10,000 Years – III

10,000 Years – III
Interstellar Smoke Records
Release Date: 24.06.22
Running Time: 47:07
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Guess who’s back? Back again? Dark Juan’s back, tell your friends…

Good afternoon, greetings and salutations, earthlings of all known genders. I, Dark Juan, have returned to share with you all some wisdom and nonsense. Not necessarily in that order. You know my rabid writings now. It’s 95% nonsense and 5% wisdom although these quantities vary according to how pissed or fatigued I am. I am seated in Dark Juan Terrace, wearing my Second Invocation Robes (Summer Weight) and wondering just why French Bulldogs are cursed with an arse that makes my home smell like a thousand Chennai shithouses. Not even incense, threats of death or the promise of a cork, personally applied, up said canine arse will make it stop. I have had to open the window and now I daresay the neighbourhood smells like the gutters of a Belo Horizonte favela on a ridiculously hot day.

I daren’t show my face outside. The poor people working on the house over the road are wrinkling their noses at the infernal stench and they are in the open air! So, because of abject shame and considerable embarrassment I have clamped my cans to my poor, abused ears, shoved wads of Olbas Oil infused toilet roll up each nostril and have given my attention to Swedish sci-fi stoner metalheads 10,000 Years and their imaginatively titled new platter, “III”, being the third part of an epic musical sci-fi trilogy of albums. Although their debut was called “II”. I am confused. Today, this is not a hard thing to do.

The opening offering on this record is entitled “Cult Axe” and is a suitably thunderous affair and a fine soundtrack to the explosive demolition of large buildings. It is also rather faster than I was anticipating (I read stoner in the blurb and was expecting mogadon-sloooooooooooow grooves) and instead offers the listener a surprisingly speedy, almost thrash metal vibe, especially with the vocals of (also bassist) Alex Risberg having a decidedly punky edge to them. An impressive opener that jolted your correspondent out of his indolence and into surprised attention. The second and third tracks, “Megafauna” and “Deserts Of Madness” step off the gas somewhat but remain rather rapid by stoner metal terms before 10,000 Years totally change gear with “The Secret Of Water”, being a languid, liquid instrumental piece, all gentle swirling guitars, fluid bottom end and a snare drum sound to kill for. Regular perusers of the shit I write will know that I deeply appreciate a well-honed snare sound, because most drummers (or possibly their producers) favour a snare drum sound not unlike whacking a taut, wet tea towel with a particularly flaccid dead trout. How many of you were expecting me to say “penis” then?

“The Green King Rises” soon puts to rest any thought of the band mellowing for the rest of the album though, as they crank up the fuzz and deliver a mountainous, monumental slice of stoner grooviness before they hit the amphetamine again and race through “Il Cattivo”. This means “The Bad” or “The Evil” in Italian and the vocals remind one greatly of Slayer’s Tom Araya. Which is a sentence I never thought I would hear myself say with regards to a stoner metal band, even if they seem to be pioneers of speed stoner. The obligatory half speed break, with mental tube screamer guitar solo and planet-sized riffs beloved of stoner bands makes a welcome appearance before the crafty bastards slow it down to quarter speed. Special mention must go out to the super fuzzy bass guitar at this point as it errs perilously close to the brown frequency…

Production wise, apart from slightly flat floor toms, this record properly hits the stoner spot. A sound that is more dense than the chav population of Doncaster and Worksop combined tips the heaviness quotient towards “forming a new geological fault in Scandinavia” and remarkably remains eminently listenable and maintains clarity throughout, even when these mighty Swedes pick up their metaphorical skirts and give their instruments a damned good thrashing.

Things take a decidedly strange bent halfway through “Escape From Earth” with a small section apparently channelling Aunty Bob Smith and The Cure before morphing into a decidedly prog aesthetic with the guitar sound on the solo courtesy of the most aptly named guitarist in existence, Erik Palm, yet throughout, planet-fracturing heaviness is maintained. “To Suns Beyond” (the album closer) starts with more languid British pop-goth channelling with the echo and reverb infused guitar before plastering the unsuspecting (actually, I wasn’t. I’ve got the measure of 10,000 Years and their use of the loud-quiet-fucking LOUD dynamic now) listener back against the door he just came into the room from, especially on this extended instrumental track. One (if you’re a sad old goff like me) could easily imagine wispy, consumptive goth girls in taffeta and lace and extremely pointed footwear waving their hands around in front of their faces in a dreamy fashion during the quieter sections…

One thing I haven’t mentioned about 10,000 Years that I really should bring your attention to is the epic quality of their compositions. There is a grandiosity around their arrangements and playing that elevates them above the drug-obsessed stoner masses. Epic stoner-thrash-prog. Now there’s a new genre to conjure with if there ever was one…

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Det patenterade Dark Juan-systemet för blodstänk) awards 10,000 Years 10/10 for a superb album, chock full of surprises and originality from a genre that normally prizes the power of the riff above all else. I don’t have a clue what’s going on today. I have delivered a review that could almost qualify as professional. This is unheard of. And it is under a thousand words long which is entirely not appropriate for my style. To remedy this travesty, I’m going to use some rude, crude words as there also has been a distinct lack of cursing and swearing today.

