Zeahorse – Let’s Not (And Say We Did)

Let's Not (And Say We Did) Album Cover Art

Zeahorse – Let’s Not (And Say We Did)
Copper Feast Records
Release Date: 29/01/2021
Running Time: 33:09
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

Returning after a 4+ year break are noise rock-merchants Zeahorse, a Sydney-based four-piece who combine fuzzy, sludge metal riffs with clean psychedelic vocals in a delivery not a million miles away from punk rock.

Invoking a heavier approach than 2016 offering “Torana Dreamin”, much of which is courtesy of bassist Ben Howell whose mired tone could rival the Bloop, “Let’s Not (And Say We Did)” consequently draws in a lot of comparisons to Fugazi, Hawk Eyes and to a lesser extent, Helmet. Opener ‘Designer Smiles’ does this almost immediately, a filthy, bassy riff that acts as lead conductor to the music, before the hypnotic vocals of Morgan Anthony come sprawling in, resulting in a high-energy melancholy, dating back to 90’s grunge (complete with a very ‘Black Hole Sun’-esque solo).

The album then breaks into a brilliant three-part special from ‘Panic Laps’ to ‘The Ladder’. ‘Panic Laps’ has a nice injection of pace, even as Anthony continues his floating vocals, in a well-worked clash of tempos and brings the album from the 90’s feel of ‘Designer Smiles’ into the present day. Follow-up ‘Guilty’ feels like it has more of an attitude in the vocal delivery, akin to Hawk Eyes’ Paul Astick, accompanied by a lingering vocal hook the chorus will stick with you for the rest of the day. And then ‘The Ladder’ presents a bit of a kick up the arse, as it leans more towards Zeahorse’s punkier roots. The song packs tight bassline riffs, a punchier chorus, and a general frenzy that is perhaps lost in the more aloof, stonery tracks heard prior.

The latter half of the album feels like it takes a step pack in tempo and makes up for it in a gluttony of riffs. ‘One Of Everything’ is a sole three minute shot of adrenaline, in amongst blown-amp-sounding, face-gurning riffs, with ‘Cut The Slack’ almost falling into stoner doom territory, owing to the cloud of psychedelia that makes its way into the fold as well.

By garnering comparison and directly/indirectly drawing inspiration from a multitude of names, Zeahorse almost back themselves into a corner of “why listen to the new thing instead of the original thing that we already know and like?” In response, the band does a fine job of establishing their own identity throughout the majority of the album. Songs like ‘One Of Everything’ and ‘Panic Laps’ never feel punk enough to be outrightly branded Fugazi 2.0, but show enough homages to bring in new fans.

For those about the riff and maybe certain horticultural practices, this album should be a winner. Intense, bass-heavy sounds stomping their way through psychedelia and 90’s grunge, with interludes of punk rock to keep the party going, Zeahorse are heading into their metal phase with gusto and with more than ample ideas at their disposal.

‘Designer Smiles’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Designer Smiles
02. Panic Laps
03. Guilty
04. The Ladder
05. Cut The Slack
06. 20 Nothing
07. One Of Everything
08. Don’t Laugh

LINE-UP:
Morgan Anthony – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Max Foskett – Guitars
Ben Howell – Bass
Julien Crendal – Drums

LINKS:

Zeahorse Promo Pic

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Ungraven/Slomatics – Split EP

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Ungraven/Slomatics – Split EP
Blackbow Records
Release date: 05/03/2021
Running time: 30:53
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

How did you spend your time during the pandemic? Did you learn a new language or a musical instrument? Did you get out there running, hammering marathons and getting super fit? Or, like most of us, did you hang on there by your finger nails, just about keeping it together and escaping the monotony? Well luckily for us, these two bands – Ungraven and Slomatics – decided to put their talents to creative use and deliver some music to keep us all sane in these bizarre times.

This is one EP, two bands and six songs in total. First off, we have Ungraven, who despite only being formed in 2019 feature musicians of fine pedigree: Jon Davis (Conan), David Ryley (Fudge Tunnel) and Tyler Hodges (Tuskar). ‘Defeat The Object’, their first offering, features a reliably sturdy riff to nod your head to. Next track, ‘Onwards She Rides To A Certain Death’ comes galloping out of the gates like an armour covered battle horse – it’s no nimble dressage, more like a cavalry charge into a frenzied battle. Ungraven’s final song, ‘Blackened Gates Of Eternity’, has a grinding intensity that has an industrial feel.

