EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

Decent News

EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New London County, Connecticut based Hardcore/Industrial band Decent News! Huge thanks to Eddie LaFlash 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 Eddie LaFlash, I play Guitar, Synth and I do occasional Vocals. Decent News was formed after one of my older projects imploded. I think it was roughly March of 2016; our former drummer Collin and one of his friends wanted to form a metal band and wanted a second guitarist or bassist so I jumped at it, having working with Collin before. I showed up at the E.O Smith building at Uconn a few days later with my shitty Peavey Raven combo amp and BC Rich Bitch 10 to meet up with Collin and the other guitarist and we all had pretty good chemistry. The next week we dragged Laken along to fill in at bass and that became our first line up. I don’t think Laken had ever even touched a bass before his first practice with us. A few months in and everyone started butting heads with the other guitarist because any music that we wanted to submit to the group got shot down and we were stuck playing the same three songs over and over at every practice so we decided that he had to go. We started fresh in 2017 writing our asses off and trying to find a vocalist. We recorded a live demo that summer with me on vocals but I can’t sing and play guitar at the same time so we knew we had to find a permanent vocalist. Enter, Caleb Moore. He might look the type of dude that will steal shit from your house and help you look for it, but he was a natural fit and plus we’ve been friends for 10 years and we always work better playing with our friends. We started working on our First album “Filth” and sent the single “Skin Puddle / Deafland” to Chris at Machine Man Records and got signed in January 2018. Laken left for a little while because he was having a kid and Collin ended up leaving to focus on school. Fast forward to right now, Laken is back and we just released our second album “Monolith”. Fuck that was long winded, I’m sorry!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Freakquency because we thought it was a clever name, but so did a lot of other bands. We made a list of about 100 names and just narrowed it down till we were left with two names ‘Decent News’ and ‘A Few Boys’. Every bit of us wanted to go with ‘A Few Boys’ but Decent News was way easier to design a logo for.

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

We are from the United States. More specifically we’re from Connecticut. The Metal/ Rock scene here is mostly cover bands. There is a Doom/Stoner metal scene here and a pretty good chunk of Metalcore bands in our area.

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

On August 30th we released “[M O N O L I T H]”. It’s a 10 track album that mixes a lot of our unique styles to make a very pretty okay album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are a lot of Industrial and thrash metal bands. KMFDM, <PIG>, Armageddon Dildos, Melvins. Caleb’s more into hardcore and pop punk and Laken is our little scene queen.

What first got you into music?

I got into music because my Mom was a musician. She always had instruments lying around and it was always something I wanted to do. I think Megadeth was the first band I heard that made me want to start writing.

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

Probably Street Sects! I am in awe of how those guys can take something that at its base is so harsh and noisy but actually structure it and make it catchy.

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

Ooo, that’s a tough one. For me I’d either say Rock am Ring in Germany (which is highly unlikely) or Cold Waves. I think we’d fit into Cold Waves very nicely.

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

I think the weirdest gift is actually showing up and seeing us play.

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

We’re sorry we ruined your night out, there’s probably better bands playing whenever we have a show.

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

It’s got to be Chuck Schuldiner. He probably had a lot more music left in him and his death was super untimely.

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

I like the occasional praise that we get. It makes all the hard work we do kinda mean something. One thing I hate is being in a constant state of trying to prove ourselves.

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

It’s probably more of a local thing, but I’m not a fan of the cliqueyness of local scenes. When you’re starting out just about zero people are willing to give you a chance unless you’re going to literally every local show. When we were starting out it was really hard to break into the scene because we all work 2nd shift factory jobs and we couldn’t really make it to a lot of local scene shows. Whenever we did we’d usually get brushed off because we’re Decent News and we don’t really fit into any of the scenes out here.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Melvins – “Houdini”

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

I like vinyl, I really do, but I get really annoyed when they don’t come with a digital download card.

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

33 Golden Street in New London is always a blast. The place is always full and the staff are always really nice to us.

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

I’d probably just cosplay as a factory machine operator working myself to death as is my current alter ego.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keith Richards, Lightning Hopkins, Lady Gaga, Steve Wilkos and 寶親王

What’s next for the band?

Next year we’ll have a remix album for “[M O N O L I T H]” coming out and eventually we will be working on a third album. For right now we’re just gonna keep playing as many shows as we can.

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

https://decentnews.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/decentnews/
https://machinemanrecords.com/decent-news
https://open.spotify.com/artist/25d1l8Nle2nHekQJOLxEjd

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

After googling Jaffy Cakes and learning everything there is to know about them, for taxation purposes, it’s a cake!

