EMQ’s with FORSAKING FATE

EMQ’s with FORSAKING FATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East London, South Africa based Melodic Death / Groove / Thrash band Forsaking Fate. Huge thanks to Grant, Rory and Alec for taking part. We are also incredibly proud to be premiering their brand-new lyric visualiser ‘Souls Of Demolition’ on Ever Metal today, 3rd December

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

Grant: My Name is Grant Hensburg, I handle the guitars and the vocal duties. The band was formed by myself and our drummer (Rory Townes). We have been jamming together and have had various projects over the years that never came to light for numerous reasons. Forsaking Fate originally started as a four piece, but evolved to move forward as a three piece (I moved to handle the vocal duties). We met up with our current bassist (Alec Larsen) while on tour playing at one of his events. We needed a bassist for a future show and asked him to fill in, which he gladly did. It’s been history ever since!

Rory: Hey there! I’m Rory Townes and I play drums. I’m also one of the original founding members.

Alec: My name is Alec Larsen. In Forsaking Fate, I play bass and do some of the backing vocals live. Our future releases will have some of my vox. I joined Forsaking Fate as a session bassist when they parted ways with their previous bassist. I played a few shows for them before they asked me to become a permanent member. Rory and Grant have always played metal together and have been in a few bands, the final product of their years of experimentation is Forsaking Fate.

How did you come up with your band name?

Grant: I’ve always enjoyed the notion of being in control of one’s destiny or Fate so to speak and not letting anyone dictate to anyone what they should be doing with their life. Forsaking Fate was a fitting name that holds true to those values.

Rory: Well it sounds really cool and it’s a mantra for us – to take the chance before it’s too late – Forsaking Fate, the right to choose one’s own destiny.

Alec: Forsaking the Fate that you’ve been dealt and rising above your circumstances.

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

Grant: The band originated from the small town of East London of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As mentioned, we met our bassist whilst on tour. The show was in the larger city of Johannesburg where Alec resides. As East London is very small, there is not much of a metal scene, so all of our shows require travel. However, the metal scene in Johannesburg is great. Prior to lockdown, there were major shows almost every weekend.

Rory: We’re from South Africa and our region is the Eastern Cape. When we play shows, the turnout is generally decent. I must say though the Eastern Cape crowds are wild, and the greater scene is in the bigger cities being Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban (aka KwaZulu-Natal). Those scenes are very awesome (albeit I can only speak for Johannesburg, as we are yet to jam Cape Town and Durban).

Alec: We are from South Africa. Grant and Rory live in East London and the metal scene there is quite small. I live in Johannesburg (opposite end of the country), which is a bigger city and has a much bigger metal scene.

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

Grant: We recently released a playthrough video of our song ‘Retribution’ off of our debut self-titled EP and stoked to now be releasing the Lyric Visualiser for our track ‘Souls Of Demolition’ with Ever Metal!

Rory: Well, our first video was the lyric video for the ‘End of Existence’. To date we’ve released our debut EP and several supporting playthrough videos. We are currently working on some new material.

Alec: Our self-titled EP. We’ve released playthrough videos promoting the album.

‘Souls Of Demolition’ was exclusively premiered on Ever Metal 3rd December. Check it out at the following link!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Grant: Growing up, I would have to say James Hetfield and Dimebag Darrel.

Rory: For me, I’ve got to say Slipknot was huge, as well as Slayer and Metallica. In terms of drummers, Gene Hoglan, Nicholas Barker and Lars Ulrich.

Alec: Trivium, Mors Principium Est, Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir and Septicflesh.

What first got you into music?

Grant: I started playing the piano in school and quickly got drawn to the sounds of guitars. When I discovered distortion and overdrive, there was no turning back!

Rory: I just really enjoyed the band vibe, clanning up with your buddies and going off the charts and jamming for hours, especially here there’s not much else to do.

Alec: I wasn’t interested in music until I heard System Of A Down for the first time. And since then, metal has been my music of choice.

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

Grant: Lamb of God!

Rory: Well, I’d love to jam with Jeff Loomis, James Hetfield and Ghostmane.

Alec: I’d love to collab with Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est.

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

Grant: Wacken Open Air. It’s probably the most diverse and well attended show in the world when it comes to metal.

Rory: Probably Knotfest in Germany, as I feel our particular style of music is more prominent in Europe…or Rockfest in Barcelona!

