tom De Wit (Dreamwalkers Inc) and David Stott (Ward XVI).

LYRICS BY:

Bryan Ramage, Howard Toshman, Jess Taylor, Neil McLaughlin, Jason Rebel, Darren Callaghan, Anne MacGregor, Callum Stevenson, Jackie Frank Russel, Tobias Schmuecking, Michael Martin, James McBay, Simon Patchett, Fraser Macintosh, Al Douglas

LINKS:

www.ramageinc.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/ramageinc
www.intagram.com/ramageinc
www.twitter.com/ramageinc
www.ramageinc.net
www.youtube.com/ramageinc

‘A Quiet Earth’ on YouTube:

‘A Quiet Earth’ on Bandcamp:

https://ramageinc.bandcamp.com/track/a-quiet-earth

Just Giving link:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ramageinc

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EMQ’s with HYDRAFORM

EMQ’s with HYDRAFORM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Progressive Hard Rock/Metal band Hydraform. 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?

We are Hydraform, from Denver, Colorado, and we play what we think sounds like “progressive groove metal”. The band formed in 2011 when Jay (guitar) and Tyler (the original drummer) started jamming together in college under the name Eiron, and recruited Carter (vocals) and John (bass) a few years later, renaming the band Hydraform to reflect every member’s individual interests and contributions to the group’s sound. In 2019, Tyler left the band to focus on his career and family, bringing Matt into the fray right before we were slated to embark on a two-week tour across the United States in support of thrash heavyweights Overkill and Exhorder.

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea comes from the Greek mythological creature, the Hydra, which is a fearsome beast with multiple heads. There have been all kinds of depictions of the Hydra in mythology and some of them say that each head has its own personality, which is the philosophy we like to bring to our songwriting process. Each of the members of the band have drastically different musical sweet spots, from mid-2000s metalcore to classic Americana and bluegrass, hip hop, acid jazz, and everything in between. We try as a group to reconcile our vast differences in influence to create a sound that’s heavy, fierce, and powerful.

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

We’re based out of Denver, Colorado in the United States. Denver, if you’re unfamiliar, has a reputation of being a pretty artsy city along the likes of Portland, Oregon. There has always been a really vibrant local music scene in this town, and rock and metal are definitely a huge part of that, even if you don’t see a lot of local metal bands blowing up on a national level. There’s a big underground music community here and we can really feel the love and support from people in the community who want to support their friends and neighbours who are creating music.

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

We have a three song EP called “Chained” that we’re getting ready to drop on June 26th, and we have just going released the title track. We’re really excited for this release, because we recorded it in Ashland, Oregon with the legendary Sylvia Massy, who has worked with bands like Tool, System of a Down, and A Perfect Circle, who are all huge influences on us, and we really think these three songs showcase some of our strongest songwriting yet.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4pnoRPn5pnVM9vtSxfBUFt

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have different influences, like I said before, so this list could be huge if I really wanted to get super deep into it, but I’ll try to keep it concise: Lamb of God, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, and whatever the hell we’re listening to on a given day!

What first got you into music?

We all have parents who either were musicians themselves or just were musicophiles, always listening to music and encouraging us to find different artists and sounds to check out and dig into.

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

When we were on tour we tried super hard to get Marzi (Montazeri, guitarist in Exhorder) to come on stage with us and rip a solo on one of our songs. Being that we were just a baby band on that tour and never had a lot of free time, we couldn’t make it happen, but we’re going to really go after him to get him featured on a song one of these days!

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

We really want to play Aftershock and Download. Aftershock just because we think we’d really fit in with the vibe of that line-up, since last year’s festival had so many of our favourite bands on the bill, and Download because that crowd is always fucking insane, and it would be incredible to play shows outside of the US.

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

Nobody gives us gifts, or has yet, so we’re still looking for submissions for this one!

Actually, that’s not completely true, we got a bottle of cheap whiskey after a show on our last tour from a fan. That wasn’t weird though, it was just really nice!

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

We know that the world is a crazy place right now with the pandemic, civil unrest, and everything else that 2020 is throwing at us, but we’re working really hard to write new music and better ourselves as a band, because performing is the one thing all of us truly love, so if you ever get a chance to see us live, we promise you won’t regret it.

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

Neil Peart. He passed just last year and he was such an important musician, both as a drummer and as a songwriter/lyricist. When we found out that he had passed we were devastated.

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

Performing is easily the best part of being a musician. Getting onstage and forging a connection with a room full of complete strangers is an incredible feeling.

The worst part is dealing with all the behind the scenes bullshit and how hard you have to work to get people to take you seriously. A lot of people think musicians and artists will be stoked to give their work away for free or for promise of “exposure” and that’s a sentiment that needs to die a slow, ugly death.

