Sacred Reich – Awakening

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Sacred Reich – Awakening
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Running Time: 31:23
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

You know, dear friends, acolytes, neophytes and zelators, we never sit here and discuss our feelings. Us Metal fans, we are the outsiders, the alternative and one big, drunken happy family united by our love of music and drinking stupendous amounts of alcohol. We should be more aware of ourselves and more especially of others. Make friends and love each other, boys and girls. Love is the law. Love under will. I’m saying this stuff and being serious because recently, as I’m sure you are all aware, it was the recent anniversary of the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, one of our own. This has got me thinking about how we all need to watch out for each other. If you’re in a pit and you see someone going down, lift them up. If someone is passing out or throwing up because of too many party treats or too much booze, be the one that calls the fucking ambulance and gets them seen to. There’s enough shit and bias against us tattooed, pierced and Metal/ Goth/ Industrial loving folks without us not looking after each other. Dark Juan loves you all. Rest In Peace, Sophie. You were a friend lots of us never got to meet and that still hurts, so many years after the event.

So endeth the sermon, and I have therefore picked up my glass of wine and I have slapped a new platter on by my favourite thrash band of all time, Sacred Reich (which, due to slight inebriation, I’m having trouble spelling…). For those of you who have been living under some kind of anti-metal rock, Sacred Reich were formed in 1985 and are an Arizona band who should have been absolutely colossal on the scale of Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax and always had a very polished, Bay Area thrash sound. Think the clean, arctic purity of Metallica’s Ride The Lightning with added bass (because Lars isn’t there to fuck up the production like normal) mixed with Bonded With Blood era Exodus. THAT’S the Sacred Reich sound. Their record “The American Way” is an absolute thrash classic and you should be hitting Amazon right about now to buy it. I’ll wait…
“Awakening” is the fifth album by these grizzled thrash stalwarts. What do you get? You get ultra-classic thrash that takes me instantly back to dying of alcohol poisoning with my friends in a tent in the middle of a field or a beach with a ghetto blaster and a shitload of tape cassettes. This is not a bad thing because thrash always had the perfect mix between power, aggression, musicianship and melody and it was my full on gateway drug into all other known metal. So, we have a classic band utilising a classic style with a classic sound. Have we a new Sacred Reich classic album here?

The answer, dear friends and defilers of the Whorehouse of Christ The Deceiver, is very fucking nearly. Sacred Reich have released a gem of a heavy metal record. It is pretty damned fine. Their sound has evolved too, incorporating elements of southern blues and full on groove metal into that classic US thrash blueprint and creating a new kind of warbeast, a chimerical quadruped cyborg armed with heavy machine guns and a really shitty temper. The groovy, updated sound undoubtedly benefits from the recent joining of Dave McClain, after his split with Machine Head and the infusion of young blood into the band in the form of Joey Radziwill on guitar. Sacred Reich, however, have never been afraid of leaning left of the centre with their music (anyone remember the truly execrable, but fantastically well-meaning ‘31 Flavors’ from “The American Way”? For those of you that don’t, allow me to enlighten you – Thrash metal band are quite possibly massively stoned or utterly fucked up beyond all known levels of sanity on god knows what substance and decide it would be a terrific idea to play a funk song. Oh. My. God. It is hilarious for all the wrong reasons. There’s shocking sequenced brass bits, lyrics of questionable taste and it is possibly the most uncomfortable piece of guitar playing I have ever heard in my life. Saying that, the message is an inspiring one…) what with them breaking into the Batman theme tune in the middle eight of ‘Surf Nicaragua’, but there’s not many shenanigans on offer with this record. This is a band who have rediscovered the love of their music and have decided that they are going to violently kill everyone with it.

What there is, though, is a level of comfort and satisfaction that is seldom achieved in metal. This is a band thoroughly comfortable with themselves, their music and the kind of record they wanted to make. Another one of the manifold reasons I love Sacred Reich so much is the fact that Phil Heal is a magnificently accomplished bassist, far in advance of his contemporaries. It lends the Sacred Reich sound that extra edge that, for this thrash loving Hellpriest, set them apart from the rest of the American thrash bands. He’s also a much better singer than most thrash frontmen as well.

I’m fucking loving this. It proves that thrash is still relevant and is not just some young bands having discovered Dad’s Kreator records and being achingly cool and replicating the sound of them for a modern and young audience who have never heard Sodom’s “Agent Orange” or Coroner’s “No More Color”.

Stand out track on this album for me is the simply jaw dropping ‘Divide And Conquer’. It’s an agglomeration of Slayer style verse and riffage, segueing into a classic Metallica sounding chorus. If there was ever a song this distilled the very essence of the sheer brilliance of thrash metal, THIS IS IT! Who cares that Phil struggles a little bit when he hits the higher notes. The middle eight of ‘Salvation’ also deserves note because of the simply sublime bass and guitar interplay that has caused me to soil myself in sheer excitement and caused me to thank my friend Marion in Laniscat for selling me a wipe clean sofa. Once again it comes in for some abuse, does my sofa when I’m writing for Ever-Metal.com. And serious, strenuous efforts at cleaning too!

