Ward XVI – Metamorphosis

Ward XVI – Metamorphosis
Metal Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 25/09/2020
Running Time: 49:43
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

Well hello there my fellow crazy fiends. Now, those who know me will know I’m a fairly measured soul, and I’ve also been referred to as ‘the shy and retiring type’, even demur (pahahaha)! But those who know me well, will know that underneath this cleverly disguised exterior, I have a darker, more deranged side, that’s held back for special occasions. And this is one of those occasions, so please forgive my musings. Getting the chance to become an inmate on Ward XVI at Whittingham Asylum is something quite appealing to me. And getting admitted here is simple. You only have to share in the joy of the deranged, unhinged and slightly peculiar. And that is something I can definitely do!

The latest wing of Ward XVI – “Metamorphosis” – is about to open, and us lucky special inmates get to have a sneak peak, and tell you what it’s like! I’m afraid that I was admitted to the ward fairly recently, so missed the arrival of the other wings, and am now exploring them out of order, Tarantino style, apparently! But I’ve been told, that if you explore them all in order of their creation, you can see how they all fit together!

So, what’s it like here in “Metamorphosis”? Well, as you would expect from Ward XVI, it’s conceptual and follows a theme. It’s a chilling and macabre circus of the mind. The kind you dream about after too much cheese late at night. Its haunting accordion melodies conjure images of deranged, black and white striped clowns doing odd things with organs – and not the sort of organs you can play… At least not without draining the blood from them and drying them substantially first. This is backed up by the solid rhythms and riffs, and some pretty trippy electro work. Get the probes out nurse, I’m ready for my lobotomy!

The first sounds you are hit with upon entering “Metamorphosis” are that of a conversation between doctor and client, setting the scene of the decent into evil madness, the reasons for which will become clearer as we move along. This leads into ‘The Cradle Song’, which paints the picture of where the madness started. A lullaby with a dark twist, complete with ominous music box sounds. The haunting melodies and guitar work here set the mournful tone.

As you move along the twisting corridors of “Metamorphosis”, the bitterness stemming from years of neglect sing out, with Psychoberrie’s vocals delivering all the disturbing tones and nuances you would expect from one so deranged. This is pummelled further into your brain with the freak circus melodies, strange ambient sounds, and the measured work on guitars, and ska inspired bass and drums that sit below the melody.

I think my favourite area of this new wing is ‘Shadows’. It’s melancholy and disturbing, and finalises this new chapter in a perfectly dark way. Its message is sorrowful, and its lilting melody matches the hurt within the walls of the asylum…

In case you didn’t understand any of that, here’s the important bit! If you like to be taken on a theatrical journey into the madness of despair, in the style of Alice Cooper or Avatar, then Ward XVI, and this new album, are for you. It brings another level of depth and depravity to their ‘Shock Rock’ style, both musically and production wise, it’s masterfully handled. The instrumentation is ingenious, mixing ska style off beats and classic rock riffs. The use of sound effects, as well as spoken word, and some operatic and harsh vocals, add to the drama, darkness and madness throughout. Lyrically this disturbing concept album creates a deep and sorrowful picture, that draws you in from the very start. Terrifyingly beautiful, or beautifully terrifying? I’ll let you decide. Until the next chapter, inmates. Stay safe…And don’t let the shadows bite…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Retrogression
02. The Cradle Song
03. Mister Babadook
04. Daisy Chains
05. Broken Toys
06. Imago
07. A Goodnight Shot
08. Burn The Witch
09. Catch Me If You Can
10. The Verdict
11. Shadows

LINE-UP:
Psychoberrie – Vocals and Lyrics
Dr Von Stottenstein – Guitar
Wolfy Huntsman – Bass

Guest Appearances
‘Retrogression’: The Psychiatrist – Chris Barton
‘Verdict’: The Judge – Steve Walker
Drums -John Badger
Martin Crawley – Keyboards & Accordion
Anabelle Iratni – Operatic Vocals
Russ Custard – Guest Vocals: ‘Shadows’

LINKS:
www.wardxvi.com/
www.facebook.com/WardXVI/
www.twitter.com/WardXVIOfficial
www.instagram.com/wardxvi
www.wardxvi.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqyXfqFGUbz0T-1wFXCjjQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1iB6Fms5mWFqlK0vJi07of

Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Beth Jones and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with 13 BURNING

EMQ’s with 13 BURNING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oxford, UK based Old-School Metal band 13 Burning. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Dan Abrams on Vocals, Phill Millward on Guitar, Sarah Thompson on Bass and Steve Kearley on the Drums.

Phill: Band formed around 6 years ago out of the ashes of a previous band. I just thought “sod it, I just want to play some proper metal like the bands Tommy Vance used to play on the Friday Rock Show”

Sarah: Myself, Phill and Steve have been playing together in various bands for a good few years now. For me, 13 Burning is the best music we’ve ever produced.

Dan: I have been with the band since 2016

How did you come up with your band name?

Phill: The name comes from reading about the Salem witch trials, of course they weren’t burnt, but hey, poetic licence.

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

Sarah: UK/Oxfordshire. There are some really amazing bands in Oxford at the moment, but I think the music scene here is unfortunately declining. I blame the blight of the pub/music venue, so many have closed down. It’s such a shame, the city used to be buzzing with music, now there are only a couple of promotors who put on Metal gigs.

Dan: Not much of a scene here really. Better in the Black Country.

Phill: For the country that invented metal, and has produced some of the greatest bands ever to play like Maiden, Sabbath and Priest we now have to have pop bands like Biffy Clyro and Muse to headline our major Metal festivals just to try and sell tickets. The major media is completely anti metal (there’s a major radio station for about every type of music except metal, even jazz! And who the fuck likes jazz!). We were even asked at a gig in Oxford what the type of music was that we were playing because it was really good!

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

Our EP “Unholy” which was released 14th August 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Phill: Maiden, Sabbath, Priest, The Wildhearts, Zakk Wylde, Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, GnR, Helloween.

Dan: Ronnie James Dio, Russell Allen, Bruce Dickinson, Joe Lynn Turner, Roy Khan, anything Power Metal!

Sarah: There’s loads for me, metal and non-metal! But I’d say Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Hendrix, Anthrax

Steve: Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden mainly!

What first got you into music?

Phill: My Brother

Sarah: I grew up always listening to music so can’t remember not being into it. Guns N’ Roses opened my eyes to Heavy Metal though.

Steve: Late 70’s Status Quo to start with, then Iron Maiden in 1983 got me into metal.

Dan: I come from a creative, musical family. Have always been involved in music in some way.

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

Dan: Brothers of Metal would be fun, Dragonforce too. So many bands, anything epic, theatrical and powerful.

Phill: Larry Paterson formerly of Blaze Bayley

Sarah: Avenged Sevenfold or Slash

Steve: Iron Maiden (obviously!)

