EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, TN based Groove/Stoner/Hard Rock band Them Fixes! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

My name is Dustin Rye and I play guitar/bass and sing. Shawn Jones is the drummer/percussionist.
We’ve been playing in bands since we met in High School and then Shawn decided to move back to Ohio where most of his family is from. He then decided to come back to Tennessee and we reconnected along with some mutual friends and then I asked him to come be a part of a band I was forming at the time called The Clover Club. After about 4 years that project came to a close and we decided to do something new and fresh. I was super inspired by 2 piece bands like Royal Blood and Death from Above and I convinced Shawn to give it a shot. Of course put my own spin on the concept and decided to go with a Fender Bass VI as a weapon of choice among other things. Our first day of practice, after I had gathered the proper equipment and tuned up, we wrote our first single we released called ‘Fangs’. Everything else is playing out!

How did you come up with your band name?

It took about 2 months for us to finally land on a band name haha. In our last project The Clover Club we had a song that we favored titled ‘Fixes’ and as we were sitting in the jam room Shawn made the suggestion that instead of using “The” in a band name we should do like Them Crooked Vultures and use “Them”. Thus Them Fixes was born.

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

Nashville, TN in the United States! It’s pretty rad but most of the best stuff in my opinion is in the underground scene. There’s a TON of amazing bands making rad music. You just have to be willing to turn over the rocks to find them due to the industry being the way it is and oversaturation.

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

Our Debut EP “Electric Prophetic” just released! You can listen to it at;
https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Royal Blood, Red Fang, Crobot, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and KISS to name a few!

What first got you into music?

Just picking up an instrument when I was young! I knew music was a part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

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

Oh man, Probably Neil Fallon / Clutch or Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

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

‘Bonnaroo’ for sure! It’s a huge festival in our Home state! All the greats have played and a ton of up and coming bands play there when they are first breaking out!

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

So far nothing super weird but one of our fans/family gave us a drum head in a pizza box at our EP release show that had a very kind and encouraging message on it. It now resides on the wall in our jam room.

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

That we appreciate them GREATLY and we couldn’t do what we do without them and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Jimi Hendrix!

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

Playing Shows and meeting people and other Musicians! Writers Block. There is nothing more infuriating than getting a good riff going just to be stopped dead in your tracks and not know where to take it.

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

Hmm…For artists to get a fair shake in the market and be more able to make a living with their art¬

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”!

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

All the Above but we are partial to spinning wax ourselves!

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

Our EP Release shows we had for sure. We played in Nashville and then in Huntsville, AL the next night. They were great shows regardless of the storm that decided to follow us.

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

No clue, probably working in IT or Teaching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr, Dan Auerback, Jack White.

What’s next for the band?

Shows, Shows, Shows! We also will be releasing another song by the end of the year before we break ground on EP#2

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

https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themfixes
https://twitter.com/ThemFixes
https://www.instagram.com/themfixes/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never had a Jaffa Cake but from what i can tell from a google search it appears that they are…delicious!

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

We appreciate you interviewing the band and digging what we do! I’d like to just say if you’re reading this….send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

 

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Duel have been on my radar for quite a while. Despite hearing a few tracks via the band’s social media, I’d never sat down, ear-goggles locked in place, to listen to a full album. So, I was pretty stoked to have the opportunity to review their latest album: “Valley Of Shadows”, released recently by Heavy Psych Sounds.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, these four fiends are responsible for an almighty stoner doom racket; full on heavy rifferama with psychedelic and classic metal references. In case that description alone doesn’t grab you like a graveyard ghoul on the way to an unholy shindig, their whole aesthetic is tripped out in the sort of late-night, B-movie gore that’s lurid enough to make your eyes pop.

It’s like Dracula Has Risen from the Grave sound-tracked by a bunch of longhair ne’er-do-wells, and that’s just how I like it.

‘Black Magic Summer’ opens up the proceedings with some appropriate rain-soaked sound effects, before launching into the heavy-as-a-crypt-door attack. There’s a brilliantly melodic middle section too, adding some light to the gloom.

