Voidgazer – Dance Of The Undesirables EP

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Voidgazer – Dance Of The Undesirables EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/08/2021
Running Time: 30:04
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Salutations, dear comrades of the army of metal! It is I, Dark Juan, who is fucking wired on hyper strength coffee and having trouble typing this as the words are moving in my head too fast to get them through the appallingly slow method of my inept two fingered typing to the keyboard. This is compounded by the fact that I have spent TWO FUCKING DAYS trying to get money into my French bank account to pay my taxe fonciere (yeah, French speakers will note that there should be accents over at least one of the e’s, but a) I am too cross to care and b) I don’t have a fucking clue how to do it anyway with my lovely QWERTY keyboard, instead of the strange AZERTY setup the French use) and my bank will not recognize my SWIFT number even after lots of threats to burn down a church…sorry, to burn down their headquarters and kick the arses of every single one of their IT department personally, whilst wearing hobnailed German paratrooper boots. That are on fire.

Fantasies of hoofing computer nerds up the jacksey with the flaming military footwear of vengeance aside, the Mighty Gothikpanzer still has no wipers that are functional and the Leichtes Gothikpanzer I have borrowed is that fucking awful to drive I’d rather walk. Still at least the Smellhounds are pleased because Mrs. Dark Juan has returned unscathed from her sojourn looking after her grandkids. Hodgson Biological-Warfare has glued himself to her side and has refused to move for the past three hours… In the meantime, I have escaped the attentions of the hairy bastards and run off downstairs to write about Voidgazer, being a (it sez ‘ere) a biker prog band from St. Louis, Missouri. In case you’re hopeless at geography, that’s in the United States of America. I’m not being a twat, I promise. I once asked one of my young gentlemen to point out where China was on a map. He pointed at Australia. I mocked him and beat him soundly for his ignorance.

DISCLAIMER: I didn’t beat him. That would be illegal and WRONG. We try to leave no obvious bruising.

This is a very strange record indeed. Vocals that would not be out of place on a Black Dahlia Murder album plumb sepulchral, guttural depths where you’d only expect to find lesser demons and stratospheric, banshee howling, overlay music that is scuzzy biker rock and roll, heavy fucking metal and extreme levels of proggy fretboard wankery. Even more surprisingly, it works and works very well indeed. Omar Olivares II (I expect the II is important, to Omar anyway) has a superb voice for metal, and it sounds like his range is effortless. I am jealous. The production job is top notch too, with more bottom end than a dry-docked aircraft carrier, and meaty as fuck guitars. Even the drums are heavy and punchy. The song arrangements are actually pretty fucking splendid too. You wouldn’t expect pretty straight-ahead metal parts to segue quite so seamlessly into the blues and prog, but there we go. Voidgazer do it with ease, and it is actually the prog parts that lift the record from merely enjoyable into something a bit special. ‘Blast Equalizer’ shows this with considerable aplomb – A song that changes into several gears, but never sounds disjointed, even when using nonstandard time signatures and experimental chord progressions. EP opener ‘Jesus Take The Needle’ owes lots and lots to “Dimension Hatross” era Voivod, but is exciting and refreshingly different, mainly due to the harsh growls of Omar (II) and some superb instrumentation. Every member of this band is a magnificent musician and once more I am reduced to bitter tears of jealously and rage, mainly because I’m too fucking lazy to practice guitar. Although as an aside, I found a Squier Jagmaster I’d forgotten I had in the attic the other day. ‘Sexual Sadist Serial Slasher’ (is this just copied from the curriculum vitae I had to send Field-Marshal Sir Richard “Alright, I’ll Take You On, But Woe Betide Your Lily-White Ass If You So Much As Put One Foot Wrong This Time, You Absolute Wankpuffin” Tilley when I asked whether I could write for him?) is rather less prog and all about speed and power. It’s a hell of a closer, breakneck and violent and absolutely fucking brilliant.

Which pretty much sums up the whole EP, really. It’s pretty unique, what with the combination of oily, dirty-fingernailed rock, leather and denim clad metal, lager-fuelled thrash, smoky blues and silk suited, strangely attired prog. With added roaring. What a fucking combination. I’m a big fan!

Voidgazer describe themselves as “Scary music to fuck to”. Yeah, I’d be scared that the fuck I would be having would be over in about thirteen seconds if I was having to keep to the tempos this bunch of American miscreants do. I will leave the last word to the hairy arsed bastards themselves:

“A hearty riff stew chock full of razors and carburettor parts, everything a growing biker needs to go out and sow terror within the hearts of the unhip.

Warning: listening to this record increases your chances of exposure to biker violence, demonic automobile possession, and goblin infestation.”

