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
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EMQ’s With TASSI

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EMQ’s With TASSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Chinese solo Metal project, Tassi. Huge thanks to main man, Dryad, 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?

Hey Hello, I’m Dryad. I’m the lead singer of Bliss Illusion. I’m glad to accept your interview! Tassi is the name of my solo band, which was founded in March 2020. I’m in charge of all the playing parts, hahaha!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Tassi comes from the name of the protagonist in my novel (Dryad Tassi), which can also be understood as me in another time and space.

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

I come from China (Beijing). I usually listen to very little Rock and Metal music from my country, so I can’t give you much information, but the overall music atmosphere here is still good.

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

I recently released my third album at Timetombs records. Thank my agent and everyone who paid for this album. Then recently I was recording my fourth album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Many people have influenced me, my wife and family, and the brothers of bliss illusion. I really appreciate it! And, of course, Sigur Rós and their lead singers Jónsi and Dante Alighieri.

What first got you into music?

I listened to music under the influence of my brother. At that time, I was only 4 years old (1992). We listened to a lot of Pop music and Rock music together. At that time, I didn’t know where he got a lot of pirated tapes. Hahaha! Later, I really fell in love with music when I was 15 years old. At that time, the way to listen to music was very convenient, so I naturally came into contact with many Rock bands and Metal bands. The first Black Metal band I heard was Summoning. At that time, I was shocked. At that time, they started my trip to Black Metal. I started playing guitar and writing songs when I was 17, and I also formed a band at that time. I have been a guitarist and lead singer in several previous bands, including the early days of Bliss Illusion.

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

I want to work with Sigur Rós and Jónsi, hahaha. And gorgorgoroth, Bethlehem, lifelover, Satyricon, silver, nocturnal expression, cut of fire, envy, Alex Somers, radio head, young galaxy… Too many, ha ha!

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

Sorry, I really don’t know which one to choose, because I never pay attention to any music festivals. This problem can only be left to my agent, hahaha!

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

A PS5! I was so happy that I went crazy! I especially like collecting game consoles. There are many game consoles in my family. Ha ha! I think a friend who can give a game console as a gift can become a friend for life. Then another music fan gave me a magic wand this year. He thought there should be a dragon in my live performance

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

I hope your troubles and worries will come to naught.

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

Kurt Cobain and Dead and Jon Nodtveidt, although I respect their choice, I really don’t want people to commit suicide.

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

I like equality and freedom. I don’t like politics and conspiracy theory.

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

I hope the band can get along well with each other. People don’t live so complicated lives and respect each other’s works and art. Create your own works in a wise way and tolerate each other’s works.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jónsi’s “GO” and last year’s album “Obsidian”.

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

They all have each other’s value and significance. I prefer physical collections, such as tapes and black glue.

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

Every performance of Bliss Illusion and I is very profound. It’s really hard to answer, hahaha! However, the Domestic Tippler Metal Music Festival is my favourite music festival! From the organizer to the host city (Hangzhou), I feel particularly great! They have held it three times in total, and we have cooperated twice, and we are very happy every time! They are really good!

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

If I didn’t make music, I might be a Chinese teacher, because my mother is a Chinese teacher. She is great. If economic conditions permit, I may also go to a small temple as a volunteer ha ha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dante Alighieri, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Jos é de la Concordia Garc í a m á rquez, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and finally my great grandfather. My great grandfather is a very kind man. I haven’t seen him, but my grandfather told me a lot about him. He is very honest and great. He has helped many poor people.

What’s next for the band?

I’ve been busy recording my fourth album recently, and then there are some trivial things. Bliss Illusion is still busy rehearsing and performing, and there may be a new song to meet you in a while. In short, thank you very much for your support and love of every friend of ours.

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

Bandcamp and Youtube, I have my own instagram, search Dryad Tassi can pay attention to me.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I always thought it was a personal name.

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

Thank you!

I’m glad to accept your interview. I hope you can be safe and healthy! thank you! 

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Various Artists – Metal Is Forged Here

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Various Artists – Metal Is Forged Here
Metallurg Music
Release Date: 13/02/22
Running Time: 1:07:42
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Hey up, folks, it is I, Dark Juan, and I am drinking Yorkshire tea. Proper tea that comes out of the tea mines just up in t’hills past Otley way, like. I am combining this with a Lindor chocolate bar and from this position of extreme sybaritic luxury, I am feeling quite pleasantly disposed towards my fellow man. Apart from Vladimir Putin. He can get to fuck, the sawn off Soviet shite. I’d like to say that you can’t go around invading other countries all the time, but considering Britain has spent most of the past few centuries dealing out bloody noses to other peoples and then strip mining their countries of as many resources as we could muster, it seems somewhat disingenuous of me to have a proper bash at Daddy Vlad, the ex-KGB Lieutenant-Colonel who might or might not have been involved with the terrorist Red Army Faction and the Stasi… But that isn’t going to stop me because what is happening in Ukraine is just plain WRONG, just as it was when Britain pillaged its way around the world.

