EMQ’s with VERITAS

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EMQ’s with VERITAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, Missouri based Hard Rock/Metal band, Veritas. Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Wenk, 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?

Greg Wenk, guitarist for Veritas. Veritas was formed in 2012. I had been writing music for a few years after my previous band went on permanent hiatus and decided I wanted to be in a band again. After much searching, I found bassist Geno Alberico, who suggested vocalist Denny Anthony. After our original drummer stepped down Denny suggested we contact Mark Zonder about recording drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came across the name while looking for ideas. I also found the Awen symbol and combined the two together which we still use today in an updated design. Veritas means truth, Awen means creativity.

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

The band is based out of Kansas City but has members in other parts of the US. The music scene was pretty good before the pandemic. We’re still seeing what venues survived since live music is finally returning.

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

We released “Threads of Fatality” on August 28, 2020. It’s fourteen tracks including four updated from our EP released the previous year.

‘Morbid Stale’ (Audio)

‘Far Away’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of the guitarists that have had the greatest influence on my playing are Ace Frehley, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, Criss Oliva, Alex Skolnick, Jon Drenning, Ben Jackson and George Lynch.

What first got you into music?

I have been surrounded by music from an early age and have always had a love for it. I started out playing trumpet and switched to guitar once I discovered heavy metal. Once I heard KISS Alive and heard the guitar and roar of the crowd, I was hooked.

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

There are too many. I would love to sit down with some of the ones that had a huge impact on me and just see how they approach writing songs.

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

In the US, probably Rockfest here in KC. It would be great to be included in a local festival. Also, Progfest in Atlanta. They always have some of the greatest lesser known bands from around the globe. Overseas, I would have to say Donington, Wacken and any other huge gathering. Those are legendary festivals.

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

I would say an offer to visit and be shown around Ukraine. I actually took the offer. It was an eye-opening experience. I even learned a bit of Russian before going.

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

Thanks for taking the time to listen to and support our music and we love hearing from you. You rock!

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

Wow that’s a tough one. I’m going with Criss Oliva. He was such a great and under-rated guitarist and I’d love to see what he would have created.

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

I just love playing and listening to music. I try and play guitar every chance I get. One of the few things I dislike is not being able, so far, to play music as a source of supportable income and some of the dishonest people you run into in the business.

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

If bands and labels would be more genuine with the music they create and sign, not just trying to follow the newest trend.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

How about three. Savatage -s “Hall of the Mountain King”, Crimson Glory – “Transcendence”, and Queensrÿche – “Rage for Order”.

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

CD’s.

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

Unfortunately, Veritas hasn’t had any shows yet because of the shutdown but in a previous band, we had a live broadcast from a local station at one of our shows and they were telling people they had to see our show. The crowd was amazing and got a personal invite from the owner to come back anytime.

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

The only other thing that I enjoy is old classic muscle cars and working on them. So, maybe auto restoration?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume you mean outside of the band members? Jon and Criss Oliva, George Lynch, Nikki Sixx, Ronnie James Dio. I’m sure they’d have some great stories to tell. I’ve already met and talked to two on the list and they were great.

What’s next for the band?

We’re still promoting our current CD and started work on the follow-up. We’re hoping to get out and play some shows in the near future.

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

www.veritas.rocks/
www.veritas.rocks/shop
www.facebook.com/veritasmusickc
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vg2D7TA0EWYPszQraoHps

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I’ve never had them.

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

Thanks for taking time for the interview and thanks to all the fans that support the band and our music. You rock!

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INTERVIEW WITH SILENT SEASON

Addiction Album Cover Art

INTERVIEW WITH SILENT SEASON
Boston’s Hard Hitting Rock Band
By Stephanie Stevens

SILENT SEASON Boston’s hard hitting rock/metal band is back with intensity, rage, aggression and a lyrical journey dealing with drug addiction in the band’s new song ‘ADDICTION’. These dudes never cease to amaze me with the emotion and musicianship as they grow every year in their career.

The band was founded by Jeremy Rae (vocals) and David Pappalardo (drums) in 2008 and the full line-up gelled in 2012. Since then, they have released a debut album entitled “BREAKING ME DOWN” and received rave reviews from a ton of radio stations including Sirius-XM Octane with the hit single ‘CHANCE’.

