Warzaw – Black Magic Satellite

Black Magic Satellite Album Cover Art

Warzaw – Black Magic Satellite
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/12/21
Running Time: 45:05
Review by Simon Black
6/10

The sophomore release for Norway’s Trad Metallers Warzaw picks up where their debut “Werewolves on Wheels” left off, pausing only to add a little more polish. This is a band that wear their very 80’s influence patches very clearly on their collective band battle jacket, with lots of NWOBHM and similar 80’s infused touches loudly and proudly on display. This is a backbone of solid riffage with melodic vocal lines which probably have more in common with the likes of Dokken than the more in your face high end screaming of your Halfords or Dickinsons that the British end of the era delivered. 

The whole thing is very 80’s in sound too, with production values that feel like they are trying to sound of that age as well although it feels a more mature affair in the song-writing department than their brash debut. For me that retro production feel is not always the best strategy, as I feel it’s always better if bands can nod to the influences through the song-writing but keep the production bang up to date, otherwise too much effort is wasted in the retro sound rather than authenticity in the tunes. That said, musically they do capture that ethos, although the vocals feel a little too proud in the mix. Daniel Rønning has a strong and distinctively raw voice, with quite a considerable range and enough charisma to carry the band’s sound. But the way it’s mixed makes it sound like it’s all about him and a backing band, rather than one cohesive band, which is a shame as the performances from the other three are spot on.

It’s one of those albums that’s worth bearing with, as the better material doesn’t start to predominate until the halfway point, with the first few numbers feeling that little too obvious. By the time you get to ‘Shot Of Poison’ it feels like they’ve got the balance right, although the retro mixing remains intrusive, but musically they’re firing on all cylinders, and they certainly know a thing or two about effective arrangements, with enough technical flourishes to stop this being too run of the mill. A focus on sounding of the moment rather than one long gone and this bunch could go the distance.

Circle Talk – Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Santa Mira
02. Fierce Attitude
03. Send My Regards
04. Lightning From the Clear Sky
05. Circular Talk
06. Machine Gun Fire
07. Where the Bodies Are Buried
08. Shot of Poison
09. Pistols at Dawn
10. Altar of Pleasure
11. Sabres of Flesh and Blood

LINE-UP:
Daniel Rønning – Vocals
Håvard Alvarez – Guitars
Trond Jullumstrø – Guitars, bass
Mats Sødahl – Drums

LINKS:

Warzaw Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with CORNERS OF SANCTUARY – PART TWO

EMQ’s with CORNERS OF SANCTUARY PART TWO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band Corners Of Sanctuary. Now you may remember that guitarist Mick did this with us back in June but drummer, MAD T, wanted to take part as well and, as a former drummer, I wasn’t going to say no and it’s always good to get a drummer’s perspective? Big thanks to him!

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 Mad T, and I am a drummer. Corners Of Sanctuary began in 2011, with Mick Michaels wanting to bring back that classic metal sound. After doing some roadie-ing for the band on and off, as well as some fill in shows, I eventually joined the band in 2016. Since then, we have done numerous regional tours of the United States, a few on the West Coast, mainland Europe, and the United Kingdom. It’s been a fun four-year ride!

How did you come up with your band name?

That’s a Mick Michaels question. I remember him talking about how music was always a source of happiness for him, a place of sanctuary. I think he wanted to really drive that point across to the listeners.

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

Corners of Sanctuary are based out of the Philadelphia. The city’s metal and rock scene, just like every other region that the band has toured, is relatively the same. There may be a few well-known bands in each area, but in the past decade, everyone has been having a harder time persuading people to come out and support the local original scene.

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

Corner of Sanctuary’s latest release is our annual Holiday/Christmas song ‘Wonderful Time Of Year’. It’s a really catchy, feel-good song, that I think anyone, from any genre ,,can appreciate and grow to love! I’ve been singing it to myself since I recorded my parts for it – and that was in October!

We also released our latest full-length album, “Heroes Never Die,” in October 2020, on RFL Records.

