EMQ’s with PALACES

EMQ’s with PALACES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Hardcore Punk/Grind/Death Metal band Palaces. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Bumpy: My name is Bumpy Bronson; I play bass and begrudgingly share vocal duties with Eric.

JB: Jonathan Balsamo, drums. Palaces was formed in 2010 when I met Eric and M Chvasta (Bass) whose band Light Pupil Dilate was breaking up. I was in Atlanta math-rock band Sorry No Ferrari at the time and wanted to do a heavy project again as my background is metal. We all had similar tastes and began writing songs that we would record and release in 2012 on our first album titled “Tarnish”. Chvasta left the band in early 2014 to focus on his other band Dead Register. After a year of being inactive we were contacted by Jeremy Weeks of Atlanta hardcore band Get Damned. He wanted to join Palaces on bass. We had played shows with Get Damned and were fans of theirs, so we said yes of course haha.

Eric: Hey I’m Eric Searle. I’m the guitarist and sometimes vocalist. As JB said, Bumpy called us up after our old bassist left. We jammed a few times and it felt good, so we decided to carry on as Palaces. We rented a few spaces before settling in at Bill Kelliher’s rehearsal spot ‘Ember City’ where we wrote a good bit of the new record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bumpy: Eric said he liked it because it was vague or some shit. Pretentious ass…

Eric: He’s not wrong. It was basically, “Hey, what about Palaces?” Nobody could find a reason to hate it, so it stuck.

JB: It immediately resonated with me for several reasons. I feel like it’s a name that doesn’t suggest any particular genre or sub-genre of metal as I feel we don’t fit into a particular classification of metal. It doesn’t colour one’s pre-listen opinion of what they are about to hear. Additionally, it has always been a metaphor for our physical existence – we each inhabit a body and mind that is our Palace. Physical structures get weathered, decay and become ruined eventually and at the same time are beautiful.

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

Eric: We’re from Atlanta Georgia USA. The scene here is getting bigger and better all the time. There are a ton of killer bands here. Every type of metal/rock can be found. People are very supportive of the local scene. We have great clubs/venues/art spaces/ warehouses to put on shows. It’s a great place to be as a musician.

Bumpy: It’s full of variety and has had some real crushers in the past, a little bit too much butt rock now, but what are you gonna do.

JB: Before Covid hit there were shows almost every night of the week, sometimes several a night. All the bands, clubs and promoters make this a great city to play music in, a very inclusive and supportive scene.

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

Bumpy: It’s an album titled “Hellas Chasma” and the first single from the album is ‘Swarm’.

Eric: It’s 9 songs, but not too long. The songs are pretty eclectic. We’re not a ‘one note’ band. There’s a lot to chew on, but it isn’t too difficult of a listen.

‘Swarm’ Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bumpy: Personally, everything from Faith to No More to Sumac, but Caleb Scofield (R.I.P.) and Brian Cook are the two most effecting and influential bassists that have saturated my music brain the past 20 years.

JB: I think as a band we have drawn on a pretty diverse range of music and it all ends up in there somewhere. I personally have always been into Death Metal and Technical Stuff, I grew up listening to thrash, punk, and evolved from there. As a group I would say bands like Cult Leader, Converge, Intronaut, Today Is The Day, Ken Mode, Baptists, Keelhaul, Mastodon, Botch, Dillinger Escape Plan, Oathbreaker and The Armed.

Eric: As a guitarist I love King Buzzo, Bill Steer, East Bay Ray, Johnny Marr, Kevin Shields, James Hetfield, Keith Huckins, etc. There are too many bands to name, but a few would be Fugazi, Smiths, Converge, Deadguy, Dissection.

What first got you into music?

JB: My Dad who was a stoner mathematician, growing up listening to Black Sabbath, Zappa, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Santana – that whole 70’s scene.

Eric: I’ve been hooked ever since I was a small person. The first artists I remember liking were Fats Domino, The Beatles, Genesis, Traveling Wilburys, and Michael Jackson. My parents played all that stuff.

Bumpy: It’s always been there. My dad played piano his whole life and as god fearing as he is, he can shred something fierce on the keys like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Billy Joel.

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

Bumpy: Stephen Brodsky. I love everything he touches, and I am one of the biggest Steve-stans I know.

Eric: Probably Michael Gira. He’s great at organizing musicians and pulling things out of them to serve his songs. I’d be honoured.

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

JB: That is a tough one, maybe Hellfest?

Bumpy: Reading/Leeds or Glastonbury. They sound so ancient but are still going and have been a huge part of music history.

Eric: HellFest. The line-up is fucking stacked every single year and it looks like it’d be a blast to play. Definitely would love to play Wacken or Brutal Assault too. Any of the Euro festivals please, thank you!

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

Bumpy: Pretty sure he wasn’t a fan, but a guy gave me his phone number and said we should “text metal.” Yeah, I don’t have his number. Must’ve lost it.

JB: No weird gifts yet but we have gotten some rad hugs.

Eric: Oh yeah, that girl outside 529! Hugs.

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

JB: Thank you for listening to us, thank you for coming out to a show and supporting us in any way.

Bumpy: No one’s gonna wait on you to show yourself. If you wanna do something in music or media, do it. Like now. Don’t ask permission. Bug the shit out of people you don’t know to listen or let you play or whatever.

Eric: When you come to one of our shows, just be ready to throw a chair at somebody!!!

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

Bumpy: Aforementioned, Caleb Scofield.

JB: Isaiah Ikey Owen

Eric: Probably Jeff Buckley, but what if it’s better on the other side? I wouldn’t want to bring him back to this place.

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

Eric: Creating and writing is my favourite thing about being in a band. I love putting the pieces of the puzzle together. That said, turning up loud and bashing shit out is pretty amazing. I don’t really hate anything about it. Sure, it takes a lot of time and doesn’t pay nearly enough, but I’m not mad about it.

Bumpy: Shows. Ever since I was a seventh grader, nothing knocks the self-gratification meter off the charts like playing live. It’s a cliché that’s been worn down to the bone, but I’ve played for 6 people before and I’ve played for 300+, and I felt just as elated as I always have been. Having said that, I think the hate part is what you make of it. If you give more power to hating something, you’ll come to hate shit you used to love, so I try not to feed that bastard any energy.

JB: I love playing live more than anything, I love the energy and volume, playing for people who enjoy relaxing to loud heavy music as a counter to the nature of modern daily life. I guess waiting to play the set is what I hate the most, I’m always impatient to play!

