Blakk Ledd – Heavy Metal Fans

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Blakk Ledd – Heavy Metal Fans
Melodic Passion
Release Date: 11/11/22
Running Time: 52:35
Review by Simon Black
7.5/10

When this record from the Swedish Metal act landed, I at first thought I may have missed something from the NWOBHM influenced USA Metal of the mid 80’s, but no this is very new material from a relatively recently founded band. That was the first surprise. The second one was that this sounds like a young bunch of fiery millennials who’ve discovered their parents’ vinyl collections and run with it (like Reckless Love for example), but the press pack reveals a very grizzled middle-aged bunch of chaps, who don’t look very Metal at all, but my word they certainly have that sound nailed and have clearly owned all the right records for many decades..

Now those that read my drivelling regularly will know that I blow hot and cold when it comes to this retro-fad let’s re-create the 80’s approach, particularly when bands waste inordinate amounts of effort recreating analogue sounds on digital equipment (missing the point that it was the frenetic pace of delivery on kit that was available that led to that sound, and if they liked it so much then said bands would have not spent the intervening decades desperately remastering to the latest tech whenever they got the chance). Blakk Ledd seem to get this absolutely and although it’s definitely a no frills recording, the score to the back of the net comes from the fact they play with the energy and enthusiasm of the 80’s and that they have taken their influences directly from the early days of both USA and Euro metal stalwarts like Accept, Dokken and Judas Priest circa “Screaming For Vengeance”. 

I say “no frills” and by that I mean it’s not over-produced (and we forget much of that era was – which is a nightmare when someone does want to remaster anything from the 80’s). They have however, captured the individual players clearly and succinctly and the sound matches what they are trying to achieve, although I did have to take down the higher midrange to brilliance ends of the EQ so that it didn’t feel too sharp on the old lugholes and bump up the bass a little, but that roughness actually helps, because it brings with it bucket loads of energy.

Vocalist Christer Elmgren in particular does not sound like a man with an ageing voice box and has the kind of power and range on him that all of the singers on that roster of influences would love to still be able to hit so effortlessly as he seems to. I’m equally impressed with the guitar work of Tommie “Dawson” Karlsson, who proves as many of the greats did that although two guitarists gave you harmonies and the ability to weightily deliver rhythm and lead breaks in parallel, but that actually having just one really great guitarist can be more than enough.

With lyrics that scream their love for this kind of old school metal loud and proud, and some quite well-structured tunes with absolutely no fat to trim, Blakk Ledd were an unexpectedly pleasant surprise, and proof that you really are as young or old as you decide you want to be. 

‘Heavy Metal Fans’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Heavy Metal Fans
02. Cold Trash Coming
03. Bad Sign
04. Ignite Your Life
05. Hold Your Ground
06. Burning Fever
07. Running In The Night
08. Liar
09. Pitch Black Hole
10. Take ‘Em Down

LINE-UP:
Anders Andersson – Bass
Peter Svensson – Drums
Tommie “Dawson” Karlsson – Guitars
Christer Elmgren – Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With Hunting Giants

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EMQ’s With Hunting Giants

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Canadian Heavy Rock/ Metal band, Hunting Giants. Huge thanks to their Vocalist, Steve, for taking part. 

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

I’m Steve, the vocalist. Hunting Giants united when friends who hadn’t played together in a decade decided to cut the filler out of their progressive roots and write compact, punchy and groove-driven music. The three instrumentalists met their singer, who had moved across the country with a dream of joining a new musical project, and within two months had recorded their first five-song EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had gone through hundreds of names and put them on a long list of potential names. After amassing several hundred options, we went through them all and found the gem, Hunting Giants, hidden within.

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

We are from Vancouver, Canada. The Metal scene is very strong here, and the promoters and other bands are incredibly supportive. We are truly grateful to be in the scene we are in.

What is your latest release? 

We have just released our first full-length album, “Mythos”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Queen, Tool, Mastodon, Alice in Chains, Progressive Rock from the 70’s, Rammstein, 90’s Grunge.

What first got you into music?

I have sung in a church choir when I was in my very early years, little do they know the seeds of Metal they were sowing.

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

We would love to write an epic ballad with Opeth.

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

We would choose to play Wacken Open Air Fest in Europe. We were getting close to appearing at that festival before Covid, we want another crack at it.

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

An offer to do intimate activities in the world’s grungiest bathroom.

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

Be Brave and take action even if you are scared.

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

Peter Steele of Type O Negative. I think he would get a kick out of being a zombie.

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

I love having the ability to make people feel emotions with just instruments and voice. I hate how little we get paid.

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

I would much prefer for musicians of small and medium size audiences could earn profits from their music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Lateralus” by Tool, blew my mind when I was a young man.

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

CDs are right up our alley as we were all kids in the 90’s. Nothing better than a nice thick art book in an album.

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

We played for Hempfest 2019 in Seattle, Washington. It was our first time playing for Americans and they did not disappoint.

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

I was studying to be a molecular geneticist before I dropped out and joined a Metal band.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Dalai Lama, Maynard James Keenan, Joe Rogan, Tony Robbins, and Zombie-Resurrected Peter Steele

What’s next for the band?

We are entering gig season this winter now that we have released Mythos. Next summer we will be crushing a festival near you!

