GLDN – First Blood EP

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GLDN – First Blood EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 22/07/22
Running Time: 15:52
Review by Dark Juan 
5/10

Well, today has been a right day of ups and downs, and it’s only 12:48 at the time of me settling to write some stuff that literally one person in Somalia reads. I will not be sated and will keep doing this until the mighty Ever-Metal.com juggernaut has conquered North Korea and the righteous power of metal topples the Kim dynasty and Juche communism is brought to an end, and the victory parades will celebrate the day a better world was won. Yes, that was a VNV Nation lyric I managed to shoehorn into a metal record review. Anyway, since I have got home from wrangling young gentlemen, I have had to take to task a fucking gammon dickhead for having a bash at my friend Sarah as she has an Eastern European surname, discovered that the biggest joke I have ever heard or seen is my current bank balance, had to warn a teenager about the dangers of sending unsolicited dick pics and the fact it will be all over social media in a day or two, and when the inevitable fallout happens it will be HIS OWN FAULT, and have had to make coffee in an effort to stimulate my poorly abused brain cells into some spasmodic form of life in order to provide you with concise and precise information about the Brooklyn, NY based GLDN and their latest EP, “First Blood”.

GLDN are the brainchild of one Nicholas Golden, who appears to be another of those really irritating bastards who can play everything and sing as well, and “First Blood” is the debut record from him. The blurb states that GLDN is, “An unnerving and rage filled world [of GLDN] where boundaries are pushed and your comfort is NOT paramount! Daring and transgressive, GLDN cannot be contained, nor put into a single musical category – with elements of industrial, metal, and crust punk with passionate and furious vocals.” 

This is all well and good, but GLDN’s world actually appears to be tinkly-bwomp NIN-esque squelches with a Marilyn Manson aping baritone and a very similar sounding scratchy howl. It is neither daring nor transgressive. Daring and transgressive would be recording heavy metal records with hurdy-gurdies, and getting Katy Perry and one of these drill stars who wear sunglasses over balaclavas, and look fucking ridiculous, think they are dangerous when really they are a spotty teenager from rural Buckinghamshire with arms and legs like pipecleaners, and basically fuck about near a hired Lamborghini in their videos, which all seem to be filmed on the same street in Tower Hamlets [without actually touching it because just out of shot is an aggressive and angry owner with a baseball bat who has warned the youths to not touch it] while rapping about how shit their life has been and how they are scared they are going to get stabbed, and calling it Drill Metal and expecting the leather and denim and New Rock clad hordes to accept it without question.

Pardon me. I have digressed. Indeed, a number of the songs being offered on “First Blood” sound like “Antichrist Superstar” era Brian Warner bumping uglies with “The Downward Spiral” version of Trent Reznor. 

Let us dwell upon that mental image for a moment or two.

Horrifying, isn’t it? Or possibly one for the wank bank, depending on your point of view.

The sound of GLDN is somewhat enhanced by some tasty, buzzing guitar, but too often this is cut up and the loud-quiet-loud dynamic sometimes wrecks some promising brutality by slowing everything down, so Nicholas can do his best Trent Reznor crooning over a bit of dissonant piano, or electronic wooshing. There’s no boundaries being pushed here. This EP sounds like the year 1996.

Opening offering ‘Gravedigger’ kicks off with an electronic beat and bassline before metallic guitar cuts in for 12 beats and the faux-emotional crooning starts, extremely reminiscent of the delivery of Filter’s Richard Patrick, and the chorus sounds like it could have been written by Deftones. The middle of the song has some throat mangling howling a la the God Of Fuck. In fact, the whole song sounds like “Title Of Record” era Filter. Not a bad influence to have, but it borders on copyism.

This continues on the title track. Pure Marilyn Manson, but a mix of Spooky Kids era Mazza and “Antichrist Superstar” including a lyric that could have been written by the man himself – “They always look so pretty when they’re on their knees.” It’s all overblown and perverse sexuality, wild gyrating, demented roaring, sequenced, layered and multi-tracked guitars and not very much substance. ‘Ripe’ is more of the same – dissonance, baritone rumbling, a simple bassline, lyrics about hypocrisy and lots of downtuned guitar and roaring on the chorus, before going to a swooping, gothic-tinged middle eight on the synth, and then a heavily-produced solo that’s just a load of drawn out notes rather than fretboard gymnastics that segues neatly back into the chorus. So far, so still Mazza Manson.

‘(harmful if swallowed)’ (sic) is a bit more interesting, with a piano playing a wrong note deliberately that increases the sense of menace in the music nicely, but it’s just a bridging piece, and that makes me fucking furious because the music and that harsh, dissonant piano could have been turned into something magnificent, and it has just been wasted.

‘This Must Be The Place’ is just a slightly more electronic Marilyn Manson song. I know I keep coming back to him, but this is the overwhelming influence I hear. This particular song would not sound out of place on “Antichrist Superstar”, even the chorus sounds like it belongs on the title track of that august record and would fit the song quite seamlessly. I’m struggling to contain my disappointment here. Normally I would launch into some horrible bullshit and be mean to Nicholas, but I have become acutely aware lately that I am trashing the art of creators and they pour their heart and soul into it. All I do is tell them that they are either a) very good at it, b) average, c) rubbish or d) Warrior Soul. Mainly because I am a faile… RETIRED musician who was REALLY shit at playing music and if you can’t do it you write about it instead. Unless you’re EM’s Rory. He can do both, the annoying knobjockey. 

DISCLAIMER: Rory isn’t an annoying knobjockey. He is a fine gentleman. Rob Sutton is, though! Wink, wink…

Last offering on this six-tracker is ‘Parasite’ and it is far and away the best song on the EP, where he leaves Mazza alone for a bit and combines an aggressive, angry howl with a creepy clean voice, punchy, speedy drumming, and full on metal guitar with extra fizz and fuzz, lushly produced and brimming with a life all its own.