Slomatics pick up the baton and start off with the brutally heavy, atmospheric ‘Kaän’, which seems to move sideways rather than forwards. Slow and hefty, I’ve seen ox bow lakes form quicker than the pace of this monster. ‘Proto Hag’ follows a similar style, but you’ll be glad to learn that it’s even more intense. Slomatics have been building their reputation for some years now, and these tracks confirm their prominence. Their final song, ‘Monitors’ – probably my favourite on the whole EP, though I feel bad singling out one track – only pushes their reputation further. The music is almost trancelike, with a magnetic melodic element.

This split EP is dense and compelling. Both Ungraven and Slomatics impress with their conviction and integrity. The only down side is that approx. 31 minutes just isn’t enough. This is a very enjoyable starter, but it just makes me hunger for a full plate of whatever these two immense bands can serve up. Please sir, can I have some more?

TRACKLISTING:
01. Defeat The Object (Ungraven)
02. Onwards She Rides To A Certain Death (Ungraven)
03. Blackened Gates Of Eternity (Ungraven)
04. Kaän (Slomatics)
05. Proto Hag (Slomatics)
06. Monitors (Slomatics)

UNGRAVEN LINE-UP:
Jon Davis – Vocals
Tyler Hodges – Drums
David Ryley – Bass

SLOMATICS LINE-UP:
David – Guitars
Chris – Guitars
Marty – Drums, Vocals

UNGRAVEN LINKS:

SLOMATICS LINKS:

Ungraven & Slomatics Promo Pic (Slomatics pic credit Gerry Dollso)
(Slomatics pic credit Gerry Dollso)

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EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH

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EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA based Doom/Sludge/Death Metal band, Diseased Earth. Huge thanks to vocalist, Travis 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 Travis and I’m the vocalist in Diseased Earth. We started in 2014 from the ashes of several local bands and we kinda all gravitated towards each other to play some heavy, uncompromising music. Joe (Bassist) and I are the only original members. along the way, we met Clayton and Paul and they joined the fold and I believe this is our best sounding, most like-minded line up.

How did you come up with your band name?

Joe is the only one who actually suggested the name and it was the one we all decided on. It basically sums up our view on humanity and how we are a plague to this planet and cause untold damage with our wilful ignorance and hubris.

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

We are based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia in the US. Our local scene is small but very tight knit. We have some amazing bands like 434, Tiller, Earthling, Helgamite, Crab action, Krode, and Heemeyer.

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

We just released a new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’. It was recorded and engineered by Buddy Harlow and I think it’s our best sounding release. We have plans to return to the studio with him in March and record more songs.

‘Coven Of Leeches’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I originally came from the Grind and Death Metal scene and a lot of my influences come from there. bands like Pig Destroyer, Circle Of Dead Children, and Impaled. I do enjoy some sludge and doom bands like Thou, Goatsblood, and Weedeater. lyrically, I take a lot of influence from guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. They know how to tell a story and really know how to turn a phrase.

What first got you into music?

I don’t think there was one defining moment. it’s just something I gravitated towards. Originally, I started out as a guitar player, but I couldn’t ever make it sound like what I heard in my head, so I got frustrated and started doing vocals instead.

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

Hmm probably Steve Von Til from Neurosis. I’ve always enjoyed their music and would love to do something with any of them.

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

I would love to go overseas to any of the big European open-air festivals. they look amazing!

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

Sadly, I’ve never been given any gifts haha. I feel kinda left out on this. If any fans are reading this, give me weird things.

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

Keep supporting local music. if it wasn’t for the fans, there would be no bands. Y’all are our lifeblood.

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

Cliff Burton. I’d really love to see where Metallica would have gone if he never had passed.

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

For me, playing music is a huge stress release and important to my mental health. I’m able to get on stage and get out all my frustration, stress, anger, etc… it’s freeing and one of the most incredible things to be on stage and see people vibing with something you have written. the thing I really hate is waiting to play. nothing worse than having to wait through 2 or 3 bands to get on stage. the nerves and anxiousness start to set in.

