EMQ’s with EGOR LAPPO

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EMQ’s with EGOR LAPPO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Saint Petersburg, Russia based Progressive Metal/Rock project, Egor Lappo. Huge thanks to Egor 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 Egor Lappo, I play a bit of everything, but mostly guitars, vocals and I do all the producing/mixing for my music. I never liked the idea of being in a band, cause it’s a rare thing when you don’t have a leader and everything just works out or you do have a leader and everyone is ok with the fact that their opinion may not be taken into account.

How did you come up with your band name?

I couldn’t come up with any good name that I wouldn’t be ashamed of in perspective. So, I named my project after my own name because most of my favourite musicians do it at some point of their career. Or they name it after their childhood nickname and that one wasn’t an option because it wasn’t cool.

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

Russia, Saint-Petersburg. I don’t know. The part of the reason why I like music is that it’s some form of an escapism for me. This may sound stupid, but I have a hard time finding Russian music that resonates with me and helps me to feel being ‘not there’. There are 2-3 artists from Russia I enjoy listening to. Oh, and I am originally from Kaluga, and the music scene there is the reason why I moved to a bigger city, cause there is none of it.

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

Latest release is “Make The Sun Shine More” EP, it was released in July 2020 and it’s sort of a turning point for me. My first 2 albums and this EP are very prog-metal stuff with some other genres blended in.

But my next album “Trancevoicer” (which is going to be out on March 19th) is a much more focused record. I decided to write a storyline and make it a concept album just to have some distinctive style to it and not to switch between genres and sounds way too much. (It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year – Rick)

‘The Mask of Kindness’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chronologically: Ritchie Blackmore, Tomi Putaansuu, Alex Lifeson, James Hetfield, John Petrucci, Devin Townsend, Neal Morse, Tobias Forge, Tim Smith, Filippo Neviani.

What first got you into music?

Hearing O-Zone, Arash, Plazma on the radio all the time when I was 10. But if we are talking about heavy music – definitely Deep Purple, this was the only band I’ve been listening to since being 11-13.

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

All of the musicians that I adore are able to write/produce their own stuff with many line-up changes in their bands. So, I don’t know how I would help them. But I would like to collaborate with Sleep Party People, John Mitchell, Roine Stolt and Kyros.

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

Cruise to the Edge – there is no doubt about it.

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

They keep sending me money through Bandcamp for some reason, that’s weird…

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

Well…If you listen to my music and it resonates with you in some way – I am happy to provide some background soundtrack to your thoughts or life or whatever you are going through. No, seriously, thank you.

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

I am not sure about it, all of them. But it was very sad when Tim Smith from Cardiacs passed away last July.

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

I hate the lack of choice, because once you subconsciously devote yourself to this way of living – there is no turning back. Maybe there is and I am still in the teenage-rebel phase of my life, who knows. I enjoy feeling great once I finish writing/recording/mixing some song and, in the end, it perfectly represents what I was trying to say, that blueprint that once appeared for some reason.

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

This is a great question and I don’t know. Some people say that Spotify doesn’t pay artists enough. Well…look at how many streams U2, Lewis Capaldi and all these huge bands/artists have. And think about how much Spotify should pay them. I am not an expert, but I think charging more money for monthly subscriptions would help. Because now you pay the same amount of money in a month (and you can listen to any music non-stop for 30 days) that you’ve had to pay in 2005 for a pirated CD of some band’s discography in 128 kbps. There could be 4 songs on that CD, 15 minutes each and you would still pay the same, but now for listening to a 15-minute track you ‘pay’ the artist the same amount as if it was a 30 second track.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nek – “Calore Umano”. The title track is the most heavenly-joyful-sounding thing I’ve ever heard.

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

For me downloads are the best, but no streaming service will replace the good old Sony Walkman for me.

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

We can skip that question; no gigs were played 😊.

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

Woodcarving.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ian Gillan, Bono, Wheeler Walker Jr, Dean Ween, Al Jourgensen.

What’s next for the project?

I am in the process of trying to promote my new album “Trancevoicer” now. I have some ideas about the next album, but I have to second-guess them enough times before making some coherent decisions.

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

Burnt Coffee Reviews is a great website. I highly recommend you check it out.
www.burntcoffeereviews.com/

www.egorlappo.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/EgorLappoMusic
www.instagram.com/egorlappo/
www.vk.com/egor_lappo
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0wLW47tB5wit7vIDggmhkU
www.youtube.com/user/EgorLappo

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mini-cakes and I love them!

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

Yes, lately I gained some weight eating tons of 7Days croissants.

Egor Lappo Promo Pic

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Moonscape – Entity, Chapter II: Echoes From A Cognitive Dystopia

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Moonscape – Entity, Chapter II: Echoes From A Cognitive Dystopia
Self-Released
Release Date: 23/11/2020
Running Time: 37:28
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

Here I am to review the amazing Norwegian band, Moonscape, for the second time. Back in 2017, I was lucky to review the first part of this saga, called simply “Entity”, and I have both a good memory about it, and a regret. Regret, because that album really deserved a better explanation, but I was so young as a reviewer, and immature, that it was impossible at that time. The good memory is of all the amazing people, connected to the band, that I became friends with, including Mr. Håvard Lunde, the one-man-band, and the mind behind the Moonscape concept and music. He is responsible for the composition and this time, he has surpassed himself, working out how he could connect all the guest musicians, to make this album sound as it does. Let me try to free myself from regret and explain why this material is so amazing.