Alec: 70 000 Tons Of Metal. Metal on a cruise ship…need I say more!

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

Rory: Hmmm…I can’t say that on an interview, haha, let’s just say its personal…

Alec: Haven’t received any gifts from a fan yet.

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

Grant: Never give up!

Rory: Go forth and live my friend, go take the chance, and if you see me come on over and have a drink and a chat.

Alec: Thanks so much for the support. You are awesome!

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

Grant: Dimebag Darrel for sure!

Rory: It would be a duo I’d bring back, being Dime and Vinnie. Why, because you can’t have one without the other!

Alec: Chuck from Death!

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

Grant: The live performance is what I enjoy the most. Not performing is what I hate.

Rory: What I like is being able to express myself through other means than just talking. Playing live shows! What I enjoy least is people being mean in the scene.

Alec: The creative outlet is awesome. I hate the dreaded “E” word (Exposure). There’s often a misconception that because it is fun, that it should be done for free.

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

Grant: Everything!

Rory: That there would be more metal radio stations around the world, and that all bands that tour, get to tour in those huge busses (with everything catered haha)!

Alec: Make metal music more popular than the awful modern pop music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Grant: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

Rory: Black Dahlia’s “Miasma” – I really dig that album. And it was my first taste of that style of metal!

Alec: “Death Came Through a Phantom Ship” by Carach Angren.

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

Grant: It depends what perspective you’re looking from. I think they all have their place, but I think Vinyl tops it in my books.

Rory: Oh, I’m all for downloads hey, as it’s super cool to be able to scratch that music itch wherever you are.

Alec: CD’s.

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

Grant: The Wacken Metal Battle South Africa Finals (2019)

Rory: Geez, we’ve played so many. I rate the last show we played was really good. We jammed at Pool City in Port Elizabeth. The turnout was awesome!!

Alec: EP launch show in Port Elizabeth. The crowd was crazy!

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

Grant: Enjoying the finer things in life.

Rory: I’m involved in the electrical contractor trade. I’m definitely not an office guy!

Alec: Being a musician doesn’t pay the bills, so I’m a software developer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Grant: Our top five fans, because they deserve it.

Rory: This is an interesting one…I’d invite Cory Taylor, Marilyn Manson, Shawn “Clown” Cranhan, Rob Zombie and Johnathan Davis.

Alec: I’d want all my deceased family to come back to life and to have a dinner party with them.

What’s next for the band?

Grant: New music and more shows, coming soon!

Rory: We’re currently getting over this Covid19 crisis, but we’re busy with some stuff and can’t say too much now.

Alec: A new EP in on the way…

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

FORSAKING FATE LINKS

www.forsakingfate.com
www.facebook.com/forsakingfate
www.instagram.com/forsaking_fate_official
www.tinyurl.com/forsaking-fate-youtube
www.tinyurl.com/forsaking-fate-spotify

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Grant: A little bit of the best of both worlds.

Rory: First of all, what is a “Jaffa Cake”…sounds like a trick question, so I’m going with cake!

Alec: Haven’t tried them, so I’ll guess…biscuit?

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

Rory: Yes, let me swing a thank you right back at you for the opportunity to have an interview with you guys and premiere our new Lyric Visualiser with you! It’s really good work that you guys are doing – horns up to Ever Metal for sure!

Alec: Thanks so much for the interview – we appreciate the support.

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Forsaking Fate – ‘Souls of Demolition’ EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere

SOUTH AFRICAN MELODIC DEATH GROOVE THRASHERS FORSAKING FATE
RELEASE LYRIC VISUALISER FOR ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’
EVER METAL PREMIERE
03/12/2020

The South African Melodic Death Groove Thrash Trio, FORSAKING FATE, are back with a bang, concluding their self-titled debut EP cycle with a brutal Lyric Visualiser for their blistering track, ‘SOULS OF DEMOLITION’, and it’s exclusively, and proudly, premiered on Ever Metal today!

The lads are hard at work preparing their next EP, and were recently nominated for several South African Metal Music Awards.

Forsaking Fate are from East London (South Africa), co-founded in 2016 by Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar), and Rory Townes (Drums). Alec Larsen subsequently joined full-time on Bass in 2020. Forsaking Fate are a passionate band who live for the jam, the fans and the wild times on stage! Forsaking Fate is a passionate call, to resonate within all who have been dealt a harsh or unfair hand in life…to refuse and forsake that fate, whatever it may be, and rise up against it to forge a new path!

