EMQ’s with HEIST 2-11

EMQ’s with HEIST 2-11

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle, UK based Metal band, HEIST 2-11. Huge thanks to drummer ‘Higs’ 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 Higs and I play drums in HEIST 2-11.

Some of us were in another band together that split up and reformed a couple of times, then on the third attempt we decided we wanted to try a new direction both musically and visually and this is what we came up with.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well when we regrouped, we also decided that the new band should be just that- a new band, with a new name, but we wanted a name that wouldn`t make people have a preconceived idea of how we sounded as that could be detrimental to growing our fanbase.

When we were throwing ideas around, our manager – Big Toe – said why not use something with numbers like Heist 487 whereby the 487 was police code for grand theft auto and we liked that idea but thought the GTA code didn`t go with Heist that well so looked up the code for armed robbery and found it to be 2-11.

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

We`re from Newcastle in the north east of England (UK). It`s a great city with a thriving rock/metal community and loads of live music venues catering for small bands all the way up to top name international major artistes so there`s always live music happening somewhere in town – it rocks!!

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

We currently have our debut EP available from which we have released the title single, ‘FIGHT’ as well as a second single, ‘I AM ALIVE’ and these were accompanied with lyric videos which are available on Youtube.

Fight:

I Am Alive:

We`re currently recording our debut album but the pandemic lockdown has temporarily put things on hold for the time being so we`re not entirely sure on a release date for it yet- we`ll let you all know though lol

Who have been your greatest influences?

Collectively as a band we try not to let anything/anyone influence our song-writing as we don`t want to start “sounding like” anyone but ourselves but just for listening pleasure the guys listen to a very wide variety of stuff from many different music genres- personally I`ve been a metalhead since I was a kid.

What first got you into music?

Well I can`t speak for the band on that one but for me, my first awareness of hearing music that interested me was when I heard Queen`s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on the radio and I was like “what is this?”-  it really made me sit up and pay attention and then when it went heavy at the end I was like, WHAAAAATTTTT?????? I`d never heard anything like it before and I think it planted the seed in my head for the kind of music I would listen to for the rest of my life.

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

I think different people/bands working together would produce such a vast variety of results that working with ANYONE outside of our unit would be interesting.

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

Obviously being from the UK, we`d love to be on one of the big stages at Download festival or Bloodstock over here but we`d love to be a part of ANY major festival the world over – there are so many to choose from these days.

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

We don`t get gifts- send us gifts!!! Lol

We will always take time out to be with fans at shows and chat and stuff and the first few times you get asked to sign something for them feels strange because we`re just 5 (ab)normal guys playing music – you wouldn`t go to your favourite local eatery and ask the chef to sign a menu you know? Lol but it`s flattering that the fans want that so who are we to say no?!!

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

That we have nothing but absolutely overwhelming appreciation for all of you/them for supporting us in any way and that gratitude will never falter – without our fans we wouldn`t be able to do this!!

OH, and don`t forget to send gifts lol

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

Again, I can`t speak for the band on this as I`m sure you`d get 5 different answers but personally, without doubt it would be Randy Rhoads- I love his playing on Ozzy`s albums and his solos were sublime- a great loss to the world of rock and music in general.

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

I think I can speak for 99.99% of all rock/metal musicians in saying that the thing we enjoy the most is being on-stage in front of a big crowd who are into your music and the worst is loading/unloading/setting up all the gear – that is until you`re successful enough to be able to afford roadies haha.

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

I think there are many issues with the music industry that people would like to change from both sides of the fence, be it as a musician or a fan but from a band point I think it would be nice if there were more record labels in existence, signing bands, releasing their music, and offering help and support to get them to the masses – thankfully there`s guys like yourself who are doing all they can to help promote bands like us so thank you for what you do.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Although there is a multitude of awesome albums out there, I can easily tell you my absolute favourite album of all time : – “Operation Mindcrime” by Queensrÿche

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

It`s different horses for different courses- I still have a huge vinyl/cd collection and a hard-drive full of downloads and vinyl is having a big resurgence over here in the last 5yrs but as far as sound quality I don`t think you can beat CD’s – unfortunately people these days want everything fast and easy and so downloads are the first option.

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

Well, we`re still a relatively new band on the scene – we`ve only been gigging this line-up for a year so we`ve yet to play a BIG gig but that in no way undermines the gigs that we HAVE played as we always have an awesome time being onstage and interacting with the crowd.

That said, the show we did with a band called “Sulpher” stands out as probably the best so far – prior to that gig they had recently played at Bloodstock festival here in the UK and been on tour in Europe so we knew we had to be on top form and the venue was packed – needless to say we raised our game and played a blinder, winning over the crowd and making many new fans, which is always nice.

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

I think I would`ve still been involved with the music scene one way or another, road crew, tour manager, that sort of thing – getting to go out on tour and see the world.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ace Frehley, Ozzy, Tommy Lee, Chris De Garmo and Steve Harris- imagine the stories they’d tell and by the end of the night I`d have them all working on a project together lol

What’s next for the band?

As I mentioned earlier, we’re working on getting the album finished for a release later on in the year and then it`ll be a case of trying to get gigs/tours/festivals lined-up to get out there and play – we absolutely love playing live and hope things can get back to normal soon, and then of course, world domination lol.

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

www.facebook.com/heist211
www.instagram.com/heist211
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PEJHRm9bIVhkLfTO10bug
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7F6UwDM9ZVag9otNMSQuet

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The answer’s in the name – biscuits get soft when they go stale and cakes go hard – stale Jaffa cakes are hard therefore they are indeed cakes!!!

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

We’d just like to say thank you again to everyone who supports us, and we hope to see you soon.