I am not Ukrainian, but I stand with Ukraine and I also stand with all the Russian people who are shocked and appalled at what their sawn-off Soviet nutjob of a leader has done this time.

Anyway, I have defaulted to my usual method of dealing with unpleasant and dangerous geopolitics by putting on my cans and listening to music while Mrs. Dark Juan crafts what she calls “Beelzebugs”. These look as you might expect, apart from being considerably LARGER than the creatures they are based on. She left one mounted on the wall from photographing it last night. I came downstairs from my bedchamber this morning, shat myself to the point I was four pounds lighter and thought that I had been transported to fucking Australia, a land well known for having utterly hostile and unfeasibly large insects and arachnids that all want to eat your face from the outside in.

Once again I have digressed. I am in fact listening to a compilation record celebrating 13 years of Metallurg Music, a combined Ukrainian / Polish label and agency with bands from all over the globe on their capacious roster. As I normally do with compilations, I’ll offer a short description of each song, rather than an overarching critique.

With your permission then, dear readers, we shall dive in and see whether this album is worth your time.

Mental Torment – ‘Black’: Gentle, spellbinding noodling on the guitar leads to long drawn out chords and a lead bass line. Ultra guttural, sepulchral vocals and also a high-pitched growl not unlike the early stylings of one Dani Filth esquire overpin a listening experience not unlike My Dying Bride dancing with Red Harvest with a bit of added Audioslave, but with an unusually bluesy guitar solo stuck in there for good measure. In other news, I fucking love how incredibly meaty the bass is on this song. Like being smacked in the face by a side of beef. In short, seven minutes of splendid deathly Doom Metal with brains from Kyiv in Ukraine.

Stealth – ‘The Fake News World’: Italian genre-benders combine Thrash, Groove, Death and Nu-Metal, seemingly by the simple expedient of sticking it, screaming and protesting, into an Industrial blender and hitting the on switch while giggling maniacally and being splattered with gore. Good tune, absolutely horrible DJ scratching that does not enhance the listening experience and seems like an afterthought, or at the very least a terrible idea they had while rat-arsed.

Tempest Rising – ‘Kingdom’: At The Gates style Scandi-metal has the kinkiest and most unholy ménage-a-trois with Math Metal and bizarrely, Linkin Park, when the vocalist stops roaring like a Viking warrior and actually sings. Soaring Chester Bennington-esque vocal power overlays complex rhythms and vice like, ball squeezing metallic power. Even more surprising and slightly worryingly considering I had a bash at Australian fauna in the preamble, these fine gentlemen are from Perth. Surprisingly, the melding of melodic vocals, demented roaring, fractured tempos and jagged riffing works extremely well.

Riff Action Family – ‘Push The Fuck Button’: I am trying to work out whether or not this is a song about stimulating the clitoris none too gently, or unleashing nuclear Armageddon upon a cowering world. While I ponder that admittedly existential question, I can tell you that this bunch of Russian bruisers come from Saint Petersburg and play an intoxicating mix of Thrash and Hardcore with more bottom end than an entire herd of sedentary pachyderms. A speedy, exhilarating blast that sounds like the whole lot of them are having shitloads of fun, and that, therefore, makes it a shitload of fun for me as well.

Dying Vision – “Horrifying Pattern Of The Mind’: The British contingent send it and send it large with some splendid technical Death Metal that is reminiscent of The Black Dahlia Murder and a slightly less technical Necrophagist. Top notch vocals lacerate the throat of the lead singer and the whole song is a satisfying blast through five minutes like they never happened and Dying Vision almost made me spill my tea and upend my crumpets. The bastards.

Advorsa – ‘Unutterable Hideousness’: Old School Death Fucking Metal. Played fucking loud by worryingly hirsute American gentlemen from Chicago, USA. The vocalist really shouldn’t have any voice left (or be alive really) after what he’s just done to his throat in the name of METAL (!) and clearly they are a bunch of mutants with extra arms and legs considering the velocities they attain. Advorsa prove that OSDM done right is still fucking magnificent.