The EP does benefit from a decent production, with no one thing overpowering the other, but it has a curiously lifeless and flat quality that is difficult to describe, and although GLDN promise much in their press release, claiming elements of metal, industrial and crust punk, all I have heard is mainstream 1990s gothic industrial metal that the emo teens of the day would have gone fucking gaga over, that instead offers this grizzled old metal bastard a curiously warm and nostalgic feeling, rather than slavering excitement. It’s all a bit uninspiring, to be honest. I haven’t even got my old baggy Menace jeans out to relive the 1990s vibe.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is disappointed. It was expecting something visceral, wild and incendiary and instead got the spavined love child of Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson.

Which brings us back around neatly to that mental image we shared before.

You’re welcome.

5/10. 

TRACKLISTING:
01. Gravedigger
02. First Blood
03. Ripe
04. (harmful if swallowed) – This is not me having some kind of seizure and losing command of English. This is how it is written. It is making my internal grammar Nazi fucking FURIOUS!
05. This Must Be The Place
06. Parasite

LINE-UP:
Nicholas Golden – Everything

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Pist.On – Cold World +

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Pist.On – Cold World +
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Release Date: 29/07/22
Running Time: 40:28
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

When I was a child I played with childish things. When I became a man, I was supposed to put away childish things but I fucking didn’t because growing older is mandatory but growing up is entirely voluntary and I’d rather be an excited and overgrown child than a staid and miserable adult. Despite all the shit that comes from being a grown up, I’d like to think that I have retained a certain childish and Puckish sense of humour and adventure. And part of that is a glorious and shiny enthusiasm about certain things, music being the main one of them. I am capable of quite staggering feats of idiocy to this day (witness playing a gig at the sadly defunct Lemon Factory in Swansea – My debut gig with Black Rose Park. Got horrifically pissed, struck up an enduring friendship with Kayleigh, who fronted a punk band called Grim Citizens at the time (now they are Ignitemares and are rather good if you like a bit of pop punk), and formed a wall of death while they were covering the Misfits’ ‘Dig Up Her Bones’.  I also broke two ribs during said wall of death and hit someone so hard that I managed to eject my left contact lens and had to drive all the way back to Newcastle Emlyn with my left eye closed. Oh, I forgot. We were due on after Grim Citizens. It was a glorious, filthy mess) and I refuse to grow up.

Now THAT was a good night.

Another magical night I had was many years ago when I went to see Brooklyn miserablists Pist.On when they were touring “$ell.Out”. I had fallen in love with their muscular, yet uber gothic sound when I first heard ‘Grey Flap’ and I think every metal fan of a certain age had a bit of a thing about Val Ium… Anyway, the show was tremendous and Henry Font and Burton Gans were very polite and generous towards the particularly excitable and gauche young Dark Juan and talked to him for some time and generously signed a poster which I still have somewhere. They are a band for whom I have a considerable and long lasting regard and love…

So, it was with considerable excitement and enthusiasm I snatched the expanded edition of the recently reviewed (by the mighty and insightful Simon Black of Ever-Metal.com, no less. https://www.ever-metal.com/2022/03/23/pist-on-cold-world/ is the link for this and I strongly encourage you to read his sage counsel. I agree with every fucking word) “Cold World” EP. This is a special and rather brilliant release because it now encompasses the rare as hens’ teeth “Saves” EP from 2001 that was self-released by the band and is more difficult to get hold of than an honest fucking Tory. I shan’t repeat everything Simon told you about the three songs on the original release of “Cold World”, apart from to say that if you dig melancholy and melody you’ll fucking love them, but I shall tell you whether it is worth you splashing out the wonga on a version that essentially is a three tracker of new music, a twenty-year-old EP, a song from the 1995 Metal Blade compilation “Metal Massacre XII” and four unfinished demos.

ABSOLUTELY IT FUCKING IS!!

Pist.On are one of those rare bands that have something to offer nearly everyone – us sad old goffs appreciate the black humour and melancholy, the doomsters appreciate the lack of speediness, the word freaks enjoy the lyrics which are shot through with snide, self-deprecating wit and there’s melodies and vocal harmonies and one of the great strengths of the band, the raw, gravelly delivery of Henry Font’s singing,  being as it is a fluid, sonorous, sinuous thing that can be dripping raw pathos at one moment and switch gear to vituperative fury in seconds. He is gifted with a remarkable set of pipes indeed and manages, somehow, to project an air of friendliness and danger, AT THE SAME TIME.

The “Saves” EP is comprised of three songs – ‘Vamp 69’, ‘Opera’ and ‘ I Don’t’. All these songs are fucking classic Pist.On – vocal interplay between Font and Ium being the highlights of all three songs. But these are the past of Pist.On, not the future and while they are part of an enviable canon, I want to look towards their future so I shall concentrate on the demo songs from 2021. Although I will state that I fucking adore ‘Vamp 69’ and have done for twenty years.