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

You can find all our of information and social media at:

http://www.huntinggiants.com 
https://www.facebook.com/huntinggiantsband
https://www.instagram.com/huntinggiantsband
https://www.twitter.com/huntinggiants
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiV3lNMOogHrmHXCbGfpZow
https://huntinggiants.bandcamp.com/
https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/hunting-giants/1360427901
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7xZeBnB58o33zopgAbg0Yo

Music Video – Ancient Text – https://youtu.be/NkEQ6m8bzx4 

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Oooh, we won’t cheat on this one. Hmmmmm, we are going to go with a Tea Cake. British people love their tea, right?

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

Thank you for spreading the world of Hunting Giants with us!

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EMQ’s With SEVENTH FEAR

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EMQ’s With SEVENTH FEAR

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK based Metal band, Seventh Fear. Huge thanks to their Vocalist, Martin J. White, 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 Martin J. White. I am the Vocalist. The band got together in 2011 as a club band playing Metal covers from bands such as Pantera, S.O.A.D, Metalica etc. After 2014 we decided to start writing our own material, but the project had to be put on hold due to family issues. When Covid hit and we were in lockdown myself and Andrew Warwick (guitarist) decided to use the time to begin writing again. Wayne Hudson (bass) rejoined us after a successful time with Satan’s Empire and a short while after Darryl Seaman (Drums) joined and Seventh Fear were a solid unit.

How did you come up with your band name?

I can’t remember, but we did find two meanings for Seventh Fear and one of them was from an ancient religion. The meaning is “The Fear of Children”. The weirdest part is that our logo designer didn’t know and sent us the art which features a picture of a child’s face that she had made quite menacing.

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

We’re from the UK and it is picking up quite well after the lockdowns. Venues are bouncing back and there are an abundance of Metal festivals now happening so it’s absolutely brilliant.

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

The debut single is called ‘In The Shadows’ and due to be released soon with a Lyric video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally there are many but the main influences I would say are Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford and Jaime Vendera one of the best Rock and Metal vocal coaches of today.

What first got you into music?

When I was very young my brother would play me albums from bands such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Yes and others and from then on I was hooked and wanted to be a singer the front man.

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

Wow that’s a hard one, as Seventh Fear are like family and we get along so well. If I had to choose another one it would be Mushuggah definitely.

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

Download here in the UK

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

Used Womens’ underwear – our bass player has them, as he’s twisted LOL!

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

Do what you want Be what you want life’s too short but be respectful while you’re doing it.

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

Ronnie James Dio – the master of Metal 

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

I enjoy everything. My only hate is well Nothing at all. It’s like being a kid in your bedroom with a broom handle pretending to be rocking an audience but doing it for real there’s nothing better.

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

I’ll let you know in a few years, LOL!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest “Painkiller”.

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

CDs. I think a lot of bands get ripped off due to downloads, but they are both convenient for the car.

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

Hard to say really. I think it was when we played a few biker rallies – those mf’s are crazy and what crowds! I mean hundreds going mental, but the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

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

Bush craft and wood carving and drinking beer, but I already do that so nothing new really, LOL!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I wouldn’t I’d invite about a hundred and have a massive party with a hog roast and shitloads of cold beer, LOL!

What’s next for the band?

Record, rehearse and get ready for gigs next year.

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

Facebook, Instagram (which at this time is down as it is being updated and revamped) and Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/Seventh-Fear-1411063309180033/

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Every one that you’ve mentioned are different, but the most commonly used one is a roll.

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

No I think everything has been covered really.

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EMQ’s With RESIDUAL SELF

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EMQ’s With RESIDUAL SELF

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Alternative Rock/ Metal band, Residual Self. Huge thanks to their vocalist/ bass player, Rex, 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 Rex, I am the vocalist and bass player. Residual Self started as a fun project for me. I’ve played bass for others in both original and cover bands since I was 13. Whether it be punk bands, blues bands, jam bands, or anything I could get into to further my own abilities. When I was 23, I decided that it was time I write and perform songs of my own. I wanted to make a solo project that was just for digital releases. So, in 2016, I had a good list of songs I had written and recorded on my laptop. I decided I’d try to promo these songs and perform acoustic versions at local open mics in the area. 

What I didn’t expect, was for the host of one of these open mics (Drummer David Sasso) to like these songs enough to want to turn this into a full band. Eventually, we added in one of David’s friends he knew since High School, and I knew from going to these open mics, Joshua Spaulding to play guitar. We’ve been playing together as a trio for about 5 years now.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name ‘Residual Self’ is a term I first heard in the film ‘The Matrix’ , which has been my all-time favourite movie for more than half of my life. A Residual Self is the image ingrained in one’s own perception of themselves. As in, ‘this is how you see yourself in your mind.’ The message of my songs has always been about ‘embrace.’ To expose the listener to both the good and bad of humanity. From lustful intent, greedy resolves, and wrathful decision. I’d like our listeners to look inward on these sins. To see if they identify as the monster or devil in the given scenarios. If the listener is okay with being this, or to reflect and become something else.

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

Residual Self is from the New England area of the USA; Specifically, Connecticut. The major draw for our area is Jam Bands, but there is a pretty active scene for Rock and Metal. It’s small, but powerful and supportive. We all help each other out, booking shows together, giving advice on studios to work at, our own tips and tricks for sound and presence. Letting other’s borrow gear and try our pedals. There’s not a single gatekeeper in our scene, which is great. 

As Residual Self, we always laugh at one thing though, due to our sound, we are either the heaviest band on a rock/alternative showcase, or the lightest band on a metal one. It’s nice being different, as we always stand out!

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

Our latest release album wise, is “Revenge”. It’s our first full length album that came out in April 2021 via Sliptrick Records. We’ve put our three music videos for it, with the latest one being ‘Damaged’ that came out June this year.

