EMQ’s with GODETH – PART 2

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EMQ’s with GODETH – PART 2

In July 2020 we did our first EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band Godeth, courtesy of guitarist Dylan. With a brand new EP “Life To The Flame” being released on 30th July, they have returned to tackle it again. This time we thank vocalist Eddie Myland for taking part and offering his thoughts and perspectives!

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 Eddie Myland, I am Godeth’s lead singer and frontman.

The band was formed in 2018 and since then we have practised and played both cover songs and original music, we’ve written ourselves. In 2019 we started playing gigs as a full 5 piece band, and have since played venues such as The Key Club and O2 academy in Leeds with about 15 songs ready for gigs to come.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our bassist Lewis came up with the band name “Snowdeth” but none of us were very keen, he then came up with “Godeth” and despite not too much enthusiasm among us, we went with it and are now very happy with it.

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

I am from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and the metal/rock scene is not the best here but good enough, there’s certainly plenty of us but just not as many venues/bars as we’d like.

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

Our latest release will be our new, upcoming EP entitled “Life To The Flame” which will be available on all streaming services from the 30th of July this year.

‘Animal Side’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The likes of Serj Tankian, Phil Anselmo, Freddie Mercury and Randy Blythe have been my greatest influences as a singer/front man.

What first got you into music?

Queen first properly got me into music, since listening to so much of their music I started getting into the likes of Led Zeppelin/Free/Thin Lizzy etc and soon after discovered metal.

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

If I could collaborate with any musician, it would be Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, He’s one of my favourite guitarists and I feel his unique style of playing would be perfect for some of the vocals I can do/want to try.

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

I would choose to play Hellfest in France simply because I’ve never seen anywhere with even half as many amazing bands performing, it just seems like the greatest festival for all metal heads and bands. I’d love to go to it in general.

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

Not a weird gift but after the show I once got given a plastic medal for best dancer so I’ll take that as a compliment.

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

One message for our fans “thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve shown so far, there’s plenty more to come from us though so let’s keep this party going”

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

Freddie Mercury!

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

The thing I enjoy most about being a musician is performing, I feel being a frontman and hyping people up is what I was made for, what I’m destined to do and what I love doing more than anything!

The thing I hate is how much money you put into the band in relation to what we get out of it (money wise).

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

if I could change anything it would be that real musicians that play every note live and record without autotune get the credit and rewards they deserve rather than the manufactured pop artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Not a metal album but my favourite album of all time is The Prodigy – “Invaders Must Die”

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

Downloads are so easy and reliable but my favourite was always CD’s just because they’re what I grew up buying whilst getting into new music.

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

Our headline show, at The Key Club, just before the first lockdown was by far the best gig we’ve played.

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

If I weren’t a musician, I’d be doing joinery full time, the trade I am trained in.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil Anselmo, Jack Nicholson, Salma Hayek, Fred Durst and Ariana Grande

What’s next for the band?

We are going to continue getting decent gigs and are currently writing bigger, better songs which will eventually be released of course.

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

We usually use Facebook and Instagram for all our posts.
www.godeth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/GodethUK/
www.instagram.com/godeth_band/
www.twitter.com/GodethBand
www.soundcloud.com/user-929590449
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3oeXNRsY37Bq30hwcPi6aG
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJh6rjLwEXPbmNtTPGP8Sg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa cakes are cakes, it’s in the name.

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

Tickets are still available for our headline show and EP release launch at The Key Club, Leeds on Saturday 31st of July 2021, get tickets now!

Ticket Link:

www.seetickets.com/event/godeth/the-key-club/1848677

Link to EMQ’s with GODETH – Part 1

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

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EMQ’s with RITUALS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle, England based Metal band, Rituals. Huge thanks to guitarist, Ewan, 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 am Ewan. I play guitar in Rituals. We are a metal band from Newcastle, England formed in 2018, and we are currently getting ready to release our debut EP “AWAKE” on the 3rd of September 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

We didn’t really think too hard about it, I just remember thinking of the word on a train back from college and that it would make a good name for a band. So, when me and Lewis discussed starting a band together, and we needed a name, I mentioned Rituals and it just fit with the music that was being written.

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

We are from Newcastle which has currently got a great metal scene coming through which feels great to be a part of.

What is your latest release?

Our previous release was a track called ‘False Royal’ which came out in October 2020; however, we have just released the title track from our new EP “AWAKE’ which came out on the 11th of June. It is a song we are all really proud of and can’t wait to share with everyone.

‘Awake’ (Official Video)

‘False Royal’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Everyone in the band is influenced by a range of different genres and bands. From the metal scene it is bands like While She Sleeps, Architects, Bury Tomorrow and Bleed From Within but also artists outside of metal like Tom Misch, Depeche Mode and Oasis.

What first got you into music?

What first got me into music was hearing and watching Elvis Presley as a kid, that was who inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place!

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

Personally, I’d love to get someone like Noel Gallagher singing on a track, I think he has such a great voice and ear for melody, that hearing him over a melodic bridge in a metalcore track would be really interesting. We can all dream right!

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

It would have to be Download Festival! With the amount of iconic sets that have taken place at that festival it would be an honour to get to play it.

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

Nothing weird yet, guess we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds!

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

Thank you for taking time to listen to our music, we truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to listen to our music, and we can’t wait to share what is next with you all!

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

Cliff Burton, the guy had a major part in Metallica’s songwriting, so it would have been great to hear more of his music than the 3 albums we got.

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

I love the feeling of hearing the final mix back of a song, hearing what you imagined in your head when demoing the track all in a mix, is something I’ll never get sick of. There’s honestly nothing I hate, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do it, but the paranoia of gear going wrong on stage is something I could do without!

