Artillery – X

X Album Cover Art

Artillery – X
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 07/05/2021
Running Time: 45:48
Review by Simon Black
9/10

This album was a delightfully pleasant surprise. When a band has been at it for forty years and its members cracking on a bit, you expect the engine to not be running at the kind of ferocity that it did when they were younger, back when wearing studded leather straps in public was a bit rebellious and dodgy moustaches were the thing. Well, that dodgy look may be long gone, but Artillery have managed to turn out what feels like one of their finest hour’s with this, their tenth record (although I still think the anthemic ‘In Thrash We Trust’ from the second track on the disk would have been a better title).

Back in the day, Artillery were one of those bands that hadn’t quite registered on the radar much here in the UK when Thrash was exploding world-wide. Although I had come across their rather explosive debut “Fear Of Tomorrow”, they didn’t tour enough to push themselves into the consciousness of us Brits in the way other European stalwarts of the scene did and so unless you had seen them on the bill at a festival over there, you were probably blissfully unaware of them. Taking most of the 1990’s and 2000’s off probably did not help with maintaining a profile here though. The band have also endured some recent tragedy with the passing of founding guitarist Morten Stützer, suddenly, in 2019. You would have forgiven his surviving brother Michael for wanting to hang up his axe at this point, given that the brothers were the song-writing engine at the heart of the band, but having on boarded long-time friend Kræn Meier the band have taken that emotion and forged what is head and shoulders the strongest album since their debut in 1985.

This does not sound like a band who have been around for such a long time. It sounds as fresh, focussed and energetic as that crucial first record, with the added benefit of experience and the kind of crisp and modern production values which although more affordable and technically achievable in this day and age, still many bands struggle to find. They’ve been working with Producer Søren Andersen for a while, but this time he really seems to have nailed their sound with a rich and well produced piece of work. Thrash and high production values did not always go together historically, so this is important. In days gone by the best thrash albums were often the ones with the weaker production, given that the speed and urgency borne from necessity of limited budget and studio time often leant the recordings an energy that became conspicuous by its absence when bands got better established and hard more time to polish their chops. Andersen crucially has managed to capture both the immediacy without sacrificing the quality here.

But then when you have song-writing of this calibre to work with, half the work is already done. The eleven songs on here positively fly by in a blur of technically proficient and blisteringly accurate speed. Artillery’s sound is subtly different from many Thrash acts, as Michael Bastholm Dahl’s clean vocal style stands out from the usual guttural delivery of the sub-genre. Personally his wailing tone adds an emotional timbre so often missing from Thrash, and allows the meaning of the words to emerge clearly. This counterpoints superbly with the aggressive and frenetic delivery of the instruments and I am left with an album that I am not done with yet. The band also vary the tone in unexpected ways – ‘The Ghost Of Me’ is the kind of ballad that you would not expect to find in the genre, but it works and really shows just what Dahl’s voice can achieve. Equally the more Traditional Metal sound of ‘Eternal Night’ brings a refreshing change from the all-out speed and illustrates a band with song-writing maturity and confidence that experience naturally brings, but who have not lost their mojo. A resounding hit for me.

‘In Your Mind’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Devil’s Symphony
02. In Thrash We Trust
03. Turn Up The Rage
04. Silver Cross
05. In Your Mind
06. The Ghost Of Me
07. Force Of Indifference
08. Varg I Veum
09. Mors Ontologica
10. Eternal Night
11. Beggars In Black Suits

LINE-UP:
Michael Bastholm Dahl – Vocals
Michael Stützer – Guitars
Kræn Meier – Guitars
Peter Thorslund – Bass
Josua Madsen – Drums

LINKS:

Artillery Promo Pic

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Raphael Olmos – Make Riff, Not War EP

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Raphael Olmos – Make Riff, Not War EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/05/2021
Running Time: 15:48
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Do you remember the first review I did for Ever Metal, when I became part of this beautiful team in 2019? No? It was a review of “The Beloved Bones: Hell” from the Brazilian band Dark Avenger, but wait…this album was released two years before I did the review. Why did I decide to do it? Considering that being part of Ever Metal was (and still is) the best thing that has happened to me in this world of reviews/interviews, I decided to make a tribute. It was a tribute for my dear friend Mario Linhares, who passed away in 2017. It is not just a tribute to a great musician; it was a tribute to a great friend who shared the same passion in music to me. Our friendship came from this passion.

During these four years reviewing and interviewing, I have made friends. Some of them became close friends, others not so much. However, the good ones really make all the work and passion for the music worthwhile, and Raphael Olmos is one of these examples. If you don’t know him, search for “Kamala” here, on Ever Metal, and you will find amazing material about the band. He is the founder member of this important Brazilian Thrash Metal band and we started to talk with each other after a review of the band’s EP in 2017. We became friends because I think we have some values in common. We are here for music. It is our passion and we work for it. No arrogance or competition, just mutual support to spread the word of Heavy Metal.

To talk about Raphael and his first solo release, I must mention everything he has conquered with Kamala. 18 years on the road, 5 studio albums, 1 EP, and 6 European tours that resulted in a live album, “Live In France”. Good, isn’t it? In addition, and more amazingly, the band has done this without any label to support them. As result, they have become well known in Europe as well as in Brazil, after almost two decades.

