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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EMQ’s with ULTRA VOID

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EMQ’s with ULTRA VOID

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York based Stoner Doom Metal band, Ultra Void. Huge thanks to bassist, songwriter Jihef, 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 Jihef. I play bass. I also write the music and handle recording duties.

We are a young band. We’re just starting. We were initially a recording project born out of necessity during lockdown as our plans with our respective projects went south. I had some songs laying around that needed to be finished. I called my old friend FlipMan to handle vocals. Andrew Piper played with me in Moron and already contributed on the tracks ‘Hellfire’ and ‘Swamp Of Doom’. Last, but not least, Laurent Cosani was a no brainer. He is a six strings destroyer (and my cousin).

How did you come up with your band name?

It comes from the decision I made to change major things in my life during the pandemic. Uncharted territories can be scary but they carry their own energy. A negative becomes a positive. It’s the Ultra Void.

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

I am from Brooklyn NY (born in France). The music scene is huge. Everyone is a musician. Lots of Stoner Doom bands. It can be a cliché too. ”Please not another band from Brooklyn”. Haha.

We are also fortunate to have some great clubs like Saint Vitus where big bands and local bands can play.

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

Our first, self-titled, EP came out digitally on Jan 10th, 2021, on Bandcamp. It’s has 5 tracks.

‘Void Machine’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Elliott Smith. He showed me you could be fragile and heavy all at once. I like having contrast in my music. The vocals are always intense and dark while my singing is light and more melodic.

As a kid I looked up to Steve Harris. Bass players weren’t up front in the 80’s. It was all about guitar heroes. I loved his sense of melody and his attack on the bass. And he could play 16th notes for hours. A beast!!!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s “Powerage”. Bought that album when I was 10. As I was listening to ‘Sin City’ I started losing control of my body and while headbanging I tried to figure out why. It wasn’t because of the drums or the guitar. Cliff Williams made a bass player out of me.

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

Jean Paul Gaster or Phil Rudd. For Those About To Rock is really heavy when you think of it. Yeah, a nasty doom duo with Phil Rudd on drums would be cool.

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

I would say Freak Valley. Seems so chill. Then Roadburn would be great too. And Hellfest because it’s bloody Hellfest. And it’s in France where I am from.

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

Still waiting for that one…If you’re reading this…haha!

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

Thank you a million for your support. It’s not something I am ever taking for granted. It blows my mind every time people say they love our music. Or seeing your band’s sticker on a car. It never gets old.

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

Lemmy.

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

I love the creating process in general. The before and after. To listen to something that didn’t exist a moment ago is “magical”.

As per being a musician in particular nothing beats being in a room with your brothers playing really loud, looking at stuff falling from the shelves and not giving two fucks about it. Haha.

But it also means that you have to be a jack of all trades of some sort. In my case learning how to record and mix. Then you have to be your own agent and figure out how to promote and approach labels and whatnot etc…I don’t hate it by any means. It’s cool to learn new things but it’s not always easy.

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

Less bands. More $ Haha. Musicians need to get paid way more for streaming. The Spotify monopoly is a bit evil.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s a tough question because there are way too many. Off the top of my head, I would say “Agents Of Ahriman” by Greenleaf.

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

Vinyl. Better sound. Better listening experience. You actually take the time to enjoy something from beginning to end.

That being said I appreciate the Anytime Anywhere that comes with downloads and streaming.

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

Our best gigs are still ahead of us.

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

Anything creative.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I haven’t seen my close family in two years. It would be way more than five people though.

Can’t wait for international travel to resume. So yeah, a feast in the big country house in Burgundy with all the loved ones around.

What’s next for the band?

Live shows and getting back into some kind of “normal”.

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

Bandcamp mostly but also Spotify when it’s recommended.
www.ultravoid1.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ultravoid1
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0KyJvVuT3NcIMFav04YFXU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!!!

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

Dude, thank you for having me. Hope you guys like our music.

Show your love and follow us on Bandcamp.

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 43:09
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

A slow build of distortion, punctuated by air raid sirens, heralds the onslaught of ‘Bellweather’, the first track on the latest Spelljammer opus. These guys are in no rush. Instead, the listener sinks slowly into the mire, as first guitars and bass, then drums, stealthily enter. Over the course of six plus minutes, the track builds beautifully, setting the style for the album to follow.

Spelljammer are from Stockholm, Sweden – and comprise Niklas Olsson (bass and vocals); Robert Sörling (guitar) and Jonatan Rimsbo (drums). It’s been five long years since their last album, but now they’re back with a huge, ponderous collection of sludgy, doom laden music.