Minneriket – ‘Sorg Og Savn’: Norwegian Romantic Black Metal band Minneriket is the work of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Stein Akslen, who appears to need to get out more instead of messing with all his toys. Classic BM is mixed with outlandish, strangely melodic piano and haunting, yet gorgeous female vocals. High-pitched, scratchy male vocals and a disturbingly lo-fi production combine to bring you an experience not unlike Emperor courting Leaves’ Eyes. In a Norwegian pine forest. In winter. Whilst wearing corpse paint and a bullet belt. And carrying a greatsword for no reason whatsoever. A fabulous song, though, and one well worth your attention.

Curse Of Eibon – ‘Whispers In The Dark’: Remaining in Scandinavia, this time casting my attention upon Sweden, Curse Of Eibon serve up a blistering slice of Gothic Death Metal that slays and charms in equal measure. Keyboards swirl and coruscate around some incredibly chunky riffage and a guttural, earth-shaking primal roar emanates from the bowels of hell (as the lead vocalist will now forever be known in my head). For fans of The Blood Divine and early Anathema, this is just what they have been waiting for. Fucking brilliant song.

Sullen Guest – ‘Come With Me’: A band that appears to have been named after exactly what I am like whenever I am dragged out visiting until there is tea offered to me due to my extreme misanthropy, Sullen Guest hail from the Baltic state of Lithuania and appear to operate from the principle that if you’re going to play Metal, your vocalist must sound like they are at the point of death by aneurysm at all times and that guitars are great but bass guitars are better. Rarely do I hear bass played on record that’s as dense as a pair of your mother’s plutonium undergarments. Or as far forward in the mix as it is here. The music is fairly standard 2000’s Death Metal with interesting nods to classic Black Metal, but with an exceptional vocalist who sounds constantly like he is going to explode and shower the room with his own viscera.

Chris Maragoth – ‘Tales Of My Demise’: The brutality is taken down a few notches with this offering from Germany’s Chris Maragoth and this instrumental piece takes us into the realm of the spectacularly Gothic. All sybaritic production, luscious keys and brooding, frowning guitar, this tune beguiles and seduces with touches of the baroque and the abstruse. Surprisingly unemotional in delivery though and lacking a certain je ne sais quoi that elevates it beyond merely good. Enjoyable if you like bats and snakes and perverted fantasies involving Peter Steele and Pete Murphy.

Mario Rossi – “Nemesis” Well, fuck me sideways. Classic metal is not dead yet. This Brazilian blues guitarist brings back the good old days with a cracking slab of blues infused rock and roll with incendiary, finger bleeding solos and serious grooviness oozing out of every pore. Very, very good, even if it sounds like it could have been recorded at any point between 1978 and 1989. If you love classic Whitesnake and Deep Purple, you might be getting a bit of a treat here.

Neptune – ‘Fallen Nations’: Intro sounds like “Hey Man, Nice Shot” by Filter before we are transported into the hairy chested, gloriously coiffed realms of 80’s Power Metal inhabited by Doro Pesch (who, incidentally, is NOT hairy chested. Or wasn’t the last time I checked. Admittedly, that was in 1987 when I bought Warlock’s “Triumph And Agony”) and Europe. And any number of Italian bands who just CAN’T LEAVE THAT SHIT ALONE!!! The overwhelming feeling I had from this offering was that it was a more muscular “Final Countdown”. Passable, but dated and disappointing mid-paced stompalong.

Artwork For The Blind – ‘The First Supper’: Well, fuck me crossways with a rusty chainsaw and call me Roger. The Septics have discovered Grindcore and called it Death and Roll. I love this song and the, ahem, “homespun” production job which is not unlike the experience of listening to “Exhume To Consume”. That is to say, every instrument appears to have been recorded in a different state of the US with equipment that is made out of bits of four-by-two, Lone Star beer bottles, elastic bands and tobacco juice and cobbled together by a YTS trainee who’s been left to his own devices with an 8-track mixing desk and told to not come out until his trainer gets back. The trainer has not yet returned after three weeks and the trainee is hungry and thirsty and does the best they can before expiring on the studio floor. I love this song because of the sheer exuberance of it and the fact that it has all the charm and wonder of Carcass’ debut simply because the production is so rudimentary.

Still Runners – ‘Messed Up’: We return to Lithuania now and an “exuberant rock trio”. Welcome to 1978 if Muse had been teleported back there and Matt Whateverhisnameis had had his guitar-synth taken away from him by the KGB. I’m being mean. There is nothing wrong with this song at all. It is entirely appropriate and well put together and it has a certain naïve charm. It’s fun and bouncy. But it’s 2022. 