Girl’s pants. 

Girl’s DIRTY pants.

Now we have over a thousand words. I can rest easy. Until next time, farewell. May ye gang faur and fare waur.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cult Axe
02. Megafauna
03. Desert Of Madness
04. The Secret Of Water
05. The Green King Rises
06. Il Cattivo
07. Escape From Earth
08. To Suns Beyond

LINE-UP:
Erik Palm – Guitars
Alex Risberg – Bass/vocals
Espen Karlsen – Drums

LINKS: (234. Sorry, sometimes I cannot help myself. I’m giggling like an idiot… must be sleep deprivation.)

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Cities Of Mars- Cities Of Mars

Cities Of Mars Album Cover Art

Cities Of Mars- Cities Of Mars
Ripple Music
Release Date: 20/05/2022
Running Time: 33:37
Review by Gaz Bates
8/10

Cities Of Mars return with their third installment, carrying on the story of a Soviet astronaut that stumbles upon a civilisation on Mars. This album brings out heavy riffs, air tight rhythm sections, ambient soundscapes and (my favourite part of the album) , the vocals.

Tracks like ‘Before The Storm’ and lead single ‘Towering Graves’ really show off the songwriting and vocal talents of the band. ‘The Prophet’ showcases some great guitar work and towards the end of the song, the drums really take over.

Next up is ‘Song Of A Distant Earth’, my favourite track from this album, an acoustic folk piece, full of storytelling.

‘Dawn Of Light’ and ‘The Dreaming Sky’ pick up the pace and heaviness, with songs that have echoes of early Mastodon and Tool throughout. 

‘Reflected Skyline’ has more great vocal melodies whilst ‘The Black Shard’ closes out the album, a 12-minute prog doom number, a fantastic ending to a fantastic album.

Cities Of Mars have not just made a great sounding album, they have combined storytelling and great songwriting to carry on a mythos around the band.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Before The Storm
02. Towering Graves (Osmos)
03. The Prophet (Methusalem)
04. Song Of A Distant Earth (Hathra)
05. A Dawn Of No Light (Chthon)
06. The Dreaming Sky (Anur)
07. Reflected Skyline (Sarraqum)
08. The Black Shard (Bahb – Elon)

LINE-UP:
Danne Palm – lead vocals, bass, synths
Christoffer Norén – lead vocals, guitar
Johan Aronstedt – backing vocals, drums & percussion, sound FX

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE

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EMQ’s With PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Doom band, People of the Black Circle. 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 People of the Black Circle and we play Doom Metal with a Synth twist, spiced up with a little cosmic horror. We started playing together in January of 2020 and have been going on ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

People of the Black Circle is the title of one of Robert Erwin Howard’s stories, with whose fiction we grew up. That’s where we borrowed our name from.

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

We grew up and live in Greece, which is a quite productive country concerning Metal music, especially in the Stoner / Doom Metal genre. 

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

We have just released our self-titled, debut LP. You can check it out at our Bandcamp page. If you feel like it, take a look at our YouTube page too, you will find two videos of our songs ‘Alchemy of Sorrow’ and ‘Ghosts in Agartha’ that may also be of interest to you. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Electric Wizard, Yob and and Alice in Chains certainly rank at the top of the list. Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Jethro Tull are also huge influences, while we also have great respect for the music of Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter and Goblin.

What first got you into music?

Watching Metallica play ‘Seek and Destroy’ in the “Cliff ‘Em All” videotape. It’s one of those things that if you have the chance to watch in a young age, you go “That’s what I want to do with my life” forevermore.

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

Even though it will probably never happen, we would be more than honoured to work with Steve Moore on a horror movie soundtrack project. Especially if the movie was directed by Joe Begos, Benson & Moorhead or Panos Cosmatos. If you‘ve never heard of them, go check their films, you are in for a wild ride.

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

For our kind of thing, Desertfest and Roadburn are the places to be. We hope we will have the chance someday, you never know.

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

No weird gifts yet, everyone is so civil and polite. We suppose we are the weird ones.

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

Thank you for making this important. You are the real thing, we are the illusion.

