EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

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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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Angelus Apatrida – Angelus Apatrida

Angelus Apatrida Cover Art

Angelus Apatrida – Angelus Apatrida
Century Media Records
Release Date: 05/02/2021
Running Time 44:19
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

Thrash metal legends Angelus Apatrida have been tearing fans face’s off for 20 years and to celebrate this incredible achievement, they have recently announced their new album, “Angelus Apatrida”, to be released on 05/02/2021 via Century Media Records.

These guys have released some absolute monster albums, I suppose it’s expected after so many solid years together. This release is a marker for the band, a huge bonfire of victory, and what a way to celebrate!

I am mostly squeaky right now because I get to bury my face in this masterpiece.

Riffs, Riffs and RIFFS! This is what the band are all about and they absolutely own it, they ease you in gently of course, for about half a second! ‘Indoctrinate’ is in no way a gentle track, do not be blinded. The impact of the riffs throughout this killer track will blow your face off, I am certainly impressed so far.

The more I listened the more I lost my sense of the world around me, the production is crystal clear, you really get to feel and hear the depth to their music. Guitarists David G. Álvarez and Guillermo Izquierdo complement each other perfectly, their work from is blisteringly quick and drummer Víctor Valera, well, there are no words that can do him any justice, absolutely amazing!

There are some awesome tracks on this self-titled album, for example track ‘Bleed The Crown’, the vocals are actually insane, not just on this particular track though, throughout the entire record, Guillermo is good, really good and so quick, what an absolute belter! It’s completely thrash metal at its finest.

Let’s just remind ourselves, this band have been together for a long time, their experiences and creativity combined are as rare as unicorns, I am in absolute awe. There is such an intelligent and well thought out concoction of creativity, it’s not leaking, its bursting at the seams, through every single millisecond, you can feel it and hear it and I feel incredibly grateful.

‘Empire Of Shame’ and ‘Into The Well’ are pretty decent too, being honest though and stripping it back entirely, my favourite track has to be ‘Disposable Liberty’, my reason being the pace! It’s steadier so the projection is more robust. The riffs just seem a little more chunky and raw, and I can’t help myself, I salivate over dirty riffs.

Honestly, as soon as this album is released, I URGE you to check it out, Angelus Apatrida have totally blown it out of the water. Considering the world is floppy at the moment, there are a lot of positive things upon us and this album assuredly is one of them.

‘The Age Of Disinformation’ (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Indoctrinate
02. Bleed The Crown
03. The Age Of Disinformation
04. Rise Or Fall
05. Childhood’s End
06. Disposable Liberty
07. We Stand Alone
08. Through The Glass
09. Empire Of Shame
10. Into The Well

LINE-UP:
Guillermo Izquierdo – Vocals and Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Víctor Valera – Drums
David G. Álvarez – Lead/Rhythm Guitars
José J. Izquierdo – Bass

LINKS:

Angelus Apatrida Promo Pic (Photo Credit Fer Morales)
Photo by Fer Morales

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EMQ’s with TILL DIE

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EMQ’s with TILL DIE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Emilia-Romagna, Italy based Thrash-Groove Metal band Till Die. Huge thanks to drummer, Filippo Raggi, 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 Filippo Raggi, I’m sitting behind the drum kit. We started to play as a band in 1998 with the name of “Day of Darkness”  and turning it into “Till Die” about two years later, after the first line-up was fixed.

How did you come up with your band name?

Most of all it came up as the will to communicate the strength, determination and attitude that we put in our music proposal as in the everyday challenges that life presents us. So, never give up and always fight for what you believe in until you die.

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

We’re from Emilia-Romagna, a Region in the north of Italy. About the Italian rock and metal scene, I think that there is a lot of shit, like everywhere else, as well as many very good bands that, however, struggle to emerge. Italy doesn’t come up often when talking about heavy metal, to be honest I have to say that we are quite often looked upon unfavourably compared to our neighbours in Europe. Those willing to take the time to explore this much-maligned scene however will discover that there’s a lot to discover.

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

Our first full-length album called “Ruthless”.

‘Lord Of The Worms’ (Audio)

‘The Grey Man’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many bands from which we have taken something, both current and from the past, but I want to tell you only one, the most important, they are called “Pantera”.

What first got you into music?

