EMQ’s with SECOND SHOOTER

EMQ’s with SECOND SHOOTER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Extreme Metal band, Second Shooter. Huge thanks to vocalist, Melanie Johnson, for taking part.

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

My name is Melanie Johnson and I’m the vocalist of extreme metal band Second Shooter (groove metal/hardcore/thrash). The band has a kind of weird history. The two remaining original members, long-time friends Travis Hildreth (guitar) and Jim Wilinski (drums), were part of a band called Salvage 67 in 2015, when their vocalist went to prison for killing his wife. So that brought the band to a screeching halt.

Now that they’ve had some distance from the situation, we do make jokes about how that’s a pretty metal story (and we call my microphone at the studio the “Murder Mic”), but of course it was absolutely devastating to everyone involved. It took the band a while to move on; sometimes they didn’t even have the heart to pick up their instruments at practice. And I don’t mean to discount the pain of the victim’s loved ones, who are suffering to this day. Sorry to start the interview with something so heavy!

Anyway, the band in its current iteration came together in 2018 when Wynn McElwee (guitar), Jeff Clark (bass) and I joined.

How did you come up with your band name?

Unrelated to the murder thing, I promise! I wasn’t there when it was conceived of, but I know part of its appeal is the ambiguity. It could refer to JFK conspiracy theories, or to hypothetical shootings; it’s a common term in photography; and people always come up with other possible interpretations.

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

We’re in Los Angeles, California, and honestly the scene is great here. The local scene is large, excitingly diverse, and very mutually supportive. And all the big acts come through because we’re a huge city. Sure, it isn’t as big as some of the major European cities for metal, but still – no complaints!

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

We just released this video for ‘1 in 6’ from our self-titled EP. It’s a super aggressive, super feminist song, and the video really captures that (thank you so much to TJ Grof, Rhys Green, and Sarah Doerner!):

Who have been your greatest influences?

For my vocals, I draw inspiration from all over the spectrum of heavy music, including some metal-adjacent genres like hardcore, post-hardcore, and even emo. For the band overall, some major influences are Pantera, Korn, Slipknot, classic death metal, early thrash metal… really all over the place. We like groovy, we like brutal, we like fast.

What first got you into music?

My mom is the coolest person I know and has introduced me to a large proportion of what I’ve listened to throughout my life. She also took me to lots of concerts as a teenager and she loved them as much as I did. She took me to my first show – Green Day – and some other great high school memories with her include seeing Opeth, Megadeth, Sabbath with Dio, Dream Theater, Machine Head… not to mention totally-not-metal bands like the White Stripes, the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie…

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

I haven’t really thought about that! In the abstract I’d like to feature a male vocalist for the contrast, but when I think about who I’d really love to work with and who would sound sick on our tracks, I think of like, Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy), Tatiana Shmailyuk (Jinjer), Māra Lisenko (Māra)…

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

I don’t know a lot about the international festivals, which I’m sure are the best, so I’ll keep it local-ish: I think it would be pretty sick to play Las Rageous.

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

Ooh, none of those yet. Fan art would be weird but also fun.

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

Send me fan art ;). Just kidding. I’d say: make some art! Music, visual art, poetry… even if you don’t think you’d be good at it, if you have any inkling at all, you should definitely give it a shot. Having a creative outlet is great!

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

Chester Bennington’s suicide tore me apart. His music got so many people through rough times, gave people hope, literally saved lives… and it’s so tragic not only that he’s not here anymore but also that he couldn’t save himself.

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

Ahh I enjoy everything about being a musician! Seeing people rocking the fuck out at shows, hearing from people that our music really resonated with them, the satisfaction of a song coming together… everything! Well, I guess not the pay-to-play culture of the big venues in LA.

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

The pay-to-play thing is lame. For people who aren’t familiar: P2P is when a venue says, “Here are X tickets, sell them at $Y each and give us that much money.” So, in theory you could break even or make a profit, but in practice that never really happens — we aren’t going to charge our friends or fans face value if they’re getting their tickets from us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Shape of Punk to Come” by Refused. Just so sick beginning to end.

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

Was never into vinyl. I bought a lot of CD’s for most of my life, but streaming has absolutely taken over. You have access to everything!

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

All of our shows have been such a great time! It was super exciting and an honour to open for Jinjer in September of last year. Equally fun was a “Women Who Rock” show the next month, featuring local female-fronted bands ranging in heaviness from an acoustic set to… us. The crowd response was so great!

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

Well, music is my hobby and my real job is as a software engineer. Without music, I’d be what I was a few years ago: a software engineer in desperate need of a creative outlet!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Definitely some (extremely) high-ranking American politicians and some powerful people who have gotten away with assault, then I’d burn the place down. Sorry not sorry.

What’s next for the band?

We’re writing a bunch of stuff and I’m absolutely psyched about it all. We plan to release a full-length this year. We haven’t played in a few months because we’ve been focusing on new material, but we are itching to get back on stage!! Got some shows in the works.

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

www.facebook.com/SecondShooterBand
instagram.com/SecondShooterBand
www. secondshooter.bandcamp.com

And of course, we’re on all the streaming platforms.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m an American, I don’t understand Jaffa Cakes or the metric system!

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

This was fun! Thank you so much for Ever Metal for the opportunity and all the hard work you put into your site!

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Scissorfight – Doomus Abruptus Vol.1

Scissorfight – Doomus Abruptus Vol.1
Salt Of The Earth Records
Release Date: 06/12/2019
Running Time: 34:29
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Nefarious and blood soaked greetings from the nether face of God, your Ipssissimus of groove, and trusted local pet sitting service, Dark Juan. I trust you have all been burning churches and defiling virgins in my name while I have been away singlehandedly combating Coronavirus? Coronavirus caught Dark Juan and is currently self-isolating for 14 days. My mighty and puissant immune system dealt it what could only be described as a biblical arse-kicking and it slunk off to try to infect Chuck Norris. That went as you might expect it would. Reports that our lord of the netherworld Satan is currently self-isolating are true. I last left him nursing his Hello Kitty hot water bottle and clutching his My Little Pony bedspread in new and exciting levels of misery and upset. So I laughed at him. And called him a bedraggled cunt! He wanted his DVD of She-Ra, Princess of Power on while he was in bed. I denied him this and left him wretchedly watching Thomas The Tank Engine. The howls of despair were music to my ears, thankfully fucking drowning out Ringo bastard Starr waffling about Sir Topham Hatt.

Anyway, this review is brought to you by the charnel house aroma of Hodgson Fartpants’ anal artistry, Leffe Brun and other quality beers and the number 13. We are (as I am sure you have already been made aware by the title up there ^^^^) currently experiencing Scissorfight’s latest offering, “Doomus Abruptus Vol.1”.