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

Robert Johnson, the Mississippi bluesman that composed the ‘Crossroads’ and ‘Me and the Devil Blues’. It would be fun to take him to a Black Sabbath or a Venom concert and see what he thinks. Also, if we could have a second pick, we would ask for Lemmy to come back from the grave, just as he did in ‘Killed by Death’ video.

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

We enjoy crafting songs, we hate asking ourselves again and again if they are good enough.

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

The extremely low rates artists get from streaming platforms. Don’t misunderstand us; we are not saying that it’s easy or insignificant to run a music streaming business. On the contrary, it is a very important innovation that has helped a lot of musicians make their art available to a broader audience. All we mean is that the scales have to be a little more balanced, so that new artists have potentially the chance to fund a tour, for example.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Aqualung” by Jethro Tull is the one. This album is perfect from the very beginning until the end!

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

This may sound weird, but our hearts and ears belong to the cassette. It’s that mix of analog sound and nostalgia that is just irreplaceable.

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

Even though each one of us has played numerous gigs with other bands through the years, we haven’t played any with People of the Black Circle just yet. That’s a plan for the near future.

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

If we weren’t musicians, we would keep on struggling to be.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hannibal Lecter, Issei Sagawa, Amin Dada, Elizabeth Báthory and Andrei Chikatilo. Of course, everybody else interested would be welcome (as dinner). It’s unfortunate that we would have to skip the meeting for obvious reasons. We remind you that the question just said “who would you invite to a dinner party”, it didn’t say that we would have to sit through. 

What’s next for the band?

Creating an interesting and theatrical live experience and then present it to the public.

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

We mostly use Bandcamp and YouTube, but Facebook and Instagram are also a must. You can check us out at the following URLs:

Bandcamp: https://peopleoftheblackcircle.bandcamp.com/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-6GJ3p33n8m3INUc3keuw 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeopleoftheBlackCircle 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peopleoftheblackcircle/ 

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They ‘re a biscuit, but more than that, they are a gift from the dark gods that lurk in the frayed edges of our reality, giving us a taste of the unspoken and forbidden pleasures that await all those daring enough to beckon their ominous call.

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

First of all, we would like to thank Ever Metal for giving us a chance to speak. It’s hugely appreciated and we are grateful. We would also like to add one more thing: Creating and enjoying the darker aspects of artistic expression is not meant to glorify negative things in life, but to make us appreciate where we are, what we have and makes us happy, fragile as it may be. If you find yourself struggling with depression, please consider asking for help. You are important, everyone is important, even if you might not think so. We will meet again on the road, stay well and safe!

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EMQ’s with SPACE COKE

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EMQ’s with SPACE COKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, with USA Stoner/Doom Metal band, Space Coke. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, and main man, Reno Gooch, 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 Reno Gooch. I am guitar and vocals for Space Coke. We started around late 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina. During the pandemic, I moved to Savannah, Georgia. The band line up has changed around me a few times, but I have been the songwriter and leader from day one. I consider Space Coke to be an organic collective of freaks and co-conspirators. Everyone that has contributed over the years is a member so to speak.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is from a scene in Cheech and Chong’s “Next Movie”, where Chong returns from space with a vial of Space Coke. The scene perfectly presents the essence of the band. Search for “Cheech and Chong Space Coke” on YouTube and you’ll see.

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

Space Coke started in Columbia, South Carolina USA. There is a good scene there. Our bassist Jay Matheson owns a studio there that has been around for over 25 years, and is the heart of the heavy music scene in the area, and beyond. It’s called The Jam Room. Bands such as Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk, Coffin Torture, The Queers, Oi Polloi, Appalachian Terror Unit, Damad, and a thousand others have recorded many albums there. My current home base is Savannah, Georgia, which is where those first three started. The Jam Room is still home sonically. Jay is a legendary engineer and bassist.

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

Our album “Lunacy” will be released January 2022 on Forbidden Place Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Butthole Surfers, Black Sabbath’s “Volume 4”, Helios Creed (and Chrome), Hendrix, Psychic TV. Too many to list but those are the main ones as far as Space Coke’s musical direction.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been obsessed with noises and sound. When I was a child, I used to sit and twist the knobs on my grandfather’s short wave radio, just to find weird sounds. Once I finally had an electric guitar and amp, I’d just make weird sounds with it and listen to it, more than actually play it. Eventually someone gave me a Sonic Youth tape and I realized I could do something in a band setting with that.

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

That’s a tough one. I love working with other artists. If I could have it my way, every song I did would be a collaboration. Let me say Kikagaku Moyo. I am a huge fan.

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

Any of them! Festivals are my favorite venue. Mostly because I want to be as loud as possible and festivals have bigger sound systems!

