EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Huddersfield, UK based Thrash Metal band RipTide. Huge thanks to frontman, Adam Smith 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?

RipTide is:
Adam Smith – Lead Vocals // Lead Guitar
Sean Xavier – Bass // Vocals
Will Maskell- Taylor – Guitar // Vocals
Jason Booth – Drums

RipTide formed back in 2018 when Sean and I met in college when we were 16 years old. We started jamming at Sasquatch Music in Huddersfield and became good friends. We then contacted Jason, who went to the same school as I did, but was a couple of years older and was looking for a band. We played shows around the West Yorkshire area, with a number of guitarists, until we found Will who I met at Leeds College of Music. We are now looking to play more shows and festivals all around the UK and get our modern thrash metal out to as many people as possible!!

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted the band name to stick with me. I knew that I wanted it to be one word and not really mean too much. I went through a large number of band names, but nothing really stuck. I eventually came up with the name ‘RipTide’ and it really stuck with me!

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

RipTide are based in Huddersfield; West Yorkshire and there are some great venues in the area. I would also like to mention Manchester too as it is always fantastic when we play over there.

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

Our latest release was our Promo/Demo CD for our new T-shirt launch! It was released on the day of the show we played with Annihilator in October,

The track listing is:
Cage of Regret [Demo]
Masters of the apocalypse [Demo]
Behind the Killer’s Eyes [Demo]

There are very limited copies left, so if you want one, head over to our web store here 👇

https://bit.ly/38ExATw

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest Influences are frontmen! The likes of Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield and Robb Flynn for their technical ability, Tyler Bryant for the soul and Joel O’Keefe for the Rock n’ Roll attitude! These guys impress me most! There’s not as many Guitarist / Frontmen as there used to be in metal nowadays, and that needs to change!

What first got you into music?

I feel that Music has always been innate for me from when I was really young. I think that what got me into Rock / Metal was when I was younger watching mid 2000’s WWE on TV because of the entrance music… Triple H and Edge’s themes especially!!  And playing Guitar Hero III, I remember being stuck on Slow Ride for years… Haha!

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

Well, before RipTide formed and before I had a band, back in 2016, I collaborated with my good friend Ben Carter of EVILE on the song ‘Behind The Killers Eyes’, which eventually Became a RipTide track!

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

Bloodstock! We want to play Bloodstock! Our fans want us to play Bloodstock!

#RipTide4Bloodstock

Oh, and Vagos Metal Fest in Portugal!

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

Thank you for all of the support you have given us these past couple of years! It means the world to us! 🙏

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

DIMEBAG.

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

I love playing shows and meeting with all of our fans and friends afterwards. It’s one of the best feelings I have. It’s very rewarding to entertain people and enable them to get away from the usual daily stress that we all have. I love it!

I really don’t like recording. It’s just so tedious!! but I’m glad that Sean and Will love it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Arrgghh…there are so many! But I if I had to pick one, it would have to “Killing is My Business… and Business is Good” – Megadeth. It’s just so aggressive! I feel like I step in Dave’s mind at the time, every time I listen to that album. Incredible!

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

I love streaming, Spotify is awesome! Don’t get me wrong though, I also love physical copies of Music too, both CD’s and Vinyl. I think they are awesome pieces of merch and I almost always grab a CD off a band merch store! But when I’m traveling, Spotify is a lifesaver! All the music you could ever want in your phone!! It’s Crazy! The same with Netflix, its just great! But from an artist point of view, I love to have physical copies of RipTide’s music and we will always sell it on the merch stand, but nowadays, a lot of people don’t have CD Players, and if you want people to hear you music you have to embrace the new technology, because if you don’t, you get left behind.

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

We have loads!! The first time we played in Manchester, we supported our friends in Lost Society at Manchester Academy, that was insane! I remember that show was the first ‘Wall of Death’ we had done! It was surreal!

All of our headline shows we have played have been killer, when we have that extra time on stage, we can have way more fun and put a little bit of a twist on our usual thrashing! E.g. extended sections, more guitar solos and beer drinking / throwing!!

But I would have to say the show we played with Annihilator, that was a dream come true man! There was constantly someone stagediving! It was absolutely mad!

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

I don’t know what the hell I would do if I wasn’t playing guitar! I have always wished I could Skate, but I’m just too scared of breaking my hands. 😅 I just stick to ‘Skate 3’ on my PS3! 😂

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone but Sean!! He will eat all the nice waffles and give the burnt ones to you… #truestory. I would definitely invite Jason as he has a super sleek crockpot slow cooker! But as far as the other four go, I’m not sure!

What’s next for the band?

We have something super special that we can’t wait to show you all, and Its gonna be killer!!!

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

HIT THE LINKS BELOW!!!👇
Facebook: https://bit.ly/335qnKU
Instagram: https://bit.ly/2wMdolh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2v5Bc3a
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2IwIakP

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa ‘Cakes’? Its in the name… Cake! 😂

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

Thank you man! Keep a look out on our socials for something awesome coming soon!

Peace

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EMQ’s with PROMETHIUM

EMQ’s with PROMETHIUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancaster, UK based Metal band, Promethium. Huge thanks to guitarist, Daniel Lovett-Horn 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?

