Callus – A Breath Of Flesh Air

A Breath Of Flesh Air Album Cover Art

Callus – A Breath Of Flesh Air
Trepanation Recordings
Release Date: 29/10/2021
Running Time: 30:44
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

I always feel proud when a band we’ve seen grow put out a new release, and even prouder when that release is damn fine. And today’s subject doesn’t buck that trend. We first came across Callus a few years back, and were absolutely blown away by their massive sound, and their superior stage presence, and that was the start of a beautiful friendship. Now, after a small line-up change, and a bit of a shift in direction in terms of sound, they’re back with a new album, “A Breath Of Flesh Air”. And you should definitely get your big boy pants ready for this one, because it’s an absolute feast of Sludgy, Fuzzy, Stoner/Thrash proportions!

Opening with ‘Molar Crown’, the new direction is apparent from the get-go. Gravelly growling vocals provided by bassist Ben Wormwell, downtuned, fuzzed out guitars and bass, and riffs chunkier than a KitKat Chunky factory, are now the name of the game. The sound has got down and dirty, and then some.

‘Ka-tet’ follows suit, and then we get our heads smashed in by ‘Cinderstella’, which is predominantly Thrash, but has a hellish, sludgy sound to it. Imagine Metallica and Cannibal Corpse had a baby band, taught them to play fuzzy things, and then got them completely fucked up on booze, fags, and weed, and kicked them out on stage, and you’re somewhere near the sound of this song.

‘Sorrow Bane’ has a fair amount of groove going on, as does ‘Toadfish’, although they’re both still hellishly sludgy, and fairly doomy, too. We’re then thrown into a 10-minute behemoth next, in the shape of ‘Fatberg’. I won’t say too much about it, but I will say it’s groovy as hell, and full of some massively phat bass and licks, and some serious druuuuuuuums – Sam Kelly has done a brilliant job of stepping into previous drummer, Ryan’s, shoes. I think this is my favourite track on the album, because there’s just so much in it, and so much of it!

‘Sludge Guzzler’ closes the album, and by Jove does it guzzle some sludge, chew it around a bit, then vomit it back out at you in brilliant fashion! Another stonking album from one of the most exciting young bands around. Cannot wait to see them live again, and would highly recommend this album to anyone who fancies a dirty, sludgy aural pummelling!!

TRACKLISING:
01. Molar Crown
02. Ka-tet
03. Cinderstella
04. Sorrows Bane
05. Toadfish
06. Fatberg
07. Sludge Guzzler

LINE-UP:
Louis Clark – Vocals/Guitar
Ben Wormwell – Vocals/Bass
Sam Kelly – Drums

Guest backing vocals on Molar Crown – Chris Fielding

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EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF

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EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Costa Rica, Central America based Fuzz Doom/Sludge band, Age Of The Wolf. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Age of the Wolf and we play loud fuzzed Doomed Sludge. Created around 2015, released a Stoner Rock/Hard Rock oriented self-titled EP in 2016. Our debut album was released via Aural Music/Code666 Records (Italy) on CD and Vinyl. After the global pandemic hit we drew into writing mode, we also released B-sides from our song ‘Memorial’, from our debut EP, through our own label Cognitive Discordance Records on tape. Meanwhile we had been working on our second album and realized we had two songs we weren’t gonna use in the record, so we decided to use these two songs for our split “Vigils” with our friends from TEL (Richmond, VA) through Electric Talon Records on cassette and tape.

How did you come up with your band name?

No story behind it, just a name.

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

Costa Rica, Central America. We have a lot of bands here and a very active scene. Mostly Black/Thrash/Death Metal. A lot of good bands are coming out and constantly releasing better material all the time.

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

Our latest release is a split with our friends in TEL from Richmond, Virginia. It was released on CD and Tape via Electric Talon Records on August 13th, 2021.

‘Priestess Of Cledones’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a little bit of everything. We’re into Mastodon (early releases), Neurosis, Yob, Sleep, Dopelord, Pallbearer…of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

We all definitely have different answers for that. But the interest in metal and in playing instruments has definitely been within all of us since our early teens.

