EMQ’s with LEATHER WITCH

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EMQ’s with LEATHER WITCH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manizales/Pereira, Colombia based NWOBHM/Speed Metal band, Leather Witch. Huge thanks to guitarist, Pablo Meza, 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 there!!! I´m Pablo Meza and I play the lead guitars in Leather Witch.

Leather Witch is a female fronted young project that began in 2017 as an intention to remind the roots and perform NWOBHM. Currently our line-up is: Tania “Soulstorm” on vocals, José Uribe on bass, Juan “Chamo” Hurtado on drums, Pablo Meza and new member Fredy Loaiza on lead guitars.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name comes up due to the fact that our lead singer is a woman who impersonates a witch and wears leather as a sign of rebellion.

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

We are originally from Colombia and the band is split into two neighbouring cities: Manizales and Pereira, both located in the central west of the country and best known for being at the heart of coffee production in the region.

Colombia has definitely littered so many underground bands especially when it comes to death metal and extreme genres, many of them all are top of the range bands and are worth keeping an eye on…or an ear! There’re also Webzines and radio stations that support underground music, you can look up Golpea en la Radio, Maldito Metal Colombiano, Oráculo Magazine, Rock Sound-Sonido Extremo, etc.

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

Our latest release is our full-length album called “Leather Witch”. There´re two official videoclips ‘Pull The Trigger’ and ‘Stronger Than Death’ and a lyric video ‘Murder Ride’ available on YouTube.

‘Pull The Trigger’ (Official Video)

‘Stronger Than Death’ (Official Video)

‘Murder Ride’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are a NWOBHM band and part of our influences are Accept, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Metal Church, Judas Priest, Doro, among others. We are mainly oriented to both German and British schools.

What first got you into music?

In spite of the fact that there´re no musicians in my family, my grandparents and mom are huge music fans and very keen on collecting old music vinyl and I could say that was my first approach to music mania. Later on, I got into rock and metal stuff because of a school mate. That´s how it all began!

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

I´d genuinely crave riffing with Judas Priest, Accept and Ozzy! I get my hopes up too high, you see! 😊

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

Maybe Wacken or Hellfest as they gather massive audience from all over the globe and also the best bands, besides, I want to visit Germany to try its beer and France for their streets, cuisine and wines!

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

I wouldn’t say “weirdest” but “memorable”. On a birthday, once an Irish girl gave me a crafted wooden box with twelve poems inside from her favourite Irish poet (William Butler Yeats) on twelve pieces of paper, she told me I had to read one every month, so I would finish them all by my next birthday. I still treasure them.

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

Keep the heavy metal flame alive, Witches and B#tch€s! \m/

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

Freddie Mercury or Hendrix!

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

I enjoy the fact of being capable to express myself through my music and share my anger, hope, talent and passion with others. I hate the lack of venues and support to bands; I also abhor what the music industry has turned into.

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

It’d be cool if record labels treat their bands as business partners and not like their pink-collar employees.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” without a doubt!

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

Every format is oriented to certain targets, you know; collectors are keen on buying music in physical format and they constitute a market niche that keeps the business and labels alive, nonetheless if the band aims to get real promotion and broadcasting, it is key to adapt to the changes the music industry has been through and take part of all this digital thing. Our album is on all the platforms and that´s certainly been the most effective way for people to get to know about us. We also released both vinyl and CD’s for those who enjoy the ritual of opening a booklet, appreciate the artwork, watch the band´s pictures and read the lyrics!

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

I remember playing for about 20,000 people at an open-air festival in Colombia called Ancon with a power metal band I used to played in. That was in 2005.

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

Well, apart from being a musician, I´m an English professor, day dreamer, wine snob, amateur cook, coffee maker/addict and 80’s music enthusiast.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite Gandhi, Hitler, Stalin, Trump and Napoleon, so I would have a seat, serve a glass of red wine and watch them fix the world!

What’s next for the band?

We aim to keep promoting our debut album by making one or two more videos this year to stay prevailing in this lockdown time. We also hope to build up an even stronger relationship with our record label (Steel Shark) with a view to keep working alongside.

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

You can listen to the whole record and watch our videos on:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCd2cXRI3C4MBPCJTLnyqxfg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/43KJPUlpk7wCfh4zt817hu
www.deezer.com/en/album/147355362

You can also follow us on:
www.facebook.com/LeatherWitchBand
www.instagram.com/leatherwitchband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

UFO-shaped pieces of bakery!

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

Thank you for this space on your webzine and I would like to invite you all to visit Leather Witch social networks and also support your local bands. Share their stuff, buy the merch and go to gigs once the world hopefully gets back to normal.

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Ignitor – The Golden Age of Black Magick

Ignitor – The Golden Age of Black Magick
Metal On Metal Records
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 35:14
Review by Simon Black
6/10

Texas based Ignitor have been banging their particular brand of NWOBHM snorting Speed Metal since 2003, and even with seven albums under their belt since that time, they still sound like a young, furious band trying to kick down the doors. It’s worth dwelling on this for a moment, given that my review platter is awash these days with bands trying to recreate the sound and feel of a decade many of them did not live through. Ignitor clearly did and seem to have understood that feel is less about recreating a sound using technology that puts the 80’s into the Stone Age, and more about an energy born of the necessity of limited studio time, improvisation and having the word ‘Metal’ running through your bones like a stick of blackened seaside rock.

