GGGOLDDD – This Shame Should Not Be Mine

This Shame Should Not Be Mine Album Cover Art

GGGOLDDD – This Shame Should Not Be Mine
Artoffact Records
Release Date: 31/03/22
Running Time: 43:00
Review by Rory Bentley
9/10

In 2019 I had a pretty rough year where I went to a really dark place in my head. It was an incredibly painful time that felt like being buried alive by the weight of seismic changes in my life. I was crushed under the rubble of everything falling apart, for months every little thing was difficult and every traumatic event and bad decision I ever made was constantly replayed on the vast projector screen of my broken mind. During this time, aside from the efforts of my amazing friends and family to pull me from the void, I found great solace in the music of that year. Devin Townsend’s “Empath” provided me with the motivation to hang in there and fight through the enveloping coils of depression and back into the light, the good things about life, the reasons to toil through the seemingly perpetual gloom and emerge stronger with a renewed passion for the gift of existence. 

But when I needed to sit with the agony and work through the pain that I’d spent too long forcing down, “Caligula” by Lingua Ignota was my go-to soundtrack to stare down the void, to rage and gnash my teeth and feel every drop of anguish, shame and boundless wrath that had lay dormant under the cracked mask I’d plastered over myself to project the image to others and mainly myself, that everything was that wretched word- fine. Kristin Hayter had, and subsequently continues, to capture a level of visceral agony that I’d never experienced from any art form. Her own horrifying story of abuse and trauma, far greater than anything I can truly comprehend, was weaponised in a way that was defiant, triumphant and unfathomably disturbing. Although coming from a place very different from my own existential despair, it resonated with me like a searing blade plunged directly into my shattered heart. This is the power that great art can have, and what I’m discussing today is another example of that.

On “This Shame Should Not Be Mine” GGGOLDDD, and more specifically singer Milena Eva, swim those same dark waters of unresolved abuse in a cathartic magnum opus that often takes me back to that shadowy realm. Though far less abrasive and sonically challenging than “Caligula”, the album crafts something equally powerful and unique. It is a work that evokes so many artists that are the foundations of my musical core. The uniquely feminine wrath of Lingua Ignota and Chelsea Wolfe, the austere Industrial coldness of NIN and the sinister, throbbing melodies of the darkest elements of Depeche Mode. From a rhythmic point of view it has the hypnotic, tribal drumming of Neurosis and on the atmospheric side it reminds me of the terrifying Horrorcore soundscapes of seminal Hip Hop outfit clipping. 

The clear standout performer here is understandably Milena Eva, who uses the album to exorcise the trauma of a horrific incident of sexual assault she went through as a teen. Her lyrics are poetic yet often shockingly blunt as exemplified by single ‘Spring’ where, over pulsing Trip Hop beats and sinister baselines she sings ‘I want to shower until my skin falls off’. There is a numb acceptance to her delivery here, sounding exhausted, broken and almost monotone as if she has been hollowed out by the whole experience. Elsewhere she drips with bitter sarcasm at the underlying cultural biases that allow abusers to go unpunished with ‘Strawberry Supper’s’ chilling refrain of “boys will be boys” crooned over stabbing guitars, before exploding into a Black Metal attack as the tension escalates unbearably. 

Despite being sledgehammer heavy in so many respects, GGGOLDDD predominantly shy away from using the well-worn tools of the trade typically associated with ‘extreme’ music. The guitars use only minimal distortion, the keys and bass are the driving instruments and songs are often cavernous in their use of space. This provides the perfect arena for the haunting vocals and gut wrenching lyrics to work their dark magic, rarely leaping above a restrained softness despite delivering lyrics that feel like they should be screamed until blood comes up.

In fact, rather than completely mirroring the weight of its subject matter, the album provides multiple moments of catchy accessibility that make the whole experience surprisingly palatable. Whilst calling it an ‘enjoyable’ listen is something of a stretch, it’s hard to resist the shimmering yet robotically tight guitar lines of ‘Invisible’ or the hypnotically sinister beats of ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ as Milena’s vocals swirl around your ears like a serpent charming its prey into a trance. If you like the danceable lurking fear that is found deep into “The Downward Spiral’s” later tracks, then you’ll find a lot to like here. 