Our next song release will be ‘Witches’ which is out September 16th 2022 to all the major streaming services, along with out bandcamp. This song will be accompanied by a lyric video, which will be on our YouTube channel.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my major musical influences vary by the instrument. 

When it comes to playing bass, I always give it to Mike Starr of Alice in Chains. The bass lines crafted on the first two albums are what got me interested in becoming a bass player, and the type of player I wanted to become. Then, what made me want to become a frontman of my own, was Peter Steele of Type O Negative. Playing bass and singing with the slow grooves, and his deep voice was a lot of my inspiration for creating ‘Residual Self.’ 

As a guitar player, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins has been the major staple. I’ve always loved the unique style of his playing, which to me feels as if there are no restrictions or bounds. As a vocalist, Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth / Devilment. From his deliveries of high and low growls, and with me driving around and singing along to these albums for years has also made me start to pronounce vowels with a Euro accent, even for my own music, despite being American!

What first got you into music?

My father got me into the type of music I listen to. He showed me all these cool bands from the 60’s-90’s. The era that stood out the most to me was the 90’s, as I am sure you can guess by now. He also played a little guitar himself. He showed me how to play some Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and some Hendrix riffs on guitar. One day he bought a bass, I picked it up and then never put it down. Now his house is filled with a bunch of my gear, from guitars, to basses, and drum sets!

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

It’d be extremely hard for me to pick just one, so I’ll give you my top three!

My first concert ever was Rob Zombie in 2010. I was 17, and lucky enough to meet him. Being the young child I was, I was so extremely starstruck. I remember exactly what he said to me while signing my vinyl. I told him he was like a god and could do anything. He laughed and then looked at me and said ‘Thanks, I wish I could do more.’ Now I was even more starstruck. I’d love to work with him and tell him this story and be able to laugh and say now we’re both doing more! I’d love for him to know how much that meant to me and how I’ve taken it to heart. Whether it’s Rob Zombie featured on a Residual Self song, or myself featured on one of his songs.

The other band I’d love to work with is The Smashing Pumpkins. As I mentioned before, I find Billy Corgan and his style to have no bounds. Seeing Billy’s process in a studio session with his band is a dream. I’m sure I could learn so much from them Being able to do a vocal feature on one of their songs would be so cool.

Finally, one person I am dying to have on a Residual Self song is Lindsay Schoolcraft! There’s a particular song that is in the developmental stages that would be perfect for Lindsay to hop on! Every time we’re playing it at practices and fine tuning it, all I hear is her voice complimenting mine on the chorus with some strings added. Residual Self has featured some keyboard/orchestral pieces in our work prior, but to work with someone of her calibre and experience for this is something that I’d love to have happen. I’d be so curious to see how she could express herself on a Residual Self song.

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

I think I can speak for the entire band when I say The INKcarceration Festival in Ohio. It’s a music and tattoo festival that lasts 3 days. Our guitar player Josh is also a tattoo artist and has done all my work! In fact, all of us have multiple tattoos. I’m sure for our fans, and for Josh’s day job this would be perfect for us all. Plus, it takes place at a Haunted Prison. I’ve got some ghost hunting gear that would be fun to see if we pick anything up. I don’t think anything is more true to the idea of ‘metal’ than this festival.

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

Once again, coming from New England and it’s surplus of jam bands. The weirdest, and coolest gift I have received has been Quartz Crystal in the shape of an Obelisk. I’m a firm believer in the energy of crystals, especially on quartz, since science has proven that quartz can hold an electrical charge. It’s cool to see these types of things get passed around and how far they go, and the possible history of them.

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

One message for our fans is to embrace your own Residual Self. Go out and dress how you want, act as you desire, do what’s best for you and think little of how society will perceive you. Good or bad, knowing who you truly are, that is what power is. Don’t let anyone, especially generalized society hold that power over you. Be free and be true to yourself.

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

If I could bring back on rock star from the dead, it would be Peter Steele of Type O Negative. They are one of my favourite bands of all time, and a band I never had a chance to see. A lot of my friends are older than me by about a decade, so I hear all these cool stories from them about the live shows the band put on. Bringing Peter back, and being able to not only see the band, but open up the show or tour is a fantasy.

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

What I love is being able to create and having an outlet. Expressing my own emotions with my own words and sounds might help others to see they are never alone. If my creations can touch even one single person, that’s what matters the most to me. If someone has anything to complain about while being a musician, I’d have to say they are in it for the wrong reasons. Being a musician is always about the music and freedom of expression.

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

I wouldn’t necessarily know what needs to be changed, especially as I’ve only had one major label release and everything else has been independent. I do think that the streaming royalties as a collective need to be adjusted. Especially in the digital age.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album is The Smashing Pumpkins – “Machina”. I know Billy Corgan mentioned that a remaster will be coming with a second disc with more songs. I personally feel this album was ahead of it’s time. Coming out in the year 2000 with a futuristic cyber concept. The death of Billy’s ‘Zero’ persona, and the rise of his new identity ‘Glass.’ There was a cartoon show to coincide with it. The songs we’re unique with elements of jazz, disco, metal creating a new blend of alternative I haven’t heard anywhere else.

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

I’m the type of person that prefers CDs. The perfect blend of Digital and physical. I can rip it onto my computer, put it on my phone. I can take the physical CD and play it in my car. I’m curious to see if the physical aspect will evolve further, or if we’ll keep cycling the formats we have since vinyl and cassettes are coming back.