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

Bumpy: Make it go back to how it was. The 90‘s really were the best to me. Nostalgia is the enemy but if I could have been a bit older back then and had the chance to experience the grunge, alternative, punk, metal, etc. of that time at festivals, in Blockbusters, in magazines, in Beavis and Butthead episodes; everything just mattered a little bit more to people back then. Music stuck with you for longer.

Eric: It’s a pretty fucked up industry. I feel like there’s the “Industry” and then there’s the “Underground”. I don’t participate much in “Industry” driven music. My musical family and community seem to be in the “Underground”. That’s not by choice though. If death metal bands were getting millions of YouTube views per song, I’d be cool with that. But then that would get ruined too. It’s a vicious cycle.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: Clutch – “Transnational Speedway League”

JB: Mastodon – “Remission”

Bumpy: The Mars Volta – “De-Loused in the Comatorium”

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

Bumpy: I’m a sucker for cassettes. They remind me of being a kid. My parents didn’t keep records at home, so I never caught the vinyl bug.

JB: I personally love vinyl for sound.

Eric: Vinyl, Downloads, CD’s, Cassettes in that order.

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

Bumpy: December 2018 with Cult Leader, Primitive Weapons and the unfuckwithable God Mother from Stockholm. Never played with a crazier band.

JB: For me it’s a tie between opening for Cult Leader/ Godmother and opening for Atlanta super group Primate back in January 2020 – that was a fun show.

Eric: We’ve played with Ken Mode a bunch. Always nice to knock around the balls with those guys.

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

Eric: Probably my money-making job, but life would suck a little more if I didn’t play music.

JB: I would be playing drums in my garage – essential to maintaining sanity.

Bumpy: Anything in my power to leave this country until it stops eating itself alive.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

JB: King Diamond X 5

Bumpy: You, Eric, JB, the Jesus from Big Lebowski and Bernie Mac.

Eric: Grandmaster Jay, Richard Spencer, Black Thought, Nadine Strossen, and Elon Musk. What a party that’d be.

What’s next for the band?

JB: We hope to get back to playing live when possible, releasing the new album and doing some touring.

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

www.instagram.com/palacesloud/
www.facebook.com/PALACESLOUD/
www.palaces.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bumpy: I have family in the UK, and they think they are biscuits, I guess there’s the answer. They also let their 53-year-old son still live at home, so there’s that too.

Eric: Lost me on that one homie.

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

Bumpy: Listen to Young Beasts, Malevich and Lost Hours.

Eric: Cheers mates.

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EMQ’s with CHANGING TYMZ

EMQ’s with CHANGING TYMZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pittsburgh, PA based Metal/Hard Rock band Changing Tymz. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

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

Tony Rossi: I Play the drums! In 2016, I wanted to work with original music and decided I’m not doing the cover/club scene. It took over 3 years to put this together. Guitarist Timmy Wysong was looking for a drummer and I was looking for musicians, we added vocalist Matt Martin to the group, Matt’s voice and unique style allowed us to dig deeper in the roots of true metal to create a mix of modern and classical metal. All the while, bass player Bryan McQuade was also looking for a change and placed an ad on Craigslist. Seeing the posting, the band reached out and asked him to submit an original bassline for the song ‘Stand Up’. Taking his chances, Bryan sat down to write, submitted a piece…and a bass player was found. To complete the band we finally welcomed Eric Fenton in November of 2019. Five talented musicians, having never met before, all from different backgrounds, cemented by desire and passion for the music is what makes this band work so well.

Matt Martin: Lead Vocals and Keys

Timmy Wysong: I play rhythm and lead guitar, and sing backup vocals. Well, it all kinda started with me looking for a drummer, for the band I had put together (Hate Remains), back in 2016, I believe. Once Tony Rossi and I started writing, everything clicked just right, and we took a different direction altogether, and here we are.

Bryan McQuade: Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals & Mixing Engineer.

Eric Fenton: Guitar. I’ve been with the band 6 months now learning, writing & recording

How did you come up with your band name?

Tony: We all picked a bunch of names and started voting to find the one we could agree on, CHANGING TIMES but thought we could try and spell (times) using letters from our names  T = Tony, Y = Timmy W(Y)song, M was for Matt and the Z…that was for Zack who left shortly after we had our name.

Timmy: We each put in an X amount of name ideas out, and went through the process of elimination, by means of voting. Each time, narrowing it down to eventually one name. We also would look at the name, as to what it reflects. Obviously, we are now in some Changing Tymz!

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

Tony: North East United States. Hard to get out there and a lot of bands trying…tough scene!

Bryan: Columbus, Ohio. It has a very strong metal/rock scene. Unfortunately, it is the city that Dimebag was killed in. The venue has had so many metal bands over the years that it has a very diverse history.

Eric: Pittsburgh, PA. Lots of competition.

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

Tony: Self-titled EP

Timmy: Digital version of our self-titled EP, “Changing Tymz”, which was released Feb. 29th this year, and we are gonna be offering up a special limited edition run, with a hard case and insert, and pre-orders will be available, as well. There will only be 1000 copies available of the limited edition EP. Although still available after that run, they will only come in a soft case. We are currently in pre-production of our full album,

‘Stand Up’ Lockdown Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Tony: Buddy Rich, Alan White, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Dio, Geoff Tate, Ozzy, Ray Alder

Timmy: I have so many, lol. Well, Carlos Santana, Boston, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Randy Rhoads, David Gilmour, Dimebag Darrell, Shawn Lane, Dan Donegan, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Dave Mustaine, Sepultura, Marty Friedman, Eric Johnson, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Andy James and even more, lol.

Bryan: I am really a child of 80’s music so it has had a great influence in my style and writing. I must say though. I am a huge fan of Steve Harris and his style among others such as Les Claypool, Billy Sheehan, Donald “Duck” Dunn and of course Geddy Lee.

Eric: Clapton, Hendrix, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn…on and on!

What first got you into music?

Tony: My Father, he was a music teacher with his own successful music centre’s.

Matt: My good friend Gary Cogley happened to say “Dude, you should try singing for a band, shortly after I did and the rest is history…Love it!

Timmy: Pretty much my whole family. It runs in my family.

Bryan: I began playing saxophone in grade school and always loved singing. It continued from there whether it was concert band, jazz band or singing in the choir.  The next step was live music in my very first rock band. Shortly after joining as the lead singer I had a bug to begin to play bass guitar so rented an amp, bought a used bass and I was off.

Eric: Broken leg from High School. Football and Listening to Beatles, Stones & Skynyrd at 14 yrs old.

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

Tony: Would love to do one song with Dream Theater.

Matt: I already am!