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

Give artists what they deserve from streaming. it’s ridiculous how little artists make from streaming even though it’s the new popular thing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pig Destroyer – “Prowler In The Yard”. I’ve probably listened to that album thousands of times and it never gets old to me.

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

All of the above. it doesn’t matter to me as long as there is music. I will say til recently, I was still rocking an iPod. a friend put me on his family plan so now I have apple music and I have to say, it’s kinda nice if I think of a random song, I can instantly have it at my fingertips, instead of having to go home and download it then upload it to my iPod before being able to listen to it.

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

Hmm we’ve gotten lucky and had some great gigs. probably one of my favourites was from last year where we played at IX art park in Charlottesville, VA. It was right before shutdown and a great show. There was an awesome energy to the show. Our set from that show is available on YouTube as our buddy Cody from The Liquor Portal came out and filmed it.

‘Live At IX Art Park’

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

Well, I’m a tattoo artist by career, so I would keep doing that. if going with a fantasy job, then I would have to say pro wrestling manager.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If we are going with alive or dead, I would have to say HP Lovecraft, Rasputin, Tony Iommi, Mick Foley, and Henry Rollins.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, it’s just writing and recording until the pandemic eases up. We have plans in March to go back into the studio and record three more songs. We have a couple other things in the works that I can’t talk about at the moment, but once I’m able to, they will be on our social media.

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

Well, currently we have Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, and Twitter. all of our music is also available on all major streaming platforms.
www.facebook.com/diseasedearth
www.diseasedearth.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/diseasedearth/
www.twitter.com/diseasedearth
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ghGgqiHn99G2bQoPQ6s8R
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVYEzyDMjBoTiMPWAD4xNjA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So, we’re from the US and I have no idea what this is haha. I looked it up and it still doesn’t give a direct answer, so im gonna say both!

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

Go check out our new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’, it’s out now on pretty much all streaming services.

Look us up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc and keep supporting music.

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EMQ’s with SHADOW PEOPLE

EMQ’s with SHADOW PEOPLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Baton Rouge, Louisiana based Sludge Punk/Hardcore band Shadow People. Huge thanks to bassist Aaron Paul Goings 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?

Aaron Paul Goings. Bass. Trial and error. DNA’s potential and a primate’s shame.

How did you come up with your band name?

I believe it was drug-induced/inspired. I believe it was from long bouts of amphetamine use, more specifically methamphetamine. Have you ever gone so far that you came back around the other side. I could try to describe how drugs feel but if you haven’t done it for yourself, It’d be like describing a symphony to the deaf. Either do it for yourself or take my word that if you ever do there are glimpses of people who were there before you left ,still moving and breathing. To the eye of a brain that’s been pulled that far and pushed that hard the remnants just look like shadows. No more people than the idea of a ghost but that’s the form they take so that’s the name we choose.

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

The country of the United States. The state of Louisiana. The city of Baton Rouge. The scene here is fickle. It’s random bursts of sporadic epiphany living next door to pits of daydreams where great talent vanishes overnight. It’s all heart and no head. With a constant talent bleed. We haemorrhage from the wound of lack of opportunity, apathy & majority rule. It’s like a bad relationship just because we love it doesn’t mean we’re happy or that it’s healthy and I think we could benefit from some distance. long-term, short-term, I don’t know. I think sometimes it takes more than a lifetime to know these things , which means you never do. I hope that’s not the case for us or our peers. The birth rate of passion here is consistent and plentiful and for that we’re thankful.

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

1. Album – “Batom Rouge”

2. Single -‘Every Man A Sot’

3. Video- ‘Every Man A Sot’

Who have been your greatest influences?

The conditions and conclusions of lives lived around me, the constant presence of violence, delusion & poverty. The realization that gnashing my teeth and whitening my knuckles had turned to internal decay and the desire to deflect/inflict that somewhere else. Respectful fear for the deep cut of desperation. Simply put instinctive the desire for self-preservation. That’s my greatest influence. I assume this questions designed to invoke a musical influence, but the bands I like(d) only inspired me to buy albums, T-shirts and posters not to make music. It was the life around me and the readily available examples of how deep hell can go. That’s what caused me to make music. That’s what inspired me and what influenced the type of music I make.

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

No musicians, maybe a visual artist but I currently collaborate with the musicians I’m interested in.