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

To anyone reading, please go out and buy “[M O N O L I T H]”, Laken has promised to rip his own head off with his bare hands if you do it. He’s strong as fuck.

 

 

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EMQ’s with ROZU

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EMQ’s with ROZU

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Post-Hardcore band ROZU! Huge thanks to vocalist Tim Graham 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?

Hey guys my name is Tim Graham and I do all the vocals for Rozu. A brief history of the band is me and guitarist DJ Sundine wanting to write some music and give the whole band thing one last shot. After we had some material we brought in Brian and Henry because they were so extremely like-minded, great at their craft, and just overall great dudes to be around. From there we brought in our producer Tyler Ruehl and just got to work for about a year writing music and getting the whole vision for the branding and overall aspects of the band before finally announcing the band in June of 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something very unique, easy to remember, and short. Rozu was on a list of like 50 names we had and started polling them around to our peers and was an overall favourite. It is a very fitting name being the Japanese word for rose and that fact that this band is like a blooming rose from the ashes of our past endeavours.

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

We are from Denver Colorado, USA. The scene here is very unique and full of talent. In Denver it seems to die off then come back in waves but still a tight knit community.

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

Our latest release was our single ‘Divide’, which we released back in May.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I want to say collectively our biggest influences have been Underoath, Like Moths To Flames, Wage War, and Every Time I Die.

What first got you into music?

Really just kind of grew up loving music, my dad was always a rock guy and introduced me to like Tool, Pearl jam, and Metallica. I always wanted to be in a band but wasn’t ever really successful with it. I started touring with some friends as a tour manager and eventually filled in for a couple tours as a vocalist, and from there I’ve just always been in a band.

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

Being my favourite vocalist of my favourite band, I would love to collaborate with Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath.

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

Reading would be incredible to play. For America having the scene lose the Warped Tour it kind of takes away the smaller milestone and Reading is just such a crazy big music festival that it would be a dream come true to play.

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

From an older band this girl drew me and my guitarist at the time as skeleton people which was just random but also the coolest gift ever. We actually used it as a cover art for a little side project we did.

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

First and foremost, we love you all so much and as we continue to grow it is great meeting new fans and making new friends. Besides that, within our music the message is hope and being comfortable in your own skin. It is ok to not be ok and we want people to always have that hope that things and life will get better.

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

Chester Bennington from Linkin Park!

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

I enjoy the creating of the music and getting to see as much of the world as we can playing our music and sharing the art. Besides from people just wanting to take advantage of you on the industry side I don’t really hate anything about playing music.

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

Weeding the people out that have that mindset I just discussed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Easy, “Define The Great Line” by Underoath is just a great album front to back and I never get bored of it.

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

I love the convenience of downloads and streaming but there is just something about holding the Vinyl and enjoying the music from a player.

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

We got to do this Pay Per View wrestling event where one of the wrestlers uses our song Anchor as her walkout. That was just such a cool and unique set I’ve ever played.

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

I would for sure still be working on the business side of the industry because I love developing and managing bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Spencer Chamberlin, Jared Leto, Dave Grohl, RZA, and Dr. Dre! That would be a wild little party.

What’s next for the band?

We are just finishing our album right now and we are starting to plan some tours for early 2020.

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

Follow us on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/rozu_official/
Other than Instagram head to:
www.rozuband.com
and be fully connected to everything Rozu.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I will for sure let you guys know when I have experienced a Jaffa Cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you guys so much for having us.

 

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Dogbane – Idylls Of Woe

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Dogbane – Idylls Of Woe
Heaven and Hell Records
Release Date: 19/07/2019
Running Time: 35:46
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
6.5/10

Dogbane are a Metal/Rock/Doom band from North Carolina. Over a few jars they decided to form in 2010 and their first album “Residual Alcatraz” was released in 2011.

The inspiration that drives them was their 70’s and 80’s upbringing, the time where it all began for metal music. They may not use any special tweaks to manipulate their sound, but that’s the whole point. It’s raw and it’s original. They have also suffered heartache, when their guitarist David Ellenburg tragically passed away after having a stroke back in 2012.

During this time, Dogbane managed to release an official music video for ‘Ride The Serpent’ and then a year later, in 2013; Jeff Rinehart honourably took David’s place as lead guitarist.

They then went on and played Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago with headliner Riot V in April 2014. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to appear on the Versailles Records release “Rock & Roll All Nite: A Tribute To Kiss”.

Heaven and Hell Records then released “When Karma Comes Calling” which opened many doors of opportunity for Dogbane. In September 2016 they appeared at Thou Shall Rock, a 2-day festival supporting headliners Demon Eye and Salvación.