And don’t forget to send gifts!!! hahahahahahaha

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Die Ego – Culto

Die Ego – Culto
Self-Released
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Running Time: 40:01
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

Die Ego are a three-piece metal band, based in London (UK) and surprisingly this is their debut album, you will get what I mean when I say “surprisingly”. The band was first formed by Diego Fardel (lead guitar) and Gabe Scapigliati (vocals and bass). After trialling a few drummers who didn’t make the band they secured Dave Grosz and then Die Ego officially were formed.

In 2018 they released their first demo “Songs For The Insanity” and gained notoriety for their live gigs, which certainly got them noticed by the metal community. They’ve played such venues as the O2 Islington, and Camden Rocks Festival. The bands description of their debut album is “Culto is a raw and powerful demonstration of our essence and spirit. Our mindset was to produce an honest album that reflects the bands journey and makes a statement of what we are all about”.

Ok on with the review, If you like your music loud, raw, hard hitting, and dark, these are your guys! We start the album with the title track, ‘Culto’, which begins with piano playing and what sounds like a child’s voice, but, within the first minute, you’re catapulted into the rich undertones of the vocals, a combination of deep gruffness with some epic screams, which combined with great guitar riffs, sets the bar for the rest of the album. As you work your way through the tracks it’s a dark but exciting journey. You don’t want to get off the metal bus in case you miss out on something.

‘Demons Have Demons’ gives you total goose bumps with gravelly vocals which sound like they have been summoned from the bowels of hell! These guys certainly don’t want you to not to be entertained while listening to the album! The album has a steady pace, which I liked, because I think if they had gone too crazy, then the gruff vocals may have been lost and the intense vocals, which get into your soul, may not have had the same impact.

This album is one of those that will embed into your sub conscious and give you nightmares! Not bad for a band that hasn’t been around for more than a few years! “Culto” certainly makes an impact. These guys draw inspiration from all the best. From Pantera and Metallica, through to Alice in Chains and Slipknot, and although Die Ego have only just started out, I can see us in years to come comparing new and up and coming metal bands to them. Their music is powerful yet has a deep soul to it, I was asked by my son (who loves metal music too) to describe the album, and I said it was like my soul had gone to hell to visit and enjoy itself.

It may not be for everyone, but all I’d say is don’t listen to it once and think “nah, not for me”. Listen to it a few times and take in the passion and confidence, that the band has in bucket loads. Going back to my comment about “Culto” ‘surprisingly bring a debut album’, well I have reviewed quite a few bands now and I always look up other things they have done. Sometimes as a reminder of forgotten tracks, or just to refresh my mind, but when I couldn’t find anything other than this album, I was truly surprised! The confidence they seem to exude is of a band that has been around for many years, and I have no doubt that some time in their future, I will have the pleasure of their second album to review.

If I had to have a favourite track it would be ‘Don’t Get Close’. From the start, it had me, then in came the intense lyrics – it was just the perfect combination and had me transfixed all the way through. This album has it all, raw gruff vocals that will make your ears bleed, addictive drumming, and guitar riffs that will make you wish you had learnt to play a guitar yourself. Well done guys, this was a great debut album and lets’ hope you’re out gigging again very soon.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Culto
02. Anger is Yours
03. Treatment of Silence
04. Demons have Demons
05. The Grave
06. There is No Tomorrow
07. I Promise
08. Don’t Get Close

LINE-UP:
GABE: Vocals and Bass Guitar
Diego: Lead Guitar
Dave: Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/DieEgoMetal/
www.twitter.com/DieEgoMetal
www.dieego.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5CxHa83uX70tvQgfFBDcQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4Yrsxw1DTctEeGRgPjAYRd

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EMQ’s with GODETH

EMQ’s with GODETH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band, Godeth. Huge thanks to guitarist Dylan 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 Dylan, one of two guitarists in Godeth. We formed in 2018, and have been gigging since February 2019 and have played at venues such as The Key Club, 02 Academy Leeds, The Fenton, BOOM, 02 Institute 3 Birmingham, The Mulberry Bar and Venue etc. We also competed in the SoundWaves Music Competition 2019, which we got to the national final of, something we are pretty proud of considering it was a competition mainly focused on finding more “mainstream” acts.

How did you come up with your band name?

The original placeholder name was Snowdeth, but that was a bit shit so our bassist came up with Godeth and so we decided to use that.

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

We are from Leeds, which has a good underground metal scene. Some great venues such as Boom and The Key Club, with some sick bands who in my opinion deserve a lot more attention such as Master the Crown, OND, Anarcadia, Nihilus, and Pariah (although they are technically York but I’m still counting it).

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Blunt’ which came out last month and was written by our singer Eddie. It also marks our first ever lyric video. This was supposed to be a proper music video but then the world went to shit which meant we had to put this idea on hold unfortunately.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally Metallica are the main reason I properly got into metal (even got their Ninja star logo tattooed on the back of my leg), but also bands like Alice in Chains, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Death, Sepultura etc. Everyone in the band has a bunch of different influences, so we try and bring as many of them together when writing songs.

What first got you into music?

Err I will thank my Mum, Dad, and Stepdad for that, they would always play me music from a young age, and I can probably thank them for my current tastes.

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

Power Trip, fucking love them!

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

Definitely Download or Bloodstock, I’ve been to both countless times and have met some great people and friends at both, so to play either would be a dream.

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

Can’t say I’ve received a gift unless you count getting flashed at our Key Club gig.

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

BUY OUR MERCH!!! Nah just everyone stay safe and we can’t wait to play to you all once this blows over

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

Either Layne Staley or Peter Steele, but I’m going to go for Peter Steele as I would do anything to have gotten to see Type O Negative live.

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

Most – Coming up with a new song or hearing people sing the lyrics you wrote

Worst – When you have a great riff, but can’t find a way to work it into a song (so frustrating!!)

