EMQs with Second Wind

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago based Melodic Hardcore band Second Wind. Huge thanks to drummer Brad, Vocalist Dane, and Bass player Jordan 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?
Brad: Hi! I’m Brad and I play drums in Second Wind.
This band started out as my own private idea around March 2018. Loving melodic hardcore but also knowing I’d need additional band members to get this new band off the ground, I plunged ahead and started reaching out to friends. I’m grateful to say that just a few short years later, our first EP is almost finished, and man, are we ready to release it!
After his return from Colorado, my good friend Dane and I met up so I could share the music and discuss his interest with him. To my excitement, he loved the songs right away, and we’ve been working on the band as a group ever since. Jordan recently joined us on bass, and he’s been an excellent addition to the band!
Jordan: I’m Jordan, I play bass. I joined the band not too long ago but I’m proud to be a part of this great group of guys. 2020 is going to be a great year!
Dane: Brad nailed the history, but I’m Dane and I am the vocalist. Brad, like he said, came to me shortly after I moved back to the Chicago area from Denver. The music got me from the start and joining up originally as the guitarist, but then switching to vocals has been a crazy experience for me. A great one though, and one I’m happy to be a part of, but a whole new world from previous bands.
How did you come up with your band name?
Brad: I love answering this question! Having been a musician since age 16 and knowing I wanted to play music the rest of my life, I have long since recognized the need to continually push forward. I learned that there are moments in life where no one but you will be encouraging you to take that next step. In the midst of a season of massive life change for me, I realized I needed to buckle down like never before and get it done – especially in launching a new band. So, I thought for a few nights and realized my “second wind” had come; hence the name.
Jordan: The name was already established before I joined, but I think it’s a great fit for the band and our goals. The name also represents the hard work and dedication that Brad put into getting the band off the ground.
What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
Brad: We are all from the United States. The US has an amazing metal scene. People here are very passionate about metal and regularly attend shows; often selling them out.
I have seen so much good come out of the metal community. There are so many people, myself included, who have found a community and common experience in the metal scene. People have done benefit shows, fundraisers, and co-ops all as part of the metal and hardcore scene. It’s a vibrant group of people who love the same kind of music and want to see lives and worlds changed in the midst of heavy riffs and nasty beats.
I have also made lifelong friends and had experiences of a lifetime with bands I’ve played in, and bands we’ve had the pleasure of playing with. In large part, everyone is so supportive, and people want to see you do well. I love it!
Jordan: We are from the US and there are so many different “metal scenes” that are unique in their own way. I’m most familiar with the Chicago scene and I love it. Everyone is so friendly and open minded. We have some great bands in the area that are picking up momentum so keep an eye out!
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
Brad: Our latest release is “Apathy”, the second single from our upcoming EP, “Indispensable”. If you love bands like Counterparts; Gideon; Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!; and Wage War, you’ll love this track. We’ve already had worldwide radio play on this track; something we’re super grateful for. A number of radio hosts have given us 5/5 ratings through RDX Promo, our radio partner. Give it a spin today!
Jordan: Apathy is the latest single and an absolute banger if you ask me. It’s catchy but unique and has a positive, uplifting lyrical message that I think many people can relate to.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Brad: I love all kinds of bands, from metalcore, to death metal, to hardcore, and even ambient artists like Eluvium. My top five of all time are August Burns Red; Killswitch Engage; Unearth; Hammock; and Cloudkicker. Ben Sharp is super impressive with the stuff he puts out; his mind is inventive. I grew up on bands like P.O.D.; Project 86; and Rage Against the Machine. These bands helped set the foundation for what I love today.
Jordan: Lately, I’ve been influenced a lot by Phinehas, Of Mice & Men, Polaris, and Gideon. I do, however, appreciate and try to learn from many other genres.
What first got you into music?
Brad: So many different things! I think I first fell in love with music listening to P.O.D.’s album “Satellite”. That changed the game for me, at the time. I instantly connected with the music and knew there was something unique and powerful out there, unlike anything else I had ever heard. They put so much passion and purpose into their music, I couldn’t help but look deeper. Sure enough, just a few months later I was discovering other bands, and the rest is history, as they say. Music is my biggest passion in life.
Jordan: My parents met in the college marching band, so music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up on classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, etc. In middle school, I discovered Avenged Sevenfold. I played in a school band, but I started experimenting with drums and guitar in my own time and became drawn to distorted guitars and fast drums.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Brad: I would love to write a song with Unearth or Ben Sharp of Cloudkicker. They produce some of my favourite riffs of all time. They also know how to write a well-packaged song, and that’s what’s kept me a fan of theirs for this long. They are good at taking conventional ideas and turning them upside down.
