Interview with Chris Kenny and David Jordan (Deej) of Incinery

Interview with Chris Kenny and David Jordan (Deej) of Incinery
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi Everyone, Sheri Here!

Born from the Midlands Thrash and Metal scene in 2009, Incinery have ploughed festival stages such as Bloodstock, Download, MetalDays to name a few! They brought out their first album “Dead, Bound and Buried” in 2014 and released their second album “Hollow Earth Theory” on 30th October 2020! I recently got a chance to have a sneaky listen to the album (many thanks to Dan at FatAngel Management) and have a chat with Chris Kenny (guitars) and Deej (David Jordan – Bass) about the new album, sci fi, alien abduction and working through lockdown…

Sheri: You formed back in 2009 and since have done some – pretty spectacular stuff! Bloodstock, MetalDays, Download…Damnation! Going back for a moment, take us through the roots of Incinery and what gave you the push to get into music?

Chris: So…it really started as a covers band for our old guitarists’ 21st birthday! So, me and him played in some bands beforehand and he had the idea of “I wanna do something for my 21st, let’s do a little band thing and play some music”. So, we did that and started out doing covers and then we sorta carried on doing covers…and then after a while we were like “Let’s not do covers anymore” haha. At that point we had a different line up and then once we started going into our own stuff and that, we then switched and that’s when we got David on board and everyone else so…

Sheri: Were you doing Thrash covers before or a bit of everything?

Chris: It was mainly thrash that we were doing – Metallica covers, Megadeth, that sort of thing.

Sheri: And you mentioned that there was a different line up, so since forming the foundation of Incinery have you been the same line up?

David: It’s been pretty stable since the first EP has been out. To be honest, where we are now, we’ve been the same line up we started with, we’ve just had a few comings and goings since we’ve gone along and those have been sort of dictated by external pressures and the financial stuff around balancing being in a band against everything else you’ve got to do. I had to leave after the EP’s were released, a bit under a year I think, it was a while back, about 2011 or something and then our other guitarist had to leave the band after the first album was released, for similar reasons. Other things just sort of getting in the way, but it was sort of why the gap is so big between the first album and this one, we’ve gone through trying to sort that out and getting it back to how it can work better. It sort of clicks better with all the original guys in so…

Sheri: Your first release was E.P “Dawn Of War”, which for our readers, was released in 2011 and then that was followed by your 2013 E.P “Nothing Left”. For me, these early releases sound like you had elements of Death Metal and even a bit of Black Metal in places, under your signature Thrash sound. I can detect this in songs like ‘Rise’, ‘Nihilum’ and ‘Behind The Lies’. What are your thoughts on that perception?

Chris: Hahaha I think that as we’ve gone on, we’ve put more of it in to be honest… hahaha. So that’s a great perception!

David: Yeah it’s like obviously Incinery is a Thrash band but we all listen to quite a lot of Death Metal and some of us, Black Metal so I think it’s sort of natural that it bleeds in a little bit even though it’s not what we’re aiming to do specifically but it’s hard not to play what you like isn’t it?

Chris: I think, as well, it helps us sort of stand out from being a regular Thrash band because it gives us a bit of uniqueness, I think.

Sheri: Absolutely, so you have some diversity in there as well.

David: Yeah, I think that some of the stuff that people like about us is that it’s not just – cuz you can go to a Thrash all-dayer festival and there’ll be some really good bands but it can be a bit samey I guess so I think the thing that has helped us get on is probably that there’s a little bit of variety in it and we try a few different things out and you’ll probably hear a little bit of that coming out on this album as well.

Sheri: Your 2014 debut album “Dead, Bound And Buried” saw some slight changes from your earlier works in terms of guitaring style and rhythm. I would say, a bit more sticking to your brutal Thrash sound than anything else…vocals, strings and drums are really tight! I can definitely note some subtle nods of Exodus from this album. Particularly in ‘Death May Die’ and ‘Destroy The Gods’. I absolutely love that track! From building Incinery from scratch and getting to that quality in not a long time at all, what works for you in order to produce that strong energy of Incinery?

Chris: I think the first thing is that it sounds really simple really, but we all get on with it & each other haha – that’s a big thing haha. But you know, especially where there are some bands that don’t, some bigger bands and that but… it’s something that definitely helps you start out building stuff.

David: I think that as (Chris) Kenny says, it sounds sort of funny in a way but it does really help if you can get on in that way because when you’re writing songs, sometimes you need to be critical in a constructive way of stuff that you hear and if there’s animosity or people don’t get on, I mean I know other bands where they just have ended up not playing anymore because they just can’t be in a room, or if you’re too protective over what you come to the table with and you’re not willing to hear what everyone else has to say then you might end up getting your own way musically like in the creative process, but you’re not gonna – what you come out with is crap or not as good as it could have been because you didn’t take other stuff on board… so that is worth it, if you’re in a band, make sure you get on haha.

