EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

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EMQ’s with ARX ATRATA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Atmospheric Black Metal Project Arx Atrata! Huge thanks to Ben for taking part!

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

I’m Ben from Arx Atrata, an atmospheric black metal project from the UK, playing music inspired by acts such as Coldworld, Winterfylleth, Sojourner, Lustre, Agalloch, and many others. Currently it’s a studio project that started almost a decade ago, with the third full-length release coming out last month.

How did you come up with your band name?

That has been long forgotten sadly! Choosing names is a difficult business and inventing something in Latin was one way of finding something that hasn’t already been taken. It roughly means “blackened citadel”.

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

I am from the UK and as I’m sure you’re aware, it varies a lot depending on where you are and what particular music you’re into. It seems to me that festival attendances are doing well but smaller gigs are suffering and it’s tough for bands to get shows. There are so many great acts across the UK but almost all the bands I know struggle to book gigs. So, it’s a mixed bag.

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

The latest album came out last month, titled “The Path Untravelled”.
https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/album/the-path-untravelled

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a hard one to answer as I’ve always tried to weave many different aspects into the music. My background is more from the UK doom scene so the distinctive leads and harmonies of acts like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride play a large part in how I approach composition, but from the black metal side I’m inspired by how bands like Winterfylleth, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, or The Great Old Ones can create furious-sounding music without compromising on memorable riffs and motifs. And there are bands that transcend the boundaries – Agalloch, Primordial, early Woods of Ypres, Empyrium, October Falls – these acts have always motivated me to blend different styles together in a cohesive way.

What first got you into music?

When I was a child I remember being interested in pop music, like many of my peers. I was given a keyboard by my grandparents which sparked some interest in composing my own works. As I approached my teens I started to develop more discerning taste, and at some point got the foolish idea that I could learn guitar and be in a metal band. Now, it’s a couple of decades later, and I’m still learning guitar! But with a handful of albums and EPs released across various projects I can at least say the process has been productive.

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

I am in two other bands – Twilight’s Embrace (http://www.twilightsembrace.com) and Fjords (https://www.facebook.com/fjordsofficial/) – so it could be said that I’m already collaborating. But, while both those bands are just as important as Arx Atrata, there are things I can do with my own project that are not possible when you have to take other people into consideration. So for this, I prefer to work alone!

That said, I’d love to get to release split albums or CDs in future. I particularly like the idea of both acts writing with the other band’s music in mind to come up with a release that is a cohesive whole.

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

Arx Atrata is currently not a live act – but if it were to become one, I’d love to perform at some of the interesting European festivals. Prophecy Fest in Germany is held in a cave, which sounds like a unique experience. We could probably turn the reverb levels down for that show.

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

I have never received a gift from a fan!

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

Not so much our fans, but I think the one thing I’d like metal fans in general to know is that bands really need your support. Musicians of today have more reach than ever before but see a lot less reward for it. Bands can have thousands of listeners on Spotify, but can’t get shows because only 10 people show up for local gigs. Buying merchandise is better than nothing, but I don’t think we really want a world where being a musician is mostly about buying and selling artwork and t-shirts, trying to fit in gigs and songwriting on the side. So I’d say – go to the shows, buy the records. If fans don’t support musicians, nobody will.

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

It would be a difficult choice between Pete Steele of Type O Negative and David Gold of Woods of Ypres. Either way, we’d get another morose album with a distinctive baritone vocal delivery and there aren’t enough of those.

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

The best thing and the worst thing is playing live. When it goes well, it’s amazing. But there’s a lot of preparation and pressure too. And too many shows see you playing to tiny crowds for free, leaving you wondering whether it’s worthwhile.

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

I don’t think the music industry needs to change too much at all. What needs to change is the internet industry being able to get away with ripping musicians off. If you go on YouTube, there are hundreds of thousands of songs uploaded without permission, each with thousands or sometimes even millions of plays. On Blogspot there are tons of pages with links to illegal album downloads hosted on ad-supported cyberlockers. So all these companies selling ads are making money, the website hosts are making money, but the musicians who make all this entertainment just have to suck it up and become t-shirt salesmen. That’s what needs to change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden! In hindsight that was probably the midpoint between their more radio-friendly earlier material and the ever longer and more progressive work that followed, and the balance was struck perfectly. The title track is a masterpiece, one I’d like to cover some day.

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

There’s a big clamour for vinyl and cassettes in the black metal world these days and I find it fascinating, especially as someone old enough to have grown up with cassettes and who was grateful to make the move to the superior-sounding CD’s! I don’t think I even have a hexagonal pencil to hand if I needed to fix a cassette’s prolapsed innards today. Vinyl is a nice format for collectors, especially given the opportunity to really showcase the artwork, but from an audio engineering point of view it’s almost impossible to get a vinyl to sound as accurate to the original material as a CD or a download would. Downloads are pretty unexciting but at least they’re not unleashing more plastic on the world, so you can support bands that way and boost your environmental credentials at the same time.