Now we have their third full-length album “Idylls Of Woe”

‘The One I Was Warned Of’ opens “Idylls Of Woe” and takes me back to when I used to have a beer in a biker’s club years ago. It’s upbeat for sure. Jeff Neal’s vocals remind me a little of the late David Bowie. It is a great opener, although there are a few weak beats in the background!

Next track ‘Devil’s Tramping Ground’ kicks in with some more force. I am fond of Dogbane’s doom edge mostly; they manage to slip in some guitar pig snorts and it tickles my fancy. The vocals are catchy, and the guitar solos work ok.

Third track ‘Blood In The Snow’ has a great intro! It really made me giggle. There are some great tempos, guitar solos and drumming throughout this track. You feel like you are on a hunt. It’s simple but very effective.

‘Riddle Of Steel’ is next and YES!! More bass please! I salivate if a track opens with bass, my ears royally prick up and you get my attention straight away. Just like a meerkat! This track feels really doomy, like heavy and rusty old doom. I picture myself head banging to the rhythm of the beat and that sound is genuinely really cool. The odd switch throughout this track is well done and I like the dynamics.

“Land Of Shadows” is definitely a slower version of early Metallica all the way. The guitar riffs and block beats of the drums are quite similar to Hetfield and co. It’s really good. I do feel the vocal fader doesn’t really work in this track, purely because it feels misfired and out of place with the real earthy chunky sound but then you are hit with that real doom vibe again, it’s so good, you forget about the fader.

Next up is ‘Now You Know’. It begins in a very similar fashion to ‘Land Of Shadows’, it slips in those cheeky pig snorts again and then, bang, the guitar solo comes in. I like this track’s stability as it is much more steady and easy to follow.

‘Winter Of Man’s Demise’ is also a good track. There’s no mucking around with this track. It’s pretty cool. It has a real doom laden start, which these guys have got spot on. It’s probably my favourite part to their whole sound. The track is slow and steady, the vocals are spot on and it glues together well. It’s really basic but you flow with their pace. The strumming on the guitars is really strong and when the beat picks up it is great. It has an ‘80’s best dad guitar solos of all time’ vibe!

‘Sin Eater’ is a straight up classic Rock/Metal song and a good ending to “Idylls Of Woe”; although I am personally a little gutted they didn’t add more doom into this track though.
In general, Dogbanes sound is good although, throughout the album, there are times when I feel they are trying to cram too much in at one time which gives the impression of it being a touch sloppy. Maybe some spacing out could have helped a little.

This is not altogether my style of music but do you know what? Sod my opinionated ears! These guys have gone through a crazy journey and obviously enjoy what they are doing. They are keeping the original, core root, of metal alive and I wish Dogbane the best of luck in their future endeavours!

TRACKLISTING:
01. The One I Was Warned Of
02. Devils Tramping Ground
03. Blood In The Snow
04. Riddle Of Steel
05. Land Of Shadows
06. Now You Know
07. Winter Of Man’s Demise
08. Sin Eater

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

https://dogbane1.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZ0qg2G2rJYDKfHQnQ-mVQ

 

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Stone Temple Pilots, North American Fall Tour 2019 – The Met Philly, Philadelphia, PA – 19/09/2019

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Stone Temple Pilots
North American Fall Tour 2019
The Met Philly, Philadelphia, PA
19/09/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

Once upon a time, there was a musical movement, it was called grunge. Somewhat forgotten, it lost many musicians to suicide with bands changing their style. Through all that one band has survived and tirelessly worked their way back to stardom. Their name is Stone Temple Pilots. After finding mega success in the 1990’s the band dissolved due to differences. Upon reuniting they lost eccentric and ultra talented lead singer Scott Weiland to apparent overdose and later his ‘replacement’ Chester Bennington to suicide, both considered generational talents. STP’s current vocalist Jeff Gutt has been great in fitting into those shoes, which has helped them to retain their identity. With Jeff on lead vocals the band last year released a brand new self-titled album, which happens to be the second self-titled album STP have released to date.

Their current tour with Rival Sons is somewhat short, just a little under a month, but touches down in most American Metropolitan areas. After this tour STP will play a festival in Mexico and next spring head out to Australia.

On a pretty nice and warm September day STP came to America’s Independence home Philadelphia and the show took place in the wonderful Metropolitan Opera House or Met Philly for short. After Rival Sons rocked the house, STP came on the stage a few minutes early, prompting some fans to run to their places while spilling beer along the way!
Stone Temple Pilots opened their set with ‘Silvergun Superman’ and ‘Vasoline’ from their second studio album “Purple”, which will have a 25th Anniversary release later in October. They were mixed in with ‘Wicked Garden’ and ‘Crackerman’ from their debut album “Core”. These two albums were the most represented on the set list this night.

