Mortuary Drape – Wisdom Vibration Repent EP

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Mortuary Drape – Wisdom Vibration Repent EP
Peaceville
Release Date: 11/02/22
Running Time: 23:00
Review by Chris Galea
8/10

Mortuary Drape are veterans of the Italian underground Metal scene from the 1980’s that forever remained underground, whether by choice or by fate. The band never embellished their music with, say, symphonic elements or polished sounds that might have catalysed their fame. Case in point is this new release, the enigmatically-titled “Wisdom – Vibration – Repent”. 

Essentially this EP has its main roots in early Black Metal (think Venom, Bathory….) but with that Mortuary Drape infuse strong elements of Doom, old-school Thrash and even, to an extent, Prog Metal. All this makes for a music style that is original and bold. Sometimes the music lacks tightness but the band seems more concerned with creating dark and murky atmospheres and that is something with which Mortuary Drape are quite adept. The sound is raw but the band seems to be in control of that rawness.

On guitars, D. C. and S. R. provide a satisfying balance of riffs and solos, as exemplified in ‘Circle Zero’ – a song with constantly evolving tempos while the bass always remains conspicuous. 

Besides 4 original numbers, Mortuary Drape have thrown in a cover of Mercyful Fate’s ‘Nightmare Be Thy Name’ which, surprisingly enough, fits in quite well with the band’s sound. Of course the Italians do not even try to replicate King Diamond’s spine-chilling screams. The singing of Wildness Perversion (Mortuary Drape’s singer) is decidedly more guttural. Speaking of whom … for the first few years of the band’s existence, Wildness Perversion used to play drums with Mortuary Drape, then he added lead vocals to his band duties. As far as I know, this “Wisdom – Vibration – Repent” is the first Mortuary Drape release where he has relinquished his role as a drummer and puts 100% of his efforts into lead vocals.

Anyway, trivia aside, “Wisdom Vibration Repent” is a good place for latecomers to start discovering the band. It also marks the beginning of a relationship with the record label that at one point or another was home to Cradle Of Filth, Autopsy, Behemoth, Candlemass, Darkthrone….to name a few. 

Now I await a proper full-length, eager to see if Mortuary Drape can take things to the next level.

‘Nightmare Be Thy Name’ – Mercyful Fate Tribute, Live

TRACKLISTING:
01. In A Candle Flame 02. All In One Night
03. Nightmare Be Thy Name (Mercyful Fate cover) 
04. Circle Zero 
05. Where Everything Falls

LINE-UP:
Wildness Perversion – Vocals
D. C. – Guitar
S. R. – Guitar
S. C. – Bass
M. T. – Drums

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Daxma – Unmarked Boxes

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Daxma – Unmarked Boxes
Blues Funeral Recordings & Majestic Mountain Records
Release Date: 19.11.21
Running Time: 57:21 
Review by Rick Eaglestone
7/10

Directly inspired by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi’s poem, Oakland’s Daxma return with their new album “Unmarked Boxes”, which explores difficult personal topics such as grief, depression, longing, and the process of overcoming.

Opening track ‘The Clouds Parted’ woefully weaves into elements of 90’s style My Dying Bride – it’s thirteen and a half minutes of bleak yet undeniably beautiful soundscapes, with varying directional changes. I particularly love the slow build up into the heavier parts and back again. When tracks are done this well you really do not notice the length of them. This is followed by the shorter instrumental ‘And the Earth Swallowed Our Shadows’.

My highlight track ‘Hiraeth’ is up next, and yet again it is another thirteen-and-a-half-minute track. It’s heavier than the opener, and the guitar parts blend fantastically well. I also love the dual vocal parts. This, much like the previous tracks, is followed by another instrumental track ‘Saudade’.

Given the subject matter ‘Anything You Lose’ is emotionally charged in the right places, the heavier parts are subtle, and when the dual vocals take hold it really encapsulates the overall mood and feel of the album.

Lastly ‘Comes Back in Another Form’ has a minimalistic vocal presence which is only really highlighted in the middle of the track, as between those parts, building drum patterns and bleak soundscapes take over.

Daxma comment, “As a band, we have been working on this material for some time, only recently feeling like we’ve undergone the musical and spiritual growth necessary to achieve our vision and put this album out into the world.”

Overall, the orchestration, guitar tones, and melodies are wonderful, for me I would have liked to have more of the above, with the dual vocal, and slightly fewer instrumental pieces.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Clouds Parted
02. And the Earth Swallowed our Shadows
03. Hiraeth
04. Saudade
05. Anything You Loose
06. Comes Back in Another Form

LINE-UP:
Isaac R. – Guitars, Vocals, Bass
Jessica T. – Violin, Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Forrest H. – Guitar, Bass
Thomas I. – Drums

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Scarecrow – Scarecrow II

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Scarecrow – Scarecrow II
Wise Blood Records
Release date: 22/10/2021
Running Time: 42:52
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

You could say I was a little confused when I first heard ‘The Endless Ocean Overture’, the opening track on this second album from Scarecrow.  I know the clue’s in the song title, but this really is a big, full on orchestral piece – complete with moody storm sounds and crashing waves.  I thought the Ever Metal Delivery Monkey had sent me one of those symphonic metal monstrosities by mistake – there are NO GUITARS here.  At least not on the first song.

Not that it’s a bad track – it’s actually very atmospheric and very bloody clever.  Just a bit of a surprise, that’s all.