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

I’m truly ignorant as to what festivals exist. We’d play wherever and with whoever would put us in touch with like-minded individuals.

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

I’ve never received anything. I guess I could say approval and tears, embraces and allegiance, because those are gifts ,but nothing material

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

Not to be ominous or rude but I feel like we said/say everything we need to in this songs.

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

I don’t have that power, who told you I did?! They were a liar! I mean levitating a few objects with the energy that remains in fresh goat’s blood and bringing someone back from the dead are two different things. I don’t have that power anymore, I mean I don’t have that power, I’m saying I never did, no one!

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

Justified fulfilment for my ache at night. I’ve burned up years to keep the lights on as the means for someone else’s ends with nothing to show for it but the ash piled up around me so thick you can’t see or move, just choke and panic and music takes that away for me. It’s the inception of reason and the catalyst for possibility. The only thing I hate is that I can’t do it more often. We have to scrape and save for tour (like everybody else) and I’d rather spend that time just playing. I’m sure that’s not a rare desire but that’s my answer.

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

I’m too ignorant of the details to give a worthwhile answer. It is a vast and complex creature. I am a fan of any method that could banish that layer of dishonest barnacle mimicry (creation & production) into some social/digital/dimensional wasteland.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Audio Fidelity’s – “Stereodisc Demonstration And Sound Effects”

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

They all have their pros and cons. The warmth and novelty of analog vs. the clarity and convenience of digital. I guess it depends on who or what I’m listening to. I’d like to make a record because it has a very specific feeling of importance. Plus, the cover arts bigger (obviously) and as a fan of visual arts I like that.

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

The best gig I’ve ever played is like the best sex I’ve ever had . I remember who was there but not when or where

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

I can’t speak for the other guys but for myself probably painting. Creatively not houses.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vlad III the Voivode of Wallachia, Stanley Kubrick, Quincy Jones, Andy Warhol & Garth Ennis.

What’s next for the band?

Record another EP while waiting out quarantine/pandemic ,then try to survive long enough to perform again.

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

I think we’re on actually everything. So, listen as much as humanly possible and drop us a line literally anytime.

www.facebook.com/elpoepwodahs/
www.shadowpeoplebatonrouge.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/shdw_ppl/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCTlf0zGPfwbWGUtBVo_Ocfw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I truly have no clue what that is but send me some and I’ll render a verdict. When it comes to cakes and cookies, I can resist anything but temptation.

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

I guess I’ll leave you with this last thought ,which is completely false. The previous statement is completely true.

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian based Sludge/Doom/Hardcore band Cruickshank! 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?

Hi! My name is Marc and I play guitar in a band we called “Cruickshank”. One of my bestest chums Mark McGee and I got together and decided to start making an album. I had some songs and he was living in Iqaliut, Nunavut so we pieced them together via internets. We recorded the drums at Boxcar sound in Hamilton with our good buddy Pearson and everything seemed to be going as planned when……

……good suspense build eh? Yeah, uh, nothing crazy happened. Got Graham Christian formerly of Teethmarks to do some lyrics and vocals then asked Scott Miller from Anthesis/Frig Dancer to slap-a-da-bass and that was that. Miller mixed/mastered it and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

How did you come up with your band name?

McGee came up with it. I think he just read it somewhere and thought it sounded awesome.

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

We are all from various parts of Canada. The metal scene is great here. It’s fucking cold right?

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

Our latest, and only, release is a self-titled full length cassette. Dig it?

Who have been your greatest influences?

For this project it was all over the place. We all brought something a little different to the table and it made the thing really shine. I tried to do my best Cobra Noir impersonation on the guitar. If you haven’t heard that band check them out. Classic shit!

What first got you into music?

Being pissed and whatnot! Wanting to be Kirk Corbane or whatever his name is.

Teenaged angst. Misguided visions! Perverted cessation! A desire to overuse adjectives in order to appear more complex than I actually am!

Good times.

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

Zakk Wylde, Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder and Seth Putnam! Don’t tell me that isn’t a creative juggernaut! Don’t!

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

Coachella! Seems like a rad time with a ton of cool bands but I think it’s mad expensive.

All jokes aside I would like to go to that fest someday.

