EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA

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EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band Zephyra! Huge thanks to guitarist Tony Netterbrant 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 Tony Netterbrant. I play guitar and I’m the main songwriter in Zephyra.

The band started 2009 but we often say that we started for real in 2011 when I switched from drums to guitar in the band.

We have released three full length albums and one stand-alone single since 2014.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was Åsa (vocalist) that came up with the idea to rearrange our dog’s name. Her name is Zaphira and Åsa changed it to Zephyra.

It was never really meant be the final band name. We needed a name in the beginning and it eventually stuck. It’s too late to change now, ha ha!

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

We are from Sweden and it has its good sides and bad sides. In the global perspective Sweden has delivered some really good metal acts such as in Flames, HammerFall, Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Sabaton and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of good metal bands here for sure!

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

Our latest album “Fall. Rise. Conquer.” was released on April 17, 2019 and we have released three singles off that album, the latest being a cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

If we are talking musical influences, Metallica is one of the biggest for me. But bands such as Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Megadeth have also played a big role.

Other influences is life in general. The lyrics I write are inspired of real life events, mainly my own experiences but also others.

What first got you into music?

I was never really good at sports growing up, like my brothers were. I think music spoke to me and I have always been a very creative and deep person. The music came naturally in a way.

My oldest brother introduced me to hard rock and metal and it grew on me. A few years down the road when I discovered Metallica, something inside me woke.

I wanted to play drums and I wanted to compose music. I never had a plan to be a musician, it just happened and it just felt right.

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

Oh, wow! Hard question! There are so many so I really can’t say. I’m afraid I will forget someone, ha ha!

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

Wacken! I mean, it’s the biggest and most metal festival there is! Of course Sweden Rock Festival does not sound bad either 😉

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

Maybe not weird but in a way it is. We have, as far as we know, two different people who have a tattoo of our logo on their body. It’s a big honour of course, but also weird in a way because it’s so hard to grasp. Amazing!

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

I would like to say THANK YOU to all you Zephyra soldiers out there who are fighting for us and supporting us through everything!

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

Criss Oliva. Such an underrated guitarist who died too soon!

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

Creating music! It makes my blood flow and when I am performing with my family (the band) on stage in front of our lovely fans, that’s worth all the hard times.

I hate all of the business side. I didn’t start with music to being able to run a business, you know. It’s a necessary part though to being able reach out to more people and to grow as a band.

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

Take away the industry part and make it only about the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Gutter Ballet” – Savatage

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

I don’t have an opinion about that, they all serve a purpose. But I’m quite nostalgic about CD’s though.

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

Hard one, but I think I must say that the last two shows on our last UK tour were special in so many ways. We played in Birmingham and Norwich and Åsa’s voice was severely affected by pollen so she couldn’t growl at all in Birmingham and then she couldn’t sing at all (!) in Norwich. But, we soldiered on and played the shows anyway with the amazing support from our lovely fans. I am very proud of the band that we didn’t give up and pushed through. The show must go on.

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

I don’t know, maybe something with animals. I am a big dog lover.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band! Wait, that’s only three, ha ha. Well, that’s enough. I like small gatherings.

What’s next for the band?

Next shows are in Norway and the Netherlands in July and August at Totsås Rock and Tattoofest. Other than that we are brewing on some things we can’t talk about yet.

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

https://www.facebook.com/zephyraofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ZephyraVideos
https://www.instagram.com/zephyraofficial/
http://www.zephyra.se/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have actually never heard of them so I can’t say.

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

Thanks for this interview and stay metal out there!

 

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Amon Amarth – Berserker

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Amon Amarth – Berserker
Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)
Release Date: 03/05/2019
Running Time: 56:35
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Amon Amarth’s eleventh full-length “Berserker” is a non-stop beast of an album with killer riffs, growling vocals and more energy than ten well known energy drinks and if you’re not headbanging by the end, I think you need to look into your choice of musical taste!