I really don’t have the words to tell you how much fun this record is. Mrs. Dark Juan has been throwing things at me for the past hour because I’m A) Not making tea like I promised I would, B) flailing around like an animate, demented windmill, C) Howling like a tone deaf werewolf in mating season along to the album, D) Upsetting the hellhounds, and E) Accidentally breaking every ornament we own. See B) for more information.

To return to an earlier question: Is “Awakening” by Sacred Reich a classic record? I wish to qualify the opinion I gave you earlier. Yes, it fucking is. Ultra-precise, razor sharp classic thrash from the finest band ever to play it, with an engaging sense of fun, and for this record, a serious an uncompromising sense of who they are and where they want to be. Dave McClain was wasted in Machine Head. Sacred Reich is where he belongs. May Phil and Wiley and the new guys live forever. And more importantly, keep giving me records like this because I’m a dripping, spent mess of metal pleasure right now.
I think I’ll leave you with that mental image.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has regressed instantly back to teenage years, and is busily chasing goth girls (and failing miserably at catching them), pouring insane quantities of beer down it’s throat and acquiring new and exciting neck and brain damage from headbanging so hard. 10/10 because it is fucking amazing! Thank fuck that Sacred Reich gave me this record, rather than Rock Goddess levels of disappointment.

To return to seriousness for a brief moment, if I may. Please, PLEASE, everyone support S.O.P.H.I.E. because we NEED to make the loss of one of our own in such a senseless and disgusting fashion MEAN SOMETHING. It is important, no, it is IMPERATIVE that our metal and alternative family love each other as hard as we can. We are the outsiders. We NEED each other. If you don’t yet support S.O.P.H.I.E. please just even buy a wristband and you’re doing your bit.

Thank you. I love you all.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Awakening
02. Divide And Conquer
03. Salvation
04. Manifest Reality
05. Killing Machine
06. Death Valley
07. Revolution
08. Something To Believe

LINE-UP:
Phil Heal – bass and vocals
Dave McClain – Drums
Wiley Arnett – Guitar
Joey Radziwill – Guitar

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/sacredreichofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/sacredreichofficial/
https://sacredreichofficial.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6iXZvQxkiWKbEaTX704z1g
And for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.)
https://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

 

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Thrashatouille – Rise Of The Bludgeonaise EP

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Thrashatouille – Rise Of The Bludgeonaise EP
Self Released
Release Date: September 2018
Running Time: 13:54
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

There are many things in adult life to be uncertain of; your career choice, where you should live, if your kids will turn out ok, how the hell did you use that much electric in one month, what possessed you to think your first relationship was a good idea, you know – the kind of three in the morning insomnia inducing worries that plague us; but there are two things I couldn’t be more certain of – my love of music and my love of food! So, what better way to celebrate these two wonderful things, than with a good serving of Northwich based thrash metal chefs, Thrashatouille!

Formed in 2017, out of a drunken idea, the band features Head Chef Chris Hargreaves (Bass), Pastry Chef Rob Sutton (Lead Vocals), Sous Chef James Von Gerber (Guitar), and Pot Wash Dan Brown (Drums), coming together to make the perfect culinary thrash metal team! Their Debut EP “Rise Of The Bludgeonaise, is today’s focus for our critique! The EP has been delighting their dedicated fans, new and old, since its release, however they haven’t had a formal review of it, until now!

The foody theme is all encompassing, with even the track list written as a ‘Set Menu’. I like this – it shows that they have thought really hard about the whole package and have a good hold on who they are and what they are about. It explores the themes of love, killer food, and the unfortunate aftermath of too much chilli! On the menu we have a starter, a choice of two mains, and a dessert. As I am critiquing today, I shall be, of course, eating both mains mwahahahaha!! (Ok so I have just made a serious decision about my lack of career direction – why the hell did I not become a food critic?!)

The Starter – ‘Thrashatouille’. I rather enjoyed this dish. From the first taste, it packs quite a meaty punch, offering a host of different textures. It is quite gravelly in some places but does give you a sweet and crisp interlude somewhere in the middle. It also doesn’t outstay its welcome – there is nothing worse than an over egged starter, but thankfully this isn’t it. It is an interesting concept, the birth of an evil being. Full of all the thrashing and writhing that I would want from a good metal lite bite!

The Mains – ‘Chilli Con Carnage’. Continuing the meaty theme, this is much chunkier than the starter, and its lyrical description leaves me wondering if my bowel will survive! The accompaniments are good – fast paced and rhythmical, it has an undeniable tang, with dark and rich undertones.

The Mains – ‘Spaghetti Bludgeonaise’. This dish brings the menu to life! It is peppered with sharp top notes and fatty bass notes throughout. Its frantic mid tones and pulsing dark tones send you into a terrifying sensory party, filled with hallucinations of your food attacking you. Mid way through, it does begin to feel a little sluggish, however this may be the aftereffects of the chilli con carnage!

Dessert – ‘Red Velvet Romance’. Now I do like a good slice of Red Velvet, however this one is not as smooth as I am used to, but then it is thrash food, so that can be excused. It is still extremely tasty, and makes you want to move about. If anything, this dessert was a little small for me, and it has certainly left me wanting more!