With a growing fan base the guys continued releasing singles through the years that kept levelling up each time! You can tell how passionate, dedicated and driven they are to make SILENT SEASON a household name.

If you truly want to get blown away (like I did)  then you need to take a hearty listen to their 2019 EP release “THE WAR WITHIN, VOL 1”. From the hard hitting blast in ‘THE NEGATIVE’ to the pretty and sensational sound of ‘STARS’, these dudes know how to bring all the elements of a good rock band to the centre stage each time they create a tune.

I had a chance to speak to the band about the new release ‘ADDICTION’, the positive outlook they bring out in their songs, the band name and where they think they have improved the most as musicians.

Q: I love the name of your band can you give me the reason you decided on the name and, through the years, has the name’s meaning changed for you guys?

A: When we first started a lot of the bands that we had  played shows with in previous projects started to fizzle out. The music scene kind of fell silent for a bit and we wanted to fill that void. So, we came up with the name Silent Season. I think though the meaning hasn’t changed we are still here to finish what we started.

Q: Being a Boston based hard rock band what is the biggest struggle and most positive thing being in the area?

A: The biggest struggle is that the rock scene is not as alive as it used to be. Venues that used to be hot spots have closed and it’s a shame. Luckily, there’s a lot of great local acts that support each other at the shows we manage to put together.

Q: You guys have been making music since 2008 and have had a gelled band member line-up since 2012. How do you get inspired to create music and what does it take to keep a line-up solid for so long?

A: Jeremy, Dave and I are the original three. The way we are just so comfortable with each other makes the writing process easier.

Q: Your newest single ‘ADDICTION’ deals with a heavy lyrical standpoint which a lot of bands have covered, when you started writing this song what inspired you to touch on this subject and how did you want to make it different from other rock tunes that talk about this subject matter?

A: We tried to make the song through the eyes of someone watching another person deal with addiction. I think it is more relevant now than ever with people being so depressed about covid and life shutting down. A lot of people chose to use again because of all that. We just wanted to shed some light on that and let people know they can get help and are not alone.

Q: The one thing I love about your music is you bring out the positive and try to help people through struggles. Is that something, on a personal level, you strive to do and also if you do on a personal level how does that differ than putting it to music?

A: I think growing up as a kid there were a lot of bands talking about some pretty dark subject matter. People can relate to that, but they also want to know that they can overcome all the crap that life throws at you. It was important to us to make it known that even though life gets tough there is always something you can do to make it better.

Q: What is the biggest improvement as a musician you think you have had since the beginning of the career as SILENT SEASON?

A: For me, I have gotten into recording and mixing, which helps when you have an idea you have to get down before you forget. And also, I’ve gotten into a lot in the live perspective. For example, when we play live, I handle our rack which handles our mics, in ear monitors, click tracks, samples and light show.

Q: Do you guys have new music as in an EP or full-length coming out in 2021 or do you feel the single releases are the way to go in this current music world? And how do you view both ways of getting music out?

A: With the way things are, being an unsigned band, we are currently just focusing on singles.

Q: What is the biggest thing you guys have missed in a live show atmosphere and why?

A: The crowd/fans. The way they react to the songs and the conversations we have with them after the shows. Many tell stories on how the music helped in some way. It’s really rewarding in a way.

Q: Do you have local shows gearing up or tours coming your way for the end of 2021?

A: We are starting to put together some shows now that things are getting back to normal. TBA!

Q: What does it mean to you that people take the time to listen and connect to your music?

A: Honestly, it means the world to us. I’m pretty sure that if it wasn’t for the listeners this all wouldn’t be worth doing for all these years.

Q: Anything else you want to let people know about your band or new stuff coming soon?

A: We are always making new music so don’t be surprised if you start to hear about the next single sooner than later! We are always on social media so stay tuned on there for any announcements.

