Black Knight – Road To Victory

Black Knight – Road To Victory
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 26/06/2020
Running Time: 44:14
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

When Rick from Ever Metal (you know Rick, don’t you?) asked if I would do a guest review for him, I jumped at the chance. Well, saying I jumped at the chance is not quite right. I said “yes!” straight away but the album has been sitting on my laptop (despite Rick’s badgering) for far too long. So, I gave myself the proverbial kick up the jacksie and finally sat down and listened to this album “Road To Victory”, from Dutch band, Black Knight (I wonder if they were Deep Purple fans?)

And by golly, I am glad I did. As some of you may remember from my time at Ever Metal, Rick always knew my taste in music MUCH better than I did and he really did hit the jackpot with this one!

But first…some history!

Black Knight were first formed in Amsterdam in 1981, releasing two demos, one in the 1980’s and one in the 1990’s, their debut album “Tales From The Darkside” in 1999 and its successor “The Beast Inside” in 2007, but that’s where the story ended.

Until now!

Drummer Rudo Plooy, the only remaining original member of Black Knight, is back with a new (sort of) band and a stonking new album. I say a sort of new band as guitarist Gertjan Vis (from 3rd Machine) was already involved in the band in the 1990’s and bassist Ron Heikens (Profound) has been involved with the band for a number of years too. More recently, 2017 saw the introduction of guitarist Ruben Raadschelders and vocalist David Marcelis (Lord Vulture and Thorium).

So, what does the third full length offering from these guys give us?

Well, I have seen reviews of this album that are not very complimentary, but I am afraid I am going to have to disagree with them. As I previously stated, this is a stonking album with some great tracks, title track ‘Road To Victory’, ‘Legend’ and ‘Pendragon’ being the standout songs for me.

With galloping twin guitar riffs and classic vocals, this is a tremendous mix of power metal and traditional heavy metal. Some might say that this has all been done before and indeed it has, but for those of us who are fans of these particular genres of metal we need bands like Black Knight to keep the flag flying for those genres. And what is so wrong about traditional heavy metal anyway?

This album takes you on a trip right back to the 1980’s with its shredding guitar solos and old school lyrics and I, for one, sincerely hope this type of metal never dies. It’s hard, it’s heavy, there is great musicianship, and it encompasses the whole spirit of heavy metal.

So, grab those studded leather jackets, raise those fists in the air and headbang yourself around the living room (seeing as we are not allowed to do this in the pubs at the moment!)

Hopefully once the world gets back to some sort of normality and gigs are allowed again, I hope these guys make a trip to England. I would love to see them live and I wait with bated breath for their next album. Just don’t leave it thirteen years this time, eh?

TRACKLISTING:
01 Road To Victory
02 Legend
03 Pendragon
04 Thousand Faces
05 My Beautiful Daughters
06 Crossing The Rubicon
07 Primal Power
08 The One To Blame

LINE-UP:
David Marcelis – Lead & Backing Vocals
Ruben Raadschelders – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Gertjan Vis – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Ron Heikens – Bass Guitar
Rudo Plooy – Drums

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Machiel Kommer – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Anneleen Olbrechts – Backing Vocals
Dana Raadschelders – Backing Vocals

LINKS:

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13 Burning – Unholy EP

13 Burning – Unholy EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 14/08/2020
Running Time: 25:00
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

Well, it’s Wednesday! Or ‘hump day’ as some call it (stop snickering at the back, it means it’s the hump of the week, and once you’re through it, you’re on the way to the weekend)! And what better way is there to make it through a humpy Wednesday, than with a bit of metal? None, my good people! None at all!!

This evenings listening is presented by Oxford based NWOBHM band, 13 Burning, in the shape of their recently released debut EP “Unholy”. Formed in 2014, their mission is to combine the traditional sounds of classic heavy metal, with storytelling of mythology, war, and witchcraft.

The EP opens with the title track and gives us everything you would expect from a classic NWOBHM band. Face melting riffs, slightly edgy vocals with perfect Shakespearean diction, a great steady 4/4 beat, and a booming bass line. It’s like bish bash bosh, meat and two veg, heavy metal. And there is not a single thing wrong with that. It takes me back to the good old days, when hair was flowing, boots were cowboy, and everything was double denim clad. And not a pair of rose-tinted glasses in sight!

We’re treated to some awesome musicianship on this release too – a notable example is the ripping solo in track 2 ‘Wings Of A Dream’, which really brings that song to life.