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

The best gig we’ve played to date has been opening up for Nonpoint at The Webster Theater. We played on The Underground Stage, near all the merch booths. The amount of people who were at the merch booths who then walked over to our stage was insane. We had a special guest for that show too, the local DJ Trevor MacLean. Trevor was featured on our album “Revenge” where he added additional beats and sounds to add more depth to a few of our songs.

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

If I weren’t a musician, I’d still want to be putting my voice to work. I’m a pretty big gamer and fan of anime and comic books. I’d love to become a voice actor and become a character. And if I weren’t doing voices, I’d love to be a fiction writer. Working for Star Wars, DC, or Marvel, creating my own stories for these characters I’ve grown up watching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would love to have a dinner party with George Lucas, Keanu Reeves, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and Zack Snyder. With all these creative people together, I know we could probably create the best multimedia art project to ever exists! Something that could, dare I say, potentially be bigger than Star Wars.

What’s next for the band?

We’re mostly focusing on writing new songs currently. A few singles to release digitally, and a new full length album for digital and physical release. We’ll be playing locally, but if you want us to play your area, please reach out, and we’ll see what we can do!

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

We mostly use Twitter and have found a home with other indie/DIY artists. The ‘Indie Underworld’ as it is called was started by a band out of New York called ‘Demonscar.’ Demonscar has built up a good network that has brought a bunch of bands together digitally from all over the globe. We even have a private group chat, which is very pleasant to talk with other musicians to the degree we do!

We’re also on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook is the best place to keep track of our live shows, and Instagram usually features teasers from our music videos, clips from live shows, or behind the scenes pictures and videos of our gear on stories.

We have our own website, a Tumblr, and a tiktok as well. Our tiktok is pretty new, so there’s currently only one post there, but there is definitely more to come soon!

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

I think this covers it!

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EMQ’s With STITCHED UP

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EMQ’s With STITCHED UP

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Austin, Texas based Metal Band, Stitched Up. Huge thanks to their Guitarist/ vocalist, Matt MacMoran 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 Matt, I play guitar and split vocal duties with our bassist Chris. In 2016 I met our first drummer and started jamming and writing tunes. I placed an ad on craigslist looking for a bassist and a vocalist. Out of the handful of responses I received, Chris was the only one that actually came prepared. We clicked musically and started playing shows and working on the material that would end up on our first album titled “86”. Shortly after that release, we experienced a couple of line-up changes with our drummer, eventually leading us to our current drummer Rom Gov. He joined the band as we were beginning work on our latest release “Jupiter Jazz And The Suicide Cult”. Rom understood what direction we were going musically and truly solidified us as a band.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Stitched Up actually suits us really well. There are multiple reasons this name stuck. Initially it was a reference to getting your ass kicked or getting fucked up in the pit. 

It’s also slang for being incarcerated. When Chris, myself and the drummer from our first album, Alan Colwell first met, we were all dealing with personal battles with addiction and legal issues which landed us in and out of jail regularly.  

On the flip side to that, our families and the music that we play have always been the most important things in our lives. Chris and I collectively decided to put the people and music we love first and have been lucky enough to overcome our addictions and dig ourselves out of our legal problems. So, you could say, where once our lives were broken, we’ve managed to stitch things up.     

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

We’re from the U.S. out of Austin Texas. The music scene here is vibrant to say the least. There are shows here pretty much around the clock. There’s a pretty healthy amount of really talented Hard Rock, Punk and Metal bands all over the state, and we’re fortunate enough to have shared the stage with a lot of them.  

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

We’ve just dropped our latest full length album titled, “Jupiter Jazz And The Suicide Cult”. You can find it on all streaming platforms. We also did the official hard copy release on Friday August 26th. In May we dropped a music video for the song ‘Goat Fucke’r and last week released a music video for the song ‘Necromantis’ off of the album. Which you can check out on the YouTubes.  

https://open.spotify.com/album/48GBDYow9DdWaJz2GoOBQh?si=2_BlLUeVT661K6KBmIYMzw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9aQo43M0lM

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hendrix, Van Halen, Zeppelin, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Tool, Primus, old school Metallica, Slipknot, Jinger, Testament, Sepultura, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Meshuggah. MotorHead, Mastodon, Decapitated, Gojira… I could go on like this for a while   

What first got you into music?

My Brother’s older than me by a bit and plays guitar. When I was a kid, and my folks were gone, he used to crank up his stacks in his bedroom fucking loud and play 70’s and 80’s Rock and Metal. Like Van Halen and Zeppelin and shit like that and it blew me away. Just the raw power of it all. Also, the first time I sat down and really listened to Hendrix I knew I had to play. Dude changed the game. 

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

That’s tough. Maybe, Lamb of God, Gojira, Tool or Mastodon 

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

Bloodstock, Louder Than Life, Wacken, Knotfest, Summer Breeze  to name a few. To be able to share the stage with the amazing bands that inspire us to be better musicians, to not give up and to follow our dreams would be a dream come true.  

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

I haven’t really gotten anything weird yet.  

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

We’re truly grateful for your love and support. To be able to share what we do with people who feel the same that we do and give the energy back 100% makes getting out and playing all worthwhile. Y’all mean everything to us.        

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

Dimebag and Vinnie Paul both went to soon. 

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

I love the whole process of writing and recording. Both for different reasons but, mostly playing. There’s nothing like playing a bad ass set in front of a crowd of people that want to be there and are all in. The energy is awesome. 

The worst part… loading gear   

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

More regulation put in place that guaranteed artists got compensated accordingly for their art and the work they put in.  