Opening track ‘Caveman Television’ is best described as the aural equivalent of the old timey Scissorfight song title New Hampshire’s Alright (If You Like Fighting). It is a rock n roll soundtrack to an archetypal bar brawl. It’s like being glassed in the face by a heavily bearded (probably gay but in self denial) redneck in a back street bar in some godforsaken fucking little logging town in the arse end of America. And then five minutes later being his best mate and giggling over beers with blood pouring into your bottle of Dos Equis.  I’m sure you’ll all agree that this already is sounding like a jolly good night out. See Wrexham for more details.

If you’re not familiar with Scissorfight, then you really need to have a word with yourself and possibly flagellate yourself with razor wire and wash out the subsequent wounds with spirit vinegar, you absolutely shocking tart. Scissorfight have provided us with the kind of good time metal that the scene has been sadly lacking in since heavy metal bands totally lost their sense of humour (notable exceptions exist for this – Lawnmower Deth since forever and the formative experience that was a Lullaby For A Unicorn show. No moshing, just metal fans all over the floor colouring in pictures of fucking unicorns….) and have forgotten that their sole reason for existing is to entertain. Scissorfight entertain and amuse in large and orgasmic measure. The sex wee quotient is quite high, but in deference to the electric bill, the water bill and also my somewhat parlous underwear situation after reviewing White Crone recently, I am writing this review stark bollock naked.  The good burghers of Elland are delighted, because I am also doing it on the front patio of Dark Juan Terrace.

Five hundred and fifty-odd words in then, and I have told you precious little about Scissorfight. Allow me to remedy this forthwith. Formed in 1995 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Scissorfight have had one mission and one mission only – to deliver the kind of kick ass rock and roll that makes you want to get your groove on and chase members of the human race that are way out of your league (YOUR league, obviously, for there are no people on this earth immune to the blandishments of Dark Juan on a mega charm offensive. Just ask the Ever Metal staff….) and drink beer and dance like it’s the last day of Homo Sapiens. “Doomus Abruptus Vol.1” is the first release by the band since taking an almost ten year hiatus, the selfish bastards. They play deceptively simple music, but they are too groovy for this earth. The sheer scale of the groove cannot be understated. The groove is everything. The production job on this album is frankly too fucking colossal to describe. The guitar sound is massive fuzzed out perfection, the bass face-vibratingly humungous and the drums have the kind of sound that you’ll hear when being repeatedly smacked against unyielding concrete by hydraulic rams controlled by an absolute sadist (Hi!!!). And then there is the vocal of one Mr. Doug Aubin. A man possessed of a voice so gravelly, tarry and huge, it is reported that most of the state of Maine’s roads were resurfaced with it.

Every song is fucking brilliant, if you like tongue in cheek lyrics, the ultimate in groovy song arrangements and not too heavy you will probably love the fuck out of this. If you enjoy pasty faced, scrawny, screeching small people in extreme metal bands, you’ll hate this with the kind of passion that only the most austere and martial black metal can bring you. However, if you appreciate a wall of noise blasting you clear into the wall  five metres behind you whilst liquefying your internal organs with the power of bass, you’ll fucking love it. Stand out songs are ‘Coagulus’ (what your blood will be doing as it pools around your rapidly cooling corpse after the unholy aural assault you have just experienced) and ‘Where Eagles Drink’. Any song about drinking gets my vote. Anyway, you get sleaze, melody, some of the greatest gruff yet melodic vocals ever committed to record and riffs. The fucking riffs. Riffs of majesty and splendour. Southern tinged riffs of such magnificence you will go into a riff induced coma and when you wake up again all you’ll hear is Scissorfight riffs ad infintum in a bizarre kind of riff tinnitus.

Well done, you exemplary bastards. Well done.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is feeling so groovy right now it feels like it really should be a member of George Clinton’s Parliament. 9/10 for one of the most fun records I have heard in years.

TRACKLISTING:

01. Caveman Television (Looking out of the cave entrance?)
02. Dumpfight (I clearly have a sick mind considering the image in there.)
03. Coagulus (And again. Gutter, my head. Filthy gutter.)
04. Rock And/ Or Die (I will just fucking rock, chaps. I’m living forever.)
05. Where Eagles Drink (Would that be Colonel Suslov’s Grey Eagles? Or the Philly Eagles?)
06. Piss In The Wind (The story of the life of Dark Juan’s bank balance.)
07. The Battle Of (Mudhole Mountain) (Really need to do some kind of wholesome activity.)
08. Lead Venom (On a lead with a collar?)
09. Whatcha Get (When you end up with a demented Englishman reviewing your album.)

LINE-UP:

Jay Fortin – guitar, multi-instrumentalist
Paul Jarvis – bass
Doug Aubin – vocals
Rick Orcut – drums

LINKS:

www.scissorfight.com/
www.facebook.com/Scissorfight2016/
www.instagram.com/scissorfight2020/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCg_LS_xevXv4jUVPXOiatGw

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EMQ’s With AMORIELLO

EMQ’s With AMORIELLO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our ‘New EP Release Day’ EMQ’s with Thomas Amoriello of Traditional Heavy Metal Project Amoriello. Huge thanks to Thomas 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?

Thomas Amoriello here! I started this project on January 1st 2017 with a vision of a debut LP that would feature talented musicians that I admired playing songs that I envisioned. I started working on and arranging riffs and progressions into songs in a deliberate way. I also worked on lyrics from a variety of topics and themes that I wanted to explore and on December 7, 2018 the debut LP was released on vinyl on the H42 Records label of Hamburg, Germany.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, I had a few in mind that are too silly to write here but I wanted the listener to know where all of this was coming from!

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

I currently reside in Lambertville, New Jersey of the United States in a historical town of the Revolutionary days about 10 miles from where George Washington crossed the Delaware. It is an artistic town but, from a musical point of view, lots of folk singer songwriters and jam bands mixed with lots of tribute acts. As a devoted fan of hard rock and heavy metal I occasionally travel within an hour to shows at the Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA), The Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ) and Dingbatz (Clifton, NJ).

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

“Dear Dark” is my latest release and is a five track EP that arrives this Friday the 13th on Ice Fall Records on cassette tape only. This is traditional heavy metal for fans of classic Judas Priest, early Queensryche, King Diamond, Savatage, Helloween, Sanctuary, and Crimson Glory featuring vocals by Brazilian metal legend Carlos Zema as well as special guest musicians who are current and/or former recording and touring artists with Megadeth, King Diamond, TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen, Shrapnel Records, Metal Blade Records and more. The tracks include ‘Dear Dark’, ‘This Burning Evil’, ‘Thirty Four Strings of Fury’, ‘Magic Wand (Abracadabra)’ and ‘Milan’s Dream’. Here is the first single:

DEAR DARK Lyric Video:

Visit the Ice Fall Records Store at;

https://icefallrecords.bigcartel.com/

For tapes & Amoriello T-Shirts

Who have been your greatest influences?