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

A fan sent us the ashes of a loved one (also a fan) which we smoked with some hash.

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

Slow down and pay attention. The sensory overload and knee jerk reactions we are experiencing is by design. The way out is mindfulness and contemplation. Go slowly into the world and you will be harder to deceive. Stop and smell the fuzz!

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

Rock stars never die. Sound and light waves are an eternal language, and those that speak it from the heart are immortal. I’d say Hendrix, but I feel he would be annoyed about it and want to return to the other side.

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

I absolutely love making noise and having people show enthusiasm for it. I dislike the stagnant, social-ladder bar based gatherings that I’m forced to enter into, in order to make that happen.

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

That it’s run by businessmen and corporations. Money sickens everything. It’s painful to be forced to deal with that world in order to be able to be an artist and also live.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Last Laugh” by Helios Creed. Truly the album I’d love to have made myself. It’s hard to make the guitars and vocals that weird but still work that well. And I saw him do it just as perfectly live on the tour for that album.

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

They all have a place. I actually have different recordings that I prefer for each. For example: Vinyl: Band of Gypsys, Cassette: The Butthole Surfers Double Live, CD: Heavy Temple Lupi Amoris, Download: Moon Duo Stars Are the Light.

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

We did a gig where during the opener a guy walked around giving everyone mushrooms out of a big jar. By the time we started it was chaos in the best way. The whole place was on a crazy vibe. I still hear stories that are new to me from that gig occasionally.

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

Something that required a lot of isolation. Like tending a Victorian graveyard. Although that’s not really isolation, is it?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shiva, Durga, Ganesha, Kali and Sita

What’s next for the band?

Setting up roots in Savannah and seeing what weird trip we can take next, musically speaking. I have lots of plans, but have changed a lot due to the pandemic, so I need to re-evaluate! Focusing on releasing the album currently.

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

www.spacecoke.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/space_coke_sav/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Although I’ve never tried them, that’s entirely dependent on their moisture content. I’m gonna guess and say they’re biscuit cakes.

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

Thank you for talking to me! Keep it weird and love one another. Keep your eyes and ears out for Space Coke “Lunacy” We are quite proud of it!

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Callus – A Breath Of Flesh Air

A Breath Of Flesh Air Album Cover Art

Callus – A Breath Of Flesh Air
Trepanation Recordings
Release Date: 29/10/2021
Running Time: 30:44
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

I always feel proud when a band we’ve seen grow put out a new release, and even prouder when that release is damn fine. And today’s subject doesn’t buck that trend. We first came across Callus a few years back, and were absolutely blown away by their massive sound, and their superior stage presence, and that was the start of a beautiful friendship. Now, after a small line-up change, and a bit of a shift in direction in terms of sound, they’re back with a new album, “A Breath Of Flesh Air”. And you should definitely get your big boy pants ready for this one, because it’s an absolute feast of Sludgy, Fuzzy, Stoner/Thrash proportions!

Opening with ‘Molar Crown’, the new direction is apparent from the get-go. Gravelly growling vocals provided by bassist Ben Wormwell, downtuned, fuzzed out guitars and bass, and riffs chunkier than a KitKat Chunky factory, are now the name of the game. The sound has got down and dirty, and then some.

‘Ka-tet’ follows suit, and then we get our heads smashed in by ‘Cinderstella’, which is predominantly Thrash, but has a hellish, sludgy sound to it. Imagine Metallica and Cannibal Corpse had a baby band, taught them to play fuzzy things, and then got them completely fucked up on booze, fags, and weed, and kicked them out on stage, and you’re somewhere near the sound of this song.

‘Sorrow Bane’ has a fair amount of groove going on, as does ‘Toadfish’, although they’re both still hellishly sludgy, and fairly doomy, too. We’re then thrown into a 10-minute behemoth next, in the shape of ‘Fatberg’. I won’t say too much about it, but I will say it’s groovy as hell, and full of some massively phat bass and licks, and some serious druuuuuuuums – Sam Kelly has done a brilliant job of stepping into previous drummer, Ryan’s, shoes. I think this is my favourite track on the album, because there’s just so much in it, and so much of it!

‘Sludge Guzzler’ closes the album, and by Jove does it guzzle some sludge, chew it around a bit, then vomit it back out at you in brilliant fashion! Another stonking album from one of the most exciting young bands around. Cannot wait to see them live again, and would highly recommend this album to anyone who fancies a dirty, sludgy aural pummelling!!