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

Whilst streaming is so convenient, I miss going out and buying a new album and hitting play and not knowing what was going to come out of the speakers. So, bringing back the prominence of physical formats would be it for me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Always tough to pick one, but I would go for Depeche Mode “Playing The Angel”. The album came out in 2005, but still to this day I listen to it and pick up on new nuances that I had not noticed. The album overall has a great sound, each song holds its own, which is massively important in an album.

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

Vinyl, you can’t beat that feeling of holding a record in your hands. It gives you a physical connection with the record and the artwork, as opposed to staring at it on a screen.

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

Best show so far would be the last time we played Newcastle in February 2020, the atmosphere in the venue was great and we went up there and gave it everything.

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

Honestly not a clue, would maybe be a tattoo artist or something, I’d still need to be creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

For me I’d want to get 5 great songwriters around the table so I can pick their brains, so it would be Damon Albarn, James Hetfield, Mark Tremonti, Trent Reznor and Rob Flynn. Could you imagine!

What’s next for the band?

We have our debut EP “AWAKE” coming out on the 11th of September, and will be announcing some live shows soon, so keep an eye out on our socials! We are also putting plans in place for the follow up to “AWAKE”.

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

We use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook mainly, and our music is available on all major streaming platforms!
www.facebook.com/RitualsUKMusic/
www.instagram.com/ritualsuk/
www.twitter.com/Ritualsukmusic
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6zaggWMA34L6ag8GRa8pHh

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit sized cake isn’t it, so I would have to say cake!

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

Thank you for doing this interview with us, we massively appreciate it!

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN

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Video Interview with AKKADIAN
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys!

Sheri here, I hope everyone is keeping safe!

I bring another Interview for your eyes and ears – this time I got to chat to the lovely lads of Akkadian. Cambridge, UK based Akkadian are one of my very favourite newcomers in the underground world of Metal. By chance, I happened to see them play in Norwich, where I had gone to see a friend’s band play who were on the same line up. I was immediately blown away by Akkadian. The raw energy and ambience these guys present to their audience is pretty breathtaking and I don’t believe they can be put into a box when it comes to labelling their genre. If you’re a fan of Gojira, Deftones and Slipknot then chances are that you are gonna get what these guys are about.

Ambient but heavy.

Akkadian formed in 2018 with their debut show booked at the beginning of 2019. Their first releases ‘Black Sand’ and ‘Emanation’ were released in 2019 amidst a surge of positive reviews! During the first lockdown in 2020, Akkadian released their own take on Lamb of God’s ‘Memento Mori’ and unleashed this with a lockdown video. Again, it was well received and gave Akkadian fans something to chew on whilst in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions.

Akkadian’s new single ‘Agenda’ was released in February 2021 and I feel this offers further depth to what the band can do.

I hope you all enjoy the interview…

AKKADIAN Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Akkadian are:
Danny Thurston – Vocals
Harry Newberry – Drums
Chris Kontos – Bass
Aaron Wright – Drums
Florian Fize – Guitar

LINKS:

‘Agenda’ (Official Video)

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The Wildhearts By Request

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The Wildhearts By Request
Livestream Presented by Crosstown Concerts
17/04/2021
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, Livestream events (whether they are truly live or not) are all we’ve had to keep us sane over the last year and a half. They are also about the only revenue stream currently available to musicians right now and have become something of a lifeline to many bands. Even though The Wildhearts have a bunch of real dates planned for later in the year, the reality of this actually happening is by no means certain, so doing something like this makes a huge amount of sense. I also personally think these types of events are going to continue to be a part of the furniture moving forward. More on this later however…

This band have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years and the line-up has been something of a revolving door around Ginger, but for many the golden years were that seminal line up of Ginger, CJ, Danny McCormack and Ritch Battersby, so I was delighted to find that that’s what we’ve got for this show. This group of four really are the essence of the act and even though we know in our hearts that this may not always stay stable forever, or that the four of them may not always be “in” The Wildhearts at any given time, but that none of them are ever never truly “out” either…

This event opened with ‘Dislocated’ from the 2019’s ‘Renaissance Man’ album, but being a fan requested show the vast majority of the set list was not going to come as much of a surprise to most. In some ways that’s a shame, as that recent album has some great material on it and is a massive return to form, but thanks to the joy that is Covid it’s not had time to worm its way into the fan consciousness live yet, but I am glad they opened with this song. You get the sense from Ginger’s sometimes caustic comments on the subject during the show that they were hoping for some more obscure requests for material that doesn’t get played live too often, but no, after eighteen months of lockdown, the fans wanted what they knew and love. Ginger refers to the debut “Earth Versus The Wildhearts” record as “The best of the Wildhearts” and that album certainly gets plenty of airplay in this set list with six of the thirteen songs coming from this disc (although with thirty years of hindsight “East West Versus The Wildhearts” would have been a more appropriate title for it). This included what might just have been the final performance of ‘Greetings From Shitsville’, as Ginger made it abundantly clear that he dislikes this one intensely – it’s his nemesis apparently and it’s officially got retired tonight by mutual band agreement, although personally having lived in the ridiculous overpriced squalor that was digs in London around the time this was written I can completely empathise with the subject matter.

The atmosphere of the performance is pure Wildhearts – no large hanger size sounds stages here, or fancy camera work and tableaux, no technical effects or staged gimmickry – this looks and feels like it’s coming from a small rehearsal space. The musicians are all pretty much facing each other rather than assuming stage positions with cameras crammed into the space between in the middle, so the overall feeling is that we’ve been allowed into their private and intimate home. The lighting is bare bones too – a few white par cans with the odd bit of flashing in time with the music, but absolutely nothing fancy at all. A brilliant decision and one that closes the gap of impersonality and distance that is the curse of streamed performances, creating intimacy and immediacy.