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

Make it easier for musicians to make a living by monetizing their content. Increase their streaming revenues from basically nothing. It’s really difficult to make money as a small band in an era when people are streaming all of their music and not buying as much physical media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blink-182’s self-titled record from 2004. We even made an April fool’s joke this year about us recording a full cover version of that album, which probably pissed a lot of our more metalhead followers off, but it is what it is!

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

Vinyl, for sure, even if it’s just the collectability aspect of it. It’s a great avenue for bands to be creative with their artwork, limited edition coloured pressings, and so on. Plus, people are back to buying vinyl again which makes it a great opportunity for bands to sell more physical merchandise. And all of that is before you even start talking about the sound quality debate; some people will buy vinyl and never actually play the record, they’ll just buy it to own the physical artwork and whatever splatter/colour variant and then stream the music digitally.

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

On our most recent tour we played at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, and just getting to the venue on time was a total nightmare. We had wrecked our van the night before by driving into a massive pothole on the highway in the middle of Texas oil country, and we blew out three of the tires on our rig. We got a tow into the closest town at two in the morning, slept for four hours, and got up to get the van fixed up so that we could get to the gig. We barely made it, rolling up to the venue ten minutes before Exhorder finished their soundcheck. So, we get to the venue, scramble to unload and set up all of our shit, and play the show running on almost no sleep after wrecking our van the night before, and the audience for that show was just awesome. It was the first time on that tour that people came up to the merch booth and took photos with us or asked us to sign their shirts and CDs. We’ll always remember that show and the fans we made in San Antonio.

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

Well, all of us have day jobs. Denver is an expensive city so it’s tough to make a living as a musician. Jay negotiates ad contracts for a newspaper, John is in charge of organizing canvassers, Matt is a bartender, and Carter works on and off as a stagehand while also going to school for recording arts. So, while we all do stuff outside of being musicians, nobody wants to do that instead of being a musician. I think the closest we would like to come is working in the industry somehow, maybe as part of a road crew or something like that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Eddie Murphy, Tom Delonge, Richard Pryor, Bernie Sanders, and Bigfoot.

What’s next for the band?

We have our EP release coming up in two weeks, and then we’re just going to be sitting on our hands waiting until we can play shows again, since live music is cancelled indefinitely due to COVID-19. We’re writing music, refining old ideas, and working on plans to record some more stuff and have some kind of steady stream of content until we can get back to playing shows.

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

We primarily use Facebook and Instagram to connect to people, and our music is available on all of the streaming services.
www.facebook.com/hydraformband/
www.instagram.com/hydraformmusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell are Jaffa Cakes? Oh, I just looked them up. They look like cookies (sorry, biscuits!) to me. Is this a topic of debate in the UK? Like whether a hot dog is a sandwich?

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

Make sure to check out our new EP, available on all the streaming platforms on June 26th, and keep an eye out for our new music video for the single ‘Chained’.

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EMQ’s with SIFTING

EMQ’s with SIFTING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, CA based Progressive Metal band Sifting. 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?

Eduardo: My name is Eduardo Gil; I sing and play guitar for Sifting. I formed this band in Venezuela in 2001. We accomplished really good things back there, like playing great tours and huge concerts, one of them was opening for Bullet For My Valentine in 2011. In 2013, we were invited to play at the SXSW in Austin, TX and a year after that, I decided on moving to the US. I had to start over, with no members, no contacts, broken English but lots of will. But in the process of these past 6 years we’ve been fortunate enough to play shows and tours with great bands like Sons Of Apollo, Prong, Tarja; sign a record deal; be on the charts of Sirius XM Liquid Metal for 5 weeks; and landed many great endorsements with our favourite gear brands. We can’t complain!

How did you come up with your band name?

Edu: It’s funny because I was actually talking about it last week with one of the founding members of the band. The truth is we just spent a whole afternoon looking for cool words on an English dictionary, and we thought “Sift” was a cool word with a cool meaning. So, we just added the “ing” and that’s it. However, I don’t believe in coincidences, because this name represents exactly what this band does with its music: Sifting through our favourite genres of music, which are VERY diverse between each member, and creating a unique sound. So, 20 years ago, I’m sure I was connected to the purpose of this band already.

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

Edu: I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela but now I live in Los Angeles, CA, where the band is based. Back in Venezuela the Metal scene is very active, but due to the terrible things my country is going through economically, socially and politically, people can’t really support bands how they would like.

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

Edu: Our latest album release was “The Infinite Loop” in September 2019. We’ve been releasing videos all the time after that.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Edu: I’d say Metallica, Rata Blanca (Argentina), Dream Theater, Megadeth, Marty Friedman, Kitaro, Green Day, Angra (Brazil), Luis Miguel and Elton John.

What first got you into music?

Edu: Honestly, my mother made me go to piano lessons since I was 6 or 9…or 69…hehe. But it wasn’t until I turned 16 that I grabbed a guitar and really felt in love with the instrument. I guess watching Metallica’s ‘Turn The Page’ video on MTV back in 2000 really made a change in me and I just wanted to play really loud music.