Scarecrow are a Russian Doom Rock band, taking their inspirations from the classic seventies masters like Sabbath and Zeppelin.  When track 2 – ‘Blizzard’ – kicked in, I realised my mistake.  Yes, here we have it: Blues based Heavy Rock that could have easily been produced in 1973.  Groovy riffs, batteringly good drum breaks, high pitched wailing vocals – all the tropes are present and correct.  ‘Blizzard’ has all these, plus relentless changes of pace, which means the listener can bang their head or swing their bell bottom jeans all in one song.

‘Magic Flower’ has a slower, Doom Blues sound with some mouth organ for additional retro stylings.  There’s even a Folky mid-section with some Plant-esque banshee screams.  Up next is ‘Spirit Seducer’, a rocker that’s more of the Iommi sound already hinted at, and some pounding rhythm.  

Scarecrow are nothing if not ambitious.  ‘The Moors’ is a hell of an epic: warm acoustic guitar intro; Doom laden heavy riff; ethereal keys: all the ingredients are here, and happily we reach another Sabbath-like peak in the middle of the song.  Some of the orchestral feel of the opener makes a well-judged return here, adding to the bombast.  

When I heard the intro to ‘The Golden Times’, it was easy to make the comparison to Sabbath tracks like ‘Orchid’ and ‘Fluff’.  This song flows along serenely, with the vocals making me think I’d started listening to a new Wolfmother recording.  Another multi part piece, best to just mellow out and enjoy the ride – till the increasing pace runs off with your ears.

The range and scope of this album really is very impressive.  “Scarecrow II” is an accurate love letter to the giants of yesteryear, whilst firmly placing the band’s feet alongside contemporaries like Uncle Acid and Graveyard.  Scarecrow has delivered an album that features new spins on the old ideas co-existing with brave, surprising augmentations.      

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Endless Ocean Overture
02. Blizzard
03. Magic Flower
04. Spirit Seducer
05. The Moors
06. The Mushroom Wizard
07. The Golden Times
08. The Endless Ocean

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EMQS with THEY WATCH US FROM THE MOON

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EMQS with THEY WATCH US FROM THE MOON

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Operatic Space Doom band, They Watch Us from The Moon. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Shane Thirteen, 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 Shane Thirteen. I play guitar and I write most of the songs and lyrics. The band started in summer of 2017. We just started as a weekend hobby band that made noise. After a few songs came
together, we realized we have a really cool sound. We put out an EP that was really a demo in March or 2020. We released it on bandcamp and it made the rounds in the Doom scene, and we came out number 30 on the Doom Charts in March of 2020.
https://doomcharts.com/2020/04/01/doom-charts-march-2020/


How did you come up with your band name?

We started under a different name. After about a year we realized the band was changing into a psychedelic stoner doom band. We came upon the name after searching for a project name for a demo. After realizing the name alone was too attractive to be just an EP title we became… THEY WATCH US FROM… THE MOON!

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

Lawrence Kansas USA.

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

We released a brand new single ‘Return To Earth’ on 12/10/21. Then another single before our album release in the spring of 2022. Moon Doom! is currently available on Bandcamp. https://theywatchusfromthemoon.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Dead Boys, Kyuss, Sleep. Clutch and Fu Mancu to name a few. I got to be in bands back in the 90’s and early 2000’s that were fortunate enough to open for Clutch and Kyuss. I saw Sleep open for Hawkwind in 93 ish and I was hooked on Stoner metal from there on out.

What first got you into music?


I liked rocker chicks and rocker chicks dig rock and roll dudes. LOL!

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

Bill Fisher from Church of the Cosmic Skull. I love that band. I think he is clicking on the same idea we are. Smartly constructed concept rock with pop sensibilities and an edgy feel and sound. Love the imagery they use and the way they use the concept to explore the brand. Brilliant!

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

Waken Open Air. It is one of the biggest in the world! Sounds like a blast!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Pictures of a fan that passed away.

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

Aliens are real. It is egotistical to think out of all the billions of stars ours is the only one with intelligent life on it.

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

David Bowie. The Star Man. He was a genius and I miss him terribly in the world.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love expressing the story in concept and lyrics. I often hide life and love experiences within the lyrics and relate them to storyline and characters. But the best thing of all is having someone tell you the music speaks to their heart. The only thing I hate about it is that there aren’t more hours in the day to do it.

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

I would make it so at least one local band opens every touring act’s show in a city. No matter what the level there would need to be a local artist on the bill.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Blues For The Red Sun” by Kyuss. I know it forward and backward.

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

The way of the world right now is Downloads for most. Vinyl for the hip and cool. I’m cool with what anyone needs to get what they need from the music.

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

We opened for Wo Fat and COVEN at the Harvest of Doom Fest in October before Covid hit. Amazing show!

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

Mumbling incoherently on a street corner with a tin cup and a puppy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cheetah Chrome, Tony Iommi, Robert Smith, Roger Waters, and Mark Hennessy.

What’s next for the band?

We are booking shows and tours for spring and summer. We plan on letting the world know we are out here. We have our own comic book we are rebooting with famed Horror artist Rick Lara. We plan on putting out new music and videos all through the winter and summer.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialtwuftm
Instagram: TheyWatchUsFromTheMoon @officialtuwftm
Twitter: @officialtwuftm
https://theywatchusfromthemoon.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Where I’m from we call it a cookie so I think on your end of the pond it’s called a biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for your support. This is a very exciting journey and we are eager to bring this wild idea to the world.

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TOOM – Behold The Basilisk EP

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TOOM – Behold The Basilisk EP
APF Records
Release Date: 01/10/2021
Running Time: 21:27
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Let’s start with a history lesson.  The “Behold the Basilisk” EP by TOOM is a dug-up time capsule, having been recorded in January 2010.  The band themselves were formed in 2007, and split not long after this recording.  What could have been a long-lost curio, to be spoken of fondly by the few who had inside knowledge, has now been reanimated and set loose by APF records.