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

Phill: Rock in Rio, the biggest and best

Sarah: Bloodstock or Download, because they are great UK festivals and I’d get to play alongside some of my favourite bands!

Steve: Any of the big one’s! Download or Wacken, just because!

Dan: Wacken, so many great bands there and awesome crowd.

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

Phill: A cool breeze

Sarah: lol

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

Phill: Where are you?

Sarah: Er…well, pre & post pandemic – Thanks to everyone who comes out to see us play, it really does mean a lot. If you’re a sofa fan, then please support us by buying our CD & merch instead!

Dan: Keep supporting live music and always have fun!

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

Phill: Freddie Mercury

Sarah: Yep same!

Steve: Probably The Rev or Neil Peart

Sarah: Oh yeah, The Rev!

Dan: Ronnie James Dio

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

Steve: Love playing live but hate lugging the gear around!

Phill: Love just playing and writing songs. Hate travelling half way across the country to play to no one

Sarah: I love the actual playing but hate loading/unloading gear…and travelling home late at night.

Dan: I enjoy the creativity and working together as a band. I hate not getting enough gigs!

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

Phill: Being payed fairly for all the effort you put in

Dan: More chances for bands.

Sarah: Stop manufacturing bands when there are already loads of talented one’s out there, promote them!

Steve: Ticket touts!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dan: “Karma” – Kamelot

Steve: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

Phill: “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” – Iron Maiden

Sarah: “City Of Evil” – Avenged Sevenfold

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

Phill: Vinyl.

Sarah: Vinyl! You always get the awesome artwork but on a bigger scale!

Steve: Personally, I’d say CD’s.

Dan: I grew up with Vinyl, Cassettes and CD’s so they are the holy trinity for me.

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

Sarah: We supported Cambion here at the Oxford O2 Academy. I remember that being an awesome gig!

Steve: I’d say Metal to the Masses final at the O2 Academy Oxford.

Dan: Metal to the Masses

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

Dan: Creative shit.

Sarah: Unfortunately, I have a day job! Boring office bod!

Steve: I’m an NHS employee.

Phill: Wanking

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dan: Not all music related: Ronnie James Dio, Nikola Tesla, Alvin York, Jackie Chan, Aldous Huxley!

Steve: All of Iron Maiden (if they can have a +1)!

Sarah: Jimi Hendrix, The Rev, Carrie Fisher, Chris Hemsworth dressed as Thor and Villanelle!

What’s next for the band?

Sarah: We’ve just launched our EP “Unholy” so at the moment we’re getting that out there as much as possible. Given the current global situation, we’re itching to get out there and play!

Dan: Hopefully post-COVID gigs, writing new songs and some more recording.

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

www.13burning.com
www.facebook.com/13Burning
www.twitter.com/1_3burning
www.instagram.com/13burning/
www.soundcloud.com/13burning
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1A6eA1v7iW4l4BBHmJOBDo
www.music.apple.com/us/album/unholy-single/1525555417

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Phill: Cakes, proven by law!

Sarah: Defo a cake

Steve: Jaffa cakes are a bit of both!

Dan: Oh cake for sure, they go hard when stale, like a cake. Biscuits go soft.

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

Just thanks to everyone who supports 13 Burning and comes to watch us play live, we really appreciate it! Keep coming and please buy our CD and merch, it helps us keep doing what we’re doing! While we’re still in this pandemic, everyone stay safe and we’ll see you out there soon! And a big thanks to Ever Metal for the interview and the support! Cheers guys!

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with POSSESSOR

EMQ’s with POSSESSOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metal band Possessor. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Graham: Graham Bywater, dream warrior, axe wielder and excuse for a singer and songwriter.

Nathan: Nathan, drums.

Ollie: My name is Ollie and I play Bass.

How did you come up with your band name?

Graham: My old pal Mark and I were talking about the bands Confessor and Possessed in the pub years back and it just struck me that the two combined made a killer name. It’s got a good horror feel and it’s got that classic metal look when written down. There was a thrash band from the US with the same name, which I didn’t realise at the time, but they seem to have split now. Shame as they were good.

If we’d been more pissed that night we may have ended up called Confessed.

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

Nathan: UK, London – Competitive, ferocious and unpredictable – it’s a horror show of gruesome proportions and we love it.

Ollie: For the most part it’s decent.

Each genre has its own little sub culture, places where gigs happen, promotors etc. As with a lot of cities it certainly helps to know the right people but there are some great independent venues/bars and promotors supporting up and coming bands.

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

Graham: We’ve just unleashed our new single ‘Coffin Fit’ which will be followed by a second single and video. Both are taken from our upcoming album “Damn The Light”. Keep an eye out! It should he landing late September. Album due on Halloween!

‘Coffin Fit’

Album Pre-Order

www.possessor.bandcamp.com/album/damn-the-light

Who have been your greatest influences?

Graham: Tobe Hooper, Peter Cushing, Metallica, Darkthrone, Fu Manchu, Nirvana, Cannibal Corpse, KISS, Bruce Lee, Star Wars…

Nathan: Neil Peart, Dave Lombardo, Nicko McBrain, Thee Slayer Hippy, Les Binks, Simon Phillips, Paco Carena from Conflict…

What first got you into music?

Ollie: “Kill ‘em All”. First album I purchased when I was 12 and I remember fondly how gnarly it sounded when the intro to ‘Hit The Lights’ kicked in, followed by that first riff!!!

Graham: Probably my parents Queen and Paul Simon tapes and my brothers Iron Maiden records. I was also a bit doolally for every film soundtrack I heard as a kid, be it whatever. Maiden got me into somehow owning tapes by Kreator, Nuclear Assault, Slayer and Megadeth…things got heavy pretty fast.

I got inspired to actually play around the age of 12 when my cousin sold me a bass that looked identical to the one Nikki Sixx used in the ‘Dr. Feelgood’ video. That’s odd as I knew even then that Mötley Crüe were an awful band. Style over any sort of substance. Nice bass though.

Nathan: The pulsing throbbing grime of early AC/DC. That was where I got the metal bug after listening to a friend’s older sibling’s tapes. In the early 80’s it was fascinating. Hearing Slayer for the first time, before Google and Sky Tv truly felt like you were taking a step into the dark side and gambling with your soul – that excitement never fades.

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

Graham: Our producer Wayne Adams plays in a very noisy electronic two piece called Petbrick. I’d like to lay some riffs onto one of their songs.

I don’t see collabs being particularly worthwhile if the bands are of the same genre.

Nathan: Happy where I am.

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

Nathan: Impossible to pick just one but Hellfest, Bloodstock, Maryland Deathfest would be high in the list. Right now, we will play any festival anywhere it’s viable. Bring on 2021!

Graham: I guess Wacken or Hellfest? Something big and epic! Obscene Extreme would rule too as that’s just one massive silly party with folk dressing up as bananas and stuff.