STP’s performance was just like the old days. Brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo were so energetic as if it was still the 1990’s. Behind the drums Eric Kretz was spectacular and his hair was flowing in the wind from a fan to the delight of all the ladies in attendance. Jeff Gutt definitely has his own vocal style, but sometimes there were flashes of Scott Weiland which older fans really appreciated. His vocal range complemented well with all of the band’s songs.

From the latest self-titled album STP played just two songs ‘Meadow’ and ‘Roll Me Under’. Of course they played their most decorated hit single ‘Plush’ (that had won MTV, Grammy, Billboard and American Music Awards) and the show was closed with their banger ‘Sex Type Thing’.

It was a good way to finish because, needless to say, it left the fans wanting more..!

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/stpband

https://www.instagram.com/stpband

https://www.youtube.com/user/stptv

 

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Classic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Gemini Wolves ! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Bryan Martin 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?

Bryan Martin – guitar/vocals
This band is comprised of seasoned veterans of the New England metal scene. We play what we call..wolf metal!

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve always had a connection with wolves. And the Gemini means we have two sides. We can be heavy or we can play melodic or both. Not every song is about wolves but every wolf has a song.

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

USA. The scene is actually growing again. There are tons of new bands and a lot of established bands touring our area again.

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

We are working on our first single now!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band has so many, Amon Amarth, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Saxon!
I would say mine is Saxon!

What first got you into music?

In junior high my best friend got me really into music, Motley Crue, Saxon, Dio, Accept. Later I found The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson etc.

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

I would say Steve Vai, but maybe the band would say any of the above listed influences.

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

SWEDEN ROCK just about the best festival in a great musical nation.

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

In a previous band someone brought us a headstone from an old grave.weird.

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

Play it loud. Live the best life you can and always be yourself!

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

Randy Rhoads!

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

I like the creativity. I hate the pay!

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

Like Sweden, more support for upcoming bands. More attention to unknown acts!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wasp – “The Crimson Idol”

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

CD’s.

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

Ralph’s Diner. 100 degrees and totally metal!

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

Writing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steve Vai, Donald Trump, Blackie Lawless, Biff Byford, Doro Pesch!

What’s next for the band?

Recording and gigs!

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

All of them!
https://www.facebook.com/GeminiWolvesband/
https://www.instagram.com/geminiwolvesband/
https://geminiwolves.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6r2tOZuHVhVISU0pktEdzA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of it..hopefully …cake?

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

Thank you for doing this. Keep howling with us!!!

 

 

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Charlottesville, Virginia based Metal band Age Of Fire! Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Brown 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 Greg Brown and I’m the guitar player and founder of the band. Age of Fire dates back to 1988! We started out in South Florida as a thrash band and within a couple years morphed into a Prog band but changed the name, then disbanded in 1993. I then started studying classical guitar and went a whole other direction for many years although I was still listening to more metal than any other genre. About 10 years ago, I revisited our old reel to reel tapes and moved to digital since tape degrades in time. This was released on iTunes, self- titled even though we weren’t performing. Last year, I re-mastered it again but added some bonus tracks. I had such a blast doing this and wanted to really write again in the metal genre. So I wrote a bunch of tunes, mostly instrumental, but also did the vocals and bass and had a few drummers sit in and the response was beyond anything I was expecting. The disc is called “Obsidian Dreams”. This year has been epic for the band. I started working with Michael Heck who has been laying down bass and drums for a new release called “Shades of Shadow”. He has also been helping on the audio side as well. We re-recorded some tracks and he’s also mixing and mastering the new release. We also have Laura Viglione on a few tracks which has been awesome, her voice is amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to hear her!

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve read many theological books over the years. The end of times or Armageddon has always fascinated me. There was something I read that referred to the time just before the end, when everything has gone wrong as the Age of Fire. It resonated with me.

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

I’m from the US. Like I said we started in South Florida in the late 80’s and there was a vibrant metal scene but I moved in 1993 after the band split up. We are based in Charlottesville, Virginia and there is no metal scene whatsoever. No venues and no real support beyond a once in a blue moon gig or house party. For the last year and a half the band has focused on studio work and getting it on the web. With the newest release “Shades of Shadow”, we hope to be hitting the stage in larger markets and festivals.

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

The first single is “Time Is Running Out” with me on vocals/guitars and Arnaud Krakowka guesting on drums. Check it out.
https://ageoffire.bandcamp.com/track/time-is-running-out

Who have been your greatest influences?

Wow! Originally AC/DC. When “Back In Black” come out I knew I wanted to play guitar. Not necessarily as a career but I wanted to play. Then “Number Of The Beast” came out and I was blown away. Early Metallica also had a huge influence on me. Over the years I’d say: Van Halen, Pantera, Nevermore, Satriani and Nightwish.

