This Is Turin w/Human Hell and Portrayal Of Ruinn The Salty Dog, Northwich, Cheshire 10/09/2021

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This Is Turin
w/Human Hell and Portrayal Of Ruinn
The Salty Dog, Northwich, Cheshire
10/09/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

It feels like forever since I’ve been to a home town gig and it has many advantages. Firstly, I can walk to it, so no driving and secondly I can drink. I did have quite a few at this gig because it has been far too long since I had last been to a gig here. The Venue itself has had quite a makeover during lockdown; we now have a quality beer garden and seating out the front. Also, with local laws in Northwich now allowing drinking outside the front of a pub, means I’m not leaving my drink unattended. Tonight, is the first metal gig in a long time and we have a local headliner, a familiar opening band and a new second band, all of which were on the much heavier side of metal meaning no clean singing…oh no, the horror!

First up and this will now be the second time I have reviewed these guys, were Manchester’s Portrayal Of Ruinn. Last time I saw them I was saying how I wanted to see them on a bigger stage, alas it’s a smaller stage than last time. Nevertheless, their stage presence has vastly improved. All members seem to be banging their heads throughout and even Tom (guitarist) was off stage bouncing around and getting in people’s faces. This really works with their genre, they are deathcore and deathcore is in your face heavy. The fact that the sound here was so clear allowed for the crowd to really hear the way Tom (bass, yes I know two Tom’s is confusing), Tom (guitars) and Sean (guitars) all work in harmony to bring the riffs and breakdowns right to the forefront. This is helped by Chris (drums) providing the driving force behind them all. Calvin (vocals) has also much improved since last time; his range seems to get better with each gig. Sadly, with the sound being so clear, it was obvious when the intro track, which was played on a phone, ended up playing a completely different song in the background. I would isolate the intro so this doesn’t happen. This was a much stronger set than in July and is really showing how these guys are finding their sound and the stage show to match. I was gutted they didn’t get the reaction they deserved.

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Next up was a new band for me, Human Hell from London. These boys really bring the aggression, there is no mercy from the breakdowns and Dillinger Escape Plan style beat from the drums. The complete set is unrelenting and fantastic. I even ended up having a mosh and I wasn’t even that drunk. Much like Portrayal Of Ruinn before them, their guitarist found it a challenge to stay on stage, wandering off to start pits with onlookers and then deciding to go for some fresh air outside…The joys of a wireless set up. I wonder what the drunken revellers on the streets of Northwich thought of this? There was a strange style of vocals over this heavy hardcore music, it reminded me almost of a black metal style shriek, I’m not complaining as it works wonderfully and compliments the down tuned guitars brilliantly. These boys are a strange mix of many styles which all combine into a ferocious blend of metal. If you are one for heavy aggression, check these guys out but if you are not a fan of band members being up close and personal, I would stand well back. Actually, they’ll still find you.

https://www.facebook.com/HumanHellUk

Headlining tonight are Cheshire heavyweights, This is Turin. This is a band I have followed since their previous incarnation, FallOut when I was about 14. They have progressed massively since those early days and have become a Blackened Tech Metal machine destroying any venue in their wake. This is apparent tonight as every song sees a sea of banging heads, flailing arms and probably a bit of blood for good measure. It is so clear to see from tonight’s performance why these guys have gotten as big as they have recently, with the new tunes from the latest EP “T.U.R.I.N” getting the crowd in a frenzy all under the control of Daz (vocals). This is not to say Hayden (guitars), Davey (guitars) and Splinter (bass) aren’t doing the same, quite the opposite. While Splinter can be seen also off stage intimidating the crowd (he is bloody tall), Hayden and Davey will be banging away shredding every riff with immense precision. Now, I couldn’t go any further without mentioning Ben (drums), he is rapidly becoming known for being one of the fastest drummers in the scene right now (please watch Forlorn World’s performance from Bloodstock). Tonight, is another example of his sheer speed and brutality, he is incredible! This is Turin owned this night, like they do most gigs they play, 50 minutes flew by in what was a stunning set. There is a lot more to come from these guys yet. Keep watching!

https://www.facebook.com/thisisturin

By the end of the night, I was a drunken mess as usual, but it was amazing to see so many people from the North West in my home town, it puts a massive smile on my face. I’m really hoping more gigs can happen in Northwich and we get the turn out like we had on the night. Good friends, good beer, excellent music. What more could you ask for on a Friday night?