Track 3, ‘Day Of Reckoning’ begins in theatrical fashion; spoken word with a ton of echo, backed up by some eerie and ethereal sound effects. I think this is actually my favourite track. It’s got a slower pace which helps to show off vocalists Dan Abrams pipes really well, and hints at how they can diversify their sound from the traditional. Saying that, it does kind of remind me of the more drug induced tracks that appeared back when peace and love were a thing…just with more riffage!

The final track, ‘Valhala’, again starts in a more slow, lamenting style, with Dan’s vocals sitting atop the mix. Lyrically, it’s pretty poetic, too. Completely in keeping with their mission. And this track is a close second for my favourite track. It’s a biggy, at over 8 minutes long, but has a sharp change of pace in the middle, taking us back to the comfortable groove of classic metal! By the way, unless you by the CD, you won’t hear this track, because it’s a bonus track only on the physical copy. And the lesson here is BUY MERCH AND BUY PHYSICAL COPIES!!!!! Stream, shmeam!!!! Heathens!!! Anyway, where was I?…

Ah yes! “Unholy”, as a debut EP, is a sound footing for 13 Burning to start out with. It’s not ground-breaking, but as a first tentative step into the world of having the balls to put your tunes onto a shiny circle of coated plastic for all to hear, it’s pretty worthy. There are a couple of itchy teething problems that could probably do with ironing out to take them to the next level. The mix is a little muddy in places, and the balance of instruments isn’t always right. But that almost gives it the authentic NWOBHM feel. So, you have to make a call. If it’s ‘perfection’ in the modern day that you seek, then maybe check go out some Ed Sheeran. But if you want proper no nonsense British Heavy Metal, then you could do a lot worse than looking these guys up. I think 13 Burning have a lot more to give (hence my score) and I very much look forward to hearing where they go next.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Unholy
02. Wings Of A Dream
03. Day Of Reckoning
04. Valhala

LINE-UP:
Dan Abrams – Vocals
Phill Millward – Guitars
Sarah Thompson – Bass
Steve Kearley – Drums

LINKS:

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Nightwölf – Unleash The Beast EP

Nightwölf – Unleash The Beast EP
Kill Again Records
Release Date: 15/07/2020
Running Time: 25:41
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Sometimes I feel a mix of nostalgia and pride when I hear something related to traditional Heavy Metal. Probably, it happens because I started listening to Heavy Metal with bands like Iron Maiden and Manowar and this music was so present in my life when I was kid. I have to confess that it is not my favorite style nowadays, since I found all the energy and aggressiveness of Thrash and Death Metal, but I cannot help but enjoy and be proud of young bands starting their career, who represent so well those great bands from the 80’s. The band I am referring to is Nightwölf, from the city where I live (Brasilia, the capital of Brazil) with their debut release, “Unleash The Beast”, an incredible EP.

With the purest Heavy Metal, they are inspired mostly by Judas Priest, but there are good Accept and Queensrÿche influences. First, it is important to highlight the extreme quality of guitarists Adan Hessen and Rafael Roan, which alternate and complement each other with excellent bass and guitar solos. They bring something similar of that magical chemistry between great guitar players like Adrian Smith with Dave Murray or Glen Tipton with K.K. Downing. Another good example is in ‘Shadowmaker’, where you can hear something more akin to Michael Weikath and Kai Hansen, with similar leads that Helloween used to play during the ‘Keeper of the Seven Keys’ era. It is just a matter of influence!

The distorted bass of Guilherme de Almeida could easily disappear between two killer guitarists, but his parts sound loud and are inspired by the bassists of the two bands already mentioned in the first paragraph of this review. Should I mention Lemmy Kilmister in his sonority? No, because I MUST mention it. At least I had this impression in ‘Perpetual Crime’, which is a more rhythmical song that has some isolated bass lines by Guilherme that totally refer to ‘Stay Clean’ (Motörhead). I’ve also mentioned Accept in this review, haven’t I? Yes! You Just have to hear ‘Halls Of Hell’ to understand what I am talking about and I could also notice in “Lunam et Sanguis’, the instrumental track that opens this EP, a great reference to the beautiful ‘The Crown And The Ring’ from Manowar.