Of course, the pandemic that we have all been living through for over a year has hit all the band’s plans for now, including the new Kalama album, which is already completed. However, the good news is that Raphael decided to show off all of his musical creativity, whilst the band wait for the right moment to release the new offering. As a consequence, we can hear the instrumental EP “Make Riff, Not War”.

What is new on this EP? Well, it is 100% instrumental and Raphael recorded all instruments. Even the drums, despite them being programmed, sound great and that has helped a lot with the result. Musically, we can hear Raphael’s trademark Thrash style, but with the addition of melody, harmonics and well-structured elements on guitars.

The first song ‘Dealing With Pain’ starts slowly with several harmonies and ‘Jacaré’ keeps the sonority growing as the heaviness increases. It is Interesting how the drums and bass have a nice funky cadence that fits with the strong riffs and great solos. I feel the inspiration of guitarists such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, but with a good balance between virtuosity and the strong sonority that we are more used to hearing in heavy genres. It suddenly finishes, as swiftly as an alligator attack (Jacaré means alligator in Portuguese).

‘A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos’ is even faster and carries a chaotic sonority that the song title suggests. Again, Raphael shows good soloing alongside all riffs that have a more Death Metal feel. I liked the fast double kicks and amazing drum fills for this one. ‘Riffle’ follows a similar structure as well but offers more space for interesting bass lines. This song has riffs with a strong guitar pick, solos still have good structure and technique, but this time they are faster with more wah wah and whammy pedals, which is more connected to Kamala’s sonority. The closing song ‘Hope’ is a combination of the four previous tracks mixing harmonies and heaviness.

Music is our weapon and the Riff is a shotgun! In my recent video interview with Raphael, he explained that this is the analogy behind the track ‘Riffle’. Actually, that analogy, pretty much represents the whole EP. This release is the result of all the hard work from someone who lives and breathes music and guitars. A person who delivers music every day, even those days without concerts. Congrats, Raphael for everything you have achieved. It is this work ethic that has seen him endorsed by international brands (Solar, Evertune, Bogren Digital and Skull Strings).

Overall, “Make Riff, Not War” is the perfect example of what a band/musician should do to continue spreading their music. It is an honour to see a good, professional musician in my country, Brazil. We have plenty of good musicians, but few that are professional or hardworking.

‘Riffle’ (Official Video)

Link to my interview with Raphael Olmos talking about “Make Riff, Not War”

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dealing With Pain
02. Jacaré
03. A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos
04. Riffle
05. Hope

LINE-UP:

Raphael Olmos – Guitars, Bass and Drum Programming

LINKS:

Raphael Olmos Promo Pic, photo credit Fernando Righetto
photo credit Fernando Righetto

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – Enjoy The Silence VIDEO PREMIERE

Chaos Doctrine Video Premiere - Enjoy The Silence

CHAOS DOCTRINE Unleash New Lyric Video, A Sweltering, Industrial Metal Cover Version Of Depeche Mode’s ‘ENJOY THE SILENCE

Ever Metal is very proud to premiere ‘Enjoy The Silence’ the new lyric video from South African Industrial Thrash/Death machine Chaos Doctrine. This is their version of the Depeche Mode classic from 1990!

Spawned in their renowned domain (Gemini AD Studios), Chaos Doctrine has taken this epic track and solidly stamped their unique brand of Industrial Thrash onto this classic, duly delivering an intense interpretation exclusively available for free on Bandcamp (From Friday7th May). The Lyric Video pays supplementary homage to the iconic imagery that saw ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and ‘Violator’ propel the band into international stardom in 1990.

Note: Best played on full blast, with a high likelihood of singing along!

EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE

CREDITS:
Written by Martin L Gore
Original Produced by Flood & Depeche Mode
Original Performed by Depeche Mode
Cover Performed by Chaos Doctrine
Cover Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Alec Surridge at Gemini AD Studios

LYRICS
Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Can’t you understand?
Oh, my little girl

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

Vows are spoken
To be broken
Feelings are intense
Words are trivial
Pleasures remain
So does the pain
Words are meaningless
And forgettable

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

UPCOMING ALBUM
Chaos Doctrine came down on the metal world like the hammer of Thor in February this year with a shredding track called ‘Black Friday Bedlam’ featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström on vocals (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate). If you watched the Lyric Video, you would have caught a peek at the title and artwork of the band’s much anticipated second album ‘And In The Beginning… They Lied’, set for release on 25 June 2021. More information on this upcoming release will be made available on the Chaos Doctrine Socials in coming weeks!

And In The Beginning... They Lied Album Cover Art

ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE
Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).

