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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Riot – Rockworld (Rare & Unreleased 87-95)

Riot – Rockworld (Rare & Unreleased 87-95)
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 27/03/2020
Running Time: 1:16:13
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

If you know me, and have read reviews by me in the past, you will know that I am a big, no humungous, fan of Riot (in all its connotations). The band were resurrected in 2015, after the death of founding member Mark Reale, under the name Riot V. Ever since I first heard ‘Flight of The Warrior’ blasting out through my laptop’s speakers (far too many years after its original release unfortunately) they have maintained their place in my top ten of bands…EVER!

Founded in New York in 1975 by guitarist, Mark Reale, they have undergone various line-up changes, suffered tragedy after tragedy and, in my opinion, really should have been bigger than they were/are. The deaths of vocalist Rhett Forrester in 1994 and Guy Speranza in 2003, were followed by the death of Mark, himself, in 2015 after complications with Crohn’s disease, and even as late as 2020, Lou Kouvaris, former guitarist with the band from 1975 – 1978, passed away after contracting the deadly Coronavirus which, as we know, has caused a worldwide pandemic.

But still they pressed on and 45 years and sixteen studio albums later (the last “Armor of Light” being released on April 27th, 2018) thankfully they are still with us and still making music.

This album was by no means just quickly thrown together as the following statement from Giles Lavery on Jan 8th, 2020 from Los Angeles testifies:

“In mid-March 2016, I was asked to organise and catalogue the considerable archives of the late Mark Reale. As a lifelong Riot fan this was an exciting prospect. Little did I know this would turn into almost a year of working through cassette tapes (mostly unlabelled), VHS cassettes and ancient reel to reel formats…from this many never heard before songs and pieces of music were unearthed.”

Released on March 27th, 2020, this album is a compilation of rarities, from alternatives to album versions of tracks, demo tracks and outtakes that never made it to final albums. All tracks have been remastered by Patrick W Engel and the cover artwork has been provided by Jan Meininghaus.

The album kicks off with the track ‘Rockworld Theme’. Rockworld was a music TV show from the late 1970’s and Riot were approached to compose and record a track for the main theme. How many of you knew that, eh? And what better track to name the album after.

The second track ‘Bloodstreets’ is one of my favourites on the album. It is a Thundersteel era track (no wonder it’s one of my favourites coming from a time when this masterpiece was recorded) but this has a different ending to the album version. Instead of the guitar solo playing out at the end, this version has the chorus repeat itself on a loop.

‘Medicine Man’, ‘Magic Maker’ and ‘Faded Hero’ (another of my favs from the album) were demos recorded for the follow up to “Privilege of Power” prior to Tony Moore leaving the band. They give us just a glimpse of “what could have been” if Moore hadn’t left.

‘Sylvia’, ‘Good Lovin’ and the instrumental ‘Creep’ were all demo tracks from the “Nightbreaker” sessions, but none made it to the final release, although, in my opinion ‘Sylvia’ is a fantastic track.

The last two tracks on the album, ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Magic Maker’ (different versions to the ones mentioned above) feature Jag Panzer vocalist, Harry ‘Tyrant’ Conklin, and were recorded when the band were looking for a replacement for Moore, a job that eventually went to Mike Dimeo who sang the tracks on the “Nightbreaker” album.

I tend to find rarities albums a bit hit and miss. Either the quality is very poor as the recordings are years old or, and I have seen this, there are three or four versions of the SAME song. Ok, they might be rare recordings, but do we really need that many versions? This album doesn’t do that.

I loved this album and felt like it was taking me on a journey through time (well…1987-1995 anyway!) It shows the what if’s and but’s that could have taken this band onto a completely different path, leading them to who knows where! But, I, as a Riot fan, am glad they are where they are!

This really is a must have for any die-hard Riot fan and I am so incredibly grateful to Rick for passing it over to me for review. I wait with bated breath for anything new this fantastic band release and I really do hope that I get to see them at a gig sometime soon.