Sheri: It definitely has to be a group effort. In terms of your songwriting, how is it put together? What works for you? Does someone come up with lyrics and another person come up with riff…

Chris: What tends to happen is that one of us will come up with two or three riffs and maybe stick them together to start putting a structure together. What could be say, an intro verse chorus as we’re in a modern age where we can sort of quickly record things down, ideas…do that and send them to each other to say “Here, have a listen to this, what do you think? Do you like it?” Then we then take that structure and take it to band practise and start to develop it from there. Sometimes, someone maybe comes in with a complete song because we’re sometimes just happy to write the whole song or maybe half a song and then from that point we get things structured down and then everyone starts thinking about what they want to do with it. So, I would never dictate Deej’s bass lines or anything like that, he’ll come and go “Ok, this makes me want to play this particular motif here.” Or do a bass solo type thing here and he will go away and start adding that. From that foundation, we start building it up and that’s where you start getting those other styles coming in. I think with the lyrics, it’s mainly James and Deej also chips in with a lot of ideas for that as well.

David: Yeah, the lyrics always end up being the last thing that happen because a lot of James’ lyrics are quite rhythmic or the rhythm is what he ties what he’s doing to and in the past James has been known to start writing out the lyrics to the song and we’ll show up to the next band practise and we’ve totally changed the structure of the song just because that’s what’s happened whilst we’re writing it. James then has to throw everything out and start again so he tends to wait until we’ve got what we think is gonna be the final structure down and then he can get on with that, so like on this album there are some songs we didn’t really know the lyrics for until we were listening to them being recorded haha.

Sheri: That’s an interesting way to do that! Totally cool. Let’s talk about the message in “Dead, Bound And Buried” – I’m picking up that there is a pretty dark story but without being so much as a concept album?

David: Yeah, it’s hard to speak on James’ behalf I guess but we don’t really do a concept album in terms of it being a narrative but I know that he likes to read a lot and there’s a lot of horror and science fiction that he reads and he likes to get that into the lyrics.

Chris: There’s a lot of Lovecraft type things in there…

David: There’s a lot of Lovecraft in “Dead, Bound And Buried” hahaha.

Sheri: You have a new album due to release! For our readers, “Hollow Earth Theory” is due out on 30th October and I had Dan (FatAngel) send me a sneaky peek. It is BRUTAL. There are some absolutely killer solos and riffs tearing through this album. The on-point drumming provides the backbone and I think that James’ vocals are cleaner and rawer. How do you think you have evolved leading up to “Hollow Earth Theory”?

Chris: I think…there’s been a long gap between the last one and this one so…a lot of it has just been experience and growth through…just getting old haha! A lot of it is experience and we’ve written stuff before. Even though “Dead, Bound And Buried” was released in 2014, a lot of it was written a couple of years prior to that so there is actually a more extended gap for us. To bring in some of that knowledge and the things we’ve done before and try to do better with it and gain – make everything a little deeper and a bit bigger and add more to what we can do. I think from a writing point, it’s a big aim.

David: I think one of the differences for me is that on the first three releases, there’s a lot of really good riffs and a lot of really good moments and what I think we’ve gotten better at is looking at songs as a total package and one thing that made a difference was that with “Dead, Bound And Buried”, we recorded that in the studio in about two weeks. So, we went down to the studio and we all lived in each other’s pockets for 14 days and just had to get it down. But what that also meant was that we were writing to a deadline so we were trying to get to that date when we knew we were gonna have to go in and so there are songs that turned out fine but they probably didn’t turn out how they could. This time Kenny recorded for the most part…we did it in Kenny’s back bedroom, In some ways that’s given us a lot more time because we had most of the album drafted, with probably 6 months to go from the music side of things and it just meant we could sit down with it and refine it and actually play through the songs and not have to settle for the first draft and go “Ok let’s change that.” The songs are more cohesive.

Chris: It’s a different perspective when you’re writing a song, you’re writing the bits and then you play the song and then when you are actually able to sit down and listen to the song that you’ve just made, it’s a completely different perspective to how you hear it and I think because we’ve had the chance to do that as well that’s also enhanced it for us.

Sheri: So, you’ve actually had the opportunity to digest it as you?

Chris: Definitely.

Sheri: Understood. You’ve not long released “Hollow Earth Theory’s” first single, ‘Falling Into The Sky’ – can we explore the message of this? I feel this is a track that suggests a glimpse of foreign life…sci-fi based…

David: It’s about getting abducted by Aliens…hahaha

*all laugh*

David: When we were writing it, the riffs and stuff, it was one of the last songs that got written for the album. It was almost a bit of an accidental single really because we didn’t think that far ahead and then sort of went “What are we gonna put out? What do we think would be a good track?” It’s the shortest song on the album which means from a single point of view, that was a bit of a go-er and it’s quite bouncy and fun and I think when we wrote it before we knew the lyrics, we knew it was going to be a fun one to play live, which we haven’t done yet for obvious reasons but the lyrics sort of suit it. So, it’s turned out well, it’s good!

Sheri: It is a bloody good track, it is! How do you think it’s done? has it been well received?

David: Yeah there’s been a few people who have done the single reviews for it and it’s been quite positive from the guys that have commented and got back to us, it’s landed alright, I think!

Sheri: Fab! It’s essentially a look into the new album that’s coming out so that’s brilliant! You released the second single ‘Ellison’ on Friday 16th October. This track, I am presuming, refers to the works of the writer Harlan Ellison – what inspired this?

David: Yeah that’s right! Haha. I’m trying to remember how it came about…I know me and James both read the story, it’s based on a thing called I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, which was one of the titles we were playing around with and we thought it was a bit wordy for the song which is why we ended up going with ‘Ellison’. But it’s a really amazing story, I’m not sure if it’s that widely read but it’s about a future where we’ve built Artificial Intelligence and then that has wiped out humanity basically and the song is about that, when you look on the face of it.