I think that everything happened when my brother Antonio, two years older than me, started going to High School in the early nineties. He first brought music at home, at first listening to bands like Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Europe and so on. It was during that period that I started to get my passion towards the music world.

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

It would be great rockin’ and hanging out with Zakk Wylde!

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

Having to choose I would say “Wacken Open Air”, because it is one of the biggest metal festivals in the world, drawing metalheads from everywhere. All the bands touring in Europe during that period will definitely play there.

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

I’m sorry to disappoint you but I have never received any gifts from fans, if not a few drinks 😉

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

No bullshit! Trust something, be true and ruthless too…but with horns up!

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

Lemmy Kilmister, I don’t think he can be called “rockstar”, but for sure he has been the greatest rocker ever and I miss him so much.

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

First of all, I thank you for calling me a musician! 😊

What I always enjoyed a lot is playing our own music in front of people who are partying and having fun just because they really like what you’re doing, it’s a great feeling.

Even if it’s never been our problem because we always played music mostly for ourselves, I think that the most annoying things are the pressures that comes from labels or promotion agencies when you reach certain levels of notoriety and the stress that comes when trying to conciliate musical commitments with everyday life. It’s the reason why many bands start having problems after they have achieved success.

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

Everyone should start again to rate bands based on the quality of their music proposal rather than the abilities to sell themselves on social networks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vulgar Display Of Power” – Pantera

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

I grew up in the nineties and still today I am very fond of CD’s.

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

It was in 2013, when we played at “Sidro Club” here in Italy, opening for a really powerful Italian band called “Zolle”.

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

I can’t consider myself a musician at all. Let’s say that I could have become a real musician if I hadn’t decided to enrol in University of Architecture, becoming an architect today.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Thinking about music, a dinner to remember could be the one in the company of Phil Anselmo, Zakk Wylde and Dave Lombardo, then Joe Bastianich as the Chef to prepare the food and suggest us what wines to drink while eating. The fifth person could be a good Barman (passionate about rock and metal music) for the after dinner!

What’s next for the band?

Waiting to come back on stage as soon as possible we’re now working on new material and planning to record our first video clip for a song taken from our latest album “Ruthless”, so I recommend to stay tuned!

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

To stay updated on our activities you can come to visit us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Here below are the links:
www.facebook.com/tilldieofficial
www.instagram.com/tilldie_official/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5PawalEn113hSAz59QixmA

All our music is available on the main streaming platform:
www.open.spotify.com/album/7AfDBOBlNeYR52mn67rDGM
www.music.apple.com/us/album/ruthless/1517082052
www.tilldie.bandcamp.com/album/ruthless
www.amazon.com/dp/B089R1HLVF
www.deezer.com/it/album/152910842

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know them…I’m sorry! I will check out on the web!

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

Thank you so much for your interest and to all those who will take a few minutes to read this interview I’d like to say make sure to check out our album “Ruthless” and feel free to let us know what you think about it! CHEERS FROM ITALY!

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EMQ’s with KILL FRENZY

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EMQ’s with KILL FRENZY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cape Town, South Africa based Thrash Metal band, Kill Frenzy. Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Carl Retief, 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?

Carl here, I am the lead vocalist for Kill Frenzy. Kill Frenzy was a band that started out of a necessity for heavier, faster and more politically incorrect music.

How did you come up with your band name?

One of the many things that bond the band is their love of the GTA game franchise. So, the ones old enough may remember the kill frenzy tokens that you used to be able to collect and go on a rampage…so it seemed a pretty good fit.

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

We are all from different suburbs in the Western Cape, in South Africa. The scene is ever evolving and has a wide selection of different genres and bands.

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

Our latest single is called ‘Blood For Blood’ and will be followed up with a PSA music video.

‘Blood For Blood’ (Video)

(Rick Here – If you would like to watch the original video of ‘Blood For Blood’, which deals with the South Africa Farm Murders and was banned by YouTube, then please follow this link. WARNING, it is graphic)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think it would be difficult to say because every band member has his own taste in metal, yet there are many bands that bind us together. I also think influences change and stuff that inspire me today is different from a year back.

What first got you into music?

I would have to say that way it made me feel. Through sound you can feel immense joy, pain, anger or ecstasy. Not a lot of other things in this world are capable of that.

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

Might seem odd, but Dave Grohl, hands down.

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

Download fest has always just been one of those fests that looks like a blast to play.

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

Something that might be a bit to PG for this interview.