Go check it out and see if you agree with me, you know you want to!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rockworld Theme
02. Bloodstreets (Alternative Version)
03. Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart) (Alternative Version)
04. Runaway (Instrumental Early Idea Demo)
05. Killer (Tony Moore Vocals)
06. Maryanne (Rough Mix)
07. Medicine Man (Tony Moore Vocals)
08. Magic Maker (Tony Moore Vocals)
09. Faded Hero (Tony Moore Vocals)
10. Sylvia (Outtake)
11. Good Lovin (Outtake)
12. Creep (Instrumental Outtake)
13. Instrumental 1994 (Brethren Outtake)
14. Medicine Man (Tyrant Sessions)
15. Magic Maker (Tyrant Sessions)

LINKS:
www.areyoureadytoriot.com/
www.facebook.com/riotrockcity/
www.twitter.com/riotvmetal

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Invictus – Eden

Invictus – Eden
Iron Shield Records
Release Date: 24/01/2020
Running Time: 39:23
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7/10

Invictus, who were founded in 2017 in Bavaria, released their first E.P “Burst The Curse” in March 2019 (Mark did a review of that). Now they give us their debut full-length album “Eden”.

The band, which consists of Nicolas Peter on vocals, Fabio Winter and Andreas Honsberg on guitars, Fabian Scharf on bass and David Knobbe on drums come across as a group from days gone by with their sound of Judas Priest/Helloween style Traditional Heavy Metal. This isn’t a bad thing, by any means, but something just isn’t gelling for me. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good listen with strong guitar riffs and great drumming plus the voice of Peter, who has so much energy in his delivery, cranking out some great lyrics, but they seem to be trying to cram so much into the album it gets a bit much for me, personally. It’s almost like putting a Mentos into a bottle of fizzy drink; it overflows so much I cannot get a grip of what’s going on. Tracks, when played individually, seem fine but put them all together and I’m like “stop the world, I want to get off” although ‘Styx’ is a track I was completely not expecting, a classic Power Metal ballad that is well executed.

The guys in Invictus are obviously very talented and this is only their debut, but I think with hindsight, they have fallen into a trap. Rather than sounding like Invictus they have taken a load of bits that worked for other bands and have used them in their own music. Yes, of course you will be influenced by others, but I shouldn’t be sitting there thinking to myself “that bit is from Priest, that bit is from Accept, that is by Helloween/Gamma Ray oh and that bit is Blind Guardian” It sounds like a collection of 80’s Metal clichés that have already been overused.

Every review that Invictus receive is going to be a learning curve for them and I’m sure their fanbase will stick by them, but to gain a wider audience they need to find their own voice and not mimic others quite so much!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. The Hammer
03. Inside Your Head
04. The Garden Of Eden
05. Through The Storm
06. Thought Of An Idea
07. Livin’ In The Future
08. Styx
09. Break The Chains
10. Insomnia
11. Burning Empire

LINE-UP:
Nicolas Peter – vocals
Fabio Winter – guitars
Fabian Scharf – bass
Andreas Honsberg – guitars
David Knobbe – drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/InvictusHeavyMetal
www.instagram.com/invictus_metal_official/
www.invictusheavymetal.bandcamp.com/
www.soundcloud.com/invictusmetal
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2vXotrzz7JPAa7M2JLE5VW
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMvNHGJU8lZJvZ6UzHCWSaA

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EMQ’s With AMORIELLO

EMQ’s With AMORIELLO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our ‘New EP Release Day’ EMQ’s with Thomas Amoriello of Traditional Heavy Metal Project Amoriello. Huge thanks to Thomas 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?

Thomas Amoriello here! I started this project on January 1st 2017 with a vision of a debut LP that would feature talented musicians that I admired playing songs that I envisioned. I started working on and arranging riffs and progressions into songs in a deliberate way. I also worked on lyrics from a variety of topics and themes that I wanted to explore and on December 7, 2018 the debut LP was released on vinyl on the H42 Records label of Hamburg, Germany.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, I had a few in mind that are too silly to write here but I wanted the listener to know where all of this was coming from!

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

I currently reside in Lambertville, New Jersey of the United States in a historical town of the Revolutionary days about 10 miles from where George Washington crossed the Delaware. It is an artistic town but, from a musical point of view, lots of folk singer songwriters and jam bands mixed with lots of tribute acts. As a devoted fan of hard rock and heavy metal I occasionally travel within an hour to shows at the Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA), The Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ) and Dingbatz (Clifton, NJ).