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

Arx Atrata hasn’t played any shows yet, but with my other bands Twilight’s Embrace had a great outing at Bloodstock many moons ago, while Fjords made a lot of new fans at the Warhorns Festival in 2018.

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

As with almost all musicians these days, I am already doing other things! If I tried to pay the bills with my music I would have starved or frozen to death, depending on whether I started in summer or winter respectively! My day job is as a computer game developer, so I’m lucky in that it’s a relatively creative field, and that I can afford to cover my costs as a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties, so nobody!

What’s next for the band?

Not much, to be honest! The traditional thing is to release an album and then play some shows to support it, but with that not being an immediate option for Arx Atrata, the agenda is looking pretty bare. Maybe it’s time to find some live musicians to help me out!

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

The music can be streamed and bought at the Bandcamp page: https://arxatrata.bandcamp.com/

Important updates appear on the homepage:
http://www.arxatrata.com/

And occasionally other news will be reluctantly added to social media channels – https://www.instagram.com/arxatrata/
https://twitter.com/arxatrata/
https://www.facebook.com/ArxAtrata/ .

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, depending on the context!

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

Thank you Ever Metal for asking the questions, and thanks to the reader for getting this far! Please check out “The Path Untravelled” at our Bandcamp link above. And if perhaps you’re into more of the melodic doom/death/prog type of metal, keep an ear out for the new Fjords video and record which are coming out this month – you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

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EMQ’s with FRACTIONS

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EMQ’s with FRACTIONS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leicester, UK based Prog/Tech Metal band Fractions! Huge thanks to drummer Steve Humphreys 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’s Steve and I play drums for Leicester prog/tech metal band Fractions. We’ve all been in different bands in our local area and formed what would become Fractions when they all disbanded.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was thrown out there as an idea by our (now departing) vocalist. We couldn’t agree on a name for a long time and I think it was just a throwaway suggestion in the practice room that we all really liked

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

We’re from Leicester in England (Hinckley to be specific) and currently the Leicester scene is something very special. There are a lot of talented bands in the area doing very well for themselves and we are very proud and privileged to be a part of it all. We even all took part in an event recently where 28 band members from numerous Leicester bands joined forces and did an evening of covers, it was a lot of fun and will be happening again so look out for that…

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

Our latest release is a single called ‘Mind’ which is due to be part of an upcoming release called “Soundness of”. It was received very well at the time and has become a solid addition to our live sets. We feel like it is a big progression from our first EP and hopefully gives folk a taste of what’s to come.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the band we would certainly cite Tesseract as a huge influence, both in terms of the genre we play but also the musical freedom, we never want to pigeonhole ourselves and nothing is off the table when it comes to new material. As for myself Dave Lombardo has got to be at the top, I don’t think I’d be able to play half as fast as I can now if I hadn’t learnt so much Slayer in my teens!

What first got you into music?

A cassette that a school friend gave to me, it had “Nevermind” by Nirvana on one side and “Smash” by The Offspring on the other. That tape changed my life!

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

I’m a bit of a folk metal geek so to drum along with the rest of someone like Finntroll or Ensiferum would be a huge buzz for me.

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

To say that you’d been on stage at Wacken would be a huge personal accolade but realistically taking Fractions to Euroblast would probably be the biggest international festival that we would sit the most comfortably on.

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

A friend of ours locally is a master baker and makes THE BEST flapjacks and for one of our Leicester shows he made a special batch of FracJacks. We took a few and left the rest on the merch table, needless to say there was none left over for us to take home!

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

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has ever given us any of there time at a show, festival, or even online. I’ll always love what I do but when what you do is validated by others it’s a feeling you can’t pay for.

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

Chuck Schuldiner without a doubt! By the time I knew who Death were, he’d already passed away so he’s someone I’ve never seen live.

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

My favourite part is playing live but it’s more than just the time you’re on stage, it’s the traveling, hanging out at the venue with other bands and generally having a laugh with the mates you are in a band with. There’s a few things that bug me but my biggest things are inconsiderate drummers, those who spend 10 minutes of a 15 minute changeover sitting behind the kit slowly packing their gear away, or those who set their gear up 4 hours before they play right in the middle of a small room that 3 other bands have to share!

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

I’d love to see more breaks given to emerging metal bands. I appreciate that labels etc taking on bands is risky and nowadays you almost need to be a fully proven entity before anyone will touch you, but I really think some of the major labels could have “apprenticeship” type contracts where they don’t pump sums of money into you but at least give you some opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s got to be “Nattfodd” by Finntroll.

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

Depends on the circumstances as an in-car record player would be a terrible idea, but generally I prefer everything about vinyl over anything else.

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

I think it’s got to be the Zil Arena in Moscow supporting Tesseract. Having a capacity crowd absolutely chomping for you to get on stage, for them then all to go crazy the minute you started right through to the end of our set was something else. Not to mention then getting to watch Tesseract from side stage after that with plenty of beer and vodka!