The “Entity” concept (in both parts) is something like Rick Wakeman’s “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth”. Part one was like one song, divided into chapters. This album goes the same way, but we have four songs that have a logical sequence and don’t sound like only one track. In both cases, I used Rick Wakeman’s work as a reference, in terms of the album structure. Is it Progressive Rock/Metal music? Hell yes! Nevertheless, it has a specific sonority, very well balanced between what we know about progressive Heavy Metal bands. I feel that Håvard didn’t want to be stuck in one simple genre, because there are even a few Death Metal parts on this record, like the blast beat and guttural voice that open ‘The Ails To Withstand’.

There is incredible detail here. Quickly, use the scroll down bar to read the MANY guest musicians on this album, and you’ll understand what I mean. Have you read it? Good! Now, come back here and join me with my thoughts. Could you imagine yourself putting together so many contributors, to create good songs, as Håvard has done? It is the most impressive aspect for me. The way that all the guest musicians fit together, to create a good sequence in the songs is amazing! Just the work of all the singers is a hard job because each of them interprets one character in this history.

The concept, for what I could understand, is about someone who tries to flee from this world and hide himself deep inside his own mind, but his terrors and demons can still find him. All the characters (Shadowself, Demon, The Dreamer, Angel, Father and The Erratic) are different states of his mind, that create an inner conflict. But, maybe, they are all real people around the person who’s trying to flee away from this life. No matter what it represents, it is astonishing how all the singers create a different interpretation of each character, exploring angelical or tenor vocals, right to guttural voices. Again, the hard work to put all of it together is what caught my attention the most.

Musically, there’s everything from varied Heavy Metal styles, in good balance. There are various speeds, with loud bass and heavy guitars. Moonscape even use saxophone, violin and piano. Of course, the guitar and keyboard solos are the strongest elements along the tracks, but the other instruments help add different atmospheres, as the chapters are evolving in each track, alongside the new tensions and events from this saga.

At the end of the last song ‘In the Mourning Hours’, there are a few seconds of the intro of the first song from the previous album “Entity” (what we could call Pt1). Håvard also put in the sound of a heartbeat and that made me curious to understand what it means. Is this a sign of a rebirth? Is it the beginning of the same cycle, that will repeat over again? I don’t know, but this mystery will make the listener think about it and hear the album with more attention.

As with most albums from one-man bands, I just feel that the record could have had a little bit more attention paid to the production. However, if you consider that we have more than ten musicians, from all parts of the world, recording their parts alone, I’m certain that Håvard is a wizard and did some kind of magic to put it together! It is the kind of album that makes people think about their lives. I feel that Moonscape was never a band that wanted to record an easy-to-understand album. Moreover, this is the magical side of what Moonscape is. I hope you enjoy this journey through “Entity, Chapter II: Echoes From A Cognitive Dystopia” as much as I did.

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Prelude To Grief
02. Illusion Or Reality?
03. The Ails To Withstand
04. In The Mourning Hours

LINE-UP:
Håvard Lunde – Vocals, Bass, Lead/Rhythm/Acoustic Guitars, Percussion and Programming

GUEST MUSICIANS:
Pauli Souka (Coldbound) – Lead Vocals as ‘Shadowself’
Runar Steen Hansen (Firefight) – Lead Vocals as ‘Demon’
Drake Chrisdensen (Ruins of Elysium) – Lead and Backing Vocals as ‘The Dreamer’
David Åkesson (Qantice) – Lead Vocals as ‘The Erratic’
Marcela Villarroel – Lead Vocals as ‘Angel’
Andreas Jonsson (ex-Spiral Architect) – Lead Guitars
Cezar Popescu (Days of Confusion) – Lead Guitars
Bret Barnes (Independent) – Saxophone
Linus Abrahamson (Guthrie Govan, Andromeda etc.) – Lead Guitars
Aaron Minich (Nekrogoblikon) – Keyboards
Eirik Dischler (Shamblemaths) – Organ
Alexandra Laya (Qantice)- Violin
David Russell (Independent) – Piano
Leviathan (Ex-Unspoken, Kvesta, Abyss Below) – Lead Guitars
Rafael Agostino (Armored Dawn) – Keyboards
John Kiernan – Lead Guitars
Mark Anthony K. (Projekt Gemineye/The Dark Monarchy) – Lead Guitars
Diego Palma (LordDivine) – Keyboards

LINKS:

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Labÿrinth – Welcome To The Absurd Circus

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Labÿrinth – Welcome To The Absurd Circus
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 22/01/2021
Running time: 60:17
Review by Chris Galea
8.5/10

Progressive Rock tends to be a strong part of the genetic identity of Italian bands in general and around the turn of the millennium Labÿrinth infused that approach with a Power Metal where the keyboards, guitars and the rhythm section are equally emphasised. Over the course of several albums the band tweaked with that formula to varying degrees but in their new album “Welcome To The Absurd Circus”, my impression is that Labÿrinth have gone stylistically close to “Return To Heaven Denied”, the band’s 1998 magnum opus.

There are several qualities that make “Welcome To The Absurd Circus” a Power Prog Metal gem. One of the first things to impress me, however, is the superlative quality of the sound, courtesy of Frontiers mainstay Simone Mularoni. But then, as the album hits its stride, other factors become apparent…

…the lead vocals, for example. After having fronted Labÿrinth for most of the band’s existence, Roberto Tiranti’s singing is still in solid form. Guitarists Olaf Thorsen and Andrea Cantarelli imbue the album with strong melodies, melancholic swoops and moments of sheer virtuosism. ‘Finally Free’ is a good place to find most of that.