And recreate it they do, right down to the spiky studded stage gear and cringe worthy cover art that has adorned many of their albums (although this one is quite restrained compared to the teenage wet dream that was 2009’s “The Spider Queen”). It is tongue firmly in someone else’s cheek though and they are from Texas, so I will cut some slack and cast my mind back to my teens. This is pure 80’s Heavy Metal, with a production sound that captures that era and that magic metal hot source – energy and enthusiasm. Sadly, at some point however, strong song-writing starts to get you further than enthusiasm and this is where the album suffers slightly.

The bands and records that are influenced by this period currently flying around often focus on nailing the sound, but completely miss the attitude that drove that period. Not so Ignitor. The bands that really nail it balance the feel and the ethos, whilst remembering that the genre carried on growing and developing for another 50 years beyond that period, so bring the best of both worlds. Sadly “The Golden Age of Black Magick” is just that little too focussed on the past. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some solid performances here. Jason McMaster (who has been round the block a while) on vocals gives an absolutely full-on performance, which whilst slightly lacking in range he more than makes up for in attitude. Musically there is a tight (if slightly tinny sounding) rhythm section at work here, and the balance of two simpatico guitarists who interweave seamlessly to sound as one. But the songs don’t quite stand out enough on their own, and I am struggling to find a stand out song that says, ‘this is the essence of the album’. The whole thing has a slightly unfinished demo feel to it, as if the writing process was that bit too hurried and that’s a real shame, as with that extra bit of ‘Oomph’ in the engine room the rest of the ingredients were in place for a cracking bit of Metal. Maybe next time…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Secrets Of The Ram
02. Countess Apollyon
03. The Golden Age Of Black Magick
04. Hell Shall Be Your Home
05. Tonight We Ride
06. Steel Flesh Bone
07. Execution Without Trial
08. Stoned At The Acropolis

LINE-UP:
Jason McMaster – Vocals
Stuart Laurence – Guitar
Robert Williams – Guitar
Billy Dansfiell – Bass
Pat Doyle – Drums

LINKS:

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Wrestling – Ride On Freaks

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Wrestling – Ride On Freaks
Inverse Records
Release Date: 14/09/2018
Time: 47:21
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Wrestling are a Heavy Metal band from Oulu, Finland and “Ride On Freaks” is their debut album. From the very first track ‘Let’s Get Born’ you’re on an epic ride of frantic drumming, the tempo is crazy, and the guitar riffs keep this track as fast at the end as it was from the start.

The band consists of guitarist Risto Nyman, vocalist Tommi Saha, and drummer Janne Kela, the original old school metal band members, who have been joined by bassist Riku Rousu and guitarist Pekka Moilanen, making this a complete, well mixed metal band. All members have played in other bands for years and you can tell, from this album, that their talents blend well together, making them the band they have become, with each having something to “bring to the table.”

There is a definite Ozzy Osbourne hint to the sound, which is great especially in the track ‘Venom Makes Me Stronger’ but there is also a touch of punk and a lot of speed metal. You will definitely not be bored with this album at any point. The vocals, which hit notes I didn’t think possible by a metal singer, are intense and the guitar riffs, especially in the track ‘Kitsch In America’ are insane.

Then comes the track ‘WrestleMania VI.’ Having spent many years forced to watch wrestling on television thanks to a son who was and still is crazy on it, this track takes you right back to those good old days. It’s a power driving, body slamming song which any wrestler would love to have as their walk out track. In fact, it is a salute to the late wresting hero James Brian Hellwig, otherwise known as “The Ultimate Warrior” and, wow, it really does him justice. The lyrics were co-written by Antti “Rota” Junttila from the band FM2000 and is mostly spoken but it easily transports you back to those days of watching the wrestling and all the carnage that went with it.

Some tracks are seriously 80’s metal, but this is not a bad thing and composer Risto did actually write some of the lyrics back then. There is a hint of Motorhead with the gruff voice and fast guitars and, like Motorhead, this sort of metal is timeless and just brilliant.

Wrestling certainly give it all in this album and then a little bit more. “Ride On Freaks” is such a great album and once you think you have it figured out, they completely change the direction of it. The vocals that change from gruff and low to insanely high, the drumming that goes 100 miles an hour and such awesome guitars, really take this album to a whole different level. You are shattered just listening to it, it’s that insane.

The final track is very dark and very deep. Its inspiration was taken from the mass suicide that took place in Guyana in 1978, given the name “Jonestown Massacre.” There have been several songs about this but not from this point of view and this moody, dark track makes you think, but hey that’s what tracks are for, to provoke thoughts so well-done guys.