Daniel Lovett-Horn – Guitar.

The band was created just to be a studio project and after the first release it grew from there. The band enjoyed what had been recorded and everyone wanted to take the music out and play it live. 10 years and various members later, we are the tightest Promethium has ever been and it’s a proper Brotherhood between us all.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were trying to look at names of elements and originally were going to go with Polonium 210, as it had just been in the news with a Russian spy who had died. But then the name Promethium came to the table and, boom the rest is history.

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

We are from Lancaster in the Northwest of the UK.  The Northwest is a really up and coming area now, especially Manchester, which has a booming scene.

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

Our 4th CD “Revisions” which is an acoustic album of songs from our first 3 albums.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Deffo Jeff Waters from Annihilator, and guitarist Chris Green, from Furyon.

What first got you into music?

Chesney Hawkes on Top of the Pops singing “One and Only”!

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

I would be really keen to see what a writing session with Jon Schaffer out of Iced Earth would be like.

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

Wacken! The vibe the crowds seem to give off, from all the Live DVD’s I have watched, just looks fantastic.

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

A chocolate bunny!

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

“St Anger” is a good album!

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

Chesney Hawkes!!

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

I love playing live and creating new music in the studio for others to hear. However, loading and unloading the van is by far the worst thing.

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

That music is not given away for free!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Annihilator – “Never Neverland”.

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

CD’s, as nothing beats listening to a cd and reading the booklet.

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

HRH Metal

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

Running the Chesney Hawkes Fanclub!!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Would need to check with the wife, as I’m banned from attending dinner parties at my house now after the last cheese and wine night!

What’s next for the band?

Getting into the studio and creating Album 5, which is gonna blow people’s minds!

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

www.promethiumband.com
www.facebook.com/promethiumband

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Chesney Hawkes says biscuit!

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

Don’t do drugs! And remember a Goat is for life not just for Christmas.

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EMQ’s with IFREANN

EMQ’s with IFREANN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, UK based Thrash Metal band Ifreann. Huge thanks to Drummer, Euan Henderson 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 Euan, I play drums and I am the founding member of Ifreann, formed in Edinburgh in 2015.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s Gaelic for ‘Hell’. This gives us a unique and ear-catching name and allows us to use classic metal band names without copyright issues.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We’re from Scotland, and in recent years (pretty much parallel with our career), the metal scene here has vastly improved. Right now, I feel that Scotland’s metal scene is among the strongest in the UK.

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

Our latest EP “Desecration” was released in February 2020. We also filmed a music video for the opening track which was released shortly before the EP itself.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The classic Bay Area Thrash legends, but also some classic DM and NWOBHM bands too.

What first got you into music?

Personally, AC/DC were my first band that I fell in love with. Shortly after them, I discovered Iron Maiden & Motorhead which segwayed me into heavier styles.

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

Our Edinburgh Thrash brothers, Disposable!

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

Any open-air festival in mainland Europe tbh. Probably Metaldays so we can spend time on the beach before and after our set.

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

£10 for a t-shirt.

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

Give us more gifts.

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

Coco, the late and great drummer for Defacer, who passed last year.

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

Playing live and writing music with your best pals is always the best and also, of course, have awesome and loving people to play the music to. Carrying gear around has to be the biggest dislike, and also having no money, ever.

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

Streaming services paying artists a decent wage.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”.

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

Cassettes are a novelty and very impractical. Vinyl sounds amazing but I’d rather be able to listen to all my music on the go, so I’ll say Download.

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

Anytime we play in Yorkshire (Leeds or York), we always have a great time and the crowds are nuts.

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

Sitting in my room, playing games with absolutely zero ambition.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Kevil from Warbringer, Jeff Walker from Carcass, Nigel Marven, Jack Batcharj from Disposable & my best friend Amy.

What’s next for the band?

As many shows as this current pandemic will allow us.

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

Just the big ones really, Facebook & Spotify mostly. www.facebook.com/IFREANN.THRASH/
www.spotify.com/artist/1TDzNVvdgyyiLzjR90PvWb

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, they taste like shit.

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

Save the bees or die.

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EMQ’s with FERAL SUN

EMQ’s with FERAL SUN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band, Feral Sun. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Mick Burns 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… I’m Mick Burns from Feral Sun and we play a mixture of Rock / Heavy Rock / Metal. Feral Sun Originates from Pretoria, South Africa but quickly found its way to London, UK. Since the release of our Debut album “Evacuate”, which brought us on to many Headline and support shows around the UK, we have on tour with The Mighty Skindred, were Main support to Puddle Of Muddas well as main support to one of South Africa’s “biggest” Rock bands Prime Circle.

How did you come up with your band name?

My first band in South Africa, which went by the name of “Wild Child”, had started out as a “Pearl Jam meets Incubus” kind of sound. It moved towards a heavier sound and we then felt that the name did not suit the band anymore and needed to change. I managed to find a dictionary, to find other words for “wild”, and found “feral”. Feral Child did not sound right lol! So, thinking back to many fans saying that our music had a lot of energy, I thought …what has more energy than the sun? … boom… Feral Sun was born!