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

Travelling to more Leicester City away games and playing more Warhammer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

First would have to be my wife as I’m sure I’d get in trouble for not inviting her! The other 4 are tricky, I think I’d have to have Dave Lombardo and Joey Jordison to talk drums with, and then maybe guys like Bruce Dickinson and Tom Araya who you’d imagine would be really cool and have some great stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

As I touched on earlier our vocalist is leaving the band at the end of the year after one or 2 more shows so the search for a replacement with kick into 5th gear. We are also well into writing our next record so the aim is to have it finished by the time a new vocalist is in place so we can record their parts, release it and hit the road.

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

Nearly all of them! I’d definitely say though to check us out on;
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Fractionsuk/
And BandCamp
https://fractions-metal.bandcamp.com/
Where all of our merch is available to listen to and buy.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

By definition, a cake is soft and goes hard when it goes off. Whilst I’ve never owned a Jaffa Cake long enough for it to go off though, I assume they would go hard if left long enough!

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

Thank you too! I would like to say if any vocalists out there are looking to join a band auditions are open, and as I said earlier nothing is off the table as far as writing goes and the same can be said for vocal style. Don’t feel you can’t do it or won’t be a good fit, just send an email to fractionsuk@hotmail.co.uk and who knows what might happen…

 

 

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Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel – The Firehouse, Southampton – 13-09-2019

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Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel
The Firehouse, Southampton 13-09-2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Bands like TOLEDO STEEL are ensuring the heavy metal scene still thrives. Before they took to the stage in Southampton; Lotty Whittingham caught up for a quick chat with lead vocalist Rich Rutter about their tour, their latest release and differences between the UK and European Metal scenes.

Hello Rich, thanks for joining us. First off introduce Toledo Steel to the readers?

I’m Richard Rutter from Toledo Steel, I’m the singer and we’re a traditional heavy metal band that’s based in Southampton.

Speaking of Southampton, we are at The Firehouse tonight. A local hotspot for you guys.

How has the tour been going so far?

It’s a short number of dates, it’s three shows in a row. We played the first on in Newcastle and that was a great show. It was a long drive but the scene up there is pretty consistent and we have played there before. It was a great way to start the short tour.

You also have some European tour dates after this short run?

Yeah that’s right, in two weeks’ time we’re going to Belgium again for one show and then we’re following that up with our two first shows in France. So it will be falling on the Friday in Belgium, the Saturday in a city just outside of Paris and then the Sunday in Paris.

You’ve toured Europe quite a lot, do you notice any significant differences in the metal scenes in each of the countries? For example ticket sales, audiences?

Yes there is definitely a big difference, I think the UK is good but it’s quite hit and miss. Whereas Europe on the whole tends to be more reliable with regards to getting a good turnout at shows, people are more likely to travel further to see a band that they like. In the UK, unless it’s right on their doorstep, they don’t necessarily venture out to see bands unless it’s a big name. So it’s different in Europe in a number of ways.

You must have quite a big fan base in Europe?

Yes it’s slowly building up! We just try and play as much as we can. Hopefully each time we go back, there will be a few more people. So we try and build that up slowly.

There’s also a huge heavy metal scene in Europe too?

Yes definitely. Especially in countries like Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

You released your debut album last year, am I right in thinking they are all brand new Toledo Steel tracks and not ones from previous EPs?

Yes that was all fresh material on that album, so it was eight new tracks. Prior to that, we had done two independent EPs. The first one was just a three track to get us started and the second one was slightly longer it was five tracks on that one. Obviously, we had to follow that up with a full length album with all new material.

Would you re-master any of the previous tracks?

Not remaster as such but re-release possibly. I mean we still have a few copies left of each EP and if they all go, our label Dissonance Productions maybe planning to release both EPs as one package at some point.

Do you guys have a particular routine when it comes to writing songs?

It depends from song to song. Everyone contributes in some way. Quite often, it will be Tom our guitarist who comes up with a riff idea and that will inspire a lyrical theme. We then just kind of flush it out from there. Sometimes it might come from a solo or a bass riff, it depends on the song. Sometimes it can be lyrics inspire a melody, a chorus and we work the guitars around that. We build it from there on out.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start a band?

Get out there and give it go. I mean make sure you get the right bunch of people that are in the same head space as you so you have a clear direction. Take it seriously, work hard at crafting some decent songs. Don’t rush to play live and make sure you get it together enough in the rehearsal room before playing shows. Get out there and learn as you go.

Big thanks to Rich for talking to Lotty.

You can read Lotty’s full review of the Southampton gig at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2019/09/16/speed-queen-toledo-steel-skyryder-the-firehouse-southampton-13-09-2019/

Dawn previously interviewed Rich in 2018. You can check that interview at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2018/09/03/interview-with-toledo-steel/

Image courtesy of Tomasz Wrobel at TzW Photography
https://www.facebook.com/Tzwphotography/

TOLEDO STEEL LINKS:
http://www.toledosteel.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.instagram.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbmPNkl-J9g-og3gP_BmRA/videos

 

 

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LVCIFYRE – Sacrament EP

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LVCIFYRE – Sacrament EP
Dark Descent Records
Release Date: 24/05/2019
Running Time: 22:53
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

A couple weeks back I asked Ever Metal about the possibility of reviewing London based Death Metal band ‘LVCIFYRE’ purely, and I will admit this, because I really like the band name. I hadn’t heard of them before, something I regret now that I have heard what they can do. But as with all bands that are new to me, I haven’t looked back, and with heavy guitar playing and hard drumming with intense vocals these guys don’t mess around.