For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band: it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this – the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)
Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger “Dr D” (Vocals)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Alec Surridge (Guitar)

CHAOS DOCTRINE ONLINE:

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Deveria – Suicide Forest

Suicide Forest Album Cover Art

Deveria – Suicide Forest
Animated Insanity Records
Release Date: 17/03/2021
Running Time: 50:37
Review by Simon Black
6/10

Deveria describe themselves as being a Progressive Power/Thrash hybrid and are based in Upstate New York, USA. They’ve had a fairly chequered history, having originally formed in 2008, got an EP out and then disbanded for eight years, with this line up once again forming around front man Chuck Woodward. So this debut album has been a long time coming…

Musically these chaps are very, very tight. The intro track ‘The Beginning Of…’ builds up the layers of sound with some thundering drum work before launching into the full on attack of ‘Silent Cries’. The instruments keep those arrangements tight, but suffer somewhat from the production values. The problem is the vocals sound just that little too high in the mix, with the guitars in particular being in danger of being drowned out completely – particularly by the bass which is so high up in the mix that I was reminded of what happened when Iron Maiden let Steve Harris first try out the producer’s chair.

In parts I am reminded vocally of early Queensrÿche, in that period when Geoff Tate hadn’t quite taken hold of the flame with his lyrical phrasing and although that voice showed tremendous promise, the vocal lines tended to meander somewhat. Woodard does something similar – his voice has power and range but sometimes seems slightly at odds with what the music is doing. There’s a fine line between creating an element of musical tension by being half a tone out from what the melody lines are doing and sounding plain out of key, and this album walks that line once or twice – but the bigger problem is that the instrumentation is just too damned quiet. It’s actually the times when he turns on the more extreme vocal styles that he is actually at his most effective, as it forces a dirtier sound from the rest of the band and the frustrating thing is those stronger and more rounded songs are some way back in the running order. We’re well over half way through before things really get going for my money and the intermittent bursts of pure Thrash from ‘Reign of Fire’ is actually the point when the record really grabs me and starts to run.

Mostly the song writing is pretty solid, with some clever technical arrangements – the title track being a good example, but it’s really let down by that production sound, which is crying out for those guitars to be much more in your face, crunchy and dirty than the slightly too crisp and sanitised sound they have. When they do start to get a bit more down and dirty, say with ‘Kingdom of Evermore’ the effect is immediately obvious in a song that takes you along for the ride, rather than wanting to give notes of improvement. I’m far from writing these boys off though as there is enormous promise here, and no small amount of technical skill and proficiency – but desperately needs someone with a good Metal pedigree on the mixing desk to bring out the best in a more consistent manner. Nonetheless a very promising start.

‘Suicide Forest’ (Official video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Beginning Of…
02. Silent Cries
03. Suicide Forest
04. Fate
05. Demons Inside Me
06. Reign of Fire
07. Kingdom of Evermore
08. Miracles
09. IX
10. One Nation
11. …The End

LINE-UP:
Chuck Woodard – Lead Vocals
John Suski – Drums
Marvin Veeder – Bass
Christian Bivona – Guitar

LINKS:

Deveria Promo Picture

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Video Interview with RAPHAEL OLMOS

Raphael Olmos Make Riff, Not War EP Cover Art

Video Interview with RAPHAEL OLMOS
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Raphael Olmos!

Raphael, the founder/guitarist of Brazilian Thrash Metal band Kamala, is about to release his first solo EP “Make Riff, Not War”. I talked to him about this new EP and how the constant tours by Kamala, in Europe, are helping him and the band reach new heights outside of Brazil.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Raphael very much for his time!

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

RAPHAEL OLMOS Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Background songs by Kamala and Raphael Olmos. All Rights Reserved.

Kamala – Eyes of Creation
Kamala – My Religion
Kamala – Wake Up
Kamala – Believe
Raphael Olmos – Dealing With Pain
Raphael Olmos – Jacaré
Raphael Olmos – A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos
Raphael Olmos – Riffle
Raphael Olmos – Hope

RAPHAEL OLMOS LINKS:

KAMALA LINKS:

Raphael Olmos – ‘Riffle’ (Official Video)

Kamala – ‘Internal Peace’ (Official Video)

Original Review of Kamala – “Live In France”

Previous Text Interview with Kamala’s Raphael Olmos and Isabela Moraes.

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Kamala

Raphael Olmos Promo Pic

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EMQ’s With PSYCHOSANE

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EMQ’s With PSYCHOSANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, courtesy of Victor, with Ribeirão Preto, Brazil based Heavy/Thrash Metal band, Psychosane. Huge thanks to vocalist, Marcelo Seabra, 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 Marcelo Seabra. Robertto (Drums/Vocals) and I formed the band with the initial idea to be an Adrenaline Mob tribute band, but this never happened. Instinctively, we were composing our own material.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was inspired by the song ‘Psychosane’, second track from the album “Omertà” (2012), the debut Adrenaline Mob album.

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

We are Brazilian, our city is called Ribeirão Preto, 400km North of São Paulo. Brazil has great bands and metal public.

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

Our last release was the “Laws Of Aggression” EP, in 2019, and our lyric video ‘To the Devil’.

‘To The Devil’ (Lyric Video)

‘Aggression’ (Audio)

Stream/Purchase “Laws Of Aggression” here

www.hyperurl.co/psychosaneofficial

Who have been your greatest influences?