Jordan: If I had to pick one… I’d say Gideon. They just seem to write songs a little differently than everyone else and I’d love to pick their brains.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Brad: I would love to play Wacken Open Air. That one is legendary!
Jordan: Hellfest! I just remember watching videos of it in my college classes and wishing I could be there to experience it. Playing it… would be insane.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Brad: I don’t know about weirdest… Fortunately, nothing has weirded or creeped me out haha. Though I have gotten some great high-fives and hugs in my day, and that is the absolute best! I always return the favour.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Brad: Thank you for supporting us; tell us what your favourite song of ours is, and why you like it so much!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Brad: Either Chuck Schuldiner from Death, or Nick Menza from Megadeth. Schuldiner because he wrote so much advanced material for their time, or Menza because he was a great drummer on some iconic Megadeth albums.
Jordan: Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Brad: The opportunity to bring an idea together with like-minded friends and have the time of your life. Music is such a gift to the world. Also, as Jordan says, the only downside to being a musician is if it’s not your full-time job yet. Though we are working on that becoming a reality.
Jordan: Being able to express myself freely. Also feeling a song come together as a payoff for hard work. The only thing I don’t like about being a musician is having to work a job that pays for my gear and stuff. It takes away from the time I could spend practicing or writing.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Brad: I would want musicians to see that they don’t have to flounder from a business perspective. There are dozens of tools out there, that when properly used, actually move your music career forward. We have built a Facebook page of nearly 1,000 real fans and almost 50 email subscribers in just a few months because we’re using proven strategies.
Jordan: I wish some people were more accepting and open minded to new bands. There are so many newer bands that don’t get the credit they deserve.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Brad: “Phantom Anthem” by August Burns Red.
Jordan: “City of Evil” by Avenged Sevenfold.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Brad: They all have value! Whatever floats your boat. That being said, CD’s to me still have the most value, because you can easily listen in your car if desired, on a home stereo, you can pop that bad boy in your laptop for digitization, and still have the CD artwork and lyrics to admire. It’s the whole package!
Jordan: Cassettes have sentimental value to me because I had a truck in high school that only had a cassette player. My mom gave me a box of cassettes that she had from college, so I was always jamming Appetite for Destruction and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Brad: My old band The Aperture Schematic got to open for Insomnium at The Forge in Joliet, IL. That was a moment I’ll never forget. Since Second Wind just got launched in July 2019, we are still ramping up for our first show, but we hope to hit the stage around late spring or early summer.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Brad: That’s a hard question…. I can’t imagine music not in my life! If I weren’t a musician though, I’d be writing and publishing books – which is what I already do in my spare time. Writing is my second biggest passion in life.
Jordan: I’m an aircraft mechanic so I would probably just be working a lot of overtime. I’d probably also be fixing and collecting motorcycles.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Brad: John L. Mason, Tim Lambesis, Rand Paul, Matt Greiner, and Bruce Dickinson. Just like Jordan, this is a very strange combination, but they are all good thinkers, and I’d love to meet them (or re-meet them) and hear what they have to say about various topics in life. I’m sure there’d be memorable discussions!
Jordan: Glenn Fricker, Jared Dines, Jared Keeso, Eliza Taylor, and Kevin Windham. Weird combination but I’d love the chance to meet all of them.
What’s next for the band?
Brad: Like Jordan said, our EP release is the next big checkbox. We need to get a good launch for that, and then hopefully shortly thereafter (or coinciding), we’ll have our first few shows.
Jordan: The EP is coming very soon! Then it’ll be time to hit the stage.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Brad: We are active on all the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In addition to those, we work on our Bandcamp and Spotify presence.
We also have our email list here, which you can sign up for to get exclusive goodies and sneak peeks before anyone else does (seriously; you don’t want to miss out!).
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Brad: I’ll be honest; I had to look up what a jaffa cake is! Haha. Never heard of one before. To me, they look like a biscuit, but it looks like it’d taste more like cake. Whatever it is, it looks yummy!
Jordan: Not entirely sure. They look good though. Can I say none of the above?!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Brad: We really appreciate you interviewing us! Be sure to rock “Apathy” if you loved this interview.
Jordan: Thank you for having us!
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EMQ’s with Lonescar