Easily the 80’s era of Black Sabbath or non-Ozzy records! That may sound sacrilegious but I am being honest. I also love the first four Ozzy solo recordings, ALL of the Yngwie Malmsteen recordings and Ronnie James Dio and his various line-ups. I also like Goth influenced groups such as Sisters of Mercy and Depeche Mode.  I mean I have many other non-hard rock influences as well but that would be too long to mention.

What first got you into music?

I was a Beatles fan in the first grade but I must admit that the heyday of MTV, especially the Headbanger’s Ball. Also was a big fan of WYSP in Philadelphia which had a Metal Shop radio show which I enjoyed.

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

That is a tough question. I would like to work with Jorn Lande, Udo D., Rob Halford, and Ripper Owens. Besides these mentioned, I would LOVE to be in a band so if there ever any opening slots in an already established group looking for a 47 year old guitarist and song collaborator then look me up!!! Also I can work remotely on your projects if you live in a different city, state, country or continent or galaxy. You can check my stuff out here:

Visit: https://thomasamoriello.com/ for more information

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

Wacken Open Air!!! That is the World Cup of Metal!!!

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

Thank you for the support and digging the tunes. I really enjoyed creating and obsessing over them so I hope that you feel something!

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

I love all of them but collect Vinyl and CD’s mostly. Recently I have been dusting off my old cassettes that survived my youth and picked up a few new ones.

What’s next for the band?

Currently working on a new track or two that may be a 7 inch release in 2021 with some new and old players that are fantastic!

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

Facebook and my website:
https://thomasamoriello.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Amoriello-1729098957386335/

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

Thank you Rick Tilley and the Ever Metal team for your dedication to new artists! This is much appreciated and keep up the great work!!!

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White Crone – The Poisoner

White Crone – The Poisoner
Self-Released
Release Date: 22/02/2020
Running Time: 54:05
Review by “Dark Juan”
9/10

White Crone is Lisa Mann (Vocals, guitar, bass, and songwriting). You know, one of those really annoying people who are good looking and incredibly talented while the rest of us poor unwashed mortals have to struggle through life knowing that your only talent is managing to piss off as many people as the population of Wolverhampton with a single act. Granted, that act was putting up a picture of chirpy radio and TV personality Danny Baker on the internet and claiming it was Rosemary West (infamous child murdering horrorshow and one person I’m waiting to meet when I get to hell so I can kill her again and again forever). What? Pardon? I’ve digressed from my point again?

Good afternoon, friends, acolytes, denizens of the 13 circles and pet lovers! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Shame on you all for abandoning me so readily. Dark Juan has returned to you, to bless you with the benefit of my wisdom and syllabification, and I ask only that you give yourselves over to me, heart and soul. Then, and only then will you gain the paradise on Earth that I can offer you. Hey, I have to get my kicks somewhere – I’ve moved to near Halifax and there’s most definitely no virgins to defile here anymore and haven’t been for quite some time. Anyone? Form an orderly queue. No, to the left, Mrs. Smith. TO THE LEFT!

Enough of my blandishments. We are here for one thing and one thing only and that thing is heavy fucking metal. White Crone are providers of said metal today and we are going to take a ride through their debut release, “The Poisoner”. No, you don’t have a choice. SIT THERE AND DON’T MOVE LEST I UNLEASH MY GREAT RAGE AND FURIOUS ANGER UPON THEE, UNWORTHY KNAVE! White Crone is Ms Lisa Mann, based in Portland, Oregon, and she is primarily a one woman blues music making machine who decided one day that she would make a heavy metal record based on her love of Priest and the like from her youth. With considerable self-effacement, Lisa describes the name of White Crone as representing herself as she”…has very pale skin and is not as young as other female metal artists out there.” Dark Juan does not like this description, which is rather uncharitable at best, as age and sex have fuck all to do with talent and ability and everything to do with the cruelness of an entropic universe robbing us of vitality and life with every passing day and us humans being too stupid to actually learn to fucking get along as we all only have a limited time and we should all make like Lisa and DO what we dream about!

Opening the album is ‘The Dream Of Tiamat’, which could only be described as a statement of intent. There’s no fucking about here, Lisa just goes for the jugular, fastens her fangs in and starts tearing. One wonders whether her youthful appearance and vitality is caused by consumption of human blood…. The bass on this record immediately hits you, punches through the ribcage, gets your heart and starts SQUEEZING and doesn’t let go. It’s the musical equivalent of Judge Death hissing, “The ssssssssssentence isssssssssss death…” It’s very good indeed, and now Dark Juan has a new heavy metal heroine to go gaga about…

Title track ‘The Poisoner’ is also a splendidly brutal heavy metal song. Lisa’s vocal sits somewhere in between the vocal gymnastics of Ronnie James Dio, the mezzo of the always wonderful and Dark Juan teenage obsession Doro Pesch and the original Metal Queen Jinx Dawson. Lisa sings contralto with a powerful vibrato, but not like a symphonic metal nymph. She sings in the traditional, full throated style of the vocalists of yore – the Dio’s, Dickinson’s, Halford’s et al and gives absolutely no quarter. She can easily keep up with the best of the past and stands head over shoulders of rather a lot of modern trad vocalists. For example she could absolutely take apart Dragonforce’s current singer with a simple D-note held for six seconds. She’s got a very powerful set of…. vocal chords. What else did you think I was going to say? Perverts, the fucking lot of you…

The music, then! Lisa (for she appears to be a musical goddess! Sigh….) has written and arranged every song bar the Venom cover ‘The Seven Gates Of Hell’, and has provided most of the guitar work (with two solos contributed by ex-Glacier axeman Mehdi Farjami), all of the frankly murderous bass and the previously mentioned powerful contralto vocal and has created a musical monster. It is heavy metal with all the needless bullshit stripped away. It’s not constrained by genre. It’s not “-core”, or death, speed, black or anything like that. It is simply heavy fucking metal – that original, deceptively simple interplay between guitar, bass, drums and vocals, untrammelled by genre or ideal. The sole reason for the existence of this music is to tear your face off, but do it gracefully and as make it as beautiful a murder as it can. The vocal harmonies, and the power of Lisa’s voice are just spine-tinglingly wonderful and her guitar and bass work both superb. I can hear so many influences in the music, all classics – Iron Maiden (ESPECIALLY at the end of ‘The Seven Gates Of Hell’ – not a million miles from the ending of ‘Infinite Dreams off of Seventh Son’…), Judas Priest, Sabbath, Warlock and Coven are all notable for their influence on White Crone’s music. Melody. Musicianship. Songwriting as art and (witch) craft! These are all VERY GOOD THINGS. One does get so bored of demented howling and million miles an hour hammering (and that’s just from my bedroom hurgh, hurgh) and occasionally long for some melody. White Crone now also fill a hole that Ghost were filling by themselves (probably better too, because White Crone aren’t currently disappearing up their own musical arse by exploring their own mythos like on Kiss The Go-Goat.)