What we have is an EP consisting of four stoner doom tracks from an extinct trio.  Like those ape dudes at the start of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Teddy-James Driscoll, Jus Smith and Jack Newnham have been enlightened by a big, Black Sabbath obelisk – the legacy of which has been excavated for our enjoyment.

‘Snake Chalmers’ opens things up, with an acoustic guitar intro that’s highly reminiscent of those mellow Iommi passages from ‘Master of Reality’.  It’s a beautiful, yet deceptive beginning to a collection of crushingly heavy music. Play it for Granny, she’ll be surprised as fuck when the lethal riffage of ‘There’s Nothing Cute About Cobras’ revs up and creates utter destruction.  Growling vocals and gruesome, pounding guitars are where we’re at here.

It’s a similar approach for ‘Mandark’, though this track throws in some variations in riffs and tempo, with a short, but killer “quieter” section.  Here, and on the final song, ‘Decapodiformes’, there’s a hint of influence from the likes of Sleep, High On Fire, and Mastodon – with relentless, mighty riffs powering through.       

Gone but nor forgotten, then: it’s introducing and welcoming back TOOM on this impressive EP.  Makes you wonder what might have been…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Snake Chalmers
02. There’s Nothing Cute About Cobras
03. Mandark
04. Decapodiformes

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EMQ’s with DOOMSDAY PROFIT

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EMQ’s with DOOMSDAY PROFIT

Hi everyone! Welcome to a wonderful new EMQ’s interview with Raleigh, North Carolina based Psych-Sludge/Doom band, Doomsday Profit. Huge thanks to bassist, Ryan Sweeney, for taking part and for being one of the few to go all out on the Jaffa Cake question…awesome!

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 Ryan Sweeney and I play bass in Doomsday Profit along with Bryan Reed (Vocals/Guitar), Kevin See (Guitar), and Tradd Yancey (Drums).

Bryan was looking to start up a music project and roped me in as a way to get back into playing music, but primarily as an excuse to hang out with friends. We set out to make literal doom music to channel some of our anxieties around the effects of late-stage capitalism and the climate crisis. In search of a drummer, I reached out to Tradd Yancey of Crystal Spiders, with whom I played in a short-lived punk band a decade ago. From there, Tradd brought in Kevin to round out the sound that we now have defined as Doomsday Profit.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bryan and I were having a beer before a show, brainstorming band ideas. Nothing suggested felt right. I like puns, to most everyone’s chagrin. Bryan tossed out ‘Doomsday Profit’ and we immediately realized it checked all the right boxes.

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

We’re from the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), which has a very active heavy music scene. It’s awesome being able to see great heavy bands like Solar Halos, Night Battles, MAKE, WitchTit, Crystal Spiders, Lightning Born, Tooth, etc. as well as some newer punk acts like The Muslims and Pie Face Girls. We’re also honoured to be from the home state of scene greats like Corrosion of Conformity, Weedeater, Sourvein, and Toke.

It would probably be a disservice to mention some of the other Triangle greats like The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Sylvan Esso.

The Triangle scene has had significant ebbs and flows in the 80’s and 90’s with The dBs, Polvo, The Connells, etc. and in the early aughts with groups like Hammer No More The Fingers, Red Collar, Bombadil, The Love Language, etc. There were often shows each night in each of the three cities and you would have to make some hard decisions as to which show to go see. Now we’re kind of in an ebb, I’d say.

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

We currently have a demo on Bandcamp, but our first official release, “In Idle Orbit” is coming out November 12 and will be available for pre-order from October 1!

‘Consume The Remains’

https://doomsdayprofit.bandcamp.com/track/consume-the-remains

“Abandon Hope” (Full Demo)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As far as an influence on our sound? Each other. One of the things I really love about this band is that while we all have overlapping musical interests, our individual influences are diverse. My musical influences are more in the psych and prog realm, Bryan’s are more in the realm of hardcore and death metal, Tradd comes from a groovier cowpunk and pub-rock background, while Kevin’s primary go-to is jam bands. We all love the genre Doomsday Profit plays in (and the obvious classics of the genre: Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sleep, etc.), but with our combined influences we push each other into sonic territories that we otherwise might not explore on our own.

What first got you into music?

It’s hard to say. I think I always had some sort of connection with music. My late grandfather was an influence in that regard; he was big into Dixieland jazz which I didn’t get into until he passed away, but I think his adoration for music was imprinted on me at a young age. I attempted various instruments as a youngling: violin, piano, and guitar. Nothing stuck until a good friend of mine in high school taught me how to play bass.

My relationship with music has primarily been as a consumer and curator as opposed to a musician. Two high school teachers sent me on a path out of the typical embarrassing stuff everyone listened to as a kid. My world history teacher always ended a weekly quiz with a bonus question where she would play a classic rock song and we’d have to answer which band it was. That was my first-time hearing Jethro Tull. A year or so later my English teacher played A Ghost Is Born for the class when it first came out and that sent me on a path towards indie and college rock. My good friend who would later teach me bass was getting into classic metal and new prog (Porcupine Tree) and another friend hooked me onto Zappa. From there I went to college radio, interned at a record label where I met Bryan who was also interning, played in a college band, played in a post-college band (with Tradd), then lived a post-college life fairly removed from music for the first time in my life until another friend brought an opportunity to do a radio show at a community station. The show is still running, and it’s called Global Garage. It’s focused on rock-tangential music from all around the world and is a great way to force myself outside of the typical US/UK/Canada/Australia scenes that tend to dominate the typical music discourse. It’s the ultimate excuse for music discovery.