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

“Dear Dark” is my latest release and is a five track EP that arrives this Friday the 13th on Ice Fall Records on cassette tape only. This is traditional heavy metal for fans of classic Judas Priest, early Queensryche, King Diamond, Savatage, Helloween, Sanctuary, and Crimson Glory featuring vocals by Brazilian metal legend Carlos Zema as well as special guest musicians who are current and/or former recording and touring artists with Megadeth, King Diamond, TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen, Shrapnel Records, Metal Blade Records and more. The tracks include ‘Dear Dark’, ‘This Burning Evil’, ‘Thirty Four Strings of Fury’, ‘Magic Wand (Abracadabra)’ and ‘Milan’s Dream’. Here is the first single:

DEAR DARK Lyric Video:

Visit the Ice Fall Records Store at;

https://icefallrecords.bigcartel.com/

For tapes & Amoriello T-Shirts

Who have been your greatest influences?

Easily the 80’s era of Black Sabbath or non-Ozzy records! That may sound sacrilegious but I am being honest. I also love the first four Ozzy solo recordings, ALL of the Yngwie Malmsteen recordings and Ronnie James Dio and his various line-ups. I also like Goth influenced groups such as Sisters of Mercy and Depeche Mode.  I mean I have many other non-hard rock influences as well but that would be too long to mention.

What first got you into music?

I was a Beatles fan in the first grade but I must admit that the heyday of MTV, especially the Headbanger’s Ball. Also was a big fan of WYSP in Philadelphia which had a Metal Shop radio show which I enjoyed.

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

That is a tough question. I would like to work with Jorn Lande, Udo D., Rob Halford, and Ripper Owens. Besides these mentioned, I would LOVE to be in a band so if there ever any opening slots in an already established group looking for a 47 year old guitarist and song collaborator then look me up!!! Also I can work remotely on your projects if you live in a different city, state, country or continent or galaxy. You can check my stuff out here:

Visit: https://thomasamoriello.com/ for more information

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

Wacken Open Air!!! That is the World Cup of Metal!!!

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

Thank you for the support and digging the tunes. I really enjoyed creating and obsessing over them so I hope that you feel something!

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

I love all of them but collect Vinyl and CD’s mostly. Recently I have been dusting off my old cassettes that survived my youth and picked up a few new ones.

What’s next for the band?

Currently working on a new track or two that may be a 7 inch release in 2021 with some new and old players that are fantastic!

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

Facebook and my website:
https://thomasamoriello.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Amoriello-1729098957386335/

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

Thank you Rick Tilley and the Ever Metal team for your dedication to new artists! This is much appreciated and keep up the great work!!!

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EMQs with White Crone

EMQ’s With WHITE CRONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Portland, OR based Traditional Heavy Metal project White Crone. Huge thanks to vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Mann 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 Lisa Mann, I’m a bass player and vocalist, and my traditional metal project is called White Crone.  White Crone isn’t a band; it’s a mostly one-woman recording project. I wrote 11 out of 12 tracks (one being Venom’s Seven Gates of Hell) and played all the bass, and almost all the guitars. Master drum instructor Larry London provided drums on 11 tracks, ex-Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice guests on a song, ex- Glacier guitarist Mehdi Farjami laid down two killer solos, and percussionist Caton Lyles added texture to a middle-eastern sounding track.

I am a blues artist by trade, but I never lost my deep love of the heavy metal that I grew up with! So for the past few years I’ve been hammering away at this album, “The Poisoner”, in my spare time. With the help of engineer and co-producer Kevin Hahn, finally it has come to fruition!

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, I’m not as young as most female metal artists out there, and I have very pale skin. Voila – White Crone!

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

I am from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, living in Portland Oregon. There is a vibrant heavy metal scene out here, giving birth to bands such as Agalloch, Red Fang and Idle Hands. The metal scene in Portland is like a family, there are even heavy metal meet-up groups that plan gatherings online to hang out before shows, or have mixers at bars that play metal.

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

The debut album is called “The Poisoner,” and it’s been getting excellent reviews from all over the world!  There is also a full-production video of the title track on my YouTube channel. The video tells the story of The Poisoner, a mysterious character that transcends time and space, delivering deadly retribution on behalf of the downtrodden.