Second track, ‘Lake’, follows the hypnotic incline of the opener with a brutal riff and throaty vocals, before descending into a medium paced headbanger. This track nicely encapsulates the contrasts between heavy, thunderous ferociousness and trancelike wonderment.

The band composed these songs in the seclusion of a remote house in the country. The various shifting sections of the songs obviously reflect that concentrated effort, with a perfect ebb and flow.  Sections wind intricately between the monstrous and the calm.

‘Among The Holy’ starts with a creeping pace before erupting into the album’s biggest rocker. The title track opens with a sample from some obscure horror movie, and I need to know which! After that, it’s crawling doom which picks up speed a little in a Sabbathy manner – complete with distorted vocals.

Talking of Sabbath, ‘Peregrine’ feels like one of those Tony Iommi instrumentals on “Master Of Reality”. It’s actually quite wonderful. Finally, ‘Silent Rift’ is over ten minutes of all that’s gone before, ramped up even higher. The pace is slow, there’s no haste, Spelljammer take their time and let the music grow and breathe.

The listener will also need to take their time and truly absorb this album. Stick on your ear goggles, turn the lights down low and bask in the inventiveness. “Abyssal Trip” is a record that’s been carefully composed and nurtured. The enjoyment here is in the journey and all its interwoven elements.

As we’re talking of jam, I’m reminded of an episode with my old Black Sabbath mates. We were at legendary Rockfield studios in Wales, and following a late night in the studio and an even later nights boozing, the band were relaxing on the lawns on a gorgeous summer day. Bill fell asleep on the grass, and Ozzy decided to take the remains of the strawberry jam from breakfast and smear it all over Bill’s beard.  Sure enough, ten minutes later, Bill woke with a scream – brushing wasps from his face. He jumped up and ran to a nearby pond, jumping in face first.  When he emerged, Bill looked like a Sasquatch. He spent days rubbing ointment on his face and was finding dead insects in his beard for ages.

‘Abyssal Trip’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bellweather
02. Lake
03. Among The Holy
04. Abyssal Trip
05. Peregrine
06. Silent Rift

LINE-UP:
Niklas Olsson – Bass and Vocals)
Robert Sörling – Guitar
Jonatan Rimsbo – Drums

LINKS:

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Son Of Boar – Son Of Boar

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Son Of Boar – Son Of Boar
Stoned Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 31:10
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

Well, here we are then. The debut album from Bradford based sonic butchers, Son of Boar. And yes, I am quite excited about this release. There are long lost civilisations existing in the South American jungle that, despite having no contact with the outside world, are aware that your pal, Platinum Al, has been desperate to hear this cacophonous compendium for some time.

So, is it any good? Well yeah, obviously. But just what kind of good I shall reveal.

There are five tracks on this eponymous release, across which Son of Boar attempt to cover as much ground as possible. Yes, this is Stoner Doom – it is heavy, it has groove, it has a windswept musical vista that is both fierce and welcoming.

I’ve already reviewed first track, ‘Stoned Wail’, when it was released as a single a while ago. This mix is punchier though, and still satisfying regardless of any familiarity. The calm wash of ocean waves accompanies a benign introduction; until, just over two minutes in, the full electric muscle of the band is released. SOB hit their groove and plough relentlessly on, whilst vocalist Luke roars about some sweet girl called Mary. I don’t know who Mary is, but she seems like a nice, compassionate lady.

The slow sludge of song number one is contrasted by ‘All In Your Head’, where SOB pick up the pace and gallop home with a Kyuss covering Maiden flourish. Great rhythm work from Gaz (bass) and Luke D (drums). ‘Satanic Panic’ then devolves brilliantly into the sort of the Corrosion of Conformity style Sabbath worship that enthralled James Hetfield. Powerful, even graceful, but remorseless.

‘Snakes And Daggers’ reminds me of Motorhead played too slow (33rpm not 45, for the fossils out there). Here the pace varies, with a great, almost psychedelic melodic swash emerging like a surprise visit from a long-lost drinking buddy. Then your old pal gets stinking drunk and kicks off in the taxi rank, and you’re desperately clutching your kebab in puzzlement. What?

You should listen to ‘Cities Of The Deadeyed Priestess’ just because it’s a genius song title. It also has some bizarro samples that I need to investigate. Musically, this is another brutal head crusher: meat and potatoes riffs and fine melodic hues courtesy of guitarists Lyndon and Adam.