From the chilling vocoder delivery on the barren ‘On You’ with its mantra of ‘You put your filth on me, I will shake off that dirt, whatever you throw at me is on you’ to the driving closer ‘Beat by Beat’ , there is hope for a better day dotted throughout “This Shame..” which just about shines through the oppressive clouds. In fact, the final track almost ends everything on an upbeat note. Still dark and uncomfortable yet up-tempo and brimming with belief, it’s a subtle yet powerful shift from despair to defiance.

‘This Shame Should Not Be Mine’ is a rare instance where pure naked artistic expression and tight, compositional nous are able to exist side by side without diluting or overwhelming each other. It comes with a huge trigger warning, but those that can withstand its sharpest edges will find some truly magnificent, genre splicing Alternative Rock to reward every tear shed. It never sugar-coats but it is also never drowned by the rolling tides of anguish that threaten to capsize its excellent songs. This one’s an essential listen guys, it will hurt but it will also heal.

‘This Shame Should Not Be Mine’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. I Wish I Was a Wild Thing with a Simple Heart
02. Strawberry Supper
03. Like Magic
04. Spring
05. Invisible
06. I Won’t Let You Down
07. Notes on How to Trust
08. This Shame Should Not Be Mine
09. On You
10. Beat by Beat

LINE-UP:
Milena Eva – Vocals
Thomas Sciarone – Guitar
Jaka Bolic – Guitar
Vincent Shore – Guitar
Danielle Warners – Bass
Igor Wouters – Drums

LINKS:

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point
Self – Released
Release Date: 03/12/2021
Running Time: 35:44
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

A few months ago, I had the chance to review a great EP from South African Hard Rock/ Alternative band, Fear Of Falling. I really enjoyed it for it’s catchiness, and was very pleased to discover that they were going to be releasing an album later in the year! Well, that time has now arrived, and here I am reviewing said album, “Turning Point”. There’s a nice little link there, considering the EP was called “Breaking Point”, and was an exploration of mental health problems. “Turning point” now suggests that from within the despair, a new chapter has arisen, be it in music, or life. 

Pleasingly, because I really rather like their sound, musically this album is more of the same from Fear Of Falling. That unmistakably modern sound of Alt Rock, that combines elements of the 90s, with modern samples and technology, and employs everything genre from Grunge to Pop-Punk. One of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let Go’ (which incidentally appeared on the EP too) illustrates this perfectly. I could see it performed by the likes of Greenday back in the 90s, or Neck Deep now. It’s hellishly catchy and upbeat, and I can’t stop myself singing along to it. 

But these guys have much more crunch about them than the teenyboppers of the last three decades, and they know how to turn on the heavy. ‘Hate’ is a track that shows this off. It’s down tuned and scuzzy, and the vocals raw and punchy. Actually, from ‘Sunrise’ onwards, this really sums up the album. It’s a kind of mixture of The Foo Fighters, and The Chilli Peppers, just a little more pissed off and jaded than both, with an added dusting of Evergrey. 

The album closes with somewhat of a curve ball, in the shape of the stripped back, mostly acoustic track, ‘Home’. This is actually my favourite track on the album. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and features some wonderful vocal harmonies, and a depth of feeling that you only really get with acoustic numbers. 

“Turning Point” is the perfect soundtrack for anyone who’s having a bit of a tough time. Lyrically, it’s really relatable. Musically it’s heavy enough to get a groove on to, and echo and express feelings, but it’s not overly fussy or complex. It’s also mixed and mastered exceptionally. I really hope these guys become a big name globally, because they’re quietly exciting. They’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re just doing what they do, and doing it well. A great album.   

Fear Of Falling – End Of Days (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Drive 
02. Faded 
03. Falling 
04. Won’t Let Go 
05. Sunrise 
06. Breaking Me Down 
07. Hate 
08. Fake It 
09. End Of Days 
10. Home 

LINE-UP:
Brendon McCaig – Bass 
Dale Schnettler – Drums 
Jack Atlantic – Vocals 
Lloyd Timke – Guitar 

LINKS:

Fear Of Falling Promo Pic - Photo by Jerome van Zyl
Photo by Jerome van Zyl

“Breaking Point” EP Review:

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EMQ’s with ST. AURORA

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EMQ’s with ST. AURORA

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview with Finnish Alternative Rock band, St. Aurora. Huge thanks to their front man, Nile, 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 am Nile, and I’m the frontman and lyricist of St. Aurora. Our bassist Eemi and our drummer Vallu founded our band just as the pandemic was starting to get a grip of society. They then rounded up the rest of the crew by finding out freaks who would be willing to go nuts on stage. We recorded our first EP during the end of 2020 and released it in spring. We are at the beginning of a huge journey!

