EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD

EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Selkirk, Scotland based Groove Metal/Sludge/Doom band Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Huge thanks to vocalist Jamie Clark 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 Jamie Clark and I am the vocalist Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Daz McSwell is on vocals and guitar, Ross Corbett on bass and Liam Roberts on drums. We began in 2014 with Greg on drums and Graham on bass when we started to jam in an old WW2 incendiary bomb munitions plant. There would literally be icicles hanging from the ceiling in winter and would be a hot box in the summer but that’s where the “Riot Revolt Revolution” E.P. was written and unleashed in 2015. We moved to another space in Selkirk, Scottish Borders where we still are now and wrote our first album “You Will Burn” and recorded it with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio near Chester which we released in 2017. Greg left after the album was released to concentrate on Uni. Enter Liam Roberts on drums. Not long after, Graham left too so he could further his career. Enter Ross Corbett on bass. Throughout this time, we have played all over the UK, mainland Europe and Ireland. We are now a stable band and love hitting the road and playing all over. At the end of 2019 we recorded a new album with Chris Fielding again but at Foel Studio this time and it was released on 17/07/20 called “The World Is Fucked”

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name came from something our original drummer said after walking through a snow blizzard. He said the snow was fucking brutal and that it was like walking through a Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. The rest is history.

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

We are based in a little town called Selkirk in The Scottish Borders, where the metal scene sadly is non-existent. The closest place is Edinburgh, about an hour’s drive away, where the scene is thriving thanks to some great venues like Banshee Labyrinth, Bannermans and Henrys Cellar used by awesome promoters.

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

We had a single, ‘Suicide’ out on 14/05/20 which is from the album “The World Is Fucked” released on 17/07/20.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Probably my Mum, everyone in the band and the amazing people around us.

What first got you into music?

I was always into music one way or another. Singing in the choir at school, my mum playing Joe Cocker and Joan Baez, friends lending me Marillion, Iron Maiden, AC/DC. I was obsessed with Iron Maiden for years; I have about everything they released up to Seventh Son.

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

Bongripper and add some vocals to Satan Worshipping Doom

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

Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. I’ve been going the past few years and it has the best vibe best people and there’s always a curveball that captures you. A lot of the music I’ve discovered the past few years has been from Roadburn.

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

Not sure about gifts but we were given ‘Special’ beer from a fan at a festival in Switzerland one time. Fuck knows what was in it, but we were fucked after it.

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

Look out for one another xx

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

Chris Cornell.

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

The most I enjoy is playing shows in new and old places and chewing the fat with old and new friends. The thing I dislike most is the thankless task of trying to contact promoters to try and organise shows, it can get pretty demoralising.

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

In the UK and many other countries, it would be great to see some sort of government support of venues. Too many great places are closing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

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

For me CD’s work best as I can put them on in my van. Vinyl is great to have and hold.

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

That’s a tough one, too many to choose. Let’s say Urban Assault Festival in Cork, Ireland 2019

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

I’m one half of a Construction business so probably putting more effort into that rather than being distracted by the bright lights.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Daz, Liam and Ross from the band, Luke Wolftired who played second guitar on the last Irish shows and Father Dave for the craic!

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the new single and album, then get out on the road ASAP once all the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music etc. etc.

www.facebook.com/deathblizzardband/
www.instagram.com/razorsharpdeathblizzard/
www.razorsharpdeathblizzard.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake but I eat them like a biscuit.

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

Thanks for the interview and we look forward to seeing you and everyone else as soon as we can. We hope you enjoy the new single and album. Take care and look after one another.
Peace
Jamie xx

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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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EMQ’s with YANOMAMO

EMQ’s with YANOMAMO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Sludge-Ridden Doom Metal band, Ya̧nomamö. Huge thanks to guitarist Jason Higson 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 Jason & I play guitar in Ya̧nomamö. The band began in 2011 as a side-project as we were all playing in other bands (Lomera, Mother Mars, Rituals of the Oak, Birdmouth). Almost 10 years and a couple of line-up changes later, and we are still going! We call our music SLUDGERIDDENDOOM and try to deliver the biggest riffs we can conjure, whilst maintaining swing & groove.