The band, which consists of Johan Hegg on vocals, Ted Lundstrom on bass, Johan Soderberg on guitar, Olavi Mikkonen also on guitar and Jocke Wallgren on Drums definitely knows how to pack a punch into an album.

Each track is its own mini story with awesome drumming and guitar riffs. Hegg’s gravel voice is epic, yet, unlike a lot of bands of this genre, you can still understand him which is a blessing as the power that goes into all the tracks would be lost and that would be a shame. These fast and heavy songs have brutal melodies whilst not missing a beat and go into some of the craziest riffs I have heard in a while.

The Swedish band recorded the album in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls and it was after recording several rounds for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tagtgren and later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make the final recording in LA.

The track “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge” is a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and with epic lyrics such as “Englishmen, I am waiting here, in my heart I know not one ounce of fear”, it conjures images in your head of a Viking stood tall and strong, wielding a axe not scared of death one bit.

Johan Hegg says that this is Amon Amarth 2.0 and I must agree. This album is so intense and powerful. Why would a band want to just keep going over and over the same things? Fans would soon wander off, so the fact they plan to explore themselves musically is only going to benefit us fans and they certainly are a band who wants to please the fans as well as themselves.

Hegg admits he has (and I quote) “the best fucking job in the word” and you can tell this by the album. They are not a band who just put lyrics to music and bang out album after album. There is a definite vibe in the album, a passion, a dynamic which has the hairs on the back of your neck on edge. It’s like listening to a metal story book and you need to keep listening to find out the next chapter.

Amon Amarth give it 100% and it shows, even the album cover is epic.

What can I say? Impressed? Yes! Love it? Hell yes! These guys give it hell.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fafner’s Gold
02. Crack The Sky
03. Mjolner, Hammer Of Thor
04. Shield Wall
05. Valkyria
06. Ravens Flight
07. Ironside
08. The Berserker At Stamford Bridge
09. When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails
10. Skoll ans Hati
11. Wings Of Eagles
12. Into The Darkness

LINKS:
https://www.amonamarth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarth

https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth/
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOffical

 

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

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EMQ’s with Agonize The Serpent

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Melodic Metalcore band Agonize The Serpent. Huge thanks to Guitarist Daniel Rybeck 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, I’m Daniel and I play guitar.
We’re a Metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden formed 2015.
Teddie and I met through a mutual friend, he sent me a couple of demos and I was hooked. It didn’t take long before we became a 5 piece band and recorded our first single ‘Cloak & Dagger’
Since then we’ve released an EP, an album and a bunch of music videos, had e few line-up changes and played live around Sweden.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a list of names and voted.

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

Sweden. The scene used to be amazing here and I can really see a big difference when I go to concerts now compared to when I grew up. The metal scene is definitely better in Germany and Eastern Europe for example, so that’s where we want to go next.

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

Our debut album “Pray For A Plague”

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say my greatest influences have been Sonic Syndicate and the other bands around our hometown that made me love going to live shows and start playing myself.

What first got you into music?

I remember that I went to a market with my family when i was around 6 years old and I bought my first CD, “Alive!” with Kiss. Not because i liked their music, i just thought they looked cool, haha!

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

Sam Carter of Architects

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

I would choose Rock am Ring in Germany. I went there last year and had an amazing time, the festival books a lot of other Metalcore bands and has around 90,000 visitors so it would definitely be a good place for us to get our name and music out there.

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

At our very first gig I got a pair of dirty underwear thrown at me. I am not supposed to say this but… it was men’s underwear, used by a friend of mine!

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

Thank you very much for listening and supporting our music! Keep your eyes open for new releases; they’re just around the corner.

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

Tom Searle!

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

The time and interest we share within the band and of course the live shows we play.
I don’t like how complicated things can get when everyone doesn’t share the same vision or wants different things. But it’s a relationship with five people, of course it’s complicated.