This meal is certainly a party on the palette, and whilst there is still room for some little tweaks to the recipes, I think this is a very accomplished first menu, showing real talent and an eye for detail. It is very well seasoned and shows a range of skills in keeping with their style. I look forward to the next encounter in the Thrashatouille Bistro and hope to see a fuller range of menu options next time – may I suggest an aperitif, a fish course, and possibly end it all with coffee and a ‘wafer-thin’ mint?!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Thrashatouille
02. Chilli Con Carnage
03. Spaghetti Bludgeonaise
04. Red Velvet Romance

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Thrashatouille/

https://www.instagram.com/thrashatouilleofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFmKgvG3tfiuN4WYckdpP1Q

 

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EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE

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EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based Thrash band Disposable! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Bassist Billy Robertson 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 Billy, the bass player and lead vocalist for Disposable. We’re a “hybrid” thrash band from Edinburgh. I’m not sure what that actually means but someone used the phrase once and I thought it was neat. We started in 2009 as children, and have since released two albums and an EP. We’ve only really been gigging properly and taking this “seriously” since our debut album “At The Foot Of The World” came out in 2014. We’ve done a whole bunch of cool tours in the UK and we’ve just finished our first European Tour, so things are going well at the moment!

How did you come up with your band name?

We used to be called “Disposable Heroes”, after the Metallica song. I think a lot of people were turning up to shows expecting a Metallica cover band and being disappointed when we played original stuff. Plus at the time we were little kids and my wardrobe was entirely Metallica Tshirts. We knocked off the ‘heroes’ and stuck with Disposable, which actually kind of works now as a lot of our lyrical content is about the fragility of self. Maybe I’m just clutching at straws there though.

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

We’re from Scotland. At the moment the scene up here is actually pretty good, especially in Edinburgh which is where we are from. There are a lot of like-minded people up here at the moment who are trying to create something from nothing, and A LOT of great bands. So aye, it’s pretty healthy. Shout out to the C.S.T Elite Union Squad – never change.

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

Our latest release is “Suffocator”, which is our second full length album. We’re really proud of it. It is definitely our best material so far and the feedback has been great! It’s a bit of a sub-genre mash up with the roots mainly in thrash. We think it’s pretty cool.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences at the moment are each other, our friends, and the other amazing, hardworking bands in the underground scene right now. Anyone that puts passion into their own creativity or encourages you to put it into yours is an inspiration. Just nice, supportive people really.

What first got you into music?

“Ride The Lightning” was my first metal album. A member of staff at an after school club I went to as a child noticed I was growing my hair and told me I should listen to it. I did, and here we are.

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

Kingpin from Glasgow! Ideally without us, though. And it’d be a full album. Just release a full album, Kingpin.

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

I found out there is a festival in Kenya called Nairobi Metal Festival, which looks cool. I don’t think there is a lot of metal happening over there (maybe that is ignorance, though), but it just seems like it’d be a blast and a culture shock, while still just being a bunch of lads hanging out to listen to riffs.

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

Not really weird, but my friend Hannah just straight up gave us 40 euros for the Euro Tour and we took 10 euros each and put it towards entry to a Theme Park in Germany. I thought it was funny to not buy merch, just give over cash. We also got a drawing of a pig in a Disposable Tshirt one time. I can’t really think of many more gifts we’ve received.

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

Thank you! Keep supporting underground bands!

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

Coco from Defacer!

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

I enjoy pretty much everything about it. Gigging, writing, recording, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, going to new places, arguing about lyrics, using Ikea bags as pillows on tour. The only thing I really hate about it is when someone comes up to the merch stand and says £15 is too expensive for a T-shirt.

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

People wouldn’t look at me like I’m a spoilt brat when I ask for a £100 guarantee.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ve got so many, but I’ll go for something different than my usual response. “Dead Set” by King Parrot is probably my favourite release in the last 5 years. It’s pretty much perfect for me.

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

They’ve all got their place, I suppose. I pretty much listen to music exclusively online now, so downloads, it’s just so easy. I think as a product, vinyl is the best, just because you can hold it in your hands and be like “this exists, it’s not a shitty plastic case and it looks beautiful”.

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

There have been a lot that are really, really good. My personal favourite has to be one of our album launch shows in Edinburgh probably, just because of the sentimental value. We recently played a sold out show in Switzerland which was also amazing for obvious reasons – our first sold out show in mainland Europe!

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

I feel quite comfortable as a performer, so probably still something in that kind of area. I would love to be an actor, but fuck that. I also enjoy painting and stuff, so something creative-arty for sure. I’d quite like to be that bloke that goes on tours with bands and organises social media and merch and stuff, that’d be cool. It seems like I’m pretty much hardwired to want to do something that takes a lot of work but pays fuck all for some reason.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Disposable boys Jack, Oliver and Liam, obviously! Doesn’t really matter who else!

What’s next for the band?

We just finished our Euro Tour and have a fairly quiet summer. Then as of August through to October we have about 13 or 14 shows in the UK and Ireland which is our “UK Tour” for the new album. We’re also looking into Europe again next year and laying the foundations for that. Plus we just started writing album 3 and also have plans for another release, possibly this year, too. So pretty busy!

