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!

https://www.facebook.com/Official.Solitary/
http://imperativepr.co.uk/management-solitary.html
http://www.solitary.org.uk/

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