And there you have it: five songs, one debut album. A fine band; they’re awesome live, have the best t-shirt designs I’ve seen in donkeys and are creating a real sense of cult-like, underground authenticity that is addictive. If I could afford to buy a copy of this album for everyone reading this review, I would. Even that weirdo at the back.

And Son of Boar have only just begun their journey…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Stoned Wail
02. All In Your Head
03. Satanic Panic
04. Snakes And Daggers
05. Cities Of The Deadeyed Priestess

LINE-UP
Luke Oliver – Vocals
Adam Waddell – Guitar
Lyndon Birchall – Guitar
Gaz Bates – Bass
Luke Doran – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Stoner/Doom Metal band, Sins Of Magnus. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rich Sutcliffe 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?

Hey!! My name is Rich, I play guitar and sing. We started in 2009 to do something a little different than everyone else. Sean, our drummer, was the drummer in the very first band I did in 1990. Eric, our bass player and singer, has been in 3 other bands with me since 1995. All our bands were either punk or hardcore, and we just wanted to do something different. We didn’t want to be confined to any one genre. Eric and I were looking for a drummer, and right away Sean was our first choice, and he was on board. So, the 3 of us, collectively, have played together on and off for 31 years.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Magnus when we first started. Our first EP is under the Magnus name. Do you know how hard it is to search for a particular album by Magnus? There are so many bands with this name that it nearly impossible. We added ‘Sins of’ to it to make it easier to find, and we all thought Sins of Magnus sounded cool.

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

We are from Philadelphia, PA USA. There is a great scene out here. There are a ton of unsigned bands around here, however, and I think it’s a shame. Check out Black Friday Death Count and Victor Traps and you’ll see what I’m talking about. These 2 bands should be household names.

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

Our latest LP, “The Circus”, came out on 16th February 2021. There’s a limited run CD of 100 copies, as well as all popular streaming platforms.

‘Flux Capacitor’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, Tony Iommi, Alvin Lee, and Fast Eddie Clarke. Eric’s influences are John Entwistle, Steve Harris, and Geezer. Sean’s are Neal Peart and Mike Portnoy. Collectively our influences are Sabbath of course, Motorhead, Slayer, Trouble, Dayglo Abortions, Priest, AC/DC, Danzig, Ramones, old NYHC, Rush, Metallica, Ratt, and Shelter.

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a household where I was subjected to either country music or disco. In 1978 my parents bought me “Love Gun” by Kiss. My whole perspective of music changed from that day on. In terms of wanting to play music, all of us wanted to play our instruments because of Metallica. It was what kids in high school rocked to back then. It is how we all started out.

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

No doubt in my mind it would be John Arch from early Fates Warning. He is one of my top 5 vocalists and I always wanted to write material with vocals that only he could handle.

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

The Doomed and Stoned festival. Every band I currently love plays this festival and it would be an honour to be a part of it.

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

In one of my old bands, I received a painting of a tree. I don’t know why they thought I would want that, let alone bring it to a show, but I guess it was a nice gesture.

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

Listen to everything we have to offer. The songs are so different from one another that there is something for everyone, no matter what genre you most identify with.

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

Lemmy. I miss him dearly. We need more rock stars like him in this world.

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

I like that I get to be creative and be able to express myself in the music we write. The only thing I hate is carrying equipment up flights of stairs. I’m too old for that!

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

There are too many cliques. Everyone should support each other.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ignaurus” by Into Another. This album is full of creativity both musically and lyrically.

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

I personally like the sound of vinyl, but only for old recordings. It defeats the purpose to record digitally, then release it on an analog format. I don’t care what format it is in, as long as I get to hear it loud!

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

We opened for Trouble, during their tour supporting The Distortion Field. Really fun night getting to meet one of my favourite bands, and influences, who were really cool, no egos, and down to earth.

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

My day job! Nothing else. Music is the only form of art I’m half decent at.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, John Arch, Michael Kiske, and Bruce Dickenson. It would be the best falsetto quintet of all time!

What’s next for the band?

We are beginning to record 5 new songs, at New Sofa Studios, for what looks like will be an EP. Our releases have been 3 or 4 years apart. It’s time to get more out there a little sooner than that. Since there are currently no shows to play, we have really focused on new material, and I think it’s our best to date.

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

www.instagram.com/sinsofmagnus
www.sinsofmagnus.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3NGmWS7VrQ4o7iM37xzQfl

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Our drummer Sean, who lived in England for 4 years said “Biscuit yo”!

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

Please support unsigned bands. They work harder than anyone else and have something to prove.

