Intruder – Re-issues


Intruder – Re-issues
A Higher Form of Killing/Escape From Pain EP/Psycho Sava
Lusitanian Records
Release Date: 27/11/2020
Running Time: 46:42/29:24/54:17
Review by Simon Black
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So, back in the day when Thrash had emerged from the underground and the Big Four were now filling arenas, there was a second wave of bands that never got anything like the same kind of exposure shortly before the scene collapsed under the waves of change. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee (“It’s a Music City Jim, but not as we know it”) Intruder were very much of this second wave, with a debut Speed Metal album that no-one heard, shortly followed by these three releases once they were signed to Metal Blade, that were released over a three-year period. Although they toured extensively in the continental USA, Canada and Mexico they were completely unknown over here in Europe until bands like Morbid Angel started namedropping them in interviews. But by then in 1992 though, they had been dropped from Metal Blade, although tensions within the band at the time meant they may well have folded anyway. Either way, apart from a couple of brief reformations in the intervening decades, that was your lot.

Cut to 2019, and the band have apparently reformed and were a thing again, although clearly Covid got in the way, but more tragically guitarist Greg Messick also passed away in September of last year. So, with nothing new on the horizon, those Metal Blade releases have found a new home and the opportunity for the rest of the world to see what all the fuss was about.

“A Higher Form Of Killing” was their first full Thrash influenced piece, although there’s enough of a carry-over of the Speed Metal sound (particularly in the largely cleaner vocal approach) that I can see this band attracting both Thrashers and the more traditionally inclined audience back in the day. Think of a much more rough and ready sounding Randy Rampage-era Annihilator, with a snort of Nuclear Assault for good measure and baked in an oven with Flotsam & Jetsam for forty-eight minutes. Musically though this album is definitely without the classically trained virtuosity of a Jeff Waters, but that said there is no shortage of technical skill in the band (although some of that classical sound comes on later releases), with some blisteringly fast time changes and clever switches in style mid-song. Overall, I am taken back to my youth by the energy, naivety and two raised fingers in the general direction of L.A. that this whole movement was about. The only negative here is that the mix does not seem to have been given much of a remaster, and the quality of the production is definitely of the day.

The “Escape From Pain” EPat the time wasn’t giving the fans much that was new. A Chicago cover to open with, one new track that gives the release its title and three old favourites from their (at the time) scarce first album – the band were the first to admit that at the time it was done so they could have an excuse to tour. What it does benefit from is a much better recording sound that still retains the energy, but actually gives you a chance to hear what vocalist Jimmy Hamilton was capable of (he’s almost lost in the mix on ‘Higher Form’). The ‘25 or 6 to 4’cover probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but seems something of an oddity thirty years later. The title track however is positively epic, and with a running time of nearly nine minutes is something of a novelty for a genre that prided itself on Speed of delivery. It’s complex, clever and technically brilliant, but sound wise suffers from the absence of budget or engineering expertise in the studio, and there’s more of this approach to come on the next release. The remaining tracks are pure speed metal, and give an insight into their pre-Thrash Speed Metal direction, but frankly the song writing of the later material shows much more maturity, but again, it seems that little could be done to remaster for the age we live in.

By the time we get to “Psycho Savant”we are clearly listening to a band that took a long time to find their own sound, which is possibly not surprising in a state dominated by its contribution to Country music. Although it lacks the naïve charm of “A Higher Form Of Killing”, it’s got the richest sound of the three and distils all the skills they’ve developed along the way into an album that holds the attention despite the average run time of its songs being in the seven-minute bracket. The musicianship is many orders of magnitude improved and despite the flood of complex time changes, this baby just flows. It also balances the two forces of Speed and Thrash Metal, not to mention a healthy portion of emerging Power Metal and it would really have been interesting to see where this would have taken them in the years to come had they continued through the wilderness years that Grunge and Nu-Metal wrought on the scene. There’s also a lyrical maturity in here that feels ahead of its time, most noticeably on ‘Geri’s Lament’, which tackled the disturbing subject of the appalling treatment of older folks in care homes, with righteous anger at those that pocketed the money of those for whom they were supposed to be caring for.

Either way, this is a fascinating insight into an act that deserved far more attention than they got at the time and who hopefully are not gone for good.