Woah! that’s difficult to say, many bands like Adrenaline Mob, obviously and Rush, Pantera, Dream Theater, Slayer, Shaman, Texas Hippie Coalition, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Chrome Division and more, and more. We don’t like to limit ourselves with this or that, we are always looking for variety.

What first got you into music?

Me personally, when I watched the Metallica – ‘One’ video on MTV, it blew my mind, Robertto always say it was the Rush video ‘Limelight’ with Neil Peart and his monstrous drums, Leonardo was addicted to Guitar Hero games and many more and Heuler’s first contact was the Scorpions vinyl that belonged to his father.

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

There are a lot of musician we would like to collaborate with in the future. We are just a simple band who want to live on the road playing music and having fun with friends.

We really don’t know how to answer this question.

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

Wacken is the greatest dream of all metal bands.

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

None, really!

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

Fingers crossed that this pandemic plague comes to an end so we can play and enjoy our metal music.

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

Neil Peart, Dimebag Darrel, Dio, Freddie Mercury, and many more great musicians.

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

Working with what you love is like being on vacation all the time, is pleasant and funny.

Harassment and lack of privacy.

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

I have no formed opinion.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rush – “Moving Pictures”
Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
Avantasia – “Ghostslights”
Marilyn Manson – “The Pale Emperor”

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

Real quality is vinyl, but In our country, we don’t have many consumers.

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

Our last gig at Headbangers Union Fest, 15/02/2020, was great.

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

Marcelo and Leonardo work in IT, Robertto is a Graphic Designer and Heuler works as a Video Editor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alex Lifeson, Mike Portnoy, Ricardo Confessori, Neal Morse, Paul Gilbert, James Hetfield, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Corey Taylor, Jari Mäenpää, Axel Rudi Pell and many more.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on pre-production of our new album, and we will continue the “Laws Of Aggression” tour when things get better with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

I think we are on every social media and music platform.
www.facebook.com/psychosaneofficial
www.instagram.com/psychosaneofficial
www.twitter.com/psychosane_
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FWUZnk1ESilpb6GmSLiOH
www.music.apple.com/br/artist/psychosane/1481089716
www.soundcloud.com/psychosaneofficial
www.youtube.com/channel/UCnonfFK7YtecPyEBPF1WnKg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We really don’t know what Jaffa Cakes are!

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

Take care of yourselves in your homes, listen and live the metal life style, fingers crossed for the end of this pandemic crisis.

Psycosane Promo Pic

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Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos

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Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos
Napalm Records
Release Date: 22/01/2021
Running Time: 44:37
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Hello everyone. Here I am again to repeat something that all of us are completely tired of reading in my reviews, but today I must repeat it here… The lack of professionalism!!! Yes! This phrase is my biggest complaint about Brazilian bands. We have hundreds of killer bands releasing astonishing albums, but I can count on both hands how many are really working to be a professional. Nervosa are, for sure, one of the best examples of professionalism that have appeared here in the last decade. I won’t go deeply into details of what the bands should or should not do, but, if there is one thing that I have to mention, that summarizes Nervosa’s work ethic over the last 10 years, then it is their total immersion in living and breathing the band. Investing 100% of your time into a band is something that I admire greatly. Everything that the band have achieved is purely the result of this work. Ok, now I am feeling better!

The new Nervosa Age! I won’t enter into details of everything that happened last year. Nervosa was a Brazilian power trio, two members left and guitarist, Prika Amaral rebuilt the band very quickly to focus on this album with three more girls from different parts of the world. My honest congratulations go to Prika, the new members and also to the old ones. You haven’t made a soap opera of this split, as most bands do after a huge breakup, at least in Brazil. It is a new era for all sides and the focus is on the new material and the future. I have full respect for both sides! So, now I’ll cut my smooth talk and focus on what really matters, the music.

Is “Perpetual Chaos” the best Nervosa album? Maybe…it is hard to say, considering that every fan of Heavy Metal could have a different taste for music and I respect that. At least for me, I always saw Nervosa as a band full of energy. Great energy on stage, great energy to spread Heavy Metal, great energy to spread their name all around the world, also to spread the Brazilian scene (Have I already said the word professionalism?). Despite my huge admiration for the band, I must confess that I wasn’t a huge fan of their music before. I felt that something was missing; even though they released three incredible albums before this. When I pushed the play button for this one, I immediately heard something mind-blowing, and the word technique was the first thing that popped into my head.

Please, don’t misunderstand me, the previous albums were still amazing, but there is a natural evolution and the new line-up has brought what I think was the missing piece of the band’s sonority. Starting with the only original member remaining, Prika Amaral. Her playing is insane here ! So many incredible guitar riffs! Maybe she had a greater liberty to explore different lines, being the only guitarist in the band for such a long time. She has explored the Thrash Metal style that even incorporates a few aspects of Death Metal, like in ‘Kings Of Domination’. Her solos are short in a very precise Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) way of playing, as you can hear on ‘Pursued By Judgement’.

Of course, she has the incredible Mia Wallace on bass who amazingly fills the absence of a second guitarist. Mia’s bass is not as loud as on previous Nervosa recordings, but it is still clearly heard and she is more present on the groove. Different arrangements, but with new purpose! Moreover, Mia sounds very aggressive in her role.