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name has a somewhat spiritual meaning to Eemi and Vallu, and I feel like I’m not the one who should tell you that story, but what I can say is that there is a psychologic hospital in Helsinki named Aurora, and I’d be lying if I said it’s got nothing to do with our bands name.

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

We’re from Finland, a rather small country in Northern Europe. You could say we have a pretty massive Metal and Rock scene here, considering the size of our country and population. I still think we’re onto something different from what’s been going on in the scene. Maybe not something completely new, but something wild.

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

We released our “They All Remember” EP during the spring. Also, our song ‘Falling (Just another way to fly)’ has a music video in youtube, go check it out!

St. Aurora – Falling (Just Another Way to Fly) – Official Music Video  

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influence is probably Corey Taylor (Slipknot & Stone Sour), for his attitude and range, not only vocally, but musically in general. I also take a lot of stuff from M Shadows, and the Rev (Avenged Sevenfold), when it comes to singing and writing lyrics and melodies. Travis Barker is a big dude for me as well, for the way he combines different genres, and just does his own thing behind the drums. Also, as new idols, Remington Leith (Palaye Royale), and Yungblud have given me courage to be who I am without holding myself back, style wise.

What first got you into music?

I started out by playing the drums in a Punk Rock band when I was a about 15 years old. After a while I got into singing, and the thought of being a frontman. My passion towards music gets its roots from my older brother, who is a die hard Iron Maiden fan, and was playing riffs from their songs all the time to me when I was a kid.

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

It would be huge to open for bands like My Chemical Romance, or Palaye Royale, in Finland! But I think Finnish rock bands like The Rasmus would be super cool to collaborate with!

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

Definitely Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium! Super cool festival and it would be a dream come true to be up there!

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

Well hahaha, I haven’t been receiving any gifts from fans, so if somebody’s got the idea of giving me a gift, I do need a pair of blindfolds for sleeping, thanks so much.

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

Stay bored, for nothing is ever created if we don’t.

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

I bet it’d be Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell. A true loss to the music industry, the both of em.

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

I love the fact I can express myself and create something that might inspire somebody else to do it too. To infect people with my art. And if I had to say a thing I hate about music, I’d had to say art block. The way sometimes it’s just impossible to create anything for a while.

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

I’d love to change how people see records. Nowadays, people see new records as a list of new possibly good songs, and not as a whole record. I’d like to think every record is like a movie or a book that wants to be watched or read from start to finish. Only then can you truly say what you think about the record.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album, hands down Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album. It also has the best song in the world; ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’. Couple of other great albums are Lamb of God’s “Ashes Of The Wake” (And “Wrath”), Palaye Royale’s “Bastards”, and Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone”. For a wild card I’ll drop Yelawolf’s “Love story”.

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

If by “downloads” you mean streaming, I think streaming is the best. Just to explain myself, I mean I’ve gotten to know a shitload of my nowadays favorite bands by the possibility of streaming. Music should be easy to acquire, and nowadays when everything is digital, I’m glad we have services like Spotify and iTunes. I still do collect records as CDs though.

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

We have played only one gig with St. Aurora, so I’m gonna go ahead and name that one.

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

I’m studying to be a professional actor, and that’s what I do when I’m not playing or making music. I also do graphic designing and other visual arts in my spare time. So possibly something else that would include art in general. Like designing characters for videogames, that’d be super cool.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Wow, what a question, hmm. Maybe Corey Taylor, M Shadows, Jack Black, John Mayer, and Travis Barker. What a wacky little afternoon would that be. Probably wouldn’t be able to talk at all.

What’s next for the band?

Well right now we’re recording our next EP, and it’s gonna come out next year. And we’re getting ready for a couple of gigs we have before the end of the year.

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

www.facebook.com/saintauroraband/
www.instagram.com/saintauroraband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3XNz0XuBEJMMnMIrGoYbRY

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a biscuit bruv, they’re my fucking weakness! Put them on the coffee table and you have seen the last of them, period.

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

Be who you are and let everybody see how fun you’re having with it. Be careless and I’ll repeat myself; get bored, for nothing is ever created if we don’t. Cheers! 💜

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EMQ’s with SPURGE

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EMQ’s with SPURGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Alternative/Psych Rock band, Spurge. Huge thanks to composer/multi-instrumentalist, Jen Hodges, for taking part.