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bandcamp. Search Disposable on Facebook or go to www.facebook.com/DisposableThrash. Instagram is @disposablethrash, Twitter is @Dispo_Thrash and the bandcamp link is www.disposablethrash.bandcamp.com. We also have a merch store which is www.disposablethrash.bigcartel.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re wee cakes. Otherwise they’d be called Jaffa Biscuits. They’re just biscuit sized, which adds a bit of a question mark for some reason. But you wouldn’t just start calling a biscuit that is the size of a cake a cake just because it’s big. You’d be like, “look at that big biscuit!” Here how fucking nuts is it that Americans call scones “biscuits”. That is fucking mental. That is the real question.

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

Thank you Ever Metal for the interview! I really appreciate it. Thanks to all the Disposable followers out there. Long live the CST! Be kind to people!

 

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EMQ’s with HELL BENT

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EMQ’s with HELL BENT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Crossover Thrash band Hell Bent! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Badger: I’m Badger and I sing. We’ve all known each other for a long time, and played together in various bands over the years.

Sam: I play bass. I joined the band about 2 years ago

Shawn: Guitar. I played bass in a fast hardcore band called Neon Bitches with Brian and John, which ultimately turned into this band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Badger: After weeks of hand wringing and arguing, Hell Bent was the only one we could all agree on.

Sam: Wasn’t around for that!

Shawn: You’re lucky Sam…it was tedious!

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

Badger: We are from the Dis-United States. Metal of all kinds is huge right now in the underground. Some of the bands are amazing, some of them are awful. Just like any other scene I reckon.

Sam: USA. The New England scene is pretty good. There’s a decent amount of good bands but there’s a decent amount of bad ones too.

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

Badger: Our full length called “Apocalyptic Lamentations” is being released soon.

Sam: “Apocalyptic Lamentations”

Shawn: It will be released via Armageddon Label & Atomic Action Records on vinyl, Horror Pain Gore Death on CD, and Metal Swarm on cassette.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Badger: Motörhead, Discharge, Pestilence, Hellhammer, Bathory, Repulsion, Blood Feast, Possessed, and many more. Essentially bands that used to be called “thrash” that were very extreme for their time, and pioneered what would later be called black metal and death metal.

Sam: Motörhead, Black Sabbath, early Slayer, Venom, Celtic Frost

Shawn: Kreator, Destruction, Possessed, Slayer at least for this band.

What first got you into music?

Badger: I grew up in a family full of musicians on my father’s side, who are all very talented but never wrote their own music. I’m not very talented but I’ve always written my own music. They were all quite concerned and disappointed that I gravitated towards heavy metal and punk. Ultimately I’ve done way more there any of them did music wise.

Sam: My dad was a bass player so we had an old bass in the house. I picked it up when I was 12 and just stuck with it.

Shawn. My next door neighbour/metalhead-guitar playing babysitter “Angus” (Paul). He turned me onto metal at a super young age.

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

Badger: I’m excited about the band Lowlife who have members of Cryptic Slaughter and Repulsion.

Sam: Really looking forward to playing with Cryptic Slaughter/Lowlife at MDF (Hell Bent played The Maryland Death Fest on 26th May)

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

Badger: We’re playing Maryland Death Fest and that’s the only fest I’ve ever coveted, although I’m sure there are many more great ones out there I just don’t know about.

Sam: Wacken would be cool. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

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

Badger: Not a gift but some really drunk woman came up to me and told me she thought I was beautiful.

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

Enjoy yourself as much as you can before industrial civilization as we know it collapses.

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

Badger: None of them. We’ve all got an expiration date.

Sam: Cliff Burton

Shawn: Paul Baloff

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

Badger: I love playing. I don’t like the good old boy scenester “you scratch my back I scratch yours” bullshit, but I don’t think anyone does, including those who engage in that behaviour the most.

Sam: I just enjoy playing and making new music. The only part I hate is moving bass cabs and heavy gear upstairs.

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

Shawn: The competitive nature there is at times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Badger: Post Mortem – “Coroner’s Office”

Sam: Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny”

Shawn: Mercyful Fate – “Don’t Break The Oath”

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

Badger: I hate to say it but downloads for me. I used to have a huge vinyl collection but I don’t have the space to collect artefacts anymore.

Sam: Vinyl

Shawn: Vinyl 100%

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

Badger: I really enjoyed ripping up some weird bar in Manchester, New Hampshire with Haxen and Psycho.

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

Badger: I paint and draw a lot.

Sam: Playing an unhealthy amount of pinball.

Shawn: Riding motorcycles.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shawn: Uli Jon Roth, Ritchie Blackmore, King Diamond, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton.

What’s next for the band?

Our record is released in all formats on June 14th. We’ll hopefully start playing more shows and doing some runs to support that.

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

Badger: Bandcamp;
https://hellbentri.bandcamp.com/

Sam: Instagram and Facebook;
https://www.facebook.com/hellbentri/
https://www.instagram.com/hell_bent_metal/

Shawn: Instagram mostly. Facebook makes it impossible to reach anyone, anymore. Bandcamp is great for hosting, you just have to get people there…

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Badger: I’ve never had one of those but you limeys like to use the term “biscuits” a lot more freely than those of us in the US do. Here in the US anything sweet is either a cookie or a cake, biscuits are usually savoury. So even though I’ve never had a Jaffa Cake, I have had most of the varieties of Mcvitie’s digestive biscuits, and like them all very much. I’m normally a salties guy rather than sweets, and I’m not a huge fan of baked goods in general. Despite all of that, I could eat those chocolate-covered digestives until I passed out in a diabetic coma.