Sheri: Wow! I know some of Ellison’s work, one of the most popular is A Boy And His Dog. I wish I could go into more detail as the album isn’t released yet hahaha, but I feel you’ve got a theme going on in Hollow Earth Theory. What can you tell our readers to expect from this album?

Chris: I can’t speak lyrically because I don’t get involved in that but…I let the people who know words do that hahaha. I think they can expect something that is very much a core in its inner experience… but a new inner experience at the same time. I think it’s a good balance of that… I think it’s a good balance of the familiar and the new. I think they can expect 55 minutes of their ears being ripped off basically hahaha.

*all laugh*

Sheri: I agree, I think it’s brilliant… as you say, it’s about an hours’ worth of face melt haha. Your Album Cover Art is always really good as well. Do you use the same Artists?

David: There’s a few Artists we go back to for generally different projects we work on so it’s not always the Album Art, it’s a different Artist to the previous one because ‘Dead, Bound and Buried’ artwork is really like… I don’t know how to say it… it’s you know, a METAL album where on the cover it’s got you know, Demons and portal to Hell and a tomb and sarcophagus and zombies hahaha it’s just like everything crammed in there. Hollow Earth Theory has got a much more minimalist design, we went with a guy called Dan Leyton who I think does some Graphic Novel design – but because it’s sort of a science fiction theme thread that runs through the album, we kind of went with that and liked the way it looked and we’re really happy with the way it turned out.

Sheri: I’ll be sure to check out his other work, I feel this of all your album artwork, it is quite dark. Just to look at things from another point of view – What are your thoughts on the support for the music scene at the moment?

David: It’s quite a difficult time for everyone obviously at the moment. It’s difficult obviously for the venues primarily and we hope that as many of those as possible can come out of this intact. I know a grant has just gone out so some of the guys like Bloodstock have received a government grant to help them continue to function. As musicians, it’s really difficult and for fans as everyone wants to get out and go to gigs and no one can see when that is gonna be a reality at least for the short term. So, in a way for us, you see a lot of bigger Artists releasing E.P’s and stuff at the moment and I’m sure it’s because all they can do is get in the studio and write because it’s harder for them trying to make their living off this. For us, it’s an inconvenience but we all have day jobs that are paying the bills that aren’t this. So that for us is obviously good but if you’re in say Mastodon, I was reading the other day that they’re flippin’ picking up welfare cheques and you just think “Bloody Hell, if Mastodon can’t make a living at the moment, there’s not a lot of hope for anyone else.” If you’re a fan, it’s going to buy merch and support the Acts and try to sort of preserve the scene until we can come out the other end and start getting out. As long as the venues are there and the bands are there once we can get back out, you’ll hope it will pick back up.

Sheri: It will do, I think it will do, I just think it’s going to be a case of support as much as possible, as there are some bands that have been a casualty of what’s going on at the moment.

How have you found putting together a new album, working together and releasing the new album, during the madness we are going through? We need more of this haha!

Chris: A lot of it was done pre lockdown and stuff and then…some of it kinda got put on hold, we had some vocals that we still needed to do. We couldn’t meet up and that. In the interim, with being at home, there was still a lot I could do myself that I needed to do in that time so there wasn’t time wasted and then as soon as we got back out and got James round to finish off the vocals and finish off any extra little bits and then staying safe, staying at home I could just mix the whole album and get it done and keep firing it out to these guys til they gave it the OK and then send it off for master really.

David: We’ve often worked, as Kenny was saying earlier, with Demos and things, we’re used to working remotely as I live in Birmingham and the rest of the guys live in Nottingham so if we have ideas, we have to work in that way anyway and send things over so to some extent that’s not been a huge challenge and as it’s all done now and we’re getting it out, even halfway through the year, we’ve been able to work remotely on it. It’s been OK for us at this point, it’s a shame we can’t do a traditional album launch which we would have liked to have done and get out and play it… that will come in the New Year hopefully and also just finding new ways to work. I know a lot of bands are doing live studio type performances. For the new single ‘Ellison’ we’ve done a lockdown video which we’ve had to perform in our respective houses and then edit it after haha. That wouldn’t have been part of the game plan a year ago but it’s something we’ve done now and quite happy with the way it’s turned out. It’s just partly adapting isn’t it? And just hoping we’re back on stage soon.

Sheri: As soon as I hope! So, you’ve had to compromise quite a bit?

David: Yeah but it’s been in some ways a creative task set in there, and you look at someone like Devin Townsend for instance, some people seem like they’re thriving on it, just bashing out music and it’s great! Haha.

Sheri: It’s needed. What’s next for Incinery?

Chris: Think just for now we’re gonna try and push things in any way we can, just get some noise going about the releases and that and then next year, permitting everything opens up, with gigs, get out there and get it played to people properly, how it should be done live. I think that’s gonna be the next focus for a while, maybe look at writing something…

David: We’re booked onto Hammerfest for the New Year and that was again one of these gigs that was originally gonna be this year and they’ve pushed it all back but we’re hoping, touch wood, that all goes ahead and we’ll be playing that in Birmingham in February and like Kenny says, a few ideas kicking around for album number 3 and hopefully it won’t be another however long it’s been, like 6 years before it comes out haha.

Sheri: I’m sure it won’t! I hope it will be better next year where you can get out and do what you can normally do. Finally, have you got any advice for other Artists at the moment?