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

My name is Jen. I compose, arrange, track, and play bass, drums, keys, guitar, percussion, and a few other instruments. I started Spurge in Nashville about 10 years ago as a way for me to record my music. It wasn’t and isn’t limited to one genre. It was just whatever I felt like writing. Through that freedom I allowed myself, I found my voice. After I found it I decided I wanted to start playing live shows again and got a group of musicians together from around town. A gospel drummer, a jazz guitarist, and a metal guitarist. We had fun and gigged a bit until I got a promotion and had to move to Atlanta. I found musicians in Atlanta of the same format and we continued to play. We’ve been gigging and I’ve been recording ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

The first iteration of the band was called Jen Hodges and Friends. Our first drummer, Laylow wanted to change it and I was game. Band names wasn’t something I considered; I was focused on the music. He suggested Spurge. He liked it because it is a weed reference. I was cool with it and the name stuck.

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

I’m from America and that is THRIVING here \m/

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

The “Crown” EP was released in December 2020!

www.open.spotify.com/album/2t6kHp7aywdEEMhV63jcBg

Single/Video for ‘57’ was released in September,

‘57’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Flea. Definitely Flea. Then Mindless Self Indulgence, Buckethead, David Bowie, Alice In Chains and probably Pink Floyd as well.

What first got you into music?

I took piano lessons in first grade and cared about it a lot for some reason. After I heard Flea in 5th grade I switched to bass though and really started to get serious about it. I’d gig local coffee shops with my instructor. Got hooked on live shows early.

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

Maybe Danny Elfman. I’m learning a boingo bassline right now and it’s super goofy. I like weird vibes because it keeps me from being bored.

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

Lollapalooza! That festival had such mystique when I was younger. All my favourite bands played. I’m no exception to the millennial fixation on nostalgia.

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

I’ve never received a gift from a fan I don’t believe. After shows a get I lot of people come up to me and say they are looking for a bassist in their band and ask if I’d join haha. We have been called “a musician’s band.” Most of the people who come to see our shows are musicians themselves.

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

Hi how are you?

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

For the purpose of releasing new music? Hmmm, Jimi got cut short and never heard all the craziness we do electronically now. I think he’d really get into it. Although I might say Dimebag Darryl because he didn’t deserve that man.

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

I love waking up in the morning and getting excited for work that day. I love finding new challenges in music that upon first glance seemed simple. I love being stuck on a transition and breaking out a calculator to help me figure out where to go. I love that I always have something to talk about with people. I love that I’ll never master music and everyday I’m going to learn something different. I hate…hmmm…I hate carrying my bass cab!

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

I’d find a new way to consume music so that money would start flowing in the industry again. How do you make two million dollars in the music industry? Invest one million.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Mother’s Milk”.

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

It depends on the album. Heavy bass sounds best on high quality downloads or CD’s I think. Music that was made with analog in the 20th century sounds better on vinyl. Music evolves with technology I think.

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

Thank You Scientist was pretty baller. So was Tony MacAlpine.

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

I’d probably be a talent buyer. I did that for a few years in Nashville and it was a lot of fun.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Zeus, Santa Claus, Han Solo, Teddy Roosevelt and Cindy Crawford. I’d watch them all stumble over themselves flirting with Cindy.

What’s next for the band?

Secret show in Atlanta!!!!!!! Can’t do a big show cause of COVID, so secret album release party 😊

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

Youtube, FB, IG, Spotify, Soundcloud
www.spurgeband.com/
www.spurgeband.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thespurgeband
www.instagram.com/spurge_band/
www.soundcloud.com/spurgeband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/22XhYu7Xm9ZoUaCq5mzxeU
www.youtube.com/channel/UC8btIAdf5fnXSKi0ZJvkKFQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure!

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

Thank you for listening! Please share the music 😊

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EMQ’s with HOT SUNDAY BLOOD

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EMQ’s with HOT SUNDAY BLOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Turin, Italy based Alternative Rock band, Hot Sunday Blood. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Hi, we are Hot Sunday Blood, we were born in 2013 in the city of Turin. We play alternative rock with various influences from metal and grunge to stoner. After recording two albums, released for the American label Mervilton Records, “Someone Left Behind” (2015) and “New Omega” (2017) and finally finding a stable line-up we recorded “Kein Licht” (2019) released for the independent label Snooky Records

How did you come up with your band name?