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Black Pyramid – Black Pyramid Reissue

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Black Pyramid – Black Pyramid Reissue
Labyrinth Of Thoughts Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 55:21
Review by Dark Juan
8/10

Good afternoon, you handsome and beautiful bunch of painted and pierced misfits! It is I, Dark Juan, and it’s fucking freezing up in the North of England. I’m reclined upon my chaise longue, replete with a substantial breakfast that was considerably enhanced by the addition of chipotle chillies in adobo sauce, although my lower intestine begs to differ in that regard. Having quelled the rebellious beast that is my digestive system with copious cups of Yorkshire Tea (all other tea is not real), I have reached into the extensive archives of metal at my disposal and carefully selected another platter to consider and offer my opinions on, seeing as I’m not permitted out apart from to work and therefore my Ministry of the young and nubile virgins of the local area has come to a temporary halt. There are some in West Yorkshire, you know. You just have to do a bit of digging to find them… However, the police took a dim view of my Ministry and tried to fine me for being out without permission. They did not succeed, so they got me for speeding instead, the bastards.

Today’s offering (as you probably no doubt have ascertained already seeing as this piece of nonsense you’re reading is titled) is from American (Northampton, Massachusetts) stoner stalwarts Black Pyramid and is a reissue of their self-titled album, originally released in 2009, and long out of print. Greek label Labyrinth Of Thoughts have created 100 neon orange vinyl LPs and 200 brown vinyl LPs for you to purchase via their page or the band’s Bandcamp.

So what do Black Pyramid offer, I heard literally no one ask? The band themselves describe their music as “psychedelic war metal”. I describe it as sub-Sabbathian stoner metal with psychedelic influences. Yes, boys and girls and all other genders, we have returned to riff nirvana after an extended hiatus plumbing the depths of just what death metal bands are capable of. We have returned to melody, extended jams and the desire to get screamingly high on many party treats and sit there and be beguiled by stoner metal done right. The album is a bit of a surprise to be honest. I was expecting mogadon slow, drawn out riffing and the kind of vocal performance that only happens when you have drunk a bottle of Jack and have been smoking the weed for a long, long time. Instead, the vocals and the music are not afraid of picking up their metaphorical skirts and getting a bloody move on, ‘No Life King’ being a prime example of this and also being a fucking good heavy metal song into the bargain. Vocalist and guitarist Andy “Dinger” Beresky has an engaging voice, not employing the ultra-guttural, whiskey-soaked delivery of other stoner vocalists and instead opting for an interesting mix of Ozzy and John Garcia actually singing. I mean, you all know I love extreme metal but there are times that I get sick to fucking death of vocalists grunting like a hippo on its vinegar stroke or the kind of howling that normally comes from a particularly frantic, cocaine and amphetamine fuelled coupling of a banshee and a werewolf. It’s nice to hear actual words and singing for a change and Dinger is a bit of a tasty riffmeister into the bargain, giving it full beans and no mistake on instrumental track ‘Macedonia’, hammering the fuck out of his guitar until the middle eight kicks in and we are treated to the kind of wah soaked, fuzz-fuelled psychedelia that gets this hellpriest very excited indeed. The sex wee is already flowing…

What is it about wah and phaser that makes it so compelling? The intro to ‘The Worm Ouroboros’ is a drifting, metaphysical thing of beauty before the fuzz and distortion kick you right in the head with dirty great hobnailed boots and keeps on stamping. This song is probably the most stoner song on the record, as it meanders into realms of mist filled, mysterious swampiness in the middle before returning to the righteous path of the riff. The riff is everything… The central riff on ‘The Cauldron Born’ is just sublime. Album closer ‘Wintermute’ does lean a little heavily on ‘Planet Caravan’ on the intro though…

Production wise, this is pretty good. Although the drums sit too low in the mix, they are easily heard and even when tubthumper Clay Neely is leaning hard on the floor toms they don’t overpower the sound. And joy of joys I can actually hear the bass drum properly. The cymbals are crisp and organic sounding and the bass heavy and fuzzy enough to rearrange internal organs and crush bones to jellylike slabs without making the band sound like a giant buzzing hornet an inch from your ear. The guitar is masterfully produced – heavier than several London buses being applied directly to your spine but retaining fluidity and switching effortlessly between distorted violence and fuzz phaser and phaser wah induced psychedelia.

In conclusion then – This is a mighty fine record, even though it brings nothing new to stoner or psychedelia. It’s a combination of actors that just works – good songwriting, excellent riffage, the right mix of psychedelic influences and raging metal, enjoyable vocals and a well-produced and mixed record makes for a wholly satisfying listen.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Black Pyramid 8/10 for a masterful stoner metal record. Well done, chaps.