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – Sun Of The Endless Night

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – At Dawn We Attack

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – Dead Mob

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Beermageddon 2021 Day Three

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Beermageddon 2021 Day Three
Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club
Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove
29/08/2021
Review by Beth Jones & Rick Tilley

The festival life throws up some weird and wonderful goings on, that only exist inside that little bubble for the time you’re in it. It’s because everyone uses it as a chance to let their hair down, and leave the grey, soul-destroying world of adulting behind for a few days. And a perfect example of this led us into the final day of the festival, in the shape of an unnamed gang of campers having an all-night party accompanied by a rather loud, and very eclectic playlist.

It was lovely to hear the happy singing at 1am. It had become slightly less lovely by 5am however, and I think this sentiment was shared by the majority of others on the campsite. So, when someone eventually shouted, “Will you shut the fuck up!!”, I’m confident I wasn’t the only one who did a little silent round of applause. ‘The Floral Dance’, much as it’s a very unique tune, is probably not the best thing to play full blast at 5am, whatever the setting! However, this…er…interesting night did manage to fuel sleep deprivation to the point of being hyperactive, but not quite hallucinating, meaning we were ready for the final day!

First up was the job of taking the traditional Beermageddon group photo. At the helm of this mission was press co-ordinator, photography extraordinaire, and all-round top bloke, Will Tudor. Gathering together a bunch of people three days into field dwelling (most of whom had an 80% proof ABV blood alcohol content) and making them all look the same way, is a little like herding cats who’ve been on a cat nip bender. But Will has a big voice, and the photo was achieved without any deaths. Result!

With that, and a belly full of bacon and caffeine, it was time to turn our attentions to music again for the beginning of the final day. And providing the opening were Melted Messiah, a Stoner/Sludge, Jazz/Doom Black Metal duo from the wild North (Dunfermline, Scotland). Considering there was only 2 of them, they made a very big sound. Lots of crunchy rumble and distorted fuzziness from the guitar mostly filled the gap where there would usually be a bass, delivering a very doomy sound. And you could definitely hear some jazz influence in the drumming. They were good, and endearing, and the crowd looked on with pleasure.

Melted Messiah

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Dead Mob were next, taking us from the sublime to the caw blimey! Hailing from up the road in Birmingham, this young Hardcore band were a bag of excited energy, which flowed out across the audience and made the entire room lurch. They certainly blew away any sleepy heads that were still trying to bring themselves round. But apart from being loud and full of chaos, these guys were tight and extremely talented. They brought me a lot of joy – at the ripe old age of 41, it’s great to see a young band who know exactly who they are and throw every bit of passion into their performance that they can muster. From a photography point of view, they were really fun to shoot, too. Constantly throwing shapes and moving, laying everything bare, and letting the audience feed off their power. Awesome set.

Dead Mob

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Next up, and keeping the pace afloat, were At Dawn We Attack; A 5 piece from the West Midlands who are a joyfully chaotic, crunchingly heavy multi-genre crossover collective, all of whom clearly have an appreciation for facial hair! Frontman Bryan was a live wire, thriving off the crowd, and ending up in it at one point, too. The best way I can describe him is, if you took Devin Townsend in the Strapping Young Lad days, made him smoke 50 Marlboro and drink a gallon of JD in quick succession, gave him some dreadlocks, and then injected him with the Tasmanian Devil, you’d be somewhere close. By now the room was bouncing. Damn it was good.

At Dawn We Attack

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It was time to turn our attention to some good, salt of the earth, Old-School Thrash Metal next, with the maiden performance of UK Thrashers, Sun Of The Endless Night. With more than a little hint of the Big 4 in their sound, these guys took us through a rip-roaring set that continued to tear to shreds any Sunday-ness that we still had left. Powerful riffs and smashing rhythms, along with angry gravelly vocals made for a show that was confident and impressive, and I would recommend anyone to check them out.

Sun of The Endless Night

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Another band fresh from an appearance at Bloodstock graced the stage next; Alt/Progressive Metallers, Netherhall. Melodically I liked them. But in terms of performance, they were quite a stark contrast to the upbeat, feeding off the crowd, and quenching the onlookers’ thirst for engagement in return atmosphere that we’d been served with the last three bands. The invisible 4th wall between the audience and the stage seemed more noticeable than it had done the rest of the day. For me this made their set a little difficult to get into. But variety is the spice of life, and this is, of course, just my opinion.