David: I think we need some advice haha. I guess just use the time that you’ve got, it depends where you’re at in your career. If it’s bands that are starting out, use the time that you’ve got now where you’re not gigging to work on your songs and try and get material written and put stuff together and then get ready to go back out again.

Chris: I’d say use this time as well to start getting used to building yourself up on things like social media when you’ve got the time to do it, you know, it’s a powerful tool. You can learn earlier on and get good at it; I think that helps a lot.

Sheri: So, time for self-promotion.

Chris: Yeah, it’s not always something you can just do, you have to build up, especially when you’re doing a lot of it yourself which a lot of bands are. You have to build up how you do it, ideas, marketing plans and things like that. It all comes with practise and experience so if you can get that in whilst you’ve got a chance to, use the technology that you can use to get out there while you can.

Sheri: Thank you guys! I appreciate your time!

Incinery: Cheers! Bye!

Incinery’s new album “Hollow Earth Theory” was released on October 30th and is already receiving great reviews! You can purchase it, all other Incinery releases and merch at the following link:

https://incinery.bandcamp.com/merch

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EMQ’s with INCINERY

EMQ’s with INCINERY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottingham, UK based Thrash Metal band, Incinery. 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?

INCINERY, we’re a thrash / post-thrash band from Nottingham UK. We’ve been around since 2009, touring pretty widely across the UK and Europe in that time.

Chris Kenny: I’m Chris Kenny, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of the band.

David Jordan: I’m Deej, I’ve been playing bass with the band since shortly after they formed.

Ste Dudley: I joined when Chak and Kenny decided to take the band from a covers band to an original band back in 2008/09.

James Rawlings: I knew Ste from one of his previous bands and was looking for a new project, so he invited me over to a practice. Basically, I just kept turning up.

Jason Chaikeawrung: After me and Kenny left a groove metal band called Gift Wrapped Fist, we decided to form Incinery, initially playing metal covers from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Testament before writing our own material.

How did you come up with your band name?

JC: I originally had Incendiary as an idea as its to do with fire and intense burning, but it was already taken! So I came up with Incinery as no one at the time was called it.

CK: We were sat at the pub and Jason said why not call it Incinery. We were like yeah ok that will do, and the rest is history

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

CK: Nottingham in the East Midlands. The Midlands in general is a great place to play metal, there are lots of cities in relatively close proximity, with venues accommodating bands at all levels. If you’re just starting you can find a show to get on and start growing your fan base, and there is a fantastic network of promotors who help keep the scene going.

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

SD: “Hollow Earth Theory”, our second album which is out 30th October 2020.

‘Falling Into The Sky’ (First single from the album)

Who have been your greatest influences?

JC: It won’t be a surprise to hear that our most direct influences are the bay area thrash bands, particularly Exodus and Testament, but we’re also big death and black metal fans and some of that definitely comes through.

What first got you into music?

DJ: We’ve all been in various bands since we were teenagers, I don’t think there’s really been a time any of us weren’t playing an instrument. It’s a pretty natural progression when you love the music to want to play it, start out covering the bands you like and then start writing your own stuff.

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

CK: If Gary Holt ever wants to guest solo on any of our songs, he would be very welcome.

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

DJ: We’ve been very fortunate to play a lot of the festivals we like, particularly Bloodstock. But Wacken would definitely be in our sights for future, it looks incredible and the last time we played Europe the German fans loved the thrash!

CK: I would also love to do 70000 Tons of Metal or Barge to Hell, they’re on boats and that would just be a completely different and unique experience!

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

SD: Nothing particularly weird but we did receive an amazing Incinery EP release cake once.

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

DJ: Thank you for supporting the band, we wouldn’t have got to do any of the cool shit we’ve accomplished so far without you listening to the music, coming to the shows, and telling your friends about us.

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

DJ: Ronnie James Dio, never had the opportunity to seem him live and the man had huge pipes!

SD: It would have to be John Bonham, I’ve seen Led Zeppelin with his son Jason on the drums, I’d love to have witnessed John Bonham in play live.

JR: Freddie Mercury, I would have loved to see Queen live and it would be really interesting to see how he progressed in style.

CK: Jeff Hanneman, would be interesting to see what he thought of the last few years of Slayer and if things would have been done differently

JC: Same as Deej. I would love to have seen the legend Ronnie James Dio! He seemed like he was a genuinely nice guy.

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

JR: When we’re on stage and in the middle of a big gig and people are singing the lyrics, and you look at each other and think “holy shit, all these people came here to see us, this is mental”, there’s nothing like it.

Hate 2am in the morning loading heavy gear back into the practise room knowing you have work in the morning and you’re getting to bed at like, 3am probably.

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

SD: without opening a can of worms, I’d change the amount of negative/narrow minded people around.

JR: It would also be nice for music to gain some of its value back. it’s very difficult to even think about being a band as a full-time career.

JC: I think that it would be nice if artists received more money from streaming platforms per stream then they currently do. Unfortunately, there are a lot of platforms and they are all in competition with each other and competing to make the most money meaning the artists lose out. On the flip side of this, it’s much easier to be heard and discover new artists.

CK: To bounce off the back of James’ point, also for music venues a lot of great venues have disappeared so something to help protect them more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

JC: Exodus – “The Atrocity Exhibition…Exhibit A” , it’s a really formative album for the band and has some proper bangers on it.

