Piston – Piston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.instagram.com/PistonMusic

http://www.youtube.com/PistonBand

 

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

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EMQ’s with BLOOD OATH

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Chaos AD”

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

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

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

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

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

Going to bed early! Hahaha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither!

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

Yep. Support your local metal band!

 

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EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Omen Machine

EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottinghamshire based Alternative Metal band Omen Machine! Huge thanks to vocalist Matthew Nathan for taking part!

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

 

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EMQ’s with CADAVER SOIREE

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EMQ’s with CADAVER SOIREE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds based Extreme Metal band Cadaver Soiree! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

Neil: “Louis Armstrong”.

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

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

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

Zeal and Ardour would be ridiculously good.

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

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

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

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

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

Hello!

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

Dead!

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

Marc: Pure catharsis, I hate apathy.

Neil: The buzz of playing live.

Andy: Creating.

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

Fairer pay for artist streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Marc: “Beneath The Remains” – Sepultura

Neil: “Chaos AD” – Sepultura

Andy: It changes too frequently to say one.

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

CD’s so long as they’re good quality.

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

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

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

We do lots of things. Mostly really boring things!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other two band members and their partners.

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a cake. Clue’s in the name.

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

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

 

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Control The Storm – Forevermore

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Control The Storm – Forevermore
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/07/2019
Running Time: 54:41
Review by Tammy Lomax
8/10

Control The Storm are a Melodic Power Metal band from Bristol UK and were formed in 2010. They are also one of our Ever Metal bands to watch out for. In their press release they state they have “gone from strength to strength” and they have hit the nail completely on the head Their debut album “Beast Inside” was released in 2015 and “Forevermore is the follow up!

They are an incredibly hardworking band on the live circuit and as a unit they gel really well and that reflects in their studio output because they are so well-rehearsed.
So the battle begins with their new album “Forevermore” the start of a new chapter. Get your marching shoes and get in line and let us be strong and united.

The album opens with ‘Darkest Fantasy’ and this is why I said go and get them marching shoes on, because that is how this track makes you feel, its catchy and prepares you for battle. Firouzeh’s vocals are great, she just floats. Sometimes the high notes reached are a personal no for me and feel a touch strained but those guitar solos are just so beautiful, warm and brilliant.

‘New Era’ takes you on a little journey and the emotions are familiar. It’s pleasant on the ears but it is the perfect track to blast really loud. It is anthemic and has such a catchy chorus I find myself singing the words! It’s very well written, the guitars are poignant as they are throughout the album. Guitarists Matt Smith and Rich Shillitoe work very well together, in fact it’s almost like they are both playing on the same guitar at points.

‘Follow Me’ is also really cool and they have a video out for this track. It is my favourite on the album, mainly because of the lyrics as they mean a lot to me, as well as the memorable chorus and those beautiful guitars again.

Final, title, track ‘Forevermore’ is a complete ‘WOW’ as it comes in at just over 13 mins long, but what a 13 minutes it is!. It’s Control The Storm’s journey in a song. It’s almost like you are reading their book, pulling you in, and picturing your own personal scenario to their story. I could see this being the perfect song for a fairy-tale. You are consumed to know what the next chapter is, it is so victorious and determined, Personally, I keep feeling a little Pink Floyd here but whatever you hear it’s an absolutely epic way to finish the album

When I last spoke to Rae (Keyboard player Raedon Mac) Control The Storm were playing the Metalheart Promotions All Dayer 2019 and he explained how pumped up the band were to be playing Bloodstock this year. I understand it was their first time running through the complete set in one go. They were so tight and well glued together, it was bloody awesome. And to be honest they were one of the best bands for me on the day.
Now, even though on occasion I prefer my metal like my coffee, mean and extreme with a massive kick, I have an open mind to listen to anything. Control The Storm put me in a real happy place, I feel motivated and lifted.