Completing the line-up are keyboardist Oleg Smirnov (Death SS, Eldritch…now on his 3rd Labÿrinth album), Nik Mazzucconi on bass (who also plays with Joe Lynn Turner’s band Sunstorm) and newly recruited drummer Mat Peruzzi (who replaced John Macaluso just before Labyrinth started working on this album).

From songs such as ‘Live Today’ – driven by some furious double-bass drumming, to ‘A Reason to Survive’ – a power ballad which I really liked, “Welcome to the Absurd Circus” is a solid album. ‘Den of Snakes’ wouldn’t sound too inappropriate on an Iron Maiden album. ‘The Unexpected’ strikes me as a song that would fit snugly in live scenarios…once the ongoing pandemic loosens its grip on society.

Negative points? Well, I felt that the cover of Ultravox’ song ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, while not badly done, was pointless. And if I were pushed further, I’d say I wasn’t excessively enthusiastic about the songwriting of ‘Sleepwalker’ and ‘One More Last Chance’, although the latter contains some great guitar solos.

But perhaps I’m being finicky because in truth I really enjoyed listening to this album very much. In fact, while some Labyrinth albums needed time to grow on me, “Welcome To The Absurd Circus” is one that I fell for immediately…from the very first spin. In fact, I dare say that no self-respecting Power Metal fan should be without this album.

‘The Absurd Circus’ (Official Video):

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Absurd Circus
02. Live Today
03. One More Last Chance
04. As Long As It Lasts
05. Den Of Snakes
06. Word’s Minefield
07. The Unexpected
08. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
09. Sleepwalker
10. A Reason To Survive
11. Finally Free

LINE-UP:
Roberto Tiranti – Vocals
Olaf Thorsen – Guitars
Andrea Cantarelli – Guitars
Oleg Smirnoff – Keyboards
Nik Mazzucconi – Bass
Mattia Peruzzi – Drums

LINKS:

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Kyros – Four Of Fear EP

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Kyros – Four Of Fear EP
White Star Records
Release Date: 27/11/2020
Running Time: 24:33
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Not content with releasing one of 2020’s most expansive and anticipated albums in June, London quartet Kyros surprise released this EP in November with only a two-month writing period, owing their newly-found free time to the plethora of COVID-19-related tour cancellations. Frontman Adam Warne went on to say that the band had achieved a streamlined online workflow that resulted in “Four Of Fear” as well as their new band project: ‘Celexa Streams: Isolation Gigs’, a series of lockdown gigs that saw socially distanced collaborations with members of Haken, Frost* and Ihlo.

With this intensely creative response to our new lockdown world, you would be forgiven for thinking any music made in this streamlined tunnel may sound rushed or a little scrambled, but “Four Of Fear” is nothing of the sort. An unimaginably visionary and warmly complex collection of music, the songs on this EP are all written in isolated creative vacuums, resulting in four tracks all sounding completely different, but owing to the songwriting expertise of the band, all sound like natural bedfellows next to each other.

Opener ‘Ace’s Middle’ begins with a War of the Worlds-esque imposing synth riff and tune, interspersed with smatterings of drum and synth duality. As the song progresses, and the synthline takes over the bass, guitars and even vocal melodies, the fluctuations and bastardisation of that tune create music of genre-ignorant structure that echo prog’s keyboard-heavy precursors of Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

From the 60’s and 70s’, we then move into the 80’s for the back-combed synthpop joy of ‘Fear Of Fear’. Arguably the most “normal” song of the release, and the song the band most liken to the 2020 album “Celexa Dreams”, the track is a bass-heavy electro armada complete with short drum blasts and a synthline on the chorus that sounds like the doorbell at your nan’s house.

‘ResetRewind’ completes the stepping stones of seminal decade genres by skipping the 90’s and going straight for 2000’s dubstep, mixed with just the subtlest whiff of new wave. Building on an experiment they employed on their 2016 sophomore album “Vox Humana”, ‘ResetRewind’ doesn’t feel too far away from Alex Clare’s wub-wub days, but a brilliant collective effort from bassist Peter Episcopo and drummer Robin Johnson do not let the song whist too far away from their proggy realm.

Lastly ‘Stop Motion’, the song that actually kicked off the songwriting process of “Celexa Dreams”, is a much more tempered, focused affair. A dramatic, emotional drop reflects the heavy nature of the song lyrics, dealing with some painful themes about suicide and depression, yet it is this drop and subsequent section thereafter that circles back into a War of the Worlds-ian sci-fi climate as Warne’s keyboards and Joey Frevola’s guitars battle it out for song supremacy.

This is an absolutely fantastic release. From only four songs, so many styles and experiments are on display, never once faltering and never feeling like a caricature. A Devin Townsend-like approach to a wall of sound-style production, allows for so many layers of musical storytelling to come through, partnering Adam Warne’s genre-bending voice exquisitely. If this is Kyros’ version of going stir-crazy in lockdown then shut down the planet and hook it straight into my veins (not actually because I’ve forgotten what grass looks like and want to go outside but you get what I mean, it’s proper good like).

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ace’s Middle
02. Fear of Fear
03. ResetRewind
04. Stop Motion

LINE-UP:
Adam Warne – Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Joey Frevola – Guitar
Peter Episcopo – Bass
Robin Johnson – Drums

LINKS:

Kyros Promo Pic (Credit: Jake Owens Photography)
Jake Owens Photography

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Q&A with PARAZIT

Q&A with PARAZIT

Recently, Maggy got the chance to do a Q&A with Kello González, bassist with Guadalajara, Mexico based Virtuoso, Instrumental Prog Metal/Rock Trio, Parazit. Big thanks to them!