Of these, ‘Light’ is an absolute monster of a song that showcases everything great about Pist.On – even though they are not the fastest band in the world, they are capable of crushing you easily with their heavily bass-driven sound. It manages to even fit a thrashy little lick or two in there. Listening to Pist.On is like being made to suffer peine forte a dure, but instead of stones flattening you, it’s the bass work of Jack Hanley which is really satisfyingly forward in the mix and loud as fuck. The guitar work of Burton Gans is also fucking exemplary, playfully slipping and sliding beneath the rhythm work of Henry Font, who is also a very capable player. ‘Pain’ is also another very good song indeed, a ponderous, dangerous grooviness slowly overtaking the senses and then slamming you back against the wall and punching until your torso is a bloody, floppy mess. Where other bands might be users of weapons and guns, Pist.On are Brooklyn streetfighters – they’ll still kick your arse from here to Timbuktu, but fists and feet are all they will need to employ. Compared to the comparatively lightweight, arctically clear production work modern metal seems to employ, this record has a most refreshingly heavy, treacly and organic sound that adds a peculiar warmness and deep intimacy to Pist.On’s work that was shared by their compatriots in Brooklyn, Life of Agony and of course the Drab Four, Type O Negative (whose Josh Silver is credited with dragging Pist.On out to the attention of the world). ‘Exhume Her’  is a bit of a cheeky homage to the Drab Four, as it happens, as well. If you substitute Henry’s anguished howl for the mellifluous baritone crooning of Peter Steele in your imagination, you’ll see what I mean. 

In short I can’t tell you how simply fucking delighted I am to have heard this record. Pist.On have lost none of their eclectic romanticism for me (even if teenage Dark Juan was absolutely head over heels for Val Ium) and they have managed to retain their idiosyncratic charm that sits somewhere between metal, goth, punk and grunge. 

I fucking love them, and chucking in the extremely rare “Saves” EP would have earned a high score all by itself although I generally disapprove of re-releases, but “Saves” was something of a unicorn and to have it added to modern Pist.On tunes to compare and contrast is just fucking wonderful and the demo songs also add a raw je ne sais quoi to the experience as well. A twenty-year obsession has just got even worse.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is bouncing up and down like a sugar-fuelled toddler at a birthday party and can’t help but offer the Brooklyn bruisers a full throated 10/10, mainly because I finally have a copy of ‘Vamp 69’, but because this is a beguiling record full of contrasts that fondly remind you of past glories, yet still manages to retain importance and relevance. The world has missed Pist.On, and so have I.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cold World
02. Ruin Your Day
03. Icicles
04. Vamp 69
05. Opera
06. I Don’t
07. Ice Bath (Demo 2000)
08. Another Day (Demo 2021)
09. Light (Demo 2021)
10. Pain (Demo 2021)

LINE-UP:
Henry Font – Vocals and guitar
Burton Gans – Guitar
Jeff McManus – Drums
Jack Hanley – Bass

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Vexes – Imagine What We Could Destroy /// If Only Given Time (Double Album)

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Vexes – Imagine What We Could Destroy /// If Only Given Time (Double Album)
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/06/22
Running Time: 108:02
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Hello my dear readers! My, it’s been a while since I actually got time to review an album! But, thanks to Her Majesty QE II being on the throne for rather a long time, we’ve had a couple of extra Bank Holidays here in the UK, and for me that meant the gift of free time! 

So, without further ado, let’s see what we have in store from American Alternative Metal band, Vexes. I’ve never come across these guys before, but I do like to explore something a little different. Vexes first appeared on the scene in 2018 with their debut album “Ancient Geometry”, which got the chatter about them started, due to its experimental nature. And, on first listen, it has to be said that this album is deliciously Progressive and experimental. It’s filled with cross rhythms, close harmonies, and dynamic changes, which create an interesting listen. 

This behemoth of an album is, according to the press release, not a concept album, but a view of the world in the last 4 years, and how our lives are driven by our obsession with presenting the ‘perfect image’ in the public eye. This bleak, stark, but unfortunately accurate vision is presented here with a feel of being in two halves, emotionally. The first half of the album certainly has an air of confused, anxious calamity about it, which does indeed reflect the ever-more unbalanced world in which we now live. 

Musically, I really like the experimentation that is thrown into things. Unusual chord progressions, and the aforementioned rhythmic and dynamic changes litter the album, in a very pleasing way. It’s got a Post-Rock feel to it, which merges beautifully with the almost Grungy guitar riffs. But it is very definitely Metal, I feel, with the crunchiness and chunkiness of the downtuned guitar work throughout making it so. 

They use samples effectively to fill out the sound, which ends up being really massive. I now have the privilege of having some spectacular speakers to listen to this on, which is helpful, as this is an album that needs to be listened to loud for full effect! 

However, they also dabble delicately with classical instrumentation; atmospheric piano, and I think Double Bass or Cello and violins being used to great effect, particularly in ‘Imagine What We Could Destroy’. This haunting instrumental piece marks the symbolic ‘halfway point’ of the album, centering things after the rollercoaster ride of the first section. This is also the first of a few instrumental pieces. 

The second half of the album is not as fractious – it’s almost like a concession and acceptance of the madness that’s all around – a flowing with it, rather than fighting a losing battle against it. 

I want to mention the vocals at this point. They are a bit good!! Vocalist, Charlie, has a wonderful lilting, floating voice, which cuts through the engulfing calamitous heaviness of the music beneath it. It makes a really interesting metaphor for life in my opinion. The pace and movement of the daily bedlam, that somehow delivers us moments of clarity, between meetings, or while hiding in the bathroom to escape the madness, even if only briefly.

This is a band who know what their sound is, and considering this is only their sophomore album, that sound is an extremely mature one. They have also self-recorded and produced this album, which is commendable, as the quality of it shows what can be done if you try – other bands, take note! 

“What We Could Destroy/// If Only Given Time” is a very pleasing listen, and although it’s long, I implore you to listen to it as a whole entity, because this is how it works best. It’s dark and melancholy, but conversely soothing and relaxing. Maybe that’s because I’m still a Goth at heart and find solace in the depressing! I don’t know, and quite frankly, don’t care! I am a happy Beth – this was a great choice to start me off back into the realms of album reviews. 