What first got you into music?

AC/DC – “Back In Black” for sure. I love that disc. It’s really a complete package.

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

I’d love to play with Nightwish. I think they are epic. I would also love to play with Jeff Loomis. I’ve met him a few times over the years but never played with him.

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

Wacken, without a doubt! Because it’s Wacken! It’s the largest metal festival in the world with tens of thousands of die hard metal fans. It would be great to expose our music to that many people at one time, what a rush.

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

A baritone ukulele! I was teaching a theory class for adults in the evenings and after the semester ended, one of my students gave me a baritone ukulele. So out of left field!

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

Thank you all for your support!!! That’s such a biggie. As an artist we want to get our creations out in the world and hopefully get appreciated. To know that there are people listening to our music is such a great feeling. Without the fans we are just playing in empty rooms and airwaves.

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

Randy Rhoads, he left us too early. His playing and legato solos were so well thought out. Incredible player!

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

I love creating music. It’s such a process, coming up with ideas and seeing them come to fruition is truly gratifying. As far as hating music?! Hmmm, there are some very negative social connotations about being a musician. It’s funny though, some of the most well respected musicians were outcasts and thought down on at the time. Mozart died poor, Beethoven notorious for his temper and Bach even spent time in jail over his music.

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

The lack of payment from streaming companies is criminal. Currently a necessary evil!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Operation Mindcrime” by Queensryche! It never gets old to me and I’ve been into it since it came out.

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

Recently I’ve been expanding my vinyl collection. Best? I think it depends on lifestyle. I have CD’s laying around everywhere in my car but have a full collection of downloads as well.

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

That’s a hard one since I’ve been gigging for 35 years. There are a few that standout. New York City this past January as a solo artist stands out. In 1992 we did a gig in Orlando for Hurricane relief. Disney paid for advertising and we got to play through Foreigners PA system. Lots of people helping other people, good time!

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

I’m a total space nerd. Astronomy and human space exploration! I don’t want to go to space but I think it is something worthwhile for the human race. When you see the magnificence of space it helps my day to day worries go away. It’s so vast, it just helps me put it in perspective.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Loomis, David Lee Roth (he cracks me up), Bruce Dickinson, and Todd La Torre.

What’s next for the band?

Finishing the next CD “Shades of Shadow” is top of list. Lots of things are happening really fast. Updating website (www.age-of-fire.com), then marketing the new disc and shows in support of it! We are looking into touring certain areas next Summer, too soon to fully disclose where.

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

Our website, and Facebook probably best for us.
https://www.age-of-fire.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ObsidianDreams9/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Not sure I know what they are but if they say cake in the name, I’m going with cake.

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

For streaming our back catalogue please check out ageoffire.bandcamp.com/
Thank you so much for the interview! It’s greatly appreciated.

 

 

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Riot V – Live In Japan 2018

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Riot V – Live In Japan 2018
AFM Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 1:50:03
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

There are certain bands that Rick just KNOWS I love, and if one of their albums pops into our Ever Metal inbox, he will send it over to me without even asking! One such band is Riot V!

I became a fan when I first heard ‘Flight of the Warrior’ a few years back (I always said I was born FAR too late!!) and have loved them ever since, reviewing AND interviewing them for Ever Metal.

Now, despite my love of the heavy/power metal band from the USA, reviewing this album always had one drawback for me. It’s a LIVE album! My consensus about live albums is that (and you can quote me on this!) “THEY ARE POO!” None of the so-called classic live albums from Kiss Alive II, to Queen’s Live Killers to Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous did ANYTHING for me. Some might call me a philistine for saying that, but I also know there will be a fair few people who will agree with me. I get used to singing along to a track as they have recorded it and then along comes a live album where the singer thinks he can just sing the songs as he wishes….and all my timing goes out the window!! So, this album automatically drops a point for being a live one! Sorry!

Ok, just a brief history on the band. Riot were formed in the USA by guitarist Mark Reale in 1975. (Mark, unfortunately, died in 2012 but I am sure that he would be immensely proud of the Riot V legacy that still lives on.) Their debut album “Rock City” was released in 1979 and was mainly appreciated in the UK where NWOBHM was bursting onto the scene. But there was another country that welcomed the album with open arms and that was Japan.

‘Warrior’ was released as a 7” EP in Japan and the song has been Japan’s heavy metals fan’s favourite for 40 years. To further reinforce the relationship between band and country was the release of their second album “Narita”, which was named after the people’s struggle with the government over the construction of New Tokyo International Airport at Narita.