TRACKLISING:
01. Molar Crown
02. Ka-tet
03. Cinderstella
04. Sorrows Bane
05. Toadfish
06. Fatberg
07. Sludge Guzzler

LINE-UP:
Louis Clark – Vocals/Guitar
Ben Wormwell – Vocals/Bass
Sam Kelly – Drums

Guest backing vocals on Molar Crown – Chris Fielding

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with PAK40

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EMQ’s with PAK40

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with York, England based Stoner/Sludge/Drone band PAK40. Huge thanks to drummer, Leo Hancill, 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’re called PAK40. We’re a ‘stoner’ drone band – just a two piece: drums and bass. We started when we were students – we used to drink and play kind of bluesy, janky, weird songs after Tom Waits/Primus, using electric guitar and boots and pint glasses and stuff. We recorded one called ‘Mar-Nar’ which circulated around our friends, that was fun.

I think we knew we’d start a band then. I remembered I had a drum kit at home in Sunderland and I brought it down and set it up. I didn’t have stands or anything – just went for a walk along the river and got some sticks to prop the cymbals on, used the frame of a bed for a clanking/rattling sound. We took it in turns to play drums or guitar/bass.

I actually dismissed metal out of hand – blues was my favourite and anything that wasn’t blues was rubbish. So, when I played guitar, it was Black Keys covers and when Andy played bass it was Primus covers.

I think really when I discovered Sleep and Om my drumming improved loads because it set an attainable bar, and that’s when we settled on a sound, for sure. That kind of crystalised the current arrangement.

How did you come up with your band name?

Andy and I are kind of nerds for old stuff – diesel-punk, WW2, Airfix, Ray Harryhausen films, etc. We were trying to name ourselves after some double-barrelled cannon I think, but ‘Pak40’ (German anti-tank gun) sounded loads better. ‘PAK40’ means a band to me, not a gun anymore. We try and steer clear of war stuff because…well, it’s not cool.

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

We’re based in York, UK. The metal scene isn’t as big as other places – I think PAK40 and my other band Redfyrn make up about 30% of the stoner rock in York. But we have ‘Northern Extremity’, and the North in general is good – it’s not far to Leeds, some big bands stop there on tour, same with Newcastle (which has a really good sort of grass-roots scene). Manchester, etc. Yeah, the North is good.

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

Latest release is called “Bunker”, our debut album – we recorded it in Feb 2020 in an air raid shelter-cum-rehearsal space in Bochum, DE. That was a fun trip – had a couple of friends Niklas and Krischan engineer and mix the album and sent it to Monolord’s drummer Esben Willems to master. We’re dead pleased with the end result and it’s been getting great feedback! Way better than I expected!

‘Sausage Roll’ (Bandcamp Audio)

https://pak40.bandcamp.com/track/sausage-roll-2

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, Om, Sleep, The Black Keys. That’s what got me into drumming and when we wrote the songs on Bunker that’s kind of where it all came from.

What first got you into music?

Teenage boredom, really. It was never a choice, it just sort of happened. Yeah, just curiosity and having nothing else going on when I was like 14 living in Sunderland.

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

Pass: maybe a second bassist would be cool? Or vocal harmonies. Yeah, too much choice. My girlfriend plays guitar – It’d be cool to have some nice sound effects over big riffs.

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

Desertfest, probably London. I’ve been twice and saw great bands both times – Sleep, Fu Manchu, Om, All Them Witches, too many – would love to be on the bill with any of them!

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

Hasn’t happened yet but I’m sure it’ll be weird when it does.

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

Thanks for all your support, and if something is hard work it’s probably the world trying to get you to stop – doesn’t mean you should, but definitely think about it before you wear yourself out for no reason.

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

He never died, and he wasn’t a rock star per-se, but I’d say Chris Hakius – Om’s OG drummer. Because I really want to see original-format Om…

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

I love playing music. I hate not having time to play music. And the price of rehearsal spaces. And carrying cymbals, that sucks too.

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

Get rid of it? For the sake of money, crap is piped into everyone’s ears while genuine art goes unheard.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Lysol” by Melvins – it’s somehow short and epic at the same time.

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

I’d have to say Cassettes. The bit in the middle of “Bunker” where the tape flips really adds to the suspense and the album pace.

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

Head of Steam in Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2019 – great to play in my homeland to a large and receptive audience, great gig.

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

Writing? Carving? Something creative still, for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I hate dinner parties, so probably 5 people I could go do something else with. My mates – we could just play Age of Empires instead.

What’s next for the band?

We have about 3 albums worth of unreleased material, can’t wait to rehearse that and write more. Touring, hopefully! More gigs, more albums, more everything!