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

I’d like to take away the possibilities we have to listen to all music in the world, wherever we are, all the time. Even though I use all digital platforms myself I think we’d appreciate music even more if we had some kind of limitation. I still listen to albums but a lot of people don’t seem interested in that anymore, they just listen to the singles and move on to the next band/artist. This would make local live shows more interesting and appreciated as well.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In Flames – “Come Clarity”

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

Vinyl

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

When we shared stage with The Unguided and Corroded!

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

I would move to different places around the world, try new things and hopefully find something I’d love to do, some extreme sport maybe?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oliver Sykes, Zach Johnson (The Ghost Inside), Jim Carrey, Ian McKellen (As Gandalf) and Rihanna

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing a new single and video in June and after that we’re going back to the studio to record three more songs.

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

https://www.facebook.com/agonizetheserpent
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMNhZZ7zrolXNT752pxpIzA
https://www.instagram.com/agonizetheserpent
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Xao7aRx9g8QyL3jEOrYYR?si=pHEmtaF4RI2uhW4giu94iw
https://agonizetheserpent.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit-sized cakes!

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

The pleasure is mine. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for new releases and updates. Thank you

 

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Melodic Metal band In Silence! 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?

We are In Silence, We play Modern Melodic Metal. Long story short, the band was created from the remains of another band that split up and searched for new members, found our new guitarist Daniel and became In Silence!

How did you come up with your band name?

Like a genie in a bottle, Sebastian and Mikael rubbed a few cans of beer and came up with the name.

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

We are from Sweden and the metal scene is great. We are mostly known for the infamous “Gothenburg Sound”. The most successful bands are from Gothenburg and have a distinct sound.

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

Our latest release is our new EP “One for All” and our next single Will be released later in May so stay tuned! (The single is ‘The Worst Liar’ and is out now)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh that’s a tough question because we have so many different individual influences for example:
Erika: If I have to choose one influence I choose Kobra Paige vocalist in “Kobra And The Lotus” mostly because she is so humble. She, also like me, is trying to spread love and metal to the world.
Daniel: My biggest influence is probably Trivium. Mostly because they seem like a genuine and kind bunch of guys and their music is amazing and so inspirational.
Rasmus: In Flames! Because it’s simple and earfuckable.
Mikael: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Cuz he fucking rules!!
Sebastian: Sami from Kreator because he plays with so much soul and playfulness.

What first got you into music?

Different answers yet again:
Erika, Sebastian and Rasmus all have fathers who have played drums during the years, Mikael’s music interest started during his first music lessons in school and Daniel’s journey into music started with playing Guitar Hero and an uncle who played a lot of guitar.

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

Still differences in opinion but we can all agree on Lena Scissorhands from Infected Rain!

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

Finally an easy question: Wacken Open Air! It’s a big ass Festival with lots of people and bands and the crowd in Germany is crazy!

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

We never receive any gifts from our fans 🙁

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

Love and Metal!

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

We need these two back right now, Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio!!

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

What we love the most is to play live. It’s like therapy for all of us and all the great response we get from our fans. The worst thing about it is the time between the gigs.

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

That it’s harder for the musicians to get cred and money for their work. We like it better how it was “back in the day”!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Erika: I rarely listen to a whole album but if I need to pick I’ll say “Time Stands Still” by Unleash The Archers. I listen to almost every song
Sebastian: Favourite album ever… probably “Phantom Antichrist” by Kreator!
Mikael: “We Are One” by The Bloodline!
Rasmus: “Clayman” by In Flames of course!
Daniel: My all-time favourite album? “The Sin and the Sentence” by Trivium!

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

If you want the authentic sound we think Vinyl is better but streaming has made it easier to find and listen to new music.

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

Last year at a small Festival in Forshaga in Sweden called “Raise Your Fist For Metal 2018” Amazing gig and fantastic atmosphere!