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

Thank you, honestly, we just love having a jam and making music and it means a great deal to us if people enjoy it or relate to it.

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

Jimi Hendrix.

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

Expressing myself and documenting moments and feelings in my life, and boy do I hate carrying heavy equipment after a night of partying.

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

I’d make it so talented people become famous for making their music again, and not the image driven music industry of today.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Mesmerize”, from System Of A Down comes to mind.

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

Toughest question yet, uhmmm I love them all, except you don’t see many cassette players lately.

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

I think it would have to be Rock the Nation in Botswana.

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

I might have gone into politics, because I think at this stage anyone could be better at it then our government.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rick Ruben, Dr Dre, Will Farrell, Ozzy Osbourne and Megan Fox.

What’s next for the band?

We hope to be blessed enough to keep making music we love, and play to people who like what we do.

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

We are on Facebook, Instagram, haven’t really taken up tik toking just yet, and you can find our music on any of the major platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube Music.
www.facebook.com/killfrenzysa
www.instagram.com/killfrenzysa/
www.killfrenzy1.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCZk-_Gk0VJyih9wAc0ioRNg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0vVrGCscL9xWTsQirWSX3n

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I will have to try some and get back to you on that one.

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

To all the international followers go and google farm murders, help spread some awareness.

Kill Frenzy Promo Pic

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Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist

Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist
By William Ribas

Hello everyone. It is Victor here. I hope you are safe and ready to have a good 2021, considering all the issues from the last year. Well, as you can imagine, the Ever Metal team works to spread Heavy Metal and Rock Music around the world and we share the passion that is music. Along this path, I make new friends that I can even call them as brothers and sisters. During my previous work with Brazilian websites and magazines, I made friends and we still work together, no matter if we are in different places.

My brother William Ribas (Master William as I like to call him), is one of these people and he is very well known for his incredible interviews with great bands from all around the world. He has already interviewed bands from the Brazilian underground up to names like Accept and Saxon. During his short hiatus off work as reviewer/interviewer, he was open to collaborate with Ever Metal and he had the idea to interview the Brazilian Thrash Metal band Deathgeist, who he has been a fan for a long time.

We have already done an EMQ’s with them, if you want to know more of their history, but, for this interview, William asked questions more related to their albums and composition.

Thanks a lot William for your amazing work and Victor Regep for his time answering. Enjoy…

William Ribas: Deathgeist was formed in 2016, and immediately caught the attention of the most nostalgic fans, especially from the audience that loves a crazy mosh pit. Have you ever imagined you would have such a good reception around the world?

Victor Regep: I honestly did not imagine. But it was very gratifying for Deathgeist’s first album, to be considered one of the best albums released in 2017. This gave extra motivation for us to give continuity and inspiration to develop new works.

William Ribas: In 2017, the band released their self-titled album. It is a raw and direct album, with a drier production, that hits our faces straight ahead. For many fans, this album is a protest from the underground against all the “robotic” music that increasingly takes over the heavy metal scene. In your perception, how do you analyze this debut? Is there anything that you would change in it?

Victor Regep: We were immensely proud and satisfied with the result of our first album. I think the moment was the same, and we were just getting started. When I joined Adriano Perfetto to set up the band, we wanted to do something direct and “raw”, without many frills. We wanted Just a heavy album that could reach Thrash Metal fans. And I think we did it.

William Ribas: Still talking about the first record. Several tracks deserve to be highlighted such as ‘Day Of No Tomorrow’, ‘Thrash Metal Fire’, ‘Ghost Of Torture’ and ‘Mass Holocaust’, for example. All these songs bring a set of factors that are the great riffs, a very well worked instrumental and finally are “chewing gum” in the choruses, that is, a banquet for the shows. When you are composing, is there a concern about how the music will sound live in front of fans?

Victor Regep: Oh yeahhh, thanks for the compliments. In a way, we really thought about leaving a certain riff or some chorus more striking, always thinking about how it would sound live at shows. It is a very interesting way and, not escaping the purpose, to compose the songs.

William Ribas: The second album “666” came out in 2019. It was a necessary evolution for the band to keep growing. Before we talk about the songs, it is inevitable not to ask. The album’s title is simple and impactful, but I am curious about what the message was behind this title?