Vocalist Diva Satanica has an incredible range in her screams, from the low guttural up to the ripped vocals. Her versatility has offered more interpretation and more options to create new ideas for this album. Her singing on the chorus of ‘People Of Abyss In Hell’, alongside the amazing rhythm guitar and bass is incredible. You can hear many guest singers, including Schmier from Destruction (who is also the godfather of Nervosa from the early days of the band) on ‘Genocidal Command’. Erik Ak on ‘Rebel Soul’ makes the vocals even more enjoyable by his totally different kind of voice in Nervosa music. This track also shows a more melodic side to Nervosa.

Now here is the highlight of this new Nervosa era. Eleni Nota! What a killer drummer! If you consider that Nervosa have had many incredible drummers in their line-up, it could have been the hardest job ever to find someone to fill this seat. Eleni has not only filled it, but she has exceeded all expectations. Thrash Metal beats, blast beats or double kicks like in ‘Blood Eagle’. Even Hardcore beats like ‘Time To Fight’ are present here. Everything is played with a lot of aggression and technique. Everything is even better with the organic drum sound that even reminded me of Igor Cavalera on “Chaos A.D.”. I have listened to this album more than 10 times and am sure that Eleni could easily perform amongst the best Heavy Metal drummers if the world. Congrats Eleni Nota 10*

The versatility of the band is well defined by all the styles they are able to perform in an astonishing way. “Perpetual Chaos” is a show of aggressiveness and technique. From the fast, opening track ‘Venomous’, with a killer intro riff, passing by the cadenced ‘Godless Prisoner’ through to the obscure riffs of ‘Under Ruins’ that ends the album, you will hear incredible compositions. The Hardcore/Metal ‘Time to Fight’ made me imagine the band destroying the entire venue of an open-air festival, whilst closing an insane concert.

An Experienced band? Yes, it is the main impression here; even though the team is brand new. There is such a killer chemistry between them all. I am glad that Nervosa have showed that they are still a band that makes all Brazilians proud to see a new worldwide famous group after all the great names that have come from here. Respect and admiration define this. Respect for everything the band has been working for and admiration that they stay strong and look to the future, not the past. I cannot imagine what they will achieve when they tour this album (as soon as it is possible).

Parabéns Nervosa!

*It is just a silly joke from a silly reviewer because the word Nota means grade in Portuguese.

‘Under Ruins’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Venomous
02. Guided By Evil
03. People Of The Abyss
04. Perpetual Chaos
05. Until The Very End (feat. Guilherme Miranda)
06. Genocidal Command (feat. Schmier)
07. Kings Of Domination
08. Time To Fight
09. Godless Prisoner
10. Blood Eagle
11. Rebel Soul (feat. Erik Ak)
12. Pursued By Judgement
13. Under Ruins

LINE-UP:
Diva Satanica – Vocals
Prika Amaral – Guitar
Mia Wallace – Bass
Eleni Nota – Drums

LINKS:

Nervosa Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with SICK SOCIETY

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EMQ’s with SICK SOCIETY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Hard Rock/Heavy/Thrash Metal band Sick Society. Huge thanks to bassist, Jacopo Franzoni, 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 Jacopo Franzoni, my character in the band is ‘The Planner’ and I play bass.

HISTORY OF SICK SOCIETY SO FAR…

In 2016 ‘The Preacher’ (Enrico Pistolese, vocals and guitars) and ‘The Saviour’ (Salvatore Giodano, drums) locked themselves in a dark and humid cellar and started composing songs of an extremely violent nature. After a few weeks, I joined the band as bass player. Last but not least, ‘The Executioner’ (Matteo Baschiera, guitars) joined the band in 2019, in order to give a different approach, and the fundamental contribution of an Old School Thrasher!

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name comes from the need to declare out loud the problems of the society in which we live. We really believe we’re living in a Sick Society.

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

We come from the North of Italy. The Italian Metal and Rock scene has always been creative and prolific through the decades. There are many bands and musicians that keep playing and writing great music, with passion and competence, but the attention paid by the media (except fanzines and independent network) is practically zero.

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

Our latest release is our 1st album “UrNo1”. For this release, we made one lyric video ‘You Are No One’, and one cartoon video ‘Wall Street’

‘You Are No One’ (Lyric Video)

‘Wall Street’ (Animated Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Sick Society are born from the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock of the origins, so certainly from the riffs of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. And those riffs have undoubtedly been made sharper by Thrash Metal, the school of the Big 4 and of their other fellow travellers like Testament and Overkill.

Our social criticism has strong roots in Punk and Hardcore: important influences were the voices of Joe Strummer, Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins.

But we also pay a debt to the Shock Rock academy and surely Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue gave us several lessons to accentuate a certain theatrical mood, in placing ourselves on stage, and in writing our vocal lines.

To conclude, our love for rock in its purest attitude will always lead us to have great respect for Lemmy when from the stage declaimed at the beginning of every concert “We play Rock’n’Roll”.

What first got you into music?