I have been listening to this EP called ‘Sacrament’ for the last few weeks continuously with a few breaks here and there and need I say that I really like it. This EP contains a bit of a lead up to songs, something that I really like. There is a slow start before it leaps into the song really intensively and everything comes at you at 100 mph. There is no time to breathe, just complete and unstoppable headbanging and all I have to say is that thank god I had paracetamol on hand!

I can honestly say that, with Cultus on bass, Menthor on drums and T. Kaos on guitars and vocals, this band aren’t a glass half full band. They are the full glass with water still being poured in and overflowing. One thing I noticed throughout the EP is that there is an intensity in all the songs which really transmits the immense passion they have for what they do and, anyone who listens to them play, either live or via CD, can absolutely see, hear and feel that passion and dedication.

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this awesome EP which is reflected in the score I have given it. It is such an awesome EP, with high intensity and an ‘in your face’ presence’ and I can’t get enough of it.

I do have a favourite song, ‘Shadowy Wing’ and its nice slow start before hitting into the main song really drew me in.

I want to say a huge thank you to Ever Metal for giving me the chance to review LVCIFYRE and this awesome EP, and I also want to say a huge thank you to the band, itself, for putting so much work and passion into this EP.

It really has been one hell of a listening experience.

Track Listing:
The Greater Curse
Deaths Head In Crown
Shadowy Wing
Sacrament
Morderca

Links:
www.facebook.com/Lvcifyre
www.Darkdescentrecords.com
www.Darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com
www.Facebook.com/darkdescentrecords

 

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands based Melodic Metal band Winter Storm! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Hannah Fieldhouse and Keyboardist John Bradley 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?

Hannah: Hello! My name is Hannah and I okay lead guitar and sing for Winter Storm. We (Hannah and Wayne) formed the band in 2008 originally, and have grown with our sound ever since.
John: My name’s John and I play keyboards for Winter Storm and have also played the drums for them in the past. The band was started in 2008 in Stourbridge by Hannah and Wayne. Over the course of the last 11 years, we’ve had a few member changes, released three albums, a few music videos, and played gigs all over the country and a few in Europe.

How did you come up with your band name?

Hannah: It was just something Wayne and I liked and honestly there’s not much more to it haha!

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

Hannah: We are based in the West Midlands of the UK. The rock and metal scene is strong here, with lots of sub-genres and interesting venues. There are a wide range of sub-genres and some phenomenal underground bands.
John: I am from England, UK and the rock/metal scene here is awesome; we’re the home of heavy metal after all! The underground scene is full of amazing acts who deserve so much more exposure and success than they have.

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

John: We are releasing our third album “Relapse in Time” next month on 11th October. We’re also holding a launch show the following evening at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hannah: That’s a tough one. Some of my biggest influences would be Rush, Iron Maiden, Eva Cassidy, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Tesseract, Opeth, Nightwish. The list goes on. With songwriting I’m often influenced by films, or books as well.
John: If we’re talking only music here, then I have many for different reasons. I put that down to being a multi-instrumentalist. If I had to limit it to one person per instrument, I would pick: Joey Jordison (Drums), Les Claypool (Bass), Nuno Bettencourt (Guitar), Janne Wirman (Keys), Freddie Mercury (Vocals).

What first got you into music?

Hannah: I originally started by playing the Lyre, which is a smaller version of a harp. I basically begged my mom to let me learn acoustic guitar and she eventually gave in. I hated practicing that too, but one day I had a chat with myself and decided to work harder.
John: I honestly can’t pinpoint anything specific as I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been into music or trying to play an instrument. It sounds very cliché but it’s always been a part of who I am.

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

Hannah: Wow that is a tough one. I’d of loved to have done a collaboration with Prince, in a fantasy world haha.
John: I would love to do something with Devin Townsend or Nightwish, whether that was live or in the studio.

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

Hannah: I would love the opportunity to return to Bloodstock, Wacken or another European Metal festival such as Metal Female Voices Fest, or FemME Belgium would be insane.
John: Winter Storm played Bloodstock several years ago at a time when I wasn’t in the band. I know the band would love to have that opportunity again so I would happily oblige!

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

Hannah: I’ve not had many that I can remember, but there’s probably been some and I’ve forgotten…
John: I don’t know if this counts as a gift, but I was once playing drums at a gig (not with Winter Storm) and the guitarist accidentally kicked a cymbal stand straight into my face across the bridge of my nose. This caused me to have a horrifically heavy nosebleed. A very kind lady in the audience handed me a tampon from her clutch bag, and so I finished the gig with half a tampon up each nostril.

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

Hannah: Thank you for sticking with us, believing in us, and I told you this third album did exist hahaha!
John: Thank you for sticking with us, please buy our new album, and always support your local music scene.