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

Bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook. Check out Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings and Panurus Productions on Bandcamp – They’re great dudes: they released our album and have loads of other cool stuff in their inventory.
www.facebook.com/pak40band
www.pak40.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4AmgcMVzo3RReFiKhETp6T

Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings
www.invertedgrim-millrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Panurus Productions
www.panurusproductions.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Like a small cake, I guess.

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

Maybe they need to be bigger to be a cake!

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EMQ’s with ULTRA VOID

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EMQ’s with ULTRA VOID

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York based Stoner Doom Metal band, Ultra Void. Huge thanks to bassist, songwriter Jihef, 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 Jihef. I play bass. I also write the music and handle recording duties.

We are a young band. We’re just starting. We were initially a recording project born out of necessity during lockdown as our plans with our respective projects went south. I had some songs laying around that needed to be finished. I called my old friend FlipMan to handle vocals. Andrew Piper played with me in Moron and already contributed on the tracks ‘Hellfire’ and ‘Swamp Of Doom’. Last, but not least, Laurent Cosani was a no brainer. He is a six strings destroyer (and my cousin).

How did you come up with your band name?

It comes from the decision I made to change major things in my life during the pandemic. Uncharted territories can be scary but they carry their own energy. A negative becomes a positive. It’s the Ultra Void.

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

I am from Brooklyn NY (born in France). The music scene is huge. Everyone is a musician. Lots of Stoner Doom bands. It can be a cliché too. ”Please not another band from Brooklyn”. Haha.

We are also fortunate to have some great clubs like Saint Vitus where big bands and local bands can play.

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

Our first, self-titled, EP came out digitally on Jan 10th, 2021, on Bandcamp. It’s has 5 tracks.

‘Void Machine’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Elliott Smith. He showed me you could be fragile and heavy all at once. I like having contrast in my music. The vocals are always intense and dark while my singing is light and more melodic.

As a kid I looked up to Steve Harris. Bass players weren’t up front in the 80’s. It was all about guitar heroes. I loved his sense of melody and his attack on the bass. And he could play 16th notes for hours. A beast!!!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s “Powerage”. Bought that album when I was 10. As I was listening to ‘Sin City’ I started losing control of my body and while headbanging I tried to figure out why. It wasn’t because of the drums or the guitar. Cliff Williams made a bass player out of me.

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

Jean Paul Gaster or Phil Rudd. For Those About To Rock is really heavy when you think of it. Yeah, a nasty doom duo with Phil Rudd on drums would be cool.

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

I would say Freak Valley. Seems so chill. Then Roadburn would be great too. And Hellfest because it’s bloody Hellfest. And it’s in France where I am from.

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

Still waiting for that one…If you’re reading this…haha!

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

Thank you a million for your support. It’s not something I am ever taking for granted. It blows my mind every time people say they love our music. Or seeing your band’s sticker on a car. It never gets old.

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

Lemmy.

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

I love the creating process in general. The before and after. To listen to something that didn’t exist a moment ago is “magical”.

As per being a musician in particular nothing beats being in a room with your brothers playing really loud, looking at stuff falling from the shelves and not giving two fucks about it. Haha.

But it also means that you have to be a jack of all trades of some sort. In my case learning how to record and mix. Then you have to be your own agent and figure out how to promote and approach labels and whatnot etc…I don’t hate it by any means. It’s cool to learn new things but it’s not always easy.

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

Less bands. More $ Haha. Musicians need to get paid way more for streaming. The Spotify monopoly is a bit evil.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s a tough question because there are way too many. Off the top of my head, I would say “Agents Of Ahriman” by Greenleaf.

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

Vinyl. Better sound. Better listening experience. You actually take the time to enjoy something from beginning to end.

That being said I appreciate the Anytime Anywhere that comes with downloads and streaming.

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

Our best gigs are still ahead of us.

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

Anything creative.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I haven’t seen my close family in two years. It would be way more than five people though.

Can’t wait for international travel to resume. So yeah, a feast in the big country house in Burgundy with all the loved ones around.

What’s next for the band?

Live shows and getting back into some kind of “normal”.

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

Bandcamp mostly but also Spotify when it’s recommended.
www.ultravoid1.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ultravoid1
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0KyJvVuT3NcIMFav04YFXU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!!!

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

Dude, thank you for having me. Hope you guys like our music.

Show your love and follow us on Bandcamp.

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip

Abyssal Trip Album Cover Art

Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 43:09
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

A slow build of distortion, punctuated by air raid sirens, heralds the onslaught of ‘Bellweather’, the first track on the latest Spelljammer opus. These guys are in no rush. Instead, the listener sinks slowly into the mire, as first guitars and bass, then drums, stealthily enter. Over the course of six plus minutes, the track builds beautifully, setting the style for the album to follow.

