EMQ’s with ENDUST

EMQ’s with ENDUST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash/Progressive Metal band Endust. Huge thanks to guitarist Glauco Rezende 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 Glauco Rezende, and I play guitar on ENDUST, a thrash/progressive metal band from Brazil. I started the project in 2009, with the drummer Fernando Arouche. In 2019, we released our first album called “All Ends In Dust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I took a long time to find this name. At first, Endust was just a meaningless word that came to my mind. After, I tried to find some meaning to this name, so I take the two words that make it, “End” and “Dust”, which gives the idea of the end of something, an old temple or a ruined city, the death… I thought it was cool and took this idea to the song “All Ends in Dust”, which is the title track of our first album.

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

I am from Jundiaí, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Here, everything is stopped due to the pandemic, but before it, the metal scene was not going well. I think most people here prefer to see only the famous traditional bands or covers rather than the local original bands, but there are still people and clubs that keep the scene alive.

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

We released our first album in 2019, called “All Ends In Dust” and we are going to release a new EP very soon.

‘Someone To Blame’

Who have been your greatest influences?

In terms of guitar technique, I can talk about a lot of guitarists, but what most grabs my attention are the guitarists who, besides playing riffs and solos, are great composers in their bands, so my greatest influences are Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Mark Tremonti (Tremonti, Alter Bridge, Creed) and Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan).

What first got you into music?

I think it was Metallica and Angra.

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

With Mark Tremonti’s band “TREMONTI”.

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

Summer Breeze, in Germany. I watched many live shows from this festival on the internet. It’s in a beautiful place and has a very “metal” atmosphere for me.

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

I think I’ve never received any gift from a fan ☹ hahaha.

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

Thanks for all the support and messages about our album and stay tuned because it’s just the beginning!

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

What I like most about it is being able to have fun in a different way than most people, rehearsing, composing and playing. What I hate, is the difficulty of having it as a profession, everything is very unstable.

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

Maybe I wouldn’t change in the industry, but in the people that consumes music. I want the public to be more open to meeting new music, go to shows and support the local bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paradise Lost” from Symphony X.

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

I prefer the CD’s, but I have to say that I met many bands due to the downloads.

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

I have no idea. Maybe I’d be having a more normal life hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Billy , Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Russell Allen and Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Andreas Kisser.

What’s next for the band?

Now, we are about to release our new EP.  After it, we will start to search for a new singer to record the new full album.

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

www.instagram.com/endust_band/
www.facebook.com/official.endust
www.youtube.com/user/RzFaproject
www.fanlink.to/bxc5

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I didn’t know what that is. I googled it and realized that it is a discussion similar to the “biscoito or bolacha” that happens here. I think that Jaffa Cakes are cakes, judging by the content, not by the form.

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

I would like to thank everybody from Ever Metal, and all the people that listen and follow Endust.

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EMQ’s with MOTHS

EMQ’s with MOTHS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with San Juan, Puerto Rico based Stoner/Progressive Metal band MOTHS. Huge thanks to bassist Weslie Negrón 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 Weslie Negrón, bass player for Moths. The band started with an idea to make more challenging music for myself. Previous to Moths I was playing in a Death/Thrash Metal band and I’ve never been particularly a fan of any those genres. Though I owe that band most of the experience I have today, I wanted to try something different music-wise and that’s when I got in contact with Jonathan (Lead Guitar) whom got in contact with Omar (Rhythm Guitar) and we started jamming and we came up with ideas fairly quickly actually. After that Damaris (Vocals) and Danny (Drums) joined the band later and we got to record our first EP “MOTHS”, which came out in 2018 and had a great reception from the press, being reviewed by the likes of Bandcamp, Heavy Blog is Heavy!, and more. We also got to do a mini run of shows in the US Mainland in 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’m a huge fan of the band The Ocean Collective and they have a track called “The Metaphysics of the Hangman”, which is a name that I really liked to name a band after. I remember writing the acronym “M.O.T.H.” on a piece of paper to start organizing ideas and that’s when I noticed that the word “MOTH” was formed, and I wondered if any other band had the name. Of course, there like 100 bands that a variety or form of “moth” as part of their name, so I just added the letter “s” and that was that.