It does feel raw and live with no obvious recording gaps, so the banter, occasional instrument retuning and mistakes are as real as they would be in a live venue. The sound is perfect for the effect they are creating – crisp and clear; fat and rich, although the guitars are a bit back in the mix compared to the rhythm section. The filming is of the handheld in your face variety, which captures the atmosphere these guys work best in – a sweaty club with the tangible risk of dripping condensation causing an electrical fire. Now the reality is these events are not truly live, but importantly this one feels ‘as live’, without obvious edits and plenty of shots of tuning fun, inter-song banter and rehydration and all the other stuff you would get if you were in the room with them.

At the end we also get a guest vocal appearance from band friend and Million Dead frontman Frank Turner as Ginger gets his wish for a lead singer on the final two tracks, giving the chance for a cracking layered vocal harmony that would be a challenge otherwise live. Turner also acts as the interviewer for the numerous extras that are available in the deluxe package and his love of their music is tangible. Given that Ginger has moaned a lot over the years about having to be the main vocalist all the time I wonder if we may not see more of his input in the future, as his vocal tone fits a treat with the Wildhearts sound.

At an hour and fifteen minutes run time it was a little on the short side, but short is sweet here and otherwise spot on, although for those with access to the bonus package there was also the chance to hear a new track ‘Splitter’ as a plug for the upcoming album “21st Century Love Songs”. This is now available on pre-order, and the track is a bit more frenetic with time changes aplenty and a lovely slide guitar break from Ginger. It whets the appetite nicely, as indeed would anything recorded by this line up of the band, who are on an absolute creative roll right now.

This is the closest any of us can get to a gig now and frankly I don’t care about whether it’s pre-recorded or not. And neither should you, as these things are currently the only real revenue stream bands currently have and without labels, streaming platforms, promoters, venues and all the other assorted fleas and ticks of Rock’n’roll taking their cut, actually can be a financial life line for the artists, as they are relatively cheap to produce and the band should be getting a much larger slice of the revenue.

That’s why I think they are here to stay – not least from the fact that this pandemic is far from over, but that its impacts are only just getting started, with Brexit and all the woes and costs it adds to touring providing the icing to a shit cake of epic proportions in the UK live scene in particular. Many venues aren’t going to survive this; it’s going to be a while until the touring machine gets going again and in the meantime the bands need to eat. If someone’s ill, physically unable to tour or it’s not simply cost effective then bands are going to realise this delivery method is another trick in their arsenal, and one for which they see a lot more of a slice of the income. It also gives bands a chance to do something different (as Avatar did recently with a four show tour of almost their entire recorded catalogue) and that might not work commercially on tour but works perfectly for the streamed format.

Add to this the deluxe packages on sale can be worth the extra money. In this instance this got fans an event T-Shirt, the new sneak preview from the new album and an hour or so worth of interviews including a very frank and open discussion from Danny about his battles with mental health and drugs (and yes, I may just try CJ’s chicken curry recipe), because let’s face it, live streams are as cheap as chips for us as punters compared to the cost of going to a gig so why the hell would you not spend that extra couple of quid and keep the bands alive?

LINKS:

Wildhearts Live Stream

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Interview with Marc Hood of Cadaver Soirée

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Interview with Marc Hood of Cadaver Soirée
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello all, It’s Sheri!

I return from the other side of 2020 (Happy New Year) and boy oh boy, I’ve had a few insightful chats leading up to Christmas… Here I sat down with Marc Hood (vocalist) of one of Leeds’ dark gems, Cadaver Soirée.

Formed in 2016, Cadaver Soirée play a mixture of Death, Black and Doom Metal. Taking influence from various sources and placing emphasis on heaviness and memorable riffing, the guys aim has always been to provide a brutal and diverse listening experience.

Give them a listen!

Sheri: What got you into making music and where you are now?

Marc: I’ve been into being a musician, that sort of thing for about 15 years, I’ve done everything really, in terms of being in a band. I’ve been a guitarist, I’ve pretended to be a bassist haha, I’ve played synth in a band as well. I’ve done near enough everything. I’ve even drummed many years ago. I was in a band with Andy from Cadaver, I was the bassist, it was called Hammer X – I’d pretty much left Hammer X at that point because it was a different style to what I’m doing now so Andy had heard my vocals and had suggested I try out. So, I joined on a whim and it turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me, musically.

Sheri: I love that! You mention you’ve done different things before – have you been in a similar type of band or has it always been different?

Marc: To be honest, I’ve done near enough everything. The band I drummed in was a sort of Amon Amarth/Viking type so that was fun! I was in a groove metal band; I was lead guitar in that. I played bass in a Classic Rock band – I did full spectrum on the bass. The band I play Synth for is a Black Metal band, obviously Cadaver is death metal.

Sheri: Wow, that’s cool! Education wise, did you pick up all of this through education?

Marc: No, I’m entirely self-taught, I wanted to do music in high school, but the teacher didn’t think metal was a viable sort of music, so… (we could do an article on how narrow minded a point of view, by some, so-called teachers this is!! – Rick)

Sheri: Yeah, tell me about it! Haha.

Marc: Haha, so I just thought I’d go my own way, so I’ve had no formal education and everything I’ve done I’ve done myself or by form of imitation.

Sheri: Understood. There’s a lot of musician’s like yourself that are self-taught but to have such a range is awesome. Your debut album “To Betray The Creator”was brought out in 2017…

Marc: The original “Cordyceps” demo was recorded in 2017 with the previous line up and then songs from that were taken for “To Betray The Creator” and that was in 2019.

