Aptera – You Can’t Bury What Still Burns

You Can't Bury What Still Burns Album Cover Art

Aptera – You Can’t Bury What Still Burns
Ripple Music

Release Date: 17/06/22
Running Time: 40:00
Review by Paul Hutchings
7/10

Based in Berlin, Aptera is a combination of musicians drawn from all over the globe. Well, Italy, Belgium, US, and Brazil to be precise. Named after the site of the battle between the Sirens and the Muses in Greek mythology, Aptera are another all-female band to add to the ever-increasing list of musicians that are now holding their own in the world of Metal. 

With their debut EP released in 2019, now is the hour for their debut release to be unleashed and it’s a decent listen. Combining several styles, it’s almost impossible to pigeon-hole the quartet but a couple of listens throw out influences including Mastodon, Sabbath, Neurosis and even the fine Messa (whose album Close released in March is well worth checking out). 

It’s by no means the finished article, but the rawness and pure energy is part of the appeal. The vocals are at times ragged and yet they work well, bringing a dour, haunting delivery that sits comfortably alongside the heavier, sludgy tracks that dominate the release. ‘Selkies’ for example, switches from up-tempo semi-Thrash to slower, Doom laden segments with ease. There’s some decent guitar work laced across this release, and the thick riffs and powerful rhythm section ensure that the songs are appropriately damaging. 

‘Days of Void’ is pretty much Sabbath worship, but when the song is as compelling as this one, who really cares. Aptera bring heaviness combined with enough variation to make it more than simple adulation. 

Whilst most of the themes in the album centre of mythological tales of rebellion, revenge and rising from the ashes, there can’t be much challenge to the penultimate song. ‘When the Police Murder’ is either a statement about the problems in the US, or outrage at Sting and co for doing damage to ears with their music. I’ll plump for the former. And whilst most songs sit in the short category, averaging around the four-to-five-minute mark, Aptera end ‘You Can’t Bury What Still Burns’ with a gargantuan eight-minute song in ‘Nepenthes’ which switches between frantic speeds and crushingly slow slabs of doom-laden metal. 

It’s not an album that will make my top releases of 2022, yet there is ample to unpick and enjoy. For a debut it stands solid and true, and Aptera are yet another band to put on the list to keep an eye out for in the future. 

‘When The Police Murder’ Official Visualizer Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Voice of Thunder
02. Selkies
03. Mercury
04. Unbearable Stain
05. Cosmosis
06. Days of Void
07. When the Police Murder
08. Nepenthes

LINE-UP:
Michela Albizzati – Guitar, Vocals 
Celia Paul – Bass, Vocals 
Renata Helm – Guitar, Backing Vocals 
Sara Neidorf – Drums

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Witchfinder – Endless Garden EP

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Witchfinder – Endless Garden EP
Mrs Red Sound
Release Date: 03/06/22
Running Time: 17:08

Review by Rick Eaglestone
8.5/10

Following on from 2019’s “Hazy Rites” France’s Witchfinder return with two brand new tracks in the form of “Endless Garden”.

“Hazy Rites” was played a lot upon it’s release as it’s everything I love in Stoner Doom, so the anticipation was high (unintentional pun but I will take it). Immediately this new EP did not disappoint, but I have to be honest, there is a very strong Type O Negative feel to it, and I have to admit, that I’m here for it! 

Consisting of two tracks that Interweave effortlessly, it’s particularly difficult to pick a highlight track. But I keep coming back to ‘Eternal Sunset’, as I love the bass intro leading into the solemn guitar parts at the start. The riff that continues through is sublime, and when the familiar vocals kick in, it’s like a cosy blanket on a cold night. However, the keyboard parts in the mid section of ‘The Maze’ are something I could just go back to time & time again.

There are just so many elements that compliment each other in both tracks and it is great to have them. But I was left wanting more! Fortunately “Hazy Rites” was on hand for me to have another listen to, but these two tracks will be on rotation not only for the rest of this year, but I can honestly say until the next full release.