While listening to the album in full for the first time properly and seeing them work as a team on stage I am excited for the journey ahead. I feel elated and beat up listening to “Forevermore”. This is the new Control The Storm. Don’t stop moving guys. It’s time for them to shine and reap the rewards from their hard work and dedication.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Darkest Fantasy
02. Strike To Defend
03. New Era
04. Follow Me
05. In The Night
06. Chaotic Mind
07. Hidden Wonder
08. Curse Of The Voiceless
09. Forevermore

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ControlTheStorm/
https://www.instagram.com/controlthestormofficial/?
https://controlthestorm.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/controlthestorm

 

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EMQ’s with FAR FROM REFUGE

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EMQ’s with FAR FROM REFUGE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cambridge, UK based Metal band Far From Refuge! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

We are Far From Refuge and we play a mix of progressive, technical and melodic metalcore!

Joél: I conceptualised the project many years ago, and after going through a few iterations found a group of talented people with the same drive and ambition, who also turned out to be pretty alright people to boot – which is a bonus!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name comes from a record by a band called “God is an Astronaut”. We felt it invoked a sense of helplessness and vastness. Imagine just existing, alone in the void of space. We love that.

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

We’re based in the UK. The country has produced some incredible modern metal bands (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Tesseract – to name a few). There is some insane talent on the underground circuit as well. But our band members hail from all over originally, including Germany, Hungary, & Sri Lanka.

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

Our debut, self-titled, EP, which was released in February this year!

Who have been your greatest influences?

InMe, Periphery, Trivium, Architects, Rosetta, God is an Astronaut and so many more!

What first got you into music?

Joél: I can’t remember not being into music! I have very early memories of jamming to Michael Jackson tunes…

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

Joél: After hearing the new Marshmello/ A Day To Remember tune, I’d love to do a genre mashup like that! Maybe Infected Mushroom, Deadmau5 or Scooter (!) are free…?

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

Rock am Ring!

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

Nothing weird yet, luckily!

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

Let us know what you want to hear more of!

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

Joél: Dimebag!
Suran: Chuck Shuldiner

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

Joél: I love the creative process. I’m happiest when I’m writing songs and bringing ideas to life. I dislike that there are so many people who try to make money by exploiting aspiring musicians.

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

Joél: No more singer/songwriters.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Joél: Fenix TX – “Lechuza”
Suran: Wintersun – “Wintersun”

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

Joél: Streaming or CD.

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

Every time we have played the Portland Arms in Cambridge it has been insane!

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

Joél: Playing Video games..!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joél: Let’s get some great songwriters and producers together and make weird music. Lindsey Buckingham, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Imogen Heap and Timbaland.

What’s next for the band?

Joél: We’re releasing a few standalone singles in 2019, and plan to start recording our first album early next year.

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

www.farfromrefuge.com
www.facebook.com/farfromrefuge
www.youtube.com/farfromrefuge

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Joél: Biscuit. Pro tip, get the cheap Sainsbury’s version, they are literally the same.

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

Thanks for having us! Feel free to hit us up any time on our social media platforms, we love talking to fans!

 

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Heist 2-11 – Heist 2-11 EP

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Heist 2-11 – Heist 2-11 EP
Self-Released
Running Time: 19:47
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
8/10

Heist 2-11 are a four-piece masked band from Newcastle.

Their new, self-titled, EP has recently been released and it is available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer etc.

If you like Nickelback and Korn then you will love these guys. With strong vocals and smashing riffs, you’ll want to get up and head bang.

Out of the four tracks I have been given, ‘Take Everything’ has to be my favourite. You are pulled into an assumption of how the track will play but then, out of nowhere, you are thrown backwards. You are heaved straight into that chunky Korn sound, it pulls you in, hitting you hard and fast. The vocals throughout the track are a high for me, you can feel the drop of every word and the range is very impressive. My favourite part, the well fashioned riffs and the thrash like thuds come as a surprise, eventually easing you back to reality. That beefy bass sound works great with the stocky guitar sound throughout all their tracks.