Victor Regep: “666” basically talks about, the moment when the church occupies a nation and puts fear in people. In fact, they are the antichrists. They use religion to oppress, to implant a culture of fear in people, and to say that all that they preach is “in the name of God”. Many things in the world have been delayed because of religion. And as if that were not enough, they still implant a religious fascism without respecting an opposite opinion.

‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)

William Ribas: “666” is a continuation of what was showed in “Deathgeist”. The sound follows 80’s thrash metal, but I could feel that you risked more, adding more melodies with a record sounding not so old school. How was the composition process for this album?

Victor Regep: Yes, this album made it possible for us to explore as much as possible with rhythmic varieties and more worked melodies. It generated a fascinating result at the end of that album. We are very proud of that.

William Ribas: Another positive aspect in “666” is the instigating cover art, which rescues that thing from you to just go to a store, look at the design of the art and you immediately want to buy to check how the sound is. Can I say that the band definitely created their own “Eddie” to stamp the t-shirts and future albums?

Victor Regep: Yes of course!! All of us in the band are big fans of established bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Kreator and they all have a mascot that. In the past, we used to go to record stores and we were fascinated just to see the album covers of these bands. It also made us create our own mascot.

William Ribas: When you created Deathgeist, your main idea was rescuing a most direct thrash metal, something that Bywar did too. I believe that all the steps so far in these two releases have been very well thought out. How is the dynamic behind the scenes with promotion and all the work the band has to do when it is not playing or recording?

Victor Regep: Yes, at first, Adriano and I were trying to get back to the “magic” that we had in the days of Bywar. Of course, with the new members that are Fernando Oster and Mauricio Bertoni, it opened up many paths for us not to be just a band that plays at shows and records in the studio. Today, we think like a company, there is a great need for innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

William Ribas: You were working on shows to spread “666” when Covid-19 appeared and stopped everything. Things so far are moving slowly in the music industry. Few shows are happening, and everything is uncertain. For the band, how are you dealing with these new logistics to keep the name of Deathgeist growing?

Victor Regep: It was like I said earlier. There is always a need for new ideas that can be added to the band in some way. This world pandemic took us by surprise. We were motivated and excited about 3 tours that were going to happen to us in 2020. But unfortunately, we had to cancel everything. On the good side of all this, due to the social isolation that occurred, we managed to compose our third album that we are already recording. And the forecast is that by mid-May or June 2021, it will be launched. And I can say that it is simply fabulous.

William Ribas: The band has just released a new single ‘Curse Of The Mandrake” and it is the band’s first single featuring Fernando Oster, drummer for Woslom, who joined recently. I noticed a more organic sound on the drums and more melodies in this song. How was the creation process and what changes did you feel in the sound with this new line-up?

Victor Regep: Fernando is a truly kind guy and an excellent drummer. When Adriano and I presented ‘Curse Of The Mandrake’, he managed to give a new look to the rhythm part. He’s a meticulous guy and he wanted me to look like him, without breaking Deathgeist’s songwriting standards. Everything went very well and the result was better than expected.

‘Curse Of The Mandrake’ (Official Video)

William Ribas: To finish, “Deathgeist”, was a kick in the ass of who is accommodated and “666” is the evolution of it. It is common to say that the third disc is always the most important because it shows what the band really came for. Therefore, what can we expect from the next act?

Victor Regep: Really “666” was an album that we thought to “wake up” the headbangers (laughs). What I can say is that this will be one of the best jobs that we have developed. There will be surprising things, but without running away from our Thrash Metal theme. The fans will be very happy with this album, I promise.

William Ribas: Thanks for the interview; the final space is all yours.

Victor Regep: I would like to thank the entire Ever Metal team, Victor Augusto and William Ribas, for the great opportunity that you are giving us to show our work. We hope that this year 2021 will be different, and that we can return to our normal activities. Take care and take care of the people you like. Stay at home!! Soon we will be together again at the concerts. Peace! ✌ 🤘

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EMQ’s with CYROX

Cyrox Logo

EMQ’s with CYROX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leoben, Austria based Melodic Death/Thrash metal band, Cyrox. Huge thanks to bassist Gernot 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 Cyrox from Leoben, Austria and we play Melodic Death/Thrash Metal. Our drummer Markus Antoniol and our Bassist (Former Guitarist) Gernot formed the band in April 2016 under the name Black Void. Christian Gallmayer and Andreas Fahrleitner came next. They are both guitarists so Gernot switched to bass. The last one to join the band was our frontman Manuel Kirchleitner. First, we jammed just a little bit, but as soon as we had the first songs, we changed the name of the band to Cyrox and started to take things more seriously. That was around the end of 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

Every band member had 5 suggestions for our name. Cyrox got the most votes. There is no meaning behind the band name. Gernot just looked for some moon names in our solar system, if there is any good name. But there was nothing fitting. Suddenly the name Cyrox popped up in his head and that’s the story.