I love this record and I love Lisa Mann. For a blues musician to have come up with a heavy metal record that, although hugely traditional in sound, concept, lyrical themes and execution, that sounds this fresh, vibrant and exciting is nothing short of spectacular, reminds us in a timely fashion that the heart of heavy metal is the blues and has caused me to flood the house with a three month back up of hugely excited sex wee… Thank god I bought some new trousers. These are fucking ruined.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has emerged from its hiatus, come blinking and trembling back into the light and awards White Crone 9/10. A mark was lost because the record does suffer that most heavy metal of tendencies – to go wandering off into the musical hinterlands during the middle eight. That happens a few times, but it wasn’t bothersome…

TRACKLISTING:

01. The Dream Of Tiamat
02. The Poisoner
03. To The Abyss
04. Our Sacred Duty
05. Broken
06. The Seven Gates of Hell
07. New Planet Earth
08. Internment
09. Edge Of Gone
10. Melancholia
11. Under Hag Stones
12. 18 Rabbit

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/whitecrone/
https://twitter.com/whitecrone
https://www.instagram.com/whitecrone/
https://whitecrone.bandcamp.com/releases https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NozavBfHWpFM1TjevgqUp
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVcf2to4a_Wx-ELQW8hKSkw

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EMQs with Hi/Jack

EMQ’s with HI/JACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee based Punk/Rock/Alternative band Hi/Jack. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist Max Liam for taking part.

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

My name is Max Liam. I am the guitarist and lead vocalist. The band came together as a result of both our bands falling apart, but we had been unknowingly sharing a bassist. We ended up doing a one-off show with said bassist, and Ron (Terrell, Drummer) and I decided to keep in touch after. One thing led to another.

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea was to come up with an attention grabbing name. Hi/Jack seemed to fit the bill and the backslash was my little tip of the hat to AC/DC, who got me into Rock n Roll.

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

We are from the US. Specifically, Milwaukee! The metal scene here is weird. Lots of bands, not a lot of collaboration, and the idea of competition over camaraderie is pretty heavily present.

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

Latest release is our compilation EP “Rank And File” which came out on the 6th December!

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, The Clash and Metallica are definitely there. Early Van Halen too!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s Back in Black! It started everything for me.

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

Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl!

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

Any? I’ll say Glastonbury or maybe Wacken.

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

Nothing too weird! We got a big stuffed Batman once. That was cool.

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

Honestly, just the biggest thank you and all the love I can give.

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

That’s a hard question. But today I’ll say Malcolm Young. I know AC/DC seem to have confirmed a new album with tracks Malcolm recorded, but I think having him actually there would be much cooler. No disrespect to Stevie Young!

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

Best thing is getting out there and playing for people. Worst thing, I guess, is when you end up playing to an empty room. But, that’s part of it, man. Gotta pay your dues!

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

I wish labels would go back to signing bands and then “developing” them. Allowing them to grow and mature with a guiding hand. Not just signing bands that make a quick buck and disappear after a few years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Besides Back in Black? I’ll say Led Zeppelin IV.

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

In my opinion, any of the actual physical options if better than downloads. But, out of the three, I really like how vinyl sounds. There is a difference, just like there’s a difference between a bit-crushed Mp3 and a CD.

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

I think overall the best gig would either be when we opened for Saving Abel a few months ago, or the second time we played with One-Eyed Doll.

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

I have no idea. Before music, I was way into Science, until I discovered I was terrible at Algebra, which can be integral to most sciences!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living: Dave Grohl, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jimmy Page.

Dead: Bon Scott, Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, David Bowie and Muddy Waters.

What’s next for the band?

We will be putting out a full length LP in 2020 via Blue Collar Records. Then, of course, we plan to do a tour and play more shows than we did this past year. Really rev it up!

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

www.hijackmke.com
www.facebook.com/hijackmke
www.twitter.com/hijackmke
www.instagram.com/hijackmke

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m more of a Tunnock’s man myself. But my co-worker insists it’s a biscuit!

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. We are super grateful for how much we’ve progressed this year. Also a huge thank you to our wives, Kendel and Kris, for all your love and support these last 6 years! See ya’ll in 2020!

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EMQ’s with Lonescar

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EMQ’s with Lonescar

Hi everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Texan Metal band Lonescar! Huge thanks to guitarist, Micheal Perez and vocalist, Brian Valdibia 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?

M – I’m Michael Perez and I play guitar for the band Lonescar. This band essentially evolved from a middle school talent show performance. Members came and went over time because it wasn’t taken seriously at all. Playing music was as much as a hobby as playing video games; it was just something to do on the weekends at a friend’s house. It wasn’t until 2013 when the members at the time buckled down and decided to take this seriously, which was short-lived after “adulting” kicked in. In 2015, we recruited a second guitarist, Joe Luera, and our current vocalist, Brian Valdibia. Joe had to bow out of the band due to personal reasons. So, this current incarnation of Lonescar started in 2018, which is the first time the band officially performed and started writing as a four-piece. This band always had two guitarists, and after our 4th one left, I just grew tired from the thought of teaching some new guy our set for the umpteenth time. But I do believe that as a four-piece, the true essence of Lonescar is captured.

B – My name is Brian Valdibia, and I’m the lead vocalist is the band. Lonescar was formed in mid-late 2013 and had built a nice following and had some big name shows under their belt, I found out about them in 2015 through a mutual friend who happened to be a sit-in drummer that they had before J.C. I had a similar band at the time, we were both young, thrashy, and hungry and as soon as I met and saw these guys play once I knew we would kill it if I was fronting this band. (Brian’s responses are highlighted)

How did you come up with your band name?

I didn’t, these guys already had it when I joined, I thought it was clever, funny, and catchy.

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

M – I am from the greatest “country” on God’s green Earth – The Lone Star state of Texas. Texas is HUGE and the musical scenes vary depending on which part of the state you’re in. We are from the southernmost region of Texas called the Rio Grande Valley. As far as metal goes, I’d say everything is standard. It’s not until you dig in to the alternative and rock scene where the heavy Tex-Mex influence is present. A lot of Latin sounds and imagery are injected into the music.