Netherhall

https://www.facebook.com/NetherhallUK

After what had been a superb day so far, I decided it was time for food. Having cased out the menus looking for what I could eat at the beginning of Saturday, I knew exactly where I was heading – Little Al’s Kitchen, for Slow cooked beef. And it was the most awesome slow cooked beef and roast potatoes I’ve eaten in a long time (his Chilli on Saturday night was also superb)! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so well at a festival ever and chatting to Al after partaking of his magnificent food made it clear that this was indeed his mission – to feed people properly and cater for intolerance ridden awkward heads like me – YAY! Between Al, and JW Catering, I’d managed to not eat shit all weekend, and that is an achievement!

https://www.facebook.com/Littlealskitchen
https://www.facebook.com/Jwcateringuk

Feeling full up and ready for more music, I headed back to the hall for the penultimate band of the festival, Symphonic Black Metallers, Kull. They were a new name to me, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the second they started, I was in my element. Huge, full on symphonic synths, ridiculously precise rhythms, intricate and demonic guitars and bass, and the vicious and hypnotic vocals and presence of front man, Tarkan, made this the standout performance of the weekend for me. This thunderous and all enveloping sound had me transfixed from start to finish, and as soon as the performance was over, I headed to the merch stand to buy their music (incidentally, this was the point that I discovered their former guise. They used to be Bal-Sagoth!). The power of this music was addictive and I needed more! It’s been on in my car pretty much ever since. L-O-V-E-D IT!! I will be watching out for an opportunity to catch Kull again very soon.

Kull

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And so, we reached our conclusion, with festival headliners, and all-round crazy nutcases, Acid Reign. The first time I saw Acid Reign was at Hammerfest 2018, so I was sure of two things. Firstly, we were in for some fun, and secondly, making a pictorial record of said fun was going to be hard work! The best way to photograph Acid Reign, and in particular front man, H, is to become a telepathic mind reader so you know where he’s going to, so you’re brain to hand co-ordination has time to make you press the button before he becomes a blur. I’m new and a novice at this photography lark, be gentle on me, please!!

First world photographer problems aside, what a show these guys gave us. The room was rammed full, and the crowd lapped up every second of this raucous romp through Thrashland, injected with comedic capers, crowd interaction, and a hell of a lot of love. From H disappearing in the middle of a song, and reappearing carrying a tray of beers he had just purchased from the bar to bassist Pete Dee getting involved in a pit, while still sustaining a steady bass line, this was a very special way to finish a very special weekend. No-one was frowning, no-one looked stressed, everyone was just having a great time.

Acid Reign

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, was a wrap. I’m not scared to admit that I got a touch emotional when it finished and the house lights came up, because it was all over. Apologies to Will Tudor, and Tony Gaskin for welling up in your general direction! We had just lived three days of pure blissful joy. I’m so glad that I talked myself back into going, and so grateful that we got to be there covering the event for Ever Metal. So, some huge thanks are due. To Jim Beerman, for being the Godfather of Beermageddon, and never giving up, to bring this beautiful thing to all of us. To Will Tudor for his infinite wisdom, photography and otherwise – I have banked all his lessons. To all the crew for creating, maintaining, and running this event like clockwork. To the bands who smashed everything out of the park to entertain us, the bar staff who kept our thirst quenched, the caterers who filled our bellies, whatever time of day we wanted it, and the security staff who kept us all safe, but had a good laugh with everyone too.

Incidentally, it appears that there were zero covid cases linked to this event, which in the current climate is a fucking magnificent achievement. But maybe that’s because this was more than just a festival, it was the reunion of a huge extended family, back together after far too long apart. And we were honoured to have been allowed into that family. See you next year xx

LINKS:
www.beermageddon.co.uk/
www.facebook.com/beermageddonfestival
www.facebook.com/groups/247287828724525

Beermageddon 2022 Event Page
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EMQ’s with BURY ME WHERE I FALL

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EMQ’s with BURY ME WHERE I FALL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with East Midlands, UK based Metal band, Bury Me Where I Fall. Huge thanks to, Phil Kavanagh, 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 Phil Kavanagh, also known as Chili Phil! I moved up to the East Midlands from Birmingham 6 years ago and met up with fellow local musicians. We found that we all had the same music tastes so decided to form a band and write the kind of music that we all love! We originally started as a four piece band but have now slimmed down to a three piece.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, we were struggling with a name early on and we were talking about some of our favourite bands and it just so happens, one of them had a song title called BURY ME WHERE I FALL…I checked online to find that no one else (that we know of) took it.