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

Joey: I’d love to collaborate with Animals as Leaders and make the most insane prog song.

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

Joey: Download Festival in the UK. Growing up I would just see the flyers online and lose my shit every time because there’s always so many good bands all stacked together. Playing it would be cool but headlining it is the ultimate goal.

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

Joey: A fan made all of us shirts with little cartoons of us on our last tour. It isn’t weird at all but the fact that she took the time to do that was really surprising and awesome.

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

Joey: Wash your fucking hands and stay the fuck inside so that we can get back to playing shows as soon as possible!

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

Joey: Chester Bennington from Linkin Park.

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

Joey: What I enjoy the most about being a musician is inspiring people, the feeling of joy when someone listens to your songs and compliments you on it like “holy shit that was dope!”  Or after playing a show the feeling of having people look up to you and want to talk to you is always a humbling experience. What I hate about being a musician is that we usually don’t get paid shit. Having to go through so many companies and platforms to go digital or physical just to make cents in the end is a tiring battle.

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

Edu: I think that would be the “visibility” and transparency. I think people, mostly new artists, deserve to know the music industry usually works based on how much money you invest; how good your contacts are; and very lastly: talent, not the other way around. How much new artists have to invest on YouTube, Facebook, IG, etc, to actually get real exposure and becoming sustainable, how much music industry executives make compared to artists, for example in Spotify, YouTube, big labels, production companies, etc. A huge issue here is that the majority of new artists out there get extremely frustrated because they think they are not “good enough” comparing themselves to other new artists that do get “YouTube Famous” or something. When in reality the vast majority of these famous YouTubers have the means, either money or good contacts, to get wherever they want to go. And I’M NOT SAYING THAT’S BAD OR WRONG, it’s just a fact, they can actually get exposure while others can’t, and those who can’t just think they’re not talented enough and quit. The band is actually working on a documentary right now, and this is one of the points we’ll be touching. Transparency and visibility would change not only the music industry, but the world. When you play a game knowing all the rules, because they’re plainly visible and not mysteriously hidden, everything starts becoming fair.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Richard: Judas Priest – “Painkiller”

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

Richard: All of the above except downloads.

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

Richard: I’d say when we opened for Tarja in Quito, Ecuador. That was a great show and memory.

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

Richard: I really don’t know honestly. I had ambitions to play sports professionally growing up, but then I discovered music going into high school. I have never considered any other career since.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Richard: Steve Vai, Glenn Tipton, John Petrucci, George Lynch, Michael Romeo

What’s next for the band?

Winston: We are currently working on a single to get the taste buds going but alongside all that we are also working on pre producing the next album!

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

Winston: People can always find us in all streaming platforms as well as our Main website.
www.siftingofficial.com
www.eclipserecords.com/release/infinite-loop-sifting/
www.instagram.com/siftingofficial
www.facebook.com/SiftingOfficial/
www.twitter.com/siftingofficial
https://spoti.fi/2nd4b0G
https://apple.co/2G7zmkE

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Winston: What if the Cake is a lie. Haha!

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

Winston: Thanks to everybody that listens to us and supports us! Keep your eyes open for news because things will get heavy!

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EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA

EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gothenburg, Sweden based Symphonic/Melodic/Progressive Metal project Fading Azalea. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist Olivia Bing 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 Olivia. I am guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter for the symphonic metal band Fading Azalea. I play drums too, not on the album though. The band was created in 2013, finding musicians was a hard time. When Johan (bass, guitar tracks 5&6) and Alexander (drums) joined the band later we played a couple of gigs but mostly worked on writing material. Then Johan left the band and I had a session musician from Italy, Gianluca Di Francisca to record the rest of the bass. He recorded the guitar solo for track 3 too. Kristoffer Jonassen (ex- Irrbloss drummer) replaced Alexander on drums in 2017. Joachim Van Zoelen (bass) joined the project after the release. The band only writes music for the time being.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was thinking about Azalea, the flower… Tried to think of something a bit different, as the name was already taken. Fading Azalea is a withered flower. All our music is melancholic, so a fading flower is quite symbolic for our sound.

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

I am originally from France but got mostly influenced by the Swedish Metal scene where I live now. Melodic Death Metal is the main sound here. That’s also what got me to play the guitar.

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

“Maze Of Melancholy”, full album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In Flames, Epica, Nightwish. I don’t know if my black metal influences are noticeable in the CD, but maybe they will be in the future: Dimmu Borgir, UADA and Mgla.

What first got you into music?