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I was 12 years old, a friend gave me an Iron Maiden album- “Killers”. I had already started playing bass, but that album totally changed my life! I learned to play and sing along with the first five Maiden records, so that band was definitely my biggest influence. But I am also influenced by Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Manowar, Celtic Frost, Dio, more recently Ghost (love the proto sound), and of course Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath just celebrated 50 years, 50 years of metal! What a gift to the entire world!

What first got you into music?

My mother played acoustic guitar and sang folk and popular songs. My parents had what would now be called “proto-metal” albums from bands like Deep Purple, Cream and Led Zeppelin. I learned to play along with their bass lines on her acoustic guitar- for some reason; I was always attracted to the sound of the bass!

When I was 11 years old, growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, I saw a violin-shaped Paul McCartney style bass in a pawn shop. That school year, I walked home every single day at lunch, ate some toast or canned beans, to save my lunch money and buy that bass! I was malnourished to get that bass, and my father had no idea I was doing it. By the time I was 19 years old, then living in Portland, I was playing professionally, and I have been ever since.

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

As a youth, I was a huge fan of Ronnie James Dio and his band, especially drummer Vinny Appice. A few years ago, I wrote a prison chain-gang style blues rock song, and in my mind I heard Vinny playing drums. So I googled and cold-called him, sending him examples of my work, asking him to play on that song, ‘Judge a Man Forever’. He said yes! He recorded that song, as well as a song on this album, ‘Under Hag Stones’. So I have already collaborated with one musician that I always dreamed of working with. If there is a guitar player I would love to record with one day, perhaps it’s Tony MacAlpine. He has an absolutely superior sense of melody, and to me, melody is king.

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

Of course Bloodstock, Hellfest, or Wacken would be amazing! However I was recently on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and I think it would be great to perform on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. As an artist, you really have a chance to get up-close and personal with fans and hang out with other musicians on a cruise. Like I said, White Crone is not a band, so there are no plans as yet to perform live. However I have also joined a killer melodic metal band called Splintered Throne as their vocalist. We’re working on a new CD, so perhaps someday we’ll get the chance to perform a metal fest or cruise.

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

I have a big shelf where I keep all the wonderful gifts I’ve received from blues fans. It’s not necessarily weird, but one fan made a multi-media poster with a cut-out bass guitar made out of leather. It has tuners (6 of course), pickups, a bridge, strings and all. She put a lot of time into it and I cherish it!

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

Thank you for listening to the music I worked so hard to create!

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

Ronnie James Dio.  After he passed, I wept for days. Even still, I sometimes cry when I hear that voice.

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

I am so very blessed to not only hear music in my head, but to be able to reproduce it and allow others to hear it as well. What do I hate? Data entry! Seems like as an independent artist, I’m always copying and pasting song titles and ISRC codes into forms! Ugh.

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

The lack of transparency! It used to be easy to find out just how artists are being screwed financially. Bootleg records, bad record deals, a lot could be traced and hopefully remedied. But in the digital age, who knows how much is being made off our music without our knowledge?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest! I’ve listened to it hundreds of times! I was blessed to have met engineer Chris Tsangarides who worked on that album. I did a few tours as a blues artist in the UK with my guitarist friend Dudley Ross, who was a good friend of Chris’s, and was kind enough to bring me over to spend a long afternoon with him.

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

For audio quality, CDs or FLAC are best, hands down.

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

Hard to say! However, my aforementioned guitarist pal Dudley Ross got me a gig at the Half Moon, Putney in London a couple of years ago. To play the same stage where Arthur Crudup, the Rolling Stones and The Who played? Wow, what a rush!

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

Maybe a writer or painter! I need to be creative in some capacity.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Chapelle, Leslie Jones, Sarah Silverman, Eddie Izzard and Patton Oswalt! I’d laugh myself to death!

What’s next for the project?

I have a few tracks already brewing in the White Crone cauldron and definitely plan to make another album in the future.

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

My website is;
www.whitecrone.com
People can download “The Poisoner” at;
www.whitecrone.bandcamp.com
Or buy the compact disc through Music Millennium at;
https://musicmillennium.com/UPC/194660281906

You can also find me here:

www.facebook.com/whitecrone
www.instagram.com/whitecrone
www.twitter.com/whitecrone
www.youtube.com/c/whitecrone

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whatever they are, I ain’t eating them.