Still talking about band members, the drummer João Videira (the man of a thousand clones*) creates good tempo changes being very versatile and far from repetitive and lead singer Jack Znake gives a wonderful showing and sings with his hugely powerful voice. The coolest thing is that he doesn’t sound exhausted, like those who abuse the high range notes, something that is very typical in these genres. He opts for an interpretation that shows a big difference. Both his visual, in the promotional picture of the band, and his voice reminds me of Eric Adams (again) from Manowar, who for me, is the best singer that ever existed in this style. One detail that I noticed is that the mix leaves the volume of the voice a little further back than usual, perhaps to highlight the instruments, but everything is very well equalized.

All the tracks are exciting. Some are faster and others opt for heaviness with great cadence The main thing here is that the band have managed to use many influences and have created a good mix, with the instrumental being above average and not sounding lost. I believe that the production, although good, still doesn’t capture all the power from Nightwölf. Perhaps, a clearer production with more heaviness to rescue the excitement that the compositions offer would work, but these are just details with a perfectionist vision.

We are talking about musicians with an enviable technique. On their debut release, they have kicked ass to make “Unleash The Beast”. Can you Imagine what they will be able to do in the future? The beast has, most definitely, been unleashed!

(*This is a joke from the day I drank so much at a concert and I said hello to five different people that I thought were João Videira due to the similarities between them. Actually, João wasn’t there that day. He was at home! 😊)

TRACKLISTING:
1. Lunam et Sanguis
2. Unleash The Beast
3. Shadowmaker
4. Perpetual Crime
5. Halls Of Hell
6. Holy Machine

LINE-UP:
Jack Znake – Vocal
Adan Hessen – Guitar
Rafael Roan – Guitar
Guilherme de Almeida – Bass
João Videira – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/nightwolfmetal/
www.instagram.com/nightwolfmetal/
www.open.spotify.com/album/014aZw8QFKYL09sf3tHka0
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4hGyWnQ5HHQ33U6NGut2UQ

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EMQ’s with CORNERS OF SANCTUARY

EMQ’s with CORNERS OF SANCTUARY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band Corners Of Sanctuary. Huge thanks to guitarist Mick Michaels 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?

Hello! My name is Mick Michaels, I play guitar for the band Corners of Sanctuary. We are from Philadelphia and formed in 2011. Our music is rooted in that classic, traditional Heavy Metal sound…so much so that it has been classified as the New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal (NWoTAHM).

How did you come up with your band name?

“Corners of sanctuary” are places each of us can go to be who we really are…without judgment or ridicule. It’s a private, personal place. It can be real or imaginary, it doesn’t matter. Music for us is a “corner of sanctuary”. It’s a place where we can express our deepest emotions and be who we really are. There is freedom and empowerment with having the ability to just be. We hope that listeners can find our music as a small corner of sanctuary for themselves.

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

We are from Philadelphia in the United States. Music here is much the same as it is anywhere…rich and diversified. But with so many venues closing these last few years, there are fewer opportunities for bands to perform live. Unless you’re a cover or a tribute act, an all original band doesn’t draw as much as they used to, unfortunately.

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

We released an EP in March titled “For COS and Country.” The EP dropped right before we started our UK tour. Two videos were produced from that EP, both filmed while we were in the UK, ‘Victoria’ and ‘Sandstorm Salvation’. We also released a free digi pack download during the pandemic titled “Quarantined Lockdown” which included several demo versions of songs as well as a new track called ‘We Won’t Back Down (Do or Die)’ written during all the commotion. A video for the single was also released. We are working on a follow up digi pack called “The Second Wave” that will include acoustic versions of several of our songs. One track, ‘Metal Machine’, has already released and there is a video available for the song as well.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me it has been my family. They have been a constant source of inspiration. In regards to other musicians, it has been guitar players like K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest, John Sykes, Ace Frehley, Jake E Lee, Criss Oliva to name just a few. My older brother plays guitar…I definitely was heavily influenced by him as well. Among other artists who have inspired me include Paul Stanley, Rob Halford, Barry Gibb, Neil Diamond, Cozy Powell, Les Binks…the list goes on and on…

What first got you into music?

As far back as I can remember I was drawn to music. My family connected to music as well. There was always some music playing…the Beatles, Motown, Doo Wop, Pop music on the radio…My grandfather and again, older brother both played guitar, so there was definitely a level of inspiration there that gravitated me to music.

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

Would love to work with Judas Priest or Paul Stanley… have always been a fan of Kiss and Paul’s 78 solo album is one of my favourite records.