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

East Midlands – South Derbyshire and Leicestershire. There is a cracking venue in Coalville called the Vic which has all kinds of bands on. Other than that, because I am originally from Birmingham myself, I am only mega familiar with that scene!

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

Our latest release is the “Beat Down On The Brave” EP which is on YouTube and Spotify! We have a new Single called ‘The Faded’ coming very soon also!

‘Beat Down On The Brave’ (Audio)

‘Conspiracy Of Silence’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences are very diverse – from Rock to Black Metal. Although the band sound far from Black Metal, the three of us have a keen ear for such. Bands wise I would say, Kerbdog, Therapy?, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Death, Pantera.

What first got you into music?

My sister would play rock music when I was younger and I used to hear it all the time. As soon as I heard bands like Metallica, 3 Colours Red, The Wildhearts and Kerbdog I was all over music.

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

What a great question. I would love to do something with Therapy?.

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

Bloodstock. It’s down the road from us and it’s the coolest festival. I hope we get the chance one day!

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

I once got given a metal plectrum that made me break a string that very night!

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

You will never realise how much we appreciate you!

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

What a question…Would have to be Dimebag, we need him right now!

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

I love the writing and recording process. Bringing a simple idea into the other guys and watching it transform into a BURY ME WHERE I FALL song. Then hearing it blasting back in the studio and watching everyone record their parts. Hate wise – it would have to be the fact it’s so difficult to be able to be a musician full time.

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

Bands earn more from Streaming etc. There are some songs out there by low level musicians and they are a work of art. It should be rewarded as such, like it was when bands would sell thousands of albums.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Great Southern Trendkill” – Pantera

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

I will always miss and love CD’s. Cassettes were also cool.

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

Our first one at the VIC in Coalville. It was the first show I played in a couple of years as a band and I was blown away by how many had shown up and the support we got! Made me realise how much I love playing live.

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

Playing far too many video games…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cormac Battle of Kerbdog, James Hetfield, Russel Brand, Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys) Raphael Rowe (the guy who does the Prison Documentaries). I think the conversations would be crazy!

What’s next for the band?

Next is a Single EP – ‘The Faded’, followed by work on the album. Which we have plenty already for!

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

We use Twitter and Facebook.
www.twitter.com/BuryMWIF
www.facebook.com/BMWIF
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7E3zwguWLD02zLxlSCfkKn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOX0ONviqYqtmDhxHL1PHRQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a biscuit.

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

For anyone who is reading this – please check us out and give us a like on a social media pages etc.

Thanks for your time!

Chili Phil

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EMQ’s with GODETH – PART 2

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EMQ’s with GODETH – PART 2

In July 2020 we did our first EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band Godeth, courtesy of guitarist Dylan. With a brand new EP “Life To The Flame” being released on 30th July, they have returned to tackle it again. This time we thank vocalist Eddie Myland for taking part and offering his thoughts and perspectives!

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 Eddie Myland, I am Godeth’s lead singer and frontman.

The band was formed in 2018 and since then we have practised and played both cover songs and original music, we’ve written ourselves. In 2019 we started playing gigs as a full 5 piece band, and have since played venues such as The Key Club and O2 academy in Leeds with about 15 songs ready for gigs to come.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our bassist Lewis came up with the band name “Snowdeth” but none of us were very keen, he then came up with “Godeth” and despite not too much enthusiasm among us, we went with it and are now very happy with it.

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

I am from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and the metal/rock scene is not the best here but good enough, there’s certainly plenty of us but just not as many venues/bars as we’d like.

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

Our latest release will be our new, upcoming EP entitled “Life To The Flame” which will be available on all streaming services from the 30th of July this year.

‘Animal Side’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The likes of Serj Tankian, Phil Anselmo, Freddie Mercury and Randy Blythe have been my greatest influences as a singer/front man.

What first got you into music?

Queen first properly got me into music, since listening to so much of their music I started getting into the likes of Led Zeppelin/Free/Thin Lizzy etc and soon after discovered metal.

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

If I could collaborate with any musician, it would be Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, He’s one of my favourite guitarists and I feel his unique style of playing would be perfect for some of the vocals I can do/want to try.