I always wanted to play the piano since I was a kid. I never got one, but at the age of 18  I got a guitar from a friend, and then In Flames got me to switch to the electric type, and then Pain Of Salvation’s “Pluvius Aestivus” got me to play piano. And Amon Amarth got me to play drums. And someday I want to learn to play cello…

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

I have some collaboration plans with UADAs talented lead guitarist for a coming track. I am very happy for that! I would quite like a collaboration, like a gig or a duo with Epica’s vocalist too.

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

I liked being in Wacken but in the public! I have good memories from that one. If I were to play there as a musician, I’d rather hide behind the drums…

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

I have never received a gift from a fan, but I received a gift as a fan from UADA. I got a ride-cymbal which I am making a good use of!

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

I thank my fans so much for their support! That means a lot to me!

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

Kurt Cobain. But I’m not sure, it’s dangerous, bringing people back from the dead…

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

I enjoy the feel of the adrenaline pulse trying to play drums to 200 BPM! That is… a true challenge.

I hate all the administrative work, so many files have to be sent throughout the world to make a CD but me, I only want to be playing…

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

I wish the free downloads music sites that illegally put our music online were all to close down. If we musicians were to make enough money to cover our expenses, we could be making more music for our fans. The ones who truly support us by buying our stuff.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “The Jester Race”

Mgla – “Exercises In Futility”

UADA – “Cult Of A Dying Sun”

Epica – “The Phantom Agony”

Amon Amarth – “Fate Of Norns”

Dimmu Borgir – “Godless Savage Garden”

Evolvent – “Delusion”

(I will let Olivia off for choosing seven albums as there are some crackers in this list!! – Rick 😊)

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

I have mostly CD’s.

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

Emergenza!

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

I would be a farmer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Darkside (Mgla), James Sloan (UADA), Josiah Babcock (ex-UADA) and Fredrik Andersson (ex- Amon Amarth, now Netherbird & A Quinorous QUintet). I think those five people reunited would make the best metal track in the world. Only problem, we have three drummers here! Haha.

I have had the honour to spend time with the last three and they have all been very kind to me. They have helped me on my music way. And even Darkside did, though I haven’t met him in person. I am very thankful for that. That keeps the motivation going!

What’s next for the project?

Keep writing on material. Release a single. Then, we’ll see!

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

Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube…
www.facebook.com/FadingAzalea/
www.fadingazalea.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2MIEfx3gRoH4Fwe1r2HvVB
www.youtube.com/channel/UCC3AJUqgL6OhAg07_EYbPxg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re not to be found in Sweden… Please give me a box and I’ll tell you!

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

Original and amusing questions! I’m thankful I had the honour of answering this interview for you. Be safe in these Corona times.

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Freddy Spera – Temper EP

Freddy Spera – Temper EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/04/2020
Running Time: 27:45
Review By Beth Jones
10/10

For anyone who hasn’t come across Federico “Freddy” Spera, he is an Italian-Brazilian musician and producer based in Liverpool, UK, and one of the founding members and bassist of hard rock band, Novacrow. You may know that I am pretty partial to a bit of Novacrow, but I haven’t experienced Freddy outside of that… until now. Reading his bio he, like so many brilliantly talent musicians that are popping up around the UK, does a lot of stuff and has many projects on the go. As well as releasing music with his extreme metal project, Crejuvent (who Rick did an interview with last year), he’s also part of a Misfits tribute band, and a session musician and producer for a host of other bands. Not content with that, he has now released his first solo EP, “Temper”.

Having only heard him as part of Novacrow, and liking to ‘go in blind’ to new music by not reading anything about the artist beforehand, I didn’t know what to expect. There is something very special about the first listen, and you can pretty much tell in the first 30 second if you’re going to like it or not. It took the first few bars for me to make up my mind. I loved it.

‘Why?!’, I hear you cry! Well, there are a few reasons – it’s kind of proggy, it’s not too heavy, parts of it almost have a ‘90’s indie’ feel (which was my formative era!), it’s beautifully mixed and mastered, but the main grabber for me is that it’s heavily Devin Townsend influenced. You should all know by now that I hold DT on a pretty high pedestal, and anyone with the talent and skill to emulate his sound deserves high praise indeed.

The EP starts with the title track ‘Temper’ – a very relaxed and beautifully understated guitar composition, which then progresses into the second track, ‘Summer’s Walk’. This instantly hits you in the face. It’s pacey, full of unexpected chord progressions and melodies, and a mix of rough and clean vocals in close harmony, which is what first drew me into Devin’s spell. This made me smile, a lot!

The whole EP follows this line, peppered with interesting instrumentation, complicated cross rhythms and cross melodies, and experimentation around themes. It combines gentle and ethereal acoustic sounds with powerful vocals and percussion, crunching down-tuned guitars, and ripping bass lines, but nothing is over-stated or over-done. It’s just superb. I can’t pick a favourite track, they’re all beautiful, and personally I feel like this has to be listened to not as separate tracks, but as a full body of work – one track with several movements.