EMQ’s with Lonescar

Hi everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Texan Metal band Lonescar! Huge thanks to guitarist, Micheal Perez and vocalist, Brian Valdibia for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
M – I’m Michael Perez and I play guitar for the band Lonescar. This band essentially evolved from a middle school talent show performance. Members came and went over time because it wasn’t taken seriously at all. Playing music was as much as a hobby as playing video games; it was just something to do on the weekends at a friend’s house. It wasn’t until 2013 when the members at the time buckled down and decided to take this seriously, which was short-lived after “adulting” kicked in. In 2015, we recruited a second guitarist, Joe Luera, and our current vocalist, Brian Valdibia. Joe had to bow out of the band due to personal reasons. So, this current incarnation of Lonescar started in 2018, which is the first time the band officially performed and started writing as a four-piece. This band always had two guitarists, and after our 4th one left, I just grew tired from the thought of teaching some new guy our set for the umpteenth time. But I do believe that as a four-piece, the true essence of Lonescar is captured.
B – My name is Brian Valdibia, and I’m the lead vocalist is the band. Lonescar was formed in mid-late 2013 and had built a nice following and had some big name shows under their belt, I found out about them in 2015 through a mutual friend who happened to be a sit-in drummer that they had before J.C. I had a similar band at the time, we were both young, thrashy, and hungry and as soon as I met and saw these guys play once I knew we would kill it if I was fronting this band. (Brian’s responses are highlighted)
How did you come up with your band name?
I didn’t, these guys already had it when I joined, I thought it was clever, funny, and catchy.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
M – I am from the greatest “country” on God’s green Earth – The Lone Star state of Texas. Texas is HUGE and the musical scenes vary depending on which part of the state you’re in. We are from the southernmost region of Texas called the Rio Grande Valley. As far as metal goes, I’d say everything is standard. It’s not until you dig in to the alternative and rock scene where the heavy Tex-Mex influence is present. A lot of Latin sounds and imagery are injected into the music.
B – We’re from the states, Texas to be exact, and our metal scene as a whole is “good”, but we’re from a primarily Mexican/Hispanic area, so a lot of poverty, places go out of business all the time so it’s hard to keep venues and bars open for metal bands to play at.
But when there’s support, THERE’S SUPPORT!
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
M – Our upcoming release “Lust for the End” will be coming out in January 2020. It will have 11 songs, all of which we wrote as a four-piece. It is a really dynamic record because each member has their own unique taste in music, yet we are all tied by a thread due to our common influences with bands such as Pantera, Lamb of God, Gojira, Mastodon, etc. So, do not be surprised if there are some 2009 metalcore elements in one song and then full-blown death metal in the next song.
B – Our latest release will be our single “Images from Mauthausen” from our album “Lust for the End” that comes out in 1/31/2020. The single will be available for streaming on 12/13/19, it’s a hell of a banger so y’all need to check it out! We also have a couple of more singles/goodies coming out before the end of the year, so keep those eyes peeled!
Who have been your greatest influences?
M – My journey through metal and rock started with the classics. It’s common for people my age, when they were kids, to start with the modern and heavy shit from the get-go and then find their way back to the old goodies. So, when I picked up the guitar and developed an interest in music, all I knew was KISS, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. As far as my approach on guitar goes, my foundation is built upon Ace Frehley and Jimmy Page. So, I’m not one to shy away from some gritty pentatonic runs when it is necessary, and then I eventually stumbled upon the great Dimebag Darrell, which is basically a given if you grow up in Texas. The person that kind of nudged me into the pool of shredding and melody was Synyster Gates, so he has a small place in my heart for that. I then fell in love with the bends and exotic style of Marty Friedman – you can hear some of those nuances in some of my lead playing. The last person to make an impact on me was Oli Herbert from All That Remains. His style was just beautiful aggression, and he is the reason why I picked up an Ibanez Xiphos.
B – Life in general, I get influenced by pretty much anything I consider beautiful to this world. Art, movies, literature. If you mean music wise, I would have to say John Lennon, Dallas Green, and Phil Anselmo just to name a few but honestly way too many to list.
What first got you into music?
M – I can’t really remember the exact moment I got into music, nor can I recall exactly why I wanted to play guitar in the first place. Growing up, I remember listening to George Strait and The Eagles a lot with my dad, and when I hung out with my uncle, there was always KISS playing around the house. I was just always exposed to music, and I guess it helped that I was around people that were obsessed with the music they listened to. Nobody in my family plays any instruments, so I am really perplexed as to why I got into this stuff. Shit just happens!
B – I’ve always liked music, some of my earliest memories are listening to tapes and spending hrs. playing with them, my mother loves to sing so the house was always blasting the stereo and my step dad played drums so that had to do a bit with it too I suppose.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
M – I would like to collab with Chris Stapleton and see how heavy we can get. I’ve always been a big fan of his voice and song writing. Then I heard his song “Blow” that he performed with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. That song riffs hard, so it would be cool to hash out an even heavier banger, and perhaps some outlaw stuff in-between.
B – Dallas Green for sure! He’s an amazing song writer. I would also love to work with kerry2smooth, he’s an amazing r’n’b guitarist and I would love to make a record like that one day. Most of the music I make by myself is really outside of metal really ha-ha!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download fest!!! or any European style festival Or Mayhem now that its back!! 😉 ACL would be cool too just cause we’re from Texas, and I would love to see most of the rappers on the bill anyway.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I once received a thong that was autographed by the guys in Havok. It was a belated birthday gift from a fan, and I still have it tucked away in a drawer somewhere. For the record, the thong was never used, although I did try it on once.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
First of all: Thank you! We often hear from fans that they wish they had more material to jam out to. We hope y’all can enjoy our latest offering!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