B – We’re from the states, Texas to be exact, and our metal scene as a whole is “good”, but we’re from a primarily Mexican/Hispanic area, so a lot of poverty, places go out of business all the time so it’s hard to keep venues and bars open for metal bands to play at.

But when there’s support, THERE’S SUPPORT!

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

M – Our upcoming release “Lust for the End” will be coming out in January 2020. It will have 11 songs, all of which we wrote as a four-piece. It is a really dynamic record because each member has their own unique taste in music, yet we are all tied by a thread due to our common influences with bands such as Pantera, Lamb of God, Gojira, Mastodon, etc. So, do not be surprised if there are some 2009 metalcore elements in one song and then full-blown death metal in the next song.

B – Our latest release will be our single “Images from Mauthausen” from our album “Lust for the End” that comes out in 1/31/2020. The single will be available for streaming on 12/13/19, it’s a hell of a banger so y’all need to check it out! We also have a couple of more singles/goodies coming out before the end of the year, so keep those eyes peeled!

Who have been your greatest influences?

M – My journey through metal and rock started with the classics. It’s common for people my age, when they were kids, to start with the modern and heavy shit from the get-go and then find their way back to the old goodies. So, when I picked up the guitar and developed an interest in music, all I knew was KISS, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. As far as my approach on guitar goes, my foundation is built upon Ace Frehley and Jimmy Page. So, I’m not one to shy away from some gritty pentatonic runs when it is necessary, and then I eventually stumbled upon the great Dimebag Darrell, which is basically a given if you grow up in Texas. The person that kind of nudged me into the pool of shredding and melody was Synyster Gates, so he has a small place in my heart for that. I then fell in love with the bends and exotic style of Marty Friedman – you can hear some of those nuances in some of my lead playing. The last person to make an impact on me was Oli Herbert from All That Remains. His style was just beautiful aggression, and he is the reason why I picked up an Ibanez Xiphos.

B – Life in general, I get influenced by pretty much anything I consider beautiful to this world. Art, movies, literature. If you mean music wise, I would have to say John Lennon, Dallas Green, and Phil Anselmo just to name a few but honestly way too many to list.

What first got you into music?

M – I can’t really remember the exact moment I got into music, nor can I recall exactly why I wanted to play guitar in the first place. Growing up, I remember listening to George Strait and The Eagles a lot with my dad, and when I hung out with my uncle, there was always KISS playing around the house. I was just always exposed to music, and I guess it helped that I was around people that were obsessed with the music they listened to. Nobody in my family plays any instruments, so I am really perplexed as to why I got into this stuff. Shit just happens!

B – I’ve always liked music, some of my earliest memories are listening to tapes and spending hrs. playing with them, my mother loves to sing so the house was always blasting the stereo and my step dad played drums so that had to do a bit with it too I suppose.

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

M – I would like to collab with Chris Stapleton and see how heavy we can get. I’ve always been a big fan of his voice and song writing. Then I heard his song “Blow” that he performed with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. That song riffs hard, so it would be cool to hash out an even heavier banger, and perhaps some outlaw stuff in-between.

B – Dallas Green for sure! He’s an amazing song writer. I would also love to work with kerry2smooth, he’s an amazing r’n’b guitarist and I would love to make a record like that one day. Most of the music I make by myself is really outside of metal really ha-ha!

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

Download fest!!! or any European style festival Or Mayhem now that its back!! 😉 ACL would be cool too just cause we’re from Texas, and I would love to see most of the rappers on the bill anyway.

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

I once received a thong that was autographed by the guys in Havok. It was a belated birthday gift from a fan, and I still have it tucked away in a drawer somewhere. For the record, the thong was never used, although I did try it on once.

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

First of all: Thank you! We often hear from fans that they wish they had more material to jam out to. We hope y’all can enjoy our latest offering!

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

M – For the sake of seeing Pantera live, I would bring back Dimebag Darrell. I was in the 5th grade when he passed, and I had no idea who Pantera was at the time. I feel as if he was taken away from us too soon, and he still had a lot of music to grace us with. Obviously, what he did with Pantera was great, but I also enjoyed what he put out with Damageplan. Dude even jammed with David Allan Coe, which is awesome in my book. Perhaps in 2020, there could have been a Pantera reunion and another country collaboration with the likes of Cody Jinks.

B – Well it used to be dime but now that Vinny is gone too, I’d have to bring back two. I was born a tad too late to see Pantera.

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

M – I hate practice. I hate rehearsals. I hate band expenditures. I hate the clashing of personalities and egos. I hate transporting and setting up my gear for shows. I hate maintaining my instruments and equipment. I sometimes don’t even know why I do this, until there is that moment when I step back and realize how much fun I am having with some of my best friends – my band. The memories I have partying and performing with these dudes are irreplaceable.

B – I love “The life,” sharing music with the world, sharing my thought with others, meeting new people, and seeing different places. I hate the loneliness, creative frustration, and the instability sometimes but if you work hard enough you do notice change. Just like anything else.

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

The way connections are, and networking is done, I think it should be focused purely on talent and actual hard work but like anything money talks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

M – If there was a gun to my head, I would pick Green Day’s American Idiot. It is a perfect album that I jammed to every day from front to back for years. I was 9 or 10 at the time of its release, right when I was starting to become aware of our nation’s political turmoil, and the album addressed topics such as mass hysteria, war, and the struggles of the middle class. The story that followed the album’s protagonist, Jesus of Suburbia, was amazing and relatable. Green Day also managed to pull of not only one, but two rock operas in a punk album. It was all killer and no filler.

B – Dark Side of the freaking Moon!!! I can listen to it every day, or St Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band, amazing records that have stood the test of time and still sound great.

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

M – Without trying to sound like a hipster, (which would be impossible in this case), I love listening to vinyl when I am in the mood to get intimate with the music. Just the ritual of pulling out a Frank Sinatra record out of its sleeve and then dropping the needle is a great feeling. Remove all distractions, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, and just take all the music in. The sound quality is also objectively better than a compressed MP3 file.

B – I love vinyl and started growing my collection, I grew up with CDs right when tapes were leaving so I have an insane amount, I’m the type of person that like physical copies but I do stream a lot too just cause of how convenient it is.

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

M – My favourite gig was at the Thirsty Monkey in McAllen, Texas, which is a bar with a small stage and outdoor area. I mean, we typically played there all the time, but there was this one night in particular that was especially fun. For whatever reason, the entire crowd came to party. There were pits, beers in the air, and people pressed up against the stage with smiles on their faces. At one point 3 or 4 people jumped on stage, grabbed Brian’s microphone and started singing our songs. It was a great feeling.

B – Probably opening up for Havok, that was a killer show and we destroyed that night, anytime we’re in Fredericksburg Texas is a party too lol

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

M – I am already spreading myself thin and attending to all my aspirations at once. Writing and recording a full-length album is no walk in the park when you are also applying to medical school.