And then comes the killer crux of all this – I read the bio that we had been sent, and it turns out that, apart from the drums which were created by Pete Roper (XamVolo, Tommy Tenderloin and the Peppercorn Kids, The Rhythm Magicians), every other sound on this EP was Freddy! Vocals, Guitar, Bass et al! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! Mind blowingly talented bastard!!

This is by far and away my favourite release of the year yet. It has left me hungry for more, and I will be delving as far into Freddy’s work as I can over the next few months, for sure. People of the world, buy this record – you need it in your life!! And Freddy – get cracking on an album – I need more!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Temper
02. Summer’s Walk
03. Treading Waters
04. Meanwhile
05. The End Of I
06. Rain

LINKS:
www.freddyspera.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/federico.freddy.spera
www.youtube.com/user/freddy4940/
www.soundcloud.com/freddy4940/sets/temper-ep/s-jishfSH56kC

Summer’s Walk live at Ma Boyle’s:

Rain Lyric Video:

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Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary

Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 47:49
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

After listening to the AWESOME album “Dead Man’s Diary” by German Melodic Progressive Metal band Black Lilium, a new band to my ears, I can easily say that it is a hell of a breath of fresh air. Heavy instrumentals with such calm, soft and relaxing vocals as well as having beautiful guitar solos it has taken my hearing by storm, especially during the tough situation that we are all going through at this moment in time. It is calming my worries and calming my soul.

Magnificent!

Biography

Black Lilium was founded in 2014, and the participants worked on the compositions, both diligently and with a focus on quality. They wanted it to be completely melodic and timelessly beautiful, with ear-friendly refrains and really grippy structures – together with a singer who was perfect for the exquisite PROGRESSIVE MELODIC METAL style of the formation.

With the signing of golden throated Felix, a direct hit was achieved. This top talent covers the entire emotional range of the songs with his changeable and harmonious voice. Broad and iridescent floating keyboard scores of captivating beauty round off what is on offer with brilliant guitar work. The high musicality is simply impressive.

Black Lilium present veritable catchy tunes with deeply inspired hymns such as the big hit ‘My Purpose’ or the equally empathetically accentuated power pack ‘Everything I Am’. It is a matter of enjoying excellent gems that you shouldn’t hear every day despite the continued flood of bands – as if Muse with Mando Diao had made an unwavering decision with all their talents and skills to win the all-melodic Metal mastery in the field of aesthetics!

If one does the effort and studies the realistic lyrics of the tracks line by line while listening, you can increase the goosebump factor even more.

Beast In The Backseat

TRACKLISTING:

01 Beast In The Backseat
02 Paragon Of Imperfection
03 Demon In Disguise
04 Start All Over
05 Never
06 Walls Around My Soul
07 Everything I Am
08 The Ones You Made Us
09 My Purpose
10 Dead Man’s Diary
11 Ghosts Without A Voice

LINE-UP:

Felix Hochkeppel – Vocals, Keys
Marcel Wroblewski – Guitar
Maurice Scholz – Guitar
Lasse Lammert – Bass
Jan Knoop – Drums

LINKS:

www.blacklilium.de
www.facebook.com/blackliliumband
www.instagram.com/blackliliumband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0bxrImrxU8B6KyihKhtZq2

Photo by Andy Gruenitz

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EMQs With Flight Of Eden

EMQ’s with FLIGHT OF EDEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Reading based Progressive Metal band Flight Of Eden. Huge thanks to bassist Christian Sturgess 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 names Christian Sturgess and I play bass guitar in the band as well as doing backing vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

We first mentioned the name, Flight of Eden at a party we were all attending I believe! It signifies our journey as musicians from where we started to a place of ‘eden’, or ‘paradise. It sounds a bit fancy but really we just liked the concept and how the name sounds!

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

We hail from Reading, in the UK with our singer Kurt living near Southampton. The South of England once had a vibrant metal scene which died off around 10m years ago. However the scene is rapidly growing again and we’re happy to be a part of it!

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

“Dante’s Inferno” (New EP due on 9th April)! We also released our debut EP “Transitions” back in 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a question that is different for each member of the band, as we all have our own influences which relate to our instruments of choice! However I think collectively, bands such as Pink Floyd, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Alcest and many more hold a great level of influence to us.

What first got you into music?

Myself and Simon started playing music at around the same age, 14/15. Back then it was something everyone was trying out at school but we quickly realised that we had a keen passion for song-writing and exploring our own ideas, not just covers. But initially, I think our joint love for metal and the alternative scene convinced us to buy instruments!

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

The Contortionist!

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

Collectively in past bands we have played the likes of Download, Bloodstock, HRH and a few European festivals, however we are yet to do this together as Flight of Eden. So I think Download Festival would be our biggest aim.

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

A collage of all my ‘bass faces’ on a printed out A3 card at a show!