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

Well, we just did a Split with Tel, which is something we wanted to do for some time and we’re really happy about that. There are many influences we have (that we mentioned in our previous answers) that collaborating or playing alongside them would definitely be a great milestone for us.

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

There are a lot of great Doom/Sludge/Stoner fests. Fest like Desertfest, Monolith at the Mesa, Psycho (Las Vegas & Smokeout), Maryland Doom Fest. We would be honoured to play in any fest related to the genre.

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

We’re not famous enough for weird fan gifts.

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

Thanks for sticking up with us through all these years and line-up changes, and radical sound changes as well, we really appreciate you all. To all the new ones: Welcome back, and if you like our old stuff: we’re prolly not playing those anytime soon, sorry!

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

So many come to my head. Couldn’t pick one. Would love to talk with Chuck Schuldiner, or Peter Steele, but this is a very personal question for each of the band. So, let’s just say we’ll bring Buddy Holly back just so he dies again.

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

Well, spending time with your friends to create music is definitely what we love. Playing live for our friends and fans is something we enjoy (and miss) a lot. When it comes to hating something about being a musician, we believe that putting yourself out there, and being your own social media manager, and creating your own brand, is something we don’t really like, since what we love the most is making music. But they go hand in hand, so it’s just part of the job.

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

We would really love to have a scene like the old days, where you could get a big record deal, and you had to work your ass off to make a record. Nowadays (and this is something just as good as it is bad) there are so many bands and so much music for the listener to consume, that everything tends to be forgettable, no matter how relevant it may seem, since next week something just as good is getting released. This is cool, but we believe it sometimes takes away the relevance of something as important and as personal as an album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sleep – “Dopesmoker”

YOB – “Clearing The Path To Ascend”

Mastodon – “Blood Mountain”

Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”

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

Depends on what you like. We enjoy Vinyl and collect it most of the time. But we do have our share of CD’s and tapes as well. For the genre, it mostly falls into the Vinyl category. For everyday listening, we use streaming services as well, for ease of access more than anything else.

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

We’ve had our fair share of cool gigs, thankfully. We believe MASSACRE FEST III in Tarrazú was probably one of our best ones to date.

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

Cabby, hot dog vendor, weed delivery guy. The world is our oyster. And we all have our own day jobs as well, we ain’t no Iron Maiden.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We have no fucking idea. SpongeBob SquarePants, Jesus, Chuck Testa, Cardi B, and Donald Trump. That would be fun enough.

What’s next for the band?

We’re finishing writing our second album and we will work hard to release it in 2022.

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

Mostly Instagram. We do have Facebook and Twitter, as well. And of course, Bandcamp for streaming.
www.instagram.com/ageofthewolf/
www.facebook.com/ageofthewolf
www.twitter.com/ageofthewolf
www.ageofthewolf.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6j11eprtGhEabKgyU9JclH
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJZsnbfhdDI89mFu9oDXGgQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We honestly have no idea what those are, but by our Google search, they look like biscuits to us.

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

Thanks to Ever Metal for the interview, hope you like our new split with Tel out now via Electric Talon Records on Tape and CD!

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EMQ’s with PAK40

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EMQ’s with PAK40

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with York, England based Stoner/Sludge/Drone band PAK40. Huge thanks to drummer, Leo Hancill, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We’re called PAK40. We’re a ‘stoner’ drone band – just a two piece: drums and bass. We started when we were students – we used to drink and play kind of bluesy, janky, weird songs after Tom Waits/Primus, using electric guitar and boots and pint glasses and stuff. We recorded one called ‘Mar-Nar’ which circulated around our friends, that was fun.

I think we knew we’d start a band then. I remembered I had a drum kit at home in Sunderland and I brought it down and set it up. I didn’t have stands or anything – just went for a walk along the river and got some sticks to prop the cymbals on, used the frame of a bed for a clanking/rattling sound. We took it in turns to play drums or guitar/bass.