‘Eternal Sunset’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Maze
02. Eternal Sunset

LINE-UP:
Clément Mostefai – vocals, bass
Stanislas Franczak – guitar
Thomas Dupuy – drums
Kevyn Raecke – keyboard

LINKS:

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Las Cruces – Cosmic Tears

Las Cruces – Cosmic Tears
Ripple Music
Release Date: 03/06/2022
Running Time: 59:51

Review by Chris Galea
8.5/10

You know that feeling when you’re in a bustling crowd and yet you hear someone mention your name? Or when you’re passing through a food market and a particularly enticing odour gets you salivating and reels you in towards it? “Cosmic Tears”, the latest album from Las Cruces, sort of works in a similar way… It’s easy for the album to slip by unnoticed, but when you do pick it up you’ll forget everything else.

The D.N.A. of “Cosmic Tears” seems to come from Black Sabbath’s “Master Of Reality” and is as old-school as old-school Doom can get. From that the album morphs into quite a powerful beast. The music ranges from the psychedelic and plodding to the crushingly heavy, but is always played with passion.

As tracks such as ‘Wizard from the North’ or ‘Holy Hell’ indicate, there are monumentally heavy riffs all over the place. Another major selling-point is Mark Zamarron’s voice – powerful and intense… I dare say one of the best in this music niche. 

Even my least favourite tracks are actually still good songs. Sometimes the guitars meander a little bit but that quickly becomes water under the bridge.

Paul DeLeon, Las Cruces’ drummer, passed away a year ago, after having recorded this album. In fact, according to the band, the whole “Cosmic Tears” is being released as a tribute to Paul.

Las Cruces have been releasing, on average, one album every 12 years but when they do release an album they seem to make it well worth the wait. Case in point is “Cosmic Tears”.

‘Cosmic Tears’ Lyric Video:

TRACKLISTING:
01. Altar of the Seven Sorrows (instrumental)
02. Cosmic Tears
03. Stay
04. Wizard from the North
05. Reverend Trask
06. Egypt
07. Holy Hell
08. Terminal Drift (instrumental)
09. Relentless
10. The Wraith

LINE-UP:
Mark Zamarron – vocals
George Trevino – guitars
Mando Tovar – guitars
Jimmy Bell – bass
Paul DeLeon – drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with The Chapter

EMQ’s with The Chapter

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Doom/Death/Gothic Metal band, The Chapter. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Pedro Almeida, 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 Ever Metal! My name is Pedro Almeida and I play guitar at The Chapter. 

So, the band started early 2004 by the hand of Pedro Antunes (drummer), who started to look for musicians to start a project. The band’s first line-up (Pedro Antunes, Gonçalo Carvalho, João Gomes, Pedro Almeida, Vasco Macau) had different origins inside the Metal scene from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. In 2006, the band released the first studio record, intitled “Into the Abyss” (EP) and around 2009 it followed a hiatus of several years. The band returned into the studio in 2015 with a new line-up, Pedro Rodrigues replaced Gonçalo Carvalho on vocals and Eurico Mealha replaced Vasco Macau on the bass. In 2017, the band released the full-length album intitled “Angels & Demons”. By the end of 2018, Tiago Oliveira replaced Pedro Rodrigues as vocalist. Currently the band is promoting the upcoming album entitled “Delusion of Consciousness”, to be released on April 22. So, stay tuned and don’t miss anything 🙂 

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name didn’t come out quickly. It went through a kind of maturation process, several months I would say 🙂 Then I remember a friend very close to Vasco Macau, that one night come out with the name The Chapter. Other guys in the band could tell you another story, but I believe mine is closest to the truth.

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

The Chapter are from Lisbon area (Portugal) and currently the Metal / Rock scene is strong. Nowadays there are several Metal venues with Portuguese bands of great quality from different Metal / Rock genres. International bands also have Portugal on their radar, because the Portuguese audience is amazing. Since the pandemic started, some activities had to stop but we hope that everything comes to a point where all we can enjoy more concerts. 