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

Badger: Read HP Lovecraft if you want to get where we’re coming from.

Shawn: Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing our fans this summer. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

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EMQ’s with CALLUS

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

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

Probably my dad to be fair!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their hand in marriage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

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

Big bag o riffs with the lads.

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!

 

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EMQ’s with KAT

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EMQ’s with KAT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Legendary Polish, UK based Metal band KAT. If you’ve not heard of them before then you should definitely read on and get acquainted! Huge thanks to Piotr Luczyk 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 Piotr Luczyk. I founded the KAT band at the turn of 1979/80, and I play guitars in the band. I am also a music producer and composer of most of KAT’s music. At the beginning of KAT, we played Hard Rock. Later it evolved by stages into Thrash Metal. We released 11 original albums, several concerts, DVDs and compilations. There are several dozen pirate releases of our records on the market. We played tours with Metallica, Helloween, Six Feet Under and many more. We have also played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead & Pretty Maids. In addition I am the originator of the Metalmania Festival and Cover Festival. I say, perhaps immodestly, that in Eastern Europe they call us a legendary band! That’s for starters.
All details can be found at www.kat-band.com

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name in primary school when I was 12 years old. The literal translation is simply Executioner. It was about someone who seeks justice. Ah, such children’s visions. At the time, I could not yet play. Subsequently it turned out that KAT became, in addition to my family, the most important thing in my life.

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

I come from Poland but currently I live in Manchester GB. In Poland, the metal scene is mainly extreme. Vader and Behemoth are the best known Polish bands around the world. Both of these bands recorded the album “W homage to KAT” which I think shows our position. Of course, there are also hard and heavy bands in Poland, but not many. It’s difficult to find good singers who can sing in English. Also, in Poland, the Catholic Church predominates in society and condemns metal music as satanic. But crowds come to concerts of foreign stars.

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

In 2014 we released the album “Acoustic 8 Filmow” with acoustic versions of our most famous ballads. Earlier, we released the metal album “Mind Cannibals”. On Jun 14th 2019 we will release our latest KAT album “Without Looking Back”. This is our newest work with premiere songs. One of the songs is a soundtrack to the movie “Squadron 303”. Here is the video from the new album;
‘Flying Fire’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oou2WgKhzDU

Who have been your greatest influences?

Like many guitarists of my generation, Ritchie Blackmore, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a little later, Judas Priest, Van Halen, AC / DC. The compositions of these stars will never be forgotten. It’s a living rock story.

What first got you into music?

In 1975 I heard a Led Zeppelin concert; it was a shock for me. Later I heard Deep Purple in Rock and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. Now I am much older and wiser in the ways of the world of music. I live in Manchester and I begin to understand why British music leads the world.

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

AC / DC, maybe it’s strange but when I listen to AC / DC it seems to me that everything is achievable. It’s damn positive energy! I am the creator of the Cover Festival where we play AC / DC with various musicians. Everyone thinks that their songs are easy to play. However, in rehearsal it turns out that this simplicity is only superficial. During the concerts, I watch how audiences respond to AC / DC songs. Their music works for everyone.

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

Wacken Festival!

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

One of the fans (a girl) gave me the PRS guitar which I play regularly.

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

Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music. To find out what you like, you have to know what is going on around you. It’s a bit like beer. Isn’t it better to check out several species?

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

Randy Rhoads

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

I like it most playing in the moment, listening to the fans .You connect with them, share a common world and you don’t need alcohol, drugs or money, just the ability to listen.
I hate anonymous assholes who have never achieved anything in their lives and assess others. This destroys many young musicians and the effects of hating are irreversible and often tragic. Unfortunately, the Internet has contributed to this. Nowadays, instead of showing art, it is mainly used to criticise and fight others.

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

I would change the money division between artists and Google, Youtube, Spotify, Tidal etc. The current situation causes the artists to focus on concerts to such an extent that they do not record music like they used to. Such a situation will lead to the collapse of entire genres of music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Machine Head”

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

Currently Downloads but, for sound, vinyl.

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

I played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Metallica. They were great experiences and outstanding stars from whom I learned a lot. But the best gigs have been with in my friend Radek’s, small private club, on the mini Cover Festival. This is a regular gig to which we invite about 50-100 guests and friends from various bands. We play the finest songs from the history of rock.

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

I like DIY and I do various home renovation works. I even designed and made furniture once. I also designed album covers. But honestly, I don’t know what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Gary Moore.

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, new records and new music.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA8ivCm9uTyaGtKGVV61sA
www.soundcloud.com/kat-band
www.facebook.com/KATofficialprofile/
www.kat-band.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I like Jaffa Cakes no matter who thinks they’re a cake or a biscuit! I would still like them, even if I had to pay more VAT on them. And actually, whether they’re a cake or a biscuit, I’ll still eat them all!