The name came by itself…we wanted it to convey a mood that represented us. On Sunday you should relax yourself but your inner troubles hold you back and you keep having bad thoughts. Having ‘hot blood’ is the literal translation of an Italian expression which means feeling angry, out of place, and in a generally bad mood.

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

We come from Turin, a city in northern Italy, and unfortunately today the metal/rock scene is practically non-existent. Years ago, until the end of the 90’s, there was a fantastic music scene especially hardcore. The 2000’s swept everything away, only the ash remained. Very few clubs where you can play live and a non-existent scene. Live music here is completely dead for any musical genre and this reality is identical for the whole Italian territory. A great sadness.

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

Our latest album is “Kein Licht” released in 2019 which consists of six tracks. Take a look at the three videos on social channels:

‘The Long Winter’s Embrace’ (Official Video)

‘Time Machine’ (Official Video)

‘No Way Out’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Here the choice is very difficult but I will tell you five names (as many as the members of our band)!
Alice in Chains
Pantera
Type O Negative
Smashing Pumpkins
Soundgarden

What first got you into music?

The ability to feel free…express what words alone will never be able to say.

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

A dream would be collaborating with Steven Wilson!

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

Even if it is a bit far from our musical genre, I would choose Wacken because it has remained true and credible in all its years of activity.

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

Surely the best gift was when a couple travelled more than 150 kilometres to come and see us at one of our concerts. It won’t be very strange as a gift for a super famous band but for us it was huge.

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

Listening to any musical genre without having too many clichés about it. I now see too many definitions of musical genres… Too often people do not explore beyond their own musical boundaries…but you know, sometimes they could make pleasant discoveries.

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

This question is really too difficult.

I really don’t know…probably Beethoven. I’d be curious to hear what he could compose in 2021.

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

The thing I like the most is trying to convey emotions and moods to people that are difficult to explain with other forms of art. Sometimes it’s almost getting naked, few other artistic manifestations succeed. The thing I hate the most is seeing how music is stuck right now. Especially in my country. It really makes me very sad.

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

The fact that you no longer invest in emerging bands or artists. We found this to be a terrible mistake. You can’t just bet on talent show artists where they constantly reproduce covers, makes no sense. Nobody has anything more to say? I just find it absurd.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Soundgarden – “Superunknown” for life!

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

I’m too young for vinyls and old enough for downloads, so…

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

Surely having opened for Doyle in 2018 for the Turin date of his European tour.

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

Probably a fisherman. I really like the idea of loneliness that revolves around it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Definitely Lemmy, he would have so many stories to tell! Then Phil Anselmo and Charles Bukowski, two of my youth heroes. Then I would be curious to have dinner with Hunter S. Thompson, I would really have many questions to ask him and then I think Fabrizio De Andrè.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on the fourth album of which the first single, ‘HERE AND NOW’, will be released soon featuring Trevor from Sadist. We are still deciding when to release the remaining songs, it depends on how things go. And then we hope to be able to start again playing live, this is the thing we miss the most.

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

These are our links:
www.facebook.com/hotsundayblood
www.instagram.com/hotsundayblood/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2TLQD6EqQ15aNOaRqiyLm6
www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeiqyUE9OfGsiLo9D62yiw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m sorry but I don’t know…I’d go for biscuits.

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

Thank you! I would like to thank Marzio Francone of Snooky Records for his precious help and Angels PR music Promotion for their wonderful work.

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EMQ’s with JADED TRUTH

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EMQ’s with JADED TRUTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newfoundland, Canada based Grunge/Alternative Rock band, Jaded Truth. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Kyle Woodland, for taking part.

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

Hi, my name is Kyle and I’m the guitarist/vocalist of Jaded Truth. We’re an alternative band that started about 2 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

In our former bands we had trouble with people not showing up for jams or shows so we became very jaded about having bands. So, we are Jaded Truth.

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

We are from Newfoundland, Canada. We have a large variety of music here but the metal/rock/punk scene has always been full of great bands. We’re glad to add to the mix.

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

Our latest release is our second album “Tsukimono”.

‘Spirit’ (Official Video)

‘Price Of Mind’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Primus, Tom Waits, Pantera, Eminem.

What first got you into music?

I’d have to say bands like R.E.M., Metallica, Nirvana, and Seether really got me into music.

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

Jerry Cantrell, Tom Waits, Les Claypool, or someone in hip hop music like Joyner Lucas.

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

Reading Festival. It’s always been a dream of mine since seeing videos of Nirvana playing there.