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

I would choose to play Hellfest in France simply because I’ve never seen anywhere with even half as many amazing bands performing, it just seems like the greatest festival for all metal heads and bands. I’d love to go to it in general.

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

Not a weird gift but after the show I once got given a plastic medal for best dancer so I’ll take that as a compliment.

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

One message for our fans “thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve shown so far, there’s plenty more to come from us though so let’s keep this party going”

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

Freddie Mercury!

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

The thing I enjoy most about being a musician is performing, I feel being a frontman and hyping people up is what I was made for, what I’m destined to do and what I love doing more than anything!

The thing I hate is how much money you put into the band in relation to what we get out of it (money wise).

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

if I could change anything it would be that real musicians that play every note live and record without autotune get the credit and rewards they deserve rather than the manufactured pop artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Not a metal album but my favourite album of all time is The Prodigy – “Invaders Must Die”

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

Downloads are so easy and reliable but my favourite was always CD’s just because they’re what I grew up buying whilst getting into new music.

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

Our headline show, at The Key Club, just before the first lockdown was by far the best gig we’ve played.

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

If I weren’t a musician, I’d be doing joinery full time, the trade I am trained in.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil Anselmo, Jack Nicholson, Salma Hayek, Fred Durst and Ariana Grande

What’s next for the band?

We are going to continue getting decent gigs and are currently writing bigger, better songs which will eventually be released of course.

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

We usually use Facebook and Instagram for all our posts.
www.godeth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/GodethUK/
www.instagram.com/godeth_band/
www.twitter.com/GodethBand
www.soundcloud.com/user-929590449
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3oeXNRsY37Bq30hwcPi6aG
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJh6rjLwEXPbmNtTPGP8Sg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa cakes are cakes, it’s in the name.

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

Tickets are still available for our headline show and EP release launch at The Key Club, Leeds on Saturday 31st of July 2021, get tickets now!

Ticket Link:

www.seetickets.com/event/godeth/the-key-club/1848677

Link to EMQ’s with GODETH – Part 1

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle, England based Metal band, Rituals. Huge thanks to guitarist, Ewan, 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 am Ewan. I play guitar in Rituals. We are a metal band from Newcastle, England formed in 2018, and we are currently getting ready to release our debut EP “AWAKE” on the 3rd of September 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

We didn’t really think too hard about it, I just remember thinking of the word on a train back from college and that it would make a good name for a band. So, when me and Lewis discussed starting a band together, and we needed a name, I mentioned Rituals and it just fit with the music that was being written.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We are from Newcastle which has currently got a great metal scene coming through which feels great to be a part of.

What is your latest release?

Our previous release was a track called ‘False Royal’ which came out in October 2020; however, we have just released the title track from our new EP “AWAKE’ which came out on the 11th of June. It is a song we are all really proud of and can’t wait to share with everyone.

‘Awake’ (Official Video)

‘False Royal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Everyone in the band is influenced by a range of different genres and bands. From the metal scene it is bands like While She Sleeps, Architects, Bury Tomorrow and Bleed From Within but also artists outside of metal like Tom Misch, Depeche Mode and Oasis.

What first got you into music?

What first got me into music was hearing and watching Elvis Presley as a kid, that was who inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place!

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

Personally, I’d love to get someone like Noel Gallagher singing on a track, I think he has such a great voice and ear for melody, that hearing him over a melodic bridge in a metalcore track would be really interesting. We can all dream right!

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

It would have to be Download Festival! With the amount of iconic sets that have taken place at that festival it would be an honour to get to play it.

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

Nothing weird yet, guess we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds!

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

Thank you for taking time to listen to our music, we truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to listen to our music, and we can’t wait to share what is next with you all!

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

Cliff Burton, the guy had a major part in Metallica’s songwriting, so it would have been great to hear more of his music than the 3 albums we got.

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

I love the feeling of hearing the final mix back of a song, hearing what you imagined in your head when demoing the track all in a mix, is something I’ll never get sick of. There’s honestly nothing I hate, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do it, but the paranoia of gear going wrong on stage is something I could do without!

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

Whilst streaming is so convenient, I miss going out and buying a new album and hitting play and not knowing what was going to come out of the speakers. So, bringing back the prominence of physical formats would be it for me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Always tough to pick one, but I would go for Depeche Mode “Playing The Angel”. The album came out in 2005, but still to this day I listen to it and pick up on new nuances that I had not noticed. The album overall has a great sound, each song holds its own, which is massively important in an album.