How did you come up with your band name?

We took it from the movie Cannibal Holocaust, though it is actually the name of a small group of indigenous people who live in villages in the Amazon rainforest on the border between Venezuela and Brazil.

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

We are from Sydney, Australia. The scene here is pretty busy with lots of great underground metal bands of all genres working hard to produce great music.

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

We’ll be releasing our new EP, “No Sympathy for a Rat” in August 2020. It’s our first release in 3 years & we are really keen to get it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the music we create in Ya̧nomamö, I’d have to say Black Sabbath, Bongzilla, Church of Misery … I’d also include early KISS, in particular Ace Frehley, & Thin Lizzy from an overall perspective.

What first got you into music?

My father & my uncles introduced me to 70’s hard rock e.g. Thin Lizzy, KISS, AC/DC etc from a very young age. Music has been my passion ever since.

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

Bongzilla or Church of Misery.

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

Probably Roadburn … the line-ups are amazing year after year

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

Nothing springs to mind…

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

We appreciate the support we get from our fans more than anything. Without the fans, we dont exist.

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

Honestly, nobody…

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

Playing live shows is the greatest thing for me. I also love the creative process, but it can also be very stressful at times. It’s a double-edged sword, especially from a mental health perspective.

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

Like almost everything else, it would be the politics…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Johnny The Fox”

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

Vinyl! Music isn’t something you just download from the internet. I love the artwork & packaging which contributes to the overall musical package.

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

It’s hard to narrow it down… but a couple stick out… Coven Festival at Crowbar in Sydney 2017 was really great. Also Playing The Tote in Melbourne at capacity with Conan was probably the highlight.

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

My day job in project management! Hahahaha… being a musician isn’t a full-time thing for any of us. We all have families & jobs etc. but we do this because we love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kobe Bryant, Gregg Popovich, Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Barack Obama

What’s next for the band?

Releasing the “No Sympathy for a Rat” EP in August & playing lots of shows to support it!

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

www.yanomamo.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/yanomamoband/
www.instagram.com/yanomamo_sludge_ridden_doom/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care either way… they are choc/orange deliciousness!!!

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

Thank you for your time & for being a part of the metal underground. We really appreciate it!

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Weed Demon – Crater Maker

Weed Demon – Crater Maker
Electric Valley Records
Release date: 03/04/2020
Running time: 46 minutes
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

“Crater Maker”, by Columbus Ohio rascals Weed Demon, begins with the warm and welcoming hiss and crackle of vinyl. Then we’re into the first track ‘Atmospheric Drag’, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re in the wrong section of the record shop. It’s a dark, folky country number that sounds like you’ve just stumbled into a saloon in a God forsaken Western town. I was taken by surprise, but this song is both awesome and a fitting introduction to an album that isn’t afraid to wander off the obvious path.

When track two, ‘Birthquake’ lumbers in, we’re in familiar doomy Sabbath territory. It’s a stark contrast to the opening song, but brilliant as that was, this is what we came for. Big, dirty riffage that’s slow yet powerful, the result is an instrumental song that relies purely on dynamics to excite and uplift. This is bloody great stuff.

The next track, ‘Serpent Merchant’, is even heavier and more relentless – with growling vocals making a demonic appearance. It all descends into a masterful, psychedelic break before the pummelling returns. The album’s title track delivers a groove laden sludge, which again dissolves into a mellow passage at pretty much exactly the halfway mark. Gradually becoming fuzzier, this soon explodes into a frenzied, aggressive section.

The remaining tracks offer more crunching guitars, thudding bass, booming vocals and pounding rhythms, always concentrating on the all-important doom riff. Final track “Sporelord” wanders through several segments, before briefly fading away and returning with a quirky reggae style outro.

With four of the six songs here over the 8 minute mark, there’s a lot to explore and digest with “Crater Maker”. Weed Demon have created a dense album that I enjoyed from the first listen and I’m still returning to weeks later. Meandering into psychedelic space rock, groovy doom, country and ear-splitting sludge ensures “Crater Maker” is a complex release that’s worth hearing.