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

Huh…..good question. My good friend Jan brought me a Bernie Worrell t-shirt once. I was really touched that he knew I dug the OG Bern. Super sweetie that guy.

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

Thanks a ton for the support! Means a lot that anyone checks out our music let alone enjoys any of it!

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

I love the creative process almost as much as I hate the creative process. It’s maddening at times. I wish I was good at it and didn’t have to put as much effort in. Knowing music and being really good at it wasn’t in the cards for me. Makes it interesting for sure but it can be a black hole of frustration and existential dread sometimes.

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

Can’t say I know enough about it to give an intelligent answer. Maybe just more governmental support for the arts in general! Like Sweden. But I feel as though that funding could be better used to help our indigenous populations. You stumped me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Can’t Buy A Thrill” – Steely Dan. SD are punk as fuck.

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

I will download something and then buy the record if it sticks with me.

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

We have yet to play one so I guess there’s nowhere to go but UP!!

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

Publicly mutilating my genitalia, saving the whales or both!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Thomas, Santana, Chad Kroger, the dude from Staind and Wes Borland.

What’s next for the band?

Going to play some shows in October, that’s pretty much it. Might do another album again someday! It’s been a fun experience.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Cruickshank-566952513709042/
and
https://crckshnk.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Totes a biscuit! Totes!

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

Not really. Thanks a ton for taking the time to support heavy music. Appreciate the fuck out of it!

 

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Pelugion – I

I EP Cover

Pelugion – I
Self-Released
Release Date: 04/08/2018
Running Time: 37:26
Review by Dawn King
9/10

On 27th July 2018, Ever Metal had the privilege and the honour to premier Pelugion’s video for the track ‘Bane Of Humanity’ and now we are proud to review their debut EP “I”.

Pelugion are a three-piece rock/metal outfit from Coventry, England and the trio, Andy Sweeney, John Pittaway and Brandon Balou, first met at college in September 2012 while they were studying music performance. They started off by doing Black Sabbath and Metallica covers at college gigs, but once the college days were over, they found new rehearsal rooms and wrote their first original track.

It was then that Pelugion was born!

The threesome gigged heavily around England, they won a slot playing the Godiva Festival, which is the UK’s biggest free family festival, and signed a management deal with FATangel Management and PR, as well as releasing a music video for the track ‘Serpent’s Mistress’. This extensive gigging gained them recognition for their energetic performances and massive sound.

In 2016, they released the song ‘Bide My Time’, which was produced, mixed and mastered at Woodworm Studio by Mike Exeter, who has worked with legends such as Black Sabbath, Dio and Judas Priest, and this grabbed the attention of Wildfire Festival in Scotland, where they performed later that year.

2017 was a busy year for them. They played the sold-out HRH Metal at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, were a special guest performer at the Mosh Against Cancer in Coventry, performed their first acoustic set at Uprising Festival in Leicester (which we also had the pleasure of reviewing) and embarked on a tour with Welsh heavyweights, Lifer!

2018 saw them head back to Wales for the popular Dementia Aware Fest and they once again appeared on the bill at Uprising. They also gained a spot at Bloodstock Festival in Derby after winning the Coventry Metal 2 The Masses and receiving worldwide radio airplay is helping them on their way to becoming an international band!

So, what of this fantastic EP? Well, I think I just said it. It’s fantastic! From the opening basslines of first track ‘Monster’ I knew this was going to be a killer EP. With influences such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Soundgarden, Alterbridge, Black Label Society, Kyuss and Down, they have added their own unique twist on things to produce what can only be described as a stonking sound. Heavy, sometimes sludgy yet melodic and upbeat, if this EP doesn’t have you banging your head and throwing the horns then nothing will.

The EP is a collection of the band’s recordings to date, put together over a period of three years! Some of it has never been heard before, while some of it had only been available on digital format, but now for the first time it has all come together on CD, and really is a must for fans old and new.

This has everything a great EP should. Groove-laden, chunky riffs, melodic, powerful vocals with just the right amount of grit, funky bass lines and frantic drumming. Pelugion can seemingly turn their hand to anything, from the slow-tempo Sabbathesque type tracks to speedy and more thrash numbers.

We recently set up a page on the Ever Metal site showcasing bands we support and Pelugion were one of the first to be added to the list. This was due to their extreme capabilities, talent and hardworking ethic.