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

I very much appreciate this interview- thanks!

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with international Traditional Heavy Metal band Spiral Castle featuring members of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, While Heaven Wept, Vanlade, Claymorean and many more.. Huge thanks to Matt and Vladimir 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?

Matt: I’m Matt DeVries (NOT the Fear Factory or Chimera guitarist!!) and I do vocals for Spiral Castle. The band came about after Vlad sent me a song called ‘The Dread’. I just had to sing on it! I had been pestering him about doing a true metal type song for some time. Eventually we got a crew of talented guys together and boom! Enter ‘The Dread’ and the birth of Spiral Castle.

Vladimir: My name is Vladimir. I’m a guitarist in Spiral Castle (the only one that sucks out of three haha). Well, Matt is the guy who’s responsible for making Spiral Castle happening. He gathered a team and everyone gave their best.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt: Vlad and I discussed it and we had decided if we indeed do start something with this single, it should probably be fitting to be a salute to Manilla Road and tribute to Mark Shelton. Out of respect, I ran the name by Bryan Patrick of Manilla Road. He gave us his blessing you could say.

Vladimir: Also Matt’s idea. We’re all huge, and I mean HUGE fans of Mark Shelton and Manilla Road, so that’s where the name comes from.

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

Matt: I’m from the United States, Kansas specifically. Home of bands Manilla Road and Kansas! Many good bands skip us for Denver or anywhere in Texas. We get lucky at times and get a band here and there, usually in Kansas City, Missouri. We get thrash, black, death, and occasional true metal or even power metal band. Seen Primal Fear play in my town for about 70 people! I felt embarrassed as hell. No wonder bands skip us.

Vladimir: I’m from Serbia. It’s an understatement if I say the scene here sucks, but it does, big time. Bands are great, but lack of venues and media coverage are the main reasons no one has heard about Serbian metal bands. However, there are a few websites here that promote metal (horns up to SMP!)

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

Matt: The latest release is our only one, ‘The Dread’ single.

Vladimir: At the moment we only have a single ‘The Dread’, but we’re working on the album, or at least EP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, and Eric Adams are the main ones for me. There are many others though. When it comes to writing and vocals, I’d have to say Tom Waits, Mark Shelton, Rolf Kasparek, Kai Hansen, Johnny Cash, and Warren Zevon. Just to name a few. I also love Tim Curry’s voice in Rocky Horror! Divine!!

Vladimir: As a guitarist from Ace Frehley to Yngwie Malmsteen. In terms of composing music, probably Mark Shelton, David DeFeis, The Beatles, Rush, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Venom, Running Wild etc etc etc.

What first got you into music?

Matt: I was forced into choir at a young age through church and Christian school. I appreciate the choir part now, but that was my first go at it. The songs were terrible to say the least. Later as a young teen I got into Iron Maiden. The bug to sing in a band kind of grew from there.

Vladimir: As I recall from my early childhood, bands like Kiss and AC/DC really interested me in heavier music. As I grew older Manowar and Iron Maiden were probably what hooked me to metal.

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

Matt: I am doing that now! No lie! I collaborated with Vlad on Sorrows Grave a few years back. If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be teamed up with Vlad again, plus the roster we have now, I’d never have believed it.

Vladimir: I already collaborate with a dream team in Spiral Castle. These guys are incredibly talented. Each and every one of them!

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

Matt: Wacken! My wife and I love it there! It’s a home away from home!

Vladimir: Up the Hammers in Athens and Keep It True in Germany. Those are the festivals that promote traditional metal, the way I like it. I wouldn’t mind playing at Wacken or Hellfest too haha.

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

Matt: Well…I guess my wife is my “fan” in life. She never has given me a weird gift but because of her we have three cats. So…I guess my cup runneth over.

Vladimir: I wish I could say a woman’s panties, but I’m not that good looking haha. Nah, no one gave me anything, as I remember.

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

Matt: Thank you for listening and for the support! Give us some time and we will bring you more!

Vladimir: Enjoy life and be excellent to each other!

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

Matt: Nobody. They made their mark and moved beyond. I will appreciate what they have left me and try to do the same and leave something for others when I move on from this life.