TRACKLISTING:
01. Digital Trust
02. Beyond The Sinking
03. End With Me
04. We Are If We Dare
05. E.O.T.W
06. A Darker Motion
07. Gather Your Bones
08. Dryspit
09. Twisting Of The Points
10. Inexerol
11. Imagine What We Could Destroy
12. Low Choices
13. Phantom Pain
14. The Symptoms Of Dying
15. Collapse At Limit
16. Energy Vampire(s)
17. In This Destruction
18. The Dream Disease
19. Bleak Machine
20. At Nothing
21. Invisible Shine
22. Tangents
23. Away Stars
24. If Only Given Time

LINE-UP:
Charlie – Guitar and Vocals
John – Guitar
Justin – Drums
Bobby – Bass

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PIST.ON – Cold World

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PIST.ON – Cold World
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/03/22
Running Time: 10:24
Review by Simon Black
9/10

It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve listened to anything by PIST.ON. I remember getting a promo copy of their debut “Number 1” album way back when and being quite impressed at the time at a band that somehow fitted in with the new asshole that Grunge was ripping in the music scene, whilst simultaneously appealing to the Alternative and Metal fans in equal proportions. “Could this be the aisle crosser that would help reunite our broken and fragmented scene?” I though back in 1996. Here was a band with a broad appeal, with that rarest of rarities back then in a female bassist (Val Ium) and a sound that was rather unique – fusing the riff-slam heaviness, incredibly almost Gothic moodiness with some clever vocal harmonies and catchy song writing. 

That was 1996. One of the reasons I have not listened to them in the intervening years is that there’s not been a lot to listen to. With only the ill-fated follow up “Sell.Out!” album in 1999 and the impossible to get hold of “Saves” EP there’s been nothing from them as a functioning band for a while. The details around this are vague and depend on who in the band you ask, but a centre pin was Henry Ford’s struggles with his demons. The departure of Ium pulled the rug out from under them and without decent label and industry support to prop things up an awful lot of water has flowed under an awful lot of bridges ever since.

I blame the original labels in the 90’s – and there were a fair few of them, as the band bounced from pillar to post globally without a decent strategy and drive behind it. At this point labels themselves were struggling with the triple whammy of a complete change in musical tastes in their audiences courtesy of Grunge and everything that came after it, the emergence of the independent and self-produced labels stealing market share and a general dropping off in sales of physical product as technology changed everything. PIST.ON fell right in the perfect storm of cracks of those three events and their inability to be cleanly pigeonholed meant that labels didn’t know what to do with them and when issues within the band arose, they fell off the map.

I for one am quite glad that they are back, as you can probably tell by the fact that I’ve spent this long talking about the history of a band pre this three track and quite short EP. The disk picks up where the band left off and is a cautious dipping of the toe in the water post-pandemic. 

The three tracks on here feel straight back on point. Starting with the hugely heavy and moody ‘Cold World’, Henry Ford’s vocals strike the same balance between gravelly and heavy, alternating with clean and harmonic interplay that we first heard so long ago. He’s lost none of his ability to jerk emotional strings on the listener vocally, with some moody and slightly more shredding guitar work than we got in latter days adding a new dimension to their sound. It’s also heavier than a two ton heavy thing, pulling off exactly the same clever unexpected chord progression that keeps on giving that Ghost pull off to surprise you just when you think you know how the choruses work and all in all is a cracking track to come back with. Onto the regular streaming playlist with you, my friend.

‘Ruin Your Day’ is a dark and moody little piece, slower but no less technically accomplished for it, and tells more of a darker story than its predecessor, perhaps touching Ford’s dark places that contributed to the hiatus of the band, but with a wonderfully controlled discordant refrain that is genuinely powerful. ’Icicles’ is slower and moodier still, with an almost Stoner vibe – heavy, moody powerful and deeply haunting with a fantastic chorus line. 

These three all too short tracks feel like a taster of something far more interesting to come for PIST.ON. I hope so, it’s long overdue.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cold World
02. Ruin Your Day
03. Icicles

LINE-UP:
Henry Font – Vocals / Guitar
Burton Gans – Guitar 
Jeff McManus – Drums
Jack Hanley – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With COLLECTED

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EMQ’s With COLLECTED

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs, this time with Clacton-On-Sea/ Colchester, UK based Alternative Metal band, Collected. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Charlie, 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?

I’m Charlie, I play guitar in Collected. Me and H (Guitarist, producer, songwriter, my bestie <3) started the band back in 2008. We both started playing guitar around the same time and would always hang out to show each what we had been learning and have fun, that eventually turned into learning songs together and then deciding to start a band. I met our drummer Artis in my high school music class, we instantly hit it off and I asked if he wanted to join to which he said “Yeah, go on.” He came round for a jam and there was instant chemistry, we all had similar music tastes and jammed Pantera, Metallica, Machine head, Slayer, and Lamb of God for hours. We knew we had found the right person, we hung out all the time after that and regularly practiced together, it was so much fun!

There has been quite a few line-ups, name, and style changes since then, I actually left the band for a while for personal reasons and re-joined in 2015, but it definitely all started with H, Artis and myself having fun jamming in a garage together. It sounds cliché but it honestly happened like that ha-ha.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that stood for the different backgrounds and influences each member brings to the band, and something that was one word, and easy to remember if someone had never heard of us before. So, after much deliberation, we decided on Collected. It is simple, but we thought it covered everything we were looking for in a name.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We are from Clacton-on-Sea/Colchester. The scene in Clacton is non-existent at this point, but it is really on the rise in Colchester. Pre pandemic it was absolutely booming, gigs were happening near enough every day, venues like The Bull/Soundhouse, Coda and Three Wise Monkeys always had crowds and great bands on. We were not sure how things would have held up post lockdown, but we recently played our first show back in Colchester at the Soundhouse, opening for Red Method and Ghost of Atlantis, and the show was completely sold out. The scene not only held up, but it is stronger than ever.