It’s not a festival but I’d love to play at the Natural History Museum.

Ollie: For me it would be Obscene Extreme. Heard nothing but great things about it and the way it’s organised. Looks like a cool location and the crowds always seem completely into whatever band are playing.

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

Graham: Someone sent me an amazing Terminator action figure from America. Not weird as much as just really awesome! And generous.

Nathan: Space cakes or portraits.

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

Nathan: We love you!

Graham: Always listen to albums from start to finish.

Ollie: Keep supporting underground bands and your local scene.

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

Nathan: Neil Peart. He was cruelly taken WAY before his time.

Graham: Either Buddy Holly, Kurt Cobain, Freddie Mercury or Cliff Burton.

Ollie: Tough question. I’d probably go with Freddie Mercury.

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

Nathan: The thrill of the live show. Playing at your best to people who love it is the best thing. I hate nothing about it.

Ollie: It varies depending on how I’m feeling but I’d go with playing live shows and only having to focus on that one moment. The thing I hate is chasing the tone, never quite happy with it and just when I think I’ve got it, it’s gone.

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

Nathan: Nepotism and rudeness.

Graham: I hate any form of sexism or macho bullshit. There are some creeps out there. They should be strung up.

Ollie: “Cliques” within music genres.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nathan: King Diamond – “Abigail”.

Graham: Helloween – “Keeper of The Seven Keys part 2”

Ollie: IMPOSSIBLE!

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

Nathan: Cassettes then vinyl. But the reality is most music is heard via streaming or downloads, so you have to accept it and go with the flow. We make our records and releases at high cost so those who do buy them have something truly quality to enjoy.

Graham: I’m a sucker for a nice CD, but that’s because they are easier to carry about, post, play in the car and not have to turn over. Vinyl looks the best though of course!

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

Graham: Probably Sonic Blast in Moledo. We played next to a swimming pool full of half-naked stoned head banging party animals. Much fun ensued. That audience was just the best!

Nathan: The Lexington, long may it reign!

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

Nathan: Wiring electrics in grade 2 listed buildings.

Graham: I’d like to illustrate kids’ books, run some high-profile social media or focus on recording other folks music.

Ollie: Well I’m currently work in Multi-Media so perhaps still that, but I’ve always wanted to be a carpenter so maybe that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nathan: Ozzy Osbourne in 1981, Tobe Hooper, HR Giger, Dennis Hopper, Kendo Nagasaki!

Graham: That’s tough! Er…Peter Cushing, Mark Hamill, Arnie, Steve Coogan, Kathleen Turner, Stevie Nicks…oh that’s six. Sorry.

What’s next for the band?

Nathan: As soon as we can we’ll be hitting every place we can with a vengeance. We miss the stage.

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

Graham: Instagram is really enjoyable as it’s so simple and straight forward. Facebook is absolutely useless on most levels but it’s a good way to spread the word and promote. I’m pretty sure 75% of our page followers don’t see a thing I post though.

Bandcamp is the main site we use. I’d say that’s essential. It’s run so well and is quite frankly a genius idea.

The owners clearly care about their clients and the music.
www.possessor.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/possessor_band/
www.facebook.com/possessorband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Graham: Grim Flying Saucer

Nathan: Cake in a biscuit packet.

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

Graham: This Halloween you will damn the light.

Photo By Ryan Whitwell, Shotison Media

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with HUMAN HELL

EMQ’s with HUMAN HELL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metal band Human Hell. Huge thanks to vocalist Evan for taking part.

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

My name is Evan, and I’m on vocals. Human Hell has been years in the making. Landing on our feet with the current line-up, things just clicked where they hadn’t before.

How did you come up with your band name?

If anyone can take a look at the world we live in today, compared to 10 years ago, they’ll understand. Human Hell is the metaphorical and physical embodiment of this feeling. This realm is hell.

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

We reside in North London, UK. This is one of the best places in the world for the scene. So much talent exists all over the world, but I’m still amazed at the benchmark of ability within this area. Even the buskers need a record deal.

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

Our latest release is our EP, “The Only Guarantee In Life Is Death.” This is now available on Spotify , as of August 28th.

Idle Hands (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, for me John Davy of Job For A Cowboy, Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain, Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, and Brendan Wilson of Into The Flood. If you know you know. Also Storm Strope who sang on Soulless Hymns by The Last Ten Seconds of Life had a real impact.

What first got you into music?

I had already been a guitarist and had American Idiot and other power chord songs under my belt. I then discovered Suicide Silence’s The Cleansing and Carnifex’s Dead In My Arms. I knew this was my life from them on; The vocal mould had been broken so all bets were off.as to what people could expect. What better time to get into it.

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

Conjurer. They are the most talented metal band on the scene right now. Immensely tight with no lack of passion live – it’s insane how they pull it off.

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

Hellfest. The line-ups have been getting more ridiculous as each year passes. It’s the festival to go to and how quick it sells out every year proves that.

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

Delicious brownies from @Ebzbakes. It was weird because we all got a surprise delivery! She’s a sweetheart with a sweet tooth and they were the best brownies we’d ever had.

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

Metal has always been about shining a light on the darker aspects of humanity, the psyche and the things we have done. It is therefore the most powerful platform we have now to speak out about what’s going on in the world. It is the place for it.

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

Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, together. I’m a documentary fan 😊

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

The experiences I have gained through music, I thought were impossible. In a materialistic world I feel we do not identify progress unless it’s tangible. I could not put a price on what life has sent me and what we have created. I hate those who approach music taking this for granted.

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

The lack of societal impact and importance people seem to give artists, when outside of those people’s work hours – in this Netflix, Spotify, TikTok world – artists are what give them joy, escape, something. For example, during the lockdown in the UK, musicians have not been clearly communicated with.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Wormwood” – The Acacia Strain (I’d normally say “THE BIBLE”, the Job For a Cowboy EP)

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

FLAC download if you’re on the go all the time. As good quality theoretically as Vinyl!

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

We played a packed-out Black Heart in London. A venue dear to all of us in the band, filled with a room of those closest to us. Carnage.

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

I had to interrupt my studies at University for Neuroscience for surgery. Guess I could say the lab isn’t for me now.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Deftones.

What’s next for the band?

The EP release will be followed up with dates yet TBA. Expect to see our logo.

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

www.linktr.ee/humanhell
www.facebook.com/HumanHellUk/
www.instagram.com/humanhelluk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/13h7qi2W68HkBXuiLMixKI

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits have to have a crunch to them on the wheat bit. They’re cakes for sure.

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

Thanks for getting in touch! Stay safe during these times. Hope isn’t on the horizon yet.

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with HEDRA

EMQ’s with HEDRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Norwich, UK based Heavy Metal band Hedra. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Sean: I’m Sean, the handsome fellow of the bunch / drummer, and also the new guy! I know the guys have had a tough time in the past with drummers, so I am excited to bring a bit of stability and hopefully be the final piece of a pretty awesome heavy-metal jigsaw!