It may have taken three years to get this EP out, but if this is an indication of what is to come from this group of lads, then we all should be very excited about the future of metal.

Just don’t let it take three years for the follow up!

TRACKLIST:
1. Monster
2. Bide My Time
3. Desire
4. Bane Of Humanity
5. Remedy
6. Bury Me
7. Serpent’s Mistress
8. Believe

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/pelugion/
https://pelugion.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBqeFH9qFFkcu35PAQWVXxQ

https://www.instagram.com/pelugion/

 

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Callus – Hogpocalypse

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Callus – Hogpocalypse
Self-Released
Running Time: 49:00
Release Date: 27/01/2019
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

If you have been following Ever Metal regularly for the last year, then there is a 96.7% chance you have heard us mention Lancaster based Metal band Callus, at least once. Having seen/met them, for the first time at Hammerfest 2018, and being utterly blown away by not only the quality of their music but by how awesome they are as people, Beth and I went on to watch their progress through the Mammothfest Battle Of the Bands competition, which culminated in them winning their regional final, interviewed them twice, managed to get them on the bill at Wrexfest, reviewed their debut EP, wrote multiple gig reviews, watched their joy as they were asked to play The Jägermeister Stage at Bloodstock 2018 (where they went down an absolute storm), did a ‘Callus Day’ on the Ever Metal pages (where we exclusively premiered a trailer for the debut album) and also attended Vocalist/Guitarist Louis Clarke’s wedding, to the lovely Jennie, where Beth was asked to be official photographer. It’s fair to say we have, not only championed them as a superbly talented band that need to be on your radar, but have become firm and good friends with them!

Debut album “Hogpocalypse” has been a long time coming and with everything I’ve written above, whatever the outcome, this review was always going to be a tough one to write. On the one hand, if the album didn’t live up to expectations, how was I going to tell them how I felt and on the other, if it was good, how was I going to write it without you, dear readers, thinking I was just blowing smoke up their backsides? Well I’ve had a good long think and the only thing I can do is tell the truth, as I see it, and hope that everyone who reads this believes my integrity because “Hogpocalypse” is a triumph!

If you’ve not heard Callus before then the first thing you need to know is that they don’t sound like anyone else. They combine a whole host of genres together in a unique way so one minute you are listening to a down-tuned, Doom-laden, Sludge filled, Punky edged riff reminiscent of the Melvins and the next you’re listening to killer Thrash akin to Megadeth or Overkill. Round that out with snippets of Traditional Metal, all quite often in the same song, and their sound is a breath of fresh air. Next up is the fact that this all comes out of three people. Founding members, the aforementioned Vocalist/Guitarist Louis Clarke and Vocalist/Bassist Ben Wormwell plus Drummer Ryan Ormerod make unholy and thunderously heavy music (on album and live) that sounds more like six or seven people, however, everything is incredibly catchy and you cannot stop yourself from moving to the music…try keeping still, I guarantee you won’t be able to do it!

Callus don’t play particularly complicated music or fill it with blazing guitar solos but they hypnotise you with quality riffs and rhythmic playing. It’s all about how vocals, guitar, bass and drums work together to bring power, precision and HEAVY to the table. Every track from the opening, stonking, riff of ‘Boar’ to the closing refrains of ‘Zygote’ are mesmerising and will have your neck snapping in so many different directions that you better hope the local hospital has beds available!

Everything presented here is eerie and horror filled, it’s crusty, rat infested and thick with evil but it’s also beautiful to behold and proof that space in the music is sometimes just as important as filling that space. “Hogpocalypse” is the soundtrack to an H. P. Lovecraft Book/Film where you don’t know if you’ll ever come out on the other side with your sanity intact but you jump right in anyway because the journey is too good to miss. Once you’ve heard tracks such as ‘Leg Slice’, ‘Skunk’, ‘The Dunwich Horror’, ‘The Primordial’ or ‘Where Savage Things Grow’ you’ll want to do that too!

Louis, Ben and Ryan are all young, but very accomplished, musicians and kudos must also be given to Ryan’s beautiful production and mixing which was done at his home studio. This is a complete do-it-yourself album with everything being self-recorded and to have a product of this quality must make the three of them incredibly proud because it puts many ‘more expensive’ albums to shame!