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

We would be lying in the gutter drinking a lot of whisky after trying and failing to get careers as Pornstars!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddy Krueger, The ‘Grudge’ girl, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump and Håkan Hellström. May the best man win!

What’s next for the band?

A music video in the making and a gig at Sweden’s biggest Festival, Sweden Rock Festival!!

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

https://www.facebook.com/Insilencesweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WNpduvpWAAH8rGu8UK5Ov

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t know but it sounds like a biscuit!

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

Thank you for YOUR time and of course:
Love and Metal!

 

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EMQ’s with MarysCreek

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EMQ’s with MarysCreek

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Rock/Metal band MarysCreek! Huge thanks to vocalist Mats Nilsson 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 Mats Nilsson and I’m the singer in MarysCreek.
The story of MarysCreek started back in 2004 when I and our former drummer Stefan Halldin started the band together.
In 2007 we released our debut album “Some Kind Of Hate”.
MarysCreek current line-up is Mats Nilsson (vocals), Alexander Ericsson (guitar/vocals), Jonas Hallberg (lead guitar/vocals), Roger Blomberg (bass) and Hugo Kristiansson (drums)

How did you come up with your band name?

The name MarysCreek came to me and our former drummer Stefan’s minds when we were browsing the internet for a unique name to get a .com address. We found a track with Nightwish called ‘Creek Mary’s Blood”, remove the word blood and turn the words around and there you have it!

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

MarysCreek is a Swedish band and in our home town Linköping the music scene is pretty good, we have a couple of really good venues and I also have to name Hell Yeah Rock Club that brings many good Hardrock/Metal bands to Linköping.
Generally in Sweden the hardrock/Metal scene is really, really good, there are so many good new and old bands so the scene in Sweden is very healthy.

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

Our latest album is “Infinity” that was released 2016 (Escape Music).

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh, that´s a hard question. If I speak for myself I listen a lot to bands like like Motley Crue, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Toto…a lot of bands from the 80’s but I guess you can´t hear that in MarysCreek music…or?

What first got you into music?

My mom came home from a business trip in 1982 and she had bought a gift to me, it was Motley Crue´s “Too Fast For Love” and it blew me away totally, I never heard or seen anything that cool. And from that day I knew exactly what I wanted to be :-).

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

It would be interesting to sit down with Sir Paul McCartney and write some music, he´s really a master of melodies.

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

We still haven´t played Sweden Rock Festival so that´s a festival I would love to play.
I’ve been to Sweden Rock Festival as a visitor for 18 years so it would be such an honour to play in the fields of Norje, so I cross my fingers.
Also the MO/RC (Monster Of Rock Cruise) is at the top of my list.

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

…the best is yet to come!

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

I think it would be Ronnie James Dio! I would love to see Rainbow with Dio behind
the mic.

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

The best is to write music and have the possibility to play the song you wrote live and see the react of the crowed, that´s a kind of magic.

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

I would turn back the clock to the 80’s, I really miss all the record stores, I could stand for hours and browse records and go from record store to record store.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh, I can´t pick just one, that´s impossible, I have so many records that I´m in love with…to here are a few of them:
Motley Crue – “Shout At The Devil, ToTo – “The Seventh One” & Dream Theater – “Octavarium”

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

Without any doubt Vinyl records!

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

I think our European tour with S.O.T.O had some of the best gigs MarysCreek ever did.

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

I am besides being a musician a Cad/BIM Engineer so that´s what I do beside music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family are always invited but I know if I want a good party I would invite the members of MarysCreek…they know how to party ;-).

What’s next for the band?

I’m right now writing new songs for the forth coming MarysCreek album and I really hope it will be released in 2020.

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

We´re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website
http://maryscreek.com/
https://www.facebook.com/maryscreek/
https://twitter.com/MarysCreek
https://www.instagram.com/MarysCreekofficial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sounds like a cake but looks like a biscuit, so I go for the look, it´s a biscuit.