Heist 2-11 take me back to when I first started to listen to Metal, bringing back that original sound but with an edge. They are currently working with a producer in New York on a video so keep your eyes peeled. I am excited to see what these fellas bring, with The Haunting UK Tour now in full-swing, they are making some noise. I highly recommend you go check them out.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fight
02. Take Everything
03. Save Me
04. I Am Alive

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/heist211/
https://www.instagram.com/heist211official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PEJHRm9bIVhkLfTO10bug

 

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Kill All The Gentlemen – The Loss And The Rapture

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Kill All The Gentlemen – The Loss And The Rapture
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 22/11/2018
Running Time: 39:37
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Greetings, neophytes, zelators and the mildly curious about the occult activities of the Left Hand Path. It is I, the Groove Ipssisimus Dark Juan here to give you the “benefit” of my wisdom about many things: One of them might even be what I’m supposed to be writing about, but to be honest I think you might be shit out of luck on that score today, and possibly for the rest of the week. Mainly because it has been that hot here I haven’t been able to do anything apart from lie on the cool tiled floor of the lounge, bemoan the French government for allowing this heatwave to happen and curse Satan for not shutting the back door to hell behind me after I kicked him in his nefarious big red balls and fucked off after he dared to suggest my soul belongs to him. As far as I am concerned, you have to have a soul in order for it to belong to anyone, and the twisted, foetid little black knot of unspeakable rage that lives in my chest does not qualify as a soul. More a weapon. Anyway, I am sat (sitting would be the correct grammar, according to my guest who has just left to go skiing in the Alps. He’s a lawyer and went to a very exclusive school where they taught him Latin and stuff. My Dying Bride taught me Latin – Incendere suus, damnare suus vita. Dare suus ad art ventus) in my Fourth Invocation Robes (Summer Weight (Refrigerated)) dying slowly of dehydration whilst simultaneously drinking as much alcohol as I can cram down my avid throat whilst I listen to Kill All The Gentlemen’s latest offering, entitled “The Loss And The Rapture” (Phew, we got to it in the end. Well done for sticking with me this far…) This band is based in England, more specifically Exeter in Devon, although I am privately convinced that at least two members of the band are NOT Devonian by birth. I shall leave you, dear reader, to work out who they might be.

Disclaimer – My Fourth Invocation Robes (Summer Weight) are a lie. I’m wearing green pyjama pants with Animal from the Muppets on them, black and white striped espadrilles and a not wholly unironic Spinal Tap t-shirt. This is because I have had a high concentration of supreme quality metal recently and because of sex wees, trouser explosions and sheer excitement coupled with being of a certain age I have single-handedly created a Breton underwear drought. Hence with the expectation of this being a rather splendid slab of depleted uranium heaviness, I have elected to eschew pants. No tighty whities for Dark Juan!

I am not disappointed with the heaviness. This is not music. It is an avalanche with some poor fucker on skis in front of it. It is brutality and violence in musical form. This is A VERY GOOD THING. I know I rattle on about melody and quality tunesmithing, but there are times you (I, certainly) just want to have your brain turned to soup. KATG are rather good at this, but to write them off as just a kind of fairly generic death/ extreme metal band is to not pay sufficient attention to them. The title track of this record is a FUCKING GLORIOUS THING THAT EVERY SINGLE METAL FAN SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF BY ORDER OF DARK JUAN YOU FUCKING BUNCH OF BASTARD PHILISTINES!!!!!! It is almost prog in its complexity, with light and dark and fucking loud and quiet and vocals that range from the chilling whisper you get in your ear a split second before the brandished steel blade is drawn across your throat and your lifeblood pumps from you in minutes, to the kind of open throated roar that normally emanates from a giant, radioactive lizard intent on razing Japanese cities to the ground. It is a roar you should never play at any volume in San Francisco as you will just seismically stimulate the San Andreas Fault into an early earthquake. Well done, Kill All The Gentlemen; you have turned a beautiful 1920s city by the sea into a massive fucking Lovecraftian hole simply by the power of your heavy fucking metal. This is behaviour that needs to be encouraged. Can you please do the same to the bunch of Jesus freaks and all round unpleasant cock juggling thundercunts that are the Westboro Baptist Church, please? I might have a highly illegal and possibly unstable cache of trinitrotoluene secreted somewhere nearby should you need some explosive assistance… The album as a whole is a solid and powerful piece of speedy, sharpened metal with a bass sound that reminded me greatly of the 80’s British thrash band Acid Reign. The opening cut on this record, ‘I Welcome The Horror’ has the potential to be a minor classic, starting with the kind of music that you would expect from 80’s Italian horror films before Adam Martin howls, “It’s coming…… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!” and you are led down a spiky, flesh ridden, blood-soaked rabbit hole of metal brutality seldom experienced from British bands. It is a fine song and it is representative of the whole record. It is speedy and powerful and jolly good fun if you like mosh pits and losing your teeth while cannoning off other people intent on changing their own dentistry. All the songs are exciting, solid slabs of granite hard heavy metal underpinned with the prodigious roar of the estimable Mr. Martin. The title track is far and away my favourite on the record though, as it stands head and shoulders above the rest for quality, interest and ability. This is not to say that the rest of the record is bad because it really isn’t! ‘These Are Godless Times’ is another absolute stormer of a song and hopefully destined for permanent airplay on many record stations.