B – I’m currently finishing up my BA in anthropology so if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be doing lab work or extensive research somewhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

M – My idea of a dinner party is typically a lot of barbecued meat and a cooler full of Shiner Bock. I love camaraderie and engaging in conversation with people that are also not afraid to get rowdy when appropriate. That being said, I would pick Joe Rogan, Randy Blythe, Corey Taylor, Aaron Franklin, and Dave Chapelle.

B – Malcom x, John Lennon, Terence McKenna, Richard Pryor, and Richard Linklater, that’s amazing party and a great conversation.

What’s next for the band?

M – I would hope to give our album Lust for the End a proper touring cycle and light the state of Texas on fire. This is our first full-length album and it was a huge investment, so I would like for it to get as much exposure as possible.

B – Anything and everything! 2020 we are coming for you!

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

Facebook, twitter, Instagram, follow on Spotify as well and make sure to add us to your playlist

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

M – I’m afraid to Google this because I do not want another “blue waffle” situation.

B – I have no idea, I googled it and it says it’s both, so I’ll go with that. Maybe send us over some so we can try them!

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

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EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with international Traditional Heavy Metal band Spiral Castle featuring members of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, While Heaven Wept, Vanlade, Claymorean and many more.. Huge thanks to Matt and Vladimir 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?

Matt: I’m Matt DeVries (NOT the Fear Factory or Chimera guitarist!!) and I do vocals for Spiral Castle. The band came about after Vlad sent me a song called ‘The Dread’. I just had to sing on it! I had been pestering him about doing a true metal type song for some time. Eventually we got a crew of talented guys together and boom! Enter ‘The Dread’ and the birth of Spiral Castle.

Vladimir: My name is Vladimir. I’m a guitarist in Spiral Castle (the only one that sucks out of three haha). Well, Matt is the guy who’s responsible for making Spiral Castle happening. He gathered a team and everyone gave their best.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt: Vlad and I discussed it and we had decided if we indeed do start something with this single, it should probably be fitting to be a salute to Manilla Road and tribute to Mark Shelton. Out of respect, I ran the name by Bryan Patrick of Manilla Road. He gave us his blessing you could say.

Vladimir: Also Matt’s idea. We’re all huge, and I mean HUGE fans of Mark Shelton and Manilla Road, so that’s where the name comes from.

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

Matt: I’m from the United States, Kansas specifically. Home of bands Manilla Road and Kansas! Many good bands skip us for Denver or anywhere in Texas. We get lucky at times and get a band here and there, usually in Kansas City, Missouri. We get thrash, black, death, and occasional true metal or even power metal band. Seen Primal Fear play in my town for about 70 people! I felt embarrassed as hell. No wonder bands skip us.

Vladimir: I’m from Serbia. It’s an understatement if I say the scene here sucks, but it does, big time. Bands are great, but lack of venues and media coverage are the main reasons no one has heard about Serbian metal bands. However, there are a few websites here that promote metal (horns up to SMP!)

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

Matt: The latest release is our only one, ‘The Dread’ single.

Vladimir: At the moment we only have a single ‘The Dread’, but we’re working on the album, or at least EP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, and Eric Adams are the main ones for me. There are many others though. When it comes to writing and vocals, I’d have to say Tom Waits, Mark Shelton, Rolf Kasparek, Kai Hansen, Johnny Cash, and Warren Zevon. Just to name a few. I also love Tim Curry’s voice in Rocky Horror! Divine!!

Vladimir: As a guitarist from Ace Frehley to Yngwie Malmsteen. In terms of composing music, probably Mark Shelton, David DeFeis, The Beatles, Rush, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Venom, Running Wild etc etc etc.

What first got you into music?

Matt: I was forced into choir at a young age through church and Christian school. I appreciate the choir part now, but that was my first go at it. The songs were terrible to say the least. Later as a young teen I got into Iron Maiden. The bug to sing in a band kind of grew from there.

Vladimir: As I recall from my early childhood, bands like Kiss and AC/DC really interested me in heavier music. As I grew older Manowar and Iron Maiden were probably what hooked me to metal.

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

Matt: I am doing that now! No lie! I collaborated with Vlad on Sorrows Grave a few years back. If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be teamed up with Vlad again, plus the roster we have now, I’d never have believed it.

Vladimir: I already collaborate with a dream team in Spiral Castle. These guys are incredibly talented. Each and every one of them!

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

Matt: Wacken! My wife and I love it there! It’s a home away from home!

Vladimir: Up the Hammers in Athens and Keep It True in Germany. Those are the festivals that promote traditional metal, the way I like it. I wouldn’t mind playing at Wacken or Hellfest too haha.

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

Matt: Well…I guess my wife is my “fan” in life. She never has given me a weird gift but because of her we have three cats. So…I guess my cup runneth over.

Vladimir: I wish I could say a woman’s panties, but I’m not that good looking haha. Nah, no one gave me anything, as I remember.

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

Matt: Thank you for listening and for the support! Give us some time and we will bring you more!

Vladimir: Enjoy life and be excellent to each other!

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

Matt: Nobody. They made their mark and moved beyond. I will appreciate what they have left me and try to do the same and leave something for others when I move on from this life.

Vladimir: If it wouldn’t cause a zombie apocalypse, there are many of them.

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

Matt: I love to write lyrics. I hate not having time to write lyrics.

Vladimir: The feeling of freedom to express myself the way I want. I don’t hate anything in particular, but I really dislike elitism and snobbish behaviour.

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

Matt: Nothing! I really could give a tinkers damn about it. Haven’t cared in years! I just want to write, put out music, have fun, and hopefully inspire at least one person.

Vladimir: Equal representation of all genres through big media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”. ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ is my hands down, no debating, all-time favourite Maiden song!

Vladimir: Now this is the hardest question of all. Probably “Death Or Glory” by Running Wild! Nah, too many to mention…

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

Matt: Vinyl for me. Love the epic packaging. Though I will take what I can get in some cases.

Vladimir: Personally I prefer CD’s, but anything goes these days.

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

Matt: My last show in Wisconsin before moving to Kansas with a band called Tempest Eternal. A great send off.

Vladimir: Supporting Ross The Boss with my band Claymorean. Probably not our best by technical standards, but we had only two gigs with this line-up hahaha.

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

Matt: I don’t classify myself as a musician, a writer maybe. I work fulltime for the city in Environmental Services/water treatment. When not doing that, I am working toward a Film and creative writing degree at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!!

Vladimir: I really don’t know…I’m a corporate jurist, so that’s what I do for a living.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: My wife always! Vlad and Dejana from Serbia so we could hang out and any of the other guys from Spiral Castle! If there was no more room, we would just hit a pub instead.