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

Well as mentioned, I am from South Africa and I have now been away for 16 years. The scene back then was decent, and some really good bands were making a lot of noise around the country. One band in particular “Saron Gas” made a huge success by getting signed in the US and went on to change their name to SEETHER. I have been keeping track of the scene in South Africa from here in London, and it still looks pretty much alive over there. One of my dreams is to Bring Feral Sun back to South Africa for a “Back to the Roots” tour…watch this space!

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

‘Blame’ is the first of three Single’s we aim to release over the next few months.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well for me personally, it will have to be Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour and Breaking Benjamin but, adding in a few from the rest of the guys in the band, there is Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath, Disturbed and more.

What first got you into music?

I have my brother to thank for that, as he got me listening to a variety of music when I was younger. Pink Floyd, Rodriguez, REM, Queen and more became bands and songs I would sing along to on a daily basis. Once I got into my Teens, Nirvana came on the scene and from that moment I got interested in playing guitar, then song writing, and then finally starting a band.

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

As much as I would like to say Pearl Jam, I think musically now with Feral Sun’s sound, and the fact that I love their music just as much, it would be mind-blowing to collaborate with the awesome Alter Bridge \m/.

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

Wow… there are few to choose from but, I guess like most Rock/Metal bands, it will have to be Download. The festival has a long history of incredible bands that have inspired so many and I guess it’s one to add to the “bucket list” as such, and add your name to the list of bands to have graced the stages at Download.

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

Not sure I’ve received a weird gift as yet, maybe I’m doing something wrong lol! But I did once have a fan bring a Cake to a venue for my birthday, which was an absolute surprise and awesome indeed!

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

Well with all the craziness in the world at the moment, life can be tough! No matter how hard it gets, be sure to know that there is always someone ready to listen. As per the lyrics on ‘Find a Way’ – the first track on our debut album, “When life brings me down, I can’t find my way out…in time… I seem to find a way”

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

That is another tough question as there are a few but, I would say Chris Cornell.

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

To be honest it’s the full package! I love writing, Recording, playing live, meeting new people and the occasional shenanigans.

I hate the nasty side of the Music industry, with some very dodgy people using bands for their personal gain, and in turn quite often destroying their soul and the love of music.

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

To completely ban all Tout sites from ever selling tickets and give fans a fair chance of getting to see their favourite band’s at reasonable prices.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam – “TEN”

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

Downloads made listening easier but I’m a bit old school and prefer CD’s.

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

Supporting Prime Circle at the O2 Academy Islington most definitely! Everything was amazing, from playing a great set in front of a full house, having my family there, including my son who got to come backstage and was in his element, meeting South African Rugby legend Schalk Burger backstage, and of course finally meeting the awesome guys in Prime Circle, who are some of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of sharing a stage with.

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

I would probably be a music photographer and/or designer of artwork for bands and hopefully travel to various parts of the world.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shaun Morgan (Seether), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour).

What’s next for the band?

Releasing new Music singles and working towards a possible album, getting back on the road and playing as many shows, tours and festivals and a Possible Festival and mini tour in the USA and more.

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

www.facebook.com/feralsun
www.youtube.com/feralsunrock
www.soundcloud.com/feralsun
www.feralsun.bandcamp.com/album/evacuate
www.instagram.com/feral_sun/
www.twitter.com/feralsun

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake in biscuit form.

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

Really appreciate your support and would like to thank all our fans, friends and families for believing in us and supporting us all the way. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of our new tracks and we look forward to seeing you at one of our shows very soon.

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EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bangor, North Wales based Alternative Metal band Winter Hotel. Huge thanks to guitarist Liam Osment, vocalist Warren Porter, and drummer Charlie Wignall, 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?

Liam: I’m Liam and I play guitar for Winter Hotel. I guess the band fell into place when Warren and I met at a social event for Bangor University’s Metal Appreciation Society. Once we realised we were both musicians we met for a jam a few days later… It was a little tricky at first trying to combine Warren’s brutal death metal influences with my own lighter taste in the metalcore/post-hardcore spectrum, but we quickly found an interesting halfway point between the two extremes. From there we were able to find some other members to complete our line-up, and we quickly got to gigging, recording, making merch and all that good stuff. Recently, we’ve had a bit of a re-shuffle in our line-up, at which point I brought Charlie on board. Charlie and I had been in a couple of pop-punk/alt rock bands several years ago, and having experience of what he can do, I knew he’d be a perfect fit for Winter Hotel.

Warren: I am Warren, Winter Hotel’s vocalist. Liam pretty much has it covered. When we first started jamming, I was originally going to be the drummer, but after the first practice I was put on vocal duty!

Charlie: I’m Charlie and I’m Winter Hotel’s newest recruit as a drummer. From what I know, the band have been on a strong up-rise in the Bangor and North Wales metal scene since 2017, however myself and Liam have been in bands together since we were 15/16.

How did you come up with your band name?

Liam: Warren and I had bounced around a lot of ideas, but it came together when Warren suggested November Hotel. From there I think we both settled on Winter Hotel. Warren and I are both huge fans of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, and when I see ‘Winter Hotel’ it immediately puts me in mind of the hotel from that story. I’ve always thought our name doesn’t really give away much of an idea of what our sound is. It’s vague and plays with people’s expectations. I think that allows our music to speak for itself.