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

Less false promises.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”, just such a good, dark feeling album

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

Vinyl’s in terms of the full package, Downloads for the ease

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

Our headline gig at The Key Club. We always dreamed of headlining it, and to do it so early in our “career” is something we are immensely proud of. It is also the place where me and singer Eddie met, as well as basically my entire friendship group, so it is a place that is very dear to my heart!

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

Being bored probably”.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nikki Sixx, Jim Morrison, Ötzi the Iceman, Louis Theroux, and Robert De Niro

What’s next for the band?

Once the world comes back to some sort of normality, we are going to be recording and releasing an EP which we can’t wait to do, and then hopefully playing some more gigs.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/GodethUK/
www.twitter.com/GodethBand
www.instagram.com/godeth_band/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJh6rjLwEXPbmNtTPGP8Sg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3oeXNRsY37Bq30hwcPi6aG
www.godeth.bandcamp.com/releases

Can also find our music on most major streaming sites and services

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit 100%

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

We have recently released a shit tonne of merch on Teespring, so feel free to check it out and see if there’s anything you like (can be found here: www.teespring.com/stores/godeth), and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

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EMQ’s with OND

EMQ’s with OND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band OND Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Joe Cross 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?

Joe, I play guitar and do the vocals. We all met in Leeds a few years ago and wanted to make music together.

How did you come up with your band name?

It translates to “duck” in Icelandic, but also translates to “evil” in Norwegian. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.

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

We are based in Leeds, UK, which as a whole has a great music scene. The metal scene is more underground though with prominent venues like Temple of Boom being a central hub for all the heavier/out-there styles of music.

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

Brutal Skeleton Fistfight (Somewhere between and EP and an album).

Full YouTube Stream.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each member of OND brings something very different to the table in terms of influences. One band that we all agree on however is Gojira. Personally, I can’t stop listening to bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tigran Hymasian and Dusty Kid at the moment.

What first got you into music?

A mix of a few things. I’ve always loved scores to films and video games which really set the wheels in motion. In terms of metal though, my first love was Iron Maiden, specifically the Number of the Beast album.

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

If we’re talking local bands, I’d love to do something with Beluga. They’re not metal, but one of the coolest sounding bands around right now. Check them out. If we’re talking literally anyone, I’d love to do something with Tigran Hymasian. Also not metal but an incredible musician.

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

I feel OND would be great at Bloodstock. It’s a great size festival and always a fun time.

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

We’re not that good!

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

Drink lots of milk. You will need strong bones for the skeleton war.

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

Lemmy. Need I explain?

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

Sounds selfish, but I just enjoy bashing out some tunes with some good mates and having a fun time. I hate when people take it too seriously.

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

People being more honest.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Poloygondwanaland” by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

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

Aesthetically: Vinyl. Practically: Downloads.

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

I really enjoyed the last gig we played. It was a charity single launch for our single ‘Save The Bees’, where all the money raised went to the BBKA who research protection of the bee population. It was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money.

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

Something practical. I’d like to think either engineering or blacksmithing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The rest of OND, Amber Morris, who did the artwork and Jack Murray who produced the album to thank all of them for doing a great job working on the album.

What’s next for the band?

Well, right now we’re in lockdown, so not a lot! However, we want to get writing again as soon as possible. We’re going for something different to what we’ve released before. I’m excited to get to work on it.

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

www.open.spotify.com/album/3oDtACHHMKvfNqxSyK2Iqj
www.youtu.be/IwCiVjpEV7o
www.ondband.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Obviously.

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

Just to say thanks to Amber Morris for doing a great job on the artwork for the album and all our previous releases and to Jack Murray for producing the album for us.

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EMQ’s with FOETAL JUICE

EMQ’s with FOETAL JUICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury, UK based Violent Death Metal band Foetal Juice. Huge thanks to drummer Rob 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?

Rob, drums.

Foetal juice is a band that me and our guitarist Ry started in 2005. We were swiftly joined by Ben on bass and Sam on vocals. The whole aim of the band was to make music that we all wanted to listen too.

We have been playing all around the UK and Europe since then, playing to any and all audience that would accept us.

In 2018 Sam decided to step down as the vocalist and our long-time friend Derek stepped up to the plate, doing an incredible job.

In late 2019 our bass player Ben also decided to step down. He big shoes have been filled by our newest addition to the band, Lewis.

With this new line-up we have recorded our latest album “Gluttony” at Foel Studios. “Gluttony” was just released by Gorehouse Productions on 12th June 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were going through so many band name ideas (when we were about 17) and we were getting bored of all the bands named after diseases. No other name grabbed us at the time, and we were laughing at the name Foetal Juice. We thought it would be good to add a bit of humour into an otherwise incredibly serious scene. Thus, Foetal Juice was born.

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

We are from the north west of the UK.

There has been a great scene in the UK for many years now. If you go to an underground death metal gig in the UK, I would say that at least 40% of the audience will be in other bands that aren’t on the bill.

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

Our latest album is “Gluttony” released via Gorehouse Productions on 12th June 2020.

It’s available to listen to on Spotify and Bandcamp as well as all other streaming services.

Here is a link to our latest video for the title track of ‘Gluttony’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by so many bands in various genres. I think it’s better to cast a wide net for musical influences, it will add new textures to the music you are creating.

I would say that my influences at the moment are bands like:

Deicide, Vomitory, Frank Zappa, Kaamos, Entombed, Dissection, Immortal, Famine, Death, Insect Warfare, Testament, Slayer, Napalm Death, Lock Up, Wiegidood, Vader, Terrorizer, Nile Rodgers, Eric Moore, Tony Royster Jr, etc.

What first got you into music?

I’ve grown up in a musical home, there was always music playing. Bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles were constantly playing. I don’t think I had much of a choice to be honest hahaha.

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

I would personally love to write a song or two with Abbath or Glen Benton.