I actually dismissed metal out of hand – blues was my favourite and anything that wasn’t blues was rubbish. So, when I played guitar, it was Black Keys covers and when Andy played bass it was Primus covers.

I think really when I discovered Sleep and Om my drumming improved loads because it set an attainable bar, and that’s when we settled on a sound, for sure. That kind of crystalised the current arrangement.

How did you come up with your band name?

Andy and I are kind of nerds for old stuff – diesel-punk, WW2, Airfix, Ray Harryhausen films, etc. We were trying to name ourselves after some double-barrelled cannon I think, but ‘Pak40’ (German anti-tank gun) sounded loads better. ‘PAK40’ means a band to me, not a gun anymore. We try and steer clear of war stuff because…well, it’s not cool.

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

We’re based in York, UK. The metal scene isn’t as big as other places – I think PAK40 and my other band Redfyrn make up about 30% of the stoner rock in York. But we have ‘Northern Extremity’, and the North in general is good – it’s not far to Leeds, some big bands stop there on tour, same with Newcastle (which has a really good sort of grass-roots scene). Manchester, etc. Yeah, the North is good.

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

Latest release is called “Bunker”, our debut album – we recorded it in Feb 2020 in an air raid shelter-cum-rehearsal space in Bochum, DE. That was a fun trip – had a couple of friends Niklas and Krischan engineer and mix the album and sent it to Monolord’s drummer Esben Willems to master. We’re dead pleased with the end result and it’s been getting great feedback! Way better than I expected!

‘Sausage Roll’ (Bandcamp Audio)

https://pak40.bandcamp.com/track/sausage-roll-2

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, Om, Sleep, The Black Keys. That’s what got me into drumming and when we wrote the songs on Bunker that’s kind of where it all came from.

What first got you into music?

Teenage boredom, really. It was never a choice, it just sort of happened. Yeah, just curiosity and having nothing else going on when I was like 14 living in Sunderland.

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

Pass: maybe a second bassist would be cool? Or vocal harmonies. Yeah, too much choice. My girlfriend plays guitar – It’d be cool to have some nice sound effects over big riffs.

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

Desertfest, probably London. I’ve been twice and saw great bands both times – Sleep, Fu Manchu, Om, All Them Witches, too many – would love to be on the bill with any of them!

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

Hasn’t happened yet but I’m sure it’ll be weird when it does.

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

Thanks for all your support, and if something is hard work it’s probably the world trying to get you to stop – doesn’t mean you should, but definitely think about it before you wear yourself out for no reason.

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

He never died, and he wasn’t a rock star per-se, but I’d say Chris Hakius – Om’s OG drummer. Because I really want to see original-format Om…

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

I love playing music. I hate not having time to play music. And the price of rehearsal spaces. And carrying cymbals, that sucks too.

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

Get rid of it? For the sake of money, crap is piped into everyone’s ears while genuine art goes unheard.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Lysol” by Melvins – it’s somehow short and epic at the same time.

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

I’d have to say Cassettes. The bit in the middle of “Bunker” where the tape flips really adds to the suspense and the album pace.

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

Head of Steam in Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2019 – great to play in my homeland to a large and receptive audience, great gig.

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

Writing? Carving? Something creative still, for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties, so probably 5 people I could go do something else with. My mates – we could just play Age of Empires instead.

What’s next for the band?

We have about 3 albums worth of unreleased material, can’t wait to rehearse that and write more. Touring, hopefully! More gigs, more albums, more everything!

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

Bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook. Check out Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings and Panurus Productions on Bandcamp – They’re great dudes: they released our album and have loads of other cool stuff in their inventory.
www.facebook.com/pak40band
www.pak40.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4AmgcMVzo3RReFiKhETp6T

Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings
www.invertedgrim-millrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Panurus Productions
www.panurusproductions.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Like a small cake, I guess.

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

Maybe they need to be bigger to be a cake!