What is your latest release?

Our last release was a single Called ‘Phantom’ – you can find it on all major music streaming platforms, as well as a visualiser on YouTube and Facebook.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Wow, that is a loaded question, there is so many, and it is always changing! I would say more recently Sleep Token and Loathe, we went to see Sleep Token together as a band and it absolutely blew our minds. Worship.

Honestly though we have so many, I cannot really pinpoint one specific artist or band. It would range from Meshuggah, Thundercat, Mitch Murder, Coheed and Cambria, Kanye West, Red Sparowes and anything in-between.

What first got you into music?

For me it was watching my older brother play acoustic growing up, but I did not fully start wanting to play music until guitar hero came. It showed me how fun music is and eventually made me want to pick up the real thing, thinking I would have a head start as I was decent at the game… Boy was I wrong lol! Thankfully I stuck with it and have not looked back since.

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

Scary Pool Party, he is an incredible musician, and I get a lot of the same vibes from him that we have in the band, in terms of the variety of styles and genres. He also seems like a super chill guy who would be easy to work with.

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

I would have to say Tech Fest. They have such a variety of bands on the bill, and it is usually bands we all like and are into. I feel like the crowd would get our sound and be down with it more than other festivals as well.

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

I have never received a gift from a fan, but I do remember my mum getting something that made me cringe. I played a Christmas show for the music shop I used to work at, and it went badly, we were playing Imperium by Machine head, but we clearly did not have enough practices together as it fully fell apart on stage. Anyway, someone took a photo of me on stage that night and then got it put onto a canvas for my mum, so for months I would walk into the living room to see me on stage at that horror show and would be reminded of it all over again!

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

Do not be afraid to be you, everyone is different, and no one is perfect. We accept everyone from all walks of life, you’re all welcome. There is something for everyone in our music, but stick around, there is much more to come.

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

Dimebag Darrell, he was my absolute hero growing up. Me and H used to watch the Pantera home videos religiously. I would love to see what he would create with all the new technologies we have now and get to see Pantera live when they inevitably got back together. Also, if he would dabble in 7 or 8 string playing!

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

The feeling of writing something that really resonates with you, then showing that to your band mates and it inspires them to write something, and it then becomes this whole piece with everyone’s input on it. To then play that all live and in front of people showing what we have created together is a very special feeling. I also like that there is never a wrong way to do something, you have total creative freedom.

As a guitarist, changing strings is a pain in the arse. There is all the travelling sometimes as well and lots of expenditure for little reward. Bad promoters and sound engineers are annoying to deal with as well.

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

The rate of pay from music streaming services, it is daylight robbery and needs to change!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ocean Machine” by Devin Townsend

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

I do really appreciate Vinyl, the artwork and detail on the sleeves are usually awesome, but for accessibility I’d have to say downloads.

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

We competed in the Metal 2 The Masses Essex 2019 competition at the Soundhouse in Colchester and managed to get to the final. I would say the final was the best show we have played so far; the crowd was insane and Liam our vocalist managed to crowd surf to the bar and back. We didn’t end up winning, but I will never forget that night.

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

A tradesman or something to do with football, I am a huge football fan and that is something I could get into.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Steve Carrell, Sean Locke (R.I.P) and Greg Davies. Then attempt to not die of laughter.

What’s next for the band?

We have our debut EP coming out on the 18th of February on all platforms, and then we should be starting the heats for Metal 2 The Masses Essex 2022 (dates to be confirmed). For any other updates keep an eye out on our social media pages.

What social media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/collected_uk/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ipzBKq8vFSIMbXaTgDLr3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COLLECTEDUK/?ref=page_internal
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmTfayTX7O-ZDpl1jO3tAtw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/collected_uk
Website: https://collecteduk.wixsite.com/collecteduk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Clues in the name.

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

My pleasure, thank you for the questions and taking an interest in the band.

Yeah, I would just like to say to whoever reads this to take care and be safe, this world is so messed up right now and uncertain, but we will get through it if we keep going and look after each other.

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EMQ’s With MISTY ROUTE

EMQ’s With MISTY ROUTE

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s Interview, this time with Greek Alternative Metal band, Misty Route. 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?

We are Misty Route, and we play alternative metal. The band was formed in 2019, in Athens, Greece. Following a first release of 3 demo songs in 2020, we are now officially launching on 26/12/2021 our debut full-length album entitled “Without A Trace”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Typical brainstorming and filtering ideas until one made the click. We wanted the name to reflect the character of our music.

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

We come from Athens, Greece. Our country might not be a leader in the global Metal/Rock scene, yet it has many passionate fans. That being said, we have had the luck to enjoy many top names of the scene during music festvals here from time to time. One truly positive sign that makes us optimistic for the future, is that especially during the recent years more and more vastly talented local bands, like Rotting Christ, Villagers of Ioannina City, 1000mods, Planet of Zeus, Nightstalker, Naxatras or Mother of Millions, have found the worldwide recognition they have worked for and truly deserve.

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

Our debut full-length album entitled “Without A Trace” is getting officially released on 26/12/2021 and has been available for pre-order since 21/11/2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Too many to list, and vastly varying. To name a few Metallica, Opeth, Godsmack, Deftones, Tool and Pink Floyd.

What first got you into music?

Our need to express our feelings and leave our footprint in history forever.

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

One or more of our influences mentioned above would be a wild dream. Of course, we would be more than pleased and honoured to collaborate with any of the aforementioned Greek bands that are steamy hot right now.