TL;DR – The quest for new sonic experiences.

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

I would love to incorporate some saxophone into what we do. I’m a sucker for sax-laced psych rock (Hawkwind, Mythic Sunship, etc.). Maybe Matana Roberts? Add a free jazz-doomy element.

Or, to shake things up, a collaboration with George Clinton would be absolutely wild and unexpected, but I think could sound really cool.

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

Roadburn’s the dream, right? I would love to play Roadburn because it’s such an institution, but primarily because it would be a great opportunity to see a bunch of fantastic bands all at once. But, if I have to pick only one, I’d go for Duna Jam. It just seems like such a chill, intimate experience and you really can’t beat that scenery.

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

We haven’t received any gifts yet, but we hope to make new friends during our upcoming October and November shows. But, if anyone is looking for ideas, we like D&D, Magic the Gathering, comic books, and records. On the weird wish list though? Fan art of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face.

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

Eat the Rich.

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

My default answer is going to be Frank Zappa. He was such a profound, prolific talent always diving headfirst to new music technology. It would be interesting to see what kind of music he would create with what exists now. I am on the fence as to whether his inevitable hot take YouTube channel would be very thoughtful and relevant or super cringy/old-man-yells-at-cloud.

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

Playing with my friends and connecting with people. Playing music, for me, is very much a form of therapy as well. It feels good to play.

What do I hate? Carrying cabs upstairs.

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

Fair payment. It’s bogus that the RIAA and labels pocketed music piracy lawsuit money and the actual musicians didn’t see a dime. Spotify is great for music discovery, but musicians don’t get paid nearly enough. I love Bandcamp for their artist-first approach business model. If I could change the music industry, I’d make Bandcamp the only music streaming and digital purchasing option.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oof, just one? My answer will change by the minute and as I’m typing the answer this minute is: Mohanik –At Amarbayasgalant”.

One of my favourite discoveries through Global Garage and is now one of my favourite records. I mean…check it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwS78Z_3URI

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

Whatever you have at your disposal and fits your needs. My personal listening preference is typically downloads/digital because it’s portable and I can listen to (and discover) a lot of new stuff quickly. I’ve spent probably more than I’d like to admit on Bandcamp Fridays over the past year-and-a-half.

I do also love vinyl because there’s nothing like the experience of collecting and listening to it. When I travel abroad, I like to start a trip at a record store and ask for recommendations of bands from the area. It’s also a great way to get good recommendations for places to go, things to see, eat, drink. etc. So, if you’re traveling to a new place, make your first stop a record store!

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

Art Bar in Columbia in February 2020; a week-ish or so before everything shut down. It was a fun show and a pleasure to share the stage with MNRVA and Space Coke. We’re returning to Art Bar on 10/16 to play with MNRVA, NeverFall, and another NC band, HolyRoller.

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

What I do now, data analytics desk job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If dead people are allowed in this hypothetical: Kurt Vonnegut, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Phil Ochs, Fred Hampton, and Anthony Bourdain.

If we’re talking currently alive: Paul Beatty, Sean Sherman, Jon Ronson, Angela Davis, and Greta Thunberg.

What’s next for the band?

We have a few weekend sprints coming up in October and November to coincide with the release of “In Idle Orbit”. In the meantime, we’re writing new songs with a goal of hopping back into the studio in February.

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

Website
Bandcamp
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I want to be very clear that I take food very seriously. I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to philosophize on weird questions like “is a hotdog a sandwich?” and “is cereal soup?”. This feels like one of those things and I want to do due diligence here, especially because Jaffa Cakes are specific to the UK.

As I’m unfamiliar with this particular debate, I went into this question assuming that this is a very dividing question and didn’t want to start some sort of international conflict. I was prepared to do my research and conclude that “cake or biscuit, the label doesn’t matter; what does matter is that Jaffa Cakes are absolutely delicious.” But I did my research and there’s a definite answer so we’re going to throw out any potential diplomatic issues out the window because this is now a hill I will die on.

As a Yank, I can’t say that Jaffa Cakes are a treat I’ve previously indulged in or sought out, so my personal experience up until now has been limited. In my state of being culturally unbiased, I wanted to approach the question from two angles: what does precedent say and what do my tastebuds say?

The first result that surfaced when I began my search was the precedent set through the case of McVitie’s vs. Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise where it was legally determined Jaffa cakes are, indeed, cakes. I agree with the logic discussed within the case, but I can’t take law as final because just because something is law doesn’t mean it’s good. Laws are meant to be broken.

As I have a huge respect for food science (big ups to Kenji López-Alt), I wanted to look at the process of how such a treat is made. Throughout my recipe research, it became clear that sponge is an integral part of a Jaffa cake. Sponge is, of course, cake. In one YouTube video, the baker created an instructional video for Jaffa Cakes based on the Great British Bake Off challenge. In which, they baked the sponges in cupCAKE tins, not on cookie sheets. This left me with one final source to confirm.

For my final preliminary research, I deemed it crucial to consult the institution of all things confectionary in the UK. What does the Great British Bake Off say? Jaffa Cakes were a challenge during cake week. ‘Nuff said.

While the preliminary research was enough to convince me I wanted to follow through with my due diligence and actually eat some Jaffa Cakes. I found some at a local supermarket and made Bryan stop there on our way to band practice. I forced Jaffa Cakes upon my bandmates to get their take:

Kevin: abstained

Bryan: Trick question, it’s a cookie (Biscuit: 1 | Cake: 0 | US/UK Relations: 0)

Tradd: Tastes like a cake filled with zit pus (Biscuit 1 | Cake 1 | US/UK Relations: 0)

My verdict – and tie-breaking vote on behalf of the band – is that while the Jaffa Cake is certainly the size of a cookie, and these specific cakes were a bit on the firmer side (more like a soft cookie), the overall experience and taste was certainly more cake-like than cookie-like.