Overall, I love this album. “Ride On Freaks” is a blend of crazy, dark, fast, brilliant metal. The guys have so much talent and mix it up so there is not a chance that you will not be left wanting more. I seriously love this album.

The album was recorded at Anvil Road Studio and mixed and mastered by Harri Eksyma (Earmore Studios)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Let’s Get Born
02. Surreal Killer
03. Venom Makes Me Stronger
04. Kitsch In America
05. Drunk And Alone
06. Wrestlemania VI
07. Beyond The Limits
08. Feels Like Midnight
09. Driving All Night
10. The Solution To All Your Problems
11. See Delight

LINKS:

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Sonic Rebellion! featuring Skyward & Grimpulse, Sinbin at The Plough and Harrow, Leytonstone, 10/11/2018

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Sonic Rebellion!
featuring Skyward & Grimpulse
Sinbin at The Plough and Harrow, Leytonstone
10/11/2018
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

A few years ago, when I was still doing my radio DJ stints, I decided to take my Metal Asylum show into a live setting and the Sonic Rebellion nights were born. I had to give it all up for various reasons but a friend of mine, Linz Griffin, decided to take the nights on for himself. He continued with just the DJ theme for a time, but after a while, decided to introduce bands into the formula, a decision which I think is one that should really have be taken a long time ago.

I must admit, I hadn’t been to many of Linz’s Sonic Rebellion nights for one reason or another, but I saw this one and I thought to myself, why not go and see what it is all about? So, I did.

I arrived at the Plough and Harrow at about 8 o’clock and there was already a fair few people there. Whether they were just friends of the two bands performing I don’t know, but it gave the place an instant atmosphere anyway.

The Plough and Harrow pub, itself, has been in Leytonstone since the early 19th century, but a few years ago, a side building was refurbished, rejuvenated and re-invented as The Sinbin, and has been hosting gigs and functions ever since.

The venue itself is a 150 capacity room, with plenty of space, lots of seating areas and a stage that can easily hold 4 or 5 musicians and all of their gear. I, personally, think the location is a bit of a problem for some people, as the nearest tube station is a good 10 to 15 minutes walk away, but you know what some people are like. They don’t want to know if the train doesn’t drop them directly outside!!

Being a DJ night too, there was a young lad DJ’ing when I first arrived. He had been given the opportunity by Linz as a guest DJ, and I must admit he did an awesome job, the crowd seemingly enjoying what he was playing. It actually made me miss my days as a DJ!

So, anyway, on to the bands!

Grimpulse were up first. They were due on stage at 9pm but, I think due to the weather being so crap (heavy rain!!) the organisers delayed them for a bit and they finally took to the stage at about 9.35pm.

Grimpulse are a young, four-piece local band, hailing from the East End of London. I was introduced to them before they hit the stage and I must say, for a young band, they had the air of a much more mature bunch of guys. They seemed to genuinely enjoy what they do, and at the end of the day, that’s really what is all about.

If I had to pigeon hole these guys, I would say they were a mix of speed and death metal. Musically, they were excellent, each member obviously a very talented musician. The gruff vocals, however, won’t appeal to everyone and this might cut down who they can reach out to but overall, they were very good.

I, personally, feel that any band should have the right to play whatever style they want to and be able to enjoy playing it without being judged or booed off stage. These guys were far from being either and the crowd seemed to be enjoying them.

The guitarists were both fantastic and both ended up without their shirts (one even had no shoes or socks on!) I don’t know if this has any impact on this review whatsoever but I thought I would throw it in just so you can see what sort of guys these are.

As if their stage antics weren’t enough to get the crowd going, they finished their set with an absolute stomping rendition of Sepultura’s Refuse/Resist, something that went down VERY well with the crowd.

03

The second band onto the stage were the fantastically named Skyward. These guys were formed in London in 2014 and, in their own words, fuse “World Metal with 90’s Epic Metal.” So, being a melodic, power metal band (which I had checked out before the gig) I KNEW I was going to enjoy them!

They opened up their set with a typical power metal epic, full of great guitar work and fantastic keyboards. I have heard people say they don’t like keyboards in metal, but I do think they add that certain “something” with the right band. And that “something” was apparent with Skyward, as Fabio Garau (who I am sure I have met before!) is awesome on the keys.

Again, this is a band with obviously a lot of talent, from the great solos supplied by the guitarists to the awesome voice of the singer. If you have read any of my reviews you will know that I am a proper fan of distinguishable vocals, something that stands out from the rest.

The singer in this band definitely stood out to me. His voice was strong and powerful just as a power metal singer should be, but he also had a stage presence that not all frontmen necessarily have. I would suggest that he has been performing a lot of his life, and if he hasn’t, he has definitely got the part down to a tee.

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Upon hearing them live, I looked them up on Facebook and was pleased to see that they have released an EP and this I certainly will be adding to my collection. With a bit of promotion, I think these guys can actually go very far indeed.

With both bands having done their thing onstage it was down to the DJ’s to take over. I didn’t stay right to the end of the night but I am sure the crowd enjoyed the rest of the night very much indeed 😊

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