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‘Addiction’ (Official Video)

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Blue Öyster Cult – 45th Anniversary Live In London

Blue Öyster Cult45th Anniversary Live In London
Frontiers Music srl
Released Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 1:13:54
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good afternoon, you wall eyed, vain and insane creatures. It is I, Dark Juan, addressing you after a particularly physical 48 hour duty shift wrangling recalcitrant young gentlemen. Said young gentlemen have been firmly reminded of just what constitutes acceptable behaviour, and suffice it to say it was not the extensive levels of property damage that was caused yesterday morning. I told them if it were the House of the False God it would have been ok, but not when it is your own bed. Thankfully, the Mighty Gothmobile (my particularly ratty looking, ancient Audi. Even Hellpriests need to travel. But it is black, and the stereo is KICKASS) emerged unscathed, not that you would be able to tell due to the state of it. Anyway, now I’m seated in the lounge of Dark Juan Terrace, Mrs. Dark Juan across from me, as she is drawing a really quite disturbing changeling creature and the Hounds of Smell are distributed about various items of furniture and I am on my fourth cup of tea of the day, listening to the stylings of the mighty and puissant Blue Öyster Cult.

Unsurprisingly, given the title of the album, this is a 45th anniversary performance of the finest of BOC’s music, recorded in London at the O2 Indigo. In fact, it is a show comprising the entirety of BOC’s FUCKING CLASSIC first album with added extras, rare songs and ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’. No, stop that shaking of your heads. I SAID STOP IT! You would only have been disappointed if the band hadn’t played it, and let’s face it, it is a fucking stone cold classic hard rock song and puts a lot of modern bands to shame with the sheer scale of its vision. Anyway, I’m done arguing with you. You’re wrong.

Starting with a typically understated greeting from the veteran New York noiseniks, they waste no time with niceties and crash straight into opening number ‘Transmaniacon MC’. As well as it having oodles of Hammond organ (but sadly no cowbell), you can’t help but be mightily impressed with the quality of the sound production and mix. It is fucking perfect, baby. Every instrument is clearly audible, the bass drum resonates superbly and does NOT sound like someone belting a taut, wet tea towel with an equally wet and very flaccid dead rat, and no one part of the band overshadows the other. The bass guitar is also top notch, easily cutting through and just grooving its way around the music. Blue Öyster Cult’s sound engineer must be some kind of fucking archmage, his work is that good. Now, as you are well aware, I am not normally a fan of live records, but by Jiminy this is fucking amazing – I’m not sure whether it is the innate (insanely high) quality of the songs, the fact that the band just EFFORTLESSLY groove or what. All I know is that I’m fucking LOVING IT LARGE! Blue Öyster Cult’s Eastern tinged, funky, groovy, psychedelic sound is not for everyone, but if you want to hear a live recording played with passion, precision and sheer joy, you can do no better than this record. I mean it. I am seldom so enthusiastic about this sort of stuff, but this atmospheric, spacey kind of exploratory hard rock is right up my fucking street, seeing as I am an Ipsissimus Of The Temple Of The Groove, and I am being transported on great, purple clouds of acid tinged enthusiasm and the high just keeps on getting bigger, man. ‘Then Came The Last Days Of May’ is particularly noteworthy with its amphetamine fuelled speedy middle eight and solo before it changes gear and slams back into the colossal groove it was following. Also of note for the more metal tinged warriors amongst you, my children, is ‘Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll’ as it has one of the most classic sleazy guitar riffs ever committed to celluloid, before the acid trip hits and then there’s honky tonk piano and some kind of bizarro fucking echoey fuzz phasery bit that then crashes into the kind of soloing that just makes you weep with ketamine fuelled joy and false endings and all kinds of shenanigans before slamming back into the groove for a final four bars… Then there is a surprisingly violent version of ‘Workshop Of The Telescopes’. Oh, this is what music should be like.

Listening to Blue Öyster Cult, you are reminded of the roots of this thing we called metal, and how it welded the sounds of jazz, rock and roll, psychedelia and the blues together. BÖC do it expertly and effortlessly. I’ll be honest here – I was expecting a jaded, tired band completing a jaded, tired performance in a blatant cash grab for the anniversary of the release of their first record. Instead I got an obviously committed band, playing classic music with the kind of passion that is lacking from a lot of modern metal, with a surfeit of skill, musicianship and songwriting talent. There isn’t a SINGLE bum note anywhere and I can detect no overdubs covering mistakes.