Second track ‘Red Moon Forming’ has a direct, driving pace that’s infectious and purposely concocted to inspire the raising of horns. ‘Drifting Alone’ has a real classic desert rock vibe, with a cool head shaker riff.

‘Strike And Disappear’ comes on like the vampire Western that Tarantino needs to make. A slower, bluesy pace with a dusty feel, it’s the first taste we get of a very different – and effective – approach. It melts into a ferocious, face pummelling section that screams blood and violence.

Songs like ‘Tyrant On The Throne’ have a classic metal, almost (gasp!) Iron Maiden feel to them. Otherwise, the sound explores more of the head-banging, smoke induced groove of bands like Trouble and The Obsessed.

But just like the best stoner metal movers and shakers, there’s always room for some ZZ Top-style boogie, which particularly comes to the fore in the final track, ‘The Bleeding Heart’.

As always, my sound comparisons are only meant as genuine compliments. Duel manage to create an album full of their own spirit and character, and it’s one hell of a fun ride. At turns hypnotic, fist pummelling, and sombre; “Valley of the Shadows” pulls the stake out of the stoner doom corpse and brings it back to bloody life again.

The last time I actually was involved in a duel, it was a case of duelling banjos. I was on a canoeing trip with some buddies out in the Appalachian back country. We ran into some unsavoury redneck types, one of whom challenged me to a banjo showdown. Of course, I threw in some licks that my old mentor Jimi Hendrix had shown me, and the creepy little weirdo had no chance: I was victorious.

Unfortunately, the locals weren’t too happy and we had a bit of a run-in of sorts with ‘em later. It was all fun and games really, and we were on our way home soon enough. But I tell you: just whatever you do, don’t mention piggies to my buddy Bobby!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Magic Summer
02. Red Moon Forming
03. Drifting Alone
04. Strike And Disappear
05. Broken Mirror
06. Tyrant On The Throne
07. I Feel No Pain
08. The Bleeding Heart

BAND LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/DUELTEXAS/
https://www.instagram.com/dueltexas/
https://duel3.bandcamp.com/

RECORD LABEL LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois Stoner / Grunge / Doom band the Hÿss! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

My Name is Patrick Daniel Kennedy the 3rd, but my friends call me PK. I get to play rhythm guitar and a few hot and very sexy leads for our band the Hÿss.
All of the band members have been friends since the 80’s and 90’s. We grew up together listening to the same music, playing in various bands and mostly having fun and laughing and being brothers in life.
In 2011, guitarist Dave Fitzgerald contacted me and wanted to play some music like we did when we were kids. We use to write riffs a lot. We loved Nirvana, Clutch, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Minor Threat, the Misfits, but also loved 70’s rock as well. Dave loved jammin’ on Hendrix, Cream, and Sabbath. Figuring out tunes was fun and “making up” our own combinations of riffs that we were learning was even more fun. We got super into it. Our friendship grew even tighter. Once we started up the Hÿss, I feel like it grew like a fire and we were back to writing cool riffs. Bill Sullivan joined the band and chose to pick up the bass and man oh man, I hadn’t seen the guy in a while and he just hugs me and starts playing like a fucking champ. He has amazing creative riffs and is a smart musician, so we were lucky he joined us. He and Dave learned the blues together in college. Two badass players in my opinion. The drummer, Mike Scales has been our friend for so long I can’t remember when I started hangin’ with the guy. He has an extensive history of playing with cool bands because he has skills. If you give a good listen to “Ghost Army” on the new Hound EP you will be impressed. He joined us immediately once he saw how awesome we looked in our cool stage outfits. My jeans had a rip just above the knee. And that combined with our cool riffs? How could he resist? The singer Matt McDonald is a guy we all grew up with even though he lived all the way up on the North Side of Chicago. He was the lead singer of Chicago punk band Renegade A-Bomb back in the 90’s. He was a legend and he gave the Hÿss a shot and it was like lighting. Matt’s interests are reading about history and apocalyptic situations. That’s his jam, so we like to write some fun sounding but dark material. It works great with the music and I always like where his head’s at on these songs. He’s a great writer and has a creative mind and a voice that’s as powerful as a t-rex on a horny day. Eventually we put together a lot of cool songs and have been giving it our best shot around town for a while and it’s been a ton of fun and people are really digging the sound. It’s exciting!