Timmy: Hmmmm, would have to say Dan Donegan.

Bryan: Myles Kennedy and well, I guess the rest of Alter Bridge. I love his vocals and it would be awesome to work with Mark Tremonti.

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

Tony: OZZFEST, it’s the biggest and best and I would have the chance to meet so many of the musicians i respect based on their accomplishments.

Matt: Any Metal fest…love them all!

Timmy: Monsters Of Rock, Rock On The Range and, at least once, at the Whiskey A Go Go!

Bryan: The main stage of what used to be “Rock on the Range” which is now called Sonic Temple. I have been to the festival so many times and would love the opportunity to play the main stage.

Eric: Ozzfest. Biggest Metal acts.

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

Tony: A blank CD…lol. He asked me to listen to it…probably meant to hand me one of his band to check out.

Matt: I got laid lol…It was out of the blue!

Timmy: Haven’t yet, but I’m sure I’ll have a story to tell in the future, lol!

Bryan: I was in an 80’s cover band and someone gave me a pair of checkered Vans that matched the ones I was wearing although they were well worn.

Eric: Acoustic guitar.

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

Tony: Follow your dreams, Follow God, and dont take bullshit from no-one.

Matt: Never give up no matter how much time goes by or what happens…go with the flow and ride it back to your dreams!

Timmy: There is always someone, or something, that you can turn to for love and hope, when times are tough. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

Bryan: Live life to the fullest and be kind to others.

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

Tony: John Bonham, left us too early and it would have been awesome to see where his style took him as he kept growing in his craft.

Matt: Ronnie James Dio of course!

Timmy: Tough one. I know what I want to say, but I will just say Shawn Lane.

Bryan: Ronnie James Dio. He died way too young.

Eric: Jim Morrison

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

Tony: It’s great to see people smile and know I gave them my all, and having the chance to spread a little positive in a world that needs it… and Hate… that’s pretty strong… but I’ll say I’m glad there are roadies to haul and set up my gear. Lol!

Matt: Creating, writing music and melodies…lyrics are fun tool…maybe even the whole band collaboration! Hmmmm, hard to say really, music being controlled by corporate rock and money!

Timmy: I can express myself much more freely in my music and writing. A reality, within a reality. I can’t say I hate anything in that regard, but something I’m not too crazy about, is manually tabbing out riffs, lol!

Bryan: I love the writing process and especially love playing live. The old days of setting up and tearing down has never been fun.

Eric: Always something to learn…I hate nothing.

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

Tony: I think videos are cool for bands but when the focus becomes the video bands forget that music is an art for listening not watching. Too many bands worry about the look and not the quality of writing and music. I would make videos more about the music and performance rather than what is being seen with a lot of mainstream.

Matt: Giving more control to musicians for writing and producing their own sound and music!

Timmy: These days, I would say mandatory security should be required by the venue owners, and safety regulations strictly enforced. Not to be confused by suppression. So the masses can let loose, rock it out, and feel safe.

Bryan: The difficulty of breaking into the mainstream

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tony: YES – “RELAYER” and RUSH – “2112”

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

Timmy: Only way I can put it is, the first half of my life, it was Boston’s debut, self-titled album. The second half of my life (today), would be Disturbed’s album “Ten Thousand Fist’s”.

Bryan: Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”

Eric: Ozzy Osbourne – “Blizzard Of Ozz”, Metallica – “Kill ‘Em All”, Van Halen – “Van Halen II”

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

Tony: Vinyl has the warmth that nothing else does, but downloads are easy access to music.

Matt: Downloads cuz CD’s warp, records scratch and tapes stretch!

Timmy: I like the sound of vinyl, but the convenience of a download.

Bryan: I still own a lot of Vinyl. The sound is like no other.

Eric: Downloads.

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

Tony: The benefit gig for my late brother Pete, just meant a lot.

Matt: Thunder In The Valley – Johnston, PA

Timmy: Personally, back in the day, The Battle of the Bands in Nashville, TN.

Bryan: A block party for about 3000 people for Halloween.

Eric: Ripley, Ohio.

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

Tony: Probably catching up on some sleep lol! I would have probably got into making instruments.

Matt: Landscaping

Timmy: I would be involved in the music industry somewhere, regardless, lol.

Bryan: I think I would still be mixing and producing. I love music way too much.

Eric: Engineering/Design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony: Do they have to be alive? lol I would love to see my brother n dad again, I would also say Jesus…wow to hang at dinner with Him…but he’s not people he’s God…so out of those still with us. My Wife, Mother, Alan White, Mike Mangini and Nicko McBrain!

Matt: The band and our Manager.

Timmy: Buckethead, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Loomis, Andy James and Betty White.

Bryan: Jesus, Ronnie James Dio, Geddy Lee, Myles Kennedy & Freddie Mercury.

Eric: Myself, Timmy, Bryan, Matt & Tony.

What’s next for the band?

Tony: An endless list lol…but the big ones would be finishing the full-length album then seeing about some live shows!

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

Timmy: All major streaming platforms, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, our official website and stations that air us.
www.changingtymz.com/
www.facebook.com/ChangingTymz/
www.twitter.com/ChangingTymz
www.instagram.com/changingtymz/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFiRA3mviWLulvJFstyPnA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Tony: I’d say a cookie…not too fond of them but scrape the chocolate off cause it’s a shame to let any chocolate go to waste!

Matt: Biscuits!

Timmy: Well, I think the title says it all. I love cake, lol.

Bryan: I guess they would be more like a biscuit of course, if that is what you call a cookie.

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

Tony: Never give up on your dreams and talents for that’s what separates us and always strive to find the good for that brings us together.

Matt: Thanks for the opportunity to be heard, we greatly appreciate it!

Timmy: Thank you, and thanks to all our fans and supporters for everything!!!

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EMQ’s with CHASING APPARITIONS

EMQ’s with CHASING APPARITIONS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Terre Haute, Indiana based Metal band Chasing Apparitions. Huge thanks to Josey Stines 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?

Hello, my name is Josey Stines. I play guitar & do some vocals. Chasing Apparitions originally started out as my solo project, but as time went on, I realized I couldn’t do everything I wanted by myself. Long-story-short, I met Jacob Ortengren & we began writing some music together & our producer Jonathan Dolese recommended that Justin Stubbs do vocals & we all just clicked instantly.

How did you come up with your band name?

I want to say the band name is something I saw on Tumblr back in 2015. Something about reverse album titles or opposite song titles or something along those lines. I’ve since tried to find the post, but to no avail.