TRACKLISTINGS:
A Higher Form Of Killing (1989)
01. Time Of Trouble
02. The Martyr
03. Genetic Genocide
04. Second Chance
05. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
06. Killing Winds
07. The Sentence Is Death
08. Agents Of The Dark (M.I.B.)
09. Antipathy
10. Mr. Death

Escape From Pain EP (1990)
01. 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago Cover)
02. Escape From Pain
03. Cold-Blooded Killer
04. Kiss Of Death
05. T.M. (You Paid The Price)

Psycho Savant (1991)
01. Face Of Hate
02. Geri’s Lament (When)
03. The Enemy Within
04. It’s A Good Life
05. Invisible
06. Traitor To The Living
07. Final Word
08. N.G.R.I.

LINE-UP:
Jimmy Hamilton – Vocals
Arthur Vinett – Guitar
Greg Messick – Guitar
Todd Nelson – Bass
John Pieroni – Drums

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EMQ’s with FIRING SQUAD

EMQ’s with FIRING SQUAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Woodstock, New York based Thrash Metal band, Firing Squad. Huge thanks to guitarist Jack Weiss 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 Jack Weiss. I play rhythm guitar in Firing Squad. I met Will Lange at a heavy metal workshop hosted by Scott Ian of Anthrax in 2015. We’re still tight with Scott to this day. Will and I were in a band together from 2015 to 2019. After that band broke up, we started Firing Squad with Alan Rosenbaum on drums and Elliot Mangione on bass.

How did you come up with your band name?

We named the band after the song ‘Firing Squad’ by Power Trip. Riley Gale Forever.

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

We’re from Woodstock, New York. A great place to live if you want to be a washed-up hippie who plays the blues. There’s not much going on in terms of punk or metal.

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

We released the “American Carnage” EP in February, and our new single, ‘Police State of Mind’ comes out November 10th.

‘American Carnage’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Anthrax, Megadeth, Power Trip, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

My parents introduced me to a lot of the music I love. Growing up, I watched The Yellow Submarine religiously. From there, my dad put me on to The Ramones and a bunch of other classic punk.

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

Jello Biafra, without a doubt. He’s a total genius and a big inspiration.

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

Gizzfest in Australia. I’m a huge fan of all the bands on Flightless Records.

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

The clap!

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

Don’t trust anyone over 30.

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

Vince Neil.

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

The most rewarding aspect for me is songwriting. I’ve got nothing to hate. I just want to make good music.

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

Higher emphasis on artistry as opposed to profits.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“New Clear Days” by The Vapors. Great band, great album. Couldn’t tell you how many hundreds of times I’ve listened to it. Their other two records are amazing too. “Magnets” and “Together”. Check them out!

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

Vinyl for sure.

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

We played a crazy show at Dad Shack in Oneonta, New York. Don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore.

Great energy, tons of kids. Our gigs in Oney always went the hardest.

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

Dedicating myself to a life of crime.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phoebe Bridgers, Arik Ancelin, Noam Chomsky, Joan Jett, and Ty Segall.

What’s next for the band?

Our new single ‘Police State of Mind’ comes out November 10th. So we’re hyping that up as well as writing new material and getting ready to record again.

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

For social media, we use Instagram and Facebook. For streaming we prefer Spotify.

www.instagram.com/firingsquadofficial/
www.facebook.com/firingsquadofficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/47lDAPYSirKNnYAPOnC1P1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ll have to try one and find out.

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

Make sure to check out our EP “American Carnage” available everywhere! Keep your eyes out for ‘Police State of Mind’. It’s our best track yet. Thanks!

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EMQ’s with MADZILLA

EMQ’s with MADZILLA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Las Vegas, Nevada based Thrash Metal band Madzilla. 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?

Hi! Thank you for having us at Ever Metal!

Madzilla are David Cabezas (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Daniel Gortaire (Bass/Background Vocals), David Oliveri (Guitar/Background Vocals), and Robert Wiggin (Drums).

Madzilla started as a project David C had. The Band officially launched in 2018, but the project itself began years earlier, when an unfortunate car accident, in which David lost a great childhood friend, lead to the creation of the band’s earliest single “Judgment Day”, a song dedicated to the final moments of life, and the loss of a loved one. Having a few songs written, David felt the need to get these ideas and feelings heard, which lead to the creation of Madzilla LV.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Madzilla” is a metaphoric representation of the dark side of human nature. It represents the need to rule, and the unstoppable search for power that can take over a person’s mind. “Madzilla” itself is an insane version of the fictional monster “Godzilla”. “Godzilla” is a wild animal therefore he hunts and kills for survival. “Madzilla” on the other hand enjoys blood and destruction, and kills and destroys for its own rise to power.