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

DJ: The current ubiquity of download / stream has really removed some of the barriers to entry for new and DIY bands . In the past when you went down to HMV and bought your CDs it was a real barrier to entry. Now anyone can write their music and make in available worldwide, and that’s put power into the hands of artists, and fans can find new bands on sites like Bandcamp they never would have heard of.

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

JR: Bloodstock 2014. We were booked on the Thursday night opener show on the Sophie Stage and it was phenomenal.

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

DJ: I enjoy web development and do some coding in my spare time.

SD: Sitting in my garden drinking coffee.

JR: Working in IT, which I do.

JC: Also working in IT but probably be gaming a lot more. Probably be a lot more boring haha.

CK: Photographer possibly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

DJ: The Chuckle Brothers, Tiny Tim, Bob Mortimer, and Abbath.

SD: I’m going to answer this different and say I’d throw a huge party and invite 2 bands and 3 people: Pantera, Gwar, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dwayne Johnson and David Allan Coe. It’d be one hell of a party!

JR: Freidrich Nietzche, H.P. Lovecraft, Dante Alighieri, John Milton, and Neil Gaiman – a whole bunch of my literary influences would be something different.

JC: Jim Carrey and Cannibal Corpse just so I get to see him play with them like in Ace Ventura.

CK: Dara O’Brien, Ed Gamble, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack and Richard Ayoade. A bunch of comedians at a dinner party would be hilarious.

What’s next for the band?

DJ: Our new album “Hollow Earth Theory” will be out on the 30th October, it’s been a lot of hard work from all of us and we’re very happy with how it’s turned out. Obviously, touring has taken a knock, but we’re booked for Hammerfest in Birmingham next year and as soon as we can get back on the road we’ll be touring the new songs across the UK.

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

DJ: The best way to support the band is buying directly from us at
www.incinery.bandcamp.com/merch

We’re also in all the usual places to purchase and stream (Spotify, Apple Music, etc).

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

DJ: Cake, the clue’s in the name. Also, if you leave something out and it goes hard, it’s a cake, if it goes soft, it’s a biscuit.

JR: This question hurts me, but I’m going to agree and go with cake.

JC: Exactly what Deej said. I never get this debate lol.

CK: Cake because it’s on a sponge cake base.

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

DJ: Just that during this really difficult time try and support the bands and venues you love, we need to make sure the scene is still here when we re-emerge and some people are having a really tough time.

JR: Just to echo the above, stay safe and take care of each other.

JC: stay safe and keep supporting the bands and the metal community. It’s a really tough time and we hope a lot of venues make it through this so that live music can continue and so that we can all carry on making music. Hopefully, we’ll see you on the road soon

SD: Aliens.

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Onslaught – Generation Antichrist

Onslaught – Generation Antichrist
AFM Records
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 37:53
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

I have to confess that writing review introductions is always a kind of nightmare for me. I always try to flee from that usual boring writing that often repeats what we’ve already read on band releases. Therefore, I use the technique of telling some kind of history. Most of the time, it’s related to the band, but not always (again boss, don’t fire me)! But it’s impossible to not tell a true history when Onslaught is the subject. My relationship with Onslaught began on November 17th, 2009. On this day, I saw Onslaught playing in Brasília (the capital of Brazil), the city where I live. Ok, it wasn’t the greatest production and the venue wasn’t as big as the band deserved. But, despite all the issues (that is so typical of Brazilian concert producers), what I saw that day was an insane band on stage! It didn’t matter that it was 2am on a Tuesday or that a lot of chaos happened in a small pub. Onslaught played as if they were in front of a huge festival crowd.

Ok, now let me switch from fan mode to reviewer mode and talk about what matters – “Generation Antichrist”, the new Onslaught album. It’s finally here, after 7 years of non-stop touring since the last one, and with important line-up changes, especially the change of long-time singer Sy Keeler, to David Garnett (also Bull-Riff Stampede). I was full of expectation about what this album would sound like. After listening to the short opening song ‘Rise To Power’, which is full of good melodies and a very intense atmosphere, ‘Strike Fast Strike Hard’ suddenly hits my ears!! And what can I say about it? RIIIIFFFF! Yes, Riff! This was the first word I screamed after listening to this incredible track. What a killer song. Powerful riff and heavy as anything. The purest Onslaught putting their soul and making me bang my head like a teenager hearing Heavy Metal for the first time ever. Make riff, not war. Ok, no more fan mode, I promise 😊.

Luckily, ‘Bow Down To The Clowns’ keeps this sensation going, like I was at a live concert with them playing song after song without taking a breath. The sound is furious! It’s like Nige Rocket is conducting his troop as a lead pilot from a fighter squad, flying supersonic, ready to explode the universe! The riffs and solos, together with his “partner in crime” Wayne Dorman are just incredible. I noticed a couple of differences from their previous sound though. James Perry has a strong groove and hits his kit hard. He also uses good double bass passages to flee from the usual Thrash rhythm drumbeats.

Jeff Williams, who has been playing in the band since their return in 2006, contributes to this groove, too. His highlight is in the last song, ‘A Perfect Day To Die’, with an insane bass intro. This song was previously released last year, with Sy on vocals, and it is perfect to illustrate the difference between both singers. Personally, I felt that David Garnett chose to keep the band’s spirit similar to Sy. Maybe the biggest difference is how fast he can speak in some parts, which offers a good dynamic for vocal interpretations, as you can hear in ‘Religiousuicide’. Actually, everything is fast in this song and shows a different side of Onslaught.