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

Book us for Hellfest or Wacken and we are bringing the beers!

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

Seems that our fans have not yet unveiled all their weirdness to us …

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

Stay with us until the end of the route and let’s walk it together!

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

It is unfair for so many others, but the one who started it all, the mighty James Ronnie Dio.

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

Being able to express yourself and potentially inspire others is a huge thing. There is no better feeling than giving people something they can relate to. We play music because we love everything around it, there is nothing to hate for.

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

Maybe try to give smaller but really talented musicians and bands a bigger voice, and reduce the dependence of music from the trends to allow more uniqueness.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Its almost impossible to pick one. Let’s agree that “The Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd was an influential one.

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

In terms of quality and ease of use, downloads are the future. However, touching a vinyl album has an emotional aspect to it.

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

Only months after the band was formed, COVID-19 had different plans for us, so we have not been particularly lucky with this. However, we have managed to play already some local live shows, with the latest at Remedy Club, a month ago, being also the biggest one. We look forward to much more soon!

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

Be paid to attend music shows and taste beers. What no?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, David Gillmour, Tony Iommi, Mike Portnoy, and Flea, and maybe ask them to play some music together?

What’s next for the band?

Live shows, and promotion of our debut album “Without A Trace” that is releasing. In the meantime, we have already started working on new songs. We never stop!

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

We are pretty much on all the popular social platforms at the moment. You can find us here:
HyperFollow: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mistyroute/without-a-trace
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MistyRoute
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mistyroute
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/mistyroute
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/misty-route

It will be a pleasure to hear from you!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sounds like a trap question, we will go with biscuit!

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Deadglow – Machine Skin/Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles

Machine Skin, Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles Cover Art

Deadglow – Machine Skin/Your Blood (Parts 1-3) Dual Singles
Self-Released
Release Date: 01/10/2021
Running Time: 17:02
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Hello, my lovelies, I’m here voicing my opinion again. Now, we don’t usually review singles, but today’s subject is slightly different. It’s a dual single release – what would have been a double A side in the good old days – and it’s prog, so is just over 17 minutes long. In my book, that counts as an EP, and I co-own this site and make the rules, so there!

Disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk music! Deadglow are a Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio from Oulu in Finland, an area of the world that has a habit of producing some pretty epic musicians. This dual single release is a precursor to the release of their debut album, “Machine Skin”, on 29th October. I have to say, that listening to these two tracks has whet my appetite for the upcoming release, which I will be gladly snaffling off our review pile! So, what are Deadglow all about?

Well, instantly, I’m getting Pink Floyd vibes – the soaring guitar solos, steeped in echo and sumptuousness. But that’s melded with a darker, and more modern tone on percussion, and a more gothic element in the vocals.

‘Machine Skin’ begins with some very 80’s prog synth, with a pulsing rhythm. Then, without warning, it drops into a complete rhythm change, melding 80’s anthemic rock ballad with Floyd-esque guitars. It’s straightforward from this point, and a nice listen. Great vocals, and vocal harmonies, bags of echo, but a strong rhythm holding everything together. There is some impressive guitar work here too, from soring solos to dual harmonised sections.

‘Your Blood (Parts 1-3)’ is much darker. Beginning with a single, Hammond style, synth chord, joined by guitar (this really couldn’t get any more Pink Floyd influenced if it tried). But then along comes the heavier toned drums, giving it a modern twist. And when the vocals hit, it’s very 90’s gothic. Think Nick Cave doing a guest spot with Pink Floyd, and you’re somewhere in the right area. Personally, I think that would be spectacular!

I like this a lot. It’s different, yet familiar, all in the same breath.

We are very much looking forward to the videos that accompany these tracks and to reviewing the album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Machine Skin
02. Your Blood (Parts 1-3)

LINE-UP:
Simo Lukkari – Lead, Rhythm & Bass Guitar
Juho Mikkonen – Drums, Percussion
Jukka Ruottinen – Vocals

With Guests:
Sami Perttunen – Co-Lead guitar on ‘Machine Skin’
Mika Pohjola – Keyboards

LINKS:

LINK TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH DEADGLOW:

Deadglow Promo Pic (Credit Sami Perttunen)
Photo by Sami Perttunen

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Interview with DEADGLOW

Deadglow Interview

Interview with DEADGLOW
By Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone.

Finnish Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio Deadglow are gearing up to release their debut album “Machine Skin” on 29th October. As a precursor to that their first, dual, singles and videos ‘Machine Skin’/’Your Blood (Parts 1-3)’ are about to devour your senses. Their sound encompasses Pink Floyd to Death via Tesseract as well as inspiration from Sci-Fi/Horror movies, books and art.

With this in mind, we thought it would be great to have a chat with them about the band, so my thanks go to vocalist Jukka Ruottinen, guitarist/bassist Simo Lukkari and drummer Juho Mikkonen for their time.

You can find a link to our review of the singles at the end of the interview.

Q: How did Deadglow form?

Simo: I wanted to create music that I am really into, but instead of forming a band, I approached Deadglow from a different angle. I wrote some songs and booked a studio without rehearsing for recording a single. It worked out well, so I decided to continue. I had plans to record material with different musicians, but things worked out so well that I cancelled that. Deadglow is all about sound, echoes and making something that you love and like to listen to. Deadglow is only a year and a half old, but we have already twelve songs recorded and more to come.

Jukka: Simo needed a vehicle to release his music, so he asked me to work with him on some songs. I then joined to add vocals to his new project. After the first recording session, Juho Mikkonen joined as drummer. We have some friends helping us on some tracks, but the three of us is Deadglow for now.

Q: Who are the members of Deadglow and can you tell us a little more about yourselves?