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

There are so many festivals I would personally love to play.

Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic is an amazing festival we have played in 2016. Unfortunately, we didn’t play the best and I would love to play it again and reseed ourselves with our current line-up.

I would also love to play, Hellfest (France) and all of the Deathfests (Netherlands, Maryland, and all of the others).

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

We don’t really get gifts from fans. Ryan and I were once approached by a fan who said she wanted us to eat a kebab out of her…… we politely declined.

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

Thanks for enjoying the things we are passionate about.

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

Lemmy or Jimi Hendrix.

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

I really enjoy watching the crowd beat the shit out of each other when we are playing. It makes you feel like you have done something right.

Having to sleep sat up in a moving van with 10 other people, whilst incredibly drunk and needing a shit isn’t great to be honest with you.

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

The fact that a load of really shit bands seem to get really far when great bands such as Famine and Kaamos get no recognition.

There is quantity over quality in every genre these days. You have to sift through a hell of a lot of shit to find a gem.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kaamos – “Lucifer Rising”

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

Vinyl.

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

Probably Bloodstock Festival in the UK. we would love the opportunity to play that again.

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

If I wasn’t a musician I would have tried to draw and paint more. Create artwork for extreme metal bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Karl Pilkington
Stephen Fry
Ricky Gervais
The angriest guitar player ever (that chap from YouTube)
Mike Tyson

What’s next for the band?

“Gluttony” came out on 12 June 2020.

All the shows we had lined up this year have deferred to 2021 now. So, we get to play Nice to Eat You Fest (CZ), Fuck the Commerce (DE), Stonehenge festival (NL), Incineration Fest (UK) and a hell of a lot more next year. Hopefully, we will have a tour or two in place for next year too.

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

www.instagram.com/foetaljuice/
www.foetaljuice.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/FoetalJuice/
www.gorehouseproductions.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a cake.

Cakes go hard when they get left out, biscuits go soft.

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

Thanks a lot for sending the questions over. I hope you and everyone that reads this enjoys the new album.

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EMQ’s with FOOTPRINTS IN THE CUSTARD

EMQ’s with FOOTPRINTS IN THE CUSTARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, UK based Tutu/Mankini wearing Party Metal weirdos Footprints In The Custard. Huge thanks to vocalist Russ Custard 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 Russ Custard, I’m currently playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but have taken a quick break to poop but as it’s 11pm I’m worried about my bowel clock.

Uhm. Footprints In The Custard have been a band for a long ass while. We play Party Metal, which in our instance is kinda thrashy catchy metal. If you were to imagine a beast that had hundreds and hundreds of cheeks and Geralt of Rivia turned up and pierced its heart with his silver sword, claimed that it was Footprints In The Custard, and left… Upon inspecting the beast’s bloated corpse, you would discover that in each of the many cheeks there was a tongue.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the punchline of a shit joke, which we think sums us up pretty well. How do you know when an elephant has been in your fridge?

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

We’re from the North West and based in Manchester. I honestly think we have the strongest metal scene in the UK. You might think I’m biased but I’ve not seen a better one!

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

Our latest album is “A New Low”, which came out last year. We’ve recently released a new video for the song Space Force! from that album, where we completely ripped off Feeder and had our fans submit videos of themselves along to the tune. And then I edited it together. It’s really cool actually, and it didn’t cost us anything. Feeder are on to something.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a weird one for us because we’ve all got separate influences and we’ve tried to cross all different aspects of metal sub-genres where we can. We started off being influenced by CKY, The Wildhearts, Lamb of God and In Flames. We draw from all sorts of things really, everything and anything we’re in to can be an influence. I’m not sure who we sound like though, that’s a question for someone else.

What first got you into music?

My Dad I suppose. We used to listen to his vinyl on his sound system set up. He first got me into metal with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but he was more into classic rock stuff. I remember Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds having a massive impact on me as a kid.

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

I’m struggling to say anything but Devin Townsend. Who wouldn’t want to collaborate with Dev?

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

There are so many! Like Hellfest, Metal Days, Wacken etc etc. But I guess 70000 Tons of Metal would have to top it because it’s a cruise to the Caribbean with metal on the cruise ship. It sounds mental!

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

Syphilis? Oh! No one gave me this weird little fleshy penis thing with eyes that they’d made.

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

Stop worrying about everything so much and let yourself have a good time.

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

I could absolutely overthink this question. Like, would they even want to be brought back? Should I just pick people that I know personally that we’ve lost? But…without overthinking it, I’d have loved to hang out with Freddy Mercury I reckon. Bet he was a card.

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

Playing live, travelling, meeting people, that feeling you get when you’ve made something that people enjoy, meeting fans. It’s all pretty amazing! What do I hate? It’s very time-consuming. It’s a full time job but doesn’t pay like one, we’ve got to do another full time job alongside it so we can pay the bills.

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

Probably the balance of it all. I’ve seen so many talented musicians that will never get the chance at being big, so many great venues closed, successful promoters give up… It’s just really difficult sometimes and I think if more people (up top) recognised the importance of the music industry beyond the big pop stars then we could make this underground scene boom.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Opeth – “Blackwater Park”

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

Vinyl’s obviously the best for the art. Whoever says cassettes are best are wrong. CD’s are nice for collecting physical and easily utilisable media. Downloads are fine. I think realistically streaming will be the future though and the industry needs to look at how to adapt to that without the streaming services taking all the money from the artists.

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

Another difficult question! Bloodstock 2019 was the biggest gig we’ve done so I’ll probably go with that. It was unreal!

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

I’d probably have more time to sleep. Oh, I seem to have given up reading books at some point as well? I’d probably write a novel.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Right now, the other four guys in Footprints (I miss them) and Devin Townsend. Devin would be so uncomfortable though.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got a few gigs lined up which we’re hoping will go ahead this year! I think we’re announcing something soon or maybe we already have (depending on when this goes out). We’re supporting Lawnmower Deth with our buddies Raised By Owls in December. Hoping to get a couple new songs out at some point over the next year too.