In conclusion, based on research into precedent and personal experience, Jaffa Cakes are indeed cakes. They’re also absolutely delicious and I want more of them. Bryan and I were glad Tradd wasn’t a fan because that meant more delicious Jaffa Cakes for us.

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

Individual sustainability efforts are important but remember that almost three fourths of worldwide fossil fuel emissions can be traced to 100 corporations. They’re the ones making the real doomsday profit.

Doomsday Profit Promo Pic (Credit Allie Mullin Photography)
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EMQ’s with Shi – 死

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EMQ’s with Shi – 死

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Louisville, Kentucky based Depressive Suicidal Stoner Doom band, Shi – 死. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Bael, 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?

Howdy! I’m Bael and I play guitar and do vocals for Shi. We are a Depressive Suicidal Stoner Doom band from Louisville, KY. We’ve been playing together for I think just over 5 years now, with our current sound really coalescing about 2-3 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

I took 3 years of Japanese in High School, and was trying to figure a way to incorporate the language into musical projects before the band formed. Shi translates to “death”, and it felt fitting for a metal/doom band. I’d be lying if I said the name hasn’t provided some challenges, but we’ve all grown to dig it.

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

Louisville, KY is a little bit of an odd spot. It’s too north to be southern, but a bit too southern to be northern. We’ve got a little bit of that midwestern air about us as well…it’s a weird city for sure. However, we’ve got a great music scene with tons of talented bands (Blind Scryer, Prayer Line, Volcandra, Bad Wires, the list goes on and on)

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

We have a new album coming out on October 15th, “Basement Wizard”, and we just put out the first single, ‘Rehash’, on Spotify for streaming right now!

‘Rehash’

Who have been your greatest influences?

So, each of us pull a bit of varied influence as players and have pretty wide tastes, but for this particular band it’s other rad doom bands. Weedeater, Church of Misery, Bongzilla, and of course Black Sabbath are all big ones for us. We all also really like classic rock stuff, so some of that comes out in our songwriting when we get together.

What first got you into music?

For me, as far as actually playing music, it was just what another friend wanted to do. We were in middle school and he was going to pick up the drums. I wanted to basically do anything he did, and he already knew a guitarist, so I said I’d learn bass so I could be in a band with them. Eventually started playing guitar myself as well.

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

Really any of the aforementioned influences would be incredible! We also would love to branch out and get a little more out there, so being able to work with instrumentalists or performers from other genres would be neat. We just like to play, have fun, and see what comes of it.

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

Psycho Las Vegas and Muddy Roots both jump to mind as far as larger fests, but any of the Doomed and Stoned fests around would be super cool. Getting to play over in Japan or Europe would be awesome as well!

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

I don’t know if we’ve ever received a gift from a fan….especially not one that would be considered weird!

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

Keep on keeping on.

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

Freddie Mercury, for sure.

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

It’s kinda liberating putting yourself out there creatively, but at the same time it’s terrifying. Not knowing how folks might react to your work is really the double edged sword of it all, isn’t it!

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

I really don’t know…my gut reaction would be to go back closer to where there were talent scouts and labels were proactively out looking for talent to sign and support, but that also leads to a lot of predatory practices. It seems like moving away from that has given artists and creatives more autonomy, and the advent of technology and digital distribution allows smaller independents to put their material out there more easily and widely than ever before.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”. I’ve listened to it countless times, and it never really gets old. A true masterpiece! Although, my Last.FM account says that the Jesus Christ Superstar ’96 London Studio Cast is my most listened to album since I’ve been scrobbling through there.

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

Each serves their own purpose. I wouldn’t say any single one is best! I mostly listen to streams/digital these days but that’s just for ease of access at work.

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

That’s probably a toss-up between our first album release show in January of 2020, and the Louisville is Dead fest from 2019. Both were wild times with lots of friends.

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

Probably all the things I currently do outside of music; Twitch streaming, watching movies, being a boring old person!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m way too introverted to want to host a dinner party…I’d just leave that up to the others!

What’s next for the band?

Putting out this album on October 15th, and then playing the album release show the next night on October 16th at our home base Mag Bar here in town!

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

You can basically find us everywhere by searching ShiLouisville!
www.facebook.com/shilouisville/
www.instagram.com/shilouisville/
www.shilouisville.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4meXIy0Tw9Ag5yY32lKiB2

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had them, but now I know what I’m gonna search for next time I’m at an international market!

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

We super appreciate you allowing us to fill this out, and hope you enjoy the new tunes! Be well, y’all.

Shi Promo Pic (Credit JPF Designs)
Photo Credit – JPF Designs

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Hippie Death Cult – Circle Of Days

Circle Of Days Album Cover Art

Hippie Death Cult – Circle Of Days
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 21/05/2021
Running Time: 37:15
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Hello, dear children of the night, who, like me, are probably vastly overheated and cranky, as summer stubbornly persists over northern England, and doesn’t appear to be going away after a couple of days like it normally does, to be replaced by the iron grey skies and stair rods of driving rain that we are used to, and at the moment would frankly welcome. I have a tan! I haven’t had a fucking tan since 1996 and now my beautiful alabaster skin has a definite brown tinge to it and my goff credentials are utterly ruined forever. No more can I mock goths in hot weather, knowing that secretly I am one (for the record I am currently seated in the lounge at Dark Juan Terrace, clad in black Vans, black denim cut off shorts and black St. Pauli totenkopf t-shirt) of the pale revenants of the night. Instead, I have a “healthy glow” and I want no part of it!