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

We’re from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We have a solid, active Metal scene over here that has been running since the late 80’s. The best thing about the scene here is that we have everything for everyone. If you want Death Metal, we have a Death Metal band, if you want Black Metal, we have a Black Metal band, and so on. I really invite people to check the Puerto Rican Metal scene starting with bands like Fullminator, Calamity, Ritual Kannabis, Paricia’s Patience, Omnifariam, Avandra, a bit of everything for everyone.

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

As I mentioned before, we released our self-titled EP “MOTHS” in November 2018. The EP consists of three original tracks and a cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man”. I believe this EP is a good introduction to the music that we play and where we’re headed to. A mix of Progressive, Stoner, Doom, and even Jazz here and there.

Moths – Lepidoptera (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band we don’t really have established influences, everyone in the band listens to a variety of different music which we all bring to the table whenever we sit to write new music. Personally, bands like Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Black Sabbath are some of my main influences and usually bands that I look after if I’m going through a mental block and want to create something.

What first got you into music?

The first band that got me into Metal/Rock and maybe music in general was Linkin Park. I was 10 years old when I heard them for the first time, and I was completely blown away with Chester’s vocals and the overall aesthetics of the band. After that, and growing in the early 2000’s, I went through the “emo phase” listening to bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and all that. Later a friend of mine introduced me to all the classics, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, etc. and I was hooked, and the rest is history.

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

I got to say that I’ve always loved the idea of having Steven Wilson working on any album that we make, either as a producer, mixer, anything at all. I think it would be very interesting knowing his perspective about our music. Also, someone like Josh Homme or maybe even Dave Grohl would be very interesting as well. As an Opeth fanboy, having some involvement with Mikael Akerfeldt would be awesome as well. There are so many great, talented people out there that I would love to work with.

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

I believe that we would somehow be a good fit in a festival like Roadburn festival or even Psycho Las Vegas. Though they have varied a bit more in the past few years, I think that we can blend in with the rest of the bill that these festivals tend to curate. Honestly, Roadburn would be a dream, just being able to travel to the Netherlands and be surrounded with the top bands in the genre would be such an honour for us.

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

I don’t think we’ve ever received any gifts from fans yet. If you want to give us something, please, don’t make it weird (laughs).

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

I’ve always been thankful of anyone that takes a bit of their time to press play on music that we’ve created. With the infinity of entertainment options that are out there, the fact that they choose to press play on any of our songs it’s something that really means a lot to us, so I would say “Thank you!”

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

I guess that the answer to this question is between Freddie Mercury and Richard Wright. Freddie because I think that listening to his voice live must be an out of this world experience. With Richard Wright it would be to have the original Pink Floyd be reunited once more and maybe witness them playing, I don’t know, The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here back to back? I’m sure that would’ve been a cathartic experience.

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

I like creating soundscapes and being able to share ideas with other equally or more talented people. It’s always fun to learn the different ways and musical perspective of other musicians, it’s fun. I don’t think I “hate” anything about being a musician, though I would love for the gear to carry itself into and out of the stage on every live show (laughs).

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

The streaming royalty rates. The actual major consumption of music is through streaming and not even big-name artists are being compensated well enough to be able to make a living from their own songs. These companies should reconsider what they pay to the artists in order for it to be balanced and equal for everyone. I’m not again streaming at all, actually It is also the main way I consume music, but artists have been feeding the pockets of these companies for a long time and we’re not saying the same fair response back.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh man there are so many, but I would say that my all-time favourite album is Ayreon’s “The Human Equation”, a Metal Opera that has people like James LaBrie, Devin Townsend, Mikael Akerfeldt in the same album. If you haven’t checked that album, make sure you do so, you won’t regret it.

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

I grew up listening to CD’s and MP3’s, so I guess I would lean towards the comfort and practical aspects of these mediums. If we talk quality, it’s between a CD’s or Vinyl. CD’s has been mentioned twice, so I would go with CD’s. But it really doesn’t matter to me as long as the recording sounds good.

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

I’ve had so many good gigs that I’m thankful for having the chance to have played with. I had the opportunity to open for Metallica with my old band back in 2016, that was something else. With Moths I would say that our mini tour around the US Mainland was fun and full of energy, we weren’t really sure what was going to be the reaction from the audience, and we were able to get a lot of thumbs up after our sets.