“Hogpocalypse” is everything I wanted and so much more so all I can say is huge congratulations to Callus for their hard work and dedication to get to this point. If they have the guts to keep going then it will be a travesty if they aren’t justly rewarded! Miss them at your peril!

TRACKLIST:
01. Boar
02. Infinite Beef Machine
03. Under The Waste
04. Skunk
05. Leg Slice
06. The Primordial
07. The Dunwich Horror
08. Where Savage Things Grow
09. Dreameater
10. Zygote

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/
https://www.instagram.com/callus_uk/
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZOSaYdZBmL8DhLMPjLWggQ

Promo by Beth Jones

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Master Charger Release New Music Video ‘One For Sorrow’ Premiered On Ever Metal!

One For Sorrow EP Artwork

Master Charger Release New Music Video ‘One For Sorrow’
Premiered On Ever Metal!
Master Charger – ‘One For Sorrow’ Single/Video
Release Date 13/08/2018

In May 2018 Left For Red and Master Charger announced that they will be releasing a split vinyl, which will include two previously unreleased Left For Red tracks and two previously unreleased Master Charger tracks. In order to promote the upcoming release Master Charger have released their brand new music video for the title track of their side of the vinyl ‘One For Sorrow’ and it is exclusively, and proudly, premiered today on Ever Metal!

Master Charger – One For Sorrow (Video Link)

Master Charger!
Hailing from the blackest heart of Nottinghamshire three-piece Rock / Doom, Sludge Metal outfit Master Charger formed in 2006 from the ashes of previous semi successful bands. Master Charger have since played live across the UK, touring and playing festivals to large audiences and building up their fan base. At the latter end of 2017, Master Charger signed to FATangel Management and are set to release their “One For Sorrow” EP in 2018 under FATangel Records. This will see the band return to their original form but with an even heavier sound than before. The band will continue to bludgeon people live with their primitive thick wall of riffs and thunderous rhythm section as they continue to play more dates across the UK including a few more festival appearances.
One For Sorrow was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Ranzetta of The Minotaur’s Lair and the music video was directed and edited by Jay Hillyer of Jay H Filmmaker.

A quote from John James, lead singer and guitarist of Master Charger:
“Master Charger are chuffed to bring you our new video for our brand new single entitled ‘One For Sorrow’ and we are absolutely thrilled how it turned out. It’s huge thanks to Jay Hillyer and all involved who made the video what it is. One For Sorrow combines both doom laden riffs mixed with groove which also captures our thick sludgy raw live sound! Hope y’all enjoy this beast!!”

One For Sorrow is taken from the split vinyl with Left for Red which is due for release December 2018. The artwork for the vinyl was created by Jon Pedley of Pedley Art and the special vinyl bundle can be pre-ordered from FATangel Records Bandcamp.

https://fatangelrecords2.bandcamp.com/album/left-for-red-master-charger-double-single

LINE-UP:
J P – Vocals/Guitar
Dave Hayes – Bass
Jon Kirk – Drums

LINKS:

Pedley Art

Jay H Filmmaker

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CALLUS: “Hogpocalypse” Debut Album Teaser Premiered On Ever Metal!

CALLUS: “Hogpocalypse” Debut Album Teaser
Premiered On Ever Metal
05/08/2018
Article by Rick Tilley

Ever Metal are extremely proud to premiere a short teaser from the forthcoming, debut, album from Lancaster based Metal band CALLUS. We now know it’s entitled “HOGPOCALYPSE”, believe me, that’s an awesome title that describes CALLUS and their music perfectly, but what we don’t know yet is when the release date will be. However, I’m going to put my neck on the line and say that it will be absolutely ‘Hogtastic’!

Check out the teaser here:

CALLUS describe themselves as “Down-tuned stoner metal fused with thrash and sludge elements for a truly obnoxious, quite furious and outright terrifying sound” and that’s about as good a description as you’ll get. They combine a huge range of influences that together should sound completely wrong but CALLUS do the impossible and turn it into one of the heaviest, tightest and most enjoyable things I’ve heard from a band in years.
Whilst we await the album go and listen to, or buy, a copy of their EP “Through Blood, Sweat, Piss And Pain” and see why Ever Metal adore them and also make sure to see them live if they turn up at a venue or festival near you, because they pride themselves on being a ‘live band’. After seeing them four times in recent months, there is no doubt they are absolutely thunderous in a live setting.