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

Our latest release is a video of the song taken from our upcoming album. Check out our YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/c/TheChapterBand). The song is called ‘Delusion of Consciousness’ from the upcoming album with the same name.  

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band nowadays, certainly bands like Opeth, Katatonia, Swallow The Sun and Gojira.

What first got you into music?

Personally speaking. I was teenager, living in the northern suburbs of Lisbon and it’s when I remembered hearing bands like Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Nirvana, all bands followed by my closest friends at the time.

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

This one is hard to answer, so many people to mention here and all with different styles. All of them contributed in different ways to the Metal scene as we know today.

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

Resurrection Fest. No reason in particular. It’s a new fest (it has only a few editions) but it’s usually a 4 / 5 days festival covering both mainstream and more underground bands, which is awesome. 

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

So far, no weird gifts.  

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

Our fans are people that know our music, our songs and our lyrics. They know what we would like to achieve as a band. It’s all about playing music with intensity, atmosphere and heavy! So, for our fans, we would say to stay with us on this journey because they are the source of all this energy that the band is carrying stage after stage, with sweat and sacrifices! And spread the band because the more we are, more powerful it will be.

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

It’s unfair to mention one person only! Sorry guys. Each one in their own style, contributed a lot to the Metal / Rock scene.

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

As a musician I would say that the process to compose and play live it’s the funniest things I like. I hate to pay the bill… yes… That’s why we need you to grow up as a band quickly to spend more time composing new music for you. 

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

The royalties attributed to the artists by labels and streaming platforms. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The question is a little bit personal. I must mention the Black Album by Metallica because in fact it was the first Metal album presented by a friend of mine and from there, I started to play guitar until nowadays.

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

Cassettes.

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

We have mention the last one. Assembleia do Metal, a Portuguese Metal Fest from Viseu county in Portugal. We played at Assembleia do Metal Fest last December and it was awesome.   

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

All the musicians from The Chapter, they have professional careers outside music industry. But our passion keeps us involved and motivated to continue working on new music, in anticipation that one day the band will be able to achieve other level inside music industry. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All five from The Chapter because we deserve it.

What’s next for the band?

Currently we are promoting our upcoming album entitled “Delusion of Consciousness” to be released very soon, on April 22nd. So, stay tuned. 

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

Currently the band has official accounts at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Bandcamp. 

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Come on guys! Give us a stage, with a plenty of watts and drinks and we will do the rest 🙂 That’s all we know.

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

We would like to thank you to Ever Metal for the opportunity to share the band and our music. 

To EVERYONE, please follow us and support us on the following links:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Thechaptermusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/thechapterband
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/TheChapterBand
Bandcamp – https://thechapterband.bandcamp.com/


Our upcoming album entitled “Delusion of Consciousness” is available for pre-order at Bandcamp, so don’t miss that and start now your pre-order. 

Cheers!!!

The Chapter Band Photo

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EMQ’s With PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE

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EMQ’s With PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Doom band, People of the Black Circle. 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 People of the Black Circle and we play Doom Metal with a Synth twist, spiced up with a little cosmic horror. We started playing together in January of 2020 and have been going on ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

People of the Black Circle is the title of one of Robert Erwin Howard’s stories, with whose fiction we grew up. That’s where we borrowed our name from.

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

We grew up and live in Greece, which is a quite productive country concerning Metal music, especially in the Stoner / Doom Metal genre. 

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

We have just released our self-titled, debut LP. You can check it out at our Bandcamp page. If you feel like it, take a look at our YouTube page too, you will find two videos of our songs ‘Alchemy of Sorrow’ and ‘Ghosts in Agartha’ that may also be of interest to you. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Electric Wizard, Yob and and Alice in Chains certainly rank at the top of the list. Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Jethro Tull are also huge influences, while we also have great respect for the music of Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter and Goblin.