I am instead consoling myself with gallons of iced cider and the latest offering to the altar of Ever-Metal.com from the excellently named Hippie Death Cult of Portland, Oregon. That is in the United States of America, if your geography is as poor as some of the young gentlemen in my charge at my other job. One of them pointed at India the other day and was absolutely convinced it was France and wouldn’t be told otherwise until I showed him the Channel fucking Tunnel and that it came out at Calais and not fucking Chennai.

In other news, briefly, Field Marshal and our Great Leader Rick “Don’t Try Sucking Up To Me, It Won’t Get You Anywhere, You Shocking Tart” Tilley fielded some enquiries about just what it is Mrs. Dark Juan creates while I write this nonsense. I sent him a picture of her latest creation and now he is traumatized (completely and utterly – Rick). However, Anabelle from Cradle Of Filth seems quite taken by it so as far as I’m concerned, it’s all gravy. Mrs. Dark Juan is now currently making fingers(!) while listening to some form of baroque ghost story. Her psyche is absolutely shot to fuck with a constant diet of horror films, M.R. James stories and the darkest imagination for creations I have ever known…

Oh yeah, music review…

Hippie Death Cult – Oregonian, as I believe I have already said. I’m sorry. I’m a bit hungover after the wicked strength lager I drank last night. HDC are really a quite interesting band who have taken the sounds and expansiveness of progressive music and melded them to a combination of the grittiness of classic rock sensibilities and the fuzz overdrive of doom and stoner. The result is rather extraordinary, being fuzzy and slow enough to please the doomsters, yet offering some absolutely incredible riffing and pounding heavy metal to entertain the mainstream crowd, and also having a lovely touch of exploratory madness to lift the music from the mundane or the repetitive. In short, It’s fair to say it’s fucking brilliant and I am a massive fan after this, their sophomore effort.

The sound is extremely cohesive, the mix solid and the production clear and legible, even if the snare drum is lacking some punch. The bass is clearly and cleanly heard and the guitar snarls and roars with a real classic rock sound. As an experiment, I bought some proper old 70’s cans from my mate Tony and played this record back-to-back through them, to compare them to the headphones I normally use. Hippie Death Cult sound absolutely fucking huge through the older phones and merely competent (production wise, this is) through the newer ones. Therefore, I am junking the newer ones immediately.

The opening song on the record is called ‘Red Meat Tricks’ and sets a tone that just begs you to listen more, melding classic rock vibes with progressive elements and some glorious coruscating riffs and solos including a scale in the middle eight that just made me wet my pants with sex wee excitement. Guitar and bass are both used as lead instruments and this offers even more interest on a song that beguiles as well as slays. The second song is entitled ‘Hornet Party’ and the chord medley at the start of the tune immediately just says ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ and Slayer to me, before blasting into the ionosphere with some speedily concussive metal, being sinuously wrapped around by that chord medley. The song as a whole reminds this metal loving idiot of a mix of Slayer and ‘Hooker With A Penis’ era Tool, and let’s be honest that’s a fucking great thing – Tool and Slayer are two of the greatest exponents of their art there are.

Track three, ‘Walk Within’, is where we diverge from the more metal elements of the music and has piano and clean, fingerpicked guitar and a dreamy, ethereal vocal line with a much more proggy sound – it kind of reminds me of a less folky Blood Ceremony throughout the song, until it ends with a huge, dissonant crash and into the fourth cut of the album – ‘Circle Of Days’’ which opens with a  superfuzzy doom riff before morphing gently into a supremely technical and complex prog metal song, but with rather more earthiness and soul than most prog and technical metal – there’s gorgeous harmonies, intertwining vocal lines, guitar that alternately wounds and bewitches, yet it maintains a relaxed and smooth groove than you can lean into and special mention must be made of vocalist Ben Jackson. The boy has a fucking amazing set of pipes on him. Equally happy performing a wail worthy of the Ozzmeister himself, to a gravelly low pitched (but still clean) sound, to a more than passable Dave Wyndorf analogue, Ben proves his versatility on every single song and is a fine, fine rock singer. The last tune on the record is called ‘Eye In The Sky’ and is by far the most psychedelic offering on here, with soft wah on the chiming, shining guitars, until four minutes in when the song takes a massive left turn and delivers a metal riff of such shining splendor (imagine Jerry Cantrell at his heaviest in Alice In Chains and make it more metal) I can’t help but fall to my knees and give thanks to the gods of meal for giving me this to listen to. And the solo. Oh, my FUCKING GOD THE SOLO!!!!!!

Yeah, it’s fair to say I am a bit of a fan and Hippie Death Cult (and others like them) are EXACTLY the reason why I trawl the underground for music – under here is where the ultraclassic live. This is where you find the most egregious talents and the greatest music. With rare exceptions, I find the underground bands more astonishing than the mainstream ones. There is NOTHING like Hippie Death Cult in the mainstream and that is to the mainstream’s detriment, because this is sheer inventiveness and music made for the sake of performance. Hippie Death Cult are truer to the soul and idea of metal than Metallica and their ilk will ever be. This record is heavy as fuck, rich, organic, chock full of feeling and absolutely fucking amazing.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has listened to this record three times back-to-back already and shows no sign of slowing down because it’s just so fantastic. 10 out of fucking 10 without a question. Buy this. Now. Don’t argue. Just buy it.