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

www.footprintsinthecustard.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/footprintsinthecustard

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Blatantly a cake. It’s in the name, stupid.

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

No, I need to get back to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Got a cheeky beast to slay.

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EMQ’s with ELYSIAN DIVIDE

EMQ’s with ELYSIAN DIVIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hertfordshire/London, UK based Metal band Elysian Divide. 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?

Elysian Divide is: Atashi Tada (Vocals), Jon Sick (Guitar), James McGrenery (Guitar), Troy Wicks (Bass) and Michael O’Neill (Drums). We started in 2016 intending to be a symphonic metal band. After a few songs got written and we started playing live, we naturally became what we are now which is more melodic and heavy in the vein of old In Flames or Machine Head with a big In This Moment influence.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was brought up over several beers and throwing around names. These were either already taken or very daft. We could very well nearly have been called The Smurfs of Terribleness but that was quickly discounted.

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

We are from Hertfordshire and London. The metal scene is pretty vibrant. There is everything from doom (a Herts favourite), thrash and even some black metal. Atashi is originally from Riga, Latvia, where the underground music scene is pretty versatile and active with a few rock/metal bands being well known internationally such as rock band Brainstorm and death metal band MĀRA.

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

We released the Beast EP in October 2019.

(Check it out here: www.elysiandivide.bandcamp.com/album/beast).

We are really pleased with the reviews it has had so far and it was very much a footnote in the history of the band as it defined a true direction for the band over the previous “Face Behind The Mask” album as well as showing the versatility in songwriting. On the 10th of July we are releasing an official music video as a part of the EP promotion for the track ‘Loser’, teaser is available on our FB page.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Every band member has their own range of influences. Vocally, Atashi takes a lot of influence from The Slot, a Russian band that she is a major fan of. The rest of us run the entire metal gamut from black metal through to grunge, some examples include In This Moment, Pantera, Machine Head, Insomnium and In Flames.

What first got you into music?

Jon Sick: I was always into music. I used to go to Irish clubs a lot with my parents and would come home and try to try and play what I heard on my keyboard. I spent a lot of those younger years going through various music styles, from country to pop and found my home in metal. And yes, I was one of those guys who bought Chesney Hawkes’ album!

Atashi: I’ve been doing music since I was 6 starting with music school on classical piano and academic vocals but gradually moving into much heavier music preferences over the years, music is a great way to meet great people and collaborate with them, also being on stage fulfils many of my self-expression and adrenalin needs😊.

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

Jon Sick: It’s too hard to choose one. Personally, it would be Max Cavalera, Benji from Skindred and Vader

Atashi: Definitely Slipknot and Apocalyptica but I am open to many artists.

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

Jon Sick: Bloodstock Open Air. I’ve been going every year and I love it. It would be an honour to play that festival.

Atashi: 70000 Tons of Metal on a cruise ship, looks pretty epic and I am sure it’s a great fun to be a part of that metal madness.

James: I’m with Atashi on this one, a cruise ship metal festival is the gig of dreams! Other than that, I’d say one of the bigboy European ones, like Wacken Open Air or Hellfest

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

Jon Sick: In a previous band, a girl gave me her wig. It was a very random occurrence and I really don’t know why she did it. She handed it to me, said “That’s for you, great show!” and walked off. She did have her own hair; it was just really tied up.

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

Rock ‘ard, Rock ‘eavy, Rock animal!

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

Jon Sick: Dimebag Darrell. That guy had way more to do!

Atashi: Freddie Mercury – he’s just too good to be dead!

James: Probably Vitek of Decapitated – far too young and talented a drummer to lose his life in a tour bus accident.

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

Jon Sick: There’s everything to enjoy and nothing to hate. Apart from when it’s time to pack down after a show and drive everything home and unpack it all. That is the only bad part.

Atashi: I enjoy the creative process and releasing something that makes people happier/inspired, music always made my life better, so I am hoping my music makes someone’s life better or helps getting them through something too. Sometimes I hate politics around musicians and the industry.

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

Jon Sick: Try and get people to see what not supporting their favourite artists by buying recorded product is doing. For small bands, buying music is usually the lifeblood of any band. Making money back off a run of CD’s enables you to produce more music. For bigger bands, buying recorded product is the lifeblood of smaller bands being noticed. It’s all part of the ecosystem. Damage one part and all of it suffers.

Atashi: Local music industry requires a major change, there must be big government funding to all live music venues so that people can actually get paid including musicians which almost never happens unless you are an extremely famous band.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jon Sick: For me, it’s Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind”. There’s everything on that record. Every song is powerful, well written, the recording is just second to none, it’s probably my favourite.

Atashi: Marilyn Manson – “Mechanical Animals”, this album pretty much got me into heavy music and I still love it.

James: The one album that always will make me stop and pay attention is “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” by Mayhem. It’s just a perfect storm of aggression and atmosphere.

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

Jon Sick: I never left CD’s and Vinyl. I did leave cassettes quite simply as the cheaper made Type II tapes just didn’t last. But I still have and still buy CD’s and vinyl.

Atashi: I liked CD’s but these days I don’t even have an equipment to play them, so would go for digital.

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

Jon Sick: Pretty much any gig at Club 85 in Hitchin.

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

Jon Sick: I always held the belief that trying to do well in music is a heavily weighted game. Even back in school I realised that wanting to “make it” as a musician is all well and good. But if that doesn’t work out, you need to fall back on something. So, while I was doing the music thing, I became a software developer. For a while I dabbled in making computer games for Windows and Nintendo systems. So, I guess if I weren’t a musician, I’d probably still be making games.