Pretty much sums it up for me, man. Even if I am tragically unhip because I ride trikes.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Voidgazer a full-throated, V-twin powered 9/10 for a record that manages to flit between genres effortlessly, yet still retains the kind of heaviness that is only found in the centre of black holes. Excellent work, colonial (and traitorous) cousins. Excellent work indeed.

Before any of you start, I’m joking about the traitorous bit. I’m British, after all, and there was some unpleasantness in the past as the US rid itself of the colonial yoke. I have to put this in here because someone, somewhere will be getting their panties all up in a big knot and thinking I’m a horrible racist, as it appears satire and humour are dying arts nowadays. I’m even wearing a Sisters Of Mercy t-shirt depicting a swastika being smashed by a fist and bearing the legend “Gegen Nazis”. Which is German for “Against Nazis”. Now that we have cleared that up…

‘Jesus Take The Needle’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Jesus Take The Needle
02. Expectations Management
03. Dance Of The Undesirables (Surely the Ever-Metal.com theme tune…)
04. Blast Equalizer (The urge to spell this correctly is driving me insane but Rick has told me to leave the spelling alone, heh)
05. Sexual Sadist Serial Slasher (The new official theme tune of Dark Juan)

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Slizard – Slizard

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Slizard – Slizard
Mega Metal Records
Release Date: 28/05/2021
Running Time: 65:00
Review by Wallace Magri
9/10

Once upon a time…when I was a kid, around 1985-89, I used to buy a record by its cover. Back then, it was very uncommon to listen to Metal music on the radio or wherever, so buying the albums was my only choice to get in touch with such songs. I was incredibly lucky to get into Kiss, W.A.S.P., Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden and a bunch of other cool Heavy Metal bands – judging them by the cover!

Back to 2021, I decided to choose a new release from the Ever Metal’s review list by the name of the band (no Industrial Metal this time). Slizard – was the one that caught my attention instantly: it sounded Metal enough for me and I assumed that I would listen to a little bit of Sleaze Metal here and there…

So, I began the blind ear experience listening to the opening track of Slizard’s, self-titled, debut album, ‘Monster’, and what I heard was a song from a Heavy Metal band from somewhere like Italy, that, sometimes, flirts with Hard Rock melodies. The second song, ‘Mr. Hyde’, sounded almost like Melodic Power Metal. I am not a big fan of that style, so I have few references to compare to. Anyway, that was my first impression on the songs.

But much to my surprise, when I checked the press release, I found out that Slizard are actually from Los Angeles, with a couple of experienced musicians in its line-up: lead singer Liz Fawcett and the amazing guitar and bass player Pat “Buzz” Belrose, who has been on the L.A. scene since the 90’s; Tadd “Toad” Resmen completes the team, playing the drums very well.

Yes, the press release is right, because Liz Fawcett is an amazing singer, but that skill by itself isn’t enough to create good music. And even though she actually is a hell of a singer, what we have here are some great songs and also great mixing and production work, from Chris Wood, who has worked with the likes of Slash, Lenny Kravitz and Vivian Campbell guitarist of Dio and Def Leppard.

It also has to be mentioned that the good results of the album, as a whole, owes a lot to the impressive talent of Pat ‘Buzz’ Belrose, who plays bass and guitar on the album, and what excellent riffs and solos we have here, I tell you!

After listening to “Slizard” a couple of times, I was reminded of old-school US Metal Bands, such as Metal Church and Chastain, on some occasions. Maybe Leather Leone could have been an influence on Liz’s vocals, but there are also Alanis Morissette and especially Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) influences here, such as in ‘Watch N’ Listen’ and ‘Neverland’ – but, anyhow, those are still Heavy metal songs, with simple but effective riffs and great guitar solos and licks!

Sometimes the melodic touch gets more intense, but nothing like something you would hear from Lita Ford or Vixen, forget it, the timbre of the instruments and the lack of keywords always keep things in ‘Heavy Metal mode’. But, even so, songs like ‘Vampire Zombies’ and ‘Down By The River’ have a poppy appeal and catchy choruses, aligned with guitar solos that have plenty of feeling on every note played by Belrose.