Freakshow – ‘Built 4 This Shit’: San Diego based Nu-Nu-Metal band with absolutely fucknugget song titling try to make Korn fuck Static-X and Adema roughly up the chutney ferret. Distinctly unimpressive and somehow I JUST KNEW this was going to be a Nu-Metal song by the boneheaded sweary song title involving a number and the very first opening downtuned chord. Tedious. Very fucking tedious, although the baggy trousered and wallet chained brigade will no doubt hold it up as a marvelous example of the genre, as they buy their umpteenth Team Satan 666 football jersey. Like the guy I once had an argument on the internet with when I postulated that Nu-Metal only lasted a couple of years because it was a bit shit apart from Static-X and a couple of others, and he was ABSOLUTELY ADAMANT that Nu-Metal was amazing and that Downset were the greatest band the world had ever seen. They fucking weren’t, and neither are Freakshow. I’m not built 4 this shit. Next.

Nihilum – ‘Sunless Death’: Fuck’s sake, Dorothy. Pick up your fucking dog and clear out because you ain’t gonna want to be in Kansas anymore. Nihilum are, and they are tearing Kansas City a new arsehole with some savage and uncompromising True Black Metal. This is a timely reminder of just how powerful and martial unconstrained Black Metal can be. Especially when there is a producer who knows what he is doing and doesn’t make the music sound like a load of pissed off wasps in a bathysphere. What a finish to an excellent compilation with only a couple of missteps along the way.

Well then, I have passed a most entertaining afternoon and evening in the company of Metallurg’s roster of talent and it has made me hungry to discover more of what they have to offer. I’m off to go and do some internet sleuthing and to go and have a gin and tonic. Cos that’s how I roll. Don’t you judge me.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is always thrilled when it gets to enjoy compilations of such quality and diversity. Even if there are infantile moments on there, FREAKSHOW. 9/10 for a really bloody enjoyable set of songs and artists. 

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mental Torment – ‘Black’
02. Stealth – ‘The Fake News World’
03. Tempest Rising – ‘Kingdom’
04. Riff Action Family – ‘Push The Fuck Button’
05. Dying Vision – ‘Horrifying Pattern Of The Mind’
06. Advorsa – ‘Unutterable Hideousness’
07. Minneriket – ‘Sorg Og Savn’
08. Curse Of Eibon – ‘Whispers In The Dark’
09. Sullen Guest – ‘Come With Me’
10. Chris Maragoth – ‘Tales Of My Demise’
11. Mario Rossi – ‘Nemesis’
12. Neptune – ‘Fallen Nations’
13. Artwork For The Blind – ‘The First Supper’
14. Still Runners – ‘Messed Up’
15. Freakshow – ‘Built 4 This Shit’
16. Nihilum – ‘Sunless Death’

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EMQ’s With BROKEN EMPIRE

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EMQ’s With BROKEN EMPIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK based Hard Rock/ Metal band, Broken Empire. 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?

Ieuan Owen (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar): We are Broken Empire, a Hard Rock/ Metal band. We got together towards the end of 2017, and have been gigging regularly since January 2018.

Ricky Hill (Drums): Myself and our Manager, Ben, have been in bands together for the past 10+ years and decided in 2017 that it was time for us to start our own band from scratch. We knew we had a drummer (me!), so all we had to find next was a bass player and a guitarist so we could get some demo tracks together to help us find a singer. It all happened pretty quickly from what I can remember; we put some ads online and before long Matt joined us, then Marco and within a few weeks we had found Ieuan!

How did you come up with your band name?

RH: Haha! That all came from when me and Ben (Manager) were brainstorming about getting a band together. We wanted to have a name of some sort that we could use to advertise for band members, so it wasn’t just a generic “We’re starting a band…”! I think at the time Ben had a big Star Wars poster up on the wall that said “Your Empire needs you” and it was advertising the film “The Force Awakens”, so originally it all started as “Force Empire” – but that was very Star Wars-y, so it needed to be tweaked!

Matt Stevens (Lead Guitar): Yes, I do remember that! Once I had come on board with the project, and it was starting to build some traction, we knew we needed a band name that we could stick with, but we all liked the “Empire” part of the name, so it just evolved from there!

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

MS: So, myself and Ricky both live in Oxfordshire. Not so many years ago the scene was amazing and very much alive, especially in Oxford and a few of the bigger surrounding towns. These days it’s a bit like anywhere I suppose, it is slowly dwindling! A lot of the great venues are now closed or trying to be turned into some sort of accommodation! That said, I firmly believe the UK is still a major world force where hard rock and metal are concerned!

RH: Yeah, it is a shame really! We still have an O2 Academy which is always good fun to play at, but a lot of the venues I enjoyed gigging at are now gone, like The Wheatsheaf where we played our first gig together!

IO: I’m based in Northamptonshire. I’m quite fortunate as I have Milton Keynes on my doorstep, which has a couple of brilliant venues (Craufurd Arms, MK11 etc). Then there is Northampton itself, with the likes of the Roadmender and The Black Prince.