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

Any festival would be great. We played a festival in Hagan, Germany and it was amazing. Just the energy from the people is intoxicating. Music is all about sharing, so we are happy to share it wherever and whenever we can.

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

Most of what we have received is either in the way of food or drink from a very kind fan. We are always grateful for that sort of gesture…definitely not necessary but always real appreciative. I guess the weirdest gift is always the “gift of gab” in some rare cases. It’s always cool to meet and greet with the people who come to the shows…it’s a great way to connect and talk about music and all. But there are always those occasions where someone wants to gift us with a conversation that is totally off the wall…even borderline incoherent…those are always the tough ones because you don’t want to be rude or anything but you also don’t want to engage in something that could potentially wind up spiraling out of control…so you do your best to smile and be appreciative…much like the penguins in the movie Madagascar…”smile and wave boys, just smile and wave”.

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

Be true to yourself and never let the words or actions of another cause you to lose who you are…you are always better than that.

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

Well if it winds up being anything like what the Lazarus Pit does, I will pass. But hypothetically speaking, bringing back Dio for one last tour would be amazing. Hopefully, since I was the one who brought him back, I would get a chance to accompany him on that tour.

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

Being able to create and then share that creation with others is really awesome. As an artist you get to see this idea turn into many different things and then it continues to evolve over time and become something else.  It’s so cool…that’s music.

Hate is a strong word. I do dislike some of the politics and shady business practices that are rampant in the music industry. But then again, that is true for any industry. I do what I can to avoid that kind of negativity.

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

Change often happens because it’s a response to something else…in most cases change is a tough pill to swallow, hence why the music industry stayed the same for so many years. A lot has changed in just the last five to 10 years that has impacted both sides of the industry…artists and execs. Today the artist has more control, and or freedom, but it comes with a price and that price is pure independence. Independence means you are on your own lock, stock and barrel…you have the choices, you have the gain but you also have all the risk. That greater independence has also divided artists amongst themselves. There is no goodwill or lending a helping hand like there once was, simply because it’s harder to get that piece of the pie because more and more people are working towards the same thing. Digital technology has offered artists a chance to participate on a level playing field in some regards. But the flip side is that the market is now oversaturated and music has become white noise…it’s here today and gone this afternoon…staying power has been eliminated because things move much quicker now. What may be needed now is a bridge between that level of independence and a level of impact.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Stained Class” by Judas Priest, Paul Stanley’s ’78 solo album, Kiss – “Rock And Roll Over”, Queensryche – “Rage for Order”, Savatage – “Streets” and “Hall of the Mountain King”, Judas Priest – “Screaming for Vengeance”, Accept – “Restless and Wild” and “Balls to the Wall”, Ratt – “Out of the Cellar” and “Invasion of Your Privacy”… and that list goes on and on as well…there are tons more.

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

I always liked how Heavy Metal sounded on a brand new cassette tape. There was just something about it that had this gritty punch…especially blaring through a 80’s boom box. It also didn’t hurt how easy they were to carry around…and they could take a beating.

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

There have been several actually. When we opened for UDO…that was amazing for us…we played the Trocadero Theater in Philly to a packed house. There was a similar feeling when we opened up for Styryper and Grim Reaper. When we played the festival in Germany there was so much energy that it was almost surreal. Last fall we played the Whisky A Go-Go in L.A….the place was jammed packed and it just blew us away. We have been very fortunate.

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

Maybe a painter or a bus driver at Walt Disney World.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Including myself…my wife and two children and Paul Stanley…I would definitely want to share the experience with them. Besides I am not a great conversationalist but my wife is…so I would need the help talking with Paul.

What’s next for the band?

In addition to “The Second Wave” acoustic digi pack coming out, we are finishing up our new album, “Heroes Never Die”. We are planning for a release later this year…and we are working on scheduling shows for 2021, which looks to include heading back to the UK and beyond…if we are lucky, maybe a couple of dates in December right before the Holidays…go out on a high note.

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

Corners of Sanctuary’s Official Website: www.cornersofsanctuary.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CornersofSanctuary
Twitter: www.twitter.com/COSnROLL
Instagram: www.instagram.com/cosnationmetal
…or just Google search “Corners of Sanctuary,” you’ll find us on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music and everywhere else.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Do you have some to share? It doesn’t matter what they are called ‘cause they are good!

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

Thanks so much for talking with me. It’s greatly appreciated.

Want to thank all the fans for their support…you guys ROCK!

Take care everyone…be safe and COSnROLL\m/\m/

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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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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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