M – For the sake of seeing Pantera live, I would bring back Dimebag Darrell. I was in the 5th grade when he passed, and I had no idea who Pantera was at the time. I feel as if he was taken away from us too soon, and he still had a lot of music to grace us with. Obviously, what he did with Pantera was great, but I also enjoyed what he put out with Damageplan. Dude even jammed with David Allan Coe, which is awesome in my book. Perhaps in 2020, there could have been a Pantera reunion and another country collaboration with the likes of Cody Jinks.
B – Well it used to be dime but now that Vinny is gone too, I’d have to bring back two. I was born a tad too late to see Pantera.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
M – I hate practice. I hate rehearsals. I hate band expenditures. I hate the clashing of personalities and egos. I hate transporting and setting up my gear for shows. I hate maintaining my instruments and equipment. I sometimes don’t even know why I do this, until there is that moment when I step back and realize how much fun I am having with some of my best friends – my band. The memories I have partying and performing with these dudes are irreplaceable.
B – I love “The life,” sharing music with the world, sharing my thought with others, meeting new people, and seeing different places. I hate the loneliness, creative frustration, and the instability sometimes but if you work hard enough you do notice change. Just like anything else.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The way connections are, and networking is done, I think it should be focused purely on talent and actual hard work but like anything money talks.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
M – If there was a gun to my head, I would pick Green Day’s American Idiot. It is a perfect album that I jammed to every day from front to back for years. I was 9 or 10 at the time of its release, right when I was starting to become aware of our nation’s political turmoil, and the album addressed topics such as mass hysteria, war, and the struggles of the middle class. The story that followed the album’s protagonist, Jesus of Suburbia, was amazing and relatable. Green Day also managed to pull of not only one, but two rock operas in a punk album. It was all killer and no filler.
B – Dark Side of the freaking Moon!!! I can listen to it every day, or St Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band, amazing records that have stood the test of time and still sound great.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
M – Without trying to sound like a hipster, (which would be impossible in this case), I love listening to vinyl when I am in the mood to get intimate with the music. Just the ritual of pulling out a Frank Sinatra record out of its sleeve and then dropping the needle is a great feeling. Remove all distractions, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, and just take all the music in. The sound quality is also objectively better than a compressed MP3 file.
B – I love vinyl and started growing my collection, I grew up with CDs right when tapes were leaving so I have an insane amount, I’m the type of person that like physical copies but I do stream a lot too just cause of how convenient it is.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
M – My favourite gig was at the Thirsty Monkey in McAllen, Texas, which is a bar with a small stage and outdoor area. I mean, we typically played there all the time, but there was this one night in particular that was especially fun. For whatever reason, the entire crowd came to party. There were pits, beers in the air, and people pressed up against the stage with smiles on their faces. At one point 3 or 4 people jumped on stage, grabbed Brian’s microphone and started singing our songs. It was a great feeling.
B – Probably opening up for Havok, that was a killer show and we destroyed that night, anytime we’re in Fredericksburg Texas is a party too lol
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
M – I am already spreading myself thin and attending to all my aspirations at once. Writing and recording a full-length album is no walk in the park when you are also applying to medical school.
B – I’m currently finishing up my BA in anthropology so if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be doing lab work or extensive research somewhere.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
M – My idea of a dinner party is typically a lot of barbecued meat and a cooler full of Shiner Bock. I love camaraderie and engaging in conversation with people that are also not afraid to get rowdy when appropriate. That being said, I would pick Joe Rogan, Randy Blythe, Corey Taylor, Aaron Franklin, and Dave Chapelle.
B – Malcom x, John Lennon, Terence McKenna, Richard Pryor, and Richard Linklater, that’s amazing party and a great conversation.
What’s next for the band?
M – I would hope to give our album Lust for the End a proper touring cycle and light the state of Texas on fire. This is our first full-length album and it was a huge investment, so I would like for it to get as much exposure as possible.
B – Anything and everything! 2020 we are coming for you!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook, twitter, Instagram, follow on Spotify as well and make sure to add us to your playlist
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
M – I’m afraid to Google this because I do not want another “blue waffle” situation.
B – I have no idea, I googled it and it says it’s both, so I’ll go with that. Maybe send us over some so we can try them!
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We recently approached Kiara Laetitia, former vocalist with Italian power metal band Skylark, to do a feature about her new book and calendar, which were released at the beginning of December.
Here is our interview with the lady herself:
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Kiara. How are you today?
KIARA: I’m great! How are you?
So, you have a new book out titled “Never Give Up – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry” – how is that being received so far by both readers and critics?
KIARA: Actually, pretty good! Especially by musicians who found it really insightful and honest. I’m happy cause they really grasped the essence of this book, as my intent was to be very straightforward. “NEVER GIVE UP – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry” is not a manual for success, no-one can teach you that. This book is rather a checklist of the fundamental topics every musician should know to start a career in today’s music business. I also interviewed several musicians to hear their thoughts about the new music business, so I sat down with members from Ministry, Powerman 5000, Delain, Lordi (and more), but also managers and booking agents.
“NEVER GIVE UP – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry” could have easily be 500 pages long  and it’s not, because I wanted it to be accessible to as many people as possible. So, for these reasons, this book isn’t omni-comprehensive, which is why I decided to also share advice on YouTube and social media starting on January.
What made you write the book in the first place?