Vladimir: My family!

What’s next for the band?

Matt: Full album, LP. That’s the goal anyway. EP is always possible but LP would be the top of the pops.

Vladimir: Recording a full length album.

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

Matt: I’m not the main one for this stuff but YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, Nuclear Rock Radio (kicks ass!!) and most recently, Ever Metal!!!
https://www.facebook.com/spiralcastle/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NFtW1le18

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Matt: (In my best Ozzy Osbourne voice) What the fuck is a Jaffa Cake?!?!

Vladimir: Biscuit, definitely.

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

Matt: Thank you Ever Metal!! Thank you for helping us spread our music and for the questions. You guys help keep the metal heart pumping!!!

Vladimir: Thank you for inviting us and giving us a chance to introduce the band!

 

 

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

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EMQ’s with MONTE LUNA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Sludge band Monte Luna! 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?

My name is James, I sing, play guitar and bass for the band. We formed in 2015 as a two-piece destruction unit and have been laying waste to the great country of the United States since. When we come through your town we promise you won’t forget us after we leave. Your eyes are dazed and heavy.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is a title of a Jimmy Spheris song. Bet you didn’t expect that did you?

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

The United States! Austin Texas, the Texas metal scene is one of the best music scenes this fine country has to offer. We are damn proud to be a part of this Texas Metal Scene.

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

Monte Luna – “Drowners’ Wives”! Vinyl link attached!
http://www.monteluna.bigcartel.com
Who have been your greatest influences?
King Buzzo from the Melvins, Black Flag, George Harrison, Black Sabbath and Rob Crow!

What first got you into music?

Being really sad and angry as a young man!

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

Neurosis – it would be more of a tutoring class with us featured haha. They are such phenomenal musicians and it would be a life-long dream achievement to play with them in any capacity.

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

Hellfest, because the Melvins 2011 performance inspired me to be the musician I am and I want the world to know we will swing for the fences every time no matter what and crush it.

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

A ceramic owl, she was really cool about it though so I was happy to take it! San Antonio girls rule.

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

Follow your dreams and do it yourself. No one will do it for you.

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

No-one, I’m glad they died. That’s just part of life, people die and that was it. I don’t think anyone is important enough to wish them from the dead no matter how much I wanted it. Life is chaos, get used to it.

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

I love the life; I hate coming home from tour and getting back to normal life. Normal life sucks…do drugs, play music and die.

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

I would change how the funds are distributed. Musicians deserve a stable and sustainable future, and that starts with paying people fair wages. This 5 dollar cover standard is pretty gross too. People act like it’s a huge deal to pay more than that, I get it we are all broke, but I know y’all spending way more on drugs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison! Beautiful album start to finish, it has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

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

Downloads – I just don’t have time to sit down with much else these days.

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

Monte Luna/ Serial Hawk/ Order of the Owl/ Savegist! So much fun in Atlanta at 529 and such a beautiful night with good friends old and new, it’s one of those “this is why i do it” moments. You can taste the talent it was so thick.

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

Idk!? I think I’d sell shoes? No no…The other things I do right now but more frequently – making movies, dungeon mastering for D&D and bartending.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Danny McBride, The Jerkbeast, A Beholder, my friend Andrea and Liz Buckingham! We would lace our food with Psilocybe cubensis and then play Dungeons and Dragons. Hopefully on the back of a giant turtle while we sailed through space! Where is your God now?

What’s next for the band?

Work; work; work! Write more music; play more shows, party more, pirate the world.

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

http://www.montelunatx.bandcamp.com
But we are also on Spotify, it’s all the rage.
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ShZGu5MCui1og5byyvwSv

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I’m not big on sweets so I really don’t care. I would much rather play devil’s advocate.

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

 

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

Back in May we did an EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril but a few things have changed so they kindly completed a new one. Huge thanks to bassist Dalton Collins for taking part!

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

My name is Dalton Collins and I play bass for Dreams In Peril.

Dreams In Peril officially became a band In 2018 and we have had a bit of a ride since then. We have played alongside a lot of national bands including, but not limited to, Between The Buried And Me, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, ERRA, The Agony Scene, The Browning, Betraying The Martyrs and Many more!

We won Headband for the Highway shortly after officially becoming a band and went on to play a show on the Summer Slaughter Tour, We have one album out entitled “Mephobia” and have released a Music Video for our Single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ in early 2019. We then went on to sign with Metal Coffee PR and our Management, Extreme Management Group, joining a roster of bands such as Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, and Misery Index.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name is honestly how we were feeling before creating this band. We are all from different bands in the Kansas City Music Scene and we have all felt as if every band we have been in has failed and as if our Dreams were in peril individually. It seemed fitting to name this band just that, in an effort to mock our past musical failures.

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

We are from the United States of America in Kansas City. The music Scene here has its ups and downs. There are times it is really strong and united and other times it’s as if bands are dropping like flies. Though, we are all very tight knit. We all know one another and have all played alongside each other many times in different bands. The fans here are hit and miss as well. Although the scene seems to be more active in the spring and summer time, it’s too cold here in the winter for people to want to get out to a show.

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

Our latest release is our music video for our single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ off of our debut album “Mephobia” This Music Video also introduces our new Vocalist Mike Yeager.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Individually it is very diverse and different. Though Collectively, to name a few… Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Banner, Veil Of Maya, Oceano, Bury Your Dead, The Deftones.

What first got you into music?

For me specifically, I remember taking a CD from my sister. The CD was a compilation called “The Hard And The Heavy” with bands such as Static X and Coal Chamber.

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

I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘The Deftones’.

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

Probably Download Festival. From seeing it in videos and watching over YouTube. IT’S HUGE! I think it would be an amazing experience being able to play such a huge Festival.

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

Naked photos! Lol!

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

Believe in yourself! Never let your failures and struggles stop you from succeeding.

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

Dimebag from Pantera!

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

I enjoy the atmosphere, being able to create something that people can relate to and enjoy! Music helps people in their day to day lives. It is truly an honour to see people enjoy what I have created.

I hate how hard it is for bands to get recognition and to become successful. Bands have a hard time making any money and struggle with paying their own bills, let alone the expenses that a band requires to succeed.

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

To go off of my last answer from the previous question! I would change it in a way that musicians profit more and are better funded without the blowbacks of having to pay things back. Bands need more financial backing! We need it! We are constantly struggling to make ends meet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Such a hard question to answer! I would say “Around The Fur” by the Deftones or even “The Dead Walk” by The Acacia Strain.

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

In my opinion I like CD’s You get the full album art, the tracks, and you don’t have to rewind it like cassettes and it isn’t as big as Vinyl.