So, what better country to release a live album from and on March 11th, 2018, Riot V played their sixth album “Thundersteel” in its entirety at Club Catta in Japan.

The first thing I will say about this album, though, is that at 1 hour and 50 minutes long, that’s 23 tracks, you certainly would have got value for money with this gig!!

The second thing I will say is that this is not like any other live album I have ever heard! And that, my friends, is a good thing.

Now, this is going to sound like the ramblings of a mad woman but the thing I absolutely hate about live albums (apart from the lyric thingy mentioned above) is the crowd noise. I know this is necessary to give the album that live, raw sound but when it kind of overtakes the lyrics and music, it’s all a bit of overkill. This album, however, doesn’t have this. Yes, there is the sound of the crowd after each song (as there should be) and at the “crowd participation” bits (another pet hate of mine!) but it is not so in your face as I have heard on other live albums. I don’t know if this is because the producers have turned down the sound of the crowd while the band are singing or because the Japanese fans are actually silent at these times! Whichever it is, it’s a good thing in my eyes (or should I say ears!?)

Another thing I don’t understand about live albums is why the band actually release them when they have obviously been pretty dire on the night! I’m guessing this is a contractual obligation or something of that nature, but I would have thought releasing a decent recording would be a better idea. Anyway, the reason behind me making this point is that Riot V need not worry.

This is a brilliant live album. The band sounded absolutely fantastic, Todd Michael Hall’s voice holding out for the whole of the 1 hour and 50 minutes. Those who are Riot fans will know that this is nowhere near the original line-up, far from it, but they play so well together, if you close your eyes, you could almost believe it was the original band up on that Japanese stage.

All the hits are included on this album, from ‘Thundersteel’, to ‘Angel Eyes’, to ‘Johnny’s Back’ to ‘Road Racing’ and ‘Swords and Tequila’. I, personally, love all these tracks and many more in addition and the only gripe I would have with this live album is that the track ‘Outlaw’ has not been included (my second favourite track after ‘Angel Eyes’) but the rest of the album make up for this one little misdemeanour.

So, what did I think of this album? Hated it!! Haha only joking! As live albums go it was actually very good. It originally dropped one point for being live but in my opinion, it doesn’t drop any more. I might be a tad biased being the big Riot V fan that I am but do me a favour and give it a go yourself. Hopefully, you will agree with me.

I have never seen Riot V live in concert (hint hint guys! I’m in London by the way!) but one thing this album did do was make me want to see these guys live! Hopefully this will be something I can do before I pass over to the heavy metal gig in the sky, but in the meantime this album will be a necessary substitute.

Riot V – one of the best, underrated bands ever!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Armour Of Light
02. Ride Hard Live Free
03. On Your Knees
04. Metal Soldiers
05. Fall From The Sky
06. Wings Are For Angels
07. Land Of The Rising Sun
08. Take Me Back
09. Messiah
10. Angel Eyes
11. Metal Warrior
12. Thundersteel
13. Fight Or Fall
14. Sign Of The Crimson Storm
15. Flight Of The Warrior
16. On Wings Of Eagles
17. Johnny’s Back
18. Bloodstreets
19. Run For Your Life
20. Buried Alive
21. Road Racin’
22. Swords And Tequila
23. Warrior

LINKS:
https://www.areyoureadytoriot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/riotrockcity/

https://www.instagram.com/officialriotv/


https://www.youtube.com/user/officialriotnycTV

 

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Sacred Reich – Awakening

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Sacred Reich – Awakening
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Running Time: 31:23
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

You know, dear friends, acolytes, neophytes and zelators, we never sit here and discuss our feelings. Us Metal fans, we are the outsiders, the alternative and one big, drunken happy family united by our love of music and drinking stupendous amounts of alcohol. We should be more aware of ourselves and more especially of others. Make friends and love each other, boys and girls. Love is the law. Love under will. I’m saying this stuff and being serious because recently, as I’m sure you are all aware, it was the recent anniversary of the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, one of our own. This has got me thinking about how we all need to watch out for each other. If you’re in a pit and you see someone going down, lift them up. If someone is passing out or throwing up because of too many party treats or too much booze, be the one that calls the fucking ambulance and gets them seen to. There’s enough shit and bias against us tattooed, pierced and Metal/ Goth/ Industrial loving folks without us not looking after each other. Dark Juan loves you all. Rest In Peace, Sophie. You were a friend lots of us never got to meet and that still hurts, so many years after the event.