What first got you into music?

Watching Metallica play ‘Seek and Destroy’ in the “Cliff ‘Em All” videotape. It’s one of those things that if you have the chance to watch in a young age, you go “That’s what I want to do with my life” forevermore.

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

Even though it will probably never happen, we would be more than honoured to work with Steve Moore on a horror movie soundtrack project. Especially if the movie was directed by Joe Begos, Benson & Moorhead or Panos Cosmatos. If you‘ve never heard of them, go check their films, you are in for a wild ride.

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

For our kind of thing, Desertfest and Roadburn are the places to be. We hope we will have the chance someday, you never know.

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

No weird gifts yet, everyone is so civil and polite. We suppose we are the weird ones.

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

Thank you for making this important. You are the real thing, we are the illusion.

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

Robert Johnson, the Mississippi bluesman that composed the ‘Crossroads’ and ‘Me and the Devil Blues’. It would be fun to take him to a Black Sabbath or a Venom concert and see what he thinks. Also, if we could have a second pick, we would ask for Lemmy to come back from the grave, just as he did in ‘Killed by Death’ video.

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

We enjoy crafting songs, we hate asking ourselves again and again if they are good enough.

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

The extremely low rates artists get from streaming platforms. Don’t misunderstand us; we are not saying that it’s easy or insignificant to run a music streaming business. On the contrary, it is a very important innovation that has helped a lot of musicians make their art available to a broader audience. All we mean is that the scales have to be a little more balanced, so that new artists have potentially the chance to fund a tour, for example.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Aqualung” by Jethro Tull is the one. This album is perfect from the very beginning until the end!

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

This may sound weird, but our hearts and ears belong to the cassette. It’s that mix of analog sound and nostalgia that is just irreplaceable.

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

Even though each one of us has played numerous gigs with other bands through the years, we haven’t played any with People of the Black Circle just yet. That’s a plan for the near future.

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

If we weren’t musicians, we would keep on struggling to be.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hannibal Lecter, Issei Sagawa, Amin Dada, Elizabeth Báthory and Andrei Chikatilo. Of course, everybody else interested would be welcome (as dinner). It’s unfortunate that we would have to skip the meeting for obvious reasons. We remind you that the question just said “who would you invite to a dinner party”, it didn’t say that we would have to sit through. 

What’s next for the band?

Creating an interesting and theatrical live experience and then present it to the public.

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

We mostly use Bandcamp and YouTube, but Facebook and Instagram are also a must. You can check us out at the following URLs:

Bandcamp: https://peopleoftheblackcircle.bandcamp.com/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-6GJ3p33n8m3INUc3keuw 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeopleoftheBlackCircle 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peopleoftheblackcircle/ 

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They ‘re a biscuit, but more than that, they are a gift from the dark gods that lurk in the frayed edges of our reality, giving us a taste of the unspoken and forbidden pleasures that await all those daring enough to beckon their ominous call.

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

First of all, we would like to thank Ever Metal for giving us a chance to speak. It’s hugely appreciated and we are grateful. We would also like to add one more thing: Creating and enjoying the darker aspects of artistic expression is not meant to glorify negative things in life, but to make us appreciate where we are, what we have and makes us happy, fragile as it may be. If you find yourself struggling with depression, please consider asking for help. You are important, everyone is important, even if you might not think so. We will meet again on the road, stay well and safe!

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Trouble – One For The Road/Unplugged

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Trouble – One For The Road/Unplugged
Hammerheart Records
Release Date: 11/02/2022
Running Time: 67:00
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

The mighty Trouble! A release from these titans of Doom Metal is always worth celebration, and this is no exception. Back in the early 90’s, this cult band were verged on the edge of a mainstream breakthrough, with two albums on the Rick Rubin helmed Def American Records (also home to Slayer, Danzig, Black Crowes and others). Alas, it was not to be – this eternal underground favourite was to remain just that. “One for the Road” followed the second, self-titled Def American album, as a limited-edition European tour EP. This re-release bundles that with a full length “Unplugged” album – remastered to provide a fully upgraded compilation.