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

Keep your eyes open for some great MarysCreek news to come!
Over and out
Cheers!

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Seventh Wonder – Tiara

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Seventh Wonder – Tiara
Frontiers Records
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Running Time: 01:09:56
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

It’s no secret that Sweden is a vast breeding ground for rock and metal giants. Most notable names include Sabaton, Amon Amarth and In Flames. Could Seventh Wonder be joining this list of legends? Judging from the strength of their album “Tiara”, it’s more than safe to say that there is a place on this list awaiting them. Imagine if Avantasia and Kamelot jammed together, that would be Seventh Wonder.

Seventh Wonder are familiar to me as their lead vocalist Tommy Karevik also fronts Kamelot and they are personal favourites of mine. So naturally I was curious to get to know Seventh Wonder and find out what their sound is all about.

The album is a portfolio of epic, bombastic melodies that sit with you the moment you press play. The tracks are memorable and once you listen to this record, just looking at the name will bring excerpts of these songs to the mind instantly.

The opening tracks ‘Arrival’ and ‘The Everones’ entice you in instantly. I found that the songs have a strong ambience and contain strong sounding melodies. Scar Symmetry and Kamelot come to mind when listening to the songs.

‘Against The Grain’ is a soaring track that sat very well with me. The backing vocals accompanying Tommy Karevik remind me of Eden’s Curse and Avantasia, particularly because these choral vocals provide concrete backing. I also found that the song had a strong eighties vibe to it. This track is just one of the highlights of the album.

‘Victorious’ is the ear worm of the album. The powerful verses and infectious chorus will ensure you remember the song hours after hearing it. I only have to read the title and the song gets stuck in my head. The title alone is an empowering word and the bold musical arrangements match this perfectly. The song gives you strength and hope, even in times riddled with uncertainty.

I like the acoustic tribal tones from ‘The Truth’. It shows a different side to the band and gives us a break from the heaviness for the majority of the song. It then gives us their iconic, bombastic sounds that familiar across the album. I also like the empowering and uplifting tones throughout the song.

With albums you tend to come across a short opening track that leads to the first main track. With “Tiara” you also get that at the end. The song ‘Procession’ is a beautiful short track with a stunning vocal melody from Tommy Karevik. This is the lead up to the mind-blowing closer ‘Exhale’.

When you have experienced something that is so intense it leaves you breathless, you let out a huge breath. So, this track is appropriately named. “Tiara” leaves you breathless and ‘Exhale’ is the final chapter of this fantastic record.

From the exhilarating ride that “Tiara” gave me, I think it is more than safe to say Seventh Wonder will be added to my music collection. Fans of Kamelot and strong melodic metal, I recommend you do the same.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Arrival
02. The Everones
03. Dream Machines
04. Against the Grain
05. Victorious
06. Farewell (Part 1: Tiara’s Song)
07. Farewell (Part 2: Goodnight)
08. Farewell (Part 3: Beyond Today)
09. The Truth
10. By the Light of the Funeral Pyres
11. Damnation Below
12. Procession
13. Exhale

LINKS:
http://www.seventhwonder.se/
https://www.facebook.com/seventhwonderofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/user/officialSW

 

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EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter

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EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Hard Rock band Days Of Jupiter. 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?

Magnus is my name and I´m the drummer for Days Of Jupiter.
The band was formed in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 2010. The band had existed before with other members and another name but it was when Magnus Larsson (drums) and Janne Karlsson (bass) joined that the band wanted to make a go for it in the music industry.
The former members quit the band due to the fact that they couldn`t put in the time that was necessary for the bands vision. So in January 2010 the band regrouped and was named Days Of Jupiter.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name for the band that was quite unique so that the name didn´t sound familiar or like another bands name.
We like that the name Jupiter is a planet, but also the Roman God. Jupiter was the god of all gods, so that is cool.