Atashi: I’d be director of the world 😊

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jon Sick: Elysian Divide. Those guys know how to party properly!

Atashi: I don’t like people, I’d invite 5 party animals

Jon Sick: So, it would be a party with us lot and 5 random animals? I like where this is going!

What’s next for the band?

Currently we are writing material for the next album which will be a full length. There are about 8 songs ready to go into rehearsal and demo and we are aiming to get the recording process started as soon as lockdown is finally over. Also have an exciting release coming soon with several remixes for Beast EP songs all made by different musicians and in totally different genres.

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

elysiandivide@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/ElysianDivideOfficial/

www.instagram.com/elysiandivide/
www.twitter.com/elysian_divide
open.spotify.com/artist/1HjQAKVCC8zFiSR3MfTFez
www.elysiandivide.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jon Sick: I have no idea. I haven’t had one in years. In fact, the last time I had a Jaffa Cake, Wagon Wheels were still in production. I’m partial to a dark chocolate digestive myself!

Atashi: They are the food of Gods!

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

Atashi: Boobs?

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EMQ’s with 40,000 LEAGUES

EMQ’s with 40,000 LEAGUES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greater Manchester, UK based Metal band 40,000 Leagues. 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?

Hello there, we are 40,000 Leagues. We are a Manchester based metal band that consists of Nathan ‘Nips’ Crossdale on vocals, Joe Leonard on lead guitar, Rick Wiltshire on bass, Paul Beesley on drums and Harry Hulme on rhythm guitar and backing vocals.

40,000 Leagues started in late 2016 in the back room of our former guitarist Andy Davidson’s house, in Macclesfield. Nips and Andy would jam songs together, covering bands such as Alter Bridge, Atreyu, Metallica and many more. From there, Nips brought in Paul – as they had been in a band together previously during their teenage years. Rick joined the band soon afterwards, as he had been looking for a band to join for a while. Finally, Andy revealed the secret weapon, which was Joe. Thus 40,000 Leagues was born!

In January 2019 Andy departed the band, and Harry boldly stepped in!

How did you come up with your band name?

After trialling several names – none of which we liked – we spent an entire band practice trying to come up with a name based off classical literature or film. After what seemed like hours; Nathan suggested 40,000 Leagues – as he had recently watched 20,000 leagues under the sea. Paul then jokingly suggested that our mascot could be a scuba-diving lobster; though we all thought he said hamster. This bizarrely had us in stitches and so we decided to stick with the name – though we never did go for the mascot idea!

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

We are from Manchester (though Joe is from Macclesfield) and while this might sound biased; we do believe that Manchester has the best metal scene in the country! We are thrilled to be part of the 0161 underground metal community and have played with many great bands also from the local area.

All the bands, promoters and fans are part of the community and it feels like one big happy metal family!

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

Our latest single is a cover of ‘Chaka Khan and Rufus – Ain’t Nobody’; for anyone who enjoys a cheesy 80s classic in a metal style.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nips: My big influences are Avenged Sevenfold; I don’t think I would have started making music if it were not for them! Pantera are up there too; as the first time I heard ‘Cemetery Gates’, I was in awe! Sylosis too, as when I first started in a band ‘Conclusion of an Age’ definitely played a huge part in my song-writing and vocals! Last but not least it has to be Alter Bridge, the vocal ability of Myles Kennedy should be illegal, and I can only hope to one day be half as good as he is!

Paul: I personally really enjoy a lot of different genres and styles of music but would say I’m on the heavy scale of metal.

Harry: Pantera and AC/DC.

Joe: Dream Theater, Metallica, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Porcupine Tree.

Rick: I grew up listening to my dad’s rock and metal collection; so bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Dio, Saxon and Rainbow have perhaps had the biggest impact upon my musical tastes and stylings!

What first got you into music?

Paul: Always been into music as long as I can remember but my younger brother was actually the one that got me into rock music to begin with and then he started listening to dubstep funny how life works isn’t it?

Harry: Guitar Hero.

Rick: My family got me my first acoustic guitar at 10 years old; and I vividly remember trying to learn ‘Smoke on the Water’ on it; I was definitely playing it wrong, but from there I have always wanted to play music and be part of a band.

Joe: My friends did it, so I decided to.

Nips: I first got into music when my Mum used to take me to karaoke as a kid! 8-year-old Nips belting out ‘When you’re looking like that’ by Westlife was something to witness I assure you. 25-year-old Nips still does that.

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

Harry: Lamb of God.

Joe: Big JP.

Rick: Avantasia hands down! Tobias Sammet is a musical genius!

Nips: The list of people I would like to collaborate with is endless! Obviously, I would love to collaborate with Avenged Sevenfold; but I would most definitely pass out! I would also love to collaborate with MGK! He’s another big influence of mine.

Paul: Taylor Swift.

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

Nips: I would absolutely love to play Download and I know I’m definitely not alone on that one! I also would love to play Bloodstock!

Harry: Download, it’s a haven for both present and new bands.

Joe: Download – the one I have been to and everyone is always nice.

Paul: Wacken Open Air 100%!

Rick: I would love to play Wacken Open Air as well; I love power metal and folk metal, and that is their home turf.

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

Nips: In terms of weird gifts we have not actually received anything weird that I can remember!

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

Harry: Keep supporting unsigned bands!

Paul: Stop giving a F*** about what people think of you or what you do.

Nips: To the fans, we all cannot thank you enough for the undying support you are truly the most loyal fans and friends! You make us feel like we’re really doing something good here, and none of what we are doing could happen without any of you! We love you and thank you!

Joe: Could do with a higher setting considering the weather we are currently having.

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

Joe: Dio.