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

Thank you for the interview and I would also to thank GB Metal Hammer for placing our album, “Metal and Hell” as among the 40 best ever Black Metal albums in history!
Regards, Piotr Luczyk – KAT
www.kat-band.com

 

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EMQ’s Here’s one from The NECROSEXUAL!

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EMQ’s Here’s one from The NECROSEXUAL!

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia based Black/Thrash/Crossover Punk/Metal act the Necrosexual. Huge thanks to him 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’ve performed as a comedian and video correspondent for Metal Injection since 2012. Musically, I released my debut album “GRIM-1” in 2018, and wasted no time delivering my second cumming entitled “The Gory Hole Overture In F#”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I have a dark sense of humour, and I charge my performances with sexual machismo. Big GRIM energy, as I call it. It’s a bit derivative of black metal because there are already so many other bands and musicians who use the Necro- prefix, but that’s the point. It’s a play on all that has come before with my own colourful twist.

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

I’m from the United States. There’s a metal scene, sure, but I see a real lack of showmanship and charisma. A lot of bands look the same and sound the same. No stage presence, no attitude. I’m here to entertain you, seduce you and brutalize you all at once.

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

We have my new EP The Gory Hole Overture In F# coming at you on May 17th. We also just premiered my new single ‘Orgy On Your Burial’ at Kerrang!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8nw1Fev5_Y

Who have been your greatest influences?

From a guitarist’s stand point, definitely Slayer, Metallica, Kreator. They all inspired me to learn my chops and play music that is challenging, but still catchy. My biggest influences for attitude are Venom, Motorhead, Van Halen. Rock N roll baby!

What first got you into music?

I always say “it’s not a phase I’m going through dad!” But really, my dad has opened my eyes and ears from a young age to great rock music. He is a drummer and grew up in the seventies. I distinctly remember listening to “Dark Side Of The Moon” with him when I was six years old, and it blew my mind. Up until that point the only music I knew was from Sesame Street or Disney movies. So to go from that, to this futuristic space music with David Gilmour’s shimmering guitar leads and mind bending keyboard solos, it was quite the eye opening experience for baby Necro.
My dad also got me my first Metallica CD when I was 12. He’s a big Yankees fan, so he dug it when they played “Enter Sandman” every time Mariano Rivera took the mound. In short, my dad unwittingly created this monster. And it’s definitely not a phase I’m going through!

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

I have a longstanding dream to collaborate with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. They are a Philly-based, futuristic synth rock band. It sounds like if Ennio Morricone made a rock band in the Road Warrior universe. We played a show with them in the fall, so who knows what the future holds?

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

The greatest gift I ever received is from artist Daniel Daruda, who painted a portrait of me. I am a flattery activated performer.

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

Keep it grim.

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

The bassist in me says Cliff Burton, naturally.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Venom – “Welcome To Hell”. The ultimate debut from the world’s first black metal band, so far as I’m concerned.

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

The most important part is supporting the band, or your local record store that sells the music.

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

Halloween 2018 with Basilysk and S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D….RIFFS galore baby.

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

Slowly dying from boredom and regret.

What’s next for the band?

We play with the mighty THOR on May 7 in Philadelphia at Philamoca.
I also plan to do a short east coast tour with Basilysk June 12-15 in Baltimore, Richmond and Raleigh. Then, it’s back to recording the next barrage of hits in my lair/.

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

Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
https://www.facebook.com/Grimmestofalltime/
https://twitter.com/TheNecrosexual
https://necrosexual.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBww_Zbw390q6TPUsmnWCMQ

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

Thank you Ever Metal for going one on one with the GRIM1. See you maniacs in hell

Necrosexual by Chris Koontz

 

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile Thrash/Death/Punk Metal band Nuclear Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Hey, thanks for this interview. My name is Francisco Haussmann, I play guitars in Nuclear. To make the long story short, Nuclear was born from the ashes of another band called Escoria back in 2003. After a few line-up changes and 5 albums in the bag, the band is writing music for the 6th album. In 2014 we got signed by Candlelight Records, UK (now Spinefarm Records/Universal Music) and we released one album under that label.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, I don’t recall exactly how, but we did want to have a powerful name representing our music and live performances. We thought of the nuclear power and how uncontrollable and potentially dangerous is.

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

Chile, South America. I’d say metal scene here is like any other. You can find an excellent feedback and support for foreign acts but not that much for local bands. I think it is constantly growing for the better though. People understand the importance of the local scene and how difficult it is for a band to build a fan base. Our geography does not help much either as it becomes pretty difficult for bands to visit other countries in South America and vice versa (quite the opposite as Europe for instance).

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

Our latest album is called “Formula For Anarchy” from 2015. However, we released a single in 2016 called “Libertad Condicionada”. It is a cover song from Chilean punk rock band.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to write, but I’d say Old School Thrash and Death metal were the first influences we had. Sepultura, Kreator, Dismember, Benediction, Entombed, Slayer, Exodus, Unleashed. In time, we have been widening our taste of music and a lot of Punk, Hardcore and Grindcore have given us pretty rad ideas for our music.

What first got you into music?

I’d say something happened when I first watched Live Corruption VHS from Napalm Death back in the day. It was so intense, so brutal and I instantly knew that I wanted to have a band. I was perhaps 12 years old and did not have any instruments at home so I asked some friends to lend me theirs and that’s how it started.