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

We haven’t really received anything weird from fans yet…haha!

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

Thanks for supporting us and we hope you continue to enjoy the music.

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

Layne Staley. He is probably my biggest influence and I’d love to have a drink with him. Such a wonderful soul.

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

I love playing live the most. I probably hate recording the most.

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

I think there needs to be more help out there for small bands to grow. There’s a lot of great music out there that withers away because it cannot find the audience in needs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mad Season – “Above”

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

Personally, I grew up with CD’s so that’s what I have most but I do collect all those formats.

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

Probably the last show we did where some people who were not feeling the music were converted by the end or the show we did at an outdoor skate park here.

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

Playing video games.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I probably wouldn’t because im not very social haha

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, a couple more music videos and get out to do a tour across Canada.

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

Mostly our Facebook or YouTube.
www.facebook.com/Jadedtruthofficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXBMKYt4Xbcc_jvIgsTvHQ
www.jadedtruth.wixsite.com/official
www.instagram.com/JadedTruthOfficial/
www.soundcloud.com/user-68664763
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0FePI8HSmCYiSFlxEfmCH4
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXBMKYt4Xbcc_jvIgsTvHQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

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

No problem. Thanks for the opportunity.

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide, Australia based Alternative Rock/Metal Project, Blinded By Hope. Huge thanks to main man, Mitch, for taking part.

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

My name’s Mitch and my band is called Blinded By Hope. This project started in October 2020 when I decided to buy a guitar and start writing some songs. It’s been a steep learning curve since then – learning how to play, how to write, how to use the DAW (audio recording software), learning how to mix and master. Everything on the album is done 100% by me from start to finish.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name I came up with in my early teenage years. I had the dream of one day having my own band and came up with a bunch of different names and that’s one that has just stuck in my head ever since. The idea behind it is that we are all living our life in hope of things being better in the future, so that sort of blinds to the fact that the present might actually be as good as it gets.

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

I’m from Adelaide, Australia.  The metal/rock scene here has seen better days but is still producing some cool bands. They just don’t get the attention and recognition as much as they should. Progressive metal is probably the strongest rock/metal genre in Australia – bands like Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles.

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

The debut album called “Chapter 1: Awakening” was released on 21 May 2021. From this album our first “radio” single was a song called Need You Here and we have also released a couple of other songs on YouTube and Soundcloud from the album.

‘Need You Here’ (Lyric Video)

‘I Will Not Go’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands I mentioned previously have been big Australian influences – Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles, The Butterfly Effect.

I grew up listening to bands like Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Tool, Fuel, Staind, Creed (the heavier real Creed, not the radio songs that your average Joe only know Creed for!)

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably my Dad. I was fortunate that he was into Alternative music, so growing up we had very similar tastes and would introduce each other to new bands we discovered. And then after listening to these bands for so long I felt like well why can’t I do that? So, I decided it was time to try it for myself and see what I could come up with.

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

Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti. He has been my idol growing up. I’ve always loved his guitar playing and huge sound. I’ve always respected that he would put the song first ahead of showcasing his playing abilities.

A very close second would be Clint Lowery from Sevendust – for the same reasons as above. They think of themselves as songwriters first, guitarists second. I also love his ability to write such groovy, heavy riffs.

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

Well thanks to Covid there aren’t many left to pick from haha!

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

I haven’t received any! So, if you are reading this, feel free to send me something really strange so I can mention it in future interviews.

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

Let’s enjoy this journey together and bring rock back to the masses!

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

Chester Bennington. Man, what a loss. A one-of-a-kind vocalist.

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

I love the creative freedom. I probably haven’t been doing it long enough to hate any aspect yet – ask me again in 5 years and I’ll have a list for you.

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

The obsession with image. You listen with your ears so who cares how things look.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sevendust – “Animosity”. Perfect album from start to finish. No fillers. Emotive, melodic and heavy.

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

CDs and Vinyl – there’s just something special about having a physical product.

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

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

Does this have to be a realistic answer haha? If not, probably an F1 driver or a pornstar!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ummm I would invite five people that don’t like each other. I don’t care who they are, as long as they don’t get along or don’t agree with each other. What could be more entertaining than that!

What’s next for the band?

Well, the album is out so that is exciting. It’s been finished for about a month now and since then I have already written the music for 4 songs, so my current plan is to just continue writing. I hope to write 20 to 30 songs and then pick the best of them to really refine and shape into album number 2.