The first five songs comprise that “One for the Road” EP, with first track ‘Goin’ Home’ bursting from the speakers with exactly the kind of exciting Hard Rock you’d expect as a Trouble opener. ‘Window Pain’ offers a pulsating, mid paced Doom rocker, whilst ‘Requiem’ brings the tempo down further with a melancholy, gloomy Metal dirge. The Black Sabbath influence is most obvious on ‘Another Day’, whilst ‘Doom Box’ raises the tempo a little but still holds a candle to Dio era Sabs. Some of these songs would turn up in different forms on later albums, but this EP brings together an excellent capsule that fits neatly into that mid 90’s period.

Back in the early / mid 90’s, “unplugged” albums were all the rage. Like others of that era, this Trouble entry into that genre isn’t always stripped down totally to just vocals and acoustic guitar: there’s still electric guitar, drums and more to embellish the tracks where necessary. The strings added to this second version of ‘Requiem’ are exceptionally orchestrated and serve the mood of the piece brilliantly. That said, ‘7.00 AM’ is a remarkably restrained and beautiful song, recalling Sabbath and also Trouble worshippers Soundgarden. 

Those songs – and the other tracks comprising the “Unplugged” part of this release, offer a relaxed side of the band that explores more of their Psychedelic, sixties interests (see their cover of The Yardbirds’ ‘Heartful of Soul’). It’s a release that even my eleven-year-old daughter appreciated. The only mis-step is the jaunty jig of ‘Smile’, which is just too jangly and nice. Yet have no fear, the version of ‘Misery’ showcased here (released as ‘The Misery Shows’ on the eponymous Def American release) reminds us just how great this band were. 

My only major issue is the cover art. That may seem petty when this is a review of the band’s music, but as a long-term Trouble fan, I’m considering buying the vinyl copy for my collection. And that vile cover may well deter me from doing so. Trouble has a great logo, but the cover squanders this with nothing other than the title, in what looks like – GASP! – Comic Sans MS! A font that should only be used by primary school teaching assistants, it dates and also ridicules the stature of the music. It’s a truly vile and lazy cover – seemingly thrown together by a Johnny-No-Stars work experience boy on his lunch break. Awful. Couldn’t someone have redesigned it?

I’m docking points for that, ‘cos the cover mocks all I hold holy. Beyond that, fantastic music and a must for any Trouble fan.

RIP Eric Wagner.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Goin’ Home
02. Window Pain
03. Requiem
04. Another Day
05. Doom Box
06. 7.00 am (Unplugged)
07. Rain (Unplugged)
08. Flowers (Unplugged)
09. Requiem (Unplugged)
10. Smile (Unplugged)
11. Misery (Unplugged)
12. Mythic Hero (Unplugged)
13. Waiting for the Sun (Unplugged)
14. Fly (Unplugged)
15. Heartful of Soul (Unplugged)

LINE-UP:
Rick Wartell – Guitars 
Bruce Franklin – Guitars 
Kyle Thomas – Vocals 
Mark Lira – Drums
Rob Hultz – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ALVAREZ

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EMQ’s with ALVAREZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Austrian
Death/Doom Metal band, Alverez. Huge thanks to their founder, vocalist, and bass player, Alverez, 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 Alvarez and I am the singer and bass-player of ALVAREZ. I recorded the first ALVAREZ song ‘In Sumeria’ late 2019 and put the video on YouTube. Jim, the owner of Plague Demon Records, listened to this song and offered to release an ALVAREZ albums. We released “HADAD” in 2020 and “DIGITARIA” 2021, via PDR.

How did you come up with your band name?

Some of the musicians I played with before Alverez called me Alvarez as a nickname. That is the only reason for the band name. I just had no idea for a better band name. I like it!