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EMQs with BOOZEWA

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EMQs with BOOZEWA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Coatesville, Pennsylvania based Sludge band, Boozewa. Huge thanks to Drummer/Vocalist, Mike Cummings, 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 Mike, I play drums and holler in BOOZEWA. The three of us have known each other for the better part of 25 years. We were all in Backwoods Payback together for years and with being locked down for the majority of 2020, we did the only thing we knew to do. We just started playing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s an inside joke I suppose, but really, it’s just a fun way to spell BOURGEOIS. It’s fun to yell too!! BOOZEWA!!

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

We are from the United States of America. The metal scene here is always flourishing. Especially here in the Philadelphia area. SOOOO many amazing bands come out of the Philly scene.

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

We just put out our first demo “First Contact”. We recorded the whole thing here at the house on my old Tascam 4 Track tape machine. Mixed it and dubbed every copy by hand. Ran off the artwork, and hand assembled everything.

https://boozewa.bandcamp.com/album/first-contact

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think each of the three of us have different influences, but for this band, for me personally, Melvins and Karp have been super high up there on my list. Rylan loves Modest Mouse, Jess’ favourite band is probably Big Business.

What first got you into music?

Listening to the music my mom was always playing in the house when I was growing up for sure put in on the right track. Neil Youngs ‘Harvest’ in particular was always on repeat and in the air for as long I can remember.

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

That’s a tough one. Griselda (a phenomenal hip hop collective from Buffalo NY) are the first to come to mind. Their sound is everything I love about hip hop. I could totally hear some of our riffs mixed in there.

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

Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. Hands down the greatest festival I have ever been to, and was honoured to play at, in 2017.

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

I don’t think anything is ever too weird if there is heart behind it.

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

Be kind to each other and keep living.

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

I wouldn’t bring anyone back from the dead. Their time was spent, and they are gone. Whether a death, or relationship, or job…you can’t go back.

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

I enjoy every aspect of it. I love creating, writing, practicing, playing, TOURING. I even love the load out. Every part of it is sacred to me.

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

Man, im so far removed from the “industry” I don’t even really have an answer for you.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam “Ten”. That record changed my life. At any point I can put it on and immediately be overcome with that feeling I had when I first heard it.

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

Vinyl will always be number one for me. The sound, the feel, holding the jacket and pouring through the liner notes…it’s perfection.

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

My most memorable is probably Roadburn Festival at this point. It’s something I wanted to do for years and didn’t even understand how to begin to try and make it happen. When it did…it’s burned into my mind forever.

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

Im not sure? Probably travelling the country buying and selling at flea markets.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five friends you’ve never heard of lol.

What’s next for the band?

The demo is out now, and we are working on a few more recordings for some releases later this year. I hope we can take this band out on the road at some point in 2021…fingers crossed.

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

I’m awful at social media so I will just say the links:
www.boozewa.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/boozewa

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

HAHA I have no idea!

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

Thank you for taking an interest in the band. I hope we can sit and have a drink one day soon friend. BOOZEWA!

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Dayglo Mourning – Dead Star

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Dayglo Mourning – Dead Star
Black Doomba Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 35:07
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

It was late afternoon when I woke. Sunlight was pouring through the blinds like cheap bourbon into a cracked glass, and my mouth was as healthy as a well-worn shoe. Still aching, I reached for a half-finished bottle of warm beer to contemplate the previous nights events. How had I ended up in this mess again?

The culprit was there before me: all innocent now, but I knew the power that lurked inside. A new album by a band called Dayglo Mourning was to blame. I had spent the night lost in a haze of booze and infernal doom metal, my reverie spiralling out of control by the minute.

“Dead Star”, this work was called. An ode to sludgy riffs, apocalyptic drums and earth-shaking riffs in the traditional, old school style. Right up my strasse, then.

Dayglo Mourning are three barbarian bruisers from Atlanta, Georgia: Joe Mills (guitar and vocals), Jerimy McNeil (bass, vocals) and Ray Miner (drums). Together they have created a huge, monolithic prayer to the riff, with a hint of space rock and some fine bluesy flourishes for good measure.