Spelljammer are from Stockholm, Sweden – and comprise Niklas Olsson (bass and vocals); Robert Sörling (guitar) and Jonatan Rimsbo (drums). It’s been five long years since their last album, but now they’re back with a huge, ponderous collection of sludgy, doom laden music.

Second track, ‘Lake’, follows the hypnotic incline of the opener with a brutal riff and throaty vocals, before descending into a medium paced headbanger. This track nicely encapsulates the contrasts between heavy, thunderous ferociousness and trancelike wonderment.

The band composed these songs in the seclusion of a remote house in the country. The various shifting sections of the songs obviously reflect that concentrated effort, with a perfect ebb and flow.  Sections wind intricately between the monstrous and the calm.

‘Among The Holy’ starts with a creeping pace before erupting into the album’s biggest rocker. The title track opens with a sample from some obscure horror movie, and I need to know which! After that, it’s crawling doom which picks up speed a little in a Sabbathy manner – complete with distorted vocals.

Talking of Sabbath, ‘Peregrine’ feels like one of those Tony Iommi instrumentals on “Master Of Reality”. It’s actually quite wonderful. Finally, ‘Silent Rift’ is over ten minutes of all that’s gone before, ramped up even higher. The pace is slow, there’s no haste, Spelljammer take their time and let the music grow and breathe.

The listener will also need to take their time and truly absorb this album. Stick on your ear goggles, turn the lights down low and bask in the inventiveness. “Abyssal Trip” is a record that’s been carefully composed and nurtured. The enjoyment here is in the journey and all its interwoven elements.

As we’re talking of jam, I’m reminded of an episode with my old Black Sabbath mates. We were at legendary Rockfield studios in Wales, and following a late night in the studio and an even later nights boozing, the band were relaxing on the lawns on a gorgeous summer day. Bill fell asleep on the grass, and Ozzy decided to take the remains of the strawberry jam from breakfast and smear it all over Bill’s beard.  Sure enough, ten minutes later, Bill woke with a scream – brushing wasps from his face. He jumped up and ran to a nearby pond, jumping in face first.  When he emerged, Bill looked like a Sasquatch. He spent days rubbing ointment on his face and was finding dead insects in his beard for ages.

‘Abyssal Trip’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bellweather
02. Lake
03. Among The Holy
04. Abyssal Trip
05. Peregrine
06. Silent Rift

LINE-UP:
Niklas Olsson – Bass and Vocals)
Robert Sörling – Guitar
Jonatan Rimsbo – Drums

LINKS:

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Son Of Boar – Son Of Boar

Son Of Boar Album Cover Art

Son Of Boar – Son Of Boar
Stoned Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 31:10
Review by Alun Jones
9/10

Well, here we are then. The debut album from Bradford based sonic butchers, Son of Boar. And yes, I am quite excited about this release. There are long lost civilisations existing in the South American jungle that, despite having no contact with the outside world, are aware that your pal, Platinum Al, has been desperate to hear this cacophonous compendium for some time.

So, is it any good? Well yeah, obviously. But just what kind of good I shall reveal.

There are five tracks on this eponymous release, across which Son of Boar attempt to cover as much ground as possible. Yes, this is Stoner Doom – it is heavy, it has groove, it has a windswept musical vista that is both fierce and welcoming.

I’ve already reviewed first track, ‘Stoned Wail’, when it was released as a single a while ago. This mix is punchier though, and still satisfying regardless of any familiarity. The calm wash of ocean waves accompanies a benign introduction; until, just over two minutes in, the full electric muscle of the band is released. SOB hit their groove and plough relentlessly on, whilst vocalist Luke roars about some sweet girl called Mary. I don’t know who Mary is, but she seems like a nice, compassionate lady.

The slow sludge of song number one is contrasted by ‘All In Your Head’, where SOB pick up the pace and gallop home with a Kyuss covering Maiden flourish. Great rhythm work from Gaz (bass) and Luke D (drums). ‘Satanic Panic’ then devolves brilliantly into the sort of the Corrosion of Conformity style Sabbath worship that enthralled James Hetfield. Powerful, even graceful, but remorseless.

‘Snakes And Daggers’ reminds me of Motorhead played too slow (33rpm not 45, for the fossils out there). Here the pace varies, with a great, almost psychedelic melodic swash emerging like a surprise visit from a long-lost drinking buddy. Then your old pal gets stinking drunk and kicks off in the taxi rank, and you’re desperately clutching your kebab in puzzlement. What?

You should listen to ‘Cities Of The Deadeyed Priestess’ just because it’s a genius song title. It also has some bizarro samples that I need to investigate. Musically, this is another brutal head crusher: meat and potatoes riffs and fine melodic hues courtesy of guitarists Lyndon and Adam.