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Kello González, bass player for Parazit. This started as an experiment, a project to work on all that music that didn’t fit anywhere else…

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

I live in Guadalajara, Mexico. Loud music is not an easy endeavour, so we try to navigate scenes without much heed to fads or genres.

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

I’ve been listening to Haken – “Virus”, Tool – “Fear Inoculum”, The Claypool-Lennon Delirium – “South of Reality”

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

I’m bass: Cliff Burton, Les Claypool, Flea, Geddy Lee and Justin Chancellor mainly.

What first got you into music?

In middle school I got hooked to Metallica’s “Justice” album. I started playing bass and finally felt like belonged somewhere…

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

Les Claypool, Danny Carey, Tosin Abasi.

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

Resurrection Fest, Hellfest or WOA. But as part of their line-up. 😊

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

Not weird but I’ve got drum sticks, picks, wristbands and a cymbal…trophies from Metallica concerts I’ve attended.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

At this time and age, everyone stay strong and stay safe so we can all put these hard times behind us.

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

Cliff Burton!

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

Royalties from streaming and fair payment for musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rush – “Moving Pictures”

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

All have their pros and cons. Being able to enjoy music is the end goal

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

Rush – Gibson Amphitheater – LA (2012)
Metallica – Foro Sol – Mexico City (2009)
King Crimson – Teatro Diana – Guadalajara (2019)

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/ taking photos?

Making bass guitar cover videos

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mike Patton, James Hetfield, Les Claypool, Maynard J Keenan and Geddy Lee

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haven’t had the pleasure, but the name says cakes, so I’ll go with that.

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

Stay healthy!

www.parazitmx.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/evermetal2017/
www.instagram.com/parazitmx/
www.twitter.com/Parazitmx
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5LaWGNlE5SvG9EX1UO7Qtn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCfcOPAw67UCTeoXhGn9uPNw

‘Asleep Reason Horror’ (Official Video)

LINE-UP:
Kello Gonzalez – Bass
Christian Gomez – Drums
Jose Macario – Guitar

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Ashen Reach – Homecoming

Ashen Reach – Homecoming
Self-Released
Release Date: 16/11/2020
Running Time: 56:17
Review by Beth Jones
8.5/10

Liverpool based Ashen Reach have been a firm favourite with us here at ever metal since discovering them in their previous guise at a Twisted Illusion gig in Manchester. Recently, they’ve had some ups and downs. The dizzy heights of playing to vast audiences in Russia, to the disruption of a line-up change. Considering their young age, they’ve shown a lot of balls to stand up to the challenge, and now they’re a solid 5 piece again, the time has come to unleash their debut album, “Homecoming” into the world of hard rock. This has pleased us a lot here at EMHQ, because they’re a super talented bunch of musicians who have been working their asses off for the last couple of years.

“Homecoming” is an album that explores many current themes, from mental health and domestic abuse, to love and determination. Their unique sound does this in a way that sets each song apart from the next, and explores mood through the dynamics of music.

The album kicks off with ‘Fighting For My Life’ – a riff heavy, chunky, classic hard rock track, which really gets your foot tapping. The powerful vocals of Kyle Martyn Stanley cut through over the top of thumping riffs and drums, and we get treated to a guitar solo towards the end of the song, which is rich and full in terms of tone, making this a great start to the album.

The next two tracks, ‘Epiphany’, and ‘Tear It Down’ follow the same style, providing a very upbeat first ten minutes of the album. Then things take a turn for the heavier with, ‘Heir to The Throne’. It starts with drums and guitar, similar to the sounds we’ve already heard. But this then gets joined by some down-tuned bass and builds into an expansive chorus that wouldn’t be out of place in a symphonic metal band. We also get a middle section with some screams and growls thrown into the mix, at a low enough level to make them not too intrusive, but enough to give this song a distinctly heavier edge. Kyle also has more of a rasp in his vocals throughout this song.

‘Alive Again’ and ‘Prey’ continue with the slightly heavier sound, but also add in some progressive exploration, with more experimental sections. The use of reverb in these adds a haunting and lilting feel to the acoustics. This provides a great contrast between the full on, in your face, and the more stripped back elements. I really like the opening to ‘Prey’ – Kyle’s unusual vocals work really well for the quiet elements, as he has an interesting tone, and is still able to deliver a powerful sound at a softer dynamic. This track builds throughout, to a crescendo of sound towards the end, giving the sense that the ‘prey’ has been trapped.

An element of calm is then thrown into the mix, with a Pink Floyd-esque soundscape in the form of ‘Ether’. Gentle guitar and synth effects float for around a minute and a half, creating a beautiful and peaceful serenity. Like sitting in a summer meadow, watching the pollen and insects float on the warm breeze.

‘Here I Go’, continues this theme, but with the addition of some lovely vocal harmonies. Then it bursts into a full-on progressive rock ballad, complete with cross rhythm sections, epic soloing, and plenty of moments where, in the good old days, any crowd would have been stood with lighters aloft creating a twinkling sea of swaying fire! I think this is one of my favourite tracks on the album actually.