Marco Arena (Bass): As I am from Italy, a lot of the places the guys have already mentioned I had never heard of before I came to the UK! It’s been great to experience so many different locations since joining Broken Empire. But I agree that even in the last 4 years, so much is changing within the UK music scene, you do have to wonder when it will stop!

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

IO: Our latest release is probably the one we have been the most excited about for some time! As regular followers of ours already know, we have been working on our debut album since the release of our last EP “Noumenal World” back in November 2020. We knew it wasn’t really a process that we could afford to rush, so we apologise to our fans that have been very patient waiting for us to release something new!

MS: That’s right, so our next release is a single called ‘Disguise’ which is taken from our upcoming debut album! A lot of bands will come up with some sort of overly obscure reason why they choose a particular track to release from an album, but we like to be honest, and basically it was the first one we finished writing!

RH: Haha, this is true!

MA: We also have finally filmed our first ‘proper’ music video for a release, which was a lot of fun and very tiring! So not only do we have a new song out on January 21st, but also a music video to go with it!

Who have been your greatest influences?

RH: Band wise for me it’s Alter Bridge, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Tremonti, Audioslave & Black Stone Cherry. But on a drumming note, it’s got to be Mike Portnoy, he’s easily one of the best drummers in the world!

IO: For me I would have to say Metallica/James Hetfield – I’ve always been a huge fan so he’s easily one of my biggest influences!

What first got you into music?

RH: For me it was my Dad! He’s been in bands since I can remember, so I just grew up around music and bands!

IO: When I was about 8 or 9, my older brother gave me one of his old electric guitars, and that was it – I was hooked! I didn’t actually start singing until I was around 15!

MA: Some time back, in my first band in Italy, we were struggling to find a bass player for a long time. So, in the end I just took it upon myself to learn the instrument so we could get the band going! A few weeks later we split up!!

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

MS: Probably Twelve Foot Ninja, Dirty Loops or Mike Dawes

RH: Tremonti or Mammoth WVH

MA: At this very moment I have no doubts it would be either Alter Bridge or 5FDP.

IO: Would have to be Wage War for me!

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

IO: Download because of its history, and it also feels like a second home for me!

RH: This is a tough one because I instantly think of Download Festival, but it would have to be Louder Than Life, just purely for the size and from previous bands that have played there.

MS: Welcome to Rockville, America is a huge market with diverse audiences, and they do things BIG

MA: Mmh… Rock in Rio in 2023! But Sziget would be ok too!!

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

IO: Keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming!

RH: Yeah, I think I can speak for everyone when I say 2022 is going to be big for Broken Empire! We are coming out of the blocks at full speed and don’t plan to let off anytime soon!

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

MS: David Bowie

MA: That’s very tough… I grew up listening to MJ and Freddie Mercury.  And then later on with Chris Cornell as well. As it stands at the moment, and the way I see music right now, my pick would be for Chris! Although I’ve always been intrigued to see how Metallica would sound nowadays with Cliff Burton still with us! (At the end of the day I’m still a bassist!)

IO: Chester Bennington

RH: I mean the very first band I remember listening to when I was younger was Linkin Park and I’m so gutted I never got to see them live so it has to be Chester Bennington!

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

RH: I do love the buzz of being on stage and the adrenaline, but I also love hearing the finished product of a fresh song after it’s been recorded. This isn’t necessarily a hate of being a musician in general, but it will certainly apply to most drummers, and that’s the fact we have to carry so much stuff compared to other musicians!

IO: I enjoy playing shows the most, I don’t really hate anything but the fact I’m a perfectionist when it comes to tracking and recording can be a pain!

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

MS: Make it about music again!

IO: Getting paid better by streaming services given that physical records aren’t as popular anymore.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

IO: “As Daylight Dies” – Killswitch Engage

MS: “Best of Thin Lizzy” for me!

MA: It’s almost impossible to answer this question… and for this reason I’ll definitely say something with the risk of being insulted by the other members of the band saying: “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. (I’ve literally loved everything about that album, including the packaging and its smell!)

RH: I may have to cheat slightly on this one, I always say “Fortress” – Alter Bridge but I have to say the new Tremonti Album, “Marching In Time” has kind of stolen that top spot for me at the moment.

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

MS: Definitely cassettes in my opinion! I miss winding them back in with a pencil!

RH: I’m oldskool when it comes to this as I DJ for fun as well as playing the drums and I’m a sucker for vinyl, can’t beat it in my opinion.

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

MS: For me it’s our O2 Academy gig supporting The Fallen State.