KIARA: Many reasons. The first being that I wish I had someone be this straightforward to me when I started out. I wish I had known all of this about the music industry. I had to learn it the hard way, by making mistakes, and failing. The second reason and what really pushed me to write this book was a couple of specific experiences as a label owner and coach who made me realize that many musicians have little knowledge of the music industry and how things work out. This makes the relationship between the industry and musicians very complicated. I’d like to share my experience, my mistakes and give insights on an industry that has been inaccurately portrayed by TV and movies.
It’s definitely a good thing that you are offering advice to new musicians. Do you wish you had this sort of reference when you were first starting out?
KIARA: Yes exactly. These days there are many books on the music industry, even though I haven’t found a single book that talks about buy-on, for instance. I didn’t start that long ago, but back in 2002/03 there was no information and the people around me didn’t offer any type of advice. At the same time, I’m glad I learned things through trial and error, because it made me who I am today. With my book, I would like to start making a change in the mentality around the music industry and offer practical help.
Where can readers get a copy of the book (and the calendar)?
KIARA: For now, they’re both available through my online shop. The book has both e-book and hard copy version. It can all be found here: http://www.bit.ly/kiaralaetitiashop.
Part of the profits of the book (and the calendar, which we will talk about in a mo.) are going towards Mental Health Illnesses. What made you choose this charity?
KIARA: In the past several years, I’ve been very vocal and active about mental health awareness. The reason is that I’m a mental illness survivor myself. I started suffering of panic attacks when I was 19, which then led to depression, and they went on and off for quite some time. It was in 2014 that I finally took action and worked on myself and taking care of my mental health. You see, we all talk about physical health, if we break an arm we go to the doctor and have it fixed, but we pay little to no attention to our mental health, to the point that, if we get mentally sick, we’re called crazy and don’t seek the help of a doctor. This stigma must finish. Our mental health is as important as our physical health and it should be treated as such! People who never dealt with mental illness think that those who have or had a mental illness are weak, while it’s actually quite the opposite. Those suffering of depression or panic attacks are actually some of the strongest people I know, as it takes a lot of strength and willpower to even get out of bed every single morning. My intention is to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and finding a way to offer financial help to those who cannot afford a psychologist or proper medication.
Mental health issues are definitely at an all-time high, aren’t they? We all need to do what we can to raise awareness.
KIARA: I think mental illnesses have always been there. Simply, like a century or even fifty years ago, people wouldn’t talk about it and would die for unknown causes. If we read certain poets and writers, we can totally see they were heavily depressed. There wasn’t awareness back then, and there was a lot of shame surrounding this topic: people were just called crazy. Shame is still there nowadays, but it’s getting better and luckily more and more people from the entertainment industry are being vocal about it, so other people don’t feel ashamed in saying. “Hey I’m bulimic! Or I’m depressed! I need help.”
Along with the book, you have also released a calendar. Where did the idea come for that?
KIARA: I’ve been wanting to do a calendar for a few years now. In the summer, I was going through some ideas on how to visually represent the book, represent a strong woman in the music industry, represent the idea of not giving up…and I though the calendar could be a great idea. All the pictures in the calendar give a sense of strength and passion, which is one of the concepts present in my book “NEVER GIVE UP – The Real Secrets of the Music Industry”.
You’ve modelled for a few big names. Is modelling something you would get back into?
KIARA: I have. Would I model again? Well, I’ve done it for the calendar. I guess if a cause or brand I believe in would ask I’d definitely do it, but working again as a full-time pro model I’d say no.
Do you have any plans in the pipeline for the music side of things or are you concentrating on the book and calendar at the moment?
KIARA: I released a cover version of “The Power Of Love” (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) for Christmas, a duet with Sonny Ensabella from Queenmania. In 2020, I’ll focus more on new songs and have something released musically speaking. But 2020, will also see me promote my book.
I know we are not supposed to mention a lady’s age, but you turned 40 this year. Do you have any plans of slowing down or will you just keep going with all your endeavours?
KIARA: Then don’t mention it!!! Hahaha! Why should I slow down? I don’t feel 40, so age is just a number: I know several 20-year-olds that look and think much older than a 60-year-old! Our age is more dictated by the way we feel, how we treat our body, what we eat, our lifestyle. I know that a woman past the age of 30 is considered damaged goods in the music business, but luckily more and more women are setting an example and are showing the world that age is just a number and that women kick ass despite their age! Look at Cristina Scabbia (47), Tarja Turunen (42), Sharon Den Adel (45), Doro Pesch (55), they’re all past their 40s and they still rock the world (and will continue to do so for many years!!!). So, I have every intention of joining my fellow metal ladies in setting an example and kicking some asses for a bit longer…
As a woman the wrong side of 40 myself, I am quite in awe of everything you do and have achieved. Do you consider yourself a bit of a role model and do you have any advice for women of a certain age looking to fulfil their dreams?
KIARA: First of all, thank you! I think that the main point we should consider is the wording “a certain age”. As a linguist, I do pay a lot of attention to words… Have you noticed that people say “a certain age” referring to women but it’s less used for men? We still live in a world that pays too much attention to a woman’s age; when a woman is not in her 20s anymore, she gets old while men become interesting. This is absolutely wrong and sexist from our society. I don’t consider myself as a role model but I definitely wanna tell all the women out there to fulfil their dreams, to change career if they want to, even if they’re 50, to believe in themselves, to not let anyone tell them they’re too old to do what they want. We have time and hope until our last breath. Never Give Up. Love yourself, fully and intensely.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else you would like to add?
KIARA: Thank you for this chat. Never Give Up!
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Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights


Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights
Rise Up and Fall Records
Release date: 15/11/2019
Running time: 30 mins
Review by: Alun Jones

Curse you, Speedealer! I had pretty much decided on my Top 10 albums for 2019, and then these guys turn up with this rocket fuelled bruiser of a record. The year had started off slowly, to be honest – but great new music has been arriving at a rapid pace recently. And just when I was about to bed down for a long winter nap, Speedealer turned everything up to 11 and ruined my plans.
The album is called “Blue Days, Black Nights”. It’s fast, crazy, adrenaline pumped rock’n’roll and it never stops pounding home the righteous sounds till it’s brief-but-beautiful 30-minute lifespan is over. At which point, I tend to just start again from the beginning.
The first song is called “Never New” and it smashes in, steals your whiskey and is gone in under a minute and a half. That’s reckless by anyone’s standards.
It ain’t all super-fast punk’n’roll though, there’s many a change of pace to be heard. “Rheumatism” and “War Nicht Genug” both feature riffs that are heavy and brutal. Elsewhere, in “Sold Out”, the band unleash a tortured performance of a song that would be a blues rocker, but is far too dense and violent for that phrase to fit snugly.
Never mess with Texas, goes the old saying. And these Texan boys do not fanny about AT ALL on this fine collection of tunes. Instead, “Blue Days Black Nights” will drag you along like an out of control stag party: full of booze-filled fun, ridiculous antics and dangerous detours. I’m deducting half a point for the terrible cover art, otherwise this one’s a killer.
FUN FACT: Speedealer used to be called REO Speedealer – which let’s face it, is a much better name – until REO Speedwagon got wind of it and issued a cease and desist. Anyone with a sense of humour would surely take that name as an homage, right? You’d think the miserable old bastards would’ve enjoyed being put back on the map.
What’s that? Ever Metal’s lawyers are on the phone? Court order from who? Oops…
Track listing:
1. “Never New,”
2. “Rheumatism,”
3. “War Nicht Genug,”
4. “Nothing Left To Say,”
5. “Sold Out,”
6. “Losing My Shit,”
7. “A Reckoning,”
8. “Shut Up,”
9. “Mainmast,”
10. “Blue Days Black Nights.”
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Alun’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

Alun’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

We have already posted a few of our reviewers’ Top Tens of 2019 and now it’s Alun’s turn. We would like to thank him for all the work he has done for us over the past year. He certainly knows what he is talking about music-wise so go check out the albums on his list and see what you think.

1. Crobot – Motherbrain


2. Monolord – No Comfort


3. Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

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4. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel – Very Uncertain Times

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5. Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips


6. Sunn O))) – Life Metal


7. Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement

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8. Obey – Swallow The Sun


9. Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights


10. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn

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With honourable mentions for Firebreather, L7, Sacred Reich, Wizard Rifle, Duel and Helligators

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War


Fugue – The Spoils Of War
Agoge Records
Release Date 27/10/2019
Running Time: 29:34
Review by ‘Dark Juan’

Good evening, my dear friends and followers. It is Saturday and I am your saturnine satyr Dark Juan, here to share my opinions, bizarre theories and out and out insane nonsense with you about whatever I please and there’s nothing you can do about it! Apart from stop reading but that would be a very very bad thing to do because you wouldn’t get to learn about the Australian/ Italian alt rock band I am currently listening to. Should you wish to continue to read these ramblings, I should warn you they have been fuelled by a bottle of rather excellent port, and I am a little bit squiffy, after a hard day of trying to find a virgin to defile in West Yorkshire. It appears there aren’t any left. It’s nearly as bad as Liverpool. At least in Wales there is the odd valley or two where my influence has not penetrated. Cheeky! How am I to preach my gospel of hatred for God and the only true way of the Left Hand Path if I can’t defile virgins and sacrifice them to my great and mighty lord Shaitan upon my altar of pain and suffering while they lie upon a bastardised statue of Christ while they bleed their lives out through carved sigils and severed veins? I don’t mind telling you it looks like I am going to have to find a proper job soon and that simply won’t do…
I’ll be honest – when I hear the words “alt rock” the first thing that comes into my head is the fucking Flaming twatty Lips. I hate The Flaming Lips. I hate their name, their whiny bollock music and the fact that they have single handedly murdered rock and roll with insipid lightweight “tunes” and bollockbrained personalities and the fact they are filled with a colossally overwhelming sense of their own self-importance. Even if I do actually love “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I”. Instead we have this band Fugue. A fugue in music is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. Or their name could be associated with the dissociative fugue state, being a psychiatric disorder characterised by reversible amnesia for personality, memories and other identifying characteristics of individuality. Fugue (the band) are absolutely NOT arseholes. They are in fact rather jolly good.
A quick aside – There has just been an advert on television (I have the famously explodatastic Independence Day on in the background – the fact that the filmmakers have portrayed the Royal Air Force flying F-16 Fighting Falcons STILL PISSES ME OFF!) that has the remarkably combative and fabulously whiny Mancunian mop topped Beatles copyists Oasis’ Wonderwall made into some kind of awful pity ballad that is ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THE FUCKING ORIGINAL HATEFUL BASTARD SONG! However, the horror was mitigated somewhat by Mrs. Dark Juan changing the lyric from “You’re my wonderwall” (which is literal doggerel and therefore absolute bollocks) to “You’re my bonzer battlement” which we can all agree is a far superior lyric and makes infinitely more sense.
To business! The record opens with some extremely Led Zeppeliny riffing on ‘Smoketrails’ underpinned with the clean, crystal clear vocal of Luke Corso. The chorus has some tasty vocal harmonies and some emotive guitar soloing. I like this a lot so far – Luke’s voice is part Klaus Meine (Scorpions), part Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the guitar sound is so clear and pure it makes this grizzled old metaller want to weep for joy. The record has a fine production – every instrument is clear and hard hitting, yet still pleasingly heavy. The band’s sound is interesting as well. It sounds like a combination of QOTSA at their most staccato, crossed with Alter Bridge, Helmet, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Coheed and Cambria with added Bob Mould’s Sugar (Copper Blue is one of THE great and cruelly ignored alternative rock masterpieces). I’m now on the softer and more accessible ‘Leaves’ but it is still very good indeed. To describe this record as a heavy metal record would be entirely wrong. It is a hard rock record with progressive elements. To call it alternative rock is to not do it sufficient justice because most alt rock really is absolute shite, mate. I’m sorry but it is. Now we are on track 6, entitled ‘Air’ which is that rarest of rare things, an acceptable ballad. My hatred and disgust at ballads are well known and I am prone to uttering a sarcasm or two about how godawful they are. However, ‘Air’ is engaging and interesting throughout. ‘Sirens’ is a song that reminds me greatly of Sugar, gentle clean electric guitar giving way to the sheer alchemy of a heavily distorted riff of puissant majesty and power. The next song is entitled ‘Walls’ and is the album closer. The guitar work is very reminiscent of Josh Homme and QOTSA around “Go With The Flow”. This isn’t a bad thing because this song is done right and rocks your metaphorical pants off. Alright, yes, I am dancing around my front room with no pants on. Fugue have done that to me.
Every song on the record is a high quality rock song. Fugue are a damned fine rock band. I love them. I love Anna’s bass work, thunderously underpinning some high quality riffage with some intricate playing yet never overpowering the rest of the band and I love the drumming of Renato Fabrizi too.
I’m going to stop writing now, because I have drunk far too much port. Nos dda, friends!
The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Fugue 9/10 for a damned near perfect record.
01. Smoketrails
02. Run
03. Leaves
04. The Shroud
05. Waterline
06. Air
07. Hungry Sea
08. Sirens
09. Wall
Luke Corso – Guitar and vocals
Anna Bach – Bass
Renato Fabrizi – Drums