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

Hannah: So many… Phil Lynott, Pete Steele, Prince, Randy Rhoads…
John: Freddie Mercury; or possibly Giacomo Puccini if that’s allowed.

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

Hannah: I love being able to collaborate/create music with others, and release it. To have fantastic social circles of friends and musicians who all work together so well. I hate; constant admin and things of that nature. Late nights haha.
John: I most enjoy the catharsis of being able to play, create, and record music; to perform and collaborate with other people and the sense of community within it. I most hate about music travelling (I get very travel sick) and the expense of the equipment.

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

Hannah: I wish more of us went to local unsigned shows.
John: The bureaucracy and monetisation aspects of it. Whilst it would be great to be able to earn a genuine living from playing and making music, it’s often the sheer cost of certain aspects of it that make it hard to fully pursue as both a performer and a fan.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hannah: There’s so many… Type O Negative – “October Rust”.
John: Nightwish – “Once”.

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

Hannah: CD’s for me. Love cassettes too.
John: It varies depending on what I’m doing or the routine I have at the time. There’s no denying that digital is the best in terms of portability and availability, but I love nothing more than listening to old opera recordings and recitals on vinyl whilst quaffing pints of tea.

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

Hannah: Bloodstock Open Air, Wizzfest Belgium, HRH Metal.
John: HRH Metal festival with Winter Storm earlier this year.

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

Hannah: Teaching, as I do most days 🙂
John: I’m presently studying my Master’s degree in Forensic Science, so I would focus solely upon that and a career in criminal evidence, or specialising in bloodstain pattern analysis.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hannah: Good grief! I have no idea haha. If we are talking living, maybe Jason Momoa, Tina Guo, Nita Strauss, Hans Zimmer, Stephen King.
John: Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Williams, Vincent Price

What’s next for the band?

Hannah: To release “Relapse In Time”, play some great shows, including our launch show and promote the new record.
John: As mentioned earlier, we have our album “Relapse In Time” coming out in October, and we have a handful of gigs to promote that as well as several gigs and festival slots lined up throughout next year.

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

John: The band has a very active Facebook profile and we announce all of our news and updates on there. At present, we’re releasing a teaser video of each of the album’s tracks once a week during the lead up to the release date. We’re on Week 6 now and all of the teasers and our music videos are available on our YouTube Channel.
https://www.facebook.com/winterstormuk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/WinterStormUK/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hannah: biscake?!
John: They’re most definitely cakes. Biscuits turn soft when they go stale, whereas cakes turn hard. Jaffa Cakes turn hard; not that they have that opportunity if they’re within my arm’s reach!

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

Thank you for the interview!
Only to labour the point that our third album “Relapse in Time” will be released on 11th October, and thanks again for having me 🙂

 

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Piston – Piston

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Piston – Piston
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/09/2019
Running Time: 32:44
Review by Paul Monkhouse
9/10

It seems that the Midlands have a bit of a monopoly on great rock bands and the area’s history is blessed with names such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Magnum and Judas Priest amongst many others. You can now add Piston to that proud list as this, their self-titled debut, is a heavyweight contender for the big league. Having already played shows with some major hitters in the scene, it’s now their turn in the spotlight and the results are dazzling.

The aptly named ‘Dynamite’ is an incendiary start to the album with its irresistibly punchy riffs and gang vocals dealing a knockout blow straight out of the gate. There is absolutely no messing with this, and the flick-knife wielding attitude takes no prisoners, Rob Angelico’s vocals roaring above the twin guitar carnage of Jack Edwards and Luke Allatt whilst Stuart Egan and Brad Newlands provide the bedrock on which this monster stands. Already playlisted by several radio stations, ‘Rainmaker’ is the glorious offspring of Led Zep and AC/DC in its balance of power, dynamics and guts, highlighting the strength of intelligent songwriting here-in. ‘Go Now’ struts like Gene Simmons at his most confident and the brilliant ‘Carry Me Home’ stomps with a rootsy blues style that sounds earthy and towering at the same time.

Promising to be an absolute killer live, ‘One More Day’ glories in cascading guitars and a rip snorting, punky hard rock feel that can blister you from a mile away. Whilst the prowling ‘Beyond Repair’ is arguably the weakest song on the release, it’s quality is such that it would be the strongest track on many other bands albums and the gold standard writing on ‘Piston’ is a high watermark to produce ten faultless songs that hit the spot every time. Other people may declare it their favourite track. You pay your money; you take your choice. ‘Leave if You Dare’ is Southern Rock mixed with the best of British and has some phenomenal guitar playing by Edwards and Allatt, the band cranking things up another notch with ‘Blow it Away’. This is a song built for foot to the floor driving and full of the joyous feeling of leaving work on a Friday night to go to a gig, adrenaline sky high.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Stones on steroids having a beer with Extreme would sound like, look no further than ‘Let Us Rise’, a song so packed with sparks and a kaleidoscope of colour that you may never get tired of listening to it. Throughout, Angelico and the Piston boys are really firing on all cylinders, never afraid to stretch their muscles in both the performances and writing. ‘Into the Night’ finishes the album and it’s another twist in an already compelling patchwork that makes this such a vital addition to the collection of all self-respecting rock fans. Utterly fascinating, this eschews the more hard-rocking whole of the album and goes into a territory of chiming U2 like guitars and vocals that are more akin to Peter Gabriel than the style before and it works brilliantly. Remixes of ‘One More Day’ and ‘Rainmaker’ have been added as bonus tracks and are a welcome, if somewhat unnecessary, addition to an already almost perfect debut.