Nips: I cannot give one answer for this one; so, I have to go with two! I would definitely bring back Dimebag Darrell; he was taken far too soon and had the filthiest riffs! I would also bring back Freddie Mercury; another one taken far too soon and there will never be another like him.

Rick: A tough question as there are so many who I would want to see live; but I think I also would have to go with Dio!

Paul: Mitch Lucker from Suicide Silence.

Harry: Dimebag Darrell.

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

Harry: You can always learn something new, no matter how long you’ve been playing. I hate the struggle to learn new rhythms but in the end it is rewarding.

Nips: I’ve been in bands since the age of 15 and from the moment I screamed out the first lines of ‘Unholy Confessions’ at my first ever band practice I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and music is it. I absolutely love the feeling I get on stage I can’t put it into words I’m just free. The one thing I hate is how much water I have on gig days.

Joe: Being creative. Everything else.

Paul: I just love music and the energy you get when you’re performing; nothing even comes close to that feeling, and the adrenaline is unreal! I could be buzzing for 2-3 days off one amazing show, then I need to get that buzz again.

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

Joe: Allow artists to have more control over their music, reducing the need for high volumes of merchandise sales to keep going.

Rick: The way it is treated as a business venture by so many record labels and managers. In my eyes the excitement and joy that music brings should be front and centre, rather than how much money can be made from it for a small percentage of people.

Harry: More independent labels and a cap on how many labels a corporation can own.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Paul: Mudvayne – “Lost And Found”. I’m pretty sure it was the first ever metal album I bought.

Rick: Meatloaf – “Bat Out Of Hell”.

Joe: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”.

Nips: Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds… is that allowed? (Absolutely Yes! Superb Album – Rick)

Harry: AC/DC – “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It”.

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

Nips: You can’t beat a classic vinyl!

Rick: I listen to a lot of CD’s while I’m driving; I find it ensures I listen to whole albums rather than just the same few songs on repeat.

Paul: Right now, downloads but I can appreciate all.

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

Paul: M2TM at the Bread Shed in January 2020.

Nips: The best gig for me would have to be Badgerfest 2019! We opened the weekend and the pressure was immense, but we gave it our all! The crowd were ready, they gave us everything! The event was run so smoothly, it was just perfect! Thanks again Badger!

Harry: Badgerfest 2019.

Joe: Manchester M2TM Final 2019.

Rick: I would also say the Manchester M2TM final 2019; playing to our biggest crowd yet was simply sublime!

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

Rick: Well I have wanted to be an actor for almost as long as I have wanted to be a musician; so hopefully that!

Harry: Psychologist.

Paul: Hopefully, actually making some money to live.

Nips: Well I work at Tesco currently so if I wasn’t a musician, I would most probably be the greatest meal deal salesman.

Joe: Much of the same but with a notable lack of stress.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nips: Ooh a dinner party! M Shadows, Myles Kennedy, Ewan McGregor – in Obi Wan Kenobi attire, Jason Momoa and Chris Hemsworth (partly because my girlfriend loves him, but mostly because I want to be him).

Harry: Gandalf, Michael Starr, Thor, Tony Stark and Luke Skywalker.

Joe: Big JP, Large JP, JP, the Petrooch, Giant JP.

Rick: For me it would have to be Christopher Lee, Andrew WK, Ritchie Blackmore, Stan Lee and Richard Kiel (who played Jaws in the James Bond films). Ooh I forgot Tobias Sammet, can I have him there too?

What’s next for the band?

We had a lot of gigs planned for this year; though sadly with the current world pandemic, they have been postponed or cancelled. Currently we’re all at home writing for our next release.

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

We are quite active on social media with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Our music is available on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp and many more!

Though the busiest sites for us are probably Spotify, Facebook and Instagram pages.
www.facebook.com/40kLeagues/
www.instagram.com/40000leagues/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Joe: It’s a cake and anyone who says it’s a biscuit needs to sort themselves out.

Harry: Cakes go hard when they are stale, biscuits go soft.

Nips: Jaffa cakes! I think they are so nice they can tell me whatever they want, and I will believe them.

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

Thank you for the interview and for anyone who hasn’t yet checked out our music, make sure you do!

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EMQ’s with ATARKA

EMQ’s with ATARKA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Birmingham, UK based Metal band Atarka. Huge thanks to guitarist Daniel McCarthy 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?

Thankyou for having us. My name is Daniel McCarthy, and I play guitars, as well as occasionally shrieking into the mic. The band began a few years back when myself, and Adam (bass) started writing for the recently released record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Me and Adam used to play a card game called Magic: The Gathering – there’s a creature in it called ‘Dragonlord Atarka’ – we thought it sounded good, so that’s what we became.

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

We are from Birmingham, U.K. – and the scene is alive and well, it’s just having a break at the moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

Our latest release is our debut album – titled “Sleeping Giant”. This came out on March 27th. We also released a few music videos in support of this.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In Flames, Behemoth, Anaal Nathrakh, Mgla, Michael Jackson, Baroness, Mastodon, and Kvelertak.

What first got you into music?

My Dad. We used to go on some pretty long road trips around Europe, and that Led Zeppelin IV cassette just stuck with me for years.

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

Run the Jewels. I want to play a guitar driven, groove metal track with RTJ taking care of vocal duties.

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

Probably either Bloodstock or Sweden Rock. I moved back to the UK from Sweden in 2014, so the thought of playing the top metal festival in either country would be great.

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

I don’t think I’ve ever received anything weird, as such. Lots of pints though.

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

Stay at home, this will all be over soon, and thank you for listening to our music.

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

Michael Jackson. I’d want to see him live.

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

I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from releasing a record, but at the same time, I hate recording.

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

I’d implore people to go to local shows and un-established festivals, and be proud of supporting home-grown talent, as some of these bands are the magazine cover stars of tomorrow.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Roots Of This Earth Within My Blood” by a band called From The Bogs Of Aughiska.