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

Vinyl, you can’t beat that feeling of holding a record in your hands. It gives you a physical connection with the record and the artwork, as opposed to staring at it on a screen.

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

Best show so far would be the last time we played Newcastle in February 2020, the atmosphere in the venue was great and we went up there and gave it everything.

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

Honestly not a clue, would maybe be a tattoo artist or something, I’d still need to be creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

For me I’d want to get 5 great songwriters around the table so I can pick their brains, so it would be Damon Albarn, James Hetfield, Mark Tremonti, Trent Reznor and Rob Flynn. Could you imagine!

What’s next for the band?

We have our debut EP “AWAKE” coming out on the 11th of September, and will be announcing some live shows soon, so keep an eye out on our socials! We are also putting plans in place for the follow up to “AWAKE”.

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

We use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook mainly, and our music is available on all major streaming platforms!
www.facebook.com/RitualsUKMusic/
www.instagram.com/ritualsuk/
www.twitter.com/Ritualsukmusic
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6zaggWMA34L6ag8GRa8pHh

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit sized cake isn’t it, so I would have to say cake!

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

Thank you for doing this interview with us, we massively appreciate it!

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys!

Sheri here, I hope everyone is keeping safe!

I bring another Interview for your eyes and ears – this time I got to chat to the lovely lads of Akkadian. Cambridge, UK based Akkadian are one of my very favourite newcomers in the underground world of Metal. By chance, I happened to see them play in Norwich, where I had gone to see a friend’s band play who were on the same line up. I was immediately blown away by Akkadian. The raw energy and ambience these guys present to their audience is pretty breathtaking and I don’t believe they can be put into a box when it comes to labelling their genre. If you’re a fan of Gojira, Deftones and Slipknot then chances are that you are gonna get what these guys are about.

Ambient but heavy.

Akkadian formed in 2018 with their debut show booked at the beginning of 2019. Their first releases ‘Black Sand’ and ‘Emanation’ were released in 2019 amidst a surge of positive reviews! During the first lockdown in 2020, Akkadian released their own take on Lamb of God’s ‘Memento Mori’ and unleashed this with a lockdown video. Again, it was well received and gave Akkadian fans something to chew on whilst in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions.

Akkadian’s new single ‘Agenda’ was released in February 2021 and I feel this offers further depth to what the band can do.

I hope you all enjoy the interview…

AKKADIAN Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Akkadian are:
Danny Thurston – Vocals
Harry Newberry – Drums
Chris Kontos – Bass
Aaron Wright – Drums
Florian Fize – Guitar

LINKS:

‘Agenda’ (Official Video)

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The Wildhearts By Request

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The Wildhearts By Request
Livestream Presented by Crosstown Concerts
17/04/2021
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, Livestream events (whether they are truly live or not) are all we’ve had to keep us sane over the last year and a half. They are also about the only revenue stream currently available to musicians right now and have become something of a lifeline to many bands. Even though The Wildhearts have a bunch of real dates planned for later in the year, the reality of this actually happening is by no means certain, so doing something like this makes a huge amount of sense. I also personally think these types of events are going to continue to be a part of the furniture moving forward. More on this later however…

This band have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years and the line-up has been something of a revolving door around Ginger, but for many the golden years were that seminal line up of Ginger, CJ, Danny McCormack and Ritch Battersby, so I was delighted to find that that’s what we’ve got for this show. This group of four really are the essence of the act and even though we know in our hearts that this may not always stay stable forever, or that the four of them may not always be “in” The Wildhearts at any given time, but that none of them are ever never truly “out” either…

This event opened with ‘Dislocated’ from the 2019’s ‘Renaissance Man’ album, but being a fan requested show the vast majority of the set list was not going to come as much of a surprise to most. In some ways that’s a shame, as that recent album has some great material on it and is a massive return to form, but thanks to the joy that is Covid it’s not had time to worm its way into the fan consciousness live yet, but I am glad they opened with this song. You get the sense from Ginger’s sometimes caustic comments on the subject during the show that they were hoping for some more obscure requests for material that doesn’t get played live too often, but no, after eighteen months of lockdown, the fans wanted what they knew and love. Ginger refers to the debut “Earth Versus The Wildhearts” record as “The best of the Wildhearts” and that album certainly gets plenty of airplay in this set list with six of the thirteen songs coming from this disc (although with thirty years of hindsight “East West Versus The Wildhearts” would have been a more appropriate title for it). This included what might just have been the final performance of ‘Greetings From Shitsville’, as Ginger made it abundantly clear that he dislikes this one intensely – it’s his nemesis apparently and it’s officially got retired tonight by mutual band agreement, although personally having lived in the ridiculous overpriced squalor that was digs in London around the time this was written I can completely empathise with the subject matter.