All this talk of weeds reminds me of a funny little escapade with my old mate Keith Moon. Moony lived next door to his big pal Ollie Reed, who asked the loony drummer to keep an eye on his mansion while he was in Europe, filming some naff horror/arthouse nonsense. Moon had a party, got totally blitzed and remembered at about 4am that he hadn’t mowed Ollie’s lawn for him. Well, you can imagine the laughs we had, as Keith tried to start the ride-on petrol mower in the dark.  Without going into too much detail, a split fuel pipe and a discarded cigarette resulted in most of Reed’s garden looking like it had been napalmed.

Ollie wasn’t best pleased when he returned to see the unholy mess Keith had left him with. But Moon just blamed Ringo Starr, who made a quick exit when drunken Ollie brought out his shotgun. Ringo had the last laugh though, by marrying the most beautiful woman in the world. Jammy git.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Atmospheric Drag
02. Birthquake
03. Serpent Merchant
04. Crater Maker
05. Elder Tree Pyre
06. Sporelord

LINE-UP:
Jordan Holland – Bass/Lead Vocals
Andy Center – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Brian Buckley – Guitar/Backing Vocals
“Big Nick” Carter – Drums

LINKS:
www.smokeweeddemon.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/weeddemonsludge/
www.instagram.com/weeddemonsludge/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNQPXsSX6BY66Lh4pQp9SA

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Desert Storm – Omens

Desert Storm – Omens
APF Records
Release Date: 01/05/2020
Running Time: 39:46
Review by Alun Jones
9.5/10

Put your feet up, relax – pour yourself a drink and take the weight off your feet. All you need to do is chill – I’ve already done the hard work. I’ve found your new favourite band: they’re called Desert Storm, and their latest album has just been released by APF records.

If you’re new to the name, Desert Storm are from merry old Oxford; and since forming in 2007, have been building their following formidably. They’ve appeared at major rock festivals; plus supported and toured with some personal heroes of mine (Corrosion of Conformity, The Atomic Bitchwax amongst others). I saw Desert Storm a few years ago supporting the mighty Karma to Burn; they managed to steal the show from the headliners, as far as I was concerned.

Opening with a sombre, haunting spoken word piece, “Omens” proceeds to take the listener on a journey that is powerful, yet also introspective. It’s an otherworldly trip that’s both visceral and immediate, but also demands greater exploration.

‘Black Bile’ demonstrates the strategy perfectly: heavy, grinding and relentless – with moments of melody that blend into the whole without jarring. In absolute basics, this is the sludge of Down combined with the aspirational progressiveness of Mastodon. Thudding, head banging riffs adorn ‘Vengeful Gods’, but there’s also an almost Morricone-like cinematic sensation as the song develops and grows.

At times anthemic, there are also magnificently effective sections of the songs that contrast beautifully with the hard driving doom metal.  ‘Pain, Grief And Suffering’ features an extended mid-section that is beguilingly serene. When the heavy re-enters, it’s all the more neck-breakingly persuasive. Throw in a captivating solo and you’re on to a highlight.

‘The Path Of Most Resistance’ builds from humble beginnings to a massive groove riff of Sabbathian splendour; whilst ‘Lockjaw’ is short and brutal. This leads us to the final track, ‘Rebirth’: a masterpiece that is heavy only in sentiment. What a song. Despite a medieval vibe, it’s the ideal soundtrack to spin whilst driving through the desert in a stolen Dodge Challenger as the sun sets, with Smokey on your tail.

Every song on “Omens” can be enjoyed on its own merits, but as a whole plays as a genuine compendium that the listener can enjoy from start to finish. I knew Desert Storm were good, but I didn’t expect them to have grown so much. Or deliver a new album with so much scope. Here’s a British band that could step up into national – and then international – consciousness. They just need your support. Do it. I’m off to buy the vinyl version.