Songs such as the title track and ‘Faithful Demise’ also offer up a warm groove, whilst ‘The Offering’ has more of a blues feel. ‘Bloodghast’ and ‘Witches Ladder’ feature a more direct, pummelling attack, and ‘Ashwhore’ features some spooky, satanic choir work to up the occult ante before ushering in another hefty riff.

Thundering vocals; a great, thick guitar tone and powerful rhythm section teamwork are enhanced with a fine production that’s crisp and clear, yet doesn’t sacrifice the traditional feel.

It’s hard to find fault with “Dead Star”. Maybe the only thing is that it’s a little too short? But then, doom is perfect for vinyl, and 35 minutes is all anyone should need.

The album even features a fantastically lurid cover, featuring some foxy space princesses in what looks like a 1970’s Marvel comic. It was this image that had woken me from my stupor; the bright supernatural glow piercing my eyelids as they cracked open. Cheers, Dayglo Mourning – fancy another pint?

Witch’s Ladder (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dead Star
02. The Offering
03. Bloodghast
04. Faithful Demise
05. Ashwhore
06. Witch’s Ladder

LINKS:

Dayglo Mourning Promo Pic

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Junior Bruce – Pray For Death

Junior Bruce – Pray For Death
Sludgelord Records
Release Date: 30/10/2020
Running Time: 40:13
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

Those of a spiritual nature may feel that the forces are conspiring against Junior Bruce. The Floridian five-piece has already overcome the passing of their founding drummer shortly after the release of their debut album; in 2015, their guitarist had to depart the band following a horrific motorcycle accident; and much in the same way as the bulk of the music industry, the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year and put a hard stop in their plans.

But in spite of it all, the rifflords commeth, and Junior Bruce delivers a high energy wave of sludge, heralding the guises of High on Fire and “Remission”-era Mastodon. It’s an explosive start with ‘The Sleeper Awakens’, spearheaded by a pummelling drum performance from Jeff McAlear seemingly wanting to reprise every position on a high school drumline.

From there, “Pray For Death” enters a staggeringly good one-two of ‘Terror Mounts (Wretched Thing)’ into ‘7,000,000 Years (Ancient Astronaut)’. ‘Terror Mounts’ opens with up-tempo bounce, reminiscent of Priestess before an octave change and a warcry courtesy of Scott Angelacos, sends the song into a Motörhead-esque punk-meets-metal rush of adrenaline that is gagging for a live audience. The track spends most of its second half at a more calculated, yet dangerous pace, bringing forth those Mastodon vibes once again, capped off by Angelacos, whose death metal-adjacent tomes add an extra layer of ire to proceedings.

Into ‘7,000,000 Years’ and the floating guitar works from Brett Walker and Christopher Hayden almost feels likes they’re performing above the song completely. A shoegazy vibe that gives an extra lift to Junior Bruce’s repertoire.

There’s something for fans on both sides of the sludge metal coin on “Pray For Death”. In the fast-paced, punkier market, ‘The Mirror’ fully embraces its gnarly punk origins, as does Cancer Bats-like closer ‘Unspeakable Horror’ and ‘Anti-God’ – which is an absolute belter by the way – is all too coy in its flirts with death and thrash metal. For those about the groove and wanting their riffs to sound like they’ve come from Swamp Thing’s arse, ‘The Basement’ has all sorts of Crowbar feels and ‘One-Nine-Nine-Nine’ bathes itself in those shoegaze influences from earlier.

As a listening experience, this album has got you covered. From gurning you face with a slow head-bop, to full-on windmills and mosh pitting your flatmate out the kitchen window, Junior Bruce comes at you with force, in an affluent well of ideas and creativity. Although not quite as immediate on the first couple of listens, once you get there, it becomes an exciting time of discovering what they’ve snuck in next.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Sleeper Awakens
02. Terror Mounts (Wretched Thing)
03. 7,000,000 Years (Ancient Astronaut)
04. The Basement
05. Anti-God
06. One-Nine-Nine-Nine
07. The Mirror
08. Unspeakable Horror

LINE-UP:
Scott Angelacos – Vocals
Brett Walker – Guitars
Christopher Hayden – Guitars
Thomas Crowther – Bass
Jeff McAlear – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with VULGARIAN

EMQ’s with VULGARIAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Sludge Metal band, Vulgarian. 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?