The atmosphere of the performance is pure Wildhearts – no large hanger size sounds stages here, or fancy camera work and tableaux, no technical effects or staged gimmickry – this looks and feels like it’s coming from a small rehearsal space. The musicians are all pretty much facing each other rather than assuming stage positions with cameras crammed into the space between in the middle, so the overall feeling is that we’ve been allowed into their private and intimate home. The lighting is bare bones too – a few white par cans with the odd bit of flashing in time with the music, but absolutely nothing fancy at all. A brilliant decision and one that closes the gap of impersonality and distance that is the curse of streamed performances, creating intimacy and immediacy.

It does feel raw and live with no obvious recording gaps, so the banter, occasional instrument retuning and mistakes are as real as they would be in a live venue. The sound is perfect for the effect they are creating – crisp and clear; fat and rich, although the guitars are a bit back in the mix compared to the rhythm section. The filming is of the handheld in your face variety, which captures the atmosphere these guys work best in – a sweaty club with the tangible risk of dripping condensation causing an electrical fire. Now the reality is these events are not truly live, but importantly this one feels ‘as live’, without obvious edits and plenty of shots of tuning fun, inter-song banter and rehydration and all the other stuff you would get if you were in the room with them.

At the end we also get a guest vocal appearance from band friend and Million Dead frontman Frank Turner as Ginger gets his wish for a lead singer on the final two tracks, giving the chance for a cracking layered vocal harmony that would be a challenge otherwise live. Turner also acts as the interviewer for the numerous extras that are available in the deluxe package and his love of their music is tangible. Given that Ginger has moaned a lot over the years about having to be the main vocalist all the time I wonder if we may not see more of his input in the future, as his vocal tone fits a treat with the Wildhearts sound.

At an hour and fifteen minutes run time it was a little on the short side, but short is sweet here and otherwise spot on, although for those with access to the bonus package there was also the chance to hear a new track ‘Splitter’ as a plug for the upcoming album “21st Century Love Songs”. This is now available on pre-order, and the track is a bit more frenetic with time changes aplenty and a lovely slide guitar break from Ginger. It whets the appetite nicely, as indeed would anything recorded by this line up of the band, who are on an absolute creative roll right now.

This is the closest any of us can get to a gig now and frankly I don’t care about whether it’s pre-recorded or not. And neither should you, as these things are currently the only real revenue stream bands currently have and without labels, streaming platforms, promoters, venues and all the other assorted fleas and ticks of Rock’n’roll taking their cut, actually can be a financial life line for the artists, as they are relatively cheap to produce and the band should be getting a much larger slice of the revenue.

That’s why I think they are here to stay – not least from the fact that this pandemic is far from over, but that its impacts are only just getting started, with Brexit and all the woes and costs it adds to touring providing the icing to a shit cake of epic proportions in the UK live scene in particular. Many venues aren’t going to survive this; it’s going to be a while until the touring machine gets going again and in the meantime the bands need to eat. If someone’s ill, physically unable to tour or it’s not simply cost effective then bands are going to realise this delivery method is another trick in their arsenal, and one for which they see a lot more of a slice of the income. It also gives bands a chance to do something different (as Avatar did recently with a four show tour of almost their entire recorded catalogue) and that might not work commercially on tour but works perfectly for the streamed format.

Add to this the deluxe packages on sale can be worth the extra money. In this instance this got fans an event T-Shirt, the new sneak preview from the new album and an hour or so worth of interviews including a very frank and open discussion from Danny about his battles with mental health and drugs (and yes, I may just try CJ’s chicken curry recipe), because let’s face it, live streams are as cheap as chips for us as punters compared to the cost of going to a gig so why the hell would you not spend that extra couple of quid and keep the bands alive?

LINKS:

Wildhearts Live Stream

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