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

We´re from Sweden. The metal scene here in Sweden is good. There are a lot of bands, good venues and festivals dedicated to metal, so no complaint on that subject.

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

We released our fourth album “Panoptical” on the 26th of October 2018. Be sure to check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by both Modern Metal from the US as well as classical Heavy Metal/Hard Rock from Europe, if you would mould those together then you get Days Of Jupiter. The members in the band listen to everything from Death Metal to AOR, and we always write songs that come from our hearts and sound good. We don’t think in terms that the songs must sound a certain way.

What first got you into music?

For me it was the drums itself. In my world as a young teenager the coolest instrument was the drums so for me it was kind of a no brainer… ‘I WILL play the drums’. One early influence was Randy Castillo who played with Ozzy back in the day.

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

Hard to say. There is a ton of skilled musicians out there. We have to see what the future brings.

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

Wacken Open Air in Germany is a dream to play at. It´s like the mother of all metal festivals. An important and great festival with a lot of visitors, we would love to play there.

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

Haha, we got a video from Russia with a guy who was singing our song ‘Last One Alive’ but he had translated the lyrics to Russian. That was a lot of fun, hearing one of our songs in another language.

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

A cliché, but… We hope to meet you on tour someday.

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

I would say Dio; he seemed to be a nice man with his heart in the right place and one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

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

I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into being a musician, to master your instrument, write great songs and to spread the music to all great people out there. Music is something we all relate to and have a connection to whether you´re happy, sad or what mood you´re in at the moment. I don’t hate anything with being a musician, but sometimes the wait and travel is pretty dull.

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

It would nice if the industry as a whole would take some risks sometimes. Sign a new band for a change and let the not so experienced play at the good venues and festivals. Money talks, I know, but it would be nice to see a younger band get the chance in the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mine would be “Abigail” by King Diamond and “Master of the Rings” by Helloween.

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

Personally I love vinyl! I think that it has the right feel, bigger album cover and better sound. However, the digital way is so much easier. You can play almost any song by just a quick tap with your fingers and you can find so much good music.

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

We have played Sweden Rock Festival and that was nice, but the gig we remember the most is at a small venue in Maasmechelen, Belgium. No expectations at all, but man what a night. Great gig and an even greater audience that we partied with afterwards. Super nice people.

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

Don’t know…Can´t picture my life without it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates for sure, and Will Ferrell! He is so funny. It would be an awesome dinner party with him as Ron Burgundy.

What’s next for the band?

On 10th of June we open for Disturbed in Tallin, Estonia and play some more gigs during the summer. Hopefully a tour in Germany later this year and we are writing new material for our fifth album as well.

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

www.facebook.com/daysofjupiterofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes?! Never heard of them, but I like biscuits so it has to be one…!

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

Thank you for supporting us, keep up the good work.

 

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EMQ’s with PRIME CREATION

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EMQ’s with PRIME CREATION

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band Prime Creation 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?

Sure, my name is Henrik Weimedal and I play bass guitar.
Prime Creation started in 2015 by members from the now disused power metal band Morifade. We released our self-titled debut album in 2017, a lot of gigs later we released the first of 3 singles in April 2019 and this fall we’ll release our second album called “Tears of Rage”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had about 100-150 names that we came up with and the word “creation” came up the most and then we just put “prime” in front of that. 🙂

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

We’re from Sweden and I think most people know that the metal scene here is fantastic; the music scene in general is very strong in Sweden.

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

‘Lost In The Shades’ single. It’s the first of three from the coming album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many, everything from Black Sabbath to Symphony X

What first got you into music?

For me personally it was Steve Harris and Iron Maiden, first Iron Maiden song I ever heard was ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’, after that I was hooked!

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

Iron Maiden! But on a more realistic level I think Masterplan would be a good pick, we supported them at a couple of shows and we really enjoyed hanging out with them.

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

Wacken Open Air, simply because it’s the biggest metal festival on earth!