Well, I am glad I had a happy blind ear experience: In the beginning, the wrong conclusion over the name could have made me disappointed with the musical style, because the band definitely don’t play Sleaze Metal; even afterwards, thinking that Slizard would be a European Power Metal band, but I loved the vocals, heavy guitars and amazing solos, full of technique and feeling. Then, after realizing that the band didn’t play any of the styles above during my first listen, I can positively say that, if you enjoy basic Hard ‘n’ Heavy music, just choose Slizard by the music they play and you won’t go wrong.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Monsters
02. Mr. Hyde
03. Caught Up In The Gears
04. Crack The Whip
05. Skinwalker
06. Watch N’ Listen
07. Vampire Zombies
08. Runnin’ Towards The Zombies
09. Madness Of The Queen
10. Neverland
11. Down By The River
12. Spooks In The Trees
13. Broken Dreams
14. Will You Still Be There
15. Slow Motion Suicide

LINE-UP:
Liz Fawcett – Vocals
Pat “Buzz” Belrose – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Todd “Toad” Resmen – Drums

LINKS:

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INTERVIEW WITH SLEEP WAKER

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INTERVIEW WITH SLEEP WAKER
Waking Your Senses With New Album “ALIAS”
By Stephanie Stevens

Michigan’s heavy metal outlet SLEEP WAKER is destroying the confinements of being a new band trying to find their way. These guys are pulling walls down and making other bands take notes on how to do it. Guitarists Jake Embellishers and Jason Caudill, vocalist Hunter Courtright, drummer Frankie Mish, and bassist Aaron Lutas, who have signed to UNFD for the release of their second full-length, which was released on July 23, entitled “ALIAS”; have made huge leaps forward these since their formation back in 2017. If you enjoy heavy, intricate, intensity in your music then this band is the pot of gold you have been looking for.

“ALIAS” applies so much brutal soundscape but also layers it with solitude, sereneness and conceptual themes and ideas that will blow your mind. The story they have embedded into their music is intriguing, sometimes confusing and maybe too intricate for some, but GOD DAMN these guys can put a package together that is nearly perfection

Songs like ‘110 MINUTES’, ‘SKIN’, ‘ALIAS’ and ‘DISTANCE’ had me salivating and on the edge of my seat while I was listening for the first time. Buckle in for the best ride of your life on the heavy train with SLEEP WAKER because “ALIAS” is going to define what talent is.

I had a chance to speak with drummer/songwriter Frankie Mish to find out the story behind SLEEP WAKER, who he considers his most influential band and how Philip K. Dick impacted the writing for “ALIAS”.

Q: Your band is so much more than just amazing music! Can you explain, in your words as people and artists, what this band has given you the opportunity to create and the vision you are releasing?

A: Thank you! Since the beginning, this band has always been a sort of outlet for creative development and ideas composed of all the members. We’ve had several members that started photography businesses, videography, graphic design, and other things, and I love that the overall feeling of this band is creative and collaborative. It’s also been great for me when it comes to getting dream and sleep-focused concepts out. It’s something I think of a lot, and feel a lot of people could connect to. That and being able to treat SW like a mini clothing brand is fun haha.

Q: Your brand new album “ALIAS” came out on July 23rd. How did the words of Philip K. Dick impact the writing and your vision for this record and songs?

A: I love the way he tries to capture what it means to be human, and the way he makes you question your reality and perception of the world around you. That’s honestly a very large recurring concept through this album, and it’s explored through so many different themes, but his story and the movies inspired by DADOES were some of the biggest inspirations for me.

Q: From your first album” DON’T LOOK AT THE MOON” to this album ALIAS, you have seemed to really take a leap forward in writing. Do you feel, that while writing, you guys were breaking through to a new level and how does that impact you as people on an emotional level?

A: I don’t think we can really say how it’s impacted us as people because it’s been a long writing process for this album, and the growth was kind of slow since some of this was written during the DLATM process, but the pride of creating an album that shows our maturity is awesome, and I’m so excited for this to come out and have people experience the new styles we’re working on.

Q: Lyrically this time you said these were literal and very personal words you got out. Do you feel this is a quicker process in writing or do you think it’s a harder process when writing and what do you feel off this new album is, probably, your favourite lyrical moment from a song and why?

A: Honestly, I don’t think these songs are very literal at all, at least from my personal view of writing. When Hunter writes lyrics he tends to come from a more personal place, which I definitely think can be hard on him to really plan out and convey his feelings lyrically, but for me, I always try to take lyrics he writes or concepts I’ve had in mind and apply them to a piece of media or theme I feel fits the style or mood of the song best. I actually prefer to be much more abstract in my lyrics, so the listener can take them however they like, and I also really enjoy borrowing things from movies, books, and other things to hide easter eggs that only some people may get. It just helps add that little bit of extra depth.

Q: Since your inception your music has been personal from dreams and concepts based round sleep and also a friendship that has seen a common bond. Can you tell the readers how this all happened and how it made SLEEP WAKER what it is today?