Still talking about the album, the band offers songs with more cadence, like the title song ‘Generation Antichrist’, which also has a strong chorus. ‘Empires Fall’ follows the same idea. Don’t expect anything without heaviness on this album either!

Even though the album’s title could suggest an antichrist theme, I felt that the lyrics are more critical towards how humans use religion to gain power and destroy lives, using religious beliefs to manipulate things. An issue that has been cursing humanity for a long time and it is still a trend and topic full of barbarism.

It feels weird talking about Onslaught, considering I live in a hugely different country to them. But I think they’re a legendary band, not only in England, but worldwide. I also feel like Onslaught has nothing more to prove. No matter what turbulence they live in, they will always offer a killer album. How could I not love it? If you don’t agree, please listen to “Generation Antichrist”. It proves everything I am saying.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rise To Power
02. Strike Fast Strike Hard
03. Bow Down To The Clowns
04. Generation Antichrist
05. All Seeing Eye
06. Addicted To The Smell Of Death
07. Empires Fall
08. Religiousuicide
09. A Perfect Day To Die (2020 version)

LINE-UP:
Dave Garnett – Vocals
Nige Rockett – Guitar
Wayne Dorman – Guitar
Jeff Williams – Bass
James Perry – Drums

LINKS:

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Virus – Evilution Apocalypse

Virus – Evilution Apocalypse
Combat Records
Release Date: 24/04/2020
Running Time: 55:14
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Good afternoon, my shining black children of the night. What sweet music you make… You find me reclining upon my black leather chaise longue, idly sipping Lapsang Suchong tea and racking my poor abused grey matter for words as they are reluctant to come forth and entertain you all. I am not, surprisingly surrounded by nubile young virgins and having my all my whims taken care of today. Instead I have been to buy dog food. Even the Ipssisimus of All Things Groovy must feed the dogs. It is apparently socially unacceptable to feed humans to them anymore. Shame, it would be much fucking cheaper. Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover is as usual quixotically tilting at windmills and shouting at either a) ghosts, b) the distant howls of anguish in my torture chamber (I have it on a timeshare arrangement with a man who shoots the most depraved gay porn on Thursday afternoons. Lovely chap, he’s called Dave, although he is a disturbingly dab hand with a household spatula), c) passers-by or d) absolutely fucking anything (real or otherwise) because he is an absolute tit. I’ll allow you to make the choice as to which point is factually accurate. I have also just had my computer buried under an avalanche of Primaris Space Marines I have yet to build which has been mildly inconvenient.

Anyway, this review has been a long time coming because My Dread Master, Sir Richard of Tilley keeps sending me lots of interesting other stuff tailored to my somewhat esoteric tastes. I can only apologise to Coke and the boys for this but I always get there in the end… We are taking a hard (fnarr fnarr), critical look at the first new Virus album in THIRTY FUCKING YEARS!!! Virus first came to my somewhat misguided and misanthropic attention waaaaaay back in 1989 when I rushed home from Vibes Records in Bury with the Metal Hammer Best Of British Steel double LP clutched in my grubby and teenage hands. Completely ignoring the entreaties of my parents to “Turn that fucking rubbish down!” I played it at maximum volume and a tune called ‘Testify To Me’ came on and I just sat there stunned. It was by Virus and I played it again and again and again because it simply was a thrash metal masterpiece, well up there with the likes of Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and the like as it had that most European thrash sound – the one that lacked the penchant for over-production that American thrash bands seemed to enjoy. Anyway, to cut a long story short, this excited teenage wannabe Team Satan enthusiast excitedly recounted everything he knew about Virus to a pair of extremely uninterested parents including that Coke Finlay (or McFinlay, as he was then!) played the same Charvel guitar I did and that they were from Dundee, Scotland. To which my dear, sweet mother (this is abject creeping because my mother is quite the most formidable person I have ever met – she once got cut up in traffic after a Manchester United game in Trafford and loudly and with absolute sincerity threatened some five thousand Manchester United fans with violence, one at a time or all at once. I should point out she had got out of the car to remonstrate with them at the time) replied, “Tell the noisy Scottish twats to stop making so much noise! Otherwise I will go to Dundee and do…..” At this point I had lost interest in anything she had to say and disappeared back to my sanctum.