Talking about deserts – did I tell you about that infamous escapade on one of my legendary soul-searching soirees into the Mojave? I crept into my usual cave to seek shelter, only to encounter Jim bloody Morrison hogging it. He was out of his gourd on peyote and mumbling about Aldous Huxley or some such. There was no way I could meditate with that loon around, so I threw him out. Break through that to the other side, Jimbo! My Yaqui shaman and I needed the space to contact Atlantis.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Omens
02. Black Bile
03. Vengeful Gods
04. Pain, Grief and Suffering
05. The Path Of Most Resistance
06. The Machine
07. Lockjaw
08. Rebirth

LINE-UP:
Chris White – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Ryan Cole – Guitar
Chris Benoist – Bass
Elliot Cole – Drums
Matthew Ryan – Vocals

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/desertstormuk/
www.desertstorm.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/desertstormuk
www.instagram.com/desertstormuk/
www.facebook.com/apfrecords/
www.apfrecords.bandcamp.com/
www.apfrecords.co.uk/

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EMQ’s with KING CORPSE

EMQ’s with KING CORPSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stourbridge, UK based Doom/Sludge Metal band King Corpse. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Jack Cradock: Bass guitar, Vocals, lubrication supervisor. We started out as a three piece and we’re still a three piece now.

Toby Sambidge: Drums. I was last to join, replacing the original drummer. The band was still in its very early stages though, before we had played our first gig back in 2015.

James Pearson: I’m James, I’ve played guitar with Jack for 9 years in various forms. I believe King Corpse formed a couple of months before I joined, so I jumped in with Jack and our first drummer and excellent person Joe. We played with Joe for a few months and wrote most of the first EP together, then Joe decided to move along, and Toby joined us. We played some shows, put out the first EP and we’ve been marching inexorably forward ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

JC: I didn’t.

T: Unfortunately, that happened before I was drumming for KC.

JP: I’ll defer to Jack on that one, he and Joe came up with the name before I joined the band.

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

JC: The Black Country. The scene’s bostin’ our kid.

T: I went to the same school Robert Plant went to and Black Sabbath was born in the town over. So yeah.

JP: We’re all from the Black Country in the UK, all from around the town of Stourbridge. The scene in the Midlands is pretty sweet right now, there’s some top-class metal from every sub-genre you could think of. There are still some great venues going, but I think we’ve lost a lot, same as everywhere else in the UK.

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

JC: That’d be “Sacred Crimson”, available on Spotify, Band Camp, Sound Cloud, You Tube, Apple Music, etc.

T: Sacred Crimson, available on all major streaming platforms now!

JP: Our new release is our second EP “Sacred Crimson”. Five brands new tracks, three remasters of previous releases, many, many riffs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

JC: Probably our Dark Lord Martin Clunes.

T: I know everyone says it, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t so, Black Sabbath. Also Led Zeppelin, Electric Wizard, Yob, Northlane, Voidlurker, Tuumanduumband, way too many bands to put into one answer.

JP: Personally, Martin Clunes. He just makes me want to be a better person.

What first got you into music?

JC: Listening to tunes in the car with my dad. Sabbath, The Doors, AC/DC, Led Zep…

T: My big brother Phil, shout out to Phil.

JP: The earliest memory I have of actually listening to music was finding my dad’s copy of Meatloaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” album in the CD drawer when I was like 6 or 7. That’s pretty embarrassing, but I think it was the drama and the stories that first made me want to listen to music. I didn’t really get into metal and actually playing music until I was about 11.

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

JC: I’d merge King Corpse with Voidlurker into the ultimate doom metal group. We’ve already sorted our first song title. If you know, you know.

T: Snarky Puppy, even if it was just playing the Tambourine. In fact, I’d rather just play the Tambourine because there’s no way I’d be able to play along with those guys.

JP: Flight Of The Conchords. I’d love to play with those guys.

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

JC: Bloodstock! Best fest in the world.

T: The Official Martin Clunes Annual Worship Festival.

JP: Bloodstock. Because we’re a British doom metal band and that’s about as high as I’m prepared to set my sights for the time being.

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

JC: A Martenitsa. A Bulgarian traditional bracelet to welcome the spring. Not weird in itself, but he put it on us before explaining what it was.