Jim: I love you Sean but you don’t know what that means as yet, lol, I’m Jim I play vocals, the band started off in Poland by Kamil, they had another vocalist but he didn’t understand English, Kamil moved to England to find a British singer and take them back to Poland where they would be playing huge festivals but he liked it here so stayed, and he auditioned me, I liked it, he liked it and so we stayed together from there on. We love each other indefinitely, you have to have that in a band, Sean doesn’t know that yet.

Simon: I’m Simon, I play guitar. I moved to Norwich in 2007, since that time I played in few projects. I’m quite new in the band. I joined Hedra in late 2019. I can see a big potential in the band and current members.

Kamil: My name is Kamil. I’m the guitarist and one of the formers of Hedra band. I moved to Norwich around 6 years ago. First time in my life I saw a chance to create a serious band. I was looking for members and I met Jim and that was the beginning of Hedra.

Steve: My name….is Michael Caine…just joking, Steve Saunders, Bassist ,Backing vocals for Hedra. I joined the band about eight months or so ago after wrapping up “Spreading The Disease”. Jim and I had been talking for a while and once I heard the bands new music I was sold.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jim: Again that was Kamil, he showed me all these metal names like ‘Chocolate Vag Hunter’ or ‘Stab Christ’, I can’t even remember most of them but then there was ‘HEDRA’, I asked him what it meant, he wouldn’t tell me so I found it on urban dictionary instead and coined a phrase from there, go look!

Kamil: I had a dream where someone was saying Hedra, Hedra so I took that as an omen. Everyone liked it so we stuck with it. Later I found out that is one of the plant species in Latino language. Lol

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

Jim: Originally I was meant to be from California, mum was on hols and spat me out here in Norfolk, so yeah I’m a Norwich bloke aright bor, the metal scene is superb here, the rock scene is not great at all, although it does get a bigger crowd its mostly covers or stuff that doesn’t float any boats in my opinion, the metal though is really diverse, some really non influential sounds which is where I developed the need to do the same!

Sean: I live in Norwich, close to one of the big ‘small, local venues’ called the Brickmakers, and it amazes me some of the bands that play there! The scene is super cool and there are some really good local bands doing their thing.

Simon: I live in Norwich, the scene over here is not that bad. There are nice local bands that amaze me. There is a good local venue called the Brickmakers. You can see plenty of local bands and even those from outside of the area.

Kamil: I’m from Poland. The district where I used to live was known for metal bands…Vader , Christ Agony , Nyia!

Steve: I live in Kent but not native to it, I grew up in Spain near Barcelona though am British by birth. Cambridge area.

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

Jim: We’ve done some singles – ‘Karma in Blood’, ‘Polaris’, ‘Broken Bones’ but that’s all stuff meant for the Album release, we realised people had been waiting a long time, 3 years, for something since our first one so we put those out to show a new sound, I love them so much, we worked hard on them, not some churn out quick mumbo jumbo!

Simon: Since our “Mind Dimension” EP we released three singles, ‘Karma in Blood’, ‘Polaris’ and ‘Broken Bones’. We also did a homemade video for ‘Broken Bones’, it’s available on Youtube.

Kamil: Our recent release is single and video for ‘Broken Bones’

‘Broken Bones’ (Covid-19 Lockdown Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Sean: Growing up I loved Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and Chris Adler (Lamb of God), but as I started to play in bands and learn that it is not all about going 100 miles a minute, every minute! I learned to love drummers like Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) who has a fantastic presence on stage and most importantly, Ray Luzier (Korn), any time I watch those guys play I want to grab my sticks and play for days on end! – I met Ray last year at the UK drum show, and I totally idolise the guy, I had to go have a pint of beer afterwards to stop myself from shaking I was so in awe of meeting the guy! *Laughs* but in all seriousness, his playing always reminds me why I love playing drums and without that I wouldn’t being playing anymore.

Jim: I have so many but Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, I’m not really a vocalist you see, I’m a guitarist but that’s good because it means I don’t want to be like any vocalist as such although saying that I’ve always loved Devin Townsend since the Sex & Religion Album with Steve Vai and would often change the vocals in my mind whilst on my cycling deliveries when that came out so there’s always going to be him in my voice, I also really got into Will Haven, that was mostly after I discovered my voice then found someone similar doing the same thing, if you listen to ‘Lost I Am Hate’ off our first EP, it sounds just like Will Haven but Kamil had written that song before I even joined so I just added that sound to it, its fucking great but now I just don’t want to sound like anything!

Simon: I started my adventure with guitar after listening to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. After that I get in to Megadeth and Dream Theater. I was so impressed by Dream Theater that eventually I get in to Liquid Tension Experiment. Guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Lukather, Andy Timmons, Steve Morse, Kiko Loureiro and many others. I just want to grab my guitar and start to play, also bass players like Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and Brian Bromberg. There is that magic when you hear that bass…

Kamil: Mnemic ! This band is my all-time favourite running in my veins. Every time when I hear them, I have Goosebumps. Also, Kobong , Slipknot , RATM, Machine Head , Fear Factory, Born of Osiris, Korn , Tool, Decapitated , American Head Charge, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki…

Steve: I grew up with Sabbs, Slade, Quo, Zep, AC/DC, moving along into Metallica, Soundgarden, Ramstein, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed all have influenced my music over time.

What first got you into music?

Sean: Music in general?! Listening to Richie Kavanagh (Irish comedy singer) hanging out the sunroof of my Dad’s car. My Dad is Irish and a complete nutter. We used to fly up and down the single-track road with this ‘diddly-dee’ music blasting out the speakers and I would sing at the top of my voice. It’s the earliest memory I have of music. Getting into drums?! My best friend at school wanted to play drums or bass, and I thought ‘screw you! I will have the cool instrument!’ – Begged my Mum to get me a drum kit and one day this kit rocks up from Argos. I shat my pants a bit, I had no idea what I was doing, but I got pretty good pretty quick just teaching myself, and then 16 years later, here I am!

Jim: To be fair it was my sister, she was dating a guy that liked metal, he claimed he was in a band called Praying Mantis, Matt McRoberts, I remember him well and the noises he made with my sister in the next bedroom, but yeah he’d bring me Raw Magazine £1 or Kerrang £1 and some mix tape always featuring Praying Mantis and bands like Metallica so that’s where the love started, realistically though he probably gave me those to listen to drown out those sounds next door at the time.

Simon: That’s my brother’s fault and his collection of Iron Maiden CD’s and Cassettes. I remember when I sneaked into his room to grab some of that treasure. I was like 10 or 11. I remember when I first listened to “No Prayer For The Dying”.

Kamil: First album of RATM. I just love that album. It was something new and so powerful. I listened to that album and felt that music, that is what I wanted to do.