And there you have it: five songs, one debut album. A fine band; they’re awesome live, have the best t-shirt designs I’ve seen in donkeys and are creating a real sense of cult-like, underground authenticity that is addictive. If I could afford to buy a copy of this album for everyone reading this review, I would. Even that weirdo at the back.

And Son of Boar have only just begun their journey…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Stoned Wail
02. All In Your Head
03. Satanic Panic
04. Snakes And Daggers
05. Cities Of The Deadeyed Priestess

LINE-UP
Luke Oliver – Vocals
Adam Waddell – Guitar
Lyndon Birchall – Guitar
Gaz Bates – Bass
Luke Doran – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Stoner/Doom Metal band, Sins Of Magnus. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rich Sutcliffe 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!! My name is Rich, I play guitar and sing. We started in 2009 to do something a little different than everyone else. Sean, our drummer, was the drummer in the very first band I did in 1990. Eric, our bass player and singer, has been in 3 other bands with me since 1995. All our bands were either punk or hardcore, and we just wanted to do something different. We didn’t want to be confined to any one genre. Eric and I were looking for a drummer, and right away Sean was our first choice, and he was on board. So, the 3 of us, collectively, have played together on and off for 31 years.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Magnus when we first started. Our first EP is under the Magnus name. Do you know how hard it is to search for a particular album by Magnus? There are so many bands with this name that it nearly impossible. We added ‘Sins of’ to it to make it easier to find, and we all thought Sins of Magnus sounded cool.

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

We are from Philadelphia, PA USA. There is a great scene out here. There are a ton of unsigned bands around here, however, and I think it’s a shame. Check out Black Friday Death Count and Victor Traps and you’ll see what I’m talking about. These 2 bands should be household names.

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

Our latest LP, “The Circus”, came out on 16th February 2021. There’s a limited run CD of 100 copies, as well as all popular streaming platforms.

‘Flux Capacitor’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, Tony Iommi, Alvin Lee, and Fast Eddie Clarke. Eric’s influences are John Entwistle, Steve Harris, and Geezer. Sean’s are Neal Peart and Mike Portnoy. Collectively our influences are Sabbath of course, Motorhead, Slayer, Trouble, Dayglo Abortions, Priest, AC/DC, Danzig, Ramones, old NYHC, Rush, Metallica, Ratt, and Shelter.

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a household where I was subjected to either country music or disco. In 1978 my parents bought me “Love Gun” by Kiss. My whole perspective of music changed from that day on. In terms of wanting to play music, all of us wanted to play our instruments because of Metallica. It was what kids in high school rocked to back then. It is how we all started out.

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

No doubt in my mind it would be John Arch from early Fates Warning. He is one of my top 5 vocalists and I always wanted to write material with vocals that only he could handle.

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

The Doomed and Stoned festival. Every band I currently love plays this festival and it would be an honour to be a part of it.

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

In one of my old bands, I received a painting of a tree. I don’t know why they thought I would want that, let alone bring it to a show, but I guess it was a nice gesture.

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

Listen to everything we have to offer. The songs are so different from one another that there is something for everyone, no matter what genre you most identify with.

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

Lemmy. I miss him dearly. We need more rock stars like him in this world.

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

I like that I get to be creative and be able to express myself in the music we write. The only thing I hate is carrying equipment up flights of stairs. I’m too old for that!

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

There are too many cliques. Everyone should support each other.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ignaurus” by Into Another. This album is full of creativity both musically and lyrically.

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

I personally like the sound of vinyl, but only for old recordings. It defeats the purpose to record digitally, then release it on an analog format. I don’t care what format it is in, as long as I get to hear it loud!

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

We opened for Trouble, during their tour supporting The Distortion Field. Really fun night getting to meet one of my favourite bands, and influences, who were really cool, no egos, and down to earth.

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

My day job! Nothing else. Music is the only form of art I’m half decent at.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, John Arch, Michael Kiske, and Bruce Dickenson. It would be the best falsetto quintet of all time!

What’s next for the band?

We are beginning to record 5 new songs, at New Sofa Studios, for what looks like will be an EP. Our releases have been 3 or 4 years apart. It’s time to get more out there a little sooner than that. Since there are currently no shows to play, we have really focused on new material, and I think it’s our best to date.

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

www.instagram.com/sinsofmagnus
www.sinsofmagnus.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3NGmWS7VrQ4o7iM37xzQfl

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Our drummer Sean, who lived in England for 4 years said “Biscuit yo”!

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

Please support unsigned bands. They work harder than anyone else and have something to prove.

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