Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ontario, Canada based Dark Cinematic Metal band. Shadöccult. Huge thanks to Martin Breton 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 Breton and I am the lead singer and guitar player in Shadöccult. I wrote our debut album which is released on March 30, 2020. Along with 4 other band members, Shadöccult is a darker and heavier project following a large catalogue of solo music.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name idea started as ‘Shadow Cult’ which represented the brotherhood of heavy metal. We wanted something more unique, so the name morphed into Shadöccult. The umlaut above the ‘ö’ is a nod to Blue Öyster Cult.

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

We are from Kitchener, Ontario Canada. In the past few years our local scene has had a surge of metal. A very strong thrash metal scene continues to gain strength and attract international attention, while an underground doom scene continually pulls dedicated audiences.

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

Our debut self-titled album will be released on March 30, 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

One of my biggest influences is Yanni. Yes, the adult contemporary composer Yanni. I just want to be the heavy metal Yanni. Other important influences include Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir, Radiohead, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Severus Snape.

What first got you into music?

I joined a travelling boys’ choir when I was 9. My first summer we travelled to England and sang in Westminster Abbey. The power that I felt singing in a cathedral like that was a high that I am still chasing today!

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

Buckethead would probably my first pick.

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

Wacken! I got to go in 2011. Life changing.

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

No weird gifts, just beers.

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

Be a critical thinker and do what makes you happy.

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

Dio. I never got to see him…

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

Music is my escape. Being a musician keeps me sane. I hate seeing soulless music take centre stage while so many hard-working artists go unnoticed.

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

A bigger push to get metal in the public eye.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest – “Sad Wings of Destiny”

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

I love vinyl the most. Nothing better than putting that needle down.

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

The Geraldton Jamboree! First time getting band V.I.P laminates and a backstage area so it was special. Amazing crowd. I’ll never forget it.

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

I have found a passion in working with kids and I would be investing more time doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Patrick Stuart, Sir Ian McKellen, Uli Jon Roth, Jack Black and Jim Carey.

What’s next for the band?

Everything! We’re just getting started. Our social media will feature solo piano covers of metal songs and monthly livestreams. We are currently writing our second album and creating compositions for a classical guitar orchestra to be featured in the meantime. Summer show announcement to come as well!

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

Our album is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp:

You’ll also find us on:

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Despite being biscuit-sized, I believe that they are in fact a cake.

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

Sincere thank you to the Ever Metal team for keeping the spirit of metal alive!

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