A: Once we had the name Sleep Waker, Hunter and I both sat and talked about our personal experiences with dreams and sleep. Having both experienced insomnia and sleep paralysis, we thought it would be a really interesting way to inspire ourselves to write and conceptualize the band as a whole. That way you’re almost paving the way for future ideas and content. Rather than starting with a blank canvas each time, now we have a base that we can pull from, and it’s something we both have experience with.

Q: One of the songs off “ALIAS” is a track called ‘COLD MOON’. How does this song coincide with the movie the Matrix and is this the bands favourite movie to agree on?

A: Cold Moon was absolutely inspired by The Matrix, specifically the scene when Neo is given the choice to leave or stay. I felt this song was showing our evolution as a band and was sort of the tipping point for us to say, “Don’t look at the moon is in the past, it’s cold, this is the new Sleep Waker.” Not to say we’re ashamed or turning our backs on it, but we just wanted it to be a very poignant turn, from a heavy focused band, into more matured and experienced songwriters that want to explore more than just the heavy side of music.

Q: Your music has been so heavy and dark; do you feel that musically it became even heavier due to the lyrical tones or have you guys always been a bunch of musicians into the heavier metal scene?

A: In the past, we’ve all been into the heavier scene, and some of us definitely still love the heaviest stuff we can find, but I’ve definitely started to turn away from metal music and started exploring more outside of the genre. Sort of like researching what else is out there, and trying to take breaks to help me feel fresh and excited when coming back to metal. I think when you start to dive too deep into one specific thing you can sometimes lose sight of the big picture. I also think that lyrically we try to pack references and themes in, which allows us to push the songs into a place that feels heavier than the track itself, which is always nice, since like I mentioned, it allows us to get some breathing room, and explore what else is out there, while still holding on to the darker, heavier, themes.

Q: Who would you consider the most influential band for you and if you could choose one of their albums to have sat in on while they made it, what one would it have been and why?

A: Deftones is absolutely a huge inspiration for me, and I would love to see how they made Koi no Yokan. The guitar writing, melody choices, and overall feeling of that record is so unique and I’m obsessed with it. It would be so incredible if I could pick their brains during the process.

Q: ‘SKIN’ is my favourite off the new album. How would you describe the writing process for that and what three words would sum up the identity of that track?

A: Ethereal, Searching, and Experimental. Experimental, at least for us. It was the first song I wrote for this album, and a really big push from me to add singing and more melody to our songs. We wrote it during the DLATM recording process, and tracked it a few months after, roughly around the time we tracked ‘Melatonin’. So, the song had a lot of time to evolve and grow up until we released it last year, and we waited to record the lyrics on it to fit the style we were looking for on the album. We had the chorus almost immediately, but the rest came a little slower, and we tried to be very intentional during that song.

Q: I read that you guys aren’t big on the whole social media platform. Is it a feeling of not being genuine enough and you like the more ‘in person’ factors of bonding with fans etc?

A: I love playing a character, or just messing around and being myself, but for both of those things, I think you genuinely have to be passionate about it or it can come off cheesy or fake. We aren’t very passionate about being “influencers” or really being in the spotlight, but I know that it comes with the territory of releasing music and art, so I’m accepting of it, but I want to find a way to play a character or use a story I feel passionate about to push that connection with fans and our art. I’m always so excited to meet fans and interact, but I think those are chances where the mask can drop and you can really share an experience rather than “sell” something or act above people. For example, our Facebook interaction, vs. how I run our Twitter haha.

Q: With writing music so personal have you guys, during interviews, ever had an issue with questions being too personal and how do you handle that?

A: I haven’t really experienced that so much, since most of the things I write are more of a mask I put on with a character to express those feelings or ideas I’ve had, but Hunter has experienced some personal questions when it comes to ‘Distance’ and the inspirations behind that song that have been close to home, especially with the topics that song goes into.

Q: Being that your music is so emotional and personal how would you describe a night seeing you in a live presence and what do you hope people walk out of a club feeling after seeing you?

A: I personally hope we can just connect and entertain people. We are talking about heavy things, but my intention is never to make someone leave a venue sad or feel pity, or anything negative. I just always hope they can experience the show and leave feeling like they’ve experienced something new. Whether that be a conversation with the members, the reactions from the crowd, our music, anything. I know we’re just a younger metalcore act right now, but I always want to try and push ourselves past just that, and really attempt to prove ourselves as creative artists and people.

Q: What are your Tour plans for the rest of 2021?

A: At the moment, nothing we can really discuss, although I hope to be back on the road as soon as possible with these new songs!