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tool’s “Lateralus” 

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

I mean, digital is clean and generally sounds pretty stellar but, I’m old school so, I gotta go with vinyl. 

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

It’s tough to say. We played with Doyle and Combichrist. Those shows were definitely up there.  We also put together a show in 2019 for Dia De Los Muertos with a bunch of our homies in Austin and that shit was pretty sick.   

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

Not too sure. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I have no idea

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently writing music for our next album which we’ll probably head back into the studio in the fall to start recording. We’ve got upcoming shows in Austin In August and September and will be heading out in October with dates in Corpus, San Marcos, Arlington and possibly Houston.   

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

https://www.facebook.com/StitchedUp512/
https://www.instagram.com/stitched.up.official/
https://stitchedup80.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t even know what a Jaffa Cake is.

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

Thank you at Ever Metal for taking time out for us. We definitely appreciate your support.

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EMQ’s With WAITING 4 APRIL

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EMQ’s With WAITING 4 APRIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with South African and USA collaboration project, Waiting 4 April. Huge thanks to Jesse and Colton 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?

Jesse: Hey, I’m Jesse and I play the drums for Waiting 4 April.
We’re actually a pretty new band, having formed in early 2021. I’m from South Africa, and I came across Colton’s (who lives in the United States) YouTube channel. I ended up sending him a message asking if he’d be interested in collaborating, and he was – so we started with a little acoustic project. It went well, and we became good friends throughout the process of video calls etc. and then decided to put Waiting 4 April together, sending files back and forth to each other over the greater part of a year, and ending up with the Photo Memory EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

Colton: Waiting 4 April means so many different things. Someone once told me they thought it was waiting for that true love in your life, another mentioned they thought it meant waiting for the springtime. I’ve always thought it was so cool how many different interpretations there are, but for me the meaning is much deeper. My younger brother Caden was born in the month of April. When he was conceived, they found that he had a terrible heart condition and the doctors estimated that he’d leave our family at an early age. He’s now 18 years old and doing amazingly well. Waiting 4 April basically means waiting for his birthday each year.

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

J: As I mentioned I’m from South Africa, and I have to say even though the community is kind of small in comparison to other countries, the Metal/Rock scene is pretty solid. There aren’t a ton of bands or venues, but where it is, it goes hard. I can’t wait to get back out to the US and start touring over there though.

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

C: Our debut EP “Photo Memory” just came out on July 1st, and we’ve seen a really great response. It’s available on all streaming platforms so definitely go check it out! We’re so stoked with how it turned out and we’ll be getting some videos out in the next couple months after I head over to South Africa to meet up with Jesse in October!

Who have been your greatest influences?

J: There’s too many to name. You’ll hear this EP is pretty dynamic from start to finish, but you can definitely hear influences from bands like Paramore, early Saosin, a bit of I See Stars probably. I think we homed in on the early 2000’s scene and kind of entangled it into the sound.

What first got you into music?

C: Definitely Kurt Cobain.I used to play guitar hero a lot as a kid and loved the song “Heart Shaped Box”. Made me want to learn every Nirvana song haha!

J: For me it was definitely Blink-182. I was obsessed. I wanted to sing like Tom and drum like Travis haha.

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

J: Doing a song with Oli Sykes (BMTH) would be F-ing rad. I’d also love a collab with Devin Oliver (I See Stars) or Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil).

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

C: Oh man, bring back Warped Tour! There’s nothing better. You get to spend 2+ months touring most of the US with like 50 bands. You make tons of friends, connect with musicians, play to epic crowds… it’s just the coolest experience in the world.

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

J: A box of cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch). Weird, but I wasn’t complaining.

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

C: Not to sound cliche, but honestly if you have something you’re passionate about, just F-ing go for it man. Life’s too short to be weighed down by “what if’s”. We threw this band together in the middle of a pandemic, and now we get to make music for people all over the world. It’s been tough, but there are no regrets. So, if you want to do something and you’ve been putting it off… Stop, and just go for it.

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

J: Freddie Mercury.

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

J: I love being able to create. I have so many ideas in my head that I don’t know how to properly express, but the one place I really do know how to is with music.

What do I hate? How hard it is to get into the scene! And how streaming services stuff you on compensation haha. Stop being so stingy, Spotify!

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

C: I think number 1, the industry is a lot of who you know, rather than being able to shine through outright talent, you know? And I think the people who have influence disregard a lot of bands who are really really good because of that. So, I think I’d want everyone to just have a fair shot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

J: The Used – “In Love & Death”
C: Circa Survive – “The Amulet”

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

J: Vinyls are cool, but a bit cumbersome. A bit hard to bring your gramophone in the car with you! Downloads are convenient, but there’s nothing like a CD, right? You get the awesome artworks with the liner notes inside, and you keep that massive folder of your CD collection in the car – super nostalgic.

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

C: Well, due to the pandemic, and the fact Jesse and I live on different continents, we haven’t managed to play a live show as of yet! But, we’ve got some cool shows lined up for South Africa around October, so we’ll get back to you on that haha.

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

J: I’d probably have spent more time learning about crypto and NFT’s and have retired as a billionaire by now… But, who needs money right!? Haha

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

J & C: Michael McIntyre, Freddie Mercury, Morgan Freeman (to narrate the whole thing), Anthony Bourdain, and Margot Robbie.

What’s next for the band?