Red Meat Tricks’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Red Meat Tricks
02. Hornet Party
03. Walk Within
04. Circle of Days
05. Eye In The Sky

LINE-UP:
Ryan Moore – Drums
Eddie Brnabic – Guitar
Ben Jackson – Vocals/Keys
Laura Phillips – Bass/Vocals

LINKS:

Hippie Death Cult Promo Pic

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Thunder Horse – Chosen One

Chosen One Album Cover Art

Thunder Horse – Chosen One
Ripple Music
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 54:17
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

It is 10:42 in the morning at Dark Juan Terrace and for some unaccountable reason I am a) awake, b) already walked the hellhounds and c) cowering in fear at the great shiny hot yellow thing in the sky because yesterday it was grey and snowing and absolutely more suited to the black gloom and morbid humour that normally characterizes my days rather than the superheated ball of gases and minerals that some folk bizarrely like to cook themselves under on the beach. I don’t like beaches. Sand is gravely inconvenient and more than a little unpleasant. Especially in crevices. In mitigation of the horror of the colossal ball of fire trying to kill me with its rays, the moors above my little village look absolutely fucking stunning in their beauty and wild, barren charm with the sun shining on them. So, it is with unaccustomed good cheer and more than a little pleasant bonhomie I present to you the latest collection of pithy platitudes and tortured metaphors that constitute the bulk of my pathetic ramblings about people with actual talent doing marvellous things and entertaining me mightily while I am a snarky bastard about their art.

Today, it is Thunder Horse being given the dubious benefit of my attention while I accompany them with a splendid bucket of Yorkshire’s finest tea and Hodgson Fartpants (number three furry son) basking in the rays streaming through the window and emitting the kind of smells that would have you up on charges of crimes against humanity in The Hague in next to no time if the CIA hadn’t bought the rights to his anal emanations for use against banana republic leaders first.

So, Thunder Horse are an American band hailing from Texas and are fronted by a man whose primary musical bent is industrial metal, being one Stephen Bishop, frontman of Pitbull Daycare. Thunder Horse has absolutely FUCK ALL to do with industrial metal, so get that idea out of your pretty little heads now. Thunder Horse play a peculiar hybrid of superdoom mixed with proggy elements and a fair bit of psychedelia and you will be no doubt unsurprised to hear that it’s right up my perverted and poorly lit street. Abandon hope all ye who enter here…

I have to say that the production on this album is absolutely sublime. I can hear everything perfectly. Normally doom metal sounds like the entire band have been recorded while they have been immersed in oxtail soup with croutons. This production is absolutely crystal clear (mixing done by Caleb Bingham and mastering by Joe Bozzi) right down to the single, quiet china hits on softer passages, yet maintaining such a huge sound that it’s like a wall of steel hitting you at 800 miles an hour. It’s not so much sound, as a weapon designed to reduce your flesh to liquid and your bones to a strange jellylike substance. And the riffs. OH, THE FUCKING RIFFS. Black Sabbath meets a bit of Jane’s Addiction, who’s been knocking off Pink Floyd and Cromagnon whilst simultaneously courting Mountain, Crowbar and Deep Purple in their darker moments make for an intoxicating mix of elements for the seasoned metal veteran to enjoy. And a slightly worrying mental image. The bass (by Mr. Dave Crow – hereby confirming my theory that EVERY band has had a Dave in them at some point) is a fuzz fuelled, rumbling beast bent on evisceration, the drums (Jason “Shakes” West) not unlike a titanic, explosive belching war machine stomping entire companies of men flat in its inexorable desire to reach you and stomp you out of existence and the guitars similar to armoured, flailing beasts with adamantium tipped claws disembowelling their foes with snarling precision. The solos of T.C. Connally are just fucking awesome as is all the guitar work on the record.

The music is also superb. The songwriting is fucking expert level and the lead vocal engaging and easy to listen to, as Stephen Bishop has a voice not unlike a mélange of Ozzy, Kirk Windstein and Dave Winegum (sorry, Wyndorf. Mrs Dark Juan and her penchant for ruining metal has always called the Monster Magnet frontman Dave Winegum and it has kind of stuck. She managed to turn the lyrics of the chorus to Ghost’s ‘Year Zero’ from “Welcome to Year Zero” to “Welcome to New Zealand”. The shit I go through for the love of metal, I tell you…) and this is the perfect mix for a doom vocalist, rather than the roaring battle machines that are normally employed.

There is a weak point, however, and that is ‘Texas’. Saying it’s a weak point is a bit churlish, but an acoustic, wah dripping paean to your home state sidles perilously close to Dark Juan’s pathological hatred of ballads and his penchant for dropping marks off scores because ballads utterly fucking ruin the magic of metal records. I mean, who, when they are happily being plastered against the opposite wall of their room by a concentrated and lethal wall of sound, wants to suddenly drop to the floor in a boneless heap while some long haired twat wails about their lost love/ being on the road all the time/ drink/ drugs/ drink AND drugs/ their home/ the 15-year-old groupie they shouldn’t have touched/ their pet fucking hamster over some delicately plucked acoustic guitar? Not me, buster. Otherwise, the music is absolute motherfucking savagery in aural form. The arrangements are uncommonly powerful and the performance absolutely top notch in execution. I particularly enjoyed the progressive elements and the way they integrated into the heaviness, providing a counterpoint to the power with melody, Hammond organs and musicianship and the simple acid fuelled joy of psychedelia.

I can’t give you any stand out tracks because the quality is so fucking extremely high, although opener ‘Let Them Bleed’ should be ranked among one of the most venomous statements of intent I have ever heard. Touches of Sir Lord Baltimore and Cream and Hendrix creep out of the background of songs and lodge themselves in your subconscious – they even use a fucking voicebox on bonus track and ode to the joy of metal that is ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ and this sends goosebumps down the spine and reminds you of the time when Aerosmith were amazing (circa 1972) and rock and metal were expansive and exploratory.