How did you come up with our band name?

The snake is the international beast of rock n’ roll and stoner rock music alike, and the Hÿss is the first sound you hear before the crack of the snake bite. This name is cool when you spell it with a Y and give it an umlaut, like a little snake bite. We are the Hÿss, you know… that sound.

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

America. There is a ton of new music and genres spinning off of the gods of metal: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, etc. 1980’s America had the best metal. A lot of people are enjoying what’s coming from all over the world now thanks to the internet. It’s a universe of music these days and it’s pretty amazing to watch other cultures and countries create new metal and pay their respect to old metal from where I live at the same time. It’s interesting and amazing and a lot of it is really bad A, these kids aren’t fking around.

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

Our band is very proud to say we are finished with our official debut 5-track EP “Hound”, a few killer songs we have been perfecting and we just love playing them. We really wanted to kick the door open with some high energy doom on this and we feel like it really turned out the way we wanted it to. Pete Grossmann is an awesome sound engineer, and he really helped us bring the whole thing to life and portray our music just as we heard it in our heads when we imagined it. We enjoyed working with him and we are very happy with the way it turned out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m usually inspired by my friends who seem to get better at their instruments than me at a very rapid pace. That, and I’ve been digging Unknown Hinson lately. I know that’s not a metal musician, but the guy’s an amazing player and I like how hilarious he is and how fast he goes. I like shifting through genres to get my fingers to move faster; it keeps me on my toes.

What first got you into music?

When I was little, I would listen to my parent’s Beatles records and my sister’s Queen Tapes. My friend and Hÿss axe slinger Dave had a guitar he found in the trash and we started making up songs, he got good fast and I wanted to do the same. I have to say my friends and family are the people who got me into music. I practiced enough that my parents bought me a nice Washburn acoustic for Christmas. Was the nicest gift ever!

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

Any band or musician that would be nice to me. Haha! Or Clutch, that would rule. They have a real testosterone robot sound and those dudes get mad respect across the land. I love their music and if they wanted us to open for them my heart would pound. Could you imagine? I wish.

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

Lollapalooza so I don’t have to drive far.

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

I have never been given anything. If I were it would be the weirdest gift by default because I couldn’t possibly believe anyone would give me anything Haha!

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

Thanks for liking our music and for supporting live music and for being a cool person on this earth.

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

Kurt Cobain, because I have a feeling he would have gone solo and made a bunch of cool folk songs. That’s my prediction and I want to be right.

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

I love playing out with friends. The human connection of matching sounds up is a strange feeling and I’ve been enjoying that high my entire life.
I hate moving equipment and I don’t like ego maniacs. Lotta those folks out there!

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

I would kill the American Idol thing fast. Kids that sound like they would make badass singers in other types of music are told they “can’t sing” WTF is that? If I sing Happy Birthday, can I sing? And I feel like those millions of dollars travelling all through our lands and have tons of talented kids line up only to be insulted into giving up on music by some washed up celebrities. It’s like a cancer. I hope kids turn that shit off and go scream into a mic anyway!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nirvana – “Incesticide”. I love the pop on those tracks and then the album just gets hard and heavy and the riffs are flawless. I love the way they wrote those songs and the band is just one of my all-time favourites.

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

These days it’s downloads but, if I’m honest, I prefer CD’s. The sound quality was just fine and you usually ended up listening to the entire album rather than skip songs and bands all day like an asshole.

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

The best gig in my opinion was at The Forge in Blue Island. It’s a small bar, but it’s in our neighbourhood on the Southside of Chicago and all our friend’s bands were there. It was outside and lots of people came out and we had a great time that night. I love those nights.