‘Wonderful Time Of Year’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hands down, Judas Priest has been there since I first picked up the drumsticks. It was Priest that actually moved me enough to start playing. Later on, it was Iron Maiden, Accept, Twisted Sister, Savatage, Queensrÿche, Ratt, and similar bands. Then I discovered power metal, and Sabaton became almost top tier.

What first got you into music?

Growing up, my family always listened to music on car rides and the like. My father was also a musician – a guitarist actually. I was introduced to Judas Priest by way of my father, and I was hooked, and wanted to be like them from the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties. The rest is history.

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

That’s a tough choice. It’s a tie between Judas Priest and Sabaton. Both are hard driving bands and I connect with their music. To be honest, I’m not sure what I would contribute, because both bands have something that’s way beyond my pay grade!

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

Wacken…hands down. That’s like the metal festival of all metal festivals and the Germans love metal…at least, that’s what they told us when they came to see us in 2018! Additionally, that’s where a lot of the bands I get into have played. To share the stage and even the festival with bands that I listened to and try to emulate would just be a moment for me that I made it.

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

I’m not sure if compliments count, but I recall two weird and surprising ones. The first came from a fan who walked up to us before our set, look at us up and down, crossed his arms, and belted out: “You guys look much taller in your pictures!” All of us just stood there staring at each other awkwardly and politely gave our thanks.

The second time happened right after the band’s first show in Europe. The guitarist from the band before us made a beeline for us. Now, this guy was like 6’5” – like a Viking – and stopped just in front of our bassist, James Pera. Looking down at us, the tall man told us that “You play like much taller men!” Much like the first compliment, we stared at each other and gave our thanks. That compliment has been a staple for us during practices when we complete a song or two without any mistakes!

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

Stay metal, enjoy life, and destiny is all.

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

Freddy Mercury…so much there, so little time.

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

I enjoy playing on stage, practicing, and travelling to the shows. What I dislike about this lifestyle are the ways that people mistreat the bands. That really can take the enjoyment out of playing some nights.

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

Bands would get some sort of definite monetary compensation for their work. Or to have better communication between bands, stage managers, and promoters.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are so many to choose from…one album that I’m spinning a lot now is Falconer’s “From A Dying Ember”.

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

For me, CDs are the go-to item, because I can play them in my car without having to worry about scrolling through a device that takes my eyes of the road.

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

I think one of the best shows that Corners of Sanctuary has played was during our last US West Coast tour, where we had the opportunity to play at the Whisky A Go-Go. The energy we had on that stage was driving the songs, and the audience seemed connected to it as well. You know when the audience likes you when they start chanting the chorus without you telling them to!

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

I’d probably read more, and finally finish the many TV shows and movies that I’ve been neglecting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The only time I would do that is to invite family over. I don’t do much entertaining in the way of dinner parties.

What’s next for the band?

We have a few virtual shows lined up, like the Wrecking Ball Metal Fest, among others, as part of our “Metal Never Dies” Online Tour.

Plus, we are already working on some new music for 2021, including a new EP, and material for our next album.

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

First and foremost, our official site at
www.cornersofsanctuary.com

But you can also find us at:
www.Facebook.com/CornersofSanctuary
www.Twitter.com/COSnROLL
www.instagram.com/cosnationmetal

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both!

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

Thank you having me!

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EMQ’s with SYLENT STORM

EMQ’s with SYLENT STORM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Medford, Oregon based Traditional Heavy Metal band Sylent Storm. 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?

Jym Harris (Vocalist): Thanks for the interview! This is Jym Harris, I sing for the band and I played drums on our first EP. Other members will be chiming in as well. We formed in early 2013 in Medford, Oregon, but became inactive after a couple years of gigging around Southern Oregon. I reformed the band with a new line-up and started playing shows again in early 2019 after our EP was released.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jym: First, I like the “OR” sound in Lizzy BOR-den, Ozzy Os-BOURNE, WAR-LORD (there’s two in that one) so “Storm” came naturally. Adding “Sylent” gave it a juxtaposition like Quiet Riot or Led Zeppelin. A delicate word and a powerful word. Iron Maiden is a great example of that too. Besides, the idea of a silent storm seems ominous.