TRACKLISTING:
01. …And The Gods Made War
02. Visions Of Gehenna
03. Mirror Messiah
04. No Life King
05. Celephais
06. Macedonia (Vinyl Bonus Track)
07. Twilight Grave
08. The Worm Ouroboros
09. The Cauldron Born
10. Wintermute

LINE-UP:
Andy “Dinger” Beresky – Vocals and guitars
Dave Gein – Bass
Clay Neely – Drums

LINKS:

Black Pyramid 2008-2011 Line-Up
2008-2011 Line-up

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EMQ’s with MARS ERA

Mars Era Logo

EMQ’s with MARS ERA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florence, Italy based Stoner/Alternative Metal band Mars Era. Huge thanks to the band 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 guys, here’s speaking Mitch, Dave, Tom and Leo. We are MARS ERA, a stoner alternative metal band born in 2014 in Florence (ITA).

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s just that…we like humans…but we definitely love Martians!

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

We’re based in Florence, but we come from different parts…of the universe!

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

In 2017 we released “DHARMANAUT”, our first LP, via Argonauta Records, and now we’re ready to roll with our next release, “ONIRO”, out on 19th February 2021!

‘Brighter Than The Sun (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We can surely say that the alternative metal scene of 2000’s mixed with stoner rock and psychedelic rock music of the 70’s could be a perfect description of our mixed influences.

Anyway, we could tell that there’s one of us who grew up with Pink Floyd, someone with Beatles and Led Zeppelin and someone with the Encyclopedia Metallum in his pocket!

What first got you into music?

The power of the music itself, the magic that melts different souls together just playing it!

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

Aaaaaah, there’s lot of bands we’d like to collaborate with!

Stoned Jesus! We love their sound, it’s evolving release after release in an original way.

Elder…seen live in Bologna two years ago, amazing musicians and songwriter, great psychedelic and progressive rock!

Last but not least, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion. We had the opportunity to share the stage in 2016 on one of our first summer festivals. Live they rock, neutron bomb sound!

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

Pinkpop Festival, for sure. How could you forget Eddie Vedder in 1992 climbing above the crowd?

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

A perizoma…ahem…but we cannot say anything else…

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

Keep rolling stronger and stronger, cause we have to make this world a better place!

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

Chris Cornell. Each of us was born with Soundgarden and then Audioslave. We miss him a lot.

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

Enjoy: the power of playing live in front of the crowd. It’s pure energy. We benefit from it second by second when we are on the stage.

Hate: the deadlines…We used to say “we’ll be ready when we are!”

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

TV Talent shows. They’re not the worst thing that happened…but maybe they could be managed in a more illuminating way. Why just pop? We want to listen to every kind of music genre in talent shows. People’s music taste is too much addressed by music industry nowadays.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: – “Superunknown” – Soundgarden
Leo: – “Ghost Reveries” – Opeth
Mitch: – “10000 Days” – Tool
Tom: – “Around The Fur” – Deftones

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

Vinyl, they last forever.

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

Music W Festival, opening to Chelsea Wolfe. A great show, it was our first festival and we were so excited to play!

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

Probably living on Mars, trying to improve the underground station below Amanthes Planum Region. Have you been there too?!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would have to invite Lemmy of Motorhead ‘cause there’s no party without alcohol! R.I.P.

Rick Rubin, one of the best producer nowadays to ask his advice.

Cristina Scabbia, ‘cause she’s one of the best metal vocalists nowadays and…of course…cause she’s so damn Hot!

Maynard James Keenan & Tool! Cause we want to have a barbecue with them!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are focused now on our upcoming album, “ONIRO”. It will be released via Argonauta Records on 19th February 2021.

“ONIRO” is a warning to an internal awakening: it’s the story of an ordinary man who finds himself facing his innermost fears which, changing through music, become real and tangible dreams. Only by facing these difficulties, our character will overcome the obstacles that arise on his long and imaginary journey. An oniric travel that leads to a final awakening.

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

We are on Facebook and Instagram. Come to our page and leave us a like! We need your support!
www.facebook.com/mars.era.live
www.instagram.com/mars_era/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5gavuhF-W_mGQ9HKctbb3A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa…don’t you remember that the “The cake is a lie”????

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

May the Mars Era be with You!