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

Probably a rocket scientist that solves crimes in space. It would be boring though since the crime rate in space is very low.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The four other Hÿss members plus Bill Gates and see if he can lend us some money.

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking forward to parading our new “Hound” around town and then maybe start working on another recording. We also have a lot of new material to work on so we definitely have our hands full!

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

You can find the Hÿss on Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Instagram!
https://www.facebook.com/thehyss/
https://www.instagram.com/thehyss/
https://thehyss.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/thehyss

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Anything baked in 1927 is a biscuit by now.

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

Thank you for putting us out there with these fun questions. I hope you will pound the Hound by the Hÿss and enjoy it as much as we do!

 

the Hÿss

 

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancaster, UK based Doom/Thrash/Stoner Metal band and huge Ever Metal favourites Callus. We have already done loads of stuff with these guys and love them to bits. Please read on and check them out, especially as their debut album “Hogpocalypse” is one of the Metal highlights of 2019!

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

Name’s Louis. Or if you’re close to me, Skidmark Clarke will do!

I’m the guitarist and one half of the vocals for our band CALLUS. I share vocal duties with Ben Wormwell who also plays gnarly bass for us, and we have Ryan who plays mad drums.

We formed in 2013, originally with an extra guitar player and loads of different drummers over the years… we parted ways with the guitarist though after the first gig, he got so drunk I had to take his guitar off him, retune it and hand it back… haven’t looked back since (Sorry dude!)

How did you come up with your band name?

Me and Ben had been jamming together for a while prior to this band, I had a load of potential band names written on this big sheet, Ben had a look through it one day and spotted CALLUS on there and was all like “That’s the one!”

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

We are from the UK, North West really. We live in different parts of the country and come together for studio, jamming or for shows.
As far as the ins and outs of the UK scene and its current state so to speak, I really don’t claim to have a vast wealth of knowledge on it! I can think of loads of other people who could probably answer that better.
All that I think I could say Is that the UK has some immense heavy festivals (some of the best in the world) and therefore creates a lot of buzz with up and coming UK bands, and bands that come from overseas for the UK crowds and shows. The UK has also provided the world with some of the biggest and iconic heavy bands of all time… so I think we have something here on these shores… I don’t know what it is, but it’s here… somewhere!

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

Our latest release is our debut, self – released and recorded album entitled “HOGPOCALYPSE” which we released January this year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of real riff playing monsters have probably formed the basis of my own playing as far as guitar hero’s go… such as Iommi (Sabbath), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Laura Pleasant’s (Kylesa) Matt Pike (Sleep / High On Fire) Hetfield (Metallica) and other players such as Dick Dale the godfather of surf rock and Jack White (White Stripes), Tom Morello (RATM, Audioslave) all certainly knew how to create some huge sounds and more experimental parts.

What first got you into music?

Probably my dad to be fair!

There was lots of music around the house when I grew up which I’m very grateful for, not really metal mind you that came later on for me. But there was loads of different sounds which was great.

My dad played (and still does!) sweet bluesy slide guitar so that was around from an early age

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

Without wanting to jinx anything we MAY have something in the works with another artist from a band we admire, it’s a very exiting mini project for us we are working on and we very much hope we can share more about that in due course.

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

I saw a vid of Red Fang playing this fest called Duna Jam I think it was. It’s this little festival somewhere on this beach where the bands play on pallets with the waves and sunset behind them, and the crowd were all sat down headbanging… it was amazing, I want to play there!

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

Their hand in marriage!

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

We appreciate you more than you know, thanks for your continued support!

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

That’s an impossible question! How could I pick one but not another? I guess I’d bring back Cliff Burton… taken well before his time… I would have loved to hear what else he would have created!

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

The playing of shows and jamming together and the recording of music is probably what I enjoy the most. Both are a very feel good experience for myself, I’ve honestly never been having a bad time doing either in the moment… It’s just the time in-between I struggle with!