So endeth the sermon, and I have therefore picked up my glass of wine and I have slapped a new platter on by my favourite thrash band of all time, Sacred Reich (which, due to slight inebriation, I’m having trouble spelling…). For those of you who have been living under some kind of anti-metal rock, Sacred Reich were formed in 1985 and are an Arizona band who should have been absolutely colossal on the scale of Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax and always had a very polished, Bay Area thrash sound. Think the clean, arctic purity of Metallica’s Ride The Lightning with added bass (because Lars isn’t there to fuck up the production like normal) mixed with Bonded With Blood era Exodus. THAT’S the Sacred Reich sound. Their record “The American Way” is an absolute thrash classic and you should be hitting Amazon right about now to buy it. I’ll wait…
“Awakening” is the fifth album by these grizzled thrash stalwarts. What do you get? You get ultra-classic thrash that takes me instantly back to dying of alcohol poisoning with my friends in a tent in the middle of a field or a beach with a ghetto blaster and a shitload of tape cassettes. This is not a bad thing because thrash always had the perfect mix between power, aggression, musicianship and melody and it was my full on gateway drug into all other known metal. So, we have a classic band utilising a classic style with a classic sound. Have we a new Sacred Reich classic album here?

The answer, dear friends and defilers of the Whorehouse of Christ The Deceiver, is very fucking nearly. Sacred Reich have released a gem of a heavy metal record. It is pretty damned fine. Their sound has evolved too, incorporating elements of southern blues and full on groove metal into that classic US thrash blueprint and creating a new kind of warbeast, a chimerical quadruped cyborg armed with heavy machine guns and a really shitty temper. The groovy, updated sound undoubtedly benefits from the recent joining of Dave McClain, after his split with Machine Head and the infusion of young blood into the band in the form of Joey Radziwill on guitar. Sacred Reich, however, have never been afraid of leaning left of the centre with their music (anyone remember the truly execrable, but fantastically well-meaning ‘31 Flavors’ from “The American Way”? For those of you that don’t, allow me to enlighten you – Thrash metal band are quite possibly massively stoned or utterly fucked up beyond all known levels of sanity on god knows what substance and decide it would be a terrific idea to play a funk song. Oh. My. God. It is hilarious for all the wrong reasons. There’s shocking sequenced brass bits, lyrics of questionable taste and it is possibly the most uncomfortable piece of guitar playing I have ever heard in my life. Saying that, the message is an inspiring one…) what with them breaking into the Batman theme tune in the middle eight of ‘Surf Nicaragua’, but there’s not many shenanigans on offer with this record. This is a band who have rediscovered the love of their music and have decided that they are going to violently kill everyone with it.

What there is, though, is a level of comfort and satisfaction that is seldom achieved in metal. This is a band thoroughly comfortable with themselves, their music and the kind of record they wanted to make. Another one of the manifold reasons I love Sacred Reich so much is the fact that Phil Heal is a magnificently accomplished bassist, far in advance of his contemporaries. It lends the Sacred Reich sound that extra edge that, for this thrash loving Hellpriest, set them apart from the rest of the American thrash bands. He’s also a much better singer than most thrash frontmen as well.

I’m fucking loving this. It proves that thrash is still relevant and is not just some young bands having discovered Dad’s Kreator records and being achingly cool and replicating the sound of them for a modern and young audience who have never heard Sodom’s “Agent Orange” or Coroner’s “No More Color”.

Stand out track on this album for me is the simply jaw dropping ‘Divide And Conquer’. It’s an agglomeration of Slayer style verse and riffage, segueing into a classic Metallica sounding chorus. If there was ever a song this distilled the very essence of the sheer brilliance of thrash metal, THIS IS IT! Who cares that Phil struggles a little bit when he hits the higher notes. The middle eight of ‘Salvation’ also deserves note because of the simply sublime bass and guitar interplay that has caused me to soil myself in sheer excitement and caused me to thank my friend Marion in Laniscat for selling me a wipe clean sofa. Once again it comes in for some abuse, does my sofa when I’m writing for Ever-Metal.com. And serious, strenuous efforts at cleaning too!

I really don’t have the words to tell you how much fun this record is. Mrs. Dark Juan has been throwing things at me for the past hour because I’m A) Not making tea like I promised I would, B) flailing around like an animate, demented windmill, C) Howling like a tone deaf werewolf in mating season along to the album, D) Upsetting the hellhounds, and E) Accidentally breaking every ornament we own. See B) for more information.