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

Vinyl, Cassettes, and CD’s. I’m hugely into collecting physical music.

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

We played KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton last year, as part of the Metal 2 the Masses final, there was a large crowd, and it was our first “big” show. KK Downing from Priest was watching us, which was a little surreal. We’ve only played 7 shows to date.

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

Sadly, as is the case for many, music isn’t my day job. I’m a Software Test Analyst by day. So, I’d be breaking systems and testing bugfixes.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife and a few close friends!

What’s next for the band?

As soon as everything blows over in regard to the pandemic, we’ll be playing live shows in support of the new album, and we’re already throwing ideas around for our next release.

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

We can be found at:
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5T7RF3BkQyjSkxC0qHIi1L
www.facebook.com/atarkaofficial
www.atarka.co.uk
www.twitter.com/atarkaofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake. Biscuits are hard.

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

Thankyou kindly for taking the time to chat, it’s been a lot of fun. I do hope you are keeping well in these strange times.

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EMQ’s With EYES OF THE RAVEN

EMQ’s With EYES OF THE RAVEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands, UK Beer Metal band Eyes Of The Raven. Huge thanks to them all 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 Eyes of the Raven and we play #beermetal. The band have been going for 10 years and in the past year or so we have played Bloodstock festival and HRH, which were both epic shows. We have also been upping our music video game, as well as striving to write some awesome tunes. Check out our YouTube channel for more info!
Dave – Vocals.
Ross – Guitar
Craig – Lead Bass
Phil – Happy Drummer
Luke – Guitar

How did you come up with your band name?

It was originally the name of one of the early songs, we liked it way too much, so we kept it.

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

The Black Country, and no this isn’t a racist slur,  we have a flag and everything. It’s in the UK near Birmingham. Our local scene is thriving with such folk as Fatangel, SYD and HilsOvation (for promotion and PR). Scruffy Murphys, The Asylum, Mama Roux in Birmingham, KK’s Steel Mill and The Giffard in Wolverhampton venue wise. As for bands, there’s far too many to mention on the scene right now. All supporting each other to bring metal to people’s ears.

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

A single called ‘Twice Around The Sun’ and the video was released on the 17th of April on Youtube. Go check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica, Pantera, Down, Trivium, Nirvana, Pantera, Down, Clutch, Orange Goblin, Mastodon and many, many more

What first got you into music?

Craig: My Dad was a big Queen and Thin Lizzy fan and as for metal it was when I was around 13ish with Nu-Metal

Ross: Music has always been a massive part of my life; both of my parents are into their respective music which is mainly Country and Western for my dad and Northern Soul from my mom.

Luke: My Dad also, he introduced me to the likes of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Thunder and many more from the great eras of rock.

Dave: My Uncle and his love of 70’s rock and metal.

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

Orange Goblin or Clutch come to mind.

Dave: On one end of the spectrum, Killswitch Engage. The other, Ice Cube.

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

One of our aims used to be to play Download, however after experiencing the AWESOMENESS that is Bloodstock our sights have moved to their main stage. It’s such a different atmosphere there and we really enjoyed it.

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

Ross: STD

Craig: Not a gift per se but we’ve got a fan out there who has a tattoo of the band name

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

Be kind, drink beer and listen to metal!

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

Craig: Dimebag Darrell but it wouldn’t be right without Vinnie.

Ross: Vinnie Paul (to go with Dimebag).

Luke: There are so many but Lemmy!

Dave: Jeff Hannemann.

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

Craig: Love playing live, and writing can be frustrating at times

Ross: I love jamming and playing live, I hate recording.

Luke: Playing and creating music I love but the business side not so much.

Dave: Gigging and meeting new people is up at the top of the list. The business side of things near the bottom. But they go hand in hand, so we have to get on with it!

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

At the moment we think the music industry is going the right way, no longer is it dominated by huge corporations, music is way more accessible now and the Indie band format is more popular now than ever.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ross: Facedown – “Mindfield”

Luke: Korn – “Follow The Leader”. I used to listen to that so much when I was younger.

Dave: Entombed – “To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak The Truth”.

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

Ross: Personally, I like Vinyl, however digital is easy

Luke: Downloads, I’m lazy haha.

Dave: Yeah, digital. It’s just easier. 😂

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

Craig: Bloodstock 2019 on the Jager stage

Ross: Bloodstock

Luke: Bloodstock was awesome, but I enjoyed HRH too.

Dave: Bloodstock.

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

Ross: I’d be bored

Craig: Sat at home playing video games

Luke: Some sort of engineer.

Dave: Liberating Hope County from a horde of religious redneck crazies. (I’m currently playing through Far Cry 5.)

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ross: Queen Elizabeth II, Phil Anselmo, Stephen Fry, Ozzy Osbourne & Henry Cavill

Luke: An Englishman, Scotsman, Irishman, American and Russian. See if we can come up with a joke.

Dave: Geoff Tate, Tom Lambesis, Corey Taylor, Chuck Billy, Mikael Akerfeldt.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll continue writing new material for the next release, as well as rescheduling all the gigs that we unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.eyesoftheraven.com/
www.youtube.com/user/EYESOFTHERAVENUK
www.facebook.com/eyesoftheraven/
www.instagram.com/eotr_official/
www.spotify.com/artist/0dHRbVgjzbNhiehTfbD69t

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Craig: Cake. It’s on the packet

Ross: Cake

Luke: Cake definitely, I’m sure they had to prove this to avoid luxury tax.

Dave: Cake!

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

Thanks to everyone who continues to support us, we love you guys. Check our website and socials for more stuff we hope you’ll enjoy and check out https://metalheadstuff.com/pages/eyes-of-the-raven for some cool stuff you can get to help support us bringing you some #beermetal to your ear holes.

Thanks

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