Warren: My personal inspiration for the name stemmed from the poem by Phil Bowen called November Hotel, as well as the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel in which Stephen King drew inspiration for his novel, The Shining.

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

Charlie: The band was formed in Bangor, North Wales where the Metal scene is a tight-knit community, with strong supporters and great local contacts. Liam and I are originally from Lincolnshire, where the music scene is god awful unless you want to be in a T-Rex covers band!

Warren: Bangor is pretty dang juicy with regards to its love and devotion to rock and metal! That passion came as a very pleasant surprise when I arrived in Wales from St. Johns, Michigan USA, in 2017. Michigan has an incredible plethora of music, but bands such as Throne, The Revenant, Pestilent Age, Boreworm and of course The Black Dahlia Murder have been some of my favourite Michigan based acts.

Liam: Bangor was such an unexpectedly great place for us to start. I had no idea that this small city in Wales would be home to so many passionate folks who want to engage with underground bands! Their support has been nothing short of incredible. As Charlie said, where he and I used to be based was pretty dry for rock and metal.

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

Charlie: On 6th March 2020 we released our debut single and music video, ‘Lovers At Bay’ (available on Spotify, iTunes, apple music and all other major streaming platforms)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Charlie: Reuben, Devin Townsend, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Whoopi Goldberg.

Liam: Alesana, Hawthorne Heights, The Elijah, Motion City Soundtrack, Pianos Become the Teeth.

Warren: Korpse, Putrid Pile, Cephalotripsy, Cannibal Corpse, Spilling Entrails, Cerebral Incubation.

What first got you into music?

Warren: My mom always played music in the house and car throughout my entire childhood, that constant exposure to music helped inspire me to want to create my own.

Charlie: My older Brother used to pass on his slightly more mature taste in music, but at the time this was stuff like Green Day. I also have family who have had successful careers in music and passed on priceless advice over the years.

Liam: I think I found a few bands I really gelled with from my Sister’s old CD collection when I was around 10 years old. I ended up finding similar artists and it just blossomed from there. My Dad is a guitarist and he taught me how to read tabs, learn songs, and generally encouraged me to pursue music. I was also very fortunate to meet some of my favourite bands who all really inspired me. JT, of Hawthorne Heights, in particular gave me some really useful advice.

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

Liam: There’s a trance artist I really like called BT. I’d just love to see what kind of an insane fusion of genres we’d make.

Warren: On the metal side, I would love to work with Coprocephalic Mutation. It would also be amazing to collaborate with artists such as Clann and Ic3peak to see what waters we can explore.

Charlie: Jools Holland. I’d make him say our band name in his funny voice.

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

Charlie: Primavera Sound in Spain, fantastic line-up every year.

Liam: I would have loved to play Warped Tour. So many of my influences made their name playing it.

Warren: Deathfeast Open Air, Wacken Open Air and the Obscene Extreme Festival would all be mighty delicious. So much girth.

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

Charlie: A satsuma!

Liam: I’ve yet to be given a gift from a fan. But for future reference, I really like a good Twix!

Warren: High 5’s are always a scrumptious treat!

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

Liam: The world can be a scary place sometimes. Look out for yourselves and look out for each other.

Warren: Don’t just chase your dreams; chase them and beat the shit out of them.

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

Charlie: Bach.

Warren: Martin Funderud from Kraanium, only if he wanted to return of course.

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

Warren: The cycle of creation within music is my favourite aspect of being a musician. To see a song go from one riff or lyric to being recorded and played on a stage is an astonishing feeling. I certainly do not enjoy the price tag of musicianship; but it is well worth it in the long run.

Charlie: The best bit is gigging, by far, but being a drummer can be difficult. It’s expensive and things break often.

Liam: I love playing shows, writing new music and recording. Being a musician is super expensive and very time consuming, but the positives outweigh the negatives by a mile.

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

Charlie: I’d like to see more people going to local shows and supporting the smaller bands. In some places the scene is fantastic; Bangor is one of those. But elsewhere there’s no hope for the budding musicians. Giving up £3 and 3 hours of your time to attend a gig makes a world of difference for the underground artists.

Warren: An aspect of the music industry that would be rad to see change is the amount of red tape one has to venture through in order to simply have a bands’ music heard, and performances seen. It’s similar for many artforms, but music is very much its own beast.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Liam: “I Loved, I Hated, I Destroyed, I Created” by The Elijah. It is insanely underrated, everything about it is so impactful and beautiful. The Elijah deserved so much more recognition than they received.

Warren: “Eternally Even” by Jim James is an album that captivates my imagination and senses from start to finish. The album, as a whole, is warm and gentle, but also profound and incredibly thought provoking.

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

Warren: Physical copies of any kind for the collection and direct support. Downloads for the accessibility and convenience.

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

Liam: We played a show in Bangor last May that really stands out to me. It wasn’t the biggest crowd we’d played to by a long shot, but it was made up mostly of some of our most dedicated fans who’d been with us since our first show, it was just such a brilliant atmosphere. I’ll never forget it.