Steve: Some people I knew, older than I, used to listen to Black Sabbath in an ol van they had but they would not let me in on it, so I asked my ol man to bring back some Sabbs albums from the UK to Spain when he travelled. He brought me back Sabotage (To this day my all-time favourite album), We Sold Our Soul For Rock n Roll, Quo live and Zep one album, I was hooked. That said, I was first introduced to music by my Uncle John, a true Rockabilly , he gave me an old record player and a bunch of singles that I played to death, Old Shep by Elvis, Flowers To San Francisco, Stupid Cupid, My Ol Mans A Dustman were some of them.

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

Jim: I’ve asked before, Robb Flynn, Devin Townsend, Phil Anselmo, the bastards don’t come back to you though do they, one day they’ll be asking me though, I’m joking, as I said I’m no vocalist.

Sean: Corey Taylor: For sure! Is there anything that guy can’t do?!

Simon: Kiko Loureiro, Jakub Zytecki, Nick Johnson, Steve Morse and many others. I will keep my list short.

Kamil: Devin Townsend. This guy is brilliant, John Browne from Monuments , Tom Morello from RATM! It’s only top of the pick. There are so many musicians that you could learn from!

Steve: Either Ozzy or Slipknot.

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

Jim: I’d just like to play Bloodstock to be honest, so many friends have asked when we will be playing it, I love the Family that run it they’re all ace, unfortunately they’ve chosen a shit show of a protection barrier that’s missing all the decent bands, I shouldn’t say it because that flattens my chances I know but ffs, stop putting on bands that only want to play and then split up and look for dedication please!

Sean: Wacken, or maybe Hellfest, I have some friends in Finland that I made through Twitch and it would be great to see them! Plus, I have another friend who works in a brewery there, so I reckon we would be well looked after, if you get my drift…

Simon: Bloodstock and Wacken, I would love to get to Budokan to play there one day.

Kamil: I would choose all of them from the smallest one to absolutely gigantic. I love playing. Stage is my home but obviously if it’s a bigger house , then more comfortable you will feel.

Steve: I have many tbh, including Download, Bloodstock, Sweden Rocks, Wacken, Knotfest, Ozzfest, list is endless.

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

Jim: Never received a weird gift, or anything from a fan to be honest, 2 in a bed, does that count as a gift?

Sean: I had someone throw a paper aeroplane at me mid-gig with my name and loads of hearts all over it, I couldn’t wait for the gig to end and get some nookie, until I found out it was from a guy.

Simon: I don’t think I have a fan, so nothing yet.

Kamil: Bag of biscuits and I don’t know why lol.

Steve: A Scots lass with big tits offered herself to me at a gig, does that count??

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

Jim: I really feel uncomfortable with the word fan, I always have, it’s like your ego is to big to accept music friends, so nah we have HEDRA friends (check the group) I’ve always wanted to be a friend of Iron Maiden not a fan, change that phrase please, my message is you’re all my friends that’s why I do music.

Sean: Cliché, but thank you and I love every one of you – this is my therapy, to play drums with awesome people, have fun, put smiles on people’s faces, I will be eternally grateful for that.

Simon: Thank you for supporting and love you all!!!

Kamil: I will say Thank you all for your support.

Steve: I consider all our “Fans” friends. Enjoy your music, look after yourselves and those near to you, help and support others when possible and as far as the band is concerned we are honoured that you like what we do, you are our friends and we appreciate you very much thank you.

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

Sean: Dimebag Darrell, that guy was a fucking genius!!

Jim: Jimi Hendrix, I know we really would get on so well!

Simon: Randy Rhoads!

Kamil: Dimebag Darrell!!! He was a legend. The Harry Potter of musicians. Absolutely brilliant guitarist!

Steve: Chris Cornell.

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

Jim: Creation, to think outside the box, be something no one else is even thinking about, not following the masses, the spoon-fed, meeting likeminded people from all over, being proud to produce a masterpiece in my mind, stress relief from normal life, always hated normality, I’d give that up in a heartbeat, buy house, new crap car, have kids, die, nah fuck that, let’s live shall we?

Sean: I love being able to express myself in ways that you can’t with your vocal chords. And hate is a strong word guys, but I strongly dislike that you come across other musicians who are only interested in what they want from you. Thankfully, I have finally found four other guys that when they say ‘Hey, we should do this!’ they actually mean, it instead of ‘Hey Sean! You should do all of this for me! And wipe my ass while you’re at it!’ *laughs*

Simon: The way you can express your feelings and emotions. Freedom that music gives you. There is nothing better than that freedom.

Kamil: I love being a musician and playing gigs, writing music. I hate not being a musician which is 75% what is currently happening to music now.

Steve: I love writing music, being in a band with great people, playing live, recording. The artwork creation etc. the feeling you feel when milestone achievements are made, meeting people, making friends.

I hate that musicians have always been treated like a cheap commodity using them and abusing them and providing livings for so many and yet barely able to feed themselves. it is disheartening.

I also hate to watch this industry dissolve very slowly into an absolute mess over the years, through the golden era to now. I feel very sorry for the future Musicians and industry. Just my view of course.

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

Jim: Ban streaming that is continuous, yeah streams are good but stop it somewhere and tell people to fucking buy it, I still think it’s the same people that show lack of appreciation for others making effort that leave their crap on the beaches, Spotify emphasises that type of person to the point where we all give up and leave crap on the beach, if someone said ‘right that’s it no more crap on this beach clear it up now or £1000 fine they’d do it.

Simon: Once you get big in industry you will stay big, there is not much opportunity for smaller bands and artists.

Kamil: I really don’t know.

Steve: that’s a tough one, but it would have to be either “Arrogancy/Self-importance” or “Support for each other/tolerance”.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sean: Dude, I would be here for days…I will give top three: “Great Southern Trendkill” (Pantera), “Ascendancy” (Trivium) & “Audio Secrecy” (Stone Sour).

Jim: “Passion & Warfare” by Steve Vai. Again, there’s no other album or sound like it in the world, you can’t beat it, must have bought that album 5 or 6 times over the years in different formats.

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

Kamil: Mnemic – “The Audio Injected Soul” 2004.

Steve: “Sabotage” – Black Sabbath.

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

Jim: Vinyl, I use to buy it as a Junior, back in the day they were crap though so cd was a blessing for quality, there was an oil shortage so they used to get pressed on wafer thin wax, but now you can get greedy bollox 180gm but the sound is so immense it’s like bands are in my front room, of course the nugget generation don’t care about that, that’s another thing that fucking pissed me off about streaming on Spotify, unless you’re a cunt and go for monthly subscription to fund another cunt that won’t help music you won’t get the quality of sound that you really don’t deserve anyway by putting money in a Limewire cunts pocket.

Sean: Controversial, but downloads, Spotify is the best tenner a month I spend.