C: Well we’ve dipped our toes with the release of the EP. The next thing is to start touring and getting our music out to as many ears as possible. We’re getting started with writing the next LP already, and we just want to hit the ground running with whatever momentum we may have!

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

Instagram – @waiting4april    

Tik Tok – @waiting4april

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

J: We’ve both never had one before (*audible gasps)… But we can say this. If they’re soft, they’re a cake. If they have ANY sort of crunch… It’s definitely a biscuit.
Fight me.  

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

Likewise! Thanks so much for the interview. We had a blast answering.
Keep an eye out for updates on W4A, check out the EP on Spotify, Youtube Music or whatever platform you use, and hopefully we’ll be bringing you new stuff soon!

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EMQ’s With LILITH’S REVENGE

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EMQ’s With LILITH’S REVENGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Rock/Metal band, Lilith’s Revenge. 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?

Hello, we’re Lilith’s Revenge!
Our music genre floats between Rock and Metal. We started the project back in the summer of 2020. Our lead singer is Paula Teles, the guitarists are Bruno Sousa and Paulo Silva, the bassist is Edu Silva, and Felipe Baptista has been working with us since April as our drummer, to replace our original drummer Joe, who left the band earlier in the year.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead singer, Paula, is the one behind the name. It’s actually a take on the idea that in some cultures, Lilith was Adam’s first wife in the Garden Of Eden, but was sent to hell for refusing to be submissive. Paula decided to use a lighter approach on the powerful “Lilith” character to represent our band, and our movement of fighting for gender equality, and fighting against oppression, physical, verbal and psychological abuse.

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

We’re from the Porto district in Portugal. Our local music scene floats between traditional Portuguese folklore music, or a really heavy underground. Our country is famous for bands like Moonspell and Attik Demons.

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

Last May we released our latest music video, alongside the album “Children From Eden”. It’s our first studio album featuring 11 original songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many influencing the five of us, but from the top of our heads we can say Europe, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, HEAT…

What first got you into music?

Our lead singer Paula got into music at an early age, learning to play the piano. She was very shy as a kid, so it was a way for her to open up to the world and become more sociable. Paulo’s dad was a musician in the local symphonic band, he played the clarinet and took little Paulo to rehearsals, and he developed a love for music back then. Bruno’s older brother also took on a big role in influencing Bruno by showing him Metallica when he was a kid, and being a guitarist himself, and Edu fell in love with the rock world as an escape, and when the chance appeared to feature in a band with Paulo and Bruno (a local project they had before Lilith’s, called Strings In Veins) he took it, and filled the empty position in the band as the bassist.

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

Each of us would probably say someone different, but it would be someone along the lines of Europe, Foreigner, Metallica and HEAT.

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

Probably from the top of our heads, it would be Rock Am Ring or Wacken. We grew up watching our favourite artists playing in both of these shows. One of Paulo’s and Edu’s favourite concerts is Dio live at Wacken.

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

We’ve had a fan gifting us a little pin with our logo. It wasn’t exactly weird, but it was unexpected. It was nice to see someone took the time to create a little bit of “merch” to gift to us.

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

It would definitely be a “thank you” kind of message. We’re so grateful. We’re just on the beginning of the road, and we already feel such loyal support from our fanbase. It’s more than we expected, and we couldn’t be happier, and we hope they stick with us all the way.

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

We’re a bit divided between Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio, but probably considering we lost Cliff at such a young age and he had such a bright future and the world never got to see more of it, it would probably be him.

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

We enjoy that we get to do this with friends, have fun and feel fulfilled while making some lives a bit better, considering we write songs meant to address issues that are relatable to everyone, and give them strength to fight and carry on. As of now we only hate how expensive it can all get (laughs). From trips to gear, to the studio! It’s a huge financial effort, but always feels worth it, because there’s probably not anything else we rather do.

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

Going back to the financial topic, it’s hard for artists to make money nowadays. There’s so much on offer, and we feel like people don’t take the time to sit down and properly listen to albums anymore, and end up just searching song radios with algorithm-mixed playlists from specific songs. We wished that somehow there was more financial funds to invest in more young artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

We can’t really pick (laughs). Bruno loves “Under a Godless Veil” by Draconian, and Edu loves “Ride The Lighting” by Metallica. Paulo with his classic rock influences would say “Frontiers” by Journey, and Paula would probably name “Rumours” from Fleetwood Mac.

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

We all agree on Vinyl! It’s really classy, and since it’s not as common nowadays, having a vinyl version of an album feels even more special.

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

Probably “Female Front Festival” in Portalegre in the south region of our country. It was the concert we played the furthest from our home, it was a two days trip, we did some sightseeing, visited a waterfall to chill and relaxed before the show, and at the venue we found an awesome backstage, stage, and staff. It was really fun, and the crowd was really into it. It was definitely a great experience.

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

Considering Paula is a singing teacher, Edu teaches Bass, and Bruno teaches guitar, I think we would probably be music teachers (laughs).

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tarja, James Hetfield, Joey Tempest, Steve Harris and Corey Taylor.

What’s next for the band?

As of now we’re working on promoting on our latest release “Children From Eden” and we’re looking into signing with a label, and play more shows. We do plan to play abroad as soon as we have the chance. It’s something we all look forward too!

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

We shared our album for free on youtube, on our channel, so that would be one.
We also feature on music platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, etc

youtube channel: (51) lilithsrevengeband – YouTube

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They do go stale in a few days, so probably a cake? We’re not sure (laughs)

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

Yes, we want to thank you for this interview, and we want to thank our fans, for being so supportive and being there all the time. Thank you.