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

Madzilla is based in The United States, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The local Metal Scene here is good. There are several venues that often have metal shows booked, and there is very good response from audiences around the city. Las Vegas being as entertainment driven as it is, gives a wide variety of opportunities to local bands to perform and get good amounts of exposure.

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

The “Vengeance” EP is our latest release. It delivers a hefty mix of melodic, classic thrash-metal, reminiscent of the likes of Megadeth, Metallica and Iron Maiden.

It’s available on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

We just released a music video featuring our latest single ‘The Last Goodbye’, which, lyrically, describes the frustration that arises when trapped in one’s own world, and the inability to see the light when surrounded by it.

The Last Goodbye (Official Video)

Vengeance  (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

David C: Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, and Zakk Wylde

Daniel: Metallica, Rammstein, Sepultura, Kiss, and Rob Zombie.

Robert: Kiss (Eric Carr of course), Iron Maiden, and Overkill, Tommy Aldridge, and Nick Mensa

David O: My musical influences are Iron Maiden, Steve Vai, and Guthrie Govan.

What first got you into music?

David C: When I was 13, a friend of mine showed me a bunch of songs he was into. I wasn’t really into most of his stuff, but when Metallica’s ‘One’ played, I was blown away!! I could not believe something like that existed. By the end of the song I remember saying to myself “This is exactly what I want to do with my life!”

Daniel: I was a little 10 year old boy when a friend introduced me to Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’, and Sepultura’s ‘Arise’. When I first heard the sound of distorted guitar chords, I knew my life would be filled with endless Rock Music love

Robert: Seeing Kiss when I was super little made me wanna be a RockStar, and Eric Carr made me want to be a drummer.

David O: Iron Maiden has always been an influence of mine. In particular, I have always enjoyed and learned from Adrian Smith’s playing.

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

Five Finger Death Punch probably, since they’re from Vegas as well, it would be a good experience.

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

Resurrection Fest in Spain, or Rock in Rio. Because we like traveling and learning from different cultures.

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

David C: A fan once asked me out

Daniel: Drinking moonshine out of a plastic bag

Robert: His iguana to take on tour in Japan

David O: A fan once sent me a picture of her son

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

Never give up! Always follow your instinct, and don’t give up, no matter what!

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

Dimebag Derrell

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

One of the things we enjoy most is playing live shows. We love the interaction with fans, it’s the main reason why we do this. We hate when we have to drive through snow while touring!

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

How expensive it has become

Name one of your all-time favourite albums

David C: Metallica’s “And Justice For All…”

Daniel: Pantera’s “Vulgar Display of Power”

Robert (Drums): Kiss’ “Creatures of the Night”

David O (Guitar): Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”

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

All of them have great things about them, our answer is all of the above haha!

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

Our best show was definitely at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It was one of the shows we did on our latest tour, this past February, alongside metal legends, Soulfly. We were really in it that night, and of course the audience played a big part on that. We feed on the audience’s energy, and that night the crowd was very alive, which made us rock!

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

David C: There was never a doubt in my mind that music was the path for me. I have no idea what my life would be like without it.

Daniel: Music has always been like a language to me. It’s my way to express myself. It has never gotten on the way of other things in my life, such as video directing, cooking, or even being an athlete, I believe it all works together.

Robert: If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be teaching rock history I believe.

David O: Probably Dancing

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

David C: Zakk Wylde, Alissa White-Gluz, Bruce Dickinson, Mike Portnoy, Robert Trujillo

Daniel: Zakk Wylde, John 5, Scott Ian, Dee Schneider, James Hetfield

Robert: Jim Morrison, Lonn Friend, Eric Carr, Lemmy, Phil Spector

David O: Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Patrick Stuart, David Bowie

What’s next for the band?

Touring!

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

www.madzillalvband.com/
www.facebook.com/MadzillaLV
www.instagram.com/madzillalv
www.youtube.com/channel/UCd5IaGtujBwjgidOMfIZyJw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7mUgbySqW8IrSowDLFIX0a

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a biscuit!

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

Thank you so much, we’re thrilled to be a part of this!

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EMQ’s with BOMBSCARE

EMQ’s with BOMBSCARE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bakersfield, California based Thrash Metal band, Bombscare. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist, Patrick Murphy, 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 Patrick Murphy, I’m the vocalist/bassist of the band. Myself and my brother/guitarist Tom founded the band the end of 2013. At first it was just a studio thing because we couldn’t find members. But we eventually got a drummer in 2015 and played as a 3 piece for a good while. We put out our first release “T-Minus…” in 2017 and did a small tour to support it. On the road we realized something was missing, so we brought in a second guitar player, and that solidified the line-up we have today. We put out an EP in March this year, titled “Bastions of Blood”, but due to the current state of things we can’t tour, so we’re just writing and doing behind the scenes stuff until we can get back on the road.