Sheri: And it was on Morning Star Heathens (MSH Records) – a big shout out to Shane (label boss Shane Giess), I’ve got a lot of time for that guy!

Marc: Absolutely! The original single, ‘Limbless’, that was with Morning Star – the actual album itself was self-released. The original single ‘Cordyceps’, the actual tape was with Morning Star as well.

Sheri: I think that’s probably where I first heard it. This album shows elements of Doom and Black Metal blended into your Death Metal vibe. Is this something that naturally came with making the album? How did you find your fitting?

Marc: It’s kind of a mix of our influences, particularly Andy, our guitarist. He’s big into Extreme metal and all its forms, he loves Black metal, big fan of Grindcore, that sort of thing. So, for the most part of the songs that he’s written – he writes the majority of our music and then me and Neil sort of add our flavour to it and more recently our new drummer he adds as well but the sort of bare bones of the songs are pretty much Andy. It’s more of a reflection of his influence, especially that first album. Some of the songs he’d written many years ago and he’d never really had an outlet to release them and play them live because the other band he was in was nowhere near that heavy.

Sheri: Understood. So basically, it was down to influences for all of you, especially Andy – so my next question is do you put your music together collectively or do you have a certain method that you make work together in your songwriting?

Marc: It used to be entirely that Andy would send us a riff idea, send us a song idea where he would do everything on it except the vocals, he would program the drums and suggest bass lines and then me, Neil and Nate (our previous vocalist) would just add vocals and bass because Neil isn’t like most bassists, he plays something completely different and it just works, he comes up with a lot of very, very interesting things. There’s only two or three times on the entire album he’s actually following the guitar. We all make small suggestions, so on the new album for example, there’s a couple of riffs that have come in and I’ve suggested “that bit needs a blast beat” or “that’s fine” – you know, we’re very diplomatic as a band, almost too nice, I think.

Sheri: Haha, I think as other Artists have said though, you do have to get on as a band.

Marc: Yeah, it helps haha! More recently the dynamics changed a little bit where me being in the band and able to play instruments, I’ve been contributing riffs as well so that takes the form of either me showing Andy a riff in the practise room and then he makes something of it there and then, which he can do…or he records it and sorta takes it away and works on it for the week or we just jam things out as well.

Sheri: So, he has a bit of a play around with it. Cool. Can you tell our readers what inspires your songwriting?

Marc: Well in terms of my part as the vocalist, I come up with the themes of the songs obviously. I have a bit of a broad spectrum of influences, I’m quite a political person as well as historically political. We have a new song written called ‘Napalm Light’ which is about the more horrible side of the Vietnam War. As well as a more satirical song that we’ve got in the works – we’ve got the classic Death Metal splatters and Gore and that sort of thing and then I tend to write about people that I don’t like!

Sheri: Cool! Haha. What better way than to get that out of your system, really? Very resourceful way. Haha. On “To Betray The Creator”vocally, you have some different ranges that reach the listener – For example, on ‘Cordyceps’ and ‘Entombed In Dirt’we see what I would perceive as a more Black Metal range and then on later tracks such as ‘Aeons Of Lies’and ‘Augmented’, more Death growls are present. What are your thoughts on that perception?

Marc: To be honest, that’s a good perception, it’s not one that I’ve heard someone say to me before as well, which is nice. It depends on the song really and certainly on ‘Cordyceps’ it’s certainly rawer. It’s much higher in the mix, not sort of as deep and grunty, again that’s more of a reflection on the song, I kind of listen to the song and see what’s needed and adjust my performance. In the particular case of ‘Cordyceps’, that was written by Nate, the previous vocalist, I’ve just changed it up a bit to suit my vocal style a little bit more and my sort of phrasing, but it really depends on the song. It’s good to hear that there is that noticeable difference because I do think it’s nice to have that kind of range when you’re doing vocals. To me there’s nothing worse than a monotonous sounding vocalist so…if someone’s a one trick pony it’s kind of like “Okay, what else can you do?”

Sheri: Some vocalists, that work on the Black Metal range, have to put work into it but it seems to come naturally to you.

Marc: It very much does yeah because in the previous band I was in, I had to sing clean vocals and I’m not very good at that. I can sing but I prefer not to and when I came to Cadaver, in the first rehearsal, it was really the first time I’d ever done proper Extreme Metal vocals. So, I kinda went in with the view on seeing what happens and it turns out I was quite good at it. Then I sort of developed that over time and became more proficient in techniques and that. To be honest with me, it’s more to do with the raw emotion that’s in it, there’s very little technique involved. People have asked me in the past “How do you make that sound” and it’s like…how do you explain talking? Haha. It’s exactly the same for me, I can’t explain it.

Sheri: As you’ve been hinting, you’re writing new material at the moment! Ease my anticipation – what’s been happening behind the scenes for Cadaver Soiree through the last year?

Marc: Well, we have been affected a lot by what’s been going on, as everyone is. We got a message mid-way through the year from Wiktor, our new drummer. We sorta played together previously when he was in his previous band, so he asked if we wanted to try him out.

Of course, if you’re offered a drummer, you try and snatch him…because there are no drummers anywhere haha. He’s a relay good fit, a really nice guy, great drummer, he picked up our material really quickly. We had been writing some stuff anyway, so it’s been more of a case of teaching him the songs and we’ve been writing new stuff at the same time.