Vladimir: If it wouldn’t cause a zombie apocalypse, there are many of them.

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

Matt: I love to write lyrics. I hate not having time to write lyrics.

Vladimir: The feeling of freedom to express myself the way I want. I don’t hate anything in particular, but I really dislike elitism and snobbish behaviour.

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

Matt: Nothing! I really could give a tinkers damn about it. Haven’t cared in years! I just want to write, put out music, have fun, and hopefully inspire at least one person.

Vladimir: Equal representation of all genres through big media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”. ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ is my hands down, no debating, all-time favourite Maiden song!

Vladimir: Now this is the hardest question of all. Probably “Death Or Glory” by Running Wild! Nah, too many to mention…

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

Matt: Vinyl for me. Love the epic packaging. Though I will take what I can get in some cases.

Vladimir: Personally I prefer CD’s, but anything goes these days.

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

Matt: My last show in Wisconsin before moving to Kansas with a band called Tempest Eternal. A great send off.

Vladimir: Supporting Ross The Boss with my band Claymorean. Probably not our best by technical standards, but we had only two gigs with this line-up hahaha.

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

Matt: I don’t classify myself as a musician, a writer maybe. I work fulltime for the city in Environmental Services/water treatment. When not doing that, I am working toward a Film and creative writing degree at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!!

Vladimir: I really don’t know…I’m a corporate jurist, so that’s what I do for a living.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: My wife always! Vlad and Dejana from Serbia so we could hang out and any of the other guys from Spiral Castle! If there was no more room, we would just hit a pub instead.

Vladimir: My family!

What’s next for the band?

Matt: Full album, LP. That’s the goal anyway. EP is always possible but LP would be the top of the pops.

Vladimir: Recording a full length album.

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

Matt: I’m not the main one for this stuff but YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, Nuclear Rock Radio (kicks ass!!) and most recently, Ever Metal!!!
https://www.facebook.com/spiralcastle/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Matt: (In my best Ozzy Osbourne voice) What the fuck is a Jaffa Cake?!?!

Vladimir: Biscuit, definitely.

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

Matt: Thank you Ever Metal!! Thank you for helping us spread our music and for the questions. You guys help keep the metal heart pumping!!!

Vladimir: Thank you for inviting us and giving us a chance to introduce the band!

 

 

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Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell

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Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 13/07/2017
Running Time: 56:45
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Every time when I try to express what I think about Dark Avenger it is always hard for me. Maybe it is because their music helped me to stay strong in difficult periods of my life or maybe because I have a friendship with them. The fact of the matter is the band are legends in Brazil which makes it even more difficult but let me try to do it again.

The band was created in the early nineties and fast reached strong success with their Traditional Heavy Metal. Albums like “Dark Avenger” (1995) and “Tales of Avalon – The Terror” (2001) are considered the classic ones. After a short hiatus they returned in this decade and released the incredible final part of “Tales of Avalon-The Lament” in 2013, but in 2017 things changed. A reformulated band showed to the world a new ambitious saga and all tales and epical stories were left behind. Now the main subject was human inner conflicts and the music became much more aggressive.

All lyrics are a soliloquy that consists as a mental dialogue between REASON and EMOTION. Those two are the main characters here. REASON strongly attacks EMOTION and complains about a non-reaction from him to leave some specific suffering or problem. In the first instance, EMOTION flees and denies it. There is not a specific issue mentioned in the lyrics, considering that “hell” could be any kind of martyr of a normal life. Each song is a different mental stage. It goes from “unconscious” until REASON and EMOTION stop to verbally hurt themselves and start to fight together against all the problems to finally reach “freedom”.

Musically, this album shows an aggressive Dark Avenger. The guitar works from Glauber Oliveira and Hugo Santiago are amazing. They created plenty of complex riffs and solos with many progressive parts. Gustavo Magalhães has some great bass lines to complement the rhythmic parts as in ‘Nihil Mind’. There is an orchestral addition alongside the songs with a dense atmosphere. Everything sounds heavy in this album. Mario Linhares voice is famous for his high range notes, but this time he perfectly chose a more emotional interpretation of it, in a perfect DIO style and he even uses few guttural screams.