Then we get to the business end of the album. The final three tracks, ‘Hole In The Sky’, ‘Broken Column’, and the title track ‘Homecoming’, really make this album for me. They feel like a bit of a level-up. They’re intricately put together, with interesting rhythms, brilliant vocals and harmonies, and real power. I also feel that the balance of sound in these final tracks has really had attention paid to it. At some points earlier in the album, there are times when I think things are too mid- heavy. The guitar riffs almost take over and obscure the rest of the sound. But here, it’s much easier to pick out individual sounds. These three tracks also have an insatiable groove to them, which really connects you to the sound. I would still like a little more bass and drums in the mix for ‘Broken Columns’ and ‘Homecoming’ though. I think that would have really helped drive the tracks. But then I’m a sucker for bass heavy stuff, so this is, off course, purely my opinion!

All in all, this is a very solid and accomplished debut album, from a very exciting young band, who I believe have a whole ton more to give. And it is well worth investing 56 minutes of your time to listen to it!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fighting For My Life
02. Epiphany
03. Tear It Down
04. Heir To The Throne
05. Alive Again
06. Prey
07. Ether
08. Here I Go
09. Hole In the Sky
10.Broken Column
11. Homecoming

LINE-UP:
Kyle Martyn Stanley – Vocals
Paddy Cummins – Lead Guitar/ Backing Vocals
Joe O’Sullivan – Rhythm Guitar
Mike McCarroll – Bass/ Backing Vocals
Jess Stanley – Drums

LINKS:


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EMQ’s with LITTLE KING

EMQ’s with LITTLE KING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US based Melodic Progressive Rock band, Little King. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist and founder Ryan Rosoff 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?

Hey there…Ryan here. I am the founder of Little King, a band that was born in El Paso, Texas in 1996. We have since produced 6 albums and are working on a 7th as we speak which will be titled “Amuse De Q”. The band also features Manny Tejeda on bass (he’s a Dominican Republic native who now lives in Delaware) and Eddy Garcia on drums (he’s also our engineer; and El Paso native, pretty much.)

I have been through a lot of different line-ups, so this is the first time I have ever kept the band intact from one release to the next. We released “Occam’s Foil” late in 2019, and the same unit is back for “Amuse De Q”.

How did you come up with your band name?

My first name means “Little King” in Gaelic. It seemed appropriate since I was sort of taking control of my own career. LK has always been a method for me to just play and produce music with my friends…and here we are, 23 years later!

Also…don’t let the Little King do the thinking for the Big King. Sage Advice.

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

USA! It’s good, when it’s live, especially. Everywhere we go, I find a ton of metal fans. Little King is like “almost Metal,” but I find Metal fans to be the most open to other styles of just about any genre. We are generally accepted by them, even if I don’t always bang my head. In the southwest, where I live now, it’s particularly strong. But it really is everywhere…

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

“Occam’s Foil” was our EP that came out in late 2019, and it really took off. Charted in the top 150 on college-radio, generated over 100,000 streams and downloads, and generally put us on a road to…expectations. Ha! I’m not used to that.

‘Forgotten Mile’

We were planning a long and disastrous-but sure-to-be-fun tour, and then everything collapsed. So, instead of resting on our laurels and commiserating, I got back into the lab and wrote a new album! We are about 80% done, and the title is “Amuse De Q”. The subject matter is all things Quarantine, including isolation, sobriety, relationships or lack thereof, domestic violence, idiots’ rule, social media, and more. I think people will love it and relate well. I am super proud of what we have accomplished thus far…stay tuned for more. Release should be early 2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In no particular order: Rush, Steely Dan, Zeppelin, Floyd, Talking Heads, The Who, Grateful Dead, Mozart, Tupac, Peter Tosh, Midnight Oil, Hendrix, Van Halen, Mellencamp, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, and so so so much more…

What first got you into music?

For most of my childhood, I was all sports all the time. Obsessed, really…and I still follow Football and Basketball religiously. But I was a really good athlete, and that competitive fire burned pretty hot. I stopped growing early, though, and a future in the NBA was bleak. I had to find another productive passion, and music was it.

My older brother steered me away from my mom and dad’s music and into Zeppelin, Maiden, Rush, Floyd, and more. I appreciate that to this day! So, having an older brother and some guitar players who made me wanna shred instead of dunk a basketball was big for me.

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

London Philharmonic, Snoop, or my friend Debbie Hafferman, who is a Berkeley-educated pianist and scores films. She and I met when we were 3 years old in preschool…we are still friends, and I just connected with her yesterday for the first time in many years. I put some lyrics out there on social media that resonated with her, and so she reached out and we had a pretty long conversation. She is awesome…smart, funny, and super-talented. Gotta make that happen soon.

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

There are SO MANY. But at this point, Firefly in Dover, Delaware would be great. I was living there for the last 7 years, and I just recently moved back to Arizona. But in all that time, I released a couple albums and built up a lot of friend/fans in southern Delaware who’ve never heard me play a live show. I think they’d be…supportive. Surprised. Firefly is a big deal down there, and while there are a ton of bigger festivals around the globe, that one would be a triumphant homecoming and a chance to show my homies what was up.

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

Saliva. End of story.

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

This next Little King record will be the best yet! I am so excited to share it with you all. The train is rolling, and we have really hit our stride with “Amuse de Q”. And if you’re in Europe, reach out to our management or to your local venue and let them know that you want Little King in your hometown. We’ve never played a show in Europe, but we do quite well there. I want to make that happen and build our fanbase in the EU and UK.