T: We’re not quite there yet.

JP: A cool Bulgarian biker dude once gave me and Jack magic wish bracelets at a show in Stafford. I hung mine on a blossoming tree and wished for a global pandemic. My bad guys.

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

JC: Don’t do heroin.

T: Epstein didn’t kill himself.

JP: See you at D&D on Monday guys.

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

JC: Lemmy!

T: Jim Morrison.

JP: Phil Lynott. More Thin Lizzy would have been great.

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

JC: I enjoy torturing James by coming up with weird chords. I hate venues without parking.

T: Hanging out with friends and making music that we want to listen to. And I hate the parking outside pretty much every venue.

JP: Playing live with my friends is easily the best part, there’s no feeling like it. Carrying things, however, can suck a fat one.

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

JC: Martin Clunes has never released a record. That needs rectifying.

T: I’m not getting into this here.

JP: I wrote six different answers to this and they all turned into damning, paragraph-long indictments of the profit motive in the arts. So, for the sake of simplicity I’ll say streaming services. That, in particular, is way out of whack.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

JC: YOB – “The Great Cessation”

T: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’

JP: Judas Priest – “Painkiller” …PAIN. PAIN. KILLER. KILLER.

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

JC: Well I love vinyl, but I can’t fit as many in my pocket as I can with Spotify. Really depends.

T: Vinyl, Cassettes and CD’s because there’s more money in it, ok looks like I am getting into it here then.

JP: That depends on where you are. Vinyl is great but you can’t listen to it in the car, can you?

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

JC: HRH Metal was a blast, Conan/Monolord support was great fun.

T: Either our only show at Base studios in Stourbridge or supporting Conan and Monolord.

JP: We opened for Conan and Monolord once. I still can’t believe that happened.

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

JC: Recording/producing musicians.

T: Writing poems about Martin Clunes.

JP: I’d go back to my old job. Wafting cool air over Martin Clunes with palm fronds. It was rewarding work.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

JC: Joe Worton, Alex Greaves, Alex Harrod, Pete Anderson, Neda Stonyte. They aren’t famous, they’re my friends and my girlfriend, soon to be wife.

T: The Queen, Johnny Rotten, Joe Rogan, Trump and of course… Martin Clunes.

JP: Martin Clunes, Martin Sheen, Martin Freeman, Martin Luther King Jr and Ricky Martin.

What’s next for the band?

JC: We’re working on an album about all of the negative press that we’ve ever got.

T: Hopefully, a tour of the UK.

JP: Well, with the global pandemic and all I’m not entirely sure. Write an album and get back to playing shows ASAP I suppose.

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

JC:
www.kingcorpse.bandcamp.com/
www.spotify.com/artist/4Z77q92lHobHxRpiGAx4Zj
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CVR5nhc6Nc

T:
www.twitter.com/KingCorpseUK

JP: I am the absolute worst at social media, but Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and most importantly Bandcamp, where you can buy our stuff.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

JC: Cake

T: Biscuit

JP: Irrelevant. They’re gross.

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

T: Thanks for giving us your time and shoutout to Martin Clunes.

JP: Thanks for asking me about things. And apologies to whoever has to collate whatever nonsense my band mates and I have thrown at you. (Yes, Thanks for that – Rick 😊)

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Sludge band Monte Luna! 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?

My name is James, I sing, play guitar and bass for the band. We formed in 2015 as a two-piece destruction unit and have been laying waste to the great country of the United States since. When we come through your town we promise you won’t forget us after we leave. Your eyes are dazed and heavy.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is a title of a Jimmy Spheris song. Bet you didn’t expect that did you?

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

The United States! Austin Texas, the Texas metal scene is one of the best music scenes this fine country has to offer. We are damn proud to be a part of this Texas Metal Scene.

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

Monte Luna – “Drowners’ Wives”! Vinyl link attached!
http://www.monteluna.bigcartel.com
Who have been your greatest influences?
King Buzzo from the Melvins, Black Flag, George Harrison, Black Sabbath and Rob Crow!