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

Chasing Apparitions is from the United States of America. The metal scene here, in my opinion, is lacking. There’s a ton of love for pop-punk & rock bands, but it’s becoming harder to find venues that will actually book bands that have screaming, at least in my state.

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

Our last release was the single, ‘As Above, So Below’ off of our soon-to-be-released EP, “Am I Worth Saving?”. We do have a new single coming out on 8.7.2020 titled “L’appel Du Vide” so be on the lookout for that.

As Above, So Below (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically our influences are Architects, Born of Osiris, Wage War, Fit for a King, Northlane, & Bad Omens.

What first got you into music?

Hearing “Stand Up & Scream” by Asking Alexandria is what got me into music. I just fell in love with the sound & the look & the stage presence. Watching their music videos made me realize that I wanted to do music for the rest of my life.

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

If I could collaborate with anyone, I’d think I’d really like to work with the guys from Dayseeker or Thousand Below. I absolutely love what they’re doing within their genre & how they’re transforming rock music. I think it’d be fun to pursue a side project in that style.

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

I would really love for Chasing Apparitions to have the chance to play Warped Tour. It’s not the biggest festival, but it has a special place in my heart because I use to go to it every single summer. It was always a goal of mine to play it at least once.

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

The weirdest gift I’ve ever received would have to be a balloon. I just found it extremely odd for someone to just have a balloon in their back pocket to give away at a show. It wasn’t even blown up.

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

I would have to tell the fans, thank you so much for sticking around throughout the hiatus. I know 3yrs is such a long time in the music scene, but I still had people message Chasing Apparitions all the time asking when we were going to drop new music. The wait will be worth it. I promise you.

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

I would have to bring Jimi Hendrix back from the dead. I feel as though 4 years wasn’t enough for him.

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

I enjoy seeing people’s reaction when they hear our songs for the first time or when they comment on YouTube & tell us how they really connect with the message we’re trying to change.

I hate seeing fans belittling bands for changing things up album to album. The band will always be in a catch-22, if they write another heavy record people will say they wrote the same album twice, if they change it up, they changed too much. I just wish people were more accepting.

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

I would change how metal music is perceived through the community. I don’t like how any music with screaming always has some sort of stigma against it & they’re almost always limited right out the gate as far as playlists, radio play, & advertising, as well as any other medium you can think of.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret.” by Bring Me The Horizon

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

The best for audio quality is Vinyl, hands down, but the best for me personally is streaming. I feel like streaming really opened up music.

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

It was a show back in 2016 at The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN. The place was packed. Kids were going nuts. There were moshpits & people running on stage. That show blew my mind. I love that venue.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I like to think I’d have a job as a graphic designer or something in audio/video. I really love After Effects & editing videos.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Blackbear, Deberg, Lil Aaron, Justin Stone, Katy Perry.

What’s next for the band?

Chasing Apparitions is releasing a new single titled, “L’appel Du Vide” on 8.7.2020, with the EP “Am I Worth Saving?” coming out shortly after. Make sure to stay up to date on our socials so you know when it drops.

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

www.ChasingApparitions.com
www.Facebook.com/ChasingApparitions
www.YouTube.com/ChasingApparitions
www.Instagram.com/WeAreCASquad
www.Twitter.com/WeAreCASquad

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are definitely cake.

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

Thank you so much for this interview. Thank you so much to everyone that has read this far. Your support means the world to us. Make sure to follow us on social media & if you need something feel free to message the band & I will get back to you ASAP.

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Greyhawk- Keepers Of The Flame

Greyhawk- Keepers Of The Flame
Fighter Records
Release Date: 16/06/2020
Running Time: 44:05
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Monday mornings. They’re not great, are they?! They need cheering up. So, for a change, I decided to start a Monday morning with a review of the new release by American metallers, Greyhawk. I have to say, this album had me totally confused at first. I always listen to any album 2 or 3 times before I write anything down, but this one had me truly stumped! Was it a metal opera? Was it metal storytelling, with vocals as varied as the amount of beer on sale these days?! So, this review is the product of a good few re-starts! Man, these guys know how to throw a spanner in the works with their music! Incidentally, Greyhawk are so metal they even have their own beer, and let’s be honest not many can say that!

Greyhawk’s quest started in 2018, when five metal guys (featuring alumni from bands like Skelator, Aggression, Prelude to a Pistol and Prophets of Addiction) met up and brought their unique style to life. This is their debut full length album on Fighter Records, and it brings something new to the table. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but then who is these days! Adding a bit more variety into music is what its all about, and these guys certainly stand out in a crowd, and I get the feeling that was their aim.

‘Gates Of Time’ starts the album. It’s very laid back, very calm, with a hint of Manowar, and short and sweet. This was where I thought I’d got the measure of their sound, but I was wrong! So, what’s next? Well that would be crazy drumming, epic guitar riffs and ear-piercing screams, followed by a voice I just wasn’t expecting! This fast-moving track has vocal variations all over it, and makes you giddy! In some places you think the vocals don’t actually match the content, but that’s what makes this album so different, and we like to be different don’t we?

There’s a lot of storytelling throughout this album. In ‘Drop the Hammer’, you can imagine the guys on stage telling the story with visuals on a backdrop. But that element takes nothing away from some truly amazing guitar riffs that make you sit up and listen. I can only imagine how epic it must be to be able to play like that. The guys take it down a notch for ‘The Rising Sign’, where Taylor’s voice is almost haunting, but still so powerful, and the addition of nicely timed backing vocals blend well. But don’t be fooled! This track maybe slower, but the power and feeling are still very strong here. The track builds and builds until the end, with low lamenting vocal harmonies in the background, which are quite chilling.

I Think my favourite track has to be ‘Ophidian Throne’. The tone of Taylor’s voice makes the hairs on your neck stand up and gives you chills.