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

Oh, without question it would be Neil Peart. He just died in January of 2020, and I am still crushed. He was my musical and philosophical and literary hero, and it was a shit start to an ultra-shit year.  The man was a giant, and even though we never met (I did make a record with Rush’s producer called “Virus Divine”, though, back in 2003), he altered the course of my life. Lyrically, musically, and spiritually, Neil will always be my hero.

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

The chicks, for sure. They’re everywhere! It’s so gratifying to get laid whenever I want. Wait…is this question about being an egg farmer or a musician? My bad.

I don’t let hate creep into my life very often. Maybe certain occupants of certain public offices in the USA come close, but that’s a rough word. I do hate begging people to listen to my music lol. Just play the fucking song and THEN ignore us!

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

Royalties from streaming, FOR SURE. I don’t know how the macro-economics break down with subscriptions to Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc. No idea. But I DO KNOW that our last album has well over 100,000 spins on Spotify alone. And I DO KNOW that I just got a check from our distributor for $104 and change. That is fucked up.

It’s not cheap to make a record. And we try really hard to produce a quality product that we can be proud of and that can bring some happiness to our fans. It should be worth more than $.0006 or whatever. I mean, even radio paid 6-12 cents per spin. What the actual fuck is $100 for 100,000 spins?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wow. One? Okay…let’s go with TODAY’s fave, shall we?

I love “Countdown to Ecstasy” by Steely Dan. My brother tried to get me into them as a kid, and I resisted. Growing up in the late 70’s and into the 80’s the Dan was EVERYWHERE. Before I was a musician and a voracious consumer of lyrics, they just didn’t appeal to me. Donald Fagan’s voice was odd, and I was into METAL. Steely Dan ain’t metal.

Matt sent me that CD in about 1990 when I got to college, and in some sort of altered state wandering around downtown Tucson with a Discman, I GOT IT! Musicianship, clever as hell lyrics, ebb and flow of moods, and production even in the early 1970’s. The guitar solos on ‘Bohdisattva’ and ‘Show Biz Kids’ and definitely on ‘My Old School’, the lyrics throughout. I just fucking love that record and I will never tire of it.

Just wanted to mention that this week’s top albums also come from a Baltimore metal band called Trapped Under Ice, and also listening to “Earth and Sun and Moon” by Midnight Oil. Fantastic production and songs on that one. Love the Oils. Just also finished revisiting some old Megadeth, too. ‘Hangar 18’ and ‘Holy Wars’ kick my ass!

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

Oh, I think Vinyl, for sure. I grew up with it. CD’s are good, too. The compression level on downloads render a lot of careful production entirely moot. It’s brutal. Nuance and dynamics are lost.

When I was growing up, the artwork and the physical act of dropping a needle on the record is instantly nostalgic. My son has a nice vinyl collection now, and I am so proud of the fact that he Gets It. Kid is an old soul.

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

We were on tour in support of our album “Virus Divine” in 2005 and 2006. I had just signed a nice little record deal with a company who shall remain nameless (fuck those guys) in LA, and we had a little money to tour and buy gear, hire a crew. It was small but it was awesome.

So about 2 weeks into a 3-week tour, we had a show at the Viper Room on Sunset in Hollywood. Very exciting…legendary venue, awesome sound system, a good bill, and we had a lot of scouts supposedly lined up to come see us. Just needed a manager and booking agent who knew what they were doing.

Our label flaked. Didn’t call anyone, didn’t even bother to show up themselves. We were KILLING ourselves on the road and were so broke. And those fucks didn’t even come to the venue. So, we knew what the deal was by the time we took the stage in front of maybe 50 people. We had played 8 days in a row and couldn’t have been tighter…

We BURNED THAT PLACE DOWN. It was awesome…channelled a huge amount of anger and fear and practice into the best show Little King ever played. Will never forget it…but I hope to top it, some day.

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

I own a corporate team building company called TeamBuilding ROI based in Silicon Valley. We have pivoted to all-virtual and have actually now facilitated 130 virtual events since April in over 10 countries. It’s been a helluva 6 months. But that’s my career outside my career, and I love it.

When it’s done, I will make movies and operate a charity. Dogs and kids, kids and dogs…those things are near and dear to me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Barack Obama, David Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, my son, and my dad.

What’s next for the band?

Just finishing up “Amuse De Q” in the next couple months. The bass, drums, and rhythm guitars are done…so I am working on finishing the vocal melodies and words (almost done), writing some guitar solos (not almost done…will probably wing it like usual) and also some string arrangements for a couple tunes. Also, my son is playing piano on this record, which is a lifelong dream of mine. He has worked hard at it, and the part is awesome! It’s for a song called ‘Set It Down’ and it relates to my ongoing sobriety. I thought it would be appropriate. It’s an odd little tune…I love it, so far.

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

Our web site at www.littlekingtunes.com is the best place to start. It has links to our social media, streaming and download links (including all of the last five albums ready to stream on YouTube), a long bio and history, and some funny interviews from the last album. Merch, too! Please check it out.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Absolutely a COOKIE lol! But I can’t tolerate ruining chocolate with orange, so it’s irrelevant in my world

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

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EMQ’s with STEELSWARM

EMQ’s with STEELSWARM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Post-Progressive Rock/Metal band, SteelSwarm. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Dane Simms 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 Dane Simms and I play seven-string guitar, clean and screaming vocals for SteelSwarm. Jamie (Bass) and I started SteelSwarm back in 2013 as a Thrash inspired metal band. As our skills developed and tastes changed to more of a complicated progressive sound we acquired our current percussionist Zac Stewart who added a huge amount of dynamics and uniqueness to our sound to where we were able to release a film clip, two singles and ultimately our debut album “Aspects of Dissonance”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jamie and I thought that we are the ‘Steel’ or ‘Metal’, and the audience is the ‘Swarm’. So, we just combined them together to make “SteelSwarm”.