He puts his own flavour to it and it’s great. Really, really natural feel to his drumming so…We are planning on recording some of the songs we’ve got and writing new material as well and we’re gonna be recording that probably early this year. Releasing the same way that we released “To Betray The Creator” – looking at CD and Digital. Potentially a tape release if there’s a call for it, as I know there is a kind of underground tape collecting scene for it as well. If it’s wanted, we’ll do it! We’re gonna look to release it Springtime and tour when gigs can come back.

Sheri: So, your next plans will be promoting the new material and getting back to gigging when you can?

Marc: That’s right! One or two of the new songs we have already played live actually, with the gigs we had in early 2020 and things like that because it’s quite easy just to chop it out if you’re using a drum machine so you can copy and paste it and whatnot – now that we’ve got Victor, it’s great, it’s gonna improve the live show as well because now I’ve come along a lot more with that kind of energy so let’s hope it will pick up and we can get out there a lot more.

Sheri: Yeah, I’m looking forward to it! As your debut album was out in 2017 and you have new material coming to us soon, what do you feel is different or evolved in your songwriting now?

Marc: In terms of the overall sound, it’s gone a lot more aggressive – a LOT more. That’s partially down to me because the way I like to deliver the vocals is a really bludgeoning, belligerent kind of way. The same with the guitar as well, it’s a much more technical direction as well and a lot faster. It’s heading for almost Tech Death in some places whilst keeping it as catchy as we can keep it and again with the live drums as well, that’s making a lot of difference. What we have been doing with the original album as well, we have been doing a lot of synth and orchestral sounds in there, certainly in songs like ‘Evil Breeds Evil’ and ‘Entombed’. There were a lot of sort of orchestral sounds in there and piano and things like that. We are gonna be stripping that back because, first of all, it’s difficult to do that live if you haven’t got a keys player and we don’t really have the intention of doing that. With the addition of the live drums as well, it sort of adds what the synths added. A lot of energy and oomph to the sound so…we’re gonna be heading more towards a traditional Death Metal direction and kinda moving away from the Swedish Death Metal – but keeping elements of it because that’s what we are…but sort of adding the more American style of Death Metal…Cannibal Corpse, that kind of thing. Really heavy and just…like being punched in the face haha.

Sheri: That’s what we’re looking for! Hahaha. In regard to what is happening right now, what are your thoughts on supporting the music scene at the moment?

Marc: It’s absolutely crucial. There are not words enough to say how crucial it is to support the music industry at the moment – because the government are sure as hell ain’t doing it. Whilst I am in favour of supporting musicians at the moment I am also a little bit wary about putting gigs on and the dangers involved, I know of a few promoters at the moment that are doing it, so long as it’s kept safe and distanced as possible – but in terms of local bands, we’re not out there, we’re not playing gigs and we haven’t got the opportunity to come and see people like we would do. Bandcamp are really helpful at the moment where on Friday’s they take away their cut of what they take so it’s really helpful for bands. Social media has really stepped up too – it’s a big platform for bands to engage with people and we like to do that as much as possible, so if someone comments on one of our videos or posts, we make sure to engage with that because really, it’s the only engagement at the moment that we can get. We don’t get to share it with people anymore.

Sheri: I think that it’s important for Artists to engage with their fans anyway because the better it will be for them, ultimately. How do you see things adapting once the worst of the Pandemic is over? Or what would you like to see in way of change?

Marc: In the way of change, there’s always the preference on mobile attended gigs, I mean, we know as much as anyone what it’s like to play to two people and things. So hopefully that will be a thing – that gigs will be more well attended because you see a lot of people out there that just want gigs back. So hopefully that means that interest will still be there in live music. So, I’d like to see sort of more appreciation for Artists. Not to sound too big headed or anything but it’s vital to my own Mental Health – if it wasn’t for music, I think I’d go loco.

Sheri: Absolutely, I agree with you. I think it’s really important, especially in times like this when you’re limited, music is everyone’s outlet isn’t it?

Marc: It’s an escape. I always feel like I’ve had a massage after a gig, sometimes I just drop to my knees and enjoy it for a moment. It’s brilliant. I’ve been more on edge about the lack of gigs than the actual virus in some ways.

Sheri: It’s part of your life so it’s frustrating at having to put your life on hold. But hopefully it’s not going to be too much longer until the world can be safe and get back to normal. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen happen whilst you’ve been in music?

Marc: Hmmm…I was referred to once as an accident waiting to happen because I move around a lot. I was given a wireless unit to stop the wires knocking things over – so there’s been a few times where I’ve just gone and sat down with people in places that we’ve played – it turned into a bit of a ritual actually – the strangest thing was actually when I think about it, there was a lady who came in part way through, sat down and started sobbing…and I mean tears streaming down her face. She was absolutely intoxicated beyond all belief and then she asked me to sign her chest. I said no because I’m a happily taken man – but I did sign her arm and I signed it “Rob Dukes” (Exodus vocalist). Hahaha.

Sheri: Did you!? Hahaha. Is there a story behind that?

Marc: It’s literally the first name that came to mind haha – I didn’t want to sign mine haha!

Sheri: Any advice for other bands at the moment?

Marc: Don’t give up. I know how difficult it is at the moment and how it was to begin with, sort of reaching your audience, finding yourself musically, getting the right line-up together…everything about it is a challenge but it is really the best reward I can think of. That moment when you are looking back at a crowd and they get it – AH, I genuinely can’t describe it, it is pure euphoria.

Sheri: It’s part of you, part of your life and what makes you up isn’t it? It’s sad to see that a few bands have had to throw the towel in at the moment and are not able to do anything – but equally there are a lot of bands trying to push forward and making new material. The music scene does also club together and support people as much as possible.

Marc: There’s a really, really good scene at the moment in the Death Metal community – we have good friends across the country like Pemphigoid, great guys – they’re really nice people, you wouldn’t think listening to the music, but Death Metal musicians are always lovely. Ashen Crown are absolutely wonderful.