This is definitely a Marmite album – you’ll either love it or hate it – there’s no in between! The variations from one track to another are a little hard to get your head around, but who wants to listen to the same thing over and over? It’s storytelling, meets Manowarish (yes, I just made that word up!), with a blend of metal, operatic vocals, crazy but intense guitar riffs, and heart thumping drumming. I found it a bit like a Chinese puzzle, it looks impossible, but you just have to take time to figure it out. With ear splitting screams that catch you off guard at times, it’s also not an album that you will fall asleep listening to! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

If this is what these guys can do for a debut album, then the future is exciting! If they grow from this, their albums will be insanely powerful and intense. With this album they have really shown what’s possible and what they’re made of. Great work guys and amazing cover artwork too!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Gates Of Time
02. Frozen Star
03. Drop The Hammer
04. Halls Of Insanity
05. The Rising Sign
06. R.X.R.O
07. Don’t Wait For The Wizard
08. Black Peak
09. Masters Of The Sky
10. Ophidian Throne
11. Keeper Of The Flames

LINE-UP:
Rev Taylor – Vocals
Darin Wall – Bass
Jesse Berlin – Guitars
Alika Madis – Guitars
Nate Butler – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Greyhawkmetal
www.greyhawkmetal.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/greyhawkmetal
www.instagram.com/greyhawkmetal/

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EMQ’s with TO THE PAIN

EMQ’s with TO THE PAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Franklin Square, New York based Metal band, To The Pain. Huge thanks to lead guitarist Steve Shaver 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 there, my name is Steve Shaver, and I play guitar for To The Pain. To The Pain started in 2012, and we are from Franklin Square, NY. We have just released our new album, “X”. Originally To The Pain was going to be a recording project for myself, and vocalist Johnny “Squints” Intagliata. We started writing songs at my home studio. We were so happy with what we were turning out, we decided to turn it into a full band. The original band had Jeremy Lustig on bass (who actually played on ‘Control’ on our new album), Jimmy Klimatas on Drums, and Mark Trojanoski on rhythm guitar. The latest incarnation features myself on guitar, Johnny Intagliata on vocals, Johnny Fila on Bass, Eric Healy on drums, and Sean Smith shredding away on the other guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wish I could tell you there was some awesome formula we used to come up with the name, but our old rhythm guitar player, Mark Trojanoski, suggested the name. It is a reference to the movie The Princess Bride.

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

We are from Franklin Square, NY. Franklin Square is on Long Island. The Island Metal/Rock scene unfortunately is slave to the tribute bands. But if you are willing to pay to play, and we are, then you can play with bigger name bands. It really is the only way to break out of the smaller gigs at smaller venues unfortunately. If you hustle, and sell a lot of tickets, you can make some money though!

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

Our latest single is called ‘There Will Be Blood’, it is off our just released new album called “X”. The single and album are available on all streaming platforms, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands influences are the Big 4 of Thrash, leaning towards Megadeth being the biggest influence. Also, Testament, Overkill, King Diamond, Iron Maiden and of course, the mighty Racer X!!!

What first got you into music?

I always loved music from when I was a little kid. I was always singing along to the radio at home and in the car with my parents. They decided I should take guitar lessons. I absolutely hated it at first. It was a chore. But once I started learning chords, and being able to play some songs, it became fun. The Eagles were a big early influence. Then I moved on to Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Van Halen, etc.

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

I would love to collaborate with Alex Skolnick from Testament, or Dave Mustaine from Megadeth. I am sure we could come up with some sick metal riffs!

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

That is easy. If I could play any festival, it would be Wacken Open Air. There are many great European festivals, but Wacken for me is the biggest and best of them all.

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

Hmm, I don’t know that any fans have given us weird gifts. Usually they just buy us a beer after the show. Some ask for autographs, which is always fun.

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

That we appreciate each and every one of you. We know everyone has other things to spend money on, and other things to do, so when you buy our merch, or our albums, or buy a ticket to one of our shows, we really appreciate it so much, and work our hardest to put on a great show, and put out great music! Thank you so very much to all our fans!!! You are the best!

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

I would bring back Ronnie James Dio. He continually put out great music until his death. He is one of the greatest singers of all time. Maybe if I could bring him back, he would have me onstage to jam a few Dio songs! He is sorely missed!

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

I enjoy the recording process the most. Playing gigs is fun, but I love creating in the studio. I engineer all our albums, and I can just sit there for hours and hours creating. It is a very rewarding process. As far as what I hate, well we aren’t at a level where we can announce a show and people know who we are, and show up. So, I guess I hate having to contact all my friends and get them to come down to shows. I wish there was a better way to promote, but there is nothing better than calling / texting / emailing to get people in the door of your shows. Promoting is NOT a post on social media.

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

How about that the people who actually create the art actually get paid for it? It’s amazing to me that you just make zero money from streaming. I mean people stream a song 10,000 times, and you make what, $30? That is an absolute sin, and needs to be fixed. The other thing I would change is 360 deals that record labels have bands sign these days. If a label came to us with a 360 deal, we would say thanks, but no thanks. Don’t sign your life away if you are a band. And keep your publishing!!!! Always keep your publishing!!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wow, this is so hard. I can narrow it down to 3. “Live After Death” by Iron Maiden, “Extreme Volume” by Racer X, and “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth. I could listen to those 3 albums forever and not be bored.

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

Best as far as quality? Definitely NOT downloads. I guess CD’s are the best. But who has CD’s anymore? I like the convenience of downloads. To me, the best sound was always old vinyl though. And no, TTP is not releasing our album on vinyl…unless someone wants to pay for it. LOL

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

The best TTP gig I played so far was our last gig with Ross The Boss (ex Manowar). It was our first gig with the newest line-up, and we just came out and destroyed. It wasn’t perfect, but the buzz at the club after we played was undeniable. TTP has played many great shows over the years though. Opening for Doro in 2016 was a great one too.

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

Probably I would be an engineer or producer. I love that side of music. I love working with other musicians and creating. So, I would say if I wasn’t playing guitar, I would definitely engineer or produce.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Alex Skolnick, Paul Gilbert, and Richie Kotzen. I am sure I would learn a note or two from them.

What’s next for the band?

Well 2020 was supposed to be a big touring year for TTP, but Covid 19 put the end to that. We had gigs with Lynch Mob, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Joey Belladonna from Anthrax lined up, and they are all either postponed, or cancelled. If the touring doesn’t open up soon, we will probably jump back in the studio and do another album. We aren’t doing any drive-in concerts, or live streams. They just don’t seem to work well for METAL.

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

www.facebook.com/pg/ToThePainNY
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4piewphG9jA2dQe0azATcW
www.music.apple.com/us/album/7-ep/1513281563

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Looks like a cake to me. And looks delicious!

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

We would like to thank you folks for the interview. We appreciate all the music sites that do interviews and help us out and get our music out there. We also would like to thank our fans for always being there and supporting us. Grab our new album “X”, it is full of great METAL, and super shreddy guitars from me and Sean Smith. Thanks so much! This was a great time!

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Weed Demon – Crater Maker

Weed Demon – Crater Maker
Electric Valley Records
Release date: 03/04/2020
Running time: 46 minutes
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

“Crater Maker”, by Columbus Ohio rascals Weed Demon, begins with the warm and welcoming hiss and crackle of vinyl. Then we’re into the first track ‘Atmospheric Drag’, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re in the wrong section of the record shop. It’s a dark, folky country number that sounds like you’ve just stumbled into a saloon in a God forsaken Western town. I was taken by surprise, but this song is both awesome and a fitting introduction to an album that isn’t afraid to wander off the obvious path.