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

We are from Sydney, Australia, the metal scene here is strong and the progressive one is even better. Melbourne tends to be the hot spot for music in Australia.

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

Our latest release is “Aspects of Dissonance” which is our debut album released on the 6th of August 2020.

‘Wasted Signals’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would say the people who made the biggest impact on me as a guitarist would be Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, James Hetfield, Cliff Burton, Victor Wooten, Chris Broderick, Tosin Abasi and Shawn Lane.

What first got you into music?

When I was a teenager I was obsessed with System of Down, Slipknot and Cannibal Corpse. Seeing The System of a Down film clips ‘Chop Suey’ and ‘Toxicity’ made the first impact on me for music. As for guitar, it was hearing Metallica’s ‘Fade to Black’ for the first time.

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

I would love to collaborate with Plini or Tosin Abasi, I think it would be a thought-provoking meeting to say the least.

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

Currently we are aiming to play on “PROGFEST” in Melbourne, which is the kind of Avalon of the best prog bands in the country.

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

One time I got a hug from a woman after one of our sets and she said “You make me want to become a better guitarist”

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

Keep listening to music in general, and every now and then go exploring for a new Aussie band, you might get a big surprise.

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

Cliff Burton for sure!

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

I have a deep respect for music and being a guitarist, it got me out of my 9 to 5 job, and every time I sit down to practice or record a song, I get a sense of satisfaction like nothing else. Searching for riffs and melodies and new techniques on the guitar is so fun for me. Being a muso is expensive, that’s what they don’t tell you when you start out, you will be putting in more money than you will be getting back.

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

In our band we have found it is tough to get shows sometimes because our songs don’t follow a specific structure and are very complicated, which we understand doesn’t cater to everyone. We feel though being able to branch out and do something really original is getting a lot harder, because of this feeling of conformity you have to have to get on a specific bill.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

System of a Down – “Mesmerize”

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

Whatever gives you a kick, go for it!

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

The first show we ever did created the drive, so let’s go with our first gig back in 2013.

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

I love history, something to do with Ancient Egypt or the Maya, or even WW2 history.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Modern people don’t interest me much so let’s say, Nefertiti, Theodore Roosevelt, Shawn Lane, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. That should be an interesting dinner party haha.

What’s next for the band?

Working towards getting on bigger and better shows, which will lead onto our second album.

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

www.facebook.com/steelswarmband
www.music.apple.com/album/1518995549
www.open.spotify.com/album/4z8fcbSiPAqOXfTr2A2OiN
www.youtube.com/user/obelisk6969

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are Cakes! Made from Batter!

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

Thank you, Ever Metal, and be sure to check out our debut album “Aspects of Dissonance”.

– Dane Simms

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EMQ’s with MILK WHITE THROAT

EMQ’s with MILK WHITE THROAT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, England Alternative Progressive Rock band, Milk White Throat. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Brian Thomas 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 Brian, I am the bass guitarist and vocalist for Milk White Throat.

Tom (Guitar) & Guillaume (drums) have known each other for a long time and originally played in a band called Lithurgy over 10 years ago, after their bass player left, they asked me to join as we had played together in the past when I was playing  in my other band at the time.

We used to have 6 members and over the years Milk White Throat has gone through various changes and eventually landed on the classic power trio setup. It was super fun playing with more people and certainly a lot cheaper, but we have found the writing to be a more streamlined affair.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name is a lyric from  a Nick Cave song ‘Black Hair’, no particular meaning behind, we just thought it sounded cool.

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

We are from Brighton, England. The scene for metal and rock is fantastic in Brighton. Brighton has spawned lots of very successful bands such as Architects, Toska, Black Peaks and many more. It has a thriving scene with very dedicated promoters and venues, with the benefit of being really close to London which means we get a ton of great bands passing by!

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

Our latest is a 3 track EP entitled “Hierarchy”. We have released a single ‘Sleepless’ and an accompanying video filmed at the Underworld in London. The EP was recorded with Mark Roberts, a fantastic Engineer/Producer based in Brighton.

‘Sleepless’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I cant speak for the rest of the guys, but for me personally, Pain Of Salvation have inspired me more than anything else, they are an endlessly creative prog band from Sweden. Tom and I are huge consumers of music and we pretty much listen to anything that is underground, leftfield or generally genre bending. Think of bands like KayoDot, Oranssi Pazuzu or Deathspell Omega among many others.

What first got you into music?

Being the only musician that’s ever been in my family, I think it was more defiance than anything else.

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

Venetian Snares.

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

Probably one of the Curated ATP festivals. They usually have the most eclectic mix of music in any one festival.

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

Alas, we have never received a gift from a fan. Our mailbox remains open and wanting.

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

Never give up on live music! The world is changing fast, but nothing is quite like watching some people sweat it out on stage.

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

Frank Zappa, no question. If I had the option for another resurrection, it would be Vitek, the Decapitated drummer, very tragic death. He was an immense musician and a true original.

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

Writing is the best and worst thing in equal measure. It’s a truly soul-destroying process that is also hugely gratifying.