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

The best Gig? That is hard to answer because we have had quite a few really good shows. One of our best shows was a house show. No kidding! The place was packed and the entire crowd went crazy… Then we had our first show with the Acacia Strain which was an amazing show… as well as our second showcase for summer slaughter when we had a packed crowd and what was so awesome is the crowd were singing the words to our songs right along with us. The show was a double show where there was an outdoor gig going on and an indoor show as well. The punk band the Cro-Mags were playing inside and as we got off the stage outside we were told that they loved our set and gave us tremendous complements.

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

Probably art! I was an Art Student in high school. I Just like being creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Samuel L. Jackson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Angelina Jolie! LOL I don’t know!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently about to take some down time to write the second album which will be called “The Garden Of Bones”. We are currently half way done writing it and after that we plan to do some more Dates in the US as well as hopefully booking something out of country.

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

https://dreamsinperil.hearyoumusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DreamsInPeril/
https://twitter.com/DreamsInPeril
https://www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7osPUxIGcZ0DnoBIcn5Kuu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlEn-y95t8lnZ-h7SzXtoA
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mephobia/1452481863
https://www.amazon.com/Mephobia-Dreams-Peril/dp/B07NLC5YXN
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/87191182
https://us.napster.com/artist/dreams-in-peril/album/mephobia
https://listen.tidal.com/album/103944259
https://www.reverbnation.com/dreamsinperil

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

To be honest with you, I don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is! Haha!

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

We have accomplished a lot within our two years of being a band, We are still on the rise and we look forward to playing in a town of city near you!
Thank you!

 

 

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

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EMQ’s with THE LAST REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, NY Melodic Death Metal band The Last Reign! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

We are The Last Reign and we play Melodic Death Metal. Brian, our guitarist and songwriter, started the band back in 2015. Paying homage to bands of the 90s such as In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates, hoping to capture that classic sound again which doesn’t exist as much today! Within a year and a half we released our debut accompanied by a two week tour. 2019 marks the return of the band after a 2 year hiatus with a new line-up aside from founding member, Brian.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was derived from a few different ideas, but came out quite naturally. First and foremost is our way of fighting to bring back the classic era of melodic death metal. The second is more personal and comes from my own ‘last reign’ so to speak as a person that is willing to put 100% into an original act one last time.

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

We are from the USA (Buffalo, New York). It’s such a big country, and in our area the scene really depends on your flavour of metal. I’ve seen Persefone travel in all the way from Andorra and play for 35 people, and Slipknot play for almost 14,000. We do get a pretty constant stream of touring acts but often we may have to drive a few hours to another city or state. Metal rarely hits the open radio in my experience, but the community is strong in this age of the internet.

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

“Prelude” (EP) was released on October 11 and much to its namesake contains two songs that will continue to evolve and will appear in their final form on our sophomore album “Evolution,” which will be out summer 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Every band member has their own personal influences, but the band as a whole is very much inspired by 90’s In Flames / Soilwork / At the Gates.

Vince: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Ray Herrera (Fear Factory), and Henry Ranta (Soilwork).

Brian: Queen, Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Seth: Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Brad Smith (Blind Melon), Jim Wynne (Buffalo NY local legend)

Adam: Johan Lindstrand of The Crown would probably be my greatest influence as far as the vocals are concerned, something about his style and placement of his vocal lines always spoke to me. Also, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity has also always been one of my favourites.

What first got you into music?

Vince: My dad was a guitar/bass player and I grew up going to his wedding band and jazz club gigs. He got me set up with a drum set and lessons as a kid, and made sure I had gear and transportation through high school and beyond.

Brian: At a young age, I was around my older brother a lot in the late 80s/early 90s. He was constantly listening to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and I haven’t looked back since.

Seth: I started out playing trombone at a very young age, essentially everyone in my immediate family plays something or have at some point. I picked up the bass and began to teach myself about the age of 14, I wanted an instrument that I could bend and even break the rules on.

Adam: I would have to give credit to my brother for getting me into music, he would frequently blast music on his home stereo system when I was younger. There was always something playing like Metallica, Def Leppard, or Aerosmith. Definitely not my favourite bands these days but everyone starts somewhere.

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

Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est!

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

Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany because it is one of the largest metal festivals in the world and it sounds like an incredible experience.

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

Sadly, I can’t think of anything to date, but hopefully that will change.

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

Just keep listening and sharing. The scene is oversaturated due to the ease of releasing music which makes it even more difficult to be heard.

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

Chuck Schuldiner, incredibly talented musician. I will always wonder what the album after “The Sound of Perseverance” would have sounded like.

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

I love that I actually get to create! So many hobbies are of consumption, be it a Netflix binge, browsing YouTube, or even sharing memes around. Playing music can be cathartic and rewarding for sure. That said, it’s a very resource intensive hobby, the amount of money, time, and effort that goes beyond just actually playing an instrument. It really is a labour of love and is difficult to expand the hobby into a career.

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

Download and Streaming! Although there are many benefits to the medium, I feel it causes people to not appreciate music as much as they used to. Gone are the days where you’d buy an album or two and listen to that album to death whether it was good or not. Nowadays, you get 30 seconds in to a song that isn’t great and you just move on to the next album.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

Brian: What Vince said!

Seth: A Perfect Circle – “Thirteenth Step”.

Adam: The Crown – “DeathRace King”. Although, I gotta hand it to my bandmates, “Scenes From A Memory” is a great album as well.

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

Vinyl all day!

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

April 27th, 2017. It was the final night of our tour and what a show to go out on! It was one of those rare instances where not only all of the bands were solid, but the crowd full of energy for the entire show. It was a sight to behold.

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

Vince: I would probably be the biggest badass in the world…of Warcraft.

Brian: Graphic Designer.

Seth: Working on my car/motorcycle collection.

Adam: Studying geology, mainly volcanoes.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince: Ola Englund, David Maxim Micic, Devin Townsend, Keanu Reeves, Chris Pratt.
Brian: John Cusack, Guy Pearce, Sven de Caluwé (Aborted), Jimi Haha (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon).

Seth: Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Seth Rogan, Steve Vai, Maynard.

Adam: Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Brendan Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen (Nightwish). I know that’s six, don’t care.

What’s next for the band?

We are hard at work on our sophomore album, “Evolution.” Through the rest of 2019 we will be fleshing out the last few songs and entering in to pre-production, with tracking and mixing planned for early 2020.

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

We primarily use Facebook and Bandcamp to communicate and share our music, but we’ve recently started up on Twitter as well. We also have our music available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play music, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/thelastreignmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thelastreign/
https://thelastreign.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/588LSViuxUlGIwSwDYKPrk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I believe in the states the closest term would be a cookie. Our biscuits are more what would be called a scone overseas!

 

 

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