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

Just a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us! We have all been playing music for over 15 years now in various projects, so to keep the level of support when you move to something new is amazing. Wherever we play people really seem to engage with our music, and that is not something we take for granted!

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

This is a tough one, for me it’s either Kurt Cobain or Jaco Pastorius.

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

Playing live is absolutely our collective favourite part of being a musician, connecting with fans, sharing the energy; it’s something really special to us. Hate might be a strong word, but if there’s anything we can’t stand it’s waiting in airports for cancelled flights with a bunch of hard cases!

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

The lack of opportunities and support for growing and independent artists!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alexisonfire – “Crisis”

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

For me it’s a battle between Vinyl and CD’s. I have a large collection of both, and the sound of a vinyl is something you can’t beat, however the convenience of a CD whilst still having the art books makes it a strong contender!

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

Monte Verde Festival 2019 without a doubt! We had a nightmare experience with travel to the Azores, delayed flights, lost luggage and illness! But once we made it to the festival and eventually hit the stage (at 4AM!), we were greeted with a full tent of eager fans who were moshing, jumping and singing along to our set with energy I have never seen in the UK. Truly amazing!

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

I think I’d be pursuing my love for graphic design and video editing, something to do with production anyway!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jaco Pastorius, Lily Lu, Grace Neutral, Dave Gilmore, Flea.

What’s next for the band?

Playing as many shows as we can, aiming for festival slots and touring as many locations as possible. We are really proud of Dante’s Inferno so we want to keep the promo campaign alive for a while.

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

Primarily Instagram, Facebook, Bandcamp and Spotify. Links below!

https://www.facebook.com/flightofeden/
https://www.instagram.com/flightofeden/
https://flightofeden.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/532SdGaicDcE2zhmxPZIgv

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a cake! Unless you eat them stale!

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

Thanks so much for taking an interest in what we do and supporting our new release!

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Blame Zeus – Seethe

Seethe Cover

Blame Zeus – Seethe
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Running Time: 45:37
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Good afternoon, my children of the nether face of God. I am Dark Juan, and I bring you this epistle from the dark satanic mills of West Yorkshire, rather than the Brittany countryside. There were no more church altars to defile or virgins left. I’d worked through them all… Yes, I have returned to our sceptred isle of Great Britain permanently because rural France is boring. All those people in Blighty who thought they were safe from my tender ministrations should now be quietly crapping themselves because I have returned with vengeance on my mind, murder in my heart and a total lack of beer to mitigate any bad temper. In other news, there are probably a whole lot of other people fearing my return for other reasons – like workmates who will soon be being subjected to my rapid, unintelligible and insane gabbling due to acute caffeine sensitivity and a requirement for a LOT of coffee when working 48 hour shifts. I am also writing my memoirs. Ex-girlfriends and shitbags who have done me wrong – quake in your metaphorical boots, you set of twats!

Ah, the blessed relief of a good and satisfying rant.

I’ll be honest here, I chose to review this Portuguese prog metal band named Blame Zeus simply because “Blame Zeus!” is a familiar and tediously repetitive refrain in Dark Juan Towers (excuse me, it’s Dark Juan Terrace now!) when looking at a severely depleted bank balance. Normally when Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre, MM, KCVG has cost us another £80 to get medicine to get him to shit out whatever inedible object he has ingested this time. This is something that happens frequently. Which leads us clumsily into a segue deciding whether Blame Zeus are shit or not. I’m good at this writing lark, me.

This album is named “Seethe”. Opening song “How To Successfully Implode” was not what I was expecting when reading the blurb I got with the album. I was expecting sub-grade Lacuna Coil copyism with added twiddly bits. What I actually got was a fucking kick-ass heavy metal track from an instantly likeable band. I’m always suspicious of a band that labels themselves progressive, because prog done right is absolutely magical. Prog done wrong is a bunch of musicians disappearing rapidly up their own arses playing freeform jazz solos on eight string guitars WHILE SOME PIXIE WAILS ABOUT FUCKING FAIRIES AND TROLLS AND OTHER FANTASY SHIT AND THE DRUMMER IS PLAYING 5/4 TIME! Pardon me and my shouting, I am writing this review sober. This is a rare occurrence.