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

I would love to have LG Petrov or Alex Camargo from Krisiun singing one of our songs. Both are big influences on Nuclear’s work and how we see metal music nowadays.

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

For some reason, I have always wanted to play Bloodstock Festival in UK. I think that festival has a really good vibe and the line-ups over the years have been brutal AF!

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

We’ve received a lot of gifts from fans and nothing really weird to be honest. We’ve got flags, CDs, tees, beers, etc. We did receive a very cool gift once. It was a hand-painted very detailed and dedicated portrait of us as a band. We have it in our rehearsal room.

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

Many thanks for these years of constant support. Underground music is difficult in every sense of the word and it would be ever more difficult if we hadn’t got our fans supporting us at every show. We are lucky to have a very strong and loyal fanbase backing us up from many countries around the world.

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

That’s a tough one. I don’t know about rock star but I’d say Chuck Schuldiner. He was one of a kind and he left us way too early.

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

I rarely think of this. I enjoy pretty much everything about being a musician. Playing music gives you something only musicians know how to describe it. Those goosebumps you get when you play live or when you finish a new song, It’s something unique. I don’t think I hate anything about this. Maybe the lack of support between bands or the constant hatred in social media.

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

I don’t think there’s commitment from labels towards new bands. I understand that this is a business but it looks like A&Rs are not getting out as much as they are supposed to. There are tons of bands out there that don’t stand a chance. I believe it is very short-term thinking if you consider that many of the big bands are about to finish their careers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Benediction – “Subconscious Terror”.

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

I collect vinyl. I love the way they sound and everything about the package.

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

That’s a really tough one. We’ve had many memorable gigs in the past!

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

I am actually also a Chemical Engineer, so I’d say that I would be working full time as one.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band. Besides being band mates, we are also best friends and I believe that’s why we have stayed strong as long as we have. You can have a discussion or fight from time to time but in the end, everything comes back to normal and keep having a good time. This might sound as a cliché, but metal music is not about money and if you’re not making tons of it, what’s the point of staying together if you don’t remain friends and have a good time?

What’s next for the band?

We are right in the middle of a new album recording. As soon as we finish it, we will start touring everywhere we can to support it. Stay tuned for upcoming news!

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

https://www.facebook.com/nuclearcl/
https://www.instagram.com/nuclearthrash/
https://nuclear.bandcamp.com
You can actually visit www.nuclear.cl and find pretty much anything you want.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake definitely.

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

Many thanks for the interview! We cannot wait to have the new stuff ready to show everyone! Stay tuned!

 

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EMQ’s with DORYLUS

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EMQ’s with DORYLUS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stevenage, UK Melodic/Death/Thrash Metal band Dorylus. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

I’m Joe I’m the lead vocalist and guitarist for UK Metal band Dorylus.
We formed in 2015 with original members; Bassist Tom Oliver, Guitarist Craig Carmichael and Drummer Mitch Cartwright after our previous bands had gone their separate ways.

How did you come up with your band name?

So me and Tom where at a pub talking about potential band names and he had suggested that insects had really cool sounding names but Cicada, while sounding like an awesome band name, the bug itself is a bit dull. So in true metal fashion we hit up Google for a list of the most dangerous insects in the world and “Dorylus” was number 4 on the list.

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

We are from England and based in Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire metal scene is one of the most incredibly supportive scenes in the country IMO. It has so many incredible bands that are really pushing the envelope of originality and keeping things interesting. If you put on a metal show in Hertfordshire it seems you’re guaranteed a good turnout, with all the regulars and bands that show up all the time to support an incredible growing scene. I thank the BOA M2TM competition going on at Club 85 in Hitchin for helping nurture such an amazing environment to make music.

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

So we are currently preparing to release our Debut full length album on June 7th it’s called “Without Sin” and it’s taken the last 3 years to write and record and our first single is coming soon!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally my biggest influences as a musician have been Josh from Bloodshot Dawn, Chuck from Death, Randy from Lamb of God, Adam from King Leviathan and Ola England from Feared and the Haunted.

What first got you into music?

As basic as it sounds I remember hanging out with a friend when I was about 12 he’d brought round Metallica’s ‘Black’ album and the minute he put it on the aggression and raw feeling that I had never been able to understand when I’d heard metal before suddenly started to make sense I couldn’t not bang my head. my brother overheard us rocking out to it and the next day he dumped a bunch of CDs in my hands which included the likes of Machine Head, Soil and Slipknot as well as some classics like AC/DC and Iron Maiden. From then on I knew music was all I wanted in my life.

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

There are so many incredible bands in my local scene right now and to be honest I’d love to do something with every single one of them. I feel like I’d enjoy working with friends a whole lot given the opportunity. So… any bands in my local scene that would like to collaborate HIT ME UP haha!

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

100% it would have to be Bloodstock Open Air.
Not just because it’s an awesome festival but because of the work it does for the growing Underground Metal community. It has an entire stage that runs all weekend dedicated to what’s happening in the underground. It’s such a good thing to be involved with and it would be and absolute pleasure to be up on one of those stages one day!