Just the three first songs ‘The Beloved Bones’, ‘Smile Back to Me’ and ‘King for A Moment’ are enough to feel how incredible this album is, but ‘Parasite’ deserves a special mention. It is the most aggressive and brutal song I’ve heard from Dark Avenger so far. The final part of the album has the amazing ‘Purple Letter’ as a farewell meaning. ‘Sola Mors Liberat’ finishes the battle and leaves the space opened for the beautiful and acoustic ballad ‘When Shadow Falls’.

“The Beloved Bones-Hell” shows an unknown Dark Avenger. It reveals a more brutal and obscure side from them and created expectation for the second part, supposed to be the “Divine” part. The band was preparing a European tour and this record was elected the best album in many Brazilian metal magazines and websites in 2017. Sadly, the singer Mario Linhares, the only original member, suddenly died in December of this same year.

Despite all the pain of loss, he left a legacy called Dark Avenger and he will always be remembered by his fans and friends. My first review for Ever Metal couldn’t be different. It is not the first time I have written about this album and it is still as hard as it was two years ago. The difference now is all the tears are dry. This review is dedicated to Mario Linhares and all people who love him.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Beloved Bones
02. Smile Back to Me
03. King for a Moment
04. This Loathsome Carcass
05. Parasite
06. Breaking Up, Again
07. Empowerment
08. Nihil Mind
09. Purple Letter
10. Sola Mors Liberat
11. When Darkness Fall

LINE-UP:
Mario Linhares (R.I.P.) – Vocals
Glauber Oliveira – Guitars
Hugo Santiago – Guitars
Gustavo Magalhães – Bass
Anderson Soares – Drums

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

 

Dark Avenger

 

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/09/2018
Running Time: 19:55
Review by Dawn King
8/10

Ok, so I have been out of the loop where the actual reviewing of things is concerned for a while and, technically, this review should have been written months ago. So, I apologise to the band Scrollkeeper for the delay with this. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait though.

Scrollkeeper are a band from Houston in Texas, formed in 2016, who specialise in high-energy, anthemic, original material that is “reminiscent of metal’s halcyon days!” – TRADITIONAL heavy metal to you and me!

The band consists of Simon Marfleet on drums, Justin McKittrick on vocals, Alexander K on lead/rhythm guitars, John Morris also on lead/rhythm guitars and Will Sullivan on the bass and “Path To Glory” is their latest four track EP.

With influences cited as (deep breath here!) Les Warner, Ken Owen, Bruce Dickinson, Leather Leone, Geddy Lee, Andy Laroque, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Geezer Butler, the band’s debut show was as support for Delain and Hammerfall in 2017 and they have since shared the stage with the likes of Manilla Road, Dirkschneider, Angra and Cloven Hoof. They have also kept a busy show schedule in the Houston area with some out of town festivals as well as being scheduled to open for British heavy metal veterans, Saxon, in 2019.

The self-released EP “Path To Glory” was recorded at Sound Arts Studio and Nocturnal Sound Studios in Houston, Texas and was engineered by Brian Baker and the band’s guitarist, Alexander K. It was mixed and mastered by Ricardo Camargo at Tidalwar Studios in Queens, New York and the artwork was done by German illustrator, Helge C Balzer.

So, now you know a bit of the history of the band and some background to the music, what of the EP?

Well, this really has everything that all great traditional heavy metal albums should have. The drums are galloping, and the riffs are crunching. Justin’s voice is well suited to this type of metal, being powerful and strong and the guitar solos are fantastic.
There is such a high energy throughout the EP that if you are not headbanging with your sword held high by the end of track one then something is wrong with you! I had this on repeat for more than half a dozen runs through and I was banging my head whilst cooking my chili con carne!

The pace throughout the EP hardly seems to let up (slowing down slightly for the track ‘Surrender’) and the choruses are anthemic (just as the band promised!) Scrollkeeper, as a whole, are tight and concise and although I find the vocals a little ‘flat’ at times, there really isn’t anything to dislike about this EP. The only drawback I could find is that it just wasn’t long enough. I would love to have seen what these guys could do for a whole album, and I wait with bated breath until one is released!