Vocalist Sandra Oliveira is excellent throughout the record. She is a barrel lunged chanteuse who is best described as a combination of Cristina Scabbia with more vocal control and the much loved (in Dark Juan’s twisted black gutter of a soul, anyway) Helen Vogt of the late and lamented Flowing Tears, and the band’s command of English is actually superb. It is relevant to note this because I now know at first hand just how difficult it is to communicate in another language, let alone compose and create in one. Bonus marks for intelligence…

Blame Zeus’ music is difficult to describe accurately. I wouldn’t say its progressive metal. I’d say its heavy metal with progressive elements. The riffs are meaty and satisfying, the production quality very good (if bass heavy, my poor headphones were buzzing like a swarm of seriously perturbed hornets on more than one occasion – I think the producer of the record is possibly a devotee of Phil Spector’s wall of sound) with generally excellent clarity apart from the previously mentioned overwhelming of my cans, and the musical arrangements inventive – and this is where the progressive elements part of my description comes in – in the middle eight of the song, or in the intro and start of a song is where you’ll find the most progressive sounds. Apart from ‘The Warden’. This song could be off any Tool album in the “Aenemia, Lateralus” and “10,000 Days” era. Luckily, these are splendid benchmarks to be judged against, so please do not count this as a demerit. ‘The Crown And The Gun’ has an extremely unusual start where it sounds like a bizarre three way musical coupling of Muse, Tool and Alice In Chains before the guitars kick in and lay you out with a hobnailed boot to the solar plexus. The solo on this tune is extremely prog though – all Eastern sounding before Sandra launches into ethereal wailing with lashings of reverb, chorus and echo before the song is dragged kicking and screaming back into the glorious light of metal and reminded what it actually is, which is a fucking heavy metal song and its only reason for existence is to be spectacularly violent and to cause ears to bleed. Which it did!

I like Blame Zeus. They were a fortuitous choice to review. Highlights are the opening song, which is an absolute heavy fucking metal triumph, ‘Down To Our Bones’ which has some excellent interplay between male and female vocals and ‘The Crown And The Gun’ which I believe represents EXACTLY what Blame Zeus are aiming for. I want to hear a lot more. I love Sandra’s voice, which is operatic without being overpowering, the music because it is after all heavy metal with added intelligence and the band sounding like they are enjoying themselves. There is far too much totally po-faced prog metal that causes this hellpriest to imagine the band spending hours discussing how to synocapte the drums in the most obscure time signature possible whilst sipping green tea and complaining that seven notes are simply not enough, before crapping out some 22 minute “song” about the siege of the Elven Kingdom of Walpurgia by the Orken Hordes of Shitbaggium. Anyway, Blame Zeus are good. If you like bands like Tool, Visions Of Atlantis, Flowing Tears and the like, then you will like them too. That was a deliberate attempt to see how many grammatically correct “likes” I could fit into a single sentence. You should buy their records. Do it. Do it NOW.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System would have done this bit in Portuguese, but doesn’t have Google Translate as we are currently sans internet (maybe the mighty beast of metal that is Victor Augusto of Ever Metal fame will be able to assist!) awards Blame Zeus a thoroughly disreputable 8/10 for an hell of an enjoyable record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. How To Successfully Implode
02. Déjà Vu
03. Down To Our Bones
04. White
05. Bloodstained Hands
06. The Obsession Lullaby
07. Into The Womb
08. No
09. The Warden
10. The Crown And The Gun

LINE-UP:
Sandra Oliveira – Voice
Ricardo Silveira – Drums
Paulo Silva – Guitar
Tiago Lascasas – Guitar
Celso Oliveira – Bass

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/BlameZeus/

https://www.instagram.com/blamezeus/
https://blamezeus.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/BlameZeusband

 

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EMQ’s with THE WORLD WITHOUT US

The World Without Us Logo

EMQ’s with THE WORLD WITHOUT US

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Chester, PA Progressive Heavy Metal band The World Without Us! Huge thanks to drummer Stephen Campbell 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 Stephen Campbell, and I play drums in The World Without Us. Mario (vocals) and Chris (lead guitar) started forming the band in 2016, later acquiring James on rhythm guitar and Pete on bass. They played their first show in May 2018 with a drummer who left the band (for personal reasons) last September. I joined them the following month and we hit the ground running.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead guitarist, Chris, came upon the name while reading In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy by Eugene Thacker. There is a passage that discusses the concept of “the-world-without-us,” and what it represents through different thought processes. The passage goes on to say science fiction and supernatural horror are a means to explore hypothetical situations in a world without us. It’s a really fitting name for the band because we’ve been writing around a singular science fiction/horror concept aimed at the destruction of humanity.

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

We’re from the United States.

I hate saying this, but the metal scene has gotten smaller over the years, especially on the local/unsigned level. But it is definitely a community of talented musicians and all around good people that fight for the scene to thrive.

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

We will be releasing out debut EP “Incarnate” on October 25th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Abe Cunningham and Danny Carey have been huge influences. More recently, I find myself studying Matt Garstka, Benny Greb, and Steve Judd.

What first got you into music?

I grew up surrounded by music. My mother played the piano any chance she got. And when she couldn’t play, she would have on a CD or the radio.

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

That’s tough! Right now, I think I would love to team up with Josh Scogin. I love the evolution of his music from Norma Jean to what he’s currently doing with ’68.

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

I’d have to go with Aftershock. The line-up is usually pretty well rounded with something for just about everyone. It seems like it would be really fun to play.

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

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever received something weird from a fan.