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

I am from Austria and the guitar player is from Slovakia. The drummer is changing from album to album. Right now, we have a Polish drummer. The scene was big in the 80s and 90s. But there are still a lot of Metal fans out there. Especially in Poland there exists a very big and strong Metal scene!

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

The latest album is “DIGITARIA” and the latest video is ‘Black Light In The Dark’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath with Ozzy and Dio!

What first got you into music?

When I was a child, my brother played the “Paranoid” album from Black Sabbath all the time! I loved it and dreamed about playing bass guitar like Geezer B!

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

Bruce D. from Iron Maiden. I would love to make songs for him! The best metal singer ever, together with Dio and Ozzy!

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

I would choose every festival I can get to perform in!!! I love to do live and have some cool aftershow parties.

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

Hmm? Something delicate from a nice girl backstage haha!!! Yezz

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

Stay heavy and healthy! Have a drink with me. Cheers!

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

This is a hard question. All of them in one big band.

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

I enjoy the energy of a live concert! I hate to be clean when I enter the stage!

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

No more downloads! Only vinyl!!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paranoid” from Black Sabbath!

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

Vinyl and CDs

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

Phh, a lot of great gigs. The last show from the Moonspell EU tour in Portugal 1998. I think it was 1998. That one was so funny!

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

I would write books.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

To release the new album “Moonshinewhores” in 2022

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

The Alvarez Facebook site. and the ALVAREZ OFFICIAL YouTube channel. All the Plague Demon web stuff. Bandcamp Teespring PDR merchandise.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I prefer Jack Daniels!

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

Thank you for the interview! Cheers

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Forever Falling – Suspended Over The Immanent

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Forever Falling – Suspended Over The Immanent
MSH Music Group
Release Date: 27/11/21
Running Time: 47:15
Review by Rick Eaglestone
7/10

As the night’s turned in and the frost appeared Italy’s Forever Falling released their debut album “Suspended Over The Immanent”.

Winter is just the best time for doom, isn’t it? Everything I mentioned earlier just puts me in the mood to listen over & over to the melancholic harmonies that play throughout. And yes, I may be guilty of going for the same releases over and over, but there is one thing that changes my thinking: a debut album as the undiscovered – an unknown part – which is still something that intrigues me. 

The album starts off with the instrumental ‘Bless This Floor’ and although it’s atmospheric and does set the scene I felt that it was too long and would’ve worked better as an intro track at maybe half the length. However the first track proper,  ‘Dark Friend’, is such a great track, with differing vocal styles and changes, and a heart pounding drum pattern.

A goosebump moment happens as soon as ‘Nightmare’ begins to play, as it’s everything I love about the genre and yes there’s violins! So, this is easily my highlight track of the album which, paired with the nearly eight-minute marathon that is ‘My Tears in Life’, makes the album for me. 

The insomniac’s anthem ‘I Will Never Sleep’ has some beautiful guitar parts, and this is followed by another longer track, ‘Only Emptiness’, which has some long speaking parts that I didn’t necessarily enjoy, fortunately this was remedied by the shorter ‘To Die in Silence’ which I loved.

The album finishes with ‘Dark Painting of the I’ and it’s a great track to end on. It did make me emotional, which is actually a good thing! Also, I’m really glad there wasn’t the temptation to end with an outro track as this was really well done.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bless This Floor
02. Dark Friend
03. Nightmare
04. My Tears in Life
05. I Will Never Sleep
06. Only Emptiness
07. To Die in Silence
08. Dark Painting of the I

LINE-UP:
John Suffering – Vocals 
Tullio Carleo – Guitar, Drums, Keyboards

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EMQ’s with SPACE COKE

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EMQ’s with SPACE COKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, with USA Stoner/Doom Metal band, Space Coke. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, and main man, Reno Gooch, 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 Reno Gooch. I am guitar and vocals for Space Coke. We started around late 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina. During the pandemic, I moved to Savannah, Georgia. The band line up has changed around me a few times, but I have been the songwriter and leader from day one. I consider Space Coke to be an organic collective of freaks and co-conspirators. Everyone that has contributed over the years is a member so to speak.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is from a scene in Cheech and Chong’s “Next Movie”, where Chong returns from space with a vial of Space Coke. The scene perfectly presents the essence of the band. Search for “Cheech and Chong Space Coke” on YouTube and you’ll see.