RH: Either Fallen State at O2 Oxford or Stormbringer at The Roadmender Northampton.

IO: It’s hard to pick just one, different gigs are good for different reasons, some better crowd, others better sound etc. couldn’t pick just one!

MA: Definitely our last gig in Swindon, was something epic and memorable, as we weren’t headlining but we got the most crowd that night and a remarkable performance as well! Such a great feeling!

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

MS: I’d be a Professional yarn-spinner!

MA: You don’t fool me with this question, but I’ll try to fool you in my turn and I answer saying: If I wasn’t a musician I’d have been an artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

MA: Ricky, Matt, Ieuan, Ben and Lele (with the last two being respectively our manager and our wizard mixing & mastering engineer)!

MS: The rest of the band, our Manager and Princess Jasmine from Aladdin!!

IO: Howard Jones, Jesse Leach, James Hetfield, Matt Heafy, Matt Tuck

RH: Snoop Dog, Seth Rogen, Chester Bennington, Mark Tremonti and Garrett Whitlock

What’s next for the band?

MA: Obviously the next big thing for us is to finally get our album out there! It’s been a huge part of our lives for the past 15 months, so we can’t wait for everyone to finally hear it!

IO: Yeah, it’s all about the album for us in 2022! We are hoping to get a small UK tour put together to promote its release, which will be great fun. And maybe another music video, so watch this space!

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

MS: I think we are just about on all of them these days!? Our website is always a good place to go for the latest news (www.brokenempireband.co.uk), from there you can get to all of our socials and music sharing platforms such as Spotify, SoundCloud etc

RH: There is also our social media ‘Big link’ which Ben tells me is biglink.to/brokenempire
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brokenempireuk
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/brokenempireuk
Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/broken_empireuk
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/brokenempireuk
Soundcloud – https://www.soundcloud.com/brokenempireuk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

IO: Cake!!

MA: Everyone knows that the answer is Biscake!

RH: They are cakes, if you leave them out, they go hard but if you leave biscuits out, they go soft. And it’s kind of self-explanatory in the name!

MS: A Biscake!!

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Photographer – Tyler Mobey

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EMQ’s with KAS

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EMQs with KAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Norwegian solo project, KAS. Huge thanks to the main man, Kåre André Sletteberg, 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 Kåre André Sletteberg, I play guitar, bass and some keyboard/synth on the album. I also play guitar in the Norwegian band In the Woods… The band, or the idea of this project started many years ago, when I first sat down and started writing material that I didn’t use in a band, but I never went through with it until I started the recording and writing for the songs on the album. The band is my solo project, and was made with the help of some of my good friends, and a lot of work. The whole thing is more of a “free-roam” thing for me, I’m the boss, I can do whatever I feel like, and sometimes, it is good to do that!

How did you come up with your band name?

I originally had a longer more complicated name for the project, but it was too long to write every time, and the shortening was not cool at all. So I went very easy with it, KAS is the initials of my own name.

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

I come from a small town in the south of Norway called Tvedestrand. There is no music scene there at all, and the most previous one that was there, was me and the band I played in. I moved to Kristiansand, about an hour south-west, where the scene is bigger. Here we have bands such as In The Woods… (the band I play guitar in), Green Carnation, Blood Red Throne, Arvas, just to name a few. The metal scene here is very good, and was a very good one in the 90s as well. A lot of popular bands in Europe and the rest of the world comes form this Town.

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

“The Problem of Evil” is the latest release, it‘s my debut solo album and was released the 3rd of December 2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I started to play music it was Guns N´ Roses and Uriah Heep. Without those two bands I would never play music or be a guitar player. It was so essential for me.

What first got you into music?

When I first heard the song “Wonderworld” by Uriah Heep, that‘s when I knew I wanted to play music, and when I say Guns N´Roses on YouTube playing the Freddie Mercury tribute, I knew I wanted to play guitar.

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

The whole album is a collaboration with good musicians from Kristiansand. I have the singer and bass player from Green Carnation doing a song, V-Rex from Arvas doing two songs and Jan Åge Lindeland from Blot doing two songs as well. But If I where to choose from the absolute top shelf I would give John Haughm from Agalloch a call. His voice is out of this world!

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

Well, its a hard one. Each festival has their own vibe. We have played some of them with ITW, but I would really like to play Wacken or Hellfest in Europe, and we also had a chance to play 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, but due to short notice certain members of the band couldn’t make it. Also Rock in Rio in Brazil, that would be out of this world!!

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Usually I don’t receive gifts from fans, but the ones I have gotten have been very cool. A lot of CDs has been handed me after shows. The weirdest, a polaroid photo of a person being completely naked.