Jim: @sean cunt!

Simon: I Love CD’s but downloads are more practical these days.

Kamil: Kobong.

Steve: I am dead against streaming and downloading until it is fair for musicians. I love Vinyl for obvious reasons, but the durability of CD’s is probably my preference.

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

Jim: For me probably the Astoria in London playing my own songs as a headliner with a balcony of people and a sea of cheers below it was amazing, I think that night motorhead had played to less people on their first gig!

Steve: Headlining  the “Bulldog Bash twice” and Playing Bloodstock. Though have toured arenas way back in another life.

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

Jim: I’d probably be into cars to be honest I love painting them up anyway.

Sean: Probably still stacking bricks in the middle of a four-acre field! Being a drummer got me out of the shithole and surrounded by my passion which was drums, working in a drum shop!

Kamil: I’ll open Beauty salon lol.

Steve: Footballer or Motorcycle racing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sean: Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo, Phil Anselmo, Matt Heafy and George Forman (as long as he brought his grill, I like steak).

Kamil: Max Cavalera, Jim Root, Corey Taylor!

Steve: Billy Connolly, Ozzy Osbourne, Lee Evans, Jeremy Corbyn, Dave Allen.

What’s next for the band?

Jim: For me it’s a case of getting everyone in the same boat, not following the obvious and working hard to support each other, once that’s done, we’ll be churning out the songs to get the Album out Some videos and gigs etc.

Kamil: Gigs , music writing, gigs and more gigs. Improvement of all aspects related with the band!

Steve: From my point of view finish the new album, tour and look for the support the band needs to take further steps. There’s a fair bit going on in the background too.

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

Jim: Spotify lol, no we really do but only until Jan then it’s gone, we’ve got Facebook, ReverbNation and YouTube just look for hedrametal. We’re everywhere really, I hate it, but that’s modern life isn’t it?

Kamil: iTunes , Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp

Steve: LinkedIn is good too.

www.facebook.com/hedrametalband/
www.twitter.com/HedraMetal
www.instagram.com/hedrametal/
www.hedrametal.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCzwfHW958FARoSxFsvmQTTg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jim: Biscuits crunch ffs, so Cake, like it says on the box ok?

Sean: They’re just shit!

Simon: Jaffa Cakes? I’m done…Simon Left…

Kamil: It is evil lol. I have never tried them to be honest.

Steve: Without a doubt a biscuit. And no, I don’t particularly like em.

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

Jim: If I sound harsh during this not meant to be, trying to have a giggle but yeah support the music buy the stuff, say hello, we love you all!

Sean: Thank you! It’s a pleasure talking to you guys and hopefully see you out on the road!

Simon: Thank you and hopefully see you soon.

Kamil: Thank you 😊 and hopefully see you soon.

Steve: I wish to thank all the many people including yourselves who have supported, helped, trusted, work with , become friends with myself and the people I spend my time with, thank you everyone for everything it means so much.

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with CULT BURIAL

EMQ’s with CULT BURIAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Death/Black/Doom Metal project Cult Burial. Huge thanks to Simon 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 Simon, I write the music and play guitars, bass and drums. I produce and mix the tracks too. The band started in March 2020, when I drunkenly bought a baritone guitar. I made of couple of tracks and released a 2-track EP called “Sorrow”. Four months later there was a full album, which is out in November 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

It just sounded heavy. I wanted a name that when you hear it, you immediately have a good idea what the music sounds like.

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

I’m from London. I’m not part of any metal scene, but every band on the planet comes here pretty regularly, so it’s a damn good place to be to watch music and check out bands.

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

Cult Burial’s self-titled debut album is out on 6 November 2020. It’s 9-tracks of crushing heaviness and vicious vocals.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Sepultura got me listening to heavier stuff. I loved the “Roots” album when I was a kid and Max’s vocals in particular. After that I started seeking out heavier bands. I go through phases of listening to death metal and black metal (I’m currently in a black metal phase), but listen to lots of other stuff, I’m a huge Massive Attack and Portishead fan too….so influences come from plenty of places.

What first got you into music?

Some guys in my school could play instruments and I walked in on them playing a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Aneurysm’. I knew I wanted to do the same, so I bought a cheap guitar and locked myself in a room until I could play a chord, which took far longer than it should have.

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

There’s so many bands that I really enjoy and appreciate their work and I’m constantly looking for new albums and new sounds from heavy artists…but I wouldn’t want to collaborate with any of them, I just like to do my thing. I get to self-conscious too collaborate.

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

Party.San always looks like it has a fine line up.

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

Honestly, bar a couple of odd emails, nobody has ever sent me shit. Send me weird stuff, people.

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

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. I didn’t come up with that, though.

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

Kurt Cobain.

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

Writing and mixing music. I like everything about it: the process, experimenting, the joy of getting it right and the frustration of constantly fucking it up. What do I hate? I’ve never enjoyed playing live, sadly.

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

What can you change? It’s a product of the demand for music that exists at any one time. I have nothing I would want to or have the ability to change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deftones’ “White Pony”. Not very heavy but the atmosphere in that record is insane.

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

Vinyl for the feel and the artwork. CD’s because I can put them in alpha-chronological order and that makes me very happy. Downloads for convenience.

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

Cult Burial doesn’t play live, and has no plans to currently.

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

I’d be looking ponderously out of a window, contemplating the meaning of life, day after day after day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bill Murray, Jurgen Klopp, Morgan Freeman, Bill Bailey, Frankie Boyle.

What’s next for the band?

The album is out 6 November, and a single from the album called ‘Dethroner’ will be out in October.

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

www.facebook.com/cultburial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s a tax question. I’m not the taxman. However, I will say this: a Jaffa Cake should be eaten in one whole mouthful.

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD

EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Selkirk, Scotland based Groove Metal/Sludge/Doom band Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Huge thanks to vocalist Jamie Clark 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 Jamie Clark and I am the vocalist Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Daz McSwell is on vocals and guitar, Ross Corbett on bass and Liam Roberts on drums. We began in 2014 with Greg on drums and Graham on bass when we started to jam in an old WW2 incendiary bomb munitions plant. There would literally be icicles hanging from the ceiling in winter and would be a hot box in the summer but that’s where the “Riot Revolt Revolution” E.P. was written and unleashed in 2015. We moved to another space in Selkirk, Scottish Borders where we still are now and wrote our first album “You Will Burn” and recorded it with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio near Chester which we released in 2017. Greg left after the album was released to concentrate on Uni. Enter Liam Roberts on drums. Not long after, Graham left too so he could further his career. Enter Ross Corbett on bass. Throughout this time, we have played all over the UK, mainland Europe and Ireland. We are now a stable band and love hitting the road and playing all over. At the end of 2019 we recorded a new album with Chris Fielding again but at Foel Studio this time and it was released on 17/07/20 called “The World Is Fucked”

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name came from something our original drummer said after walking through a snow blizzard. He said the snow was fucking brutal and that it was like walking through a Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. The rest is history.