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

The constant need for CONTENT. Sometimes it feels like the music is not enough anymore, and the magnifying glass gets closer and closer every year. I really respect bands that still have some mystery about them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Remedy Lane” by Pain Of Salvation

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

As a consumer, downloads are amazing. Whilst Spotify is a terrible deal for artists, it’s literally a miracle. If you told me back in the 90’s that there would be a device that had ALL OF THE MUSIC EVER, fits in my pocket, and costs £10 a month, I would have called you a heretic and burned you at the stake for witchcraft.

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

We played with Dillinger Escape Plan a while back in Brighton and that was pretty cool. Those guys are animals.

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

I would probably be wandering aimlessly in a post nuclear wasteland, fighting off irradiated dogs for scraps of tinned foods and dried meats. Photography also.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Palahniuk, Nick Cave, Daniel Day-Lewis, George Carlin and Frank Zappa.

What’s next for the band?

Considering that Covid-19 has captured the hearts and minds of the globe and has made touring a more difficult proposition, we will be writing for our next album. We currently have about 2/3 albums worth of material to work with, so we’ll be busy over the winter months into the next. We might get into the studio before that to record a single sometime next year.

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

You can find us on Spotify and Bandcamp! Instagram at www.instagram.com/milkwhitethroat/and you can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/milkwhitethroat/. You can also visit www.milkwhitethroat.com/. Through that you can find all of the relevant social media shenanigans.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The clue is in the title.

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

Be excellent to each other and party on dudes.

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Goldray – Feel The Change

Goldray – Feel The Change
Akashic Records/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 31/07/2020
Running Time: 39:36
Review by Martin Bennewith
8.5/10

Goldray were not really on my radar before now. I feel like I have been missing out, but not anymore. Leah Rasmussen’s strong and stirring vocals, together with (Former Reef Guitarist) Kenwyn House’s melodic intricate guitar lines are short of the perfect marriage, so it does take time to understand their relationship, but I think I do get it after listening through this. Their deep psychedelic progressive rock fuelled album “Feel The Change” demonstrates this to the fullest. While on my journey through this, at times I would close my eyes and almost feel the energy running through me, as if I was listening to them live, but then I would open them again, and realise I was still alone in my room.

The feel of the album is firmly announced in the first track ‘Oz’ – which for the most part is a phased rhythmic lead riff matched against steady stirring vocals and swirling effects. At times, it has an eastern feel to it both through the vocal melodies and the way the guitar riff morphs, as well as some mellow lead playing against stirring effects as the track moves from energetic to dreamy in a way that works really well. It is definitely one to close your eyes to, only to be nudged back to reality with the nifty but slightly self-indulgent lead playing towards the end of the track.

Title track ‘Feel The Change’ begins with some really nice arpeggiated guitar work, giving it an almost acoustic feel. Leah doesn’t disappoint with her vocal work – emotional with expression that builds up as the track develops with great energy. The track has a fairly laid-back feel throughout, but with enough groove, direction and meaning to keep me interested.

‘The Forest’ has an equally sweet feel and progression, and you really can hear House’s Hendrix influences shining through with his melodic rhythmic playing as well as the lead parts, whereas ‘The Forest (Part 2)’ in contrast has a heavier energy to it, and made me wish I still had hair to fly around while rocking my head to the beat. Leah’s impressive vocal range and versatility really shine at the climax of the track as my journey through ‘The Forest’ nears the end.

We return to a slightly eastern, more psychedelic feel on ‘How Do You Know’, with heavily reverberated vocals, against an energetic beat and repetitive hypnotic guitar lines. I don’t think this is the most memorable track on the album, musically it didn’t hold my interest as much as the other tracks, but it does have a guitar part that is lengthy and full of raw energy to spice things up a lot towards the end.

Next track, ‘The Beat Inside’ has a really pumping guitar riff that will blow the dust off your speakers. Following most of the album’s formula, the stirring vocal work strikes an almost unusual contrast which is most evident in this track. With ad-lib style vocals and lead, this track feels like a bit of a jam session, albeit a jam session that I love to listen to. This is followed by ‘Come On’ which in contrast, has a more laid-back country feel, so the vocals do not sound so much detached as they occasionally do in the more energetic numbers.

On the final track ‘Phoenix Rising’, I could really hear Kenwyn House’s style shining through with his Hendrixesque rhythm play and intricate bluesy lead lines. After lots of energy and vocal stirrings to finish the proceedings, I opened my eyes, and felt like I had listened to a pretty good album!

I don’t think this album will be for everyone. The style is quite raw. Musically, it sometimes sounds like a jam session as opposed to a work of art, and the vocals at times feel like they don’t quite fit the music. But if you are like me, and you can see that the way this was put together was to draw you in and send you into a dream that is mixed with raw energy and emotion, then you will like it a lot.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Oz
02. Feel The Change
03. The Forest
04. The Forest (Part 2)
05. How Do You Know
06. The Beat Inside
07. Come On
08. Phoenix Rising

LINE-UP:
Leah Ray Rasmussen – Vocals
Kenwyn House. – Guitars, Piano, Farfisa Electric Organ, Bass, Backing Vocals

Plus, appearances from:
Geoff Laurens – Bass
Mike Kenna – Bass
Jamie Morrison – Drums & Percussion
Jonny Brister – Drums & Percussion
Lee Spreadbury – Electric Piano, Keyboards
Stephen Large – Hammond Organ

LINKS:
www.goldrayband.com/
www.facebook.com/Goldrayband
www.instagram.com/goldrayband/
www.twitter.com/Goldrayband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/03shUdhAgHcvpG1dXz2WXT
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNkWB93F51PRK4geKuQP52w

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