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

Thank you all for the support, and I can’t wait to see you all out there soon. Not sure if that’s gonna be KAS or ITW, but I am always open for a good chat!

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

Rory Gallagher with a blink of the eye

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

Making music and seeing people and fans of music react to this in a positive way. Nothing beats that. Right now I hate the fact that I haven’t been on stage in front of an audience in over two years, that’s really hard. Also all the waiting around at airports, venues pre show, and going home after a tour.

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

It is constant move I feel, I think it‘s a good thing that fewer people, at least in Norway, are downloading music illegally. But they stream music, and that’s also a problem. Easy access but poor pay for the artists. Also, we cannot change what the people want, and what the billboard top 200 looks like, we can’t be stuck in the 70,80 and 90s for ever. Other genres has come and made it harder for us, but rock ain’t dead, we are working our asses off and hoping for a great comeback. I‘m not into all this “Black Metal we want to be underground” bullshit, we are in this all, for one reason, to make a living, and you can’t do that if you are too busy with keeping the band or project underground.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Use Your Illusion I & II”

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

Depends on what I am doing. I don’t have a cassette player. But if the chance is given, and I have time, I play vinyl. Nothing sounds better through my old analogue stereo.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

Athens, April 2018. The atmosphere was amazing.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I‘d probably taken a different type of education. I have a degree in History with a depth in Philosophy. I‘d probably be an electrician or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joakim Thåstrøm, Rory Gallagher, Axl Rose, John Bonham and David Hume

Whats next for the band?

I‘m currently recording the follow-up for “The Problem of Evil”, so a new record will be out sometime in 22-23. Also, if things change with the pandemic situation on our hands, I wanna collect some musicians and take this on the road.

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

kasofficial.bandcamp.com , instagram.com/kasbandofficial, facebook.com/kasbandofficial

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Come on! They are cakescuits!

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

If you want to buy the CD version of “The Problem of Evil”, you can buy it through Bandcamp or directly from me using one of the links in the previous answer! And thank you guys for the interview! Have a great day!
KAS
Kåre André Sletteberg

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EMQ’s with TROLL TEETH

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EMQ’s with TROLL TEETH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philly/South Jersey US Metal/Rock band Troll Teeth. Huge thanks to Vocalist, Bassist Moe Eccles, for taking part!

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

I am Moe, Lead singer, bassist, and sometimes I play guitar poorly. Kyle has been our drummer for nearly 7 years now, Pete has been our guitarist for two or three years, and our original guitarist Ben has re-joined the band after moving to and then moving back from West Virginia.

The band has kind of had a ton of ebbs and flows in terms of members but I’m happy that the past two or three years we’ve settled into a line-up and flow of how we write music and record. I think the next five, ten, fifteen years are going to be pretty cool because we all have our lives together and make time for Troll Teeth stuff because we all care about it and care about each other.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally Sluagh but someone trademarked the name and sent us a cease & desist letter. My drummer Kyle and me sat around thinking of names and decided we needed something so stupid no other band would want to use it as their name. Not too many bands had trolls or teeth in their name so we just said screw it and went with “Troll Teeth”.

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

This question is quite the divisive question to ask us because I consider us a New Jersey band because 3/4ths of our current members were born in New Jersey but we sometimes get lumped in to the Philly music scene which is whatever. So, Philly/South Jersey is the compromise we kind of landed on.

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

We have this Split EP coming out called “Blunt” we did with Wax Mekanix but our last full release was called “Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing”. It was half a love letter to Star Trek (My guitarist Pete & me are Trekkies) and half a dismantling of bad leadership. We wrote much of the lyrics before the pandemic but they took on a different meaning when our government kind of just decided to let us die and not care about us.

Wax Mekanix/Troll Teeth “Blunt” (Full Split EP)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Another divisive question because we all come from different backgrounds. I grew up on punk like Bad Religion, NoFX, Agent Orange, etc. Everyone in the band kind of has their favourite stuff they listen to and it comes out pretty well when you’re coming at a song idea from these like diametrically opposed spots. I always joke with people “Troll Teeth songs are really two or three completely separate songs that we duct tape together”

What first got you into music?

I started on Cello in like third grade and it’s kind of always been there. Kyle was a former band kid as well. Pete went to a performing arts high school so he is lightyears ahead of us in terms of line music theory knowledge. Ben probably has the most unique background because he is self-taught but also a natural musician. You can hand him almost anything and within 10 minutes, he is better than most people who spent their whole lives trying to master it. It’s nice that we kind of all have been in music for as long as we have been because we all have enough experience that writing and recording isn’t as stressful as it used to be when we were just starting out.