In short, if this isn’t regarded as a classic live album in the future, I’m going to eat Ever Metal supremo Rick Tilley. He’d barbecue so beautifully and I imagine with shallots and an apple jus he would be most agreeable on the palate. (This is news to me and I’m actually quite perturbed by the thought! – Rick)

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Blue Öyster Cult a shining and sparkling 10/10 for a classic live album – pin sharp, fucking perfect and still heavy as fuck, man. Heavy. As. Fuck. Every song is a classic masterpiece. Every fucking song. And let’s face it, if you don’t love ‘Godzilla’ you have no fucking soul and you’re dead to me.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Transmaniacon MC
02. I’m On The Lamb, But I Ain’t No Sheep  (I do SO appreciate wordplay.)
03. Then Came The Last Days Of May
04. Stairway To The Stars
05. Before The Kiss, A Redcap (Psychedelia for the win!)
06. Screams (Could be written for the sounds Mrs. Dark Juan emits when I’m being enthusiastic about something. Like Blue Öyster Cult currently.)
07. She’s As Beautiful As A Foot (I’m slightly concerned by this.)
08. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll
09. Workshop Of The Telescopes
10. Redeemed
11. Buck’s Boogie
12 Godzilla (Stadium BANGER!!!)
13. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
14. Tattoo Vampire (I never noticed that my first teenage band, The Theatre Upstairs, had ripped off the opening drum pattern from this. Please don’t sue me, Blue Öyster Cult. I have nothing worth having besides a number of elderly dogs of uncertain temper. And, judging by the state of their arses, gastric problems.)
15. Hot Rails To Hell

LINE-UP (as if you didn’t fucking know already!)
Eric Bloom – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – Guitar, Vocals
Richie Castellano – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Danny Miranda – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jules Radino – Drums, Percussion

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EMQ’s with RAHWAY

EMQ’s with RAHWAY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Jersey, USA based Hard Rock/Metal band Rahway. Huge thanks to guitarist David Cardenas 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?

David Cardenas, Guitars RAHWAY. We are a band that Loves to write, have tons of laughs, and play Live.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were working with famed producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Lennon Fame) and at the time we were known as Sun. He brought us up In conversation with Steven Tyler, who thought the band name was stupid, then asked where we were from, Jack said Rahway, New Jersey. Steven told him that they should name the band Rahway, and so we have been known as Rahway ever since.

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

We are from the East Coast of the USA. New Jersey to be exact. The scene is very cool, condensed but cool. I can throw a rock in any direction and hit a musician by accident lol.

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

We have an EP, “Slumlord of New Jersey”, dropping September 18th of this year and its Killer, very proud of our work on this one.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well that is easy, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Guns n Roses.

What first got you into music?

An old Johnny Cash album my Dad played me when I was a boy. I was hooked.

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

James Michael of Sixx AM would be great to work with. I love his work…so Powerful.

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

Castle Donington…it always seemed that’s where everything happened, and all bands collected.

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

Funny…people send me Bigfoot stuff, I’m a believer.

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

One Trillion Thank you’s, you never let us down!

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

John Henry Bonham.

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

Writing and Preforming are what it’s about for me. Driving and waiting suck, there’s a lot of waiting in R-n-R…!

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

That it was more like the days when if a promoter liked and believed in you, you got the big gig…and built a fan base. Now you pay for it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Physical Graffiti” by the great Led Zeppelin.

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

CD’s…solid, easy, tangible.

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

Opening for Skid Row at The Starland Ballroom, good friends, family, fans. Just a great vibe all around.

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

A Primatologist.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The four of us in the band and our Manager, were a fkd up gang. Hahahahahahahaha!

What’s next for the band?

We are heading back into Sonic Stomp Studio with the amazing Mike Orlando to record the follow up EP, should be amazing.

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

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, all of theme, WE ARE EVERYWHERE LOL…
www.rahwayband.com/
www.facebook.com/Rahway/
www.twitter.com/RahwayBand
www.instagram.com/rahwayband/
www.youtube.com/user/RahwayBand

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Oh, those…they’re a cakey biscuit…hahahahahahahaha…idk…I never heard of them before. We must not have them here in New Jersey.

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

Great spending time with you, thank you so much…please go to our site and check us out, grab some merch and watch some videos…

www.RAHWAYBAND.com

Peace!

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