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

Damn I wish I had something interesting to say for this… but honestly we don’t get gifts from fans. Although someone did stick a dildo on my guitar while I was playing once… but I think it was the bands dildo (long story) anyways so I don’t think that counts.

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

WE BLOODY LOVE YOU CRAZY BUNCH OF NUTTERS!!! …(also the album comes out June 7th).
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

There are too many to choose from but I’d probably say Chuck (Schuldiner). I’d love to have another Death album and to see where he would have taken his musical journey. Death have been a band that has had a vibe across all of the albums that made it still feel like the same band while maturing so much musically it’s why they have been a huge influence on how I approach writing music.

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

It’s a release or more like it’s real. While I’m on the road I feel more like myself than when I’m at work or at home. The only thing I hate is that I can’t do it 24/7… the wages suck a bit as well.

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

Actually nothing really! The music industry is fairer than it has ever been for Metal. It’s no longer about ‘right time, right place’. It’s no longer a game of luck. You can’t be lazy and get lucky, you can’t just spend money and you can’t be in it for the money because there isn’t any. The only people who are left playing Metal are the ones with the true unbridled passion for it, the people doing it because they love it and it’s making music better every day.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paean Heretica” by King Leviathan. I’d been following this band for a couple years with their first 3 EPs playing on repeat almost constantly and once they released this album it changed my ideas of what I could accomplish musically.

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

First off, anything that has people listening to music. To be honest I wish I was old enough to have been around in the tape trading days.

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

That’s a pretty big toss up we’ve had so many good shows and shared the stage with so many incredible bands it’s hard to think.
I think I’d have to go with London 2016 M2TM Grand Final. While we didn’t go through and we definitely have played better since the atmosphere in that room was amazing. Playing alongside some of our best friend’s in Gevaudan, Slave Steel, Dead Before Mourning and Bearfist, to a packed room of people, was just one of my favourite experiences.

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

Being bored as hell at my day job… nah I’d probably have tried my hand at art or acting I like being creative and I love attention.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Only 5!!!
Matt Berry, Ian Mckellen, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mike Tyson.
Just so I could hear them make small talk

What’s next for the band?

New line up (announcement soon).
New album.
Tour through June (still dates available so Hit Me Up).
Move on to another EP or Album ASAP. I don’t want to take 3 years for the next one!

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

We do a lot of stuff with Facebook and Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/dorylusband/
https://www.instagram.com/dorylusband/
And all of our current music is on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/41BStS4SHDO5KApFfb20Tk
(As well as everywhere you can buy or stream music)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A new breed of food called BISCAKE!

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

Just that we are really honoured to be given this platform to promote our band and our album and hopefully you’ll all enjoy what we have coming up in the future.

 

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Trendkill – Black Moon EP

Black Moon EP Review

Trendkill – Black Moon EP
Nil By Mouth Records
Release Date: 14/08/2018
Running Time: 23:04
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

I was recently asked if I would be interested in reviewing the EP “Black Moon” on behalf of the English based Groove/Thrash Metal band Trendkill, Admittedly I haven’t heard of them for long and this is the first chance I have had to listen to “Black Moon” but I couldn’t be happier to have been given the chance to review this awesome release and I really like listening to the combination of these five tracks. They cite their influences as Pantera, Megadeth and Rammstein, amongst others, and you can hear it in the songs that Trendkill have made. I do like me some Megadeth and Rammstein so it gives me the same feeling as when I listen to those bands, but these guys have their own take on the formula and from start to finish “Black Moon” is a really good EP to listen to whether it’s the instruments or the vocals!

Even though “Black Moon” contains only five songs they are really top notch and each brings its own intensity, not just from the lyrics but also how well the band play which creates even more enjoyment! It pains me that I haven’t heard of them for longer than I have but this gives me a way of jumping right in at the deep end with reviewing this awesome piece of work. Listening to this is so good that at moments during this review I’ve just sat back in my chair, hands on my head, looking up but with my eyes closed and taken a deep breath and it just gets better and better which in my book makes it much more than just five songs! Since I listened to the EP for the first time, I’ve not been able to stop and it took me until a few minutes ago to realise there is a repeat button so I don’t have to keep re-starting it myself!

From the guitar riffs and the bass to the drumming and vocals Trendkill have found such an amazing blend in the music they make and I can feel the passion with each strum of a guitar, each hit of the drum and each scream of the awesome vocals. These guys put everything they have into their songs and I officially love the EP. All the tracks stand out but put them together and it blows the senses. I am one lucky guy to have the chance to review this awesomeness.

Now comes the tough part and that is rating the EP and even though I love “Black Moon” it gets an 8/10. This is purely because I wish there was more of it. This is no reflection on the band. As for a favourite song there isn’t one that stands because I have enjoyed listening to the EP as a whole, rather than singular songs!

I want to say a huge thank you to Jonny Stern on Guitar, Isaac Edwards on Bass, Elliot Bartram on Vocals and last but not least Corey Bennett on drums who approached me about the possibility of reviewing. I cannot thank you guys enough and I leave a tracklist and band links below!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Renegade
02. Black Moon
03. Asylum
04. Playing God
05. The Host

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/trendkilluk/
https://trendkilluk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/trendkilluk

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