Virus, then.  A favourite of my youth. How do they stack up today against the likes of other thrash luminaries releasing new stuff like Sacred Reich? It has to be said that they are still cutting a very visceral thrash figure. Coke appears to have got increasingly angry as he has got older and the music, while by no means the heaviest metal ever recorded, is pissed off to fuck and appears to be composed of barely contained violence. Which is exactly what thrash is meant to sound like. The record reminds me greatly of being fucked off my face on Thunderbird wine at 2am in a park with thrash blasting through my walkman, aged 17 and a half and throwing violently up into the nearest bush. Good times then… Opening tune and title track ‘Evilution Apocalypse’ starts off gently enough with some cracking thrash soloing before the metaphorical door is thrown completely open and ‘The Hand That Feeds You’ comes slamming through it and instantly eviscerates you without so much as a by your leave or a greeting. This is speedy, DIRTY thrash metal and I fucking love it! Track after track is face meltingly good and it’s a solid listening experience. I am not so happy about the production, however, the cymbals are barely audible and the guitars sometimes overpower the songs as they are quite high up in the mix – however this was a characteristic of most Euro thrash way back when so it all just kind of adds to the nostalgia of a youth lost to me… Otherwise, the musicianship is excellent, cutting thrash riffs give way to glorious thrash metal solos and beatdowns. Virus offer us lots of variety and tempos – there is also a very Lawnmower Deth –esque sense of humour at work in the utterly hilarious ‘Defective Detective (The Ballad Of Inspector Gadget)’ which manages to inject a laugh or two into the otherwise utterly serious thrash proceedings. Which can only be a good thing considering that thrash metal has always had that slightly outré sense of humour lurking just beneath the surface and certain thrash bands have always been a little po-faced, especially North American bands like Annihilator. ‘Force Recon’ even offers us some blast beats and some whammy bar work to die for as well as a dual guitar solo that’s simple yet brutal. Fucking hell, I love thrash metal so much. It doesn’t matter that Coke isn’t the world’s greatest singer – thrash vocalists were never that good as it always was a musically driven genre but by god this is a good record. Coke hasn’t lost it and this new incarnation of Virus fucking slays. There’s even a guest solo from one of my heroes, ex-Carcass string slinger Carlo Regadas!

If you’re a fan of classic European thrash, the more punk influenced American thrash like Nuclear Assault or “Natural Order” era Hellbastard, you’ll absolutely adore this record. If you’re new to the genre, you could do a lot worse than obtain this and begin your education forthwith. Speedy, violent, aggressive and powerful and fucking good!

Oh, Coke, remember that my mother wants a word with you.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has just been frantically pogoing around the room and had forgotten briefly that he is now a man of a certain age and will be paying for it in the morning. 9/10 for an almost perfect thrash record. One mark deducted because I couldn’t hear any cymbals.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Evilution Apocalypse
02. The Hand That Feeds You
03. Basement Conversion
04. Goat (Father, Scum and Unholy)
05. Multiple Wargasm
06. Defective Detective (The Ballad Of Inspector Gadget)
07. MBG
08. Force Recon
09. Release The Dead

LINE-UP
Coke Finlay – Vocals, lead guitar
Rob Edwards – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Stewart Grassie – Bass, backing vocals
Liam Hastie – Drums

LINKS:
www.virusthrash.com/
www.facebook.com/virusthrash/
www.instagram.com/virus_thrash

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EMQ’s with THRASHERWOLF

EMQ’s with THRASHERWOLF

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Thrash Metal band, Thrasherwolf. Huge thanks to frontman, Daniel Lucas, 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, my name is Daniel Lucas from the London Thrash metal band Thrasherwolf. I’m the front man which means I shout blue murder and shred at the same time, sounds challenging and it’s just as hard as it looks. The band was formed when, in my college years, I thought…fuck this, I want to make metal because I’m good at it and it makes me feel amazing! So, I spent some time, a couple of years maybe, going through different people and auditioning them for the band, which at first was going to be called “Metal moon”. I’m damn happy we changed it! I finally met the people I’m with now and things just clicked, there’s a union, a real pack feeling. They’re like brothers and one of them biologically is. Now the pack is on the rise, so you all better be looking out for us in future, because we got some good shit coming your way!

How did you come up with your band name?

I noticed a lot of bands with wolf in the title tend to make it. Call it stupid ol’ superstition, but I went with it. I also coupled it up with trying to be raw and down to earth, so we do exactly as it says on the tin. We thrash and wolves are cool! Done. Simple, moral, fun to eat.

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

We’re from England, London specifically. I’d say our scene is thriving, especially the more you go to the north of London. Camden and Central London have some amazing places for young unsigned talent. It has a magical way of bringing acts together.

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

Well our first release will technically be the single from our upcoming album; the album entitled “We Are Revolution”, is being released in mid-September, and the single mid-July. The single is called ‘The Vortex’, and you better hold on to your arses, because it will tear you a new one in a flash!

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences should be obvious to anyone who has either seen us, heard us and or actually checked what I look like! Bands like Megadeth, Metallica, and Kreator make up my influential bread and butter.

What first got you into music?

I picked up a guitar and heard Metallica and Slayer. I started writing stuff almost immediately based on what I loved about the style and found that I was loving every second and I was really good at it. Why waste talent and opportunity like that?

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

Personally, I’d love to collaborate with Annihilator, I adore their music and they’re a band I never get tired of, and I’d consider it a personal sin to hit the skip button when ever they came on my iPod.

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

Gotta be Download or Bloodstock. They’re both such an important part of what makes metal in England great. Both have amazing atmospheres with amazing acts and even offer opportunities to younger bands.

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

The weirdest gift we’ve ever received are the countless compliments and encouragements! I say weird because we never expected them, we just go to play, and they like us. We’re honestly so grateful to them all.

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

You’ve got a ton of good shit to come very soon! Keep an eye out and an ear to the ground, members of the pack!

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

Let them rest. Nothing crueler than making them have to go through the whole dying process again.

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

I love the feeling of unlimited creativity! The chance to feel like a god when you create something amazing from nothing and then have the chance to share it with others. It’s an amazing feeling when the record takes form from your imagination, and you actually hear it for the first time.

Hate is a strong word. Dislike would be more accurate. I dislike that there are people out there who censor creativity and artistry just to meet their own agendas. We try not to work with those sorts of people.