Sheri: Ah, we love both those guys at Ever Metal haha.

Marc: The whole scene – I haven’t come across anyone I don’t like yet, which is unusual for me as I’m a cantankerous sod…

Sheri: Hahaha. There’s always gonna be one though somewhere but not naming names, I’ll stay professional or something along those lines haha. Is there anything you’d like to add?

Marc: Hahaha I know! Just a huge, huge thank you to everyone that supports us and listens to our music, that puts us on at gigs and buys our merchandise and things like that – it’s so unbelievably humbling – I sound like a dick, I know but we thank you. That’s all I can say really.

Sheri: Thank you for your time!

Marc: Thank you, have a good one!

Cadaver Soirée Are:
Marc Hood – Vocalist
Neil Hannaford – Bass
Andy Firth – Guitars
Wiktor Wrona – Drums

LINKS:

Cadaver Soirée Promo Pic

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Lullaby For A Unicorn – I Can’t Believe They’re Not Better

Lullaby For A Unicorn – I Can’t Believe They’re Not Better
Dates & Raisins Records
Release Date: 04/07/2020
Running Time: 34:09
Review by Beth Jones
6.5/10

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, a unicorn got jiggy with a seagull, and spawned 4 ne’er-do-wells. It taught them the language of the unicorn gull, then threw them out of the nest, to find their own way in the doldrums. The young hoodlums roamed the galaxy for years, serenading the planets with their unique sound, until one day, around 30 million years later, when they could finally be arsed, they decided to put their music on a record. And, ladies and gents, that record is the subject of my musings today!

Here in the Wales, we like life to be lived at a more leisurely pace than our English neighbours. Most parts of the country now have running water, which is pretty damn high tech, let me tell you. Apparently soon, we may also have something called 5G, or at least 4G, however, dial-up does us just fine. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Lullaby For A Unicorn call North Wales their home! It will also come as no surprise that the majority of their debut album, “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Better”, is taken up by songs that anyone who has followed them for the last couple of years will have already heard, many times over! But that doesn’t make them any less groovy/unhinged.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of an evening with the Lullaby boys, then prepare to be medicined! Make sure you bring plenty of rum, leave your serious boots by the door, and put on your tongue in cheek sense of humour hats (and/or unicorn onesies, which ever you feel more conspicuous in)!

‘Alan Raiders’ opens the album (There’s a funny story behind the name of this song – for more details, spam Lullaby on their Facebook page). A classic hit of theirs, which introduces us to the tortured vocals of Justin, Baxter’s sexy bass skills, Dan’s riffage, Gaz’s animal-esque drumming, and some dude shouting ‘Alan, Alan, Alan…Alan’ (could be any of them, probably Gaz, but I prefer the mystique of not knowing). It’s difficult to describe their sound. They don’t really have a genre. Unicorn Thrash is probably the closest I’ll get. Imagine you were a unicorn, having a really bad day, sick of everyone telling you that you’re mythical/not real, and fed up with farting rainbows, then you pick up a guitar and play some Thrash on it, and manage some pretty tasty fingerings (ooh err Mrs), even though you have hooves instead of hands, because YOU’RE MAGIC, SO THERE! That’s Unicorn Thrash.

Anyway, moving on. Track 2, ‘Huffing on the Whiskey Smoke’, starts of quite mellow, with stormy sea sound effects, and pleasant guitar, then kick in to a 90’s inspired, sludgy grunge style, with plenty of overdrive, some double bass kicks, and the eternally pissed off vocals of Justin, with the added injection of alcoholic slurring!

These two tracks essentially set the tone for the rest of the album, sludgy, grungy, slightly doomy, thrash, with a bit of funk popping up every now and again (the opening of ‘Kung-fu Bukkake’ being one fine example). Musically, it couldn’t be further away from polished if it tried, but I would expect nothing less from the boys, really!! However, this lack of finesse, rough around the edges, approach does make it, and them, strangely exciting!

My favourite track has to be ‘WTF’. Not because it’s a stroke of musical genius that’s better than the rest, but because it takes me back to the good old days of the Tivoli Nightclub in Buckley. The Saturday rock nights there were my happy place, back in the late 90’s, and this track is almost an illustration of them. Picture the scene – it’s around 11.30pm, and I’m sitting on the dubiously stained sofas, on the balcony area, drunk as a skunk and stoned out of my tree, trying to make sense of the metal music drifting from downstairs, as it merges with the music from the Indie room upstairs. It was mental torture, but it was great. This track is exactly that!

In fact, that pretty much sums up the album, really. Epically lovable mental torture. It’s not the most technically put together album you’re going to hear, nor is it the most musically adept. But it’s jolly good drunken fun, and they do have a great sound, and an endearing attitude towards both music, and life. One suggestion though, if you’re not drunk, go and get drunk, then come back and listen to it, and I promise you’ll be jumping about like you’ve lost your mind within seconds.

TRACKLISTING:
01.Alan Raiders
02.Huffing On The Whiskey Smoke
03.March Of The Unicorns
04.Rancid Santa
05.Kung-fu Bukkake
06.WTF
07.Lords Of Vice Live at HRH Metal 2020 (Stage Three)
08.Pointing At Seagulls (2018…honestly, not filler at all)

LINE-UP:
Justin – Vocals and Synths
Gaz – (D)rums and Funny Noises
Baxter – Rumbling Bass Noises and Onesies
Dan – Guitar, Stupid Facial Expressions and a Terrible Posture

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EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Metal band, Broken Calling. 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?

Jack: Drums.