Mars Era Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with OF CONCRETE GODS

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EMQ’s with OF CONCRETE GODS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Luton, UK based Stoner Metal band, Of Concrete Gods . Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Nik, 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 Nik, lead vocalist. The band has existed as an idea for a couple of years now, but it took us a while to pull the full line-up together. Originally it was just me, Boulder (guitars) and Paul (drums), while we hashed out the first few songs. Once thing started to take shape we pulled in Simon (lead guitars) and Rich (Bass) from other bands we’d been in to fill out the sound properly. We played our debut in October of ’19, and then a few more gigs before Covid locked the world up tight.

How did you come up with your band name?

As is usually the case, by all arguing until we found something we weren’t arguing about. We wanted something that implied heaviness, and hinted at displeasure at the world around us, without getting too specific!

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We’re a Luton based band, with four of the five of us living here. The scene here is really strong. There is a great promo company called Luton Live/s who put on shows every week as well as an annual festival (Castlefest), a few different pubs and venues that are rock focused, and some long-standing bands who fly the flag well.

I would recommend anyone to pop into The Castle for a pint, catch a Cerberus show at The George, or push the boat out and drink some excellent whiskey at The Bear Club while watching something more eclectic.

What is your latest release?

‘Good Samaritan’ is our second single, released Friday 8th Jan.

‘Good Samaritan’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The big four of the 80’s thrash era (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax), as well as Maiden. Pick any grunge band from the 90’s, but mainly Soundgarden & Alice in Chains. Stone Sour, Killswitch, Breaking Benjamin. And more recently, bands like Elephant Tree, Gevaudan, Undersmile.

What first got you into music?

Transformers: The Movie, the 80’s animated film. The soundtrack for that film was insane, and blasted so high in the sound mix it was unavoidable. Wall to wall rock anthems, from bands you’ve never heard from since. Plus, Stan Bush, being his awesome self.

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

Right now, Undersmile. Their harmonies are INTENSE.

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

Hellfest. It’s always the best line-up, every year.

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

Got a Christmas card once, which doesn’t sound odd until I remember the guy was a complete stranger.

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

Always move forwards, even if it’s just little steps. Don’t get stuck looking backwards.

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

Probably Chris Cornell, or Chester Bennington. Losing both of them right next to each other was too big a loss.

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

I love the instant feedback of a live show, that moment in the middle of a set where the crowd are into it, and you have little wordless moments with the other guys because you know it’s going well.

I hate that little black hole between soundcheck and the first band going on, where you have no idea what kind of night it’s going to become.

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

The nepotism, and general paywall/class divide. Often the bands who make it over the edge are not the ones who are making the best music, they’re the bands who know someone or can afford the right help. Not always, but enough of the time for it to become a frustration.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dirt by Alice in Chains. Vs by Pearl Jam. White Pony by Deftones. Grace by Jeff Buckley. Tidal by Fiona Apple. I could go on forever, and the top five would change every day.

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

Vinyl is the best for a proper evening listening to albums. Doesn’t stop me streaming a lot of the time, simply because I can’t fit a vinyl player next to me at work.

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

Probably the last gig we played in Luton before Covid kicked in. It was Boulder’s fiancé’s birthday, a great crowd, and we were on form.

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

I always thought I’d be a basketball player. But that never really panned out, what with me being British.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Damon Lindelof, Patrick Rothfuss, Dan Levy, Lev Grossman, Darren Aronofsky. I like writers.

What’s next for the band?

We’re gonna try and get the rest of our debut album recorded in 2021, all dependent on how things go with the virus and restrictions. And we want to get back out in front of crowds. That’s all we’re hoping for at the moment, because it feels like everything.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp mainly. We like engaging directly!
www.facebook.com/ofconcretegods
www.instagram.com/ofconcretegodsband/
www.ofconcretegods.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake. Stale Theory dictates it to be so!

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

We’d love to hear from people. Come hit us up on socials and talk about the track.

Of Concrete Gods Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with THE RHUBARB

EMQ’s with THE RHUBARB

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Glasgow, Scotland based Stoner/Doom band The Rhubarb. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Hannah White 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?

Alright alright alright! How are we doing? My name is Hannah white, I’m vocalist and bassist of the Rhubarb. The Rhubarb formed in 2014 in Busby, Glasgow. We are a four-piece doom/stoner metal band who write and play songs about sex, love, drink and politics. We have Seán Maguire as vocalist, Michael McConville on guitar and Jack Donnelly on drums. This is our second EP release coming out.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a funny story actually. We were talking one time about facts during our lunch break in college break and I said that film and tv extras, during filming, constantly say the word ‘Rhubarb’ as it uses the entire mouth when pronouncing it. We said that’s it, ‘Rhubarb’!