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

We are from Leoben, Austria. It’s the second biggest City in Styria. We have pretty good scene here. The bands know and help each other. So, there is no shortage of gigs to play. But, of course, it could always be more.

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

Our latest and also first release is our debut album “Beyond Control” which came out on March 20th2020.

‘Blackened Mind’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have many different influences and listen to every genre of Rock and Metal and we try to form most of these influences into good metal songs. But, of course, there are some obvious influences like Machine Head, Pantera, Lamb Of God or some twin leads like Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

Like for many others, it was bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden or Pantera.

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

This would be definitely be Lamb Of God. That’s the band everyone loves in Cyrox.

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

We have many good Metal Festivals in Europe. Small ones and big ones. But for the bigger ones it would be of course the Wacken Open Air in Germany. Every band would love to play there. Summer Breeze or Party.San in Germany would also be nice. And, of course, Novarock in Austria.

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

There were no weird gifts yet, but let’s hope they are coming soon 😉

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

Don’t be an asshole, we have way too many here on our planet. Listen to the music you love and have a good time. And fuck racism!

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

Hm that’s a hard choice between Cliff Burton and Dimebag Darrel. They were both outstanding musicians and left us way too soon. It would be interesting what they would come up with musically these days.

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

The best thing is playing live for the metal fans out there. It’s always a ton of fun and a great feeling when you see people moshing and singing along to your songs.

There is not really anything to hate about it, maybe if you have a gig and you have to work hungover the next day.

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

Nowadays it would be the low payments of the streaming platforms and people should discover more new music. There is so much of it out there. If you look at the big festivals its always the same headliners, which are great bands no doubt about that, but they will be gone some-day, people seem to forget about that, we need more big bands out there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For me (Gernot) one of them is Machine Heads “The Blackening” album. It’s the perfect metal album for me. It has everything, ass kicking riffs, a heavy groove, stunning solos and wonderful melodies. And, of course, great lyrics.

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

I still collect vinyl. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to music. Recently, I sold all my CD’s which were about 2500. In my car I use Apple music, it’s just comfortable

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

The most fun gig to play was a little gig called “Böller Den Bauer” in upper Austria. It’s hosted by a club called “Metal Heads Austria”. Great guys and hardcore Metal fans who really care about the scene here in Austria. We recently got our membership in this club too.

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

Our band is still not a full-time job, so we have to still work in our “normal” day jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keanu Reeves, Ricky Gervais, The Rock, Dave Grohl and Tom Hanks. All down to earth guys. I think this dinner party would be a hell of a night and straight out funny.

What’s next for the band?

For the rest of 2020 we used the Covid pause for writing new songs and hopefully we can return to stages in 2021 to present them.

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

www.facebook.com/CyroxBand/
www.instagram.com/cyroxband/
www.cyroxmetal.bandcamp.com/releases

And, of course, all streaming platforms out there. A homepage is in the making.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit of course!

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

Be excellent to each other and rock on!

Cyrox

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Intruder – Re-issues


Intruder – Re-issues
A Higher Form of Killing/Escape From Pain EP/Psycho Sava
Lusitanian Records
Release Date: 27/11/2020
Running Time: 46:42/29:24/54:17
Review by Simon Black
7/10
5/10
8/10

So, back in the day when Thrash had emerged from the underground and the Big Four were now filling arenas, there was a second wave of bands that never got anything like the same kind of exposure shortly before the scene collapsed under the waves of change. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee (“It’s a Music City Jim, but not as we know it”) Intruder were very much of this second wave, with a debut Speed Metal album that no-one heard, shortly followed by these three releases once they were signed to Metal Blade, that were released over a three-year period. Although they toured extensively in the continental USA, Canada and Mexico they were completely unknown over here in Europe until bands like Morbid Angel started namedropping them in interviews. But by then in 1992 though, they had been dropped from Metal Blade, although tensions within the band at the time meant they may well have folded anyway. Either way, apart from a couple of brief reformations in the intervening decades, that was your lot.