Q: Will we see any concept videos for the songs off “ALIAS” and if so, how do you guys take making the words that are so personal fit into a video format? Is it something you value for your music or would you rather leave your music up for interpretation without putting a visual to it?

A: I would rather the latter, although we do have an external story, we’ve been playing out for the past 4 years with some tie-in to how the songs we choose are structured. There will be more, and I’m excited to make them all come together at some point and add some more direction to this story.

Q: Lastly, do you think in this day and age and the world we live in, we can truly trust our own judgement?

A: I think that’s an incredibly loaded question I don’t have enough time to answer to its full extent at the moment haha, but I also think reality is whatever you make of it. If you have the ability to change something for the better or cure ignorance, I absolutely encourage that. I also think that includes your perception of reality and how you experience things.

Q: Anything else you want to add or parting words for your fans?

A: I truly appreciate anyone and everyone that has listened to our music, and I’m so excited to share more of it with you, both digital and live. And, if you haven’t heard of us yet, then it’s time to wake up.

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Distance’ (Official Video)

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Durbin – The Beast Awakens

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Durbin – The Beast Awakens
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 55:03
Review by Simon Black
8/10

James Durbin is a young singer, songwriter and guitarist based in California, who achieved a certain amount of notoriety from his appearances on America Idol a decade ago. This alone might normally be cause enough for me to raise an overtly cynical eyebrow in his direction, were it not for the fact that the mighty Judas Priest joined him onstage at the time, along with input from other luminaries like Zakk Wylde. OK, so ten out of ten for beating the Metal drum to a wider audience, but American Idol does have a certain level of disdain associated with it in British Metal circles, given that it’s the North American equivalent of the never-ending stream of prefabricated crap pulped out by Simon Cowell’s interminable series of talent shows over here.

Well…it would be, were it not for the fact that James really does have a blisteringly good Metal voice in the Halford range. Then there’s the fact that, post-idol, he has gained a bit of credibility for crafting no less than three solo albums, followed by a stint in Quiet Riot before forming Durbin. That takes us to now.

I can’t comment on any of the material in between the American Idol appearances and this record in too much detail other to note that they were much more commercial in tone, but I will say that those influences worn so proudly on his sleeve back in 2011 are loudly and clearly present in this new band and that means traditional Heavy Fucking 80’s Metal, with vocals to help you strip wallpaper with. It’s a distinct improvement on the material in the intervening years, even though intentionally and unrepentantly cheesy with it lyrically. To be fair, he’s catching the tail end of a retro movement that’s been with us for a couple of years, but it has to be said this album does it very well – focussing on the ethos as well as the sound, so what you get is a modern sounding recording of material that would not have been out of place in the year of his birth (1989, which makes me feel really bloody old, given that’s the year I went to Uni).

Opening with the galloping ‘The Prince of Metal’ (yes, really), Durbin’s voice opens the verse in a Di’Anno-esque timbre, before releasing the full throated and aggression tinged Halford scream. Those references are not just vocal – this whole album is pure early Maiden and Priest, but as I said, quite a crisp modern recording style, with little effects overlay on the instruments. The rest of the album follows suit, and the supporting band really let rip, but don’t take centre stage. Regardless of whether this project is intended to be a real band or not (as opposed to the clear solo recordings to date) Durbin’s voice is the primary focus of the mix and everything else takes a bit of a back seat to this. This is no bad thing, as it’s refreshing to hear something young and new that does this, as that’s exactly what attracted me to the genre when those influences were at their peak four decades ago.

‘The Prince Of Metal’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Prince Of Metal
02. Kings Before You (Ft. Chris Jericho & Phil Demmel)
03. Into The Flames
04. The Sacred Mountain
05. The Beast Awakens
06. Evil Eye
07. Necromancer
08. Riders On The Wind
09. Calling Out For Midnight
10. Battle Cry
11. By The Horns
12. Rise To Valhalla

LINE-UP:
James Durbin – All Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Rhythm Guitars
Barry Sparks – Bass
Mike Vanderhule – Drums
Chris Jericho – Guest Vocals
Phil Demmel, Jon Yadon Jr, Marc Putnam, Dylan Rose & Nick Gallant – Guest Lead Guitarists
Ryan Heggum, Ellison & Jeremy Locke – Additional Guitars
Earl Salindo – Keyboards/Synths
Paul Grimm – Textures/Pads

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EMQ’s with KILJIN

EMQ’s with KILJIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan based US Heavy Metal band KILJIN. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Trevor Aumaugher for taking part.

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

Hi there. My name is Trevor Aumaugher and I am the lead guitarist and lead vocalist of The metal band KILJIN. We formed the band in 2020. We are a metal band who loves to perform and thrives on the energy of the audience!