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

Absolutely nothing as of yet. We aren’t experienced enough to understand all its nuances, it’s do’s or its don’ts. We’re learning as we go along. We wouldn’t have the right to change anything about a hard-working industry without more knowledge and understanding first.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Onslaught – “The Sound of Violence”. Just truly…superb in every way.

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

CD’s, nothing like holding a physical copy in your hand, actually feeling like you own it. Mind you, downloads lessen clutter and are quicker to access.

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

The time we played the Valentine’s Day Thrashacre at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston with Hellfekted and Bangover. The crowd, the atmosphere, and the over all experience was just like a huge learning curve for us all, and really gave us the confidence to push forward with Thrasherwolf! And we got our first mosh pit! We went on from that to win the Metal 2 The Masses pit rounds at the very next gig, so the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

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

Probably be passed out in the pub! Oh, you mean work wise? I probably would have gone into acting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite Dave Mustaine, because he can bring the wine, Corpse Grinder Fisher, because he can bring the meat, James Maynard Keenan because he can bring the boof, the guys from Primus because they can bring the cheese, and lastly I’d invite James Hetfield because he can bring the table.

What’s next for the band?

Well at the moment Thrasherwolf are focusing on the PR and marketing for the release of our new album “We Are Revolution” coming out mid-September. We are releasing the first single on the 17th of July (preorders available on the 3rd) and the second single mid-August. Other than that, it’s dealing with our online presence because of the lockdown, and getting our gigs/tours and festivals booked up for the next year, big things to come let me tell you.

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

Distrokid for starters, they’re amazing at what they do and they’re Glen Fricker approved! Great price too. Lots of options and lots of destinations all of which can do nothing but aid us.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

After convening with the rest of my band and coming up with an answer, Jaffa cakes are definitely biscuits, if you don’t agree, fight me!

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

Keep an eye on our social media pages! That’s Thrasherwolf (all one word) on Facebook and Thrasherwolfthebandofficial on insta. Big things to come guys, stay safe, join our pack if you haven’t already and come get lost with us in the eye of the vortex!

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EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://bit.ly/38ExATw

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

#RipTide4Bloodstock

Oh, and Vagos Metal Fest in Portugal!

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

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

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

DIMEBAG.

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

Peace

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EMQ’s with IFREANN

EMQ’s with IFREANN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, UK based Thrash Metal band Ifreann. Huge thanks to Drummer, Euan Henderson for taking part.

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

I’m Euan, I play drums and I am the founding member of Ifreann, formed in Edinburgh in 2015.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

Our Edinburgh Thrash brothers, Disposable!

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

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

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

£10 for a t-shirt.

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

Give us more gifts.

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

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

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

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

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

Streaming services paying artists a decent wage.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

As many shows as this current pandemic will allow us.

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, they taste like shit.

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

Save the bees or die.

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EMQ’s with Solitary

EMQ’s with SOLITARY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancashire, UK Thrash Metal band Solitary. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Rich Sherrington 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, this is Rich from Solitary – lead vocals and rhythm guitar. We’ve been playing thrash metal for 25 years and don’t intend to stop any time soon.

How did you come up with your band name?

One of the early band members came up with it. I wanted us to be called Solitude but there was a band using that name so he came up with Solitary and we went for that.

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

We’re from Preston and the metal scene in the UK has changed a lot over the last 25 years. I think it’s best to separate it into sections: In terms of social media and webzines etc it’s really good. I think the live scene isn’t what it was, with the exception of the major cities and the core people who buy merch and physical formats, really support the bands, definitely keep them going.

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

We released an EP called “XXV” in the summer to mark our 25th Anniversary and we’re just about to mix our next album, with Simon Efemey, so that should be out at some point in 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would say really Slayer and Testament are probably the bands whose influence can be heard in our songs, but to be honest, anything that makes you stop and listen probably makes a subliminal impact on you when it comes to being creative.

What first got you into music?

It has to be Xentrix! I actually won a competition to meet them on 10th Dec 1990 and from that moment I knew I had to form a band and get on the stage myself.

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

I’m not really sure…thinking from a business perspective it would have to be a really big name to enhance the bands profile, so maybe Tom Araya now that Slayer are no more.

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

Hellfest or one of the mega European ones would be amazing and I would like to play Donington as well.

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

Well we don’t tend to receive anything, but years ago I was aware that someone was going to do cross stitch of a photo they took of me.

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

‘Thank you’ – because without them we wouldn’t still be here!

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

Got to be Jeff Hanneman!

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

I enjoy it all really, there’s nothing I would say I hate. It’s difficult at times, organising everything. I would say the worst point is when someone leaves and you have the uncertainty until you find a replacement.

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

Digital royalties! It still costs the same to record an album so the royalties factor that in.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign In Blood” – still as amazing as when I first heard it in the 80’s.

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

From a musicians perspective I would say vinyl is a really special achievement, but my own personal preference would be CD for the sound quality.

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

We’ve done so many, but Bloodstock last summer was up there and also playing abroad has a lot of great memories. The one I enjoyed the most was probably at Backstage, Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

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

I don’t know…I’ve been a musician longer than I’ve not been one! I think life would be pretty tedious to be honest.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dinner parties aren’t really my thing.

What’s next for the band?

We’re in the midst of compiling a retrospective DVD and then obviously the new album being released in 2020.

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

We have the usual platforms like Facebook etc, but it’s really becoming all about guiding people to platforms like Spotify.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bizarre question! They are a biscuit.

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

Thrash forever!

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