There’s also a bonus and extended version of ‘Texas’. This is a much better and more cohesive version than the version earlier on the record and reminds me greatly of the wonderful Hawkwind’s ‘Hurry On Sundown’ and bizarrely, hints of The Mamas and The Papas. Thunder Horse have redeemed themselves with what actually has turned out to be a mighty fine psychedelic little acoustic number, rather than a pants wettingly awful unplugged lighter waver.

Well done, gentlemen, well done indeed. Dark Juan is a Thunder Horse convert. You magnificent bastards.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (y’all) awards Thunder Horse a stonking 10/10 for a fucking monster of a record that it will be singing happily along to in its grave.

‘Let Them Bleed’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Let Them Bleed
02. Among The Dead
03. Rise Of The Heathens
04. Chosen One
05. Broken Dreams
06. Song For The Ferryman
07. Texas
08. Halfway To Hell
09. Remembrance
10. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Bonus Track)
11. Texas (Extended Version)

LINE-UP:
Stephen Bishop – Guitar/Vocals
T.C. Connally – Lead Guitar
Dave Crow – Bass
Jason “Shakes” West – Drums

LINKS:

Thunder Horse Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH

Diseased Earth Logo

EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA based Doom/Sludge/Death Metal band, Diseased Earth. Huge thanks to vocalist, Travis 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 Travis and I’m the vocalist in Diseased Earth. We started in 2014 from the ashes of several local bands and we kinda all gravitated towards each other to play some heavy, uncompromising music. Joe (Bassist) and I are the only original members. along the way, we met Clayton and Paul and they joined the fold and I believe this is our best sounding, most like-minded line up.

How did you come up with your band name?

Joe is the only one who actually suggested the name and it was the one we all decided on. It basically sums up our view on humanity and how we are a plague to this planet and cause untold damage with our wilful ignorance and hubris.

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

We are based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia in the US. Our local scene is small but very tight knit. We have some amazing bands like 434, Tiller, Earthling, Helgamite, Crab action, Krode, and Heemeyer.

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

We just released a new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’. It was recorded and engineered by Buddy Harlow and I think it’s our best sounding release. We have plans to return to the studio with him in March and record more songs.

‘Coven Of Leeches’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I originally came from the Grind and Death Metal scene and a lot of my influences come from there. bands like Pig Destroyer, Circle Of Dead Children, and Impaled. I do enjoy some sludge and doom bands like Thou, Goatsblood, and Weedeater. lyrically, I take a lot of influence from guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. They know how to tell a story and really know how to turn a phrase.

What first got you into music?

I don’t think there was one defining moment. it’s just something I gravitated towards. Originally, I started out as a guitar player, but I couldn’t ever make it sound like what I heard in my head, so I got frustrated and started doing vocals instead.

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

Hmm probably Steve Von Til from Neurosis. I’ve always enjoyed their music and would love to do something with any of them.

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

I would love to go overseas to any of the big European open-air festivals. they look amazing!

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

Sadly, I’ve never been given any gifts haha. I feel kinda left out on this. If any fans are reading this, give me weird things.

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

Keep supporting local music. if it wasn’t for the fans, there would be no bands. Y’all are our lifeblood.

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

Cliff Burton. I’d really love to see where Metallica would have gone if he never had passed.

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

For me, playing music is a huge stress release and important to my mental health. I’m able to get on stage and get out all my frustration, stress, anger, etc… it’s freeing and one of the most incredible things to be on stage and see people vibing with something you have written. the thing I really hate is waiting to play. nothing worse than having to wait through 2 or 3 bands to get on stage. the nerves and anxiousness start to set in.

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

Give artists what they deserve from streaming. it’s ridiculous how little artists make from streaming even though it’s the new popular thing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pig Destroyer – “Prowler In The Yard”. I’ve probably listened to that album thousands of times and it never gets old to me.

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

All of the above. it doesn’t matter to me as long as there is music. I will say til recently, I was still rocking an iPod. a friend put me on his family plan so now I have apple music and I have to say, it’s kinda nice if I think of a random song, I can instantly have it at my fingertips, instead of having to go home and download it then upload it to my iPod before being able to listen to it.

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

Hmm we’ve gotten lucky and had some great gigs. probably one of my favourites was from last year where we played at IX art park in Charlottesville, VA. It was right before shutdown and a great show. There was an awesome energy to the show. Our set from that show is available on YouTube as our buddy Cody from The Liquor Portal came out and filmed it.

‘Live At IX Art Park’

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

Well, I’m a tattoo artist by career, so I would keep doing that. if going with a fantasy job, then I would have to say pro wrestling manager.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If we are going with alive or dead, I would have to say HP Lovecraft, Rasputin, Tony Iommi, Mick Foley, and Henry Rollins.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, it’s just writing and recording until the pandemic eases up. We have plans in March to go back into the studio and record three more songs. We have a couple other things in the works that I can’t talk about at the moment, but once I’m able to, they will be on our social media.

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

Well, currently we have Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, and Twitter. all of our music is also available on all major streaming platforms.
www.facebook.com/diseasedearth
www.diseasedearth.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/diseasedearth/
www.twitter.com/diseasedearth
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ghGgqiHn99G2bQoPQ6s8R
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVYEzyDMjBoTiMPWAD4xNjA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So, we’re from the US and I have no idea what this is haha. I looked it up and it still doesn’t give a direct answer, so im gonna say both!

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

Go check out our new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’, it’s out now on pretty much all streaming services.

Look us up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc and keep supporting music.

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