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with it on our own. We made it up off the top of our heads. We wanted to create a band name that no one else had in the world. That is why we went with KILJIN.  We wanted a unique, stand-alone name that people have never heard before.

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

We are from Michigan, located in the USA. The metal/rock scene here is wonderful. It’s a thriving scene where people can express themselves with heavy metal music and chaos. KILJIN is here to make it an even better place to be!

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

Our latest release is our debut album entitled, “Master Of Illusion” which was recently released wherever music is streamed, including iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Napster and more.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of our biggest influences would have to be bands that we listened to growing up. Bands like, Metallica, Megadeth, Dio, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Queensrÿche, KISS, and more have been huge influences in our lives and on our music.

What first got you into music?

When I first saw KISS live as a boy, and I saw and felt all the excitement, is when I knew I wanted to be a performer and give a live show that would amaze and astonish. We all got instruments at a very young age, and from that point on, we thrived! We have all been performing since we were young.

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

That’s a tough one. So many great bands have influenced us and there are MANY that we would be honoured to collaborate with. Some off the top of my head def would be KISS and maybe Metallica. For a current band, I would have to say, 5 Finger Death Punch or maybe Avenged Sevenfold.

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

We would love to play OZZFEST because it would be great to perform with all the talented musicians that we look up too. Besides Woodstock, It’s one of the most recognizable festivals in the world and we would love to be a part of the chaos.

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

The weirdest gift would have to be a homemade guitar pick made from a toenail (Okay, that’s definitely the winner so far – Rick), ALSO, once a fan gave us a little shrine that contained pictures of our heads glued to a Bonsai Tree? Not really sure what that was about or what the meaning was, but damn it was different. Lmao!!

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

Thank you for all the support you have and continue to give KILJIN. A musician or band is NOTHING without fans. And make sure to hold on tight because KILJIN is about to take you on a chaotic ride of hardcore metal! It’s time we all make music what it’s supposed to be!

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

Tough one. David Bowie.

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

We enjoy the energy of being on stage. Being in front of a huge crown that is screaming their heads off. We feel right at home when we’re in front of a roaring crowd and it makes us want to get crazy! The thing we hate the most is NOT performing.

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

SCOUTING. We would like to see the day when a talented band can get heard and noticed through their talent and NOT on who they know in the business. SEND OUT THE SCOUTS!! Time to discover great music again! Start going to clubs and watching local bands.  Scout out new talent.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The first KISS album.

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

All are awesome in their own ways. But my favs are CD’s and Downloads. Digital downloads make it easier than ever nowadays to get your music to the fans.

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

We have performed with MANY major acts in the past including Brett Michaels, Ratt, Candlebox, Quiet Riot and more, HOWEVER, our most fave performance was when we played a benefit for a young boy who wanted to see us live before he passed. I still get chills when I think about it and it was our fave show of all time. We happily performed for him and made it a show he would never forget!

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

I think I would go to law school or dental school. Become a Lawyer or Dentist.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peewee Herman, Mr. Bean, Ernest P Worrell, and the trailer park boys. It would be a crazy, surreal party! LMAO

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we just released our debut album, “Master Of Illusion” which is available on ALL streaming platforms. Next, we are concentrating on advertising the band and growing a following. We cannot perform live right now because of the Covid pandemic, so right now we’re just recording music and getting ready for our “Master of Illusion Tour” which will be kicking off in the, hopefully. near future. We also can’t wait to get back in the studio and work on our next album. We got a bunch more songs written and ready to record.

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

We have a website at:

www.KILJIN.com

You can also find us on:

www.facebook.com/KILJINusa/
www.twitter.com/kiljin2
www.instagram.com/kiljinband/
www.soundcloud.com/kiljinusa
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5Puhk91Rv0Ra35F8WyWrOI
www.youtube.com/channel/UCn55H7fo3qrMUrPb5BZ6yDA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

CAKE!!

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

Just want to say…Stay Rock N Roll!

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EMQ’s with SOLAR FLARE

EMQ’s with SOLAR FLARE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cincinnati, Ohio based Heavy Metal band Solar Flare. Huge thanks to guitarist Mark Greene 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 Mark Greene and I’m one of the guitarists of the band. Solar Flare started out in 2014 with Ethan Jackson (Vocals) while I was in a thrash metal band of my own at the time playing shows alongside with them. Before I joined Solar Flare in 2017, I had been to a lot of their shows, especially opening for Anthrax, which sparked my interest in joining.

How did you come up with your band name?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t in the band at the time when the name was decided but I’ll take a wild guess. Considering none of them are astronomers or know what astronomy means I’m guessing Anime.