Warren: Playing in the second heat of M2TM this March has been one of my favourite performances of ours so far. That show helped to put our journey into perspective a bit more for me. Before I moved here I said to myself that I wanted to be the vocalist for a metal band in the UK, and playing on that stage while having a music video available definitely made me reflect on the initial setting of that goal. It is a trip.

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

Liam: I completed my undergrad degree in Psychology last July, if I wasn’t a musician, I imagine I probably would have gone on to do a Masters.

Warren: I would probably still be washing dishes and studying poetry at university, but with less gutturals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Liam: I’m going to assume this also includes fictional characters, so I’m inviting Master Chief (from the Halo series), Katy Perry, Tobey Maguire, Joe Lycett, and a pot-bellied pig. I’d serve goats cheese tarts followed by a smashing tiramisu. It would be a brilliant night.

Warren: That is a doozy. I would order several gluttonous double pepperoni pizzas with extra cheese and invite Andrew Reynolds, Shane Koyczan, Sal Rodriguez (Stages Of Decomposition), Ruben Rosas (Devourment) and Leonardo DiCaprio. Yum.

What’s next for the band?

Liam: We have a lot of exciting stuff lined up. As Charlie said earlier, we just dropped out first single & music video – there’s a lot more where this came from. We’ll also be lining up some more shows pretty soon, so keep an eye out.

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

Liam: You can find our band page at

www.facebook.com/WinterHotelband/

Or follow us on instagram @ winterhotelband

www.instagram.com/winterhotelband/

Our music video is available here:

And you can find our single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple music etc. through this link:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/winterhotel/lovers-at-bay

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Liam: Jaffa Cakes are absolutely NOT a biscuit. They’re smooth misery discs disguised as confectionery.

Warren: I am not well versed enough in such sorcery to know. But I do enjoy a nice Poptart!

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

Liam: Thanks for the interview! The only thing I’d like to add is just a massive thank you to everyone who’s been listening to our single, has come to a show or supported us in any capacity. Thank you also to Ever Metal and North East Wales Metal Productions. You are all keeping the scene alive and I can’t put into words how much we appreciate that.

Warren: Not to mention Beany and Fozzy as well as the kind dudes, Dani and Joe, at Powerzone radio.show.

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EMQ’s With IN WHICH IT BURNS

EMQ’s With IN WHICH IT BURNS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pembrokeshire, Wales based Metal band In Which It Burns. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Wayne Mayhew 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?

Wayne ‘Stretch’ Mayhew, guitars and vox

The band was formed in 2016 by Steve Flynn and Dan Mayhew (Stretch’s brother). Bass man Robert ‘Mikey’’ Thomas was next to the fold, to be followed by Stretch on vox and soon after second guitar.

First EP “Hatred In Disguise” was released in August 2016 with a second “Beneath The Darkness Of Sky” in 2017 and a self-titled in 2018.

After parting ways with Dan via creative issues in late 2018 IWIB tried a few different sticksmen before finding Eugen ‘Vinny’ Lowe. They then spent the rest of 2019 gigging non-stop whilst writing new material and sorting out some of the old to suit the bands new direction. With a set of 13 tracks and a new lease of life IWIB jumped on South Wales Metal 2 The Masses and despite only having Vinny with them for two months went all the way to the finals. The rest of 2019 was a blur of gigs, travel and writing before entering local Studio49 to start to record the first IWIB album “Silence The Nothing”.

A live EP release “VI.III.LIVE.I” was released September 2019 as a prelude to this.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from a lyric I wrote a few years back.

The past is past

Paved what’s to come

The future’s now

The work be done

Mistakes been made

Regrets now gone

This is the fire…….

…….in which it burns

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

Pembrokeshire, West Wales! The scene is a bit shit to be blunt. Our nearest gigs are in Swansea, over an hour away from us, and it’s not that strong a scene there either.

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

As I said earlier, we are currently working on our first full album release of 8 original tracks. We have 4 EPs under our belts but none of which we are very happy with.

1st EP we loved the sound but weren’t keen on the songs.

2nd EP we loved the songs but hated the sound.

3rd EP was a bit of a hash job and we don’t really speak of it!!

4th The live EP, there was some weird background noises going on, including a local radio station being picked up through the bass DI.

This new effort has been recorded over 5 months. We go into the studio for a day or two. Take the recordings home for a week or three, listen to it to death, go back and change what we don’t like. We even totally re-started the process and re-did the drum tracks and started guitars all over as Vinny wasn’t happy with any of his tracks he did to click, so he did 13 drum tracks WITHOUT click, in one sitting, from memory, and tight as a ducks shithole!! 

So now the sound we have been working on for three years is honed closer to perfection, with our line up now set with Vinny, who’s helped turn us around over the last 12 months, and the best tracks we’ve written are recorded… apart from the new ones we’ve written whilst we’ve been recording!! Plus we have drum tracks for five tracks which are not on the album that we can put guitars etc to, and issue singles to keep the interest and releases coming!!

Who have been your greatest influences?