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Made of Teeth – Sociopathogen

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Made of Teeth – Sociopathogen
APF Records
Release Date: 24/06/22
Running Time: 30:00
Review by Paul Hutchings
9/10

Holy shit!  THE album to strip wallpaper has arrived. Literally. Welsh trio Made of Teeth roll back into town to take all the spoils with this filthy combination of Hardcore and Metal all rolled up in one nasty, noisy cacophony that crushes from start to finish. 

For those unaware, Made of Teeth comprise members or ex- members of Lacertilia, Spider Kitten and Taint. Formed in 2017, which seems aeons ago, the band provide a formidable force both live and in the studio.

“Scoiopathogen” sees Made of Teeth in imperious form. There are riffs for days. And days. It’s heaviness on a par with a herd of elephants. The compositions are gnarly, ugly, and totally compelling. The driving power is relentless, a crushing feeling that is overwhelming to the point where resistance is ultimately futile. 

Whether it is the punishing sludge of opening track ‘Four’ or the suffocating feel of ‘Never Heard of Them,’ this is an album that simply bristles with energy and ferocity. The songs are short, fast, and furious, and all guaranteed to get the head nodding along in time with the aural onslaught that Made of Teeth unleash.

There are Sludgy passages, Hardcore elements and even some dirty Grind in the shape of ‘What’s the Time’. Basically, this is an album that transcends genres. The Mastodon-esque assault on ‘Four’ is the start of thirty minutes of high tempo, bludgeoning Metal.  You can’t help but nod along to ‘Strutter Bubble’ which gallops at speed, thick riffs and shouting vocals adding to the overall messages contained within their music. 

“Sociopathogen” is unrelenting in its savagery and technical know how. There is the crushing slowness of ‘Low on Water’ with its sudden increase into a Punk-fused vibe and the horror driven ‘J.T.W’ which is musical brutality. The vocals range, all guttural, snarly and angry, whilst the guitar work is probably one of my favourite parts of the album. 

By the time you get to the finale of ‘Pearly Whites’ there can be no denying what you’ve experienced. Hard, fast and with an edge that Is both reliable and yet completely unpredictable. It’s a musical oxymoron but one that reaps the benefits.  If you worship at the Lord of the Riff, then Made of Teeth’s new release should be one for you to check out.

‘What’s The Time’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Four
02. Three4a1er
03. Stutter Bubble
04. Low on Water
05. J.T.W.
06. Small Operation
07. Pick a Pocket
08. Shotgun Steve
09. Never Heard of Them
10. What’s the Time
11. Pearly Whites

LINE-UP:
Steve-O Jones – Drums And Vocals
Tom Cole – Bass And Vocals
Chris West – Guitar And Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with DOPE DEFAULT

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EMQ’s with DOPE DEFAULT

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Metal band, Dope Default. 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 Dope Default, a five-piece metal band from Thessaloniki, Greece. We play mainstream metal music, with some stoner, doom and groove metal elements. We were formed in 2015 and we’ve been with our current line-up since 2018. So far, we’ve released 2 EPs and 3 albums, the latest of which is ‘Division’, which came out on March 3rd.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were looking for something that summed up the kind of music we play and the place we come from. ‘Dope’ is a word that is associated a lot with stoner music, which was the kind we played when we began. ‘Default’ we felt made a great pair with ‘dope’, since it was a word that was being thrown around a lot at the time, back in 2015 when Greece was supposed to ‘default’ on its debts. This pairing was quite unique, short and catchy and, besides, no one had come up with that before. So that was that!

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

We are from Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest city and home to a vibrant music scene. Our city is the hometown of quite a lot of famous domestic bands and artists. It is sometimes considered the ‘Mecca’ of Greek rock. And speaking of the Greek rock scene in general, it is of course quite rich and up-and-coming. People all around the world support Greek bands and know that stuff that Greek bands put out is worth checking out!

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

‘Division’ is our latest album, which came out on March 3rd this year. It’s an album that took a lot of hard work, a lot of effort and a lot of love to make. And it’s something that we are really proud of! It was supposed to come out right after the release of our first single and music video ‘Down to Pieces’. However, Covid postponed everything, but it allowed us to take our sweet time and make everything on the new album sound as better as possible.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The big heavy metal bands like Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath are our biggest influences. And more modern bands like Ghost, Lamb of God and Stone Sour. And of course, the big bands of the Greek rock scene have always been a big influence.

What first got you into music?

We all got into rock music in our teenage years, which was around the time when we picked up our individual instruments. We all felt the urge to not only mimic our “idols” but also make music of our own and make a name for ourselves. We’re very happy to have found each other and be able to play together, the five of us!

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

It would probably be Ghost. Or, if we had to pick just one musician, Corey Taylor.

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

Wacken comes to mind! It’s a big festival, perhaps the biggest metal festival in Europe. A lot of the bands we love have made legendary appearances in Wacken. Playing that stage would be a dream come true!

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

We haven’t received anything, however, if anyone likes, we’re accepting cheques!

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

Thank you very much for sticking with us through the years and especially for supporting us during the pandemic! Your help and appreciation are what keep us rolling and we couldn’t be where we are without you!

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

Cliff Burton. He was a music genius and a bass pioneer. Seeing as Metallica became the legendary band that they are today, one can only wonder how much better things would have been if Cliff Burton was alive.

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

The creative process. Making new music, writing new stuff, getting your heart out! And of course playing live! There’s nothing better than that.