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

We received a letter once from a fan, he had created the postal stamp from our album cover and had made it so it looked like a real stamp, and it sure fooled the postal service.

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

Spread the word!

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

Ronnie James Dio, amazing voice…

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

I love playing live.
I hate the time between arriving at the venue and standing on the stage.

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

I don’t know.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”

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

Vinyl!

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

With Morifade at Rock Machina in Spain in the year 2000.

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

Probably weld

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
(and Graham Chapman if he was still alive)

What’s next for the band?

We’re planning gigs for the fall and of course releasing the album!

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

https://www.facebook.com/primecreationofficial
https://www.youtube.com/c/PrimecreationbandSwe
https://instagram.com/primecreationband
https://twitter.com/Prime__Creation
http://primecreationband.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them.

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

Thank you for the interview and thanks to all fans for your support!

 

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EMQ’s with EGONAUT

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EMQ’s with EGONAUT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Doom N Roll band Egonaut. 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?

EGONAUT
Dennis, Organ and Keys. Mikael, Bass.
Egonaut is a Swedish band formed by Markus and Fredrik in 2006. From the beginning the sound was Stoner-oriented but has over the years merged into a blend of groovy Doom and Metal with occult tendencies, Power-doom!
We have over the years released a bunch of EP’s and 4 albums, currently recording our fifth. In between recording sessions we have had the great pleasure of touring both Sweden and Europe a couple of times as well as playing many great festivals.
Egonaut are:
Emil Kyrk – Vocals
Fredrik Jordanius – Guitars
Mikael Bielinski – Bass
Dennis Zielinski – Keyboards
Markus Johansson – Drums

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

Sweden. The metal scene is ok but the live scene is a bit dull though, especially the club scene which has changed a lot during the last 10 years or so. But we still have many big Rock/Metal festivals that survive, so the crowd is definitely still there.

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

Album: The Omega. November 2017
(A new Single: Out May 24, 2019)

Who’s been your greatest influences?

Mikael: That list is long, but everything from Spiritual Beggars to Entombed via Pink Floyd back to Ghost and many more.

What first got you into music?

Dennis: All of us have been playing instruments since childhood. But why we started is probably some thing that most of us can thank our parents for.

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

Dennis: Writing a song or two with Toni Iommi would be cool. He’s a killer riff-machine, blending his riffs with our sound would be very exciting to hear.

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

There are many but the biggest stage at Wacken would be nice. It’s like a Holy Grail, especially if you come from Europe.

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

A bottle containing a yellow substance labelled “Golden Shower”. (We have not opened it yet!)

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

Thank you and please bring a friend.

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

Ronnie James Dio.

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

Dennis: Finding new ways of expressing my self through music and sounds. Playing live is also something that gives me great pleasure. I really hate that today as a musician you’ll have to spend more time on writing emails and promoting your band than playing.

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

Mikael: The greed. There are too many people benefiting from the artists creativity without actually doing anything for it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mikael: Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Dennis: Images and Word – Dream Theater

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

Vinyl and streamed media.

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

Sweden Rock Festival 2015. Big crowd, perfect weather and the first time we ever played a festival of that size.

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

Mikael: Pilot or working abroad in some way.
Dennis: Music Video Producer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mikael: Geezer Butler, David Gilmour, Josh Homme , John 5, Dennis Zielinski

What’s next for the band?

Finishing up the new album and getting it out there. Of course, making a few videos etc, then doing some shows later this year.

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

Facebook, Spotify, Youtube, iTunes.
https://sv-se.facebook.com/egonautswe/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5HC50drCPReeIlMKkRDj0V
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCaXTx0sPursTm-Ek7qteRg
https://itunes.apple.com/se/artist/egonaut/316126876

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

In Sweden we call it a kick.