Enter the ‘Souls Of Demolition’ Here:

LINE-UP:
Grant Hensburg (Vocals & Guitar)
Alec Larsen (Bass)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen

FORSAKING FATE DEBUT EP
Listen to the self-titled debut EP by Forsaking Fate, available on all Streaming Platforms
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/forsakingfate/forsaking-fate

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prologue
02. Illusions
03 The End of Existence
04 Retribution
05 Souls of Demolition

FORSAKING FATE ONLINE

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EMQ’s with ROBYN FERGUSON

EMQ’s with ROBYN FERGUSON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South African based Guitarist, Vocalist & Prog Prodigy, Robyn Ferguson. Huge thanks to Robyn for taking part.

Robyn is a passionate musician from South Africa who knows how to work hard and play hard! Known for her dynamic live performances and adept guitar skills with acts like Adorned in Ash and Sistas of Metal, Robyn has been flying solo the past 2 years with 3 powerhouse releases now under her belt. The last year has not been easy for Robyn and her Satellite EP “Harbinger” follows close on the heels of her hugely successful debut EP “Alizarin”and sophomore EP “Falling Forward”. In her mental, emotional and spiritual journey to rise above health challenges. Robyn states that “there were many challenges faced and some that are still being faced. I am happy to say that, despite all these battles and still having some nerve damage and paralysis in parts of my body, (like 3 of the 5 fingers on my left hand), the creation of this album has been so liberating and exciting. This past year has completely kicked me into a different frame of mind and I’ve found myself looking at the world through a different lens. This year has pushed and pulled me like no other and I hope that this record will bring hope to those who are facing their own battles and inner demons.”

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

Robyn Ferguson, I’m a guitarist and vocalist and have been a solo musician since 2019

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

I’m from South Africa! The scene is small but solid!

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

My latest release is my satellite EP called “HARBINGER”; a 2 track EP that closely follows my EP called “Falling Forward” from earlier this year.

‘Premonitions’ (Visualiser)

‘Apparitions’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

So, so many, but I have to foremost mention Devin Townsend, Karnivool and Polyphia!

What first got you into music?

I think, I was just born with a love for it.

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

The epic Devin Townsend!

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

I honestly want to play them all, because it’s my dream to play on the stages of the world.

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

Their napkin…who knows why they had one.

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

Do what you believe in, and push forward!

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

The legendary Mr. Ronnie James Dio!

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

Creation, composition and being on stage are among my favourite things. I hate hauling gear…my poor back!

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

Most definitely Egos!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Polyphia – “Renaissance”

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

All of the above haha!

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

Rock no Rio in Angola was so, so amazing!

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

A Graphic Designer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My five personalities. 😊

What’s next for you?

Collaborations…and a lot more music, so watch this space!

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

www.robynferguson.com/
www.instagram.com/robyn_aia/
www.facebook.com/officialrobynferguson/
www.twitter.com/robyn_aia
www.robynferguson.bandcamp.com/releases
www.youtube.com/robyn-ferguson
www.open.spotify.com/artist/00147tpTlsA5XELYX03vuO

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

My answer is…42. 😊

Robyn is proudly endorsed by Ibanez Guitars South Africa

#ibanezsa #ibanezsouthafrica #ibanez

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen

Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa
devo@devographic.com

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EMQ’s with CHAOS DOCTRINE

EMQ’s with CHAOS DOCTRINE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Johannesburg, South Africa based Metal band, Chaos Doctrine. Huge thanks to vocalist ‘Dr D’ 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?

Chaos Doctrine blends industrial and symphonic elements with more old school thrash/death metal to create a familiar but novel style of metal. I originally formed the band in 2011 with bass guitarist and backing vocalist Phil Carstens, who was in a band called DedX with me before that. We had multiple member changes through the years. Alec Surridge joined on guitar in 2013, and Rory Townes on drums in 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Subhuman Race, but the name did not stick (our first studio later was named Subhuman Studios as a homage to this name!). We needed a name that both sounds like our music and means something to us – Chaos Doctrine does both of those! The name is inherently a contradiction, as there can be no doctrine with chaos, or chaos amid doctrine. The name brings an image, a visual, and a sound identity for the band.