I guess the deep urgency to express intense feelings and a point of view on what surrounds us. The need to find your voice and your way to say who you are. And also, the desire to find companions to share the road with.

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

Difficult question… I choose Mike Patton and Rick Rubin as producer.

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

Well, I choose Wacken, for everything it represents for the Metal scene and fans.

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

I really believe it’s the picture of a cake made for his birthday that someone in the band received from a fan living very, very far from us.

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

Go ahead, always. Think with your head. Be true to yourself. Don’t let approval or disapproval of people around you change your way of being. Keep on looking for what can really satisfy you. Live a worthy life.

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

May I choose two? Thank you!
Number 1: Lemmy, the greatest rocker of all time.
Number 2: Frank Zappa, the greatest genius of contemporary music.

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

I think the best thing is the extremely intense energy that comes out during live concerts. There is nothing I really hate about being a musician, perhaps being superficially labelled by people who don’t understand your musical journey, but this has actually nothing to do with the music, it is just about the ignorance of certain people.

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

I’d like the music industry to turn more towards experimentation, to promote bands and musicians to value their unique identity, even if they are not easily traceable to a defined musical genre. In short, I’d like music labels to take a few more risks in search of something really new.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Only one…Let me think…I’ve got it! If we’re talking ‘bout Metal experimentation, I name Celtic Frost’s masterpiece, “Into the Pandemonium.”

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

I love and collect Vinyl. I have many, many cassettes, but now I unfortunately have no reader to play them. CD for me is the most comfortable and long-lasting audio device. Downloads allow music to get anywhere, but they have no body, and therefore I would never give up on the other three.

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

Before the lockdown we had a great gig in Milan with our friend Mortado (with former members of historical Italian Thrash Metal band Extrema). Now we are waiting to get back on stage.

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

Being a musician doesn’t prevent me from pursuing other interests: I am a kung fu instructor, and I have been a theatre performer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

May I invite five people who really know how to have fun? Well, I send my invitation to:
– Nikki Sixx
– Tommy Lee
– Snoop Dogg
– Johnny Depp
– Tito Larriva

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on the songs for our next album. We have many ideas and what has come out so far is really strong!

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

www.sicksociety.band/
www.facebook.com/sick.society.band/
www.instagram.com/sicksociety.band/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCoAUBxvO-SQsGeoriY9L-Dg

You can find our music on:
www.sicksociety2.bandcamp.com/releases
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4BXYWPI8IJFp6V4MLcEBr0
www.deezer.com/us/album/163009282
www.amazon.it/gp/product/B08DL995SS
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/sick-society/id319338657

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mini-cakes? 😊

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

Sure…STAY TUNED, STAY SICK!

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

Age Of Fire Logo

EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Charlottesville, Virginia based Progressive Thrash Metal band, Age Of Fire. Huge thanks to Michael Heck & Laura Viglione 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?

Michael Heck: I play a lot of instruments, but mostly guitar these days, and have covered guitar, bass, and production duties in Age of Fire. Age of Fire is really the brainchild of my friend Greg, sort of the rebirth of his old thrash band. Greg is an old friend of mine. When I first met him, I liked a few metal bands, like Metallica and Pantera, but I think my metal taste at the time was fairly limited to just a few bands. Greg expanded my metal vocabulary pretty drastically, introducing me to bands as diverse as Nevermore, to Queensrÿche, to Helloween, to King Diamond. Later, Greg was working on the Age of Fire music, and I heard some of it and liked it and offered to beef up the production a bit for him. This led to him saying he wanted a female singer on some songs, so we drafted Laura into the project, and the modern Age of Fire was born.

Laura Viglione: I’m the singer in Age of Fire. I’ve known Greg and Mike both for a long time, and when they asked me to be part of the project I jumped at the chance!

How did you come up with your band name?

Mike & Laura: That’s all Greg. He came up with it back in the 80’s, I think. I was surprised it wasn’t already taken!

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

Mike & Laura: We all live in central Virginia, near Charlottesville. The metal scene is pretty small, pretty underground. Richmond, which is about an hour away, has a bit more of a metal scene (Lamb of God and Gwar are from there), but even there it’s fairly dead. We’re trying to carry the torch haha.

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

Mike: We put out our album “Shades Of Shadow” in 2020, right around the time COVID hit. Great timing!

‘Judgement Day’ (Lyric Video)

‘King Of Aquilonia’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mike: I play a ton of instruments and produce, so a ton of people across all those areas. For metal specifically, I’d say my earliest influences were probably Metallica and Pantera, but my biggest influence is probably Nevermore and Jeff Loomis, who I think is one of the best riff writers of all time.

Laura: My influences are a mixture of musical theatre and 90’s music growing up, followed by modern bad-ass female front-women like Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. Just like Mike learned a lot at the feet of Greg, Mike has, in turn, educated me.

What first got you into music?