Cut to 2019, and the band have apparently reformed and were a thing again, although clearly Covid got in the way, but more tragically guitarist Greg Messick also passed away in September of last year. So, with nothing new on the horizon, those Metal Blade releases have found a new home and the opportunity for the rest of the world to see what all the fuss was about.

“A Higher Form Of Killing” was their first full Thrash influenced piece, although there’s enough of a carry-over of the Speed Metal sound (particularly in the largely cleaner vocal approach) that I can see this band attracting both Thrashers and the more traditionally inclined audience back in the day. Think of a much more rough and ready sounding Randy Rampage-era Annihilator, with a snort of Nuclear Assault for good measure and baked in an oven with Flotsam & Jetsam for forty-eight minutes. Musically though this album is definitely without the classically trained virtuosity of a Jeff Waters, but that said there is no shortage of technical skill in the band (although some of that classical sound comes on later releases), with some blisteringly fast time changes and clever switches in style mid-song. Overall, I am taken back to my youth by the energy, naivety and two raised fingers in the general direction of L.A. that this whole movement was about. The only negative here is that the mix does not seem to have been given much of a remaster, and the quality of the production is definitely of the day.

The “Escape From Pain” EPat the time wasn’t giving the fans much that was new. A Chicago cover to open with, one new track that gives the release its title and three old favourites from their (at the time) scarce first album – the band were the first to admit that at the time it was done so they could have an excuse to tour. What it does benefit from is a much better recording sound that still retains the energy, but actually gives you a chance to hear what vocalist Jimmy Hamilton was capable of (he’s almost lost in the mix on ‘Higher Form’). The ‘25 or 6 to 4’cover probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but seems something of an oddity thirty years later. The title track however is positively epic, and with a running time of nearly nine minutes is something of a novelty for a genre that prided itself on Speed of delivery. It’s complex, clever and technically brilliant, but sound wise suffers from the absence of budget or engineering expertise in the studio, and there’s more of this approach to come on the next release. The remaining tracks are pure speed metal, and give an insight into their pre-Thrash Speed Metal direction, but frankly the song writing of the later material shows much more maturity, but again, it seems that little could be done to remaster for the age we live in.

By the time we get to “Psycho Savant”we are clearly listening to a band that took a long time to find their own sound, which is possibly not surprising in a state dominated by its contribution to Country music. Although it lacks the naïve charm of “A Higher Form Of Killing”, it’s got the richest sound of the three and distils all the skills they’ve developed along the way into an album that holds the attention despite the average run time of its songs being in the seven-minute bracket. The musicianship is many orders of magnitude improved and despite the flood of complex time changes, this baby just flows. It also balances the two forces of Speed and Thrash Metal, not to mention a healthy portion of emerging Power Metal and it would really have been interesting to see where this would have taken them in the years to come had they continued through the wilderness years that Grunge and Nu-Metal wrought on the scene. There’s also a lyrical maturity in here that feels ahead of its time, most noticeably on ‘Geri’s Lament’, which tackled the disturbing subject of the appalling treatment of older folks in care homes, with righteous anger at those that pocketed the money of those for whom they were supposed to be caring for.

Either way, this is a fascinating insight into an act that deserved far more attention than they got at the time and who hopefully are not gone for good.

TRACKLISTINGS:
A Higher Form Of Killing (1989)
01. Time Of Trouble
02. The Martyr
03. Genetic Genocide
04. Second Chance
05. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
06. Killing Winds
07. The Sentence Is Death
08. Agents Of The Dark (M.I.B.)
09. Antipathy
10. Mr. Death

Escape From Pain EP (1990)
01. 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago Cover)
02. Escape From Pain
03. Cold-Blooded Killer
04. Kiss Of Death
05. T.M. (You Paid The Price)

Psycho Savant (1991)
01. Face Of Hate
02. Geri’s Lament (When)
03. The Enemy Within
04. It’s A Good Life
05. Invisible
06. Traitor To The Living
07. Final Word
08. N.G.R.I.