What first got you into music?

Being really sad and angry as a young man!

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

Neurosis – it would be more of a tutoring class with us featured haha. They are such phenomenal musicians and it would be a life-long dream achievement to play with them in any capacity.

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

Hellfest, because the Melvins 2011 performance inspired me to be the musician I am and I want the world to know we will swing for the fences every time no matter what and crush it.

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

A ceramic owl, she was really cool about it though so I was happy to take it! San Antonio girls rule.

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

Follow your dreams and do it yourself. No one will do it for you.

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

No-one, I’m glad they died. That’s just part of life, people die and that was it. I don’t think anyone is important enough to wish them from the dead no matter how much I wanted it. Life is chaos, get used to it.

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

I love the life; I hate coming home from tour and getting back to normal life. Normal life sucks…do drugs, play music and die.

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

I would change how the funds are distributed. Musicians deserve a stable and sustainable future, and that starts with paying people fair wages. This 5 dollar cover standard is pretty gross too. People act like it’s a huge deal to pay more than that, I get it we are all broke, but I know y’all spending way more on drugs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison! Beautiful album start to finish, it has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

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

Downloads – I just don’t have time to sit down with much else these days.

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

Monte Luna/ Serial Hawk/ Order of the Owl/ Savegist! So much fun in Atlanta at 529 and such a beautiful night with good friends old and new, it’s one of those “this is why i do it” moments. You can taste the talent it was so thick.

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

Idk!? I think I’d sell shoes? No no…The other things I do right now but more frequently – making movies, dungeon mastering for D&D and bartending.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Danny McBride, The Jerkbeast, A Beholder, my friend Andrea and Liz Buckingham! We would lace our food with Psilocybe cubensis and then play Dungeons and Dragons. Hopefully on the back of a giant turtle while we sailed through space! Where is your God now?

What’s next for the band?

Work; work; work! Write more music; play more shows, party more, pirate the world.

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

http://www.montelunatx.bandcamp.com
But we are also on Spotify, it’s all the rage.
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ShZGu5MCui1og5byyvwSv

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I’m not big on sweets so I really don’t care. I would much rather play devil’s advocate.

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

 

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EMQ’s with MNRVA

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EMQ’s with MNRVA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Columbia, SC based Doom/Stoner/Sludge Metal band MNRVA! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Byron Hawk 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?

Byron Hawk, I play guitar and sing. We started in the summer of 2018. We wanted to do something sludgy and mid-slow tempo so started out with a few covers of Melvins, Witchthroat Serpent, and Bereft (WI) and then jumped right into working on our own songs. They started coming out with a little 80’s prog, a little 90’s sludge, and a little 2000’s metal, so we just ran with it. Not as bluesy as a lot of stoner rock today, but definitely heavy.

How did you come up with your band name?

Gina, our drummer, wanted to use Owl of Minerva, but there is already a band with that name, and there are a number of bands called Minerva too, so we just stripped it down to MNRVA. Something about the goddess of both wisdom and war fits our vibe I think. The stripped down version is pretty identifiable too so it works well. We’ve had it long enough already that it feels right.

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

We’re a US band, so the scene overall in the country is good, but differs a lot with region and city. We live in the South-eastern part of the country, so most big tours come through the region either in major cities like Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC, or smaller cities like Charleston, SC and Asheville, NC. We live in Columbia, SC, which is the state capital. There is a really good small scene here and it’s close to many other mid-large sized cities to play gigs. The music scene in Columbia is a network of smaller genre-specific scenes across 4-5 venues and we tend to stay connected to those both in terms of playing and attending shows.