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We are from Glasgow, the music scene in Glasgow has always been amazing. We love so many bands and artists in the metal scene here. Not only do we enjoy listening to their music, we are all very close as well, as friends. And plus, to the fact, we are with Reaction Management, so many bands similar to us in the roaster, we are close with and help each other out.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is our single ‘Drag Me To Hell’, which came out on December 4th. It is off our EP release “Black Sun”.

‘Drag Me To Hell’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh wow, where do we begin! Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Hawkwind, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Monolord, Kadavar, Blues Pills- the list is endless! But that’s definitely our major influences, we just love that sorta sound!

What first got you into music?

Wow, I remember sitting on a toilet potty in my living room watching an old ‘The Who’ greatest hits DVD my dad had on and I was in total admiration, total awe watching this crazy noisy band go wild and even though I was a toddler I knew I loved music from that moment and wanted to be in band.

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

We always said we’d love to do collaboration with Hawkwind, we really take to their style and, of course, they are legends and the music they’re still bringing out today is totally banging. We feel we could heavy them up a bit haha. But we’d deffos love to work with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, they are out of this world!

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

Definitely Desertfest: every year they have the beat line-ups, the way the fans support that festival is just insane.

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

Haha the weirdest gift, probably a deck of fags after a gig.

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

Our message to our fans is always. ‘You’re the best fans ever for listening to our electrifying tunes, we salute you all forever!’

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

Lemmy. He would enjoy our banter.

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

Let’s start off with the bad things first: the bad thing is obviously not being able to rock out 24 hours a day, seven days a week because of work commitments etc and the good thing being that what we write and play creatively is just too awesome not too: we live and breathe music.

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

Music industry has always been levelled for me, like it’s has its ups and it has its downs just like all artistic industries, there’s gonna be crap or good music, it’s subjective. But I feel like right now, due to the pandemic, a lot of artists and bands have been affected but it’s just about momentum and energy, just gotta keep going!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Definitely “Paranoid” by Black sabbath. It’s perfect in every way possible.

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

100% vinyl. Vinyl, vinyl. VINYL! We’ve always wanted to release a vinyl. Maybe one day…!

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

Oh, probably our last gig in February there supporting Skeleton Gong. What a show it was! Very atmospheric, great stoner/doom bands playing and great support from our fans too.

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

Likely a makeup artist or an actress. But currently I work in a bar outside the band. I love that too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a hard one but definitely, Paul McCartney, Nicola Sturgeon, Tommy Wiseau, Nicholas Cage and Ozzy Osbourne. What a dinner party that would be…

What’s next for the band?

There’s so much on the agenda especially for next year, few ideas coming your way and surprises here and there for ya all…!

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

Yes, plenty of links for you. Here they are:
www.facebook.com/TheRhubarbband
www.instagram.com/therhubarbband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/64lo9AEk8xfVtrJjKFI7e3

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

See, I would call them a biscake. See what I did there…haha!

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

Just a massive thank you to SaN PR and Reaction Management for the best support and work ever, we are so humble and thankful. We hope y’all enjoy the release. Stay safe everyone and keep dooming and rocking. 🤘🏻

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Master Charger – Origin Of The Lugubrious

Master Charger – Origin Of The Lugubrious
Stoned Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 21/08/2020
Running Time: 38:28
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good afternoon, you heinous hellions and lugubrious Luciferians! I am Dark Juan and this review is brought to you by very little sleep, thanks to the young gentlemen I wrangle for money and a distinct lack of appreciation on their part, and their steadfast refusal to GO TO FUCKING SLEEP, even in the face of my threatening the most dire recriminations (yes, I have a penal Tellytubbies DVD and I am not afraid to deploy it! If they carry on then it’s the Ringo Starr narrated Thomas The Tank Engine and if that does not work then it’s time to freak them the fuck out with Chorlton And The Wheelies) and an amount of caffeine that would make the most extreme coffee enthusiast gasp at the increase in their heart rate, and subsequently I thought it would be a wise and sage idea to commit my somewhat frothing thoughts to the electronic ether before the inevitable and canyon deep emotional crash happens. Welcome to the “sound” (because you’re reading this…) of one slightly deranged man and his collapse into utterly devastating exhaustion.

Every collapse has to have a soundtrack, doesn’t it? Today’s selection for my own personal descent into blessed oblivion is a slightly late entry into the pantheon of my ramblings – the UK’s own groove merchants Master Charger. This bunch of hairy herberts hail from, and I quote, “The blackest heart of the Midlands”, which could range from anywhere from Wolverhampton to Mansfield, frankly. Don’t go there though. There be dragons and a forest in which a man in a strange hat and funny tights runs around robbing the postman and shit with his mates and some bird called Marion.