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Stonedead Festival 2020 Preview

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Stonedead Festival 2020 Preview
‘The Monster Returns’
By Paul Monkhouse

After two years Stonedeaf Festival is no more. This isn’t due to any issues with the event at all but just purely a need to change the name due to a rival event. Announced during this year’s festival, it was revealed that the new name of this rapidly growing gathering of the cream of the rock scene would be Stonedead and they have certainly continued the trend for stunning line-ups as the reveal of the bands booked thus far has proven.
Once again, the ethos is very much a music festival run by music fans and recaptures the excitement and spirit of those early halcyon years of Monsters of Rock. In the two years since its inception, the event has grown from strength to strength and seems to have truly captured the hearts and imaginations of whole families and generations who just want to hear some of the best bands around in a friendly atmosphere that is well run, affordable and genuinely cares for the rock community that gathers there to worship at the stacks of Marshall Amps. With two hugely impressive festivals under their belts already the announcement of the artists booked so far for 2020 will push the excitement levels up to 11.
Black Star Riders
Headlining will be classic rock supergroup Black Star Riders and anyone who witnessed them on their latest tour will know that the band are firing on all cylinders and knocking every show out of the ballpark. Since forming in 2012 the band have certainly fulfilled their avowed intent to be the next stage in the evolution of Thin Lizzy and have very much grown their own identity whilst capturing the Celtic fire and spirit of the legendary Irish rockers. Helmed by Lizzy axeman Scott Gorham and former Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick, BSR are titans in the rock scene and the immense talent and charisma of these two hugely respected musicians has led them to new heights. Each album has continued to build the formidable machine and their lives shows have become the absolute epitome of what a visceral and exciting celebration of hard rock should be. One of the best bands in the world, Black Star Riders will blow you away.
Tyketto ripped up the rule book when they emerged and produced one of THE classic debut albums of all time in “Don’t Come Easy” and have genuinely never looked back. Formerly fronting Waysted, Danny Vaughn brought his incredible voice and writing talents to form the band with three like-minded New Yorkers and lead single ‘Forever Young’ broke through big time, enjoying constant rotation on MTV. Their rapidly soaring profile saw them opening shows for Bon Jovi and Whitesnake, often blowing the headliners off the stage with their own brand of street tough rock that had a gift of unassailable melody. Grunge put a dampener on things but the band regrouped and proved that you can’t keep quality down. Although the line-up has changed throughout the years, Vaughn has truly been the beating heart of these masters of their craft, his superb voice and stage presence never letting up. After such a stunning start it would be difficult for most bands to reach that high-water mark but Tyketto have produced album after album of immense tunes, fuelled by a craft and determination that Bon Jovi left behind years ago. Prepare to fall in love.
Kris Barras Band
‘Bruising’ is the perfect way to describe Kris Barras as this former MMA cage fighter has produced album after album of muscular blues rock with his self-titled band as well as fronting the supergroup Sonic Blues Machine alongside ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons. A man totally committed to his craft, Barras has toured relentlessly around Europe to growing audiences and each album has grown heavier and won more accolades than each previous release. A player of remarkable sensitivity and verve, he’s certainly caught the imagination of not only the general public but also blues purists who have hailed him as one of the finest guitarists on the scene. Latest album ‘Light It Up’ is a powerful testament to the importance of the blues as a genre while never holding back the punches and providing a crunching soundtrack that more than satisfies fans of rock too and his set at Stonedead should provide the highlight for many on the day.
Blaze Bayley
Blaze Bayley is best known as front man for Tamworth rockers Wolfsbane and then as the man Iron Maiden handpicked to replace the departing Bruce Dickinson and latterly fronting his own titular band, constantly on the road and pouring blood, sweat and tears into every show. His appearance at Stonedead celebrates his time with Maiden so expect some classic tracks from ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Virtual XI’ albums along with a few other prime cuts. A magnetic performer, Bayley will be bringing his own brand of Midlands Metal that will doubtless thrill all those lovers of British steel.
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Arguably better than ever, Tygers of Pan Tang are one of the most legendary bands of the NWOBHM and follow in the footsteps of Diamond Head this year as leaders and vanguards of the genre who have appeared at the festival. Featuring original guitarist Robb Weir, the band have seen themselves touring all through Europe and beyond to packed houses, rammed with people who appreciate the constantly high class of the writing and performances. From the seminal debut “Wild Cat” through to new album “Ritual” the band have always brought the perfect mix of melody and heaviness that has been their trademark since they emerged from the wilds of Whitley Bay in the North East and they certainly show no signs of slowing down.
Myke Gray feat Kim Jennett
You would have to been hiding under a rock to have not heard of the perfect pairing of former Jagged Edge, Skin and Red White & Blues guitarist Myke Gray with former Voodoo Blood frontwoman Kim Jennett, such are the seismic ripples these two have caused. One of the hardest working and highly thought of musicians in the country, Gray has played on some of the biggest stages in Europe and toured with giants of the rock scene, his skill as a writer and six stringer drawing plaudits from rock fans and peers alike. With her incredible blues rock voice and commanding stage presence, Jennett has met her perfect mentor in the guitarist and has grown immeasurably since they started working together in the Summer of 2018. With a well-received support tour with Black Star Riders and an absolutely incendiary show at Download this year under their belts the two have proven to be one of the genuine ‘must see’ acts on the live circuit and are destined to prove one of the truly legendary ‘’I was there…’’ sets in the history of Stonedead.
With the Special Guests and opening band slots yet to be announced it already looks that Stonedead 2020 will be one of the events of the year and at £50 arena entry or £60 arena and camping fee (cheaper for children) it’s an absolute bargain. The festival happens on 29th August 2020 at the Newark Showground and full details can be found at www.stonedeadfestival.co.uk. See you down the front!