The thing to hate would probably be the unpaid hours! Music takes a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hard work and a lot of wasted hours, during which you almost never get paid. That’s probably what happens in every art form and it’s something that drives a lot of people out.

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

We’d like to get the PR factor out of the way, the personal relations, the who-you-know kind of stuff. As difficult as it is to accept, who you know, how well you talk and your personal social media presence plays a big part in your band’s success. We’d like to get rid of that, if we could. Music should be appreciated for itself, no matter where it comes from.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s really hard to get five different people to agree on one song, let alone one album! However, Metallica is a common denominator in our band, and the “Black Album” really stands out.

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

We’re a pretty modern band so we’ll go with downloads! There’s nothing wrong with digital music, it’s a format that can provide enjoyment and appreciation of music. But of course, the vinyl record has an allure of its own. We are all avid vinyl collectors and we like to buy albums in vinyl! And CDs are great, too, since we all grew up at the time when they were the most popular music format. Cassettes, although a big part of our childhood, are more of a nostalgia item, rather than a great way to enjoy music.

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

Our last show before covid comes to mind, in our hometown at the Rover band, with fellow Thessaloniki rockers ‘The Walking Stone Giants’. It was a great show, a great night and we made a lot of friends that day. Other than that, the ‘Ram the Spot’ festival, which was the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for, comes to mind. It was a big festival, big stage, lights etc. and we remember it very fondly.

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

We’d still be involved in art, in one way or another. We don’t know what, specifically, but something in art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy, Ozzy, Dio, Bruce Dickinson and Tobias Sammett.

What’s next for the band?

We’re planning on doing some shows in support of our new album. We also hope to play a big festival this summer. And, of course, we’ll start working on new material as soon as possible. This is what we’ve always done. Once we finish a record we immediately start working on the new one.

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

Our main ones are Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dopedefault and Instagram at https://instagram.com/dopedefault 

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuits. Cake needs to be big and you need to cut it into pieces. So they are biscuits.

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

We hope you listen to ‘Division’ and enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!
Stay heavy!

https://www.facebook.com/dopedefault 
https://www.instagram.com/dopedefault/
https://dopedefault.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2AX3qDdZLQ1WVq1gsj369f
https://youtube.com/channel/UCCjCn_VtljSo-xelOrWWLCQ 

‘Down to Pieces’ music video

“Division” album

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EMQ’s With XAVIER BOSCHER

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EMQ’s With Xavier Boscher

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with French Multi-instrumentalist, Xavier Boscher. Huge thanks to him for taking part. 

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

I’m Xavier Boscher, I play guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. I started working on solo material after my departure from the group Misanthrope in the early 2000’s. Since then I have released many instrumental albums, which are a quite varied mix between Rock and Progressive Metal, with many influences.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I have a logo on all my albums, a XAV symbol 😉

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

I’m from Nice on the French Riviera, there is a little Metal / Rock scene, but with some extraordinary musicians.

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

My latest album is “Cosmic Variations” and was released on the 7th March 2022. I have released many albums and EP’s. Now I am releasing a 3 EP series of Ambient instrumental music “Nankurunaisa”, with the  first part out on 21st of March, the second part on 4th of April and the last part on 18th of April.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Marty Friedman, Plini, Per Nilsson, John Petrucci & Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Paul Masvidal, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Richard Henshall & Haken, Kiko Loureiro & Angra, Eric Johnson, Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech, Patrick Rondat, Chuck Schuldiner & Death, Andy Larocque, Pierre Bensusan, Neal Schon & many more

What first got you into music?

My mother was a piano teacher, we can say that I bathed in Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven etc. before coming into the world. Then the first contact with the piano very early, then a contact with the guitar at 14 years old with the discovery of the world of Rock and Metal and a fascination for saturated sounds.

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

I would very much like to collaborate with Plini, whom I find particularly brilliant and inspired, he has gone very far.

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

At Hellfest in France, or maybe a guitar festival anywhere.

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

I have a few fans who give me gifts, which in itself is particularly great and rewarding, but nothing in particular.

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

I will tell them that I am so grateful for their support and that I will do my best to bring them new things regularly.

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

Chuck Shuldiner, he was the Death father and his loss was so important for me, he influenced me a lot. And also Prince, he was so awesome and productive, I wonder how many more albums he would have released?

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

I love creating and shaping my universe, I love music itself, a source of well-being and channelling emotions. I hate the music business and the competition. Music is not a competition and I find that many famous musicians lack humility.

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

I’m not against streaming but I would have liked there to be a better redistribution of income, I would have liked the platforms to offer more expensive packages allowing artists to be better remunerated.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Focus” from Cynic, this album changed my life…

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

I like CD’s and of course digital, not a fan of vinyl and Cassettes. Digital is still very practical you can listen to everything easily, it’s a big step forward

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

It was with Misanthrope, in support of Cradle of Filth at Elysée Montmartre in December 1999, an amazing show.

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

I do a lot of other activities like painting or writing, I also have a job besides music, I think I would miss it but I will have plenty to do 😉

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My girlfriend, my best friend and my kids, we’d be a little over five.

What’s next for the band?

I continue to record a lot of albums, I’m so inspired, I have two albums ready to release in May…

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

My official website, and Facebook & Instagram. 
Official Website : www.xavierboscher.com 
Bandcamp : https://xavierboscher.bandcamp.com 
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/xavierboscher 
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/xavierboscher

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit 😉

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

Thank you for opening your webzine to me and for taking an interest in my music, take care of yourself.

Xavier Promo Pic ©Barbara-Lecomte
©Barbara-Lecomte

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