Overall, this is music that captures the groove and feel of natural talent and chemistry of the five band members while harnessing that to something that is so full of colour and heft that sets Piston apart from a lot of their contemporaries. The band prove once and for all that the British rock scene is worth supporting and, given the talent and hard work they obviously put in, can take on anyone on the World. Move over Ozzy, Jimmy and Rob, there are new kids in town with their sights firmly on your crowns and, do you know what, they might just take them one day. You need this album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dynamite
02. Rainmaker
03. Go Now
04. Carry Us Home
05. One More Day
06. Beyond Repair
07. Leave If You Dare
08. Blow It Away
09. Let Us Rise
10. Into The Night
11. One More Day (Remix Bonus Track)
12. Rainmaker (Remix Bonus Track)

LINKS:
https://www.pistonuk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/PistonUK

http://www.instagram.com/PistonMusic

http://www.youtube.com/PistonBand

 

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP
Starhaven Records
Release Date: 12/08/2019
Running Time: 15:49
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

It’s incredible to believe that Soldier are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and, much like some of their other contemporaries from the NWOBHM era, they still have an awful lot to offer as this three track EP ably shows. Whilst the band have had more line-ups than the Met Police, founding member and original guitarist Ian Dick has found himself a perfect combination of talent to power them on and keep the name and music very much alive. Having somewhat sadly decided not to gig this year (but who knows what the future holds) this new release is a perfect indicator of the force they still harness but also acts as a perfect introduction to newcomers of this seminal band.

The title track ‘Storm Rider’ kicks things off in fine style with its insistent riff, powered by the guitars of Dick and Miles Goodman. This has elements of some of the best of that initial rush of creativity and fire from forty years ago but also gives it a great, modern sound. There was a real song-writing skill that a lot of the bands of that heady era, like Saxon, Praying Mantis, Diamond Head and Samson, had and this is very much the case here as their ear for a melody as well as something that has that visceral excitement comes through on every track. Singer Richard Frost has been a real find and has a voice that’s perfect for the material, his vocals having both power and a honeyed tone to them. The guitar solo at the end of the song is all you could hope for and leads nicely into a fade before the second song, ‘R.N.R.’, kicks in.

Despite the well-worn subject of a guitar slinging hero, the song is utterly irresistible and glories in an instant appeal that sounds just so good whilst treading that line between hard rock toughness and AOR. These guys put other artists of the genre in the shade. The epic ‘Little Big Horn’ is the sort of thing that Iron Maiden used to make when they were at the first, early peak of their career and at just over six minutes in length gives you time to really revel in its delights. It has both the style and subject matter of early Maiden but with a lot more polish as the guitars charge full pelt at you, vocals weaving the tale and the bass and drums (of Steve Barlow and Tim Churchman respectively) pound with precision. It really is a great way to end the E.P. and leaves you not only marvelling at the music therein but desperately craving more. Fortunately, there’s quite a back catalogue to explore and this release is a pure distillation of what makes Soldier’s brand of melodic metal so enduring. Here’s to the next 40..!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Storm Rider
02. R.N.R.
03. Little Big Horn

LINE-UP:
Richard Frost – Vocals
Ian Dick – Guitar
Miles Goodman – Guitar
Steve Barlow – Bass
Tim Churchman – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.soldiernwobhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/soldiernwobhm
https://www.youtube.com/user/SOLDIERNWOBHM1

 

 

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leicester based Blackened Death Metal band Blood Oath! Huge thanks to vocalist Mark ‘Thrax’ Johnson 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?

Hi guys, my name’s ‘Thrax’ (it’s a nickname I’ve had for years) and I’m the vocalist of Blood Oath. We formed near the end of 2015 after several drunken conversations about ‘getting the band back together one more time’.

How did you come up with your band name?

That was the hardest thing. We came up with loads of ideas, most of them stupid or that have already been done. For me Blood Oath encapsulates the promise we made to play at Bloodstock. Something we achieved the following year in 2017.

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

We’re all from the UK. I think the scene here is doing great. Maybe 10-15 years ago things were different, I don’t know, but now I truly believe that there’s so many great little one/two day festivals, both indoor and outdoor, going on all over this country now. It’s great to see that it’s not all about massive festivals like Download. These all day events are a great way for smaller bands like ourselves to get the chance to share a stage with a larger, more established band.