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

We reign from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The metal scene in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky has improved so much since 2005 thanks to the evolution of social media and online promotions. In Cincinnati there are metal groups and organizations that supports other bands and fans who would like to help out the area with shows, videos, merch etc.

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

We released our first, Self-titled EP back in May 23rd and will have physical copies before this year ends. Because of the current events with Covid-19, and Protesting going on at this time, we may not be able to do live performances in public for a while, however we plan on doing online shows with our friends Monsterpiece Theater and Super Satan Show for the time being until things calm down.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a lot of great influences in my life from outside of metal like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker,  Carlos Santana, Victor Wooten, Bootsy Collins etc. and straight into the metal with Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson, Wolf Hoffman, Mark Reale, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess and the list goes on forever as I discover new bands each month.

What first got you into music?

The first time I heard my first real song is when I wanted to be part of it so starting out music at 5yo playing whatever instrument I had at the time and progressed over 28 years.

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

Joe Satriani, Steve Vai or both would be awesome too.

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

I’ve been watching Germany’s Wacken Open Air fest since 2008 and would love to play there someday.

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

I played shows in a kilt and I’m used to people buying me 2 shots of Jameson and ginger ale on the side. In 2015 I played a show in Indiana opening for Wrath and getting off the stage, someone brought me the 2 Jameson shots and ginger ale, irony of course, and then brings a plate of Irish potato pancakes for free. That was all we would talk about on the way home from the show but, the way I see it, free food and booze is good enough for me.

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

These are dark times right now and it is scary, however we’re not giving up on our fans anytime soon so hang in there a little longer and we’ll get through this together!

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

Ooo, Tough one I’m gonna have to go with Freddie Mercury.

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

Being a musician has wonderful perks especially adapting into rhythm with your surroundings making the day more fluent and easier to work. The only thing I hate about musicianship is the perfectionist anxiety that comes with it when it comes to song prep work or sight reading in general.

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

I would change their target marketing policy back to the way it used to be when it was all about the music and not the image or political key points.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Testament – “Formation Of Damnation”

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

CD’s hands down!!

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

2013 @ Peabody’s in Cleveland Ohio, my old band opened up for Havok for the 2nd time while Wintersun was playing on the same night but in a different room. Havok’s guitarist David Sanchez’s amp went out, so I threw mine out there for him to use that night. When the show was over, and he brought my amp back he thanked me in person and said he loved the tone quality. Even though we didn’t get paid as much as we were promised, to me, it was a good night to remember.

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

I would be either a carpenter, bartender, or probably some nerd playing on Xbox too much.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alex Skolnick, Charlie Benante, John Myung, Jon Schaffer, and Steve Souza to convince them to start a brand-new project.

What’s next for the band?

Second album song writing and a lot of online shows for the time being until Covid-19 is over.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/OfficialSolarFlare/
www.solarflareofficial.bandcamp.com
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7pbG8hFUT1ST49SNyjf31B
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/solar-flare/1503597165

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Yes Please, and they’re cakes!!

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

Yes, I do, first off thank you for the wonderful interview it was a lot of fun. As our EP is out, we will have our merch online soon which includes shirts, patches, and buttons etc. at low prices so stay tuned!!

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EMQs with White Crone

EMQ’s With WHITE CRONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Portland, OR based Traditional Heavy Metal project White Crone. Huge thanks to vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Mann 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 Lisa Mann, I’m a bass player and vocalist, and my traditional metal project is called White Crone.  White Crone isn’t a band; it’s a mostly one-woman recording project. I wrote 11 out of 12 tracks (one being Venom’s Seven Gates of Hell) and played all the bass, and almost all the guitars. Master drum instructor Larry London provided drums on 11 tracks, ex-Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice guests on a song, ex- Glacier guitarist Mehdi Farjami laid down two killer solos, and percussionist Caton Lyles added texture to a middle-eastern sounding track.

I am a blues artist by trade, but I never lost my deep love of the heavy metal that I grew up with! So for the past few years I’ve been hammering away at this album, “The Poisoner”, in my spare time. With the help of engineer and co-producer Kevin Hahn, finally it has come to fruition!

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, I’m not as young as most female metal artists out there, and I have very pale skin. Voila – White Crone!

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

I am from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, living in Portland Oregon. There is a vibrant heavy metal scene out here, giving birth to bands such as Agalloch, Red Fang and Idle Hands. The metal scene in Portland is like a family, there are even heavy metal meet-up groups that plan gatherings online to hang out before shows, or have mixers at bars that play metal.