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

www.facebook.com/BlindedByHopeMusic
www.twitter.com/blindedbyhope
www.instagram.com/blindedbyhope/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3wKyPOD4ZewhWKqe5NkaFx
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRewPu7s9CLx12kgEtJrohw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither! They are Jaffa Cakes; we don’t have to put a label on everything. It’s ok to be different and be your own thing.

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

Thank you for this opportunity.

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Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos

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Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos
Secret Entertainment
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 47:51
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

It’s the weekend again, which can mean only one thing! Housework. Goddamn, I wish someone would invent a self-cleaning house! The first job on the list today was clean the oven, as my rather tasty home-made pie had decided to share itself with it. There is no chore more unloving than cleaning the oven, and I refute any suggestion that there is!! I managed to clean the bathroom too. The second most unloving chore. But now I’ve decided that that is quite enough cleaning for one day and everything else can wait, because now I’m going to write about more music. So there!

Next up on my ‘To-Review’ list is Finnish Alternative Rock band, Red Eleven, with their newest release; the long-awaited 4th studio album, “Handled With Chaos”.

The title track opens the album, and we’re instantly hit with 80’s synth sounds, which briefly gives it an industrial feel. But that soon gives way to a hard-hitting groovy riff, with some punch. However, the synth sounds don’t leave, instead playing the role of expanding the sound. Which is great.

Their press release says that Red Eleven have ‘found their own sound, but not forgotten their inspirers, such as Faith No More.’ Well, I love Faith No More, so that’s a good start. But can I hear that influence?

In short, yes! And it’s Epic (pardon the pun)! The whole thing has that sound, but I can hear it particularly on track 3, ‘Universe’, which reminds me so much of ‘Epic’ in the chorus, it could literally be a Faith No More song. But it’s got more of a 90’s Grunge feel to the verses, which adheres to the band’s own style. This is my favourite track on the album, by a smidgin, because there are some absolute bangers!

The one thing that hits you with this album is the lovely rumble of downtuned guitars, and bass, and the punching drums. The riffing is second to none as well. It all makes for a sound that’s fresh, exploratory, and exciting, as well as having that comforting recognition of 80’s Hard Rock. And didgeridoo (featured in the intro and ending of ‘Against My Will’)! I mean, what can’t be made infinitely better by adding Didge to it? I’ll tell you – nothing. Didgeridoo is always a winner in my book.

‘Starry Eyes’ is another awesome tune. This one’s a ballad, and you really get to appreciate the smooth vocals, and impressive range of Tony Kaikkonen here. It’s a simple song, but beautifully executed, which to me indicates an understanding of music in its purest form. It doesn’t have to be flashy and immensely technical to stand out.

‘S.N.O.T.’ takes us in another new direction, with punk elements, and classic heavy metal guitar soloing. But those heavy, punching, downtuned riffs are still ruling the day. It’s an exciting sound.

The closing track of the album, ‘Half A Life, Full Circle’, isn’t only epic in beauty, but it’s epic in length too, at just under 7 and a half minutes. It’s atmospheric, and has elements of doom, progressive rock, and the good old sounds of the 80’s. I can’t be absolutely sure if it’s synth or real, but there’s also what I believe to be a Soprano Sax solo in this. An awesomely well-placed instrument choice, again, as, alongside Didgeridoo, everything can also be improved by adding sax!

There really is a bit of everything in this album. It’s like cherry picking all the best bits of the last 4 decades and mixing them all together into a marvelously tasty creation. If you liked 80’s synth, Faith no More, the heavier Grunge that the 90’s had to offer, and something a little progressive, but still accessible, with heavy riffs, catchy melodies, and luscious vocals, then this is for you. Superb album, and another one to add to the ever-growing list of bands that I need to check out further.

‘S.N.O.T.’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Handled with Chaos
02. Before I Fall
03. Universe
04. Against My Will
05. Starry Eyes
06. S.N.O.T.
07. Nothing Left to Hide
08. Die with Honor
09. My Own Space
10. Dark Water
11. Half a Life, Full Circle

LINE-UP:
Tony Kaikkonen – Vocals
Teemu Liekkala – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Petteri Vaalimaa – Bass
Pasi Pasanen – Drums

LINKS:

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Kuva Anna-Katri Hänninen, RED ELEVEN LAHTI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish based Industrial, Alternative Rock/Metal Solo Artist, Aleksander Susi. Huge thanks to Aleksander 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?