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

We’ve literally just released the first single (and hopefully a video) from our forthcoming album, the song is called ‘Infernum Diabolus’ and was inspired by a time a few years ago when I visited the ruined temple of Knossos in Crete. The supposed site of the fabled labyrinth and the Minotaur! The single is the title track off our latest album “Infernum Rex Diabolus”, which will be released in November.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Woah…too many to count! If I’m honest we’re inspired by more old school death metal bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel and Obituary. That said we’re loving the current wave of newer death metal bands such as Amon Amarth and Behemoth.
Frazer, our guitarist will not forgive me though if I don’t mention our greatest influence, Iron Maiden.

What first got you into music?

I must have been around nine years old when I started to get into music, but the current pop stuff on the radio just didn’t do it for me. I noticed rock bands like Guns and Roses, Kiss and AC/DC. I kinda liked these bands but it was the moment I discovered Iron Maiden that it all clicked into place. The Lyrics, the riffs and the artwork…I was in love.

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

Good question. Personally I’d like to do something a little different, maybe with Wardruna or Myrkur. Maybe something fun with Korpiklaani, who knows? Hahaha!

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

My first choice would have to be Bloodstock Open Air. I’ve been going to that festival for the last eleven or twelve years. It’s always an awesome, friendly and messy weekend and I’d love to play there again (hint hint).

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

We’ve not received any weird gifts yet but we’ve been told a fan has our rune logo tattooed on them which is quite an honour. I designed that logo a couple of years ago and I’ve got it tattooed myself but to hear a fan had it too kinda blew me away.

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

Don’t do drugs and stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water…hahaha!

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

Tough question, jeez, so many inspiring musicians have left us before their time. I’d have to say Dimebag. The man was an absolute legend and I swear no one has been able to recreate his sound or attitude since. Truly one of a kind! Getcha pull.

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

Being on stage and looking out over a mental crowd, throwing the horns and ripping the place up through our music. It’s an honour and a privilege just to see people enjoying our little band. It never gets old.
What I hate? Carrying heavy equipment up flights of stairs, we seriously need roadies.
Arrogant band members or sound engineers with egos! I mean seriously! Life (and gigs) would be so much easier if we all just got on and helped each other out…it’s not hard.

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

Live venues closing! It seems to be happening more these days and it’s a shame. There’s nothing like popping to your local, having a couple of beers and watching a decent unsigned band. Where’s the next Metallica or Black Sabbath going to come from?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Chaos AD”

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

CD’s with Vinyl a close second because I’m old!

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

My favourite occasion was when we opened for Soulfly, Kataklysm and Epica at the Metalhead Meeting in Romania. It was a great weekend. The people we met were fantastic and the venue was awe inspiring. The festival was held at an old Roman Arena so the sound was incredible.
My other favourite gig was when we played the HRH Vikings festival last year in Sheffield. Again the crowd was insane. I’d love to do all that again. This time though I’ll be getting a hotel room so I can stay the whole weekend, and drink.

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

Going to bed early! Hahaha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I can’t think of a proper answer, so I’ll say all the members of ‘Footprints in the Custard’ because my guess is they’ll be really serious. Perhaps a cheese and wine party!

What’s next for the band?

Gigs! We require as much time on the road, promoting our new album as much as possible. You can catch us at The Flapper in Birmingham, 19th October. We’re part of an awesome charity event raising money for Macmillan. Selfish promotion there!

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

You can find us on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/BloodOathUK/
I’m always on there so pop by and say hello.
Our videos are on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCorkMmh-2BlQmzwP4pEnPIA
They’re mainly us drunkenly talking nonsense so they are quite amusing.
Our merchandise is available on our Big Cartel page.
www.bloodoath666.com.
We’re selling off our old shirts for a fiver! Bonus! (Rick Here…they are indeed, I just bought one!)
We’ve even got an Instagram page, but that’s not as amusing.
https://www.instagram.com/bloodoathuk/
As you can see, we take ourselves very seriously. Haha

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither!

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

Yep. Support your local metal band!

 

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EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Omen Machine

EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottinghamshire based Alternative Metal band Omen Machine! Huge thanks to vocalist Matthew Nathan 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 Matthew Nathan; I am the vocalist for Omen Machine. My introduction to the band was a strange one. I was singing with a lovely band called Wild Abyss but we were on hiatus for the summer. As such, I got pretty bored not being able to perform or write music. I’d also started getting into metal and back into the hardcore scene when a band message popped up in the Nottingham Live Music scene. A guy named Callum Parkin (that I’d seen perform in his covers band) was looking for a vocalist. Initially he was a bit hesitant because I’m not a typical metal singer but he worked with me over a few months and we found a shout and a scream that we were both happy with. That’s how I was introduced to the band. But Callum and Oliver had known each other for years and they had worked with Ross (our bassist) previously. So the three of them were already solid! Our drummer, Fred, he just dropped out of the sky like an angel who could play drums better than anyone.

How did you come up with your band name?

Callum and Oli thought of the two most metal words they could and threw them together.

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

England. I want to be hopeful and say it’s thriving but the entire underground music scene is struggling. Support your local venues everyone, or else watch live music disappear.