When track two, ‘Birthquake’ lumbers in, we’re in familiar doomy Sabbath territory. It’s a stark contrast to the opening song, but brilliant as that was, this is what we came for. Big, dirty riffage that’s slow yet powerful, the result is an instrumental song that relies purely on dynamics to excite and uplift. This is bloody great stuff.

The next track, ‘Serpent Merchant’, is even heavier and more relentless – with growling vocals making a demonic appearance. It all descends into a masterful, psychedelic break before the pummelling returns. The album’s title track delivers a groove laden sludge, which again dissolves into a mellow passage at pretty much exactly the halfway mark. Gradually becoming fuzzier, this soon explodes into a frenzied, aggressive section.

The remaining tracks offer more crunching guitars, thudding bass, booming vocals and pounding rhythms, always concentrating on the all-important doom riff. Final track “Sporelord” wanders through several segments, before briefly fading away and returning with a quirky reggae style outro.

With four of the six songs here over the 8 minute mark, there’s a lot to explore and digest with “Crater Maker”. Weed Demon have created a dense album that I enjoyed from the first listen and I’m still returning to weeks later. Meandering into psychedelic space rock, groovy doom, country and ear-splitting sludge ensures “Crater Maker” is a complex release that’s worth hearing.

All this talk of weeds reminds me of a funny little escapade with my old mate Keith Moon. Moony lived next door to his big pal Ollie Reed, who asked the loony drummer to keep an eye on his mansion while he was in Europe, filming some naff horror/arthouse nonsense. Moon had a party, got totally blitzed and remembered at about 4am that he hadn’t mowed Ollie’s lawn for him. Well, you can imagine the laughs we had, as Keith tried to start the ride-on petrol mower in the dark.  Without going into too much detail, a split fuel pipe and a discarded cigarette resulted in most of Reed’s garden looking like it had been napalmed.

Ollie wasn’t best pleased when he returned to see the unholy mess Keith had left him with. But Moon just blamed Ringo Starr, who made a quick exit when drunken Ollie brought out his shotgun. Ringo had the last laugh though, by marrying the most beautiful woman in the world. Jammy git.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Atmospheric Drag
02. Birthquake
03. Serpent Merchant
04. Crater Maker
05. Elder Tree Pyre
06. Sporelord

LINE-UP:
Jordan Holland – Bass/Lead Vocals
Andy Center – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Brian Buckley – Guitar/Backing Vocals
“Big Nick” Carter – Drums

LINKS:
www.smokeweeddemon.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/weeddemonsludge/
www.instagram.com/weeddemonsludge/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNQPXsSX6BY66Lh4pQp9SA

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EMQ’s with AMNESIS

EMQ’s with AMNESIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Asheville, North Carolina based Metal band, Amnesis. Huge thanks to Guitarist ‘Miller’ 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?

Amnesis. Metal! The band is comprised of members from the Asheville metal scene spanning a couple decades worth of stories we could tell or can’t speak of lol. It was formed in 2010 and has gone through a few line-up changes over the years. It is a 4 piece now but used to be 5. We like it fast, heavy and straight forward.

How did you come up with your band name?

It just kind of happened one day. We couldn’t decide and the singer popped off with it. It stuck.

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

United States, Southeast. It depends on where you go. Right now, it’s pretty dead amid the Covid-19 situation, but before that there were some decent shows all over the place. Every kind of band you can think of, you can go see anywhere around the southeast if you do a bit of research and know what you’re looking for.

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

We recently released a “playthrough” video of sorts for ‘Abscession’, the second track title from our newest EP, “We Hate Myself”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

American Headcharge, SOAD, Mushroomhead, Nothingface, Killswitch Engage.

What first got you into music?

Listening to the radio honestly, for me

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

Beni-Hana, Volumes, Issues, Knives Out, Rammstein to name a few.

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

Donauinselfest or Bonnaroo.

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

Masks, and one time a fan decorated a Christmas tree for us lol!

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

Live your dreams and never give up.

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

Jaco Pastorius.

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

Playing. Connecting. As far as the hate goes, the competition aspect. Egos. The dark side of the industry in general.

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

Solicitation to local stations. Abolish the “buy your way to fame” model.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Wall” by Pink Floyd. Cliché, but it has a perfect formula that can’t be explained with words. It changed me and the way I think about playing as well as presentation.

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

All of them. You should have them all and have all of them available to your fans.

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

In this band, Probably Hell Yeah at the Orange Peel in Asheville NC. Don’t want to stop ever. Onward and upward!!

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

Working myself to death at a trade skill to get by in between playing music and adulting etc

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hemingway, Alexander the Great.

What’s next for the band?

Getting through this Covid madness, writing the next EP and getting back out there to play some massive gigs once this is all over with.

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

Youtube Links:

Album Stream:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt9EBhXl9W8

Music Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAc9gqumow

Social Media Links:
www.facebook.com/hivemindsmedia/ (music video)
www.open.spotify.com/artist/43wuumuah7vfINNmSx4e6c
www.facebook.com/amnesisband/
www.amnesisband.com/
www.amnesisusa.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/amnesisusa
www.tidal.com/browse/album/127617403
www.music.apple.com/us/album/we-hate-myself/1494114170
www.deezer.com/us/album/125895372
http://www.play.google.com/store/music/album/Amnesis_We_Hate_Myself
www.iheart.com/artist/amnesis-32461572/albums/we-hate-myself-87839294/
www.us.napster.com/artist/amnesis/album/we-hate-myself
www.mndigital.com/content-experience/music_content/albums/481653067/Amnesis/We_Hate_Myself/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The mind doth ponder…

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

Don’t dream it. Scheme it.

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EMQs with BLOOD OF ANGELS

EMQs with BLOOD OF ANGELS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Tampa, Florida based Extreme Metal band, Blood of Angels. Huge thanks to guitarist, Aaron Robinson, 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?

Aaron Robinson, I am the guitarist for Blood of Angels. I formed the band in October of 2015. Our debut EP, entitled “Rise of the Fallen Gods”, did well and won a few awards.

How did you come up with your band name?

Blood of Angels was a name that I had in mind for a couple of years before I formed the band. The name really suits us. As far as a business sense, it’s a name that works with metal music that does not pigeonhole us into a single sub-genre. It is easy to remember. From a personal side, we are a band that does not subscribe to any form of organized religion. Since most religions have this mythological idea of angels, spilling of their blood is a metaphorical statement to abandon organized faiths.