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

We’ve been talking about doing an acoustic Christmas/Holiday album so anyone who plays a “weird” instrument like a harp, accordion, banjo, etc., anything that adds a different flavour to an acoustic song.

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

That’s genuinely a good question because we haven’t had the chance to do any festivals but would love to do something outdoors with great weather and dope fans. Wacken in Germany and Maryland’s Deathfest always look amazing seeing the videos so either of them would be awesome to do.

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

Edibles. We had a show where someone was nice enough to bring weed brownies.

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

I don’t know why you chose to support us but we love you. You really do make the darkest days a little brighter helping us know people out there dig our style and understand us as a band.

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

Kurt Cobain. I think he was a really introspective person and self-aware which the big time rockstars nowadays seem to lack. They worry a little too much about image and he used to do and say things because they were the right thing to say, not the right thing for profit or popularity.

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

I love the feeling of when you nail a song. Like every measure of the song feels in sync and has just a natural, organic feel to it. Live or in a studio, it doesn’t matter to me, when everything comes together, there aren’t too many better feelings. On the flip side, recording vocals. I know I could go with like “loading in” or having gear break but recording vocals is such a lonely, stressful process and I hate it.

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

So, everything is kind of interconnected. I wouldn’t change the industry per se but I’d want a 25-30 hour work week, a higher or basic level of income for everyone, and guaranteed vacation time so more people have an opportunity to explore their artistic sides and move out of the drudgery of being wage slaves. Too many entertainers today are products of growing up rich or benefit from nepotism so I wish society was a little bit more open to social movement and let people who can end up being musicians, comedians, artists, etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bad Religion’s “No Control”. Has a great flow, great tone, solid lyrics, and awesome energy. I could listen to it every day.

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

I’m not preferable to one but I will say, vinyl is super expensive in general. Everyone keeps telling up “PRINT GOES NOWHERE DOES NOTHING ON VIVYL!” and it’s like $2,500 to $3,000 bucks for 150 prints. I get the vinyl obsession but it’s completely nuts how expensive it can be.

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

I genuinely don’t remember the “Good” gigs. The bad ones where we nearly get in fights in the parking lot or our amps explode for whatever reason are the ones I have photographic memory with.

I just will never forget the one in Wildwood. We ended up playing in a very sad pizzeria (never heard of the place before so we were surprised when we showed up), there was a band who spent longer setting up their pedals than actually playing, there was a band who was decked out in like True Religion jeans and Affliction T-shirts doing metalcore covers of Pink Floyd songs, and the promoter ended up getting mad at us and nearly didn’t pay us because we were too loud for their PA system. Hell of a night.

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

Writing. I’ve written two books, self-published (If you can really call it that) but I am an overly philosophical type of person so I have all these dumb ideas I need to get out. Right now, we’re writing our fourth album about Necropolitics so if I didn’t have music, I’d be writing a novel about Necropolitics.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Like any comedian I know and enjoy. I feel dinner parties are super uptight and I would want five people there to loosen everyone up with some jokes and observations about how silly everything can be.

What’s next for the band?

Well October 22nd was EP release day. We’re shooting for a December release of our two albums (We have been extremely bored in the pandemic). We’re also planning out some cool, interesting, different music stuff like a Christmas Acoustic album and some more EP’s with hyper specific themes that wouldn’t fit on an album. We don’t have a ton of stuff planned for live stuff so experimenting in the studio is all we got going on right now.

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

We’re on everything so if you search bar “troll teeth” I’m sure we’ll pop up. I’m most active on Twitter and TikTok because I like being funny and they have the most room to have sarcasm, dark humour in everything you do without people getting too upset. Sometimes trying to be funny on Facebook or Instagram is like posting nudes on LinkedIn, no one really wants them there and gets kind of upset about it.

www.tiktok.com/@troll_teeth
www.trollteeth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/trollteeth
www.instagram.com/troll_teeth/
www.twitter.com/TrollTeeth
www.soundcloud.com/trollteeth
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2jeIa5h7JchUcUds0L3oI1
www.youtube.com/user/NoSexAppealBand

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m an American, we usually like things with higher calories and fat content. Have you seen our restaurants? People serve cheeseburgers here where the buns are donuts. We don’t have time for petty squabbles over “is it a cake or a biscuit?” we’re too busy trying to kill ourselves with fried dough.

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

I would just say we have a pre-order for $40. You get both albums, our EP coming out soon, a t-shirt, 2 stickers, 2 Troll Teeth picks, 3 posters, and I think some other stuff. You get a lot of stuff for $40 and it eats into our overhead so mixing & mastering is cheaper. You can pick one up on our Bandcamp in the merch section. Outside of that, I don’t have anything else. This was a cool, fun little interview.

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