In short then, KATG have shaken me out of a post visit bout of existential misery, but they have also caused me to cane the gin and tonic and now I’m wankered all over again.

Thank you, gentlemen, thank you.

A fine, fine record then. Give them your readies and buy their records.

The Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has been quaffing many alcoholic beverages during the course of this album and awards it a splendidly squiffy 8/10. Well worth your effort, though. British metal is back on the up!

TRACKLISTING:
01. I Welcome The Horror
02. Sing For Me Sinner
03. Where Here Is I Know Not
(Could be the Dark Juan theme tune! We went to La Gacilly for a photographic exhibition yesterday. Got lost twice. The Volkswaffe doesn’t have sat nav, which made opportunities for deflowering virgins and subverting the Church tricky as we were on the minutes. I had to content myself with telling a nun she worshipped a false god and she needed cock…)
04. These Are Godless Times (Well, I am doing my best! Burn down a church!)
05. Death’s Very Emissary (Oh yes, that IS me…)
06. The Loss And The Rapture
07. Damnation Be My Guide
08. Once A Slave
(NEVER A FUCKING SLAVE! DARK JUAN WILL ACHIEVE DOMINION OVER ALL!!! Probably to a soundtrack of Kill All The Gentlemen.)

LINE-UP:
Adam Martin – Vocals/Guitar
Christian Axsel – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Thomas Arne Rørstad – Drums
Ben Andrew – Bass
Drums on the album recorded by Olan Parkinson

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/killallthegentlemen/

https://www.instagram.com/katgband/
https://killallthegentlemen.bigcartel.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCHlWuQVXpl8ZloY1-CXQNQ

 

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Heavy Metal band Blind Cross! Huge thanks to vocalist Juan Ricardo 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 my name is Juan Ricardo. I am the lead vocalist of Blind Cross. Blind Cross was formed by guitarist Rocco Stellmacher after the break-up of his band Gorgons Eye. He started writing new songs and put together a new band with drummer Andy Korte and bassist Matze Horold from the band Double Action. After a long search for a vocalist, he had a conversation with Pure Steel records president Andreas Lorenz who suggested asking me if I would be interested… I had recently released records with Sunless Sky, Ritual and Wretch plus had a new album coming out from Dark Arena on the label. Once I heard the songs I was immediately impressed by Rocco’s use of melody and the overall classic metal sound of the recording and instantly said YES.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Blind Cross was created by Rocco. He thought that in every person’s life there is a cross that we must bear… an event that shaped our lives… but this is a cross that no one can actually know or see… so it is a Blind Cross.

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

Well this is a two part question because I am from America and the band is from Germany. In America the metal scene is good, especially in the major cities like Cleveland where I am from… but overall it is about new style mainstream metal bands in America in general. Whereas in Germany, and most of Europe, the metal scene is considered better because they are still into traditional metal styles and have not changed as much with the current trends. So in Germany they are still into what people consider “True” metal whereas America is not…

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

Blind Cross has completed our debut album called “Merciless Time” that is due to be released on July 5th. To go with this release we have finished two videos to promote the album. A lyric video for the lead-off track on the album called ‘The Hammer And The Nail’ and an official video to the first single off the album called ‘Bioluminosity’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I started singing in bands when I was 10 and eventually studied classical music and opera in college, so my first influence would be Luciano Pavarotti but as I became a metal singer my influences are: Ronnie James Dio, Robert Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, James Rivera, Geddy Lee, Freddy Mercury and Midnight of Crimson Glory.

What first got you into music?