I hate waiting for the next jam session or show, I struggle with that!

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

More value on downloads would always be nice. (Credit where it’s due though to Bandcamp for being as good as they are).

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Death Is This Communion” – High On Fire… They never got better than that in my opinion.

But there are so many albums that I could note here!

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

That’s a question which causes a lot of divide! But for me I think Vinyl is the best sounding at least, which you could argue that’s what it’s all about… but records are an arse to transport and are, unwieldly.

CD’s are great too, apart from jewel cases!

Downloads are fine as well, as long as the artist gets their fair share of the cost back (which is why we use Bandcamp primarily).

So… they are all great as they cover different bases I think.

It’s down to the listener… but I’m a Vinyl / CD fiend, I need physical!

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

Hammerfest and Bloodstock were extra special for us when we played them both in 2018, but we have had some great nights in bars and clubs as well.

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

Hopefully if I couldn’t play music anymore for whatever reason (touch wood!) I’d certainly still follow the bands I do and go to the shows I do, I’d probably get further into collecting and listening to music, maybe start doing reviews and sticking them online I don’t know.

Whatever it would be, I’d have to do something with myself music related!

I’d go out with bands on the road and offer really bad advice, terrible feedback and shit business ideas.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Donald Glover, Donald Glovers Mother, Donald Glovers Mothers Brother, Donald Glovers Brother and Donald Duck!

What’s next for the band?

We have a slot an Amplified Fest on July 20th which we are massively looking forward to, plus a couple of shows leading up to that.

The main focus for us at the moment is we are in the stages of writing a batch of new material for what the aim is to become the next album. We have been jamming out some new tracks and recording them down in demo format.

The new stuff is sounding great (if I may say so!) with Ben and Ryan really stepping up and contributing some killer riffs and ideas, those guys are shining right now and giving me a real big and much needed kick up the arse.

I’ve been writing too of course, but those guys are really cracking them out.

It’s quiet at the moment… but gears are turning

Big bag o riffs with the lads.

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

We have all our music and merch up on Bandcamp:
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/music
We are also on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Most definitely, absolutely, one hundred percent CAKES!
(THE CLUE IS IN THE NAME!)

Plus there was a tribunal in 1991 (yes I did just Google that) and it concluded that Jaffa Cakes are indeed… Cakes!

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

Big riffs are the best riffs, be kind to your fellow man and big elephants can’t always use small exits.

Thanks for reading!

 

Promo by Beth Jones

 

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Photo reproduced here with kind permission from Beth Jones.

 

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

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

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

Check out the teaser here:

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

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

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

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

Callus – Through Blood,Sweat, Piss And Pain EP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Promo by Beth Jones

 

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Callus, Live at Wrexfest, Atomic, Wrexham 28/07/2018

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Callus
Wrexfest, Atomic, Wrexham 28/07/2018
Review by Beth Jones

I love it when an idea goes to plan! When Brendan (head honcho at Wrexfest) contacted me and said they wanted to do a metal night at Wrexfest this year and who would I suggest to try and get for the line-up, one band immediately came to mind – CALLUS!

After seeing these guys at Hammerfest earlier this year and being totally blown away by them, and subsequently following them through social media and in the flesh as they progressed through the heats at Mammothfest, Battle Of The Bands, Chester, it was a complete no brainer that our favourite three piece from the North should be part of it. When we found out that they were on the bill, we were a touch happy!

The evening had a diverse billing, ranging from slightly softer rock, to Metalcore, to …erm… a band called Glove who I am not sure how to classify! But we are all for diverse here at Ever Metal! It is what keeps music alive.

Wrexfest is an event which has been plagued by the weather and other factors since it started in 2013, but it battles on. This year, due to various issues, two of the bands on the Atomic bill had pulled out by the time we arrived, however this did mean that CALLUS got a longer set time – two thumbs good in our book!!