Did I like this EP? Hell, yes! Do I recommend you go and give it a listen? Again, hell, yes!
I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next, and if this is anything to go by, it’s bound to go down a storm!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Not Of This Earth
02. Path To Glory
03. Surrender
04. Fortune Favors The Bold

LINKS:
https://facebook.com/scrollkeeper

https://www.instagram.com/scrollkeeperhm/
https://scrollkeeper.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZ6aSK0QOAqGEgxNO_Xhmw

 

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

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EMQ’s with PLAGUE 9

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide based Traditional Heavy Metal band Plague 9! Huge thanks to bassist John Hopf 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 John; I play bass in the band. We’re a relatively new band. Devon and I used to play in a Metallica tribute show in Adelaide. He’d been writing for a while before that though, so had quite a bit of material that he wanted to get out there. He asked if I wanted to join him so I did sometime in 2017. He’d been auditioning drummers already and found one so by the time I came on board they had already been jamming for a bit and we managed to pull in a lead guitarist to record our first track, ‘Stuck In Hell’, that was featured on the Metalroos compilation CD last year. The lead guitarist at the time left, and so did the drummer. So we were on the lookout for another lead guitarist and drummer. We put an advert up and found the proverbial needle in the haystack in Dave who is an awesome lead guitarist. We ended up laying down some drum tracks with the help of some sophisticated software and went into the recording studio to track the “Mr. Ass” EP. We played a show with a session drummer supporting Temtris from Adelaide before securing Kon who played the 2019 Heavy SA festival with us. After finishing up the artwork and mastering for the “Mr. Ass” EP, we have now had it duplicated and it’s now good to go for the release in July.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name originated from the bible, The Book of Exodus. There were ten plagues of Egypt. The name came from the ninth plague, which was darkness.

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

I’m from Australia. There have been some good metal exports out of here that I really dig. Karnivool play some really awesome alternative progressive stuff. Of course there’s Parkway Drive who are getting a bit heavier and I Killed The Prom Queen who are from Adelaide, where Plague9 are based. I think the scene at the moment is flooded with cover/tribute bands as the big names rarely come Down Under it seems. But there is a good original metal scene as well with some venues dedicated to supporting local bands. It’s always good to go to these venues and see a good turnout of young and old metal heads head banging and going crazy in the pit.

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

“Mr. Ass”, our debut EP. It’s not quite released yet, but is ready to go for July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything that’s heavy and chunky. The band all love the classics like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Iron Maiden. I think our lead guitarist is into some gay shit like Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a guitarist and started playing in a band when I was about 14. I wanted to jam along and was too clumsy for guitar so the bass seemed to fit nicely for me. Have been playing ever since that age.

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

I think if Metallica wanted to jam, we’d all be in that for sure. Probably spend most of the time talking about sound and technique before making some serious noise.

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

The Download Festival. It has been gaining momentum worldwide and some really big, cool bands have been playing it.

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

A gift? I don’t know. The crowd like to buy drinks for the band, which can be a nice gesture. I got a stubby cooler once, which didn’t have a drink in it. That was pretty sucky!

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

I think fans like bands that produce good music, but aren’t a bunch of dicks. Stick with that. Oh and buy the EP from our Bandcamp page. It’s well worth it.

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

Fucken Lemmy. He’s got such attitude, such a unique voice and a crazy awesome bass tone.

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

I love knowing that you can always play better and sound better. I hate knowing that you can always play better and sound better.

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

I think all bands should get an equal opportunity and a fair go. It should be about the music and not who’s your mate/enemy that determines who gets on the bill and who doesn’t.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Any one of the Metallica albums Cliff Burton played on. But I always enjoy listening to “Toxicity” by System of a Down

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

Mix tapes. Man it’s a shame the current and future generations will never experience that

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

I really enjoyed that show at the Crown and Anchor supporting Temtris. The crowd was really cool. There was a good atmosphere there all night.

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

Would still be in the music industry somehow. Being a roadie, sound guy or something like that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cliff Burton, Lemmy Kilmister, Les Claypool, Robert Trujillo, Steve Harris

What’s next for the band?

Get the EP released and play more shows

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

https://www.facebook.com/Plague9band/
https://plague92.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them. Maybe Google can help me out?

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

Chugging beers is nearly as awesome as chugging guitars.

 

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