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

The debut album is called “The Poisoner,” and it’s been getting excellent reviews from all over the world!  There is also a full-production video of the title track on my YouTube channel. The video tells the story of The Poisoner, a mysterious character that transcends time and space, delivering deadly retribution on behalf of the downtrodden.

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I was 12 years old, a friend gave me an Iron Maiden album- “Killers”. I had already started playing bass, but that album totally changed my life! I learned to play and sing along with the first five Maiden records, so that band was definitely my biggest influence. But I am also influenced by Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Manowar, Celtic Frost, Dio, more recently Ghost (love the proto sound), and of course Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath just celebrated 50 years, 50 years of metal! What a gift to the entire world!

What first got you into music?

My mother played acoustic guitar and sang folk and popular songs. My parents had what would now be called “proto-metal” albums from bands like Deep Purple, Cream and Led Zeppelin. I learned to play along with their bass lines on her acoustic guitar- for some reason; I was always attracted to the sound of the bass!

When I was 11 years old, growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, I saw a violin-shaped Paul McCartney style bass in a pawn shop. That school year, I walked home every single day at lunch, ate some toast or canned beans, to save my lunch money and buy that bass! I was malnourished to get that bass, and my father had no idea I was doing it. By the time I was 19 years old, then living in Portland, I was playing professionally, and I have been ever since.

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

As a youth, I was a huge fan of Ronnie James Dio and his band, especially drummer Vinny Appice. A few years ago, I wrote a prison chain-gang style blues rock song, and in my mind I heard Vinny playing drums. So I googled and cold-called him, sending him examples of my work, asking him to play on that song, ‘Judge a Man Forever’. He said yes! He recorded that song, as well as a song on this album, ‘Under Hag Stones’. So I have already collaborated with one musician that I always dreamed of working with. If there is a guitar player I would love to record with one day, perhaps it’s Tony MacAlpine. He has an absolutely superior sense of melody, and to me, melody is king.

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

Of course Bloodstock, Hellfest, or Wacken would be amazing! However I was recently on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and I think it would be great to perform on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. As an artist, you really have a chance to get up-close and personal with fans and hang out with other musicians on a cruise. Like I said, White Crone is not a band, so there are no plans as yet to perform live. However I have also joined a killer melodic metal band called Splintered Throne as their vocalist. We’re working on a new CD, so perhaps someday we’ll get the chance to perform a metal fest or cruise.

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

I have a big shelf where I keep all the wonderful gifts I’ve received from blues fans. It’s not necessarily weird, but one fan made a multi-media poster with a cut-out bass guitar made out of leather. It has tuners (6 of course), pickups, a bridge, strings and all. She put a lot of time into it and I cherish it!

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

Thank you for listening to the music I worked so hard to create!

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

Ronnie James Dio.  After he passed, I wept for days. Even still, I sometimes cry when I hear that voice.

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

I am so very blessed to not only hear music in my head, but to be able to reproduce it and allow others to hear it as well. What do I hate? Data entry! Seems like as an independent artist, I’m always copying and pasting song titles and ISRC codes into forms! Ugh.

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

The lack of transparency! It used to be easy to find out just how artists are being screwed financially. Bootleg records, bad record deals, a lot could be traced and hopefully remedied. But in the digital age, who knows how much is being made off our music without our knowledge?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest! I’ve listened to it hundreds of times! I was blessed to have met engineer Chris Tsangarides who worked on that album. I did a few tours as a blues artist in the UK with my guitarist friend Dudley Ross, who was a good friend of Chris’s, and was kind enough to bring me over to spend a long afternoon with him.

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

For audio quality, CDs or FLAC are best, hands down.

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

Hard to say! However, my aforementioned guitarist pal Dudley Ross got me a gig at the Half Moon, Putney in London a couple of years ago. To play the same stage where Arthur Crudup, the Rolling Stones and The Who played? Wow, what a rush!

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

Maybe a writer or painter! I need to be creative in some capacity.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Chapelle, Leslie Jones, Sarah Silverman, Eddie Izzard and Patton Oswalt! I’d laugh myself to death!

What’s next for the project?

I have a few tracks already brewing in the White Crone cauldron and definitely plan to make another album in the future.

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

My website is;
www.whitecrone.com
People can download “The Poisoner” at;
www.whitecrone.bandcamp.com
Or buy the compact disc through Music Millennium at;
https://musicmillennium.com/UPC/194660281906

You can also find me here:

www.facebook.com/whitecrone
www.instagram.com/whitecrone
www.twitter.com/whitecrone
www.youtube.com/c/whitecrone

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whatever they are, I ain’t eating them.

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

I very much appreciate this interview- thanks!

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