Simo: I have been playing guitar from the age of 14 and I have been writing music for several years now. I played Hair Metal, Glam Rock and Grunge as well as toured for some time in Finland. When I write music, I am usually heavily inspired by something like a movie or a certain atmosphere. It is the best way to get rid of reality.

Jukka: I’ve been singing my whole life and playing guitar from my teens. Mostly my bands played slow acoustic songs, but Grunge and heavier music have always been what I love. The last 5 years I’ve been singing a lot of Rock. The music that Simo creates inspires me to write lyrics, and takes me to places, so it’s great to be part of Deadglow. Simo is one hell of a guitar player and I like Juho’s hard hitting drumming.

Juho: I’ve been playing drums for 21 years with different bands. Styles have varied from Black Metal to Thrash Metal and Rock. Last year Simo sent me a couple of demos and asked me if I was available to play drums. The demos hit me right away and reminded me somehow of the music of my youth that I love. Besides musical talents, Simo and Jukka are also nice guys, so why would I not take the opportunity! I also play in a band called The Groupie High School and have my own firm.

Q: What is the origin of the Deadglow name, and what are your primary influences?

Simo: The inspiration came from the Stephen King novel “IT”. It refers to the glow you can see in the mouth of Pennywise when he prepares to eat. I guess I can say that a lot of the Deadglow inspiration comes from 80s Horror and Sci-Fi books and movies. We all love 80’s music, sounds, echoes, synths, horror movies and art. We are influenced by Stephen King books, John Carpenter movies and H.P Lovecraft.

Q: Is it possible for you to describe the musical genre of Deadglow, and how did you decide on this style?

Simo: I think we don’t have a primary genre, but if I had to pick one, I would say it is Old School Heavy Metal meets Pink Floyd. I have always been a fan of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, but also like a lot of different genres. So, if the mood changes, then the music changes. The main thing in Deadglow is the sound…our song ‘Your Blood’ is the primary Deadglow sound, it means echoes from a different world.

Q: Are you keen to take this album out on the road, for live performances?

Simo: We have some killer tracks and hopefully we can do some shows soon. We also have some demo songs for our second album already. To do a live show with this type of band is a bit harder than with a normal Rock group. For example, in upcoming songs we need to play with two different drum sets, because there is just so much to play. If you want to play that live, basically, you must have two drummers on stage, or you must arrange that somehow. It will be the most ambitious thing any of us has ever done.

Q: When did you decide to go into the studio, and how was the recording experience?

Simo: After we recorded a single, we decided to record the whole album in the same style. No rehearsing, just straight to the studio. We recorded the whole album in four or five days, so it meant that we had to practice a lot on our own. The whole experience was good, and we recorded in a professional high-end studio with high-quality gear. We used only analogue recording and played as much naturally, as we could, to avoid fixing much afterwards.

Q: What is the driving force behind your songwriting?

Jukka: Simo creates the music first, then I try to write lyrics and vocal melodies that suits the music. Some songs sound dark, some lighter, so the lyrics also go through all kinds of emotions. I don’t really like to explain words too much, so I hope they tell something to everyone. I saw the album and single cover before all the lyrics were final, so that kind of also affected my writing. For some reason I was also reading a lot of dystopian books and watching TV series when writing.

Q: What inspire the visual elements of Deadglow?

Jukka: The primary visual inspiration comes from Simo’s love of all kinds of classic Sci-Fi and Horror. It’s all about the state of this world; humans will destroy all nature, and eventually nature will have its revenge…or the machines will get us! The look and the feel are dystopian…the end of everything is sorrowful, but the new beginning will come, and it means also hope!

Q: What does the next 12 months look like for Deadglow?

Simo: a lot of promotion and creating a new, mind-blowing concept album.

THANK YOU

BIO:

Deadglow is a Progressive Rock/Alternative Metal trio from Oulu in Finland consisting of Jukka Ruottinen (Vocals), Juho Mikkonen (Drums) and Simo Lukkari (Guitar & Bass).

The Deadglow sound is progressive and melodic, yet straightforward. You can hear echoes of Death, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains and Pink Floyd, whilst appealing to fans of TesseracT, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Amorphis. The talented trio is inspired by 80’s music, sounds, echoes, synths as well as Sci-fi and Horror movies and art.

Deadglow has been hard at work recording their debut album “MACHINE SKIN” (coming Friday 29th October) in a professional high-end studio in Finland using only high-quality analogue recording gear. They furthermore played as naturally as possible, to avoid fixing much afterwards. On Friday 1st October, the first dual singles and videos from this upcoming album will be unleashed called ‘MACHINE SKIN’/‘YOUR BLOOD (PARTS 1 – 3)’!

DEADGLOW ONLINE:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE:

Devographic Music Agency

LINK TO OUR REVIEW OF ‘MACHINE SKIN’/‘YOUR BLOOD (Parts 1-3)’

Deadglow Promo Pic (Credit Sami Perttunen)
Photo by Sami Perttunen

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EMQ’s with ELKAPATH

Elkapath Logo

EMQ’s with ELKAPATH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Gloucestershire, England based Gothic/Alternative Metal band, Elkapath. 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?

Elkapath was started as a solo project back in 2004 by Carla. It was just an Internet project to start with. She started to perform some of her songs at open mic nights but wanted more from it so formed the band in 2019 to take the project to a new level and create a new sound for Elkapath. Before the formation of the band as we know it now, the music was more electro goth industrial dance. The new sound has become more synthetic gothic metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Carla was working as a sewing machinist back in 2004 and she saw the name “elka” written on the side of the machine and “path” written on the other. She put the two names together as “Elkapath” and liked the sound of it so that became the name.

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

We are from Gloucestershire, England, UK.