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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise
Pride & Joy Music
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Running Time: 50:08
Review by Chris Galea

Female-fronted Symphonic Metal bands are a dime a dozen and so it’s easy for Portuguese band Glasya to get overlooked. It happened to me…I had been postponing this review since July. But let me tell you, once I got a taste of this album I was immediately hooked.
It might sound dismissive to refer to Glasya as Nightwish clones (they doubtlessly are) but the band exudes passion and you can’t help be enamoured by these songs. Their songwriting quality is great and soprano Eduarda Soeiro is so jaw-droppingly good.
With the anthemic ‘Eternal Winter’, the addictively catchy ‘No Exit From Myself’ and the stirring ‘Coronation of a Beggar’…amongst other gems…”Heaven’s Demise” was a welcome discovery for this reviewer.
1. Heaven’s Demise
2. Ignis Sanctus
3. Coronation Of A Beggar
4. Glasya
5. Eternal Winter
6. Birth Of An Angel
7. The Last Dying Sun
8. Neverland
9. No Exit From Myself
10. A Thought Of You
Eduarda Soeiro – Vocals
Bruno Prates – Guitar
Hugo Esteves – Guitar
Davon Van Dave – Keyboards
Manuel Pinto – Bass
Bruno Ramos – Drums

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Rock/Metal/Gothic/Doom band Lords Of Salem! 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?
Hello, my name is Apostel and I’m the vocalist from Lords Of Salem. First plans to start this band came up 2015, when Marple (Bass) travelled to Wacken. In 2016 the first line up was complete we started with the songwriting and rehearsals. 2017 we entered the stage for the first time.
How did you come up with your band name?
Inspired by Rob Zombie’s movie “The Lords of Salem”!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Germany and of course the metal scene is quite big. Everybody listens to different styles of Rock & Metal. There are festivals like Wacken, Summerbreeze, Bang Your Head, With Full Force and many more. So the German metal scene is pretty vital.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is our EP “Hell Over Salem” and 2 videos “Hell Over Salem & “Rock n Roll Machine”, now we are at work on the next video.
Who have been your greatest influences?
In my case, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cure, Bauhaus and so many more.
What first got you into music?
Kiss, Kiss and Kiss!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Beastö Blancö!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken ’cause it’s the biggest in Germany!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Guys, you rock!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy Kilmister!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Love – Playing live / hate – pay to play!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Nothing, it is what it is.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Ace Of Spades – Motörhead
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
In earlier days I preferred Vinyl, now I buy CD’s!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Walpurgisschlacht Hexentanz Festival
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
A fighter pilot!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and Mikkey Dee
What’s next for the band?
Songwriting for the first Album!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, YouTube and many more…
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Don’t like ’em at all.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for your support and making this interview possible and THX to our fans – rock on guys! LORDS OF SALEM.
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