What do you get for your money with Master Charger, I heard literally no-one apart from the 47 different personalities occupying my head ask? You get some of the filthiest, oil-stained, diesel belching, sludgy stoner metal it has ever been my pleasure to experience. There is not a word to describe the crushing, brow beating heaviness on display. Monolithic is not a big enough word to explain the fucking mahoosive riffs on this record. The riffs are that fucking huge they block out the sun and the overall sound of the record is so expansively huge that it is slightly larger than the known universe – the bass is a ground shaking battlewagon heading straight for the flimsy wooden fence you’re hiding behind, the guitar so sludgy and heavy that every step shakes another organ loose in your already pitifully broken body and the drums…. well, actually the drums are curiously lifeless. Where the rest of the band sound alive and organic (as do the cymbals, which are masterfully produced) the drums sound like someone twatting the taut bottom of one of the false god’s followers with a wet tea towel, but without the enticing squeals. The vocals are another fine point of note – Mr John James (pleasingly alliterative) employing a voice not unlike a more muscular, slightly less whiskey-soaked Spike of The Quireboys. John Jones (still pleasingly alliterative, and no, I’m not going to get bored of it) also is a fucking slamming guitar player, allowing space in the music and his playing to allow the songs to breathe, and more importantly, making them absolutely bastard groovy.

Unlike fellow British stoner stalwarts (pleasingly alliterative) Red Spektor, Master Charger have dialled down the psychedelia in favour of METAL and they have created something dangerous. The record opens with a three-minute groove instrumental which is also the title track, beginning with the sound of the crackling you hear on vinyl records before a slow build-up of wah drenched guitar. Then there is a tumultuous avalanche of sound and you are suddenly picking yourself up from the rubble of what remains of your house. Mrs Dark Juan is not pleased because she did the housework yesterday and now there is brick dust on the antimacassar. Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, KCVG, MM, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre is looking plaintively at me because the radiator he was asleep in front of isn’t working anymore and it is all Master Charger’s fault for levelling Dark Juan Terrace.

Second tune in (‘Embers Of The Sun’) we are treated to John James’ (pleasingly alliterative) magnificent howl and the kind of post-Sabbath riffing that makes this hellpriest weep with a strange and unfamiliar feeling called joy. If this song was meant as a statement of intent, then it’s brutally effective. There isn’t a single wasted note in this song. It’s fucking brilliant. And that middle eight, man. It’s like a fucking double time death march to go murder some Nazis, which means it should only be encouraged.

And it’s the same, song after song. Interesting lyrics, the pleasingly alliterative John James’ voice and guitar and the thunderous bass work of Dave Hayes kicking your sorry little arse into the middle of next week and although the drum sound is a little flat, Jon Kirk’s drumming is top fucking notch. I could waste your time and mine going through every song on the record finding new tortured metaphors and superlatives to tell you how great it is, but I’m not gonna. I can sum it up really easily. Although the middle eight of ‘Blood, Sand’ is particularly sexy and deserves your attention. So is ‘Who The Hell Are You’ which has a riff of such majestic prowess it has brought forth a torrent of sex wee the likes of which has been unseen since July. Mrs Dark Juan is now even more unhappy because we are now rendered homeless in a sex wee flood zone because of Master Charger.

Master Charger are fucking brilliant. A band with roots in the classic blues rock of the 60’s and 70’s, coupled in an unholy and possibly illegal and definitely bestial sexual union with groove, stoner rock and heavy fucking metal and the music is the bastard chimera bursting forth into your unsuspecting headspace. How the fuck three men can make a noise this huge will always be a cosmic mystery. Support British metal. Buy this record. Holy fuck, buy this record.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is currently floating on giant fluffy purple clouds of enthusiasm for Master Charger and their sublime take on stoner metal and awards them 10/10. FULL FUCKING MARKS, BOYS, and you have totally fucked up my plans for my top ten of the year!

I need a lie down.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Origin Of The Lugubrious (Damn, I love the word “lugubrious”. It sounds exactly like what it is describing)
02. Embers Of The Sun
03. Blood, Sand
04. Who The Hell Are You
05. Buried By Time And Dust
06. Our Time Has Come
07. Earthbound Hellbound

LINE-UP:
John James (pleasingly alliterative) – Guitar and Vocals
Dave Hayes (disappointingly not alliterative) – Bass
Jon Kirk (also not alliterative, for SHAME!) – Drums

LINKS: (234. Sorry. I couldn’t help myself)

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