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi). I sing, play guitar, bass, keys and program music. Nowadays a solo artist.

Founder of ”ALEXANRED”, ”A:S:Örchestra” and ”a.s.andtheloudorchestra”. Founder and ex-member of ”2 Wolves”. Ex-member of ”Scent of Flesh”. Also associated with various other bands and projects.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my given name.

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

I live in Finland. I do not follow the local scene anymore at all, so I am the wrong person to answer that.

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

“Transformations”, Album, released in March.

‘The Gates With Two Suns’ (Audio)

‘Children Of The 80’s’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Rammstein, Linkin Park, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil.

What first got you into music?

I guess rock music and movies when I was a child. Beatles, Scorpions, Queen. I started with piano school then played classical music.

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

Probably with no one at this point.

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

Obscene Extreme looks nice and fun and that there’s nice people. Even though my solo artist music would not fit the musical style of the happening.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

I don´t have fans.

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

Peter Steele.

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

When my music is heard by people. Moments, when your work is vain.

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

More real talent. In many cases the industry should stop feeding and normalizing the stupid product that they are forcing people to listen/watch, making people also really dumb.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

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

I love CD’s the most.

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

Rock to the River, Imatra. Long time ago, over 15 years probably. I was playing in Scent of Flesh back then. There were many cool artists playing there at the same festival, including one of my favourite band, Helloween.

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

I really do not know now. Hard to say. Maybe a painter or an architect.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting. For long time.

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

www.twitter.com/astp0001
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1OFbUmpchz7IEWCF0ihBU5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjs7NNZcEhEx8EghN_KjuFA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Definitely.

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

Stay safe, take care of yourselves and your friends and families.

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK, based Alternative Rock band, Matt Finucane. Huge thanks to main man, Matt, 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 there – my name’s Matt, and I sing and play guitar. I met the others doing open mics here in Brighton a few years ago, and gradually drew them into my obsession. Now there’s no escape for any of us.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, it’s just my real name. Maybe we should have a band name, as people tell me it’s hard to pronounce… That’s their problem, though!

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

The UK, which…problems aside…still has quite a healthy scene across all genres, for now anyway. There’s lots of psych and doom metal bands in Brighton and surrounding area, for sure, and quite a few hard rock acts.

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

An 11-track album called To The Outer World, which came out on Fri 23 April.

‘A Friend From Far Away’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Velvet Underground, The Fall, electronic music.

What first got you into music?

Probably the Velvets. It’s all Lou Reed’s fault.

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

Someone non-guitar, to shake things up. How about Clipping.

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

Glastonbury. Just because it has to be done.

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

I’m still at the stage where even getting a message off them saying they enjoyed a gig is a pleasant novelty – if they started sending me gifts, I’d have a heart attack.

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

It’s ok, I don’t bite.

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

Prince. I never liked his music that much, but it seemed such a waste when he died.

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

I enjoy being able to express stuff, in my own time and in my own way, that might otherwise drive me mad. I hate being at the mercy of chancers, con-men, scumbags and hipster wretches.

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

Less money for the chancers, con-men etc etc, more for the actual musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Raw Power” – Iggy & The Stooges

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

I go back and forth on this, all the time. I honestly don’t know – they all have pros and cons (cassettes are probably the weakest link though).

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

The last few before lockdown were just getting better and better, more and more intense, and I don’t know if that’s rose-tinted in hindsight because of lockdown, but I’d say it was the very last one: a local gig we did at a small venue called the Prince Albert in late February 2020.  Hope we can pick it up again at the same level.

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

I’d be a writer. Which in reality, means I’d be cleaning toilets and getting very frustrated with life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s my idea of hell.  Wouldn’t happen.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I honestly don’t know – venues are only just starting to get back to me about bookings. I have to keep writing new songs, in the meantime, because quitting isn’t an option.

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

At the moment I’m whoring myself out on Instagram, and actually enjoying it. There’s something about the format that focuses people’s attention, where their parent Facebook (which I hate), just disperses it. Links:
www.instagram.com/matt.x.finucane/
www.mattfinucane.net/
www.mattfinucane.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0zYQZsVnJXHN7rJ1jdgzzW

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a biscuit. An unpleasantly soft, chewy one, full of poisons. Biscuits are worse than crack, in my not very humble opinion.

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

Can’t think of anything except to say thanks for your time, I appreciate it.

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