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

Maybe something related to the Music Business industry. I love networking and getting to know different aspects of the Industry, especially when it has to do with Metal. I also find that working at the post office must be very interesting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Man, I think it would be fun to be in the same room with Mikael Akerfeldt, Steven Wilson, Jonas Renkse, Devin Townsend, and Troy Sanders. I believe that some laughs and very interesting topics of conversation can be had with these guys.

What’s next for the band?

We have a Split album coming up with our friends from The Stone Eye from Philadelphia, which will be out on August 21st. Both bands will release one original track and we will releasing our arrangement of Black Sabbath’s “Hand of Doom” while The Stone Eye will release their cover of the classic American folk tune “Wayfaring Stranger”.

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

You can follow Moths in the following Social Media platforms:
www.mothspr.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/MOTHSPR/
www.instagram.com/moths_pr/
www.twitter.com/MOTHS_PR
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJnO5Yhow2zDxFUiZzazpkQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are, but you should try some Mofongo if you haven’t (laughs).

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thank you for the interest and the chance of having us at Ever-Metal. We can’t wait for this whole pandemic thing to end so we can go back and play live with you guys. Make sure you check our EP “MOTHS” out while you wait for the Split and, again, thank you for all of your support

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EMQ’s with SAIL

EMQ’s with SAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Taunton, Somerset based Melodic Sludge/Prog Metal band, Sail. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Charlie Dowzell 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 Charlie Dowzell, vocalist and guitarist in Sail. The history is a long and well-trodden path, but the four of us have been jamming together properly since 2014. Prior to that Tom, Tim and myself were in another band which morphed into Sail, but since Kynan joined us it really took off and became Sail as we know it. Our first gig with this line-up was in a brewery and it was so loud we shook all the bottles off the walls, and at that moment I knew it was meant to be.

How did you come up with your band name?

Strife. Strife, and throwing things at the wall and see what stuck. We sat down and had a looooot of coffees trying to figure out what would work best for us, and eventually the suggestion of ‘Sail’ came up and we all sorta went ‘…yeah, that’s it.’ And we saw that it was good.

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

We hail from the southwest of the UK, in a county known as Somerset, where folks like to drink fermented apples and tell people to get off their land. The metal scene is actually pretty good down here! We have Plymouth which has a couple of amazing venues with good followings; Exeter is home to the Cavern and the Uni’s Rocksoc there are absolute diamonds; Bridgwater is home to The Cobblestones (absolutely one of the UK’s greatest underground venues bar none!) and our spiritual home; Bristol is home to countless venues – Old England, Exchange, Fleece, to name a few – and the community there is vibrant and passionate. There’s a lot of distance between these places but feck aye they’re amazing hubs.

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

We’re in the promotion cycle for our latest single ‘Mannequin’. It’s an older song of ours that we committed to record late in 2019; we’re working on a few other bits but we’ve a cool lockdown video to release for Mannequin alongside a longer, ‘Director’s Cut’ version and synth remix of the song courtesy of our very own Kynan Scott. The artwork is rad as hell, courtesy of Elle Romaine (Umbrelle), a good friend of ours and an extremely talented UK-based tattoo artist. Hit her up if you want skin etchings, y’all!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band have a few more obvious influences – we play something that sounds like sludge metal, punk, grunge, and melodic rock had a very strange child. I call it Rock Music but use whatever term works for you. We love all sorts, from the more obvious choices like Baroness and Red Fang to folks like Com Truise, IDLES, Billie Eilish and Kate Bush, to name a few. As for me, I grew up on 70’s rock (thanks Dad), Deep Purple and Whitesnake did a lot for me with their unbelievable line-ups of extremely talented and tasteful guitarists. In my late teens I discovered Sleep and psychedelic music, which was a fun time and a big game-changer.

What first got you into music?

My parents were always listening to music, so I blame them. Mum would always have Queen’s Greatest Hits and Abba on common rotation, so they wormed their way into my head. That, and the Bee Gees, who are great. Like I say, Dad was a man of the 70’s rock so that took hold, too. As for getting into *playing* music, when I was 14 I came across a bunch of live videos of Dio and Whitesnake doing their thing, and this guy Doug Aldrich – looks the part, sounds the part, a killer guitarist – just owned the stage, and to this day I remember watching Whitesnake playing Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ and I remember going, ‘I need to pick up a guitar’. And the rest is history, or something like that.