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

Be you and be true to yourself.

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

Keith Moon. He’s played such a huge role in modern music, and it’s a shame he couldn’t be here to see his influence.

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

I love the connections made through music. I hate house gear.

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

Ticket “handling” fees! They’re really starting to get out of hand.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Shape Of Punk To Come” by Refused

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

The only way you’ll get the music as it was intended is CD or Vinyl.

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

My former band, Slave Dog, organized a show this past February. At the time, we were all in multiple bands, so we put on a show that featured each member’s other project. I opened the show with The World Without Us and closed the night with Slave Dog. It was a really great show!

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

I would still be doing something with music (probably recording and mixing). I’ve been watching people for years, and it’s interesting to see the different techniques used; it’s an artform in its own right.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Henry Rollins, Rainn Wilson, Dominic Monighan, Christina Scabia, and Greta Thunberg

What’s next for the band?

We’ve already started writing more. We had a lot of fun and learned so much recording “Incarnate”, so we’re excited to get back in the studio for a full-length in the not-so-distant future.

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

“Incarnate” will be available on all the major streaming platforms. We currently have two live videos on our YouTube channel.
https://www.facebook.com/theworldwithoutus/
https://www.instagram.com/theworldwithoutus_official/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MfKkLgD1i8cMWnI5wjBk9

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had one, but from what I’ve read they’re cakes.

 

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running Time: 67:44
Review by Cliff Scowen
10/10

First of all, I’m not going get drawn into the which Opeth is better the old or new, guttural growls or clean vocals, as Opeth fans are intelligent enough to figure it out themselves.

Secondly, having been a massive fan since the “Orchid” album people may think I am a bit biased in my review. Well I’m not. I don’t have to be when an album is this good. In nearly 30 years, I’ve seen Opeth evolve from a full-on death metal band to the prog metal legends they are today.

So, to album number four of clean vocals. The title means ‘Poison In The Tail’, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recorded two versions one in English and another in Swedish and we get 10 tracks covering 70 minutes of majestic music.

Opener ‘Garden of Earthly Delight’ is a delightful, atmospheric piece with its choral chanting and voice overs, setting the tone of what’s about to follow. With the opening track seamlessly slotting into ‘Dignity’ with some seriously cool percussion and heavy riffs, it’s good finding Akerfeldt in great voice early into the album.

The first single from the album ‘Heart In Hand’ sees us in refreshingly classic Opeth territory, Axenrot’s drum fills alongside Akesson’s riff made it nigh on impossible for me not to nod my head.

’Next of Kin’ has a much darker feel, haunting choirs set around a crystal clear acoustic guitar and I guess you could call ‘Lovelorn Crime’ the albums ballad, hearing those piano chords entwining with Axenrot’s drums and Martin’s bass and a deeply felt solo is a joyous thing to hear, a true masterpiece.

The surreal sound of ‘Charlatan’ seamless musical interludes is backed by operatic monks and ‘Universal Truth’, a huge melody with faultless piano work is so full of angst and emotion. We see ‘The Garrotter’ next with its alluring intro and it’s almost jazzy feel certainly keeps Svalberg busy on keyboards.

We, then, hit more familiar ground with ‘Continuum’, Akerfeldt pushing his band and musical boundaries as only Opeth can. Akessons use of the wah-wah pedal is outstanding and so to closer ‘All Things Will Pass’ which has an almost anthemic feel to it, has enough musical hooks to catch the ear of the listener. I have heard that Akerfeldt’s voice sounds rawer on the Swedish version but I’m putting that down to him singing in his native tongue, just as “Ghost Reveries” was back in 2005.

“In Cauda Venenum” is another watershed moment in their distinguished career, an album combining all the mesmerising qualities of its predecessors “Heritage”, “Pale Communion” and “Sorceress “and taking it to another level.

A very easy……10/10

Standout Tracks: ‘Continuum’, ‘Universal Truth’, ‘Lovelorn Crime’

In Cauda Venenum Track listing (English/Swedish):
1. Garden Of Earthly Delights / Livet’s Trädgård
2. Dignity / Svekets Prins
3. Heart In Hand / Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör
4. Next Of Kin / De Närmast Sörjande
5. Lovelorn Crime / Minnets Yta
6. Charlatan
7. Universal Truth / Ingen Sanning Är Allas
8. The Garroter / Banemannen
9. Continuum / Kontinuerlig Drift
10.All Things Will Pass / Allting Tar Slut

Band members
Mikael Akerfeldt – Guitar/vocals,
Fredrick Akesson – Guitars,
Carlos Martin – Bass,
Martin Axenrot – Drums,
Joakim Svalberg – Keyboards.

Links:
http://www.opeth.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Opeth/
https://www.youtube.com/user/OpethOfficial
https://myspace.com/opeth

 

Review reproduced here with kind permission of Cliff Scowen and MDR

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