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

We are from Johannesburg in South Africa. The metal/rock scene here has gone through peaks and troughs through the years – currently it is slowly trying to recover from the COVID-19 impact and the associated lockdown we had down here. We hope to see a surge again, as was the case in the middle to late 90’s.

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

We are currently finalising our sophomore album, the name of which is still to be announced. We have released the first single from this album, Father Grigori, on all media platforms already, including a lyric video on YouTube. There are two more surprises coming on this track before we go onto the next one!

Our self-titled debut album was released in 2018 and an alternative mixes EP called “The Chaos Chronicles Volume I” was released in 2019.

‘Father Grigori’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences vary quite widely – with different band members listening to different things. I am very old school, Phil is into death metal, Alec likes more technical stuff, Rory is huge on thrash. But some bands that come to mind immediately are SLAYER, Testament, White Zombie, Pantera, Ministry, Sepultura, and Meshuggah. And of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

I heard the opening chords to Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart my Heart in 1992 and saw Nikki Sixx covered in tattoos shortly after that. I was sold. Got my first bass guitar in 1993 and been doing this ever since!

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

That is a difficult question to answer – and every band member will say something different! For me, thinking about Chaos Doctrine, probably Rob Zombie – but he must have his White Zombie hat on! Absolute heroes also include Geezer Butler and Kerry King – can you imagine?

Side note – Chaos Doctrine has done two international collaborations recently. One will be revealed at the end of October. The second is with an international metal icon – and will be hitting the airwaves early in 2021!

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

Alec was lucky enough to play Wacken before – and given that it is the Mecca of metal festivals, I would have to say that one! Many other huge ones though!

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

Haha! I am unlucky enough to have never received a weird gift. Can someone send me something please?

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

Thank you for the continued support and stay tuned for a whole new level coming on our second album and beyond!

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

Oh man, another super hard one. My first prize as a vocalist and former bass player would be the absolute legend Lemmy. Second place – one of the greatest voices in metal ever, Ronnie James Dio. And I have to mention Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell!

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

What I enjoy most are firstly the interactions with fans, and secondly the creative vibes we have as a band when we create something brand new. When that new riff lands and the drums and bass fill in, and my vocals just work with it, that is what keeps me going in between shows!

The least is probably the slog of carrying gear and the politics of negotiating slots and pay!

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

The music industry at a macro level is one that has changed dramatically. We have gone from musicians getting utterly exploited by the industry in the days of gold and platinum records to one where bands have to earn their money performing and giving their music away for free. Perhaps the best thing one could wish for is for bands to get fairly compensated for their talent and music?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one? How would I choose just one? Let’s go with SLAYER’s “Seasons in the Abyss”!

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

Vinyl if you have time to sit down and listen. Downloads if you are on the move!

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

My best gig was not with Chaos Doctrine, but with my first band Bedlam. It was back in the late 90’s, we had more than a 1000 people in front of the stage, and everything went superbly! With Chaos Doctrine my favourite show was probably one we played in Bloemfontein in 2018.

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

My day job? Hahahahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Assuming you mean people that are alive. So, Tom Araya, Zakk Wylde, and Geezer Butler. And my band mates so they can meet these guys too (one of them will have to sneak in hahahahaha)!

What’s next for the band?

Our first priority is finishing our second album and releasing it early next year. The tracks on there were written by the previous configuration of Chaos Doctrine and we are really proud of the songs. Alec is busy finishing the production and it is sounding amazing! Following that, we will probably release a “Chaos Chronicles Volume II” EP late in 2021, with alternative mixes of some of the tracks on the new album. And in between that – playing shows, getting our music out there, creating new music, and doing some more collaborations!

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

We are all over the web, but you can find our music on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Music.
www.facebook.com/ChaosDoctrine
www.instagram.com/chaosdoctrine/
www.twitter.com/chaosdoctrine
www.youtube.com/channel/UCY8QGZKgiZhljhTf6pcxkAQ
www.chaosdoctrine.bandcamp.com/
www.soundcloud.com/chaos-doctrine

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha! I only know Jaffa cakes because my girlfriend is British. I would say they are cakes!

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

Thank you for talking to us! Yes – keep your eyes on our social media pages with the first surprise release coming at the end of October, and the second shortly after. As I mentioned earlier, the next single from our album will also feature a huge name in international metal and is going to kick your head right in. The Chaos Doctrine steam train is rolling!

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen
Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa
devo@devographic.com

Photo David Devo Oosthuizen, Devographic

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