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

We are from Tampa, Florida USA. Our Tampa metal scene is resurging. You can see the building blocks being put back into place. We have a great studio in town that loves punk and metal music. The venues that started in the 80’s, that are still around, are getting great attendance for the scene. It is fantastic to see the Tampa metal scene make a comeback.

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

We released our debut EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods” in 2017. We’ve recently completed our new album “Failure of Faith.” We hope to have a release date soon.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by Slayer, Cradle of Filth, System of a Down, and Dark Tranquillity.

What first got you into music?

My dad was a fan of the early metal bands. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Blue Oyster Cult, among others. Listening to heavy rock was something we bonded on. When I was ten my dad picked up the Ozzy Osbourne “Randy Rhodes Tribute Album.” I became obsessed with that album. I just fell in love with Randy’s guitar playing. I wanted to be able to do it as well.

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

They are really is not one musician that I would love to collaborate over any other. I am always open to create new songs with different artists. Recently we did a collaboration with hip-hop artist Amiss Omega. We did a killer track with hip-hop blended with black metal influenced riffs and drums.

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

Wacken Festival for sure. That is the grand-daddy of all metal festivals!

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

Nothing weird, I got some cool friendship bracelets. Also, a Viking style drinking horn.

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

We cannot wait to get on the road and see everyone. Hopefully, our tour with Laang in August will be able to go on.

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

That is a tough question. Besides Randy Rhodes, probably Jim Morrison. He really understood philosophy and I am sure the conversations we would have would be transformative. I would be interested in what he would say about the current situation.

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

I love connecting with people who love music as much as we do. I do not like having to buy-on to tours and festivals.

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

As I stated in my last answer. I do not like having to buy-on to tours and festivals. I do not see the reason behind charging bands $2,500 to play a festival.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dark Tranquillity – “Where Death Is Most Alive.”

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

Since I am a 90’s kid, I really love the polished sound of CD’s.

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

The Tampa Death Fest last October. It had an awesome and very receptive crowd. We had a great show.

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

I would have pursued a career in academia. I would have done research and published books on ancient societies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kerry King, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Daniel Tosh, Steve Harris, and Johnny Depp.  It would be one eclectic dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

To release our new album “Failure of Faith” and tour as much as possible.

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

www.bloodofangels.net
www.facebook.com/bloodofangels1
www.twitter.com/bloodofangels1
www.instagram.com/bloodofangels
www.youtube.com/bloodofangels
www.numberonemusic.com/bloodofangels
www.reverbnation.com/bloodofangels1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both, it’s hard to decide!

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

Thank you for the opportunity to connect with your audience. We hope to see everyone as soon as Covid-19 passes.

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EMQ’s with RADIANT KNIFE

EMQ’s with RADIANT KNIFE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lafayette, LA based Experimental Rock/Metal band Radiant Knife. Huge thanks to Greg Travasos and Stephen Sheppert 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?

Radiant Knife – Members – Greg Travasos – Drums, Stephen Sheppert – Guitar, Vocals, Synth.  We began playing early 2016’ish. Greg had just moved back from Portland OR to Lafayette La. in early 2012. Greg, at the time, and still today does session drumming with local artists and touring with Brother Dege (International Touring local musician) from Lafayette La. The band I was in at the time (Raedon Kong) was coming to an end. We both come from a metal/rock experimental background and know each other from playing shows with our past bands. Greg was in (The Object at the End of History) and I in (Collapsar) both early mid 2000’s Lafayette bands. We both like doing something different and experimental so it just felt natural. Once we began jamming together, we never looked back.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a running list of close to 20 possible band names, which was eventually paired down to 2-3 options. Radiant Knife kinda stuck out and had a nice ring to it, with no rhyme or reason behind the name.

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

We’re from Lafayette, La USA, about 2 hours from New Orleans.  Lafayette has birthed some great metal/rock bands over the past 30 years.  I can’t say the metal scene is as strong as New Orleans or Baton Rouge, but that’s to be expected from a smaller city. Still, I’d say it’s thriving, and a lot of touring bands have been coming through here (thanks to our local metal bar the Freetown Boom Boom Room).

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

We have two releases this year. One EP titled “The Body” to be released 28th August and one LP titled “The Ghost” to be released 10th October. The albums are very different but also very connected. We recommend listening to one after the other.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Stephen – For me I’d have to say Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Zeni Geva, King Crimson, really too many to list.

Greg – Lately for me has been 70’s prog and Hard Rock. Some drummers like Matt Cameron, David Garibaldi and Bill Bruford lately too have had influence on my playing and style.

What first got you into music?

Stephen – My dad mostly. He had a listening room full of records and was also a guitar player. I always had access to guitars and there was always music playing in the background. It was a natural progression to start playing in a band.

Greg – By age 11 I started to listen to music more seriously. A relative played “…And Justice for All” for the first time, and I was floored by how heavy it was. It of course musically changed for me over the years, but I never looked back and listened to music the same since then and have been playing in bands since.

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

Stephen – That’s a tough one. Maybe Mike Scheidt? I feel like he could make a great acoustic album that I could get into.

Greg – Kim Thayil and Robert Fripp

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

Stephen – Maybe Psychofest or Hellfest? Both seem like they’d be a killer way to spend a weekend.

Greg – Wacken or Pink Pop. Great bands have played that, and it looks really fun.

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

Stephen – Ha I can’t say I’ve ever received anything but a beer, shot, some smoke or a place to crash after the show.

Greg – A Bible, some smoked pork and cheese with a cutting board and knife.

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

Stephen – Really just thanks for listening, it helps us keep momentum.

Greg – Yes, thanks for listening to our weirdness and being supportive.

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

Stephen – Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan. I’d love to see them live.

Greg – Neil Peart

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

Stephen – I really enjoy just creating art. Bringing it to fruition with a show or an album is just icing on the cake. As far as what I hate, not much really.

Greg – Playing my instrument. Being creative, experimenting and constantly learning. Nothing really to hate.

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

Stephen – Man we pretty much do everything ourselves, so we don’t get exposed too much to the “industry” side. I guess one change would be giving more back to the artist from streams. It’s pretty wild how little is kicked back to the artist when it comes to streaming royalties even though some gains have been made.