James: Bass & Vox.

Martin: Guitar, the crowd and questionably vocals too (I’m just Connors’ hype guy).

Connor: I’m the guy with no musical talent whatsoever apart from being pretty decent with my mouth.

Callum: Guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jack: It’s a reference to an old band that four of us used to be in, we thought we had found our calling. Turns out that was bollocks.

Martin: It looked like one of them cork boards from a detective movie, so many ideas. Most of them terrible. I mean we nearly went with Bison, but none of us are packing enough to pull off jeans that tight…

Connor: We were almost called Bison but then we came up with the idea that we had a Calling in a previous band, and that was Broken because it all went to shit. So Broken Calling was our way of getting over that, like how batman used his fear of bat’s and stuff.

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

Jack: I’m from Kent where the scene is pretty dead, but I live in London now and it’s pretty sick up here.

James: South Kent; it used to be alright, but it has significantly deteriorated over the years and become a ghastly pop punk and ska cesspit.

Martin: England and no one’s playing right now so the scene is non-existent. Apart from that there are healthy pockets of alternative culture. Most of the time they don’t have the money to go to shows though…

Connor: I’ve pretty much been around the scene in London/Kent for a while and it’s had moments, but right now because of Covid it’s slowly up the creek without a paddle. Here’s hoping we can come back to shows.

Callum: I’m from South Kent and the scene is pretty dead, everything is going up to London where the scene is healthier.

What is your latest release?

Jack: ‘Redemption’. An angry song about current situations.

Martin: It’s a socially conscious song about the struggles of today’s political climate and how we can manage it in a way everyone can agree with. Honestly. Boris’s new walk out tune, he’ll love it.

Connor: Our new single ‘Redemption’ is a giant F-U to the government and how they have ballsed up this entire year, and even had the gaul to blame us for it. But yeah, I reckon Boris cranks it up.

Callum: The new single Redemption, heavy riffs, hard-hitting lyrics and we got Lord Faarquad to commence the mosh.

‘Redemption’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack: My greatest influences have been John Otto, Chris Adler, Eric Moore and Tony Royster Jr.

James: Drewsif Stalin, Beyond Creation, Karnivool – it’s important to have a generous blend of technical groove.

Martin: The OG… Mr Grohl, Jim Root, caffeine, my tripawd dog, and honestly any music that makes me wanna play.

Connor: Linkin Park, most MySpace metal core, my Mum, Dad and Honey Jack Daniels.

Callum: Killswitch Engage, Mick Thomson, Suicide Silence, Gojira and Dethklok, a good heavy riff can’t be beaten.

What first got you into music?

Jack: My dad used to have a guitar lying around that I would pick up when I was about 5 and just make noise on. Then as I got older, I wanted to piss the neighbourhood off, so I got drums.

James: I grew up around it since my Dad was the drummer for The Charles Dexter Ward Experience (once one of the most popular goth bands in Kent). Started on drums because of him, but over time I gravitated towards bass and now I have a fully-fledged Degree in music!

Martin: I blame Raphael. Not the turtle, My childhood best friend. He played, so being an insecure 11-year-old, I wanted to play too. Then it became an obsession and there went my education. I might have been a biochemist if it wasn’t for that mustachioed git…

Connor: My Dad introduced me to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen of all things. Then he let me buy “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park. I was already singing in school, so I just started singing to rock songs and preferred the melodies to pop. Joined my first band in ’09 and the rest is drunk history.

Callum: I’ve known James for years, he dragged me along with getting into playing music, we were always trying to make each other better at playing and so he’s now stuck with me.

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

Jack: Probably Mark Morton. His riffs are sick.

James: Drewsif Stalin; Dj0nts for dayzzzzz.

Martin: I’d love to do something with the guys from Nothing More.

Connor: After their latest release, definitely Bring Me The Horizon, because I don’t know what would happen, but it would probably sound dope.

Callum: Misha Mansoor would be amazing to collab with, the djent is insane.

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

Jack: Coachella, so we could melt some commercial faces.

James: Whichever festival means I don’t have to suffer surviving in a tent.

Martin: Rock in Rio. Possibly the biggest crowds in the world and come on man Brazil!! who wouldn’t?

Connor: Download, my fave festival, and I’m with Jack on playing Coachella, that would be an experience.

Callum: Knotfest, so many big names, it would be so much fun.

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

Jack: The Flu.

James: “Is ThAt An EiGhT StRiNg BaSs?!” ngl, I love it.

Martin: Not sure if it counts as a gift but someone bought a ridiculously sweaty thong off me straight after I had played a show wearing it. I hope you are a happy smiling bearded man, wherever you may be.

Connor: One of my friends gave me a Milkybar Chocolate bar halfway through a set, to be honest the mid gig snack was a nice thought.

Callum: Getting decked in a moshpit almost straight away.

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

Jack: Spread our music as much you can and don’t let anyone tell you’re replaceable.

James: If you’re thinking of playing an instrument, go with Bass – it has so much untapped potential.

Martin: Hiiiiiiiiiii!!! Hopefully, I can come jump on you all again soon.

Connor: If you can’t love yo’ self, HOW IN THE HEEELLL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE! Can I get an amen up in here! Also don’t let the bastards get you down, you’ll be fine.

Callum: you guys make the shows amazing, can’t wait to see you at the next one.

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

Jack: Vinnie Paul.

James: None; everyone is too busy focussing on the people of the past and ignoring the greats who are in the making today.

Martin: Chester. There is only one, all other Chester’s are inferior.

Connor: Definitely Chester Bennington.

Callum: Mitch Lucker, I’ve always wondered what more he could’ve brought to the deathcore scene.