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

We are based in a little town called Selkirk in The Scottish Borders, where the metal scene sadly is non-existent. The closest place is Edinburgh, about an hour’s drive away, where the scene is thriving thanks to some great venues like Banshee Labyrinth, Bannermans and Henrys Cellar used by awesome promoters.

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

We had a single, ‘Suicide’ out on 14/05/20 which is from the album “The World Is Fucked” released on 17/07/20.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Probably my Mum, everyone in the band and the amazing people around us.

What first got you into music?

I was always into music one way or another. Singing in the choir at school, my mum playing Joe Cocker and Joan Baez, friends lending me Marillion, Iron Maiden, AC/DC. I was obsessed with Iron Maiden for years; I have about everything they released up to Seventh Son.

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

Bongripper and add some vocals to Satan Worshipping Doom

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

Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. I’ve been going the past few years and it has the best vibe best people and there’s always a curveball that captures you. A lot of the music I’ve discovered the past few years has been from Roadburn.

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

Not sure about gifts but we were given ‘Special’ beer from a fan at a festival in Switzerland one time. Fuck knows what was in it, but we were fucked after it.

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

Look out for one another xx

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

Chris Cornell.

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

The most I enjoy is playing shows in new and old places and chewing the fat with old and new friends. The thing I dislike most is the thankless task of trying to contact promoters to try and organise shows, it can get pretty demoralising.

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

In the UK and many other countries, it would be great to see some sort of government support of venues. Too many great places are closing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

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

For me CD’s work best as I can put them on in my van. Vinyl is great to have and hold.

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

That’s a tough one, too many to choose. Let’s say Urban Assault Festival in Cork, Ireland 2019

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

I’m one half of a Construction business so probably putting more effort into that rather than being distracted by the bright lights.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Daz, Liam and Ross from the band, Luke Wolftired who played second guitar on the last Irish shows and Father Dave for the craic!

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the new single and album, then get out on the road ASAP once all the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music etc. etc.

www.facebook.com/deathblizzardband/
www.instagram.com/razorsharpdeathblizzard/
www.razorsharpdeathblizzard.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake but I eat them like a biscuit.

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

Thanks for the interview and we look forward to seeing you and everyone else as soon as we can. We hope you enjoy the new single and album. Take care and look after one another.
Peace
Jamie xx

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with UNDERKING

EMQ’s with UNDERKING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottingham, UK based Metal band Underking. Huge thanks to Maxwell Jeffries 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 Maxwell Jeffries and I play guitar, sing and write the music for Underking! The project started in 2018 from the ashes of my previous band Rage Cave – a three-piece NWOBHM band. I had a bunch of unfinished songs that I still wanted to get out into the world, so I started planning it as a solo release. I soon realised though that I wanted some screams in a few of the tracks. Knowing that I couldn’t do this alone I started to look for someone with the vocal talent to pull it off. I managed to find Dustin Burmiester and the rest is history!

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name originates from the popular video game series: The Elder Scrolls and is a character in one of the games. I was originally going to call the band ‘Witch King’ but it didn’t really end up sticking for some reason!

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

I’m currently based in Nottingham, UK! The scene here is pretty strong in the midlands, with a few of my favourite midlands metal bands being Dark Matter, WarlocK A.D, Cottonmouth and Rainless!

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

Underking’s latest release is the single: ‘The Throne’ which is available on all platforms and has a lyric video on YouTube!

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are definitely Judas Priest, Ghost and Megadeth for the most part, but I take influence from all across the musical spectrum with some of my favourite bands being Kvelertak, Gojira and Periphery! This is what kind of led me to split the project in half – to represent both sides of my music taste!

What first got you into music?

It’s hard to pinpoint a single thing that got me into music, but I’d say a moment that still really sticks with me was going to my first show – Rammstein at the NEC. It was an absolutely mind-blowing show and they blew me away again when I went to see them in Milton Keynes 8 years later!

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

I’d love to collaborate with Jeff Waters – the mastermind behind Annihilator. I’ve always admired his guitar skills but also how he’s carved out a distinct style in the thrash genre – a style of music that sometimes can feel a little saturated with the same kind of stuff so having a visionary like him on a track would be mad!

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

It’d have to be Download for me. Playing a festival that I’ve actually attended and have such awesome memories surrounding would be an incredible thing to do! Donington has such a legendary history of bands playing there as well – It’d be crazy to be a part of that.

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

This would definitely have to be a CD copy of Radiohead’s “In Rainbows”! A band I used to be not really all that fond of but have grown to like!

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

Thank you for all the support so far, it means a lot to me that people are enjoying the music I create! There’s a lot more to come over the next few years!

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

Lemmy. A local legend from Stoke and an amazing musician. The world is definitely better with him in it!

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

I love making music and seeing a song come together but I’d say the best feeling is seeing other people react to the song and enjoy it as much as I did writing it! I hate the constant fight against social media to get your music in front of people. It feels like bands have to spend way too much time fighting against the Facebook and Instagram algorithms just to get heard!

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

Following on from the previous question, it would definitely be the incessant promotion that bands need to do these days to even get their music in front of a potential fan. As an independent musician in the 21st century, it feels like you have to do, what, in the past, a team of people would have done. You have to make the music, market it, create promotional material, book and play your gigs, distribute your music online, manage the finances and more! The other option, of course, is to pay someone an extortionate amount of money for what amounts to a few advantageous email addresses!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album is “Meliora” by Ghost. What Tobias Forge did with that record is amazing and can never get enough praise in my opinion! A solid blend of classic metal with an updated vision and image. The hooks, the riffs, the production – it’s all outstanding!

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

Downloads are definitely better for convenience and audio quality (as long as you get it from a decent WAV file!) but nothing can beat the ‘experience’ of sticking on a vinyl record and reading the notes and looking at the detail of the cover!

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

Unfortunately, Underking haven’t played any gigs yet but in my previous project Rage Cave, we headlined a packed local show at the Sugarmill in Stoke and it was amazing! I love the Sugarmill and it’s a shame to see it in danger of going under! If anyone reading this has a local venue struggling in these crazy times – please consider donating to help keep them open!

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

I really don’t know! Music is my life and I can’t see myself doing anything else! I used to want to go into zoo keeping of all things though, so maybe if music doesn’t end up going that well for me, I’ll go back to pursuing that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tobias Forge, Jeff Waters, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson and Dave Mustaine – I’d love to have a chat with any of these guys never mind all 5!

What’s next for the band?

Underking has another single out in late July and I’m currently in the process of writing the next release with an aim to have it out early next year with possibly a single or two from that record this Winter!