AD: Anders, I yell into a microphone. Vulgarian was started the day after the US presidential election in 2016 because we were so pissed that we elected that clown we had to lash out in some way.

TH: Thomas, hitting things with sticks, generally on tempo. Anders and I had originally intended this to be a pretty straightforward d-beat band, but we brought in Frank, who had some other ideas — which have worked out really well — so we had an interesting start with him and another bassist who was playing in a jazz metal band at the time. In the first two years, we released an EP and played a few small festivals.

FB: Frank,I play guitar and provide backing vocals for Vulgarian. We originally started with our friend Cody on bass, who had more of a jazz background; this combined with my penchant for riffs that can be a bit noodly produced an early sound that was more angular and with more odd-time riffs. Cody left on amicable terms to focus on his jazz project, and our new bassist Kevin shifted the balance of influences back toward Melvins and Neurosis.

KH: Kevin, I make the big blang blang sounds on the bass. I joined Vulgarian right as they started writing this release we’re about to drop, and as the fellas already said, my imprint on the sound has been to move things closer to sludge fundamentals, always been big into Melvins and their ilk. Thomas originally pitched this to me as strictly a side project, and it ended up taking much more of my focus after we all found common creative ground.

How did you come up with your band name?

Like every band this decade: come up with a hundred great band names, realize they’ve already been taken by like four other bands — two of which have active Cease and Desists against each other — and start grasping at increasingly esoteric names. I read an interview in 2016 where Trump was described as a “short-fingered vulgarian” and knew that was a decent name we could get away with — though there are similarly named bands abroad!

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

Some of us are from Denver, Colorado or have lived there for a long time. It’s an amazingly vibrant scene, I’m sure anyone serious about metal can think of a great band from Denver. It can be kind of top heavy. Before Covid, there was always a good show going on and hundreds of mediocre ones so it can be tricky for new bands to break in, but the scene is incredibly supportive. It was a pretty regular occurrence to go back and forth between a couple great shows a night, or see an internationally acclaimed fairly mainstream metal band like Primitive Man play a bookstore.

Our guitarist is from Chicago, Illinois, which has a larger -core representation, and not the good kind — but he pines to crack my head open on the sewer grate in the middle of the Reggie’s floor one more time.

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

We will be releasing our debut album “Human Scum” on October 30th in addition to a single.

While you wait, check out their two track Demo “Thoughts And Prayers” from earlier in 2020!

https://vulgarian.bandcamp.com/album/thoughts-and-prayers-demo-2020

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a wide range of influences because each member brings something completely different. For vocals: largely 80’s hardcore bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag, and Dead Kennedys with some classic sludge bands like EHG, Dystopia, Grief, etc. For drums, a little more of the charismatically drummed doom stuff like Reverend Bizarre and Boris. Our guitarist is definitely a huge Opeth fan and really enjoys metal in that style, and before which resulted in a rather strange-sounding self-titled EP before we reigned it in. We made him listen to nothing but Melvins for two weeks in order to get the bullshitting out of his system and recalibrate him to a more root-note centered riff philosophy — and it worked. Now the riffs are coming from more of a mashup of Yob, Neurosis, Dystopia, and Discharge, with a hint of Death.

What first got you into music?

TH: My parents forced me to play music from a young age — and were subsequently incredulous that I wanted to play in bands when I was older and take it more seriously. It was your idea!

AD: Same, Black Sabbath coming on the radio while I “help” my dad work on the family cars started it all.

FB: I’m a depressed millennial so Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” was the first album to make me go woah. But in my early teen years I broke out of that once I discovered Opeth, Amon Amarth, Agalloch, and Gojira, just like most of the sad metalheads I hung out with at 15.

KH:Like many things I got into in junior high and high school, music spoke to my escapism, and I chased that feeling of escape into increasingly extreme genres before finally finding my home in metal. My folks supported it until I lost any interest in playing with the church band that they’d bought my gear and lessons for.