If you want to know why I love doing this job so much then listening to CALLUS will give you the answer!

CALLUS ARE:
Louis Clarke – Guitar and Vocals
Ben Wormwell – Bass and Vocals
Ryan Ormerod – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/
https://www.instagram.com/callus_uk/
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZOSaYdZBmL8DhLMPjLWggQ

Callus – Through Blood,Sweat, Piss And Pain EP

Through Blood, Sweat, Piss And Pain EP Cover

Callus – Through Blood,Sweat, Piss And Pain EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/03/2017
Running Time: 15:44
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

When I hear the words ‘Thrash’, ‘Stoner’ or ‘Doom’, I can be known to pull a face of overwhelming underwhelmedness. Its not usually my bag, but then you don’t usually get the whole lot in one fell swoop! Until now!

The debut EP from our tip for the top, Lancashire based CALLUS, is a weird and whacky meld of all of the above, with added classic heavy metal, and even a bit of punk to boot! It is 3 tracks of fast paced, grove laden, bass driven, riff loveliness, with an interesting concept intro and outro to book end the main tacks.

With obvious influences of Metallica and Megadeth, the first track, ‘Chimp Militia’, kicks off big time from the outset, in classic thrash style, with over driven guitar at a pace, being joined by bass and drums after a few bars. You think you are safe in the knowledge this is a solid thrash tune, then all of a sudden, the chorus comes and slaps you with some punk, with Louis Clarke and Ben Wormwell delivering ‘call and response’ style vocals. Then, as quickly as it started, it stops! If you weren’t listen at the beginning, you will certainly be giving it your full attention now!

‘Cycloid’ is up next – this is much more classic, very early Metallica, but with an added twist of Doom with Louis’ versatile vocal style; low growls to high screams, yet again ripping up the rules in favour of something new! One thing that Callus don’t seem to fuss about is intricate solos – there is no need for them in their music – but this one does have an extra little dash of guitar noodling half way through, as the tune cycles in a repetitive loop before speeding up, as the name would suggest! The rhythms really are the back bone of their music, not just in the percussive sense, but across the whole band, and that couldn’t be truer than in this song, which has very hypnotic qualities deep within its repetitiveness.

Then just as you were getting comfortable with thrash-doom, up pops a jaunty stoner-doom-thrash-sic piece, ‘The Root Of All Evil’, to really break your mind. A full on mix of the elements with some very slow, heavy stoner doom sections that give you an eerie sense of an impending apocalypse, combined with classic and thrash metal progressions, and Ben’s ridiculously heavy vocals, again backed up by insane rhythms, making the whole thing feel like you are going down a steep hill a bit faster than you probably should be, and suddenly have no control over your legs anymore. It is sublimely mental! I AM A HUGE FAN OF IT!!!

These three tracks, coupled with the soundbites from public information broadcasts of the cold war era, really take you on a journey into some odd, hallucinogenic, nuclear armageddon of the mind in a way that I am not sure I have seen a band of their young years do before. They are certainly musically very wise and create pieces to a standard way beyond that which the relative infancy of their band would suggest. I have to remind myself sometimes when I listen to Callus that they are a very new band, with this EP only being released last year, and them having been basically Louis and Ben with a succession of drummers for pretty much the entire of their five year old career. The percussion on this self-produced EP, as well as the mixing, was provided by Mark Johnson, however he has since left the line-up and new drummer, Ryan Ormerod, has more than filled his shoes.

Personally, I am pretty much convinced that they are all wizards, as none of the above should work at all, let alone as brilliantly as they have made it work on this EP, and in the live performances we have seen of them. As a debut EP, this is stunning. They have really set the bar. Their song writing is superb, their musicianship sublime and complete, and their production values intelligent and thoughtful, making them the full package; the real deal. They are a breath of fresh air in a saturated market and I really hope that their hard work and individuality pays off, and they carve out a brilliant career for themselves, as they thoroughly deserve it!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. The Chimp Militia
03. Cycloid
04. The Root Of All Evil
05. Outro

LINKS:

Promo by Beth Jones

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