I had always had a love and interest in music but my musical career actually began, like I said, when I was 10. My mom had friends who were in a Spanish band that was looking for a drummer and singer, and she mentioned that I could play… so in desperation they tried me out and I got the gig. I began my metal career in another odd way… I was in college and at a party singing when a group of guys approached me and complimented me and asked if I ever considered singing metal? I asked if they meant bands like Judas Priest? and surprised them by singing ‘Victim of Changes’ and was asked to join the band which eventually was called Stryker.

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

Wow! Anyone? I guess I would sing with Iron Maiden… Doesn’t everyone? If I had to have a second choice it would be to do a project with the members of Rush… They have been my favourite band since I first heard them in high school when they released the album 2112 in the mid 70’s.

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

This is an easy one…Wacken in Germany! As a metal band this is almost everyone’s dream… but if I had a second choice it would actually be Prog-Power in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. Festivals are the big trend now world-wide, it’s hard to get fans to go to small shows but they will attend a festival. I’m actually an organizer of a festival in Cleveland for the label called Pure Steel Metalfest each fall on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

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

The weirdest gift for me is that people try to buy me drinks at every show… I don’t drink alcohol but as the singer in the metal band I don’t think people believe me. Every show someone will buy me a drink and after I tell them “thanks but no thanks” they will insist, so I will graciously accept them but I give the drink to a band mate or another fan.

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

If I had one message it would be thank you. Thank you for supporting me and countless other metal musicians with their passion for the music. We are doing this because of them, they are the reason metal is alive and strong after all these years.

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

This would be the man that was the greatest influence on me when it comes to my singing style in metal; the one and only Ronnie James Dio. It is my single, greatest regret that of all the amazing vocalist I have seen that I never got to see him perform live…

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

I love being a musician… Being creative, the fellowship you have with the members of your band, I love travelling and seeing new places, I love meeting the fans and talking about music with them, their energy excites me and makes me want to be the best I can be for them… I do hate being away from my family for extended periods of time.

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

If there was one thing I do not like it would be the dog-eat-dog nature of the business part of making music. Everyone realizes how difficult it is to actually make it in music, especially in metal… that leads some people to have the mentality of success at any price, which is unfortunate… making music should be about the joy and the love of music. I always try to help young and up-coming bands and that is why I am also an A+R rep for the record label.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Two albums changed my life…First was Rush – “2112”…It opened my eyes to what heights songwriting could reach, musicianship at its highest level…and Second was Rainbow – “Rising”… When I first heard ‘Stargazer’ I was in awe…Dio had so much power and passion in his voice, I knew I wanted to sound like that.

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

I have hundreds of each, but vinyl has a real place in my heart cause that’s what I grew up on and of course you would love the big cover art work…but honestly, I almost never listen to my vinyl anymore. Nowadays if I’m home I will listen to my CD’s cause I enjoy the sound quality…but if I’m working on music it’s on a digital format because all the recording studios I work at have gone almost completely digital… I see a time in the near future where all music will be sold entirely digitally.

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

Well I’ve done thousands of shows over the past 40 years so I think I will say three recent ones… Sunless Sky at The Priest’s Cave in Brno, Czech Republic in 2017…Ritual at The Full Metal festival in Niederjossa, Germany this past March…and Wretch at The Spirit of Metal festival in Hamburg, Germany this year. Hopefully I will be able to add a Blind Cross show to this list soon..!

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

An athlete! I was a professional boxer at one time and have been running marathons since I was in college… of course that is if I could regain my youth. Even though I’m in my late fifties now, I’m still in very good shape but I would be retired… With music I can continue to perform for as long as people want to see me, my voice feels great.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone? President Barack Obama, Urban Meyer… ex-football coach of Ohio State University, Film producer Steven Spielberg, Horror writer Steven King and Boxing champion Felix Trinidad.

What’s next for the band?

For Blind Cross everything is wide open… Touring is of course a possibility, it may be too early to start thinking about the next record but in music you always have to be looking to the future.

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

Look for Blind Cross on Facebook or look up any of my projects on Facebook or Pure Steel Records website
https://puresteel-records.com
https://www.facebook.com/Juan-Ricardo-182768288403262/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly don’t know what a Jaffa cake is… but judging from the name I’m going to guess a Cake.

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

You’re very welcome and I want to thank you for this chance to share my music with everyone. Stay heavy, stay metal…!

 

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