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

TH: The idea of playing with Jello is fun, but I’m guessing the reality is significantly less fun.

AD: Dolly Parton, I love classic country and since she is down with BLM would be great to hear her amazing voice belt out some support over some nasty riffs.

FB: I would love it if we could write something with Vermin Womb or Black Curse.

KH: I think I’d be into performing for a record and while Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))) toys around with our entire signal chain and makes crazy sounds out of it.

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

Some of us just get burned out by fests or even long shows. So really, anywhere that is interesting outside of the fest itself, whether that be for the geography or culture.

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

A fan tried to register a misspelled domain name for us. We had to beg them to not do it.

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

No matter what happens this election, don’t forget about how you felt this summer when everything was coming to a boil.

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

TH: Honestly, I hate that loading drums in and out of both the venue and practice space and setting them up takes much more time than actually playing the shows. I think everything else, even the boring and challenging stuff, is great. The scene brings out some of the best people I’ve ever met, and some of the worst, and sometimes it isn’t always immediately obvious who’s who.

FB: I love touching people’s feelings. It means a lot to me to watch people be genuinely interested in your music. I really hate it when people learn I play metal and they ask if it sounds like Gwar or Metallica. It’s 2020, educate yourself. Also, navigating an ocean of shitty people. I’m tired of learning of how many people close to us have actually been total bastards.

KH: I enjoy the opportunity that it’s given me to make lasting connections with some really cool people, and the sense of community and connectedness that comes out of it. The metal community is the first place where I ever felt like I belonged. I hate that the cult of the smile has bled into that community from Corporate America, making it difficult to get an honest answer out of someone if the truth is hard or prickly.

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

It would be nice if it was easier for musicians to get adequate financial compensation for their time.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

TH: Anders and I are probably going to name Dead Kennedys – “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” or “Plastic Surgery Disasters.”

AD: Don’t forget “In God We Trust Inc.”

FB: “Vertebrae” by Enslaved or “Morningrise” by Opeth.

KH: “Houdini” by Melvins.

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

Personally, I think we all prefer the experience of listening to vinyl, especially music that was made for the format.There are definitely albums that sound worse on vinyl, and obviously, the best format is the one you can actually listen to – CD’s are the best format if you’re driving a car from the early 2000’s.

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

Early on we played a show where Anders broke his ankle while moshing to the band who played after us (Voideater) so that was pretty memorable…especially since we were going on tour the week or two after and he wouldn’t be able to help with load in / out. Okay, maybe that was the worst one.

One that we remember fondly was a basement show we did to benefit the Rojava in Syria. It was a day or two after Thanksgiving and during a blizzard so hardly anyone showed up. It was a classic case of having to play for your friends in the other bands, but was still an excellent time — we played well and the other bands killed it. In fact, not even the residents of the house were able to attend, they were stuck in the mountains due to the blizzard.

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

TH: This summer we were doing a lot of direct-action stuff, which was really taking up our free time during the heat of it. But otherwise, I don’t think playing music really dominates most of our time. I like to ski mountaineer, develop software, storm chase, etc.

AD: I’d probably try stand-up to scratch that performing itch. I’m pretty introverted 90% of the time but I need that 10% getting up in front of people and I’ve always admired good stand-up.

FB: I’m currently a therapist and am spending every second of my non-music time working toward full licensure in the state of Colorado.

KH: I’d probably relocate for work more often and experience other cities. I work in technology and have had to turn down some good jobs just because I stay with my music after building a lifestyle around my bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Waylon Jennings, Anthony Bourdain, Carrie Fisher, Richard Pryor, and Weird Al.

What’s next for the band?

Not any shows anytime soon. We’ll probably work on material as the need arises and work on promoting this album as best we can, and see how the political landscape unfolds after the election and if shows are going to be a real thing any time soon. Hard to plan with so much uncertainty in the future. Since the album recording process was a big effort, there’s definitely a little bit of attention being put back to our other bands (like Thomas and Frank in Postnihilist and Kevin in Dreadnought). We’ll of course be continuing to do direct action and societal engagement, especially as the next few weeks and months promise to be chaotic and critical. Don’t play shows during a pandemic, your band’s not that great.