 

 

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Evergrey – The Atlantic

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Evergrey – The Atlantic
AFM Records
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Running Time: 54:07
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

There are certain bands, that when they pop up on the “reviews to do” list, I always try to get my name against first and Evergrey are one of those bands! Having been a fan since I purchased a copy of their 2008 album “Torn” on a whim, and also having reviewed their 2016 album “The Storm Within” I thought it was only right that I reviewed their latest offering “The Atlantic.”

Evergrey are a Swedish Progressive Metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1995, and led by frontman and songwriter, Tom S Englund, they have always been synonymous with “technically and compositionally outstanding standards, combined with lyrics and messages which go way beyond rock ‘n’ roll prose.”

Progressive Metal is not one of my preferred genres, but there are a few bands that stand out in the field, and, for me, Evergrey have always been one of the best. With this new album, the band have manifested their reputation as one of the most unusual and innovative progressive metal acts….worldwide!

This album also sees them complete their “Hymns For The Broken” trilogy, which began life with the launch of Part 1 back in 2014, and is all about the adventure of ‘life’.
As on Hymns For The Broken and it’s 2016 successor The Storm Within, the new album is about events and experiences in our lives,” explains Englund, “it’s about relationships, beauty and darkness, about fortune and grief, about love, hate, despair, joy and everything connected with it. Life is like a journey across the ocean, on the way to distant shores.

So, it was rather apt then, to call the album “The Atlantic”, the second largest ocean on the planet, and with it, they take their listeners on a tempestuous voyage across the rough seas, something that only prog metal can really do!

The expressive cover art work was designed by Greek artist Giannis Nakos, who is renowned for his work for Oceans of Slumber and Hades Rising, among others. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen and was produced by Tom, himself, along with drummer Jonas Ekdahl.

The lyrics of Everygrey songs have always been of the darker side, as has the band’s imagery, and this album is no different, with the words being delivered with deep feeling and emotion from the talented voice of Tom. I have always been a fan of Tom’s voice and he did not disappoint on this album. He just seems to get better and better.

There are ten tracks in total and, although together they make for a superb album, each one can stand alone with “amazing power, depth and exciting detail.” There are no bad songs here and I don’t think Mr Englund could write an awful track even if he tried.

The first track on the album is ‘A Silent Arc’ and is probably one of the fiercest and toughest tracks Evergrey have ever recorded. Says their publicity notes, it’s “brutal in a certain kind of Evergrey way!” But, this is not the only function of this track. While it also sets the whole lyrical and musical content of the album, it is also the first single release. Quite a cute move to place it number one in the track list!

There will also be videos to accompany the atmospherically heavy ‘Weightless’, my favourite track on the album, and the anthemic and melancholic ‘All I Have’, two highlights from the thoroughly diverse and haunting album. Also, check out track number two ‘A Secret Atlantis’. Those opening riffs are just magnificent.

The band’s Facebook page cites their influences as Kiss, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn and The Deftones, and to be honest I can’t hear any of those bands in Evergrey’s music. For me, these guys produce music that is totally unique to them. They have the riffs and the guitars, the drums and the vocals that bands of all genres of metal possess, but the way it is all put together just sets them miles apart from the rest. This is music you could break up and make up to. It’s music that makes you feel emotions that you might not necessarily want to feel. It’s music that gets you right in the stomach and tears at your heartstrings! And there are not many bands out there who can do that!

If you have not heard Evergrey’s music before….where the hell have you been for the past twenty years?? And, more importantly, GO and BUY this album! In fact go and buy them all. They are definitely a band you need to hear.

I hope these guys continue to make lots more of their fantastic music and next time they are in London (question for you there Tom??!) I will definitely be at the front!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Silent Arc
02. Weightless
03. All I Have
04. A Secret Atlantis
05. The Tidal
06. End Of Silence
07. Currents
08. Departure
09. The Beacon
10. This Ocean

LINKS:
http://www.evergrey.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Evergrey/

https://www.instagram.com/evergreyofficial/

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