Greg -Agreed, giving more back to the artist. A lot of blood and sweat go into doing what we do. We love doing it and doing it on our own budget can put limitations on things we would pursue more of. To have something to keep the engine moving is always a plus of course, but all we know is the way we have been doing it, so no complaints…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Stephen – King Crimson “USA”

Greg – Soundgarden “Superuknown”

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

Stephen – Honestly, I mostly listen to music in the car or while running so typically I listen to downloads from bandcamp.  That being said, when it comes to sound quality vinyl has that 3D vibe that you don’t hear from other media. 

Greg – I do downloads, mostly because I’m running around a lot. But I do enjoy vinyl and cassettes when I’m sitting still.

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

Stephen – Hmmm we had a pretty good gig in Nola at circle bar a few years ago. We need to get back there soon.

Greg – Same

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

Stephen – Music is only part time for me and I have to keep a day job as a mechanical integrity project manager to keep the cash flowing. If I could make a living doing music fulltime I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Greg – Probably running sound or studio engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen – My closest family and friends. Can’t go wrong there.

Greg – Robin Williams, James Gandolphini, Neal Peart, Miles Davis and George Harrison

What’s next for the band?

Stephen – Continue writing, wait for this Covid shit to die down and see where we land after these two upcoming albums are released.

Greg – Writing, playing shows when the pandemic is done and releasing more albums.

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

www.radiantknife.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/radiant_knife/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Stephen – I don’t have a clue but they look like a Pepperidge Farm cookie to me. The fancy kind my grandma used to buy.

Greg – Well I haven’t had one of these tasty looking treats, so I haven’t the clue dear sir…

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

Stephen – Just thanks for the interview and helping us get the word out. Cheers!

Greg – Thanks for the interview and everyone taking the time to read the interview.

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EMQ’s with GATES OF PARADOX

EMQ’s with GATES OF PARADOX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York USA Power Metallers, Gates of Paradox. Huge thanks to guitarist, Zane Knight, 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?

This is Zane Knight from Gates of Paradox, and I play guitar. We formed as a band in 2015 in Rochester NY, and we play a style under the power metal umbrella, with elements of other styles of metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our singer, Daniel Parker, mostly came up with the name. We were throwing around the idea of the word “paradox” for a while, and it was Dan who put “Gates of” in front of it, and we loved it. We thought it was like describing entry into another dimension, where things may not seem to make sense like you would assume they would. This fit with our style, as we try to blend some elements in our sound that most people would not associate with power metal, but we somehow work it in!

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

We are from Rochester NY in the USA. At the time we formed, most of the metal bands in our area were either death metal, or metal-core. We basically formed our style in opposition to those movements, choosing melody and musicianship as our strongpoints, instead of being heavy for the sake of being heavy. It was a contest, and we were not participating, haha.

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

Our latest release is our self-titled and self-produced debut album which was released last December. It was definitely a difficult work to make, but we’re super proud of it!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are into all kinds of metal. We love power metal, and traditional heavy metal, but we are also into thrash, neoclassical, death metal, black metal, and folk metal. We try not to limit ourselves in our influences, as we believe the more the merrier!

What first got you into music?

I know we’ve all had our different introductions. Daniel has always been into music growing up, since his parents are into metal as well. I was always into music, but I didn’t heavily get into metal until I was introduced to it by the Guitar Hero video game series, and I was hooked. I know it’s embarrassing, but that’s how it happened for me, and I can’t lie haha. For Eddy our other guitar player, I believe his mother gave him an AC/DC live album, and that started him down his slippery slope into the metal world.

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

I (Zane) would love to collaborate with a big power metal band, like Blind Guardian, that would be a dream come true. Another killer artist we as a band would all love to have guest on our album though, is King Diamond. Danny is a huge King fan (as many of us in the band are) and having that arrangement made would nearly give us a heart attack from the excitement and joy haha.

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

Wacken festival for sure. The style we play is more like the European bands we’re fans of, and playing alongside those bands, to thousands of people, in that amazing festival, would be complete euphoria.

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

Actual money! Somewhat joking haha. But seriously, we love what we do, so when people pay us for our music or merch, it means the world to us. We don’t do it for the money, but it’s a nice bonus when it happens!

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

Thank you so much for all the love and support! When people tell us about how they enjoy our music, it makes it all worth it in the end, and motivates us to keep on rocking.

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

Ronnie James Dio. I never got the chance to see him, and I would kill to see the man himself in the flesh. RIP.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is the creation of art that others can enjoy as well. There’s not a better feeling in the world than when you put your heart and soul into a piece of music, and someone tells you that it touched them. You know your mission has been accomplished. As far as what I hate, I hate lugging equipment around everywhere. It sucks as a tiny dude, carrying a half stack guitar amp down the flight of stairs at my apartment by myself, but hey, that’s the name of the game, you gotta do what you gotta do haha.

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

I wish bands could make a living from album sales like the old days. Obviously, in the digital age things have changed and this is no longer possible, but I dream about it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Too many to count! One of my personal favorites is the self-titled Wintersun album, but I feel guilty naming just that one, as there’s so many I’ve left out.

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

For music recorded in the digital age, I think CD’s are best. They are the highest quality digital format available and having the hard copy that you can back up digitally is perfect. I like vinyl for old albums which were mixed and mastered for an analogue medium, but I think most new vinyl doesn’t make sense, since the songs are mixed and mastered to be listened to on digital formats, so on vinyl you’re only going down in quality. I like to have a CD though to hold in my hands, I love reading the lyrics, and seeing who participated in the album’s creation. Nothing like the smell of a new booklet!

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

Hard to say for sure, I’m sure one of the best we’ve played is our album release show! Other than that, I really loved the shows we played opening for UDO and for Unleash the Archers.

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

That’s hard to say, currently as a day job, I work in the billing department for hospitals in the area, so that’s something haha. If I didn’t have music as a hobby, I would probably be playing a lot more video games and skateboarding, basically being not as productive as I could be!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmmm.. I would personally like to invite, 1. Neil Degrasse Tyson, 2. Tobias Sammet 3. Tuomas Holopainen, 4. King Diamond, and 5. James Rolfe. What a group that would be!

What’s next for the band?

We’re still waiting on the world to open up before we take the stage again, but we’re going over some new material that we’re super excited about!

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

We use Facebook and Bandcamp mostly, and I believe we have an Instagram and YouTube as well!
www.gatesofparadox.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/GatesOfParadoxOfficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0liuBxLKWfEHtgBppFVXYg
www.instagram.com/gates_of_paradox/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

As an American who is probably wrong, they are more of a cake to me.

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

Thank you! If you like catchy melodies and shredding guitars check us out! Make sure to check out all the other cool bands on Ever-Metal as well!

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