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

www.instagram.com/vvlgarian/
www.vulgarian.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/vvlgarian/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

As Americans we had to look this up — never had one. Our definition of “cake” and “biscuit” also differs from yours. Vulgarian has no official stance on Jaffa cakes.

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EMQ’s with JUNIOR BRUCE

EMQ’s with JUNIOR BRUCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Orlando, Florida based Stoner / Sludge / Doom Metal band Junior Bruce. Huge thanks to vocalist Scott Angelacos 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 Scott. I do all the hollering and provide metal hornz 🤘🏽 for the crowd while the dudes do, whatever it is they do, behind me.

This band started in 2008 with a few friends and the idea of combining Black Flag with Black Sabbath. We have released 2 full lengths and an EP with A389 Records out of Baltimore since then.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were really into bad movies at the time and our guitar player had just bought me Death Race 2000 as a gift. This would be the original from 1975. It’s a horribly awesome and dumb movie with Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine. It is full of these awesome character names like Machine Gun Joe, Matilda the Hun, Lt. Fury, and Junior Bruce.

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

We are from the U.S. Orlando, Florida actually.

Everyone is still staying away from live events. The pandemic has everything shut down and it’s getting very scary for the venues we love and continue to try to support. I hope there is a way for them all to be able to survive these times, but we may be back in the VFW halls or backyards when we get to playing again.

After saying all that sad shit…I can tell you there are a bunch of amazing bands from down here: Holly Hunt, Ether Coven, The Glorious Rebellion, Intoxicated, Horsewhip, and Thunderclap to name just a few.

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

We have a new album coming out via Sludgelord on Halloween. It’s called “Pray For Death”.

‘The Sleeper Awakens’ Single!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack Burton and Snake Plissken.

What first got you into music?

I guess first, when I was really young, I found boxes of my father’s records and loved looking at the naked ladies on the Parliament Funkadelic covers. I was like, shit yeah!!…Later, I used to watch my uncle play with his rock band in my Grandmas basement. He would chase me out if I came down (funny cigarettes are not for kids), so I would stand on the steps and bang my head to their classic rock.

My friends and I started a band when I was 14 or 15. It was fucking awful, but I was already hooked.

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

John Carpenter!

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

Stop bringing up shows. you are making me depressed. (Sorry!!!)

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

Has to be a dreadlock. Although I did also get a framed My Little Pony watercolour. So, you decide?

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

I miss your face. Also, support your local music venues however you can. We need them to survive!

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

Dude!! One?? I can’t do just one! Two is as low as I will go. Ronnie James Dio, and Kurt Cobain.

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

I really love creating and preforming. I really hate the frustrations that come with creating and preforming.

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

Not a thing. It’s obviously perfect in every way.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pink Floyd – “Obscured By Clouds”.

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

Vinyl…remember the Parliament Funkadelic record??

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

Quite honestly, I really can’t pick, but maybe Maryland Death Fest, or playing with Pentagram with our original drummer Tanner before he passed (RIP).

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

Smoking weed…well, I still smoke weed, but I would continue to too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here’s a list and what I expect them to bring:
Tom Petty – Ambrosia salad
Tom Araya – Flank steak with chimichurri sauce.
Tom Jones – Beer
Tommy Chong – Brownies
Tom Selleck – Macaroni

What’s next for your band?

We are going to do some videos from the studio and hopefully a livestream or ten until we can play shows again.

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

www.facebook.com/juniorbrucerocks/
www.instagram.com/juniorbrucemetal

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Uh…cake is kinda in the name there bro…Orange for me. I hate the raspberry ones. Also, please explain the difference between a biscuit and a cookie?

(Answer – In the UK both biscuits and cookies are sweet. Biscuits are hard and crunchy and cookies are softer and slightly doughier, although I’m sure there are regional differences, like there are with bread rolls…and that’s a completely different question – Rick, Editor 😊)

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to check us out!

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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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