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

Jack: Being a drummer and being a drummer.

James: (Pro) Your band becomes a friend group, and ultimately family. (Con) I get ill after EVERY SHOW…thanks pathetic immune system.

Martin: Love it all except. No money, no sleep, no time, no clothes, broken things, James dying, Connor snoring, my feet and McDonald’s. For real though the only thing I dislike is being disabled after a run of shows because I was a bit over zealous in causing myself grievous harm in my youth and I still haven’t learnt to hold back.

Connor: Love the shows, the people and making music. I hate the fact that sometimes people can be very selfish and bitey. There’s enough room for everyone if you let people in, gatekeepers can do one.

Callum: Love playing shows, hate the pre-show anxieties.

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

Jack: definitely the price per stream that artists make. It’s a joke.

James: the extreme reliance on border-line porno like music videos in modern pop music…people need to actually listen to the music, not just gaze at the titties.

Martin: The over reliance on acts that are past it. No offence Bruce but you can’t headline Download for the hundredth time, go have a nap. Or you’ll end up like our James.

Connor: Definitely would change the amount of money musicians make per stream and just for music in general. It’s literally pennies.

Callum: Everything shifting to being online, yeah, it’s useful to listen to music and watch shows but you lose the experience of being there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jack: Lamb of God – “Ashes Of The Wake”

James: Fields Of The Nephilim – “Mourning Sun”

Martin: Frequently changes but right now Night Verses – “Lift Your Existence.”

Connor: Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

Callum: Bury Tomorrow – “The Union Of Crowns”

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

Jack: Vinyl for sound, Downloads for convenience. CD’s are dead.

James: Vinyl for me, but only because I grew up surrounded by it – the sound quality is superior but boy, the price is often ridiculous.

Martin: CD’s for collection because only hipsters have vinyl players (and the sound difference is negligible apart from added scratches and pops.) Download for actually listening to music. Headphones are a must because I’m nice to other people like that.

Connor: I’ll listen to anything if it sounds good, I’m pretty simple.

Callum: Downloads for the convenience, CD’s for the collection.

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

Jack: our second show was at Facedown on Halloween and we tore that venue a new one. We dressed as Mario characters!

Martin: As just a sheer victory the last show before lockdown. I had finished a twelve-hour shift and had an hour to get to London. I made it in time for change over, we ripped the roof off, I climbed into the roof. We did a photoshoot and none of us caught Covid. All round victory. (*note from James* – I still got ill, just nothing interesting)

Connor: Definitely our EP show with our mates in Sidelines! Just a massive night of great music and great hangs.

Callum: Gonna have to agree with Jack and say Facedown, it showed just how hard we could go and bring in the crowd.

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

Jack: I used to be pretty sick at rugby and was going to play at county level, but I was spending too much time on music, so I gave it up!

James: I’d have most likely ended up going into working for a model railway company helping to manufacture model trains and related items (I’m a real-life train nerd, no joke, I love trains). I’ve been part of so many exhibitions and even helped out in some overseas places.

Martin: I’d probably be a lot more financially stable let’s be honest. Music’s been such a big part of my life for so long I’m really not sure, the only equal driving passions have been science, history parkour and family. So, some weird blend of the above?

Connor: Probably in a skip, but I’d have more money than I do now.

Callum: Probably something using chemistry, maybe pharmaceuticals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack: Ewan McGregor, Eminem, Mickey Flanagan, Chandler Bing, Donald Trump.

James: Dave Filoni, Josh Zerkaa (or literally any Sidemen member), Bill Bailey, Courtney LaPlante, LifeOfBoris!

Martin: Binging with Babish, David Eric Grohl, Derren Brown, Russell Howard and Maynard-James Keenan (You know he would bring the best wine).

Connor: Gordon Ramsay, Corey Taylor, Mark Hamill, Mike Shinoda and Frankie Boyle.

Callum: Jeff Goldblum, Joe Duplantier, Jared Dines, Oli Sykes and Harrison Ford.

What’s next for the band?

Jack: We have some new bangers in the pipeline which I think we may drip feed as singles to keep us relevant and in people’s ears. We’re gonna do a proper vid for ‘Redemption’ as soon as lockdown is over too.

Martin: Hopefully surviving the pandemic. My live music rehabilitation unit keeps telling me one day at a time but honestly. These twitches are getting out of control.

Connor: The same thing we try to do every night pinky, try to take over the world.

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

ALL OF THEM!!!! (Even tinder)
www.facebook.com/BrokenCallingUK/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jack: they suck whatever they are

James: By definition and also by Law they are a cake; This is because they go hard when they are stale rather than soft. Plus, there’s different Tax regulations for cakes than there are for biscuits (btw Jack, hating Jaffa cakes is the highest form of Heresy)

Martin: I concur with Jack. The best snack to go with a hot beverage is foxes golden crunch creams and I will fight anyone who disputes that fact in true renaissance duelling style (frilly shirts compulsory) (*note from James* – Donuts are better, I therefore challenge you).

(*note from Martin* – I accept your challenge. I choose squirtle and attack you with surf. Suck it donut boy!! Oh wait, your donut has dissolved, mwahahaha).

Note to both of you: Custard Creams rule all.

Connor: Whatever it is you can have it, not a fan.

Callum: Jaffa Cakes get boring after the first 2, there are much better cakes out there, put the Jaffa Cake down and get some cheesecake, treat yourself.

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

Jack: People = Shit. Fuck racism.

Martin: Behave through the lockdown so we don’t have to socially distance any more…Please…I miss hugs…and sweat.

Connor: Go check out the new single ‘Redemption’ and like our socials! Otherwise we kill the puppy.

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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

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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!

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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

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