After conducting a very funny interview with the boys down a side alley two minutes from the venue, we headed back to watch them do their thing. They had told us that, because of their extended set time, they were able to chuck in some new stuff and we were super pumped to hear it! They did not disappoint!

The dictionary definition of CALLUS currently reads: ‘A thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, especially in an area that has been subjected to friction’. This however will soon have the addendum…’subjected to friction from epic moshing to an amazing three piece who take you to a new level of awesome’.

O.M.G… I seriously cannot put into words how good CALLUS are! They are a weird mix of Thrash, Stoner, Doom, Progressive and Classic Metal, that should never work, but somehow it does, and brilliantly at that! They have a mix of chunky riffs, down tuned grooves, growly, shouty vocals, and insane drumming that gives you no choice but to move!

When they started their set the room was semi full, and it isn’t a big room, but as they played, the crowd grew and grew until it was packed to the rafters with people drawn to their sound. It was awesome!

I have stages of mosh – level 0 – ‘yeah they are ok – I will nod my head a bit’, level 1 – ‘I will take my hair out of my pony tail, because even though it is weird and wispy, I may want the hair effect as I nod my head to show that I am really in to this’, then level 2 – I will also now remove my glasses for I can feel my body going and I have no control over it, and if I don’t remove them they will end up in someone’s pint’! I was at level 2 mosh by the second song! I haven’t done that since my Tivoli days in the late nineties (and my body still knows it today!) but I seriously could not help myself!

These guys are so slick, so professional, so tight that you would swear they were a huge band of seasoned professionals, not a widely unknown one in the infancy of their career. I guarantee that they will not be unknown for long – they are too good not to get noticed! They kept the crowd thoroughly entertained throughout the 45 minute set and didn’t at any point lose anyone’s interest. Every single song was a smasher, and they performed the new stuff like it had been part of a great set for years. The audience were in the palm of their hands, even the breaks between songs, where guitarist/vocalist Louis Clarke switched guitars or retuned, were covered by an interesting sound effect which lead beautifully into the next song. Their set was not only jam packed with catchy, riffy grooviness, but was cleverly thought out and meticulously planned to keep the pace and momentum going from start to finish. We had not heard much of bassist/vocalist Ben Wormwell on vocals before now, but tonight we got to hear his vicious growl in some of the new material and it was growly and excellent! All of this brilliance was kept in check and time, and backed up by some of the most intricate tub-thumping I have ever seen, from drummer (and ego) Ryan Ormerod – the speed at which he moves his feet on the pedals, without triggers, is astounding!

I literally do not have enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe how good these guys are, how they have completely won us over and have our utmost support here at Ever Metal, not only for the absolute amazing talent they all have, both individually and as a group, but also because they are three great, down to earth, genuine guys who deserve to be truly recognised for their hard work and dedication to their art. We are nearly old enough to be their parents, but I genuinely don’t think I could have been prouder of their performance here, if they were my own kids. #proud.

I implore anyone who has not heard them or seen them yet, to check them out and go and see them, you will not be disappointed. We eagerly await their debut album and will be first in the queue to buy our copy. A huge well done and a massive thank you to you guys for ripping it up in our little town!
CALLUS LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/
https://www.instagram.com/callus_uk/
https://callus117.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZOSaYdZBmL8DhLMPjLWggQ

 

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Interview with Callus at Wrexfest

Callus Video Interview
Wrexfest, Wrexham
28/07/2018
Interview by Beth Jones
Intro by Rick Tilley

Ever Metal is very proud to present its first ever video interview…yes, this is so much easier than transcribing everything, and what better way to kick off than Beth’s interview with the awesome Callus when they visited our home town of Wrexham last week to play Wrexfest!

I was there but was desperately trying to keep a straight face as there had been quite a bit of silliness leading up to the recording, anyway, enjoy (we know we have to make a couple of adjustments with the microphone for next time) and listen out for the title announcement of the debut Callus album which is slipped in about half way through. You heard it here first!!

Huge thanks to Louis, Ben and Ryan for the interview!

CALLUS Interview:

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

 

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