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

Space Coke started in Columbia, South Carolina USA. There is a good scene there. Our bassist Jay Matheson owns a studio there that has been around for over 25 years, and is the heart of the heavy music scene in the area, and beyond. It’s called The Jam Room. Bands such as Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk, Coffin Torture, The Queers, Oi Polloi, Appalachian Terror Unit, Damad, and a thousand others have recorded many albums there. My current home base is Savannah, Georgia, which is where those first three started. The Jam Room is still home sonically. Jay is a legendary engineer and bassist.

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

Our album “Lunacy” will be released January 2022 on Forbidden Place Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Butthole Surfers, Black Sabbath’s “Volume 4”, Helios Creed (and Chrome), Hendrix, Psychic TV. Too many to list but those are the main ones as far as Space Coke’s musical direction.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been obsessed with noises and sound. When I was a child, I used to sit and twist the knobs on my grandfather’s short wave radio, just to find weird sounds. Once I finally had an electric guitar and amp, I’d just make weird sounds with it and listen to it, more than actually play it. Eventually someone gave me a Sonic Youth tape and I realized I could do something in a band setting with that.

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

That’s a tough one. I love working with other artists. If I could have it my way, every song I did would be a collaboration. Let me say Kikagaku Moyo. I am a huge fan.

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

Any of them! Festivals are my favorite venue. Mostly because I want to be as loud as possible and festivals have bigger sound systems!

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

A fan sent us the ashes of a loved one (also a fan) which we smoked with some hash.

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

Slow down and pay attention. The sensory overload and knee jerk reactions we are experiencing is by design. The way out is mindfulness and contemplation. Go slowly into the world and you will be harder to deceive. Stop and smell the fuzz!

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

Rock stars never die. Sound and light waves are an eternal language, and those that speak it from the heart are immortal. I’d say Hendrix, but I feel he would be annoyed about it and want to return to the other side.

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

I absolutely love making noise and having people show enthusiasm for it. I dislike the stagnant, social-ladder bar based gatherings that I’m forced to enter into, in order to make that happen.

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

That it’s run by businessmen and corporations. Money sickens everything. It’s painful to be forced to deal with that world in order to be able to be an artist and also live.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Last Laugh” by Helios Creed. Truly the album I’d love to have made myself. It’s hard to make the guitars and vocals that weird but still work that well. And I saw him do it just as perfectly live on the tour for that album.

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

They all have a place. I actually have different recordings that I prefer for each. For example: Vinyl: Band of Gypsys, Cassette: The Butthole Surfers Double Live, CD: Heavy Temple Lupi Amoris, Download: Moon Duo Stars Are the Light.

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

We did a gig where during the opener a guy walked around giving everyone mushrooms out of a big jar. By the time we started it was chaos in the best way. The whole place was on a crazy vibe. I still hear stories that are new to me from that gig occasionally.

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

Something that required a lot of isolation. Like tending a Victorian graveyard. Although that’s not really isolation, is it?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shiva, Durga, Ganesha, Kali and Sita

What’s next for the band?

Setting up roots in Savannah and seeing what weird trip we can take next, musically speaking. I have lots of plans, but have changed a lot due to the pandemic, so I need to re-evaluate! Focusing on releasing the album currently.

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

www.spacecoke.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/space_coke_sav/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Although I’ve never tried them, that’s entirely dependent on their moisture content. I’m gonna guess and say they’re biscuit cakes.

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

Thank you for talking to me! Keep it weird and love one another. Keep your eyes and ears out for Space Coke “Lunacy” We are quite proud of it!

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