LINE-UP:
Jimmy Hamilton – Vocals
Arthur Vinett – Guitar
Greg Messick – Guitar
Todd Nelson – Bass
John Pieroni – Drums

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Pandemmy – Subversive Need

Pandemmy – Subversive Need
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 35:37
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Being part of what people call the Heavy Metal scene may seem like just being a member of a band or a reviewer in any magazine, as if they are all independent and not connected. No, we are all working in synchronism to make a huge machine (music) reach around the globe. The best part of this machine is the many incredible bands I have met so far. Not only that, but also all the friends that I made after one review. Here it was the same. My friend Raphael Olmos from Kamala introduced me to Pedro Valença (guitars) and I discovered one more good and professional band. Once again, the good music has connected people from different places and I was lucky to receive this incredible work to review, so let us start our journey about the Brazilian Death/Thrash Metal band Pandemmy.

The band has a good maturity after several releases over the last decade. On a first audition, you will be sure of good Death Metal played brutally, but after listening carefully; you will realize that their music contains more than just one genre. It is a perfect match of Death Metal and Thrash Metal. Maybe in its essence, Death Metal comes first, but the versatility and all the tempo changes throughout are amazing. Overall, we have a dark atmosphere, sometimes even a small Black or Doom influence, which is a good soundtrack of the albums subject. The lyrics are about human beings lack of morality that we all have to face in our daily lives. Pandemmy decided to be a bit more specific and stick the finger in the scars that are old problems in Brazil and other new issues that we are suffering in this country.

Straight away, the first song shows it. ‘Deforestation’ is perfect Death Metal with a strong and doomy cadence, showing the power of the guitar work on riffs with a dramatic atmosphere and the sound of a burning forest. It is inspired by an old problem of the Amazônia forest devastation in Brazil. We have been facing this problem for decades, but just this year it was brought to worldwide attention. ‘Webchaos’ is about the war of information that occurs on the internet, mainly when a nation suffers with distorted information by the news, sometimes just to create panic or to hide a more critical problem. ‘Neo Hate’ and ‘Xenophobia’ go the same way. Each track has an important message about and against all the chaos we live in.

Musically, there is a strong work on intense atmosphere. Pandemmy bring a sad vibe with the reality they mention, but they also bring a kind of hope with certain melodies. Melodies that come after all the destruction are uplifting and make you feel strong to stand up and fight. Brazilians will probably feel and understand better what the band exposes with small details, such as the short Maracatu percussion section (local music typical of the northeast, where the band live) at the end of ‘Xenophobia’. Why? Because people from the northeast suffer with a kind of Xenophobia inside Brazil. Moreover, this short percussion sounds like the last breath of hope for a people who have been struggling with poverty for so long, and who now despair after being forgotten by politics.

I love how Pandemmy mix many genres in their music. There is the amazing guitar work of Guilherme Silva and Pedro Valença. Good riffs and the solos are very catchy, not so exacerbated in speed or aggressiveness, but can hear a good balance of melody and heaviness. Marcelo Santa Fé has the hard job to follow them and his bass is not hidden. The drums of Vitor Alves are the soul of everything. What a killer and unrelenting work. He uses cadences that come from dancing percussion through to furious blast beats. In addition, the Thrash Metal beats are all incredible. You won’t get tired of this album mainly because of the creativity of different tempos used.

This album is not a conceptual album like a history divided into chapters, but it could easily be considered one. It sounds like a paradox to what I have just said, but if you stop to analyze the world we are living in today, you can see that it is pure chaos, but with hidden traps to slaughter you slowly. New and different traps that we’ve been facing for a long time. Considering the way that Pandemmy expose everything could be seen as chapters of this book of hate.

“Subversive Need” has many important chapters, with a killer soundtrack behind, to bring consciousness to all people who live in society. It is rich musically and lyrically and you don’t need to put the chapters in a correct or particular order. If you hear any song, no matter the sequence, you will feel what Pandemmy is showing you through their music. Is it a complex album? Absolutely! However, it is also very easy to digest and to enjoy. Amazing work!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Deforestation
02. Neohate
03. Free Mumia (A Panther In The Cage)
04. Webchaos
05. Xenophobia
06. I Choose My Blood
07. Terror Paranoia
08. The Illusion of Suffering
09. Charlottesville

LINE-UP:
Guilherme Silva – Vocals/Guitars
Pedro Valença – Guitars
Marcelo Santa Fé – Bass
Vitor Alves – Drums

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EMQ’s with DARK ZODIAK

EMQ’s with DARK ZODIAK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Eggingen, Germany based Death/Thrash Metal band, Dark Zodiak. Huge thanks to vocalist, Simone, for taking part.