As far as singers go Bruce Dickinson and Dani Filth. Guitarists, from a young age were Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and James Hetfield, But the Hetfield thing was more because I thought he was a bad ass!! Now my main influence is our lead guitar man Steve. I was always a power chord, fast picking guitarist. Steve’s got me doing actual notes, and I’ve dragged him kicking and screaming into doing stupid fast triplet picking!!

What first got you into music?

Heavy music! First time I heard Van Halen. Then it was Maiden to Metallica and shortly on to Cradle of Filth etc. Now I’m into anything stupid heavy.

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

Would love to do something with Dani Filth just so he could maybe teach me how to scream like him! I used to be better at top end vox in my youth but vocal/smoking/booze abuse and not looking after my voice properly has stopped that.

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

If I’m completely honest, personally I wouldn’t play one. I’m not a festival fan. Sound is always ropey as shit depending on the weather. Only one I’ve been to and properly enjoyed was Ozzfest at Milton Keynes Bowl. Indoor gigs are more my thing. Up close(er) and personal with the audience so everyone gets the same or similar experience!

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

Wasn’t a fan as such!

Years ago I used to run gigs and me and a mate had a ‘festival’ once or twice a year called Yogfest, at which we usually raised money for local charities. So one year we had a band called System Wrecking Silence headlining. When they arrived I asked them if they’d brought their donations for the raffle (CD’s and whatever) Lead man Shem went a little white and says “shit we forgot! I’ll sort summit”

Anyway for some reason they had a brand new hoover in their van. They got it out and everyone involved in the show from band members to staff signed it. We raised hundreds because everyone wanted it!! Best thing ever!! Wasn’t a fan of mine but I’ll always be a fan of Shem and his hoover!!

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

We’re coming for you. There is no preparation that will save you…. we’re goin in dry!!

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

No contest. Dimebag Darrell. But I’d want it to be a Pantera thing, and all the shit that split them up to never have happened. Would be amazing to hear what would have been next.

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

Best thing is definitely writing and playing our music, the aggression it releases is better than any drug. My lyrics are mostly personal so it’s a great way to vent. We have a track about male depression and recently a lad came up to me after a show and said the lyrics meant a lot to him and he really felt good knowing that others felt that way and he wasn’t alone. Guess that’s actually the best thing a fan has ever given me, not the weirdest but definitely the best.

The travelling with the lads is also fuckin awesome, we have a blast, meeting new people, making new stage brothers and sisters, it’s all good.

Guess the only few things that twist my tits are;

Loading out (loading in is fine but after you play and you’re fucked, carrying gear, normally down a flight of stairs is fuckin crap!!)

Bands who fuck about talking to their mates after playing instead of setting down and talking AFTER so that the next crew can get on! That shit really grinds me, but then I am a grumpy old bastard!!

Bands who are not appreciative of the opportunities handed to them, who aren’t thankful after borrowing gear, their time on a stage and the time of the organisers, staff and sound person. A lot of work goes into putting gigs together, everyone needs to help each other out and play their part.

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

The money men! Musicians do all the labour and then some twat in a suit comes along and makes a killing off them, you never hear the phrase ‘fed the starving manager’.

And people like Simon bastard Cowell. The ones who claim they know it all but can’t tell the fucking difference between a ‘group’ and a ‘band’, and then gives bands like ours shit for ‘corrupting the youth’ cause we sing angrily about depression and hate speech, whilst their ‘artists’ flash their tits in my kids faces whilst singing about how great their partners dick feels or how they miss it!!

Rant over!!

And yes I know that’s two things but counting was never my strong point, I failed maths three times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “…And Justice For All”. The greatest thrash album ever.

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

I guess downloads are the most convenient with today’s available tech, but I prefer anything with a sleeve. I’m a big fan of album art and reading the inserts of lyrics and thanks lists, equipment used, where the album was recorded and why. All the human shit that goes into a record that downloads just don’t have.

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

It’s a toss-up between the Alma in Bolton or The Carlisle in Hastings. Both were unexpectedly amazing shows that we weren’t expecting much from but then overwhelmed by the venues, the crowd size, the welcome, and the overall vibe at both. Not to say that other gigs were shit, it’s more that other gigs were good, but could learn from these guys about how to run a show to be great, the care and attention was spot on and it resonates through the watching audience.

The best venue we’ve played is definitely Creature Sound in Swansea. The audience has never been huge due to the scene struggling, but the couple who run the gaff are the greatest humans we’ve met EVER. Can’t do enough for their artists or the community around them, always putting others first and even after bullshit, including racial abuse, never ones to stop helping and smiling. Kaz and Allen should have venues named after them.

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

The wife!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tough one!

Dani Filth because… he’s Dani Filth, my one gay crush!!

The Missus… to keep my eyes off Dani Filth

The three other reprobates of the crew sat in one chair so none are left out because I love them all and wouldn’t be doing this interview about our band if I wasn’t in the band with them. They only get one helping between them though. I love them but not enough to buy them ALL a dinner!

Rik Mayall. I’d have him reanimated for the night dressed as Richie.

Ade Edmondson. Just wouldn’t be right to have Richie without Eddie Hitler

What’s next for the band?

Get this feckin album finished and mastered and out so we can gig the shit out of its release all over the bloody place!!