How did you come up with your band name?

I smoked some weed, sat on the couch, and tried to think of a cool band name, and Bombscare kept coming back to me. I did a quick internet search, and nothing came up at the time so that was that.

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

We’re based out of Bakersfield, Ca which is the lower mid part of the state. We’re about two hours north of LA. There isn’t much of a thrash metal scene here, it’s more of a hardcore thing here as far as heavy music goes. So, we play a lot of hardcore shows here, not that that’s a bad thing. I honestly prefer mixed genre gigs. But if we want to play with other thrash/death bands we usually have to travel.

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

Our latest release is an EP, “Bastions of Blood”. Our buddy Issac Sanchez (Trinity Sound Studios) did our tracking, and we were blessed with the opportunity to work with Bill Metoyer (Skull Seven Productions). The artwork is a colab of my friends Britton Shrum (New Wasteland Design) and Joe Ortega (Useless Artworks). The EP’s available on CD and all digital formats.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My favourite band is Forced Entry. They were based out of Seattle, Wa, and were active from 84-95. I first found out about them a little late (maybe 6 years ago), but when I first heard them, I was floored. They changed the way I go about making my own music. So, without Forced Entry, style wise, Bombscare would be a very different band.

What first got you into music?

Metallica and Iron Maiden made me love music. I got “Master of Puppets” and “Powerslave” as a kid and it was game over for me, that was it!

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

That’s a tough one. If I’m shooting for the top here, it would be an honour to do something with Exodus. But on a more achievable level, I would love to do something with my buddies in Paralysis or Intent.

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

Wacken. That’s self-explanatory.

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

This didn’t happen in Bombscare, but one time I signed this kid’s rotten ass shoe he was wearing. That was pretty messed up.

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

Thank you for being a fan. You have no idea how much any level of support is appreciated.

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

I wish they were all still here. It’s really hard to answer that one but I guess I’ll go with Cliff Burton. I love Newsted, but it would be really interesting to see what could have been, you know what I mean?

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

It’s the only thing that makes me happy. I live and breathe my music. Being on stage is my therapy, if you see us live, I think you would pick up on that pretty easily. I hate the business end of things. I handle pretty much all of it in the group and it kind of sucks the life out of you! But if you have aspirations in this game, it’s what you have to do.

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

I wish there was more artist development on the label/management end. It seems as though no one will touch you with a ten foot poll unless you’ve got huge numbers on social media, which is a crock of shit in my opinion, because anyone can just get numbers and it doesn’t equate to talent. I’d rather have a smaller number and it be all organic then having a large number that has no idea who you are. Social media is a blessing and a curse. But hey, what do I know?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Here’s a few.
Forced Entry- “As Above, So Below”
Razor- “Shotgun Justice”
Solstice- “Solstice”
Forbidden- “Twisted Into Form”
Vio-Lence- “Oppressing The Masses”
Dark Angel- “Time Does Not Heal”
Demolition Hammer- “Tortured Existence”
Nuclear Assault- “Handle With Care”
Exhorder- “The Law”

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

I like CD’s best, but I know vinyl is super popular. I don’t get the cassette thing. I’m old enough to remember dealing with them. They suck and they break!

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

Opening for Skeletal Remains was a lot of fun.

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

Exactly what I’m doing now. I’m a body piercer and a stagehand. I love both of my jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties. I’m pretty antisocial, kind of counter intuitive for being a frontman but it is what it is.

What’s next for the band?

With the whole Covid thing, all our plans for this year are shot. So, I guess all there is to do is write, demo, rehearse, and figure out what to do when concerts exist again. If we get the finances in order, I would love to buy on to a larger tour package.

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

www.facebook.com/bombscareband
www.instagram.com/bombscareband

Our music is available at
bombscare.hearnow.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to look up what that was. I guess I would call it a cake, but the term biscuit has different meanings in the US and UK, so I guess it could go either way.

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

Thank you for the interview and thank you to everyone that reads this. Bombscare is:

Patrick Murphy: vocals/bass
Tom Murphy: guitar
Gar Flores: guitar
Fernando “Nano” Villagran: drums