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

I’m Simone and the front woman of the band Dark Zodiak.

The band was founded in 2011 by Dieter (drums) and Charly (guitar), and I joined in 2014.The

current line-up is quite young, Benni still plays the guitar and our new addition is Steffi on bass. She

has been with us since the beginning of the year.

How did you come up with your band name?

Actually, we don’t have that astrological touch, but when we came up with a name, “Zodiak”

somehow sounded good. The “Dark” should make the band name a bit more genre typical.

Incidentally, the spelling with K is intended to mark a distinction from the Zodiac murders and other

bands with similar names.

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

We come from the deepest south-west of Germany. We have a pretty active Metal family here in

this rural area. We also live right on the Swiss border and Switzerland has a thriving scene. But we

like to play concerts all over Europe!

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

Our singles we released this year are ‘Do More Say Less’, ‘Ophiuchus’ with official video since

November and ‘2020 A.D.’ with official video released now in December. The complete album

“OPHIUCHUS” will be released on January 30th, 2021.

‘Do More Say Less’ (Audio)

‘Ophiuchus’ (Official/Lyric Video)

‘2020 A.D.’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dieter and I have been metal maniacs since we were young. We grew up with bands like Metallica,

Slayer, Kreator, Sepultura, Obituary and Death. Charly comes from the blues and Steffi and Benni

more from the Gothic scene. And from that our own style developed.

What first got you into music?

Dieter was already a guitarist in a metal band at the age of 16, and much later he got behind the

drums. Charly also plucked the strings early and was the singer of a power metal band in between.

Steffi trained in the classical direction and Benni played the guitar in rock bands for a long time.

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

I would like to be on stage with Britta Görtz from Critical Mess and formerly Cripper. Dieter would

love to meet John Petrucci from Dream Theater. And rocking a concert with Vader would be cool

too.

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

We actually love the small festivals with a great metal community. But rocking the Summer Breeze

would be great, we’ve been going to this festival for decades. We were there when it started with a

day and a few hundred people.

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

When our bassist Sigi left us because he had moved from the area, at his last concert a fan from

Switzerland gave him a “Berner Böllemannli” (a specialty from Bern, a small sculpture made of

onions) from the Bern onion market. He was moved to tears!

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

Be authentic and true to yourself, take care of yourself and your loved ones, live your dreams and

longings and celebrate with us until you drop!

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

The drummer from Dieter’s first metal band, he was his best friend and died at the age of 24.

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

I love to sing out loud, to release all energies in me. And after a concert with partying fans and a

successful aftershow party, I feel happy. And I hate it when the technology doesn’t work. Sometimes

I make up my mind that in my next life I’ll start an unplugged band…but metal wouldn’t be fun that

way.

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

I would give small, motivated underground bands better opportunities.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Arise” by Sepultura

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

That is hard to say! Vinyl is cult and cool, CD’s have been my number 1 for years and now I find it

really practical when I can listen to my favourite music from my mobile through headphones.

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

We played many incredibly great concerts and celebrated Parys! But the Bergisch Metal Festival was

a really successful party when the fans hooked up and formed head-banging rows all over the

concert hall. That was really delicious.

Or the From Thrash Till Death Festival, fans grabbed our bass player to surf the crowd and carried

him into the men’s room…

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

We are only hobby musicians, that means we do other things most of the day. But professional

tourist and vacationer would be nice!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My four band mates and Dalai Lama or the Suicidal Angels…and our neighbour, because it could get

loud!

What’s next for the band?

We will release our album “Ophiuchus” in January 2021 and after that we wanted to play concerts all over Europe. But we have to wait and see what Corona allows us…

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

www.facebook.com/darkzodiakmusik
www.darkzodiak.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/dark_zodiak_band
www.twitter.com/darkzodiakband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/517UPwjKY1URx8zAtXD7fS
www.deezer.com/de/artist/7620714
www.backstagepro.de/darkzodiak
www.youtube.com/channel/UCqdR8i8D_MuXKbPxUoyw6UA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

These are Dieter’s favourite cookies, especially the ones with orange!

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

Withstand metal freaks!! As soon as it is possible again, we will have the ultimate metal parties. We are already looking forward to it!!

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