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

Mainly Facebook but we are on Twatter, Instagram etc. We also have Spotify and all that jazz. Most of the links can be found via our Facebook page though.

www.facebook.com/inwhichitburns
https://twitter.com/InWhichItBurns https://open.spotify.com/artist/4FXlSBi0VHAsFsHfawc1WO
https://www.instagram.com/inwhichitburns

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit sized cake.

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

Thank you for having us… Me! It’s been fun. And if it’s ok with you guys (Not that I’m planning on letting you have a choice I’m just being polite) I’m gonna send you a copy of the album when it’s done for your reviewing pleasure. There will be a packet of choc chip cookies in it for a glowing write up, as we helped rid you of your heathen Jaffa Cake argument.

Thanks again. Stretch and the lads @InWhichItBurns

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Alunah – Violet Hour

Alunah – Violet Hour
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 11/10/2019
Running Time: 41:35
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Midlands four-piece Alunah show that, without doubt, you can take something primal and brutal but turn it into a thing of beauty. Their 60’s tinged doom metal follows in the footsteps of pioneers Black Sabbath but is, if anything, more unnerving than the Legends ever released and, with Siân Greenaway fronting the band, have a vocalist who can really seduce the listener. ‘Trapped & Bound’ opens with dense riffs and heavy as thunder drums before enchanting vocals come in sounding like an angry Grace Slick and finally Dean Ashton kicks in with a tasty, funked up guitar solo. ‘Dance of Deceit’ also makes a huge impression, driving and forceful, it doesn’t just bluster and crush but does something more subtle and deadly too.

Having the air of something that could have been penned at the tail end of the days of ‘flower power’, ‘Hunt’ is a gorgeous and seductive slice of heavy and twisted psychedelia. Hypnotic and strangely futuristic, it radiates a sense of edgy wonder as Greenaway comes across as a primal and earthy force.  The singer comes to the fore again as she mesmerises over the cascading stoner fretwork of the aptly titled ‘Hypnotised’, the track swirling and pulsating to a shuddering finish. The album’s title track turns more towards a menacing blues shuffle with drummer Jake Mason and Daniel Burchmore on bass really turning up the heat, their playing hitting a solid groove and they then truly launch into the galloping riff of ‘Unholy Disease’. One of the most epic tracks on the release, this is a full-blooded assault on the senses as the huge vocals and guitar solo lift the song out into the stratosphere.

Not to be outdone or anti-climactic, ‘Velvet’ blends a riff almost plucked from Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ with the mystical and Far Eastern vibe of Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ to devastating effect but the band manage to top even this with closer ‘Lake of Fire’. Opening with some cool keys playing, the track is a real head trip, yet more exquisite vocals grow and swell until they’re the size to fill a cathedral. The huge scale and ambition of Alunah is encapsulated in this final track but, in truth, the whole album is a one titanic magic carpet ride from start to finish. The aural equivalent of Hansel and Gretel’s forest, “Violet Hour” is certainly something to get yourself lost in.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Trapped & Bound
02. Dance Of Deceit
03. Hunt
04. Hypnotised
05. Violet Hour
06. Unholy Disease
07. Velvet
08. Lake Of Fire

LINE-UP
Siân Greenaway – Vocals
Daniel Burchmore – Bass
Jake Mason – Drums
Dean Ashton – Guitar

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom/
https://twitter.com/alunah_doom
https://www.instagram.com/alunahband/
https://alunah.bandcamp.com/

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Bloodstock M2TM 2020 – North Wales Heat 2 – Mcleans, Pentre 07/03/2020

Bloodstock M2TM 2020 – North Wales, Heat 2
Mcleans, Pentre 07/03/2020
Review & Pictures by Beth Jones

We were still dusting ourselves down from the first heat of this year’s Metal 2 The Masses North Wales, when suddenly, quicker than you could say ‘get me on the New Blood stage’, it was time for heat 2! Originally this heat was going to be taking place in Bangor, on the North West Wales coast, but sadly the venue is now an ex-venue. However, because this is North Wales, and the NEW Metal Productions team can handle pretty much anything, it was reorganised to our regular haunt, Mcleans, Pentre!

Five bands were set to take to the stage in this heat, and there were rumblings that this was going to be the toughest heat we had ever seen. Our very own Rick Tilley was asked to stand in as a judge on this heat, as one of the regulars, Phoenix Rising’s John Matthews, was unable to attend. It was pretty certain the judges were going to have a hard task. The ‘order of service’, drawn before we arrived, was Winter Hotel, Thrashatouille, Lullaby For A Unicorn, Krank, and Leatherback. This was going to be fun!