The music scene here isn’t very active, there are a lot of bands but not the same following as it was a decade ago. We do hope to see a change soon.

We are very fortunate though, that we are close to Birmingham and Bristol which often see many larger touring bands playing in their venues.

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

It’s called “Black Spiders”.

The single, including our first official music video, was released in August. ‘Black Spiders’ is the title track of our debut album, which is due for release on October 31st!

‘Black Spiders’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We do get a lot of different influences.

We are four people with four completely different backgrounds, Carla who is the main lyricist/songwriter gets her inspiration from bands like the Prodigy, Korn and the list goes on.

What first got you into music?

Carla has been singing and writing since she was little. She has a natural talent for it, which she believes she was born with.

Marios and Chris have been influenced by bands and knew it was something they wanted to do.

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

Lacuna Coil is one of our favourite bands, we would love to have a collaboration with them one day!

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

We would love to play Download and Bloodstock. We are always visiting those two amazing festivals. Being on their stages is our biggest target.

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

We are a new band so we have not got that far yet. There are some true followers who have followed Elkapath from the beginning and bought all of our music and we are truly thankful to them.

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

We wish we could meet each and every one of them, shake their hand and thank them! Without them we wouldn’t be here and their support is really appreciated!

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

It has to be Keith Flint. His influence on us is massive and every time we saw them live it was the moment of the night! Without him something is not right!

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

Writing is my favourite part, it’s like going into another world and you can forget what is going on around you, you can just completely zone out, it’s magical. I love the feeling I get from writing.

There is not a lot we hate; we always try to stick with the positives.

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

We would love the industry to be a lot more open to new bands and ideas.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Music For The Jilted Generation” by The Prodigy is just an outstanding album from start to finish.

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

CD’s are more special but I do download a lot of music. There is a magic around vinyl’s and we hope to print some later.

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

I really enjoyed the Cotswold Inn in Cheltenham. Was such a great place to play, local small venue but the energy was awesome.

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

Unfortunately, music doesn’t pay the bills yet so we all have our day jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Zombie along with his House Of 1000 Corpses house cast!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently booking shows from October onwards and we hope to work on new material soon.

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

We are on all major social media and we do run our own website at:
www.elkapath.co.uk
www.facebook.com/elkapath
www.instagram.com/elkapath
www.twitter.com/elkapathm
www.elkapath.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/elkapath

You can find a lot of useful information on our website along with our shop where we are always looking to add new and exciting stuff!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave us and we hope to speak with you soon

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Warm Gadget – Rituals EP

Rituals EP Cover Art

Warm Gadget – Rituals EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 08/04/2021
Running Time: 28:12
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

I’m a simple girl, brought up staunchly on classical music, in a house where technology was shunned, Amish style. The very mention of anything that didn’t use ‘real’ instruments to make sound was enough to send my dad into an apoplectic rant about ‘proper music’ vs ‘modern rubbish’. So, by rights, Industrial Electronica shouldn’t appeal to me. Luckily, I always was the rebellious kind, allowing my mind to welcome any music. And, of all the discovery I went through in my teens, still one of the sounds that appeals to me the most is the metallic automaton of Industrial Metal. So, I’m always happy to discover new bands in this genre.

Today’s new name is Oregon, USA based Industrial/Alterative Metal band, Warm Gadget, and their latest EP, “Rituals”. Warm Gadget originally started making music together in 2009 but have been on hiatus for the last few years, with this being their comeback. The EP is made up of five main tracks, followed by a couple of remixes, and a live track.

Driven by some superb heavy synth, this EP packs a punch from the start. It’s got hints of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and The Prodigy (“Fat Of The Land” era) and reminds me a lot of another recent favourite of mine, Jayce Lewis. The ambient sounds and chunky basslines give it huge depth and expansiveness, the beats are metronomic, and the fuzzy guitars and vocals give it a dark and sleazy edge, which draws you in.

Opening with ‘New Industry’, the EP kicks into heavy synth and riffing guitars from the start, with angry vocals delivering punchy lyrics fit for the nightmarish dystopian reality of modern life. This sound conjures up images of destruction and demise; Visions of deserted city streets, strewn with litter and decay following some sort of catastrophic event, playing out in stilted jerks, with washed out colours, and lots of forced perspective. I don’t know whether that’s the music, or just my warped mind at play, but it works!

‘If Only I Could’ is a hell of a track. NIN meets The Prodigy in style. It’s the heaviest track on the EP, and has a massive drop section in it, which would be some real fun in an incredibly violent pit. Damn shame I’m too old and broken to pit now. I would’ve been well involved back in the day!

‘Symptoms’ is another great track. Here, the synth plays second fiddle to some crushing guitar riffage in the verses. It does thrust back, full force, in the chorus though, and vocally we get some cleaner vocals in the mix, too. Nice. When it comes to the additional remixes of this track that also feature on the EP, the Witch Eyes remix wins for me!

All in all, this is a tasty EP. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does what it sets out to do, and is produced superbly too, making it a crisp and satisfying listen. I don’t think it needed the live track though, because the sound quality isn’t as clear, making it stick out from the rest, not in a good way. But a very enjoyable listen none the less. I will certainly be keeping an eye on these guys in the future, to provide a new name to my collection of ‘soundtracks for a dystopian nightmare’!

‘If Only I Could’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. New Industry
02. Full Of It
03. If Only I Could
04. Symptoms
05. Dead To Me
06. Symptoms – Witch Eyes RMX
07. Symptoms – Snowbeasts RMX
08. Just When I Was Doing Something Good (Live)

LINE-UP:
Austin Williams – Bas
Colten Williams – Guitar, Synths, Programming, Production
Tim Vester – Vocals

LINKS:

Warm Gadget Promo Pic

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