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

Jym: Medford, Oregon (USA) is not great for our style of music. It’s mostly Bro-Metal…Ya know, like Groove Metal, and Core type bands. Traditional Metal seems bigger in other places.

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

Jym: We have a pro-shot video for “Patriots of Metal” on Youtube. Our self-titled demo EP came first in late 2018 on Stormspell Records and was released on cassette by Doomsday’s Today/Barf Bag Records in 2020. Our new album “The Fire Never Dies” will be out this year as well.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jym: Musically? I have different influences for writing lyrics, writing music and singing. I always have trouble with this since I admire so many artists.

Michael Ian Brisbane (Guitar/Vocals): For me, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Zakk Wylde, David Gilmore, and Gary Hoey.

What first got you into music?

Jym: When I was a kid, my old man was a truck driver and spent a lot of time with the radio on. He played tapes all the time. At home, we had a big stereo system and stacks of cassettes, 8-tracks and 45s; mostly country and 60s Rock n Roll. I had older siblings that showed me newer stuff, but I think kids at school really introduced me to Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.

Michael: I grew up with music my whole life. My mom was a jazz singer in the clubs in Dallas TX and then in the choir in churches. I got into it when I wanted to impress a girl, so I learned the guitar. Needless to say, I never got the girl, but fell in love with the guitar.

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

Jym: For Metal? There’s a million. Non-Metal? Lzzy from Halestorm or Kacey Musgraves. Behind the scenes, I always would have loved to work with Jonathan Daniels, Jack Ponti or Max Norman. I admire good songwriters and producers.

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

Jym: Keep It True would be incredible since it’s real Heavy Metal bands. Any big fest like Wacken, with lots of fans who truly enjoy our style.

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

Jym: At a show last year, we got off stage and this gal comes up and takes her necklace off and put it on me.  The pendant was a cut off dinner fork that had been filed and bent into this other shape and turned into a little face. Weird and cool.

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

Jym: That we appreciate their support more than they know.  Fans of Heavy Metal are the greatest fans in the world.

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

Jym: Steel Panther got in trouble for saying Vince Neil, huh? I mean, who do you pick, really? Randy Rhoads comes to mind…Dio…man, so many.

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

Jym: I just love writing songs. I also enjoy performing for an audience that really gets into the show and I hate waiting until the pandemic is over to do it again!

Michael: I love the creativity of putting different ideas together. Seeing what chords and melodies can go together and how it can make you feel. It’s like cooking with notes. I hate the fact that sometimes the options are so limitless, and it makes it so hard to make a final product.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jym: “Deliver Us” by Warlord. Technically an EP, but it’s nearly perfect.

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

Jym: Well, each are good for a different reason. I prefer CD’s but as a kid I loved vinyl and tapes.

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

Jym: The first time I opened for Y&T was pretty amazing. Not the biggest show I’ve ever played but the energy was incredible. Northwest Metalfest was a blast. Also, opening for Dokken the first time, many years ago.

Michael: In the sense of sheer numbers it would have to be our local July 4 celebration. 6000 people in an outdoor stage. It was awesome.

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

Michael: Probably either a chef, or involved with architecture or something. Anything to do with my hands. Also, I love bladesmithing. I used to do it when I was younger.

What’s next for the band?

Jym: New album later this year! Keep an eye out!

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

Jym: All of the platforms we can find, but Bandcamp is the big one. YouTube is good for previewing, and watching videos.
www.sylentstorm.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/SylentStormMetal/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCcx3FoFqWL9MQYrHiSMIY0A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mike Pugh (Bass/Vocals): The Jaffa cake I would have to say is a pastry, sooo… biscuit.

Michael: Jaffa Cakes are actual cakes. Made from a sponge cake topped with jam and chocolate. My dad is from the UK and it’s a UK dish. Some may call it a biscuit but they’re wrong.

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

Jym: PLEASE VISIT http://www.sylentstorm.com/ FOR UPDATES!

by Brandon “SeaBass” Seyboth

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