Mike: My dad was in a band when I was very little, sort of a Styx rip off type thing, and he played keys, but I remember being very enamoured with the drums as a toddler. Later, I had a great music teacher in elementary school and loved that class, then continued into band in middle school. I wanted to play drums, but my parents wouldn’t let me, so they sort of forced me into my second choice, which was saxophone, but two years later I finally convinced them to let me switch to drums. I did drums in marching band and jazz band all through high school, was drum captain, and was in a rock/metal band with a couple high school friends, and from them I learned to play guitar just hanging out as a teenager. By my early 20’s I was playing guitar almost exclusively, although I still enjoy drumming.

Laura: My mom listened to music a lot growing up, lots of old R&B and cheesy pop ballads. My older sister was really into a bunch of 90’s bands, so that really got me into rock music. Then, I discovered Rush and fell in love with their early proto-metal sound. Later, this gradually evolved into more hard rock bands and metal bands.

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

Mike: Probably either Jeff Loomis or James Hetfield. Tony Iommi would be killer too.

Laura: Geddy Lee would be amazing to work with!

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

Mike & Laura: one of the big European festivals probably! We love visiting Europe and really want to get over there to play!

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

Mike: I don’t remember too many weird gifts. A lot of times people just want to give you something they made or something like that which I always enjoy. I especially enjoy getting music from fans that they made that was inspired by us.

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

Thank you for all the support and please keep following and sharing our stuff!

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

Mike: This is a really tough question. I’d say it’s a toss-up between Randy Rhoads, one of my all-time favourite guitar players, and a huge lead influence on me, or Dimebag Darrell, whose death was just so unfair. Both of those guys died too early and music would’ve been very different had they had more time on this Earth.

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

Mike: I love writing, recording, and playing music. Hanging out with friends and talking about gear or songs. Listening to music. I hate the business side of the industry. Having to do promotions and shop around for deals/gigs/etc. It can be gruelling. I just want to play lol.

Laura: I love singing and performing. Recording can be draining depending on how it’s going though. Mike can be kind of a perfectionist, so when we’re doing vocals and I’m on the 20th take , trying to get it “just right” and I’m about to murder him that can be taxing sometimes haha.

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

Mike: I’d probably do away with labels all together. I don’t think they have a future, but I would like it to be easier to discover new music. I think the big media companies need to be broken up. Some crazy percentage of US media are owned by a very small number of companies, and this creates problems with radio and TV (and news) where we are all force fed the same 20 songs/artists all month or whatever. With more independent stations this would be less of a problem. I’d like to see more of that, and more bands doing it DIY without major label help. Smaller labels like our label, Sliptrick, can be helpful for taking over some promotional duties, video production, etc, like they have for us though!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mike: Nevermore’s “Dreaming Neon Black”. Probably my #1 all-time favourite metal album and one of my favourite albums of any genre.

Laura: Coheed and Cambria, “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3”. It’s just perfection from the first note to the last. Dynamic, massive orchestration, hard guitars and soaring vocals.

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

Mike: Streaming is the most convenient for sure, but you have to make sure to go into your settings and set it to the highest quality (320kbs if you have it) so the audio doesn’t suck. CD’s are alright, but a lot of stuff that was mastered for CD, especially early on, wasn’t mastered well for the medium and sounds awful. Cassettes were just a pain; I hate them lol. Vinyl is great, and I hope we are able to put out some stuff on vinyl one day. I think the big thing about vinyl is that it sort of forces you to listen to an entire side of an album, because you can’t just skip to the next track like you can for CD’s and streaming. You just put the record on and let it play, and I think this is better/healthier in many ways for our modern short attention spans.

Laura: I’m too lazy for all that, give me streaming all day. Mike is such an audiophile, he’s picky, but I can get down to any quality of sound as long as something is playing.

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

Mike: We’ve played so many shows over the years it’s hard to pick one. I like most any gig where the crowd is into it and moving around. When people are just standing there staring and giving no sign that they’re into what you’re doing, those shows can be hard.

Laura: For sure, I remember a magical night in this dive bar where everything just aligned, and the crowd and I were completely synergistic…I’ll always remember it.

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

Mike: Well, we all have day jobs, so we’d be doing those things haha. Artistically, if I couldn’t play music, I would probably write stories/books. I’m (very slowly) working on a sci-fi book, but who knows if I’ll ever finish it. It’s pretty epic though!

Laura: I’m a giant theatre nerd: I have a regular Shakespeare study group I might have done some community theatre stuff, but would love to do more!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mike: Living or Dead? Probably people that like good food. I hear Dave Grohl and Dimebag make/made mean BBQ, so they’re totally in. Probably James Hetfield, cause he seems like a cool guy. Lzzy Hale seems like she could throw down with these guys. And last but not least, let’s throw Zac Wylde in the mix. I think this would be a fun backyard BBQ throw down!

Laura: I’m kinda with Mike, I enjoy hanging with people who can just be low key and real. Some tunes, some brews and good food, come one over!

What’s next for the band?

Mike: We are hard at work on our next album, and working on being more active on social media. We’re deep in the writing process now, with a lot of awesome riffs and ideas, writing lyrics. I’m building a new 7 string multi-scale guitar from scratch, and a new studio production desk in my workshop, which may come in handy on the new record as well. Laura and I also have another band called Supervixen (less metal and more straight up rock) that has its own record nearing the end of production as we transition to working on the next Age of Fire record.