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

We have a single release called ‘Crown Of Thorns’, which you can find on Youtube, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer…

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re a bit of a melting pot as a band. The guys are influenced by Slipknot, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Lamb of God etc.

Then there’s me who draws from Enter Shikari, King Blues, The Maine, Eminem and Dreamstate!

What first got you into music?

As far as I can remember I’ve always been into it. But my parents made me get piano lessons when I was young and being a spoiled little boy I didn’t appreciate it until I turned 20 and I had quit a few years ago. Now all I want to do is go back to lessons and become a better musician.

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

Well the lads would choose someone different but if I could work with Enter Shikari or Eminem, my life would be complete. Slipknot wouldn’t be a bad shout. Corey Taylor is one of my many spirit animals.

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

Download. I’ve been going since I was old enough and my goodness, it would be incredible. Is there a more prestigious festival in the UK?

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

Well we’re a bit small and new to be given gifts. It’s a gift just to perform for people who know the words.

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

Speak truth to power. Stand up to bullies. It’s ok to not be alright. (That last one is a lyric from one of Dreamstate’s songs but it’s one of the kindest lyrics I’ve ever heard).

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

David Bowie. Maybe that’s not really Rock but there’s no other musician for me.

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

I love performing, and being able to express myself in such a specific way. But it is a struggle to get people to give you an opportunity sometimes. Thankfully we have been asked back every time we have been given a chance but just getting your foot in the door is really tricky.

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

Same problem I have with the film industry. Companies watch their bottom line instead of taking a punt on some new ideas.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Spark” by Enter Shikari. The best music makes you feel strong feelings and that album blew me away. It’s funny because I didn’t like it at first. It was so different from their previous work but when I was in the right mood, it deeply touched me. Converted me back to a fan for life!

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

Ugh, I don’t wanna say downloads but they are definitely the most convenient.

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

We are playing in Liverpool soon and that’s a personal dream right there.

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

Writing! I’m writing a book at the moment and have been distracted by some short stories that I needed to get out of my head. I’m actually starting to write a very young children’s book currently.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ah my band members obviously, and then probably my mate Leia from my old band.

What’s next for the band?

Gigs! Plenty of them! We are working on releasing another song by November and as the resident video editor that means a lot more work for me. We’re also working on a music video for ‘Crown Of Thorns’!

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

https://www.facebook.com/omenmachineuk/
Facebook is our main source but you can find us on Twitter and Instagram as well.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I asked the rest of the band but they’re not filling this in. I say they’re a biscuit.

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

I just want people out there to listen to our music and maybe get inspired. There are a lot of horrible things going on at the moment and part of my mission is to draw attention to it and hopefully inspire someone much cleverer than me to think of a better solution.

 

 

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EMQ’s with CADAVER SOIREE

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EMQ’s with CADAVER SOIREE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds based Extreme Metal band Cadaver Soiree! 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?

We are:
Marc Hood – vocals and smells
Andy Firth – Guitars and programming
Neil Hannaford – Bass and beards

We play a lovely blend of old school death metal with hints of black metal and doom, there’s also a few industrial influences thrown in for fun. We formed in 2016, with the final line-up as it currently is forming in 2018. We released our first EP through MSH music group and the latest album is self-released.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was suggested by a friend of the band and stuck.

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

UK – the scene is great and getting stronger every day. We’ve found support up and down the country wherever we’ve played.

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

“To Betray The Creator” is a mix of old and new songs and marks the starting point for the band in this incarnation.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’ve got too many influences to mention fully but Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Napalm Death, White Zombie, Sepultura and Autopsy

What first got you into music?

Neil: “Louis Armstrong”.

Andy: “I genuinely can’t remember, as long as I can remember I’ve been into and playing music”.

Marc “vocally being asked to join Cadaver Soiree was my first foray into shouting/fronting a band but I’ve played bass in a few bands before. Early Metallica videos played a big part”.

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

Zeal and Ardour would be ridiculously good.

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

Bloodstock or Wacken would be amazing, though in honesty we’d be happy to play virtually any festival with a good line-up.

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

Neil had his palm read by a fan once. In a previous life he was apparently an executioner and a World War One nurse. Presumably not in the same life!

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

Hello!

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

Dead!

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

Marc: Pure catharsis, I hate apathy.

Neil: The buzz of playing live.

Andy: Creating.

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

Fairer pay for artist streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Marc: “Beneath The Remains” – Sepultura

Neil: “Chaos AD” – Sepultura

Andy: It changes too frequently to say one.

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

CD’s so long as they’re good quality.

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

Virtually any gig we’ve played at Rebellion Manchester, always a great crowd and sound.

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

We do lots of things. Mostly really boring things!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other two band members and their partners.

What’s next for the band?

Writing’s already started for the next release, and we’re booking shows for as regular as possible. BOOK US.

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0eQPD6r6nkniygbtsDfHpv
https://www.facebook.com/CadaverSoiree/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a cake. Clue’s in the name.

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

Thanks for your time too, you lovely people. Hope folks enjoy the music. Can’t wait to shout at you all!

 

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