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

We are preparing to release an EP called “Black Sky” on October 4th from a recording session earlier in the year. We’ll be releasing it through Bandcamp and then preparing to release a full record in early 2020. We’ve also got a video in the planning stages, but waiting to put out any specifics about it other than it will be a song from the EP called ‘Not The One’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a tough one. I’ve listened to a lot of music for a long time. As far as more classic 80’s doom goes, I’d have to say Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, and even Fates Warning. Too many artists from the 90’s influenced how I write and play, but I’d say Melvins for sludgy guitar tone and just general attack of the instrument. In the 00’s I listened to a lot of Deftones and A Perfect Circle, both have really influenced my songwriting. In this decade I might say Mastodon—great sound, playing, and songwriting. Their vocal approach influences MNRVA a lot I think. Kevin, our bassist, and I share vocal duties and we try to play off of each other like they do. But even all of this seems like a limited list. I listen to a lot of stuff across a number of genres from blackened doom to experimental noise.

What first got you into music?

Seeing friends play and thinking I could do it too. I grew up in Texas and historically there has been a great music scene there. Getting into that and having a community around music was a huge draw as well.

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

Chino Moreno of Deftones seems pretty successful with all of his collaborations, so I might put him at the top of the list. Would love to write riffs with him and hear his voice over them. Guitar-wise it would be super cool to play with Jim Matheos of Fates Warning. I think his musical sensibility would be great to write with and learn from. Who would I want to get on stage with and bang out some songs? Refused would be fun.

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

Another tough question, since there are so many great ones. We’re definitely interested in playing the Maryland Doomfest at some point, but I’d also really like to play Keep It True or Hammer of Doom over in Germany. Was always a fan of many German bands and they of course have a great scene and tradition there.

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

I did a lot of music trading back in the day so lots of tapes, CDs, stickers, zines, and shirts, but nothing particularly weird.

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

Come see us live if you get the chance!

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

If it is only one, I’d have to say Hendrix. Everything fuzz or distortion-related today goes back to him both in terms of playing and tone. There is no way we’d have the sounds we do today without him. Would love to see what else he could have done with a longer career.

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

I love the creativity. Writing songs and developing the music I hear in my head is tops for me. Also just expressing myself through music and performing those songs live. I’d probably say I hate carrying equipment the most.

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

I wish there were a better, more sustainable way to make a living as an artist, just across the board. This isn’t a knock on labels or downloading or anything in particular. It’s always been difficult, especially in the US, to survive as an artist. The world would have a lot more great music with more support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Going out on a limb I’d say Fear Factory’s “Digimortal”. Probably not even their favourite record of theirs, but I think that one slays top to bottom. Great songwriting, great sound, super heavy and intense! Metal all the way. I used to listen to that one on a loop, and did so for a long time.

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

Might be out of fashion for the moment, but I’m still a fan of CD’s. I like vinyl, but don’t collect it. Gina, our drummer, is a huge vinyl collector. I’m still not sure what the draw is to go back to cassettes, but there is room in music for all of the above. Bring ‘em on.

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

For me personally that’s a tough one. Back in the day I was in a band called Arcane and we played shows with Watchtower, Solitude Aeturnus, Fates Warning, Sanctuary, and one with Death Angel and Forbidden. Those were good times and great shows. For MNRVA, I’d say our last local show in Columbia. Our sound is really coming together and getting dialled in and feels good when all of that happens live.

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

Trying to figure out how to be a musician!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Outside of music, I’d love to get five modern artists together and just talk about making art and creativity in general. People like Pollock and Jasper Johns from the US, and maybe Duchamp, Dali, and Matisse. Creativity cuts across mode and genre and it would be super interesting to hear this diverse group of artists talk about their methods of production and theories of creativity, figure out what might be common across them, and then maybe also common to making music.

What’s next for the band?

Working on a video with a local filmmaker here in Columbia, preparing for the EP release and show, and then shopping the full record around for a record label. We are hoping to get the record a wider circulation and then turning that into some festival shows.

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

Right now we primarily use Facebook, but will be releasing our EP via Bandcamp. That seems to be the best site at this point. It’s a great network and easily allows fans to buy and download directly.
https://www.facebook.com/mnrvasc/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea. Had to look it up! I’m gonna go out on a limb and say biscuit. But in the US we call them cookies. Definitely looks like a cookie to me.

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

Come check out MNRVA on Bandcamp after October 4th 2019 and give our new EP a listen!
https://mnrva.bandcamp.com/

 

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