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

Mike: We have all the things haha. Facebook, Youtube, etc. I let Greg handle most of that stuff.

Laura: I gotcha- I’ve recently discovered that many fans think of me as “illusive” so I’m making an effort to be more present on social media – it’s just life is so boring right now during the pandemic 😊.
www.facebook.com/ObsidianDreams9
www.instagram.com/age_of_fire_band/
www.ageoffire.net/
www.ageoffire.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mike: I love British culture and snacks and whatnot, but I don’t think I’ve had one! I need to go get some haha. Wikipedia says they’re “biscuit sized cakes”, so I’ll go with that haha.

Laura: I think it all depends on what you’re eating them with. By themselves, cake. With tea – biscuit.

Age Of Fire Promo Pic (Credit Eichner Studios)
Credit Eichner Studios

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Sacred Reich – Re-issues

Sacred Reich – Re-issues
Ignorance/Surf Nicaragua/The American Way

Sacred Reich – Re-issues
Ignorance/Surf Nicaragua/The American Way
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 42:33/26:03/56:00
Review by Simon Black
9/10
10/10
8/10

Sacred Reich are one of those influential second wave Thrash bands who for some reason never become as huge as their initial direction of travel indicated and were buried by the 1990’s. After a twenty-three year gap, 2019 saw the release of the aptly titled ‘The Awakening’ and pretty darn good to hear from them again after all this time it was too. Not to let a little thing like a total stoppage of all things live get in the way of their revival plans, Metal Blade have decided to re-release those seminal first three releases from the late 80’s for a wider audience so people can see what all the fuss was about. I don’t think I ever caught these guys live first time round, but I certainly still have vinyl from back in the day and the chance to hear these beauties cleaned up and remastered for this decade was not one I was going to turn down the opportunity to share my thoughts on with you lovely people.

“Ignorance” is where this all really started as their first full album back in 1987, and is probably just as politically relevant in this post-Trump world as it was when it was originally released. Just to hammer the point home, vocalist Phil Rind recently made it quite clear that supporters of the orange one are not welcome. I don’t think anything summarises this band better than the blistering anger of the title track, the absolute art of blistering shredding that is ‘Rest In Peace’ and the slab-like heaviness of album opener ‘Death Squad’, the first few bars of which probably best define 2nd Wave Thrash for me in those opening two minutes of ruthless technical efficiency. It was brilliant then, and it’s still brilliant and relevant now.

“Surf Nicaragua” from that tongue in cheek whistle of descending bomb madness introduction the title track of this EP, was actually the first song I ever heard from these guys way back when. With its thrash pastiche of the Surfaris ‘Wipe Out’ this is pure late 80’s Thrash irreverence with a loaded political back bite at its best. Anthrax gave us the Bermuda shorts, these guys gave us a song to wear them to. It was a guaranteed mosh pit raiser when I used to DJ and it sounds just as fun then as now and suddenly I feel 18 again. To be fair this EP was all about this song, rather than the covers and live fillers that follow, and it did a huge amount to raise their profile at the time, even if it did convince most people that these guys were from Florida or California instead of Phoenix, Arizona, but then that sort of misdirection is rather the whole point of what they are about politically. It’s worth buying for this track alone, and the remaster cleans it up beautifully whilst losing none of the freshness that made it work so well in 1988.

“The American Way” is politically far more forward and clear in its intent. It’s also a more mature and in many ways richer release than its two predecessors. At the time I was less impressed with its measured delivery, but thirty years later I can appreciate that it was ahead of its time in many ways – although it’s still nowhere near as infectiously catchy as “Ignorance” or balls out (hanging slightly out of the trouser leg of the Bermuda shorts) as “Surf Nicaragua”. The Information Age has come and gone since this was released, and the oft-ridiculed PMRC (the subject of the classic ‘Who’s To Blame’) may be political history now, but the underlying trend of conservatism that these liberal Thrashers loathe makes this just as relevant in the Disinformation Age.

This does not feel like a cash-in situation as more of a pertinent reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same. These albums strike me as just as relevant and enjoyable as they were originally and it’s been an absolute treat to revisit them again. You know what to do…

TRACKLISTINGS:
Ignorance (1987)
01. Death Squad
02. Victim Of Demise
03. Layed To Rest
04. Ignorance
05. No Believers
06. Violent Solutions
07. Rest In Peace
08. Sacred Reich
09. Administrative Decisions
10. Ignorance (Metal Massacre VIII)

Surf Nicaragua (1988)
01. Surf Nicaragua
02. One Nation
03. War Pigs
04. Draining You Of Life
05. Ignorance (Live)
06. Death Squad (Live)

The American Way (1990)
01. Love…Hate
02. The American Way
03. The Way It Is
04. Crimes Against Humanity
05. State Of Emergency
06. Who’s To Blame
07. I Don’t Know
08. 31 Flavors

LINE-UP:
Phil Rind – Bass/Vocals
Wiley Arnett – Lead Guitar
Jason Rainey – Rhythm Guitar
Greg Hall – Drums

LINKS:

Sacred Reich Re-issues

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