Winter Hotel

Hailing from Bangor, these guys play a hard hitting, modern alternative metal style with a pretty hefty punch. They haven’t been round that long and were using a stand-in bass player. While they had done a fair bit of prep for this, bringing with them printed lyric sheets for the judges, their relative infancy showed in their stage craft, which this year is one of the main things the judges are looking at. Musically they were great, and the charisma of front man, Warren Porter, did shine through. But, in my opinion, they weren’t quite ready, performance wise. However, this is something that will come with practice, and more gigging. They definitely have something exciting to give; they just need to work out how to present it.

https://www.facebook.com/WinterHotelband/

Thrashatouille

We’ve seen these guys a good few times now, including last year’s M2TM North Wales, where they narrowly missed getting a spot in the final. Not to be downtrodden, they decided to return this year to give it another go. It was instantly noticeable that they had a new toy on stage – front man Rob Sutton had a synth that goes boom (not a technical term, but good enough to describe it – I’m old and all this synth trickery goes over my head)! I love the effect that you get out of them, so was looking forward to seeing how he used it, and to seeing how they’d come on since last year. I was not disappointed! From the first chord, to the final boooom, they were bloody brilliant! By far the best we have ever seen them perform. Their madcap food-based death/thrash metal, complete with inflatables, energetic movement on and off the stage from Rob, and a healthy dose of booooooom, was totally something I could imagine going down a storm on the New Blood stage. Epic performance!

https://www.facebook.com/Thrashatouille/

Lullaby For A Unicorn

After being within touching distance of the New Blood stage, as one of last years’ runners-up in the M2TM North Wales final, it was no surprise to see these guys coming to give it another go. I’ve lost count how many times we’ve watched them play but was still as eager to see them again. They are quirky and have an endearing band personality that makes you feel happy, despite the manic and slightly psychotic look in front man Justin Williams’ eyes! They seem to have a bit of a curse on them in this competition though, and they do have a nasty habit of over thinking it. In this performance, a gremlin had got into the sound, and they were plagued with feedback, which I feel threw them off their game a bit. There was none of the usual party popper madness either, which was possibly like taking away their comfort blanket. I still really enjoyed their set though, as I always do, and I was very hopeful that the audience would see past the gremlins, because I know what their ‘A game’ is like.

https://www.facebook.com/rockmyunicorn/

Krank

We last saw Krank in the M2TM heats two years ago, and back then they just weren’t ready, so I was interested to see how they’d come on. Musically they have definitely come a long way, and they make a very good sound together. Carrying on the theme of the evening, it was quirky, humorous, and heavy. They’d obviously spent a bit of time thinking about their stage show, as they had a projector playing a random video in the background, and they also had a large ‘Doomsday clock’ displayed on a laptop for the audience, and the front man to see, as apparently they have a tendency to run over time! They’d brought a lot of fans with them, so they went down well with the crowd. They threw a load of miniature squeaky rubber chickens in to crowd at the start of the set too, which caused a bit of a gigglesome fracas. Unfortunately, even though I think they’re really good musically, something about the front man’s over the top, bullishness really irks me. I find it irritating. Yes, I’m a grumpy old woman, but I just think he needs to tone it down a bit. Let the music do some of the talking, and please, for the love of god, put your tits away! Oh, and another thing – my daughter has now stolen the squeaky rubber chicken we brought home and will not stop squeaking it! Goddamn you!!

https://www.facebook.com/krankislife/

Leatherback

The final performance of the evening was a one-man techno/industrial/metal crossover. My first thought was, ‘I hope they’re going to put the stage lights back on, because the photos won’t be much good otherwise!’ I asked the all-knowing Fozzy, and his response was ‘Just wait and see’. Hmmm, I’m not good with surprises! When the performance started, it became clear what Fozzy meant! Strobe… Lots and lots of strobe! It was like being in a 90s rave! Musically, there were samples, synths and pedals being controlled like clockwork by Matt, aka Leatherback. At the same time, he was playing some pretty tight rhythm guitar. Combined with the strobing and colour changing lights, also controlled by the music, it made for a pretty hallucinogenic experience! I had issues with this performance though, both as a lover of old-school, and as a photographer. He does what he does very well, and with a lot of skill, however what he does, and what I like musically are two very different things. My second issue was the lights. I spent so long looking directly at a strobe, trying to actually capture some useable photos, that my eye and the side of my face went completely numb. That was my cue to leave. I’m going to leave it at that. Clever, but not my cup of tea! It did get the audience going, but on a performance level, I don’t think that it would transpose to a big stage like the New Blood.

https://www.facebook.com/leatherbackworld/

So, with all the bands done, it was time to vote. For me, there was one clear winner, who stood head and shoulders above the rest – Thrashatouille. After a short break, for the judges to deliberate and the audience to cast their votes, master of ceremonies, Beany, returned to the stage to announce the results. I totally couldn’t call it, so can imagine how tough it was for the judges.

First to be announced, and winners of the public vote were Krank, which is a good bit of statistical evidence that other bands should take notice of – the more people you bring with you to your heat, the more likely it is that you’ll win the public vote (unless you really suck and all the people you brought secretly hate you!). The band taking the judges vote, because of their musical ability, professionalism, stage craft and preparation (and rightfully so, if you ask me) were Thrashatouille!

This heat had definitely been a tough one, and it was sad that there had to be winners and losers, but, by definition, that’s what competition is. Onwards and upwards my friends, onwards and upwards! Next up! Heat 3, which takes place on 4th April

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/phoenixrisingrocks/

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In Which It Burns w/ Scarfoot and SICK – The Hideout, Wrexham, North Wales 06/03/2020 – In Which It Burns

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In Which It Burns w/ Scarfoot and SICK – The Hideout, Wrexham, North Wales 06/03/2020 – Scarfoot

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