To return to an earlier question: Is “Awakening” by Sacred Reich a classic record? I wish to qualify the opinion I gave you earlier. Yes, it fucking is. Ultra-precise, razor sharp classic thrash from the finest band ever to play it, with an engaging sense of fun, and for this record, a serious an uncompromising sense of who they are and where they want to be. Dave McClain was wasted in Machine Head. Sacred Reich is where he belongs. May Phil and Wiley and the new guys live forever. And more importantly, keep giving me records like this because I’m a dripping, spent mess of metal pleasure right now.
I think I’ll leave you with that mental image.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has regressed instantly back to teenage years, and is busily chasing goth girls (and failing miserably at catching them), pouring insane quantities of beer down it’s throat and acquiring new and exciting neck and brain damage from headbanging so hard. 10/10 because it is fucking amazing! Thank fuck that Sacred Reich gave me this record, rather than Rock Goddess levels of disappointment.

To return to seriousness for a brief moment, if I may. Please, PLEASE, everyone support S.O.P.H.I.E. because we NEED to make the loss of one of our own in such a senseless and disgusting fashion MEAN SOMETHING. It is important, no, it is IMPERATIVE that our metal and alternative family love each other as hard as we can. We are the outsiders. We NEED each other. If you don’t yet support S.O.P.H.I.E. please just even buy a wristband and you’re doing your bit.

Thank you. I love you all.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Awakening
02. Divide And Conquer
03. Salvation
04. Manifest Reality
05. Killing Machine
06. Death Valley
07. Revolution
08. Something To Believe

LINE-UP:
Phil Heal – bass and vocals
Dave McClain – Drums
Wiley Arnett – Guitar
Joey Radziwill – Guitar

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

https://www.instagram.com/sacredreichofficial/
https://sacredreichofficial.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6iXZvQxkiWKbEaTX704z1g
And for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.)
https://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

 

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EMQ’s with VERSUS ME

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EMQ’s with VERSUS ME

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Janesville, WI based Metalcore band Versus Me! Huge thanks to Guitarist Dustin Hansen 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 Dustin and I play guitar in Versus Me. The band has been around since late 2013 but didn’t go public until 2015 with our first single ‘(A)Tension’ which featured Craig Mabbitt from Escape the Fate. We’ve gone through some member changes over the years and this album is a direct result of the desire to continue moving forward and to not give up.

How did you come up with your band name?

At the time we literally just kept throwing out whatever. Flat Brim in The Jungle Gym was one of the crazier ones. We had a lot of fun picking a name. We settled on Versus Me because we felt it was relatable as the name implies internal conflict. That inner voice you wrestle with day in and day out.

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

We are just a couple of wholesome boys from the Midwest, USA. I think rock and metal is making a comeback. EDM and Pop are kind of hitting a wall. Music is getting too simple and melody is a dying art form. I think metal and a lot of active rock bands are keeping that melody alive. People still want to hear that I think.

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

We’re releasing an album titled, “CONTINUOUS” due out September 13th so be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay in the loop. We released a new single Far Behind on August 5th!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say Mudvayne, August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire. Bands like that for sure!

What first got you into music?

The rise of Nu-Metal in the late 90s and early 2000s!

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

That’s tough. I think it would be cool to have maybe like a guest guitar solo on a song or something? I don’t have a specific in mind.

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

Oof. There are so many awesome festivals.

Lollapalooza would probably be pretty insane.

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

Awhhh! Haha, maybe not weird but we’ve gotten candy sent by a fan in Japan once.

Thank you for the treats!

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

I think our core message right now is making something possible. Not giving up and continuing to move forward. If you’re tired of starting over then stop giving up.

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

Hmmm, probably Chester Bennington! With a lot of acts releasing heavier material again now I wonder if Linkin Park might’ve started leaning back that way more?

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

I enjoy creating. I’m writing music almost constantly! I hate the wait between releases. Having to schedule things and not just releasing stuff as soon as we have it!

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

It would be making streaming more profitable for independent bands to stay independent and be able to make a living without having to pull in a million streams a month. It’s a little unbalanced but it’s also given bands more opportunities they didn’t have before like us! It’s definitely a mixed bag!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Probably like “Dark Side Of The Moon” or “Animals” by Pink Floyd. Those records employed stereophonics and seamless transitions between all the songs and creates a nice soundscape.

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

I’m not a purist. I think digital music is great. I don’t hate any format but I prefer a clean sound. No vinyl pops or tape slowdown for me!

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

Probably Sonic Boom put on by 94.1 WJJO. That festival was crazy!

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

Maybe art? I draw and use photoshop pretty extensively.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

5 Guys! I eat burgers alone. It’s not a party.

What’s next for the band?

Dropping a new record! We hope this upcoming release will give us a huge uptick in buzz so we can get more touring and show opportunities lined up for our fans all over the world!

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

You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram! We’re pretty active on both!
https://www.facebook.com/vsmeband/
https://www.instagram.com/vsmeband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know but now I feel uncomfortable.

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

You’re welcome! But…
WHAT’S A JAFFA CAKE?! You left me hanging here!

 

 

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