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

You can check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at the links below! We’re also on all streaming platforms!
www.facebook.com/Underkingband/
www.instagram.com/_underking_/
www.twitter.com/Underking20

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! It’s in the name!

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

Thank you all for reading this interview and hopefully you enjoy some of the tunes! Cheers!

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with BLEED AGAIN

EMQ’s with BLEED AGAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Metal band Bleed Again. Huge thanks to guitarist Simon Williams 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 names Simon, lead guitarist and one of the founding members of Bleed Again. We originally formed in the late 2000’s and have released 4 EP’s and one studio album so far. Our line up has changed a few times over the years, originally starting with two vocalists, one guitarist, a bassist and a drummer and evolving into the line-up we have today – James (main vocals), Sam (second vocals and bass), myself (lead guitar), Chris (rhythm guitar) and Jordan (drums).

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, this was a while ago! Our main aim was to find a name that hadn’t been used before! Each name we came up with went through vagarious googling checks to make sure we would be the one and only! It didn’t take us too long to agree on Bleed Again and it has stayed ever since.

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

We are all from Sussex (UK), centring around Brighton. Rock and Metal is very popular down here on the coast. There are always countless gigs, new bands appearing, old bands getting better and better and a big hearted ‘metal head’ community that embraces it!

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is a single called ‘Survive’ – dropping 31st July 2020. This song is off the upcoming album we are currently writing and aiming to release early next year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

That would have to be Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive. They have influenced each member of the band in some way or another.

What first got you into music?

For me, my dad’s hard rock music collection. Looking back now you might call it ‘Dad Rock’ haha! ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, all guitar driven music really – that gave me a taste for playing guitar.

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

I think for us a collab would be working with someone that could bring something completely different to our music. We have screaming, singing, heavy guitars and huge drums. So, collaborating with someone like NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys would definitely make something…interesting… I fear I may have just uncovered our private ‘on the road’ playlist…

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

Download! We all love this place! Honestly, who doesn’t stand in front of the main stage and go ‘that’s f#####g huge!!’???

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

Not really a gift as such, but an offer for one person to be our security guard, merch seller, manager, driver, artwork designer and roadie!!!

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

Thank you for all your support over the years!

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

The guys will have other ideas, but for me it would be Dio!

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

I love seeing the crowd going nuts! There’s no better feeling than knowing it’s the music you’re playing that’s making them go crazy!

As for hate, venues with stairs! Well, that’s what the guys moan about the most!! I don’t think we have ever played a venue that has a lift…!

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

If there was more money in the industry bigger bands could give smaller bands more opportunities for support without stupid costs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

36 Crazyfists – “A Snow Capped Romance”!

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

CD’s! Ticks all the boxes; physical copy for the collection, excellent quality and easy to carry home from the gig!

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

Supporting SOiL in Brighton

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

I would probably have my classic Mini back on the road.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ainsley Harriott, Dave Grohl, Andy Copping, Bill Bailey and Satchel

What’s next for the band?

Finish writing and recording the new album then get straight back to gigging!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.bleedagainband.co.uk/
www.facebook.com/bleedagainuk/
www.twitter.com/bleedagainuk
www.instagram.com/bleedagain/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/46LujUEMc60oJPGikI1C1F
www.youtube.com/user/bleedagainuk

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

EMQ’s with CYPHER16

EMQ’s with CYPHER16

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band Cypher16. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Jack Doolan 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?

Jack Doolan. I play guitar and sing. Cypher16 first started touring back in 2008, and since then have visited 17 countries, including multiple trips to China, India and the USA. We’ve also filmed music videos in Gloucester Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the Natural History Museum.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think I originally created a myspace page called Cypher, but the URL had already been taken, so the number 16 got added on to make it unique. I never intended it to be permanent, but it has a certain ring to it, so it stuck, haha!

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

The band is based in London, UK. We have an interesting scene over here, and are lucky enough to get every artist of every genre passing through the city all year round (under normal circumstances, anyway). It’s competitive but as usual, the metal bands generally know and support each other.

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

We have just released ‘Push Through The Water’, the third song off our next album. We’re hoping to release it later this year, although everything is up in the air given the current pandemic.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In the rock and metal world, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Not necessarily a surprise, but over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with Bruce, Kirk and Lars, so there have been some intimate personal experiences that have really affected me in a positive way. I’m also a big fan of Meshuggah, Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Lamb of God. However, the greatest artist of all time is J.S. Bach, in my opinion. Untouchable.

What first got you into music?

Probably my mother – she encouraged me to try a lot of instruments when I was younger, and that eventually led to me picking up the electric guitar when I was 12.

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

Trent Reznor. He’s a genius and one of the most intense people I’ve ever met. I love everything he’s ever done.

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

I’d love to play Rock in Rio, or Poland Woodstock. Have heard great things about both, and the sheer size of them is incredible.

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

We were sent a 3D custom made bust of all four band members from a Chinese fan a few years ago. The detail on it is incredible and it’s very fragile. How they had it made, and then posted to us in London without it being destroyed is what astounds me the most! There’s a picture of it on the band’s Instagram somewhere, I think.

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

Thanks for listening, and supporting what we do. The coolest thing for me personally is when someone changes their daily habit to include us, whether that be listening to us online, or travelling to one of our shows.

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

John Bonham.

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

I like the travelling, and interacting with fans. I hate waiting to play before a show, and the current state of the music industry.

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

The music industry is systematically geared to crush the artist, when it should be the other way around. Couple with the effects of the shift from physical to digital, the last few years have progressively gotten worse, to the point where it is virtually impossible for most artists to make a living from music. Going forward, watch what happens to artist fees in 2021, as the industry seeks to recover money lost due to the Coronavirus. It’s paradoxical, because if the artist can’t make it work financially, then they can’t tour, and the industry will fall apart from the inside out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile (Left)” – Nine Inch Nails.

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

I was brought up mainly in the tape and then the CD age, so that’s what I’m used to. Downloads were an inevitable progression, but have devalued music to the point where it’s practically impossible to make a career out of it.

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

I enjoyed our first ever Chinese show, at the MIDI Festival in Shanghai. I think it was in 2014, or 2015. We played with Fear Factory, and I believe Wayne Static played the day before, and it turned out to be his last ever show. Would love to have caught it – I’m a big fan of Static-X.

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

Running a mobile bar business. Which I do – check out Alfred the Guinness bar, and flightcasebars.com

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Barack Obama, David Attenborough, Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoy

What’s next for the band?

2020 plans

We’re continuing to release new music, while we wait and see what the effect of the Coronavirus will be on the live music heading into 2021.

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

www.cypher16.net/
www.facebook.com/Cypher16/
www.twitter.com/cypher16
www.instagram.com/cypher16_official/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gosh, that’s a tough one. I’m going to say a cake! They don’t seem like biscuits to me.

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

Go and check out new songs, ‘Push Through The Water’, and ‘Break’, and let us know what you think!

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.