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

I’m big into the blues, so there’s this guy ‘Kingfish’, he’s a younger guy and absolutely kills it. Would be amazing to jam with him, really dig into the feels. Kingfish, or Joe Bonamassa would be cool. Devin Townsend would be so so fun to jam with though, the ideas would be limitless!

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

So, I went to Hellfest in France when I was 19 and it was such a cool vibe. I’d love to play Hellfest, those massive European metal fests have the coolest crowds. We have Arctangent and Desertfest here in the UK, smaller fests but super super cool in their own fields and I’d have a beautiful time playing them. Big up!

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

Weirdest from a fan, not so sure. But once our drummer’s mum baked a ‘Sail’ pie, that was excellent. And tasty too, I’m told!

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

Love to you all. Stay well, stay safe, buy our sh*t.

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

Can I put Gary Moore under the moniker of Rockstar (too damn right you can – Rick)? Famed for his bluesiness I know but he did play with Thin Lizzy, so I guess he still counts. Feelsy as all hell and genuinely one of the greatest guitarists there was.

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

The biggest plus is the creativity, far and away. Expressing yourself in ways that words don’t, or can’t. Writing music that reflects feelings and vibes and emotions in a way that transcends language and the human barrier is beautiful. And getting to do that with three other incredibly talented, like-minded friends is beautiful. The worst part, honestly? How expensive it is. Sure, you can get guitars and amps and FX reasonably cheap. But the touring, the promotion, the production – to do it right, you gotta be ready to part with moolah. It’s a graft, but it’s worth it.

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

How apparently impossible it is to work your way up. Don’t get me wrong – it’s about the journey and the experiences along the way – but it strikes me that, as with so many other industries, it’s nigh unsustainable until you ‘make it big’ upon which there’s too much money. I dunno, it’s a skewed industry I suppose. I’d also change how so many grassroots venues are going from hand-to-mouth because of the financial imbalance across the industry. I guess that’s two things, but you get my drift.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Burn”, by Deep Purple. Ferocious, hooky, soulful, swaggery, full of balls. It’s a masterclass in heavy bluesy rock.

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

There is no best – whatever medium works best for the listener. They are all good provided somebody’s consuming it and listening to the music!

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

There have been a few standout ones, for sure. Some of our recent shows have been incredible. We played with OHHMS in Bristol a while back and had an absolute blast. We played the Godney Gathering, an open-air festival in Glastonbury, when the sun was setting which was so so cool. Every gig we’ve ever played in Southampton, Bridgwater and Exeter have been wonderful – the crowds and communities there are viciously passionate and absolutely make the gigs supremely special. In 2018 we played the finals heat of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses to (I think?) about 200-250 folks; massive stage, massive room, massive crowd. Amazing times.

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

Likely talking at people about how Allosaurus is the best dinosaur or why Stalingrad was the turning point of the Second World War. I’d be working in a museum or as a history lecturer somewhere, I imagine. That, or I’d be a god-damn waster. Either or.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Can I say Jeff Goldblum five times over? How mad would that be? But yeah. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Bailey, Mary Anning, Doug Aldrich, and probably someone like Lewis Hamilton or Colin McRae.

What’s next for the band?

So, we’re sorting stuff for the Mannequin release now, but we’re mid-writing; we’ve been working on a second album for quite a while now. We’ve had a few off-periods, so it’s been in the works for a while, but we’ve locked in on a vibe and the music is super super cool. Really angry, real heavy, to-the-point. Can’t wait to see how the rest of it shapes up. We’re allegedly recording in September, but the world finds itself in a state of ‘every day as it comes’ with Covid and all that, so we’ll see. But either way, there’ll be an album in the not too distant future, and I very much hope some tours to follow!

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

You can find us on all the good social media outlets; or ‘Sail Band’ on Facebook, ‘thebandsail’ on Bandcamp, Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on all the platforms for news regarding releases, shows, and whatnot. We also post a lot of fun dumb content; we played D&D on a livestream and I got to play a dickhead bard which was good fun.
www.thebandsail.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thebandsail/
www.instagram.com/thebandsail/
www.twitter.com/thebandsail

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Are they a terrestrial earth-form, or a cosmic horror entity? Edible or mind-altering state of being? Who knows. They’re certainly very tasty.

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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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